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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245187/news-on-relapsing-polychondritis-the-patients-experience
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EDITORIAL
Jean-Charles Piette, Jérémie Dion, Nathalie Costedoat-Chalumeau
In this issue of Arthritis Care & Research, the authors of Patient-Perception of Disease-Related Symptoms and Complications in Relapsing Polychondritis report for the first time the patient's view over the disease (1). Thanks go to them for this important step forward. The method used however, carries some limitations, as indicated very honestly by the authors. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
December 15, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245182/an-efficient-parallel-simulation-of-unsteady-blood-flows-in-patient-specific-pulmonary-artery
#2
Fande Kong, Vitaly Kheyfets, Ender Finol, Xiao-Chuan Cai
Simulation of blood flows in the pulmonary artery provides some insight into certain diseases by examining the relationship between some continuum metrics, e.g. the wall shear stress acting on the vascular endothelium, which responds to flow-induced mechanical forces by releasing vasodilators/constrictors. In [?kheyfets2015patient], V. Kheyfets studies numerically a patient-specific pulmonary circulation to show that decreasing wall shear stress is correlated with increasing pulmonary vascular impedance. In this paper, we develop a scalable parallel algorithm based on domain decomposition methods to investigate an unsteady model with patient specific pulsatile waveforms as the inlet boundary condition...
December 15, 2017: International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245176/high-risk-of-hypogonadism-in-young-male-cancer-survivors
#3
S Isaksson, K Bogefors, O Ståhl, J Eberhard, Y Lundberg Giwercman, I Leijonhufvud, K Link, I Øra, P Romerius, J Bobjer, A Giwercman
OBJECTIVE: Cancer and its treatment in childhood and young adulthood can cause hypogonadism, leading to increased risk of long term morbidity and mortality. The aim of this study was to evaluate the risk of presenting with biochemical signs of hypogonadism in testicular cancer survivors (TCS) and male childhood cancer survivors (CCS) in relation to the type of treatment given. DESIGN: Case-control study. PATIENTS: Ninety-two TCS, 125 CCS (mean age 40 and median age 34 years, respectively; mean follow-up time 9...
December 15, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245175/development-and-testing-of-a-hybrid-measure-of-muscle-strength-in-juvenile-dermatomyositis-for-use-in-routine-care
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Giulia Camilla Varnier, Silvia Rosina, Cristina Ferrari, Angela Pistorio, Alessandro Consolaro, Francesca Bovis, Sara Dalprà, Clarissa Pilkington, Susan Maillard, Adele Civino, Elena Tsitsami, Jaime de Inocencio, Marija Jelusic, Jelena Vojinovic, Graciela Espada, Balahan Makay, Maria Martha Katsicas, Polixeni Pratsidou-Gertsi, Dragana Lazarevic, Anand Prahalad Rao, Denise Pires Marafon, Nicolino Ruperto, Alberto Martini, Angelo Ravelli
OBJECTIVE: To develop and test a hybrid measure of muscle strength for juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM), which is based on the combination of the Manual Muscle Testing 8 (MMT8) and the Childhood Myositis Assessment Scale (CMAS), but is more comprehensive than the former and more feasible than the latter. METHODS: The hybrid MMT/CMAS (hMC) is composed of all 8 items of the MMT8 and 3 items of the CMAS: 1) time of head lift; 2) assessment of abdominal muscles; 3) floor rise...
December 15, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245173/patient-perception-of-disease-related-symptoms-and-complications-in-relapsing-polychondritis
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Marcela A Ferrada, Peter C Grayson, Shubhasree Banerjee, Keith Sikora, Robert Colbert, Ninet Sinaii, James D Katz
OBJECTIVE: To assess patient-reported symptoms and burden of disease in relapsing polychondritis (RP). METHODS: Patients with RP completed a disease-specific online survey to identify symptoms attributed to illness. Patients were divided into subgroups based upon presence or absence of ear/nose, airway, or joint involvement. Pathway to diagnosis, treatment, and disease-related complications were assessed within each subgroup. RESULTS: Data from 304 respondents were included in this analysis...
