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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339607/gross-motor-trajectories-during-the-first-year-of-life-for-preterm-infants-with-very-low-birth-weight
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Yu-Han Su, Suh-Fang Jeng, Wu-Shiun Hsieh, Yu-Kang Tu, Yen-Tzu Wu, Li-Chiou Chen
Background.: Early identification of motor dysfunction in very-low-birth-weight (VLBW) preterm infants is important in order to provide early intervention. Objective.: This study was to examine the motor trajectories of VLBW preterm infants during their first year of life and to investigate the predictive ability and influencing factors of the trajectories. Design and Methods.: A total of 342 VLBW preterm infants were prospectively assessed for motor development by the Alberta Infant Motor Scales at 4, 6, 9 and 12 months and for developmental outcomes using the Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development- second edition at 24 months...
February 4, 2017: Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335552/virological-surveillance-of-influenza-a-subtypes-isolated-in-2014-from-clinical-outbreaks-in-canadian-swine
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Helena Grgić, Jackie Gallant, Zvonimir Poljak
Influenza A viruses (IAVs) are respiratory pathogens associated with an acute respiratory disease that occurs year-round in swine production. It is currently one of the most important pathogens in swine populations, with the potential to infect other host species including humans. Ongoing research indicates that the three major subtypes of IAV-H1N1, H1N2, and H3N2-continue to expand in their genetic and antigenic diversity. In this study, we conducted a comprehensive genomic analysis of 16 IAVs isolated from different clinical outbreaks in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, and Saskatchewan in 2014...
March 21, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334283/the-microbiology-of-oil-sands-tailings-past-present-future
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Julia M Foght, Lisa M Gieg, Tariq Siddique
Surface mining of enormous oil sands deposits in northeastern Alberta, Canada since 1967 has contributed greatly to Canada's economy but has also received negative international attention due largely to environmental concerns and challenges. Not only have microbes profoundly affected the composition and behaviour of this petroleum resource over geological time, they currently influence the management of semi-solid tailings in oil sands tailing ponds (OSTP) and tailings reclamation. Historically, microbial impacts on OSTP were generally discounted but next-generation sequencing and biogeochemical studies have revealed unexpectedly diverse indigenous communities and expanded our fundamental understanding of anaerobic microbial functions...
March 9, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334033/a-qualitative-study-mothers-of-late-preterm-infants-relate-their-experiences-of-community-based-care
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Shahirose S Premji, Genevieve Currie, Sandra Reilly, Aliyah Dosani, Lynnette May Oliver, Abhay K Lodha, Marilyn Young
PURPOSE: In Alberta, the high occurrence of late preterm infants and early hospital discharge of mother-infant dyads has implications for postpartum care in the community. Shortened hospital stay and complexities surrounding the care of biologically and developmentally immature late preterm infants heighten anxiety and fears. Our descriptive phenomenological study explores mothers' experience of caring for their late preterm infants in the community. METHODS: Eleven mothers were interviewed using a semi-structured interview guide...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333550/adherence-to-dietary-recommendations-supports-canadian-children-s-academic-achievement
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Erin L Faught, Genevieve Montemurro, Kate E Storey, Paul J Veugelers
PURPOSE: We aimed to determine if adherence to established Canadian, American, and WHO-developed nutrition recommendations supported children's academic achievement. METHODS: Data from a health survey of 1595 grade 5 students in Alberta, Canada, was used. Dietary intake was assessed using a validated food frequency questionnaire. Adherence to recommendations for food group servings, saturated fat intake, and free sugars intake was assessed. Survey data were linked to grade 6 standardized exam results...
March 23, 2017: Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328946/a-randomized-clinical-trial-in-preterm-infants-on-the-effects-of-a-home-based-early-intervention-with-the-caretoy-system
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Giuseppina Sgandurra, Jakob Lorentzen, Emanuela Inguaggiato, Laura Bartalena, Elena Beani, Francesca Cecchi, Paolo Dario, Matteo Giampietri, Gorm Greisen, Anna Herskind, Jens Bo Nielsen, Giuseppe Rossi, Giovanni Cioni
CareToy system is an innovative tele-rehabilitative tool, useful in providing intensive, individualized, home-based, family-centred Early Intervention (EI) in infants. Our aim was to evaluate, through a Randomized Clinical Trial (RCT) study, the effects of CareToy intervention on early motor and visual development in preterm infants. 41 preterm infants (range age: 3.0-5.9 months of corrected age) were enrolled and randomized into two groups, CareToy and Standard Care. 19 infants randomized in CareToy group performed a 4-week CareToy program, while 22 allocated to control group completed 4 weeks of Standard Care...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327500/a-review-of-sustainability-enhancements-in-the-beef-value-chain-state-of-the-art-and-recommendations-for-future-improvements
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Danielle Maia de Souza, Ruaraidh Petre, Fawn Jackson, Monica Hadarits, Sarah Pogue, Cameron N Carlyle, Edward Bork, Tim McAllister
The beef sector is working towards continually improving its sustainability in order to achieve environmentally, socially and economically desirable outcomes, all of which are of increasing concern to consumers. In this context, the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB) provides guidance to advance the sustainability of the beef industry, through increased stakeholder engagement and the formation of national roundtables. Recently, the 2nd Global Conference on Sustainable Beef took place in Banff, Alberta, Canada, hosted by the GRSB and the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef...
