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Samuel A Olowookere, Emmanuel A Abioye-Kuteyi, O Adekanle
BACKGROUND: Ebola viral disease (EVD) epidemic need to be contained through means which include vaccination of susceptible population. Vaccination has eradicated major killer diseases. OBJECTIVE: The study determined the health workers willingness to participate in EVD vaccine clinical trials and receive EVD vaccine. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A descriptive cross-sectional study design involving 370 consenting health workers of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife that completed a self administered semi-structured questionnaire...
October 14, 2016: Vaccine
Elise Verger, Pierre Drion, Geneviève Meffre, Claire Bernard, Luc Duwez, Nicolas Lepareur, Olivier Couturier, François Hindré, Roland Hustinx, Franck Lacoeuille
PURPOSE: This work aims to develop, validate and optimize the radiolabeling of Starch-Based Microparticles (SBMP) by 188Re and 68Ga in the form of ready-to-use radiolabeling kits, the ultimate goal being to obtain a unique theranostic vector for the treatment of Hepatocellular Carcinoma. METHODS: Optimal labeling conditions and composition of freeze-dried kits were defined by monitoring the radiochemical purity while varying several parameters. In vitro stability studies were carried out, as well as an in vivo biodistribution as a preliminary approach with the intra-arterial injection of 68Ga radiolabeled SBMP into the hepatic artery of DENA-induced rats followed by PET/CT imaging...
2016: PloS One
Andras Herner, Jasmina Marjanovic, Tracey Lewandowski, Violeta L Marin, Melanie J Patterson, Laura Miesbauer, Damien Ready, Jon Williams, Anil Vasudevan, Qing Lin
Photoaffinity labels are powerful tools for dissecting ligand-protein interactions, and have a broad utility in medicinal chemistry and drug discovery. Traditional photoaffinity labels work through non-specific C-H/X-H bond insertion reactions with the protein of interest by the highly reactive photo-generated intermediate. Herein, we report a new photo-affinity label, 2-aryl-5-carboxytetrazole (ACT) that interacts with the target protein via a unique mechanism in which the photo-generated carboxynitrile imine reacts with a proximal nucleophile near the target active site...
October 14, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Jennifer Hulme, Catherine Moravac, Farah Ahmad, Shelley Cleverly, Aisha Lofters, Ophira Ginsburg, Sheila Dunn
BACKGROUND: Breast and cervical cancer screening rates remain low among immigrant women and those of low socioeconomic status. The Cancer Awareness: Ready for Education and Screening (CARES) project ran a peer-led multi-lingual educational program between 2012 and 2014 to reach under and never-screened women in Central Toronto, where breast and cervical cancer screening rates remain low. The objective of this qualitative study was to better understand how Chinese and South Asian immigrants - the largest and most under-screened immigrant groups according to national and provincial statistics - conceive of breast and cervical cancer screening...
October 13, 2016: BMC Public Health
Christina Weiland
Theory and empirical work suggest inclusion preschool improves the school readiness of young children with special needs, but only 2 studies of the model have used rigorous designs that could identify causality. The present study examined the impacts of the Boston Public prekindergarten program-which combined proven language, literacy, and mathematics curricula with coaching-on the language, literacy, mathematics, executive function, and emotional skills of young children with special needs (N = 242). Children with special needs benefitted from the program in all examined domains...
October 10, 2016: Developmental Psychology
Peter Nicklen, Jennifer L Keating, Stephen Maloney
BACKGROUND: Case-based learning (CBL) is an educational approach where students work in small, collaborative groups to solve problems. Web-conferencing software provides a platform to present information and share concepts that are vital to CBL. Previous studies have found that participants were resistant to change associated with implementing e-learning; however, strategies to reduce this resistance have not been explored. OBJECTIVE: This study was designed to explore student preconceptions and understanding of remote-online case-based learning (RO-CBL)...
April 28, 2016: JMIR Med Educ
Yaoping Liu, Lingqian Zhang, Chi Mo, Yanping Cao, Wengang Wu, Wei Wang
Surface functionalization of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) is important in developing high-performance microfluidic devices. This work applied the thermal chemical vapor deposition (t-CVD) of Parylene-C onto PDMS to caulk the molecular network while retaining the original surface properties for the oxygen plasma bonding. The very low deposition rates (for example, a nominal rate of 0.12 Å min(-1) at 135 °C) of Parylene-C at elevated substrate temperatures enabled the reactive Parylene-C monomers to penetrate into the PDMS matrix up to 4...
