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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222505/cognitive-training-interventions-for%C3%A2-patients-with-alzheimer-s-disease-a%C3%A2-systematic-review
#1
Eeva-Liisa Kallio, Hanna Öhman, Hannu Kautiainen, Marja Hietanen, Kaisu Pitkälä
BACKGROUND: Cognitive training (CT) refers to guided cognitive exercises designed to improve specific cognitive functions, as well as enhance performance in untrained cognitive tasks. Positive effects of CT on cognitive functions in healthy elderly people and persons with mild cognitive impairment have been reported, but data regarding the effects of CT in patients with dementia is unclear. OBJECTIVE: We systematically reviewed the current evidence from randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to find out if CT improves or stabilizes cognition and/or everyday functioning in patients with mild and moderate Alzheimer's disease...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222337/assessment-of-dental-plaque-coverage-by-quantitative-light-induced-fluorescence-qlf-in-domestic-short-haired-cats
#2
Zoe V Marshall-Jones, Corrin V Wallis, Judi M Allsopp, Alison Colyer, Ian J Davis, Lucy J Holcombe
Dietary means of reducing plaque and calculus deposits are frequently sought for the maintenance of oral health in cats and dogs. In the development of such products sensitive, reliable, reproducible methods of measuring plaque and calculus are key. The aim of this study was to assess Quantitative Light-induced Fluorescence (QLF™) for the detection of dental plaque coverage in cats compared to the modified Logan and Boyce technique. The techniques were utilised in a crossover study, which compared two diets for their effect on plaque deposition in a cohort of 24 adult cats...
February 10, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222261/enhanced-release-of-molecules-upon-uv-light-irradiation-from-photoresponsive-hydrogels-prepared-from-bifunctional-azobenzene-and-four-arm-poly-ethylene-glycol
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Shiva Kumar Rastogi, Hailee E Anderson, Joseph Lamas, Scott L Barrett, Travis Cantu, Stefan Zauscher, William J Brittain, Tania Betancourt
Advances in biosensors and drug delivery depend on hydrogels that respond to external stimuli. In this work we de-scribe the preparation and characterization of photoresponsive hydrogels prepared by crosslinking of di-NHS ester of azobenzoic acid and four-armed, amine-terminated poly(ethylene glycol). The porous structure and composition of the hydrogels were confirmed by scanning electron microscopy and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The reversible photoisomerization of the azobenzene-containing hydrogel crosslinkers in the gels was confirmed by ab-sorption spectroscopy...
February 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222140/in-situ-single-cell-detection-via-microfluidic-magnetic-bead-assay
#4
Fan Liu, Pawan Kc, Ge Zhang, Jiang Zhe
We present a single cell detection device based on magnetic bead assay and micro Coulter counters. This device consists of two successive micro Coulter counters, coupled with a high gradient magnetic field generated by an external magnet. The device can identify single cells in terms of the transit time difference of the cell through the two micro Coulter counters. Target cells are conjugated with magnetic beads via specific antibody and antigen binding. A target cell traveling through the two Coulter counters interacts with the magnetic field, and have a longer transit time at the 1st counter than that at the 2nd counter...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222096/metacoder-an-r-package-for-visualization-and-manipulation-of-community-taxonomic-diversity-data
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Zachary S L Foster, Thomas J Sharpton, Niklaus J Grünwald
Community-level data, the type generated by an increasing number of metabarcoding studies, is often graphed as stacked bar charts or pie graphs that use color to represent taxa. These graph types do not convey the hierarchical structure of taxonomic classifications and are limited by the use of color for categories. As an alternative, we developed metacoder, an R package for easily parsing, manipulating, and graphing publication-ready plots of hierarchical data. Metacoder includes a dynamic and flexible function that can parse most text-based formats that contain taxonomic classifications, taxon names, taxon identifiers, or sequence identifiers...
