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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092930/prevalence-of-latent-tuberculosis-among-laboratory-healthcare-workers-in-iran-a-cross-sectional-study
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Mahshid Nasehi, Abdolrazagh Hashemi-Shahraki, Amin Doosti-Irani, Saeed Sharafi, Ehsan Mostafavi
Objectives: The risk of transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis from patients to health-care workers (HCWs) is a neglected problem in many countries including Iran. The aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence of latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI), and related risk factors among TB laboratory staff in Iran. Methods: All TB laboratory staff (689 individual) who were working in TB laboratories of 50 Iranian Universities of Medical Sciences and a random sample consisted of 317 participants from low risk HCWs, were included in this cross sectional study...
December 30, 2016: Epidemiology and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092867/expression-of-mmp-2-and-timp-1-during-rapid-maxillary-expansion-in-rats
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Jianwei Chen, Jing Zhou, Fan Li, Jianfeng Sun, Guifeng Li, Shujuan Zou, Qingsong Ye
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the expression of MMP-2 and TIMP-1 during midpalatal suture expansion in rats. DESIGN: 72 male Wistar rats were randomly divided into 2 groups: the experimental group and the control group. In the experimental group, opening loops were applied across the midpalatal suture with an initial force of 50g, whereas in the control group, rats were subjected to sham installation of opening loops without activation. On day 1, 4, 7 and 14, nine rats from each group were sacrificed, and the maxillae were dissected and prepared for Immunohistochemistry (IHC) and RT- PCR examination of MMP-2 and TIMP-1 expression...
January 4, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092847/repetitive-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-for-the-treatment-of-post-stroke-depression-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-clinical-trials
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XinYi Shen, MingYi Liu, Yu Cheng, Cui Jia, XinYue Pan, QingYun Gou, XinLian Liu, Hui Cao, LuShun Zhang
BACKGROUND: Every year, more than fifteen million people worldwide experience a stroke, nearly 30% of stroke survivors are likely to experience post-stroke depression (PSD). Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is one of the emerging techniques which assist in targeting rehabilitation after stroke. Although deterioration of PSD greatly affects the recovery and quality of life of stroke sufferers, the effect of rTMS therapy has not been systematically studied. OBJECTIVE: A systematic review and meta-analysis was conducted to determine the effect of rTMS on PSD...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092795/moderate-aerobic-exercise-training-for-improving-reproductive-function-in-infertile-patients-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Behzad Hajizadeh Maleki, Bakhtyar Tartibian
This study investigated for the first time the changes in seminal markers of inflammation, oxidative stress status, semen parameters, sperm DNA integrity as well as pregnancy rate following 24weeks of moderate aerobic exercise in infertile patients. A total of 1026 sedentary men (aged 25-40years) attending the infertility clinic with history of more than one year of infertility, were screened and 419 were randomized to either exercise (EX, n=210) or non-exercise (NON-EX, n=209) groups. Exercise training favorably attenuated seminal markers of both inflammation (IL-1β, IL-6, IL-8, and TNF-α) and oxidative stress (ROS, MDA, 8-Isoprostane) as well as enhanced antioxidant defense system (SOD, catalase and TAC) (P<0...
January 13, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092777/controlling-the-3d-architecture-of-self-lifting-auto-generated-tissue-equivalents-slates-for-optimized-corneal-graft-composition-and-stability
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Ricardo M Gouveia, Elena González-Andrades, Juan C Cardona, Carmen González-Gallardo, Ana M Ionescu, Ingrid Garzon, Miguel Alaminos, Miguel González-Andrades, Che J Connon
Ideally, biomaterials designed to play specific physical and physiological roles in vivo should comprise components and microarchitectures analogous to those of the native tissues they intend to replace. For that, implantable biomaterials need to be carefully designed to have the correct structural and compositional properties, which consequently impart their bio-function. In this study, we showed that the control of such properties can be defined from the bottom-up, using smart surface templates to modulate the structure, composition, and bio-mechanics of human transplantable tissues...
December 23, 2016: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092683/case-control-association-mapping-by-proxy-using-family-history-of-disease
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Jimmy Z Liu, Yaniv Erlich, Joseph K Pickrell
Collecting cases for case-control genetic association studies can be time-consuming and expensive. In some situations (such as studies of late-onset or rapidly lethal diseases), it may be more practical to identify family members of cases. In randomly ascertained cohorts, replacing cases with their first-degree relatives enables studies of diseases that are absent (or nearly absent) in the cohort. We refer to this approach as genome-wide association study by proxy (GWAX) and apply it to 12 common diseases in 116,196 individuals from the UK Biobank...
