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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150946/lncrna-tcons_00034812-in-cell-proliferation-and-apoptosis-of-pulmonary-artery-smooth-muscle-cells-and-its-mechanism
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Yun Liu, Zengxian Sun, Jinquan Zhu, Bingxin Xiao, Jie Dong, Xiaomin Li
Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been discovered to be playing important role in various biological processes. However, the contribution of lncRNAs to pulmonary artery hypertension (PAH) remains largely unknown. Pulmonary vascular remodeling is an important pathological feature of PAH, leading to increased vascular resistance and reduced compliance. Here, we investigated the biological role of lncRNAs in PAH. Differences in the lncRNAs and mRNAs between hypoxia PAH rats and normoxia rats were screened using microarray analysis...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150766/spinobot-an-mri-guided-needle-positioning-system-for-spinal-cellular-therapeutics
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Alexander Squires, John N Oshinski, Nicholas M Boulis, Zion Tsz Ho Tse
The neurodegenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) results in the death of motor neurons in voluntary muscles. There are no cures for ALS and few available treatments. In studies with small animal models, injection of cellular therapeutics into the anterior horn of the spinal cord has been shown to inhibit the progression of ALS. It was hypothesized that spinal injection could be made faster and less invasive with the aid of a robot. The robotic system presented-SpinoBot-uses MRI guidance to position a needle for percutaneous injection into the spinal cord...
November 17, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150472/are-food-and-drink-retailers-within-nhs-venues-adhering-to-nice-quality-standard-94-guidance-on-childhood-obesity-a-cross-sectional-study-of-two-large-secondary-care-nhs-hospitals-in-england
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Alice James, Laura Birch, Peter Fletcher, Sally Pearson, Catherine Boyce, Andy R Ness, Julian P Hamilton-Shield, Fiona E Lithander
OBJECTIVE: To assess whether the food and drink retail outlets in two major National Health Service (NHS) district general hospitals in England adhere to quality statements 1-3 of the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) quality standard 94. DESIGN: Cross-sectional, descriptive study to assess the food and drink options available in vending machines, restaurants, cafes and shops in two secondary care hospitals. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Adherence to quality statement 1 whereby the food and drink items available in the vending machines were classified as either healthy or less healthy using the Nutrient Profiling Model (NPM)...
November 16, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150467/interventions-to-improve-adherence-to-reporting-guidelines-in-health-research-a-scoping-review-protocol
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David Blanco, Jamie J Kirkham, Douglas G Altman, David Moher, Isabelle Boutron, Erik Cobo
INTRODUCTION: There is evidence that the use of some reporting guidelines, such as the Consolidated Standards for Reporting Trials, is associated with improved completeness of reporting in health research. However, the current levels of adherence to reporting guidelines are suboptimal. Over the last few years, several actions aiming to improve compliance with reporting guidelines have been taken and proposed. We will conduct a scoping review of interventions to improve adherence to reporting guidelines in health research that have been evaluated or suggested, in order to inform future interventions...
November 16, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150297/prolonged-stretching-of-the-ankle-plantarflexors-elicits-muscle-tendon-adaptations-relevant-to-ankle-gait-kinetics-in-children-with-spastic-cerebral-palsy
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Teresa Martín Lorenzo, Eduardo Rocon, Ignacio Martínez Caballero, Ana Ramírez Barragán, Sergio Lerma Lara
Tissue related ankle hyper-resistance has been reported to contribute to equinus gait in children with spastic cerebral palsy. Hence, ankle plantarflexor stretching programs have been developed in order to restore passive ankle dorsiflexion. Despite high quality evidence on the limited effects of stretching on passive joint mobility, further muscle-tendon adaptations have been reported which may impact gait performance. As such, children with spastic cerebral palsy subject to long-term manual static stretching achieved dorsiflexion gains through the reduction of muscle and fascicle strain whilst preserving tendon strain, and prolonged use of ankle-foot orthoses achieved similar dorsiflexion gains through increased tendon strain whilst preserving muscle and fascicle strain...
