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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105866/feasibility-and-acceptability-of-couple-counselling-and-pelvic-floor-muscle-training-after-operation-for-prostate-cancer
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Randi V Karlsen, Pernille E Bidstrup, Helle Hvarness, Per Bagi, Elisabeth Friis Lippert, Rikke Permild, Annamaria Giraldi, Agnethe Lawaetz, Eva Krause, Ulla Due, Christoffer Johansen
BACKGROUND: Radical prostatectomy is often followed by long-lasting erectile dysfunction and urinary incontinence, with adverse effects on the quality of life and intimate relationship of patients and partners. We developed the ProCan intervention to ameliorate sexual and urological dysfunction after radical prostatectomy and examined its feasibility, acceptability and changes in sexual function. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Between May 2014 and October 2014, seven couples attending the Department of Urology, Rigshospitalet, were included 3-4 weeks after radical prostatectomy in the ProCan intervention, which consists of up to six couple counselling sessions, group instruction in pelvic floor muscle training (PFMT), up to three individual PFMT sessions and a DVD home training program...
January 20, 2017: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097926/a-pilot-study-of-a-minimally-supervised-home-exercise-and-walking-program-for-people-with-parkinson-s-disease-in-jordan
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Hanan Khalil, Monica Busse, Lori Quinn, Mohammad Nazzal, Waleed Batyha, Shatha Alkhazaleh, Mahmoud A Alomari
AIM: This study aimed to evaluate the feasibility and cultural considerations of a minimally supervised, home-based exercise program in Jordan. METHODS: Quantitative and qualitative approaches were used. Thirty participants were randomly allocated to either an 8-week intervention group (n = 16), or a standard care group (n = 14). The intervention incorporated the home use of an exercise DVD, walking program and initial instructional sessions and weekly phone calls provided by a physiotherapist...
January 18, 2017: Neurodegenerative Disease Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095347/using-experience-based-co-design-with-older-patients-their-families-and-staff-to-improve-palliative-care-experiences-in-the-emergency-department-a-reflective-critique-on-the-process-and-outcomes
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Rebecca Wright Née Blackwell, Karen Lowton, Glenn Robert, Corita Grudzen, Patricia Grocott
BACKGROUND: Increasing use of emergency departments among older patients with palliative needs has led to the development of several service-level interventions intended to improve care quality. There is little evidence of patient and family involvement in developmental processes, and little is known about the experiences of - and preferences for - palliative care delivery in this setting. Participatory action research seeking to enable collaborative working between patients and staff should enhance the impact of local quality improvement work but has not been widely implemented in such a complex setting...
January 11, 2017: International Journal of Nursing Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087894/public-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-training-rates-and-awareness-of-hands-only-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-a-cross-sectional-survey-of-victorians
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Janet E Bray, Karen Smith, Rosalind Case, Susie Cartledge, Lahn Straney, Judith Finn
OBJECTIVES: To provide contemporary Australian data on the public's training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and awareness of hands-only CPR. METHODS: A cross-sectional telephone survey in April 2016 of adult residents of the Australian state of Victoria was conducted. Primary outcomes were rates of CPR training and awareness of hands-only CPR. RESULTS: Of the 404 adults surveyed (mean age 55 ± 17 years, 59% female, 73% metropolitan residents), 274 (68%) had undergone CPR training...
January 13, 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078412/simultaneous-determination-of-four-food-allergens-using-compact-disc-immunoassaying-technology
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Ahmed Ali Badran, Sergi Morais, Ángel Maquieira
A multiplex competitive microimmunoassay for the simultaneous determination of gliadin, casein, β-lactoglobulin, and ovalbumin is presented. The assay in microarray format is performed on a DVD where the allergens are physisorbed on the polycarbonate surface of the disc. The immunointeraction is detected using a mixture of specific gold-labeled antibodies and the signal amplified with the silver enhancement method. The optical density of the precipitate, read by a DVD drive, is related to the concentration of the four allergens in sample...
