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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324988/estimation-of-second-phase-insulin-secretion-in-the-zucker-fatty-rat
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Micaela Morettini, Francesco Di Nardo, Carla E Cogo, Emanuela Faelli, Sandro Fioretti, Laura Burattini, Piero Ruggeri
The purpose of the present study was to test the efficacy of the empiric index SPIR (Second-phase Insulin Release) in the quantification of second-phase insulin secretion in the Zucker Fatty Rat. SPIR index is defined as the area under the curve of insulin between 8 and 90 min after an Intravenous Glucose Tolerance Test (IVGTT). The validation of such index was performed against the second-phase β-cell responsiveness index (Φ2) provided by C-peptide minimal model. To this aim, Φ2 and SPIR were simultaneously computed from IVGTT data, measured in six Zucker fatty rats (ZFR), 7-to-9week-old, and seven age-matched Zucker lean rats (ZLR)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324980/effect-of-wearable-sensor-dynamics-on-physical-activity-estimates-a-comparison-between-sci-vs-healthy-individuals
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C Jayaraman, C K Mummidisetty, A Jayaraman
Accuracy of physical activity estimates predicted by activity monitoring technologies may be affected by device location, analysis algorithms, type of technology (i.e. wearable/stickable) and population demographics (disability) being studied. Consequently, the main purpose of this investigation was to study such sensor dynamics (i.e. effect of device location, type and population demographics on energy expenditure estimates) of two commercial activity monitors. It was hypothesized that device location, population studied (disability), choice of proprietary algorithm and type of technology used will significantly impact the accuracy of the predicted physical activity metrics...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324809/the-internet-as-a-source-of-information-used-by-women-after-childbirth-to-meet-their-need-for-information-a-web-based-survey
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J Slomian, O Bruyère, J Y Reginster, P Emonts
OBJECTIVE: the aims of this survey were: (a) to evaluate the need of information after childbirth and what questions do 'new' mothers ask themselves; (b) to assess why and how women use the Internet to meet their need of information; (c) to describe how the respondents evaluate the reliability of the information found; (d) to understand how the information found on the Internet affects women's decision-making; and (e) to appreciate how health professionals react to the information found by the women...
March 14, 2017: Midwifery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324682/gene-expression-analysis-in-untreated-absence-epilepsy-demonstrates-an-inconsistent-pattern
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Markus von Deimling, Robert Häsler, Verena Steinbach, Paul-Martin Holterhus, Sarah von Spiczak, Ulrich Stephani, Ingo Helbig, Hiltrud Muhle
OBJECTIVE: Childhood and Juvenile Absence Epilepsy account for 30% of all genetic generalized epilepsies with a strong genetic contribution. At the current state the genetic background remains to be resolved. The aim of this study was to identify disease associated transcripts pinpointing potential underlying disease mechanisms in patients with CAE and JAE. METHODS: We performed gene expression analysis from peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) in 30 patients with newly-diagnosed absence epilepsy prior to initiating treatment and 30 healthy age - and gender-matched pediatric controls...
February 28, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323944/from-pregnancy-to-preeclampsia-a-key-role-for-estrogens
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Nadia Berkane, Philippe Liere, Jean-Paul Oudinet, Alexandre Hertig, Guillaume Lefèvre, Nicola Pluchino, Michael Schumacher, Nathalie Chabbert-Buffet
Preeclampsia (PE) results of placental dysfunction and is one of the primary causes of maternal and fetal mortality and morbidity. During pregnancy, estrogen is produced primarily in the placenta by conversion of androgen precursors originating from maternal and fetal adrenal glands. These processes lead to increased plasma estrogen concentrations compared to non-pregnant women. Aberrant production of estrogens could play a key role in PE symptoms, since they are exclusively produced by the placenta and they promote angiogenesis and vasodilation...
