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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342319/validation-of-the-individualized-neuromuscular-quality-of-life-in-japanese-patients-with-myotonic-dystrophy
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Haruo Fujino, Toshio Saito, Masanori P Takahashi, Hiroto Takada, Takahiro Nakayama, Katsuhisa Ogata, Michael R Rose, Osamu Imura, Tsuyoshi Matsumura
INTRODUCTION: The Individualized Neuromuscular Quality of Life (INQoL) is used to measure the quality of life (QoL) of patients with neuromuscular disease. We conducted this study to translate and validate the Japanese version of the INQoL in patients with myotonic dystrophy. METHODS: Forward and backward translation, patient testing, and psychometric validation were performed. We used the SF-36 Health Survey and the modified Rankin scale for concurrent validation...
January 17, 2018: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342314/fatigue-is-a-relevant-outcome-in-patients-with-myasthenia-gravis
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Christopher Tran, Vera Bril, Hans D Katzberg, Carolina Barnett
INTRODUCTION: Patients with myasthenia gravis often experience fatigue, but its effect on quality of life (QoL) is underestimated, and fatigue is rarely measured in clinical trials. METHODS: 257 myasthenic patients completed the Neuro-QoL-Fatigue and measures of disease severity and QoL. We studied the relationship between fatigue, clinical, and demographic variables. Finally, we studied the responsiveness of the Neuro-QoL-Fatigue in 95 patients receiving treatments for myasthenia, and estimated the minimal important difference (MID)...
January 17, 2018: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342278/dosimetry-of-adult-and-pediatric-patients-for-common-digital-radiography-examinations
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Bhupendra Singh Rana, Sanjeev Kumar, Inderjeet Singh Sandhu, Narinder Paul Singh
The present work reports dosimetry data on adult and pediatric patients for some common radiographic examinations during the standard hospital routine. The measurements are the part of quality assurance program to determine radiation exposures to patients in these examinations. The entrance skin doses (ESDs) of the patients were measured from 2451 projection for 12 diagnostic examinations in digital radiography (DR). The ESDs in adult patient were measured using thermoluminescence dosemeters placed on the skin of the patient...
January 12, 2018: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342217/how-do-the-outcomes-of-the-deka-arm-compare-to-conventional-prostheses
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Linda J Resnik, Matthew L Borgia, Frantzy Acluche, Jill M Cancio, Gail Latlief, Nicole Sasson
OBJECTIVES: Objectives were to 1) compare self-reported function, dexterity, activity performance, quality of life and community integration of the DEKA Arm to conventional prostheses; and 2) examine differences in outcomes by conventional prosthesis type, terminal device type and by DEKA Arm configuration level. METHODS: This was a two-part study; Part A consisted of in-laboratory training. Part B consisted of home use. Study participants were 23 prosthesis users (mean age = 45 ± 16; 87% male) who completed Part A, and 15 (mean age = 45 ± 18; 87% male) who completed Parts A and B...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342194/tolerance-to-mild-salinity-stress-in-japonica-rice-a-genome-wide-association-mapping-study-highlights-calcium-signaling-and-metabolism-genes
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Julien Frouin, Antoine Languillaume, Justine Mas, Delphine Mieulet, Arnaud Boisnard, Axel Labeyrie, Mathilde Bettembourg, Charlotte Bureau, Eve Lorenzini, Muriel Portefaix, Patricia Turquay, Aurore Vernet, Christophe Périn, Nourollah Ahmadi, Brigitte Courtois
Salinity tolerance is an important quality for European rice grown in river deltas. We evaluated the salinity tolerance of a panel of 235 temperate japonica rice accessions genotyped with 30,000 SNP markers. The panel was exposed to mild salt stress (50 mM NaCl; conductivity of 6 dS m-1) at the seedling stage. Eight different root and shoot growth parameters were measured for both the control and stressed treatments. The Na+ and K+ mass fractions of the stressed plants were measured using atomic absorption spectroscopy...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342066/resident-participation-in-fixation-of-intertrochanteric-hip-fractures-analysis-of-the-nsqip-database
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Alexander L Neuwirth, Russell N Stitzlein, Madalyn G Neuwirth, Rachel K Kelz, Samir Mehta
BACKGROUND: Future generations of orthopaedic surgeons must continue to be trained in the surgical management of hip fractures. This study assesses the effect of resident participation on outcomes for the treatment of intertrochanteric hip fractures. METHODS: The National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) database (2010 to 2013) was queried for intertrochanteric hip fractures (International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision, Clinical Modification [ICD-9-CM] code 820...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341860/risk-management-of-free-radicals-involved-in-air-travel-syndromes-by-antioxidants
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Jeum-Nam Kim, Byung-Mu Lee
