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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530468/genetic-susceptibility-contributing-to-periodontal-and-cardiovascular-disease
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G Aarabi, T Zeller, H Seedorf, D R Reissmann, G Heydecke, A S Schaefer, U Seedorf
Periodontal disease (PD) and coronary artery disease (CAD) are common diseases characterized by an overaggressive inflammatory response to diverse stimuli. Whereas PD leads to destruction of the tooth-supporting structures, CAD is a chronic inflammatory condition ultimately causing myocardial infarction via narrowing and occluding of blood vessels. Classical twin studies led to the conclusion that both complex diseases have a similar degree of heritability and that a significant fraction of the genetic factors accounting for this heritability is shared...
June 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530057/-hansen-s-disease-in-israel
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REVIEW
Leon Gilead, Ruth Wexler
Hansen's disease (HD) is an anthropophylic, infectious, chronic disease, caused by Mycobacterium leprae. The systemic disease, affecting both males and females at any age, involves mainly the skin and the peripheral nerves located in the limbs close to the skin. Traditionally the treatment of HD patients was entrusted to dermatologists. Current drug therapy given at an early stage can prevent many of the complications, and enables patients to go on with life. In 95% of the population there is an innate immunity, which following exposure, enables the development of an effective immune response preventing the development of overt clinical disease...
October 2016: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529495/determining-the-association-between-language-and-cognitive-tests-in-poststroke-aphasia
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Kylie J Wall, Toby B Cumming, David A Copland
BACKGROUND: Individuals with aphasia are often excluded from studies exploring poststroke cognition because so many of the standard cognitive assessments rely on language ability. Our primary objective was to examine the association between performance on cognitive tests and performance on comprehension and naming tests in poststroke aphasia. Second, we aimed to determine the association between language performance and a real-life measure of cognition (Kettle Test). Third, we explored the feasibility of administering cognitive tests in aphasia...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528339/molecular-diagnosis-of-tubercular-lymphadenopathy-from-fine-needle-aspirates-in-pediatric-patients
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Vivek Gupta, Arvind Bhake
OBJECTIVES: The diagnosis of peripheral tubercular lymphadenopathy (TBLN) in pediatric patients is often a challenge because features evident on fine-needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) or tissue biopsy can be deceptive for the reason that they result from an immunological response. This study aimed to evaluate polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTBC) in pediatric patients under clinical suspicion for TBLN and to assess its role in the evaluation of cases cytodiagnosed as reactive lymphoid hyperplasia...
May 20, 2017: Acta Cytologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527794/farmers-preferences-for-automatic-lameness-detection-systems-in-dairy-cattle
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T Van De Gucht, W Saeys, A Van Nuffel, L Pluym, K Piccart, L Lauwers, J Vangeyte, S Van Weyenberg
As lameness is a major health problem in dairy herds, a lot of attention goes to the development of automated lameness-detection systems. Few systems have made it to the market, as most are currently still in development. To get these systems ready for practice, developers need to define which system characteristics are important for the farmers as end users. In this study, farmers' preferences for the different characteristics of proposed lameness-detection systems were investigated. In addition, the influence of sociodemographic and farm characteristics on farmers' preferences was assessed...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524382/an-observational-study-of-patient-care-outcomes-sensitive-to-handover-quality-in-the-post-anaesthetic-care-unit
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Nichole Lillibridge, Mari Botti, Beverley Wood, Bernice Redley
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To identify patient care outcome indicators sensitive to the quality of interprofessional handover between the anaesthetist and the Post-Anaesthetic Care Unit nurse. BACKGROUND: The relationship between interprofessional clinical handover when patients are transferred from the operating theatre to the Post-Anaesthetic Care Unit and patient outcomes of subsequent patient care delivery is not well understood. DESIGN: Naturalistic, exploratory descriptive design using observation...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523698/survey-among-critical-care-nurses-and-physicians-about-delirium-management
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Peter Nydahl, Michael Dewes, Rolf Dubb, Carsten Hermes, Arnold Kaltwasser, Susanne Krotsetis, Rebecca von Haken
BACKGROUND: Delirium is a serious complication in patients in intensive care units. Previous surveys on delirium management in daily practice showed low adherence to published guidelines. AIM: To evaluate delirium management in nurses and physicians working in intensive care units in German-speaking countries and to identify related differences between nurses and physicians. DESIGN: The study used an open online survey with multiple-choice responses...
May 18, 2017: Nursing in Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522828/efficient-wideband-numerical-simulations-for-nanostructures-employing-a-drude-critical-points-dcp-dispersive-model
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Qiang Ren, Jogender Nagar, Lei Kang, Yusheng Bian, Ping Werner, Douglas H Werner
A highly efficient numerical approach for simulating the wideband optical response of nano-architectures comprised of Drude-Critical Points (DCP) media (e.g., gold and silver) is proposed and validated through comparing with commercial computational software. The kernel of this algorithm is the subdomain level discontinuous Galerkin time domain (DGTD) method, which can be viewed as a hybrid of the spectral-element time-domain method (SETD) and the finite-element time-domain (FETD) method. An hp-refinement technique is applied to decrease the Degrees-of-Freedom (DoFs) and computational requirements...
