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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352643/assessment-of-a-source-position-checking-tool-for-the-quality-assurance-of-transfer-tubes-used-in-hdr-192ir-brachytherapy-treatments
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O A Awunor
PURPOSE: The determination of source positions before treatment is an essential part of the quality assurance (QA) associated with high dose rate brachytherapy treatments. The purpose of this study was to design and commission a tool to allow the quantification of source positions across multiple transfer tube types. METHODS AND MATERIALS: A bespoke flexi-adapter jig, three transfer tube adapters, and a film piercing pointer were designed and built for source position QA across three transfer tube types-the standard, 6 French, and gynae transfer tubes...
January 15, 2018: Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351864/prolonging-the-response-movement-inhibits-the-feed-forward-motor-program-in-the-sustained-attention-to-response-task
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Kyle M Wilson, Neil R de Joux, Kristin M Finkbeiner, Paul N Russell, Jenny R Retzler, William S Helton
Despite widespread use in clinical and experimental contexts, debate continues over whether or not the Sustained Attention to Response Task (SART) successfully measures sustained attention. Altering physical aspects of the response movement required to SART stimuli may help identify whether performance is a better measure of perceptual decoupling, or response strategies and motor inhibition. Participants completed a SART where they had to manually move a mouse cursor to respond to stimuli, and another SART where this extra movement was not required, as in a typical SART...
January 16, 2018: Acta Psychologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351751/social-determinants-of-male-health-a-case-study-of-leeds-uk
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Alan White, Amanda Seims, Ian Cameron, Tim Taylor
BACKGROUND: The social determinants of health have a disproportionate impact on mortality in men. A study into the state of health of the male population in Leeds was undertaken to guide public health commissioning decisions. This paper reports on the data relating to the social lives of men. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was undertaken, comprising descriptive analysis of data relating to educational attainment, housing, employment (including benefit claimants), marital status and relationships...
January 19, 2018: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350257/a-new-approach-for-the-extraction-of-tetracyclines-from-soil-matrices-application-of-the-microwave-extraction-technique
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Paulina Łukaszewicz, Anna Białk-Bielińska, Joanna Dołżonek, Jolanta Kumirska, Magda Caban, Piotr Stepnowski
The widespread use of tetracyclines (TCs) in animal husbandry is associated with their constant penetration into the environment and the threat they might pose to living organisms. While the literature data on the analysis of these substances in such matrices as food, tissues, or wastewater are quite extensive, there are still only a few methods presented for the determination of these compounds in soil samples. Moreover, among the literature methods for the extraction of TCs from soil samples, microwave-assisted solvent extraction (MAE) was used only once and in combination with liquid chromatography with spectrophotometric detection (LC-UV)...
January 19, 2018: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350062/telotristat-ethyl-a-novel-agent-for-the-therapy-of-carcinoid-syndrome-diarrhea
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Joseph S Dillon, Chandrikha Chandrasekharan
Carcinoid syndrome (CS), characterized by diarrhea and flushing, is present in 20% of patients with neuroendocrine tumors at diagnosis and becomes more frequent with progression. The diarrhea of CS is caused mainly by tumoral secretion of serotonin. It may not be fully controlled by somatostatin analogs, the currently indicated drugs for symptomatic relief. Telotristat ethyl is a novel inhibitor of tryptophan hydroxylase, the rate-limiting enzyme in serotonin biosynthesis. Administration of the drug decreases diarrhea in patients with CS...
January 19, 2018: Future Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348003/the-waterhub-at-emory-university-campus-resiliency-through-decentralized-reuse
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Daniel Allison, Eric Lohan, Tim Baldwin
  In the spring of 2015, Emory University in Atlanta, GA, commissioned an innovative campuswide water reclamation and reuse system known as the WaterHub®. Treating up to 400,000 gallons each day, the system can recycle the equivalent of two-thirds of the University's wastewater production and reduce the campus water footprint by up to 40 percent.One of the first district-scale water reuse systems in North America, the WaterHub mines wastewater from the campus sewer system and repurposes it for beneficial reuse on campus...
February 1, 2018: Water Environment Research: a Research Publication of the Water Environment Federation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347852/the-patient-categorisation-tool-psychometric-evaluation-of-a-tool-to-measure-complexity-of-needs-for-rehabilitation-in-a-large-multicentre-dataset-from-the-united-kingdom
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Lynne Turner-Stokes, Christian U Krägeloh, Richard J Siegert
PURPOSE: This first psychometric evaluation of the Patient Categorisation Tool examined its properties as an instrument to measure complexity of needs in a mixed population of patients presenting for specialist neurorehabilitation. MATERIALS/METHODS: Analysis of a large multicentre cohort of patients (n = 5396) from the national clinical dataset representing 63 specialist rehabilitation services across England. Structural validity was examined using exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis...
