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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329234/poor-people-are-hospitalized-three-times-more-for-mental-health-services-than-the-non-poor-in-central-valley-california
#1
Gyanesh Lama, Emmanuel Alcala, John A Capitman
Introduction: Providing health insurance to the poor has become a standard policy response to health disparities between the poor and the non-poor. It is often assumed that if the poor people are given health insurance, they will use preventative care, which will prevent more expensive emergency visits and inpatient hospitalization, and in turn, it will save healthcare cost in the long run. This paper presents the findings from our study in California about what happens to the poor when they are given health insurance...
January 12, 2018: Healthcare (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329058/association-of-comorbid-personality-disorders-with-clinical-characteristics-and-outcome-in-a-randomized-controlled-trial-comparing-two-psychotherapies-for-early-onset-persistent-depressive-disorder
#2
Nele Erkens, Elisabeth Schramm, Levente Kriston, Martin Hautzinger, Martin Härter, Ulrich Schweiger, Jan Philipp Klein
BACKGROUND: Persistent depressive disorder (PDD) is associated with high rates of comorbid personality disorders (PD). The association of comorbid PD and clinical characteristics has not been systematically studied in PDD. Results regarding effects on treatment outcome are heterogeneous. METHODS: We analyzed the association of comorbid personality disorders with clinical characteristics and outcome in a randomized controlled trial comparing the disorder-specific Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP) with nonspecific supportive psychotherapy (SP) in patients with early-onset PDD...
January 4, 2018: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314051/water-equivalent-presage%C3%A2-for-synchrotron-radiation-therapy-dosimetry
#3
Frank M Gagliardi, Liam Day, Christopher M Poole, Rick D Franich, Moshi Geso
PURPOSE: Synchrotron Radiation Therapy techniques are currently being trialled and commissioned at synchrotrons around the world. The patient treatment planning systems (TPS) developed for these treatments use simulated data of the synchrotron x-ray beam to produce the dosimetry in the treatment plan. The purpose of this study was to investigate a water equivalent PRESAGE® dosimeter capable of 3D dosimetry over an energy range suitable for synchrotron x-ray beams. METHODS: Water equivalent PRESAGE® dosimeters were fabricated with a radiological effective atomic number similar to water over an energy range of 10 keV to 10 MeV...
January 3, 2018: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29295523/a-low-noise-x-ray-astronomical-silicon-on-insulator-pixel-detector-using-a-pinned-depleted-diode-structure
#4
Hiroki Kamehama, Shoji Kawahito, Sumeet Shrestha, Syunta Nakanishi, Keita Yasutomi, Ayaki Takeda, Takeshi Go Tsuru, Yasuo Arai
This paper presents a novel full-depletion Si X-ray detector based on silicon-on-insulator pixel (SOIPIX) technology using a pinned depleted diode structure, named the SOIPIX-PDD. The SOIPIX-PDD greatly reduces stray capacitance at the charge sensing node, the dark current of the detector, and capacitive coupling between the sensing node and SOI circuits. These features of the SOIPIX-PDD lead to low read noise, resulting high X-ray energy resolution and stable operation of the pixel. The back-gate surface pinning structure using neutralized p-well at the back-gate surface and depleted n-well underneath the p-well for all the pixel area other than the charge sensing node is also essential for preventing hole injection from the p-well by making the potential barrier to hole, reducing dark current from the Si-SiO₂ interface and creating lateral drift field to gather signal electrons in the pixel area into the small charge sensing node...
December 23, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29290095/parental-alexithymia-depression-and-anxiety-levels-of-children-with-neurodevelopmental-disorders-a-comparative-study-with-pervasive-developmental-disorders-and-adhd
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Ibrahim Durukan, Koray Kara, Mahmoud Almbaideen, Dursun Karaman, Hesna Gül
BACKGROUND: Recent studies showed that individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders and their relatives have problems to express and recognize emotions but there is a lack of studies concerning alexithymia levels and relationships between parental alexithymia and depression-anxiety symptoms in these groups. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to determine alexithymia, depression, anxiety levels of parents in children with pervasive developmental disorders and ADHD, also examine if there is a positive correlation between child's neurodevelopmental problem's severity and parental scores...
