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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334635/the-effect-of-altitude-and-climate-on-the-suicide-rates-in-turkey
#1
Mahmut Asirdizer, Erhan Kartal, Yasin Etli, Ertugrul Tatlisumak, Orhan Gumus, Yavuz Hekimoglu, Sıddık Keskin
Suicide is one of the most important public health problems. There was an association between suicide and several factors such as psychiatric diseases and psychological characteristics, somatic illness, cultural, socioeconomic, familial, occupational and individual risk factors. Also, high altitude and climatic factors including high temperature, cloudiness, more sunshine and low rainfalls were defined as some of these risk factors in the literature. In this study, we aimed to investigate correlation between suicide rates and altitudes of all cities in Turkey and between suicide rates and climatic factors including Rainfall Activity Index, Winter Mean Temperatures, Summer Mean Temperatures and Temperature Difference between January and July previously defined by several authors in the broad series in Turkey...
January 4, 2018: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334560/proposed-modification-of-the-8th-edition-of-the-ajcc-staging-system-for-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma
#2
Si Shi, Jie Hua, Chen Liang, Qingcai Meng, Dingkong Liang, Jin Xu, Quanxing Ni, Xianjun Yu
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to improve the 8th edition (8th) of the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) staging system for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). BACKGROUND: The new 8th AJCC staging system for PDAC was released in October, 2016, and will be applied in clinical practice in 2018. METHODS: Two large cohorts were included in this analysis. One consisted of 45,856 PDAC patients in the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database (2004-2014), and the other consisted of 3166 PDAC patients in the Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Center (FUSCC) database (2005-2015)...
January 12, 2018: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334541/a-novel-technique-for-measuring-eyelid-force
#3
Shay Ofir, Avner Belkin, Arie Y Nemet
PURPOSE: We present a novel technique to directly measure the eyelid upward force generation. This technique can be used during routine clinical examination using an inexpensive, portable force gauge. METHODS: This prospective case series was conducted January to June 2015 in an ophthalmology clinic affiliated with a tertiary care medical center. A convenience sample of 42 patients (40-90 years of age) without known eyelid pathology participated. The eyelid upward net force generated was measured directly using a handheld dynamometer noninvasively attached to the upper eyelid...
January 12, 2018: Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334524/leveraging-linkage-of-cohort-studies-with-administrative-claims-data-to-identify-individuals-with-cancer
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Mackenzie R Bronson, Nirav S Kapadia, Andrea M Austin, Qianfei Wang, Diane Feskanich, Julie P W Bynum, Francine Grodstein, Anna N A Tosteson
BACKGROUND: In an effort to overcome quality and cost constraints inherent in population-based research, diverse data sources are increasingly being combined. In this paper, we describe the performance of a Medicare claims-based incident cancer identification algorithm in comparison with observational cohort data from the Nurses' Health Study (NHS). METHODS: NHS-Medicare linked participants' claims data were analyzed using 4 versions of a cancer identification algorithm across 3 cancer sites (breast, colorectal, and lung)...
January 12, 2018: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334494/state-based-review-of-maternal-deaths-the-ohio-experience
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Cynthia Shellhaas, Elizabeth Conrey
Ohio established a Pregnancy-Associated Mortality Review system in 2010 to ensure that all maternal deaths are identified and preventive actions developed. The need for detailed and reliable information to supplement vital statistics data has led to the development of state-based and urban-based maternal death reviews. Although processes vary from state to state, in general, an expert panel is convened to review individual cases and make recommendations for systems change. This article describes the development and operation of Ohio's state-based maternal death review including interventions developed and actions taken based on review data...
