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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346991/an-integrated-assessment-framework-for-the-analysis-of-multiple-pressures-in-aquatic-ecosystems-and-the-appraisal-of-management-options
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A Pistocchi, A Udias, B Grizzetti, E Gelati, P Koundouri, R Ludwig, A Papandreou, I Souliotis
The contribution illustrates an integrated assessment framework aimed at evaluating the relationships between multiple pressures and water body status for the purposes of river basin management. The framework includes the following steps. (1) Understanding how the different pressures affect the status of water bodies. This entails the characterization of biophysical state variables and the definition of a causal relationship between pressures and status. Therefore this step involves interaction between experts bearing ecological understanding and experts providing models to represent the effect of pressures...
January 1, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346967/anticoagulation-therapy-in-children
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Vlad Calin Radulescu
Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is very uncommon in children and adolescents compared with older adults, though its incidence has significantly increased over the past two decades. Given the rarity of the condition, the data on pediatric VTE lag behind the adult experience and consequently the management of VTE in children is, in large part, modeled on the adult strategies. This approach has certain limitations, given that young children have developmental particularities of the hemostatic system and differences in the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of various anticoagulant agents...
March 27, 2017: Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346946/association-between-a-virtual-glucose-management-service-and-glycemic-control-in-hospitalized-adult-patients-an-observational-study
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Robert J Rushakoff, Mary M Sullivan, Heidemarie Windham MacMaster, Arti D Shah, Alvin Rajkomar, David V Glidden, Michael A Kohn
Background: Inpatient hyperglycemia is common and is linked to adverse patient outcomes. New methods to improve glycemic control are needed. Objective: To determine whether a virtual glucose management service (vGMS) is associated with improved inpatient glycemic control. Design: Cross-sectional analyses of three 12-month periods (pre-vGMS, transition, and vGMS) between 1 June 2012 and 31 May 2015. Setting: 3 University of California, San Francisco, hospitals...
March 28, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346795/understanding-the-emission-impacts-of-hov-to-hot-lane-conversions-experience-from-atlanta-ga
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Yanzhi Ann Xu, Haobing Liu, Michael O Rodgers, Angshuman Guin, Michael Hunter, Adnan Sheikh, Randall L Guensler
Converting a congested High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane into a High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lane is a viable option for improving travel time reliability for carpools and buses that use the managed lane. However, the emission impacts of HOV-to-HOT-conversions are not well understood. The lack of emissions impact quantification for HOT conversions creates a policy challenge for agencies making transportation funding choices. The goal of this paper is to evaluate the case study before-and-after changes in vehicle emissions for the Atlanta, GA I-85 HOV/HOT lane conversion project, implemented in October, 2011...
March 27, 2017: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346766/maternal-thyroid-parameters-in-pregnant-women-with-different-ethnic-backgrounds-do-ethnicity-specific-reference-ranges-improve-the-diagnosis-of-subclinical-hypothyroidism
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Flora Veltri, Julie Belhomme, Pierre Kleynen, Lidia Grabczan, Serge Rozenberg, Thierry Pepersack, Kris Poppe
OBJECTIVE: Guidelines on the management of thyroid dysfunction during pregnancy have recently been updated and, for the diagnosis of subclinical hypothyroidism (SCH), a TSH upper reference limit (cutoff) of 4.0 mIU/L has been proposed when no institutional values are available. It is also suggested that serum TSH and thyroid autoimmunity (TAI) may be different according to the ethnic background of the women. We therefore determined the prevalence of TAI and SCH in pregnant women with different ethnic backgrounds and, to define SCH, we used different first trimester TSH upper reference cutoffs (institutional, ethnicity-specific, 2...
March 27, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346729/comparison-of-the-safety-of-electrotome-harmonic-scalpel-and-ligasure-for-management-of-thyroid-surgery
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Xiaodong Yang, Jian Cao, Yichao Yan, Fangfang Liu, Tao Li, Long Han, Chunxiang Ye, Shuying Zheng, Shan Wang, Yingjiang Ye, Kewei Jiang
BACKGROUND: Energy-based surgical devices, including electrotome, the Harmonic scalpel, and LigaSure, have been widely applied in thyroid surgery, although a comparison of their safety and efficacy has not been reported yet. In this study, we investigated the feasibility of using hemostatic energy-based surgical devices during thyroid surgery in a canine model. METHODS: Twenty-four beagle dogs were randomly divided into the following groups: electrotome (30 kW), electrotome (15 kW), the Harmonic scalpel (output level 3), and LigaSure (middle gear)...
March 27, 2017: Head & Neck
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346327/development-of-a-new-outcome-prediction-model-in-early-stage-squamous-cell-carcinoma-of-the-oral-cavity-based-on-histopathologic-parameters-with-multivariate-analysis-the-aditi-nuzhat-lymph-node-prediction-score-anlps-system
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Aditi Arora, Nuzhat Husain, Ankur Bansal, Azfar Neyaz, Ritika Jaiswal, Kavitha Jain, Arun Chaturvedi, Nidhi Anand, Kiranpreet Malhotra, Saumya Shukla
The aim of this study was to evaluate the histopathologic parameters that predict lymph node metastasis in patients with oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) and to design a new assessment score on the basis of these parameters that could ultimately allow for changes in treatment decisions or aid clinicians in deciding whether there is a need for close follow-up or to perform early lymph node dissection. Histopathologic parameters of 336 cases of OSCC with stage cT1/T2 N0M0 disease were analyzed. The location of the tumor and the type of surgery used for the management of the tumor were recorded for all patients...
