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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433891/stakeholder-driven-indicators-for-ehealth-performance-management
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Tomas Vedlūga, Birutė Mikulskienė
The goal of the present article is to compile a corpus of indicators of eHealth development evaluation that would essentially reflect stakeholder approaches and complement technical indicators of assessment of an eHealth system. Consequently, the assessment of the development of an eHealth system would reflect stakeholder approaches and become an innovative solution in attempting to improve productivity of IT projects in the field of health care. The compiled minimum set of indicators will be designed to monitor implementation of the national eHealth information system...
March 30, 2017: Evaluation and Program Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416405/development-validation-and-assessment-of-an-ischemic-stroke-or-transient-ischemic-attack-specific-prediction-tool-for-obstructive-sleep-apnea
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Jason J Sico, H Klar Yaggi, Susan Ofner, John Concato, Charles Austin, Jared Ferguson, Li Qin, Lauren Tobias, Stanley Taylor, Carlos A Vaz Fragoso, Vincent McLain, Linda S Williams, Dawn M Bravata
BACKGROUND: Screening instruments for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), as used routinely to guide clinicians regarding patient referral for polysomnography (PSG), rely heavily on symptomatology. We sought to develop and validate a cerebrovascular disease-specific OSA prediction model less reliant on symptomatology, and to compare its performance with commonly used screening instruments within a population with ischemic stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA). METHODS: Using data on demographic factors, anthropometric measurements, medical history, stroke severity, sleep questionnaires, and PSG from 2 independently derived, multisite, randomized trials that enrolled patients with stroke or TIA, we developed and validated a model to predict the presence of OSA (i...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410973/the-influence-of-relationship-power-and-partner-communication-on-the-syndemic-factor-among-hispanic-women
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Rosa M Gonzalez-Guarda, Brian E McCabe, Esther Mathurin, Summer D DeBastiani, Nilda Peragallo Montano
BACKGROUND: This study expands research on the substance abuse, intimate partner violence, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and depression syndemic theory for Hispanic women. We hypothesized relationship power and partner communication would be related to the syndemic. METHODS: Data were used from the baseline assessment of an effectiveness trial of SEPA (Salud/Health, Educación/Education, Prevención/Prevention, and Autocuidado/Self-care), an HIV/sexually transmitted infection risk reduction program for Hispanic women...
April 11, 2017: Women's Health Issues: Official Publication of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28380156/assessment-of-an-intervention-for-the-diffusion-of-evidence-based-nursing-in-a-teaching-hospital
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Fernanda Carolina Camargo, Helena Hemiko Iwamoto, Damiana Aparecida Trindade Monteiro, Lourraine Tavares Lorena, Gilberto de Araújo Pereira
Objective: To evaluate an intervention for the diffusion of evidence-based practice among the nurse leaders of a public teaching hospital. Methods: This is a descriptive-quantitative study based on the evaluation of workshops at a teaching hospital in the Triângulo Mineiro region of the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, in 2016, conducted from the conceptual perspective of "Diffusion of Innovation and Skills for the Use of Evidence-Based Nursing in Care Settings"...
