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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914167/statistical-considerations-for-reporting-and-planning-heart-rate-variability-case-control-studies
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Daniel S Quintana
The calculation of heart rate variability (HRV) is a popular tool used to investigate differences in cardiac autonomic control between population samples. When interpreting effect sizes to quantify the magnitude of group differences, researchers typically use Cohen's guidelines of small (0.2), medium (0.5), and large (0.8) effects. However, these guidelines were originally proposed as a fallback for when the effect size distribution (ESD) was unknown. Despite the availability of effect sizes from hundreds of HRV studies, researchers still largely rely on Cohen's guidelines to interpret effect sizes and to perform power analyses to calculate required sample sizes for future research...
December 3, 2016: Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914110/physical-exercise-for-the-treatment-of-non-ulcerated-chronic-venous-insufficiency
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REVIEW
Diego N Araujo, Cibele Td Ribeiro, Alvaro Cc Maciel, Selma S Bruno, Guilherme Af Fregonezi, Fernando Al Dias
BACKGROUND: Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) is a common disease that causes discomfort and impairs the quality of life of affected persons. Treatments such as physical exercise that aim to increase the movement of the ankle joint and strengthen the muscle pump in the calf of the leg may be useful to reduce the symptoms of CVI. OBJECTIVES: To assess and summarise the existing clinical evidence on the efficacy and safety of physical exercise programmes for the treatment of individuals with non-ulcerated CVI...
December 3, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913929/-inpatient-multimodal-pain-therapy-additive-value-of-neuromuscular-core-stability-exercises-for-chronic-back-pain
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F Giesche, H Streicher, M Maiwald, P Wagner
INTRODUCTION: The medical and healthcare economic burden caused by chronic lumbar back pain (CLBP) requires the use of interdisciplinary treatment approaches. The present study aimed to evaluate whether the effectiveness of inpatient multimodal pain therapy (MPT, operations and procedures (OPS) coding 8-918.02), can be increased by implementing additional neuromuscular core stability exercises (NCSE). MATERIAL AND METHODS: As part of a prospective controlled study, subjects with CLBP (n = 48, 17 males, 58...
December 2, 2016: Der Schmerz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913837/hospitalizations-due-to-preventable-adverse-reactions-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Nidhi S Patel, Tejas K Patel, Parvati B Patel, Viren N Naik, C B Tripathi
PURPOSE: The study aimed to measure the percentage of preventable adverse drug reactions that lead to the hospitalization (PADRAd) and to explore the heterogeneity in its estimation through subgroup analysis of study characteristics. METHODS: Two investigators independently searched in electronic databases and related bibliography for prospective studies involving PADRAd. We excluded studies investigating medication errors and spontaneous and retrospective reporting...
December 2, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913831/high-transport-efficiency-of-nanoparticles-through-a-total-consumption-sample-introduction-system-and-its-beneficial-application-for-particle-size-evaluation-in-single-particle-icp-ms
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Shin-Ichi Miyashita, Hiroaki Mitsuhashi, Shin-Ichiro Fujii, Akiko Takatsu, Kazumi Inagaki, Toshiyuki Fujimoto
In order to facilitate reliable and efficient determination of both the particle number concentration (PNC) and the size of nanoparticles (NPs) by single-particle ICP-MS (spICP-MS) without the need to correct for the particle transport efficiency (TE, a possible source of bias in the results), a total-consumption sample introduction system consisting of a large-bore, high-performance concentric nebulizer and a small-volume on-axis cylinder chamber was utilized. Such a system potentially permits a particle TE of 100 %, meaning that there is no need to include a particle TE correction when calculating the PNC and the NP size...
