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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352731/induced-cumulus-expansion-of-poor-quality-buffalo-cumulus-oocyte-complexes-by-interleukin-1beta-improves-their-developmental-ability
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Gaurav Kumar Chaubey, Sandeep Kumar, Manish Kumar, Parul Sarwalia, Arumugam Kumaresan, Sachinandan De, Rakesh Kumar, Tirtha Kumar Datta
The present study was conceived with the aim of modulating the cumulus expansion characteristics of poor quality (BCB-) buffalo oocyte complexes (COCs) in order to improve their fertilization outcomes. BCB- COCs were subjected to in vitro maturation (IVM) in presence of Interleukin - 1 beta (IL-1β) along with BCB- (control) and good quality (BCB +) COCs. Results were assessed morphologically, by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and by expression analysis of cumulus expansion related genes. Also, numbers of zona pellucida bound spermatozoa were counted and development rates of oocytes were monitored under different groups...
January 20, 2018: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352663/early-versus-delayed-closure-of-bladder-exstrophy-a-national-surgical-quality-improvement-program-pediatric-analysis
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J J Ahn, M Shnorhavorian, C Katz, A B Goldin, P A Merguerian
INTRODUCTION: Delayed closure of bladder exstrophy has become more popular; however, there is limited the evidence of its success. Existing literature focuses on intermediate and long-term outcomes, and short-term postoperative outcomes are limited by the small number of cases and varying follow-up methods. OBJECTIVE: The objectives of the current study were to: 1) compare 30-day complications after early and delayed closure of bladder exstrophy, and 2) evaluate practice patterns of bladder exstrophy closure...
December 15, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352616/assessing-advanced-airway-management-performance-in-a-national-cohort-of-emergency-medical-services-agencies
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Henry E Wang, John P Donnelly, Dustin Barton, Jeffrey L Jarvis
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Although often the focus of quality improvement efforts, emergency medical services (EMS) advanced airway management performance has few national comparisons, nor are there many assessments with benchmarks accounting for differences in agency volume or patient mix. We seek to assess variations in advanced airway management and conventional intubation performance in a national cohort of EMS agencies. METHODS: We used EMS data from ESO Solutions, a national EMS electronic health record system...
January 15, 2018: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352594/systematic-review-of-uterine-artery-embolisation-practice-guidelines-are-all-the-guidelines-on-the-same-page
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H T Chen, S Athreya
AIM: To evaluate the degree of concordance amongst the currently available guidelines informing the use of uterine artery embolisation (UAE), and identify any inconsistencies present. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Standards of practice and quality improvement guidelines were retrieved through a search of PubMed and EMBASE. Additional sets of guidelines were retrieved directly from the websites of known obstetrics and gynaecology and radiological associations. RESULTS: Eleven guidelines were retrieved from organisations located in Europe, North America, and Australia...
January 15, 2018: Clinical Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352560/mental-health-quality-improvement-goes-global
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Benjamin G Druss
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2018: World Psychiatry: Official Journal of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352558/order-of-operations-in-using-expanded-measurement-to-promote-treatment-quality-improvement
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Ronald C Kessler
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2018: World Psychiatry: Official Journal of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352550/improving-the-quality-of-global-mental-health-care-requires-universal-agreement-on-minimum-national-investment
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Helen Killaspy
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2018: World Psychiatry: Official Journal of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352544/improving-quality-of-mental-health-care-in-low-resource-settings-lessons-from-prime
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Crick Lund
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2018: World Psychiatry: Official Journal of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352534/increasing-equity-in-access-to-mental-health-care-a-critical-first-step-in-improving-service-quality
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Margarita Alegría, Ora Nakash, Amanda NeMoyer
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2018: World Psychiatry: Official Journal of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352532/the-impact-of-severe-mental-disorders-and-psychotropic-medications-on-sexual-health-and-its-implications-for-clinical-management
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Angel L Montejo, Laura Montejo, David S Baldwin
Sexual dysfunction often accompanies severe psychiatric illness and can be due to both the mental disorder itself and the use of psychotropic treatments. Many sexual symptoms resolve as the mental state improves, but treatment-related sexual adverse events tend to persist over time, and are unfortunately under-recognized by clinicians and scarcely investigated in clinical trials. Treatment-emergent sexual dysfunction adversely affects quality of life and may contribute to reduce treatment adherence. There are important differences between the various compounds in the incidence of adverse sexual effects, associated with differences in mechanisms of action...