February 21, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222094/housing-improvements-and-malaria-risk-in-sub-saharan-africa-a-multi-country-analysis-of-survey-data
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Lucy S Tusting, Christian Bottomley, Harry Gibson, Immo Kleinschmidt, Andrew J Tatem, Steve W Lindsay, Peter W Gething
BACKGROUND: Improvements to housing may contribute to malaria control and elimination by reducing house entry by malaria vectors and thus exposure to biting. We tested the hypothesis that the odds of malaria infection are lower in modern, improved housing compared to traditional housing in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). METHODS AND FINDINGS: We analysed 15 Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) and 14 Malaria Indicator Surveys (MIS) conducted in 21 countries in SSA between 2008 and 2015 that measured malaria infection by microscopy or rapid diagnostic test (RDT)...
February 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221988/prevalence-and-phylogenetic-characterization-of-escherichia-coli-and-hygiene-indicator-bacteria-isolated-from-leafy-green-produce-beef-and-pork-obtained-from-farmers-markets-in-pennsylvania
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Joshua A Scheinberg, Edward G Dudley, Jonathan Campbell, Beth Roberts, Michael DiMarzio, Chitrita DebRoy, Catherine N Cutter
The popularity of farmers' markets in the United States has led to over 8,400 farmers' markets being in operation in 2015. As farmers' markets have increased in size and complexity in the kinds of foods sold at these venues, so have the potential food safety risks. Since 2008, seven major foodborne illness outbreaks and two recalls associated with food products from farmers' markets have occurred, causing 80 known reported illnesses and one death. Various researchers also have observed vendors performing high-risk food safety retail behaviors, and others have identified microbiological hazards in foods sold at farmers' markets...
February 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221969/development-and-validation-of-pathogen-environmental-monitoring-programs-for-small-cheese-processing-facilities
#8
Sarah M Beno, Matthew J Stasiewicz, Alexis D Andrus, Robert D Ralyea, David J Kent, Nicole H Martin, Martin Wiedmann, Kathryn J Boor
Pathogen environmental monitoring programs (EMPs) are essential for food processing facilities of all sizes that produce ready-to-eat food products exposed to the processing environment. We developed, implemented, and evaluated EMPs targeting Listeria spp. and Salmonella in nine small cheese processing facilities, including seven farmstead facilities. Individual EMPs with monthly sample collection protocols were designed specifically for each facility. Salmonella was detected in only one facility, with likely introduction from the adjacent farm indicated by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis data...
December 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221939/load-and-prevalence-of-antimicrobial-resistant-escherichia-coli-from-fresh-goat-meat-in-arusha-tanzania
#9
Gaspary Mwanyika, Douglas R Call, Benardether Rugumisa, Catherine Luanda, Rehema Murutu, Murugan Subbiah, Joram Buza
Given the potential public health risks associated with a burgeoning goat meat industry in Tanzania, we estimated the load of Escherichia coli and the prevalence of antibiotic-resistant strains for goat meat by using a cross-sectional study design (June to July 2015). Five large (n = 60 samples) and five small (n = 64 samples) slaughterhouses were sampled over a period of four to six visits each. Meat rinsate was prepared and plated onto MacConkey agar, and presumptive E. coli colonies were enumerated and reported as CFU per milliliter of rinsate...
September 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221671/can-trainees-effectively-deliver-dialectical-behavior-therapy-for-individuals-with-borderline-personality-disorder-outcomes-from-a-training-clinic
#10
Shireen L Rizvi, Christopher D Hughes, Alexandra D Hittman, Pedro Vieira Oliveira
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the current study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a 6-month course of comprehensive dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) provided in a training clinic with doctoral students as therapists and assessors. METHOD: Clinical outcomes for 50 individuals with borderline personality disorder (80% female, Mage = 29.52 [SD = 9.64]) are reported. Reliable change indices and clinical significance were calculated for measures. Finally, our results were benchmarked against a "gold standard" randomized clinical trial (RCT; McMain et al...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Clinical Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221665/totally-percutaneous-versus-surgical-cut-down-femoral-artery-access-for-elective-bifurcated-abdominal-endovascular-aneurysm-repair
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REVIEW
Madelaine Gimzewska, Alexander Ir Jackson, Su Ern Yeoh, Mike Clarke
BACKGROUND: Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) are a vascular condition with significant risk attached, particularly if they rupture. It is, therefore, critical to identify and repair these as an elective procedure before they rupture and require emergency surgery. Repair has traditionally been an open surgical technique that required a large incision across the abdomen. Endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm repairs (EVARs) are now a common alternative. In this procedure, the common femoral artery is exposed via a cut-down approach and a graft introduced to the aneurysm in this way...
