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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346526/what-is-the-impact-of-physical-activity-and-physical-function-on-the-development-of-multimorbidity-in-older-adults-over-time-a-population-based-cohort-study
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Aine Ryan, Catriona Murphy, Fiona Boland, Rose Galvin, Susan M Smith
Background: Multimorbidity is recognised internationally as having a serious impact on health outcomes. It is associated with reduced quality of life, increased healthcare utilisation and future functional decline. Physical activity is associated with good health and psychological well-being. The aim of this study was to identify the impact of physical activity and physical function on the development and worsening of multimorbidity over time. Methods: Using The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), we analysed 4,823 participants >50 years with and without multimorbidity...
January 13, 2018: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345329/generating-quantitative-cell-identity-labels-with-marker-enrichment-modeling-mem
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Kirsten E Diggins, Jocelyn S Gandelman, Caroline E Roe, Jonathan M Irish
Multiplexed single-cell experimental techniques like mass cytometry measure 40 or more features and enable deep characterization of well-known and novel cell populations. However, traditional data analysis techniques rely extensively on human experts or prior knowledge, and novel machine learning algorithms may generate unexpected population groupings. Marker enrichment modeling (MEM) creates quantitative identity labels based on features enriched in a population relative to a reference. While developed for cell type analysis, MEM labels can be generated for a wide range of multidimensional data types, and MEM works effectively with output from expert analysis and diverse machine learning algorithms...
January 18, 2018: Current Protocols in Cytometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342076/neuromorphic-vibrotactile-stimulation-of-fingertips-for-encoding-object-stiffness-in-telepresence-sensory-substitution-and-augmentation-applications
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Francesca Sorgini, Luca Massari, Jessica D'Abbraccio, Eduardo Palermo, Arianna Menciassi, Petar B Petrovic, Alberto Mazzoni, Maria Chiara Carrozza, Fiona N Newell, Calogero M Oddo
We present a tactile telepresence system for real-time transmission of information about object stiffness to the human fingertips. Experimental tests were performed across two laboratories (Italy and Ireland). In the Italian laboratory, a mechatronic sensing platform indented different rubber samples. Information about rubber stiffness was converted into on-off events using a neuronal spiking model and sent to a vibrotactile glove in the Irish laboratory. Participants discriminated the variation of the stiffness of stimuli according to a two-alternative forced choice protocol...
January 17, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341515/the-uptake-of-human-papillomavirus-vaccine-in-irish-schools-the-impact-of-disadvantage
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C Migone, T Barrett, S Cotter, A Clarke, B Corcoran
HPV vaccine Gardasil© is offered to girls in first year of secondary school in Ireland. We aimed to determine the association between HPV vaccine uptake among girls for academic year 2013/2014, by school and school characteristics: socioeconomic disadvantage and religious ethos. The National Schools Immunisation System (SIS) was searched to determine HPV vaccine uptake in schools for 2013/2014 (prior to recent anti-HPV vaccine publicity). The disadvantaged status and ethos of each school was added to the report...
August 8, 2017: Irish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341511/age-adjusted-d-dimer-for-exclusion-of-pulmonary-embolism-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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D Monks, A Neill, D Barton, A Moughty, A McFeely, A Timmons, S Hatton, D McMorrow
D-Dimer (DD) will increase with age and recent studies have shown the upper limit of normal can be raised in those who are low risk and over 50. We studied age adjusted D-dimer (AADD) levels to assess whether pulmonary embolism (PE) could be safely excluded. This study analysed the Emergency Department (ED) Computed Tomographic Pulmonary Angiography (CTPA) requests. There were 756 requests. The parameters studied were; age, DD value, calculated AADD, CT result and Simplified Geneva Score (SGS). The primary outcome was the diagnostic performance of AADD...
August 8, 2017: Irish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341510/maternity-ultrasound-in-the-republic-of-ireland-2016-a-review
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D Hayes-Ryan, K McNamara, N Russell, L Kenny, K O'Donoghue
Antenatal ultrasound, comprising of a dating ultrasound in the late first trimester followed by a fetal anomaly scan, is a recognised and necessary component of good antenatal care. We conducted a telephone survey of all 19 obstetric units to ascertain the status of maternity ultrasound provision in Ireland. Fetal anomaly ultrasound is offered universally to all women in 7/19 (37%) units, selectively to some women in 7/19 (37%) units and not offered at all in the remaining 5/19 (26%) units. Overall ? 41,700 (64%) women receive a fetal anomaly ultrasound nationally...
August 8, 2017: Irish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341509/effect-of-the-2008-economic-crisis-on-the-cardiovascular-mortality-of-the-irish-population-an-ecological-12-year-study-of-a-heart-broken-celtic-tiger
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M Osman, A Osman
Ireland has endured a substantial financial crisis in 2008 and we sought to explore the effect of economic recession on Irish cardiovascular mortality. We found an increase by 17.2% in CVA-deaths during the financial crisis years (95% CI 11.1% to 23.6%). In males, we found a notable rise in the annual IHD rate by 7.56% (95% CI 4.73% to 10.46%), in annual MI rate by 2.96% (95% CI 0.16% to 5.84%), and in annual CVA death rate by 20.07% (95% CI 16.13% to 24.14%). In females our findings indicated an increased rate of CVA-related deaths during the economic crisis by 15...
