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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457694/exploring-self-management-on-glycemic-control-using-a-modified-information-motivation-behavioral-skills-model-in-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-patients-in-shanghai-china-a-cross-sectional-study
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Qi Chen, Huwen Wang, Yichen Wang, Zezhou Wang, DaiJun Zhao, Yong Cai
BACKGROUND: The utility and maturity of the original Information-Motivation-Behavioral Skills (IMB) model have been verified in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) patients. But little research has clarified whether the model has effect on glycemic control. The main purpose of this study is to modify the IMB model to explore self-management on glycemic control in T2DM patients in Shanghai, China. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted using a convenience sampling method between June and August 2015 in three tertiary hospitals and four community health service centers...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457585/training-nurses-in-a-competency-framework-to-support-adults-with-epilepsy-and-intellectual-disability-the-epaid-cluster-rct
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Howard Ring, James Howlett, Mark Pennington, Christopher Smith, Marcus Redley, Caroline Murphy, Roxanne Hook, Adam Platt, Nakita Gilbert, Elizabeth Jones, Joanna Kelly, Angela Pullen, Adrian Mander, Cam Donaldson, Simon Rowe, James Wason, Fiona Irvine
BACKGROUND: People with an intellectual (learning) disability (ID) and epilepsy have an increased seizure frequency, higher frequencies of multiple antiepileptic drug (AED) use and side effects, higher treatment costs, higher mortality rates and more behavioural problems than the rest of the population with epilepsy. The introduction of nurse-led care may lead to improvements in outcome for those with an ID and epilepsy; however, this has not been tested in a definitive clinical trial...
February 2018: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457336/high-school-biology-students-use-of-visual-molecular-dynamics-as-an-authentic-tool-for-learning-about-modeling-as-a-professional-scientific-practice
#3
Stephen R Burgin, Jennifer Oramous, Michael Kaminski, Linda Stocker, Mahmoud Moradi
Modeling is a practice of science that is underemphasized in biology classrooms in comparison to its central focus in the physical sciences. Visualizations of the submicroscopic world of molecules are becoming increasingly sophisticated with the evolution of new technologies. With this in mind, we introduced high school biology classrooms to a professional molecular modeling software program used by research biochemists to visualize proteins and other macromolecules. Analysis of surveys completed before and after the use of the program revealed significant student gains in their understandings of the nature of models...
February 19, 2018: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457284/dual-peak-absorbing-semiconducting-copolymer-nanoparticles-for-first-and-second-near-infrared-window-photothermal-therapy-a-comparative-study
#4
Yuyan Jiang, Jingchao Li, Xu Zhen, Chen Xie, Kanyi Pu
Near-infrared (NIR) light is widely used for noninvasive optical diagnosis and phototherapy. However, current research focuses on the first NIR window (NIR-I, 650-950 nm), while the second NIR window (NIR-II, 1000-1700 nm) is far less exploited. The development of the first organic photothermal nanoagent (SPNI-II ) with dual-peak absorption in both NIR windows and its utilization in photothermal therapy (PTT) are reported herein. Such a nanoagent comprises a semiconducting copolymer with two distinct segments that respectively and identically absorb NIR light at 808 and 1064 nm...
February 19, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456920/evidence-based-analysis-of-adjacent-segment-degeneration-and-disease-after-lif-a-narrative-review
#5
Nikunj N Trivedi, Sean M Wilson, Luis A Puchi, Darren R Lebl
Study Design: Narrative review. Objectives: The etiology of adjacent segment degeneration (ASDeg) and adjacent segment disease (ASDz) after lumbar interbody fusion (LIF) remains controversial. The aim of this narrative review was to provide an evidence-based analysis of the peer-reviewed literature on clinical studies of ASDeg and ASDz after LIF. Methods: A review was performed utilizing Medline, Embase, and Cochrane databases. Two reviewers independently extracted relevant data from each included study...
