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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146140/patient-experiences-of-dietary-management-in-chronic-kidney-disease-a-focus-group-study
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Jaimon T Kelly, Katrina L Campbell, Tammy Hoffmann, Dianne P Reidlinger
OBJECTIVE: People with chronic kidney disease (CKD) contend with complex dietary recommendations. The challenge in practice is for clinicians to provide individualized support with the frequency and consistency required to sustain dietary changes. This study aimed to describe the experiences of patients with managing dietary recommendations, including their perspectives on the potential to use telehealth to support dietary management in CKD. DESIGN: Focus group study...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Renal Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143723/food-insecurity-among-people-with-severe-mental-disorder-in-a-rural-ethiopian-setting-a-comparative-population-based-study
#2
K Tirfessa, C Lund, G Medhin, Y Hailemichael, A Fekadu, C Hanlon
AIM: In low-income African countries, ensuring food security for all segments of the population is a high priority. Mental illness is associated consistently with poverty, but there is little evidence regarding the association with food insecurity. The aim of this study was to compare the levels of food insecurity in people with severe mental disorders (SMD) with the general population in a rural African setting with a high burden of food insecurity. METHOD: Households of 292 community-ascertained people with a specialist-confirmed diagnosis of SMD (including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder) were compared with 284 households without a person with SMD in a rural district in south Ethiopia...
November 16, 2017: Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142094/standardized-automated-training-of-rhesus-monkeys-for-neuroscience-research-in-their-housing-environment
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Michael Berger, Antonino Calapai, Valeska Stephan, Michael Niessing, Leonore Burchardt, Alexander Gail, Stefan Treue
Teaching non-human primates the complex cognitive behavioral tasks that are central to cognitive neuroscience research is an essential and challenging endeavor. It is crucial for the scientific success that the animals learn to interpret the often complex task rules, and reliably and enduringly act accordingly. To achieve consistent behavior and comparable learning histories across animals, it is desirable to standardize training protocols. Automatizing the training can significantly reduce the time invested by the person training the animal...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138660/use-of-cellular-phone-contacts-to-increase-return-rates-for-immunization-services-in-kenya
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Evans Mokaya, Isaac Mugoya, Jane Raburu, Lora Shimp
Introduction: In Kenya, failure to complete immunization schedules by children who previously accessed immunization services is an obstacle to ensuring that children are fully immunized. Home visit approaches used to track defaulting children have not been successful in reducing the drop-out rate. Methods: This study tested the use of phone contacts as an approach for tracking immunization defaulters in twelve purposively-selected facilities in three districts of western Kenya...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137164/highly-efficient-multi-channel-packet-forwarding-with-round-robin-intermittent-periodic-transmit-for-multihop-wireless-backhaul-networks
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Kazuki Maruta, Hiroshi Furukawa
Round Robin based Intermittent Periodic Transmit (RR-IPT) has been proposed which achieves highly efficient multi-hop relays in multi-hop wireless backhaul networks (MWBN) where relay nodes are 2-dimensionally deployed. This paper newly investigates multi-channel packet scheduling and forwarding scheme for RR-IPT. Downlink traffic is forwarded by RR-IPT via one of the channels, while uplink traffic and part of downlink are accommodated in the other channel. By comparing IPT and carrier sense multiple access with collision avoidance (CSMA/CA) for uplink/downlink packet forwarding channel, IPT is more effective in reducing packet loss rate whereas CSMA/CA is better in terms of system throughput and packet delay improvement...
