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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778067/succession-of-bacterial-and-fungal-communities-within-biofilms-of-a-chlorinated-drinking-water-distribution-system
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I Douterelo, K E Fish, J B Boxall
Understanding the temporal dynamics of multi-species biofilms in Drinking Water Distribution Systems (DWDS) is essential to ensure safe, high quality water reaches consumers after it passes through these high surface area reactors. This research studied the succession characteristics of fungal and bacterial communities under controlled environmental conditions fully representative of operational DWDS. Microbial communities were observed to increase in complexity after one month of biofilm development but they did not reach stability after three months...
May 3, 2018: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778065/reliability-of-the-sub-components-of-the-instrumented-timed-up-and-go-test-in-ambulatory-children-with-traumatic-brain-injury-and-typically-developed-controls
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Mark A Newman, Mark A Hirsch, Richard D Peindl, Nahir A Habet, Tobias J Tsai, Michael S Runyon, Toan Huynh, Nigel Zheng
BACKGROUND: Studies have evaluated the test-re-test reliability of subcomponents of the timed up and-go test in adults by using body-worn inertial sensors. However, studies in children have not been reported in the literature. RESEARCH QUESTION: To evaluate the within-session reliability of subcomponents of a newly developed electronically augmented timed 'upand-go' test (EATUG) in ambulatory children with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and children with typical development (TD)...
May 16, 2018: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778053/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-symptoms-and-happiness-among-adults-in-the-general-population
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Andrew Stickley, Ai Koyanagi, Hidetoshi Takahashi, Vladislav Ruchkin, Yosuke Inoue, Aki Yazawa, Yoko Kamio
Despite an increasing focus on the role of mood and emotions in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), as yet, there has been comparatively little research on positive emotions. To address this research gap, the current study examined the association between ADHD symptoms and happiness using data from the 2007 Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey. The analytic sample comprised 7274 adults aged 18 and above residing in private households in England. Information was collected on ADHD symptoms using the Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale (ASRS) Screener, while happiness was assessed with a single (3-point) measure...
May 5, 2018: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778042/reliability-and-validity-of-the-dymus-questionnaire-for-the-assessment-of-dysphagia-in-multiple-sclerosis-greek-version-and-proposed-modification
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Athanasia Printza, Maria Kalaitzi, Christos Bakirtzis, Ioannis Nikolaidis, Hariklia Proios, Nikolaos Grigoriadis
BACKGROUND: Recent research confirmed that at least a third of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) are suffering from swallowing difficulties. Dysphagia is associated with significant morbidity and mortality, and has profound impact on physical ability and quality of life. Dysphagia related complications can be prevented through an effective screening protocol. The Dysphagia in Multiple Sclerosis (DYMUS) questionnaire is the first dysphagia questionnaire developed specifically for patients with MS...
May 10, 2018: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777922/pfoa-and-ulcerative-colitis
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Kyle Steenland, Subra Kugathasan, Dana Boyd Barr
INTRODUCTION: PFOA (perfluoroctanoic acid) is a perfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS). Although use in the US has been phased out, PFOA persists indefinitely in the environment, and is present in the serum of virtually all people in industrialized countries. Approximately 6 million Americans drink water comtaminated with PFOA above EPA-recommended levels. In a previous cohort study (n = 32,000), we found a strong positive exposure-response relation between PFOA serum levels and subsequent ulcerative colitis (UC) in a high-exposed population from the mid-Ohio valley, but no association with Crohn's disease...
May 16, 2018: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777730/understanding-facial-expressivity-in-autism-spectrum-disorder-an-inside-out-review-of-the-biological-basis-and-clinical-implications
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Stephen I Deutsch, C Teal Raffaele
Deficits in decoding and understanding facially expressed emotions occur commonly in persons with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), which contribute to the impairment of social communication that serves as one of its core diagnostic criteria. Research suggests that abnormalities of visual scanning of the face, activation of key nodes within the "social brain" by facially expressed emotions, functional connectivity within and between nodes of the "social brain", and transduction of specific neurotransmitter/neuromodulatory signals contribute to the pathogenesis of these deficits in at least some persons with ASD...
May 16, 2018: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777715/association-between-plasma-ceramides-and-inducible-myocardial-ischemia-in-patients-with-established-or-suspected-coronary-artery-disease-undergoing-myocardial-perfusion-scintigraphy
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Alessandro Mantovani, Stefano Bonapace, Gianluigi Lunardi, Matteo Salgarello, Clementina Dugo, Guido Canali, Christopher D Byrne, Stefania Gori, Enrico Barbieri, Giovanni Targher
BACKGROUND: Recent studies have suggested that specific plasma ceramides are independently associated with major adverse cardiovascular events in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD), but it is currently unknown whether plasma ceramide levels are associated with stress-induced reversible myocardial ischemia. METHODS: We measured six previously identified high-risk plasma ceramide molecules [Cer(d18:1/16:0), Cer(d18:1/18:0), Cer(d18:1/20:0), Cer(d18:1/22:0), Cer(d18:1/24:0), and Cer(d18:1/24:1)] in 167 consecutive patients with established or suspected CAD who underwent either exercise or dypiridamole myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS) for various clinical indications...
