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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776894/amyloid-pet-in-neurodegenerative-diseases-with-dementia
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V Camacho, A Gómez-Grande, P Sopena, D García-Solís, M Gómez Río, C Lorenzo, S Rubí, J Arbizu
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative condition characterized by progressive cognitive decline and memory loss, and is the most common form of dementia. Amyloid plaques with neurofibrillary tangles are a neuropathological hallmark of AD that produces synaptic dysfunction and culminates later in neuronal loss. Amyloid PET is a useful, available and non-invasive technique that provides in vivo information about the cortical amyloid burden. In the latest revised criteria for the diagnosis of AD biomarkers were defined and integrated: pathological and diagnostic biomarkers (increased retention on fibrillar amyloid PET or decreased Aβ1-42 and increased T-Tau or P-Tau in CSF) and neurodegeneration or topographical biomarkers (temporoparietal hypometabolism on 18 F-FDG PET and temporal atrophy on MRI)...
May 15, 2018: Revista Española de Medicina Nuclear e Imagen Molecular
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776671/guidelines-on-diabetic-eye-care-the-international-council-of-ophthalmology-recommendations-for-screening-follow-up-referral-and-treatment-based-on-resource-settings
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REVIEW
Tien Y Wong, Jennifer Sun, Ryo Kawasaki, Paisan Ruamviboonsuk, Neeru Gupta, Van Charles Lansingh, Mauricio Maia, Wanjiku Mathenge, Sunil Moreker, Maji M K Muqit, Serge Resnikoff, Juan Verdaguer, Peiquan Zhao, Frederick Ferris, Lloyd P Aiello, Hugh R Taylor
Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a global epidemic and affects populations in both developing and developed countries, with differing health care and resource levels. Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is a major complication of DM and a leading cause of vision loss in working middle-aged adults. Vision loss from DR can be prevented with broad-level public health strategies, but these need to be tailored to a country's and population's resource setting. Designing DR screening programs, with appropriate and timely referral to facilities with trained eye care professionals, and using cost-effective treatment for vision-threatening levels of DR can prevent vision loss...
May 15, 2018: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776394/influence-of-blinding-on-treatment-effect-size-estimate-in-randomized-controlled-trials-of-oral-health-interventions
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Humam Saltaji, Susan Armijo-Olivo, Greta G Cummings, Maryam Amin, Bruno R da Costa, Carlos Flores-Mir
BACKGROUND: Recent methodologic evidence suggests that lack of blinding in randomized trials can result in under- or overestimation of the treatment effect size. The objective of this study is to quantify the extent of bias associated with blinding in randomized controlled trials of oral health interventions. METHODS: We selected all oral health meta-analyses that included a minimum of five randomized controlled trials. We extracted data, in duplicate, related to nine blinding-related criteria, namely: patient blinding, assessor blinding, care-provider blinding, investigator blinding, statistician blinding, blinding of both patients and assessors, study described as "double blind", blinding of patients, assessors, and care providers concurrently, and the appropriateness of blinding...
May 18, 2018: BMC Medical Research Methodology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776343/physical-inactivity-gender-and-culture-in-arab-countries-a-systematic-assessment-of-the-literature
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Eman Sharara, Chaza Akik, Hala Ghattas, Carla Makhlouf Obermeyer
BACKGROUND: Physical inactivity is associated with excess weight and adverse health outcomes. We synthesize the evidence on physical inactivity and its social determinants in Arab countries, with special attention to gender and cultural context. METHODS: We searched MEDLINE, Popline, and SSCI for articles published between 2000 and 2016, assessing the prevalence of physical inactivity and its social determinants. We also included national survey reports on physical activity, and searched for analyses of the social context of physical activity...
