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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334556/impact-of-a-hospitalwide-quality-improvement-initiative-on-emergency-department-throughput-and-crowding-measures
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James D Melton, Fred Blind, A Brad Hall, Maureen Leckie, April Novotny
BACKGROUND: This pre- and postintervention analysis evaluates the impact of a systemwide, comprehensive, executively supported quality improvement (QI) project on emergency department (ED) throughput measures and crowding in a large nonacademic community hospital. METHODS: The two primary endpoints used to assess the impact of the project were (1) the percentage of all patients who were door-in to door-out in less than three hours and (2) the percentage of patients who left without being seen (LWBS)...
December 2016: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333241/dysmorphic-patterns-are-associated-with-cytoskeletal-alterations-in-human-oocytes
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Mariabeatrice Dal Canto, Maria Cristina Guglielmo, Mario Mignini Renzini, Rubens Fadini, Clarissa Moutier, Maria Merola, Elena De Ponti, Giovanni Coticchio
Study Question: Are specific morphological anomalies in human mature oocytes, as revealed by transmitted light microscopy, associated with intrinsic damage to the meiotic spindle and actin cytoskeleton? SUMMARY ANSWER: Aggregates of smooth endoplasmic reticulum (SER) and domains of centrally localized granular cytoplasm (GC) reflect intrinsic damage to the oocyte cytoskeleton, namely alterations in spindle size, chromosome misalignment and cortical actin disorganization...
March 1, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332203/margins-of-freedom-a-field-theoretic-approach-to-class-based-health-dispositions-and-practices
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Patrick John Burnett, Gerry Veenstra
Pierre Bourdieu's theory of practice situates social practices in the relational interplay between experiential mental phenomena (habitus), resources (capitals) and objective social structures (fields). When applied to class-based practices in particular, the overarching field of power within which social classes are potentially made manifest is the primary field of interest. Applying relational statistical techniques to original survey data from Toronto and Vancouver, Canada, we investigated whether smoking, engaging in physical activity and consuming fruit and vegetables are dispersed in a three-dimensional field of power shaped by economic and cultural capitals and cultural dispositions and practices...
March 23, 2017: Sociology of Health & Illness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329506/n%C3%A3-dulos-subcut%C3%A3-neos-faciales-de-3-meses-de-evoluci%C3%A3-n
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Antonio Martinez-Lopez, Israel Pérez-Lopez, Daniel Sánchez-Cano, Ricardo Ruiz-Villaverde
Siliconomas are subcutaneous nodules that usuallyappear as a consequence of the migration of freesilicon implanted in other locations. They are morefrequent in women with abnormal breast implants,such as poly implant prostheses (PIP), but they may alsoappear after illegal injection of free silicone. We reporta 57-year-old woman who attended our Dermatologyclinic complaining of relapsing facial panniculitis ofunknown origin. After a thorough work-up, thesenodules were determined to be the consequence ofdermal filler made with fluid silicone, which had beeninjected 20 years prior...
February 15, 2017: Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328963/chloride-alterations-in-hospitalized-patients-prevalence-and-outcome-significance
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Charat Thongprayoon, Wisit Cheungpasitporn, Zhen Cheng, Qi Qian
Serum Cl (sCl) alterations in hospitalized patients have not been comprehensively studied in recent years. The aim of this study is to investigate the prevalence and outcome significance of (1) sCl alterations on hospital admission, and (2) sCl evolution within the first 48 hr of hospital admission. We conducted a retrospective study of all hospital admissions in the years 2011-2013 at Mayo Clinic Rochester, a 2000-bed tertiary medical center. Outcome measures included hospital mortality, length of hospital stay and discharge disposition...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326750/measuring-hope-standardization-of-the-czech-version-of-the-adult-dispositional-hope-scale-in-healthy-adults
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OBJECTIVES: Hope is an important factor that influences mental state of individuals and efficacy of systematic and supportive psychotherapy. The goal of the study was to translate the Adult Dispositional Hope Scale (ADHS) to Czech, evaluate its psychometric properties and create norms to interpret the scale scores. METHODS: The scale consists of twelve items. Four items assess the ability of pathway thinking, four items measure agency, and the remaining four items are fillers that are not interpreted...
