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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445520/serum-irisin-levels-correlated-to-peritoneal-dialysis-adequacy-in-nondiabetic-peritoneal-dialysis-patients
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Zhijun Tan, Zengchun Ye, Jun Zhang, Yanru Chen, Cailian Cheng, Cheng Wang, Xun Liu, Tanqi Lou, Hui Peng
BACKGROUND: Irisin is a recently discovered myokine thought to be involved in multiple metabolism abnormalities in most dialysis patients. However, the myokine has not been thoroughly studied in peritoneal dialysis. This study aimed to evaluate serum irisin levels and establish their relation to dialysis adequacy, insulin resistance, and bone metabolism status in patients on peritoneal dialysis. METHODS: A total of 59 nondiabetic prevalent peritoneal dialysis patients and 52 age- and sex-matched healthy controls were enrolled in this cross-sectional study...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444715/can-a-patient-reported-outcome-be-adequate-without-assessing-quality-of-life-in-lower-urinary-tract-dysfunction
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Nikki Cotterill, Andrea Tubaro
AIMS AND METHODS: A think tank was convened at the sixth ICI-RS meeting held in the United Kingdom on September 2015, to consider the adequacy of patient reported outcome (PRO) measurement if quality of life (QoL) evaluation were excluded. Rigorous methodology is proposed for the development of PROs and much is written about this process but the necessity for QoL inclusion is rarely discussed. The decision was therefore taken to consider what QoL evaluation provides and what these data provide...
April 2017: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444026/use-of-pharmacy-records-to-measure-treatment-adherence-a-critical-review-of-the-literature
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Elisangela da Costa Lima-Dellamora, Claudia Garcia Serpa Osorio-de-Castro, Livia Gonçalves Dos Santos Lima Madruga, Thiago Botelho Azeredo
The current frame of reference on adherence to pharmacotherapy includes a set of behaviors experienced by the user, with observation of the detailed and continuous history of the use of each dose of the medication. Indicators based on pharmacy records have been used to measure adherence. The current review aimed to identify and describe indicators based on pharmacy records and to discuss their adequacy and limitations for measuring adherence. An exploratory literature review was conducted in three databases using the terms "adherence", "pharmacy records/administrative data", and "measure" to compose the descriptors for the selection of 81 articles and the elaboration of a chart with the denomination, sources, methods for calculation, description, and interpretation of the operational and referential meaning of 14 indicators...
April 20, 2017: Cadernos de Saúde Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441159/application-of-high-speed-t1-sequences-for-high-quality-hepatic-arterial-phase-magnetic-resonance-imaging-intraindividual-comparison-of-single-and-multiple-arterial-phases
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Yang Shin Park, Chang Hee Lee, Jeong Woo Kim, Young-Sun Lee, MunYoung Paek, Kyeong Ah Kim
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to compare intraindividual single and multiple arterial phase acquisitions and evaluate which acquisition method was more advantageous for obtaining high-quality hepatic arterial phase in gadoxetic acid-enhanced liver magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Sixty-seven patients who underwent gadoxetic acid-enhanced liver MRIs and had all 3 kinds of acquisitions (single, dual, and triple arterial phases) were retrospectively included...
April 24, 2017: Investigative Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440531/initial-polish-experience-of-flexible-19-gauge-endobronchial-ultrasound-guided-transbronchial-needle-aspiration
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Maciej Gnass, Joanna Sola, Anna Filarecka, Stanisław Orzechowski, Piotr Kocoń, Monika Pasieka-Lis, Juliusz Pankowski, Lucyna Rudnicka, Jerzy Soja, Artur Szlubowski
INTRODUCTION: EBUS is a well established minimally invasive diagnostic tool for mediastinal and hilar lymphadenopathy. The novel ViziShot Flex 19G needle (Olympus Respiratory America, Redmond, WA, USA) was introduced in 2015 in order to improve loaded scope flexion and to obtain larger tissue samples for analysis. The aims of this study were to assess diagnostic yield of Flex 19G needles and to present endoscopist's feedback about the endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration (EBUS-TBNA)...
2017: Advances in Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440000/human-symptom-responses-to-bioeffluents-short-chain-carbonyls-acids-and-long-chain-carbonyls-in-a-simulated-aircraft-cabin-environment
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Clifford P Weisel, Nancy Fiedler, Charles J Weschler, Pamela Ohman-Strickland, Krishnan R Mohan, Kathy McNeil, David Space
Occupants of aircraft have reported an array of symptoms related to general discomfort and irritation. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) have been suggested to contribute to the reported symptoms. VOCs are from products used, bioeffluents from people and ozone reaction products. Thirty-six healthy, young female subjects rated symptoms and environmental quality during an 8-hour exposure to groups of compounds often present in aircraft: 1) long chain carbonyls, 2) simulated bioeffluents, and 3) short chain carbonyls/organic acids...
