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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222525/effect-of-a-comprehensive-intervention-on-plasma-bdnf-in-patients-with-alzheimer-s-disease
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Marta Balietti, Cinzia Giuli, Patrizia Fattoretti, Paolo Fabbietti, Roberta Papa, Demetrio Postacchini, Fiorenzo Conti
A comprehensive intervention (CI) on patients with Alzheimer's disease was assessed by measuring plasmabrain-derived neurotrophic factor (pBDNF) and ADAS-Cog score (ADAS-Cogscore) before, immediately after (FU1), and 6 (FU2) and 24 months (FU3) after the CI. Baseline pBDNF was higher in patients with moderate AD (but not mild AD) than in healthy controls. At FU1, pBDNF and ADAS-Cogscore decreased significantly. At FU2 and FU3, patients' cognitive status worsened and pBDNF further increased versus baseline, suggesting that CI interruption may be a stress event that prevents return to homeostasis...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222493/mobilising-culture-against-domestic-violence-in-migrant-and-ethnic-communities-practitioner-perspectives-from-aotearoa-new-zealand
#2
Rachel Simon-Kumar, Priya A Kurian, Faith Young-Silcock, Nirmala Narasimhan
Studies on domestic violence in ethnic minority communities highlight that social norms, family structures and cultural practices are among the key triggers of violence against women. Not surprisingly, most anti-violence interventions in these communities aim to redeem women from the oppressive features of these cultures. More recently, however, emergent scholarship advocates mobilising, rather than erasing, culture within existing anti-violence strategies. This paper explores the nature of culturally informed interventions used by front-line workers...
February 21, 2017: Health & Social Care in the Community
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222353/clogging-in-permeable-concrete-a-review
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Alalea Kia, Hong S Wong, Christopher R Cheeseman
Permeable concrete (or "pervious concrete" in North America) is used to reduce local flooding in urban areas and is an important sustainable urban drainage system. However, permeable concrete exhibits reduction in permeability due to clogging by particulates, which severely limits service life. This paper reviews the clogging mechanism and current mitigating strategies in order to inform future research needs. The pore structure of permeable concrete and characteristics of flowing particulates influence clogging, which occurs when particles build-up and block connected porosity...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222340/a-comparative-retrospective-exploration-of-the-profiles-of-patients-in-south-africa-diagnosed-with-epileptic-and-psychogenic-non-epileptic-seizures
#4
David G Anderson, Maria Damianova, Skye Hanekom, Marilyn Lucas
Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES) have a high prevalence globally but the accurate diagnosis of this condition still remains a challenge. This is particularly the case in countries where there is scarce expertise and insufficient affordable medical facilities to which patients have access. The rate of PNES diagnosis in epilepsy units is typically within the range of 20 to 30%. In the context of developing countries, this rate tends to be higher and increases demand on the existing scarce health care capacities...
February 18, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222305/consumer-use-and-understanding-of-labelling-information-on-edible-marijuana-products-sold-for-recreational-use-in-the-states-of-colorado-and-washington
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Katherine M Kosa, Kristen C Giombi, Caroline B Rains, Sheryl C Cates
BACKGROUND: In 2014, the states of Colorado and Washington began allowing retail sales of marijuana for recreational use. The regulatory agencies in these states have implemented specific labelling requirements for edible marijuana products sold for recreational use to help address concerns such as delayed activation time, accidental ingestion, and proper dosing. METHODS: We conducted 12 focus groups with 94 adult consumers and nonconsumers of edibles in Denver and Seattle to collect information on their use and understanding of labelling information on edible marijuana products sold for recreational use...
February 18, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222155/glm-based-optimization-of-ngs-data-analysis-a-case-study-of-roche-454-ion-torrent-pgm-and-illumina-nextseq-sequencing-data
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Sarah Sandmann, Aniek O de Graaf, Bert A van der Reijden, Joop H Jansen, Martin Dugas
BACKGROUND: There are various next-generation sequencing techniques, all of them striving to replace Sanger sequencing as the gold standard. However, false positive calls of single nucleotide variants and especially indels are a widely known problem of basically all sequencing platforms. METHODS: We considered three common next-generation sequencers-Roche 454, Ion Torrent PGM and Illumina NextSeq-and applied standard as well as optimized variant calling pipelines...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222142/evaluation-of-18-f-fluoro-2-deoxyglucose-fdg-positron-emission-tomography-computed-tomography-pet-ct-as-a-staging-and-monitoring-tool-for-dogs-with-stage-2-splenic-hemangiosarcoma-a-pilot-study
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Antonella Borgatti, Amber L Winter, Kathleen Stuebner, Ruth Scott, Christopher P Ober, Kari L Anderson, Daniel A Feeney, Daniel A Vallera, Joseph S Koopmeiners, Jaime F Modiano, Jerry Froelich
Positron Emission Tomography-Computed Tomography (PET-CT) is routinely used for staging and monitoring of human cancer patients and is becoming increasingly available in veterinary medicine. In this study, 18-fluorodeoxyglucose (18FDG)-PET-CT was used in dogs with naturally occurring splenic hemangiosarcoma (HSA) to assess its utility as a staging and monitoring modality as compared to standard radiography and ultrasonography. Nine dogs with stage-2 HSA underwent 18FDG-PET-CT following splenectomy and prior to commencement of chemotherapy...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222126/evidence-for-scaling-up-hiv-treatment-in-sub-saharan-africa-a-call-for-incorporating-health-system-constraints
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Evelinn Mikkelsen, Jan A C Hontelez, Maarten P M Jansen, Till Bärnighausen, Katharina Hauck, Kjell A Johansson, Gesine Meyer-Rath, Mead Over, Sake J de Vlas, Gert J van der Wilt, Noor Tromp, Leon Bijlmakers, Rob M P M Baltussen
Jan Hontelez and colleagues argue that the cost-effectiveness studies of HIV treatment scale-up need to include health system constraints to be more informative.
