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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431579/protocole-of-a-controlled-before-after-evaluation-of-a-national-health-information-technology-based-program-to-improve-healthcare-coordination-and-access-to-information
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Florence Saillour-Glénisson, Sylvie Duhamel, Emmanuelle Fourneyron, Laetitia Huiart, Jean Philippe Joseph, Emmanuel Langlois, Stephane Pincemail, Viviane Ramel, Thomas Renaud, Tamara Roberts, Matthieu Sibé, Frantz Thiessard, Jerome Wittwer, Louis Rachid Salmi
BACKGROUND: Improvement of coordination of all health and social care actors in the patient pathways is an important issue in many countries. Health Information (HI) technology has been considered as a potentially effective answer to this issue. The French Health Ministry first funded the development of five TSN ("Territoire de Soins Numérique"/Digital health territories) projects, aiming at improving healthcare coordination and access to information for healthcare providers, patients and the population, and at improving healthcare professionals work organization...
April 21, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431030/using-multivariate-base-rates-to-interpret-low-scores-on-an-abbreviated-battery-of-the-delis-kaplan-executive-function-system
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Justin E Karr, Mauricio A Garcia-Barrera, James A Holdnack, Grant L Iverson
Objective: Executive function consists of multiple cognitive processes that operate as an interactive system to produce volitional goal-oriented behavior, governed in large part by frontal microstructural and physiological networks. Identification of deficits in executive function in those with neurological or psychiatric conditions can be difficult because the normal variation in executive function test scores, in healthy adults when multiple tests are used, is largely unknown. This study addresses that gap in the literature by examining the prevalence of low scores on a brief battery of executive function tests...
May 1, 2017: Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology: the Official Journal of the National Academy of Neuropsychologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431025/1h-magnetic-resonance-spectroscopy-of-live-human-sperm
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S Reynolds, S J Calvert, M N Paley, A A Pacey
STUDY QUESTION: Can 1H Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS) be used to obtain information about the molecules and metabolites in live human spermatozoa? SUMMARY ANSWER: Percoll-based density gradient centrifugation (DGC) followed by a further two washing steps, yielded enough sperm with minimal contamination (<0.01%) from seminal fluid to permit effective MRS which detected significant differences (p < 0.05) in the choline/glycerophosphocholine, lipid and lactate regions of the 1H MRS spectrum between sperm in the pellet and those from the 40/80% interface...
April 18, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430968/sex-chromosome-dependent-differential-viability-of-human-spermatozoa-during-prolonged-incubation
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Young-Ah You, Woo-Sung Kwon, Md Saidur Rahman, Yoo-Jin Park, Young-Ju Kim, Myung-Geol Pang
STUDY QUESTION: Are there significant differences in the ability of X chromosome-bearing (X) spermatozoa and Y chromosome-bearing (Y) spermatozoa to survive incubation under stressful conditions? SUMMARY ANSWER: Y spermatozoa are more vulnerable to stress than their X counterparts depending on culture period and temperature, and show higher expression of apoptotic proteins. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: The primary sex ratio is determined by there being an equal number of spermatozoa carrying X and Y chromosomes...
April 19, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430833/on-the-need-for-quantitative-bias-analysis-in-the-peer-review-process
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Matthew P Fox, Timothy L Lash
Peer review is central to the process through which epidemiologists generate evidence to inform public health and medical interventions. Reviewers thereby act as critical gatekeepers to high-quality research. They are asked to carefully consider the validity of the proposed work or research findings by paying careful attention to the methodology and critiquing the importance of the insight gained. However, although many have noted problems with the peer-review system for both manuscripts and grant submissions, few solutions have been proposed to improve the process...
