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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813078/quality-of-life-in-parkinson-s-disease-patients-progression-markers-of-mild-to-moderate-stages
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Raissa Carla Moreira, Marise Bueno Zonta, Ana Paula Serra de Araújo, Vera Lúcia Israel, Hélio A G Teive
Objective: To investigate which factors are associated with the quality of life decline in Parkinson's disease patients from mild to moderate stages. Methods: The Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale and Parkinson's Disease Questionnaire-39 were used to evaluate clinical/functional data and the quality of life. Results: The markers of clinical/functional worsening were drooling (p < 0.004), need for assistance with hygiene (p = 0.02), greater freezing frequency (p = 0...
August 2017: Arquivos de Neuro-psiquiatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812495/caring-robots-are-here-to-help
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Irena Papadopoulos, Antonio Sgorbissa, Christina Koulouglioti
Robots, along with sensors and telemedicine, have been identified as technologies that can assist and prolong independent living for older people, with robots especially being used to help prevent social isolation and depression.
August 16, 2017: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811854/factors-associated-with-psycho-cognitive-functions-in-patients-with-persistent-pain-after-surgery-for-femoral-neck-fracture
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Atsushi Kitayama, Mitsumasa Hida, Hidenobu Takami, Naoki Hirata, Yuko Deguchi, Kazuya Miyaguchi, Masako Nakazono, Rie Nakagawa, Noriyuki Fukumoto, Katsumi Hamaoka
BACKGROUND: The aim of the study was to address issues arising from fracture of the femoral neck in elderly individuals, the prevalence of which continues to increase in Japan. The prevalence is increasing in Japan and there have been many reports on physical functions such as prevention of a fall. However, there have been a few studies that focus on psycho-cognitive functions. We must examine factors in patients with fractured femur necks to develop methods to assist affected patients...
September 2017: Journal of Clinical Medicine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810999/case-report-on-the-use-of-a-custom-myoelectric-elbow-wrist-hand-orthosis-for-the-remediation-of-upper-extremity-paresis-and-loss-of-function-in-chronic-stroke
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Stefanie Dunaway, D Brianna Dezsi, Jessica Perkins, Daniel Tran, Jonathan Naft
INTRODUCTION: This case study describes the application of a commercially available, custom myoelectric elbow-wrist-hand orthosis (MEWHO), on a veteran diagnosed with chronic stroke with residual left hemiparesis. The MEWHO provides powered active assistance for elbow flexion/extension and 3 jaw chuck grip. It is a noninvasive orthosis that is driven by the user's electromyographic signal. Experience with the MEWHO and associated outcomes are reported. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The participant completed 21 outpatient occupational therapy sessions that incorporated the use of a custom MEWHO without grasp capability into traditional occupational therapy interventions...
July 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810978/factors-associated-with-medical-school-entrants-interest-in-military-financial-assistance-in-exchange-for-a-service-obligation-the-michigan-state-university-college-of-human-medicine-cohort
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Dean G Sienko, Kathleen Oberst
INTRODUCTION: The U.S. military offers comprehensive scholarships to medical students to help offset costs in exchange for either reserve or active duty service commitments. Our goal was to describe to what degree newly admitted students to Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine were aware of and interested in these opportunities. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We surveyed 176 newly admitted students at the beginning and immediately following a presentation on military medicine opportunities...
July 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810234/electrochemical-aptamer-based-nanosensor-fabricated-on-single-au-nanowire-electrodes-for-adenosine-triphosphate-assay
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Dongmei Wang, Xiaoqing Xiao, Shen Xu, Yong Liu, Yongxin Li
In this work, single Au nanowire electrodes (AuNWEs) were fabricated by laser-assisted pulling/hydrofluoric acid (HF) etching process, which then were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), electrochemical method and finite-element simulation. The as-prepared single AuNWEs were used to construct electrochemical aptamer-based nanosensors (E-AB nanosensors) based on the formation of Au-S bond that duplex DNA tagged with methylene blue (MB) was modified on the surface of electrode. In the presence of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the MB-labeled aptamer dissociated from the duplex DNA due to the strong specific affinity between aptamer and target, which lead to the reduction of MB electrochemical signals...
August 9, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809656/animal-assisted-therapies-and-dementia-a-systematic-mapping-review-using-the-lived-environment-life-quality-lelq-model
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Wendy Wood, Beth Fields, Michelle Rose, Merinda McLure
OBJECTIVE: The authors mapped the literature on animal-assisted therapies (AATs) and institutionalized adults with dementia onto the Lived Environment Life Quality (LELQ) Model as a guide for future services and research. METHOD: Refereed literature addressing AATs and institutionalized people with dementia was comprehensively gathered, described, categorized, and synthesized in this systematic mapping review. RESULTS: From 1,342 screened records, the authors included 10 research articles that incorporated dogs in therapy for institutionalized adults with dementia...