December 31, 2017: Pediatrics International: Official Journal of the Japan Pediatric Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29286616/dosimetric-validation-of-volumetric-modulated-arc-therapy-with-three-6mv-beam-matched-linear-accelerators
#6
Sangaiah Ashokkumar, K M Ganesh, K Ramalingam, K Karthikeyan, N Jagadheeskumar
Background: To avoid inconvenience to patients due to linear accelerator down time in busy radio-therapy departments, treatment plans can be switched between linear accelerators provided that all exhibit the same same dosimetric characteristics. In other words linear accelerators should be beam-matched. Aim: The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical significance of beam-matching using VMAT plans. Materials and Methods: Dosimetric data with a 6MV beam from am Clinac 2100CD were taken as baseline values and other two units, a 2300CD and a Unique Performance, were factory tuned in accordance...
December 29, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29274528/studies-on-immunity-and-immunopathogenesis-of-parrot-bornaviral-disease-in-cockatiels
#7
Samer Sadeq Hameed, Jianhua Guo, Ian Tizard, H L Shivaprasad, Susan Payne
We have demonstrated that vaccination of cockatiels (Nymphicus hollandicus) with killed parrot bornavirus (PaBV) plus recombinant PaBV-4 nucleoprotein (N) in alum was protective against disease in birds challenged with a virulent bornavirus isolate (PaBV-2). Unvaccinated birds, as well as birds vaccinated after challenge, developed gross and histologic lesions typical of proventricular dilatation disease (PDD). There was no evidence that vaccination either before or after challenge made the infection more severe...
December 20, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29259556/the-oncopig-cancer-model-as-a-complementary-tool-for-phenotypic-drug-discovery
#8
REVIEW
Natalia V Segatto, Mariana H Remião, Kyle M Schachtschneider, Fabiana K Seixas, Lawrence B Schook, Tiago Collares
The screening of potential therapeutic compounds using phenotypic drug discovery (PDD) is being embraced once again by researchers and pharmaceutical companies as an approach to enhance the development of new effective therapeutics. Before the genomics and molecular biology era and the consecutive emergence of targeted-drug discovery approaches, PDD was the most common platform used for drug discovery. PDD, also known as phenotypic screening, consists of screening potential compounds in either in vitro cellular or in vivo animal models to identify compounds resulting in a desirable phenotypic change...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29248867/the-impact-of-depressive-symptoms-on-the-clinical-presentation-of-persistent-delusional-disorder
#9
Karishma Kulkarni, Rashmi Arasappa, Krishna Prasad M, Amit Zutshi, Prabhat K Chand, Kesavan Muralidharan, Pratima Murthy
BACKGROUND: Our aim was to investigate the influence of depressive symptoms on the clinical presentation of Persistent Delusional Disorder (PDD). METHODS: We have previously conducted a retrospective review of patients diagnosed with PDD (n = 455). We divided this sample into two groups according to the presence or absence of co-morbid depressive symptoms - a subsample of PDD with depressive co-morbidity (PDD + D; n = 187) and a subsample of PDD without depressive co-morbidity (PDD only; n = 268)...
December 5, 2017: Asian Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29236906/auditory-perceptual-and-acoustic-analysis-of-voices-of-hiv-infected-children
#10
Eliane Cristina Pereira, Cristina de Oliveira Rodrigues, Kelly Cristina Alves Silvério, Glaucya Madazio, Mara Behlau
PURPOSE: To compare vocal and acoustic parameters of HIV-infected children and non-HIV-infected children. METHODS: Vocal samples were submitted to auditory-perceptual and acoustic analysis. Samples of the sustained vowel /ε/ and continuous speech of 74 children between 6 and incomplete 12 years old were analyzed, divided into two groups: 37 HIV-infected children (GHIV) and 37 non-HIV-infected children, the control group (CG), age and gender-matched and without previous vocal evaluation; they were all prepubescent by the Tanner Stages (MS, 2014)...
