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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324691/comparison-of-three-different-types-of-cilostazol-loaded-solid-dispersion-physicochemical-characterization-and-pharmacokinetics-in-rats
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Omer Mustapha, Kyung Soo Kim, Shumaila Shafique, Dong Shik Kim, Sung Giu Jin, Youn Gee Seo, Yu Seok Youn, Kyung Taek Oh, Chul Soon Yong, Jong Oh Kim, Han-Gon Choi
The aim of this research was to compare three different types of cilostazol-loaded solid dispersion system including solvent-evaporated, solvent-wetted and surface-attached solid dispersion. The effect of polymers and surfactants on the aqueous solubility of cilostazol was investigated, leading to the selection of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) and sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS). Employing a spray-drying technique, numerous surface-attached, solvent-evaporated and solvent-wetted solid dispersions were prepared with various amounts PVP and SLS using water, 90% ethanol and acetone, respectively...
March 9, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324321/structured-data-entry-in-the-electronic-medical-record-perspectives-of-pediatric-specialty-physicians-and-surgeons
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Ruth A Bush, Cynthia Kuelbs, Julie Ryu, Wen Jiang, George Chiang
The Epic electronic health record (EHR) platform supports structured data entry systems (SDES), which allow developers, with input from users, to create highly customized patient-record templates in order to maximize data completeness and to standardize structure. There are many potential advantages of using discrete data fields in the EHR to capture data for secondary analysis and epidemiological research, but direct data acquisition from clinicians remains one of the largest obstacles to leveraging the EHR for secondary use...
May 2017: Journal of Medical Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323885/towards-sustainable-sanitation-management-establishing-the-costs-and-willingness-to-pay-for-emptying-and-transporting-sludge-in-rural-districts-with-high-rates-of-access-to-latrines
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Soumya Balasubramanya, Barbara Evans, Richard Hardy, Rizwan Ahmed, Ahasan Habib, N S M Asad, Mominur Rahman, M Hasan, Digbijoy Dey, Louise Fletcher, Miller Alonso Camargo-Valero, Krishna Chaitanya Rao, Sudarshana Fernando
MOTIVATION: Proper management of fecal sludge has significant positive health and environmental externalities. Most research on managing onsite sanitation so far either simulates the costs of, or the welfare effects from, managing sludge in situ in pit latrines. Thus, designing management strategies for onsite rural sanitation is challenging, because the actual costs of transporting sludge for treatment, and sources for financing these transport costs, are not well understood. METHODS: In this paper we calculate the actual cost of sludge management from onsite latrines, and identify the contributions that latrine owners are willing to make to finance the costs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323880/randomized-controlled-trials-in-central-vascular-access-devices-a-scoping-review
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Mari Takashima, Gillian Ray-Barruel, Amanda Ullman, Samantha Keogh, Claire M Rickard
BACKGROUND: Randomized controlled trials evaluate the effectiveness of interventions for central venous access devices, however, high complication rates remain. Scoping reviews map the available evidence and demonstrate evidence deficiencies to focus ongoing research priorities. METHOD: A scoping review (January 2006-December 2015) of randomized controlled trials evaluating the effectiveness of interventions to improve central venous access device outcomes; including peripherally inserted central catheters, non-tunneled, tunneled and totally implanted venous access catheters...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323807/the-trauma-collaborative-care-study-tccs
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Stephen T Wegener, Andrew N Pollak, Katherine P Frey, Robert A Hymes, Kristin R Archer, Clifford B Jones, Rachel B Seymour, Robert V OʼToole, Renan C Castillo, Yanjie Huang, Daniel O Scharfstein, Ellen J MacKenzie
Previous research suggests that the care provided to trauma patients could be improved by including early screening and management of emotional distress and psychological comorbidity. The Trauma Collaborative Care (TCC) program, which is based on the principles of well-established models of collaborative care, was designed to address this gap in trauma center care. This article describes the TCC program and the design of a multicenter study to evaluate its effectiveness for improving patient outcomes after major, high-energy orthopaedic trauma at level 1 trauma centers...
April 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323637/accelerated-monte-carlo-simulation-on-the-chemical-stage-in-water-radiolysis-using-gpu
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Zhen Tian, Steve B Jiang, Xun Jia
The accurate simulation of water radiolysis is an important step to understand the mechanisms of radiobiology and quantitatively test some hypotheses regarding radiobiological effects. However, the simulation of water radiolysis is highly time consuming, taking hours or even days to be completed by a conventional CPU processor. This time limitation hinders cell-level simulations for a number of research studies. We recently initiated efforts to develop gMicroMC, a GPU-based fast microscopic MC simulation package for water radiolysis...
March 21, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323629/effects-of-levothyroxine-on-pregnancy-outcomes-in-women-with-thyroid-dysfunction-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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Jia Li, Jie Shen, Lan Qin
Context • Subclinical hypothyroidism (SCH) in pregnancy can be associated with increased complications in pregnant women and neurocognitive deficits in fetuses. Two recently published meta-analyses investigated the effects of levothyroxine (LT4) supplementation on pregnancy outcomes but did not report adverse complications and neonatal outcomes. Objectives • The study intended to assess the effects of LT4 supplementation in the treatment of pregnant women with thyroid dysfunction. Design • The research team performed a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) published in PubMed, Embase, Web of Science, Chinese BioMedical Literature Service System, and China National Knowledge Infrastructure databases...
