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Hiroyuki Yanagisawa, Yukihiko Kudo, Katsuhiro Nakagawa, Haruhiko Miyagawa, Fumitaka Maruyama, Shigehiko Fujimaki
This study was conducted with the aim of achieving the simultaneous screening of various additives in polymer materials by utilizing a solvent-free pyrolyzer/thermal desorption gas chromatography mass spectrometry (Py/TD-GC-MS) method. As a first step to achieve this goal, simultaneous screening has been examined by selecting major substances representing plasticizers and flame retardants, such as short chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs), decabromodiphenyl ether (DecaBDE), hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD), and di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)...
March 22, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Jocelyn M Richard, Nakura Stout, Deanna Acs, Patricia H Janak
Despite its being historically conceptualized as a motor expression site, emerging evidence suggests the ventral pallidum (VP) plays a more active role in integrating information to generate motivation. Here, we investigated whether rat VP cue responses would encode and contribute similarly to the vigor of reward-seeking behaviors trained under Pavlovian versus instrumental contingencies, when these behavioral responses consist of superficially similar locomotor response patterns but may reflect distinct underlying decision-making processes...
March 22, 2018: ELife
Jaein Seo, B Douglas Smith, Elihu Estey, Ernest Voyard, Bernadette O' Donoghue, John F P Bridges
OBJECTIVE: Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a progressive blood cancer with few effective treatment options. As part of a patient-focused drug development (PFDD) initiative led by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), we sought to use a community-centered approach to develop and pilot an instrument to measure patient preferences for the benefits and risks of treating AML. METHODS: Instrument development was informed by a literature review, engagement with expert stakeholders (n = 12), engagement with community stakeholders, and pretesting...
March 22, 2018: Current Medical Research and Opinion
Bianca Abreu Dos Santos de Oliveira, Elenir Rose Jardim Cury Pontes, Teresa Cristina Abranches Rosa
INTRODUCTION: Patients in intensive care status are in nutritional threat and frequently present innutrition, therefore monitoring the nutritional offer becomes indispensable. AIM: To purpose a control and monitoring form of enteral nutritional therapy and to evaluate its resoluteness. METHODS: Observational, analytical and retrospective study performed in intensive care patients receiving an enteral diet exclusively and/or associated with the oral/parenteral route, from January to April 2015 and from January to April 2016...
January 10, 2018: Nutrición Hospitalaria: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Nutrición Parenteral y Enteral
Elise Cornelis, Ellen Gorus, Karen Van Weverbergh, Ingo Beyer, Patricia De Vriendt
BACKGROUND: Several methods have been developed to evaluate activities of daily living (ADLs) in mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and mild dementia. This study evaluated the convergent and concurrent validity between (1) two report-based methods (the advanced (a)- and instrumental (i)-ADL tools) and (2) a performance-based method (the Naturalistic Action Test (NAT)) to check if their ability to differentiate between cognitively healthy comparisons (HCs), persons with MCI, and persons with mild Alzheimer's disease (AD) are comparable to each other...
March 22, 2018: International Psychogeriatrics
Valérie Poulin, Deirdre R Dawson, Carolina Bottari, Cynthia Verreault, Samantha Turcotte, Alexandra Jean
PURPOSE: To identify and critically appraise the content, readability, reliability and usability of websites providing information for managing cognitive difficulties in everyday life for the families of adults with moderate to severe traumatic brain injury. METHOD: Systematic searches on the Internet for relevant websites were conducted using five search engines, and through consultation of the lists of resources published on websites of traumatic brain injury organizations...
March 22, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation
Paolo Fogagnolo, Maurizio Digiuni, Giovanni Montesano, Chiara Rui, Marco Morales, Luca Rossetti
BACKGROUND: Compass (CenterVue, Padova, Italy) is a fundus automated perimeter which has been introduced in the clinical practice for glaucoma management in 2014. The aim of the article is to review Compass literature, comparing its performances against Humphrey Field Analyzer (Zeiss Humphrey Systems, Dublin, CA, USA). RESULTS: Analyses on both normal and glaucoma subjects agree on the fact that Humphrey Field Analyzer and Compass are interchangeable, as the difference of their global indices is largely inferior than test -retest variability for Humphrey Field Analyzer...