December 15, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245170/-consequences-of-a-failed-project-introduction-and-management-of-a-hospitalization-substituting-treatment-model
#6
Uwe Peters
This article is a report on a psychiatric project introducing services that substitute in-patient treatment and a new control and management system. The implementation of the project was a failure. Nevertheless, the project has made a contribution to further development of community-based psychiatry. Design, organization and course of the project are described and analyzed from the point of view of the communal actors involved. Effects going beyond the time course of the project have been taken into consideration...
December 15, 2017: Das Gesundheitswesen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245169/-mistakes-and-drawbacks-in-german-newspaper-articles-on-epidemiologic-studies-meat-consumption-and-colorectal-cancer-as-an-example
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Bernd Kowall, Andreas Stang
Background Results of epidemiologic studies are often reported in the media because they are of vital interest for many people. Using the example of meat consumption and colorectal cancer, we investigated whether results of epidemiologic studies are reported in an understandable and correct manner in German newspapers and magazines. Methods We gathered all articles published in 13 selected German newspapers and magazines that referred to a press release on meat consumption and colorectal cancer issued by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) on October 26th 2015...
December 15, 2017: Das Gesundheitswesen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245154/acute-procedural-outcomes-of-orbital-atherectomy-for-the-treatment-of-profunda-femoris-artery-disease-subanalysis-of-the-confirm-registries
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Michael S Lee, Pratyaksh K Srivastava, Saif Al Yaseen, Daniel Heikali, John Hollowed, Ehtisham Mahmud
OBJECTIVES: We compared the angiographic outcomes of patients treated with orbital atherectomy for profunda femoris artery (PFA) and superficial femoral artery (SFA) disease from the CONFIRM I-III registries. BACKGROUND: Endovascular revascularization of the PFA is considered a high-risk procedure given that it is an important collateral vessel when the SFA becomes occluded. Data on outcomes of endovascular revascularization of calcified PFA disease are limited...
December 15, 2017: Journal of Invasive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245153/catheter-ablation-of-focal-atrial-tachycardia-using-remote-magnetic-navigation
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Xiao-Yu Liu, Peter Karl Jacobsen, Steen Pehrson, Xu Chen
OBJECTIVES: The outcomes of catheter ablation in focal atrial tachycardia (AT) using remote magnetic navigation (RMN) are still controversial. The objectives of this study were to assess the acute and long-term outcomes of catheter ablation in focal AT using RMN. BACKGROUND: A total of 53 patients with focal AT who underwent catheter ablation using RMN were included. Thirty-six patients had structural heart disease, including previous atrial fibrillation ablation and heart surgery (abnormal group), and the remaining 17 patients had no structural heart disease (normal group)...
December 15, 2017: Journal of Invasive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245152/operator-pelvic-radiation-exposure-during-percutaneous-coronary-procedures
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Alessandro Sciahbasi, Emanuela Piccaluga, Alessandro Sarandrea, Giacomo Nucci, Nicola Caretto, Stefano Rigattieri, Silvio Fedele, Silvio Romano, Maria Penco
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate operator pelvic radiation exposure during percutaneous coronary procedures. BACKGROUND: During percutaneous coronary procedures, the operator's pelvic region is close to the x-ray source and is probably exposed to more radiation than the operator's thorax. However, no data are available on the pelvic radiation exposure of interventional cardiologists. METHODS: The RADIANT study (NCT01974453) is a prospective, single-center, observational study evaluating operator radiation exposure during percutaneous coronary procedures using electronic dosimeters placed at thorax level...
