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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343349/modernizing-quality-of-life-assessment-development-of-a-multidimensional-computerized-adaptive-questionnaire-for-patients-with-schizophrenia
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Pierre Michel, Karine Baumstarck, Christophe Lancon, Badih Ghattas, Anderson Loundou, Pascal Auquier, Laurent Boyer
OBJECTIVE: Quality of life (QoL) is still assessed using paper-based and fixed-length questionnaires, which is one reason why QoL measurements have not been routinely implemented in clinical practice. Providing new QoL measures that combine computer technology with modern measurement theory may enhance their clinical use. The aim of this study was to develop a QoL multidimensional computerized adaptive test (MCAT), the SQoL-MCAT, from the fixed-length SQoL questionnaire for patients with schizophrenia...
March 25, 2017: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343345/assessment-of-nucleosides-as-putative-tumor-biomarkers-in-prostate-cancer-screening-by-ce-uv
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Adriana Zardini Buzatto, Mariana de Oliveira Silva, Ronei Jesus Poppi, Ana Valéria Colnaghi Simionato
Cancer is responsible for millions of deaths worldwide, but most base diseases may be cured if detected early. Screening tests may be used to identify early-stage malignant neoplasms. However, the major screening tool for prostate cancer, the prostate-specific antigen test, has unsuitable sensitivity. Since cancer cells may affect the pattern of consumption and excretion of nucleosides, such biomolecules are putative biomarkers that can be used for diagnosis and treatment evaluation. Using a previously validated method for the analysis of nucleosides in blood serum by capillary electrophoresis with UV-vis spectroscopy detection, we investigated 60 samples from healthy individuals and 42 samples from prostate cancer patients...
March 25, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343343/child-and-adult-factors-related-to-quality-of-life-in-adults-with-autism
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Philippa Moss, William Mandy, Patricia Howlin
The WHO Quality of Life-Brief questionnaire was used to assess quality of life (QoL) among 52 adults with autism (mean age 49 years) followed-up since childhood. Overall, assessments of QOL were more positive than measures of objective social outcome (jobs, independence, relationships etc.) but correlations between caregiver and self-reports were low. Informant ratings indicated few correlations between current QoL and any child or adult factors. On self-report ratings, QoL was significantly negatively correlated with severity of repetitive behaviours in childhood; higher QoL was positively associated with better adult social outcomes...
March 25, 2017: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343321/a-risk-score-based-on-admission-characteristics-to-predict-progressive-hemorrhagic-injury-from-traumatic-brain-injury-in-children
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Guo-Wen Hu, Hai-Li Lang, Hua Guo, Lei Wu, Pei Zhang, Wei Kuang, Xin-Gen Zhu
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the leading causes of death and disability in children, and progressive hemorrhagic injury (PHI) post TBI is associated with poor outcomes. Therefore, the objective of this study was to develop and validate a prognostic model that uses the information available at admission to determine the likelihood of PHI occurrence after TBI in children. The identified demographic data, cause of injury, clinical predictors on admission, computed tomography scan characteristics, and routine laboratory parameters were collected and used to develop a PHI prognostic model with logistic regression analysis, and the prediction model was validated in 68 children...
March 25, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343316/translation-and-validation-of-iciq-fluts-for-tamil-speaking-women
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Chanil D Ekanayake, Arunasalam Pathmeswaran, A A Nilanga Nishad, Kanishka U Samaranayake, Prasantha S Wijesinghe
AIMS: Research in to lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) in women in South Asia is hampered by lack of validated tools. Our aim was to validate the International Consultation on Incontinence Modular Questionnaire on Female Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (ICIQ-FLUTS) from English to Tamil. METHOD: After translation to Tamil, a validation study was carried out among women attending the gynecology clinic at District General Hospital-Mannar. RESULTS: Content validity assessed by the level of missing data was <2%...
