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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932883/functional-cortical-changes-in-relapsing-remitting-multiple-sclerosis-at-amplitude-configuration-a-resting-state-fmri-study
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Heng Liu, Hua Chen, Bo Wu, Tijiang Zhang, Jinhui Wang, Kexin Huang, Ganjun Song, Jian Zhan
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to explore the amplitude of spontaneous brain activity fluctuations in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) using the amplitude of low-frequency fluctuation (ALFF) method. METHODS: ALFF and SPM8 were utilized to assess alterations in regional spontaneous brain activities in patients with RRMS in comparison with healthy controls (HCs). The beta values of altered brain regions between patients with RRMS and HCs were extracted, and a receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve was generated to calculate the sensitivities and specificities of these different brain areas for distinguishing patients with RRMS from HCs...
2016: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932859/central-corneal-thickness-of-iraqi-population-in-relation-to-age-gender-refractive-errors-and-corneal-curvature-a-hospital-based-cross-sectional-study
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Yasir Jawad Kadhim, Qasim K Farhood
BACKGROUND: Central corneal thickness (CCT) is an important indicator of corneal status. Its measurement provides valid information about corneal physiological condition and possible changes associated with diseases, traumas, and hypoxia. It is an integral part for interpretation of intraocular pressure and glaucoma patient management and in prerefractive procedure assessment. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to determine the mean CCT among a normal Iraqi population and to correlate between CCT and age, gender, refraction, and corneal curvature...
2016: Clinical Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931890/inpatients-with-major-depressive-disorder-psychometric-properties-of-the-new-multidimensional-depression-scale
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Mohammad Darharaj, Mojtaba Habibi, Michael J Power, Farzaneh Farzadian, Maesoumeh Rahimi, Habibeh Kholghi, Maryam Kazemitabar
The New Multi-dimensional Depression Scale (NMDS) is one of the most comprehensive scales that measures depression symptoms in four domains, including emotional, cognitive, somatic, and interpersonal. This study aimed to evaluate the factor structure and psychometric properties of the NMDS in a group of Iranian inpatients with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). At first, the scale was translated into Persian and used as part of a battery consisting of the Beck Depression Inventory-II (BDI-II), Oxford Happiness Inventory (OHI), Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI), and Short Form Health Survey (SF-36)...
December 2016: Asian Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931733/patient-experiences-with-pregnancy-planning-and-perspectives-on-reproductive-care-in-community-health-centers-a%C3%A2-qualitative-study-of-african-american-women-in-chicago
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Rachel E Stones, Debra B Stulberg, Jennifer K Bello Kottenstette
INTRODUCTION: Given the potential benefits of preventive reproductive health care for both women and children, it is important that clinicians routinely offer preconception and contraceptive counseling in ways that are responsive to patients' wishes. The goal of this study is to gain knowledge about the components of preventive reproductive health care that patients at Federally Qualified Health Centers value, and to elicit patient perspectives on how best to deliver this care. METHODS: We conducted three focus groups with African American women (n = 21) at two Federally Qualified Health Centers in Chicago...
December 5, 2016: Women's Health Issues: Official Publication of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931615/alcohol-and-atrial-fibrillation-a-sobering-review
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Aleksandr Voskoboinik, Sandeep Prabhu, Liang-Han Ling, Jonathan M Kalman, Peter M Kistler
Alcohol is popular in Western culture, supported by a perception that modest intake is cardioprotective. However, excessive drinking has detrimental implications for cardiovascular disease. Atrial fibrillation (AF) following an alcohol binge or the "holiday heart syndrome" is well characterized. However, more modest levels of alcohol intake on a regular basis may also increase the risk of AF. The pathophysiological mechanisms responsible for the relationship between alcohol and AF may include direct toxicity and alcohol's contribution to obesity, sleep-disordered breathing, and hypertension...
December 13, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931299/association-of-allergy-immunology-and-obstructive-sleep-apnea
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Charles J Calais, Brian D Robertson, Douglas E Beakes
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is characterized by repetitive upper airway collapse that results in nonrefreshing sleep, excessive daytime sleepiness, and, ultimately, adverse consequences on quality of life, the cardiovascular system, and neurocognitive performance. OSA has traditionally been linked to body habitus (obesity and increased neck circumference), racial demographics, alcohol, tobacco, and sedative use. Numerous other conditions are linked to OSA, which may have clinical relevance. Specifically, asthma and nasal obstructive syndromes, e...
