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J E Dietrich, D L Yee, X M Santos, J L Bercaw-Pratt, J Kurkowski, H Soni, Y J Lee-Kim, M D Shah, D Mahoney, L V Srivaths
BACKGROUND: Bleeding disorders (BD) occur in up to 50% of adolescents with heavy menstrual bleeding (HMB). This presents unique challenges to healthcare providers given the complexity of treating the condition and such complexity can result in difficulty with patients understanding basic information about their condition, limit communication with medical providers, and patient compliance. SPECIFIC AIMS: To use an electronic approach to enhance patient compliance with medications used to treat their HMB...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
Rebecca Anna Leslie, Stephen Michael Kinsella, Jeremy Astin, Jennifer Patricia Tuckey
We performed a prospective observational audit to evaluate the application of the Lucas caesarean section urgency classification to assisted vaginal delivery in the operating theatre. We collected data from 400 women having category 1-3 delivery in the operating theatre. Twenty percent of the caesarean sections and 4% of the vaginal deliveries were category 1. The median (IQR) decision-delivery interval was 25 (19.5-37) min for category 1 caesarean section and 19.5 (15-29) min for category 1 vaginal delivery, and 43...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Oscar K Serrano, Scott Kerwin, William D Payne, Timothy L Pruett
BACKGROUND: The HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act allows for transplantation of organs from Human Immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infected individuals (HIV+), provided it is performed under a research protocol. The safety assessment of an organ for transplantation is an essential element of the donation process. The risk for HIV associated opportunistic infections increases as circulating CD4+ lymphocytes decrease to <200 cells/μL; however, the numbers of circulating CD4+ cells in the HIV-negative (HIV-) brain dead donor (BDD) is not known...
September 29, 2016: Transplantation
Grzegorz J Horszczaruk, Przemysław Kwasiborski, Jolanta Miśko, Tomasz Pasierski
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2016: Kardiologia Polska
Marina J Corines, Jada G Hamilton, Emily Glogowski, Chris A Anrig, Rachael Goldberg, Kate Niehaus, Erin Salo-Mullen, Megan Harlan, Margaret R Sheehan, Magan Trottier, Asad Ahsraf, Christina Tran, Lauren Jacobs, Rohini Rau-Murthy, Anne G Lincoln, Mark E Robson, Jose G Guillem, Arnold J Markowitz, Kenneth Offit, Zsofia K Stadler
Few reports of educational and counseling support resources exist for Lynch syndrome (LS), a disorder requiring multi-organ cancer screening and specialized medical care throughout adult life. Here we describe the development and efficacy of two resources designed to address this need, the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Clinical Genetics Service annual Lynch Syndrome Educational Workshop (LSEW), and a quarterly Lynch Syndrome Patient Advocacy Network (LSPAN) support group. The LSEW and LSPAN were implemented beginning in 2012...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Genetic Counseling
Mario A Muñoz, Kate A Smith-Miles
This paper presents a method for the objective assessment of an algorithm's strengths and weaknesses. Instead of examining only the performance of one or more algorithms on a benchmark set, or generating custom problems that maximize the performance difference between two algorithms, our method quantifies both the nature of the test instances and the algorithm performance. Our aim is to gather information about possible phase transitions in performance, i.e., the points in which a small change in problem structure produces algorithm failure...
September 30, 2016: Evolutionary Computation
Maggie Kirkman, Claire Stubber, Heather Rowe, Sara Holton, Chris Bayly, Lynne Jordan, John McBain, Kathleen McNamee, Vikki Sinnott, Jane Fisher
Unintended pregnancy can be difficult to identify and conceptualise. We aimed to understand how unintended pregnancies are constructed, explained and situated in a reproductive life. A total of 41 women and 7 men aged 20-50 years were interviewed in depth. Transcripts were analysed using iterative hermeneutic techniques informed by narrative theory. Of 34 participants who had been pregnant or had a partner in pregnancy, 12 women and 1 man described 23 'unintended' pregnancies, about half of which ended in abortion...
