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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054087/using-local-knowledge-and-sustainable-transport-to-promote-a-greener-city-the-case-of-bucharest-romania
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Mihai R Niță, Denisa L Badiu, Diana A Onose, Athanasios A Gavrilidis, Simona R Grădinaru, Irina I Năstase, Raffaele Lafortezza
Cities undergoing climate change and rapid urbanization are faced with significant transformational processes that affect the environment and society, challenging them to become more sustainable and resilient. The promotion of nature-based solutions represents an efficient approach to meet sustainability targets in cities and improve the quality of life of citizens. The association of large components of green infrastructure, such as urban parks, with physical activity can counteract the sedentary lifestyle endemic to cities and improve the overall health and well-being of individuals (Carrus et al...
October 17, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054023/charting-the-territory-describing-the-functional-abilities-of-children-with-progressive-neurological-conditions
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Sandy K Tatla, Liisa Holsti, Gail Stephanie Andrews, Leanne Feichtinger, Rose Steele, Harold Siden
AIMS: Little is known about the functional abilities of children with progressive genetic, metabolic, or neurological conditions (PNCs). In this study, children with PNCs were followed over a 2-year period to assess their functional abilities over time. Specific aims were to: 1) describe the changes in functional skills and the effects of age for children with PNCs, 2) assess changes in these children's need for caregiver assistance over time, and 3) examine relationships between these children's functional skills and need for caregiver assistance...
October 17, 2017: Research in Developmental Disabilities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053986/metacognitions-in-smoking-evidence-from-a-cross-cultural-validation-of-the-metacognitions-about-smoking-questionnaire-in-a-turkish-sample
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Leyla Alma, Marcantonio M Spada, Bruce A Fernie, Adviye Esin Yilmaz-Samanci, Gabriele Caselli, Ana V Nikčević
Metacognitions about the positive and negative effects of smoking have been associated with cigarette use and nicotine dependence. The aim of the present study was to validate the Turkish version of the Metacognitions about Smoking Questionnaire (MSQ; Nikčević et al., 2015). The sample consisted of 859 self-declared smokers (452 female) aged between 18 and 68 years (mean = 28.3; SD = 7.9). Once the English to Turkish translation of the MDQ was completed, confirmatory factor analyses were conducted based on the four-factor structure of the original measure...
October 8, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053974/depression-as-seen-through-the-eyes-of-rural-chinese-women-implications-for-help-seeking-and-the-future-of-mental-health-care-in-china
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Peiyuan Qiu, Eric D Caine, Fengsu Hou, Catherine Cerulli, Marsha N Wittink
BACKGROUND: As part of a larger epidemiological study of depression among rural Chinese women, we sought to understand their explanatory models of depression. We explored how participants describe depression, to what cause they attribute depression, and what sources of treatment they would recommend. METHODS: Participants first were assessed with the Center for Epidemiological-Depression scale (CES-D), with a cut-point of 16 or greater indicative of depression. The Short Explanatory Model Interview (SEMI), a semi-structured questionnaire, was our primary tool for exploring participants' explanatory models relating to a vignette describing a rural Chinese woman with depression...
October 6, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053907/motor-performance-deterioration-accelerates-after-50-years-of-age-in-charcot-marie-tooth-type-1a-patients
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Stefano Tozza, Dario Bruzzese, Chiara Pisciotta, Rosa Iodice, Marcello Esposito, Raffaele Dubbioso, Lucia Ruggiero, Antonietta Topa, Emanuele Spina, Lucio Santoro, Fiore Manganelli
OBJECTIVE: The aim of our study was to describe, by a case-control and cross-sectional design, the correlation between clinical impairment and age in CMT1A patients. METHODS: We enrolled seventy CMT1A patients and seventy sex- and age-matched healthy controls. Motor performance was assessed through 10-Meter Walk Test, 6-Minute Walk Test and 9-Hole Peg Test (9HPT) of dominant and non-dominant side, and muscle strength was measured by using the Medical Research Council Score...
