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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449556/role-of-sleep-disturbance-in-the-trajectory-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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REVIEW
Dong Woo Kang, Chang Uk Lee, Hyun Kook Lim
Sleep disturbances such as insomnia, hypersomnia, and circadian rhythm disturbance are common in normal elderly and Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients. To date, special attention has been paid to sleep disturbance in the clinical course of AD insofar as the interaction of sleep disturbance with the pathogenesis of AD may impact the clinical course and cognitive function of AD patients. This review covers the bidirectional relationship between sleep disturbance and AD pathogenesis; the associations between sleep disturbance and AD-specific neurotransmitters, brain structure, and aspects of sleep disturbance in each phase of AD; and the effects of sleep disturbance on the cognitive functions of patients in each phase of AD...
May 31, 2017: Clinical Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience: the Official Scientific Journal of the Korean College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449329/valuing-productivity-costs-using-the-friction-cost-approach-estimating-friction-period-estimates-by-occupational-classifications-for-the-uk
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Jesse Kigozi, Sue Jowett, Martyn Lewis, Pelham Barton, Joanna Coast
The friction cost approach has been proposed as an alternative to the human capital approach in estimating productivity costs. However, it is difficult, in practice, to apply this approach due to limited availability of context-specific data. Using national and firm-level data on vacancy durations sourced from 4 organisations, we estimated vacancy durations, and consequently, length of friction period for the United Kingdom disaggregated by occupational classification. We found comparable estimates to previously reported friction periods elsewhere...
April 27, 2017: Health Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449302/prescribing-safety-assessment-2016-delivery-of-a-national-prescribing-assessment-to-7-343-uk-final-year-medical-students
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Simon R J Maxwell, Jamie J Coleman, Lynne Bollington, Celia Taylor, David J Webb
AIM(S): Newly graduated doctors write a large proportion of prescriptions in UK hospitals but recent studies have shown that they frequently make prescribing errors. The Prescribing Safety Assessment (PSA) has been developed as an assessment of competence in relation to prescribing and supervising the use of medicines. This report describes the delivery of the PSA to all UK final-year medical students in 2016 (PSA2016). METHODS: The PSA is a 2-hour online assessment comprising eight sections which cover various aspects of prescribing defined within the outcomes of undergraduate education identified by the UK General Medical Council...
April 27, 2017: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449286/full-dilatation-cesarean-section-a-risk-factor-for-recurrent-second-trimester-loss-and-preterm-birth
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Helena A Watson, Jenny Carter, Anna L David, Paul T Seed, Andrew H Shennan
INTRODUCTION: A previous cesarean section at full dilatation (FDCS) is a risk factor for preterm birth. To provide insight on the risk to subsequent pregnancies, this cohort study compares the outcomes of pregnant women with a previous preterm birth associated either with a prior FDCS or a prior term vaginal delivery. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We identified women attending two inner-city preterm surveillance clinics (Guy's and St Thomas Hospital and University College London Hospital, London, UK) who had a spontaneous late miscarriage (14(+0) -23(+6) weeks) or sPTB (<37weeks) following a term pregnancy, and then a further pregnancy for analysis...
April 27, 2017: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448234/leveraging-clinical-imaging-archives-for-radiomics-reliability-of-automated-methods-for-brain-volume-measurement
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Viraj R Adduru, Andrew M Michael, Maria Helguera, Stefi A Baum, Gregory J Moore
Purpose To validate the use of thick-section clinically acquired magnetic resonance (MR) imaging data for estimating total brain volume (TBV), gray matter (GM) volume (GMV), and white matter (WM) volume (WMV) by using three widely used automated toolboxes: SPM ( www.fil.ion.ucl.ac.uk/spm/ ), FreeSurfer ( surfer.nmr.mgh.harvard.edu ), and FSL (FMRIB software library; Oxford Centre for Functional MR Imaging of the Brain, Oxford, England, https://fsl.fmrib.ox.ac.uk/fsl ). Materials and Methods MR images from a clinical archive were used and data were deidentified...