August 8, 2017: Irish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340820/the-development-and-validation-of-a-scoring-tool-to-predict-the-operative-duration-of-elective-laparoscopic-cholecystectomy
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Reshma Bharamgoudar, Aniket Sonsale, James Hodson, Ewen Griffiths
BACKGROUND: The ability to accurately predict operative duration has the potential to optimise theatre efficiency and utilisation, thus reducing costs and increasing staff and patient satisfaction. With laparoscopic cholecystectomy being one of the most commonly performed procedures worldwide, a tool to predict operative duration could be extremely beneficial to healthcare organisations. METHODS: Data collected from the CholeS study on patients undergoing cholecystectomy in UK and Irish hospitals between 04/2014 and 05/2014 were used to study operative duration...
January 16, 2018: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336695/-ghosts-from-the-past-the-re-emergence-of-internalised-religious-stigma-following-diagnosis-of-hiv-among-northern-irish-gay-men
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Keith Kerrigan, Gill Green
This paper explores how previous exposure to religious homo-negativity features in the sense making process following HIV diagnosis in a homogenous sample of six gay men living in Northern Ireland. Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis was used to identify two key overarching themes: 'Negotiating authenticity in unsafe space' which relates to the experience of negotiating same sex attraction within religious environments and 'Re-emergence of religious shame in diagnosis' which relates to the way in which the men made sense of diagnosis from the position of having been exposed to religious homo-negativity earlier in their lives...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Homosexuality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335038/what-is-the-prevalence-of-untreated-depression-and-death-ideation-in-older-people-data-from-the-irish-longitudinal-study-on-aging
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Robert Briggs, Katy Tobin, Rose Anne Kenny, Sean P Kennelly
OBJECTIVE: Late life depression (LLD) confers significant morbidity and mortality but is well recognized that it often goes undetected or untreated. The objective of this study is to quantify the burden of untreated depression and death ideation (DI) at a population level. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study ascertaining the prevalence of, and factors associated with, untreated depression and DI. SETTING: This study, embedded within the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing, involves over 7,000 community-dwelling people aged ≥50 years...
January 16, 2018: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332011/examining-the-utility-of-cystatin-c-as-a-confirmatory-test-of-chronic-kidney-disease-across-the-age-range-in-middle-aged-and-older-community-dwelling-adults
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Mark Canney, Donal J Sexton, Neil O'Leary, Martin Healy, Rose Anne Kenny, Mark A Little, Conall M O'Seaghdha
BACKGROUND: Cystatin C has been proposed as a confirmatory test of chronic kidney disease (CKD). This is most applicable to older individuals with CKD, the majority of whom have a creatinine-based estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) of 45-59 mL/min/1.73 m2 (CKD stage 3a). We sought to examine the utility of cystatin C as a confirmatory test of CKD across the age range in the general population of older adults. METHODS: Cross-sectional analysis of 5386 participants from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing, a cluster-sampled national cohort of community-dwelling adults aged ≥50 years...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332000/how-good-are-doctors-at-introducing-themselves-hellomynameis
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Peter Gillen, Sue Faye Sharifuddin, Muireann O'Sullivan, Alison Gordon, Eva M Doherty
BACKGROUND: This explorative study was triggered by the '#hellomynameis' campaign initiated by Dr Kate Granger in the UK. Our objectives were twofold: first, to measure rates of introduction in an Irish hospital setting by both consultant and non-consultant hospital doctors. Second to establish whether such practices were associated with patient perceptions of the doctor/patient interaction. METHOD: A patient 'exit' survey was undertaken following doctor-patient consultations in both acute (surgical and medical assessment units) and elective settings (outpatient clinics)...
January 13, 2018: Postgraduate Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330753/transfer-of-critically-ill-adults-assessing-the-need-for-training
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Ruth-Aoibheann O'Leary, Brian Marsh, Paul O'Connor
BACKGROUND: Transfer of critically ill patients within the hospital is commonly associated with adverse incidents, but, despite this, no standardised training exists on how to carry out this task. Very little information is published in the literature on the learning needs of staff undertaking these transfers, and this limits our ability to provide a focused and appropriate educational intervention. AIMS: This study aimed to explore the organisational, environmental and individual issues that increase risk to patients during intrahospital transport (IHT) and to explore the potential educational solutions to these issues as articulated by these practitioners...
