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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222554/a-single-group-pretest-posttest-clinical-trial-for-the-effects-of-dry-needling-on-wrist-flexors-spasticity-after-stroke
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Noureddin Nakhostin Ansari
BACKGROUND: Spasticity is a common complication after stroke. Dry needling (DN) is suggested as a novel method for treatment of muscle spasticity. OBJECTIVE: To explore the effects of DN on wrist flexors spasticity poststroke. METHODS: A single group, pretest-posttest clinical trial was used. Twenty nine patients with stroke (16 male; mean age 54.3 years) were tested at baseline (T0), immediately after DN (T1), and one hour after DN (T2). DN was applied for flexor carpi radialis (FCR) and flexor carpi ulnaris on the affected arm for single session, one minute per muscle...
February 8, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222551/the-top-100-cited-neurorehabilitation-papers
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Jeffrey S Kreutzer, Amma A Agyemang, David Weedon, Nathan Zasler, Melissa Oliver, Aaron A Sorensen, Saskia van Wijngaarden, Eileen Leahy
BACKGROUND: Neurorehabilitation covers a large range of disorders, treatment approaches and methods. There have been previous citation analyses of rehabilitation and of its subfields. However, there has never been a comprehensive citation analysis in neurorehabilitation. OBJECTIVE: The present study reports findings from a citation analysis of the top 100 most cited neurorehabilitation papers to describe the research trends in the field. METHODS: A de-novo keyword search of papers indexed in the Web of Science Core Collection database yielded 52,581 papers...
January 7, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222504/bimanual-gesture-imitation-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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G Nter Sanin, Thomas Benke
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVE: Unimanual gesture production or imitation has often been studied in Alzheimer's disease (AD) during apraxia testing. In the present study, it was hypothesized that bimanual motor tasks may be a sensitive method to detect impairments of motor cognition in AD due to increased demands on the cognitive system. METHODS: We investigated bimanual, meaningless gesture imitation in 45 AD outpatients, 38 subjects with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and 50 normal controls (NC) attending a memory clinic...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222494/selecting-cases-and-controls-for-dna-sequencing-studies-using-family-histories-of-disease
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Wonji Kim, Dandi Qiao, Michael H Cho, Soo Heon Kwak, Kyong Soo Park, Edwin K Silverman, Pak Sham, Sungho Won
Recent improvements in sequencing technology have enabled the investigation of so-called missing heritability, and a large number of affected subjects have been sequenced in order to detect significant associations between human diseases and rare variants. However, the cost of genome sequencing is still high, and a statistically powerful strategy for selecting informative subjects would be useful. Therefore, in this report, we propose a new statistical method for selecting cases and controls for sequencing studies based on family history...
February 21, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222478/-possible-significance-of-bronchoalveolar-lavage-cytology-at-initial-diagnosis-and-follow-up-of-lung-cancer
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A Grünewaldt, C Hügel, E Hermann, T O F Wagner
Bronchoalveolar lavage [BAL] is an important procedure in the diagnosis of a variety of lung diseases. While it has enormous value in the diagnostics of inflammatory parenchymal diseases, its significance in lung cancer is unclear. Keeping in mind that immune therapy (e. g. application of checkpoint inhibitors) is gaining importance in the management of lung carcinoma, it is important to know if there are typical cellular patterns in BAL of lung cancer patients. Methods In a retrospective proof of principle-study, we analyzed 38 patients who underwent BAL at the initial diagnosis of lung cancer...
February 2017: Pneumologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222477/checklists-for-the-assessment-of-correct-inhalation-therapy
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V Knipel, S Schwarz, F S Magnet, J H Storre, C P Criée, W Windisch
Introduction For the long-term treatment of obstructive lung diseases inhalation therapy with drugs being delivered directly to the lungs as an aerosol has become the method of choice. However, patient-related mistakes in inhalation techniques are frequent and recognized to be associated with reduced disease control. Since the assessment of patient-mistakes in inhalation has yet not been standardized, the present study was aimed at developing checklists for the assessment of correct inhalation. Methods Checklists were developed in German by an expert panel of pneumologists and professionally translated into English following back-translation procedures...
