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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/28544070/the-importance-of-assessing-out-of-pocket-payments-when-the-financing-of-antiretroviral-therapy-is-transitioned-to-domestic-funding-findings-from-vietnam
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Benjamin Johns, Le Bao Chau, Kieu Huu Hanh, Nguyen Thuy Huong, Hoa Mai Do, Anh Thuy Duong, Long Hoang Nguyen
OBJECTIVE: To assess out-of-pocket payments and catastrophic health expenditures among antiretroviral therapy (ART) patients in Vietnam, and to model catastrophic payments under different copayment scenarios when the primary financing of ART changes to social health insurance. METHODS: Cross-sectional facility-based survey of 843 patients at 42 health facilities representative of 87% of ART patients in 2015. RESULTS: Because of donor and government funding, no payments were made for antiretroviral drugs...
May 19, 2017: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543095/psychological-mechanisms-and-the-ups-and-downs-of-personal-recovery-in-bipolar-disorder
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Alyson L Dodd, Barbara Mezes, Fiona Lobban, Steven H Jones
BACKGROUND: Personal recovery is recognized as an important outcome for individuals with bipolar disorder (BD) and is distinct from symptomatic and functional recovery. Recovery-focused psychological therapies show promise. As with therapies aiming to delay relapse and improve symptoms, research on the psychological mechanisms underlying recovery is crucial to inform effective recovery-focused therapy. However, empirical work is limited. This study investigated whether negative beliefs about mood swings and self-referent appraisals of mood-related experiences were negatively associated with personal recovery...
May 22, 2017: British Journal of Clinical Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542025/brief-psychological-screening-questions-can-be-useful-for-ruling-out-psychological-conditions-in-patients-with-chronic-pain
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Henrik Bjarke Vaegter, Gitte Handberg, Peter Kent
OBJECTIVES: Psychological symptoms are highly prevalent in chronic pain patients. Timely and accurate identification may enable individualized treatment and improve outcomes. The aims of this study were to (i) investigate the concurrent validity of brief psychological screening questions assessing anxiety, fear of movement, stress, pain catastrophization, and depression in chronic pain patients, and (ii) to determine screening question cut-points at which the likely probability of having these psychological states was less than 10%...
May 24, 2017: Clinical Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541701/local-enhancement-of-polarization-at-pbtio3-bifeo3-interfaces-mediated-by-charge-transfer
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Ying Liu, Yinlian Zhu, Yunlong Tang, Yujia Wang, Yixiao Jiang, Yaobin Xu, Bin Zhang, Xiuliang Ma
Ferroelectrics hold promise for sensors, transducers, and telecommunications. With the demand of electronic devices scaling down, they take the form of nanoscale films. However, the polarizations in ultrathin ferroelectric films are usually reduced dramatically due to the depolarization field caused by incomplete charge screening at interfaces, hampering the integrations of ferroelectrics into electric devices. Here, we design and fabricate a ferroelectric/multiferroic BiFeO3/PbTiO3 system, which exhibits discontinuities in both chemical valence and ferroelectric polarization across the interface...
May 25, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538932/analysis-of-household-expenditure-on-healthcare-in-argentina-as-a-component-of-universal-health-coverage
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Roberto Ariel Abeldaño
The 2010 World Health Report of WHO established a conceptual framework for the analysis of the components of Universal Health Coverage; three dimensions were suggested: services coverage, financial coverage, and population coverage. Within this framework, health-related spending of argentine households for the year 2012-2013 are analyzed. The analysis was performed on data retrieved from the National Survey of Household Expenditure 2012-2013. Household healthcare expenditure indicators were built following Sherri's proposal (2012) and multivariate models were defined to identify determiners of household spending...
May 2017: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538597/surgical-management-of-thoracolumbar-kyphosis-in-patients-with-mucopolysaccharidosis-a-systematic-review
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Nicole Williams, Peter Cundy, Deborah Eastwood
STUDY DESIGN: Systematic Review OBJECTIVE.: To determine the indications and outcomes for surgical treatment of thoracolumbar kyphosis in patients with mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) in order to define future studies. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Improvements in the medical treatment of MPS have increased lifespan and improved quality of life for many patients, but with no effect on thoracolumbar kyphosis. A greater number of these challenging patients may now be considered spinal surgical candidates...
May 22, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538053/achieving-high-reliability-through-cultural-mindfulness
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Patrick J Cawley, Danielle B Scheurer
Healthcare has enthusiastically embraced quality and safety improvement. Yet, more radical transformation is clearly needed to make a more significant impact on error reduction and to ensure consistent quality. This need for transformation is leading healthcare to examine how other industries, such as nuclear power and aviation, improve safety to achieve a high degree of reliability and avoid potential catastrophes. Research has shown that successful organizations in high-risk industries achieve high reliability by maintaining a cultural mindfulness that allows them to continually reinvent themselves in complex environments...
