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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352760/endothelial-function-estimated-by-digital-reactive-hyperemia-in-patients-with-atherosclerotic-risk-factors-or-coronary-artery-disease
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Jeehoon Kang, Hack-Lyoung Kim, Jae-Bin Seo, Jin-Yong Lee, Min-Kyong Moon, Woo-Young Chung
Due to the complex profile of atherosclerotic risk factors, an integrated analysis of a specific individual is difficult. Endothelial function reflects a composite of various risk factors, and may be used as an optimal tool to estimate the overall atherosclerotic risk. In this study, we investigated the value of digital Reactive Hyperemia Index (RHI) in an actual population with multiple atherosclerotic risk factors or coronary artery disease (CAD). A total of 417 patients from the Seoul National University Boramae Medical Center RHI registry were enrolled in this study...
January 19, 2018: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352698/gastric-varices-bleed-at-lower-portosystemic-pressure-gradients-than-esophageal-varices
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Joseph D Morrison, Nasya Mendoza-Elias, Andrew J Lipnik, R Peter Lokken, James T Bui, Charles E Ray, Ron C Gaba
PURPOSE: To quantify and compare portosystemic pressure gradients (PSGs) between bleeding esophageal varices (EV) and gastric varices (GV). MATERIALS AND METHODS: In a single-center, retrospective study, 149 patients with variceal bleeding (90 men, 59 women, mean age 52 y) with EV (n = 69; 46%) or GV (n = 80; 54%) were selected from 320 consecutive patients who underwent successful transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) creation from 1998 to 2016...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology: JVIR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352548/prediction-of-psychosis-across-protocols-and-risk-cohorts-using-automated-language-analysis
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Cheryl M Corcoran, Facundo Carrillo, Diego Fernández-Slezak, Gillinder Bedi, Casimir Klim, Daniel C Javitt, Carrie E Bearden, Guillermo A Cecchi
Language and speech are the primary source of data for psychiatrists to diagnose and treat mental disorders. In psychosis, the very structure of language can be disturbed, including semantic coherence (e.g., derailment and tangentiality) and syntactic complexity (e.g., concreteness). Subtle disturbances in language are evident in schizophrenia even prior to first psychosis onset, during prodromal stages. Using computer-based natural language processing analyses, we previously showed that, among English-speaking clinical (e...
February 2018: World Psychiatry: Official Journal of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352394/scarce-evidence-of-ozone-effect-on-recent-health-and-productivity-of-alpine-forests-a-case-study-in-trentino-n-italy
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Marco Ferretti, Giovanni Bacaro, Giorgio Brunialti, Mauro Confalonieri, Fabiana Cristofolini, Antonella Cristofori, Luisa Frati, Angelo Finco, Giacomo Gerosa, Simona Maccherini, Elena Gottardini
We investigated the significance of tropospheric ozone as a factor explaining recent tree health (in terms of defoliation) and productivity (in terms of basal area increment, BAI) in 15 ICP Forests level I and one level II plots in alpine forests in Trentino (N. Italy). Mean daily ozone summer concentrations varied between 30 and 72 parts per billion (ppb) leading to large exceedance of concentration-based critical levels set to protect forest trees. Phytoxic ozone dose (POD0) estimated at the level II plot over the period 1996-2009 was 31-61 mmol m-2 projected leaf area (PLA)...
January 20, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352368/endocrine-therapy-and-related-issues-in-hormone-receptor-positive-early-breast-cancer-a-roundtable-discussion-by-the-breast-cancer-therapy-expert-group-bcteg
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Jame Abraham, Humberto Caldera, Robert Coleman, Anthony Elias, Matthew P Goetz, Muaiad Kittaneh, Elyse Lower, Reshma Mahtani, E Terry Mamounas, Mark Pegram, Hope Rugo, Lee Schwartzberg, Tiffany Traina, Chuck Vogel
PURPOSE: Management of breast cancer is a rapidly evolving field, and, although evidence-based guidelines are available for clinicians to provide direction on critical issues in patient care, clinicians often left to address these issues in the context of community practice situations with their patients. These include the patient's comorbid conditions, actual versus perceived benefit of treatments, patient's compliance as well as financial/reimbursement issues, and long-term tolerability of therapy...