March 3, 2017: Endocrine Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323834/selection-and-validation-of-reference-genes-for-qrt-pcr-analysis-during-biological-invasions-the-thermal-adaptability-of-bemisia-tabaci-med
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Tian-Mei Dai, Zhi-Chuang Lü, Wan-Xue Liu, Fang-Hao Wan
The Bemisia tabaci Mediterranean (MED) cryptic species has been rapidly invading to most parts of the world owing to its strong ecological adaptability, which is considered as a model insect for stress tolerance studies under rapidly changing environments. Selection of a suitable reference gene for quantitative stress-responsive gene expression analysis based on qRT-PCR is critical for elaborating the molecular mechanisms of thermotolerance. To obtain accurate and reliable normalization data in MED, eight candidate reference genes (β-act, GAPDH, β-tub, EF1-α, GST, 18S, RPL13A and α-tub) were examined under various thermal stresses for varied time periods by using geNorm, NormFinder and BestKeeper algorithms, respectively...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323801/predicting-acute-compartment-syndrome-pacs-the-role-of-continuous-monitoring
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Andrew H Schmidt, Michael J Bosse, Katherine P Frey, Robert V OʼToole, Daniel J Stinner, Daniel O Scharfstein, Vadim Zipunnikov, Ellen J MacKenzie
The diagnosis of acute compartment syndrome (ACS) is a common clinical challenge among patients who sustain high-energy orthopaedic trauma, largely because no validated criteria exist to reliably define the presence of the condition. In the absence of validated diagnostic standards, concern for the potential clinical and medicolegal impact of a missed compartment syndrome may result in the potential overuse of fasciotomy in "at-risk" patients. The goal of the Predicting Acute Compartment Syndrome Study was to develop a decision rule for predicting the likelihood of ACS that would reduce unnecessary fasciotomies while guarding against potentially missed ACS...
April 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323724/ebus-stat-subscore-analysis-to-predict-the-efficacy-and-assess-the-validity-of-virtual-reality-simulation-for-ebus-tbna-training-among-experienced-bronchoscopists
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Simone Scarlata, Patrizio Palermo, Piero Candoli, Ariela Tofani, Tommasangelo Petitti, Lorenzo Corbetta
BACKGROUND: Linear endobronchial ultrasound transbronchial needle aspiration (EBUS-TBNA) represents a pivotal innovation in interventional pulmonology; determining the best approach to guarantee systematic and efficient training is expected to become a main issue in the forthcoming years. Virtual reality simulators have been proposed as potential EBUS-TBNA training instruments, to avoid unskilled beginners practicing directly in real-life settings. A validated and perfected simulation program could be used before allowing beginners to practice on patients...
April 2017: Journal of Bronchology & Interventional Pulmonology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323719/passive-leg-raising-for-assessment-of-volume-responsiveness-a-review
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Jaume Mesquida, Guillem Gruartmoner, Ricard Ferrer
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To evaluate the existing evidence on the passive leg raising (PLR) test for fluid responsiveness prediction. RECENT FINDINGS: It has been well established that either insufficient or excessive fluid administration derives in worse outcomes in critically ill patients, highlighting that a more accurate assessment of fluid management is required. Accordingly, several cardiovascular indices have been tested to improve our ability to predict patients' response to fluid loading at the bedside, the so-called functional hemodynamic monitoring...
March 20, 2017: Current Opinion in Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323691/mri-may-serve-as-a-valid-alternative-to-standing-radiography-in-evaluating-the-sagittal-alignment-of-the-upper-thoracic-spine
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Fei Wang, Xu Sun, Saihu Mao, Zhen Liu, Jun Qiao, Feng Zhu, Zezhang Zhu, Tao Pan, Ling Chen, Qinghua Zhao, Yong Qiu
STUDY DESIGN: This study is of a retrospective radiographic design. OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study was to compare supine magnetic resonance images (MRI) with standing x-ray scanning in the evaluation of the sagittal alignment of the upper thoracic spine. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: X-ray films have been reported to be inaccurate in evaluating the proximal thoracic sagittal alignment because of poor visibility of the upper thoracic region...
