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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231441/risk-behaviours-for-organism-transmission-in-health-care-delivery-a-two-month-unstructured-observational-study
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Maria Lindberg, Magnus Lindberg, Bernice Skytt
BACKGROUND: Errors in infection control practices risk patient safety. The probability for errors can increase when care practices become more multifaceted. It is therefore fundamental to track risk behaviours and potential errors in various care situations. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to describe care situations involving risk behaviours for organism transmission that could lead to subsequent healthcare-associated infections. DESIGN & SETTING: Unstructured nonparticipant observations were performed at three medical wards...
February 16, 2017: International Journal of Nursing Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229435/design-and-pharmacodynamics-of-recombinant-nz2114-histidine-mutants-with-improved-activity-against-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus
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Huixian Chen, Ruoyu Mao, Da Teng, Xiumin Wang, Ya Hao, Xingjun Feng, Jianhua Wang
NZ2114 is a promising candidate for therapeutic application owing to its potent activity to Staphylococcus aureus. Our objective was to identify NZ2114 derivatives with improved activity through substitution of His16 and His18 with residues Arginine and Lysine. Eight mutants were designed and expressed in Pichia pastoris X-33 via pPICZαA. Five of them exhibited strong antimicrobial activity against S. aureus at low minimal inhibitory concentrations (MICs) of 0.057-0.454 μM. Among them, H1, H2, and H3 showed ideal pharmacodynamic effects on methicillin-resistant S...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229327/two-years-after-injury-prevalence-and-early-post-injury-predictors-of-ongoing-injury-related-problems
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Suzanne J Wilson, Gabrielle Davie, Sarah Derrett
PURPOSE: To determine, in a cohort with injuries classified anatomically as mainly minor or moderate and for which only 25% were hospitalised acutely, the prevalence of ongoing problems attributed by participants to their injury 2 years prior, and to examine whether three-month post-injury experiences and expectations predict such problems. METHODS: Participants (N = 2231; 18-64 years at injury) were those in the Prospective Outcomes of Injury Study who completed the initial three-month and final two-year interviews...
February 22, 2017: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228578/proof-of-concept-randomized-trial-of-the-monoclonal-antibody-gsk249320-versus-placebo-in-stroke-patients
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Steven C Cramer, Lori A Enney, Colleen K Russell, Monica Simeoni, Thomas R Thompson
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: One class of poststroke restorative therapy focuses on promoting axon outgrowth by blocking myelin-based inhibitory proteins such as myelin-associated glycoprotein. The purpose of the current study was to extend preclinical and clinical findings of GSK249320, a humanized monoclonal antibody to myelin-associated glycoprotein with disabled Fc region, to explore effects on motor outcomes post-stroke. METHODS: In this phase IIb double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study, patients at 30 centers with ischemic stroke 24 to 72 hours prior and gait deficits were randomized to 2 IV infusions of GSK249320 or placebo...
February 22, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228404/endothelial-colony-forming-cells-ameliorate-endothelial-dysfunction-via-secreted-factors-following-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
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Jason A Collett, Purvi Mehrotra, Allison Crone, W Christopher Shelley, Mervin C Yoder, David P Basile
Damage to endothelial cells contributes to acute kidney injury (AKI) by leading to impaired perfusion. Endothelial colony-forming cells (ECFCs) are endothelial precursor cells with high proliferative capacity, pro-angiogenic activity, and in vivo vessel forming potential. We hypothesized that ECFCs may ameliorate the degree of AKI and/or promote repair of the renal vasculature following ischemia/reperfusion (I/R). Rat pulmonary microvascular ECs (PMVEC) with high proliferative potential were compared with pulmonary artery ECs (PAEC) with low proliferative potential in rats subjected to renal I/R...
