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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224644/clinical-effect-of-intratympanic-dexamethasone-injection-in-acute-unilateral-tinnitus-a-prospective-placebo-controlled-multicenter-study
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Hyun-Jin Lee, Min-Beom Kim, Shin-Young Yoo, Shi Nae Park, Eui-Cheol Nam, In Seok Moon, Ho-Ki Lee
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of intratympanic dexamethasone injection (ITDI) in acute tinnitus of presumed cochlear origin. STUDY DESIGN: A prospective, randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blinded, multicenter study. METHODS: Between August 2013 and December 2015, 54 patients with unilateral tinnitus were enrolled at four different centers. Patients were assigned either to an ITDI (n = 27) or an intratympanic normal saline injection (ITNI; n = 27) group through block randomization...
February 22, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224131/tashkeela-novel-corpus-of-arabic-vocalized-texts-data-for-auto-diacritization-systems
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Taha Zerrouki, Amar Balla
Arabic diacritics are often missed in Arabic scripts. This feature is a handicap for new learner to read َArabic, text to speech conversion systems, reading and semantic analysis of Arabic texts. The automatic diacritization systems are the best solution to handle this issue. But such automation needs resources as diactritized texts to train and evaluate such systems. In this paper, we describe our corpus of Arabic diacritized texts. This corpus is called Tashkeela. It can be used as a linguistic resource tool for natural language processing such as automatic diacritics systems, dis-ambiguity mechanism, features and data extraction...
April 2017: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222139/leprosy-reactions-the-predictive-value-of-mycobacterium-leprae-specific-serology-evaluated-in-a-brazilian-cohort-of-leprosy-patients-u-mdt-ct-br
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Emerith Mayra Hungria, Samira Bührer-Sékula, Regiane Morillas de Oliveira, Lúcio Cartaxo Aderaldo, Araci de Andrade Pontes, Rossilene Cruz, Heitor de Sá Gonçalves, Maria Lúcia Fernandes Penna, Gerson Oliveira Penna, Mariane Martins de Araújo Stefani
BACKGROUND: Leprosy reactions, reversal reactions/RR and erythema nodosum leprosum/ENL, can cause irreversible nerve damage, handicaps and deformities. The study of Mycobacterium leprae-specific serologic responses at diagnosis in the cohort of patients enrolled at the Clinical Trial for Uniform Multidrug Therapy Regimen for Leprosy Patients in Brazil/U-MDT/CT-BR is suitable to evaluate its prognostic value for the development of reactions. METHODOLOGY: IgM and IgG antibody responses to PGL-I, LID-1, ND-O-LID were evaluated by ELISA in 452 reaction-free leprosy patients at diagnosis, enrolled and monitored for the development of leprosy reactions during a total person-time of 780,930 person-days, i...
February 21, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220080/validation-of-a-method-for-the-assessment-of-urinary-neopterin-levels-to-monitor-health-status-in-non-human-primate-species
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Verena Behringer, Jeroen M G Stevens, Fabian H Leendertz, Gottfried Hohmann, Tobias Deschner
Determining individual health status is of great importance for a better understanding of life history trade-offs between growth, reproduction, and maintenance. However, existing immunological methods are invasive and therefore not suitable for investigating health status in wild populations. Thus, there is an urgent need for non-invasive methods to assess the immune status of animals. Neopterin is involved in the cell-mediated pathway of the immune response (Th1-type), secreted during the activation of monocytes and macrophages...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219165/-the-pilot-study-of-type-%C3%A2-allergic-reaction-in-meniere-s-disease-patients
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T Pan, Y Zhao, Y J Ding, Z Y Lu, F R Ma
Objective: To evaluate the correlation between type Ⅰ allergic reaction and pathogenesis of Meniere's disease. Methods: A total of 35 (10 male vs. 25 female) patients aged between 21-66 years diagnosed with Meniere's disease were recruited to this study, mean age of them was (47.3±13.6) years. The control group consisted of 15 inpatients (5 male vs. 10 female) with pharyngolaryngeal diseases but without otologic and rhinologic abnormity, mean age was 45.4±12.8 years. Allergic prevalence, serous total immunoglobulin E( tIgE ) levels, serous specific immunoglobulin E( sIgE ) levels and subtypes of T lymphocytes were measured and compared in patients with Meniere's disease and the control group...