April 27, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448087/effect-of-a-mediterranean-type-diet-on-inflammatory-and-cartilage-degradation-biomarkers-in-patients-with-osteoarthritis
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J Dyer, G Davison, S M Marcora, A R Mauger
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the effects of a Mediterranean type diet on patients with osteoarthritis (OA). PARTICIPANTS: Ninety-nine volunteers with OA (aged 31 - 90 years) completed the study (83% female). SETTING: Southeast of England, UK. DESIGN: Participants were randomly allocated to the dietary intervention (DIET, n = 50) or control (CON, n = 49). The DIET group were asked to follow a Mediterranean type diet for 16 weeks whereas the CON group were asked to follow their normal diet...
2017: Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447567/a-longitudinal-assessment-of-psychological-distress-after-oesophageal-cancer-surgery
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Ylva Hellstadius, Jesper Lagergren, Janine Zylstra, James Gossage, Andrew Davies, Christina M Hultman, Pernilla Lagergren, Anna Wikman
BACKGROUND: Psychological distress is common among patients with oesophageal cancer. However, little is known about the course and predictors of psychological distress among patients treated with curative intent. Therefore, the aim of this study was to explore the prevalence, course and predictors of anxiety and depression in patients operated for oesophageal cancer, from prior to surgery to 12 months post-operatively. METHODS: A prospective cohort of patients with oesophageal cancer (n = 218) were recruited from one high-volume specialist oesophago-gastric treatment centre (St Thomas' Hospital, London, UK)...
May 2017: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447473/a-midterm-review-of-lesser-toe-arthrodesis-with-an-intramedullary-implant
#8
James Lee Harmer, Anthony Wilkinson, Anthony John Maher
Lesser toe deformities are one of the most common conditions encountered by podiatric surgeons. When conservative treatments fail surgical correction is indicated. Many surgical options have been described to address the complex nature of these deformities but no perfect solution has been reported to date. However, with the continued advancement of internal fixation technology, interphalangeal joint (IPJ) arthrodesis with an intramedullary implant may be a good option. This retrospective study presents patient reported outcomes and complications at 6 months and 3 years following lesser toe proximal interphalangeal joint (PIPJ) arthrodesis with a polyketone intrameduallary implant (Toe Grip, Orthosolutions, UK)...
April 1, 2017: Foot & Ankle Specialist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447077/evidence-europe-2017-london-uk-february-22-23-2017
#9
A Kibble
As the political backdrop changes in both the U.S. and Europe, volatility in the pharma industry is beginning to be felt as the sector becomes sensitive to the uncertainty. U.S. President Trump has stated he will pursue an agenda against high U.S. drug prices and is expected to seek to repeal the Affordable Care Act, while in Europe, Brexit casts further unknowns in regulatory authorization procedures, trade and external reference pricing. With these factors in mind, Terrapin's Evidence Europe meeting provided for a very topical discussion on the use of evidence to define and communicate value in healthcare...
March 2017: Drugs of Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446703/efficient-use-of-sentinel-sites-detection-of-invasive-honeybee-pests-and-diseases-in-the-uk
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Matt J Keeling, Samik Datta, Daniel N Franklin, Ivor Flatman, Andy Wattam, Mike Brown, Giles E Budge
Sentinel sites, where problems can be identified early or investigated in detail, form an important part of planning for exotic disease outbreaks in humans, livestock and plants. Key questions are: how many sentinels are required, where should they be positioned and how effective are they at rapidly identifying new invasions? The sentinel apiary system for invasive honeybee pests and diseases illustrates the costs and benefits of such approaches. Here, we address these issues with two mathematical modelling approaches...
