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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330292/comparative-assessment-of-methods-for-metagenomic-dna-isolation-from-soils-of-different-crop-growing-fields
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Aiman Tanveer, Sangeeta Yadav, Dinesh Yadav
The isolation of good quality metagenomic DNA from diverse soil, in appreciable amount, is a prerequisite for metagenomics. The availability of commercial kits for isolation of genomic DNAs from soil has drastically expedited the application of metagenomics approach for identifying novel sources of industrially important enzymes. The quantitative and qualitative assessment of metagenomic DNA isolated using either the manual method or the kit-based method should be performed prior to its use in downstream applications...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330186/a-comprehensive-study-of-one-step-selenization-process-for-cu-in1-x-ga-x-se2-thin-film-solar-cells
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Shih-Chen Chen, Sheng-Wen Wang, Shou-Yi Kuo, Jenh-Yih Juang, Po-Tsung Lee, Chih Wei Luo, Kaung-Hsiung Wu, Hao-Chung Kuo
In this work, aiming at developing a rapid and environmental-friendly process for fabricating CuIn1-x Ga x Se2 (CIGS) solar cells, we demonstrated the one-step selenization process by using selenium vapor as the atmospheric gas instead of the commonly used H2Se gas. The photoluminescence (PL) characteristics indicate that there exists an optimal location with superior crystalline quality in the CIGS thin films obtained by one-step selenization. The energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) reveals that the Ga lateral distribution in the one-step selenized CIGS thin film is intimately correlated to the blue-shifted PL spectra...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330146/mapping-of-stripe-rust-resistance-qtl-in-cappelle-desprez%C3%A2-%C3%A3-%C3%A2-pbw343-ril-population-effective-in-northern-wheat-belt-of-india
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Sushma Kumari Pawar, Davinder Sharma, Joginder Singh Duhan, Mahender Singh Saharan, Ratan Tiwari, Indu Sharma
Stripe rust caused by Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici is most important and devastating disease of wheat worldwide, which affects the grain yields, quality and nutrition. To elucidate, the genetic basis of resistance, a mapping population of recombinant inbred lines was developed from a cross between resistant Cappelle-Desprez and susceptible cultivar PBW343 using single-seed descent. Variety PBW343 had been one of the most popular cultivars of North Western Plains Zone, for more than a decade, before succumbing to the stripe rust...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329895/using-a-state-birth-registry-as-a-quality-improvement-tool
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Carole Lannon, Heather C Kaplan, Kelly Friar, Sandra Fuller, Susan Ford, Beth White, John Besl, John Paulson, Michael Marcotte, Michael Krew, Jennifer Bailit, Jay Iams
Background Birth registry data are universally collected, generating large administrative datasets. However, these data are typically not used for quality improvement (QI) initiatives in perinatal medicine because the quality and timeliness of the information is uncertain. Objective We sought to identify and address causes of inaccuracy in recording birth registry information so that birth registry data could support statewide obstetrical quality initiatives in Ohio. Study Design The Ohio Perinatal Quality Collaborative and the Ohio Department of Health Vital Statistics used QI techniques in 15 medium-sized maternity hospitals to identify and remove systemic sources of inaccuracy in birth registry data...