March 1, 2018: European Journal of Ophthalmology
Gabriella Fabbrocini, Antonio Cristaudo, Marius-Anton Ionescu, Luigia Panariello, Geraldine Robert, Marcello Pellicano, Fabio Ayala
BACKGROUND: Many cytotoxic and biological drugs are cause of severe dermatological side effects, such as hand-foot syndrome (HFS) and hand-foot skin reaction (HFSR). Oncologic patients with HFS or HFSR presents relevant symptoms that interferes with daily activities and with adherence to anticancer treatment. The HFRS control and treatment are important goals to enhance the quality of life of oncologic patients. The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy and tolerability of a b...
April 2018: Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia: Organo Ufficiale, Società Italiana di Dermatologia e Sifilografia
Yao-Hui Huang, Yao-Yu Lin, Shih-Kai Lee, Ming-Feng Lee, Ching-Lan Esther Lin
BACKGROUND: The ideology of recovery addresses the autonomy of patients with mental illness and their ability to reconstruct a normal life. Empirical knowledge of this process of recovery and related factors remains unclear. PURPOSE: To assess the process of recovery and related factors in patients with mental illness. METHODS: This cross-sectional, correlational study was conducted on a convenience sample in a psychiatric hospital. Two-hundred and fifty patients with mental illness were recruited and were assessed using 3 instruments: Questionnaire about the Process of Recovery (QPR), Perceived Psychiatric Stigma Scale (PPSS), and Personal and Social Performance Scale (PSP)...
April 2018: Hu Li za Zhi the Journal of Nursing
Chia-Yin Hsieh, Yi-Yin Lai, Yen-Chin Chen, Chia-Chun Lin, Li-Fang Liu, Nai-Ying Ko
BACKGROUND: There has been a global consensus since 2016 that antiretroviral therapy (ART) should be initiated following HIV diagnosis regardless of CD4-count test results. Identifying an instrument that is able to accurately assess the readiness of HIV-infected persons for treatment initiation is thus critical. PURPOSE: (1) To evaluate the comparative readiness of patients receiving ART and those who are not yet on ART; (2) to evaluate the respective readiness variation within these 2 groups over a one-year period; and (3) to identify the cutoff value for medication readiness that indicates the ideal time to initiate ART...
April 2018: Hu Li za Zhi the Journal of Nursing
Shwu-Feng Tsay, Shih-Chung Chen, Shu-Jen Lu, Li-Ting Liu
Taiwan is projected to become an aged society in 2018. In addition to establishing a comprehensive, long-term care system that is able to deal with the expected impacts of population aging, it is imperative that the government focus on improving the prevention of aging-related conditions. This article introduces the innovative preventive care policy promoted by Taiwan's Ministry of Health and Welfare and its preliminary results. Furthermore, the foundational ideas behind this policy and how it is being executed are explained...
April 2018: Hu Li za Zhi the Journal of Nursing
Jiandong Wu, Juan Wei, John D Hogan, Pradeep Chopra, Apoorva Joshi, Weigang Lu, Joshua Klein, Geert-Jan Boons, Cheng Lin, Joseph Zaia
Among dissociation methods, negative electron transfer dissociation (NETD) has been proven the most useful for glycosaminoglycan (GAG) sequencing because it produces informative fragmentation, a low degree of sulfate losses, high sensitivity, and translatability to multiple instrument types. The challenge, however, is to distinguish positional sulfation. In particular, NETD has been reported to fail to differentiate 4-O- versus 6-O-sulfation in chondroitin sulfate decasaccharide. This raised the concern of whether NETD is able to differentiate the rare 3-O-sulfation from predominant 6-O-sulfation in heparan sulfate (HS) oligosaccharides...
March 21, 2018: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
Thomas Desmond, Patricia Arthur, Kathleen Watt
PURPOSE: There is currently little evidence assessing the repeatability and accuracy of central corneal thickness measurements using the devices Tonoref III and RS-3000. This study aims to compare these devices against measurements by ultrasound pachymetry. METHODS: Central corneal thicknesses were measured on 50 eyes. Measurements from two non-contact devices-Tonoref III (NIDEK CO., LTD, Gamagori, Japan) and RS-3000 (NIDEK CO., LTD, Gamagori, Japan)-were compared against ultrasound pachymetry, the gold standard...
