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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542529/associations-between-quality-of-life-physical-activity-worry-depression-and-insomnia-a-cross-sectional-designed-study-in-healthy-pregnant-women
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Danielle Mourady, Sami Richa, Rita Karam, Tatiana Papazian, Fabienne Hajj Moussa, Nada El Osta, Assaad Kesrouani, Joseph Azouri, Hicham Jabbour, Aline Hajj, Lydia Rabbaa Khabbaz
Health-related quality of life (QOL) is reported to be reduced during pregnancy. Associations between QOL, physical activity (PA), insomnia, depression and worry are insufficiently investigated among pregnant women. The aim of this study was to evaluate QOL and PA patterns among healthy pregnant women, and to examine how QOL might correlate to PA, sleep, worry and depression. This is an observational cross-sectional study, conducted among a convenient sample of 141 healthy pregnant women using five questionnaires: WHOQOL-brief (WHO quality of life questionnaire, brief version, ISI (Insomnia Severity Index), PSWQ (Penn State Worry Questionnaire), ZSRDS (Zung Self-Rating Depression Scale), and Pregnancy Physical Activity Questionnaire (PPAQ)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542010/thermal-modeling-for-the-next-generation-of-radiofrequency-exposure-limits-commentary
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Kenneth R Foster, Marvin C Ziskin, Quirino Balzano
This commentary evaluates two sets of guidelines for human exposure to radiofrequency (RF) energy, focusing on the frequency range above the "transition" frequency at 3-10 GHz where the guidelines change their basic restrictions from specific absorption rate to incident power density, through the end of the RF band at 300 GHz. The analysis is based on a simple thermal model based on Pennes' bioheat equation (BHTE) (Pennes 1948) assuming purely surface heating; an Appendix provides more details about the model and its range of applicability...
July 2017: Health Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541191/fast-numerical-simulation-of-focused-ultrasound-treatments-during-respiratory-motion-with-discontinuous-motion-boundaries
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Michael Schwenke, Joachim Georgii, Tobias Preusser
OBJECTIVE: Focused ultrasound (FUS) is rapidly gaining clinical acceptance for several target tissues in the human body. Yet, treating liver targets is not clinically applied due to a high complexity of the procedure (noninvasiveness, target motion, complex anatomy, blood cooling effects, shielding by ribs, and limited image-based monitoring). To reduce the complexity, numerical FUS simulations can be utilized for both treatment planning and execution. These use-cases demand highly accurate and computationally efficient simulations...
May 23, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538466/increasing-research-capacity-in-a-safety-net-setting-through-an-academic-clinical-partnership
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J Margo Brooks Carthon, Sara Holland, Kerry Gamble, Helyn Rothwell, Darcy Pancir, Jim Ballinghoff, Linda Aiken
Safety net settings care for a disproportionate share of low-resource patients often have fewer resources to invest in nursing research. To address this dilemma, an academic-clinical partnership was formed in an effort to increase nursing research capacity at a safety net setting. Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research located at the University of Pennsylvania partnered researchers and baccalaureate-prepared nurses in an 18-month research skill development program...
June 2017: Journal of Nursing Administration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538136/genetic-and-pharmacologic-inactivation-of-angptl3-and-cardiovascular-disease
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Frederick E Dewey, Viktoria Gusarova, Richard L Dunbar, Colm O'Dushlaine, Claudia Schurmann, Omri Gottesman, Shane McCarthy, Cristopher V Van Hout, Shannon Bruse, Hayes M Dansky, Joseph B Leader, Michael F Murray, Marylyn D Ritchie, H Lester Kirchner, Lukas Habegger, Alex Lopez, John Penn, An Zhao, Weiping Shao, Neil Stahl, Andrew J Murphy, Sara Hamon, Aurelie Bouzelmat, Rick Zhang, Brad Shumel, Robert Pordy, Daniel Gipe, Gary A Herman, Wayne H H Sheu, I-Te Lee, Kae-Woei Liang, Xiuqing Guo, Jerome I Rotter, Yii-Der I Chen, William E Kraus, Svati H Shah, Scott Damrauer, Aeron Small, Daniel J Rader, Anders Berg Wulff, Børge G Nordestgaard, Anne Tybjærg-Hansen, Anita M van den Hoek, Hans M G Princen, David H Ledbetter, David J Carey, John D Overton, Jeffrey G Reid, William J Sasiela, Poulabi Banerjee, Alan R Shuldiner, Ingrid B Borecki, Tanya M Teslovich, George D Yancopoulos, Scott J Mellis, Jesper Gromada, Aris Baras
Background Loss-of-function variants in the angiopoietin-like 3 gene (ANGPTL3) have been associated with decreased plasma levels of triglycerides, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. It is not known whether such variants or therapeutic antagonism of ANGPTL3 are associated with a reduced risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Methods We sequenced the exons of ANGPTL3 in 58,335 participants in the DiscovEHR human genetics study. We performed tests of association for loss-of-function variants in ANGPTL3 with lipid levels and with coronary artery disease in 13,102 case patients and 40,430 controls from the DiscovEHR study, with follow-up studies involving 23,317 case patients and 107,166 controls from four population studies...
