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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156493/virtual-reality-for-stroke-rehabilitation
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Kate E Laver, Belinda Lange, Stacey George, Judith E Deutsch, Gustavo Saposnik, Maria Crotty
BACKGROUND: Virtual reality and interactive video gaming have emerged as recent treatment approaches in stroke rehabilitation with commercial gaming consoles in particular, being rapidly adopted in clinical settings. This is an update of a Cochrane Review published first in 2011 and then again in 2015. OBJECTIVES: Primary objective: to determine the efficacy of virtual reality compared with an alternative intervention or no intervention on upper limb function and activity...
November 20, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156434/we-prefer-what-we-fear-a-response-preference-bias-mimics-attentional-capture-in-spider-fear
#2
Anke Haberkamp, Melanie Biafora, Thomas Schmidt, Katharina Weiß
The extent to which emotionally significant stimuli capture visual attention remains elusive because a preference for reporting or choosing emotionally significant stimuli could mimic attentional capture by these stimuli. We conducted two prior-entry experiments to disentangle whether phobic and fear-relevant stimuli capture attention or merely produce a response bias in spider-fearful participants. Prior entry denotes the effect that attended stimuli are perceived earlier than unattended stimuli as indicated by temporal order judgments...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Anxiety Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156379/evaluating-the-immediate-effects-of-wearing-foot-orthotics-in-children-with-joint-hypermobility-syndrome-jhs-by-analysis-of-temperospatial-parameters-of-gait-and-dynamic-balance-a-preliminary-study
#3
P McDermott, E Wolfe, C Lowry, K Robinson, H P French
Joint Hypermobility Syndrome (JHS) in children, presents with increased joint range of motion and can lead to altered gait strategies and reduced dynamic balance. Despite limited evidence foot orthoses are sometimes prescribed to patients with JHS with the aim to improve the stability of their gait pattern and theoretically reduce associated symptoms of fatigue and joint pain. The purpose of this study was therefore to analyse the immediate effects of 'off the shelf' orthoses on temporospatial parameters of gait and dynamic balance in this cohort...
November 15, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156233/trans-cervical-resection-of-a-separate-substernal-goitre
#4
Henry To, Antara Karmakar, Stephen Farrell, Steve Manolas
INTRODUCTION: A separate substernal goitre which is not continuous with the main cervical thyroid proves a unique challenge for resection. A trans-cervical approach is preferred but may be hazardous due to the possibility of ectopic thyroid tissue with alternate blood supply. PRESENTATION OF CASE: A 72year old female who had a previous left hemithyroidectomy presents with a symptomatic central substernal thyroid mass. Following radiological work-up, the separate goitre was carefully removed via a trans-cervical approach and avoidance of sternotomy...
November 10, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155990/a-systematic-review-of-interventions-and-performance-measures-for-antifungal-stewardship-programmes
#5
A L Bienvenu, L Argaud, F Aubrun, J L Fellahi, C Guerin, E Javouhey, V Piriou, T Rimmele, C Chidiac, G Leboucher
Objectives: Antifungal resistance is a significant and emerging threat. Stewardship programmes (SPs) have been proposed as an opportunity to optimize antifungal use. While examples of antifungal SP implementation have been recently described, there is yet to be an overview of interventions and their impacts on performance measures. Methods: We systematically reviewed published articles using the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses check-list 2009...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155989/5-hydroxytryptamine-independent-antidepressant-actions-of-r-ketamine-in-a-chronic-social-defeat-stress-model
#6
Kai Zhang, Chao Dong, Yuko Fujita, Atsuhiro Fujita, Kenji Hashimoto
Background: Previous reports suggest that 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) might play a role in the antidepressant actions of (R,S)-ketamine. However, its role in the antidepressant actions of (R)-ketamine, which is more potent than (S)-ketamine, is unknown. This study was conducted to examine whether 5-HT depletion affects the antidepressant actions of (R)-ketamine in a chronic social defeat stress (CSDS) model. Methods: An inhibitor of 5-HT synthesis, para-chlorophenylalanine methyl ester hydrochloride (PCPA; 300 mg/kg, twice daily for 3 consecutive days), or vehicle was administered to control and CSDS susceptible mice...
November 16, 2017: International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155926/codon-usage-and-codon-pair-patterns-in-non-grass-monocot-genomes
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Purabi Mazumdar, RofinaYasmin Binti Othman, Katharina Mebus, N Ramakrishnan, Jennifer Ann Harikrishna
Background and Aims: Studies on codon usage in monocots have focused on grasses, and observed patterns of this taxon were generalized to all monocot species. Here, non-grass monocot species were analysed to investigate the differences between grass and non-grass monocots. Methods: First, studies of codon usage in monocots were reviewed. The current information was then extended regarding codon usage, as well as codon-pair context bias, using four completely sequenced non-grass monocot genomes (Musa acuminata, Musa balbisiana, Phoenix dactylifera and Spirodela polyrhiza) for which comparable transcriptome datasets are available...