April 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323686/applying-the-pdsa-framework-to-examine-the-use-of-the-clinical-nurse-leader-to-evaluate-pressure-ulcer-reporting
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Shea Polancich, Sarah Coiner, Rebekah Barber, Terri Poe, Linda Roussel, Kelley Williams, Heather Cumbest, Kristen Noles, Ashlea Herrero, Shannon Graham, Rebecca Miltner
The clinical nurse leader (CNL) role has been cited as an effective strategy for improving care at the microsystem level. The purpose of this article is to describe the use of the CNL role in an academic medical center for evaluating pressure ulcer reporting. The Plan-Do-Study-Act cycle was used as the methodological framework for the study. The CNL assessment of pressure ulcers resulted in a 21% to 50% decrease in the number of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers reported in a 3-month time period. The CNL role has potential for improving the validity and reliability of pressure ulcer reporting...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Nursing Care Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323556/psychometric-properties-of-the-alcohol-use-disorders-identification-test-consumption-audit-c-in-public-first-responders
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Hyeonseok S Jeong, Shinwon Park, Soo Mee Lim, Jiyoung Ma, Ilhyang Kang, Jungyoon Kim, Eui-Jung Kim, Yejee J Choi, Jae-Ho Lim, Yong-An Chung, In Kyoon Lyoo, Sujung Yoon, Jieun E Kim
Problematic alcohol consumption is prevalent among first responders because alcohol is commonly used to cope with occupational stress and frequent exposure to traumatic incidents, making them an at-risk population for alcohol use disorders (AUD). This study investigated the psychometric properties of the Korean version of the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test-Consumption (AUDIT-C) among public first responders. The Structured Clinical Interview for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-IV-Text Revision (SCID), AUDIT-C, AUDIT, and CAGE were administered to 222 public first responders, who were recruited by convenience sampling...
March 21, 2017: Substance Use & Misuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323488/psychometric-properties-of-a-chinese-asthma-quality-of-life-questionnaire
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Ningqun Wang, Xiaobo Huang, Wenqiang Chen, Xiaomei Zhang, Yongsheng Zhang, Yujing Chen
PURPOSE: To assess the acceptability, reliability, validity, and responsiveness of the Chinese Asthma Quality of Life Questionnaire (C-AQLQ) in a sample of Chinese asthma patients. METHODS: The C-AQLQ and Short Form 36 Health Survey (SF-36) scales were administered to patients at baseline and 3 months later. Asthma severity condition and lung function were evaluated. Necessary data were gathered to assess the psychometric properties such as the feasibility, internal consistency, test-retest reliability, structural validity, discriminant validity, convergent validity, and responsiveness of the C-AQLQ...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320135/further-evidence-for-the-reliability-and-validity-of-the-fatigue-and-daytime-sleepiness-scale
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Benjamin Gallais, Cynthia Gagnon, Geneviève Forgues, Isabelle Côté, Luc Laberge
BACKGROUND: Myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) is an inherited neuromuscular disease causing, among other symptoms, fatigue and excessive daytime sleepiness, which are frequently undifferentiated by patients and/or clinicians. The Fatigue and Daytime Sleepiness Scale (FDSS) has been devised to measure these two overlapping symptoms as a single clinical entity. OBJECTIVE: To further examine the reliability and the construct validity of the FDSS in patients with DM1...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320127/measurement-properties-of-a-new-wireless-electrogoniometer-for-quantifying-spasticity-during-the-pendulum-test-in-arsacs-patients
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Hung Tien Bui, Cynthia Gagnon, Olivier Audet, Jean Mathieu, Mario Leone
INTRODUCTION: Autosomal recessive spastic ataxia of Charlevoix/Saguenay (ARSACS) is a neuromuscular disorder that induces spasticity in lower limbs. The Wartenberg pendulum test is a classical method of assessing lower limb spasticity based on the dynamics of the pendular leg motion. However, in its original form, this test only provides subjective results and do not allow accurate assessment of spasticity. METHODS: Thirteen ARSACS patients were assessed using a new wireless electrogoniometer to measure spasticity by quantifying oscillation amplitudes and relaxation indices during the Wartenburg pendulum test...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319983/reliability-and-validity-of-ten-consumer-activity-trackers-depend-on-walking-speed
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Tryntsje Fokkema, Thea J M Kooiman, Wim P Krijnen, Cees P VAN DER Schans, Martijn DE Groot
PURPOSE: To examine the test-retest reliability and validity of ten activity trackers for step counting at three different walking speeds. METHODS: Thirty-one healthy participants walked twice on a treadmill for 30 min while wearing 10 activity trackers (Polar Loop, Garmin Vivosmart, Fitbit Charge HR, Apple Watch Sport, Pebble Smartwatch, Samsung Gear S, Misfit Flash, Jawbone Up Move, Flyfit, and Moves). Participants walked three walking speeds for 10 min each; slow (3...
