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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531569/factors-associated-with-the-level-of-oral-intake-in-hospitalized-older-adults-with-dysphagia-the-importance-of-mental-activity
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Yoshitoshi Kuroda
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Dysphagia is a highly prevalent condition in hospitalized older adults. One major consequence of dysphagia is reduced oral intake due to difficulty in safe and/or efficient swallowing. The aim of the present study was to explore the factors associated with the level of oral intake in older adults with dysphagia. METHODS: The subjects were enrolled from older patients admitted to an acute hospital presenting with dysphagia, consisting of 36 patients (16 men and 20 women) with a mean age of 88...
June 2016: Clinical Nutrition ESPEN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531183/a-scoping-review-on-bio-aerosols-in-healthcare-and-the-dental-environment
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Charifa Zemouri, Hans de Soet, Wim Crielaard, Alexa Laheij
BACKGROUND: Bio-aerosols originate from different sources and their potentially pathogenic nature may form a hazard to healthcare workers and patients. So far no extensive review on existing evidence regarding bio-aerosols is available. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to review evidence on bio-aerosols in healthcare and the dental setting. The objectives were 1) What are the sources that generate bio-aerosols?; 2) What is the microbial load and composition of bio-aerosols and how were they measured?; and 3) What is the hazard posed by pathogenic micro-organisms transported via the aerosol route of transmission? METHODS: Systematic scoping review design...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530647/stage-of-liver-fibrosis-in-patients-with-congenital-bleeding-disorders-and-infected-with-hepatitis-c-virus
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Marta Kucharska, Urszula Zaleska-Dorobisz, Aleksandra Szymczak, Marcin Inglot, Weronika Rymer, Małgorzata Zalewska, Krzysztof Małyszczak, Małgorzata Kuliszkiewicz-Janus, Małgorzata Inglot
INTRODUCTION    Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is the major cause of chronic liver disease in patients with hemophilia. As liver biopsy should not be routinely used in them, possibilities of accurate assessment of the fibrosis stage have been very limited until recently. OBJECTIVES    The aim of the study was to determine the stage of liver fibrosis in HCV-infected hemophiliacs with use of non-invasive methods of fibrosis assessment and to analyze the influence of risk factors on liver fibrosis.  PATIENTS AND METHODS    The study included 71 HCV-infected patients with hemophilia and other congenital bleeding disorders...
May 22, 2017: Polish Archives of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530213/-the-model-of-perioperative-risk-assessment-in-elderly-patients-interim-analysis
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Izabela Grabowska, Lucyna Ścisło, Szymon Pietruszka, Elzbieta Walewska, Agata Paszko, Benita Siarkiewicz, Piotr Richter, Andrzej Budzyński, Antoni M Szczepanik
Demographic changes in contemporary society require implementation of proper perioperative care of elderly patients due to an increased risk of perioperative complications in this group. Preoperative assessment of health status identifies risks and enables preventive interventions, improving outcomes of surgical treatment. The Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment contains numerous diagnostic tests and consultations, which is expensive and difficult to use in everyday practice. The development of a simplified model of perioperative assessment of elderly patients will help identifying the group of patients who require further diagnostic workup...
April 21, 2017: Polski Merkuriusz Lekarski: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529592/unique-insight-into-microenvironmental-changes-in-colorectal-cancer-ex-vivo-assessment-of-matrix-metalloprotease-mediated-molecular-changes-in-human-colorectal-tumor-tissue-and-corresponding-non-neoplastic-adjacent-tissue
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Nicholas Willumsen, Cecilie L Bager, Anne-Christine Bay-Jensen, Stephanie N Kehlet, Henrik Harling, Diana J Leeming, Morten A Karsdal, Lars N Jorgensen
Matrix metalloprotease (MMP)-mediated tissue remodeling is one of the malignant changes driving colorectal cancer. Measurement of altered MMP expression/activity is not sufficient to fully understand the effect of MMP-mediated tissue remodeling. Biomarkers are required that specifically reflect the dynamic processes of the MMP-mediated degradation of signature proteins from colorectal tissue. The aim of the present study was to profile and characterize the release of MMP-degraded type III collagen (C3M) and citrullinated and MMP-degraded vimentin (VICM) from tumor tissue and corresponding non-neoplastic adjacent tissue (NAT) in a human colorectal cancer ex vivo model...
