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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102983/diseases-associated-with-exposure-to-contaminants-in-the-water-supply-at-camp-lejeune-final-rule
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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amends its adjudication regulations regarding presumptive service connection, adding certain diseases associated with contaminants present in the base water supply at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune (Camp Lejeune), North Carolina, from August 1, 1953, to December 31, 1987. This final rule establishes that veterans, former reservists, and former National Guard members, who served at Camp Lejeune for no less than 30 days (consecutive or nonconsecutive) during this period, and who have been diagnosed with any of eight associated diseases, are presumed to have incurred or aggravated the disease in service for purposes of entitlement to VA benefits...
13, 2017: Federal Register
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102034/common-and-well-documented-hla-alleles-over-all-of-europe-and-within-european-sub-regions-a-catalogue-from-the-european-federation-for-immunogenetics
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A Sanchez-Mazas, J M Nunes, D Middleton, J Sauter, S Buhler, A McCabe, J Hofmann, D M Baier, A H Schmidt, G Nicoloso, M Andreani, Z Grubic, J-M Tiercy, K Fleischhauer
BACKGROUND: A catalogue of common and well-documented (CWD) human leukocyte antigen (HLA), previously established by the American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (ASHI), is widely used as indicator for typing ambiguities to be resolved in tissue transplantation or for checking the universality of any HLA allele in the world. However, European population samples, which are characterized by a substantial level of genetic variation, are underrepresented in the ASHI catalogue...
February 2017: HLA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100483/electrophysiological-changes-in-12-year-old-children-born-mlp-reduced-vep-amplitude-in-mlp-children
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Lina H Raffa, Josefin Nilsson, Jovanna Dahlgren, Marita Andersson Grönlund
AIM: To study the electrophysiological changes in relation to fundus morphology in moderate-to-late preterm (MLP) children with no previous history of retinopathy of prematurity. METHODS: Visual acuity (VA), refraction and fundus variables measured by optical coherence tomography, pattern reversal visual evoked potentials and full-field electroretinography (ff-ERG) were obtained from 22 twelve-year-old MLP children (11 male, 11 female) and 21 full-term controls...
January 18, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099769/persistent-serious-mental-illness-among-former-applicants-for-va-ptsd-disability-benefits-and-long-term-outcomes-symptoms-functioning-and-employment
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Maureen Murdoch, Michele Roxanne Spoont, Shannon Marie Kehle-Forbes, Eileen Mae Harwood, Nina Aileen Sayer, Barbara Ann Clothier, Ann Kay Bangerter
: Millions of U.S. veterans have returned from military service with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), for which a substantial number receive U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability benefits. Although PTSD is treatable, comorbid serious mental illness (defined here as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and bipolar spectrum disorders) could complicate these veterans' recovery. Using VA administrative data, we examined the burden of persistent serious mental illness in a nationally representative cohort of 1,067 men and 1,513 women who applied for VA PTSD disability benefits between 1994 and 1998 and served during or after the Vietnam conflict...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Traumatic Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098786/retinoic-acid-and-its-role-in-modulating-intestinal-innate-immunity
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Paulo Czarnewski, Srustidhar Das, Sara M Parigi, Eduardo J Villablanca
Vitamin A (VA) is amongst the most well characterized food-derived nutrients with diverse immune modulatory roles. Deficiency in dietary VA has not only been associated with immune dysfunctions in the gut, but also with several systemic immune disorders. In particular, VA metabolite all-trans retinoic acid (atRA) has been shown to be crucial in inducing gut tropism in lymphocytes and modulating T helper differentiation. In addition to the widely recognized role in adaptive immunity, increasing evidence identifies atRA as an important modulator of innate immune cells, such as tolerogenic dendritic cells (DCs) and innate lymphoid cells (ILCs)...
