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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156638/development-of-evidence-based-disease-education-literature-for-pakistani-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients
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Atta Abbas Naqvi, Mohamed Azmi Hassali, Muhammad Tariq Aftab, Syed Baqir Shyum Naqvi, Fatima Zehra, Rizwan Ahmad, Niyaz Ahmad
Rheumatoid arthritis affects 0.5% to 1% of the population globally and is one of the most common causes of disability. Patient education plays a key role in improving treatment outcomes. The purpose of this study was to discuss the process involved in designing an evidence-based disease education literature for rheumatoid arthritis patients of Pakistan in Urdu language with culturally relevant illustrations. A study was conducted to develop disease education literature using Delphi consensus, content validity, and patient feedback...
November 20, 2017: Diseases (Basel)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156298/european-research-on-electrochemotherapy-in-head-and-neck-cancer-eureca-project-results-from-the-treatment-of-mucosal-cancers
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Christina Caroline Plaschke, Giulia Bertino, James A McCaul, Juan J Grau, Remco de Bree, Gregor Sersa, Antonio Occhini, Ales Groselj, Cristobal Langdon, Derrek A Heuveling, Maja Cemazar, Primoz Strojan, C Rene Leemans, Marco Benazzo, Francesca De Terlizzi, Irene Wessel, Julie Gehl
AIM: Electrochemotherapy is an effective local treatment for cutaneous tumours and metastases. In this prospective trial, six European institutions investigated electrochemotherapy in recurrent, mucosal head and neck tumours. PATIENT AND METHODS: Forty-three patients with recurrent mucosal head and neck tumours and no further curative or reasonably effective palliative treatment options were enrolled and treated with electrochemotherapy. Patients were treated in general anaesthesia using intravenous or local injection of bleomycin followed by delivery of electric pulses to the tumour area...
November 16, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155966/crustacean-larvae-vision-in-the-plankton
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Thomas W Cronin, Michael J Bok, Chan Lin
We review the visual systems of crustacean larvae, concentrating on the compound eyes of decapod and stomatopod larvae as well as the functional and behavioral aspects of their vision. Larval compound eyes of these macrurans are all built on fundamentally the same optical plan, the transparent apposition eye, which is eminently suitable for modification into the abundantly diverse optical systems of the adults. Many of these eyes contain a layer of reflective structures overlying the retina that produces a counterilluminating eyeshine, so they are unique in being camouflaged both by their transparency and by their reflection of light spectrally similar to background light to conceal the opaque retina...
November 1, 2017: Integrative and Comparative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155847/context-and-culture-associated-with-alcohol-use-amongst-youth-in-major-urban-cities-a-cross-country-population-based-survey
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Anne W Taylor, Bridgette M Bewick, Alfred B Makanjuola, Ling Qian, Valentina V Kirzhanova, Paulo Alterwain
BACKGROUND: Alcohol consumption patterns are dependent upon culture and context. The aim of this study was to interview people aged 18-34 year old living in four cities in different regions of the world to explore differences in a range of alcohol measures to assist in determining culturally appropriate alcohol initiatives for this age group. METHOD: Multistage random sampling was consistent across the four cities (Ilorin (Nigeria), Wuhan (China), Montevideo (Uruguay) and Moscow (Russia))...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155288/investigation-of-the-practices-legislation-supply-chain-and-regulation-of-opioids-for-clinical-pain-management-in-southern-africa-a-multi-sectoral-cross-national-mixed-methods-study
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Eve Namisango, Matthew J Allsop, Richard A Powell, Stefan J Friedrichsdorf, Emmanuel Bk Luyirika, Fatia Kiyange, Edward Mukooza, Chris Ntege, Eunice Garanganga, Mavis Ntombifuthi Ginindza-Mdluli, Faith Mwangi-Powell, Lidia Justino Mondlane, Richard Harding
