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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635528/clinical-social-and-ethical-issues-associated-with-non-invasive-prenatal-testing-for-aneuploidy
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Blanche Griffin, Samantha Edwards, Lyn S Chitty, Celine Lewis
Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT), based on analysis of cell-free foetal DNA, is rapidly becoming a preferred method to screen for chromosomal aneuploidy with the technology now available in over 90 countries. This review provides an up-to-date discussion of the key clinical, social and ethical implications associated with this revolutionary technology. Stakeholders are positive about a test that is highly accurate, safe, can be perfomed early in pregnancy, identifies affected pregnancies that might otherwise have been missed and reduces the need for invasive testing...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634565/home-based-telepsychiatry-in-us-urban-area
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Alireza Amirsadri, Jaclynne Burns, Albert Pizzuti, Cynthia L Arfken
Telepsychiatry expands access to psychiatric care. However, telepsychiatry for elderly adults is only reimbursed in the US if the patient is assessed while in a clinical setting. This case study presents a homebound older woman previously hospitalized for schizophrenia who had not seen a psychiatrist in over 20 years. Care was provided with hybrid telepsychiatry (team-based practice with social worker traveling to the home with electronic tablet for connection with psychiatrist). The intervention resulted in detecting unrecognized depression and complex trauma...
2017: Case Reports in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632953/updates-to-the-us-food-and-drug-administration-regulations-for-mifepristone-implications-for-clinical-practice-and-access-to-abortion
#3
Katherine E Simmonds, Margaret W Beal, Meghan K Eagen-Torkko
This article provides information on recent changes in the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) labeling and safety regulations for mifepristone (Mifeprex). The revised label now permits midwives, advanced practice nurses, and physician assistants to order and prescribe mifepristone, eliminating the requirement for physician supervision. The updated label also extends eligibility for use from 49 to 70 days' gestation and decreases the number of required visits from 3 to 2. The recommended dose of mifepristone has been reduced, and the dosage, timing, and route of administration for misoprostol have also been changed to reflect current research...
May 2017: Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631518/parenting-practices-and-children-s-physical-activity-an-integrative-review
#4
Amy Hutchens, Rebecca E Lee
The purpose of this integrative review was to analyze the state of science concerning the influence of parenting practices on children's physical activity (PA) levels. A total of 38 studies met the inclusion criteria after full-text review. The body of research is limited in experimental designs with only three studies measuring the influence of the intervention on parenting practices. Seven of the 30 quantitative studies (23.3%) found significant associations between parental role modeling of PA and children's PA levels...
January 1, 2017: Journal of School Nursing: the Official Publication of the National Association of School Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630549/why-is-a-good-abortion-law-not-enough-the-case-of-estonia
#5
Liiri Oja
There are various ways to critically discuss abortion. Constructing or finding the most suitable analytical framework-whether rooted in legal formalism, socio-legal considerations, or comparativism-always depends on the country of subject and whether the analysis is for litigation, advocacy, or more theoretical purposes. This paper offers a model for analyzing abortion in Estonia in order to connect it as a thought-provoking case study to the ongoing transnational abortion discussions. I set out by describing the Estonian Abortion Act as a "good abortion law": a regulation that guarantees in practice women's legal access to safe abortion...
June 2017: Health and Human Rights
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630370/evidence-for-therapeutic-patient-education-interventions-to-promote-cardiovascular-patient-self-management-a-scientific-statement-for-healthcare-professionals-from-the-american-heart-association
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REVIEW
Susan Barnason, Connie White-Williams, Laura P Rossi, Mae Centeno, Deborah L Crabbe, Kyoung Suk Lee, Nancy McCabe, Julie Nauser, Paula Schulz, Kelly Stamp, Kathryn Wood
BACKGROUND: The burden of cardiovascular disease as a chronic illness increasingly requires patients to assume more responsibility for their self-management. Patient education is believed to be an essential component of cardiovascular care; however, there is limited evidence about specific therapeutic patient education approaches used and the impact on patient self-management outcomes. METHODS AND RESULTS: An integrative review of the literature was conducted to critically analyze published research studies of therapeutic patient education for self-management in selected cardiovascular conditions...
June 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629356/lifestyle-and-income-related-inequality-in-health-in-south-africa
#7
Alfred Kechia Mukong, Corne Van Walbeek, Hana Ross
BACKGROUND: Many low- and middle-income countries are experiencing an epidemiological transition from communicable to non-communicable diseases. This has negative consequences for their human capital development, and imposes a growing economic burden on their societies. While the prevalence of such diseases varies with socioeconomic status, the inequalities can be exacerbated by adopted lifestyles of individuals. Evidence suggests that lifestyle factors may explain the income-related inequality in self-reported health...
