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Kelly Adamson, Lois Jackson, Jacqueline Gahagan
A complex array of intersecting social contextual factors are known to influence safer and/or unsafe practices among people who inject drugs. However, less is known about the social contextual factors that may specifically influence injection practices for young people who inject drugs. In this qualitative study, we explored with young people, ages 18-29, living in an urban centre in Nova Scotia, Canada, their perceptions and experiences of the social contextual factors that influence their safer and/or unsafe injection practices...
October 19, 2016: International Journal on Drug Policy
Jimoh Agbaje, Antoon De Laat, Politis Constantinus, Peter Svensson, Lene Baad-Hansen
Qualitative somatosensory testing (QualST) is a simple chairside test. It can be used to roughly assess the presence or absence of altered somatosensory function. To use QualST clinically, it is important to assess its agreement with quantitative sensory testing (QST). The aims of this study were to assess the agreement between QST and QualST when testing the modulation of facial sensitivity by capsaicin in healthy participants and to explore the agreement between QST and QualST in assessing the intraoral sensory function in clinical atypical odontalgia (AO) patients...
October 22, 2016: Journal of Oral Rehabilitation
Sheryl de Lacey
Perspectives on the status of human embryos and whether they should be discarded differ globally. Some countries protect embryos in law while in other countries embryos 'die' or 'succumb' in assisted reproductive technology clinics on a daily basis. This study analyses interview data drawn from a larger qualitative study conducted in South Australia from 2004-2007. 21 women and 12 of 21 partners were interviewed about the decision they made to discard their embryos. The analysis reported here sought to examine the ways in which women constructed and experienced the decision to discard embryos...
October 22, 2016: Sociology of Health & Illness
Carmen Byker Shanks, Sarah Haack, Dawn Tarabochia, Kate Bates, Lori Christenson
Nutrition is an essential component in promoting health and quality of life into the older adults years. The purpose of this qualitative research is to explore how the rural food environment influences food choices of older adults. Four focus groups were conducted with 33 older adults (50 years of age and older) residing in rural Montana communities. Four major themes related to factors influencing food choices among rural older adults emerged from this study: perception of the rural community environment, support as a means of increasing food access, personal access to food sources, and dietary factors...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Community Health
Joshua L Fiechter, Aaron S Benjamin
In five experiments, we investigated whether expected retention intervals affect subjects' encoding strategies. In the first four experiments, our subjects studied paired associates consisting of words from the Graduate Record Exam and a synonym. They were told to expect a test on a word pair after either a short or a longer interval. Subjects were tested on most pairs after the expected retention interval. For some pairs, however, subjects were tested after the other retention interval, allowing for a comparison of performance at a given retention interval conditional upon the expected retention interval...
October 21, 2016: Memory & Cognition
Jie Gao, John L Williams, Esra Roan
Growth plate chondrocytes are responsible for bone growth through proliferation and differentiation. However, the way they experience physiological loads and regulate bone formation, especially during the later developmental phase in the mature growth plate, is still under active investigation. In this study, a previously developed multiscale finite element model of the growth plate is utilized to study the stress and strain distributions within the cartilage at the cellular level when rapidly compressed to 20 %...
October 21, 2016: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
Nabia S Ikram, Judy Yee, Stefanie Weinstein, Benjamin M Yeh, Carlos U Corvera, Alexander Monto, Thomas A Hope
PURPOSE: To establish if triple-phase arterial imaging improves the detection of arterial phase hyperintense lesions based on arterial phase capture, motion artifact degradation, and lesion enhancement when compared to single-phase imaging. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients at risk for hepatocellular carcinoma were imaged at 3.0T. Seventy-three consecutive patients with a standard single-phase MRI and eighty-five consecutive patients were imaged using extracellular contrast with triple arterial phase MRI using three sequential accelerated acquisitions of 8 s...
