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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651102/childhood-stress-and-birth-timing-among-african-american-women-cortisol-as-biological-mediator
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Shannon L Gillespie, Lisa M Christian, Angela D Alston, Pamela J Salsberry
Preterm birth (PTB) occurs among 1:11U.S. white women and 1:7.5 African American women and is a significant driver of racial disparities in infant mortality. Maternal stress is the most common clinical phenotype underlying spontaneous PTB. Specific patterns of stress and biological mediators driving PTB remain unclear. We examined the effect of childhood stress on birth timing among African American women and evaluated maternal cortisol elevation as a biological mediator. A prospective observational design was employed, with a single study visit at 28-32 weeks gestation and medical record review...
June 15, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650971/a-lab-on-phone-instrument-with-varifocal-microscope-via-a-liquid-actuated-aspheric-lens-lal
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Yiin-Kuen Fuh, Zheng-Hong Lai, Li-Han Kau, Hung-Jui Huang
In this paper, we introduce a novel concept of liquid-actuated aspheric lens (LAL) with a built-in aspheric polydimethylsiloxane lens (APL) to enable the design of compact optical systems with varifocal microscopic imaging. The varifocal lens module consists of a sandwiched structures such as 3d printed syringe pump functionally serves as liquid controller. Other key components include two acrylic cylinders, a rigid separator, a APL/membrane composite (APLMC) embedded PDMS membrane. In functional operation, the fluidic controller was driven to control the pressure difference and ALPMC deformation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650948/hip-fracture-treatment-at-orthopaedic-teaching-hospitals-better-care-at-a-lower-cost
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Sanjit R Konda, Ariana Lott, Arthur Manoli, Karan Patel, Kenneth A Egol
OBJECTIVE: To compare the cost and outcomes of patients treated at orthopaedic teaching hospitals (OTH) compared to those treated at non-teaching hospitals (NTH) DESIGN:: Retrospective study SETTING:: The Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative Systems (SPARCS) database, which includes all admissions to New York State hospitals from 2000-2011. PATIENTS/PARTICIPANTS: 165,679 isolated closed hip fracture patients aged 65 and older met inclusion criteria. Of these, 57,279 were treated at OTH and 108,400 were treated at NTH...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650901/application-of-quality-by-design-approach-to-bioanalysis-development-of-a-method-for-elvitegravir-quantification-in-human-plasma
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Sara Baldelli, Giorgio Marrubini, Dario Cattaneo, Emilio Clementi, Matteo Cerea
BACKGROUND: The application of Quality by Design (QbD) principles in clinical laboratories can help to develop an analytical method through a systematic approach, providing a significant advance over the traditional heuristic and empirical methodology. In the present work, we applied for the first time the QbD concept in the development of a method for drug quantification in human plasma using elvitegravir as the test molecule. METHODS: The goal of the study was to develop a fast and inexpensive quantification method, with precision and accuracy as requested by the EMA guidelines on bioanalytical method validation...
June 22, 2017: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650682/de-escalation-training-to-medical-surgical-nurses-in-the-acute-care-setting
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Kimberly Lynn Ferrara, Mary Lynn Davis-Ajami, Joan Insalaco Warren, Lyn Stankiewicz Murphy
Violence is increasing on medical-surgical units as a "silent epidemic." This quality improvement project employs a small non-experimental, single-group, pre- and post-test design (N = 11) to determine the effectiveness of de-escalation training on medical-surgical nurses' confidence levels when dealing with agitated patients. Regardless of age, education, or years of experience, scores improved for each question on Thackrey's (1987) Confidence in Coping with Patient Aggression Instrument after implementing Ten Domains of De-escalation by Richmond et al...