February 2017: Pneumologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222465/autologous-conditioned-plasma-versus-placebo-injection-therapy-in-lateral-epicondylitis-of-the-elbow-a-double-blind-randomized-study
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Volker Schöffl, Wolfgang Willauschus, Felix Sauer, Thomas Küpper, Isabelle Schöffl, Christoph Lutter, Kolja Gelse, Jörg Dickschas
Introduction There are various therapeutic approaches to the treatment of lateral epicondylitis, a highly prevalent musculoskeletal disorder. Recently, injection therapy with autologous conditioned plasma (ACP) has shown promise as a new approach. Methods Set up as a prospective, double-blind, randomized controlled clinical trial, this study involved 50 patients with lateral epicondylitis. Following external randomization, 25 patients received one round of injection therapy with ACP (platelet rich plasma, PRP), while the remaining 25 patients received a placebo of 0...
February 21, 2017: Sportverletzung Sportschaden: Organ der Gesellschaft Für Orthopädisch-Traumatologische Sportmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222442/transvesical-suprapubic-externalization-of-ureteral-stents-introduction-of-a-surgical-innovation-at-the-development-stage
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Holger Gerullis, Klaus Schwartmann, Thorsten H Ecke, Evangelos Georgas, Philip Herberg, Alexander Winter, Friedhelm Wawroschek, Dimitri Barski, Thomas Otto
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: In this study, we describe our first experiences with the new method of transvesical suprapubic externalization of ureteral stents. This method is assessed in patients with incurable ureteral obstruction and concomitant bladder dysfunction, and is classified according to the Idea, Development, Exploration, Assessment, Long-Term Study (IDEAL) recommendations. PATIENTS AND METHODS: From 2009 to 2015, transvesical suprapubic externalization of ureteral stents was applied in 14 (8 males, 6 females) patients with incurable ureteral obstruction of malignant (n = 9, 64%) or benign (n = 5; 36%) etiology...
February 22, 2017: Urologia Internationalis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222426/knockdown-of-pd-l1-in-human-gastric-cancer-cells-inhibits-tumor-progression-and-improves-the-cytotoxic-sensitivity-to-cik-therapy
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Jing Li, Lujun Chen, Yuqi Xiong, Xiao Zheng, Quanqin Xie, Qi Zhou, Liangrong Shi, Changping Wu, Jingting Jiang, Haitao Wang
: Background/Abstract: PD-L1 has been an important target of cancer immunotherapy. We have showed that in human gastric cancer tissues, over-expression of PD-L1 was significantly associated with cancer progression and patients' postoperative prognoses. However, as of now, how PD-L1 regulates the biological function of gastric cancer cells still remains elusive. METHODS: We constructed the stable PD-L1 knockdown expression gastric cancer cell lines by using RNAi method, and further investigated the changes of biological functions including cell viability, migration, invasion, cell cycle, apoptosis, tumorigenicity in vivo, and the cytotoxic sensitivity to CIK therapy, in contrast to the control cells...
February 20, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222408/severe-osteoporosis-with-multiple-spontaneous-vertebral-fractures-in-a-young-male-carrying-triple-polymorphisms-in-the-vitamin-d-receptor-collagen-type-1-and-low-density-lipoprotein-receptor-related-peptide-5-genes
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Maria P Yavropoulou, Panagoulia Kollia, Dimitris Chatzidimitriou, Stavroula Samara, Lemonia Skoura, John G Yovos
: Osteoporosis is a common disease with a strong genetic component. Several studies have reported the vitamin D receptor (VDR), collagen type I (COL1A1), and LDL receptor-related protein 5 (LRP5) genes as the most likely candidates. However, most of the studies have been carried out in postmenopausal women and older men and show inconsistent results. CASE PRESENTATION: We report a case of a 26-year old male who presented with severe back pain of acute onset, unrelated to any kind of trauma, and diffuse myalgia...
