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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102968/thoracic-ultrasound-recognition-of-competence-a-position-paper-of-the-thoracic-society-of-australia-and-new-zealand
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Jonathan P Williamson, Scott H Twaddell, Y C Gary Lee, Matthew Salamonsen, Mark Hew, David Fielding, Phan Nguyen, Daniel Steinfort, Peter Hopkins, Nicola Smith, Christopher Grainge
The ability to perform bedside thoracic ultrasound is increasingly recognized as an essential skill for thoracic clinicians, extending the clinical examination and aiding diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Thoracic ultrasound reduces complications and increases success rates when used prior to thoracentesis or intercostal chest tube insertion. It is increasingly difficult to defend performing these procedures without real or near-real time image guidance. To assist thoracic physicians and others achieve and demonstrate thoracic ultrasound competence, the Interventional Pulmonology Special Interest Group (IP-SIG) of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) has developed a new pathway with four components: (i) completion of an approved thoracic ultrasound theory and hands-on teaching course...
February 2017: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102743/expression-and-alteration-of-bkca-channels-in-the-sphincter-of-oddi-s-from-rabbits-with-hypercholesterolemia
#2
Dan Feng, Haiyan Nan, Wen Wang, Linfeng Yan, Pang Du, Lin Zuo, Kun Zhang, Minggao Zhao, Guangbin Cui
This study aimed to investigate the expression and function of BKCa channels in the Sphincter of Oddi (SO) in a rabbit model of hypercholesterolemia (HC). New Zealand white rabbits were randomly divided into two groups: the control group was fed standard chow (n = 18) whereas the high-cholesterol group was fed cholesterol-enriched chow containing 1.5% cholesterol (n = 18). The serum cholesterol level was significantly greater in the HC groups than in the control group, but there was no significant difference in body weight between the control and HC groups...
January 19, 2017: Channels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102161/orthotopic-autologous-chondrocyte-grafting-as-a-method-of-treatment-of-growth-plate-damage-in-rabbits
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Ryszard Tomaszewski, Łukasz Wiktor, Artur Gap
BACKGROUND: With the continuous advances in the therapy of joint cartilage injury, some of those classification systems are also being used for evaluating the quality of regenerating cartilage. Histo lo gi cal assessment of joint cartilage is a very important component in the staging of osteoarthritis and tracing therapeutic outcomes. We performed a histological assessment of regenerating growth plate in a group of New Zealand white rabbits as a component of autologous chondrocyte therapy for growth plate damage...
October 28, 2016: Ortopedia, Traumatologia, Rehabilitacja
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101473/purification-and-characterization-of-bovine-serum-albumin-using-chromatographic-method
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Sanaz Balkani, Sara Shamekhi, Ramin Raoufinia, Reza Parvan, Jalal Abdolalizadeh
Purpose: Albumin is an abundant protein of blood and has many biopharmaceutical applications. The aim of this study was to purify bovine serum albumin (BSA) using produced rabbit anti-BSA antibody. Methods: The polyclonal antibody was produced against the BSA in rabbits. Then, the pure BSA was injected to three white New Zealand rabbits. ELISA test was done to evaluate antibody production. After antibody purification,the purified antibody was attached to CNBr-activated sepharose and finally it was used for purification of albumin from bovine serum...
December 2016: Advanced Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101444/accelerometer-data-treatment-for-adolescents-fitting-a-piece-of-the-puzzle
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Melody Smith, Steve Taylor, Leon Iusitini, Tom Stewart, Fa'asisila Savila, El-Shadan Tautolo, Lindsay Plank, Shabnam Jalili-Moghaddam, Janis Paterson, Elaine Rush
This study aimed to assess the differences in participant retention and associations between physical activity and key variables when a range of accelerometer data inclusion criteria are employed. Data were drawn from 204 adolescents of Pacific Island heritage (survey, body composition, 7-day accelerometry) and their parents (date of birth, socioeconomic status) between October 2014 and February 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand. Data wear time criteria for inclusion were as follows: A) > = 10 h/weekday or > = 8 h weekend day, > = 5 days (at least one weekend day); B) > = 10 h/weekday or > = 8 h weekend day, > = 4 days; C) > = 7 h/day, > = 3 days; D) > = 10 h/day, > = 1 day...
March 2017: Preventive Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101339/pre-treatment-with-simvastatin-prevents-the-induction-of-diet-induced-atherosclerosis-in-a-rabbit-model
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Nikolaos Oikonomidis, Nikolaos Kavantzas, Laskarina-Maria Korou, Panagiotis Konstantopoulos, Vasilios Pergialiotis, Evangelos Misiakos, Ioannis Rizos, Christos Verikokos, Despina N Perrea
The aim of the present study was to investigate the potential antiatherosclerotic activities of simvastatin in rabbits. Twenty-two, male, New Zealand rabbits were divided into the following groups: Control group (group C); cholesterol group (group A), in which the rabbits were fed a commercial rabbit chow supplemented with 0.5% w/w cholesterol for 8 weeks and then fed with normal chow for an additional 8 weeks; and a treatment group (group B), in which the rabbits initially received standard commercial rabbit chow along with being administered simvastatin for 8 weeks, following which they consumed a high-cholesterol diet for a further 8 weeks...
