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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150450/aerobic-power-and-flight-capacity-in-birds-a-phylogenetic-test-of-the-heart-size-hypothesis
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Roberto F Nespolo, César González-Lagos, Jaiber J Solano-Iguaran, Magnus Elfwing, Alvaro Garitano-Zavala, Santiago Mañosa, Juan Carlos Alonso, Jordi Altimiras
Flight capacity is one of the most important innovations in animal evolution; it only evolved in insects, birds, mammals and the extinct pterodactyls. Given that powered flight represents a demanding aerobic activity, an efficient cardiovascular system is essential for the continuous delivery of oxygen to the pectoral muscles during flight. It is well known that the limiting step in the circulation is stroke volume (the volume of blood pumped from the ventricle to the body during each beat), which is determined by the size of the ventricle...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149304/tobacco-content-in-video-games-categorization-of-tobacco-typologies-and-gamer-recall
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Susan R Forsyth, Ruth E Malone
Introduction: Tobacco content has been identified in popular video games played by adolescents. To date, there are no established instruments for categorizing tobacco content. We describe development and demonstrate the use of an instrument to categorize types of tobacco content. Methods: Interviews were conducted with 61 participants: 20 adolescents (mean age 17.7), and 41 adults (mean age 23.9), who discussed favorite games and recalled tobacco content. All games mentioned were examined for tobacco content by watching movies of game play on YouTube, examining individual game Wiki sites, and reviewing content descriptors provided by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), Common Sense Media and the Internet Movie Database (IMDb)...
November 15, 2017: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146489/exploring-the-barriers-to-and-facilitators-of-using-evidence-based-drugs-in-the-secondary-prevention-of-cardiovascular-diseases-findings-from-a-multistakeholder-qualitative-analysis
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Victoria Miller, Lavanya Nambiar, Malvika Saxena, Darryl Leong, Amitava Banerjee, José Pablo Werba, Jose Rocha Faria Neto, Katherine Curi Quinto, Mohammed Moniruzzaman, Shweta Khandelwal
BACKGROUND: Health-system barriers and facilitators associated with cardiovascular medication adherence have seldom been studied, particularly in low- and middle-income countries where uptake rates are poorest. OBJECTIVES: This study sought to explore the major obstacles and facilitators to the use of evidence-supported medications for secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease using qualitative analysis in 2 diverse countries across multiple levels of their health care systems...
November 13, 2017: Global Heart
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145466/serum-tsh-levels-as-a-predictor-of-malignancy-in-thyroid-nodules-a-prospective-study
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Lenara Golbert, Ana Patrícia de Cristo, Carlo Sasso Faccin, Mauricio Farenzena, Heloísa Folgierini, Marcia Silveira Graudenz, Ana Luiza Maia
BACKGROUND: The role of serum TSH concentrations as a predictor of malignancy of thyroid nodule remains unclear. OBJECTIVE: To prospectively evaluate the usefulness of serum TSH levels as a predictor of malignancy in thyroid nodules. METHODS: Patients with thyroid nodule(s) who underwent fine-needle aspiration biopsy under ultrasonographic guidance in a tertiary, university-based hospital were consecutively evaluated. Patients with known thyroid cancer and/or patients receiving thyroid medication were excluded...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145407/predicting-mortality-and-hospitalization-of-older-adults-by-the-multimorbidity-frailty-index
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Yao-Chun Wen, Liang-Kung Chen, Fei-Yuan Hsiao
BACKGROUND: Existing operational definitions of frailty are personnel-costly and time-consuming, resulting in estimates with a small sample size that cannot be generalized to the population level. The objectives were to develop a multimorbidity frailty index using Taiwan's claim database, and to understand its ability to predict adverse event. METHODS: This is a retrospective cohort study. Subjects aged 65 to 100 years who have full National Health Insurance coverage in 2005 were included...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143699/are-there-distinct-cognitive-and-motivational-sub-groups-of-children-with-adhd
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Rikke Lambek, Edmund Sonuga-Barke, Rosemary Tannock, Anne Virring Sørensen, Dorte Damm, Per Hove Thomsen
BACKGROUND: Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is proposed to be a neuropsychologically heterogeneous disorder that encompasses two distinct sub-groups, one with executive function (EF) deficits and one with delay aversion (DA). However, such claims have often been based on studies that have operationalized neuropsychological deficits using a categorical approach - using intuitive but rather arbitrary, clinical cut-offs. The current study applied an alternative empirical approach to sub-grouping in ADHD, latent profile analysis (LPA), and attempted to validate emerging subgroups through clinically relevant correlates...
