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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637576/antimicrobial-use-and-resistance-in-australia-aura-surveillance-system-coordinating-national-data-on-antimicrobial-use-and-resistance-for-australia
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John D Turnidge, Kathy T Meleady
Objective The aim of the present study was to describe the process of establishment and coordination of the national Antimicrobial Use and Resistance in Australia (AURA) surveillance system.Methods Existing surveillance programs conducted by health organisations at state or multi-jurisdictional levels were reviewed, and gaps and opportunities identified for the development of a national system. In view of the time frame available as part of the Australian Government Department of Health funding agreement, the strategy used by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care was to commence work with existing surveillance programs, expanding and enhancing them and developing new systems where gaps were identified...
June 22, 2017: Australian Health Review: a Publication of the Australian Hospital Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637193/effect-of-intensive-personalized-5as-5rs-intervention-on-smoking-cessation-in-hospitalized-acute-coronary-syndrome-patients-not-ready-to-quit-immediately-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Jing-Guang Luo, Ling Han, Li-Wei Chen, Yun Gao, Xiao-Jun Ding, Ying Li, Ye Ja, Ming Yang, Chang-Sheng Ma
Introduction: The acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patients who are not ready to quit smoking immediately have an extremely low rate of cessation. This study aims to investigate the efficacy of intensive personalized '5As+5Rs'intervention (IPANR intervention) on smoking cessation in this population. Methods: A parallel-group randomized controlled trial was carried out, which compared IPANR intervention with routine 5Rs (control) at Fu Xing Hospital, Capital Medical University, Bei Jing, China...
June 20, 2017: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604239/continuing-challenges-and-current-issues-in-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
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Ankit Kansagra, Saurabh Dahiya, Mark Litzow
Conventional cytotoxic chemotherapy used to treat acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) has resulted into high cure rates for pediatric patients, however outcomes for adult patients remain suboptimal. The 5-year overall survival is only 30-40% in adults and elderly patients with ALL compared to 90% in children. We have seen major advances in our understanding and management of ALL related to identification of new cytogenetic and molecular abnormalities and development of novel targeted agents for the treatment of ALL...
June 11, 2017: Leukemia & Lymphoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603020/hot-melt-extrusion-hme-as-solvent-free-technique-for-a-continuous-manufacturing-of-drug-loaded-mesoporous-silica
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Natalja Genina, Batol Hadi, Korbinian Löbmann
The aim of the study was to explore hot melt extrusion (HME) as a solvent-free drug loading technique for preparation of stable amorphous solid dispersions (ASD) using mesoporous silica (PSi). Ibuprofen (IBU) and carvedilol (CAR) were used as poorly soluble active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs). Due to the high friction of a API: PSi mixture below the loading limit of the API, it was necessary to add the polymer Soluplus(®) (SOL) in order to enable the extrusion process. As a result the APIs distributed between the PSi and SOL phase after HME...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599744/understanding-the-risks-sitting-and-carrying-devices-pose-to-safe-infant-sleep
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Roger Rholdon
There have been various campaigns and recommendations to decrease the incidence of sudden unexpected infant death. Despite this, caregivers continue to place infants in unsafe sleeping environments. These environments, such as sitting devices, slings, carriers, and car seats, pose a significant risk to an infant's safety because of the risk from suffocation and cardiorespiratory instability. It is important for health care providers to understand the appropriate use of car seats, slings, and other sitting devices, to model appropriate behaviors, and to educate parents and caregivers...
June 2017: Nursing for Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593051/the-need-for-preventive-and-curative-services-for-malaria-when-the-military-is-deployed-in-endemic-overseas-territories-a-case-study-and-lessons-learned
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Sumadhya Deepika Fernando, Rahuman Booso, Priyani Dharmawardena, Arunagirinathan Harintheran, Kugapiriyan Raviraj, Chaturaka Rodrigo, Manjula Danansuriya, Rajitha Wickremasinghe
BACKGROUND: Sri Lanka has been free from indigenous malaria since November 2012 and received the WHO certificate for malaria-free status in September 2016. Due to increased global travel, imported malaria cases continue to be reported in the country. Military personnel returning home from international peace-keeping missions in malaria endemic countries represent a key risk group in terms of imported malaria. The present study intended to characterize the potential causes of a malaria outbreak among the Sri Lankan security forces personnel deployed in the Central African Republic (CAR)...
2017: Military Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587246/proof-of-concept-of-home-iot-connected-vehicles
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Younsun Kim, Hyunggoy Oh, Sungho Kang
The way in which we interact with our cars is changing, driven by the increased use of mobile devices, cloud-based services, and advanced automotive technology. In particular, the requirements and market demand for the Internet of Things (IoT) device-connected vehicles will continuously increase. In addition, the advances in cloud computing and IoT have provided a promising opportunity for developing vehicular software and services in the automotive domain. In this paper, we introduce the concept of a home IoT connected vehicle with a voice-based virtual personal assistant comprised of a vehicle agent and a home agent...
