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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635345/avatar-assisted-therapy-a-proof-of-concept-pilot-study-of-a-novel-technology-based-intervention-to-treat-substance-use-disorders
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Michael S Gordon, Steven B Carswell, Mary Schadegg, Kayla Mangen, Kelly Merkel, Susan Tangires, Frank J Vocci
BACKGROUND: Avatar-assisted therapy (AAT) is a novel and emerging technology that uses the Internet to enable clinicians and clients in substance abuse treatment to participate in group counseling sessions from separate and remote locations in real time through the use of avatars and virtual environments. OBJECTIVES: The current study is a pilot proof-of-concept feasibility study involving individuals in outpatient substance abuse treatment. This report addresses two questions: (1) are individuals who present for substance abuse treatment interested in receiving AAT and (2) what factors are associated with better treatment success...
February 17, 2017: American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625042/selenium-status-and-fungi-in-the-protein-losing-enteropathy-of-persistent-diarrhea
#2
Pramita G Dwipoerwantoro, Widjaja Lukito, Diana Aulia, Josiane Arnaud, Anne-Marie Roussel
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: A vicious cycle of infection, malabsorption, and malnutrition has been implicated in the perpetuation of diarrheal disease. This study examined whether persistent diarrhea is associated with changes in selenium status and stool alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT) concentration. METHODS AND STUDY DESIGN: This cross-sectional study included 30 children aged 1-12 years with persistent diarrhea who were hospitalized in Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital and Fatmawati Hospital, Jakarta, and 30 apparently healthy children who were matched by age and sex and lived in a rural area of Jakarta...
June 2017: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613191/collective-behaviors-of-mobile-robots-beyond-the-nearest-neighbor-rules-with-switching-topology
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Boda Ning, Qing-Long Han, Zongyu Zuo, Jiong Jin, Jinchuan Zheng
This paper is concerned with the collective behaviors of robots beyond the nearest neighbor rules, i.e., dispersion and flocking, when robots interact with others by applying an acute angle test (AAT)-based interaction rule. Different from a conventional nearest neighbor rule or its variations, the AAT-based interaction rule allows interactions with some far-neighbors and excludes unnecessary nearest neighbors. The resulting dispersion and flocking hold the advantages of scalability, connectivity, robustness, and effective area coverage...
June 8, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609941/mitochondrial-genome-of-i-abraxas-i-i-suspecta-i-lepidoptera-geometridae-%C3%A2-and-comparative-analysis-with-other-lepidopterans
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Y U Sun, Jiawei Zhang, Qingqing Li, Dan Liang, Muhammad Nadeem Abbas, Cen Qian, Lei Wang, Guoqing Wei, Bao-Jian Zhu, Chao-Liang Liu
In this study, a complete mitochondrial genome (mitogenome) sequence of Abraxas suspecta (Lepidoptera: Geometridae) is isolated and characterized. The complete DNA is 15,547 bp length and contains 2 ribosomal RNA genes, 23 putative transfer RNA (tRNA) genes including an extra tRNAAsn (AUU), 13 protein-coding genes and an adenine (A) + thymine (T)-rich region. The nucleotide composition and gene organization are identical to those of other lepidopteran, except for the presence of an extra copy of trnN (AUU)...
April 20, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608183/acc-aats-aha-ase-asnc-scai-scct-sts-2017-appropriate-use-criteria-for-coronary-revascularization-in-patients-with-stable-ischemic-heart-disease-a-report-of-the-american-college-of-cardiology-appropriate-use-criteria-task-force-american-association-for-thoracic
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Manesh R Patel, John H Calhoon, Gregory J Dehmer, James Aaron Grantham, Thomas M Maddox, David J Maron, Peter K Smith
The American College of Cardiology, Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and American Association for Thoracic Surgery, along with key specialty and subspecialty societies, have completed a 2-part revision of the appropriate use criteria (AUC) for coronary revascularization. In prior coronary revascularization AUC documents, indications for revascularization in acute coronary syndromes and stable ischemic heart disease (SIHD) were combined into 1 document. To address the expanding clinical indications for coronary revascularization, and to align the subject matter with the most current American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association guidelines, the new AUC for coronary artery revascularization were separated into 2 documents addressing SIHD and acute coronary syndromes individually...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604217/assisted-therapy-with-dogs-is-an-effective-tool
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Cases of animal-assisted therapy (AAT) have been documented as far back as 1869, when Florence Nightingale used it with her patients ( Goddard and Gilmer 2015 ).
June 12, 2017: Nursing Children and Young People
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604216/assisted-therapy-with-dogs-in-cancer-services
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Background [Figure: see text] Healthcare professionals are keen to find alternative therapies to reduce the stress of hospital admissions, especially in the treatment of cancer. Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) involves using animals to help improve patients' health and well-being, and can alleviate stressful situations.
