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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239165/anti-hypertensive-agents-do-not-prevent-blood-brain-barrier-dysfunction-and-cognitive-deficits-in-dietary-induced-obese-mice
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J C L Mamo, V Lam, C Giles, S H Coulson, N Fimognari, A Mooranian, H Al-Salami, R Takechi
BACKGROUND: While vascular risk factors including Western-styled diet and obesity are reported to induce cognitive decline and increase dementia risk, recent reports consistently suggest that compromised integrity of cerebrovascular blood-brain barrier (BBB) may play an important role in neurodegeneration and cognitive deficits. A number of studies report that elevated blood pressure increases the permeability of BBB. METHODS: In this study, we investigated the effects of anti-hypertensive agents, candesartan or ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA), on BBB dysfunction and cognitive decline in wild-type mice maintained on high fat and fructose (HFF) diet for 24 weeks...
February 27, 2017: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237956/status-of-patient-safety-culture-in-arab-countries-a-systematic-review
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Mustafa Elmontsri, Ahmed Almashrafi, Ricky Banarsee, Azeem Majeed
OBJECTIVES: To explore the status of patient safety culture in Arab countries based on the findings of the Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture (HSPSC). DESIGN: Systematic review. METHODS: We performed electronic searches of the MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, ProQuest and PsychINFO, Google Scholar and PubMed databases, with manual searches of bibliographies of included articles and key journals. We included studies that were conducted in the Arab countries that were focused on patient safety culture...
February 24, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236437/biocompatibility-of-biomaterials-lessons-learned-and-considerations-for-the-design-of-novel-materials
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REVIEW
Gottfried Schmalz, Kerstin M Galler
OBJECTIVES: Biocompatibility of dental materials has gained increasing interest during recent decades. Meanwhile, legal regulations and standard test procedures are available to evaluate biocompatibility. Herein, these developments will be exemplarily outlined and some considerations for the development of novel materials will be provided. METHODS: Different aspects including test selection, release of substances, barriers, tissue healing, antibacterial substances, nanoparticles and environmental aspects will be covered...
February 21, 2017: Dental Materials: Official Publication of the Academy of Dental Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235439/implementation-of-community-wide-teen-pregnancy-prevention-initiatives-focus-on-partnerships
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Heather D Tevendale, Taleria R Fuller, L Duane House, Deborah L Dee, Emilia H Koumans
Seeking to reduce teen pregnancy and births in communities with rates above the national average, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Adolescent Health Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, developed a joint funding opportunity through which grantees worked to implement and test an approach involving community-wide teen pregnancy prevention initiatives. Once these projects had been in the field for 2.5 years, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention staff developed plans for a supplemental issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health to present findings from and lessons learned during implementation of the community-wide initiatives...
March 2017: Journal of Adolescent Health: Official Publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230580/the-patient-perspective-on-errors-in-cancer-care-results-of-a-cross-sectional-survey
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Mariko Carey, Allison W Boyes, Jamie Bryant, Heidi Turon, Tara Clinton-McHarg, Robert Sanson-Fisher
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to explore medical oncology outpatients' perceived experiences of errors in their cancer care. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was conducted. English-speaking medical oncology outpatients aged 18 years or older were recruited from 9 Australian cancer treatment centers. Participants completed 2 paper-and-pencil questionnaires: an initial survey on demographic, disease and treatment characteristics upon recruitment; and a second survey on their experiences of errors in cancer care 1 month later...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226218/assessing-cartilage-biomechanical-properties-techniques-for-evaluating-the-functional-performance-of-cartilage-in-health-and-disease
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Benjamin A Lakin, Brian D Snyder, Mark W Grinstaff
Osteoarthritis (OA) affects millions of people and results in weakened hyaline cartilage due to overloading. During joint articulation, hyaline cartilage must withstand high loads while maintaining low friction to prevent wear and tissue loss. Thus, cartilage compressive stiffness and the coefficient of friction are important indicators of the tissue's functional performance. These mechanical properties are often measured ex vivo using mechanical testing regimens, but arthroscopic handheld probes (e.g., for indentation testing, ultrasound, and optical coherence tomography) and noninvasive imaging modalities (e...
February 2, 2017: Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225287/-predatory-journals-how-their-publishers-operate-and-how-to-avoid-them
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Jiří Kratochvíl, Lukáš Plch
Authors who publish in scientific or scholarly journals today face the risk of publishing in so-called predatory journals. These journals exploit the noble idea of the Open Access movement, whose goal is to make the latest scientific findings available for free. Predatory journals, unlike the reputable ones working on an Open Access basis, neglect the review process and publish low-quality submissions. The basic attributes of predatory journals are a very quick review process or even none at all, failure to be transparent about author fees for publishing an article, misleading potential authors by imitating the names of well-established journals, and false information on indexing in renowned databases or assigned impact factor...
