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A Di Gilio, G Ventrella, P Giungato, M Tutino, R Giua, G Assennato, G de Gennaro
This study provided a useful approach for assessing the impact of industrial sources on surrounding, especially in a sensitive industrial area as Taranto (South of Italy). Taranto is one of the most industrialized Italian towns, where several emission sources operate simultaneously in proximity to the urban settlement. An intensive monitoring campaign of PAHs was carried out from January 28th to July 30th, 2011, in seven sites located in residential settlement around the industrial area and in the city center...
October 23, 2016: Chemosphere
Maria Manuela Ferreira Pereira da Silva Martins, Maria Narcisa da Costa Gonçalves, Olga Maria Pimenta Lopes Ribeiro, Daisy Maria Rizatto Tronchin
Objectives: to describe the development and validation process of a scale to measure the nurses' perception of the activities that contribute to nursing care quality. Method: methodological study based on a literature review, the opinion of experts and the experience of study investigators. An instrument was designed containing six dimensions and 25 items, applied as a questionnaire to 775 nurses from a hospital in northern Portugal, from May to July 2014. The instrument validation used an exploratory factor analysis and an internal consistency assessment of each factor/dimension...
September 2016: Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem
Shivani K Mhatre, Omar Serna, Shubhada Sansgiry, Marc L Fleming, E James Essien, Sujit S Sansgiry
BACKGROUND: Low adherence to oral antidiabetic drugs (OADs) in the Medicare population can greatly reduce Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) star ratings for managed care organizations (MCOs). OBJECTIVE: To develop and validate a risk assessment tool (Prescription Medication Adherence Prediction Tool for Diabetes Medications [RxAPT-D]) to predict nonadherence to OADs using Medicare claims data. METHODS: In this retrospective observational study, claims data for members enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug (MA-PD) program in Houston, Texas, were used...
November 2016: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
Claudiu T Supuran
The enzyme carbonic anhydrase (CA, EC is found in numerous organisms across the tree of life, with seven distinct classes known to date. CA inhibition can be exploited for the treatment of edema, glaucoma, seizures, obesity, cancer and infectious diseases. A myriad of CA inhibitor (CAI) classes and inhibition mechanisms have been identified over the past decade, mainly through structure-based drug design approaches. Five different CA inhibition mechanisms are presently known. Areas covered: Recent advances in structure-based CAI design are reviewed, with periodic table-based organization of inhibitor classes...
October 26, 2016: Expert Opinion on Drug Discovery
Ricardo Fernandes, Sasha Mazzarello, Carol Stober, Lisa Vandermeer, Shaan Dudani, Mohamed F K Ibrahim, Habeeb Majeed, Kirstin Perdrizet, Risa Shorr, Brian Hutton, Dean Fergusson, Mark Clemons
BACKGROUND: Due to the high rate of febrile neutropenia (FN) with docetaxel-cyclophosphamide (DC) chemotherapy, primary FN prophylaxis is recommended. However, the optimal choice of prophylaxis [i.e., granulocyte-colony stimulating factors (G-CSF) or antibiotics] is unknown. A systematic review was performed to address this knowledge gap. METHODS: Embase, Ovid Medline, Pubmed, the Cochrane database of systematic reviews, and Cochrane register of controlled trials were searched from 1946 to April 2016 for studies evaluating primary prophylactic FN treatments in breast cancer patients receiving DC chemotherapy...
October 25, 2016: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
Won Hyuk Chang, Jung Min Hwang, Kyeong Eun Uhm, Alvaro Pascual-Leone, Yun-Hee Kim
The objective of this study was to assess the functional state of corticospinal projections in the non-dominant hand according to brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) Val66Met polymorphisms. We investigated this in 34 healthy right-handed individuals (12 men, mean age 27.4 ± 3.4 years) who underwent two experimental sessions consisting of corticospinal excitability measurements with single-pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and hand motor function assessments with a sequential finger motor task of the non-dominant hand...
October 25, 2016: Neurological Sciences
A A Suriawati, Hazreen Abdul Majid, Nabilla Al-Sadat, Mohd Nahar Azmi Mohamed, Muhammad Yazid Jalaludin
BACKGROUND: Dietary calcium and vitamin D are essential for bone development. Apart from diet, physical activity may potentially improve and sustain bone health. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relationship between the dietary intake of calcium and vitamin D, physical activity, and bone mineral content (BMC) in 13-year-old Malaysian adolescents. DESIGN: Cross-sectional. SETTING: Selected public secondary schools from the central and northern regions of Peninsular Malaysia...