January 13, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098513/attrition-and-retention-in-upper-limb-prosthetics-research-experience-of-the-va-home-study-of-the-deka-arm
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Linda Resnik, Shana Klinger
PURPOSE: (1) Describe study attrition; (2) identify reasons for attrition, and (3) discuss implications for prosthetic prescription and design of future device studies. Design and methodological procedures used: Completion phase (during in-laboratory training, after training, or home use) was identified for 42 participants. Qualitative data were analyzed to identify attrition reasons. Reasons were classified as related to the DEKA arm, or not. RESULTS: Study attrition was 57%, with 43% completing the full study...
January 18, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098495/psychometric-characteristics-of-the-insomnia-severity-index-in-veterans-with-history-of-traumatic-brain-injury
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Christopher N Kaufmann, Henry J Orff, Raeanne C Moore, Lisa Delano-Wood, Colin A Depp, Dawn M Schiehser
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: The Insomnia Severity Index (ISI) is a widely used self-report measure of insomnia symptoms. However, to date this measure has not been validated or well-characterized in veterans who have experienced traumatic brain injury (TBI). This study assessed the psychometric properties and convergent, divergent, construct, and discriminate validity of the ISI in veterans with a history of TBI. PARTICIPANTS: Eighty-three veterans with history of TBI were seen in the VA San Diego Healthcare System as part of a research protocol...
January 18, 2017: Behavioral Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098354/concealed-accessory-pathways-with-a-single-ventricular-and-two-discrete-atrial-insertion-sites
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Ryan T Kipp, Raed Abu Sham'a, Ito Hiroyuki, Frederick T Han, Marwan Refaat, Jonathan C Hsu, Michael E Field, Douglas E Kopp, Gregory M Marcus, Melvin M Scheinman, Kurt S Hoffmayer
BACKGROUND: Atrioventricular reciprocating tachycardia utilizing a concealed accessory pathway is common. It is well appreciated that some patients may have multiple accessory pathways with separate atrial and ventricular insertion sites. METHODS: We present three cases of AVRT utilizing concealed pathways with evidence that each utilizing a single ventricular insertion and two discrete atrial insertion sites. RESULTS: In case one, two discrete atrial insertion sites were mapped in two separate procedures, and only during the second ablation was the Kent potential identified...
January 18, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098243/vanillic-acid-attenuates-a%C3%AE-1-42-induced-oxidative-stress-and-cognitive-impairment-in-mice
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Faiz Ul Amin, Shahid Ali Shah, Myeong Ok Kim
Increasing evidence demonstrates that β-amyloid (Aβ) elicits oxidative stress, which contributes to the pathogenesis and disease progression of Alzheimer's disease (AD). The aims of the present study were to determine and explore the antioxidant nature and potential mechanism of vanillic acid (VA) in Aβ1-42-induced oxidative stress and neuroinflammation mediated cognitive impairment in mice. An intracerebroventricular (i.c.v.) injection of Aβ1-42 into the mouse brain triggered increased reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels, neuroinflammation, synaptic deficits, memory impairment, and neurodegeneration...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097823/excess-retinoic-acid-induces-fusion-of-centra-by-degenerating-intervertebral-ligament-cells-in-japanese-flounder-paralichthys-olivaceus
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Xiaoming Wu, Qiran Chen, Youhei Washio, Hayato Yokoi, Tohru Suzuki
In marine aquaculture fish, excessive supplement of vitamin A (VA) to zooplanktons for larval culture and experimental exposure of larvae to retinoic acid (RA: active form of VA) have been known to cause vertebral deformity. However, the tissues in the developing vertebral column that are affected by RA and the progression of vertebral deformity remain undetermined. To examine these questions, we histologically traced the progress of vertebral deformity induced by RA in Japanese flounder (Paralichthys olivaceus)...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part B, Molecular and Developmental Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097231/protein-disulfide-isomerase-inhibition-blocks-thrombin-generation-in-humans-by-interfering-with-platelet-factor-v-activation
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Jack D Stopa, Donna Neuberg, Maneka Puligandla, Bruce Furie, Robert Flaumenhaft, Jeffrey I Zwicker
BACKGROUND: Protein disulfide isomerase (PDI) is required for thrombus formation. We previously demonstrated that glycosylated quercetin flavonoids such as isoquercetin inhibit PDI activity and thrombus formation in animal models, but whether extracellular PDI represents a viable anticoagulant target in humans and how its inhibition affects blood coagulation remain unknown. METHODS: We evaluated effects of oral administration of isoquercetin on platelet-dependent thrombin generation in healthy subjects and patients with persistently elevated anti-phospholipid antibodies...
