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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156739/electroacupuncture-alleviates-neuromuscular-dysfunction-in-an-experimental-rat-model-of-immobilization
#1
Jun Yang, Su Min, Fei Xie, Jingyuan Chen, Xuechao Hao, Li Ren
Immobilization-related skeletal muscle atrophy is a major concern to patients in Intensive Care Units and it has a profound effect on the quality of life. However, the underlying molecular events for the therapeutic effect of electroacupuncture to treat muscle atrophy have not been fully elucidated. Here we developed an immobilization mouse model and tested the hypothesis that skeletal muscle weakness may be caused by the increased expression of γ and α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) on muscle cell membranes, while electroacupuncture could decrease the expression of γ and α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156581/an-enhanced-non-coherent-pre-filter-design-for-tracking-error-estimation-in-gnss-receivers
#2
Zhibin Luo, Jicheng Ding, Lin Zhao, Mouyan Wu
Tracking error estimation is of great importance in global navigation satellite system (GNSS) receivers. Any inaccurate estimation for tracking error will decrease the signal tracking ability of signal tracking loops and the accuracies of position fixing, velocity determination, and timing. Tracking error estimation can be done by traditional discriminator, or Kalman filter-based pre-filter. The pre-filter can be divided into two categories: coherent and non-coherent. This paper focuses on the performance improvements of non-coherent pre-filter...
November 18, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156480/-frailty-prevalence-in-the-resident-population-of-germany-70%C3%A2-%C3%A2-79-years-of-age-a-population-based-approach
#3
Judith Fuchs, Markus Busch, Christa Scheidt-Nave
In all countries life expectancy is rising, and many older persons spend a longer period in good health. Nevertheless, frailty is present in older people and can be considered as a risk factor for limitations. The "German Health Interview and Examination Survey for Adults" (DEGS1) 2008 - 2011 comprised interviews, examinations and tests. Data on 1110 community-dwelling people aged 70 to 79 years participating in DEGS1 with full records on frailty were analysed. Physical frailty was defined as exhaustion (SF-36 item), low grip strength, slowness (Timed Up-and-Go test > 15 seconds or unable to perform) and low physical activity (no sports or exertion)...
November 2017: Anästhesiologie, Intensivmedizin, Notfallmedizin, Schmerztherapie: AINS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156253/exploring-the-impact-of-using-measured-or-estimated-values-for-height-and-weight-on-the-relationship-between-bmi-and-acute-hospital-mortality
#4
Anne P Toft-Petersen, Jerome Wulff, David A Harrison, Marlies Ostermann, Mike Margarson, Kathryn M Rowan, Deborah Dawson
PURPOSE: Studies have demonstrated an association between height and weight and mortality among patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and the optimal body mass index (BMI) might be well above the optimal values in the general population. Most of these studies have relied on estimated values, the validity of which is not known. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Admissions to adult general ICUs from 1 April 2009 to 31 March 2016 in the Case Mix Programme (CMP) Database were described by height and weight assessment methods (measured or estimated)...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156148/cm-101-type-i-collagen-targeted-mr-imaging-probe-for-detection-of-liver-fibrosis
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Christian T Farrar, Eric M Gale, Richard Kennan, Ian Ramsay, Ricard Masia, Gunisha Arora, Kailyn Looby, Lan Wei, Jayashree Kalpathy-Cramer, Michelle M Bunzel, Chunlian Zhang, Yonghua Zhu, Taro E Akiyama, Michael Klimas, Shirly Pinto, Himashinie Diyabalanage, Kenneth K Tanabe, Valerie Humblet, Bryan C Fuchs, Peter Caravan
Purpose To evaluate the biodistribution, metabolism, and pharmacokinetics of a new type I collagen-targeted magnetic resonance (MR) probe, CM-101, and to assess its ability to help quantify liver fibrosis in animal models. Materials and Methods Biodistribution, pharmacokinetics, and stability of CM-101 in rats were measured with mass spectrometry. Bile duct-ligated (BDL) and sham-treated rats were imaged 19 days after the procedure by using a 1.5-T clinical MR imaging unit. Mice were treated with carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) or with vehicle two times a week for 10 weeks and were imaged with a 7...
