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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778079/advances-in-understanding-the-response-of-fish-to-linear-alcohols-in-the-environment
#1
Scott E Belanger, Jane M Rawlings, Ricky Stackhouse
Short to long chain alcohols have a range of ecotoxicity to aquatic life driven by hydrophobic interactions with biological membranes. Carbon chain length and octanol:water partitioning coefficients are surrogates for hydrophobicity and strongly relate to aquatic toxicity. In these investigations, the toxicity of ethanol to 1-n-dodecanol to juvenile fish in standard acute toxicity tests is reviewed. Toxicity tests employing fish embryos (zebrafish Danio rerio and fathead minnow Pimephales promelas) in the Fish Embryo Test (OECD 236) format were conducted from C2 to C10 to compare against standard juvenile fish toxicity...
April 25, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778063/comparison-of-three-dimensional-multi-segmental-foot-models-used-in-clinical-gait-laboratories
#2
Kristen Nicholson, Chris Church, Colton Takata, Tim Niiler, Brian Po-Jung Chen, Nancy Lennon, Julie P Sees, John Henley, Freeman Miller
BACKGROUND: Many skin-mounted three-dimensional multi-segmented foot models are currently in use for gait analysis. Evidence regarding the repeatability of models, including between trial and between assessors, is mixed, and there are no between model comparisons of kinematic results. RESEARCH QUESTION: This study explores differences in kinematics and repeatability between five three-dimensional multi-segmented foot models. The five models include duPont, Heidelberg, Oxford Child, Leardini, and Utah...
May 16, 2018: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778046/evaluation-of-the-microhaplotypes-panel-for-dna-mixture-analyses
#3
Peng Chen, Caiyong Yin, Zheng Li, Yan Pu, Youjia Yu, Peng Zhao, Dexin Chen, Weibo Liang, Lin Zhang, Feng Chen
The identification of a suspect in a DNA mixture typed with the standard short tandem repeat polymorphism (STR) kits has faced challenges. Several improved methods or technologies have been introduced to address this issue. However, some complex situations in the process remain elusive. In the present study, we presented a panel of 26 tiny microhaplotypes, each generating a relatively high (>3.0) effective number of alleles (Ae ) and possessing low (<50 bp) sequence lengths. The average Ae and heterozygosity values among the 9 populations of 26 microhaps were in ranges from 2...
May 12, 2018: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777966/determinants-of-choice-of-delivery-place-testing-rational-choice-theory-and-habitus-theory
#4
Anja Broda, Juliane Krüger, Stephanie Schinke, Andreas Weber
OBJECTIVE: The current study uses two antipodal social science theories, the rational choice theory and the habitus theory, and applies these to describe how women choose between intraclinical (i.e., hospital-run birth clinics) and extraclinical (i.e., midwife-led birth centres or home births) delivery places. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, MEASUREMENTS: Data were collected in a cross-sectional questionnaire-based survey among 189 women. A list of 22 determinants, conceptualized to capture the two theoretical concepts, were rated on a 7-point Likert scale with 1 = unimportant to 7 = very important...
May 7, 2018: Midwifery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777851/point-of-care-ultrasound-performed-by-a-medical-student-compared-to-physical-examination-by-vascular-surgeons-in-the-detection-of-abdominal-aortic-aneurysms
#5
Trinh Mai, Michael Y Woo, Kim Boles, Prasad Jetty
OBJECTIVE: To determine the test characteristics of point-of-care ultrasonography performed by a medical student versus physical examination by vascular surgeons compared to a gold standard reference scan for the detection of abdominal aortic aneurysms. METHODS: We conducted a prospective, observer-blinded study recruiting patients from an outpatient vascular surgery clinic. Participants were screened for abdominal aortic aneurysms by standardized physical examination by a blinded vascular surgeon, followed by a point-of-care ultrasound examination by a blinded medical student...
