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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636694/placebo-response-and-practice-effects-in-schizophrenia-cognition-trials
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Richard S E Keefe, Vicki G Davis, Philip D Harvey, Alexandra S Atkins, George M Haig, Owen Hagino, Stephen Marder, Dana C Hilt, Daniel Umbricht
Importance: Patients' previous experience with performance-based cognitive tests in clinical trials for cognitive impairment associated with schizophrenia can create practice-related improvements. Placebo-controlled trials for cognitive impairment associated with schizophrenia are at risk for these practice effects, which can be difficult to distinguish from placebo effects. Objectives: To conduct a systematic evaluation of the magnitude of practice effects on the Measurement and Treatment Research to Improve Cognition in Schizophrenia Consensus Cognitive Battery (MCCB) in cognitive impairment associated with schizophrenia and to examine which demographic, clinical, and cognitive characteristics were associated with improvement in placebo conditions...
June 21, 2017: JAMA Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636426/comparison-of-knowledge-perception-and-attitudes-of-concussion-in-previously-concussed-versus-non-concussed-youth-soccer-players
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Caitlyn N Myrdal, Shuang Huang, Holly N Beach, Anna L Waterbrook
OBJECTIVE: To examine if history of concussion is correlated with a difference in knowledge, attitude, and perception of concussive injuries in youth soccer players. METHODS: A convenience sample of youth soccer athletes aged 14 to 18 years completed a survey assessing prior history of concussive injury, knowledge of concussive injury, self-reporting attitudes, and perception of the injury. The survey consists of 16 knowledge questions (eleven on a scale of 1-2, and five on a scale of 1-4) and 12 attitude questions (seven on a scale of 1-4, and five on a scale of 1-5)...
June 21, 2017: Physician and Sportsmedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636411/asthma-and-influenza-vaccination-in-elderly-hospitalized-patients-matched-case-control-study-in-spain
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María Morales Suárez-Varela, Agustin Llopis, Estrella Fernandez-Fabrellas, Francisco Sanz, M Jose Perez-Lozano, Vicente Martin, Jenaro Astray, Jesús Castilla, Mikel Egurrola, Luis Force, Diana Toledo, Àngela Domínguez
OBJECTIVES: Influenza infection is an exacerbating factor for asthma, and its prevention is critical in managing asthmatic patients. We investigated the effect of influenza vaccination on asthmatic and non-asthmatic patients hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed influenza in Spain. METHODS: We made a matched case-control study to assess the frequency of hospitalization for influenza in people aged ≥65 years. Hospitalized patients with unplanned hospital admissions were recruited from 20 hospitals representing seven Spanish regions...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635148/how-common-are-cranial-sesamoids-among-squamates
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Ricardo Montero, Juan D Daza, Aaron M Bauer, Virginia Abdala
Sesamoids are elements that originate as intratendinous structures due to genetic and epigenetic factors. These elements have been reported frequently in vertebrates, although cranial sesamoids have been recorded almost exclusively in non-tetrapod Osteichthyes. The only tetrapod cranial sesamoids reported until now have been the transiliens cartilage (of crocodiles and turtles), and another one located in the quadrate-mandibular joint of birds. Here, we examined seven squamate species using histological sections, dissections of preserved specimens, dry skeletons, cleared and stained specimens, computed tomographies (CT), and report the presence of other cranial sesamoids...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635123/measuring-fitness-heritability-life-history-traits-versus-morphological-traits-in-humans
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Alina Gavrus-Ion, Torstein Sjøvold, Miguel Hernández, Rolando González-José, María Esther Esteban Torné, Neus Martínez-Abadías, Mireia Esparza
OBJECTIVES: Traditional interpretation of Fisher's Fundamental Theorem of Natural Selection is that life history traits (LHT), which are closely related with fitness, show lower heritabilities, whereas morphological traits (MT) are less related with fitness and they are expected to show higher heritabilities. In humans, although few studies have examined the heritability of LHT and MT, none of them have analyzed the same sample for comparative purposes. Here we assessed, for the first time, the heritability, additive genetic variance (VA ), residual variance (VR ) and coefficient of genetic additive variation (CVA ) values of LHT and MT in a singular collection of identified skulls with associated demographic records from Hallstatt (Austria)...
