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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214985/melatonin-alleviates-the-epilepsy-associated-impairments-in-hippocampal-ltp-and-spatial-learning-through-rescue-of-surface-glur2-expression-at-hippocampal-ca1-synapses
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Yue Ma, Xiaolong Sun, Juan Li, Ruihua Jia, Fang Yuan, Dong Wei, Wen Jiang
Epilepsy-associated cognitive impairment is common, and negatively impacts patients' quality of life. However, most antiepileptic drugs focus on the suppression of seizures, and fewer emphasize treatment of cognitive dysfunction. Melatonin, an indolamine synthesized primarily in the pineal grand, is reported to be neuroprotective against several central nervous system disorders. In this study, we investigated whether melatonin could reverse cognitive dysfunction in lithium-pilocarpine treated rats. Chronic treatment with melatonin (8 mg/kg daily for 15 days) after induction of status epilepticus significantly alleviated seizure severity, reduced neuronal death in the CA1 region of the hippocampus, improved spatial learning (as measured by the Morris water maze test), and reversed LTP impairments, compared to vehicle treatment...
February 18, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214930/investigation-of-optical-neuro-monitoring-technique-for-detection-of-maintenance-and-emergence-states-during-general-anesthesia
#2
Gabriela Hernandez-Meza, Meltem Izzetoglu, Mary Osbakken, Michael Green, Hawa Abubakar, Kurtulus Izzetoglu
The American Society of Anesthesiologist recommends peripheral physiological monitoring during general anesthesia, which offers no information regarding the effects of anesthetics on the brain. Since no "gold standard" method exists for this evaluation, such a technique is needed to ensure patient comfort, procedure quality and safety. In this study we investigated functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) as possible monitor of anesthetic effects on the prefrontal cortex. Anesthetic drugs, such as sevoflurane, suppress the cerebral metabolism and alter the cerebral blood flow...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214783/group-engagement-in-persons-with-dementia-the-concept-and-its-measurement
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Jiska Cohen-Mansfield, Tasmia Hai, Michael Comishen
Although a few papers documented benefits of group therapeutic activities for individuals with dementia, there is a dearth of studies that have investigated the effects of group activities on persons with dementia. This paper introduces a theoretical framework of studying group therapeutic recreational activity, the Comprehensive Process Model of Group Engagement, and an assessment tool, the Group Observational Measurement of Engagement (GOME). We also report the psychometric properties of this assessment. One hundred and four persons with dementia took part in ten different group activities, with each activity conducted twice at random order so that 20 activities were observed for each group of participants...
February 6, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214711/development-of-the-epilepsy-risk-awareness-scale-era-scale-for-people-with-epilepsy
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Andreas Braun, Sally Kendall, Christine Cole, Nigel Smeeton, Heather Angus-Leppan
PURPOSE: Quality of life in people with epilepsy depends on balancing protection from risks and avoiding unnecessary restrictions. The Epilepsy Risk Awareness Checklist (ERAC) was developed to summarise an individual's safety, health care and quality of life and to facilitate communication between professionals. Although effective, the existing Checklist required quantification and shortening to increase its utility, particularly as a longitudinal tool for measuring and communicating changes over time...
February 9, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214602/impact-of-fill-level-in-twin-screw-granulation-on-critical-quality-attributes-of-granules-and-tablets
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Robin Meier, Klaus-Peter Moll, Markus Krumme, Peter Kleinebudde
In a previous study a change of the fill-level in the barrel exerted a huge influence on the twin-screw granulation (TSG) process of a high drug loaded, simplified formulation. The present work investigated this influence systematically. The specific feed load (SFL) indicating the mass per revolution as surrogate parameter for the fill-level was applied and the correlation to the real volumetric fill level of an extruder could be demonstrated by a newly developed method. A design of experiments was conducted to examine the combined influence of SFL and screw speed on the process and on critical quality attributes of granules and tablets...