Frequent air travelers and airplane pilots may develop various types of illnesses. The environmental risk factors associated with air travel syndromes (ATS) or air travel-related adverse health outcomes raised concerns and need to be assessed in the context of risk management and public health. Accordingly, the aim of the present review was to determine ATS, risk factors, and mechanisms underlying ATS using scientific data and information obtained from Medline, Toxline, and regulatory agencies. Additional information was also extracted from websites of organizations, such as the International Air Transport Association (IATA), International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers (IAMAT), and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part B, Critical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341859/an-indoor-air-quality-evaluation-in-a-residential-retrofit-project-using-spray-polyurethane-foam
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Shen Tian, Scott Ecoff, John Sebroski, Jason Miller, Harold Rickenbacker, Melissa Bilec
Understanding of indoor air quality (IAQ) during and after spray polyurethane foam (SPF) application is essential to protect the health of both workers and building occupants. Previous efforts such as field monitoring, micro-chamber/spray booth emission studies and fate/transport modeling have been conducted to understand the chemical exposure of SPF and guide risk mitigation strategies. However, each type of research has its limitation and can only reveal partial information on the relationship between SPF and IAQ...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341852/emissions-of-organic-compounds-from-produced-water-ponds-ii-evaluation-of-flux-chamber-measurements-with-inverse-modeling-techniques
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Huy N Q Tran, Seth N Lyman, Marc L Mansfield, Trevor O'Neil, Richard L Bowers, Ann P Smith, Cara Keslar
In this study, we apply two different dispersion models to evaluate flux chamber measurements of emissions of 58 organic compounds, including C2-C11 hydrocarbons and methanol, ethanol, and isopropanol from oil and gas produced water ponds in the Uintah Basin. Field measurement campaigns using the flux chamber technique were performed at a limited number of produced water ponds in the Basin throughout 2013-2016. Inverse modeling results showed significantly higher emissions than were measured by the flux chamber...
January 17, 2018: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341501/tadalafil-improves-symptoms-erectile-function-and-quality-of-life-in-patients-with-lower-urinary-tract-symptoms-suggestive-of-benign-prostatic-hyperplasia-kyu-pro-study
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Ryosuke Takahashi, Minoru Miyazato, Hisae Nishii, Yasuhiro Sumino, Kazuo Takayama, Masako Onzuka, Takuma Oshiro, Seiichi Saito, Naohiro Fujimoto, Hiromitsu Mimata, Masatoshi Eto
OBJECTIVES: Effect of tadalafil on lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS), erectile function and quality of life (QoL) were prospectively evaluated in patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) at multicenter. METHODS: Eligible men were ≥40 years who had no treatment with alpha-blocker for BPH, with total International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) ≥8, IPSS-QOL ≥2 and prostate volume ≥20 mL. Data were collected on age, body mass index (BMI), and prostate specific antigen (PSA)...
January 2018: Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341497/defining-behavioral-components-of-social-functioning-in-adults-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-as-targets-for-treatment
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Ashley A Pallathra, Monica E Calkins, Julia Parish-Morris, Brenna B Maddox, Leat S Perez, Judith Miller, Ruben C Gur, David S Mandell, Robert T Schultz, Edward S Brodkin
There is increasing recognition that adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) would benefit from treatment to improve social functioning, a key factor in adults' overall quality of life. However, the various behavioral components of social functioning (i.e., categories of behaviors underlying social functioning), including social motivation, social anxiety, social cognition, and social skills, have not all been assessed together in any sample of adults with ASD, making it difficult to know the relative levels of impairment in these various categories, the relationships among these categories, or promising targets for treatments...
January 17, 2018: Autism Research: Official Journal of the International Society for Autism Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341376/effects-of-playback-theatre-on-cognitive-function-and-quality-of-life-in-older-adults-in-singapore-a-preliminary-study
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Krystal Shu Yi Chung, Eleena Shi Lynn Lee, Jia Qi Tan, Dylan Jin Hao Teo, Chris Ban Loong Lee, Sharifah Rose Ee, Sam Kim Yang Sim, Chew Sim Chee
OBJECTIVE: This study investigated the effects of Playback Theatre on older adults' cognitive function and well-being, specifically in the Singapore context. METHODS: Eighteen healthy older adults, older than 50 years of age, participated in the study. Due to practical limitations, a single-group pre-post study design was adopted. Participants completed the outcome measures before and after the training program. There were six weekly sessions in total (about 1...
January 17, 2018: Australasian Journal on Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341373/antibiotic-allergy-labels-the-impact-of-taking-a-clinical-history
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Adrienne Torda, Victor Chan
BACKGROUND: Many patients admitted to hospital have an antibiotic allergy (AAL) documented in their medical record. In many of these, the reaction is not a hypersensitivity reaction or may no longer be relevant. Despite this, the label adversely affects patient care directly in terms of antibiotic selection, and indirectly in terms of patient costs and the development of antimicrobial resistance. AIMS: To estimate the prevalence of AALs in a cohort of hospitalised patients, to investigate the feasibility of de-labelling through re-challenge based solely upon clinical grounds...