April 18, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430363/cerebrolysin-for-acute-ischaemic-stroke
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Liliya Eugenevna Ziganshina, Tatyana Abakumova, Ludivine Vernay
BACKGROUND: Cerebrolysin is a mixture of low-molecular-weight peptides and amino acids derived from pigs' brain tissue, which has potential neuroprotective and neurotrophic properties. It is widely used in the treatment of acute ischaemic stroke in Russia, Eastern Europe, China, and other Asian and post-Soviet countries. OBJECTIVES: To assess the benefits and risks of cerebrolysin for treating acute ischaemic stroke. SEARCH METHODS: In May 2016 we searched the Cochrane Stroke Group Trials Register, CENTRAL, MEDLINE, Embase, Web of Science Core Collection, with Science Citation Index, LILACS, OpenGrey, and a number of Russian Databases...
April 21, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429919/home-availability-of-fruit-and-vegetables-and-obesogenic-foods-as-an-indicator-of-nutrient-intake-in-50-year-olds-from-canterbury-new-zealand
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Emily Grant, Richard Blair Gearry, Renée Wilson, John Pearson, Paula Marie Louise Skidmore
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The home food environment is known to influence children's diet and selected health outcomes. However, similar research in adults is scarce. The home is arguably the most important food environment for New Zealand adults as the majority of food consumed is stored and prepared in the home. Therefore we investigated relationships between home food availability and nutrient intake in 50 year olds from Canterbury, New Zealand. METHODS AND STUDY DESIGN: A cross-sectional study where participants completed a home food inventory and a four-day estimated food diary...
May 2017: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429625/trichotillomania-and-its-clinical-relationship-to-depression-and-anxiety
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Jon E Grant, Sarah A Redden, Gustavo C Medeiros, Brian L Odlaug, Erin E Curley, Hermano Tavares, Nancy J Keuthen
OBJECTIVE: Trichotillomania (TTM) is associated with high rates of co-occurring depression and anxiety disorders. What the co-occurrence of TTM, depression or anxiety disorders means clinically and cognitively, however, has garnered little research attention. METHODS: About 530 adults with TTM were examined on a variety of clinical measures including symptom severity, psychosocial measures of functioning, psychiatric comorbidity and neurocognitive testing assessing motor inhibition and cognitive flexibility...
April 21, 2017: International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426872/importance-and-difficulties-of-pursuing-rtms-research-in-acute-stroke
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James R Carey, Diane M Chappuis, Marsha J Finkelstein, Kate L Frost, Lynette K Leuty, Allison L McNulty, Lars I E Oddsson, Erin M Seifert, Teresa J Kimberley
Although much research has been done on repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) in chronic stroke, only sparse research has been done in acute stroke despite the particularly rich potential for neuroplasticity in this stage. We attempted a preliminary clinical trial in one active, high-quality inpatient rehabilitation facility (IRF) in the -United States. But after enrolling only 4 patients in the grant period, the study was stopped because of low enrollment. The purpose of this paper is to offer a perspective describing the important physiologic rationale for including rTMS in the early phase of stroke, the reasons for our poor patient enrollment in our attempted study, and recommendations to help future studies succeed...
March 1, 2017: Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426771/correction-a-systematic-review-of-rodent-pest-research-in-afro-malagasy-small-holder-farming-systems-are-we-asking-the-right-questions
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Lourens H Swanepoel, Corrie M Swanepoel, Peter R Brown, Seth J Eiseb, Steven M Goodman, Mark Keith, Frikkie Kirsten, Herwig Leirs, Themb'alilahlwa A M Mahlaba, Rhodes H Makundi, Phanuel Malebane, Emil F von Maltitz, Apia W Massawe, Ara Monadjem, Loth S Mulungu, Grant R Singleton, Peter J Taylor, Voahangy Soarimalala, Steven R Belmain
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0174554.].
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422927/the-relationship-between-specialty-certification-of-individual-nurses-and-outcomes-developing-a-standardized-taxonomy-for-research
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Simon Kitto, Rachel Grant, Kathy Chappell, Vicki Lundmark
Specialty certification is an important method to demonstrate that RNs possess advanced training, knowledge, and competencies required to provide safe, high-quality care for specific populations.