October 2016: Hormones: International Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222397/a-novel-approach-towards-design-synthesis-and-evaluation-of-some-schiff-base-analogues-of-2-aminopyridine-and-2-aminobezothiazole-against-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Shinu Chacko, Subir Samanta
Hepatocellular carcinoma is the most common primary malignancy of the liver with poor prognosis. In this study novel, Schiff's bases of 2-aminopyridine (SSSC-26 to 31) and 2-aminobenzothiazole (SSSC-32 to 37) were designed, synthesised and evaluated for antioxidant potential using DPPH method, and anti-hepatocellular carcinoma property using diethylnitrosamine (DEN) induced hepatocellular carcinoma rat model. The in-silico pharmacokinetic, rule of five and toxicity studies reveals that all the leads have an excellent intrinsic quality and sufficient structural features necessary for an oral activity...
February 18, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222389/correlation-between-ploidy-status-using-flow-cytometry-and-nucleolar-organizer-regions-in-benign-and-malignant-epithelial-odontogenic-tumors
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Sarah Ahmed Mohamed Mahmoud, Dalia Hussein El-Rouby, Safa Fathy Abd El-Ghani, Omnia Mohamed Badawy
OBJECTIVE: Differentiation between the aggressive benign odontogenic tumors and their malignant counterparts is controversial and difficult. While flow cytometry (FCM) allowed DNA analysis in neoplasia, argyrophilic organizer regions (AgNORs) number and/or size in a nucleus are correlated with the ribosomal gene activity and therefore with cellular proliferation. The aim of this research was to study the diagnostic accuracy of FCM and AgNORs staining in differentiating between benign and malignant epithelial odontogenic tumors and to correlate between these two interventions...
February 14, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222363/very-short-term-reactive-forecasting-of-the-solar-ultraviolet-index-using-an-extreme-learning-machine-integrated-with-the-solar-zenith-angle
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Ravinesh C Deo, Nathan Downs, Alfio V Parisi, Jan F Adamowski, John M Quilty
Exposure to erythemally-effective solar ultraviolet radiation (UVR) that contributes to malignant keratinocyte cancers and associated health-risk is best mitigated through innovative decision-support systems, with global solar UV index (UVI) forecast necessary to inform real-time sun-protection behaviour recommendations. It follows that the UVI forecasting models are useful tools for such decision-making. In this study, a model for computationally-efficient data-driven forecasting of diffuse and global very short-term reactive (VSTR) (10-min lead-time) UVI, enhanced by drawing on the solar zenith angle (θs) data, was developed using an extreme learning machine (ELM) algorithm...
February 18, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222352/status-of-pharmaceuticals-in-african-water-bodies-occurrence-removal-and-analytical-methods
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REVIEW
Lawrence Mzukisi Madikizela, Nikita Tawanda Tavengwa, Luke Chimuka
In this review paper, the milestones and challenges that have been achieved and experienced by African Environmental Scientists regarding the assessment of water pollution caused by the presence of pharmaceutical compounds in water bodies are highlighted. The identification and quantification of pharmaceuticals in the African water bodies is important to the general public at large due to the lack of information. The consumption of pharmaceuticals to promote human health is usually followed by excretion of these drugs via urine or fecal matter due to their slight transformation in the human metabolism...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222351/the-land-morphology-approach-to-flood-risk-mapping-an-application-to-portugal
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N S Cunha, M R Magalhães, T Domingos, M M Abreu, C Küpfer
In the last decades, the increasing vulnerability of floodplains is linked to societal changes such as population density growth, land use changes, water use patterns, among other factors. Land morphology directly influences surface water flow, transport of sediments, soil genesis, local climate and vegetation distribution. Therefore, the land morphology, the land used and management directly influences flood risks genesis. However, attention is not always given to the underlying geomorphological and ecological processes that influence the dynamic of rivers and their floodplains...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222337/assessment-of-dental-plaque-coverage-by-quantitative-light-induced-fluorescence-qlf-in-domestic-short-haired-cats
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Zoe V Marshall-Jones, Corrin V Wallis, Judi M Allsopp, Alison Colyer, Ian J Davis, Lucy J Holcombe
Dietary means of reducing plaque and calculus deposits are frequently sought for the maintenance of oral health in cats and dogs. In the development of such products sensitive, reliable, reproducible methods of measuring plaque and calculus are key. The aim of this study was to assess Quantitative Light-induced Fluorescence (QLF™) for the detection of dental plaque coverage in cats compared to the modified Logan and Boyce technique. The techniques were utilised in a crossover study, which compared two diets for their effect on plaque deposition in a cohort of 24 adult cats...