January 11, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074385/use-of-a-cd-laser-pickup-head-to-fabricate-microelectrodes-in-polymethylmethacrylate-substrates-for-biosensing-applications
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Jehú López-Aparicio, Mathieu Hautefeuille, Sara Herrera-Domínguez, Adriana Razo-de-León, Mariel Cano-Jorge, Ixchetl Rojas-Benito, Mariana Centeno-Sierra, Tatiana Fiordelisio-Coll, Catalina Elizabeth Stern-Forgach
In this work, we report a simple fabrication method for microelectrodes on a polymethylmethacrylate substrate, using a low-cost laser platform based on a CD-DVD unit for direct rapid-prototyping. We used this laser microfabrication technique to etch any desired design on polymethylmethacrylate substrates to produce microchannels with controlled geometry, with a highly repeatable micron-scale resolution. Those shallow microchannels were then filled with a conductive paste of material of our choice that was converted into microelectrodes of desired shapes and geometries after drying...
March 2017: Biomedical Microdevices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067365/inverted-organic-solar-cells-enhanced-by-grating-coupled-surface-plasmons-and-waveguide-modes
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Kazuma Hara, Chutiparn Lertvachirapaiboon, Ryousuke Ishikawa, Yasuo Ohdaira, Kazunari Shinbo, Keizo Kato, Futao Kaneko, Akira Baba
In this study, we demonstrate improved photovoltaic properties in inverted organic thin-film solar cells by simultaneous excitation of grating-coupled surface plasmons and grating-coupled waveguide modes on gold grating surfaces. The cell consists of a glass-ITO substrate/titanium dioxide/poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl):phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester/poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonate)/gold structure. The grating structures were fabricated on P3HT:PCBM layers using a nanoimprinting technique with a PDMS stamp...
January 9, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28038720/prevalence-and-characterization-of-coronary-artery-disease-in-patients-with-symptomatic-bradyarrhythmias-requiring-pacemaker-implantation
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Mohammad S Alai, Jahangir Rashid Beig, Sanjay Kumar, Irfan Yaqoob, Imran Hafeez, Ajaz A Lone, Mohammad Iqbal Dar, Hilal A Rather
BACKGROUND: This study was conducted to assess the prevalence and characterization of CAD in high risk patients requiring pacemaker implantation for symptomatic bradyarrhythmias. METHODS: This study included 100 patients with symptomatic sinus node dysfunction or atrioventricular block, who were at high risk of CAD or had previously documented atherosclerotic vascular disease (ASCVD). Coronary angiography was performed before pacemaker implantation. CAD was defined as the presence of any degree of narrowing in at least one major coronary artery or its first order branch...
December 2016: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28010994/pelvic-floor-muscle-training-for-secondary-prevention-of-pelvic-organ-prolapse-prevprol-a-multicentre-randomised-controlled-trial
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Suzanne Hagen, Cathryn Glazener, Doreen McClurg, Christine Macarthur, Andrew Elders, Peter Herbison, Don Wilson, Philip Toozs-Hobson, Christine Hemming, Jean Hay-Smith, Marissa Collins, Sylvia Dickson, Janet Logan
BACKGROUND: Pelvic floor muscle training can reduce prolapse severity and symptoms in women seeking treatment. We aimed to assess whether this intervention could also be effective in secondary prevention of prolapse and the need for future treatment. METHODS: We did this multicentre, parallel-group, randomised controlled trial at three centres in New Zealand and the UK. Women from a longitudinal study of pelvic floor function after childbirth were potentially eligible for inclusion...
December 20, 2016: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009745/safety-and-feasibility-of-minimally-invasive-inguinal-lymph-node-dissection-in-patients-with-melanoma-safe-milnd-report-of-a-prospective-multi-institutional-trial
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James W Jakub, Alicia M Terando, Amod Sarnaik, Charlotte E Ariyan, Mark B Faries, Sabino Zani, Heather B Neuman, Nabil Wasif, Jeffrey M Farma, Bruce J Averbook, Karl Y Bilimoria, Travis E Grotz, Jacob B Jake Allred, Vera J Suman, Mary Sue Brady, Douglas Tyler, Jeffrey D Wayne, Heidi Nelson
BACKGROUND: Minimally invasive inguinal lymph node dissection (MILND) is a novel approach to inguinal lymphadenectomy. SAFE-MILND (NCT01500304) is a multicenter, phase I/II clinical trial evaluating the safety and feasibility of MILND for patients with melanoma in a group of surgeons newly adopting the procedure. METHODS: Twelve melanoma surgeons from 10 institutions without any previous MILND experience, enrolled patients into a prospective study after completing specialized training including didactic lectures, participating in a hands-on cadaveric laboratory, and being provided an instructional DVD of the procedure...
