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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110450/application-of-a-statistical-model-for-the-assessment-of-environmental-quality-in-neotropical-semi-arid-reservoirs
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Evaldo de Lira Azevêdo, José Etham de Lucena Barbosa, Leandro Gomes Viana, Maria José Pinheiro Anacleto, Marcos Callisto, Joseline Molozzi
The aim of this study was to develop a statistical model to assess the environmental quality of reservoirs located in semi-arid region using metrics of anthropogenic disturbance, water quality variables, and benthic macroinvertebrate communities as indicators. The proposed model was applied to 60 sites located in three reservoirs in the Paraíba river basin, Brazilian semi-arid region. Collections were made in December 2011. In each site, we collected one sample of benthic macroinvertebrates and one water sample for the determination of physical and chemical parameters...
February 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110410/neurophysiological-assessment-of-brain-dysfunction-in-critically-ill-patients-an-update
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Eric Azabou, Catherine Fischer, Jean Michel Guerit, Djillali Annane, François Mauguiere, Fréderic Lofaso, Tarek Sharshar
The aim of this review was to provide up-to-date information about the usefulness of clinical neurophysiology testing in the management of critically ill patients. Evoked potentials (EPs) and electroencephalogram (EEG) are non-invasive clinical neurophysiology tools that allow an objective assessment of the central nervous system's function at the bedside in intensive care unit (ICU). These tests are quite useful in diagnosing cerebral complications, and establishing the vital and functional prognosis in ICU...
January 21, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110326/behavioural-responses-of-yunnan-snub-nosed-monkeys-rhinopithecus-bieti-to-tourists-in-a-provisioned-monkey-group-in-baimaxueshan-nature-reserve
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Wancai Xia, Baoping Ren, Yanhong Li, Jie Hu, Xinming He, Ali Krzton, Ming Li, Dayong Li
The appearance of tourists brings about behavioural changes in some primates. Primate behavioural responses to human activities can reflect their survival strategy. Little is known about how the behaviour of Rhinopithecus bieti changes in the presence of tourists. Here we provide the first detailed description of interactions between a provisioned group of R. bieti and tourists at Xiangguqing in Baimaxueshan Nature Reserve from July 2012 to June 2013. We found that R. bieti had different response rates to the 5 most common human actions (shout, photograph, offer food, clap, and wave)...
January 21, 2017: Folia Primatologica; International Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110319/perioperative-remote-acute-lung-injury-recent-update
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Jin Zhaosheng, Suen Ka Chun, Ma Daqing
Perioperative acute lung injury (ALI) is a syndrome characterised by hypoxia and chest radiograph changes. It is a serious post-operative complication, associated with considerable mortality and morbidity. In addition to mechanical ventilation, remote organ insult could also trigger systemic responses which induce ALI. Currently, there are limited treatment options available beyond conservative respiratory support. However, increasing understanding of the pathophysiology of ALI and the biochemical pathways involved will aid the development of novel treatments and help to improve patient outcome as well as to reduce cost to the health service...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110203/imaging-of-pancreatic-cancer-what-the-surgeon-wants-to-know
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Randy Yeh, Jonathan Steinman, Lyndon Luk, Michael D Kluger, Elizabeth M Hecht
Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related death. Early detection is challenging because symptoms are relatively nonspecific. Imaging is vital in detecting and staging pancreatic tumors, and management depends on imaging findings. Radiologists should be aware of current surgical treatments for pancreatic neoplasms, as surgeons rely on interpretation of cross-sectional imaging for presurgical planning. Understanding postsurgical anatomy is critical to assess for complications and recurrence...