February 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227899/peripheral-sensory-stimulation-is-neuroprotective-in-a-rat-photothrombotic-ischemic-stroke-model
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Aishwarya Bandla, Chua Le Teng Sherry, Frances Lim, Chan Kim Chuan, Lun-De Liao, Nitish V Thakor, Aishwarya Bandla, Chua Le Teng Sherry, Frances Lim, Chan Kim Chuan, Lun-De Liao, Nitish V Thakor, Lun-De Liao, Nitish V Thakor, Frances Lim, Chua Le Teng Sherry, Aishwarya Bandla, Chan Kim Chuan
Ischemic stroke is one of the leading causes of death and disability in the world. Thrombolytic therapy using recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rtPA), the only FDA-approved drug for acute ischemia, is limited by a narrow therapeutic time window and risk of hemorrhage. There is a serious need for a neuroprotective therapy which is clinically viable. We earlier demonstrated that peripheral sensory stimulation (PSS) is a potential therapeutic intervention for hyperacute ischemia resulting in recovery of neurovascular functions when administered immediately following ischemia onset in a rat model...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227883/development-and-validation-of-thums-version-5-with-1d-muscle-models-for-active-and-passive-automotive-safety-research
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Hideyuki Kimpara, Yuko Nakahira, Masami Iwamoto, Hideyuki Kimpara, Yuko Nakahira, Masami Iwamoto, Hideyuki Kimpara, Masami Iwamoto, Yuko Nakahira
Accurately predicting the occupant kinematics is critical to better understand the injury mechanisms during an automotive crash event. The objectives of this study were to develop and validate a finite element (FE) model of the human body integrated with an active muscle model called Total HUman Model for Safety (THUMS) version 5, which has the body size of the 50th percentile American adult male (AM50). This model is characterized by being able to generate a force owing to muscle tone and to predict the occupant response during an automotive crash event...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227393/an-integrated-neuroprotective-intervention-for-brain-ischemia-validated-by-ecog-fpam
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Yu-Hang Liu, Lun-De Liao, Su Jing Chan, Aishwarya Bandla, Nitish V Thakor, Yu-Hang Liu, Lun-De Liao, Su Jing Chan, Aishwarya Bandla, Nitish V Thakor, Yu-Hang Liu, Aishwarya Bandla, Nitish V Thakor, Su Jing Chan, Lun De Liao
Brain ischemia is a neurological deficit caused by a reduction in the blood supply to tissue, and one of the leading causes of disability in the world. Currently, the most well-known therapeutic agent for ischemia recovery is recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rtPA), but it is viable for only a small portion (approximately 3.6%) of ischemic patients and may cause side effects such as tissue damage. Thus, introducing a new therapeutic concept for ischemia, we proposed an integrated intervention combining global and focal stimulations in this article...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227328/effect-of-importance-sampling-on-robust-segmentation-of-audio-cough-events-in-noisy-environments
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Jesus Monge-Alvarez, Carlos Hoyos-Barcelo, Paul Lesso, Javier Escudero, Keshav Dahal, Pablo Casaseca-de-la-Higuera, Jesus Monge-Alvarez, Carlos Hoyos-Barcelo, Paul Lesso, Javier Escudero, Keshav Dahal, Pablo Casaseca-de-la-Higuera, Javier Escudero, Jesus Monge-Alvarez, Keshav Dahal, Carlos Hoyos-Barcelo, Pablo Casaseca-De-La-Higuera, Paul Lesso
This paper proposes a new cough detection system based on audio signals acquired from conventional smartphones. The system relies on local Hu moments to characterize cough events and a Λ-NN classifier to distinguish cough events from non-cough ones (speech, laugh, sneeze, etc.) and noisy sounds. To deal with the unbalance between classes, we employ Distinct-Borderline2 Synthetic Minority Oversampling Technique and a bespoke cost matrix. The system additionally features a post-processing module to avoid isolated false negatives and, this way, increases sensitivity...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227184/neuromotor-response-of-the-leg-muscles-following-a-supine-stand-retraining-with-without-neuromuscular-electrical-stimulation-training-intervention-for-individuals-with-sci-a-case-series
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Stephen Canton, Kamyar Momeni, Arvind Ramanujam, Erica Garbarini, Gail F Forrest, Stephen Canton, Kamyar Momeni, Arvind Ramanujam, Erica Garbarini, Gail F Forrest, Arvind Ramanujam, Gail F Forrest, Stephen Canton, Kamyar Momeni, Erica Garbarini
The goal of this paper is to study the effects of supine and stand retraining (SRT) interventions with and without multi muscle neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) on the neuromuscular EMG responses of the leg muscles for individuals with motor complete SCI during walking on a body-weight support (BWS) treadmill. The main outcome variables were EMG amplitude, integrated EMG and co-contraction indices (co-excitation and co-activation) collected during a 10-minute walking treadmill trial. Data was analyzed for the first, fifth and tenth minute of walking...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226873/using-hilbert-huang-transform-to-assess-eeg-slow-wave-activity-during-anesthesia-in-post-cardiac-arrest-patients
