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Florian Matt, Tom Cole-Hunter, David Donaire-Gonzalez, Nadine Kubesch, David Martínez, Glòria Carrasco-Turigas, Mark Nieuwenhuijsen
BACKGROUND: Physical activity (PA) has beneficial, whereas exposure to traffic related air pollution (TRAP) has adverse, respiratory effects. Few studies, however, have examined if the acute effects of TRAP upon respiratory outcomes are modified depending on the level of PA. OBJECTIVES: The aim of our study was to disentangle acute effects of TRAP and PA upon respiratory outcomes and assess the impact of participants TRAP pre-exposure. METHODS: We conducted a real-world crossover study with repeated measures of 30 healthy adults...
October 20, 2016: Environment International
Michele Lanza, Stefania Iaccarino, Gilda Varricchi, Tito D'Errico, Ugo Antonello Gironi Carnevale, Mario Bifani
PURPOSE: To evaluate light backscattering (LB) in corneal layers in patients with primary Sjögren's syndrome dry eye (SSDE) utilizing in vivo corneal confocal microscopy (IVCM) and to determine the eventual association with the lacrimal functional test values. METHODS: A complete ophthalmic evaluation, Schirmer test with and without stimulation, break-up time (BUT) and IVCM were performed on 55 patients affected by SSDE and in an age- and sex-matched cohort of healthy participants (HP)...
October 24, 2016: Acta Ophthalmologica
Nam Tran, Patrick Drogui, Satinder K Brar, Arnaud De Coninck
The synergistic effects were evaluated during the oxidation of carbamazepine using a sono-electrochemical process. The sono-electrochemical oxidation was performed using two types of experimental units (having 1L and 100L of working volume, respectively) and containing one anode (Ti/PbO2) and one cathode (Ti). Different operating parameters, including power of ultrasounds, current intensity and reaction time were investigated. The degree of synergy increased when the current intensity decreased, whereas it increased with the power of ultrasounds imposed...
January 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Yunzhou Fan, Fang Gao, Yanyan Wu, Jie Zhang, Ming Zhu, Lijuan Xiong
BACKGROUND: Ventilator-associated event (VAE) is a new surveillance paradigm for monitoring complications in mechanically ventilated patients in intensive care units (ICUs). The National Healthcare Safety Network replaced traditional ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) surveillance with VAE surveillance in 2013. The objective of this study was to assess the consistency between VAE surveillance and traditional VAP surveillance. METHODS: We systematically searched electronic reference databases for articles describing VAE and VAP in ICUs...
October 24, 2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
Karl Kaupmees, Robert Järviste, Ivo Leito
The basicity scale of very weak bases has been set up in 1,2-dichloroethane to give, for the first time, reliable quantitative insights into the basic properties of weak bases in a low-polarity solvent. The scale contains 30 compounds, including anilines; phosphanes, and carbonyl bases, such as esters and amides, linked by 53 relative basicity measurements. The scale spans more than 12 pKip units, expanding to as low pKip values as possible with our current experimental methodology.
October 21, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
Joseph E Tanenbaum, Vincent J Alentado, Jacob A Miller, Daniel Lubelski, Edward C Benzel, Thomas E Mroz
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Lumbar fusion is a common and costly procedure in the United States. Reimbursement for surgical procedures is increasingly tied to care quality and patient safety as part of value-based reimbursement programs. The incidence of adverse quality events among lumbar fusion patients is unknown using the definition of care quality (patient safety indicators [PSI]) utilized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The association between insurance status and the incidence of PSI is similarly unknown in lumbar fusion patients...
October 17, 2016: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
Deven A Karvelas, Sean D Rundell, Janna L Friedly, Alfred C Gellhorn, Laura S Gold, Bryan A Comstock, Patrick J Heagerty, Brian W Bresnahan, David R Nerenz, Jeffrey G Jarvik
BACKGROUND: The association between early physical therapy (PT) and subsequent healthcare utilization following a new visit for low back pain is not clear, particularly in the setting of acute low back pain. PURPOSE: To estimate the association between initiating early physical therapy following a new visit for an episode of low back pain and subsequent back-pain-specific health care utilization in older adults. STUDY DESIGN/SETTING: Prospective cohort study...