December 11, 2017: CoDAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29235616/-social-cognition-in-parkinson-s-disease-dementia-and-behavioral-variant-of-frontotemporal-dementia
#11
M E Tabernero, F Musich, F C Cossini, D G Politis
AIM: To study the presence of alterations in social cognition in Parkinson's disease dementia (PDD) and behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD), to compare the levels of involvement, and to analyze their relevance as a tool to distinguish between both demential profile. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: For this purpose, 34 patients diagnosed with PDD, 21 men and 13 women, with an average age of 70 years and 8 years of education, and 26 patients diagnosed with bvFTD, 9 men and 17 women, with an average age of 68 years and 6 years of education, were assessed...
December 16, 2017: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233608/reverters-from-pd-mci-to-cognitively-intact-are-at-risk-for-future-cognitive-impairment-analysis-of-the-ppmi-cohort
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Jacob D Jones, Taylor P Kuhn, Sarah M Szymkowicz
INTRODUCTION: Past studies have shown that a large portion of individuals with Parkinson's disease (PD) and mild cognitive impairment (MCI) will revert to a cognitively intact (CI) status in the future. Aging studies have shown that individuals who revert from MCI to CI are at increased risk for reconverting to MCI or dementia in the future. The current study examined if individuals who revert from PD-mild cognitive impairment (PD-MCI) to CI will be at increased risk for future PD-MCI and Parkinson's disease dementia (PDD)...
December 9, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222591/dementia-with-lewy-bodies-and-parkinson-s-disease-dementia-current-concepts-and-controversies
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REVIEW
Kurt A Jellinger
Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) and Parkinson's disease-dementia (PDD), although sharing many clinical, neurochemical and morphological features, according to DSM-5, are two entities of major neurocognitive disorders with Lewy bodies of unknown etiology. Despite considerable clinical overlap, their diagnosis is based on an arbitrary distinction between the time of onset of motor and cognitive symptoms: dementia often preceding parkinsonism in DLB and onset of cognitive impairment after onset of motor symptoms in PDD...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29201318/antibiotic-resistance-status-and-its-costs-in-hematological-patients-a-two-year-analysis
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Habip Gedik
Background: Most frequently, empirical antibiotic therapy is immediately administered for patients with febrile neutropenia (FN). In this study, its aim was to assess the antibiotic resistance status and the cost of antibacterial agents in FN patients associated with hematological malignancies. Methods: The cost of antibacterial agents used in FN episodes in patients with hematologic neoplasms followed-up at the Department of Hematology from November 2010 to November 2012 were analyzed retrospectively...
2017: Caspian Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29192941/-response-with-methylphenidate-to-adhd-like-symptoms-in-pervasive-developmental-disorder-does-ces-1-enzyme-gene-polymorphism-have-a-role
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Ülkü Akyol Ardıç, Eyüp Sabri Ercan, Duygu Aygüneş, Deniz Yüce, Sibel Durak, Buket Kosova
OBJECTIVE: Methylphenidate is the first-choice medication for the Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDDs), and comorbid Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). But this approach generally results with poor outcomes, and increased adverse effects. It is aimed to investigate the comparison of cases who diagnosed with PDDs and Mild Mental Retardation (MR) and cases with pure ADHD in terms of the clinical response to MPH. Also we aimed to investigate the relations between CES-1 polymorphism gene and the clinical response to MPH...
2017: Türk Psikiyatri Dergisi, Turkish Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29188589/psychometric-properties-of-spanish-adaptation-of-the-pdd-mrs-scale-in-adults-with-intellectual-developmental-disorders-the-evtea-di-scale
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Maria José Cortés, Carmen Orejuela, Gemma Castellví, Annabel Folch, Lluís Rovira, Luis Salvador-Carulla, Marcia Irazábal, Silvia Muñoz, Josep Maria Haro, Elisabet Vilella, Rafael Martínez-Leal
Strategies for the early detection of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in people with intellectual developmental disorder (IDD) are urgently needed, but few specific tools have been developed. The present study examines the psychometric properties of the EVTEA-DI, a Spanish adaptation of the PDD-MRS, in a large randomized sample of 979 adults with IDD. Factorial solution analysis suggested a three-factor solution (stereotyped behavior, communication, and social behavior). The EVTEA-DI showed good reliability and convergent validity when compared to the Childhood Autism Rating Scale...