April 25, 2017: Indoor Air
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438273/yoga-during-pregnancy-the-effects-on-labor-pain-and-delivery-outcomes-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Fereshteh Jahdi, Fatemeh Sheikhan, Hamid Haghani, Bahare Sharifi, Azizeh Ghaseminejad, Mahshad Khodarahmian, Nicole Rouhana
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of an antenatal yoga program on perceived maternal labor pain and delivery outcomes. MATERIAL & METHODS: This randomized control trial was conducted with sixty primiparous women, aged 18-35 years old, who were randomly assigned to either an antenatal yoga program or control groups. Labor pain and discomfort level of the participants were measured using a Visual Analogue Scale at cervical dilatation of 3-4 c and at 2 and 4 h after the initial measurement...
May 2017: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437596/membrane-transport-status-does-not-predict-peritonitis-risk-in-patients-on-peritoneal-dialysis
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Sarah So, Laraine Aw, Kamal Sud, Vincent W Lee
AIM: To determine whether peritoneal membrane transport status (MTS) is associated with peritonitis or poor peritoneal dialysis (PD)-related outcomes. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study analysed data of incident adult patients on PD in Western Sydney between October 1, 2003 and December 31, 2012. Only patients who underwent peritoneal equilibration and adequacy tests within 6 months of commencement were included. Kaplan-Meier survival curves for time until first peritonitis and time until composite endpoint of peritonitis, death, or technique failure, censored for transplant, were constructed...
April 24, 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437242/anthropometric-reference-data-for-children-and-adults-united-states-2011-2014
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C D Fryar, Q Gu, C L Ogden, K M Flegal
Anthropometry or human body measurements provide important indicators of nutritional status in children and adults (1). In children, measurements reflect general health status, dietary adequacy, and growth and development over time. In adults, body measurements are used to evaluate health and dietary status, disease risk, and body composition. This report presents anthropometric reference data for 2011-2014 for U.S. children and adults.
August 2016: Vital & Health Statistics. Series 3, Analytical and Epidemiological Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437143/motivations-for-botanical-use-by-socioeconomically-diverse-urban-adults-does-evidence-support-motivation
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Grace F Duffy, Emily Stave Shupe, Marie Fanelli Kuczmarski, Alan B Zonderman, Michele K Evans
OBJECTIVE: The study objectives were to characterize botanical dietary supplement (BDS) use and to compare the motivations for botanical supplement (BS) use to the efficacy of the botanical in a socioeconomically and racially diverse urban adult population. METHODS: Subjects were from the Healthy Aging in Neighborhoods of Diversity across the Life Span (HANDLS) study, a 20-year prospective health disparities study with African American and white adults from Baltimore, Maryland...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436742/training-pediatric-fellows-in-palliative-care-a-pilot-comparison-of-simulation-training-and-didactic-education
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Katharine E Brock, Harvey J Cohen, Barbara M Sourkes, Julie J Good, Louis P Halamek
BACKGROUND: Pediatric fellows receive little palliative care (PC) education and have few opportunities to practice communication skills. OBJECTIVE: In this pilot study, we assessed (1) the relative effectiveness of simulation-based versus didactic education, (2) communication skill retention, and (3) effect on PC consultation rates. DESIGN: Thirty-five pediatric fellows in cardiology, critical care, hematology/oncology, and neonatology at two institutions enrolled: 17 in the intervention (simulation-based) group (single institution) and 18 in the control (didactic education) group (second institution)...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436603/parent-perception-of-the-impact-of-using-thickened-fluids-in-children-with-dysphagia
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Patricia Krummrich, Barbara Kline, Kate Krival, Michael Rubin
BACKGROUND: Oropharyngeal dysphagia occurs in children without known neurological disorders, increasing their risk for respiratory problems and inadequate intake. Clinicians may recommend thickening nutritive fluids; however, there is little research regarding the impact of thickening nutritive fluids on clinical outcomes in children. METHODS: We used a parental reporting tool to determine whether parents identified changes in signs of dysphagia or volume of intake when thickened fluids were incorporated into an individualized feeding program for dysphagic children without known neurological problems...
April 24, 2017: Pediatric Pulmonology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435752/preliminary-hawai-i-public-health-workforce-supply-and-demand-assessment
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Katherine W Braden, Valerie Yontz, Kelley Withy
Ensuring the adequacy of the public health workforce requires an understanding of its size and composition, as well as the population's demand for services. The current article describes research undertaken as a first step toward developing an estimate of the supply of and demand for Hawai'i's public health workforce. Using an organizational-level survey, data was obtained from a subset of 34 organizations considered to be major providers of population-based public health services in Hawai'i. The results indicate that estimates of the existing public health workforce range from 3,429 to 3,846 workers...
