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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646697/seroepidemiology-of-whooping-cough-in-the-czech-republic-estimates-of-incidence-of-infection-in-adults
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R Chlibek, J Smetana, R Sosovickova, K Fabianova, J Zavadilova, P Dite, P Gal, P Naplava, D Lzicarova
OBJECTIVES: Despite widespread vaccination programmes, pertussis remains a significant health burden in many countries. Low awareness of the disease, the high rate of asymptomatic cases in adults and difficulties with diagnosis could explain the under-reporting of pertussis. The lack of data on actual incidence constitutes an obstacle for public health authorities for the implementation of a vaccination strategy against pertussis in adults. The aim of this study was to evaluate the seroprevalence of antibodies against Bordetella pertussis infection in adults and to estimate the actual incidence of the disease compared with the reported incidence...
June 21, 2017: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646672/transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-to-visual-cortex-induces-suboptimal-introspection
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Megan A K Peters, Jeremy Fesi, Namema Amendi, Jeffrey D Knotts, Hakwan Lau, Tony Ro
Blindsight patients with damage to the visual cortex can discriminate objects but report no conscious visual experience. This provides an intriguing opportunity to allow the study of subjective awareness in isolation from objective performance capacity. However, blindsight is rare, so one promising way to induce the effect in neurologically intact observers is to apply transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to the visual cortex. Here, we used a recently-developed criterion-free method to conclusively rule out an important alternative interpretation of TMS-induced performance without awareness: that TMS-induced blindsight may be just due to conservative reporting biases for conscious perception...
June 2, 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646458/ovarian-cancer-knowledge-in-women-and-providers-following-education-with-inside-knowledge-campaign-materials
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Mary C Puckett, Julie S Townsend, Cynthia A Gelb, Polly Hager, Amy Conlon, Sherri L Stewart
Because no effective methods for preventing or screening for ovarian cancer exist, symptom recognition is integral to its early detection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Inside Knowledge: Get the Facts about Gynecologic Cancer campaign was developed to raise awareness and educate women and providers about risk factors, symptoms, recommended screening, and prevention strategies for the five main gynecologic cancers, including ovarian cancer. Inside Knowledge campaign materials were utilized by CDC's National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program grantees to educate women and providers about gynecologic cancer from 2014 to 2015...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Cancer Education: the Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646406/podocytes-and-the-quest-for-precision-medicines-for-kidney-diseases
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REVIEW
Peter Mundel
In this review, I describe a 30-year journey in the quest for precision medicines for patients with kidney diseases. In 1987, when I started my reseach career, most scientists studying glomerular disease biology were focused on mesangial cells. The crucial role of the podocyte in many kidney diseases characterized by proteinuria, including focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) and diabetic nephropathy, had not yet been recognized. We were not aware of genetic causes or drivers of kidney diseases nor of molecular markers and cell culture systems for mechanistic studies of podocyte biology...
June 23, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646404/latinas-colorectal-cancer-screening-knowledge-barriers-to-receipt-and-feasibility-of-home-based-fecal-immunochemical-testing
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Echo L Warner, Julia Bodson, Ryan Mooney, Djin Lai, N Jewel Samadder, Deanna Kepka
Latinas' high colorectal cancer (CRC) mortality makes them a priority population for CRC screening. CRC screening knowledge, perceived barriers, and feasibility of using the Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) was assessed among Latinas in Utah. Participants aged ≥50 (n = 95) were surveyed about knowledge and barriers to CRC screening. 27 participants completed a FIT and evaluation survey. Fisher's exact tests assessed sociodemographic correlates of CRC screening outcomes. Most participants were overdue for CRC screening (n = 81, 85%)...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646382/high-incidence-of-acute-and-recurrent-patellar-dislocations-a-retrospective-nationwide-epidemiological-study-involving-24-154-primary-dislocations
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Kasper Skriver Gravesen, Thomas Kallemose, Lars Blønd, Anders Troelsen, Kristoffer Weisskirchner Barfod
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the Danish population as a whole from 1994 to 2013 to find the incidence of acute and recurrent patellar dislocation. METHODS: The study was performed as a descriptive epidemiological study. The Danish National Patient Registry was retrospectively searched from 1994 to 2013 to find the number of acute and recurrent patellar dislocation. National population data were collected from Statistics Denmark. RESULTS: The period 1994-2013 saw a total registration of 24,154 primary patellar dislocations...
June 23, 2017: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646340/clinical-management-of-ebola-virus-disease-patients-in-low-resource-settings
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Armand Sprecher, Michel Van Herp, Pierre E Rollin
The low-resource environment deprives healthcare providers caring for patients with Ebola virus disease (EVD) of many of the means employed for the critically ill that are available in better resourced settings, such as advanced therapeutic interventions and abundant staff. In addition to these limitations may be added those imposed by the remote tropical locations, where EVD outbreaks occur. In this setting, a safe environment is created where healthcare workers may care for their patients over the evolving course of their acute illness into their convalescent period...
