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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545198/assessing-breast-cancer-awareness-in-thai-women-validation-of-the-breast-cancer-awareness-scale-b-cas
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Nitchamon Rakkapao, Supannee Promthet, Malcolm Anthony Moore, Solikhah Solikhah, Cameron Hurst
Background: Raising breast cancer awareness is a well-established first line strategy to reduce breast cancer mortality. A properly validated instrument is needed to gain a better understanding of breast cancer awareness. Objective: The objective of this study was to develop and validate an instrument to assess breast cancer awareness in Thai women. Methods: In this study, we develop and evaluate the validity of the Breast Cancer Awareness Scale (B-CAS). Construct validity was evaluated by using exploratory factor analysis and confirmatory factor analysis, and criterion validity was investigated using ROC curves to examine the associations between B-CAS subscales and breast self-examination...
April 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544499/preventing-progression-from-gestational-diabetes-mellitus-to-diabetes-a-thought-filled-review
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REVIEW
Michal Kasher-Meron, Martin M Grajower
Women with a history of gestational diabetes (GDM) are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). In studies with long periods of follow up, diabetes incidence of up to 70% has been reported. The appropriate follow up of women following a pregnancy complicated by GDM has not been studied. Published guidelines recommend that obstetrician/gynecologists, who are often the de facto primary care physicians for these otherwise healthy young women, make glucose monitoring in the post-partum period part of their annual examinations...
May 19, 2017: Diabetes/metabolism Research and Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544180/a-cognitive-behavioral-program-for-parents-of-children-with-chronic-musculoskeletal-pain-a-feasibility-study
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C Wiertz, M Goossens, E M Spek, J A Verbunt
BACKGROUND: The purpose of the study is to evaluate the feasibility of a newly developed parent program for parents of children with non-specific chronic musculoskeletal pain. This program is part of the child's interdisciplinary outpatient pain rehabilitation treatment. The goal of the parent program is to change parent's thoughts/behaviour regarding pain with the ultimate intention to further improve their child's functioning. There were two main objectives in the study: First, to evaluate the feasibility of the parent program...
May 23, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544009/a-cluster-randomised-controlled-trial-evaluating-the-effects-of-delaying-onset-of-adolescent-substance-abuse-on-cognitive-development-and-addiction-following-a-selective-personality-targeted-intervention-program-the-co-venture-trial
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Maeve O'Leary-Barrett, Benoit Mâsse, Robert Pihl, Sherry Stewart, Jean R Séguin, Patricia Conrod
AIMS: Substance use and binge drinking during early adolescence are associated with neurocognitive abnormalities, mental health problems and an increased risk for future addiction. The trial aims to evaluate the protective effects of an evidence-based substance use prevention program on the onset of alcohol and drug use in adolescence, as well as on cognitive, mental health and addiction outcomes over 5 years. DESIGN: Thirty-eight high schools will be recruited, with a final sample of 31 schools assigned to intervention or control conditions (approximately 3800 youth)...
May 21, 2017: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543961/automated-low-contrast-pattern-recognition-algorithm-for-magnetic-resonance-image-quality-assessment
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Morgan Ehman, Zhonghao Bao, Scott A Stiving, Mallik Kasam, Dianna Lanners, Teresa Peterson, Renee Jonsgaard, Rickey Carter, Kiaran P McGee
PURPOSE: Low contrast (LC) detectability is a common test criterion for diagnostic radiologic quality control (QC) programs. Automation of this test is desirable in order to reduce human variability and to speed up analysis. However, automation is challenging due to the complexity of the human visual perception system and the ability to create algorithms that mimic this response. This paper describes the development and testing of an automated LC detection algorithm for use in the analysis of magnetic resonance (MR) images of the American College of Radiology (ACR) QC phantom...
May 24, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543641/updated-species-sensitivity-distribution-evaluations-for-acute-and-chronic-lead-toxicity-to-saltwater-aquatic-life
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Brian G Church, Patrick A Van Sprang, M Jasim Chowdhury, David K DeForest
The United States Environmental Protection Agency's (USEPA) ambient water quality criteria (AWQC) for lead (Pb) in saltwater were developed in 1984. The acute and chronic criteria are 210 µg/L and 8.1 µg/L dissolved Pb, respectively. Because data were limited in 1984, the chronic criterion was derived using an acute-chronic ratio (ACR), but there are now sufficient toxicity data such that an ACR is no longer needed. Based on the data now available, the proposed updated acute and chronic saltwater Pb AWQC (following USEPA methods) are 100 and 10 µg/L, respectively...