December 2, 2016: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913803/intra-and-inter-tester-reliability-and-validity-of-normal-finger-size-measurement-using-the-japanese-ring-gauge-system
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T Suzuki, Y Sato, S Sotome, H Arai, A Arai, H Yoshida
: This study was designed to investigate the reliability and validity of measurements of finger diameters with a ring gauge. A reliability study enrolled two independent samples (50 participants and seven examiners in Study I; 26 participants and 26 examiners in Study II). The sizes of each participant's little fingers were measured twice with a ring gauge by each examiner. To investigate the validity of the measurements, five hand therapists compared the finger size and hand volume of 30 participants with the ring gauge and with a figure-of-eight technique (Study III)...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Hand Surgery, European Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913716/single-and-multiple-clinical-syndromes-in-incarcerated-offenders-associations-with-dissociative-experiences-and-emotionality
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Carlo Garofalo, Patrizia Velotti, Cristina Crocamo, Giuseppe Carrà
The present study examined the prevalence and correlates of clinical syndromes in a large group (N = 438) of incarcerated violent offenders, looking at differences between inmates with one and those with more than one clinical syndromes. More than a half of the sample (57%) reported clinically relevant symptoms for at least one clinical syndrome (n = 252), and the majority of them (38%) reported more syndromes in comorbidity (n = 169). Increased severity of clinical conditions (none, one, more than one syndrome) corresponded with significantly greater levels of personality disorder traits, psychological symptoms, dissociation, and negative emotionality, with large effect sizes...
December 1, 2016: International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913617/evaluating-sequence-based-genomic-prediction-with-an-efficient-new-simulator
#8
Miguel Pérez-Enciso, Natalia Forneris, Gustavo de Los Campos, Andrés Legarra
The vast amount of sequence data to analyze complex traits is posing new challenges in terms of analysis and interpretation of the results. Although simulation is a fundamental tool to investigate the reliability of genomic analyses and to optimize experimental design, existing software cannot simulate complete genomes realistically. To remedy this, we have developed a new strategy (Sequence Based Virtual Breeding, SBVB) that consists of using real sequence data and simulating new offspring genomes and phenotypes in a very efficient and flexible manner...
December 2, 2016: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913440/optical-coherence-tomographic-angiography-of-choroidal-neovascularization-ill-defined-with-fluorescein-angiography
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Mehrdad Malihi, Yali Jia, Simon S Gao, Christina Flaxel, Andreas K Lauer, Thomas Hwang, David J Wilson, David Huang, Steven T Bailey
PURPOSE: To evaluate the morphological structure of ill-defined choroidal neovascularisation (CNV) with traditional fluorescein angiography (FA) compared with optical coherence tomographic angiography (OCTA). METHODS: A retrospective case series study of 11 eyes with ill-defined CNV on FA was performed. Eyes were scanned with commercially available spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (OCT) (70 000 A-scans/s). The split-spectrum amplitude-decorrelation angiography (SSADA) algorithm was used to distinguish blood flow from static tissue...
December 2, 2016: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913290/early-and-brain-region-specific-decrease-of-de-novo-cholesterol-biosynthesis-in-huntington-s-disease-a-cross-validation-study-in-q175-knock-in-mice
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Mahalakshmi Shankaran, Eleonora Di Paolo, Valerio Leoni, Claudio Caccia, Costanza Ferrari Bardile, Hussein Mohammed, Stefano Di Donato, Seung Kwak, Deanna Marchionini, Scott Turner, Elena Cattaneo, Marta Valenza
Cholesterol precursors and cholesterol levels are reduced in brain regions of Huntington's disease (HD) mice. Here we quantified the rate of in vivo de novo cholesterol biosynthesis in the HD brain. Samples from different brain regions and blood of the heterozygous knock-in mouse model carrying 175 CAG repeats (Q175) at different phenotypic stages were processed independently by two research units to quantify cholesterol synthesis rate by (2)H2O labeling and measure the concentrations of lathosterol, cholesterol and its brain-specific cholesterol catabolite 24-hydroxy-cholesterol (24OHC) by isotope dilution mass spectrometry...