January 12, 2018: Irish Journal of Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324318/a-feasibility-study-of-a-multidimensional-breastfeeding-support-intervention-in-ireland
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Goiuri Alberdi, Elizabeth J O'Sullivan, Helena Scully, Niamh Kelly, Regina Kincaid, Rosie Murtagh, Stephanie Murray, Denise McGuinness, Ashamole Clive, Mary Brosnan, Lucille Sheehy, Elizabeth Dunn, Fionnuala M McAuliffe
BACKGROUND: Breastfeeding is the optimum mode of infant feeding. Despite this, most global populations do not achieve the World Health Organisation's recommendation of exclusive breast milk for the first 6 months of life. Irish breastfeeding rates are among the lowest in Europe, necessitating a well-designed breastfeeding-support intervention. AIM: To evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of a multidimensional breastfeeding intervention in a rural and an urban maternity setting in Ireland...
December 24, 2017: Midwifery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323294/terminal-pleistocene-alaskan-genome-reveals-first-founding-population-of-native-americans
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J Víctor Moreno-Mayar, Ben A Potter, Lasse Vinner, Matthias Steinrücken, Simon Rasmussen, Jonathan Terhorst, John A Kamm, Anders Albrechtsen, Anna-Sapfo Malaspinas, Martin Sikora, Joshua D Reuther, Joel D Irish, Ripan S Malhi, Ludovic Orlando, Yun S Song, Rasmus Nielsen, David J Meltzer, Eske Willerslev
Despite broad agreement that the Americas were initially populated via Beringia, the land bridge that connected far northeast Asia with northwestern North America during the Pleistocene epoch, when and how the peopling of the Americas occurred remains unresolved. Analyses of human remains from Late Pleistocene Alaska are important to resolving the timing and dispersal of these populations. The remains of two infants were recovered at Upward Sun River (USR), and have been dated to around 11.5 thousand years ago (ka)...
January 11, 2018: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320900/societal-costs-of-multiple-sclerosis-in-ireland
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Peter Carney, Derek O'Boyle, Aidan Larkin, Chris McGuigan, Killian O'Rourke
AIMS: This paper evaluates the impact of multiple sclerosis (MS) in Ireland and estimates the associated direct, indirect, and intangible costs to society based on a large nationally representative sample. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A questionnaire was developed to capture the demographics, disease characteristics, healthcare use, informal care, employment, and wellbeing. Referencing international studies, standardised survey instruments were included (e.g., CSRI, MFIS-5, EQ-5D) or adapted (EDSS) for inclusion in an online survey platform...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314600/the-febs-journal-in-2018-putting-a-bit-of-color-in-your-life-and-your-figures
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EDITORIAL
Seamus J Martin
Seamus Martin holds the Smurfit Chair of Medical Genetics at the Smurfit Institute of Genetics, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. He works on all aspects of cell death control and is especially interested in the links between cell death, cell stress and inflammation. He received the GlaxoSmithKline Award of The Biochemical Society (2006) and The RDS-Irish Times Boyle Medal (2015) for his work on the role of caspases in apoptosis and was elected to the Royal Irish Academy in 2006 and EMBO in 2009. He is the Editor-in-Chief of The FEBS Journal since 2014...
January 2018: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314463/prevalence-and-patterns-of-anti-epileptic-medication-prescribing-in-the-treatment-of-epilepsy-in-older-adults-with-intellectual-disabilities
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M O'Dwyer, J Peklar, N Mulryan, P McCallion, M McCarron, M C Henman
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of epilepsy is higher in people with intellectual disability (ID) and increases with the degree of ID. Although life expectancy for people with ID is increasing, people with ID coexisting with epilepsy have a higher mortality rate, particularly those who had recent seizures. There have been few observational studies of the prevalence and patterns of anti-epileptic prescribing among older people with ID and epilepsy. The aim of this study was to investigate prevalence and patterns of anti-epileptic prescribing in the treatment of epilepsy in a representative population of older people with ID and epilepsy...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Intellectual Disability Research: JIDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313156/frequency-of-self-reported-concussion-amongst-professional-and-semi-professional-footballers-in-ireland-during-the-2014-season-a-cross-sectional-study
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Nicola Coffey, Martin Lawless, Seamus Kelly, Conor Buggy
BACKGROUND: This paper examines the occupational risk of concussion amongst professional and semi-professional footballers in Ireland during the 2014 League of Ireland season. As part of a broader nationally representative study examining occupational safety and health (OSH) awareness amongst professional footballers, this empirical quantitative study, utilising a convenience sample is the first and largest investigation of the frequency of, and attitudes towards, concussion and concussion reporting amongst Irish senior professional and semi-professional footballers...
January 8, 2018: Sports Medicine—Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29307949/-on-the-perimeter-of-the-lawful-enduring-illegality-in-the-irish-family-planning-movement-1972-1985
#20
Emilie Cloatre, Máiréad Enright
Between 1935 and 1985, Irish law criminalized the sale and importation of condoms. Activists established illegal markets to challenge the law and alleviate its social consequences. They distributed condoms through postal services, shops, stalls, clinics, and machines. Though they largely operated in the open, their activities attracted little direct punishment from the state, and they were able to build a stable network of medical and commercial family planning services. We use 30 interviews conducted with former activists to explore this history...
December 2017: Journal of Law and Society
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