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2018: Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine
Arthur Bob Karnuah, Gregory Dunga, Arthur Wennah, Walter T Wiles, Edmond Greaves, Roland Varkpeh, Richard Osei-Amponsah, Paul Boettcher
Phenotypic characterization of animal genetic resources (AnGR) involves identification of distinct breed populations, describing their external and production characteristics in a given environment and management, and taking into account the social and economic factors that affect them. A survey involving 346 livestock farmers was conducted in the 15 counties of Liberia to collect data on production practices and phenotypic characteristics of beef cattle. A pre-tested structured questionnaire, focus group discussions, and in-depth interviews were utilized in data collection...
March 15, 2018: Tropical Animal Health and Production
Alexandre Brieussel, Konstantin Ott, Maxime Joos, Nicolas Treps, Claude Fabre
In this work, we investigate three different compact fibered systems generating vacuum squeezing that involve optical cavities limited by the end surface of a fiber and by a curved mirror and containing a thin parametric crystal. These systems have the advantage to couple squeezed states directly to a fiber, allowing the user to benefit from the flexibility of fibers in the use of squeezing. Three types of fibers are investigated: standard single-mode fibers, photonic-crystal large-mode-area single-mode fibers, and short multimode fibers taped to a single-mode fiber...
March 15, 2018: Optics Letters
Adélaïde Compaoré, Sabine Gies, Bernard Brabin, Halidou Tinto, Loretta Brabin
BACKGROUND: Iron deficiency remains a prevalent adolescent health problem in low income countries. Iron supplementation is recommended but improvement of iron status requires good adherence. OBJECTIVES: We explored factors affecting adolescent adherence to weekly iron and/or folic acid supplements in a setting of low secondary school attendance. METHODS: Taped in-depth interviews were conducted with participants in a randomised, controlled, periconceptional iron supplementation trial for young nulliparous women living in a rural, malaria endemic region of Burkina Faso...
March 14, 2018: Reproductive Health
Nazario Martin, Alicia López-Andarias, Javier López-Andarias, Carmen Atienza, Francisco J Chichón, José L Carrascosa
Supramolecular chemistry has evolved from the traditional focus on thermodynamic on-pathways to the complex study of kinetic off-pathways, which are strongly dependent of the environmental conditions. Moreover, the control over pathway complexity allows obtaining nanostructures that are inaccessible through spontaneous thermodynamic processes. Here, we present a family of peptide-based π-extended tetrathiafulvalene (exTTF) molecules which show two self-assembly pathways leading to two distinct J-aggregates, namely metastable (M) and thermodynamic (T), with different spectroscopic, chiroptical and electrochemical behavior...
March 14, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
Jiang Long-Zhi
OBJECTIVE: To understand the current status of key parasitic diseases in Tongcheng City, so as to provide an epidemiological reference for formulating the scientific planning for "13th Five-year" parasitic diseases prevention and control. METHODS: The villages of different levels in Tongcheng City were sampled to investigate the infection of parasitic diseases of residents aged three or more years. Soil-transmitted nemathelminth, intestinal protozoa and Enterobius vermicularis were investigated by the Kato-Katz technique (a fecal sample seized two), iodine smear method and cellophane tape method, respectively...
October 24, 2017: Zhongguo Xue Xi Chong Bing Fang Zhi za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Schistosomiasis Control
Tao Jiang, Lin Jiang, Jun-de Shi, Yong-Ge Jiang, Du-Liang Liu
OBJECTIVE: To explore the treatment skill and clinical effect of bone setting manipulation in treating proximal humeral fracture with shoulder dislocation. METHODS: From January 2015 to December 2015, 118 cases of proximal humeral fractures with shoulder joint dislocation were treated by bone setting reduction and fixation with adhesive tape or Kirschner wire after reduction, including 56 males and 62 females with an average age of 61 years old ranging from 48 to 88 years old...