March 22, 2017: American Journal of Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329874/long-term-health-related-quality-of-life-outcomes-in-digital-replantation-versus-revision-amputation
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Oren Tessler, Matthew J Bartow, Marie P Tremblay-Champagne, Alex M Lin, Geneviève Landes, Sarah Sebbag, Andreas Nikolis
Background Earlier, digit viability judged the success of digital replantation. Now, utility health-related quality of life (HRQOL) measures can better assess the impact of digital replantation. Methods Overall, 264 digital injury patients were sent a regimen of utility measures: Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand (DASH) score, European Quality of Life 5 Dimensions, visual analog scale (VAS), time trade-off (TTO), and standard gamble (SG). Overall, 51 patients responded completely to all of these-36 replantation patients and 15 revision amputation patients...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329853/early-origins-of-later-life-psychological-well-being-a-novel-application-of-causal-mediation-analysis-to-life-course-research
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Tirth R Bhatta, Jeffrey M Albert, Eva Kahana, Nirmala Lekhak
Objectives: This study employs a novel approach to mediation analysis to clarify the influence of interrelated indicators of life course socioeconomic status (SES) on later life psychological well-being in India. Contrary to traditional approaches (i.e., use of product and difference-in-coefficients), we recognize the role of confounders in the estimation of total, direct, and indirect effects of parental education on respondents' psychological well-being. Method: Drawing from the first wave (2007-2010) of the Study on Global Ageing and Adult Health (SAGE) and adopting a counterfactual approach, we estimate both natural direct and indirect effects of parental education through individual educational attainment (secondarily, through household assets as an additional mediator) on respondents' life-satisfaction and quality of life (QOL)...
March 14, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329655/new-keratinocyte-carcinomas-worsen-skin-related-quality-of-life
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Julia A Siegel, Mary-Margaret Chren, Martin A Weinstock
Keratinocyte carcinoma (KC) is the most common malignancy in the U.S. Because KC affects many people but has a low mortality rate, it is important to consider the impact of KC on skin-related quality of life (QoL). We aimed to determine if KCs, actinic keratoses (AKs), and several demographic and health-related factors were associated with skin- related QoL in those at high risk for KC. We used data from a double-blind, placebo- controlled trial in which 932 veterans with multiple prior KCs were randomized to apply topical 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) or vehicle control cream to the face/ears...
September 15, 2016: Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329439/clinical-intuition-in-the-nursing-process-and-decision-making-a-mixed-studies-review
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Christina Melin-Johansson, Rebecca Palmqvist, Linda Rönnberg
AIM AND OBJECTIVES: To review what is characteristic of registered nurses' intuition in clinical settings, in relationships, and in the nursing process. BACKGROUND: Intuition is a controversial concept and nurses believe that there are difficulties in how they should explain their nursing actions or decisions based on intuition. Much of the evidence from the body of research indicates that nurses value their intuition in a variety of clinical settings. More information on how nurses integrate intuition as a core element in daily clinical work would contribute to an improved understanding on how they go about this...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329340/baseline-characteristics-of-participants-in-the-aspree-aspirin-in-reducing-events-in-the-elderly-study
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John J McNeil, Robyn L Woods, Mark R Nelson, Anne M Murray, Christopher M Reid, Brenda Kirpach, Elsdon Storey, Raj C Shah, Rory S Wolfe, Andrew M Tonkin, Anne B Newman, Jeff D Williamson, Jessica E Lockery, Karen L Margolis, Michael E Ernst, Walter P Abhayaratna, Nigel Stocks, Sharyn M Fitzgerald, Ruth E Trevaks, Suzanne G Orchard, Lawrence J Beilin, Geoffrey A Donnan, Peter Gibbs, Colin I Johnston, Richard H Grimm
Background: There are no primary prevention trials of aspirin with relevant geriatric outcomes in elderly people. ASPirin in Reducing Events in the Elderly (ASPREE) is a placebo-controlled trial of low-dose aspirin that will determine whether 5 years of daily 100-mg enteric-coated aspirin extends disability-free and dementia-free life in a healthy elderly population and whether these benefits outweigh the risks. Methods: Set in primary care, this randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial has a composite primary endpoint of death, incident dementia or persistent physical disability...
