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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719717/audiometry-results-and-teoae-and-dpoae-amplitudes-in-men-taking-a-phosphodiesterase-type-5-inhibitor-for-erectile-dysfunction
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Sertan Öntepeli, Nuray Bayar Muluk, Devrim Tuğlu, Timuçin Şipal
We conducted a prospective study of transient evoked otoacoustic emissions (TEOAEs) and distortion-product otoacoustic emissions (DPOAEs) in men who were taking an oral phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitor for erectile dysfunction. Our study group was made up of 30 men (60 ears), aged 34 to 60 years (mean: 50.9). They were randomly divided into three groups; 10 men were given sildenafil (Viagra) at 50 mg twice a week, 10 were given tadalafil (Cialis) at 20 mg twice a week, and 10 were given vardenafil (Levitra) at 20 mg twice a week...
July 2017: Ear, Nose, & Throat Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719614/beat-id-towards-a-computationally-low-cost-single-heartbeat-biometric-identity-check-system-based-on-electrocardiogram-wave-morphology
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Joana S Paiva, Duarte Dias, João P S Cunha
In recent years, safer and more reliable biometric methods have been developed. Apart from the need for enhanced security, the media and entertainment sectors have also been applying biometrics in the emerging market of user-adaptable objects/systems to make these systems more user-friendly. However, the complexity of some state-of-the-art biometric systems (e.g., iris recognition) or their high false rejection rate (e.g., fingerprint recognition) is neither compatible with the simple hardware architecture required by reduced-size devices nor the new trend of implementing smart objects within the dynamic market of the Internet of Things (IoT)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718963/peer-support-for-families-of-children-with-complex-needs-development-and-dissemination-of-a-best-practice-toolkit
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J Schippke, C Provvidenza, S Kingsnorth
BACKGROUND: Benefits of peer support interventions for families of children with disabilities and complex medical needs have been described in the literature. An opportunity to create an evidence-informed resource to synthesize best practices in peer support for program providers was identified. The objective of this paper is to describe the key activities used to develop and disseminate the Peer Support Best Practice Toolkit. METHODS: This project was led by a team of knowledge translation experts at a large pediatric rehabilitation hospital using a knowledge exchange framework...
July 18, 2017: Child: Care, Health and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718955/an-electrochemiluminescent-method-for-glutamate-measurement-in-small-microdialysate-samples-in-asphyxiated-young-rats
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Jorge Ortega-Ibarra, Silvia López-Pérez, Alberto Morales-Villagrán
Glutamate (Glu) quantification has been performed by a combination of intracerebral microdialysis through which the samples are obtained and analyzed by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC); its measurement requires a large expenditure of time (15-30 min per sample) and special training. Therefore, an alternative method is presented here, based on the electrochemiluminescence produced by the use of an enzymatic reactor, containing glutamate-oxidase, mixed and incubated with microdialysate from dorsal striatum (DS) and prefrontal cortex (PFC) of young rats asphyxiated during the neonatal period, under a global asphyxia model in order to test this method...
July 18, 2017: Luminescence: the Journal of Biological and Chemical Luminescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718910/permanent-housing-for-child-welfare-involved-families-impact-on-child-maltreatment-overview
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Patrick J Fowler, Michael Schoeny
A longitudinal randomized controlled trial tested whether access to permanent housing reduces child maltreatment among inadequately housed families under investigation for child abuse and neglect. The study followed homeless and child welfare-involved families randomly assigned to receive a referral for housing subsidies plus housing case management (n = 75, 196 children) or housing case management alone (n = 75, 186 children). Latent growth models examined change in caregiver-reported frequencies of psychological aggression, physical abuse, and neglect toward children at five time points across 2...
July 18, 2017: American Journal of Community Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718877/takotsubo-syndrome-in-hemodynamically-unstable-patients-admitted-to-the-intensive-care-unit-a-retrospective-study
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J Oras, J Lundgren, B Redfors, D Brandin, E Omerovic, H Seeman-Lodding, S-E Ricksten
INTRODUCTION: Takotsubo syndrome (TS) is an acute cardiac condition that is often triggered by critical illness but that has rarely been studied in the intensive care unit (ICU) setting. The aim of this study was to (i) estimate the incidence of TS in a hemodynamically unstable ICU-population; (ii) identify predictors of TS in this population; (iii) study the impact of TS on prognosis and course of hospitalization. METHODS: Medical records from all patients admitted to our general ICU from 2012 to 2015 were analyzed...
July 18, 2017: Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718797/socioeconomic-differences-in-and-predictors-of-home-based-palliative-care-health-service-use-in-ontario-canada
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Jiaoli Cai, Denise N Guerriere, Hongzhong Zhao, Peter C Coyte
The use of health services may vary across people with different socioeconomic statuses, and may be determined by many factors. The purposes of this study were (i) to examine the socioeconomic differences in the propensity and intensity of use for three main home-based health services, that is, home-based palliative care physician visits, nurse visits and personal support worker (PSW) hours; and (ii) to explore the determinants of the use of home-based palliative care services. A prospective cohort study was employed...