May 18, 2018: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775721/critical-evaluation-of-2-ethylhexyl-acrylate-dermal-carcinogenicity-studies-using-contemporary-criteria
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REVIEW
Sandra Murphy, Robert Ellis-Hutchings, Lavorgie Finch, Stefanie Welz, Karin Wiench
Skin tumors have been observed in C3H/HeJ mice following treatment with high and strongly irritating concentrations of 2-ethylhexyl acrylate (2-EHA). Dermal carcinogenicity studies performed with 2-EHA are reviewed, contrasting the results in two mouse strains (C3H/HeJ and NMRI) under different dosing regimens. Application of contemporary evaluation criteria to the existing dermal carcinogenicity dataset demonstrates that 2-EHA induces skin tumors only at concentrations exceeding an maximum tolerated dose (MTD) and in the immune-dysregulated C3H/HeJ mouse model...
May 15, 2018: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775501/educational-interventions-for-improving-primary-caregiver-complementary-feeding-practices-for-children-aged-24-months-and-under
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REVIEW
Dachi Arikpo, Ededet Sewanu Edet, Moriam T Chibuzor, Friday Odey, Deborah M Caldwell
BACKGROUND: Although complementary feeding is a universal practice, the methods and manner in which it is practiced vary between cultures, individuals and socioeconomic classes. The period of complementary feeding is a critical time of transition in the life of an infant, and inappropriate complementary feeding practices, with their associated adverse health consequences, remain a significant global public health problem. Educational interventions are widely acknowledged as effective in promoting public health strategy, and those aimed at improving complementary feeding practices provide information about proper complementary feeding practices to caregivers of infants/children...
May 18, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774777/current-research-status-of-palliative-care-in-mainland-china
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Tao Wang, Alex Molassiotis, Betty Pui Man Chung, Jing-Yu Tan
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to obtain an overview of the current research status of palliative care in Mainland China and identify research directions for future studies by characterizing palliative care studies conducted among patients with any life-limiting illness in Mainland China and published in a peer-reviewed journal before November 2016. METHODS: A review guide with 7 categories was initially developed based on existing international palliative care definitions and guidelines through content analysis...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772913/assessing-correspondence-between-experimental-and-nonexperimental-estimates-in-within-study-comparisons
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Peter M Steiner, Vivian C Wong
In within-study comparison (WSC) designs, treatment effects from a nonexperimental design, such as an observational study or a regression-discontinuity design, are compared to results obtained from a well-designed randomized control trial with the same target population. The goal of the WSC is to assess whether nonexperimental and experimental designs yield the same results in field settings. A common analytic challenge with WSCs, however, is the choice of appropriate criteria for determining whether nonexperimental and experimental results replicate...
January 1, 2018: Evaluation Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772613/safety-of-dual-kidney-transplantation-compared-to-single-kidney-transplantation-from-expanded-criteria-donors-a-single-center-cohort-of-39-recipients
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Lionel Mendel, Laetitia Albano, Imad Bentellis, Thierry Yandza, Caroline Bernardi, Herve Quintens, Brannwel Tibi, Jacques Jourdan, Matthieu Durand, Jean Amiel, Daniel Chevallier
Our objective was to compare outcomes of DKT to single kidney transplantation (SKT) performed with grafts from expanded criteria donors (ECD) in recipients ≥65 years, focusing on surgical complications. All kidney transplantations (KT) performed between 2006 and 2014 in our institution were analyzed. DKT were indicated according to the criteria of the French national Agence de la Biomedecine. Thirty-nine DKT and 155 SKT were included, with a median follow-up of 36 and 26.5 months, respectively. The rate of early surgical revisions was not significantly higher after DKT (23...
May 17, 2018: Transplant International: Official Journal of the European Society for Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772118/proms-for-pain-in-adult-cancer-patients-a-systematic-review-of-measurement-properties
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REVIEW
Asma A Abahussin, Robert M West, David C Wong, Lucy E Ziegler
CONTEXT: Pain is one of the most devastating symptoms for cancer patients. One-third of patients who experience pain do not receive effective treatment. A key barrier to effective pain management is lack of routine measurement and monitoring of pain. Patient-Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) are recommended for measuring cancer pain. However, evidence to guide the selection of the most appropriate measure to identify and monitor cancer pain is limited. A systematic review of measurement properties of PROMs for pain in cancer patients is needed to identify the best validated measure for adoption to an electronic platform...