CONTEXT: Sub-Saharan Africa faces an increasing incidence and prevalence of life-limiting and life-threatening conditions. These conditions are associated with a significant burden of pain linked to high morbidity and disability that is poorly assessed and undertreated. Barriers to effective pain management partly relate to lack of access to opioid analgesia and challenges in their administration. OBJECTIVES: To identify country-specific and broader regional barriers to access, as well as the administration of opioids, and generate recommendations for advancing pain management in Southern Africa...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154277/potential-of-low-dose-leuco-methylthioninium-bis-hydromethanesulphonate-lmtm-monotherapy-for-treatment-of-mild-alzheimer-s-disease-cohort-analysis-as-modified-primary-outcome-in-a-phase-iii-clinical-trial
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Gordon K Wilcock, Serge Gauthier, Giovanni B Frisoni, Jianping Jia, Jiri H Hardlund, Hans J Moebius, Peter Bentham, Karin A Kook, Bjoern O Schelter, Damon J Wischik, Charles S Davis, Roger T Staff, Vesna Vuksanovic, Trevor Ahearn, Luc Bracoud, Kohkan Shamsi, Ken Marek, John Seibyl, Gernot Riedel, John M D Storey, Charles R Harrington, Claude M Wischik
BACKGROUND: LMTM is being developed as a treatment for AD based on inhibition of tau aggregation. OBJECTIVES: To examine the efficacy of LMTM as monotherapy in non-randomized cohort analyses as modified primary outcomes in an 18-month Phase III trial in mild AD. METHODS: Mild AD patients (n = 800) were randomly assigned to 100 mg twice a day or 4 mg twice a day. Prior to unblinding, the Statistical Analysis Plan was revised to compare the 100 mg twice a day as monotherapy subgroup (n = 79) versus 4 mg twice a day as randomized (n = 396), and 4 mg twice a day as monotherapy (n = 76) versus 4 mg twice a day as add-on therapy (n = 297), with strong control of family-wise type I error...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154196/analysis-of-potential-genotoxic-impurities-in-rabeprazole-active-pharmaceutical-ingredient-via-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-following-quality-by-design-principles-for-method-development
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Katerina Iliou, Anđelija Malenović, Yannis L Loukas, Yannis Dotsikas
A novel Liquid Chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method is presented for the quantitative determination of two potential genotoxic impurities (PGIs) in rabeprazole active pharmaceutical ingredient (API). In order to overcome the analytical challenges in the trace analysis of PGIs, a development procedure supported by Quality-by-Design (QbD) principles was evaluated. The efficient separation between rabeprazole and the two PGIs in the shortest analysis time was set as the defined analytical target profile (ATP) and to this purpose utilization of a switching valve allowed the flow to be sent to waste when rabeprazole was eluted...
November 12, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154168/evaluating-an-e-mental-health-program-deprexis-as-adjunctive-treatment-tool-in-psychotherapy-for-depression-results-of-a-pragmatic-randomized-controlled-trial
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Thomas Berger, Tobias Krieger, Kerstin Sude, Björn Meyer, Andreas Maercker
BACKGROUND: Depressive disorders place a significant disease burden on individuals as well as on societies. Several web-based interventions for depression have shown to be effective in reducing depressive symptoms. However, it is not known whether web-based interventions, when used as adjunctive treatment tools to regular psychotherapy, have an additional effect compared to regular psychotherapy for depression. METHODS: Adults (N = 98) with a unipolar affective disorder were recruited in routine outpatient psychotherapy practices in Germany from therapists over the course of their initial sessions and randomized within therapists to one of two active treatment conditions: regular psychotherapy or psychotherapy plus a web-based depression program ("deprexis")...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154152/a-mathematical-model-to-plan-for-long-term-effects-of-water-conservation-choices-on-dry-weather-wastewater-flows-and-concentrations
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Lauren M Cook, Constantine Samaras, Jeanne M VanBriesen
In many cities, sewer systems are experiencing conditions that are significantly different from those for which they were designed. Factors such as water conservation efforts, changes in population, and efforts to reduce infiltration are altering the quantity and quality of sewage. These changes may affect the ability of sewers to maintain self-cleansing velocities, which are crucial to avoiding solids settling and corrosion issues. Further, such changes may alter the timeline for expected wastewater plant expansion...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153935/a-qualitative-assessment-of-adolescent-girls-perception-of-living-with-congenital-heart-disease-focusing-on-future-pregnancies-and-childbirth
