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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922811/a-programme-to-create-short-course-chemotherapy-for-pulmonary-mycobacterium-avium-disease-based-on-pharmacokinetics-pharmacodynamics-and-mathematical-forecasting
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Devyani Deshpande, Shashikant Srivastava, Tawanda Gumbo
Objectives: Pulmonary Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) prevalence is on the rise worldwide. The average therapy duration is 1.5 years, which is associated with poor cure rates. Our objective was to develop a programme to design a combination therapy regimen for pulmonary MAC to be administered for 6 months or less with efficacy in > 90% of patients. Methods: We performed a literature search for the following MeSH headings 'Mycobacterium avium' AND 'pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics' in PubMed up to 2016...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922699/vision-assessment-in-persons-with-intellectual-disabilities
#2
Werner Eisenbarth
PURPOSE: To investigate the degree of visual acuity in workers with intellectual disabilities and the impact of vision on their working conditions. METHODS: We recruited 224 workers (mean age 43.77 years, SD ± 12.96; range, 19-72 years) from a workshop for those with intellectual disabilities, to participate in a vision examination program. The assessment consisted of objective refraction, visual acuity, ocular motility, near-point of convergence, cover/uncover test, stereo acuity and colour perception...
September 18, 2017: Clinical & Experimental Optometry: Journal of the Australian Optometrical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922692/phosphodiesterase-4-inhibitors-for-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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REVIEW
Jimmy Chong, Bonnie Leung, Phillippa Poole
BACKGROUND: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is associated with cough, sputum production or dyspnoea and a reduction in lung function, quality of life and life expectancy. Apart from smoking cessation, there are no other treatments that slow lung function decline. Roflumilast and cilomilast are oral phosphodiesterase 4 (PDE4) inhibitors proposed to reduce the airway inflammation and bronchoconstriction seen in COPD. This is an update of a Cochrane review first published in 2011 and updated in 2013...
September 19, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922685/neoadjuvant-systemic-therapy-for-breast-cancer-the-westmead-experience
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Annelise M Cocco, David Messer, Alexander Brown, Nina Sriram, Jenny Gilchrist, Loma Al-Mansouri, Richard Kefford, Farid Meybodi, James French, Jeremy Hsu, Elisabeth Elder
BACKGROUND: Neoadjuvant systemic therapy (NAST) can be used to treat breast cancer. Pathologic complete response (pCR) is a surrogate marker for improved survival. This study examined response in the breast and axilla to NAST and identified features associated with pCR. METHODS: Patients undergoing NAST and surgery between January 2012 and June 2016 by surgeons at Westmead Breast Cancer Institute were identified. Patients with inflammatory or metastatic disease were excluded...
September 18, 2017: ANZ Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922647/the-self-survives-extinction-self-association-biases-attention-in-patients-with-visual-extinction
#5
Jie Sui, Glyn W Humphreys
People show biases to self-related information on a range of tasks. Key but controversial questions are whether self-related information is processed without attention, and whether self-related information determines what is attended. We examined this using patients showing visual extinction. We had patients associated shapes with themselves or their best friend prior to carrying out a shape identification task. We demonstrate that extinction was modulated by whether patients associated stimuli with themselves or their best friend...
August 16, 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922629/new-indole-based-chalconoids-as-tubulin-targeting-antiproliferative-agents
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Hassan Mirzaei, Mohammad Shokrzadeh, Mona Modanloo, Ali Ziar, Gholam Hossein Riazi, Saeed Emami
Tubulin-targeting compounds have a broad anticancer spectrum and are an important class of chemotherapeutic agents. Due to the importance of 3-bromo-3,5-dimethoxyphenyl scaffold in the anticancer activity of microtubule inhibitors such as crolibulin (EPC2407), we introduced this functionality into the indole-derived chalcones. Thus, we describe here the synthesis and biological evaluation of new indole-based chalconoids as tubulin-targeting antiproliferative agents. The best result was obtained by compound 9b against A549 cell with IC50 of 4...
September 7, 2017: Bioorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922621/a-21-winter-seasons-retrospective-study-of-antibody-response-after-influenza-vaccination-in-elderly-60-85%C3%A2-years-old-and-very-elderly-85%C3%A2-years-old-institutionalized-subjects
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Emilia Nunzi, Anna Maria Iorio, Barbara Camilloni
Influenza vaccination is considered the best mean for preventing the higher rates of mortality associated with influenza virus infection in the elderly as compared with younger people. Since the number of very elderly subjects, aged >85 years, is rapidly increasing, and some authors reported increments in influenza-associated mortality with age, the aim of this study was to increase the limited information available on the immunogenicity of the influenza vaccines in this age group. This was a retrospective study which analyzed the antibody response induced by commercially available trivalent inactivated influenza vaccines in 1491 elderly subjects (60-85 years old) and 1139 very elderly subjects (>85 years old) during 21 winter seasons included between 1993-1994 and 2014-2015...