November 16, 2017: Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141537/ophthalmic-applications-of-sln-and-nlc
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Neslihan Ustundag Okur, Evren Homan Gokce
BACKGROUND: The eyes are among the most readily accessible organs in terms of location in the body, yet drug delivery to eye tissues is particularly problematic. The anatomy, physiology and biochemistry of the eye limit the ophthalmic delivery of drugs. Numerous strategies in ophthalmic drug delivery have been made to expand the bioavailability and to prolong the remaining time of drugs treated topically to eye. METHODS: Designing a novel delivery vehicles that can proficiently target the diseased eye tissue, generate high drug levels, and keep sustained and effective concentrations with no or minimum side effects is the main concentration of present examination...
November 14, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141475/addressing-needs-of-diverse-stakeholders-twelve-tips-for-leaders-of-health-professions-education-programs
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Roger A Edwards, Sandhya Venugopal, Deborah Navedo, Subha Ramani
Designing and evaluating health professions educational programs require a range of skills in a rapidly changing educational and healthcare environment. Not all program directors possess all the required leadership skills. In this twelve tips article, we describe a systematic approach to effectively address the complexity facing program leadership, implement robust programs and meaningfully evaluate their impact. They also offer a roadmap for managing diverse stakeholders with often competing demands. The tips are categorized under three domains: Planning, Initial Implementation, and Monitoring...
November 16, 2017: Medical Teacher
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138035/defining-failed-induction-of-labor
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William A Grobman, Jennifer Bailit, Yinglei Lai, Uma M Reddy, Ronald J Wapner, Michael W Varner, John M Thorp, Kenneth J Leveno, Steve N Caritis, Mona Prasad, Alan T N Tita, George Saade, Yoram Sorokin, Dwight J Rouse, Sean C Blackwell, Jorge E Tolosa
BACKGROUND: While there are well-accepted standards for the diagnosis of arrested active-phase labor, the definition of a "failed" induction of labor remains less certain. One approach to diagnosing a failed induction is based on the duration of the latent phase. However, a standard for the minimum duration that the latent phase of a labor induction should continue, absent acute maternal or fetal indications for cesarean delivery, remains lacking. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to determine the frequency of adverse maternal and perinatal outcomes as a function of the duration of the latent phase among nulliparous women undergoing labor induction...
