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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214938/baseline-trace-metals-in-patella-caerulea-in-a-central-tyrrhenian-ecosystem-pontine-islands-archipelago-and-lazio-region-coastal-sites-italy
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Marcelo Enrique Conti, Giustino Mele, Maria Grazia Finoia
In this study, we tested the aptitude of the gastropod mollusk Patella caerulea as biomonitor of elemental pollution in seawater of a central Tyrrhenian ecosystem (Pontine Islands archipelago and Lazio region coastal sites, Italy). Concentrations of Cd, Cr, Cu, Ni, Pb, and Zn were measured in 120 individuals collected in six strategic locations in two sampling campaigns during 2011 and 2012. Samples of surrounding seawater were also collected in the same sites and tested for the same metals in order to obtain the respective concentration factors (CFs)...
February 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214667/effects-of-prior-testing-lasting-a-full-year-in-ncanda-adolescents-contributions-from-age-sex-socioeconomic-status-ethnicity-site-family-history-of-alcohol-or-drug-abuse-and-baseline-performance
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Edith V Sullivan, Ty Brumback, Susan F Tapert, Devin Prouty, Rosemary Fama, Wesley K Thompson, Sandra A Brown, Kevin Cummins, Ian M Colrain, Fiona C Baker, Duncan B Clark, Tammy Chung, Michael D De Bellis, Stephen R Hooper, Bonnie J Nagel, B Nolan Nichols, Weiwei Chu, Dongjin Kwon, Kilian M Pohl, Adolf Pfefferbaum
Longitudinal study provides a robust method for tracking developmental trajectories. Yet inherent problems of retesting pose challenges in distinguishing biological developmental change from prior testing experience. We examined factors potentially influencing change scores on 16 neuropsychological test composites over 1year in 568 adolescents in the National Consortium on Alcohol and NeuroDevelopment in Adolescence (NCANDA) project. The twice-minus-once-tested method revealed that performance gain was mainly attributable to testing experience (practice) with little contribution from predicted developmental effects...
January 24, 2017: Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214385/temporal-changes-in-physiology-and-haematology-in-response-to-high-and-micro-doses-of-recombinant-human-erythropoietin
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Brad Clark, Sarah M Woolford, Annette Eastwood, Ken Sharpe, Peter G Barnes, Christopher J Gore
There is evidence to suggest athletes have adopted recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEPO) dosing regimens that diminish the likelihood they will be caught by direct detection techniques. However, the temporal response in physiology, performance and athlete biological passport (ABP) parameters to such regimens is not clearly understood. Participants were assigned to a high dose only group (HIGH, n = 8, six rHuEPO doses of 250 IU/kg over two weeks), a combined high micro-dose group (COMB, n = 8, high dose plus nine rHuEPO micro-doses over a further three weeks), or one of two placebo control groups who received saline in the same pattern as the HIGH (HIGH-PLACEBO, n = 4) or COMB (COMB-PLACEBO, n = 4) groups...
February 18, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214249/perceived-neighborhood-social-cohesion-and-preventive-healthcare-use
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Eric S Kim, Ichiro Kawachi
INTRODUCTION: Neighborhood social cohesion has been linked with better health and health behaviors, but its association with patterns of preventive healthcare use remains understudied. The hypothesis was that people with higher perceived neighborhood social cohesion would display increased use of preventive healthcare services. METHODS: Participants (N=7,168) were drawn from the 2006 wave of the Health and Retirement Study-a prospective and nationally representative panel study of American adults aged >50 years-and tracked for one wave (2 years)...
February 14, 2017: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214150/self-efficacy-for-deprescribing-a-survey-for-health-care-professionals-using-evidence-based-deprescribing-guidelines
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Barbara Farrell, Lisa Richardson, Lalitha Raman-Wilms, David de Launay, Mhd Wasem Alsabbagh, James Conklin
BACKGROUND: Although polypharmacy is associated with significant morbidity, deprescribing can be challenging. In particular, clinicians express difficulty with their ability to deprescribe (i.e. reduce or stop medications that are potentially inappropriate). Evidence-based deprescribing guidelines are designed to help clinicians take action on reducing or stopping medications that may be causing more harm than benefit. OBJECTIVES: Determine if implementation of evidence-based guidelines increases self-efficacy for deprescribing proton pump inhibitor (PPI), benzodiazepine receptor agonist (BZRA) and antipsychotic (AP) drug classes...