March 24, 2017: American Journal of Surgical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346222/sign-determination-methods-for-the-respiratory-signal-in-data-driven-pet-gating
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Ottavia Bertolli, Simon Arridge, Scott D Wollenweber, Charles W Stearns, Brian F Hutton, Kris Thielemans
Patient respiratory motion during PET image acquisition leads to blurring in the reconstructed images and may cause significant artifacts, resulting in decreased lesion detectability, inaccurate standard uptake value calculation and incorrect treatment planning in radiation therapy. To reduce these effects data can be regrouped into (nearly) 'motion-free' gates prior to reconstruction by selecting the events with respect to the breathing phase. This gating procedure therefore needs a respiratory signal: on current scanners it is obtained from an external device, whereas with data driven (DD) methods it can be directly obtained from the raw PET data...
March 27, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345979/assessment-and-treatment-options-for-patients-with-constipation
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Alison Bardsley
Constipation is a common complaint for people of all ages, with prevalence increasing with age and during pregnancy. Women are more likely to be affected than men. Severity of constipation varies from person to person; most people experience short periods of constipation during their lives, including possibly after surgery, while others have constipation as a chronic long-term condition that can significantly affect their quality of life. There are a number of factors that can contribute to developing constipation including diets low in fibre, changes in lifestyle, side effects of certain medications and low fluid intake...
March 23, 2017: British Journal of Nursing: BJN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345911/subtle-microwave-induced-overheating-effects-in-an-industrial-de-methylation-reaction-and-their-direct-use-in-the-development-of-an-innovative-microwave-reactor
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Mario De Bruyn, Vitaliy L Budarin, Guido S J Sturm, Georgios D Stefanidis, Marilena Radoiu, Andrzej Stankiewicz, Duncan J Macquarrie
A systematic study of the conventional and microwave (MW) kinetics of an industrially relevant demethylation reaction is presented. In using industrially relevant reaction conditions the dominant influence of the solvent on the MW energy dissipation is avoided. Below the boiling point, the effect of MWs on the activation energy Ea and k0 is found non-existent. Interestingly under reflux conditions the microwave heated (MWH) reaction displays very pronounced zero order kinetics, displaying a much higher reaction rate than observed for the conventionally thermal heated (CTH) reaction...
March 27, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345809/effect-of-lorcaserin-on-glycemic-parameters-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
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Faidon Magkos, Elena Nikonova, Randi Fain, Sharon Zhou, Tony Ma, William Shanahan
OBJECTIVE: Lorcaserin, a 5-HT2C receptor agonist approved for chronic weight management, is also associated with improvements in glycemic parameters in patients with/without type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), but the extent to which these effects are mediated by weight loss is unknown. This post hoc analysis further examines glycemic data from the Phase III BLOOM-DM study stratified by weight changes. METHODS: Patients with T2DM were randomized to lorcaserin 10 mg twice daily or placebo...
March 27, 2017: Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345561/insight-into-high-myopia-and-the-macula
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Atul Kumar, Rohan Chawla, Devesh Kumawat, Ganesh Pillay
The incidence of myopia is constantly on the rise. Patients of high myopia and pathological myopia are young and can lose vision due to a number of degenerative changes occurring at the macula. With the emergence of new technologies such as swept-source optical coherence tomography (OCT) and OCT angiography, our understanding of macular pathology in myopia has improved significantly. New conditions such as myopic traction maculopathy have been defined. Early, noninvasive detection of myopic choroidal neovascularization and its differentiation from lacquer cracks is possible with a greater degree of certainty...
February 2017: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345538/current-trends-for-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction-during-the-past-5-years-in-rural-areas-of-china-s-liaoning-province-a-multicenter-study
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Guang-Xiao Li, Bo Zhou, Guo-Xian Qi, Bo Zhang, Da-Ming Jiang, Gui-Mei Wu, Bing Ma, Peng Zhang, Qiong-Rui Zhao, Juan Li, Ying Li, Jing-Pu Shi
BACKGROUND: Since 2010, two versions of National Guidelines aimed at promoting the management of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) have been formulated by the Chinese Society of Cardiology. However, little is known about the changes in clinical characteristics, management, and in-hospital outcomes in rural areas. METHODS: In the present multicenter, cross-sectional study, participants were enrolled from rural hospitals located in Liaoning province in Northeast China, during two different periods (from June 2009 to June 2010 and from January 2015 to December 2015)...
