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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213887/rituals-improve-children-s-ability-to-delay-gratification
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Veronika Rybanska, Ryan McKay, Jonathan Jong, Harvey Whitehouse
To be accepted into social groups, individuals must internalize and reproduce appropriate group conventions, such as rituals. The copying of such rigid and socially stipulated behavioral sequences places heavy demands on executive function. Given previous research showing that challenging executive functioning improves it, it was hypothesized that engagement in ritualistic behaviors improves children's executive functioning, in turn improving their ability to delay gratification. A 3-month circle time games intervention with 210 schoolchildren (Mage  = 7...
February 18, 2017: Child Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212173/prediction-of-conversion-to-psychosis-in-individuals-with-an-at-risk-mental-state-a-brief-update-on-recent-developments
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Anita Riecher-Rössler, Erich Studerus
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: So far, only little more than one-third of individuals classified as being at-risk for psychosis have been shown to actually convert to frank psychosis during follow-up. There have therefore been enormous efforts to improve the accuracy of predicting this transition. We reviewed the most recent studies in the field with the aim to clarify whether accuracy of prediction has been improved by the different research endeavors and what could be done to further improve it, and/or what alternative goals research should pursue...
February 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209583/combining-diffusion-tensor-metrics-and-dsc-perfusion-imaging-can-it-improve-the-diagnostic-accuracy-in-differentiating-tumefactive-demyelination-from-high-grade-glioma
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S B Hiremath, A Muraleedharan, S Kumar, C Nagesh, C Kesavadas, M Abraham, T R Kapilamoorthy, B Thomas
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Tumefactive demyelinating lesions with atypical features can mimic high-grade gliomas on conventional imaging sequences. The aim of this study was to assess the role of conventional imaging, DTI metrics (p:q tensor decomposition), and DSC perfusion in differentiating tumefactive demyelinating lesions and high-grade gliomas. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fourteen patients with tumefactive demyelinating lesions and 21 patients with high-grade gliomas underwent brain MR imaging with conventional, DTI, and DSC perfusion imaging...
February 16, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203346/ezetimibe-an-update-on-its-clinical-usefulness-in-specific-patient-groups
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REVIEW
Daniel Hammersley, Mark Signy
The aim of pharmacological lipid modification is to reduce low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) as a means of either secondary or primary prevention of cardiovascular disease. Statins are the first-line therapy for pharmacological lipid modification. Ezetimibe is a drug which reduces LDL-C by selectively inhibiting intestinal cholesterol absorption. This provides an alternative pharmacological approach to that of statin therapy to reduce LDL-C. Ezetimibe has been shown to significantly reduce levels of LDL-C and recently, as demonstrated in the IMPROVE-IT trial, to reduce the rate of cardiovascular events in high-risk patients...
January 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Chronic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194206/evaluating-performance-of-the-operational-managers-of-obstetrics-and-gynecology-service-providing-wards
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Zahra Parvaresh, Ashraf Kazemi, Soheila Ehsanpour, Haniye Sadat Sajadi
BACKGROUND: The goal of hospitals, as the most important health care providing centers, is to improve the health level of the society. Achieving this goal is directly related with performance of the managers. This study was conducted to evaluate the performance of operational managers of obstetrics and gynecology service providing wards from the point of view of the staff at educational hospitals of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences in 2015. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this descriptive study, target population comprised all supervisors and the staff working at obstetrics and gynecology and maternity wards...
November 2016: Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192012/impact-of-gender-on-satisfaction-and-confidence-in-cholesterol-control-among-veterans-at-risk-for-cardiovascular-disease
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Karen M Goldstein, Karen M Stechuchak, Leah L Zullig, Eugene Z Oddone, Maren K Olsen, Felicia A McCant, Lori A Bastian, Bryan C Batch, Hayden B Bosworth
BACKGROUND: Compared with men, women have poorer lipid control. Although potential causes of this disparity have been explored, it is unknown whether patient-centered factors such as satisfaction and confidence contribute. We evaluated (1) whether satisfaction with lipid control and confidence in ability to improve it vary by gender and (2) whether sociodemographic characteristics modify the association. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We evaluated baseline survey responses from the Cardiovascular Intervention Improvement Telemedicine Study, including self-rated satisfaction with cholesterol levels and confidence in controlling cholesterol...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164327/liver-fibrosis-diagnosis-by-blood-test-and-elastography-in-chronic-hepatitis-c-agreement-or-combination
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P Calès, J Boursier, J Lebigot, V de Ledinghen, C Aubé, I Hubert, F Oberti
BACKGROUND: In chronic hepatitis C, the European Association for the Study of the Liver - Asociacion Latinoamericana para el Estudio del Higado recommends performing transient elastography and a blood test to diagnose significant fibrosis; test concordance confirms diagnosis. AIM: To validate this rule and improve it by combining a blood test, FibroMeter (virus second generation, Echosens, Paris, France) and transient elastography (constitutive tests) into a single combined test, as suggested by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and the Infectious Diseases Society of America...
