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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320171/stroke-severity-predicts-poststroke-delirium-and-its-association-with-dementia-longitudinal-observation-from-a-low-income-setting
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Akin Ojagbemi, Mayowa Owolabi, Toyin Bello, Olusegun Baiyewu
OBJECTIVE: The effect of delirium on stroke outcome has not been quantified in sub-Saharan Africa. We investigated the prevalence of delirium occurring within one week of stroke in Nigerian survivors and its association with dementia and mortality at 3months. METHODS: Delirium was ascertained after repeated assessments within one week of stroke using the Confusion Assessment Method. Demographic and clinical characteristics, stroke severity, current and pre-morbid cognitive functioning were also assessed...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320075/a-cost-utility-analysis-of-high-molecular-weight-hyaluronic-acid-for-knee-osteoarthritis-in-everyday-clinical-care-in-patients-in-the-working-age-an-economic-evaluation-of-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Job Hermans, Max Reijman, Lucas Ma Goossens, Hennie Verburg, Sita Ma Bierma-Zeinstra, Marc A Koopmanschap
Objectives Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is associated with high medical costs and especially with high productivity costs, in particular in patients in their working years. High molecular weight (HMW) hyaluronic acid (HA) is an alternative treatment for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which are known for their serious side-effects. The cost-utility of intra-articular HMW-HA treatment in these patients is unknown though and was assessed in this study. Methods Secondary care patients between 18 and 65 with knee OA were randomized to usual care (UC) + HMW-HA (intervention group) or UC only (control group)...
March 20, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319855/microbial-bioreporters-of-trace-explosives
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Benjamin Shemer, Ori Koshet, Sharon Yagur-Kroll, Shimshon Belkin
Since its introduction as an explosive in the late 19th century, 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT), along with other explosive compounds, has left numerous environmental marks. One of these is widespread soil and water pollution by trace explosives in military proving grounds, manufacturing facilities, or actual battlefields. Another dramatic impact is that exerted by the millions of landmines and other explosive devices buried in large parts of the world, causing extensive loss of life, injuries, and economical damage...
March 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319832/comparative-life-cycle-cost-assessment-of-painted-and-hot-dip-galvanized-bridges
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B Rossi, S Marquart, G Rossi
The study addresses the life cycle cost assessment (LCCA) of steel bridges, focusing on the maintenance activities and the maintenance scenario. Firstly, the unit costs of maintenance activities and their durability (i.e. the time between two activities) are evaluated. Pragmatic data are provided for the environment category C4 and for three activities: Patch Up, Overcoating and Remove & Replace. A comparative LCCA for a typical hypothetic steel girder bridge is carried out, either painted or hot-dip galvanized (HDG), in the environmental class C4...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319803/social-economic-costs-of-type-1-diabetes-mellitus-in-pediatric-patients-in-spain-chrystal-observational-study
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Julio López-Bastida, Juan Pedro López-Siguero, Juan Oliva-Moreno, Magaly Perez-Nieves, Renata Villoro, Tatiana Dilla, María Merino, Dingfeng Jiang, Isaac Aranda-Reneo, Jesús Reviriego, Luis Alberto Vázquez
AIMS: To estimate the social-economic costs of Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus (T1DM) in patients aged 0-17years in Spain from a social perspective. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional observational study in 2014 of 275 T1DM pediatric outpatients distributed across 12 public health centers in Spain. Data on demographic and clinical characteristics, healthcare utilization and informal care were collected from medical records and questionnaires completed by clinicians and patients' caregivers...
March 7, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319788/functional-and-dysfunctional-impulsivity-and-attempted-suicide-in-rural-china-a-paired-case-control-study
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Yang-Yang Liu, Xin-Ting Wang, Hui-Min Qiu, Ai-Qiang Xu, Cun-Xian Jia
This study aimed to clarify the relationship between functional and dysfunctional impulsivity and attempted suicide in rural China. Data of this study came from the investigation of 407 suicide attempters and their paired non-suicide attempters matched with the same gender, age (±3 years) and residence area in six counties in rural Shandong, China. Suicide attempters accounted for a lower proportion on high functional impulsivity, but a higher proportion on high dysfunctional impulsivity than non-suicide attempters...
March 14, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319783/development-of-an-evaluation-framework-for-publicly-funded-r-d-projects-the-case-of-korea-s-next-generation-network
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Eungdo Kim, Soyoung Kim, Hongbum Kim
For decades, efforts have been made globally to measure the performance of large-scale public projects and to develop a framework to perform such measurements due to the complexity and dynamics of R&D and stakeholder interests. Still, limitations such as the use of a simply modified model and the lack of a comprehensive viewpoint are prevalent in existing approaches. In light of these research gaps, this study suggests a practical model to evaluate the performance of large-scale and publicly funded projects...
