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Jacey L Janz Vernoski, Jack R Bjorkland, Talia J Kramer, Steven T Oczak, Alexandra L Borstad
Proprioception may be the least well measured of all contributors to the neural control of movement. New precise, reliable measures of proprioception are needed for clinical diagnosis of impairment, and to measure outcomes of proprioceptive training. The purpose of this simple, non-invasive method is to temporarily knockdown upper limb proprioception in healthy adults, to an extent that would be useful in the development and testing of upper limb proprioception measures. Knockdown models have two main advantages over studying humans with impaired proprioception: participant availability and the ability to control the extent of impairment across participants...
March 3, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Zaher Nazzal, Hisham Sholi, Suha B Sholi, Mohammad B Sholi, Rawya Lahaseh
BACKGROUND: Mammography screening is an effective tool for early detection and management of breast cancer. Female health-care workers' awareness of breast cancer screening is important because their beliefs and behaviours could influence other women. The aim of this study was to assess mammography screening uptake by female health-care workers at primary health-care centres and to identify the primary motivators and barriers that affect uptake. METHODS: This cross-sectional study included all governmental primary health-care centres in the West Bank...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
Rola Abu Dalfa, Khaled I Abu El Aish, Mohamed El Raai, Nermeen El Gazaly, Ahmed Shatat
BACKGROUND: Diarrhoea causes 15% of under-5 mortality in developing countries. Zinc (Zn) stores in the body are known to be depleted during acute diarrhoea. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of Zn given with standard treatment to children with acute or moderate diarrhoea. METHODS: In this quasi-unmasked, parallel-group study, we enrolled children with diarrhoea at El-Dorra Paediatric Hospital, Gaza Strip, occupied Palestinian territory. Inclusion criteria were children with more than three unformed stools in the preceding 24 h, duration of diarrhoea up to 72 h, and ability to accept oral fluids or feeds...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
Raed Tafish, Khaled I Abu El Aish, Walid Madi
BACKGROUND: General anaesthesia and spinal anaesthesia are commonly used for caesarean sections. The aim of this study was to compare the outcomes from caesarean sections with these two types of anaesthesia. METHODS: In this quasi-controlled trial, we enrolled women undergoing caesarean sections at Al-Helal Al-Emirati Hospital, Rafah, Gaza Strip. Women were assigned either to general anaesthesia (20% intravenous propofol for anaesthesia induction followed by atracurium for muscle relaxation, and nitrous oxide and oxygen for anaesthesia maintenance) or to spinal anaesthesia (0·5% hyperbaric solution bupivacaine with 20 μg fentanyl intrathecally)...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
Khaled Abu El Aish, Raed Tafish, Haly Zourob
BACKGROUND: Finding appropriate analgesics is important for a mother's recovery after a caesarean section. The aim of this study was to compare the analgesic effect of spinal morphine and fentanyl for women undergoing a caesarean section. METHODS: In this randomised, unmasked, parallel-group, controlled trial, eligible participants were women undergoing caesarean section with spinal anaesthetic at the Al-Helal Al-Emirati Hospital, Rafah, Gaza Strip, occupied Palestinian territory...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
Natasha A Lannin, Louise Ada, Coralie English, Julie Ratcliffe, Maria Crotty
Rationale Although clinical practice guidelines recommend that management of moderate to severe spasticity include the use of botulinum toxin-A in conjunction with therapy, there is currently no evidence to support the addition of therapy. Aims To determine the effect and cost-benefit of adding evidence-based movement training to botulinum toxin-A. Sample size estimate A total of 136 participants will be recruited in order to be able to detect a between-group difference of seven points on the Goal Attainment Scale T-score with 80% power at a two-tailed significance level of 0...
January 1, 2018: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
Xin-Yu Tian, Chun-Hong Liu, De-Xiang Wang, Xiu-Li Ji, Hui Shi, Chun-Yan Zheng, Meng-Shuang Xie, Wei Xiao
Background: The interpretation of spirometry varies on different reference values. Older people are usually underrepresented in published predictive values. This study aimed at developing spirometric reference equations for elderly Chinese in Jinan aged 60-84 years and to compare them to previous equations. Methods: The project covered all of Jinan city, and the recruitment period lasted 9 months from January 1, 2017 to September 30, 2017, 434 healthy people aged 60-84 years who had never smoked (226 females and 208 males) were recruited to undergo spirometry...
