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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324868/lactic-acid-concentrations-that-reduce-microbial-load-yet-minimally-impact-colour-and-sensory-characteristics-of-beef
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Cristina Rodríguez-Melcón, Carlos Alonso-Calleja, Rosa Capita
Lactic acid (LA) has recently been approved in the EU as beef decontaminant. In order to identify the most appropriate concentration, beef samples were spray-treated with LA (2%, 3%, 4% or 5%) or left untreated (control). Microbial load (aerobic plate counts, psychrotrophs and Enterobacteriaceae), pH, instrumental colour and sensory properties were investigated at 0, 24, 72 and 120h of refrigerated storage. The reductions in bacteria after spraying ranged from 0.57 to 0.95 log units. A residual antimicrobial effect was observed so that at 120h LA reduced microbial load by up to 2 log units compared with the control samples...
January 17, 2017: Meat Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324681/morphometric-mri-features-are-associated-with-surgical-outcome-in-mesial-temporal-lobe-epilepsy-with-hippocampal-sclerosis
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Maria Teresa Fernandes Castilho Garcia, Larissa Botelho Gaça, Gabriel Barbosa Sandim, Idaiane Batista Assunção Leme, Henrique Carrete, Ricardo Silva Centeno, João Ricardo Sato, Elza Márcia Targas Yacubian
PURPOSE: Corticoamygdalohippocampectomy (CAH) improves seizure control, quality of life, and decreases mortality for refractory mesial temporal lobe epilepsy with hippocampal sclerosis (MTLE-HS). One-third of patients continue having seizures, and it is pivotal to determine structural abnormalities that might influence the postoperative outcome. Studies indicate that nonhippocampal regions may play a role in the epileptogenic network in MTLE-HS and could generate seizures postoperatively...
March 1, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324323/the-association-of-catastrophizing-with-quality-of-life-outcomes-in-patients-with-irritable-bowel-syndrome
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LeeAnne B Sherwin, Emily Leary, Wendy A Henderson
BACKGROUND: Catastrophizing is a cognitive process characterized by a propensity to concentrate on and magnify the value of an actual or anticipated painful stimulus and negatively assesses one's ability to cope. Catastrophizing is an important predictor of pain-related outcomes. A cornerstone symptom of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is abdominal pain or discomfort. Also individuals with IBS have been reported to have a tendency to catastrophize. In a sample of individuals who suffer from IBS, we hypothesized that those individuals who catastrophize (catastrophizers) would have worse outcomes as compared to those who do not catastrophize (non-catastrophizers)...
March 21, 2017: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324322/measurement-invariance-of-the-satisfaction-with-life-scale-reviewing-three-decades-of-research
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Scott D Emerson, Martin Guhn, Anne M Gadermann
PURPOSE: The Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS) is a widely used measure of life satisfaction, a key aspect in quality of life. The SWLS has been used across many socio-demographic groups. Comparison of life satisfaction across different subgroups (e.g., cultures) is meaningful to researchers; such cross-group comparison presupposes that validity of the inferences from SWLS scores holds across various subgroups (measurement invariance: MI). The aim of the present review was to identify, summarize, and evaluate research testing measurement invariance of the SWLS...
March 21, 2017: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324266/quality-of-life-in-patients-with-recurrent-breast-cancer-after-second-breast-conserving-therapy-in-comparison-with-mastectomy-the-german-experience
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Svenja Jendrian, Katharina Steffens, Barbara Schmalfeldt, Elena Laakmann, Corinna Bergelt, Isabell Witzel
BACKGROUND: Although some studies suggest that breast-conserving therapy (BCT) shows better psychosocial outcomes than mastectomy in patients with primary breast cancer, little is known about the outcomes of these surgical options in recurrent breast cancer. We investigated differences in overall survival and re-recurrence rates as well as psychosocial outcomes among patients who underwent BCT or mastectomy after the diagnosis of recurrent breast cancer in a single-center setting. METHODS: 124 of 186 eligible patients who underwent surgical treatment for breast cancer recurrence completed the questionnaires on quality of life (EORTC QLQ-C30 and -BR23), fear of progression (PA-F-KF), anxiety and depression (HADS), and body image (BIS)...