October 20, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053894/french-translation-and-cross-cultural-adaptation-of-the-myotonic-dystrophy-health-index-mdhi
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Cynthia Gagnon, Marjolaine Tremblay, Isabelle Côté, Chad Heatwole
INTRODUCTION: Validation studies of disease-specific instruments for myotonic dystrophy type-1 (DM1) are required prior to their global use in clinical trials involving different cultures and countries. Here we translate and culturally adapt the Myotonic Dystrophy Health Index (MDHI), a disease-specific patient reported outcome measure, for a French DM1 population. METHOD: Using the ISPOR Task Force method for translation and adaptation of patient-reported outcome questionnaires, we created a French translation of the MDHI...
October 20, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053822/characterization-of-indigenous-chicken-production-systems-in-rwanda
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J Mahoro, T K Muasya, F Mbuza, R Habimana, A K Kahi
Characterization of indigenous chicken (IC) production systems in Rwanda was conducted from November 2015 to January 2016 with the aim of understanding socio-economic characteristics, management of IC, production parameters, feed resources, and constraints faced by farmers rearing IC. A survey involving 206 households was carried out in 5 districts with the highest populations of IC using structured questionnaires. Data were analyzed using SAS software. The results showed that the majority of respondents (62...
September 14, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053808/the-impact-of-supplemental-antioxidants-on-visual-function-in-nonadvanced-age-related-macular-degeneration-a-head-to-head-randomized-clinical-trial
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Kwadwo Owusu Akuffo, Stephen Beatty, Tunde Peto, Jim Stack, Jim Stringham, David Kelly, Irene Leung, Laura Corcoran, John M Nolan
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of supplemental macular carotenoids (including versus not including meso-zeaxanthin) in combination with coantioxidants on visual function in patients with nonadvanced age-related macular degeneration. Methods: In this study, 121 participants were randomly assigned to group 1 (Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2 formulation with a low dose [25 mg] of zinc and an addition of 10 mg meso-zeaxanthin; n = 60) or group 2 (Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2 formulation with a low dose [25 mg] of zinc; n = 61)...
October 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053742/are-current-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-criteria-diagnosing-different-disease-phenotypes
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Laura Maclachlan, Stuart Watson, Peter Gallagher, Andreas Finkelmeyer, Leonard A Jason, Madison Sunnquist, Julia L Newton
IMPORTANCE: Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is characterised by a constellation of symptoms diagnosed with a number of different polythetic criteria. Heterogeneity across these diagnostic criteria is likely to be confounding research into the as-yet-unknown pathophysiology underlying this stigmatised and debilitating condition and may diagnose a disease spectrum with significant implications for clinical management. No studies to date have objectively investigated this possibility using a validated measure of CFS symptoms-the DePaul Symptom Questionnaire (DSQ)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053737/screening-for-hiv-hepatitis-b-and-syphilis-on-dried-blood-spots-a-promising-method-to-better-reach-hidden-high-risk-populations-with-self-collected-sampling
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Inge H M van Loo, Nicole H T M Dukers-Muijrers, Rosalie Heuts, Marianne A B van der Sande, Christian J P A Hoebe
INTRODUCTION: Many people at high risk for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), e.g., men who have sex with men (MSM), are not optimally reached by current sexual health care systems with testing. To facilitate testing by home-based sampling or sampling in outreach setting we evaluated dried blood spots (DBS), a method for self-collected blood sampling for serological screening of HIV, hepatitis B (HBV) and syphilis. The aims of this study were to assess the acceptability and feasibility of self-collected DBS and to compare the test results for screening of HIV, HBV and syphilis from DBS with blood drawn by venous puncture...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053655/assessment-of-pre-and-postoperative-anxiety-in-patients-undergoing-ambulatory-oral-surgery-in-primary-care
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E Reyes-Gilabert, L-G Luque-Romero, G Bejarano-Avila, A Garcia-Palma, A Rollon-Mayordomo, P Infante-Cossio
BACKGROUND: To analyze the pre- and postoperative anxiety level in patients undergoing ambulatory oral surgery (AOS) in a primary healthcare center (PHC). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Prospective and descriptive clinical study on 45 patients who underwent AOS procedures in the dental clinic of a public PHC of Spain between April and September 2015. Anxiety analysis was carried out with pre- and postoperative anxiety-state (STAI-S), anxiety-trait (STAI-T) and dental anxiety (MDAS) questionnaires...
