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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809775/evaluation-of-an-automated-express-care-triage-model-to-identify-clinically-relevant-cases-in-a-sexually-transmitted-disease-clinic
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Laura C Chambers, Lisa E Manhart, David A Katz, Matthew R Golden, Lindley A Barbee, Julia C Dombrowski
BACKGROUND: Many sexually transmitted disease (STD) clinics offer testing-only "express" visits. We evaluated the express care triage algorithm that is based on a computer-assisted self-interview (CASI) used in the Public Health-Seattle and King County STD Clinic. METHODS: During the analysis period, patients received a clinician evaluation irrespective of triage status. In this cross-sectional study, we compared the algorithm triage status to a disease-focused outcome determined by medical record review...
September 2017: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809767/using-reported-rates-of-sexually-transmitted-diseases-to-illustrate-potential-methodological-issues-in-the-measurement-of-racial-and-ethnic-disparities
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Harrell W Chesson, Chirag G Patel, Thomas L Gift, Kyle T Bernstein, Sevgi O Aral
BACKGROUND: Racial disparities in the burden of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) have been documented and described for decades. Similarly, methodological issues and limitations in the use of disparity measures to quantify disparities in health have also been well documented. The purpose of this study was to use historic STD surveillance data to illustrate four of the most well-known methodological issues associated with the use of disparity measures. METHODS: We manually searched STD surveillance reports to find examples of racial/ethnic distributions of reported STDs that illustrate key methodological issues in the use of disparity measures...
September 2017: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808876/changes-of-cerebrospinal-fluid-a%C3%AE-42-t-tau-and-p-tau-in-parkinson-s-disease-patients-with-cognitive-impairment-relative-to-those-with-normal-cognition-a-meta-analysis
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Xiaohui Hu, Yan Yang, Daokai Gong
The cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) signature of reduced amyloid beta 1-42 (Aβ42), elevated total tau (t-tau), and phosphorylated tau181 (p-tau) is important for the early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Aβ42, t-tau, and p-tau have been reported in numerous studies to contribute to predicting cognitive impairment in Parkinson's disease (PDCI). However, no consistent conclusion can be drawn so far. Literatures regarding Aβ42, t-tau, and p-tau in CSF were systematically reviewed, and a meta-analysis was thus performed to evaluate the changes of these biomarkers in PDCI patients, including PD with mild cognitive impairment (PDMCI) and PD dementia (PDD) patients, relative to PD with normal cognition (PDNC) patients...
August 14, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806949/case-report-of-ocular-kaposi-s-sarcoma
#4
Jing Yang, Xiao-Fang Yin, Yong-Ping Li, Shi-You Zhou
BACKGROUND: Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) is generally considered a neoplastic disorder of vascular origin and occurs in patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) or who have received immunosuppressive treatments after an organ transplant (Soulier et al., Blood 86(4):1276-80, 1995; Viejo-Borbolla and Schulz, AIDS Rev 5(4):222-9, 2003; Schulz, J Antimicrob Chemother 45(Suppl T3):15-27, 2000; Aversa et al. Crit Rev Oncol Hematol 53(3):253-65, 2005; Mbulaiteye and Engels, Int J Cancer 119(11):2685-91, 2006; Tessari et al...
August 14, 2017: BMC Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803723/perceived-social-support-among-patients-with-burn-injuries-a-perspective-from-the-developing-world
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Ahmed Waqas, Marvee Turk, Sadiq Naveed, Atif Amin, Harriet Kiwanuka, Neha Shafique, Muhammad Ashraf Chaudhry
BACKGROUND: Social support is among the most well-established predictors of post-burn psychopathology after burn. Despite a disproportionately large burden of burns in the developing world, the nature of social support among burn patients in this context remains elusive. We, therefore, seek to investigate social support and its biopsychosocial determinants among patients with burn injuries in Pakistan. METHODS: A cross-sectional study of 343 patients presenting with burn injuries at four teaching hospitals in the Punjab province of Pakistan was conducted...
August 10, 2017: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802091/a-cyclic-and-intermittent-very-low-protein-diet-can-have-beneficial-effects-against-advanced-diabetic-nephropathy-in-wistar-fatty-fa-fa-rats-an-animal-model-of-type-2-diabetes-and-obesity
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Munehiro Kitada, Yoshio Ogura, Taeko Suzuki, Itaru Monnno, Keizo Kanasaki, Ai Watanabe, Daisuke Koya
A low-protein diet (LPD), particularly, very low-protein diet (VLPD) is expected for reno-protection in advanced chronic kidney disease, including diabetic nephropathy. We previously also demonstrated that a VLPD clearly improved advanced diabetic nephropathy in a type 2 diabetes and obesity rat. However, clinically, an everyday long-term VLPD contributes to poor adherence, which may be related to controvertial results of an LPD on the suppression for diabetic nephropathy, and has nutritional issues, such as sarcopenia or protein-energy wasting...