March 25, 2017: International Urogynecology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343302/force-assisted-ultrasound-imaging-system-through-dual-force-sensing-and-admittance-robot-control
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Ting-Yun Fang, Haichong K Zhang, Rodolfo Finocchi, Russell H Taylor, Emad M Boctor
PURPOSE: Ultrasound imaging has been a gold standard for clinical diagnoses due to its unique advantages compared to other imaging modalities including: low cost, noninvasiveness, and safeness to the human body. However, the ultrasound scanning process requires applying a large force over extended periods of time, often in uncomfortable postures in order to maintain the desired orientation. This physical requirement over sonographers' careers often leads to musculoskeletal pain and strain injuries...
March 25, 2017: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343295/identification-of-sphingosine-1-phosphate-receptor-subtype-1-s1p1-as-a-pathogenic-factor-in-transient-focal-cerebral-ischemia
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Bhakta Prasad Gaire, Chi-Ho Lee, Arjun Sapkota, Sang Yeul Lee, Jerold Chun, Hee Jun Cho, Tae-Gyu Nam, Ji Woong Choi
Medically relevant roles of receptor-mediated sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P) signaling have become a successful or promising target for multiple sclerosis or cerebral ischemia. Animal-based proof-of-concept validation for the latter is particularly through the neuroprotective efficacy of FTY720, a non-selective S1P receptor modulator, presumably via activation of S1P1. In spite of a clear link between S1P signaling and cerebral ischemia, it remains unknown whether the role of S1P1 is pathogenic or neuroprotective...
March 25, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343292/psychometric-validation-of-the-heart-failure-caregiver-questionnaire-hf-cq-%C3%A2
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Anna Strömberg, Nicola Bonner, Laura Grant, Bryan Bennett, Misook L Chung, Tiny Jaarsma, Marie Louise Luttik, Eldrin F Lewis, Frederico Calado, Celine Deschaseaux
BACKGROUND: The Heart Failure Caregiver Questionnaire (HF-CQ(®)) was developed to assess subjective outcomes of heart failure caregivers. The HF-CQ(®) comprises 21 questions on three domains, namely physical, emotional/psychological and lifestyle. The objective of this study was to evaluate the psychometric properties of the HF-CQ(®). METHODS: Patients (n = 150) with heart failure and their primary caregivers (n = 150) were recruited from 11 sites in USA...
March 25, 2017: Patient
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343260/urethral-lumen-occlusion-by-artificial-sphincteric-devices-a-computational-biomechanics-approach
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Arturo Nicola Natali, Emanuele Luigi Carniel, Chiara Giulia Fontanella, Silvia Todros, Giulia Maria De Benedictis, Maria Angela Cerruto, Walter Artibani
The action induced by artificial sphincteric devices to provide urinary continence is related to the problem of evaluating the interaction between the occlusive cuff and the urethral duct. The intensity and distribution of the force induced within the region of application determine a different occlusion process and potential degradation of the urethral tissue, mostly at the borders of the cuff. This problem is generally considered in the light of clinical and surgical operational experience, while a valid cooperation is established with biomechanical competences by means of experimental and numerical investigation...
March 25, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343247/development-of-a-qtl-environment-based-predictive-model-for-node-addition-rate-in-common-bean
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Li Zhang, Salvador A Gezan, C Eduardo Vallejos, James W Jones, Kenneth J Boote, Jose A Clavijo-Michelangeli, Mehul Bhakta, Juan M Osorno, Idupulapati Rao, Stephen Beebe, Elvin Roman-Paoli, Abiezer Gonzalez, James Beaver, Jaumer Ricaurte, Raphael Colbert, Melanie J Correll
This work reports the effects of the genetic makeup, the environment and the genotype by environment interactions for node addition rate in an RIL population of common bean. This information was used to build a predictive model for node addition rate. To select a plant genotype that will thrive in targeted environments it is critical to understand the genotype by environment interaction (GEI). In this study, multi-environment QTL analysis was used to characterize node addition rate (NAR, node day(- 1)) on the main stem of the common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L)...