October 18, 2016: Lab on a Chip
Rifat Latifi, Jayleen K L Gunn, John A Stroster, Edmond Zaimi, Fatos Olldashi, Agron Dogjani, Mihal Kerci, Xheladin Draçini, Julian Kuçani, Zhaneta Shatri, Agim Kociraj, Arian Boci, Ross I Donaldson
BACKGROUND: Traumatic injuries have become a substantial but neglected epidemic in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), but emergency rooms (ERs) in these countries are often staffed with healthcare providers who have minimal emergency training and experience. The aim of this paper was to describe the specialized training, available interventions, and the patient management strategies in the ERs in Albanian public hospitals. METHODS: A cross-sectional descriptive study of 42 ERs in the Republic of Albania between September 5, 2014, and December 29, 2014 was performed...
December 2016: International Journal of Emergency Medicine
Kerri A Thom, Emily L Heil, Lindsay D Croft, Alison Duffy, Daniel J Morgan, Mary Johantgen
Clinical errors are common and can lead to adverse events and patient death. Health professionals must work within interprofessional teams to provide safe and effective care to patients, yet current curricula is lacking with regards to interprofessional education and patient safety. We describe the development and implementation of an interprofessional course aimed at medical, nursing, and pharmacy learners during their clinical training at a large academic medical centre. The course objectives were based on core competencies for interprofessional education and patient safety...
August 11, 2016: Journal of Interprofessional Care
Vincent T van Hees, Kathrin Thaler-Kall, Klaus-Hendrik Wolf, Jan C Brønd, Alberto Bonomi, Mareike Schulze, Matthäus Vigl, Bente Morseth, Laila Arnesdatter Hopstock, Lukas Gorzelniak, Holger Schulz, Søren Brage, Alexander Horsch
OBJECTIVES: Raw accelerometry is increasingly being used in physical activity research, but diversity in sensor design, attachment and signal processing challenges the comparability of research results. Therefore, efforts are needed to harmonize the methodology. In this article we reflect on how increased methodological harmonization may be achieved. METHODS: The authors of this work convened for a two-day workshop (March 2014) themed on methodological harmonization of raw accelerometry...
October 7, 2016: Methods of Information in Medicine
Melanie Gleason, Lisa Cicutto, Christy Haas-Howard, Bridget M Raleigh, Stanley J Szefler
Asthma is one of the most common illnesses of school-aged children and can lead to both health and educational disparities. Children from low socioeconomic backgrounds and racial/ethnic minorities suffer the greatest impact. They often lack the asthma self-management skills to successfully monitor, navigate, and negotiate appropriate asthma care. School settings are a strategic point of contact for this additional support. School nurses can monitor for signs of asthma worsening, manage symptoms, provide care coordination, and reinforce self-management skills...
October 2016: Current Allergy and Asthma Reports
Virginia Ahalt, Nilay Tanık Argon, Serhan Ziya, Jeff Strickler, Abhi Mehrotra
According to American College of Emergency Physicians, emergency department (ED) crowding occurs when the identified need for emergency services exceeds available resources for patient care in the ED, hospital, or both. ED crowding is a widely reported problem and several crowding scores are proposed to quantify crowding using hospital and patient data as inputs for assisting healthcare professionals in anticipating imminent crowding problems. Using data from a large academic hospital in North Carolina, we evaluate three crowding scores, namely, EDWIN, NEDOCS, and READI by assessing strengths and weaknesses of each score, particularly their predictive power...
October 4, 2016: Health Care Management Science
Audun E Rimehaug, Eirik Skogvoll, Petter Aadahl, Oddveig Lyng, Dag O Nordhaug, Lasse Løvstakken, Idar Kirkeby-Garstad
Cardiac power, the product of aortic flow and blood pressure, appears to be a fundamental cardiovascular parameter. The simplified version named cardiac power output (CPO), calculated as the product of cardiac output (CO) in L/min and mean arterial pressure (MAP) in mmHg divided by 451, has shown great ability to predict outcome in a broad spectrum of cardiac disease. Beat-by-beat evaluation of cardiac power (PWR) therefore appears to be a possibly valuable addition when monitoring circulatory unstable patients, providing parameters of overall cardiovascular function...
