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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914181/can-sonography-be-used-to-estimate-deep-abdominal-muscle-activation-in-different-static-arm-positions-while-standing
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Martin Eriksson Crommert, Monica Unsgaard-Tøndel, Ottar Vasseljen
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate whether sonography is a reliable tool for measuring deep abdominal muscle activation in different static arm positions while standing. METHODS: Sonographic recordings were made of the transversus abdominis and obliquus internus abdominis in 4 different static arm positions that varied with regard to the postural demand and loading direction posed on the trunk. Ten nonconsecutive repetitions of each arm position were performed, and thickness measurements were made at 2 locations within each muscle...
December 3, 2016: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914067/5q-syndrome-like-features-as-the-first-manifestation-of-myelodysplastic-syndrome-in-a-patient-with-an-unbalanced-whole-arm-translocation-der-5-19-p10-q10
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Hiroshi Ureshino, Haruna Kizuka, Kana Kusaba, Haruhiko Sano, Atsujiro Nishioka, Takero Shindo, Yasushi Kubota, Toshihiko Ando, Kensuke Kojima, Shinya Kimura
Derivative (5;19)(p10;q10) [der(5;19)(p10;q10)] is a rare chromosomal abnormality in myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), and is genetically similar to deletion 5q [del(5q)]. However, MDS with der(5;19)(p10;q10) and 5q- syndrome are generally characterized as distinct subtypes. Here, we report a case of a patient with 5q- syndrome-like features as the first manifestation of MDS with der(5; 19)(p10;q10). A 59-year-old woman was admitted to our hospital for anemia without leukopenia and thrombocytopenia. She had received chemotherapy comprising carboplatin and docetaxel for endometrial cancer eight years before...
December 2, 2016: International Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913910/a-randomized-trial-of-displaying-paid-price-information-on-imaging-study-and-procedure-ordering-rates
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Alyna T Chien, Lisa Soleymani Lehmann, Laura A Hatfield, Kate E Koplan, Carter R Petty, Anna D Sinaiko, Meredith B Rosenthal, Thomas D Sequist
BACKGROUND: Prior studies have demonstrated how price transparency lowers the test-ordering rates of trainees in hospitals, and physician-targeted price transparency efforts have been viewed as a promising cost-controlling strategy. OBJECTIVE: To examine the effect of displaying paid-price information on test-ordering rates for common imaging studies and procedures within an accountable care organization (ACO). DESIGN: Block randomized controlled trial for 1 year...
December 2, 2016: Journal of General Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913881/phase-ii-trial-of-s-1-plus-leucovorin-in-patients-with-advanced-gastric-cancer-and-clinical-prediction-by-s-1-pharmacogenetic-pathway
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Ming-Ming He, Dong-Sheng Zhang, Feng Wang, Zi-Xian Wang, Shu-Qiang Yuan, Zhi-Qiang Wang, Hui-Yan Luo, Chao Ren, Miao-Zhen Qiu, Ying Jin, De-Shen Wang, Dong-Liang Chen, Zhao-Lei Zeng, Yu-Hong Li, Yang-Yang He, Yuan-Tao Hao, Pi Guo, Feng-Hua Wang, Yi-Xin Zeng, Rui-Hua Xu
BACKGROUND: The first one-arm phase II trial aimed to evaluate and predict efficacy and safety of S-1 plus oral leucovorin (S-1/LV) as first-line chemotherapy for patients with advanced gastric cancer (AGC), using S-1 pharmacogenetic pathway approach. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 39 patients orally took S-1 at conventional dose and LV simultaneously at a dose of 25 mg twice daily for a week, within a 2-week cycle. The primary endpoint was overall response rate (ORR), while the secondary endpoints were progression-free survival (PFS), time to failure (TTF), overall survival (OS), disease control rate (DCR), and adverse events (AEs)...
