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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231277/comparison-of-cross-sectional-hiv-incidence-assay-results-from-dried-blood-spots-and-plasma
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Katherine E Schlusser, Christopher Pilcher, Esper G Kallas, Breno R Santos, Steven G Deeks, Shelley Facente, Sheila M Keating, Michael P Busch, Gary Murphy, Alex Welte, Thomas Quinn, Susan H Eshleman, Oliver Laeyendecker
BACKGROUND: Assays have been developed for cross-sectional HIV incidence estimation using plasma samples. Large scale surveillance programs are planned using dried blood spot (DBS) specimens for incidence assessment. However, limited information exists on the performance of HIV cross-sectional incidence assays using DBS. METHODS: The assays evaluated were: Maxim HIV-1 Limiting Antigen Avidity EIA (LAg-Avidity), Sedia HIV-1 BED-Capture EIA (BED-CEIA), and CDC modified BioRad HIV-1/2 Plus O Avidity-based Assay (CDC-BioRad Avidity) using pre-determined cutoff values...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230582/motivating-physicians-to-report-adverse-medical-events-in-china-stick-or-carrot
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Yajiong Xue, Jing Yang, Jing Zhang, Mengyun Luo, Zhiruo Zhang, Huigang Liang
BACKGROUND: Adverse medical events (AMEs) pose serious threats to patient safety. One of the major challenges of AME reporting is low physician engagement. This study attempted to examine how punishment and reward can improve physicians' AME reporting in China. METHODS: A survey was conducted in a large hospital with 1693 beds in China. Data were collected from 311 physicians. Ordinal and binary logistic regression was used for data analysis. RESULTS: This study reveals that both punishment and reward are positively associated with intention to report AMEs...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230162/n-acetylated-proline-glycine-proline-accelerates-cutaneous-wound-healing-and-neovascularization-by-human-endothelial-progenitor-cells
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Yang Woo Kwon, Soon Chul Heo, Tae Wook Lee, Gyu Tae Park, Jung Won Yoon, Il Ho Jang, Seung-Chul Kim, Hyun-Chang Ko, Youngjae Ryu, Hyeona Kang, Chang Man Ha, Sang Chul Lee, Jae Ho Kim
Human endothelial progenitor cells (hEPCs) are promising therapeutic resources for wound repair through stimulating neovascularization. However, the hEPCs-based cell therapy has been hampered by poor engraftment of transplanted cells. In this study, we explored the effects of N-acetylated Proline-Glycine-Proline (Ac-PGP), a degradation product of collagen, on hEPC-mediated cutaneous wound healing and neovascularization. Treatment of hEPCs with Ac-PGP increased migration, proliferation, and tube-forming activity of hEPCs in vitro...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228160/assessment-of-lymphatic-filariasis-prior-to-re-starting-mass-drug-administration-campaigns-in-coastal-kenya
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Sammy M Njenga, Henry M Kanyi, Faith M Mutungi, Collins Okoyo, Hadley S Matendechero, Rachel L Pullan, Katherine E Halliday, Simon J Brooker, C Njeri Wamae, Joyce K Onsongo, Kimberly Y Won
BACKGROUND: Lymphatic filariasis (LF) is a debilitating disease associated with extensive disfigurement and is one of a diverse group of diseases referred to as neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) which mainly occur among the poorest populations. In line with global recommendations to eliminate LF, Kenya launched its LF elimination programme in 2002 with the aim to implement annual mass drug administration (MDA) in order to interrupt LF transmission. However, the programme faced financial and administrative challenges over the years such that sustained annual MDA was not possible...
