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Robert J Hassmiller
Updated several times a week with posts by a wide variety of authors, AJN's blog Off the Charts allows us to provide more timely-and often more personal-perspectives on professional, policy, and clinical issues. Best of the Blog will be a regular column to bring AJN readers recent posts that we think deserve a wider audience. To read more, please visit: www.ajnoffthecharts.com.
March 2017: American Journal of Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228424/widespread-sucralose-exposure-in-a-randomized-clinical-trial-in-healthy-young-adults
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Allison C Sylvetsky, Peter J Walter, H Martin Garraffo, Kim Robien, Kristina I Rother
Background: Low-calorie sweeteners (LCSs) are found in many foods and beverages, but consumers may not realize their presence, and their role in appetite, weight, and health is controversial. Although consumption limits based on toxicologic safety are well established, the threshold required to exert clinically relevant metabolic effects is unknown.Objectives: This study aimed to determine whether individuals who do not report consumption of LCSs can be correctly characterized as "unexposed" and to investigate whether instructions to avoid LCSs are effective in minimizing exposure...
February 22, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192745/accepted-monitoring-or-endured-quarantine-ebola-contacts-perceptions-in-senegal
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Alice Desclaux, Dioumel Badji, Albert Gautier Ndione, Khoudia Sow
During the 2014-2016 West Africa Ebola epidemic, transmission chains were controlled through contact tracing, i.e., identification and follow-up of people exposed to Ebola cases. WHO recommendations for daily check-ups of physical symptoms with social distancing for 21 days were unevenly applied and sometimes interpreted as quarantine. Criticisms arose regarding the use of coercion and questioned contact tracing on ethical grounds. This article aims to analyze contact cases' perceptions and acceptance of contact monitoring at the field level...
February 7, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167957/histological-and-immunohistochemical-evaluation-of-the-efficacy-of-a-new-cosmetic-formulation-in-the-treatment-of-skin-photoaging
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M T Truchuelo, N Jiménez, L Miguel-Gomez, A Hermosa, N Sánchez-Neila, J Cuevas
Objective. Mechanism of action of cosmetic products is not often studied. The aim of this study is to determine the histological, immunohistochemical, and clinical changes of a new cosmetic formulation. Methods. Prospective, single-blind, patient-controlled, randomized study in 10 volunteers with mild to moderate skin photoaging on the back of their hands. The product was applied on one hand and a standard cream on the other hand, twice a day for three months. Standardized photographs were taken on basal (T0) and final visit (T1) and skin biopsies were performed...
2017: Dermatology Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164458/comparison-of-hair-removal-efficacy-and-side-effect-of-neodymium-yttrium-aluminum-garnet-laser-and-intense-pulsed-light-systems-18-month-follow-up
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Georgina Zita Szima, Eszter Anna Janka, Anikó Kovács, Blanka Bortély, Edina Bodnár, Irina Sawhney, Éva Szabó, Éva Remenyik
BACKGROUND: Photothermal destruction of hair shaft melanin with intense pulsed light (IPL) and neodymium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet (Nd:YAG) laser has become an effective treatment of hair removal. AIMS: Our aim was to compare efficacy, satisfactory levels, safety, and side effects of Nd:YAG and IPL in hair reduction. METHODS: This was a prospective randomized intrapatient, right-left, assessor-blinded comparison of Nd:YAG vs IPL. There were 38 volunteers recruited...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157138/expectancy-reduces-symptoms-but-not-functional-impairment-following-exercise-induced-musculoskeletal-injury
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William C Hedderson, Geoffrey C Dover, Steven Z George, Joshua A Crow, Paul A Borsa
OBJECTIVES: To quantify the extent to which the participant-provider interaction influences the response to sham treatment following exercised-induced acute musculoskeletal pain. METHODS: Forty participants between the ages of 18 and 35 volunteered for the study. Participants came to the laboratory for three test sessions 48-hours apart (Day 1, 3 and 5). During the initial session, baseline measures were assessed and participants underwent a fatigue protocol for the biceps brachii...
