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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726022/quantification-of-hand-motor-symptoms-in-parkinson-s-disease-a-proof-of-principle-study-using-inertial-and-force-sensors
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Josien C van den Noort, Rens Verhagen, Kees J van Dijk, Peter H Veltink, Michelle C P M Vos, Rob M A de Bie, Lo J Bour, Ciska T Heida
This proof-of-principle study describes the methodology and explores and demonstrates the applicability of a system, existing of miniature inertial sensors on the hand and a separate force sensor, to objectively quantify hand motor symptoms in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) in a clinical setting (off- and on-medication condition). Four PD patients were measured in off- and on- dopaminergic medication condition. Finger tapping, rapid hand opening/closing, hand pro/supination, tremor during rest, mental task and kinetic task, and wrist rigidity movements were measured with the system (called the PowerGlove)...
July 19, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720400/viewing-an-ultra-brief-chest-compression-only-video-improves-some-measures-of-bystander-cpr-performance-and-responsiveness-at-a-mass-gathering-event
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Daniel L Beskind, Uwe Stolz, Rebecca Thiede, Riley Hoyer, Whitney Robertson, Jeffrey Brown, Melissa Ludgate, Timothy Tiutan, Romy Shane, Deven McMorrow, Michael Pleasants, Karl B Kern, Ashish R Panchal
BACKGROUND: CPR training at mass gathering events is an important part of health initiatives to improve cardiac arrest survival. However, it is unclear whether training lay bystanders using an ultra-brief video at a mass gathering event improves CPR quality and responsiveness. OBJECTIVE: To determine if showing a chest-compression only (CCO) Ultra-Brief Video (UBV) at a mass gathering event is effective in teaching lay bystanders CCO-CPR. METHODS: Prospective control trial in adults (age >18) who attended either a women's University of Arizona or a men's Phoenix Suns basketball game...
July 15, 2017: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718309/intra-articular-fracture-of-the-base-of-the-first-metacarpal-bone-treatment-through-a-volar-approach
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Violeta Levy, Marcelo Mazzola, Martín Gonzalez
BACKGROUND: Management of Bennett fractures has been controversial. Early reports supported closed reduction and casting with or without percutaneous pinning. Later, open reduction and internal fixation was advocated. The purpose of this article is to assess the surgical treatment using a direct volar approach. METHODS: Between March 2008 and December 2014, 21 patients with intra-articular first metacarpal fractures displaced more than 1 mm were operated on using a direct volar approach...
January 1, 2017: Hand: Official Journal of the American Association for Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715435/spatial-patterns-of-dengue-cases-in-brazil
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Fernando Jose Antonio, Andreia Silva Itami, Sergio de Picoli, Jorge Juarez Vieira Teixeira, Renio Dos Santos Mendes
Dengue infection plays a central role in our society, since it is the most prevalent vector-borne viral disease affecting humans. We statistically investigated patterns concerning the spatial spreading of dengue epidemics in Brazil, as well as their temporal evolution in all Brazilian municipalities for a period of 12 years. We showed that the distributions of cases in municipalities follow power laws persistent in time and that the infection scales linearly with the population of the municipalities. We also found that the average number of dengue cases does not have a clear dependence on the longitudinal position of municipalities...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714493/handwashing-practices-in-neonatal-intensive-care-unit-paediatric-intensive-care-unit-and-neonatal-nurseries-in-patan-hospital
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S Joshi, P Amatya, B Poudel, S A Yadav
BACKGROUND: Hand hygiene has been identified as the single most important factor in minimising hospital acquired infections. However, compliance of handwashing guidelines has remained low. The aim of this study was to study the handwashing practices in the Paediatric and Neonatal intensive care units and Neonatal nurseries in Patan Hospital, and secondly to re-evaluate the improvement on compliance of handwashing guidelines after intervention. METHODS: Pre-intervention study was conducted by covertly observing the handwashing practices by the healthcare workers...
January 2017: Journal of Nepal Health Research Council
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705533/characterization-and-prediction-of-the-backscattered-form-function-of-an-immersed-cylindrical-shell-using-hybrid-fuzzy-clustering-and-bio-inspired-algorithms
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Said Agounad, El Houcein Aassif, Younes Khandouch, Gérard Maze, Dominique Décultot
The acoustic scattering of a plane wave by an elastic cylindrical shell is studied. A new approach is developed to predict the form function of an immersed cylindrical shell of the radius ratio b/a ('b' is the inner radius and 'a' is the outer radius). The prediction of the backscattered form function is investigated by a combined approach between fuzzy clustering algorithms and bio-inspired algorithms. Four famous fuzzy clustering algorithms: the fuzzy c-means (FCM), the Gustafson-Kessel algorithm (GK), the fuzzy c-regression model (FCRM) and the Gath-Geva algorithm (GG) are combined with particle swarm optimization and genetic algorithm...
