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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161720/development-of-ostqol-a-measure-of-quality-of-life-for-patients-in-opioid-substitution-treatment
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Lisa Strada, Gabriele Helga Franke, Bernd Schulte, Jens Reimer, Uwe Verthein
BACKGROUND: Quality of life (QOL) of patients in opioid substitution treatment (OST) is increasingly being addressed in research. However, no disease- or treatment-specific instrument is available to assess the QOL of this target population. The purpose of this project was to develop the first QOL instrument for OST patients. METHODS: Focus groups with 60 OST patients were analyzed using thematic analysis to elicit key QOL themes as perceived by patients. Identified themes were developed into items and refined through pilot testing and cognitive debriefing...
November 21, 2017: European Addiction Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161709/impact-of-local-and-systemic-factors-on-kidney-dysfunction-in-bardet-biedl-syndrome
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Miriam Zacchia, Giovanna Capolongo, Francesco Trepiccione, Vincent Marion
Bardet Biedl syndrome (BBS) is a rare inherited syndromic condition characterized by renal and extra-renal disorders. Renal defect, at either structural or functional level, is one of the cardinal clinical features, and is a major cause of morbidity. However, the pathogenic mechanism underlying its dysfunction remains largely unknown, and to date only symptomatic treatment with no specific therapy is available for these patients. Elucidating aberrant cellular and/or systemic processes that impact kidney function is therefore a prerequisite to develop targeted innovative therapeutic strategies for the BBS patients...
November 21, 2017: Kidney & Blood Pressure Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161689/interactive-effectiveness-of-angiotensin-converting-enzyme-inhibitors-and-angiotensin-receptor-blockers-or-their-combination-on-survival-of-hemodialysis-patients
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Ryo Kido, Tadao Akizawa, Masafumi Fukagawa, Yoshihiro Onishi, Takuhiro Yamaguchi, Shunichi Fukuhara
BACKGROUND: Does the use of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers individually or as a combination confer a survival benefit in hemodialysis patients? The answer to this question is yet unclear. METHODS: We performed a case-cohort study using data from the Mineral and Bone Disorder Outcomes Study for Japanese CKD stage 5D patients (MBD-5D), a 3-year multicenter prospective case-cohort study, including 8,229 hemodialysis patients registered from 86 facilities in Japan...
November 21, 2017: American Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161686/impact-of-an-in-hospital-patient-education-program-on-choice-of-renal-replacement-modality-in-unplanned-dialysis-initiation
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Moritz Schanz, Markus Ketteler, Markus Heck, Juergen Dippon, Mark Dominik Alscher, Martin Kimmel
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Up to 50% patients requiring dialysis receive an urgent, unplanned start (UPS) to renal replacement therapy (RRT). Most of these are initiated with an intravenous catheter and commenced and maintained on hemodialysis (HD). Although peritoneal dialysis (PD) could be an equipotent initial modality for RRT, it is used less frequently as long-term RRT in UPS patients. This multicenter-study aimed to evaluate the impact of a structured, in-hospital education program and factors influencing PD rates, especially in UPS patients...
November 21, 2017: Kidney & Blood Pressure Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161649/magic-angle-spinning-nmr-below-6%C3%A2-k-with-a-computational-fluid-dynamics-analysis-of-fluid-flow-and-temperature-gradients
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Erika L Sesti, Nicholas Alaniva, Peter W Rand, Eric J Choi, Brice J Albert, Edward P Saliba, Faith J Scott, Alexander B Barnes
We report magic angle spinning (MAS) up to 8.5 kHz with a sample temperature below 6 K using liquid helium as a variable temperature fluid. Cross polarization (13)C NMR spectra exhibit exquisite sensitivity with a single transient. Remarkably, (1)H saturation recovery experiments show a (1)H T1 of 21 s with MAS below 6 K in the presence of trityl radicals in a glassy matrix. Leveraging the thermal spin polarization available at 4.2 K versus 298 K should result in 71 times higher signal intensity...
November 11, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161581/dna-rna-hybrid-substrates-modulate-the-catalytic-activity-of-purified-aid
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Hala S Abdouni, Justin J King, Atefeh Ghorbani, Heather Fifield, Lesley Berghuis, Mani Larijani
Activation-induced cytidine deaminase (AID) converts cytidine to uridine at Immunoglobulin (Ig) loci, initiating somatic hypermutation and class switching of antibodies. In vitro, AID acts on single stranded DNA (ssDNA), but neither double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) oligonucleotides nor RNA, and it is believed that transcription is the in vivo generator of ssDNA targeted by AID. It is also known that the Ig loci, particularly the switch (S) regions targeted by AID are rich in transcription-generated DNA/RNA hybrids...
November 18, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161452/psychometric-examination-of-the-center-for-epidemiologic-studies-depression-scale-with-older-american-indians-the-native-elder-care-study
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Marc Schure, R Turner Goins
Measuring mental health accurately is an important endeavor for screening purposes. Depression scales, such as the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression (CES-D) scale, have been well-established among different populations. Yet, little work has been done to examine the reliability and validity of the CES-D among older American Indians and Alaska Natives. The purpose of our study was to examine the factor structure, reliability, and concurrent validity of the full 20-item and abbreviated 12-item CES-D scale with a sample of older American Indians...