July 2017: Frontiers of Health Services Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536438/optimizing-radiotherapy-protocols-using-computer-automata-to-model-tumour-cell-death-as-a-function-of-oxygen-diffusion-processes
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Perrine Paul-Gilloteaux, Vincent Potiron, Grégory Delpon, Stéphane Supiot, Sophie Chiavassa, François Paris, Sylvain V Costes
The concept of hypofractionation is gaining momentum in radiation oncology centres, enabled by recent advances in radiotherapy apparatus. The gain of efficacy of this innovative treatment must be defined. We present a computer model based on translational murine data for in silico testing and optimization of various radiotherapy protocols with respect to tumour resistance and the microenvironment heterogeneity. This model combines automata approaches with image processing algorithms to simulate the cellular response of tumours exposed to ionizing radiation, modelling the alteration of oxygen permeabilization in blood vessels against repeated doses, and introducing mitotic catastrophe (as opposed to arbitrary delayed cell-death) as a means of modelling radiation-induced cell death...
May 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535098/ball-contact-injuries-in-11-national-collegiate-athletic-association-sports-the-injury-surveillance-program-2009-2010-through-2014-2015
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Melissa A Fraser, Dustin R Grooms, Kevin M Guskiewicz, Zachary Y Kerr
CONTEXT:   Surveillance data regarding injuries caused by ball contact in collegiate athletes have not been well examined and are mostly limited to discussions of concussions and catastrophic injuries. OBJECTIVE:   To describe the epidemiology of ball-contact injuries in 11 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) sports during the 2009-2010 through 2014-2015 academic years. DESIGN:   Descriptive epidemiology study. SETTING:   Convenience sample of NCAA programs in 11 sports (men's football, women's field hockey, women's volleyball, men's baseball, women's softball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's lacrosse, and men's and women's soccer) during the 2009-2010 through 2014-2015 academic years...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Athletic Training
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534940/the-wnt-regulator-sfrp4-inhibits-mesothelioma-cell-proliferation-migration-and-antagonizes-wnt3a-via-its-netrin-like-domain
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Vanathi Perumal, Arun M Dharmarajan, Simon A Fox
Secreted frizzled related proteins (SFRPs) are a family of Wnt regulators which are frequently downregulated in cancers. In malignant mesothelioma (MM), downregulation of SFRP4 has been reported as a mechanism which contributes to aberrant activation of oncogenic Wnt signaling. Here we investigated the biological consequences of SFRP4 in two mesothelioma cell models where this protein is downregulated. We used recombinant SFRP4 and transient overexpression to study changes in proliferation, migration and downstream signaling...
May 18, 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533695/the-triallelic-serotonin-transporter-gene-polymorphism-is-associated-with-depressive-symptoms-in-adults-with-chronic-pain
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W Michael Hooten, Cynthia O Townsend, Christopher D Sletten
BACKGROUND: The serotonin (5-HT) transporter-linked polymorphic region (5-HTTLPR) moderates the relationship between stressful life events and depression. Given the high prevalence of depression in chronic pain, the primary aim of this preliminary study was to investigate the associations between the 5-HTTLPR and the severity of depressive symptoms in a cohort of adults with chronic pain. METHODS: Adults with chronic pain who were consecutively admitted to an outpatient pain rehabilitation program and met inclusion criteria were recruited for study participation (n=277)...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533693/dna-methylation-at-the-mu-1-opioid-receptor-gene-oprm1-promoter-predicts-preoperative-acute-and-chronic-postsurgical-pain-after-spine-fusion
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Vidya Chidambaran, Xue Zhang, Lisa J Martin, Lili Ding, Matthew T Weirauch, Kristie Geisler, Bobbie L Stubbeman, Senthilkumar Sadhasivam, Hong Ji
INTRODUCTION: The perioperative pain experience shows great interindividual variability and is difficult to predict. The mu-1 opioid receptor gene (OPRM1) is known to play an important role in opioid-pain pathways. Since deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) methylation is a potent repressor of gene expression, DNA methylation was evaluated at the OPRM1 promoter, as a predictor of preoperative, acute, and chronic postsurgical pain (CPSP). METHODS: A prospective observational cohort study was conducted in 133 adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis undergoing spine fusion under standard protocols...
2017: Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533581/bicuspid-aortic-valve-an-unusual-cause-of-aneurysm-of-left-coronary-sinus-of-valsalva
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Euden Bhutia, Dinesh Kumar, Binoy Shankar, Shakti Pad Das, Sunil Kishore
Bicuspid aortic valve is traditionally considered an innocuous congenital anomaly. Due to a better and widespread availability of non-invasive imaging techniques, it has come to the fore that 30% of these cases develop complications, viz., valve abnormality (aortic regurgitation and stenosis), and aneurysm of aortic root and ascending aorta. Sinus of Valsalva aneurysm is an uncommon complication of bicuspid aortic valve and more so those arising from the left coronary sinus are the rarest. These complications generally occur in the third or fourth decade of life...