November 29, 2017: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29178486/developing-and-characterizing-mr-ct-visible-materials-used-in-qa-phantoms-for-mrgrt-systems
#17
Angela Steinmann, R Jason Stafford, Gabriel Sawakuchi, Zhifei Wen, Laurence Court, Clifton D Fuller, David Followill
PURPOSE: Synthetic tissue equivalent (STE) materials currently used to simulate tumor and surrounding tissues for IROC-Houston's anthropomorphic head and thorax QA phantoms cannot be visualized using magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. The purpose of this study was to characterize dual MR/CT visible STE materials that can be used in an end-to-end QA phantom for MR guided radiotherapy (MRgRT) modalities. METHODS: Over 80 materials' MR, CT, and dosimetric STE properties were investigated for use in MRgRT QA phantoms...
November 27, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131019/utility-of-autonomic-function-tests-to-differentiate-dementia-with-lewy-bodies-and-parkinson-disease-with-dementia-from-alzheimer-disease
#18
Shuta Toru, Tadashi Kanouchi, Takanori Yokota, Yosuke Yagi, Akira Machida, Takayoshi Kobayashi
OBJECTIVE: We studied autonomic disturbance in patients with dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), Parkinson disease with dementia (PDD), Alzheimer disease (AD), to determine whether autonomic function tests can be used to distinguish these disorders. METHODS: Autonomic function was tested in 56 patients with DLB, 37 patients with PDD, and 59 patients with AD by using the sympathetic skin response, coefficient of variation in R-R interval, the head-up tilt test, serum norepinephrine concentration, and 123I-meta-iodobenzylguanidine cardiac scintigraphy...
November 13, 2017: European Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126445/ykl-40-in-the-brain-and-cerebrospinal-fluid-of-neurodegenerative-dementias
#19
Franc Llorens, Katrin Thüne, Waqas Tahir, Eirini Kanata, Daniela Diaz-Lucena, Konstantinos Xanthopoulos, Eleni Kovatsi, Catharina Pleschka, Paula Garcia-Esparcia, Matthias Schmitz, Duru Ozbay, Susana Correia, Ângela Correia, Ira Milosevic, Olivier Andréoletti, Natalia Fernández-Borges, Ina M Vorberg, Markus Glatzel, Theodoros Sklaviadis, Juan Maria Torres, Susanne Krasemann, Raquel Sánchez-Valle, Isidro Ferrer, Inga Zerr
BACKGROUND: YKL-40 (also known as Chitinase 3-like 1) is a glycoprotein produced by inflammatory, cancer and stem cells. Its physiological role is not completely understood but YKL-40 is elevated in the brain and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in several neurological and neurodegenerative diseases associated with inflammatory processes. Yet the precise characterization of YKL-40 in dementia cases is missing. METHODS: In the present study, we comparatively analysed YKL-40 levels in the brain and CSF samples from neurodegenerative dementias of different aetiologies characterized by the presence of cortical pathology and disease-specific neuroinflammatory signatures...
November 10, 2017: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114221/phenotypic-screen-identifies-a-small-molecule-modulating-erk2-and-promoting-stem-cell-proliferation
#20
Chang Yin, Temesgen Fufa, Gayathri Chandrasekar, Madhu Aeluri, Verina Zaky, Shaimaa Abdelhady, Antonio B Rodríguez, Johan Jakobsson, Farzaneh Shahin Varnoosfaderani, Jayashri Mahalingam, Jianping Liu, Olle Larsson, Outi Hovatta, Frank Gaunitz, Anita Göndör, Michael Andäng, Satish S Kitambi
Stem cells display a fundamentally different mechanism of proliferation control when compared to somatic cells. Uncovering these mechanisms would maximize the impact in drug discovery with a higher translational applicability. The unbiased approach used in phenotype-based drug discovery (PDD) programs can offer a unique opportunity to identify such novel biological phenomenon. Here, we describe an integrated phenotypic screening approach, employing a combination of in vitro and in vivo PDD models to identify a small molecule increasing stem cell proliferation...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
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