October 7, 2016: Clinical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110176/the-management-of-hiv-in-pregnancy-a-10-year-experience
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Sonia F Raffe, Charlotte Savage, Louisa A Perry, Amie Patel, Tricia Keith, Richard Howell, Robert Bradley, Rob Bomont, Katy Fidler, Yvonne Gilleece
OBJECTIVE: The package of care to reduce HIV mother to child transmission (MTCT) has evolved significantly since trials of ante and intrapartum antiretroviral therapy (ART) in 1994. In the UK MTCT rate has fallen from 25.6% in the 1990s to 0.46%. We review the management of HIV in pregnancy in Brighton in the context of evolving guidelines. STUDY DESIGN: HIV, obstetric and neonatal notes of all HIV positive women, pregnant between 2003 and 2014, were reviewed. RESULTS: 97 pregnancies in 75 women were identified, resulting in 79 live births...
January 3, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109928/fdg-uptake-by-prosthetic-arterial-grafts-in-large-vessel-vasculitis-is-not%C3%A2-specific-for-active-disease
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Taryn Youngstein, Enrico Tombetti, Jaita Mukherjee, Tara D Barwick, Adil Al-Nahhas, Emyr Humphreys, Julian Nash, Jacqueline Andrews, Elena Incerti, Elisabetta Tombolini, Annalaura Salerno, Silvia Sartorelli, Giuseppe A Ramirez, Maurizio Papa, Maria Grazia Sabbadini, Luigi Gianolli, Francesco De Cobelli, Federico Fallanca, Elena Baldissera, Angelo A Manfredi, Maria Picchio, Justin C Mason
OBJECTIVES: This study investigated the incidence and clinical significance of arterial graft-associated uptake of fluorodeoxyglucose in large-vessel vasculitis (LVV). BACKGROUND: The role of (18)F-labeled fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography/computed tomography ([(18)F]FDG-PET/CT) in the management of LVV remains to be defined. Although [(18)F]FDG uptake at arterial graft sites raises concerns regarding active arteritis or infection, its clinical significance in LVV has never been formally studied...
January 11, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109713/utility-of-chest-ct-after-a-chest-x-ray-in-patients-presenting-to-the-emergency-department-with-non-traumatic-thoracic-emergencies
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Naciye Sinem Gezer, Pınar Balcı, Kemal Çağlar Tuna, Işıl Başara Akın, Mustafa Mahmut Barış, Neşe Çolak Oray
BACKGROUND: Chest radiography is the initial choice for thoracic imaging. However, the wide availability of computed tomography (CT) has led to a substantial increase in its use in the emergency department (ED). We evaluated the utility of chest CT after a chest X-ray in patients presenting to the ED with non-traumatic thoracic emergencies, and determined if the diagnosis and management decision changed after CT. METHODS: The study enrolled 500 consecutive patients with both chest X-rays and CT who presented to the ED with non-traumatic complaints...
January 18, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109597/weather-influences-feed-intake-and-feed-efficiency-in-a-temperate-climate
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Davina L Hill, Eileen Wall
A key goal for livestock science is to ensure that food production meets the needs of an increasing global population. Climate change may heighten this challenge through increases in mean temperatures and in the intensity, duration, and spatial distribution of extreme weather events, such as heat waves. Under high ambient temperatures, livestock are expected to decrease dry matter intake (DMI) to reduce their metabolic heat production. High yielding dairy cows require high DMI to support their levels of milk production, but this may increase susceptibility to heat stress...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109587/effect-of-transitioning-to-automatic-milking-systems-on-producers-perceptions-of-farm-management-and-cow-health-in-the-canadian-dairy-industry
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C Tse, H W Barkema, T J DeVries, J Rushen, E A Pajor
Automatic milking systems (AMS), or milking robots, are becoming increasingly common, but there is little documentation of how AMS have affected farms as a whole and what challenges and benefits producers are experiencing during their transition to AMS. The objective of this national survey was to document the effect of transitioning to AMS on producer perceptions of change in housing, farm management, and cow health. In total, 217 AMS producers were surveyed from 8 Canadian provinces. Median time since transition for respondents was 30 mo...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109275/insights-of-health-district-managers-on-the-implementation-of-primary-health-care-outreach-teams-in-johannesburg-south-africa-a-descriptive-study-with-focus-group-discussions
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Shabir Moosa, Anselme Derese, Wim Peersman
BACKGROUND: Primary health care (PHC) outreach teams are part of a policy of PHC re-engineering in South Africa. It attempts to move the deployment of community health workers (CHWs) from vertical programmes into an integrated generalised team-based approach to care for defined populations in municipal wards. There has little evaluation of PHC outreach teams. Managers' insights are anecdotal. METHODS: This is descriptive qualitative study with focus group discussions with health district managers of Johannesburg, the largest city in South Africa...