January 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27991810/couple-relationship-education-a-randomized-controlled-trial-of-professional-contact-and-self-directed-tools
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Martina Zemp, Corina A Merz, Fridtjof W Nussbeck, W Kim Halford, Marcel Schaer Gmelch, Guy Bodenmann
The aim of this randomized controlled trial was to examine the efficacy of an evidence-based relationship distress prevention program, the Couples Coping Enhancement Training (CCET), in dual well-earning couples and to investigate whether effects vary by (a) hours of professional contact and (b) mode of delivery (face to face vs. self-learning DVD). N = 159 couples were randomly assigned to 1 of 4 intervention conditions: (1) standard CCET (15 hours face to face), (2) compact CCET (12 hr face to face), (3) short CCET (self-learning DVD + 8 hr face to face), or (4) wait-list control group...
December 19, 2016: Journal of Family Psychology: JFP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974224/social-emotional-development-of-toddlers-randomized-controlled-trial-of-an-office-based-intervention
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Donna Hallas, Mary Koslap-Petraco, Jason Fletcher
PURPOSE: During the toddler years, temper tantrums and impulsive behaviors are the norm. These behaviors can frustrate even the most experienced mothers. DESIGN AND METHODS: A prospective, double blind, randomized controlled trial using pre-test/post-test experimental design was used to examine the effectiveness of an office-based educational program to improve maternal confidence and the social-emotional development of toddlers. The Toddler Care Questionnaire (TCQ) was administered to all mothers as a pre and post intervention test...
December 11, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929753/generation-and-characterization-of-abbv642-a-dual-variable-domain-immunoglobulin-molecule-dvd-ig-that-potently-neutralizes-vegf-and-pdgf-bb-and-is-designed-for-the-treatment-of-exudative-age-related-macular-degeneration
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Kun Ding, Lucia Eaton, Diana Bowley, Matthew Rieser, Qing Chang, Maria C Harris, Anca Clabbers, Feng Dong, Jikui Shen, Sean F Hackett, Debra S Touw, Jacqueline Bixby, Suju Zhong, Lorenzo Benatuil, Sahana Bose, Christine Grinnell, Gregory M Preston, Ramesh Iyer, Ramkrishna Sadhukhan, Susan Marchie, Gary Overmeyer, Tariq Ghayur, Deborah A van Riet, Shibo Tang, Peter A Campochario, Jijie Gu
Exudative age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of moderate and severe vision loss in developed countries. Intraocular injections of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF or VEGF-A)-neutralizing proteins provide substantial benefit, but frequent, long-term injections are needed. In addition, many patients experience initial visual gains that are ultimately lost due to subretinal fibrosis. Preclinical studies and early phase clinical trials suggest that combined suppression of VEGF and platelet-derived growth factor-BB (PDGF-BB) provides better outcomes than suppression of VEGF alone, due to more frequent regression of neovascularization (NV) and suppression of subretinal fibrosis...
December 8, 2016: MAbs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923674/impact-of-a-decision-aid-on-newly-diagnosed-prostate-cancer-patients-understanding-of-the-rationale-for-active-surveillance
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Margaret K Formica, Shaun Wason, John D Seigne, Telisa M Stewart
OBJECTIVE: To compare newly diagnosed localized prostate cancer patients who did and did not view a decision aid (DA) on their knowledge of the rationale for active surveillance (AS). METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 452 newly diagnosed low-risk localized prostate cancer patients. Patients were mailed the video/DVD DA and completed a web-based questionnaire that contained two multiple choice questions assessing knowledge of the rationale for AS...
November 22, 2016: Patient Education and Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916699/results-of-a-feasibility-randomised-controlled-study-of-the-guidelines-for-exercise-in-multiple-sclerosis-project
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Yvonne C Learmonth, Brynn C Adamson, Dominique Kinnett-Hopkins, Maria Bohri, Robert W Motl
There is increasing recognition that exercise is an efficacious strategy for managing many consequences of multiple sclerosis (MS), yet persons with MS are not engaging in sufficient exercise for accruing health benefits. Poor exercise uptake might be associated with the design of previous research. We conducted a randomised controlled trial (RCT) for examining the feasibility of a 4-month home-based, exercise-training program designed based on recent physical activity guidelines for MS and supplemented by behavioural strategies for compliance...