February 7, 2017: Zhonghua Er Bi Yan Hou Tou Jing Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216211/the-association-of-surgical-method-with-outcomes-of-acute-subdural-hematoma-patients-experience-with-643-consecutive-patients
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Rimantas Vilcinis, Adomas Bunevicius, Arimantas Tamasauskas
OBJECTIVE: Optimal surgical management strategy of acute subdural hematoma (ASDH) patients is challenging. We investigated the association of decompressive craniectomy (DC) and osteoplastic craniotomy (OC) with outcomes in consecutive patients undergoing surgical evacuation of ASDH, and analyzed prognostic indicators. METHODS: We reviewed prospective institutional database of all adult ASDH patients operated by craniotomy from January, 2009 until January, 2016. Mortality and discharge outcomes (Glasgow outcomes scale or GOS) were analyzed as a function of surgical method adjusting for age, admission GCS, ASDH thickness and midline shift...
February 12, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211822/robot-assisted-end-effector-based-gait-training-in-chronic-stroke-patients-a%C3%A2-multicentric-uncontrolled-observational-retrospective-clinical-study
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Stefano Mazzoleni, Antonella Focacci, Marco Franceschini, Andreas Waldner, Chiara Spagnuolo, Elena Battini, Donatella Bonaiuti
BACKGROUND: Until now studies report inconclusive results as regards the effectiveness of exclusive use of robot-assisted training and clinical indications in stroke patients. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate if the only robot-assisted end-effector-based gait training can be feasible in chronic stroke subjects in terms of gait recovery. METHODS: Five rehabilitation centers participated and one hundred chronic post-stroke patients were recruited. Patients underwent a robot-assisted end-effector-based gait training as only rehabilitation treatment...
February 15, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208177/feasibility-and-associated-limitations-of-office-based-laryngeal-surgery-using-carbon-dioxide-lasers
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Hao-Chun Hu, Shu-Yi Lin, Yi-Ting Hung, Shyue-Yih Chang
Importance: There are few reports evaluating awake, office-based carbon dioxide (CO2) laser surgery for laryngeal lesions. To date, this study was the largest reported case series of office-based laryngeal surgery by fiber delivery CO2 laser. Office-based laryngeal surgical procedures have become increasingly popular. Technical problems and treatment outcomes associated with the use of a CO2 laser for office-based laryngeal surgery have yet to be fully addressed. Objectives: To discuss a single institution's clinical experience with office-based CO2 laser laryngeal surgery and the feasibility and limitations associated with this procedure...
February 16, 2017: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203063/validation-of-the-japanese-translation-of-the-dysphagia-handicap-index
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Chihiro Oda, Toshiyuki Yamamoto, Yutaka Fukumoto, Keigo Nakayama, Masako Sato, Miho Murata, Yoko Kobayashi
BACKGROUND: We developed, and examined the reliability and validity of, a Japanese version of the Dysphagia Handicap Index (DHI; DHI-J), which is a self-reported measure to assess the quality of life (QOL) of individuals with dysphagia. PARTICIPANTS AND METHODS: The DHI-J was developed via the back-translation method: the DHI was translated into Japanese and then translated back into English by a native English speaker. The back translation was discussed with and approved by the DHI's lead author...
