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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454027/levels-and-risk-factors-for-urinary-metabolites-of-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-in-children-living-in-chongqing-china
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Shudan Liu, Qin Liu, Truls Ostbye, Mary Story, Xu Deng, Yiwen Chen, Wenyan Li, Hong Wang, Jingfu Qiu, Junfeng Zhang
AIMS: Since childhood exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) have been associated with a variety of adverse health outcomes, the aims of this study were to1) document PAH exposure levels among children in Chongqing, China by measuring urinary concentrations of four PAH metabolites, 1-hydroxypyrene (1-OHPyr), 2-hydroxynaphthalene (2-OHNap), 2-hydroxyfluorine (2-OHFlu) and 9-hydroxyphenanthrene (9-OHPhe), and 2) assess the associations of urinary concentrations of these PAH metabolites with risk factors related to sources of PAHs inhalation and ingestion exposures and with personal attributes such as sex, age, and BMI...
April 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453945/an-approach-to-reconciling-competing-ethical-principles-in-aggregating-heterogeneous-health-preferences
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Barry Dewitt, Alexander Davis, Baruch Fischhoff, Janel Hanmer
BACKGROUND: Health-related quality of life (HRQL) scores are used extensively to quantify the effectiveness of medical interventions. Societal preference-based HRQL scores aim to produce societal valuations of health by aggregating valuations from individuals in the general population, where each aggregation procedure embodies different ethical principles, as explained in social choice theory. METHODS: Using the Health Utilities Index as an exemplar, we evaluate societal preference-based HRQL measures in the social choice theory framework...
April 1, 2017: Medical Decision Making: An International Journal of the Society for Medical Decision Making
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453916/digital-technology-and-clinical-decision-making-in-depression-treatment-current-findings-and-future-opportunities
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Kevin A Hallgren, Amy M Bauer, David C Atkins
Clinical decision making encompasses a broad set of processes that contribute to the effectiveness of depression treatments. There is emerging interest in using digital technologies to support effective and efficient clinical decision making. In this paper, we provide "snapshots" of research and current directions on ways that digital technologies can support clinical decision making in depression treatment. Practical facets of clinical decision making are reviewed, then research, design, and implementation opportunities where technology can potentially enhance clinical decision making are outlined...
April 28, 2017: Depression and Anxiety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453892/the-psycho-social-impact-of-contralateral-risk-reducing-mastectomy-crrm-on-women-a-rapid-review
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Karen Collins, Melanie Gee, Anna Clack, Lynda Wyld
OBJECTIVES: For women who have been diagnosed with unilateral breast cancer there is an increasing trend for them to request removal of the contralateral healthy breast, so called contralateral risk reducing mastectomy (CRRM). The current literature is only just beginning to identify patient-reported reasons for undergoing CRRM and associated patient reported outcomes. It is also unclear whether women at moderate/high risk of developing a subsequent primary contralateral breast cancer report similar outcomes to those considered to be at low/average risk...
April 28, 2017: Psycho-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453828/examining-the-nature-of-interprofessional-interventions-designed-to-promote-patient-safety-a-narrative-review
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Scott Reeves, Emma Clark, Sally Lawton, Melissa Ream, Fiona Ross
Purpose: This narrative review aimed to scope the patient safety literature to identify interprofessional intervention approaches, sources of evidence and reported outcomes. Data sources: Two major databases (MEDLINE and CINAHL) were searched from 2005 to 2015. Study selection: A total of 1552 abstracts were initially identified. After screening these abstracts, 129 full papers were obtained. Further screening resulted in a total of 89 papers included in this review...
April 1, 2017: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453827/factors-constraining-patient-engagement-in-implantable-medical-device-discussions-and-decisions-interviews-with-physicians
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Anna R Gagliardi, Pascale Lehoux, Ariel Ducey, Anthony Easty, Sue Ross, Chaim M Bell, Patricia Trbovich, Julie Takata, David R Urbach
Objective: Patient engagement (PE) is warranted when treatment risks and outcomes are uncertain, as is the case for higher risk medical devices. Previous research found that patients were not engaged in discussions or decisions about implantable medical devices. This study explored physician views about engaging patients in such discussions. Design: Qualitative interviews using a basic descriptive approach. Setting: Canada. Participants: Practicing cardiovascular and orthopaedic physicians...
April 1, 2017: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453708/towards-a-global-cancer-knowledge-network-dissecting-the-current-international-cancer-genomic-sequencing-landscape
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D J Vis, J Lewin, R G Liao, M Mao, F Andre, R L Ward, F Calvo, B T Teh, A A Camargo, B M Knoppers, C L Sawyers, L F A Wessels, M Lawler, L L Siu, E Voest
Background: While next generation sequencing has enhanced our understanding of the biological basis of malignancy, current knowledge on global practices for sequencing cancer samples is limited. To address this deficiency, we developed a survey to provide a snapshot of current sequencing activities globally, identify barriers to data sharing and use this information to develop sustainable solutions for the cancer research community. Methods: A multi-item survey was conducted assessing demographics, clinical data collection, genomic platforms, privacy/ethics concerns, funding sources and data sharing barriers for sequencing initiatives globally...
