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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222340/a-comparative-retrospective-exploration-of-the-profiles-of-patients-in-south-africa-diagnosed-with-epileptic-and-psychogenic-non-epileptic-seizures
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David G Anderson, Maria Damianova, Skye Hanekom, Marilyn Lucas
Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES) have a high prevalence globally but the accurate diagnosis of this condition still remains a challenge. This is particularly the case in countries where there is scarce expertise and insufficient affordable medical facilities to which patients have access. The rate of PNES diagnosis in epilepsy units is typically within the range of 20 to 30%. In the context of developing countries, this rate tends to be higher and increases demand on the existing scarce health care capacities...
February 18, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222271/pathways-to-lung-cancer-diagnosis-a-qualitative-study-of-patients-and-general-practitioners-about-diagnostic-and-pre-treatment-intervals
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Nicole M Rankin, Sarah York, Emily Stone, David Barnes, Deborah McGregor, Michelle Lai, Tim Shaw, Phyllis N Butow
RATIONALE: Pathways to lung cancer diagnosis and treatment are complex. International evidence shows significant variations in pathways. Qualitative research investigating pathways to lung cancer diagnosis rarely considers both patient and general practitioner views simultaneously. OBJECTIVES: To describe the lung cancer diagnostic pathway, focusing on the perspective of patients and general practitioners about diagnostic and pre-treatment intervals. METHODS: This qualitative study of lung cancer patients and general practitioners in Australia used qualitative interviews or a focus group in which participants responded to a semistructured questionnaire designed to explore experiences of the diagnostic pathway...
February 21, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222119/revised-hammersmith-scale-for-spinal-muscular-atrophy-a-sma-specific-clinical-outcome-assessment-tool
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Danielle Ramsey, Mariacristina Scoto, Anna Mayhew, Marion Main, Elena S Mazzone, Jacqueline Montes, Roberto de Sanctis, Sally Dunaway Young, Rachel Salazar, Allan M Glanzman, Amy Pasternak, Janet Quigley, Elizabeth Mirek, Tina Duong, Richard Gee, Matthew Civitello, Gihan Tennekoon, Marika Pane, Maria Carmela Pera, Kate Bushby, John Day, Basil T Darras, Darryl De Vivo, Richard Finkel, Eugenio Mercuri, Francesco Muntoni
Recent translational research developments in Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), outcome measure design and demands from regulatory authorities require that clinical outcome assessments are 'fit for purpose'. An international collaboration (SMA REACH UK, Italian SMA Network and PNCRN USA) undertook an iterative process to address discontinuity in the recorded performance of the Hammersmith Functional Motor Scale Expanded and developed a revised functional scale using Rasch analysis, traditional psychometric techniques and the application of clinical sensibility via expert panels...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222117/two-dynamic-regimes-in-the-human-gut-microbiome
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Sean M Gibbons, Sean M Kearney, Chris S Smillie, Eric J Alm
The gut microbiome is a dynamic system that changes with host development, health, behavior, diet, and microbe-microbe interactions. Prior work on gut microbial time series has largely focused on autoregressive models (e.g. Lotka-Volterra). However, we show that most of the variance in microbial time series is non-autoregressive. In addition, we show how community state-clustering is flawed when it comes to characterizing within-host dynamics and that more continuous methods are required. Most organisms exhibited stable, mean-reverting behavior suggestive of fixed carrying capacities and abundant taxa were largely shared across individuals...
February 21, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222016/a-review-of-the-challenge-in-measuring-and-standardizing-bcr-abl1
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Shuping Yu, Ming Cui, Xiao He, Rongrong Jing, Huimin Wang
Breakpoint cluster region-Abelson (BCR-ABL1) translocation is the characteristic sign of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). The quantitation of BCR-ABL1 messenger RNA is requisite for patients with CML, and reverse-transcription real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RQ-PCR) is the method used most extensively in testing laboratories worldwide. Nevertheless, substantial variation in RQ-PCR results from different laboratories makes interlaboratory comparability inconvincible owing to the lack of standardization...