December 2, 2016: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913870/managing-knee-osteoarthritis-with-yoga-or-aerobic-strengthening-exercise-programs-in-older-adults-a-pilot-randomized-controlled-trial
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Corjena Cheung, Jean F Wyman, Ulf Bronas, Teresa McCarthy, Kyle Rudser, Michelle A Mathiason
Although exercise is often recommended for managing osteoarthritis (OA), limited evidence-based exercise options are available for older adults with OA. This study compared the effects of Hatha yoga (HY) and aerobic/strengthening exercises (ASE) on knee OA. Randomized controlled trial with three arms design was used: HY, ASE, and education control. Both HY and ASE groups involved 8 weekly 45-min group classes with 2-4 days/week home practice sessions. Control group received OA education brochures and weekly phone calls from study staff...
December 2, 2016: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913833/tight-repulsion-linkage-between-sr36-and-sr39-was-revealed-by-genetic-cytogenetic-and-molecular-analyses
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Bosco Chemayek, Urmil K Bansal, Naeela Qureshi, Peng Zhang, William W Wagoire, Harbans S Bariana
The shortening of Aegilops speltoides segment did not facilitate recombination between stem rust resistance genes Sr36 and Sr39 . Robustness of marker rwgs28 for marker-assisted selection of Sr39 was demonstrated. Stem rust resistance genes Sr39 and Sr36 were transferred from Aegilops speltoides and Triticum timopheevii, respectively, to chromosome 2B of wheat. Genetic stocks RL6082 and RWG1 carrying Sr39 on a large and a shortened Ae. speltoides segments, respectively, and the Sr36-carrying Australian wheat cultivar Cook were used in this study...
December 2, 2016: TAG. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. Theoretische und Angewandte Genetik
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913360/real-time-decentralized-neural-control-via-backstepping-for-a-robotic-arm-powered-by-industrial-servomotors
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Luis A Vazquez, Francisco Jurado, Carlos E Castaneda, Victor Santibanez
This paper presents a continuous-time decentralized neural control scheme for trajectory tracking of a two degrees of freedom direct drive vertical robotic arm. A decentralized recurrent high-order neural network (RHONN) structure is proposed to identify online, in a series-parallel configuration and using the filtered error learning law, the dynamics of the plant. Based on the RHONN subsystems, a local neural controller is derived via backstepping approach. The effectiveness of the decentralized neural controller is validated on a robotic arm platform, of our own design and unknown parameters, which uses industrial servomotors to drive the joints...
December 1, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913229/a-single-arm-phase-iii-study-exploring-the-efficacy-and-safety-of-lng-ius-8-a-low-dose-levonorgestrel-intrauterine-contraceptive-system-total-content-13-5-mg-in-an-asia-pacific-population
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Guangsheng Fan, Sukho Kang, Mulan Ren, Edith Weisberg, Eeva Lukkari-Lax, Katrin Roth, SoYoung Shin
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of a low-dose levonorgestrel intrauterine system with total content 13.5 mg (average approx. 8 μg/24 h over the first year; LNG-IUS 8; Jaydess®) in an Asia-Pacific population. STUDY DESIGN: An open-label, single-arm Phase III study conducted at 25 centers in China, Australia, and Korea assessed LNG-IUS 8 use over 3 years in nulliparous and parous women (N=1114) aged 18-40 years with regular menstrual cycles (21-35 days)...
November 29, 2016: Contraception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913163/centralized-reminder-recall-to-increase-immunization-rates-in-young-children-how-much-bang-for-the-buck
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Allison Kempe, Alison W Saville, Brenda Beaty, L Miriam Dickinson, Dennis Gurfinkel, Sheri Eisert, Heather Roth, Diana Herrero, Lynn Trefren, Rachel Herlihy
OBJECTIVES: We compared effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of: 1) centralized reminder/recall (C-R/R) using the Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS) versus practice-based reminder/recall (PB-R/R) approaches to increase immunization rates; 2) different levels of C-R/R intensity; and 3) C-R/R with versus without the name of the child's provider. METHODS: We conducted 3 sequential cluster-randomized trials involving children 19-25 months in 15 Colorado counties in 3/2013 (trial 1), 10/2013 (trial 2), and 5/2014 (trial 3)...
