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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545268/-efficacy-and-impact-on-quality-of-life-of-different-drug-treatments-after-partial-resection-of-rectovaginal-endometriosis
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T Li, X X Xu, Y Dai, J J Zhang, J H Lang, J H Leng
Objective: To evaluate different postoperative medications as maintenance treatment for rectovaginal endometriosis (RVE) patients after conservative surgery. Methods: RVE patients who underwent transvaginal partial excision from January 2007 to September 2016 with regular outpatient follow-up were retrospectively screened. Those followed by a levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system (LNG-IUS) insertion or oral contraceptive drospirenone/ethinylestradiol (DRSP/EE) 3 mg/30 μg administration were enrolled...
May 25, 2017: Zhonghua Fu Chan Ke za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545164/loss-of-appendicular-muscle-mass-in-haemodialysis-patients-is-associated-with-increased-self-reported-depression-anxiety-and-lower-general-health-scores
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Helen Alston, Aine Burns, Andrew Davenport
AIMS: Depressive symptoms are commonly reported by haemodialysis (HD) patients. Previous reports have suggested an association between depression and nutritional status. To investigate this, we measured muscle mass in HD patients screened for depression. METHODS: The Beck Depression Inventory-II (BDI-II), Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) were used to screen for depression, and quality of life assessed by the short form 36 (SF36), and measured appendicular lean mass (ALM) post-dialysis with segmental bioimpedance...
May 25, 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545130/responses-of-absolute-and-specific-enzyme-activity-to-consecutive-application-of-composted-sewage-sludge-in-a-fluventic-ustochrept
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Xiao Liu, Kangli Guo, Lin Huang, Zhengyu Ji, Huimin Jiang, Hu Li, Jianfeng Zhang
Composted sewage sludge (CS) is considered a rich source of soil nutrients and significantly affects the physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of soil, but its effect on specific enzyme activity in soil is disregarded. The present experiment examined the absolute and specific enzyme activity of the enzymes involved in carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus cycles, the diversity of soil microbial functions, and soil community composition in a Fluventic Ustochrept under a maize-wheat rotation system in North China during 2012-2015...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545115/network-architecture-associated-with-the-highly-specialized-hindlimb-of-frogs
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Daniel Andrés Dos Santos, Jéssica Fratani, María Laura Ponssa, Virginia Abdala
Network analyses have been increasingly used in the context of comparative vertebrate morphology. The structural units of the vertebrate body are treated as discrete elements (nodes) of a network, whose interactions at their physical contacts (links) determine the phenotypic modules. Here, we use the network approach to study the organization of the locomotor system underlying the hindlimb of frogs. Nodes correspond to fibrous knots, skeletal and muscular units. Edges encode the ligamentous and monoaxial tendinous connections in addition to joints...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545063/financial-distress-in-patients-with-advanced-cancer
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Cécile Barbaret, Christelle Brosse, Wadih Rhondali, Murielle Ruer, Léa Monsarrat, Patrick Michaud, Anne Marie Schott, Marvin Delgado-Guay, Eduardo Bruera, Stéphane Sanchez, Marilène Filbet
PURPOSE: We examined the frequency and severity of financial distress (FD) and its association with quality of life (QOL) and symptoms among patients with advanced cancer in France. DESIGN: In this cross-sectional study, 143 patients with advanced cancer were enrolled. QOL was assessed using the Functional Assessment of Cancer General (FACT-G) and symptoms assessed using Edmonton Assessment System (ESAS) and Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS). FD was assessed using a self-rated numeric scale from 0 to 10...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545061/microbiota-induced-peritrophic-matrix-regulates-midgut-homeostasis-and-prevents-systemic-infection-of-malaria-vector-mosquitoes
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Faye H Rodgers, Mathilde Gendrin, Claudia A S Wyer, George K Christophides
Manipulation of the mosquito gut microbiota can lay the foundations for novel methods for disease transmission control. Mosquito blood feeding triggers a significant, transient increase of the gut microbiota, but little is known about the mechanisms by which the mosquito controls this bacterial growth whilst limiting inflammation of the gut epithelium. Here, we investigate the gut epithelial response to the changing microbiota load upon blood feeding in the malaria vector Anopheles coluzzii. We show that the synthesis and integrity of the peritrophic matrix, which physically separates the gut epithelium from its luminal contents, is microbiota dependent...
May 17, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544886/the-level-of-physical-fitness-in-children-aged-6-7years-with-low-birthweight
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Elżbieta Cieśla, Monika Zaręba, Sławomir Kozieł
BACKGROUND: Level of physical fitness is related to the functional status of most of the bodily functions and so it appears to be very important to identify perinatal factors influencing physical fitness. AIM: The purpose of this study was to determine the influence of birth weight on the level of physical fitness in children 6-7years of age. SUBJECTS AND METHOD: Physical fitness was assessed using EUROFIT tests in 28,623 children, aged 6-7years, from rural areas in Poland...
