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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092930/prevalence-of-latent-tuberculosis-among-laboratory-healthcare-workers-in-iran-a-cross-sectional-study
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Mahshid Nasehi, Abdolrazagh Hashemi-Shahraki, Amin Doosti-Irani, Saeed Sharafi, Ehsan Mostafavi
Objectives: The risk of transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis from patients to health-care workers (HCWs) is a neglected problem in many countries including Iran. The aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence of latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI), and related risk factors among TB laboratory staff in Iran. Methods: All TB laboratory staff (689 individual) who were working in TB laboratories of 50 Iranian Universities of Medical Sciences and a random sample consisted of 317 participants from low risk HCWs, were included in this cross sectional study...
December 30, 2016: Epidemiology and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092791/minor-physical-anomalies-in-bipolar-i-and-bipolar-ii-disorders-results-with-the-m%C3%A3-hes-scale
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Hajnalka Berecz, Györgyi Csábi, Sára Jeges, Róbert Herold, Maria Simon, Tamás Halmai, Dániel Trixler, András Hajnal, Ákos Levente Tóth, Tamás Tényi
Minor physical anomalies (MPAs) are external markers of abnormal brain development, so the more common appearence of these signs among bipolar I and bipolar II patients can confirm the possibility of a neurodevelopmental deficit in these illnesses. The aim of the present study was to investigate the rate and topological profile of minor physical anomalies in patients with bipolar I and - first in literature - with bipolar II disorders compared to matched healthy control subjects. Using a list of 57 minor physical anomalies (the Méhes Scale), 30 bipolar I and 30 bipolar II patients, while as a comparison 30 matched healthy control subjects were examined...
January 5, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092756/effects-of-assisted-outpatient-treatment-and-health-care-services-on-psychotic-symptoms
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Andres R Schneeberger, Christian G Huber, Undine E Lang, Kristina H Muenzenmaier, Dorothy Castille, Matthias Jaeger, Azizi Seixas, Julia Sowislo, Bruce G Link
RATIONALE: An ongoing debate concerns acceptability, benefits, and shortcomings of coercive treatment such as assisted outpatient treatment (AOT). The hypothesis that involuntary commitment to outpatient treatment may lead to a better clinical outcome for a subgroup of persons with severe mental illness (SMI) is controversial. Nonetheless, positive effects of AOT may be mediated by an increased availability of healthcare resources or increased service use. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of the present study is to evaluate the course of delusions, hallucinations, and negative symptoms among patients with SMI receiving AOT compared to patients receiving non-compulsory treatment (NCT)...
January 6, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092654/promoter-polymorphism-of-toll-like-receptor-4-is-associated-with-a-decreased-risk-of-coronary-artery-disease-a-case-control-study-in-the-chinese-han-population
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Dandan Sun, Liping Sun, Qian Xu, Honghu Wang, Jun Yang, Yuan Yuan
BACKGROUND Coronary artery disease (CAD) is considered a chronic inflammatory disease of the blood vessels. Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) is a transmembrane receptor involved in inflammatory reactions. The aim of this study was to determine the association between polymorphisms in the promoter region and 3'-untranslated region (3'-UTR) of TLR4, and the associated CAD risk. MATERIAL AND METHODS This study enrolled 424 participants with CAD and 424 controls without CAD. The polymorphisms in the promoter region and 3'-UTR of TLR4 were identified from the HapMap database, including rs10116253, rs10983755, and rs11536889...
January 16, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092586/consensus-problem-over-high-order-multiagent-systems-with-uncertain-nonlinearities-under-deterministic-and-stochastic-topologies
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Hamed Rezaee, Farzaneh Abdollahi
The leaderless consensus problem over a class of high-order nonlinear multiagent systems (MASs) is studied. A robust protocol is proposed which guarantees achieving consensus in the network in the presences of uncertainties in agents models. Achieving consensus in the case of stochastic links failure is studied as well. Based on the concept super-martingales, it is shown that if the probability of the network connectivity is not zero, under some conditions, achieving almost sure consensus in the network can be guaranteed...