November 16, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155839/performance-of-thigh-mounted-triaxial-accelerometer-algorithms-in-objective-quantification-of-sedentary-behaviour-and-physical-activity-in-older-adults
#8
Jorgen A Wullems, Sabine M P Verschueren, Hans Degens, Christopher I Morse, Gladys L Onambélé
Accurate monitoring of sedentary behaviour and physical activity is key to investigate their exact role in healthy ageing. To date, accelerometers using cut-off point models are most preferred for this, however, machine learning seems a highly promising future alternative. Hence, the current study compared between cut-off point and machine learning algorithms, for optimal quantification of sedentary behaviour and physical activity intensities in the elderly. Thus, in a heterogeneous sample of forty participants (aged ≥60 years, 50% female) energy expenditure during laboratory-based activities (ranging from sedentary behaviour through to moderate-to-vigorous physical activity) was estimated by indirect calorimetry, whilst wearing triaxial thigh-mounted accelerometers...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155821/progress-towards-a-leprosy-free-country-the-experience-of-oman
#9
Salah T Al Awaidy
INTRODUCTION: The World Health Organization (WHO) released the Global Leprosy Strategy 2016-2020 towards a leprosy-free world. The author described the progress made towards the elimination of leprosy and suggested recommendations for the acceleration towards a Leprosy-free country according to WHO laid out criterion. METHODOLOGY: Case record review of Leprosy patients managed between the years 1992 to 2015 were registered and analyzed. Data were collected from annual reports of the Ministry of Health including demographics, classification of leprosy new cases, relapse, childhood, grades of disability (GD) and multidrug therapy (MDT) completion rates...
November 20, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155819/determinants-of-site-of-tuberculosis-disease-an-analysis-of-european-surveillance-data-from-2003-to-2014
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Giovanni Sotgiu, Dennis Falzon, Vahur Hollo, Csaba Ködmön, Nicolas Lefebvre, Andrei Dadu, Marieke van der Werf
BACKGROUND: We explored host-related factors associated with the site of tuberculosis (TB) disease using variables routinely collected by the 31 EU/EEA countries for national surveillance. METHODS: Logistic regression models were fitted to case-based surveillance data reported to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control for TB cases notified from 2003 to 2014. Missing data on HIV infection and on susceptibility to isoniazid and rifampicin for many patients precluded the inclusion of these variables in the analysis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155696/safety-of-consecutive-same-day-bilateral-intravitreal-dexamethasone-implant-ozurdex
#11
Kapil G Kapoor, James B Colchao
PURPOSE: The objective of this study was to evaluate patient safety and tolerance of consecutive bilateral intravitreal dexamethasone (Ozurdex) injections during a single visit for the treatment of cystoid macular edema secondary to retinal vein occlusion, diabetic macular edema, or noninfectious posterior uveitis. METHODS: This was a retrospective single-center institutional review board-approved study from March 1, 2013, through August 1, 2016. All patients had a complete ophthalmologic examination and optical coherence tomography imaging...
November 16, 2017: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155691/magnetic-fields-are-causing-small-but-significant-changes-of-the-radiochromic-ebt3-film-response-to-6-mv-photons
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Bjoern Delfs, Andreas Alexander Schoenfeld, Daniela Poppinga, Ralf-Peter Kapsch, Ping Jiang, Dietrich Harder, Bjoern Poppe, Hui Khee Looe
The optical density (OD) of EBT3 radiochromic exposed to absorbed doses to water up to D = 20 Gy in magnetic fields of B = 0.35 and 1.42 T was measured in three colour channels. A 7 cm wide water phantom with fixed film holder was placed in magnetic fields and was irradiated by a 6 MV photon beam whose axis was directed at right angles with the field lines. The doses at the film position at water depth 5 cm were measured with a calibrated ionization chamber when the magnet was switched off and were converted to the doses in presence of the magnetic field via the monitor units and by a Monte Carlo-calculated correction accounting for the slight change of the depth dose curves in magnetic fields...
November 20, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155489/priming-of-cowpea-volatile-emissions-with-defense-inducers-enhances-the-plant-s-attractiveness-to-parasitoids-when-attacked-by-caterpillars
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Islam S Sobhy, Toby J A Bruce, Ted C J Turlings
BACKGROUND: The manipulation of herbivore-induced volatile organic compounds (HI-VOCs) via the application of the inducers BTH [benzo (1,2,3) thiadiazole-7-carbothioic acid S-methyl ester] and Laminarin [β-1,3-glucan] is known to enhance the attractiveness of caterpillar-damaged cotton and maize plants to parasitoids. To test if this is also the case for legumes, we treated cowpea with these inducers and studied the effects on HI-VOC emissions and the attraction of three generalist endoparasitoids...
November 20, 2017: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155460/antarctic-emerald-rockcod-have-the-capacity-to-compensate-for-warming-when-uncoupled-from-co2-acidification
#14
Brittany E Davis, Erin E Flynn, Nathan A Miller, Frederick A Nelson, Nann A Fangue, Anne E Todgham
Increases in atmospheric CO2 levels and associated ocean changes are expected to have dramatic impacts on marine ecosystems. Although the Southern Ocean is experiencing some of the fastest rates of change, few studies have explored how Antarctic fishes may be affected by co-occurring ocean changes, and even fewer have examined early life stages. To date, no studies have characterized potential trade-offs in physiology and behavior in response to projected multiple climate change stressors (ocean acidification and warming) on Antarctic fishes...
