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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346894/the-romberg-ratio-in-people-with-multiple-sclerosis
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Alon Kalron
Postural control relies on the integration of inputs from the visual, somatosensory and vestibular systems which are frequently impaired in people with Multiple Sclerosis (PwMS). In this situation, examining the Romberg ratio can be useful. This parameter can be interpreted as a gross indicator of a vestibular and proprioceptive contribution to postural control. Therefore, the primary objective of the current study was to examine whether the Romberg ratio differs between MS fallers, non-fallers and neurological disability levels...
March 14, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346866/prevalence-and-potential-risk-factors-for-bartonella-infection-in-tunisian-stray-dogs
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Jaber Belkhiria, Bruno B Chomel, Taoufik Ben Hamida, Rickie W Kasten, Matthew J Stuckey, Drew A Fleischman, Mary M Christopher, Henri-Jean Boulouis, Thomas B Farver
Bartonellae are blood-borne and vector-transmitted pathogens, some are zoonotic, which have been reported in several Mediterranean countries. Transmission from dogs to humans is suspected, but has not been clearly demonstrated. Our objectives were to determine the seroprevalence of Bartonella henselae, Bartonella vinsonii subsp. berkhoffii, Bartonella clarridgeiae, and Bartonella bovis (as a proxy for Candidatus Bartonella merieuxii) in stray dogs from Tunisia, identify the Bartonella species infecting the dogs and evaluate potential risk factors for canine infection...
March 27, 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346816/child-adult-differences-in-using-dual-task-paradigms-to-measure-listening-effort
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Erin M Picou, Lauren M Charles, Todd A Ricketts
Purpose: The purpose of the project was to investigate the effects modifying the secondary task in a dual-task paradigm to measure objective listening effort. To be specific, the complexity and depth of processing were increased relative to a simple secondary task. Method: Three dual-task paradigms were developed for school-age children. The primary task was word recognition. The secondary task was a physical response to a visual probe (simple task), a physical response to a complex probe (increased complexity), or word categorization (increased depth of processing)...
March 27, 2017: American Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346804/hepatitis-b-and-c-virus-infections-among-human-immunodeficiency-virus-infected-people-who-inject-drugs-in-lahore-pakistan
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Sana Mansha, Muhammad Imran, Amir Miraj Ul Hussain Shah, Muhsin Jamal, Fayyaz Ahmed, Muhammad Atif, Muhammmad Saleem, Sher Zaman Safi, Zareen Fatima, Ahmed Bilal Waqar
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) are the major cause of the global burden of hepatitis. One of the main routes of transmission for both viruses is through exposure to infected blood, which includes sharing blood-contaminated syringes and needles. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) attacks the immune system and results in acquired immune deficiency syndrome and opportunistic infections. The objective of this study was to assess the epidemiology of HBV and HCV infections among HIV-infected people who inject drugs (PWID)...
March 27, 2017: Viral Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346292/bilateral-labyrinthine-and-internal-auditory-canal-enhancement-in-an-infant-with-severe-labyrinthine-dysplasia-a-previously-unreported-phenomenon
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Charles L Anzalone, Mai Lan Ho, Neil S Patel, Lisa A Schimmenti, Melissa D DeJong, Matthew L Carlson
OBJECTIVE: To describe a novel case of congenital profound bilateral sensorineural hearing loss in a patient with bilateral nodular internal auditory canal and labyrinthine enhancement and temporal bone dysplasia. PATIENTS: A 76-day-old female was referred to the authors' center for evaluation of congenital deafness. Behavioral observations and objective audiometric evaluation demonstrated bilateral profound sensorineural hearing loss and a comprehensive multidisciplinary evaluation identified compound heterozygous pathogenic variants in MYO7A, a gene associated with Usher Syndrome Type 1B or DFNB2...