March 19, 2018: Chinese Medical Journal
Helton O Campos, Lucas R Drummond, Quezia T Rodrigues, Frederico S M Machado, Washington Pires, Samuel P Wanner, Cândido C Coimbra
Nitrate (NO3 -) is an ergogenic nutritional supplement that is widely used to improve physical performance. However, the effectiveness of NO3 - supplementation has not been systematically investigated in individuals with different physical fitness levels. The present study analysed whether different fitness levels (non-athletes v. athletes or classification of performance levels), duration of the test used to measure performance (short v. long duration) and the test protocol (time trials v. open-ended tests v...
March 2018: British Journal of Nutrition
Bart N Ford, Robert H Yolken, Faith B Dickerson, T Kent Teague, Michael R Irwin, Martin P Paulus, Jonathan Savitz
BACKGROUND: Depression can impair the immunogenicity of vaccine administration in adults. Whereas many vaccinations are administered in childhood, it is not known whether adolescent or adult onset depression is associated with impairments in the maintenance of protection of childhood vaccines. This study tested the hypothesis that individuals with adolescent or adult onset mood disorders would display compromised immunity to measles, a target of childhood vaccination. METHODS: IgG antibodies to measles were quantified using a solid phase immunoassay in volunteers with bipolar disorder (BD, n = 64, mean age of onset = 16...
March 19, 2018: Psychological Medicine
Joanie Mercier, An Tang, Mélanie Morin, Marie-Claude Lemieux, Samir Khalifé, Barbara Reichetzer, Chantale Dumoulin
INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: The internal pudendal artery (IPA) is one of the main arteries supplying the pelvic floor muscles (PFMs) and vulvo-vaginal tissues. Its assessment with color Doppler ultrasound has been documented previously, but the reliability of IPA measurements has never been assessed. This study evaluates the test-retest reliability of IPA blood flow parameters measured by color Doppler ultrasound under two conditions: at rest and after a PFM contraction task. METHODS: Twenty healthy women participated in this study...
March 19, 2018: International Urogynecology Journal
Chiara De Biase, Antonios Mastrokostopoulos, Raphael Philippart, Louis Marie Desroche, Stephanie Blanco, Kamel Rehal, Nicolas Dumonteil, Didier Tchetche
This original clinical research study id focused on description of baseline anatomy and outcomes after transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) in patients presenting with severe aortic stenosis (AS) and bicuspid aortic valve (BAV). We compared this BAV population with a population of patients with AS and tricuspid aortic valves after a propensity score matching developed by a multivariate logistic regression according to a non-parsimonious approach. Baseline anatomical characteristics were obtained by transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) and multi-sliced computed tomography (MSCT) and compared by chi-square and t-student tests...
April 2018: Data in Brief
Geoffrey S Meltzner, James T Heaton, Yunbin Deng, Gianluca De Luca, Serge H Roy, Joshua C Kline
Each year thousands of individuals require surgical removal of their larynx (voice box) due to trauma or disease, and thereby require an alternative voice source or assistive device to verbally communicate. Although natural voice is lost after laryngectomy, most muscles controlling speech articulation remain intact. Surface electromyographic (sEMG) activity of speech musculature can be recorded from the neck and face, and used for automatic speech recognition to provide speech-to-text or synthesized speech as an alternative means of communication...
December 2017: IEEE/ACM Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing
Michael C Milone, Vijay G Bhoj
Adoptive cellular therapy using T cells with tumor specificity derived from either natural T cell receptors (TCRs) or an artificial chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) has reached late phase clinical testing, with two CAR T cell therapies achieving regulatory approval within the United States in 2017. The effective use of these therapies depends upon an understanding of their pharmacology, which is quite divergent from traditional small molecule or biologic drugs. We review the different types of T cell therapy under clinical development, the factors affecting cellular kinetics following infusion, and the relationship between these cellular kinetics and anti-cancer activity...
March 16, 2018: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
Sanna Rauhamäki, Pekka A Postila, Sanna Niinivehmas, Sami Kortet, Emmi Schildt, Mira Pasanen, Elangovan Manivannan, Mira Ahinko, Pasi Koskimies, Niina Nyberg, Pasi Huuskonen, Elina Multamäki, Markku Pasanen, Risto O Juvonen, Hannu Raunio, Juhani Huuskonen, Olli T Pentikäinen
Monoamine oxidase B (MAO-B) catalyzes deamination of monoamines such as neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine. Accordingly, small-molecule MAO-B inhibitors potentially alleviate the symptoms of dopamine-linked neuropathologies such as depression or Parkinson's disease. Coumarin with a functionalized 3-phenyl ring system is a promising scaffold for building potent MAO-B inhibitors. Here, a vast set of 3-phenylcoumarin derivatives was designed using virtual combinatorial chemistry or rationally de novo and synthesized using microwave chemistry...
