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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822821/what-makes-journal-club-effective-a-survey-of-orthopaedic-residents-and-faculty
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Sean T Campbell, Jason R Kang, Julius A Bishop
BACKGROUND: Journal clubs play an important role in the education of orthopaedic surgery residents; however, there are sparse data available on the characteristics that make journal clubs effective. OBJECTIVE: The primary goal of this study was to determine the characteristics of effective journal clubs as identified by orthopaedic residents and faculty. We sought to compare the opinions of residents and faculty in order to identify areas that may benefit from future research and discussion...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Surgical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822756/differences-in-psychosocial-and-behavioral-variables-by-dietary-screening-tool-risk-category-in-older-adults
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Geoffrey W Greene, Ingrid Lofgren, Chelsea Paulin, Mary L Greaney, Phillip G Clark
BACKGROUND: The Dietary Screening Tool (DST) has been validated as a dietary screening instrument for older adults defining three categories of potential nutritional risk based on DST score cutoffs. Previous research has found that older adults classified as being "at risk" differed from those categorized as being "not at risk" for a limited number of health-related variables. The relationship between risk categories and a wide variety of variables has not yet been explored. This research will contribute to an increased understanding of clustering of multiple health concerns in this population...
August 17, 2017: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822665/the-associations-of-hemodialysis-access-type-and-access-satisfaction-with-health-related-quality-of-life
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Natalie Domenick Sridharan, Larry Fish, Lan Yu, Steven Weisbord, Manisha Jhamb, Michel S Makaroun, Theodore H Yuo
OBJECTIVE: In addition to age and comorbidities, health-related quality of life (HRQOL) is known to predict mortality in hemodialysis (HD) patients. Understanding the association of vascular access type with HRQOL can help surgeons to provide patient-centered dialysis access recommendations. We sought to understand the impact of HD access type on HRQOL. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional prospective study of community-dwelling prevalent HD patients in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822493/interactions-between-bee-foraging-and-floral-resource-phenology-shape-bee-populations-and-communities
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REVIEW
Jane E Ogilvie, Jessica Rk Forrest
Flowers are ephemeral, yet bees rely on them for food throughout their lives. Floral resource phenology - which can be altered by changes in climate and land-use - is therefore key to bee fitness and community composition. Here, we discuss the interactions between floral resource phenology, bee foraging behaviour, and traits such as diet breadth, sociality, and body size. Recent research on bumble bees has examined behavioural responses to local floral turnover and effects of landscape-scale floral resource phenology on fitness, abundance, and foraging distances...
June 2017: Current Opinion in Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822243/chrysin-induced-sperm-parameters-and-fatty-acid-profile-changes-improve-reproductive-performance-of-roosters
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Ali Sami Amin Altawash, Ahmad Zare Shahneh, Hossein Moravej, Mahdi Ansari
Having antioxidant and androgenic effects, Chrysin was orally administrated to roosters and reproductive performance including sperm quality and fatty acid composition, testis index, fertility and hatchability rates as well as blood testosterone concentration were assessed. Twenty eight 40-week-old Ross 308 roosters were individually housed, equally divided into four groups and received different levels of capsulated Chrysin including 0 (Ch0), 25 (Ch25), 50 (Ch50) or 75 (Ch75) mg/bird/day for 12 consecutive weeks...
August 5, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822201/-pharmacokinetic-research-strategies-of-compatibilities-and-synergistic-effects-of-classical-danshen-herb-pairs-based-on-pharmacokinetics-of-danshen-bingpian-and-danshen-honghua
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Cui-Ying Zhang, Wei-Guang Ren
Herb pairs are usual clinical compatibility forms and one of compound prescription sources in Chinese medicine. Pharmacokinetic research in vivo is one of the important items in elucidating the mechanism for synergistic and attenuated mechanisms of herb pairs. The paper comprehensively summarized and systemized the pharmacokinetic researches of marker-ingredients about Danshen-Honghua and Danshen-Bingpian in order to elucidate the rationality and scientificity of herb pairs and provide some feasible suggestions on the pharmacokinetics of drugs in the future...
June 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822104/comparison-of-the-toxic-effects-of-quinolinic-acid-and-3-nitropropionic-acid-in-c-elegans-involvement-of-the-skn-1-pathway
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Ilan Kotlar, Aline Colonnello, María Fernanda Aguilera-González, Daiana Silva Avila, María Eduarda de Lima, Rodolfo García-Contreras, Alma Ortíz-Plata, Félix Alexandre Antunes Soares, Michael Aschner, Abel Santamaría
The tryptophan metabolite, quinolinic acid (QUIN), and the mitochondrial toxin 3-nitropropionic acid (3-NP) are two important tools for toxicological research commonly used in neurotoxic models of excitotoxicity, oxidative stress, energy depletion, and neuronal cell death in mammals. However, their toxic properties have yet to be explored in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans) for the establishment of novel, simpler, complementary, alternative, and predictive neurotoxic model of mammalian neurotoxicity...