May 22, 2017: Early Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544839/isolated-right-ventricular-apical-trabecular-hypoplasia-a-case-report
#8
Qi Tan, Jie Zi, Mei Zhu, Anbiao Wang
Right ventricular (RV) hypoplasia with isolated myocardial disease and complete absence of RV trabeculae is a rare congenital heart disease, the current treatment of which is ineffective. Here, a rare case is presented of a middle-aged female patient with RV hypoplasia complicated by tricuspid regurgitation, right atrial thrombus, and atrial fibrillation. The patient was treated with a one-and-a-half ventricular repair, and showed significant improvements in cardiac function and physical activity tolerance...
January 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544768/examining-practical-nursing-experiences-to-discover-ways-in-which-to-retain-and-invigorate-the-remaining-functions-of-the-elderly-with-a-demented-and-complex-disability-in-nursing-homes
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Min-Sun Park, Sun-Young Lim, Eun-Young Kim, Su-Jung Lee, Sung-Ok Chang
AIM: The bedridden elderly with moderate-to-severe dementia account for a large proportion of the residents in nursing homes and form a specialized group requiring customized care in order to encourage their remaining functions, which determine the quality of their residual life. The purpose of this study was to search for ways to invigorate and foster the remaining functions of this complex-disability group, based on practical nursing strategies in nursing homes. METHODS: The qualitative thematic analysis was done by conducting in-depth interviews with 29 nurses working at 11 different nursing homes in South Korea...
May 23, 2017: Japan Journal of Nursing Science: JJNS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544612/ecology-adaptation-and-function-of-methane-sulfidic-spring-water-biofilm-microorganisms-including-a-strain-of-anaerobic-fungus-mucor-hiemalis
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Enamul Hoque, Johannes Fritscher
Ecological aspects, adaptation, and some functions of a special biofilm and its unique key anaerobic fungus Mucor hiemalis strain EH11 isolated from a pristine spring (Künzing, Bavaria, Germany) are described. The spring's pure nature is characterized by, for example, bubbling methane, marine-salinity, mild hydrothermal (~19.1°C), sulfidic, and reductive-anoxic (Eh : -241 to -253 mV, O2 : ≤ 0.1 mg/L) conditions. It is geoecologically located at the border zone between Bavarian Forest (crystalline rocky mountains) and the moor-like Danube River valley, where geological displacements bring the spring's water from the deeper layers of former marine sources up to the surface...
May 24, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544568/depression-risk-in-young-adults-with-childhood-and-adult-onset-lupus-12-years-of-follow-up
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Andrea M Knight, Laura Trupin, Patricia Katz, Edward Yelin, Erica F Lawson
OBJECTIVE: To compare major depression risk among young adults with childhood-onset and adult-onset systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), and to determine demographic and health-related predictors of depression. METHODS: Young adults with SLE ages 18-45 years (n=546) in the Lupus Outcomes Study completed annual telephone surveys from 2002-2015, including assessment of depression using the Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale (CES-D), and self-report measures of sociodemographics and health characteristics...
May 23, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544533/efficacy-and-safety-of-secukinumab-in-asian-patients-with-active-ankylosing-spondylitis-52-week-pooled-results-from-two-phase-3-studies
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James C-C Wei, Dominique Baeten, Joachim Sieper, Atul Deodhar, Vaishali Bhosekar, Ruvie Martin, Brian Porter
AIM: To evaluate efficacy and safety of secukinumab in Asian patients with active ankylosing spondylitis (AS) via a pooled subgroup analysis from two phase 3 studies, MEASURE 1 (NCT01358175) and MEASURE 2 (NCT01649375). METHODS: In MEASURE 1, patients were randomized to intravenous secukinumab 10 mg/kg or placebo at baseline, Weeks 2 and 4, followed by subcutaneous (s.c.) secukinumab 150 mg, 75 mg or placebo every 4 weeks (q4w) at Week 8. In MEASURE 2, patients were randomized to s...
May 25, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544507/the-effect-of-binaural-beat-technology-on-the-cardiovascular-stress-response-in-military-service-members-with-postdeployment-stress
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MeLisa A Gantt, Stephanie Dadds, Debra S Burns, Dale Glaser, Angelo D Moore
PURPOSE: To assess the efficacy of embedded theta brainwave frequency in music using binaural beat technology (BBT) compared to music alone on the cardiovascular stress response in military service members with postdeployment stress. DESIGN: A double-blinded, randomized, pre- and postintervention trial. METHODS: Seventy-four military services members with complaint of postdeployment stress were randomized to either music with BBT or music alone...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Nursing Scholarship
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544443/development-of-a-clinical-trials-version-of-the-impact-of-weight-on-quality-of-life-lite-questionnaire-iwqol-lite-clinical-trials-version-results-from-two-qualitative-studies
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R L Kolotkin, C M Ervin, H H Meincke, L Højbjerre, S E Fehnel
Existing measures of health-related quality of life and patient functioning in obesity, such as the Impact of Weight on Quality of Life-Lite (IWQOL-Lite) questionnaire, lack the developmental rigour required by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to support product labelling. Two iterative qualitative studies informed development of a version of the IWQOL-Lite questionnaire optimized for use in obesity clinical trials: the IWQOL-Lite Clinical Trials Version. Study 1 included 42 patients with body mass index (BMI) ≥ 30 kg m(-2) (obesity); and Study 2 included 29 patients with type 2 diabetes and BMI ≥ 27 kg m(-2) (overweight)...