2018: Frontiers in Chemistry
Mohammed Sami Alhaddad, Afnan Khalifah AlBarjas, Lolowah Ebraheem Alhammar, Abdullatif Sami Al Rashed, Lorina Ineta Badger-Emeka
Background: Acinetobacter baumannii , is an emerging nosocomial multidrug resistance pathogen with the rapid spread of clones being reported in health-care settings and hospitals worldwide. Carbapenem resistance in this bacterium has been attributed to D OXA β-lactamases with OXA-51-like β-lactamase, being present in all A. baumannii isolate. The present study looks into the antibiotics susceptibility and molecular characterization of clinical A. baumannii isolates from Intensive Care Unit (ICU) samples in Al-Hofuf, South-eastern region of Saudi Arabia...
January 2018: International Journal of Applied and Basic Medical Research
Shivani Jaswal, Varinder Saini, Jasbinder Kaur, Seema Gupta, Harjeet Kaur, Kranti Garg
Context: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is not only restricted to the pulmonary inflammation and airway obstruction but is also associated with comorbidities, which affect the therapeutic intervention and the quality of life and survival. Markers that can predict the systemic inflammation and a decline in the pulmonary function are of scientific interest. Adiponectin (APN) appears to be one such biomarker and can be used as a potential indicator of severity and response to treatment in patients of COPD...
January 2018: International Journal of Applied and Basic Medical Research
Rose Mary Xavier, Jennifer R Dungan, Richard S E Keefe, Allison Vorderstrasse
Genetic etiology of psychopathology symptoms and cognitive performance in schizophrenia is supported by candidate gene and polygenic risk score (PRS) association studies. Such associations are reported to be dependent on several factors - sample characteristics, illness phase, illness severity etc. We aimed to examine if schizophrenia PRS predicted psychopathology symptoms and cognitive performance in patients with chronic schizophrenia. We also examined if schizophrenia associated autosomal loci were associated with specific symptoms or cognitive domains...
June 2018: Schizophrenia Research. Cognition
Purva V Sharma, Michael Witteman, Swethika Sundaravel, Tulisa Larocca, Yuanming Zhang, Harry Goldsztajn
Adult T cell lymphoma (ATL), is a peripheral T cell neoplasm associated with infection by human T-lymphotropic virus (HTLV). This is a case of a 28-year-old lady who presented with back pain for the past month and recent onset weakness in her lower extremities bilaterally. She has a history of T-cell lymphoma secondary to HTLV-1 under remission since 2014 and systemic lupus erythematosus complicated by lupus nephritis. On physical examination patient had hyper-reflexia in both knees, ankle clonus bilaterally and spasticity in both her lower extremities...
February 2018: Intractable & Rare Diseases Research
Kelly Lien, Alvin Chin, Anton Helman, Teresa M Chan
Introduction Podcasts and blog posts have gained popularity in Free Open Access Medical education (FOAM). Previous work suggests that podcasts may be useful for knowledge acquisition in undergraduate medical education. However, there remains a paucity of research comparing the two mediums. This study aims to investigate if there are differences in knowledge acquisition and usage conditions by medical students using podcasts and blog posts. Methods Medical students were randomized to either the podcast or blog post group...
January 15, 2018: Curēus
Jungeun Won, Guillermo L Monroy, Pin-Chieh Huang, Roshan Dsouza, Malcolm C Hill, Michael A Novak, Ryan G Porter, Eric Chaney, Ronit Barkalifa, Stephen A Boppart
Pneumatic otoscopy to assess the mobility of the tympanic membrane (TM) is a highly recommended diagnostic method of otitis media (OM), a widespread middle ear infection characterized by the fluid accumulation in the middle ear. Nonetheless, limited depth perception and subjective interpretation of small TM displacements have challenged the appropriate and efficient examination of TM dynamics experienced during OM. In this paper, a pneumatic otoscope integrated with low coherence interferometry (LCI) was adapted with a controlled pressure-generating system to record the pneumatic response of the TM and to estimate middle ear pressure (MEP)...
February 1, 2018: Biomedical Optics Express
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