March 24, 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346278/effects-of-myopic-orthokeratology-on-visual-performance-and-optical-quality
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Guihua Liu, Zhi Chen, Feng Xue, Jing Li, Mi Tian, Xingtao Zhou, Ruihua Wei
OBJECTIVES: To analyze the changes in visual performance and optical quality after orthokeratology (ortho-k) treatment and its correlation with the magnitude of lens decentration and the diameter of treatment zone (TxZ). METHODS: A prospective study was conducted in 27 eyes of 27 patients wearing ortho-k contact lens. Area under log contrast sensitivity function (AULCSF), modulation transfer function cutoff values (MTFcutoff), Strehl ratio (SR), and objective scattering index (OSI) were measured and compared before and 1 month after ortho-k lens treatment...
March 24, 2017: Eye & Contact Lens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346154/text-message-intervention-improves-objective-sleep-hours-among-adolescents-the-moderating-role-of-race-ethnicity
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Royette Tavernier, Emma K Adam
OBJECTIVES: This 10-day study aimed to (1) assess the effectiveness of a text message-based sleep intervention and (2) determine whether the intervention was equally effective for non-Hispanic whites and racial-ethnic minority adolescents. PARTICIPANTS: Participants were 46 (50% female) adolescents (13-18 years; mean=15.75 years old, SD=0.98) from a public high school in the Midwest. INTERVENTION: Participants were randomly assigned to a control or text message intervention condition...
February 2017: Sleep Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346000/assessment-of-the-potential-efficacy-of-blind-perineural-injection-techniques-for-blockade-of-the-saphenous-obturator-and-lateral-cutaneous-femoral-nerves-in-dog-cadavers
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Diego F Echeverry-Bonilla, Jessica T Pelaez, Edwin F Buriticá, Francisco G Laredo
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the potential efficacy of blind perineural injection techniques to provide nerve blockade of the saphenous, obturator, and lateral cutaneous femoral nerves by assessing the distribution along those nerves of 3 volumes of an injected staining solution in dog cadavers. ANIMALS 18 canine cadavers. PROCEDURES The anatomic characteristics of the target nerves were evaluated by dissection in 3 cadavers. The saphenous nerve was located by the use of superficial anatomic landmarks and a loss-of-resistance test...
April 2017: American Journal of Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345994/immunologic-responses-in-corn-snakes-pantherophis-guttatus-after-experimentally-induced-infection-with-ferlaviruses
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Annkatrin Neul, Wieland Schrödl, Rachel E Marschang, Tina Bjick, Uwe Truyen, Heiner von Buttlar, Michael Pees
OBJECTIVE To measure immunologic responses of snakes after experimentally induced infection with ferlaviruses. ANIMALS 42 adult corn snakes (Pantherophis guttatus) of both sexes. PROCEDURES Snakes were inoculated intratracheally with genogroup A (n = 12), B (12), or C (12) ferlavirus (infected groups) or cell-culture supernatant (6; control group) on day 0. Three snakes from each infected group were euthanized on days 4, 16, 28, and 49, and 3 snakes from the control group were euthanized on day 49. Blood samples were collected from live snakes on days -6 (baseline), 4, 16, 28, and 49...
April 2017: American Journal of Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345991/correlation-between-serum-homocysteine-concentration-and-severity-of-mitral-valve-disease-in-dogs
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Chang-Min Lee, Da-Min Jeong, Min-Hee Kang, Seung-Gon Kim, Jae-Ik Han, Hee-Myung Park
OBJECTIVE To measure serum homocysteine concentrations in dogs with myxomatous mitral valve disease (MMVD) and identify any association between this variable and stage of MMVD. ANIMALS 53 client-owned dogs with MMVD and 10 healthy control Beagles. PROCEDURES Dogs with MMVD were allocated to 3 groups in accordance with the staging system for chronic valvular heart disease in dogs and cats of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Blood samples were collected from all dogs, and serum homocysteine and cardiac troponin 1 concentrations were measured by enzyme immunoassay and chemiluminescence immunoassay, respectively...