May 19, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543601/influence-of-meals-and-glycemic-changes-on-qt-interval-dynamics
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Brenda Cirincione, Philip T Sager, Donald E Mager
Thorough QT/QTc studies have become an integral part of early drug development programs, with major clinical and regulatory implications. This analysis expands on existing pharmacodynamic models of QT interval analysis by incorporating the influence of glycemic changes on the QT interval in a semimechanistic manner. A total of 21 healthy subjects enrolled in an open-label phase 1 pilot study and provided continuous electrocardiogram monitoring and plasma glucose and insulin concentrations associated with a 24-hour baseline assessment...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543062/an-adaptive-vestibular-rehabilitation-technique
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Benjamin T Crane, Michael C Schubert
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: There is a large variation in vestibular rehabilitation (VR) results depending on type of therapy, adherence, and the appropriateness for the patient's level of function. A novel adaptive vestibular rehabilitation (AVR) program was developed and evaluated. STUDY DESIGN: Technology and procedure development, and prospective multicenter trial. METHODS: Those with complete unilateral vestibular hypofunction and symptomatic at least 3 months with a Dizziness Handicap Inventory (DHI) >30 were eligible...
May 23, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542399/cost-effectiveness-of-a-school-based-health-promotion-program-in-canada-a-life-course-modeling-approach
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John Paul Ekwaru, Arto Ohinmaa, Bach Xuan Tran, Solmaz Setayeshgar, Jeffrey A Johnson, Paul J Veugelers
BACKGROUND: The Alberta Project Promoting active Living and healthy Eating in Schools (APPLE Schools) has been recognized as a "best practice" in preventing childhood obesity. To inform decision making on the economic implications of APPLE Schools and to justify investment, we evaluated the project's cost-effectiveness following a life-course approach. METHODS: We developed a state transition model for the lifetime progression of body weight status comparing elementary school students attending APPLE Schools and control schools...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542378/familial-breast-cancer-genetic-counseling-over-time-including-patients%C3%A2-expectations-and-initiators-considering-the-angelina-jolie-effect
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Christina Evers, Christine Fischer, Nicola Dikow, Sarah Schott
PURPOSE: The German Consortium for hereditary breast/ovarian cancer (GC-HBOC) aims for nationwide access to professional, individualized yet structured care for families at high risk. The identification of such families remains key for optimal care. Our study evaluates counselees' characteristics, referral practices, expectations and motivations in respect to their first genetic consultation. The impact of the Angelina Jolie Effect (AJE) was prospectively assessed. METHODS: All counselees could participate through a questionnaire...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542359/performance-evaluation-of-bd-facspresto%C3%A2-point-of-care-cd4-analyzer-to-enumerate-cd4-counts-for-monitoring-hiv-infected-individuals-in-nigeria
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Olubunmi Ruth Negedu-Momoh, Feyisayo Ebenezer Jegede, Ali Yakubu, Oluseyi Balogun, Musa Abdullahi, Titilope Badru, Edward Adekola Oladele, Chinedu Agbakwuru, Hadiza Khamofu, Kwasi Torpey
BACKGROUND: Despite the upsurge in support and intervention of donor agencies in HIV care and treatment programing in Sub-Sahara African, antiretroviral (ART) programs are still confronted with access and coverage challenges which influence enrolment of new patients. This study investigated the validity of point of care BD FACSPresto™ CD4 analyzer for CD4+ cell count, overall agreement, correlation, sensitivity, and specificity in comparison to a reference standard flow cytometry method...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542062/making-the-most-of-our-community-health-assessment-by-developing-a-framework-for-evaluation
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Margaret J Gutilla, Susan J Hewitt, Bruce Cooper
The Health District of Northern Larimer County is a special district delivering community health programs and services in Northern Colorado. Since 1995, we have conducted a community health assessment (CHA) every 3 years. In 2015, we looked at our CHA process to see whether improvements could be made. We gathered information to understand recommended processes and potential impacts of CHA. We then developed a logic model to describe our CHA process and intended outcomes. The model outlined our CHA activities and impacts and informed our evaluation questions...
July 2017: Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: JPHMP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541869/teaming-up-for-asthma-control-epr-3-compliant-school-program-in-missouri-is-effective-and-cost-efficient
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Benjamin Francisco, Tammy Rood, Rebekah Nevel, Paul Foreman, Sherri Homan
INTRODUCTION: Teaming Up for Asthma Control (TUAC) is a work force development intervention to improve asthma control among children by increasing the competency of school nurses and delivering guideline-based education. We hypothesized that the knowledge and skills of participating school nurses would improve and that this change would positively affect students' asthma health and reduce health care utilization cost. METHODS: Asthma education for school nurses was provided online in a pretest/posttest format or in instructor-led groups...
May 25, 2017: Preventing Chronic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541464/quality-and-usability-of-arthritic-pain-self-management-apps-for-older-adults-a-systematic-review
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Priyanka Bhattarai, Tro Newton-John, Jane L Phillips
Objective.:  To appraise the quality and usability of currently available pain applications that could be used by community-dwelling older adults to self-manage their arthritic pain. Methods. : A systematic review. Searches were conducted in App Store and Google Play to identify pain self-management apps relevant to arthritic pain management. English language pain management apps providing pain assessment and documentation function and pain management education were considered for inclusion...