February 2018: Global Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456498/using-spm-12-s-second-level-bayesian-inference-procedure-for-fmri-analysis-practical-guidelines-for-end-users
#6
Hyemin Han, Joonsuk Park
Recent debates about the conventional traditional threshold used in the fields of neuroscience and psychology, namely P < 0.05, have spurred researchers to consider alternative ways to analyze fMRI data. A group of methodologists and statisticians have considered Bayesian inference as a candidate methodology. However, few previous studies have attempted to provide end users of fMRI analysis tools, such as SPM 12, with practical guidelines about how to conduct Bayesian inference. In the present study, we aim to demonstrate how to utilize Bayesian inference, Bayesian second-level inference in particular, implemented in SPM 12 by analyzing fMRI data available to public via NeuroVault...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456378/utilization-and-impact-of-electronic-and-print-media-on-the-patients-health-status-physicians-perspectives
#7
Sadia Shakeel, Shagufta Nesar, Najia Rahim, Wajiha Iffat, Hafiza Fouzia Ahmed, Mehwish Rizvi, Shazia Jamshed
Aims: Despite an increased popularity of print and electronic media applications, there is a paucity of data reflecting doctors' opinions regarding efficient utilization of these resources for the betterment of public health. Hence, this study aimed to investigate the perception of physicians toward the effect of electronic and print media on the health status of patients. Setting and Design: The current research is a cross-sectional study conducted from January 2015 to July 2015...
October 2017: Journal of Pharmacy & Bioallied Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456124/a-multicenter-study-of-total-pancreatectomy-with-islet-autotransplantation-tpiat-post-prospective-observational-study-of-tpiat
#8
Melena D Bellin, Maisam Abu-El-Haija, Katherine Morgan, David Adams, Gregory J Beilman, Srinath Chinnakotla, Darwin L Conwell, Ty B Dunn, Martin L Freeman, Timothy Gardner, Varvara A Kirchner, Luis F Lara, Leslie Long-Simpson, Jaimie D Nathan, Bashoo Naziruddin, John A Nyman, Timothy L Pruett, Sarah J Schwarzenberg, Vikesh K Singh, Kerrington Smith, Jennifer L Steel, Martin Wijkstrom, Piotr Witkowski, James S Hodges
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Total pancreatectomy with islet autotransplantation (TPIAT) is considered for managing chronic pancreatitis in selected patients when medical and endoscopic interventions have not provided adequate relief from debilitating pain. Although more centers are performing TPIAT, we lack large, multi-center studies to guide decisions about selecting candidates for and timing of TPIAT. METHODS: Multiple centers across the United States (9 to date) performing TPIAT are prospectively enrolling patients undergoing TPIAT for chronic pancreatitis into the Prospective Observational Study of TPIAT (POST), a NIDDK funded study with a goal of accruing 450 TPIAT recipients...
February 6, 2018: Pancreatology: Official Journal of the International Association of Pancreatology (IAP) ... [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455706/review-the-potential-of-seminal-fluid-mediated-paternal-maternal-communication-to-optimise-pregnancy-success
#9
J J Bromfield
Artificial insemination has been a landmark procedure in improving animal agriculture over the past 150 years. The utility of artificial insemination has facilitated a rapid improvement in animal genetics across agricultural species, leading to improvements of growth, health and productivity in poultry, swine, equine and cattle species. The utility of artificial insemination, as with all assisted reproductive technologies side-steps thousands of years of evolution that has led to the development of physiological systems to ensure the transmission of genetics from generation to generation...
February 19, 2018: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455641/circadian-pathway-genetic-variation-and-cancer-risk-evidence-from-genome-wide-association-studies
#10
Simone Mocellin, Saveria Tropea, Clara Benna, Carlo Riccardo Rossi
BACKGROUND: Dysfunction of the circadian clock and single polymorphisms of some circadian genes have been linked to cancer susceptibility, although data are scarce and findings inconsistent. We aimed to investigate the association between circadian pathway genetic variation and risk of developing common cancers based on the findings of genome-wide association studies (GWASs). METHODS: Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of 17 circadian genes reported by three GWAS meta-analyses dedicated to breast (Discovery, Biology, and Risk of Inherited Variants in Breast Cancer (DRIVE) Consortium; cases, n = 15,748; controls, n = 18,084), prostate (Elucidating Loci Involved in Prostate Cancer Susceptibility (ELLIPSE) Consortium; cases, n = 14,160; controls, n = 12,724) and lung carcinoma (Transdisciplinary Research In Cancer of the Lung (TRICL) Consortium; cases, n = 12,160; controls, n = 16,838) in patients of European ancestry were utilized to perform pathway analysis by means of the adaptive rank truncated product (ARTP) method...
