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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109189/parents-and-peers-normative-influence-on-adolescents-smoking-results-from-a-swiss-italian-sample-of-middle-schools-students
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Francesca Scalici, Peter J Schulz
BACKGROUND AND METHOD: Adolescents observe and imitate people to whom they are associated in their social context, and the normative factors sent out by reference groups are crucial determinants of their decision to smoke. The aim of the study is to investigate how adolescents' smoking changes when they are exposed to factors of pro-smoking normative influence by parents and peers, and how age moderate this relation. A cross sectional survey collected data from 5657 students, aged between 11 and 14, from public and private middle schools in the Italian region of Switzerland (Ticino) on their smoking habits, perceived parents' and peers' approval and smoking...
January 21, 2017: Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109132/echocardiographic-assessment-of-left-ventricular-function-in-healthy-horses-and-in-horses-with-heart-disease-using-pulsed-wave-tissue-doppler-imaging
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T R Koenig, K J Mitchell, C C Schwarzwald
BACKGROUND: Assessment of left ventricular (LV) function by tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) is not well established in horses with heart disease. OBJECTIVES: To describe the use of pulsed-wave (PW) TDI for the assessment of LV function, establish reference intervals, investigate effects of mitral regurgitation (MR), aortic regurgitation (AR), and primary myocardial disease (MD), and provide proof of concept for the use of PW TDI in Warmblood horses with heart disease...
January 21, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109052/the-use-of-methadone-to-facilitate-opioid-weaning-in-pediatric-critical-care-patients-a-systematic-review-of-the-literature-and-meta-analysis
#3
REVIEW
Leslie A Dervan, Beryl Yaghmai, Robert Scott Watson, Fredric M Wolf
BACKGROUND: Continuous opioid infusion therapy is commonly utilized in the pediatric intensive care setting to treat pain and facilitate tolerance of invasive therapies. Transitioning to methadone is one common strategy for weaning from continuous opioid infusions, but in practice this transition can be challenging, and many children still experience iatrogenic withdrawal. AIM: We reviewed the literature to evaluate the best available evidence to guide methadone therapy in this setting, and to summarize associated adverse events...
January 20, 2017: Paediatric Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109043/angiographic-assessment-of-aortic-regurgitation-by-video-densitometry-in-the-setting-of-tavi-echocardiographic-and-clinical-correlates
#4
Mohammad Abdelghani, Hiroki Tateishi, Yosuke Miyazaki, Rafael Cavalcante, Osama I I Soliman, Jan G Tijssen, Robbert J de Winter, Jan Baan, Yoshinobu Onuma, Carlos M Campos, Rogério S Leite, José A Mangione, Alexandre Abizaid, Pedro A Lemos, Fabio S de Brito, Patrick W Serruys
OBJECTIVES: We sought to investigate a new angiographic method for aortic regurgitation (AR) severity assessment in the setting of transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). BACKGROUND: AR after TAVI is common but challenging to quantitate, especially in the cath-lab. METHODS: In 228 patients, AR was quantitated before and after TAVI by echocardiography and by video-densitometric analysis of aortograms. Contrast time-density curves for the aortic root (the reference region) and the left ventricular outflow tract, LVOT were generated...