September 18, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922474/how-unequal-is-the-united-states-adolescents-images-of-social-stratification
#8
Constance A Flanagan, Mariah Kornbluh
This study highlights the use of pictorial images to understand adolescents' views on social stratification. A continuum of five visual images of social stratification were presented to a diverse sample of five hundred ninety-eight 8th-12th graders (14-18 years old). Adolescents selected which image best represented the United States (today, in 20 years, how it ought to be). Images ranged from inequitable to egalitarian. Results supported reference group and possible selves theories. Adolescents in higher status families chose a more egalitarian image for how the United States is today and how it ought to be...
September 18, 2017: Child Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922383/timing-and-adequate-attendance-of-antenatal-care-visits-among-women-in-ethiopia
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Sanni Yaya, Ghose Bishwajit, Michael Ekholuenetale, Vaibhav Shah, Bernard Kadio, Ogochukwu Udenigwe
INTRODUCTION: Although ANC services are increasingly available to women in low and middle-income countries, their inadequate use persists. This suggests a misalignment between aims of the services and maternal beliefs and circumstances. Owing to the dearth of studies examining the timing and adequacy of content of care, this current study aims to investigate the timing and frequency of ANC visits in Ethiopia. METHODS: Data was obtained from the nationally representative 2011 Ethiopian Demographic and Health Survey (EDHS) which used a two-stage cluster sampling design to provide estimates for the health and demographic variables of interest for the country...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922378/relationships-of-orientation-discrimination-threshold-and-visual-acuity-with-macular-lesions-in-age-related-macular-degeneration
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Haojie Fu, Bin Zhang, Jianliang Tong, Harold Bedell, Hecheng Zhang, Yating Yang, Chaochao Nie, Yingdong Luo, Xiaoling Liu
PURPOSE: To measure visual acuity and metamorphopsia in patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and to explore their relationship with macular lesions. METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, a total of 32 normal subjects (32 eyes) and 35 AMD patients (35 eyes) were recruited. They were categorized into 4 groups: normal, dry AMD, non-active wet AMD, and active wet AMD. Best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) was measured using the Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study protocol...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922350/stem-cells-and-cell-based-therapies-for-cerebral-palsy-a-call-for-rigor
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REVIEW
Lauren L Jantzie, Joseph Scafidi, Shenandoah Robinson
Cell-based therapies hold significant promise for infants at risk for cerebral palsy (CP) from perinatal brain injury (PBI). PBI leading to CP results from multi-faceted damage to neural cells. Complex developing neural networks are injured by neural cell damage plus unique perturbations in cell signaling. Given that cell-based therapies can simultaneously repair multiple injured neural components during critical neurodevelopmental windows, these interventions potentially offer efficacy for patients with CP...
September 18, 2017: Pediatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922328/minor-salivary-gland-transplantation-for-severe-dry-eyes
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Tais Hitomi Wakamatsu, Ana Estela Besteti Pires Ponce SantʼAnna, Priscila Cardoso Cristovam, Venâncio Avancini Ferreira Alves, Alda Wakamatsu, José Alvaro Pereira Gomes
Dry eye is a multifactorial disease comprising a wide spectrum of ocular surface alterations and symptoms of discomfort. In most patients with aqueous-deficient dry eye, pharmaceutical tear substitutes are used to control symptoms and prevent ocular surface damage. However, in severe dry eye conditions caused by cicatricial disorders, such as Stevens-Johnson syndrome and ocular cicatricial mucous membrane pemphigoid, noninvasive treatments are insufficient, and patients are at risk of developing complications that can lead to blindness...
September 15, 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922296/trajectories-of-glycemic-change-in-a-national-cohort-of-adults-with-previously-controlled-type-2-diabetes
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Rozalina G McCoy, Che Ngufor, Holly K Van Houten, Brian Caffo, Nilay D Shah
BACKGROUND: Individualized diabetes management would benefit from prospectively identifying well-controlled patients at risk of losing glycemic control. OBJECTIVES: To identify patterns of hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) change among patients with stable controlled diabetes. RESEARCH DESIGN: Cohort study using OptumLabs Data Warehouse, 2001-2013. We develop and apply a machine learning framework that uses a Bayesian estimation of the mixture of generalized linear mixed effect models to discover glycemic trajectories, and a random forest feature contribution method to identify patient characteristics predictive of their future glycemic trajectories...