June 21, 2017: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634773/development-and-validation-of-a-fall-risk-assessment-index-for-dialysis-patients
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Kenichi Kono, Yusuke Nishida, Hiroki Yabe, Yoshihumi Moriyama, Toshihiko Mori, Ryota Shiraki, Takashi Sato
BACKGROUND: Dialysis patients often have low physical performance due to uremic sarcopenia, protein energy wasting (PEW), and incidence intradialytic hypotension (IDH), which are indicated as risk factors for falling. The objective of this study was to develop a symptom-encompassing evaluation form to predict falls with high sensitivity for dialysis patients. METHODS: A total of 251 patients who had been receiving maintenance hemodialysis therapy three times a week were enrolled in the study...
June 20, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634762/rapid-preconcentration-of-viable-bacteria-using-magnetic-ionic-liquids-for-pcr-amplification-and-culture-based-diagnostics
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Kevin D Clark, Jeffrey A Purslow, Stephen A Pierson, Omprakash Nacham, Jared L Anderson
In this study, a series of magnetic ionic liquids (MILs) were investigated for the extraction and preconcentration of bacteria from aqueous samples. By dispersing small volumes (e.g., 15 μL) of MIL within an aqueous cell suspension, bacteria were rapidly extracted and isolated using a magnetic field. Of the seven hydrophobic MILs examined, the trihexyl(tetradecyl)phosphonium Ni(II) hexafluoroacetylacetonate ([P66614(+)][Ni(hfacac)3(-)]) MIL exhibited the greatest enrichment of viable Escherichia coli K12 when coupled with microbiological culture as the detection method...
June 20, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634155/perceptions-of-hiv-seriousness-risk-and-threat-among-online-samples-of-hiv-negative-men-who-have-sex-with-men-in-seven-countries
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Anna N Chard, Nicholas Metheny, Rob Stephenson
BACKGROUND: Rates of new HIV infections continue to increase worldwide among men who have sex with men (MSM). Despite effective prevention strategies such as condoms and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), low usage of both methods in many parts of the world hinder prevention efforts. An individual's perceptions of the risk of acquiring HIV and the seriousness they afford to seroconversion are important drivers of behavioral risk-taking. Understanding the behavioral factors suppressing the uptake of HIV prevention services is a critical step in informing strategies to improve interventions to combat the ongoing HIV pandemic among MSM...
June 20, 2017: JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633971/manganese-enhanced-magnetic-resonance-imaging-depicts-brain-activity-in-models-of-acute-and-chronic-pain-a-new-window-to-study-experimental-spontaneous-pain
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I M Devonshire, J J Burston, L Xu, A Lillywhite, M J Prior, D J G Watson, C M Greenspon, S J Iwabuchi, D P Auer, V Chapman
Application of functional imaging techniques to animal models is vital to understand pain mechanisms, but is often confounded by the need to limit movement artefacts with anaesthesia, and a focus on evoked responses rather than clinically relevant spontaneous pain and related hyperalgesia. The aim of the present study was to investigate the potential of manganese-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MEMRI) to measure neural responses during on-going pain that underpins hyperalgesia in pre-clinical models of nociception...
June 17, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633869/baccaurea-angulata-fruit-juice-ameliorates-altered-hematological-and-biochemical-biomarkers-in-diet-induced-hypercholesterolemic-rabbits
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Idris Adewale Ahmed, Maryam Abimbola Mikail, Muhammad Ibrahim
Hypercholesterolemia is an important risk factor linked to the alteration of blood hematology and clinical chemistry associated with the development and progression of atherosclerosis. Previous studies have demonstrated the safety and potential health benefits of Baccaurea angulata (BA) fruit. We hypothesized that the oral administration of BA fruit juice could ameliorate the alteration in the hematological and biochemical biomarkers of diet-induced hypercholesterolemic rabbits. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of different doses of BA juice on the hematological and biochemical biomarkers in normo- and hypercholesterolemic rabbits...
