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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922028/a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-trial-to-examine-the-effectiveness-of-lubiprostone-on-constipation-symptoms-and-colon-transit-time-in-diabetic-patients
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Jennifer Christie, Sagar Shroff, Nikrad Shahnavaz, Latoya A Carter, Melanie S Harrison, Karan A Dietz-Lindo, John Hanfelt, Shanthi Srinivasan
OBJECTIVES: Constipation is the most common GI symptom in patients with diabetes mellitus (DM). Importantly, patients with constipation have lower health-related quality of life than those without constipation. Effective therapies for constipation are limited and there is a paucity of data evaluating the treatment of constipation in diabetics. METHODS: Diabetic patients with chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC) as defined by Rome III criteria were recruited from outpatient clinics at a tertiary-care center and a Veterans Administration Hospital...
December 6, 2016: American Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921251/skin-manifestations-of-insulin-resistance-from-a-biochemical-stance-to-a-clinical-diagnosis-and-management
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REVIEW
Gloria González-Saldivar, René Rodríguez-Gutiérrez, Jorge Ocampo-Candiani, José Gerardo González-González, Minerva Gómez-Flores
Worldwide, more than 1.9 billion adults are overweight, and around 600 million people suffer from obesity. Similarly, ~382 million individuals live with diabetes, and 40-50% of the global population is labeled at "high risk" (i.e., prediabetes). The impact of these two chronic conditions relies not only on the burden of illnesses per se (i.e., associated increased morbidity and mortality), but also on their increased cost, burden of treatment, and decreased health-related quality of life. For this review a comprehensive search in several databases including PubMed (MEDLINE), Ovid EMBASE, Web of Science, and Scopus was conducted...
December 5, 2016: Dermatology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921046/weight-management-in-primary-care
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REVIEW
Susanne Maurer
BACKGROUND: Obesity is one of the greatest public health challenges worldwide. It is not only a medical but also a philosophical, ecological, economic, sociocultural, and psychological problem as well as a severe consequence of our modern value definition to 'receive more and more'. Therefore, physicians are not able to treat obesity broadly and should not be used as tools to achieve certain weight goals. METHODS: This article presents an outline of conservative obesity therapy...
October 2016: Visceral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920720/validation-of-online-versions-of-tinnitus-questionnaires-translated-into-swedish
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Karolina Müller, Niklas K Edvall, Esma Idrizbegovic, Robert Huhn, Rilana Cima, Viktor Persson, Constanze Leineweber, Hugo Westerlund, Berthold Langguth, Winfried Schlee, Barbara Canlon, Christopher R Cederroth
Background: Due to the lack of objective measures for assessing tinnitus, its clinical evaluation largely relies on the use of questionnaires and psychoacoustic tests. A global assessment of tinnitus burden would largely benefit from holistic approaches that not only incorporate measures of tinnitus but also take into account associated fears, emotional aspects (stress, anxiety, and depression), and quality of life. In Sweden, only a few instruments are available for assessing tinnitus, and the existing tools lack validation...
2016: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920505/illness-perceptions-and-stress-mediators-between-disease-severity-and-psychological-well-being-and-quality-of-life-among-patients-with-crohn-s-disease
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Maochen Zhang, Liwen Hong, Tianyu Zhang, Yun Lin, Sichang Zheng, Xiaolin Zhou, Rong Fan, Zhengting Wang, Chenli Zhang, Jie Zhong
BACKGROUND: Disease severity, illness perceptions, coping strategies, stress, psychological well-being, and quality of life were reported to have close relationships. According to the Common Sense Model, illness perceptions and coping strategies could mediate the relationship between illness stimuli and illness outcomes such as psychological health and quality of life. Stress was also associated with the individual's disease severity, anxiety, depression, and quality of life. OBJECTIVES: The study aimed to explore the influencing factors of illness outcomes, and to what extent illness perceptions, coping strategies, and stress mediate the relationship between disease severity and anxiety, and depression and quality of life...