May 17, 2018: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771673/self-paced-prioritized-curriculum-learning-with-coverage-penalty-in-deep-reinforcement-learning
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Zhipeng Ren, Daoyi Dong, Huaxiong Li, Chunlin Chen
In this paper, a new training paradigm is proposed for deep reinforcement learning using self-paced prioritized curriculum learning with coverage penalty. The proposed deep curriculum reinforcement learning (DCRL) takes the most advantage of experience replay by adaptively selecting appropriate transitions from replay memory based on the complexity of each transition. The criteria of complexity in DCRL consist of self-paced priority as well as coverage penalty. The self-paced priority reflects the relationship between the temporal-difference error and the difficulty of the current curriculum for sample efficiency...
June 2018: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770463/a-first-for-dermatopathology-and-pathology-in-general-appropriate-use-criteria-in-dermatopathology-from-the-american-society-of-dermatopathology
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Adam I Rubin, Michael Hitchcock
In this issue of the Journal of Cutaneous Pathology(1), the ASDP Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) Task Force releases a landmark series of recommendations on AUC from the American Society of Dermatopathology. This is the first set of AUC in dermatopathology and, indeed, in pathology overall. These recommendations were developed as part of the work of the ASDP AUC Task Force, created in 2015. This publication provides strong, evidence-based recommendations that will improve the delivery and utilization of care for our patients, just as AUC for Mohs surgery have elevated the discourse on that procedure for the benefit of patients and society as a whole(2)...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Cutaneous Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769180/factors-associated-with-delay-in-carotid-endarterectomy-for-patients-with-symptomatic-severe-internal-carotid-artery-stenosis-a-case-control-study
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Daniel Meyer, Erwin Karreman, David Kopriva
BACKGROUND: The Canadian Best Practice Recommendations for Stroke Care (2008 update) recommend that patients with neurologic symptoms secondary to severe internal carotid artery stenosis undergo carotid endarterectomy within 14 days of symptom onset to prevent stroke. The purpose of this study was to identify patient and system factors associated with meeting, or failing to meet, the guideline. METHODS: In this case-control study, potential study participants were identified through an electronic search of the Discharge Abstract Database...
May 15, 2018: CMAJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769101/a-new-strategy-for-volumetric-modulated-arc-therapy-planning-using-autoplanning-based-multicriteria-optimization-for-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma
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Juanqi Wang, Zhi Chen, Weiwei Li, Wei Qian, Xiaosheng Wang, Weigang Hu
BACKGROUND: A new strategy for making the appropriate choice of the representative optimization parameters in planning processes and accurate selection criteria during Pareto surface navigation for general multicriteria optimization (MCO) was recommended in the study. The purpose was to combine both benefits of AutoPlanning optimization and MCO (APMCO) for achieving an individual volumetric-modulated arc therapy (VMAT) plan according to the clinically achieved patient-specific tradeoff among conflicting priorities...
May 16, 2018: Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767640/burden-of-exposure-to-potential-interactions-between-antiretroviral-and-non-antiretroviral-medications-in-a-population-of-hiv-positive-patients-aged-50-years-or-older
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Alice Ranzani, Letizia Oreni, Massimiliano Agrò, Lorena van den Bogaart, Laura Milazzo, Andrea Giacomelli, Dario Cattaneo, Cristina Gervasoni, Anna Lisa Ridolfo
BACKGROUND: As HIV-infected patients aged 50 years or older are at increased risk of comorbidities and multidrug treatments, we examined their exposure to the potential drug-drug interactions (PDDIs) of antiretroviral (ARV) and other medications. METHODS: This cross-sectional study involved the patients aged 50 years or older receiving ARV and non-ARV medications at our clinic. PDDIs were identified using the University of Liverpool HIV Drug Interaction Checker...