February 22, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227612/bed-based-instrumentation-for-unobtrusive-sleep-quality-assessment-in-severely-disabled-autistic-children
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Charles Carlson, Ahmad Suliman, Punit Prakash, David Thompson, Shangxian Wang, Bala Natarajan, Steve Warren, Charles Carlson, Ahmad Suliman, Punit Prakash, David Thompson, Shangxian Wang, Bala Natarajan, Steve Warren, Shangxian Wang, Punit Prakash, Bala Natarajan, David Thompson, Charles Carlson, Steve Warren, Ahmad Suliman
The relationship between sleep quality and daytime wellness and performance in severely disabled, autistic children is not well understood. While polysomnography and, more recently, actigraphy serve as means to obtain sleep assessment data from neurotypical children and adults, these techniques are not well-suited to severely autistic children. This paper presents recent progress on a bed sensor suite that can unobtrusively track physiological and behavioral parameters used to assess sleep quality. Electromechanical films and load cells provide data that yield heart rate, respiration rate, center of position, in-and-out-of-bed activity, and general movement, while thermocouples are used to detect bed-wetting events...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227581/a-novel-system-to-tackle-hospital-acquired-pressure-ulcers
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B S Renganathan, S P Preejith, Sridhar Nagaiyan, Jayaraj Joseph, Mohanasankar Sivaprakasam, B S Renganathan, S P Preejith, Sridhar Nagaiyan, Jayaraj Joseph, Mohanasankar Sivaprakasam, S P Preejith, B S Renganathan, Sridhar Nagaiyan, Jayaraj Joseph, Mohanasankar Sivaprakasam
Hospital acquired pressure ulcers (HAPUs) is a major problem that affects around one in twenty patients who are admitted in hospital with sudden illness. These ulcers often occur when patients have limited mobility and cannot change positions in bed on their own. Traditionally, the occurrence of HAPUs has been minimized by turning the patient every 2 hours to alternating lateral and supine positions, and by using pressure redistributing mattresses. In many healthcare facilities, such a patient repositioning schedule is not always maintained owing to low caregiver compliance to turning protocols...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227153/design-projects-motivated-and-informed-by-the-needs-of-severely-disabled-autistic-children
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Steve Warren, Punit Prakash, David Thompson, Bala Natarajan, Charles Carlson, Kim Fowler, Ed Brokesh, Jack Xin, Wayne Piersel, Janine Kesterson, Steve Stoffregen, Steve Warren, Punit Prakash, David Thompson, Bala Natarajan, Charles Carlson, Kim Fowler, Ed Brokesh, Jack Xin, Wayne Piersel, Janine Kesterson, Steve Stoffregen, Janine Kesterson, Bala Natarajan, David Thompson, Steve Stoffregen, Steve Warren, Kim Fowler, Jack Xin, Punit Prakash, Charles Carlson, Wayne Piersel
Technology can positively impact the lives of severely disabled autistic children if used to (a) gather situational awareness data regarding their health, development, and behavior and (b) assist them with learning and day-to-day activities. This paper summarizes student design projects in the Kansas State University (KSU) College of Engineering that are motivated and informed by the needs of severely disabled children at Heartspring, Wichita, KS. These efforts are supported through the National Science Foundation's General and Age-Related Disabilities Engineering (GARDE) program...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226804/control-of-a-nursing-bed-based-on-a-hybrid-brain-computer-interface
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Nengneng Peng, Rui Zhang, Haihua Zeng, Fei Wang, Kai Li, Yuanqing Li, Xiaobin Zhuang, Nengneng Peng, Rui Zhang, Haihua Zeng, Fei Wang, Kai Li, Yuanqing Li, Xiaobin Zhuang, Haihua Zeng, Yuanqing Li, Fei Wang, Nengneng Peng, Xiaobin Zhuang, Rui Zhang, Kai Li
In this paper, we propose an intelligent nursing bed system which is controlled by a hybrid brain-computer interface (BCI) involving steady-state visual evoked potential (SSVEP) and P300. Specifically, the hybrid BCI includes an asynchronous brain switch based on SSVEP and P300, and a P300-based BCI. The brain switch is used to turn on/off the control system of the electric nursing bed through idle/control state detection, whereas the P300-based BCI is for operating the nursing bed. At the beginning, the user may focus on one group of flashing buttons in the graphic user interface (GUI) of the brain switch, which can simultaneously evoke SSVEP and P300, to switch on the control system...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226400/population-pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacodynamic-target-attainment-of-ampicillin-in-neonates-with-hypoxemic-ischemic-encephalopathy-in-the-setting-of-controlled-hypothermia
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Jeffrey J Cies, Keri N Fugarolas, Wayne S Moore, Robert W Mason, Ogechukwu R Menkiti
STUDY OBJECTIVE: To describe the population pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamic target attainment of ampicillin in neonates with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) undergoing controlled hypothermia (CH). DESIGN: Prospective, open-label pharmacokinetic study. SETTING: 189-bed, freestanding children's tertiary care teaching hospital. PATIENTS: Thirteen neonates (three females, 10 males) with HIE encephalopathy receiving CH and ampicillin 100 mg/kg/dose intravenously every 8 hours who were admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit between May 2013 and June 2014...
