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Samuel R Chamberlain, Sarah A Redden, Jon E Grant
Excessive calorie intake constitutes a global public health concern, due to its associated range of untoward outcomes. Gambling is commonplace and gambling disorder is now considered a behavioral addiction in DSM-5. The relationships between calorie intake, gambling, and other types of putatively addictive and impulsive behaviors have received virtually no research attention. Two-hundred twenty-five young adults who gamble were recruited from two Mid-Western university communities in the United States using media advertisements...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Gambling Studies
Patricia C Henwood, David C Mackenzie, Joshua S Rempell, Emily Douglass, Damas Dukundane, Andrew S Liteplo, Megan M Leo, Alice F Murray, Samuel Vaillancourt, Anthony J Dean, Resa E Lewiss, Stephen Rulisa, Elizabeth Krebs, A K Raja Rao, Emmanuel Rudakemwa, Vincent Rusanganwa, Patrick Kyanmanywa, Vicki E Noble
OBJECTIVE: We delivered a point-of-care ultrasound training programme in a resource-limited setting in Rwanda, and sought to determine participants' knowledge and skill retention. We also measured trainees' assessment of the usefulness of ultrasound in clinical practice. METHODS: This was a prospective cohort study of 17 Rwandan physicians participating in a point-of-care ultrasound training programme. The follow-up period was 1 year. Participants completed a 10-day ultrasound course, with follow-up training delivered over the subsequent 12 months...
October 19, 2016: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
Ganiyu Amusa, Babatunde Awokola, Godsent Isiguzo, James Onuh, Samuel Uguru, David Oke, Solomon Danbauchi, Basil Okeahialam
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the prevalence of Hypertension and associated risk factors in HIV+ adults and assessment of these risks using the Framingham risk score 'FRS'. DESIGN AND METHOD: A cross-sectional analytical study. One hundred and fifty consecutive HIV+ adults presenting at the HIV clinic of Jos University Teaching Hospital (90 on HAART) with 50 HIV- as controls were recruited. Relevant history, physical examination (including blood pressure measured according to standard guidelines), laboratory specimen (fasting plasma sugar and lipids, CD4 count and viral load) and electrocardiogram were obtained from the participants...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Saurabh Khemka, Athina Tzovara, Samuel Gerster, Boris B Quednow, Dominik R Bach
Pavlovian fear conditioning is widely used as a laboratory model of associative learning in human and nonhuman species. In this model, an organism is trained to predict an aversive unconditioned stimulus from initially neutral events (conditioned stimuli, CS). In humans, fear memory is typically measured via conditioned autonomic responses or fear-potentiated startle. For the latter, various analysis approaches have been developed, but a systematic comparison of competing methodologies is lacking. Here, we investigate the suitability of a model-based approach to startle eyeblink analysis for assessment of fear memory, and compare this to extant analysis strategies...
October 18, 2016: Psychophysiology
Vibeke Strand, Eun Bong Lee, Roy Fleischmann, Rieke E Alten, Tamas Koncz, Samuel H Zwillich, David Gruben, Bethanie Wilkinson, Sriram Krishnaswami, Gene Wallenstein
OBJECTIVES: To compare patient-reported outcomes (PROs) in methotrexate (MTX)-naive patients (defined as no prior treatment or ≤3 doses) receiving tofacitinib versus MTX. METHODS: In the 24-month, phase III, randomised, controlled, ORAL Start trial (NCT01039688), patients were randomised 2:2:1 to receive tofacitinib 5 mg two times per day (n=373), tofacitinib 10 mg two times per day (n=397) or MTX (n=186). PROs assessed included Patient Global Assessment of disease (PtGA), pain, Health Assessment Questionnaire-Disability Index (HAQ-DI), Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy-Fatigue (FACIT-F) and health-related quality of life (Short Form-36 [SF-36])...
2016: RMD Open
Kevin T Nead, Greg Gaskin, Cariad Chester, Samuel Swisher-McClure, Joel T Dudley, Nicholas J Leeper, Nigam H Shah
We recently found an association between androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) and Alzheimer's disease. As Alzheimer's disease is a disease of advanced age, we hypothesize that older individuals on ADT may be at greatest risk. We conducted a retrospective multi-institutional analysis among 16,888 individuals with prostate cancer using an informatics approach. We tested the effect of ADT on Alzheimer's disease using Kaplan-Meier age stratified analyses in a propensity score matched cohort. We found a lower cumulative probability of remaining Alzheimer's disease-free between non-ADT users age ≥70 versus those age <70 years (p < 0...