February 2018: World Psychiatry: Official Journal of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352529/measuring-and-improving-the-quality-of-mental-health-care-a-global-perspective
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Amy M Kilbourne, Kathryn Beck, Brigitta Spaeth-Rublee, Parashar Ramanuj, Robert W O'Brien, Naomi Tomoyasu, Harold Alan Pincus
Mental disorders are common worldwide, yet the quality of care for these disorders has not increased to the same extent as that for physical conditions. In this paper, we present a framework for promoting quality measurement as a tool for improving quality of mental health care. We identify key barriers to this effort, including lack of standardized information technology-based data sources, limited scientific evidence for mental health quality measures, lack of provider training and support, and cultural barriers to integrating mental health care within general health environments...
February 2018: World Psychiatry: Official Journal of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352498/autofocusing-based-phase-correction
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Alexander Loktyushin, Philipp Ehses, Bernhard Schölkopf, Klaus Scheffler
PURPOSE: Phase artifacts due to B0 inhomogeneity can severely degrade the quality of MR images. The artifacts are particularly prominent in long-TE scans and usually appear as ghosting and blur. We propose a retrospective phase correction method based on autofocusing. The proposed method uses raw data acquired with standard imaging sequences, and does not rely on navigators or external measures of field inhomogeneity. METHODS: We formulate and solve the optimization problem, where we seek the latent phase offsets that are associated with an optimal value of the image quality measure that is evaluated in the spatial domain...
January 19, 2018: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352490/oral-lichenoid-reaction-showing-multiple-ulcers-associated-with-anti-programmed-death-cell-receptor-1-treatment-a-report-of-two-cases-and-published-work-review
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Koya Obara, Mamiko Masuzawa, Yasuyuki Amoh
Anti-programmed cell death receptor-1 (PD-1) antibodies represent an effective treatment opinion for advanced melanoma and non-small-cell lung cancer, as well as other cancerous entities. Immune checkpoint inhibitors such as anti-PD-1 antibody result in a unique side-effect profile, commonly described as immune-related adverse events (irAE). These irAE affect the skin, gastrointestinal tract, liver, endocrine system and other organ systems. We report two cases of oral lichenoid reaction showing multiple ulcers associated with nivolumab treatment...
January 20, 2018: Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352477/benzodiazepines-for-antipsychotic-induced-tardive-dyskinesia
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REVIEW
Hanna Bergman, Paranthaman S Bhoopathi, Karla Soares-Weiser
BACKGROUND: Tardive dyskinesia (TD) is a disfiguring movement disorder, often of the orofacial region, frequently caused by using antipsychotic drugs. A wide range of strategies have been used to help manage TD, and for those who are unable to have their antipsychotic medication stopped or substantially changed, the benzodiazepine group of drugs have been suggested as a useful adjunctive treatment. However, benzodiazepines are very addictive. OBJECTIVES: To determine the effects of benzodiazepines for antipsychotic-induced tardive dyskinesia in people with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, or other chronic mental illnesses...
January 20, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352429/deciphering-the-environmental-impacts-on-rice-quality-for-different-rice-cultivated-areas
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Xiukun Li, Lian Wu, Xin Geng, Xiuhong Xia, Xuhong Wang, Zhengjin Xu, Quan Xu
BACKGROUND: Rice (Oryza sativa L.) is cultivated in a wide range of climatic conditions, and is one of mankind's major staple foods. The interaction of environmental factors with genotype effects major agronomic traits such as yield, quality, and resistance in rice. However, studies on the environmental factors affecting agronomic traits are often difficult to conduct because most environmental factors are dynamic and constantly changing. RESULTS: A series of recombinant inbred lines (RILs) derived from an indica/japonica cross were planted into four typical rice cultivated areas arranging from latitude N22° to N42°...
