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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103289/cost-effectiveness-analysis-of-five-competing-strategies-for-the-management-of-multiple-recurrent-community-onset-clostridium-difficile-infection-in-france
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Emilie Baro, Tatiana Galperine, Fanette Denies, Damien Lannoy, Xavier Lenne, Pascal Odou, Benoit Guery, Benoit Dervaux
BACKGROUND: Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is characterized by high rates of recurrence, resulting in substantial health care costs. The aim of this study was to analyze the cost-effectiveness of treatments for the management of second recurrence of community-onset CDI in France. METHODS: We developed a decision-analytic simulation model to compare 5 treatments for the management of second recurrence of community-onset CDI: pulsed-tapered vancomycin, fidaxomicin, fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) via colonoscopy, FMT via duodenal infusion, and FMT via enema...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096849/assessment-of-the-effects-of-extremely-low-frequency-electromagnetic-fields-on-toxoplasma-gondii
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Sercin Ozlem-Caliskan, Hatice Ertabaklar, Mehmet Dincer Bilgin, Sema Ertug
BACKGROUND: The effects of extremely low frequency electromagnetic fields (ELF-EMF) on Toxoplasma gondii have not been explained yet. The aim of this study was to assess the possible effects of ELF-EMF on growth, survival time and viability of Toxoplasma gondii. In addition, the life span of Toxoplasma infected animals was investigated. METHODS: Sixty adult male BALB/c mice were used for in vivo and in vivo experiments in Laboratory of Biopyhsics and Parasitology of Medical Faculty, Adnan Menderes University, Turkey, in 2010...
April 2016: Iranian Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094501/artificial-cells-synthetic-compartments-with-life-like-functionality-and-adaptivity
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Bastiaan C Buddingh', Jan C M van Hest
Cells are highly advanced microreactors that form the basis of all life. Their fascinating complexity has inspired scientists to create analogs from synthetic and natural components using a bottom-up approach. The ultimate goal here is to assemble a fully man-made cell that displays functionality and adaptivity as advanced as that found in nature, which will not only provide insight into the fundamental processes in natural cells but also pave the way for new applications of such artificial cells. In this Account, we highlight our recent work and that of others on the construction of artificial cells...
January 17, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086939/feasibility-study-for-the-non-invasive-blood-pressure-estimation-based-on-ppg-morphology-normotensive-subject-study
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Hangsik Shin, Se Dong Min
BACKGROUND: Blood pressure is a critical bio-signal and its importance has been increased with the aged society and the growth of cardiovascular disease population. However, most of hypertensive patients have been suffered the inconvenience in monitoring blood pressure in daily life because the measurement of the blood pressure depends on the cuff-based technique. Nowadays there are many trials to measure blood pressure without cuff, especially, photoplethysmography (PPG) based research is carried out in various ways...
January 10, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072807/occipital-nerve-stimulation-for-refractory-chronic-migraine-results-of-a-long-term-prospective-study
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Dolores Rodrigo, Pilar Acin, Pedro Bermejo
BACKGROUND: Refractory chronic migraine affects approximately 4% of the population worldwide and results in severe pain, lifestyle limitations, and decreased quality of life. Occipital nerve stimulation (ONS) refers to the electric stimulation of the distal branches of greater and lesser occipital nerves; the surgical technique has previously been described and has demonstrated efficacy in the treatment of a wide variety of headache disorders. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study is to evaluate the long-term efficacy and tolerability of ONS for medically intractable chronic migraine...
January 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071701/simultaneous-abrupt-shifts-in-hydrology-and-fish-assemblage-structure-in-a-floodplain-lake-in-the-central-amazon
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Cristhiana P Röpke, Sidinéia Amadio, Jansen Zuanon, Efrem J G Ferreira, Cláudia Pereira de Deus, Tiago H S Pires, Kirk O Winemiller
Combined effects of climate change and deforestation have altered precipitation patterns in the Amazon. This has led to changes in the frequency of extreme events of flood and drought in recent decades and in the magnitude of the annual flood pulse, a phenomenon that influences virtually all aspects of river-floodplain ecosystem dynamics. Analysis of long-term data revealed abrupt and synchronous changes in hydrology and fish assemblage structure of a floodplain lake near the confluence of Amazon and Negro rivers...
January 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068986/leptin-and-adiponectin-as-predictors-of-cardiovascular-risk-after-gestational-diabetes-mellitus
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Tove Lekva, Annika Elisabet Michelsen, Pål Aukrust, Tore Henriksen, Jens Bollerslev, Thor Ueland
BACKGROUND: Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is a significant risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD) in later life, but the mechanism remains unclear. Adipokine imbalance in the presence of metabolic dysfunction may be a key event in promoting CVD. The aim of the study was to examine the relationships between GDM, cardiovascular risk, and plasma adiponectin, leptin and the leptin/adiponectin (L/A) ratio in pregnancy and at 5 years after the index pregnancy. METHODS: This population-based prospective cohort included 300 women who had an oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) during pregnancy...