May 2017: Journal of Nursing Administration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422758/first-in-human-trial-of-multikinase-vegf-inhibitor-regorafenib-and-anti-egfr-antibody-cetuximab-in-advanced-cancer-patients
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Vivek Subbiah, Muhammad Rizwan Khawaja, David S Hong, Behrang Amini, Jiang Yungfang, Hui Liu, Adrienne Johnson, Alexa B Schrock, Siraj M Ali, James X Sun, David Fabrizio, Sarina Piha-Paul, Siqing Fu, Apostolia M Tsimberidou, Aung Naing, Filip Janku, Daniel D Karp, Michael Overman, Cathy Eng, Scott Kopetz, Funda Meric-Bernstam, Gerald S Falchook
BACKGROUND: The combination of multikinase VEGF inhibitor regorafenib and anti-EGFR antibody cetuximab overcomes intrinsic and acquired resistance in both EGFR-sensitive and EGFR-resistant preclinical models of colorectal cancer (CRC). METHODS: Utilizing a standard 3+3 design, a phase I study was designed to determine safety, maximum tolerated dose (MTD), and dose-limiting toxicities (DLTs) of the regorafenib plus cetuximab combination among patients with advanced cancer including CRC...
April 20, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422280/integrating-frailty-research-into-the-medical-specialties-report-from-a-u13-conference
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Jeremy Walston, Thomas N Robinson, Susan Zieman, Frances McFarland, Christopher R Carpenter, Keri N Althoff, Melissa K Andrew, Caroline S Blaum, Patrick J Brown, Brian Buta, E Wesley Ely, Luigi Ferrucci, Kevin P High, Stephen B Kritchevsky, Kenneth Rockwood, Kenneth E Schmader, Felipe Sierra, Kaycee M Sink, Ravi Varadhan, Arti Hurria
Although the field of frailty research has expanded rapidly, it is still a nascent concept within the clinical specialties. Frailty, conceptualized as greater vulnerability to stressors because of significant depletion of physiological reserves, predicts poorer outcomes in several medical specialties, including cardiology, human immunodeficiency virus care, and nephrology, and in the behavioral and social sciences. Lack of a consensus definition, proliferation of measurement tools, inadequate understanding of the biology of frailty, and lack of validated clinical algorithms for frail individuals hinders incorporation of frailty assessment and frailty research into the specialties...
April 19, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419177/interpreting-patterns-of-low-scores-on-the-nih-toolbox-cognition-battery
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James A Holdnack, David S Tulsky, Brian L Brooks, Jerry Slotkin, Richard Gershon, Allen W Heinemann, Grant L Iverson
Introduction: The National Institutes of Health Toolbox for Assessment of Neurological and Behavioral Function Cognition Battery is comprised of seven cognitive tests, including two tests measuring crystallized cognitive ability (i.e., vocabulary and reading) and five tests measuring fluid cognitive functioning (i.e., working memory, memory, speed of processing, and executive functioning). This study presents comprehensive base rate tables for the frequency of low scores in adults and older adults from the normative sample...
April 17, 2017: Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology: the Official Journal of the National Academy of Neuropsychologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418758/inhaled-heparin-therapeutic-efficacy-and-recent-formulations
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Ayca Yildiz-Pekoz, Yildiz Ozsoy
Heparin is well known for its anticoagulant and anti-inflammatory properties. Inhaled heparin regimens are increasingly being used to manage lung disease. It has been used to treat cystic fibrosis, thromboembolism, and pulmonary fibrosis, as well as bronchial asthma and asthma-induced airway hypersensitivity. Several preclinical studies attained some useful effects of heparin-administered, parenterally and through inhalation, treatment of lung disease. Besides, recent clinical trials suggest that inhaled heparin for lung diseases is beneficial and safe, but such data remain to be limited...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Aerosol Medicine and Pulmonary Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418323/the-personality-profile-of-tinnitus-sufferers-and-a-nontinnitus-control-group
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Mithila Durai, Mary G O'Keeffe, Grant D Searchfield
BACKGROUND: Chronic tinnitus (phantom perception of sound) significantly disrupts quality of life in 15-20% of those who experience it. Understanding how certain personality traits impact tinnitus perception and distress can be beneficial for the development of interventions to improve the lives of tinnitus sufferers. PURPOSE: Four key self-reported personality traits (social closeness, stress reaction, alienation, and self-control) were identified from previous research as being associated with tinnitus...