August 16, 2016: Culture, Health & Sexuality
Maria Stanczak, Andrej Lyshchik, Colette M Shaw, Flemming Forsberg, John R Eisenbrey
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 2016: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
Y-R Yim, K-E Lee, D-J Park, S-H Kim, S-S Nah, J H Lee, S-K Kim, Y-A Lee, S-J Hong, H-S Kim, H-S Lee, H A Kim, C-I Joung, S-H Kim, S-S Lee
BACKGROUND: Patients with fibromyalgia (FM) exhibit significant clinical heterogeneity, in terms of physical, social and psychological functions, as well as therapeutic responses. Here, we examined FM patients in terms of pain, physical, social and psychological variables to identify clinical subgroups that may be predictive of treatment patterns. METHODS: A total of 313 FM patients were interviewed using a structured questionnaire that included sociodemographic data, current or past FM symptoms and current use of relevant medications...
September 15, 2016: European Journal of Pain: EJP
Grazyna Bartkowiak, Anna Dabrowska, Anna Marszalek
This paper discusses the construction of a designed active liquid cooling garment (LCG) that has been developed in order to reduce thermal discomfort of persons working in hot environments. It consists of clothing with a tube system distributing a cooling liquid, a sensor measuring the microclimate under the clothing, and a portable cooling unit with a module controlling the temperature of the cooling liquid depending on the microclimate temperature under the clothing. The LCG was validated through tests on volunteers in a climatic chamber at 30 °C, a relative humidity of 40%, and an air movement rate of 0...
January 2017: Applied Ergonomics
M G LeSage, M Staley, P Muelken, J R Smethells, I Stepanov, R I Vogel, P R Pentel, A C Harris
BACKGROUND: The popularity of electronic cigarettes (ECs) has increased dramatically despite their unknown health consequences. Because the abuse liability of ECs is one of the leading concerns of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), models to assess it are urgently needed to inform FDA regulatory decisions regarding these products. The purpose of this study was to assess the relative abuse liability of an EC liquid compared to nicotine alone in rats. Because this EC liquid contains non-nicotine constituents that may enhance its abuse liability, we hypothesized that it would have greater abuse liability than nicotine alone...
September 1, 2016: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
Sayed Fazel Zinat Motlagh, Reza Chaman, Erfan Sadeghi, Ahmad Ali Eslami
BACKGROUND: An assessment of an individual's hypertension self-care behavior may provide clinicians and practitioners with important information regarding how to better control hypertension. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to investigate the self-care behaviors of hypertensive patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This cross-sectional study was conducted in 2014 in a sample of 1836 patients of both genders who had been diagnosed with hypertension in urban and rural health centers in the Kohgiluyeh Boyerahmad Province in southern Iran...
June 2016: Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal
Marshall A Kuremsky, Nahir Habet, Richard D Peindl, R Glenn Gaston
PURPOSE: To quantify the distance of the dorsal ulnar sensory branch, floor of the extensor carpi ulnaris (ECU) subsheath, and ulnar neurovascular bundles from the triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC), and secondarily to assess the safety of an all-inside arthroscopic repair of the TFCC with a commonly used meniscal repair device with respect to the aforementioned structures. METHODS: A custom K-wire with 1-mm gradation was used to determine the distance of at-risk structures from the periphery of the TFCC in 13 above-elbow human cadaver specimens...
September 7, 2016: Arthroscopy: the Journal of Arthroscopic & related Surgery
R M A van der Slikke, M A M Berger, D J J Bregman, H E J Veeger
Quantitative assessment of an athlete׳s individual wheelchair mobility performance is one prerequisite needed to evaluate game performance, improve wheelchair settings and optimize training routines. Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) based methods can be used to perform such quantitative assessment, providing a large number of kinematic data. The goal of this research was to reduce that large amount of data to a set of key features best describing wheelchair mobility performance in match play and present them in meaningful way for both scientists and athletes...
