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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141645/measuring-quality-of-life-among-people-living-with-hiv-a-systematic-review-of-reviews
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Vanessa Cooper, Jane Clatworthy, Richard Harding, Jennifer Whetham
AIM: A systematic review of reviews was conducted to identify and appraise brief measures of health-related quality of life (HRQoL) that have been used in peer-reviewed research with people living with HIV. METHODS: The review was conducted in two stages: 1) search of electronic databases to identify systematic reviews of tools used to measure HRQoL in adults living with HIV, published since the year 2000; 2) selection of HRQol scales from those identified in the reviews...
November 15, 2017: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135521/the-effect-of-icu-out-of-hours-admission-on-mortality-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Megan Galloway, Aoife Hegarty, Sarah McGill, Nishkantha Arulkumaran, Stephen J Brett, David Harrison
OBJECTIVES: Organizational factors are associated with outcome of critically ill patients and may vary by time of day and day of week. We aimed to identify the association between out-of-hours admission to critical care and mortality. DATA SOURCES: MEDLINE (via Ovid) and EMBASE (via Ovid). STUDY SELECTION: We performed a systematic search of the literature for studies on out-of-hours adult general ICU admission on patient mortality. DATA EXTRACTION: Meta-analyses were performed and Forest plots drawn using RevMan software...
November 11, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134435/plant-phenology-supports-the-multi-emergence-hypothesis-for-ebola-spillover-events
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Katharina C Wollenberg Valero, Raphael D Isokpehi, Noah E Douglas, Seenith Sivasundaram, Brianna Johnson, Kiara Wootson, Ayana McGill
Ebola virus disease outbreaks in animals (including humans and great apes) start with sporadic host switches from unknown reservoir species. The factors leading to such spillover events are little explored. Filoviridae viruses have a wide range of natural hosts and are unstable once outside hosts. Spillover events, which involve the physical transfer of viral particles across species, could therefore be directly promoted by conditions of host ecology and environment. In this report, we outline a proof of concept that temporal fluctuations of a set of ecological and environmental variables describing the dynamics of the host ecosystem are able to predict such events of Ebola virus spillover to humans and animals...
November 13, 2017: EcoHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133437/abnormal-microglia-and-enhanced-inflammation-related-gene-transcription-in-mice-with-conditional-deletion-of-ctcf-in-camk2a-cre-expressing-neurons
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Bryan E McGill, Ruteja A Barve, Susan E Maloney, Amy Strickland, Nicholas Rensing, Peter Wang, Michael Wong, Richard Head, David F Wozniak, Jeffrey Milbrandt
CCCTC-binding factor (CTCF) is an 11 zinc finger DNA-binding domain protein that regulates gene expression by modifying three dimensional chromatin structure. Human mutations in CTCF cause intellectual disability and autistic features. Knocking out Ctcf in mouse embryonic neurons is lethal by neonatal age, but the effects of CTCF deficiency in postnatal neurons are less well studied. We knocked out Ctcf postnatally in glutamatergic forebrain neurons under the control of Camk2a-CreCtcf(loxP/loxP) ;Camk2a-Cre+ (Ctcf CKO) mice of both sexes were viable and exhibited profound deficits in spatial learning/memory, impaired motor co-ordination, and decreased sociability by 4 months of age...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132292/flps-fast-discovery-of-compositional-biases-for-the-protein-universe
#5
Paul M Harrison
BACKGROUND: Proteins often contain regions that are compositionally biased (CB), i.e., they are made from a small subset of amino-acid residue types. These CB regions can be functionally important, e.g., the prion-forming and prion-like regions that are rich in asparagine and glutamine residues. RESULTS: Here I report a new program fLPS that can rapidly annotate CB regions. It discovers both single-residue and multiple-residue biases. It works through a process of probability minimization...