January 12, 2018: Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334405/high-resolution-dental-mri-for-planning-palatal-graft-surgery-a-clinical-pilot-study
#6
Tim Hilgenfeld, Thorsten Kästel, Alexander Heil, Peter Rammelsberg, Sabine Heiland, Martin Bendszus, Franz Sebastian Schwindling
AIM: To evaluate whether high-resolution, non-contrast-enhanced dental MRI can be used for accurate determination of palatal-masticatory-mucosa-thickness (PMMT) and to locate the greater palatal artery (GPA). MATERIALS AND METHODS: In five volunteers (4 males, 1 female; mean age 30.2±0.4 years) two independent raters measured PMMT by use of dental MRI in 180 positions. For comparison, clinical bone sounding was performed. The GPA was identified in time-of-flight (TOF) angiography and MSVAT-SPACE-prototype sequence...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Clinical Periodontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334362/investigation-of-resistance-switching-in-siox-rram-cells-using-a-3d-multi-scale-kinetic-monte-carlo-simulator
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Toufik Sadi, Adnan Mehonic, Luca Montesi, Mark Buckwell, Anthony Kenyon, Asen Asenov
We employ an advanced three-dimensional (3D) electro-thermal simulator to explore the physics and potential of oxide-based resistive random-access memory (RRAM) cells. The physical simulation model has been developed recently, and couples a kinetic Monte Carlo study of electron and ionic transport to the self-heating phenomenon while accounting carefully for the physics of vacancy generation and recombination, and trapping mechanisms. The simulation framework successfully captures resistance switching, including the electroforming, set and reset processes, by modeling the dynamics of conductive filaments in the 3D space...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334339/impact-of-spasticity-on-transfers-and-activities-of-daily-living-in-individuals-with-spinal-cord-injury
#8
Jacqueline Tibbett, Eva G Widerström-Noga, Christine K Thomas, Edelle C Field-Fote
CONTEXT/OBJECTIVE: For persons with spinal cord injury, spasticity commonly interferes with activities of daily living such as transfers. Electromyography can be used to objectively measure muscle spasms during transfers, but how electromyographic measures relate to the impact spasticity has on life, or to clinically-rated spasticity, is unclear. We aimed to characterize relationships among spasm duration and magnitude, impact of spasticity on daily life, and a clinical measure of extensor spasticity, as well as to determine reliability of the electromyographic measures...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334325/concurrent-validity-and-reliability-of-torso-worn-inertial-measurement-unit-for-jump-power-and-height-estimation
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Timo Rantalainen, Paul B Gastin, Rhys Spangler, Daniel Wundersitz
The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the concurrent validity and test-retest repeatability of torso-worn IMU-derived power and jump height in a counter-movement jump test. Twenty-seven healthy recreationally active males (age, 21.9 [SD 2.0] y, height, 1.76 [0.7] m, mass, 73.7 [10.3] kg) wore an IMU and completed three counter-movement jumps a week apart. A force platform and a 3D motion analysis system were used to concurrently measure the jumps and subsequently derive power and jump height (based on take-off velocity and flight time)...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334300/the-impact-of-early-molecular-response-in-children-and-adolescents-with-chronic-myeloid-leukemia-treated-with-imatinib-a-single-center-study-from-china
#10
Haigang Shao, Zhao Zeng, Jiannong Cen, Jun Zhang, Shuxiao Bai, Chunxiao Wu, Yanlei Gong, Yong Wang, Huiying Qiu, Suning Chen, Jinlan Pan
Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is rare among children and adolescents. The early molecular response (EMR) is an important prognostic significance for adult CML patients. This study explored the impact of EMR on the prognosis in 40 children and adolescents with CML-CP treated with imatinib (IM). Our results showed that a high proportion of patients failed to achieve the BCR-ABL1/ABL1 International Scale (IS) ≤ 10% at 3 months. Children with a BCR-ABL1/ABL1 ≤ 10% at 3 months and <1% at 6 months increased the rate of achieving complete cytogenetic response (CCyR) and/or major molecular response (MMR) at 12 months compared to those with BCR-ABL1/ABL1 > 10%...
