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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334635/the-effect-of-altitude-and-climate-on-the-suicide-rates-in-turkey
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Mahmut Asirdizer, Erhan Kartal, Yasin Etli, Ertugrul Tatlisumak, Orhan Gumus, Yavuz Hekimoglu, Sıddık Keskin
Suicide is one of the most important public health problems. There was an association between suicide and several factors such as psychiatric diseases and psychological characteristics, somatic illness, cultural, socioeconomic, familial, occupational and individual risk factors. Also, high altitude and climatic factors including high temperature, cloudiness, more sunshine and low rainfalls were defined as some of these risk factors in the literature. In this study, we aimed to investigate correlation between suicide rates and altitudes of all cities in Turkey and between suicide rates and climatic factors including Rainfall Activity Index, Winter Mean Temperatures, Summer Mean Temperatures and Temperature Difference between January and July previously defined by several authors in the broad series in Turkey...
January 4, 2018: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334494/state-based-review-of-maternal-deaths-the-ohio-experience
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Cynthia Shellhaas, Elizabeth Conrey
Ohio established a Pregnancy-Associated Mortality Review system in 2010 to ensure that all maternal deaths are identified and preventive actions developed. The need for detailed and reliable information to supplement vital statistics data has led to the development of state-based and urban-based maternal death reviews. Although processes vary from state to state, in general, an expert panel is convened to review individual cases and make recommendations for systems change. This article describes the development and operation of Ohio's state-based maternal death review including interventions developed and actions taken based on review data...
January 12, 2018: Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334200/comparative-effectiveness-of-antidepressant-medication-versus-psychological-intervention-on-depression-symptoms-in-women-with-infertility-and-sexual-dysfunction
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Hajar Pasha, Zahra Basirat, Mahbobeh Faramarzi, Farzan Kheirkhah
Background: Fertility loss is considered as a challenging experience. This study was conducted to compare the effectiveness of antidepressant medication and psychological intervention on depression symptoms in women with infertility and sexual dysfunctions (SD). MATERIALS AND METHODS: This randomized, controlled clinical trial study was completed from December 2014 to June 2015 in Babol, Iran. Of the 485 participants, 93 were randomly assigned in a 1:1:1 ratio to psychosexual therapy (PST), bupropion extended-release (BUP ER) at a dose of 150 mg/d, and control (no intervention) groups...
April 2018: International Journal of Fertility & Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334132/oxybutynin-3-gel-for-the-treatment-of-primary-focal-hyperhidrosis-in-adolescents-and-young-adults
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Nicholas V Nguyen, Jane Gralla, James Abbott, Anna L Bruckner
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: There are no reliably effective, well-tolerated topical agents for the treatment of hyperhidrosis. We sought to evaluate the efficacy and tolerability of oxybutynin 3% gel in adolescents and young adults with primary focal hyperhidrosis. METHODS: Patients with severe axillary hyperhidrosis were treated with topical oxybutynin 3% gel for 4 weeks. Response to treatment was assessed by calculating change in Hyperhidrosis Disease Severity Score from baseline to weeks 1 and 4...
January 15, 2018: Pediatric Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332950/microwave-evaluation-of-electromigration-susceptibility-in-advanced-interconnects
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Christopher E Sunday, Dmitry Veksler, Kin C Cheung, Yaw S Obeng
Traditional metrology has been unable to adequately address the needs of the emerging integrated circuits (ICs) at the nano scale; thus, new metrology and techniques are needed. For example, the reliability challenges in fabrication need to be well understood and controlled to facilitate mass production of through-substrate-via (TSV) enabled three-dimensional integrated circuits (3D-ICs). This requires new approaches to the metrology. In this paper, we use the microwave propagation characteristics to study the reliability issues that precede the physical damage caused by electromigration in the Cu-filled TSVs...
