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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221501/lean-methodology-reduces-inappropriate-use-of-antipsychotics-for-agitation-at-a-psychiatric-hospital
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Joshana K Goga, Antonio Depaolo, Sunil Khushalani, J Ken Walters, Robert Roca, Marc Zisselman, Christopher Borleis
OBJECTIVE: To Evaluate the Effects of Applying Lean Methodology-Improving Quality Increasing Efficiency by Eliminating Waste and Reducing Costs-An Approach To Decrease the Prescribing Frequency of Antipsychotics for The Indication of Agitation. DESIGN: Historically Controlled Study. SETTING: Bheppard Pratt Health System is the Largest Private Provider of Psychiatric Care in Maryland With a Total Bed Capacity of 300. There Were 4 337 Patient Days From November 1 2012 to October 31 2013 on the Dementia Unit...
January 1, 2017: Consultant Pharmacist: the Journal of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218458/evaluation-of-amyloid-status-in-a-cohort-of-elderly-individuals-with-memory-complaints-validation-of-the-method-of-quantification-and-determination-of-positivity-thresholds
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Marie-Odile Habert, Hugo Bertin, Mickael Labit, Mamadou Diallo, Sullivan Marie, Kelly Martineau, Aurélie Kas, Valérie Causse-Lemercier, Hovagim Bakardjian, Stéphane Epelbaum, Gael Chételat, Marion Houot, Harald Hampel, Bruno Dubois, Jean-François Mangin
OBJECTIVE: Our aim is to validate the process steps implemented by the French CATI platform to assess amyloid status, obtained from 18F-Florbetapir PET scans, in a cohort of 318 cognitively normal subjects participating in the INSIGHT-preAD study. Our objective was to develop a method with partial volume effect correction (PVEC) on untransformed PET images, using an automated pipeline ("RACHEL") adapted to large series of patients and including quality checks of results. METHODS: We compared RACHEL using different options (with and without PVEC, different sets of regions of interest), to two other methods validated in the literature, referred as the "AVID" and "CAEN" methods...
December 7, 2017: Annals of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29199020/the-library-of-integrated-network-based-cellular-signatures-nih-program-system-level-cataloging-of-human-cells-response-to-perturbations
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Alexandra B Keenan, Sherry L Jenkins, Kathleen M Jagodnik, Simon Koplev, Edward He, Denis Torre, Zichen Wang, Anders B Dohlman, Moshe C Silverstein, Alexander Lachmann, Maxim V Kuleshov, Avi Ma'ayan, Vasileios Stathias, Raymond Terryn, Daniel Cooper, Michele Forlin, Amar Koleti, Dusica Vidovic, Caty Chung, Stephan C Schürer, Jouzas Vasiliauskas, Marcin Pilarczyk, Behrouz Shamsaei, Mehdi Fazel, Yan Ren, Wen Niu, Nicholas A Clark, Shana White, Naim Mahi, Lixia Zhang, Michal Kouril, John F Reichard, Siva Sivaganesan, Mario Medvedovic, Jaroslaw Meller, Rick J Koch, Marc R Birtwistle, Ravi Iyengar, Eric A Sobie, Evren U Azeloglu, Julia Kaye, Jeannette Osterloh, Kelly Haston, Jaslin Kalra, Steve Finkbiener, Jonathan Li, Pamela Milani, Miriam Adam, Renan Escalante-Chong, Karen Sachs, Alex Lenail, Divya Ramamoorthy, Ernest Fraenkel, Gavin Daigle, Uzma Hussain, Alyssa Coye, Jeffrey Rothstein, Dhruv Sareen, Loren Ornelas, Maria Banuelos, Berhan Mandefro, Ritchie Ho, Clive N Svendsen, Ryan G Lim, Jennifer Stocksdale, Malcolm S Casale, Terri G Thompson, Jie Wu, Leslie M Thompson, Victoria Dardov, Vidya Venkatraman, Andrea Matlock, Jennifer E Van Eyk, Jacob D Jaffe, Malvina Papanastasiou, Aravind Subramanian, Todd R Golub, Sean D Erickson, Mohammad Fallahi-Sichani, Marc Hafner, Nathanael S Gray, Jia-Ren Lin, Caitlin E Mills, Jeremy L Muhlich, Mario Niepel, Caroline E Shamu, Elizabeth H Williams, David Wrobel, Peter K Sorger, Laura M Heiser, Joe W Gray, James E Korkola, Gordon B Mills, Mark LaBarge, Heidi S Feiler, Mark A Dane, Elmar Bucher, Michel Nederlof, Damir Sudar, Sean Gross, David F Kilburn, Rebecca Smith, Kaylyn Devlin, Ron Margolis, Leslie Derr, Albert Lee, Ajay Pillai