2016: Patient Preference and Adherence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920484/psychological-effects-of-colorectal-cancer-screening-participants-vs-individuals-not-invited
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Benedicte Kirkøen, Paula Berstad, Edoardo Botteri, Linn Bernklev, Badboni El-Safadi, Geir Hoff, Thomas de Lange, Tomm Bernklev
AIM: To investigate the possible long-term psychological harm of participating in colorectal cancer (CRC) screening in Norway. METHODS: In a prospective, randomized trial, 14294 participants (aged 50-74 years) were invited to either flexible sigmoidoscopy (FS) screening, or a faecal immunochemical test (FIT) (1:1). In total, 4422 screening participants (32%) completed the questionnaire, which consisted of the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale and the SF-12, a generic health-related quality of life (HRQOL) measurement, when invited to screening and one year after the invitation...
November 21, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920089/world-endometriosis-society-consensus-on-the-classification-of-endometriosis
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Neil P Johnson, Lone Hummelshoj, G David Adamson, Jörg Keckstein, Hugh S Taylor, Mauricio S Abrao, Deborah Bush, Ludwig Kiesel, Rulla Tamimi, Kathy L Sharpe-Timms, Luk Rombauts, Linda C Giudice
STUDY QUESTION: What is the global consensus on the classification of endometriosis that considers the views of women with endometriosis? SUMMARY ANSWER: We have produced an international consensus statement on the classification of endometriosis through systematic appraisal of evidence and a consensus process that included representatives of national and international, medical and non-medical societies, patient organizations, and companies with an interest in endometriosis...
December 5, 2016: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919609/randomised-controlled-trial-potential-benefit-of-a-footplate-neuromuscular-electrical-stimulation-device-in-patients-with-chronic-venous-disease
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R Ravikumar, K J Williams, A Babber, T R A Lane, H M Moore, A H Davies
OBJECTIVES: Chronic venous disease (CVD) is common, affecting a quarter of the population. Current conservative methods of treatment aim to prevent progression of disease by reducing ambulatory venous pressure. Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) refers to the use of electrical impulses to elicit muscle contraction. This pilot randomised controlled trial investigates the effect of a footplate NMES device (REVITIVE) on venous flow parameters, limb oedema, and quality of life outcome measures in patients with CVD...
December 2, 2016: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919535/occurrences-composition-profiles-and-source-identifications-of-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-pahs-polybrominated-diphenyl-ethers-pbdes-and-polychlorinated-biphenyls-pcbs-in-ship-ballast-sediments
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Peng-Hao Su, Bao-Yi Lv, Gregg T Tomy, Jin-Xiang Xu, Wen Tian, Chun-Yan Hou, Fang Yin, Yi-Fan Li, Dao-Lun Feng
The aim of this study was to investigate the levels of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in ship ballast sediments. The ballast sediment samples were collected from six merchant ships docked in 2015 in Jiangyin City, China. Ballast sediments represent a potential vector for the transport of POPs and invasive species between marine environments. An attempt was also made to determine the sources of these compounds in the ballast sediment...
December 2, 2016: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919499/quality-of-life-and-its-correlates-in-adolescent-multiple-sclerosis-patients
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Slavica Ostojic, Dejan Stevanovic, Jasna Jancic
INTRODUCTION: Measures of health-related quality of life (HRQOL) are considered to be more comprehensive in health outcome assessments than scales assessing only the degree of neurological deficit. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to evaluate HRQOL and its correlates among adolescents with multiple sclerosis (MS) in Serbia. METHODS: Demographic, clinical, and patient-reported outcome data were collected for 21 adolescents with MS, aged 14-18 years...