June 19, 2017: International Journal for Equity in Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628985/enhanced-polyhydroxyalkanoate-production-by-mixed-microbial-culture-with-extended-cultivation-strategy
#8
Long Huang, Zhiqiang Chen, Qinxue Wen, Duu-Jong Lee
Low biomass output is a crucial reason for low polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) production in mixed microbial cultures (MMCs) PHA process. In this research, an extended cultivation strategy was proposed to rapidly expand the biomass yield of PHA accumulating MMCs and conserve the PHA accumulating ability simultaneously. High PHA content of the cultivated MMCs of 71.4% and 66.7% (higher than 62.1% of the seed biomass) in batch assays and biomass magnification of 43 and 52 were obtained after 10days of extended cultivation with and without sludge discharge, respectively...
June 1, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627329/passages-on-brazilian-scientific-cinema
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Jane de Almeida, Cicero Inacio da Silva, Alfredo Suppia, Brett Stalbaum
The article examines the conditions of production and recognition of scientific cinema in Brazil by comparing three distinct moments and contexts: the first moment takes place in the nineteenth century, and it is related to the contribution of a Brazilian astronomer otherwise little known to Brazilian film scholars, the second addresses Benedito Junqueira Duarte's voluminous mid-twentieth-century filmography, and the third moment documents recent scientific film experiences within ultra high resolution movies transmitted over photonic networks...
July 2017: Public Understanding of Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626441/teaching-improvisation-through-processes-applications-in-music-education-and-implications-for-general-education
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REVIEW
Michele Biasutti
Improvisation is an articulated multidimensional activity based on an extemporaneous creative performance. Practicing improvisation, participants expand sophisticated skills such as sensory and perceptual encoding, memory storage and recall, motor control, and performance monitoring. Improvisation abilities have been developed following several methodologies mainly with a product-oriented perspective. A model framed under the socio-cultural theory of learning for designing didactic activities on processes instead of outcomes is presented in the current paper...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625424/scheduling-non-operating-room-anesthesia-cases-in-endoscopy-using-the-sandbox-analogy
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Mitchell H Tsai, Leah A Cipri, Stephen E O'Donnell, J Matthew Fisher, Dimitrios A Andritsos
STUDY OBJECTIVE: For many hospitals, the non-operating room anesthesia (NORA) workload continues to expand. We developed a new NORA scheduling process with shared block time - a sandbox - amongst all of the gastroenterology groups and measured the efficacy of the intervention using basic operating room management metrics. DESIGN: Prospective analysis, statistical process control. SETTING: Academic, rural hospital; endoscopy suite; postoperative recovery area...
August 2017: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624651/efficacy-and-optimal-duration-of-metallic-stent-in-the-management-of-refractory-anastomotic-stricture-after-liver-transplantation
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Sunguk Jang, Mansour A Parsi, Rocio Lopez, Amit Bhatt, John J Vargo
BACKGROUND: Anastomotic bile duct stricture (ABS) remains as one of the most common complications in liver transplant patients. Current practice of endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) with insertion of plastic stent (PS) often requires multiple procedures before achieving stricture resolution. To date, studies utilizing covered self-expandable metallic stent (cSEMS) in ABS management reported varying degree of efficacy. The aim of this study was to analyze long term efficacy of cSEMS in patients with ABS, and identifying factor(s) influencing the probability of stricture resolution...
June 14, 2017: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623053/lgbt-healthcare-disparities-what-progress-have-we-made
#13
Kathleen A Bonvicini
Nearly fifteen years have passed since this author's publication which examined the depth of education and training for medical students and practicing physicians specific to clinical competence in the care of lesbian and gay patients in the United States. Since then, there has been an explosion of research gains which have shed a steady light on the needs and disparities of lesbian and gay healthcare. This rich literature base has expanded to include bisexual and transgender (LGBT) healthcare in peer-reviewed journals...
June 10, 2017: Patient Education and Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621412/the-not-so-long-history-of-zebrafish-research-in-israel
#14
Janna Blechman, Gil Levkowitz, Yoav Gothilf
The zebrafish has become a model of choice in fundamental and applied life sciences and is widely used in various fields of biomedical research as a human disease model for cancer, metabolic and neurodegenerative diseases, and regenerative medicine. The transparency of the zebrafish embryo allows real-time visualization of the development and morphogenesis of practically all of its tissues and organs. Zebrafish are amenable to genetic manipulation, for which innovative genetic and molecular techniques are constantly being introduced...