January 16, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092641/performance-characterization-of-a-novel-electronic-number-connection-test-to-detect-minimal-hepatic-encephalopathy-in-cirrhotic-patients
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Tilo Wuensch, Darius Ferenc Ruether, Caroline Zöllner, Tobias Mueller, Tobias Jung, Magnus Kaffarnik, Ursula Kassner, Eckart Schott, Stephan Kiefer, Johann Pratschke, Martin Stockmann, Maximilian Jara
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Hepatic encephalopathy (HE) is a frequent complication of cirrhosis, characterized by cognitive deficits that negatively impact patients' quality of life. The mild, minimal hepatic encephalopathy (mHE) can only be detected by psychometric tests and early mHE detection can prevent more severe complications or even survival times. Here, we aimed to investigate the feasibility and validity of the novel-developed electronic number connection test (eNCT), which is designed as a fast and easy-to-perform mHE patient self-test...
January 12, 2017: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092515/towards-a-run-to-run-adaptive-artificial-pancreas-in-silico-results
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Chiara Toffanin, Roberto Visentin, Mirko Messori, Federico Di Palma, Lalo Magni, Claudio Cobelli
: Contemporary and future outpatient long-term artificial pancreas (AP) studies need to cope with the well-known large intra- and inter-day glucose variability occurring in type 1 diabetic (T1D) subjects. Here we propose an adaptive Model Predictive Control (MPC) strategy to account for it and test it in silico. METHODS: A Run-to-Run (R2R) approach adapts the subcutaneous basal insulin delivery during the night and the carbohydrate-to-insulin ratio (CR) during the day, based on some performance indices calculated from subcutaneous continuous glucose sensor data...
January 11, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092497/polymyxin-b-hemoperfusion-for-sepsis-and-septic-shock-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Takero Terayama, Kazuma Yamakawa, Yutaka Umemura, Morio Aihara, Satoshi Fujimi
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of direct hemoperfusion with polymyxin B-immobilized fiber (PMX-DHP) therapy in patients with sepsis. DESIGN: A systematic review and meta-analysis of four major databases: Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, MEDLINE, Scopus, and Science Citation Index Expanded. STUDY SELECTION: Randomized controlled trials comparing PMX-DHP with conventional therapy on the outcome of mortality in patients with severe sepsis/septic shock...
January 16, 2017: Surgical Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092488/low-level-laser-therapy-in-enhancing-wound-healing-and-preserving-tissue-thickness-at-free-gingival-graft-donor-sites-a-randomized-controlled-clinical-study
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Gulbahar Ustaoglu, Esra Ercan, Mustafa Tunali
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine the effects of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) on wound healing at free gingival graft (FGG) donor sites. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty patients requiring FGG were selected for this randomized, controlled, and double-blinded prospective clinical trial. The FGG donor sites were treated with LLLT and compared with an untreated control group. The Wound-Healing Index (WHI), tissue consistency, color match, and H2O2 bubbling test for the evaluation of complete wound epithelialization were recorded on the 3rd, 7th, 14th and 21st days...
January 12, 2017: Photomedicine and Laser Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092404/metformin-versus-myoinositol-which-is-better-in-obese-pcos-patients-a-randomized-controlled-crossover-study
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Valeria Tagliaferri, Daniela Romualdi, Valentina Immediata, Simona De Cicco, Christian Di Florio, Antonio Lanzone, Maurizio Guido
CONTEXT: due to the central role of metabolic abnormalities in the pathophysiology of PCOS, insulin sensitising agents have been proposed as a feasible treatment option. OBJECTIVE: to investigate which is the more effective between metformin and myoinositol on hormonal, clinical and metabolic parameters in obese patients with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). STUDY DESIGN: crossover randomized-controlled study. PATIENTS: Thirty-four PCOS obese women (age: 25...
January 16, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092300/self-administered-lidocaine-gel-for-pain-control-with-first-trimester-surgical-abortion-a-randomized-controlled-trial-correction
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December 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092201/evaluation-of-a-steroid-releasing-sinus-implant-for-the-treatment-of-patients-undergoing-frontal-sinus-surgery-for-chronic-rhinosinusitis
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Sean Bury, Ameet Singh
Management of the frontal sinus places great demands on the otolaryngologist. Given that the fronto-ethmoidal region is susceptible to recurrent inflammation, scarring, and stenosis, maintaining long-term patency of the frontal sinus is a difficult challenge. Oral and topical anti-inflammatory therapy, post-operative stenting, and 'home-brew' drug elution have been used for the treatment of the frontal sinus with mixed success. Recently an implant has been approved for post-operative placement into the frontal recess...
January 16, 2017: Expert Review of Medical Devices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092139/content-of-conventional-therapy-for-the-severely-affected-arm-during-subacute-rehabilitation-after-stroke-an-analysis-of-physiotherapy-and-occupational-therapy-practice
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Lex D de Jong, Frederike van Wijck, Roy E Stewart, Alexander C H Geurts, Pieter U Dijkstra
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Physiotherapy (PT) and occupational therapy (OT) are key professions providing treatment for the arm after stroke; however, knowledge about the content of these treatments is scant. Detailed data are needed to replicate interventions, evaluate their effective components, and evaluate PT and OT practice. This paper describes PT and OT treatment for the severely affected arm in terms of duration, content according to components and categories of the International Classification of Human Functioning, Disability and Health, and to analyze differences between professions...