The Library of Integrated Network-Based Cellular Signatures (LINCS) is an NIH Common Fund program that catalogs how human cells globally respond to chemical, genetic, and disease perturbations. Resources generated by LINCS include experimental and computational methods, visualization tools, molecular and imaging data, and signatures. By assembling an integrated picture of the range of responses of human cells exposed to many perturbations, the LINCS program aims to better understand human disease and to advance the development of new therapies...
November 24, 2017: Cell Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29188006/radiation-of-the-polymorphic-little-devil-poison-frog-oophaga-sylvatica-in-ecuador
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Alexandre B Roland, Juan C Santos, Bella C Carriker, Stephanie N Caty, Elicio E Tapia, Luis A Coloma, Lauren A O'Connell
Some South American poison frogs (Dendrobatidae) are chemically defended and use bright aposematic colors to warn potential predators of their unpalatability. Aposematic signals are often frequency-dependent where individuals deviating from a local model are at a higher risk of predation. However, extreme diversity in the aposematic signal has been documented in poison frogs, especially in Oophaga. Here, we explore the phylogeographic pattern among color-divergent populations of the Little Devil poison frog Oophaga sylvatica by analyzing population structure and genetic differentiation to evaluate which processes could account for color diversity within and among populations...
November 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29186787/improving-pool-fencing-legislation-in-queensland-australia-attitudes-and-impact-on-child-drowning-fatalities
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Four-sided, non-climbable pool fencing is an effective strategy for preventing children from drowning in home swimming pools. In 2009, the Queensland Government introduced legislation to improve the effectiveness of pool fencing. This study explores community attitudes towards the effectiveness of these legislative changes and examines child (<5 years) drowning deaths in pools. Data from the 2011 Queensland Computer-Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) Social Survey include results from questions related to pool ownership and pool fencing legislation...
November 24, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29180198/surgical-tray-optimization-as-a-simple-means-to-decrease-perioperative-costs
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James S Farrelly, Crystal Clemons, Sherri Witkins, Walter Hall, Emily R Christison-Lagay, Doruk E Ozgediz, Robert A Cowles, David H Stitelman, Michael G Caty
BACKGROUND: Health care spending in the US remains excessively high. Aside from complicated, large-scale efforts at health care cost reduction, there are still relatively simple ways in which individual hospitals can cut unnecessary costs from everyday operations. Inspired by recent publications, our group sought to decrease the costs associated with surgical instrument processing at a large, multihospital academic center. METHODS: This was a single-site observational study conducted at a large academic medical center...
December 2017: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160359/gastrointestinal-parasites-in-feral-cats-and-rodents-from-the-fernando-de-noronha-archipelago-brazil
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Victor Fernando Santana Lima, Rafael Antonio Nascimento Ramos, Raphael Lepold, João Carlos Gomes Borges, Carlos Diógenes Ferreira, Laura Rinaldi, Giuseppe Cringoli, Leucio Câmara Alves
Gastrointestinal parasites are important pathogens affecting animals, some of them are of medical and veterinary concern. Although the dynamic of parasitic infections is a complex phenomenon that has been studied under experimental conditions, it shows several gaps in knowledge, especially in insular regions where a confined population of animals and parasites co-exists. In this study was assessed the parasitism by endoparasite gastrointestinal in feral cats (n = 37) and rodents (n = 30) from the Fernando de Noronha Archipelago; in addition, the risk of human infection and ecological implications of these findings were discussed...