October 21, 2016: Abdominal Radiology
Marjolein Poels, Maria P H Koster, Hennie R Boeije, Arie Franx, Henk F van Stel
Importance: Preconception care (PCC) has the potential to optimize pregnancy outcomes. However, awareness of PCC among the target population is generally limited, and the use of PCC remains low. Importance: The objective of this study was to review the literature on women's perceptions regarding barriers and facilitators for the use of PCC. Evidence Acquisition: A systematic search was conducted in MEDLINE, Embase, CINAHL, and PsycINFO for published studies until February 2015...
October 2016: Obstetrical & Gynecological Survey
Erin Traister, Kim L Larson, Dell Hagwood
PURPOSE: We sought to understand decision making, family involvement, and cultural factors that influence palliative care for Guatemalans. DESIGN: A qualitative descriptive study was conducted in Guatemala to explore palliative care experiences among seven participants. FINDINGS: The overarching theme was Relief from Suffering, reinforced by three support systems: the family, community rezadora, and priest. The family made decisions and provided physical care...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Transcultural Nursing: Official Journal of the Transcultural Nursing Society
Per Martin Arvidsson, Johannes Töger, Marcus Carlsson, Katarina Steding-Ehrenborg, Gianni Pedrizzetti, Einar Heiberg, Hakan Arheden
Intracardiac blood flow is driven by hemodynamic forces that are exchanged between the blood and myocardium. Previous studies have been limited to 2D measurements or investigated only LV forces. Right ventricular forces and their mechanistic contribution to asymmetric redirection of flow in the RV have not been measured. We therefore aimed to quantify three-dimensional hemodynamic forces in both ventricles in a cohort of healthy subjects, using magnetic resonance imaging 4D flow measurements. 25 controls,14 elite endurance athletes, and two patients with left ventricular dyssynchrony were included...
October 21, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Eric L Scholten, Roy Semaan, Peter Illei, Christopher Mallow, Sixto Arias, David Feller-Kopman, Karen Oakjones-Burgess, Bernice Frimpong, Ricardo Ortiz, Hans Lee, Lonny Yarmus
BACKGROUND: Endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration (EBUS-TBNA) of thoracic structures is a commonly performed tissue sampling technique. The usage of an inner-stylet in the EBUS needle has never been rigorously evaluated, and may be unnecessary. METHODS: In a prospective randomized single blinded controlled clinical trial, patients with a clinical indication for EBUS-TBNA underwent lymph node sampling using both with-stylet and without-stylet techniques...
October 18, 2016: Chest
Jayd Lukenchuk, Laura A Sims, Jason J Shin
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to quantify the degree of variability in outcomes assessed after surgery for anterior shoulder instability in recent high-impact literature. METHODS: Using Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses guidelines, an extensive review of the literature during a 5-year period from January 2011 through December 2015 was performed across 6 orthopaedic journals with high impact factors to identify all studies investigating outcomes after anterior shoulder instability...
October 18, 2016: Arthroscopy: the Journal of Arthroscopic & related Surgery
Min Hee Suh, Linda M Zangwill, Patricia Isabel C Manalastas, Akram Belghith, Adeleh Yarmohammadi, Felipe A Medeiros, Alberto Diniz-Filho, Luke J Saunders, Robert N Weinreb
PURPOSE: To investigate factors associated with dropout of the parapapillary deep retinal layer microvasculature assessed by optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) in glaucomatous eyes. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. PARTICIPANTS: Seventy-one eyes from 71 primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) patients with β-zone parapapillary atrophy (βPPA) enrolled in the Diagnostic Innovations in Glaucoma Study. METHODS: Parapapillary deep-layer microvasculature dropout was defined as a complete loss of the microvasculature located within the deep retinal layer of the βPPA from OCTA-derived optic nerve head vessel density maps by standardized qualitative assessment...
October 18, 2016: Ophthalmology
M J Aguado-Romeo, S Benot-López, A Romero-Tabares
Electrochemotherapy is a therapeutic option for the treatment of cutaneous and subcutaneous metastases from melanoma and other tumors. The procedure consists of the administration of anticancer drugs followed by locally applied electrical impulses to achieve an effect known as electroporation, which facilitates entry into the cytosol of drugs that cannot cross the cell membrane. The aim of this review is to evaluate the evidence that supports the use of electrochemotherapy as a therapeutic strategy in melanoma...
