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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342844/a-system-dynamics-modelling-approach-to-assess-the-impact-of-launching-a-new-nicotine-product-on-population-health-outcomes
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Andrew Hill, Oscar M Camacho
In 2012 the US FDA suggested the use of mathematical models to assess the impact of releasing new nicotine or tobacco products on population health outcomes. A model based on system dynamics methodology was developed to project the potential effects of a new nicotine product at a population level. A model representing traditional smoking populations (never, current and former smokers) and calibrated using historical data was extended to a two-product model by including electronic cigarettes use statuses. Smoking mechanisms, such as product initiation, switching, transition to dual use, and cessation, were represented as flows between smoking statuses (stocks) and the potential effect of smoking renormalisation through a feedback system...
March 22, 2017: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342658/educational-needs-of-adolescents-with-congenital-heart-disease-impact-of-a-transition-intervention-programme
#2
Magalie Ladouceur, Johanna Calderon, Maladon Traore, Radhia Cheurfi, Christine Pagnon, Diala Khraiche, Fanny Bajolle, Damien Bonnet
BACKGROUND: Adolescents and young adults with congenital heart disease (CHD) have complex health needs and require lifelong follow-up. Interventions to facilitate the paediatric-to-adult healthcare transition are recommended, but outcomes remain largely under-investigated. AIMS: To identify the educational needs and the impact of a transition intervention on knowledge and self-management skills in adolescents and young adults with CHD. METHODS: From September 2014 to May 2015, 115 adolescents and young adults with CHD (mean age 17±2 years; 47 girls) were consecutively enrolled...
March 22, 2017: Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342618/a-realist-synthesis-of-social-connectivity-interventions-during-transition-to-parenthood-the-value-of-relationships
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Claudine T Bennett, Judy L Buchan, Nicole Letourneau, Stuart G Shanker, Anne Fenwick, Brenda Smith-Chant, Cyndi Gilmer
BACKGROUND: Social connections are important during the transition to parenthood. A wide body of literature suggests that these connections enhance health and contribute to wellbeing. In the case of parents and families, social connections can influence child development. Nurses and public health agencies are in a unique position to advocate for resources and approaches to enhance social connectivity for parents during this important life transition. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this review was to identify the universal social connectivity interventions that work, and the conditions that foster social connections for parents and enhance child development...
April 2017: Applied Nursing Research: ANR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341420/brain-metastasization-of-breast-cancer
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REVIEW
Tânia Custódio-Santos, Mafalda Videira, Maria Alexandra Brito
Central nervous system metastases have been reported in 15-25% of breast cancer patients, and the incidence is increasing. Moreover, the survival of these patients is generally poor, with reports of a 1-year survival rate of 20%. Therefore, a better knowledge about the determinants of brain metastasization is essential for the improvement of the clinical outcomes. Here, we summarize the current data about the metastatic cascade, ranging from the output of cancer cells from the primary tumour to their colonization in the brain, which involves the epithelial-mesenchymal transition, invasion of mammary tissue, intravasation into circulation, and homing into and extravasation towards the brain...
March 21, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339027/su6668-modulates-prostate-cancer-progression-by-downregulating-mtdh-akt-signaling-pathway
#5
Benjiang Qian, Yi Yao, Changming Liu, Jiabing Zhang, Huihong Chen, Huizhang Li
Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among men in Western counties and has increased in incidence also in China in recent years. Although diagnosis modalities for primary prostate cancer have markedly improved, there are still no effective therapies for metastatic prostate cancer. SU6668 is an inhibitor of the tyrosine kinase activity of three angiogenic receptors VEGFR2, PDGFRβ and FGFR1. There is strong experimental evidence that SU6668 can induce growth inhibition of various primary tumors...
March 22, 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338981/continuity-and-changes-in-three-types-of-caregiving-and-the-risk-of-depression-in-later-life-a-2-year-prospective-study
#6
Huiying Liu, Wei Qun Vivian Lou
Objective: previous studies have well documented the psychological consequences of family caregiving but less is known about the heterogeneity of older carers being affected during different temporal phases of caregiving over time. This study aimed to prospectively examine the impact of continuity and changes in grandchild care, parent care and spouse care on older carers' depressive symptoms 2 years later. Methods: the analytic sample contained 2,398 urban seniors who completed interviews for both the 2011 and 2013 waves of the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study...
March 10, 2017: Age and Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338720/from-teeth-to-baleen-and-raptorial-to-bulk-filter-feeding-in-mysticete-cetaceans-the-role-of-paleontological-genetic-and-geochemical-data-in-feeding-evolution-and-ecology
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Annalisa Berta, Agnese Lanzetti, Eric G Ekdale, Thomas A Deméré
The origin of baleen and filter feeding in mysticete cetaceans occurred sometime between approximately 34 and 24 million years ago and represents a major macroevolutionary shift in cetacean morphology (teeth to baleen) and ecology (raptorial to filter feeding). We explore this dramatic change in feeding strategy by employing a diversity of tools and approaches: morphology, molecules, development, and stable isotopes from the geological record. Adaptations for raptorial feeding in extinct toothed mysticetes provide the phylogenetic context for evaluating morphological apomorphies preserved in the skeletons of stem and crown edentulous mysticetes...