November 9, 2017: Revista Brasileira de Parasitologia Veterinária, Brazilian Journal of Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157507/public-attitudes-towards-involuntary-admission-and-treatment-by-mental-health-services-in-norway
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Inge Joa, Kjetil Hustoft, Liss Gøril Anda, Kolbjørn Brønnick, Olav Nielssen, Jan Olav Johannessen, Johannes H Langeveld
PURPOSE: The role of compulsory treatment of serious mental disorders has been the topic of ongoing public debate involving among others mental health professionals, service providers, service user advocates, relatives of service users, media commentators and politicians. However, relatively little is known about general public attitudes towards involuntary admission and compulsory treatment of people with various mental disorders. This article examines the attitudes in a representative sample of Norway's population towards the use of involuntary admission and treatment, and under which circumstances does the general public consider compulsory treatment to be justified in the Norwegian mental health care services...
November 2017: International Journal of Law and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143662/heat-treatment-and-false-positive-heartworm-antigen-testing-in-ex-vivo-parasites-and-dogs-naturally-infected-by-dirofilaria-repens-and-angiostrongylus-vasorum
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Luigi Venco, Simone Manzocchi, Marco Genchi, Laura H Kramer
BACKGROUND: Heartworm antigen testing is considered sensitive and specific. Currently available tests are reported as detecting a glycoprotein found predominantly in the reproductive tract of the female worm and can reach specificity close to 100%. Main concerns regard sensitivity in the case of light infections, the presence of immature females or cases of all-male infections. Research and development have been aimed at increasing sensitivity. Recently, heat treatment of serum prior to antigen testing has been shown to result in an increase in positive antigen test results, presumably due to disruption of natural antigen-antibody complexes...
November 9, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140462/data-portal-for-the-library-of-integrated-network-based-cellular-signatures-lincs-program-integrated-access-to-diverse-large-scale-cellular-perturbation-response-data
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Amar Koleti, Raymond Terryn, Vasileios Stathias, Caty Chung, Daniel J Cooper, John P Turner, Dušica Vidovic, Michele Forlin, Tanya T Kelley, Alessandro D'Urso, Bryce K Allen, Denis Torre, Kathleen M Jagodnik, Lily Wang, Sherry L Jenkins, Christopher Mader, Wen Niu, Mehdi Fazel, Naim Mahi, Marcin Pilarczyk, Nicholas Clark, Behrouz Shamsaei, Jarek Meller, Juozas Vasiliauskas, John Reichard, Mario Medvedovic, Avi Ma'ayan, Ajay Pillai, Stephan C Schürer
The Library of Integrated Network-based Cellular Signatures (LINCS) program is a national consortium funded by the NIH to generate a diverse and extensive reference library of cell-based perturbation-response signatures, along with novel data analytics tools to improve our understanding of human diseases at the systems level. In contrast to other large-scale data generation efforts, LINCS Data and Signature Generation Centers (DSGCs) employ a wide range of assay technologies cataloging diverse cellular responses...
November 13, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126121/the-relationship-between-neighborhood-disorder-and-barriers-to-cessation-in-a-sample-of-impoverished-inner-city-smokers-in-baltimore-maryland-usa
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Carl Latkin, Ryan D Kennedy, Melissa Davey-Rothwell, Tuo-Yen Tseng, Lauren Czaplicki, Anirudh Baddela, Catie Edwards, Geetanjali Chander, Meghan Bridgid Moran, Amy Knowlton
Introduction: Economic disparities in rates of smoking have been well documented in many countries. These disparities exist on an individual and geographic or neighborhood level. This cross-sectional study examined the relationship between neighborhood physical and social disorder and barriers to smoking cessation among an impoverished urban sample. Methods: A sample of current smokers were recruited through street outreach, posted advertisements, and word of mouth from impoverished neighborhoods in Baltimore, Maryland, USA for a study of psychosocial factors and smoking behaviors...