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Jukka Kortelainen, Eero Vayrynen, Usko Huuskonen, Jouko Laurila, Juha Koskenkari, Janne T Backman, Seppo Alahuhta, Tapio Seppanen, Tero Ala-Kokko, Jukka Kortelainen, Eero Vayrynen, Usko Huuskonen, Jouko Laurila, Juha Koskenkari, Janne T Backman, Seppo Alahuhta, Tapio Seppanen, Tero Ala-Kokko, Eero Vayrynen, Janne T Backman, Jukka Kortelainen, Tapio Seppanen, Jouko Laurila, Usko Huuskonen, Seppo Alahuhta, Tero Ala-Kokko, Juha Koskenkari
Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) is a severe consequence of cardiac arrest (CA) representing a substantial diagnostic challenge. We have recently designed a novel method for the assessment of HIE after CA. The method is based on estimating the severity of the brain injury by analyzing changes in the electroencephalogram (EEG) slow wave activity while the patient is exposed to an anesthetic drug propofol in a controlled manner. In this paper, Hilbert-Huang Transform (HHT) was used to analyze EEG slow wave activity during anesthesia in ten post-CA patients...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226429/postural-responses-after-utilization-of-a-computerized-biofeedback-based-intervention-aimed-at-improving-static-and-dynamic-balance-in-traumatic-brain-injury-a-case-study
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Rakesh Pilkar, Nibal Arzouni, Arvind Ramanujam, Kathleen Chervin, Karen J Nolan, Rakesh Pilkar, Nibal Arzouni, Arvind Ramanujam, Kathleen Chervin, Karen J Nolan, Arvind Ramanujam, Kathleen Chervin, Nibal Arzouni, Karen J Nolan, Rakesh Pilkar
Balance dysfunction is one of the most disabling aspects of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Without rapid transmission and accurate perception of somatosensory inputs, the automatic postural responses required during standing may be delayed or absent after TBI which can lead to instability. Further, the sensitivity level to which environmental perturbations can be detected is also vital, as the central nervous system will only employ balance control strategies when it perceives a change in equilibrium. Such undetectable perturbations, however small they may be, can result in fatal falls, especially after TBI...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226406/what-do-we-know-about-older-former-carers-key-issues-and-themes
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Mary Larkin, Alisoun Milne
Despite a significant growth in the number older former family carers, they remain largely invisible in carer-related research and literature. To begin to address this deficit, a four-stage literature review was conducted to identify existing knowledge about older former carers. Narrative synthesis of the findings yielded five themes - the concept of 'older former carer', the legacies of caring, influences on the legacies of caring, conceptualising post-caring and support services for older former carers. Critical analysis of these findings suggests that existing evidence has a number of strengths...
February 22, 2017: Health & Social Care in the Community
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226201/genomewide-association-study-of-alcohol-dependence-identifies-risk-loci-altering-ethanol-response-behaviors-in-model-organisms
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Amy E Adkins, Laura M Hack, Tim B Bigdeli, Vernell S Williamson, G Omari McMichael, Mohammed Mamdani, Alexis Edwards, Fazil Aliev, Robin F Chan, Poonam Bhandari, Richard C Raabe, Joseph T Alaimo, GinaMari G Blackwell, Arden A Moscati, Ryan S Poland, Benjamin Rood, Diana G Patterson, Dermot Walsh, John B Whitfield, Gu Zhu, Grant W Montgomery, Anjali K Henders, Nicholas G Martin, Andrew C Heath, Pamela A F Madden, Josef Frank, Monika Ridinger, Norbert Wodarz, Michael Soyka, Peter Zill, Marcus Ising, Markus M Nöthen, Falk Kiefer, Marcella Rietschel, Joel Gelernter, Richard Sherva, Ryan Koesterer, Laura Almasy, Hongyu Zhao, Henry R Kranzler, Lindsay A Farrer, Brion S Maher, Carol A Prescott, Danielle M Dick, Silviu A Bacanu, Laura D Mathies, Andrew G Davies, Vladimir I Vladimirov, Mike Grotewiel, M Scott Bowers, Jill C Bettinger, Bradley T Webb, Michael F Miles, Kenneth S Kendler, Brien P Riley
BACKGROUND: Alcohol Dependence (AD) shows evidence for genetic liability, but genes influencing risk remain largely unidentified. METHODS: We conducted a genomewide association study in 706 related AD cases and 1748 unscreened population controls from Ireland. We sought replication in 15,496 samples of European descent. We used model organisms to assess the role of orthologous genes in ethanol response behaviors. We tested one primate-specific gene for expression differences in case/control post-mortem brain tissue...
