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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793194/simultaneous-determination-of-18-psychoactive-agents-and-6-metabolites-in-plasma-using-lc-ms-ms-and-application-to-actual-plasma-samples-from-conscription-candidates
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Dongeun Park, Hyeyoung Choi, Moonhee Jang, Hyejin Chang, Sanghee Woo, Wonkyung Yang
In Korea, an increasing number of people attempt to evade military conscription by posing as mental health patients. To verify the authenticity of mental illness, there is a need to detect wide range of psychoactive agents in biological specimens of conscription candidates. In this study, we developed and validated a liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method for simultaneous determination of 18 psychoactive agents and 6 metabolites in human plasma. The method was characterized by the use of a simple, fast and cheap protein precipitation as sample preparation, a rapid run time (11min) and a low volume of plasma sample (200μL)...
April 22, 2018: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793140/effectiveness-of-a-voluntary-family-befriending-service-a-mixed-methods-evaluation-using-the-donabedian-model
#2
S V Gentry, E F J Powers, N Azim, M Maidrag
OBJECTIVES: Voluntary befriending schemes operate in many countries, promoting public health by supporting vulnerable individuals and families. Use of third sector and voluntary services to complement health and social care provision is increasingly important globally in the context of economic and demographic challenges, but the evidence base around such collaborations is limited. This article reports the results of operational evaluation research seeking to use robust routine work to generate transferable findings for use by those commissioning and providing services...
May 21, 2018: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793054/bacillus-clausii-inhibits-bone-loss-by-skewing-treg-th17-cell-equilibrium-in-postmenopausal-osteoporotic-mice-model
#3
Hamid Y Dar, Subhashis Pal, Prashant Shukla, Pradyumna K Mishra, Geetanjali B Tomar, Naibedya Chattopadhyay, Rupesh K Srivastava
OBJECTIVES: Postmenopausal osteoporosis is one of most commonly occurring skeletal diseases leading to bone loss and fragility. Probiotics have been associated with various immunomodulatory properties and thus can be exploited to enhance bone health. In the present study, we report, to our knowledge for the first time, that oral administration of Bacillus clausii (BC) in postmenopausal osteoporotic (OVX) mice model enhances bone health. METHODS: BC was selected as probiotic of choice due to its established immunomodulatory properties...
March 20, 2018: Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792929/recent-advances-in-intra-articular-drug-delivery-systems-for-osteoarthritis-therapy
#4
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Pierre Maudens, Olivier Jordan, Eric Allémann
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common degenerative disease of the joint. Despite many reports and numerous clinical trials, OA is not entirely understood, and there is no effective treatment available for this disease. To satisfy this unmet medical need, drug delivery systems (DDSs) containing disease-modifying OA drugs (DMOADs) for intra-articular (IA) administration are required to improve the health of OA patients. DDSs should provide controlled and/or sustained drug release, enabling long-term treatment with a reduced number of injections...
May 21, 2018: Drug Discovery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792927/bacillus-subtilis-as-probiotic-candidate-for-red-sea-bream-growth-performance-oxidative-status-and-immune-response-traits
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Amr I Zaineldin, Sayed Hegazi, Shunsuke Koshio, Manabu Ishikawa, Abdulnasser Bakr, Abeer M S El-Keredy, Mahmoud A O Dawood, Serge Dossou, Weilong Wang, Zhang Yukun
The effects of dietary administration of Bacillus subtilis on the growth, digestive enzyme activity, blood chemistry, oxidative status and immune response of red sea bream (Pagrus major) were evaluated in the current study. Fish fed five different levels of B. subtilis at 0 (BS0), 1 × 104 (BS1), 1 × 106 (BS2), 1 × 108 (BS3) and 1 × 1010 (BS4) CFU kg-1 diet for 60 days. The obtained results showed that B. subtilis supplementation significantly improved growth performance (FBW, WG and SGR), feed utilization (FI, FCE, PER and PG) and whole-body protein content when compared to the control group (P < 0...