May 24, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529367/serum-nucb2-nesfatin-1-levels-in-different-stages-of-alcohol-dependence-is-there-a-relationship-with-craving
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Gokhan Umut, Cuneyt Evren, Alparslan Cansiz, Mustafa Akkus, Nesrin Karamustafalioglu
INTRODUCTION: In the literature, the relationship between appetite regulating peptides and alcohol craving is on the debate. AIM: This study aims to investigate serum level of NUCB2/nesfatin-1, which is discovered as appetite-related neuropeptide, in patients with alcohol dependence who were in craving and abstaining phase and to compare with healthy controls. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: Research, Treatment, and Training Center for Alcohol and Substance Dependence, (AMATEM) Bakirkoy Training and Research Hospital for Psychiatry Neurology and Neurosurgery, Istanbul, case-control and prospective study design were used...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527841/a-comparison-of-2-and-3-dimensional-healing-assessment-after-endodontic-surgery-using-cone-beam-computed-tomographic-volumes-or-periapical-radiographs
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Tom Schloss, David Sonntag, Meetu R Kohli, Frank C Setzer
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to compare the assessment of healing after endodontic microsurgery using 2-dimensional (2D) periapical films versus 3-dimensional (3D) cone-beam computed tomographic (CBCT) imaging. METHODS: The healing of 51 teeth from 44 patients was evaluated using Molven's criteria (2D) and modified PENN 3D criteria. The absolute area (2D) and volume (3D) changes of apical lesions preoperatively and at follow-up were calculated by segmentation using OsiriX software (Pixmeo, Bernex, Switzerland) and ITK-Snap (free software)...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Endodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527379/diagnosing-water-security-in-the-rural-north-with-an-environmental-security-framework
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Henry J F Penn, Philip A Loring, William E Schnabel
This study explores the nature of water security challenges in rural Alaska, using a framework for environmental security that entails four interrelated concepts: availability, access, utility, and stability of water resources. Many researchers and professionals agree that water insecurity is a problem in rural Alaska, although the scale and nature of the problem is contested. Some academics have argued that the problem is systemic, and rooted in an approach to water security by the state that prioritizes economic concerns over public health concerns...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527014/high-frequency-heart-rate-variability-reactivity-and-trait-worry-interact-to-predict-the-development-of-sleep-disturbances-in-response-to-a-naturalistic-stressor
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Sasha MacNeil, Sonya S Deschênes, Warren Caldwell, Melanie Brouillard, Thien-Thanh Dang-Vu, Jean-Philippe Gouin
BACKGROUND: High-frequency heart rate variability (HF-HRV) reactivity was proposed as a vulnerability factor for stress-induced sleep disturbances. Its effect may be amplified among individuals with high trait worry or sleep reactivity. PURPOSE: This study evaluated whether HF-HRV reactivity to a worry induction, sleep reactivity, and trait worry predict increases in sleep disturbances in response to academic stress, a naturalistic stressor. METHOD: A longitudinal study following 102 undergraduate students during an academic semester with well-defined periods of lower and higher academic stress was conducted...
May 19, 2017: Annals of Behavioral Medicine: a Publication of the Society of Behavioral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526914/finite-element-method-simulating-temperature-distribution-in-skin-induced-by-980-nm-pulsed-laser-based-on-pain-stimulation
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Han Wang, Xiao-Xi Dong, Ji-Chun Yang, He Huang, Ying-Xin Li, Hai-Xia Zhang
For predicting the temperature distribution within skin tissue in 980-nm laser-evoked potentials (LEPs) experiments, a five-layer finite element model (FEM-5) was constructed based on Pennes bio-heat conduction equation and the Lambert-Beer law. The prediction results of the FEM-5 model were verified by ex vivo pig skin and in vivo rat experiments. Thirty ex vivo pig skin samples were used to verify the temperature distribution predicted by the model. The output energy of the laser was 1.8, 3, and 4.4 J. The laser spot radius was 1 mm...