2017: International Journal of Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619690/metformin-the-aspirin-of-the-21-st-century-its-role-in-gestational-diabetes-prevention-of-preeclampsia-and-cancer-and-the-promotion-of-longevity
#15
REVIEW
Roberto Romero, Offer Erez, Maik Hüttemann, Eli Maymon, Bogdan Panaitescu, Agustin Conde-Agudelo, Percy Pacora, Bo Hyun Yoon, Lawrence I Grossman
Metformin is everywhere. Originally introduced in clinical practice as an anti-diabetic agent, its role as a therapeutic agent is expanding to include treatment of pre-diabetes, gestational diabetes, polycystic ovarian disease, and more recently, experimental studies, as well as observations in randomized clinical trials, suggest that metformin could have a place in the treatment or prevention of preeclampsia. This article provides a brief overview of the history of metformin in the treatment of diabetes, reviews the results of meta-analyses of metformin in gestational diabetes, and the treatment of obese non-diabetic pregnant women to prevent macrosomia...
June 12, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619440/breaking-bad-news-a-survey-of-radiology-residents-experiences-communicating-results-to-patients
#16
Anand Narayan, Sergio Dromi, Adam Meeks, Erin Gomez, Bonmyong Lee
PURPOSE: The practice of radiology often includes routine communication of diagnostic test results directly to patients in breast imaging and interventional radiology. There is increasing interest in expanding direct communication throughout radiology. Though these conversations can substantially affect patient well-being, there is limited evidence indicating that radiology residents are specifically taught methods to effectively convey imaging results to patients. Our purpose is to evaluate resident experience communicating imaging results to patients...
April 27, 2017: Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619367/the-vasoprotective-axes-of-the-renin-angiotensin-system-physiological-relevance-and-therapeutic-implications-in-cardiovascular-hypertensive-and-kidney-diseases
#17
REVIEW
Xiao C Li, Jianfeng Zhang, Jia L Zhuo
The renin-angiotensin system (RAS) is undisputedly one of the most prominent endocrine (tissue-to-tissue), paracrine (cell-to-cell) and intracrine (intracellular/nuclear) vasoactive systems in the physiological regulation of neural, cardiovascular, blood pressure, and kidney function. The importance of the RAS in the development and pathogenesis of cardiovascular, hypertensive and kidney diseases has now been firmly established in clinical trials and practice using renin inhibitors, angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, type 1 (AT1) angiotensin II (ANG II) receptor blockers (ARBs), or aldosterone receptor antagonists as major therapeutic drugs...
June 12, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619161/antimicrobials-used-for-surgical-prophylaxis-by-companion-animal-veterinarians-in-australia
#18
Laura Y Hardefeldt, Glenn F Browning, Karin Thursky, James R Gilkerson, Helen Billman-Jacobe, Mark A Stevenson, Kirsten E Bailey
Antimicrobials are widely used in veterinary practices, but there has been no investigation into the classes of antimicrobials used or the appropriateness of their use in surgical prophylaxis. Antimicrobial usage guidelines were published by the Australian Infectious Disease Advisory Panel (AIDAP) in 2013, but there has been no investigation of compliance with them. This study aimed to investigate antimicrobial use for surgical prophylaxis in companion animal practice and assess compliance with AIDAP guidelines for selected conditions by conducting a cross-sectional study of antimicrobial usage patterns of Australian veterinarians using an online questionnaire...
May 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619010/did-online-publishers-get-it-right-using-a-naturalistic-search-strategy-to-review-cognitive-health-promotion-content-on-internet-webpages
#19
P V Hunter, M Delbaere, M E O'Connell, A Cammer, J X Seaton, T Friedrich, F Fick
BACKGROUND: One of the most common uses of the Internet is to search for health-related information. Although scientific evidence pertaining to cognitive health promotion has expanded rapidly in recent years, it is unclear how much of this information has been made available to Internet users. Thus, the purpose of our study was to assess the reliability and quality of information about cognitive health promotion encountered by typical Internet users. METHODS: To generate a list of relevant search terms employed by Internet users, we entered seed search terms in Google Trends and recorded any terms consistently used in the prior 2 years...
June 15, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617137/drugs-currently-under-investigation-for-the-treatment-of-invasive-candidiasis
#20
Matthew W McCarthy, Thomas J Walsh
The widespread implementation of immunosuppressants, immunomodulators, hematopoietic stem cell transplantation and solid organ transplantation in clinical practice has led to an expanding population of patients who are at risk for invasive candidiasis, which is the most common form of fungal disease among hospitalized patients in the developed world. The emergence of drug-resistant Candida spp. has added to the morbidity associated with invasive candidiasis and novel therapeutic strategies are urgently needed...
June 15, 2017: Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs
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