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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/28320129/immunoglobulin-therapy-in-the-treatment-of-multifocal-motor-neuropathy
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REVIEW
Aditya Kumar, Huned S Patwa, Richard J Nowak
Multifocal motor neuropathy (MMN) is a chronic immune-mediated disorder leading to slowly progressive muscle weakness and wasting. Current treatments are aimed at modulating the immune system in order to avoid further decline and to maintain functional status. Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg) is widely used in the treatment of immune-mediated disorders and is the only treatment approved for MMN. While patients do remain stable with maintenance IVIg treatment, most patients will slowly deteriorate over many years...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319903/fe-iii-based-metal-organic-framework-derived-core-shell-nanostructure-sensitive-electrochemical-platform-for-high-trace-determination-of-heavy-metal-ions
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Zhihong Zhang, Hongfei Ji, Yingpan Song, Shuai Zhang, Minghua Wang, Changchang Jia, Jia-Yue Tian, Linghao He, Xiaojing Zhang, Chun-Sen Liu
A new core-shell nanostructured composite composed of Fe(III)-based metal-organic framework (Fe-MOF) and mesoporous Fe3O4@C nanocapsules (denoted as Fe-MOF@mFe3O4@mC) was synthesized and developed as a platform for determining trace heavy metal ions in aqueous solution. Herein, the mFe3O4@mC nanocapsules were prepared by calcining the hollow Fe3O4@C that was obtained using the SiO2 nanoparticles as the template, followed by composing the Fe-MOF. The Fe-MOF@mFe3O4@mC nanocomposite demonstrated excellent electrochemical activity, water stability and high specific surface area, consequently resulting in the strong biobinding with heavy-metal-ion-targeted aptamer strands...
March 7, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319693/what-do-dads-want-treatment-preferences-for-paternal-postpartum-depression
#4
Emily E Cameron, Dana Hunter, Ivan D Sedov, Lianne M Tomfohr-Madsen
BACKGROUND: Postpartum depression (PPD) is prevalent, occurring in 8 to 13% of new fathers. Identifying effective and acceptable treatments for paternal PPD is important to prevent negative family outcomes. Participation in a patient preferred treatment for depression increases treatment adherence and effectiveness. Thus, developing and delivering interventions that are preferred by the target population is an important aspect of successful treatment. The current study investigated treatment preferences for paternal PPD...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319652/effect-of-freezing-rate-and-microwave-thawing-on-texture-and-microstructural-properties-of-potato-solanum-tuberosum
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David M Phinney, John C Frelka, Anita Wickramasinghe, Dennis R Heldman
Food freezing is a preservation process that works by lowering temperature while simultaneously decreasing water activity. It is accepted that although freezing preserves foods, it generally has a negative effect on textural quality. This research investigated the texture response of potatoes (Solanum tuberosum) as a function of time to freeze (defined as the time for the center temperature to reach -20 °C) and thawing process. Potatoes slices (6 mm) were blanched then frozen in an ethanol/carbon dioxide bath, a pilot scale high velocity air freezer (HVAF) and a still air freezer to achieve various times to freeze...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319625/photoprotection-prevents-skin-cancer-let-s-make-it-fashionable-to-wear-sun-protective-clothing
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Jeffrey M Milch, Nicholas F Logemann
Protection from UV radiation (UVR) is of paramount importance in preventing skin cancers, the majority of which occur on sun-exposed areas of the face, ears, and neck. A reusable, inexpensive, and truly simple measure of personal protection that greatly reduces exposure to UVR, thereby reducing the risk for developing skin cancers, can be achieved simply by regularly wearing a wide-brimmed hat. In some areas of the world where sunny climates are pervasive and exposure to UVR is part of everyday life, fashion trends, policy, and public health initiatives are in sync, and photoprotection with wide-brimmed hats is embraced as a common and fashionable practice...
February 2017: Cutis; Cutaneous Medicine for the Practitioner
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319457/medical-students-and-staff-physicians-the-question-of-social-media
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Michael Noller, Johnny P Mai, Philip E Zapanta, Macario Camacho
Social media's prevalence among the professional world is rapidly increasing. Its use among medical personnel-specifically, medical students, resident physicians, and staff physicians-could compromise personal-professional boundaries. Could the acceptance or lack of acceptance of a friend request bias the medical student application process? If friend requests are accepted, then medical students, resident physicians, and staff physicians are provided access to very personal aspects of one another's lives, which may not have been the intent...