March 22, 2017: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326667/the-v2-receptor-antagonist-tolvaptan-raises-cytosolic-calcium-and-prevents-aqp2-trafficking-and-function-an-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-assessment
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Grazia Tamma, Annarita Di Mise, Marianna Ranieri, Ari Geller, Roberto Tamma, Alberta Zallone, Giovanna Valenti
Tolvaptan, a selective vasopressin V2 receptor antagonist, is a new generation diuretic. Its clinical efficacy is in principle due to impaired vasopressin-regulated water reabsorption via aquaporin-2 (AQP2). Nevertheless, no direct in vitro evidence that tolvaptan prevents AQP2-mediated water transport, nor that this pathway is targeted in vivo in patients with syndrome of inappropriate antidiuresis (SIAD) has been provided. The effects of tolvaptan on the vasopressin-cAMP/PKA signalling cascade were investigated in MDCK cells expressing endogenous V2R and in mouse kidney...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322177/prevalence-estimate-of-cerebral-palsy-in-northern-alberta-births-2008-2010
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Charlene M T Robertson, M Florencia Ricci, Kathleen O'Grady, Maryam Oskoui, Helly Goez, Jerome Y Yager, John C Andersen
OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were to determine prevalence estimates of cerebral palsy (CP) among 5-year-old children in northern Alberta; to provide congenital, gestational age- and birth weight-specific, and postneonatal CP rates; and to describe motor subtypes and function. METHODS: This population-based prevalence estimate study, part of the Canadian Cerebral Palsy Registry, reports confirmed CP diagnoses at age 5 years made by pediatric rehabilitation and child neurology specialists...
March 21, 2017: Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. le Journal Canadien des Sciences Neurologiques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320433/association-of-the-lupus-low-disease-activity-state-lldas-with-health-related-quality-of-life-in-a-multinational-prospective-study
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Vera Golder, Rangi Kandane-Rathnayake, Alberta Yik-Bun Hoi, Molla Huq, Worawit Louthrenoo, Yuan An, Zhan Guo Li, Shue Fen Luo, Sargunan Sockalingam, Chak Sing Lau, Mo Yin Mok, Aisha Lateef, Kate Franklyn, Susan Morton, Sandra Teresa V Navarra, Leonid Zamora, Yeong-Jian Wu, Laniyati Hamijoyo, Madelynn Chan, Sean O'Neill, Fiona Goldblatt, Mandana Nikpour, Eric Francis Morand
BACKGROUND: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is associated with significant impairment of health-related quality of life (HR-QoL). Recently, meeting a definition of a lupus low disease activity state (LLDAS), analogous to low disease activity in rheumatoid arthritis, was preliminarily validated as associated with protection from damage accrual. The LLDAS definition has not been previously evaluated for association with patient-reported outcomes. The objective of this study was to determine whether LLDAS is associated with better HR-QoL, and examine predictors of HR-QoL, in a large multiethnic, multinational cohort of patients with SLE...
March 20, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319240/two-paradigms-for-endovascular-thrombectomy-after-intravenous-thrombolysis-for-acute-ischemic-stroke
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Gaspard Gerschenfeld, Ioan-Paul Muresan, Raphael Blanc, Michael Obadia, Marie Abrivard, Michel Piotin, Sonia Alamowitch
Importance: Intravenous thrombolysis (IVT) followed by mechanical thrombectomy (MT) is recommended to treat acute ischemic stroke (AIS) with a large vessel occlusion (LVO). Most hospitals do not have on-site MT facilities, and most patients need to be transferred secondarily after IVT (drip and ship), which may have an effect on the neurologic outcome. Objective: To compare the functional independence at 3 months between patients treated under the drip-and-ship paradigm and those treated on site (mothership)...
March 20, 2017: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318953/mechanical-thrombectomy-in-wake-up-strokes-a-case-series-using-alberta-stroke-program-early-ct-score-aspects-for-patient-selection
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Angelos Aristeidis Konstas, Artin Minaeian, Ian B Ross
BACKGROUND: There is lack of published studies on mechanical thrombectomy with stent retrievers for wake-up stroke (WUS). OBJECTIVE: To report the outcomes of WUS patients with large vessel occlusions, selected for intervention based on Alberta Stroke Program Early CT Score (ASPECTS) and treated with stent retrievers or primary aspiration thrombectomy. METHODS: Data were collected retrospectively for each consecutive WUS patient undergoing mechanical thrombectomy with a stent retriever or primary aspiration catheter between February 2015 and September 2016...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316866/alberta-stroke-program-early-ct-score-in-the-prognostication-after-endovascular-treatment-for-ischemic-stroke-a-meta-analysis
#13
Chang-Woo Ryu, Hee Shup Shin, Soonchan Park, Sang Hyun Suh, Jun Seok Koh, Hye-Yeon Choi
PURPOSE: The Alberta Stroke Program Early CT Score (ASPECTS) was devised to quantify the extent of early ischemic changes in the middle cerebral artery territory on brain CT. We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of studies that presented clinical outcomes and baseline ASPECTS in ischemic stroke patients managed with endovascular methods to validate the use of ASPECTS for risk prognostication. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We searched the MEDLINE, EMBASE, and Cochran databases for observational or interventional studies that reported clinical outcomes and baseline ASPECTS in ischemic stroke patients treated with endovascular methods...