December 16, 2016: Integrative and Comparative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338204/nsd2-promotes-osteosarcoma-cell-proliferation-and-metastasis-by-inhibiting-e-cadherin-expression
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M-H Lu, M-F Fan, X-D Yu
OBJECTIVE: Osteosarcoma is one of the most common malignant bone tumors. The mechanisms of osteosarcoma development and invasion have been studied for periods of time, yet targeted therapy for improving survival has not been well established. Histone lysine methyltransferase NSD2 was frequently overexpressed in multiple types of cancer such as multiple myeloma, stomach and colon cancer, and the overexpression of it usually associated with aggressiveness tumor type. However, the expression status and function of NSD2 are still ambiguous in osteosarcoma...
March 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337994/the-new-phases-due-to-symmetry-protected-piecewise-berry-phases-enhanced-pumping-and-non-reciprocity-in-trimer-lattices
#9
Xuele Liu, G S Agarwal
Finding new phase of matter is a fundamental task in physics. Generally, various phases or states of matter (for instance solid/liquid/gas phases) have different symmetries, the phase transitions among them can be explained by Landau's symmetry breaking theory. The topological phases discovered in recent years show that different phases may have the same symmetry. The different topological phases are characterized by different integer values of the Berry phases. By studying one dimensional (1D) trimer lattices we report new phases beyond topological phases...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337719/an-early-health-economic-analysis-of-the-potential-cost-effectiveness-of-an-adherence-intervention-to-improve-outcomes-for-patients-with-cystic-fibrosis
#10
Paul Tappenden, Susannah Sadler, Martin Wildman
BACKGROUND: Cystic fibrosis (CF) negatively impacts upon health-related quality of life and survival. Adherence to nebulised treatments is low; improving adherence is hypothesised to reduce rates of exacerbation requiring intravenous antibiotics and lung function decline. OBJECTIVE: A state transition model was developed to assess the cost effectiveness of an intervention aimed at increasing patient adherence to nebulised and inhaled antibiotics compared with current CF care, in advance of the forthcoming CFHealthHub randomised controlled trial (RCT)...
March 23, 2017: PharmacoEconomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336535/the-effects-of-short-work-versus-longer-work-periods-within-intermittent-exercise-on-v%C3%AC-o2p-kinetics-muscle-deoxygenation-and-energy-system-contribution
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Michael Christopher McCrudden, Daniel A Keir, Glen R Belfry
We examined the effects of inserting 3 s recovery periods during high-intensity cycling exercise at 25 s and 10 s intervals on pulmonary oxygen uptake (V̇O2p), muscle deoxygenation (HHb), associated kinetics (τ), and energy system contributions. Eleven men (24±3 years) completed two trials of three cycling protocols: an 8 min continuous protocol (CONT) and two, 8 min intermittent exercise protocols with work-to-rest periods of 25 s-to-3 s (25INT) and 10 s-to-3 s (10INT). Each protocol began with a step-transition from a 20 W baseline to a power output (PO) of 60% between lactate threshold and maximal V̇O2p (Δ60)...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336426/sar-simulations-safety
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Thomas M Fiedler, Mark E Ladd, Andreas K Bitz
At ultra-high fields, the assessment of radiofrequency (RF) safety presents several new challenges compared to low-field systems. Multi-channel RF transmit coils in combination with parallel transmit techniques produce time-dependent and spatially varying power loss densities in the tissue. Further, in ultra-high-field systems, localized field effects can be more pronounced due to a transition from the quasistationary to the electromagnetic field regime. Consequently, local information on the RF field is required for reliable RF safety assessment as well as for monitoring of RF exposure during MR examinations...
March 20, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335744/a-systematic-review-of-prognostic-factors-at-the-end-of-life-for-people-with-a-hematological-malignancy
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Elise Button, Raymond Javan Chan, Shirley Chambers, Jason Butler, Patsy Yates
BACKGROUND: Accurate prognosticating is needed when patients are nearing the end of life to ensure appropriate treatment decisions, and facilitate palliative care provision and transitioning to terminal care. People with a hematological malignancy characteristically experience a fluctuating illness trajectory leading to difficulties with prognosticating. The aim of this review was to identify current knowledge regarding 'bedside' prognostic factors in the final 3 months of life for people with a hematological malignancy associated with increased risk of mortality...
March 23, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335609/early-and-delayed-antiretroviral-therapy-art-result-in-comparable-reductions-in-cd8-t-cell-exhaustion-marker-expression
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Rachel Rutishauser, Wendy Hartogensis, Christian D Deguit, Melissa Krone, Rebecca Hoh, Rick Hecht, Christopher D Pilcher, Peter Bacchetti, Steven G Deeks, Peter W Hunt, Joseph M McCune
In untreated HIV infection, CD8+ T cell exhaustion (i.e., decreased proliferative and effector capacity) is associated with high levels of expression of co-inhibitory receptors, including PD-1, TIGIT, CD160, and 2B4. This is evident for both HIV-specific and non-HIV-specific CD8+ T cells. Antiretroviral therapy (ART) initiated during chronic infection decreases but may not completely normalize the expression of such "exhaustion markers." Compared to initiation of ART later in the course of disease, initiation soon after infection reduces some parameters of chronic inflammation and adaptive immune dysfunction...
