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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933471/factors-associated-with-medication-non-adherence-in-patients-with-end-stage-liver-disease
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Selena Z Kuo, Marta Haftek, Jennifer C Lai
BACKGROUND: Low medication adherence is known to contribute to worse health outcomes in the general population. AIM: We aimed to evaluate the medication regimen and determine the adherence levels among patients with end-stage liver disease. METHODS: We measured adherence in patients awaiting liver transplantation at a single center using the 8-item Morisky Medication Adherence Scale (MMAS-8), with a score <8 classified as low adherence...
December 8, 2016: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933461/factors-associated-with-hiv-testing-among-participants-from-substance-use-disorder-treatment-programs-in-the-us-a-machine-learning-approach
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Yue Pan, Hongmei Liu, Lisa R Metsch, Daniel J Feaster
HIV testing is the foundation for consolidated HIV treatment and prevention. In this study, we aim to discover the most relevant variables for predicting HIV testing uptake among substance users in substance use disorder treatment programs by applying random forest (RF), a robust multivariate statistical learning method. We also provide a descriptive introduction to this method for those who are unfamiliar with it. We used data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse Clinical Trials Network HIV testing and counseling study (CTN-0032)...
December 8, 2016: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933415/association-between-gamma-glutamyltransferase-and-albuminuria-in-nondiabetic-adults-with-normal-renal-function
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Sun-Hye Ko, Myong Ki Baeg, Kyung-Do Han, Seung-Yeon Ko, Sae-Bom Shin, Seung-Hyun Ko, Yu-Bae Ahn
BACKGROUND: Serum gamma-glutamyltransferase (GGT) has been associated with albuminuria in diabetes patients, but it has not been investigated in the general population. We aimed to investigate the association between serum GGT and albuminuria in the nondiabetic Korean population with normal kidney function. METHODS: Study participants (3948; 1549 men and 2399 women) with an estimated glomerular filtration rate ≥60 mL/min/1.73 m(2) were analyzed from the fifth Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (2011)...
December 9, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933201/association-between-metabolic-syndrome-and-liver-histology-among-nafld-patients-without-diabetes
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Pushpjeet Kanwar, James E Nelson, Katherine Yates, David E Kleiner, Aynur Unalp-Arida, Kris V Kowdley
BACKGROUND: Metabolic syndrome (MetS) and obesity are associated with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). The aim of this observational study was to examine the relationship of MetS and a diagnosis of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) in patients without diabetes in the NASH Clinical Research Network (CRN). METHODS: Clinical, demographic, histological, laboratory and anthropometric data were collected on 356 adult patients without diabetes with NAFLD. Obesity was defined as body mass index ≥30...
2016: BMJ Open Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933032/bifurcation-type-and-larger-low-shear-area-are-associated-with-rupture-status-of-very-small-intracranial-aneurysms
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Yisen Zhang, Zhongbin Tian, Linkai Jing, Ying Zhang, Jian Liu, Xinjian Yang
BACKGROUND: Characterization of the risk factors for rupture of very small intracranial aneurysm (VSIA, ≤3 mm) is clinically valuable, since VSIAs are implicated in subarachnoid hemorrhage. The aim of this study was to identify morphological and hemodynamic parameters that independently characterize the rupture status of VSIAs. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study of consecutive VSIAs between September 2010 and February 2014 in our institute. A series of morphologic and hemodynamic parameters were evaluated using computational fluid dynamics, based on patient-specific three-dimensional geometrical models...
2016: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932771/-analysis-of-the-status-and-influential-factors-for-prenatal-care-and-postpartum-visit-among-pregnant-women-based-on-the-first-health-service-survey-in-hunan-province
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Wei Zhang, Xunjie Cheng, Lin Zhang, Peishan Ning, Li Li, Xin Deng, Jing Deng, Guoqing Hu
To evaluate the status and influential factors for prenatal care and postpartum visit among pregnant women in Hunan Province from 2008 to 2013 based on the data from the First Health Service Survey in Hunan Province.