February 15, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214572/clinical-relevance-of-oxidation-reduction-potential-in-the-evaluation-of-male-infertility
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Ashok Agarwal, Siew May Wang
Objectives To evaluate 1) the relationship between oxidation-reduction potential (ORP) and abnormal sperm quality, 2) changes in ORP and sperm parameters over time, in search of a potential surrogate marker of poor sperm quality that may assist in the diagnosis of oxidative stress- related male infertility. Methods 194 infertile men were included and 28 patients were identified to have repeated semen analyses and ORP measurements. The semen samples obtained were categorized into normal and abnormal sperm parameters based on the World Health Organization (WHO) 5(th) edition guidelines...
February 15, 2017: Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214491/relationship-between-patient-reported-symptoms-limitations-in-daily-activities-and-psychological-impact-in-varicose-veins
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Rajiv Mallick, Brajesh Kumar Lal, Claire Daugherty
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to evaluate the relationship between patient-reported symptoms, functional limitations, and psychological impact of varicose veins (VVs) vs pathophysiologic mechanism, incorporating demographic and behavioral factors. METHODS: We conducted a pooled analysis from two clinical studies (Efficacy and Safety Study of Polidocanol Injectable Foam for the Treatment of Saphenofemoral Junction Incompetence [VANISH-1] and Polidocanol Endovenous Microfoam Versus Vehicle for the Treatment of Saphenofemoral Junction Incompetence [VANISH-2]) in patients with VVs (superficial venous reflux only)...
March 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214484/hybrid-operative-thrombectomy-is-noninferior-to-percutaneous-techniques-for-the-treatment-of-acute-iliofemoral-deep-venous-thrombosis
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Limael E Rodríguez, Aihab Aboukheir-Aboukheir, Ricardo Figueroa-Vicente, Hiram Soler-Bernardini, Guillermo Bolanos-Avila, Luis J Torruella-Bartolomei, Anthony J Comerota, Jorge L Martinez-Trabal
OBJECTIVE: Hybrid operative thrombectomy (HOT) is a novel technique for the treatment of acute iliofemoral deep venous thrombosis (IFDVT) and is an alternative to percutaneous techniques (PTs) that use thrombolytics. In this study, we compare perioperative and intermediate outcomes of HOT vs PT as interventions for early thrombus removal. METHODS: From July 2008 to May 2015, there were 71 consecutive patients who were treated with either PT (n = 31) or HOT (n = 40) for acute or subacute single-limb IFDVT...
March 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214393/flow-cytometric-bacterial-cell-counts-challenge-conventional-heterotrophic-plate-counts-for-routine-microbiological-drinking-water-monitoring
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REVIEW
S Van Nevel, S Koetzsch, C R Proctor, M D Besmer, E I Prest, J S Vrouwenvelder, A Knezev, N Boon, F Hammes
Drinking water utilities and researchers continue to rely on the century-old heterotrophic plate counts (HPC) method for routine assessment of general microbiological water quality. Bacterial cell counting with flow cytometry (FCM) is one of a number of alternative methods that challenge this status quo and provide an opportunity for improved water quality monitoring. After more than a decade of application in drinking water research, FCM methodology is optimised and established for routine application, supported by a considerable amount of data from multiple full-scale studies...
February 8, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214228/coronary-artery-stent-evaluation-with-model-based-iterative-reconstruction-at-coronary-ct-angiography
#10
Fuminari Tatsugami, Toru Higaki, Hiroaki Sakane, Wataru Fukumoto, Yoko Kaichi, Makoto Iida, Yasutaka Baba, Masao Kiguchi, Yasuki Kihara, So Tsushima, Kazuo Awai
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: This study aims to compare the image quality of coronary artery stent scans on computed tomography images reconstructed with forward projected model-based iterative reconstruction solution (FIRST) and adaptive iterative dose reduction 3D (AIDR 3D). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Coronary computed tomography angiography scans of 23 patients with 32 coronary stents were used. The images were reconstructed with AIDR 3D and FIRST. We generated computed tomography attenuation profiles across the stents and measured the width of the edge rise distance and the edge rise slope (ERS)...