February 28, 2017: Evaluation and Program Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319764/electrofluid-hydrolysis-enhances-the-production-of-fermentable-sugars-from-corncob-via-in-reverse-phase-induced-voltage
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Fengfeng Wu, Yamei Jin, Dandan Li, Yuyi Zhou, Lunan Guo, Mengyue Zhang, Xueming Xu, Na Yang
To improve the economic value of lignocellulosic biomasses, an innovative electrofluidic technology has been applied to the efficient hydrolysis of corncob. The system combines fluidic reactors and induced voltages via magnetoelectric coupling effect. The excitation voltage had a positive impact on reducing sugar content (RSC). But, the increase of voltage frequency at 400-700Hz caused a slight decline of the RSC. Higher temperature limits the electrical effect on the hydrolysis at 70-80°C. The energy efficiency increased under the addition of metallic ions and series of in-phase induced voltage to promote hydrolysis...
March 4, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319704/assessing-the-drivers-shaping-global-patterns-of-urban-vegetation-landscape-structure
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C Dobbs, C Nitschke, D Kendal
Vegetation is one of the main resources involve in ecosystem functioning and providing ecosystem services in urban areas. Little is known on the landscape structure patterns of vegetation existing in urban areas at the global scale and the drivers of these patterns. We studied the landscape structure of one hundred cities around the globe, and their relation to demography (population), socioeconomic factors (GDP, Gini Index), climate factors (temperature and rain) and topographic characteristics (altitude, variation in altitude)...
March 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319699/urdaibai-biosphere-reserve-biscay-spain-conservation-against-development
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Nekane Castillo-Eguskitza, Alejandro J Rescia, Miren Onaindia
The protected area approach has extended from conserving biodiversity to improving human well-being. However, the relationship between conservation and socioeconomic and cultural development continues to be controversial. This paper combines land use variables with socioeconomic and cultural variables through multivariate ordination analysis and evaluates their evolution in two areas inside and outside a Biosphere Reserve since the approval of the Governance Plan for Use and Management in the Reserve. The results indicate a similar tendency in the two areas, from the abandonment of traditional rural activities and decline in pine plantations to naturalness, urban sprawl and the growth of the tertiary economic sector, welfare indicators and sustainability index...
March 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319698/the-combined-effect-of-reduced-fossil-fuel-consumption-and-increasing-biomass-combustion-on-athens-air-quality-as-inferred-from-long-term-co-measurements
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Myrto Gratsea, Eleni Liakakou, Nikos Mihalopoulos, Anastasios Adamopoulos, Eirini Tsilibari, Evangelos Gerasopoulos
To evaluate the role of biomass burning emissions, and in particular of residential wood heating, as a result of the economic recession in Greece, carbon monoxide (CO) atmospheric concentrations from five (5) stations of the National Air Pollution Monitoring Network in Athens, spanning the period 2000-2015, in conjunction with black carbon (BC) concentrations from the NOA (National Observatory of Athens) station at Thissio were analysed. The contribution of the different sources to the diurnal cycle of these two pollutants is clear, resulting to a morning peak, mainly due to traffic, and a late evening peak attributed both to fossil fuel (traffic plus central heating) and biomass combustion...
March 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319692/development-and-properties-of-a-brief-scale-to-assess-intimate-partner-relationship-in-the-postnatal-period
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Karen Wynter, Thach Duc Tran, Heather Rowe, Jane Fisher
BACKGROUND: Poor quality intimate partner relationship is associated with postnatal depression and anxiety among women. Existing scales assessing the quality of this relationship are long and measure stable aspects of the relationship rather than specific behaviours which may respond to targeted interventions. The aim was to develop and investigate the properties of a brief, life stage-specific scale to assess potentially modifiable partner behaviours in the postpartum period. METHODS: Participants were primiparous women from diverse geographical and socio-economic backgrounds in Victoria, Australia...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319592/trends-in-prevalence-awareness-treatment-and-control-of-high-blood-pressure-in-the-seychelles-between-1989-and-2013
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Samuel Heiniger, Bharathi Viswanathan, Jude Gedeon, Fred Paccaud, Pascal Bovet
BACKGROUND: Limited data are available in the African region on trends in blood pressure (BP) and awareness, treatment and control rates. OBJECTIVE: We examined trends in these indicators for a 25-year period in the Seychelles, a rapidly developing small island state in the African region. METHODS: Population-based surveys of adults aged 25-64 years were performed in 1989, 1994, 2004 and 2013 using nearly identical methods for all surveys...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319519/process-improvement-initiative-for-the-perioperative-management-of-patients-with-a-cardiovascular-implantable-electronic-device
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Margaret K Menzel Ellis, Miriam M Treggiari, Jamie M Robertson, Marc A Rozner, Peter F Graven, Michael F Aziz, Matthias J Merkel, Edward A Kahl, Norman A Cohen, Eric C Stecker, Peter M Schulman
BACKGROUND: Economic, personnel, and procedural challenges often complicate and interfere with efficient and safe perioperative care of patients with cardiovascular implantable electronic devices (CIEDs). In the context of a process improvement initiative, we created and implemented a comprehensive anesthesiologist-run perioperative CIED service to respond to all routine requests for perioperative CIED consultations at a large academic medical center. This study was designed to determine whether this new care model was associated with improved operating room efficiency, reduced institutional cost, and adequate patient safety...