January 28, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214021/arfi-elastography-changes-after-direct-acting-antiviral-treatment-in-transplanted-livers-with-relapse-of-hepatitis-c-virus-infection
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M Alfageme Zubillaga, T Fontanilla Echeveste, I Pérez González, A Royuela Vicente, A M Duca, R M Ruiz Peralbo, C González Hernando
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the changes in the values obtained in acoustic radiation force impulse (ARFI) elastography of the liver after antiviral treatment in patients with liver transplants and hepatitis C virus (HVC) infection recurring after transplantation. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We studied 15 patients infected with HVC who had received liver transplants where an HVC infection recurring in the graft within one year after the transplant was treated with direct-acting antivirals...
February 14, 2017: Radiología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213634/a-randomized-controlled-trial-of-social-norm-interventions-to-increase-physical-activity
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Christopher M Wally, Linda D Cameron
BACKGROUND: Physical activity confers numerous health benefits, yet few adults meet recommended physical activity guidelines. PURPOSE: The impact of brief messages providing descriptive and injunctive social norm feedback on physical activity was tested in this conceptual pilot study. METHODS: Young adults (N = 111) were randomly assigned to one of three conditions: descriptive norm feedback, descriptive-plus-injunctive norm feedback, or no social feedback (control condition)...
February 17, 2017: Annals of Behavioral Medicine: a Publication of the Society of Behavioral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213480/a-common-genetic-variant-risk-score-is-associated-with-drug-induced-qt-prolongation-and-torsade-de-pointes-risk-a-pilot-study
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David G Strauss, Jose Vicente, Lars Johannesen, Ksenia Blinova, Jay W Mason, Peter Weeke, Elijah R Behr, Dan M Roden, Raymond Woosley, Gulum Kosova, Michael A Rosenberg, Christopher Newton-Cheh
Background -Drug-induced QT interval prolongation, a risk factor for life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias, is a potential side effect of many marketed and withdrawn medications. The contribution of common genetic variants previously associated with baseline QT interval to drug-induced QT prolongation and arrhythmias is not known. Methods -We tested the hypothesis that a weighted combination of common genetic variants contributing to QT interval at baseline, identified through genome-wide association studies, can predict individual response to multiple QT-prolonging drugs...
February 17, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213121/determination-of-a-clinically-important-difference-and-definition-of-a-responder-threshold-for-the-ucsd-performance-based-skills-assessment-upsa-in-patients-with-major-depressive-disorder
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Philip D Harvey, William Jacobson, Wei Zhong, George G Nomikos, Christina Kurre Olsen, Elizabeth Merikle, Michael Cronquist Christensen
BACKGROUND: This article reports an evaluation of the psychometric properties and clinically important difference (CID) threshold of the UCSD Performance-Based Skills Assessment (UPSA) in major depressive disorder (MDD), using data from a large-scale study of the effects of vortioxetine on cognitive functioning and functional capacity in MDD patients. METHODS: Adults with moderate-to-severe recurrent MDD and self-reported cognitive dysfunction were randomized to 8 weeks of double-blind treatment with vortioxetine 10/20mg QD (flexible), duloxetine 60mg QD, or placebo...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213059/multidisciplinary-team-learning-in-the-management-of-the-morbidly-adherent-placenta-outcome-improvements-over-time
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Alireza A Shamshirsaz, Karin A Fox, Hadi Erfani, Steven L Clark, Bahram Salmanian, B Wycke Baker, Michael Coburn, Amir A Shamshirsaz, Zhoobin H Bateni, Jimmy Espinoza, Ahmed A Nassr, Edwina J Popek, Shiu-Ki Hui, Jun Teruya, Celestine Shauching Tung, Jeffery A Jones, Martha Rac, Gary A Dildy, Michael A Belfort
BACKGROUND: Morbidly adherent placenta (MAP) is a serious obstetric complication causing mortality and morbidity. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether outcomes of patients with morbidly adherent placenta improve with increasing experience within a well-established multidisciplinary team at a single referral center. STUDY DESIGN: All singleton pregnancies with pathology-confirmed MAP (including placenta accreta, increta or percreta) managed by a multidisciplinary team between January 2011 and August 2016 were included in this retrospective study...