May 16, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777798/predominance-of-high-or-unclear-risk-of-bias-assessments-in-diagnostic-accuracy-studies-included-in-cochrane-reviews
#6
Nicola Di Girolamo, Alexandra Winter, Reint Meursinge Reynders
OBJECTIVES: The validity of outcomes of systematic reviews is highly dependent on the extent of bias in the included primary studies. This study reports the risk of bias of primary studies included in systematic reviews of diagnostic accuracy. STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING: All systematic reviews of diagnostic accuracy studies published in the Cochrane database in 2015 and 2016 that used the Quality Assessment of Diagnostic Accuracy Studies (QUADAS-2) risk of bias (ROB) tool, and reported results with the ROB figure were eligible...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777747/social-environment-as-a-factor-affecting-exploration-and-learning-in-pre-juvenile-rats
#7
Klaudia Modlinska, Rafał Stryjek, Anna Chrzanowska, Wojciech Pisula
Stress associated with social isolation in early life can lead to disturbances in the emotional regulation in adult rats. However, there are no reports on the impact of isolation from the mother while providing contact with peers. Under such conditions, young individuals have the opportunity to interact with others, are able to develop social behaviour, etc. Yet, there is no stimulation and care provided by the mother. We examined the relative impact of maternal contact and sibling contact in the rarely studied pre-juvenile (3rd and 4th week post birth) period on subsequent development...
May 16, 2018: Behavioural Processes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777729/pharmacogenetic-tests-to-guide-drug-treatment-in-depression-comparison-of-the-available-testing-kits-and-clinical-trials
#8
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Chiara Fabbri, Joseph Zohar, Alessandro Serretti
The empirical approach to drug choice and dosing in depression often results into inadequate response and side effects. Pharmacogenetic (PGx) testing appears a promising way to implement personalized treatments. A systematic review was performed to identify available PGx tests, compare the genes they include with clinical guidelines and drug labels, and assess the quality of published clinical studies. ~40 commercial PGx tests are available and potential benefits were estimated for nine of them by clinical studies...
May 16, 2018: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777595/a-ring-based-compensator-imrt-system-optimized-for-low-and-middle-income-countries-design-and-treatment-planning-study
#9
Jonathon Van Schelt, Daniel Smith, Nicholas Fong, Dolla Toomeh, Patricia A Sponseller, Derek W Brown, Meghan W Macomber, Nina A Mayr, Shilpen Patel, Adam Shulman, G V Subrahmanyam, K Govindarajan, Eric C Ford
PURPOSE: We propose a novel compensator-based IMRT system designed to provide a simple, reliable, and cost-effective adjunct technology, with the goal of expanding global access to advanced radiotherapy techniques. The system would employ easily-reusable tungsten bead compensators that operate independent of a gantry (e.g. mounted in a ring around the patient). Thereby the system can be retrofitted to existing linac and cobalt teletherapy units. This study explores the quality of treatment plans from the proposed system and the dependence on associated design parameters...
May 19, 2018: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777571/optimization-of-pre-analytical-heat-treatment-for-inhibitor-detection-in-haemophilia-a
#10
P Batty, D P Hart, S Platton
INTRODUCTION: Factor VIII (FVIII) antibody formation is the greatest clinical and laboratory challenge within the haemophilia centre. The Nijmegen-Bethesda assay (NBA) is the gold standard for inhibitor quantification, but affected by pre-analytical variables including a patient's FVIII activity (FVIII:C). Pre-analytical heat treatment (PHT) provides a methodology for inhibitor testing when measurable FVIII:C is present. METHODS: We evaluated the effect of different PHT conditions (time/temperature) on FVIII:C as well as on potency of inhibitory activity in samples containing FVIII:C (endogenous pooled plasma and exogenous recombinant FVIII (rFL-FVIII) concentrate) or FVIII inhibitor...
