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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938425/linking-stress-and-infertility-a-novel-role-for-ghrelin
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Luba Sominsky, Deborah M Hodgson, Eileen A McLaughlin, Roger Smith, Hannah M Wall, Sarah J Spencer
Infertility affects a remarkable one in four couples in developing countries. Psychological stress is a ubiquitous facet of life, and while stress affects us all at some point, prolonged or unmanageable stress may become harmful for some individuals, negatively impacting on their health, including fertility. For instance, women who struggle to conceive are twice as likely to suffer from emotional distress than fertile women. Assisted reproductive technology treatments place an additional physical, emotional and financial burden of stress, particularly on women, who are often exposed to invasive techniques associated with treatment...
July 27, 2017: Endocrine Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938374/contraceptive-counseling-for-continuation-and-satisfaction
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Gillian B Schivone, Laura L Glish
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Quality contraceptive counseling has been identified as a potential means to reduce unintended pregnancy and to increase contraceptive continuation and satisfaction. Past approaches that focused on autonomous decision making and directive counseling have not been shown to meet these goals consistently. Women's health organizations globally are calling for improved counseling through more thorough discussion of side-effects and bleeding changes, and renewed focus on shared decision making and patient-centered care...
September 21, 2017: Current Opinion in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938252/emotional-impact-of-end-of-life-decisions-on-professional-relationships-in-the-icu-an-obstacle-to-collegiality
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Alexandra Laurent, Magalie Bonnet, Gilles Capellier, Pierre Aslanian, Paul Hebert
OBJECTIVES: End-of-life decisions are not only common in the ICU but also frequently elicit strong feelings among health professionals. Even though we seek to develop more collegial interprofessional approaches to care and health decision-making, there are many barriers to successfully managing complex decisions. The aim of this study is to better understand how emotions influence the end-of-life decision-making process among professionals working in ICU. DESIGN: Qualitative study with clinical interviews...
September 21, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938242/clinical-data-warehouse-an-effective-tool-to-create-intelligence-in-disease-management
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Mahtab Karami, Azin Rahimi
Clinical business intelligence tools such as clinical data warehouse enable health care organizations to objectively assess the disease management programs that affect the quality of patients' life and well-being in public. The purpose of these programs is to reduce disease occurrence, improve patient care, and decrease health care costs. Therefore, applying clinical data warehouse can be effective in generating useful information about aspects of patient care to facilitate budgeting, planning, research, process improvement, external reporting, benchmarking, and trend analysis, as well as to enable the decisions needed to prevent the progression or appearance of the illness aligning with maintaining the health of the population...
September 21, 2017: Health Care Manager
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938102/self-management-support-at-the-end-of-life-patients-carers-and-professionals-perspectives-on-managing-medicines
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N Campling, A Richardson, M Mulvey, M Bennett, B Johnston, S Latter
BACKGROUND: Pain is a frequently reported symptom by patients approaching the end of life and well-established that patients and carers hold fears relating to opioids, and experience side effects related to their use. The management of medicines is intrinsic to achieving effective pain relief. The concept of self-management support whilst well characterised in the context of chronic illness has not been elaborated with respect to end of life care. AIM: To identify patient, carer and professional views on the concept of self-management support at end of life, specifically in relation to analgesia and related medicines (for side-effect management) in order to describe, characterise and explain self-management support in this context...
September 6, 2017: International Journal of Nursing Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937923/psychological-factors-in-chronic-edema-a-case-control-study
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Christine J Moffatt, Aimee Aubeeluck, Peter J Franks, Debra C Doherty, Peter Mortimer, Isabelle Quere
BACKGROUND: To examine psychological health and perceived social support in patients with chronic edema (CE). METHODS AND RESULTS: A random sample of 107 patients with CE was group matched for age and gender with 102 community controls. The cases had swelling of the arm (38%) and leg (61%) and midline swelling (14%). Cases were more likely to be single or divorced/separated (p = 0.041) and have reduced mobility (p < 0.001). They had significantly poorer overall health related quality of life (HRQoL), in particular physical functioning (p = 0...
September 2017: Lymphatic Research and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937896/evaluation-of-oral-health-related-quality-of-life-to-assess-dental-treatment-in-preschool-children-with-early-childhood-caries-a-preliminary-study
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Ana Lúcia Vollú, Maria da Encarnação Perez Requejo da Costa, Lucianne Cople Maia, Andréa Fonseca-Gonçalves
PURPOSE: The oral health-related quality of life (OHRQoL) of preschool children with Early Childhood Caries (ECC) was used to assess the outcome of dental treatment. STUDY DESIGN: Children (3.56±1.31years) affected by ECC were selected. Anamnesis, clinical and radiographic exams were performed. Data about sociodemographic aspects, OHRQoL and dmf-t index were collected. The Brazilian version of Early Childhood Oral health Impact Scale (B-ECOHIS) was applied in two time intervals: before and after 30 days of treatment...
