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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640438/readability-content-analysis-and-racial-ethnic-diversity-of-online-living-kidney-donation-information
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James R Rodrigue, Mario Feranil, Jenna Lang, Aaron Fleishman
More than three-fourths of adults in the US use the internet to access health-related information. Adults exploring the possibility of living donation should have access to online content that is readable and comprehensive. We simulated a search of online information about living kidney donation and evaluated readability, topics covered, and racial/ethnic diversity of 21 websites meeting inclusion criteria (e.g., hosted by a non-profit or patient advocacy organization, English content, based in US). Using standard readability metrics, 62% of sites were classified as "Difficult to read" and none achieved the recommended reading level of 6(th) grade...
June 22, 2017: Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638192/treatment-effect-of-antipsychotics-in-combination-with-horticultural-therapy-on-patients-with-schizophrenia-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-study
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Shunhong Zhu, Hengjing Wan, Zhide Lu, Huiping Wu, Qun Zhang, Xiaoqiong Qian, Chenyu Ye
BACKGROUND: As a newly developed treatment method for schizophrenia, horticultural therapy is gaining more attention. However, there is as of now little research investigating this topic as well as a general lack of studies adopting into standard treatment plans. AIMS: Investigate treatment effect of horticultural therapy on patients with schizophrenia and its possibility of standardized application in psychiatric hospitals. METHODS: 110 patients with schizophrenia who met the inclusion criteria and provided informed consent were selected from the rehabilitation ward of the Minhang District Mental Health Center from September 2015 to December 2015...
August 25, 2016: Shanghai Archives of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636573/prescribing-patterns-for-inpatients-with-schizophrenia-spectrum-disorders-in-a-psychiatric-hospital-in-slovenia-results-of-16-month-prospective-non-interventional-clinical-research
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Cvetka Bačar Bole, Mitja Pišlar, Aleš Mrhar, Rok Tavčar
BACKGROUND: In Slovenia, there has been no evidence about the prescribing patterns for inpatients with psychotic disorders. The research aims to analyze drug utilization patterns for inpatients with psychotic disorder that are coded as F20-F29 according to International Classification of Diseases (ICD) 10(th) revision (schizophrenia spectrum disorders). SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Prospective research was conducted at the Psychiatric Hospital Idrija. The medical records of the inpatients admitted over a 12-month period were collected from the beginning to the end of their hospitalization...
June 2017: Psychiatria Danubina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622548/early-bony-changes-associated-with-bisphosphonate-related-osteonecrosis-of-the-jaws-in-rats-a-longitudinal-in-vivo-study
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Josy Lorena Peres Vilarinho, Nathália Ferrare, Andreia Maria Rocha Moreira, Helora Freitas Moura, Ana Carolina Acevedo, Sacha Braun Chaves, Nilce Santos Melo, André Ferreira Leite, Sérgio Bruzadelli Macedo, Melissa Paoletti de Souza, Ana Tereza Bittencourt Guimarães, Paulo Tadeu Figueiredo
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate early bony changes in an animal model of Medication-Related Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (MRONJ) at the side of the local trauma and at the contralateral side, comparing with a control group. Bony changes were evaluated by Microcomputed Tomography (MicroCT) at three times points: at baseline (T0), after drug administration (T1) and after dental extraction (T2). DESIGN: Two groups were compared: the experimental group in which zoledronic acid (ZA) was administered (17 rats) and the control group (13 rats)...
June 6, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616272/the-effects-of-additional-ezetimibe-treatment-to-baseline-rosuvastatin-on-circulating-pcsk9-among-patients-with-stable-angina
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Jian Zhang, Mingzhi Long, Yichao Yu
BACKGROUND: Blood lipid management is one of the effective strategies for coronary heart disease, and statins are the first-line lipid-lowering drugs. Low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) drop brings about cardioprotective effects. Proprotein convertase subtilisin kexin type 9 (PCSK9) is known to increase LDL-C, thus hazarding LDL-C reduction-induced benefits. To date, how PCSK9 responds to various lipid-lowering strategies has not been fully clarified. METHODS: This study involves patients with stable angina and aims to explore and clarify the short-term impacts of rosuvastatin and ezetimibe, alone or in combination, on circulating PCSK9...
