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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340513/mendelian-randomisation-implicates-hyperlipidaemia-as-a-risk-factor-for-colorectal-cancer
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Henry Rodriguez-Broadbent, Philip J Law, Amit Sud, Kimmo Palin, Sari Tuupanen, Alexandra Gylfe, Ulrika A Hänninen, Tatiana Cajuso, Tomas Tanskanen, Johanna Kondelin, Eevi Kaasinen, Antti-Pekka Sarin, Samuli Ripatti, Johan G Eriksson, Harri Rissanen, Paul Knekt, Eero Pukkala, Pekka Jousilahti, Veikko Salomaa, Aarno Palotie, Laura Renkonen-Sinisalo, Anna Lepistö, Jan Böhm, Jukka-Pekka Mecklin, Nada A Al-Tassan, Claire Palles, Lynn Martin, Ella Barclay, Susan M Farrington, Maria N Timofeeva, Brian F Meyer, Salma M Wakil, Harry Campbell, Christopher G Smith, Shelley Idziaszczyk, Timothy S Maughan, Richard Kaplan, Rachel Kerr, David Kerr, Michael N Passarelli, Jane C Figueiredo, Daniel D Buchanan, Aung K Win, John L Hopper, Mark A Jenkins, Noralane M Lindor, Polly A Newcomb, Steven Gallinger, David Conti, Fred Schumacher, Graham Casey, Lauri A Aaltonen, Jeremy P Cheadle, Ian P Tomlinson, Malcolm G Dunlop, Richard S Houlston
While elevated blood cholesterol has been associated with an increased risk of colorectal cancer (CRC) in observational studies, causality is uncertain. Here we apply a Mendelian randomisation (MR) analysis to examine the potential causal relationship between lipid traits and CRC risk. We used single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with blood levels of total cholesterol (TC), triglyceride (TG), low-density lipoprotein (LDL), and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) as instrumental variables (IV). We calculated MR estimates for each risk factor with CRC using SNP-CRC associations from 9,254 cases and 18,386 controls...
March 24, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340500/advanced-practice-registered-nurses-and-long-acting-reversible-contraception
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Patricia J Kelly, An-Lin Cheng, Kimberly Carlson, Jacki Witt
INTRODUCTION: Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) are in an excellent position to address the high rates of unintended pregnancy in the United States by providing long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs). These methods are significant in their effectiveness in preventing pregnancy in individual women and in having population-level effects on unintended pregnancy. The aim of this study was to learn more about APRN practices around long-acting reversible contraception and influences on those practices...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340388/evaluation-of-cr-vi-reduction-mechanism-and-removal-by-cellulosimicrobium-funkei-strain-ar8-a-novel-haloalkaliphilic-bacterium
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Chinnannan Karthik, Selvaraj Barathi, Arivalagan Pugazhendhi, Vijayan Sri Ramkumar, Ngoc Bao Dung Thi, Padikasan Indra Arulselvi
The present study, a novel haloalkaliphilic Cr(VI) tolerant bacterial strain, Cellulosimicrobium funkei AR8, was isolated and characterized for its high Cr(VI) reduction. In batch experiments, Cr(VI) reduction was evaluated under different parametric conditions which include different pH (5-9), temperature (25-45°C), NaCl (0-3%) and Cr(VI) concentrations (100-250μg/ml). Variations in the cell surface functional groups and morphology of the bacterial cells after Cr(VI) reduction were characterized by FT-IR and SEM-EDX...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340250/improving-safety-culture-in-hospitals-facilitators-and-barriers-to-implementation-of-systemic-falls-investigative-method-sfim
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Aleksandra A Zecevic, Alvin Ho-Ting Li, Charity Ngo, Michelle Halligan, Anita Kothari
Objective: The purpose of this study was to assess the facilitators and barriers to implementation of the Systemic Falls Investigative Method (SFIM) on selected hospital units. Design: A cross-sectional explanatory mixed methods design was used to converge results from a standardized safety culture survey with themes that emerged from interviews and focus groups. Findings were organized by six elements of the Ottawa Model of Research Use framework. Setting: A geriatric rehabilitation unit of an acute care hospital and a neurological unit of a rehabilitation hospital were selected purposefully due to the high frequency of falls...
