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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426906/measuring-the-impact-of-dermatological-conditions-on-family-and-caregivers-a-review-of-dermatology-specific-instruments
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F Sampogna, A Y Finlay, S S Salek, P Chernyshov, F J Dalgard, A W M Evers, D Linder, L Manolache, S E Marron, F Poot, S Spillekom-van Koulil, Å Svensson, J C Szepietowski, L Tomas-Aragones, D Abeni
The patient is the centre of a web of relationships and the impact of his/her disease on family members and caregivers must be taken into account. The aim of this study was to identify the specific instruments that measure the impact of a dermatological disease on the quality of life (QoL) of family members, by performing a systematic search of the literature. Fifteen papers were identified, describing the creation and validation of nine instruments. Four of them concerned atopic dermatitis (Dermatitis Family Index, DFI; Parents' Index QoL Atopic Dermatitis, PiQoL-AD; QoL in Primary Caregivers of children with Atopic Dermatitis, QPCAD; Childhood Atopic Dermatits Impact Scale, CADIS), two measured the impact of psoriasis in family members (Psoriasis Family Index, PFI; FamilyPso), one the impact of epidermolysis bullosa (Epidermolysis Bullosa Burden of Disease, EB-BoD), one of ichthyosis (Family Burden Ichthyosis, FBI), and one was generic for dermatological conditions (Family Dermatology Life Quality Index, FDLQI)...
April 20, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426778/apai-polymorphism-of-vitamin-d-receptor-affects-health-related-quality-of-life-in-patients-with-primary-sclerosing-cholangitis
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Agnieszka Kempinska-Podhorodecka, Malgorzata Milkiewicz, Dariusz Jabłonski, Piotr Milkiewicz, Ewa Wunsch
BACKGROUND: Polymorphisms of vitamin D receptor (VDR) contribute to the pathogenesis of multiple autoimmune conditions. METHODS: We investigated the incidence of VDR polymorphisms (rs1544410-BsmI; rs7975232-ApaI; rs731236-TaqI) in a group of patients with primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC, n = 275) and in healthy controls (n = 376). Additionally, correlations of the VDR polymorphisms with clinical and biochemical factors of the disease were analysed. RESULTS: The genotype and allele distributions of these polymorphisms in PSC patients were similar to those observed in controls...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426759/health-related-quality-of-life-in-south-african-patients-with-pulmonary-tuberculosis
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Tanja Kastien-Hilka, Bernd Rosenkranz, Edina Sinanovic, Bryan Bennett, Matthias Schwenkglenks
BACKGROUND: The evaluation of patient-reported health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) contributes to a comprehensive understanding of the burden associated with this disease. The aim of this study was to assess the overall impact of TB on the health status and on single health domains identified in the WHO definition of health, including physical, mental and social health aspects. METHODS: Four instruments for HRQOL evaluation were applied in a longitudinal multicentre study during six-month standard TB treatment in South Africa...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425236/predictors-of-health-related-quality-of-life-in-childhood-epilepsy-and-comparison-with-healthy-children-findings-from-an-indian-study
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Dipika Bansal, Chandrika Azad, Kapil Gudala, Anil Dasari
BACKGROUND/AIM: Children with epilepsy have reduced health-related quality of life (HRQOL) due to disease and medications. We aimed to assess child-reported HRQOL in Indian children with epilepsy and compare it with that in healthy children. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cross-sectional study of 256 children with epilepsy aged between 5 and 18 years on antiepileptic drug (AED) treatment for at least 3 months was performed and 125 age and sex matched healthy children were included...