May 2017: Iranian Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530339/-health-scares-a-chronicle-unnecessary-anxiety
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Iftach Sagy, Dan Greenberg, Alan Jotkowitz, Leonid Barski, Victor Novack
A health scare is an event characterized by fear of catastrophic consequences with little actual results. Regardless of these negligible results, the health, social and economic impacts of such events may be significant. Health scares are spread throughout four major groups: the media, relevant medical experts, policy makers and the public at large. In this review, we described two recent cases in Israel: the case of Eltroxin exchange that occurred in Israel as well as other countries, in addition to the polio virus spread in sewage, in the context of health scares...
December 2016: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530004/patch-based-discrete-registration-of-clinical-brain-images
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Adrian V Dalca, Andreea Bobu, Natalia S Rost, Polina Golland
We introduce a method for registration of brain images acquired in clinical settings. The algorithm relies on three-dimensional patches in a discrete registration framework to estimate correspondences. Clinical images present significant challenges for computational analysis. Fast acquisition often results in images with sparse slices, severe artifacts, and variable fields of view. Yet, large clinical datasets hold a wealth of clinically relevant information. Despite significant progress in image registration, most algorithms make strong assumptions about the continuity of image data, failing when presented with clinical images that violate these assumptions...
October 2016: Patch-Based Techniques in Medical Imaging: Second International Workshop, Patch-MI 2016, Held in Conjunction with MICCAI 2016, Athens, Greece, October 17, 2016, Proceedings. Patch-MI (Workshop) (2nd: 2016: Athens, Greece)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528981/development-and-validation-of-a-daily-pain-catastrophizing-scale
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Beth D Darnall, John A Sturgeon, Karon F Cook, Chloe J Taub, Anuradha Roy, John W Burns, Michael Sullivan, Sean C Mackey
To date, there is no validated measure for pain catastrophizing at the daily level. The Pain Catastrophizing Scale (PCS) is widely used to measure trait pain catastrophizing. We sought to develop and validate a brief, daily version of the PCS for use in daily diary studies in order to facilitate research on mechanisms of catastrophizing treatment, individual differences in self-regulation, and to reveal the nuanced relationships between catastrophizing, correlates, and pain outcomes. After adapting the PCS for daily use, we evaluated the resulting 14 items using 3 rounds of cognitive interviews with 30 adults with chronic pain...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Pain: Official Journal of the American Pain Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528930/clinical-and-psychosocial-predictors-of-urologic-chronic-pelvic-pain-symptom-change-over-one-year-a-prospective-study-from-the-mapp-research-network
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Bruce D Naliboff, Alisa J Stephens, H Henry Lai, James W Griffith, J Quentin Clemens, Susan Lutgendorf, Larissa V Rodriguez, Craig Newcomb, Siobhan Sutcliffe, Wensheng Guo, John W Kusek, J Richard Landis
OBJECTIVE: To examine baseline clinical and psychosocial characteristics that predict 12- month symptom change in men and women with urologic chronic pelvic pain syndromes (UCPPS). METHODS: 221 female and 176 male UCPPS patients were recruited from 6 academic medical centers in the United States and evaluated at baseline with a comprehensive battery of symptom, psychosocial, and illness-impact measures. Based on biweekly symptom reports, a functional clustering procedure classified participant's outcome as worse, stable, or improved on pain and urinary symptom severity...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528172/cannabis-and-pregnancy-maternal-child-health-implications-during-a-period-of-drug-policy-liberalization
#19
Katrina Mark, Mishka Terplan
Cannabis use is common and increasing among women in the United States. State policies are changing with a movement towards decriminalization and legalization. We explore the implications of cannabis liberalization for maternal and child health. Most women who use cannabis quit or cut back during pregnancy. Although women are concerned about the possible health effects of cannabis, providers do a poor job of counseling. There is a theoretical potential for cannabis to interfere with neurodevelopment, however human data have not identified any long-term or long lasting meaningful differences between children exposed in utero to cannabis and those not...
May 17, 2017: Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528140/maternal-and-neonatal-outcomes-of-respiratory-failure-during-pregnancy
#20
Chen-Yiu Hung, Han-Chung Hu, Li-Chung Chiu, Chih-Hao Chang, Li-Fu Li, Chung-Chi Huang, Chuan-Chi Kao, Po-Jen Cheng, Kuo-Chin Kao
BACKGROUND: Obstetric patients comprise a limited portion of intensive care unit patients, but they often present with unfamiliar conditions and exhibit the potential for catastrophic deterioration. This study evaluated the maternal and neonatal outcomes of respiratory failure during pregnancy. METHODS: Information on 71 patients at >25 weeks gestation in the ICU with respiratory failure was recorded between 2009 and 2013. The characteristics and outcomes of mothers and fetuses were determined through a retrospective chart review and evaluated using Student's t test, chi-square test, and Fisher's exact test...
May 17, 2017: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
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