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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811837/an-interview-with-samuel-shem-author-of-the-house-of-god
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Claire Brash
Dr Stephen Bergman, Professor of medical humanities at New York University, writes under the name Samuel Shem. He is an acclaimed author of several novels, plays and textbooks, and his work has been translated into several languages -'The House of God' his first novel has sold over 3 million copies. His work exposes the potential moral challenges of the medical workplace and the connection between values, good relationships and healing. In 2015 he visited the UK for medical humanities academic tour which included keynote talks at the RCGP 2015 Annual Conference and at the Royal Society of Medicine...
July 2017: London Journal of Primary Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810347/-history-of-world-neurosurgery
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X Wang
In 5000 BC, South American tribes digged the bones in the living head to seek ways to communicate with the gods, which was primitive trephination and may be the first neurosurgical behavior. In 2600 BC, Imhotep in ancient Egypt took the brain out of the head from the nose, for a better preserve of the mummy, which was a prototype of modern transsphenoidal surgery. And the development of anatomy in ancient Greek laid a solid foundation for neurosurgery. From 500 to 1500 AD, the rise of religion and the occurrence of war, prompted a large number of craniocerebral trauma, which contributed greatly to the early development of neurosurgery as a distinct specialty...
May 28, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Shi za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Medical History
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801812/a%C3%A2-synopsis-of-the-history-of-hansen-s-disease
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Raissa Gonçalves Couto Dal Secco, Katlein França, David Castillo, Mana AlHarbi, Torello Lotti, Massimo Fioranelli, Maria Grazia Roccia
Leprosy is a contagious infectious disease caused by the bacillus Mycobacterium leprae. This microorganism was discovered by Dr. Gerhard Hansen, and the illness was then baptized as Hansen's disease. For a long time, Hansen's disease was thought to be hereditary-a curse or a punishment from God. The disease affects skin and nerves and can cause severe damage. Due to its destructive effects, leprosy has caused fear, segregation, and prejudice in all societies since Biblical times. Patients with Hansen's disease have not been treated humanely around the world throughout the ages...
August 11, 2017: Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799851/the-role-of-internalized-homonegativity-in-the-faith-and-psychological-health-of-lesbians
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Dane R Whicker, Ed de St Aubin, Kim Skerven
Among lesbians, faith-based beliefs and behaviors may be associated with negative psychological health due to the interplay between religious and sexual identities. The present study examined health outcomes, faith-based beliefs (views of God as loving and controlling), faith-based behaviors (personal spiritual practices, religious activities), and internalized homonegativity in a sample of 225 self-identified lesbians. We hypothesized that internalized homonegativity would moderate the relationship between health outcomes and faith-based beliefs and behaviors among lesbians...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Lesbian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793106/religiosity-and-spirituality-as-resilience-strategies-among-long-living-older-adults-in-their-daily-lives
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Luana Araújo Dos Reis, Tânia Maria de Oliva Menezes
Objective: to investigate religiosity and spirituality as a resilience strategy for the long-living older adults in their daily lives. Method: Qualitative research of phenomenological approach based on Martin Heidegger thoughts. Interviews were conducted with 14 older adults registered at a family health unit in the city of Jequié, BA, Brazil. The data were analyzed in the light of Being and Time. Results: The results revealed that God occupies a central position in their lives, and the reading of the bible, praying the rosary and prayers are resilience strategies used for coping with unfavorable situations, recovery and/or maintenance of health, personal and family protection, and, above all, the experience of a satisfactory aging...
July 2017: Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789719/meaning-of-life-representation-of-death-and-their-association-with-psychological-distress
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Ines Testoni, Giulia Sansonetto, Lucia Ronconi, Maddalena Rodelli, Gloria Baracco, Luigi Grassi
OBJECTIVE: This paper presents a two-phase cross-sectional study aimed at examining the possible mitigating role of perceived meaning of life and representation of death on psychological distress, anxiety, and depression. METHOD: The first phase involved 219 healthy participants, while the second encompassed 30 cancer patients. Each participant completed the Personal Meaning Profile (PMP), the Testoni Death Representation Scale (TDRS), the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS), and the Distress Thermometer (DT)...
August 9, 2017: Palliative & Supportive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782773/triptolide-and-celastrol-loaded-silk-fibroin-nanoparticles-show-synergistic-effect-against-human-pancreatic-cancer-cells
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Baoyue Ding, Md Arif Wahid, Zhijun Wang, Chen Xie, Arvind Thakkar, Sunil Prabhu, Jeffrey Wang
Pancreatic cancer is a lethal disease with a dreadful 5-year survival rate of only 5%. In spite of several treatment options, the prognosis still remains extremely poor. Therefore, novel therapy strategies with combinations of drugs are urgently required to combat this fatal disease. Triptolide (TPL) and celastrol (CL), two main compounds in traditional Chinese medicine isolated from Thunder God Vine, have a broad range of bioactivities including anticancer activity. Silk fibroin (SF), a naturally occurring protein with several unique properties, is an ideal carrier material...