2017: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224100/early-infant-male-circumcision-systematic-review-risk-benefit-analysis-and-progress-in-policy
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Brian J Morris, Sean E Kennedy, Alex D Wodak, Adrian Mindel, David Golovsky, Leslie Schrieber, Eugenie R Lumbers, David J Handelsman, John B Ziegler
AIM: To determine whether recent evidence-based United States policies on male circumcision (MC) apply to comparable Anglophone countries, Australia and New Zealand. METHODS: Articles in 2005 through 2015 were retrieved from PubMed using the keyword "circumcision" together with 36 relevant subtopics. A further PubMed search was performed for articles published in 2016. Searches of the EMBASE and Cochrane databases did not yield additional citable articles. Articles were assessed for quality and those rated 2+ and above according to the Scottish Intercollegiate Grading System were studied further...
February 8, 2017: World Journal of Clinical Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221278/meta-analysis-of-the-unintentional-death-of-children-aged-0-to-5-years-in-china-between-1995-and-2015
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Baoning Su, Jian'er Yu
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to identify the primary cause of and a means by which to prevent the unintentional injury and death of children aged 0 to 5 years in China. METHODS: A systematic review of literature published in this area between 1995 and 2015, accessible via Chongqing VIP, Wanfang, CNKI, and PubMed databases, in addition to other electronic databases and related magazines and professional information, was conducted. The data were retrieved using Cochrane Systematic review methods...
February 18, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220041/butyrate-restores-hfd-induced-adaptations-in-brain-function-and-metabolism-in-mid-adult-obese-mice
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I A C Arnoldussen, M Wiesmann, C E Pelgrim, E M Wielemaker, W van Duyvenvoorde, P A Santos, L Verschuren, B J F Keijser, A Heerschap, R Kleemann, P Y Wielinga, A J Kiliaan
OBJECTIVE: Midlife obesity affects cognition and increases risk of developing dementia. Recent data suggest that intake of the short chain fatty acid butyrate could improve memory function, and may protect against diet-induced obesity by reducing bodyweight and adiposity. SUBJECTS: We examined the impact of a high fat diet (HFD) followed by intervention with 5% (w/w) dietary butyrate, on metabolism, microbiota, brain function and structure in the low-density-lipoprotein receptor knockout (LDLr-/-) mouse model in mid- and late life...
February 21, 2017: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216643/effect-of-an-obesity-prevention-program-focused-on-motivating-environments-in-childhood-a-school-based-prospective-study
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Y Yang, B Kang, E Y Lee, H K Yang, H-S Kim, S-Y Lim, J-H Lee, S-S Lee, B K Suh, K-H Yoon
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: There has been an increasing global recognition of the need for effective strategies to prevent and control childhood obesity. In this study, we aimed to identify the effectiveness of an obesity prevention program focused on motivating environments in school. SUBJECTS/METHODS: In this school-based, prospective, quasi-experimental study, we enrolled three elementary (4th graders) and two middle (7th graders) schools located in Chungju, Korea...
February 20, 2017: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215386/learning-about-and-using-research-evidence-among-public-health-practitioners
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Rebekah R Jacob, Peg M Allen, Linda J Ahrendt, Ross C Brownson
INTRODUCTION: Funders and accreditation standards increasingly call on state and local public health agencies to use the best available science. Using research evidence is a key process in practicing evidence-based decision making (EBDM). This study explored preferences for and uses of research evidence, and examined correlates regarding frequency of use. METHODS: In 2014, eligible staff from 12 state health departments and their partnering agencies were invited to complete an online self-report questionnaire and achieved an 82% response rate (1,237/1,509)...
March 2017: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215372/the-managing-epilepsy-well-network-advancing-epilepsy-self-management
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EDITORIAL
Martha Sajatovic, Barbara C Jobst, Ross Shegog, Yvan A Bamps, Charles E Begley, Robert T Fraser, Erica K Johnson, Dilip K Pandey, Rakale C Quarells, Peter Scal, Tanya M Spruill, Nancy J Thompson, Rosemarie Kobau
Epilepsy, a complex spectrum of disorders, affects about 2.9 million people in the U.S. Similar to other chronic disorders, people with epilepsy face challenges related to management of the disorder, its treatment, co-occurring depression, disability, social disadvantages, and stigma. Two national conferences on public health and epilepsy (1997, 2003) and a 2012 IOM report on the public health dimensions of epilepsy highlighted important knowledge gaps and emphasized the need for evidence-based, scalable epilepsy self-management programs...