June 20, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705146/satisfaction-with-caregivers-during-labour-among-low-risk-women-in-the-netherlands-the-association-with-planned-place-of-birth-and-transfer-of-care-during-labour
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Caroline C Geerts, Jeroen van Dillen, Trudy Klomp, Antoine L M Lagro-Janssen, Ank de Jonge
BACKGROUND: The caregiver has an important influence on women's birth experiences. When transfer of care during labour is necessary, care is handed over from one caregiver to the other, and this might influence satisfaction with care. It is speculated that satisfaction with care is affected in particular for women who need to be transferred from home to hospital. We examined the level of satisfaction with the caregiver among women with planned home versus planned hospital birth in midwife-led care...
July 14, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704631/driver-movement-patterns-indicate-distraction-and-engagement
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Robert G Radwin, John D Lee, Oguz Akkas
Objective This research considers how driver movements in video clips of naturalistic driving are related to observer subjective ratings of distraction and engagement behaviors. Background Naturalistic driving video provides a unique window into driver behavior unmatched by crash data, roadside observations, or driving simulator experiments. However, manually coding many thousands of hours of video is impractical. An objective method is needed to identify driver behaviors suggestive of distracted or disengaged driving for automated computer vision analysis to access this rich source of data...
August 2017: Human Factors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701947/protein-restricted-diets-for-ameliorating-motor-fluctuations-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Luxi Wang, Nian Xiong, Jinsha Huang, Shiyi Guo, Ling Liu, Chao Han, Guoxin Zhang, Haiyang Jiang, Kai Ma, Yun Xia, Xiaoyun Xu, Jie Li, Jing Y Liu, Tao Wang
Levodopa is considered to be the most effective symptomatic drug for Parkinson's disease (PD). As the disease progresses, however, the patients are likely to experience a reduced response to levodopa and develop motor fluctuations (i.e., end-of-dose wearing off and unpredictable "on-off"). Protein-rich diets and elevated plasma concentrations of large neutral amino acids have been proved to impair the therapeutic effect of levodopa by reducing its absorption and influx into the brain. On the other hand, the protein-restricted diets including low-protein diet (LPD), protein-redistribution diet (PRD) and PRD with use of low-protein products can all improve the efficacy of levodopa in patients with motor fluctuations...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700123/nonlinear-analysis-to-detect-if-excellent-nursing-work-environments-have-highest-well-being
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Giuseppe Casalicchio, Emmanuel Lesaffre, Helmut Küchenhoff, Luk Bruyneel
PURPOSE: To detect potentially nonlinear associations between nurses' work environment and nurse staffing on the one hand and nurse burnout on the other hand. DESIGN: A cross-sectional multicountry study for which data collection using a survey of 33,731 registered nurses in 12 European countries took place during 2009 to 2010. METHODS: A semiparametric latent variable model that describes both linear and potentially nonlinear associations between burnout (Maslach Burnout Inventory: emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, personal accomplishment) and work environment (Practice Environment Scale of the Nursing Work Index: managerial support for nursing, doctor-nurse collegial relations, promotion of care quality) and staffing (patient-to-nurse ratio)...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Nursing Scholarship
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696905/protection-during-production-problems-due-to-prevention-nail-and-skin-condition-after-prolonged-wearing-of-occlusive-gloves
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Wobbeke Weistenhöfer, Wolfgang Uter, Hans Drexler
Wearing of occlusive gloves during the whole working shift is considered a risk factor for developing hand eczema, similar to wet work. Moreover, the increased hydration due to glove occlusion may lead to brittle nails. Two hundred and seventy clean room workers, wearing occlusive gloves for prolonged periods, and 135 administrative employees not using gloves were investigated. This included a dermatological examination of the nails and the hands, using the Hand Eczema ScoRe for Occupational Screening (HEROS), measurement of transepidermal water loss (TEWL), and a standardized interview...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696336/perspectives-on-exhaled-nitric-oxide
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Fabio Luigi Massimo Ricciardolo, Philip E Silkoff
The history of nitric oxide (NO) in respiratory field dates back to the beginning of '90s with the ancestral study by Lars Gustafsson et al. describing the presence of endogenous NO in the exhaled breath of human beings. Soon after, independent studies showed that exhaled NO concentrations (FENO) is higher in asthmatics than in normal subjects. Not all asthmatics demonstrate a high FENO reflecting heterogeneity of asthma. High values of FENO are associated with over-expression of corticosteroid-sensitive iNOS isoform and allergic/eosinophilic inflammation...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Breath Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696084/can-vitamin-d-deficiency-influence-muscle-performance-in-post-menopausal-women-a-multicenter-retrospective-study
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Giovanni Iolascon, Giulia Letizia Mauro, Pietro Fiore, Carlo Cisari, Maria Grazia Benedetti, Lorenzo Panella, Alessandro DE Sire, Dario Calafiore, Antimo Moretti, Francesca Gimigliano
BACKGROUND: The presence of the vitamin D receptor (VDR) has been recently demonstrated in human muscle supporting the theory of a role of vitamin D in the proliferation and differentiation of muscle cells. So far only few studies investigated the association between vitamin D and muscle performance in post-menopausal women. AIM: To define the functional impact of vitamin D deficiency. DESIGN: Multicenter retrospective study. SETTING: Five Italian outpatient services of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM)...
