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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734237/the-spider-and-the-snake-a-psychometric-study-of-two-phobias-and-insights-from-the-hungarian-validation
#1
Andras N Zsido
Specific phobias-particularly zoophobias-are prevalent worldwide and can have fairly dramatic health consequences. Self-report measurements play a crucial role in phobia research studies; thus, it is important to have a reliable tool in different languages. The present investigation examined the psychometric properties of the Hungarian version of two commonly used measures of fear: the Spider Phobia Questionnaire (i.e. SPQ) and the Snake Questionnaire (i.e. SNAQ). The SPQ and SNAQ scores both demonstrated excellent reliability, including a test-retest over a 4-week period...
July 13, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734186/bilateral-vocal-cord-palsy-after-total-thyroidectomy-a-new-treatment-case-reports
#2
Fong-Fu Chou, Cheng-Ming Hsu, Chi-Chih Lai, Yi-Chia Chan, Shun-Yu Chi
INTRODUCTION: Dyspnea due to bilateral vocal cord palsy after total thyroidectomy (BVCPATT) is a life-threatening complication; nevertheless, we try to avoid tracheotomy. METHODS: Using normalized glottal area (NGA), we retrospectively studied 14 patients with BVCPATT. Nine patients without dyspnea were treated conservatively, while five with dyspnea received immediate bilevel positive air-way pressure (BiPAP) treatment. Both right and left recurrent nerves were grossly intact during surgery...
June 30, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732432/intradermal-skin-testing-in-allergic-rhinitis-and-asthma-with-negative-skin-prick-tests
#3
Fuat Erel, Nurhan Sarioglu, Mehmet Kose, Mustafa Kaymakci, Mucahide Gokcen, Ahmet Hamdi Kepekci, Mehmet Arslan
Taking medical history, physical examination, and performing some in vivo and in vitro tests are necessary for the diagnosis of allergy. Skin prick test (SPT) is considered as the standard method and first-line approach for the detection of allergic sensitization. Although mainly SPT is used for the detection of allergic sensitization, intradermal skin test (IDST) may be necessary, especially in patients with a negative SPT result. IDST is quite safe; however, is nowadays seldom used for detection of inhalant allergy and its value remains controversial...
June 2017: Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732313/biomechanics-of-cell-rearrangements-in-drosophila
#4
REVIEW
Boris Guirao, Yohanns Bellaïche
To acquire their adequate size and shape, living tissues grow and substantially deform as they develop. To do so, the cells making up the tissue can grow and deform as well, but they can also divide, intercalate and die. Among those cell behaviors, cell intercalation, also named cell rearrangement, is a major contributor to the morphogenesis of many cohesive tissues since it enables tissues to drastically deform as they develop while keeping their cohesiveness and avoiding extreme deformation of their cells...
July 18, 2017: Current Opinion in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732271/a-rare-anomaly-of-the-right-superior-pulmonary-vein-report-of-a-case
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Yoshinobu Ichiki, Kesei Kakizoe, Takayuki Hamatsu, Taketoshi Suehiro, Makiko Koike, Fumihiro Tanaka, Keizo Sugimachi
INTRODUCTION: Although there are a lot of variations of pulmonary veins (PVs) including dangerous type that could cause serous complications during the surgery, limited information has been reported about these variations. We have experienced an extremely rare anomaly of the right superior PV. PRESENTATION OF CASE: A 74-year-old man patient with right lung cancer visited our hospital. Chest computed tomography (CT) revealed a pulmonary nodule in the right lower lobe...
July 6, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732235/medication-takeovers-covert-druggings-and-behavioral-control-in-alzheimer-s
#6
Brandon Berry, Ester Carolina Apesoa-Varano
Older adults consume the most prescription medication in the U.S. For those who develop Alzheimer's disease, risk of medication misuse increases with the progression of the disease. Family members commonly intervene to lessen risks by taking over the management and administering of a medication regimen. Despite the potential for grave harm around the misuse of powerful drugs, few studies provide insight into the household social context of medication use for this disease. Drawing on 60 in-depth interviews conducted in four waves over 2...
July 6, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732216/development-of-hla-b-57-01-genotyping-real-time-pcr-with-optimized-hydrolysis-probe-design
#7
Hou-Sung Jung, Gregory J Tsongalis, Joel A Lefferts
HLA-B*57:01 genotyping before abacavir (ABC) administration is a standard of care to avoid ABC-driven hypersensitivity reactions. Several HLA-B*57:01 tests have been developed, each with advantages and disadvantages. Some have limited accuracy, require special instrumentation, and/or are labor intensive and expensive. We developed a novel hydrolysis probe-based real-time PCR method of HLA-B*57:01 genotyping. Primer and probes were designed based on published sequence variations in exon 3 of HLA-B that distinguish HLA-B*57:01 from ABC-insensitive alleles such as HLA-B*57:03 and HLA-B*58:01...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Molecular Diagnostics: JMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731947/early-stage-cancer-in-older-adults-prostate-avoiding-overtreatment-and-undertreatment
#8
Vikram Narayan, Song Jiang, Christopher A Warlick
The diagnosis of prostate cancer in elderly men is likely to increase over the next several decades, owing to changing demographics and a rising population of men older than 65 years. Given the heterogeneity and well-documented challenges in screening, diagnosing, and managing indolent versus aggressive prostate cancer, the geriatric patient population is particularly vulnerable to prostate cancer treatment nuances. Clinicians must become familiar with geriatric assessment tools to better answer life-expectancy questions prior to counseling patients on treatment options...
