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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933267/a-mixed-method-study-of-the-efficacy-of-physical-activity-consultation-as-an-adjunct-to-standard-smoking-cessation-treatment-among-male-smokers-in-malaysia
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Yuin Yi Lee, Selina Khoo, Tony Morris, Clare Hanlon, Lei-Hum Wee, Eng Wah Teo, Yuhanis Adnan
BACKGROUND: This study examined the effectiveness of using Physical Activity Consultation (PAC) as an addition to the standard smoking cessation treatment in Malaysia. We explored participants' experiences in terms of physical activity and smoking abstinence with the combined PAC and smoking cessation intervention. METHODS: Walk-in smokers from a local smoking cessation clinic volunteered for the 8-week intervention program, while undergoing standard smoking cessation treatment...
2016: SpringerPlus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932971/evaluation-of-phase-amplitude-coupling-in-resting-state-magnetoencephalographic-signals-effect-of-surrogates-and-evaluation-approach
#2
Bakul Gohel, Sanghyun Lim, Min-Young Kim, Kyung-Min An, Ji-Eun Kim, Hyukchan Kwon, Kiwoong Kim
Phase-amplitude coupling (PAC) plays an important role in neural communication and computation. Interestingly, recent studies have indicated the presence of ubiquitous PAC phenomenon even during the resting state. Despite the importance of PAC phenomenon, estimation of significant physiological PAC is challenging because of the lack of appropriate surrogate measures to control false positives caused by non-physiological PAC. Therefore, in the present study, we evaluated PAC phenomenon during resting-state magnetoencephalography (MEG) signal and considered various surrogate measures and computational approaches widely used in the literature in addition to proposing new ones...
2016: Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922028/a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-trial-to-examine-the-effectiveness-of-lubiprostone-on-constipation-symptoms-and-colon-transit-time-in-diabetic-patients
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Jennifer Christie, Sagar Shroff, Nikrad Shahnavaz, Latoya A Carter, Melanie S Harrison, Karan A Dietz-Lindo, John Hanfelt, Shanthi Srinivasan
OBJECTIVES: Constipation is the most common GI symptom in patients with diabetes mellitus (DM). Importantly, patients with constipation have lower health-related quality of life than those without constipation. Effective therapies for constipation are limited and there is a paucity of data evaluating the treatment of constipation in diabetics. METHODS: Diabetic patients with chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC) as defined by Rome III criteria were recruited from outpatient clinics at a tertiary-care center and a Veterans Administration Hospital...
December 6, 2016: American Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919673/proximal-tibial-anterior-open-wedge-oblique-osteotomy-a-novel-technique-to-correct-genu-recurvatum
#4
Tae Woo Kim, Sahnghoon Lee, Jung-Ro Yoon, Hyuk-Soo Han, Myung Chul Lee
BACKGROUND: For successful acute correction of genu recurvatum, accurate correction of plateau angle, restoration of anatomical axis, rigid fixation, and preservation of patellar height are essential. However, a surgical treatment that satisfies all these conditions has not yet been established. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the novel technique of proximal tibial anterior open-wedge oblique osteotomy (PT-AOWOO) for the treatment of genu recurvatum. METHODS: Five patients with genu recurvatum underwent PT-AOWOO from 2008 to 2013...
