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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332121/pattern-onset-ergs-and-veps-produced-by-patterns-arising-from-light-increment-and-decrement
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Dennis M Fritsch, Jane C Sowden, Dorothy A Thompson
Purpose: Our aim was to elaborate how on and off signals contribute to pattern ERGs and pattern visual evoked potentials (VEPs) by using pedestal patterns arising from incremental and decremental onset stimulation. Methods: Pattern onset/offset ERGs and VEPs were produced by black and white checks of 60' side length and 88% spatial contrast appearing in a 16° field for 200 ms from white (110 cd/m2), black (7 cd/m2), and gray (48 cd/m2) backgrounds and disappeared for 1000 ms...
January 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332021/the-effects-of-reflexology-on-fatigue-and-anxiety-in-patients-with-multiple-sclerosis
#2
Afitap Ozdelikara, Seval Agcadiken Alkan
Context • Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory, demyelinating disease of the central nervous system. In addition to the progressive nature of the disease, devastating symptoms adversely affect the patient's daily life and future expectations. This situation leads patients to seek complementary and alternative treatments. Objectives • This study was conducted to determine the effects of reflexology on fatigue severity and anxiety in patients with MS. Design • The research was a quasi-experimental, pretest-posttest design...
January 15, 2018: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331776/low-cost-screen-printed-electrodes-based-on-electrochemically-reduced-graphene-oxide-carbon-black-nanocomposites-for-dopamine-epinephrine-and-paracetamol-detection
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G Ibáñez-Redín, D Wilson, D Gonçalves, O N Oliveira
A green approach for the preparation of carbon black (CB) and electrochemically reduced graphene oxide composite (ERGO) is described based on screen printed carbon electrodes (SPCEs) fabricated on poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) as electrochemical sensors. This approach leads to a heterogeneous hydrophilic surface with high concentration of defect sites according to scanning electron microscopy, contact angle and Raman spectroscopy measurements. The SPCE/CB-ERGO sensor was tested with dopamine (DA), epinephrine (EP) and paracetamol (PCM), exhibiting an enhanced electrocatalytic performance compared to the bare SPCE...
December 30, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331681/endogenous-cortisol-in-keratinized-matrices-systematic-determination-of-baseline-cortisol-levels-in-hair-and-the-influence-of-sex-age-and-hair-color
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T M Binz, L Rietschel, F Streit, M Hofmann, J Gehrke, M Herdener, B B Quednow, N G Martin, M Rietschel, T Kraemer, M R Baumgartner
The measurement of hair cortisol is increasingly used to measure long-term cumulative cortisol levels and investigate its role as an important stress mediator. In this study a comparative statistical analysis of five independent studies (all analyzed in our laboratory) was performed to investigate baseline ranges of cortisol values in hair and evaluate potential influences of sex, age and hair color. Cortisol concentrations in hair of 554 subjects were measured and a comparative statistical analysis was performed...
December 24, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331504/a-systematic-review-of-health-care-provider-perceived-barriers-and-facilitators-to-routine-hiv-testing-in-primary-care-settings-in-the-southeastern-united-states
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Kelly Tan, Beth Perry Black
Despite efforts to improve HIV screening and testing, many primary care settings do not follow established guidelines. The purpose of our systematic review was to describe health care providers' perceived barriers and facilitators to testing for HIV at poorly used/novel testing sites in the southeastern United States. PubMed, CINAHL, and Embase databases were searched for peer-reviewed studies of providers' perceived barriers and facilitators to routine HIV testing from January 2016 to April 2017 according to the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) statement...
