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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332145/the-experiences-and-beliefs-of-older-people-in-scottish-very-sheltered-housing-about-using-multi-compartment-compliance-aids
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Derek Stewart, Kathrine Gibson Smith, Joan MacLeod, Alison Strath, Vibhu Paudyal, Katrina Forbes-McKay, Scott Cunningham, Katie MacLure
Background Multi-compartment compliance aids (MCAs) are promoted as a potential solution to medicines non-adherence despite the absence of high quality evidence of effectiveness of MCA use impacting medicines adherence or any clinical outcomes. Furthermore, there is a lack of qualitative research which focuses on the perspectives of older people receiving MCAs. Objectives To describe experiences and beliefs surrounding very sheltered housing (VSH) residents' use of MCAs with emphasis on issues of personalisation, reablement, shared decision-making, independence and support...
January 13, 2018: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331467/canadian-national-dairy-study-herd-level-milk-quality
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C A Bauman, H W Barkema, J Dubuc, G P Keefe, D F Kelton
The objective of this study was to estimate Canadian national milk quality parameters and estimate the bulk tank milk (BTM) prevalence of 4 mastitis pathogens, Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus agalactiae, Mycoplasma bovis, and Prototheca spp., on Canadian dairy farms. A questionnaire was sent to all Canadian dairy producers. Of the 1,062 producers who completed the questionnaire, 374 producers from across the country were visited and milking hygiene was assessed. Farm-level milk quality data for all Canadian dairy producers was collected from the provincial marketing boards and combined with the questionnaire and farm visit data...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330998/histomorphological-effects-of-hunger-stress-on-ovaries
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Maria Yousaf, Hina Siddiqi, Nazish Waheed
BACKGROUND: Incidence of stress is on the rise in our daily life involving various neurobiological, endocrinological and behavioral changes. Hunger stress has a potent influence on mental, physical, and reproductive health by affecting the hypothalamic-pituitary gonadal axis. METHODS: It was a laboratory based randomized control trial. Adult female mice (BALB-c strain) weighing 25-27 grams on first day of estrous cycle were taken in two groups (ten each). Group A was kept in normal environment of animal house for one month...
October 2017: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330927/defined-serum-free-medium-for-bioreactor-culture-of-an-immortalized-human-erythroblast-cell-line
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Esmond Lee, Zhong Ri Lim, Hong Yu-Chen, Bin Xia Yang, Alan Tin-Lun Lam, Allen Kuan-Liang Chen, Jaichandran Sivalingam, Shaul Reuveny, Yuin-Han Loh, Steve Kah-Weng Oh
Anticipated shortages in donated blood supply have prompted investigation of alternative approaches for in-vitro production of red blood cells (RBCs), such as expansion of conditional immortalization erythroid progenitors. However, there is a bioprocessing challenge wherein factors promoting maximal cell expansion and growth-limiting inhibitory factors are yet to be investigated. We used an erythroblast cell line (ImEry) derived from immortalizing CD71+CD235a+ erythroblast from adult peripheral blood for optimization of expansion culture conditions...
January 13, 2018: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329624/apparent-prevalence-of-and-risk-factors-for-infection-with-ostertagia-ostertagi-fasciola-hepatica-and-dictyocaulus-viviparus-in-swiss-dairy-herds
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C F Frey, R Eicher, K Raue, C Strube, M Bodmer, B Hentrich, B Gottstein, N Marreros
Infections with helminth parasites can negatively affect performance of dairy cows. Knowledge on infection intensity, spatial distributions and risk factors are key to develop targeted treatment strategies. Canada and most EU countries have conducted large investigations, but respective data for Switzerland were missing. We now performed a bulk tank milk serosurvey for Ostertagia ostertagi, Fasciola hepatica, and Dictyocaulus viviparus on a total of 1036 voluntarily participating dairy herds that were sampled at confinement periods, i...