November 8, 2017: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122012/drug-target-ontology-to-classify-and-integrate-drug-discovery-data
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Yu Lin, Saurabh Mehta, Hande Küçük-McGinty, John Paul Turner, Dusica Vidovic, Michele Forlin, Amar Koleti, Dac-Trung Nguyen, Lars Juhl Jensen, Rajarshi Guha, Stephen L Mathias, Oleg Ursu, Vasileios Stathias, Jianbin Duan, Nooshin Nabizadeh, Caty Chung, Christopher Mader, Ubbo Visser, Jeremy J Yang, Cristian G Bologa, Tudor I Oprea, Stephan C Schürer
BACKGROUND: One of the most successful approaches to develop new small molecule therapeutics has been to start from a validated druggable protein target. However, only a small subset of potentially druggable targets has attracted significant research and development resources. The Illuminating the Druggable Genome (IDG) project develops resources to catalyze the development of likely targetable, yet currently understudied prospective drug targets. A central component of the IDG program is a comprehensive knowledge resource of the druggable genome...
November 9, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Semantics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114122/dot-enzyme-linked-immunosorbent-assay-elisa-for-the-detection-of-toxocara-infection-using-a-rat-model
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Vachel Gay V Paller, Cyrelle M Besana, Isabel Kristine M Valdez
Toxocariasis is a zoonotic disease usually caused by dog and cat roundworms, Toxocara canis and T. cati. Detection and diagnosis is difficult in paratenic and accidental hosts, including humans, as they cannot be detected through conventional methods such as fecal examination. Diagnosis therefore relies on immunological methods and molecular methods such as enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and Western Blot, which are both time-consuming and requires sophisticated equipment. In the Philippines, only a few studies are available on Toxocara seroprevalence...
December 2017: Journal of Parasitic Diseases: Official Organ of the Indian Society for Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29111699/investigation-of-trimethyllysine-binding-by-the-hp1-chromodomain-via-unnatural-amino-acid-mutagenesis
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Stefanie A Baril, Amber L Koenig, Mackenzie W Krone, Katherine I Albanese, Cyndi Qixin He, Ga Young Lee, Kendall N Houk, Marcey L Waters, Eric M Brustad
Trimethyllysine (Kme3) reader proteins are targets for inhibition due to their role in mediating gene expression. Although all such reader proteins bind Kme3 in an aromatic cage, the driving force for binding may differ; some readers exhibit evidence for cation-π interactions whereas others do not. We report a general unnatural amino acid mutagenesis approach to quantify the contribution of individual tyrosines to cation binding using the HP1 chromodomain as a model system. We demonstrate that two tyrosines (Y24 and Y48) bind to a Kme3-histone tail peptide via cation-π interactions, but linear free energy trends suggest they do not contribute equally to binding...
November 20, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29084004/astigmatism-evaluation-prior-to-cataract-surgery
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Pankaj C Gupta, Jane T Caty
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To evaluate and summarize literature from the past 18 months reporting advancements and issues in astigmatism assessment prior to cataract surgery. RECENT FINDINGS: New and updated toric calculators and regression formulas offer the opportunity for more accurate lens selection for our patients. Concurrently, improvements in topographic evaluation of corneal keratometry have allowed for a decrease in unplanned residual corneal astigmatism. Measuring posterior corneal astigmatism is especially valuable in eyes with keratoconus when planning to implant toric intraocular lens (IOL) and now allows access to this patient population...