May 25, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541234/psychiatric-specialty-training-in-greece
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EDITORIAL
M Margariti, V Kontaxakis, D Ploumpidis
The reform and development of psychiatric services require, in addition to financial resources, reserves in specialized human resources. The role of psychiatrists in this process, and at reducing the consequences of mental morbidity is evident. Psychiatrists are required to play a multifaceted role as clinicians, as experts in multidisciplinary team environments and as advisors in the recognition of public needs in mental health issues, as teachers and mentors for students and other health professionals, as researchers in order to enrich our knowledge in the scientific field of psychiatry, and as public health specialists in the development of the mental health services system...
January 2017: Psychiatrikē, Psychiatriki
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541212/improvement-in-offaxis-neuromuscular-control-under-slippery-conditions-following-6-week-pivoting-neuromuscular-training
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Song Joo Lee, Yupeng Ren, Joel Press, Jungwha Lee, Li-Qun Zhang
Knee injuries are usually associated with offaxis loadings in the transverse and frontal planes. Thus, improvement of lower limb offaxis neuromuscular control is important in knee injury prevention and post-injury rehabilitation. The goal of this study was to investigate the effects of 6-week pivoting offaxis intensity adjustable neuromuscular control training (POINT) using a custom-made offaxis elliptical trainer on lower limb offaxis neuromuscular control performance in trained and untrained functional tasks under slippery conditions...
May 18, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539947/development-of-a-diverse-learning-experience-for-diverse-psychiatry-resident-needs-a-four-year-biological-psychiatry-curriculum-incorporating-principles-of-neurobiology-psychopharmacology-and-evidence-based-practice
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Andrew J Muzyk, Jane P Gagliardi, Gopalkumar Rakesh, Michael R Jiroutek, Rajiv Radhakrishnan, Chi-Un Pae, Prakash S Masand, Steven T Szabo
OBJECTIVE: A clinically relevant approach to patient care grounded in neurobiological constructs and evidence based practice which emphasizes a relevant psychopharmacology is needed to optimally train psychiatry residents. METHODS: We implemented a biological psychiatry course that now incorporates neurobiology, psychopharmacology, and evidence-based practice in conjunction with a Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) perspective. A survey launched prior to course implementation and following each class session, served as the outcome metric of residents' attitudes toward the new curriculum and followed a baseline attitudinal survey designed to evaluate the program...
May 2017: Psychiatry Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539533/evaluation-of-control-measures-for-bovine-viral-diarrhea-implemented-in-nemuro-district-hokkaido-japan-using-a-scenario-tree-model
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Norikazu Isoda, Akihiro Asano, Michiru Ichijo, Shiho Wakamori, Hiroshi Ohno, Kazuhiko Sato, Hirokazu Okamoto, Shigeru Nakao, Hajime Kato, Kazuma Saito, Naoki Ito, Akira Usui, Hiroaki Takayama, Yoshihiro Sakoda
A scenario tree model was developed to propose efficient bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) control measures. The model used field data in eastern Hokkaido where the risk of BVDV infection in cattle has been reduced by an eradication program including mass vaccination, individual tests prior to communal pasture grazing, herd screening tests using bulk milk, and outbreak investigations of newly infected herds. These four activities were then used as hypothesized control measures in the simulation. In each simulation, the numbers of cattle infected persistently and transiently with BVDV detected by clinical manifestations and diagnosis tests and of missed by all of the diagnosis tests were calculated, and the numbers were used as indicators to be compared for the efficacy of the control measures...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539451/reducing-v3-antigenicity-and-immunogenicity-on-soluble-native-like-hiv-1-env-sosip-trimers
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Rajesh P Ringe, Gabriel Ozorowski, Kimmo Rantalainen, Weston B Struwe, Katie Matthews, Jonathan L Torres, Anila Yasmeen, Christopher A Cottrell, Thomas J Ketas, Celia C LaBranche, David C Montefiori, Albert Cupo, Max Crispin, Ian A Wilson, Andrew B Ward, Rogier W Sanders, P J Klasse, John P Moore
Native-like trimers of the SOSIP design are being developed as immunogens in human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) vaccine development programs. These trimers display the epitopes for multiple broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs), but can also expose binding sites for some types of non-neutralizing antibodies (non-NAbs). Among the latter are epitopes in the gp120 V3 region that are highly immunogenic when SOSIP trimers are evaluated in animal models. It is presently uncertain whether antibodies against V3 can interfere with the induction of NAbs, but there are good arguments in favor of suppressing such "off-target" immune responses...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539235/multi-institutional-evaluation-of-women-at-high-risk-of-developing-breast-cancer
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David J Hermel, Marie E Wood, Jennifer Chun, Tiffany Rounds, Melissa Sands, Shira Schwartz, Freya R Schnabel
INTRODUCTION: We performed the present study to better understand the practices and preferences of women with an elevated risk of breast cancer by merging the registries from 2 separate institutions and comparing the clinical characteristics and outcomes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The data from women enrolled in institutional review board-approved registries from 2003 to 2015 at the New York University Langone Medical Center and University of Vermont Medical Center were evaluated...
April 14, 2017: Clinical Breast Cancer
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