February 6, 2017: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163690/mentalizing-makes-parenting-work-a-review-about-parental-reflective-functioning-and-clinical-interventions-to-improve-it
#8
REVIEW
Andrea Camoirano
In the last decade several studies have investigated the role of parental reflective functioning (RF), defined as the parental ability to understand his/her child's mental states, on the child's development. Herein, a narrative review on parental RF is presented aimed at (1) presenting an overview of the existing empirical studies, (2) pinpointing unrequited questions, and (3) identifying future research directions. Specifically, the current review focused on (a) the impact of parental RF on the quality of caregiving and the child's attachment security, (b) the effect of parental RF on the child's emotion regulation and the child's RF, (c) maternal RF in women with a history of neglect and abuse, (d) the efficacy of mentalization-based clinical interventions, and (e) the recently developed Parental Reflective Questionnaire...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163194/recent-advances-and-state-of-the-art-strategies-in-strain-and-process-engineering-for-biobutanol-production-by-clostridium-acetobutylicum
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REVIEW
Chuang Xue, Jingbo Zhao, Lijie Chen, Shang-Tian Yang, Fengwu Bai
Butanol as an advanced biofuel has gained great attention due to its environmental benefits and superior properties compared to ethanol. However, the cost of biobutanol production via conventional acetone-butanol-ethanol (ABE) fermentation by Clostridium acetobutylicum is not economically competitive, which has hampered its industrial application. The strain performance and downstream process greatly impact the economics of biobutanol production. Although various engineered strains with carefully orchestrated metabolic and sporulation-specific pathways have been developed, none of them is ideal for industrial biobutanol production...
February 3, 2017: Biotechnology Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161559/commentary-driver-training-effects-of-commentary-exposure-practice-and-production-on-hazard-perception-and-eye-movements
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Angela H Young, David Crundall, Peter Chapman
Commentary driving typically involves being trained in how to produce a verbal running commentary about what you can see, what you are doing, what might happen and what action you will take to avoid potential hazards, while driving. Although video-based commentary training has been associated with subsequent hazard perception improvements, it can have a negative impact on hazard perception when a live commentary is produced at test (Young, Chapman, & Crundall, 2014). In the current study we use balanced training and testing blocks to isolate the effects of commentary exposure, production of a commentary with and without practice, and learning from earlier self-generation of commentary on behavioural and eye movement measures...
February 2, 2017: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153967/endotoxemia-in-peritoneal-dialysis-patients-a-pilot-study-to-examine-the-role-of-intestinal-perfusion-and-congestion
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Claire Grant, Laura Harrison, Caroline Hoad, Luca Marciani, Eleanor Cox, Charlotte Buchanan, Carolyn Costigan, Susan Francis, Ka-Bik Lai, Cheuk-Chun Szeto, Penny Gowland, Christopher McIntyre
Endotoxemia is common in advanced chronic kidney disease and is particularly severe in those receiving dialysis. In hemodialysis patients, translocation from the bowel occurs as a consequence of recurrent circulatory stress leading to a reduction in circulating splanchnic volume and increased intestinal permeability. Peritoneal dialysis (PD) patients are often volume expanded and have continuous direct immersion of bowel in fluid; these may also be important factors in endotoxin translocation and would suggest different therapeutic strategies to improve it...
January 2017: Peritoneal Dialysis International: Journal of the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152906/development-of-an-oncology-quality-metric-evaluation-and-prioritization-tool-qmept
#12
Michelle Evangelista
: 260 Background: For reporting purposes and to enable ongoing quality improvement, it is essential that metrics reflective of quality oncology care delivery are tracked and reviewed on an ongoing basis. Collection of performance data and incorporation into a usable dashboard can require significant IT resources, both in personnel time and direct costs. The Tisch Cancer Institute (TCI) identified a myriad of cancer quality metrics that required prioritization in order to best allocate limited IT resources and a standardized process to facilitate comparison across different disease groups...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28147898/factors-influencing-quality-of-life-following-lower-limb-amputation-for-peripheral-arterial-occlusive-disease-a-systematic-review-of-the-literature
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Fiona Davie-Smith, Elaine Coulter, Brian Kennon, Sally Wyke, Lorna Paul
BACKGROUND: The majority of lower limb amputations are undertaken in people with peripheral arterial occlusive disease, and approximately 50% have diabetes. Quality of life is an important outcome in lower limb amputations; little is known about what influences it, and therefore how to improve it. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this systematic review was to identify the factors that influence quality of life after lower limb amputation for peripheral arterial occlusive disease...