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Mayumi Nakamura, Sachiko Kita, Ryota Kikuchi, Yoichiro Hirata, Takahiro Shindo, Nobutaka Shimizu, Ryo Inuzuka, Akira Oka, Kiyoko Kamibeppu
PURPOSE: Congenital heart disease (CHD) is the most common birth anomaly in Japan, occurring in approximately 10.6 of every 1,000 live births. Advancements in medical and surgical care have increased births by women diagnosed with CHD. The study's purpose was to examine the perceptions of pregnancy and childbirth among adolescent girls with CHD. DESIGN AND METHODS: Twelve semi-structured interviews were conducted, and the data were analyzed using a modified grounded-theory approach...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153551/remote-sensing-based-deforestation-analysis-in-mahanadi-and-brahmaputra-river-basin-in-india-since-1985
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M D Behera, P Tripathi, P Das, S K Srivastava, P S Roy, C Joshi, P R Behera, J Deka, P Kumar, M L Khan, O P Tripathi, T Dash, Y V N Krishnamurthy
Land use and land cover (LULC) change has been recognized as a key driver of global climate change by influencing land surface processes. Being in constant change, river basins are always subjected to LULC changes, especially decline in forest cover to give way for agricultural expansion, urbanization, industrialization etc. We used on-screen digital interpretation technique to derive LULC maps from Landsat images at three decadal intervals i.e., 1985, 1995 and 2005 of two major river basins of India. Rain-fed, Mahanadi river basin (MRB) attributed to 55% agricultural area wherein glacier-fed, Brahmaputra river basin (BRB) had only 16% area under agricultural land...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153173/a-100-year-review-lactating-dairy-cattle-housing-management
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J M Bewley, L M Robertson, E A Eckelkamp
Since the mid-1800s, farmers have been housing livestock. What began as a part-time solution for cold winters, stormy days, or injured animals has evolved into the main or only area in which cows spend their adult lives. With this change, farmers, academic researchers, and industry innovators have shaped the farm landscape, literally. Over the last 100 years, changes have been made for productivity, health, milk quality, reproduction, animal well-being, and farm profitability. We review a snapshot of those changes and look ahead to the future of lactating dairy cattle housing...
December 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153065/-genotypes-of-rhinoviruses-in-children-and-adults-patients-with-acute-respiratory-tract-infections
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Eda Demirkan, Sevin Kırdar, Emel Ceylan, Ayşe Yenigün, İmran Kurt Ömürlü
Rhinovirus (RV) is one of the most frequent causative agent of acute respiratory tract infections in the world. The virus may cause a mild cold, as well as more serious clinical symptoms in patients with immune system deficiency or comorbidities. Rhinoviruses have been identified by molecular methods under three types: RV-A, RV-B and RV-C. In most of the cases, it was reported that RV-A and RV-C were related with lower respiratory tract infections and asthma exacerbations, while RV-B was rarely reported in lower respiratory tract infections...
October 2017: Mikrobiyoloji Bülteni
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153064/-comparison-of-polymerase-chain-reaction-using-kinetoplast-dna-specific-primers-and-other-parasitological-methods-in-the-diagnosis-of-clinical-samples-of-suspected-patients-with-cutaneous-leishmaniasis-in-%C3%A5-anl%C3%A4-urfa
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Fadile Yıldız Zeyrek, Seray Töz, Fehmi Yüksel, Nevin Turgay, Yusuf Özbel
Visceral leishmaniasis (VL) and cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) are seen endemically in Turkey and CL caused by Leishmania tropica is an important public health problem in southeastern as well as other regions of Turkey. The diagnosis has been usually made by clinical view of lesion and/or parasitologically using lesion aspiration smears. Histological examination does not, always reveal the parasite in the skin biopsy, particularly in chronic lesions. Besides this, due to CL infections caused by different species in endemic areas, diagnostic methods enabling species identification are in great need...