February 21, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221954/molecular-detection-of-the-three-major-pathogenic-vibrio-species-from-seafood-products-and-sediments-in-tunisia-using-real-time-pcr
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Morsi Gdoura, Hanen Sellami, Hanen Nasfi, Rahma Trabelsi, Sabeur Mansour, Touraya Attia, Siwar Nsaibia, Tatiana Vallaeys, Radhouane Gdoura, Mariam Siala
: Vibrio spp. have emerged as a serious threat to human health worldwide. V. parahaemolyticus , V. cholerae , and V. vulnificus pose a considerable public health risk in Tunisia because they cause sporadic and epidemic foodborne infections associated with the consumption of raw or undercooked contaminated seafood. More recently, toxR-positive V. alginolyticus was also reported to be a potential source of contaminated seafood. A total of 247 samples, including 113 fishes ( Labrus viridis , Penaeus kerathurus , Diplodus annularis , Diplodus sparaillon , Scorparna porcus , Sarpa salpa , Dentex dentex , Scorparna scrofa , Sardinella aurita , Trachurus trachurus , Synodus saurus , Pagellus erythrinus , and Metapenaeus monoceros ), 83 clams ( Ruditapes decussatus species), 30 seawater samples, and 21 sediment samples were analyzed using traditional culture methods (ISO/TS 21872-1; International Organization for Standardization 2007) and a conventional PCR method for Vibrio spp...
December 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221952/development-of-a-home-food-safety-questionnaire-based-on-the-precede-model-targeting-iranian-women
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Fatemeh Esfarjani, Hedayat Hosseini, Fatemeh Mohammadi-Nasrabadi, Alireza Abadi, Roshanak Roustaee, Haleh Alikhanian, Marjan Khalafi, Mohammad Farhad Kiaee, Ramin Khaksar
Food safety is an essential public health issue for all countries. This study was the first attempt to design and develop a home food safety questionnaire (HFSQ), in the conceptual framework of the PRECEDE (predisposing, reinforcing, and enabling constructs in educational diagnosis and evaluation) model, and to assess its validity and reliability. The HFSQ was developed by reviewing electronic databases and 12 focus group discussions with 96 women volunteers. Ten panel members reviewed the questionnaire, and the content validity ratio and content validity index were computed...
December 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221872/analysis-of-food-safety-and-security-challenges-in-emerging-african-food-producing-areas-through-a-one-health-lens-the-dairy-chains-in-mali
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Rachel Cheng, Alberto Mantovani, Chiara Frazzoli
Challenges posed by changes in livestock production in emerging food producing areas and demographic development and climate change require new approaches and responsibilities in the management of food chains. The increasingly recognized role of primary food producers requires the support of the scientific community to instruct effective approaches based on scientific data, tools, and expertise. Mali is an emerging food producing area, and this review covers (i) the dairy farming scenario and its environment, (ii) the role of dairy production in food security, including the greatly different animal rearing systems in the Sahel and tropical regions, (iii) risk management pillars as modern infrastructures, effective farmer organizations, and institutional systems to guarantee animal health and safety of products, and (iv) feasible interventions based on good practices and risk assessment at the farm level (e...
January 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221763/inactivation-clearance-and-functional-effects-of-lung-instilled-short-and-long-silver-nanowires-in-rats
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Kian Fan Chung, Joanna Seiffert, Shu Chen, Ioannis G Theodorou, Angela Erin Goode, Bey Fen Leo, Catriona M McGilvery, Farhana Hussain, Coen Wiegman, Christos Rossios, Jie Zhu, Jicheng Gong, Farid Tariq, Vladimir Yufit, Alexander J Monteith, Teruo Hashimoto, Jeremy N Skepper, Mary P Ryan, Junfeng Jim Zhang, Teresa D Tetley, Alexandra E Porter
There is a potential for silver nanowires (AgNWs) to be inhaled but there is little information on their health effects and their chemical transformation inside the lungs in vivo. We studied the effects of short (S-AgNWs; 1.5µm) and long (L-AgNWs; 10 µm) nanowires instilled into the lungs of Sprague-Dawley rats. S- and L-AgNWs were phagocytosed and degraded by macrophages; there was no frustrated phagocytosis. Interestingly, both AgNWs were internalized in alveolar Type II epithelial cells (ATII), with precipitation of Ag2S on their surface as secondary Ag2S nanoparticles...
