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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230460/meditation-and-hypnosis-two-sides-of-the-same-coin
#1
Enrico Facco
Hypnosis and meditation, as a whole, form a heterogeneous complex of psychosomatic techniques able to control mind and body regulation. Hypnosis has been pragmatically used for limited therapeutic targets, while Eastern meditation has much wider philosophical and existential implications, aiming for a radical liberation from all illusions, attachments, suffering and pain. The available data on the history, phenomenology, and neuropsychology of hypnosis and meditation show several common features, such as the following: (a) induction based on focused attention; (b) capability to reach an intentional control of both biologic-somatic activities and conscious-unconscious processes;...
April 2017: International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230390/effectiveness-of-an-internet-intervention-deprexis-for-depression-in-a-united-states-adult-sample-a-parallel-group-pragmatic-randomized-controlled-trial
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Christopher G Beevers, Rahel Pearson, James S Hoffman, A Alban Foulser, Jason Shumake, Björn Meyer
OBJECTIVE: To examine the effectiveness of an Internet intervention for depression with a randomized, controlled trial in a large sample of adults recruited from the United States. METHOD: The current study examines the effectiveness of Deprexis, an Internet treatment for depression that was provided with relatively minimal support. There were 376 treatment-seeking adults (mean age = 32 years; 74% female; 77% Caucasian, 7% Asian, 7% multiple races, 4% African American, and 11% Hispanic/Latino) with elevated depression (Quick Inventory of Depressive Symptoms-Self-Report [QIDS-SR] > = 10) who were randomized to receive an 8-week course of treatment immediately (n = 285) or after an 8-week delay (n = 91; i...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229854/-how-to-manage-with-rigour-but-flexibility-an-orthodontic-practice
#3
Edmond Binhas, Corinne Binhas
INTRODUCTION: An orthodontic office owner must understand the context and then combine logic, emotion, intuition and common sense. The productivity approach is no longer acceptable. It is necessary to combine rigour, flexibility and pragmatism. DISCUSSION: The obsessive perfectionism is ineffective. In fact, there are four ways to demonstrate a flexible determination: persevere when appropriate, win the support of your entourage, back on some decisions, appeal to the collective will...
March 2017: L' Orthodontie Française
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229383/mirna-based-heavy-metal-homeostasis-and-plant-growth
#4
Ali Noman, Muhammad Aqeel
Plants have been naturally gifted with mechanisms to adjust under very high or low nutrient concentrations. Heavy metal toxicity is considered as a major growth and yield-limiting factor for plants. This stress includes essential as well as non-essential metals. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are known for mediating post-transcriptional regulation by cleaving transcripts or translational inhibition. It is commonly agreed that an extensive understanding of plant miRNAs will significantly help in the induction of tolerance against environmental stresses...
February 22, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228182/cost-effectiveness-of-computerized-cognitive-behavioural-therapy-for-the-treatment-of-depression-in-primary-care-findings-from-the-randomised-evaluation-of-the-effectiveness-and-acceptability-of-computerised-therapy-reeact-trial
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A Duarte, S Walker, E Littlewood, S Brabyn, C Hewitt, S Gilbody, S Palmer
BACKGROUND: Computerized cognitive-behavioural therapy (cCBT) forms a core component of stepped psychological care for depression. Existing evidence for cCBT has been informed by developer-led trials. This is the first study based on a large independent pragmatic trial to assess the cost-effectiveness of cCBT as an adjunct to usual general practitioner (GP) care compared with usual GP care alone and to establish the differential cost-effectiveness of a free-to-use cCBT programme (MoodGYM) in comparison with a commercial programme (Beating the Blues) in primary care...
