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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732403/ecosystem-service-trade-offs-and-their-influencing-factors-a-case-study-in-the-loess-plateau-of-china
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Qiang Feng, Wenwu Zhao, Bojie Fu, Jingyi Ding, Shuai Wang
Soil erosion control (SEC), carbon sequestration (CAS), and soil moisture (SMO) strongly interact in the semi-arid Loess Plateau. Since SMO has supportive effects on SEC and CAS, it can be considered as ecosystem service (ES), and there is an immediate need to coordinate the relationships among these ecosystem services (ESs) to promote the sustainability of vegetation recovery. In this study, we quantified the ESs, ES trade-offs, and the environmental factors in 151 sample plots in the Ansai watershed, and we used a redundancy analysis (RDA) to clarify the effects of environmental factors on these ESs and their trade-offs...
July 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731362/greater-cognitive-deficits-with-sleep-disordered-breathing-among-individuals-with-genetic-susceptibility-to-alzheimer-s-disease-the-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis
#2
Dayna A Johnson, Jacqueline Lane, Rui Wang, Michelle Reid, Ina Djonlagic, Annette L Fitzpatrick, Stephen R Rapp, Luenda E Charles, Ruth O'Hara, Richa Saxena, Susan Redline
RATIONALE: There are conflicting findings regarding the link between sleep apnea and cognitive dysfunction. OBJECTIVE: Investigate associations between indicators of sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) and cognitive function in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis and assess effect modification by the apolipoprotein ε-4 (APOE-ε4) allele. METHODS: A diverse population (N=1,752) underwent Type 2 in-home polysomnography, which included measurement of % sleep time <90% oxyhemoglobin saturation (%Sat<90%) and apnea-hypopnea index (AHI)...
July 21, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728771/contribution-of-benson-s-relaxation-technique-and-brief-psycho-educational-intervention-on-quality-of-life-of-primary-caregivers-of-iranian-children-with-chronic-diseases
#3
Forough Mowla, Sedigheh Khanjari, Mehrnoush Inanlou
BACKGROUND: Chronic diseases leave a significant effect on not only the afflicted children but also their parents. Chronic diseases in children may also influence their parents' or primary caregivers' quality of life (QoL). OBJECTIVE: To determine the effectiveness of a Brief Psycho-educational Intervention (BPI) and Benson's Relaxation Technique (BRT) on the QoL of primary caregivers of children with chronic diseases. METHODS: The present quasi-experimental pre-test post-test design was conducted on 100 parents with children who had one chronic disease (50 in each of the control and intervention groups) and were admitted to two state-run pediatric hospitals in Tehran, Iran in 2014...
July 2017: Journal of Pediatric Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728622/psychomotor-vigilance-test-and-its-association-with-daytime-sleepiness-and-inflammation-in-sleep-apnea-clinical-implications
#4
Yun Li, Alexandros Vgontzas, Ilia Kritikou, Julio Fernandez-Mendoza, Maria Basta, Slobodanka Pejovic, Jordan Gaines, Edward O Bixler
STUDY OBJECTIVES: Excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) is a key symptom of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The Psychomotor Vigilance Task (PVT) has been suggested as an objective easy-to-use, inexpensive alternative to the Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT) to measure EDS. In patients with OSA, physiological sleepiness, but not subjective EDS (Epworth Sleepiness Scale [ESS]), has been associated with increased levels of the sleep- inducing proinflammatory cytokine interleukin-6 (IL-6). The goal of this study was to assess the association of PVT with objectively measured sleepiness (MSLT) and subjectively measured sleepiness (ESS) and IL-6 levels in patients with OSA...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine: JCSM: Official Publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728614/upper-airway-stimulation-for-treatment-of-obstructive-sleep-apnea-an-evaluation-and-comparison-of-outcomes-at-two-academic-centers
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Colin Huntley, Thomas Kaffenberger, Karl Doghramji, Ryan Soose, Maurits Boon
