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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723919/level-of-physical-activity-and-aerobic-capacity-associate-with-quality-of-life-in-patients-with-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
#1
Nathalia Volpato, Juliana Kobashigawa, Clarissa Lin Yasuda, Simoni Thiemi Kishimoto, Paula Teixeira Fernandes, Fernando Cendes
Epilepsy is more than seizures and includes a high risk of comorbidities and psychological disorders, leading to poor quality of life (QOL). Earlier studies have showed a sedentary lifestyle in people with epilepsy (PWE), which could contribute to poorer health and psychological problems. The purpose of the present study was to compare habits of physical activity (PA), aerobic capacity, and QOL between PWE and healthy controls in order to identify the necessity of intervention of habits and information on physical exercise (PE) and to better understand the importance of PE for PWE...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723836/subjective-versus-objective-estimated-cardiovascular-disease-risk-and-adherence-to-physical-activity-in-african-american-women
#2
Nadia Robinson, Arlene Miller, JoEllen Wilbur, Louis Fogg
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death for African American (AA) women in the United States. Despite high prevalence of CVD risk factors, AA women perceive their CVD risk as low. OBJECTIVE: Our objectives were to (1) identify relationships between subjective (self-reported perceived) CVD risk and objective CVD risk estimated by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association atherosclerotic CVD (ASCVD) risk estimator, (2) identify demographic and psychosocial factors associated with subjective perceived risk and discrepancy with objective estimated CVD risk, and (3) determine whether subjective perceived CVD risk was associated with physical activity (PA) adherence...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723254/possible-error-in-the-danish-version-of-the-who-quality-of-life-whoqol-bref-questionnaire
#3
Ane Søndergaard Thomsen, Per Bech
BACKGROUND: The WHOQOL-BREF is widely used to measure quality of life. AIMS: The goal of the present study was to use the questionnaire in a doctoral study. METHODS: We studied all the instructions provided by the WHO. RESULTS: In the Danish version of the WHOQOL-BREF there is a discrepancy between the negatively phrased question 9 and both the syntax file and the verbal instructions for coding the data provided by the WHO...
July 19, 2017: Nordic Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723244/evaluation-of-the-national-health-service-nhs-direct-pilot-telehealth-program-cost-effectiveness-analysis
#4
Malcolm Clarke, Joanna Fursse, Nancy Connolly, Urvashi Sharma, Russell Jones
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the cost-effectiveness of a pilot telehealth program applied to a wide population of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). DESIGN: Vital signs data were transmitted from the home of the patient on a daily basis using a patient monitoring system for review by community nurse to assist decisions on management. SETTING: Community services for patients diagnosed with COPD. PARTICIPANTS: Two Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) enrolled 321 patients diagnosed with COPD into the telehealth program...
July 18, 2017: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722675/using-droplet-digital-pcr-to-analyze-mycn-and-alk-copy-number-in-plasma-from-patients-with-neuroblastoma
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Marco Lodrini, Annika Sprüssel, Kathy Astrahantseff, Daniela Tiburtius, Robert Konschak, Holger N Lode, Matthias Fischer, Ulrich Keilholz, Angelika Eggert, Hedwig E Deubzer
The invasive nature of surgical biopsies deters sequential application, and single biopsies often fail to reflect tumor dynamics, intratumor heterogeneity and drug sensitivities likely to change during tumor evolution and treatment. Implementing molecular characterization of cell-free neuroblastoma-derived DNA isolated from blood plasma could improve disease assessment for treatment selection and monitoring of patients with high-risk neuroblastoma. We established droplet digital PCR (ddPCR) protocols for MYCN and ALK copy number status in plasma from neuroblastoma patients...
