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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545133/survey-of-health-literacy-level-and-related-influencing-factors-in-military-college-students-in-chongqing-china-a-cross-sectional-analysis
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Honghui Rong, Xin Cheng, Jose M Garcia, Ling Zhang, Lu Lu, Jian Fang, Mingshan Le, Peng Hu, Xinlu Dong, Junli Yang, Ya Wang, Ting Luo, Jun Liu, Ji-An Chen
Health literacy (HL) has become an important public health issue and is receiving growing attention. However, the HL levels of military college students in China have never been analyzed. This study aimed to investigate the HL and related associate factors in military college students in Chongqing, China. Data was obtained with the "Chinese Citizen Health Literacy Questionnaire (2012 edition)" from 3183 military college students aged 16-28 years at Chongqing in December 2015. A total score of ≥80 points determined adequate HL, and HL level was defined as the proportion of students who had adequate HL out of the total number of participants...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545118/atopy-in-children-with-juvenile-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-is-associated-with-severe-disease
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Ruru Guo, Yanqing Zhou, Liangjing Lu, Lanfang Cao, Junjia Cao
The influence of co-existing atopy on the prognosis of juvenile systemic lupus erythematosus (JSLE) was assessed in this study. Patients diagnosed with JSLE between October 2005 and April 2016 were enrolled in a prospective study and followed up for 2 years. Management of patients was evaluated using the systemic lupus erythematosus disease activity index 2000 (SLEDAI-2K) score and laboratory variables. Eighty JSLE patients were enrolled at diagnosis and divided into those with (n = 35) and without (n = 45) atopy...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545115/network-architecture-associated-with-the-highly-specialized-hindlimb-of-frogs
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Daniel Andrés Dos Santos, Jéssica Fratani, María Laura Ponssa, Virginia Abdala
Network analyses have been increasingly used in the context of comparative vertebrate morphology. The structural units of the vertebrate body are treated as discrete elements (nodes) of a network, whose interactions at their physical contacts (links) determine the phenotypic modules. Here, we use the network approach to study the organization of the locomotor system underlying the hindlimb of frogs. Nodes correspond to fibrous knots, skeletal and muscular units. Edges encode the ligamentous and monoaxial tendinous connections in addition to joints...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545063/financial-distress-in-patients-with-advanced-cancer
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Cécile Barbaret, Christelle Brosse, Wadih Rhondali, Murielle Ruer, Léa Monsarrat, Patrick Michaud, Anne Marie Schott, Marvin Delgado-Guay, Eduardo Bruera, Stéphane Sanchez, Marilène Filbet
PURPOSE: We examined the frequency and severity of financial distress (FD) and its association with quality of life (QOL) and symptoms among patients with advanced cancer in France. DESIGN: In this cross-sectional study, 143 patients with advanced cancer were enrolled. QOL was assessed using the Functional Assessment of Cancer General (FACT-G) and symptoms assessed using Edmonton Assessment System (ESAS) and Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS). FD was assessed using a self-rated numeric scale from 0 to 10...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544989/impact-of-mediolateral-episiotomy-on-incidence-of-obstetrical-anal-sphincter-injury-diagnosed-by-endoanal-ultrasound
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Kristina Drusany Staric, Adolf Lukanovic, Petra Petrocnik, Vita Zacesta, Corrado Cescon, Miha Lucovnik
OBJECTIVE: to examine potential association between mediolateral episiotomy and reduced incidence of obstetrical anal sphincter injuries (OASIS) diagnosed by endoanal ultrasound. DESIGN: prospective cohort study. SETTING: tertiary referral university hospital. PARTICIPANTS: sixty nulliparous women at 28-33 weeks of gestation with singleton pregnancies were included between 2010 and 2012. MEASUREMENTS AND FINDINGS: participants were examined with endoanal ultrasound at 28-33 weeks gestation and at 6-7 weeks post-partum...