July 18, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718762/sec17-sec18-act-twice-enhancing-membrane-fusion-and-then-disassembling-cis-snare-complexes
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Hongki Song, Amy S Orr, Mengtong Duan, Alexey J Merz, William T Wickner
At physiological protein levels, the slow HOPS- and SNARE-dependent fusion which occurs upon complete SNARE zippering is stimulated by Sec17 and Sec18:ATP without requiring ATP hydrolysis. To stimulate, Sec17 needs its central residues which bind the 0-layer of the SNARE complex and its N-terminal apolar loop. Adding a transmembrane anchor to the N-terminus of Sec17 bypasses this requirement for apolarity of the Sec17 loop, suggesting that the loop functions for membrane binding rather than to trigger bilayer rearrangement...
July 18, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718716/estimating-the-number-of-adults-with-severe-and-persistent-mental-illness-who-have-complex-multi-agency-needs
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Harvey Whiteford, Bill Buckingham, Meredith Harris, Sandra Diminic, Emily Stockings, Louisa Degenhardt
OBJECTIVE: A population health approach to mental health service planning requires estimates that align interventions with the needs of people with mental illness. The primary objective was to estimate the number of people in Australia living with severe and persistent mental illness who have complex, multi-agency needs. The secondary objective was to describe the possible service needs of individuals with severe mental illness. METHODS: We disaggregated the estimated 12-month prevalence of adults with severe mental illness into needs-based sub-groups, using multiple data sources...
August 2017: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718529/dna-fragmentation-in-spermatozoa-a-historical-review
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REVIEW
A S Rex, J Aagaard, J Fedder
Sperm DNA Fragmentation has been extensively studied for more than a decade. In the 1940s the uniqueness of the spermatozoa protein complex which stabilizes the DNA was discovered. In the fifties and sixties, the association between unstable chromatin structure and subfertility was investigated. In the seventies, the impact of induced DNA damage was investigated. In the 1980s the concept of sperm DNA fragmentation as related to infertility was introduced as well as the first DNA fragmentation test: the Sperm Chromatin Structure Assay (SCSA)...
July 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718456/graphene-oxide-and-dna-aptamer-based-sub-nanomolar-potassium-detecting-optical-nanosensor
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Debopam Datta, Ketaki Sarkar, Souvik Mukherjee, Xenia Meshik, Michael A Stroscio, Mitra Dutta
Quantum-dot (QD) based nanosensors are frequently used by researchers to detect small molecules, ions and different biomolecules. In this article, we present a sensor complex/system comprised of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) aptamer, gold nanoparticle and semiconductor QD, attached to a graphene oxide (GO) flake for detection of potassium. As reported herein, it is demonstrated that QD-aptamer-quencher nanosensor functions even when tethered to GO, opening the way to future applications where sensing can be accomplished simultaneously with other previously demonstrated applications of GO such as serving as a nanocarrier for drug delivery...
July 18, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718424/targeted-therapy-and-immunosuppression-in-the-tumor-microenvironment
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REVIEW
Michael J Allegrezza, Jose R Conejo-Garcia
Small-molecule inhibitors offer great promise for targeting pathways that are specifically deregulated in different tumors. However, such 'targeted' therapies also elicit poorly understood effects on protective antitumor immunity. Given the emerging relevance of immunotherapies that boost pre-existing T cell responses, understanding how different immune cells are affected by small-molecule inhibitors could lead to more-effective interventions, alone or combined with immunotherapy. This review discusses the growing array of activities elicited by multiple 'targeted' inhibitors on antitumor immunity, underscoring the complex effects resulting from diverse activities on different immune cell types in vivo, and the need to conduct mechanistic research that identifies drugs performing well not only in immunocompromised mice but also in the presence of spontaneous or therapeutic antitumor immunity...
January 2017: Trends in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718352/narratives-for-obesity-effects-of-weight-loss-and-attribution-on-empathy-and-policy-support
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Paul H Thibodeau, Rachel Uri, Briana Thompson, Stephen J Flusberg
Despite an urgent need to address the issue of obesity, little research has examined the psychological factors that influence support for obesity-related policy initiatives, which represent an important tool for addressing this complex health issue. In the present study, we measured the degree to which people supported obesity-related policy interventions and empathized with a person struggling with obesity after reading a personal account of his or her situation. The narrative described an obese individual who was portrayed as either successfully losing weight or not, and as attributing his or her weight-loss outcome to personal or environmental factors...
August 2017: Health Education & Behavior: the Official Publication of the Society for Public Health Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718321/breathlessness-services-as-a-new-model-of-support-for-patients-with-respiratory-disease
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Claudia Bausewein, Michaela Schunk, Philipp Schumacher, Julika Dittmer, Anna Bolzani, Sara Booth
The complexity of breathlessness in advanced disease requires a diversity of measures ideally tailored to the individual patient needs. 'Breathlessness services' have been systematically developed and tested to provide specific interventions and support for patients and their carers. The aim of this article is (1) to identify and describe components of breathlessness services and (2) to describe the clinical model of one specific service in more detail. This article is based on a systematic review evaluating randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and quasi-RCTs which examine the effectiveness of services aiming to improve breathlessness of patients with advanced disease...