July 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722583/a-direct-from-blood-reverse-transcriptase-polymerase-chain-reaction-assay-for-monitoring-falciparum-malaria-parasite-transmission-in-elimination-settings
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Brian J Taylor, Kjerstin Lanke, Shanna L Banman, Isabelle Morlais, Merribeth J Morin, Teun Bousema, Sanna R Rijpma, Stephanie K Yanow
We describe a novel one-step reverse transcriptase real-time PCR (direct RT-PCR) for Plasmodium falciparum malaria parasites that amplifies RNA targets directly from blood. We developed the assay to identify gametocyte-specific transcripts in parasites from patient blood samples, as a means of monitoring malaria parasite transmission in field settings. To perform the test, blood is added directly to a master mix in PCR tubes and analyzed by real-time PCR. The limit of detection of the assay on both conventional and portable real-time PCR instruments was 100 parasites/mL for 18S rRNA, and 1,000 parasites/mL for asexual (PFE0065W) and gametocyte (PF14_0367, PFGEXP5) mRNA targets...
May 30, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722493/analysis-of-thirteen-predatory-publishers-a-trap-for-eager-to-publish-researchers
#7
Pravin Bolshete
OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate a strategy employed by predatory publishers to trap eager-to-publish authors or researchers into submitting their work. METHODS: This is a case study of 13 potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers with similar characteristics. Eleven publishers were included from Beall's list and two additional publishers were identified from a Google web search. Each publisher's site was visited and its content analyzed...
July 19, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722331/hepatitis-c-virus-and-proprotein-convertase-subtilisin-kexin-type-9-a-detrimental-interaction-to-increase-viral-infectivity-and-disrupt-lipid-metabolism
#8
REVIEW
Matteo Pirro, Vanessa Bianconi, Daniela Francisci, Elisabetta Schiaroli, Francesco Bagaglia, Amirhossein Sahebkar, Franco Baldelli
From viral binding to the hepatocyte surface to extracellular virion release, the replication cycle of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) intersects at various levels with lipid metabolism; this leads to a derangement of the lipid profile and to increased viral infectivity. Accumulating evidence supports the crucial regulatory role of proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) in lipoprotein metabolism. Notably, a complex interaction between HCV and PCSK9 has been documented. Indeed, either increased or reduced circulating PCSK9 levels have been observed in HCV patients; this discrepancy might be related to several confounders, including HCV genotype, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) coinfection and the ambiguous HCV-mediated influence on PCSK9 transcription factors...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722243/differences-between-caucasian-and-asian-attractive-faces
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S C Rhee
INTRODUCTION: There are discrepancies between the public's current beauty desires and conventional theories and historical rules regarding facial beauty. This photogrammetric study aims to describe in detail mathematical differences in facial configuration between attractive Caucasian and attractive Asian faces. METHODS: To analyse the structural differences between attractive Caucasian and attractive Asian faces, frontal face and lateral face views for each race were morphed; facial landmarks were defined, and the relative photographic pixel distances and angles were measured...
July 19, 2017: Skin Research and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721810/centralized-and-local-color-doppler-ultrasound-reading-agreement-for-diagnosis-of-the-chronic-cerebrospinal-venous-insufficiency-in-patients-with-multiple-sclerosis
#10
Maria Grazia Caprio, Karen Marr, Sirin Gandhi, Dejan Jakimovski, Jesper Hagemeier, Bianca Weinstock-Guttman, Robert Zivadinov, Marcello Mancini
BACKGROUND: An impaired cerebrospinal venous drainage was postulated to be a cofactor in the multifactorial pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis (MS). Chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI) is characterized by abnormalities of the main extracranial cerebrospinal venous outflow routes, which can be detected by color Doppler Ultrasound (CDUS) using 5 venous hemodynamic (VH) criteria. Discrepant results between different investigators were reported in the past, therefore the usefulness and applicability of the CCSVI CDUS-based diagnosis in clinical research and practice has been questioned...