November 20, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155445/individualizing-prevention-for-older-adults
#15
Sei J Lee, Christine M Kim
Prevention can help older adults avoid illness by identifying and addressing conditions before they cause symptoms, but prevention can also harm older adults if conditions that are unlikely to cause symptoms in the individual's lifetime are identified and treated. To identify older adults who preventive interventions are most likely to benefit (and most likely to harm), we propose a framework that compares an individual's life expectancy (LE) with the time to benefit (TTB) for an intervention. If LE is less than the TTB, the individual is unlikely to benefit but is exposed to the risks of the intervention, and the intervention should generally NOT be recommended...
November 20, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155310/legg-calv%C3%A3-perthes-disease
#16
REVIEW
J Leroux, S Abu Amara, J Lechevallier
Current knowledge of the causes and risk factors of Legg-Calvé-Perthesdisease (LCPD) does not allow effective preventive strategies. The outcome in adulthood is usually good. Hip osteoarthritis rarely develops before 50 years of age. The risk of osteoarthrosis depends chiefly on the final degree of joint incongruence. Age at onset and the lateral pillar classification are the two main outcome predictors and serve to guide the surgical indications based on the studies by Herring's group. Non-operative treatment is not effective...
November 16, 2017: Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Surgery & Research: OTSR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155278/mecp2-expression-in-a-rat-model-of-risky-decision-making
#17
Jay V Deng, Caitlin A Orsini, Kristy G Shimp, Barry Setlow
Many neuropsychiatric disorders are associated with abnormal decision making involving risk of punishment, but the underlying molecular basis remains poorly understood. Methyl CpG-binding Protein 2 (MeCP2) is an epigenetic factor that regulates transcription by directly binding to methylated DNA. Here, we evaluated MeCP2 expression in the context of risk-taking behaviors using the Risky Decision-making Task (RDT), in which rats make discrete choices between a small "safe" food reward and a large "risky" food reward accompanied by varying probabilities of punishment...
November 16, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155182/inspector-perceptions-of-the-food-and-drug-administration-s-newest-recommended-food-facility-inspection-format-training-matters
#18
Jing Ma, Jooho Kim, Barbara Almanza
The Food and Drug Administration publishes the Food Code to guide restaurant inspections. The most recent version proposes a three-tier system categorizing violations as priority, priority foundation, and core. This study used a scenario-based questionnaire to examine inspector perceptions and preferences for inspection formats. Results suggest that inspectors would be able to maintain consistent evaluations when changing to the three-tier system, although the classifying terms under the three-tier system were confusing...
June 2017: Journal of Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155148/functional-properties-and-mechanism-of-action-of-pptq-an-allosteric-agonist-and-low-nanomolar-positive-allosteric-modulator-at-gabaa-receptors
#19
Nawid Madjroh, Emma Rie Olander, Christoffer Bundgaard, Pella Cecilia Söderhielm, Anders A Jensen
The former sedative-hypnotic and recreational drug methaqualone (Quaalude) is a moderately potent, non-selective positive allosteric modulator (PAM) at GABAA receptors (GABAARs) (Hammer et al., 2015). In the present study, we have identified a novel methaqualone analog, 2-phenyl-3-(p-tolyl)quinazolin-4(3H)-one (PPTQ), in a screening of 67 analogs at five αβ2γ2S GABAAR subtypes and delineated its functional properties and mechanism of action at wild-type and mutant GABAARs expressed in Xenopus oocytes by two-electrode voltage clamp electrophysiology...
November 15, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155066/unruptured-versus-ruptured-avms-outcome-analysis-from-a-multicentric-consecutive-series-of-545-surgically-treated-cases
#20
Marco Cenzato, Fulvio Tartara, Giuseppe D'Aliberti, Carlo Bortolotti, Francesco Cardinale, Gianfranco Ligarotti, Alberto Debernardi, Alessia Fratianni, Edoardo Boccardi, Roberto Stefini, Francesco Zenga, Riccardo Boccaletti, Andrea Lanterna, Giacomo Pavesi, Paolo Ferroli, Carmelo Sturiale, Alessandro Ducati, Andrea Cardia, Maurizio Piparo, Luca Valvassori, Mariangela Piano
Recent literature strongly challenged indications to perform preventive surgery in unruptured AVM. claiming that invasive AVM treatment is associated with a significant risk of complications and thus conservative management may be a preferable alternative in many patients. On the other hand, the recent improvement of surgical instrumentation and treatment strategies (both surgical and interventional) yielded much better outcomes than those achieved only a decade ago. Therefore, even among the specialists, a wide variety of opinions, concerning the treatment of unruptured AVM, can be found...
November 14, 2017: World Neurosurgery
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