November 2016: Allergy and Asthma Proceedings:
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931091/evaluation-of-altered-drug-pharmacokinetics-in-critically-ill-adults-receiving-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation
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Michael A Ha, Adam C Sieg
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a life-support modality used in patients with refractory cardiac and/or respiratory failure. A significant resurgence in the use ECMO has been seen in recent years due to substantial improvements in technology and survival benefit. With expanding ECMO use, a better understanding of how ECMO affects drug pharmacokinetics (PK) is necessary. The vast majority of PK studies in patients receiving ECMO have been conducted within neonatal or pediatric populations or within a controlled environment (e...
December 8, 2016: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931088/sglt2-inhibitors-a-systematic-review-of-diabetic-ketoacidosis-and-related-risk-factors-in-the-primary-literature
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Kelly R Burke, Christine A Schumacher, Spencer E Harpe
STUDY OBJECTIVE: There is currently minimal information regarding risk factors for the development of sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 inhibitor (SGLT2i)-related diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). We aim to identify individual patient characteristics associated with cases of SGLT2i-related DKA to better describe potential risk factors. DESIGN: Systematic review of primary literature. PATIENTS: 34 case reports of patients with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus who developed DKA while receiving an SGLT2i...
December 8, 2016: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931044/prognostic-impact-of-cd44-positive-cancer-stem-like-cells-at-the-invasive-front-of-gastric-cancer
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Hirokazu Kodama, Satoshi Murata, Mitsuaki Ishida, Hiroshi Yamamoto, Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi, Sachiko Kaida, Tohru Miyake, Katsushi Takebayashi, Ryoji Kushima, Masaji Tani
BACKGROUND: The invasive tumour front may provide prognostic information. We examined the relationship between the presence of cancer stem cells (CSCs) at the invasive tumour front and prognosis in gastric cancer (GC). METHODS: CD44 is a CSC marker; accordingly, CD44 standard (CD44s), CD44 variant-6 (CD44v6), and CD44 variant-9 (CD44v9) expression were examined in 123 resected primary GCs and the clinical significance of CSCs at the invasive tumour front was analysed...
December 8, 2016: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930392/pain-catastrophizing-is-not-associated-with-spinal-nociceptive-processing-in-people-with-chronic-widespread-pain
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David A Rice, Rosalind S Parker, Gwyn N Lewis, Michal T Kluger, Peter J McNair
OBJECTIVES: Pain catastrophizing has been associated with higher pain intensity, increased risk of developing chronic pain and poorer outcomes after pain treatments. Despite this, the mechanisms by which pain catastrophizing influences pain remain poorly understood. It has been hypothesised that pain catastrophizing may impair descending inhibition of spinal level nociception. The aims of this study were to compare spinal nociceptive processing in people with chronic widespread pain and pain free controls and examine potential relationships between measures of pain catastrophizing and spinal nociception...
December 7, 2016: Clinical Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929691/association-between-pediatric-home-management-plan-of-care-compliance-and-asthma-readmission
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Ronen Zipkin, Sheree M Schrager, Eugene Nguyen, Mary Rose Mamey, Ingrid Banuelos, Susan Wu
OBJECTIVES: In 2007, The Joint Commission implemented three children's asthma care (CAC) measures to help improve the quality of care for patients admitted with asthma. Due to lack of consistent evidence showing a relationship between home management plan of care (HMPC) compliance and readmission rates, CAC-3 was retired in 2016. We aimed to understand the relationship between HMPC compliance and revisits to the hospital, and investigate which components of the HMPC, if any, were driving the effect...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929687/meaning-in-life-and-meaning-of-life-in-mental-health-care-an-integrative-literature-review
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Xanthe Glaw, Ashley Kable, Michael Hazelton, Kerry Inder
The aim of this integrative literature review was to identify high quality empirical research and theoretical literature on the sources of meaning in life and people's beliefs regarding the meaning of life. This will inform current mental health clinical practice and research by providing a synthesis of empirical and theoretical literature. Failure to address meaninglessness or the existential crisis can lead to psychopathologies such as depression, anxiety, addiction, aggression, hopelessness, apathy, lower levels of well-being, physical illness, and suicide...
December 8, 2016: Issues in Mental Health Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929505/a-comprehensive-evaluation-of-adaptive-daily-planning-for-cervical-cancer-hdr-brachytherapy
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Rebecca Meerschaert, Adrian Nalichowski, Jay Burmeister, Arun Paul, Steven Miller, Zhenghui Hu, Ling Zhuang
The purpose of this study was to evaluate adaptive daily planning for cervi-cal cancer patients who underwent high-dose-rate intracavitary brachytherapy (HDR-BT) using comprehensive interfractional organ motion measurements. This study included 22 cervical cancer patients who underwent 5 fractions of HDR-BT. Regions of interest (ROIs) including high-risk clinical tumor volume (HR-CTV) and organs at risk (OARs) were manually contoured on daily CT images. All patients were clinically treated with adaptive daily plans (ADP), which involved ROI delineation and dose optimization at each treatment fraction...