February 14, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212979/degradation-of-optical-and-surface-properties-of-resin-based-composites-with-distinct-nanoparticle-sizes-but-equivalent-surface-area
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Vinícius Esteves Salgado, Larissa Maria Cavalcante, Rafael R Moraes, Harry B Davis, Jack L Ferracane, Luis Felipe Schneider
OBJECTIVE: To determine the optical and surface properties of model resin-based composites made with distinct nanoparticle sizes but equalized surface area, among them, before and after ageing. METHODS: Model resin-based composites based on BisGMA/TEGDMA (50:50mol%) were loaded with three different fumed silica filler content (7nm/examethyldisilazane, 12nm/octylsilane, and 16nm/dimethylchlorosilane), but with equivalent surface area (BET method). The optical and surface properties of the disk-shaped specimens were measured in 24h after photoactivation (baseline) and repeated after water storage (90days at 37°C), and after abrasion (20,000 cycles of brushing)...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212877/defining-outcomes-for-clinical-trials-of-leber-congenital-amaurosis-caused-by-gucy2d-mutations
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Samuel G Jacobson, Artur V Cideciyan, Alexander Sumaroka, Alejandro J Roman, Jason Charng, Monica Lu, Shreyasi Choudhury, Sharon B Schwartz, Elise Heon, Gerald A Fishman, Shannon E Boye
PURPOSE: To determine outcome measures for a clinical trial of Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA) associated with mutations in the GUCY2D gene. DESIGN: Retrospective observational case series. METHODS: 28 patients with GUCY2D-LCA (ages 2-59) were studied clinically and with chromatic full-field sensitivity testing (FST), optical coherence tomography (OCT), pupillometry, and the NEI Visual Function Questionnaire. RESULTS: FST permitted quantitation of cone and rod sensitivity in these patients with severe visual impairment...
February 14, 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212292/azacitidine-for-front-line-therapy-of-patients-with-aml-reproducible-efficacy-established-by-direct-comparison-of-international-phase-3-trial-data-with-registry-data-from-the-austrian-azacitidine-registry-of-the-agmt-study-group
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Lisa Pleyer, Hartmut Döhner, Hervé Dombret, John F Seymour, Andre C Schuh, C L Beach, Arlene S Swern, Sonja Burgstaller, Reinhard Stauder, Michael Girschikofsky, Heinz Sill, Konstantin Schlick, Josef Thaler, Britta Halter, Sigrid Machherndl Spandl, Armin Zebisch, Angelika Pichler, Michael Pfeilstöcker, Eva M Autzinger, Alois Lang, Klaus Geissler, Daniela Voskova, Wolfgang R Sperr, Sabine Hojas, Inga M Rogulj, Johannes Andel, Richard Greil
We recently published a clinically-meaningful improvement in median overall survival (OS) for patients with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML), >30% bone marrow (BM) blasts and white blood cell (WBC) count ≤15 G/L, treated with front-line azacitidine versus conventional care regimens within a phase 3 clinical trial (AZA-AML-001; NCT01074047; registered: February 2010). As results obtained in clinical trials are facing increased pressure to be confirmed by real-world data, we aimed to test whether data obtained in the AZA-AML-001 trial accurately represent observations made in routine clinical practice by analysing additional AML patients treated with azacitidine front-line within the Austrian Azacitidine Registry (AAR; NCT01595295; registered: May 2012) and directly comparing patient-level data of both cohorts...
February 15, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212082/semantic-highlight-retrieval-and-term-prediction
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Min Sun, Kuo-Hao Zeng, Yenchen Lin, Farhadi Ali
Due to the unprecedented growth of unedited videos, finding highlights relevant to a text query in a set of unedited videos has become increasingly important. We refer this task as semantic highlight retrieval and propose a query-dependent video representation for retrieving a variety of highlights. Our method consists of two parts: (1) "viralets", a mid-level representation bridging between semantic (Fig. 1(a)) and visual (Fig. 1(c)) spaces; (2) a novel Semantic-MODulation (SMOD) procedure to make viralets query-dependent (referred to as SMOD viralets)...
February 13, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212067/the-treatment-of-severe-childhood-aggression-study-12-weeks-of-extended-blinded-treatment-in-clinical-responders
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Robert L Findling, Lisa Townsend, Nicole V Brown, L Eugene Arnold, Kenneth D Gadow, David J Kolko, Nora K McNamara, Devin S Gary, Dana B Kaplin, Cristan A Farmer, Heidi Kipp, Craig Williams, Eric M Butter, Oscar G Bukstein, Robert Rice, Kristin Buchan-Page, Brooke S G Molina, Michael G Aman
OBJECTIVES: Previous "Treatment of Severe Childhood Aggression" (TOSCA) reports demonstrated that many children with severe physical aggression and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) responded well to two randomized treatments (parent training [PT]+stimulant+placebo = Basic vs. PT+stimulant+risperidone = Augmented) for 9 weeks. An important clinical question is whether these favorable outcomes are maintained over longer times. METHODS: Clinical responders to the 9-week trial (n = 103/168), defined as Clinical Global Impressions (CGI)-Improvement of much/very much improved plus substantial reduction in parent ratings of disruptiveness, were followed another 12 weeks (21 weeks total) while remaining on blinded treatment...
