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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550812/molecular-characterization-of-human-adenoviruses-in-urban-wastewaters-using-next-generation-and-sanger-sequencing
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M Iaconelli, B Valdazo-González, M Equestre, A R Ciccaglione, C Marcantonio, S Della Libera, G La Rosa
Human adenoviruses (HAdVs) are of major public health importance and are associated with a variety of clinical manifestations, including gastroenteritis, respiratory, ocular and urinary tract infections. To study the occurrence, prevalence and diversity of HAdV species and types circulating in Italy, we conducted a large-scale molecular-epidemiological investigation, a yearlong monitoring of 22 wastewater treatment plants, covering 10 Italian regions, representative of northern, central, and southern Italy...
May 19, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550806/lettuce-facing-microcystins-rich-irrigation-water-at-different-developmental-stages-effects-on-plant-performance-and-microcystins-bioaccumulation
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Efi Levizou, George Statiris, Theodoti Papadimitriou, Chrysi S Laspidou, Konstantinos Ar Kormas
This study investigated the microcystins (MCs)-rich irrigation water effect on lettuce of different developmental stages, i.e. during a two months period, covering the whole period from seed germination to harvest at marketable size of the plant. We followed four lettuce plant groups receiving MCs-rich water (1.81μgl(-1) of dissolved MCs), originating from the Karla Reservoir, central Greece: 1) from seeds, 2) the cotyledon, 3) two true leaves and 4) four true leaves stages, all of which were compared to control plants that received tap water...
May 24, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550594/comparison-of-rapid-diagnostic-tests-to-detect-mycobacterium-avium-subsp-paratuberculosis-disseminated-infection-in-bovine-liver
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Mehdi Zarei, Masoud Ghorbanpour, Samaneh Tajbakhsh, Nader Mosavari
Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis (MAP) causes Johne's disease, a chronic enteritis in cattle and other domestic and wild ruminants. The presence of MAP in tissues other than intestines and associated lymph nodes, such as meat and liver, is a potential public health concern. In the present study, the relationship between the results of rapid diagnostic tests of the Johne's disease, such as serum ELISA, rectal scraping PCR, and acid-fast staining, and the presence of MAP in liver was evaluated. Blood, liver, and rectal scraping samples were collected from 200 slaughtered cattle with unknown Johne's disease status...
May 27, 2017: Tropical Animal Health and Production
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550081/randomized-controlled-trial-for-the-effect-of-vitamin-d-supplementation-on-vascular-stiffness-in-ckd
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Adeera Levin, Mila Tang, Taylor Perry, Nadia Zalunardo, Monica Beaulieu, Joshua A Dubland, Kelly Zerr, Ognjenka Djurdjev
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Vitamin D is implicated in vascular health in CKD. This study compared placebo, calcifediol, and calcitriol treatment with changes in vascular stiffness, BP, proteinuria, mineral metabolism parameters, C-reactive protein, and fibroblast growth factor 23 in patients with stable CKD. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, & MEASUREMENTS: We conducted a double-blind, randomized controlled trial in outpatient CKD clinics in Vancouver, Canada, from February of 2011 to August of 2014, enrolling 119 patients with an eGFR of 15-45 ml/min per 1...
May 26, 2017: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550019/measuring-ability-to-assess-claims-about-treatment-effects-a-latent-trait-analysis-of-items-from-the-claim-evaluation-tools-database-using-rasch-modelling
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Astrid Austvoll-Dahlgren, Øystein Guttersrud, Allen Nsangi, Daniel Semakula, Andrew D Oxman
BACKGROUND: The Claim Evaluation Tools database contains multiple-choice items for measuring people's ability to apply the key concepts they need to know to be able to assess treatment claims. We assessed items from the database using Rasch analysis to develop an outcome measure to be used in two randomised trials in Uganda. Rasch analysis is a form of psychometric testing relying on Item Response Theory. It is a dynamic way of developing outcome measures that are valid and reliable. OBJECTIVES: To assess the validity, reliability and responsiveness of 88 items addressing 22 key concepts using Rasch analysis...
May 25, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550006/virtual-visits-and-patient-centered-care-results-of-a-patient-survey-and-observational-study
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Kimberlyn Marie McGrail, Megan Alyssa Ahuja, Chad Andrew Leaver
BACKGROUND: Virtual visits are clinical interactions in health care that do not involve the patient and provider being in the same room at the same time. The use of virtual visits is growing rapidly in health care. Some health systems are integrating virtual visits into primary care as a complement to existing modes of care, in part reflecting a growing focus on patient-centered care. There is, however, limited empirical evidence about how patients view this new form of care and how it affects overall health system use...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550002/public-response-to-obamacare-on-twitter
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Matthew A Davis, Kai Zheng, Yang Liu, Helen Levy
BACKGROUND: The Affordable Care Act (ACA), often called "Obamacare," is a controversial law that has been implemented gradually since its enactment in 2010. Polls have consistently shown that public opinion of the ACA is quite negative. OBJECTIVE: The aim of our study was to examine the extent to which Twitter data can be used to measure public opinion of the ACA over time. METHODS: We prospectively collected a 10% random sample of daily tweets (approximately 52 million since July 2011) using Twitter's streaming application programming interface (API) from July 10, 2011 to July 31, 2015...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549821/effect-of-median-household-income-on-surgical-approach-and-survival-in-renal-cell-carcinoma
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Jacob Katsnelson, Rebecca J Barnes, Hunaiz A Patel, Daphne Monie, Theodor Kaufman, Nicholas J Hellenthal
PURPOSE: We sought to determine whether median household income (MHI) independently predicts surgical approach (partial vs. radical nephrectomy) and survival in patients with renal cell carcinoma. METHODS: The U.S. Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results Database (1988-2011) was queried to examine kidney cancer cases and linked to the Area Health Resources File. We correlated surgical approach and survival, both overall and cancer-specific, with tumor stage, age, race, sex, and income data...