July 17, 2017: Current Neurovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721471/evaluations-of-interventions-using-mathematical-models-with-exponential-and-non-exponential-distributions-for-disease-stages-the-case-of-ebola
#11
Xiaojing Wang, Yangyang Shi, Zhilan Feng, Jingan Cui
Many mathematical models for the disease transmission dynamics of Ebola have been developed and studied, particularly during and after the 2014 outbreak in West Africa. Most of these models are systems of ordinary differential equations (ODEs). One of the common assumptions made in these ODE models is that the duration of disease stages, such as latent and infectious periods, follows an exponential distribution. Gamma distributions have also been used in some of these models. It has been demonstrated that, when the models are used to evaluate disease control strategies such as quarantine or isolation, the models with exponential and Gamma distribution assumptions may generate contradictory results (Feng et al...
July 18, 2017: Bulletin of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721427/prevalence-of-frailty-in-nursing-home-residents-according-to-various-diagnostic-tools
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F Buckinx, J-Y Reginster, S Gillain, J Petermans, T Brunois, O Bruyère
BACKGROUND: Although the theoretical foundations of frailty are well established in the literature, it remains an evolving concept lacking any unique definition or diagnostic criteria for use in clinical practice and epidemiological research. No consensus exists about the accurate prevalence rates of frailty. The various operational definitions of frailty can at least partly explain such discrepancies. OBJECTIVE: To compare the prevalence of frailty, measured with different diagnostic tools, among elderly nursing home residents...
2017: Journal of Frailty & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721053/reduced-prefrontal-activation-during-verbal-fluency-task-in-chronic-insomnia-disorder-a-multichannel-near-infrared-spectroscopy-study
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Jing-Jing Sun, Xiao-Min Liu, Chen-Yu Shen, Xiao-Qian Zhang, Gao-Xiang Sun, Kun Feng, Bo Xu, Xia-Jin Ren, Xiang-Yun Ma, Po-Zi Liu
PURPOSE: Daytime complaints such as memory and attention deficits and failure to accomplish daily tasks are common in insomnia patients. However, objective psychological tests to detect cognitive impairment are equivocal. Neural function associated with cognitive performance may explain the discrepancy. The aim of this study was to investigate the hemodynamic response patterns of patients with chronic insomnia disorder (CID) using the noninvasive and low-cost functional neuroimaging technique of multichannel near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) in order to identify changes of neural function associated with cognitive performance...
2017: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720364/medical-expulsive-therapy-in-urolithiasis-a-review-of-the-quality-of-the-current-evidence
#14
REVIEW
Andreas Skolarikos, Khurshid R Ghani, Christian Seitz, Brandon Van Asseldonk, Matthew F Bultitude
CONTEXT: Medical expulsive therapy (MET) is widely used to promote spontaneous passage of urinary stones. However, there is conflicting evidence on the actual role of MET. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the conformance of published randomized controlled trials (RCTs) on MET with the Consolidated Standards for Reporting Trials (CONSORT) criteria, and to clarify the current role of MET in management of urinary stones on the basis of our findings. EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: We carried out an electronic search of the Cochrane Library, PubMed, and Embase databases for RCTs on MET...
February 2017: European Urology Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720339/in%C3%A2-vitro-fit-of-cad-cam-complete-arch-screw-retained-titanium-and-zirconia-implant-prostheses-fabricated-on-4-implants
#15
Hadi Al-Meraikhi, Burak Yilmaz, Edwin McGlumphy, William Brantley, William M Johnston
STATEMENT OF PROBLEM: Computer-aided designed and computer-aided manufactured (CAD-CAM) titanium and zirconia implant-supported fixed implant prostheses on 4 implants have become popular. The precision and accuracy of their interface fit has not been widely researched. PURPOSE: The purpose of this in vitro study was to compare the marginal fit of zirconia and titanium implant-supported screw-retained CAD-CAM complete fixed dental prostheses (CFDP) fit with a standardized cast simulating the all-on-4 implant distribution...