January 21, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108979/analysis-of-stress-only-imaging-comparing-upright-and-supine-czt-camera-acquisition-to-conventional-gamma-camera-images-with-and-without-attenuation-correction-with-coronary-angiography-as-a-reference
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Zenith A Jameria, Mouhamad Abdallah, Mariano Fernandez-Ulloa, Robert O'Donnell, Alok K Dwivedi, Erica Washburn, Naseer Khan, Mahyar Khaleghi, Nischelle Kalakota, Myron C Gerson
BACKGROUND: Diagnostic performance of stress-only imaging using a Cadmium-Zinc-Telluride (CZT) camera has not been directly compared in the same patients to stress-only attenuation-corrected conventional Anger camera images. METHODS: 112 subjects with correlative coronary angiographic data and 40 subjects with <5% pre-test likelihood of coronary disease completed attenuation-corrected stress-only images on a conventional Anger camera and uncorrected upright and supine stress images on a CZT camera...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108912/the-concepts-of-hope-and-fear-in-the-islamic-thought-implications-for-spiritual-health
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Fatemeh Bahmani, Mitra Amini, Seyed Ziaeddin Tabei, Mohamad Bagher Abbasi
The Holy Qur'ān and medieval Islamic writings have many references to "hope" (rajā) and "fear" (khawf) as both single and paired concepts. However, a comprehensive analytical study on these two notions from an Islamic point of view still seems lacking. Both paper and electronic documents related to Islamic and Qur'ānic literature are being used in this study. Also Web resources are searched for keywords of fear, hope and Islam in three languages of Arabic, English and Persian, including Tanzil.net, Almaany...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Religion and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108901/performance-characteristics-of-multicolor-versus-blue-light-and-infrared-imaging-in-the-identification-of-reticular-pseudodrusen
#7
Josep Badal, Marc Biarnés, Jordi Monés
PURPOSE: To describe the appearance of reticular pseudodrusen on multicolor imaging and to evaluate its diagnostic accuracy as compared with the two modalities that may be considered the current reference standard, blue light and infrared imaging. METHODS: Retrospective study in which all multicolor images (constructed from images acquired at 486 nm-blue, 518 nm-green and 815 nm-infrared) of 45 consecutive patients visited in a single center was reviewed. Inclusion criteria involved the presence of >1 reticular pseudodrusen on a 30° × 30° image centered on the fovea as seen with the blue light channel derived from the multicolor imaging...
January 21, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108890/toxic-and-heavy-metals-as-a-cause-of-crayfish-mass-mortality-from-acidified-headwater-streams
#8
Jitka Svobodová, Karel Douda, David Fischer, Natalia Lapšanská, Pavel Vlach
Mining activities are responsible for high concentrations of metals in river networks in many parts of the world. Mining activities and the resulting high loads of heavy metals interact with intensive acid rain, and often have great consequences for biodiversity. However, considering the frequently episodic nature of these heavy acid rains, there is little detailed evidence of direct impacts. In 2011 we observed a massive mortality of noble crayfish and stone crayfish in Padrťsko Special Area of Conservation (SAC) in the Brdy Mountain region of the Czech Republic...
January 21, 2017: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108846/knowledge-attitudes-practices-and-barriers-related-to-research-utilization-a-survey-among-pharmacists-in-malaysia
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Sin Yee Tan, Ernieda Hatah
Background Research utilization is part of evidence-based practice referring to the process of reviewing and critiquing scientific research and applying the findings to one's own clinical practice. Many studies on research utilization have been conducted with doctors and nurses, but to our knowledge, none have been investigated amongst pharmacists. Objective To assess research utilization and its barriers among pharmacists and identify potential influencing factors. Setting Malaysia. Methods This cross-sectional survey was administered online and by mail to a convenient sample of pharmacists working in hospitals, health clinics, and retail pharmacies in rural and urban areas...
January 20, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108802/opportunistic-screening-for-osteoporosis-by-routine-ct-in-southern-europe
#10
Elena Alacreu, David Moratal, Estanislao Arana
: Feasibility evaluation of early detection of osteoporosis in oncologic patients by bone mineral density (BMD) on abdominal computed tomography (CT) scans performed for other clinical indications, by using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) as reference. Abdominal CT images can identify patients with osteoporosis BMD without additional radiation exposure or cost. INTRODUCTION: The purpose of the study is to evaluate the feasibility of early detection of osteoporosis by bone mineral density (BMD) on abdominal computed tomography (CT) scans performed in oncologic patients, comparing calibrated and uncalibrated measurements by using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) as reference...
January 20, 2017: Osteoporosis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108745/leukocyte-esterase-as-a-biomarker-in-the-diagnosis-of-periprosthetic-joint-infection
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Chi Wang, Rui Li, Qi Wang, Jinyan Duan, Chengbin Wang
BACKGROUND Total joint arthroplasty (TJA) has been one of the most rewarding interventions for treating patients suffering from joint disorders. However, periprosthetic joint infection (PJI) is a serious complication that frequently accompanies TJA. Our study aimed to investigate the application of the leukocyte esterase (LE) strip in the diagnosis of PJI. MATERIAL AND METHODS From October 2014 to July 2015, 72 patients who had undergone joint puncture after arthroplasty in our hospital were enrolled in this trial...
