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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931118/unpacking-the-enabling-factors-for-hand-cord-and-birth-surface-hygiene-in-zanzibar-maternity-units
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Giorgia Gon, Said M Ali, Catriona Towriss, Catherine Kahabuka, Ali O Ali, Sue Cavill, Mohammed Dahoma, Sally Faulkner, Haji S Haji, Ibrahim Kabole, Emma Morrison, Rukaiya M Said, Amour Tajo, Yael Velleman, Susannah L Woodd, And Wendy J Graham
Recent national surveys in The United Republic of Tanzania have revealed poor standards of hygiene at birth in facilities. As more women opt for institutional delivery, improving basic hygiene becomes an essential part of preventative strategies for reducing puerperal and newborn sepsis. Our collaborative research in Zanzibar provides an in-depth picture of the state of hygiene on maternity wards to inform action. Hygiene was assessed in 2014 across all 37 facilities with a maternity unit in Zanzibar. We used a mixed methods approach, including structured and semi-structured interviews, and environmental microbiology...
October 1, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931096/-nutrition-therapy-of-cancer-patients
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József Lövey
The majority of cancer patients becomes malnourished during the course of their disease. Malnutrition deteriorates the efficiency of all kinds of oncologic interventions. As a consequence of it, treatment-related toxicity increases, hospital stay is lengthened, chances of cure and survival as well as the quality of life of the patients worsen. Nutritional status therefore influences all aspects of outcome of oncology care. In spite of this the use of nutritional therapy varies across health care providers but its application is far from being sufficient during active oncology interventions as well as rehabilitation and supportive care...
September 20, 2017: Magyar Onkologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931067/in-vivo-imaging-system-for-explants-analysis-a-new-approach-for-assessment-of-cell-transplantation-effects-in-large-animal-models
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Weronika Zarychta-Wiśniewska, Anna Burdzinska, Radosław Zagozdzon, Bartosz Dybowski, Marta Butrym, Zdzisław Gajewski, Leszek Paczek
INTRODUCTION: Despite spectacular progress in cellular transplantology, there are still many concerns about the fate of transplanted cells. More preclinical studies are needed, especially on large animal models, to bridge the translational gap between basic research and the clinic. Herein, we propose a novel approach in analysis of cell transplantation effects in large animals explants using in vivo imaging system (IVIS®) or similar equipment. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In the in vitro experiment cells labeled with fluorescent membrane dyes: DID (far red) or PKH26 (orange) were visualized with IVIS®...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930999/measuring-and-mapping-patterns-of-soil-erosion-and-deposition-related-to-soil-carbonate-concentrations-under-agricultural-management
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Robert H Erskine, Lucretia A Sherrod, Timothy R Green
Spatial patterns of soil erosion and deposition can be inferred from differences in ground elevation mapped at appropriate time increments. Such changes in elevation are related to changes in near-surface soil carbonate (CaCO3) profiles. The objective is to describe a simple conceptual model and detailed protocol for repeatable field and laboratory measurements of these quantities. Here, accurate elevation is measured using a ground-based differential global positioning system (GPS); other data acquisition methods could be applied to the same basic method...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930796/navigating-t-cell-immunometabolism-in-transplantation
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Naoki Tanimine, Laurence A Turka, Bhavana Priyadharshini
Recently, a new discipline termed "immunometabolism" has transformed the field of immunology. It encompasses the study of the intrinsic metabolic pathways of different immune subsets and their impact on cellular fate and function. For instance, broadly speaking, pro-inflammatory cells depend upon glycolysis and glutamine oxidation while cells involved in anti-inflammatory response such as Foxp3+ regulatory T cells (Tregs) utilize predominantly fatty acid oxidation. However, while a useful paradigm, this actually is a reductionist view and the engagement of these metabolic pathways is not mutually exclusive between these subsets...
September 19, 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930762/competency-based-medical-education-in-the-internal-medicine-clerkship-a-report-from-the-alliance-for-academic-internal-medicine-undergraduate-medical-education-task-force
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Sara B Fazio, Cynthia H Ledford, Paul B Aronowitz, Shobhina G Chheda, John H Choe, Stephanie A Call, Scott D Gitlin, Marty Muntz, L James Nixon, Anne G Pereira, John W Ragsdale, Emily A Stewart, Karen E Hauer
As medical educators continue to redefine learning and assessment across the continuum, implementation of competency-based medical education in the undergraduate setting has become a focus of many medical schools. While standards of competency have been defined for the graduating student, there is no uniform approach for defining competency expectations for students during their core clerkship year. The authors describe the process by which an Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine task force developed a paradigm for competency-based assessment of students during their inpatient internal medicine (IM) clerkship...