January 30, 2018: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325441/five-year-experience-of-an-inpatient-palliative-care-unit-at-an-academic-referral-center
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Myrick C Shinall, Sara F Martin, Jill Nelson, Richard S Miller, Matthew W Semler, Eli E Zimmerman, Christy C Noblit, E Wesley Ely, Mohana Karlekar
BACKGROUND: Palliative care units (PCUs) staffed by specialty-trained physicians and nurses have been established in a number of medical centers. The purpose of this study is to review the 5-year experience of a PCU at a large, urban academic referral center. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed a prospectively collected database of all admissions to the PCU at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in the first 5 years of its existence, from 2012 through 2017. RESULTS: Over these 5 years, there were 3321 admissions to the PCU...
January 1, 2018: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325189/comparison-of-three-methods-to-quantify-laxity-in-the-canine-hip-joint
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Bart J G Broeckx, Aldo Vezzoni, Evelien Bogaerts, Mileva Bertal, Tim Bosmans, Emmelie Stock, Dieter Deforce, Luc Peelman, Jimmy H Saunders
OBJECTIVES:  Comparison of PennHIP and a novel method to diagnose hip laxity, called the Vezzoni modified Badertscher distension device technique. METHODS:  In a total of 10 dogs, it was first assessed whether the distraction index (DI) from the PennHIP evaluation center could be reproduced by two individual observers. In the next two steps, the DI measurements made by the individual observers and the PennHIP evaluation center were compared with the laxity index (LI) measured on the Vezzoni modified Badertscher distension device view...
January 2018: Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology: V.C.O.T
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325149/anatomy-of-a-hotspot-chain-and-seroepidemiology-of-ebola-virus-transmission-sukudu-sierra-leone-2015-16
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J Daniel Kelly, Mohamed Bailor Barrie, Annelies W Mesman, Sahr Karku, Komba Quiwa, Michael Drasher, Gabriel Warren Slough, Kerry Dierberg, Songor Koedoyoma, Christina P Lindan, James Holland Jones, Gabriel Chamie, Lee Worden, Bryan Greenhouse, Sheri D Weiser, Travis C Porco, George W Rutherford, Eugene T Richardson
Studies have yet to include minimally symptomatic Ebola virus (EBOV) infections and unrecognized Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Ebola-related transmission chains and epidemiologic risk estimates. We conducted a cross-sectional, sero-epidemiological survey from October 2015 to January 2016 among 221 individuals living in quarantined households from November 2014 to February 2015 during the Ebola outbreak in the village of Sukudu, Sierra Leone. Of 48 EBOV infected-persons, 25% (95%CI, 14-40%) had minimally symptomatic EBOV infections and 4% (95%CI, 1-14%) were unrecognized EVD cases...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324511/evolutionary-improvements-in-the-jarvik-2000-left-ventricular-assist-device
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Craig H Selzman, Antigone Koliopoulou, Jason P Glotzbach, Stephen H McKellar
Mechanical circulatory support devices experience a wide range of operating conditions during patient use. Since its first implant in June 2000, the Jarvik 2000 left ventricular assist device has witnessed systematic stepwise modifications to reduce the risk of serious adverse events and improve patient outcomes. Over time, clinical experience revealed a number of low-incidence failure modes that presented opportunities for improvement. Design changes have included, but are not limited to, a Y cable to permit battery changes without pump stoppage, increased pull strength of external cables from 35 to 200 lbs, an intermittent low-speed controller to improve aortic root washout, sintered titanium microsphere surface on the pump housing to prevent apical thrombus, and novel cone bearings to reduce thrombus formation...
January 10, 2018: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324293/biofilms-active-substrata-and-me
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Bruce E Rittmann
Having worked with biofilms since the 1970s, I know that they are ubiquitous in nature, of great value in water technology, and scientifically fascinating. Biofilms are naturally able to remove BOD, transform N, generate methane, and biodegrade micropollutants. What I also discovered is that biofilms can do a lot more for us in terms of providing environmental services if we give them a bit of help. Here, I explore how we can use active substrata to enable our biofilm partners to provide particularly challenging environmental services...