January 22, 2017: Neuro Endocrinology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325734/does-maternal-fetal-transfer-of-creatine-occur-in-pregnant-sheep
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Syed Baharom, Robert De Matteo, Stacey Ellery, Paul Della Gatta, Clinton R Bruce, Greg M Kowalski, Nadia Hale, Hayley Dickinson, Richard Harding, David Walker, Rodney J Snow
Our aim was to determine the disposition of creatine in ovine pregnancy, and whether creatine is transferred across the placenta from mother to fetus. Pregnant ewes received either: (i) a continuous intravenous infusion of creatine monohydrate or saline from 122 to 131 days gestation, with maternal and fetal arterial blood and amniotic fluid samples collected daily for creatine analysis and fetal tissues collected at necropsy at 133 days for analysis of creatine content, or; (ii) a single systemic bolus injection of (13)C labelled creatine monohydrate at 130 days of gestation, with maternal and fetal arterial blood, uterine vein blood and amniotic fluid samples collected prior to, and for 4 hours post injection and analysed for creatine, creatine isotopic enrichment, and guanidinoacetic acid (GAA, precursor of creatine) concentrations...
March 21, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323969/early-pregnancy-associated-plasma-protein-a-concentrations-are-associated-with-third-trimester-insulin-sensitivity
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Clive J Petry, Ken K Ong, Ieuan A Hughes, Carlo L Acerini, Jan Frystyk, David B Dunger
Context: First or early second trimester pregnancy-associated plasma protein-A (PAPP-A) concentrations have previously been shown to be lower in women who subsequently develop gestational diabetes (GDM) and gestational hypertension. Objective: We therefore sought to investigate why circulating PAPP-A concentrations are related to the subsequent risk of GDM and gestational hypertension. Patients, Design and Setting: We measured serum PAPP-A concentrations around week 15 of pregnancy and related these to indices derived from week 28 oral glucose tolerance tests (OGTT) and blood pressures across pregnancy in the Cambridge Baby Growth Study cohort...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322028/localization-of-nucleoside-transporters-in-rat-epididymis
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David M Klein, Marcus C Harding, Meghan K Crowther, Nathan J Cherrington
The epididymis relies on transporters for the secretion of nucleosides and influence the disposition of nucleoside analogs (NSA). Since these compounds can cross the blood-testis barrier (BTB), it is important to understand if the epididymis reabsorbs NSA drugs. The purpose of this study is to determine the localization of nucleoside transporters expressed within rat epididymis to demonstrate the potential of epididymal reabsorption. Using immunohistochemistry, we determined that equilibrative nucleoside transporter 1 (ENT1) is localized to the basolateral membrane of epithelial cells, ENT2 is expressed in the nucleus of the epithelium and CNT2 is expressed by basal cells...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321880/group-o-rbcs-where-is-universal-donor-blood-being-used
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R L Barty, M Pai, Y Liu, D M Arnold, R J Cook, M P Zeller, N M Heddle
BACKGROUND: There have been recurrent shortages of group O blood due to insufficient inventory and use of group O blood in ABO non-identical recipients. We performed a 12-year retrospective study to determine utilization of group O Rh-positive and Rh-negative red blood cells (RBCs) by recipient ABO group. Reasons for transfusing group O blood to ABO non-identical recipients were also assessed. METHODS: Utilization data from all group O Rh-positive and Rh-negative RBCs transfused at three academic hospitals between April 2002 and March 2014 were included...