October 18, 2016: Scientific Reports
Samuel A Silver, Ziv Harel, Eric McArthur, Danielle M Nash, Rey Acedillo, Abhijat Kitchlu, Amit X Garg, Glenn M Chertow, Chaim M Bell, Ron Wald
BACKGROUND: The risk of hospital readmission in acute kidney injury (AKI) survivors is not well understood. We estimated the proportion of AKI patients who were rehospitalized within 30 days and identified characteristics associated with hospital readmission. METHODS: We conducted a population-based study of patients who survived a hospitalization complicated by AKI from 2003-2013 in Ontario, Canada. The primary outcome was 30-day hospital readmission. We used a propensity score model to match patients with and without AKI, and a Cox proportional hazards model with death as a competing risk to identify predictors of 30-day readmission...
October 14, 2016: American Journal of Medicine
Huimin Lin, Samuel T H Chew
An 85-year-old female with chronic kidney disease and newly acquired seizures on oral phenytoin received intravenous ertapenem 500 mg once daily for a urinary tract infection and bacteraemia involving extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL)-producing Escherichia coli. After three ertapenem doses, she developed seizures which self-aborted. Corrected phenytoin level was sub-therapeutic initially, but became therapeutic following a phenytoin dose increase. On Day 14 of ertapenem, the patient suffered another episode of seizure...
December 2015: Drug Saf Case Rep
Kevin T Nead, Greg Gaskin, Cariad Chester, Samuel Swisher-McClure, Nicholas J Leeper, Nigam H Shah
Importance: A growing body of evidence supports a link between androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) and cognitive dysfunction, including Alzheimer disease. However, it is currently unknown whether ADT may contribute to the risk of dementia more broadly. Objective: To use an informatics approach to examine the association of ADT as a treatment for prostate cancer with the subsequent development of dementia (eg, senile dementia, vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia, and Alzheimer dementia)...
October 13, 2016: JAMA Oncology
Macarena Valladares, Elizabeth Durán, Alexis Matheus, Samuel Durán-Agüero, Ana María Obregón, Rodrigo Ramírez-Tagle
OBJECTIVE: To determine the association between academic performance and eating behavior in university students in Chile. METHODS: A total of 680 college students, 409 (60%) women and 271 (40%) men, were randomly recruited and the mean age of the entire sample was 26. The Three-Factor Eating Questionnaire (TFEQ), which evaluates 3 dimensions of eating behavior-cognitive restriction (limiting own intake), uncontrolled eating (inclination to eat), and emotional eating (control of food intake in the context of negative emotions)-was used...
October 13, 2016: Journal of the American College of Nutrition
Samuel M Brown, Jeffrey Sorensen, Michael J Lanspa, Matthew T Rondina, Colin K Grissom, Sajid Shahul, V J Mathews
BACKGROUND: Septic shock is a common and often devastating syndrome marked by severe cardiovascular dysfunction commonly managed with vasopressors. Whether markers of heart rate complexity before vasopressor up-titration could be used to predict success of the up-titration is not known. METHODS: We studied patients with septic shock requiring vasopressor, newly admitted to the intensive care unit. We measured the complexity of heart rate variability (using the ratio of fractal exponents from detrended fluctuation analysis) in the 5 min before all vasopressor up-titrations in the first 24 h of an intensive care unit (ICU) admission...
October 10, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Raghav Sundar, Anand D Jeyasekharan, Brendan Pang, Richie Chuan Teck Soong, Nesaretnam Barr Kumarakulasinghe, Samuel Guan Wei Ow, Jingshan Ho, Joline Si Jing Lim, David Shao Peng Tan, Einar P V Wilder-Smith, Aishwarya Bandla, Stacey Sze Hui Tan, Bernadette Reyna Asuncion, Zul Fazreen, Michal Marek Hoppe, Thomas Choudary Putti, Lay Mui Poh, Boon Cher Goh, Soo-Chin Lee
INTRODUCTION: Sensory peripheral neuropathy caused by paclitaxel is a common and dose limiting toxicity, for which there are currently no validated predictive biomarkers. We investigated the relationship between the Charcot-Marie-Tooth protein NDRG1 and paclitaxel-induced neuropathy. METHODS/MATERIALS: Archived mammary tissue specimen blocks of breast cancer patients who received weekly paclitaxel in a single centre were retrieved and NDRG1 immunohistochemistry was performed on normal nerve tissue found within the sample...
2016: PloS One
Khara M Sauro, Natalie Wiebe, Sophie Macrodimitris, Samuel Wiebe, Sara Lukmanji, Nathalie Jetté
OBJECTIVE: The epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU) is a valuable resource for optimizing management of persons with epilepsy, but may place patients at risk for adverse events due to withdrawal of treatment and induction of symptoms. The purpose of this study was to synthesize data on the safety and quality of care in EMUs to inform the development of quality indicators for EMUs. METHODS: A systematic review was conducted according to the Preferred Reporting and Items for Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis (PRISMA) statement...