June 26, 2017: Issues in Mental Health Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650384/incident-reporting-in-emergency-medicine-a-thematic-analysis-of-events
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Emily Loving Aaronson, David Brown, Theodore Benzer, Shaw Natsui, Elizabeth Mort
BACKGROUND: Incident reporting is a recognized tool for healthcare quality improvement. These systems, which aim to capture near-misses and harm events, enable organizations to gather critical information about failure modes and design mitigation strategies. Although many hospitals have employed these systems, little is known about safety themes in emergency medicine incident reporting. Our objective was to systematically analyze and thematically code 1 year of incident reports. METHODS: A mixed-methods analysis was performed on 1 year of safety reporting data from a large, urban tertiary-care emergency department using a modified grounded theory approach...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649911/three-dimensional-printed-upper-limb-prostheses-lack-randomised-controlled-trials-a-systematic-review
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Laura E Diment, Mark S Thompson, Jeroen Hm Bergmann
BACKGROUND: Three-dimensional printing provides an exciting opportunity to customise upper-limb prostheses. OBJECTIVE: This review summarises the research that assesses the efficacy and effectiveness of three-dimensional printed upper-limb prostheses. STUDY DESIGN: Systematic review. METHODS: PubMed, Web of Science and OVID were systematically searched for studies that reported human trials of three-dimensional printed upper-limb prostheses...
June 1, 2017: Prosthetics and Orthotics International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649893/radium-223-dichloride-for-the-treatment-of-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer-with-symptomatic-bone-metastases
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Nicholas J Vogelzang
Castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) is associated with the development of bone metastases, increased mortality, and a reduction in the patient's quality of life (QOL). The management of metastatic CRPC (mCRPC) has rapidly evolved over the past decade, with a number of available therapeutic agents improving overall survival. Radium-223 dichloride (radium-223), the first targeted alpha therapy, improves survival accompanied by QOL benefits with a favorable safety profile. It is approved in over 40 countries for the treatment of patients with CRPC with symptomatic bone metastases and no known visceral metastatic disease...
June 26, 2017: Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648396/25-years-of-serving-the-community-with-ribosomal-rna-gene-reference-databases-and-tools
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Frank Oliver Glöckner, Pelin Yilmaz, Christian Quast, Jan Gerken, Alan Beccati, Andreea Ciuprina, Gerrit Bruns, Pablo Yarza, Jörg Peplies, Ralf Westram, Wolfgang Ludwig
SILVA (lat. forest) is a comprehensive web resource, providing services around up to date, high-quality datasets of aligned ribosomal RNA gene (rDNA) sequences from the Bacteria, Archaea, and Eukaryota domains. SILVA dates back to the year 1991 when Dr. Wolfgang Ludwig from the Technical University Munich started the integrated software workbench ARB (lat. tree) to support high-quality phylogenetic inference and taxonomy based on the SSU and LSU rDNA marker genes. At that time, the ARB project maintained both, the sequence reference datasets and the software package for data analysis...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647959/-re-treatments-of-recurrence-after-pelvic-floor-repair-surgery
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S X Fan, F M Wang, L S Lin, Y F Song
Objective: To analyze re-treatments of recurrence after the pelvic floor repair surgery. Methods: The protocol and the effect of re-treatments were investigated by reviewing and analyzing the clinical data of 81 recurrent patients (grade Ⅱ and above), who had received the pelvic floor repair surgery from January 2011 to January 2016. Pelvic organ prolapse quantitation system (POP-Q) and two questionnaires about quality of life [pelvic floor distress inventory-short form 20 (PFDI-20) and pelvic floor impact questionnaire short form (PFIQ-7)] were used to evaluate objective and subjective efficacy, respectively...