May 1, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453700/a-need-to-simplify-informed-consent-documents-in-cancer-clinical-trials-a-position-paper-of-the-arcad-group
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H Bleiberg, G Decoster, A de Gramont, P Rougier, A Sobrero, A Benson, B Chibaudel, J Y Douillard, C Eng, C Fuchs, M Fujii, R Labianca, A K Larsen, E Mitchell, H J Schmoll, D Sprumont, J Zalcberg
Background: In respect of the principle of autonomy and the right of self-determination, obtaining an informed consent of potential participants before their inclusion in a study is a fundamental ethical obligation. The variations in national laws, regulations, and cultures contribute to complex informed consent documents for patients participating in clinical trials. Currently, only few ethics committees seem willing to address the complexity and the length of these documents and to request investigators and sponsors to revise them in a way to make them understandable for potential participants...
May 1, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453561/a-webgis-platform-for-the-monitoring-of-farm-animal-genetic-resources-genmon
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Solange Duruz, Christine Flury, Giona Matasci, Florent Joerin, Ivo Widmer, Stéphane Joost
BACKGROUND: In 2007, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) initiated the Global plan of action for Farm Animal Genetic Resources (FAnGR). The main goal of this plan is to reduce further loss of genetic diversity in farm animals, so as to protect and promote the diversity of farm animal resources. An important step to reach this goal is to monitor and prioritize endangered breeds in the context of conservation programs. METHODOLOGY/WEB PORTAL IMPLEMENTATION: The GENMON WebGIS platform is able to monitor FAnGR and to evaluate the degree of endangerment of livestock breeds...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453532/feasibility-of-computerized-working-memory-training-in-individuals-with-huntington-disease
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Mahsa Sadeghi, Emily Barlow-Krelina, Clare Gibbons, Komal T Shaikh, Wai Lun Alan Fung, Wendy S Meschino, Christine Till
OBJECTIVES: Huntington disease (HD) is associated with a variety of cognitive deficits, with prominent difficulties in working memory (WM). WM deficits are notably compromised in early-onset and prodromal HD patients. This study aimed to determine the feasibility of a computerized WM training program (Cogmed QM), novel to the HD population. METHODS: Nine patients, aged 26-62, with early stage HD underwent a 25-session (5 days/week for 5 weeks) WM training program (Cogmed QM)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453424/a-multicomponent-library-resource-model-to-enhance-academic-global-health-education-among-residency-programs
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Rupa R Patel, Sandhiya Ravichandran, Michelle M Doering, Angela C Hardi
Global health is becoming an increasingly important component of medical education. Medical libraries have an opportunity to assist global health residents with their information needs, but first it is important to identify what those needs are and how best they can be addressed. This article reports a collaboration between global health faculty and an academic medical librarian to assess the information needs of global health pathway residents and how assessment data are used to create a multicomponent program designed to enhance global health education...
April 2017: Medical Reference Services Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453376/control-of-the-unfolded-protein-response-in-health-and-disease
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Dimitrios Doultsinos, Tony Avril, Stéphanie Lhomond, Nicolas Dejeans, Philippe Guédat, Eric Chevet
The unfolded protein response (UPR) is an integrated, adaptive biochemical process that is inextricably linked with cell homeostasis and paramount to maintenance of normal physiological function. Prolonged accumulation of improperly folded proteins in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) leads to stress. This is the driving stimulus behind the UPR. As such, prolonged ER stress can push the UPR past beneficial functions such as reduced protein production and increased folding and clearance to apoptotic signaling. The UPR is thus contributory to the commencement, maintenance, and exacerbation of a multitude of disease states, making it an attractive global target to tackle conditions sorely in need of novel therapeutic intervention...
April 1, 2017: SLAS Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449225/transfusion-research-priorities-for-blood-services-in-sub-saharan-africa
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Imelda Bates, Oliver Hassall, Tonderai Mapako
Evidence to support many blood transfusion policies and practices in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is weak or lacking. SSA cannot extrapolate from wealthy countries' research findings because its environment, users and structures are very different and SSA has critical blood shortages. SSA needs to generate its own evidence but research funds are very scarce and need to be carefully targeted to match need. This study aimed to define this need by determining research priorities for blood services in SSA. Thirty-five stakeholders representing diverse blood services' interests and expertise participated in a workshop...