March 20, 2017: Vox Sanguinis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321312/preserved-glucagon-like-peptide-1-responses-to-oral-glucose-but-reduced-incretin-effect-insulin-secretion-and-sensitivity-in-young-asians-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
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Toh Peng Yeow, Giovanni Pacini, Andrea Tura, Chee Peng Hor, Shueh Lin Lim, Florence Hui Sieng Tan, Chin Voon Tong, Janet Yeow Hua Hong, Fuziah Md Zain, Jens Juul Holst, Wan Nazaimoon Wan Mohamud
OBJECTIVE: Youth onset type 2 diabetes mellitus (YT2DM) is a globally rising phenomenon with substantial Asians representation. The understanding of its pathophysiology is derived largely from studies in the obese African-American and Caucasian populations, while studies on incretin effect are scarce. We examined the insulin resistance, β-cell function (BC), glucagon-like peptide (GLP)-1 hormone and incretin effect in Asian YT2DM. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: This case-control study recruited 25 Asian YT2DM and 15 healthy controls, matched for gender, ethnicity and body mass index...
2017: BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321194/mindfulness-and-emotion-regulation-insights-from-neurobiological-psychological-and-clinical-studies
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Simón Guendelman, Sebastián Medeiros, Hagen Rampes
There is increasing interest in the beneficial clinical effects of mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs). Research has demonstrated their efficacy in a wide range of psychological conditions characterized by emotion dysregulation. Neuroimaging studies have evidenced functional and structural changes in a myriad of brain regions mainly involved in attention systems, emotion regulation, and self-referential processing. In this article we review studies on psychological and neurobiological correlates across different empirically derived models of research, including dispositional mindfulness, mindfulness induction, MBIs, and expert meditators in relation to emotion regulation...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319954/comparison-of-initial-vasopressors-used-for-delayed-cerebral-ischemia-after-aneurysmal-subarachnoid-hemorrhage
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Bhaskar Roy, Louise D McCullough, Rajat Dhar, James Grady, Yu-Bo Wang, Robert J Brown
BACKGROUND: The main reason for morbidity after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (aSAH) is delayed cerebral ischemia (DCI). The mainstay of medical therapy for treating DCI is induced hypertension with vasopressors to restore cerebral perfusion. Both phenylephrine (PE) and norepinephrine (NE) are commonly used for induced hypertension, but the impact of the initial choice of vasopressor on the efficacy, adverse effects, or outcome after hemodynamic therapy for DCI is unknown. METHODS: Sixty-three patients with aSAH between January 2012 and October 2014, who developed DCI (defined as new focal deficit or decline in Glasgow Coma Score) and in which PE (n = 45) or NE (n = 18) treatment was initiated were evaluated in this retrospective study...
March 21, 2017: Cerebrovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319459/morbidity-and-survival-in-elderly-patients-undergoing-free-flap-reconstruction-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Candace A Mitchell, Richard A Goldman, Joseph M Curry, David M Cognetti, Howard Krein, Ryan Heffelfinger, Adam Luginbuhl
Objective To review a single institution's outcomes of free flap reconstruction of the head and neck in patients aged ≥80 years as compared with those <80 years. Study Design Retrospective cohort study. Setting Tertiary academic hospital. Subjects and Methods Patients aged ≥ 80 years who underwent free flap reconstruction of the head and neck between 2007 and 2013 were identified and matched by type of reconstruction with a cohort of younger patients. Outcome measures included flap success, length of stay, discharge disposition, complications, and 2-year mortality...
March 1, 2017: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319370/uptake-and-disposition-of-select-pharmaceuticals-by-bluegill-exposed-at-constant-concentrations-in-a-flow-through-aquatic-exposure-system
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Jian-Liang Zhao, Edward T Furlong, Heiko L Schoenfuss, Dana Ward Kolpin, Kyle L Bird, David J Feifarek, Eric A Schwab, Guang-Guo Ying
The increasing use of pharmaceuticals has led to their subsequent input into and release from wastewater treatment plants, with corresponding discharge into surface waters that may subsequently exert adverse effects upon aquatic organisms. Although the distribution of pharmaceuticals in surface water has been extensively studied, the details of uptake, internal distribution, and kinetic processing of pharmaceuticals in exposed fish have received less attention. For this research, we investigated the uptake, disposition, and toxicokinetics of five pharmaceuticals (diclofenac, methocarbamol, rosuvastatin, sulfamethoxazole, and temazepam) in bluegill sunfish (Lepomis macrochirus) exposed to environmentally relevant concentrations (1,000-4,000 ng L-1) in a flow-through exposure system...