May 23, 2017: Urologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549711/symptomatic-lumbar-facet-synovial-cysts-clinical-outcomes-following-percutaneous-ct-guided-cyst-rupture-with-intraarticular-steroid-injection
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Steffen J Haider, Nu R Na, Clifford J Eskey, Jessica G Fried, Natalie Y Ring, Mike H Bao, David A Pastel
PURPOSE: To evaluate clinical outcomes following percutaneous rupture of symptomatic lumbar facet synovial cysts (LFSCs) with intraarticular steroid injection. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this retrospective review, 44 consecutive patients with symptomatic LFSCs received primary treatment with CT-guided synovial cyst rupture with intraarticular steroid injection. Outcomes questionnaires were obtained before and 1, 4, 26, and 52 weeks after LFSC rupture. Assessment included pain medication use and numeric rating scale (NRS), Oswestry Disability Index (ODI), and 12-item short form health survey (SF-12) physical and mental composite scores (PCS and MCS)...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology: JVIR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549484/the-effects-of-a-psychological-intervention-directed-at-optimizing-immune-function-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Lemmy Schakel, Dieuwke S Veldhuijzen, Henriët van Middendorp, Corine Prins, Simone A Joosten, Tom H M Ottenhoff, Leo G Visser, Andrea W M Evers
BACKGROUND: Previous research has provided evidence for the link between psychological processes and psychophysiological health outcomes. Psychological interventions, such as face-to-face or online cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and serious games aimed at improving health, have shown promising results in promoting health outcomes. Few studies so far, however, have examined whether Internet-based CBT combined with serious gaming elements is effective in modulating health outcomes. Moreover, studies often did not incorporate psychophysiological or immunological challenges in order to gain insight into physiological responses to real-life challenges after psychological interventions...
May 26, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549451/clinical-and-laboratory-evaluation-of-new-immigrant-and-refugee-children-arriving-in-greece
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Ioanna D Pavlopoulou, Marsela Tanaka, Stavroula Dikalioti, Evangelia Samoli, Pavlos Nisianakis, Olga D Boleti, Konstantinos Tsoumakas
BACKGROUND: Migrant children are a population at risk for various health problems. Despite the increased inflow of migrants in Greece, data regarding their health assessment are lacking. This study aims to describe the clinical and certain laboratory characteristics and identify possible associations in a group of new immigrant (I) and refugee (R) children, arriving in Athens, Greece. METHODS: A prospective, cross- sectional study was performed in a migrant outpatient clinic of a tertiary Children's hospital...
May 26, 2017: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549428/rheumatoid-factors-do-not-predict-cardiovascular-disease-and-mortality-in-the-general-population-in-the-busselton-health-survey
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Johannes Nossent, Warren Raymond, Mark Divitini, Matthew Knuiman
BACKGROUND: Rheumatoid Factors (RF) are antibodies directed against the Fc portion of IgG and are involved in clearance of immune complexes. While RF can develop in a wide range of conditions, higher RF levels indicate a greater risk for a severe disease course in Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) patients including cardiovascular complications and premature death. We investigated whether RF also constitute a risk factor for these outcomes in the general population. METHODS: We included 2,323 participants (46% male, mean age 50 years) free of CVD at baseline in 1972...
May 26, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549107/physical-functioning-among-older-adults-new-to-long-term-services-and-supports
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Jo-Ana D Chase, Karen B Hirschman, Alexandra L Hanlon, Liming Huang, Kathryn H Bowles, Mary D Naylor
Background and Objectives: To identify determinants of self-reported physical functioning (PF) among older adults new to long-term services and supports (LTSS). Research Design and Method: Using the International Classification of Function, Disability, and Health (ICF) framework, we conducted a secondary analysis of self-reported data on symptoms, basic/instrumental activities of daily living, quality of life, assistive devices, physical therapy needs, prior healthcare utilization, health status, and demographics from 470 older adults new to LTSS (Home/Community-Based n = 156; Assisted Living n = 156; Nursing Home n = 158)...
May 25, 2017: Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549055/is-it-worth-adding-loperamide-to-antibiotic-treatment-of-traveler%C3%A2-s-diarrhea
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Yazmín Pinos, María Isabel Ruiz, Óscar Corsi, Gabriel Rada
Travelers' diarrhea is a frequent condition, especially in those traveling to high-risk areas. Although antibiotic treatment reduces the duration of diarrhea, it has been suggested adding loperamide could further reduce the symptoms. To answer this question we used Epistemonikos, the largest database of systematic reviews in health, which is maintained by screening multiple information sources, including MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane, among others. We identified two systematic reviews including 28 studies overall, of which 15 were randomized trials relevant for the question of interest...
