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Zishaan Farooqui, Kelly M Bakulski, Melinda C Power, Marc G Weisskopf, David Sparrow, Avron Spiro, Pantel S Vokonas, Linda H Nie, Howard Hu, Sung Kyun Park
BACKGROUND: Lead (Pb) exposure has been associated with poorer cognitive function cross-sectionally in aging adults, however the association between cumulative Pb exposure and longitudinal changes in cognition is little characterized. METHODS: In a 1993-2007 subcohort of the VA Normative Aging Study (Mini-mental status exam (MMSE) n=741; global cognition summary score n=715), we used linear mixed effects models to test associations between cumulative Pb exposure (patella or tibia bone Pb) and repeated measures of cognition (MMSE, individual cognitive tests, and global cognition summary)...
October 19, 2016: Environmental Research
Gregory P Beehler, Paul R King, Christina L Vair, Julie Gass, Jennifer S Funderburk
The VA has integrated psychologists and other licensed mental health providers, known collectively as co-located collaborative care (CCC) providers, into patients' primary care medical homes to improve mental health services for veterans. However, it is unclear if CCC providers are routinely using mental health measures as part of evidence-based, coordinated care. This study aimed to determine the prevalence and predictors of CCC provider utilization of brief, validated measures. A retrospective review of VA electronic medical records from 8403 veterans diagnosed with depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, or anxiety disorder was conducted...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings
Elizabeth A Sternke, Kathleen Abrahamson, Matthew J Bair
Clinician empathy is a well-documented component of effective patient/provider communication. Evidence surrounding the association between patient perspectives on clinician empathy and perception of pain management is currently limited, particularly among patients with chronic pain and depression. The aim of this study was to analyze patients' perspectives on the emergent theme of empathy and describe how patients construct their experiences and expectations surrounding empathic interactions. A secondary analysis of focus group data was designed using grounded theory methodology...
October 18, 2016: Pain Management Nursing: Official Journal of the American Society of Pain Management Nurses
L Porrúa, N Oblanca, J J González-López
CASE REPORT: A 14 year-old boy attended our clinic complaining of a scotoma after an accidental exposure to a 10W, 450nm laser beam from a blue-light handheld laser device. Optical coherence tomography confirmed a full thickness macular hole. As visual acuity (VA) remained 20/20 Snellen, observation was decided. Spontaneous closure was confirmed after one month. DISCUSSION: Reckless use of high-power handheld laser devices may induce severe retinal lesions, including full thickness macular holes...
October 18, 2016: Archivos de la Sociedad Española de Oftalmología
Michael N Cohen, Samuel K Houston, Alexander Juhn, Allen C Ho, Carl D Regillo, James Vander, Allen Chiang
OBJECTIVE: To report short-term visual and anatomic outcomes of patients who were switched to aflibercept for persistent macular edema associated with central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO). METHODS: Retrospective, consecutive, interventional case series of 17 patients with persistent macular edema secondary to CRVO (defined as intraretinal edema and either <50 µm reduction in central foveal thickness [CFT] or worsening or no improvement in visual acuity [VA] compared to baseline) despite anti-VEGF treatment who were switched to aflibercept treatment...
October 2016: Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology. Journal Canadien D'ophtalmologie
Wei-Cheng Chen, Kuo-Yang Huang, Chih-Wei Yao, Cing-Feng Wu, Shinn-Jye Liang, Chia-Hsiang Li, Chih-Yeh Tu, Hung-Jen Chen
BACKGROUND: Although many risk models have been tested in patients who undergo extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, few have been assessed for patients who received veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA-ECMO) support in the emergency department (ED). This study aimed to successfully predict outcomes of patients with cardiac or noncardiac failure who received VA-ECMO in the ED within 24 hours of arrival at the ED. METHOD: This retrospective, observational cohort study included 154 patients, who were classified as cardiac (n = 127) and noncardiac (n = 27) patients and received VA-ECMO within 24 hours after arrival at the China Medical University Hospital ED in Taiwan between January 2009 and September 2014...