May 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609552/thyrotropin-levels-and-coronary-artery-calcification-cross-sectional-results-of-the-brazilian-longitudinal-study-of-adult-health-elsa-brasil
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Érique José F Peixoto de Miranda, Márcio Sommer Bittencourt, Henrique Lane Staniak, Alexandre C Pereira, Murilo Foppa, Itamar S Santos, Paulo A Lotufo, Isabela M Bensenor
BACKGROUND: There is little information about the association between thyrotropin (TSH) levels and coronary artery calcification (CAC). OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to analyze the association between TSH quintiles and subclinical atherosclerosis measured by CAC, using baseline data from the Brazilian Longitudinal Study of Adult Health (ELSA-Brasil). DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. PATIENTS AND MEASUREMENTS: We excluded individuals using medications that affect thyroid function and who self-reported cardiovascular disease...
June 13, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609289/adverse-eff-ects-of-polymeric-nanoparticle-poly-ethylene-glycol-block-polylactide-methyl-ether-peg-b-pla-on-steroid-hormone-secretion-by-porcine-granulosa-cells
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Sona Scsukova, Mlynarcikova A Bujnakova, A Kiss, E Rollerova
OBJECTIVES: Development of nanoparticles (NPs) for biomedical applications, including medical imaging and drug delivery, is currently undergoing a dramatic expansion. Diverse effects of different type NPs relating to mammalian reproductive tissues have been demonstrated. Th e objective of this study was to explore the in vitro effects of polymeric nanoparticle poly(ethylene glycol)-blockpolylactide methyl ether (PEG-b-PLA NPs) on functional state and viability of ovarian granulosa cells (GCs), which play an important role in maintaining ovarian function and female fertility...
April 25, 2017: Endocrine Regulations
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608416/increased-prevalence-of-allergic-asthma-from-1996-to-2006-and-further-to-2016-results-from-three-population-surveys
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Helena Backman, Petri Räisänen, Linnea Hedman, Caroline Stridsman, Martin Andersson, Anne Lindberg, Bo Lundbäck, Eva Rönmark
BACKGROUND: During the latter half of the 20(th) century the prevalence of asthma and many other allergic diseases has increased. Information on asthma prevalence trends after 2010, especially regarding studies separating allergic asthma from non-allergic asthma is lacking. OBJECTIVE: The aim was to estimate prevalence trends of current asthma, both allergic and non-allergic, from 1996 to 2016. METHODS: Three cross-sectional samples from the same area of Sweden, 20-69 years, participated in surveys with the same questionnaire in 1996 (n=7104 participants, 85% response rate), 2006 (n=6165, 77%) and 2016 (n=5466, 53%), respectively...
June 13, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596080/physical-strain-a-new-perspective-on-walking-in-cerebral-palsy
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Astrid Cj Balemans, Eline Bolster, Merel-Anne Brehm, Annet J Dallmeijer
OBJECTIVE: The objectives of this study in children and adolescents with cerebral palsy (CP) were to 1) describe physical strain of walking, 2) describe the proportion of participants walking above the anaerobic threshold and 3) describe 4 phenotypes of physical strain of walking based on deviations in aerobic capacity and walking energy cost (EC). DESIGN: Cohort SETTING: Academic medical center PARTICIPANTS: Thirty-seven participants (13y5mo(4y0mo)) with CP (Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) levels I[n=13], II[N=17] and III[N=7]) and 20 typically developing participants (TD) (11y8mo(3y5mo))...
June 5, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584872/a-multi-centre-student-survey-on-weighing-disciplines-in-medical-curricula-a-pilot-study
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Hormos Salimi Dafsari, Stefan Herzig, Jan Matthes
Aim: Initiated by students, this pilot study examines how obtaining medical students' perspectives via a structured online survey may prove useful for curriculum deliberation. Methods: In 2012, 747 students of 32 medical faculties in Germany assessed disciplines specified in the Medical Licensure Act (AÄpprO) thereby concerning the allocation of teaching time, perceived usefulness regarding preparation for state examination and medical practice, their interest and motivation for studying as well as consideration for future work...