January 15, 2018: Leukemia & Lymphoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334274/an-overview-of-robotic-mechanical-devices-for-post-stroke-thumb-rehabilitation
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Marian Suarez-Escobar, Elizabeth Rendon-Velez
PURPOSE: This article aims to clarify the current state-of-the-art of robotic/mechanical devices for post-stroke thumb rehabilitation as well as the anatomical characteristics and motions of the thumb that are crucial for the development of any device that aims to support its motion. METHODS: A systematic literature search was conducted to identify robotic/mechanical devices for post-stroke thumb rehabilitation. Specific electronic databases and well-defined search terms and inclusion/exclusion criteria were used for such purpose...
January 15, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334222/on-line-preconcentration-in-capillaries-by-multiple-large-volume-sample-stacking-an-alternative-to-immunoassays-for-quantification-of-amyloid-beta-peptides-biomarkers-in-cerebrospinal-fluid
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Cedric Crosnier de Lassichere, Thanh Duc Mai, Markus Otto, Myriam Taverna
A novel electrokinetic preconcentration approach, so-called multiple pressure-assisted large-volume sample stacking with an electroosmotic flow pump (M-PA-LVSEP), was developed to allow in-capillary enrichment and separation of analytes from unlimited sample volumes. With this approach, the inherent limitation of in-capillary electrokinetic preconcentrations to the separation capillary volume can be overcome. The M-PA-LVSEP protocol relies on repeated cycles of pressure-assisted electroosmotic pumping and injection of extremely large sample volumes for analyte stacking and sample matrix removal...
January 15, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334200/comparative-effectiveness-of-antidepressant-medication-versus-psychological-intervention-on-depression-symptoms-in-women-with-infertility-and-sexual-dysfunction
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Hajar Pasha, Zahra Basirat, Mahbobeh Faramarzi, Farzan Kheirkhah
Background: Fertility loss is considered as a challenging experience. This study was conducted to compare the effectiveness of antidepressant medication and psychological intervention on depression symptoms in women with infertility and sexual dysfunctions (SD). MATERIALS AND METHODS: This randomized, controlled clinical trial study was completed from December 2014 to June 2015 in Babol, Iran. Of the 485 participants, 93 were randomly assigned in a 1:1:1 ratio to psychosexual therapy (PST), bupropion extended-release (BUP ER) at a dose of 150 mg/d, and control (no intervention) groups...
April 2018: International Journal of Fertility & Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334132/oxybutynin-3-gel-for-the-treatment-of-primary-focal-hyperhidrosis-in-adolescents-and-young-adults
#14
Nicholas V Nguyen, Jane Gralla, James Abbott, Anna L Bruckner
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: There are no reliably effective, well-tolerated topical agents for the treatment of hyperhidrosis. We sought to evaluate the efficacy and tolerability of oxybutynin 3% gel in adolescents and young adults with primary focal hyperhidrosis. METHODS: Patients with severe axillary hyperhidrosis were treated with topical oxybutynin 3% gel for 4 weeks. Response to treatment was assessed by calculating change in Hyperhidrosis Disease Severity Score from baseline to weeks 1 and 4...
January 15, 2018: Pediatric Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334088/chemically-accurate-adsorption-energies-for-methane-and-ethane-monolayers-on-the-mgo-001-surface
#15
Maristella Alessio, Florian A Bischoff, Joachim Sauer
A hybrid QM:QM method that combines MP2 as high-level method on cluster models with density functional theory (PBE+D2) as low-level method on periodic models is applied to adsorption of methane and ethane on the MgO(001) surface for which reliable experimental desorption enthalpies are available. Two coverages are considered, monolayer (every second Mg2+ ion occupied) and one quarter coverage (one of eight Mg2+ ions occupied). Structure optimizations are performed at the hybrid MP2:(PBE+D2) level, with the MP2 energies and forces counterpoise corrected for basis set superposition error and extrapolated to the complete basis set limit...