November 29, 2016: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913280/neuropsychological-functioning-and-chronic-methadone-use-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
A Baldacchino, M Armanyous, D J K Balfour, G Humphris, K Matthews
INTRODUCTION: There is a presumption that neurocognition is commonly impaired in chronic methadone exposed individuals (CM) when compared with healthy controls (HP). Additionally, it remains unclear if short term (<1year) abstinence (AP) is associated with an altered cognitive profile when compared with CM. METHOD: A random effect model approach was used on data assembled into the Comprehensive Meta-Analysis programme. Cohen's d effect sizes and a significance levels of p<0...
November 29, 2016: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913236/effect-of-different-postoperative-limb-positions-on-blood-loss-and-range-of-motion-in-total-knee-arthroplasty-an-updated-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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REVIEW
Yuangang Wu, Timin Yang, Yi Zeng, Haibo Si, Canfeng Li, Bin Shen
BACKGROUND: Postoperative limb positioning has been reported to be an efficient and simple way to reduce blood loss and improve range of motion following total knee arthroplasty (TKA). This meta-analysis was designed to compare the effectiveness of two different limb positions in primary TKA. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A meta-analysis of the PubMed, CENTRAL, Web of Science, EMBASE and Google Search Engine electronic databases was performed. In this meta-analysis, two postoperative limb positions were considered: mild-flexion (flexion less than 60°) and high-flexion (flexion at 60° or more)...
November 29, 2016: International Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913088/effect-of-suction-pressures-on-cell-yield-and-functionality-of-the-adipose-derived-stromal-vascular-fraction
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Yuan-Wen Chen, Jing-Ru Wang, Xuan Liao, Sheng-Hong Li, Li-Ling Xiao, Biao Cheng, Guang-Hui Xie, Jian-Xing Song, Hong-Wei Liu
OBJECTIVE: The present study was performed to explore the effect of suction pressures on the cell yield of adipose-derived stromal vascular fraction (SVF) and the functionality of adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCs), situated in the SVF, and to develop optimal parameters of harvesting SVF for clinical use. METHODS: Adipose tissue was harvested from the lower abdomen of 10 patients by suction-assisted lipoplasty. Suction pressure was either -30 ± 5 kPa or -55 ± 5 kPa...
November 11, 2016: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery: JPRAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912996/alternative-exercise-traditions-in-cancer-rehabilitation
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REVIEW
Kathryn J Ruddy, Daniela L Stan, Anjali Bhagra, Mary Jurisson, Andrea L Cheville
Alternative exercise traditions (AETs) such as Pilates, yoga, Tai Chi Chuan, Qigong, and various forms of dance offer the potential to improve diverse outcomes among cancer survivors by reducing adverse symptoms and mood disorders, and by enhancing function. Additionally AETs have emerged as a potential means to address deficits in current disease-focused care delivery models which are marked by prevalent under-treatment of symptoms and physical impairments. Relative to therapeutic exercise in allopathic models, many AETs are comparatively affordable and accessible...
February 2017: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912950/a-randomized-placebo-controlled-trial-of-traditional-chinese-medicine-as-an-add-on-therapy-to-oral-montelukast-in-the-treatment-of-mild-persistent-asthma-in-children
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Pak-Hong Chan, Ching-Yee To, Eric Yat-Tung Chan, Handong Li, Xiuxia Zhang, Pok-Yu Chow, Po-Ling Liu, Shuk-Yu Leung, Chung-Hong Chan, Ka-Yan Chan, Johnny Yick-Chun Chan, Jonathan Pak-Heng Ng, Daniel Kwok-Keung Ng
OBJECTIVES: Traditional Chinese medicine are commonly used for treatment of asthma. However, there are only very limited data about its efficacy in children. Therefore, we aimed to determine the efficacy of augmented Yu Ping Feng San (aYPFS) as an add-on to oral montelukast compared with montelukast alone for treatment of mild persistent asthma in children. DESIGN: A single centre, placebo-controlled, double-blinded, randomized control trial was carried out. Participants with age 6-18 years who had mild persistent asthma were randomized according to random number list to receive either aYPFS plus montelukast for 24 weeks or placebo plus montelukast for 24 weeks...