June 12, 2017: Nursing Children and Young People
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601697/approaching-contamination-related-stimuli-with-an-implicit-approach-avoidance-task-can-it-reduce-ocd-symptoms-an-online-pilot-study
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Ricarda Weil, Ansgar Feist, Steffen Moritz, Charlotte E Wittekind
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Dual-process models suggest that automatic behavioral tendencies contribute to the development and maintenance of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) symptoms. The aim of the present study was to investigate the potential of the Approach-Avoidance Task (AAT) to reduce OCD symptoms and associated distress. METHODS: The study was set up as an online intervention. Participants with OCD symptoms (N = 101) were randomly assigned either to one of two experimental conditions or a waitlist control group upon completion of an online baseline survey...
May 30, 2017: Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592604/a-methodologic-framework-for-modeling-and-assessing-biomarkers-of-environmental-enteropathy-as-predictors-of-growth-in-infants-an-example-from-a-peruvian-birth-cohort
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Josh M Colston, Pablo Peñataro Yori, Elizabeth Colantuoni, Lawrence H Moulton, Ramya Ambikapathi, Gwenyth Lee, Dixner Rengifo Trigoso, Mery Siguas Salas, Margaret N Kosek
Background: Environmental enteropathy (EE) impairs the gut's absorptive capacity and immune function and causes decelerations in statural growth that manifest gradually over time.Objective: To illustrate an approach for assessing emerging biomarkers of EE, we separately assessed the associations between 3 such markers and subsequent nutritional status.Design: Stool samples were routinely collected between January 2010 and November 2014 from a cohort of 303 Peruvian infants and analyzed for concentrations of the biomarkers α-1-antitrypsin (AAT), myeloperoxidase, and neopterin...
June 7, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579951/communicative-pragmatic-assessment-is-sensitive-and-time-effective-in-measuring-the-outcome-of-aphasia-therapy
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Benjamin Stahl, Bettina Mohr, Felix R Dreyer, Guglielmo Lucchese, Friedemann Pulvermüller
A range of methods in clinical research aim to assess treatment-induced progress in aphasia therapy. Here, we used a crossover randomized controlled design to compare the suitability of utterance-centered and dialogue-sensitive outcome measures in speech-language testing. Fourteen individuals with post-stroke chronic non-fluent aphasia each received two types of intensive training in counterbalanced order: conventional confrontation naming, and communicative-pragmatic speech-language therapy (Intensive Language-Action Therapy, an expanded version of Constraint-Induced Aphasia Therapy)...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559837/transient-esotropia-in-the-child-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Davide Allegrini, Giovanni Montesano, Paolo Fogagnolo, Elisabetta Nocerino, Stefano De Cillà, Elena Piozzi, Luca Rossetti, Massimo Stefini, Alfredo Pece
The aim of this report is to investigate the possible causes of acute acquired onset of transient esotropia (AATE) in children and to help to differentiate ophthalmoplegic migraine (OM) from accommodative spasm (AS). A case of an 8-year-old Caucasian female affected by AATE and diplopia is described. The day before AATE onset, the patient complained of slight headache without nausea and vomiting, with spontaneous resolution. AATE diagnosis is challenging. The most likely ophthalmological causes of AATE are AS and OM...
January 2017: Case Reports in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28558837/long-term-clinical-outcomes-following-treatment-with-alpha-1-proteinase-inhibitor-for-copd-associated-with-alpha-1-antitrypsin-deficiency-a-look-at-the-evidence
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Franck F Rahaghi, Marc Miravitlles
Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (AATD) is a common hereditary disorder caused by mutations in the SERPINA1 gene, which encodes alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT; also known as alpha 1-proteinase inhibitor, A1-PI). An important function of A1-PI in the lung is to inhibit neutrophil elastase, one of various proteolytic enzymes released by activated neutrophils during inflammation. Absence or deficiency of A1-PI leads to an imbalance between elastase and anti-elastase activity, which results in progressive, irreversible destruction of lung tissue, and ultimately the development of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with early-onset emphysema...
May 30, 2017: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551419/potential-link-between-fruit-yield-quality-parameters-and-phytohormonal-changes-in-preharvest-uv-c-treated-strawberry
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Yanqun Xu, Marie Thérèse Charles, Zisheng Luo, Dominique Roussel, Daniel Rolland
Preharvest ultraviolet-C (UV-C) treatment of strawberry is a very new approach, and little information is available on the effect of this treatment on plant growth regulators. In this study, the effect of preharvest UV-C irradiations at three different doses on strawberry yield, fruit quality parameters and endogenous phytohormones was investigated simultaneously. The overall marketable yield of strawberry was not affected by the preharvest UV-C treatments, although more aborted and misshapen fruits were found in UV-C treated groups than in the untreated control...