April 18, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423796/personalized-guideline-based-treatment-recommendations-using-natural-language-processing-techniques
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Matthias Becker, Britta Böckmann
Clinical guidelines and clinical pathways are accepted and proven instruments for quality assurance and process optimization. Today, electronic representation of clinical guidelines exists as unstructured text, but is not well-integrated with patient-specific information from electronic health records. Consequently, generic content of the clinical guidelines is accessible, but it is not possible to visualize the position of the patient on the clinical pathway, decision support cannot be provided by personalized guidelines for the next treatment step...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420153/health-related-quality-of-life-of-the-general-german-population-in-2015-results-from-the-eq-5d-5l
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Manuel B Huber, Julia Felix, Martin Vogelmann, Reiner Leidl
The EQ-5D-5L is a widely used generic instrument to measure health-related quality of life. This study evaluates health perception in a representative sample of the general German population from 2015. To compare results over time, a component analysis technique was used that separates changes in the description and valuation of health states. The whole sample and also subgroups, stratified by sociodemographic parameters as well as disease affliction, were analyzed. In total, 2040 questionnaires (48.4% male, mean age 47...
April 16, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416417/in-vitro-evaluation-of-nasogastric-ng-tube-delivery-performance-of-esomeprazole-magnesium-delayed-release-capsules
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Alicia Hoover, Dajun Sun, Hong Wen, Wenlei Jiang, Minglei Cui, Xiaojian Jiang, David Keire, Changning Guo
Enteral feeding tubes are used to deliver food or drugs to patients that cannot swallow. To deliver delayed-release drugs that are formulated as enteric coated granules to these patients via feeding tubes requires that they be suspended in water prior to administration. Importantly, the suspension of enteric granules in water of varying pH can cause damage to the enteric coating and affect the bioavailability of the drug. Here, analytical methods for testing acid resistance stability and particle size distribution (PSD) of esomeprazole granules were utilized to monitor the integrity of the granule enteric coating after water pretreatment and delivery through an oral syringe and nasogastric (NG) tube...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412943/generic-care-pathway-for-elderly-patients-in-need-of-home-care-services-after-discharge-from-hospital-a-cluster-randomised-controlled-trial
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Tove Røsstad, Øyvind Salvesen, Aslak Steinsbekk, Anders Grimsmo, Olav Sletvold, Helge Garåsen
BACKGROUND: Improved discharge arrangements and targeted post-discharge follow-up can reduce the risk of adverse events after hospital discharge for elderly patients. Although more care is to shift from specialist to primary care, there are few studies on post-discharge interventions run by primary care. A generic care pathway, Patient Trajectory for Home-dwelling elders (PaTH) including discharge arrangements and follow-up by primary care, was developed and introduced in Central Norway Region in 2009, applying checklists at defined stages in the patient trajectory...
April 17, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410168/assessment-of-cancer-survivors-experiences-of-using-a-publicly-available-physical-activity-mobile-application
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Patrycja Puszkiewicz, Anna L Roberts, Lee Smith, Jane Wardle, Abigail Fisher
BACKGROUND: Regular participation in physical activity (PA) is associated with improved physical and psychosocial outcomes in cancer survivors. However, PA levels are low during and after cancer treatment. Interventions to promote PA in this population are needed. PA mobile apps are popular and have potential to increase PA participation, but little is known about how appropriate or relevant they are for cancer survivors. OBJECTIVE: This study aims to (1) assess recruitment, study uptake, and engagement for a publicly available PA mobile app (GAINFitness) intervention in cancer survivors; (2) assess cancer survivors' attitudes towards the app; (3) understand how the app could be adapted to better meet the needs of cancer survivors; and (4) to determine the potential for change in PA participation and psychosocial outcomes over a 6-week period of using the app...
May 31, 2016: JMIR Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410101/medical-instrument-detection-in-3-dimensional-ultrasound-data-volumes
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Arash Pourtaherian, Harm Scholten, Lieneke Kusters, Svitlana Zinger, Nenad Mihajlovic, Alexander Kolen, Fei Zou, Gary Ng, Hendrikus Korsten, Peter de With
Ultrasound-guided medical interventions are broadly applied in diagnostics and therapy, e.g. regional anesthesia or ablation. A guided intervention using 2D ultrasound is challenging due to the poor instrument visibility, limited field of view and the multi-fold coordination of the medical instrument and ultrasound plane. Recent 3D ultrasound transducers can improve the quality of the image-guided intervention if an automated detection of the needle is used. In this paper, we present a novel method for detecting medical instruments in 3D ultrasound data that is solely based on image processing techniques and validated on various ex-vivo and in-vivo datasets...