October 22, 2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
Alexis K Huynh, Martin L Lee, Melissa M Farmer, Lisa V Rubenstein
BACKGROUND: Stepped wedge designs have gained recognition as a method for rigorously assessing implementation of evidence-based quality improvement interventions (QIIs) across multiple healthcare sites. In theory, this design uses random assignment of sites to successive QII implementation start dates based on a timeline determined by evaluators. However, in practice, QII timing is often controlled more by site readiness. We propose an alternate version of the stepped wedge design that does not assume the randomized timing of implementation while retaining the method's analytic advantages and applying to a broader set of evaluations...
October 21, 2016: BMC Medical Research Methodology
J T Nelson, A A Swan, B Swiger, M Packer, M J Pugh
Hearing loss is the second most common disability awarded by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to former members of the U.S. uniformed services. Hearing readiness and conservation practices differ among the four largest uniformed military services (Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Navy). Utilizing a data set consisting of all hearing loss claims submitted to the VA from fiscal years 2003-2013, we examined characteristics of veterans submitting claims within one year of separation from military service...
October 18, 2016: Hearing Research
David Snipelisky, Yogesh N V Reddy, Kevin Manocha, Aalok Patel, Shannon M Dunlay, Paul A Friedman, Thomas M Munger, Samuel J Asirvatham, Douglas L Packer, Yong-Mei Cha, Suraj Kapa, Peter A Brady, Peter A Noseworthy, Joseph J Maleszewski, Siva K Mulpuru
BACKGROUND: Patients with advanced heart failure (HF) are predisposed to ventricular arrhythmias (VA), particularly following implantation of an LVAD. There is minimal evidence for appropriate management strategies. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to compare the burden of VA and response to ablation performed either before or following left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation. METHODS: We created a retrospective cohort of patients who underwent both VA ablation and HeartMate II (Thoratec, CA) LVAD implantation at Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN)...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
Alexander Castro Grijalba, Estefanía M Martinis, Rodolfo G Wuilloud
A highly sensitive vortex assisted liquid-liquid microextraction (VA-LLME) method was developed for inorganic Se [Se(IV) and Se(VI)] speciation analysis in Allium and Brassica vegetables. Trihexyl(tetradecyl)phosphonium decanoate phosphonium ionic liquid (IL) was applied for the extraction of Se(IV)-ammonium pyrrolidine dithiocarbamate (APDC) complex followed by Se determination with electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry. A complete optimization of the graphite furnace temperature program was developed for accurate determination of Se in the IL-enriched extracts and multivariate statistical optimization was performed to define the conditions for the highest extraction efficiency...
March 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
Wenmei Ming, Mina Yoon, Mao-Hua Du, Kimoon Lee, Sung Wng Kim
Two-dimensional (2D) electrides, emerging as a new type of layered material whose electrons are confined in interlayer spaces instead of at atomic proximities, are receiving interest for their high performance in various (opto)electronics and catalytic applications. Experimentally, however, 2D electrides have been only found in a couple of layered nitrides and carbides. Here, we report new thermodynamically stable alkaline-earth based 2D electrides by using a first-principles global structure optimization method, phonon spectrum analysis, and molecular dynamics simulation...
October 21, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Linda Resnik, Sarah Ekerholm, Erin E Johnson, Marsha L Ellison, Thomas P O'Toole
OBJECTIVE: Veterans Affairs (VA) is expanding peer support. Research is limited on Veterans' perspective on benefits from peer services. We describe homeless Veteran perceptions of value and examine characteristics associated with benefit. METHOD: From a sample of Veterans in a multisite randomized control trial, we studied addition of peers in VA Primary Care and homeless-oriented primary care clinics. We used qualitative methods to study the perceptions of peer services among a subsample of homeless Veterans...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Clinical Psychology
Zeno E Franco, Clinton Logan, Mark Flower, Bob Curry, Leslie Ruffalo, Ruta Brazauskas, Jeff Whittle
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2016: Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action
Tamara Brussee, Ruth Ma van Nispen, Ger Hmb van Rens
BACKGROUND: Visual acuity (VA) only slightly explains variability in reading performance, whereas other visual and non-visual parameters have been reported to influence reading performance; however, in ophthalmologic and optometric clinical practice and research, where standardised reading tests are used, many of these parameters are often neglected. The purpose of this study was to give insight into how various visual and non-visual parameters are associated with reading performance in normally sighted subjects...