September 14, 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930758/changes-in-basic-movement-ability-and-activities-of-daily-living-after-hip-fractures-correlation-between-basic-movement-scale-and-motor-functional-independence-measure-scores
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Shogo Toyama, Koshiro Sawada, Keiichiro Ueshima, Yasuo Mikami, Isamu Mori, Kiyoshi Takamuku, Tai Takahashi, Toshikazu Kubo
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to examine the correlation between basic movement ability and activities of daily living (ADL) in elderly patients after hip fracture surgery and predict ADL outcomes from changes in basic movement ability. DESIGN: Fifty-four patients receiving rehabilitation after hip fracture surgery were collected prospectively. Ambulatory ability was evaluated using a Basic Movement Scale (BMS), and ADL was evaluated using the motor subscale of the Functional Independence Measure (motor-FIM)...
September 19, 2017: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930718/estimating-usual-intake-in-the-2nd-bavarian-food-consumption-survey-comparison-of-the-results-derived-by-the-national-cancer-institute-method-and-a-basic-individual-means-approach
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Nina Wawro, Christina Kleiser, Stephanie Himmerich, Kurt Gedrich, Heiner Boeing, Sven Knueppel, Jakob Linseisen
BACKGROUND: The valid estimation of the usual dietary intake remains a challenge till date. We applied the method suggested by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to data from the 2nd Bavarian Food Consumption Survey (BVS II) and compared it to an individual means approach. METHODS: Within the cross-sectional BVS II, 1,050 Bavarian residents aged 13-80 years participated in a personal interview and completed three 24-h dietary recalls by telephone interview. For the 13 main food groups and 23 subgroups the usual intake was calculated by (1) an individual means approach and (2) by the NCI method...
September 21, 2017: Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930666/effects-of-copyrolysis-of-sludge-with-calcium-carbonate-and-calcium-hydrogen-phosphate-on-chemical-stability-of-carbon-and-release-of-toxic-elements-in-the-resultant-biochars
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Xuebin Xu, Xin Hu, Zhuhong Ding, Yijun Chen
The potential release of toxic elements and the stability of carbon in sludge-based biochars are important on their application in soil remediation and wastewater treatment. In this study, municipal sludge was co-pyrolyzed with calcium carbonate (CaCO3) and calcium dihydrogen phosphate [Ca(H2PO4)2] under 300 and 600 °C, respectively. The basic physicochemical properties of the resultant biochars were characterized and laboratory chemical oxidation and leaching experiments of toxic elements were conducted to evaluate the chemical stability of carbon in biochars and the potential release of toxic elements from biochars...
September 8, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930519/divergent-impact-of-gender-in-advancement-of-liver-injuries-diseases-and-carcinogenesis
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Subhrajit Biswas, Sampa Ghose
Several investigations have revealed that liver diseases exhibit gender biases, but identifying the root causes of such biases has been challenging. Evidence of gender differences in liver function is present from the early stage of embryonic development. The differences in access to care and treatment as well as diagnostic deliberation may affect gender-specific differences in liver disease progression. Apart from the pathogenesis, xenobiotic metabolism, immune responses, gene expressions, mitochondrial function, lipid composition, and enzyme activities also differ in this sexually dimorphic organ...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Scholar Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930454/chemical-bypass-of-general-base-catalysis-in-hedgehog-protein-cholesterolysis-using-a-hyper-nucleophilic-substrate
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Daniel Ciulla, Michael Jorgensen, Jose-Luis Giner, Brian P Callahan
Proteins in the hedgehog family undergo self-catalyzed endoproteolysis involving nucleophilic attack by a molecule of cholesterol. Recently, a conserved aspartate residue (D303, or D46) of hedgehog was identified as the general base that activates cholesterol during this unusual autoprocessing event; mutation of the catalyzing functional group (D303A) reduces activity by >104 fold. Here we report near total rescue of this ostensibly dead general base mutant by a synthetic substrate, 3ß-hydroperoxycholestane (3HPC) in which the sterol -OH group is replaced by the hyper nucleophilic -OOH group...
September 20, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930449/o2-reduction-in-enzymatic-biofuel-cells
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Nicolas Mano, Anne de Poulpiquet
Catalytic four-electron reduction of O2 to water is one of the most extensively studied electrochemical reactions due to O2 exceptional availability and high O2/H2O redox potential, which may in particular allow highly energetic reactions in fuel cells. To circumvent the use of expensive and inefficient Pt catalysts, multicopper oxidases (MCOs) have been envisioned because they provide efficient O2 reduction with almost no overpotential. MCOs have been used to elaborate enzymatic biofuel cells (EBFCs), a subclass of fuel cells in which enzymes replace the conventional catalysts...
September 20, 2017: Chemical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930093/a-reusable-osl-film-for-2d-radiotherapy-dosimetry
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Wouter Crijns, Dirk Adelin Vandenbroucke, Paul Leblans, Tom Depuydt
Purpose Optical stimulated luminescence (OSL) combines reusability, sub-mm resolution, and a linear dose response in a single radiation detection technology. Such a combination is currently lacking in radiotherapy dosimetry. But OSL-films have a strong energy dependent response to keV photons due to a relative high effective atomic number (Zeff). The current work studied the applicability of a 2D OSL-film with a reduced Zeff as (IMRT/VMAT) dosimeter. Methods and Materials Based on their commercial OSL-film experience, Agfa Healthcare N...