March 25, 2017: TAG. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. Theoretische und Angewandte Genetik
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343238/visualization-of-endothelial-barrier-damage-prior-to-formation-of-atherosclerotic-plaques
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Heike Bömmel, Florian Kleefeldt, Alma Zernecke, Sharang Ghavampour, Nicole Wagner, Stefanie Kuerten, Süleyman Ergün
En-face fat staining is frequently used to visualize atherosclerotic lesions. This method, however, is not suitable to visualize endothelial barrier damage prior to microscopically detectable morphological alterations of the arterial wall such as sub-endothelial lipid deposition. To enable the investigation of early endothelial barrier damage and in particular the initial steps of atherosclerosis, a new method has to fulfill three requirements: (i) easy and fast to perform, (ii) low cost of applicability without requirement for highly sophisticated technical equipment, and (iii) reliable reproducibility of valid results...
March 25, 2017: Histochemistry and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343228/focal-brain-injury-associated-with-a-model-of-severe-hypoxic-ischemic-encephalopathy-in-nonhuman-primates
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Ryan M McAdams, Ronald J McPherson, Raj P Kapur, Sandra E Juul
Worldwide, hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) is a major cause of neonatal mortality and morbidity. To better understand the mechanisms contributing to brain injury and improve outcomes in neonates with HIE, better preclinical animal models that mimic the clinical situation following birth asphyxia in term newborns are needed. In an effort to achieve this goal, we modified our nonhuman primate model of HIE induced by in utero umbilical cord occlusion (UCO) to include postnatal hypoxic episodes, in order to simulate apneic events in human neonates with HIE...
March 25, 2017: Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343174/mirna-analysis-in-pancreatic-cancer-the-dartmouth-experience
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Francine B de Abreu, Xiaoying Liu, Gregory J Tsongalis
Pancreatic cancer is considered one of the most lethal cancers being the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in adults in the United States because of the lack of early signs and symptoms and the lack of early detection. Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is the most common histological type among pancreatic cancers, representing 80%-90% of all solid tumors of the pancreas. The majority of PDAC develops from three precursor lesions: pancreatic intraepithelial neoplasia, intraductual papillary mucinous neoplasm and mucinous cystic neoplasm...
March 27, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343173/fast-track-protocols-using-highly-sensitive-troponin-assays-for-ruling-out-and-ruling-in-non-st-elevation-acute-coronary-syndrome
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Simona Ferraro, Alberto Dolci, Mauro Panteghini
The introduction of "highly sensitive" cardiac troponin assays (hsTn) has reinforced the evidence that only serial testing incorporated in running algorithms allows a more accurate diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction. In this report, we consider the available evidence supporting the use of fast track protocols for ruling out and ruling in non-ST elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) and compare it with the content of recently released guideline by the European Society of Cardiology, noting some uncomfortable aspects that need urgent clarification and/or revision...
March 27, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343172/novel-immunoassays-for-detection-of-cuzd1-autoantibodies-in-serum-of-patients-with-inflammatory-bowel-diseases
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Sofia Farkona, Antoninus Soosaipillai, Panagiota Filippou, Christos Liaskos, Dimitrios P Bogdanos, Eleftherios P Diamandis, Ivan M Blasutig
BACKGROUND: Pancreatic autoantibodies (PABs) are detected in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Their prevalence is higher in Crohn's disease (CrD) than in ulcerative colitis (UC). Glycoprotein 2 (GP2) and, more recently, CUB and zona pellucida-like domain-containing protein 1 (CUZD1) have been identified as target autoantigens of PAB. The clinical utility of CUZD1 autoantibodies has only recently been assessed by indirect immunofluorescence (IIF) assays. In this study, we developed and validated novel immunoassays for the detection of CUZD1 autoantibodies...