November 13, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136649/discordance-between-actual-and-scheduled-check-in-times-at-a-heart-failure-clinic
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Eiran Z Gorodeski, Emer Joyce, Benjamin T Gandesbery, Eugene H Blackstone, David O Taylor, W H Wilson Tang, Randall C Starling, Rory Hachamovitch
INTRODUCTION: A 2015 Institute Of Medicine statement "Transforming Health Care Scheduling and Access: Getting to Now", has increased concerns regarding patient wait times. Although waiting times have been widely studied, little attention has been paid to the role of patient arrival times as a component of this phenomenon. To this end, we investigated patterns of patient arrival at scheduled ambulatory heart failure (HF) clinic appointments and studied its predictors. We hypothesized that patients are more likely to arrive later than scheduled, with progressively later arrivals later in the day...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135656/frequency-of-monitoring-kidney-function-in-hiv-uninfected-persons-using-daily-oral-tenofovir-disoproxil-fumarate-pre-exposure-prophylaxis
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Kenneth K Mugwanya, Jared M Baeten, Christina Wyatt, Nelly R Mugo, Connie L Celum, Allan Ronald, John Kiarie, Elly Katabira, Renee Heffron
BACKGROUND: Wide-scale implementation of oral tenofovir-based pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention is now policy in many settings. However, the optimal frequency for monitoring kidney function remains uncertain. We investigated the impact of 6-monthly compared to 3-monthly creatinine clearance (CrCl) monitoring on the identification of moderate kidney dysfunction, defined as CrCl <60 mL/min. METHODS: Data were from two prospective daily oral PrEP studies in Kenya and Uganda: the Partners PrEP Study, a randomized safety and efficacy trial of PrEP that conducted 3-monthly CrCl monitoring (n=4404) and the Partners Demonstration Project (n=954), an open-label delivery study of PrEP that used 6-monthly monitoring...
November 6, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135148/-hemorrhagic-complications-of-percutaneous-interventions-for-nephrolithiasis
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S V Shkodkin, Yu B Idashkin, V N Dmitriev, A V Lyubushkin, A A Nevskii
Hemorrhagic complications are one of the major problems of percutaneous urolithiasis interventions. AIM: To investigate the incidence of hemorrhagic complications after percutaneous nephrolithotripsy. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This was a comparative analysis of 146 percutaneous nephrolithotripsies. The study group comprised 81 patients with stag horn nephrolithiasis; the rest of the patients were assigned to the control group. RESULTS: Both groups were comparable in age and sex (p>0...
October 2017: Urologii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132618/telehealth-attitudes-and-use-among-medical-professionals-medical-students-and-patients-in-china-a-cross-sectional-survey
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Peiran Chen, Lihong Xiao, Zhongping Gou, Liangcheng Xiang, Xinxing Zhang, Ping Feng
BACKGROUND: Telehealth aims to revolutionize health care by migrating health care from hospitals and satellite clinics directly into the home and onto mobile devices. Telehealth has the potential to increase public access to healthcare in China, where large segments of the population remain underserved, yet little is known about current attitudes and use of telehealth in the country. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to determine attitudes and use of telehealth in China among medical professionals and patients, as well as identify factors that may affect its use...
December 2017: International Journal of Medical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129700/paracetamol-medication-during-pregnancy-insights-on-intake-frequencies-dosages-and-effects-on-hematopoietic-stem-cell-populations-in-cord-blood-from-a-longitudinal-prospective-pregnancy-cohort
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Lars Bremer, Janina Goletzke, Christian Wiessner, Mirja Pagenkemper, Christina Gehbauer, Heiko Becher, Eva Tolosa, Kurt Hecher, Petra C Arck, Anke Diemert, Gisa Tiegs
BACKGROUND: Paracetamol is the first choice for antipyretic or analgesic treatment throughout pregnancy. Products with Paracetamol are readily available over the counter and therefore easily accessible for self-medication. Epidemiological data on Paracetamol intake pattern during pregnancy and its potential immunological effects are sparse. We aimed to analyze a possible association between Paracetamol medication and numbers of hematopoietic stem cells (HSC) in cord blood. METHODS: The objective was addressed in the PRINCE (PRENATAL DETERMINANTS OF CHILDREN'S HEALTH) study, a population-based prospective pregnancy cohort study initiated in 2011 at the University Medical Center in Hamburg, Germany...
