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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351741/risk-factors-for-mycobacterium-ulcerans-infection-buruli-ulcer-in-togo-%C3%A2-a-case-control-study-in-zio-and-yoto-districts-of-the-maritime-region
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Issaka Maman, Tchadjobo Tchacondo, Abiba Banla Kere, Ebekalisai Piten, Marcus Beissner, Yiragnima Kobara, Komlan Kossi, Kossi Badziklou, Franz Xaver Wiedemann, Komi Amekuse, Gisela Bretzel, Damintoti Simplice Karou
BACKGROUND: Buruli ulcer (BU) is a neglected mycobacterial skin infection caused by Mycobacterium ulcerans. This disease mostly affects poor rural populations, especially in areas with low hygiene standards and sanitation coverage. The objective of this study was to identify these risk factors in the districts of Zio and Yoto of the Maritime Region in Togo. METHODS: We conducted a case-control study in Zio and Yoto, two districts proved BU endemic from November 2014 to May 2015...
January 19, 2018: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349544/interpretation-of-motion-analysis-of-laparoscopic-instruments-based-on-principal-component-analysis-in-box-trainer-settings
#2
Ignacio Oropesa, Fernando Pérez Escamirosa, Juan A Sánchez-Margallo, Silvia Enciso, Borja Rodríguez-Vila, Arturo Minor Martínez, Francisco M Sánchez-Margallo, Enrique J Gómez, Patricia Sánchez-González
BACKGROUND: Motion analysis parameters (MAPs) have been extensively validated for assessment of minimally invasive surgical skills. However, there are discrepancies on how specific MAPs, tasks, and skills match with each other, reflecting that motion analysis cannot be generalized independently of the learning outcomes of a task. Additionally, there is a lack of knowledge on the meaning of motion analysis in terms of surgical skills, making difficult the provision of meaningful, didactic feedback...
January 18, 2018: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343766/sudden-sensory-neural-hearing-loss-is-not-predictive-of-myocardial-infarction-a-longitudinal-follow-up-study-using-a-national-sample-cohort
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So Young Kim, Songyong Sim, Hyung-Jong Kim, Hyo Geun Choi
The aim of this study was to evaluate the risk of myocardial infarction (MI) in SSNHL subjects with differently matched control groups. The Korean Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service - National Sample Cohort recruited subjects from 2002 to 2013. We used two study designs. In study I, we matched 4,467 SSNHL participants with a control group (17,868 subjects with no history of SSNHL) based on demographic factors (age, sex, income, and region of residence) and medical history (diabetes, dyslipidemia, and hypertension)...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343603/mutual-assessment-during-ritualized-fighting-in-mantis-shrimp-stomatopoda
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P A Green, S N Patek
Safe and effective conflict resolution is critical for survival and reproduction. Theoretical models describe how animals resolve conflict by assessing their own and/or their opponent's ability (resource holding potential, RHP), yet experimental tests of these models are often inconclusive. Recent reviews have suggested this uncertainty could be alleviated by using multiple approaches to test assessment models. The mantis shrimp Neogonodactylus bredini presents visual displays and ritualistically exchanges high-force strikes during territorial contests...
January 31, 2018: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342381/long-term-follow-up-of-monoclonal-gammopathy-of-undetermined-significance
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Robert A Kyle, Dirk R Larson, Terry M Therneau, Angela Dispenzieri, Shaji Kumar, James R Cerhan, S Vincent Rajkumar
BACKGROUND: Monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS) occurs in approximately 3% of persons 50 years of age or older. METHODS: We studied 1384 patients who were residing in southeastern Minnesota and in whom MGUS was diagnosed at the Mayo Clinic in the period from 1960 through 1994; the median follow-up was 34.1 years (range, 0.0 to 43.6). The primary end point was progression to multiple myeloma or another plasma-cell or lymphoid disorder. RESULTS: During 14,130 person-years of follow-up, MGUS progressed in 147 patients (11%), a rate that was 6...