March 2017: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323534/children-s-recognition-of-emotional-facial-expressions-through-photographs-and-drawings
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Claire Brechet
The author's purpose was to examine children's recognition of emotional facial expressions, by comparing two types of stimulus: photographs and drawings. The author aimed to investigate whether drawings could be considered as a more evocative material than photographs, as a function of age and emotion. Five- and 7-year-old children were presented with photographs and drawings displaying facial expressions of 4 basic emotions (i.e., happiness, sadness, anger, and fear) and were asked to perform a matching task by pointing to the face corresponding to the target emotion labeled by the experimenter...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Genetic Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323517/differences-in-adolescent-emotion-regulation-and-impulsivity-a-group-comparison-study-of-school-based-recovery-students
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Beth S Russell, Anne Thompson Heller, Morica Hutchison
BACKGROUND: Recovery high schools (RHS) vary in organization and operating philosophy, but are designed to support the unique needs of students struggling with substance use disorders (SUD). Previous research on youth risk taking behaviors suggests emotion regulation is a key predictor of outcomes. Specifically, the ability to respond in adaptive rather than maladaptive ways is often associated with challenges of impulsivity, poor distress tolerance, and adolescent substance use. OBJECTIVES: The current study considers data from RHS students in order to answer research questions concerning impulsivity and emotion regulation of youth working to change their risk trajectories in comparison to group of typically developing youth...
March 21, 2017: Substance Use & Misuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323449/the-relative-importance-of-real-time-in-cab-and-external-feedback-in-managing-fatigue-in-real-world-commercial-transport-operations
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Michael Fitzharris, Sara Liu, Amanda N Stephens, Michael G Lenné
OBJECTIVE: Real-time driver monitoring systems represent a solution to address key behavioral risks as they occur, particularly distraction and fatigue. The efficacy of these systems in real-world settings is largely unknown. This paper has three objectives: 1) to document the incidence and duration of fatigue in real-world commercial truck driving operations, 2) to determine the reduction, if any, in the incidence of fatigue episodes associated with providing feedback, and 3) to tease apart the relative contribution of in-cab warnings from 24 monitoring and feedback to employers...
March 21, 2017: Traffic Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323444/evaluating-driver-drowsiness-countermeasures
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John G Gaspar, Timothy L Brown, Chris W Schwarz, John D Lee, Julie Kang, James S Higgins
Objective Driver drowsiness contributes to a substantial number of fatal and non-fatal crashes, with recent estimates attributing up to 21% of fatal crashes to drowsiness. This paper describes recent NHTSA research on in-vehicle drowsiness countermeasures. Recent advances in technology and state detection algorithms have shown success in detecting drowsiness using a variety of data sources, including camera-based eye tracking, steering wheel position, yaw rate, and vehicle lane position. However, detection is just the first step in reducing drowsy driving crashes...
March 21, 2017: Traffic Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320163/inhibition-of-17-beta-estradiol-on-neuronal-excitability-via-enhancing-girk1-mediated-inwardly-rectifying-potassium-currents-and-girk1-expression
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Yuwen Zhang, Yian Huang, Guoxiang Wang, Xin Wang, Yun Wang
BACKGROUND: Catamenial epilepsy is a common central nervous system disease in female, which is influenced by the 17-β-estradiol (estrogen) level during the menstrual cycle. Low level (<0.05ng/ml) of estrogen normally accompanies with the perimenstrual classification of catamenial epilepsy, however, without clear mechanism. In previous studies, estrogen has been demonstrated to possess widely regulatory effects on potassium channels. Here, the effect of 17-β-estradiol on modulating inwardly rectifying K(+) (Kir) currents was investigated in cultured hippocampal neurons...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320083/xiaoaiping-combined-with-cisplatin-can-inhibit-proliferation-and-invasion-and-induce-cell-cycle-arrest-and-apoptosis-in-human-ovarian-cancer-cell-lines
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Ai-Wen Zheng, Ya-Qing Chen, Jing Fang, Ying-Li Zhang, Dong-Dong Jia
PURPOSE: The aim of the present study was utilizing Xiaoaiping as a single agent or combined with cisplatin to study its effect on the ovarian cancer cells (HO-8910 and HO-8910PM cells) in tumor cell proliferation, cell apoptosis, cell cycle distribution and cell invasion and migration. METHODS: Both HO-8910 and HO-8910PM cell lines were treated with Xiaoaiping injection, cisplatin or combination. Effects on the cell viability and apoptosis induction were estimated using the Cell counting Kit-8 assay and Annexin V-FITC/Propidium Iodide staining...
