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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088674/people-s-reasons-for-wanting-to-complete-probation-use-and-predictive-validity-in-an-e-health-intervention
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Stephanie A Spohr, Faye S Taxman, Scott T Walters
The criminal justice system tends to emphasize external contingencies (e.g., fees, jail time) to motivate offender compliance. However, people's reasons for desistance vary considerably. This study evaluated the acceptability, utility, and predictive validity of questions that ask about people's reasons for wanting to successfully complete probation. Substance-using probationers (N=113) participated in a web-based computer intervention that targeted substance use and treatment initiation. Questions around seven dimensions of reasons for completing probation were developed to provide tailored feedback during the web-based program...
January 6, 2017: Evaluation and Program Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088407/far-off-and-close-up-dry-matter-intake-modulate-indicators-of-immunometabolic-adaptations-to-lactation-in-subcutaneous-adipose-tissue-of-pasture-based-transition-dairy-cows
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M Vailati-Riboni, G Farina, F Batistel, A Heiser, M D Mitchell, M A Crookenden, C G Walker, J K Kay, S Meier, J R Roche, J J Loor
The common practice of increasing dietary energy density during the close-up dry period (last ∼3 wk prepartum) has been recently associated with a higher incidence of metabolic disorders after calving. Despite these reports, over-feeding of metabolizable energy (ME) during the far-off, nonlactating period is a common management policy aimed at achieving optimum calving body condition score (BCS) in pasture-based systems, as cows are generally thinner than total mixed ration cows at the end of lactation. Our hypothesis was that both far-off and close-up overfeeding influence the peripartum adipose tissue changes associated with energy balance and inflammatory state...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088376/how-early-must-an-acute-achilles-tendon-rupture-be-repaired
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Young Hwan Park, Seong Min Jeong, Gi Won Choi, Hak Jun Kim
An acute Achilles tendon rupture is the most common tendon rupture of the lower extremities, yet the optimal timing for an early surgical repair is unclear. To identify the optimal time for an early surgical repair with favorable results, we evaluated the isokinetic muscle strength and clinical outcomes of early surgical repairs of acute Achilles tendon ruptures performed at different time points after injury. Between January 2011 and July 2015, a total of 65 patients underwent an acute Achilles tendon rupture repair within 1 week after injury...
January 9, 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088231/efficacy-of-gabapentin-for-prevention-of-postherpetic-neuralgia-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-clinical-trial
#4
Manuel Rullán, Oana Bulilete, Alfonso Leiva, Aina Soler, Antonia Roca, María José González-Bals, Patricia Lorente, Joan Llobera
BACKGROUND: Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) is a chronic neuropathic pain that results from alterations of the peripheral nervous system in areas affected by the herpes zoster virus. The symptoms include pain, paresthesia, dysesthesia, hyperalgesia, and allodynia. Despite the availability of pharmacological treatments to control these symptoms, no treatments are available to control the underlying pathophysiology responsible for this disabling condition. METHODS/DESIGN: Patients with herpes zoster who are at least 50 years old and have a pain score of 4 or higher on a visual analogue scale (VAS) will be recruited...
January 14, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088195/automatic-liver-segmentation-based-on-appearance-and-context-information
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Yongchang Zheng, Danni Ai, Jinrong Mu, Weijian Cong, Xuan Wang, Haitao Zhao, Jian Yang
BACKGROUND: Automated image segmentation has benefits for reducing clinicians' workload, quicker diagnosis, and a standardization of the diagnosis. METHODS: This study proposes an automatic liver segmentation approach based on appearance and context information. The relationship between neighboring pixels in blocks is utilized to estimate appearance information, which is used for training the first classifier and obtaining the probability distribution map. The map is used for extracting context information, along with appearance features, to train the next classifier...
