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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351713/-living-with-localized-prostate-cancer-decision-making-and-coping-with-the-illness
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Friederike Kendel, Isabella Otto, Jennifer Engler, Mark Schrader, Christine Holmberg
BACKGROUND: Men diagnosed with localized prostate cancer must make a choice between treatment strategies that differ considerably in their side effects and have different long-term requirements for coping with the disease. The aim of this study was to describe how men perceive their treatment decision retrospectively and which coping strategies they use. MATERIAL & METHODS: Fifteen men (age mean=67.13±9.38 years) diagnosed with localized prostate cancer participated in three focus groups, grouped according to the treatment strategies radical prostatectomy, radiotherapy, and active surveillance...
January 19, 2018: Psychotherapie, Psychosomatik, Medizinische Psychologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351629/housing-conditions-and-risk-of-physical-function-limitations-a-prospective-study-of-community-dwelling-older-adults
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Bibiana Pérez-Hernández, Esther Lopez-García, Auxiliadora Graciani, José Luis Ayuso-Mateos, Fernando Rodríguez-Artalejo, Esther García-Esquinas
Background: Poor housing conditions have been associated with an increased risk of morbidity and mortality in old age. Methods: Prospective cohort of 1602 older adults followed from 2012 to 2015. Poor conditions were defined as living in a walk-up building, lacking piped hot water or heating, feeling frequently cold at home, lacking a bathtub/shower, a refrigerator, a washing machine, an own room or a landline. Frailty was assessed with the Fried criteria, lower extremities performance with the Short Physical Performance Battery (SPPB), and disability in instrumental activities of daily living (IADL) with the Lawton and Brody questionnaire...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351127/four-months-of-wearing-a-balance-orthotic-improves-measures-of-balance-and-mobility-among-a-cohort-of-community-living-older-adults
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Sean Noah, Cynthia Gibson-Horn, Jennifer L Vincenzo
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that there were 29 million falls and 7 million injuries in 2014 in the United States. Falls, decreased balance, and mobility disability are common in older adults and often result in loss of independence. Finding interventions to address these issues is important, as this age group is growing exponentially. Prior studies indicate balance and mobility can be improved by the balance-based torso-weighting (BBTW) assessment implemented through wear of a balance orthotic (BO)...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350941/immotile-active-matter-activity-from-death-and-reproduction
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Arben Kalziqi, David Yanni, Jacob Thomas, Siu Lung Ng, Skanda Vivek, Brian K Hammer, Peter J Yunker
Unlike equilibrium atomic solids, biofilms-soft solids composed of bacterial cells-do not experience significant thermal fluctuations at the constituent level. However, living cells stochastically reproduce and die, provoking a mechanical response. We investigate the mechanical consequences of cellular death and reproduction by measuring surface-height fluctuations of biofilms containing two mutually antagonistic strains of Vibrio cholerae that kill one another on contact via the type VI secretion system. While studies of active matter typically focus on activity via constituent mobility, here, activity is mediated by reproduction and death events in otherwise immobilized cells...
January 5, 2018: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350776/the-existential-experience-of-everyday-life-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Janni Lisander Larsen, Elisabeth O C Hall, Søren Jacobsen, Regner Birkelund
AIM: To explore, from the perspective of women the nature of basic existential conditions while living with systemic lupus erythematosus. BACKGROUND: Systemic lupus erythematosus has an unpredictable disease course and is documented to cause an existential rearrangement of life. The significance of changes in existential conditions and related experiences are unclear in the context of nursing and women with systemic lupus erythematosus. DESIGN: A qualitative design guided by Van Manen's hermeneutic phenomenological methodology...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Advanced Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350756/cytocompatibility-of-biodentine-and-iroot-fs-with-human-periodontal-ligament-cells-an-in-vitro-study
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T Luo, J Liu, Y Sun, Y Shen, L Zou
AIM: To evaluate the cytocompatibility of Biodentine and iRoot FS with human periodontal ligament cells (hPDLCs). METHODOLOGY: hPDLCs were characterized by flow cytometry and immunocytochemical analysis. hPDLC adhesion was assessed by scanning electron microscopy at day 3; proliferation by live/dead assay at day 1, 3 and 7; and osteogenic differentiation by alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity staining, ALP quantification analysis and qRT-PCR at day 7 and 14. Data were analysed with ANOVA and independent sample t-tests with SPSS 21...
January 19, 2018: International Endodontic Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350384/the-importance-of-psychosocial-factors-in-management-of-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-patients
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Maria A Sobczak-Kaleta, Adam Torbicki, Jarosław D Kasprzak
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is significantly reshaping personal and professional lives of patients due to its chronic nature, varying clinical profile and uncertain perspectives of treatment. PAH is at this time an incurable disease, which requires to consider not only strictly medical dimension, but also the psychosocial aspects of care. This paper discusses therefore the psychological problems most commonly reported by PAH patients. It reviews the instruments used to assess them. We describe the relationships between the quality of life and depressive symptoms and the physical activity of the PAH patients, which have deep treatment-related consequences...