July 15, 2017: Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720248/adaptation-of-the-contraceptive-self-efficacy-scale-for-heterosexual-mexican-men-and-women-of-reproductive-age
#16
María Luisa Flores Arias, Jane Dimmitt Champion, Norma Elva Sáenz Soto
AIM: Development of a Spanish Version Contraceptive Self-efficacy Scale for use among heterosexual Mexican populations of reproductive age inclusive of 18-35years. BACKGROUND: Methods of family planning have decreased in Mexico which may lead to an increase in unintended pregnancies. Contraceptive self-efficacy is considered a predictor and precursor for use of family planning methods. METHODS: Cross-sectional, descriptive study design was used to assess contraceptive self-efficacy among a heterosexual Mexican population (N=160) of reproductive age (18-35years)...
August 2017: Applied Nursing Research: ANR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720166/trigeminal-neuralgia-and-multiple-sclerosis-a-historical-perspective
#17
David B Burkholder, Peter J Koehler, Christopher J Boes
Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) associated with multiple sclerosis (MS) was first described in Lehrbuch der Nervenkrankheiten für Ärzte und Studirende in 1894 by Hermann Oppenheim, including a pathologic description of trigeminal root entry zone demyelination. Early English-language translations in 1900 and 1904 did not so explicitly state this association compared with the German editions. The 1911 English-language translation described a more direct association. Other later descriptions were clinical with few pathologic reports, often referencing Oppenheim but citing the 1905 German or 1911 English editions of Lehrbuch...
July 19, 2017: Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. le Journal Canadien des Sciences Neurologiques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720161/validity-of-the-american-college-of-surgeons-national-surgical-quality-improvement-program-risk-calculator-in-south-australian-glossectomy-patients
#18
S S Kao, C Frauenfelder, D Wong, S Edwards, S Krishnan, E H Ooi
BACKGROUND: Appropriate selection of tongue cancer patients considering surgery is critical in ensuring optimal outcomes. The American College of Surgeons' National Surgical Quality Improvement Program ('ACS-NSQIP') risk calculator was developed to assess patients' 30-day post-operative risk, providing surgeons with information to guide decision making. METHOD: A retrospective review of 30-day actual mortality and morbidity of tongue cancer patients was undertaken to investigate the validity of this tool for South Australian patients treated from 2005 to 2015...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719949/seroprevalence-of-toxoplasmosis-with-elisa-and-rapid-diagnostic-test-among-residents-in-gyodong-do-inchon-city-korea-a-four-year-follow-up
#19
Yeong Hoon Kim, Ji Hoo Lee, Seong Kyu Ahn, Tong-Soo Kim, Sung-Jong Hong, Chom-Kyu Chong, Hye-Jin Ahn, Ho-Woo Nam
ELISA has been used for the diagnosis of toxoplasmosis, but it is being gradually replaced by a rapid diagnostic test (RDT). We compared and analyzed ELISA and RDT results using the sera collected during 4 consecutive years from residents of Gyodong-do (Island), Incheon-city, Korea. Sera from 921, 993, 940, and 838 adult residents were collected on a yearly basis (2010-2013). ELISA was performed by using a crude extract of T. gondii RH strain antigen and IgG/IgM RDT mounted with recombinant fragment of major surface antigen (SAG1), GST-linker-SAG1A, were applied to the sera...
June 2017: Korean Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719290/performance-of-real-time-polymerase-chain-reaction-assays-for-the-detection-of-20-gastrointestinal-parasites-in-clinical-samples-from-senegal
#20
Doudou Sow, Philippe Parola, Khadime Sylla, Magatte Ndiaye, Pascal Delaunay, Philippe Halfon, Sabine Camiade, Thérèse Dieng, Roger C K Tine, Babacar Faye, Jean Louis Ndiaye, Yémou Dieng, Oumar Gaye, Didier Raoult, Fadi Bittar
Gastrointestinal parasite infections represent one of the biggest public health problems in the world. Therefore, appropriate innovative tools are needed for assessing interventions to control these infections. This study aims to compare the performance of real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays to microscopic examination for detection of intestinal parasites. A direct microscopic examination and stool concentration was performed on 98 stool samples from patients attending Senegalese hospitals. Negative microscopic control samples were also collected in Nice and Marseille (France)...
July 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
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