August 18, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822031/advances-in-the-management-of-thyroid-eye-diseases-an-overview
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REVIEW
Rashmi Kumari, Bhawesh Chandra Saha
INTRODUCTION: Thyroid eye disease (TED) remains a notorious ailment for both patients and the treating ophthalmologists. Recent years have witnessed considerable research in the immunopathogenic mechanism of TED that has resulted in an expansion and modification of the available management options. AIM: Purpose of this review is to summarise the advances in the management of thyroid ophthalmopathy. MATERIAL AND METHOD: A thorough literature search and of the past 10 years web search with words Thyroid ophthalmopathy, recent, advances...
August 18, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821527/systematic-review-of-economic-analyses-in-patient-safety-a-protocol-designed-to-measure-development-in-the-scope-and-quality-of-evidence
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Alexander W Carter, Rishi Mandavia, Erik Mayer, Joachim Marti, Elias Mossialos, Ara Darzi
INTRODUCTION: Recent avoidable failures in patient care highlight the ongoing need for evidence to support improvements in patient safety. According to the most recent reviews, there is a dearth of economic evidence related to patient safety. These reviews characterise an evidence gap in terms of the scope and quality of evidence available to support resource allocation decisions. This protocol is designed to update and improve on the reviews previously conducted to determine the extent of methodological progress in economic analyses in patient safety...
August 18, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821443/the-effect-of-pelvic-motion-on-spino-pelvic-parameters
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Andrew M Hayden, Ann M Hayes, Jennifer L Brechbuhler, Heidi Israel, Howard M Place
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: To date, many studies have examined how pelvic position affects the spinal curvature and spino-pelvic parameters. However, these studies focus on a static relationship, comparing pelvis and spine in a relaxed or baseline position only. Indeed, the spino-pelvic connection is dynamic, as a subject can easily be taught to rotate their pelvis anteriorly or posteriorly on the femoral head, all while maintaining an erect posture. Therefore, for a true understanding of pelvic influence on the spinal column, it is necessary to examine spino-pelvic parameters in multiple pelvic positions within the same subject...
August 15, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821288/health-promotion-via-sms-improves-hypertension-knowledge-for-deaf-south-africans
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Hanne Jensen Haricharan, Marion Heap, Damian Hacking, Yan Kwan Lau
BACKGROUND: Signing Deaf South Africans have limited access to health information. As a result, their knowledge about health is limited. Cell phone usage in South Africa is high. This study aimed to assess whether a short message service (SMS)-based health promotion campaign could improve Deaf people's knowledge of hypertension and healthy living. Additionally, the study aimed to assess the acceptability of using SMSs for health promotion targeting Deaf people. METHODS: A baseline questionnaire assessed participants' knowledge about hypertension before an SMS-based information campaign was conducted...
August 18, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821271/high-speed-resistance-training-and-balance-training-for-people-with-knee-osteoarthritis-to-reduce-falls-risk-study-protocol-for-a-pilot-randomized-controlled-trial
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Pazit Levinger, Jeremy Dunn, Nancy Bifera, Michael Butson, George Elias, Keith D Hill
BACKGROUND: The number of falls experienced by people with knee osteoarthritis (OA) is almost double the number experienced by people with no OA. The neuromuscular elements required to arrest a fall are more impaired in people with knee OA compared to their asymptomatic counterparts. Therefore, these elements may need to be incorporated into an exercise intervention to reduce the risk of falling. The aim of this study will be to examine the feasibility, safety and patient satisfaction of a high-speed resistance-training program, with and without balance exercises, in people with knee OA compared to a control group...
August 18, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820902/from-hospitalization-records-to-surveillance-the-use-of-local-patient-profiles-to-characterize-cholera-in-vellore-india
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Melissa S Cruz, Tania M AlarconFalconi, Meghan A Hartwick, Aishwarya Venkat, Hanna Y Ehrlich, Shalini Anandan, Honorine D Ward, Balaji Veeraraghavan, Elena N Naumova
Despite availability of high quality medical records, health care systems often do not have the resources or tools to utilize these data efficiently. Yet, hospital-based, laboratory-confirmed records may pave the way for building reliable surveillance systems capable of monitoring temporal trends of emerging infections. In this communication, we present a new tool to compress and visualize medical records with a local population profile (LPP) approach, which transforms information into statistically comparable patterns...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820869/necrotizing-enterocolitis-and-high-intestinal-iron-uptake-due-to-genetic-variants
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Wolfgang Göpel, Josephine Drese, Tanja K Rausch, Nele Twisselmann, Bettina Bohnhorst, Andreas Müller, Axel Franz, Andreas Ziegler, Christoph Härtel, Egbert Herting
BACKGROUND: Intestinal iron is a nutritional compound, which is essential for enteric microbiota. We evaluated the hypothesis that polymorphisms which are known modifiers of intestinal iron uptake in adults are associated with necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) in preterm infants. METHODS: Preterm infants (birth weight below 1,500 grams) were studied. Single nucleotide polymorphisms with known effects on serum iron levels (rs1800562, rs1799945, rs855791) were determined by polymerase chain reaction...
