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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441748/convergent-validity-of-a-wearable-sensor-system-for-measuring-sub-task-performance-during-the-timed-up-and-go-test
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James Beyea, Chris A McGibbon, Andrew Sexton, Jeremy Noble, Colleen O'Connell
BACKGROUND: The timed-up-and-go test (TUG) is one of the most commonly used tests of physical function in clinical practice and for research outcomes. Inertial sensors have been used to parse the TUG test into its composite phases (rising, walking, turning, etc.), but have not validated this approach against an optoelectronic gold-standard, and to our knowledge no studies have published the minimal detectable change of these measurements. METHODS: Eleven adults performed the TUG three times each under normal and slow walking conditions, and 3 m and 5 m walking distances, in a 12-camera motion analysis laboratory...
April 23, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441600/microplastics-in-the-antarctic-marine-system-an-emerging-area-of-research
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REVIEW
Catherine L Waller, Huw J Griffiths, Claire M Waluda, Sally E Thorpe, Iván Loaiza, Bernabé Moreno, Cesar O Pacherres, Kevin A Hughes
It was thought that the Southern Ocean was relatively free of microplastic contamination; however, recent studies and citizen science projects in the Southern Ocean have reported microplastics in deep-sea sediments and surface waters. Here we reviewed available information on microplastics (including macroplastics as a source of microplastics) in the Southern Ocean. We estimated primary microplastic concentrations from personal care products and laundry, and identified potential sources and routes of transmission into the region...
April 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441508/cyberknife-for-treatment-of-vestibular-schwannoma-a-meta-analysis
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Hossein Mahboubi, Ronald Sahyouni, Omid Moshtaghi, Kent Tadokoro, Yaser Ghavami, Kasra Ziai, Harrison W Lin, Hamid R Djalilian
Objectives (1) Perform a meta-analysis of the available data on the outcomes of CyberKnife radiosurgery for treatment of vestibular schwannomas (VSs) in the published English-language literature and (2) evaluate the collective outcomes of CyberKnife treatment with respect to tumor control and hearing preservation. Data Sources A thorough literature search of published English-language articles was performed in the PubMed, Ovid, and Cochrane databases. Review Methods A database search was conducted with the keywords "CyberKnife" and "vestibular schwannoma" or "acoustic neuroma...
April 1, 2017: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441452/systematic-review-finds-that-study-data-not-published-in-full-text-articles-have-unclear-impact-on-meta-analyses-results-in-medical-research
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Christine M Schmucker, Anette Blümle, Lisa K Schell, Guido Schwarzer, Patrick Oeller, Laura Cabrera, Erik von Elm, Matthias Briel, Joerg J Meerpohl
BACKGROUND: A meta-analysis as part of a systematic review aims to provide a thorough, comprehensive and unbiased statistical summary of data from the literature. However, relevant study results could be missing from a meta-analysis because of selective publication and inadequate dissemination. If missing outcome data differ systematically from published ones, a meta-analysis will be biased with an inaccurate assessment of the intervention effect. As part of the EU-funded OPEN project (www...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441441/a-novel-multiplexed-probe-based-quantitative-pcr-assay-for-the-soybean-root-and-stem-rot-pathogen-phytophthora-sojae-utilizes-its-transposable-element
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James S Haudenshield, Jeong Y Song, Glen L Hartman
Phytophthora root rot of soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.] is caused by the oomycete Phytophthora sojae (Kaufm. & Gerd.). P. sojae has a narrow host range, consisting primarily of soybean, and it is a serious pathogen worldwide. It exists in root and stem tissues as mycelium, wherein it can form oospores which subsequently germinate to release motile, infectious zoospores. Molecular assays detecting DNA of P. sojae are useful in disease diagnostics, and for determining the presence of the organism in host tissues, soils, and runoff or ponded water from potentially infested fields...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441437/quantitative-modeling-of-responses-to-chronic-ionizing-radiation-exposure-using-targeted-and-non-targeted-effects
#6
Igor Shuryak
The biological effects of chronic ionizing radiation exposure can be difficult to study, but important to understand in order to protect the health of occupationally-exposed persons and victims of radiological accidents or malicious events. They include targeted effects (TE) caused by ionizations within/close to nuclear DNA, and non-targeted effects (NTE) caused by damage to other cell structures and/or activation of stress-signaling pathways in distant cells. Data on radiation damage in animal populations exposed over multiple generations to wide ranges of dose rates after the Chernobyl nuclear-power-plant accident are very useful for enhancing our understanding of these processes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441422/automated-detection-of-hospital-outbreaks-a-systematic-review-of-methods
