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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791244/the-need-for-mapping-personal-goals-to-exercise-dosage-in-community-based-exercise-programs-for-people-with-parkinson-s-disease
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Allison L Amateis, Chelsea L Boesel, Bryan P Ehnert, Abby S Evans, Katheryn E Hurst, Katie L Marek, Amanda C Sullivan, Kathryn R Zalewski, Wendy E Huddleston
PURPOSE: Community-based exercise can support long-term management of Parkinson's disease, although it is not known if personal goals are met in these programs. The objectives of this study were to: (1) examine the goals of community based exercise programs from the participant and instructor perspectives; (2) establish the extent to which these programs meet self-described exercise outcomes; and (3) explore participant and instructor perspectives on barriers to meeting exercise expectations...
May 23, 2018: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784731/transformed-follicular-lymphoma-tfl-predicts-outcome-in-advanced-endometrial-cancer
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Senn Wakahashi, Fumi Kawakami, Kanako Wakahashi, Kentaro Minagawa, Keitaro Matsuo, Yoshio Katayama, Hideto Yamada, Toshimitsu Matsui, Tamotsu Sudo
BACKGROUND: Transformed follicular lymphoma (TFL, ZC3H12D) was identified, as a candidate tumor suppressor gene that contributes to cell-cycle arrest through regulation of Rb phosphorylation, but the clinical impact of TFL is unknown. The goal of this study was to evaluate the prognostic significance of TFL expression in advanced endometrial cancer. METHODS: Tissue samples were obtained from 103 patients with FIGO stage III-IV endometrial cancer. Associations between TFL expression and outcomes were evaluated using the Kaplan-Meier method and multivariate Cox proportional-hazards regression models...
May 21, 2018: Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778008/plasma-metabolic-changes-in-chinese-hiv-infected-patients-receiving-lopinavir-ritonavir-based-treatment-implications-for-hiv-precision-therapy
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Xiaolin Li, Tong Wu, Yongjun Jiang, Zining Zhang, Xiaoxu Han, Wenqing Geng, Haibo Ding, Jing Kang, Qi Wang, Hong Shang
OBJECTIVES: The goal of this study is to profile the metabolic changes in the plasma of HIV patients receiving lopinavir/ritonavir (LPV/r)-based highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) relative to their treatment-naïve phase, aimed to identify precision therapy for HIV for improving prognosis and predicting dyslipidemia caused by LPV/r. METHODS: 38 longitudinal plasma samples were collected from 19 HIV-infected patients both before and after antiretroviral therapy, and 18 samples from healthy individuals were used as controls...
May 16, 2018: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777463/considerations-that-will-determine-if-competency-based-assessment-is-a-sustainable-innovation
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W Dale Dauphinee, John R Boulet, John J Norcini
Educational assessment for the health professions has seen a major attempt to introduce competency based frameworks. As high level policy developments, the changes were intended to improve outcomes by supporting learning and skills development. However, we argue that previous experiences with major innovations in assessment offer an important road map for developing and refining assessment innovations, including careful piloting and analyses of their measurement qualities and impacts. Based on the literature, numerous assessment workshops, personal interactions with potential users, and our 40 years of experience in implementing assessment change, we lament the lack of a coordinated approach to clarify and improve measurement qualities and functionality of competency based assessment (CBA)...
May 18, 2018: Advances in Health Sciences Education: Theory and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774291/significant-decline-in-lymphatic-filariasis-associated-with-nationwide-scale-up-of-insecticide-treated-nets-in-zambia
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M Nsakashalo-Senkwe, E Mwase, E Chizema-Kawesha, V Mukonka, P Songolo, F Masaninga, M P Rebollo, B Thomas, M J Bockarie, H Betts, J R Stothard, L A Kelly-Hope
Lymphatic filariasis (LF) is a mosquito-borne disease, broadly endemic in Zambia, and is targeted for elimination by mass drug administration (MDA) of albendazole and diethylcarbamazine citrate (DEC) to at-risk populations. Anopheline mosquitoes are primary vectors of LF in Africa, and it is possible that the significant scale-up of malaria vector control over the past decade may have also impacted LF transmission, and contributed to a decrease in prevalence in Zambia. We therefore aimed to examine the putative association between decreasing LF prevalence and increasing coverage of insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs) for malaria vector control, by comparing LF mapping data collected between 2003-2005 and 2009-2011 to LF sentinel site prevalence data collected between 2012 and 2014, before any anti-LF MDA was started...