May 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529591/antitumor-activity-of-7-o-succinyl-macrolactin-a-tromethamine-salt-in-the-mouse-glioma-model
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Jun Jin, Suh Hee Choi, Jung Eun Lee, Jin-Deok Joo, Jung Ho Han, Su-Young Park, Chae-Yong Kim
Chemoradiotherapy with temozolomide is the current standard treatment option for patients with glioblastoma. However, the majority of patients with glioblastoma survive for <2 years. Therefore, it is necessary to develop more effective therapeutic strategies for the treatment of glioblastoma. 7-O-succinyl macrolactin A tromethamine salt (SMA salt), a macrolactin compound, is known to possess an antiangiogenic activity. The present study investigated the antitumor effects of SMA salt in the treatment of glioblastoma by evaluating in vitro and in vivo antitumor effects of SMA salt in an experimental glioblastoma model...
May 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529522/the-rating-form-of-ibd-patient-concerns-translation-validation-and-first-implementation-of-the-greek-version
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Konstantinos Argyriou, Eleftheria Roma, Andreas Kapsoritakis, Eirini Tsakiridou, Konstantinos Oikonomou, Anastassios Manolakis, Spyridon Potamianos
Background. The rating form of IBD patients' concerns (RFIPC) provides a unique assessment of the worries and concerns of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients. Our aims were primarily to validate the Greek version of RFIPC and secondarily to describe the pattern of Greek patients'concerns. Methods. After translating RFIPC, the questionnaire was given to IBD patients at baseline and after 12 weeks. The questionnaire's measuring properties were evaluated based on the consensus-based standards for the selection of health status measurement instruments (COSMIN) recommendations...
2017: Gastroenterology Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529018/effects-of-anandamide-administration-on-components-of-reward-processing-during-free-choice
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Luke C Zona, Benjamin R Fry, Jacob A LaLonde, Howard C Cromwell
Previous research has implicated the positive modulation of anandamide, an endocannabinoid neurotransmitter, on feeding behavior. Anandamide is particularly noteworthy as it acts as an endogenous ligand of the CB1 receptor, the same receptor that is activated by tetrahydrocannabinol, the primary psychoactive component in Cannabis sativa. Cannabis legalization in North America has presented with a need to study endocannabinoid agonists and their effects on behavior. Much has yet to be determined in terms of the role of the endocannabinoid system in decision-making scenarios...
May 18, 2017: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528845/comparison-of-3-and-7-t-asl-techniques-for-concurrent-functional-perfusion-and-bold-studies
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Dimo Ivanov, Anna Gardumi, Roy Am Haast, Josef Pfeuffer, Benedikt A Poser, Kâmil Uludağ
Arterial spin labeling (ASL) is the primary non-invasive MRI approach to measure baseline cerebral blood flow (CBF) in healthy subjects and patients. ASL also allows concurrent functional BOLD signal and CBF measurements, but the latter typically suffers from low contrast-to-noise (CNR) ratio. Ultra-high-field imaging significantly boosts BOLD signal CNR. However, it is contested whether also CBF CNR benefits from increasing magnetic field strength, especially given that technical challenges related to field inhomogeneities and power deposition constraints exist...