January 19, 2018: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352254/author-correction-long-term-carbon-sink-in-borneo-s-forests-halted-by-drought-and-vulnerable-to-edges
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Lan Qie, Simon L Lewis, Martin J P Sullivan, Gabriela Lopez-Gonzalez, Georgia C Pickavance, Terry Sunderland, Peter Ashton, Wannes Hubau, Kamariah Abu Salim, Shin-Ichiro Aiba, Lindsay F Banin, Nicholas Berry, Francis Q Brearley, David F R P Burslem, Martin Dančák, Stuart J Davies, Gabriella Fredriksson, Keith C Hamer, Radim Hédl, Lip Khoon Kho, Kanehiro Kitayama, Haruni Krisnawati, Stanislav Lhota, Yadvinder Malhi, Colin Maycock, Faizah Metali, Edi Mirmanto, Laszlo Nagy, Reuben Nilus, Robert Ong, Colin A Pendry, Axel Dalberg Poulsen, Richard B Primack, Ervan Rutishauser, Ismayadi Samsoedin, Bernaulus Saragih, Plinio Sist, J W Ferry Slik, Rahayu Sukmaria Sukri, Martin Svátek, Sylvester Tan, Aiyen Tjoa, Mark van Nieuwstadt, Ronald R E Vernimmen, Ishak Yassir, Petra Susan Kidd, Muhammad Fitriadi, Nur Khalish Hafizhah Ideris, Rafizah Mat Serudin, Layla Syaznie Abdullah Lim, Muhammad Shahruney Saparudin, Oliver L Phillips
The original version of this Article contained an error in the third sentence of the abstract and incorrectly read "Here, using long-term plot monitoring records of up to half a century, we find that intact forests in Borneo gained 0.43 Mg C ha-1 year-1 (95% CI 0.14-0.72, mean period 1988-2010) above-ground live biomass", rather than the correct "Here, using long-term plot monitoring records of up to half a century, we find that intact forests in Borneo gained 0.43 Mg C ha-1 year-1 (95% CI 0.14-0.72, mean period 1988-2010) in above-ground live biomass carbon"...
January 19, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352109/role-of-b-and-t-lymphocyte-attenuator-in-renal-transplant-recipients-with-biopsy-proven-acute-rejection
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Zijie Wang, Haiwei Yang, Xuzhong Liu, Jingying Zhang, Zhijian Han, Jun Tao, Chunchun Zhao, Xiaobin Ju, Ruoyun Tan, Min Gu
BACKGROUND Acute rejection is a common predisposing cause of allograft dysfunction in kidney transplantation. Recently, the B and T lymphocyte attenuator (BTLA)/herpes virus entry mediator (HVEM)/lymphotoxin (LIGHT)/CD160 pathway was found to be potentially involved in the regulation of T cell activation. This could mean that this pathway is involved in graft rejection in kidney transplantation; the present study aimed to explore this possibility. MATERIAL AND METHODS The expression of BTLA, HVEM, LIGHT and CD160 on peripheral CD4+, CD8+ and CD19+ lymphocytes were analyzed by flow cytometry in recipients with biopsy-proven acute rejection (BPAR) or stable allograft function, as well as in healthy volunteers...
January 20, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351909/arrows-in-biology-lack-of-clarity-and-consistency-points-to-confusion-for-learners
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L Kate Wright, Jordan J Cardenas, Phyllis Liang, Dina L Newman
In this article, we begin to unpack the phenomenon of representational competence by exploring how arrow symbols are used in introductory biology textbook figures. Out of 1214 figures in an introductory biology textbook, 632 (52%) of them contained arrows that were used to represent many different concepts or processes. Analysis of these figures revealed little correlation between arrow style and meaning. A more focused study of 86 figures containing 230 arrows from a second textbook showed the same pattern of inconsistency...