February 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222090/ehealth-literacy-and-partner-involvement-in-treatment-decision-making-for-men-with-newly-diagnosed-localized-prostate-cancer
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Lixin Song, Kimberly Tatum, Giselle Greene, Ronald C Chen
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To examine how the eHealth literacy of partners of patients with newly diagnosed prostate cancer affects their involvement in decision making, and to identify the factors that influence their eHealth literacy.
. DESIGN: Cross-sectional exploratory study.
. SETTING: North Carolina.
. SAMPLE: 142 partners of men with newly diagnosed localized prostate cancer. 
. METHODS: A telephone survey and descriptive and multiple linear regression analyses were used...
March 1, 2017: Oncology Nursing Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221965/explanatory-variables-associated-with-campylobacter-and-escherichia-coli-concentrations-on-broiler-chicken-carcasses-during-processing-in-two-slaughterhouses
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Ewa Pacholewicz, Arno Swart, Jaap A Wagenaar, Len J A Lipman, Arie H Havelaar
This study aimed at identifying explanatory variables that were associated with Campylobacter and Escherichia coli concentrations throughout processing in two commercial broiler slaughterhouses. Quantative data on Campylobacter and E. coli along the processing line were collected. Moreover, information on batch characteristics, slaughterhouse practices, process performance, and environmental variables was collected through questionnaires, observations, and measurements, resulting in data on 19 potential explanatory variables...
December 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221909/effect-of-temperature-and-nutrient-concentration-on-survival-of-foodborne-pathogens-in-deciduous-fruit-processing-environments-for-effective-hygiene-management
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Stacey Duvenage, Lise Korsten
Temperature and good sanitation practices are important factors for controlling growth of microorganisms. Fresh produce is stored at various temperatures to ensure quality and to prolong shelf life. When foodborne pathogens survive and grow on fresh produce at storage temperatures, then additional control strategies are needed to inactivate these pathogens. The aim of this study was to determine how temperatures associated with deciduous fruit processing and storage facilities (0.5, 4, and 21°C) affect the growth and/or survival of Escherichia coli O157:H7, Listeria monocytogenes , Salmonella enterica subsp...
November 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221908/content-analysis-of-vomit-and-diarrhea-cleanup-procedures-to-prevent-norovirus-infections-in-retail-and-food-service-operations
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Morgan G Chao, Anne-Julie Dubé, Cortney M Leone, Christina M Moore, Angela M Fraser
Human noroviruses are the leading cause of foodborne disease in the United States, sickening 19 to 21 million Americans each year. Vomit and diarrhea are both highly concentrated sources of norovirus particles. For this reason, establishing appropriate cleanup procedures for these two substances is critical. Food service establishments in states that have adopted the 2009 or 2013 U.S. Food and Drug Administration Food Code are required to have a program detailing specific cleanup procedures. The aim of our study was to determine the alignment of existing vomit and diarrhea cleanup procedures with the 11 elements recommended in Annex 3 of the 2011 Supplement to the 2009 Food Code and to determine their readability and clarity of presentation...
November 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221883/enrichment-amplification-and-sequence-based-typing-of-salmonella-enterica-and-other-foodborne-pathogens
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Tom Edlind, Jeffrey D Brewster, George C Paoli
Detection of Salmonella enterica in foods typically involves microbiological enrichment, molecular-based assay, and subsequent isolation and identification of a pure culture. This is ideally followed by strain typing, which provides information critical to the investigation of outbreaks and the attribution of their sources. Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis is the "gold standard" for S. enterica strain typing, but its limitations have encouraged the search for alternative methods, including whole genome sequencing...