April 7, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408012/comparing-generic-and-condition-specific-preference-based-measures-in-epilepsy-eq-5d-3l-and-newqol-6d
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Brendan Mulhern, Joshua Pink, Donna Rowen, Simon Borghs, Thomas Butt, Dyfrig Hughes, Antony Marson, John Brazier
BACKGROUND: There is debate about the psychometric characteristics of the three-level EuroQol five-dimensional questionnaire (EQ-5D-3L) for use in epilepsy. In response to the concerns, an epilepsy-specific preference-based measure (NEWQOL-6D) was developed. The psychometric characteristics of the NEWQOL-6D, however, have not been assessed. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the validity and responsiveness of the EQ-5D-3L and the Quality of Life in Newly Diagnosed Epilepsy Instrument-six dimensions (NEWQOL-6D) for use in the assessment of treatments for newly diagnosed focal epilepsy...
April 2017: Value in Health: the Journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407166/evaluation-of-the-true-wavefront-aberrations-in-eyes-implanted-with-a-rotationally-asymmetric-multifocal-intraocular-lens
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Vyas Akondi, Pablo Pérez-Merino, Eduardo Martinez-Enriquez, Carlos Dorronsoro, Nicolás Alejandre, Ignacio Jiménez-Alfaro, Susana Marcos
PURPOSE: Standard evaluation of aberrations from wavefront slope measurements in patients implanted with a rotationally asymmetric multifocal intraocular lens (IOL), the Lentis Mplus (Oculentis GmbH, Berlin, Germany), results in large magnitude primary vertical coma, which is attributed to the intrinsic IOL design. The new proposed method analyzes aberrometry data, allowing disentangling the IOL power pupillary distribution from the true higher order aberrations of the eye. METHODS: The new method of wavefront reconstruction uses retinal spots obtained at both the near and far foci...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Refractive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407025/relationships-between-temperaments-occupational-stress-and-insomnia-among-japanese-workers
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Yasuhiko Deguchi, Shinichi Iwasaki, Hideyuki Ishimoto, Koichiro Ogawa, Yuichi Fukuda, Tomoko Nitta, Tomoe Mitake, Yukako Nogi, Koki Inoue
Insomnia among workers reduces the quality of life, contributes toward the economic burden of healthcare costs and losses in work performance. The relationship between occupational stress and insomnia has been reported in previous studies, but there has been little attention to temperament in occupational safety and health research. The aim of this study was to clarify the relationships between temperament, occupational stress, and insomnia. The subjects were 133 Japanese daytime local government employees...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403864/health-related-quality-of-life-among-swedish-children-with-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis-parent-child-discrepancies-gender-differences-and-comparison-with-a-european-cohort
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Veronica Lundberg, Catharina Eriksson
BACKGROUND: This study investigates gender differences in self-reports and between parent and child reports in Health-related Quality of Life (HRQOL), measured with disease-specific and generic instruments for chronic disease. Comparison of HRQOL results in this Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) sample to a European cohort of children with JIA and one of children with other health conditions are also made. METHODS: Fifty-three children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), aged 8-18 years, and their parents completed the condition-specific DISABKIDS for JIA, and the DISABKIDS generic instrument for chronic conditions (DCGM-37) in a cross-sectional study...