October 17, 2016: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
R Pineda, R Guth, A Herring, L Reynolds, S Oberle, J Smith
OBJECTIVE: Very preterm infants hospitalized in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) experience alterations in sensory experiences. Defining types, timing and frequency of sensory-based interventions that optimize outcomes can inform environmental modifications. The objective of this study was to conduct an integrative review on sensory-based interventions used with very preterm infants in the NICU to improve infant and parent outcomes. STUDY DESIGN: The data sources include MEDLINE, CINAHL, Cochrane Library and Google Scholar...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
Shekhar Dethe, M Deepak, Amit Agarwal
BACKGROUND: Bacopa monnieri (L.) Wettst., commonly known as Brahmi, is renowned in Indian traditional system for its potent memory enhancing activity, which has been validated by various scientific studies. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to understand the molecular mechanism of memory enhancing activity of BacoMind(®) (BM), a standardized extract of B. monnieri. MATERIALS AND METHODS: BM was screened in vitro in a panel of cell-free and receptor-transfected cell assays...
July 2016: Pharmacognosy Magazine
James Gilligan, Bandy X Lee, Shikha Garg, Morkeh Blay-Tofey, Audrey Luo
Many national and international institutions advocate approaching violence as a problem in public health and preventive medicine, in a manner similar to the way we address other disabling and life-threatening pathologies such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Prevention by a health model requires an ecological perspective. Previous work has found evidence that economic factors, including unemployment and relative poverty, as well as political culture and values, may affect violent death rates, including homicide and suicide...
September 2016: Journal of Public Health Policy
Talia Orr, Marsha Campbell-Yeo, Britney Benoit, Brenda Hewitt, Jennifer Stinson, Patrick McGrath, Donna Dowling
BACKGROUND: Despite an abundance of research that identifies the benefits for both parent and child when parents are actively involved in their infant's care, challenges related to the best methods to engage families persist. PURPOSE: To conduct a feasibility study that aims to understand the preferences of smartphone and Internet use by parents of infants admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) related to information seeking and active participation in infant care, with a focus on pain management interventions...
October 18, 2016: Advances in Neonatal Care: Official Journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses
Savino Spadaro, Maurizia Capuzzo, Giorgia Valpiani, Sara Bertacchini, Riccardo Ragazzi, Francesca Dalla Corte, Simona Terranova, Elisabetta Marangoni, Carlo Alberto Volta
BACKGROUND: Fatigue has not been investigated in long-term Intensive Care Unit (ICU) survivors. This study aimed to assess fatigue through a specific instrument, namely the Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy Fatigue (FACIT-F) scale, in ICU survivors one year after hospital discharge. A secondary aim was to compare the findings of FACIT-F with those of the Vitality domain (VT) of the 36-item Short-Form Health Survey (SF-36). METHODS: This prospective cohort study was performed on 56 adult patients with a Length Of Stay (LOS) in ICU longer than 72 h...
October 18, 2016: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
Caroline H D Jones, Margaret Glogowska, Louise Locock, Daniel S Lasserson
BACKGROUND: Many point of care diagnostic technologies are available which produce results within minutes, and offer the opportunity to deliver acute care out of hospital settings. Increasing access to diagnostics at the point of care could increase the volume and scope of acute ambulatory care. Yet these technologies are not routinely used in many settings. We aimed to explore how point of care testing is used in a setting where it has become 'normalized' (embedded in everyday practice), in order to inform future adoption and implementation in other settings...
October 19, 2016: BMC Health Services Research
Nikolaus Luft, Piotr A Wozniak, Gerold C Aschinger, Klemens Fondi, Ahmed M Bata, René M Werkmeister, Doreen Schmidl, Katarzyna J Witkowska, Matthias Bolz, Gerhard Garhöfer, Leopold Schmetterer
Purpose: This study evaluated the validity of retinal perfusion measurements using laser speckle flowgraphy (LSFG) by means of in vitro experiments and direct comparison with dual-beam Doppler optical coherence tomography (D-OCT) in a healthy Caucasian population. Methods: The flow velocity of scattering solution pumped through a glass capillary was measured at 17 different flow velocities (range, 0.5-47 mm/s) using LSFG. The flow within the glass capillary was produced by a computer-controlled infusion pump...