January 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221839/a-limited-survey-of-aflatoxins-and-zearalenone-in-feed-and-feed-ingredients-from-pakistan
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Shahzad Zafar Iqbal, Muhammad Rafique Asi, Sonia Nisar, Khalid Mahmood Zia, Selamat Jinap, Noeen Malik
This work presents current information on the presence of aflatoxins (AFs) and zearalenone (ZEN) in feed and feed ingredients from Punjab, Pakistan. The 105 samples tested were concentrated feed, i.e., cotton seed meal (18 samples) and soybean meal (14), and feed ingredients, i.e., crushed corn (17), crushed wheat (15), barley (17). and poultry feed (24). Samples were analyzed using high-performance liquid chromatography equipped with a fluorescence detector. Analysis revealed that 69 of 105 samples were contaminated with AFs, and the highest mean concentrations of AFB1 (6...
October 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221816/priorities-in-fertility-decisions-for-reproductive-aged-cancer-patients-fertility-attitudes-and-cancer-treatment-study
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Dina M Flink, Laxmi A Kondapalli, Yvonne Kellar-Guenther
PURPOSE: The Fertility Attitudes and Cancer Treatment Study (FACTS) aims at better understanding the reasons and priorities of young adult cancer patients making decisions for fertility preservation (FP). Identifying the factors that center around a patient's fertility decisions will support the development of educational tools for providers and improve clinical care to meet patients' reproductive needs. METHODS: An exploratory qualitative study was conducted of 27 newly diagnosed male and female cancer patients who had presented for an oncofertility consultation...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221815/soliciting-and-responding-to-patients-questions-about-diabetes-through-online-sources
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Colleen E Crangle, Colin Bradley, Paul F Carlin, Robert J Esterhay, Roy Harper, Patricia M Kearney, Kate Lorig, Vera J C McCarthy, Michael F McTear, Mark S Tuttle, Jonathan G Wallace, Eileen Savage
When patients cannot get answers from health professionals or retain the information given, increasingly they search online for answers, with limited success. Researchers from the United States, Ireland, and the United Kingdom explored this problem for patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). In 2014, patients attending an outpatient clinic (UK) were asked to submit questions about diabetes. Ten questions judged representative of different types of patient concerns were selected by the researchers and submitted to search engines within trusted and vetted websites in the United States, Ireland, and the United Kingdom...
February 16, 2017: Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221731/identifying-a-conceptual-shift-in-child-and-adolescent-reported-treatment-decision-making-having-a-say-as-i-need-at-this-time
#17
Katherine Patterson Kelly, Catriona Mowbray, Kimberly Pyke-Grimm, Pamela S Hinds
BACKGROUND: Professional organizations and governments recommend child and adolescent involvement in cancer treatment decision making (TDM) despite minimal evidence that children prefer involvement, how best to include them, and the result of doing so. PROCEDURE: Using descriptive qualitative research methods, we interviewed 20 children ages 9-17 years about their TDM preferences and experiences. We shifted our conceptualizations as findings emerged about how children with cancer viewed their decisional experiences...
April 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221676/key-factors-that-influence-government-policies-and-decision-making-about-healthcare-priorities-lessons-for-the-field-of-eating-disorders
#18
Harvey Whiteford, Ruth Striegel Weissman
Worldwide, the demand for healthcare exceeds what individuals and governments are able to afford. Priority setting is therefore inevitable, and mental health services have often been given low priority in the decision-making process. Drawing on established economic criteria, and specifically the work of Philip Musgrove, key factors which influence government decision-making about health priorities are reviewed. These factors include the size of the health burden, the availability of cost-effective interventions to reduce the burden, whether private markets can provide the necessary treatment efficiently, whether there are "catastrophic costs" incurred in accessing treatment, whether negative externalities arise from not providing care, and if the "rule of rescue" applies...
February 21, 2017: International Journal of Eating Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221669/predicting-mortality-up-to-14-years-among-community-dwelling-adults-aged-65-and-older
#19
Mara A Schonberg, Vicky Li, Edward R Marcantonio, Roger B Davis, Ellen P McCarthy
OBJECTIVES: Extended validation of an index predicting mortality among community-dwelling US older adults. DESIGN/SETTING: Examination of the performance of a previously developed index in predicting 10- and 14-year mortality among respondents to the 1997-2000 National Health Interview Surveys (NHIS) using the original development and validation cohorts. Follow-up mortality data are now available through 2011. PARTICIPANTS: 16,063 respondents from the original development cohort and 8,027 respondents from the original validation cohort...
February 21, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221284/pain-interference-and-physical-function-demonstrate-poor-longitudinal-association-in-people-living-with-pain-a-promis-investigation
#20
Nicholas V Karayannis, John A Sturgeon, Ming Chih-Kao, Corinne Cooley, Sean C Mackey
A primary goal in managing pain is to reduce pain and increase physical function (PF). This goal is also tied to continuing payment for treatment services in many practice guidelines. Pain interference (PI) is often used as a proxy for measurement and reporting of PF in these guidelines. A common assumption is that reductions in PI will translate into improvement in PF over time. This assumption needs to be tested in a clinical environment. Consequently, we used the patient reported outcomes measurement information system (PROMIS) to describe the topology of the longitudinal relationship between PI in relation to PF...
February 16, 2017: Pain
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