February 2017: Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211988/intrathecal-enzyme-replacement-therapy-reverses-cognitive-decline-in-mucopolysaccharidosis-type-i
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Igor Nestrasil, Elsa Shapiro, Alena Svatkova, Patricia Dickson, Agnes Chen, Amy Wakumoto, Alia Ahmed, Edward Stehel, Sarah McNeil, Curtis Gravance, Elizabeth Maher
Mucopolysaccharidosis type I (MPS I) is an inherited lysosomal storage disease that seriously affects the brain. Severity of neurocognitive symptoms in attenuated MPS subtype (MPS IA) broadly varies partially, due to restricted permeability of blood-brain barrier (BBB) which limits treatment effects of intravenously applied α-L-iduronidase (rhIDU) enzyme. Intrathecal (IT) rhIDU application as a possible solution to circumvent BBB improved brain outcomes in canine models; therefore, our study quantifies effects of IT rhIDU on brain structure and function in an MPS IA patient with previous progressive cognitive decline...
March 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211882/aflibercept-as-a-second-line-therapy-for-neovascular-age-related-macular-degeneration-in-israel-asli-study
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L Tiosano, O Segal, N Mathalone, A Pollack, R Ehrlich, I Klemperer, Y Barak, I Moroz, I Chowers, M Goldstein
PurposeThe purpose of this study is to evaluate an early switch to aflibecept in eyes with neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nvAMD) showing partial or lack of response for initial therapy with bevacizumab.MethodsThe Aflibercept as a Second Line Therapy for Neovascular Age Related Macular Degeneration in Israel (ASLI) was a prospective, multicenter, single-arm clinical trial. Eyes with nvAMD having incomplete response to 3-9 prior bevacizumab injections were recruited. Three monthly intravitreal aflibercept (2 mg) injections were administered, followed by two bi-monthly injections and a final examination at week 28...
February 17, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211813/classification-of-depression-cognitive-disorders-and-co-morbid-depression-and-cognitive-disorders-with-perfusion-spect-neuroimaging
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Daniel G Amen, Pavitra Krishnamani, Somayeh Meysami, Andrew Newberg, Cyrus A Raji
BACKGROUND: Depression and cognitive disorders (CDs) are two common co-morbid afflictions that commonly present with overlapping symptoms. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate if perfusion neuroimaging with brain SPECT can distinguish persons with depression from those with CDs or both conditions. METHODS: Inclusion criteria were DSM-IV defined depression or CDs (Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia, dementia not otherwise specified, and amnestic disorders not otherwise specified) including persons with both (total n = 4,541; 847 CDs, 3,269 depression, 425 with both)...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211797/effects-of-an-intervention-based-on-the-transtheoretical-model-on-back-muscle-endurance-physical-function-and-pain-in-rice-farmers-with-chronic-low-back-pain
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Thanakorn Thanawat, Nomjit Nualnetr
BACKGROUND: Chronic low back pain (LBP) can be managed by exercises which should be tailored to an individual's readiness to behavioral change. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effects of an intervention program based on the Transtheoretical Model of behavioral change (TTM) on back muscle endurance, physical function and pain in rice farmers with chronic LBP. METHODS: In a 32-week study, 126 rice farmers were allocated to the TTM (n= 62) and non-TTM (n= 64) groups...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211482/neoadjuvant-chemotherapy-followed-by-concurrent-chemoradiotherapy-versus-concurrent-chemoradiotherapy-alone-in-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma-patients-with-cervical-nodal-necrosis
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Mei Lan, Chunyan Chen, Ying Huang, Li Tian, Zhijun Duan, Fei Han, Junfang Liao, Meiling Deng, Terence T Sio, Anussara Prayongrat, Lie Zheng, Shaoxiong Wu, Taixiang Lu
The effectiveness of neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NACT) followed by concurrent chemoradiotherapy (CCRT) compared with CCRT alone in nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) patients who presented with cervical nodal necrosis (CNN) is unknown. A total of 792 patients with stage T1-4N1-3M0 NPC and presented with CNN based on magnetic resonance imaging were retrospectively reviewed. Propensity score matching method was used to balance treatment arms for baseline characteristics. Eventually, 508 patients were propensity-matched on a 1:1 basis to create two groups (NACT + CCRT and CCRT groups)...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
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