November 9, 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126585/-information-booklet-for-related-hematopoietic-stem-cell-donors-guidelines-from-the-francophone-society-of-bone-marrow-transplantation-and-cellular-therapy-sfgm-tc
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Alice Polomeni, Laure Tardieu, Malika Ainaoui, Christelle Andrianne, Nelly Bancillon, Valerie Chapel, Nathalie Chevallier, Solène Evrard, Isabelle Fournier, Guillaume Gargallo, Sandrine Godin, Dominique Issarni, Laetitia Le Bars, Barbara Renaud, Ibrahim Yakoub-Agha, Anne Wallart, Natacha De Bentzmann
Providing information to living donors is first and foremost a legal obligation as well as an ethical one, not to mention necessary to health care provision. It's been shown that quality of information concerning the procedure's practical aspects, scheduling of clinical tests and examinations, withdrawing stem cells for the donation, post-donation symptoms, and support provided by healthcare teams, directly impacts the donor's quality of experience. Taking this into consideration our group decided it was essential to create an informational support for donors in the form of a booklet to be provided in different hematopoietic stem cell transplant centers across France...
November 7, 2017: Bulletin du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124483/stochastic-integer-programming-for-multi-disciplinary-outpatient-clinic-planning
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A G Leeftink, I M H Vliegen, E W Hans
Scheduling appointments in a multi-disciplinary clinic is complex, since coordination between disciplines is required. The design of a blueprint schedule for a multi-disciplinary clinic with open access requirements requires an integrated optimization approach, in which all appointment schedules are jointly optimized. As this currently is an open question in the literature, our research is the first to address this problem. This research is motivated by a Dutch hospital, which uses a multi-disciplinary cancer clinic to communicate the diagnosis and to explain the treatment plan to their patients...
November 9, 2017: Health Care Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116817/perceptions-of-a-psychoeducation-program-for-caregivers-of-persons-with-dementia-at-end-of-life-a-qualitative-study
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Pamela Durepos, Sharon Kaasalainen, Sandra Carroll, Alexandra Papaioannou
OBJECTIVES: Caregivers (CG) of persons with dementia have described positive and challenging experiences related to caring for a person with a neurological disease. This study explored perceived benefits and challenges of a unique psychoeducation program provided at end of life (EOL) jointly attended by current and bereaved CGs of persons with dementia, residing in a hospital Specialized Care Unit. METHOD: Semi-structured interviews were held with sixteen participants and analyzed with content analysis...
November 8, 2017: Aging & Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29112774/neuroactive-steroid-3%C3%AE-5%C3%AE-3-hydroxypregnan-20-one-3%C3%AE-5%C3%AE-thp-and-pro-inflammatory-cytokine-mcp-1-levels-in-hippocampus-ca1-are-correlated-with-voluntary-ethanol-consumption-in-cynomolgus-monkey
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Matthew C Beattie, Christopher S Reguyal, Patrizia Porcu, James B Daunais, Kathleen A Grant, A Leslie Morrow
BACKGROUND: Neuroactive steroids such as (3α,5α)3-hydroxypregnan-20-one (3α,5α-THP, allopregnanolone) are potent neuromodulators that enhance GABAergic neurotransmission and produce inhibitory neurobehavioral and anti-inflammatory effects. Chronic ethanol consumption reduces 3α,5α-THP levels in human plasma, but has brain-region and species-specific effects on CNS levels of 3α,5α-THP. We explored the relationship between 3α,5α-THP levels in the hippocampus and voluntary ethanol consumption in the cynomolgus monkey following daily self-administration of ethanol for 12 months and further examined the relationship to HPA axis function prior to ethanol exposure...
November 7, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29112097/predictive-factors-for-long-operative-duration-in-patients-undergoing-laparoscopic-cholecystectomy-after-endoscopic-retrograde-cholangiography-for-combined-choledochocystolithiasis
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Ryukyung Lee, Heontak Ha, Young Seok Han, Min Kyu Jung, Jae Min Chun
PURPOSE: Choledochocystolithiasis and its associated complications such as cholangitis and pancreatitis are managed by endoscopic retrograde cholangiography (ERC), with endoscopic stone extraction followed by laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC). However, affected patients present with complex conditions linked to operative difficulties in performing LC. The aim of this study was to elucidate the predictive factors for a prolonged LC procedure following ERC for treating patients with choledochocystolithiasis...
