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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102899/b-type-natriuretic-peptide-guided-treatment-for-heart-failure
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Julie McLellan, Carl J Heneghan, Rafael Perera, Alison M Clements, Paul P Glasziou, Karen E Kearley, Nicola Pidduck, Nia W Roberts, Sally Tyndel, F Lucy Wright, Clare Bankhead
BACKGROUND: Heart failure is a condition in which the heart does not pump enough blood to meet all the needs of the body. Symptoms of heart failure include breathlessness, fatigue and fluid retention. Outcomes for patients with heart failure are highly variable; however on average, these patients have a poor prognosis. Prognosis can be improved with early diagnosis and appropriate use of medical treatment, use of devices and transplantation. Patients with heart failure are high users of healthcare resources, not only due to drug and device treatments, but due to high costs of hospitalisation care...
December 22, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077064/an-internet-based-bioinformatics-toolkit-for-plant-biosecurity-diagnosis-and-surveillance-of-viruses-and-viroids
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Roberto A Barrero, Kathryn R Napier, James Cunnington, Lia Liefting, Sandi Keenan, Rebekah A Frampton, Tamas Szabo, Simon Bulman, Adam Hunter, Lisa Ward, Mark Whattam, Matthew I Bellgard
BACKGROUND: Detection and preventing entry of exotic viruses and viroids at the border is critical for protecting plant industries trade worldwide. Existing post entry quarantine screening protocols rely on time-consuming biological indicators and/or molecular assays that require knowledge of infecting viral pathogens. Plants have developed the ability to recognise and respond to viral infections through Dicer-like enzymes that cleave viral sequences into specific small RNA products. Many studies reported the use of a broad range of small RNAs encompassing the product sizes of several Dicer enzymes involved in distinct biological pathways...
January 11, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071806/gps-perspectives-on-prescribing-for-older-people-in-primary-care-a-qualitative-study
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David O Riordan, Stephen Byrne, Aoife Fleming, Patricia M Kearney, Rose Galvin, Carol Sinnott
AIMS: The aim of this study was firstly to reveal the determinants of GP prescribing behaviour for older adults in primary care and secondly to elicit GPs' views on the potential role for broad intervention strategies involving pharmacists and/or information technology systems in general practice. METHODS: Semi-structured qualitative interviews were carried out with a purposive sample of GPs. Three multidisciplinary researchers independently coded the interview data using a framework approach...
January 10, 2017: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048846/mo-de-204-02-optimization-of-the-patient-ct-dose-in-europe
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V Tsapaki
: The main topic of the session is to show how dose optimization is being implemented in various regions of the world, including Europe, Australia, North America and other regions. A multi-national study conducted under International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) across more than 50 less resourced countries gave insight into patient radiation doses and safety practices in CT, mammography, radiography and interventional procedures, both for children and adults. An important outcome was the capability development on dose assessment and management...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048195/mo-de-204-03-radiology-dose-optimisation-an-australian-perspective
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D Schick
: The main topic of the session is to show how dose optimization is being implemented in various regions of the world, including Europe, Australia, North America and other regions. A multi-national study conducted under International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) across more than 50 less resourced countries gave insight into patient radiation doses and safety practices in CT, mammography, radiography and interventional procedures, both for children and adults. An important outcome was the capability development on dose assessment and management...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047542/mo-de-204-04-dose-optimization-in-ct-trends-and-motivation-in-the-us
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J Kofler
: The main topic of the session is to show how dose optimization is being implemented in various regions of the world, including Europe, Australia, North America and other regions. A multi-national study conducted under International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) across more than 50 less resourced countries gave insight into patient radiation doses and safety practices in CT, mammography, radiography and interventional procedures, both for children and adults. An important outcome was the capability development on dose assessment and management...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047395/mo-de-204-00-international-symposium-patient-dose-reduction-in-diagnostic-radiology
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Eugene Lief
: The main topic of the session is to show how dose optimization is being implemented in various regions of the world, including Europe, Australia, North America and other regions. A multi-national study conducted under International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) across more than 50 less resourced countries gave insight into patient radiation doses and safety practices in CT, mammography, radiography and interventional procedures, both for children and adults. An important outcome was the capability development on dose assessment and management...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046731/mo-de-204-01-radiation-doses-in-over-50-developing-countries-of-asia-africa-eastern-european-and-latin-america
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M Rehani
: The main topic of the session is to show how dose optimization is being implemented in various regions of the world, including Europe, Australia, North America and other regions. A multi-national study conducted under International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) across more than 50 less resourced countries gave insight into patient radiation doses and safety practices in CT, mammography, radiography and interventional procedures, both for children and adults. An important outcome was the capability development on dose assessment and management...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012704/tomosynthesis-a-new-radiologic-technique-for%C3%A2-rapid-diagnosis-of-scaphoid-fractures
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N Compton, L Murphy, F Lyons, J Jones, P MacMahon, J Cashman
Scaphoid fractures constitute 71% of all carpal bone fractures.(1) Early diagnosis and treatment has significant bearing on fracture union rates and better clinical outcomes. While displaced fractures can be readily seen on plain radiograph, undisplaced fractures can require advanced imaging modalities to confirm that diagnosis. Advanced imaging such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computerised tomography (CT) and bone scintigraphy are routinely used for the diagnosis of scaphoid fractures but require significant radiation exposure, increased cost and can be difficult to access...