February 23, 2017: Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228115/weight-loss-and-exercise-for-communities-with-arthritis-in-north-carolina-we-can-design-and-rationale-of-a-pragmatic-assessor-blinded-randomized-controlled-trial
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Stephen P Messier, Leigh F Callahan, Daniel P Beavers, Kate Queen, Shannon L Mihalko, Gary D Miller, Elena Losina, Jeffrey N Katz, Richard F Loeser, Sara A Quandt, Paul DeVita, David J Hunter, Mary F Lyles, Jovita Newman, Betsy Hackney, Joanne M Jordan
BACKGROUND: Recently, we determined that in a rigorously monitored environment an intensive diet-induced weight loss of 10% combined with exercise was significantly more effective at reducing pain in men and women with symptomatic knee osteoarthritis (OA) than either intervention alone. Compared to previous long-term weight loss and exercise trials of knee OA, our intensive diet-induced weight loss and exercise intervention was twice as effective at reducing pain intensity. Whether these results can be generalized to less intensively monitored cohorts is unknown...
February 22, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228074/lenticulostriate-artery-and-lenticulostriate-artery-neural-complex-new-concept-for-intracerebral-hemorrhage
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Rong Hu, Hua Feng
BACKGROUND: Spontaneous intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) is the poorest prognosis of all stroke subtypes with a high mortality and morbidity. Although considerable progress has been made, no intervention is currently available to alter the outcome of patients with ICH, suggesting a new concept directing ICH study is urgently needed. METHODS: Most ICH occurs in the deep area of the brain, the basal ganglion, whose blood supply is mainly from lenticulostriate arteries (LSAs)...
February 20, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227093/applicability-of-ssvep-based-brain-computer-interfaces-for-robot-navigation-in-real-environments
#8
Christina Farmaki, Georgios Christodoulakis, Vangelis Sakkalis, Christina Farmaki, Georgios Christodoulakis, Vangelis Sakkalis, Vangelis Sakkalis, Christina Farmaki, Georgios Christodoulakis
Brain-computer interfaces have been extensively studied and used in order to aid patients suffering from neuromuscular diseases to communicate and control the surrounding environment. Steady-state visual evoked potentials (SSVEP) constitute a very popular BCI stimulation protocol, due to their efficiency and quick response time. In this study, we developed a SSVEP-based BCI along with a low-cost custom radio-controlled robot-car providing live video feedback from a wireless camera mounted on the robot, serving as our testbed...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226879/toward-a-low-cost-gait-analysis-system-for-clinical-and-free-living-assessment
#9
Cassim Ladha, Silvia Del Din, Kianoush Nazarpour, Aodhan Hickey, Rosie Morris, Michael Catt, Lynn Rochester, Alan Godfrey, Cassim Ladha, Silvia Del Din, Kianoush Nazarpour, Aodhan Hickey, Rosie Morris, Michael Catt, Lynn Rochester, Alan Godfrey, Rosie Morris, Cassim Ladha, Lynn Rochester, Alan Godfrey, Aodhan Hickey, Silvia Del Din, Kianoush Nazarpour, Michael Catt
Gait is an important clinical assessment tool since changes in gait may reflect changes in general health. Measurement of gait is a complex process which has been restricted to bespoke clinical facilities until recently. The use of inexpensive wearable technologies is an attractive alternative and offers the potential to assess gait in any environment. In this paper we present the development of a low cost analysis gait system built using entirely open source components. The system is used to capture spatio-temporal gait characteristics derived from an existing conceptual model, sensitive to ageing and neurodegenerative pathology (e...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226582/towards-holistic-free-living-assessment-in-parkinson-s-disease-unification-of-gait-and-fall-algorithms-with-a-single-accelerometer
#10
Alan Godfrey, Alan Bourke, Silvia Del Din, Rosie Morris, Aodhan Hickey, Jorunn L Helbostad, Lynn Rochester, Alan Godfrey, Alan Bourke, Silvia Del Din, Rosie Morris, Aodhan Hickey, Jorunn L Helbostad, Lynn Rochester, Silvia Del Din, Rosie Morris, Alan Godfrey, Lynn Rochester, Jorunn L Helbostad, Aodhan Hickey, Alan Bourke
Technological developments have seen the miniaturization of sensors, small enough to be embedded in wearable devices facilitating unobtrusive and longitudinal monitoring in free-living environments. Concurrently, the advances in algorithms have been ad-hoc and fragmented. To advance the mainstream use of wearable technology and improved functionality of algorithms all methodologies must be unified and robustly tested within controlled and free-living conditions. Here we present and unify a (i) gait segmentation and analysis algorithm and (ii) a fall detection algorithm...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225739/damage-control-laparotomy-utilization-rates-are-highly-variable-among-level-i-trauma-centers-pragmatic-randomized-optimal-platelet-and-plasma-ratios-findings
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Justin Jeremiah Joseph Watson, Jamison Nielsen, Kyle Hart, Priya Srikanth, John D Yonge, Christopher R Connelly, Phillip M Kemp Bohan, Hillary Sosnovske, Barbara C Tilley, Gerald van Belle, Bryan A Cotton, Terence S OʼKeeffe, Eileen M Bulger, Karen J Brasel, John B Holcomb, Martin A Schreiber
BACKGROUND: Damage control laparotomy (DCL) is intended to limit deleterious effects from trauma-induced coagulopathy. DCL has been associated with mortality reduction, but may increase complications including sepsis, abscess, respiratory failure, hernia, and gastrointestinal fistula. We hypothesized that (1) DCL incidence would vary between institutions; (2) mortality rates would vary with DCL rates; (3) standard DCL criteria of pH, international normalized ratio, temperature and major intra-abdominal vascular injury would not adequately capture all patients...