November 2017: Parasite Epidemiology and Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773148/personalized-treatment-outcomes-in-patients-with-somatoform-disorder-a-concept-mapping-study
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Sonja Klemm, Saskia van Broeckhuysen-Kloth, Sanne van Vliet, Lummy Oosterhuis, Rinie Geenen
OBJECTIVE: From a patient-centered perspective, treatment outcome measures in somatoform disorder need to be (1) personalized to the patient, (2) fit core problems that are targeted in therapy, and (3) reflect one's ability to adapt and self-manage anticipated deterioration. The aim of this study was to identify an encompassing set of treatment outcome variables in patients with somatoform disorder. METHODS: In-depth interviews yielded a comprehensive overview of 60 treatment outcomes that were sorted in a card sorting task according to similarity of meaning by 30 patients...
June 2018: Journal of Psychosomatic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772057/a-4d-global-respiratory-motion-model-of-the-thorax-based-on-ct-images-a-proof-of-concept
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H Fayad, M Gilles, T Pan, D Visvikis
PURPOSE: Respiratory motion reduces the sensitivity and specificity of medical images especially in the thoracic and abdominal areas. It may affect applications such as cancer diagnostic imaging and/or radiation therapy (RT). Solutions to this issue include modelling of the respiratory motion in order to optimize both diagnostic and therapeutic protocols. Personalised motion modeling required patient specific four dimensional (4D) imaging which in the case of 4D computed tomography (4D CT) acquisition is associated with an increased dose...
May 17, 2018: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768288/caffeine-sodium-benzoate-for-electroconvulsive-therapy-augmentation
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Kevin M Bozymski, Teresa G Potter, Vasu Venkatachalam, Ananda K Pandurangi, Ericka L Crouse
OBJECTIVES: Because of an ongoing manufacturer shortage of injectable caffeine sodium benzoate (CSB), patients at our health system were given CSB compounded in-house to increase seizure response during electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Therefore, we aimed to evaluate its effectiveness and safety as an ECT augmentation agent. METHODS: Medical records of patients who received compounded CSB at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System were reviewed to identify adults receiving it as part of an index ECT treatment course between June 2012 and December 2016...
May 15, 2018: Journal of ECT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767372/bayesian-network-to-infer-drug-induced-apoptosis-circuits-from-connectivity-map-data
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Jiyang Yu, Jose M Silva
The Connectivity Map (CMAP) project profiled human cancer cell lines exposed to a library of anticancer compounds with the goal of connecting cancer with underlying genes and potential treatments. As most targeted anticancer therapeutics aim to induce tumor-selective apoptosis, it is critical to understand the specific cell death pathways triggered by drugs. This can help to better understand the mechanism of how cancer cells respond to chemical stimulations and improve the treatment of human tumors. In this study, using Connectivity MAP microarray-based gene expression data, we applied a Bayesian network modeling approach and identified apoptosis as a major drug-induced cellular pathway...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766371/landsat-phenological-metrics-and-their-relation-to-aboveground-carbon-in-the-brazilian-savanna
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M Schwieder, P J Leitão, J R R Pinto, A M C Teixeira, F Pedroni, M Sanchez, M M Bustamante, P Hostert
BACKGROUND: The quantification and spatially explicit mapping of carbon stocks in terrestrial ecosystems is important to better understand the global carbon cycle and to monitor and report change processes, especially in the context of international policy mechanisms such as REDD+ or the implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Especially in heterogeneous ecosystems, such as Savannas, accurate carbon quantifications are still lacking, where highly variable vegetation densities occur and a strong seasonality hinders consistent data acquisition...