January 21, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108572/use-of-ldl-receptor-targeting-peptide-vectors-for-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-cargo-transport-across-the-blood-brain-barrier
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Yves Molino, Marion David, Karine Varini, Françoise Jabès, Nicolas Gaudin, Aude Fortoul, Karima Bakloul, Maxime Masse, Anne Bernard, Lucile Drobecq, Pascaline Lécorché, Jamal Temsamani, Guillaume Jacquot, Michel Khrestchatisky
The blood-brain barrier (BBB) prevents the entry of many drugs into the brain and, thus, is a major obstacle in the treatment of CNS diseases. There is some evidence that the LDL receptor (LDLR) is expressed at the BBB and may participate in the transport of endogenous ligands from blood to brain, a process referred to as receptor-mediated transcytosis. We previously described a family of peptide vectors that were developed to target the LDLR. In the present study, in vitro BBB models that were derived from either wild-type and LDLR knockout animals (ldlr(-/-)) were used to validate the specific LDLR-dependent transcytosis of LDL via a nondegradative route...
January 20, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108563/patient-management-in-aortic-arch-surgery%C3%A2
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REVIEW
Sven Peterss, Maximilian Pichlmaier, Alexander Curtis, Maximilian Luehr, Frank Born, Christian Hagl
SummaryAortic arch surgery requires complex patient management beyond the manual replacement of the diseased vessel. These procedures include (i) a thorough and pathologically adjusted preoperative evaluation, (ii) initiation and control of cardiopulmonary bypass, (iii) cerebral protection strategies and (iv) techniques to protect the abdominal end organs during prolonged operations. Due to the complexity of aortic arch procedures, multimodal real-time surveillance is required during all stages of the operation...
January 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108470/associations-of-maternal-vitamin-b12-concentration-in-pregnancy-with-the-risks-of-preterm-birth-and-low-birth-weight-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-individual-participant-data
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Tormod Rogne, Myrte J Tielemans, Mary Foong-Fong Chong, Chittaranjan S Yajnik, Ghattu V Krishnaveni, Lucilla Poston, Vincent W V Jaddoe, Eric A P Steegers, Suyog Joshi, Yap-Seng Chong, Keith M Godfrey, Fabian Yap, Raquel Yahyaoui, Tinku Thomas, Gry Hay, Marije Hogeveen, Ahmet Demir, Ponnusamy Saravanan, Eva Skovlund, Marit P Martinussen, Geir W Jacobsen, Oscar H Franco, Michael B Bracken, Kari R Risnes
Vitamin B12 (hereafter referred to as B12) deficiency in pregnancy is prevalent and has been associated with both lower birth weight (birth weight <2,500 g) and preterm birth (length of gestation <37 weeks). Nevertheless, current evidence is contradictory. We performed a systematic review and a meta-analysis of individual participant data to evaluate the associations of maternal serum or plasma B12 concentrations in pregnancy with offspring birth weight and length of gestation. Twenty-two eligible studies were identified (11,993 observations)...
January 20, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108465/outcomes-of-women-and-men-with-acute-coronary-syndrome-treated-with-and-without-percutaneous-coronary-revascularization
#15
Jacob A Udell, Maria Koh, Feng Qiu, Peter C Austin, Harindra C Wijeysundera, Akshay Bagai, Andrew T Yan, Shaun G Goodman, Jack V Tu, Dennis T Ko
BACKGROUND: Women hospitalized with a non-ST segment elevation acute coronary syndrome (ACS) have worse clinical outcomes compared with men. An early invasive strategy with prompt coronary revascularization may mitigate sex differences in outcomes. However, few contemporary studies have evaluated whether clinical outcomes differ between women and men presenting with ACS treated with an early invasive strategy. METHODS AND RESULTS: A population-based cohort of hospitalized ACS patients who received prompt cardiac catheterization from 2008 to 2011 in Ontario, Canada and followed for up to 2 years was studied...