February 22, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225524/the-effects-of-ballistic-and-non-ballistic-bench-press-on-mechanical-variables
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Gavin L Moir, Shawn N Munford, Lindsey L Moroski, Shala E Davis
PURPOSE: To investigate the effects of ballistic and non-ballistic bench press performed with loads equivalent to 30 and 90% 1-repetition maximum (1-RM) on mechanical variables. METHODS: Eleven resistance-trained men (age: 23.0 ± 1.4 years; mass: 98.4 ± 14.4 kg) attended four testing sessions where they performed one of the following sessions: 1) three sets of five non-ballistic repetitions performed with a load equivalent to 30% 1-RM (30N-B), 2) three sets of five ballistic repetitions performed with a load equivalent to 30% 1-RM (30B), 3) three sets of four non-ballistic repetitions with a load equivalent to 90% 1-RM (90N-B), 4) three sets of four ballistic repetitions with a load equivalent to 90% 1-RM (90B)...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225063/targeted-inhibition-of-focal-adhesion-kinase-attenuates-cardiac-fibrosis-and-preserves-heart-function-in-adverse-cardiac-remodeling
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Jie Zhang, Guangpu Fan, Hui Zhao, Zhiwei Wang, Fei Li, Peide Zhang, Jing Zhang, Xu Wang, Wei Wang
Cardiac fibrosis in post-myocardial infarction (MI), seen in both infarcted and non-infarcted myocardium, is beneficial to the recovery of heart function. But progressively pathological fibrosis impairs ventricular function and leads to poor prognosis. FAK has recently received attention as a potential mediator of fibrosis, our previous study reported that pharmacological inhibition of FAK can attenuate cardiac fibrosis in post MI models. However, the long-term effects on cardiac function and adverse cardiac remodelling were not clearly investigated...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225019/trpv1-deletion-impaired-fracture-healing-and-inhibited-osteoclast-and-osteoblast-differentiation
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Lin-Hai He, Meng Liu, Yang He, E Xiao, Lu Zhao, Ting Zhang, Hua-Qian Yang, Yi Zhang
Fracture healing, in which osteoclasts and osteoblasts play important roles, has drawn much clinical attention. Osteoclast deficiency or decreased osteoblast activity will impair fracture healing. TRPV1 is a member of the Ca(2+) permeable cation channel subfamily, and pharmacological inhibition of TRPV1 prevents ovariectomy-induced bone loss, which makes TRPV1 a potential target for osteoporosis. However, whether long term TRPV1 inhibition or TRPV1 deletion will affect the fracture healing process is unclear...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224397/food-safety-instruction-improves-knowledge-and-behavior-risk-and-protection-factors-for-foodborne-illnesses-in-pregnant-populations
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Patricia Kendall, Robert Scharff, Susan Baker, Jeffrey LeJeune, John Sofos, Lydia Medeiros
Objective This study compared knowledge and food-handling behavior after pathogen-specific (experimental treatment) versus basic food safety instruction (active control) presented during nutrition education classes for low-income English- and Spanish-language pregnant women. Methods Subjects (n = 550) were randomly assigned to treatment groups in two different locations in the United States. Food safety instruction was part of an 8-lesson curriculum. Food safety knowledge and behavior were measured pre/post intervention...
February 21, 2017: Maternal and Child Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224377/curcumin-attenuates-surgery-induced-cognitive-dysfunction-in-aged-mice
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Xiang Wu, Huixin Chen, Chunhui Huang, Xinmei Gu, Jialing Wang, Dilin Xu, Xin Yu, Chu Shuai, Liping Chen, Shun Li, Yiguo Xu, Tao Gao, Mingrui Ye, Wei Su, Haixiong Liu, Jinrong Zhang, Chuang Wang, Junping Chen, Qinwen Wang, Wei Cui
Post-operative cognitive dysfunction (POCD) is associated with elderly patients undergoing surgery. However, pharmacological treatments for POCD are limited. In this study, we found that curcumin, an active compound derived from Curcuma longa, ameliorated the cognitive dysfunction following abdominal surgery in aged mice. Further, curcumin prevented surgery-induced anti-oxidant enzyme activity. Curcumin also increased brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF)-positive area and expression of pAkt in the brain, suggesting that curcumin activated BDNF signaling in aged mice...
February 21, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223939/no-influence-of-transcutaneous-electrical-nerve-stimulation-on-exercise-induced-pain-and-5-km-cycling-time-trial-performance
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Andrew W Hibbert, François Billaut, Matthew C Varley, Remco C J Polman
Introduction: Afferent information from exercising muscle contributes to the sensation of exercise-induced muscle pain. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) delivers low-voltage electrical currents to the skin, inhibiting nociceptive afferent information. The use of TENS in reducing perceptions of exercise-induced pain has not yet been fully explored. This study aimed to investigate the effect of TENS on exercise-induced muscle pain, pacing strategy, and performance during a 5-km cycling time trial (TT)...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
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