October 7, 2016: Epilepsia
Audrey E Ertel, Koffi Wima, Richard S Hoehn, Alex L Chang, Samuel F Hohmann, Syed A Ahmad, Jeffrey J Sussman, Shimul A Shah, Daniel E Abbott
BACKGROUND: We aimed to quantify and predict variability that exists in resource utilization after pancreaticoduodenectomy and determine how such variability impacts postoperative outcomes. METHODS: The University HealthSystems Consortium database was queried for all pancreaticoduodenectomies performed between 2011-2013 (n = 9,737). A composite resource utilization score was created using z-scores of 8 clinically significant postoperative care delivery variables including number of laboratory tests, imaging tests, computed tomographic scans, days on antibiotics, anticoagulation, antiemetics, promotility agents, and total number of blood products transfused per patient...
October 3, 2016: Surgery
Joshua A Greenspoon, Peter J Millett, Samuel G Moulton, Maximilian Petri
BACKGROUND: Tendon transfers can be a surgical treatment option in managing younger, active patients with massive irreparable rotator cuff tears. The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of the use of tendon transfers to treat massive irreparable rotator cuff tears and to summarize clinical outcomes. METHODS: A selective literature search was performed and personal surgical experiences are reported. RESULTS: Latissimus dorsi transfers have been used for many years in the management of posterosuperior rotator cuff tears with good reported clinical outcomes...
2016: Open Orthopaedics Journal
Douglas C Dean, Jitka Sojkova, Samuel Hurley, Steven Kecskemeti, Ozioma Okonkwo, Barbara B Bendlin, Frances Theisen, Sterling C Johnson, Andrew L Alexander, Catherine L Gallagher
Alterations to myelin may be a core pathological feature of neurodegenerative diseases. Although white matter microstructural differences have been described in Parkinson's disease (PD), it is unknown whether such differences include alterations of the brain's myelin content. Thus, the objective of the current study is to measure and compare brain myelin content between PD patients and age-matched controls. In this cross-sectional study, 63 participants from the Longitudinal MRI in Parkinson's Disease study underwent brain MRI, Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS) scoring, and cognitive asessments...
2016: PloS One
Hui Zhou, Ning Ji, Oluwarotimi Williams Samuel, Yafei Cao, Zheyi Zhao, Shixiong Chen, Guanglin Li
Real-time detection of gait events can be applied as a reliable input to control drop foot correction devices and lower-limb prostheses. Among the different sensors used to acquire the signals associated with walking for gait event detection, the accelerometer is considered as a preferable sensor due to its convenience of use, small size, low cost, reliability, and low power consumption. Based on the acceleration signals, different algorithms have been proposed to detect toe off (TO) and heel strike (HS) gait events in previous studies...
October 1, 2016: Sensors
Benedict U Nwachukwu, Joshua Adjei, Samir K Trehan, Brenda Chang, Kelms Amoo-Achampong, Joseph T Nguyen, Samuel A Taylor, Frank McCormick, Anil S Ranawat
BACKGROUND: Consumer-driven healthcare and an increasing emphasis on quality metrics have encouraged patient engagement in the rating of healthcare. As such, online physician rating websites have become mainstream and may play a potential role in future healthcare policy. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: The purpose of this study was to evaluate online patient ratings for US sports medicine surgeons, determine predictors of positive ratings and analyze for inter-website scoring correlation...
October 2016: HSS Journal: the Musculoskeletal Journal of Hospital for Special Surgery
Keith T Corpus, Samuel A Taylor, Stephen J O'Brien, Lawrence V Gulotta
BACKGROUND: Traditional intra-articular arthroscopic repair techniques for massive anterosuperior rotator cuff tears are technically demanding and necessitate sacrifice of the rotator interval to enable visualization. An interval slide allows mobilization through release of the medial aspect of the rotator interval, while leaving the lateral, bridging fibers intact. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: The purpose of this study was to report a novel, arthroscopic, open-equivalent technique using the subdeltoid space to address these tears along with early clinical results...
October 2016: HSS Journal: the Musculoskeletal Journal of Hospital for Special Surgery
Samuel Raimundo Fernandes, Patrícia Santos, Carlos Miguel Moura, Pedro Marques da Costa, Joana Rita Carvalho, Ana Isabel Valente, Cilénia Baldaia, Ana Rita Gonçalves, Paula Moura Santos, Luís Araújo-Correia, José Velosa
BACKGROUND: Acute severe colitis (ASC) remains a challenging complication of ulcerative colitis. The early identification of patients who will not respond to optimal therapy is warranted. Increasing evidence suggests that endoscopy may play a role in predicting important outcomes in acute severe colitis. METHODS: The endoscopic activity of consecutive patients with acute severe colitis was evaluated using the Mayo endoscopic sub-score (Mayo) and the ulcerative colitis endoscopic index of severity (UCEIS)...
October 5, 2016: Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas
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