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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313167/prenatal-exposure-to-chernobyl-fallout-in-norway-neurological-and-developmental-outcomes-in-a-25-year-follow-up
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Rolv Terje Lie, Dag Moster, Per Strand, Allen James Wilcox
Ionizing radiation at high doses early in life may cause neurodevelopmental problems. Possible effects of lower doses are, however, controversial. We use carefully collected exposure data for Norway following the Chernobyl accident in April 1986 combined with population-based registries to assess long-term effects of fetal exposure on neurodevelopmental outcomes. Radiation doses were estimated for each Norwegian municipality for each calendar month from May 1986 to April 1989. We established a cohort of all Norwegian pregnancies during the three-year period of radiation measurement and compared them with appropriate unexposed groups...
December 2017: European Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305691/the-capos-mutation-in-atp1a3-alters-na-k-atpase-function-and-results-in-auditory-neuropathy-which-has-implications-for-management
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Lisbeth Tranebjærg, Nicola Strenzke, Sture Lindholm, Nanna D Rendtorff, Hanne Poulsen, Himanshu Khandelia, Wojciech Kopec, Troels J Brünnich Lyngbye, Christian Hamel, Cecile Delettre, Beatrice Bocquet, Michael Bille, Hanne H Owen, Toke Bek, Hanne Jensen, Karen Østergaard, Claes Möller, Linda Luxon, Lucinda Carr, Louise Wilson, Kaukab Rajput, Tony Sirimanna, Katherine Harrop-Griffiths, Shamima Rahman, Barbara Vona, Julia Doll, Thomas Haaf, Oliver Bartsch, Hendrik Rosewich, Tobias Moser, Maria Bitner-Glindzicz
Cerebellar ataxia, areflexia, pes cavus, optic atrophy and sensorineural hearing impairment (CAPOS) is a rare clinically distinct syndrome caused by a single dominant missense mutation, c.2452G>A, p.Glu818Lys, in ATP1A3, encoding the neuron-specific alpha subunit of the Na+/K+-ATPase α3. Allelic mutations cause the neurological diseases rapid dystonia Parkinsonism and alternating hemiplegia of childhood, disorders which do not encompass hearing or visual impairment. We present detailed clinical phenotypic information in 18 genetically confirmed patients from 11 families (10 previously unreported) from Denmark, Sweden, UK and Germany indicating a specific type of hearing impairment-auditory neuropathy (AN)...
January 5, 2018: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29304204/death-depression-disability-and-dementia-associated-with-self-reported-hearing-problems-a-25-year-study
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Hélène Amieva, Camille Ouvrard, Céline Meillon, Laetitia Rullier, Jean-François Dartigues
Background: Hearing loss in older adults is suspected to play a role in social isolation, depression, disability, lower quality of life and risk of dementia. Such suspected associations still need to be consolidated with additional research. With a particularly long follow-up, this study assessed the relationship between hearing status and four major adverse health events: death, dementia, depression, and disability. Methods: Prospective community-based study of 3777 subjects aged ≥ 65 followed-up for 25 years...
January 3, 2018: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29302544/morbidity-pattern-and-its-sociodemographic-determinants-among-elderly-population-of-raichur-district-karnataka-india
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Leyanna Susan George, Sanjay Deshpande, M K Krishna Kumar, Ramesh S Patil
Context: India is an "aging nation" with 7.7% of its population being above 60 years of age. It has resulted in a rise of both physical and mental health morbidities. Aims: This study aimed to gather information regarding the morbidity pattern and its sociodemographic determinants among the elderly residing in the rural villages of Raichur, to understand the need for geriatric health-care facilities. Settings and Design: This community-based cross-sectional study was carried out in six rural villages of Raichur District, of which 230 elderly were selected randomly...
April 2017: Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29290673/vertical-integration-heats-up-in-drug-industry-will-medication-price-hikes-cool-down-as-a-result
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Stephen Barlas
Is industry consolidation a response to President Donald Trump's repeated denunciation of high drug prices and congressional hearings on the issue? The author considers whether any of this corporate collaboration will get at some of the significant, underlying problems in the drug-pricing space.
January 2018: P & T: a Peer-reviewed Journal for Formulary Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29286928/long-term-neurodevelopment-outcome-of-caffeine-versus-aminophylline-therapy-for-apnea-of-prematurity
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S Khurana, M Shivakumar, G V Sujith Kumar Reddy, P Jayashree, Y Ramesh Bhat, L E S Lewis
OBJECTIVE: Methylxanthines are the most commonly prescribed drug in neonatal setups. However, Clinicians show indecision in choosing the right agent for Apnea of Prematurity in most of the developing countries. Present study aimed to compare rate of mortality and survival with normal neurodevelopment outcome at 18 to 24 months of corrected age, between Caffeine- and Aminophylline-treated infants for apnea of prematurity. METHODS: 240 infants were randomly allocated to caffeine and aminophylline for apnea of prematurity during February 2012 to January 2015...