February 14, 2017: Academic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214192/land-use-regression-with-long-term-satellite-based-greenness-index-and-culture-specific-sources-to-model-pm2-5-spatial-temporal-variability
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Chih-Da Wu, Yu-Cheng Chen, Wen-Chi Pan, Yu-Ting Zeng, Mu-Jean Chen, Yue Leon Guo, Shih-Chun Candice Lung
This study utilized a long-term satellite-based vegetation index, and considered culture-specific emission sources (temples and Chinese restaurants) with Land-use Regression (LUR) modelling to estimate the spatial-temporal variability of PM2.5 using data from Taipei metropolis, which exhibits typical Asian city characteristics. Annual average PM2.5 concentrations from 2006 to 2012 of 17 air quality monitoring stations established by Environmental Protection Administration of Taiwan were used for model development...
February 14, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214178/validation-of-the-university-of-washington-quality-of-life-chinese-version-uwqol-c-for-head-and-neck-cancer-patients-in-taiwan
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Yun-Hsiang Lee, Yeur-Hur Lai, Bevan Yueh, Pen-Yuan Chu, Yen-Ju Chen, Shu-Ching Chen, Cheng-Ping Wang
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: The purposes of this three-phase study were to: (1) translate and evaluate the burden, content, and face validity of the Chinese version of the University of Washington Quality of Life Scale, version 4 (UWQOL-v4-C); and (2) examine the psychometric properties of the UWQOL-v4-C in oral cancer and laryngeal cancer patients in Taiwan. METHODS: This instrument translation and validation study was part of a major research project. The first phase of this study developed and validated the content of the UWQOL-v4-C...
February 14, 2017: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214167/psychometric-evaluation-and-design-of-patient-centered-communication-measures-for-cancer-care-settings
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Bryce B Reeve, David M Thissen, Carla M Bann, Nicole Mack, Katherine Treiman, Hanna K Sanoff, Nancy Roach, Brooke E Magnus, Jason He, Laura K Wagner, Rebecca Moultrie, Kathryn D Jackson, Courtney Mann, Lauren A McCormack
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the psychometric properties of questions that assess patient perceptions of patient-provider communication and design measures of patient-centered communication (PCC). METHODS: Participants (adults with colon or rectal cancer living in North Carolina) completed a survey at 2 to 3 months post-diagnosis. The survey included 87 questions in six PCC Functions: Exchanging Information, Fostering Health Relationships, Making Decisions, Responding to Emotions, Enabling Patient Self-Management, and Managing Uncertainty...
February 10, 2017: Patient Education and Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214137/japanese-guidelines-for-allergic-rhinitis-2017
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REVIEW
Kimihiro Okubo, Yuichi Kurono, Keiichi Ichimura, Tadao Enomoto, Yoshitaka Okamoto, Hideyuki Kawauchi, Harumi Suzaki, Shigeharu Fujieda, Keisuke Masuyama
Like asthma and atopic dermatitis, allergic rhinitis is an allergic disease, but of the three, it is the only type I allergic disease. Allergic rhinitis includes pollinosis, which is intractable and reduces quality of life (QOL) when it becomes severe. A guideline is needed to understand allergic rhinitis and to use this knowledge to develop a treatment plan. In Japan, the first guideline was prepared after a symposium held by the Japanese Society of Allergology in 1993. The current 8th edition was published in 2016, and is widely used today...
February 14, 2017: Allergology International: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Allergology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214110/pediatric-echocardiographic-nomograms-what-has-been-done-and-what-still-needs-to-be-done
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REVIEW
Massimiliano Cantinotti, Shelby Kutty, Eliana Franchi, Marco Paterni, Marco Scalese, Giorgio Iervasi, Martin Koestenberger
Nomograms are essential tools for quantification in pediatric echocardiography. In the last few years, multiple sources highlight that nomograms employed for decades presented significant numerical and methodological limitations. As a result, widely different ranges of normality were generated, thus creating confusion in estimation of several cardiac diseases. New nomograms have recently been generated, overcoming some of the gaps of previous research: wider sample sizes (including neonates/infants), solid statistical/methodological plan, and availability of new data (chamber dimensions, many functional parameters)...