December 2, 2016: Knee
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917596/plasma-adrenocorticotropic-hormone-but-not-aldosterone-is-correlated-with-blood-pressure-in-patients-with-aldosterone-producing-adenomas
#5
Hiroki Kobayashi, Akira Haketa, Ueno Takahiro, Hiromasa Otsuka, Sho Tanaka, Yoshinari Hatanaka, Yukihiro Ikeda, Masanori Abe, Noboru Fukuda, Masayoshi Soma
Although plasma aldosterone concentration (PAC) varies depending on primary aldosteronism (PA) subtypes, patients with different subtypes may have similar blood pressure (BP). The authors hypothesized that hormones other than aldosterone might influence BP in PA patients. A total of 73 PA cases, including 30 cases of aldosterone-producing adenomas (APAs), 29 cases of bilateral hyperaldosteronism, and 24 control cases of essential hypertension were enrolled retrospectively. The authors examined the levels of aldosterone, cortisol, renin, and adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) measured at 12 am, 6 am, 12 pm, and 6 pm and BP in the early morning (6 am to 7 am), late morning (9 am to 11 am), and early evening (5 pm to 7 pm)...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Clinical Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917479/hospital-postacute-care-referral-networks-is-referral-concentration-associated-with-medicare-style-bundled-payments
#6
Ramandeep Kaur, Jennifer N Perloff, Christopher Tompkins, Christine E Bishop
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether Medicare-style bundled payments are lower or higher for beneficiaries discharged from hospitals with postacute care (PAC) referrals concentrated among fewer PAC providers. DATA SOURCE: Medicare Part A and Part B claim (2008-2012) for all beneficiaries residing in any of 17 market areas: the Provider of Service file, the Healthcare Cost Report Information System, and the Dartmouth Atlas. STUDY DESIGN: An observational study in which hospitals were distinguished according to PAC referral concentration, which is the tendency to utilize fewer rather than more PAC providers...
December 5, 2016: Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916322/the-routine-use-of-the-pulmonary-artery-catheter-should-be-abandoned
#7
Nayer Youssef, Richard P Whitlock
The pulmonary artery catheter (PAC) is the most common method of measuring cardiac output in cardiac surgery. However, its use has always been questioned in terms of survival benefit, specifically with regard to the accuracy of its measurements and its invasive nature, with the potential for serious complications. In this review we aimed to develop a clear understanding of the pitfalls of the use of PAC, and discuss its risks and available alternatives. We conclude that there is no indication for the routine use of PAC such that clinicians should carefully consider the clinical risks and benefits on a patient by patient basis...
October 17, 2016: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915174/molecular-and-physiological-responses-of-iranian-perennial-ryegrass-as-affected-by-trinexapac-ethyl-paclobutrazol-and-abscisic-acid-under-drought-stress
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Mohammad Hossein Sheikh Mohammadi, Nematollah Etemadi, Mohammad Mehdi Arab, Mostafa Aalifar, Mostafa Arab, Mohammad Pessarakli
Drought stress is the major limiting factor which affects turfgrass management in area with restricted rainfall or irrigation water supply. Trinexapac ethyl (TE), Paclobutrazol (PAC) and Abscisic acid (ABA) are three plant growth regulators (PGRs) that are commonly used on turf species for increasing their tolerance to different environmental stresses such as drought. However, little is known about the impact of PGRs on stress tolerance of Iranian Perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne). The present study was conducted to examine the visual and physiological changes of Iranian Perennial ryegrass in response to foliar application of TE, PAC, and ABA under drought stress conditions...
November 27, 2016: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915117/from-intentions-to-actions-neural-oscillations-encode-motor-processes-through-phase-amplitude-and-phase-amplitude-coupling
#9
Etienne Combrisson, Marcela Perrone-Bertolotti, Juan Lp Soto, Golnoush Alamian, Philippe Kahane, Jean-Philippe Lachaux, Aymeric Guillot, Karim Jerbi
Goal-directed motor behavior is associated with changes in patterns of rhythmic neuronal activity across widely distributed brain areas. In particular, movement initiation and execution are mediated by patterns of synchronization and desynchronization that occur concurrently across distinct frequency bands and across multiple motor cortical areas. To date, motor-related local oscillatory modulations have been predominantly examined by quantifying increases or suppressions in spectral power. However, beyond signal power, spectral properties such as phase and phase-amplitude coupling (PAC) have also been shown to carry information with regards to the oscillatory dynamics underlying motor processes...