December 21, 2016: Surgeon: Journal of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Ireland
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011430/carbon-dioxide-sequestration-using-nahso4-and-naoh-a-dissolution-and-carbonation-optimisation-study
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Aimaro Sanna, Luc Steel, M Mercedes Maroto-Valer
The use of NaHSO4 to leach out Mg fromlizardite-rich serpentinite (in form of MgSO4) and the carbonation of CO2 (captured in form of Na2CO3 using NaOH) to form MgCO3 and Na2SO4 was investigated. Unlike ammonium sulphate, sodium sulphate can be separated via precipitation during the recycling step avoiding energy intensive evaporation process required in NH4-based processes. To determine the effectiveness of the NaHSO4/NaOH process when applied to lizardite, the optimisation of the dissolution and carbonation steps were performed using a UK lizardite-rich serpentine...
December 20, 2016: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27995985/de-novo-transcriptome-assembly-development-of-est-ssr-markers-and-population-genetic-analyses-for-the-desert-biomass-willow-salix-psammophila
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Huixia Jia, Haifeng Yang, Pei Sun, Jianbo Li, Jin Zhang, Yinghua Guo, Xiaojiao Han, Guosheng Zhang, Mengzhu Lu, Jianjun Hu
Salix psammophila, a sandy shrub known as desert willow, is regarded as a potential biomass feedstock and plays an important role in maintaining local ecosystems. However, a lack of genomic data and efficient molecular markers limit the study of its population evolution and genetic breeding. In this study, chromosome counts, flow cytometry and SSR analyses indicated that S. psammophila is tetraploid. A total of 6,346 EST-SSRs were detected based on 71,458 de novo assembled unigenes from transcriptome data. Twenty-seven EST-SSR markers were developed to evaluate the genetic diversity and population structure of S...
December 20, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27982007/motivational-interviewing-in-general-dental-practice-a-review-of-the-evidence
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E J Kay, D Vascott, A Hocking, H Nield
Objectives The objective of this study was to systematically review the evidence regarding the use of motivational interviewing in the context of general dental practice, in order that practitioners can decide whether it might be an important skill to develop within their practices.Data sources The results reported in this study form part of a larger systematic review which sought to identify whether oral health promotion within dental practice is effective and how its effects can be optimised. Here, we focus on the papers describing motivational interviewing in dental practice published since 1994...
December 16, 2016: British Dental Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27978818/multiple-and-mixed-methods-in-formative-evaluation-is-more-better-reflections-from-a-south-african-study
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Willem Odendaal, Salla Atkins, Simon Lewin
BACKGROUND: Formative programme evaluations assess intervention implementation processes, and are seen widely as a way of unlocking the 'black box' of any programme in order to explore and understand why a programme functions as it does. However, few critical assessments of the methods used in such evaluations are available, and there are especially few that reflect on how well the evaluation achieved its objectives. This paper describes a formative evaluation of a community-based lay health worker programme for TB and HIV/AIDS clients across three low-income communities in South Africa...
December 15, 2016: BMC Medical Research Methodology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27970994/economic-resources-optimisation-in-the-hcv-setting-the-role-of-the-daas
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E Garagiola, L Ferrario, D Croce, B Menzaghi, T Quirino, G Rizzardini, E Foglia
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 2016: Value in Health: the Journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27966409/the-men-s-safer-sex-project-intervention-development-and-feasibility-randomised-controlled-trial-of-an-interactive-digital-intervention-to-increase-condom-use-in-men
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Julia V Bailey, Rosie Webster, Rachael Hunter, Mark Griffin, Nicholas Freemantle, Greta Rait, Claudia Estcourt, Susan Michie, Jane Anderson, Judith Stephenson, Makeda Gerressu, Chee Siang Ang, Elizabeth Murray
BACKGROUND: This report details the development of the Men's Safer Sex website and the results of a feasibility randomised controlled trial (RCT), health economic assessment and qualitative evaluation. OBJECTIVES: (1) Develop the Men's Safer Sex website to address barriers to condom use; (2) determine the best design for an online RCT; (3) inform the methods for collecting and analysing health economic data; (4) assess the Sexual Quality of Life (SQoL) questionnaire and European Quality of Life-5 Dimensions, three-level version (EQ-5D-3L) to calculate quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs); and (5) explore clinic staff and men's views of online research methodology...
