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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545066/bayesian-estimation-of-directed-functional-coupling-from-brain-recordings
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Danilo Benozzo, Pasi Jylänki, Emanuele Olivetti, Paolo Avesani, Marcel A J van Gerven
In many fields of science, there is the need of assessing the causal influences among time series. Especially in neuroscience, understanding the causal interactions between brain regions is of primary importance. A family of measures have been developed from the parametric implementation of the Granger criteria of causality based on the linear autoregressive modelling of the signals. We propose a new Bayesian method for linear model identification with a structured prior (GMEP) aiming to apply it as linear regression method in the context of the parametric Granger causal inference...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544690/deficiency-of-complement-1r-subcomponent-in-early-onset-sle-role-for-disease-modifying-alleles-in-a-monogenic-disease
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Erkan Demirkaya, Qing Zhou, Carolyne K Smith, Michael J Ombrello, Natalie Deuitch, Wanxia L Tsai, Patrycja Hoffmann, Elaine F Remmers, Masaki Takeuchi, Yong Hwan Park, JaeJin Chae, Kenan Barut, Dogan Simsek, Amra Adrovic, Sezgin Sahin, Salim Caliskan, Settara C Chandrasekharappa, Sarfaraz A Hasni, Amanda K Ombrello, Massimo Gadina, Daniel L Kastner, Mariana J Kaplan, Ozgur Kasapcopur, Ivona Aksentijevich
OBJECTIVE: To identify a genetic cause of early-onset systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in a large consanguineous family from Turkey and to study the mechanisms of disease. METHODS: We performed whole exome sequencing (WES) and SNP array genotyping in affected and unaffected family members. Protein studies, gene expression, cytokine profiling, neutrophil extracellular trap formation, and presence of low-density granulocytes were evaluated in patient primary cells and serum samples...
May 23, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544310/implementing-the-psychosocial-standards-in-pediatric-cancer-current-staffing-and-services-available
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Michele A Scialla, Kimberly S Canter, Fang Fang Chen, E Anders Kolb, Eric Sandler, Lori Wiener, Anne E Kazak
BACKGROUND: Fifteen evidence-based Standards for Psychosocial Care for Children with Cancer and Their Families (Standards) were published in 2015. The Standards cover a broad range of topics and circumstances and require qualified multidisciplinary staff to be implemented. This paper presents data on the availability of psychosocial staff and existing practices at pediatric oncology programs in the United States, providing data that can be used to advocate for expanded services and prepare for implementation of the Standards...
May 19, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544130/adaptation-of-a-scale-to-measure-coping-strategies-in-informal-primary-caregivers-a-case-of-validation-with-small-samples
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Francisco Javier Rosas-Santiago, María Luisa Marván Garduño, Roberto Lagunes-Córdoba
BACKGROUND: The recovery process of a psychiatric patient is related to his primary informal caregiver's style of coping with stress. There is insufficient literature on validations of instruments that measure coping styles in this population. OBJECTIVE: To adapt and validate a scale to measure coping strategies in primary informal caregivers. METHOD: The adapted scale was based on the Extreme Coping Scale of López-Vázquez and Marván. Items from that scale were adapted for application to informal caregivers...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543733/development-of-real-time-rt-pcr-assays-for-detection-of-three-classes-of-hhv-6a-gene-transcripts
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Masaru Ihira, Akiko Urashima, Hiroki Miura, Fumihiko Hattori, Yoshiki Kawamura, Ken Sugata, Tetsushi Yoshikawa
Human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6), a member of the betaherpesvirus family, has two distinct species: HHV-6A and HHV-6B. HHV-6B real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) has been used to distinguish between active and latent viral infection. In this study, we developed a real-time RT-PCR assay to detect HHV-6A-specific transcripts and evaluated its reliability for analysis of clinical samples. To develop HHV-6A-specific real-time RT-PCR assays, three different classes of gene transcripts (immediate early: U90; early: U12; and late: U100) were selected as targets...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543716/an-atopic-dermatitis-management-algorithm-for-primary-care-providers-and-assessment-of-its-usefulness-as-a-clinical-tool
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Maria E Miyar, Megan Brown, Karina L Vivar, Kimberly Jablon, Christy Boscardin, Moise L Levy, Joyce M Teng, Erin F Mathes
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: There is a lack of primary care provider (PCP) understanding of atopic dermatitis (AD) treatments and topical steroid use. We designed an AD management algorithm for pediatric PCPs. We hypothesized that the algorithm would improve pediatric PCPs' knowledge of AD diagnosis and management. METHODS: Pediatric primary care resident and attending physicians at three residency programs were invited to participate in an electronic AD algorithm survey that contained demographic and 19 knowledge-based questions...