December 27, 2017: Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care: JANAC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331488/a-potential-utilization-of-end-of-life-tyres-as-recycled-carbon-black-in-epdm-rubber
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M Sagar, K Nibedita, N Manohar, K Raj Kumar, S Suchismita, A Pradnyesh, A Babul Reddy, E Rotimi Sadiku, U N Gupta, P Lachit, J Jayaramudu
End-of-life (EOL) tyres and their decomposition present severe environmental concern due to their resistance to moisture, oxygen, natural degradation, etc. Pyrolysis is considered to be the most effective and sustainable process for recycling, due to its eco-friendly process. The current work studied the effect of recycled carbon black (rCB), obtained from the pyrolysis of EOL tyres, on the properties of ethylene propylene diene rubber (EPDM). The rCB was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and chemical methods...
January 10, 2018: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331476/factors-associated-with-withdrawal-from-maintenance-dialysis-a-case-control-analysis
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James B Wetmore, Heng Yan, Yan Hu, David T Gilbertson, Jiannong Liu
BACKGROUND: Little is known about differences in the clinical course between patients receiving maintenance dialysis who do and do not withdraw from dialysis therapy. STUDY DESIGN: Case-control analysis. SETTING & PARTICIPANTS: US patients with Medicare coverage who received maintenance hemodialysis for 1 year or longer in 2008 through 2011. PREDICTORS: Comorbid conditions, hospitalizations, skilled nursing facility stays, and a morbidity score based on durable medical equipment claims...
January 10, 2018: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330949/functional-morphology-of-mimetic-musculature-in-primates-how-social-variables-and-body-size-stack-up-to-phylogeny
#8
Anne M Burrows
Mammalian skeletal muscle is influenced by the functional demands placed upon it. Functional morphology of facial expression musculature, or mimetic musculature, is largely unknown. Recently, primate mimetic musculature has been shown to respond to demands associated with social factors. Body size has also been demonstrated to affect many aspects of primate functional morphology and evolutionary morphology. The present study was designed to further examine the role of social variables and body size in influencing the morphology of primate mimetic musculature using a broad phylogenetic range of primates, primates with varying body sizes, and those that exploit differing time of day activity cycles and social group sizes...
February 2018: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330706/color-stability-of-different-composite-resins-after-polishing
#9
Stefano Ardu, O Duc, E Di Bella, I Krejci
The goals of the present study were to evaluate, in vitro, the staining of different composite resins submitted to different common beverages, and to compare the staining effect of each of these solutions. A total of 288 specimens were randomly divided into six groups and immersed for 4 weeks in five staining solutions represented by red wine, orange juice, coke, tea and coffee or in artificial saliva as a control group. When analyzed over a black background, mean ΔE00 values varied from 0.8 for Venus Diamond, Saremco Microhybrid and ELS in saliva and Estelite Posterior in coke to 37...
January 12, 2018: Odontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330308/survival-outcomes-of-primary-cutaneous-t-cell-lymphoma-in-hiv-infected-patients-a-national-population-based-study
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Jianhong Wang, Rong Liang, Caixia Hao, Xiangxiang Liu, Na Zhang, Xiaohui Duan, Hongjuan Dong, Baoxia Dong, Hongtao Gu, Guangxun Gao, Tao Zhang, Qingxian Bai, Xiequn Chen
This study aimed to investigate clinical characteristics and survival outcomes of primary cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL) in HIV-infected and non-HIV-infected patients. All data were from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results program, 1973-2013, of the U.S. National Cancer Institute. Data of 318 HIV-infected patients and 1272 non-HIV-infected patients with primary CTCL were analyzed. Endpoints were overall survival and cancer-specific mortality. Independent variables included demographics, pre-existing malignancy, treatments, and environmental factors...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Investigative Medicine: the Official Publication of the American Federation for Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330276/cutaneous-mycobacterium-massiliense-infection-from-tattooing-a-common-yet-under-reported-and-persistent-epidemic-hazard-for-dermatologists
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Lymaries Velez, Jennifer Harb, Stephanie Anuszewski, Stanton Wesson
Tattoo popularity continues to rise, with 3 in 10 Americans bearing at least one. Among tattoo complications, non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) has emerged as a global public health concern. NTM infections associated with tattooing of immunocompetent individuals have occurred as sporadic cases and community outbreaks. Water sources are considered the major pathogenic reservoirs. Tattoo-related inoculation has been linked to contamination of ink, either during the manufacturing process or during dilution of black ink using non-sterile water...