June 2017: Nutrition Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633765/neck-dissection-for-unknown-cancer-of-the-head-and-neck-in-the-era-of-chemoradiation
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Mark J Amsbaugh, Mehran Yusuf, Jeremy Gaskins, Craig Silverman, Kevin Potts, Jeffrey Bumpous, Rebecca Redman, Cesar Perez, Neal Dunlap
PURPOSE: To report outcomes for patients with cervical lymph node metastases from an unknown primary site of the head and neck treated with either non-operative therapy or neck dissection followed by adjuvant therapy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: All patients with squamous cell carcinoma of an unknown primary site of the head or neck seen between 2003 and 2013 were reviewed. The Kaplan-Meier method was used to estimate overall survival, local recurrence free survival, loco-regional recurrence free survival, and progression free survival...
June 14, 2017: American Journal of Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633687/facilitators-and-barriers-experienced-by-federal-cross-sector-partners-during-the-implementation-of-a-healthy-eating-campaign
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Melissa Anne Fernandez, Sophie Desroches, Marie Marquis, Mylène Turcotte, Véronique Provencher
OBJECTIVE: To identify facilitators and barriers that Health Canada's (HC) cross-sector partners experienced while implementing the Eat Well Campaign: Food Skills (EWC; 2013-2014) and describe how these experiences might differ according to distinct partner types. DESIGN: A qualitative study using hour-long semi-structured telephone interviews conducted with HC partners that were transcribed verbatim. Facilitators and barriers were identified inductively and analysed according partner types...
June 21, 2017: Public Health Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633548/polyquaternium-mediated-delivery-of-morpholino-oligonucleotides-for-exon-skipping-in-vitro-and-in-mdx-mice
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Mingxing Wang, Bo Wu, Sapana N Shah, Peijuan Lu, Qilong Lu
Antisense oligonucleotide therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy has shown great potential in preclinical and clinical trials, but its therapeutic applications are still limited due to inefficient delivery. In this study, we investigated a few polyquaterniums (PQs) with different size and composition for their potential to improve delivery performance of an antisense phosphorodiamidate morpholino oligomer (PMO) both in vitro and in vivo. The results showed that Luviquat(TM) series, especially PQ-1 and PQ-3, promoted the exon-skipping efficiency comparable to Endoporter-mediated PMO delivery in vitro...
November 2017: Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633435/mcm3ap-in-recessive-charcot-marie-tooth-neuropathy-and-mild-intellectual-disability
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Emil Ylikallio, Rosa Woldegebriel, Manuela Tumiati, Pirjo Isohanni, Monique M Ryan, Zornitza Stark, Maie Walsh, Sarah L Sawyer, Katrina M Bell, Alicia Oshlack, Paul J Lockhart, Mariia Shcherbii, Alejandro Estrada-Cuzcano, Derek Atkinson, Taila Hartley, Martine Tetreault, Inge Cuppen, W Ludo van der Pol, Ayse Candayan, Esra Battaloglu, Yesim Parman, Koen L I van Gassen, Marie-José H van den Boogaard, Kym M Boycott, Liisa Kauppi, Albena Jordanova, Tuula Lönnqvist, Henna Tyynismaa
Defects in mRNA export from the nucleus have been linked to various neurodegenerative disorders. We report mutations in the gene MCM3AP, encoding the germinal center associated nuclear protein (GANP), in nine affected individuals from five unrelated families. The variants were associated with severe childhood onset primarily axonal (four families) or demyelinating (one family) Charcot-Marie-Tooth neuropathy. Mild to moderate intellectual disability was present in seven of nine affected individuals. The affected individuals were either compound heterozygous or homozygous for different MCM3AP variants, which were predicted to cause depletion of GANP or affect conserved amino acids with likely importance for its function...
June 19, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633116/spatial-and-temporal-variation-in-autochthonous-and-allochthonous-contributors-to-increased-organic-carbon-and-nitrogen-burial-in-a-plateau-lake
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Changchun Huang, Ling Yao, Yunlin Zhang, Tao Huang, Mingli Zhang, A-Xing Zhu, Hao Yang
Increased organic carbon and nitrogen accumulation rates (OCAR and ONAR) in lake sediment significantly regulate the global carbon cycle. However, the reasons for and contributors to the increased OCAR and ONAR are unclear. Seven sediment cores, collected in July 2014 from Dianchi Lake, China, were used to evaluate the effects of autochthonous and allochthonous sources on OCAR and ONAR. The results indicate that OCAR and ONAR increased by factors of 4.33 and 7.34 over the past hundred years (1900-2000), particularly after algal blooms began to occur frequently (beginning in the 1980s)...