March 21, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324216/new-classification-for-the-treatment-of-pyogenic-spondylodiscitis-validation-study-on-a-population-of-250-patients-with-a-follow-up-of-2%C3%A2-years
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Enrico Pola, G Autore, V M Formica, V Pambianco, D Colangelo, R Cauda, M Fantoni
PURPOSE: Pyogenic spondylodiscitis (PS) is still burdened by a high rate of orthopedic and neurological complications. Despite the rising incidence, the choice of a proper orthopedic treatment is often delayed by the lack of clinical data. The aim of this study was to propose a clinical-radiological classification of pyogenic spondylodiscitis to define a standard treatment algorithm. METHODS: Based on data from 250 patients treated from 2008 to 2015, a clinical-radiological classification of pyogenic spondylodiscitis was developed...
March 21, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324093/association-between-radiation-therapy-surgery-or-observation-for-localized-prostate-cancer-and-patient-reported-outcomes-after-3-years
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Daniel A Barocas, JoAnn Alvarez, Matthew J Resnick, Tatsuki Koyama, Karen E Hoffman, Mark D Tyson, Ralph Conwill, Dan McCollum, Matthew R Cooperberg, Michael Goodman, Sheldon Greenfield, Ann S Hamilton, Mia Hashibe, Sherrie H Kaplan, Lisa E Paddock, Antoinette M Stroup, Xiao-Cheng Wu, David F Penson
Importance: Understanding the adverse effects of contemporary approaches to localized prostate cancer treatment could inform shared decision making. Objective: To compare functional outcomes and adverse effects associated with radical prostatectomy, external beam radiation therapy (EBRT), and active surveillance. Design, Setting, and Participants: Prospective, population-based, cohort study involving 2550 men (≤80 years) diagnosed in 2011-2012 with clinical stage cT1-2, localized prostate cancer, with prostate-specific antigen levels less than 50 ng/mL, and enrolled within 6 months of diagnosis...
March 21, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324092/association-between-choice-of-radical-prostatectomy-external-beam-radiotherapy-brachytherapy-or-active-surveillance-and-patient-reported-quality-of-life-among-men-with-localized-prostate-cancer
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Ronald C Chen, Ramsankar Basak, Anne-Marie Meyer, Tzy-Mey Kuo, William R Carpenter, Robert P Agans, James R Broughman, Bryce B Reeve, Matthew E Nielsen, Deborah S Usinger, Kiayni C Spearman, Sarah Walden, Dianne Kaleel, Mary Anderson, Til Stürmer, Paul A Godley
Importance: Patients diagnosed with localized prostate cancer have to decide among treatment strategies that may differ in their likelihood of adverse effects. Objective: To compare quality of life (QOL) after radical prostatectomy, external beam radiotherapy, and brachytherapy vs active surveillance. Design, Setting, and Participants: Population-based prospective cohort of 1141 men (57% participation among eligible men) with newly diagnosed prostate cancer were enrolled from January 2011 through June 2013 in collaboration with the North Carolina Central Cancer Registry...
March 21, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323846/problems-identified-by-dual-sensory-impaired-older-adults-in-long-term-care-when-using-a-self-management-program-a-qualitative-study
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Lieve Roets-Merken, Sytse Zuidema, Myrra Vernooij-Dassen, Marianne Dees, Pieter Hermsen, Gertrudis Kempen, Maud Graff
OBJECTIVE: To gain insights into the problems of dual sensory impaired older adults in long-term care. Insights into these problems are essential for developing adequate policies which address the needs of the increasing population of dual sensory impaired older adults in long-term care. METHODS: A qualitative study was conducted in parallel with a cluster randomized controlled trial. Dual sensory impaired older adults in the intervention group (n = 47, age range 82-98) were invited by a familiar nurse to identify the problems they wanted to address...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323712/trends-in-inpatient-vertebroplasty-and-kyphoplasty-volume-in-the-united-states-2005-2011-assessing-the-impact-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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Benjamin P Rosenbaum, Varun R Kshettry, Michael L Kelly, Thomas E Mroz, Robert J Weil
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample, 2005-2011. OBJECTIVE: To identify trends in procedural volume and rates in the time period surrounding publication of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that examined the utility of vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are frequently performed for vertebral compression fractures. Several RCTs have been published with conflicting outcomes regarding pain and quality of life compared with nonsurgical management and sham procedures...