April 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319654/an-alpha-synuclein-mrm-assay-with-diagnostic-potential-for-parkinson-s-disease-and-monitoring-disease-progression
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Li Yang, Tessandra Stewart, Min Shi, Gwenael Pottiez, Romel Dator, Rui Wu, Patrick Aro, Robert J Schuster, Carmen Ginghina, Catherine Pan, Yuqian Gao, Weijun Qian, Cyrus P Zabetian, Shu-Ching Hu, Joseph F Quinn, Jing Zhang
AIM: The alpha-synuclein (α-syn) level in human cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), as measured by immunoassays, is promising as a Parkinson's disease (PD) biomarker. However, the levels of total α-syn are inconsistent among studies with large cohorts and different measurement platforms. Total α-syn level also does not correlate with disease severity or progression. Here, we developed a highly sensitive Multiple Reaction Monitoring (MRM) method to measure absolute CSF α-syn peptide concentrations without prior enrichment or fractionation, aiming to discover new candidate biomarkers...
March 20, 2017: Proteomics. Clinical Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319491/breaking-down-the-objective-structured-clinical-examination-an-evaluation-of-the-helping-babies-breathe-osces
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Teresa L Seto, Meredith E Tabangin, Kathryn K Taylor, Srirama Josyula, Juan Carlos Vasquez, Beena D Kamath-Rayne
INTRODUCTION: Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) is a simulation-based neonatal resuscitation curriculum designed for low-resource settings. At the completion of the workshop, learners complete the following four assessments: a multiple-choice question (MCQ) test, bag-mask ventilation (BMV) checklist, and two objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs). Objective structured clinical examinations are clinical performance assessments that evaluate learners' skills in simulated scenarios...
March 18, 2017: Simulation in Healthcare: Journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319451/a-best-example-of-channel-structure-annotation-by-molecular-simulation
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Shanlin Rao, Gianni Klesse, Phillip J Stansfeld, Stephen J Tucker, Mark S P Sansom
An increasing number of ion channel structures are being determined. This generates a need for computational tools to enable functional annotation of channel structures. However, a number of studies of ion channel and model pores have indicated that the physical dimensions of a pore are not always a reliable indicator of its conductive status. This is due to the unusual behavior of water within nano-confined spaces, resulting in a phenomenon referred to as 'hydrophobic gating'. We have recently demonstrated how simulating the behavior of water within an ion channel pore can be used to predict its conductive status...
March 20, 2017: Channels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319160/psychometric-assessment-of-the-chinese-version-of-the-brief-illness-perception-questionnaire-in-breast-cancer-survivors
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Na Zhang, Richard Fielding, Inda Soong, Karen K K Chan, Conrad Lee, Alice Ng, Wing Kin Sze, Janice Tsang, Victor Lee, Wendy Wing Tak Lam
OBJECTIVE: The eight-item Brief Illness Perception Questionnaire (B-IPQ) supposedly evaluates cognitive and emotional representations of illness. This study examined the validity and reliability of a traditional Chinese version of the B-IPQ in Hong Kong Chinese breast cancer survivors. METHODS: 358 Chinese breast cancer survivors who had recently ended their primary treatment completed this B-IPQ Chinese version. Confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) tested the factor structure...
2017: PloS One
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