January 19, 2017: Trends in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214098/is-perceived-athlete-leadership-quality-related-to-team-effectiveness-a-comparison-of-three-professional-sports-teams
#16
Katrien Fransen, S Alexander Haslam, Clifford J Mallett, Niklas K Steffens, Kim Peters, Filip Boen
OBJECTIVES: Researchers have argued that leadership is one of the most important determinants of team effectiveness. The present study examined the extent to which the perceived quality of athlete leadership was related to the effectiveness of elite sports teams. DESIGN: Three professional football teams (N=135) participated in our study during the preparation phase for the Australian 2016 season. METHODS: Players and coaching staff were asked to assess players' leadership quality in four leadership roles (as task, motivational, social, and external leader) via an online survey...
January 24, 2017: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214066/identification-of-g-170g-a-and-g-332g-a-mutations-in-exon-3-of-leptin-gene-bcnl-and-cail-and-their-association-with-semen-quality-and-testicular-dimensions-in-sanjabi-rams
#17
Roya Bakhtiar, Alireza Abdolmohammadi, Hadi Hajarian, Zahra Nikousefat, Davood Kalantar-Neyestanaki
The purpose of this study was to investigate leptin gene polymorphisms and their relationships with the characteristics of sperm quality and testicular dimensions. Semen samples were collected from 96 Sanjabi rams during autumn and spring seasons over two years. Simultaneously, the dimensions of length, width and scrotal circumference were measured. Blood samples were taken from the jugular vein to extract DNA. PCR was performed to amplify a 463bp fragment including exon 3 of leptin gene. PCR products were digested by Bcnl and Cail restriction enzymes to identify 170G>A and 332G>A mutations in exon 3, respectively...
February 4, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213999/application-of-the-acoustic-voice-quality-index-for-objective-measurement-of-dysphonia-severity
#18
Faustino Núñez-Batalla, Estefanía Díaz-Fresno, Andrea Álvarez-Fernández, Gabriela Muñoz Cordero, José Luis Llorente Pendás
INTRODUCTION: Over the past several decades, many acoustic parameters have been studied as sensitive to and to measure dysphonia. However, current acoustic measures might not be sensitive measures of perceived voice quality. A meta-analysis which evaluated the relationship between perceived overall voice quality and several acoustic-phonetic correlates, identified measures that do not rely on the extraction of the fundamental period, such the measures derived from the cepstrum, and that can be used in sustained vowel as well as continuous speech samples...
February 14, 2017: Acta Otorrinolaringológica Española
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213988/-contribution-of-mindfulness-meditation-in-cognitive-behavioral-therapy-for-insomnia
#19
H Vanhuffel, M Rey, I Lambert, D Da Fonseca, F Bat-Pitault
INTRODUCTION: Insomnia is considered to be a serious public health issue affecting approximately 10% of adults. Chronic insomnia may increase the risk of health problem, psychological vulnerability and proneness to accidents. Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) is recommended as the first line of treatment. Even though CBT-I is widely considered as an effective therapy, 20 to 30% of patients do not respond to this treatment. Mindfulness therapy, known to reduce rumination and stress, could be an interesting complement to enhance CBT-I...
February 14, 2017: L'Encéphale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213877/improved-control-of-hypertension-following-laparoscopic-fundoplication-for-gastroesophageal-reflux-disease
#20
Zhiwei Hu, Meiping Chen, Jimin Wu, Qing Song, Chao Yan, Xing Du, Zhonggao Wang
This study aims to determine whether successful laparoscopic fundoplication for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can improve the control of hypertension. We conducted an observational study of GERD patients with hypertension. The esophageal and gastroesophageal symptoms of these patients were successfully treated with laparoscopic fundoplication, as measured by the reduced GERD symptoms and proton pump inhibitor consumption. A hypertension control scale was used to classify the use of antihypertensive medications and the quality of blood pressure control before and after anti-reflux surgery...
February 17, 2017: Frontiers of Medicine
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