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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150988/patterns-and-correlates-of-grip-strength-in-older-americans
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Kimberly Forrest, Adelle Williams, Marcy Leeds, Joseph Robare, Thomas Bechard
BACKGROUND: Muscle strength is a sensitive indicator of morbidity and mortality in older adults. Loss of muscle strength contributes to a decline in physical functioning. Hand grip strength is a simple measurement but correlated with total body muscle strength. This study evaluated the patterns and correlates of grip strength among older adults in the United States. METHODS: The grip strength data were analyzed from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey...
November 16, 2017: Current Aging Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150985/general-illness-and-psychological-factors-in-patients-with-chronic-nasal-symptoms
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Naveed Kara, Alexander C Yao, Julia Newton, Vincent Deary, James O'Hara, Janet A Wilson
OBJECTIVES: Only a minority of patients referred to specialists with sinonasal symptoms have clear evidence of chronic rhinosinusitis. This study aims to estimate the prevalence of and associations between (i) general illness factors (fatigue, autonomic dysfunction) and (ii) psychological factors (anxiety, depression, somatisation, personality traits) in patients presenting with sinonasal symptoms. DESIGN: The following validated questionnaires were administered to patients: the Sino-Nasal Outcome Test-22 (SNOT-22) to identify symptom burden, Composite Autonomic Symptom Score-31 (COMPASS-31) measuring autonomic function, Chalder fatigue questionnaire, Patient Health Questionnaire-15 (PHQ-15) addressing somatisation symptoms, Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS), and the International Personality Item Pool-50 (IPIP-50)...
November 18, 2017: Clinical Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150983/ontogeny-of-the-post-cranial-axial-skeleton-of-melanosuchus-niger-crocodylia-alligatoridae
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Lucélia Gonçalves Vieira, Fabiano Campos Lima, Sônia Helena Santesso Teixeira de Mendonça, Lorena Tannús Menezes Dos Reis, Líria Queiroz Luz Hirano, André Luiz Quagliatto Santos
This study proposes the description of the development of the post-cranial axial skeleton, including vertebrae, gastralium, ribs, sternum and interclavicle, in Melanosuchus niger. Six nests were marked and two eggs removed from each nest at 24-hour intervals until hatching. For post-hatching evaluation, 30 hatchlings were kept in captivity and one exemplar was euthanized at three-day intervals. Samples were diaphanized using potassium hydroxide (KOH), alizarin red S and Alcian blue. A routinely generally used method was applied for histological evaluation...
November 18, 2017: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150922/prospective-evaluation-of-a-nonsurgical-device-for-rhinoplasty
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M A Deggeller, D Holzmann, M B Soyka
BACKGROUND: Rhinoplasty represents one of the most challenging and frequently performed procedures in plastic surgery and non-surgical rhinoplasty is rarely considered. The aim of this study was to investigate whether the Nasella Nose Former (NNF), a newly developed non-surgical rhinoplasty device, could improve objective and subjective results following surgical rhinoplasty and even correct the shape of the nose without any surgery at all. METHODOLOGY: In this prospective, monocentric, two-armed, non-blinded randomized, controlled clinical trial, a total of 43 participants were included...
November 18, 2017: Rhinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150909/genetic-analysis-of-osteogenesis-imperfecta-in-the-palestinian-population-molecular-screening-of-49-affected-families
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Osama Essawi, Sofie Symoens, Maha Fannana, Mohammad Darwish, Mohammad Farraj, Andy Willaert, Tamer Essawi, Bert Callewaert, Anne De Paepe, Fransiska Malfait, Paul J Coucke
BACKGROUND: Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) is a heterogeneous hereditary connective tissue disorder clinically hallmarked by increased susceptibility to bone fractures. METHODS: We analyzed a cohort of 77 diagnosed OI patients from 49 unrelated Palestinian families. Next-generation sequencing technology was used to screen a panel of known OI genes. RESULTS: In 41 probands, we identified 28 different disease-causing variants of 9 different known OI genes...