STUDY OBJECTIVES: Data from patients at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (TJUH) and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) undergoing upper airway stimulation (UAS) were analyzed. We hypothesize that treatment with UAS will improve both subjective and objective outcome measures and results will be reproducible between institutions. METHODS: We reviewed patients undergoing UAS between May 2014 and August 2016. We recorded demographic data, Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS), and preoperative and postoperative polysomnographic information...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine: JCSM: Official Publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726488/use-of-an-electrostatic-spraying-system-or-the-sprayed-lethality-in-container-method-to-deliver-antimicrobial-agents-onto-the-surface-of-beef-subprimals-to-control-shiga-toxin-producing-escherichia-coli
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J Max Stella, John B Luchansky, Kelsey Miller, Bradley A Shoyer, Laura E Shane, Lianna McGeary, Manuela Osoria, Laura J Stahler, Nicholas J Sevart, Randall K Phebus, Harshavardhan Thippareddi, Anna C S Porto-Fett
The efficacy of an electrostatic spraying system (ESS) and/or the sprayed lethality in container (SLIC) method to deliver antimicrobial agents onto the surface of beef subprimals to reduce levels of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) was evaluated. Beef subprimals were surface inoculated (lean side; ca. 5.8 log CFU per subprimal) with 2 mL of an eight-strain cocktail comprising single strains of rifampin-resistant (100 μg/mL) STEC (O26:H11, O45:H2, O103:H2, O104:H4, O111:H(-), O121:H19, O145:NM, and O157:H7)...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719663/the-prevalence-of-familial-hypercholesterolemia-in-the-west-siberian-region-of-the-russian-federation-a-substudy-of-the-esse-rf
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Alexandra I Ershova, Alexey N Meshkov, Stepan S Bazhan, Marina A Storozhok, Alexey Y Efanov, Irina V Medvedeva, Elena V Indukaeva, Yana V Danilchenko, Olga K Kuzmina, Olga L Barbarash, Alexander D Deev, Svetlana A Shalnova, Sergey A Boytsov
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) in Russia has not previously been evaluated. The aim of our study was to investigate the prevalence of FH in the population of the West Siberian region of Russia, and then estimate the frequency of coronary artery disease (CAD) and treatment with cholesterol-lowering medication in FH patients. METHODS: The sample of our study consisted of participants from the population-based cohort of The Epidemiology of Cardiovascular Risk Factors and Diseases in Regions of the Russian Federation Study (ESSE-RF), conducted in the Tyumen and Kemerovo regions (1,630 and 1,622 people, respectively, aged 25-64)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717322/th1-th2-balance-and-humoral-immune-response-to-potential-antigens-as-early-diagnostic-method-of-equine-strongylus-nematode-infection
#8
Faten A M Abo-Aziza, Seham H M Hendawy, Amira H El Namaky, Heba M Ashry
AIM: The aim of this study was to investigate the early diagnosis of strongyle infection based on early changes in Th1 and Th2 cytokines beside the diagnostic accuracy values and sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) and western blotting profiles using prepared strongyles antigens. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 73 donkeys had a mean age of 4-32 years old were parasitologically examined for strongyle infection. The early changes in Th1 and Th2 cytokines were determined, and the diagnostic accuracy values and SDS-PAGE and western blotting profiles were performed using prepared strongyles antigens; crude somatic Strongylusvulgaris (CSS), excretory-secretory S...
June 2017: Veterinary World
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716719/metacyclic-vsg-expression-site-promoters-are-recognized-by-the-same-general-transcription-factor-that-is-required-for-rna-polymerase-i-transcription-of-bloodstream-expression-sites
#9
Nikolay G Kolev, Arthur Günzl, Christian Tschudi
Infectious metacyclic Trypanosoma brucei cells develop in the salivary glands of tsetse flies. A critical aspect of the developmental program leading to acquisition of infectivity is the synthesis of a variant surface glycoprotein (VSG) coat. Metacyclic VSG genes are transcribed from a set of specialized VSG expression sites (ESs) that differ from bloodstream VSG ESs by being monocistronic, being significantly shorter, lacking long stretches of 70-bp repeats, and having distinct promoter sequences. Both metacyclic and bloodstream VSG ESs are transcribed by the multifunctional T...