February 2, 2017: Clinical Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152160/new-or-worsening-symptoms-and-signs-in-community-dwelling-persons-with-dementia-incidence-and-relation-to-use-of-acute-medical-services
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Philip D Sloane, Christopher H Schifeling, Anna S Beeber, Kimberly T Ward, David Reed, Lisa P Gwyther, Bobbi Matchar, Sheryl Zimmerman
OBJECTIVES: To understand the range of symptoms that present to family caregivers of community-dwelling persons with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (ADRD). DESIGN: Six-month longitudinal prospective study to identify the incidence of new or worsening symptoms and their association with acute care medical service use. SETTING: Community-based sample of volunteers from multiple states. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 136 patient-caregiver dyads with a range of dementia severity...
February 2, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28118310/ratings-of-perceived-exertion-during-acute-resistance-exercise-performed-at-imposed-and-self-selected-loads-in-recreationally-trained-women
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Joshua A Cotter, Matthew J Garver, Taylor K Dinyer, Ciaran M Fairman, Brian C Focht
Resistance exercise (RE) is commonly employed to elicit skeletal muscle adaptation. Relative intensity of a training load links closely with the outcomes of regular RE. This study examined the RPE responses to acute bouts of RE using imposed (40% and 70% of 1RM) and self-selected loads (SS) in recreationally trained women. Twenty physically active women (23.15 ±2.92 yrs.) who reported regular RE training of at least three weekly sessions for the past year, volunteered to participate. During the initial visit, participants completed one repetition maximum (1RM) testing on four exercises in the following order: leg extension, chest press, leg curl, and lat pull-down...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115837/effects-of-tai-chi-qigong-on-psychosocial-well-being-among-hidden-elderly-using-elderly-neighborhood-volunteer-approach-a-pilot-randomized-controlled-trial
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Aileen Wk Chan, Doris Sf Yu, K C Choi
PURPOSE: To test the feasibility and preliminary effectiveness of a tai chi qigong program with the assistance of elderly neighborhood volunteers in strengthening social networks and enhancing the psychosocial well-being of hidden elderly. PATIENTS AND METHODS: "Hidden elderly" is a term used to describe older adults who are socially isolated and refuse social participation. This pilot randomized controlled trial recruited 48 older adults aged 60 or above who did not engage in any social activity...
2017: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111924/awareness-of-cord-blood-collection-and-the-impact-on-banking
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Rusha Bhandari, Amy Lindley, Deepika Bhatla, Aleksandar Babic, Kathy Mueckl, Rakesh Rao, Paula Brooks, Vicki Geiler, Gilad Gross, Mohamad Al-Hosni, Shalini Shenoy
BACKGROUND: Umbilical cord blood (UCB) is an important source of hematopoietic stem cells for transplantation especially in minority populations with limited chances of finding a histocompatible volunteer donor in the registry. UCB has the advantages of early availability, successful outcomes despite some histocompatibility mismatch, and low incidence of chronic graft-versus-host disease. Public cord blood banks that disseminate UCB products for transplant depend on voluntary donation at participating hospitals and obstetrical providers for collection...
January 23, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103915/effects-of-community-health-volunteers-on-infectious-diseases-of-children-under-five-in-volta-region-ghana-study-protocol-for-a-cluster-randomized-controlled-trial
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Yeonji Ma, Heunghee Kim, Yinseo Cho, Jaeeun Lee, Joseph Kwami Degley, Abdul-Ghaffa Adam, Gyuhong Lee, Hoonsang Lee, Seungman Cha
BACKGROUND: In many low- and middle-income countries, community health volunteers (CHVs) are employed as a key element of the public health system in rural areas with poor accessibility. However, few studies have assessed the effectiveness of CHVs in improving child health in sub-Saharan Africa through randomized controlled trials. The present study aims to measure the impact of health promotion and case management implemented by CHVs on the health of under-5 children in Ghana. METHODS/DESIGN: This study presents the protocol of a cluster-randomized controlled trial assessing the impacts of CHVs, in which the community was used as the randomization unit...