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Brice Leclère, David L Buckeridge, Pierre-Yves Boëlle, Pascal Astagneau, Didier Lepelletier
OBJECTIVES: Several automated algorithms for epidemiological surveillance in hospitals have been proposed. However, the usefulness of these methods to detect nosocomial outbreaks remains unclear. The goal of this review was to describe outbreak detection algorithms that have been tested within hospitals, consider how they were evaluated, and synthesize their results. METHODS: We developed a search query using keywords associated with hospital outbreak detection and searched the MEDLINE database...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441410/creating-and-parameterizing-patient-specific-deep-brain-stimulation-pathway-activation-models-using-the-hyperdirect-pathway-as-an-example
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Kabilar Gunalan, Ashutosh Chaturvedi, Bryan Howell, Yuval Duchin, Scott F Lempka, Remi Patriat, Guillermo Sapiro, Noam Harel, Cameron C McIntyre
BACKGROUND: Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is an established clinical therapy and computational models have played an important role in advancing the technology. Patient-specific DBS models are now common tools in both academic and industrial research, as well as clinical software systems. However, the exact methodology for creating patient-specific DBS models can vary substantially and important technical details are often missing from published reports. OBJECTIVE: Provide a detailed description of the assembly workflow and parameterization of a patient-specific DBS pathway-activation model (PAM) and predict the response of the hyperdirect pathway to clinical stimulation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441339/still-searching-a-meta-synthesis-of-a-good-death-from-the-bereaved-family-member-perspective
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REVIEW
Kelly E Tenzek, Rachel Depner
The concept of a good death continues to receive attention in end-of-life (EOL) scholarship. We sought to continue this line of inquiry related to a good death by conducting a meta-synthesis of published qualitative research studies that examined a good death from the bereaved family member's perspective. Results of the meta-synthesis included 14 articles with 368 participants. Based on analysis, we present a conceptual model called The Opportunity Model for Presence during the EOL Process. The model is framed in socio-cultural factors, and major themes include EOL process engagement with categories of healthcare participants, communication and practical issues...
April 25, 2017: Behavioral Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441322/erratum-kim-k-p-singh-a-k-bai-x-leprun-l-bhunia-a-k-novel-pcr-assays-complement-laser-biosensor-based-method-and-facilitate-listeria-species-detection-from-food-sensors-2015-15-22672-22691
#10
Kwang-Pyo Kim, Atul K Singh, Xingjian Bai, Lena Leprun, Arun K Bhunia
The authors wish to correct the oligonucleotide sequence of primer E-LAP-F1 and LIS-R1 in Table 1in their paper published in Sensors [1], doi:10.3390/s150922672, http://www.mdpi.com/1424-8220/15/9/22672. The following table should be used.[...].
April 25, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441315/an-overview-of-chronic-spinal-pain-revisiting-diagnostic-categories-and-exploring-an-evolving-role-for-neurostimulation
#11
Ashwini Sharan, Jonathan Riley, Christian Hoelscher
STUDY DESIGN: Topic Overview OBJECTIVE.: To describe the varied etiologies resulting in chronic spinal pain and review the current available evidence for treatments. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Chronic pain conditions, especially those that affect the axial back and radiate to the extremities, affect a large population. This results in pronounced disability and a high socioeconomic burden. Our understanding of the underlying mechanisms for chronic pain is limited...
April 24, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441288/investigation-of-optically-stimulated-luminescence-and-signal-fading-properties-of-several-materials
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W Geoffrey West, Kimberlee J Kearfott, Chun Yong Seow
Optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dosimetry involves the illumination of an irradiated sample on an appropriate material to produce a stimulated emission of light, whose intensity is indicative of the radiation dose. This technique is currently used for personnel dosimetry, environmental dosimetry, and geological dating applications. While a great deal of published research focusing on α-Al2O3:C and natural materials used for geological dating exist, relatively little is known about the OSL properties of thermoluminescent (TL) materials...