2017: Journal of Neonatal-perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29283095/evaluation-of-cervical-vestibular-evoked-myogenic-potential-in-subjects-with-chronic-noise-exposure
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Nehal Mamdouh Abd El Salam, Elshahat Ibrahem Ismail, Ayman El Saeed El Sharabasy
OBJECTIVE: Noise has been recognized as a major cause of cochlear damage resulting in both tinnitus and hearing loss. On the other hand, damage to the vestibular system, especially the saccule, can be considered as a potential problem. The cervical vestibular-evoked myogenic potentials (cVEMPs) have been established as a clinical test of measuring both sac-cular and inferior vestibular nerve function. Therefore, it is thought to be sensitive to the noise-induced damage to the vestibular system...
December 14, 2017: Journal of International Advanced Otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29261683/reasons-for-low-uptake-of-referrals-to-ear-and-hearing-services-for-children-in-malawi
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Tess Bright, Wakisa Mulwafu, Richard Thindwa, Maria Zuurmond, Sarah Polack
BACKGROUND: Early detection and appropriate intervention for children with hearing impairment is important for maximizing functioning and quality of life. The lack of ear and hearing services in low income countries is a significant challenge, however, evidence suggests that even where such services are available, and children are referred to them, uptake is low. The aim of this study was to assess uptake of and barriers to referrals to ear and hearing services for children in Thyolo District, Malawi...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29249003/mitochondrial-disease-in-children-the%C3%A2-nephrologist-s-perspective
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Paula Pérez-Albert, Carmen de Lucas Collantes, Miguel Ángel Fernández-García, Teresa de Rojas, Cristina Aparicio López, Luis Gutiérrez-Solana
Mitochondrial diseases (MD) are a heterogeneous group of clinical syndromes characterized by the involvement of different organ systems. They constitute the most prevalent hereditary metabolic disease group. OBJECTIVE: To review the importance of the kidney in MD from the nephrologist's perspective within the setting of a pediatric tertiary reference center. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective study of children (<18 years) with MD followed between 2000 and 2016 at a tertiary Spanish center...
December 17, 2017: JIMD Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245168/-school-entrance-examination-for-lateral-entrants-what-can-and-what-should-they-be-able-to-do-a-discussion-contribution-based-on-the-data-from-the-health-authority-frankfurt-am-main-2006-2016
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Maria Karathana, Bernhard Krackhardt, Manuela Schade, Ursel Heudorf
Question The medical investigation of school beginners is one of the essential tasks of the child and youth services of the health authorities. While in all federal states in Germany, the examination of all school beginners is legally clearly stipulated, the situation for "lateral entry", that is, children of school age, who are moving from a foreign country to a local German community and attending school there, is not clearly regulated in the respective school laws. This article presents the experiences of the lateral entry investigations in Frankfurt am Main...
December 15, 2017: Das Gesundheitswesen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29242043/sweep-tone-evoked-stimulus-frequency-otoacoustic-emissions-in-humans-development-of-a-noise-rejection-algorithm-and-normative-features
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Srikanta K Mishra, Carrick L Talmadge
In recent years, there has been a growing interest to measure stimulus frequency otoacoustic emissions (SFOAEs) using sweep tones. While there are several advantages of the sweep-tone technique, one of the major problems with sweep-tone methodologies is the lack of an objective analysis procedure that considers and rejects individual noisy recordings or noisy segments. A new efficient data-driven method for rejecting noisy segments in SFOAE analysis is proposed and the normative features of SFOAEs are characterized in fifty normal-hearing young adults...
November 20, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241237/delayed-hyperbaric-intervention-in-life-threatening-decompression-illness
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Michael Fm Perez, Janet V Ongkeko Perez, April R Serrano, Maravic P Andal, Maria Cc Aldover
Arterial gas embolism is a catastrophic event. Bubbles in the arterial circulation may lodge in the brain and cause infarction in the affected area and/or in a coronary vessel causing acute myocardial ischaemia. There is no well-defined window of time beyond which a response to hyperbaric oxygen is not expected. Major improvement may occur if the patient is treated as soon as possible, but is less likely in divers with severe decompression illness who have delayed intervention. We report on a 51-year-old, male rebreather diver who suffered loss of consciousness and cardiovascular collapse within minutes of a 30-metre deep dive at a remote Micronesian dive site...
December 2017: Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine: the Journal of the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237333/predictors-of-entering-a-hearing-aid-evaluation-period-a-prospective-study-in-older-hearing-help-seekers
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Marieke Pronk, Dorly J H Deeg, Niek J Versfeld, Martijn W Heymans, Graham Naylor, Sophia E Kramer
This study aimed to determine the predictors of entering a hearing aid evaluation period (HAEP) using a prospective design drawing on the health belief model and the transtheoretical model. In total, 377 older persons who presented with hearing problems to an Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist ( n = 110) or a hearing aid dispenser ( n = 267) filled in a baseline questionnaire. After 4 months, it was determined via a telephone interview whether or not participants had decided to enter a HAEP. Multivariable logistic regression analyses were applied to determine which baseline variables predicted HAEP status...