March 14, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319909/stability-and-change-in-disease-prestige-a-comparative-analysis-of-three-surveys-spanning-a-quarter-of-a-century
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Dag Album, Lars E F Johannessen, Erik B Rasmussen
In this paper, we present a comparative analysis of three survey studies of disease prestige in medical culture. The studies were conducted in 1990, 2002 and 2014 using the same research design. In each of the three rounds, a sample of Norwegian physicians was asked to rate a set of 38 diseases on a scale from 1 to 9 according to the prestige they believed health personnel in general would award them. The results show a remarkable stability in the prestige rank order over 25 years. The top three diseases in all three surveys were leukaemia, brain tumour and myocardial infarction...
March 14, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319860/effects-of-silver-nanoparticles-on-survival-biomass-change-and-avoidance-behaviour-of-the-endogeic-earthworm-allolobophora-chlorotica
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C Brami, A R Glover, K R Butt, C N Lowe
Increasing commercial application of silver nanoparticles (Ag NP) and subsequent presence in wastewater and sewage sludge has raised concerns regarding their effects in the aquatic and terrestrial environment. Several studies have employed standardised acute and chronic earthworm-based tests to establish the toxicological effects of Ag NP within soil. These studies have relied heavily on the use of epigiec earthworm species which may have limited ecological relevance in mineral soil. This study assessed the influence of Ag NP (uncoated 80nm powder) and AgNO3 on survival, change in biomass and avoidance behaviour in a soil dwelling (endogiec) species, Allolobophora chlorotica...
March 15, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319693/what-do-dads-want-treatment-preferences-for-paternal-postpartum-depression
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Emily E Cameron, Dana Hunter, Ivan D Sedov, Lianne M Tomfohr-Madsen
BACKGROUND: Postpartum depression (PPD) is prevalent, occurring in 8 to 13% of new fathers. Identifying effective and acceptable treatments for paternal PPD is important to prevent negative family outcomes. Participation in a patient preferred treatment for depression increases treatment adherence and effectiveness. Thus, developing and delivering interventions that are preferred by the target population is an important aspect of successful treatment. The current study investigated treatment preferences for paternal PPD...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319550/continuous-transversus-abdominis-plane-nerve-blocks-does-varying-local-anesthetic-delivery-method-automatic-repeated-bolus-versus-continuous-basal-infusion-influence-the-extent-of-sensation-to-cold-a-randomized-triple-masked-crossover-study-in-volunteers
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Bahareh Khatibi, Engy T Said, Jacklynn F Sztain, Amanda M Monahan, Rodney A Gabriel, Timothy J Furnish, Johnathan T Tran, Michael C Donohue, Brian M Ilfeld
BACKGROUND: It remains unknown whether continuous or scheduled intermittent bolus local anesthetic administration is preferable for transversus abdominis plane (TAP) catheters. We therefore tested the hypothesis that when using TAP catheters, providing local anesthetic in repeated bolus doses increases the cephalad-caudad cutaneous effects compared with a basal-only infusion. METHODS: Bilateral TAP catheters (posterior approach) were inserted in 24 healthy volunteers followed by ropivacaine 2 mg/mL administration for a total of 6 hours...
April 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319455/joint-model-imputation-to-estimate-the-treatment-effect-on-long-term-survival-using-auxiliary-events
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Audrey Mauguen, Stefan Michiels, Virginie Rondeau
Clinical trial duration may be a concern in clinical research, especially in cancer trials where the endpoint is overall survival. A surrogate endpoint can be used as an auxiliary variable to analyze the treatment effect earlier. At an early time point, the high number of censored observations can be compensated by the imputation of the unobserved deaths times. We propose to use predictions of the risk of death from a joint model for a recurrent event and a terminal event, which account for disease relapse information...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Biopharmaceutical Statistics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319422/phototherapy-for-improvement-of-performance-and-exercise-recovery-comparison-of-3-commercially-available-devices
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Thiago De Marchi, Vinicius Mazzochi Schmitt, Carla Danúbia da Silva Fabro, Larissa Lopes da Silva, Juliane Sene, Olga Tairova, Mirian Salvador
CONTEXT:   Recent studies suggest the prophylactic use of low-powered laser/light has ergogenic effects on athletic performance and postactivity recovery. Manufacturers of high-powered lasers/light devices claim that these can produce the same clinical benefits with increased power and decreased irradiation time; however, research with high-powered lasers is lacking. OBJECTIVE:   To evaluate the magnitude of observed phototherapeutic effects with 3 commercially available devices...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Athletic Training
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319168/targeting-chronic-cardiac-remodeling-with-cardiac-progenitor-cells-in-a-murine-model-of-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
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Janine C Deddens, Dries A Feyen, Peter-Paul Zwetsloot, Maike A Brans, Sailay Siddiqi, Linda W van Laake, Pieter A Doevendans, Joost P Sluijter
BACKGROUND: Translational failure for cardiovascular disease is a substantial problem involving both high research costs and an ongoing lack of novel treatment modalities. Despite the progress already made, cell therapy for chronic heart failure in the clinical setting is still hampered by poor translation. We used a murine model of chronic ischemia/reperfusion injury to examine the effect of minimally invasive application of cardiac progenitor cells (CPC) in cardiac remodeling and to improve clinical translation...
2017: PloS One
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