January 14, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088053/sensitivity-and-specificity-of-the-gain-short-screener-for-predicting-substance-use-disorders-in-a-large-national-sample-of-emerging-adults
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Douglas C Smith, Kyle M Bennett, Michael L Dennis, Rodney R Funk
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Emerging Adults (ages 18-25) have the highest prevalence of substance use disorders and rarely receive treatment from the specialty care system. Thus, it is important to have screening instruments specifically developed for emerging adults for use in Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) models. Optimal cutoffs for the widely-used GAIN Short-Screener's (GAIN-SS) Substance Disorder Screener (SDScrY) are not established specifically for emerging adults...
January 6, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088036/an-emotional-approach-to-beef-evaluation
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Monica Borgogno, Armand V Cardello, Saida Favotto, Edi Piasentier
The emotions associated with beef consumption, the influence of breeding system information on emotions ("Conventional" - C vs "Only from the Italian Simmental" - OIS label) and their relationship with liking were evaluated by 93 meat consumers. Respondents were asked to evaluate the same samples of Italian Simmental meat provided with the two different labels. Liking scores were obtained using a 9-point scale and the emotions from the EsSense25 list were scored on 5-point scale (1="not at all", 5="extremely")...
January 5, 2017: Meat Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087891/physical-activity-and-exercise-for-chronic-pain-in-adults-an-overview-of-cochrane-reviews
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Louise J Geneen, R Andrew Moore, Clare Clarke, Denis Martin, Lesley A Colvin, Blair H Smith
BACKGROUND: Chronic pain is defined as pain lasting beyond normal tissue healing time, generally taken to be 12 weeks. It contributes to disability, anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances, poor quality of life, and healthcare costs. Chronic pain has a weighted mean prevalence in adults of 20%.For many years, the treatment choice for chronic pain included recommendations for rest and inactivity. However, exercise may have specific benefits in reducing the severity of chronic pain, as well as more general benefits associated with improved overall physical and mental health, and physical functioning...
January 14, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087252/novel-method-for-evaluation-of-eye-movements-in-patients-with-narcolepsy
#9
Julie A E Christensen, Lykke Kempfner, Helle L Leonthin, Mathias Hvidtfelt, Miki Nikolic, Birgitte Rahbek Kornum, Poul Jennum
BACKGROUND: Narcolepsy causes abnormalities in the control of wake-sleep, non-rapid-eye-movement (non-REM) sleep and REM sleep, which inlcudes specific eye movements (EMs). In this study, we aim to evaluate EM characteristics in narcolepsy as compared to controls using an automated detector. METHODS: We developed a data-driven method to detect EMs during sleep based on two EOG signals recorded as part of a polysomnography (PSG). The method was optimized using the manually scored hypnograms from 36 control subjects...
December 21, 2016: Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087176/carotid-plaque-detection-improves-the-predictive-value-of-cha2ds2-vasc-score-in-patients-with-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-the-arapacis-study
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Stefania Basili, Lorenzo Loffredo, Daniele Pastori, Marco Proietti, Alessio Farcomeni, Anna Rita Vestri, Pasquale Pignatelli, Giovanni Davì, William R Hiatt, Gregory Y H Lip, Gino R Corazza, Francesco Perticone, Francesco Violi
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Vascular disease (VD), as assessed by history of myocardial infarction or peripheral artery disease or aortic plaque, increases stroke risk in atrial fibrillation (AF), and is a component of risk assessment using the CHA2DS2-VASc score. We investigated if systemic atherosclerosis as detected by ultrasound carotid plaque (CP) could improve the predictive value of the CHA2DS2-VASc score. METHODS: We analysed data from the ARAPACIS study, an observational study including 2027 Italian patients with non-valvular AF, in whom CP was detected using Doppler Ultrasonography...
