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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453887/self-management-strategies-used-by-head-and-neck-cancer-survivors-following-completion-of-primary-treatment-a-directed-content-analysis
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Simon Dunne, Orla Mooney, Laura Coffey, Linda Sharp, Aileen Timmons, Deirdre Desmond, Rachael Gooberman-Hill, Eleanor O'Sullivan, Ivan Keogh, Conrad Timon, Pamela Gallagher
OBJECTIVE: Head & Neck Cancer (HNC) survivors encounter unique challenges following treatment. This study aimed to identify self-management strategies that HNC survivors use to overcome these post-treatment challenges. METHODS: Twenty-seven individuals from four designated cancer centres in Ireland were interviewed about self-management strategies that helped them overcome challenges following HNC treatment. Interviews were audio-recorded, transcribed and analysed using directed content analysis...
April 28, 2017: Psycho-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453829/experimenting-the-hospital-survey-on-patient-safety-culture-in-prevention-facilities-in-italy-psychometric-properties
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Carmen Tereanu, Scott A Smith, Giuseppe Sampietro, Francesco Sarnataro, Giuliana Mazzoleni, Bruno Pesenti, Luca C Sala, Roberto Cecchetti, Massimo Arvati, Dania Brioschi, Michela Viscardi, Chiara Prati, Giorgio G Barbaglio
Objective: The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture (HSOPS) was designed to assess staff views on patient safety culture in hospital. This study examines psychometrics of the Italian translation of the HSOPS for use in territorial prevention facilities. Design: After minimal adjustments and pre-test of the Italian version, a qualitative cross-sectional study was carried out. Setting: Departments of Prevention (DPs) of four Local Health Authorities in Northern Italy...
April 1, 2017: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453640/pioneering-topological-methods-for-network-based-drug-target-prediction-by-exploiting-a-brain-network-self-organization-theory
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Claudio Durán, Simone Daminelli, Josephine M Thomas, V Joachim Haupt, Michael Schroeder, Carlo Vittorio Cannistraci
The bipartite network representation of the drug-target interactions (DTIs) in a biosystem enhances understanding of the drugs' multifaceted action modes, suggests therapeutic switching for approved drugs and unveils possible side effects. As experimental testing of DTIs is costly and time-consuming, computational predictors are of great aid. Here, for the first time, state-of-the-art DTI supervised predictors custom-made in network biology were compared-using standard and innovative validation frameworks-with unsupervised pure topological-based models designed for general-purpose link prediction in bipartite networks...
April 26, 2017: Briefings in Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449235/psychometric-properties-of-the-mental-health-and-social-inadaptation-assessment-for-adolescents-mia-in-a-population-based-sample
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Sylvana M Côté, Massimiliano Orri, Mara Brendgen, Frank Vitaro, Michel Boivin, Christa Japel, Jean R Séguin, Marie-Claude Geoffroy, Alexandra Rouquette, Bruno Falissard, Richard E Tremblay
We report on the psychometric properties of the Mental Health and Social Inadaptation Assessment for Adolescents (MIA), a self-report instrument for quantifying the frequency of mental health and psychosocial adaptation problems using a dimensional approach and based on the DSM-5. The instrument includes 113 questions, takes 20-25 minutes to answer, and covers the past 12 months. A population-based cohort of adolescents (n = 1443, age = 15 years; 48% males) rated the frequency at which they experienced symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Depression, Generalized Anxiety, Social Phobia, Eating Disorders (i...
April 27, 2017: International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448498/personalized-glucose-forecasting-for-type-2-diabetes-using-data-assimilation
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David J Albers, Matthew Levine, Bruce Gluckman, Henry Ginsberg, George Hripcsak, Lena Mamykina
Type 2 diabetes leads to premature death and reduced quality of life for 8% of Americans. Nutrition management is critical to maintaining glycemic control, yet it is difficult to achieve due to the high individual differences in glycemic response to nutrition. Anticipating glycemic impact of different meals can be challenging not only for individuals with diabetes, but also for expert diabetes educators. Personalized computational models that can accurately forecast an impact of a given meal on an individual's blood glucose levels can serve as the engine for a new generation of decision support tools for individuals with diabetes...
April 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448425/vulnerability-to-psychopathology-and-dimensions-of-personality-in-patients-with-fibromyalgia
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Alba Garcia-Fontanals, Mariona Portell, Susanna García-Blanco, Violant Poca-Dias, Ferran García-Fructuoso, Marina López-Ruiz, Teresa Gutiérrez-Rosado, Montserrat Gomà-I-Freixanet, Joan Deus
OBJECTIVE: Fibromyalgia (FM) patients may present psychopathology and some characteristic personality traits that may affect their adaptation to the disease. This paper aims to study the relationship between personality dimensions according to the psychobiological model of Cloninger and the presence of psychopathology. METHOD: The study sample consisted of 42 patients with FM and 38 healthy controls. The assessment instruments administered were the Temperament and Character Inventory (TCI-R) and the Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory (MCMI-III)...