August 12, 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797569/the-impact-of-multiple-blood-donations-on-the-risk-of-cardiovascular-diseases-insight-of-lipid-profile
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M A Bani-Ahmad, O F Khabour, M Y Gharibeh, K N Alshlool
OBJECTIVES: The reduction in blood viscosity and iron store were proposed to be connected to the reduction in the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) among multiple blood donors. Herein, we evaluated the modulation of serum lipids levels in accordance with donation events. Furthermore, atherogenic impacts on the risk of CVD were investigated. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 100 voluntarily male donors were included in the study. Fifty donors were multiple time donors (MTD) and 50 were single time donors (STD)...
August 7, 2017: Transfusion Clinique et Biologique: Journal de la Société Française de Transfusion Sanguine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793341/effects-of-implementing-the-act-of-prohibition-on-sex-trafficking-on-female-sex-workers-sexually-transmitted-infections
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Minsoo Jung
This study investigated the effect of implementing the act of prohibition on sex trafficking (PST) on sexually transmitted disease (STD) infections among South Korean female sex workers (FSWs) working at prostitution blocks. Research data were collected twice through the Korean government-sanctioned survey for female sex workers (1st wave = 1,083; 2nd wave = 926). We examined the associations among health behavior, working conditions, and the effect of PST act via hierarchical logistic regression analyses using propensity score matching...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791480/a-more-realistic-disc-herniation-model-incorporating-compression-flexion-and-facet-constrained-shear-a-mechanical-and-microstructural-analysis-part-ii-high-rate-or-surprise-loading
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Zhi Shan, Kelly R Wade, Meredith L Schollum, Peter A Robertson, Ashvin Thambyah, Neil D Broom
PURPOSE: Part I of this study explored mechanisms of disc failure in a complex posture incorporating physiological amounts of flexion and shear at a loading rate considerably lower than likely to occur in a typical in vivo manual handling situation. Given the strain-rate-dependent mechanical properties of the heavily hydrated disc, loading rate will likely influence the mechanisms of disc failure. Part II investigates the mechanisms of failure in healthy discs subjected to surprise-rate compression while held in the same complex posture...
August 8, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783650/automatic-polyp-detection-via-a-novel-unified-bottom-up-and-top-down-saliency-approach
#10
Yixuan Yuan, Dengwang Li, Max Q-H Meng
In this paper, we propose a novel automatic computer-aided method to detect polyps for colonoscopy videos. To find the perceptually and semantically meaningful salient polyp regions, we first segment images into multilevel superpixels. Each level corresponds to different sizes of superpixels. Rather than adopting hand-designed features to describe these superpixels in images, we employ sparse autoencoder (SAE) to learn discriminative features in an unsupervised way. Then a novel unified bottom-up and top-down saliency method is proposed to detect polyps...
July 31, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28779960/efficacy-and-safety-of-etanercept-in-the-treatment-of-sciatica-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Shangfei Jing, Chenyuan Yang, Xiaofei Zhang, Shuzheng Wen, Yuankui Li
Etanercept might be promising to alleviate sciatica caused by lumbar disc herniation and spinal stenosis. However, the results remained controversial. We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to evaluate the efficacy of etanercept in patients with sciatica. PubMed, EMbase, Web of science, EBSCO, and Cochrane library databases were systematically searched. Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and Controlled clinical trials (CCT) assessing the efficacy of etanercept on sciatica caused by lumbar disc herniation and spinal stenosis were included...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777810/green-tea-polyphenol-treatment-attenuates-atherosclerosis-in-high-fat-diet-fed-apolipoprotein-e-knockout-mice-via-alleviating-dyslipidemia-and-up-regulating-autophagy
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Shibin Ding, Jinjin Jiang, Pengxin Yu, Guofu Zhang, Guanghui Zhang, Xiaoting Liu
BACKGROUND: Green tea polyphenol (GTP) is a polyphenol source from green tea that has drawn wide attention owing to epidemiological evidence of its beneficial effects in the prevention of cardiovascular disease; the underlying molecular mechanisms of these effects are not well understood. This study aimed to investigate the effects of GTP treatment on autophagy regulation in the vessel wall and lipid metabolism of HFD-fed male ApoE-knockout mice. METHODS: Adult male ApoE-knockout mice (n = 30) fed with a high-fat diet (HFD) were treated with either vehicle or GTP (3...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768115/changes-in-adjustment-force-speed-and-direction-factors-in-chiropractic-students-after-10-weeks-undergoing-standard-technique-training
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Edward F Owens, Brent S Russell, Ronald S Hosek, Stephanie G B Sullivan, Lydia L Dever, Linda Mullin
OBJECTIVE: To assess the force profiles of high-velocity low-amplitude thrusts delivered to a mannequin on a force platform by novice students given only verbal instructions. METHODS: Student volunteers untrained in adjusting delivered a series of adjustments to a mannequin on a force platform. Participants performed 3 light, 3 normal, and 3 heavy thrusts on 5 listings specifying contact point, hand, and direction. Force profiles were analyzed for speed and amplitude, consistency, and force discrimination...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Chiropractic Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758709/american-indian-and-alaska-native-men-s-use-of-sexual-health-services-2006-2010
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Megan A Cahn, S Marie Harvey, Matthew A Town
CONTEXT: American Indian and Alaska Native men experience poorer sexual health than white men. Barriers related to their sex and racial identity may prevent them from seeking care; however, little is known about this population's use of sexual health services. METHODS: Sexual health service usage was examined among 923 American Indian and Alaska Native men and 5,322 white men aged 15-44 who participated in the 2006-2010 National Survey of Family Growth. Logistic regression models explored differences in service use by race and examined correlates of use among American Indians and Alaska Natives...