May 19, 2017: Lasers in Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526330/going-social-success-in-online-recruitment-of-men-who-have-sex-with-men-for-prevention-hiv-vaccine-research
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Lindsey Buckingham, Julie Becher, Chelsea D Voytek, Danielle Fiore, Debora Dunbar, Annet Davis-Vogel, David S Metzger, Ian Frank
OBJECTIVE: To compare the use of four different social media sites to recruit men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women to a phase 2b HIV prevention vaccine trial, HVTN 505. DESIGN: Retrospective, observational study. METHODS: The University of Pennsylvania HIV Vaccine Trials Unit (Penn HVTU) employed street outreach and online recruitment methods to recruit participants for HVTN 505 using a combination of national recruitment images/messages with Philadelphia-specific language and imagery...
May 16, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525785/denitrifying-woodchip-bioreactor-and-phosphorus-filter-pairing-to-minimize-pollution-swapping
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Laura E Christianson, Christine Lepine, Philip L Sibrell, Chad Penn, Steven T Summerfelt
Pairing denitrifying woodchip bioreactors and phosphorus-sorbing filters provides a unique, engineered approach for dual nutrient removal from waters impaired with both nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P). This column study aimed to test placement of two P-filter media (acid mine drainage treatment residuals and steel slag) relative to a denitrifying system to maximize N and P removal and minimize pollution swapping under varying flow conditions (i.e., woodchip column hydraulic retention times (HRTs) of 7.2, 18, and 51 h; P-filter HRTs of 7...
May 11, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515112/impact-of-the-metabolic-syndrome-on-mortality-is-modified-by-objective-short-sleep-duration
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Julio Fernandez-Mendoza, Fan He, Caitlin LaGrotte, Alexandros N Vgontzas, Duanping Liao, Edward O Bixler
BACKGROUND: To examine whether objective sleep duration is an effect modifier of the impact of metabolic syndrome (MetS) on all-cause and cardiovascular disease/cerebrovascular mortality. METHODS AND RESULTS: We addressed this question in the Penn State Adult Cohort, a random, general population sample of 1344 men and women (48.8±14.2 years) who were studied in the sleep laboratory and followed up for 16.6±4.2 years. MetS was defined by the presence of 3 or more of obesity (≥30 kg/m(2)), elevated total cholesterol (≥200 mg/dL), triglycerides (≥150 mg/dL), fasting glucose (≥100 mg/dL), and blood pressure (≥130/85 mm Hg)...
May 17, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512279/antimicrobial-potential-of-plant-extracts-and-chemical-fractions-of-sideroxylon-obtusifolium-roem-schult-t-d-penn-on-oral-microorganisms
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Thaíse Pd Sampaio, Nathália Ao Cartaxo-Furtado, Ana Cd de Medeiros, Harley S Alves, Pedro L Rosalen, Jozinete V Pereira
AIM: The aim of this study is to evaluate the in vitro antimicrobial activity of plant extracts and chemical fractions of Sideroxylon obtusifolium T.D. Penn on Streptococcus mutans, Streptococcus oralis, Streptococcus salivarius, Streptococcus parasanguinis, and Candida albicans as well as to identify the chemical classes found in the bioactive extracts possessing better activity. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Freeze-dried hydroalcoholic extracts of the bark and leaves (LC and LF respectively) and ethanol extracts of bark and leaves (EC and EF respectively) of S...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508541/opt-in-or-opt-out-to-increase-organ-donation-in-south-africa-appraising-proposed-strategies-using-an-empirical-ethics-analysis
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Harriet Etheredge, Claire Penn, Jennifer Watermeyer
Utilising empirical ethics analysis, we evaluate the merits of systems proposed to increase deceased organ donation in South Africa (SA). We conclude that SA should maintain its soft opt-in policy, and enhance it with 'required transplant referral' in order to maximise donor numbers within an ethically and legally acceptable framework. In SA, as is the case worldwide, the demand for donor organs far exceeds the supply thereof. Currently utilising a soft opt-in system, SA faces the challenge of how to increase donor numbers in a context which is imbued with inequalities in access to healthcare, multiplicitous personal beliefs and practices, distrust of organ transplant and varying levels of education and health literacy...