September 15, 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922295/spiritual-needs-of-patients-with-cancer-in-palliative-care-an-integrative-review
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Ana Cláudia Mesquita, Érika de Cássia Lopes Chaves, Guilherme Antônio Moreira de Barros
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The experience of a life crisis, such as the experience of end-of-life terminality whenever facing cancer can make the spiritual needs of patients clear. The goal of this revision was to synthesize the existing evidence regarding the spiritual needs of patients with cancer in palliative care. RECENT FINDINGS: An integrated revision of the literature was conducted regarding the database sources from PubMed, CINAHL, EMBASE, LILACS and Scopus, without publishing year restrictions...
September 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922284/improving-program-nclex-pass-rates-strategies-from-one-state-board-of-nursing
#15
Joan Libner, Sandra Kubala
AIM: This article describes the response of the Illinois Board of Nursing to an escalating number of prelicensure nursing programs with low National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) pass rates. The response aligns with stipulations of the Illinois Nurse Practice Act and best practices. BACKGROUND: NCLEX success is crucial to launching the careers of nursing graduates and to maintaining approval status of prelicensure programs by state regulatory bodies. Boards strive to guide programs with low pass rates fairly and consistently...
September 15, 2017: Nursing Education Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922238/primary-central-nervous-system-lymphoma-time-for-diagnostic-biomarkers-and-biotherapies
#16
Louis Royer-Perron, Khê Hoang-Xuan, Agusti Alentorn
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Primary central nervous system lymphoma (PCNSL) is a rare cancer with a somber prognosis in older patients, which it affects predominantly. Only in recent years have molecular alterations characterizing PCNSL been thoroughly described. This opens possibilities for the use of targeted therapies. Developments in imaging and biomarkers have also great potential to help clinicians faced with diagnostic and prognostic uncertainties. RECENT FINDINGS: Several biomarkers for PCNSL, such as different microRNAs, which could be tested in cerebrospinal fluid and vitreous fluid, and IL-10, which has been shown to have excellent sensitivity and specificity in the cerebrospinal fluid, have emerged in the last years...
September 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922209/how-can-best-practices-in-recruitment-and-selection-improve-diversity-in-surgery
#17
Aimee K Gardner
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 15, 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922183/parental-awareness-of-schoolbag-carriage-a-comparative-study-of-irish-and-united-states-parents
#18
Sara Dockrell, Karen Jacobs, Julie Byrne, Emma Gleeson, Sinead Kelly, Caitriona Moore, Eimear O'Meara, Dagny Barclay, Sabrina Rodriguez, David Kang, Ciaran Simms, Catherine Blake
BACKGROUND: Given the global nature of schoolbag carriage, there has been extensive research on schoolbag weight and use with resultant guidance on many aspects of carrying a schoolbag. However, there is limited evidence of knowledge translation or parents' awareness of schoolbag carriage. OBJECTIVE: This study investigated parental awareness of factors related to schoolbag carriage. METHOD: A cross-sectional survey using an anonymous 30-item questionnaire and purposive sampling was used...
September 14, 2017: Work: a Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922177/project-career-an-individualized-postsecondary-approach-to-promoting-independence-functioning-and-employment-success-among-students-with-traumatic-brain-injuries
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Deborah Minton, Eileen Elias, Phillip Rumrill, Deborah J Hendricks, Karen Jacobs, Anne Leopold, Amanda Nardone, Elaine Sampson, Marcia Scherer, Aundrea Gee Cormier, Aiyana Taylor, Caitlin DeLatte
BACKGROUND: Project Career is a five-year interdisciplinary demonstration project funded by NIDILRR. It provides technology-driven supports, merging Cognitive Support Technology (CST) evidence-based practices and rehabilitation counseling, to improve postsecondary and employment outcomes for veteran and civilian undergraduate students with traumatic brain injury (TBI). GOAL: Provide a technology-driven individualized support program to improve career and employment outcomes for students with TBI...
September 14, 2017: Work: a Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922157/longer-term-investigation-of-the-value-of-18f-fdg-pet-and-magnetic-resonance-imaging-for-predicting-the-conversion-of-mild-cognitive-impairment-to-alzheimer-s-disease-a-multicenter-study
#20
Yoshitaka Inui, Kengo Ito, Takashi Kato
BACKGROUND: The value of fluorine-18-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (18F-FDG-PET) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for predicting conversion of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) to Alzheimer's disease (AD) in longer-term is unclear. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate longer-term prediction of MCI to AD conversion using 18F-FDG-PET and MRI in a multicenter study. METHODS: One-hundred and fourteen patients with MCI were followed for 5 years...
September 11, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
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