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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229901/what-is-the-association-between-left-ventricular-diastolic-dysfunction-and-6-minute-walk-test-in-hypertensive-patients
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El-Sayed M Farag, Mohammad M Al-Daydamony, Marwa M Gad
Heart failure (HF) is a major health problem. Hypertension is an important cause of HF. Most hypertensive patients have some degree of left ventricular (LV) diastolic dysfunction. The 6-minute walk test (6MWT) provides objective data about the exercise tolerance. We aimed to find the association between the degree of LV diastolic dysfunction and the functional capacity assessed by 6MWT in hypertensive patients. The study included 200 asymptomatic hypertensive patients. All patients had undergone full history taking, complete clinical examination, electrocardiography, echocardiography for assessment of LV dimensions, systolic and diastolic dysfunction, and 6MWT...
January 28, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Hypertension: JASH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228719/plasticity-of-visual-pathways-and-function-in-the-developing-brain-is-the-pulvinar-a-crucial-player
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James A Bourne, Maria Concetta Morrone
The pulvinar is the largest of the thalamic nuclei in the primates, including humans. In the primates, two of the three major subdivisions, the lateral and inferior pulvinar, are heavily interconnected with a significant proportion of the visual association cortex. However, while we now have a better understanding of the bidirectional connectivity of these pulvinar subdivisions, its functions remain somewhat of an enigma. Over the past few years, researchers have started to tackle this problem by addressing it from the angle of development and visual cortical lesions...
2017: Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226027/serum-25-hydroxyvitamin-d-levels-are-associated-with-functional-capacity-but-not-with-postural-balance-in-osteoporotic-postmenopausal-women
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Guilherme Carlos Brech, Emmanuel Gomes Ciolac, Mark D Peterson, Júlia Maria D'Andréa Greve
OBJECTIVES: In post-menopausal women with osteoporosis, insufficient vitamin D levels decrease calcium fixation in the bones and calcium transport in the sarcoplasmic reticulum, which impairs muscle strength, possibly leading to detrimental consequences for the preservation of functional capacity and postural balance, fall prevention, and fracture risk. The aim of this study was to evaluate the association between vitamin D levels and knee muscle strength, postural balance and functional mobility among postmenopausal women with osteoporosis...
January 1, 2017: Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222161/the-distinct-features-of-microbial-dysbiosis-of-crohn-s-disease-do-not-occur-to-the-same-extent-in-their-unaffected-genetically-linked-kindred
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Umer Zeeshan Ijaz, Christopher Quince, Laura Hanske, Nick Loman, Szymon T Calus, Martin Bertz, Christine A Edwards, Daniel R Gaya, Richard Hansen, Paraic McGrogan, Richard K Russell, Konstantinos Gerasimidis
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Studying the gut microbiota in unaffected relatives of people with Crohn's disease (CD) may advance our understanding of the role of bacteria in disease aetiology. METHODS: Faecal microbiota composition (16S rRNA gene sequencing), genetic functional capacity (shotgun metagenomics) and faecal short chain fatty acids (SCFA) were compared in unaffected adult relatives of CD children (CDR, n = 17) and adult healthy controls, unrelated to CD patients (HUC, n = 14)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218875/balance-and-coordination-capacities-of-male-children-and-adolescents-with-intellectual-disability
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Ken Pitetti, Ruth Ann Miller, Michael Loovis
Children and adolescents with intellectual disability (ID) exhibit a mixture of cognitive, motor, and psychosocial limitation. Identifying specific inadequacies in motor proficiency in youth with ID would improve therapeutic management to enhance functional capacity and health-related physical activity. The purpose of this study was to initiate descriptive data collection of gross motor skills of youth with ID and compare those skills with competency norms. The Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency (BOT-2) was used to measure 6 items for balance (BAL), 5 items for upper limb coordination (ULC), and 6 items for bilateral coordination (BLC) of 123 males (ages 8-18) with ID but without Down syndrome...