February 10, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222336/a-two-step-approach-for-sequencing-spliceosome-related-genes-as-a-complementary-diagnostic-assay-in-mds-patients-with-ringed-sideroblasts
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Kamila Janusz, Mónica Del Rey, María Abáigar, Rosa Collado, David Ivars, María Hernández-Sánchez, Alberto Valiente, Cristina Robledo, Rocío Benito, María Díez-Campelo, Fernando Ramos, Alexander Kohlmann, Consuelo Del Cañizo, Jesús María Hernández-Rivas
Our study aimed to analyze the presence of mutations in SF3B1 and other spliceosome-related genes in myelodysplastic syndromes with ringed sideroblasts (MDS-RS) by combining conventional Sanger and next-generation sequencing (NGS) methods, and to determine the feasibility of this approach in a clinical setting. 122 bone marrow samples from MDS-RS patients were studied. Initially, exons 14 and 15 of the SF3B1 gene were analyzed by Sanger sequencing. Secondly, they were studied by NGS covering besides SF3B1, SRSF2, U2AF1 and ZRSR2 genes...
February 4, 2017: Leukemia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222334/a-quantification-method-for-determination-of-racemate-praziquantel-and-r-enantiomer-in-rat-plasma-for-comparison-of-their-pharmacokinetics
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Danlu Zhang, Haina Wang, Jianbo Ji, Lei Nie, Dequn Sun
Praziquantel is the drug of first choice for the control and treatment of all forms of schistosomiasis. Praziquantel is administered as a racemate, including R-enantiomer and S-enantiomer. Among them, R-enantiomer has main contribution to schistosomicidal activity. In this study, a sensitive and rapid liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry was established and validated to determine the concentration of racemate praziquantel and R-enantiomer in rat plasma after oral administration. Chromatographic separation was performed on an Agilent Zorbax SB-C18 column...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222320/antioxidant-polymorphisms-do-not-influence-the-risk-of-epilepsy-or-its-drug-resistance-after-neonatal-hypoxic-ischemic-brain-injury
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Katarina Esih, Katja Goričar, Vita Dolžan, Zvonka Rener-Primec
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to investigate if common functional antioxidant polymorphisms are associated with epilepsy after neonatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). The antioxidant enzymes manganese superoxide dismutase (SOD2), glutathione peroxidase 1 (GPX1) and catalase (CAT) represent the primary defence mechanism against reactive oxygen species (ROS). Evidence suggests that genetic variants in antioxidant enzymes could influence susceptibility to epilepsy, but to date the relationship between them remains unclear...
February 3, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222240/a-computerized-family-planning-counseling-aid-a%C3%A2-pilot%C3%A2-study-evaluation-of-smart-choices
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Helen P Koo, Ellen K Wilson, Alexandra M Minnis
CONTEXT: Resource constraints may make it challenging for family planning clinics to provide comprehensive contraceptive counseling; technological tools that help providers follow recommended practices without straining resources merit evaluation. METHODS: A pilot study using a two-group, posttest-only experimental design evaluated Smart Choices, a computer-based tool designed to help providers offer more patient-centered counseling and enable patients to participate proactively in the counseling session...
February 21, 2017: Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health
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