August 18, 2017: Pediatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820613/influence-of-paddock-size-on-social-relationships-in-domestic-horses
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Katarzyna Majecka, Aneta Klawe
The aim of this study was to explore whether the size of paddocks affected social interactions within a group of horses. Furthermore, the effects of the gender composition in groups on social behavior were investigated. The research was done in a horse-riding center. A total of 78 horses and ponies, forming 3 groups, were included in the study. The time of the observation was divided into 2 periods. The data obtained from the 1st period (the horses were on relatively small paddocks) and the 2nd period (the paddocks were significantly bigger) were compared...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science: JAAWS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820478/detection-of-interactions-between-proteins-by-using-legendre-moments-descriptor-to-extract-discriminatory-information-embedded-in-pssm
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Yan-Bin Wang, Zhu-Hong You, Li-Ping Li, Yu-An Huang, Hai-Cheng Yi
Protein-protein interactions (PPIs) play a very large part in most cellular processes. Although a great deal of research has been devoted to detecting PPIs through high-throughput technologies, these methods are clearly expensive and cumbersome. Compared with the traditional experimental methods, computational methods have attracted much attention because of their good performance in detecting PPIs. In our work, a novel computational method named as PCVM-LM is proposed which combines the probabilistic classification vector machine (PCVM) model and Legendre moments (LMs) to predict PPIs from amino acid sequences...
August 18, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820311/clinical-radiobiology-of-proton-therapy-modeling-of-rbe
#17
B Jones
PURPOSE: To better estimate relative biological effectiveness (RBE) in therapeutic proton beams by using a modeled approach, in order to improve their clinical safety and effectiveness. INTRODUCTION: Concerns exist about the 1.1 RBE used in proton therapy, since it may lead to unintentional over- and under-dosage in patients and so lead to unexpected clinical outcomes. Late reacting normal tissues (with low α/β values), might be overdosed if RBE >1.1; very radiosensitive tumors (with high α/β), might be under-dosed if RBE <1...
August 18, 2017: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820040/effect-of-interhospital-icu-relocation-on-patient-physiology-and-clinical-outcomes
#18
David R Janz, Yasin A Khan, Jennifer L Mooney, Matthew W Semler, Todd W Rice, Jessica L Johnson, Bennett P deBoisblanc
Relocation of large numbers of critically ill patients between hospitals is sometimes necessary and the risks associated with relocation may be high. In the setting of adherence to an interhospital intensive care unit (ICU) relocation protocol, we aimed to determine whether the interhospital relocation of all ICU patients in a single day is associated with changes in vital signs, device removal, and worse clinical outcomes. We conducted a prospective, observational, cohort study of all critically ill adults admitted to a tertiary medical center's ICUs on the day of a planned hospital relocation and exposed to interhospital ICU relocation compared with unexposed critically ill adults...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820012/effect-of-rotational-prosthetic-alignment-variation-on-tibiofemoral-contact-pressure-distribution-and-joint-kinematics-in-total-knee-replacement
#19
Xin Xie, Roy Rusly, John D DesJardins, Frank Voss, Kim Chillag, Martine LaBerge
In total knee replacement surgery, implant alignment is one of the most important criteria for successful long-term clinical outcome. During total knee replacement implantation, femoral and tibial alignment are determined through appropriate bone resections, which could vary based on patient anatomy, implant design and surgical technique and further influence loading conditions and clinical outcomes. The current research focused on three critical alignment parameters for total knee replacement insertion: femoral component internal/external (I/E) rotation, varus-valgus tibiofemoral angulation and posterior tibial slope...
August 1, 2017: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part H, Journal of Engineering in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819419/osteopontin-a-promising-biomarker-for-cancer-therapy
#20
REVIEW
Ran Wei, Janet Pik Ching Wong, Hang Fai Kwok
Osteopontin (OPN), a multifunctional protein, has emerged as a potentially valuable biomarker for diagnosing and treating cancers. Recent research focuses on its involvement in tumor biology including the cell proliferation, survival, angiogenesis, invasion, and metastasis. Understanding the molecular mechanisms and pharmacological effects of OPN in cancer development could lead to new targets for improving cancer diagnosis and treatment. This review explains how the structurally conserved domains of OPN are associated with OPN signaling mediators and CD44, and how the conserved OPN domains determine biological functions...
2017: Journal of Cancer
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