December 1, 2016: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906448/a-randomized-controlled-trial-of-a-multicomponent-targeted-low-literacy-educational-intervention-compared-with-a-nontargeted-intervention-to-boost-colorectal-cancer-screening-with-fecal-immunochemical-testing-in-community-clinics
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Stacy N Davis, Shannon M Christy, Enmanuel A Chavarria, Rania Abdulla, Steven K Sutton, Alyssa R Schmidt, Susan T Vadaparampil, Gwendolyn P Quinn, Vani N Simmons, Chukwudi B Ufondu, Chitra Ravindra, Ida Schultz, Richard G Roetzheim, David Shibata, Cathy D Meade, Clement K Gwede
BACKGROUND: The objective of the current study was to improve colorectal cancer (CRC) screening uptake with the fecal immunochemical test (FIT). The current study investigated the differential impact of a multicomponent, targeted, low-literacy educational intervention compared with a standard, nontargeted educational intervention. METHODS: Patients aged 50 to 75 years who were of average CRC risk and not up-to-date with CRC screening were recruited from either a federally qualified health center or a primary care community health clinic...
December 1, 2016: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906071/are-digital-interventions-for-smoking-cessation-in-pregnancy-effective-a-systematic-review-protocol
#17
Sarah Ellen Griffiths, Katherine E Brown, Emily Anne Fulton, Ildiko Tombor, Felix Naughton
BACKGROUND: Behavioural support for smoking cessation in pregnancy can be effective; however, many pregnant women face barriers to seeking support to stop smoking. Some digital interventions have been found to be effective for smoking cessation in the general population and may be effective for supporting cessation in pregnancy due to their flexibility and the potential for personalisation. To date, there is limited evidence of the effectiveness of digital interventions for smoking cessation in pregnancy...
December 1, 2016: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900151/can-the-otago-falls-prevention-program-be-delivered-by-video-a-feasibility-study
#18
Jennifer C Davis, Chun Liang Hsu, Winnie Cheung, Penny M A Brasher, Linda C Li, Karim M Khan, Jonathan Sykes, Dawn A Skelton, Teresa Liu-Ambrose
OBJECTIVES: We assessed the feasibility of delivering the Otago Exercise Programme (OEP) via an interactive DVD (ie, OEP-DVD) in combination with monthly physical therapist phone calls to older adults. DESIGN: This pre-post (baseline and 6-month follow-up) study included an intervention group (n=61) based in a rural location and a control group (n=21) based in a city. SETTING: Sechelt and Vancouver, British Columbia. PARTICIPANTS: 82 community-dwelling adults ≥75 years...
2016: BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895522/effects-of-tai-chi-chuan-on-anxiety-and-sleep-quality-in-young-adults-lessons-from-a-randomized-controlled-feasibility-study
#19
Karen L Caldwell, Shawn M Bergman, Scott R Collier, N Travis Triplett, Rebecca Quin, John Bergquist, Carl F Pieper
OBJECTIVE: To determine feasibility and estimate the effect of a 10-week tai chi chuan (TCC) intervention on anxiety and sleep quality in young adults. PARTICIPANTS: Seventy-five adults (18-40 years) from a predominately undergraduate midsized university. METHODS: This was an assessor blinded, randomized feasibility trial, and participants were randomized into one of three groups: 10 weeks of TCC meeting 2 times per week, 10 weeks of TCC with a DVD of the curriculum, and control group receiving a handout on anxiety management...
2016: Nature and Science of Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888685/label-free-piezoelectric-biosensor-for-prognosis-and-diagnosis-of-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
#20
Noelle M do Nascimento, Augusto Juste-Dolz, Elena Grau-García, Jose A Román-Ivorra, Rosa Puchades, Angel Maquieira, Sergi Morais, David Gimenez-Romero
An autoantigen piezoelectric sensor to quantify specific circulating autoantibodies in human serum is developed. The sensor consisted on a quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring (QCM-D) where TRIM21 and TROVE2 autoantigens were covalently immobilized, allowing the selective determination of autoantibodies for diagnosis and prognosis of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE). The sensitivity of the biosensor, measured as IC50 value, was 1.51U/mL and 0.32U/mL, for anti-TRIM21 and anti-TROVE2 circulating autoantibodies, respectively...
April 15, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
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