May 21, 2018: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792555/vaccine-hesitancy-among-caregivers-and-association-with-childhood-vaccination-timeliness-in-addis-ababa-ethiopia
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Nina B Masters, Yemesrach A Tefera, Abram L Wagner, Matthew L Boulton
INTRODUCTION: Vaccines are vital to reducing childhood mortality, and prevent an estimated 2 to 3 million deaths annually which disproportionately occur in the developing world. Overall vaccine coverage is typically used as a metric to evaluate the adequacy of vaccine program performance, though it does not account for untimely administration, which may unnecessarily prolong children's susceptibility to disease. This study explored a hypothesized positive association between increasing vaccine hesitancy and untimeliness of immunizations administered under the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia...
May 24, 2018: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792474/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-in-the-veterans-health-administration
#7
Terri L Barrera, Elizabeth McIngvale, Jan A Lindsay, Annette M Walder, Michael R Kauth, Tracey L Smith, Nathaniel Van Kirk, Ellen J Teng, Melinda A Stanley
Little is known about the diagnosis and treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). This study examined diagnostic rates of OCD in a national sample of veterans as well as clinical comorbidities and mental health service use following an OCD diagnosis. This study used administrative data extracted from VHA medical records to identify patients with an OCD diagnosis between 2010 and 2011 (N = 20,364). Descriptive analyses examined demographic, clinical, and system-level variables associated with OCD diagnosis as well as mental health service use in a subset of patients newly diagnosed with OCD (n = 5,229)...
May 24, 2018: Psychological Services
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792459/teamwork-in-healthcare-key-discoveries-enabling-safer-high-quality-care
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Michael A Rosen, Deborah DiazGranados, Aaron S Dietz, Lauren E Benishek, David Thompson, Peter J Pronovost, Sallie J Weaver
Few industries match the scale of health care. In the United States alone, an estimated 85% of the population has at least 1 health care encounter annually and at least one quarter of these people experience 4 to 9 encounters annually. A single visit requires collaboration among a multidisciplinary group of clinicians, administrative staff, patients, and their loved ones. Multiple visits often occur across different clinicians working in different organizations. Ineffective care coordination and the underlying suboptimal teamwork processes are a public health issue...
May 2018: American Psychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792425/roasted-barley-extract-mugi-cha-containing-cyclo-d-phe-l-pro-prevents-lowering-of-cutaneous-blood-flow-and-skin-temperature-under-air-conditioning-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-crossover-study
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Hiroshi Ashigai, Mai Mizutani, Yoshimasa Taniguchi, Yasuko Matsukura, Keiko Nakashima, Emiko Ikeshima, Hiroaki Yajima
Roasted barley extract (RBE), also known as mugi-cha, is a well-known healthy non-caffeinated beverage and its health functionality has been widely reported. Our previous clinical study showed that RBE affects cutaneous blood flow and skin temperature after cold water immersion, and that cyclo (D-Phe-L-Pro) is responsible for its effect. In this study, we investigated whether cyclo (D-Phe-L-Pro)-containing RBE prevents the decrease in cutaneous blood flow and skin temperature in an excessively air-conditioned room...
May 24, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792074/lessons-learned-conducting-a-multi-center-trial-with-a-military-population-the-tinnitus-retraining-therapy-trial
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Roberta W Scherer, Leonora D Sensinger, Benigno Sierra-Irizarry, Craig Formby
Background The Tinnitus Retraining Therapy Trial (TRTT), a randomized, placebo-controlled, multi-center trial, evaluated the efficacy of tinnitus retraining therapy and its individual components, tinnitus-specific educational counseling and sound therapy versus the standard of care, in military practice to improve study participants' quality of life. The trial was conducted at six US military hospitals to take advantage of the greater prevalence of tinnitus in the military population. Methods During the trial, various challenges arose that were uniquely related to the military setting...