January 15, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333940/expression-analysis-of-liver-specific-circulating-micrornas-in-hcv-induced-hepatocellular-carcinoma-in-egyptian-patients
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Lobna Mourad, Eman El-Ahwany, Mona Zoheiry, Hoda Abu-Taleb, Marwa Hassan, Amged Ouf, Ali Abdel Rahim, Moataz Hassan, Suher Zada
OBJECTIVES: Due to the absence of reliable and accurate biomarkers for the early detection of liver malignancy, circulating microRNAs have recently emerged as great candidates for prompt cancer identification. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate the potential of liver-specific circulating microRNAs as an accurate non-invasive diagnostic tool for early diagnosis of hepatitis C virus (HCV)-induced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). METHODOLOGY: A total of 165 patients were enrolled in this study and categorized into four main groups: 42 chronic hepatitis C (CHC) without cirrhosis, 45 CHC with cirrhosis (LC), 38 HCC with HCV patients, and 40 healthy controls...
January 15, 2018: Cancer Biology & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333917/role-of-cortical-microbleeds-in-cognitive-impairment-in%C3%A2-vivo-behavioral-and-imaging-characterization-of-a-novel-murine-model
#17
Sandrine Bergeron, Yaohua Chen, Florent Auger, Julie Deguil, Nicolas Durieux, Emilie Skrobala, Romain Barus, Camille Potey, Charlotte Cordonnier, Florence Pasquier, Laura Ravasi, Régis Bordet, Sophie Gautier
Cerebral microbleeds (CMBs) could contribute to cognitive impairment in the general population and in patients with dementia. We designed a study to (i) develop a murine model of CMBs, (ii) assess whether CMBs affect cognition in this model and (iii) assess whether this model is sensitive to pharmacological modulation. Male C57Bl6/J mice were stereotactically administered collagenase to induce cortical lesion analysed by MRI at 24 h. CMB-mice were assessed at six weeks post-lesion for cognitive performances (Barnes maze and Touchscreen automated paired-associated learning (PAL) task) and for cerebral metabolism (in vivo PET/CT with fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG))...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333863/principles-of-vaccine-potency-assays
#18
Thorsten Verch, Jeremiah J Trausch, Mary Shank-Retzlaff
Compared with biologics, vaccine potency assays represent a special challenge due to their unique compositions, multivalency, long life cycles and global distribution. Historically, vaccines were released using in vivo potency assays requiring immunization of dozens of animals. Modern vaccines use a variety of newer analytical tools including biochemical, cell-based and immunochemical methods to measure potency. The choice of analytics largely depends on the mechanism of action and ability to ensure lot-to-lot consistency...
January 15, 2018: Bioanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333859/chromatographic-separation-and-visual-detection-on-wicking-microfluidic-devices-quantitation-of-cu2-in-surface-ground-and-drinking-water
#19
Gayan C Bandara, Christopher Heist, Vincent T Remcho
Copper is widely applied in industrial and technological applications, and is an essential micro nutrient for humans and animals. However, exposure to high environmental levels of copper, especially through drinking water, can lead to copper toxicity, resulting in severe acute and chronic health effects. Therefore, regular monitoring of aqueous copper ions has become necessary as recent anthropogenic activities have led to elevated environmental concentrations of copper. On-site monitoring processes require an inexpensive, simple, and portable analytical approach capable of generating reliable qualitative and quantitative data efficiently...
January 15, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333853/a-highly-sensitive-and-very-stretchable-strain-sensor-based-on-a-rubbery-semiconductor
#20
Hae-Jin Kim, Anish Thukral, Cunjiang Yu
There is a growing interest in developing stretchable strain sensors to quantify the large mechanical deformation and strain associated with the activities for a wide range of species, such as humans, machines, and robots. Here, we report a novel stretchable strain sensor entirely in a rubber format by using a solution processed rubbery semiconductor as the sensing material to achieve high sensitivity, large mechanical strain tolerance, hysteresis-less and highly linear responses. Specifically, the rubbery semiconductor exploits π-π stacked poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl) nanofibrils (P3HT-NFs) percolated in silicone elastomer of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) to yield semiconducting nanocomposite with a large mechanical stretchability, although P3HT is a well-known nonstretchable semiconductor...
January 15, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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