December 1, 2017: CBE Life Sciences Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351895/a-tailored-web-based-intervention-to-improve-parenting-risk-and-protective-factors-for-adolescent-depression-and-anxiety-problems-postintervention-findings-from-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Marie Bee Hui Yap, Shireen Mahtani, Ronald M Rapee, Claire Nicolas, Katherine A Lawrence, Andrew Mackinnon, Anthony F Jorm
BACKGROUND: Depression and anxiety disorders in young people are a global health concern. Parents have an important role in reducing the risk of these disorders, but cost-effective, evidence-based interventions for parents that can be widely disseminated are lacking. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to examine the postintervention effects of the Partners in Parenting (PiP) program on parenting risk and protective factors for adolescent depression and anxiety, and on adolescent depression and anxiety symptoms...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351854/electric-field-induced-charging-of-colloidal-particles-in-a-nonpolar-liquid
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Caspar Schreuer, Stijn Vandewiele, Filip Strubbe, Kristiaan Neyts, Filip Beunis
HYPOTHESIS: Colloidal particles in a pure nonpolar solvent are expected to be in a state of dynamic equilibrium where a particle's charge fluctuates around a stable mean value. However, we find that PHSA-coated PMMA microparticles in dodecane gain positive charge over time. We hypothesize that this phenomenon is prompted by the high electric field (∼1 V/µm) that is applied in these measurements. Hence, we expect the reaction rate at which charge builds up on the particle to change when modifying the measurement parameters...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351790/development-of-a-framework-to-improve-the-process-of-recruitment-to-randomised-controlled-trials-rcts-the-sear-screened-eligible-approached-randomised-framework
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Caroline Wilson, Leila Rooshenas, Sangeetha Paramasivan, Daisy Elliott, Marcus Jepson, Sean Strong, Alison Birtle, David J Beard, Alison Halliday, Freddie C Hamdy, Rebecca Lewis, Chris Metcalfe, Chris A Rogers, Robert C Stein, Jane M Blazeby, Jenny L Donovan
BACKGROUND: Research has shown that recruitment to trials is a process that stretches from identifying potentially eligible patients, through eligibility assessment, to obtaining informed consent. The length and complexity of this pathway means that many patients do not have the opportunity to consider participation. This article presents the development of a simple framework to document, understand and improve the process of trial recruitment. METHODS: Eight RCTs integrated a QuinteT Recruitment Intervention (QRI) into the main trial, feasibility or pilot study...
January 19, 2018: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351772/effect-of-an-interactive-e-learning-tool-for-delirium-on-patient-and-nursing-outcomes-in-a-geriatric-hospital-setting-findings-of-a-before-after-study
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Elke Detroyer, Fabienne Dobbels, Andrew Teodorczuk, Mieke Deschodt, Yves Depaifve, Etienne Joosten, Koen Milisen
BACKGROUND: Education of healthcare workers is a core element of multicomponent delirium strategies to improve delirium care and, consequently, patient outcomes. However, traditional educational strategies are notoriously difficult to implement. E-learning is hypothesised to be easier and more cost effective, but research evaluating effectiveness of delirium education through e-learning is scarce at present. Aim is to determine the effect of a nursing e-learning tool for delirium on: (1) in-hospital prevalence, duration and severity of delirium or mortality in hospitalized geriatric patients, and (2) geriatric nurses' knowledge and recognition regarding delirium...
January 19, 2018: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351746/concomitant-glenohumeral-injuries-in-neer-type-ii-distal-clavicle-fractures
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Tobias Helfen, Georg Siebenbürger, Florian Haasters, Wolfgang Böcker, Ben Ockert
BACKGROUND: To identify the prevalence of concomitant glenohumeral injuries in surgically treated Neer type II distal clavicle fractures and relate its clinical importance. METHODS: Between 11/2011 and 11/2015 41 patients, suffering from a displaced and unstable distal clavicle fracture were included. 20 patients (group 1) received surgical treatment by means of plate osteosynthesis in combination with an arthroscopically assisted coraco-clavicular ligament augmentation...
January 19, 2018: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351637/prospective-multicenter-assessment-of-all-cause-mortality-following-surgery-for-adult-cervical-deformity
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Justin S Smith, Christopher I Shaffrey, Han Jo Kim, Peter Passias, Themistocles Protopsaltis, Renaud Lafage, Gregory M Mundis, Eric Klineberg, Virginie Lafage, Frank J Schwab, Justin K Scheer, Emily Miller, Michael Kelly, D Kojo Hamilton, Munish Gupta, Vedat Deviren, Richard Hostin, Todd Albert, K Daniel Riew, Robert Hart, Doug Burton, Shay Bess, Christopher P Ames
BACKGROUND: Surgical treatments for adult cervical spinal deformity (ACSD) are often complex and have high complication rates. OBJECTIVE: To assess all-cause mortality following ACSD surgery. METHODS: ACSD patients presenting for surgical treatment were identified from a prospectively collected multicenter database. Clinical and surgical parameters and all-cause mortality were assessed. RESULTS: Of 123 ACSD patients, 120 (98%) had complete baseline data (mean age, 60...