May 1, 2018: Clinical Trials: Journal of the Society for Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791895/effect-of-postprandial-administration-of-esomeprazole-on-reflux-symptoms-in-gastroesophageal-reflux-disease-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Doron Boltin, Ibrahim Zvidi, Maria Raskin, Hen Kayless, Hemda Schmilovitz-Weiss, Rachel Gingold-Belfer, Yaron Niv, Ram Dickman
BACKGROUND: Esomeprazole is commonly administered with food; however, clinical data to support this practice are lacking. We aimed to determine the effect of postprandial ingestion of esomeprazole on reflux symptoms among patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). METHODS: Consecutive patients with GERD adequately controlled with esomeprazole 40 mg daily, entered a 2-week lead-in period during which esomeprazole was administered 30 min before breakfast...
May 23, 2018: Digestive Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791721/persistence-of-treatment-with-biologics-for-patients-with-psoriasis-a-real-world-analysis-of-16-545-biologic-na%C3%A3-ve-patients-from-the-french-national-health-insurance-database-sniiram
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E Sbidian, M Mezzarobba, A Weill, J Coste, J Rudant
BACKGROUND: Long-term clinical effectiveness of biologics in psoriasis is needed. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to assess the long-term persistence of biologics used to treat psoriasis in a real-life setting. METHODS: All adults with psoriasis having been registered in the French national health insurance database (SNIIRAM) between 2008 and 2016 were eligible for inclusion. Psoriasis was defined as the fulfilment of at least two prescriptions for topical formulations of vitamin D derivative within a two-year period...
May 23, 2018: British Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791470/quality-of-community-basic-medical-service-utilization-in-urban-and-suburban-areas-in-shanghai-from-2009-to-2014
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Lijun Guo, Yong Bao, Jun Ma, Shujun Li, Yuyang Cai, Wei Sun, Qiaohong Liu
Urban areas usually display better health care services than rural areas, but data about suburban areas in China are lacking. Hence, this cross-sectional study compared the utilization of community basic medical services in Shanghai urban and suburban areas between 2009 and 2014. These data were used to improve the efficiency of community health service utilization and to provide a reference for solving the main health problems of the residents in urban and suburban areas of Shanghai. Using a two-stage random sampling method, questionnaires were completed by 73 community health service centers that were randomly selected from six districts that were also randomly selected from 17 counties in Shanghai...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791453/the-association-between-food-insecurity-and-incident-type-2-diabetes-in-canada-a-population-based-cohort-study
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Christopher A Tait, Mary R L'Abbé, Peter M Smith, Laura C Rosella
BACKGROUND: A pervasive and persistent finding is the health disadvantage experienced by those in food insecure households. While clear associations have been identified between food insecurity and diabetes risk factors, less is known about the relationship between food insecurity and incident type 2 diabetes. The objective of this study is to investigate the association between household food insecurity and the future development of type 2 diabetes. METHODS: We used data from Ontario adult respondents to the 2004 Canadian Community Health Survey, linked to health administrative data (n = 4,739)...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791433/the-belfast-youth-development-study-byds-a-prospective-cohort-study-of-the-initiation-persistence-and-desistance-of-substance-use-from-adolescence-to-adulthood-in-northern-ireland
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Kathryn Higgins, Aisling McLaughlin, Oliver Perra, Claire McCartan, Mark McCann, Andrew Percy, Julie-Ann Jordan
BACKGROUND: Substance misuse persists as a major public health issue worldwide with significant costs for society. The development of interventions requires methodologically sound studies to explore substance misuse causes and consequences. This Cohort description paper outlines the design of the Belfast Youth Development (BYDS), one of the largest cohort studies of its kind in the UK. The study was established to address the need for a long-term prospective cohort study to investigate the initiation, persistence and desistance of substance use, alongside life course processes in adolescence and adulthood...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791315/incidence-of-early-onset-sepsis-in-infants-born-to-women-with-clinical-chorioamnionitis
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Tara M Randis, Madeline Murguia Rice, Leslie Myatt, Alan T N Tita, Kenneth J Leveno, Uma M Reddy, Michael W Varner, John M Thorp, Brian M Mercer, Mara J Dinsmoor, Susan M Ramin, Marshall W Carpenter, Philip Samuels, Anthony Sciscione, Jorge E Tolosa, George Saade, Yoram Sorokin
OBJECTIVE: To determine the frequency of sepsis and other adverse neonatal outcomes in women with a clinical diagnosis of chorioamnionitis. METHODS: We performed a secondary analysis of a multi-center placebo-controlled trial of vitamins C/E to prevent preeclampsia in low risk nulliparous women. Clinical chorioamnionitis was defined as either the "clinical diagnosis" of chorioamnionitis or antibiotic administration during labor because of an elevated temperature or uterine tenderness in the absence of another cause...