January 2018: Current Opinion in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29069114/concomitant-calcium-channel-blocker-and-antipsychotic-therapy-in-patients-with-schizophrenia-efficacy-analysis-of-the-catie-sz-phase-1-data
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Priscilla Van Dyke, Kelan L Thomas
BACKGROUND: This study evaluated the influence of concomitant calcium channel blocker (CCB) and antipsychotic (AP) therapy on efficacy measures in patients with schizophrenia. METHODS: Data from the Clinical Antipsychotic Trials of Intervention Effectiveness in Schizophrenia study were used to evaluate the effect of concomitant CCB therapy on the Clinical Global Impression-Severity (CGI-S) score, Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS) score, and time to all-cause discontinuation of AP treatment...
November 1, 2017: Annals of Clinical Psychiatry: Official Journal of the American Academy of Clinical Psychiatrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29064910/a-molecular-pathway-analysis-informs-the-genetic-risk-for-arrhythmias-during-antipsychotic-treatment
#17
Ellen Kure Fischer, Antonio Drago
Arrhythmias are a frequent and potentially fatal side effect of antipsychotic treatment. Strict ECG monitoring and clinical interviews are the standards used to prevent arrhythmias. A biologic predictive tool is missing. The identification of a genetic makeup at risk of antipsychotic-induced arrhythmias is the aim of the present investigation. The aim of this study was to identify a molecular pathway enriched in single nucleotide polymorphisms associated with antipsychotic-induced QTc modifications. In total, 661 schizophrenic individuals from the CATIE study, M=486 (73...
October 23, 2017: International Clinical Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045769/placebo-effects-in-the-treatment-of-noncognitive-symptoms-of-alzheimer-s-disease-analysis-of-the-catie-ad-data
#18
Chisa Ozawa, Rachel Roberts, Kazunari Yoshida, Takefumi Suzuki, Barry Lebowitz, Suzanne Reeves, Robert Howard, Takayuki Abe, Masaru Mimura, Hiroyuki Uchida
OBJECTIVE: To compare symptom trajectories between placebo and active drug responders and to examine whether early placebo improvement would be associated with subsequent placebo response in the treatment of patients with behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia. METHODS: A post hoc analysis of data from 371 patients with DSM-IV Alzheimer's disease in Phase 1 of the Clinical Antipsychotic Trials of Intervention Effectiveness for Alzheimer's disease (CATIE-AD) (April 2001 to November 2004) was conducted...
October 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034414/occurrence-and-zoonotic-potential-of-endoparasites-in-cats-of-cyprus-and-a-new-distribution-area-for-troglostrongylus-brevior
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Anastasia Diakou, Dimitra Sofroniou, Angela Di Cesare, Panagiotis Kokkinos, Donato Traversa
The present study investigated for the first time the occurrence of pulmonary and intestinal parasites of cats in Cyprus. Cats from five districts of Cyprus (Lefkosia, Lemesos, Larnaka, Pafos and Ammochostos) were examined by classical parasitological methods and the identity of lungworm larvae, whenever present, was confirmed by PCR-coupled sequencing. A total of 185 cats, 48 living exclusively indoors and 137 with outdoor access, were included in the study. Parasites were found in 66 (35.7%) of the examined cats, i...
December 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033146/the-prevalence-and-performance-of-resistance-exercise-training-activities-in-an-australian-population-in-relation-to-health-authority-guidelines
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Brendan Humphries, Rob Stanton, Aaron Scanlan, Mitch J Duncan
OBJECTIVES: Resistance training research highlights the importance of training intensity to resistance exercise training (RET) and the associated benefits to health and function for healthy and at-risk populations. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommend specific intensities, frequencies, repetitions, and number of exercises of RET to be performed to maintain health. The primary aim of this study was to describe the prevalence of achieving recommended levels of RET in relation to ACSM guidelines for intensity, frequency, repetitions, and number of exercises in a regional Australian population...
September 29, 2017: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
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