February 25, 2018: Zhongguo Gu Shang, China Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
Ji Hoon Kim
BACKGROUND: The liver hanging maneuver during right hepatectomy is a useful technique for parenchymal transection. The laparoscopic caudal approach is totally different from the laparoscopic ventral approach because of the direction of parenchymal transection. There are differences in the application and effectiveness of liver hanging maneuver between two approaches. This study evaluated the surgical techniques and outcomes of the ventral approach comparison with the caudal approach in laparoscopic right hemihepatectomy using liver hanging maneuver...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery: Official Journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
Derek Leong, Ali A Sovari, Ashkan Ehdaie, Tarun Chakravarty, Qiang Liu, Hasan Jilaihawi, Rajendra Makkar, Xunzhang Wang, Eugenio Cingolani, Michael Shehata
BACKGROUND: Damage to the cardiac conduction system requiring permanent pacemaker (PPM) implantation is a known adverse outcome of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). A permanent-temporary pacemaker (PTPM) is a device that involves an active-fixation lead attached to an external pulse generator taped to the skin. We reviewed the utility of PTPMs as a temporary bridge measure after TAVR in patients with conduction abnormalities that do not meet conventional criteria for PPM placement...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
Xiaopeng Guo, Lu Gao, Xiaodong Shi, Hailong Li, Qiang Wang, Zihao Wang, Wei Chen, Bing Xing
Objective: To investigate the preoperative body composition, metabolic characteristics, and postoperative changes in patients with active acromegaly and analyze the effects of gender and age. Methods: We included 36 patients with untreated acromegaly and 37 patients with nonfunctional pituitary adenomas. Adipose tissue (AT), the visceral fat index (VFI), sclerotin, protein, skeletal muscle, total body water (TBW), intracellular water (ICW), and extracellular water (ECW) were measured using bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA)...
2018: International Journal of Endocrinology
Anthony J Greenberg
Explosive growth in the amount of genomic data is matched by increasing power of consumer grade computers. Even applications that require powerful servers can be quickly tested on desktop or laptop machines if we can generate representative samples from large data sets. I describe a fast and memory efficient implementation of an on-line sampling method developed for tape drives 30 years ago. Focusing on genotype files, I test the performance of this technique on modern solid-state and spinning hard drives, and show that it performs well compared to a simple sampling scheme...
March 12, 2018: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
Chang-Ming Wang, Chia-Han Hsieh, Chong-You Chen, Wei-Ssu Liao
Aiming to overcome the obstacles of power supply requirement and chip usefulness in practice, a low-cost and convenient portable electrochemical sensing device is introduced for the first time, featuring bipolar electrode system, LED read-out, laminated paper-based devices, and low-voltage button cells. The electric circuits of this practical device are constructed on laminating films with copper and conductive carbon tapes, and the reservoirs facilitating chemical reactions are made with chromatography paper...
July 26, 2018: Analytica Chimica Acta
Sudarshan Anandkumar, Murugavel Manivasagam
This case series describes three patients who presented with right medial elbow pain managed unsuccessfully with conservative treatment that included medication, massage, exercise therapy, ultrasound therapy, neurodynamic mobilization, and taping. Diagnosis of cubital tunnel syndrome was based on palpatory findings, a positive elbow flexion test, and a positive Tinel's sign. Conventionally, the intervention for this entrapment has been surgical decompression, with successful outcomes. This is potentially a first-time description of the successful management of cubital tunnel syndrome with dry needling (DN) using a recently published DN grading system...
March 12, 2018: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
Lars Bischoff, Christian Babisch, Jürgen Babisch, Frank Layher, Klaus Sander, Georg Matziolis, Stefan Pietsch, Eric Röhner
INTRODUCTION: The use of Kinesio tape (KT) to improve proprioception is a matter of considerable debate. In comparison, the rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament is a sufficiently well-investigated injury with a proven compromise of proprioception. The objective of the present study was to assess a supportive effect on proprioception after KT application, taking the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture as an example. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty-eight patients who had suffered an ACL rupture, confirmed clinically and by magnetic resonance imaging, and who were treated conservatively or were awaiting surgery were included in this study...
