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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225703/do-acute-hospitalised-patients-in-australia-have-a-different-body-mass-index-to-the-general-australian-population-a-point-prevalence-study
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Diane M Dennis, Vicki Carter, Michelle Trevenen, Jacinta Tyler, Luisa Perrella, Erika Lori, Ian Cooper
Objective The aim of the present study was to provide a current snapshot of the body mass index (BMI) of the entire patient cohort of an Australian tertiary hospital on one day and compare these data with current published Australian and state (Western Australia) population norms.Methods A single-centre prospective point prevalence study was performed whereby BMI was calculated following actual measurement of patient weight (nurse) and height (physiotherapist) on one day during 2015. Variables were summarised descriptively, and one-way analysis of variance was used to investigate the relationship between continuous BMI and hospital speciality...
February 23, 2017: Australian Health Review: a Publication of the Australian Hospital Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225448/predicting-hcahps-scores-from-hospitals-social-media-pages-a-sentiment-analysis
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John W Huppertz, Peter Otto
BACKGROUND: Social media is an important communication channel that can help hospitals and consumers obtain feedback about quality of care. However, despite the potential value of insight from consumers who post comments about hospital care on social media, there has been little empirical research on the relationship between patients' anecdotal feedback and formal measures of patient experience. PURPOSE: The aim of the study was to test the association between informal feedback posted in the Reviews section of hospitals' Facebook pages and scores on two global items from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey, Overall Hospital Rating and Willingness to Recommend the Hospital...
February 22, 2017: Health Care Management Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225033/rapid-and-reliable-detection-of-nonsyndromic-hearing-loss-mutations-by-multicolor-melting-curve-analysis
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Xudong Wang, Yongjun Hong, Peihong Cai, Ning Tang, Ying Chen, Tizhen Yan, Yinghua Liu, Qiuying Huang, Qingge Li
Hearing loss is a common birth defect worldwide. The GJB2, SLC26A4, MT-RNR1 and MT-TS1 genes have been reported as major pathogenic genes in nonsyndromic hearing loss. Early genetic screening is recommended to minimize the incidence of hearing loss. We hereby described a multicolor melting curve analysis (MMCA)-based assay for simultaneous detection of 12 prevalent nonsyndromic hearing loss-related mutations. The three-reaction assay could process 30 samples within 2.5 h in a single run on a 96-well thermocycler...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224850/vital-signs
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February 22, 2017: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223457/the-source-and-evolutionary-history-of-a-microbial-contaminant-identified-through-soil-metagenomic-analysis
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Matthew R Olm, Cristina N Butterfield, Alex Copeland, T Christian Boles, Brian C Thomas, Jillian F Banfield
In this study, strain-resolved metagenomics was used to solve a mystery. A 6.4-Mbp complete closed genome was recovered from a soil metagenome and found to be astonishingly similar to that of Delftia acidovorans SPH-1, which was isolated in Germany a decade ago. It was suspected that this organism was not native to the soil sample because it lacked the diversity that is characteristic of other soil organisms; this suspicion was confirmed when PCR testing failed to detect the bacterium in the original soil samples...
February 21, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220774/proteasomes-caught-in-the-act
#6
Robert J Tomko
Although energy-dependent protein destruction by the proteasome has been known for over 30 years, how this intricate molecular machine uses ATP to power protein degradation has remained very poorly understood. In a recently published paper, Ding et al. present a snapshot of the proteasome mid-catalysis, yielding new and unexpected insights into the catalytic mechanism of this ATP-powered multisubunit machine.
February 21, 2017: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220321/a-snapshot-of-chlamydia-trachomatis-genetic-diversity-using-multilocus-sequence-type-analysis-in-an-australian-metropolitan-setting
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J A Danielewski, S Phillips, F Y S Kong, K S Smith, J S Hocking, R Guy, C K Fairley, S M Garland, S N Tabrizi
High-resolution screening methodologies which enable the differentiation of Chlamydia trachomatis at the strain level, directly from clinical samples, can provide the detailed information required for epidemiological questions such as the dynamics of treatment failure. In addition, they give a detailed snapshot of circulating C. trachomatis genetic variation, data which are currently lacking for the Australian population. In the context of two Australian clinical trials, we assessed the genetic diversity of C...
February 20, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220056/a-lipidomic-and-metabolomic-serum-signature-from-nonhuman-primates-exposed-to-ionizing-radiation
#8
Evan L Pannkuk, Evagelia C Laiakis, Tytus D Mak, Giuseppe Astarita, Simon Authier, Karen Wong, Albert J Fornace
INTRODUCTION: Due to dangers associated with potential accidents from nuclear energy and terrorist threats, there is a need for high-throughput biodosimetry to rapidly assess individual doses of radiation exposure. Lipidomics and metabolomics are becoming common tools for determining global signatures after disease or other physical insult and provide a "snapshot" of potential cellular damage. OBJECTIVES: The current study assesses changes in the nonhuman primate (NHP) serum lipidome and metabolome 7 days following exposure to ionizing radiation (IR)...