November 2016: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919490/quantitative-visual-tests-after-poorly-recovered-optic-neuritis-due-to-multiple-sclerosis
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Erin E Longbrake, Samantha Lancia, Nhial Tutlam, Kathryn Trinkaus, Robert T Naismith
BACKGROUND: Visual dysfunction in MS can be quantified using a variety of tests. Many vision tests have not been formally evaluated among MS patients with existing visual dysfunction. OBJECTIVE: Evaluate several versions of visual acuity and contrast sensitivity tests, measures of central and peripheral vision, retina structure, electrophysiologic function, and quality of life among MS patients with moderate/severe visual dysfunction. METHODS: Cross-sectional study of 46 patients with stable, incompletely recovered optic neuritis...
November 2016: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919474/a-study-of-cognitive-fatigue-in-multiple-sclerosis-with-novel-clinical-and-electrophysiological-parameters-utilizing-the-event-related-potential-p300
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Somasundaram Aadhimoolam Chinnadurai, Srinivasan Avathvadi Venkatesan, Gobinathan Shankar, Balasubramanian Samivel, Lakshmi Narasimhan Ranganathan
BACKGROUND: Although cognitive fatigue plays a significant part in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) related impairment, knowledge regarding it is largely lacking. Until now, not many tools are available to a clinician to detect cognitive fatigue. The subjective tools of fatigue have never been reliable.tabl OBJECTIVES: To assess the prevalence and clinical/ demographic profile of cognitive fatigue in MS using novel clinical and electrophysiological measures and to find their accuracy. We also aimed to test the three leading hypotheses - the temporal fatigue, cognitive load and cognitive domain hypotheses of cognitive fatigue in MS...
November 2016: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919309/cost-utility-analysis-of-primary-prophylaxis-compared-with-on-demand-treatment-for-patients-with-severe-hemophilia-type-a-in-colombia
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Héctor Eduardo Castro Jaramillo, Mabel Moreno Viscaya, Aurelio E Mejia
OBJECTIVES: This article presents a cost-utility analysis from the Colombian health system perspective comparing primary prophylaxis to on-demand treatment using exogenous clotting factor VIII (FVIII) for patients with severe hemophilia type A. METHODS: We developed a Markov model to estimate expected costs and outcomes (measured as quality-adjusted life-years, QALYs) for each strategy. Transition probabilities were estimated using published studies; utility weights were obtained from a sample of Colombian patients with hemophilia and costs were gathered using local data...
December 6, 2016: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919292/cost-effectiveness-of-screening-for-ovarian-cancer-amongst-postmenopausal-women-a-model-based-economic-evaluation
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Ben Kearns, Jim Chilcott, Sophie Whyte, Louise Preston, Susi Sadler
BACKGROUND: The United Kingdom Collaborative Trial of Ovarian Cancer Screening (UKCTOCS) was the biggest ovarian cancer screening trial to date. A non-significant effect of screening on ovarian cancer was reported, but the authors noted a potential delayed effect of screening, and suggested the need for four years further follow-up. There are no UK-based cost-effectiveness analyses of ovarian cancer screening. Hence we assessed the lifetime outcomes associated with, and the cost-effectiveness of, screening for ovarian cancer in the UK, along with the value of further research...
December 6, 2016: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919265/fatigue-in-patients-with-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis-relationship-to-perceived-health-physical-health-self-efficacy-and-participation
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Wineke Armbrust, Otto H T M Lelieveld, Jolanda Tuinstra, Nico M Wulffraat, G J F Joyce Bos, Jeannette Cappon, Marion A J van Rossum, Pieter J J Sauer, Mariët Hagedoorn
BACKGROUND: Fatigue is common in patients with JIA and affects daily life negatively. We assessed the presence and severity of fatigue in patients with JIA, including factors presumed associated with fatigue (e.g., disease activity, disability, pain, physical activity, exercise capacity, and self-efficacy), and whether fatigue is related to participation in physical education classes, school attendance, and sports frequency. METHODS: The current study used baseline data of 80 patients with JIA (age 8-13) who participated in an intervention aimed at promoting physical activity...