September 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937659/assessing-the-allocation-of-special-elderly-nursing-homes-in-tokyo-japan
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Ninglong You, Zhenjiang Shen, Tatsuya Nishino
Social welfare and public health departments require reliable assessments to enhance the rationality of phased construction of special elderly nursing homes (SENHs). This paper aims to assess the allocation of SENHs based on a beds-needed index for SENHs (BNIS). This may help departments determine the priority for approving locations of SENHs more accurately with a limited budget. Traditional assessments in Tokyo use the sphere of welfare, ward, and sphere of daily life as spatial units for estimating beds-to-elderly population ratios...
September 22, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937503/patient-burden-of-axial-spondyloarthritis
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Vibeke Strand, Jasvinder A Singh
Axial spondyloarthritis (AxSpA) is an inflammatory spondyloarthritis (SpA) that has significant impact on a patient's life. Symptoms, including fatigue, sleep problems, depression, and sexual dysfunction, can profoundly impact health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and limit work, leisure, and daily activities. Available therapies effectively manage pain and inflammation in early-stage disease, but patients often continue to experience impaired HRQoL. Thus, there remains a need for new therapies with novel mechanisms that can stop disease progression, potentially reverse damage caused by AxSpA and improve HRQoL in patients with AxSpA...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937474/patient-burden-of-axial-spondyloarthritis
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Vibeke Strand, Jasvinder A Singh
Axial spondyloarthritis (AxSpA) is an inflammatory spondyloarthritis (SpA) that has significant impact on a patient's life. Symptoms, including fatigue, sleep problems, depression, and sexual dysfunction, can profoundly impact health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and limit work, leisure, and daily activities. Available therapies effectively manage pain and inflammation in early-stage disease, but patients often continue to experience impaired HRQoL. Thus, there remains a need for new therapies with novel mechanisms that can stop disease progression, potentially reverse damage caused by AxSpA and improve HRQoL in patients with AxSpA...
October 2017: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937454/life-expectancy-and-metastatic-spine-scoring-systems-an-academic-institutional-experience
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Brian T Ragel, Gustavo A Mendez, Justin Reddington, David Ferachi, Charlotte D Kubicky, Travis C Philipp, Natalie L Zusman, Paul Klimo, Robert Hart, Jung Yoo, Alex C Ching
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective data collection study with application of metastatic spine scoring systems. OBJECTIVES: To apply the Tomita and revised Tokuhashi scoring systems to a surgical cohort at a single academic institution and analyze spine-related surgical morbidity and mortality rates. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Surgical management of metastatic spine patients requires tools that can accurately predict patient survival, as well as knowledge of morbidity and mortality rates...
October 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937334/optimal-threshold-estimator-of-a-prognostic-marker-by-maximizing-a-time-dependent-expected-utility-function-for-a-patient-centered-stratified-medicine
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Etienne Dantan, Yohann Foucher, Marine Lorent, Magali Giral, Philippe Tessier
Defining thresholds of prognostic markers is essential for stratified medicine. Such thresholds are mostly estimated from purely statistical measures regardless of patient preferences potentially leading to unacceptable medical decisions. Quality-Adjusted Life-Years are a widely used preferences-based measure of health outcomes. We develop a time-dependent Quality-Adjusted Life-Years-based expected utility function for censored data that should be maximized to estimate an optimal threshold. We performed a simulation study to compare estimated thresholds when using the proposed expected utility approach and purely statistical estimators...
October 20, 2016: Statistical Methods in Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937235/heart-rate-variability-in-newborns
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K Javorka, Z Lehotska, M Kozar, Z Uhrikova, B Kolarovszki, M Javorka, M Zibolen
Heart rate (HR) and heart rate variability (HRV) in newborns is influenced by genetic determinants, gestational and postnatal age, and other variables. Premature infants have a reduced HRV. In neonatal HRV evaluated by spectral analysis, a dominant activity can be found in low frequency (LF) band (combined parasympathetic and sympathetic component). During the first postnatal days the activity in the high frequency (HF) band (parasympathetic component) rises, together with an increase in LF band and total HRV...
September 22, 2017: Physiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936910/modulation-of-the-gut-microbiota-a-focus-on-treatments-for-irritable-bowel-syndrome
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Lucinda A Harris, Noemi Baffy
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which is characterized by recurrent abdominal pain and disordered bowel habits, is one of the most common functional bowel disorders. IBS is a substantial burden on both patient health-related quality of life and health care costs. Several pathophysiologic mechanisms have been postulated for the occurrence of IBS, including altered gastrointestinal motility, visceral hypersensitivity, changes in gut permeability, immune activation, gut-brain dysregulation, autonomic nervous system dysfunction, and changes in the gut microbiota...