October 2017: Mikrobiyoloji Bülteni
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152846/on-the-geud-biological-optimization-objective-for-organs-at-risk-in-photon-optimizer-of-eclipse-treatment-planning-system
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Antonella Fogliata, Stephen Thompson, Antonella Stravato, Stefano Tomatis, Marta Scorsetti, Luca Cozzi
Inverse planning optimization using biologically based objectives is becoming part of the intensity modulated optimization process. The performances and efficacy of the biologically based gEUD (generalized Equivalent Uniform Dose) objective implemented in the Photon Optimizer (PO) of Varian Eclipse treatment planning system have been here analyzed. gEUD is associated with the parameter a that accounts for the seriality of a structure, being higher for more serial organs. The PO was used to optimize volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) plans on a virtual homogeneous cylindrical phantom presenting a target and an organ at risk (OAR)...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152430/a-dosimetric-comparison-of-intensity-modulated-proton-therapy-volumetric-modulated-arc-therapy-and-4%C3%AF-non-coplanar-intensity-modulated-radiation-therapy-for-a-patient-with-parameningeal-rhabdomyosarcoma
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Tiffany W Chen, Julian Sison, Becky Lee, Arthur J Olch, Andrew Chang, Annelise Giebeler, Kenneth Wong
Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) is the most common soft tissue sarcoma in children and manifests as two major histological subtypes: embryonal and alveolar. The five-year local failure rate for RMS at parameningeal sites (middle ear, mastoid region, nasal cavity, etc.) is around 17% despite multiple Intergroup Rhabdomyosarcoma Study Group (IRS) trials conducted to determine the optimal radiation treatment regimen. This case report explores the use of intensity-modulated proton therapy (IMPT) for a 10-year-old child who presented with left eye irritation, facial pain, and headaches and was found to have an alveolar parameningeal rhabdomyosarcoma...
September 10, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152325/changes-of-intestinal-microbiota-composition-and-diversity-in-very-low-birth-weight-infants-related-to-strategies-of-nec-prophylaxis-protocol-for-an-observational-multicentre-pilot-study
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Stefan Kurath-Koller, Christine Moissl-Eichinger, Gregor Gorkiewicz, Raimund Kraschl, Claudia Kanduth, Barbara Hopfer, Berndt Urlesberger, Bernhard Resch
Background: At the Division of Neonatology, Department of Paediatrics, Medical University Graz, a unique regimen of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) prophylaxis in preterm infants showing a < 1500 g birth weight (i.e. very low birth weight, VLBW) is used. The regimen includes oral antibiotic and antifungal therapy and probiotic preparations as well as a standardised feeding regimen. The incidence of NEC in preterm infants treated by this regimen has been shown to be lower, reflecting 0...
2017: Pilot and Feasibility Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152002/cadaveric-anatomical-study-of-sural-nerve-where-is-the-safe-area-for-endoscopic-gastrocnemius-recession
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Alvin Chin Kwong Tan, Zhi Hao Tang, Muhammad Farhan Bin Mohd Fadil
Purpose: To ascertain in cadavers where the sural nerve crosses the gastro-soleus complex and where the gastrocnemius tendon merges with the Achilles tendon in relation to the calcaneal tuberosities. Methods: Twelve cadaveric lower limbs (6 right and 6 left) were dissected. The distances between the calcaneal tuberosities and the lateral border of the Achilles tendon where the sural nerve crosses from medial to lateral, as well as to the gastrocnemius tendon insertion into the Achilles tendon, were measured...
2017: Open Orthopaedics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151900/examining-factors-associated-with-nonadherence-and-identifying-providers-caring-for-nonadherent-subgroups
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Deborah A Taira, Brendan K Seto, James W Davis, Todd B Seto, Doug Landsittel, Wesley K Sumida
Objectives: To examine racial/ethnic and regional differences in medication adherence in patients with diabetes taking oral anti-diabetic, anti-hypertensive, and cholesterol lowering medications and to identify the pharmacies and prescribers who serve these communities. Methods: Administrative claims data was analyzed for members enrolled in a large health plan in Hawaii (2008-2010) with diabetes mellitus who were taking three types of medications: 1) oral anti-diabetic medications; 2) anti-hypertensive medications; 3) cholesterol lowering medications (n=5136)...
December 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151309/evaluation-of-the-general-characteristics-of-patients-aged-85-years-and-above-admitted-to-a-university-hospital-emergency-department
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Ahmet Demircan, Ş. Gülbin Aygencel Bıkmaz, Gültekin Kadı, Ayfer Keleş, Fikret Bildik, Begüm Öktem, Onur Çakmak
Background/aim: The number of elderly people (≥65 years old) is increasing both in Turkey and internationally due to improved living conditions and decreased mortality rates. Knowing the characteristics of elderly patients admitted to emergency departments can provide guidance for diagnosis and treatment approaches. In this study, we analyzed the characteristics of very old patients (4≥85 years old) admitted to the emergency department and put together data for use in forward planning in healthcare services...
November 13, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
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