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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441773/overview-of-four-functional-classification-systems-commonly-used-in-cerebral-palsy
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Andrea Paulson, Jilda Vargus-Adams
Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common physical disability in childhood. CP comprises a heterogeneous group of disorders that can result in spasticity, dystonia, muscle contractures, weakness and coordination difficulty that ultimately affects the ability to control movements. Traditionally, CP has been classified using a combination of the motor type and the topographical distribution, as well as subjective severity level. Imprecise terms such as these tell very little about what a person is able to do functionally and can impair clear communication between providers...
April 24, 2017: Children
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441768/probabilistic-fatigue-life-updating-for-railway-bridges-based-on-local-inspection-and-repair
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Young-Joo Lee, Robin E Kim, Wonho Suh, Kiwon Park
Railway bridges are exposed to repeated train loads, which may cause fatigue failure. As critical links in a transportation network, railway bridges are expected to survive for a target period of time, but sometimes they fail earlier than expected. To guarantee the target bridge life, bridge maintenance activities such as local inspection and repair should be undertaken properly. However, this is a challenging task because there are various sources of uncertainty associated with aging bridges, train loads, environmental conditions, and maintenance work...
April 24, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441742/the-reliability-of-the-mediterranean-diet-quality-index-kidmed-questionnaire
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Lovro Štefan, Rebeka Prosoli, Dora Juranko, Marko Čule, Ivan Milinović, Dario Novak, Goran Sporiš
The purpose of the present study was to determine the test-retest reliability of the Mediterranean Diet Quality Index (KIDMED) questionnaire in college students. Two hundred and seventy-six college students (127 men, 46%; 149 women, 54%; mean age 19.70 ± 1.32 years; mean height 1.75 ± 0.09 m; mean weight 69.28 ± 13.84 kg; mean body-mas index 22.41 ± 3.19 kg/m²) participated in the study. To investigate the reliability of the KIDMED questionnaire, the participants were asked to complete the questionnaire on two occasions two weeks apart, stratified by gender...
April 23, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441689/coeliac-disease-further-evidence-that-biopsy-is-not-always-necessary-for-diagnosis
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Geoffrey K T Holmes, Julia M Forsyth, Sarah Knowles, Helen Seddon, Peter G Hill, Andrew S Austin
OBJECTIVES: Growing evidence supports the view that the diagnosis of coeliac disease (CD) can be made by serological tests alone, although this approach is still not widely accepted. We previously showed in retrospective and prospective studies that in adults an IgA-tissue transglutaminase antibody cut-off can be defined above which the positive predictive value for CD is 100%. Following a change in the analytical method for measuring the antibody, our objectives were to re-examine this finding in a larger series of adults to ascertain whether a diagnosis of CD can be reliably made in a proportion of patients without the need for small bowel biopsy and to re-evaluate the diagnostic guidelines used in our centre...
June 2017: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441637/subtle-pathological-changes-in-neocortical-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
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Juan G Ochoa, Diana Hentgarden, Audrey Paulzak, Melissa Ogden, Richard Pryson, Markus Lamle, Walter G Rusyniak
This was a prospective observational study to correlate the clinical symptoms, electrophysiology, imaging, and surgical pathology of patients with temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) without hippocampal sclerosis. We selected consecutive patients with TLE and normal MRI undergoing temporal lobe resection between April and September 2015. Clinical features, imaging, and functional data were reviewed. Intracranial monitoring and language mapping were performed when it was required according to our team recommendation...
April 22, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441607/toxicity-assessment-of-zno-decorated-au-nanoparticles-in-the-mediterranean-clam-ruditapes-decussatus
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Badreddine Sellami, Amine Mezni, Abdelhafidh Khazri, Imen Bouzidi, Wiem Saidani, David Sheehan, Hamouda Beyrem
The synthesis of hybrid nanomaterials has greatly increased in recent years due to their special physical and chemical properties. However, information regarding the environmental toxicity associated with these chemicals is limited, in particular in the aquatic environment. In the present study, an experiment was performed in which the marine bivalve (Ruditapes decussatus) was exposed for 14days to 2 concentrations of zinc oxide-decorated Au nanoparticles (Au-ZnONPs: Au-ZnONP50=50μg/L; Au-ZnONP100=100μg/L)...