November 20, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156144/breastfeeding-practices-and-barriers-to-implementing-the-ten-steps-to-successful-breastfeeding-in-mississippi-hospitals
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Amir Alakaam, Jennifer Lemacks, Kathleen Yadrick, Carol Connell, Hwanseok Winston Choi, Ray G Newman
BACKGROUND: Mississippi has the lowest rates of breastfeeding in the United States at 6 and 12 months. There is growing evidence that the rates and duration of infant breastfeeding improve after hospitals implement the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding; moreover, the Ten Steps approach is considered the standard model for evaluation of breastfeeding practices in birthplaces. Research aim: This study aimed to examine the implementation level of the Ten Steps and identify barriers to implementing the Ten Steps in Mississippi hospitals...
November 1, 2017: Journal of Human Lactation: Official Journal of International Lactation Consultant Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156054/hospice-care-cancer-directed-therapy-and-medicare-expenditures-among-older-patients-dying-with-malignant-brain-tumors
#7
Laura L Dover, Caleb R Dulaney, Courtney P Williams, John B Fiveash, Bradford E Jackson, Paula P Warren, Elizabeth A Kvale, D Hunter Boggs, Gabrielle B Rocque
Background: End-of-life care for older adults with malignant brain tumors is poorly understood. The purpose of this study is to quantify end-of-life utilization of hospice care, cancer-directed therapy, and associated Medicare expenditures among older adults with malignant brain tumors. Methods: This retrospective cohort study included deceased Medicare beneficiaries age ≥65 with primary (PMBT) or secondary (SMBT) malignant brain tumor receiving care within a Southeastern cancer community network including academic and community hospitals from 2012-2015...
November 15, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155963/generating-modelling-data-from-repeat-dose-toxicity-reports
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Oriol López-Massaguer, Kevin Pinto-Gil, Ferran Sanz, Alexander Amberg, Lennart T Anger, Manuela Stolte, Carlo Ravagli, Philippe Marc, Manuel Pastor
Over the past decades, pharmaceutical companies have conducted a large number of high quality in vivo repeat-dose toxicity (RDT) studies for regulatory purposes. As part of the eTOX project, a high number of these studies have been compiled and integrated into a database. This valuable resource can be queried directly, but it can be further exploited to build predictive models. As the studies were originally conducted to investigate the properties of individual compounds, the experimental conditions across the studies are highly heterogeneous...
November 16, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155848/an-electronic-health-record-based-model-predicts-statin-adherence-ldl-cholesterol-and-cardiovascular-disease-in-the-united-states-military-health-system
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Joseph E Lucas, Taylor C Bazemore, Celan Alo, Patrick B Monahan, Deepak Voora
HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (or "statins") are important and commonly used medications to lower cholesterol and prevent cardiovascular disease. Nearly half of patients stop taking statin medications one year after they are prescribed leading to higher cholesterol, increased cardiovascular risk, and costs due to excess hospitalizations. Identifying which patients are at highest risk for not adhering to long-term statin therapy is an important step towards individualizing interventions to improve adherence. Electronic health records (EHR) are an increasingly common source of data that are challenging to analyze but have potential for generating more accurate predictions of disease risk...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155833/do-intra-articular-hyaluronic-acid-injections-delay-total-knee-replacement-in-patients-with-osteoarthritis-a-cox-model-analysis
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Angélique Delbarre, Bernard Amor, Isabelle Bardoulat, Aymeric Tetafort, Nathalie Pelletier-Fleury
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to describe patients treated for knee osteoarthritis between 2006 and 2013 in France and to compare the delay from diagnosis to total knee replacement between patients who received intra-articular hyaluronic acid injections and those who did not receive the injections. A second objective was to compare direct medical costs for ambulatory care between treatment groups. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients were selected from a representative sample of the real world administrative claims database using an algorithm developed by experts from the scientific committee of the study...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155832/implementing-universal-hiv-treatment-in-a-high-hiv-prevalence-and-rural-south-african-setting-field-experiences-and-recommendations-of-health-care-providers