June 24, 2017: Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646329/-unconsciousness-and-clouded-awareness
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REVIEW
H J Stemmler, R Pihusch
Stupor and coma are clinical states in which patients have impaired responsiveness or are unresponsive to external stimulation and are either difficult to arouse or are unarousable. The term stupor refer to states between alertness and coma. An alteration in arousal represents an acute life-threatening emergency, requiring prompt intervention for preservation of life and brain function.
June 23, 2017: Der Internist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645954/assessing-the-impact-of-colonoscopy-complications-on-use-of-colonoscopy-among-primary-care-physicians-and-other-connected-physicians-an-observational-study-of-older-americans
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Nancy L Keating, A James O'Malley, Jukka-Pekka Onnela, Bruce E Landon
OBJECTIVES: Psychological biases can distort treatment decision-making. The availability heuristic is one such bias, wherein events that are recent, vivid or easily imagined are readily 'available' to memory and are therefore judged more likely to occur than expected based on epidemiological data. We assessed if the occurrence of a serious colonoscopy complication for a primary care physician's patient influenced colonoscopy rates for the physician's other patients. DESIGN: Longitudinal study with time-varying exposure variables...
June 23, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645785/contraceptive-counseling-in-reproductive-aged-women-treated-for-breast-cancer-at-a-tertiary-care-institution-a-retrospective-analysis
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Sara L Johansen, Klaira Lerma, Kate A Shaw
OBJECTIVE: To assess the frequency of documented contraceptive and fertility preservation counseling for women treated for breast cancer. STUDY DESIGN: We conducted a chart analysis of female breast cancer patients (n=211) ages 18-45 receiving chemotherapy treatment at Stanford Comprehensive Cancer Center from 2010-2014. Primary outcomes of contraceptive counseling and fertility preservation counseling documentation were assessed for frequency. Secondary outcomes included pregnancy testing, contraception use, and pregnancy during treatment...
June 20, 2017: Contraception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645761/beach-macro-litter-monitoring-and-floating-microplastic-in-a-coastal-area-of-indonesia
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Agung Dhamar Syakti, Rafika Bouhroum, Nuning Vita Hidayati, Chandra Joei Koenawan, Abdelaziz Boulkamh, Isdy Sulistyo, Stephanie Lebarillier, Syafsir Akhlus, Pierre Doumenq, Pascal Wong-Wah-Chung
Qualitative analysis of the structures of the polymers composing floating plastic debris was performed using attenuated total reflectance-Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR), and the aging of the debris was assessed by measuring carbonyl group formation on the particle surfaces. Plastic material made up >75% of the 2313 items collected during a three-year survey. The size, shape and color of the microplastic were correlated with the polymer structure. The most abundant plastic materials were polypropylene (68%) and low-density polyethylene (11%), and the predominant colors of the plastics were white, blue and green...
June 20, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645597/spinal-arteriovenous-malformation-associated-with-parkes-weber-syndrome-report-of-two-cases-and-literature-review
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Zi-Fu Li, Qiang Li, Yi Xu, Bo Hong, Qing-Hai Huang, Jian-Min Liu
OBJECTIVE: To present two cases of Parkes Weber syndrome (PWS) with spinal arteriovenous malformation(AVM), and discuss the radiological features and clinical treatment with literature review. METHODS: Clinical data on two PWS patients with spinal AVM was acquired in a prospective follow-up investigation. Clinical manifestations, radiographic features, procedural results and follow-up outcome were collected and reviewed together with literature review. RESULTS: The first patient presented with limb weakness and urinary dysfunction and the second with repetitive subarachnoid hemorrhage followed by paraplegia...
June 20, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645279/diabetes-care-in-a-complex-humanitarian-emergency-setting-a-qualitative-evaluation
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Adrianna Murphy, Michel Biringanine, Bayard Roberts, Beverley Stringer, Pablo Perel, Kiran Jobanputra
BACKGROUND: Evidence is urgently needed from complex emergency settings to support efforts to respond to the increasing burden of diabetes mellitus (DM). We conducted a qualitative study of a new model of DM health care (Integrated Diabetic Clinic within an Outpatient Department [IDC-OPD]) implemented by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Mweso Hospital in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). We aimed to explore patient and provider perspectives on the model in order to identify factors that may support or impede it...
June 23, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645200/prognostic-awareness-prognostic-communication-and-cognitive-function-in-patients-with-malignant-glioma
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Eli L Diamond, Holly G Prigerson, Denise C Correa, Anne Reiner, Katherine Panageas, Maria Kryza-Lacombe, Justin Buthorn, Elizabeth C Neil, Alex M Miller, Lisa M DeAngelis, Allison J Applebaum
Background: Malignant glioma (MG) is a devastating neuro-oncologic disease with almost invariably poor prognosis. Prognostic awareness (PA) is the awareness of incurable disease and shortened life-expectancy (LE). Accurate PA is associated with favorable psychological outcomes at the end-of-life (EOL) for patients with cancer, however little is known about PA or prognostic communication in MG. Moreover, research has yet to evaluate the impact of cognitive impairment on PA and preferred forms of communication...