March 17, 2017: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340153/establishing-a-stand-alone-laboratory-dedicated-to-the-care-of-patients-with-ebola-virus-disease
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Jing Cao, Christine Senn, Pedro Castaneda, Sheree Humphries, Amy B Karger
Objective: To describe the process for establishment of a stand-alone laboratory dedicated to testing for Ebola virus disease (EVD). Methods: We selected 2 neighboring rooms for the EVD unit: 1 for patient care and 1 for laboratory testing. A limited test menu was developed after consultation with the team of healthcare providers treating patients with EVD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations, and other sites with EVD expertise. Results: We selected several point-of-care (POC) devices and manual assays to provide necessary testing...
March 13, 2017: Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340119/the-risk-of-nephrolithiasis-is-causally-related-to-inactive-matrix-gla-protein-a-marker-of-vitamin-k-status-a-mendelian-randomization-study-in-a-flemish-population
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Fang-Fei Wei, Lutgarde Thijs, Zhen-Yu Zhang, Lotte Jacobs, Wen-Yi Yang, Erika Salvi, Lorena Citterio, Nicholas Cauwenberghs, Tatiana Kuznetsova, Nadja E A Drummen, Azusa Hara, Paolo Manunta, Yan Li, Peter Verhamme, Karel Allegaert, Daniele Cusi, Cees Vermeer, Jan A Staessen
Background.: Vitamin K (VK)-dependent γ-glutamate carboxylation and serine phosphorylation activate matrix Gla protein (MGP) to a potent locally acting inhibitor of calcification. Nephrolithiasis represents a process of unwanted calcification associated with substantial mortality and high recurrence rates. We hypothesized that the risk of nephrolithiasis increases with VK shortage, as exemplified by higher plasma levels of desphospho-uncarboxylated MGP (dp-ucMGP). Methods...
March 15, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340111/assessment-of-patient-reported-outcome-instruments-to-assess-chronic-low-back-pain
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Abhilasha Ramasamy, Mona L Martin, Steven I Blum, Hiltrud Liedgens, Charles Argoff, Rainer Freynhagen, Mark Wallace, Kelly P McCarrier, Donald M Bushnell, Noël V Hatley, Donald L Patrick
Objective. : To identify patient-reported outcome (PRO) instruments that assess chronic low back pain (cLBP) symptoms (specifically pain qualities) and/or impacts for potential use in cLBP clinical trials to demonstrate treatment benefit and support labeling claims. Design. : Literature review of existing PRO measures. Methods. : Publications detailing existing PRO measures for cLBP were identified, reviewed, and summarized. As recommended by the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) PRO development guidance, standard measurement characteristics were reviewed, including development history, psychometric properties (validity and reliability), ability to detect change, and interpretation of observed changes...
March 6, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340101/dietary-assessment-in-minority-ethnic-groups-a-systematic-review-of-instruments-for-portion-size-estimation-in-the-united-kingdom
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Eva Almiron-Roig, Amanda Aitken, Catherine Galloway, Basma Ellahi
Dietary assessment in minority ethnic groups is critical for surveillance programs and for implementing effective interventions. A major challenge is the accurate estimation of portion sizes for traditional foods and dishes. : The aim of this systematic review was to assess records published up to 2014 describing a portion-size estimation element (PSEE) applicable to the dietary assessment of UK-residing ethnic minorities. : Electronic databases, internet sites, and theses repositories were searched, generating 5683 titles, from which 57 eligible full-text records were reviewed...
March 14, 2017: Nutrition Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340017/patient-reporting-of-undesirable-events-a-pilot-study-in-china
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Jia Yan, Ke Liu, Lifeng Zhang, Ting Chu, Xuehua Wang
Objective: To identify the frequency of undesirable events reported by patients during hospitalization and explore the relationship between undesirable events and perception of safety and satisfaction with care in China. Design: Cross-sectional survey. Setting: Chinese university hospital. Participants: Adult patients (N = 341) discharged from medical and surgical departments. Interventions: Patients were interviewed post-discharge using a survey instrument to ask whether they had experienced specific undesirable events during hospitalization...