May 18, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528452/tumor-suppressor-protein-p53-exerts-negative-transcriptional-regulation-on-human-sodium-iodide-symporter-gene-expression-in-breast-cancer
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Madhura G Kelkar, Bhushan Thakur, Abhishek Derle, Sushmita Chatterjee, Pritha Ray, Abhijit De
PURPOSE: Aberrant expression of human sodium iodide symporter (NIS) in breast cancer (BC) is well documented but the transcription factors (TF) regulating its aberrant expression is poorly known. We identify the presence of three p53 binding sites on the human NIS promoter sequence by conducting genome-wide TF analysis, and further investigate their regulatory role. METHODS: The differences in transcription and translation were measured by real-time PCR, luciferase reporter assay, site-directed mutagenesis, in vivo optical imaging, and chromatin immunoprecipitation...
May 20, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528421/end-of-life-care-for-glioblastoma-patients-at-a-large-academic-cancer-center
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Kamini E Kuchinad, Roy Strowd, Anne Evans, W Anthony Riley, Thomas J Smith
Glioblastoma (GBM) is a universally fatal disease, complicated by significant cognitive and physical disabilities, inherent to the disease course. The purpose of this study was to retrospectively analyze end-of-life care for GBM patients at an academic center and compare utilization of these services to national quality of care guidelines, with the goal of identifying opportunities to improve end-of-life care. Single center retrospective cohort study of GBM patients at Johns Hopkins Hospital (JHH) between 2009 and 2014, using electronic medical records and hospice records...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528289/platelet-hyperactivation-apoptosis-and-hypercoagulability-in-patients-with-acute-pulmonary-embolism
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Samin Rezania, Michael A Puskarich, Daniela N Petrusca, Evandro M Neto-Neves, Matthew T Rondina, Jeffrey A Kline
Changes in systemic redox balance can alter platelet activation and aggregation. Acute pulmonary embolism (PE) is a systematic inflammatory disease associated with mechanical shear stress, increased thrombin, catecholamines, serotonin and hemolysis, which cumulatively can hyperactivate platelets and accelerate their turnover. We tested the hypothesis that platelets from patients with moderately severe PE will show hyperstimulation and a pre-apoptotic phenotype associated with microparticles (MPs) in plasma...
May 13, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528237/skin-deformation-during-shoulder-movements-and-upper-extremity-activities
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Weiqing Ge, Alison Sfara, Brittany Hians
BACKGROUND: The necessity of sternal precautions for patients following cardiac surgery with median sternotomy has been questioned by clinicians, researchers, and even patients. The primary purpose was to determine if sternal skin deformation during shoulder movements and upper extremity activities is compressive or distractive and if there are any significant differences between the skin deformation at different positions during shoulder movements and upper extremity activities. The secondary purpose was to determine if sternal skin deformation is correlated with scapular stabilizer muscle strength...
May 12, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528206/feasibility-of-atlas-based-active-bone-marrow-sparing-intensity-modulated-radiation-therapy-for-cervical-cancer
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Nan Li, Sonal S Noticewala, Casey W Williamson, Hanjie Shen, Igor Sirak, Rafal Tarnawski, Umesh Mahantshetty, Carl K Hoh, Kevin L Moore, Loren K Mell
BACKGROUND: To test the hypothesis that atlas-based active bone marrow (ABM)-sparing intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) yields similar dosimetric results compared to custom ABM-sparing IMRT for cervical cancer patients. METHODS: We sampled 62 cervical cancer patients with pre-treatment FDG-PET/CT in training (n=32) or test (n=30) sets. ABM was defined as the subvolume of the pelvic bone marrow (PBM) with standardized uptake value (SUV) above the mean on the average FDG-PET image (ABMAtlas) vs...
May 2017: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528154/impact-of-exercise-on-the-relationship-between-cac-scores%C3%A2-and-all-cause-mortality
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Yoav Arnson, Alan Rozanski, Heidi Gransar, Sean W Hayes, John D Friedman, Louise E J Thomson, Daniel S Berman
OBJECTIVES: This study aims to assess the correlations among coronary artery calcium (CAC), self-reported exercise, and mortality in asymptomatic patients. BACKGROUND: The interaction between reported exercise habits and CAC scores for predicting clinical risk is not yet well known. METHODS: We followed 10,690 asymptomatic patients who underwent CAC scanning. Patients were divided into 4 groups based on a single-item self-reported exercise...