December 6, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092397/update-on-orthokeratology-in-managing-progressive-myopia-in-children-efficacy-mechanisms-and-concerns
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Xintong Li, Ilana B Friedman, Norman B Medow, Cheng Zhang
Myopia is an important public health issue, and high myopia may lead to severe complications if left untreated. Orthokeratology lenses, worn overnight to reshape the cornea, are one of many recent modalities used to slow down the progression of myopia in children. This treatment has been proven successful, as evidenced by decreased spherical refractive error and axial length relative to the control at interval follow-up ranging from 6 months to 5 years. In this systematic review, the authors collected published controlled studies that analyzed the efficacy of orthokeratology lens wear and calculated longitudinal relative changes in axial length, revealing a weighted average of -45...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092339/beta-adrenergic-receptor-blockers-reduce-the-occurrence-of-keloids-and-hypertrophic-scars-after-cardiac-device-implantation-a-single-institution-case-control-study
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Tatsuki Enoshiri, Motoko Naitoh, Satoko Yamawaki, Atsushi Kawaguchi, Rino Aya, Kazuo Noda, Yasuhiro Katayama, Takahiro Doi, Tetsuma Kawaji, Shigehiko Suzuki
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 12, 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092160/discovery-of-metabolite-biomarkers-for-acute-ischemic-stroke-progression
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Peifang Liu, Ruiting Li, Anton A Antonov, Lihua Wang, Wei Li, Yunfei Hua, Huimin Guo, Lijuan Wang, Peijia Liu, Lixia Chen, Yuan Tian, Fengguo Xu, Zunjian Zhang, Yulan Zhu, Yin Huang
Stroke remains a major public health problem worldwide; it causes severe disability and is associated with high mortality rates. However, early diagnosis of stroke is difficult, and no reliable biomarkers are currently established. In this study, mass spectrometry-based metabolomics was utilized to characterize the metabolic features of the serum of patients with acute ischemic stroke (AIS) to identify novel sensitive biomarkers for diagnosis and progression. First, global metabolic profiling was performed on a training set of 80 human serum samples (40 cases and 40 controls)...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092143/human-leucocyte-antigen-adverse-drug-reaction-associations-from-a-perspective-of-ethnicity
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REVIEW
G S Ghattaoraya, D Middleton, E J M Santos, R Dickson, A R Jones, A Alfirevic
Whilst immune-mediated adverse drug reactions (ADRs) are rare, they are potentially life-threatening and present a major problem for clinicians. The underlying mechanisms that cause ADRs are not fully understood although genomewide association studies (GWAS) and case-control investigations have associated human leucocyte antigen (HLA) alleles as risk factors. There is evidence that a patient's ethnic background can have an impact on their risk of developing an ADR. This review summarizes the evidence related to HLA alleles and ADRs with particular focus on patient ethnicity...
February 2017: International Journal of Immunogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092093/regenerative-endodontics-a-true-paradigm-shift-or-a-bandwagon-about-to-be-derailed
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REVIEW
H Nazzal, M S Duggal
AIMS: Regenerative endodontic techniques (RETs) have been hailed as a paradigm shift for the management of traumatised non-vital immature permanent anterior teeth. In this article the aim was to critically appraise the literature with regards to the outcome of regenerative endodontics on root development. METHODS: Critical review of the literature where regenerative endodontic techniques have been used in the management of immature non-vital teeth with continuation of root development as the main outcome reported...
January 13, 2017: European Archives of Paediatric Dentistry: Official Journal of the European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092077/the-reference-frame-for-encoding-and-retention-of-motion-depends-on-stimulus-set-size
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Duong Huynh, Srimant P Tripathy, Harold E Bedell, Haluk Öğmen
The goal of this study was to investigate the reference frames used in perceptual encoding and storage of visual motion information. In our experiments, observers viewed multiple moving objects and reported the direction of motion of a randomly selected item. Using a vector-decomposition technique, we computed performance during smooth pursuit with respect to a spatiotopic (nonretinotopic) and to a retinotopic component and compared them with performance during fixation, which served as the baseline. For the stimulus encoding stage, which precedes memory, we found that the reference frame depends on the stimulus set size...
January 13, 2017: Attention, Perception & Psychophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091966/aortic-regurgitation-generates-a-kinematic-obstruction-which-hinders-left-ventricular-filling
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Ikechukwu Okafor, Vrishank Raghav, Jose F Condado, Prem A Midha, Gautam Kumar, Ajit P Yoganathan
An incompetent aortic valve (AV) results in aortic regurgitation (AR), where retrograde flow of blood into the left ventricle (LV) is observed. In this work, we parametrically characterized the detailed changes in intra-ventricular flow during diastole as a result of AR in a physiological in vitro left-heart simulator (LHS). The loss of energy within the LV as the level of AR increased was also assessed. The validated LHS consisted of an optically-clear, flexible wall LV and a modular AV holder. Two-component, planar, digital particle image velocimetry was used to visualize and quantify intra-ventricular flow...
January 13, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091878/insulin-degludec-in-clinical-practice-a-review-of-japanese-real-world-data
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Kohei Kaku, Michael Lyng Wolden, Jacob Hyllested-Winge, Emil Nørtoft
INTRODUCTION: In this literature review we evaluated the real-world clinical effectiveness of switching Japanese diabetic patients from their current insulin regimen to insulin degludec (IDeg). METHODS: Studies were identified from Japanese Diabetes Society (JDS) abstracts (2014-2015) and PubMed (2012 onwards). Inclusion criteria were: Japanese population, >15 participants, and studies switching patients from basal or basal-bolus insulin regimens to IDeg. Randomized controlled trials and case reports were excluded...