2017: GMS Journal for Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583145/influences-of-de-qi-induced-by-acupuncture-on-immediate-and-accumulated-analgesic-effects-in-patients-with-knee-osteoarthritis-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Min Li, Hongwen Yuan, Pei Wang, Siyuan Xin, Jie Hao, Miaomiao Liu, Jinfeng Li, Man Yu, Xinrui Zhang
BACKGROUND: De Qi is a special sensational response upon acupuncture needling. According to traditional acupuncture theory, the treatment is "effective only after Qi arrival"; that is, De Qi is an important indicator of therapeutic efficacy and good prognosis. However, it is still disputable whether De Qi improves the efficacy of acupuncture therapy. This prospective, randomized controlled trial aims to explore the influence of De Qi induced by acupuncture on immediate and accumulated analgesic effects in patients with knee osteoarthritis (KOA)...
June 5, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577285/the-influence-of-birth-weight-and-length-on-bone-mineral-density-and-content-in-adolescence-the-troms%C3%A3-study-fit-futures
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Tore Christoffersen, Luai A Ahmed, Anne Kjersti Daltveit, Elaine M Dennison, Elin K Evensen, Anne-Sofie Furberg, Luis Gracia-Marco, Guri Grimnes, Ole-Andreas Nilsen, Berit Schei, Grethe S Tell, Dimitris Vlachopoulous, Anne Winther, Nina Emaus
The influence of birth weight and length on bone mineral parameters in adolescence is unclear. We found a positive association between birth size and bone mineral content, attenuated by lifestyle factors. This highlights the impact of environmental stimuli and lifestyle during growth. PURPOSE: The influence of birth weight and length on bone mineral density and content later in life is unclear, especially in adolescence. This study evaluated the impact of birth weight and length on bone mineral density and content among adolescents...
December 2017: Archives of Osteoporosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28569167/increased-serum-concentrations-of-il-1-beta-il-21-and-th17-cells-in-overweight-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Hirofumi Shoda, Yasuo Nagafuchi, Yumi Tsuchida, Keiichi Sakurai, Shuji Sumitomo, Keishi Fujio, Kazuhiko Yamamoto
BACKGROUNDS: Obesity is associated with worse disease activity and drug responses in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). However, the immunological mechanisms responsible for the relationship between RA and obesity have not yet been clarified in detail. This study aimed to elucidate the immunological mechanisms contributing to the pathogenesis of RA in overweight patients. METHODS: The frequencies of CD4(+) T cell, B cell and monocyte subsets were analyzed in RA (n = 81) and healthy donors (n = 99) by flow cytometry, and were compared between three groups (body mass index (BMI) <20,  ≥20 to 25, >25)...
May 31, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28567068/serum-enolase-2-high-sensitivity-c-reactive-protein-and-serum-cholesterol-in-smear-positive-drug-na%C3%A3-ve-pulmonary-tuberculosis
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Suhail Ahmed Almani, Tariq Zaffar Shaikh, Haji Khan Khoharo, Ikramuddin Ujjan
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB) is a chronic granulomatous disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The present study determined the serum human enolase-2 (ENO-2), high-sensitive C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), and serum cholesterol levels as biological marker of disease activity and treatment response in smear-positive drug-naïve PTB. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This case-control study was done in the Department of Medicine, Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences (LUMHS), Jamshoro/Hyderabad, Sindh, from January 2015 to April 2016...
2017: Journal of Research in Medical Sciences: the Official Journal of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566532/risk-and-protective-factors-for-the-occurrence-of-sporadic-pancreatic-endocrine-neoplasms
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Roberto Valente, Alastair J Hayes, Sven-Petter Haugvik, Per Hedenström, Darko Siuka, Emilie Korsæth, Daniel Kaemmerer, Stuart Michael Robinson, Patrick Maisonneuve, Gianfranco Delle Fave, Bjorn Lindkvist, Gabriele Capurso
Pancreatic neuroendocrine neoplasms (PNENs) represent 10% of all pancreatic tumors by prevalence. Their incidence has reportedly increased over recent decades in parallel with that of pancreatic adenocarcinoma. PNENs are relatively rare and of the few institutions that have published potential risk factors, findings have been heterogenous. AIM: To investigate the association between potential risk and protective factors for the occurrence of sporadic PNENs across a European population from several institutions...