May 16, 2018: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777554/development-and-feasibility-testing-of-an-avatar-based-education-application-for-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndrome
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Jintana Tongpeth, Hui Yun Du, Robyn A Clark
AIMS: To develop and evaluate an interactive, avatar-based education application, for improving patients' knowledge of, and response to, ACS symptoms. BACKGROUND: A patient's ability to recognise and respond to the symptoms of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) is imperative for seeking timely medical intervention. Innovative patient education interventions are needed to support patient education and patient self-care. METHODS: Participatory action research methods were used to engage consumers with cardiac and IT experts to develop an avatar-based education application...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777536/periodontitis-and-dental-scaling-associated-with-pyogenic-liver-abscess-a-population-based-case-control-study
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Y-T Yeh, B-Y Wang, C-W Lin, S-F Yang, S-W Ho, H-W Yeh, J-Y Huang, Y-C Chang, C-B Yeh
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between periodontitis, dental scaling (DS) and pyogenic liver abscesses (PLAs). MATERIAL AND METHODS: A nationwide population-based case-control study was applied using data from the National Health Insurance Research Database in Taiwan. We identified and enrolled 691 PLA patients, who were individually matched by age and sex to 2764 controls. RESULTS: Conditional logistic regression was applied to estimate adjusted odds ratios (aORs) in patients with exposure to periodontitis and DS before PLA...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Periodontal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777477/cardiac-and-gait-rhythms-in-healthy-younger-and-older-adults-during-treadmill-walking-tasks
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Matthew W Wittstein, Joseph M Starobin, Randy J Schmitz, Sandra J Shulz, Francis Jay Haran, Christopher K Rhea
BACKGROUND: Aging and pathology result in changes in the dynamics of several physiological subsystems. Often, these changes are concurrent, altering the dynamics between subsystems. Cardiac and gait rhythms are one example in which patterns change during physical activity. AIMS: The purpose of this research is to simultaneously monitor changes in cardiac and gait rhythms when participants complete various treadmill walking tasks-normal speed, fast speed, and while synchronizing steps with a blinking metronome...
May 17, 2018: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777462/a-composite-of-multisystem-injury-and-neurocognitive-impairment-in-hiv-infection-association-with-everyday-functioning
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María J Marquine, Ilse Flores, Rujvi Kamat, Neco Johnson, Anya Umlauf, Scott Letendre, Dilip Jeste, Igor Grant, David Moore, Robert K Heaton
The Veterans Aging Cohort Study (VACS) Index is a composite marker of multisystem injury among HIV-infected persons. We aimed to examine its cross-sectional association with functional outcomes, after considering neurocognitive impairment (NCI) and other well-established correlates of everyday functioning among HIV-infected persons. Participants included 670 HIV-infected adults (ages 18-76; 88% male; 63% non-Hispanic White; median current CD4 = 404 cells/mm3 ; 67% on antiretroviral therapy; AIDS = 63%) enrolled in observational studies at the University of California San Diego HIV Neurobehavioral Research Program...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Neurovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777281/right-ventricular-systolic-function-parameters-in-hypoplastic-left-heart-syndrome
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S Javed Zaidi, Jamie Penk, Vivian W Cui, Supaluck Kanjanauthai, David A Roberson
Assessment of the systolic function of the right ventricle (RV) in patients with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) is important. The asymmetric shape and heavy trabeculations make accurate assessment of RV systolic function challenging. Novel measures of RV function could be helpful in distinguishing reduced versus preserved function in HLHS and may also be worse in HLHS with preserved function compared to normal controls. These novel methods offer promise, but research and clinical applicability is hindered as no cut-off values for normal function have been established...
May 18, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777271/characteristics-and-outcomes-of-obstetric-brachial-plexus-palsy-in-a-single-saudi-centre-king-faisal-specialists-hospital-and-research-centre-an-experience-of-ten-years
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Omar A Al-Mohrej, Nehal A Mahabbat, Asad F Khesheaim, Nezar B Hamdi
BACKGROUND: Obstetric brachial plexus palsy (OBPP) is considered a rare, unpredictable, and unavoidable injury of the upper limb. In this study, we presented a retrospective cohort study over a period of ten years in King Faisal Specialists Hospital and Research Centre (KFSH&RC), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to assess the characteristics and functional outcomes of OBPP. METHODS: Between January 2005 and December 2015, we carried out 125 repairs of OBPP in KFSH&RC...