September 20, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929911/understanding-the-effects-of-intermittent-shedding-on-the-transmission-of-infectious-diseases-example-of-salmonellosis-in-pigs
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Glenn E Lahodny, Raju Gautam, Renata Ivanek
A number of environmentally transmitted infectious diseases are characterized by intermittent infectiousness of infected hosts. However, it is unclear whether intermittent infectiousness must be explicitly accounted for in mathematical models for these diseases or if a simplified modelling approach is acceptable. To address this question we study the transmission of salmonellosis between penned pigs in a grower-finisher facility. The model considers indirect transmission, growth of free-living Salmonella within the environment, and environmental decontamination...
December 2017: Journal of Biological Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929843/cognitive-bias-in-health-leaders
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Samuel G Campbell, Pat Croskerry, David A Petrie
Cognitive bias can be a serious impediment to rational decision-making by health leaders. We use a hypothetical case study to introduce some basic concepts of bias with examples of mitigation strategies. We argue that the effect of biases should be considered when making every significant administrative decision.
September 2017: Healthcare Management Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929790/the-variability-of-pm10-and-pm2-5-concentrations-in-selected-polish-agglomerations-the-role-of-meteorological-conditions-2006-2016
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Joanna Jędruszkiewicz, Bartosz Czernecki, Michał Marosz
The research focuses on the analysis of PM10 and PM2.5 concentrations variability at 11 stations in selected urbanized areas of Poland (Tricity, Poznań, Łódź, Kraków). Methods comprised: the analysis of basic statistical characteristics in yearly/monthly/daily/hourly scale and threshold exceedance frequencies. Also, correlations between PM10 and meteorological variables were investigated. GEV distribution analysis allowed the estimation of the return levels of monthly maxima of PM10 and PM2.5. Results show that in Tricity there are fewer than 5 % of days with PM10 and PM2...
September 20, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Health Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929696/-clinical-analysis-of-cervus-and-cucumis-polypeptide-injection-based-on-real-world-hospital-information-system
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Shuai-Ling Sun, Yan-Ming Xie, Yuan-Yuan Li, Yin Zhang, Dan-Hui Yi, Yan Zhuang
To analyze the clinical application of Cervus and Cucumis Polypeptide injection in the real world, in order to define the characteristics of clinical drug use and correlation, and provide reference for risk management and further study for Cervus and Cucumis Polypeptide injection. Descriptive analysis and association rules analysis were performed on 37 721 cases using Cervus and Cucumis Polypeptide injection in 26 hospitals nationwide. Cervus and Cucumis Polypeptide injection were mostly adopted by patients aged between 45 and 64(39...
November 2016: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929675/-a-new-strategy-for-exploring-herb-pair-investigation-with-a-case-study-on-astragali-radix-corni-fructus-in-treatment-of-diabetic-nephropathy
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Yu Duan, Ke Pei, Hao Cai, Kai-Lei Fan, Xiao Liu, Bao-Chang Cai
As the smallest unit of traditional Chinese medicinal formula compatibility, herb-pair has the basic characteristic of traditional Chinese medicinal formula compatibility. In recent years, herb-pair investigation has attracted much attention, which is an indispensable part of modernization of traditional Chinese medicine. With the decrease of the efficiency in the discovery of new drug, how to discover new drugs from traditional Chinese medicinal herb-pair has also been a bottleneck for the research and development of drug...
November 2016: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929520/a-short-report-on-tooth-replacement-in-an-older-suburban-population-in-nigeria
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Olushola Ibiyemi, Folake B Lawal
OBJECTIVES: To determine: the knowledge of the participants about removable dentures, importance of tooth replacement; prevalence of tooth loss and denture use; and factors associated with its non-use among an elderly population in Nigeria. BACKGROUND: Tooth loss without replacement can impact negatively on the quality of life of the elders, thus making use of denture a basic requirement for those with partial or complete edentulous arches in developed countries...
September 20, 2017: Gerodontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929479/social-capital-neighborhood-disorder-and-disaster-recovery
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Lauren Clay, Mia Papas, David Abramson, James Kendra
OBJECTIVE: This study examined social institutions as a contextual factor that may influence perceptions of neighborhood physical and social disorder during disaster recovery. DESIGN: The study used descriptive statistics and fit logistic regression models. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: Participants in this study (n = 772) were recruited from temporary housing in Louisiana and Mississippi as part of the Gulf Coast Child and Family Health Study, a longitudinal study of households heavily impacted by Hurricane Katrina...
July 2017: Journal of Emergency Management: JEM
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