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Melanie Plazy, Delphine Perriat, Dumile Gumede, Sylvie Boyer, Deenan Pillay, François Dabis, Janet Seeley, Joanna Orne-Gliemann
BACKGROUND: We aimed to describe the field experiences and recommendations of clinic-based health care providers (HCP) regarding the implementation of universal antiretroviral therapy (ART) in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. METHODS: In Hlabisa sub-district, the local HIV programme of the Department of Health (DoH) is decentralized in 18 clinics, where ART was offered at a CD4 count ≤500 cells/μL from January 2015 to September 2016. Within the ANRS 12249 TasP trial, implemented in part of the sub-district, universal ART (no eligibility criteria) was offered in 11 mobile clinics between March 2012 and June 2016...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155824/reducing-the-rate-of-cesarean-delivery-on-maternal-request-through-institutional-and-policy-interventions-in-wenzhou-china
#12
Yushan Yu, Xiangyang Zhang, Caixia Sun, Huijie Zhou, Qi Zhang, Chun Chen
The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of institutional and policy interventions on reducing the rate of cesarean delivery on maternal request (CDMR) in Wenzhou, China. Institutional interventions included health education, painless delivery introduction, and doula care. Additionally, a series of health policies were developed by the Chinese central and local governments to control cesarean section rates, mostly through controlling CDMR rates. We conducted a pre-/post-intervention study using 131,312 deliveries between 2006 and 2014 in three tertiary-level public hospitals in Wenzhou, China...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155639/when-machines-think-radiology-s-next-frontier
#13
Keith J Dreyer, J Raymond Geis
Artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and deep learning are terms now seen frequently, all of which refer to computer algorithms that change as they are exposed to more data. Many of these algorithms are surprisingly good at recognizing objects in images. The combination of large amounts of machine-consumable digital data, increased and cheaper computing power, and increasingly sophisticated statistical models combine to enable machines to find patterns in data in ways that are not only cost-effective but also potentially beyond humans' abilities...
December 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155612/health-reform-and-utilization-of-high-volume-hospitals-for-complex-cancer-operations
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Andrew P Loehrer, David C Chang, Zirui Song, George J Chang
PURPOSE: Underinsured patients are less likely to receive complex cancer operations at hospitals with high surgical volumes (high-volume hospitals, or HVHs), which contributes to disparities in care. To date, the impact of insurance coverage expansion on site of complex cancer surgery remains unknown. METHODS: Using the 2006 Massachusetts coverage expansion as a natural experiment, we searched the Hospital Cost and Utilization Project state inpatient databases for Massachusetts and control states (New York, New Jersey, and Florida) between 2001 and 2011 to evaluate changes in the utilization of HVHs for resections of bladder, esophageal, stomach, pancreatic, rectal, or lung cancer after the expansion of insurance coverage...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155515/temporal-characteristics-of-social-support-in-colorectal-cancer-survivors-during-the-first-year-post-operation
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Dongxing Zhang, Yuan You, Zhongmin Zhang
PURPOSE: To describe the level of perceived social support and to identify its predictors among Chinese colorectal cancer (CRC) survivors during the first year post operation. METHODS: Newly diagnosed cases of colorectal cancer aged 18 and above who were admitted for curative surgery in a tertiary care hospital between January 2012 and July 2014 were consecutively recruited. This cohort study included 5 assessment waves over the first year post surgery (at baseline, 4-6 week, 3-month, 6-month and 12-month follow-up) regarding social support level among 189 CRC survivors...