March 1, 2017: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319456/reactogenicity-of-cervarix-and-gardasil-human-papillomavirus-hpv-vaccines-in-a-randomized-single-blind-trial-in-healthy-uk-adolescent-females
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Tao Haskins-Coulter, Jo Southern, Nick Andrews, Elizabeth Miller
One hundred and ninety eight females aged 12-15 y were enrolled in an observer-blinded randomized trial to assess the immunogenicity and reactogenicity of the tetravalent HPV vaccine Gardasil® (group 2), in comparison to the bivalent HPV vaccine, Cervarix® (group 1), which was routinely offered in the national vaccination schedule at the time. Participants were blinded to treatment group until all 3 vaccinations had been given, while laboratory staff were masked during testing. For the majority of local and general reactions, recipients of both vaccines reported comparable frequencies...
March 20, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319410/evaluation-of-platelet-indices-as-a-useful-marker-in-papillary-thyroid-carcinoma
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O Dincel, C Bayraktar
OBJECTIVES: Our aim was to investigate platelets (PLT) and their indices - mean platelet volume (MPV), platelet distribution width (PDW) and plateletcrit (PCT) - in the differential diagnosis of benign and malignant thyroid disorders. BACKGROUND: Platelet and platelet indices recently started to be defined as an useful clinical marker in cancer patients. Their higher reproducibility rates and low cost provide them a wide range of usage. MATERIAL AND METHODS: One-hundred and sixty patients were divided into three groups retrospectively...
2017: Bratislavské Lekárske Listy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319351/video-endoscopic-inguinal-lymphadenectomy-veil-is-a-new-standard-ready-to-be-accepted
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EDITORIAL
Marcos Tobias-Machado
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2017: BJU International
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319131/a-direct-method-to-solve-optimal-knots-of-b-spline-curves-an-application-for-non-uniform-b-spline-curves-fitting
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Van Than Dung, Tegoeh Tjahjowidodo
B-spline functions are widely used in many industrial applications such as computer graphic representations, computer aided design, computer aided manufacturing, computer numerical control, etc. Recently, there exist some demands, e.g. in reverse engineering (RE) area, to employ B-spline curves for non-trivial cases that include curves with discontinuous points, cusps or turning points from the sampled data. The most challenging task in these cases is in the identification of the number of knots and their respective locations in non-uniform space in the most efficient computational cost...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319041/practical-use-of-a-plastic-scintillator-for-quality-assurance-of-electron-beam-therapy
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Katsunori Yogo, Yuya Tatsuno, Masato Tsuneda, Yuki Aono, Daiki Mochizuki, Yoshiki Fujisawa, Akihiro Matsushita, Minoru Ishigami, Hiromichi Ishiyama, Kazushige Hayakawa
Quality assurance (QA) of the clinical electron beam is essential for performing accurate and safe radiation therapy. However, with advances in radiation therapy, QA tends to be labor-intensive and time consuming. Here, we propose the practical use of a tissue-equivalent plastic scintillator for quick and easy QA of clinical electron beams. This tool enabled us to verify simultaneously the constancy of output, beam quality, depth and lateral dose profiles during monthly QAs at lower doses of irradiation (small MUs)...
March 20, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319015/collection-storage-inspection-and-quality-control-of-platelet-concentrates-obtained-by-apheresis-the-situation-in-spain
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Azucena Castrillo, Teresa Jimenez-Marco, José L Arroyo, María L Jurado, Luis Larrea, Rosa M Maymo, Jorge Monge, Carmen Muñoz, Ángel Pajares, Marta Yáñez
BACKGROUND: Diverse variables are involved in apheresis platelet collection, processing and storage. This survey shows how these are realized in Spain. METHOD: An analysis of collected data was performed in a questionnaire completed by ten Transfusion Centers (TC) which perform between 50 and 520 apheresis procedures per month. This information comprises the procedures used to collect, inspect and store apheresis platelet concentrates (PC), and quality control data...
February 22, 2017: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318931/recent-bremsstrahlung-based-assays-of-210-pb-in-lead-and-comments-on-current-availability-of-low-background-lead-in-north-america
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Martin E Keillor, C E Aalseth, I J Arnquist, T A Eggemeyer, E S Fuller, B D Glasgow, E W Hoppe, S M Morley, A W Myers, J L Orrell, C T Overman, A Seifert, S M Shaff, K S Thommasson
Low-background lead for radiation measurement shielding is often assayed for (210)Pb to ensure acceptable backgrounds. Samples of lead assayed with a germanium spectrometer calibrated for bremsstrahlung-based assay of (210)Pb provide a view into the (210)Pb content of commercial lead in the U.S. (other than stockpiled Doe Run lead). Results suggest that the loss of lead smelting in the U.S. has eliminated the traditional supply of "low background" lead (~30Bqkg(-1)), and indicate current commercial supplies contain roughly an order of magnitude higher (210)Pb levels...