July 14, 2017: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711930/primary-endometrioid-stromal-sarcomas-of-the-ovary-a-clinicopathological-study-of-14-cases-with-a-review-of-the-literature
#10
Weimin Xie, Xiaoning Bi, Dongyan Cao, Jiaxin Yang, Keng Shen, Yan You
PURPOSE: Primary endometrioid stromal sarcomas (ESS) of the ovary are rare mesenchymal tumors with scarce data on their behavior and optimal treatment. We aimed to describe the clinicopathologic features and outcome among patients with primary ovarian ESS. RESULTS: The age of the patients ranged from 34 to 61 years (mean: 49.1 years, median: 51.5 years). The most common symptoms were abdominal distention or pain or both. Nine (64.3%) and five patients (35.7%) had low-grade and high-grade disease, respectively...
June 28, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707807/accuracy-of-computer-assisted-navigation-significant-augmentation-by-facial-recognition-software
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Jordan T Glicksman, Christine Reger, Arjun K Parasher, David W Kennedy
BACKGROUND: Over the past 20 years, image guidance navigation has been used with increasing frequency as an adjunct during sinus and skull base surgery. These devices commonly utilize surface registration, where varying pressure of the registration probe and loss of contact with the face during the skin tracing process can lead to registration inaccuracies, and the number of registration points incorporated is necessarily limited. The aim of this study was to evaluate the use of novel facial recognition software for image guidance registration...
July 14, 2017: International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704743/sleep-abnormalities-in-juvenile-myoclonic-epilepsy-a-sleep-questionnaire-and-polysomnography-based-study
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Sujata Roshan, Vinod Puri, Neera Chaudhry, Anu Gupta, Sumit Kumar Rabi
PURPOSE: To evaluate the quality of sleep, its architecture and occurrence of epileptiform discharges with their distribution across various stages of sleep in patients of Juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME), both drug naïve as well as those already on treatment. METHODS: 99 patients of JME [36 drug naïve, 63 on antiepileptic drug(s) (AED)], and 30 healthy controls were recruited. Sleep quality and daytime sleepiness were evaluated with Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) and Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS), respectively...
June 28, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704635/rehabilitation-and-improvement-of-health-related-quality-of-life-detriments-in-individuals-with-chronic-ankle-instability-a-meta-analysis
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Cameron J Powden, Johanna M Hoch, Matthew C Hoch
OBJECTIVE:   To conduct a systematic review with meta-analysis assessing the effectiveness of conservative rehabilitation programs for improving health-related quality of life (HRQL) in individuals with chronic ankle instability (CAI). DATA SOURCES:   PubMed, MEDLINE, CINAHL, and SPORTDiscus were searched from inception to January 2016. STUDY SELECTION:   Studies were included if the researchers examined the effects of a conservative rehabilitation protocol in individuals with CAI, used validated patient-reported outcomes (PROs) to quantify participant-perceived HRQL, and provided adequate data to calculate the effect sizes (ESs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs)...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Athletic Training
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702118/comparison-of-nutech-functional-score-with-european-stroke-scale-for-patients-with-cerebrovascular-accident-treated-with-human-embryonic-stem-cells-nfs-for-cva-patients-treated-with-hescs
#14
Geeta Shroff
PURPOSE: Stem cell therapy is a promising modality for treatment of patients with chronic cerebrovascular accident (CVA) in whom treatment other than physiotherapy or occupational therapy does not address the repair or recovery of the lost function. In this study, the author aimed at evaluating CVA patients treated with human embryonic stem cell (hESC) therapy and comparing their study outcomes with globally accepted European Stroke Scale (ESS) to that with novel scoring system, Nutech functional score (NFS), a 21-point positional and directional scoring system for assessing patients with CVA...