May 18, 2018: International Journal of Laboratory Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777560/the-effect-of-mobile-messaging-apps-on-cardiac-patient-knowledge-of-cad-risk-factors-and-adherence-to-a-healthy-lifestyle
#11
Yea Hung Tang, Mei Chan Chong, Yan Piaw Chua, Ping Lei Chui, Li Yoong Tang, Norsiah Rahmat
AIMS: This study aimed to determine the effect mobile messaging apps on coronary artery disease patient knowledge of and adherence to a healthy lifestyle. BACKGROUND: Due to the increasing incidence of coronary artery disease in recent years, interventions targeting coronary artery disease risk factors are urgent public priorities. The use of mobile technology in healthcare services and medical education is relatively new with promising future prospects. DESIGN: This study used a quasi-experimental design that included pre- and post-test for intervention and control groups...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777538/-the-evolution-of-eyebrow-morphology-the-westmore-model-revisited
#12
Samer Jabbour, Marwan Nasr, Elio Kechichian, Sandrine S Aderian, Iad Nseir, Philippe Levan, Warren Noel
BACKGROUND: The most widely recognized eyebrow model was described by Westmore in 1974. With the rapidly changing concept of beauty, an accurate up-to-date model is needed. METHODS: The Westmore model was tested on fashion models that were randomly selected from the covers of the 1965-1975 (group 1) and 2006-2016 (group 2) Vogue magazine. The eyebrows of fashion models, which represent the beauty ideals of these decades, were objectively measured and compared. We proposed a modified eyebrow model more adapted to the modern standards of beauty, applied it to group 2, and objectively compared it to the Westmore model...
May 18, 2018: International Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777523/application-of-cu-64-nodaga-psma-pet-in-prostate-cancer
#13
Sabina Sevcenco, Hans Christoph Klingler, Klaus Eredics, Alexander Friedl, Jenifer Schneeweiss, Peter Knoll, Thomas Kunit, Lukas Lusuardi, Siroos Mirzaei
INTRODUCTION: The high diagnostic potential of 64 Cu-PSMA PET-CT imaging was clinically investigated in prostate cancer patients with recurrent disease and in the primary staging of selected patients with advanced local disease. The aim of our study is to assess the uptake behavior in the clinical setting of 64Copper Prostate-Specific Membrane Antigen (64 Cu PSMA) Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography (PET/CT) in prostate cancer. METHODS: A retrospective study was performed in 23 patients with intermediate, high risk and progressive disease at primary staging of prostate cancer...
May 17, 2018: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777477/cardiac-and-gait-rhythms-in-healthy-younger-and-older-adults-during-treadmill-walking-tasks
#14
Matthew W Wittstein, Joseph M Starobin, Randy J Schmitz, Sandra J Shulz, Francis Jay Haran, Christopher K Rhea
BACKGROUND: Aging and pathology result in changes in the dynamics of several physiological subsystems. Often, these changes are concurrent, altering the dynamics between subsystems. Cardiac and gait rhythms are one example in which patterns change during physical activity. AIMS: The purpose of this research is to simultaneously monitor changes in cardiac and gait rhythms when participants complete various treadmill walking tasks-normal speed, fast speed, and while synchronizing steps with a blinking metronome...
May 17, 2018: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777464/the-key-features-approach-to-assess-clinical-decisions-validity-evidence-to-date
#15
REVIEW
G Bordage, G Page
The key-features (KFs) approach to assessment was initially proposed during the First Cambridge Conference on Medical Education in 1984 as a more efficient and effective means of assessing clinical decision-making skills. Over three decades later, we conducted a comprehensive, systematic review of the validity evidence gathered since then. The evidence was compiled according to the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing's five sources of validity evidence, namely, Content, Response process, Internal structure, Relations to other variables, and Consequences, to which we added two other types related to Cost-feasibility and Acceptability...