April 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323701/cost-effectiveness-analysis-of-percutaneous-vertebroplasty-for-osteoporotic-compression-fractures
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Tomoyuki Takura, Misako Yoshimatsu, Hiroki Sugimori, Kenji Takizawa, Yoshiyuki Furumatsu, Hirotaka Ikeda, Hiroshi Kato, Yukihisa Ogawa, Shingo Hamaguchi, Atsuko Fujikawa, Toshihiko Satoh, Yasuo Nakajima
STUDY DESIGN: Single-center, single-arm, prospective time-series study. OBJECTIVE: To assess the cost-effectiveness and improvement in quality of life (QOL) of percutaneous vertebroplasty (PVP). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: PVP is known to relieve back pain and increase QOL for osteoporotic compression fractures. However, the economic value of PVP has never been evaluated in Japan where universal health care system is adopted. METHODS: We prospectively followed up 163 patients with acute vertebral osteoporotic compression fractures, 44 males aged 76...
April 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323645/pediatric-multiple-sclerosis
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Anusha K Yeshokumar, Sona Narula, Brenda Banwell
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review discusses the epidemiologic factors involved in the pathogenesis of pediatric multiple sclerosis (MS), which have been the focus of numerous studies in the last several years. We also review the clinical features (including diagnostic evaluation and differential diagnosis) of, treatment approach to, and prognosis of pediatric MS. RECENT FINDINGS: Up to 10% of patients with MS have their initial demyelinating before the age of 18 years...
March 20, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323622/a-quality-of-life-assessment-and-the-correlation-between-generic-and-disease-specific-questionnaires-scores-in-outpatients-with-chronic-liver-disease-pilot-study
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Milica Obradovic, Zoran Gluvic, Nina Petrovic, Milan Obradovic, Ratko Tomasevic, Predrag Dugalic, Esma R Isenovic
INTRODUCTION: Chronic liver diseases (CLD) are important cause of morbidity and mortality in general population. The aim of this study was to analyze potential differences between patients with CLD and healthy control group, and to estimate the severity of CLD by using simple questionnaires: general health questionnaire (GHQ-12) and chronic liver disease questionnaire (CLDQ). METHODS: A cross-sectional pilot study was performed in Zemun Clinical Hospital during years 2014 and 2015...
March 20, 2017: Romanian Journal of Internal Medicine, Revue Roumaine de Médecine Interne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323577/mitigation-of-radiation-induced-epithelial-damage-by-the-tlr5-agonist-entolimod-in-a-mouse-model-of-fractionated-head-and-neck-irradiation
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Ilia A Toshkov, Anatoli S Gleiberman, Vadim L Mett, Alan D Hutson, Anurag K Singh, Andrei V Gudkov, Lyudmila G Burdelya
Radiation treatment of head and neck cancer frequently causes severe collateral damage to normal tissues including mouth mucosa, salivary glands and skin. This toxicity limits the radiation dose that can be delivered and affects the patient's quality of life. Previous studies in mice and nonhuman primates showed that entolimod, a toll-like receptor 5 (TLR5) agonist derived from bacterial flagellin, effectively reduced radiation damage to hematopoietic and gastrointestinal tissues in both total-body and local irradiation scenarios, with no protection of tumors...