January 16, 2017: Physiotherapy Research International: the Journal for Researchers and Clinicians in Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092106/a-randomised-controlled-trial-examining-the-effect-of-acupuncture-at-the-ex-hn3-yintang-point-on-pre-operative-anxiety-levels-in-neurosurgical-patients
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M D Wiles, J Mamdani, M Pullman, J C Andrzejowski
Pre-operative anxiety is an unpleasant state of psychological distress that occurs in up to 87% of patients awaiting neurosurgical procedures. Sedative medication is undesirable in this population due to the need for early postoperative neurological assessment. Acupuncture has previously been shown to reduce pre-operative anxiety, but studies involving neurosurgical patients are lacking. This single-centre, prospective, randomised controlled trial was designed to determine the effect of acupuncture at the EX-HN3 (Yintang point) on pre-operative anxiety levels in neurosurgical patients...
January 16, 2017: Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092105/effectiveness-of-water-fluoridation-in-the-prevention-of-dental-caries-across-adult-age-groups
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Loc Do, Diep Ha, Marco Peres, John Skinner, Roy Byun, A John Spencer
BACKGROUND: Lifetime access to fluoridated water (FW) is associated with lower caries experience. However, assessing this association in adults is likely affected by age. Cohort stratification and categorization of per cent lifetime access to fluoridated water (% LAFW) within cohorts are current approaches to this assessment. These approaches require an examination of the % LAFW and caries experience variation within and across age groups and their association to inform future analyses...
January 16, 2017: Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092077/the-reference-frame-for-encoding-and-retention-of-motion-depends-on-stimulus-set-size
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Duong Huynh, Srimant P Tripathy, Harold E Bedell, Haluk Öğmen
The goal of this study was to investigate the reference frames used in perceptual encoding and storage of visual motion information. In our experiments, observers viewed multiple moving objects and reported the direction of motion of a randomly selected item. Using a vector-decomposition technique, we computed performance during smooth pursuit with respect to a spatiotopic (nonretinotopic) and to a retinotopic component and compared them with performance during fixation, which served as the baseline. For the stimulus encoding stage, which precedes memory, we found that the reference frame depends on the stimulus set size...
January 13, 2017: Attention, Perception & Psychophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092069/treatment-of-concomitant-oab-and-bph
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REVIEW
Matthew C Moss, Tameem Rezan, Umar R Karaman, Alex Gomelsky
The etiology of men's lower urinary tract storage and voiding symptoms involves a contribution from both detrusor and outlet. As such, treatment of benign prostatic enlargement (BPE) ± benign prostatic obstruction (BPO) with standard alpha-adrenergic blockade and 5-alpha reductase inhibitor therapy may leave a population of men with persistent and bothersome urinary storage symptoms. An abundance of adequately powered, randomized, placebo-controlled trials indicate that the use of antimuscarinics and beta-3 adrenergic agonists, either alone or in combination with standard BPE/BPO therapy, leads to improvement in storage symptoms...
January 2017: Current Urology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092065/impact-of-celecoxib-on-inflammation-during-cancer-surgery-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Jonathan G Hiller, Shienny Sampurno, Rosemary Millen, Niketh Kuruvilla, Kwok M Ho, Rob Ramsay, Bernhard Riedel
PURPOSE: During cancer surgery, prostaglandin-mediated inflammation may promote and activate micrometastatic disease with a consequent increase in long-term cancer recurrence. Cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitors, known to have anti-proliferative properties, may offset such perioperative perturbation. We investigated the effectiveness of these agents to minimize inflammatory changes during cancer surgery. METHODS: Following ethics approval, 32 patients who were to undergo major intracavity cancer surgery were enrolled in this prospective, randomized, clinical trial...
January 13, 2017: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Journal Canadien D'anesthésie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092060/parenting-self-efficacy-parent-depression-and-healthy-childhood-behaviors-in-a-low-income-minority-population-a-cross-sectional-analysis
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William J Heerman, Julie Lounds Taylor, Kenneth A Wallston, Shari L Barkin
Objectives Childhood obesity prevention and treatment depends, in part, on parents acting as agents of change for their children. Our objective was to measure the associations between parenting self-efficacy, parent depressive symptoms, and preschool child behaviors that support healthy growth. Methods We performed a cross-sectional analysis of baseline data from a randomized controlled trial. Parenting self-efficacy was measured using a 5-item version of the Parenting Sense of Competence (PSOC-5) scale (α= 0...
January 13, 2017: Maternal and Child Health Journal
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