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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212414/decline-in-infection-related-morbidities-following-drug-mediated-reductions-in-the-intensity-of-schistosoma-infection-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Gisele Andrade, David J Bertsch, Andrea Gazzinelli, Charles H King
BACKGROUND: Since 1984, WHO has endorsed drug treatment to reduce Schistosoma infection and its consequent morbidity. Cross-sectional studies suggest pre-treatment correlation between infection intensity and risk for Schistosoma-related pathology. However, evidence also suggests that post-treatment reduction in intensity may not reverse morbidity because some morbidities occur at all levels of infection, and some reflect permanent tissue damage. The aim of this project was to systematically review evidence on drug-based control of schistosomiasis and to develop a quantitative estimate of the impact of post-treatment reductions in infection intensity on prevalence of infection-associated morbidity...
February 17, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212391/an-empirical-examination-of-the-factor-structure-of-compassion
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Jenny Gu, Kate Cavanagh, Ruth Baer, Clara Strauss
Compassion has long been regarded as a core part of our humanity by contemplative traditions, and in recent years, it has received growing research interest. Following a recent review of existing conceptualisations, compassion has been defined as consisting of the following five elements: 1) recognising suffering, 2) understanding the universality of suffering in human experience, 3) feeling moved by the person suffering and emotionally connecting with their distress, 4) tolerating uncomfortable feelings aroused (e...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210457/non-healing-tongue-ulcer-in-a-rheumatoid-arthritis-patient-medicated-with-leflunomide-an-adverse-drug-event
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Eleni-Marina Kalogirou, Nikolaos Katsoulas, Konstantinos I Tosios, Andreas C Lazaris, Alexandra Sklavounou
Leflunomide is a member of the disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs group used as a treatment modality in active rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis. "Oral ulcers" are reported in 3-5% of leflunomide medicated rheumatoid arthritis patients with adverse events, but they are not described in detail in the literature. We present a case of an ulcer in the tongue of a rheumatoid arthritis patient managed with leflunomide and contemplate on its pathogenesis. Key words:Leflunomide, oral ulcer, DHODH.
February 2017: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198128/the-relationship-between-an-orientation-to-the-future-and-an-orientation-to-the-past-the-role-of-future-clarity
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Simon A Moss, Samuel G Wilson, Melanie Irons, Carmen Naivalu
Some research shows that people who often contemplate their future tend to be healthier. Yet the burgeoning literature on mindfulness demonstrates that people who are more attuned to their immediate experiences also enjoy many benefits. To reconcile these principles, many scholars recommend that people should distribute their attention, somewhat evenly, across the past, present, and future-but have not clarified how people should achieve this goal. We test the possibility that people who perceive their future as vivid and certain, called future clarity, might be able to both orient their attention to the future as well as experience mindfulness...
February 15, 2017: Stress and Health: Journal of the International Society for the Investigation of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187084/uptake-of-hiv-pre-exposure-prophylaxis-prep-in-a-national-cohort-of-gay-and-bisexual-men-in-the-united-states
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Jeffrey T Parsons, H Jonathon Rendina, Jonathan M Lassiter, Thomas H F Whitfield, Tyrel J Starks, Christian Grov
OBJECTIVES: The HIV care cascade provides milestones to track the progress of HIV-positive people from seroconversion through viral suppression. We propose a Motivational pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) Cascade involving 5 stages based on the Transtheoretical Model of Change. METHODS: We analyzed data from 995 men in One Thousand Strong, a longitudinal study of a national panel of HIV-negative gay and bisexual men in the United States. RESULTS: Nearly all (89%) participants were sexually active in the past 3 months and 65% met Centers for Disease Control criteria for PrEP candidacy...
1, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187001/molecular-markers-of-paragangliomas-pheochromocytomas
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Svetlana O Zhikrivetskaya, Anastasiya V Snezhkina, Andrew R Zaretsky, Boris Y Alekseev, Anatoly V Pokrovsky, Alexander L Golovyuk, Nataliya V Melnikova, Oleg A Stepanov, Dmitry V Kalinin, Alexey A Moskalev, George S Krasnov, Alexey A Dmitriev, Anna V Kudryavtseva
Paragangliomas/pheochromocytomas comprise rare tumors that arise from the extra-adrenal paraganglia, with an incidence of about 2 to 8 per million people each year. Approximately 40% of cases are due to genetic mutations in at least one out of more than 30 causative genes. About 25-30% of pheochromocytomas/paragangliomas develop under the conditions of a hereditary tumor syndrome a third of which are caused by mutations in the VHL gene. Together, the gene mutations in this disorder have implicated multiple processes including signaling pathways, translation initiation, hypoxia regulation, protein synthesis, differentiation, survival, proliferation, and cell growth...
