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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445482/questionable-science-and-reproducibility-in-electrical-brain-stimulation-research
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Martin E Héroux, Colleen K Loo, Janet L Taylor, Simon C Gandevia
Electrical brain stimulation (EBS) is a trendy new technique used to change brain function and treat neurological, psychiatric and psychological disorders. We were curious whether the published literature, which is dominated by positive results, reflects the experience of researchers using EBS. Specifically, we wanted to know whether researchers are able to reproduce published EBS effects and whether they engage in, but fail to report, questionable research practices. We invited 976 researchers to complete an online survey...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445406/a-pilot-study-of-mindfulness-meditation-for-pediatric-chronic-pain
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Lynn C Waelde, Amanda B Feinstein, Rashmi Bhandari, Anya Griffin, Isabel A Yoon, Brenda Golianu
Despite advances in psychological interventions for pediatric chronic pain, there has been little research examining mindfulness meditation for these conditions. This study presents data from a pilot clinical trial of a six-week manualized mindfulness meditation intervention offered to 20 adolescents aged 13-17 years. Measures of pain intensity, functional disability, depression and parent worry about their child's pain were obtained at baseline and post-treatment. Results indicated no significant changes in pain or depression, however functional disability and frequency of pain functioning complaints improved with small effect sizes...
April 26, 2017: Children
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445386/reply-nostrilplasty-by-manipulating-the-dilator-naris-muscles-a-pilot-study
#3
Jae-A Jung, Eun-Sang Dhong, Seung-Kyu Han
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445246/single-delivery-of-high-diversity-fecal-microbiota-preparation-by-colonoscopy-is-safe-and-effective-in-increasing-microbial-diversity-in-active-ulcerative-colitis
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Vinita Jacob, Carl Crawford, Shirley Cohen-Mekelburg, Monica Viladomiu, Gregory G Putzel, Yecheskel Schneider, Fatiha Chabouni, Sarah OʼNeil, Brian Bosworth, Viola Woo, Nadim J Ajami, Joseph F Petrosino, Ylaine Gerardin, Zain Kassam, Mark Smith, Iliyan D Iliev, Gregory F Sonnenberg, David Artis, Ellen Scherl, Randy S Longman
BACKGROUND: Recent trials suggest fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) with repeated enemas and high-diversity FMT donors is a promising treatment to induce remission in ulcerative colitis. METHODS: We designed a prospective, open-label pilot study to assess the safety, clinical efficacy, and microbial engraftment of single FMT delivery by colonoscopy for active ulcerative colitis using a 2-donor fecal microbiota preparation (FMP). Safety and clinical endpoints of response, remission, and mucosal healing at week 4 were assessed...
April 25, 2017: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445193/a-pilot-randomized-trial-on-safety-and-efficacy-of-a-novel-topical-combined-inhibitor-of-janus-kinase-1-3-and-spleen-tyrosine-kinase-for-gvhd-associated-ocular-surface-disease
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Ahmad Kheirkhah, Antonio Di Zazzo, Vannarut Satitpitakul, Merle Fernandez, Daniel Magilavy, Reza Dana
PURPOSE: Janus kinase (JAK) and spleen tyrosine kinase (SYK) play critical functions in T-cell activation and in inflammation. Because of their antiinflammatory effects, JAK and SYK inhibitors have recently been evaluated in several immunopathogenic disorders. This pilot study was designed to assess the safety and efficacy of a topical combined JAK/SYK inhibitor, R348, ophthalmic solution for treatment of ocular surface disease in graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). METHODS: This phase 2, double-masked, randomized, pilot trial included 30 patients with ocular surface disease due to GVHD who were randomized to receive topical 0...
