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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734264/a-small-scale-portable-method-for-extracting-microplastics-from-marine-sediments
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Rachel L Coppock, Matthew Cole, Penelope K Lindeque, Ana M Queirós, Tamara S Galloway
Microplastics (plastic particles, 0.1 μm-5 mm in size) are widespread marine pollutants, accumulating in benthic sediments and shorelines the world over. To gain a clearer understanding of microplastic availability to marine life, and the risks they pose to the health of benthic communities, ecological processes and food security, it is important to obtain accurate measures of microplastic abundance in marine sediments. To date, methods for extracting microplastics from marine sediments have been disadvantaged by complexity, expense, low extraction efficiencies and incompatibility with very fine sediments...
July 19, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734186/bilateral-vocal-cord-palsy-after-total-thyroidectomy-a-new-treatment-case-reports
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Fong-Fu Chou, Cheng-Ming Hsu, Chi-Chih Lai, Yi-Chia Chan, Shun-Yu Chi
INTRODUCTION: Dyspnea due to bilateral vocal cord palsy after total thyroidectomy (BVCPATT) is a life-threatening complication; nevertheless, we try to avoid tracheotomy. METHODS: Using normalized glottal area (NGA), we retrospectively studied 14 patients with BVCPATT. Nine patients without dyspnea were treated conservatively, while five with dyspnea received immediate bilevel positive air-way pressure (BiPAP) treatment. Both right and left recurrent nerves were grossly intact during surgery...
June 30, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734131/changes-in-health-related-quality-of-life-in-older-candidates-waiting-for-kidney-transplantation
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Kjersti Lønning, Karsten Midtvedt, Tomm Bernklev, Cathrine Brunborg, Marit Helen Andersen, Nanna von der Lippe, Anna V Reisaeter, Pål-Dag Line, Anders Hartmann, Kristian Heldal
AIM: There is limited available knowledge regarding health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in older patients with chronic kidney disease. We aimed to describe HRQoL in renal transplant candidates 65 years or older at transplant acceptance, and during the first year on the waiting list.. METHODS: A nationwide prospective observational study in Norway was conducted. HRQoL was evaluated at baseline (wait listing) and after 6 and 12 months using the patient self-reported Kidney Disease and Quality of Life Short form version 1...
July 22, 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732401/can-brook-trout-survive-climate-change-in-large-rivers-if-it-rains
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Eric R Merriam, Rodrigo Fernandez, J Todd Petty, Nicolas Zegre
We provide an assessment of thermal characteristics and climate change vulnerability for brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) habitats in the upper Shavers Fork sub-watershed, West Virginia. Spatial and temporal (2001-2015) variability in observed summer (6/1-8/31) stream temperatures was quantified in 23 (9 tributary, 14 main-stem) reaches. We developed a mixed effects model to predict site-specific mean daily stream temperature from air temperature and discharge and coupled this model with a hydrologic model to predict future (2016-2100) changes in stream temperature under low (RCP 4...
July 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731958/pain-catastrophizing-and-pain-health-related-quality-of-life-in-endometriosis
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Allison E McPeak, Catherine Allaire, Christina Williams, Arianne Albert, Sarka Lisonkova, Paul J Yong
OBJECTIVES: To determine if pain catastrophizing is independently associated with pain health-related quality-of-life in women with endometriosis, independent of potential confounders. METHODS: Analysis of cross-sectional baseline data from a prospective database at a tertiary referral center for endometriosis/pelvic pain. Referrals to the center were recruited between December 2013 to April 2015, with data collected from online patient questionnaires, physical examination, and review of medical records...
July 20, 2017: Clinical Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731882/the-effect-on-bone-outcomes-of-home-based-exercise-intervention-for-prostate-cancer-survivors-receiving-androgen-deprivation-therapy-a-pilot-randomized-controlled-trial
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Soo Hyun Kim, Do Hwan Seong, Sang Min Yoon, Young Deuk Choi, Eunju Choi, Youngkyu Song, Hosook Song
BACKGROUND: Cancer treatment-induced bone loss has important long-term effects in prostate cancer survivors (PCSs) receiving androgen deprivation therapy (ADT), but little is known about preventive interventions. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to examine the feasibility and preliminary effectiveness of a 6-month home-based exercise intervention in PCSs. METHODS: In this pilot, randomized controlled trial, 51 men (mean age, 70.8 years) were randomized to a 6-month home-based exercise intervention for preventing osteoporosis group (n = 26) or an exercise placebo intervention of stretching exercise group (n = 25)...
July 20, 2017: Cancer Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731873/health-related-quality-of-life-in-iranian-adult-men-with-severe-hemophilia
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Mohammad Faranoush, Ehsan Shahverdi, Raheb Qorbani, Mostafa Moghaddam
: Health-related quality of life (HRQOL) assessment should be part of the regular clinical assessment of persons with hemophilia. This study assessed quality of life of severe hemophilia patients (Type A) in Tehran comprehensive hemophilia care center. This cross-sectional study was done in 2016 and 84 men aged over 20 years with severe hemophilia (Type A) were assessed. All patients have been treated over 10 years at the comprehensive hemophilia care center, Iran. The HRQOL assessment includes the A36 Hemophilia-QOL questionnaire, sociodemographical and clinical characteristics...