August 7, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776125/-for-every-illness-there-is-a-cure-attitudes-and-beliefs-of-moroccan-muslim-women-regarding-health-illness-and-medicine
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Chaïma Ahaddour, Bert Broeckaert
In order to provide adequate health care, it is important to be well aware of the views and attitudes of the health seeker regarding health, illness and medicine. In the Belgian context, the views of Muslim women, particularly of middle-aged and elderly Moroccan women, have been understudied. The aim of this article is twofold. First, we seek to bring forward the attitudes and beliefs of middle-aged and elderly Moroccan Muslim women living in Antwerp (Belgium) towards health, illness and medicine. Second, we seek to explore which role religion plays in their views and attitudes regarding health, illness and medicine...
August 3, 2017: Journal of Religion and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774258/the-hand-of-sabazios-evidence-of-dupuytren-s-disease-in-antiquity-and-the-origin-of-the-hand-of-benediction
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Matthew J Zdilla
Dupuytren's disease gained its eponym from the surgeon Baron Guillaume Dupuytren (1777-1835). However, the terms "Cline's contracture" and "Cooper's contracture," named after the two surgeons who proposed the treatment for the palmar contractures prior to Dupuytren, have also been used to describe the disease. In addition to the eponyms attributed to these three surgeons, a number of other appellations with interesting provenance exist for Dupuytren's disease including the "Curse of the MacCrimmons," "Celtic hand," "Viking's disease," and the "Hand of Benediction...
September 2017: Journal of Hand Surgery Asian-Pacific Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771637/the-perception-of-disability-by-community-groups-stories-of-local-understanding-beliefs-and-challenges-in-a-rural-part-of-kenya
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Karen Bunning, Joseph K Gona, Charles R Newton, Sally Hartley
Cultural narratives on disability have received much attention over the past few decades. In contexts of poverty, limited information and everyday challenges associated with having, or caring for someone with a disability, different understandings have emerged. A project was set up to promote disability awareness in neighborhood communities in a rural part of Kenya, using a process of reflection and education. This paper reports on the first aspect-reflection. The aim was to investigate local understanding of disability as a co-constructed concept...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761257/from-hair-in-india-to-hair-india
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Ralph M Trüeb
In all cultures, human hair and hairdo have been a powerful metaphor. Tracing back the importance and significance of human hair to the dawn of civilization on the Indian subcontinent, we find that all the Vedic gods are depicted as having uncut hair in mythological stories as well as in legendary pictures. The same is true of the Hindu avatars, and the epic heroes of the Ramayana, and the Mahabharata. Finally, there are a number of hair peculiarities in India pertinent to the creed and religious practices of the Hindu, the Jain, and the Sikh...
January 2017: International Journal of Trichology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760475/cardiac-progenitor-cells-enhance-neonatal-right-ventricular-function-after-pulmonary-artery-banding
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Brody Wehman, Nicholas Pietris, Grace Bigham, Osama Siddiqui, Rachana Mishra, Tieluo Li, Emily Aiello, Godly Jack, Wendy Wang, Sarah Murthi, Sudhish Sharma, Sunjay Kaushal
BACKGROUND: C-kit(+) cardiac progenitor cells (CPCs) have been shown to be safe and effective in large-animal models and in an early-phase clinical trial for adult patients with ischemic heart disease. However, CPCs have not yet been evaluated in a preclinical model of right ventricular (RV) dysfunction, which is a salient feature of many forms of congenital heart disease. METHODS: Human c-kit(+) CPCs were generated from right atrial appendage biopsy specimens obtained during routine congenital cardiac operations...
July 28, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757501/playing-god-testing-modeling-and-imitating-blood-miracles-in-eighteenth-century-europe
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Francesco Paolo De Ceglia
In the late Middle Ages, rumors began to spread throughout Europe regarding blood miracles associated with the relics of martyrs. Centuries-old blood, pulverized or solidified and black in color, was said to return to its original bright red color, or else to liquefy or bubble under certain circumstances or on certain dates in the liturgical calendar. With the Reformation, in Protestant countries most of these relics were either destroyed or forgotten. In Catholic countries, on the contrary, blood miracles multiplied, reaching a peak between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries...
2017: Bulletin of the History of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757488/the-greatest-metaphor-ever-mixed-gold-in-the-british-bible-1750-1850
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Timothy Alborn
Given the frequency of negative references to gold in British allusions to filthy lucre, it emerges as an historical puzzle that Britons resorted to biblical metaphors of gold so often in describing heaven and their aspiration to be purified in God's crucible. This article provides evidence for the prominence of these two metaphors in British religious and secular discourse between 1750 and 1850, and argues that Britons tried to resolve the resulting tensions by celebrating their uniquely abstract valuation of gold, in contrast to less "civilized" connotations of gold in Catholic and non-Christian cultures...