February 8, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185683/suicidal-behaviours-in-male-and-female-users-of-illicit-drugs-recruited-in-drug-treatment-facilities
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Elisabet Arribas-Ibar, Josep Maria Suelves, Albert Sanchez-Niubò, Antònia Domingo-Salvany, M T Brugal
OBJECTIVE: We assessed prevalence of suicidal ideation and plans among illicit drug users and their association with contextual factors, by gender. METHODS: Cross-sectional study. In a sample of 511 illicit drug users recruited during spring 2012 in drug treatment and prevention facilities in Catalonia (Spain), the prevalence of suicidal ideation/plans in the last 12 months was assessed. Poisson regression was used to examine associations between suicidal ideation/plans and various factors (socio-demographic, psychological, illegal drug market activities and marginal income generation activities, which included any reported sex work, stealing, peddling, begging or borrowing on credit from a dealer)...
February 6, 2017: Gaceta Sanitaria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184261/dual-antiplatelet-therapy-and-non-cardiac-surgery-evolving-issues-and-anesthetic-implications
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Jong Wook Song, Sarah Soh, Jae-Kwang Shim
Dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) consisting of aspirin plus a P2Y12 inhibitor (clopidogrel, prasugrel, or ticagrelor) is imperative for the treatment of acute coronary syndrome, particularly during the re-endothelialization period after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). When patients undergo surgery during this period, the consequences of stent thrombosis are far more serious than those of bleeding complications, except in cases of intracranial surgery. The recommendations for perioperative DAPT have changed with emerging evidence regarding the improved efficacy of non-first-generation drug (everolimus, zotarolimus)-eluting stents (DES)...
February 2017: Korean Journal of Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181180/managing-ibd-therapies-in-pregnancy
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Jill K J Gaidos, Sunanda V Kane
Inflammatory bowel disease is frequently diagnosed before or during key childbearing years. One of the most important factors for a healthy pregnancy is having quiescent disease prior to conception and maintaining disease remission for the duration of the pregnancy. In order to achieve that, most women will need to continue their inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) treatment during pregnancy. One of the main concerns these women have is whether these medications will have adverse effects on their growing fetus...
February 8, 2017: Current Treatment Options in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178974/antidepressant-prescribing-in-the-precision-medicine-era-a-prescriber-s-primer-on-pharmacogenetic-tools
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Chad A Bousman, Malcolm Forbes, Mahesh Jayaram, Harris Eyre, Charles F Reynolds, Michael Berk, Malcolm Hopwood, Chee Ng
About half of people who take antidepressants do not respond and many experience adverse effects. These detrimental outcomes are in part a result of the impact of an individual's genetic profile on pharmacokinetics and pharmcodynamics. If known and made available to clinicians, this could improve decision-making and antidepressant therapy outcomes. This has spurred the development of numerous pharmacogenetic-based decision support tools. In this article, we provide an overview of pharmacogenetic decision support tools, with particular focus on tools relevant to antidepressants...
February 8, 2017: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177995/incidence-risk-factors-and-trends-of-motor-peripheral-nerve-injury-after-colorectal-surgery-analysis-of-the-national-surgical-quality-improvement-program-database
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Mohammed H Al-Temimi, Bindupriya Chandrasekaran, Michael J Phelan, Alessio Pigazzi, Steven D Mills, Michael J Stamos, Joseph C Carmichael
BACKGROUND: Motor peripheral nerve injury is a rare but serious event after colorectal surgery, and a nationwide study of this complication is lacking. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to report the incidence, trends, and risk factors of motor peripheral nerve injury during colorectal surgery. DESIGN: The National Surgical Quality Improvement Program database was surveyed for motor peripheral nerve injury complicating colorectal procedures...
March 2017: Diseases of the Colon and Rectum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176409/missing-life-stories-the-narratives-of-palliative-patients-parents-and-physicians-in-paediatric-oncology
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E De Clercq, B S Elger, T Wangmo
Illness narratives have become very popular. The stories of children, however, are rarely ever studied. This paper aims to provide insight into how children, parents and physicians make sense of progressive childhood cancer. It also explores how this meaning-giving process interacts with cultural dominant stories on cancer and dying. The presented data come from 16 open-ended face-to-face interviews with palliative paediatric patients, their parents and physicians. The interviews were carried out in eight paediatric oncology centres in Switzerland...
February 8, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173984/into-the-void-regulating-pesticide-use-in-colorado-s-commercial-cannabis-markets
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Todd Subritzky, Simone Pettigrew, Simon Lenton
BACKGROUND: In 2014, Colorado implemented the world's first seed-to-sale recreational cannabis market under a commercial model. This paper aims to provide a thick descriptive account that gives insight into the issues and complexities of Colorado's pioneering and evolving attempt to regulate the use of pesticides on commercial cannabis plantations. METHODS: The paper examines multiple data sets including: (i) Colorado State Government documents; (ii) recreational cannabis regulations; (iii) mass and niche media publications (n=175); (iv) face-to-face interviews with key stakeholders, including seniors, regulators and industry executives (n=8); and (v) field notes from relevant conferences and cultivation facility tours in Denver in October, 2016...