May 15, 2018: Carbon Balance and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766361/genetic-dissection-of-the-brca2-promoter-and-transcriptional-impact-of-dna-variants
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Eugenia Fraile-Bethencourt, Alberto Valenzuela-Palomo, Beatriz Díez-Gómez, Mar Infante, Mercedes Durán, Germán Marcos, Enrique Lastra, Susana Gómez-Barrero, Eladio A Velasco
PURPOSE: Promoter mutations may affect transcription and can be associated with human diseases. However, the promoters of the breast cancer (BC) genes are not regularly screened. Our goal was to investigate the BRCA2 promoter in order to study a possible correlation between impaired transcription and disease. METHODS: The proximal and core promoter of the BRCA2 gene was sequenced in 95 high-risk BC patients. A BRCA2-promoter insert [- 938 to + 312 from the transcription start site (TSS)] was generated and cloned into the firefly luciferase vector pGL4...
May 15, 2018: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29759543/long-term-outcomes-of-catheter-ablation-of-electrical-storm-in-nonischemic-dilated-cardiomyopathy-compared-with-ischemic-cardiomyopathy
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Daniele Muser, Jackson J Liang, Rajeev K Pathak, Silvia Magnani, Simon A Castro, Tatsuya Hayashi, Fermin C Garcia, Gregory E Supple, Michael P Riley, David Lin, Sanjay Dixit, Erica S Zado, David S Frankel, David J Callans, Francis E Marchlinski, Pasquale Santangeli
OBJECTIVES: The goal of this study was to determine the long-term outcomes of catheter ablation (CA) of electrical storm in patients with nonischemic dilated cardiomyopathy (NIDCM) compared with patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy (ICM). BACKGROUND: CA of ventricular tachycardia (VT) electrical storm has been shown to improve VT-free survival in patients with ICM. Data on the outcomes of CA of electrical storm in patients with NIDCM are insufficient. METHODS: The study included 267 consecutive patients with NIDCM (n = 71; ejection fraction 32 ± 14%) and ICM (n = 196; ejection fraction 28 ± 12%)...
July 2017: JACC. Clinical Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29751566/improvement-of-adhesion-properties-and-corrosion-resistance-of-sol-gel-coating-on-zinc
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Pauline Savignac, Marie-Joëlle Menu, Marie Gressier, Bastien Denat, Yacine El Khadir, Stephan Manov, Florence Ansart
Corrosion is a major problem for durability of many metals and alloys. Among the efficient classical surface treatments, chromate-based treatments must be banished from industrial use due to their toxicity. At the same time, sol-gel routes have demonstrated high potential to develop an efficient barrier effect against aggressive environments. By this process, the anti-corrosion property can be also associated to others in the case of the development of multi-functional hybrid coatings. In this paper, the main goal is precisely to improve both the corrosion resistance and the adhesion properties of phosphated zinc substrates by the deposition of a hybrid (organic-inorganic) sol-gel layer...
May 3, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29747290/-the-relationship-between-arterial-blood-lactate-clearance-prognosis-and-myocardial-damage-in-patients-with-septic-shock-after-early-goal-directed-therapy
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X L Shang, D W Liu, X T Wang, H W He, H M Zhang, L X Su, P Pan
Objective: To evaluate the prognostic value of arterial blood lactate clearance based on central venous oxygen saturation and perfusion index in patients with septic shock related myocardial injury after early goal-directed therapy. Methods: One hundred and fifty-seven patients with septic shock after early resuscitation were enrolled from August 2013 to July 2016 in ICU at Peking Union Medical College Hospital. Parameters indicating early resuscitation included central venous pressure (CVP) 8-12 mmHg (1 mmHg=0...
May 1, 2018: Zhonghua Nei Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Internal Medicine]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29745781/multi-sectoral-approach-to-noncommunicable-disease-prevention-policy-in-sub-saharan-africa-a-conceptual-framework-for-analysis
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Saliyou Sanni, Jennifer P Wisdom, Olalekan A Ayo-Yusuf, Charles Hongoro
Conceptual frameworks for health policy analysis guide investigations into interactions between institutions, interests, and ideas to identify how to improve policy decisions and outcomes. This review assessed constructs from current frameworks and theories of health policy analysis to (1) develop a preliminary synthesis of findings from selected frameworks and theories; (2) analyze relationships between elements of those frameworks and theories to construct an overarching framework for health policy analysis; and then, (3) apply that overarching framework to analyze tobacco control policies in Togo and in South Africa...