January 19, 2018: Rice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352403/micronized-zaleplon-delivery-via-orodispersible-film-and-orodispersible-tablets
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Prashanth Manda, Carmen Popescu, Abhishek Juluri, Karthik Janga, Praneeth Rao Kakulamarri, Sushmitha Narishetty, S Narasimha Murthy, Michael A Repka
The following research study focuses on improving the solubility of zaleplon (BCS class II drug) via micronization technique in order to enhance its oral delivery in orodispersible formulations. Zaleplon along with a surfactant solution was micronized by ultrasonication. The micronization process reduced the particle size of the crystalline drug about six-fold from its original size of 155.5 μm. The micronized zalepon dispersion was lyophilized to allow for a change in the state of matter (to a powder). The superior dissolution parameters (Q5, Q30, IDR, MDR, MDT, DE, and RDR) of zaleplon in microcrystalline form over the original crystalline form in in vitro dissolution studies had unraveled that micronization technique is an efficient tool in enhancing drug solubility...
January 19, 2018: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352373/sleep-interventions-designed-to-improve-athletic-performance-and-recovery-a-systematic-review-of-current-approaches
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REVIEW
Daniel Bonnar, Kate Bartel, Naomi Kakoschke, Christin Lang
BACKGROUND: Athletes experience various situations and conditions that can interfere with their sleep, which is crucial for optimal psychological and physiological recovery as well as subsequent performance. Conventional sleep screening and intervention approaches may not be efficacious for athletes given their lifestyle, the demands of training and travel associated with interstate/international competition. OBJECTIVES: The present systematic review aimed to summarize and evaluate sleep intervention studies targeting subsequent performance and recovery in competitive athletes...
January 20, 2018: Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352372/improving-pet-quantification-of-small-animal-68ga-dota-labeled-pet-ct-studies-by-using-a-ct-based-positron-range-correction
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Jacobo Cal-Gonzalez, Juan José Vaquero, Joaquín L Herraiz, Mailyn Pérez-Liva, María Luisa Soto-Montenegro, Santiago Peña-Zalbidea, Manuel Desco, José Manuel Udías
PURPOSE: Image quality of positron emission tomography (PET) tracers that emits high-energy positrons, such as Ga-68, Rb-82, or I-124, is significantly affected by positron range (PR) effects. PR effects are especially important in small animal PET studies, since they can limit spatial resolution and quantitative accuracy of the images. Since generators accessibility has made Ga-68 tracers wide available, the aim of this study is to show how the quantitative results of [68Ga]DOTA-labeled PET/X-ray computed tomography (CT) imaging of neuroendocrine tumors in mice can be improved using positron range correction (PRC)...
January 19, 2018: Molecular Imaging and Biology: MIB: the Official Publication of the Academy of Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352322/qportal-a-platform-for-data-driven-biomedical-research
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Christopher Mohr, Andreas Friedrich, David Wojnar, Erhan Kenar, Aydin Can Polatkan, Marius Cosmin Codrea, Stefan Czemmel, Oliver Kohlbacher, Sven Nahnsen
Modern biomedical research aims at drawing biological conclusions from large, highly complex biological datasets. It has become common practice to make extensive use of high-throughput technologies that produce big amounts of heterogeneous data. In addition to the ever-improving accuracy, methods are getting faster and cheaper, resulting in a steadily increasing need for scalable data management and easily accessible means of analysis. We present qPortal, a platform providing users with an intuitive way to manage and analyze quantitative biological data...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352162/a-prolonged-run-in-period-of-standard-subcutaneous-microdialysis-ameliorates-quality-of-interstitial-glucose-signal-in-patients-after-major-cardiac-surgery
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Othmar Moser, Julia Münzker, Stefan Korsatko, Christoph Pachler, Karlheinz Smolle, Wolfgang Toller, Thomas Augustin, Johannes Plank, Thomas R Pieber, Julia K Mader, Martin Ellmerer
We evaluated a standard subcutaneous microdialysis technique for glucose monitoring in two critically ill patient populations and tested whether a prolonged run-in period improves the quality of the interstitial glucose signal. 20 surgical patients after major cardiac surgery (APACHE II score: 10.1 ± 3.2) and 10 medical patients with severe sepsis (APACHE II score: 31.1 ± 4.3) were included in this investigation. A microdialysis catheter was inserted in the subcutaneous adipose tissue of the abdominal region...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
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