May 18, 2017: Midwifery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544951/clinical-balance-scales-indicate-worse-postural-control-in-people-with-parkinson-s-disease-who-exhibit-freezing-of-gait-compared-to-those-who-do-not-a-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Esther M J Bekkers, Bauke W Dijkstra, Kim Dockx, Elke Heremans, Sabine M P Verschueren, Alice Nieuwboer
Postural instability and freezing of gait (FOG) are key features of Parkinson's disease (PD) that are closely related to falls. Uncovering the postural control differences between individuals with and without FOG contributes to our understanding of the relationship between these phenomena. The objective of this meta-analysis was to investigate whether postural control deficits, as detected by clinical balance scales, were more apparent in FOG+ compared to FOG-. Furthermore, we aimed to identify whether different scales were equally sensitive to detect postural control deficits and whether medication affected postural control differentially in each subgroup...
May 11, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544925/less-workup-longer-treatment-but-no-clinical-benefit-observed-in-women-with-diabetes-and-acute-cystitis
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Larissa Grigoryan, Roger Zoorob, Haijun Wang, Matthew Horsfield, Kalpana Gupta, Barbara W Trautner
AIMS: There is a lack of evidence on the optimal approach for treating acute cystitis in women with diabetes. We performed an outpatient database study to compare management of women with and without diabetes and to assess the effect of treatment duration on early and late recurrence. METHODS: We used the EPIC Clarity database (electronic medical record system) to identify all female patients aged ≥18years with acute cystitis in two family medicine clinics and a urology department...
May 12, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544637/prevalence-of-autism-spectrum-disorder-and-autistic-symptoms-in-a-school-based-cohort-of-children-in-kolkata-india
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Alokananda Rudra, Matthew K Belmonte, Parmeet Kaur Soni, Saoni Banerjee, Shaneel Mukerji, Bhismadev Chakrabarti
Despite housing ∼18% of the world's population, India does not yet have an estimate of prevalence of autism. This study was carried out to estimate the prevalence of autism in a selected population of school-children in India. N = 11,849 children (mean age = 5.9 [SD = 1.3], 39.5% females) were selected from various school types from three boroughs in Kolkata, India. Parents/caregivers and teachers filled in the social and communication disorders checklist (SCDC). Children meeting cutoff on parent-reported SCDC were followed up with the social communication questionnaire (SCQ)...
May 25, 2017: Autism Research: Official Journal of the International Society for Autism Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544580/efficacy-of-mycophenolate-mofetil-and-oral-cyclophosphamide-on-skin-thickness-post-hoc-analyses-from-the-scleroderma-lung-study-i-and-ii
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Rajaie Namas, Donald P Tashkin, Daniel E Furst, Holly Wilhalme, Chi-Hong Tseng, Michael D Roth, Suzanne Kafaja, Elizabeth Volkmann, Philip J Clements, Dinesh Khanna
OBJECTIVES: To assess the efficacy of mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) and cyclophosphamide (CYC) on the modified Rodnan skin score (mRSS) in participants enrolled in the Scleroderma Lung Study (SLS)-I and II. METHODS: SLS-I participants received daily oral CYC or matching placebo for one year, whereas SLS-II participants received daily MMF for 2 years or daily oral CYC for 1 year followed by placebo for second year. We assessed the impact of MMF and CYC on the mRSS in SLS-II over 24-month period...
May 23, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544158/molecular-and-physiological-manifestations-and-measurement-of-aging-in-humans
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REVIEW
Sadiya S Khan, Benjamin D Singer, Douglas E Vaughan
Biological aging is associated with a reduction in the reparative and regenerative potential in tissues and organs. This reduction manifests as a decreased physiological reserve in response to stress (termed homeostenosis) and a time-dependent failure of complex molecular mechanisms that cumulatively create disorder. Aging inevitably occurs with time in all organisms and emerges on a molecular, cellular, organ, and organismal level with genetic, epigenetic, and environmental modulators. Individuals with the same chronological age exhibit differential trajectories of age-related decline, and it follows that we should assess biological age distinctly from chronological age...