December 2016: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965855/optimising-self-care-support-for-people-with-heart-failure-and-their-caregivers-development-of-the-rehabilitation-enablement-in-chronic-heart-failure-reach-hf-intervention-using-intervention-mapping
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Colin J Greaves, Jennifer Wingham, Carolyn Deighan, Patrick Doherty, Jennifer Elliott, Wendy Armitage, Michelle Clark, Jackie Austin, Charles Abraham, Julia Frost, Sally Singh, Kate Jolly, Kevin Paul, Louise Taylor, Sarah Buckingham, Russell Davis, Hasnain Dalal, Rod S Taylor
BACKGROUND: We aimed to establish the support needs of people with heart failure and their caregivers and develop an intervention to improve their health-related quality of life. METHODS: We used intervention mapping to guide the development of our intervention. We identified "targets for change" by synthesising research evidence and international guidelines and consulting with patients, caregivers and health service providers. We then used behaviour change theory, expert opinion and a taxonomy of behaviour change techniques, to identify barriers to and facilitators of change and to match intervention strategies to each target...
2016: Pilot and Feasibility Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965033/medication-management-policy-practice-and-research-in-australian-residential-aged-care-current-and-future-directions
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Janet K Sluggett, Jenni Ilomäki, Karla L Seaman, Megan Corlis, J Simon Bell
Eight percent of Australians aged 65 years and over receive residential aged care each year. Residents are increasingly older, frailer and have complex care needs on entry to residential aged care. Up to 63% of Australian residents of aged care facilities take nine or more medications regularly. Together, these factors place residents at high risk of adverse drug events. This paper reviews medication-related policies, practices and research in Australian residential aged care. Complex processes underpin prescribing, supply and administration of medications in aged care facilities...
December 10, 2016: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27959891/promoting-the-use-of-common-oat-genetic-resources-through-diversity-analysis-and-core-collection-construction
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Maja Boczkowska, Bogusław Łapiński, Izabela Kordulasińska, Denise F Dostatny, Jerzy H Czembor
The assessment of diversity and population structure and construction of a core collection is beneficial for the efficient use and management of germplasm. A unique collection of common oat landraces, cultivated in the temperate climate of central Europe until the end of the twentieth century, is preserved in the Polish gene bank. It consists of 91 accessions that have never been used in breeding programs. In order to optimise the use of this genetic resource, we aimed to: (1) determine genetic and agro-morphological diversity, (2) identify internal genetic variation of the tested accessions, (3) form a core collection and (4) recognise the accessions useful for breeding programs or re-release for cultivation...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27959886/crowdsourcing-for-translational-research-analysis-of-biomarker-expression-using-cancer-microarrays
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Jonathan Lawson, Rupesh J Robinson-Vyas, Janette P McQuillan, Andy Paterson, Sarah Christie, Matthew Kidza-Griffiths, Leigh-Anne McDuffus, Karwan A Moutasim, Emily C Shaw, Anne E Kiltie, William J Howat, Andrew M Hanby, Gareth J Thomas, Peter Smittenaar
BACKGROUND: Academic pathology suffers from an acute and growing lack of workforce resource. This especially impacts on translational elements of clinical trials, which can require detailed analysis of thousands of tissue samples. We tested whether crowdsourcing - enlisting help from the public - is a sufficiently accurate method to score such samples. METHODS: We developed a novel online interface to train and test lay participants on cancer detection and immunohistochemistry scoring in tissue microarrays...
January 17, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927860/prediction-of-outcome-from-adult-bacterial-meningitis-in-a-high-hiv-seroprevalence-resource-poor-setting-using-the-malawi-adult-meningitis-score-mams
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Emma C Wall, Mavuto Mukaka, Matthew Scarborough, Katherine Ma Ajdukiewicz, Katharine E Cartwright, Mulinda Nyirenda, Brigitte Denis, Theresa J Allain, Brian Faragher, David G Lalloo, Robert S Heyderman
: Acute bacterial meningitis (ABM) in adults residing in resource-poor countries is associated with mortality rates in excess of 50%. To improve outcome, interventional trials and standardised clinical algorithms are urgently required. To optimise these processes we developed and validated an outcome prediction tool to identify ABM patients at greatest risk of death. METHODS: We derived a nomogram using mortality predictors derived from a logistic regression model of a discovery database of adult Malawian ABM patients (n=523, 65% CSF culture positive)...
December 7, 2016: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
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