April 2017: American Journal of Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345960/graft-utilization-in-the-bridging-reconstruction-of-irreparable-rotator-cuff-tears-a-systematic-review
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Matthew R Lewington, Devin P Ferguson, T Duncan Smith, Robert Burks, Catherine Coady, Ivan Ho-Bun Wong
BACKGROUND: Rotator cuff tears are one of the most common conditions affecting the shoulder. Because of the difficulty in managing massive rotator cuff tears and the inability of standard techniques to prevent arthropathy, surgeons have developed several novel techniques to improve outcomes and ideally alter the natural history. PURPOSE: To systematically review the existing literature and analyze reported outcomes to evaluate the effectiveness of using a bridging graft reconstruction technique to treat large to massive irreparable rotator cuff tears...
March 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345959/ventilatory-inefficiency-and-exertional-dyspnea-in-early-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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J Alberto Neder, Danilo C Berton, Paulo de Tarso Müller, Amany F Elbehairy, Alcides Rocha, Paolo Palange, Denis E O'Donnell
Exertional dyspnea is present across the spectrum of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) severity. However, without realizing it themselves, patients may decrease daily physical activity to avoid distressing respiratory sensations. Dyspnea also may be associated with deconditioning. Cardiopulmonary exercise testing can uncover exertional dyspnea and its physiological determinants in patients with preserved or only mildly-reduced FEV1. Dyspnea in mild COPD can largely be explained by increased "wasted" ventilation in the physiological dead space which heightens the drive to breathe and worsens the inspiratory mechanical constraints...
March 27, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345839/validation-of-an-indonesian-version-of-the-breast-cancer-awareness-scale-bcas-i
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Solikhah Solikhah, Supannee Promthet, Nitchamon Rakkapao, Cameron P Hurst
Background: Raising breast cancer awareness is a key strategy to reduce associated mortality. While a paucity of adequately validated instruments for breast cancer awareness is applicable across cultures, even outside the health care setting such instruments have been developed. Objective: This study investigated the validity and psychometric properties of a breast cancer awareness scale in Indonesia (BCAS-I). Methods: This cross-sectional study was carried out among Indonesian women conveniently selected within three provinces (Yogyakarta, South of Sumatera and East Nusa Tenggara) located in rural-urban areas using stratified random sampling...
February 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345829/high-fluoroquinolone-resistant-strains-of-helicobacter-pylori-in-the-golden-triangle
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Ratha Korn Vilaichone, Thawee Ratanachu ek, Pornpen Gamnarai, Phawinee Subsomwong, Tomahisa Uchida, Yoshio Yamaoka, Varocha Mahachai
Background and aims: Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infections, associated with fatal GI diseases such as gastric cancer and MALT lymphoma, remain a major health problem in ASEAN countries. The Golden triangle has long been known as one of Asia’s main opium-producing areas. There have been no prior studies of H. pylori infection in this area. The major objectives of this project were therefore to establish prevalence, antibiotic resistance patterns and associated predictive in the Golden triangle. Methods: We recruited dyspeptic patients in Chiang khong and Chiang saen districts, Chiangrai province of Thailand...
February 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345821/antioxidant-and-antiproliferative-activities-of-an-ethylacetate-fraction-of-picria-fel-terrae-lour-herbs
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Denny Satria, Jansen Silalahi, Ginda Haro, Syafruddin Ilyas, Poppy Anjelisa Z Hsb
Background: Excessive production of oxygen free radicals and imbalance in the mechanisms responsible for antioxidant protection may result in the onset of many diseases including breast cancer. Objective: To evaluate antiproliferative and antioxidant activity of an ethylacetate fraction (EAF) of Picria fel-terrae Lour. Herbs in the T47D cell line. Methods: Phenolic and total flavonoid contents in EAF were determined. EAF was tested for cytotoxicity and effects on the cell cycle and apoptosis, as well as antioxidant activity...