January 18, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345305/detection-of-mitochondrial-haplogroups-in-a-small-avar-slavic-population-from-the-eigth-ninth-century-ad
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Lukáš Šebest, Marian Baldovič, Adam Frtús, Csaba Bognár, Klaudia Kyselicová, Ľudevít Kádasi, Radoslav Beňuš
OBJECTIVES: In the sixth century AD, Avars came to Central Europe from middle Eurasian steppes and founded a strong Empire called the Avar Khagante (568-799/803 AD) in the Pannonian basin. During the existence of this empire, they undertook many military and pugnacious campaigns. In the seventh century, they conquered the northern territory inhabited by Slavs, who were further recruited in Avar military and were commissioned with obtaining food supplies. During almost 200 years of Avar domination, a significant influence by the Avar culture (especially on the burial rite) and assimilation with indigenous population (occurrence of "East Asian"cranial features) could be noticed in this mixed area, which is supported by achaeological and anthropologcal research...
January 18, 2018: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345224/therapy-interventions-for-children-with-neurodisabilities-a-qualitative-scoping-study
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Bryony Beresford, Susan Clarke, Jane Maddison
BACKGROUND: Therapy interventions emerged four times in the top 10 research priorities in a James Lind Alliance research prioritisation exercise for children with neurodisabilities (Morris C, Simkiss D, Busk M, Morris M, Allard A, Denness J, et al. Setting research priorities to improve the health of children and young people with neurodisability: a British Academy of Childhood Disability-James Lind Alliance Research Priority Setting Partnership. BMJ Open 2015;5:e006233). The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) commissioned this study as part of an information-gathering exercise in response to this...
January 2018: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345025/the-royal-commission-into-child-sexual-abuse-a-beginning-not-an-end
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Kim Oates
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January 18, 2018: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344794/ticagrelor-for-secondary-prevention-of-atherothrombotic-events-after-myocardial-infarction-an-evidence-review-group-perspective-of-a-nice-single-technology-appraisal
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Xavier G L V Pouwels, Robert Wolff, Bram L T Ramaekers, Anoukh Van Giessen, Shona Lang, Steve Ryder, Gill Worthy, Steven Duffy, Nigel Armstrong, Jos Kleijnen, Manuela A Joore
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) invited AstraZeneca, the manufacturer of ticagrelor (Brilique®), to submit evidence on the clinical and cost effectiveness of ticagrelor 60 mg twice daily (BID) in combination with low-dose aspirin [acetylsalicylic acid (ASA)] compared with ASA only for secondary prevention of atherothrombotic events in patients with a history of myocardial infarction (MI) and who are at increased risk of atherothrombotic events. Kleijnen Systematic Reviews Ltd (KSR), in collaboration with Maastricht University Medical Centre+, was commissioned as the evidence review group (ERG)...
January 18, 2018: PharmacoEconomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344771/enhancing-capacity-for-evidence-based-policymaking-the-role-of-economic-evaluation-standards
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Mary Bruce Webb
This commentary will describe some ongoing activities that are moving the federal government toward stronger use of evidence in decision-making. In particular, the work of the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking points to directions that have implications for capacity building and the institutionalization of economic evaluation, as well as mechanisms and resources that could make economic evaluation more feasible. Bipartisan legislation incorporates many of the recommendations of the Commission and reinforces efforts already underway at individual agencies as well as among interagency groups...
January 17, 2018: Prevention Science: the Official Journal of the Society for Prevention Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344014/from-the-eu-legislation-to-the-application-of-the-single-european-code-support-to-the-implementation
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REVIEW
Valentina Caramia, Angelo Ghirardini, Paola Di Ciaccio, Francesca Vespasiano, Maura Mareri, Alessandro Nanni Costa
The Italian National Transplant Centre (CNT) is coordinating with the Italian National Blood Centre (CNS) the Joint Action '!' (www.eurocet128.eu), already built the European Tissue Establishment and Tissue and Cell Product Compendia between 2011 and 2014 in order to provide European Member States with a tool which would grant traceability of tissues and cells at human transplant purpose across the European Union. The two compendia are available on an online platform hosted and managed by the European Commission...