November 13, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129226/measuring-bovine-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-t-cell-function-at-the-site-of-mycobacterium-bovis-infection
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Rachel A Rusk, Mitchell V Palmer, W Ray Waters, Jodi L McGill
Bovine γδ T cells are amongst the first cells to accumulate at the site of Mycobacterium bovis infection; however, their role in the developing lesion remains unclear. We utilized transcriptomics analysis, in situ hybridization, and a macrophage/γδ T cell co-culture system to elucidate the role of γδ T cells in local immunity to M. bovis infection. Transcriptomics analysis revealed that γδ T cells upregulated expression of several novel, immune-associated genes in response to stimulation with M. bovis antigen...
December 2017: Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29117658/treatment-of-postherpetic-neuralgia-with-5-topical-lidocaine-plaster-%C3%A2-experience-from-a-small-county-hospital-case-report
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Maša Kontić, Višnja Vičić-Hudorović, Narcis Hudorović
Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) characterized by chronic neuropathic pain is a common complication of herpes zoster. We investigated the efficacy, safety and cost of treating refractory chronic neuropathic pain with 5% topical lidocaine plaster (TLP) in a female patient attending pain unit at a small county hospital. An 80-year-old female diagnosed with PHN presented with severe left intercostal allodynia and hyperalgesia up to the root of the fourth to tenth thoracic dermatome. We administered the well established first- and second-line specific medications for PHN, but treatment regimens were not efficient...
December 2016: Acta Clinica Croatica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29112942/acupuncture-for-primary-dysmenorrhea-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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Tong Liu, Jia-Ni Yu, Bing-Yan Cao, Yuan-Yuan Peng, Yu-Pei Chen, Li Zhang
Context • Primary dysmenorrhea (PD) is one of the most common complaints among young women. Acupuncture has been widely applied as a therapeutic modality in China and abroad for PD; however, the evidence for its benefits is still not convincing. Objective • The study intended to conduct a systematic review of randomized, controlled trials (RCTs) to evaluate the evidence regarding the use of acupuncture in treating PD. Design • The research team retrieved reports for RCTs published in 7 databases from their inception to March 2016, with no language restrictions: PubMed, Medline, Embase, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, the Chinese National Knowledge Infrastructure database, the Chinese Biomedical database, and the Wanfang database...
November 7, 2017: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29104939/asymmetric-dimethylarginine-does-not-predict-early-access-events-in-hemodialysis-patients-with-brachiocephalic-fistula-access
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Mary Hammes, Rita McGill, Promila Dhar, Rama S Madhurapantula
Background: Vascular access for hemodialysis is best provided by an arteriovenous fistula (AVF). AVF fail primarily because of neointimal hyperplasia. Asymmetric dimethlyarginine (ADMA) is a naturally occurring analogue of L-arginine, which is elevated in renal failure and impairs endothelial cell function. ADMA inhibits nitric oxide synthetase, leading to impaired nitric oxide production and contributing to the development of neointimal hyperplasia. ADMA was measured at the time of AVF placement to evaluate associations with access failure...
August 2017: Int J Nephrol Kidney Fail
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29102218/impact-of-an-hpv-education-and-vaccination-campaign-among-canadian-university-students
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Sabrina Piedimonte, Annie Leung, Andrew Zakhari, Céline Giordano, Pierre-Paul Tellier, Susie Lau
BACKGROUND: Uptake of HPV vaccination among university students remains low despite risky sexual practices and increased prevalence of high-risk HPV genotypes. The study objective was to determine the level of knowledge related to HPV and cervical cancer among university students and to subsequently develop a targeted education and vaccination campaign to increase uptake. METHODS: Phase I was a pilot project in which participants were recruited as part of Cervical Cancer Awareness Week 2015 at two universities, one site immediately offering vaccination and the other not...