March 17, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319481/application-of-telepractice-for-head-and-neck-cancer-management-a-review-of-speech-language-pathology-service-models
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Elizabeth C Ward, Laurelie R Wall, Clare L Burns, Bena Cartmill, Anne J Hill
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Head and neck cancer (HNC) is a complex and heterogeneous disease, requiring specialist intervention from a multidisciplinary team including speech language pathology (SLP). Unfortunately, multiple patient and service-related challenges exist which currently limit equitable access to SLP support for all individuals. This review highlights the existing evidence for different telepractice models designed to help patients and services optimize management of swallowing and communication disorders arising from HNC...
March 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319366/magnetic-printing-of-a-biosensor-inexpensive-rapid-sensing-to-detect-picomolar-amounts-of-antigen-with-antibody-functionalized-carbon-nanotubes
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Abdel Rahman Abdel Fattah, Ahmed M Abdalla, Sarah Mishriki, Elvira Meleca, Fei Geng, Suvojit Ghosh, Ishwar K Puri
When an antibody (Ab) is immobilized on its surface, a carbon nanotube (CNT) becomes a biosensor that detects the corresponding antigen (Ag) since Ag-Ab complexes formed on the CNT surface moderate the current flow through it. We synthesize a biological ink containing CNTs that are twice functionalized, first with magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) and thereafter with the anti-c-Myc monoclonal Ab. The ink is pipetted and dynamically self organized by an external magnetic field into a dense electrically conducting sensor strip that measures the decrease in current when a sample containing c-Myc Ag is deposited on it...
March 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319214/fabrication-of-a-mandibular-implant-supported-overdenture-with-a-new-attachment-system-a-review-of-current-attachment-systems
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Karnik Shah, Burak Yilmaz, Edwin McGlumphy
Since their introduction, implant-retained overdentures have represented a feasible, economical, and highly successful treatment option for completely edentulous patients. Different attachment systems have been effectively used to retain these implant overdentures, and each system has advantages and disadvantages. Locator attachment (Zest Anchors) is one system that has been widely used by clinicians, particularly, for two-implant-supported situations. Recently, Zest Anchors developed a new locator-style abutment, Locator R-Tx...
March 20, 2017: International Journal of Prosthodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319151/ethical-problems-in-an-era-where-disasters-have-become-a-part-of-daily-life-a-qualitative-study-of-healthcare-workers-in-turkey
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M Murat Civaner, Kevser Vatansever, Kayihan Pala
BACKGROUND: Natural disasters, armed conflict, migration, and epidemics today occur more frequently, causing more death, displacement of people and economic loss. Their burden on health systems and healthcare workers (HCWs) is getting heavier accordingly. The ethical problems that arise in disaster settings may be different than the ones in daily practice, and can cause preventable harm or the violation of basic human rights. Understanding the types and the determinants of ethical challenges is crucial in order to find the most benevolent action while respecting the dignity of those affected people...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319102/malnutrition-and-non-communicable-diseases-among-bangladeshi-women-an-urban-rural-comparison
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M S Zahangir, M M Hasan, A Richardson, S Tabassum
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: This study aims at examining the urban-rural differentials in the effects of socioeconomic predictors on underweight and obesity of ever-married women in Bangladesh. The effect of malnutrition and other risk factors on non-communicable diseases is also examined. SUBJECTS/METHODS: The information regarding nutritional status, socioeconomic and demographic background, and non-communicable diseases of ever-married women was extracted from the nationally representative, cross-sectional Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey (BDHS 2011) data set...
March 20, 2017: Nutrition & Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319019/recycling-of-metals-from-pretreated-waste-printed-circuit-boards-effectively-in-stirred-tank-reactor-by-a-moderately-thermophilic-culture
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Ming-Chen Xia, Ya-Ping Wang, Tang-Jian Peng, Li Shen, Run-Lan Yu, Yuan-Dong Liu, Miao Chen, Jiao-Kun Li, Xue-Ling Wu, Wei-Min Zeng
To seek a feasible technique for processing waste printed circuit boards (PCBs), pretreatment of PCBs by table separation and further bioleached by moderate thermophiles in a stirred tank reactor were investigated. The shaking table separation, conducted after grinding and sieving of PCBs, produced two fractions: metal-rich parts (RPCBs), which is more suitable for pyrometallurgy process than untreated PCBs, and metal-poor parts (PPCBs) with only 8.83% metals was then bioleached by a mixed culture of moderate thermophiles effectively...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
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