May 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521247/cognitive-performance-of-juvenile-monkeys-after-chronic-fluoxetine-treatment
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Mari S Golub, Edward P Hackett, Casey E Hogrefe, Csaba Leranth, John D Elsworth, Robert H Roth
Potential long term effects on brain development are a concern when drugs are used to treat depression and anxiety in childhood. In this study, male juvenile rhesus monkeys (three-four years of age) were dosed with fluoxetine or vehicle (N=16/group) for two years. Histomorphometric examination of cortical dendritic spines conducted after euthanasia at one year postdosing (N=8/group) suggested a trend toward greater dendritic spine synapse density in prefrontal cortex of the fluoxetine-treated monkeys. During dosing, subjects were trained for automated cognitive testing, and evaluated with a test of sustained attention...
May 1, 2017: Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520768/mobile-phone-reminders-and-peer-counseling-improve-adherence-and-treatment-outcomes-of-patients-on-art-in-malaysia-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Surajudeen Abiola Abdulrahman, Lekhraj Rampal, Faisal Ibrahim, Anuradha P Radhakrishnan, Hayati Kadir Shahar, Norlijah Othman
BACKGROUND: Adherence to treatment remains the cornerstone of long term viral suppression and successful treatment outcomes among patients receiving Antiretroviral Therapy (ART). OBJECTIVE(S): Evaluate the effectiveness of mobile phone reminders and peer counseling in improving adherence and treatment outcomes among HIV positive patients on ART in Malaysia. METHODS: A single-blind, parallel group RCT conducted in Hospital Sungai Buloh, Malaysia in which 242 adult Malaysian patients were randomized to intervention or control groups...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514486/efficacy-of-42-pharmacologic-cotreatment-strategies-added-to-antipsychotic-monotherapy-in-schizophrenia-systematic-overview-and-quality-appraisal-of-the-meta-analytic-evidence
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Christoph U Correll, Jose M Rubio, Gabriella Inczedy-Farkas, Michael L Birnbaum, John M Kane, Stefan Leucht
Importance: Limited treatment responses in schizophrenia prompted the testing of combining an antipsychotic drug treatment with a second psychotropic medication. A comprehensive evaluation of the efficacy of multiple medication combinations is missing. Objective: To summarize and compare the meta-analytically determined efficacy of pharmacologic combination strategies of antipsychotic drugs in adults with schizophrenia. Data Sources: Systematic search of PubMed and PsycInfo until May 13, 2016...
May 17, 2017: JAMA Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508352/pediatric-precursor-b-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-are-t-helper-cells-the-missing-link-in-the-infectious-etiology-theory
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REVIEW
Simone Bürgler, David Nadal
Precursor B acute lymphoblastic leukemia (BCP-ALL), the most common childhood malignancy, arises from an expansion of malignant B cell precursors in the bone marrow. Epidemiological studies suggest that infections or immune responses to infections may promote such an expansion and thus BCP-ALL development. Nevertheless, a specific pathogen responsible for this process has not been identified. BCP-ALL cells critically depend on interactions with the bone marrow microenvironment. The bone marrow is also home to memory T helper (Th) cells that have previously expanded during an immune response in the periphery...
December 2017: Molecular and Cellular Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507866/establishing-content-validity-of-the-cleft-q-a-new-patient-reported-outcome-instrument-for-cleft-lip-palate
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Elena Tsangaris, Karen W Y Wong Riff, Tim Goodacre, Christopher R Forrest, Marieke Dreise, Jonathan Sykes, Tristan de Chalain, Karen Harman, Aisling O'Mahony, Andrea L Pusic, Lehana Thabane, Achilleas Thoma, Anne F Klassen
BACKGROUND: The CLEFT-Q is a new patient-reported outcome instrument designed to measure outcomes that matter to patients. The aim of this qualitative study was to establish content validity of the CLEFT-Q in patients who differ by age and culture. METHODS: Patients aged between 6 and 29 years were recruited from plastic surgery clinics in Canada, India, Ireland, the Philippines, the Netherlands and the United States. Healthcare providers and other experts participated in a focus group or provided individual feedback...