March 21, 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323543/external-locus-of-control-and-quality-of-life-among-malaysian-breast-cancer-patients-the-mediating-role-of-coping-strategies
#15
Saeed Pahlevan Sharif, Jasmine Khanekharab
This study aimed to investigate the mediating role of coping strategies in the relationship between external locus of control and quality of life among breast cancer patients. A convenience sample of 130 Malaysian breast cancer patients participated in this study. Using a multiple mediation model analysis, we found a negative relationship between powerful others and patients' quality of life and the mediation of active-emotional coping between powerful others and quality of life. The findings indicated the need for early, targeted psychological interventions seeking to encourage externally oriented cancer patients to use more active emotional coping strategies as it may improve their quality of life...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323495/vision-related-quality-of-life-in-patients-with-non-infectious-uveitis-a-cross-sectional-study
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Pedro Arriola-Villalobos, Lydia Abásolo, Julián García-Feijoo, Benjamín Fernández-Gutiérrez, Rosalía Méndez-Fernández, Esperanza Pato, David Díaz-Valle, Luis Rodriguez-Rodriguez
PURPOSE: To analyze the influence of socio-demographic, comorbidity, and clinical-related variables in the vision-related quality of life (VR-QoL) of non-infectious uveitis patients. METHODS: Cross-sectional study includes 156 consecutive non-infectious uveitis patients from a tertiary uveitis clinic from Madrid (Spain). The main outcome was the log-transformed composite score of the Visual Functioning Questionnaire 25. Bivariate and multivariate ordinary least-squares regression models were performed and results expressed using effect sizes with 95% confidence intervals (95% CI)...
March 21, 2017: Ocular Immunology and Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323488/psychometric-properties-of-a-chinese-asthma-quality-of-life-questionnaire
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Ningqun Wang, Xiaobo Huang, Wenqiang Chen, Xiaomei Zhang, Yongsheng Zhang, Yujing Chen
PURPOSE: To assess the acceptability, reliability, validity, and responsiveness of the Chinese Asthma Quality of Life Questionnaire (C-AQLQ) in a sample of Chinese asthma patients. METHODS: The C-AQLQ and Short Form 36 Health Survey (SF-36) scales were administered to patients at baseline and 3 months later. Asthma severity condition and lung function were evaluated. Necessary data were gathered to assess the psychometric properties such as the feasibility, internal consistency, test-retest reliability, structural validity, discriminant validity, convergent validity, and responsiveness of the C-AQLQ...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320196/extended-timed-up-and-go-assessment-as-a-clinical-indicator-of-cognitive-state-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Tess Evans, Alexa Jefferson, Michelle Byrnes, Sue Walters, Soumya Ghosh, Frank L Mastaglia, Brian Power, Ryan S Anderton
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate a modified extended Timed Up and Go (extended-TUG) assessment against a panel of validated clinical assessments, as an indicator of Parkinson's disease (PD) severity and cognitive impairment. METHODS: Eighty-seven participants with idiopathic PD were sequentially recruited from a Movement Disorders Clinic. An extended-TUG assessment was employed which required participants to stand from a seated position, walk in a straight line for 7m, turn 180° and then return to the start, in a seated position...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320164/impact-of-stn-dbs-on-mood-drive-anhedonia-and-risk-of-psychiatric-side-effects-in-the-population-of-pd-patients
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Anna Antosik-Wójcińska, Łukasz Święcicki, Monika Dominiak, Emilia Sołtan, Przemyslaw Bieńkowski, Tomasz Mandat
BACKGROUND: DBS is a surgical method of choice for various movement disorders, especially for Parkinson's disease (PD). Many publications showing improvement in motor symptoms and quality of life have been presented while there is little comprehensive research evaluation of the impact of DBS on mental state and psychiatric side-effects. OBJECT: The purpose of this study was to assess the impact of DBS on mood, drive, anhedonia and psychotic symptoms in the group of PD patients...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320146/stroke-related-stigma-among-west-africans-patterns-and-predictors
#20
Fred Stephen Sarfo, Michelle Nichols, Suparna Qanungo, Abeba Teklehaimanot, Arti Singh, Nathaniel Mensah, Raelle Saulson, Mulugeta Gebregziabher, Uvere Ezinne, Mayowa Owolabi, Carolyn Jenkins, Bruce Ovbiagele
BACKGROUND: Disability-adjusted life-years lost after stroke in Low & Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) is almost seven times those lost in High-income countries. Although individuals living with chronic neurological and mental disorders are prone to stigma, there is a striking paucity of literature on stroke-related stigma particularly from LMICs. OBJECTIVE: To assess the prevalence, severity, determinants and psycho-social consequences of stigma among LMIC stroke survivors...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
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