February 21, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221368/no-evidence-for-the-presence-of-genetic-variants-predisposing-to-psychotic-disorders-on-the-non-deleted-22q11-2-allele-of-vcfs-patients
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M Guipponi, F Santoni, M Schneider, C Gehrig, X B Bustillo, W R Kates, B Morrow, M Armando, S Vicari, F Sloan-Béna, M Gagnebin, V Shashi, S R Hooper, S Eliez, S E Antonarakis
The velo-cardio-facial syndrome (VCFS) is caused by hemizygous deletions on chromosome 22q11.2. The VCFS phenotype is complex and characterized by frequent occurrence of neuropsychiatric symptoms with up to 25-30% of cases suffering from psychotic disorders compared with only ~1% in the general population (odds ratio≈20-25). This makes the 22q11.2 deletion one of the most prominent risk factors for schizophrenia. However, its penetrance for neuropsychiatric phenotypes is incomplete suggesting that additional risk factors are required for disease development...
February 21, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221279/risk-factors-for-recurrent-intussusception-after-fluoroscopy-guided-air-enema
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Jung Heon Kim, Jong Seung Lee, Jeong Min Ryu, Kyoung Soo Lim, Won Young Kim
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to identify risk factors for recurrent intussusception after a successful reduction by fluoroscopy-guided air enema, the time required for recurrence, and the association between delayed reduction and the recurrence. METHODS: Medical records of 479 consecutive children with intussusception who underwent fluoroscopy-guided air enema between January 2004 and September 2014 were reviewed. Recurrent intussusception was defined as a recurrence within 48 hours of a reduction...
February 18, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221063/what-five-decades-of-research-tells-us-about-the-effects-of-youth-psychological-therapy-a-multilevel-meta-analysis-and-implications-for-science-and-practice
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John R Weisz, Sofie Kuppens, Mei Yi Ng, Dikla Eckshtain, Ana M Ugueto, Rachel Vaughn-Coaxum, Amanda Jensen-Doss, Kristin M Hawley, Lauren S Krumholz Marchette, Brian C Chu, V Robin Weersing, Samantha R Fordwood
Across 5 decades, hundreds of randomized trials have tested psychological therapies for youth internalizing (anxiety, depression) and externalizing (misconduct, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder) disorders and problems. Since the last broad-based youth meta-analysis in 1995, the number of trials has almost tripled and data-analytic methods have been refined. We applied these methods to the expanded study pool (447 studies; 30,431 youths), synthesizing 50 years of findings and identifying implications for research and practice...
February 2017: American Psychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221052/the-association-between-arithmetic-and-reading-performance-in-school-a-meta-analytic-study
#15
Vivian Singer, Kathernie Strasser
Many studies of school achievement find a significant association between reading and arithmetic achievement. The magnitude of the association varies widely across the studies, but the sources of this variation have not been identified. The purpose of this paper is to examine the magnitude and determinants of the relation between arithmetic and reading performance during elementary and middle school years. We meta-analyzed 210 correlations between math and reading measures, coming from 68 independent samples (the overall sample size was 58923 participants)...