March 2017: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215004/questionable-papers-in-citation-databases-as-an-issue-for-literature-review
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Mehdi Dadkhah, Mohammad Lagzian, Glenn Borchardt
In recent years, the academic world has been faced with much academic misconduct. Examples involve plagiarizing papers, manipulating data, and launching predatory or hijacked journals. The literature exposing these activities is growing exponentially, and so is the presentation of criteria or guidelines for counteracting the problem. Most of the research is focused on predatory or hijacked journal detection and providing suitable warnings. Overlooked in all this is the fact that papers published in these journals are questionable, but nevertheless show up in standard citation databases...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Cell Communication and Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214254/normothermia-in-arthroplasty
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REVIEW
Mark W Allen, David J Jacofsky
Since the initial design of surgical theaters, the thermal environment of the operating suite itself has been an area of concern and robust discussion. In the 1950s, correspondence in the British Medical Journal discussed the most suitable design for a surgeon's cap to prevent sweat from dripping onto the surgical field. These deliberations stimulated questions about the effects of sweat-provoking environments on the efficiency of the surgical team, not to mention the effects on the patient. Although these benefits translate to implant-based orthopedic surgery, they remain poorly understood and, at times, ignored...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205452/in-vivo-dosimetry-in-uk-external-beam-radiotherapy-current-and-future-usage
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Niall D MacDougall, Michael Graveling, Vibeke N Hansen, Kevin Brownsword, Andrew Morgan
OBJECTIVES: Towards Safer Radiotherapy (1) recommended that radiotherapy centres should have protocols in place for in vivo dosimetry (IVD) monitoring at the beginning of patient treatment courses. This report determines IVD implementation in the UK in 2014, the methods used and makes recommendations on future use. METHODS: Evidence from peer-reviewed journals was used in conjunction with the first survey of UK radiotherapy centres' IVD practice since the publication of TSRT...
February 16, 2017: British Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196974/the-efficacy-of-different-anti-microbial-metals-at-preventing-the-formation-of-and-eradicating-bacterial-biofilms-of-pathogenic-indicator-strains
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Natalie Gugala, Joe A Lemire, Raymond J Turner
The emergence of multidrug-resistant pathogens and the prevalence of biofilm-related infections have generated a demand for alternative anti-microbial therapies. Metals have not been explored in adequate detail for their capacity to combat infectious disease. Metal compounds can now be found in textiles, medical devices and disinfectants-yet, we know little about their efficacy against specific pathogens. To help fill this knowledge gap, we report on the anti-microbial and antibiofilm activity of seven metals: silver, copper, titanium, gallium, nickel, aluminum and zinc against three bacterial strains, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Antibiotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196953/prevalence-and-patterns-of-congenital-heart-diseases-in-africa-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-protocol
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Aurel T Tankeu, Jean Joel R Bigna, Jobert Richie N Nansseu, Leopold Ndemnge Aminde, Celestin Danwang, Mazou N Temgoua, Jean Jacques N Noubiap
INTRODUCTION: Congenital heart diseases (CHD) are common causes of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality among young children and adolescents living in Africa. Accurate epidemiological data are needed in order to evaluate and improve preventive strategies. This review aims to determine the prevalence of CHD and their main patterns in Africa. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: This systematic review and meta-analysis will include cross-sectional, case-control and cohort studies of populations residing inside African countries, which have reported the prevalence of CHD, confirmed by an echocardiographic examination and/or describing different patterns of these abnormalities in Africa...
February 14, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195993/subcutaneous-testosterone-letrozole-therapy-before-and-concurrent-with-neoadjuvant-breast-chemotherapy-clinical-response-and-therapeutic-implications
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Rebecca L Glaser, Anne E York, Constantine Dimitrakakis
OBJECTIVE: Hormone receptor-positive breast cancers respond favorably to subcutaneous testosterone combined with an aromatase inhibitor. However, the effect of testosterone combined with an aromatase inhibitor on tumor response to chemotherapy was unknown. This study investigated the effect of testosterone-letrozole implants on breast cancer tumor response before and during neoadjuvant chemotherapy. METHODS: A 51-year-old woman on testosterone replacement therapy was diagnosed with hormone receptor-positive invasive breast cancer...
February 13, 2017: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192498/correction-preserving-posterior-complex-can-prevent-adjacent-segment-disease-following-posterior-lumbar-interbody-fusion-surgeries-a-finite-element-analysis
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Yun-Peng Huang, Cheng-Fei Du, Cheng-Kung Cheng, Zheng-Cheng Zhong, Xuan-Wei Chen, Gui Wu, Zhe-Chen Li, Jin-Duo Ye, Jian-Hua Lin, Li Zhen Wang
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0166452.].
2017: PloS One
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