January 19, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089709/objective-assessment-of-dietary-patterns-by-use-of-metabolic-phenotyping-a-randomised-controlled-crossover-trial
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Isabel Garcia-Perez, Joram M Posma, Rachel Gibson, Edward S Chambers, Tue H Hansen, Henrik Vestergaard, Torben Hansen, Manfred Beckmann, Oluf Pedersen, Paul Elliott, Jeremiah Stamler, Jeremy K Nicholson, John Draper, John C Mathers, Elaine Holmes, Gary Frost
BACKGROUND: Accurate monitoring of changes in dietary patterns in response to food policy implementation is challenging. Metabolic profiling allows simultaneous measurement of hundreds of metabolites in urine, the concentrations of which can be affected by food intake. We hypothesised that metabolic profiles of urine samples developed under controlled feeding conditions reflect dietary intake and can be used to model and classify dietary patterns of free-living populations. METHODS: In this randomised, controlled, crossover trial, we recruited healthy volunteers (aged 21-65 years, BMI 20-35 kg/m(2)) from a database of a clinical research unit in the UK...
January 12, 2017: Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079237/celiac-disease-prevalence-is-not-increased-in-patients-with-functional-dyspepsia
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Juan Lasa, Liliana Spallone, Silvina Gandara, Elsa Chaar, Saul Berman, David Zagalsky
BACKGROUND: - Previous evidence trying to assess the risk of celiac disease among dyspeptic patients has been inconclusive, showing in some cases notorious discrepancies. OBJECTIVE: - To determine the prevalence of celiac disease in patients with dyspepsia compared to healthy controls without dyspepsia. METHODS: - Adult patients under evaluation for dyspepsia were invited to participate. These patients were offered an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy with duodenal biopsies...
January 2017: Arquivos de Gastroenterologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070204/evaluation-of-lactobacillus-coryniformis-cect5711-strain-as-a-coadjuvant-in-a-vaccination-process-a-randomised-clinical-trial-in-healthy-adults
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Noemí Redondo, Esther Nova, Alina Gheorghe, Ligia Esperanza Díaz, Aurora Hernández, Ascensión Marcos
BACKGROUND: Although the effects of probiotics on the immune system have been extensively evaluated under disease states, their role in healthy situations remains unclear, since changes are hardly expected under immunological homeostasis. EFSA indicates that vaccination protocols could be used to evaluate the potential role of probiotics to improve the immune response against antigen challenges. The aim of the study was to evaluate the effect of Lactobacillus coryniformis CECT5711 (Lc) on the specific immunity of healthy volunteers undergoing vaccination with Hepatitis A virus (HAV)...
2017: Nutrition & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068553/the-relationship-of-community-activities-with-cognitive-impairment-and-depressive-mood-independent-of-mobility-disorder-in-japanese-older-adults
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Mika Okura, Mihoko Ogita, Miki Yamamoto, Toshimi Nakai, Tomoko Numata, Hidenori Arai
AIM: This study aimed to examine the relationship of participating in community activities (CA) with cognitive impairment and depressive mood independent of mobility disorder (MD) among older Japanese people. METHODS: Elderly residents in institutions or those requiring long-term care insurance services were excluded; questionnaires were mailed to 5401 older adults in 2013. The response rate was 94.3% (n=5094). We used multiple imputation to manage missing data...
December 29, 2016: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012341/walking-cadence-affects-rate-of-plantar-foot-temperature-change-but-not-final-temperature-in-younger-and-older-adults
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Prabhav Nadipi Reddy, Glen Cooper, Andrew Weightman, Emma Hodson-Tole, Neil D Reeves
This study examined the relationship between (1) foot temperature in healthy individuals and walking cadence, (2) temperature change at different locations of the foot, and (3) temperature change and its relationship with vertical pressures exerted on the foot. Eighteen healthy adult volunteers (10 between 30 and 40 years - Age: 33.4±2.4years; 8 above 40 years - Age: 54.1±7.7years) were recruited. A custom-made insole with temperature sensors was placed directly onto the plantar surface of the foot and held in position using a sock...