March 30, 2017: Revista Gaúcha de Enfermagem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369595/multimodal-strategy-to-improve-the-adherence-to-hand-hygiene-and-self-assessment-of-the-institution-for-the-promotion-and-practice-of-hand-hygiene
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A C Oliveira, C S Gama, A O Paula
Background: Hand hygiene (HH) has a low rate of adherence worldwide. This study aimed to estimate the HH adherence rate before and after the implementation of the multimodal strategy and to perform a self-assessment of an institution for promotion and practice of HH. Methods: Before and after study, conducted in a university hospital. Professionals of the medical and nursing staff were included. Data collection was from October 2013 to July 2015, through observations of the HH opportunities and application of the HH self-assessment instrument for the institution...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28362385/induction-of-an-inflammatory-response-in-primary-hepatocyte-cultures-from-mice
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Brian Czaya, Saurav Singh, Christopher Yanucil, Karla Schramm, Christian Faul, Alexander Grabner
The liver plays a decisive role in the regulation of systemic inflammation. In chronic kidney disease in particular, the liver reacts in response to the uremic milieu, oxidative stress, endotoxemia and the decreased clearance of circulating proinflammatory cytokines by producing a large number of acute-phase reactants. Experimental tools to study inflammation and the underlying role of hepatocytes are crucial to understand the regulation and contribution of hepatic cytokines to a systemic acute phase response and a prolonged pro-inflammatory scenario, especially in an intricate setting such as chronic kidney disease...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344632/dynamic-and-temporal-assessment-of-human-dried-blood-spot-ms-ms-all-shotgun-lipidomics-analysis
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Fei Gao, Justice McDaniel, Emily Y Chen, Hannah E Rockwell, Jeremy Drolet, Vivek K Vishnudas, Vladimir Tolstikov, Rangaprasad Sarangarajan, Niven R Narain, Michael A Kiebish
BACKGROUND: Real-time and dynamic assessment of an individual's lipid homeostatic state in blood is complicated due to the need to collect samples in a clinical environment. In the context of precision medicine and population health, tools that facilitate sample collection and empower the individual to participate in the process are necessary to complement advanced bioanalytical analysis. The dried blood spot (DBS) methodology via finger prick or heel prick is a minimally invasive sample collection method that allows the relative ease and low cost of sample collection as well as transport...
2017: Nutrition & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339574/arm-paralysis-after-routine-childhood-vaccinations-application-of-advanced-molecular-methods-to-the-causality-assessment-of-an-adverse-event-after-immunization
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Jana Shaw, Neal A Halsey, Adriana Weinberg, D Scott Schmid, Kirsten St George, William C Weldon, Michael Jordan, Patrick W Bryant, Philip S LaRussa, Deborah Y Bradshaw, Theresa Harrington, Anne Gershon
Post-licensure surveillance for adverse events following immunizations (AEFI) can identify rare complications of vaccinations and rigorous vaccine adverse event causality assessments can help to identify possible causal relationships. We report the development of arm paralysis after varicella vaccination in a 1-year-old child. Paralysis was initially presumed to be due to vOka because of the temporal relationship between vaccination and onset of arm weakness; however, molecular studies identified wild-type varicella zoster virus VZV (WT-VZV) in the CSF, leading the authors to conclude that WT-VZV was the probable cause...
January 25, 2017: Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326803/when-is-an-alveolar-type-2-cell-an-alveolar-type-2-cell-a-conundrum-for-lung-stem-cell-biology-and-regenerative-medicine
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Michael F Beers, Yuben Moodley
Generating mature, differentiated, adult lung cells from pluripotent cells such as induced pluripotent cells (iPS) and embryonic stem cells (ES) offers the hope of both generating disease specific in vitro models and creating definitive and personalized therapies for a host of debilitating lung parenchymal and airway diseases. With the goal of advancing lung regenerative medicine, several groups have developed and reported on protocols utilizing either defined media, co-culture with mesenchymal components, or sequential treatments mimicking lung development, to obtain distal lung epithelial cells from stem cell precursors...
March 22, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306736/identifying-predictive-motor-factors-for-falls-in-post-menopausal-breast-cancer-survivors
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Marek Zak, Malgorzata Biskup, Pawel Macek, Halina Krol, Szymon Krupnik, Anna Opuchlik
OBJECTIVE: Breast cancer treatment, including radical surgery, is also pursued as late as the 7th - 8th decade of women's lives. Standard physical rehabilitation procedures offered to those women are predominantly focused on attenuating specific functional deficits of the upper limb and trunk. Seldom do they entail any regimens specifically aimed at recovering overall functionality, and reducing exposure to falls-risk. The study aimed to assess potential interrelationships between the self-reported falls, individual functional capabilities and appreciably reducing exposure to falls-risk in a group of post-menopausal, post-surgical breast cancer survivors...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270272/implementation-and-assessment-of-an-ambulatory-prescribing-guidance-tool-to-improve-patient-safety-in-the-geriatric-population
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Daniel J Ruhland, Jessica M Bellone, Erin Wilkes
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to assess the effects of a clinical decision support (CDS) tool aimed at decreasing the prescribing of glyburide, a potentially inappropriate medication (PIM), in patients 65 years of age and older. DESIGN: Quasi-experimental, pre-post intervention study. SETTING: Ambulatory care clinics of an academic medical center. INTERVENTION: The tool appeared to providers when entering new prescriptions or refills for glyburide...