February 19, 2018: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455447/the-continuum-of-breast-cancer-care-and-outcomes-in-the-u-s-military-health-system-an-analysis-by-benefit-type-and-care-source
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Yvonne L Eaglehouse, Stephanie Shao, Wenyaw Chan, Derek Brown, Janna Manjelievskaia, Craig D Shriver, Kangmin Zhu
PURPOSE: This study investigates transition rates between breast cancer diagnosis, recurrence, and death by insurance benefit type and care source in U.S. Military Health System (MHS). METHODS: The MHS data repository and central cancer registry linked data were used to identify women aged 40-64 with histologically confirmed breast cancer between 2003 and 2007. Three-state continuous time Markov models were used to estimate transition rates and transition rate ratios (TRRs) by TRICARE benefit type (Prime or non-Prime) and care source (direct, purchased, or both), adjusted for demographic, tumor, and treatment variables...
February 17, 2018: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455358/the-use-of-biomarkers-to-predict-aero-allergen-and-food-immunotherapy-responses
#12
REVIEW
Sayantani B Sindher, Andrew Long, Swati Acharya, Vanitha Sampath, Kari C Nadeau
The incidence of allergic conditions has continued to rise over the past several decades, with a growing body of research dedicated toward the treatment of such conditions. By driving a complex range of changes in the underlying immune response, immunotherapy is the only therapy that modulates the immune system with long-term effects and is presently utilized for the treatment of several atopic conditions. Recent efforts have focused on identifying biomarkers associated with these changes that may be of use in predicting patients with the highest likelihood of positive clinical outcomes during allergen immunotherapy (AIT), providing guidance regarding AIT discontinuation, and predicting symptomatic relapse and the need for booster AIT after therapy...
February 17, 2018: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454530/system-dynamics-model-of-taxi-management-in-metropolises-economic-and-environmental-implications-for-beijing
#13
Hao Wang, Kai Zhang, Junhua Chen, Zhifeng Wang, Guijun Li, Yuqi Yang
Taxis are an important component of urban passenger transport. Research on the daily dispatching of taxis and the utility of governmental management is important for the improvement of passenger travel, taxi driver income and environmental impacts. However, urban taxi management is a complex and dynamic system that is affected by many factors, and positive/negative feedback relationships and nonlinear interactions exist between each subsystem and variable. Therefore, conventional research methods can hardly depict its characteristics comprehensively...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454380/quality-of-life-satisfaction-and-outcomes-after-ministernotomy-versus-full-sternotomy-isolated-aortic-valve-replacement-quality-avr-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Emiliano A Rodríguez-Caulo, Ana Guijarro-Contreras, Juan Otero-Forero, María José Mataró, Gemma Sánchez-Espín, Arantza Guzón, Carlos Porras, Miguel Such, Antonio Ordóñez, José María Melero-Tejedor, Manuel Jiménez-Navarro
BACKGROUND: During the last decade, the use of ministernotomy in cardiac surgery has increased. Quality of life and patient satisfaction after ministernotomy have never been compared to conventional full sternotomy in randomised trials. The aim of the study is to determine if this minimally invasive approach improves quality of life, satisfaction and clinical morbimortality outcomes. METHODS/DESIGN: The QUALITY-AVR trial is a single-blind, single-centre, independent, and pragmatic randomised clinical trial comparing ministernotomy ("J" shaped upper hemisternotomy toward right 4th intercostal space) to full sternotomy in patients with isolated severe aortic stenosis scheduled for elective aortic valve replacement...
February 17, 2018: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454313/structrnafinder-an-automated-pipeline-and-web-server-for-rna-families-prediction
#15
Raúl Arias-Carrasco, Yessenia Vásquez-Morán, Helder I Nakaya, Vinicius Maracaja-Coutinho
BACKGROUND: The function of many noncoding RNAs (ncRNAs) depend upon their secondary structures. Over the last decades, several methodologies have been developed to predict such structures or to use them to functionally annotate RNAs into RNA families. However, to fully perform this analysis, researchers should utilize multiple tools, which require the constant parsing and processing of several intermediate files. This makes the large-scale prediction and annotation of RNAs a daunting task even to researchers with good computational or bioinformatics skills...