March 27, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343171/circulating-free-light-chain-measurement-in-the-diagnosis-prognostic-assessment-and-evaluation-of-response-of-al-amyloidosis-comparison-of-freelite-and-n-latex-flc-assays
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Giovanni Palladini, Arnaud Jaccard, Paolo Milani, David Lavergne, Andrea Foli, Sebastien Bender, Francesca Lavatelli, Tiziana Bosoni, Veronica Valentini, Laura Pirolini, Giovanni Ferraro, Marco Basset, Francesca Russo, Mario Nuvolone, Riccardo Albertini, Michel Cogne, Giampaolo Merlini
BACKGROUND: The measurement of circulating free light chain (FLC) is essential in the diagnosis, prognostic stratification and evaluation of response to therapy in light chain (AL) amyloidosis. For more than 10 years, this has been done with an immunonephelometric assay based on polyclonal antibodies (Freelite), and cutoffs for staging and response assessment have been validated with this method. Recently, a new assay based on monoclonal antibodies (N latex FLC) has been marketed in Europe...
March 27, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343166/development-and-validation-of-a-yoga-module-for-parkinson-disease
#17
Noopur Kakde, Kashinath G Metri, Shivarama Varambally, Raghuram Nagaratna, H R Nagendra
Background Parkinson's disease (PD), a progressive neurodegenerative disease, affects motor and nonmotor functions, leading to severe debility and poor quality of life. Studies have reported the beneficial role of yoga in alleviating the symptoms of PD; however, a validated yoga module for PD is unavailable. This study developed and validated an integrated yoga module(IYM) for PD. Methods The IYM was prepared after a thorough review of classical yoga texts and previous findings. Twenty experienced yoga experts, who fulfilled the inclusion criteria, were selected validating the content of the IYM...
March 25, 2017: Journal of Complementary & Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343165/student-directed-video-validation-of-psychomotor-skills-performance-a-strategy-to-facilitate-deliberate-practice-peer-review-and-team-skill-sets
#18
Gregory A DeBourgh, Susan K Prion
Background Essential nursing skills for safe practice are not limited to technical skills, but include abilities for determining salience among clinical data within dynamic practice environments, demonstrating clinical judgment and reasoning, problem-solving abilities, and teamwork competence. Effective instructional methods are needed to prepare new nurses for entry-to-practice in contemporary healthcare settings. Method This mixed-methods descriptive study explored self-reported perceptions of a process to self-record videos for psychomotor skill performance evaluation in a convenience sample of 102 pre-licensure students...
March 22, 2017: International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343164/a-quantitative-concordance-measure-for-comparing-and-combining-treatment-selection-markers
#19
Zhiwei Zhang, Shujie Ma, Lei Nie, Guoxing Soon
Motivated by an HIV example, we consider how to compare and combine treatment selection markers, which are essential to the notion of precision medicine. The current literature on precision medicine is focused on evaluating and optimizing treatment regimes, which can be obtained by dichotomizing treatment selection markers. In practice, treatment decisions are based not only on efficacy but also on safety, cost and individual preference, making it difficult to choose a single cutoff value for all patients in all settings...
March 25, 2017: International Journal of Biostatistics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343143/impact-of-rivaroxaban-on-point-of-care-assays
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Pierre Fontana, Lorenzo Alberio, Anne Angelillo-Scherrer, Lars M Asmis, Wolfgang Korte, Adriana Mendez, Pirmin Schmid, Hans Stricker, Jan-Dirk Studt, Dimitrios A Tsakiris, Walter A Wuillemin, Michael Nagler
BACKGROUND: Point-of-care testing (POCT) is regularly used to assess haemostasis in various clinical settings. The impact of rivaroxaban on those POCT is still elusive. We aimed to study the effects of rivaroxaban on most commonly used POCT assays. METHODS: Blood samples were taken before, 3h, and 24h after administration of 20mg rivaroxaban to 20 healthy volunteers as part of a prospective, multicenter validation study (clinicaltrials.govNCT01710267). Blood samples were analysed with thromboelastometry (ROTEM®), two platelet function assays (INNOVANCE® PFA-200 and Multiplate®), and the CoaguChek® XS...
March 21, 2017: Thrombosis Research
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