February 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345685/-carbon-nanotubes-characteristic-of-the-substance-biological-effects-and-occupational-exposure-levels
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REVIEW
Anna Maria Świdwińska-Gajewska, Sławomir Czerczak
Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are a diverse group of nano-objects in terms of structure, size (length, diameter), shape and characteristics. The growing interest in these structures is due to the increasing number of people working in exposure to CNTs. Occupational exposure to carbon nanotubes may occur in research laboratories, as well as in plants producing CNTs and their nanocomposites. Carbon nanotubes concentration at the emission source may reach 107 particles/cm<sup>3</sup>. These values, however, are considerably reduced after the application of adequate ventilation...
March 24, 2017: Medycyna Pracy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345684/-analysis-of-changes-in-radiographic-lung-image-and-lung-ventilation-disorders-in-workers-occupationally-exposed-to-chrysotile-in-the-past
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Elżbieta Cwynar, Beata Świątkowska, Jarosław Tomczyk
BACKGROUND: The adverse health effects of occupational exposure to asbestos dust may occur several years after first exposure. The objective of the study was to assess the relationship between lesions in the respiratory system and the factors contributing to occupational exposure to asbestos described in the first medical examination as well as to analyze the factors responsible for the progression of these changes in further medical tests. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study group comprised 591 former workers of asbestos processing plant "Gambit" in Lubawka...
March 24, 2017: Medycyna Pracy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345678/laryngeal-manual-therapy-palpatory-evaluation-scale-a-preliminary-study-to-examine-its-usefulness-in-diagnosis-of-occupational-dysphonia
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Ewelina Woźnicka, Ewa Niebudek-Bogusz, Joanna Morawska, Justyna Wiktorowicz, Mariola Śliwińska-Kowalska
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study has been to assess the larynx and soft tissue around the vocal tract in a group of people with healthy voice, and in a group of patients with occupational dysphonia using the new laryngeal manual therapy palpatory evaluation scale (LMTPE). MATERIAL AND METHODS: The examinations were performed in a study (dysphonic) group of professional voice users who had developed voice disorders (N = 51) and in the control group of normophonic subjects (N = 50)...
March 24, 2017: Medycyna Pracy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345508/use-of-a-novel-portable-led-based-capillary-refill-time-simulator-within-a-disaster-triage-context
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Todd P Chang, Genevieve Santillanes, Ilene Claudius, Phung K Pham, James Koved, John Cheyne, Marianne Gausche-Hill, Amy H Kaji, Saranya Srinivasan, J Joelle Donofrio, Cynthia Bir
Introduction A simple, portable capillary refill time (CRT) simulator is not commercially available. This device would be useful in mass-casualty simulations with multiple volunteers or mannequins depicting a variety of clinical findings and CRTs. The objective of this study was to develop and evaluate a prototype CRT simulator in a disaster simulation context. METHODS: A CRT prototype simulator was developed by embedding a pressure-sensitive piezo crystal, and a single red light-emitting diode (LED) light was embedded, within a flesh-toned resin...
March 27, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345410/transplantation-of-chemically-processed-decellularized-meniscal-allografts
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Kolja Gelse, Ludwig Körber, Martin Schöne, Kay Raum, Peter Koch, Milena Pachowsky, Götz Welsch, Roman Breiter
Objective The aim of this study was to evaluate the chondroprotective effect of chemically decellularized meniscal allografts transplanted into the knee joints of adult merino sheep. Methods Lateral sheep meniscal allografts were chemically processed by a multistep method to yield acellular, sterile grafts. The grafts were transplanted into the knee joints of sheep that were treated by lateral meniscectomy. Joints treated by meniscectomy only and untreated joints served as controls. The joints were analyzed morphologically 6 and 26 weeks after surgery by the macroscopical and histological OARSI (Osteoarthritis Research Society International) score...
April 2017: Cartilage
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