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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107622/newton-output-blocking-force-under-low-voltage-stimulation-for-carbon-nanotube-electroactive-polymer-composite-artificial-muscles
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I-Wen Peter Chen, Ming-Chia Yang, Chia-Hui Yang, Yiwen Chen, Dai-Xuan Zhong, Ming-Chun Hsu
This is a study on the development of carbon nanotube-based composite actuators using a new ionic liquid-doped electroactiveionic polymer. For scalable production purposes, a simple hot-pressing method was used. Carbon nanotube/ionic liquid-Nafion/carbon nanotube composite films were fabricated that exhibited a large output blocking force and a stable cycling life with low alternating voltage stimuli in air. Of particular interest and importance, a blocking force of 1.5 N was achieved at an applied voltage of 6 V...
January 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107611/adaptation-and-validation-of-the-singing-voice-handicap-index-into-polish
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Ewelina M Sielska-Badurek, Maria Sobol, Anna Cioch, Ewa Osuch-Wójcikiewicz, Anna M Rzepakowska, Kazimierz Niemczyk
OBJECTIVE: To translate and adapt the original SVHI for the Polish population and to evaluate the psychometric properties of the Polish SVHI version, such as internal consistency, reliability and construct validity in different groups of dysphonic singers. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective case-control study. SETTING: Patients treated at a single institute. PARTICIPANTS: 60 singers with voice disorders and 57 healthy singers completed the Singing Voice Handicap Index (SVHI) and the Voice Handicap Index (VHI)...
January 20, 2017: Clinical Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107599/the-prevalence-and-impact-of-chronic-neuropathic-pain-on-daily-and-social-life-a-nationwide-study-in-a-japanese-population
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S Inoue, T Taguchi, T Yamashita, M Nakamura, T Ushida
BACKGROUND: This study marks the first epidemiological evaluation of the prevalence and burden of chronic neuropathic pain (NeP) in an Asian population. The objective of this nationwide cross-sectional study was to identify the characteristics of individuals with NeP, detect the NeP features that affect their quality of life (QOL), and demonstrate the negative effects of NeP on social and daily living as well as comorbidities including depression, anxiety and sleep disorders. METHODS: We mailed a cross-sectional, population-based epidemiological survey to a random nationwide sample of 10,000 Japanese adults over 20 years old...
January 20, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107569/use-of-higher-maximum-doses-and-infusion-rates-compared-with-those-used-in-standard-unfractionated-heparin-therapy-is-associated-with-adequate-anticoagulation-without-increased-bleeding-in-both-obese-and-nonobese-patients-with-cardiovascular-indications
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Catherine K Floroff, Nicole M Palm, Daniel H Steinberg, Eric R Powers, Barbara S Wiggins
STUDY OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the time to achieve therapeutic activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT) values and occurrence of bleeding based on standard unfractionated heparin (UFH) weight-based dosing recommendations compared with an aggressive weight-based UFH dosing strategy using higher maximum doses and infusion rates in both obese and nonobese patients who presented with non-ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction or unstable angina (NSTEMI/UA) or atrial fibrillation. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study...