July 10, 2017: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695184/the-stability-of-dual-taper-modular-hip-implants-a-biomechanical-analysis-examining-the-effect-of-impact-location-on-component-stability
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Nicholas B Frisch, Jonathan R Lynch, Richard F Banglmaier, Craig D Silverton
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to investigate the stability of dual-taper modular implants following impaction forces delivered at varying locations as measured by the distraction forces required to disassemble the components. METHODS: Distraction of the head-neck and neck-stem (NS) tapers of dual-taper modular implants with 0°, 8°, and 15° neck angles were measured utilizing a custom-made distraction fixture attached to a servohydraulic materials test machine...
June 2017: Arthroplasty Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694679/a-clinical-perspective-on-a-pain-neuroscience-education-approach-to-manual-therapy
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Adriaan Louw, Jo Nijs, Emilio J Puentedura
In recent years, there has been an increased interest in pain neuroscience education (PNE) in physical therapy. There is growing evidence for the efficacy of PNE to decrease pain, disability, fear-avoidance, pain catastrophization, limited movement, and health care utilization in people struggling with pain. PNE teaches people in pain more about the biology and physiology of their pain experience including processes such as central sensitization, peripheral sensitization, allodynia, inhibition, facilitation, neuroplasticity and more...
July 2017: Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691973/a-swift-method-for-handing-off-obstetrical-patients-on-the-labor-floor
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Jean-Ju Sheen, Laura Reimers, Shravya Govindappagari, Ivan M Ngai, Diana Garretto, Roopali Donepudi, Pamela Tropper, Dena Goffman, Ashlesha K Dayal, Peter S Bernstein
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to improve patient handoffs on the labor floor. METHODS: A prospective cohort study of obstetrics residents at Montefiore Medical Center was performed between 2012 and 2014. Labor-floor handoffs were recorded before and after didactic sessions as well as after installation of whiteboards formatted with the mnemonic SWIFT (Subject, Why?, Issues, Fetus, Tasks). Handoff transcripts were evaluated by obstetricians blinded to timing and speaker identity...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690592/assessment-of-multilocus-sequence-analysis-as-a-valuable-tool-for-the-classification-of-the-genus-salinivibrio
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Clara López-Hermoso, Rafael R de la Haba, Cristina Cristina Sánchez-Porro, R Thane Papke, Antonio Ventosa
The genus Salinivibrio includes obligatory halophilic bacteria and is commonly isolated from hypersaline habitats and salted food products. They grow optimally between 7.5 and 10% salts and are facultative anaerobes. Currently, this genus comprises four species, one of them, S. costicola, with three subspecies. In this study we isolated and characterized an additional 70 strains from solar salterns located in different locations. Comparative 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis identified these strains as belonging to the genus Salinivibrio but could not differentiate strains into species-like groups...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689958/one-stage-endovascular-treatment-of-a-symptomatic-penetrating-ulcer-in-the-lusorian-artery-and-an-aaa-a-challenging-case-in-a-rare-entity
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Mirko Esche, Pavel Sebesta, Sven Seifert
INTRODUCTION: We report a case of a 57-year old man with a successful total endovascular treatment of a symptomatic penetrating arterial ulcer (PAU) of a lusorian artery together with a standard endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair. The lusorian artery is an aberrant subclavian artery and a congenital aortic arch anomaly with a reported prevalence of 0.4 to 2.6 %. Typical for the base of the lusorian artery is a Kommerell diverticulum making an endovascular approach even more difficult...
July 6, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689707/any-questions-yes-do-pharmacists-monitor-medications-at-refill
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Matthew J Witry, Lisa M Guirguis
OBJECTIVES: To describe pharmacists' self-reported refill monitoring activities and test for demographic and work setting differences that contribute to variation. METHODS: This study used a cross-sectional survey design. A 4-contact survey was mailed to 599 community pharmacists randomly selected from a list provided by the state board of pharmacy. Surveys were mailed in June and July 2013. Descriptive statistics and analysis of variance were used to characterize these data...
July 6, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687627/phase-ii-trial-of-sorafenib-in-combination-with-capecitabine-in-patients-with-hepatocellular-carcinoma-inst-08-20
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Yehuda Patt, Cristhiam Rojas-Hernandez, Houman Mohammad Fekrazad, Pranshu Bansal, Fa Chyi Lee
LESSONS LEARNED: There continues to be a lack of systemic options for advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC); sorafenib and, very recently, regorafenib are the only approved options. There exists a potential to combine sorafenib with chemotherapeutic agents shown to be active in HCC, such as capecitabine, safely.Good tumor response was observed, with objective improvement in a few patients seldom seen by single agent sorafenib; however, because of the limited number of patients, meaningful conclusions on survival cannot be drawn...
July 7, 2017: Oncologist
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