September 22, 2017: Postgraduate Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936808/impact-of-tocilizumab-monotherapy-on-clinical-and-patient-reported-quality-of-life-outcomes-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Leslie R Harrold, Ani John, George W Reed, Tmirah Haselkorn, Chitra Karki, YouFu Li, Jennie Best, Steve Zlotnick, Joel M Kremer, Jeffrey D Greenberg
INTRODUCTION: Tocilizumab (TCZ) monotherapy has been proven as an effective treatment for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in clinical trials. However, there are limited data available regarding the effectiveness of TCZ monotherapy in real-world clinical settings in the United States. The objective of this study was to evaluate the impact of TCZ monotherapy on disease activity and patient-reported outcomes (PROs) in a US-based observational cohort of patients with RA seen in routine clinical practice...
September 21, 2017: Rheumatology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936586/role-of-structured-individual-patient-education-in-the-prevention-of-vascular-complications-in-newly-diagnosed-type-2-diabetes-the-individual-therapeutic-education-in-newly-diagnosed-type-2-diabetes-intend-randomized-controlled-trial
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Adriana Coppola, Livio Luzi, Tiziana Montalcini, Andrea Giustina, Carmine Gazzaruso
OBJECTIVE: Recent studies showed that a structured patient therapeutic education (PTE) may decrease both mortality and the development of diabetes complications. Nevertheless, no data are available in the literature on the impact of individual PTE on the complications in newly diagnosed type 2 diabetic patients. Aim of the present randomized controlled trial is to evaluate the impact of individual PTE on the occurrence of macrovascular complications in newly diagnosed type 2 diabetic patients when compared to usual care (UC) and group PTE...
September 21, 2017: Endocrine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936434/prevalence-of-diabetic-foot-ulceration-and-associated-risk-factors-an-old-and-still-major-public-health-problem-in-khartoum-sudan
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Ahmed O Almobarak, Heitham Awadalla, Mugtaba Osman, Mohamed H Ahmed
BACKGROUND: Diabetic foot ulceration (DFU) is a major health problem across the globe. The objective of this study is to determine the prevalence of DFU and its associated risk factors in Sudanese individuals with diabetes. METHODS: Three hundred and ten individuals with type 2 diabetes, who have been on treatment for DM for at least 1 year and volunteered to participate, were enrolled in this study. Participants were interviewed using standardized pretested questionnaire to record medical history, socio-demographic, life style characteristics and presence of DFU...
September 2017: Annals of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936419/motivation-peer-training-bridging-the-gap-for-people-with-mobility-disabilities
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Lucy K Norris
BACKGROUND: Only 2% of people with disabilities in developing countries have access to basic services and rehabilitation. OBJECTIVES: To bridge this gap, Motivation has been running Peer Training activities since 1993 and has identified that there is a growing need for Peer Training. The overall aim of Peer Training is for wheelchair users (Peer Trainers) to provide others (with similar disabilities) with the relevant knowledge on health issues, rights and skills to achieve a basic level of independence and greater quality of life...
2017: Afr J Disabil
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936418/use-of-a-design-challenge-to-develop-postural-support-devices-for-intermediate-wheelchair-users
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Brenda N Onguti, Deepti Tanuku, Elizabeth J Himelfarb Hurwitz, Nathaniel C Moller, Youseph Yazdi, Shannon Egan, Eva S Bazant, Anthony Gichangi
The provision of an appropriate wheelchair, one that provides proper fit and postural support, promotes wheelchair users' physical health and quality of life. Many wheelchair users have postural difficulties, requiring supplemental postural support devices for added trunk support. However, in many low- and middle-income settings, postural support devices are inaccessible, inappropriate or unaffordable. This article describes the use of the design challenge model, informed by a design thinking approach, to catalyse the development of an affordable, simple and robust postural support device for low- and middle-income countries...
2017: Afr J Disabil
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936417/the-long-term-impact-of-wheelchair-delivery-on-the-lives-of-people-with-disabilities-in-three-countries-of-the-world
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Susan Shore
BACKGROUND: Lack of access to mobility for people with disabilities, particularly in less- resourced settings, continues to be widespread. Despite challenges to wheelchair delivery, the benefits to health, employment, social integration and life satisfaction are apparent. OBJECTIVES: Previous studies have explored the impact of receiving a wheelchair on the lives of the users through cross-sectional or short-term longitudinal analysis. The current study was undertaken to evaluate whether previously reported changes were sustained after 30 months of use, and whether results varied between two differing models of a wheelchair...
2017: Afr J Disabil
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