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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331045/the-urgent-need-for-a-harmonized-severity-scoring-system-for-acute-allergic-reactions
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Antonella Muraro, Montserrat Fernandez-Rivas, Kirsten Beyer, Victòria Cardona, Andrew Clark, Esben Eller, Jonathan O'B Hourihane, Marek Jutel, Aziz Sheikh, Ioana Agache, Katrina J Allen, Liz Angier, Barbara Ballmer-Weber, Maria Beatrice Bilò, Carsten Bindslev-Jensen, Carlos A Camargo, Antonella Cianferoni, Audrey DunnGalvin, Philippe A Eigenmann, Susanne Halken, Karin Hoffmann-Sommergruber, Susanne Lau, Caroline Nilsson, Lars K Poulsen, Franziska Rueff, Jonathan Spergel, Gunter Sturm, Frans Timmermans, Maria J Torres, Paul Turner, Ronald van Ree, Magnus Wickman, Margitta Worm, E N Clare Mills, Graham Roberts
The accurate assessment and communication of the severity of acute allergic reactions is important to patients, clinicians, researchers, the food industry, public health and regulatory authorities. Severity has different meanings to different stakeholders with patients and clinicians rating the significance of particular symptoms very differently. Many severity scoring systems have been generated, most focusing on the severity of reactions following exposure to a limited group of allergens. They are heterogeneous in format, none has used an accepted developmental approach and none has been validated...
January 13, 2018: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329256/personalized-antidepressant-selection-and-pathway-to-novel-treatments-clinical-utility-of-targeting-inflammation
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REVIEW
Manish K Jha, Madhukar H Trivedi
Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a chronic condition that affects one in six adults in the US during their lifetime. The current practice of antidepressant medication prescription is a trial-and-error process. Additionally, over a third of patients with MDD fail to respond to two or more antidepressant treatments. There are no valid clinical markers to personalize currently available antidepressant medications, all of which have similar mechanisms targeting monoamine neurotransmission. The goal of this review is to summarize the recent findings of immune dysfunction in patients with MDD, the utility of inflammatory markers to personalize treatment selection, and the potential of targeting inflammation to develop novel antidepressant treatments...
January 12, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327321/preliminary-psychometric-testing-of-the-postpartum-depression-predictors-inventory-revised-pdpi-r-in-portuguese-women
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Stephanie Alves, Ana Fonseca, Maria Cristina Canavarro, Marco Pereira
Introduction Postpartum depression (PPD) is a prevalent condition with a serious impact. The early identification of women at risk for developing PPD allows for primary prevention and the delivery of timely appropriate referrals. This study investigated the validity and reliability of the postnatal version of the Postpartum Depression Predictors Inventory-Revised (PDPI-R), an instrument widely studied internationally, in Portuguese women. Methods The sample consisted of 204 women who participated in an online cross-sectional survey...
January 11, 2018: Maternal and Child Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327097/-clinical-and-cognitive-aspects-of-functional-psychogenic-tremor
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REVIEW
K E Zeuner, R Schmidt, P Schwingenschuh
Functional (psychogenic) tremor is the most common functional movement disorder. Characteristic clinical features, so called red flags, can help to make the clinical distinction of this type from other tremor disorders. The most common features include the variability of frequency and amplitude. Clinical examination should include different types of distraction including motor or cognitive tasks or testing the influence of suggestibility on tremor amplitude, frequency or direction. Patients often report sudden onset and remissions that may last for months or even years...
January 11, 2018: Der Nervenarzt
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325390/translation-adaptation-and-cross-language-validation-of-tinnitus-handicap-inventory-in-urdu
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Muhammad Aqeel, Ammar Ahmed
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Tinnitus is characterized as a perception of numerous auditory sounds in absence of external stimulus. Tinnitus can have a considerable consequence on a person's quality of life, and is considered to be very complicated to quantify. The aim of this study was to investigate the reliability and validity of Urdu translation of the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI) in Pakistan. It was designed to assess the presence of various auditory sounds without the external stimulus...
December 2017: Journal of Audiology & Otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324819/development-of-the-japanese-version-of-the-visual-discomfort-scale
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Shu Imaizumi, Shinichi Koyama, Yoshihiko Tanno
BACKGROUND: Visual stimuli, such as stripes and texts, can induce "visual discomfort" including perceptual and somatic symptoms. Individuals reporting high levels of visual discomfort might experience migraine headache and may have reduced reading efficiency due to visual perceptual difficulties. This study aimed to develop and validate the Japanese version of the Visual Discomfort Scale, which measures proneness to visual discomfort. METHODS AND RESULTS: In Survey 1, 428 adults completed the Japanese version and a questionnaire assessing migraine morbidity...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322213/translation-and-validation-of-the-international-consultation-on-incontinence-questionnaire-vaginal-symptoms-iciq-vs-the-danish-version
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Louise Thomsen Schmidt Arenholt, Marianne Glavind-Kristensen, Henrik Bøggild, Karin Glavind
INTRODUCTION: In the clinical evaluation of women with pelvic organ prolapse (POP), it is important to evaluate both objective and subjective presentations. The objective evaluation is done by gynecological examination, but the subjective presentation is more complex. The International Consultation on Incontinence Questionnaire-Vaginal Symptoms (ICIQ-VS) is an important tool for subjective evaluation, and a Danish version was developed. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The English version was translated into Danish in accordance with guidelines...