May 31, 2017: Endocrine-related Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566087/development-and-evaluation-of-an-emergency-access-button-in-danish-out-of-hours-primary-care-a-study-protocol-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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J F Ebert, L Huibers, F K Lippert, B Christensen, M B Christensen
BACKGROUND: Out-of-hours (OOH) health care for acute medical problems is often challenged by long waiting time for callers in need of advice and triage. Allowing patients to bypass the OOH telephone waiting line may increase patient satisfaction and provide them with a feeling of safety. We aimed to develop an "emergency access button" enabling patients to bypass the normal telephone waiting line in out-of-hours primary care (OOH-PC) if they perceive their condition to be critical and to evaluate the effect of introducing the button in terms of patient satisfaction and their feeling of safety...
May 31, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559069/the-potential-for-intrathecal-baclofen-in-the-treatment-of-essential-tremor
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Mousa Hamad, Ryan Holland, Naveed Kamal, Robert Luceri, Antonios Mammis
INTRODUCTION: Essential tremor (ET) is the most common movement disorder of adults, affecting an estimated 7 million Americans.[1] Symptoms of ET range from slightly noticeable to debilitating, with one cohort study finding 15% of patients were forced into early retirement.[2] Additionally, depression has also been correlated with the severity of disability of ET. [3] Treatment options include propranolol and primidone.[4] Current treatment options are not very effective, with over half (56...
May 27, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28556862/therapeutic-hypothermia-to-treat-a-newborn-with-perinatal-hypoxic-ischemic-encephalopathy
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Todd R Fredricks, Christopher Gibson, Francis Essien, Jeffrey S Benseler
Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy is caused by neonatal asphyxia and can lead to mortality or long-term neurodevelopmental morbidity in neonates. Therapeutic hypothermia (TH) is one of the few effective ways to manage mitigating neurologic sequelae. The authors describe the case of a neonate who had a perinatal hypoxic insult and sustained no long-term sequelae after being treated with TH. It is important that osteopathic physicians who provide obstetric and gynecologic, perinatal, and emergency medical care are able to recognize a perinatal hypoxic event, understand the stratification of hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy risk factors, and implement early TH protocols...
June 1, 2017: Journal of the American Osteopathic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28553166/recombinant-aav8-mediated-intrastriatal-gene-delivery-of-cdnf-protects-rats-against-methamphetamine-neurotoxicity
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Lizheng Wang, Zixuan Wang, Xiaoyu Xu, Rui Zhu, Jinpeng Bi, Wenmo Liu, Xinyao Feng, Hui Wu, Haihong Zhang, Jiaxin Wu, Wei Kong, Bin Yu, Xianghui Yu
Methamphetamine (METH) exerts significant neurotoxicity in experimental animals and humans when taken at high doses or abused chronically. Long-term abusers have decreased dopamine levels, and they are more likely to develop Parkinson's disease (PD). To date, few medications are available to treat the METH-induced damage of neurons. Glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) has been previously shown to reduce the dopamine-depleting effects of neurotoxic doses of METH. However, the effect of cerebral dopamine neurotrophic factor (CDNF), which has been reported to be more specific and efficient than GDNF in protecting dopaminergic neurons against 6-OHDA toxicity, in attenuating METH neurotoxicity has not been determined...
2017: International Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551062/-alternative-approach-to-autonomic-instability-of-very-severe-tetanus-stellate-ganglion
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Başak Altıparmak, Ali İhsan Uysal, Eylem Yaşar, Semra Demirbilek
Tetanus is an acute and deadly disease caused by Clostridium tetani. A 60-year-old male came to hospital after he injured his thumb with a knife. Ten days later, he returned to hospital with abdominal spasms. He was vaccinated against tetanus and referred to intensive care unit. As he had sudden difficulty in respiration, he was entubated. Midazolam, magnesium and esmolol infusion were started. Next day, muscle spasms progressed all over his body. Midazolam infusion was replaced with propofol and vecuronium...
May 24, 2017: Revista Brasileira de Anestesiologia
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