2017: Journal of the History of Ideas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755609/a-resettable-and-reprogrammable-keypad-lock-based-on-electrochromic-prussian-blue-films-and-biocatalysis-of-immobilized-glucose-oxidase-in-a-bipolar-electrode-system
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Xue Yu, Jiying Liang, Tiangang Yang, Mengjie Gong, Dongman Xi, Hongyun Liu
Herein, a resettable and reprogrammable biomolecular keypad lock on the basis of a closed bipolar electrode (BPE) system was established. In this system, one ITO electrode with immobilized chitosan (CS) and glucose oxidase (GOD), designated as CS-GOD, acted as one pole of BPE in the sensing cell; another ITO with electrodeposited Prussian blue (PB) films as the other pole in the reporting cell. The addition of ascorbic acid (AA) in the sensing cell with driving voltage (Vtot) at +2.5V would make the PB films become Prussian white (PW) in the reporting cell, accompanied by the color change from blue to nearly transparent...
July 22, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755090/investigating-the-relationship-between-religiosity-and-psychological-distress-among-surgical-inpatients-a-pilot-study
#16
Peter Farag, Abdollah Behzadi
Psychological distress may hinder recovery following surgery. Studies examining the relationship between psychological distress and religiosity in the acute post-operative setting are lacking. The present study investigated this relationship, evaluated protocol design, and explored coping mechanisms. Psychological distress of surgical inpatients was assessed using the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) and Rotterdam Symptom Checklist (RSCL). Religiosity was assessed using the Santa Clara Strength of Religious Faith Questionnaire...
July 28, 2017: Journal of Religion and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750612/causal-explanations-of-miscarriage-amongst-qataris
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Susie Kilshaw, Nadia Omar, Stella Major, Mona Mohsen, Faten El Taher, Halima Al Tamimi, Kristina Sole, Daniel Miller
BACKGROUND: Despite its commonality, there is a paucity of literature on miscarriage in non-Western societies. In particular, there is little understanding of how people ascribe cause to miscarriage. This research sought to gain an in-depth understanding of notions of miscarriage causality and risk amongst Qataris. METHODS: The study adopted an exploratory descriptive qualitative approach and collected data during 18 months of ethnographic research in Qatar, including semi-structured interviews...
July 27, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748326/the-factor-structure-of-the-spiritual-well-being-scale-in-veterans-experienced-chemical-weapon-exposure
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Hamid Sharif Nia, Saeed Pahlevan Sharif, Christopher Boyle, Ameneh Yaghoobzadeh, Bahram Tahmasbi, G Hussein Rassool, Mozhgan Taebei, Mohammad Ali Soleimani
This study aimed to determine the factor structure of the spiritual well-being among a sample of the Iranian veterans. In this methodological research, 211 male veterans of Iran-Iraq warfare completed the Paloutzian and Ellison spiritual well-being scale. Maximum likelihood (ML) with oblique rotation was used to assess domain structure of the spiritual well-being. The construct validity of the scale was assessed using confirmatory factor analysis (CFA), convergent validity, and discriminant validity. Reliability was evaluated with Cronbach's alpha, Theta (θ), and McDonald Omega (Ω) coefficients, intra-class correlation coefficient (ICC), and construct reliability (CR)...
July 26, 2017: Journal of Religion and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748060/a-case-of-attempted-bilateral-self-enucleation-in-a-patient-with-bipolar-disorder
#19
Hannah Muniz Castro, John Alvarez, Robert G Bota, Marc Yonkers, Jeremiah Tao
Attempted and completed self-enucleation, or removal of one's own eyes, is a rare but devastating form of self-mutilation behavior. It is often associated with psychiatric disorders, particularly schizophrenia, substance induced psychosis, and bipolar disorder. We report a case of a patient with a history of bipolar disorder who gouged his eyes bilaterally as an attempt to self-enucleate himself. On presentation, the patient was manic with both psychotic features of hyperreligous delusions and command auditory hallucinations of God telling him to take his eyes out...
March 22, 2017: Mental Illness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745633/determination-of-the-glycogen-content-in-cyanobacteria
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Alice De Porcellinis, Niels-Ulrik Frigaard, Yumiko Sakuragi
Cyanobacteria accumulate glycogen as a major intracellular carbon and energy storage during photosynthesis. Recent developments in research have highlighted complex mechanisms of glycogen metabolism, including the diel cycle of biosynthesis and catabolism, redox regulation, and the involvement of non-coding RNA. At the same time, efforts are being made to redirect carbon from glycogen to desirable products in genetically engineered cyanobacteria to enhance product yields. Several methods are used to determine the glycogen contents in cyanobacteria, with variable accuracies and technical complexities...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
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