2017: Patient Preference and Adherence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202195/long-term-ototoxicity-in-women-after-cisplatin-treatment-for-ovarian-germ-cell-cancer
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Jakob Skalleberg, Olesya Solheim, Sophie D Fosså, Milada Cvancarova Småstuen, Terje Osnes, Per Ole M Gundersen, Marie Bunne
OBJECTIVE: Evaluate long-term cisplatin-induced ototoxicity in women treated for malignant ovarian germ cell tumors (MOGCT). METHODS: Seventy-four women treated for MOGCT in Norway (1980-2009) were analyzed: 41 had received cisplatin-based chemotherapy (CBCT) ("Cases") and 33 had no CBCT ("Controls"). Median follow-up was 15years. Hearing was assessed by pure tone audiometry and by the SCIN questionnaire. Air conduction thresholds were reported as absolute hearing thresholds and age-adjusted thresholds...
February 12, 2017: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202037/tailored-multifactorial-intervention-to-improve-dizziness-symptoms-and-quality-of-life-balance-and-gait-in-dizziness-sufferers-aged-over-50%C3%A2-years-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Jasmine C Menant, Americo A Migliaccio, Cameron Hicks, Joanne Lo, Daniela Meinrath, Mayna Ratanapongleka, Jessica Turner, Daina L Sturnieks, Kim Delbaere, Nickolai Titov, Catherine McVeigh, Jacqueline C T Close, Stephen R Lord
BACKGROUND: Dizziness is a frequently reported symptom in older people that can markedly impair quality of life. This manuscript presents the protocol for a randomised controlled trial, which has the main objective of determining the impact of comprehensive assessment followed by a tailored multifaceted intervention in reducing dizziness episodes and symptoms, improving associated impairments to balance and gait and enhancing quality of life in older people with self-reported significant dizziness...
February 15, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199035/utility-approach-to-decision-making-in-extended-t1-and-limited-t2-glottic-carcinoma
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Yda van Loon, Anne M Stiggelbout, Marieke M Hakkesteegt, Ton P M Langeveld, Rob J Baatenburg de Jong, Elisabeth V Sjögren
BACKGROUND: It is still undecided if endoscopic laser surgery or radiotherapy is the preferable treatment in extended T1 and limited T2 glottic tumors. Health utilities assessed from patients can aid in decision-making. METHODS: Patients treated for extended T1 or limited T2 glottic carcinoma by laser surgery (n = 12) or radiotherapy (n = 14) assigned health utilities using a visual analog scale (VAS), time tradeoff (TTO) technique and scored their voice handicap using the Voice Handicap Index (VHI)...
February 15, 2017: Head & Neck
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198991/thyroid-gland-in-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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Joanna Miłkowska-Dymanowska, Adam J Białas, Paulina Laskowska, Paweł Górski, Wojciech J Piotrowski
The risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), as well as thyroid diseases increases with age. COPD is a common systemic disease associated with chronic inflammation. Many endocrinological disorders, including thyroid gland diseases are related to systemic inflammation. Epidemiological studies suggest that patients with COPD are at higher risk of thyroid disorders. These associations are not well-studied and thyroid gland diseases are not included on the broadly acknowledged list of COPD comorbidities...
2017: Adv Respir Med
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196001/efficacy-of-bone-anchored-hearing-aids-in-single-sided-deafness-a-systematic-review
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Gaeun Kim, Hyun Mi Ju, Sun Hee Lee, Hee-Soon Kim, Jeong A Kwon, Young Joon Seo
OBJECTIVES: Bone-anchored hearing aids (BAHAs) have been known to partially restore some of the functions lost in subjects with single-sided deafness (SSD). Our aims in this systemic review were to analyze the present capabilities of BAHAs in the context of SSD, and to evaluate the efficacy of BAHAs in improving speech recognition in noisy conditions, sound localization, and subjective outcomes. DESIGN: A systematic search was undertaken until August 2015 by two independent reviewers, with disagreements resolved by consensus...
February 10, 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195999/clinical-significance-of-arterial-stiffness-and-metabolic-syndrome-scores-in-vestibular-neuritis
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Jae Ho Chung, Seung Hwan Lee, Chul Won Park, Jin Hyeok Jeong, Jeong-Hun Shin
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the clinical significance of cardiovascular factors, including arterial stiffness and metabolic syndrome scores, in the development of vestibular neuritis. STUDY DESIGN: A prospective, case-control study. SETTING: Tertiary referral center. PATIENTS: Fifty-eight adult patients with vestibular neuritis (VN) and 58 age- and sex-matched controls were evaluated between January 2015 and January 2016...