November 30, 2016: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910017/fluorescence-in-situ-hybridization-probe-preparation
#10
Doron Tolomeo, Roscoe R Stanyon, Mariano Rocchi
The public human genome sequencing project utilized a hierarchical approach. A large number of BAC/PAC clones, with an insert size approximate from 50 kb to 300 kb, were identified and finely mapped with respect to the Sequence Tagged Site (STS) physical map and with respect to each other. A "golden path" of BACs, covering the entire human genome, was then selected and each clone was fully sequenced. The large number of remaining BACs was not fully sequenced, but the availability of the end sequence (~800-1000 bp) at each end allowed them to be very precisely mapped on the human genome...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905107/co-operative-suppression-of-inflammatory-responses-in-human-dendritic-cells-by-plant-proanthocyanidins-and-products-from-the-parasitic-nematode-trichuris-suis
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Andrew R Williams, Elsenoor J Klaver, Lisa C Laan, Aina Ramsay, Christos Fryganas, Rolf Difborg, Helene Kringel, Jess D Reed, Irene Mueller-Harvey, Søren Skov, Irma van Die, Stig M Thamsborg
Interactions between dendritic cells (DCs) and environmental, dietary and pathogen antigens play a key role in immune homeostasis and regulation of inflammation. Dietary polyphenols such as proanthocyanidins (PAC) may reduce inflammation, and we therefore hypothesized that PAC may suppress lipopolysaccharide (LPS) -induced responses in human DCs and subsequent T helper type 1 (Th1) -type responses in naive T cells. Moreover, we proposed that, because DCs are likely to be exposed to multiple stimuli, the activity of PAC may synergise with other bioactive molecules that have anti-inflammatory activity, e...
November 7, 2016: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904217/percutaneous-vertebroplasty-guided-by-preoperative-computed-tomography-measurements
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Zhongbao Tan, Zhenhai Di, Xuequn Mao, Jian Zhang, Rong Zou, Qingqing Wang
BACKGROUND: Percutaneous vertebroplasty (PVP) is now widely performed to treat painful vertebral compression fractures. Previous researches have reported numerous advantages. However, it rarely reported that how to determine the feasibility of the unilateral or bilateral approach and how to decide the puncture angle, the skin insertion site before the procedure. The aim of this study was to discuss the feasibility of PVP using unilateral pedicular approach by the three-dimensional positioning of computed tomography (CT) image...
November 2016: Indian Journal of Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903706/phase-amplitude-coupling-and-long-range-phase-synchronization-reveal-frontotemporal-interactions-during-visual-working-memory
#13
Jonathan Daume, Thomas Gruber, Andreas K Engel, Uwe Friese
: It has been suggested that cross-frequency phase-amplitude coupling (PAC) particularly in temporal brain structures serves as a neural mechanism for coordinated working memory storage. In this magnetoencephalography study, we show that during visual working memory maintenance, temporal cortex regions, which exhibit enhanced PAC, interact with prefrontal cortex via enhanced low-frequency phase synchronization. Healthy human participants were engaged in a visual delayed-matching-to-sample task with pictures of natural objects...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900623/efficient-removal-of-antibiotics-in-a-fluidized-bed-reactor-by-facile-fabricated-magnetic-powdered-activated-carbon
#14
Jianqing Ma, Qunfeng Yang, Dongmei Xu, Xiaomei Zeng, Yuezhong Wen, Weiping Liu
Powdered activated carbons (PACs) with micrometer size are showing great potential for enabling and improving technologies in water treatment. The critical problem in achieving practical application of PAC involves simple, effective fabrication of magnetic PAC and the design of a feasible reactor that can remove pollutants and recover the adsorbent efficiently. Herein, we show that such materials can be fabricated by the combination of PAC and magnetic Fe3O4 with chitosan-Fe hydrogel through a simple co-precipitation method...
November 29, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900172/comparative-effects-of-three-48-week-community-based-physical-activity-and-exercise-interventions-on-aerobic-capacity-total-cholesterol-and-mean-arterial-blood-pressure
#15
Steven Mann, Alfonso Jimenez, Sarah Domone, Chris Beedie
AIM: Insufficient research examines the treatment effectiveness of real-world physical activity (PA) interventions. PURPOSE: We investigated the effects of 3 interventions on directly measured cardiovascular variables. All treatments and measures were administered in community settings by fitness centre staff. METHODS: Participants were sedentary individuals receiving no medication to reduce cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk (n=369, age 43 ±5 years)...