January 18, 2018: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342066/resident-participation-in-fixation-of-intertrochanteric-hip-fractures-analysis-of-the-nsqip-database
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Alexander L Neuwirth, Russell N Stitzlein, Madalyn G Neuwirth, Rachel K Kelz, Samir Mehta
BACKGROUND: Future generations of orthopaedic surgeons must continue to be trained in the surgical management of hip fractures. This study assesses the effect of resident participation on outcomes for the treatment of intertrochanteric hip fractures. METHODS: The National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) database (2010 to 2013) was queried for intertrochanteric hip fractures (International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision, Clinical Modification [ICD-9-CM] code 820...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333881/reproductive-travel-to-ghana-testimonies-transnational-relationships-and-stratified-reproduction
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Trudie Gerrits
In this article, I address reproductive travel to Ghana, based on research conducted in two private fertility clinics. Both clinics attract clients from West African countries as well as Ghanaian people living in US and Europe. Their motivations to visit these clinics include positive "testimonies" about treatment results, "bioavailability" of matching donor material and surrogates, lower treatment costs and the circumvention of restricting regulations in the country of residence. Next to structural features in the countries of residence and in Ghana, I discuss the centrality of communication technologies facilitating reproductive travel and argue that the "international choreographies" of reproductive travel are co-shaped by the unique biographies and transnational relationships of the people involved...
January 15, 2018: Medical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329559/simplification-of-medications-prescribed-to-long-term-care-residents-simpler-study-protocol-for-a-cluster-randomised-controlled-trial
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Janet K Sluggett, Esa Y H Chen, Jenni Ilomäki, Megan Corlis, Sarah N Hilmer, Jan Van Emden, Choon Ean Ooi, Kim-Huong Nguyen, Tracy Comans, Michelle Hogan, Tessa Caporale, Susan Edwards, Lyntara Quirke, Allan Patching, J Simon Bell
BACKGROUND: Complex medication regimens are highly prevalent in residential aged care facilities (RACFs). Strategies to reduce unnecessary complexity may be valuable because complex medication regimens can be burdensome for residents and are costly in terms of nursing time. The aim of this study is to investigate application of a structured process to simplify medication administration in RACFs. METHODS: SImplification of Medications Prescribed to Long-tErm care Residents (SIMPLER) is a non-blinded, matched-pair, cluster randomised controlled trial of a single multidisciplinary intervention to simplify medication regimens...
January 12, 2018: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329263/effect-of-radiological-countermeasures-on-subjective-well-being-and-radiation-anxiety-after-the-2011-disaster-the-fukushima-health-management-survey
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Michio Murakami, Yoshitake Takebayashi, Yoshihito Takeda, Akiko Sato, Yasumasa Igarashi, Kazumi Sano, Tetsuo Yasutaka, Wataru Naito, Sumire Hirota, Aya Goto, Tetsuya Ohira, Seiji Yasumura, Koichi Tanigawa
After the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station accident in 2011, concerns about radiation exposure and decline in subjective well-being have been reported. To tackle these problems, various countermeasures in relation to radiation have been implemented. In this study, we comprehensively evaluated the effects of radiological countermeasures on subjective well-being (e.g., satisfaction with life (SWL) and emotional well-being) and radiation anxiety, through a questionnaire survey targeting Fukushima residents (N = 1023)...
January 12, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325993/serum-haptoglobin-in-chinese-patients-with-alzheimer-s-disease-and-mild-cognitive-impairment-a-case-control-study
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Cen-Jing Zhu, Guo-Xin Jiang, Jin-Mei Chen, Zhi-Ming Zhou, Qi Cheng
BACKGROUND: Serum level of Haptoglobin (Hp) maybe associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD) and mild cognitive impairment (MCI). OBJECTIVE: To investigate associations between serum Hp and AD, as well as between Hp and MCI. METHODS: Serum levels of Hp were measured and analyzed for 51 patients with AD, 139 patients with MCI and their healthy controls matched with sex and age. All study subjects were from a survey among residents aged 60 years and over in a community located in the southwest suburb of Shanghai...