May 11, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527834/perceptions-of-seniors-with-heart-failure-regarding-autonomous-zero-effort-monitoring-of-physiological-parameters-in-the-smart-home-environment
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Sherry L Grace, Golnoush Taherzadeh, Isaac Sung Jae Chang, Jennifer Boger, Amaya Arcelus, Susanna Mak, Caroline Chessex, Alex Mihailidis
BACKGROUND: Technological advances are leading to the ability to autonomously monitor patient's health status in their own homes, to enable aging-in-place. OBJECTIVES: To understand the perceptions of seniors with heart failure (HF) regarding smart-home systems to monitor their physiological parameters. METHODS: In this qualitative study, HF outpatients were invited to a smart-home lab, where they completed a sequence of activities, during which the capacity of 5 autonomous sensing modalities was compared to gold standard measures...
May 17, 2017: Heart & Lung: the Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527621/physical-activity-patterns-and-associations-with-health-related-quality-of-life-in-bladder-cancer-survivors
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Ajay Gopalakrishna, Thomas A Longo, Joseph J Fantony, Michael R Harrison, Brant A Inman
INTRODUCTION: Physical activity has been shown to significantly improve health-related quality of life (HRQOL) and survivorship in a variety of patients with cancer . However, little is known about the physical activity patterns of bladder cancer survivors and how these are related to HRQOL in the United States. Our objective was to describe self-reported physical activity patterns and HRQOL and examine the association between these measures in a large cohort of bladder cancer survivors...
May 17, 2017: Urologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527544/a-prospective-study-of-nausea-and-vomiting-after-breast-cancer-surgery
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Susan W Wesmiller, Catherine M Bender, Yvette P Conley, Dana H Bovbjerg, Gretchen Ahrendt, Marguerite Bonaventura, Susan M Sereika
PURPOSE: Postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) and post-discharge nausea and vomiting (PDNV) continue to be common and disturbing complications experienced after surgery, particularly in women and especially in women undergoing breast cancer surgery. The purpose of this study was to assess the incidence and risk factors associated with PONV and PDNV from preoperative to 48 hours postoperatively in 97 women scheduled for breast cancer surgery. DESIGN: Prospective, comparative design...
June 2017: Journal of Perianesthesia Nursing: Official Journal of the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527393/a-combination-of-platelet-features-allows-detection-of-early-stage-cancer
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Siamack Sabrkhany, Marijke J E Kuijpers, Sander M J van Kuijk, Linda Sanders, Sharo Pineda, Steven W M Olde Damink, Anne-Marie C Dingemans, Arjan W Griffioen, Mirjam G A Oude Egbrink
BACKGROUND: Detection of early-stage cancer significantly improves patient survival. As platelets play an important role in cancer progression, we aimed to investigate whether platelets can be used for the discovery of early-stage cancer. METHODS: Patients with lung (n = 86) or head of pancreas (n = 42) cancer were included, as were healthy sex- and age-matched controls (n = 92). Blood was collected before initiation of treatment. Platelet count, volume and activation status were quantified in whole blood...
May 17, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527224/does-assist-as-needed-upper-limb-robotic-therapy-promote-participation-in-repetitive-activity-based-motor-training-in-sub-acute-stroke-patients-with-severe-paresis
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Anne-Gaëlle Grosmaire, Christophe Duret
BACKGROUND: Repetitive, active movement-based training promotes brain plasticity and motor recovery after stroke. Robotic therapy provides highly repetitive therapy that reduces motor impairment. However, the effect of assist-as-needed algorithms on patient participation and movement quality is not known. OBJECTIVE: To analyze patient participation and motor performance during highly repetitive assist-as-needed upper limb robotic therapy in a retrospective study...
May 19, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
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