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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442239/roadmap-to-control-hbv-and-hdv-epidemics-in-china
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Ashish Goyal, John M Murray
PURPOSE: Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is endemic in China. Almost 10% of HBV infected individuals are also infected with hepatitis D virus (HDV) which has a 5-10 times higher mortality rate than HBV mono-infection. The aim of this manuscript is to devise strategies that can not only control HBV infections but also HDV infections in China under the current health care budget in an optimal manner. METHODS: Using a mathematical model, an annual budget of $10 billion was optimally allocated among five interventions namely, testing and HBV adult vaccination, treatment for mono-infected and dually-infected individuals, second line treatment for HBV mono-infections, and awareness programs...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441689/coeliac-disease-further-evidence-that-biopsy-is-not-always-necessary-for-diagnosis
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Geoffrey K T Holmes, Julia M Forsyth, Sarah Knowles, Helen Seddon, Peter G Hill, Andrew S Austin
OBJECTIVES: Growing evidence supports the view that the diagnosis of coeliac disease (CD) can be made by serological tests alone, although this approach is still not widely accepted. We previously showed in retrospective and prospective studies that in adults an IgA-tissue transglutaminase antibody cut-off can be defined above which the positive predictive value for CD is 100%. Following a change in the analytical method for measuring the antibody, our objectives were to re-examine this finding in a larger series of adults to ascertain whether a diagnosis of CD can be reliably made in a proportion of patients without the need for small bowel biopsy and to re-evaluate the diagnostic guidelines used in our centre...
June 2017: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439231/informing-the-structure-of-executive-function-in-children-a-meta-analysis-of-functional-neuroimaging-data
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Róisín McKenna, T Rushe, Kate A Woodcock
The structure of executive function (EF) has been the focus of much debate for decades. What is more, the complexity and diversity provided by the developmental period only adds to this contention. The development of executive function plays an integral part in the expression of children's behavioral, cognitive, social, and emotional capabilities. Understanding how these processes are constructed during development allows for effective measurement of EF in this population. This meta-analysis aims to contribute to a better understanding of the structure of executive function in children...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439217/pediatric-metabolic-syndrome-pathophysiology-and-laboratory-assessment
#4
Victoria Higgins, Khosrow Adeli
Pediatric overweight and obesity is an emerging public health priority as rates have rapidly increased worldwide. Obesity is often clustered with other metabolic abnormalities including hypertension, dyslipidemia, and insulin resistance, leading to increased risk of cardiovascular disease. This cluster of risk factors, termed the metabolic syndrome, has traditionally been reported in adults. However, with the increased prevalence of pediatric obesity, the metabolic syndrome is now evident in children and adolescents...
March 2017: EJIFCC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431485/efficacy-of-golimumab-in-belgian-patients-with-active-rheumatoid-arthritis-despite-treatment-with-non-biologic-disease-modifying-anti-rheumatic-drugs-sub-analysis-of-the-go-more-study
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Patrick Durez, Marie Vanthuyne, Muhammad S Soyfoo, Ilse Hoffman, Michel Malaise, Piet Geusens
OBJECTIVES: The GO-MORE trial (NCT00975130) was a phase 3 study in 40 countries evaluating the efficacy and safety of golimumab as add-on therapy in biologic-naïve adults with active rheumatoid arthritis despite stable treatment with disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs. To inform local practice in Belgium and examine the role of baseline disease activity in treatment response, we compared the efficacy of golimumab in the Belgian subpopulation and the rest of the world. METHODS: Baseline disease activity and six-month efficacy rates in the GO-MORE trial were compared for the Belgian subpopulation and the rest of the world by t-tests and chi-squared tests...
April 21, 2017: Acta Clinica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428186/features-of-alcohol-harm-reduction-advertisements-that-most-motivate-reduced-drinking-among-adults-an-advertisement-response-study
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Melanie A Wakefield, Emily Brennan, Kimberley Dunstone, Sarah J Durkin, Helen G Dixon, Simone Pettigrew, Michael D Slater
OBJECTIVES: To improve the effectiveness of alcohol harm reduction mass media campaigns, this study aimed to (1) identify existing advertisements (ads) with greatest potential to motivate reduced alcohol consumption, (2) assess consistency across audience subgroups in ad effectiveness and (3) identify ad features associated with effectiveness. DESIGN: Cross-sectional online ad response study with random assignment to view ads. PARTICIPANTS: 2174 Australian adult weekly drinkers recruited from an online panel...
April 20, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427447/benchmarking-insecticide-resistance-intensity-bioassays-for-anopheles-malaria-vector-species-against-resistance-phenotypes-of-known-epidemiological-significance
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Nelius Venter, Shȕné V Oliver, Mbanga Muleba, Craig Davies, Richard H Hunt, Lizette L Koekemoer, Maureen Coetzee, Basil D Brooke
BACKGROUND: Insecticide use via indoor residual spraying (IRS) or treated nets is the primary method for controlling malaria vector populations. The incidence of insecticide resistance in vector populations is burgeoning globally making resistance management key to the design of effective malaria control and elimination strategies. Vector populations can be assessed for insecticide resistance using a binary (susceptible or resistant) classification based on the use of the standard WHO insecticide susceptibility assay for adult anopheline mosquitoes...