June 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632781/climate-change-and-marine-fisheries-least-developed-countries-top-global-index-of-vulnerability
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Robert Blasiak, Jessica Spijkers, Kanae Tokunaga, Jeremy Pittman, Nobuyuki Yagi, Henrik Österblom
Future impacts of climate change on marine fisheries have the potential to negatively influence a wide range of socio-economic factors, including food security, livelihoods and public health, and even to reshape development trajectories and spark transboundary conflict. Yet there is considerable variability in the vulnerability of countries around the world to these effects. We calculate a vulnerability index of 147 countries by drawing on the most recent data related to the impacts of climate change on marine fisheries...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632767/how-is-indonesia-coping-with-its-epidemic-of-chronic-noncommunicable-diseases-a-systematic-review-with-meta-analysis
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Julia Schröders, Stig Wall, Mohammad Hakimi, Fatwa Sari Tetra Dewi, Lars Weinehall, Mark Nichter, Maria Nilsson, Hari Kusnanto, Ekowati Rahajeng, Nawi Ng
BACKGROUND: Chronic noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) have emerged as a huge global health problem in low- and middle-income countries. The magnitude of the rise of NCDs is particularly visible in Southeast Asia where limited resources have been used to address this rising epidemic, as in the case of Indonesia. Robust evidence to measure growing NCD-related burdens at national and local levels and to aid national discussion on social determinants of health and intra-country inequalities is needed...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632049/kinematic-comparison-of-the-seoi-nage-judo-technique-between-elite-and-college-athletes
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Takanori Ishii, Michiyoshi Ae, Yuta Suzuki, Yasuto Kobayashi
This study sought to identify biomechanical factors that determine fast and skilful execution of the seoi-nage (shoulder throw) technique by comparing kinematics between elite and college judo athletes. Three-dimensional motion data were captured using a VICON-MX system with 18 cameras operating at 250 Hz as three male elite and seven male college judo athletes performed seoi-nage. No significant difference was found in motion phase time of the turning phase between the two groups, indicating that motion phase time is not necessarily a factor contributing quickness in seoi-nage...
February 24, 2017: Sports Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631942/a-systematic-review-of-factors-affecting-driving-and-public-transportation-among-youth-and-young-adults-with-acquired-brain-injury
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Sally Lindsay, Andrei Stoica
PURPOSE: Although many people with an acquired brain injury (ABI) encounter difficulties with executive functioning and memory which could negatively affect driving, few people are assessed for fitness to drive after injury. The purpose of this systematic review was to synthesize the literature on factors affecting driving and public transportation among youth and young adults with ABI, post injury. METHOD: Seven databases were systematically searched for articles from 1980 to 2016...
June 20, 2017: Brain Injury: [BI]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631455/the-prognostic-importance-of-chronic-end-stage-diseases-in-geriatric-patients-admitted-to-163-italian-icus
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Daniele Poole, Stefano Finazzi, Giovanni Nattino, Danilo Radrizzani, Giuseppe Gristina, Paolo Malacarne, Sergio Livigni, Guido Bertolini
BACKGROUND: The number of elderly patients undergoing major surgical interventions and then needing admission to intensive care unit (ICU) grows steadily. We investigated this issue in a cohort of 232,278 patients admitted in 5 years (2011-2015) to 163 Italian general ICUs. METHODS: Surgical patients older than 75 registered in the GiViTI MargheritaPROSAFE project were analysed. The impact on hospital mortality of important chronic conditions (severe COPD, NYHA class IV, dementia, end-stage renal disease, cirrhosis with portal hypertension) was investigated with two prognostic models developed yearly on patients staying in the ICU less or more than 24 hours...
June 14, 2017: Minerva Anestesiologica
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