April 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446601/diffuse-parenchymal-lung-disease
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REVIEW
Sara Tomassetti, Claudia Ravaglia, Venerino Poletti
Between September 2015 and August 2016 there were >1500 publications in the field of diffuse parenchymal lung diseases (DPLDs). For the Clinical Year in Review session at the European Respiratory Society Congress that was held in London, UK, in September 2016, we selected only five articles. This selection, made from the enormous number of published papers, does not include all the relevant studies that will significantly impact our knowledge in the field of DPLDs in the near future. This review article provides our personal view on the following topics: early diagnosis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, current knowledge on the multidisciplinary team diagnosis of DPLDs and the diagnostic role of transbronchial cryobiopsy in this diagnostic setting, insights on the new entity of interstitial pneumonia with autoimmune features, and new therapeutic approaches for scleroderma-related interstitial lung disease...
June 30, 2017: European Respiratory Review: An Official Journal of the European Respiratory Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446558/pseudomonas-aeruginosa-adaptation-and-diversification-in-the-non-cystic-fibrosis-bronchiectasis-lung
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Yasmin Hilliam, Matthew P Moore, Iain L Lamont, Diana Bilton, Charles S Haworth, Juliet Foweraker, Martin J Walshaw, David Williams, Joanne L Fothergill, Anthony De Soyza, Craig Winstanley
To characterise Pseudomonas aeruginosa populations during chronic lung infections of non-cystic fibrosis bronchiectasis patients, we used whole-genome sequencing to 1) assess the diversity of P. aeruginosa and the prevalence of multilineage infections; 2) seek evidence for cross-infection or common source acquisition; and 3) characterise P. aeruginosa adaptations.189 isolates, obtained from the sputa of 91 patients attending 16 adult bronchiectasis centres in the UK, were whole-genome sequenced.Bronchiectasis isolates were representative of the wider P...
April 2017: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446523/evaluation-of-the-coping-parent-online-universal-programme-study-protocol-for-a-pilot-randomised-controlled-trial
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Dawn Adele Owen, Nia Griffith, Judy Hutchings
TRIAL SPONSOR: Bangor University, Brigantia Building, College Road, Bangor, LL57 2AS, UK INTRODUCTION: The COPING parent online universal programme is a web-based parenting intervention for parents of children aged 3-8 years with an interest in positive parenting. The programme focuses on strengthening parent-child relationships and encouraging positive child behaviour. This trial will evaluate whether the intervention is effective in increasing the use of positive parenting strategies outlined in the programme using parent report and blind observation measures...
April 26, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446383/development-and-validation-of-the-parenteral-nutrition-impact-questionnaire-pniq-a-patient-centric-outcome-measure-for-home-parenteral-nutrition
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Jeanette Wilburn, Stephen P McKenna, Alice Heaney, Matthew Rouse, Michael Taylor, Alison Culkin, Simon Gabe, Sorrel Burden, Simon Lal
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Patients with Type 3 Intestinal Failure (IF) who need Home Parenteral Nutrition (HPN) face several clinical, psychological and social problems. The study was designed to produce and test the first patient-centric measure for HPN ('PNIQ: Parenteral Nutrition Impact Questionnaire'). The new measure focused on the extent to which patients were able to fulfil their human needs. METHODS: Questionnaire content was derived from the analysis of transcripts of interviews conducted with UK HPN patients...
April 12, 2017: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446256/innovation-informed-consent-health-research-and-the-supreme-court-montgomery-v-lanarkshire-a-brave-new-world
#15
Jean V McHale
The Supreme Court decision in Montgomery v Lanarkshire ([2015] UKSC11) has been hailed as a landmark not least because the Court enshrines the doctrine of informed consent formally into English law for the first time in relation to medical treatment. This paper explores the decision in Montgomery. It examines what its implications may be in the future for the consent process in relation to health research and innovative treatment and whether it may prove a watershed moment leading to changing dialogues and expectations in relation to consent...