June 2017: Health Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441254/gynecologic-oncologist-perspective-about-esmo-esgo-estro-consensus-conference-on-endometrial-cancer
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Polat Dursun, Ali Ayhan
ESMO-ESGO-ESTRO Consensus Conference on Endometrial Cancer was simultaneously published in 3 prestigious journals and is sure to have a huge impact on the clinical practice of gynecologic oncology community and other gynecologic cancer care providers.It is a tremendous report representative of great effort. Hovewer, as practicing gynecologic oncologists, endometrial carcinoma is the most common clinical entity encountered in our routine daily practice; as such, we find some of the report confusing and object to some of its findings, as detailed in this brief report...
May 2017: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441249/epidemiology-of-second-primary-tumors-in-women-with-ovarian-cancer
#14
Tomi T Kanninen, Dimitrios Nasioudis, Giovanni Sisti, Kevin Holcomb, Mariarosaria Di Tommaso, Susan Khalil, Anar Gojayev, Steven S Witkin
OBJECTIVE: The last large study of second primary tumors (SPTs) in women with ovarian cancer was published in 1996, prior to major changes in the differential diagnosis and treatment. The present study reports on the incidence of SPTs in a contemporary cohort of patients with a diagnosis of ovarian cancer. METHODS: Ovarian cancer patients with a diagnosis of an ovarian malignancy between 1992 and 2012 were identified and characterized from 13 registries of the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results database...
May 2017: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441172/intravascular-ultrasound-and-outcomes-after-drug-eluting-stent-implantation
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Gary S Mintz
There have been nine published randomized trials and 30 registry studies comparing intravascular ultrasound (IVUS)-guided drug-eluting stent implantation versus conventional angiographic guidance. These trials and registries have been evaluated and summarized in (i) eight meta-analyses that included from nine to 18 registries and from one to seven randomized trials and (ii) four meta-analyses that included from three to eight randomized trials. Although with one exception no two meta-analyses have included the same trials or studies, in each meta-analysis, IVUS guidance was associated with a reduction in major adverse cardiac events as well as secondary hard endpoints of death (primarily cardiovascular mortality), myocardial infarction, and stent thrombosis, especially in randomized trial meta-analyses...
June 2017: Coronary Artery Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441168/a-review-of-caffeine-use-as-a-risk-or-protective-factor-for-women-s-health-and-pregnancy
#16
Amy Peacock, Richard P Mattick, Raimondo Bruno
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To provide a narrative synthesis of recently published studies on caffeine use as a risk or protective factor for health outcomes, with a focus on women's health and pregnancy. RECENT FINDINGS: Based on predominantly observational studies, moderate caffeine intake has been shown to be a protective factor for liver cancer, certain bowel conditions, colorectal cancer, skin cancer, and regular menstrual cycle function. However, heavy consumption is a risk factor for osteoporosis, urinary incontinence, and poorer birth and child developmental outcomes...
April 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441155/do-triglyceride-lowering-drugs-decrease-risk-of-cardiovascular-disease
#17
Kevin C Maki, Mary R Dicklin
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review summarizes the evidence supporting a relationship between lowering triglycerides (TGs) and TG-rich lipoprotein cholesterol (TGRL-C) levels and reduced atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) event risk. RECENT FINDINGS: Data from observational investigations, including studies of genetic variants, provide evidence consistent with a causal relationship between elevations in TG and TGRL-C and greater risk for ASCVD. Randomized controlled trial evidence of ASCVD risk reduction with therapies that substantially lower TG and TGRL-C is limited by the fact that no large-scale trial results have been published from a study that enrolled subjects selected specifically on the basis of TG or TGRL-C elevation, although three such trials are underway or in the planning stages...
April 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441042/aberrantly-expressed-long-noncoding-rnas-in-recurrent-implantation-failure-a-microarray-related-study
#18
Li-Juan Fan, Hong-Jing Han, Jing Guan, Xiao-Wei Zhang, Qing-Hua Cui, Huan Shen, Cheng Shi
Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are a class of noncoding RNAs longer than 200 nucleotides. They were long regarded as transcription noise for their low expression and non-protein coding features. Recent published reports indicate that lncRNAs are involved in virtually every aspect of human biology. We aimed to profile the endometrial lncRNA expression pattern in women with recurrent implantation failure (RIF) and predict the function of the genes of the dysregulated lncRNA transcripts. Endometrial samples (24) were collected during window of implantation (14 RIF women and 10 women who conceived after embryo transfer)...