March 2017: Hawai'i Journal of Medicine & Public Health: a Journal of Asia Pacific Medicine & Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433004/plackett-burman-design-and-response-surface-optimization-of-medium-trace-nutrients-for-glycolipopeptide-biosurfactant-production
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Maurice George Ekpenyong, Sylvester Peter Antai, Atim David Asitok, Bassey Offiong Ekpo
Background: A glycolipopeptide biosurfactant produced by Pseudomonas aeruginosa strain IKW1 reduced the surface tension of fermentation broth from 71.31 to 24.62 dynes/cm at a critical micelle concentration of 20.80 mg/L. The compound proved suitable for applications in emulsion stabilization in food, as well as in cosmetic and pharmaceutical formulations. Method: In the present study, Plackett-Burman design (PBD) and response surface method (RSM) were employed to screen and optimize concentrations of trace nutrients in the fermentation medium, to increase surfactant yield...
April 23, 2017: Iranian Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432089/preparing-future-doctors-for-palliative-care-views-of-course-organisers
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Steven Walker, Jane Gibbins, Paul Paes, Stephen Barclay, Astrid Adams, Madawa Chandratilake, Faye Gishen, Philip Lodge, Bee Wee
BACKGROUND: Effective training at medical school is essential to prepare new doctors to safely manage patients with palliative care (PC) and end of life care (EOLC) needs. The contribution of undergraduate PC course organisers is central but their collective views regarding role are unknown. OBJECTIVE: To survey attitudes of PC course organisers regarding their course, organisation, the adequacy of training provided and level of personal satisfaction. METHODS: An anonymised, multifactorial, web-based questionnaire was devised, tested, modified and then sent to lead PC course organisers at all UK medical schools...
April 21, 2017: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431481/arab-dentists-refusal-to-treat-hiv-positive-patients-a-survey-of-recently-graduated-dentists-from-three-arab-dental-schools
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Arheiam Arheiam, Maha El Tantawi, Asim Al-Ansari, Mohamed Ingafou, Asma El-Howiti, Kamis Gaballah, Wafaa AbdelAziz
OBJECTIVE: To assess intended refusal of recent graduates from three Arab dental schools to treat HIV + patients and factors associated with this intention. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In 2015, convenience samples of recent dental graduates were included from Libya, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates. Participants responded to a questionnaire assessing personal background, knowledge of oral manifestations and fluids transmitting HIV, perceived adequacy of training and self-efficacy to manage blood exposures, attitude to risk of infection, moral beliefs and willingness to treat HIV + patients...
April 21, 2017: Acta Odontologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430113/should-physicians-instead-of-industry-representatives-be-the-main-actor-of-cardiac-implantable-electronic-device-follow-up-super-follow-up
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Çağın Mustafa Üreyen, Cem Yunus Baş, İsa Öner Yüksel, Görkem Kuş, Göksel Çağırcı, Şakir Arslan
OBJECTIVE: This retrospective study sought to research the adequacy of the follow-up and optimization of cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) performed by industry representatives. METHODS: A total of 403 consecutive patients (35% females; median age, 67 years; age range 18-97 years) with either pacemakers (n=246), implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs), (n=117) or cardiac resynchronization therapy with defibrillator (CRT-D) (n=40) applied to our hospital's outpatient pacemaker clinic for follow-up...
April 19, 2017: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430031/evaluation-of-multidimensional-models-of-wais-iv-subtest-performance
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Dennis J McFarland
OBJECTIVE: The present study examined the extent to which the covariance structure of the WAIS-IV is best accounted for by models that assume that test performance is the result of group-level factors and multiple independent general factors. METHOD: Structural models with one to four general factors were evaluated with either four or five group-level factors. Simulations based on four general factors were run to clarify the adequacy of the estimates of the allocation of covariance by the models...
April 21, 2017: Clinical Neuropsychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425687/patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-market-stabilization-final-rule
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This rule finalizes changes that will help stabilize the individual and small group markets and affirm the traditional role of State regulators. This final rule amends standards relating to special enrollment periods, guaranteed availability, and the timing of the annual open enrollment period in the individual market for the 2018 plan year; standards related to network adequacy and essential community providers for qualified health plans; and the rules around actuarial value requirements.
April 18, 2017: Federal Register
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424704/draco-stem-an-automatic-tool-to-generate-high-quality-3d-meshes-of-shoot-apical-meristem-tissue-at-cell-resolution
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Guillaume Cerutti, Olivier Ali, Christophe Godin
Context: The shoot apical meristem (SAM), origin of all aerial organs of the plant, is a restricted niche of stem cells whose growth is regulated by a complex network of genetic, hormonal and mechanical interactions. Studying the development of this area at cell level using 3D microscopy time-lapse imaging is a newly emerging key to understand the processes controlling plant morphogenesis. Computational models have been proposed to simulate those mechanisms, however their validation on real-life data is an essential step that requires an adequate representation of the growing tissue to be carried out...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
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