November 2017: Transfusion Medicine and Hemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342371/global-regional-and-country-level-economic-impacts-of-dental-diseases-in-2015
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A J Righolt, M Jevdjevic, W Marcenes, S Listl
Up-to-date information about the economic impact of dental diseases is essential for health care decision makers when seeking to make rational use of available resources. The purpose of this study was to provide up-to-date estimates for dental expenditures (direct costs) and productivity losses (indirect costs) due to dental diseases on the global, regional, and country level. Direct costs of dental diseases were estimated using a previously established systematic approach; indirect costs were estimated using an approach developed by the World Health Organization Commission on Macroeconomics and Health and factoring in 2015 values for gross domestic product and disability-adjusted life years from the Global Burden of Disease Study...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341696/coherent-beam-beam-instability-in-collisions-with-a-large-crossing-angle
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K Ohmi, N Kuroo, K Oide, D Zhou, F Zimmermann
In recent years the "crab-waist collision" scheme [P. Raimondi, Proceedings of 2nd SuperB Workshop, Frascati, 2006.; M. Zobov et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 174801 (2010)PRLTAO0031-900710.1103/PhysRevLett.104.174801] has become popular for circular e^{+} e^{-} colliders. The designs of several future colliders are based on this scheme. So far the beam-beam effects for collisions under a large crossing angle with or without crab waist were mostly studied using weak-strong simulations. We present here strong-strong simulations showing a novel strong coherent head-tail instability, which can limit the performance of proposed future colliders...
September 29, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341425/synthesis-of-novel-dy3-activated-ba2-cazn2-si6-o17-phosphors-for-white-light-emitting-diodes
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G Annadurai, S Masilla Moses Kennedy, V Sivakumar
Dysprosium ion (Dy3+ ) activated Ba2 CaZn2 Si6 O17 phosphors were synthesized using high temperature solid-state reaction method. Powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) analysis confirmed the phase formation of the as-prepared phosphors. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis disclosed an agglomeration of particles with an irregular morphology. Under 350 nm excitation, the emission spectrum of Dy3+ ions showed bands at 481 nm (blue), 577 nm (yellow) and 674 nm (red). The influence of the Dy3+ concentration on its emission intensity was investigated...
January 17, 2018: Luminescence: the Journal of Biological and Chemical Luminescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340869/intervention-effect-of-repetitive-tms-on-behavioral-adjustment-after-error-commission-in-long-term-methamphetamine-addicts-evidence-from-a-two-choice-oddball-task
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Qiongdan Liang, Jia Lin, Jiemin Yang, Xiang Li, Yijiang Chen, Xianxin Meng, Jiajin Yuan
Behavioral adjustment plays an important role in the treatment and relapse of drug addiction. Nonetheless, few studies have examined behavioral adjustment and its plasticity following error commission in methamphetamine (METH) dependence, which is detrimental to human health. Thus, we investigated the behavioral adjustment performance following error commission in long-term METH addicts and how it varied with the application of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) of the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC)...
January 16, 2018: Neuroscience Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338969/current-and-future-challenges-of-radiation-oncology-in-iran-a-report-from-the-iranian-society-of-clinical-oncology
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A Ameri, M Barzegartahamtan, M Ghavamnasiri, R Mohammadpour, H Dehghan, A Sebzari, K Novin, M Aloosh
AIMS: Growth of the cancer incidence rate in Iran has been very high in recent years. Therefore, the Iranian health care system should be prepared for the treatment of a huge number of patients in the foreseeable future. One of the most important treatment options for cancer is radiation. However, there is no comprehensive information on infrastructure for radiation oncology in this country. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In 2015, a questionnaire was designed by the Iranian Society of Clinical Oncology (ISCO) and all radiation oncology centres in the country were visited to determine four important components of radiation oncology services, including facilities, equipment, personnel and patients...
January 12, 2018: Clinical Oncology: a Journal of the Royal College of Radiologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338836/systems-levers-for-commissioning-primary-mental-healthcare-a-rapid-review
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Carla Meurk, Meredith Harris, Eryn Wright, Nicola Reavley, Roman Scheurer, Bridget Bassilios, Caroline Salom, Jane Pirkis
Primary Health Networks (PHNs) are a new institution for health systems management in the Australian healthcare system. PHNs will play a key role in mental health reform through planning and commissioning primary mental health services at a regional level, specifically adopting a stepped care approach. Selected PHNs are also trialling a healthcare homes approach. Little is known about the systems levers that could be applied by PHNs to achieve these aims. A rapid review of academic and grey literature published between 2006 and 2016 was undertaken to describe the use of systems levers in commissioning primary care services...
January 17, 2018: Australian Journal of Primary Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336340/-training-program-on-medical-urology-future-perspectives
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Javier Gil Moradillo, Fernando Cabrera Meiras, Manuel Alonso Isa, Alba Lara Isla, Juan Justo Quintas, Esther García Rojo, Daniel González Padilla, Borja García Gómez, José Medina Polo, Javier Romero Otero
Urology is defined as the medical-surgical specialty that includes the study, diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions of the urinary system. It is well specified by the National Commission of Specialties that we must know the medical pathology that concerns us. However, on occasions, resident training focuses on the surgical field and oncological pathology, which, although one of the main pillars of the specialty, is usually to the detriment of training in medical and functional pathology. We conducted a survey of residents in the fourth year of Urology in Spain, where we asked about the quality of training in Andrology and Functional Urology...
January 2018: Archivos Españoles de Urología
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