January 1, 2018: International Journal of Health Services: Planning, Administration, Evaluation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29744935/fast-magnetic-resonance-fingerprinting-for-dynamic-contrast-enhanced-studies-in-mice
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Yuning Gu, Charlie Y Wang, Christian E Anderson, Yuchi Liu, He Hu, Mette L Johansen, Dan Ma, Yun Jiang, Ciro Ramos-Estebanez, Susann Brady-Kalnay, Mark A Griswold, Chris A Flask, Xin Yu
PURPOSE: The goal of this study was to develop a fast MR fingerprinting (MRF) method for simultaneous T1 and T2 mapping in DCE-MRI studies in mice. METHODS: The MRF sequences based on balanced SSFP and fast imaging with steady-state precession were implemented and evaluated on a 7T preclinical scanner. The readout used a zeroth-moment-compensated variable-density spiral trajectory that fully sampled the entire k-space and the inner 10 × 10 k-space with 48 and 4 interleaves, respectively...
May 9, 2018: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29740278/modeling-the-improved-visual-acuity-using-photodiode-based-retinal-implants-featuring-fractal-electrodes
#17
William J Watterson, Rick D Montgomery, Richard P Taylor
Electronically restoring vision to patients blinded by severe retinal degenerations is rapidly becoming a realizable feat through retinal implants. Upon receiving an implant, previously blind patients can now detect light, locate objects, and determine object motion direction. However, the restored visual acuity (VA) is still significantly below the legal blindness level (VA < 20/200). The goal of this research is to optimize the inner electrode geometry in photovoltaic subretinal implants in order to restore vision to a VA better than blindness level...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29738497/a-cooperative-search-and-coverage-algorithm-with-controllable-revisit-and-connectivity-maintenance-for-multiple-unmanned-aerial-vehicles
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Zhong Liu, Xiaoguang Gao, Xiaowei Fu
In this paper, we mainly study a cooperative search and coverage algorithm for a given bounded rectangle region, which contains several unknown stationary targets, by a team of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with non-ideal sensors and limited communication ranges. Our goal is to minimize the search time, while gathering more information about the environment and finding more targets. For this purpose, a novel cooperative search and coverage algorithm with controllable revisit mechanism is presented. Firstly, as the representation of the environment, the cognitive maps that included the target probability map (TPM), the uncertain map (UM), and the digital pheromone map (DPM) are constituted...
May 8, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29737453/integrating-cnvs-into-meta-qtl-identified-gbp4-as-positional-candidate-for-adult-cattle-stature
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Xiu-Kai Cao, Yong-Zhen Huang, Yi-Lei Ma, Jie Cheng, Zhen-Xian Qu, Yun Ma, Yue-Yu Bai, Feng Tian, Feng-Peng Lin, Yu-Lin Ma, Hong Chen
Copy number variation (CNV) of DNA sequences, functionally significant but yet fully ascertained, is believed to confer considerable increments in unexplained heritability of quantitative traits. Identification of phenotype-associated CNVs (paCNVs) therefore is a pressing need in CNV studies to speed up their exploitation in cattle breeding programs. Here, we provided a new avenue to achieve this goal that is to project the published CNV data onto meta-quantitative trait loci (meta-QTL) map which connects causal genes with phenotypes...
May 8, 2018: Functional & Integrative Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29730589/from-conventional-drainage-to-sustainable-stormwater-management-beyond-the-technical-challenges
#20
Shula Goulden, Michelle E Portman, Naomi Carmon, Tal Alon-Mozes
Countries and cities are increasingly recognizing the value of adopting Sustainable Stormwater Management (SSWM) goals and measures. SSWM serves multiple hydrological, ecological, social and economic goals and can replace substantial parts of conventional drainage infrastructure. Following international experience in the socio-technical nature of transitions in stormwater management, this research investigates how socio-institutional factors enable the transition from conventional to sustainable stormwater management over time...
May 3, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
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