January 20, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329279/performance-of-hospitals-according-to-the-esc-acca-quality-indicators-and-30-day-mortality-for-acute-myocardial-infarction-national-cohort-study-using-the-united-kingdom-myocardial-ischaemia-national-audit-project-minap-register
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Owen Bebb, Marlous Hall, Keith A A Fox, Tatendashe B Dondo, Adam Timmis, Hector Bueno, François Schiele, Chris P Gale
Aims: To investigate the application of the European Society of Cardiology Acute Cardiovascular Care Association quality indicators (QI) for acute myocardial infarction for the study of hospital performance and 30-day mortality. Methods and results: National cohort study (n = 118,075 patients, n = 211 hospitals, MINAP registry), 2012-13. Overall, 16 of the 20 QIs could be calculated. Eleven QIs had a significant inverse association with GRACE risk adjusted 30-day mortality (all P < 0...
February 20, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329185/quality-indicators-to-measure-appropriate-antibiotic-use-some-thoughts-on-the-black-box
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Jeroen A Schouten, Marvin Ah Berrevoets, Marlies E Hulscher
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February 18, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329112/comparison-of-paracorporeal-and-continuous-flow-ventricular-assist-devices-in-children-preliminary-results%C3%A2
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Mohamed S Nassar, Asif Hasan, Teresa Chila, Stephan Schueler, Carola Pergolizzi, Zdenka Reinhardt, Stephen Lord, Fabrizio De Rita, Lee Ferguson, Jon Smith, Simon Haynes, John O'Sullivan, Bari Murtuza
OBJECTIVES: With the scarcity of organs, a durable, reliable ventricular assist device (VAD) is required. The Berlin Heart EXCOR ® (BH) remains the most established VAD in the paediatric population. Implantable continuous flow (CF) VADs have been introduced to the paediatric field with encouraging early results. In this study, we compared the results of a newly introduced CF VAD (HeartWare VAD [HVAD] ® ) to results in a matched group of BH recipients. METHODS: The study included patients aged <16 years who received mechanical left VAD (LVAD) support between December 2005 and January 2016...
February 16, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328986/estimation-of-genetic-parameters-and-genotype-by-environment-interactions-related-to-acute-ammonia-stress-in-pacific-white-shrimp-litopenaeus-vannamei-juveniles-at-two-different-salinity-levels
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Xia Lu, Sheng Luan, Baoxiang Cao, Xianhong Meng, Juan Sui, Ping Dai, Kun Luo, Xiaoli Shi, Dengchun Hao, Guomin Han, Jie Kong
Regarding the practical farming of Litopenaeus vannamei, the deterioration of water quality from intensive culture systems and environmental pollution is a common but troublesome problem in the cultivation of this species. The toxicities that result from deteriorating water quality, such as that from ammonia stress, have lethal effects on juvenile shrimp and can increase their susceptibility to pathogens. The toxicity of ammonia plays an important role in the frequently high mortality during the early stage on shrimp farms...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328940/the-effects-of-cash-transfers-and-vouchers-on-the-use-and-quality-of-maternity-care-services-a-systematic-review
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Benjamin M Hunter, Sean Harrison, Anayda Portela, Debra Bick
BACKGROUND: Cash transfers and vouchers are forms of 'demand-side financing' that have been widely used to promote maternal and newborn health in low- and middle-income countries during the last 15 years. METHODS: This systematic review consolidates evidence from seven published systematic reviews on the effects of different types of cash transfers and vouchers on the use and quality of maternity care services, and updates the systematic searches to June 2015 using the Joanna Briggs Institute approach for systematic reviewing...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328936/polyp-detection-rate-in-transverse-and-sigmoid-colon-significantly-increases-with-longer-withdrawal-time-during-screening-colonoscopy
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Kazuhiro Kashiwagi, Nagamu Inoue, Toshifumi Yoshida, Rieko Bessyo, Kazuaki Yoneno, Hiroyuki Imaeda, Haruhiko Ogata, Takanori Kanai, Yoshinori Sugino, Yasushi Iwao