June 25, 2017: Zhonghua Fu Chan Ke za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647678/methyl-jasmonate-attenuated-lipopolysaccharide-induced-depressive-like-behaviour-in-mice
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Adaeze Adebesin, Olusegun A Adeoluwa, Anthony T Eduviere, Solomon Umukoro
Depression is a recurrent neuropsychiatric disorder that affects millions of individuals worldwide and impact negatively on the patients' social functions and quality of life. Studies have shown that i.p injection of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) induces depressive-like behavior in rodents via induction of oxidative stress and neuroinflammation. Methyl jasmonate (MJ), an isolated compound from jasmine plant has gained reputation in aromatherapy for treatment of depression, nervousness and memory deficits. This study was designed to evaluate the effects of MJ on LPS-induced depressive-like behavior in mice...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647465/french-registry-on-acute-st-elevation-and-non-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction-2015-fast-mi-2015-design-and-baseline-data
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Loïc Belle, Guillaume Cayla, Yves Cottin, Pierre Coste, Khalife Khalife, Jean-Noël Labèque, Bruno Farah, Thibaut Perret, Patrick Goldstein, Pierre-Yves Gueugniaud, François Braun, Jacques Gauthier, Martine Gilard, Jean-Yves Le Heuzey, Nicolas Naccache, Elodie Drouet, Vincent Bataille, Jean Ferrières, Etienne Puymirat, François Schiele, Tabassome Simon, Nicolas Danchin
BACKGROUND: The FAST-MI programme, consisting of 1-month surveys of patients admitted to hospital for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in France, has run since 2005. AIM: To gather data on the characteristics, management and outcomes of patients hospitalized for AMI at the end of 2015 in France and to provide comparisons with the previous surveys. METHODS: Consecutive adults with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) or non-ST-segment-elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) with symptom onset≤48hours were included over a 1-month period, with a possible extension of recruitment for 1 additional month...
June 21, 2017: Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647393/the-effect-and-use-of-milestones-in-the-assessment-of-neurological-surgery-residents-and-residency-programs
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Lisa N Conforti, Nicholas A Yaghmour, Stanley J Hamstra, Eric S Holmboe, Benjamin Kennedy, Jesse J Liu, Heidi Waldo, Nathan R Selden
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Milestones on the assessment of neurological surgery residents. The authors sought to determine the feasibility, acceptability, and utility of this new framework in making judgments of progressive competence, its implementation within programs, and the influence on curricula. Residents were also surveyed to elicit the effect of Milestones on their educational experience and professional development...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Surgical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647087/the-evolution-of-library-design-crafting-smart-compound-collections-for-phenotypic-screens
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REVIEW
Kerry L Spear, Scott P Brown
The (re)emergence of phenotypic drug discovery has been marked by a growing interest in screening campaigns that utilize phenotypic assays. The key objectives of phenotypic screens are different from those of target-based screens and can require alternate library-design strategies. Designing a library that is appropriate to the selected assay increases the likelihood of identifying better quality hits, which can reduce both timelines and overall cost of the drug-discovery process. Here, we provide an overview of small-molecule library design principles as applied to phenotypic screening...
March 2017: Drug Discovery Today. Technologies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646871/coffee-and-caffeine-intake-and-male-infertility-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Elena Ricci, Paola Viganò, Sonia Cipriani, Edgardo Somigliana, Francesca Chiaffarino, Alessandro Bulfoni, Fabio Parazzini
BACKGROUND: Semen quality, a predictor of male fertility, has been suggested declining worldwide. Among other life style factors, male coffee/caffeine consumption was hypothesized to influence semen parameters, but also sperm DNA integrity. To summarize available evidence, we performed a systematic review of observational studies on the relation between coffee/caffeine intake and parameters of male fertility including sperm ploidy, sperm DNA integrity, semen quality and time to pregnancy...