March 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224270/intrapartal-pelvic-floor-protection-a-pragmatic-and-interdisciplinary-approach-between-obstetrics-and-urogynecology
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Markus Huebner, Sara Y Brucker, Ralf Tunn, Gert Naumann, Christl Reisenauer, Harald Abele
Pelvic floor protection is an issue of increasing relevance. This article sought to summarize the session at last year's annual meeting of the German Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics (DGGG) in Stuttgart (10/2016) called "Urogynecology 2020-what is the optimal rate of cesarean section-does urogynecology have to deal with Obstetrics?". The main focus was set on the two important anatomical structures, the levator ani muscle and the anal sphincters. Operative vaginal delivery, epidural anesthesia, and episiotomy are subject to discussion...
February 21, 2017: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223955/stability-and-variability-in-aesthetic-experience-a-review
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REVIEW
Thomas Jacobsen, Susan Beudt
Based on psychophysics' pragmatic dualism, we trace the cognitive neuroscience of stability and variability in aesthetic experience. With regard to different domains of aesthetic processing, we touch upon the relevance of cognitive schemata for aesthetic preference. Attitudes and preferences are explored in detail. Evolutionary constraints on attitude formation or schema generation are elucidated, just as the often seemingly arbitrary influences of social, societal, and cultural nature are. A particular focus is put on the concept of critical periods during an individual's ontogenesis...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222706/low-intensity-interventions-for-obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd-a-qualitative-study-of-mental-health-practitioner-experiences
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Judith Gellatly, Rebecca Pedley, Christine Molloy, Jennifer Butler, Karina Lovell, Penny Bee
BACKGROUND: Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a debilitating mental health disorder that can substantially impact upon quality of life and everyday functioning. Guidelines recommend pharmacological and psychological treatments, using a cognitive behaviour therapy approach (CBT) including exposure and response prevention, but access has generally been poor. Low intensity psychological interventions have been advocated. The evidence base for these interventions is emerging but there is a paucity of information regarding practitioners' perceptions and experiences of supporting individuals with OCD using this approach...
February 22, 2017: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222014/verification-of-examination-procedures-in-clinical-laboratory-for-imprecision-trueness-and-diagnostic-accuracy-according-to-iso-15189-2012-a-pragmatic-approach
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Giorgia Antonelli, Andrea Padoan, Ada Aita, Laura Sciacovelli, Mario Plebani
Background The International Standard ISO 15189 is recognized as a valuable guide in ensuring high quality clinical laboratory services and promoting the harmonization of accreditation programmes in laboratory medicine. Examination procedures must be verified in order to guarantee that their performance characteristics are congruent with the intended scope of the test. The aim of the present study was to propose a practice model for implementing procedures employed for the verification of validated examination procedures already used for at least 2 years in our laboratory, in agreement with the ISO 15189 requirement at the Section 5...