July 31, 2017: Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757110/quantitative-eeg-findings-and-response-to-treatment-with-antiepileptic-medications-in-children-with-epilepsy
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Chen-Sen Ouyang, Ching-Tai Chiang, Rei-Cheng Yang, Rong-Ching Wu, Hui-Chuan Wu, Lung-Chang Lin
BACKGROUND: Epilepsy is a common chronic disorder in pediatric neurology. Nowadays, a variety of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) are available. A scientific method designed to evaluate the effectiveness of AEDs in the early stage of treatment has not been reported. PURPOSE: In this study, we try to use quantitative EEG (QEEG) analysis as a biomarker to evaluate therapeutic effectiveness. METHODS: 20 epileptic children were enrolled in this study...
July 27, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746336/discovery-of-novel-brain-permeable-and-g-protein-biased-beta-1-adrenergic-receptor-partial-agonists-for-the-treatment-of-neurocognitive-disorders
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Bitna Yi, Alam Jahangir, Andrew K Evans, Denise Briggs, Kristine Ravina, Jacqueline Ernest, Amir B Farimani, Wenchao Sun, Jayakumar Rajadas, Michael Green, Evan N Feinberg, Vijay S Pande, Mehrdad Shamloo
The beta-1 adrenergic receptor (ADRB1) is a promising therapeutic target intrinsically involved in the cognitive deficits and pathological features associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD). Evidence indicates that ADRB1 plays an important role in regulating neuroinflammatory processes, and activation of ADRB1 may produce neuroprotective effects in neuroinflammatory diseases. Novel small molecule modulators of ADRB1, engineered to be highly brain permeable and functionally selective for the G protein with partial agonistic activity, could have tremendous value both as pharmacological tools and potential lead molecules for further preclinical development...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744983/an-evaluation-of-a-clinical-pre-exposure-prophylaxis-education-intervention-among-men-who-have-sex-with-men
#17
Julia Raifman, Amy Nunn, Catherine E Oldenburg, Madeline C Montgomery, Alexi Almonte, Allison L Agwu, Renata Arrington-Sanders, Philip A Chan
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact of an HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) education intervention on PrEP awareness and use among men who have sex with men (MSM) attending a sexually transmitted diseases (STD) clinic. DATA SOURCES/STUDY SETTING: Men who have sex with men STD clinic patients. STUDY DESIGN: We estimated a difference-in-differences linear regression model, comparing MSM whose first visit to the clinic was before ("control") or after ("treatment") intervention implementation and controlling for patient...
July 25, 2017: Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741428/corrigendum
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Frankis J, Goodall L, Clutterbuck D, Abubakari A-R and Flowers P. Regular STI testing amongst men who have sex with men and use social media is suboptimal - a cross-sectional study. International Journal of STD & AIDS 2017; 28: 573-583. DOI: 10.1177/0956462416636780. Razak Abubakari would like to change the presentation of his name in the online version of this article to Abdul-Razak Abubakari.
August 2017: International Journal of STD & AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737267/appearance-and-characterization-of-fruit-image-textures-for-quality-sorting-using-wavelet-transform-and-genetic-algorithms
#19
Suchitra Khoje
Images of four qualities of mangoes and guavas are evaluated for color and textural features to characterize and classify them, and to model the fruit appearance grading. The paper discusses three approaches to identify most discriminating texture features of both the fruits. In the first approach, fruit's color and texture features are selected using Mahalanobis distance. A total of 20 color features and 40 textural features are extracted for analysis. Using Mahalanobis distance and feature intercorrelation analyses, one best color feature (mean of a* [L*a*b* color space]) and two textural features (energy a*, contrast of H*) are selected as features for Guava while two best color features (R std, H std) and one textural features (energy b*) are selected as features for mangoes with the highest discriminate power...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Texture Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736100/consensus-document-on-the-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-sexually-transmitted-diseases-in-adults-children-and-adolescents
#20
National Aids Plan
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are one of the most common and universal problems of public health. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and STD infections are clearly interrelated, and share risks, incidence and transmission mechanisms. The aim of this document is to inform health professionals about the current situation and management of STDs, which, because of their relevance, need greater care, both in the general population and in the population with HIV. These guidelines for STD treatment, although clinically oriented and focused especially on treatment, contain other aspects related to assessing and evaluating patients, as well as recommendations for diagnosis...
July 20, 2017: Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiología Clínica
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