June 5, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586264/practical-considerations-for-chimeric-antigen-receptor-design-and-delivery
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Robyn A A Oldham, Jeffrey A Medin
The development of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-modified immune cells has become a highly active field of research since the introduction of this approach in 1989. New ideas are constantly being proposed and tested, resulting in CARs that are more effective and specialized. Areas covered: Many aspects of CAR design and administration can be varied in order to achieve the best possible outcomes; optimization of this therapeutic schema is an active area of research. Here, the authors summarize the work that has been carried out thus far to assess different adaptations for each portion of the CAR itself...
June 16, 2017: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28570439/cortisol-awakening-response-as-a-prospective-risk-factor-for-depressive-symptoms-in-women-after-treatment-for-breast-cancer
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Kate Ryan Kuhlman, Michael R Irwin, Patricia A Ganz, Catherine M Crespi, Laura Petersen, Arash Asher, Julienne E Bower
OBJECTIVE: To investigate hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA-axis) functioning as a neurobiological risk factor for depressive symptoms in an ongoing longitudinal, observational study of women undergoing treatment and recovery from breast cancer. Many women with breast cancer experience depressive symptoms that interfere with their treatment, recovery, and quality of life. Psychosocial risk factors for depression among cancer patients and survivors have been identified, yet neurobiological risk factors in this population remain largely unexamined...
May 31, 2017: Psychosomatic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529012/the-epidemiology-and-hotspots-of-road-traffic-injuries-in-moshi-tanzania-an-observational-study
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Joseph M Reardon, Luciano Andrade, Julian Hertz, George Kiwango, Anneth Teu, Msafiri Pesambili, Deena El-Gabri, Michael Hocker, Mark Mvungi, João Ricardo N Vissoci, Catherine A Staton
Road traffic injuries (RTIs) continue to increase with the proliferation of motor vehicles, especially in low-income countries where safe road infrastructure is lacking. Knowing where and why RTIs occur would allow for increased safety and prevention planning. In this study, police records of 300 motor vehicle collisions which occurred between February 2013 and January 2014 in Moshi, Tanzania were reviewed. Analysis of variables including victim age, gender, type of collision, conditions, and use of safety equipment were analyzed...
May 3, 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515942/a-tandem-cd19-cd20-car-lentiviral-vector-drives-on-target-and-off-target-antigen-modulation-in-leukemia-cell-lines
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Dina Schneider, Ying Xiong, Darong Wu, Volker Nӧlle, Sarah Schmitz, Waleed Haso, Andrew Kaiser, Boro Dropulic, Rimas J Orentas
BACKGROUND: Clinical success with chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)- based immunotherapy for leukemia has been accompanied by the associated finding that antigen-escape variants of the disease are responsible for relapse. To target hematologic malignancies with a chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) that targets two antigens with a single vector, and thus potentially lessen the chance of leukemic escape mutations, a tandem-CAR approach was investigated. METHODS: Antigen binding domains from the FMC63 (anti-CD19) and Leu16 (anti-CD20) antibodies were linked in differing configurations to transmembrane and T cell signaling domains to create tandem-CARs...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473427/erg-and-oct-findings-of-a-patient-with-a-clinical-diagnosis-of-occult-macular-dystrophy-in-a-patient-of-ashkenazi-jewish-descent-associated-with-a-novel-mutation-in-the-gene-encoding-rp1l1
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Norman Saffra, Carly Jane Seidman, Aleksandr Rakhamimov, Stephen H Tsang
A 57-year-old man with a past medical history of diabetes presented for consultation with a several year history of slowly progressive vision loss in both eyes, which continued to deteriorate over 7 years of follow-up. Multimodal imaging was performed and was significant for the following: on spectral domain optical coherence tomography, a gap lesion was present in the ellipsoid layer, beneath the umbo, as well as subtle macular changes on auto fluorescence imaging. Multifocal electroretinography was performed and was abnormal, and a clinical diagnosis of occult macular dystrophy was made...
May 4, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469673/understanding-public-views-about-air-quality-and-air-pollution-sources-in-the-san-joaquin-valley-california
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Ricardo Cisneros, Paul Brown, Linda Cameron, Erin Gaab, Mariaelena Gonzalez, Steven Ramondt, David Veloz, Anna Song, Don Schweizer
The San Joaquin Valley of California has poor air quality and high rates of asthma. Surveys were collected from 744 residents of the San Joaquin Valley from November 2014 to January 2015 to examine the public's views about air quality. The results of this study suggest that participants exposed to high PM2.5 (particulate matter less than 2.5 microns in size) concentrations perceived air pollution to be of the worst quality. Air quality in the San Joaquin Valley was primarily perceived as either moderate or unhealthy for sensitive groups...
2017: Journal of Environmental and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461637/dental-students-perceptions-of-digital-assessment-software-for-preclinical-tooth-preparation-exercises
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Carly F Park, Justin M Sheinbaum, Yasushi Tamada, Raina Chandiramani, Lisa Lian, Cliff Lee, John Da Silva, Shigemi Ishikawa-Nagai
Objective self-assessment is essential to learning and continued competence in dentistry. A computer-assisted design/computer-assisted manufacturing (CAD/CAM) learning software (prepCheck, Sirona) allows students to objectively assess their performance in preclinical prosthodontics. The aim of this study was to evaluate students' perceptions of CAD/CAM learning software for preclinical prosthodontics exercises. In 2014, all third-year dental students at Harvard School of Dental Medicine (n=36) were individually instructed by a trained faculty member in using prepCheck...