February 21, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221372/neglecting-legumes-has-compromised-human-health-and-sustainable-food-production
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Christine H Foyer, Hon-Ming Lam, Henry T Nguyen, Kadambot H M Siddique, Rajeev K Varshney, Timothy D Colmer, Wallace Cowling, Helen Bramley, Trevor A Mori, Jonathan M Hodgson, James W Cooper, Anthony J Miller, Karl Kunert, Juan Vorster, Christopher Cullis, Jocelyn A Ozga, Mark L Wahlqvist, Yan Liang, Huixia Shou, Kai Shi, Jingquan Yu, Nandor Fodor, Brent N Kaiser, Fuk-Ling Wong, Babu Valliyodan, Michael J Considine
The United Nations declared 2016 as the International Year of Pulses (grain legumes) under the banner 'nutritious seeds for a sustainable future'. A second green revolution is required to ensure food and nutritional security in the face of global climate change. Grain legumes provide an unparalleled solution to this problem because of their inherent capacity for symbiotic atmospheric nitrogen fixation, which provides economically sustainable advantages for farming. In addition, a legume-rich diet has health benefits for humans and livestock alike...
August 2, 2016: Nature Plants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220984/enacting-open-disclosure-in-the-uk-national-health-service-a-qualitative-exploration
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Reema Harrison, Yvonne Birks, Kate Bosanquet, Rick Iedema
BACKGROUND: Open and honest discussion between healthcare providers and patients and families affected by error is considered to be a central feature of high quality and safer patient care, evidenced by the implementation of open disclosure policies and guidance internationally. This paper discusses the perceived enablers that UK doctors and nurses report as facilitating the enactment of open disclosure. METHODS: Semistructured interviews with 13 doctors and 22 nurses from a range of levels and specialities from 5 national health service hospitals and primary care trusts in the UK were conducted and analysed using a framework approach...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220907/exposure-to-excessive-sounds-and-hearing-status-in-academic-classical-music-students
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Małgorzata Pawlaczyk-Łuszczyńska, Małgorzata Zamojska-Daniszewska, Adam Dudarewicz, Kamil Zaborowski
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to assess hearing of music students in relation to their exposure to excessive sounds. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Standard pure-tone audiometry (PTA) was performed in 168 music students, aged 22.5±2.5 years. The control group included 67 subjects, non-music students and non-musicians, aged 22.8±3.3 years. Data on the study subjects' musical experience, instruments in use, time of weekly practice and additional risk factors for noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) were identified by means of a questionnaire survey...
February 21, 2017: International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220656/impact-of-stillbirths-on-international-comparisons-of-preterm-birth-rates-a-secondary-analysis-of-the-who-multi-country-survey-of-maternal-and-newborn-health
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N Morisaki, T Ganchimeg, J P Vogel, J Zeitlin, J G Cecatti, J P Souza, C Pileggi Castro, M R Torloni, E Ota, R Mori, S M Dolan, S Tough, S Mittal, V Bataglia, B Yadamsuren, M S Kramer
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the extent to which stillbirths affect international comparisons of preterm birth rates in low- and middle-income countries. DESIGN: Secondary analysis of a multi-country cross-sectional study. SETTING: 29 countries participating in the World Health Organization Multicountry Survey on Maternal and Newborn Health. POPULATION: 258 215 singleton deliveries in 286 hospitals. METHODS: We describe how inclusion or exclusion of stillbirth affect rates of preterm births in 29 countries...
February 20, 2017: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220592/turkish-validation-of-the-urethral-stricture-surgery-specific-patient-reported-outcome-measure-uss-prom-with-supplemental-assessment-of-erectile-function-and-morbidity-due-to-oral-graft-harvesting
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Fikret Fatih Önol, Ahmet Bindayi, Ahmet Tahra, Ismail Basibuyuk, Sinasi Yavuz Onol
AIMS: We validated a Turkish language version of the urethral stricture surgery specific patient-reported outcome measure (USS-PROM) in men undergoing anterior urethroplasty. We also investigated changes in erectile function (EF) and quality of life (QoL) due to oral mucosa graft (OMG) harvesting. METHODS: The USS-PROM captures lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS), health related QoL (HRQoL) with EQ-5D visual analogue scale (EQ-VAS). To evaluate EF and OMG morbidity, we used International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF-5) and a self-completed questionnaire, respectively...