March 21, 2018: International Ophthalmology
Shi-Jun Weng, Jordan M Renna, Wei-Yi Chen, Xiong-Li Yang
Intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells (ipRGCs) are a special subset of retinal output neurons capable of detecting and responding to light via a unique photopigment called melanopsin. Melanopsin activation is essential to a wide array of physiological functions, especially to those related to non-image-forming vision. Since ipRGCs only constitute a very small proportion of retinal ganglion cells, targeted recording of melanopsin-driven responses used to be a big challenge to vision researchers...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Teresa S Henriques, Madalena D Costa, Pooja Mathur, Priyam Mathur, Roger B Davis, Murray A Mittleman, Kamal R Khabbaz, Ary L Goldberger, Balachundhar Subramaniam
Complexity measures are intended to assess the cardiovascular system's capacity to respond to stressors. We sought to determine if decreased BP complexity is associated with increased estimated risk as obtained from two standard instruments: the Society of Thoracic Surgeons' (STS) Risk of Mortality and Morbidity Index and the European System for Cardiac Operative Risk Evaluation Score (EuroSCORE II). In this observational cohort study, preoperative systolic, diastolic, mean (MAP) and pulse pressure (PP) time series were derived in 147 patients undergoing cardiac surgery...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing
Claudia Luck-Sikorski, Franziska Jung, Katharina Schlosser, Steffi G Riedel-Heller
PURPOSE: Orthorexia is described as a strict, health-oriented eating pattern with clinically significant impairment in everyday life. Its prevalence varied widely in previous studies due to heterogenous assessment procedures. Determinants for the eating pattern and its prevalence have not been investigated in larger representative studies. METHODS: A population-based telephone survey in Germany was conducted in n = 1007 participants. The Dusseldorf Orthorexia Scale with a cut-off of 30 was used to assess orthorexic behavior...
March 21, 2018: Eating and Weight Disorders: EWD
Catalina Herrera Almanza, David E Sahn
Female secondary school attendance has recently increased in sub-Saharan Africa, and so has the risk of becoming pregnant while attending school. We analyze the impact of teenage pregnancy on young women's human capital using longitudinal data in Madagascar that capture the transition from adolescence to adulthood for a cohort aged 21-24 in 2012, first interviewed in 2004. We find that early childbearing increases the likelihood of dropping out of school and decreases the chances of completing secondary school...
March 21, 2018: Demography
Jane L Wolstenholme, Danielle Bargo, Kay Wang, Anthony Harnden, Ulla Räisänen, Lucy Abel
BACKGROUND: No current guidance is available in the UK on the choice of preference-based measure (PBM) that should be used in obtaining health-related quality of life from children. The aim of this study is to review the current usage of PBMs for obtaining health state utility values in child and adolescent populations, and to obtain information on patient and parent-proxy respondent preferences in completing PBMs in the UK. METHODS: A literature review was conducted to determine which instrument is most frequently used for child-based economic evaluations and whether child or proxy responses are used...
March 21, 2018: Quality of Life Research
M Richter, B Seipolt
Pain is a central topic on neonatal intensive care units (NICU). Acute as well as prolonged (continuous and chronic) pain frequently occurs. Due to a lack of validated physiological measurement instruments for pain (e. g. saliva cortisol, skin conductance and heart rate variability) pain in neonatology can only be assessed by external observation through the bedside team with pain scores using a regular, standardized procedure. During this very vulnerable period pain and medications (analgesics/sedatives) can negatively influence the brain development of premature babies and neonates...
March 21, 2018: Der Schmerz
Frederic Picard, Angela Deakin, Navin Balasubramanian, Alberto Gregori
In this review, we outlined the definition of minimally invasive surgery (MIS) in total knee replacement (TKR) and described the different surgical approaches reported in the literature. Afterwards, we went through the most recent studies assessing MIS TKR. Next, we searched for potential limitations of MIS knee replacement and tried to answer the following questions: Are there selective criteria and specific patient selection for MIS knee surgery? If there are, then what are they? After all, a discussion and conclusion completed this article...
March 22, 2018: European Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery & Traumatology: Orthopédie Traumatologie
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