January 20, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108464/lower-extremity-peripheral-artery-disease-and-quality-of-life-among-older-individuals-in-the-community
#16
Aozhou Wu, Josef Coresh, Elizabeth Selvin, Hirofumi Tanaka, Gerardo Heiss, Alan T Hirsch, Bernard G Jaar, Kunihiro Matsushita
BACKGROUND: Evidence regarding the association of lower extremity peripheral arterial disease with quality of life (QOL) is mainly from selected clinical populations or relatively small clinical cohorts. Thus, we investigated this association in community-derived populations. METHODS AND RESULTS: Using data of 5115 participants aged 66 to 90 years from visit 5 (2011-2013) of the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study, we quantified the associations of ankle-brachial index (ABI) with several QOL parameters, including 12-item Short-Form Health Survey (SF-12), after accounting for potential confounders using linear and logistic regression models...
January 20, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108441/child-with-multiple-fractures-a-rare-presentation-of-a-common-disease
#17
Filipa Dias Costa, Carla Maia, Susana Almeida, Ricardo Ferreira
Bone fractures are not uncommon in paediatric age. However, when recurrent, an underlying clinical condition must not be excluded. We describe the case of a boy aged 7 years, referred for investigation of recurrent bone fractures. Personal and family histories were unremarkable. Physical examination was normal. Almost all primary bone disorders were excluded. Additional laboratory investigations ruled out the majority of secondary causes of bone fragility. Coeliac disease (CD) serologies, however, were positive, and duodenal biopsies confirmed this diagnosis (Marsh III B)...
January 20, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108432/living-on-the-edge-conservation-genetics-of-seven-thermophilous-plant-species-in-a-high-arctic-archipelago
#18
Siri Birkeland, Idunn Elisabeth Borgen Skjetne, Anne Krag Brysting, Reidar Elven, Inger Greve Alsos
Small, isolated, and/or peripheral populations are expected to harbour low levels of genetic variation and may therefore have reduced adaptability to environmental change, including climate warming. In the Arctic, global warming has already caused vegetation change across the region and is acting as a significant stressor on Arctic biodiversity. Many of the rare plants in the Arctic are relicts from early Holocene warm periods, but their ability to benefit from the current warming is dependent on the viability of their populations...
January 20, 2017: AoB Plants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108383/traditional-uses-of-medicinal-plants-reported-by-the-indigenous-communities-and-local-herbal-practitioners-of-bajaur-agency-federally-administrated-tribal-areas-pakistan
#19
Muhammad Abdul Aziz, Amir Hasan Khan, Muhammad Adnan, Izatullah Izatullah
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: In the study area, knowledge related to the traditional uses of medicinal plants is totally in the custody of elder community members and local herbalists. The younger generation is unaware of the traditional knowledge, however with only few exceptions. Therefore, this study was planned with objective to document the medicinal importance of plants, conserve this precious indigenous knowledge, and share it among other communities through published literature...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108368/efficacy-and-safety-of-intermittent-preventive-treatment-in-schoolchildren-with-sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine-sp-and-sp-plus-piperaquine-in-democratic-republic-of-the-congo-a-randomised-controlled-trial
#20
Junior R Matangila, Joachim Y Doua, Patrick Mitashi, Raquel Inocêncio da Luz, Pascal Lutumba, Jean Pierre Van Geertruyden
In endemic areas, malaria and its adverse effects in schoolchildren may be prevented by intermittent preventive treatment (IPTsc). However, the most appropriate drug regimen for IPTsc remains to be identified. A randomised controlled trial was conducted in Kinshasa, DRC. Enrolled schoolchildren were assigned to a passive control arm (n = 212), sulfadoxine/pyrimethamine (SP) (n = 202) or SP plus piperaquine (SP/PQ) (n = 202). The primary endpoint was haemoglobin (Hb) change. Secondary endpoints were anaemia, parasitaemia prevalence and clinical malaria incidence...
January 17, 2017: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
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