February 22, 2017: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220796/beyond-the-classic-vta-extended-amygdala-projections-to-da-striatal-paths-in-the-primate
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Julie L Fudge, Emily A Kelly, Ria Pal, Joseph L Bedont, Lydia Park, Brian Ho
The central extended amygdala (CEA) has been conceptualized as a 'macrosystem' that regulates various stress-induced behaviors. Consistent with this, the CEA highly expresses corticotropin releasing factor (CRF), an important modulator of stress responses. Stress alters goal-directed responses associated with striatal paths, including maladaptive responses such as drug seeking, social withdrawal, and compulsive behavior. CEA inputs to the midbrain dopamine (DA) system are positioned to influence striatal functions through mesolimbic DA-striatal pathways...
February 21, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220077/noninvasive-assessment-of-the-effect-of-position-and-exercise-on-pulse-arrival-to-peripheral-vascular-beds-in-healthy-volunteers
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Yurie Obata, Qi J Ong, J T Magruder, Helen Grichkevitch, Dan E Berkowitz, Daniel Nyhan, Jochen Steppan, Viachaslau Barodka
Background: The effects of position and exercise on pulse wave distribution across a healthy, compliant arterial tree are not fully understood. We studied the effects of exercise and position on the pattern of pulse arrival times (PATs) in healthy volunteers. Moreover, we compared the pulse arrival time ratios to the respective distance ratios between different locations. Methods: Thirteen young healthy volunteers were studied, using an electrocardiogram and plethysmograph to simultaneously record pulse wave arrival at the ear lobe, index finger and big toe...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216327/combined-whole-body-and-multi-parametric-prostate-mri-as-a-single-step-approach-for-the-simultaneous-assessment-of-local-recurrence-and-metastatic-disease-after-radical-prostatectomy
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Nicola L Robertson, Evis Sala, Matthias Benz, Jonathan Landa, Peter Scardino, Howard I Scher, Hedvig Hricak, Hebert A Vargas
PURPOSE: To report our initial experience using "whole body and dedicated prostate (WB+P)" MRI as a single exam for the assessment of local recurrence and metastatic disease in patients with suspected recurrent prostate cancer (PCa) after radical prostatectomy (RP). MATERIALS AND METHODS: IRB-approved retrospective single-center study. 76 consecutive patients with clinically suspected recurrent PCa following RP underwent combined WB+P-MRI in a single session (10/2014-01/2016)...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215271/effect-of-sleep-extension-on-sluggish-cognitive-tempo-symptoms-and%C3%A2-driving-behavior-in-adolescents-with-chronic-short-sleep
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Annie A Garner, Ashley Hansen, Catherine Baxley, Stephen P Becker, Craig A Sidol, Dean W Beebe
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: Few adolescents report obtaining adequate amounts of sleep. Correlational studies have linked adolescent short sleep with driving crashes and sluggish cognitive tempo (SCT), a cluster of symptoms that include sluggishness and low persistence that are related to but distinct from inattention and sleepiness. The relationship between SCT and driving is understudied, and no study has experimentally examined the relationship between SCT and sleep. We examined the relationship between SCT and driving problems in a sample of chronically short-sleeping adolescents...
February 2017: Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213723/differences-in-orgasm-frequency-among-gay-lesbian-bisexual-and-heterosexual-men-and-women-in-a-u-s-national-sample
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David A Frederick, H Kate St John, Justin R Garcia, Elisabeth A Lloyd
There is a notable gap between heterosexual men and women in frequency of orgasm during sex. Little is known, however, about sexual orientation differences in orgasm frequency. We examined how over 30 different traits or behaviors were associated with frequency of orgasm when sexually intimate during the past month. We analyzed a large US sample of adults (N = 52,588) who identified as heterosexual men (n = 26,032), gay men (n = 452), bisexual men (n = 550), lesbian women (n = 340), bisexual women (n = 1112), and heterosexual women (n = 24,102)...
February 17, 2017: Archives of Sexual Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213708/removal-mechanisms-for-extremely-high-level-fluoroquinolone-antibiotics-in-pharmaceutical-wastewater-treatment-plants
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Xinyan Guo, Zheng Yan, Yi Zhang, Xiangji Kong, Deyang Kong, Zhengjun Shan, Na Wang
Pharmaceutical wastewater treatment plants (PWWTPs) receive industrial effluents from the plant that contain extremely high levels of antibiotics and are regarded as one of the major sources of antibiotics in the environment. Two PWWTPs have been selected in Zhejiang Province, China, to assess the removal mechanisms of fluoroquinolone antibiotics (FQs). PWWTP A uses activated sludge with biocarriers in a moving bed biofilm reactor in anoxic and aerobic units, and PWWTP B uses biological units under anaerobic, aerobic, and anoxic conditions...