May 23, 2017: Medwave
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548927/the-impact-of-delayed-commencement-of-adjuvant-chemotherapy-eight-or-more-weeks-on-survival-in-stage-ii-and-iii-colon-cancer-a-national-population-based-cohort-study
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Young Wan Kim, Eun Hee Choi, Bo Ra Kim, Woo-Ah Ko, Yeong-Mee Do, Ik Yong Kim
BACKGROUND: To examine the impact of chemotherapy delay on survival in patients with stage II or III colon cancer and the factors associated with the delay (≥8 weeks) of adjuvant chemotherapy. METHODS: Patients undergoing curative resection and adjuvant chemotherapy in a national population-based cohort were included. RESULTS: Among 5355 patients, 154 (2.9%) received chemotherapy more than 8 weeks after surgery. Based on a multivariate analysis, the risk factors associated with chemotherapy delay ≥8 weeks were older age [65 to 74 years (hazard ratio [HR]=1...
May 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548467/outcomes-of-trastuzumab-therapy-for-6-and-12-months-in-indonesian-national-health-insurance-system-clients-with-operable-her2-positive-breast-cancer
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Wirsma Arif Harahap, Ramadhan, Daan Khambri, Samuel Haryono, Ricvan Dana Nindrea
Objective: The aim of this study is to determine the outcome of trastuzumab therapy for 6 or 12 months in patients with HER2 positive operable breast cancer who followed the national health insurance system in Indonesia. Methods: Data were extracted from medical records of Dr. M Djamil General Hospital Padang and Dharmais Cancer Hospital/ National Cancer Center Jakarta for post-operative breast HER-2 positive cancer patients treated with trastuzumab for 6 or 12 months who had been followed up for at least 5 years (January 1st in 2010 until December 31st in 2015)...
April 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547837/does-body-image-influence-the-relationship-between-body-weight-and-breastfeeding-maintenance-in-new-mothers
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Vivien Swanson, Alice Keely, Fiona C Denison
OBJECTIVES: Obese women have lower breastfeeding initiation and maintenance rates than healthy weight women. Research generally focuses on biomedical explanations for this. Psychosocial factors including body image and well-being after childbirth are less well understood as predictors of breastfeeding. In obese and healthy weight women, we investigated changes in body image between 72 hrs post-delivery and 6-8 weeks post-natal, studying how women's body image related to breastfeeding initiation and maintenance...
May 26, 2017: British Journal of Health Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547751/education-and-process-change-to-improve-skin-health-in%C3%A2-a%C3%A2-residential-aged-care-facility
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Kay Price, Kate J Kennedy, Tabatha L Rando, Anthony R Dyer, Jo Boylan
We report on an intervention and evaluation in relation to changes in staff knowledge, time spent on healing and wound prevention and proportion of wounds in the facilities before and after. A rapid review of recent peer-reviewed literature (2006-2016) found 14 education-based intervention articles and provided the background and context for this intervention. A cohort of 164 nurses and personal care workers and 261 residents at two aged care-approved facilities contributed to this intervention on the effect of education, mentoring and practice change on staff knowledge and wound prevalence between 2015 and 2016...
May 26, 2017: International Wound Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547735/the-burden-of-headache-disorders-in-ethiopia-national-estimates-from-a-population-based-door-to-door-survey
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Mehila Zebenigus, Redda Tekle-Haimanot, Dawit K Worku, Hallie Thomas, Timothy J Steiner
BACKGROUND: Headache disorders are the third-highest cause of disability worldwide, with migraine and medication-overuse headache (MOH) the major contributors. In Ethiopia we have shown these disorders to be highly prevalent: migraine 17.7%, TTH 20.6%, probable MOH (pMOH) 0.7%, any headache yesterday (HY) 6.4%. To inform local health policy, we now estimate disability and other burdens attributable to headache in this country. METHODS: In a cross-sectional survey using cluster-randomized sampling, we visited households unannounced in four diverse regions (urban and rural) of Ethiopia...
December 2017: Journal of Headache and Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547387/rainbow-of-kibou-rok-study-a-breast-cancer-survivor-cohort-in-japan
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Yuri Mizota, Yasuo Ohashi, Takuji Iwase, Hiroji Iwata, Masataka Sawaki, Takayuki Kinoshita, Naruto Taira, Hirofumi Mukai, Seiichiro Yamamoto
BACKGROUND: Although there are a large number of epidemiological studies investigating the etiological role of lifestyle factors in breast cancer, there are few studies on the association between lifestyle factors and breast cancer prognosis. To investigate the influence of lifestyle factors such as diet and physical activity, use of complementary and alternative medicine, and psychosocial factors on prognosis, we designed a large-scale cohort study of female breast cancer patients in Japan...
May 25, 2017: Breast Cancer: the Journal of the Japanese Breast Cancer Society
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