October 20, 2017: Medicina Oral, Patología Oral y Cirugía Bucal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053650/quality-of-life-after-upper-third-molar-removal-a-prospective-longitudinal-study
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V Avellaneda-Gimeno, R Figueiredo, E Valmaseda-Castellón
BACKGROUND: Third molar extraction is a very common procedure in Dentistry. The aim of this study was to evaluate the quality of life (QoL) and satisfaction of patients undergoing extraction of an upper third molar under local anesthesia. A second objective was to describe the evolution of self-reported pain measured in a visual analogue scale (VAS) in the 7 days after surgery and its relationship with pre- and intraoperative factors. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A prospective longitudinal cohort study was made...
October 20, 2017: Medicina Oral, Patología Oral y Cirugía Bucal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053648/influence-of-clinical-and-psychological-variables-upon-the-oral-health-related-quality-of-life-in-patients-with-temporomandibular-disorders
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A Blanco-Aguilera, E Blanco-Aguilera, R Serrano-Del-Rosal, L Biedma-Velázquez, A Rodriguez-Torronteras, R Segura-Saint-Gerons, A Blanco-Hungria
BACKGROUND: To analyze the association between the OHIP-14 and the different subtypes making up the clinical and psychological axis obtained using the RDC/TMD. MATERIAL AND METHODS: 407 patients treated at the TMD unit of the Andalusian Healthcare Service were administered the Spanish version of the Research Diagnostic Criteria for Temporomandibular Disorders questionnaire (RDC/TMD), together with the Oral Health Impact Profile questionnaire (OHIP-14). The degree of association between the patients' score in the OHIP-14 and the clinical and biopsychosocial variables was analyzed through bivariate and multivariate analyses, specifically through linear regression...
October 20, 2017: Medicina Oral, Patología Oral y Cirugía Bucal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053612/in-search-of-consistent-predictors-of-children-s-physical-activity
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Keren Best, Kylie Ball, Dorota Zarnowiecki, Rebecca Stanley, James Dollman
Physical activity is pivotal for children's health and well-being, yet participation declines across teenage years. Efforts to increase physical activity need to be strengthened to combat this, however, evidence for the design and planning of physical activity promotion in children is lacking. The aim was to identify predictors of physical activity that were relatively consistent across three different measures of physical activity, in pre- and early adolescent South Australians. This is the first study to compare correlates of physical activity across three measures of physical activity in a single sample, in this age group...
October 20, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053556/epithelial-erosions-and-refractive-results-after-single-step-transepithelial-photorefractive-keratectomy-and-alcohol-assisted-photorefractive-keratectomy-in-myopic-eyes-a-comparative-evaluation-over-12-months
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Maamoun A Fattah, Rafic Antonios, Sam Arba Mosquera, Bachir Abiad, Shady T Awwad
PURPOSE: To evaluate the epithelial erosion incidence and refractive results in myopic eyes undergoing single-step transepithelial photorefractive keratectomy (TransPRK) compared with alcohol-assisted photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). METHODS: This was a retrospective nonrandomized comparative study conducted at the American University of Beirut Medical Center. A total of 189 eyes that had undergone single-step transepithelial PRK (TransPRK) were compared with 189 matched eyes that had undergone alcohol-assisted PRK over a follow-up of 1 year...