July 20, 2017: Blood Coagulation & Fibrinolysis: An International Journal in Haemostasis and Thrombosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731842/role-of-pepsin-and-oropharyngeal-ph-monitoring-to-assess-the-postoperative-outcome-of-patients-with-laryngopharyngeal-reflux-results-of-a-pilot-trial
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Michael Weitzendorfer, Richard Pfandner, Stavros A Antoniou, Werner Langsteger, Kai Witzel, Klaus Emmanuel, Oliver O Koch
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to evaluate the value of salivary pepsin and oropharyngeal pH-monitoring to assess the surgical outcome of patients with laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty consecutive patients with LPR despite proton pump inhibitor treatment received laparoscopic antireflux surgery. Twenty-four hour esophageal pH-monitoring (multichannel intraluminal impedance monitoring [MII]-pH) and esophageal manometry (high-resolution manometry) data were documented preoperatively and at 3-month follow-up...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731538/meta-analysis-of-quality-of-life-improvement-after-cochlear-implantation-and-associations-with-speech-recognition-abilities
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Theodore R McRackan, Michael Bauschard, Jonathan L Hatch, Emily Franko-Tobin, H Richard Droghini, Shaun A Nguyen, Judy R Dubno
OBJECTIVES: Determine the impact of cochlear implantation on quality of life (QOL) and determine the correlation between QOL and speech recognition ability. STUDY DESIGN: Two authors independently searched PubMed, Medline, Scopus, and the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature to identify studies reporting hearing-specific or cochlear implant (CI)-specific QOL outcomes before and after cochlear implantation, and studies reporting correlations between QOL and speech recognition after cochlear implantation...
July 21, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731361/the-impact-of-teaching-prognostication-at-the-end-of-life-a-pre-post-interventional-study
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Alexandria Bear, Tucker Keuter, Jayshil J Patel
BACKGROUND: Providing accurate and valid prognostic information significantly influences end-of-life care. Disclosing a poor prognosis can be among the most difficult of physician responsibilities, thus having appropriate knowledge during training is crucial for appropriate prognostication. OBJECTIVE: To provide internal medicine (IM) house staff with a pre- and posteducational survey to determine their ability to accurately prognosticate 5 common end-stage diseases...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731073/-effect-of-stress-and-intesity-of-mobile-phone-using-on-the-health-and-subjective-symptoms-in-gsm-workers
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Agata Szyjkowska, Elżbieta Gadzicka, Wiesław Szymczak, Alicja Bortkiewicz
BACKGROUND: There are no available data on the health consequences that may result from the synergistic effects of electromagnetic fields (EMF) and stress. Understanding the mechanisms of the simultaneous exposure will make it possible to develop procedures to minimize adverse health effects in professionals using mobile phones. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A questionnaire survey was conducted in 600 randomly selected people to obtain data on their health status and the prevalence of subjective symptoms related to the mobile phones using...
July 12, 2017: Medycyna Pracy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730889/purposefulness-as-a-critical-factor-in-functioning-disability-and-health
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Joshua Y Lee, Emily A Ready, Eric N Davis, Philip C Doyle
Guided by theoretical frameworks of health and illness such as the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF), we seek to describe the importance of purposefulness in the context of rehabilitation. We argue that ascribing meaning to life events, particularly changes in health, and acting in a manner that is driven by purpose is a universal characteristic of human beings. The ability to contextualize purposefulness within the broader biopsychosocial model of illness may provide a greater understanding of the relationship of purpose in the process of rehabilitation...
August 2017: Clinical Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730888/preoperative-exercise-training-prevents-functional-decline-after-lung-resection-surgery-a-randomized-single-blind-controlled-trial
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Raquel Sebio García, Maria Isabel Yáñez-Brage, Esther Giménez Moolhuyzen, Marta Salorio Riobo, Ana Lista Paz, Jose María Borro Mate
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the effects of a preoperative pulmonary rehabilitation programme in patients with lung cancer undergoing video-assisted thoracic surgery. DESIGN: Randomized, single-blind controlled trial. SETTING: Teaching hospital. SUBJECTS: Patients with suspected or confirmed lung cancer undergoing video-assisted thoracic surgery. INTERVENTION: Participants were randomized to either a prehabilitation group or a control group...
August 2017: Clinical Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730783/analysis-of-related-risk-factors-and-reversal-value-of-renal-injury-in-elderly-patients-with-multiple-myeloma
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Wang Ling, Wu Yu, Haoyuan Sun, Meiyue Lv
PURPOSE: To study risk factors associated with renal injuries in elderly patients with multiple myeloma. METHODS: From January 2012 to January 2015 135 elderly patients with multiple myeloma who were treated in Xuzhou No.1 People's Hospital were enrolled in this study. Risk factors associated with their renal function, such as gender, serum levels of hemoglobin, uric acid, serum calcium and phosphorus, serum and urinary levels of β2 microglobulin, diastolic blood pressure and light chain protein distribution were assessed before and after relative treatments...