February 21, 2017: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220587/the-relationship-between-different-dimensions-of-alcohol-use-and-the-burden-of-disease-an-update
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Jürgen Rehm, Gerhard E Gmel, Gerrit Gmel, Omer S M Hasan, Sameer Imtiaz, Svetlana Popova, Charlotte Probst, Michael Roerecke, Robin Room, Andriy V Samokhvalov, Kevin D Shield, Paul A Shuper
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Alcohol use is a major contributor to injuries, mortality and the burden of disease. This review updates knowledge on risk relations between dimensions of alcohol use and health outcomes to be used in global and national Comparative Risk Assessments (CRAs). METHODS: Systematic review of reviews and meta-analyses on alcohol consumption and health outcomes attributable to alcohol use. For dimensions of exposure: volume of alcohol use, blood alcohol concentration and patterns of drinking, in particular heavy drinking occasions were studied...
February 20, 2017: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220459/-how-would-you-call-this-in-english-being-reflective-about-translations-in-international-cross-cultural-qualitative-research
#16
Esther Helmich, Sayra Cristancho, Laura Diachun, Lorelei Lingard
INTRODUCTION: Medical education researchers increasingly collaborate in international teams, collecting data in different languages and from different parts of the world, and then disseminating them in English-language journals. Although this requires an ever-present need to translate, it often occurs uncritically. With this paper we aim to enhance researchers' awareness and reflexivity regarding translations in qualitative research. METHODS: In an international study, we carried out interviews in both Dutch and English...
February 20, 2017: Perspectives on Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220219/-the-way-from-cost-approval-to-bariatric-surgery-analysis-of-resource-utilization-in-a%C3%A2-maximum-care-hospital
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F Nickel, C Tapking, U Zech, K Huennemeyer, A T Billeter, P C Müller, H G Kenngott, B P Müller-Stich, L Fischer
BACKGROUND: Morbid obesity is a medical and economic challenge. Patients who have the indications for bariatric surgery face a long way from the first visit until surgery and a high utilization of resources is required. OBJECTIVES: The present study aimed to evaluate labor costs and labor time required to supervise obese patients from their first visit until preparation of a bariatric report to ask for cost acceptance of bariatric surgery from their health insurance...
February 20, 2017: Der Chirurg; Zeitschrift Für Alle Gebiete der Operativen Medizen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220214/the-epidemiology-of-alcohol-use-in-izmir-turkey-drinking-pattern-impairment-and-help-seeking
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Halis Ulaş, Tolga Binbay, Umut Kırlı, Hayriye Elbi, Köksal Alptekin
PURPOSE: There is no report on various patterns of alcohol drinking and related impairment, help-seeking in Turkey. We investigated the 12-month prevalence and correlates of drinking patterns and alcohol use disorders in the general population of Izmir-Turkey, with further analyses on role impairment and help-seeking. METHOD: A multi-stage clustered area probability sample of adult household residents in the Izmir Metropolitan Area was assessed using the Composite International Diagnostic Interview 2...
February 20, 2017: Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220197/prevalence-of-sarcopenia-and-sarcopenic-obesity-in-older-german-men-using-recognized-definitions-high-accordance-but-low-overlap
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W Kemmler, M Teschler, A Weißenfels, C Sieber, E Freiberger, S von Stengel
: The relevance of sarcopenia and sarcopenic Obesity (SO) is rising in our aging societies. Applying recognized definitions to 965 community-dwelling Bavarian men 70 years+ resulted in a prevalence for sarcopenia between 3.7 and 4.9 and between 2.1 and 4.1% for SO. Despite this high consistency, the overlap between the definitions/approaches was <50%. INTRODUCTION: The relevance of sarcopenia and sarcopenic obesity (SO) is rising steadily in the aging societies of most developed nations...
February 20, 2017: Osteoporosis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220099/suppression-benefits-boys-in-taiwan-the-relation-between-gender-emotional-regulation-strategy-and-mental-health
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Kuang-Hui Yeh, Olwen Bedford, Chih-Wen Wu, Shu-Yi Wang, Nai-Shing Yen
Emotion regulation (ER) strategies have a clear impact on mental health outcomes. In 2 studies (N = 695, N = 433) we investigated gender differences in the use of 2 ER strategies (reappraisal and suppression) to handle parent-child conflict in Taiwanese adolescents. We also identified the implications of these differences for some negative emotions (self-blame and resentment) and internalizing problems (psychosomatic symptoms and social withdrawal). Results of the correlation analyses in both studies indicated that reappraisal and suppression ER strategies are positively correlated only in male Taiwanese adolescents...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
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