November 7, 2017: Journal of Applied Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332735/within-day-and-between-day-reliability-of-thickness-measurements-of-abdominal-muscles-using-ultrasound-during-abdominal-hollowing-and-bracing-maneuvers
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Mahnaz Aboufazeli, Nima Afshar-Mohajer
Ultrasonography imaging has been used as a non-invasive method to estimate the thickness and relative activities of the abdominal muscles in patients with lower back pain (LBP). However, the statistical reliability of US thickness measurements of abdominal muscles, including transversus abdominis (TrA), internal oblique (IO) and external oblique (EO) muscles during abdominal hollowing (AH) and abdominal bracing (AB) maneuvers has not been well-investigated. This study was performed on a total of 20 female subjects (10 with LBP and 10 without LBP) in the age range of 25-55 years to assess within-day and between-day reliability of the measurements...
January 2018: Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332589/validation-of-an-arabic-version-of-the-obesity-related-wellbeing-orwell-97-questionnaire-in-adults-with-obesity
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Leila Itani, Simona Calugi, Dima Kreidieh, Germine El Kassas, Dana El Masri, Hana Tannir, Riccardo Dalle Grave, Aya Harfoush, Marwan El Ghoch
BACKGROUND: No specific questionnaire that evaluates Health-Related Quality Of Life (HRQOL) in individuals with obesity is available in the Arabic language. The aim of this study was therefore to propose and examine the validity and reliability of an Arabic language version of the ORWELL 97, a validated obesity-related HRQOL questionnaire. METHODS: The ORWELL 97 questionnaire was translated from English to Arabic language and administered to 318 Arabic-speaking participants (106 from clinical and 212 from community samples), and underwent internal consistency, test-retest reliability, construct and discriminative validity analysis...
January 10, 2018: Current Diabetes Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332472/statistical-primer-for-athletic-trainers-the-essentials-of-understanding-measures-of-reliability-and-minimal-important-change
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Bryan L Riemann, Monica Lininger
OBJECTIVE:   To describe the concepts of measurement reliability and minimal important change. BACKGROUND:   All measurements have some magnitude of error. Because clinical practice involves measurement, clinicians need to understand measurement reliability. The reliability of an instrument is integral in determining if a change in patient status is meaningful. DESCRIPTION:   Measurement reliability is the extent to which a test result is consistent and free of error...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Athletic Training
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332248/performance-of-diffusion-weighted-magnetic-resonance-imaging-at-3-0t-for-early-assessment-of-tumor-response-in-locally-advanced-rectal-cancer-treated-with-preoperative-chemoradiation-therapy
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Andrea Delli Pizzi, Roberta Cianci, Domenico Genovesi, Gianluigi Esposito, Mauro Timpani, Alessandra Tavoletta, Pierluigi Pulsone, Raffaella Basilico, Daniela Gabrielli, Consuelo Rosa, Luciana Caravatta, Monica Di Tommaso, Massimo Caulo, Antonella Filippone
PURPOSE: The purpose of the article is to determine whether changes in apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values of locally advanced rectal cancer (LARC) obtained 2 weeks after the beginning of chemoradiation therapy (CRT) allow to predict treatment response and whether correlate with tumor histopathologic response. METHODS: Forty-three patients receiving CRT for LARC and 3.0T magnetic resonance imaging with diffusion-weighted sequences before treatment, 2 weeks during, and 8 weeks post the completion of CRT were included...
January 13, 2018: Abdominal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332122/quantitative-study-of-the-macular-microvasculature-in-human-donor-eyes
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Paula K Yu, Zaid Mammo, Chandrakumar Balaratnasingam, Dao-Yi Yu
Purpose: To precisely quantify the macular microvasculature density using microperfusion and labeling techniques in human donor eyes. Such information may be useful in understanding the role of the macular microvasculature in coping with the metabolic requirements of the neurons in this densely packed region, and provide a reference point for clinical studies using recently developed optical imaging techniques. Methods: The macular microvasculature was perfusion-labeled in 18 human donor eyes and optical stacks collected from regions superior, temporal, inferior, and nasal to the foveola using confocal microscopy...