June 24, 2017: Nutrition Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646811/alternative-therapy-for-patients-with-obstructive-sleep-apnea-hypopnea-syndrome-a-1-year-single-blind-randomized-trial-of-tui-na
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Cheng-Nan Lu, Michael Friedman, Hsin-Ching Lin, Kuo-Wei Bi, Tun-Pin Hsueh, Hsueh-Wen Chang, Mao-Chang Su, Meng-Chih Lin
Context • Obstructive sleep apnea/hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS) is among the most prevalent of sleep-related breathing disorders. No long-term follow-up studies have documented the continued success of lifestyle changes in treatment; oral appliances have an approximate 50% success rate; compliance with continuous positive airway pressure is poor, ranging from 50% to 89%; and the success rate of upper-airway surgery is only 66.4%. Therefore, some OSAHS patients seek alternative treatments. Objectives • The study intended to examine the efficacy of traditional Chinese therapeutic massage (tui na) for patients with OSAHS...
July 2017: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646801/the-effects-of-exposure-to-low-frequency-electromagnetic-fields-on-male-fertility
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Mahsa Darbandi, Sara Darbandi, Ashok Agarwal, Ralf Henkle, Mohammad Reza Sadeghi
Context • People are increasingly exposed to low frequency (LF) electromagnetic fields (EMFs), mainly from electricity distribution networks and electronic devices. Critics of this widespread exposure believe that it can have detrimental effects on the human body. On the other hand, many in vivo and in vitro studies have claimed that low frequency electromagnetic therapy can function as a form of alternative medicine and that therapists can treat disease by applying electromagnetic radiation or pulsed EMFs to the body or cells...
June 23, 2017: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646691/what-housing-features-should-inform-the-development-of-housing-solutions-for-adults-with-neurological-disability-a-systematic-review-of-the-literature
#18
REVIEW
Courtney J Wright, Heidi Zeeman, Elizabeth Kendall, Jennifer A Whitty
Despite the recent emphasis in Australian political, academic, and legislative narratives to more actively promote real housing choice for people with high healthcare and support needs, there is a lack of understanding regarding the specific housing features that might constitute better housing solutions for this population. Inclusive housing provision in Australia rightly emphasises safety and accessibility issues but often fails to incorporate factors related to broader psychosocial elements of housing such as dwelling location, neighbourhood quality, and overall design...
June 21, 2017: Health & Place
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646324/expression-purification-and-characterization-of-gmz2-10c-a-complex-disulphide-bonded-fusion-protein-vaccine-candidate-against-the-asexual-and-sexual-life-stages-of-the-malaria-causing-plasmodium-falciparum-parasite
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Ulrik H Mistarz, Susheel K Singh, Tam T T N Nguyen, Will Roeffen, Fen Yang, Casper Lissau, Søren M Madsen, Astrid Vrang, Régis W Tiendrebeogo, Ikhlaq H Kana, Robert W Sauerwein, Michael Theisen, Kasper D Rand
PURPOSE: Production and characterization of a chimeric fusion protein (GMZ2'.10C) which combines epitopes of key malaria parasite antigens: glutamate-rich protein (GLURP), merozoite surface protein 3 (MSP3), and the highly disulphide bonded Pfs48/45 (10C). GMZ2'.10C is a potential candidate for a multi-stage malaria vaccine that targets both transmission and asexual life-cycle stages of the parasite. METHODS: GMZ2'.10C was produced in Lactococcus lactis and purified using either an immunoaffinity purification (IP) or a conventional purification (CP) method...
June 23, 2017: Pharmaceutical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646002/preparation-for-transition-to-adult-care-among-medicaid-insured-adolescents
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Gregory S Sawicki, Katharine C Garvey, Sara L Toomey, Kathryn A Williams, J Lee Hargraves, Thomas James, Jean L Raphael, Angelo P Giardino, Mark A Schuster, Jonathan A Finkelstein
BACKGROUND: Parents of children with chronic illness consistently report suboptimal preparation for transition from pediatric- to adult-focused health care. Little data are available on transition preparation for low-income youth in particular. METHODS: We conducted a mailed survey of youth with chronic illness enrolled in 2 large Medicaid health plans to determine the quality of transition preparation using the Adolescent Assessment of Preparation for Transition (ADAPT)...
June 23, 2017: Pediatrics
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