October 2016: Physiological Reports
William Campbell, Reid K Hester, Kathryn L Lenberg, Harold D Delaney
BACKGROUND: Despite empirical evidence supporting the use of Web-based interventions for problem drinking, much remains unknown about factors that influence their effectiveness. OBJECTIVE: We evaluated the performance of 2 resources for people who want to achieve and maintain abstinence: SMART Recovery (SR) and Overcoming Addictions (OA). OA is a Web application based on SR. We also examined participant and intervention-related factors hypothesized to impact clinical outcomes of Web-based interventions...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Medical Internet Research
Gian Marco Contessa, Carlo Grandi, Mario Scognamiglio, Elisabetta Genovese, Sandro Sandri
The accident at Tokyo Electric Power Company's (TEPCO's) Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant (NPP) has been one of the dominant topic in nuclear safety and it has brought new attention on the matter of accidents in NPPs due to external events related to natural causes. Climate change has risen new risks and the growing probability of extreme external events has increased exposure and vulnerability of workers in the nuclear sector. However extreme natural events are a threat not only to NPPs but to all facilities dealing with radioactive material and in an emergency scenario they can affect the effectiveness and implementation of safety devices and procedures and also prevent communications, causing delays in the readiness of response...
July 2016: Annali Dell'Istituto Superiore di Sanità
Todd J Nilsen, Anouska Dasgupta, Yen-Chen Huang, Henry Wilson, Evangelia Chnari
BACKGROUND: The use of acellular dermal matrices (ADMs) has become the standard of practice in many reconstructive and aesthetic surgical applications. Different methods used to prepare the allograft tissue for surgical use can alter the ADMs natural properties. Aseptic processing has been shown to retain the natural properties of ADMs more favorably than terminally sterilized ADMs. Terminal sterilization has been historically linked to alteration of biological materials. In vitro work was conducted to compare ADM processing methods...
October 3, 2016: Aesthetic Surgery Journal
F Cardoso-Toset, I Luque, A Morales-Partera, A Galán-Relaño, B Barrero-Domínguez, M Hernández, J Gómez-Laguna
Dry-cured hams, shoulders and loins of Iberian pigs are highly appreciated in national and international markets. Salting, additive addition and dehydration are the main strategies to produce these ready-to-eat products. Although the dry curing process is known to reduce the load of well-known food borne pathogens, studies evaluating the viability of other microorganisms in contaminated pork have not been performed. In this work, the efficacy of the dry curing process to eliminate three swine pathogens associated with pork carcass condemnation, Streptococcus suis, Streptococcus dysgalactiae and Trueperella pyogenes, was evaluated...
February 2017: Food Microbiology
Catherine Adams, Angela Dawson, Maralyn Foureur
OBJECTIVE: To identify the predominant culture of an organisation which could then assess readiness for change. DESIGN: An exploratory design using the Competing Values Framework (CVF) as a self-administered survey tool. SETTING: The Maternity Unit in one Australian metropolitan tertiary referral hospital. SUBJECTS: All 120 clinicians (100 midwives and 20 obstetricians) employed in the maternity service were invited to participate; 26% responded...
September 29, 2016: Women and Birth: Journal of the Australian College of Midwives
Sai Krishna Prabhala, Stanley Chien, Hiroki Yokota, Sohel Anwar
This paper presents the design of an innovative device that applies dynamic mechanical load to human knee joints. Dynamic loading is employed by applying cyclic and periodic force on a target area. The repeated force loading was considered to be an effective modality for repair and rehabilitation of long bones that are subject to ailments like fractures, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, etc. The proposed device design builds on the knowledge gained in previous animal and mechanical studies. It employs a modified slider-crank linkage mechanism actuated by a brushless Direct Current (DC) motor and provides uniform and cyclic force...
2016: Sensors
Yahya Buntat, Muhammad Sukri Saud, Mahani Mokhtar, Yusri Kamin, Lim Set Feh
BACKGROUND: Increase in the occurrence of existing diseases, continual emergence of new or exotic diseases and re-emergence of old diseases have placed increasing demands on biomedical services in Malaysia. Biomedical technicians play an important role in operating biomedical instruments. However, there are no clear specifications about characteristics and traits for these semi-professional employees. Employers in a few studies claimed that biomedical graduates are not ready to enter and face challenges in the job market...
September 29, 2016: Work: a Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation
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