November 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150282/artesunate-quercetin-luteolin-dual-drug-nanofacilitated-synergistic-treatment-for-malaria-a-plausible-approach-to-overcome-artemisinin-combination-therapy-resistance
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Nethravathi Puttappa, Raman Suresh Kumar, Karthik Yamjala
Malaria is one of the major global health challenge with 300 million new cases annually. The best regimen for treating Plasmodium falciparum induced malaria is based on artemisinin and its derivatives which were prescribed as artemisinin combination therapy (ACT). These are highly effective drugs resulting in rapid clearance of parasites even in severe P. falciparum induced malaria patients. However, from the past few years parasites resistant to ACT's have begun to emerge in various parts of the world such as Cambodia and Greater Mekong Subregion...
November 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150159/diagnostic-performance-of-pulmonary-capacitance-at-rest-and-during-exercise-in-idiopathic-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Pankaj Jain, Sriram Rao, Peter Macdonald, Eugene Kotlyar, Andrew Jabbour, Christopher Hayward, Anne Keogh
BACKGROUND: Reliable markers of early disease are needed in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). As measures of the contribution of abnormal vascular compliance to overall vascular resistance, resting and exercise pulmonary capacitance-defined as the stroke volume divided by the change in pulmonary pulse pressure-may be sensitive markers of early disease. METHODS: We examined all patients in our pulmonary hypertension database with idiopathic PAH, who had undergone rest and exercise right heart catheterisation in one sitting...
November 8, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150146/annual-trends-in-follow-up-visits-for-pediatric-concussion-in-emergency-departments-and-physicians-offices
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Liraz Fridman, Michal Scolnik, Alison Macpherson, Linda Rothman, Astrid Guttmann, Anne M Grool, Daniel Rodriguez Duque, Roger L Zemek
OBJECTIVE: To assess whether children and youth with concussion receive follow-up visits in accordance with the recommended guidelines. STUDY DESIGN: We conducted a retrospective, population-based study using linked health administrative data from all concussion-related visits to emergency department and physician offices by children aged 5 through 18 years (range, 5.00-18.99) in Ontario between 2003 and 2013. We analyzed the percentage of children and youth seen for follow-up...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150095/-towards-a-better-use-of-midazolam-in-end-of-life-a-survey-in-a-department-of-medical-oncology
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Aurélie Beneton, Alexis Vallard, Christelle Brosse, Géraldine Poenou, Cécile Pacaut, Nicolas Magné, Stéphanie Morisson
INTRODUCTION: At the end of life of cancer patients, sedation is sometimes needed, in order to palliate unbearable symptoms that other treatments fail to relieve. Midazolam is currently recommended for sedation and its prescription is guided by national guidelines. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the practices of midazolam prescription in a department of medical oncology and to compare the results with French national recommendations in order to improve the midazolam use in case of sedation...
November 14, 2017: Bulletin du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149797/findings-from-a-strength-based-moderate-intensity-exercise-interventions-for-individuals-with-dementia-innovative-practice
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Nicole Dawson, Hayden Gerhart, Katherine S Judge
Limited evidence exists regarding exercise interventions with individuals with dementia, which is often due to heterogeneity of methodology and outcomes being assessed. This led to the development and evaluation of a moderate-intensity home-based functional exercise program guided by theories from exercise science and the Strength-Based Approach. Data indicated excellent treatment adherence (99.04%) along with high levels of acceptability and feasibility in this sample (age 76.63 years (9.84); Mini Mental State Exam 18...