April 25, 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445170/using-an-ipad-for-basic-communication-between-spanish-speaking-families-and-nurses-in-pediatric-acute-care-a-feasibility-pilot-study
#6
Kylie H Jackson, Sandra J Mixer
The growing number of Spanish speakers in the United States poses communication challenges for healthcare providers. Language barriers in pediatric acute care have been associated with an increased risk for adverse events, longer hospital stays, and decreased quality of care. In addition, clinicians' usage of interpreter services is inconsistent. In fact, nurses often lack interpreter support during daily bedside care. Nursing staff at a pediatric children's hospital in the southeastern United States identified bedside communication with Spanish-speaking patients and families as a clinical challenge...
April 25, 2017: Computers, Informatics, Nursing: CIN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445142/potential-biomarkers-of-dna-replication-stress-in-cancer
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Liqun Ren, Long Chen, Wei Wu, Lorenza Garribba, Huanna Tian, Zihui Liu, Ivan Vogel, Chunhui Li, Ian D Hickson, Ying Liu
Oncogene activation is an established driver of tumorigenesis. An apparently inevitable consequence of oncogene activation is the generation of DNA replication stress (RS), a feature common to most cancer cells. RS, in turn, is a causal factor in the development of chromosome instability (CIN), a near universal feature of solid tumors. It is likely that CIN and RS are mutually reinforcing drivers that not only accelerate tumorigenesis, but also permit cancer cells to adapt to diverse and hostile environments...
April 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444950/optical-coherence-tomography-evaluation-of-patients-with-macula-off-retinal-detachment-after-different-postoperative-posturing-a-randomized-pilot-study
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Enrico Peiretti, Francesco Nasini, Elisa Buschini, Giulia Caminiti, Sarit Y Lesnik Oberstein, Alissa Willig, Heico M Bijl, Marco Mura
PURPOSE: To assess the presence of outer and inner retinal folds (RFs) and drop-out of the ellipsoid zone (EZ) occurring after surgical repair of macula-off rhegmatogenous retinal detachment (RRD) with different postoperative posture and preoperative use of adjuvant perfluorocarbon liquid (PFCO). METHODS: In this prospective study, 56 eyes of 56 consecutive patients affected by RRD were subjected to 23- or 25-gauge pars plana vitrectomy (PPV). The patients were randomized in four groups (14 prone 5 hr without PFCO, 14 supine 5 hr without PFCO, 14 prone 5 hr with PFCO and 14 supine 5 hr with PFCO) and followed up with spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT)...
April 26, 2017: Acta Ophthalmologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444860/aspirin-responsiveness-changes-in-obese-patients-following-bariatric-surgery
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Nicholas B Norgard, Scott V Monte, Stanley F Fernandez, Qing Ma
Bariatric surgery has emerged as a promising treatment option for weight loss and to counter the metabolic consequences of obesity. Obesity has been linked to a hyperaggregable state, as well as a blunted response to aspirin. This pilot study assessed the hypothesis that bariatric surgery would lead to an improvement in aspirin-induced platelet inhibition and a reduction in platelet aggregability. METHODS: Fifteen patients scheduled to undergo bariatric surgery were administered two 7-day courses of aspirin 81 mg: the first course administered before surgery and the second was 3 months following surgery...
April 26, 2017: Cardiovascular Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444753/examination-of-toxicity-and-collagen-linearity-after-the-administration-of-the-protein-cross-linker-genipin-in-equine-tendon-and-dermis-a-pilot-study
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M Bellefeuille, D F Peters, M Nolin, P Slusarewicz, D Telgenhoff
OBJECTIVE: Collagen cross-linking is an attractive therapeutic route aimed at supplementing natural collagen stabilisation. In this study the toxicity of the cross-linker genipin (GP) was examined in avascular (tendon) and vascular (dermis) tissue. METHODS: High doses of GP were injected intratendinously into three yearling horses and evaluated at various time points up to 30 days. A second group of three yearlings were injected into the dermis and evaluated at various time points up to 1 year...
