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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090257/epicardial-fat-thickness-and-neutrophil-to-lymphocyte-ratio-are-increased-in-non-dipper-hypertensive-patients
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Bong Joon Kim, Kyoung Im Cho, Ji Hun Choi, Dong Hyun Park, Ga In Yu, Sung Il Im, Hyun Su Kim, Jeong Ho Heo, Tae-Joon Cha
BACKGROUND: In this study, we aimed to investigate the relationship between echocardiographic epicardial fat thickness (EFT), neutrophil to lymphocyte ratio (NLR; an important inflammatory marker), and diurnal blood pressure (BP) changes in patients with recently diagnosed essential hypertension. METHODS: A total of 647 patients underwent echocardiography and 24 hours of ambulatory BP monitoring. EFT was measured by echocardiography, while NLR was measured by dividing the neutrophil count by the lymphocyte count...
December 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054822/episodic-future-thinking-following-vmpfc-damage-impaired-event-construction-maintenance-or-narration
#2
Elena Bertossi, Vanessa Candela, Flavia De Luca, Elisa Ciaramelli
OBJECTIVE: Functional neuroimaging and lesion studies show that the ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC) is implicated in episodic future thinking (EFT), yet its role remains unclear. In this study, we sought to (a) confirm recent findings of impaired EFT in patients with lesions to the vmPFC (vmPFC patients) using a new task, and (b) investigate the influence of nonepisodic mechanisms, namely, narrative construction and working memory maintenance, on vmPFC patients' EFT performance...
January 5, 2017: Neuropsychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050377/primary-pulmonary-primitive-neuro-ectodermal-tumour-pnet-in-an-eight-year-old-girl-a-rare-case
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Radhika Narayan, J Sreedevi, Farah Rana, Minakshi Mishra, Rajesh Mohanty
Primitive Neuro-Ectodermal-Tumours (PNET) and Ewing's sarcoma are part of the spectrum of Ewing's Family of Tumours (EFT) and show varying degrees of neuroectodermal differentiation. Both these tumours share similar histological and genetic features. PNETs arising primarily in the lungs without pleural or chest wall involvement are extremely rare. We report a case of pulmonary PNET in an eight-year-old girl. To the best of our knowledge, this is the youngest case of primary pulmonary PNET to be reported in paediatric age group in the Indian literature...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040086/monofocal-bone-transport-technique-for-bone-defects-greater-than-5-cm-in-tibia-our-experience-in-a-case-series-of-24-patients
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Kemal Aktuglu, Hüseyin Günay, Jabrayil Alakbarov
BACKGROUND: As the tibial bone defect increases in size, the problems in treatment also increase. The treatment may be problematic but different treatment approaches can be used. Among these approaches, distraction osteogenesis is a method an orthopedic surgeon with limited conditions can use although it has a longer treatment period. In our case series, we evaluated current treatment approaches. METHOD: Retrospective study based on patient records and radiographs...
December 2016: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27997704/two-year-follow-up-outcomes-in-emotionally-focused-couple-therapy-an-investigation-of-relationship-satisfaction-and-attachment-trajectories
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Stephanie A Wiebe, Susan M Johnson, Marie-France Lafontaine, Melissa Burgess Moser, Tracy L Dalgleish, Giorgio A Tasca
Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT; The practice of emotionally focused couple therapy: Creating connection. New York, NY: Brunner-Routledge) is an evidence-based couple therapy that aims to create lasting change for couples (Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 6(1), 67-79). Although studies have demonstrated strong results in follow-up (Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 28(4), 391-398), less is known about relationship functioning across time after therapy has ended. We modelled change in relationship satisfaction and attachment from pre-therapy through 24 months follow-up in 32 couples...
December 20, 2016: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27942264/the-relationship-between-increased-epicardial-fat-thickness-and-left-ventricular-hypertrophy-and-carotid-intima-media-thickness-in-patients-with-nonfunctional-adrenal-incidentaloma
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Nasiroglu Narin Imga, Ozgul Ucar Elalmis, Mazhar Muslum Tuna, Bercem Aycıcek Dogan, Deniz Sahin, Dilek Berker, Serdar Guler
BACKGROUND: Emerging evidences indicate that patients diagnosed with Adrenal Incidentaloma (AI) may present cardiovascular complications. Epicardial fat thickness (EFT) has recently been described as a new risk factor and an active player in metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to evaluate the relationship between EFT and left ventricular hypertrophy and carotid intima-media thickness, which are both strong predictors of cardiovascular morbity and mortality, in patients with nonfunctioning AI...
July 2016: International Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936555/low-temperature-all-solution-processed-transparent-silver-nanowire-polymer-azo-nanoparticles-composite-electrodes-for-efficient-ito-free-polymer-solar-cells
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Xiaoqin Zhang, Jiang Wu, Jiantai Wang, Qingqing Yang, Baohua Zhang, Zhiyuan Xie
We present a kind of all-solution-processed transparent conductive film comprising of silver nanowire (AgNW), polyvinyl butyral (PVB), and Al-doped ZnO nanoparticles (AZO NPs) composite (APA) by layer-by-layer blade-coating on glass substrate at low temperature. This kind of transparent APA film exhibits high transmittance at a wide range of 400-700 nm. The sheet resistance of the APA film can be as low as 21 Ω sq(-1) with transmittance over 94% at 550 nm. The introduction of PVB significantly improves the APA composite adhesion to glass substrate...