April 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416501/protocol-for-a-placebo-controlled-within-participants-crossover-trial-evaluating-the-efficacy-of-intranasal-oxytocin-to-improve-pain-and-function-among-women-with-chronic-pelvic-musculoskeletal-pain
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Joshua A Rash, Kirsti Toivonen, Magali Robert, Maryam Nasr-Esfahani, John F Jarrell, Tavis S Campbell
INTRODUCTION: This protocol presents the rationale and design for a trial evaluating the efficacy of intranasal oxytocin in improving pain and function among women with chronic pelvic musculoskeletal pain. Oxytocin is a neuropeptide traditionally recognised for involvement in labour, delivery and lactation. Novel evidence suggests that oxytocin decreases pain sensitivity in humans. While oxytocin administration has been reported to lower pain sensitivity among patients experiencing chronic back pain, headache, constipation and colon pain, no research has evaluated the association between intranasal oxytocin and chronic pelvic musculoskeletal pain...
April 16, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416435/omics-and-cytokine-discovery-in-fish-presenting-the-yellowtail-kingfish-seriola-lalandi-as-a-case-study
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Gregory Jacobson, Simon Muncaster, Koen Mensink, Maria Forlenza, Nick Elliot, Grant Broomfield, Beth Signal, Steve Bird
A continued programme of research is essential to overcome production bottlenecks in any aquacultured fish species. Since the introduction of genetic and molecular techniques, the quality of immune research undertaken in fish has greatly improved. Thousands of species specific cytokine genes have been discovered, which can be used to conduct more sensitive studies to understand how fish physiology is affected by aquaculture environments or disease. Newly available transcriptomic technologies, make it increasingly easier to study the immunogenetics of farmed species for which little data exists...
April 14, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415911/risk-safety-and-sex-among-male-prep-users-time-for-a-new-understanding
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Kimberly Koester, Rivet K Amico, Hailey Gilmore, Albert Liu, Vanessa McMahan, Kenneth Mayer, Sybil Hosek, Robert Grant
Recent advances in biomedical HIV prevention have led to optimistic projections of a dramatic worldwide reduction of new infections by 2030. This optimism is counterbalanced by concerns that the protective benefits of one such technology, HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), may be negated by increases in other behaviours that offset these benefits (risk compensation). To contribute to a deeper understanding of concepts of safety and risk in the context of HIV PrEP, we draw on the narrative accounts of 61 male PrEP users who participated in the inaugural PrEP demonstration project: the iPrEx open-label extension study...
April 18, 2017: Culture, Health & Sexuality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414985/sharp-and-blunt-force-trauma-concealment-by-thermal-alteration-in-homicides-an-in-vitro-experiment-for-methodology-and-protocol-development-in-forensic-anthropological-analysis-of-burnt-bones
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Ioana Macoveciuc, Nicholas Márquez-Grant, Ian Horsfall, Peter Zioupos
Burning of human remains is one method used by perpetrators to conceal fatal trauma and expert opinions regarding the degree of skeletal evidence concealment are often disparate. This experiment aimed to reduce this incongruence in forensic anthropological interpretation of burned human remains and implicitly contribute to the development of research methodologies sufficiently robust to withstand forensic scrutiny in the courtroom. We have tested the influence of thermal alteration on pre-existing sharp and blunt trauma on twenty juvenile sheep radii in the laboratory using an automated impact testing system and an electric furnace...
March 29, 2017: Forensic Science International
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