March 10, 2017: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339923/measuring-patient-experience-a-systematic-review-to-evaluate-psychometric-properties-of-patient-reported-experience-measures-prems-for-emergency-care-service-provision
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Leanne Male, Adam Noble, Jessica Atkinson, Tony Marson
Purpose: Knowledge about patient experience within emergency departments (EDs) allows services to develop and improve in line with patient needs. There is no standardized instrument to measure patient experience. The aim of this study is to identify patient reported experience measures (PREMs) for EDs, examine the rigour by which they were developed and their psychometric properties when judged against standard criteria. Data sources: Medline, Scopus, CINAHL, PsycINFO, PubMed and Web of Science were searched from inception to May 2015...
March 2, 2017: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339836/differences-in-textural-properties-of-cooked-caponized-and-broiler-chicken-breast-meat
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J U-Chupaj, Y Malila, C Gamonpilas, K Kijroongrojana, M Petracci, S Benjakul, W Visessanguan
This study was aimed at evaluating textural properties of cooked chicken breast meats obtained from 3 production systems (conventional raising, feed modification, and caponization) and determining the relationship between instrumental parameters and sensory attributes associated with the texture of capon meat. Texture of cooked breast meats was determined using 3 instrumental methods: Warner-Bratzler Shear (WBS), texture profile analysis (TPA), and uniaxial compression (UC), and sensory analysis by trained panelists...
February 23, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339555/an-item-bank-for-abuse-of-prescription-pain-medication-from-the-patient-reported-outcomes-measurement-information-system-promis%C3%A2
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Paul A Pilkonis, Lan Yu, Nathan E Dodds, Kelly L Johnston, Suzanne M Lawrence, Thomas F Hilton, Dennis C Daley, Ashwin A Patkar, Dennis McCarty
Objective.:  There is a need to monitor patients receiving prescription opioids to detect possible signs of abuse. To address this need, we developed and calibrated an item bank for severity of abuse of prescription pain medication as part of the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS ® ). Methods.:  Comprehensive literature searches yielded an initial bank of 5,310 items relevant to substance use and abuse, including abuse of prescription pain medication, from over 80 unique instruments...
October 8, 2016: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339523/factors-affecting-the-quality-of-life-of-chronic-dialysis-patients
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Beata Jankowska-Polanska, Izabella Uchmanowicz, Agata Wysocka, Bartosz Uchmanowicz, Katarzyna Lomper, Andrzej M Fal
: Patients on hemodialysis must adjust their life plans to the treatment. They are aware of losing their health and independence. Therefore, acceptance of illness (AI) is important and allows the patient to adjust to new situation and alleviates negative emotions The aim of study was to assess the impact of AI and other socioclinical variables on hemodialysis patients' quality of life (QoL).The study included 100 patients aged 20-85 (M = 57), treated with hemodialysis for at least 2 years. Two validated instruments were used: the Acceptance of Illness Scale (AIS) and the World Health Organization Quality of Life questionnaire...
October 19, 2016: European Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339414/update-on-the-application-of-optic-nerve-sheath-fenestration
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Hui Chen, Qian Zhang, Song Tan, Huazhu Fu, Bradley K Farris, Zhenglin Yang
BACKGROUND: With the ongoing development of surgical procedures and instruments, the safety of optic nerve sheath fenestration (ONSF) has been improved. OBJECTIVE: Through the past three decades, progress has been made in preventing visual loss from chronic optic nerve swelling in idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH), secondary intracranial hypertension and local optic nerve diseases. We now review the updated application of ONSF in those diseases. METHODS: The application of ONSF in papilledema due to IIH, secondary intracranial hypertension to cerebral venous sinus occlusion, Cryptococcal meningitis, and intracranial mass or tumors is reviewed...