January 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332058/3d-surface-imaging-for-volumetric-measurement-in-people-with-obesity
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Sean Clarkson, Stuart W Flint, David R Broom, Matt Capehorn, Jonathan Wheat
BACKGROUND: Current methods for tracking the progress of people with obesity towards a weight loss goal appear simple and potentially misleading. A technique to quantify change in body shape whilst visualising areas of the body where weight loss occurs would be advantageous, and has the potential to be used as a motivational tool. Three-dimensional (3D) surface-imaging would serve as a good basis for such a technique, however current systems are prohibitively expensive. OBJECTIVE: Highlight the use of a cheaper alternative 3D surface-imaging system for volumetric measurement in people with obesity...
January 5, 2018: Technology and Health Care: Official Journal of the European Society for Engineering and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331854/trade-offs-between-forest-carbon-stocks-and-harvests-in-a-steady-state-a-multi-criteria-analysis
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Kim Pingoud, Tommi Ekholm, Risto Sievänen, Saija Huuskonen, Jari Hynynen
This paper provides a perspective for comparing trade-offs between harvested wood flows and forest carbon stocks with different forest management regimes. A constant management regime applied to a forest area with an even age-class distribution leads to a steady state, in which the annual harvest and carbon stocks remain constant over time. As both are desirable - carbon stocks for mitigating climate change and harvests for the economic use of wood and displacing fossil fuels - an ideal strategy should be chosen from a set of management regimes that are Pareto-optimal in the sense of multi-criteria decision-making...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331549/is-sequence-awareness-mandatory-for-perceptual-sequence-learning-an-assessment-using-a-pure-perceptual-sequence-learning-design
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Natacha Deroost, Daphné Coomans
We examined the role of sequence awareness in a pure perceptual sequence learning design. Participants had to react to the target's colour that changed according to a perceptual sequence. By varying the mapping of the target's colour onto the response keys, motor responses changed randomly. The effect of sequence awareness on perceptual sequence learning was determined by manipulating the learning instructions (explicit versus implicit) and assessing the amount of sequence awareness after the experiment. In the explicit instruction condition (n = 15), participants were instructed to intentionally search for the colour sequence, whereas in the implicit instruction condition (n = 15), they were left uninformed about the sequenced nature of the task...
January 10, 2018: Acta Psychologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331456/vocalization-as-an-indicator-of-estrus-climax-in-holstein-heifers-during-natural-estrus-and-superovulation
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Volker Röttgen, Frank Becker, Armin Tuchscherer, Christine Wrenzycki, Sandra Düpjan, Peter C Schön, Birger Puppe
The reliable detection of estrus is an important scientific and practical challenge in dairy cattle farming. Female vocalization may indicate reproductive status, and preliminary evidence suggests that this information can be used to detect estrus in dairy cattle. The aim of this study was to associate the changes in the vocalization rate of dairy heifers with behavioral estrus indicators as well as test the influence of the type of estrus (natural estrus vs. superovulation-induced estrus). We analyzed 6 predefined estrus-related behavior patterns (standing to be mounted, head-side mounting, active mounting, chin resting, being mounted while not standing, and active sniffing in the anogenital region) and vocalization rates in the peri-estrus period (day of estrus ± 1 d) of 12 German Holstein heifers using audio-visual recordings...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331365/assessment-of-test-retest-reliability-of-a-food-choice-task-among-healthy-individuals
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Karin Foerde, Loren Gianini, Yuanjia Wang, Peng Wu, Daphna Shohamy, B Timothy Walsh, Joanna E Steinglass
Aberrations in eating patterns constitute a substantial public health burden. Computer-based paradigms that measure responses to images of foods are potentially useful tools for assessing food attitudes and characteristics of eating behavior. In particular, food choice tasks attempt to directly probe aspects of individuals' decisions about what to eat. In the Food Choice Task participants rate the healthiness and tastiness of a variety of food items presented one at a time. Next, participants choose for each food item whether they prefer to eat the item vs...