November 11, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137550/reengineering-electronic-fetal-monitoring-interpretation-using-the-fetal-reserve-index-to-anticipate-the-need-for-emergent-operative-delivery
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Robert D Eden, Mark I Evans, Shara M Evans, Barry S Schifrin
OBJECTIVE: The near-ubiquitous use of electronic fetal monitoring has failed to lower the rates of both cerebral palsy and emergency operative deliveries (EODs). Its performance metrics have low sensitivity, specificity, and predictive values for both. There are many EODs, but the vast majority have normal outcomes. The EODs, however, cause serious disruption in the delivery suite routine with increased complications, anxiety, and concern for all. METHODS: We developed the fetal reserve index (FRI) as multicomponent algorithm including 4 FHR components (analyzed individually), uterine activity, and maternal, obstetrical, and fetal risk factors to assess risk of cerebral palsy and EOD...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137197/effect-of-age-on-glasgow-coma-scale-in-patients-with-moderate-and-severe-traumatic-brain-injury-an-approach-with-propensity-score-matched-population
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Cheng-Shyuan Rau, Shao-Chun Wu, Yi-Chun Chen, Peng-Chen Chien, Hsiao-Yun Hsieh, Pao-Jen Kuo, Ching-Hua Hsieh
Background: The most widely used methods of describing traumatic brain injury (TBI) are the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) and the Abbreviated Injury Scale (AIS). Recent evidence suggests that presenting GCS in older patients may be higher than that in younger patients for an equivalent anatomical severity of TBI. This study aimed to assess these observations with a propensity-score matching approach using the data from Trauma Registry System in a Level I trauma center. Methods: We included all adult patients (aged ≥20 years old) with moderate to severe TBI from 1 January 2009 to 31 December 2016...
November 13, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135993/bioequivalence-between-innovator-and-generic-tacrolimus-in-liver-and-kidney-transplant-recipients-a-randomized-crossover-clinical-trial
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Rita R Alloway, Alexander A Vinks, Tsuyoshi Fukuda, Tomoyuki Mizuno, Eileen C King, Yuanshu Zou, Wenlei Jiang, E Steve Woodle, Simon Tremblay, Jelena Klawitter, Jost Klawitter, Uwe Christians
BACKGROUND: Although the generic drug approval process has a long-term successful track record, concerns remain for approval of narrow therapeutic index generic immunosuppressants, such as tacrolimus, in transplant recipients. Several professional transplant societies and publications have generated skepticism of the generic approval process. Three major areas of concern are that the pharmacokinetic properties of generic products and the innovator (that is, "brand") product in healthy volunteers may not reflect those in transplant recipients, bioequivalence between generic and innovator may not ensure bioequivalence between generics, and high-risk patients may have specific bioequivalence concerns...
November 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135909/food-swamps-predict-obesity-rates-better-than-food-deserts-in-the-united-states
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Kristen Cooksey-Stowers, Marlene B Schwartz, Kelly D Brownell
This paper investigates the effect of food environments, characterized as food swamps, on adult obesity rates. Food swamps have been described as areas with a high-density of establishments selling high-calorie fast food and junk food, relative to healthier food options. This study examines multiple ways of categorizing food environments as food swamps and food deserts, including alternate versions of the Retail Food Environment Index. We merged food outlet, sociodemographic and obesity data from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Environment Atlas, the American Community Survey, and a commercial street reference dataset...
November 14, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134329/esophageal-motility-disorders-new-perspectives-from-high-resolution-manometry-and-histopathology
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Hiroki Sato, Kazuya Takahashi, Ken-Ichi Mizuno, Satoru Hashimoto, Junji Yokoyama, Go Hasegawa, Shuji Terai
High-resolution manometry (HRM) and peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) have contributed significantly to the field of esophageal motility disorders in recent years. The development of HRM has categorized various esophageal motility disorders with a focus on a diverse range of manometric anomalies. Additionally, the Chicago classification criteria is widely used for manometric diagnosis. Moreover, POEM was introduced as a minimally invasive radical therapy for achalasia and shows promise for other spastic esophageal motility disorders as well...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132967/unexplained-infertility-and-undiagnosed-celiac-disease-study-of-a-multiethnic-canadian-population
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Beth Gunn, Kellie E Murphy, Ellen M Greenblatt
OBJECTIVE: The aims of this study were to examine the prevalence of Celiac disease (CD) in Canadian women with unexplained infertility versus women with an identifiable cause of infertility and to assess the sensitivity of the point-of-care Biocard Celiac Test Kit versus standard serum serologic testing. METHODS: In this prospective cohort study, women aged 18 to 44 who were evaluated for infertility between February 2010 and May 2012 at a tertiary academic care fertility clinic in Toronto, ON, were invited to participate...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada: JOGC, Journal D'obstétrique et Gynécologie du Canada: JOGC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132341/can-hybrid-hyaluronic-acid-represent-a-valid-approach-to-treat-rizoarthrosis-a-retrospective-comparative-study
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Sara Tenti, Nicola Antonio Pascarelli, Stefano Giannotti, Mauro Galeazzi, Nicola Giordano, Antonella Fioravanti
BACKGROUND: Osteoarthritis (OA) of the trapeziometacarpal joint (TMJ) is a disabling condition with a significant impact on quality of life. The optimal management of hand OA requires a combination of non-pharmacological and pharmacological treatments that include intra-articular (i.a.) therapy. EULAR experts recommend corticosteroid injections in TMJ OA and underline the usefulness of hyaluronic acid (HA). The aim of this study was the assessment of the efficacy and tolerability of i...
