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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793156/mechanical-properties-of-the-human-scalp-in-tension
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Lisa Falland-Cheung, Mario Scholze, Pamela F Lozano, Benjamin Ondruschka, Darryl C Tong, Paul A Brunton, J Neil Waddell, Niels Hammer
Mechanical properties of the human scalp have not been investigated to a great extent with limited information available. The purpose of this study was to provide new baseline material data for human scalp tissue of various ages, which can be applied to experimental and constitutive models, such as in the area of impact biomechanics. This study used specimens from the left and right temporal, fronto-parietal and occipital regions of the human scalp. It investigated the tensile behavior of scalp tissue using tissues harvested from unfixed, fresh cadavers...
May 17, 2018: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792180/screening-for-congenital-fetal-anomalies-in-low-risk-pregnancy-the-kenyatta-national-hospital-experience
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Callen Kwamboka Onyambu, Norah Mukiri Tharamba
BACKGROUND: Congenital malformations contribute significantly to the disease burden among children globally. A study conducted in Kenya on understanding the burden of surgical congenital anomalies, highlights the need for Kenyan health systems to go beyond the medical dimensions of illness. This could be achieved by linking knowledge of the severe congenital anomalies (CAs) and their impact of varying disability to the delivery of local health services and public health program planning...
May 23, 2018: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790441/competences-management-for-improving-performance-in-health-organizations
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Simone Fanelli, Gianluca Lanza, Antonello Zangrandi
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to describe the design and construction of a privilege mapping system (clinical and organizational competences) of the medical staff of the Niguarda Hospital in Milan, Italy. The second aim is to measure and assess the impact of implementing an evaluation process of clinical competences at the same hospital. Design/methodology/approach The paper retraces the development and implementation of the evaluation of the privilege system, highlighting the subjects involved, the phases and outputs...
May 14, 2018: International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789167/prevalence-of-malnutrition-and-impact-on-clinical-outcomes-in-cancer-services-a-comparison-of-two-time-points
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Kathryn M Marshall, Jenelle Loeliger, Linda Nolte, Amber Kelaart, Nicole K Kiss
BACKGROUND: The prevention and management of malnutrition is increasingly recognised as a significant element of cancer care. By identifying and comparing cancer malnutrition in two large cross-sectional cancer populations, this study aims to provide a greater understanding of clinical characteristics and trajectories relating to cancer malnutrition. METHODS: A multi-centre point prevalence study was conducted in Victoria, Australia at two time points (March 2012, May 2014)...
May 2, 2018: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788205/the-impact-of-vaccination-route-on-mycoplasma-gallisepticum-vaccine-efficacy
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Spencer A Leigh, Jeff D Evans, Stephanie D Collier, Scott L Branton
Mycoplasma gallisepticum infection can lead to major financial losses for poultry producers. Control of M. gallisepticum infection in the layer industry is generally obtained through vaccination due to the nature of the multi-aged flocks in the facilities. Live vaccines can provide significant protection from the pathogenic effects of M. gallisepticum infection. However, differing management practices, including vaccination procedures, can lead to significant variations in the efficacy of the same vaccine. The site of vaccine deposition has been shown to be one important factor significantly influencing the vaccination outcome...
May 18, 2018: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787586/procrustes-based-geometric-morphometrics-on-mri-images-an-example-of-inter-operator-bias-in-3d-landmarks-and-its-impact-on-big-datasets
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Amro Daboul, Tatyana Ivanovska, Robin Bülow, Reiner Biffar, Andrea Cardini
Using 3D anatomical landmarks from adult human head MRIs, we assessed the magnitude of inter-operator differences in Procrustes-based geometric morphometric analyses. An in depth analysis of both absolute and relative error was performed in a subsample of individuals with replicated digitization by three different operators. The effect of inter-operator differences was also explored in a large sample of more than 900 individuals. Although absolute error was not unusual for MRI measurements, including bone landmarks, shape was particularly affected by differences among operators, with up to more than 30% of sample variation accounted for by this type of error...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787555/implementation-of-a-ct-scan-practice-guideline-for-pediatric-trauma-patients-reduces-unnecessary-scans-without-impacting-outcomes
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Patrick R McGrew, Paul J Chestovich, Jay D Fisher, Deborah A Kuhls, Douglas R Fraser, Purvi P Patel, Chad W Katona, Syed Saquib, John J Fildes
INTRODUCTION: Computed Tomography (CT) scans are useful in the evaluation of trauma patients, but are costly and pose risks from ionizing radiation in children. Recent literature has demonstrated the utility of CT scan guidelines in the management of pediatric trauma. This study objective is to review our treatment of pediatric blunt trauma patients and evaluate CT utilization before and after CT-guideline implementation. METHODS: Our Pediatric Level 2 Trauma Center (TC) implemented a CT scan practice guideline for pediatric trauma patients in March 2014...