January 17, 2018: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351357/changes-in-axial-length-and-progression-of-visual-field-damage-in-glaucoma
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Mieko Yanagisawa, Takehiro Yamashita, Masato Matsuura, Yuri Fujino, Hiroshi Murata, Ryo Asaoka
Purpose: To investigate the relationship between axial length (AL) elongation and progression of primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG). Methods: AL was measured twice over a 5.1 ± 0.76 (mean ± standard deviation: SD) year period in 125 eyes of 72 patients with POAG. The eyes were divided into not long (AL < 26 mm, 80 eyes) and long (>26 mm, 45 eyes) groups. During this period, patients' visual fields (VFs) were measured with the Humphrey Field Analyzer 12.4 ± 7...
January 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351289/the-rumour-spectrum
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Nicolas Turenne
Rumour is an old social phenomenon used in politics and other public spaces. It has been studied for only hundred years by sociologists and psychologists by qualitative means. Social media platforms open new opportunities to improve quantitative analyses. We scanned all scientific literature to find relevant features. We made a quantitative screening of some specific rumours (in French and in English). Firstly, we identified some sources of information to find them. Secondly, we compiled different reference, rumouring and event datasets...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351217/nitrogen-containing-functional-groups-facilitated-acetone-adsorption-by-zif-8-derived-porous-carbon
#17
Liqing Li, Xiancheng Ma, Ruofei Chen, Chunhao Wang, Mingming Lu
Nitrogen-doped porous carbon (ZC) is prepared by modification with ammonia for increasing the specific surface area and surface polarity after carbonization of zeolite imidazole framework-8 (ZIF-8). The structure and properties of these ZCs were characterized by Transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, N₂ sorption, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Through static adsorption tests of these carbons, the sample obtained at 600 °C was selected as an excellent adsorbent, which exhibited an excellent acetone capacity of 417...
January 19, 2018: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351154/predictors-of-health-related-quality-of-life-in-irritable-bowel-syndrome-patients-compared-with-healthy-individuals
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Raymond Addante, Bruce Naliboff, Wendy Shih, Angela P Presson, Kirsten Tillisch, Emeran A Mayer, Lin Chang
BACKGROUND: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) reduces health-related quality of life (HRQOL). It is unclear how having IBS modifies the impact of gastrointestinal (GI), psychosocial, and somatic symptom variables on HRQOL compared with healthy controls (HCs). AIMS: (1) Determine psychosocial, somatic, and physical status variables most predictive of HRQOL in IBS and HCs and (2) determine if IBS status modifies relationships between predictive factors and HRQOL. METHODS: IBS patients and HCs completed validated questionnaires measuring GI symptoms, psychosocial/somatic variables, and physical [physical component score (PCS)] and mental [mental component score (MCS)] HRQOL via the Short-Form-36...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351127/four-months-of-wearing-a-balance-orthotic-improves-measures-of-balance-and-mobility-among-a-cohort-of-community-living-older-adults
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Sean Noah, Cynthia Gibson-Horn, Jennifer L Vincenzo
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that there were 29 million falls and 7 million injuries in 2014 in the United States. Falls, decreased balance, and mobility disability are common in older adults and often result in loss of independence. Finding interventions to address these issues is important, as this age group is growing exponentially. Prior studies indicate balance and mobility can be improved by the balance-based torso-weighting (BBTW) assessment implemented through wear of a balance orthotic (BO)...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351040/respiratory-polysomnographic-findings-in-patients-treated-primarily-for-unilateral-cleft-lip-and-palate
#20
Davi Sandes Sobral, Gustavo Juliane Faller, Marcus Vinícius Martins Collares
Cleft lip and palate (CLP) is the most common congenital craniofacial abnormality. Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) is a highly prevalent but underdiagnosed disease and is frequently associated with craniofacial anomalies. There are few studies describing the sleep breathing pattern of children with CLP. This study sought to characterize the respiratory profile of 23 children with unilateral cleft lip and palate, aged 7-12 years, who had undergone cleft lip and nasal repair at age 3-4 months and palatoplasty at 12-15 months, with a particular focus on evaluating the presence of OSAS in children with CLP...
February 2018: Cleft Palate-craniofacial Journal
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