May 2017: Journal of Dental Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455198/residence-at-moderate-versus-low-altitude-is-effective-at-maintaining-higher-oxygen-saturation-during-exercise-and-reducing-acute-mountain-sickness-following-fast-ascent-to-4559-m
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Eva Bernardi, Luca Pomidori, Davide Cavallari, Gaia Mandolesi, Annalisa Cogo
OBJECTIVE: To continuously monitor oxygen saturation (SpO2) by pulse oximeter and assess the development of acute mountain sickness (AMS) using the Lake Louise Score (LLS) during ascent from 1154 to 4559 m in 2 groups of subjects: 10 moderate-altitude residents (MAR; ≥1000-≤2500 m) and 34 low-altitude residents (LAR). MAR are reported to have a lower incidence of AMS during ascent to higher altitudes compared with LAR. Whether this is related to higher SpO2 is still open to debate...
April 25, 2017: Wilderness & Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453402/evaluation-of-carbon-emission-reductions-promoted-by-private-driving-restrictions-based-on-afc-data-in-beijing
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Wandi Zhang, Feng Chen, Zijia Wang, Jianling Huang, Bo Wang
Public transportation automatic fare collection (AFC) systems are able to continuously record large amounts of passenger travel information, providing massive, low-cost data for research on regulations pertaining to public transport. This data can be used not only to analyze characteristics of passengers' trips but also to evaluate transport policies that promote a travel mode shift and emission reduction. In this study, models combining card, survey, and GIS data are established with a research focus on the private driving restriction policies being implemented in an ever-increasing number of cities...
April 28, 2017: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443082/inbred-mouse-populations-exhibit-intergenerational-changes-in-intestinal-microbiota-composition-and-function-following-introduction-to-a-facility
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Jocelyn M Choo, Paul J Trim, Lex E X Leong, Guy C J Abell, Carly Brune, Nicole Jeffries, Steve Wesselingh, T N Dear, Marten F Snel, Geraint B Rogers
Inbred mice are used to investigate many aspects of human physiology, including susceptibility to disease and response to therapies. Despite increasing evidence that the composition and function of the murine intestinal microbiota can substantially influence a broad range of experimental outcomes, relatively little is known about microbiome dynamics within experimental mouse populations. We investigated changes in the intestinal microbiome between C57BL/6J mice spanning six generations (assessed at generations 1, 2, 3, and 6), following their introduction to a stringently controlled facility...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441909/the-perceived-quality-of-in-vehicle-auditory-signals-a-structural-equation-modelling-approach
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Chia-Fen Chi, Ratna Sari Dewi, Yopie Yutama Surbakti, Dong-Yu Hsieh
The current study applied Structural Equation Modelling to analyse the relationship among pitch, loudness, tempo and timbre and their relationship with perceived sound quality. Twenty-eight auditory signals of horn, indicator, door open warning and parking sensor were collected from 11 car brands. Twenty-one experienced drivers were recruited to evaluate all sound signals with 11 semantic differential scales. The results indicate that for the continuous sounds, pitch, loudness and timbre each had a direct impact on the perceived quality...
May 5, 2017: Ergonomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441906/setting-priorities-for-eu-healthcare-workforce-it-skills-competence-improvement
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Sisi Li, Panagiotis D Bamidis, Stathis Th Konstantinidis, Vicente Traver, Josip Car, Nabil Zary
A major challenge for healthcare quality improvement is the lack of IT skills and knowledge of healthcare workforce, as well as their ambivalent attitudes toward IT. This article identifies and prioritizes actions needed to improve the IT skills of healthcare workforce across the EU. A total of 46 experts, representing different fields of expertise in healthcare and geolocations, systematically listed and scored actions that would improve IT skills among healthcare workforce. The Child Health and Nutrition Research Initiative methodology was used for research priority-setting...
April 1, 2017: Health Informatics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439067/perfluorooctanesulfonate-pfos-induced-sertoli-cell-injury-through-a-disruption-of-f-actin-and-microtubule-organization-is-mediated-by-akt1-2
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Ying Gao, Haiqi Chen, Xiang Xiao, Wing-Yee Lui, Will M Lee, Dolores D Mruk, C Yan Cheng
PFOS (perfluorooctanesulfonate, or perfluorooctane sulfonic acid) is an anthropogenic fluorosurfactant widely used in consumer products. While its use in Europe, Canada and the U.S. has been banned due to its human toxicity, it continues to be used in China and other developing countries as a global pollutant. Herein, using an in vitro model of Sertoli cell blood-testis barrier (BTB), PFOS was found to induce Sertoli cell injury by perturbing actin cytoskeleton through changes in the spatial expression of actin regulatory proteins...
April 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
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