January 10, 2018: Appetite
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331266/human-papilloma-virus-specific-t-cells-can-be-generated-from-na%C3%A3-ve-t-cells-for-use-as-an-immunotherapeutic-strategy-for-immunocompromised-patients
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Sarah E McCormack, Conrad Russell Y Cruz, Kaylor E Wright, Allison B Powell, Haili Lang, Cornelia Trimble, Michael D Keller, Ephraim Fuchs, Catherine M Bollard
Human papilloma virus (HPV) is a known cause of cervical cancer, squamous cell carcinoma and laryngeal cancer. Although treatments exist for HPV-associated malignancies, patients unresponsive to these therapies have a poor prognosis. Recent findings from vaccine studies suggest that T-cell immunity is essential for disease control. Because Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV)-specific T cells have been highly successful in treating or preventing EBV-associated tumors, we hypothesized that the development of a manufacturing platform for HPV-specific T cells from healthy donors could be used in a third-party setting to treat patients with high-risk/relapsed HPV-associated cancers...
January 10, 2018: Cytotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330342/are-the-patient-rated-wrist-evaluation-prwe-and-the-disabilities-of-the-arm-shoulder-and-hand-dash-questionnaire-used-in-distal-radial-fractures-truly-valid-and-reliable
#17
Y V Kleinlugtenbelt, R G Krol, M Bhandari, J C Goslings, R W Poolman, V A B Scholtes
OBJECTIVES: The patient-rated wrist evaluation (PRWE) and the Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand (DASH) questionnaire are patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) used for clinical and research purposes. Methodological high-quality clinimetric studies that determine the measurement properties of these PROMs when used in patients with a distal radial fracture are lacking. This study aimed to validate the PRWE and DASH in Dutch patients with a displaced distal radial fracture (DRF)...
January 2018: Bone & Joint Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330102/bisphosphonates-intake-and-its-association-with-changes-of-periarticular-bone-area-and-three-dimensional-shape-data-from-the-osteoarthritis-initiative-oai
#18
Arya Haj-Mirzaian, Ali Guermazi, Frank W Roemer, Mike A Bowes, Philip G Conaghan, Shadpour Demehri
OBJECTIVE: To determine the association between bisphosphonate treatment with the change of periarticular bone area and three-dimensional (3D) shape in participants of the Osteoarthritis Initiative (OAI) study. DESIGN: Using propensity score (PS) matching method in females, 48 bisphosphonate users and 105 non-users, who were matched for OA and osteoporosis related factors were included. Baseline and 24-month MRI-based periarticular bone area and 3D shape measurements were used...
January 9, 2018: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330058/haptoglobin-and-serum-amyloid-a-as-putative-biomarker-candidates-of-naturally-occurring-bovine-respiratory-disease-in-dairy-calves
#19
Vivek Joshi, V K Gupta, A G Bhanuprakash, R S K Mandal, U Dimri, Y Ajith
Bovine respiratory disease (BRD) is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in dairy calves. Identification of reliable biomarkers of naturally occurring BRD is essential for ensuring early diagnosis and treatment of calves and monitoring treatment efficacy. This need is punctuated, especially in mild to moderate cases that would greatly help to decrease recurrence and the overall prevalence of BRD. The present study was conducted to investigate the changes in serum concentrations of haptoglobin (Hpt) and serum amyloid A (SAA) and association between oxidative stress and acute phase proteins (APPs) in BRD...
January 9, 2018: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329902/impact-of-vertical-and-horizontal-malrotation-on-measurements-of-anteroposterior-radiographs-of-the-scapula-need-for-standardized-images-in-modern-omometry
#20
Samy Bouaicha, Armando Hoch, Thorsten Jentzsch, Beat K Moor
BACKGROUND: An increasing number of parameters measured on anteroposterior radiographs are used for the evaluation of the bony geometry of the scapula. Inhomogeneous acquisition of images is common because of the lack of standardization in radiographic positioning. Images with malrotation around the horizontal axis of the scapula are particularly frequent. We hypothesized that malrotated images would result in large variations in measured radiographic parameters and that image standardization using qualitative and semiquantitative "omometric" criteria would decrease these variations in measurements...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
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