February 21, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220700/probing-the-intrinsic-thermal-and-photochemical-stability-of-hybrid-and-inorganic-lead-halide-perovskites
#16
Azat F Akbulatov, Sergey Yurevich Luchkin, Lyubov A Frolova, Nadezhda N Dremova, Ivan S Zhidkov, Kirill L Gerasimov, Denis V Anokhin, Ernst Z Kurmaev, Keith J Stevenson, Pavel A Troshin
We report a careful and systematic study of the thermal and photochemical degradation of a series of complex haloplumbates APbX3 (X=I, Br) with hybrid organic (A+= CH3NH3) and inorganic (A+=Cs+) cations under anoxic conditions (i.e., without exposure to oxygen and moisture by testing in an inert glove box environment). We show that the most common hybrid materials (e.g. MAPbI3) are intrinsically unstable with respect to the heat- and light-induced stress and, therefore, can hardly sustain the real solar cell operation conditions...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220082/synaptic-and-neuronal-autoantibody-associated-psychiatric-syndromes-controversies-and-hypotheses
#17
Adam Al-Diwani, Thomas A Pollak, Alexander E Langford, Belinda R Lennox
Autoimmune encephalitis (AE) mediated by antibodies against synaptic and neuronal surface targets frequently presents with a psychiatric syndrome. In these patients, removal of autoantibodies treats the disease and outcomes are closely linked to early intervention. The discovery of these autoantibodies in isolated psychiatric syndromes has raised the possibility that these patients may derive similar benefits from immunotherapy, a potentially transformational approach to the treatment of mental illness. Although open-label case series suggest impressive therapeutic outcomes, the pathological relevance of these autoantibodies outside of canonical presentations is debated...
2017: Frontiers in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217891/a-comprehensive-behavioral-and-exercise-intervention-improves-physical-function-and-activity-participation-after-total-knee-replacement-a-pilot-randomized-study
#18
Sara R Piva, Gustavo J Almeida, Alexandra B Gil, Anthony M DiGioia, Diane L Helsel, Gwendolyn A Sowa
OBJECTIVE: To test the feasibility of a comprehensive behavioral intervention (CBI) program that combines intense exercises with an education program to be implemented at a later stage (3 months) post total knee replacement (TKR), and to get a first impression of the effects of the CBI as compared to a standard of care exercise (SCE) program on the outcomes of physical function and physical activity. METHODS: 44 subjects participated in a 3-month program of either CBI or SCE followed by 3 months of home exercise program...
February 19, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217524/pragmatic-dietary-advice-for-diabetes-during-navratris
#19
REVIEW
Lovely Gupta, Deepak Khandelwal, Rajiv Singla, Piyush Gupta, Sanjay Kalra
Navratri is one of the most common religious fasts observed among Hindus. A large number of people with diabetes follow Navratris fast irrespective of its health implications, often without proper education and medical advice. The quest for the scientific research on dietary advices for Hindu fasts including Navratris shows paucity of literature comparative to the dietary advices advocated during Ramadan. The eating and physical activity patterns during different fasts vary a lot depending up on social and cultural factors...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217523/safe-and-pragmatic-use-of-sodium-glucose-co-transporter-2-inhibitors-in-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-south-asian-federation-of-endocrine-societies-consensus-statement
#20
REVIEW
Sanjay Kalra, Sujoy Ghosh, A H Aamir, Md Tofail Ahmed, Mohammod Feroz Amin, Sarita Bajaj, Manash P Baruah, Uditha Bulugahapitiya, A K Das, Mimi Giri, Sonali Gunatilake, Saeed A Mahar, Md Faruque Pathan, Nazmul Kabir Qureshi, S Abbas Raza, Rakesh Sahay, Santosh Shakya, Dina Shreshta, Noel Somasundaram, Manilka Sumanatilleke, A G Unnikrishnan, Achini Madushani Wijesinghe
Diabetes prevalence shows a continuous increasing trend in South Asia. Although well-established treatment modalities exist for type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) management, they are limited by their side effect profile. Sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 inhibitors (SGLT2i) with their novel insulin-independent renal action provide improved glycemic control, supplemented by reduction in weight and blood pressure, and cardiovascular safety. Based on the clinical outcomes with SGLT2i in patients with T2DM, treatment strategies that make a "good clinical sense" are desirable...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
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