March 20, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319017/preliminary-investigation-of-the-prevalence-and-implantation-potential-of-abnormal-embryonic-phenotypes-assessed-using-time-lapse-imaging
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Amy Barrie, Roy Homburg, Garry McDowell, Jeremy Brown, Charles Kingsland, Stephen Troup
This retrospective, single site observational study aimed to delineate five abnormal embryonic developmental phenotypes, assessing their prevalence, development potential and suitability for inclusion in embryo selection models for IVF. In total, 15,819 embryos from 4559 treatment cycles cultured in EmbryoScope® incubators between January 2014 and January 2016 were included. Time-lapse images were assessed retrospectively for five abnormal embryo phenotypes: direct cleavage, reverse cleavage, absent cleavage, chaotic cleavage and cell lysis...
March 1, 2017: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318554/decubitus-ulcers-in-patients-undergoing-vascular-operations-do-not-influence-mortality-but-affect-resource-utilization
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J Hunter Mehaffey, Amani D Politano, Castigliano M Bhamidipati, Margaret C Tracci, Kenneth J Cherry, John A Kern, Irving L Kron, Gilbert R Upchurch
BACKGROUND: While it is anticipated that decubitus ulcers are detrimental to outcomes after vascular operations, the contemporary influence of perioperative decubitus ulcers in vascular surgery remains unknown. METHODS: Using the National Impatient Survey, all adult patients who underwent vascular operation were selected. Patients were stratified by the presence or absence (non-decubitus ulcers) of decubitus ulcer. Case-mix adjusted hierarchical mixed-models examined in-hospital mortality, the occurrence of any complication, and discharge disposition...
March 17, 2017: Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318348/impulsivity-and-problem-drinking-in-college-examining-the-mediating-role-of-sex-related-alcohol-expectancies-and-alcohol-use-at-sex
#18
Devin E Banks, Tamika C B Zapolski
BACKGROUND: Dispositional impulsivity has been consistently implicated as a risk factor for problem drinking among college students and research suggests that this relationship may be explained in part by alcohol expectancies. A subset of alcohol expectancies, sex-related alcohol expectancies, is particularly linked to problem drinking among college students. The acquired preparedness model of risk postulates that people with dispositional impulsivity develop stronger sex-related alcohol expectancies, are subsequently more likely to drink at problematic levels in sexual situations, and thus, engage in more problem drinking...
March 20, 2017: Substance Use & Misuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317117/comparative-pharmacokinetic-evaluation-of-lopinavir-and-lopinavir-loaded-solid-lipid-nanoparticles-in-hepatic-impaired-rat-model
#19
Punna Rao Ravi, Rahul Vats
OBJECTIVE: Drug-induced hepatotoxicity is a major cause of concern in patients receiving HIV/TB co-treatment. Lopinavir (LPV), an anti-HIV drug, shows poor plasma exposure due to hepatic first-pass metabolism. In this study, we investigated the effect of hepatotoxicity on pharmacokinetics of free LPV and LPV-loaded solid lipid nanoparticles (LPV SLNs) in male Wistar rats. METHODS: Hepatic impairment model in rats was developed by injecting CCl4 (i.p., 2 ml/kg). Comparative pharmacokinetic (n = 5) and tissue distribution studies (n = 3) were conducted following oral administration (20 mg/kg) of free LPV and LPV SLNs in normal and hepatic impaired rats...
March 19, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316759/fourier-analysis-of-conservation-patterns-in-protein-secondary-structure
#20
Ashok Palaniappan, Eric Jakobsson
Residue conservation is a common observation in alignments of protein families, underscoring positions important in protein structure and function. Though many methods measure the level of conservation of particular residue positions, currently we do not have a way to study spatial oscillations occurring in protein conservation patterns. It is known that hydrophobicity shows spatial oscillations in proteins, which is characterized by computing the hydrophobic moment of the protein domains. Here, we advance the study of moments of conservation of protein families to know whether there might exist spatial asymmetry in the conservation patterns of regular secondary structures...
2017: Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal
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