November 18, 2017: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150856/defining-sepsis-on-the-wards-results-of-a-multi-centre-point-prevalence-study-comparing-two-sepsis-definitions
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T Szakmany, R Pugh, M Kopczynska, R M Lundin, B Sharif, P Morgan, G Ellis, J Abreu, S Kulikouskaya, K Bashir, L Galloway, H Al-Hassan, T Grother, P McNulty, S T Seal, A Cains, M Vreugdenhil, M Abdimalik, N Dennehey, G Evans, J Whitaker, E Beasant, C Hall, M Lazarou, C V Vanderpump, K Harding, L Duffy, A Guerrier Sadler, R Keeling, C Banks, S W Y Ng, S Y Heng, D Thomas, E W Puw, I Otahal, C Battle, O Minik, R A Lyons, J E Hall
Our aim was to prospectively determine the predictive capabilities of SEPSIS-1 and SEPSIS-3 definitions in the emergency departments and general wards. Patients with National Early Warning Score (NEWS) of 3 or above and suspected or proven infection were enrolled over a 24-h period in 13 Welsh hospitals. The primary outcome measure was mortality within 30 days. Out of the 5422 patients screened, 431 fulfilled inclusion criteria and 380 (88%) were recruited. Using the SEPSIS-1 definition, 212 patients had sepsis...
November 17, 2017: Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150855/thalamic-volume-reduction-in-drug-naive-patients-with-new-onset-genetic-generalized-epilepsy
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Suejen Perani, Tim M Tierney, Maria Centeno, Elhum A Shamshiri, Siti N Yaakub, Jonathan O'Muircheartaigh, David W Carmichael, Mark P Richardson
OBJECTIVE: Patients with genetic generalized epilepsy (GGE) have subtle morphologic abnormalities of the brain revealed with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), particularly in the thalamus. However, it is unclear whether morphologic abnormalities of the brain in GGE are a consequence of repeated seizures over the duration of the disease, or are a consequence of treatment with antiepileptic drugs (AEDs), or are independent of these factors. Therefore, we measured brain morphometry in a cohort of AED-naive patients with GGE at disease onset...
November 18, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150854/rhinitis-and-its-impact-on-quality-of-life-in-swimmers
#8
Pavol Surda, Matus Putala, Pavel Siarnik, Abigail Walker, Ana Bernic, Wytske Fokkens
INTRODUCTION: Limited data suggest that swimmers might be affected by rhinitis significantly more often than the general population. This can have impact on quality of life but also on performance. The aim of the present study was to determine the prevalence and impact of QOL of rhinitis in swimming compared to non-swimming athletes and controls. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was an observational case control, questionnaire based study involving elite (n=101) and non-elite swimming athletes (n=107), non-swimming athletes (n = 38) and sex and age-matched controls (n = 50)...
November 18, 2017: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150853/poor-agreement-in-questionnaire-based-diagnostic-criteria-for-adult-atopic-dermatitis-is-a-challenge-when-examining-cardiovascular-comorbidity
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Yuki M F Andersen, Alexander Egeberg, Carsten R Hamann, Lone Skov, Gunnar H Gislason, Tea Skaaby, Allan Linneberg, Jacob P Thyssen
BACKGROUND: The association between atopic dermatitis (AD) and cardio-metabolic risk factors is not yet established. Furthermore, no validated questionnaire-based method of identifying adults with AD is currently available. OBJECTIVES: To assess the cardio-metabolic risk in adults with a history of AD by using three different questionnaire-based diagnostic criteria. METHODS: We utilized data from a general population study including questionnaire data and objective measurements of 9,656 Danish adults...
November 18, 2017: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150827/implications-of-tourist-macaque-interactions-for-disease-transmission
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Charlotte Carne, Stuart Semple, Ann MacLarnon, Bonaventura Majolo, Laëtitia Maréchal
During wildlife tourism, proximity or actual contact between people and animals may lead to a significant risk of anthropozoonotic disease transmission. In this paper, we use social network analysis, disease simulation modelling and data on animal health and behaviour to investigate such risks at a site in Morocco, where tourists come to see wild Barbary macaques (Macaca sylvanus). Measures of individual macaques' network centrality-an index of the strength and distribution of their social relationships and thus potentially their ability to spread disease-did not show clear and consistent relationships with their time spent in close proximity to, or rate of interacting with, tourists...