February 17, 2018: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454176/efficacy-of-intensive-voice-feminisation-therapy-in-a-transgender-young-offender
#16
Sterling Quinn, Nathaniel Swain
Research suggests that transgender young offenders are a uniquely vulnerable caseload that may benefit from speech pathology intervention to help bring their voice into alignment with their gender identity. However, no previous studies have investigated treatment efficacy in this population. This study investigated the impact of intensive voice feminisation therapy targeting fundamental frequency and oral resonance in a 17 year old transgender individual within a youth justice institution. Acoustic analysis, listener and self-ratings of vocal femininity, self-ratings of vocal satisfaction, a post-treatment structured interview, and pre- and post- treatment completion of the Transsexual Voice Questionnaire (TVQ MtF ) were utilised to determine treatment impact...
February 8, 2018: Journal of Communication Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454096/jak-stat-inhibitors-and-other-small-molecule-cytokine-antagonists-for-the-treatment-of-allergic-disease
#17
REVIEW
Michael D Howell, Carolyn Fitzsimons, Paul Smith
OBJECTIVE: To provide an overview of janus kinase (JAK), chemoattractant receptor-homologous molecule expressed on T-helper 2 cells (CRTH2), and phosphodiesterase 4 (PDE4) inhibitors in allergic disorders. DATA SOURCES: PubMed literature review. STUDY SELECTIONS: Articles included in this review discuss the emerging mechanism of action of small molecule inhibitors and their utilization in atopic dermatitis (AD), asthma, and allergic rhinitis (AR)...
February 14, 2018: Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453946/the-sexual-and-reproductive-health-of-foreign-born-women-in-the-united-states
#18
Athena Tapales, Ayana Douglas-Hall, Hannah Whitehead
OBJECTIVE: To explore the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) behaviors, health insurance coverage, and use of SRH services of women in the United States (U.S.) by nativity, disaggregated by race and ethnicity. STUDY DESIGN: We analyzed publicly-available and restricted data from the National Survey of Family Growth to assess differences and similarities between foreign-born and U.S.-born women, both overall and within Hispanic, non-Hispanic (NH) white, NH black, and NH Asian groups...
February 14, 2018: Contraception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453304/protocol-investigating-the-clinical-utility-of-an-objective-measure-of-attention-impulsivity-and-activity-qbtest-for-optimising-medication-management-in-children-and-young-people-with-adhd-qbtest-utility-for-optimising-treatment-in-adhd-quota-a-feasibility
#19
Charlotte L Hall, Marilyn James, Sue Brown, Jennifer L Martin, Nikki Brown, Kim Selby, Julie Clarke, Hena Vijayan, Boliang Guo, Kapil Sayal, Chris Hollis, Madeleine J Groom
INTRODUCTION: Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is characterised by symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. To improve outcomes, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence ADHD guidelines recommend regular monitoring of symptoms when children commence medication. However, research suggests that routine monitoring rarely happens, and clinicians often rely on subjective information such as reports from parents and teachers to ascertain improvement...
February 15, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453265/integrated-metabolomics-and-morphogenesis-reveals-volatile-signaling-of-the-nematode-trapping-fungus-arthrobotrys-oligospora
#20
Bai-Le Wang, Yong-Hong Chen, Jia-Ning He, Hua-Xi Xue, Ni Yan, Zhi-Jun Zeng, Joan W Bennett, Ke-Qin Zhang, Xue-Mei Niu
The adjustment of metabolic patterns is fundamental to fungal biology and plays vital roles in adaption to diverse ecological challenges. Nematode trapping fungi can switch lifestyles from saprophytic to pathogenic by developing specific trapping devices induced by nematodes to infect their prey as a response to nutrient depletion in nature. However, the chemical identity of the specific fungal metabolites used during the switch remains poorly understood. We hypothesized that these important signal molecules might be volatile in nature...
February 16, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
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