April 5, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345515/treatment-of-salivary-stones-by-intraductal-pneumatic-lithotripsy-a-preliminary-presentation-of-the-stonebreaker-with-sterile-bag-covering
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P A Oddon, G Royer, N Graillon, F Marchal, C Chossegros, J M Foletti
INTRODUCTION: Sialendoscopy has changed the management of obstructive sialadenitis. Nowadays, minimally invasive techniques evolve to preserve salivary gland function. Intraductal lithotripsy allows stones fragmentation and retrieval without opening the salivary duct. We report our experience with the StoneBreaker (SB), a new lithotripter with improvement using a sterile bag that permits reuse of the SB without passing to sterilization. TECHNICAL NOTE: The non-sterilized SB was used into a sterile camera sleeve in 5 patients, 3 submandibular lithiases and 2 parotid lithiases...
February 17, 2017: J Stomatol Oral Maxillofac Surg
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345475/understanding-bladder-management-on-a-palliative-care-unit-a-grounded-theory-study
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Iris Gutmanis, Melissa Hay, Joshua Shadd, Janette Byrne, Sarah McCallum, Kristen Bishop, Patricia Whitfield, Cathy Faulds
BACKGROUND: Research regarding factors associated with nursing-initiated changes to bladder management at end-of-life is sparse. OBJECTIVES: To explore the process of Palliative Care Unit (PCU) nurses' approach to bladder management changes. METHODS: Nursing staff from one PCU in London, Canada were interviewed regarding bladder management care practices. A constructivist grounded theory was generated. RESULTS: Four interconnected themes emerged: humanity (compassionate support of patients); journey (making the most of a finite timeline); health condition (illness, functional decline); and context (orders, policies, supplies)...
March 16, 2017: International Journal of Palliative Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345437/clinical-profile-dosing-and-quality-of-life-outcomes-in-primary-immune-deficiency-patients-treated-at-home-with-immunoglobulin-g-data-from-the-ideal-patient-registry
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Sean Kearns, Loretta Kristofek, William Bolgar, Luqman Seidu, Samantha Kile
BACKGROUND: Patients with primary immune deficiency (PID) often require immunoglobulin G (IgG, commonly referred to as Ig) replacement therapy to prevent infections and associated comorbidities. Ig therapy can be given either through intravenous or subcutaneous routes, and both can be done in the home setting. There is limited information available on the real-world diagnosis, management, and outcomes of this patient population, given the variable disease presentation and treatment options...
April 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345430/planning-for-sedentary-behaviour-interventions-office-workers-survey-and-focus-group-responses
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Teneale McGuckin, Rebecca Sealey, Fiona Barnett
AIMS: As sedentary behaviour is becoming more prominent in office-based work environments, this study aimed to explore office workers' perceptions of sedentary behaviour, explore potential behavioural strategies to reduce sedentary behaviour in the workplace and identify barriers which may hamper behaviour change. METHODS: A total of 140 office workers were recruited and surveyed from the same workplace. The survey included questions regarding perceptions of the relationship between sitting time and health...
March 1, 2017: Perspectives in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345420/peroneal-perforator-pedicle-propeller-flap-for-lower-leg-soft-tissue-defect-reconstruction-clinical-applications-and-treatment-of-venous-congestion
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Lifeng Shen, Yiyang Liu, Chun Zhang, Qiaofeng Guo, Wenhua Huang, Kelvin Kian Loong Wong, Shimin Chang
Objective To describe the characteristics of the perforator vessel in the peroneal artery of the lower leg and to explore the use of perforator pedicle propeller flaps to repair soft tissue defects in the lower leg, heel and foot. Methods This retrospective study enrolled patients with soft tissue defects of the distal lower leg, heel and foot who underwent surgery using peroneal perforator-based propeller flaps. The peroneal artery perforators were identified preoperatively by colour duplex Doppler ultrasound...
January 1, 2017: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345368/sponsors-and-investigative-staffs-perceptions-of-the-current-investigational-new-drug-safety-reporting-process-in-oncology-trials
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Raymond Perez, Patrick Archdeacon, Nancy Roach, Robert Goodwin, Jonathan Jarow, Nina Stuccio, Annemarie Forrest
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The Food and Drug Administration's final rule on investigational new drug application safety reporting, effective from 28 March 2011, clarified the reporting requirements for serious and unexpected suspected adverse reactions occurring in clinical trials. The Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative released recommendations in 2013 to assist implementation of the final rule; however, anecdotal reports and data from a Food and Drug Administration audit indicated that a majority of reports being submitted were still uninformative and did not result in actionable changes...
March 1, 2017: Clinical Trials: Journal of the Society for Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345173/increasing-preferred-step-rate-during-running-reduces-plantar-pressures
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James M Gerrard, Daniel R Bonanno
Increasing preferred step rate during running is a commonly used strategy in the management of running-related injuries. This study investigated the effect of different step rates on plantar pressures during running. Thirty-two healthy runners ran at a comfortable speed on a treadmill at five step rates (preferred, ±5%, and ±10%). For each step rate, plantar pressure data were collected using the pedar-X in-shoe system. Compared to running with a preferred step rate, a 10% increase in step rate significantly reduced peak pressure (144...
March 27, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
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