January 19, 2018: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350336/brain-over-bladder-a-systematic-review-of-dual-cholinesterase-inhibitor-and-urinary-anticholinergic-use
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Laura K Triantafylidis, Jenna S Clemons, Emily P Peron, John Roefaro, Kristin M Zimmerman
BACKGROUND: Case reports have demonstrated that dual use of cholinesterase inhibitors (ChIs) and urinary anticholinergics (UAChs) in older adults may be associated with delusions, aggression, changes in cognition, and anxiety, which typically resolve on drug discontinuation. Despite opposing mechanisms of action, these drugs continue to be co-prescribed. OBJECTIVE: This systematic review evaluates cognitive and functional outcomes of dual use of ChIs and UAChs and describes its prevalence...
January 19, 2018: Drugs & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350285/gut-shuttle-service-endozoochory-of-dispersal-limited-soil-fauna-by-gastropods
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Manfred Türke, Markus Lange, Nico Eisenhauer
Numerous important ecosystem functions and services depend on soil biodiversity. However, little is known about the mechanisms which maintain the vast belowground biodiversity and about the filters shaping soil community composition. Yet, biotic interactions like facilitation and dispersal by animals are assumed to play a crucial role, particularly as most soil animal taxa are strongly limited in their active dispersal abilities. Here, we report on a newfound interaction of potentially high ubiquity and importance in soil communities: the endozoochorous dispersal of soil fauna by gastropods...
January 19, 2018: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350183/integrated-biocircuits-engineering-functional-multicellular-circuits-and-devices
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Jordan Prox, Tory Smith, Chad Holl, Nick Chehade, Liang Guo
Novel in vitro platforms are currently revolutionizing the study and reconstruction of cellular circuitry to bypass the pertaining obstacles of data retrieval in vivo. While earlier approaches have provided great insights into culturing circuits in planar dissociated cell culture systems, the lack of full control over network activity and formation limits our understanding of their functionality. Thus, integrating various controllable parameters are required in creating a suitable microenvironment including cell patterning, highly-specified electrical and chemical stimuli, and rational circuit formation via logic functions...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350177/antidepressant-medication-in-a-german-cohort-of-patients-with-alzheimer-s-disease%C3%A2
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Philipp Hessmann, Richard Dodel, Erika Baum, Matthias J Müller, Greta Paschke, Bernhard Kis, Jan Zeidler, Mike Klora, Jens-Peter Reese, Monika Balzer-Geldsetzer
OBJECTIVE: The use of antidepressant drugs in dementia patients is associated with the risk of adverse events, and the evidence for relevant effects is scarce. We aimed to determine the associations between the prescription of antidepressants and patients' sociodemographic (e.g., age, gender, living situation) and clinical characteristics (e.g., disease severity, neuropsychiatric symptoms). MATERIALS AND METHODS: We included 395 institutionalized and community-dwelling patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) across all severity stages of dementia in a cross-sectional study design...
January 19, 2018: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350063/a-qualitative-interview-study-of-people-living-with-well-controlled-type-1-diabetes
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Debbie M Smith, Peter J Donnelly, John Howe, Terry Mumford, Alan Campbell, Angela Ruddock, Stephanie Tierney, Alison Wearden
OBJECTIVE: While many people with Type 1 diabetes find it difficult to achieve recommended blood glucose levels, a minority do achieve good control. Our study was conceived by patient and public (PP) partners and sought to learn about experiences of people living with well-controlled diabetes. DESIGN: A collaboration between academic health psychologists and five PP partners with experience of diabetes, who were trained to conduct and analyse semi-structured interviews...
January 19, 2018: Psychology & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349852/what-really-matters-to-people-with-aphasia-when-it-comes-to-group-work-a-qualitative-investigation-of-factors-impacting-participation-and-integration
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Lucette Lanyon, Linda Worrall, Miranda Rose
BACKGROUND: Participation in a group environment is an inherently complex undertaking for people with aphasia. It involves engaging in multi-person interactions with other people who may have a range of communication strengths and strategies at their disposal. The potential challenges of community aphasia-group participation and practice has had limited attention in the research literature. Evidence from group users have primarily been drawn from the perspective of long-term members or those participating in highly specific and time-bound groups...
January 19, 2018: International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349780/protective-effect-of-bled-exposed-conditioned-media-on-cell-injury
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Phil-Sun Oh, Eun-Mi Kim, Minjoo Kim, In Sun Kim, Yeon-Hee Han, SeokTae Lim, Myung-Hee Sohn, Myoung-Hwan Ko, Hwan-Jeong Jeong
Previous studies have reported that 450 nm blue light emitting diode (BLED) induces apoptosis through a mitochondria-mediated pathway in cancer cells and reduces the early stage tumor growth. The present study was performed to determine the effects of BLED-irradiated cell metabolites on cell injury. Our results showed that conditioned medium (CM) from cells irradiated with low-dose BLED (LCM) inhibited apoptosis and increased cell survival. Cell protection-related proteins were identified in cell metabolites of CM and LCM using 2-DE and MALDI-TOF analysis...