December 6, 2016: Pediatric Rheumatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919168/the-mediterranean-healthy-eating-ageing-and-lifestyle-meal-study-rationale-and-study-design
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Giuseppe Grosso, Stefano Marventano, Maurizio D'Urso, Antonio Mistretta, Fabio Galvano
There is accumulating evidence suggesting that Mediterranean lifestyles, including nutrition and sleeping patterns as well as social integration, may play a role in reducing age-related diseases. However, the literature is mostly deficient of evidence provided by Italian Mediterranean islands that more closely adhered to the originally described lifestyles. In this paper, we described the rationale and the study design of the Mediterranean healthy Eating, Ageing, and Lifestyle (MEAL) study, a prospective population-based cohort established in Sicily, southern Italy...
December 5, 2016: International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918712/cost-utility-of-stepped-care-targeting-psychological-distress-in-patients-with-head-and-neck-or-lung-cancer
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Femke Jansen, Anna M H Krebber, Veerle M H Coupé, Pim Cuijpers, Remco de Bree, Annemarie Becker-Commissaris, Egbert F Smit, Annemieke van Straten, Guus M Eeckhout, Aartjan T F Beekman, C René Leemans, Irma M Verdonck-de Leeuw
Purpose A stepped care (SC) program in which an effective yet least resource-intensive treatment is delivered to patients first and followed, when necessary, by more resource-intensive treatments was found to be effective in improving distress levels of patients with head and neck cancer or lung cancer. Information on the value of this program for its cost is now called for. Therefore, this study aimed to assess the cost-utility of the SC program compared with care-as-usual (CAU) in patients with head and neck cancer or lung cancer who have psychological distress...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918417/efficacy-of-nitric-oxide-fumigation-for-controlling-codling-moth-in-apples
#18
Yong-Biao Liu, Xiangbing Yang, Gregory Simmons
Nitric oxide (NO) fumigation under ultralow oxygen (ULO) conditions was studied for its efficacy in controlling codling moth and effects on postharvest quality of apples. NO fumigation was effective against eggs and larvae of different sizes on artificial diet in 48 h treatments. Small larvae were more susceptible to nitric oxide than other stages at 0.5% NO concentration. There were no significant differences among life stages at 1.0% to 2.0% NO concentrations. In 24 h treatments of eggs, 3.0% NO fumigation at 2 °C achieved 100% egg mortality...
December 2, 2016: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918311/determinants-of-patient-satisfaction-in-celiac-disease-care
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Adam S Faye, SriHari Mahadev, Benjamin Lebwohl, Peter H R Green
BACKGROUND AND GOALS: There are little data examining patient satisfaction with celiac disease (CD) care. We sought to assess how satisfied patients are with their CD care, and to determine the influencing factors. STUDY: We distributed an online questionnaire to adults receiving programmatic updates from a CD referral center, querying aspects of CD care and using disease-specific validated instruments to measure quality of life and dietary adherence. The univariable and multivariable analyses were performed using satisfaction as a binary outcome comparing grouped "satisfied" and "very satisfied" respondents to "neutral," "dissatisfied," and "very dissatisfied" respondents...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918253/placental-growth-factor-alone-or-in-combination-with-soluble-fms-like-tyrosine-kinase-1-as-an-aid-to-the-assessment-of-women-with-suspected-pre-eclampsia-systematic-review-and-economic-analysis
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Geoff K Frampton, Jeremy Jones, Micah Rose, Liz Payne
BACKGROUND: Pre-eclampsia (PE) prediction based on blood pressure, presence of protein in the urine, symptoms and laboratory test abnormalities can result in false-positive diagnoses. This may lead to unnecessary antenatal admissions and preterm delivery. Blood tests that measure placental growth factor (PlGF) or the ratio of soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase 1 (sFlt-1) to PlGF could aid prediction of PE if either were added to routine clinical assessment or used as a replacement for proteinuria testing...
November 2016: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
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