January 2017: Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly: APAQ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213121/determination-of-a-clinically-important-difference-and-definition-of-a-responder-threshold-for-the-ucsd-performance-based-skills-assessment-upsa-in-patients-with-major-depressive-disorder
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Philip D Harvey, William Jacobson, Wei Zhong, George G Nomikos, Christina Kurre Olsen, Elizabeth Merikle, Michael Cronquist Christensen
BACKGROUND: This article reports an evaluation of the psychometric properties and clinically important difference (CID) threshold of the UCSD Performance-Based Skills Assessment (UPSA) in major depressive disorder (MDD), using data from a large-scale study of the effects of vortioxetine on cognitive functioning and functional capacity in MDD patients. METHODS: Adults with moderate-to-severe recurrent MDD and self-reported cognitive dysfunction were randomized to 8 weeks of double-blind treatment with vortioxetine 10/20mg QD (flexible), duloxetine 60mg QD, or placebo...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212868/vaginoplasty-with-autologous-buccal-mucosa-fenestrated-graft-in-two-patients-with-vaginal-agenesis-a-multidisciplinary-approach-and-literature-review
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Jessica L Chan, Pamela J Levin, Brian P Ford, David C Stanton, Samantha M Pfeifer
The objective of this case series is to describe the procedure and outcomes of a multidisciplinary approach to vaginoplasty using autologous buccal mucosa fenestrated grafts in two patients with vaginal agenesis. This procedure resulted in anatomic success with a functional neovagina with good vaginal length and caliber and satisfactory sexual function capacity and well healed buccal mucosa. There were no complications and patients were satisfied with surgical results. We conclude that the use of a single fenestrated graft of autologous buccal mucosa is a simple, effective procedure for the treatment of vaginal agenesis that results in an optimally functioning neovagina with respect to vaginal length, caliber, and sexual capacity...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208926/simultaneous-transabdominal-hysterectomy-and-cystolithotomy-in-an-augmented-urinary-bladder-challenges-and-outcome
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Vijay Sharma, Rakesh Kapoor, Priyank Yadav, Pankaj Gaur, Deepa Kapoor
Augmentation cystoplasty is a procedure to increase the anatomical as well as functional capacity of the urinary bladder using a segment of bowel or ureter. Upto half of these patients develop complications but most of them are minor and managed easily. Urolithiasis, especially bladder calculi are seen in upto half of the cases and are removed endoscopically or by open approach. Hysterectomy is an uncommon procedure in patients with augmentation cystoplasty and is complicated by the altered anatomy of the pelvis...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204298/does-functional-capacity-depend-on-the-size-of-the-shunt-a-prospective-cohort-study-of-adults-with-small-unrepaired-ventricular-septal-defects%C3%A2
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Marie Maagaard, Johan Heiberg, Benjamin Asschenfeldt, Steffen Ringgaard, Vibeke E Hjortdal
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 14, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199909/exploring-functioning-in-schizophrenia-predictors-of-functional-capacity-and-real-world-behaviour
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Margherita Bechi, Marta Bosia, Marco Spangaro, Mariachiara Buonocore, Silvia Cavedoni, Giulia Agostoni, Laura Bianchi, Federica Cocchi, Carmelo Guglielmino, Enrico Smeraldi, Roberto Cavallaro
Impairment in daily functioning still represents a major treatment issue in schizophrenia and a more in-depth knowledge of underlying constructs is crucial for interventions to translate into better outcomes. This study aims to model factors influencing both functional capacity and real-life behaviour in a sample of outpatients with chronic schizophrenia, through a comprehensive assessment including evaluations of psychopathology, cognitive and social cognitive abilities, premorbid adjustment, family environment and early childhood experiences...
February 9, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194840/burst-spinal-cord-stimulation-increases-peripheral-antineuroinflammatory-interleukin-10-levels-in-failed-back-surgery-syndrome-patients-with-predominant-back-pain
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Thomas M Kinfe, Sajjad Muhammad, Carolina Link, Sandra Roeske, Shafqat R Chaudhry, Thomas L Yearwood
OBJECTIVES: Burst spinal cord stimulation (SCS) has been reported to reduce back pain and improve functional capacity in Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS). However, its mechanism of action is not completely understood. Systemic circulating cytokines have been associated with the development of chronic back pain. METHODS: This prospective, feasibility study enrolled 12 refractory FBSS patients with predominant back pain (70% of overall pain) suitable for Burst SCS...