October 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Ian Barnes, Peter Wiesen, Michael Gallus
Rate coefficients have been determined at (298 ± 2) K and atmospheric pressure for the reaction of OH radicals with two primary mono-alkyl, one secondary di-alkyl and five tertiary tri-alkyl substituted amines in a large volume photoreactor using the relative kinetic technique. The following rate coefficients (in cm3 molecule-1 s-1 units) have been obtained: 1,2-dimethylpropylamine, CH3C(CH3)HC(CH3)H)NH2: (5.08 ± 1.02) × 10-11; tert-amylamine (tert-pentylamine), CH3CH2C(CH3)2NH2: (0.86 ± 0.17) × 10-11; diethylamine, (CH3CH2)2NH: (7...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
John H Kim, Esteban G Jobbágy, Robert B Jackson
Increasing pressures for food, fiber, and fuel continue to drive global land-use changes. Efforts to optimize ecosystem services under alternative land uses are often hampered by the complex interactions and trade-offs among them. We examined the effects of land-use changes on ecosystem carbon storage and groundwater recharge in grasslands of Argentina and the United States to (1) understand the relationships between both services, (2) predict their responses to vegetation shifts across environmental gradients, and (3) explore how market or policy incentives for ecosystem services could affect land-use changes...
September 2016: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
Deborah Edwards, Judith Carrier, Jane Hopkinson
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of malnutrition for older adults (>65 years) in hospital and rehabilitation units has been reported as being as high as 60%; some older patients with good appetites do not receive sufficient nourishment because of inadequate feeding assistance. Mealtime assistance can therefore enhance nutritional intake, clinical outcomes and patient experience. OBJECTIVES: This mixed methods review sought to develop an aggregated synthesis of quantitative and qualitative data on assistance at mealtimes for older adults in hospital settings and rehabilitation units to determine current practices, what practices work, and the perceptions of patients, families, and healthcare professionals of mealtime assistance...
September 2016: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
Paula Schaiquevich, Paula Taich, Natalia Riva, Francisco Leone, Nora Paternoster, Gabriel Mato, Paulo Cáceres Guido
Objective Determine the status of analytical laboratories that quantify immunosuppressants in transplant patients who are under therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) for these drugs in Argentina in order to identify potential perfectible areas for action. Methods A survey of the clinical and analytical TDM centers in Argentina was conducted between September 2013 and November 2014 under the direction of the Garrahan Hospital Clinical Pharmacokinetics Unit and the National Unified Central Institute for Ablation and Implant Coordination...
March 2016: Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública, Pan American Journal of Public Health
Suzanne Oparil
Heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure are leading causes of death worldwide, and hypertension is a significant risk factor for each. Hypertension is less common in women, compared to men, in those younger than 45 years of age. This trend is reversed in those 65 years and older. In the US between 2011-2014, the prevalence of hypertension in women and men by age group was 6% vs 8% (18-39 years), 30% vs 35% (40-59 years), and 67% vs 63% (60 years and over). Awareness, treatment, and control rates differ between genders with women being more aware of their diagnosis (85% vs 80%), more likely to take their medications (81% vs 71%) and more frequently having controlled hypertension (55% vs 49%)...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Hiroshi Itoh
Many hypertension guidelines have been published mainly from Western countries to standardize the management of hypertension all over the world, however, the significance of hypertension, along with other cardio-metabolic risks, such as obesity, diabetes or dyslipidemia should differ among different races. This paper compares the relevance of hypertension, one of the most important cardio-metabolic risk factors, in Asian and Western societies.1) Low target level of blood pressure control for diabetic hypertensives in JapanIn the Japanese Society of Hypertension Guidelines for the management of Hypertension (JSH2014), the target of blood pressure (BP) control in hypertensive patients with diabetes was set as < 130/80 mmHg...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
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