November 13, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132325/level-causes-and-risk-factors-of-stillbirth-a-population-based-case-control-study-from-chandigarh-india
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Ariarathinam Newtonraj, Manmeet Kaur, Madhu Gupta, Rajesh Kumar
BACKGROUND: Globally, India ranks first in the absolute number of stillbirths. Hence, the level, causes, and risk factors of stillbirths were estimated to facilitate designing of prevention strategy. METHODS: Capture and recapture method was used to identify 301 stillbirths from 1st July 2013 to 31st August 2014 in Chandigarh Union Territory of India. Verbal autopsies (n = 181) were done at household level to identify causes of stillbirths. Risk factors were determined using case-control approach...
November 13, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131849/modelling-the-cost-effectiveness-of-hiv-care-shows-a-clear-benefit-when-transmission-risk-is-considered-in-the-calculations-a-message-for-central-and-eastern-europe
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Justyna D Kowalska, Grzegorz Wójcik, Jakub Rutkowski, Magdalena Ankiersztejn-Bartczak, Ewa Siewaszewicz
BACKGROUND: HIV epidemic remains a major global health issue. Data from cost-effectiveness analyses base on CD4+ count and morbidity in patients with symptomatic and asymptomatic HIV infection. The approach adopted in these analyses includes many other factors, previously not investigated. Additionally, we evaluate the impact of sexual HIV transmission due to delayed cART on the cost-effectiveness of care. METHODS: A lifetime Markov model (1-month cycle) was developed to estimate the cost per quality adjusted life years (QALY) for a 1- and 3-year delay in starting cART (as compared to starting immediately at linkage to care) lifetime costs, clinical outcomes and cost-effectiveness...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131825/a-model-based-clustering-method-to-detect-infectious-disease-transmission-outbreaks-from-sequence-variation
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Rosemary M McCloskey, Art F Y Poon
Clustering infections by genetic similarity is a popular technique for identifying potential outbreaks of infectious disease, in part because sequences are now routinely collected for clinical management of many infections. A diverse number of nonparametric clustering methods have been developed for this purpose. These methods are generally intuitive, rapid to compute, and readily scale with large data sets. However, we have found that nonparametric clustering methods can be biased towards identifying clusters of diagnosis-where individuals are sampled sooner post-infection-rather than the clusters of rapid transmission that are meant to be potential foci for public health efforts...
November 13, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130220/-current-research-progress-and-thinking-of-fecal-microbiota-transplantation-for-the-treatment-of-gastrointestinal-disorders
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Ning Li, Hongliang Tian
Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT), also known as fecal bacteriotherapy or fecal infusion, consists of injection of a liquid filtrate of feces from a healthy donor into the gastrointestinal tract of a recipient individual. FMT has been proposed as a therapeutic approach for functional diseases of the gastrointestinal tract by reestablishment of a wide diversity of intestinal flora. Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) treatment guideline from American Gastroenterology Association (AGA) recommends that FMT can be used as the treatment protocols of relapse CDI...
October 25, 2017: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
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