December 2016: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912945/efficacy-and-safety-of-chinese-herbal-medicine-wenxin-keli-for-ventricular-premature-be-ats-a-systematic-review
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Mei He, Zhan Lv, Zheng-Wei Yang, Jiu-Ling Huang, Fu Liu
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of the Chinese herbal extract Wenxin Keli, alone or in combination with Western medicine, for ventricular premature beats. METHODS: This systematic review was registered at PROSPERO (registration number CRD42013003200). A systematic literature search of 8 core electronic databases and 3 clinical trial registries in Chinese and English, yielded 10 trials whose randomness verified by contacting the authors. The included trials were assessed by the Cochrane risk of bias tool...
December 2016: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912914/distribution-and-source-analysis-of-heavy-metals-in-soils-and-sediments-of-yueqing-bay-basin-east-china-sea
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Xiaohui Yang, Pengbao Wu, Aijing Yin, Huan Zhang, Ming Zhang, Chao Gao
Concentrations of heavy metals in coastal soils, stream sediments and intertidal sediments of Yueqing Bay basin were analyzed to study their distribution and trace the possible sources. According to various single- and multi-index methods, heavy metal enrichment, especially for Cu, Zn, Cr and Ni in stream sediments, should draw environmental concern. Controlling factors such as inorganic scavengers, organic matter, sample grain size and hydrodynamic conditions were identified to influence the transportation and distribution of metals within coastal soils and sediments...
November 29, 2016: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912875/long-term-chamomile-matricaria-chamomilla-l-treatment-for-generalized-anxiety-disorder-a-randomized-clinical-trial
#18
Jun J Mao, Sharon X Xie, John R Keefe, Irene Soeller, Qing S Li, Jay D Amsterdam
BACKGROUND: Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is one of the most common anxiety disorders treated in primary care, yet current therapies have limited efficacy and substantial side effects. PURPOSE: To evaluate long-term chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla L.) use for prevention of GAD symptom relapse. METHODS: Outpatients from primary care practices and local communities with a primary diagnosis of moderate-to-severe GAD were enrolled for this two-phase study at a large US academic medical center...
December 15, 2016: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912754/bovine-mastitis-prevalence-risk-factors-and-isolation-of-staphylococcus-aureus-in-dairy-herds-at-hawassa-milk-shed-south-ethiopia
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Rahmeto Abebe, Hagere Hatiya, Mesele Abera, Bekele Megersa, Kassahun Asmare
BACKGROUND: Mastitis is a disease of major economic importance in dairy industry worldwide. It is of particular concern in developing countries like Ethiopia, where milk and milk products are scarce. The objectives of the study were to estimate the prevalence of mastitis, identify the cow-and herd-level potential risk factors and isolate Staphylococcus aureus, one of etiological agents for contagious mastitis, from cows positive for mastitis. A total of 529 lactating cows selected randomly from 95 herds were screened by California mastitis test (CMT) for sub-clinical mastitis...
December 3, 2016: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912741/impact-of-a-school-based-intervention-on-nutritional-education-and-physical-activity-in-primary-public-schools-in-chile-kind-programme-study-protocol-cluster-randomised-controlled-trial
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Nelly Bustos, Sonia Olivares, Bárbara Leyton, Marcelo Cano, Cecilia Albala
BACKGROUND: Chile has suffered a fast increase in childhood obesity in the last 10 years. As a result, several school programmes have been implemented, however the effectiveness of these needs to be evaluated to identify and prioritize strategies to curve this trend. METHODS: Cluster randomized controlled trial. Twelve primary public schools chosen at random over three regions of the country will take part in this study. The sample size consisted of a total of 1,655 children...
December 3, 2016: BMC Public Health
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