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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748743/community-based-game-intervention-to-improve-south-asian-indian-americans-engagement-with-advanced-care-planning
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Kavita Radhakrishnan, Lauren Jodi Van Scoy, Regina Jillapalli, Shubhada Saxena, Miyong T Kim
OBJECTIVE: Advance care planning (ACP) allows individuals to express their preferences for medical treatment in the event that they become incapable of making their own decisions. This study assessed the efficacy of a conversation game intervention for increasing South Asian Indian Americans' (SAIAs') engagement in ACP behaviors as well as the game's acceptability and cultural appropriateness among SAIAs. DESIGN: Eligible community-dwelling SAIAs were recruited at SAIA cultural events held in central Texas during the summer of 2016...
July 27, 2017: Ethnicity & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747510/nonspecific-block-of-voltage-gated-potassium-channels-has-greater-effect-on-distal-schaffer-collaterals-than-proximal-schaffer-collaterals-during-periods-of-high-activity
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Benjamin Owen, Rishi Reddy, Lawrence M Grover
Previous studies established different responses between proximal and distal portions of Schaffer collateral axons during high-frequency and burst stimulation, with distal axons demonstrating biphasic changes in excitability (hyperexcitability followed by depression), but proximal axons showing only monophasic depression. Voltage-dependent potassium (KV) channels are important determinants of axonal excitability, and block of KV channels can promote axon hyperexcitability. We therefore hypothesized that block of KV channels should lead to biphasic response changes in proximal Schaffer collaterals, like those seen in distal Schaffer collaterals...
July 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744995/idiopathic-sudden-sensorineural-hearing-loss-and-m%C3%A3-ni%C3%A3-re-syndrome-the-role-of-cerebral-venous-drainage
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Marco Matteo Ciccone, Pietro Scicchitano, Michele Gesualdo, Francesca Cortese, Annapaola Zito, Fabio Manca, Barbara Boninfante, Pasquale Recchia, Domenico Leogrande, Domenico Viola, Marialessia Damiani, Valeria Gambacorta, Antonio Piccolo, Vincenzo De Ceglie, Nicola Quaranta
AIM: to evaluate the influence of cerebral venous drainage on the pathogenesis of idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss (ISSHL) and Ménière syndrome (MD). METHODS: we enrolled 59 consecutive patients (32 males, mean age 53.05+15.37 years): 40 ISSHL and 19 MD. All underwent physical examination, biochemical evaluation (glycemic and lipid profile, viral serology, C reactive protein, etc), audiometric (tonal, vocal, vestibular evoked myogenic potentials and auditory brainstem response test) and impedentiometric examination...
July 26, 2017: Clinical Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744082/ct-guided-percutaneous-radiofrequency-ablation-of-osteoid-osteoma-our-experience-in-87-patients
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Anurag Chahal, Prathiba Rajalakshmi, Shah A Khan, Shishir Rastogi, Deep N Srivastava, Shivanand Gamanagatti
PURPOSE: To evaluate the technical and clinical success of radiofrequency ablation of osteoid osteoma and analyze the factors responsible for clinical success. We also tried to investigate the role of follow-up computed tomography (CT) imaging. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a prospective study approved by the institute's ethics committee involving 87 patients with appendicular osteoid osteoma. CT-guided radio frequency ablation was performed using a bipolar ablation system...
April 2017: Indian Journal of Radiology & Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743217/identifying-content-for-simulation-based-curricula-in-urology-a-national-needs-assessment
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Leizl Joy Nayahangan, Rikke Bølling Hansen, Karen Gilboe Lindorff-Larsen, Charlotte Paltved, Bjørn Ulrik Nielsen, Lars Konge
OBJECTIVE: Simulation-based training is well recognized in the transforming field of urological surgery; however, integration into the curriculum is often unstructured. Development of simulation-based curricula should follow a stepwise approach starting with a needs assessment. This study aimed to identify technical procedures in urology that should be included in a simulation-based curriculum for residency training. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A national needs assessment was performed using the Delphi method involving 56 experts with significant roles in the education of urologists...
July 26, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742548/association-between-survival-and-time-of-day-for-rapid-response-team-calls-in-a-national-registry
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Matthew Michael Churpek, Dana P Edelson, Ji Yeon Lee, Kyle Carey, Ashley Snyder
OBJECTIVES: Decreased staffing at nighttime is associated with worse outcomes in hospitalized patients. Rapid response teams were developed to decrease preventable harm by providing additional critical care resources to patients with clinical deterioration. We sought to determine whether rapid response team call frequency suffers from decreased utilization at night and how this is associated with patient outcomes. DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of a prospectively collected registry database...
July 22, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741115/the-dtl-erg-electrode-comes-in-different-shapes-and-sizes-are-they-all-good
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Jungeun Woo, Suna Jung, Mathieu Gauvin, Pierre Lachapelle
PURPOSE: Although the DTL fiber electrode has been in use in the ERG field for more than four decades, its composition was never clearly defined. We compared five different types of conductive (DTL type) yarn (differing in terms of mass, number of filaments, and crimping degree) in order to determine whether we could identify one that would be better suited for the recording of ERGs. METHODS: Photopic flash ERGs were recorded from five subjects using the following DTL electrodes: 27/7, 22/1, 11/1, 11/1*2, and 22/1*2...