May 25, 2017: Pediatric Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543671/patient-centred-dietetic-care-from-the-perspectives-of-older-malnourished-patients
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E Hazzard, L Barone, M Mason, K Lambert, A McMahon
BACKGROUND: Governing organisations for health services currently recommend a patient-centred (PC) approach to practice for all health professions, including dietetics. For the vulnerable older malnourished patient, this approach needs to be prioritised to improve outcomes. The paucity of patient experience data likely limits evidence-based, patient-centred care (PCC) from being implemented effectively. The present study aimed to identify quality indicators of dietetic services from the perspectives of older malnourished patients to inform evidence-based PC dietetic care...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics: the Official Journal of the British Dietetic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543302/a-randomised-controlled-trial-of-an-ipad-based-application-to-complement-early-behavioural-intervention-in-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Andrew J O Whitehouse, Joanna Granich, Gail Alvares, Margherita Busacca, Matthew N Cooper, Alena Dass, Thi Duong, Rajes Harper, Wendy Marshall, Amanda Richdale, Tania Rodwell, David Trembath, Pratibha Vellanki, Dennis W Moore, Angelika Anderson
BACKGROUND: Technology-based interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have proliferated, but few have been evaluated within the context of a randomised controlled trial (RCT). This RCT evaluated the efficacy of one technology-based early intervention programme (Therapy Outcomes By You; TOBY) in young children with ASD. METHODS: TOBY is an app-based learning curriculum designed for children and parents as a complement to early behavioural intervention. Eighty children (16 female) were recruited to this RCT within 12 months of receiving a diagnosis of ASD (M age = 3...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543089/treatments-for-people-living-with-schizophrenia-in-sub-saharan-africa-an-adapted-realist-review
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S Chidarikire, M Cross, I Skinner, M Cleary
AIM: To identify the treatments and interventions available and their impact on people living with schizophrenia in Sub-Saharan Africa. BACKGROUND: Help-seeking behaviour and the choice of treatment are largely influenced by socio-cultural factors and beliefs about the causes of mental illness. This review addresses the gap in knowledge regarding the treatment options available to people living with schizophrenia in Sub-Saharan Africa. DESIGN: Adapted realist literature review...
May 25, 2017: International Nursing Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542638/a-single-amino-acid-mutation-affects-elicitor-and-expansins-like-activities-of-cerato-platanin-a-non-catalytic-fungal-protein
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Simone Luti, Federica Martellini, Francesco Bemporad, Lorenzo Mazzoli, Paolo Paoli, Luigia Pazzagli
Cerato-platanin (CP) is a non-catalytic, cysteine-rich protein, the first member of the cerato-platanin family. It is a single-domain protein with a double Ψ/β barrel domain resembling the D1 domain of plant and bacterial expansins. Similarly to expansins, CP shows a cell wall-loosening activity on cellulose and can be defined as an expanisin-like protein, in spite of the missing D2 domain, normally present in plant expansins. The weakening activity shown on cellulose may facilitate the CP-host interaction, corroborating the role of CP in eliciting plant defence response...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542632/evaluation-of-a-strategy-for-enrolling-the-families-of-critically-ill-patients-in-research-using-limited-human-resources
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Alison E Turnbull, Mohamed D Hashem, Anahita Rabiee, An To, Caroline M Chessare, Dale M Needham
RATIONALE: Clinical trials of interventions aimed at the families of intensive care unit (ICU) patients have proliferated but recruitment for these trials can be challenging. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate a strategy for recruiting families of patients currently being treated in an ICU using limited human resources and time-varying daily screening over 7 consecutive days. METHODS: We screened the Johns Hopkins Hospital medical ICU census 7 days per week to identify eligible family members...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542501/a-rho-associated-coiled-coil-containing-kinases-rock-inhibitor-y-27632-enhances-adhesion-viability-and-differentiation-of-human-term-placenta-derived-trophoblasts-in-vitro
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Kenichiro Motomura, Naoko Okada, Hideaki Morita, Mariko Hara, Masato Tamari, Keisuke Orimo, Go Matsuda, Ken-Ichi Imadome, Akio Matsuda, Takeshi Nagamatsu, Mikiya Fujieda, Haruhiko Sago, Hirohisa Saito, Kenji Matsumoto
Although human term placenta-derived primary cytotrophoblasts (pCTBs) represent a good human syncytiotrophoblast (STB) model, in vitro culture of pCTBs is not always easily accomplished. Y-27632, a specific inhibitor of Rho-associated coiled-coil containing kinases (ROCK), reportedly prevented apoptosis and improved cell-to-substrate adhesion and culture stability of dissociated cultured human embryonic stem cells and human corneal endothelial cells. The Rho kinase pathway regulates various kinds of cell behavior, some of which are involved in pCTB adhesion and differentiation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542378/familial-breast-cancer-genetic-counseling-over-time-including-patients%C3%A2-expectations-and-initiators-considering-the-angelina-jolie-effect
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Christina Evers, Christine Fischer, Nicola Dikow, Sarah Schott
PURPOSE: The German Consortium for hereditary breast/ovarian cancer (GC-HBOC) aims for nationwide access to professional, individualized yet structured care for families at high risk. The identification of such families remains key for optimal care. Our study evaluates counselees' characteristics, referral practices, expectations and motivations in respect to their first genetic consultation. The impact of the Angelina Jolie Effect (AJE) was prospectively assessed. METHODS: All counselees could participate through a questionnaire...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542277/first-report-of-a-japanese-family-with-spinocerebellar-ataxia-type-10-the-second-report-from-asia-after-a-report-from-china