February 13, 2017: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192087/endothelial-cell-markers-from-clinician-s-perspective
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REVIEW
Jelena Rakocevic, Dejan Orlic, Olivera Mitrovic-Ajtic, Miloje Tomasevic, Milan Dobric, Natasa Zlatic, Dejan Milasinovic, Goran Stankovic, Miodrag Ostojić, Milica Labudovic-Borovic
Endothelial cell markers are membrane-bound or cytoplasmic molecules expressed by endothelial cells, which help their easier identification and discrimination from other cell types. During vasculogenesis, endothelial cells differentiate from hemangioblasts to form new blood vessels. With the discovery of endothelial progenitor cells (EPC) and their ability to form new blood vessels, the term vasculogenesis is not only reserved for the embryonic development. Possibility of de novo blood vessel formation from EPC is now widely explored in different ischemic conditions, especially in cardiovascular medicine...
February 9, 2017: Experimental and Molecular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188010/the-1-min-sit-to-stand-test-in-cystic-fibrosis-insights-into-cardiorespiratory-responses
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Thomas Radtke, Helge Hebestreit, Milo A Puhan, Susi Kriemler
BACKGROUND: We aimed to characterize the cardiopulmonary response during a 1-min sit-to-stand (STS) test and compare peak exercise cardiorespiratory variables to a maximal cardiopulmonary exercise test (CPET) in cystic fibrosis (CF). We further aimed to assess the validity of the STS power index (PowerSTS) as a measure of exercise capacity. METHODS: Fifteen adult CF patients performed spirometry, CPET and the 1-min STS test with respiratory gas analysis. RESULTS: Peak-exercise cardiorespiratory variables during the 1-min STS test correlated strongly (r=0...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Cystic Fibrosis: Official Journal of the European Cystic Fibrosis Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187529/physical-function-and-muscle-strength-in-sporadic-inclusion-body-myositis
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Anders N Jørgensen, Per Aagaard, Jakob L Nielsen, Mette Christiansen, Lars G Hvid, Ulrik Frandsen, Louise P Diederichsen
INTRODUCTION: Self-reported physical function, functional capacity, and isolated muscle function were investigated in sporadic inclusion body myositis (sIBM) patients. METHODS: SF-36 health survey and 2-min Walk test (2MWT), Timed Up & Go test (TUG), and 30-sec Chair Stand performance were evaluated. Additionally, patients were tested for knee extensor muscle strength (KinCom) and leg extension power (Nottingham Power Rig). RESULTS: TUG performance was the strongest predictor of self-reported physical function (r(2) =0...
February 10, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183912/merging-paleobiology-with-conservation-biology-to-guide-the-future-of-terrestrial-ecosystems
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REVIEW
Anthony D Barnosky, Elizabeth A Hadly, Patrick Gonzalez, Jason Head, P David Polly, A Michelle Lawing, Jussi T Eronen, David D Ackerly, Ken Alex, Eric Biber, Jessica Blois, Justin Brashares, Gerardo Ceballos, Edward Davis, Gregory P Dietl, Rodolfo Dirzo, Holly Doremus, Mikael Fortelius, Harry W Greene, Jessica Hellmann, Thomas Hickler, Stephen T Jackson, Melissa Kemp, Paul L Koch, Claire Kremen, Emily L Lindsey, Cindy Looy, Charles R Marshall, Chase Mendenhall, Andreas Mulch, Alexis M Mychajliw, Carsten Nowak, Uma Ramakrishnan, Jan Schnitzler, Kashish Das Shrestha, Katherine Solari, Lynn Stegner, M Allison Stegner, Nils Chr Stenseth, Marvalee H Wake, Zhibin Zhang
Conservation of species and ecosystems is increasingly difficult because anthropogenic impacts are pervasive and accelerating. Under this rapid global change, maximizing conservation success requires a paradigm shift from maintaining ecosystems in idealized past states toward facilitating their adaptive and functional capacities, even as species ebb and flow individually. Developing effective strategies under this new paradigm will require deeper understanding of the long-term dynamics that govern ecosystem persistence and reconciliation of conflicts among approaches to conserving historical versus novel ecosystems...