July 24, 2017: Documenta Ophthalmologica. Advances in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739482/brain-responses-to-40-hz-binaural-beat-and-effects-on-emotion-and-memory
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Nantawachara Jirakittayakorn, Yodchanan Wongsawat
Gamma oscillation plays a role in binding process or sensory integration, a process by which several brain areas beside primary cortex are activated for higher perception of the received stimulus. Beta oscillation is also involved in interpreting received stimulus and occurs following gamma oscillation, and this process is known as gamma-to-beta transition, a process for neglecting unnecessary stimuli in surrounding environment. Gamma oscillation also associates with cognitive functions, memory and emotion...
July 21, 2017: International Journal of Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738106/predictors-of-clinically-significant-outcome-for-adolescents-with-temporomandibular-disorders
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Kerstin Wahlund, Bo Larsson
AIMS: To evaluate and identify baseline characteristics of the adolescent patients included in two previous randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that may predict a clinically significant outcome after treatment of temporomandibular disorders (TMD) with an occlusal appliance (OA) or relaxation training (RT) in a clinical sample of adolescents. METHODS: This study combined two patient samples from the earlier RCTs for a total of 167 adolescents with frequent TMD pain (once a week or more often), diagnosed according to the Research Diagnostic Criteria for TMD...
July 2017: Journal of Oral & Facial Pain and Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737646/crp-albumin-ratio-an-early-predictor-of-steroid-responsiveness-in-acute-severe-ulcerative-colitis
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David J Gibson, Karen Hartery, Jayne Doherty, Jack Nolan, Denise Keegan, Kathryn Byrne, Sean T Martin, Maire Buckley, Juliette Sheridan, Gareth Horgan, Hugh E Mulcahy, Garret Cullen, Glen A Doherty
INTRODUCTION: Identifying hospitalized patients with acute severe ulcerative colitis (ASUC) who will be refractory to corticosteroid therapy and require rescue therapy remains difficult. Hypoalbuminemia worsens with time during hospitalization and is associated with rapid clearance of and reduced response to infliximab (IFX) rescue. Early use of rescue therapy may therefore be more effective. Simple clinical and laboratory predictors of corticosteroid responsiveness would facilitate earlier use of rescue therapy...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737589/validity-of-a-taekwondo-specific-test-to-measure-vo2peak-and-the-heart-rate-deflection-point
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Jader Sant'Ana, Emerson Franchini, Juan Murias, Fernando Diefenthaeler
This study investigated whether the progressive specific taekwondo test (PSTT) is a valid test to measure peak oxygen consumption (VO2PEAK) and the heart rate deflection point (HRDP) in taekwondo athletes. Eighteen male black belt athletes (25.3 ± 4.8 years; 8.2 ± 4.7 years of practice; 171.8 ± 4.7 cm; 76.1 ± 8.2 kg, and 13.1 ± 2.9% body fat) involved in regional and national level competitions performed the PSTT and an incremental treadmill test (IT). The following variables were analyzed: VO2PEAK, respiratory quotient, oxygen consumption at the HRDP (VO2HRDP), peak heart rate (HRPEAK), HRDP, and peak post-test blood lactate concentration...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736908/bmp-7-ameliorates-cobalt-alloy-particle-induced-inflammation-by-suppressing-th17-responses
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Fengrong Chen, Ruisong Chen, Haoyuan Liu, Rupeng Sun, Jianming Huang, Zheyuan Huang, Guojian Jian
Metal wear debris has been shown to activate an aseptic osteolytic process that causes failure in total joint arthroplasty (TJA). This osteolysis is characterized by a proinflammatory, self-propagating immune response involving primarily macrophages, dendritic cells, and activated osteoclasts, as well as T cells and B cells. The human bone morphogenic protein (BMP)-7, on the other hand, was shown to promote osteoblast survival, and reversed the downregulation of anabolic Smad proteins and Runx2 following cobalt injury...
July 24, 2017: APMIS: Acta Pathologica, Microbiologica, et Immunologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736204/neural-stability-a-reflection-of-automaticity-in-reading
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Silvia Siu-Yin Lam, Travis White-Schwoch, Steven G Zecker, Jane Hornickel, Nina Kraus
Automaticity, the ability to perform a task rapidly with minimal effort, plays a key role in reading fluency and is indexed by rapid automatized naming (RAN) and processing speed. Yet little is known about automaticity's neurophysiologic underpinnings. The more efficiently sound is encoded, the more automatic sound processing can be. In turn, this automaticity could free up cognitive resources such as attention and working memory to help build an integrative reading network. Therefore, we hypothesized that automaticity and reading fluency correlate with stable neural representation of sounds, given a larger body of literature suggesting the close relationship between neural stability and the integrative function in the central auditory system...