April 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Global Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507519/vasorelaxing-action-of-the-kynurenine-metabolite-xanthurenic-acid-the-missing-link-in-endotoxin-induced-hypotension
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Francesco Fazio, Albino Carrizzo, Luana Lionetto, Antonio Damato, Luca Capocci, Mariateresa Ambrosio, Giuseppe Battaglia, Valeria Bruno, Michele Madonna, Maurizio Simmaco, Ferdinando Nicoletti, Carmine Vecchione
The kynurenine pathway of tryptophan metabolism is activated by pro-inflammatory cytokines. L-kynurenine, an upstream metabolite of the pathway, acts as a putative endothelium-derived relaxing factor, and has been hypothesized to play a causative role in the pathophysiology of inflammation-induced hypotension. Here, we show that xanthurenic acid (XA), the transamination product of 3-hydroxykynurenine, is more efficacious than L-kynurenine in causing relaxation of a resistance artery, but fails to relax pre-contracted aortic rings...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505709/causal-influence-in-linear-langevin-networks-without-feedback
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Andrea Auconi, Andrea Giansanti, Edda Klipp
The intuition of causation is so fundamental that almost every research study in life sciences refers to this concept. However, a widely accepted formal definition of causal influence between observables is still missing. In the framework of linear Langevin networks without feedback (linear response models) we propose a measure of causal influence based on a new decomposition of information flows over time. We discuss its main properties and we compare it with other information measures like the transfer entropy...
April 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505703/-benefit-and-sustainability-of-networks-for-workplace-health-promotion-in-sme-examined-at-the-sme-networks-bewegte-unternehmen-and-vitale-unternehmen
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Eva Müller, Wolfgang Fischmann, Rudolf Kötter, Hans Drexler, Johannes Kiesel
Purpose The purpose of the study was to analyze if 2 regional networks of small and medium enterprises (SME) for workplace health promotion are sustainable, and to find out the motivation of the enterprises to join the network. It was also examined if there is a stable culture of cooperation 6 -10 years after the founding of the network. Additionally, the study checked the current work and suggestions for improvement to the network structure, so that in the future, promotion of workplace health can be further improved...
May 15, 2017: Das Gesundheitswesen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504668/hla-e-expressing-pluripotent-stem-cells-escape-allogeneic-responses-and-lysis-by-nk-cells
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Germán G Gornalusse, Roli K Hirata, Sarah E Funk, Laura Riolobos, Vanda S Lopes, Gabriel Manske, Donna Prunkard, Aric G Colunga, Laïla-Aïcha Hanafi, Dennis O Clegg, Cameron Turtle, David W Russell
Polymorphisms in the human leukocyte antigen (HLA) class I genes can cause the rejection of pluripotent stem cell (PSC)-derived products in allogeneic recipients. Disruption of the Beta-2 Microglobulin (B2M) gene eliminates surface expression of all class I molecules, but leaves the cells vulnerable to lysis by natural killer (NK) cells. Here we show that this 'missing-self' response can be prevented by forced expression of minimally polymorphic HLA-E molecules. We use adeno-associated virus (AAV)-mediated gene editing to knock in HLA-E genes at the B2M locus in human PSCs in a manner that confers inducible, regulated, surface expression of HLA-E single-chain dimers (fused to B2M) or trimers (fused to B2M and a peptide antigen), without surface expression of HLA-A, B or C...
May 15, 2017: Nature Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503257/trends-with-neoadjuvant-radiotherapy-and-clinical-staging-for-those-with-rectal-malignancies
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Sanjay S Reddy, Beth Handorf, Jeffrey M Farma, Elin R Sigurdson
AIM: To see how patterns of care changed over time, and how institution type effected these decisions. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was performed using the National Cancer Database, looking at all patients that were diagnosed with rectal cancer from 1998 to 2011. We tested differences in rates of treatment and stage migration using χ(2) tests and logistic regression models. RESULTS: A review of ninety thousand five hundred and ninety four subjects underwent multimodality therapy for cancer of the rectum...
April 27, 2017: World Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503225/self-reported-and-actual-involvement-of-community-pharmacists-in-patient-counseling-a-cross-sectional-and-simulated-patient-study-in-gondar-ethiopia
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Abdrrahman S Surur, Eyob Getachew, Ebsa Teressa, Bisrat Hailemeskel, Nurahmed S Getaw, Daniel A Erku
BACKGROUND: Community pharmacists play a crucial role in reducing medication related health problems and improving the patient's overall wellbeing. Evidence suggests that community pharmacist led counseling services result in a better clinical and self-reported outcome, including a higher level of satisfaction and quality of life. OBJECTIVE: This study aims to document self-reported and actual levels of community pharmacists' involvement in the provision of patient counseling and barriers that limit their involvement in such services...
January 2017: Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503199/the-aachen-fall-prevention-app-a-smartphone-application-app-for-the-self-assessment-of-elderly-patients-at-risk-for-ground-level-falls
#20
Peter Rasche, Alexander Mertens, Christina Bröhl, Sabine Theis, Tobias Seinsch, Matthias Wille, Hans-Christoph Pape, Matthias Knobe
BACKGROUND: Fall incidents are a major problem for patients and healthcare. The "Aachen Fall Prevention App" (AFPA) represents the first mobile Health (mHealth) application (app) empowering older patients (persons 50+ years) to self-assess and monitor their individual fall risk. Self-assessment is based on the "Aachen Fall Prevention Scale," which consists of three steps. First, patients answer ten standardized yes-no questions (positive criterion ≥ 5 "Yes" responses). Second, a ten-second test of free standing without compensatory movement is performed (positive criterion: compensatory movement)...
2017: Patient Safety in Surgery
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