February 1, 2017: Prosthetics and Orthotics International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28133348/-a-case-of-retroperitoneal-liposarcoma
#14
Masahiro Iwama, Akihiko Murata, Shinsuke Nishikawa, Kenichi Takahashi, Takayuki Morita
A 52-year-old man visited a local hospital complaining of abdominal distension. Enhanced computed tomography scan revealed a giant retroperitoneal tumor surrounding the left internal iliac artery and left kidney. We performed en bloc tumor resection with left internal iliac artery resection. The tumor was 35 cm in size and weighed 6,860 g. The histological diagnosis was a dedifferentiated liposarcoma. After surgery, the patient experienced left lower limb paralysis. Clinical examination and neurological findings suggested a lumbosacral problem...
November 2016: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28132186/single-cell-metabolomics
#15
Samy Emara, Sara Amer, Ahmed Ali, Yasmine Abouleila, April Oga, Tsutomu Masujima
The dynamics of a cell is always changing. Cells move, divide, communicate, adapt, and are always reacting to their surroundings non-synchronously. Currently, single-cell metabolomics has become the leading field in understanding the phenotypical variations between them, but sample volumes, low analyte concentrations, and validating gentle sample techniques have proven great barriers toward achieving accurate and complete metabolomics profiling. Certainly, advanced technologies such as nanodevices and microfluidic arrays are making great progress, and analytical techniques, such as matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization (MALDI), are gaining popularity with high-throughput methodology...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125555/o-007-impact-of-education-on-school-nurses-knowledge-of-inflammatory-bowel-disease
#16
Eun Soo Kim, Byung Ik Jang, Kyeong Ok Kim, Eun Young Kim, Yoo Jin Lee, Hyun Seok Lee, Suk Jin Hong, Byung-Ho Choe, Chang Heon Yang
BACKGROUND: As inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) including Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC) often develops in young age, school nurses might play a crucial role in early detection of the disease. However, the school nurses' knowledge of IBD has not been evaluated. We aimed to investigate the awareness of IBD in school nurses and determine whether the education could improve it. METHODS: Initially, school nurses working in Daegu-Gyeongbuk area of Korea were invited to fill out a self-reported questionnaire of IBD...
February 2017: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28121536/aca-phoenix-of-or-cooked-in-this-dumpster-fire-of-an-election
#17
Richard Mark Kirkner
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump promise divergent approaches to the ACA if elected. Basically, Clinton wants to improve it; Trump promises to dismantle it. Of course, no president acts in a vacuum, and a lot will also depend on which party controls Congress.
October 2016: Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114091/-virtual-reality-therapy-in-anxiety-disorders
#18
V Mitrousia, O Giotakos
During the last decade a number of studies have been conducted in order to examine if virtual reality exposure therapy can be an alternative form of therapy for the treatment of mental disorders and particularly for the treatment of anxiety disorders. Imaginal exposure therapy, which is one of the components of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, cannot be easily applied to all patients and in cases like those virtual reality can be used as an alternative or a supportive psychotherapeutic technique. Most studies using virtual reality have focused on anxiety disorders, mainly in specific phobias, but some extend to other disorders such as eating disorders, drug dependence, pain control and palliative care and rehabilitation...
October 2016: Psychiatrikē, Psychiatriki
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106574/walking-ability-of-spinal-cord-injury-individuals-how-to-improve-it
#19
Morteza Sadeghi, Gholam Hussein Ghasemi, Mohammad Taghi Karimi
BACKGROUND: Subjects with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) should use various assistive devices to stand and walk. Unfortunately they suffer from slow walking speed, high energy consumption, and too much force applied on upper limb while walking. The aim of this study was to determine the gap between the gait performance of SCI and normal subjects to conclude how the performance of SCI can be improved. METHOD: Three groups of SCI walked with orthosis, SCI walked without orthosis, and normal subjects were recruited in this study...
January 13, 2017: Technology and Health Care: Official Journal of the European Society for Engineering and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099208/the-upside-down-world-of-diabetes-care-medical-economics-and-what-we-might-do-to-improve-it
#20
David M Harlan, Irl B Hirsch
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Increasingly over the past generation, the American healthcare delivery system has received consistently poor marks with regard to public health outcomes and costs. This review by two seasoned diabetes care providers is intended to shed light on the fundamental flaws we believe to underlie that poor performance, and suggest options for better outcomes and cost efficiencies. RECENT FINDINGS: Despite major advances in diabetes management medications and tools, overall public health with regard to diabetes outcomes remains poor...
January 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Obesity
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