May 23, 2018: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791197/gender-differences-in-psychosocial-determinants-of-self-perceived-health-among-portuguese-older-adults-in-nursing-homes
#17
Violeta Alarcão, Teresa Madeira, Catarina Peixoto-Plácido, Nuno Sousa-Santos, Elisabete Fernandes, Paulo Nicola, Osvaldo Santos, João Gorjão-Clara
OBJECTIVES: Self-perceived health declines with age, varies by gender and is a predictor of mortality, morbidity, physical and psychological functioning. However, gender differences in health and illness perception are complex and not yet fully understood. This study aimed to explore gender-related differences in psychosocial determinants of self-perceived health among older adults living in nursing homes. METHOD: Nationwide face-to-face survey of the Portuguese population aged 65 and over...
May 23, 2018: Aging & Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790447/data-driven-process-to-improve-va-surgical-flow
#18
Balmatee Bidassie, William Gunnar, Leigh Starr, George Van Buskirk, Lisa Warner, Clifford Anckaitis, Angela Howard
Purpose During years 2014-2016, Veterans Health Administration National Surgery Office conducted a surgical flow improvement initiative (SFII) to assist low-performing surgery programs to improve their operating room efficiency (ORE). The initiative was co-sponsored by VHA National Surgery Office and VHA Office of Systems Redesign and Improvement. The paper aims to discuss this issue. Design/methodology/approach An SFII algorithm, based on first-time-start (FTS), cancellation rate (CR), lag time (LT) and OR utilization, assigned an ORE performance Level (1-low to 4-high) to each VA Medical Center (VAMC)...
May 14, 2018: International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790069/antidepressant-effects-of-the-ginsenoside-metabolite-compound-k-assessed-by-behavioral-despair-test-and-chronic-unpredictable-mild-stress-model
#19
Wu Song, Yan Guo, Shuang Jiang, Lin Wei, Zhi Liu, Xiaoyan Wang, Ying Su
Depression is a major social and health problem worldwide. Compound K (CK), an intestinal metabolite of panaxadiol ginsenosides, has been demonstrated to possess significant pharmacological effects on the central nervous system (CNS). Here, we set up this study to investigate the antidepressant effect of CK, and to explore the potential mechanisms underlying this activity. The behavioral despair model and chronic unpredictable mild stress (CUMS) model were established in mice or rats, respectively. Forced swimming test (FST), tail suspension test (TST) and locomotor activity were performed in mice, while the open-field test, food consumption and sucrose preference were assessed in rats...
May 22, 2018: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789981/research-driven-policy-is-financial-capacity-related-to-dangerousness
#20
Patrick H DeLeon, Maegan M Paxton, Tonya Spencer, Jouhayna E Bajjani-Gebara
Current Veterans administration policy directly links a Veteran's adjudged capacity to manage personal financial resources with their ability to purchase or possess a firearm, pursuant to the regulatory authority of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Preventing Veterans' suicide is a highly laudable public health objective. Effectively utilizing scientific research to "inform" public policy is equally important. The authors should be congratulated for their efforts. However, it is important in utilizing large set population-based data, especially social science data, to evaluate policy alternatives that there be substantial face (i...
May 22, 2018: Administration and Policy in Mental Health
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