April 12, 2017: Pediatric Rheumatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399992/microbial-quality-of-irrigation-water-used-in-leafy-green-production-in-southern-brazil-and-its-relationship-with-produce-safety
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Luana Tombini Decol, Letícia Sopeña Casarin, Claudia Titze Hessel, Ana Carolina Fösch Batista, Ana Allende, Eduardo César Tondo
Irrigation water has been recognized as an important microbial risk factor for fruits and vegetables in many production areas, but there is still a lack of information about how the microbiological quality of different irrigation water sources and climatic conditions influence the safety of vegetables produced in Brazil. This study evaluated the distribution of generic E. coli and the prevalence of E. coli O157:H7 in two different water sources (ponds and streams bordering farmlands and urban areas) used for irrigation and on commercially produced lettuces in Southern Brazil...
August 2017: Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399583/-physical-activity-recommendations-for-adults-with-a-chronic-disease-methods-database-and-rationale
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Klaus Pfeifer, Wolfgang Geidl
This paper describes the development of generic physical activity recommendations for adults (18-65 years) with a chronic disease. The physical activity recommendations were developed based on existing recommendations using a 3-phased process. Phase 1: Systematic literature searches for current physical activity recommendations for 7 chronic diseases. Phase 2: Evaluation of physical activity recommendations on the basis of 28 quality criteria; identification and content analysis of high-quality recommendations...
March 2017: Das Gesundheitswesen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399144/microbial-quality-of-agricultural-water-in-central-florida
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Zeynal Topalcengiz, Laura K Strawn, Michelle D Danyluk
The microbial quality of water that comes into the edible portion of produce is believed to directly relate to the safety of produce, and metrics describing indicator organisms are commonly used to ensure safety. The US FDA Produce Safety Rule (PSR) sets very specific microbiological water quality metrics for agricultural water that contacts the harvestable portion of produce. Validation of these metrics for agricultural water is essential for produce safety. Water samples (500 mL) from six agricultural ponds were collected during the 2012/2013 and 2013/2014 growing seasons (46 and 44 samples respectively, 540 from all ponds)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396522/de-novo-assembly-of-viral-quasispecies-using-overlap-graphs
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Jasmijn A Baaijens, Amal Zine El Aabidine, Eric Rivals, Alexander Schönhuth
A viral quasispecies, the ensemble of viral strains populating an infected person, can be highly diverse. For optimal assessment of virulence, pathogenesis, and therapy selection, determining the haplotypes of the individual strains can play a key role. As many viruses are subject to high mutation and recombination rates, high-quality reference genomes are often not available at the time of a new disease outbreak. We present SAVAGE, a computational tool for reconstructing individual haplotypes of intra-host virus strains without the need for a high-quality reference genome...
April 10, 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394807/patient-health-communication-mediating-effects-between-gastrointestinal-symptoms-and-gastrointestinal-worry-in-pediatric-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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James W Varni, Robert J Shulman, Mariella M Self, Shehzad A Saeed, Ashish S Patel, Samuel Nurko, Deborah A Neigut, Miguel Saps, George M Zacur, Chelsea V Dark, Cristiane B Bendo, John F Pohl
BACKGROUND: To investigate the effects of patient health communication regarding their inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) to their health care providers and significant others in their daily life as a mediator in the relationship between gastrointestinal symptoms and gastrointestinal worry in pediatric patients. METHODS: The Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory Gastrointestinal Symptoms, Gastrointestinal Worry, and Communication Scales, and Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory 4...
April 6, 2017: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393974/-origin-components-and-mechanisms-of-action-of-the-mediterranean-diet
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Inés Urquiaga, Guadalupe Echeverría, Catalina Dussaillant, Attilio Rigotti
The Mediterranean diet is currently considered a healthy dietary pattern. It includes a great variety of foods, which are eaten in moderation and within a positive social environment. The generic term "Mediterranean diet" was born after the "Seven Countries Study" led by Ancel Keys around 1960. This dietary pattern is characterized by a high intake of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, fish, white meats and olive oil. It also includes moderate consumption of fermented dairy products, low intake of red meat and drinking wine with moderation during meals...
January 2017: Revista Médica de Chile
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