February 20, 2017: School Psychology Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221025/synergistic-effects-of-stabilizing-the-surface-structure-and-lowering-the-interface-resistance-in-improving-the-low-temperature-performances-of-layered-lithium-rich-materials
#16
Shi Chen, Lai Chen, Yitong Li, Yuefeng Su, Yun Lu, Liying Bao, Jing Wang, Meng Wang, Feng Wu
Layered lithium-rich cathode material, Li1.2Ni0.2Mn0.6O2 was successfully synthesized by a sol-gel method followed by coating with different amount of Li3-BO3 (LBO, 1wt %, 3wt %, 5wt %). The effects of LBO coating layer on the structure, morphology and low-temperature (-30 °C) electrochemical properties of these materials are investigated systematically. The morphology, crystal structure and grain size of the Li-rich layered oxide are not essentially changed after surface modification; and according to the TEM results, the Li-B-O coating layer exists as an amorphous layer with a thickness of 5~8 nm when the amount is 3wt %...
February 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220985/the-head-and-neck-cancer-patient-concern-inventory-%C3%A2-patient-concerns-prevalence-dental-concerns-impact-and-relationships-of-concerns-with-quality-of-life-measures
#17
Maria L Aguilar, Pamela Sandow, John W Werning, Lia Brenneman, Walter J Psoter
PURPOSE: The Patient Concern Inventory(©) (PCI) is a clinical tool of self-reported patient concerns to be used by the clinician to structure the patient-oncologist visit. It was developed in the United Kingdom to address the issues of quality of life (QOL) in head and neck cancer (HNC) patients. The purpose of the study reported here was to determine the prevalence of PCI(©) items, the associations between PCI(©) items and QOL, and to explore the importance of oral/dental issues in the patient's well-being...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Prosthodontics: Official Journal of the American College of Prosthodontists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220831/the-distribution-of-the-apparent-diffusion-coefficient-as-an-indicator-of-the-response-to-chemotherapeutics-in-ovarian-tumour-xenografts
#18
Monique C Tourell, Ali Shokoohmand, Marietta Landgraf, Nina P Holzapfel, Patrina S P Poh, Daniela Loessner, Konstantin I Momot
Diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DW-MRI) was used to evaluate the effects of single-agent and combination treatment regimens in a spheroid-based animal model of ovarian cancer. Ovarian tumour xenografts grown in non-obese diabetic/severe-combined-immunodeficiency (NOD/SCID) mice were treated with carboplatin or paclitaxel, or combination carboplatin/paclitaxel chemotherapy regimens. After 4 weeks of treatment, tumours were extracted and underwent DW-MRI, mechanical testing, immunohistochemical and gene expression analyses...
February 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220614/comparative-analysis-of-dna-methylation-patterns-of-equine-sarcoid-and-healthy-skin-samples
#19
E Semik, T Ząbek, A Gurgul, A Fornal, T Szmatoła, K Pawlina, M Wnuk, J Klukowska-Rötzler, C Koch, K Mählmann, M Bugno-Poniewierska
OBJECTIVE: In this study, for the first time we report the genome-wide DNA methylation profile of skin tumour in horses and describe differentially methylated genomic regions (DMRs) with respect to healthy skin. MATERIALS & METHODS: The comparative analysis of DNA methylation patterns detected using Reduced Representation Bisulfite Sequencing (RRBS) technique, allowed identification of 136 regions showing differential methylation between sarcoid and normal skin tissue...
February 21, 2017: Veterinary and Comparative Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220472/renal-denervation-for-resistant-hypertension
#20
REVIEW
Giuseppe Coppolino, Anna Pisano, Laura Rivoli, Davide Bolignano
BACKGROUND: Resistant hypertension is highly prevalent among the general hypertensive population and the clinical management of this condition remains problematic. Different approaches, including a more intensified antihypertensive therapy, lifestyle modifications, or both, have largely failed to improve patients' outcomes and to reduce cardiovascular and renal risk. As renal sympathetic hyperactivity is a major driver of resistant hypertension, renal sympathetic ablation (renal denervation) has been recently proposed as a possible therapeutic alternative to treat this condition...
February 21, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
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