January 12, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330260/race-and-socioeconomic-status-independently-affect-risk-of-major-amputation-in-peripheral-artery-disease
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Shipra Arya, Zachary Binney, Anjali Khakharia, Luke P Brewster, Phil Goodney, Rachel Patzer, Jason Hockenberry, Peter W F Wilson
BACKGROUND: Black race has been shown to be a risk factor for amputation in peripheral artery disease (PAD); however, race has been argued to be a marker for socioeconomic status (SES) rather than true disparity. The aim of this study is to study the impact of race and SES on amputation risk in PAD patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: Patients with incident PAD in the national Veterans Affairs Corporate Data Warehouse were identified from 2003 to 2014 (N=155 647). The exposures were race and SES (measured by median income in residential ZIP codes)...
January 12, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330255/high-intensity-cigarette-smoking-is-associated-with-incident-diabetes-mellitus-in-black-adults-the-jackson-heart-study
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Wendy B White, Loretta R Cain, Emelia J Benjamin, Andrew P DeFilippis, Michael J Blaha, Wei Wang, Victoria Okhomina, Rachel J Keith, Mahmoud Al Rifai, Sina Kianoush, Michael D Winniford, Rose M Robertson, Aruni Bhatnagar, Adolfo Correa, Michael E Hall
BACKGROUND: Previous reports on whether smoking is associated with insulin resistance and diabetes mellitus have yielded inconsistent findings. We aimed to evaluate the relationship between cigarette smoking and incident diabetes mellitus in the Jackson Heart Study. METHODS AND RESULTS: Jackson Heart Study participants enrolled at baseline without prevalent diabetes mellitus (n=2991) were classified by self-report as current smokers, past smokers (smoked ≥400 cigarettes/life and no longer smoking), or never smokers...
January 12, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330212/early-and-locally-advanced-metaplastic-breast-cancer-presentation-and-survival-by-receptor-status-in-surveillance-epidemiology-and-end-results-seer-2010-2014
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Mary C Schroeder, Priya Rastogi, Charles E Geyer, Lance D Miller, Alexandra Thomas
BACKGROUND: Metaplastic breast cancer (MBC) is a rare disease subtype characterized by an aggressive clinical course. MBC is commonly triple negative (TN), although hormone receptor (HR) positive and human epidermal growth receptor 2 (HER2) positive cases do occur. Previous studies have reported similar outcomes for MBC with regard to HR status. Less is known about outcomes for HER2 positive MBC. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program data were used to identify women diagnosed 2010-2014 with MBC or invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC)...
January 12, 2018: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329932/development-of-the-human-fetal-kidney-from-mid-to-late-gestation-in-male-and-female-infants
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Danica Ryan, Megan R Sutherland, Tracey J Flores, Alison L Kent, Jane E Dahlstrom, Victor G Puelles, John F Bertram, Andrew P McMahon, Melissa H Little, Lynette Moore, Mary Jane Black
BACKGROUND: During normal human kidney development, nephrogenesis (the formation of nephrons) is complete by term birth, with the majority of nephrons formed late in gestation. The aim of this study was to morphologically examine nephrogenesis in fetal human kidneys from 20 to 41weeks of gestation. METHODS: Kidney samples were obtained at autopsy from 71 infants that died acutely in utero or within 24h after birth. Using image analysis, nephrogenic zone width, the number of glomerular generations, renal corpuscle cross-sectional area and the cellular composition of glomeruli were examined...