October 18, 2016: Actas Dermo-sifiliográficas
Cristina Márquez, M Isabel López, Itziar Ruisánchez, M Pilar Callao
Two data fusion strategies (high- and mid-level) combined with a multivariate classification approach (Soft Independent Modelling of Class Analogy, SIMCA) have been applied to take advantage of the synergistic effect of the information obtained from two spectroscopic techniques: FT-Raman and NIR. Mid-level data fusion consists of merging some of the previous selected variables from the spectra obtained from each spectroscopic technique and then applying the classification technique. High-level data fusion combines the SIMCA classification results obtained individually from each spectroscopic technique...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Tomasz Czaja, Sylwester Mazurek, Roman Szostak
Diffuse reflectance Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (DRIFTS) is a fast, reliable and cost effective analytical method, requiring minimal or no sample preparation. It is commonly used in the course of qualitative and quantitative analysis of pharmaceutical ingredients and food. We demonstrate that simpler and cheaper specular reflectance (SR) accessory working in a DRIFTS like mode (SR-DL) can be an alternative for DIRFTS attachment. An application of a modified SR accessory for quantitative analysis of solids samples is presented...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Ahmed I Nossier, Ola S Mohammed, Rasha R Fakhr El-Deen, Ashraf S Zaghloul, Sanaa Eissa
Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), in particularly gelatinases (MMP-2 and MMP-9) were reported as urinary markers of bladder cancer. In this work, we developed a simple colorimetric gold nanoparticle (AuNP) assay for rapid and sensitive detection of urinary total gelatinase activity based on the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) property of AuNPs. Gelatin-modified AuNPs were stably suspended in solution even upon addition of an aggregation inducer as 6-mercaptohexan-1-ol (6-MCH). Gelatinases digest gelatin capping...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
L M M Lê, A Tfayli, J Zhou, P Prognon, A Baillet-Guffroy, E Caudron
Raman spectroscopy is a rapid, non-destructive and non-invasive method that is a promising tool for real-time analytical control of drug concentrations. This study evaluated a handheld Raman device to discriminate and quantify two isomeric drugs used to treat cancer. Doxorubicin (DOXO) and epirubicin (EPIR) samples were analyzed at therapeutic concentrations from 0.1 to 2mg/mL (n=90) and 0.08-2mg/mL (n=90) by non-invasive measurements using a portable Raman spectrometer. The discrimination of these two molecules was demonstrated for all concentrations (n=180) by qualitative analysis using partial least square discriminant analysis (PLS-DA) with 100% classification accuracy, sensitivity and specificity and 0% error rate...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Sayani Mitra, Silke Schicktanz
BACKGROUND: During a commercial surrogacy arrangement, the event of embryo transfer can be seen as the formal starting point of the arrangement. However, it is common for surrogates to undergo a failed attempt at pregnancy conception or missed conception after an embryo transfer. This paper attempts to argue that such failed attempts can be understood as a loss. It aims to reconstruct the experiences of loss and grief of the surrogates and the intended parents as a consequence of their collective failure to conceive a surrogate pregnancy...
September 19, 2016: Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine: PEHM
Roxanne Keynejad, Maya Semrau, Mark Toynbee, Sara Evans-Lacko, Crick Lund, Oye Gureje, Sheila Ndyanabangi, Emilie Courtin, Jibril O Abdulmalik, Atalay Alem, Abebaw Fekadu, Graham Thornicroft, Charlotte Hanlon
BACKGROUND: Little is known about the interventions required to build the capacity of mental health policy-makers and planners in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). We conducted a systematic review with the primary aim of identifying and synthesizing the evidence base for building the capacity of policy-makers and planners to strengthen mental health systems in LMICs. METHODS: We searched MEDLINE, Embase, PsycINFO, Web of Knowledge, Web of Science, Scopus, CINAHL, LILACS, ScieELO, Google Scholar and Cochrane databases for studies reporting evidence, experience or evaluation of capacity-building of policy-makers, service planners or managers in mental health system strengthening in LMICs...
October 21, 2016: BMC Health Services Research
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