BACKGROUND: The guidelines for colonoscopy present withdrawal time (WT) and adenoma detection rate (ADR) as the quality indicator. The purpose of this retrospective study is to analyze the predicting factors with polyp detection rate (PDR) as a surrogate for ADR by using comprehensive health checkup data, and assess the correlation between PDR per each colonic segment and WT, and factors influencing WT. METHODS: One thousand and thirty six consecutive health checkup cases from April 2015 to March 2016 were enrolled in this study, and 880 subjects who undertook colonoscopy without polyp removal or biopsy were divided into the two groups (polyp not detected group vs polyp detected group)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328935/intra-articular-hyaluronic-acid-in-the-management-of-knee-osteoarthritis-pharmaco-economic-study-from-the-perspective-of-the-national-health-insurance-system
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Thierry Thomas, Françoise Amouroux, Patrice Vincent
INTRODUCTION: Pharmaco-economic data on the management of knee osteoarthritis (OA) with intra articular hyaluronic acid (IA HA) viscosupplementation is limited. We contrasted IA HA with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). METHODS: Observational, prospective and multicenter study comparing treatments of knee OA costs and efficacy with either NSAIDs alone, or hyaluronic acid (Arthrum H 2%®), during a 6-month follow-up period. The investigators were pharmacists who recorded data on disease, drug consumption and healthcare circuit...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328717/perceived-sleep-quality-mood-states-and-their-relationship-with-performance-among-brazilian-elite-athletes-during-a-competitive-period
#17
Ricardo Brandt, Guilherme G Bevilacqua, Alexandro Andrade
Brandt, R, Bevilacqua, GG, and Andrade, A. Perceived sleep quality, mood states, and their relationship with performance among Brazilian elite athletes during a competitive period. J Strength Cond Res 31(4): 1033-1039, 2017-We described the perceived sleep quality and mood states of elite athletes during a competitive period, and clarified their relationship to athletes' sport performance. Participants were 576 Brazilian elite athletes (404 men and 172 women) of individual and team sports. Mood states were evaluated using the Brunel Mood Scale, whereas perceived sleep quality was evaluated using a single question ("How would you evaluate the quality of your sleep in the last few days?")...
April 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328653/somatosensory-functions-in-survivors-of-critical-illness
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Philipp Baumbach, Theresa Götz, Albrecht Günther, Thomas Weiss, Winfried Meissner
OBJECTIVES: There is growing evidence for increased levels of pain and reduced health-related quality of life in survivors of critical illness. Recent studies showed marked small nerve fiber pathology in critically ill patients, which may contribute to chronic pain states and reduced physical recovery after ICU discharge. Primary objective of this study was the comparison of somatosensory functions between survivors of critical illness 6 months after ICU discharge and controls. In post hoc analyses, we aimed to identify associations between small fiber deficits, pain, health-related quality of life, and clinical data...
March 21, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328647/pressure-injury-in-a-community-population-a-descriptive-study
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Lisa Q Corbett, Marjorie Funk, Gilbert Fortunato, David M OʼSullivan
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to describe present-on-admission pressure injuries (POA-PIs) in community-dwelling adults admitted to acute care. The specific aims of the study were to (1) measure the prevalence of POA-PIs during a 1-year period; (2) determine prehospital location of patients with POA-PIs; and (3) describe demographics, pressure injury (PI) characteristics, risk factors, and posthospital outcome of community-dwelling adults with PIs admitted to hospital. DESIGN: Retrospective descriptive study...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328645/relationship-of-wound-ostomy-and-continence-certified-nurses-and-healthcare-acquired-conditions-in-acute-care-hospitals
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Diane K Boyle, Sandra Bergquist-Beringer, Emily Cramer
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to describe the (a) number and types of employed WOC certified nurses in acute care hospitals, (b) rates of hospital-acquired pressure injury (HAPI) and catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI), and (c) effectiveness of WOC certified nurses with respect to lowering HAPI and CAUTI occurrences. DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of data from National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators. SUBJECTS AND SETTINGS: The sample comprised 928 National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI) hospitals that participated in the 2012 NDNQI RN Survey (source of specialty certification data) and collected HAPI, CAUTI, and nurse staffing data during the years 2012 to 2013...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing
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