2017: American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research: the Journal of the National Center
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161349/relation-of-retinal-and-serum-lutein-and-zeaxanthin-to-white-matter-integrity-in-older-adults-a-diffusion-tensor-imaging-study
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Catherine M Mewborn, Douglas P Terry, Lisa M Renzi-Hammond, Billy R Hammond, L Stephen Miller
Objective: Lutein (L) and zeaxanthin (Z) are phytonutrients that accumulate in human brain tissue and positively impact cognition. Given their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and their role in stabilizing cell membranes, L&Z may relate to measures of white matter integrity (WMI). Method: The current study tested the relation of retinal (macular pigment optical density/MPOD) and blood serum concentrations of L&Z to WMI in community-dwelling older adults (n = 54) using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI)...
November 17, 2017: Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology: the Official Journal of the National Academy of Neuropsychologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161290/comparative-analysis-of-weighted-gene-co-expression-networks-in-human-and-mouse
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Marius Eidsaa, Lisa Stubbs, Eivind Almaas
The application of complex network modeling to analyze large co-expression data sets has gained traction during the last decade. In particular, the use of the weighted gene co-expression network analysis framework has allowed an unbiased and systems-level investigation of genotype-phenotype relationships in a wide range of systems. Since mouse is an important model organism for biomedical research on human disease, it is of great interest to identify similarities and differences in the functional roles of human and mouse orthologous genes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161176/translation-and-cultural-adaptation-of-the-japanese-version-of-the-interprofessional-facilitation-scale
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Junji Haruta, Raoul Breugelmans, Hiroshi Nishigori
Effective interaction in interprofessional collaboration requires skills in interprofessional facilitation. The need for interprofessional learning and practice in Japan is highlighted by Japan's status as one of the most rapidly aging societies because good care for elderly people with complex needs requires effective collaboration between different professional groups. The development of interprofessional facilitation skills (including management of the additional complexities) among learners or professionals enhances interprofessional learning and consensus building and empowers them to make appropriate commitments when faced with difficult challenges...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Interprofessional Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161170/examining-the-implementation-of-collaborative-competencies-in-a-critical-care-setting-key-challenges-for-enacting-competency-based-education
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Joanne Goldman, Simon Kitto, Scott Reeves
Interprofessional collaboration is recognised as an important factor in improving patient care in intensive care units (ICUs). Competency frameworks, and more specifically interprofessional competency frameworks, are a key strategy being used to support the development of attitudes, knowledge, skills, and behaviours needed for an interprofessional approach to care. However, evidence for the application of competencies is limited. This study aimed to extend our empirically based understanding of the significance of interprofessional competencies to actual clinical practice in an ICU...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Interprofessional Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161167/depression-and-marijuana-use-among-a-sample-of-urban-females-is-stage-of-development-important
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Leah Floyd Campbell
BACKGROUND: Increasing rates of marijuana use and high rates of depression among females are major public health concerns and ambiguous study results suggest a complex association between the two. Inconsistent findings may be due to differences in sample characteristics (e.g., females vs. males) and result from differences in the relationship over time (i.e., across developmental stages). OBJECTIVES: Presently, the extent to which the relationship between depression and marijuana use differed for females in emerging adulthood, compared to young adult females, was examined...
November 21, 2017: Substance Use & Misuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161138/autologous-matrix-induced-chondrogenesis-a-systematic-review-of-the-clinical-evidence
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Liang Gao, Patrick Orth, Magali Cucchiarini, Henning Madry
BACKGROUND: The addition of a type I/III collagen membrane in cartilage defects treated with microfracture has been advocated for cartilage repair, termed "autologous matrix-induced chondrogenesis" (AMIC). PURPOSE: To examine the current clinical evidence regarding AMIC for focal chondral defects. STUDY DESIGN: Systematic review. METHODS: A systematic review was performed by searching PubMed, ScienceDirect, and Cochrane Library databases...
November 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161121/research-design-and-analysis-of-a-low-stiffness-porous-hip-stem
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Ibrahim Eldesouky, Hassan El-Hofy, Ola Harrysson
Two major problems are associated with total hip replacement: 1) stress shielding and 2) the adverse tissue reaction to certain elements of the implant material. In this regard, a porous implant provides lower stiffness and vacancies for bone ingrowth, making it more suitable for the human bone compared with a solid stem. Moreover, second-generation titanium biomedical alloys, such as TNZT (Ti35Nb7Zr5Ta) and TMZF (Ti12Mo6Zr2Fe), have been introduced to prevent the adverse tissue reactions related to aluminum and vanadium elements of the popular Ti6Al4V alloy...