December 15, 2017: Journal of Invasive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245144/the-myorobot-a-novel-automated-biomechatronics-system-to-assess-voltage-ca2-biosensors-and-active-passive-biomechanics-in-muscle-and-biomaterials
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M Haug, B Reischl, G Prölß, C Pollmann, T Buckert, C Keidel, S Schürmann, M Hock, S Rupitsch, M Heckel, T Pöschel, T Scheibel, C Haynl, L Kiriaev, S I Head, O Friedrich
We engineered an automated biomechatronics system, MyoRobot, for robust objective and versatile assessment of muscle or polymer materials (bio-)mechanics. It covers multiple levels of muscle biosensor assessment, e.g. membrane voltage or contractile apparatus Ca2+ ion responses (force resolution 1µN, 0-10mN for the given sensor; [Ca2+] range ~ 100nM-25µM). It replaces previously tedious manual protocols to obtain exhaustive information on active/passive biomechanical properties across various morphological tissue levels...
December 7, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245140/school-readiness-of-maltreated-children-associations-of-timing-type-and-chronicity-of-maltreatment
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Megan F Bell, Donna M Bayliss, Rebecca Glauert, Jeneva L Ohan
Children who have been maltreated during early childhood may experience a difficult transition into fulltime schooling, due to maladaptive development of the skills and abilities that are important for positive school adaptation. An understanding of how different dimensions of maltreatment relate to children's school readiness is important for informing appropriate supports for maltreated children. In this study, the Australian Early Development Census scores of 19,203 children were linked to information on child maltreatment allegations (substantiated and unsubstantiated), including the type of alleged maltreatment, the timing of the allegation (infancy-toddlerhood or preschool), and the total number of allegations (chronicity)...
December 11, 2017: Child Abuse & Neglect
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245130/biodiesel-production-from-castor-oil-using-heterogeneous-ni-doped-zno-nanocatalyst
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G Baskar, I Aberna Ebenezer Selvakumari, R Aiswarya
In the present study, castor oil with high free fatty acid was used for biodiesel production using heterogeneous Ni doped ZnO nanocatalyst. Ni doped ZnO nanocomposite calcinated at 800 °C has shown better catalytic activity. Process parameters on heterogeneous catalysis of castor oil into biodiesel were optimized using conventional and Response Surface Methodology (RSM). RSM was found more accurate in estimating the optimum conditions with higher biodiesel yield (95.20%). The optimum conditions for transesterification was found to be oil to methanol molar ratio of 1:8, catalyst loading 11% (w/w), reaction temperature of 55 °C for 60 min of reaction time by response surface method...
December 8, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245129/a-novel-approach-of-modeling-continuous-dark-hydrogen-fermentation
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Maria Alexandropoulou, Georgia Antonopoulou, Gerasimos Lyberatos
In this study a novel modeling approach for describing fermentative hydrogen production in a continuous stirred tank reactor (CSTR) was developed, using the Aquasim modeling platform. This model accounts for the key metabolic reactions taking place in a fermentative hydrogen producing reactor, using fixed stoichiometry but different reaction rates. Biomass yields are determined based on bioenergetics. The model is capable of describing very well the variation in the distribution of metabolic products for a wide range of hydraulic retention times (HRT)...
December 6, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245128/anaerobic-accumulation-of-short-chain-fatty-acids-from-algae-enhanced-by-damaging-cell-structure-and-promoting-hydrolase-activity
#15
Leiyu Feng, Yunzhi Chen, Xutao Chen, Xu Duan, Jing Xie, Yinguang Chen
Short-chain fatty acid (SCFAs) produced from harvested algae by anaerobic fermentation with uncontrolled pH was limited due to the solid cell structure of algae. This study, therefore, was undertaken to enhance the generation of SCFAs from algae by controlling the fermentation pH. pH influenced not only the total SCFAs production, but the percentage of individual SCFA. The maximal yield of SCFAs occurred at pH 10.0 and fermentation time of 6 d (3161 mg COD/L), which mainly contained acetic and iso-valeric acids and was nearly eight times that at uncontrolled pH (392 mg COD/L)...