January 20, 2017: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107532/social-determinants-of-hiv-disparities-in-the-southern-united-states-and-in-counties-with-historically-black-colleges-and-universities-hbcus-2013-2014
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Madeline Y Sutton, Simone C Gray, Kim Elmore, Zaneta Gaul
HIV infection disproportionately affects Blacks in the southern United States (U.S.), a region where legal policies that may unintentionally impede earlier HIV detection and treatment are prevalent. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have historically facilitated social change in communities of color and have been underexplored as partners for HIV prevention. We describe geographic and social determinants of health (SDH) in the southern U.S. to inform potential HBCU-public health partnerships that might improve HIV health equity...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107468/micro-x-ray-computed-tomography-mass-loss-assessment-of-different-uhmwpe-a-hip-joint-simulator-study-on-standard-vs-cross-linked-polyethylene
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Saverio Affatato, Filippo Zanini, Simone Carmignato
More than 60.000 hip arthroplasty are performed every year in Italy. Although Ultra-High-Molecular-Weight-Polyethylene remains the most used material as acetabular cup, wear of this material induces over time in vivo a foreign-body response and consequently osteolysis, pain, and the need of implant revision. Furthermore, oxidative wear of the polyethylene provoke several and severe failures. To solve these problems, highly cross-linked polyethylene and Vitamin-E-stabilized polyethylene were introduced in the last years...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107447/a-software-tool-for-estimation-of-burden-of-infectious-diseases-in-europe-using-incidence-based-disability-adjusted-life-years
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Edoardo Colzani, Alessandro Cassini, Daniel Lewandowski, Marie-Josee J Mangen, Dietrich Plass, Scott A McDonald, Alies van Lier, Juanita A Haagsma, Guido Maringhini, Alessandro Pini, Piotr Kramarz, Mirjam E Kretzschmar
The burden of disease framework facilitates the assessment of the health impact of diseases through the use of summary measures of population health such as Disability-Adjusted Life Years (DALYs). However, calculating, interpreting and communicating the results of studies using this methodology poses a challenge. The aim of the Burden of Communicable Disease in Europe (BCoDE) project is to summarize the impact of communicable disease in the European Union and European Economic Area Member States (EU/EEA MS)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107401/how-many-patients-become-functionally-dependent-after-a-stroke-a-3-year-population-based-study-in-joinville-brazil
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Lívia Mizuki de Campos, Bruna Mariah Martins, Norberto Luiz Cabral, Selma Cristina Franco, Octávio Marques Pontes-Neto, Suleimy Cristina Mazin, Felipe Ibiapina Dos Reis
The decrease in stroke mortality will increase the burden of survivors with functional dependence (FD). The aim of this study was to evaluate how many patients become functionally dependent over 3 years after an incident event in Joinville, Brazil. The proportion of FD (defined as a modified Rankin score 3 to 5) among stroke survivors from the Joinville Stroke Registry was assessed using a validated telephone interview. Incidence of FD after stroke in Joinville in one year was 23.24 per 100,000 population. The overall proportion of FD among stroke survivors at discharge was 32...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107372/cohort-randomised-controlled-trial-of-a-multifaceted-podiatry-intervention-for-the-prevention-of-falls-in-older-people-the-reform-trial
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Sarah Cockayne, Joy Adamson, Arabella Clarke, Belen Corbacho, Caroline Fairhurst, Lorraine Green, Catherine E Hewitt, Kate Hicks, Anne-Maree Kenan, Sarah E Lamb, Caroline McIntosh, Hylton B Menz, Anthony C Redmond, Zoe Richardson, Sara Rodgers, Wesley Vernon, Judith Watson, David J Torgerson
BACKGROUND: Falls are a major cause of morbidity among older people. A multifaceted podiatry intervention may reduce the risk of falling. This study evaluated such an intervention. DESIGN: Pragmatic cohort randomised controlled trial in England and Ireland. 1010 participants were randomised (493 to the Intervention group and 517 to Usual Care) to either: a podiatry intervention, including foot and ankle exercises, foot orthoses and, if required, new footwear, and a falls prevention leaflet or usual podiatry treatment plus a falls prevention leaflet...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107350/maternal-and-newborn-health-in-karnataka-state-india-the-community-level-interventions-for-pre-eclampsia-clip-trial-s-baseline-study-results
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Mrutynjaya B Bellad, Marianne Vidler, Narayan V Honnungar, Ashalata Mallapur, Umesh Ramadurg, Umesh Charanthimath, Geetanjali Katageri, Shashidhar Bannale, Avinash Kavi, Chandrashekhar Karadiguddi, Sumedha Sharma, Tang Lee, Jing Li, Beth Payne, Laura Magee, Peter von Dadelszen, Richard Derman, Shivaprasad S Goudar
Existing vital health statistics registries in India have been unable to provide reliable estimates of maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity, and region-specific health estimates are essential to the planning and monitoring of health interventions. This study was designed to assess baseline rates as the precursor to a community-based cluster randomized control trial (cRCT)-Community Level Interventions for Pre-eclampsia (CLIP) Trial (NCT01911494; CTRI/2014/01/004352). The objective was to describe baseline demographics and health outcomes prior to initiation of the CLIP trial and to improve knowledge of population-level health, in particular of maternal and neonatal outcomes related to hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, in northern districts the state of Karnataka, India...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107347/whole-genome-amplification-and-reduced-representation-genome-sequencing-of-schistosoma-japonicum-miracidia
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Jonathan A Shortt, Daren C Card, Drew R Schield, Yang Liu, Bo Zhong, Todd A Castoe, Elizabeth J Carlton, David D Pollock
BACKGROUND: In areas where schistosomiasis control programs have been implemented, morbidity and prevalence have been greatly reduced. However, to sustain these reductions and move towards interruption of transmission, new tools for disease surveillance are needed. Genomic methods have the potential to help trace the sources of new infections, and allow us to monitor drug resistance. Large-scale genotyping efforts for schistosome species have been hindered by cost, limited numbers of established target loci, and the small amount of DNA obtained from miracidia, the life stage most readily acquired from humans...