November 17, 2017: EcoHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150824/legislation-of-direct-to-consumer-genetic-testing-in-europe-a-fragmented-regulatory-landscape
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L Kalokairinou, H C Howard, S Slokenberga, E Fisher, M Flatscher-Thöni, M Hartlev, R van Hellemondt, J Juškevičius, J Kapelenska-Pregowska, P Kováč, L Lovrečić, H Nys, A de Paor, A Phillips, L Prudil, E Rial-Sebbag, C M Romeo Casabona, J Sándor, A Schuster, S Soini, K H Søvig, D Stoffel, T Titma, T Trokanas, P Borry
Despite the increasing availability of direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing, it is currently unclear how such services are regulated in Europe, due to the lack of EU or national legislation specifically addressing this issue. In this article, we provide an overview of laws that could potentially impact the regulation of DTC genetic testing in 26 European countries, namely Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Community Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150816/cognitive-diagnosis-for-small-educational-programs-the-general-nonparametric-classification-method
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Chia-Yi Chiu, Yan Sun, Yanhong Bian
The focus of cognitive diagnosis (CD) is on evaluating an examinee's strengths and weaknesses in terms of cognitive skills learned and skills that need study. Current methods for fitting CD models (CDMs) work well for large-scale assessments, where the data of hundreds or thousands of examinees are available. However, the development of CD-based assessment tools that can be used in small-scale test settings, say, for monitoring the instruction and learning process at the classroom level has not kept up with the rapid pace at which research and development proceeded for large-scale assessments...
November 17, 2017: Psychometrika
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150813/a-social-cichlid-fish-failed-to-pass-the-mark-test
#13
Takashi Hotta, Shiho Komiyama, Masanori Kohda
Since the pioneering work in chimpanzees, mirror self-recognition (MSR), the ability to recognise oneself in a mirror, has been reported in great apes, Asian elephants, dolphins, and some social birds using the mark test, in which animals that possess MSR touch an imperceptible mark on their own bodies only when a mirror is present. However, giant pandas, which are solitary, failed to pass the mark test, suggesting that MSR evolved solely in highly social animals. In contrast to the increasing evidence of MSR in mammals and birds, little is known about MSR in fish...
November 17, 2017: Animal Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150811/alk-expression-plays-different-roles-in-anaplastic-large-cell-lymphomas-and-outcome-of-crizotinib-use-in-relapsed-refractory-alk-patients-in-a-chinese-population
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Ling Huang, Fen Zhang, Jialong Zeng, Hanguo Guo, Sichu Liu, Xiaojuan Wei, Feili Chen, Xinmiao Jiang, Zhanli Liang, Yanhui Liu, Wenyu Li
The prognostic value of anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) expression in patients with anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (ALCL) remains controversial. Data on the clinical features of ALCL in a Chinese population are limited. We retrospectively reviewed 1293 patients with pathologically diagnosed lymphoma at Guangdong General Hospital from June 2007 through August 2016. We evaluated the incidence of ALCL, clinical characteristics, survival status, and outcome of crizotinib use in four relapsed/refractory ALK-positive patients...
November 17, 2017: Annals of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150769/changes-in-expression-of-the-membrane-receptors-cd14-mhc-ii-sr-a-and-tlr4-in-tissue-specific-monocytes-macrophages-following-porphyromonas-gingivalis-lps-stimulation
#15
Chunfang Wu, Chongwu Liu, Kai Luo, Yanfen Li, Jun Jiang, Fuhua Yan
The aim of the study was to provide a theoretical foundation for understanding the relationship between periodontal diseases and systemic diseases by examining the inflammatory effect of Porphyromonas gingivalis lipopolysaccharide (LPS) on monocytes/macrophages isolated from tissues distinct from the oral cavity in normal and hyperlipidemic New Zealand white rabbits. Macrophages were isolated from four separate tissues (mononuclear cells from blood, alveolar macrophages, peritoneal macrophages, and Kupffer cells) from both normal and hyperlipidemic New Zealand white rabbits...
