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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229377/important-treatment-outcomes-for-patients-with-psoriatic-arthritis-a-multisite-qualitative-study
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Emma Dures, Sarah Hewlett, Jane Lord, Clive Bowen, Neil McHugh, William Tillett
BACKGROUND: Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a variable and complex inflammatory condition. Symptoms can compromise physical function, reduce quality of life, and accrue significant health costs. Commonly used patient-reported outcomes largely reflect the professionals' perspective, however it is not known whether they capture what is important to patients. OBJECTIVE: The aim of our study was to identify treatment outcomes important to patients with PsA. METHODS: Eight focus groups that were audio recorded, transcribed, anonymised and analysed using inductive thematic analysis were conducted at five hospital sites...
February 22, 2017: Patient
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227726/mobile-teleradiology-system-suitable-for-m-health-services-supporting-content-and-semantic-based-image-retrieval-on-a-grid-infrastructure
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Alexandra La Cruz, Ruben Medina, Francisco Vega, Wilson Perez, Blanca Ochoa, Victor Saquicela, Mauricio Espinoza, Lizandro Solano-Quinde, Maria-Esther Vidal, Alexandra La Cruz, Ruben Medina, Francisco Vega, Wilson Perez, Blanca Ochoa, Victor Saquicela, Mauricio Espinoza, Lizandro Solano-Quinde, Maria-Esther Vidal, Victor Saquicela, Francisco Vega, Mauricio Espinoza, Lizandro Solano-Quinde, Blanca Ochoa, Maria-Esther Vidal, Alexandra La Cruz, Ruben Medina, Wilson Perez
Teleradiology systems tackle the problem of transferring radiological images between medical image workstations for facilitating different medical activities, e.g., diagnosis, treatment and follow up a patient, medical training, or consulting second opinion. Nowadays, m-Health (aka mobile health) is becoming popular because of high quality of mobile displays, although remains a work in progress. In this paper a mobile teleradiology system is reported, which main contribution is the development of a platform: (1) supported by a Grid infrastructure, (2) using biomedical ontologies for adding semantic annotations on medical images, and (3) supporting semantic and content-based image retrieval...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226585/monitoring-of-motor-and-non-motor-symptoms-of-parkinson-s-disease-through-a-mhealth-platform
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Jorge Cancela, Samanta Villanueva Mascato, Dimitrios Gatsios, George Rigas, Andrea Marcante, Giovanni Gentile, Roberta Biundo, Manuela Giglio, Maria Chondrogiorgi, Robert Vilzmann, Spyros Konitsiotis, Angelo Antonini, Maria T Arredondo, Dimitrios I Fotiadis, Jorge Cancela, Samanta Villanueva Mascato, Dimitrios Gatsios, George Rigas, Andrea Marcante, Giovanni Gentile, Roberta Biundo, Manuela Giglio, Maria Chondrogiorgi, Robert Vilzmann, Spyros Konitsiotis, Angelo Antonini, Maria T Arredondo, Dimitrios I Fotiadis, Samanta Villanueva Mascato, Maria T Arredondo, Angelo Antonini, Dimitrios Gatsios, Jorge Cancela, Robert Vilzmann, Giovanni Gentile, George Rigas, Andrea Marcante, Roberta Biundo, Spyros Konitsiotis, Maria Chondrogiorgi, Dimitrios I Fotiadis, Manuela Giglio
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a complex, chronic disease that many patients live with for many years. In this work we propose a mHealth approach based on a set of unobtrusive, simple-in-use, off-the-self, co-operative, mobile devices that will be used for motor and non-motor symptoms monitoring and evaluation, as well as for the detection of fluctuations along with their duration through a waking day. Ideally, a multidisciplinary and integrated care approach involving several professionals working together (neurologists, physiotherapists, psychologists and nutritionists) could provide a holistic management of the disease increasing the patient's independence and Quality of Life (QoL)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222716/assessing-the-feasibility-of-introducing-health-insurance-in-afghanistan-a-qualitative-stakeholder-analysis
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Wu Zeng, Christine Kim, Lauren Archer, Omarzaman Sayedi, Mohammad Yousuf Jabarkhil, Kathleen Sears
BACKGROUND: In the last decade, the health status of Afghans has improved drastically. However, the health financing system in Afghanistan remains fragile due to high out-of-pocket spending and reliance on donor funding. To address the country's health financing challenges, the Ministry of Public Health investigated health insurance as a mechanism to mobilize resources for health. This paper presents stakeholders' opinions on seven preconditions of implementing this approach, as their understanding and buy-in to such an approach will determine its success...