October 24, 2016: Nutrients
Yu-Lung Chiu, Senyeong Kao, Shao-Wen Tou, Fu-Gong Lin
PURPOSE: To investigate the prevalence of various types of bullying victimization among adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and examine the effects of victimization on the mental health of adolescents with ASD. METHODS: The sample was collected from the Special Needs Education Longitudinal Study (SNELS) database released in 2011. Variables comprising seven psychological distress (PD) items and four types of bullying victimization and family-, school-, and peer-related factors were included in a multivariate regression analysis...
October 26, 2016: Disability and Rehabilitation
Irene D Román, David Cano-Martínez, María Val T Lobo, María Dolores Fernández-Moreno, Borja Hernández-Breijo, Silvia Sacristán, Patricia Sanmartín-Salinas, Jorge Monserrat, Javier P Gisbert, Luis G Guijarro
: Objetive: Our purpose was to study the molecular basis of infliximab (IFX) effect on colon mucosa in a colitis model and to identify new biomarkers of mucosal healing. METHODS: Healthy rats and rats which were subjected to experimental colitis induced by dextran sulphate sodium, with or without IFX treatment (in the short- and long-term), were studied along with forty-seven IBD patients. Colon mucosal integrity by Periodic Acid Schiff staining, intestinal damage by immunohistochemistry (proliferating cell nuclear antigen, β-catenin, E-cadherin, phosphotyrosine, p-p38, allograft inflammatory factor-1 (AIF-1) and colonic mucosal apoptosis by TUNEL staining were evaluated in rats...
October 26, 2016: Biomarkers: Biochemical Indicators of Exposure, Response, and Susceptibility to Chemicals
Jun Huang, Jiaming Zhou, Yingjie Wan, Yanghao Lin, Yanhong Deng, Zhiyang Zhou, Jianping Qiu, Jianping Wang, Meijin Huang
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the influences of inferior mesenteric artery (IMA) types and Riolan artery arcade absence on the incidence of anastomotic leakage(AL) after laparoscopic resection of rectal cancer. METHODS: Clinical data of 116 local advanced rectal cancer patients who underwent laparoscopic resection in The Sixth Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University from January 2012 to December 2014 were analyzed retrospectively. IMA and Riolan artery arcade were examined by preoperative computed tomography angiography (CTA) reconstruction...
October 25, 2016: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
Hiroyuki Nakanishi, Masayuki Kurosaki, Kaoru Tsuchiya, Yutaka Yasui, Mayu Higuchi, Tsubasa Yoshida, Yasuyuki Komiyama, Kenta Takaura, Tsuguru Hayashi, Konomi Kuwabara, Natsuko Nakakuki, Hitomi Takada, Masako Ueda, Nobuharu Tamaki, Shoko Suzuki, Jun Itakura, Yuka Takahashi, Namiki Izumi
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to build a prediction score of prognosis for patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) after sorafenib treatment. METHODS: A total of 165 patients with advanced HCC who were treated with sorafenib were analyzed. Readily available baseline factors were used to establish a scoring system for the prediction of survival. RESULTS: The median survival time (MST) was 14.2 months. The independent prognostic factors were C-reactive protein (CRP) <1...
October 2016: Liver Cancer
Zhaleh Shadman, Mahdieh Akhoundan, Nooshin Poorsoltan, Mohsen Khoshniat Nikoo, Bagher Larijani, Camelia Akhgar Zhand, Mozhdeh Soleymanzadeh, Zahra Alsadat Seyed Rohani, Zahra Jamshidi
BACKGROUND: Ramadan fasting is associated with some lifestyle changes. A lack of nutritional needs knowledge or the improper performance of fasting, particularly in relation to time, type and amount of food intake, can cause disorders such as indigestion, bloating, constipation, headaches and other clinical problems. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the general knowledge regarding dietary factors associated with Ramadan fasting and its related complications. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This prospective, non-interventional, observational study was conducted from April to July, 2012 to coincide with the month before and the month of Ramadan...
August 2016: Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal
Xiaoke Zeng, Aaron M Kociolek, Muhammad Idrees Khan, Stephan Milosavljevic, Brenna Bath, Catherine Trask
Whole body vibration is a significant physical risk factor associated with low back pain. This study assessed farmers' exposure to whole body vibration on the Canadian Prairies according to ISO 2631-1. Eighty-seven vibration measurements were collected with a triaxial accelerometer embedded in a rubber seat pad at the operator-seat interface of agricultural machinery, including tractors, combines, pickup trucks, grain trucks, sprayers, swathers, all-terrain vehicles, and skid steers. Whole body vibration was highest in the vertical axis, with a mean (range) frequency-weighted root mean squared acceleration of 0...