April 25, 2017: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441029/variable-susceptibility-to-cigarette-smoke-induced-emphysema-in-34-inbred-strains-of-mice-implicates-abi3bp-in-emphysema-susceptibility
#19
Josiah E Radder, Alyssa D Gregory, Adriana S Leme, Michael H Cho, Yanxia Chu, Neil J Kelly, Per Bakke, Amund Gulsvik, Augusto A Litonjua, David Sparrow, Terri H Beaty, James D Crapo, Edwin K Silverman, Yingze Zhang, Annerose Berndt, Steven D Shapiro
RATIONALE: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is caused by a complex interaction of environmental exposures, most commonly cigarette smoke, and genetic factors. Chronic cigarette smoke exposure in the mouse is a commonly used animal model of COPD. We aimed to expand our knowledge of the variable susceptibility of inbred strains to this model and test for genetic variants associated with this trait. OBJECTIVE: To measure differential susceptibility to cigarette smoke-induced emphysema in the mouse, identify genetic loci associated with this quantitative trait, and find homologous human genes associated with COPD...
April 25, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441001/-mexican-asthma-guidelines-guima-2017
#20
Désirée Larenas-Linnemann, Jorge Salas-Hernández, Juan Carlos Vázquez-García, Ignacio Ortiz-Aldana, Margarita Fernández-Vega, Blanca Estela Del Río-Navarro, María Del Carmen Cano-Salas, Jorge Agustín Luna-Pech, José Antonio Ortega-Martell, Jade Romero-Lombard, Erika Del Carmen López-Estrada, Jimena Villaverde-Rosas, José Luis Mayorga-Butrón, Mario Humberto Vargas-Becerra, Martín Bedolla-Barajas, Noel Rodríguez-Pérez, Ambrocio Aguilar-Aranda, Carlos Adrián Jiménez-González, Carlos García-Bolaños, Claudia Garrido-Galindo, David Alejandro Mendoza-Hernández, Enrique Mendoza-López, Gerardo López-Pérez, Guillermo Hideo Wakida-Kuzonoki, Héctor Hernán Ruiz-Gutiérrez, Héctor León-Molina, Héctor Martínez-De la Lanza, Héctor Stone-Aguilar, Javier Gómez-Vera, Jorge Olvera-Salinas, José Joel Oyoqui-Flores, José Luis Gálvez-Romero, José Santos Lozano-Sáenz, Juan Ignacio Salgado-Gama, Marcos Alejandro Jiménez-Chobillon, Martha Angélica García-Avilés, Martha Patricia Guinto-Balanzar, Miguel Alejandro Medina-Ávalos, Robert Camargo-Angeles, Rogelio García-Torrentera, Saraí Toral-Freyre, Gabriel Montes-Narváez, Héctor Solorio-Gómez, Juan Rosas-Peña, Sergio Jesús Romero-Tapia, Adela Reyes-Herrera, Francisco Cuevas-Schacht, Joaquín Esquer-Flores, José Antonio Sacre-Hazouri, Lorenzo Compean-Martínez, Pablo Julián Medina-Sánchez, Sergio Garza-Salinas, Carlos Báez-Loyola, Iraís Romero-Alvarado, José Luis Miguel-Reyes, Laura Elizabeth Huerta-Espinosa, Manuel Ángel Correa-Flores, Ricardo Castro-Martínez
BACKGROUND: The need for a national guideline, with a broad basis among specialists and primary care physicians was felt in Mexico, to try unifying asthma management. As several high-quality asthma guidelines exist worldwide, it was decided to select the best three for transculturation. METHODS: Following the internationally recommended methodology for guideline transculturation, ADAPTE, a literature search for asthma guidelines, published 1-1-2007 through 31-12-2015 was conducted...
2017: Revista Alergia Mexico: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Mexicana de Alergia e Inmunología, A.C
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