November 29, 2016: Academic Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912874/the-anxiolytic-effect-of-essential-oil-of-cananga-odorata-exposure-on-mice-and-determination-of-its-major-active-constituents
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Nan Zhang, Lei Zhang, Linyin Feng, Lei Yao
BACKGROUND: Essential oil from Cananga odorata (ylang-ylang essential oil, YYO) is usually used in reducing blood pressure, improving cognitive functioning in aromatherapy in human. Few reports showed its effect on anxiety behaviors. HYPOTHESIS/PURPOSE: To investigate the anxiolytic effects of YYO exposure on anxiety animal models, determine the major active constituents and investigate the change of neurotransmitters after odor exposure. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: ICR mice were subjected to three anxiety models including open field, elevated plus maze and light-dark box tests after acute and chronic YYO exposure...
December 15, 2016: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912735/the-effect-of-early-measles-vaccination-at-4-5%C3%A2-months-of-age-on-growth-at-9-and-24%C3%A2-months-of-age-in-a-randomized-trial-in-guinea-bissau
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S M Rasmussen, S Biering-Sørensen, S Byberg, A Andersen, M Bjerregaard-Andersen, A Rodrigues, C S Benn, C L Martins, P Aaby
BACKGROUND: Providing an early, additional measles vaccine (MV) at 4.5 months of age has been shown to reduce child mortality in low-income countries. We studied the effects on growth at 9 and 24 months of age. METHODS: A randomized controlled trial was conducted in Guinea-Bissau from 2003-2007 including 6,648 children. Children were randomized 1:1:1 to receive Edmonston-Zagreb measles vaccine at 4.5 and 9 months of age (group A), no vaccine at 4.5 months and Edmonston-Zagreb measles vaccine at 9 months (group B), or no vaccine at 4...
December 3, 2016: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912141/aucl3-agotf-promoted-o-glycosylation-using-anomeric-sulfoxides-as-glycosyl-donors-at-room-temperature
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Ashokkumar Palanivel, Ande Chennaiah, Sateesh Dubbu, Asadulla Mallick, Yashwant D Vankar
Activation of sulfoxide as glycosyl donors using AuCl3/AgOTf reagent system has been described. Under optimal reaction conditions, both armed and disarmed glycosyl sulfoxide donors were found to react with a range of primary, secondary, and tertiary alcohol acceptors, and sugar derived glycosyl acceptors to afford the corresponding glycosides in moderate to good yields with predictable selectivity. The reactions are quick (20-60 min), facile at room temperature and the reactions conditions tolerate acid sensitive groups...
November 23, 2016: Carbohydrate Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912108/encouraging-early-discussion-of-life-expectancy-and-end-of-life-care-a-randomised-controlled-trial-of-a-nurse-led-communication-support-program-for-patients-and-caregivers
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Adam Walczak, Phyllis N Butow, Martin H N Tattersall, Patricia M Davidson, Jane Young, Ronald M Epstein, Daniel S J Costa, Josephine M Clayton
BACKGROUND: Patients are often not given the information needed to understand their prognosis and make informed treatment choices, with many consequently experiencing less than optimal care and quality-of-life at end-of-life. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the efficacy of a nurse-facilitated communication support program for patients with advanced, incurable cancer to assist them in discussing prognosis and end-of-life care. DESIGN: A parallel-group randomised controlled trial design was used...
October 21, 2016: International Journal of Nursing Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912104/structured-skill-practice-during-intensive-bimanual-training-leads-to-better-trunk-and-arm-control-than-unstructured-practice-in-children-with-unilateral-spastic-cerebral-palsy
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Ya-Ching Hung, Marina B Brandão, Andrew M Gordon
BACKGROUND: Recently, intensive practice showed good efficacy in improving upper extremity function for children with unilateral spastic cerebral palsy (USCP). However, little is known about the significance of skill progression frequently used during intensive practice. AIMS: We evaluate the importance of skill progression during intensive bimanual practice on movement coordination. METHODS AND PROCEDURES: Twenty children with USCP (average age: 8...
November 29, 2016: Research in Developmental Disabilities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912063/structure-of-mammalian-respiratory-supercomplex-i1iii2iv1
#15
Meng Wu, Jinke Gu, Runyu Guo, Yushen Huang, Maojun Yang
The mammalian respiratory chain complexes assemble into supercomplexes (SCs) and reside in the inner mitochondrial membrane to transfer electrons and establish the proton gradient for complex V to synthesize ATP. The precise arrangement of SCs is largely unknown. Here, we report a 4.0-Å cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) structure of the major SC in porcine heart, the 1.7-MDa SCI1III2IV1. The complex III (CIII) dimer and complex IV (CIV) bind at the same side of the L-shaped complex I (CI). Several accessory or supernumerary subunits of CI, such as NDUFA11, NDUFB4, NDUFB8, and NDUFB9, directly contribute to the oligomerization of CI, CIII, and CIV...