October 25, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada: JOGC, Journal D'obstétrique et Gynécologie du Canada: JOGC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29097597/multimodal-imaging-in-rat-model-recapitulates-alzheimer-s-disease-biomarkers-abnormalities
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Maxime J Parent, Eduardo R Zimmer, Monica Shin, Min Su Kang, Vladimir S Fonov, Axel Mathieu, Antonio Aliaga, Alexey Kostikov, Sonia Do Carmo, Doris Dea, Judes Poirier, Jean-Paul Soucy, Serge Gauthier, A Claudio Cuello, Pedro Rosa-Neto
Imaging biomarkers are frequently proposed as endpoints for clinical trials targeting brain amyloidosis in Alzheimer's Disease (AD); however, the specific impact of amyloid-β (Aβ) aggregation on biomarker abnormalities remains elusive in AD. Using the McGill-R-Thy1-APP transgenic rat as a model of selective Aβ pathology, we characterized the longitudinal progression of abnormalities in biomarkers commonly used in AD research. Middle-aged (9-11 months) transgenic animals (both male and female) displayed mild spatial memory impairments and disrupted cingulate network connectivity measured by resting-state fMRI, even in the absence of hypometabolism (measured with PET [(18)F]FDG) or detectable fibrillary amyloidosis (measured with PET [(18)F]NAV4694)...
November 2, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29094862/access-to-primary-care-and-subspecialty-care-after-positive-cystic-fibrosis-newborn-screening
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Katelyn Parker-McGill, Marjorie Rosenberg, Philip Farrell
PROBLEM CONSIDERED: Accessibility by telephone to cystic fibrosis (CF) centers for a diagnostic sweat test appointment from a parental perspective—which can be stressful—compared to experience in contacting a general pediatrics practice in the same area. METHODS: We called each CF center and affiliate twice, plus a sample of multiphysician general pediatrics practices selected from yellowpages.com after being matched by area and ZIP codes to 50 randomly selected CF centers, including Wisconsin’s 2 nationally accredited centers...
December 2016: WMJ: Official Publication of the State Medical Society of Wisconsin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29093176/kleptopredation-a-mechanism-to-facilitate-planktivory-in-a-benthic-mollusc
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Trevor J Willis, Kimberly T L Berglöf, Rona A R McGill, Luigi Musco, Stefano Piraino, Claire M Rumsey, Tomás Vega Fernández, Fabio Badalamenti
Predation occurs when an organism completely or partially consumes its prey. Partial consumption is typical of herbivores but is also common in some marine microbenthic carnivores that feed on colonial organisms. Associations between nudibranch molluscs and colonial hydroids have long been assumed to be simple predator-prey relationships. Here we show that while the aeolid nudibranch Cratena peregrina does prey directly on the hydranths of Eudendrium racemosum, it is stimulated to feed when hydranths have captured and are handling prey, thus ingesting recently captured plankton along with the hydroid polyp such that plankton form at least half of the nudibranch diet...
November 2017: Biology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29092651/virtual-community-centre-for-power-wheelchair-training-experience-of-children-and-clinicians
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Caryne Torkia, Stephen E Ryan, Denise Reid, Patrick Boissy, Martin Lemay, François Routhier, Resi Contardo, Janet Woodhouse, Phillipe S Archambault
PURPOSE: To: 1) characterize the overall experience in using the McGill immersive wheelchair - community centre (miWe-CC) simulator; and 2) investigate the experience of presence (i.e., sense of being in the virtual rather than in the real, physical environment) while driving a PW in the miWe-CC. METHOD: A qualitative research design with structured interviews was used. Fifteen clinicians and 11 children were interviewed after driving a power wheelchair (PW) in the miWe-CC simulator...
November 2, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29080078/blood-flow-changes-using-a-3d-xenogeneic-collagen-matrix-or-a-subepithelial-connective-tissue-graft-for-root-coverage-procedures-a-pilot-study
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Nikolaos Tatarakis, Nikolaos Gkranias, Ulpee Darbar, Nikolaos Donos
BACKGROUND: The study investigated the early healing process following the treatment of single Miller class I and II recessions with a 3D xenogeneic collagen matrix (CMX) or connective tissue graft (CTG). METHODS: This pilot investigation was designed as a single-center randomized controlled parallel trial. A total of eight subjects (four per group) were treated with either CMX or CTG in the anterior maxilla. Vascular flow changes were assessed by laser Doppler flowmetry (LDF) before and after surgery and at days 1, 2, 3, 7, 14, and 30 while clinical evaluations took place at baseline and at days 60 and 180...