November 8, 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929227/intimate-partner-violence
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Daniel Dicola, Elizabeth Spaar
Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a prevalent worldwide health problem, affecting women more commonly than men. IPV is underreported and underrecognized by health care professionals. Even when IPV is recognized, it remains an underaddressed issue. In addition to physical injury and death, IPV causes significant physical and psychiatric health problems commonly treated by family physicians. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening all female patients of childbearing age for IPV. There are several brief screening tools that have been proven effective at detecting IPV and that can be used in the office setting...
October 15, 2016: American Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928547/relationship-of-acl-injury-and-posterior-tibial-slope-with-patient-age-sex-and-race
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Alana Waiwaiole, Ajay Gurbani, Kambiz Motamedi, Leanne Seeger, Myung Shin Sim, Patricia Nwajuaku, Sharon L Hame
BACKGROUND: Posterior tibial slope (PTS) has been proposed as a potential risk factor for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury; however, studies that have examined this relationship have provided inconclusive and sometimes contradictory results. Further characterization of this relationship may enable the medical community to identify individuals at greater risk for ACL injury and possibly characterize an anatomic target during surgical reconstruction. PURPOSE: The primary goal was to investigate the relationship between PTS and ACL injury...
November 2016: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928442/creating-the-ideal-patient-experience
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Purcărea Th V
Healthcare industry continues to evolve under conditions of intense competition in approaching health prevention, protection, and promotion. Therefore, healthcare providers are challenged to always ensure better patient experience, winning patients' satisfaction, and loyalty and remain competitive on today's healthcare market. Healthcare markets bring together professionals and their patients into real collaborative relationships, which empower patients to contribute to the healthcare improvement. Within this competitive landscape, which is also characterized by digital health tools boosting patients' awareness and controlling their own health, medical providers need to be perceived as skilled and trustworthy in relying on patients' needs, expectations, and sacrifices are required in order to obtain the promised benefits...
October 2016: Journal of Medicine and Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928097/intestinal-immunity-and-gut-microbiota-in-atherogenesis
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Tomoya Yamashita
Atherosclerosis is a chronic inflammatory disease. Interventions targeting the inflammatory process could provide new strategies for preventing atherosclerotic cardiovascular diseases (CVD). Previously, we have reported that oral administration of anti-CD3 antibodies, or active vitamin D3, reduced atherosclerosis in mice via recruiting regulatory T cells and tolerogenic dendritic cells to the gut-associated lymphoid tissues. From this, it is reasonable to propose that the intestine could be a novel therapeutic target for prevention of atherosclerotic CVD...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927843/risk-of-childhood-mortality-in-family-members-of-men-with-poor-semen-quality
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Heidi A Hanson, Erik N Mayer, Ross E Anderson, Kenneth I Aston, Douglas T Carrell, Justin Berger, William T Lowrance, Ken R Smith, James M Hotaling
STUDY QUESTION: What is the familial childhood mortality in first-degree (FDR) and second-degree relatives (SDR) of patients undergoing semen analysis (SA)? SUMMARY ANSWER: The relationship between infertility and congenital malformations (CM) in offspring is complex, with an increased risk of death due to CM in FDR, but not SDR, of men with lower semen parameters. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Semen quality is an established predictor of men's somatic health...
December 6, 2016: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926616/passion-for-leisure-activity-contributes-to-pain-experiences-during-rehabilitation
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Anne Courbalay, Thomas Deroche, Britton Brewer
The primary aim of this study was to determine whether the levels of obsessive passion (OP) and harmonious passion for a suspended leisure activity contribute to pain catastrophizing and pain intensity in patients undergoing the rehabilitation process. The secondary aim was to examine whether the levels of passion associated with a maintained leisure activity offset the contribution of having a leisure activity suspended to pain intensity and catastrophizing. Ninety-one outpatients from functional rehabilitation units (Mage=37, SD=13...
December 6, 2016: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research. Revue Internationale de Recherches de Réadaptation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926600/supporting-rural-women-during-pregnancy-baby-beep-nurses
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Emily C Evans, Linda F C Bullock
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to characterize nursing care provided by the research nurses from the Baby Behavioral Educational Enhancement of Pregnancy (Baby BEEP) study as they delivered a telephone social support intervention to low-income, pregnant women in the Midwestern United States. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: This was a descriptive qualitative study that used Peplau's Theory of Interpersonal Relations to frame and interpret the analysis. RESULTS: Research nurses from the Baby BEEP study found a novel way to reach a vulnerable population through weekly telephone interactions...
January 2017: MCN. the American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing
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