March 3, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318915/computer-assisted-positioning-of-the-proximal-segment-after-sagittal-split-osteotomy-of-the-mandible-preclinical-investigation-of-a-novel-electromagnetic-navigation-system
#16
Igor Nova, Sebastian Kallus, Moritz Berger, Oliver Ristow, Urs Eisenmann, Christian Freudlsperger, Jürgen Hoffmann, Hartmut Dickhaus
INTRODUCTION: Modifications of the temporomandibular joint position after mandible osteotomy are reluctantly accepted in orthognathic surgery. To tackle this problem, we developed a new navigation system using miniaturized electromagnetic sensors. Our imageless navigation approach is therefore optimized to avoid complications of previously proposed optical approaches such as the interference with established surgical procedures and the line of sight problem. MATERIAL AND METHODS: High oblique sagittal split osteotomies were performed on 6 plastic skull mandibles in a laboratory under conditions comparable to the operating theatre...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Cranio-maxillo-facial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318912/less-liver-fibrosis-in-metabolically-healthy-compared-with-metabolically-unhealthy-obese-patients-with-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
#17
Y Gutiérrez-Grobe, E Juárez-Hernández, B A Sánchez-Jiménez, M H Uribe-Ramos, M H Ramos-Ostos, M Uribe, N C Chávez-Tapia
AIM: This cross-sectional study evaluated liver fibrosis in patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), and compared the characteristics of metabolically healthy obese (MHO) with metabolically unhealthy obese (MUHO) patients. METHODS: The study was nested within a randomized clinical trial (RCT) and included obese patients with NAFLD, as determined by liver ultrasonography. Fibrosis was assessed by transient elastography, and AST-to-platelet ratio index (APRI) and NAFLD score...
March 16, 2017: Diabetes & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318830/long-term-outcome-of-the-gore-excluder-aaa-endoprosthesis-for-treatment-of-infrarenal-aortic-aneurysms
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Claire G Poublon, Suzanne Holewijn, Steven M M van Sterkenburg, Ignace F J Tielliu, Clark J Zeebregts, Michel M P J Reijnen
PURPOSE: To evaluate long-term outcome of GORE EXCLUDER AAA Endoprosthesis (W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc, Flagstaff, Arizona) for elective treatment of infrarenal aortic aneurysms and to evaluate performance of different generations of the device. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective analysis was performed of 248 patients undergoing elective endovascular aneurysm repair with the GORE EXCLUDER between January 2000 and December 2015 in 2 hospitals. Primary endpoint was reintervention-free survival...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology: JVIR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318827/measuring-the-benefits-of-using-market-based-approaches-to-provide-water-and-sanitation-in-humanitarian-contexts
#19
S Martin-Simpson, J Parkinson, E Katsou
The use of cash transfers and market based programming (CT/MBP) to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of emergency responses is gaining prominence in the humanitarian sector. However, there is a lack of existing indicators and methodologies to monitor activities designed to strengthen water and sanitation (WaSH) markets. Gender and vulnerability markers to measure the impact of such activities on different stakeholders is also missing. This study identifies parameters to monitor, evaluate and determine the added value of utilising CT/MBP to achieve WaSH objectives in humanitarian response...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318463/decreasing-the-overall-environmental-impact-of-the-dutch-diet-how-to-find-healthy-and-sustainable-diets-with-limited-changes
#20
Gerard Fh Kramer, Marcelo Tyszler, Pieter Van't Veer, Hans Blonk
OBJECTIVE: To find diets optimised on nutrition and environmental impact close to the current Dutch diet and to identify the most effective and acceptable options for mitigating environmental impact. DESIGN: Linear programming was used to optimise diets of Dutch men and women aged 9-69 years, divided into ten age-gender groups. The analysis included nutrient composition, a metric for popularity and life cycle assessments of 207 food products. Greenhouse gas emissions, fossil energy use and land occupation were used to calculate a weighted score for the overall environmental impact...
March 20, 2017: Public Health Nutrition
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