March 1, 2017: Consultant Pharmacist: the Journal of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269633/design-and-preliminary-assessment-of-a-smart-textile-for-respiratory-monitoring-based-on-an-array-of-fiber-bragg-gratings
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C Massaroni, M Ciocchetti, G Di Tomaso, P Saccomandi, M A Caponero, A Polimadei, D Formica, E Schena
Comfortable and easy to wear smart textiles have gained popularity for continuous respiratory monitoring. Among different emerging technologies, smart textiles based on fiber optic sensors (FOSs) have several advantages, like Magnetic Resonance (MR)-compatibility and good metrological properties. In this paper we report on the development and assessment of an MR-compatible smart textiles based on FOSs for respiratory monitoring. The system consists of six fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors glued on the textile to monitor six compartments of the chest wall (i...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250818/integrating-enzyme-fermentation-in-lignocellulosic-ethanol-production-life-cycle-assessment-and-techno-economic-analysis
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Johanna Olofsson, Zsolt Barta, Pål Börjesson, Ola Wallberg
BACKGROUND: Cellulase enzymes have been reported to contribute with a significant share of the total costs and greenhouse gas emissions of lignocellulosic ethanol production today. A potential future alternative to purchasing enzymes from an off-site manufacturer is to integrate enzyme and ethanol production, using microorganisms and part of the lignocellulosic material as feedstock for enzymes. This study modelled two such integrated process designs for ethanol from logging residues from spruce production, and compared it to an off-site case based on existing data regarding purchased enzymes...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28246494/proposed-score-for-the-self-assessment-of-an-endoscopy-department-performance-in-colonoscopy-screening
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Ioan Sporea, Alina Popescu, Roxana Sirli, Oliviu Pascu, Cristina Cijevschi Prelipcean, Daniela Dobru, Simona Bota, Diana Gherhardt, Oana Gradinaru, Madalina Popescu
The aim of the paper was to propose a score for performance evaluation in colonoscopy units. METHOD: We proposed a score (CDCD score - Cecal intubation, polyp Detection rate, Cleansing and Documentation of cecal intubation) based on the following parameters that assess the quality of colonoscopy units: total colonoscopies rate, polyp detection rate, rate of cecal intubation photo record, rate of recorded Boston bowel preparation scale (BBPS) (rated 1 to 5 stars). The mean score obtained based on the above mentioned criteria was used as a quality parameter of the endoscopy unit...
2017: Clujul Medical (1957)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245980/assessment-of-domestic-cat-personality-as-perceived-by-416-owners-suggests-six-dimensions
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Pauleen C Bennett, Nicholas J Rutter, Jessica K Woodhead, Tiffani J Howell
Understanding individual behavioral differences in domestic cats could lead to improved selection when potential cat owners choose a pet with whom to share their lives, along with consequent improvements in cat welfare. Yet very few attempts have been made to elicit cat personality dimensions using the trait-based exploratory approaches applied previously, with some success, to humans and dogs. In this study, a list of over 200 adjectives used to describe cat personality was assembled. This list was refined by two focus groups...