December 6, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245124/bisphenol-and-phthalate-concentrations-and-its-determinants-among-pregnant-women-in-a-population-based-cohort-in-the-netherlands-2004-5
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Elise M Philips, Vincent W V Jaddoe, Alexandros G Asimakopoulos, Kurunthachalam Kannan, Eric A P Steegers, Susana Santos, Leonardo Trasande
BACKGROUND: Exposure to bisphenols and phthalates in pregnancy may lead to adverse health effects in women themselves and their offspring. OBJECTIVE: To describe first trimester bisphenol and phthalate urine concentrations, including bisphenol and phthalate replacements, and determine nutritional, socio-demographic and lifestyle related determinants. METHODS: In a population-based prospective cohort of 1396 mothers, we measured first trimester bisphenol, phthalate and creatinine urine concentrations (samples collected in 2004-2005, median gestational age 12...
December 12, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245119/dceus-based-focal-parametric-perfusion-imaging-of-microvessel-with-single-pixel-resolution-and-high-contrast
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Diya Wang, Mengnan Xiao, Hong Hu, Yu Zhang, Zhe Su, Shanshan Xu, Yujin Zong, Mingxi Wan
This study aimed to develop a focal microvascular contrast-enhanced ultrasonic parametric perfusion imaging (PPI) scheme to overcome the tradeoff between the resolution, contrast, and accuracy of focal PPI in the tumor. Its resolution was limited by the low signal-to-clutter ratio (SCR) of time-intensity-curves (TICs) induced by multiple limitations, which deteriorated the accuracy and contrast of focal PPI. The scheme was verified by the in-vivo perfusion experiments. Single-pixel TICs were first extracted to ensure PPI with the highest resolution...
December 2, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245113/the-temporal-relationship-between-activity-of-the-pelvic-floor-muscles-and-motion-of-selected-urogenital-landmarks-in-healthy-nulliparous-women
#18
Stéphanie Thibault-Gagnon, Cindy Auchincloss, Ryan Graham, Linda McLean
AIMS: The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between pelvic floor muscle (PFM) electromyographic (EMG) activation and urogenital landmark motion measured using 2D transperineal ultrasound (US) imaging. METHODS: Eight healthy, nulliparous women performed maximum voluntary PFM contractions while EMG and transperineal US images were acquired simultaneously. Changes in the levator plate length (LPL), bladder neck (BN) position and urethral position were determined by visual inspection...
December 6, 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245092/predictors-of-hospitalization-length-of-stay-among-re-admitted-treatment-resistant-bipolar-disorder-inpatients
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M Fornaro, F Iasevoli, S Novello, A Fusco, A Anastasia, D De Berardis, A Valchera, A de Bartolomeis
BACKGROUND: Hospitalization accounts for significant health care resource utilization for treatment-resistant Bipolar Disorder (BD), especially among frequent users of acute inpatient psychiatric units. Appraisal of the clinical features and predictive role of selected variables is therefore crucial in such population, representing the aim of the present research. METHODS: A hundred and nineteen BD inpatients with an established history of pharmacological treatment resistance for either mania or bipolar depression were classified as long hospitalization cases (LOS+) and their controls and compared against each other for a number of demographic, clinical, and psychopathological features...
December 7, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245091/specificity-in-mediated-pathways-by-anxiety-symptoms-linking-adolescent-stress-profiles-to-depressive-symptoms-results-of-a-moderated-mediation-approach
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Frederick Anyan, Boris Bizumic, Odin Hjemdal
BACKGROUND: We investigated the specificity in mediated pathways that separately link specific stress dimensions through anxiety to depressive symptoms and the protective utility of resilience. Thus, this study goes beyond lumping together potential mediating and moderating processes that can explain the relations between stress and (symptoms of) psychopathology and the buffering effect of resilience. METHODS: Ghanaian adolescents between 13 and 17 years (female = 285; male = 244) completed the Adolescent Stress Questionnaire (ASQ), Spielberger State Anxiety Inventory (STAI), Short Mood Feeling Questionnaire (SMFQ) and the Resilience Scale for Adolescents (READ)...
December 7, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
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