February 10, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179006/revised-computational-metagenomic-processing-uncovers-hidden-and-biologically-meaningful-functional-variation-in-the-human-microbiome
#16
Ohad Manor, Elhanan Borenstein
BACKGROUND: Recent metagenomic analyses of the human gut microbiome identified striking variability in its taxonomic composition across individuals. Notably, however, these studies often reported marked functional uniformity, with relatively little variation in the microbiome's gene composition or in its overall metabolic capacity. RESULTS: Here, we address this surprising discrepancy between taxonomic and functional variations and set out to track its origins. Specifically, we demonstrate that the functional uniformity observed in microbiome studies can be attributed, at least partly, to common computational metagenomic processing procedures that mask true functional variation across microbiome samples...
February 8, 2017: Microbiome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178025/the-short-term-impact-of-colorectal-cancer-treatment-on-physical-activity-functional-status-and-quality-of-life-a-systematic-review
#17
C J Cabilan, Sonia Hines
BACKGROUND: Physical activity, functional status and quality of life (QoL) are important determinants of the quality of life (QoL) after colorectal cancer (CRC) treatment; however, little is known on how the treatment impacts these outcomes. Having this understanding could help clinicians develop and implement strategies that would enhance or maintain the QoL of CRC patients. OBJECTIVES: To identify the impact of curative CRC treatment (surgery with or without radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy) on physical activity, functional status and QoL within one year of treatment or diagnosis...
February 2017: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177923/protein-calorie-malnutrition-nutritional-intervention-and-personalized-cancer-care
#18
Anju Gangadharan, Sung Eun Choi, Ahmed Hassan, Nehad M Ayoub, Gina Durante, Sakshi Balwani, Young Hee Kim, Andrew Pecora, Andre Goy, K Stephen Suh
Cancer patients often experience weight loss caused by protein calorie malnutrition (PCM) during the course of the disease or treatment. PCM is expressed as severe if the patient has two or more of the following characteristics: obvious significant muscle wasting, loss of subcutaneous fat; nutritional intake of <50% of recommended intake for 2 weeks or more; bedridden or otherwise significantly reduced functional capacity; weight loss of >2% in 1 week, 5% in 1 month, or 7.5% in 3 months. Cancer anorexia-cachexia syndrome (CACS) is a multifactorial condition of advanced PCM associated with underlying illness (in this case cancer) and is characterized by loss of muscle with or without loss of fat mass...
February 4, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173870/an-effective-ex-vivo-approach-for-inducing-endothelial-progenitor-cells-from-umbilical-cord-blood-cd34-cells
#19
Meng Qin, Xin Guan, Huihui Wang, Yu Zhang, Bin Shen, Qingyu Zhang, Wei Dai, Yupo Ma, Yongping Jiang
BACKGROUND: Transplantation of endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs)/endothelial cells (ECs) has been used for the treatment of ischemic diseases and hemophilia A, due to their great capacity for producing factor VIII and for repairing vascular damage. We established an effective approach to stimulate the expansion and differentiation of EPCs for potential therapeutic applications. METHODS: CD34(+) cells isolated from human cord blood were cultured in a two-step system for 21 days...
February 7, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173784/a-protocol-for-a-new-methodological-model-for-work-related-shoulder-complex-injuries-from-diagnosis-to-rehabilitation
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Igor Setuain, Miriam Gonzalez-Izal, Ainara Paularena, Jose Luis Luque, Lars L Andersen, Mikel Izquierdo
BACKGROUND: Work-related injuries of the shoulder complex represent a challenge for clinicians because of the large variety of clinical entities involved and the broad anatomic structures that can be affected. Furthermore, commonly performed orthopedic tests have demonstrated limited accuracy for diagnosing the injury despite considerable research efforts. The aim of this study protocol is therefore to describe a comprehensive approach integrating both a clinical- and functional status-based pathology and an adapted rehabilitation prescription...
February 7, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
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