January 4, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086950/healthcare-system-responsiveness-in-jiangsu-province-china
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Jianqian Chao, Boyang Lu, Hua Zhang, Liguo Zhu, Hui Jin, Pei Liu
BACKGROUND: The perceived responsiveness of a healthcare system reflects its ability to satisfy reasonable expectations of the public with respect to non-medical services. Recently, there has been increasing attention paid to responsiveness in evaluating the performance of a healthcare system in a variety of service settings. However, the factors that affect the responsiveness have been inconclusive so far and measures of improved responsiveness have not always thoroughly considered the factors...
January 13, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086856/the-addition-of-a-sagittal-image-fusion-improves-the-prostate-cancer-detection-in-a-sensor-based-mri-ultrasound-fusion-guided-targeted-biopsy
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Karsten Günzel, Hannes Cash, John Buckendahl, Maximilian Königbauer, Patrick Asbach, Matthias Haas, Jörg Neymeyer, Stefan Hinz, Kurt Miller, Carsten Kempkensteffen
BACKGROUND: To explore the diagnostic benefit of an additional image fusion of the sagittal plane in addition to the standard axial image fusion, using a sensor-based MRI/US fusion platform. METHODS: During July 2013 and September 2015, 251 patients with at least one suspicious lesion on mpMRI (rated by PI-RADS) were included into the analysis. All patients underwent MRI/US targeted biopsy (TB) in combination with a 10 core systematic prostate biopsy (SB). All biopsies were performed on a sensor-based fusion system...
January 13, 2017: BMC Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086851/efficacy-of-intermittent-theta-burst-stimulation-itbs-and-10-hz-high-frequency-repetitive-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-rtms-in-treatment-resistant-unipolar-depression-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Samuel Bulteau, Veronique Sébille, Guillemette Fayet, Veronique Thomas-Ollivier, Thibault Deschamps, Annabelle Bonnin-Rivalland, Edouard Laforgue, Anne Pichot, Pierre Valrivière, Elisabeth Auffray-Calvier, June Fortin, Yann Péréon, Jean-Marie Vanelle, Anne Sauvaget
BACKGROUND: The treatment of depression remains a challenge since at least 40% of patients do not respond to initial antidepressant therapy and 20% present chronic symptoms (more than 2 years despite standard treatment administered correctly). Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is an effective adjuvant therapy but still not ideal. Intermittent Theta Burst Stimulation (iTBS), which has only been used recently in clinical practice, could have a faster and more intense effect compared to conventional protocols, including 10-Hz high-frequency rTMS (HF-rTMS)...
January 13, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081585/drug-eluting-stent-placement-versus-coronary-artery-bypass-surgery-for-unprotected-left-main-coronary-artery-disease-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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Sunil Upadhaya, Ramkaji Baniya, Seetharamprasad Madala, Suresh Kumar Subedi, Jahangir Khan, Ravi Kanth Velagapudi, Ghassan Bachuwa
BACKGROUND: Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) is the standard of care for treating left main coronary lesions. However, recently published randomized controlled trials (RCT) have shown conflicting results. We sought to compare clinical outcomes of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with drug-eluting stent placement to CABG using a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. METHODS: A systemic search of Pubmed, Scopus, Cochrane library, and Clinicaltrials...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081514/role-of-mirna-1-in-regulating-connexin-43-in-ischemia-reperfusion-heart-injury-a-rat-model
#15
Bo Bian, Xue-Fang Yu, Guo-Qin Wang, Tian-Ming Teng
MiRNA-1 may participate in regulating ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI) by affecting the expression and distribution of connexin 43 (Cx43). The aim of this study is to investigate miR-1 expression and its potential role in regulating Cx43 during ischemic postconditioning (IPOST) in a rat model. Fifty-five Wistar male rats were randomly divided into five groups: N, IR, IPOST, agomir-1, and antagomir-1 group. The hearts were perfused with the Langendorff system. The reperfusion arrhythmia (RA) and myocardial infarct size were observed and recorded...