October 17, 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053521/smartphone-based-patient-education-in-plastic-surgery
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Warren Noel, Romain Bosc, Samer Jabbour, Elio Kechichian, Barbara Hersant, Jean-Paul Meningaud
BACKGROUND: Internet use for health information has dramatically increased in the past decade. Mobile medical applications (MMAs) could be a useful tool to improve postoperative patient education and care. The objective of this study is to evaluate the impact of an MMA on patient care in plastic surgery. METHODS: An MMA was developed to improve postoperative plastic surgery patients care. All patients who underwent surgery at our plastic surgery department between August and November 2014 and were willing to download the MMA were included...
October 19, 2017: Annals of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053519/a-low-cost-simulator-for-training-in-endoscopic-assisted-transaxillary-dual-plane-breast-augmentation
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Chenglong Wang, Lin Chen, Dali Mu, Minqiang Xin, Jie Luan
BACKGROUND: Endoscopic-assisted transaxillary dual-plane (EATD) technique is a popular procedure for breast augmentation, especially for Chinese women. However, frustration is often expressed by plastic surgeons when first attempting EATD surgery. Simulation-based teaching is beneficial for EATD training, but it is expensive. This study presents a low-cost simulator to help plastic surgeons exercise psychomotor skills during EATD surgery. METHODS: The low-cost simulator was invented by Dr Jie Luan (the senior author) and made of some easily available materials including a mannequin, a T-shirt printed the bottom anatomical structure of the chest, the order of dissection, and the potential bleeding spot, and an elastic compression garment printed the upper anatomical structure and the cut-off position to sever the pectoralis major muscle...
October 19, 2017: Annals of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053480/impact-of-moderate-intensity-and-vigorous-intensity-physical-activity-on-mortality
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Hiroyuki Kikuchi, Shigeru Inoue, I-Min Lee, Yuko Odagiri, Norie Sawada, Manami Inoue, Shoichiro Tsugane
PURPOSE: Physical activity guidelines recommend at least 150 min of moderate-intensity physical activity (MPA), 75 min of vigorous-intensity physical activity (VPA), or combination of MPA and VPA. However, few epidemiological studies have examined whether the general population can derive equal health benefits from MPA or VPA. This study examined the associations of different activity intensities with mortality. METHODS: In this prospective cohort study, a total of 83,454 community-dwelling Japanese who answered a questionnaire in 2000-2003 were followed for all-cause mortality through 2012...
October 19, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053437/reaching-egyptian-gays-using-social-media-a-comprehensive-health-study-and-a-framework-for-future-research
#19
Ahmed Gamal Elmahy
Internet has revolutionized research on sexual minorities by providing direct and safe access to hidden, stigmatized and high risk populations. This study investigated the possibility of using Facebook to reach Egyptian gays. The questionnaire was manually distributed to an extensive list of Facebook pages and groups related to the topic that has been collected using a snowball-like technique. The recruitment lasted from August 2015 to May 2016. Among the 461 eligible participants, the mean age was 26.6 (SD = 7...
October 20, 2017: Journal of Homosexuality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053375/the-structure-of-challenging-parenting-behavior-and-associations-with-anxiety-in-dutch-and-australian-children
#20
Mirjana Majdandžić, Rebecca S Lazarus, Frans J Oort, Cathy van der Sluis, Helen F Dodd, Talia M Morris, Wieke de Vente, Yulisha Byrow, Jennifer L Hudson, Susan M Bögels
Challenging parenting behavior (CPB), a novel construct involving active physical and verbal behaviors that encourage children to push their limits, has been identified as a potential buffer against child anxiety. This study aimed to (a) evaluate the measurement invariance of the Challenging Parenting Behavior Questionnaire (CPBQ4-6) across Dutch and Australian mothers and fathers of preschoolers, (b) examine differences in levels of CPB across mothers and fathers and across countries, and (c) examine whether parents' CPB predicts less child anxiety symptoms and disorders...
October 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
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