June 22, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645059/association-of-elevated-ambient-temperature-with-death-from-cocaine-overdose
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Nathalie Auger, Marianne Bilodeau-Bertrand, Maud Emmanuelle Labesse, Tom Kosatsky
BACKGROUND: Ecologic data suggest that elevated outdoor temperature is correlated with mortality rates from cocaine overdose. Using non-aggregated death records, we studied the association of hot temperatures with risk of death from cocaine overdose. METHODS: We carried out a case-crossover study of all deaths from cocaine or other drug overdose between the months of May and September, from 2000 through 2013 in Quebec, Canada. We used conditional logistic regression to estimate odds ratios (OR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) for the association between maximum outdoor temperature and death from cocaine or other drug overdose...
June 10, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645058/promoting-physical-activity-in-high-poverty-neighborhood-parks-a-cluster-randomized-controlled-trial
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Deborah A Cohen, Bing Han, Kathryn P Derose, Stephanie Williamson, Terry Marsh, Laura Raaen, Thomas L McKenzie
Although physical activity can help mitigate or prevent multiple chronic diseases, most people in the U.S., especially high-poverty minority groups, engage in insufficient levels of physical activity. To test ways to promote more physical activity in high-poverty area public parks we conducted a randomized controlled intervention trial. After completing baseline measures of park-based physical activity using systematic direct observation three times/day each month for six months and assessing preferences for park programming among 1445 residents living within 1 mile of study parks, we randomized 48 parks in high poverty neighborhoods in the City of Los Angeles, California during 2013-2014 to four study arms: 1) free physical activity classes over a 6-month period, 2) a frequent user program where participants could win prizes based upon the number of visits they made to the park, 3) both the programs, and 4) neither one (control condition)...
June 3, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645027/validity-of-the-growth-model-of-the-computerized-visual-perception-assessment-tool-for-chinese-characters-structures
#17
Huey-Min Wu, Cheng-Hsaun Li, Bor-Chen Kuo, Yu-Mao Yang, Chin-Kai Lin, Wei-Hsiang Wan
Morphological awareness is the foundation for the important developmental skills involved with vocabulary, as well as understanding the meaning of words, orthographic knowledge, reading, and writing. Visual perception of space and radicals in two-dimensional positions of Chinese characters' morphology is very important in identifying Chinese characters. The important predictive variables of special and visual perception in Chinese characters identification were investigated in the growth model in this research...
June 20, 2017: Research in Developmental Disabilities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645020/do-we-see-how-they-perceive-risk-an-integrated-analysis-of-risk-perception-and-its-effect-on-workplace-safety-behavior
#18
Nini Xia, Xueqing Wang, Mark A Griffin, Chunlin Wu, Bingsheng Liu
While risk perception is a key factor influencing safety behavior, the academia lacks specific attention to the ways that workers perceive risk, and thus little is known about the mechanisms through which different risk perceptions influence safety behavior. Most previous research in the workplace safety domain argues that people tend to perceive risk based on rational formulations of risk criticality. However, individuals' emotions can be also useful in understanding their perceptions. Therefore, this research employs an integrated analysis concerning the rational and emotional perspectives...
June 20, 2017: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644980/making-power-visible-doing-theatre-based-status-work-with-nursing-students
#19
Steven S Taylor, Rosemary A Taylor
As part of a senior leadership class in an undergraduate baccalaureate nursing program in the northeastern United States, we conducted an experiential, theater-based workshop designed to increase student awareness of the micro-dynamics of power and the enactment of status in their day-to-day lives. These exercises allowed student participants to embody status and power and understand it in ways that they did not after simply completing assigned readings. At the conclusion of the workshop the participants were asked to reflect on their status habits and the consequences of these habits in a single hand-written page...
June 15, 2017: Nurse Education in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644934/fingertip-injuries-in-children-epidemiology-financial-burden-and-implications-for-prevention
#20
Rachel R Yorlets, Kathleen Busa, Kyle R Eberlin, Mohammad Ali Raisolsadat, Donald S Bae, Peter M Waters, Brian I Labow, Amir H Taghinia
BACKGROUND: Although fingertip injuries are common, there is limited literature on the epidemiology and hospital charges for fingertip injuries in children. This descriptive study reports the clinical features of and hospital charges for fingertip injuries in a large pediatric population treated at a tertiary medical center. METHODS: Our hospital database was queried using International Classification of Diseases, Revision 9 (ICD-9) codes, and medical records were reviewed...
July 2017: Hand: Official Journal of the American Association for Hand Surgery
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