December 28, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323422/community-interest-and-feasibility-of-using-a-novel-smartphone-based-formaldehyde-exposure-detection-technology
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Jessica Castner, Gretchen E Gehrke, Nicholas Shapiro, Karen C Dannemiller
OBJECTIVE: This study is the first community engagement phase of a project to develop a residential formaldehyde detection system. The objectives were to conduct a feasibility assessment for device use, and identify factors associated with concerns about environmental exposure and community interest in this device. DESIGN AND SAMPLE: A cross-sectional, internet-based survey employing community-based participatory research principles was utilized. 147 individuals participated from a focused Waycross, Georgia (58...
January 11, 2018: Public Health Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323410/housing-first-and-photovoice-transforming-lives-communities-and-systems
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Anna S Pruitt, John P Barile, Terry Yasuko Ogawa, Nelson Peralta, Reumell Bugg, John Lau, Thomas Lamberton, Corazon Hall, Victor Mori
This article presents findings from a community-based participatory evaluation of a Housing First program on the Island of O'ahu. In this study, clients in a Housing First program used Photovoice to evaluate the program and to advocate for progressive housing policies. Written together by members of the Housing First Photovoice group, this collaborative article describes the outcomes from both the Housing First program and the Photovoice project and demonstrates the ways in which participatory program evaluations can interact with client-driven programs like Housing First to produce a cumulative, transformative impact...
January 11, 2018: American Journal of Community Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323160/glutathione-s-transferase-gst-of-american-cockroach-periplaneta-americana-classes-isoforms-and-allergenicity
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Nitat Sookrung, Onrapak Reamtong, Rojana Poolphol, Nitaya Indrawattana, Watee Seesuay, Nawannaporn Saelim, Pongsakorn Tantilipikorn, Chaweewan Bunnag, Wanpen Chaicumpa, Anchalee Tungtrongchitr
Insect glutathione S-transferases (GSTs) play important roles in insecticide/drug resistance and stress response. Medically, GSTs of house dust mites (Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus and Blomia tropicalis) and German cockroach (Blattella germanica) are human allergens. In this study, classes, isoforms and B-cell and allergenic epitopes of GST of American cockroach, Periplaneta americana, the predominant species in the tropics and subtropics were investigated for the first time. Enzymatically active native and recombinant P...
January 11, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322382/tandem-recruitment-and-foraging-in-the-ponerine-ant-pachycondyla-harpax-fabricius
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C Grüter, M Wüst, A P Cipriano, F S Nascimento
Tandem running is a common recruitment strategy in ant species with small colony sizes. During a tandem run, an informed leader guides a usually naïve nestmate to a food source or a nest site. Some species perform tandem runs only during house hunting, suggesting that tandem running does not always improve foraging success in species known to use tandem running as a recruitment strategy, but more natural history information on tandem running under natural conditions is needed to better understand the adaptive significance of tandem recruitment in foraging...
January 10, 2018: Neotropical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321033/environmental-enrichment-intervention-for-rett-syndrome-an-individually-randomised-stepped-wedge-trial
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Jenny Downs, Jenny Rodger, Chen Li, Xuesong Tan, Nan Hu, Kingsley Wong, Nicholas de Klerk, Helen Leonard
BACKGROUND: Rett syndrome is caused by a pathogenic mutation in the MECP2 gene with major consequences for motor and cognitive development. One of the effects of impaired MECP2 function is reduced production of Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), a protein required for normal neuronal development. When housed in an enriched environment, MECP2 null mice improved motor abilities and increased levels of BDNF in the brain. We investigated the effects of environmental enrichment on gross motor skills and blood BDNF levels in girls with Rett syndrome...