January 1, 2017: Dementia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149303/changes-in-cytokine-filarial-antigen-and-dna-levels-associated-with-adverse-events-following-treatment-of-lymphatic-filariasis
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Britt J Andersen, Jessica Kumar, Kurt Curtis, Nelly Sanuku, Samson Satofan, Christopher L King, Peter U Fischer, Gary J Weil
Background: Mild to moderate adverse events (AEs) are common after treatment of lymphatic filariasis (LF) and pose a major challenge for the global LF elimination program. We studied changes in cytokine levels and filarial worm components in plasma of subjects with and without AEs following treatment of LF. Methods: Participants (N=24) were hospitalized and monitored for AEs following treatment. Cytokines (27), filarial DNA, circulating filarial antigen (CFA), and immune complexes were measured in plasma samples collected before and after treatment...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149192/diet-improvement-for-western-corn-rootworm-coleoptera-chrysomelidae-larvae
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Man P Huynh, Lisa N Meihls, Bruce E Hibbard, Stephen L Lapointe, Randall P Niedz, Dalton C Ludwick, Thomas A Coudron
The western corn rootworm (WCR), Diabrotica virgifera virgifera LeConte, is the most serious insect pest of corn (Zea mays L.) in the United States and parts of Europe, and arguably one of the world's most expensive pests to control. Several diet formulations are currently used by industry and public researchers to evaluate WCR larvae in diet-toxicity bioassays. However, a publicly available diet that produces normative insects that are physiologically similar to WCR larvae reared on corn roots will accelerate development of management technologies...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149164/-osservare-project-direct-observation-of-use-of-the-safety-surgery-checklist-in-the-operating-room
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Roberto Bentivegna, Annita Caminati, Vanni Agnoletti, Stefano Bonilauri, Stefania Buonaccorso, Giovanna Campaniello, Antonella Dovani, Giuseppina Lanciotti, Vania Maselli, Stefano Mastrangelo, Maria Teresa Montella, Teresa Palladino, Cristiano Pelati, Lorenzo Sciolino, Evita Zoni, Elisa Porcu, Anselmo Campagna, Ottavio Nicastro
INTRODUCTION: Safety Surgery CheckList (SSCL) is a support tool for operating teams, used to carry out safety checks while also encouraging compliance with the implementation of recommended quality and safety standards. In Emilia-Romagna it was deemed appropriate to check actual surgical team compliance with correct checklist application in the operating theatre, through a project called "OssERvare". METHODS: Direct observation was identified as the preferred inspection method...
November 2017: Recenti Progressi in Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149155/lower-cutoffs-for-lc-ms-ms-urine-drug-testing-indicates-better-patient-compliance
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Kevin Krock, Amadeo Pesce, Dennis Ritz, Richard Thomas, Agnes Cua, Ryan Rogers, Phil Lipnick, Kristen Kilbourn
BACKGROUND: Urine drug testing is used by health care providers to determine a patient's compliance to their prescribed regimen and to detect non-prescribed medications and illicit drugs. However, the cutoff levels used by clinical labs are often arbitrarily set and may not reflect the urine drug concentrations of compliant patients. OBJECTIVES: Our aim was to test the hypothesis that commonly used cutoffs for many prescribed and illicit drugs were set too high, and methods using these cutoffs may yield a considerable number of false-negative results...
November 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149116/solving-the-problem-of-smoking-in-the-polish-enterprises-during-2003-2015
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Elżbieta Korzeniowska, Krzysztof Puchalski
OBJECTIVES: Tobacco smoking is a major organizational, economical, and public relations-related (PR-related) problem for the company. Moreover, it is an important health determinant of the working population. The paper reports the results of the research which analyzed the current state and the tobacco control activities' transformations undertaken by Polish employers between 2003 and 2015. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Data comes from the research performed in 2006, 2010 and 2015, involving random- selected representative samples of Polish enterprises, employing no fewer than 50 employees...
November 17, 2017: International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149113/-incidence-of-surgical-site-infection-in-colon-surgery-and-antibiotic-prophylaxis-adequacy-prospective-cohort-study
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J A Del Moral Luque, M Alonso García, P Gil Yonte, J M Fernández Cebrián, M Durán Poveda, G Rodríguez Caravaca
BACKGROUND: Surgical site infection (SSI) has a considerable clinical and economic impact at the hospital level, so prevention and monitoring are considered a high priority. The objective of this study was to assess compliance with the protocol of antibiotic prophylaxis in colon surgery and the effect of its inadequacy for the incidence of SSI. METHODS: Prospective cohort study from July 2008 to July 2016. Compliance with antibiotic prophylaxis protocol and the causes of non-compliance were evaluated in colon surgery: duration and starting, choice, route of administration and dose of the antibiotic...