January 10, 2018: International Urogynecology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321706/validity-and-reliability-of-the-turkish-version-of-the-multiple-sclerosis-related-symptom-checklist
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Zeliha Tülek, Cansu Polat, Murat Kürtüncü, Mefkure Eraksoy
Introduction: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease that causes different symptoms in each attack and has an individual-specific course. Detailed questioning and recording of MS symptoms is important for developing a management plan for individual-specific symptoms. The present study was planned to evaluate the validity and reliability of the Turkish version of "Multiple Sclerosis-Related Symptom Checklist" (MS-RS), which has been developed for patients to personally follow-up the symptoms they experience...
December 2017: Noro Psikiyatri Arsivi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319187/patients-care-dependency-in-mental-health-care-development-of-a-self-report-questionnaire-and-preliminary-correlates
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Naline Geurtzen, Ger P J Keijsers, Johan C Karremans, Giel J M Hutschemaekers
OBJECTIVES: Patients' dependency on the therapist or treatment has received little empirical attention. To examine care dependency, we aimed to develop a theory-driven questionnaire based on three hypothetical dimensions (passive-submissive dependency; active-emotional dependency; and lack of perceived alternatives) and to provide a preliminary exploration of several correlates of care dependency. METHOD: Care dependency, perceived social support, therapeutic alliance, remoralization, and symptom severity were measured in a large cross-sectional sample of 742 outpatients with various psychiatric disorders...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Clinical Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317379/effect-of-a-gender-tailored-ehealth-weight-loss-program-on-the-depressive-symptoms-of-overweight-and-obese-men-pre-post-study
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Myles D Young, Philip J Morgan
BACKGROUND: Obesity and depression are of two of the largest contributors to the global burden of disease in men. Although lifestyle behavior change programs can improve participants' weight and depressive symptoms, the evidence is limited by a lack of male participants and a reliance on face-to-face treatment approaches, which are not accessible or appealing for many men. OBJECTIVE: This study examined the effect of a gender-tailored electronic health (eHealth) program on the depressive symptoms of a community sample of overweight and obese men with or without depression...
January 9, 2018: JMIR Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316286/validation-of-the-dyspnoea-12-scale-into-portuguese-speaking-copd-patients
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Aline Aparecida Simsic, Janelle Yorke, Eloisa Gatti Regueiro, Valeria Pires Di Lorenzo, José Baddini-Martinez
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Dyspnoea-12 assesses dyspnea based on the physical and affective components of the symptom. The aim of this study was to translate the Dyspnoea-12 into Portuguese, and to obtain validation data regarding the use of this tool in patients with chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD). METHODS: The English version of the scale Dyspnoea-12 underwent a formal translation process into Portuguese as spoken in Brazil with the final version being called Dyspnoea-12-Pt...
January 8, 2018: Clinical Respiratory Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315999/long-term-safety-and-efficacy-of-acotiamide-in-functional-dyspepsia-postprandial-distress-syndrome-results-from-the-european-phase-3-open-label-safety-trial
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J Tack, J Pokrotnieks, G Urbonas, C Banciu, V Yakusevich, I Bunganic, H Törnblom, Y Kleban, P Eavis, M Tsuchikawa, T Miyagawa
BACKGROUNDS: Acotiamide is a novel acetylcholinesterase inhibitor for treatment of postprandial distress syndrome (PDS) symptoms of functional dyspepsia (FD). This European phase 3 open-label safety trial has been conducted to evaluate the long-term safety of acotiamide and explore the efficacy of acotiamide on PDS symptoms using the validated LPDS, quality of life using SF-36 and SF-NDI, and work productivity using WPAI. METHODS: FD-PDS patients (defined by ROME III criteria) aged ≥18 years with active PDS symptoms and without predominant overlapping symptoms of epigastric pain syndrome and related disorders were enrolled to receive 100 mg acotiamide three times daily for 1 year...
January 8, 2018: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315993/evaluating-the-reliability-and-construct-validity-of-the-eckardt-symptom-score-as-a-measure-of-achalasia-severity
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T H Taft, D A Carlson, J Triggs, J Craft, K Starkey, R Yadlapati, D Gregory, J E Pandolfino
BACKGROUND: Achalasia is a disease of mechanical esophageal dysfunction characterized by dysphagia, chest pain, regurgitation, and malnutrition. The Eckardt symptom score (ESS) is the gold standard self-report assessment tool. Current guidelines outline a three-step approach to patient reported outcomes measure design. Developed prior to these policies, the ESS has not undergone rigorous testing of its reliability and validity. METHODS: Adult achalasia patients retrospectively identified via a patient registry were grouped based on treatment history...