December 20, 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329922/a-multistate-investigation-of-health-care-associated-burkholderia-cepacia-complex-infections-related-to-liquid-docusate-sodium-contamination-january-october-2016
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Janet Glowicz, Matthew Crist, Carolyn Gould, Heather Moulton-Meissner, Judith Noble-Wang, Tom J B de Man, K Allison Perry, Zachary Miller, William C Yang, Stephen Langille, Jessica Ross, Bobbiejean Garcia, Janice Kim, Erin Epson, Stephanie Black, Massimo Pacilli, John J LiPuma, Ryan Fagan
BACKGROUND: Outbreaks of health care-associated infections (HAIs) caused by Burkholderia cepacia complex (Bcc) have been associated with medical devices and water-based products. Water is the most common raw ingredient in nonsterile liquid drugs, and the significance of organisms recovered from microbiologic testing during manufacturing is assessed using a risk-based approach. This incident demonstrates that lapses in manufacturing practices and quality control of nonsterile liquid drugs can have serious unintended consequences...
January 9, 2018: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329894/neoadjuvant-dose-dense-mvac-versus-gc-in-patients-with-ct3-4an0m0-bladder-cancer-treated-with-radical-cystectomy
#17
Homayoun Zargar, Jay B Shah, Bas W van Rhijn, Siamak Daneshmand, Trinity J Bivalacqua, Philippe E Spiess, Peter C Black, Wassim Kassouf
BACKGROUND: Level I evidence supports the utility of neoadjuvant cisplatin-based chemotherapy (NAC) for muscle invasive bladder cancer (BCa). Since dose dense (ddMVAC) has mostly replaced traditional MVAC, we aimed to compare pathological response and survival rates in patients with locally advanced BCa receiving NAC with ddMVAC versus GC. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed records of patients with urothelial cancer who received NAC and underwent cystectomy at 20 contributing institutions from 2000-2015...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329827/effect-of-serum-adiponectin-levels-on-the-association-between-childhood-body-mass-index-and-adulthood-carotid-intima-media-thickness
#18
Yang Du, Tao Zhang, Dianjianyi Sun, Changwei Li, Lydia Bazzano, Lu Qi, Marie Krousel-Wood, Jiang He, Paul K Whelton, Wei Chen, Shengxu Li
Childhood obesity predicts adult cardiovascular risk. We hypothesized that the association between childhood body mass index (BMI) and adult carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) may be modified by levels of adiponectin, an adipocytokine that connects body fatness with cardiovascular risk. The study sample included 1,052 adults (71% white and 29% black, 57% female) aged 23.8 to 43.5 years who were previously examined as children in the Bogalusa Heart Study cohort, with an average follow-up period of 26.5 (range 14...
December 12, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329600/optimal-waist-circumference-cut-off-points-for-predicting-metabolic-syndrome-among-low-income-black-south-african-adults
#19
Eyitayo Omolara Owolabi, Daniel Ter Goon, Oladele Vincent Adeniyi, Anthony Idowu Ajayi
OBJECTIVE: Waist circumference has been identified as one of the strongest predictive tool for metabolic syndrome. This study determines the optimal cut-off point of waist circumference for metabolic syndrome among low-income earning South African black population, in Eastern Cape, South Africa. The optimal waist circumference cut-off point was determined through receiver operating characteristics analysis using the maximum Youden index. RESULTS: Among men, waist circumference at a cut-off value of 95...
January 12, 2018: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329507/differences-in-salaries-of-physician-assistants-in-the-usa-by-race-ethnicity-and-sex
#20
Darron Smith, Cardell Jacobson
Objectives Data from the Academy of American Physician Assistants have suggested there are no differences in salaries by race and ethnic group. Our objective was to compare salaries of physician assistants for different racial and ethnic groups and sexes using another data source. Methods Data from the American Community Surveys (2010-2012) to examine pay differentials of physician assistants. Ordinary least squares regression analysis to compare the salaries of males and females, and those of racial and ethnic groups...
January 2018: Journal of Health Services Research & Policy
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