May 2016: Metabolomics: Official Journal of the Metabolomic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220022/using-metaphors-to-explain-molecular-testing-to-cancer-patients
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Ana P M Pinheiro, Rachel H Pocock, Margie D Dixon, Walid L Shaib, Suresh S Ramalingam, Rebecca D Pentz
BACKGROUND: Molecular testing to identify targetable molecular alterations is routine practice for several types of cancer. Explaining the underlying molecular concepts can be difficult, and metaphors historically have been used in medicine to provide a common language between physicians and patients. Although previous studies have highlighted the use and effectiveness of metaphors to help explain germline genetic concepts to the general public, this study is the first to describe the use of metaphors to explain molecular testing to cancer patients in the clinical setting...
February 20, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219610/bictegravir-versus-dolutegravir-each-with-emtricitabine-and-tenofovir-alafenamide-for-initial-treatment-of-hiv-1-infection-a-randomised-double-blind-phase-2-trial
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Paul E Sax, Edwin DeJesus, Gordon Crofoot, Douglas Ward, Paul Benson, Robin Dretler, Anthony Mills, Cynthia Brinson, Julie Peloquin, Xuelian Wei, Kirsten White, Andrew Cheng, Hal Martin, Erin Quirk
BACKGROUND: All recent treatment guidelines recommend integrase strand transfer inhibitors (INSTIs) as components of initial HIV therapy. Bictegravir, a novel, once-daily, unboosted INSTI, showed potent activity in a 10 day monotherapy study and has a high in-vitro resistance barrier. On the basis of these results, we did a phase 2 trial comparing bictegravir with dolutegravir. METHODS: In this randomised, double-blind, phase 2 trial, we recruited previously untreated adults (aged ≥18 years) with HIV-1 infections from 22 outpatient centres in the USA...
February 14, 2017: Lancet HIV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219378/from-urban-planning-and-emergency-training-to-pok%C3%A3-mon-go-applications-of-virtual-reality-gis-vrgis-and-augmented-reality-gis-argis-in-personal-public-and-environmental-health
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EDITORIAL
Maged N Kamel Boulos, Zhihan Lu, Paul Guerrero, Charlene Jennett, Anthony Steed
The latest generation of virtual and mixed reality hardware has rekindled interest in virtual reality GIS (VRGIS) and augmented reality GIS (ARGIS) applications in health, and opened up new and exciting opportunities and possibilities for using these technologies in the personal and public health arenas. From smart urban planning and emergency training to Pokémon Go, this article offers a snapshot of some of the most remarkable VRGIS and ARGIS solutions for tackling public and environmental health problems, and bringing about safer and healthier living options to individuals and communities...
February 20, 2017: International Journal of Health Geographics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218839/phosphenium-hydride-reduction-of-cod-mx2-m-pd-pt-x-cl-br-snapshots-on-the-way-to-phosphenium-metal-0-halides-and-synthesis-of-metal-nanoparticles
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Jan Nickolaus, Dominik A Imbrich, Simon H Schlindwein, Adrian H Geyer, Martin Nieger, Dietrich Gudat
The outcome of the reduction of [(cod)PtX2] (X = Cl, Br; cod = 1,5-cyclooctadiene) with N-heterocyclic phosphenium hydrides (R)NHP-H depends strongly on the steric demand of the N-aryl group R and the nature of X. Reaction of [(cod)PtCl2] with (Dipp)NHP-H featuring bulky N-Dipp groups produced an unprecedented monomeric phosphenium metal(0) halide [((Dipp)NHP)((Dipp)NHP-H)PtCl] stabilized by a single phosphine ligand. The phosphenium unit exhibits a pyramidal coordination geometry at the phosphorus atom and may according to DFT calculations be classified as a Z-type ligand...
February 20, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217713/catching-the-voltage-gradient-asymmetric-boost-of-cortical-spread-generates-motion-signals-across-visual-cortex-a-brief-review-with-special-thanks-to-amiram-grinvald
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REVIEW
Dirk Jancke
Wide-field voltage imaging is unique in its capability to capture snapshots of activity-across the full gradient of average changes in membrane potentials from subthreshold to suprathreshold levels-of hundreds of thousands of superficial cortical neurons that are simultaneously active. Here, I highlight two examples where voltage-sensitive dye imaging (VSDI) was exploited to track gradual space-time changes of activity within milliseconds across several millimeters of cortex at submillimeter resolution: the line-motion condition, measured in Amiram Grinvald's Laboratory more than 10 years ago and-coming full circle running VSDI in my laboratory-another motion-inducing condition, in which two neighboring stimuli counterchange luminance simultaneously...
July 2017: Neurophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217451/erectile-dysfunction-masculinity-and-psychosocial-outcomes-a-review-of-the-experiences-of-men-after-prostate-cancer-treatment
#14
REVIEW
Suzanne K Chambers, Eric Chung, Gary Wittert, Melissa K Hyde
Prostate cancer (PC) treatment side-effects such as erectile dysfunction (ED) can impact men's quality of life (QoL), psychosocial and psycho-sexual adjustment. Masculinity (i.e., men's identity or sense of themselves as being a man) may also be linked to how men respond to PC treatment and ED however the exact nature of this link is unclear. This review aims to provide a snapshot of the current state of evidence regarding ED, masculinity and psychosocial impacts after PC treatment. Three databases (Medline/PsycINFO, CINHAL, and EMBASE) were searched January 1st 1980 to January 31st 2016...
