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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543739/sound-at-the-zoo-using-animal-monitoring-sound-measurement-and-noise-reduction-in-zoo-animal-management
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David A Orban, Joseph Soltis, Lori Perkins, Jill D Mellen
A clear need for evidence-based animal management in zoos and aquariums has been expressed by industry leaders. Here, we show how individual animal welfare monitoring can be combined with measurement of environmental conditions to inform science-based animal management decisions. Over the last several years, Disney's Animal Kingdom® has been undergoing significant construction and exhibit renovation, warranting institution-wide animal welfare monitoring. Animal care and science staff developed a model that tracked animal keepers' daily assessments of an animal's physical health, behavior, and responses to husbandry activity; these data were matched to different external stimuli and environmental conditions, including sound levels...
May 23, 2017: Zoo Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542804/assessment-of-an-engineered-endothelium-via-single-photon-emission-computed-tomography
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Bin Jiang, Yidi Wu, Chad R Haney, Chongwen Duan, Guillermo A Ameer
The clinical translation of cell-based therapeutics often requires highly sensitive, non-invasive imaging tools to assess cell function and distribution in vivo. The objective of this research was to determine whether human Sodium-Iodide Symporter (hNIS) ectopic expression in endothelial cells (ECs) in combination with single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) is a feasible approach to non-invasively monitor the presence and viability of an engineered endothelium on expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE)...
May 22, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533753/age-related-assessment-of-sugar-and-protein-intake-of-ceratitis-capitata-in-ad-libitum-conditions-and-modeling-its-relation-to-reproduction
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Nikos A Kouloussis, Petros T Damos, Charalambos S Ioannou, Constantinos Tsitsoulas, Nikos T Papadopoulos, David Nestel, Dimitris S Koveos
In the inquiry on the age related dietary assessment of an organism, knowledge of the distributional patterns of food intake throughout the entire life span is very important, however, age related nutritional studies often lack robust feeding quantification methods due to their limitations in obtaining short-term food-intake measurements. In this study, we developed and standardized a capillary method allowing precise life-time measurements of food consumption by individual adult medflies, Ceratitis capitata (Diptera: Tephritidae), under laboratory conditions...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490416/development-and-assessment-of-an-e-learning-course-on-pediatric-cardiology-basics
#4
Ana Cristina Oliveira, Sandra Mattos, Miguel Coimbra
BACKGROUND: Early detection of congenital heart disease is a worldwide problem. This is more critical in developing countries, where shortage of professional specialists and structural health care problems are a constant. E-learning has the potential to improve capacity, by overcoming distance barriers and by its ability to adapt to the reduced time of health professionals. OBJECTIVE: The study aimed to develop an e-learning pediatric cardiology basics course and evaluate its pedagogical impact and user satisfaction...
May 10, 2017: JMIR Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481379/faster-health-deterioration-among-nail-technicians-occupationally-exposed-to-low-levels-of-volatile-organic-compounds
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Peter Grešner, Radosław Świercz, Wojciech Wąsowicz, Jolanta Gromadzińska
OBJECTIVES: The study has aimed at investigating the subjective assessment of an individual's health status and comparing the prevalence of selected work-related symptoms among nail technicians occupationally exposed to volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to the one among control subjects. Associations between occupational exposure to VOCs and the incidence of adverse health effects were also analyzed. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study involved 145 female nail technicians and 152 control subjects...
May 8, 2017: International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459799/mapping-an-extended-neurochemical-profile-at-3-and-7-t-using-accelerated-high-resolution-proton-magnetic-resonance-spectroscopic-imaging
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Stephan Gruber, Eva Heckova, Bernhard Strasser, Michal Považan, Gilbert J Hangel, Lenka Minarikova, Siegfried Trattnig, Wolfgang Bogner
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to compare high-resolution free induction decay magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging (FID-MRSI) at 3 T and 7 T in the brain of healthy subjects and to showcase the clinical potential of accelerated FID-MRSI at 7 T in 2 brain tumor cases. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this institutional review board-approved study, 10 healthy volunteers (8 men/2 women; age: 31 ± 6 years) were measured at 3 T and 7 T (Trio and 7T-Magnetom; Siemens Healthcare, Germany) and 2 patients (a 38-year-old man and a 37-year-old man), 1 with an anaplastic oligoastrocytoma (grade III) and 1 with a low-grade glioma (oligodendroglioma), were measured at 7 T...
April 28, 2017: Investigative Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456660/assessing-mouse-behaviour-throughout-the-light-dark-cycle-using-automated-in-cage-analysis-tools
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Rasneer S Bains, Rowland R Sillito, J Douglas Armstrong, Heather L Cater, Gareth Banks, Patrick M Nolan
An important factor in reducing variability in mouse test outcomes has been to develop assays that can be used for continuous automated home cage assessment. Our experience has shown that this has been most evidenced in long-term assessment of wheel-running activity in mice. Historically, wheel-running in mice and other rodents has been used as a robust assay to determine, with precision, the inherent period of circadian rhythms in mice. Furthermore, this assay has been instrumental in dissecting the molecular genetic basis of mammalian circadian rhythms...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453544/predicting-herbivore-faecal-nitrogen-using-a-multispecies-near-infrared-reflectance-spectroscopy-calibration
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Miriam Villamuelas, Emmanuel Serrano, Johan Espunyes, Néstor Fernández, Jorge R López-Olvera, Mathieu Garel, João Santos, María Ángeles Parra-Aguado, Maurizio Ramanzin, Xavier Fernández-Aguilar, Andreu Colom-Cadena, Ignasi Marco, Santiago Lavín, Jordi Bartolomé, Elena Albanell
Optimal management of free-ranging herbivores requires the accurate assessment of an animal's nutritional status. For this purpose 'near-infrared reflectance spectroscopy' (NIRS) is very useful, especially when nutritional assessment is done through faecal indicators such as faecal nitrogen (FN). In order to perform an NIRS calibration, the default protocol recommends starting by generating an initial equation based on at least 50-75 samples from the given species. Although this protocol optimises prediction accuracy, it limits the use of NIRS with rare or endangered species where sample sizes are often small...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451464/activity-based-assessment-of-an-engineered-hyperthermophilic-protein-as-a-capture-agent-in-paper-based-diagnostic-tests
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E A Miller, M W Traxlmayr, J Shen, H D Sikes
Antibodies have traditionally served as the affinity reagents of choice in point-of-care diagnostic biosensors. However, this class of proteins is not ideally suited for this use, being poorly characterized and prone to thermal denaturation. Here, we present an activity-based assessment of an alternative engineered binding protein in a cellulose-based assay.
December 1, 2016: Molecular Systems Design & Engineering
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
#18
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
#20
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
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