December 21, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936370/episodic-future-thinking-involving-the-nonsmoking-self-can-induce-lower-discounting-and-cigarette-consumption
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Wen-Bin Chiou, Wen-Hsiung Wu
OBJECTIVE: Building on recent advances showing that the engagement in episodic future thinking (EFT) rather than semantic future thinking (SFT) can induce individuals to delay gratification and that activation of the ideal self may promote goal attainment, we tested whether imagining life events after smoking cessation led to lower discounting and reduced smoking. METHOD: Ninety smokers (21 women, 69 men) with intentions to quit or reduce smoking were randomly assigned to one of the three experimental conditions: EFT, SFT, and control...
January 2017: Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900217/can-endourology-fellowship-training-enhance-minimally-invasive-surgery-in-urology-practice
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Ahmed M Al-Kandari, Yehya Elshebiny, Hamdy Ibrahim, Ahmad AlShammari, Ahmed A Shokeir
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the influence of fellowship training in endourology on different endourological procedures in a single institution. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: The operative records of endourological and open surgeries were reviewed. Data analysed included numbers, types, and technical issues related to surgeries. The early study period ranged from September 1998 to September 2004, and the later period from January 2014 to June 2016. The study duration was classified into three periods according to the availability of an endourology fellowship trained member of staff (EFTS)...
December 2016: Arab Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899855/evaluation-of-echocardiographic-epicardial-fat-thickness-as-a-sign-of-cardiovascular-risk-in-positive-exercise-test-patients
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Hüseyin Katlandur, Şeref Ulucan, Hüseyin Özdil, Ahmet Keser, Zeynettin Kaya, Kerem Özbek, M Sıddık Ülgen
BACKGROUND: The association between epicardial fat thickness (EFT) and positive exercise test results for the diagnosis of coronary artery diseases (CAD) has yet to be evaluated. This study assessed the predictive value of EFT for CAD on the angiographs of patients with positive exercise tests. METHODS: A total of 91 subjects were chosen consecutively from stable angina pectoris patients who were referred for coronary angiography due to a positive exercise test result...
November 2016: Acta Cardiologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891106/episodic-and-semantic-memory-contribute-to-familiar-and-novel-episodic-future-thinking
#11
Tong Wang, Tong Yue, Xi Ting Huang
Increasing evidence indicates that episodic future thinking (EFT) relies on both episodic and semantic memory; however, event familiarity may importantly affect the extent to which episodic and semantic memory contribute to EFT. To test this possibility, two behavioral experiments were conducted. In Experiment 1, we directly compared the proportion of episodic and semantic memory used in an EFT task. The results indicated that more episodic memory was used when imagining familiar future events compared with novel future events...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889444/the-effectiveness-of-emotional-freedom-techniques-in-the-treatment-of-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-a-meta-analysis
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Brenda Sebastian, Jerrod Nelms
BACKGROUND: Over the past two decades, growing numbers of clinicians have been utilizing emotional freedom techniques (EFT) in the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and depression. Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) have shown encouraging outcomes for all three conditions. OBJECTIVE: To assess the efficacy of EFT in treating PTSD by conducting a meta-analysis of existing RCTs. METHODS: A systematic review of databases was undertaken to identify RCTs investigating EFT in the treatment of PTSD...
October 24, 2016: Explore: the Journal of Science and Healing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881113/psychotherapy-integration-under-scrutiny-investigating-the-impact-of-integrating-emotion-focused-components-into-a-cbt-based-approach-a-study-protocol-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Anna Babl, Martin Grosse Holtforth, Sara Heer, Mu Lin, Annabarbara Stähli, Dominique Holstein, Martina Belz, Yvonne Egenolf, Eveline Frischknecht, Fabian Ramseyer, Daniel Regli, Emma Schmied, Christoph Flückiger, Jeannette Brodbeck, Thomas Berger, Franz Caspar
BACKGROUND: This currently recruiting randomized controlled trial investigates the effects of integrating components of Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) into Psychological Therapy (PT), an integrative form of cognitive-behavioral therapy in a manner that is directly mirroring common integrative practice in the sense of assimilative integration. Aims of the study are to understand how both, an existing therapy approach as well as the elements to be integrated, are affected by the integration and to clarify the role of emotional processing as a mediator of therapy outcome...