March 23, 2017: Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339326/using-online-methods-to-develop-and-examine-the-hong-kong-chinese-translation-of-the-dissociative-experiences-scale
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Chitat Chan, Hong Wang Fung, Tat Ming Choi, Colin A Ross
Identifying dissociation is important for mental health services because it could fundamentally affect one's diagnosis and treatment plan. The Dissociative Experiences Scale (DES) is a widely-used self-report scale for measuring dissociative experiences. It has been translated into many languages and used in many countries. However, there is no validated Hong Kong Chinese version of the DES available in the field, and there is no other validated Hong Kong Chinese instrument for assessing dissociative disorders...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339059/proteomic-based-identification-of-hsp70-as-a-tumor-associated-antigen-in-ovarian-cancer
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Xin-Xin Liu, Hua Ye, Peng Wang, Liu-Xia Li, Yi Zhang, Jian-Ying Zhang
Ovarian cancer commonly presents without prominent symptoms and is consequently diagnosed at advanced stages with unfavorable prognosis. Novel serological biomarkers for the early detection and clinical management of ovarian cancer are imminently needed. Proteomic-based methods for biomarker discovery are promising strategies implemented in cancer research. The aim of the present study was to identify new tumor antigens from the ovarian cancer cell line SKOV3 and their associated autoantibodies in sera of patients with ovarian cancer employing proteomic-based approaches...
March 24, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338987/gamma-glutamyltransferase-levels-prediabetes-and-type-2-diabetes-a-mendelian-randomization-study
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Jana Nano, Taulant Muka, Symen Ligthart, Albert Hofman, Sarwa Darwish Murad, Harry LA Janssen, Oscar H Franco, Abbas Dehghan
Background: High levels of serum gamma-glutamyltransferase (GGT) are associated with increased risk of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes in observational studies. It is unclear whether this relationship is causal, arises from residual confounding or is a consequence of reverse causation. Methods: We used data from a prospective population-based cohort study, compromising 8611 individuals without diabetes at baseline. Cox proportional hazard models were used to study the association between serum GGT levels and incident prediabetes and diabetes...
March 13, 2017: International Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338946/instrumental-variable-methods-for-continuous-outcomes-that-accommodate-nonignorable-missing-baseline-values
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Ashkan Ertefaie, James H Flory, Sean Hennessy, Dylan S Small
Instrumental variable (IV) methods provide unbiased treatment effect estimation in the presence of unmeasured confounders under certain assumptions. To provide valid estimates of treatment effect, treatment effect confounders that are associated with the IV (IV-confounders) must be included in the analysis, and not including observations with missing values may lead to bias. Missing covariate data are particularly problematic when the probability that a value is missing is related to the value itself, which is known as nonignorable missingness...
March 16, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338913/assessing-the-impact-of-unmeasured-confounding-for-binary-outcomes-using-confounding-functions
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Jessica Kasza, Rory Wolfe, Tibor Schuster
A critical assumption of causal inference is that of no unmeasured confounding: for estimated exposure effects to have valid causal interpretations, a sufficient set of predictors of exposure and outcome must be adequately measured and correctly included in the respective inference model(s). In an observational study setting, this assumption will often be unsatisfied, and the potential impact of unmeasured confounding on effect estimates should be investigated. The confounding function approach allows the impact of unmeasured confounding on estimates to be assessed, where unmeasured confounding may be due to unmeasured confounders and/or biases such as collider bias or information bias...
March 3, 2017: International Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338774/pleiotropy-robust-mendelian-randomization
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Hans van Kippersluis, Cornelius A Rietveld
Background: The potential of Mendelian randomization studies is rapidly expanding due to: (i) the growing power of genome-wide association study (GWAS) meta-analyses to detect genetic variants associated with several exposures; and (ii) the increasing availability of these genetic variants in large-scale surveys. However, without a proper biological understanding of the pleiotropic working of genetic variants, a fundamental assumption of Mendelian randomization (the exclusion restriction) can always be contested...
February 22, 2017: International Journal of Epidemiology
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