January 8, 2018: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325771/a-cross-cultural-study-of-acceptability-and-food-pairing-for-hot-sauces
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Hyun-Jee Kim, Seo-Jin Chung, Kwang-Ok Kim, Belinda Nielsen, Rie Ishii, Michael O'Mahony
This study was conducted to understand the acceptance levels of hot sauces among consumers from different culinary cultures. Two newly developed hot sauces [fermented red chili pepper with soybean-paste-based sauce(GS) and fermented red chili-pepper-based sauce(KS)] were compared with Tabasco sauce(TB) and Sriracha sauce(SR). Two separate cross-cultural home-use tests(HUTs) were conducted: pizza and cream soup were provided as food items in HUT 1, whereas grilled chicken wings and rice noodle soup were provided in HUT 2...
January 8, 2018: Appetite
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325484/risk-of-erectile-dysfunction-after-traumatic-brain-injury-a-nationwide-population-based-cohort-study-in-taiwan
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Yun-Ju Yang, Wu-Chien Chien, Chi-Hsiang Chung, Kun-Ting Hong, Yi-Lin Yu, Dueng-Yuan Hueng, Yuan-Hao Chen, Hsin-I Ma, Hsin-An Chang, Yu-Chen Kao, Hui-Wen Yeh, Nian-Sheng Tzeng
INTRODUCTION: In our study, we aimed to investigate the association between a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and subsequent erectile dysfunction (ED). This is a population-based study using the claims dataset from The National Health Insurance Research Database. METHODS: We included 72,642 patients with TBI aged over 20 years, retrospectively, selected from the longitudinal health insurance database during 2000-2010, according to the ICD-9-CM. The control group consisted of 217,872 patients without TBI that were randomly chosen from the database at a ratio of 1:3, with age- and index year matched...
January 1, 2018: American Journal of Men's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322173/association-of-surgical-practice-patterns-and-clinical-outcomes-with-surgeon-training-in-university-or-nonuniversity-based-residency-program
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Morgan M Sellers, Luke J Keele, Catherine E Sharoky, Christopher Wirtalla, Elizabeth A Bailey, Rachel R Kelz
Importance: Important metrics of residency program success include the clinical outcomes achieved by trainees after transitioning to practice. Previous studies have shown significant differences in reported training experiences of general surgery residents at nonuniversity-based residency (NUBR) and university-based residency (UBR) programs. Objective: To examine the differences in practice patterns and clinical outcomes between surgeons trained in NUBR and those trained in UBR programs...
January 10, 2018: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321922/longitudinal-pharmacoepidemiological-and-health-services-research-for-substance-users-in-treatment-protocol-of-the-belgian-tdi-ima-linkage
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Luk Van Baelen, Karin De Ridder, Jérôme Antoine, Lies Gremeaux
Background: Not much is known about the health seeking behavior of people with substance use disorders before they enter specialized treatment and afterwards. This paper explains in detail the protocol that has been followed to establish the Belgian TDI-IMA-database, which is linking two separate databases: the Treatment Demand Indicator (TDI) and the database of the Intermutualistic Agency (IMA). The Treatment Demand Indicator is measuring incidence of people with substance use disorders entering drug treatment...
2018: Archives of Public Health, Archives Belges de Santé Publique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321518/mediation-analysis-of-alcohol-consumption-dna-methylation-and-epithelial-ovarian-cancer
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Dongyan Wu, Haitao Yang, Stacey J Winham, Yanina Natanzon, Devin C Koestler, Tiane Luo, Brooke L Fridley, Ellen L Goode, Yanbo Zhang, Yuehua Cui
Epigenetic factors and consumption of alcohol, which suppresses DNA methylation, may influence the development and progression of epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC). However, there is a lack of understanding whether these factors interact to affect the EOC risk. In this study, we aimed to gain insight into this relationship by identifying leukocyte-derived DNA methylation markers acting as potential mediators of alcohol-associated EOC. We implemented a causal inference test (CIT) and the VanderWeele and Vansteelandt multiple mediator model to examine CpG sites that mediate the association between alcohol consumption and EOC risk...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318705/relevance-of-frailty-to-mortality-associated-with-the-use-of-antipsychotics-among-community-residing-older-adults-with-impaired-cognition
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Colleen J Maxwell, Michael A Campitelli, David B Hogan, Christina Diong, Peter C Austin, Joseph E Amuah, Kate Lapane, Dallas P Seitz, Sudeep S Gill, Andrea Gruneir, Walter P Wodchis, Susan E Bronskill
PURPOSE: To examine the association between new antipsychotic use and mortality over 6 months among community-based older adults with cognitive impairment, and variation in risk by frailty and sex. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study of older (aged 66+) home care clients in Ontario, Canada, using linked administrative health and clinical databases. Included were clients with dementia and/or significant cognitive impairment assessed during April 2008 to March 2013...