February 10, 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195977/fat-grip-resistance-training-improves-driving-performance-in-division-i-male-golfers
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Patrick M Cummings, Hunter S Waldman, Ben M Krings, JohnEric W Smith, Matthew J McAllister
Fat Grip (FG) training is implemented into strength and conditioning programs with the overall goal of increasing grip strength. Previous research assessing the effect of training with increased grip diameters compared to standard Olympic bar diameters has mainly been in acute settings. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to examine to effects FG training compared to normal diameter grip (CON) training during an eight week periodized resistance training (RT) program in Division I male golfers. Subjects (n = 10) were randomly assigned into two groups: the FG group (n = 5, scoring average: 75...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194322/sural-artery-perforator-flap-with-posterior-tibial-neurovascular-decompression-for-recurrent-foot-ulcer-in-leprosy-patients
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Hossam El-Din Ali Ismail, Mohamed Hassan El Fahar
Introduction: The sensory loss and alteration of the shape of the foot make the foot liable to trauma and pressure, and subsequently cause more callus formation, blisters, and ulcers. Foot ulcers usually are liable to secondary infection as cellulitis or osteomyelitis, and may result in amputations. Foot ulcers are a major problem and a major cause of handicaps in leprosy patients. The current study is to present our clinical experience and evaluate the use of sural flap with posterior tibial neurovascular decompression (PTND) in recurrent foot ulcers in leprosy patients...
2017: GMS Interdisciplinary Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery DGPW
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193302/outcomes-of-transoral-laser-microsurgical-management-of-t1b-stage-glottic-cancer
#18
J A Song, M H Rigby, J Trites, R D Hart, S M Taylor
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to evaluate the oncological and voice outcomes of transoral laser microsurgery for tumour stage T1b stage glottic cancer patients. METHODS: A prospective cohort study in a tertiary care head and neck cancer centre included tumour-node-metastasis stage T1bN0M0 glottic cancer patients scheduled to undergo transoral laser microsurgery from January 2002 until June 2014. Kaplan-Meier five-year analyses of local control, overall survival, disease-specific survival and laryngeal preservation were performed...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191849/kinetics-tuning-the-electrochemistry-of-lithium-dendrites-formation-in-lithium-batteries-through-electrolytes
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Ran Tao, Xuanxuan Bi, Shu Li, Ying Yao, Feng Wu, Qian Wang, Cunzhong Zhang, Jun Lu
Lithium batteries are one of the most advance energy storage devices in the world and have attracted extensive research interests. However, lithium dendrite growth was a safety issue which handicapped the application of pure lithium metal in the negative electrode. In this investigation, two solvents, propylene carbonate (PC) and 2-methyl-tetrahydrofuran (2MeTHF), and four Li(+) salts, LiPF6, LiAsF6, LiBF4 and LiClO4 were investigated in terms of their effects on the kinetics of lithium dendrite formation in eight electrolyte solutions...
February 13, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187923/the-impact-of-a-teaching-or-singing-career-on-the-female-vocal-quality-at-the-mean-age-of-67-years-a-pilot-study
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Evelien D'haeseleer, Sofie Claeys, Kim Bettens, Laura Leemans, Ann-Sophie Van Calster, Nina Van Damme, Zoë Thijs, Julie Daelman, Clara Leyns, Kristiane Van Lierde
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to measure the objective and subjective vocal quality in women aged between 60 and 75 years. Secondly, the impact of a teaching or singing career on the vocal quality was investigated by comparing the vocal quality of retired women with different careers. STUDY DESIGN: This is a case-control study. METHODS: Seventy-three retired women between 60 and 75 years (mean age: 67 years, standard deviation: 4...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
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