January 21, 2017: Human Resources for Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109266/team-based-care-for-improving-hypertension-management-among-outpatients-tbc-hta-study-protocol-for-a-pragmatic-randomized-controlled-trial
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Valérie Santschi, Grégoire Wuerzner, Arnaud Chiolero, Bernard Burnand, Philippe Schaller, Lyne Cloutier, Gilles Paradis, Michel Burnier
BACKGROUND: Blood pressure (BP) is poorly controlled among a large proportion of hypertensive outpatients. Innovative models of care are therefore needed to improve BP control. The Team-Based Care for improving Hypertension management (TBC-HTA) study aims to evaluate the effect of a team-based care (TBC) interprofessional intervention, involving nurses, community pharmacists and physicians, on BP control of hypertensive outpatients compared to usual care in routine clinical practice. METHODS/DESIGN: The TBC-HTA study is a pragmatic randomized controlled study with a 6-month follow-up which tests a TBC interprofessionnal intervention conducted among uncontrolled treated hypertensive outpatients in two ambulatory clinics and among seven nearby community pharmacies in Lausanne and Geneva, Switzerland...
January 21, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108832/beat-by-beat-assessment-of-cardiac-afterload-using-descending-aortic-velocity-pressure-loop-during-general-anesthesia-a-pilot-study
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Fabrice Vallée, Arthur Le Gall, Jona Joachim, Olivier Passouant, Joaquim Matéo, Arnaud Mari, Sandrine Millasseau, Alexandre Mebazaa, Etienne Gayat
Continuous cardiac afterload evaluation could represent a useful tool during general anesthesia (GA) to titrate vasopressor effect. Using beat to beat descending aortic pressure(P)/flow velocity(U) loop obtained from esophageal Doppler and femoral pressure signals might allow to track afterload changes. Methods We defined three angles characterizing the PU loop (alpha, beta and Global After-Load Angle (GALA)). Augmentation index (AIx) and total arterial compliance (Ctot) were measured via radial tonometry. Peripheral Vascular Resistances (PVR) were also calculated...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108578/the-activated-clotting-time-in-cardiac-surgery-should-celite-or-kaolin-be-used
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Adrianus J De Vries, Annemieke Oude Lansink-Hartgring, Freek-Jan Fernhout, Rolf C G Huet, Edwin R van den Heuvel
OBJECTIVES: Both kaolin- and Celite-activated clotting times (ACT) are used to guide anticoagulation during cardiopulmonary bypass. It is unknown whether these methods lead to similar management procedures for anticoagulation in patients and are thus interchangeable in terms of bias, precision and variability. METHODS: We randomized 97 patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting or aortic valve replacement to either kaolin- or Celite-guided anticoagulation...
January 20, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108432/living-on-the-edge-conservation-genetics-of-seven-thermophilous-plant-species-in-a-high-arctic-archipelago
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Siri Birkeland, Idunn Elisabeth Borgen Skjetne, Anne Krag Brysting, Reidar Elven, Inger Greve Alsos
Small, isolated, and/or peripheral populations are expected to harbour low levels of genetic variation and may therefore have reduced adaptability to environmental change, including climate warming. In the Arctic, global warming has already caused vegetation change across the region and is acting as a significant stressor on Arctic biodiversity. Many of the rare plants in the Arctic are relicts from early Holocene warm periods, but their ability to benefit from the current warming is dependent on the viability of their populations...