September 2017: American Journal of Occupational Therapy: Official Publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809654/family-caregiver-training-program-fctp-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Rosanne DiZazzo-Miller, Kristin Winston, Sandra L Winkler, Mary L Donovan
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of the Family Caregiver Training Program (FCTP) for caregivers of people with dementia. METHOD: A random assignment control group research design with a 3-mo follow-up was implemented. RESULTS: Thirty-six family caregivers of people with dementia demonstrated an increase in activity of daily living (ADL) knowledge (p < .001) and maintenance of that knowledge 3 mo posttest...
September 2017: American Journal of Occupational Therapy: Official Publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809475/a-dna-fueled-and-catalytic-molecule-machine-lights-up-trace-under-expressed-micrornas-in-living-cells
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Daxiu Li, Wenjiao Zhou, Ruo Yuan, Yun Xiang
The detection of specific intracellular microRNAs (miRNAs) in living cells can potentially provide insight into the causal mechanism of cancer metastasis and invasion. However, due to the characteristic nature of miRNAs in terms of small sizes, low abundance and similarity among family members, it is of great challenge to monitor miRNAs in living cells, especially those with much lower expression levels. In this work, we describe the establishment of a DNA-fueled and catalytic molecule machinery in cell signal amplification approach for monitoring trace and under-expressed miRNAs in living cells...
August 15, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809191/understanding-through-use-elderly-s-value-identification-in-a-service-experience
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Bertil Lindenfalk, Vivian Vimarlund
This paper uses a qualitative approach, specifically; narrative analysis, to contextualize user's formulation of an understanding of a personalized meal planning service within the ambient assisted living domain. By focusing on how user's, in this case elderly over 65, formed an understanding of a service, and, what they thought valuable in using the service, based on their understanding. The results indicate how user's compare their initial understanding to their experienced understanding, formed during usage, and how this affects their value formulation of specific service aspects...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808720/external-electric-field-control-driving-the-reactivity-of-metal-free-azide-alkyne-click-reactions
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Kalishankar Bhattacharyya, Sharmistha Karmakar, Ayan Datta
Recent reports have suggested that an external electric field (EEF) can assist and even control product selectivity. In this work, we have shown that the barrier for the Huisgen reaction between alkyl (aryl) azide and cyclooctyne(biflurocyclooctyne) is reduced by ∼3-4 kcal mol(-1) when an oriented EEF is applied along the reaction axis. As a consequence of their inherently polar transition-states (TSs), a parallel orientation of the EEF results in enhancement of the charge transfer (CT) between the fragments and concomitant increase in the dipole moment along the reaction axes...
August 15, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807892/parent-mediated-intervention-training-delivered-remotely-for-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-living-outside-of-urban-areas-systematic-review
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Dave Parsons, Reinie Cordier, Sharmila Vaz, Hoe C Lee
BACKGROUND: Parent training programs for families living outside of urban areas can be used to improve the social behavior and communication skills in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). However, no review has been conducted to investigate these programs. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to (1) systematically review the existing evidence presented by studies on parent-mediated intervention training, delivered remotely for parents having children with ASD and living outside of urban areas; (2) provide an overview of current parent training interventions used with this population; (3) and provide an overview of the method of delivery of the parent training interventions used with this population...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807397/colorectal-endometriosis-associated-infertility-should-surgery-precede-art
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Sofiane Bendifallah, Horace Roman, Emmanuelle Mathieu d'Argent, Salma Touleimat, Jonathan Cohen, Emile Darai, Marcos Ballester
OBJECTIVE: To compare the impact of first-line assisted reproductive technology (ART; intracytoplasmic sperm injection [ICSI]-IVF) and first-line colorectal surgery followed by ART on fertility outcomes in women with colorectal endometriosis-associated infertility. DESIGN: Retrospective matched cohort study using propensity score (PS) matching (PSM) analysis. SETTING: University referral centers. PATIENT(S): A total of 110 women were analyzed from January 2005 to June 2014...