 Methods: Based on the data of prenatal care and postpartum visit among pregnant women from the First Health Service Survey of Hunan Province in 2013, proportion of pregnant women, who didn't meet the criteria for prenatal care and postpartum visit, were calculated (≥5 times for prenatal care and ≥2 times for postpartum visit, according to the National Basic Public Health Service program, 2009 Edition)...
November 28, 2016: Zhong Nan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Central South University. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932670/annals-express-red-blood-cell-distribution-width-and-neutrophil-to-lymphocyte-ratio-are-associated-with-outcomes-of-adult-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-patients-admitted-to-intensive-care-unit
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Yuan-Lan Huang, Zhi-Jun Han, Zhi-De Hu
BACKGROUND: Red blood cell distribution width (RDW) and neutrophil to lymphocyte ratio (NLR) have been reported to be associated with outcomes of acute cerebral infarction. However, their prognostic value in patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) remains largely unknown. The aim of this study was to investigate the prognostic value of RDW and NLR in SAH patients. METHODS: Medical records of adult SAH patients admitted to intensive care unit (ICU) were extracted from Multiparameter Intelligent Monitoring in Intensive Care II (MIMIC II, version 2...
December 8, 2016: Annals of Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932667/lymph-node-yield-is-an-independent-predictor-of-survival-in-rectal-cancer-regardless-of-receipt-of-neoadjuvant-therapy
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Zhaomin Xu, Mariana E Berho, Adan Z Becerra, Christopher T Aquina, Bradley J Hensley, Reza Arsalanizadeh, Katia Noyes, John R T Monson, Fergal J Fleming
AIMS: Lymph node yield (LNY) is used as a marker of adequate oncological resection. The American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) currently recommends that at least 12 nodes are necessary to confirm node-negative disease for rectal cancer. A LNY of 12 is not always achieved, particularly in patients who have undergone neoadjuvant treatment. This study attempts to examine factors associated with LNY and its prognostic impact following neoadjuvant chemoradiation in rectal cancer. METHODS: The 2006-2011 National Cancer Data Base was queried for patients with clinical stage I-III rectal cancer who underwent a proctectomy...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932624/allele-rs2010963-c-of-the-vegfa-gene-is-associated-with-the-decreased-risk-of-primary-varicose-veins-in-ethnic-russians
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Alexandra S Shadrina, Mariya A Smetanina, Ekaterina A Sokolova, Darya V Shamovskaya, Kseniya S Sevost'ianova, Andrey I Shevela, Evgenii Y Soldatsky, Evgenii I Seliverstov, Marina Y Demekhova, Oleg A Shonov, Evgeny A Ilyukhin, Elena N Voronina, Ilya V Pikalov, Igor A Zolotukhin, Alexander I Kirienko, Maxim L Filipenko
OBJECTIVE: To study the association of polymorphisms rs699947, rs2010963, rs3025039 in the VEGFA gene region and rs1870377, rs2305949, rs2071559 in the VEGFR2 gene region with the risk of primary varicose veins in ethnic Russians. METHODS: Genotypes were determined by real-time PCR allelic discrimination. The case group consisted of 448 patients with primary varicose veins and the control group comprised 609 individuals without a history of chronic venous disease...
December 8, 2016: Phlebology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932588/mental-health-among-jail-and-prison-inmates
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Youngmin Yi, Kristin Turney, Christopher Wildeman
Previous studies provide insight into the mental health of jail and prison inmates, but this research does not compare the two groups of inmates. Using data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, this article examines how the association between incarceration and self-reported mental health varies by facility type, net of an array of demographic and socioeconomic characteristics. Both jail and prison inmates report high rates of depression, life dissatisfaction, heavy drinking, and illicit drug use...