January 20, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107287/case-volume-and-revisits-in-children-undergoing-gastrostomy-tube-placement
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Marjorie J Arca, Shawn J Rangel, Matt Hall, David H Rothstein, Martin L Blakely, Peter C Minneci, Samir S Shah, Kurt F Heiss, Charles L Snyder, Loren Berman, Marybeth Browne, Charles D Vinocur, Mehul V Raval, Adam B Goldin
OBJECTIVE: Emergency department (ED) visits and hospital readmissions are common following gastrostomy tube (GT) placement in children. We sought to characterize inter-hospital variation in revisit rates and explore the association between this outcome and hospital-specific GT case volume. STUDY DESIGN: We conducted a retrospective cohort study from 38 hospitals using the Pediatric Health Information System (PHIS) database. Patients <18 years who had a GT placed in 2010-2012 were assessed for a GT-related (mechanical or infectious) ED visit or inpatient readmission at 30 and 90 days following discharge from GT placement...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107264/readmission-and-late-mortality-after-critical-illness-in-childhood
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Mary E Hartman, Mohammed J Saeed, Tellen Bennett, Katri Typpo, Renee Matos, Margaret A Olsen
OBJECTIVES: Little is known about the ongoing mortality risk and healthcare utilization among U.S. children after discharge from a hospitalization involving ICU care. We sought to understand risks for hospital readmission and trends in mortality during the year following ICU discharge. DESIGN: Retrospective observational cohort study. SETTING: This study was performed using administrative claims data from 2006-2013 obtained from the Truven Health Analytics MarketScan Database...
January 19, 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107260/frequency-of-pregnancy-related-cancer-a-population-based-linkage-study-in-lombardy-italy
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Fabio Parazzini, Matteo Franchi, Alessandra Tavani, Eva Negri, Fedro Alessandro Peccatori
OBJECTIVES: The aims of this study were to estimate the occurrence of pregnancy-associated cancer overall and by site, to evaluate if the risk increases over time, and to investigate some major determinants. METHODS: This is a population-based linkage study using the regional hospital discharge forms [Scheda di Dimissione Ospedaliera (SDO)] database of Lombardy, Italy, a region with 10 million inhabitants. All resident women with a SDO reporting a birth or abortion between 2001 and 2012 were identified...