February 17, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211586/social-cognition-and-emotional-functioning-in-patients-with-binge-eating-disorder
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Matteo Aloi, Marianna Rania, Mariarita Caroleo, Pasquale De Fazio, Cristina Segura-García
OBJECTIVE: This study aims to evaluate the theory of mind ability in a sample of obese patients with and without binge eating disorder (BED) and to explore the correlations between emotional and clinical assessments. METHODS: Overall, 20 non-BED, 16 under-threshold BED and 22 BED obese patients completed a battery of tests assessing social cognition and eating disorder psychopathology. RESULTS: Binge eating disorder, non-BED and under-threshold-BED obese patients showed similar ability to recognise others' emotions, but BED obese patients exhibited a deficit in recognising their own emotions as demonstrated by more impaired levels of alexithymia and interoceptive awareness and were more depressed...
February 17, 2017: European Eating Disorders Review: the Journal of the Eating Disorders Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209169/vascular-impulse-technology-versus-elevation-in-the-treatment-of-posttraumatic-swelling-of-extremity-fractures-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Marc Schnetzke, Benedict Swartman, Isabel Bonnen, Holger Keil, Svenja Schüler, Paul A Grützner, Jochen Franke
BACKGROUND: Fractures of the extremities are often complicated by a variable degree of swelling secondary to hemorrhage and soft tissue injury. Patients typically require up to 7 days of inpatient bed rest and elevation to reduce swelling to an acceptable level for operative treatment with internal fixation. Alternatively, an intermittent pneumatic compression device, such as the Vascular Impulse Technology (VIT) system, can be used at the injured extremity to reduce the posttraumatic swelling...
February 16, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205607/a-large-scale-survey-on-sharp-injuries-among-hospital-based-healthcare-workers-in-china
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Xiaodong Gao, Bijie Hu, Yao Suo, Qun Lu, Baiyi Chen, Tieying Hou, Jin'ai Qin, Wenzhi Huang, Zhiyong Zong
A multi-center survey on sharp injuries (SIs) among hospital-based healthcare workers (HCWs) in seven provinces of China between August and December 2011 was performed. In each province, HCWs from at least 30 hospitals were surveyed by completing a SI report form adapted from the EPINet. The HCWs who declared SIs during the period were interviewed by local infection control practitioners. The survey included 361 hospitals and 206,711 HCWs, most of whom were nurses (47.5%) or doctors (28.4%). In the previous month, 17,506 SI incidents were declared by 13,110 (6...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202970/heinrich-events-triggered-by-ocean-forcing-and-modulated-by-isostatic-adjustment
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Jeremy N Bassis, Sierra V Petersen, L Mac Cathles
During the last glacial period, the Laurentide Ice Sheet sporadically discharged huge numbers of icebergs through the Hudson Strait into the North Atlantic Ocean, leaving behind distinct layers of ice-rafted debris in the ocean sediments. Perplexingly, these massive discharge events-Heinrich events-occurred during the cold portion of millennial-scale climate oscillations called Dansgaard-Oeschger cycles. This is in contrast to the expectation that ice sheets expand in colder climates and shrink in warmer climates...
February 15, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202879/two-strains-of-roof-rats-as-effective-models-for-assessing-new-object-reaction
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Yasushi Kiyokawa, Kazuyuki D Tanaka, Akiko Ishii, Kaori Mikami, Masatoshi Katayama, Ryoko Koizumi, Syota Minami, Tsutomu Tanikawa, Yukari Takeuchi
Wild animals generally avoid even small and harmless novel objects and/or familiar objects moved to a novel position, which is termed "new-object reaction." Although new-object reaction appears to be a biologically important characteristic for animals, little progress has been made in understanding the neural mechanisms underlying new-object reaction. One reason might be the lack of effective experimental animals. Two strains of roof rats (Sj and Og strains) were established from wild roof rats caught in Shinjuku, Tokyo, and one of the Ogasawara Islands, respectively, by a Japanese pest control company...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
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