December 7, 2016: American Journal of Men's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932363/monocyte-count-as-a-predictor-of-cardiovascular-mortality-in-older-korean-people
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Sung Hee Choi, Jung Hee Kim, Soo Lim, Jae Young Lim, Ki Woong Kim, Kyong Soo Park, Hak Chul Jang
BACKGROUND: white blood cells (WBCs) have been known to mediate the inflammatory process, which may be a pivotal mechanism for atherosclerosis and cardiovascular mortality. OBJECTIVE: we investigated which WBC subtypes increased cardiovascular mortality and explored its connection to coronary artery diseases in a prospective study among older Koreans. STUDY DESIGN AND SUBJECTS: this study was conducted from 2005 to 2011 as a part of the Korean Longitudinal Study on Health and Aging and included 439 men and 561 women over 65-year old...
December 7, 2016: Age and Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932362/predicting-functional-decline-in-older-emergency-patients-the-safe-elderly-emergency-discharge-seed-project
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Judy A Lowthian, Lahn D Straney, Caroline A Brand, Anna Barker, P de Villiers Smit, Harvey Newnham, Peter Hunter, Cathie Smith, Peter A Cameron
OBJECTIVE: to profile the trajectory of, and risk factors for, functional decline in older patients in the 30 days following Emergency Department (ED) discharge. METHODS: prospective cohort study of community-dwelling patients aged ≥65 years, discharged home from a metropolitan Melbourne ED, 31 July 2012 to 30 November 2013. The primary outcome was functional decline, comprising either increased dependency in personal activities of daily living (ADL) or in skills required for living independently instrumental ADL (IADL), deterioration in cognitive function, nursing home admission or death...
December 7, 2016: Age and Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932074/distributed-neural-signatures-of-natural-audiovisual-speech-and-music-in-the-human-auditory-cortex
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Juha Salmi, Olli-Pekka Koistinen, Enrico Glerean, Pasi Jylänki, Aki Vehtari, Iiro P Jääskeläinen, Sasu Mäkelä, Lauri Nummenmaa, Katarina Nummi-Kuisma, Ilari Nummi, Mikko Sams
During a conversation or when listening to music, auditory and visual information are combined automatically into audiovisual objects. However, it is still poorly understood how specific type of visual information shapes neural processing of sounds in lifelike stimulus environments. Here we applied multi-voxel pattern analysis to investigate how naturally matching visual input modulates supratemporal cortex activity during processing of naturalistic acoustic speech, singing and instrumental music. Bayesian logistic regression classifiers with sparsity-promoting priors were trained to predict whether the stimulus was audiovisual or auditory, and whether it contained piano playing, speech, or singing...
December 5, 2016: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932071/clinical-predictors-and-outcome-implications-of-early-readmission-in-lung-transplant-recipients
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Asishana A Osho, Anthony W Castleberry, Babatunde A Yerokun, Michael S Mulvihill, Justin Rucker, Laurie D Snyder, Robert D Davis, Matthew G Hartwig
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to identify risk factors and outcome implications for 30-day hospital readmission in lung transplant recipients. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study of lung transplant cases from a single, high-volume lung transplant program between January 2000 and March 2012. Demographic and health data were reviewed for all patients. Risk factors for 30-day readmission (defined as readmission within 30 days of discharge from index lung transplant hospitalization) were modeled using logistic regression, with selection of parameters by backward elimination...
November 10, 2016: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932056/sexual-orientation-disparities-in-the-utilization-of-sexual-health-services-in-a-national-probability-sample-of-u-s-women
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Madina Agénor, Christina A Muzny, Vanessa Schick, Erika L Austin, Jennifer Potter
Although sexual minority women are at risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and cervical cancer, few nationally representative studies have assessed sexual orientation disparities in sexual health care among women. Using data from the 2011-2013 and 2013-2015 waves of the National Survey of Family Growth, which provide a national probability sample of U.S. women aged 15-44years (N=11.300), we used multivariable logistic regression to examine the associations between sexual behavior and sexual identity (modeled separately) and STI testing in the past year, Pap test use in the last 3years, lifetime HIV testing, and lifetime human papillomavirus (HPV) testing...