November 18, 2017: Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150768/toe-web-intertrigo-in-kaposi-s-sarcoma-patients-a-microbiological-study-in-a-large-cohort-of-patients
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G Nazzaro, A Tourlaki, B Scoppio, A Restelli, A Grancini, L Brambilla
Kaposi 's sarcoma (KS) is a rare multifocal angioproliferative disease associated with human herpes virus 8 (HHV-8) infection, characterized by cutaneous nodules or plaques especially on the lower limbs. Some skin modifications, such as chronic lymphedema, plantar hyperkeratosis and interdigital desquamation, may be associated with consequent impairment of the local immunosurveillance and increased risk of some bacterial or mycotic infections. With the objective of evaluating if bacterial or mycotic infections in KS patients are supported by different microorganisms compared to control patients, we performed an observational retrospective study, comparing positive cultural swabs of interdigital intertrigo of KS patients with positive cultural swabs of interdigital intertrigo of patients admitted to our dermatologic unit during the last 10 years...
November 17, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150764/projections-for-the-changes-in-growing-season-length-of-tree-ring-formation-on-the-tibetan-plateau-based-on-cmip5-model-simulations
#17
Minhui He, Bao Yang, Vladimir Shishov, Sergio Rossi, Achim Bräuning, Fredrik Charpentier Ljungqvist, Jussi Grießinger
The response of the growing season to the ongoing global warming has gained considerable attention. In particular, how and to which extent the growing season will change during this century is essential information for the Tibetan Plateau, where the observed warming trend has exceeded the global mean. In this study, the 1960-2014 mean length of the tree-ring growing season (LOS) on the Tibetan Plateau was derived from results of the Vaganov-Shashkin oscilloscope tree growth model, based on 20 composite study sites and more than 3000 trees...
November 17, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150753/psychological-aspects-of-obesity-in-children-and-adolescents
#18
Rajesh Sagar, Tanu Gupta
Childhood obesity is multi factorial health condition, so the simple evaluation of body fat will not be sufficed to manage the global epidemic of childhood obesity. Literature consistently provides evidence for physical health risks associated with childhood obesity; however in recent times, mental health of the obese children has also gained attention of the researchers as well as clinicians. Obese children experience number of psycho-social problems that significantly affect their quality of life and wellbeing...
November 18, 2017: Indian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150746/correlation-between-quantitative-pivot-shift-and-generalized-joint-laxity-a-prospective-multicenter-study-of-acl-ruptures
#19
David Sundemo, Anna Blom, Yuichi Hoshino, Ryosuke Kuroda, Nicola Francesco Lopomo, Stefano Zaffagnini, Volker Musahl, James J Irrgang, Jón Karlsson, Kristian Samuelsson
PURPOSE: To investigate whether an increased magnitude of quantitative rotatory knee laxity is associated with a greater level of generalized joint laxity in ACL-injured and contralateral knees. METHODS: A total of 103 patients were enrolled across four international centers to undergo anatomic ACL reconstruction. Rotatory knee laxity was evaluated preoperatively, both in the awake state and under anesthesia, using the standardized pivot shift test. Two devices were used to quantify rotatory knee laxity; an inertial sensor, measuring the joint acceleration, and an image analysis system, measuring the lateral compartment translation of the tibia...
November 17, 2017: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150737/risk-of-active-tuberculosis-in-patients-with-inflammatory-arthritis-receiving-tnf-inhibitors-a-look-beyond-the-baseline-tuberculosis-screening-protocol
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Alina Soare, Ana Maria Gheorghiu, Victoria Aramă, Dragoș Bumbăcea, Rucsandra Dobrotă, Raida Oneaţă, Simona Pintilie, Mihaela Milicescu, Ioan Ancuţa, Andrei Martin, Mariana Sasu, Claudia Ciofu, Liviu Macovei, Victor Stoica, Mihai Bojincă, Carina Mihai
Tuberculosis (TB) is a major concern in patients receiving TNF inhibitors (TNFi). This study aimed to assess the incidence of active TB and the efficacy of TB prevention measures used over the years, and to determine risk factors for developing TB, in a single-centre cohort of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and ankylosing spondylitis (AS) receiving TNFi. Data of all patients in whom treatment with TNFi was initiated in our rheumatology clinic until December 1st 2014 have been retrospectively analysed...
November 17, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
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