May 2017: Australian Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444660/effects-of-cycling-and-exergaming-on-neurotrophic-factors-in-elderly-type-2-diabetic-men-a-preliminary-investigation
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Christian Brinkmann, Leonie Schäfer, Magd Masoud, Joachim Latsch, Daniel Lay, Wilhelm Bloch, Klara Brixius
Patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) are at increased risk of developing neurodegenerative diseases. There is growing evidence that repeated exercise-induced transient increases in neurotrophic factors can augment neurogenesis and neuroplasticity. This pilot study compares the effects of 30-min submaximal cycling with those of exergaming (combining exercise and video gaming) at the same duration and same rating of perceived exertion (BORG RPE: 14-15) on serum neurotrophic factors in 8 elderly non-insulin-dependent T2DM patients (71±4 years) (2×2 crossover design)...
April 25, 2017: Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444658/comparing-the-immune-genomic-effects-of-vilazodone-and-paroxetine-in-late-life-depression-a-pilot-study
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Harris Eyre, Prabha Siddarth, Natalie Cyr, Hongyu Yang, Steve Cole, Malcolm Forbes, Helen Lavretsky
Vilazodone is a novel antidepressant agent that combines selective serotonin (5-HT) reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) activity and 5-HT(1A) receptor partial agonist activity. A pilot study was conducted to compare vilazodone (novel compound) and paroxetine (gold standard) on antidepressant effects, tolerability, and inflammation and immune modulation. A 12-week, double-blind, randomized clinical trial was conducted with 56 nondemented older adults diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD). Between-group differences in mood, tolerability, and safety, as well as genomic markers of inflammation and immune modulation, were examined...
April 25, 2017: Pharmacopsychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444548/post-effect-of-air-quality-improvement-on-biomarkers-for-systemic-inflammation-and-microparticles-in-asthma-patients-after-the-2008-beijing-olympic-games-a-pilot-study
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Jinming Gao, Xiaohua Xu, Zhekang Ying, Lei Jiang, Mianhua Zhong, Aixia Wang, Lung-Chi Chen, Bo Lu, Qinghua Sun
This study's aim was to investigate the post-effect of an air quality improvement on systemic inflammation and circulating microparticles in asthmatic patients during, and 2 months after, the Beijing Olympics 2008. We measured the levels of circulating inflammatory cytokines and microparticles in the peripheral blood from asthma patients and healthy controls during (phase 1), and 2 months after (phase 2) the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. The concentrations of circulating cytokines (including TNFα, IL-6, IL-8, and IL-10) were still seen reduced in phase 2 when compared with those in phase 1...
April 25, 2017: Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444494/imaging-of-pancreatic-cystic-lesions-with-confocal-laser-endomicroscopy-an-ex-vivo-pilot-study
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Abdurrahman Kadayifci, Mustafa Atar, Michelle Yang, Carlos Fernandez-Del Castillo, Mari Mino-Kenudson, William R Brugge
BACKGROUND: The differential diagnosis of pancreatic cystic lesions (PCLs) is an increasingly common clinical challenge. Confocal laser endomicroscopy (CLE) may differentiate PCLs by imaging of the cyst wall. However, clinical experience is still limited, and better image definition and characterization of the cyst wall in a spectrum of cysts are needed. This experimental study aimed to expose detailed imaging characteristics of PCLs by CLE. METHODS: Patients who underwent surgery of a PCL were enrolled...
April 25, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444462/compartment-pressure-monitoring-after-thyroid-surgery-a-possible-method-to-detect-a-rebleeding
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Thomas von Ahnen, Martin von Ahnen, Sonja Militz, Dana Preußer, Ulrich Wirth, Hans Martin Schardey, Stefan Schopf
BACKGROUND: Postoperative rebleeding after thyroid surgery is a rare but a serious complication. The aim of this study was to ascertain the extent to which postoperative pressure could be used as detector for rebleeding after thyroid surgery. METHODS: Thirty-two patients with thyroidectomy or hemithyroidectomy were considered prospectively. In the course of surgery, a pressure microsensor (3PN Probe Spiegelberg) was implanted into the postoperative cavity and data were collected for special activities and stress situations over the first 48 h postoperatively...