November 3, 2017: Surgical Laparoscopy, Endoscopy & Percutaneous Techniques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29110523/access-to-primary-care-child-weight-management-programs-urban-parent-barriers-and-facilitators-to-participation
#16
Noel L Kulik, Erica M Thomas, Samantha Iovan, Margaret McKeough, Stephanie Kendzierski, Stacy Leatherwood
The prevalence and comorbidities of childhood obesity among low-income urban children are a significant health issue in the United States. Programs designed to assist families are underutilized. The aim of this study is to describe barriers and facilitators relevant to intervention program participation from the perspective of parents who have children who are overweight or obese. Systematic thematic analysis of focus groups and semi-structured interviews with parents from multiple urban pediatrics and family medicine practices were used to gather data...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Child Health Care: for Professionals Working with Children in the Hospital and Community
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29104714/a-hybrid-task-graph-scheduler-for-high-performance-image-processing-workflows
#17
Timothy Blattner, Walid Keyrouz, Shuvra S Bhattacharyya, Milton Halem, Mary Brady
Designing applications for scalability is key to improving their performance in hybrid and cluster computing. Scheduling code to utilize parallelism is difficult, particularly when dealing with data dependencies, memory management, data motion, and processor occupancy. The Hybrid Task Graph Scheduler (HTGS) improves programmer productivity when implementing hybrid workflows for multi-core and multi-GPU systems. The Hybrid Task Graph Scheduler (HTGS) is an abstract execution model, framework, and API that increases programmer productivity when implementing hybrid workflows for such systems...
December 2017: Journal of Signal Processing Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29100731/-i-m-home-screen-social-media-in-health-care-has-arrived
#18
Laura T Housman
In more than a decade, the adoption and use of some type of social media among American adults has risen from 5% in 2005 to nearly 70% in 2016. The reigning social media platform by usage, Facebook, has 142% more American adult users than the second most utilized social media platform, Instagram, which was purchased by Facebook in March 2012. Of the 68% of American adult Facebook users, more than three quarters visit the site daily. Although social media applications (apps) such as Facebook and Instagram are the clear draw among users, health care apps are beginning to gain traction as well...
October 31, 2017: Clinical Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29095224/use-of-nutrition-and-physical-activity-modules-to-promote-continuing-professional-development-a-pilot-test
#19
Karin Olson, Melita Avdagovska, Lana Bistritz, Katharina Kovacs Burns, Ying Cui, Leah Gramlich
BACKGROUND: The authors developed five online modules about physical activity and nutrition. METHODS: Registered nurses completed surveys before and after each module. RESULTS: Evaluations showed an increase in knowledge and skill, but the psychometric parameters of the evaluation tool were poor. The low participation rate was associated with module length and technological difficulties. CONCLUSIONS: Given busy schedules of health professionals, online education approaches need to be feasible and be easy to access and use...
November 2017: Journal for Nurses in Professional Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29094862/access-to-primary-care-and-subspecialty-care-after-positive-cystic-fibrosis-newborn-screening
#20
Katelyn Parker-McGill, Marjorie Rosenberg, Philip Farrell
PROBLEM CONSIDERED: Accessibility by telephone to cystic fibrosis (CF) centers for a diagnostic sweat test appointment from a parental perspective—which can be stressful—compared to experience in contacting a general pediatrics practice in the same area. METHODS: We called each CF center and affiliate twice, plus a sample of multiphysician general pediatrics practices selected from yellowpages.com after being matched by area and ZIP codes to 50 randomly selected CF centers, including Wisconsin’s 2 nationally accredited centers...
December 2016: WMJ: Official Publication of the State Medical Society of Wisconsin
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