December 2016: Biomedical Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100641/new-sources-of-value-for-health-and-care-in-a-carbon-constrained-world
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Kate Emma Charlesworth, Maggie Jamieson
BACKGROUND: Due to the climate crisis, it is increasingly evident that countries will have to decarbonize. Healthcare, which has a large carbon footprint and uses vast quantities of resources, will have to undergo significant transformation. In this research, we sought the ideas of leading thinkers in the field, to address the question of how health systems can provide high-quality care in a carbon-constrained world. METHODS: Semi-structured, qualitative in-depth interviews with 15 healthcare thought leaders from Australia, the UK, the USA and New Zealand...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100524/making-robust-assessments-of-specialist-trainees-workplace-performance
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J M Weller, D J Castanelli, Y Chen, B Jolly
BACKGROUND: Workplace-based assessments should provide a reliable measure of trainee performance, but have met with mixed success. We proposed that using an entrustability scale, where supervisors scored trainees on the level of supervision required for the case would improve the utility of compulsory mini-clinical evaluation exercise (CEX) assessments in a large anaesthesia training program. METHODS: We analysed mini-CEX scores from all Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists trainees submitted to an online database over a 12-month period...
February 2017: British Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100430/three-decades-later-the-fate-of-the-population-of-patients-who-underwent-the-atriopulmonary-fontan-procedure
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Chin Leng Poh, Diana Zannino, Robert G Weintraub, David S Winlaw, Leeanne E Grigg, Rachael Cordina, Tim Hornung, Andrew Bullock, Robert N Justo, Thomas L Gentles, Charlotte Verrall, Karin du Plessis, David S Celermajer, Yves d'Udekem
OBJECTIVE: To review our experience of patients with an atrio-pulmonary Fontan circulation to determine their long-term outcomes. METHODS AND RESULTS: A retrospective analysis of long-term follow-up data using the Australia and New Zealand Fontan Registry was performed. There were 215 patients surviving hospital discharge after an atrio-pulmonary Fontan completion. A total of 163 patients were alive at latest follow-up, with 52 deaths. Twelve patients had required heart transplantation and 95 had Fontan failure (death, transplantation, Fontan takedown, Fontan conversion, severe systemic ventricular dysfunction or NYHA≥3)...
January 7, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097394/the-morphology-and-morphometry-of-the-fovea-capitis-femoris
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Vivek Perumal, Stephanie J Woodley, Helen D Nicholson
BACKGROUND: There is little published information on the anatomy of the fovea capitis femoris (FCF), the distal attachment site of the ligament of the head of femur (LHF). This study investigates the morphology of the FCF on dry bones in an attempt to answer some of the debate around the functional significance of the LHF. METHODS: The morphological and morphometric details of the FCF were analysed on 125 dry isolated femora (n = 125) from the Anatomy Museum, University of Otago, New Zealand...
January 17, 2017: Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy: SRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097356/effect-of-etelcalcetide-vs-cinacalcet-on-serum-parathyroid-hormone-in-patients-receiving-hemodialysis-with-secondary-hyperparathyroidism-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Geoffrey A Block, David A Bushinsky, Sunfa Cheng, John Cunningham, Bastian Dehmel, Tilman B Drueke, Markus Ketteler, Reshma Kewalramani, Kevin J Martin, Sharon M Moe, Uptal D Patel, Justin Silver, Yan Sun, Hao Wang, Glenn M Chertow
Importance: Secondary hyperparathyroidism contributes to extraskeletal calcification and is associated with all-cause and cardiovascular mortality. Control is suboptimal in the majority of patients receiving hemodialysis. An intravenously (IV) administered calcimimetic could improve adherence and reduce adverse gastrointestinal effects. Objective: To evaluate the relative efficacy and safety of the IV calcimimetic etelcalcetide and the oral calcimimetic cinacalcet...
January 10, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096901/exploring-musculoskeletal-injuries-in-the-podiatry-profession-an-international-cross-sectional-study
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Cylie M Williams, Stefania Penkala, Peter Smith, Terry Haines, Kelly-Ann Bowles
BACKGROUND: Workplace injury is an international costly burden. Health care workers are an essential component to managing musculoskeletal disorders, however in doing this, they may increase their own susceptibility. While there is substantial evidence about work-related musculoskeletal disorders across the health workforce, understanding risk factors in specific occupational groups, such as podiatry, is limited. The primary aim of this study was to determine the prevalence and intensity of work related low back pain in podiatrists...
2017: Journal of Foot and Ankle Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096438/infection-prophylaxis-in-peritoneal-dialysis-patients-results-from-an-australia-new-zealand-survey
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Denise J Campbell, David W Mudge, Martin P Gallagher, Wai H Lim, Ranganathan Dwarakanathan, Walaa Saweirs, Jonathan C Craig
♦ Background: Clinical practice guidelines aim to reduce the rates of peritoneal dialysis (PD)-related infections, a common complication of PD in end-stage kidney disease patients. We describe the clinical practices used by Australian and New Zealand nephrologists to prevent PD-related infections in PD patients. ♦ Methods: A survey of PD practices in relation to the use of antibiotic and antifungal prophylaxis in PD patients was conducted of practicing nephrologists identified via the Australia and New Zealand Society of Nephrology (ANZSN) membership in 2013...