May 4, 2018: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785891/performance-and-carcass-characteristics-of-steers-fed-with-two-levels-of-metabolizable-energy-intake-during-summer-and-winter-season
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R A Arias, J P Keim, M Gandarillas, A Velásquez, C Alvarado-Gilis, T L Mader
Climate change is producing an increase on extreme weather events around the world such as flooding, drought and extreme ambient temperatures impacting animal production and animal welfare. At present, there is a lack of studies addressing the effects of climatic conditions associated with energy intake in finishing cattle in South American feed yards. Therefore, two experiments were conducted to assess the effects of environmental variables and level of metabolizable energy intake above maintenance requirements (MEI) on performance and carcass quality of steers...
May 22, 2018: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785718/associations-between-the-smoking-relatedness-of-a-cancer-type-cessation-attitudes-and-beliefs-and-future-abstinence-among-recent-quitters
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Úrsula Martínez, Thomas H Brandon, Steven K Sutton, Vani N Simmons
OBJECTIVE: Smoking after a diagnosis of cancer can negatively impact treatment outcomes and quality of life. It is important that patients quit smoking and remain abstinent regardless of cancer type. Some cancer types (e.g., lung) have stronger links to smoking as a cause than do others (e.g., colorectal). The aims of this study were to (1) assess associations between smoking-relatedness of the cancer type with beliefs and attitudes concerning smoking abstinence (e.g., confidence, self-efficacy), and (2) assess these variables as predictors of future abstinence...
May 21, 2018: Psycho-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785504/impact-of-a-vap-bundle-in-belgian-intensive-care-units
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Laurent Jadot, Luc Huyghens, Annick De Jaeger, Marc Bourgeois, Dominique Biarent, Adeline Higuet, Koen de Decker, Margot Vander Laenen, Baudewijn Oosterlynck, Patrick Ferdinande, Pascal Reper, Serge Brimioulle, Sophie Van Cromphaut, Stéphane Clement De Clety, Thierry Sottiaux, Pierre Damas
BACKGROUND: In order to decrease the incidence of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) in Belgium, a national campaign for implementing a VAP bundle involving assessment of sedation, cuff pressure control, oral care with chlorhexidine and semirecumbent position, was launched in 2011-2012. This report will document the impact of this campaign. METHODS: On 1 day, once a year from 2010 till 2016, except in 2012, Belgian ICUs were questioned about their ventilated patients...
May 21, 2018: Annals of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785159/assessment-of-the-quality-of-life-and-performance-status-in-patients-with-oral-submucous-fibrosis-in-central-india
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Revant H Chole, Ranjitkumar Patil
Background and aims: Measuring quality of life in patients with oral submucous fibrosis is of utmost importance in assessing treatment outcomes. This study examined the impact of oral submucous fibrosis and its treatment on the quality of life and performance status of persons with oral submucous fibrosis. Methods: Quality of life was measured in patients with oral submucous fibrosis using the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life head and neck 35 Questionnaire (EORTC QLQ-C35); performance status was measured by Performance Status Scale for Head and Neck Cancer Patients (PSS-HN), at four points in time: baseline, one month, two months and three months after start of treatment...
2018: Clujul Medical (1957)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784659/united-states-of-amnesia-rescuing-memory-loss-from-diverse-conditions
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EDITORIAL
Clara Ortega-de San Luis, Tomás J Ryan
Amnesia - the loss of memory function - is often the earliest and most persistent symptom of dementia. It occurs as a consequence of a variety of diseases and injuries. These include neurodegenerative, neurological or immune disorders, drug abuse, stroke or head injuries. It has both troubled and fascinated humanity. Philosophers, scientists, physicians and anatomists have all pursued an understanding of how we learn and memorise, and why we forget. In the last few years, the development of memory engram labelling technology has greatly impacted how we can experimentally study memory and its disorders in animals...
May 18, 2018: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784247/evaluation-of-the-head-helmet-sliding-properties-in-an-impact-test
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Antonia Trotta, Aisling Ní Annaidh, Roy Owen Burek, Bart Pelgrims, Jan Ivens
The scalp plays a crucial role in head impact biomechanics, being the first tissue involved in the impact and providing a sliding interface between the impactor and/or helmet and the skull. It is important to understand both the scalp-skull and the scalp-helmet sliding in order to determine the head response due to an impact. However, experimental data on the sliding properties of the scalp is lacking. The aim of this work was to identify the sliding properties of the scalp using cadaver heads, in terms of scalp-skull and scalp-liner (internal liner of the helmet) friction and to compare these values with that of widely used artificial headforms (HIII and magnesium EN960)...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784065/changes-in-socio-economic-level-and-their-impact-on-nutritional-status-a-follow-up-study-among-young-chilean-adults
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Hugo Amigo, Alejandra Vásquez, Patricia Bustos
OBJECTIVE: To verify the association between changes in socio-economic level (SEL) and nutritional status of Chilean adults over a 10-year period. DESIGN: Concurrent cohort study.Setting/SubjectsIndividuals born from 1974 to 1978 in the Valparaíso Region of Chile were evaluated between 2000 and 2002 (n 1232) and again between 2010 and 2012 (n 796). SEL was characterized according to the occupation and educational level of the head of household. Nutritional status was based on measurement of BMI and waist circumference (WC)...