May 23, 2017: Aging Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544079/cough-is-less-common-and-less-severe-in-systemic-sclerosis-associated-interstitial-lung-disease-compared-to-other-fibrotic-interstitial-lung-diseases
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Jasmine Z Cheng, Pearce G Wilcox, Ian Glaspole, Tamera J Corte, Darra Murphy, Cameron J Hague, Christopher J Ryerson
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: The objectives of this study were to determine the prevalence and characteristics of cough in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), chronic hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP) and systemic sclerosis-associated interstitial lung disease (SSc-ILD). METHODS: Cough severity was measured in consecutive patients with IPF (n = 77), HP (n = 32) and SSc-ILD (n = 67) using a 10-cm visual analogue scale (VAS). Dyspnoea and quality of life were measured using established questionnaires...
May 23, 2017: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543987/modified-gap-index-for-prediction-of-acute-exacerbation-of-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Haruki Kobayashi, Shota Omori, Kazuhisa Nakashima, Kazushige Wakuda, Akira Ono, Hirotsugu Kenmotsu, Tateaki Naito, Haruyasu Murakami, Masahiro Endo, Toshiaki Takahashi
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Predicting the incidence rate of acute exacerbation (AE) of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and its prognosis in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and IPF is difficult. The aim was to study the incidence of IPF-AE during the clinical course of the disease and its prognosis in patients with both NSCLC and IPF. METHODS: In this retrospective study, we compared the incidence rate of AE during the clinical course of the disease as well as the 1-year survival rate and overall survival (OS) of patients with NSCLC and IPF using a modified gender, age and physiology (mGAP) staging system based on gender, age and percent predicted forced vital capacity...
May 23, 2017: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543966/development-of-a-quantitative-assessment-method-of-pigmentary-skin-disease-using-ultraviolet-optical-imaging
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Onseok Lee, Sunup Park, Jaeyoung Kim, Chilhwan Oh
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: The visual scoring method has been used as a subjective evaluation of pigmentary skin disorders. Severity of pigmentary skin disease, especially melasma, is evaluated using a visual scoring method, the MASI (melasma area severity index). This study differentiates between epidermal and dermal pigmented disease. The study was undertaken to determine methods to quantitatively measure the severity of pigmentary skin disorders under ultraviolet illumination. METHODS: The optical imaging system consists of illumination (white LED, UV-A lamp) and image acquisition (DSLR camera, air cooling CMOS CCD camera)...
May 21, 2017: Skin Research and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543961/automated-low-contrast-pattern-recognition-algorithm-for-magnetic-resonance-image-quality-assessment
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Morgan Ehman, Zhonghao Bao, Scott A Stiving, Mallik Kasam, Dianna Lanners, Teresa Peterson, Renee Jonsgaard, Rickey Carter, Kiaran P McGee
PURPOSE: Low contrast (LC) detectability is a common test criterion for diagnostic radiologic quality control (QC) programs. Automation of this test is desirable in order to reduce human variability and to speed up analysis. However, automation is challenging due to the complexity of the human visual perception system and the ability to create algorithms that mimic this response. This paper describes the development and testing of an automated LC detection algorithm for use in the analysis of magnetic resonance (MR) images of the American College of Radiology (ACR) QC phantom...
May 24, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543942/the-influence-of-authentic-leadership-on-safety-climate-in-nursing
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Hasan Fehmi Dirik, Seyda Seren Intepeler
AIM: This study analysed nurses' perceptions of authentic leadership and safety climate and examined the contribution of authentic leadership to the safety climate. BACKGROUND: It has been suggested and emphasised that authentic leadership should be used as a guidance to ensure quality care and the safety of patients and health-care personnel. METHODS: This predictive study was conducted with 350 nurses in three Turkish hospitals. The data were collected using the Authentic Leadership Questionnaire and the Safety Climate Survey and analysed using hierarchical regression analysis...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Nursing Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543921/correlations-of-low-field-nmr-and-variable-field-nmr-parameters-with-osteoarthritis-in-human-articular-cartilage-under-load
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Erik Rössler, Carlos Mattea, Simo Saarakkala, Petri Lehenkari, Mikko Finnilä, Lassi Rieppo, Sakari Karhula, Miika T Nieminen, Siegfried Stapf
NMR experiments carried out at magnetic fields below 1 T provide new relaxation parameters unavailable with conventional clinical scanners. Contrast of T1 generally becomes larger towards low fields, as slow molecular reorientation processes dominate relaxation at the corresponding Larmor frequencies. This advantage has to be considered in the context of lower sensitivity and frequently reduced spatial resolution. The layered structure of cartilage is one example where a particularly strong variation of T1 across the tissue occurs, being affected by degenerative diseases such as osteoarthritis (OA)...