May 19, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536642/itraq-based-proteomics-of-chronic-renal-failure-rats-after-fushengong-decoction-treatment-reveals-haptoglobin-and-alpha-1-antitrypsin-as-potential-biomarkers
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Yu Yang, Junmeng Wei, Xuekuan Huang, Mingjun Wu, Zhenbing Lv, Pan Tong, Rui Chang
Background. Chronic renal failure (CRF) has become a global health problem and bears a huge economic burden. FuShengong Decoction (FSGD) as traditional Chinese medicine has multiple pharmacological effects. Objectives. To understand the underlying molecular mechanism and signaling pathway involved in the FSGD treatment of CRF and screen differentially expressed proteins in rats with CRF treated with FSGD. Methods. Thirty-three male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into control group, CRF group, and FSGD group...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534733/acute-acoustic-trauma-among-soldiers-during-an-intense-combat
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Noam Yehudai, Nir Fink, Manor Shpriz, Tal Marom
BACKGROUND: During military actions, soldiers are constantly exposed to various forms of potentially harmful noises. Acute acoustic trauma (AAT) results from an impact, unexpected intense noise ≥140 dB, which generates a high-energy sound wave that can damage the auditory system. PURPOSE: We sought to characterize AAT injuries among military personnel during operation "Protective Edge," to analyze the effectiveness of hearing protection devices (HPDs), and to evaluate the benefit of steroid treatment in early-diagnosed AAT injury...
May 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520865/impact-of-an-integrated-antibiotic-allergy-testing-program-on-antimicrobial-stewardship-a-multicenter-evaluation
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Jason A Trubiano, Karin A Thursky, Andrew J Stewardson, Karen Urbancic, Leon J Worth, Cheryl Jackson, Wendy Stevenson, Michael Sutherland, Monica A Slavin, M Lindsay Grayson, Elizabeth J Phillips
Background.: Despite the high prevalence of patient-reported antibiotic allergy (so-called antibiotic allergy labels [AALs]) and their impact on antibiotic prescribing, incorporation of antibiotic allergy testing (AAT) into antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) programs (AAT-AMS) is not widespread. We aimed to evaluate the impact of an AAT-AMS program on AAL prevalence, antibiotic usage, and appropriateness of prescribing. Methods.: AAT-AMS was implemented at two large Australian hospitals during a 14-month period beginning May 2015...
May 18, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509889/the-role-of-nitrates-in-the-management-of-stable-ischemic-heart-disease-a-review-of-the-current-evidence-and-guidelines
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Mehul A Pragani, Karan P Desai, Doralisa Morrone, Mandeep S Sidhu, William E Boden
Coronary artery disease is the leading cause of mortality in the United States and can result in significant morbidity. In particular, stable ischemic heart disease (SIHD) is a condition that affects nearly 9 million individuals in the United States alone, with substantial annual health care costs related to recurrent medical visits and chronic disease management. Nitrates form a cornerstone of SIHD management by reducing myocardial oxygen consumption and increasing exercise capacity by several mechanisms, including increasing epicardial blood flow through vasodilation and decreased vascular resistance, blunting coronary steal, and reducing preload...
2017: Reviews in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504839/the-pathological-trento-variant-of-alpha-1-antitrypsin-e75v-shows-non-classical-behaviour-during-polymerization
#18
Elena Miranda, Ilaria Ferrarotti, Romina Berardelli, Mattia Laffranchi, Marta Cerea, Fabrizio Gangemi, Imran Haq, Stefania Ottaviani, David A Lomas, James A Irving, Annamaria Fra
Severe alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency (AATD) is most frequently associated with the alpha-1-antitrypsin (AAT) Z variant (E342K). ZZ homozygotes exhibit accumulation of AAT as polymers in the endoplasmic reticulum of hepatocytes. This protein deposition can lead to liver disease, with the resulting low circulating levels of AAT predisposing to early-onset emphysema due to dysregulation of elastinolytic activity in the lungs. An increasing number of rare AAT alleles have been identified in patients with severe AATD, typically in combination with the Z allele...
May 15, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499405/a-comparative-molecular-and-3-dimensional-structural-investigation-into-cross-continental-and-novel-avian-trypanosoma-spp-in-australia
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Crystal Cooper, R C Andrew Thompson, Adriana Botero, Amanda Kristancic, Christopher Peacock, Yaowanuj Kirilak, Peta L Clode
BACKGROUND: Molecular and structural information on avian Trypanosoma spp. throughout Australia is limited despite their intrinsic value in understanding trypanosomatid evolution, diversity, and structural biology. In Western Australia tissue samples (n = 429) extracted from 93 birds in 25 bird species were screened using generic PCR primers to investigate the diversity of Trypanosoma spp. To investigate avian trypanosome structural biology the first 3-dimensional ultrastructural models of a Trypanosoma spp...
May 12, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493974/serum-%C3%AE-1-antitrypsin-aat-antagonizes-intrinsic-apoptosis-induction-in-neutrophils-from-patients-with-systemic-inflammatory-response-syndrome
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Theresia Sarabhai, Christoph Peter, Anne-Kathrin Bär, Joachim Windolf, Borna Relja, Sebastian Wesselborg, Thorsten Wahlers, Adnana Paunel-Görgülü
Excessive neutrophil activation accompanied by delayed apoptotic cell death in inflammatory conditions causes progressive damage of cells and tissues, leading to life-threatening multiple organ dysfunction syndrome. Previous work suggested that circulating serum factors during inflammation are critically involved in the suppression of neutrophil cell death although the identity of these antiapoptotic mediators remained elusive. In this study, we identified the acute phase protein α-1 Antitrypsin (AAT) as a potent suppressor of staurosporine (STS)-induced apoptosis in human neutrophils through a mechanism implicating caspases-independent pathways...
2017: PloS One
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