October 26, 2016: Ergonomics
Rose Pedersen, Michael Sung, Andrew L DiFronzo
Prior studies of laparoscopic liver resection (LLR) have evaluated long-term outcomes in terms of cancer survival, but few have evaluated nononcologic outcomes. This study analyzes long-term nondisease-specific complications associated with LLR and open liver resection (OLR). We performed a retrospective single-institution review of patients undergoing liver resection for any reason from January 2005 to December 2014. Long-term complication was defined as any complication not related to the primary disease process, and occurring more than 90 days after surgery, emphasizing incisional hernia (IH) and small bowel obstruction (SBO)...
October 2016: American Surgeon
Shawn Diamond, Hassan S Moghaddas, Stephen S Kaminski, Jonathan Grotts, Lisa Ferrigno, Wesley Schooler
Over two million Americans receive treatment for pressure ulcers (PUs) annually, but national surgical outcomes are not well described. This study investigated rates and risk factors of postoperative complications in patients with PU. The 2011 and 2012 American College of Surgeons-National Surgical Quality Improvement Project database was queried and PU patients undergoing flap closure were identified. Descriptive statistics and multivariate regression analysis was used and reported as odds ratios (ORs) if (P < 0...
October 2016: American Surgeon
Jennyka Hallewell, Tim Reuter, Kim Stanford, Ed Topp, Trevor W Alexander
The goal of this study was to monitor Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) serogroups and virulence genes in cattle (n = 30) originating from a closed herd. Fecal samples were collected (1) at weaning, (2) upon arrival to a feedlot, (3) after 30 days on feed (DOF), and (4) after 135 DOF. DNA was extracted from feces for detection of virulence and serogroup genes by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and immunomagnetic separation and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) were performed to collect and subtype STEC isolates...
October 25, 2016: Foodborne Pathogens and Disease
Maxwell S Barnish, Nara Tagiyeva, Graham Devereux, Lorna Aucott, Steve Turner
BACKGROUND: Childhood asthma is a common condition whose prevalence is changing. We hypothesised that the relationship between asthma and associated risk factors has changed over a 50-year period. METHODS: An ecological study design was used. Children aged 8-13 attending schools in Aberdeen city were surveyed on seven occasions between 1964 and 2014. The following were determined: history of asthma, history of eczema, parental smoking, parental asthma, sex and socioeconomic status...
October 25, 2016: Pediatric Allergy and Immunology
John C Flunker, Jessica Miller Clouser, David Mannino, Jennifer Swanberg
BACKGROUND: Latino thoroughbred workers may be at risk for developing abnormal pulmonary function related to occupational exposures. METHODS: Eighty worker participants were recruited via community-based purposive sampling. Questionnaires and spirometry tests were administered by trained lay health promoters. Demographic and occupational factors were assessed for associations with respiratory outcomes via multivariable logistic regression. RESULTS: Twenty-seven percent of participants exhibited abnormal pulmonary function (primarily restrictive), 79% reported any respiratory symptoms, and 94% infrequently used dust masks...
October 24, 2016: American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Lori N Scott, Maureen Zalewski, Joseph E Beeney, Neil P Jones, Stephanie D Stepp
Etiological models propose that a biological vulnerability to emotional reactivity plays an important role in the development of borderline personality disorder (BPD). However, the physiological and phenomenological components of emotional reactivity that predict the course of BPD symptoms in adolescence are poorly understood. This prospective study examines pupillary and affective responses to maternal feedback as predictors of BPD symptom development in adolescent girls over 18 months. Fifty-seven 16-year-old girls completed a laboratory task in which they heard recorded clips of their own mothers making critical or praising statements about them, as well as neutral statements that did not pertain to them...
October 25, 2016: Development and Psychopathology
Ick-Jee Kim, Sang-Hee Kim, Sue-Kyung Sohn
AIM: One of the remarkable changes in today's nursing profession is the emergence of male nurses. In order to promote the development of nursing, it would be beneficial for a positive perception of male nurses to be established in society. This study identified the public perceptions of male nurses in South Korea by using Q methodology and offered basic strategies for enhancing the perception of male nurses. METHODS: A Q-methodological approach, suitable for subjective research, was used for a survey...
October 25, 2016: Japan Journal of Nursing Science: JJNS
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