May 24, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543714/motor-function-domains-in-alternating-hemiplegia-of-childhood
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Melanie Masoud, Kelly Gordon, Amanda Hall, Joan Jasien, Kara Lardinois, Julie Uchitel, Melissa Mclean, Lyndsey Prange, Jeffrey Wuchich, Mohamad A Mikati
AIM: To characterize motor function profiles in alternating hemiplegia of childhood, and to investigate interrelationships between these domains and with age. METHOD: We studied a cohort of 23 patients (9 males, 14 females; mean age 9y 4mo, range 4mo-43y) who underwent standardized tests to assess gross motor, upper extremity motor control, motor speech, and dysphagia functions. RESULTS: Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS), Gross Motor Function Measure-88 (GMFM-88), Manual Ability Classification System (MACS), and Revised Melbourne Assessment (MA2) scales manifested predominantly mild impairments; motor speech, moderate to severe; Modified Dysphagia Outcome and Severity Scale (M-DOSS), mild-to moderate deficits...
May 25, 2017: Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543629/epidemiology-and-predisposing-factors-for-erythema-toxicum-neonatorum-and-transient-neonatal-pustular-a-multicenter-study
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Flávia Pereira Reginatto, Fernanda Mello Muller, Juliano Peruzzo, Tania Ferreira Cestari
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Erythema toxicum neonatorum (ETN) and transient neonatal pustular melanosis (TNPM) are benign pustular skin conditions that are relatively common in newborns, but the predisposing factors for these conditions are unknown. Our goal was to verify the prevalence of ETN and TNPM and their predisposing factors in a large sample of neonates. METHODS: In this prospective 1-year multicenter study, 2,831 neonates (age ≤72 hours) born in southern Brazil were randomized to undergo skin examination by a dermatologist...
May 25, 2017: Pediatric Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543219/prognostic-value-of-visceral-pleural-invasion-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-a-propensity-score-matching-study-based-on-the-seer-registry
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Xiaodong Yang, Fenghao Sun, Li Chen, Mengkun Shi, Yu Shi, Zongwu Lin, Mingxiang Feng, Cheng Zhan, Wei Jiang, Qun Wang
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Visceral pleural invasion (VPI) is considered a poor prognostic factor in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). We aimed to analyze the effect of VPI on cancer-specific survival, using propensity score matching (PSM) based on the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results database. METHODS: We identified 9901 patients with T1-2N0-2M0 who received segmentectomy, lobectomy, or pneumonectomy. Ten covariates were included in PSM. The effect of VPI on survival was assessed, stratified by nodal status and tumor size...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543165/recognition-of-early-mortality-in-multiple-myeloma-by-a-prediction-matrix
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Howard Terebelo, Shankar Srinivasan, Mohit Narang, Rafat Abonour, Cristina Gasparetto, Kathleen Toomey, James W Hardin, Gail Larkins, Amani Kitali, Robert M Rifkin, Jatin J Shah
Early mortality (EM; death ≤ 6 months from diagnosis) has been reported in several newly diagnosed multiple myeloma (NDMM) trials. Before the era of novel agents, the incidence was 10%-14%. Causes of death included infections/pneumonia, renal failure, refractory disease, and cardiac events. Staging systems, such as the revised International Staging System (r-ISS), and prognostic factors including cytogenetics, lactate dehydrogenase levels, and myeloma-specific factors, are useful to assess overall prognosis; however, they cannot predict EM...
May 24, 2017: American Journal of Hematology
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