March 10, 2018: European Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery & Traumatology: Orthopédie Traumatologie
Monique H Vaughan, Shunaha Kim-Fine, Kathie L Hullfish, Tovia M Smith, Nazema Y Siddiqui, Elisa R Trowbridge
STUDY OBJECTIVE: To establish construct validity of the simulated vaginal hysterectomy trainer (SimVaHT). DESIGN: Cross-sectional validation study (Canadian Task Force classification II-2). SETTING: Single academic medical center in the United States. SUBJECTS: Fourteen residents in Obstetrics and Gynecology (four PGY-1, four PGY-2, three PGY-3 and three PGY-4). PGY-1 and PGY-2 residents were grouped to form the "junior level" cohort, while PGY-3 and PGY-4 residents comprised the "senior level" cohort...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
H J C de Vries, M Soltanipoor, S Kezic, C E Vergunst
Camellia sinensis extract/Sinecatechins/10% ointment is a registered topical therapy for the treatment of external and perianal genital warts, to be applied thrice daily. Pharmacokinetic studies elucidating the most optimal frequency of application have not been undertaken, and a less frequent (more convenient) application schedule might also be effective. Here, we measured epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) concentrations, the main Camellia sinensis extract component, in the stratum corneum (SC) over time after one application...
March 10, 2018: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
Takeshi Matsubara, Hiroshi Iwamoto, Yuki Nakazato, Tomoyuki Okamoto, Tatsuya Ehara, Hirohisa Izumi, Yasuhiro Takeda
BACKGROUND: Epicutaneous sensitization to food allergens can occur through defective skin barriers. However, the relationship between oral tolerance and epicutaneous sensitization remains to be elucidated. We aimed to determine whether prior oral exposure to whey proteins or their hydrolysates prevents epicutaneous sensitization and subsequent food allergic reaction to the whey protein, β-lactoglobulin (β-LG), and investigated the underlying mechanisms. METHODS: BALB/c mice were given whey protein concentrate (WPC), two kinds of partial whey protein hydrolysate (PWH1 or PWH2), or extensive whey protein hydrolysate (EWH) in drinking water for 21 days...
March 8, 2018: Pediatric Allergy and Immunology
Soledad Coo, Susanne Somerville, Rochelle Matacz, Shannon Byrne
OBJECTIVE AND BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to investigate the outcomes of an Emotional Wellbeing Group intervention developed to treat maternal depression and anxiety while concurrently supporting positive development of the mother-infant relationship. METHOD: Five women diagnosed with depressive and/or anxiety disorders and their infants completed the Emotional Wellbeing Group. The participants completed pre- and post- intervention assessments which included self-report measures of mood and the motherhood experience, and a video-taped, unstructured play session between mothers and their infants...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology
Gwendolyn Vuurberg, Alexander Hoorntje, Lauren M Wink, Brent F W van der Doelen, Michel P van den Bekerom, Rienk Dekker, C Niek van Dijk, Rover Krips, Masja C M Loogman, Milan L Ridderikhof, Frank F Smithuis, Sjoerd A S Stufkens, Evert A L M Verhagen, Rob A de Bie, Gino M M J Kerkhoffs
This guideline aimed to advance current understandings regarding the diagnosis, prevention and therapeutic interventions for ankle sprains by updating the existing guideline and incorporate new research. A secondary objective was to provide an update related to the cost-effectiveness of diagnostic procedures, therapeutic interventions and prevention strategies. It was posited that subsequent interaction of clinicians with this guideline could help reduce health impairments and patient burden associated with this prevalent musculoskeletal injury...
March 7, 2018: British Journal of Sports Medicine
Irena Kovačević, Višnja Majerić Kogler, Tihana Magdić Turković, Lidija Fumić Dunkić, Željko Ivanec, Davorina Petek
BACKGROUND: Self-care is often the first choice for people with chronic musculoskeletal pain. Self-care includes the use of non-prescription medications with no doctor's supervision, as well as the use of other modern and traditional treatment methods with no consultation of the health care provider. Self-care may have positive effects on the successful outcome of a multidisciplinary approach to treatment. The aim of this study was to investigate the experiences and attitudes of patients and health care providers to the self-care of chronic musculoskeletal pain...
March 7, 2018: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
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