February 22, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222643/reliability-of-home-based-motor-function-measure-in-hereditary-neuromuscular-diseases
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Xiomara Ruiz-Cortes, Fernando Ortiz-Corredor, Camilo Mendoza-Pulido
Objective To evaluate the reliability of the motor function measure (MFM) scale in the assessment of disease severity and progression when administered at home and clinic and assess its correlation with the Paediatric Outcomes Data Collection Instrument (PODCI). Methods In this prospective study, two assessors rated children with hereditary neuromuscular diseases (HNMDs) using the MFM at the clinic and then 2 weeks later at the patients' home. Intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) was calculated for the reliability of the MFM and its domains...
February 2017: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219878/features-of-a-mobile-support-app-for-patients-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-literature-review-and-current-applications
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Drishty D Sobnath, Nada Philip, Reem Kayyali, Shereen Nabhani-Gebara, Barbara Pierscionek, Anouk W Vaes, Martijn A Spruit, Evangelos Kaimakamis
BACKGROUND: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a serious long-term lung disease in which the airflow from the lungs is progressively reduced. By 2030, COPD will become the third cause of mortality and seventh cause of morbidity worldwide. With advances in technology and mobile communications, significant progress in the mobile health (mHealth) sector has been recently observed. Mobile phones with app capabilities (smartphones) are now considered as potential media for the self-management of certain types of diseases such as asthma, cancer, COPD, or cardiovascular diseases...
February 20, 2017: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219208/-expression-and-clinical-significance-of-hmga2-in-renal-carcinoma
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Y Liu, Q Z Fu, L Pu, L L Song, G Y Lyu, J Liu, Zhenlong Wang, Ziming Wang
Objective: To detect the high mobility group A2 (HMGA2) expression in renal carcinoma, and to explore the relationship with clinicopathological features and its significance for prognosis. Methods: 50 renal carcinoma specimens, 50 corresponding adjacent normal kidney tissue samples, and 40 benign renal tumor specimens were used in this study. The expressions of HMGA2 mRNA and protein were detected by RT-PCR, Western blot and immunohistochemical assays, and its relationship with clinicopathological features and prognosis in the renal carcinoma patients was analyzed...
February 23, 2017: Zhonghua Zhong Liu za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Oncology]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218314/implicating-the-contributions-of-surface-and-bulk-states-on-carrier-trapping-and-photocurrent-performance-of-bivo4-photoanodes
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B Pattengale, J Huang
Monoclinic-scheelite BiVO4 has been widely studied as a promising oxygen evolution reaction (OER) catalyst in artificial photosynthesis. Though significant progress to improve or augment its catalysis performance has been made, fundamental understanding of its relatively poor performance as a bare material is lacking. In this paper, we report the correlation of the surface structure and trap states with charge separation efficiency and OER performance of bare BiVO4 photoanodes via varying the sample thickness...
February 20, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217790/nanotribological-properties-of-nanostructured-poly-cysteine-methacrylate-brushes
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Omed Al-Jaf, Abdullah Alswieleh, Steven P Armes, Graham J Leggett
The nanomechanical properties of zwitterionic poly(cysteine methacrylate) (PCysMA) brushes grown from planar surfaces by atom transfer radical polymerisation have been characterised by friction force microscopy (FFM). FFM provides quantitative insights into polymer structure-property relationships and in particular illuminates the dependence of brush swelling on chain packing in nanostructured materials. In ethanol, which is a poor solvent for PCysMA, a linear friction-load relationship is observed, indicating that energy dissipation occurs primarily through ploughing...
February 20, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216372/hepatitis-b-virus-xprotein-stimulates-high-mobility-group-box-1-secretion-and-enhances-hepatocellular-carcinoma-metastasis
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Shuzhen Chen, Zihui Dong, Pinghua Yang, Xianming Wang, Guangzhi Jin, Han Yu, Lei Chen, Liang Li, Liang Tang, Shilei Bai, Hexin Yan, Feng Shen, Wenming Cong, Wen Wen, Hongyang Wang
: Hepatitis B virus X protein (HBx) plays an important role in the progression of hepatocellular carcinoma. Here we reported that overexpression of HBx in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells could induce the secretion of high-mobility group box 1 (HMGB1) to promote invasion and metastasis of HCC in an autocrine/paracrine manner. HBx triggered an increase of cytoplasmic calcium and activated CAMKK/CAMKIV pathway, leading to subsequent translocation and release of HMGB1. HMGB1 neutralizing antibody, as well as calcium chelator or inhibitors of CAMKK/CAMKIV, could remarkably reduce invasion and metastasis of HCC cells in vitro and in a murine HCC metastasis model in vivo...