April 26, 2017: Clinical Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447491/mobile-communication-jacket-for-people-with-severe-speech-impairment
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Renée Lampe, Tobias Blumenstein, Varvara Turova, Ana Alves-Pinto
PURPOSE: Cerebral palsy is a movement disorder caused by damage to motor control areas of the developing brain during early childhood. Motor disorders can also affect the ability to produce clear speech and to communicate. The aim of this study was to develop and to test a prototype of an assistive tool with an embedded mobile communication device to support patients with severe speech impairments. METHODS: A prototype was developed by equipping a cycling jacket with a display, a small keyboard, a LED and an alarm system, all controlled by a microcontroller...
April 27, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447304/self-report-and-brain-indicators-of-impaired-emotion-regulation-in-the-broad-autism-spectrum
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Kristel De Groot, Jan W Van Strien
Although not used as a diagnostic criterion, impaired emotion regulation is frequently observed in autism. The present study examined self-reported use of emotion regulation strategies in individuals scoring low or high on autistic traits. In addition, the late positive potential, which is sensitive to emotional arousal, was used to examine the effect of one strategy, reappraisal. Reporting more autistic traits was related to using more maladaptive and fewer adaptive emotion regulation strategies. Across both groups, no attenuation of the late positive potential during downregulation of unpleasant pictures was found, possibly because of the used valence-changing reappraisal operationalisation...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446890/partial-visual-loss-affects-self-reports-of-hearing-abilities-measured-using-a-modified-version-of-the-speech-spatial-and-qualities-of-hearing-questionnaire
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Andrew J Kolarik, Rajiv Raman, Brian C J Moore, Silvia Cirstea, Sarika Gopalakrishnan, Shahina Pardhan
We assessed how visually impaired (VI) people perceived their own auditory abilities using an established hearing questionnaire, the Speech, Spatial, and Qualities of Hearing Scale (SSQ), that was adapted to make it relevant and applicable to VI individuals by removing references to visual aspects while retaining the meaning of the original questions. The resulting questionnaire, the SSQvi, assessed perceived hearing ability in diverse situations including the ability to follow conversations with multiple speakers, assessing how far away a vehicle is, and the ability to perceptually segregate simultaneous sounds...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446529/strengths-risk-factors-and-resilient-outcomes-in-adolescents-with-type-1-diabetes-results-from-diabetes-miles-youth-australia
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Marisa E Hilliard, Virginia Hagger, Christel Hendrieckx, Barbara J Anderson, Steven Trawley, Michelle M Jack, Frans Pouwer, Timothy Skinner, Jane Speight
OBJECTIVE: Despite the challenges of living with type 1 diabetes, many adolescents achieve "resilient outcomes": high engagement in self-management behaviors such as self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG), good quality of life (QOL), and within-target glycemic outcomes (HbA1c). Adaptive diabetes-related behaviors (i.e., "strengths") are associated with resilient outcomes, yet the combination of risks and strengths in relation to resilient outcomes is unclear. The aim of this study was to investigate relations among diabetes strengths and resilient outcomes in the context of psychological and family risk factors...
April 26, 2017: Diabetes Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446522/improving-opioid-safety-practices-in-primary-care-protocol-for-the-development-and-evaluation-of-a-multifaceted-theory-informed-pilot-intervention-for-healthcare-providers
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Pamela Leece, Daniel Z Buchman, Michael Hamilton, Caitlyn Timmings, Yalnee Shantharam, Julia Moore, Andrea D Furlan
INTRODUCTION: In North America, drug overdose deaths are reaching unprecedented levels, largely driven by increasing prescription opioid-related deaths. Despite the development of several opioid guidelines, prescribing behaviours still contribute to poor patient outcomes and societal harm. Factors at the provider and system level may hinder or facilitate the application of evidence-based guidelines; interventions designed to address such factors are needed. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: Using implementation science and behaviour change theory, we have planned the development and evaluation of a comprehensive Opioid Self-Assessment Package, designed to increase adherence to the Canadian Opioid Guideline among family physicians...
April 26, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446229/expanding-protection-motivation-theory-investigating-an-application-to-animal-owners-and-emergency-responders-in-bushfire-emergencies
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Rachel Westcott, Kevin Ronan, Hilary Bambrick, Melanie Taylor
BACKGROUND: Protection Motivation Theory (PMT) was developed by Rogers in 1975, to describe how individuals are motivated to react in a self-protective way towards a perceived health threat. Rogers expected the use of PMT to diversify over time, which has proved true over four decades. The purpose of this paper is to explore how PMT can be used and expanded to inform and improve public safety strategies in natural hazards. As global climate change impacts on the Australian environment, natural hazards seem to be increasing in scale and frequency, and Emergency Services' public education campaigns have necessarily escalated to keep pace with perceived public threat...