January 10, 2017: Cardiovascular Diabetology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068305/comparison-of-treatment-outcomes-following-either-prefrontal-cortical-only-or-dual-site-repetitive-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-in-chronic-tinnitus-patients-a-double-blind-randomized-study
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Tae-Soo Noh, Jeong Sug Kyong, Mun Young Chang, Moo-Kyun Park, Jun-Ho Lee, Seung-Ha Oh, June Sic Kim, Chun Kee Chung, Myung-Whan Suh
OBJECTIVES: We evaluated treatment outcomes following single-site repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) and dual-site rTMS in the auditory cortex (AC) and DLPFC (AC + FC). STUDY DESIGN AND PATIENTS: This prospective randomized double-blind trial initially included 19 patients with chronic tinnitus and 17 of these patients received rTMS on the left AC and left DLPFC or only the left DLPFC. The subjects were randomly allocated to either the dual-site rTMS (AC + FC) protocol (Group 1, n = 9) or the singlesite rTMS (DLPFC) protocol (Group 2, n = 8)...
February 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065256/a-newborn-infant-with-oxygen-desaturation-during-sleep
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Ashley Deschamp, Ameet Daftary
The patient is a 1-week-old boy born at 37+2 weeks' gestational age through spontaneous vaginal delivery. The pregnancy was complicated by maternal gestational diabetes mellitus and pre-eclampsia. The Apgar score was 9 at both 1 minute and 5 minutes after birth. Because of hypoglycemia at delivery that required IV dextrose, he was admitted to the local neonatal intensive care unit. His blood glucose levels quickly stabilized, dextrose administration was discontinued, and the patient began breast-feeding. On day 2 of life, the patient began having intermittent oxygen desaturation, with oxygen saturation as measured by pulse oximetry down to 70% while sleeping; he was transferred to a tertiary-care NICU for further management...
January 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060003/clinical-characteristics-of-mixed-arteriovenous-leg-ulcers-a-descriptive-study
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Joseph A Marin, Kevin Y Woo
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to identify the clinical characteristics of mixed arteriovenous leg ulcers (MLU) that differentiated them from venous leg ulcers (VLU). DESIGN: Secondary analysis of data from larger electronic database. SUBJECTS AND SETTING: The sample comprised 1007 persons with lower extremity ulcers. Two hundred sixty three individuals with MLU were compared to 744 individuals with VLU; their ankle brachial indices were 0...
January 2017: Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057156/-short-term-outcome-of-sacral-neuromodulation-on-refractory-interstitial-cystitis-pelvic-pain-syndrome
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P Zhang, J Z Zhang, L Y Wu, H Q Niu, Y B Yang, X D Zhang
Objective: To summarize the initial experiences of applying sacral neuromodulation (SNM) for refractory interstitial cystitis/pelvic pain syndrome (IC/PPS). Methods: From January 2013 to August 2016, 26 patients with refractory IC/PPS (including 5 males and 21 females) treated with SNM were recruited in Beijing Chaoyang Hospital and Hebei Yanda Hospital in this retrospective study. The data before operation, after implantation of stage Ⅰ tined lead, and during short-term follow-up after implantation of stage Ⅱ implanted pulse generator (IPG) were compared in order to observe the improvement of relevant symptoms, and to summarize the effectiveness and safety of SNM for IC/PPS...
December 27, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054898/pump-thrombosis-following-heartmate-ii-left-ventricular-assist-device-implantation-in-a-patient-with-aspirin-and-plavix-resistance
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Ali Ghodsizad, A Badiye, M Zeriouh, W Pae, M M Koerner, M Loebe
Despite advances in pump technology, thromboembolic events and pump thrombosis are potentially life-threatening complications in patients with continuous flow ventricular assist devices. Here we describe a patient with pump thrombosis following LVAD HeartMate II implantation presenting with Aspirin and Plavix resistance and signs of acute hemolysis as manifested by high LDH, changing pump power, pulse index and reduced pump flows.
14, 2016: Heart Surgery Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052867/how-consumer-physical-activity-monitors-could-transform-human-physiology-research
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Stephen P Wright, Tyish S Hall Brown, Scott R Collier, Kathryn Sandberg
Sedentary lifestyle and lack of physical activity are well-established risk factors for chronic disease and adverse health outcomes. Thus there is enormous interest in measuring physical activity in biomedical research. Many consumer physical activity monitors, including Basis® Health Tracker, BodyMedia® Fit, DirectLife®, Fitbit® Flex, Fitbit One, Fitbit Zip, Garmin® Vivofit, Jawbone® UP, MisFit® Shine, Nike® FuelBand, Polar® Loop, Withings® Pulse O2, and others have accuracies similar to that of research-grade physical activity monitors for measuring steps...