January 17, 2018: International Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341346/a-systematic-review-and-classification-of-interventions-for-speech-sound-disorder-in-preschool-children
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REVIEW
Yvonne Wren, Sam Harding, Juliet Goldbart, Sue Roulstone
BACKGROUND: Multiple nterventions have been developed to address speech sound disorder (SSD) in children. Many of these have been evaluated but the evidence for these has not been considered within a model which categorizes types of intervention. The opportunity to carry out a systematic of interventions for SSD arose as part of a larger scale study of interventions for primary speech and language impairment in preschool children. AIMS: To review systematically the evidence for interventions for SSD in preschool children and to categorize them within a classification of interventions for SSD...
January 16, 2018: International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341336/identification-of-perioperative-pulmonary-aspiration-in-children-using-quality-assurance-and-hospital-administrative-billing-data
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Lisa Eisler, Grace Huang, Ka-Eun M Lee, Jennifer A Busse, Ming Sun, Albert Y Lin, Lena S Sun, Caleb Ing
BACKGROUND: Perioperative aspiration is a rare but potentially devastating complication, occurring in 1-10 per 10 000 anesthetics based on studies of quality assurance databases. Quality assurance reporting is known to underestimate the incidence of adverse outcomes, but few large studies use supplementary data sources. This study aims to identify the incidence of and risk factors for perioperative aspiration in children using quality assurance data supplemented by administrative billing records, and to examine the utility of billing data as a supplementary data source...
January 17, 2018: Paediatric Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341282/expression-analyses-of-candidate-genes-related-to-meat-quality-traits-in-squabs-from-two-breeds-of-meat-type-pigeon
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M Ye, M Xu, C Chen, Y He, M Ding, X Ding, W Wei, S Yang, B Zhou
In this study, meat quality traits were compared between squabs from two pigeon breeds: one Chinese indigenous breed, the Shiqi (SQ) meat-type pigeon, and an imported breed, the white king (WK) meat-type pigeon. Breed differences were detected in the content of intramuscular fat (IMF) in the breast muscle. SQ squabs had significantly higher IMF content than the WK birds. The shear force value (an objective measure of meat tenderness) of SQ birds was also relatively lower than that of the WK squabs. Further analysis of fatty acids profile revealed that SQ squabs exhibited significant advantage in the synthesis of polyunsaturated fatty acids, while WK squabs were significantly higher in the sum of monounsaturated fatty acids...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341250/protectiveness-of-copper-water-quality-criteria-against-impairment-of-behavior-and-chemo-mechanosensory-responses-an-update
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REVIEW
Joseph S Meyer, David K DeForest
A meta-analysis was conducted of studies that reported behavior and chemo/mechanosensory responses by fish, amphibians, and aquatic invertebrates in Cu-containing waters and also reported sufficient water chemistry for calculation of hardness-based and biotic ligand model (BLM)-based water quality criteria (WQC) for Cu. The calculated WQC concentrations were then compared to the corresponding 20% impairment concentrations (IC20) of Cu for those behavior and chemo/mechanosensory responses. The hardness-based acute and chronic WQC for Cu would not have been protective (i...
January 17, 2018: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341133/development-and-initial-validity-of-the-in-hand-manipulation-assessment
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Gabrielle Klymenko, Karen P Y Liu, Michelle Bissett, Kenneth N K Fong, Nandana Welage, Rebecca S M Wong
BACKGROUND/AIM: A review of the literature related to in-hand manipulation (IHM) revealed that there is no assessment which specifically measures this construct in the adult population. This study reports the face and content validity of an IHM assessment for adults with impaired hand function based on expert opinion. METHODS: The definition of IHM skills, assessment tasks and scoring methods identified from literature was discussed in a focus group (n = 4) to establish face validity...
January 17, 2018: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341071/anticholinergic-medication-for-antipsychotic-induced-tardive-dyskinesia
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REVIEW
Hanna Bergman, Karla Soares-Weiser
BACKGROUND: Antipsychotic (neuroleptic) medication is used extensively to treat people with serious mental illnesses. However, it is associated with a wide range of adverse effects, including movement disorders. Because of this, many people treated with antipsychotic medication also receive anticholinergic drugs in order to reduce some of the associated movement side-effects. However, there is also a suggestion from animal experiments that the chronic administration of anticholinergics could cause tardive dyskinesia...
January 17, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341069/reliability-and-validity-of-iscoreb-instrument-for-scoring-clinical-outcomes-of-research-for-epidermolysis-bullosa
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A L Bruckner, D L Fairclough, J A Feinstein, I Lara-Corrales, Anne W Lucky, Jakub Tolar, Elena Pope
BACKGROUND: Epidermolysis bullosa (EB) is a group of rare and currently incurable genetic blistering disorders. As more pathogenic driven therapies are being developed, the need for EB-specific validated outcomes measures designed for use in clinical trials is becoming important. OBJECTIVES: We previously reported on development of an instrument for scoring clinical outcomes of research for Epidermolysis Bullosa (iscorEB), a new combined clinician and patient reported outcomes tool...
January 17, 2018: British Journal of Dermatology
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