January 2017: Trends in Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29231958/medical-issues-in-playing-the-oboe-a-literature-review
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REVIEW
Sofia Banzhoff, Maria Del Mar Ropero, Gabriele Menzel, Tatjana Salmen, Manfred Gross, Philipp P Caffier
Playing a musical instrument can affect physical and mental health. A literature review was conducted to determine the prevalence of health problems among oboists, which medical conditions can be caused or exacerbated by playing, whether oboe playing can be a protective factor, and whether recommendations are possible as to who should or should not play the oboe. Searches in 7 databases (Medline, Embase, Cochrane Library, Web of Science, SocIndex, PsyIndex, Psychinfo) yielded a total of 950 studies; after exclusion of duplicates and those not meeting eligibility criteria, 37 articles were selected for final analysis...
December 2017: Medical Problems of Performing Artists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222566/motivation-to-address-self-reported-hearing-problems-in-adults-with-normal-hearing-thresholds
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Carly C M Alicea, Karen A Doherty
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to compare the motivation to change in relation to hearing problems in adults with normal hearing thresholds but who report hearing problems and that of adults with a mild-to-moderate sensorineural hearing loss. Factors related to their motivation were also assessed. Method: The motivation to change in relation to self-reported hearing problems was measured using the University of Rhode Island Change Assessment (McConnaughy, Prochaska, & Velicer, 1983)...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research: JSLHR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222283/hereditary-thrombocytopenias-a-growing-list-of-disorders
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REVIEW
Patrizia Noris, Alessandro Pecci
The introduction of high throughput sequencing (HTS) techniques greatly improved the knowledge of inherited thrombocytopenias (ITs) over the last few years. A total of 33 different forms caused by molecular defects affecting at least 32 genes have been identified; along with the discovery of new disease-causing genes, pathogenetic mechanisms of thrombocytopenia have been better elucidated. Although the clinical picture of ITs is heterogeneous, bleeding has been long considered the major clinical problem for patients with IT...
December 8, 2017: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214701/a-population-based-cross-sectional-study-of-the-prevalence-and-correlates-of-sedentary-behaviour-of-adults-with-intellectual-disabilities
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C A Melville, A McGarty, L Harris, L Hughes-McCormack, M Baltzer, L A McArthur, J Morrison, L Allan, S-A Cooper
BACKGROUND: High levels of sedentary behaviour have a negative impact on health and well-being. There is limited evidence on the prevalence and correlates of sedentary behaviour of adults with intellectual disabilities (ID). METHODS: A population-based sample of adults with ID were invited to take part in a comprehensive health check programme. Demographic and health data were collected during a structured interview and physical examination. Screen time was used as a proxy measure of sedentary behaviour...
January 2018: Journal of Intellectual Disability Research: JIDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29213154/noise-level-in-a-neonatal-intensive-care-unit-in-santa-marta-colombia
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Angélica Patricia Garrido Galindo, Yiniva Camargo Caicedo, Andres M Velez-Pereira
Introduction: The environment of neonatal intensive care units is influenced by numerous sources of noise emission, which contribute to raise the noise levels, and may cause hearing impairment and other physiological and psychological changes on the newborn, as well as problems with care staff. Objective: To evaluate the level and sources of noise in the neonatal intensive care unit. Methods: Sampled for 20 consecutive days every 60 seconds in A-weighting curves and fast mode with a Type I sound level meter...
September 30, 2017: Colombia Médica: CM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29212048/electroclinical-features-of-epilepsy-associated-with-1p36-deletion-syndrome-a-review
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REVIEW
M Greco, P Ferrara, G Farello, P Striano, A Verrotti
1p36 terminal deletion is a recently recognized syndrome with multiple congenital anomalies and intellectual disability. It occurs approximately in 1 out of 5000 to 10,000 live births and is the most common subtelomeric microdeletion observed in human. Medical problems commonly caused by terminal deletions of 1p36 include developmental delay, intellectual disability, seizures, vision problems, hearing loss, short stature, brain anomalies, congenital heart defects, cardiomyopathy, renal anomalies and distinctive facial features...
December 2, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29207449/exploratory-study-of-dimensions-of-health-related-quality-of-life-in-the-general-population-of-south-korea
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Seon-Ha Kim, Min-Woo Jo, Minsu Ock, Sang-Il Lee
Objectives: This study aimed to explore dimensions in addition to the 5 dimensions of the 5-level EQ-5D version (EQ-5D-5L) that could satisfactorily explain variation in health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in the general population of South Korea. Methods: Domains related to HRQoL were searched through a review of existing HRQoL instruments. Among the 28 potential dimensions, the 5 dimensions of the EQ-5D-5L and 7 additional dimensions (vision, hearing, communication, cognitive function, social relationships, vitality, and sleep) were included...
November 2017: Journal of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Yebang Ŭihakhoe Chi
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