July 2017: Cancer Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731841/survey-of-nutrition-management-practices-in-centers-for-pediatric-intestinal-rehabilitation
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Anita M Nucci, Kipp Ellsworth, Austin Michalski, Emily Nagel, Jackie Wessel
BACKGROUND: Nutrition management of pediatric intestinal failure (IF) requires interdisciplinary coordination of parenteral nutrition (PN) and enteral nutrition (EN) support. Nutrition strategies used by specialists in pediatric intestinal rehabilitation to promote gut adaptation and manage complications have not been previously summarized. METHODS: A practice survey was distributed to members of the dietitian subgroup of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Pediatric Intestinal Failure Section...
July 1, 2017: Nutrition in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731829/pattern-and-process-in-the-comparative-study-of-convergent-evolution
#10
D Luke Mahler, Marjorie G Weber, Catherine E Wagner, Travis Ingram
Understanding processes that have shaped broad-scale biodiversity patterns is a fundamental goal in evolutionary biology. The development of phylogenetic comparative methods has yielded a tool kit for analyzing contemporary patterns by explicitly modeling processes of change in the past, providing neontologists tools for asking questions previously accessible only for select taxa via the fossil record or laboratory experimentation. The comparative approach, however, differs operationally from alternative approaches to studying convergence in that, for studies of only extant species, convergence must be inferred using evolutionary process models rather than being directly measured...
August 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731808/clinical-practice-in-pet-ct-for-the-management-of-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-cancer
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Reema Goel, William Moore, Baran Sumer, Saad Khan, David Sher, Rathan M Subramaniam
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this article is to summarize the evidence for the value of PET/CT for the management of patients with head and neck squamous cell cancer and suggest best clinical practices. CONCLUSION: FDG PET/CT is a valuable imaging tool for identifying unknown primary tumors in patients with known cervical node metastases leading to management change and is the standard of care for the initial staging of stage III and IV head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCCs), for assessing therapy response when performed at least 12 weeks after chemoradiation therapy, and for avoiding unnecessary planned neck dissection...
August 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731782/identifiability-of-components-of-complex-interventions-using-factorial-designs
#12
Andreas Gleiss
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this contribution is to demonstrate how the component structure of a complex intervention (CI) can be efficiently exploited for study design and statistical analysis by using concepts of factorial designs. Many studies on CIs in complementary and alternative medicine exhibit the structure of factorial designs, where all possible combinations of the levels of two or more treatments occur together. In this contribution, the treatment arms of CI studies are explicitly viewed as factorial combinations of their components...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731713/revealing-the-electrochemical-charging-mechanism-of-nano-sized-li2s-by-in-situ-and-operando-x-ray-absorption-spectroscopy
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Liang Zhang, Dan Sun, Jun Feng, Elton J Cairns, Jinghua Guo
Lithium sulfide (Li2S) is a promising cathode material for lithium/sulfur (Li/S) cells due to its high theoretical specific capacity (1166 mAh g(-1)) and capability to pair with non-metallic lithium anodes to avoid potential safety issues. However, when used as the cathode a high charging voltage (~ 4 V vs. Li+/Li) is always necessary to activate Li2S in the first charge process, and the voltage profile becomes similar to that of a common sulfur electrode in the following charge processes. In this report, we have prepared an electrode of nano-sphere Li2S particles and investigated its charging mechanism of the initial two charge processes by in-situ and operando X-ray absorption spectroscopy...
July 21, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731676/enabling-efficient-creation-of-long-lived-charge-separation-on-dye-sensitized-nio-photocathodes
#14
Robert J Dillon, Leila Alibabaei, Thomas J Meyer, John M Papanikolas
The hole-injection and recombination photophysics for NiO sensitized with RuP ([Ru(II)(bpy)2(4,4'-(PO3H2)2-bpy)](2+)) are explored. Ultrafast transient absorption (TA) measurements performed with an external electrochemical bias reveal the efficiency for productive hole-injection, i.e. quenching of the dye excited state that results in a detectable charge-separated electron-hole pair, is linearly dependent on the electronic occupation of intragap states in the NiO film. Population of these states via a negative applied potential increases the efficiency from 0% to 100%...