January 19, 2018: Photochemistry and Photobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349676/environment-friendly-synthesis-of-trace-element-zn-sr-and-f-codoping-hydroxyapatite-with-non-cytotoxicity-and-improved-osteoblast-proliferation-and-differentiation
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Shengjie Xiao, Ming Wang, Liping Wang, Yingchun Zhu
Hydroxyapatite (HAp, Ca10[PO4]6[OH]2) doped with numerous trace elements possesses sensational biochemical effects in natural bones. To study the biochemical function of Zn, Sr, and F elements, a series of neoteric HAp biomaterials with Zn, Sr, and F concentrations close to natural bones are firstly synthesized by one-pot hydrothermal method. These materials are characterized through powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and scanning electron microscope (SEM). All the synthesized materials are HAp phase...
January 18, 2018: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349276/examining-individual-interpersonal-and-environmental-influences-on-children-s-physical-activity-levels
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Piotr Wilk, Andrew F Clark, Alana Maltby, Christine Smith, Patricia Tucker, Jason A Gilliland
The purpose of this study was to explore individual-level socio-demographic factors and interpersonal-level factors related to social support, as well as the potential role of neighborhood and school environments that may influence the physical activity (PA) levels of children (ages 9-11). Child and parent questionnaires included individual and interpersonal factors, and PA behaviour. Home postal codes were used to determine the neighbourhood the child resides within, as well as their geographic accessibility to recreation opportunities...
April 2018: SSM—Population Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349206/dark-shadow-of-the-long-white-cloud-neighborhood-safety-is-associated-with-self-rated-health-and-cortisol-during-pregnancy-in-auckland-aotearoa-new-zealand
#17
Zaneta M Thayer
Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand is a culturally and ethnically diverse city. Despite popular global conceptions regarding its utopian nature, the lived experience for many individuals in Auckland attests to the substantial social, economic, and health inequalities that exist there. In particular, rapidly rising home prices constrain housing decisions and force individuals to live in less desirable neighborhoods, with potential impacts on individual health. One of the pathways through which adverse neighborhood conditions could impact health is through alterations in the functioning of the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal (HPA)-axis, which regulates the physiological stress response...
December 2017: SSM—Population Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348994/the-association-of-mediterranean-diet-and-exercise-modifications-with-anthropometric-parameters-in-a-psychiatric-community-population-a-pilot-study
#18
Rosaria Di Lorenzo, Jessica Pedretti, Letizia Grossi, Benedetta Cuoghi, Cinzia Varni, Giulia Landi, Ludovica Spattini, Chiara Visentini, Paola Ferri, Francesca Carubbi
Weight gain and related metabolic syndrome (MS) are major current issues in public health. MS consists of abdominal fat, atherogenic dyslipidemia, hypertension, hyperglycemia, insulin resistance, pro-inflammatory and pro-thrombotic state, and accounts for both cardiovascular diseases and type II diabetes mellitus risk factors. Patients affected by psychiatric illness present a prevalence of 35-40% of MS. Many studies have shown that Mediterranean diet is associated with the reduction of mortality due to cardiovascular and malignant diseases, potentially preventing both obesity and type II diabetes mellitus...
March 2018: Preventive Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348656/quantifying-the-risk-and-cost-of-active-monitoring-for-infectious-diseases
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Nicholas G Reich, Justin Lessler, Jay K Varma, Neil M Vora
During outbreaks of deadly emerging pathogens (e.g., Ebola, MERS-CoV) and bioterror threats (e.g., smallpox), actively monitoring potentially infected individuals aims to limit disease transmission and morbidity. Guidance issued by CDC on active monitoring was a cornerstone of its response to the West Africa Ebola outbreak. There are limited data on how to balance the costs and performance of this important public health activity. We present a framework that estimates the risks and costs of specific durations of active monitoring for pathogens of significant public health concern...
January 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348240/snf1-related-kinase1-controlled-c-s1-bzip-signaling-activates-alternative-mitochondrial-metabolic-pathways-to-ensure-plant-survival-in-extended-darkness
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Lorenzo Pedrotti, Christoph Weiste, Thomas Nägele, Elmar Wolf, Francesca Lorenzin, Katrin Dietrich, Andrea Mair, Wolfram Weckwerth, Markus Teige, Elena Baena-González, Wolfgang Dröge-Laser
Sustaining energy homeostasis is of pivotal importance for all living organisms. In Arabidopsis thaliana, evolutionarily conserved SnRK1 kinases (Snf1-RELATED KINASE1) control metabolic adaptation during low energy stress. To unravel starvation-induced transcriptional mechanisms, we performed transcriptome studies of inducible knock-down lines and found that S1-basic leucine Zipper transcription factors (S1-bZIPs) control a defined subset of genes downstream of SnRK1. For example, S1-bZIPs coordinate the expression of genes involved in branched-chain amino acid catabolism, which constitutes an alternative mitochondrial respiratory pathway that is crucial for plant survival during starvation...
January 18, 2018: Plant Cell
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