June 1, 2018: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767619/metrics-to-assess-injury-prevention-programs-for-young-workers-in-high-risk-occupations-a-scoping-review-of-the-literature
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Smith Jennifer, Birinder Praneet Purewal, Alison Macpherson, Ian Pike
INTRODUCTION: Despite legal protections for young workers in Canada, youth aged 15-24 are at high risk of traumatic occupational injury. While many injury prevention initiatives targeting young workers exist, the challenge faced by youth advocates and employers is deciding what aspect(s) of prevention will be the most effective focus for their efforts. A review of the academic and grey literatures was undertaken to compile the metrics-both the indicators being evaluated and the methods of measurement-commonly used to assess injury prevention programs for young workers...
May 2018: Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767322/management-of-cardiogenic-shock-complicating-myocardial-infarction
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REVIEW
Alexandre Mebazaa, Alain Combes, Sean van Diepen, Alexa Hollinger, Jaon N Katz, Giovanni Landoni, Ludhmila Abrahao Hajjar, Johan Lassus, Guillaume Lebreton, Gilles Montalescot, Jin Joo Park, Susanna Price, Alessandro Sionis, Demetris Yannopolos, Veli-Pekka Harjola, Bruno Levy, Holger Thiele
Up to 10% of acute coronary syndromes are complicated by cardiogenic shock (CS) with contemporary mortality rates of 40-50%. The extent of ischemic myocardium has a profound impact on the initial, in-hospital, and post-discharge management and prognosis in this patient population. Individualized patient risk assessment plays an important role in determining appropriate revascularization, drug treatment with inotropes and vasopressors, mechanical circulatory support, intensive care support of other organ systems, hospital level of care triage, and allocation of clinical resources...
May 16, 2018: Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767152/rumen-liquor-from-slaughtered-cattle-as-inoculum-for-feed-evaluation
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Pius Lutakome, Fred Kabi, Francis Tibayungwa, Germana H Laswai, Abiliza Kimambo, Cyprian Ebong
Use of nonlinear mathematical models has been majorly based on in vitro gas production (GP) data generated when substrates are incubated with rumen liquor from fistulated steers. However, existing evidence suggests that rumen liquor from slaughtered cattle of unknown dietary history also generates quantifiable in vitro GP data. Fitting and description of GP data obtained from 4 diets incubated with rumen liquor from slaughtered cattle was evaluated using single-pool exponential model with discrete lag time (EXPL), logistic (LOG), Groot's (GRTS) and Gompertz (GOMP) models...
September 2017: Animal nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766257/the-impact-of-exercise-on-sleep-time-quality-and-disturbance-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-a-study-protocol-for-a-pilot-randomised-controlled-trial
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Sean G McKenna, Alan E Donnelly, Bente A Esbensen, Alexander D Fraser, Norelee M Kennedy
Poor sleep is an issue for people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), which may curtail their ability to function appropriately and reduce their activity levels. This paper describes a protocol for a pilot randomised controlled trial of an aerobic exercise intervention compared with exercise advice designed to improve sleep in people with RA. Objectives are to obtain reliable estimates regarding recruitment rates, participant retention and protocol adherence and to generate potential effect size estimates for a main trial...
May 15, 2018: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765777/patterns-of-authorship-on-community-health-workers-in-low-and-middle-income-countries-an-analysis-of-publications-2012-2016
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Helen Schneider, Nelisiwe Maleka
Introduction: Studies of authorship provide a barometer of local research capacity and ownership of research, considered key to defining appropriate research priorities, developing contextualised responses to health problems and ensuring that research informs policy and practice. This paper reports on an analysis of patterns of research authorship of the now substantial literature on community health workers (CHWs) in low-and-middle-income countries (LMICs) for the 5-year period: 2012-2016...
2018: BMJ Global Health
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