April 27, 2017: Health Economics, Policy, and Law
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446244/ketogenic-diet-in-the-treatment-of-epilepsy-in-children-under-the-age-of-2-years-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Siobhan Titre-Johnson, Natasha Schoeler, Christin Eltze, Ruth Williams, Katharina Vezyroglou, Helen McCullagh, Nick Freemantle, Simon Heales, Rachel Kneen, Louise Marston, Tim Martland, Irwin Nazareth, Elizabeth Neal, Andrew Lux, Alasdair Parker, Shakti Agrawal, Penny Fallon, J Helen Cross
BACKGROUND: The incidence of epilepsy is greatest in the first 2 years of life, an age group where there is generally a poor prognosis for both seizure control and neurodevelopmental outcome. Early control of seizures can be associated with better developmental outcome but many of the epilepsies presenting in infancy are poorly responsive to antiepileptic medication. The ketogenic diet (KD) is a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet designed to mimic the effects of starvation on the body. Dietary fat is converted into ketones in the body and used as an energy source by the brain...
April 26, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446219/the-burden-epidemiology-costs-and-treatment-for-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-an-evidence-review
#17
REVIEW
S Ryder, R M Leadley, N Armstrong, M Westwood, S de Kock, T Butt, M Jain, J Kleijnen
BACKGROUND: Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) is a rapidly progressive, lethal neuromuscular disorder, present from birth, which occurs almost exclusively in males. We have reviewed contemporary evidence of burden, epidemiology, illness costs and treatment patterns of DMD. This systematic review adhered to published methods with information also sought from the web and contacting registries. Searches were carried out from 2005 to June 2015. The population of interest was individuals with clearly defined DMD or their carers...
April 26, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446203/clinicians-views-and-experiences-of-offering-two-alternative-consent-pathways-for-participation-in-a-preterm-intrapartum-trial-a-qualitative-study
#18
Celine Y Chhoa, Alexandra Sawyer, Susan Ayers, Angela Pushpa-Rajah, Lelia Duley
BACKGROUND: The Cord Pilot Trial compared alternative policies for timing of cord clamping at very preterm birth at eight UK hospitals. Preterm birth can be rapid and unexpected, allowing little time for the usual consent process. Therefore, in addition to the usual procedure for written consent, a two-stage pathway for consent for use when birth was imminent was developed. The aims of this study were to explore clinicians' views and experiences of offering two consent pathways for recruitment to a randomised trial of timing of cord clamping at very preterm birth...
April 26, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446187/characterisation-of-the-natural-environment-quantitative-indicators-across-europe
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Graham Smith, Marta Cirach, Wim Swart, Audrius Dėdelė, Christopher Gidlow, Elise van Kempen, Hanneke Kruize, Regina Gražulevičienė, Mark J Nieuwenhuijsen
BACKGROUND: The World Health Organization recognises the importance of natural environments for human health. Evidence for natural environment-health associations comes largely from single countries or regions, with varied approaches to measuring natural environment exposure. We present a standardised approach to measuring neighbourhood natural environment exposure in cities in different regions of Europe. METHODS: The Positive Health Effects of the Natural Outdoor environment in TYPical populations of different regions in Europe (PHENOTYPE) study aimed to explore the mechanisms linking natural environment exposure and health in four European cities (Barcelona, Spain; Doetinchem, the Netherlands; Kaunas, Lithuania; and Stoke-on-Trent, UK)...
April 26, 2017: International Journal of Health Geographics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446140/measurement-properties-of-the-danish-version-of-the-awareness-and-beliefs-about-cancer-abc-measure
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Line Hvidberg, Anette Fischer Pedersen, Christian Nielsen Wulff, Anders Helles Carlsen, Peter Vedsted
BACKGROUND: The International Cancer Benchmarking Partnership aims to study international differences in cancer survival and the possible causes. Participating countries are Australia, Canada, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and the UK and a particular focus area is differences in awareness and beliefs about cancer. In this connection, the Awareness and Beliefs about Cancer (ABC) measure has been translated into multiple languages. The aim of this study is to appraise the translation process and measurement properties of the Danish version of the ABC measure...
April 26, 2017: BMC Medical Research Methodology
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