February 4, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166176/applying-instructional-design-strategies-and-behavior-theory-to-household-disaster-preparedness-training
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Tracy N Thomas, Robyn K Sobelson, Corinne J Wigington, Alyson L Davis, Victoria H Harp, Michelle Leander-Griffith, Joan P Cioffi
CONTEXT: Interventions and media campaigns promoting household disaster preparedness have produced mixed results in affecting behaviors. In large part, this is due to the limited application of instructional design strategies and behavior theory, such as the Transtheoretical Model (TTM). This study describes the development and evaluation of Ready CDC, an intervention designed to increase household disaster preparedness among the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) workforce...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: JPHMP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158245/protein-kinase-c-theta-is-required-for-efficient-induction-of-il-10-secreting-t-cells
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Graham J Britton, Ruth E Mitchell, Bronwen R Burton, David C Wraith
Secretion of interleukin-10 (IL-10) by CD4+ T cells is an essential immunoregulatory mechanism. The work presented here assesses the role of the signaling molecule protein kinase C theta (PKCθ) in the induction of IL-10 expression in CD4+ T cells. Using wildtype and PKCθ-deficient Tg4 T cell receptor transgenic mice, we implemented a well-described protocol of repeated doses of myelin basic protein (MBP)Ac1-9[4Y] antigen to induce Tr1-like IL-10+ T cells. We find that PKCθ is required for the efficient induction of IL-10 following antigen administration...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157585/thinking-about-threats-memory-and-prospection-in-human-threat-management
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REVIEW
Adam Bulley, Julie D Henry, Thomas Suddendorf
Humans have evolved mechanisms for the detection and management of possible threats in order to abate their negative consequences for fitness. Internally generated ('detached') cognition may have evolved in part because of its contributions to this broad function, but important questions remain about its role in threat management. In this article, we therefore present a taxonomy of threat-related internally generated cognition comprising episodic and semantic formats of memory and prospection. We address the proximate mechanisms of each of the capacities in this taxonomy, and discuss their respective contributions to adaptive threat management in humans...
January 31, 2017: Consciousness and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156526/integrating-contemplative-and-spiritual-care-in-outpatient-palliative-care-a-pilot-study
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Alex Beth Schapiro
: 247 Background: Spiritual support is associated with better outcomes in cancer care and at the end of life (1, 2). Consensus guidelines advocate for incorporating spiritual care in the provision of specialist level palliative care (3). Contemplative care practices and chaplaincy interventions have the potential for mitigating existential distress, cultivating prognostic awareness, and fostering spiritual approaches to grieving and coping with advanced cancer. We present the results of a pilot program demonstrating the feasibility and impact of integrating a contemplative care chaplain in an outpatient palliative care program in a culturally diverse patient population in a large, academic cancer center...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28147231/syncope-outcomes-and-conditions-associated-with-hospitalization
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Parijat Saurav Joy, Gagan Kumar, Brian Olshansky
PURPOSE: Syncope is a perplexing problem for which hospital admission and readmission are contemplated but outcomes remain uncertain. Our purpose was to determine the incidence of admissions and readmissions for syncope and compare associated conditions, in-hospital outcomes and resource utilization. METHODS: The 2005-2011 California Statewide Inpatient Database was utilized. Patients of age ≥18 admitted under ICD-9-CM code 780.2 ("syncope or collapse") were selected...
January 29, 2017: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144583/novel-case-of-trevor-s-disease-adult-onset-and-later-recurrence
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Amrit S Khalsa, Neil S Kumar, Matthew A Chin, Richard D Lackman
Dysplasia epiphysealis hemimelica (DEH), or Trevor's disease, is an osteocartilaginous epiphyseal overgrowth typically occurring in children. The literature reports 6 adult cases and none describe recurrence requiring additional procedures. We present a new-onset proximal tibial DEH in an adult recurring approximately 3 years after open excision. A 39-year-old female presented with a history of right knee pain, swelling, and instability. Physical examination revealed a firm proximal tibial mass. Computed tomography (CT) imaging showed an exophytic, lobulated, sclerotic mass involving the anterolateral margin of the lateral tibial plateau...
January 18, 2017: World Journal of Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28140685/interprofessional-spanning-and-building-boundaries-when-supporting-potential-embryo-donors-to-stem-cell-research
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Laura L Machin, R A Williams
When patients undergo fertility treatment, it is likely that a surplus of embryos will be created. The existence of these surplus embryos creates responsibilities for the clinics where they are stored and for the people who own them. Since 2001, the owners of the surplus embryos in the UK have the option to donate them to be used in stem cell research (SCR). This development has generated a new population-potential embryo donors to SCR-who have unique support needs as they are neither fertility patients nor donors...
January 31, 2017: Journal of Interprofessional Care
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