January 20, 2017: AoB Plants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108319/how-the-changes-in-the-system-affect-trauma-care-provision-the-assessment-of-and-implications-for-lithuanian-trauma-service-performance-in-2007-2012
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Žilvinas Dambrauskas, Vytautas Aukštakalnis, Aurika Karbonskienė, Dmitrijus Kačiurinas, Jolanta Vokietienė, Robertas Lapka, Algimantas Pamerneckas, Narūnas Porvaneckas, Kęstutis Stašaitis, Nedas Jasinskas, Paulius Dobožinskas, Dinas Vaitkaitis, Raimundas Lunevičius
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to identify and assess the effects of changes in the Lithuanian trauma service from 2007 to 2012. We postulate that the implications derived from this study will be of importance to trauma policy planners and makers in Lithuania and throughout other countries of Eastern and Central Europe. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Out of 10,390 trauma admissions to four trauma centers in 2007, 294 patients (2.8%) were randomly selected for the first arm of a representative study sample...
January 6, 2017: Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108262/deceased-organ-donor-management-does-hospital-volume-matter
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Madhukar S Patel, Jahan Mohebali, Mitchell Sally, Tahnee Groat, Parsia A Vagefi, David C Chang, Darren J Malinoski
BACKGROUND: Identification of strategies to improve organ donor utilization remains imperative. Despite the association between hospital volume and outcomes for many common disease processes, there have been no studies to assess the impact of organ donor hospital volume on organ yield. STUDY DESIGN: A prospective observational study of all deceased organ donors managed by ten OPOs across UNOS Regions 4, 5, and 6 was conducted from February 2012-June 2015. In order to study the impact of hospital volume on organ yield, each donor was placed into a hospital volume quartile based on the number of donors managed by their hospital...
December 16, 2016: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108129/cardiovascular-impact-in-patients-undergoing-maintenance-hemodialysis-clinical-management-considerations
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REVIEW
Srisakul Chirakarnjanakorn, Sankar D Navaneethan, Gary S Francis, W H Wilson Tang
Patients undergoing maintenance hemodialysis develop both structural and functional cardiovascular abnormalities. Despite improvement of dialysis technology, cardiovascular mortality of this population remains high. The pathophysiological mechanisms of these changes are complex and not well understood. It has been postulated that several non-traditional, uremic-related risk factors, especially the long-term uremic state, which may affect the cardiovascular system. There are many cardiovascular changes that occur in chronic kidney disease including left ventricular hypertrophy, myocardial fibrosis, microvascular disease, accelerated atherosclerosis and arteriosclerosis...
January 4, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108117/a-single-intervention-for-cockroach-control-reduces-cockroach-exposure-and-asthma-morbidity-in-children
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Felicia A Rabito, John C Carlson, Hua He, Derek Werthmann, Coby Schal
BACKGROUND: Exposure to cockroaches is an important asthma trigger, particularly for children with asthma living in inner cities. Integrated pest management is the recommended approach to cockroach abatement; however, it is costly and difficult to implement. The impact of reducing cockroach exposure on asthma outcomes is not known. OBJECTIVE: We sought to test the use of a single intervention, insecticidal bait, to reduce cockroach exposure in the home of children with asthma in New Orleans and to examine the impact of cockroach reduction on asthma outcomes...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108065/assessment-of-central-venous-physiology-of-fontan-circulation-using-peripheral-venous-pressure
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Satoshi Masutani, Clara Kurishima, Akiko Yana, Seiko Kuwata, Yoichi Iwamoto, Hirofumi Saiki, Hirotaka Ishido, Hideaki Senzaki
OBJECTIVE: Elevated central venous pressure is a major cause of morbidity and mortality after the Fontan operation. The difference between mean circulatory filling pressure and central venous pressure, a driving force of venous return, is important in determining dynamic changes in central venous pressure in response to changes in ventricular properties or loading conditions. Thus, noninvasive central venous pressure and mean circulatory filling pressure estimation may contribute to optimal management in patients undergoing the Fontan operation...
December 19, 2016: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
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