January 1, 2017: Chronic Respiratory Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718181/erythropoietin-for-cognitive-deficits-associated-with-schizophrenia-bipolar-disorder-and-major-depression-a-systematic-review
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Xian-Bin Li, Wei Zheng, Yu-Ping Ning, Dong-Bin Cai, Xin-Hu Yang, Gabor S Ungvari, Chee H Ng, Chuan-Yue Wang, Yu-Tao Xiang
Introduction The purpose of this study is to systematically review the efficacy and safety of adjunctive erythropoietin (EPO) in treating cognitive deficits associated with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression based on randomized controlled trials (RCTs). Methods Two evaluators independently and systematically searched and selected studies, extracted data, and conducted quality assessment. Results Four RCTs with 144 patients (71 in the EPO group and 73 in the placebo group) met the study entry criteria...
July 17, 2017: Pharmacopsychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718063/new-insights-on-platelets-and-platelet-derived-microparticles-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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REVIEW
Marc Scherlinger, Vanja Sisirak, Christophe Richez, Estibaliz Lazaro, Pierre Duffau, Patrick Blanco
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Current knowledge on the role of platelets and platelet-derived microparticles (PMPs) on the immune system has been fast-growing. Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a systemic auto-immune disorder characterized by a loss of tolerance toward nuclear auto-antigens. Although recent studies allowed a better understanding of SLE pathogenesis, there is an urgent need for the development of new treatments and the identification of new biomarkers to assess the disease activity...
August 2017: Current Rheumatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717769/end-of-life-care-in-latin-america
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REVIEW
Enrique Soto-Perez-de-Celis, Yanin Chavarri-Guerra, Tania Pastrana, Rossana Ruiz-Mendoza, Alexandra Bukowski, Paul E Goss
Cancer has become a global pandemic with disproportionately higher mortality rates in low- and middle- income countries, where a large fraction of patients present in advanced stages and in need of end-of-life care. Globally, the number of adults needing end-of-life care is greater than 19 million, and up to 78% of these patients are living in low- and middle- income countries. In the Americas alone, more than one million people are in need of end-of-life care, placing an enormous burden on local health systems, which are often unprepared to meet the challenge presented by this complex patient population...
June 2017: Journal of Global Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717738/collaborative-pediatric-bone-tumor-program-to-improve-access-to-specialized-care-an-initiative-by-the-lebanese-children-s-oncology-group
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Raya Saab, Zeina Merabi, Miguel R Abboud, Samar Muwakkit, Peter Noun, Gladys Gemayel, Elie Bechara, Hassan Khalifeh, Roula Farah, Nabil Kabbara, Tarek El-Khoury, Rasha Al-Yousef, Rachid Haidar, Said Saghieh, Toufic Eid, Samir Akel, Nabil Khoury, Layal Bayram, Matthew J Krasin, Sima Jeha, Hassan El-Solh
BACKGROUND: Children with malignant bone tumors have average 5-year survival rates of 60% to 70% with current multimodality therapy. Local control modalities aimed at preserving function greatly influence the quality of life of long-term survivors. In developing countries, the limited availability of multidisciplinary care and limited expertise in specialized surgery and pediatric radiation therapy, as well as financial cost, all form barriers to achieving optimal outcomes in this population...
February 2017: Journal of Global Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717729/middle-eastern-conflicts-implications-for-refugee-health-in-the-european-union-and-middle-eastern-host-countries
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Michael Silbermann, Michel Daher, Rejin Kebudi, Omar Nimri, Mazin Al-Jadiry, Lea Baider
Until very recently, health care in conflict settings was based on a model developed in the second half of the twentieth century. Things have changed, and present civil wars, such as those that are currently taking place in the Middle East, do not address the complexity of the ongoing armed conflicts in countries such as Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. These conflicts have caused a significant increase in the number of refugees in the region, as well as in Europe. Hundreds of thousands of refugees succeed in settling in mid- and north-European countries, and their health issues are becoming of great importance...
December 2016: Journal of Global Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717530/comparative-and-integrative-analysis-of-rna-structural-profiling-data-current-practices-and-emerging-questions
#20
Krishna Choudhary, Fei Deng, Sharon Aviran
BACKGROUND: Structure profiling experiments provide single-nucleotide information on RNA structure. Recent advances in chemistry combined with application of high-throughput sequencing have enabled structure profiling at transcriptome scale and in living cells, creating unprecedented opportunities for RNA biology. Propelled by these experimental advances, massive data with ever-increasing diversity and complexity have been generated, which give rise to new challenges in interpreting and analyzing these data...
March 2017: Quantitative Biology
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