January 12, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095092/ophthalmic-artery-chemosurgery-for-eyes-with-advanced-retinoblastoma
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David H Abramson, Armida W M Fabius, Jasmine H Francis, Brian P Marr, Ira J Dunkel, Scott E Brodie, Anna Escuder, Y Pierre Gobin
BACKGROUND: Surgical removal of one or both eyes has been the most common way to treat children with retinoblastoma worldwide for more than 100 years. Ophthalmic artery chemosurgery (OAC) was introduced 10 years ago and it has been used as an alternative to enucleation for eyes with advanced retinoblastoma. The purpose of this report is to analyze our 9-year experience treating advanced retinoblastoma eyes with OAC. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Single-arm retrospective study from a single center of 226 eyes with eyes of retinoblastoma patients with advanced intraocular disease defined as both Reese-Ellsworth (RE) "Va" or "Vb" and International Classification Retinoblastoma (ICRb) group "D" or "E" (COG Classification)...
January 17, 2017: Ophthalmic Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094879/nutritional-inflammatory-and-ecological-correlates-of-maternal-retinol-allocation-to-breast-milk-in-agro-pastoral-ariaal-communities-of-northern-kenya
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Masako Fujita, Yun-Jia Lo, Eleanor Brindle
OBJECTIVES: Vitamin A (VA) is an essential micronutrient required for a range of biological functions throughout life. VA deficiency (VAD) claims an estimated 1 million preschool children's lives annually. Human milk is enriched with VA (retinol) from the maternal blood, which originates from the hepatic reserve and dietary intake. Secreting retinol into milk will benefit the nursing infant through breast milk, but retaining retinol is also important for the maternal health. Previous studies found that the public health intervention of high-dose VA supplementation to lactating mothers did not significantly lower child mortality...
January 17, 2017: American Journal of Human Biology: the Official Journal of the Human Biology Council
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094135/diabetes-prevention-program-translation-in-the-veterans-health-administration
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Tannaz Moin, Laura J Damschroder, Mona AuYoung, Matthew L Maciejewski, Santanu K Datta, Jane E Weinreb, Nanette I Steinle, Charles Billington, Maria Hughes, Fatima Makki, Robert G Holleman, H Myra Kim, Amy S Jeffreys, Linda S Kinsinger, Jennifer A Burns, Caroline R Richardson
INTRODUCTION: This clinical demonstration trial compared the effectiveness of the Veterans Affairs Diabetes Prevention Program (VA-DPP) with an evidence-based usual care weight management program (MOVE!(®)) in the Veterans Health Administration health system. DESIGN: Prospective, pragmatic, non-randomized comparative effectiveness study of two behavioral weight management interventions. SETTING/PARTICIPANTS: Obese/overweight Veterans with prediabetes were recruited from three geographically diverse VA sites between 2012 and 2014...
January 13, 2017: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093811/routine-use-of-distal-arterial-perfusion-in-pediatric-femoral-venoarterial-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation
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Christine A Schad, Brian P Fallon, Julie Monteagudo, Shunpei Okochi, Eva W Cheung, Nicholas J Morrissey, Angela V Kadenhe-Chiweshe, Gudrun Aspelund, Steven Stylianos, William Middlesworth
Lower-extremity ischemia is a significant complication in children on femoral venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA ECMO). Our institution currently routinely uses distal perfusion catheters (DPCs) in all femoral arterial cannulations in attempts to reduce ischemia. We performed a single-center, retrospective review of pediatric patients supported with femoral VA ECMO from January 2005 to November 2015. The outcomes of patients with prophylactic DPC placement at cannulation (prophylactic DPC) were compared to a historical group with DPCs placed in response only to clinically evident ischemic changes (reactive DPC)...