November 17, 2017: Anales del Sistema Sanitario de Navarra
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148835/2017-white-paper-on-recent-issues-in-bioanalysis-aren-t-bmv-guidance-guidelines-scientific-part-1-lcms-small-molecules-peptides-and-small-molecule-biomarkers
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Jan Welink, Eric Yang, Nicola Hughes, Brian Rago, Eric Woolf, Jens Sydor, Laura Coppola, Brad Ackermann, Wenkui Li, Stephen C Alley, Mark Arnold, Isabella Berger, Chad Briscoe, Michael Buonarati, Mark Bustard, Mark Cancilla, Seongeun Julia Cho, Jeff Duggan, Daniela Fraier, Fabio Garofolo, Rachel Green, Sam Haidar, Lucinda Hittle, Akiko Ishii-Watabe, Rafiq Islam, Rand Jenkins, Barry Jones, John Kadavil, Sean Kassim, Olga Kavetska, Olivier Le Blaye, Anita Lee, Hanlan Liu, John Mehl, Gustavo Mendes Lima Santos, Adrien Musuku, Ragu Ramanathan, Yoshiro Saito, Natasha Savoie, Scott Summerfield, Sekhar Surapaneni, Matthew Szapacs, Nilufer Tampal, Tom Verhaeghe, Stephen Vinter, Emma Whale
The 2017 11th Workshop on Recent Issues in Bioanalysis (11th WRIB) took place in Los Angeles/Universal City, California from 3 April 2017 to 7 April 2017 with participation of close to 750 professionals from pharmaceutical/biopharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, contract research organizations and regulatory agencies worldwide. WRIB was once again a 5-day, weeklong event - A Full Immersion Week of Bioanalysis, Biomarkers and Immunogenicity. As usual, it was specifically designed to facilitate sharing, reviewing, discussing and agreeing on approaches to address the most current issues of interest including both small and large molecule analysis involving LCMS, hybrid LBA/LCMS and ligand-binding assay (LBA) approaches...
November 17, 2017: Bioanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148172/quality-of-handwritten-surgical-operative-notes-from-surgical-trainees-a-noteworthy-issue
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Tatenda C Nzenza, Todd Manning, Simeon Ngweso, Marlon Perera, Shomik Sengupta, Damien Bolton, Nathan Lawrentschuk
BACKGROUND: Surgical operation notes are crucial for medical record keeping and information flow in continued patient care. In addition to inherent medical implications, the quality of operative notes also has important economic and medico-legal ramifications. Further, well-documented records can also be useful for audit purposes and propagation of research, facilitating the improvement of delivery of care to patients. We aimed to assess the quality of surgical operation notes written by junior doctors and trainees against a set standard, to ascertain whether these standards were met...
November 17, 2017: ANZ Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148140/haemodynamic-effects-of-an-acute-vasodilator-challenge-in-heart-failure-patients-with-reduced-ejection-fraction-and-different-forms-of-post-capillary-pulmonary-hypertension
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Stefano Ghio, Gabriele Crimi, Pier Luigi Temporelli, Egidio Traversi, Maria Teresa La Rovere, Antonia Cannito, Dario Vizza, Laura Scelsi, Claudia Raineri, Marco Guazzi, Luigi Oltrona Visconti
AIMS: The most recent European guidelines have proposed new definitions of pulmonary hypertension (PH) in left heart disease, to better approach the characteristics required to reflect the presence of pulmonary vascular disease. The purpose of this study was to assess whether different haemodynamic definitions of post-capillary PH imply a different reversibility of PH in response to acute vasodilator administration in heart failure patients with reduced ejection fraction and PH (HFrEF-PH)...
November 16, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148065/improvement-in-low-upright-baroreflex-sensitivity-is-associated-with-positive-clinical-effect-of-orthostatic-training
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Peter Mitro, Miloš Simurda, Ervin Muller
AIM: To assess the clinical efficacy of orthostatic training (OT) and its effect on the autonomic activity. METHODS: OT was performed in 38 patients (13 males, age 36.4 ± 15.2 years). Baroreflex sensitivity (BRS), heart rate variability and quality of life (SF 36) was assessed before and after 6 months of OT. Patients with no recurrence of syncope and reduction of the presyncope number to one-third or less were classified as responders. RESULTS: Compliance to OT was low...
November 16, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
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