April 20, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426465/neoadjuvant-treatment-a-novel-standard
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Sandro Pasquali, Elena Palassini, Silvia Stacchiotti, Paolo G Casali, Alessandro Gronchi
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The aim of this study was to summarize developments in the adjuvant/neoadjuvant chemotherapy of high-risk adult-type soft tissue sarcomas (STS). RECENT FINDINGS: The role of adjuvant/neaodjuvant chemotherapy in these patients is controversial, with a meta-analysis suggesting a 10% survival benefit. Recently, a randomized controlled trial in high-risk STS of extremities and trunk wall showed a 20% improvement in progression-free and overall survival after three preoperative cycles of epirubicin along with ifosfamide compared with a histology-tailored chemotherapy...
April 19, 2017: Current Opinion in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426363/social-risk-and-protective-factors-in-adolescents-reduction-and-cessation-of-alcohol-use
#9
Tyrone C Cheng, Celia C Lo
BACKGROUND: Adolescents' alcohol use is related to many health problems, injuries, and violent acts, some with fatal consequences. A gap exists in the literature discussing risk/protective factors in change from non-heavy drinking to non-drinking, and also for change from heavy drinking to non-heavy drinking or non-drinking. OBJECTIVE: This secondary study examined some risk and protective factors involved when adolescent non-heavy drinkers and adolescent heavy drinkers curb or terminate their drinking...
June 7, 2017: Substance Use & Misuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425099/network-analysis-of-adhesion-growth-regulatory-galectins-and-their-binding-sites-in-adult-chicken-retina-and-choroid
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Joachim C Manning, Gabriel García Caballero, Clemens Knospe, Herbert Kaltner, Hans-Joachim Gabius
The highly ordered multilayered organization of the adult chicken retina is a suitable test model for examining zonal distribution of the members of a bioeffector family. Based on the concept of the sugar code, the functional pairing of glycan epitopes with cognate receptors (lectins) is emerging as a means to explain the control of diverse physiological activities. Having recently completed the biochemical characterization of all seven adhesion/growth-regulatory galectins present in chicken, it was possible to establish how the individual characteristics of their expression profiles add up to shape the galectin network, which until now has not been defined at this level of complexity...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424059/insight-into-human-pubertal-growth-by-applying-the-qeps-growth-model
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Anton Holmgren, Aimon Niklasson, Lars Gelander, A Stefan Aronson, Andreas F M Nierop, Kerstin Albertsson-Wikland
BACKGROUND: Computerized mathematical models describing absolute and relative individual growth during puberty in both cm and standard deviation (SD)-scores are lacking. The present study aimed to fill this gap, by applying the QEPS-model that delineates mathematically the specific pubertal functions of the total growth curve. METHODS: Study population used was the individual growth curves of the longitudinally followed cohort GrowUp1974 Gothenburg (n = 2280)...
April 19, 2017: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422632/somatosensory-discrimination-intervention-improves-body-position-sense-and-motor-performance-in-children-with-hemiplegic-cerebral-palsy
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Belinda McLean, Susan Taylor, Eve Blair, Jane Valentine, Leeanne Carey, Catherine Elliott
OBJECTIVE: This study examined the use of the adult neuroscience-based Sense(©) intervention with children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy (HCP) to improve upper-limb somatosensory discrimination, motor function, and goal performance. METHOD: Seventeen children with HCP (9 boys, 8 girls; mean age = 10.2 yr) participated in this pilot matched-pairs trial with random allocation and 6-mo follow-up (intervention, n = 7; control, n = 10). The intervention group received Sense training 3×/wk for 6 wk (18 hr)...
May 2017: American Journal of Occupational Therapy: Official Publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422369/what-impact-do-questionnaire-length-and-monetary-incentives-have-on-mailed-health-psychology-survey-response
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Kathryn A Robb, Lauren Gatting, Jane Wardle
OBJECTIVES: Response rates to health-related surveys are declining. This study tested two strategies to improve the response rate to a health psychology survey mailed through English general practices: (1) sending a shortened questionnaire and (2) offering a monetary incentive to return a completed questionnaire. DESIGN: Randomized controlled trial. METHODS: Adults (n = 4,241) aged 45-59 years, from four General Practices in South-East England, were mailed a survey on attitudes towards bowel cancer screening...