January 8, 2018: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313762/development-and-psychometric-validation-of-the-menstrual-health-instrument-mhi-for-adolescents-in-korea
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Hyunjeong Shin, Young-Joo Park, Inhae Cho
The aims of the researchers were to develop and test initial psychometric properties of the Menstrual Health Instrument, a measure of menstrual health in adolescents that comprehensively evaluates menstrual health. Data were collected with a convenience sample of 230 Korean adolescent girls. As a result of exploratory factor analysis with the 29-item instrument, five factors were extracted: affective symptoms, somatic symptoms and school life, daily habits for menstrual health, menstrual cycle characteristics, and attitudes and perceptions on menstruation...
January 9, 2018: Health Care for Women International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29311016/the-development-of-brain-metastases-in-patients-with-renal-cell-carcinoma-epidemiologic-trends-survival-and-clinical-risk-factors-using-a-population-based-cohort
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Maxine Sun, Guillermo De Velasco, Priscilla K Brastianos, Ayal A Aizer, Allison Martin, Raphael Moreira, Paul L Nguyen, Quoc-Dien Trinh, Toni K Choueiri
BACKGROUND: The incidence of brain metastases (BM) in patients with renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is hypothesized to have increased in the last 2 decades. OBJECTIVE: To define incidence trends according to patient and clinical characteristics, to identify risk factors, and to describe outcomes of patients with BM for RCC. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: Patients diagnosed with RCC between the years 2010 and 2013 within the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results database...
January 5, 2018: European Urology Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306870/gender-differences-in-the-well-being-of-patients-diagnosed-with-chlamydia-trachomatis-a-cross-sectional-study
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Nirina Andersson, Helena Carré, Urban Janlert, Jens Boman, Elisabet Nylander
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to investigate how an infection with Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) influenced patients' well-being and whether there were differences due to gender, age or relationship status, in an effort to strengthen preventive measures and provide better healthcare for patients with CT. METHODS: Patients diagnosed with CT in the county of Västerbotten, Sweden, were asked to fill out a questionnaire about their feelings, thoughts and actions after CT diagnosis...
January 6, 2018: Sexually Transmitted Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305343/health-information-technology-usability-evaluation-scale-health-itues-for-usability-assessment-of-mobile-health-technology-validation-study
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Rebecca Schnall, Hwayoung Cho, Jianfang Liu
BACKGROUND: Mobile technology has become a ubiquitous technology and can be particularly useful in the delivery of health interventions. This technology can allow us to deliver interventions to scale, cover broad geographic areas, and deliver technologies in highly tailored ways based on the preferences or characteristics of users. The broad use of mobile technologies supports the need for usability assessments of these tools. Although there have been a number of usability assessment instruments developed, none have been validated for use with mobile technologies...
January 5, 2018: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29304192/optimal-cut-off-points-for-the-short-negative-act-questionnaire-and-their-association-with-depressive-symptoms-and-diagnosis-of-depression
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Paul Maurice Conway, Annie Høgh, Kirsten Nabe-Nielsen, Matias Brødsgaard Grynderup, Eva Gemzøe Mikkelsen, Roger Persson, Reiner Rugulies, Jens Peter Ellekilde Bonde, Laura Francioli, Åse Marie Hansen
Objectives: The behavioural experience method has been extensively used in the literature for the measurement of potential bullying behaviours at work. However, this approach presents limitations when used to classify respondents as targets or non-targets of workplace bullying. Therefore, the present study aimed to: (i) identify optimal cut-off points, reflecting a possible subjectively experienced exposure to occasional and frequent workplace bullying, for the 9-item Short Negative Act Questionnaire (S-NAQ), and (ii) examine the criterion validity of these cut-off points in relation to depressive symptoms and diagnosis of depression...
January 3, 2018: Annals of Work Exposures and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29302772/development-and-preliminary-psychometric-properties-of-an-instrument-for-the-measurement-of-obsessional-dissociative-experiences-the-van-obsessional-dissociation-questionnaire-vod-q
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Murat Boysan, Abdullah Yıldırım, Lütfullah Beşiroğlu, Mehmet Celal Kefeli, Mücahit Kağan
A growing body of research evidence documents the substantial associations between obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and dissociation. This article describes the development and preliminary psychometric properties of the Van Obsessional Dissociation Questionnaire (VOD-Q). Obsessional dissociation is defined as a tendency to dissociate in reaction to distressing, unwanted and intrusive thoughts, images and impulses. The screening tool is conceptualized to tap obsessional dissociation across three dimensions: obsessional absorption, obsessional depersonalization/ derealization and obsessional amnesia...
January 4, 2018: Psychiatric Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29301613/testing-olfactory-function-and-mapping-the-structural-olfactory-networks-in-the-brain
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Alexander Fjældstad
We perceive the world through our senses. The dependence on these sensory stimuli becomes obvious when we see a visually impaired individual with a guide dog or an individual using sign language. However, individuals with olfactory deficits suffer from a more concealed impairment without any opportunity for diagnostics or treatment in the Danish healthcare system. Around a fifth of the population experience olfactory deficits, of which 1-2% are functionally anosmic. The personal consequences for anosmics can be extensive, lacking not only in hedonic yield related to eating and drinking, but also the socialization during dinners can become niggling...
January 2018: Danish Medical Journal
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