April 27, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449132/sex-and-diffusion-tensor-imaging-of-white-matter-in-schizophrenia-a-systematic-review-plus-meta-analysis-of-the-corpus-callosum
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Saba Shahab, Laura Stefanik, George Foussias, Meng-Chuan Lai, Kelly K Anderson, Aristotle N Voineskos
Sex is considered an understudied variable in health research. Schizophrenia is a brain disorder with known sex differences in epidemiology and clinical presentation. We systematically reviewed the literature for sex-based differences of diffusion properties of white matter tracts in schizophrenia. We then conducted a meta-analysis examining sex-based differences in the genu and splenium of the corpus callosum in schizophrenia. Medline and Embase were searched to identify relevant papers. Studies fulfilling the following criteria were included: (1) included individuals with a diagnosis of schizophrenia, (2) included a control group of healthy individuals, (3) included both sexes in the patient and the control groups, (4) used diffusion tensor imaging, and (5) involved analyzing metrics of white matter microstructural integrity...
April 26, 2017: Schizophrenia Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449062/calculating-quality-of-public-high-throughput-sequencing-data-to-obtain-suitable-subset-for-reanalysis-from-the-sequence-read-archive
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Tazro Ohta, Takeru Nakazato, Hidemasa Bono
Background: : It is important for public data repositories to promote the reuse of archived data. In the growing field of omics science, however, the increasing number of submissions of high-throughput sequencing (HTSeq) data to public repositories prevents users from choosing a suitable data set from among the large number of search results. Repository users need to be able to set a threshold to reduce the number of results to obtain a suitable subset of high-quality data for reanalysis...
April 25, 2017: GigaScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449041/periodontal-disease-tooth-loss-and-cancer-risk
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Dominique S Michaud, Zhuxuan Fu, Jian Shi, Mei Chung
Periodontal disease, which includes gingivitis and periodontitis, is highly prevalent in adults and disease severity increases with age. The relationship between periodontal disease and oral cancer has been examined for several decades, but there is increasing interest in the link between periodontal disease and overall cancer risk, with systemic inflammation serving as the main focus for biological plausibility. Numerous case-control studies have addressed the role of oral health in head and neck cancer, and several cohort studies have examined associations with other types of cancers over the past decade...
April 25, 2017: Epidemiologic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448918/erosion-of-the-alberta-badlands-produces-highly-variable-and-elevated-heavy-metal-concentrations-in-the-red-deer-river-alberta
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Jason G Kerr, Colin A Cooke
Erosion is important in the transport of heavy metals from terrestrial to fluvial environments. In this study, we investigated riverine heavy metal (Cd, Cu, Hg and Pb) dynamics in the Red Deer River (RDR) watershed at sites upstream (n=2) and downstream (n=7) of the Alberta badlands, an area of naturally high erosion. At sites draining the badlands, total water column Cd, Cu, Hg and Pb concentrations frequently exceeded guidelines for the protection of freshwater biota. Furthermore, peak concentrations of total Cd (9...
April 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448858/the-development-and-piloting-of-an-ehealth-breastfeeding-resource-targeting-fathers-and-partners-as-co-parents
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Jennifer Abbass-Dick, Fangli Xie, Jaymie Koroluk, Shelley Alcock Brillinger, Joanne Huizinga, Amber Newport, William M Goodman, Cindy-Lee Dennis
OBJECTIVE: Traditionally breastfeeding education programs target mothers solely. The objective of this study was to design and pilot test an interactive eHealth breastfeeding co-parenting resource developed to target both mothers and fathers. eHealth resources provide an accessible and engaging format on which to educate parents and assist them in meeting their breastfeeding goals. Best practices to design such resources are not currently known. DESIGN: A three phase pilot study was conducted...
April 18, 2017: Midwifery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448781/assessment-of-clinical-pharmacy-interventions-to-reduce-outpatient-use-of-high-risk-medications-in-the-elderly
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Sarah C Weddle, A Shaun Rowe, Julie W Jeter, Rachel C Renwick, Shaunta' M Chamberlin, Andrea S Franks
BACKGROUND: Use of high-risk medications in the elderly (HRME) and drug-disease (Rx-DIS) interactions in the elderly, as defined by the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) Measures, are significantly associated with mortality, hospital admission, and need for emergency care. No published studies to date evaluate interventions to reduce the use of HEDIS-defined HRME, although many studies have postulated a beneficial effect of such interventions. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of pharmacist interventions on use of HRME and Rx-DIS interactions in the outpatient elderly population...
May 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448695/long-term-memory-in-older-children-adolescents-and-adults-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Diane L Williams, Nancy J Minshew, Gerald Goldstein, Carla A Mazefsky
This study extends prior memory reports in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) by investigating memory for narratives after longer recall periods and by examining developmental aspects of narrative memory using a cross-sectional design. Forty-seven older children/adolescents with ASD and 31 youth with typical development (TD) and 39 adults with ASD and 45 TD adults were compared on memory for stories from standardized measures appropriate for each age group at three intervals (immediate, 30 min, and 2 day). Both the youth with and without ASD had difficulty with memory for story details with increasing time intervals...
April 27, 2017: Autism Research: Official Journal of the International Society for Autism Research
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