January 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091897/comparative-analysis-of-the-visual-and-refractive-outcomes-of-a-refractive-segmented-multifocal-intraocular-lens-with-and-without-toricity-1-year-results
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Ryo Shodai, Kazuno Negishi, Hiroyuki Arai, Ikuko Toda, Hidemasa Torii, Kazuo Tsubota
PURPOSE: To compare the visual and refractive outcomes up to 1 year postoperatively following implantation of a refractive segmented or a refractive segmented toric multifocal intraocular lens (IOL). METHODS: This retrospective study included 108 eyes of 64 patients who underwent cataract surgery with implantation of a refractive segmented multifocal IOL (Lentis Mplus LS-313 MF30 IOL) (LM group) and 81 eyes of 49 patients with implantation of a refractive segmented toric multifocal IOL (Lentis Mplus LU-313 MF30T IOL) (LMT group)...
January 13, 2017: Japanese Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089815/do-patients-hospitalized-with-copd-have-airflow-obstruction
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Huimin Wu, Robert A Wise, Ann E Medinger
BACKGROUND: Guidelines recommend the confirmation of a COPD diagnosis with spirometry. ICD-9-CM diagnostic codes are used frequently to identify patients with COPD for administrative purposes. However, coding the diagnosis of COPD does not require spirometric confirmation. The purpose of this study was to determine how often the discharge diagnoses of COPD is supported by spirometric measurements in the VA health system. METHODS: We reviewed records of patients hospitalized for COPD in a VA teaching hospital between 2005 and 2015...
January 13, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089521/trends-in-naloxone-prescriptions-prescribed-after-implementation-of-a-national-academic-detailing-service-in-the-veterans-health-administration-a-preliminary-analysis
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Mark Bounthavong, Michael A Harvey, Daina L Wells, Sarah J Popish, Julianne Himstreet, Elizabeth M Oliva, Chad L Kay, Marcos K Lau, Priyanka P Randeria-Noor, Andrea G Phillips, Melissa L D Christopher
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effects of the U.S. Veterans Health Administration (VA) National Academic Detailing Service alongside the Opioid Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution (OEND) program on naloxone prescriptions prescribed from October 2014 to September 2016. METHODS: A retrospective, repeated measures cohort study was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of a real-world application of academic detailing (AD) alongside OEND on providers' outpatient naloxone prescribing from October 2014 to September 2016...
January 11, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089437/systems-innovation-model-an-integrated-interdisciplinary-team-approach-pre-and-post-bariatric-surgery-at-a-veterans-affairs-va-medical-center
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Dan Eisenberg, Jessica A Lohnberg, Eric P Kubat, Cheryl C Bates, Lauren M Greenberg, Susan M Frayne
BACKGROUND: Provision of bariatric surgery in the Veterans Health Administration must account for obese veterans' co-morbidity burden and the geographically dispersed location of patients relative to Veterans Affairs (VA) bariatric centers. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate a collaborative, integrated, interdisciplinary bariatric team of surgeons, bariatricians, psychologists, dieticians, and physical therapists working in a hub-and-spokes care model, for pre- and post-bariatric surgery assessment and management...
November 15, 2016: Surgery for Obesity and related Diseases: Official Journal of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089253/progressive-bilateral-vertebral-artery-dissection-in-a-case-of-osteogenesis-imperfecta
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Yuji Kato, Harumitsu Nagoya, Tetsuya Abe, Takeshi Hayashi, Masanori Yasuda, Akira Uchino, Norio Tanahashi, Masaki Takao
A 32-year-old woman with osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) was admitted to the hospital because of a right-sided occipital headache and facial paresthesia. She was diagnosed with lateral medullary syndrome due to right vertebral artery (VA) dissection. She was treated conservatively without antithrombotic therapy. She developed subarachnoid hemorrhage because of contralateral VA dissection 18 days later. This clinical course may reflect the underlying weakness of the vessel wall in OI. In patients with OI, occlusion of a unilateral VA could cause dissection and subsequent rupture of the contralateral VA...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
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