December 6, 2016: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28002117/quantitative-assessment-of-liver-function-using-gadoxetate-enhanced-magnetic-resonance-imaging-monitoring-transporter-mediated-processes-in-healthy-volunteers
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Leonidas Georgiou, Jeffrey Penny, Glynis Nicholls, Neil Woodhouse, François-Xavier Blé, Penny L Hubbard Cristinacce, Josephine H Naish
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to use noninvasive dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques to study, in vivo, the distribution and elimination of the hepatobiliary contrast agent gadoxetate in the human body and characterize the transport mechanisms involved in its uptake into hepatocytes and subsequent efflux into the bile using a novel tracer kinetic model in a group of healthy volunteers. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ten healthy volunteers (age range, 18-29 years), with no history of renal or hepatic impairment, were recruited via advertisement...
February 2017: Investigative Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974996/performance-reliability-usability-and-safety-of-the-id-cap-system-for-ingestion-event-monitoring-in-healthy-volunteers-a-pilot-study
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Glen P Flores, Brian Peace, Tony C Carnes, Susan L Baumgartner, D Eric Buffkin, Neil R Euliano, Larry N Smith
Background: Nonadherence to prescribed medications is an important consideration in the clinical management of patients and in clinical research and drug development. The ID-Cap System is a novel technology that provides an objective measure of medication ingestion and enables real-time reporting of verified medication adherence data at the dose level. The ID-Cap System consists of an ingestible microsensor that is embedded in an oral dosage form and, once activated by stomach fluid, communicates digital messages to an external wearable reader to confirm ingestion...
September 2016: Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965845/wildcat-wellness-coaching-feasibility-trial-protocol-for-home-based-health-behavior-mentoring-in-girls
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Brooke J Cull, Sara K Rosenkranz, David A Dzewaltowski, Colby S Teeman, Cassandra K Knutson, Richard R Rosenkranz
BACKGROUND: Childhood obesity is a major public health problem, with one third of America's children classified as either overweight or obese. Obesity prevention and health promotion programs using components such as wellness coaching and home-based interventions have shown promise, but there is a lack of published research evaluating the impact of a combined home-based and wellness coaching intervention for obesity prevention and health promotion in young girls. The main objective of this study is to test the feasibility of such an intervention on metrics related to recruitment, intervention delivery, and health-related outcome assessments...
2016: Pilot and Feasibility Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932909/cigesmed-for-divers-establishing-a-citizen-science-initiative-for-the-mapping-and-monitoring-of-coralligenous-assemblages-in-the-mediterranean-sea
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Vasilis Gerovasileiou, Thanos Dailianis, Emmanouela Panteri, Nikitas Michalakis, Giulia Gatti, Maria Sini, Charalampos Dimitriadis, Yiannis Issaris, Maria Salomidi, Irene Filiopoulou, Alper Doğan, Laure Thierry de Ville d'Avray, Romain David, Melih Ertan Ҫinar, Drosos Koutsoubas, Jean-Pierre Féral, Christos Arvanitidis
BACKGROUND: Over the last decade, inventorying and monitoring of marine biodiversity has significantly benefited from the active engagement of volunteers. Although several Citizen Science projects concern tropical reef ecosystems worldwide, none of the existing initiatives has yet specifically focused on their Mediterranean equivalents. Mediterranean coralline reefs, known as "coralligenous", are bioherms primarily built by calcifying rhodophytes on hard substrates under dim-light conditions; they are considered hotspots of biodiversity and are extremely popular among divers due to their complex structure, conspicuous biological wealth and high aesthetic value...
2016: Biodiversity Data Journal
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