January 10, 2018: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317203/alpha-mangostin-attenuates-diabetic-nephropathy-in-association-with-suppression-of-acid-sphingomyelianse-and-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress
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Tingting Liu, Wang Duan, Paul Nizigiyimana, Lin Gao, Zhouning Liao, Boya Xu, Lerong Liu, Minxiang Lei
AIMS: Diabetic nephropathy is a common complication of diabetes, but there are currently few treatment options. The aim of this study was to gain insight into the effect of alpha-mangostin on diabetic nephropathy and possible related mechanisms. METHODS: Goto-Kakizaki rats were used as a diabetic model and received alpha-mangostin or desipramine treatment with normal saline as a control. Ten age-matched Sprague Dawley rats were used as normal controls and treated with normal saline...
January 6, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315497/health-care-disparities-among-octogenarians-and-nonagenarians-with-stage-iii-lung-cancer
#18
Richard J Cassidy, Xinyan Zhang, Jeffrey M Switchenko, Pretesh R Patel, Joseph W Shelton, Sibo Tian, Ronica H Nanda, Conor E Steuer, Rathi N Pillai, Taofeek K Owonikoko, Suresh S Ramalingam, Felix G Fernandez, Seth D Force, Theresa W Gillespie, Walter J Curran, Kristin A Higgins
BACKGROUND: To the authors' knowledge, the practice patterns for patients aged more than 80 years with stage III non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is not well known. The purpose of the current study was to investigate factors predictive of and the impact on overall survival (OS) after concurrent chemoradiation (CRT) among patients aged ≥80 years with American Joint Committee on Cancer stage III NSCLC in the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB). METHODS: In the NCDB, patients aged ≥80 years who were diagnosed with stage III NSCLC from 2004 to 2013 with complete treatment records were identified...
January 8, 2018: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315266/preventive-effect-of-residential-green-space-on-infantile-atopic-dermatitis-associated-with-prenatal-air-pollution-exposure
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Ji-Young Lee, Dirga Kumar Lamichhane, Myeongjee Lee, Shinhee Ye, Jung-Hyun Kwon, Myung-Sook Park, Hwan-Cheol Kim, Jong-Han Leem, Yun-Chul Hong, Yangho Kim, Mina Ha, Eunhee Ha
Few birth cohort studies have examined the role of traffic-related air pollution (TRAP) in the development of infantile atopic dermatitis (AD), but none have investigated the role of preventive factors such as green spaces. The aim of this study was to investigate whether exposure to nitrogen dioxide (NO₂) and particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter of <10 μm (PM10) during pregnancy is associated with increased risk of development of AD in 6-month-old children and also to examine how this association changes with residential green space...
January 9, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310585/factors-contributing-to-measles-transmission-during-an-outbreak-in-kamwenge-district-western-uganda-april-to-august-2015
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Fred Nsubuga, Lilian Bulage, Immaculate Ampeire, Joseph K B Matovu, Simon Kasasa, Patricia Tanifum, Alex Ario Riolexus, Bao-Ping Zhu
BACKGROUND: In April 2015, Kamwenge District, western Uganda reported a measles outbreak. We investigated the outbreak to identify potential exposures that facilitated measles transmission, assess vaccine effectiveness (VE) and vaccination coverage (VC), and recommend prevention and control measures. METHODS: For this investigation, a probable case was defined as onset of fever and generalized maculopapular rash, plus ≥1 of the following symptoms: Coryza, conjunctivitis, or cough...
January 8, 2018: BMC Infectious Diseases
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