July 2017: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155246/relatively-enriched-housing-conditions-delay-binge-onset-but-do-not-attenuate-binge-size
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Kerry E Preston, Rebecca L Corwin, Julia O Bader, Stephen L Crimmins
Housing and enrichment conditions are essential factors to consider when using animal models of behavior, as they can alter the behavior that is under investigation. The goal of this study was to determine the impact of the relatively enriched environment recommended by current animal care guidelines on development and maintenance of binge-type behavior in rats, using the limited access (LA) binge model. Non-food-deprived rats were divided into two groups, enriched and nonenriched, with all rats housed in shoebox cages...
November 15, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155227/linking-physician-attitudes-to-their-breast-cancer-screening-practices-a-survey-of-us-primary-care-providers-and-gynecologists
#17
Archana Radhakrishnan, Sarah A Nowak, Andrew M Parker, Kala Visvanathan, Craig E Pollack
Despite changes to breast cancer screening guidelines intended to decrease screening in younger and older women, mammography rates remain high. We investigated physician attitudes towards screening younger and older women. Surveys were mailed to US primary care providers and gynecologists between May and September 2016 (871/1665, 52.3% adjusted response rate). We assessed physician (1) attitudes towards screening younger (45-49years) and older (75+ years) women and (2) recommendations for routine mammography...
November 16, 2017: Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155210/transition-from-androgenic-to-neurosteroidal-action-of-5%C3%AE-androstane-3%C3%AE-17%C3%AE-diol-through-the-type-a-%C3%AE-aminobutyric-acid-receptor-in-prostate-cancer-progression
#18
Ding Xia, Doan V Lai, Weijuan Wu, Zachary D Webb, Qing Yang, Lichao Zhao, Zhongxin Yu, Jessica E Thorpe, Bryan C Disch, Michael A Ihnat, Muralidharan Jayaraman, Danny N Dhanasekaran, Kelly L Stratton, Michael S Cookson, Kar-Ming Fung, Hsueh-Kung Lin
Androgen ablation is the standard of care prescribed to patients with advanced or metastatic prostate cancer (PCa) to slow down disease progression. Unfortunately, a majority of PCa patients under androgen ablation progress to castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). Several mechanisms including alternative intra-prostatic androgen production and androgen-independent androgen receptor (AR) activation have been proposed for CRPC progression. Aldo-keto reductase family 1 member C3 (AKR1C3), a multi-functional steroid metabolizing enzyme, is specifically expressed in the cytoplasm of PCa cells; and positive immunoreactivity of the type A γ-aminobutyric acid receptor (GABAAR), an ionotropic receptor and ligand-gated ion channel, is detected on the membrane of PCa cells...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155055/cell-culture-models-of-fatty-acid-overload-problems-and-solutions
#19
REVIEW
Nour Alsabeeh, Bruno Chausse, Pamela A Kakimoto, Alicia J Kowaltowski, Orian Shirihai
High plasma levels of fatty acids occur in a variety of metabolic diseases. Cellular effects of fatty acid overload resulting in negative cellular responses (lipotoxicity) are often studied in vitro, in an attempt to understand mechanisms involved in these diseases. Fatty acids are poorly soluble, and thus usually studied when complexed to albumins such as bovine serum albumin (BSA). The conjugation of fatty acids to albumin requires care pertaining to preparation of the solutions, effective free fatty acid concentrations, use of different fatty acid species, types of BSA, appropriate controls and ensuring cellular fatty acid uptake...
November 15, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155018/emerging-infections-are-an-increasingly-important-topic
#20
REVIEW
Eskild Petersen, Nicola Petrosillo, Marion Koopmans
OBJECTIVES: This paper review trends in emerging infections and the need for increased clinical and laboratory surveillance. METHODS: Factors that contributed to the emergence of recent outbreaks have been reviewed. Known, major outbreaks over the past two decades were reviewed. RESULTS: We identified at least four major drivers of emergent infections: i. increasing density of the human population; ii. stress from farmland expansion on the environment; iii...
November 15, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
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