April 15, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441606/growth-inhibition-and-antibiofilm-potential-of-ag-nanoparticles-coated-with-lectin-an-arthropod-immune-molecule
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Sangily Jayanthi, Sathappan Shanthi, Baskaralingam Vaseeharan, Narayanan Gopi, Marimuthu Govindarajan, Naiyf S Alharbi, Shine Kadaikunnan, Jamal M Khaled, Giovanni Benelli
Lectins from the haemolymph of arthropods, including crustaceans, are molecules potentially involved in the immune recognition and phagocytosis. Here, lectin was purified from the haemolymph of blue swimmer crab Portunus pelagicus, using mannose-coupled sepharose CL-4B affinity column chromatography. In SDS-PAGE analysis, lectin showed a molecular mass of approximately 155kDa. The synthesis of lectin-coated silver nanoparticles (lectin-coated AgNPs) was confirmed by UV-Vis spectroscopy, XRD, FTIR, SEM, TEM, SAED, and EDX analysis...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441603/assessment-of-wastewater-treatment-facility-compliance-with-decreasing-ammonia-discharge-limits-using-a-regression-tree-model
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Bihu Suchetana, Balaji Rajagopalan, JoAnn Silverstein
A regression tree-based diagnostic approach is developed to evaluate factors affecting US wastewater treatment plant compliance with ammonia discharge permit limits using Discharge Monthly Report (DMR) data from a sample of 106 municipal treatment plants for the period of 2004-2008. Predictor variables used to fit the regression tree are selected using random forests, and consist of the previous month's effluent ammonia, influent flow rates and plant capacity utilization. The tree models are first used to evaluate compliance with existing ammonia discharge standards at each facility and then applied assuming more stringent discharge limits, under consideration in many states...
April 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441588/reduced-ena78-levels-as-novel-biomarker-for-major-depressive-disorder-and-venlafaxine-efficiency-result-from-a-prospective-longitudinal-study
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Zezhi Li, Zuowei Wang, Chen Zhang, Jun Chen, Yousong Su, Jia Huang, Zhenghui Yi, Chengmei Yuan, Wu Hong, Yong Wang, Zhiguo Wu, Yingyan Hu, Lan Cao, Daihui Peng, Yangtai Guan, Yimin Zou, Shunying Yu, Donghong Cui, Yiru Fang
Although lines of evidence demonstrated that cytokines play an important role in the pathogenesis of major depressive disorder (MDD), none of the them have been established as reliable biomarkers. We use our previous whole-genome cRNA microarray data to identify epithelial cell-derived neutrophil-activating peptide 78 (ENA78), the most differentially expressed cytokine in peripheral blood between MDD patients and healthy controls; and then we confirmed the result by the quantitative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for mRNA and protein level, respectively, in an independent drug-naïve first-episode sample set...
March 18, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441448/development-and-validation-of-a-modified-korean-version-of-the-pharmacy-services-questionnaire-psq-k-for-the-quality-assessment-of-community-pharmacy-services
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Kyung Im Kim, Hae Sun Suh, Arim Kwak, Siin Kim, Nayoung Han, Euni Lee, Jung Mi Oh
Patient-reported outcome (PRO) measures and validated instruments have become integral in assessing the quality of healthcare delivery, including pharmaceutical care services. The Pharmacy Services Questionnaire (PSQ) measures patient satisfaction with pharmaceutical care. In this study, we developed a modified Korean version of the PSQ (PSQ-K) and evaluated its validity and reliability. The PSQ-K was developed using a strict translation and cultural-adaptation procedure. A validation study was performed in six community pharmacies in Korea...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441447/tumor-response-assessment-by-mri-following-stereotactic-body-radiation-therapy-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Guillaume Oldrini, Andres Huertas, Sophie Renard-Oldrini, Hélène Taste-George, Guillaume Vogin, Valérie Laurent, Julia Salleron, Philippe Henrot
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the MRI features of a tumor response, local control, and predictive factors of local control after stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). METHODS: Thirty-five consecutive patients with 48 HCCs who were treated by SBRT were included in this retrospective study. All patients provided written informed consent to be treated by SBRT, and prior to inclusion they authorized use of the treatment data for further studies...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441418/relationship-between-acromial-morphological-variation-and-subacromial-impingement-a-three-dimensional-analysis
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Xinyu Li, Wei Xu, Ning Hu, Xi Liang, Wei Huang, Dianming Jiang, Hong Chen
PURPOSE: To evaluate the association of acromial morphology and subacromial impingement. METHODS: Bilateral shoulder computed tomography was performed in 138 patients who received shoulder arthroscopy. Measured parameters included: acromial tilt (AT), modified acromial tilt (mAT), acromial slope (AS), acromiohumeral interval (AHI), lateral acromial angle (LAA), acromial index (AI), critical shoulder angle (CSA), acromial anterior protrusion (AAP), and acromial inferior protrusion (AIP)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441330/real-time-telemetry-system-for-monitoring-motion-of-ships-based-on-inertial-sensors
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José M Núñez, Marta G Araújo, I García-Tuñón
A telemetry system for real-time monitoring of the motions, position, speed and course of a ship at sea is presented in this work. The system, conceived as a subsystem of a radar cross-section measurement unit, could also be used in other applications as ships dynamics characterization, on-board cranes, antenna stabilizers, etc. This system was designed to be stand-alone, reliable, easy to deploy, low-cost and free of requirements related to stabilization procedures. In order to achieve such a unique combination of functionalities, we have developed a telemetry system based on redundant inertial and magnetic sensors and GPS (Global Positioning System) measurements...