February 16, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213879/arthrogryposis-multiplex-congenita-classification-diagnosis-perioperative-care-and-anesthesia
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REVIEW
Lulu Ma, Xuerong Yu
Arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC) is a rare disorder characterized by non-progressive, multiple contractures. In addition to affected extremities, patients may also present microstomia, decreased temporomandibular joint mobility. Although the etiology of AMC is unclear, any factor that decreases fetal movement is responsible for AMC. Thus, accurate diagnosis and classification are crucial to the appropriate treatment of AMC. The development of ultrasound technology has enabled prenatal diagnosis. Very early treatment is favorable, and multidisciplinary treatment is necessary to improve the function of AMC patients...
February 17, 2017: Frontiers of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210782/toll-like-receptor-signaling-and-stages-of-addiction
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REVIEW
Fulton T Crews, T Jordan Walter, Leon G Coleman, Ryan P Vetreno
BACKGROUND: Athina Markou and her colleagues discovered persistent changes in adult behavior following adolescent exposure to ethanol or nicotine consistent with increased risk for developing addiction. Building on Dr. Markou's important work and that of others in the field, researchers at the Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies have found that persistent changes in behavior following adolescent stress or alcohol exposure may be linked to induction of immune signaling in brain. AIM: This study aims to illuminate the critical interrelationship of the innate immune system (e...
February 17, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209173/moving-from-legality-to-reality-how-medical-abortion-methods-were-introduced-with-implementation-science-in-zambia
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Tamara Fetters, Ghazaleh Samandari, Patrick Djemo, Bellington Vwallika, Stephen Mupeta
BACKGROUND: Although abortion is technically legal in Zambia, the reality is far more complicated. This study describes the process and results of galvanizing access to medical abortion where abortion has been legal for many years, but provision severely limited. It highlights the challenges and successes of scaling up abortion care using implementation science to document 2 years of implementation. METHODS: An intervention between the Ministry of Health, University Teaching Hospital and the international organization Ipas, was established to introduce medical abortion and to address the lack of understanding and implementation of the country's abortion law...
February 16, 2017: Reproductive Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207895/the-metastasis-suppressor-kiss1-is-an-intrinsically-disordered-protein-slightly-more-extended-than-a-random-coil
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Alain Ibáñez de Opakua, Nekane Merino, Maider Villate, Tiago N Cordeiro, Georgina Ormaza, Marta Sánchez-Carbayo, Tammo Diercks, Pau Bernadó, Francisco J Blanco
The metastasis suppressor KISS1 is reported to be involved in the progression of several solid neoplasias, making it a promising molecular target for controlling their metastasis. The KISS1 sequence contains an N-terminal secretion signal and several dibasic sequences that are proposed to be the proteolytic cleavage sites. We present the first structural characterization of KISS1 by circular dichroism, multi-angle light scattering, small angle X-Ray scattering and NMR spectroscopy. An analysis of the KISS1 backbone NMR chemical shifts does not reveal any preferential conformation and deviation from a random coil ensemble...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205534/trim14-regulates-cell-proliferation-and-invasion-in-osteosarcoma-via-promotion-of-the-akt-signaling-pathway
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Guoxing Xu, Yongfei Guo, Dabo Xu, Yi Wang, Yafeng Shen, Feifei Wang, Yuanyuan Lv, Fanglong Song, Dawei Jiang, Yinquan Zhang, Yi Lou, Yake Meng, Yongji Yang, Yifan Kang
Recent studies have shown that some members of the tripartite motif-containing protein (TRIM) family serve as important regulators of tumorigenesis. However, the biological role of TRIM14 in osteosarcoma remains to be established. In this study, we showed that TRIM14 is upregulated in human osteosarcoma specimens and cell lines, and correlated with osteosarcoma progression and shorter patient survival times. Functional studies demonstrated that overexpression of TRIM14 enhances osteosarcoma cell proliferation, clone formation, cell cycle procession, migration and invasion in vitro and promotes tumor growth in vivo, and conversely, its silencing has the opposite effects...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197363/small-gtpase-rbj-promotes-cancer-progression-by-mobilizing-mdscs-via-il-6