October 20, 2016: Clinical & Experimental Optometry: Journal of the Australian Optometrical Association
Claire E O'Hanlon, Carrie Farmer, Courtney Gidengil
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 19, 2016: Journal of General Internal Medicine
Ferda Hoşgörler, Didem Keleş, Serpil Tanrıverdi-Akhisaroğlu, Şeniz İnanç, Mustafa Akhisaroğlu, Ülker Cankurt, Zekiye Aydoğdu, Ahmet Deniz Uçar, Oğuz Çetinayak, Gülgün Oktay, Sevil Gönenç Arda
BACKGROUND: Matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) inhibitors decrease inflammation in normal tissues and suppress cancer progress in normal tissues. Valproic acid (VA) and doxycycline (DX) are MMP inhibitors that have radio-protective effects. Their ability to inhibit MMPs in irradiated tissue is unknown and the role of MMPs in radio-protective effects has not been tested to date. AIMS: The purpose of this study was to examine whether administration of VA and DX to rats before irradiation affects tissue inflammation and apoptosis in the early phase of radiation, and whether the effect of these drugs is mediated by MMP inhibition...
September 2016: Balkan Medical Journal
Mitsuhiro Machitani, Fuminori Sakurai, Keisaku Wakabayashi, Masashi Tachibana, Toshiyoshi Fujiwara, Hiroyuki Mizuguchi
Oncolytic viruses have been receiving much attention as potential agents for cancer treatment. Among the various types of oncolytic viruses, the telomerase-specific replication-competent adenovirus (TRAD), which carries the tumor-specific promoter-driven E1 gene expression cassette, exhibits efficient antitumor effects. The development of a novel TRAD that shows higher replication efficiency and antitumor activity would be highly beneficial for safer and more efficient cancer therapy. We recently demonstrated that the endoribonuclease Dicer significantly inhibits the replication of wild-type adenovirus (Ad) via the processing of viral-associated (VA)-RNAs, which are Ad-encoded small noncoding RNAs, and that the knockdown of Dicer leads to enhanced VA-RNA expression and Ad replication after infection with wild-type Ad...
October 19, 2016: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
Swati Lederer, Michael J Fischer, Howard S Gordon, Anuradha Wadhwa, Subhash Popli, Elisa J Gordon
BACKGROUND: Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) commonly have unmet information needs. Greater patient participation in healthcare discussions can address these needs and improve health outcomes. We developed a patient-centered question prompt sheet (QPS) to engage CKD patients in healthcare conversations. METHODS: We conducted a two phase, mixed-methods, cross-sectional study involving semi-structured telephone interviews. Patients with an estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) <60 ml/min/1...
October 19, 2016: BMC Nephrology
Dan Cheng, Yuqin Wang, Shenghai Huang, Qiuyan Wu, Qi Chen, Meixiao Shen, Fan Lu
Purpose: To identify macular intraretinal layer changes of patients in remission from Behcet's disease (BD) of short and long duration and evaluate the associations with visual acuity (VA). Methods: Thirty-two eyes from 26 BD patients were enrolled, including 16 eyes with a duration less than 3 years (0.5-2.5 years; BD1) and 16 eyes of longer duration (3-12 years; BD2). Their intraretinal layer thicknesses and integrity of ellipsoid zone (EZ) and interdigitation zone (IZ) were evaluated by spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT)...
October 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
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