May 16, 2017: Developing World Bioethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504048/the-penn-state-heart-assistant-a-pilot-study-of-a-web-based-intervention-to-improve-self-care-of-heart-failure-patients
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Tom Lloyd, Harleah Buck, Andrew Foy, Sara Black, Antony Pinter, Rosanne Pogash, Bobby Eismann, Eric Balaban, John Chan, Allen Kunselman, Joshua Smyth, John Boehmer
The Penn State Heart Assistant, a web-based, tablet computer-accessed, secure application was developed to conduct a proof of concept test, targeting patient self-care activities of heart failure patients including daily medication adherence, weight monitoring, and aerobic activity. Patients (n = 12) used the tablet computer-accessed program for 30 days-recording their information and viewing a short educational video. Linear random coefficient models assessed the relationship between weight and time and exercise and time...
May 1, 2017: Health Informatics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501677/modeling-variability-in-air-pollution-related-health-damages-from-individual-airport-emissions
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Stefani L Penn, Scott T Boone, Brian C Harvey, Wendy Heiger-Bernays, Yorghos Tripodis, Sarav Arunachalam, Jonathan I Levy
In this study, we modeled concentrations of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and ozone (O3) attributable to precursor emissions from individual airports in the United States, developing airport-specific health damage functions (deaths per 1000t of precursor emissions) and physically-interpretable regression models to explain variability in these functions. We applied the Community Multiscale Air Quality model using the Decoupled Direct Method to isolate PM2.5- or O3-related contributions from precursor pollutants emitted by 66 individual airports...
May 11, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497544/inducing-unconscious-stress-cardiovascular-activity-in-response-to-subliminal-presentation-of-threatening-and-neutral-words
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Melanie M van der Ploeg, Jos F Brosschot, Bart Verkuil, Brandon L Gillie, DeWayne P Williams, Julian Koenig, Michael W Vasey, Julian F Thayer
Stress-related cognitive processes may occur outside of awareness, here referred to as unconscious stress, and affect one's physiological state. Evidence supporting this idea would provide necessary clarification of the relationship between psychological stress and cardiovascular (CV) health problems. We tested the hypothesis that increases in mean arterial pressure (MAP) and total peripheral resistance (TPR) and decreases in heart rate variability (HRV) would be larger when threatening stimuli are presented outside of awareness, or subliminally, compared with neutral stimuli...
May 12, 2017: Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492865/the-relationship-between-iron-deficiency-anemia-and-sensorineural-hearing-loss-in-the-pediatric-and-adolescent-population
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Kathleen M Schieffer, James R Connor, James A Pawelczyk, Deepa L Sekhar
Purpose: A correlation between iron deficiency anemia (IDA) and sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) was described in adults. In this study, we examined if there is a relationship between IDA and hearing loss in the pediatric population. Method: This was a retrospective cohort study of data collected from the Informatics for Integrating Biology and the Bedside database from 2011 to 2016. Children and adolescents 4-21 years old seen at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA, were examined for hearing loss and IDA status...
May 10, 2017: American Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471438/electronic-health-record-phenotype-in-subjects-with-genetic-variants-associated-with-arrhythmogenic-right-ventricular-cardiomyopathy-a-study-of-30-716-subjects-with-exome-sequencing
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Christopher M Haggerty, Cynthia A James, Hugh Calkins, Crystal Tichnell, Joseph B Leader, Dustin N Hartzel, Christopher D Nevius, Sarah A Pendergrass, Thomas N Person, Marci Schwartz, Marylyn D Ritchie, David J Carey, David H Ledbetter, Marc S Williams, Frederick E Dewey, Alexander Lopez, John Penn, John D Overton, Jeffrey G Reid, Matthew Lebo, Heather Mason-Suares, Christina Austin-Tse, Heidi L Rehm, Brian P Delisle, Daniel J Makowski, Vishal C Mehra, Michael F Murray, Brandon K Fornwalt
PurposeArrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) is an inherited heart disease. Clinical follow-up of incidental findings in ARVC-associated genes is recommended. We aimed to determine the prevalence of disease thus ascertained.MethodsIndividuals (n = 30,716) underwent exome sequencing. Variants in PKP2, DSG2, DSC2, DSP, JUP, TMEM43, or TGFβ3 that were database-listed as pathogenic or likely pathogenic were identified and evidence-reviewed. For subjects with putative loss-of-function (pLOF) variants or variants of uncertain significance (VUS), electronic health records (EHR) were reviewed for ARVC diagnosis, diagnostic criteria, and International Classification of Diseases (ICD-9) codes...
May 4, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
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