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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104578/a-web-disseminated-self-help-and-peer-support-program-could-fill-gaps-in-mental-health-care-lessons-from-a-consumer-survey
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Samantha L Bernecker, Kaitlin Banschback, Gennarina D Santorelli, Michael J Constantino
BACKGROUND: Self-guided mental health interventions that are disseminated via the Web have the potential to circumvent barriers to treatment and improve public mental health. However, self-guided interventions often fail to attract consumers and suffer from user nonadherence. Uptake of novel interventions could be improved by consulting consumers from the beginning of the development process in order to assess their interest and their preferences. Interventions can then be tailored using this feedback to optimize appeal...
January 19, 2017: JMIR Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100185/an-improved-genome-assembly-uncovers-prolific-tandem-repeats-in-atlantic-cod
#2
Ole K Tørresen, Bastiaan Star, Sissel Jentoft, William B Reinar, Harald Grove, Jason R Miller, Brian P Walenz, James Knight, Jenny M Ekholm, Paul Peluso, Rolf B Edvardsen, Ave Tooming-Klunderud, Morten Skage, Sigbjørn Lien, Kjetill S Jakobsen, Alexander J Nederbragt
BACKGROUND: The first Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) genome assembly published in 2011 was one of the early genome assemblies exclusively based on high-throughput 454 pyrosequencing. Since then, rapid advances in sequencing technologies have led to a multitude of assemblies generated for complex genomes, although many of these are of a fragmented nature with a significant fraction of bases in gaps. The development of long-read sequencing and improved software now enable the generation of more contiguous genome assemblies...
January 18, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097056/rhea-a-transparent-and-modular-r-pipeline-for-microbial-profiling-based-on-16s-rrna-gene-amplicons
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Ilias Lagkouvardos, Sandra Fischer, Neeraj Kumar, Thomas Clavel
The importance of 16S rRNA gene amplicon profiles for understanding the influence of microbes in a variety of environments coupled with the steep reduction in sequencing costs led to a surge of microbial sequencing projects. The expanding crowd of scientists and clinicians wanting to make use of sequencing datasets can choose among a range of multipurpose software platforms, the use of which can be intimidating for non-expert users. Among available pipeline options for high-throughput 16S rRNA gene analysis, the R programming language and software environment for statistical computing stands out for its power and increased flexibility, and the possibility to adhere to most recent best practices and to adjust to individual project needs...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096027/work-related-musculoskeletal-disorders-in-primary-health-care-nurses
#4
Tânia Ribeiro, Florentino Serranheira, Helena Loureiro
BACKGROUND: Work related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSDs) constitute a serious occupational health problem among registered nurses (RN) all around the world. Its prevalence is mainly associated with nurses' high physical demands that still remain poorly studied in primary health care (PHC). PURPOSE: To describe nurses' self-reported symptoms of WRMSDs (mainly discomfort and pain) in PHC, featuring the main work tasks that may have risk factors for its development...
February 2017: Applied Nursing Research: ANR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095093/the-effect-of-foot-plantar-massage-on-balance-and-functional-reach-in-patients-with-type-ii-diabetes
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Eylem Tütün Yümin, Tülay Tarsuslu Şimşek, Meral Sertel, Handan Ankaralı, Murat Yumin
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of manual foot plantar massage (classic and friction massage) on functional mobility level, balance, and functional reach in patients with type II diabetes mellitus (T2 DM). METHODS: A total of 38 subjects diagnosed with T2 DM were included in the study. A healthy control group could not be formed in this study. After the subjects' socio-demographic data were obtained, Timed Up & Go (TUG) Test, functional reach test (FRT), one-leg standing test with eyes open-closed, and Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) to measure foot pain intensity were performed...
January 17, 2017: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094873/effects-of-adding-whole-body-vibration-to-routine-day-activity-program-on-physical-functioning-in-elderly-with-mild-or-moderate-dementia-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Freddy M H Lam, L R Liao, Timothy C Y Kwok, Marco Y C Pang
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effects of whole-body vibration (WBV) added to a routine activity program on lower limb strength, balance, and mobility among community-dwelling individuals with mild or moderate dementia, compared with the routine program alone. METHODS: Fifty-four older adults (40 women; mean (SD) age: 79.8 (6.1) years) with mild or moderate dementia were recruited from two daycare centers. The participants were randomly allocated to undergo a routine day activity program combined with WBV training (WBV at 30 Hz, 2-mm peak-to-peak amplitude) or the routine program only without WBV for 9 weeks (18 sessions)...
January 17, 2017: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094516/designed-dna-crystal-habit-modifiers
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Diana Zhang, Paul J Paukstelis
DNA is now one of the most widely used molecules for programmed self-assembly of discrete nanostructures. One of the long-standing goals of the DNA nanotechnology field has been the assembly of periodic, macroscopic 3D DNA crystals for controlled positioning of guest molecules to be used in a variety of applications. With continuing successes in assembling DNA crystals there is an enhanced need to tailor macroscopic crystal properties - including morphology - to enable their integration into more complex systems...