May 18, 2018: International Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777250/prevalence-of-temporomandibular-disorders-in-patients-with-hashimoto-thyroiditis
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Alina Grozdinska, Elisabeth Hofmann, Matthias Schmid, Ursula Hirschfelder
OBJECTIVES: Autoimmune thyroid disease (AITD), also known as Hashimoto thyroiditis (HT), is a degenerative inflammatory disease with high prevalence among women and has been associated with fibromyalgia and widespread chronic pain. The goal was to determine the frequency of temporomandibular disorders (TMD) in patients with HT. METHODS: In all, 119 women (age 19-60 years) were divided into a study (52 women diagnosed with HT) and a control (67 healthy individuals, of which 15 were excluded) group...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Orofacial Orthopedics, Fortschritte der Kieferorthopädie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777229/fate-of-the-metabolically-healthy-obese-is-this-term-a-misnomer-a-study-from-the-clinical-practice-research-datalink
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Osama Moussa, Chanpreet Arhi, Paul Ziprin, Ara Darzi, Omar Khan, Sanjay Purkayastha
INTRODUCTION: The metabolically healthy obese (MHO) phenotype may express typical characteristics on long-term follow-up. Little is known about the initiation of this phenotypes and its future stability. AIM: The Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) is a large-scale primary care database. The aim of this study was to assess the stability of, and evaluate the factors associated with a transition into an unhealthy outcome in, a MHO population in the UK. METHODS: The CPRD was interrogated for a diagnosis of 'obesity' and cross-referenced with a body mass index (BMI) ≥35 kg/m2 ; participants were further classified as MH using a clinical diagnostic code or a relative therapeutic code...
May 17, 2018: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776967/multicentre-study-of-maternal-and-neonatal-outcomes-in-individuals-with-prader-willi-syndrome
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Preeti Singh, Ranim Mahmoud, June-Anne Gold, Jennifer L Miller, Elizabeth Roof, Roy Tamura, Elisabeth Dykens, Merlin G Butler, Dan J Driscoll, Virginia Kimonis
INTRODUCTION: Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) is a complex genetic disorder associated with three different genetic subtypes: deletion of the paternal copy of 15q11-q13, maternal UPD for chromosome 15 and imprinting defect. Patients are typically diagnosed because of neonatal hypotonia, dysmorphism and feeding difficulties; however, data on the prenatal features of PWS are limited. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to identify and compare frequencies of prenatal and neonatal clinical features of PWS among the three genetic subtypes...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776920/determinants-of-return-at-work-of-breast-cancer-patients-results-from-the-optisoins01-french-prospective-study
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Alexandra Arfi, Sandrine Baffert, Anne-Laure Soilly, Cyrille Huchon, Fabien Reyal, Bernard Asselain, Souhir Neffati, Roman Rouzier, Delphine Héquet
INTRODUCTION: Return to work (RTW) after breast cancer (BC) is still a new field of research. The factors determining shorter sick leave duration of patients with BC have not been clearly identified. The aim of this study was to describe work during BC treatment and to identify factors associated with sick leave duration. MATERIALS AND METHODS: An observational, prospective, multicentre study was conducted among women with operable BC. A logbook was given to all working patients to record sociodemographic and work-related data over a 1-year period...
May 18, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776897/reach-and-acceptability-of-a-mobile-reminder-strategy-and-facebook-group-intervention-for-weight-management-in-less-advantaged-adolescents-insights-from-the-pralimap-in%C3%A3-s-trial
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Laura Saez, Johanne Langlois, Karine Legrand, Marie-Hélène Quinet, Edith Lecomte, Abdou Y Omorou, Serge Briançon
BACKGROUND: Although information and communication technology interventions appear to be a promising means of reducing the health inequality gap in overweight and obesity prevention, research on information and communication technology interventions is lacking outside the Anglo-Saxon world. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the reach and acceptability of 2 information and communication technology interventions delivered as part of a French nutritional program: an SMS text messaging (short message service, SMS) attendance-reminder for collective sessions strategy and a Facebook challenge group...
May 18, 2018: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776894/amyloid-pet-in-neurodegenerative-diseases-with-dementia
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V Camacho, A Gómez-Grande, P Sopena, D García-Solís, M Gómez Río, C Lorenzo, S Rubí, J Arbizu
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative condition characterized by progressive cognitive decline and memory loss, and is the most common form of dementia. Amyloid plaques with neurofibrillary tangles are a neuropathological hallmark of AD that produces synaptic dysfunction and culminates later in neuronal loss. Amyloid PET is a useful, available and non-invasive technique that provides in vivo information about the cortical amyloid burden. In the latest revised criteria for the diagnosis of AD biomarkers were defined and integrated: pathological and diagnostic biomarkers (increased retention on fibrillar amyloid PET or decreased Aβ1-42 and increased T-Tau or P-Tau in CSF) and neurodegeneration or topographical biomarkers (temporoparietal hypometabolism on 18 F-FDG PET and temporal atrophy on MRI)...
May 15, 2018: Revista Española de Medicina Nuclear e Imagen Molecular
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776870/historical-bibliometric-analysis-of-the-top-cited-articles-on-vesicoureteral-reflux-1950-2016-and-incorporation-of-a-novel-impact-index
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N Fernandez, A Puerto, A Azuero, F O'Kelly, J Hannick, M Rickard, A Kirsch, A Caldamone, M Koyle
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) has been one of the defining conditions unique to pediatric urology since its inception. The clinical implications of this disease process depend on intrinsic patient factors such as age, genetics, epigenetics, voiding habits, anatomic anomalies, and extrinsic factors such as the pathogenicity of infectious agents. Knowledge about its natural history, the implications of conservative and surgical management, and their associated outcomes have evolved dramatically over time...
April 24, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Urology
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