January 10, 2018: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319567/clinical-epidemiology-of-acute-burn-injuries-at-nepal-cleft-and-burn-centre-kathmandu-nepal
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Bishal Karki, Shankar Man Rai, Kiran Kishore Nakarmi, Surendra Jung Basnet, Mangal Gharti Magar, Krishna Kumar Nagarkoti, Sunil Thapa
BACKGROUND: Burn injury is a global health problem mainly occurring in developing countries. The Nepal Cleft and Burn Centre at Kirtipur Hospital, Kathmandu, has been providing the acute burn care since 2013 with 7 intensive care unit beds, 30 general beds, and 2 dedicated operating rooms. A similar descriptive study was performed in this center in 2014. These studies will be helpful for developing prevention strategies and monitoring the progress in the standard of care of acute burn patients...
January 9, 2018: Annals of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316917/an-observational-analysis-of-the-impact-of-indoor-residual-spraying-with-non-pyrethroid-insecticides-on-the-incidence-of-malaria-in-s%C3%A3-gou-region-mali-2012-2015
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Joseph Wagman, Christelle Gogue, Kenzie Tynuv, Jules Mihigo, Elie Bankineza, Mamadou Bah, Diadier Diallo, Andrew Saibu, Jason H Richardson, Diakalkia Kone, Seydou Fomba, Jeff Bernson, Richard Steketee, Laurence Slutsker, Molly Robertson
BACKGROUND: Ségou Region in Central Mali is an area of high malaria burden with seasonal transmission, high access to and use of long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs), and resistance to pyrethroids and DDT well documented in Anopheles gambiae s.l. (the principal vector of malaria in Mali). Ségou has recently received indoor residual spraying (IRS) supported by Mali's collaboration with the US President's Malaria Initiative/Africa Indoor Residual Spraying programme. From 2012 to 2015, two different non-pyrethroid insecticides: bendiocarb in 2012 and 2013 and pirimiphos-methyl in 2014 and 2015, were used for IRS in two districts...
January 10, 2018: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315707/community-psychology-and-community-mental-health-a-call-for-reengagement
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Greg Townley, Molly Brown, John Sylvestre
Community psychology is rooted in community mental health research and practice and has made important contributions to this field. Yet, in the decades since its inception, community psychology has reduced its focus on promoting mental health, well-being, and liberation of individuals with serious mental illnesses. This special issue endeavors to highlight current efforts in community mental health from our field and related disciplines and point to future directions for reengagement in this area. The issue includes 12 articles authored by diverse stakeholder groups...
January 8, 2018: American Journal of Community Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310755/home-environmental-interventions-for-house-dust-mite
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Jeffrey M Wilson, Thomas A E Platts-Mills
It has been 50 years since the dust mite was first appreciated to be a major source of allergen in house dust, and by extension a key trigger of allergic respiratory disease. Since that time a number of protein allergens have been identified and characterized, mainly from mite feces, and standardized mite extracts and IgE assays have been developed. Insights into the lifecycle of dust mites and aspects of mite allergen biology have shed light on the mechanisms that lead to respiratory disease and to the development of interventions that can minimize dust mite allergen exposure...
January 2018: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306990/peer-support-and-the-hiv-continuum-of-care-results-from-a-multi-site-randomized-clinical-trial-in-three-urban-clinics-in-the-united-states
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Howard J Cabral, Kendra Davis-Plourde, Mariana Sarango, Jane Fox, Joseph Palmisano, Serena Rajabiun
Racial/ethnic minorities living with HIV and behavioral health co-morbidities are more likely to be disengaged from HIV primary care. Peer programs have been effective in HIV outreach and prevention but effectiveness of such programs for retention in care and viral suppression is understudied. Subjects (n = 348) were randomized in equal allocation to a peer navigation and education intervention versus standard clinical care at three urban clinics in the United States. The intervention group received seven structured interventions plus weekly contact to address medical and social needs...
January 6, 2018: AIDS and Behavior
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