July 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731547/does-hospital-ownership-influence-hospital-referral-region-health-rankings-in-the-united-states
#15
Hanadi Hamadi, Emma Apatu, Aaron Spaulding
Extensive evidence demonstrates that a hospital's organizational ownership structure impacts its overall performance, but little is known concerning the influence of hospital structure on the health of its community. This paper explores the association between US hospital referral region (HRR) health rankings and hospital ownership and performance. Data from the 2016 Commonwealth Fund Scorecard on Local Health System Performance, the American Hospital Association dataset, and the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing dataset are utilized to conduct a cross-sectional analysis of 36 quality measures across 306 HRRs...
July 21, 2017: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731490/lancisi-s-sign-and-central-venous-catheter-tip-position-a-case-report
#16
Valentina Vigo, Piero Lisi, Giuseppe Galgano, Carlo Lomonte
INTRODUCTION: Valvular disease and pulmonary hypertension are common conditions in haemodialysis patients. In presence of tricuspid regurgitation, an increased retrograde blood flow into the right atrium during ventricle systole results in a typical modification of the normal venous waveform, creating a giant c-v wave. This condition clinically appears as a venous palpable pulsation within the internal jugular vein, also known as Lancisi's sign. CASE REPORT: An 83-year-old woman underwent haemodialysis for 9 years...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Vascular Access
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731467/uncultivated-microbes-in-need-of-their-own-taxonomy
#17
Konstantinos T Konstantinidis, Ramon Rosselló-Móra, Rudolf Amann
The great majority of microbial species remains uncultured, severely limiting their taxonomic characterization and thus communication among scientists. Although Candidatus was devised as a provisional category to classify uncultured taxa, it has not been widely accepted owing to technical limitations and lack of priority of Candidatus names in the official nomenclature. High-throughput sequencing provides the potential for data-rich taxonomic descriptions of uncultivated microbes, comparable in quality to those of cultured organisms...
July 21, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731411/oral-immunotherapy-for-food-allergy-a-spanish-guideline-immunotherapy-egg-and-milk-spanish-guide-items-guide-part-i-cow-milk-and-egg-oral-immunotherapy-introduction-methodology-rationale-current-state-indications-contraindications-and-oral-immunotherapy-build
#18
A Martorell, E Alonso, L Echeverría, C Escudero, R García-Rodríguez, C Blasco, J Bone, J Borja-Segade, T Bracamonte, A Claver, J L Corzo, B De la Hoz, R Del Olmo, O Dominguez, V Fuentes-Aparicio, I Guallar, H Larramona, F Martín-Muñoz, V Matheu, A Michavila, I Ojeda, P Ojeda, M Piquer, P Poza, M Reche, P Rodríguez Del Río, M Rodríguez, F Ruano, S Sánchez-García, S Terrados, L Valdesoiro, M Vazquez-Ortiz
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Cow milk and egg are the most frequent causes of food allergy in the first years of life. Oral immunotherapy (OIT) has been investigated as an alternative to avoidance diets. No clinical practice guidelines on the management of OIT with milk and egg are currently available. Objectives: To develop clinical guidelines for OIT based on available scientific evidence and the opinions of experts. METHODS: A review was made of studies published between 1984 and June 2016, doctoral theses published in Spain, summaries of communications at scientific meetings (SEAIC, SEICAP, EAACI, and AAAAI), and the consensus of opinion established by a group of experts from the scientific societies SEICAP and SEAIC...
2017: Journal of Investigational Allergology & Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731387/a-comparative-analysis-of-pulmonary-and-critical-care-medicine-guideline-development-methodologies
#19
Noah C Schoenberg, Alan F Barker, John Bernardo, Robin R Deterding, Jerrold J Ellner, Dean R Hess, Neil R MacIntyre, Fernando J Martinez, Kevin C Wilson
BACKGROUND: The Institute of Medicine (IOM) standards for guideline development have had unintended negative consequences. A more efficient approach is desirable. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether a modified Delphi process early during guideline development discriminates recommendations that should be informed by a systematic review from those that can be based upon expert consensus. METHODS: The same questions addressed by IOM-compliant pulmonary or critical care guidelines were addressed by expert panels using a modified Delphi process, the Convergence of Opinion on Recommendations and Evidence (CORE) process...
July 21, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731323/analyzing-liposomal-drug-delivery-systems-in-three-dimensional-cell-culture-models-using-maldi-imaging-mass-spectrometry
#20
Jessica K Lukowski, Eric M Weaver, Amanda B Hummon
Cancer chemotherapeutics often fail to reach all diseased cells. To help solve this problem, researchers are investigating novel drug delivery systems. Liposomes are an attractive option due to their low toxicity, high biocompatibility, and potential to carry a large amount of a drug to the tumor site, all while avoiding being eliminated from the body. This study evaluates the penetration of doxorubicin-encased liposomes into three-dimensional cell cultures, or spheroids. Liposomes composed of lipids containing head groups of phosphatidylcholine (PC), phosphatidylethanolamine (PE), and cholesterol were created by extrusion...
July 21, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
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