January 4, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050000/the-effects-of-plasma-exchange-on-severe-vasculitis-with-diffuse-alveolar-hemorrhage
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Kimihiko Goto, Kentaro Nakai, Hideki Fujii, Shinichi Nishi
Antineutrophil cytoplasmic autoantibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis is a life-threatening disease characterized by rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis (RPGN) and diffuse alveolar hemorrhage (DAH). Glucocorticoids and immunosuppressants are commonly used to treat this disease but may induce irreversible side effects, particularly in elderly patients. We herein report the case of a 76-year-old woman with RPGN. After methylprednisolone pulse therapy, DAH occurred, and she required ventilatory support. After plasma exchange, her serum creatinine level improved, and she was discharged with home oxygen therapy...
2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049271/dietary-intake-physical-activity-and-time-management-are-associated-with-constipation-in-preschool-children-in-japan
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Keiko Asakura, Shizuko Masayasu, Satoshi Sasaki
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Constipation is a common complaint in children, which is not fatal but can affect quality of life. Several lifestyle-related risk factors for constipation have been reported, particularly dietary factors, but results have been inconsistent. Here, we examined the relationship of dietary and lifestyle factors with constipation in Japanese preschool children using data of a nationwide study. METHODS AND STUDY DESIGN: Subjects were 5,309 children aged 5 to 6 years at 380 nursery schools in 44 of 47 prefectures in Japan...
January 2017: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049232/baseline-general-characteristics-of-the-korean-chronic-kidney-disease-report-from-the-korean-cohort-study-for-outcomes-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-know-ckd
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Eunjeong Kang, Miyeun Han, Hyunsuk Kim, Sue Kyung Park, Joongyub Lee, Young Youl Hyun, Yong Soo Kim, Wookyung Chung, Hyo Jin Kim, Yun Kyu Oh, Curie Ahn, Kook Hwan Oh
The KoreaN Cohort Study for Outcomes in Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease (KNOW-CKD) was developed to investigate various clinical courses and risk factors for progression of Korean chronic kidney disease (CKD). The KNOW-CKD study consists of nine clinical centers in Korea, and patients aged between 20 and 75 years with CKD from stage 1 to 5 (predialysis) were recruited. At baseline, blood and urine samples were obtained and demographic data including comorbidities, drugs, quality of life, and health behaviors were collected...
February 2017: Journal of Korean Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032924/recent-findings-in-pulsed-light-disinfection
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REVIEW
B Kramer, J Wunderlich, P Muranyi
Non-thermal disinfection technologies are gaining increasing interest in the field of minimally processed food in order to improve the microbial safety or to extend the shelf life. Especially fresh-cut produce or meat and fish products are vulnerable to microbial spoilage but due to their sensitivity, they require gentle preservation measures. The application of intense light pulses (PL) of a broad spectral range comprising ultraviolet, visible and near infrared irradiation is currently investigated as a potentially suitable technology to reduce microbial loads on different food surfaces or in beverages...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032371/tadalafil-for-male-lower-urinary-tract-symptoms-improves-endothelial-function
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Kazuhiko Fukumoto, Atsushi Nagai, Ryoei Hara, Tomohiro Fujii, Yoshiyuki Miyaji
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the effects of tadalafil on vascular endothelial function and cardiovascular risk in patients with prostatic hyperplasia. METHODS: Tadalafil 5 mg was given to 20 patients with prostatic hyperplasia for whom an α1-blocker was ineffective. Voiding symptoms and vascular endothelial function were investigated before and after 4 and 12 weeks of administration, using commercial tests for vascular function and vascular endothelial function. RESULTS: The participants had a median age of 65 years, a mean body mass index of 24...
December 29, 2016: International Journal of Urology: Official Journal of the Japanese Urological Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027016/opioid-overdose-prevention-training-with-naloxone-an-adjunct-to-basic-life-support-training-for-first-year-medical-students
#19
Noah Berland, Aaron Fox, Babak Tofighi, Kathleen Hanley
BACKGROUND: Opioid overdose deaths have reached epidemic proportions in the United States. This problem stems from both licit and illicit opioid use. Physicians play a role in prescribing opioids, recognizing risky use, and initiating prevention, including Opioid Overdose Prevention Training (OOPT). The American Heart Association (AHA) modified their basic life support (BLS) algorithms to consider naloxone in high risk populations and when a pulse is appreciated; however, the AHA did not provide OOPT...
December 27, 2016: Substance Abuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28013253/factors-affecting-the-target-oxygen-saturation-in-the-first-minutes-of-life-in-preterm-infants
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Sinan Uslu, Umut Zubarioglu, Sehrinaz Sozeri, Mesut Dursun, Ali Bulbul, Evrim Kiray Bas, Ebru Turkoglu Unal, Aysegul Uslu
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to describe the effect of factors on time to reach a pulse oxygen saturation (SpO2) level of 90% in preterm infants in the delivery room. METHODS: Preterm (<35 gestational age) infants who did not require supplemental oxygen were included in the study. Continuous recordings were taken by pulse oximetry during the first 15 min of life. RESULTS: Of 151 preterm infants, 79 (52.3%) were female and 126 (83...
December 24, 2016: Journal of Tropical Pediatrics
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