October 27, 2017: Clinical Oral Investigations
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29067246/the-interdisciplinary-team-in-type-2-diabetes-management-challenges-and-best-practice-solutions-from-real-world-scenarios
#16
REVIEW
Margaret McGill, Lawrence Blonde, Juliana C N Chan, Kamlesh Khunti, Fernando J Lavalle, Clifford J Bailey
The Global Partnership for Effective Diabetes Management has previously recommended the implementation of an interdisciplinary team (IDT) approach to type 2 diabetes (T2DM) management as one of 10 practical steps for health care professionals to help more people achieve their glycaemic goal. This article discusses some of the key contributors to success and also the challenges faced when applying IDT care, by examining case studies and examples from around the world. The real-world practices discussed show that implementing successful interdisciplinary care in diabetes is possible despite significant barriers such as established hierarchal structures and financial resource constraints...
March 2017: Journal of Clinical & Translational Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29061226/scientific-overview-on-csci-citac-annual-general-meeting-and-2016-young-investigators-forum
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Tianwei E Zhou, Kristen I Barton, Elina Cook, Matthew G K Benesch, Nicholas Jette, Christophe Moderie, Katarina Ondrusova, Caitlin Lees, Patrick E Steadman, Tina B Marvasti, Sara Mirali, Peter J Liu, Ege M Babadagli, Kara J Abraham, Kirill J Zaslavsky
The 2016 Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Society of Clinician Investigators (CSCI) and Clinician Investigator Trainee Association of Canada/Association des Cliniciens-Chercheurs en Formation du Canada (CITAC/ACCFC) was a national conference held in Toronto November 21-23, 2016, in conjunction with The University of Toronto Clinician Investigator Program Research Day. The theme for this year's meeting was "Mapping Your Career as a Clinician-Scientist"; emphasizing essential skills for developing a fruitful career as clinician-scientist...
October 19, 2017: Clinical and Investigative Medicine. Médecine Clinique et Experimentale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29058361/pain-remission-at-one-year-follow-up-with-spinal-cord-stimulation
#18
Hirah Khan, Julie G Pilitsis, Julia Prusik, Heather Smith, Sarah E McCallum
OBJECTIVES: Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) is an effective treatment for chronic pain. How often pain remission follows SCS has not been evaluated. This is a retrospective analysis of patients who underwent an implantation of spinal cord stimulators for various chronic pain conditions. The objective of the study was to elucidate characteristics and features of patients with pain relief greater than 80% after one year of treatment. METHODS: A total of 86 patients with thoracic SCS and 12-month follow-up data were identified...
October 23, 2017: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29058134/distraction-arthrodesis-of-the-sacroiliac-joint-2-year-results-of-a-descriptive-prospective-multi-center-cohort-study-in-171-patients
#19
Volker Fuchs, Benjamin Ruhl
PURPOSE: The aim of the given study was to evaluate the long-term outcomes of patients undergoing sacroiliac joint (SIJ) distraction arthrodesis to treat SIJ-related pain. METHODS: Descriptive prospective multi-center cohort study involving 20 hospitals in Germany. Between January 2011 and June 2012, 171 patients with chronic SIJ pain underwent indirect arthrodesis of the SIJ using a distraction implant. The patients were questioned prior to surgery, 6-weeks, and 3-, 6-, 12- and 24-months postoperatively...
October 20, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29048273/chiari-1000-registry-project-assessment-of-surgical-outcome-on-self-focused-attention-pain-and-delayed-recall
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P A Allen, D Delahanty, K P Kaut, X Li, M Garcia, J R Houston, D M Tokar, F Loth, J Maleki, S Vorster, M G Luciano
BACKGROUND: Prior research has typically found a negative relationship between chronic pain and memory, and we examined whether cognitive control processes (e.g. reflection and rumination) moderated this relationship in individuals with Chiari malformation Type I (CM). CM is a neurological condition in which the cerebellar tonsils descend into the medullary and upper cervical spine regions potentially resulting in severe headaches and neck pain. METHODS: CM patients who had (n = 341) and had not (n = 297) undergone decompression surgery completed the McGill Pain Questionnaire-Short Form-Revised (SF-MPQ-2), the Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Test (RAVLT), and the Rumination-Reflection Questionnaire (RRQ)...
October 19, 2017: Psychological Medicine
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