April 25, 2017: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444427/population-pharmacokinetic-modelling-of-doxorubicin-and-doxorubicinol-in-children-with-cancer-is-there-a-relationship-with-cardiac-troponin-profiles
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Kuhan Kunarajah, Stefanie Hennig, Ross L G Norris, Michael Lobb, Bruce G Charles, Ross Pinkerton, Andrew S Moore
PURPOSE: Anthracyclines are a mainstay of the treatment of several childhood malignancies, but their utility is limited by dose-related cardiotoxicity. This study is aimed to explore the link between exposure of paediatric cancer patients to doxorubicin and its metabolite doxorubicinol, and cardiac troponin I (cTnI). METHODS: In a prospective pilot study plasma doxorubicin, doxorubicinol, and cTnI concentrations were measured in samples from children undergoing cancer chemotherapy...
April 25, 2017: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444239/the-influence-of-social-conditions-across-the-life-course-on-the-human-gut-microbiota-a-pilot-project-with-the-wisconsin-longitudinal-study
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Pamela Herd, Nora Cate Schaeffer, Kerryann DiLoreto, Karen Jacques, John Stevenson, Federico Rey, Carol Roan
Objective: To test the feasibility of collecting and integrating data on the gut microbiome into one of the most comprehensive longitudinal studies of aging and health, the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (WLS). The long-term goal of this integration is to clarify the contribution of social conditions in shaping the composition of the gut microbiota late in life. Research on the microbiome, which is considered to be of parallel importance to human health as the human genome, has been hindered by human studies with nonrandomly selected samples and with limited data on social conditions over the life course...
April 25, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444211/effects-of-sample-size-and-full-sibs-on-genetic-diversity-characterization-a-case-study-of-three-syntopic-iberian-pond-breeding-amphibians
#18
Gregorio Sánchez-Montes, Arturo H Ariño, José L Vizmanos, Jinliang Wang, Íñigo Martínez-Solano
Accurate characterization of genetic diversity is essential for understanding population demography, predicting future trends and implementing efficient conservation policies. For that purpose, molecular markers are routinely developed for non-model species, but key questions regarding sampling design, like calculation of minimum sample sizes or the effect of relatives in the sample, are often neglected. We used accumulation curves and sibship analyses to explore how these two factors affect marker performance in the characterization of genetic diversity...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444202/application-of-genomic-estimation-methods-of-inbreeding-and-population-structure-in-an-arabian-horse-herd
#19
Mohammed A Al Abri, Uta König von Borstel, Veronique Strecker, Samantha A Brooks
Horse breeders rely heavily on pedigrees for identification of ancestry in breeding stock. Inaccurate pedigrees may erroneously assign individuals to false lineages or breed memberships resulting in wrong estimates of inbreeding and coancestry. Moreover, discrepancies in pedigree records can lead breeders seeking to limit inbreeding into making misguided breeding decisions. Genome-wide SNPs provide a quantitative tool to aid in the resolution of lineage assignments and the calculation of genomic measures of relatedness...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443736/brain-resting-state-functional-connectivity-is-preserved-under-sevoflurane-anesthesia-in-patients-with-pervasive-developmental-disorders-a-pilot-study
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Lakshmikumar Venkat Raghavan, Suparna Bharadwaj, Vincent Wourms, Audrey Tan, Michael T Jurkiewicz, David J Mikulis, Adrian P Crawley
Background Functional connectivity studies play a huge role in understanding the relationship between the network connections and the behavioral phenotype of patients with Pervasive developmental disorders (PDD). However, some patients with PDD may not tolerate the imaging procedure while awake and they often need general anesthesia. General anesthesia is a confounding factor in functional imaging studies due to its effect on the functional connectivity. The objective of this study is to look at the resting state functional connectivity (RS-FC) under sevoflurane anesthesia in patients with pervasive developmental disorders...
April 26, 2017: Brain Connectivity
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