May 22, 2018: Public Health Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783163/maternal-hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal-hpa-system-activity-and-stress-during-pregnancy-effects-on-gestational-age-and-infant-s-anthropometric-measures-at-birth
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Maria Gilles, Henrike Otto, Isabell A C Wolf, Barbara Scharnholz, Verena Peus, Michael Schredl, Marc W Sütterlin, Stephanie H Witt, Marcella Rietschel, Manfred Laucht, Michael Deuschle
BACKGROUND: Prenatal maternal stress might be a risk for the developing fetus and may have long-lasting effects on child and adult vulnerability to somatic and psychiatric disease. Over-exposure of the unborn to excess glucocorticoids and subsequent alteration of fetal development is hypothesized to be one of the key mechanisms linking prenatal stress with negative child outcome. METHODS: In this prospective longitudinal study, mothers-to-be (n = 405) in late pregnancy (36...
April 22, 2018: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782831/mapping-cellular-polarity-networks-using-mass-spectrometry-based-strategies
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REVIEW
Avais M Daulat, Tania M Puvirajesinghe, Luc Camoin, Jean-Paul Borg
Cell polarity is a vital biological process involved in the building, maintenance and normal functioning of tissues in invertebrates and vertebrates. Unsurprisingly, molecular defects affecting polarity organization and functions have a strong impact on tissue homeostasis, embryonic development and adult life, and may directly or indirectly lead to diseases. Genetic studies have demonstrated the causative effect of several polarity genes in diseases, however much remains to be clarified before a comprehensive view of the molecular organization and regulation of the protein networks associated with polarity proteins is obtained...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780832/collagen-type-iii-metabolism-evaluation-in-patients-with-malignant-head-and-neck-cancer-treated-with-radiotherapy
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Klaudia Mazurek, Krzysztof Siemianowicz, Wirginia Likus, Ewa Pierzchała, Robert Kwiatkowski, Jarosław Markowski
Ionizing radiation affects the metabolism of key proteins of extracellular matrix including type III collagen, an important component of human skin. The aim of the work is an analysis of the impact of radical and palliative radiotherapy on collagen type III synthesis in patients with head and neck cancer. The test group consisted of 56 males with histopathologically confirmed head and neck cancer, for whom radiotherapy was applied as a form of radical or palliative treatment. The level of procollagen III aminoterminal propeptide (PIIINP), which is a marker of collagen type III synthesis, was determined in blood serum before radiotherapy, immediately following radiotherapy, and 3 months after it was finished...
2018: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780260/efficacy-and-safety-profile-of-once-weekly-dulaglutide-in-type-2-diabetes-a-report-on-the-emerging-new-data
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REVIEW
Anne J Kugler, Michael L Thiman
Dulaglutide is a once-weekly glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist, which has been on the market in the USA since 2014. Dulaglutide has performed well in head-to-head studies against metformin, glargine, and sitagliptin, where its A1c lowering ranged from -0.78% to -1.64% over 52-104 weeks, and it consistently outperformed each of these agents. As an add-on therapy, dulaglutide provided additional A1c lowering of -1.4% to -1.44% over monotherapy with glimepiride or glargine at 24 and 28 weeks, respectively...
2018: Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity: Targets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779184/limbic-system-structure-volumes-and-associated-neurocognitive-functioning-in-former-nfl-players
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Christian Lepage, Marc Muehlmann, Yorghos Tripodis, Jakob Hufschmidt, Julie Stamm, Katie Green, Pawel Wrobel, Vivian Schultz, Isabelle Weir, Michael L Alosco, Christine M Baugh, Nathan G Fritts, Brett M Martin, Christine Chaisson, Michael J Coleman, Alexander P Lin, Ofer Pasternak, Nikos Makris, Robert A Stern, Martha E Shenton, Inga K Koerte
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a neurodegenerative disease associated with exposure to repetitive head impacts. CTE has been linked to disruptions in cognition, mood, and behavior. Unfortunately, the diagnosis of CTE can only be made post-mortem. Neuropathological evidence suggests limbic structures may provide an opportunity to characterize CTE in the living. Using 3 T magnetic resonance imaging, we compared select limbic brain regional volumes - the amygdala, hippocampus, and cingulate gyrus - between symptomatic former National Football League (NFL) players (n = 86) and controls (n = 22)...
May 19, 2018: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778400/stromal-heterogeneity-in-pancreatic-cancer-and-chronic-pancreatitis
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Lena Haeberle, Katja Steiger, Anna Melissa Schlitter, Sami Alexander Safi, Wolfram Trudo Knoefel, Mert Erkan, Irene Esposito
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: An abundant stromal reaction is a hallmark of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) and chronic pancreatitis (CP). The cells mainly responsible for the stromal reaction are activated pancreatic stellate cells (PSCs). Despite their crucial role, PSCs are not well characterized. PSCs share characteristics with the better-known hepatic stellate cells (HSCs). The aim of this study was a detailed analysis of PSCs in PDAC and CP. METHODS: Whole-slide specimens of CP (n = 12) and PDAC (n = 10) were studied by histochemistry and immunohistochemistry...
May 12, 2018: Pancreatology: Official Journal of the International Association of Pancreatology (IAP) ... [et Al.]
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