August 24, 2016: Journal of Biomechanics
Kangkang Li, Hai Yu, Shuiping Yan, Paul Feron, Leigh Wardhaugh, Moses Tade
Using a rigorous, rate-based model and a validated economic model, we investigated the technoeconomic performance of an aqueous NH3-based CO2 capture process integrated with a 650-MW coal-fired power station. First, the baseline NH3 process was explored with the process design of simultaneous capture of CO2 and SO2 to replace the conventional FGD unit. This reduced capital investment of the power station by US$425/kW (a 13.1% reduction). Integration of this NH3 baseline process with the power station takes the CO2-avoided cost advantage over the MEA process (US$67...
October 4, 2016: Environmental Science & Technology
Kelley E C Massengale, Alice Ma, Kelly L Rulison, Jeffrey J Milroy, David L Wyrick
OBJECTIVE: To describe first-year college student-athletes' friendship contexts and test whether their perceptions of alcohol use and approval by different types of friends are associated with their own alcohol use. PARTICIPANTS: First-year student-athletes (N = 2,622) from 47 colleges and universities participating in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) sports during February-March 2013. METHODS: Student-athletes completed online surveys during the baseline assessment of an alcohol and other drug prevention program evaluation...
September 9, 2016: Journal of American College Health: J of ACH
Clare Y England, Janice L Thompson, Russ Jago, Ashley R Cooper, Rob C Andrews
OBJECTIVE: Dietary advice is fundamental in the prevention and management of type 2 diabetes (T2DM). Advice is improved by individual assessment but existing methods are time-consuming and require expertise. We developed a twenty-five-item questionnaire, the UK Diabetes and Diet Questionnaire (UKDDQ), for quick assessment of an individual's diet. The present study examined the UKDDQ's repeatability and relative validity compared with 4 d food diaries. DESIGN: The UKDDQ was completed twice with a median 3 d gap (interquartile range=1-7 d) between tests...
September 9, 2016: Public Health Nutrition
Jay Barlow, Ronald C Sims, Jason C Quinn
This study examined the sustainability of generating renewable diesel via hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) of biomass from a rotating algal biofilm reactor. Pilot-scale growth studies and laboratory-scale HTL experiments were used to validate an engineering system model. The engineering system model served as the foundation to evaluate the economic feasibility and environmental impact of the system at full scale. Techno-economic results indicate that biomass feedstock costs dominated the minimum fuel selling price (MFSP), with a base case of $104...
November 2016: Bioresource Technology
Sohee Lee, Jiseop Oh, Dongwon Kim, Yuanzhe Piao
We report an analytical assessment of an iron oxide (Fe2O3)/graphene (G) nanocomposite electrode used in combination with in situ plated bismuth (Bi) working as an electrochemical sensor for the determination of trace Zn(2+), Cd(2+), and Pb(2+). The as-synthesized nanocomposites were characterized by transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, thermo-gravimetric analyzer, and X-ray diffraction. The electrochemical properties of the Fe2O3/G/Bi composite modified electrode were investigated...
November 1, 2016: Talanta
Carolina Gálvez-Montón, Ramon Bragós, Carolina Soler-Boti Ja, Idoia Díaz-Güemes, Cristina Prat-Vidal, Verónica Crisóstomo, Francisco M Sánchez-Margallo, Aida Llucià-Valldeperas, Paco Bogónez-Franco, Isaac Perea-Gil, Santiago Roura, Antoni Bayes-Genis
: : Cardiac tissue engineering, which combines cells and biomaterials, is promising for limiting the sequelae of myocardial infarction (MI). We assessed myocardial function and scar evolution after implanting an engineered bioactive impedance graft (EBIG) in a swine MI model. The EBIG comprises a scaffold of decellularized human pericardium, green fluorescent protein-labeled porcine adipose tissue-derived progenitor cells (pATPCs), and a customized-design electrical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) monitoring system...
September 2, 2016: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
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