August 11, 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806819/indicators-of-dysphagia-in-aged-care-facilities
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Dai Pu, Thomas Murry, May C M Wong, Edwin M L Yiu, Karen M K Chan
Purpose: The current cross-sectional study aimed to investigate risk factors for dysphagia in elderly individuals in aged care facilities. Method: A total of 878 individuals from 42 aged care facilities were recruited for this study. The dependent outcome was speech therapist-determined swallowing function. Independent factors were Eating Assessment Tool score, oral motor assessment score, Mini-Mental State Examination, medical history, and various functional status ratings...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research: JSLHR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805416/identifying-barriers-to-culture-change-a-qualitative-analysis-of-the-obstacles-to-delivering-resident-centered-care
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Ryann L Engle, Denise A Tyler, Katelyn E Gormley, Melissa K Afable, Kimberly Curyto, Omonyêlé L Adjognon, Victoria A Parker, Jennifer L Sullivan
A growing number of healthcare organizations have moved from traditional, institutional nursing home models to ones that emphasize culture change, or resident-centered care (RCC). In 2006, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) began implementing a number of changes to VA nursing homes, now called Community Living Centers (CLCs), to provide veterans with a more resident-centered and homelike environment. This study aimed to understand the barriers CLC staff face when delivering RCC. Ten CLCs were included on the basis of their performance levels on RCC and quality of care...
August 2017: Psychological Services
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805082/veterans-transitioning-from-isolation-to-integration-a-look-at-veteran-service-dog-partnerships
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Terry K Crowe, Victoria Sánchez, Alyse Howard, Brenna Western, Stephanie Barger
BACKGROUND: This study explored the dynamics of veteran/service dog partnerships by gathering the perspectives of veterans with a history of post-traumatic stress disorder and/or traumatic brain injury. METHODS: Exploratory qualitative methods (focus groups and individual interviews) were used to investigate veteran/service dog relationships related to community involvement, family and friend relationships, self-care, work, and leisure. Nine male veterans, Paws, and Stripes program graduates participated...
August 13, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804731/eye-tracking-in-catheter-based-cardiovascular-interventions-early-results
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Peter Lanzer, Mohammad Al-Naser, Syed Saqib Bukhari, Andreas Dengel, Elizabeth A Krupinski
Visual x-ray image processing (XRIP) represents a fundamental component of catheter-based cardiovascular interventions (CBCVIs). To date, no data are available to define XRIP in this setting. To characterize CBCVI XRIP, we developed a computer-based method allowing continuous temporal-spatial analysis of data recorded by a head-mounted eye-tracking device. Quantitative analysis of gaze duration of an expert operator (EO) revealed that the average time in minutes spent viewing the images on the display screen was [Formula: see text] and [Formula: see text] of the total recorded time in coronary angiography (CA) and in CA followed by CBCVI, respectively...
July 2017: Journal of Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804246/the-role-of-functional-social-and-mobility-dynamics-in-facilitating-older-african-americans-participation-in-clinical-research
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Eve T Shapiro, Jay T Schamel, Kimberly A Parker, Laura A Randall, Paula M Frew
PURPOSE: Older African Americans experience disproportionately higher incidence of morbidity and mortality related to chronic and infectious diseases, yet are significantly underrepresented in clinical research compared to other racial and ethnic groups. This study aimed to understand the extent to which social support, transportation access, and physical impediments function as barriers or facilitators to clinical trial recruitment of older African Americans. METHODS: Participants (N=221) were recruited from six African American churches in Atlanta and surveyed on various influences on clinical trial participation...
2017: Open Access Journal of Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801304/how-accurate-is-your-activity-tracker-a-comparative-study-of-step-counts-in-low-intensity-physical-activities
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Parastoo Alinia, Chris Cain, Ramin Fallahzadeh, Armin Shahrokni, Diane Cook, Hassan Ghasemzadeh
BACKGROUND: As commercially available activity trackers are being utilized in clinical trials, the research community remains uncertain about reliability of the trackers, particularly in studies that involve walking aids and low-intensity activities. While these trackers have been tested for reliability during walking and running activities, there has been limited research on validating them during low-intensity activities and walking with assistive tools. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to (1) determine the accuracy of 3 Fitbit devices (ie, Zip, One, and Flex) at different wearing positions (ie, pants pocket, chest, and wrist) during walking at 3 different speeds, 2...
August 11, 2017: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801035/-creation-of-a-complete-organised-care-network-allowing-facilitated-access-to-ophthalmological-care-for-patients-living-in-socially-at-risk-situations-feasibility-study
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S Terrier de la Chaise, A Criton, J-P Berrod, J-M Boivin
BACKGROUND: Currently, renouncement to healthcare by socially "at-risk" patients continues to increase and access to ophthalmological care is complex. The main objective of this study is to test the feasibility of a complete organised care network allowing facilitated access to ophthalmological care for patients living in socially "at-risk" situations. METHOD: A prospective interventional study was conducted within four social housing infrastructures to screen for vision problems in the "at-risk" socially population in question...
August 8, 2017: Journal Français D'ophtalmologie
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