April 25, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441310/a-dose-response-curve-for-a-gram-negative-spinal-implant-infection-model-in-rabbits
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Joseph L Laratta, Jamal N Shillingford, Nathan Hardy, Ronald A Lehman, Lawrence G Lenke, K Daniel Riew
STUDY DESIGN: Randomized complete block animal spinal implant infection model with internal control. OBJECTIVE: To develop a spinal implant animal infection model to simulate postoperative gram-negative wound infection. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Implant-associated surgical site infections (SSI) remain a dreaded complication of spinal surgery. Currently, over 30% of all spine SSIs are secondary to gram-negative bacteria. Traditional animal models have utilized gram-positive inoculums to simulate postoperative infection, but there exists no model in the literature for gram-negative infection in the setting of spinal instrumentation...
April 24, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441265/novel-risk-assessment-tool-for-immunoglobulin-resistance-in-kawasaki-disease-application-using-a-random-forest-classifier
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Masato Takeuchi, Ryo Inuzuka, Taiyu Hayashi, Takahiro Shindo, Yoichiro Hirata, Nobutaka Shimizu, Jun Inatomi, Yoshiki Yokoyama, Yoshiyuki Namai, Yoichiro Oda, Masaru Takamizawa, Jiro Kagawa, Yutaka Harita, Akira Oka
BACKGROUND: Resistance to intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) therapy is a risk factor for coronary lesions in patients with Kawasaki disease (KD). Risk-adjusted initial therapy may improve coronary outcome in KD, but identification of high risk patients remains a challenge. This study aimed to develop a new risk assessment tool for IVIG-resistance using advanced statistical techniques. METHODS: Data were retrospectively collected from KD patients receiving IVIG therapy, including demographic characteristics, signs and symptoms of KD, and laboratory results...
April 24, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441159/application-of-high-speed-t1-sequences-for-high-quality-hepatic-arterial-phase-magnetic-resonance-imaging-intraindividual-comparison-of-single-and-multiple-arterial-phases
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Yang Shin Park, Chang Hee Lee, Jeong Woo Kim, Young-Sun Lee, MunYoung Paek, Kyeong Ah Kim
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to compare intraindividual single and multiple arterial phase acquisitions and evaluate which acquisition method was more advantageous for obtaining high-quality hepatic arterial phase in gadoxetic acid-enhanced liver magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Sixty-seven patients who underwent gadoxetic acid-enhanced liver MRIs and had all 3 kinds of acquisitions (single, dual, and triple arterial phases) were retrospectively included...
April 24, 2017: Investigative Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441156/interpreting-lipoproteins-in-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
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Katriina Nemes, Fredrik Åberg
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The pathophysiologies of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), metabolic syndrome, and cardiovascular disease are closely interlinked and associated with atherogenic dyslipidemia. Liver and cardiovascular disease may silently progress to advanced stages if alarming signs, such as abdominal obesity, elevated fasting and postprandial triglycerides, and low HDL cholesterol are overlooked. We review the metabolic mechanisms in NAFLD at the cellular level in the context of standard clinical lipid measurements...
April 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441107/coping-with-sexual-orientation-related-minority-stress
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Russell B Toomey, Caitlin Ryan, Rafael M Diaz, Stephen T Russell
Little is known about how adolescents cope with minority stressors related to sexual orientation. This study examined 245 lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) young adult's (ages 21-25) retrospective reports of coping in response to LGB minority stress during adolescence (ages 13-19) to test the reliability and validity of a measure of minority stress coping. Further, the study examined associations between LGB minority stress coping and young adult psychosocial adjustment and high school attainment. Validation and reliability was found for three minority stress coping strategies: LGB-specific strategies (e...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Homosexuality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441081/comparison-of-size-modulation-standard-automated-perimetry-and-conventional-standard-automated-perimetry-with-a-10-2-test-program-in-glaucoma-patients
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Kazunori Hirasawa, Natsumi Takahashi, Tsukasa Satou, Masayuki Kasahara, Kazuhiro Matsumura, Nobuyuki Shoji
PURPOSE: This prospective observational study compared the performance of size modulation standard automated perimetry with the Octopus 600 10-2 test program, with stimulus size modulation during testing, based on stimulus intensity and conventional standard automated perimetry, with that of the Humphrey 10-2 test program in glaucoma patients. METHODS: Eighty-seven eyes of 87 glaucoma patients underwent size modulation standard automated perimetry with Dynamic strategy and conventional standard automated perimetry using the SITA standard strategy...
April 25, 2017: Current Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441063/validating-the-psycholinguistic-aspects-of-litmus-clt-evidence-from-polish-and-norwegian
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Pernille Hansen, Hanne Gram Simonsen, Magdalena Łuniewska, Ewa Haman
The novel assessment tool Cross-Linguistic Lexical Tasks (LITMUS-CLT) aims for comparable cross-linguistic assessment of multilingual children's lexical skills by basing each language version on two language-specific variables: age of acquisition (AoA) and complexity index (CI), a novel measure related to phonology, morphology, exposure and etymology. This article investigates the validity of this methodology, asking whether the underlying properties are robust predictors of children's performance. The Polish and Norwegian CLTs were used to assess 32 bilingual Polish-Norwegian, 34 monolingual Norwegian and 36 monolingual Polish children...
April 25, 2017: Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics
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