July 20, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734063/atp-and-astrocytes-play-a-prominent-role-in-the-control-of-the-respiratory-pattern-generator-in-the-lamprey
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Elenia Cinelli, Ludovica Iovino, Donatella Mutolo
The role of ATP and astrocytes in respiratory rhythm modulation has been recently investigated in neonatal rodents. However, no information on the role of ATP and astrocytes within the respiratory network of the lamprey is available, particularly within the paratrigeminal respiratory group (pTRG), the proposed respiratory central pattern generator. To address these issues, the present study was carried out on isolated brainstems of the adult lamprey. Bath application of ATP caused marked increases in respiratory frequency followed by decreases in the respiratory motor output, mediated by the ATP metabolite adenosine at the level of the pTRG...
July 22, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733563/prevalence-factors-influencing-and-knowledge-about-adherence-to-lipid-lowering-therapy-among-hyperlipidemia-patients
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N K Devaraj, M Mohamed, N Hussein
BACKGROUND: Hyperlipidaemia is a significant risk factor for cardiovascular disease. However, adherence to lipidlowering therapy is often unsatisfactory due to a combination of patient factors, therapy, socio-economic and health system-related factors. AIMS: to identify the prevalence of adherence to lipidlowering therapy, the factors contributing to non-adherence and knowledge regarding hyperlipidaemia and its' treatment among Malaysian patients with hyperlipidemia...
June 2017: Medical Journal of Malaysia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732046/qualitative-differences-in-cellular-immunogenicity-elicited-by-hepatitis-c-virus-t-cell-vaccines-employing-prime-boost-regimens
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Wendy G Tan, Iryna Zubkova, Alla Kachko, Frances Wells, Heiko Adler, Gerd Sutter, Marian E Major
T-cell based vaccines have been considered as attractive candidates for prevention of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections. In this study we compared the magnitude and phenotypic characteristics of CD8+ T-cells induced by three commonly used viral vectors, Adenovirus-5 (Ad5), Vaccinia virus (VV) and Modified Vaccinia Ankara (MVA) expressing the HCV NS3/4A protein. C57/BL6 mice were primed with DNA expressing NS3/4A and boosted with each of the viral vectors in individual groups of mice. We then tracked the vaccine-induced CD8+ T-cell responses using pentamer binding and cytokine production analysis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729870/plastid-nucleus-distance-alters-the-behavior-of-stromules
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Jessica L Erickson, Matthias Kantek, Martin H Schattat
Plastids send "retrograde" signals to the nucleus to deliver information regarding their physiological status. One open question concerning this signal transfer is how the signal bridges the cytoplasm. Based on individual reports of plastid derived tubular membrane extensions connecting to nuclei, these so-called stromules have been suggested to function as communication routes between plastids and nuclei in response to biotic stress. However, based on the data currently available it is unclear whether interactions between stromules and nuclei are truly intentional or observed as a result of an inflated stromule frequency throughout the cell, and are thus a random event...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729830/resting-state-fluctuations-of-eeg-sensorimotor-rhythm-reflect-bold-activities-in-the-pericentral-areas-a-simultaneous-eeg-fmri-study
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Shohei Tsuchimoto, Shuka Shibusawa, Nobuaki Mizuguchi, Kenji Kato, Hiroki Ebata, Meigen Liu, Takashi Hanakawa, Junichi Ushiba
Blockade of the scalp electroencephalographic (EEG) sensorimotor rhythm (SMR) is a well-known phenomenon following attempted or executed motor functions. Such a frequency-specific power attenuation of the SMR occurs in the alpha and beta frequency bands and is spatially registered at primary somatosensory and motor cortices. Here, we hypothesized that resting-state fluctuations of the SMR in the alpha and beta frequency bands also covary with resting-state sensorimotor cortical activity, without involving task-related neural dynamics...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729738/human-hippocampal-pre-activation-predicts-behavior
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Anna Jafarpour, Vitoria Piai, Jack J Lin, Robert T Knight
The response to an upcoming salient event is accelerated when the event is expected given the preceding events - i.e. a temporal context effect. For example, naming a picture following a strongly constraining temporal context is faster than naming a picture after a weakly constraining temporal context. We used sentences as naturalistic stimuli to manipulate expectations on upcoming pictures without prior training. Here, using intracranial recordings from the human hippocampus we found more power in the high-frequency band prior to high-expected pictures than weakly expected ones...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728633/drinking-status-between-ages-50-and-55-for-men-from-the-san-diego-prospective-study-who-developed-dsm-iv-alcohol-abuse-or-dependence-in-prior-follow-ups
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Priscila Dib Gonçalves, Marc A Schuckit, Tom L Smith
OBJECTIVE: Although alcohol use disorders (AUDs) are prevalent among older individuals, few studies have examined the course and predictors of AUDs from their onset into the person's 50s. This study describes the AUD course from ages 50 to 55 in participants who developed AUDs according to criteria from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV), during the San Diego Prospective Study (SDPS). METHOD: Among the 397 university students in the SDPS who were followed about every 5 years from age 20 (before AUD onset), 165 developed AUDs, 156 of whom were interviewed at age 55...
July 2017: Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs
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