2016: BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898913/benefits-of-including-methane-measurements-in-selection-strategies
#16
D L Robinson, V H Oddy
Estimates of genetic/phenotypic covariances and economic values for slaughter weight, growth, feed intake and efficiency, and three potential methane traits were compiled to explore the effect of incorporating methane measurements in breeding objectives for cattle and meat sheep. The cost of methane emissions was assumed to be zero (scenario A), A$476/t (based on A$14/t CO equivalent and methane's 100-yr global warming potential [GWP] of 34; scenario B), or A$2,580/t (A$30/t CO equivalent combined with methane's 20-yr GWP of 86; scenario C)...
September 2016: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898840/one-hour-portable-chamber-methane-measurements-are-repeatable-and-provide-useful-information-on-feed-intake-and-efficiency
#17
D L Robinson, M Cameron, A J Donaldson, S Dominik, V H Oddy
Feed intake (FI), live weight (LW), and ADG were recorded over 31 d in ninety-six 12-month-old ewes (progeny of 4 sires) given ad libitum access to chaffed lucerne/cereal hay. Methane (CH) and CO emissions of each ewe were measured for 40 to 60 min in portable accumulation chambers (PAC) and in respiration chambers (RC) over 22 h. Testing in RC increased the variability of FI on the test day and depressed the amount eaten from an average of 1,384 to 1,062 g/d; FI depression increased by 0.63 ± 0.24 percentage points for every kilogram of additional LW...
October 2016: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898787/zeolite-combined-with-alum-and-polyaluminum-chloride-mixed-with-agricultural-slurries-reduces-carbon-losses-in-runoff-from-grassed-soil-boxes
#18
J G Murnane, R B Brennan, O Fenton, M G Healy
Carbon (C) losses from agricultural soils to surface waters can migrate through water treatment plants and result in the formation of disinfection by-products, which are potentially harmful to human health. This study aimed to quantify total organic carbon (TOC) and total inorganic C losses in runoff after application of dairy slurry, pig slurry, or milk house wash water (MWW) to land and to mitigate these losses through coamendment of the slurries with zeolite (2.36-3.35 mm clinoptilolite) and liquid polyaluminum chloride (PAC) (10% AlO) for dairy and pig slurries or liquid aluminum sulfate (alum) (8% AlO) for MWW...
November 2016: Journal of Environmental Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897244/neural-oscillations-in-the-temporal-pole-for-a-temporally-congruent-audio-visual-speech-detection-task
#19
Takefumi Ohki, Atsuko Gunji, Yuichi Takei, Hidetoshi Takahashi, Yuu Kaneko, Yosuke Kita, Naruhito Hironaga, Shozo Tobimatsu, Yoko Kamio, Takashi Hanakawa, Masumi Inagaki, Kazuo Hiraki
Though recent studies have elucidated the earliest mechanisms of processing in multisensory integration, our understanding of how multisensory integration of more sustained and complicated stimuli is implemented in higher-level association cortices is lacking. In this study, we used magnetoencephalography (MEG) to determine how neural oscillations alter local and global connectivity during multisensory integration processing. We acquired MEG data from 15 healthy volunteers performing an audio-visual speech matching task...
November 29, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894175/comparison-of-cable-method-and-miniaci-method-using-picture-archiving-and-communication-system-in-preoperative-planning-for-open-wedge-high-tibial-osteotomy
#20
Seong-Dae Yoon, GuoFeng Zhang, Hee-June Kim, Byoung-Joo Lee, Hee-Soo Kyung
Purpose: The purpose was to compare the accuracy of Miniaci method using picture archiving and communication system (PACS) with a cable method in high tibial osteotomy (HTO). Materials and Methods: This study analyzed 47 patients (52 knees) with varus deformity and medial osteoarthritis. From 2007 to 2013, patients underwent HTO using either a cable method (20 knees) or Miniaci method based on a PACS image (32 knees). In the cable method, the 62.5% point of the mediolateral tibial plateau width was located using an electrocautery cord under fluoroscopy (cable group)...
December 1, 2016: Knee Surgery & related Research
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