December 5, 2016: Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932054/changes-in-physical-activity-sedentary-time-and-risk-of-falling-the-women-s-health-initiative-observational-study
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Jennifer W Bea, Cynthia A Thomson, Robert B Wallace, Chunyuan Wu, Rebecca A Seguin, Scott B Going, Andrea LaCroix, Charles Eaton, Judith K Ockene, Michael J LaMonte, Rebecca Jackson, W Jerry Mysiw, Jean Wactawski-Wende
Falling significantly affects quality of life, morbidity, and mortality among older adults. We sought to evaluate the prospective association between sedentary time, physical activity, and falling among post-menopausal women aged 50-79 y recruited to the Women's Health Initiative Observational Study between 1993 and 1998 from 40 clinical centers across the United States. Baseline (B) and change in each of the following were evaluated at year 3 (Y3) and year 6 (Y6; baseline n=93,676; Y3 n=76,598; Y6 n=75,428): recreational physical activity (MET-h/wk), sitting, sleeping (min/d), and lean body mass by dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (subset N=6,475)...
December 5, 2016: Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932018/the-determinants-of-essential-newborn-care-for-home-births-in-bangladesh
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T Akter, A Dawson, D Sibbritt
OBJECTIVES: To examine the association of sociodemographic, antenatal and delivery care factors with the essential newborn care (ENC) practices of neonates born at home in Bangladesh. STUDY DESIGN: This study analyzed data of a cross-sectional survey-the Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey, 2011. METHODS: This analysis considered 3190 most recent live-born infants who were delivered at home within three years of the survey. Logistic regression models were used to identify the factors affecting the implementation of six ENC practices, namely using disinfected instruments to cut the umbilical cord, avoidance of application of any substances to the umbilical cord stump, immediate drying and wrapping of newborns, delayed bathing of newborns, and immediate initiation of breastfeeding...
December 2016: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932008/the-relationships-among-physical-activity-sedentary-behaviour-obesity-and-quitting-behaviours-within-a-cohort-of-smokers-in-california
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S E Linke, D R Strong, M G Myers, S D Edland, C R Hofstetter, W K Al-Delaimy
BACKGROUND: Smoking, insufficient physical activity (PA), sedentary behaviour (SB) and obesity are leading risk factors for morbidity and premature mortality. Few studies examining the relationship between these behavioural risk factors and quitting behaviours among cohorts of smokers have been published. PURPOSE: The goals of this study are to examine the cross-sectional relationships among behavioural health risk factors (insufficient PA, SB and obesity) and past year quitting behaviours within a sample of smokers...
December 2016: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931992/the-attitudes-of-primary-healthcare-providers-towards-web-based-training-on-public-health-services-in-rural-china-a-cross-sectional-study
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X X Zhan, Z X Zhang, F Sun, W J Peng, H Zhang, W R Yan
OBJECTIVES: To explore the attitudes of primary healthcare workers, including township public health workers (TPHWs) and village doctors (ViDs), towards web-based training on basic public health services (BPHS) and to examine the factors influencing their attitudes. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. METHODS: Questionnaires addressing training status, needs, and attitudes towards web-based public health training were administered to 2768 primary healthcare workers from May to September 2013...
December 2016: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931882/evaluation-of-the-diagnostic-ability-of-vector-parameters-characterizing-the-corneal-astigmatism-and-regularity-in-clinical-and-subclinical-keratoconus
#20
Antonio Martínez-Abad, David P Piñero, Pedro Ruiz-Fortes, Alberto Artola
PURPOSE: To evaluate the diagnostic ability of the vector parameters ocular residual astigmatism (ORA), topography disparity (TD) and topographic astigmatism CorT (anterior and total) for the detection of clinical and subclinical keratoconus, and to develop a detection model based on them. METHODS: This study comprised a total of 61 keratoconus eyes (KC group), 19 eyes with subclinical keratoconus (SKC group) and 100 healthy eyes (control group). In all cases, a complete eye exam was performed including an analysis of the corneal structure with the Sirius system (Costruzione Strumenti Oftalmici, CSO)...
December 5, 2016: Contact Lens & Anterior Eye: the Journal of the British Contact Lens Association
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