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Qiuyan Liu, Ha Zhu, Chaoxiong Zhang, Taoyong Chen, Xuetao Cao
RBJ has been identified to be dysregulated in gastrointestinal cancer and promotes tumorigenesis and progression by mediating nuclear accumulation of active MEK1/2 and sustained activation of ERK1/2. Considering that nuclear accumulation and constitutive activation of MEK/ERK not only promotes tumor progression directly, but also induces chronic inflammation, we wonder whether and how RBJ impairs host immune-surveillance via chronic inflammation and consequently supports tumor progression. Here, we report that higher expression of RBJ in human breast cancer tissue has been significantly correlated with poorer prognosis in breast cancer patients...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197072/hmgb1-mediates-autophagy-dysfunction-via-perturbing-beclin1-vps34-complex-in-dopaminergic-cell-model
#17
Jinsha Huang, Jiaolong Yang, Yan Shen, Haiyang Jiang, Chao Han, Guoxin Zhang, Ling Liu, Xiaoyun Xu, Jie Li, Zhicheng Lin, Nian Xiong, Zhentao Zhang, Jing Xiong, Tao Wang
Parkinson's disease (PD), a progressive neurodegenerative disorder, is characterized by irreversible dopaminergic neuron loss and intra-neuronal α-synuclein aggregation. High mobility group box 1 (HMGB1) has been proven to be involved in autophagy dysfunction induced by α-synuclein accumulation, and the Beclin1-vacuolar protein sorting 34 (Vps34) complex is of great importance to the initiation of autophagy. Nevertheless, the concrete interaction mechanism between HMGB1, α-synuclein and autophagy remains elusive, especially in the context of PD...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195576/the-mole-mapper-study-mobile-phone-skin-imaging-and-melanoma-risk-data-collected-using-researchkit
#18
Dan E Webster, Christine Suver, Megan Doerr, Erin Mounts, Lisa Domenico, Tracy Petrie, Sancy A Leachman, Andrew D Trister, Brian M Bot
Sensor-embedded phones are an emerging facilitator for participant-driven research studies. Skin cancer research is particularly amenable to this approach, as phone cameras enable self-examination and documentation of mole abnormalities that may signal a progression towards melanoma. Aggregation and open sharing of this participant-collected data can be foundational for research and the development of early cancer detection tools. Here we describe data from Mole Mapper, an iPhone-based observational study built using the Apple ResearchKit framework...
February 14, 2017: Scientific Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194306/a-randomized-exploratory-phase-2-study-in-patients-with-chemotherapy-related-peripheral-neuropathy-evaluating-whole-body-vibration-training-as-adjunct-to-an-integrated-program-including-massage-passive-mobilization-and-physical-exercises
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Stefan S Schönsteiner, Heidi Bauder Mißbach, Axel Benner, Silja Mack, Thomas Hamel, Michael Orth, Bernhard Landwehrmeyer, Sigurd D Süßmuth, Carolin Geitner, Regine Mayer-Steinacker, Anneliese Riester, Andrea Prokein, Elfriede Erhardt, Jelena Kunecki, Anna M Eisenschink, Rainer Rawer, Hartmut Döhner, Elisabeth Kirchner, Richard F Schlenk
BACKGROUND: Chemotherapy-induced polyneuropathy (CIPN) is a common toxicity after chemotherapy, immunomodulatory drugs or proteasome inhibitors, which is difficult to treat and may also have impact on quality of life. The objective of the study was to evaluate whole-body vibration (WBV) on the background of an integrated program (IP) including massage, passive mobilization and physical exercises on CIPN. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In an exploratory phase-2 study patients with CIPN (NCI CTC grade 2/3) were randomized for WBV plus IP (experimental) to IP alone (standard)...
2017: Experimental Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192530/non-enzymatic-glucosylation-induced-neo-epitopes-on-human-serum-albumin-a-concentration-based-study
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Km Neelofar, Zarina Arif, Jamal Ahmad, Khursheed Alam
Hyperglycaemia induced non enzymatic glycation is accelerated in diabetic patients and aggressively involved in diabetes progression. Human serum albumin (HSA) is the most abundant protein in blood circulation. In hyperglycaemia, it undergoes fast glycation and results in the impairment of structure. Our previous study has demonstrated structural alterations in Amadori-albumin modified with different glucose concentrations from physiological to pathophysiological range. Here, we focused on immunological characterization of Amadori-albumin...
2017: PloS One
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