January 3, 2017: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081310/a-simple-risk-score-in-acute-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction-modified-acef-age-creatinine-and-ejection-fraction-score
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Arzu Kalaycı, Vecih Oduncu, Çetin Geçmen, Selim Topcu, Can Yücel Karabay, İbrahim Akın İzgi, Cevat Kırma
BACKGROUND/AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate if the modified ACEF (age, creatinine, and ejection fraction) score is a predictor of major adverse cardiac and cerebrovascular events during 1 year of follow-up in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) who underwent primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively enrolled 1632 consecutive patients who were admitted to our emergency department diagnosed with STEMI within 12 h of chest pain and treated with primary PCI...
December 20, 2016: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079915/intravenous-immunoglobulin-for-the-treatment-of-kawasaki-disease
#17
Stanford T Shulman
Standard first-line therapy for Kawasaki disease (KD) consists of intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) and aspirin. Current guidelines recommend 2 g/kg of IVIG and 80 to 100 mg/kg of aspirin administered within the first 10 days of illness. This regimen has marked efficacy in preventing the development of coronary artery aneurysms. Approximately 15% to 20% of treated patients require a second dose of IVIG to control the inflammatory process. The role of adjunctive corticosteroid therapy with IVIG and aspirin is evolving, with Japanese studies showing a clear benefit in those patients at highest risk for development of coronary disease...
January 1, 2017: Pediatric Annals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079874/cerebral-modulation-of-the-autonomic-nervous-system-in-term-infants
#18
N Schneebaum Sender, R B Govindan, M T Whitehead, A N Massaro, M Metzler, J Wang, Y I Cheng, A J du Plessis
OBJECTIVE: Central topography of autonomic nervous system (ANS) function has yet to be fully deciphered. In adults it has been shown to lateralize sympathetic and parasympathetic influence predominantly to the right and left cerebral hemispheres, respectively. We examined functional topography of central ANS in newborn subjects utilizing spectral analysis of heart rate variability (HRV), an established measure of ANS function. STUDY DESIGN: We studied newborns with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy participating in a prospective study undergoing a therapeutic hypothermia protocol...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079847/relationship-between-abnormalities-on-high-resolution-computerized-tomography-pulmonary-function-and-bronchoalveolar-lavage-in-progressive-systemic-sclerosis
#19
Gulfidan Cakmak, Tuba Selcuk Can, Sule Gundogdu, Canan Akman, Hande Ikitimur, Benan Musellim, Gul Ongen
:  Introduction and aim: Progressive systemic sclerosis (pSS) is a multisystemic connective tissue disease characterized by fibrosis of the skin and internal organs including lung. The mechanisms that leads to progressive lung fibrosis in scleroderma remain obscure. In this study, we aimed to investigate the correlation between HRCT findings and patients' clinical and functional status and the degree of alveolitis based on the BAL resultsMaterials and methods: 65 patients with pSS were evaluated...
December 23, 2016: Sarcoidosis, Vasculitis, and Diffuse Lung Diseases: Official Journal of WASOG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079844/serum-interleukin-6-in-systemic-sclerosis-and-its-correlation-with-disease-parameters-and-cardiopulmonary-involvement
#20
Rasha A Abdel-Magied, Shereen R Kamel, Azza Farag Said, Hazem M Ali, Ehab A Abdel Gawad, Mahmoud M Moussa
OBJECTIVE: To assess serum interleukin-6 (IL-6)level in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc) and its correlations with European Scleroderma Study Group activity score (EUSTAR), Scleroderma Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ), disability index and cardiopulmonary involvement. METHODS: Twenty SSc patients and 10 matched healthy controls were included. Serum IL-6 was measured in patients and controls. Disease activity, status,and disability were assessed.Cardiopulmonary involvement was evaluated by pulmonary function tests (PFTs), six minute walk test, echocardiography, and high resolution computed tomography (HRCT) of chest...
December 23, 2016: Sarcoidosis, Vasculitis, and Diffuse Lung Diseases: Official Journal of WASOG
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