November 24, 2016: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27874948/epicardial-fat-thickness-is-associated-with-severity-of-disease-in-patients-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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K Kiraz, T Gökdeniz, E Kalaycıoglu, A Börekçi, S Akyol, A O Baykan, A Acele, S Karakoyun, T Seker, M Gür
OBJECTIVE: Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are common in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and the BODE index is an important tool for the prognostic assessment of COPD patients. It is well known that epicardial fat thickness (EFT) is related to CVD. However, there are very few data about the relationship between EFT and BODE index. The aim of this study is to investigate the relationship between EFT and BODE index in patients with COPD. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We prospectively included 157 patients with COPD and 45 controls in the present study...
November 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27874215/predicting-follow-up-outcomes-in-emotionally-focused-couple-therapy-the-role-of-change-in-trust-relationship-specific-attachment-and-emotional-engagement
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Stephanie A Wiebe, Susan M Johnson, Melissa Burgess Moser, Tracy L Dalgleish, Giorgio A Tasca
Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT), an evidence-based couple therapy (Johnson, Hunsley, Greenberg, & Schindler, 1999), strives to foster lasting change through the creation of secure attachment bonds in distressed couples. Although studies have demonstrated lasting change in follow-up (Wiebe et al., in press), research is needed to investigate predictors of long-term outcomes. Our goal was to investigate predictors of long-term outcomes in relationship satisfaction. Relationship satisfaction was assessed across 24 months in a sample of 32 couples who received an average of 21 EFT sessions...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869824/reducing-the-efficiency-stability-cost-gap-of-organic-photovoltaics-with-highly-efficient-and-stable-small-molecule-acceptor-ternary-solar-cells
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Derya Baran, Raja Shahid Ashraf, David A Hanifi, Maged Abdelsamie, Nicola Gasparini, Jason A Röhr, Sarah Holliday, Andrew Wadsworth, Sarah Lockett, Marios Neophytou, Christopher J M Emmott, Jenny Nelson, Christoph J Brabec, Aram Amassian, Alberto Salleo, Thomas Kirchartz, James R Durrant, Iain McCulloch
Technological deployment of organic photovoltaic modules requires improvements in device light-conversion efficiency and stability while keeping material costs low. Here we demonstrate highly efficient and stable solar cells using a ternary approach, wherein two non-fullerene acceptors are combined with both a scalable and affordable donor polymer, poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT), and a high-efficiency, low-bandgap polymer in a single-layer bulk-heterojunction device. The addition of a strongly absorbing small molecule acceptor into a P3HT-based non-fullerene blend increases the device efficiency up to 7...
November 21, 2016: Nature Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861503/development-and-application-of-a-test-for-food-induced-emotions
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Uwe Geier, Arndt Büssing, Pamela Kruse, Ramona Greiner, Kirsten Buchecker
This study aimed to develop a test to measure food-induced emotions suitable for stable food and beverages. All of the experiments were conducted under the conditions of a consumer sensory evaluation according to German standard DIN 10974. Test development included descriptors' derivation and factor analysis as well as a comparison between the new test (empathic food test, EFT) and a hedonic sensory test and an unspecific psychological test, known as a multidimensional mood questionnaire (MDMQ). Nineteen sensory experts derived twelve items using free-choice profiling...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27845751/effects-of-non-elevation-focalized-linear-array-transducer-on-ultrasound-plane-wave-imaging
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Congzhi Wang, Yang Xiao, Jingjing Xia, Weibao Qiu, Hairong Zheng
Plane-wave ultrasound imaging (PWUS) has become an important method of ultrasound imaging in recent years as its frame rate has exceeded 10,000 frames per second, allowing ultrasound to be used for two-dimensional shear wave detection and functional brain imaging. However, compared to the traditional focusing and scanning method, PWUS images always suffer from a degradation of lateral resolution and contrast. To improve the image quality of PWUS, many different beamforming algorithms have been proposed and verified...
November 12, 2016: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843054/a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomized-and-nonrandomized-trials-of-clinical-emotional-freedom-techniques-eft-for-the-treatment-of-depression
#19
Jerrod A Nelms, Liana Castel
BACKGROUND: Among a group of therapies collectively known as energy psychology (EP), emotional freedom techniques (EFT) is the most widely practiced. Clinical EFT is an evidence-based practice combining elements of cognitive and exposure therapies with the manual stimulation of acupuncture points (acupoints). Lacking is a recent quantitative meta-analysis that enhances understanding of the variability and clinical significance of outcomes after clinical EFT treatment in reducing depression...
November 2016: Explore: the Journal of Science and Healing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27790354/assosiation-of-epicardial-and-pericardial-fat-thickness-with-coronary-artery-disease
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Fereshteh Ghaderi, Ali Eshraghi, Alireza Sepehri Shamloo, Sareh Mousavi
INTRODUCTION: Visceral adipose tissue is a known important risk factor for coronary artery disease (CAD). While some studies have suggested relationship between epicardial fat thickness (EFT) and CAD, there are no adequate studies for pericardial fat thickness (PFT). The aim of this study was to determine the association of EFT and PFT with CAD. METHODS: This cross-sectional study was conducted on patients who were candidates for elective coronary artery angiography, referred to Emam Reza Hospital, Mashhad, Iran during Jan 2014-2016...
September 2016: Electronic Physician
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