January 17, 2017: Peritoneal Dialysis International: Journal of the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095883/moderated-online-social-therapy-for-carers-of-young-people-recovering-from-first-episode-psychosis-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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John Gleeson, Reeva Lederman, Helen Herrman, Peter Koval, Dina Eleftheriadis, Sarah Bendall, Sue M Cotton, Mario Alvarez-Jimenez
BACKGROUND: First-episode psychosis most often has its onset during late adolescence. In caring for the young person, families endure high levels of stress and depression. Meanwhile, the social networks of families often erode. Our group has previously shown that family cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) leads to significantly improved perceived stress compared with specialist first-episode treatment as usual; however, there are well-known barriers to the dissemination of effective family interventions...
January 17, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095867/effects-of-ablation-depth-and-repair-time-on-the-corneal-elastic-modulus-after-laser-in-situ-keratomileusis
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Xiaojun Wang, Xiaona Li, Weiyi Chen, Rui He, Zhipeng Gao, Pengfei Feng
BACKGROUND: The biomechanical properties of the cornea should be taken into account in the refractive procedure in order to perform refractive surgery more accurately. The effects of the ablation depth and repair time on the elastic modulus of the rabbit cornea after laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) are still unclear. METHODS: In this study, LASIK was performed on New Zealand rabbits with different ablation depth (only typical LASIK flaps were created; residual stroma bed was 50 or 30% of the whole cornea thickness respectively)...
January 17, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095838/communication-with-families-regarding-organ-and-tissue-donation-after-death-in-intensive-care-comfort-protocol-for-an-intervention-study
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Julie E Potter, Robert G Herkes, Lin Perry, Rosalind M Elliott, Anders Aneman, Jorge L Brieva, Elena Cavazzoni, Andrew T H Cheng, Michael J O'Leary, Ian M Seppelt, Val Gebski
BACKGROUND: Discussing deceased organ donation can be difficult not only for families but for health professionals who initiate and manage the conversations. It is well recognised that the methods of communication and communication skills of health professionals are key influences on decisions made by families regarding organ donation. METHODS: This multicentre study is being performed in nine intensive care units with follow-up conducted by the Organ and Tissue Donation Service in New South Wales (NSW) Australia...
January 17, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095832/cost-effectiveness-of-using-a-motion-sensor-biofeedback-treatment-approach-for-the-management-of-sub-acute-or-chronic-low-back-pain-economic-evaluation-alongside-a-randomised-trial
#17
Terry Haines, Kelly-Ann Bowles
BACKGROUND: Low back pain is a common and costly condition internationally. There is high need to identify effective and economically efficient means for managing this problem. This study aimed to explore the cost-effectiveness of a novel motion-sensor biofeedback treatment approach in addition to guidelines-based care compared to guidelines-based care alone, from a societal perspective over a 12 month time horizon. METHOD: This was an incremental cost-effectiveness analysis conducted concurrently with a pilot, cluster randomized controlled trial...
January 17, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095709/worldwide-trends-of-urinary-stone-disease-treatment-over-the-last-two-decades-a-systematic-review
#18
Robert Geraghty, Patrick Jones, Bhaskar K Somani
INTRODUCTION: Numerous studies have reported on regional or national trends of stone disease treatment. However, no paper has yet examined the global trends of intervention for stone disease. METHODS AND MATERIALS: A systematic review of papers from 2004 to September 2016 for all English language articles reporting on trends of surgical treatment of stone disease was performed. Authors were contacted in the case of data not being clear. If the authors did not reply, data was estimated from graphs or tables...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Endourology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095615/the-long-term-population-dynamics-of-common-wasps-in-their-native-and-invaded-range
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Philip J Lester, John Haywood, Michael E Archer, Chris R Shortall
Populations of introduced species are often thought to perform differently, or experience different population dynamics, in their introduced range compared to their native habitat. Differences between habitats in climate, competition or natural enemies may result in populations with varying density dependence and population dynamics. We examined the long-term population dynamics of the invasive common wasp, Vespula vulgaris, in its native range in England and its invaded range in New Zealand. We used 39 years of wasp density data from four sites in England, and 23 years of data from six sites in New Zealand...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095254/maternal-psychological-distress-during-pregnancy-does-not-increase-the-risk-for-adverse-birth-outcomes
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Aleksandra Staneva, Alina Morawska, Fiona Bogossian, Anja Wittkowski
Maternal psychological distress during pregnancy is a potential risk factor for various birth complications. This study aimed to explore psychological factors associated with adverse birth outcomes. Symptoms of psychological distress, individual characteristics, and medical complications were assessed at two time points antenatally in 285 women from Australia and New Zealand; birth outcomes were assessed postpartum, between January 2014 and September 2015. Hierarchical multiple regression analyses were conducted to examine the relation of psychological distress to adverse birth outcomes...
January 17, 2017: Women & Health
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