March 2017: Neurointervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306523/evaluation-of-thyroid-test-utilization-through-analysis-of-population-level-data
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Jasmine Gill, Vilte E Barakauskas, Dylan Thomas, Karina Rodriguez-Capote, Trefor Higgins, Don Zhang, Amanda VanSpronsen, Oksana Babenko, Roberta Martindale, Mathew P Estey
BACKGROUND: Inappropriate laboratory test utilization can result in unnecessary patient testing and increased healthcare costs. While several thyroid function tests are available, thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) is recommended as the first-line test for investigating and monitoring thyroid dysfunction. We evaluate thyroid test utilization in Northern Alberta in terms of testing patterns, frequencies, and reflex cutpoints. METHODS: This retrospective study analyzed thyroid test requests from January to December 2014...
March 15, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306391/prevalence-rate-and-demographic-and-clinical-correlates-of-child-sexual-abuse-among-new-psychiatric-outpatients-in-a-city-in-northern-alberta
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Vincent I O Agyapong, Michal Juhás, Amanda Ritchie, Olurotimi Ogunsina, Lorella Ambrosano, Sandra Corbett
The prevalence rate for child sexual abuse among new psychiatric outpatients in Fort McMurray was 20.7%. With an odds ratio for sex of 3.30, female patients are about 3 times more likely to report a history of child sexual abuse compared with male patients when controlling for other factors. Similarly, patients with at most high school education and those with previous contact with psychiatric services were about 2 times more likely to report a history of child sexual abuse compared to the patients with college or university education or no previous contact with psychiatric services, respectively...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Child Sexual Abuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306338/the-epidemiology-of-childhood-salmonella-infections-in-alberta-canada
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Kate E Faulder, Kimberley Simmonds, Joan L Robinson
OBJECTIVES: The objectives were to describe the incidence, demographics, laboratory findings, and suspected sources of childhood Salmonella infections in Alberta, Canada, with a focus on preventable cases. METHODS: Data from Notifiable Disease Reports for children with nontyphoidal salmonellosis (NTS) or typhoid/paratyphoid fever from 2007 through 2015 were analyzed. RESULTS: NTS was detected from 2285 children. Bacteremia was documented in 55 cases (2...
March 17, 2017: Foodborne Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302438/antipsychotic-use-and-hospitalization-among-older-assisted-living-residents-does-risk-vary-by-frailty-status
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Kathryn J Stock, David B Hogan, Kate Lapane, Joseph E Amuah, Suzanne L Tyas, Susan E Bronskill, Andrew M Morris, Chaim M Bell, Lianne Jeffs, Colleen J Maxwell
OBJECTIVE: To examine associations between baseline frailty measures, antipsychotic use, and hospitalization over 1 year and whether hospitalization risk associated with antipsychotic use varies by frailty level. METHODS: In this prospective cohort study of 1,066 residents (mean age: 85 years; 77% women) from the Alberta Continuing Care Epidemiological Studies, trained research nurses conducted comprehensive resident assessments at baseline (2006-2007) for sociodemographic characteristics, health conditions, frailty status, behavioral problems, and all medications consumed during the past 3 days...
February 16, 2017: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301792/systemic-lupus-erythematosus-an-update
#18
Vera Golder, Alberta Hoi
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic multisystem autoimmune disease predominantly affecting women of childbearing age. New classification criteria for SLE have greater sensitivity and therefore improve the diagnostic certainty for some patients, especially those who may previously have been labelled as having undifferentiated symptoms. Uncontrolled disease activity leads to irreversible end-organ damage, which in turn increases the risk of premature death; early and sustained control of disease activity can usually be achieved by conventional immunosuppressant therapy...
March 20, 2017: Medical Journal of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301780/the-australian-lupus-registry-and-biobank-a-timely-initiative
#19
Sean O'Neill, Eric F Morand, Alberta Hoi
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March 20, 2017: Medical Journal of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301248/small-poultry-flocks-in-alberta-demographics-and-practices
#20
Chunu Mainali, Ilona Houston
The distribution, composition, and management characteristics of small "backyard" poultry flocks may have important implications in the spread of both avian diseases and zoonoses of public health concern. Although the prevalence of small poultry flocks has increased in Alberta, Canada, in recent years, there is minimal demographic information available for these populations. To gain initial epidemiologic insight into this growing population and potential areas of risk, a survey was conducted to characterize the sector...
March 2017: Avian Diseases
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