December 1, 2016: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911988/long-term-persistence-with-mirabegron-versus-solifenacin-in-women-with-overactive-bladder-prospective-randomized-trial
#16
Manami Kinjo, Yuki Sekiguchi, Yasukuni Yoshimura, Kikuo Nutahara
OBJECTIVES: To compare persistence with medication and the reasons for discontinuation of mirabegron or solifenacin therapy up to12 months in women with overactive bladder (OAB). METHODS: Female OAB patients who presented to women's urology clinics were enrolled in a prospective, randomized, two-arm study. Patients were randomized to receive mirabegron at 25-50 mg (n = 76) or solifenacin at 2.5-5 mg (n = 72). The persistence rate and the reasons for discontinuation were investigated up to 12 months...
December 2, 2016: Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911904/dressing-wear-time-after-breast-reconstruction-a-randomized-clinical-trial
#17
Daniela Francescato Veiga, Carlos Américo Veiga Damasceno, Joel Veiga-Filho, Luiz Francisley Paiva, Fernando Elias Martins Fonseca, Isaías Vieira Cabral, Natália Lana Larcher Pinto, Yara Juliano, Lydia Masako Ferreira
BACKGROUND: The evidence to support dressing standards for breast surgery wounds is empiric and scarce. OBJECTIVE: This two-arm randomized clinical trial was designed to assess the effect of dressing wear time on surgical site infection (SSI) rates, skin colonization and patient perceptions. METHODS: A total of 200 breast cancer patients undergoing breast reconstruction were prospectively enrolled. Patients were randomly allocated to group I (dressing removed on the first postoperative day, n = 100) or group II (dressing removed on the sixth postoperative day, n = 100)...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911808/exploration-of-joint-redundancy-but-not-task-space-variability-facilitates-supervised-motor-learning
#18
Puneet Singh, Sumitash Jana, Ashitava Ghosal, Aditya Murthy
The number of joints and muscles in a human arm is more than what is required for reaching to a desired point in 3D space. Although previous studies have emphasized how such redundancy and the associated flexibility may play an important role in path planning, control of noise, and optimization of motion, whether and how redundancy might promote motor learning has not been investigated. In this work, we quantify redundancy space and investigate its significance and effect on motor learning. We propose that a larger redundancy space leads to faster learning across subjects...
November 29, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911652/trueness-and-minimal-detectable-change-of-smartphone-inclinometer-measurements-of-shoulder-range-of-motion
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Patrick Boissy, Serigne Diop-Fallou, Karina Lebel, Mikael Bernier, Frederic Balg, Yanick Tousignant-Laflamme
BACKGROUND: Digital inclinometer applications using data from embedded sensors on smartphone/multi-purpose pocket computers or "smart digital inclinometers" (SDIs) are now used to clinically assess range of motion (ROM). OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were to assess, compared with a biomechanical gold standard (GS), the trueness and minimal detectable change (MDC) of shoulder range of motion (SROM) measurements obtained from an SDI. METHODS: Twenty-five (n = 25) asymptomatic healthy participants performed three trials of shoulder flexion (SF), shoulder abduction (SA), and shoulder external rotation (SER) at full-range and mid-range...
December 2, 2016: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911588/pulmonary-innate-immune-dysfunction-in-hiv
#20
Bashar S Staitieh, Eduardo E Egea, David M Guidot
The advent of anti-retroviral therapy (ART) has transformed infection by the type 1 human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) from a rapidly fatal disease to a chronic illness with excellent long-term survival rates. Although HIV primarily targets the adaptive arm of host immunity, it simultaneously impacts the innate immune system and has profound implications for lung health even when viral suppression is achieved with ART. The lung has evolved a unique array of innate immune defenses and the pathophysiological interactions between HIV and the pulmonary innate immune system deserve particular attention...
December 2, 2016: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
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