January 17, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086752/single-genome-retrieval-of-context-dependent-variability-in-mutation-rates-for-human-germline
#8
Aleksandr B Sahakyan, Shankar Balasubramanian
BACKGROUND: Accurate knowledge of the core components of substitution rates is of vital importance to understand genome evolution and dynamics. By performing a single-genome and direct analysis of 39,894 retrotransposon remnants, we reveal sequence context-dependent germline nucleotide substitution rates for the human genome. RESULTS: The rates are characterised through rate constants in a time-domain, and are made available through a dedicated program (Trek) and a stand-alone database...
January 13, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076545/economic-evaluation-of-the-programs-rede-farm%C3%A3-cia-de-minas-do-sus-versus-farm%C3%A3-cia-popular-do-brasil
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Marina Morgado Garcia, Augusto Afonso Guerra, Francisco de Assis Acúrcio
We conducted an economic assessment of the Pharmaceutical Assistance - Rede Farmácia de Minas Gerais-RFMG and Farmácia Popular do Brasil-FPB to ascertain which of the two models stands out as the most efficient. To do this, a model, which consisted of a study of incurred costs in both programs, up to the dispensing of medicine to citizens, was developed. The uncertainties of the proposed model were tested using the Monte Carlo method. If the entire population initially estimated in the RFMG were attended in the FPB, there would be an additional cost of R$ 139,324,050...
January 2017: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073736/development-of-an-educational-game-to-set-up-surgical-instruments-on-the-mayo-stand-or-back-table-applied-research-in-production-technology
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Crislaine Pires Padilha Paim, Silvia Goldmeier
BACKGROUND: Existing research suggests that digital games can be used effectively for educational purposes at any level of training. Perioperative nursing educators can use games to complement curricula, in guidance and staff development programs, to foster team collaboration, and to give support to critical thinking in nursing practice because it is a complex environment. OBJECTIVE: To describe the process of developing an educational game to set up surgical instruments on the Mayo stand or back table as a resource to assist the instructor in surgical instrumentation training for students and nursing health professionals in continued education...
January 10, 2017: JMIR Serious Games
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071965/standing-activity-intervention-and-motor-function-in-a-young-child-with-cerebral-palsy-a-case-report
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Olukemi Audu, Carol Daly
PURPOSE: There is limited evidence to fully justify the use of standing interventions for children with cerebral palsy (CP). This case report describes the impact of an 8-week standing program on motor function in a child with severe CP living in western Africa. METHODS: The subject was diagnosed with ischemic - hypoxic encephalopathy shortly after birth and with CP at 12 months of age. Gross Motor Function Classification of CP was level IV. Early attempts at physical therapy were interrupted by limited access to medical services...
January 10, 2017: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070572/electrostatic-layer-by-layer-construction-of-fibrous-tmv-biofilms
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Brylee David B Tiu, Daniel L Kernan, Sicily B Tiu, Amy M Wen, Yi Zheng, Jonathan K Pokorski, Rigoberto C Advincula, Nicole F Steinmetz
As nature's choice in designing complex architectures, the bottom-up assembly of nanoscale building blocks offers unique solutions in achieving more complex and smaller morphologies with wide-ranging applications in medicine, energy, and materials science as compared to top-down manufacturing. In this work, we employ charged tobacco mosaic virus (TMV-wt and TMV-lys) nanoparticles in constructing multilayered fibrous networks via electrostatic layer-by-layer (LbL) deposition. In neutral aqueous media, TMV-wt assumes an anionic surface charge...
January 10, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070285/the-contribution-of-nitrogen-deposition-to-the-eutrophication-signal-in-understorey-plant-communities-of-european-forests
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Han F van Dobben, Wim de Vries
We evaluated effects of atmospheric deposition of nitrogen on the composition of forest understorey vegetation both in space and time, using repeated data from the European wide monitoring program ICP-Forests, which focuses on normally managed forest. Our aim was to assess whether both spatial and temporal effects of deposition can be detected by a multiple regression approach using data from managed forests over a relatively short time interval, in which changes in the tree layer are limited. To characterize the vegetation, we used indicators derived from cover percentages per species using multivariate statistics and indicators derived from the presence/absence, that is, species numbers and Ellenberg's indicator values...