March 23, 2017: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334973/analysis-of-dropout-across-the-continuum-of-maternal-health-care-in-tanzania-findings-from-a-cross-sectional-household-survey
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Diwakar Mohan, Amnesty E LeFevre, Asha George, Rose Mpembeni, Eva Bazant, Neema Rusibamayila, Japhet Killewo, Peter J Winch, Abdullah H Baqui
The 'continuum of care' is proposed as a key framework for the delivery of maternal, neonatal and child health services. This study examined the extent of dropout as well as factors associated with retention across the MNCH continuum from antenatal care (ANC), through skilled birth attendance (SBA), to postnatal care (PNC).We analyzed data from 1931 women who delivered in the preceding 2-14 months, from a two-stage cluster sampling household survey in four districts of Tanzania's Morogoro region. The survey was conducted in 2011 as a part of a baseline for an independent evaluation of a maternal health program...
March 16, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334661/extended-release-naltrexone-reduces-alcohol-consumption-among-released-prisoners-with-hiv-disease-as-they-transition-to-the-community
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Sandra A Springer, Angela Di Paola, Marwan M Azar, Russell Barbour, Archana Krishnan, Frederick L Altice
BACKGROUND: Alcohol use disorders (AUDs) are highly prevalent among persons living with HIV (PLH) within the criminal justice system (CJS). Extended-release naltrexone (XR-NTX) has not been previously evaluated among CJS-involved PLH with AUDs. METHODS: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial was conducted among 100 HIV+ prisoners with AUDs. Participants were randomized 2:1 to receive 6 monthly injections of XR-NTX or placebo starting one week prior to release...
March 10, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334653/the-impact-of-transitions-in-insurance-coverage-on-gp-visiting-among-children-in-ireland
#17
Anne Nolan, Richard Layte
The use of direct out-of-pocket payments to finance general practitioner (GP) care by the majority of the population in Ireland is unusual in a European context. Currently, approximately 40 per cent of the population have means-tested access to free GP care, while the remainder must pay the full out-of-pocket cost. In this paper, we use nationally representative data from the Growing up in Ireland (GUI) study to examine the impact of transitions in insurance coverage on GP utilisation among children. GUI surveys two cohorts of nearly 20,000 children (aged 9 months and 9 years at baseline); we use data from the first two waves of each cohort (which covers the period 2007-2012)...
March 16, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334473/history-of-being-in-government-care-associated-with-younger-age-at-injection-initiation-among-a-cohort-of-street-involved-youth
#18
Brittany Barker, Thomas Kerr, Huiru Dong, Evan Wood, Kora DeBeck
INTRODUCTION AND AIMS: Compared to the general population of youth, health-related disparities experienced by youth exposed to the child welfare system are well documented. Amongst these vulnerabilities are elevated rates of substance use, including injection drug use; however, less is known about when these youth transition to this high-risk behaviour. We sought to assess whether having a history of government care is associated with initiating injection drug use before age 18. DESIGN AND METHODS: Between September 2005 and May 2014, data were derived from the At-Risk Youth Study, a cohort of street-involved youth who use illicit drugs in Vancouver, Canada...
March 23, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334026/exploring-the-link-between-multiscale-entropy-and-fractal-scaling-behavior-in-near-surface-wind
#19
Miguel Nogueira
The equivalency between the power law behavior of Multiscale Entropy (MSE) and of power spectra opens a promising path for interpretation of complex time-series, which is explored here for the first time for atmospheric fields. Additionally, the present manuscript represents a new independent empirical validation of such relationship, the first one for the atmosphere. The MSE-fractal relationship is verified for synthetic fractal time-series covering the full range of exponents typically observed in the atmosphere...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333977/transition-into-inflammatory-cancer-associated-adipocytes-in-breast-cancer-microenvironment-requires-microrna-regulatory-mechanism
#20
Jiwoo Lee, Bok Sil Hong, Han Suk Ryu, Han-Byoel Lee, Minju Lee, In Ae Park, Jisun Kim, Wonshik Han, Dong-Young Noh, Hyeong-Gon Moon
The role of adipocytes in cancer microenvironment has gained focus during the recent years. However, the characteristics of the cancer-associated adipocytes (CAA) in human breast cancer tissues and the underlying regulatory mechanism are not clearly understood. We reviewed pathology specimens of breast cancer patients to understand the morphologic characteristics of CAA, and profiled the mRNA and miRNA expression of CAA by using indirect co-culture system in vitro. The CAAs in human breast cancers showed heterogeneous topographic relationship with breast cancer cells within the breast microenvironment...
2017: PloS One
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