May 2017: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730765/prognostic-role-of-inflammatory-biomarkers-in-metastatic-breast-cancer
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Ibrahim Petekkaya, Ozan Unlu, Emir C Roach, Gizem Gecmez, Alexis K Okoh, Taner Babacan, Furkan Sarici, Ozge Keskin, Cagatay Arslan, Emine Petekkaya, Ali R Sever, Kadri Altundag
PURPOSE: The effects of inflammation on the prognosis, life expectancy and several parameters such as response to treatment of breast cancer have been previously studied. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of inflammatory markers on prognosis in patients with metastatic breast cancer. METHODS: This study was conducted on 81 patients with metastatic breast cancer who have been followed up at the Department of Medical Oncology, Hacettepe University Institute of Oncology, between December, 2009 and March, 2014...
May 2017: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730617/methotrexate-for-severe-childhood-atopic-dermatitis-clinical-experience-in-a-tertiary-center
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Veronika Dvorakova, Grainne M O'Regan, Alan D Irvine
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Atopic dermatitis (AD) affects up to 20% of children. Although the majority of patients are adequately controlled using emollients, topical corticosteroids, topical calcineurin inhibitors, or phototherapy, children with moderate to severe AD may require systemic treatment for control. The objective of the current study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of methotrexate in children with severe AD attending a tertiary referral center. METHODS: A retrospective chart review was undertaken of all children who received methotrexate for severe AD at our tertiary referral center from November 2010 to August 2015...
July 21, 2017: Pediatric Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730536/effectiveness-and-feasibility-of-robotic-gastric-neurostimulator-placement-in-patients-with-refractory-gastroparesis
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Mia Mowzoon, Francisco Igor B Macedo, Jaskiran Kaur, Ramachandra Kolachalam
Gastric neurostimulation (GNS) with Enterra(®) therapy device (Medtronic, Minneapolis, MN) appears as the last resort for patients with refractory gastroparesis. Currently, the device has Humanitarian Use status by Food and Drug Administration, thereby requiring further investigation. We aim to describe its feasibility and clinical outcomes using robotic technique. From June 2014 to September 2016, 15 consecutive patients underwent robotic insertion of Enterra(®) device. Patient demographics, comorbidities, and clinical outcomes including mortality, length of stay, readmission rates, reoperation and complications were retrospectively collected...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Robotic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730300/health-related-quality-of-life-in-paediatric-patients-with-congenital-heart-defects-association-with-the-type-of-heart-defect-and-the-surgical-technique
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A Heusch, H J Kahl, K O Hensel, G Calaminus
The aim of the study was to investigate the impact of a number of surgical interventions for a various congenital cardiac defects (CHDs) on self-reported HRQoL. METHODS: Patients who had received corrective surgery of several congenital heart defects (surgical VSD closure, Fallot, TGA after atrial or arterial switch or Fontan-type circulation for univentricular AV-connection) were interviewed in the office of their home peadiatric cardiologist. HRQoL in children along 7 dimensions was assessed using a standardised questionnaire (PEDQoL); information on the medical case history of each respondent was also collected...
July 20, 2017: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730134/innovative-dietary-intervention-answers-to-baby-colic
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Ioannis Xinias, A Analitis, Antigoni Mavroudi, Ioannis Roilides, Maria Lykogeorgou, Varvara Delivoria, Vasilis Milingos, Mayra Mylonopoulou, Yvan Vandenplas
PURPOSE: The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the efficacy of a lactose- reduced synbiotic partial whey hydrolysate in formula fed infants presenting with colic and the impact of this dietary intervention in mean crying time and quality of life. METHODS: Forty infants with infantile colic were treated during one month with parental reassurance and the intervention formula (partial whey hydrolysate, reduced lactose, Bifidobacterium lactis BB12 and galacto-oligosaccharides) and were compared to a control group of 20 infants with infantile colic treated with parental reassurance and a standard infant formula...
June 2017: Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730121/age-norms-for-grating-acuity-and-contrast-sensitivity-measured-by-lea-tests-in-the-first-three-years-of-life
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Amal A Elgohary, Manal H Abuelela, Adel Alei Eldin
AIM: To determine age norms in the first three years of life for grating visual acuity and contrast sensitivity obtained with Lea grating test and Hiding Heidi low contrast face test. METHODS: Lea grating test was used to estimate binocular grating acuity and Hiding Heidi low contrast face test was used to estimate contrast sensitivity in 600 healthy infants and children. Age ranged from 3 to 36mo subdivided into 12 groups subjected for full ophthalmologic and pediatric examinations...
2017: International Journal of Ophthalmology
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