February 2017: Translational Andrology and Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216320/coordination-of-orofacial-motor-actions-into-exploratory-behavior-by-rat
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Anastasia Kurnikova, Jeffrey D Moore, Song-Mao Liao, Martin Deschênes, David Kleinfeld
The delineation of sensorimotor circuits that guide exploration begins with an understanding of the pattern of motor outputs [1]. These motor patterns provide a clue to the form of the underlying circuits [2-4] (but see [5]). We focus on the behaviors that rodents use to explore their peripersonal space through goal-directed positioning of their nose, head, and vibrissae. Rodents sniff in response to novel odors, reward expectation, and as part of social interactions [6-12]. Sniffing serves olfaction [13, 14], while whisking synchronized to sniffing serves vibrissa-based touch [6, 15, 16]...
February 14, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216273/detection-of-fractured-endodontic-instruments-in-root-canals-comparison-between-different-digital-radiography-systems-and-cone-beam-computed-tomography
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Ana Caroline Ramos Brito, Francielle Silvestre Verner, Rafael Binato Junqueira, Mayra Cristina Yamasaki, Polyane Mazucato Queiroz, Deborah Queiroz Freitas, Christiano Oliveira-Santos
INTRODUCTION: This study compared the detection of fractured instruments in root canals with and without filling by periapical radiographs from 3 digital systems and cone-beam computed tomographic (CBCT) images with different resolutions. METHODS: Thirty-one human molars (80 canals) were used. Root canals were divided into the following groups: the control group, without fillings; the fracture group, without fillings and with fractured files; the fill group, filled; and the fill/fracture group, filled and with fractured files...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Endodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212972/variation-in-health-technology-assessment-and-reimbursement-processes-in-europe
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Ronald L Akehurst, Eric Abadie, Noël Renaudin, François Sarkozy
BACKGROUND: It has been suggested that differences in health technology assessment (HTA) processes among countries, particularly within Europe, have led to inequity in patient access to new medicines. OBJECTIVES: To provide an up-to-date snapshot analysis of the present status of HTA and reimbursement systems in select European countries, and to investigate the implications of these processes, especially with regard to delays in market and patient access. METHODS: HTA and reimbursement processes were assessed through a review of published and gray literature, and through a series of interviews with HTA experts...
January 2017: Value in Health: the Journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212879/flow-cytometric-based-protocols-for-assessing-anti-mt-2-igg1-reactivity-high-dimensional-data-handling-to-define-predictors-for-clinical-follow-up-of-human-t-cell-leukemia-virus-type-1-infection
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Jordana Grazziela Coelho-Dos-Reis, Vanessa Peruhype-Magalhães, Marcelo Antônio Pascoal-Xavier, Matheus de Souza Gomes, Laurence Rodrigues do Amaral, Ludmila Melo Cardoso, Juan Jonathan-Gonçalves, Ágata Lopes Ribeiro, Ana Lúcia Borges Starling, João Gabriel Ribas, Denise Utsch Gonçalves, Anna Bárbara de Freitas Carneiro-Proietti, Andréa Teixeira-Carvalho, Olindo Assis Martins-Filho
The present work provides an innovative methodological approach to assess the anti-HTLV-1 IgG1 reactivity with practical application in clinical laboratory. Serum from non-infected healthy controls (NI) and HTLV-1-infected patients, categorized as asymptomatic (AS), putatively progressing to HTLV-1 associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis - HAM/TSP (pHAM) or with clinical diagnosis of HAM/TSP (HT) were assayed in two-parallel flow cytometry platforms, referred as: Fix and Fix&Perm protocols. Operating-characteristics analysis indicated that a single pair of attributes ("serum dilution/cut-off") for Fix and Fix&Perm protocols presented excellent performance for the diagnosis of HTLV-1 infection...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Immunological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209734/neural-representations-of-observed-actions-generalize-across-static-and-dynamic-visual-input
#19
Alon Hafri, John C Trueswell, Russell A Epstein
People interact with other people and with objects in distinct and categorizable ways (e.g., kicking is making contact with foot). We can recognize these action categories across variations in actors, objects, and settings; moreover, we can recognize them from both dynamic and static visual input. However, the neural systems that support action recognition across these perceptual differences are unclear. Here we used multivoxel pattern analysis of fMRI data to identify brain regions that support visual action categorization in a format-independent way...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207239/analyzing-dna-nanotechnology-a-call-to-arms-for-the-analytical-chemistry-community
#20
Divita Mathur, Igor L Medintz
In order to fully realize the potential of DNA nanotechnology, it is crucial to overcome the lack of robust analytical techniques that continue to hinder the purification and characterization of DNA-based structures. In this Feature, we provide a snapshot of the current state of metrological techniques in DNA nanotechnology and look forward to emerging technologies that may offer new ways to probe and visualize these complex structures.
February 16, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
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