May 17, 2018: Advances in Health Sciences Education: Theory and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777462/a-composite-of-multisystem-injury-and-neurocognitive-impairment-in-hiv-infection-association-with-everyday-functioning
#16
María J Marquine, Ilse Flores, Rujvi Kamat, Neco Johnson, Anya Umlauf, Scott Letendre, Dilip Jeste, Igor Grant, David Moore, Robert K Heaton
The Veterans Aging Cohort Study (VACS) Index is a composite marker of multisystem injury among HIV-infected persons. We aimed to examine its cross-sectional association with functional outcomes, after considering neurocognitive impairment (NCI) and other well-established correlates of everyday functioning among HIV-infected persons. Participants included 670 HIV-infected adults (ages 18-76; 88% male; 63% non-Hispanic White; median current CD4 = 404 cells/mm3 ; 67% on antiretroviral therapy; AIDS = 63%) enrolled in observational studies at the University of California San Diego HIV Neurobehavioral Research Program...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Neurovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777432/qualitative-study-of-mechanical-parameters-of-conventional-diagnostic-x-ray-machines-in-mizoram
#17
Jonathan Lalrinmawia, Kham Suan Pau, Ramesh Chandra Tiwari
The present study examined the mechanical attributes of 135 conventional diagnostic X-ray machines in Mizoram, India. The purpose of studying the X-ray mechanical parameters, such as congruency, perpendicularity of the central beam, and half-value layer, was to improve the quality of the diagnostic image and reduce the patient dose. A battery-operated portable dosimeter was used to measure output radiation of the X-ray machine. The half-value layer was measured at a constant accelerating potential of 70 kVp and tube load...
May 18, 2018: Radiological Physics and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777392/determining-representative-ranges-of-point-sensors-in-distributed-networks
#18
John K Horne, Dale A Jacques
Distributed networks of stationary instruments provide high temporal scope (i.e., range/resolution) observations but are spatially limited as a set of point measurements. Measurement similarity between points typically decays with distance, which is used to set interpolation distances. The importance of analyzing spatiotemporal data at equivalent spatial and temporal scales has been identified but no standard procedure is used to interpolate space using temporally-indexed observations. Using concurrent mobile and stationary active acoustic, fish density data from a tidal energy site in Puget Sound, WA, USA, six methods are compared to estimate the range at which stationary measurements can be spatially interpolated...
May 18, 2018: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777379/the-effects-of-a-video-based-education-in-women-with-newly-diagnosed-breast-cancer-in-singapore
#19
May Leng Tan, Kim Hua Lee, Wei Sean Yong, Cheryl Rodgers
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of an educational video among women who were newly diagnosed with breast cancer on knowledge, anxiety, and satisfaction with their surgical decision. METHODS: A pre-post-test design was used to evaluate knowledge, anxiety, and satisfaction levels with decision-making regarding surgery among women with breast cancer. A purposive sampling strategy was implemented to compare outcomes of newly diagnosed breast cancer women who received standard of care that included breast care nurse counseling sessions and written materials to women who received standard of care plus a supplement educational video...
May 18, 2018: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777360/crossed-aphasia-following-cerebral-infarction-in-a-right-handed-patient-with-atypical-cerebral-language-dominance
#20
Xiaoping Tan, Yang Guo, Saihong Dun, Hongzan Sun
OBJECTIVE: Crossed aphasia (CA), usually referred to as an acquired language disturbance, is caused by a lesion in the cerebral hemisphere ipsilateral to the dominant hand, and the exact mechanism is not clear. The development of handedness is influenced by education and training and the impact of habitualization, while language is more susceptible to the impact of speech habits, and it is not absolutely accurate to judge cerebral language dominance by the degree of hand preference. METHODS: We describe a case of CA after right hemispheric stroke in a right-handed patient with atypical language dominance and attempt to analyze the mechanism of CA based on functional imaging methods, including arterial spin labeling (ASL) and positron emission tomography/magnetic resonance imaging (PET-MRI)...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Neurology
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