April 19, 2017: British Journal of Health Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421980/guidelines-for-the-recognition-and-management-of-mixed-depression
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Stephen M Stahl, Debbi A Morrissette, Gianni Faedda, Maurizio Fava, Joseph F Goldberg, Paul E Keck, Yena Lee, Gin Malhi, Ciro Marangoni, Susan L McElroy, Michael Ostacher, Joshua D Rosenblat, Eva Solé, Trisha Suppes, Minoru Takeshima, Michael E Thase, Eduard Vieta, Allan Young, Mark Zimmerman, Roger S McIntyre
A significant minority of people presenting with a major depressive episode (MDE) experience co-occurring subsyndromal hypo/manic symptoms. As this presentation may have important prognostic and treatment implications, the DSM-5 codified a new nosological entity, the "mixed features specifier," referring to individuals meeting threshold criteria for an MDE and subthreshold symptoms of (hypo)mania or to individuals with syndromal mania and subthreshold depressive symptoms. The mixed features specifier adds to a growing list of monikers that have been put forward to describe phenotypes characterized by the admixture of depressive and hypomanic symptoms (e...
February 28, 2017: CNS Spectrums
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421429/reslizumab-in-eosinophilic-asthma-a-review
#15
Emma D Deeks, Guy Brusselle
Reslizumab (Cinqaero(®); Cinqair(®)) is a humanized monoclonal antibody against interleukin-5 (IL-5), a cytokine mediator of eosinophilic airway inflammation. Reslizumab is indicated as an add-on treatment for severe eosinophilic asthma in adults, on the basis of data from the BREATH phase III clinical trial programme. In three double-blind BREATH studies of up to 52 weeks' duration, adding intravenous reslizumab (3 mg/kg, once every 4 weeks) to the current asthma therapy of patients (aged 12-75 years) with eosinophilic asthma inadequately controlled with inhaled corticosteroids resulted in significant reductions in clinical asthma exacerbation frequency and significant improvements in lung function, asthma control and health-related quality of life relative to adding placebo...
May 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419890/pragmatic-trial-of-a-study-navigator-model-nau-vs-ambassador-model-n-to-increase-enrollment-to-health-research-among-community-members-who-use-illicit-drugs
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Linda B Cottler, Catherine W Striley, Amy L Elliott, Abigail E Zulich, Evan Kwiatkowski, David R Nelson
BACKGROUND: Although drug use is common in the population, drug users are sometimes excluded from research without justification. Two models of individualized study matching were compared for effectiveness in enrolling people who "endorsed current drug use" and those who "did not" into appropriate research. METHODS: Participants in the NIDA-funded Transformative Approach to Reduce Research Disparities Towards Drug Users study (Navigation Study) were recruited through a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) community engagement model...
April 4, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419714/young-people-s-beliefs-about-the-risk-of-bowel-cancer-and-its-link-with-physical-activity
#17
Katie V Newby, Chloe Cook, Susanne F Meisel, Thomas L Webb, Bernadette Fisher, Abi Fisher
OBJECTIVES: The primary objective was to explore young people's risk appraisals of bowel cancer, including whether they had a coherent understanding of the protective effects of physical activity (PA). A secondary objective was to examine whether the illness risk representations (IRRs) framework could be used to understand beliefs underlying bowel cancer risk appraisals. DESIGN: Qualitative. METHODS: Framework analysis of semi-structured interviews with 19 people aged 14-17 years...
April 17, 2017: British Journal of Health Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418449/association-of-a-communication-training-program-with-use-of-antipsychotics-in-nursing-homes
#18
Jennifer Tjia, Jacob N Hunnicutt, Laurie Herndon, Carolyn R Blanks, Kate L Lapane, Susan Wehry
Importance: Off-label antipsychotic prescribing in nursing homes (NHs) is common and is associated with increased risk of mortality in older adults. Prior large-scale, controlled trials in the NH setting failed to show meaningful reductions in antipsychotic use. Objective: To quantify the influence of a large-scale communication training program on NH antipsychotic use called OASIS. Design, Setting, and Participants: This investigation was a quasi-experimental longitudinal study of NHs in Massachusetts enrolled in the OASIS intervention...
April 17, 2017: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417545/gender-composition-of-the-occupation-sexual-orientation-and-mental-health-in-young-adulthood
#19
Koji Ueno, Preeti Vaghela, Amanda N Nix
The gender composition of the occupation has important implications for work conditions, rewards, and experiences, but little is known about whether it impacts workers' mental health. The present study seeks to answer this question by focusing on depressive symptoms and drug dependence symptoms as mental health outcomes and young adulthood as the life course context. The study further examines whether the association varies by sexual orientation, considering that occupational gender composition affects levels of stress exposure and social support availability in different ways for heterosexuals and sexual minorities...
April 18, 2017: Stress and Health: Journal of the International Society for the Investigation of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417146/repeated-mild-traumatic-brain-injury-in-female-rats-increases-lipid-peroxidation-in-neurons
#20
Nathanael J Yates, Stephen Lydiard, Brooke Fehily, Gillian Weir, Aaron Chin, Carole A Bartlett, Jacqueline Alderson, Melinda Fitzgerald
Negative outcomes of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) can be exacerbated by repeated insult. Animal models of repeated closed-head mTBI provide the opportunity to define acute pathological mechanisms as the number of mTBI increases. Furthermore, little is known about the effects of mTBI impact site, and how this may affect brain function. We use a closed head, weight drop model of mTBI that allows head movement following impact, in adult female rats to determine the role of the number and location of mTBI on brain pathology and behaviour...
April 17, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
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