April 26, 2017: BMC Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446165/knowledge-exchange-in-the-pacific-outcomes-of-the-tropic-translational-research-for-obesity-prevention-in-communities-project
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Peter Kremer, Helen Mavoa, Gade Waqa, Marjory Moodie, Marita McCabe, Boyd Swinburn
BACKGROUND: The Pacific TROPIC (Translational Research for Obesity Prevention in Communities) project aimed to design, implement and evaluate a knowledge-broking approach to evidence-informed policy making to address obesity in Fiji. This paper reports on the quantitative evaluation of the knowledge-broking intervention through assessment of participants' perceptions of evidence use and development of policy/advocacy briefs. METHODS: Selected staff from six organizations - four government Ministries and two nongovernment organizations (NGOs) - participated in the project...
April 26, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444897/aging-asexual-lineages-and-the-evolutionary-maintenance-of-sex
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E K H Ho, A F Agrawal
Finite populations of asexual and highly selfing species suffer from a reduced efficacy of selection. Such populations are thought to decline in fitness over time due to accumulating slightly deleterious mutations or failing to adapt to changing conditions. These within-population processes that lead non-recombining species to extinction may help maintain sex and outcrossing through species level selection. Although inefficient selection is proposed to elevate extinction rates over time, previous models of species selection for sex assumed constant diversification rates...
April 26, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444695/exercise-therapy-for-chronic-fatigue-syndrome
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Lillebeth Larun, Kjetil G Brurberg, Jan Odgaard-Jensen, Jonathan R Price
BACKGROUND: Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is characterised by persistent, medically unexplained fatigue, as well as symptoms such as musculoskeletal pain, sleep disturbance, headaches and impaired concentration and short-term memory. CFS presents as a common, debilitating and serious health problem. Treatment may include physical interventions, such as exercise therapy, which was last reviewed in 2004. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this review was to determine the effects of exercise therapy (ET) for patients with CFS as compared with any other intervention or control...
April 25, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443654/quantifying-the-self-assembly-behavior-of-anisotropic-nanoparticles-using-liquid-phase-transmission-electron-microscopy
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Binbin Luo, John W Smith, Zihao Ou, Qian Chen
For decades, one of the overarching objectives of self-assembly science has been to define the rules necessary to build functional, artificial materials with rich and adaptive phase behavior from the bottom-up. To this end, the computational and experimental efforts of chemists, physicists, materials scientists, and biologists alike have built a body of knowledge that spans both disciplines and length scales. Indeed, today control of self-assembly is extending even to supramolecular and molecular levels, where crystal engineering and design of porous materials are becoming exciting areas of exploration...
April 26, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442716/a-puccinia-striiformis-f-sp-tritici-secreted-protein-activates-plant-immunity-at-the-cell-surface
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Bayantes Dagvadorj, Ahmet Caglar Ozketen, Ayse Andac, Cian Duggan, Tolga Osman Bozkurt, Mahinur S Akkaya
Pathogens secrete effector proteins to suppress host immunity, mediate nutrient uptake and subsequently enable parasitism. However, on non-adapted hosts, effectors can be detected as non-self by host immune receptors and activate non-host immunity. Nevertheless, the molecular mechanisms of effector triggered non-host resistance remain unknown. Here, we report that a small cysteine-rich protein PstSCR1 from the wheat rust pathogen Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici (Pst) activates immunity in the non-host solanaceous model plant Nicotiana benthamiana...
April 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441672/how-to-lead-the-way-through-complexity-constraint-and-uncertainty-in-academic-health-science-centers
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Susan J Lieff, Francis J Yammarino
Academic medicine is in an era of unprecedented and constant change due to fluctuating economies, globalization, emerging technologies, research, and professional and educational mandates. Consequently, academic health science centers (AHSCs) are facing new levels of complexity, constraint, and uncertainty. Currently, AHSC leaders work with competing academic and health service demands and are required to work with and are accountable to a diversity of stakeholders. Given the new challenges and emerging needs, the authors believe the leadership methods and approaches AHSCs have used in the past that led to successes will be insufficient...
May 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441104/gestalt-intervention-groups-for-anxious-parents-in-hong-kong-a-quasi-experimental-design
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Grace Suk Man Leung, Su Hean Khor
This study examined the impact of gestalt intervention groups for anxious Chinese parents in Hong Kong. A non-randomized control group pre-test/post-test design was adopted. A total of 156 parents participated in the project. After 4 weeks of treatment, the intervention group participants had lower anxiety levels, less avoidance of inner experiences, and more kindness towards oneself and mindfulness when compared to control group participants. However, the dimension of self-judgment remained unchanged. The adaptation of gestalt intervention to suit the Chinese culture was discussed...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440861/findings-from-the-families-on-track-intervention-pilot-trial-for-children-with-fetal-alcohol-spectrum-disorders-and-their-families
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Christie L M Petrenko, Mary E Pandolfino, Luther K Robinson
BACKGROUND: Individuals with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) are at high risk for costly, debilitating mental health problems and secondary conditions, such as school disruption, trouble with the law, and substance use. The study objective was to pilot a multi-component intervention designed to prevent secondary conditions in children with FASD and improve family adaptation. METHODS: Thirty children with FASD or prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) (ages 4 to 8) and their primary caregivers were enrolled...
April 25, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
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