January 19, 2017: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107227/structural-level-differences-in-the-mother-to-child-hiv-transmission-rate-in-south-africa-a-multilevel-assessment-of-individual-health-facility-and-provincial-level-predictors-of-infant-hiv-transmission
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S Woldesenbet, D J Jackson, C J Lombard, T H Dinh, V Ramokolo, T Doherty, G G Sherman, Y Pillay, A E Goga
OBJECTIVES: In 2010, South Africa reported an early mother to child transmission (MTCT) rate of 3.5% at 4-8 weeks postpartum. Provincial early MTCT rates ranged from 1.4% (95% confidence interval [CI]: 0.1-3.4%) to 5.9% (95% CI: 3.8-8.0%). We sought to determine reasons for these geographic differences in MTCT rates. METHODS: This study employed multilevel modelling using 2010 South African PMTCT evaluation (SAPMTCTE) data from 530 facilities. Interview data and infant blood samples were collected from 3085 mother-infant pairs at 4-8 weeks postpartum...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107187/peripheral-blood-lymphocyte-to-monocyte-ratio-recovery-from-low-levels-at-diagnosis-after-completion-of-first-line-therapy-predicts-good-clinical-outcomes-in-patients-with-diffuse-large-b-cell-lymphoma
#16
Shujuan Zhou, Linglong Xu, Yongyong Ma, Liyuan Tang, Yu Zhang, Yifen Shi, Lan Sun, Yi Chen, Bin Liang, Yuhong Zhou, Kang Yu, Jianping Shen
We retrospectively analyzed LMR at diagnosis and at completion of first-line therapy and prognosis in173 patients with DLBCL from 2005 to 2016. We found that patients with an LMR < 3.2 at diagnosis, as well as at completion of first-line therapy, had significantly lower PFS and OS rates than those with an LMR ≥ 3.2 (P<0.05). Patients with LMR that recovered from the low level at diagnosis showed superior overall survival (OS) (P=0.000) and progression-free survival (PFS) (P=0.001) compared with patients who failed to achieve a higher value at the completion of therapy...
January 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107093/adult-clonidine-overdose-prolonged-bradycardia-and-central-nervous-system-depression-but-not-severe-toxicity
#17
Geoffrey K Isbister, Simon P Heppell, Colin B Page, Nicole M Ryan
CONTEXT: There are limited reports of adult clonidine overdose. We aimed to describe the clinical effects and treatment of clonidine overdose in adults. METHODS: This was a retrospective review of a prospective cohort of poisoned patients who took clonidine overdoses (>200 μg). Demographic information, clinical effects, treatment, complications (central nervous system and cardiovascular effects) and length of stay (LOS) were extracted from a clinical database or medical records...
January 20, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107008/robust-sensitive-and-automated-phosphopeptide-enrichment-optimized-for-low-sample-amounts-applied-to-primary-hippocampal-neurons
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Harm Post, Renske Penning, Martin A Fitzpatrick, Luc B Garrigues, W Wu, Harold D MacGillavry, Casper C Hoogenraad, Albert J R Heck, A F Maarten Altelaar
Because of the low stoichiometry of protein phosphorylation, targeted enrichment prior to LC-MS/MS analysis is still essential. The trend in phosphoproteome analysis is shifting toward an increasing number of biological replicates per experiment, ideally starting from very low sample amounts, placing new demands on enrichment protocols to make them less labor-intensive, more sensitive, and less prone to variability. Here we assessed an automated enrichment protocol using Fe(III)-IMAC cartridges on an AssayMAP Bravo platform to meet these demands...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106907/subsequent-malignancies-among-long-term-survivors-of-hodgkin-lymphoma-and-non-hodgkin-lymphoma-a-pooled-analysis-of-german-cancer-registry-data-1990-2012
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Nadia Baras, Stefan Dahm, Jörg Haberland, Martin Janz, Katharina Emrich, Klaus Kraywinkel, Abdulgabar Salama
The increased risk of subsequent primary malignancies (SPM) in survivors of adult-onset Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) and non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) remains a challenging clinical problem worldwide. The German cancer registry database, pooled from 14 federal states, was used to calculate the standardized incidence ratio (SIR) and excess absolute risk (EAR) of SPM in 128 587 patients registered with first primary HL/NHL between 1990 and 2012. Conversely, SIRs were also calculated for a subsequent HL/NHL following other first cancers...
January 20, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106811/prevalence-and-social-risk-factors-for-hearing-impairment-in-chinese-children-a-national-survey
#20
Chunfeng Yun, Zhenjie Wang, Jiamin Gao, Ping He, Chao Guo, Gong Chen, Xiaoying Zheng
Hearing impairment may affect children's communication skills, social development, and educational achievement. Little is known about the prevalence of hearing impairment among Chinese children. Data were taken from the 2006 second China National Survey on Disability (CNSD). Hearing impairment was defined as moderate (41-60 dB HL), severe (61-80 dB HL), profound (81-90 dB HL), or complete (>91 dB HL). Logistic regression was used to estimate the odds ratio (OR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI). A weighted number of 567,915 hearing impairment children were identified, yielding a prevalence of 17...
January 18, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
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