February 27, 2017: Behavioural Processes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240792/radiofrequency-exposure-near-an-attocell-as-part-of-an-ultra-high-density-access-network
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Arno Thielens, Günter Vermeeren, Olivier Caytan, Guy Torfs, Piet Demeester, Johan Bauwelinck, Hendrik Rogier, Luc Martens, Wout Joseph
In the future, wireless radiofrequency (RF) telecommunications networks will provide users with gigabit-per-second data rates. Therefore, these networks are evolving toward hybrid networks, which will include commonly used macro- and microcells in combination with local ultra-high density access networks consisting of so-called attocells. The use of attocells requires a proper compliance assessment of exposure to RF electromagnetic radiation. This paper presents, for the first time, such a compliance assessment of an attocell operating at 3...
May 2017: Bioelectromagnetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236542/the-role-of-active-b-cells-in-allergen-immunotherapy
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M H Celiksoy, R Sancak, A Yildiran
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study is to examine the changes in B lymphocyte subsets in patients receiving allergen immunotherapy. METHODS: B lymphocyte subsets of patients before immunotherapy and one year after immunotherapy began were examined using the flow cytometric method. Age-matched healthy children served as the control group. RESULTS: Twenty-two patients with asthma and/or allergic rhinitis and 14 healthy, age-matched controls were included in the study...
February 21, 2017: Allergologia et Immunopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227891/design-and-preliminary-assessment-of-a-smart-textile-for-respiratory-monitoring-based-on-an-array-of-fiber-bragg-gratings
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C Massaroni, M Ciocchetti, G Di Tomaso, P Saccomandi, M A Caponero, A Polimadei, D Formica, E Schena, C Massaroni, M Ciocchetti, G Di Tomaso, P Saccomandi, M A Caponero, A Polimadei, D Formica, E Schena, G Di Tomaso, M A Caponero, E Schena, M Ciocchetti, C Massaroni, A Polimadei, P Saccomandi, D Formica
Comfortable and easy to wear smart textiles have gained popularity for continuous respiratory monitoring. Among different emerging technologies, smart textiles based on fiber optic sensors (FOSs) have several advantages, like Magnetic Resonance (MR)-compatibility and good metrological properties. In this paper we report on the development and assessment of an MR-compatible smart textiles based on FOSs for respiratory monitoring. The system consists of six fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors glued on the textile to monitor six compartments of the chest wall (i...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226316/clinical-evidence-of-increase-in-hair-growth-and-decrease-in-hair-loss-without-adverse-reactions-promoted-by-the-commercial-lotion-ecohair%C3%A2
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María Rosario Alonso, Claudia Anesini
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Hair exerts protection, sensory functions, thermoregulation, and sexual attractiveness. Hair loss (alopecia) is caused by several diseases, drug intake, hormone imbalance, stress, and infections (Malassesia furfur). Drugs usually used in alopecia produce irreversible systemic and local side effects. An association of extracts of Coffea arabica and Larrea divaricata (ECOHAIR®) is successfully being commercialized in Argentina for hair growth. The aim of this study was to provide scientific support for the efficacy and innocuousness of ECOHAIR® in patients with noncicatricial alopecia during a 3-month treatment...
2017: Skin Pharmacology and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207521/quantitative-assessment-of-the-relationship-between-rassf1a-gene-promoter-methylation-and-bladder-cancer-prisma
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Leyun Zhan, Bingyi Zhang, Yaojun Tan, Chengliang Yang, Chenhong Huang, Qiongya Wu, Yulin Zhang, Xiaobo Chen, Mi Zhou, Aihua Shu
BACKGROUND: Methylation of the Ras-association domain family 1 isoform A (RASSF1A) gene promoter region is thought to participate in the initiation and development of many different cancers. However, in bladder cancer the role of RASSF1A methylation was unclear. To evaluate the relationship between RASSF1A methylation and bladder cancer, a quantitative assessment of an independent meta-analysis was performed. In addition, a DNA methylation microarray database from the cancer genome atlas (TCGA) project was used to validate the results of the meta-analysis...
February 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
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