May 22, 2017: Clinical Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544118/application-of-bottlebrush-block-copolymers-as-photonic-crystals
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REVIEW
Allegra L Liberman-Martin, Crystal K Chu, Robert H Grubbs
Brush block copolymers are a class of comb polymers that feature polymeric side chains densely grafted to a linear backbone. These polymers display interesting properties due to their dense functionality, low entanglement, and ability to rapidly self-assemble to highly ordered nanostructures. The ability to prepare brush polymers with precise structures has been enabled by advancements in controlled polymerization techniques. This Feature Article highlights the development of brush block copolymers as photonic crystals that can reflect visible to near-infrared wavelengths of light...
May 22, 2017: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544080/the-skin-microbiome-of-cow-nose-rays-rhinoptera-bonasus-in-an-aquarium-touch-tank-exhibit
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Patrick J Kearns, Jennifer L Bowen, Michael F Tlusty
Public aquaria offer numerous educational opportunities for visitors while touch-tank exhibits offer guests the ability to directly interact with marine life via physical contact. Despite the popularity of touch-tanks, there is a paucity of research about animal health in these exhibits and, in particular, there is little research on the microbial communities in these highly interactive exhibits. Microbial community structure can have implications for both host health and habitat function. To better understand the microbiome of a touch-tank we used high-throughput sequencing of the 16S rRNA gene to analyze the microbial community on the dorsal and ventral surfaces of cow-nose rays (Rhinoptera bonasus) as well as their environment in a frequently visited touch-tank exhibit at the New England Aquarium...
May 23, 2017: Zoo Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543610/metallic-nanoparticles-irradiated-by-low-energy-protons-for-radiation-therapy-are-there-significant-physical-effects-to-enhance-the-dose-delivery
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Anne-Catherine Heuskin, Bernard Gallez, Olivier Feron, Philippe Martinive, Carine Michiels, Stéphane Lucas
PURPOSE: To identify which physical properties of nanoparticles are correlated to the survival fraction of cells exposed in vitro to low energy protons in combination with nanoparticles. METHODS: The Geant4 simulation toolkit (version 10.3) was used to model nanoparticles of different sizes (5 to 50 nm) and materials (Ti, Zr, Hf, Ta, Au, Pt), with or without an organic capping ensuring biocompatibility and to irradiate them with 1.3 or 4 MeV protons and 5.3 MeV alpha particles...
May 23, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543396/functional-and-structural-assessment-of-the-effect-of-human-umbilical-cord-blood-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-doxorubicin-induced-cardiotoxicity
#18
Somia H Abd Allah, Samia Hussein, Mai M Hasan, Raghda H A Deraz, Wafaa F Hussein, Laila M E Sabik
Cardiomyopathy induced by doxorubicin (DOX) was recognized at an early stage and also several years after drug administration. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have many properties that make them suitable for preventive and/ or regenerative therapies. In this study, we evaluated the effect of MSCs in the functional and the structural improvement of DOX-induced cardiomyopathy in rats. Ninety adult male albino rats were randomly divided into three equal groups of thirty rats each: Group I (control): rats received normal saline...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543369/directing-clinical-care-using-lower-extremity-biomechanics-in-patients-with-ankle-osteoarthritis-and-ankle-arthroplasty
#19
REVIEW
Robin Queen
Ankle osteoarthritis is a debilitating disease with approximately 50,000 new cases per year leading to skeletal deformity, severe and recurrent pain, cartilage breakdown, and gait dysfunction limiting patient mobility and well-being. Although many treatments (total ankle arthroplasty (TAA), ankle fusion (arthrodesis), and ankle distraction arthroplasty) relieve pain, it is not clear that these procedures significantly improve patient mobility. The goal of the research presented here is to summarize what is presently known about lower extremity gait mechanics and outcomes and to quantify the impact of ankle osteoarthritis and TAA have on these measures using an explicitly holistic and mechanistic approach...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543355/nurse-versus-physician-led-care-for-obstructive-sleep-apnea-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomised-trials
#20
REVIEW
Fengqiu Gong, Xiaojun Chen, Yaoye Wu, Dianye Yao, Lihong Xie, Qiuyi Ouyang, Ping Wang, Gang Niu
AIM: To evaluate the effectiveness of nurse-led care for obstructive sleep apnoea compared with physician-led care. BACKGROUND: The incidence of obstructive sleep apnoea is increasing worldwide. There is a need for cost-effective care models to ease off the pressure on tertiary care centres and divert care to the community. DESIGN: Systematic review and meta-analysis. DATA SOURCES: We searched major electronic databases (MEDLINE, EMBASE, AMED, British Nursing Index, CINAHL, HMIC, PsycINFO, Health Business Elite and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials CENTRAL) from inception till December 2016 using a structured search strategy for all randomised trials evaluating nurse-led treatment interventions for adults with obstructive sleep apnoea compared with physician-led ones...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Advanced Nursing
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