November 2017: Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160901/dietary-advanced-glycation-end-products-have-sex-and-age-dependent-effects-on-vertebral-bone-microstructure-and-mechanical-function-in-mice
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Svenja Illien-Jünger, Paolo Palacio-Mancheno, William F Kindschuh, Xue Chen, Grazyna E Sroga, Deepak Vashishth, James C Iatridis
Back pain is a leading cause of global disability that can arise from vertebral fracture and osteoporosis. While poor general health and obesity are among the strongest risk factors for back pain, there is remarkably little known about how diet influences spinal diseases. Advanced glycation endproducts (AGEs) are implicated in increased fracture risk, yet no studies investigated how dietary AGEs affect spinal health. We tested the hypothesis that high dietary AGE ingestion will diminish vertebral structure and function in a sex- and age-dependent manner...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160629/chitosan-and-its-composites-properties-for-use-in-bone-substitution
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Marek Stępniewski, Jacek Martynkiewicz, Jerzy Gosk
For many years, research has been carried out on finding an ideal bone substitute. Chitosan (CTS) is a naturally occurring polysaccharide, obtained mainly from, inter alia, the shells of crustaceans. It is characterized by its high level of biocompatibility, biodegradability and antimicrobial properties as well as its support in the healing of wounds. Chitosan, due to its ability to form porous structures, can be used in the production of scaffolds used in the treatment of bone defects. There are numerous studies on the use of CTS in combination with other substances which aim to improve its biological and mechanical properties...
January 2017: Polimery W Medycynie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160557/the-complex-trauma-inventory-a-self-report-measure-of-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-and-complex-posttraumatic-stress-disorder
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Justin M Litvin, Patricia L Kaminski, Shelley A Riggs
The work group revising the criteria for trauma-related disorders in the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) made several changes. Specifically, they simplified the criteria for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and added a new trauma disorder called complex PTSD (CPTSD). These proposed changes to taxonomy require new instruments to assess these novel constructs. We developed a measure of PTSD and CPTSD (the Complex Trauma Inventory; CTI) according to the proposed domains, creating several items to assess each domain...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Traumatic Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160449/management-of-pharmaceutical-services-in-the-brazilian-primary-health-care
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Letícia Farias Gerlack, Margô Gomes de Oliveira Karnikowski, Camila Alves Areda, Dayani Galato, Aline Gomes de Oliveira, Juliana Álvares, Silvana Nair Leite, Ediná Alves Costa, Ione Aquemi Guibu, Orlando Mario Soeiro, Karen Sarmento Costa, Augusto Afonso Guerra, Francisco de Assis Acurcio
OBJECTIVE: To identify limiting factors in the management of pharmaceutical services in the primary health care provided by the Brazilian Unified Health System (SUS). METHODS: This study was based on the data from the Pesquisa Nacional sobre Acesso, Utilização e Promoção do Uso Racional de Medicamentos no Brasil (PNAUM - National Survey on Access, Use and Promotion of Rational Use of Medicines), and it was conducted by interviews with professionals responsible for pharmaceutical services in Brazilian cities, in 2015...
November 13, 2017: Revista de Saúde Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160447/financing-of-pharmaceutical-services-in-the-municipal-management-of-the-brazilian-unified-health-system
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Daniel Resende Faleiros, Francisco de Assis Acurcio, Juliana Álvares, Renata Cristina Rezende Macedo do Nascimento, Ediná Alves Costa, Ione Aquemi Guibu, Orlando Mario Soeiro, Silvana Nair Leite, Margô Gomes de Oliveira Karnikowski, Karen Sarmento Costa, Augusto Afonso Guerra
OBJECTIVE: To discuss factors related to the financing of the Basic Component of Pharmaceutical Services within the municipal management of the Brazilian Unified Health System. METHODS: The Pesquisa Nacional sobre Acesso, Utilização e Promoção do Uso Racional de Medicamentos no Brasil - Serviços (PNAUM - National Survey on Access, Use and Promotion of Rational Use of Medicines - Services) is a cross-sectional, exploratory, and evaluative study that performed an information survey in a representative sample, stratified by Brazilian regions It considered different study populations in the sampling plan, which represent primary health care services in the cities...
November 13, 2017: Revista de Saúde Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160444/family-context-and-the-physical-activity-of-adolescents-comparing-differences
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Cynthia Graciane Carvalho Ramos, Roseli Gomes de Andrade, Amanda Cristina de Souza Andrade, Amanda Paula Fernandes, Dário Alves da Silva Costa, César Coelho Xavier, Fernando Augusto Proietti, Waleska Teixeira Caiaffa
INTRODUCTION: Family context plays an important role with regard to the physical activity (PA) of adolescents. Intense changes in family composition, including an increase of single-parent structures can affect behavior. OBJECTIVE: To estimate the prevalence of PA, between boys and girls of 11-17 years old, and investigate its association with family context variables. METHODS: A cross-sectional population-based study "The BH Health Study" was conducted in two health districts of Belo Horizonte...
July 2017: Revista Brasileira de Epidemiologia, Brazilian Journal of Epidemiology
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