January 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068048/patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-hhs-notice-of-benefit-and-payment-parameters-for-2018-amendments-to-special-enrollment-periods-and-the-consumer-operated-and-oriented-plan-program-final-rule
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This final rule sets forth payment parameters and provisions related to the risk adjustment program; cost-sharing parameters and cost-sharing reductions; and user fees for Federally-facilitated Exchanges and State-based Exchanges on the Federal platform. It also provides additional guidance relating to standardized options; qualified health plans; consumer assistance tools; network adequacy; the Small Business Health Options Programs; stand-alone dental plans; fair health insurance premiums; guaranteed availability and guaranteed renewability; the medical loss ratio program; eligibility and enrollment; appeals; consumer-operated and oriented plans; special enrollment periods; and other related topics...
22, 2016: Federal Register
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064538/hiv-infection-among-children-and-adolescents-in-burundi-cameroon-and-the-democratic-republic-of-congo
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Sue Napierala Mavedzenge, Jamie E Newman, Martin Nduwimana, Helene Bukuru, Pierre Kariyo, Théodore Niyongabo, Marcel Mbaya, Henri Mukumbi, Nelly Kamgaing, Marie-Thérèse Obama, Wilfred Akam, Joseph Atibu, Modeste Kiumbu, J Hemingway-Foday
Evidence demonstrates a substantial HIV epidemic among children and adolescents in countries with long-standing generalized HIV epidemics, where availability of prevention of mother-to-child transmission services has historically been limited. The objective of this research was to explore factors associated with antiretroviral therapy (ART) initiation and morbidity among HIV-infected surviving children 2-17 years of age attending HIV programs in Central Africa. Programmatic data from 404 children attending HIV programs in Burundi, Cameroon, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) were included in our evaluation...
January 9, 2017: AIDS Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064081/accuracy-comparison-of-several-common-implicit-solvent-models-and-their-implementations-in-the-context-of-protein-ligand-binding
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E V Katkova, A V Onufriev, B Aguilar, V B Sulimov
In this study several commonly used implicit solvent models are compared with respect to their accuracy of estimating solvation energies of small molecules and proteins, as well as desolvation penalty in protein-ligand binding. The test set consists of 19 small proteins, 104 small molecules, and 15 protein-ligand complexes. We compared predicted hydration energies of small molecules with their experimental values; the results of the solvation and desolvation energy calculations for small molecules, proteins and protein-ligand complexes in water were also compared with Thermodynamic Integration calculations based on TIP3P water model and Amber12 force field...
December 21, 2016: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060431/the-social-value-of-knowledge-and-the-responsiveness-requirement-for-international-research
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Danielle M Wenner
Ethicists have long recognized that two necessary features of ethical research are scientific validity and social value. Yet despite a significant literature surrounding the validity component of this dictate, until recently there has been little attention paid to unpacking what the social value component might require. This article introduces a framework for assessing the social value of research, and in particular, for determining whether a given research program is likely to have significant social value of the kind necessary to fulfill the social value requirement...
February 2017: Bioethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052925/proq3d-improved-model-quality-assessments-using-deep-learning
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Karolis Uziela, David Menéndez Hurtado, Nanjiang Shu, Björn Wallner, Arne Elofsson
: Protein quality assessment is a long-standing problem in bioinformatics. For more than a decade we have developed state-of-art predictors by carefully selecting and optimising inputs to a machine learning method. The correlation has increased from 0.60 in ProQ to 0.81 in ProQ2 and 0.85 in ProQ3 mainly by adding a large set of carefully tuned descriptions of a protein. Here, we show that a substantial improvement can be obtained using exactly the same inputs as in ProQ2 or ProQ3 but replacing the support vector machine by a deep neural network...
January 3, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052923/primerize-2d-automated-primer-design-for-rna-multidimensional-chemical-mapping
#19
Siqi Tian, Rhiju Das
Rapid RNA synthesis of comprehensive single mutant libraries and targeted multiple mutant libraries is enabling new multidimensional chemical approaches to solve RNA structures. PCR assembly of DNA templates and in vitro transcription allows synthesis and purification of hundreds of RNA mutants in a cost-effective manner, with sharing of primers across constructs allowing significant reductions in expense. However, these protocols require organization of primer locations across numerous 96 well plates and guidance for pipetting, non-trivial tasks for which informatics and visualization tools can prevent costly errors...
January 3, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051969/effects-of-adding-neuromuscular-electrical-stimulation-to-traditional-military-amputee-rehabilitation
#20
Laura A Talbot, Emily Brede, E Jeffrey Metter
BACKGROUND: Traumatic transtibial amputations lead to an early decline in the use and weight bearing of the residual limb. These changes result in progressive quadriceps muscle atrophy with strength loss that affects standing and walking. Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) may be useful as an adjunct to amputee prosthetic rehabilitation to maintain quadriceps muscle strength and mass. The objective of this pilot study was to compare the effects of a home-based NMES rehabilitation program plus the traditional military amputee rehabilitation program (TMARP) to the effects of TMARP alone on quadriceps muscle strength, functional mobility, and pain in military service members after a combat-related lower extremity amputation...
January 2017: Military Medicine
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