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Hiroyuki Naito, Tetsuya Takahashi, Masaki Kamada, Hiroyuki Morino, Hiroyo Yoshino, Nobutaka Hattori, Hirofumi Maruyama, Hideshi Kawakami, Masayasu Matsumoto
Spinocerebellar ataxia type 10 (SCA10) is an autosomal-dominant cerebellar ataxia that is variably accompanied by epilepsy and other neurological disorders. It is caused by an expansion of the ATTCT pentanucleotide repeat in intron 9 of the ATXN10 gene. Until now, SCA10 was almost exclusively found in the American continents, while no cases had been identified in Japan. Here, we report the first case of an SCA10 family from Japan. The clinical manifestations in our cases were cerebellar ataxia accompanied by epilepsy, hyperreflexia and cognitive impairment...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542227/health-beliefs-of-school-age-rural-children-in-podoconiosis-affected-families-a-qualitative-study-in-southern-ethiopia
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Abebayehu Tora, Getnet Tadele, Abraham Aseffa, Colleen M McBride, Gail Davey
BACKGROUND: Several studies have suggested investigation of health beliefs in children to be an important pre-condition for primary prevention of disease. However, little effort has been made to understand these in the context of podoconiosis. This study therefore aimed to explore the health beliefs of school-age rural children in podoconiosis-affected families. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: A cross sectional qualitative study was conducted in March 2016 in Wolaita Zone, Southern Ethiopia...
May 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542018/rehabilitation-and-psychosocial-determinants-of-cochlear-implant-outcomes-in-older-adults
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Liyang Tang, Carol B Thompson, James H Clark, Kristin M Ceh, Jennifer D Yeagle, Howard W Francis
OBJECTIVE: The cochlear implant (CI) has been shown to be associated with better hearing, cognitive abilities, and functional independence. There is variability however in how much benefit each recipient derives from his or her CI. This study's primary objective is to determine the effects of individual and environmental characteristics on CI outcomes. DESIGN: Seventy-six adults who developed postlingual severe to profound hearing loss and received their first unilateral CI at 65 years and older were eligible for the study...
May 24, 2017: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541777/multidimensional-determinants-of-the-caregiving-burden-among-chinese-male-caregivers-of-older-family-members-in-hong-kong
#17
Xue Bai, Chang Liu, Luisa Baladon, Maria Rubio-Valera
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to examine multidimensional determinants of the caregiving burden among Chinese male caregivers of older family members in Hong Kong. Based on a modified stress process model, this study explored how background and contextual factors (demographic characteristics and mental health status of caregivers, caregiving-related factors, and support and services), primary stressors (degree of care dependency and special care needs), and secondary stressors (self-efficacy and gender role conflict) might affect the caregiving burden among male caregivers...
May 25, 2017: Aging & Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541560/historical-analysis-the-journal-of-pediatric-psychology-from-1976-to-2015
#18
Kimberly S Canter, Christina M Amaro, Amy E Noser, Michael C Roberts
To provide a historical analysis through the examination of trends in type of articles, content areas, and population groups across all issues of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology (JPP). All articles published in JPP between the years 1976-2015 were coded based on article type (e.g., original research, meta-analysis), content code (e.g., adherence, primary care), and population code (e.g., oncology, chronic and recurrent pain). Descriptive statistics were calculated.  The overall top article types, content codes, and population codes are described as well as top codes for each decade...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541421/a-homozygous-donor-splice-site-mutation-in-the-meiotic-gene-msh4-causes-primary-ovarian-insufficiency
#19
Carolina Carlosama, Maëva El Zaiat, Liliana C Patiño, Heidi E Mateus, Reiner A Veitia, Paul Laissue
Premature ovarian insufficiency (POI) is a frequent pathology that affects women under 40 years of age, characterized by an early cessation of menses and high FSH levels. Despite recent progresses in molecular diagnosis, the etiology of POI remains idiopathic in most cases. Whole-exome sequencing of members of a Colombian family affected by POI allowed us to identify a novel homozygous donor splice-site mutation in the meiotic gene MSH4 (MutS Homolog 4). The variant followed a strict mendelian segregation within the family and was absent in a cohort of 135 women over 50 years of age without history of infertility, from the same geographical region as the affected family...
May 24, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538928/the-challenge-of-the-approach-to-oral-cancer-in-primary-health-care
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Luiz Roberto Augusto Noro, Jordânia Rodrigues Landim, Mychele Cavalcante de Andrade Martins, Yuliana Castro Ponciano Lima
The aim of this study was to understand the performance of dentists in public health about mouth cancer. A cross-sectional study was performed whit 121 dentists from Fortaleza Health Department, interviewed through a semi-structured questionnaire. The study did not identify statistically significant difference regarding the ability to perform biopsy by gender, year of graduation, expertise or time of public service. Only 22 professionals (18.2%) reported being able to perform biopsies and 13 (10.7%) would do so at the Family Health Unit...
May 2017: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
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