January 13, 2017: Diabetes Therapy: Research, Treatment and Education of Diabetes and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091845/comparison-of-the-clinical-results-of-abdominoperanal-intersphincteric-resection-and-abdominoperineal-resection-for-lower-rectal-cancer
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Shunsuke Tsukamoto, Yukihide Kanemitsu, Dai Shida, Hiroki Ochiai, Junichi Mazaki
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to compare the oncologic results of abdominoperanal intersphincteric resection (ISR) and abdominoperineal resection (APR). METHODS: Between 2003 and 2014, 277 consecutive patients with stage I-III low rectal cancer located within 5 cm from the anal verge underwent curative ISR and APR. A retrospective comparison of these two procedures was performed. RESULTS: Overall, 128 patients underwent ISR and 149 underwent APR...
January 16, 2017: International Journal of Colorectal Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091841/transumbilical-abdominal-incision-for-laparoscopic-colorectal-surgery-does-not-increase-the-risk-of-postoperative-surgical-site-infection
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Mizunori Yaegashi, Koki Otsuka, Toshimoto Kimura, Masanori Hakozaki, Megumu Kamishima, Tomoki Hatanaka, Kei Sato, Hitoshi Fujii, Teppei Matsuo, Akira Sasaki
PURPOSE: Besides antibiotic prophylaxis, antiseptic skin preparation is an important measure to prevent surgical site infection (SSI). No reports have detailed the relationship between SSI and umbilical microflora following laparoscopic colorectal cancer with a transumbilical longitudinal incision. METHODS: Risk factors and the rate of SSI were investigated in 453 patients who underwent laparoscopic colorectal resection over a 3-year period. Microbiological samples were collected from the umbilicus and SSI areas...
January 13, 2017: International Journal of Colorectal Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091808/occupational-and-environmental-scleroderma-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Manuel Rubio-Rivas, Rafael Moreno, Xavier Corbella
The etiology of systemic sclerosis (SSc) remains unknown; however, several occupational and environmental factors have been implicated. Our objective was to perform a meta-analysis of all studies published on SSc associated with occupational and environmental exposure. The review was undertaken by means of MEDLINE and SCOPUS from 1960 to 2014 and using the terms: "systemic," "scleroderma," or "systemic sclerosis/chemically induced" [MesH]. The Newcastle-Ottawa Scale was used for the qualifying assessment. The inverse variance-weighted method was performed...
January 14, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091740/controlling-eutrophication-in-a-mediterranean-shallow-reservoir-by-phosphorus-loading-reduction-the-need-for-an-integrated-management-approach
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Mikel Zaragüeta, Pablo Acebes
Increased nutrient enrichment in Mediterranean standing waters has enhanced the risk of being affected by cyanobacterial blooms. Because phosphorus abatement is shaped as a crucial strategy for controlling eutrophication, this study introduces a structural thinking, experiential learning laboratory with animation dynamic model elaborated for Cazalegas Reservoir (Spain) to assess the feasibility of implementing a set of internal and external control measures and hydromorphological adjustments to meet the goal of oligotrophication...
January 13, 2017: Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091563/androgen-receptor-gene-polymorphisms-and-risk-of-prostate-cancer-a-meta-analysis
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Hong Weng, Sheng Li, Jing-Yu Huang, Zi-Qi He, Xiang-Yu Meng, Yue Cao, Cheng Fang, Xian-Tao Zeng
Although the association between CAG and GGN repeats in the androgen receptor gene and prostate cancer risk has been widely studied, it remains controversial from previous meta-analyses and narrative reviews. Therefore, we performed this meta-analysis to provide more precise estimates with sufficient power. A total of 51 publications with 61 studies for CAG repeats and 14 publications with 16 studies for GGN repeats were identified in the meta-analysis. The results showed that short CAG repeats (<22 repeats) carriers presented an elevated risk of prostate cancer than long CAG repeats (≥22) carriers (OR = 1...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091557/the-same-oculomotor-vermal-purkinje-cells-encode-the-different-kinematics-of-saccades-and-of-smooth-pursuit-eye-movements
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Zongpeng Sun, Aleksandra Smilgin, Marc Junker, Peter W Dicke, Peter Thier
Saccades and smooth pursuit eye movements (SPEM) are two types of goal-directed eye movements whose kinematics differ profoundly, a fact that may have contributed to the notion that the underlying cerebellar substrates are separated. However, it is suggested that some Purkinje cells (PCs) in the oculomotor vermis (OMV) of monkey cerebellum may be involved in both saccades and SPEM, a puzzling finding in view of the different kinematic demands of the two types of eye movements. Such 'dual' OMV PCs might be oddities with little if any functional relevance...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091435/influence-of-helicobacter-pylori-infection-on-the-prevalence-and-patterns-of-upper-gastrointestinal-symptoms-in-nigerians-with-diabetes-mellitus
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A Oluyemi, E Anomneze, S Smith, O Fasanmade
BACKGROUND: Infection with Helicobacter pylori infection is widespread in our environment. However, whether this fact has any bearing on the prevalence and pattern of symptoms referable to the upper gastrointestinal (GI) system in our population of diabetes mellitus (DM) patients has not been much studied. AIM: We embarked on this study to evaluate if H. pylori infection played any significant role in the prevalence and patterns of upper GI symptoms in type 2 DM patients in Lagos, Nigeria...
February 2017: Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice
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