June 2017: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701992/verifying-the-relative-efficacy-between-continuous-positive-airway-pressure-therapy-and-its-alternatives-for-obstructive-sleep-apnea-a-network-meta-analysis
#15
Tingwei Liu, Wenyang Li, Hui Zhou, Zanfeng Wang
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common breathing disorder, and continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy together with its alternatives has been developed to treat this disease. This network meta-analysis (NMA) was aimed to compare the efficacy of treatments for OSA. Cochrane Library, MEDLINE, and Embase were searched for eligible studies. A conventional and NMA was carried out to compare all therapies. Sleeping characteristics, including Apnea-Hypopnea Index (AHI), Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS), arterial oxygen saturation, and arousal index (AI), and changes of blood pressure were selected as outcomes...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700435/ifitm1-outperforms-cd10-in-differentiating-low-grade-endometrial-stromal-sarcomas-from-smooth-muscle-neoplasms-of-the-uterus
#16
Aurelia Busca, Previn Gulavita, Carlos Parra-Herran, Shahidul Islam
Distinguishing between uterine neoplasms of smooth muscle and endometrial stromal origin is a frequent diagnostic challenge. We investigated the staining pattern of interferon-induced transmembrane protein-1 (IFITM1), a novel endometrial stromal marker, in endometrial and smooth muscle uterine neoplasms and compared it with CD10 in its ability to differentiate between these two groups. Immunohistochemistry for IFITM1 and CD10 was performed in 20 cases of smooth muscle neoplasms (10 cases leiomyoma, 10 cases leiomyosarcoma), 14 cases of endometrial stromal sarcoma (ESS) (12 cases of low grade and 2 cases of high grade) and 12 cases of carcinosarcoma...
July 11, 2017: International Journal of Gynecological Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700019/assessment-of-subclinical-doxorubicin-induced-cardiotoxicity-in-a-rat-model-by-speckle-tracking-imaging
#17
Yu Kang, Wei Wang, Hang Zhao, Zhiqing Qiao, Xuedong Shen, Ben He
Backgrounds: Despite their clear therapeutic benefits, anthracycline-induced cardiotoxicity is a major concern limiting the ability to reduce morbidity and mortality associated with cancers. The early identification of anthracycline-induced cardiotoxicity is of vital importance to assess the cardiac risk against the potential cancer treatment. Objective: To investigate whether speckle-tracking analysis can provide a sensitive and accurate measurement when detecting doxorubicin-induced left ventricular injury...
July 10, 2017: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699998/culture-bound-syndromes-in-migratory-contexts-the-case-of-bolivian-immigrants
#18
María Teresa Roldán-Chicano, José Fernández-Rufete, César Hueso-Montoro, María Del Mar García-López, Javier Rodríguez-Tello, María Dolores Flores-Bienert
Objective: to describe the culture-bound syndromes maintained by Bolivian immigrants in the new migratory context and analyze the care processes of these health problems. Method: qualitative research with an ethnographic methodological approach. Sample: 27 Bolivian immigrants. In-depth interviews and participatory observation were the strategies used for data collection. Data were classified and categorized into logical schemes manually and using the ATLAS-ti program v...
July 10, 2017: Revista Latino-americana de Enfermagem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699301/prospective-evaluation-of-patient-usage-of-above-and-below-threshold-waveforms-with-traditional-spinal-cord-stimulation-devices
#19
Stephanie Owusu, Alexander Huynh, Eric Gruenthal, Julia Prusik, Stephane Owusu-Sarpong, Rasan Cherala, Sophia Peng, Julie G Pilitsis, Sarah E McCallum
OBJECTIVES: Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is an efficacious therapy used to treat chronic pain. The type of SCS programming is important in improving patients' quality of life and overall satisfaction. In this study, 19 patients who underwent SCS with traditional devices were given between 4 and 6 programs including programs with stimulation below sensory threshold and above sensory threshold. Usage patterns and preferences were assessed. METHODS: SCS patients were given 4-6 programs, some above sensory threshold and some below threshold immediately postoperatively after permanent implantation...
July 11, 2017: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698105/magnetic-resonance-imaging-mri-defined-cartilage-degeneration-and-joint-pain-are-associated-with-poor-physical-function-in-knee-osteoarthritis-the-oulu-knee-osteoarthritis-study
#20
P Kaukinen, J Podlipská, A Guermazi, J Niinimäki, P Lehenkari, F W Roemer, M T Nieminen, J M Koski, S Saarakkala, J P A Arokoski
OBJECTIVE: The main aim was to investigate the associations between Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)-defined structural pathologies of the knee and physical function. DESIGN: A cohort study with frequency matching on age and sex with eighty symptomatic subjects with knee pain and suspicion or diagnosis of knee osteoarthritis (OA) and 57 asymptomatic subjects was conducted. The subjects underwent knee MRI, and the severity of structural changes was graded by MRI Osteoarthritis Knee Score (MOAKS) in separate knee locations...
July 8, 2017: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
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