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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822507/prevalence-and-incidence-of-hypertension-results-from-a-representative-cohort-of-over-16-000-adults-in-three-cities-of-south-asia
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Dorairaj Prabhakaran, Panniyammakal Jeemon, Shreeparna Ghosh, Roopa Shivashankar, Vamadevan S Ajay, Dimple Kondal, Ruby Gupta, Mohammed K Ali, Deepa Mohan, Viswanathan Mohan, Masood M Kadir, Nikhil Tandon, Kolli Srinath Reddy, K M Venkat Narayan
BACKGROUND: Despite high projected burden, hypertension incidence data are lacking in South Asian population. We measured hypertension prevalence and incidence in the Center for cArdio-metabolic Risk Reduction in South Asia (CARRS) adult cohort. METHODS: The CARRS Study recruited representative samples of Chennai, Delhi, and Karachi in 2010/11, and socio-demographic and risk factor data were obtained using a standard common protocol. Blood pressure (BP) was measured in the sitting position using electronic sphygmomanometer both at baseline and two year follow-up...
July 2017: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821757/dated-phylogeny-and-dispersal-history-of-the-butterfly-subfamily-nymphalinae-lepidoptera-nymphalidae
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Chengyong Su, Qinghui Shi, Xiaoyan Sun, Junye Ma, Chunxiang Li, Jiasheng Hao, Qun Yang
The origin and dispersal history of the large butterfly subfamily Nymphalinae are not fully understood, due to internal phylogenetic and time calibration issues. We conducted phylogenetic and dating analyses using mitochondrial and nuclear genes of biogeographically diverse groups of the Nymphalinae in order to resolve some controversial relationships and the paleobiogeographic pattern of the subfamily. Our results support the sister relationship of Vanessa (Tribe Nymphalini) and the Nymphalis-group, and the grouping of the three old-world genera (Rhinopalpa, Kallimoides and Vanessula) within Tribe Victorinini...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818247/alcohol-screening-and-brief-intervention-a-potential-role-in-cancer-prevention-for-young-adults
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Lela R McKnight-Eily, S Jane Henley, Patricia P Green, Erika C Odom, Daniel W Hungerford
Excessive or risky alcohol use is a preventable cause of significant morbidity and mortality in the U.S. and worldwide. Alcohol use is a common preventable cancer risk factor among young adults; it is associated with increased risk of developing at least six types of cancer. Alcohol consumed during early adulthood may pose a higher risk of female breast cancer than alcohol consumed later in life. Reducing alcohol use may help prevent cancer. Alcohol misuse screening and brief counseling or intervention (also called alcohol screening and brief intervention among other designations) is known to reduce excessive alcohol use, and the U...
September 2017: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816837/individualizing-thresholds-of-cerebral-perfusion-pressure-using-estimated-limits-of-autoregulation
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Joseph Donnelly, Marek Czosnyka, Hadie Adams, Chiara Robba, Luzius A Steiner, Danilo Cardim, Brenno Cabella, Xiuyun Liu, Ari Ercole, Peter John Hutchinson, David Krishna Menon, Marcel J H Aries, Peter Smielewski
OBJECTIVES: In severe traumatic brain injury, cerebral perfusion pressure management based on cerebrovascular pressure reactivity index has the potential to provide a personalized treatment target to improve patient outcomes. So far, the methods have focused on identifying "one" autoregulation-guided cerebral perfusion pressure target-called "cerebral perfusion pressure optimal". We investigated whether a cerebral perfusion pressure autoregulation range-which uses a continuous estimation of the "lower" and "upper" cerebral perfusion pressure limits of cerebrovascular pressure autoregulation (assessed with pressure reactivity index)-has prognostic value...
September 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814630/inverted-region-electron-transfer-as-a-mechanism-for-enhancing-photosynthetic-solar-energy-conversion-efficiency
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Hiroki Makita, Gary Hastings
In all photosynthetic organisms, light energy is used to drive electrons from a donor chlorophyll species via a series of acceptors across a biological membrane. These light-induced electron-transfer processes display a remarkably high quantum efficiency, indicating a near-complete inhibition of unproductive charge recombination reactions. It has been suggested that unproductive charge recombination could be inhibited if the reaction occurs in the so-called inverted region. However, inverted-region electron transfer has never been demonstrated in any native photosynthetic system...
August 16, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813828/active-lower-limb-orthosis-with-one-degree-of-freedom-for-people-with-paraplegia
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Michal Gloger, Goro Obinata, Eiichi Genda, Jan Babjak, Yanling Pei
The main challenges of designing devices for paraplegic walking can be summarized into three groups, stability and comfort, high efficiency or low energy consumption, dimensions and weight. A new economical device for people with paraplegia which tackles all problems of the three groups is introduced in this paper. The main idea of this device is based on HALO mechanism. HALO is compact passive medial hip joint orthosis with contralateral hip and ankle linkage, which keeps the feet always parallel to the ground and assists swinging the leg...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813536/tuberculosis-patients-in-an-indian-mega-city-where-do-they-live-and-where-are-they-diagnosed
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Ramnath Subbaraman, Beena E Thomas, Senthil Sellappan, Chandra Suresh, Lavanya Jayabal, Savari Lincy, Agnes L Raja, Allison McFall, Sunil Suhas Solomon, Kenneth H Mayer, Soumya Swaminathan
OBJECTIVE: Tuberculosis (TB) is a major source of mortality in urban India, with many structural challenges to optimal care delivery. In the government TB program in Chennai, India's fourth most populous city, there is a 49% gap between the official number of smear-positive TB patients diagnosed and the official number registered in TB treatment within the city in 2014. We hypothesize that this "urban registration gap" is partly due to rural patients temporarily visiting the city for diagnostic evaluation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813464/representation-of-three-dimensional-space-in-the-auditory-cortex-of-the-echolocating-bat-p-discolor
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Wolfgang Greiter, Uwe Firzlaff
The auditory cortex is an essential center for sound localization. In echolocating bats, combination sensitive neurons tuned to specific delays between call emission and echo perception represent target distance. In many bats, these neurons are organized as a chronotopically organized map of echo delay. However, it is still unclear to what extend these neurons can process directional information and thereby form a three-dimensional representation of space. We investigated the representation of three-dimensional space in the auditory cortex of Phyllostomus discolor...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812381/retrospective-review-of-sglt2-inhibitor-exposures-reported-to-13-poison-centers
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Scott E Schaeffer, Carol DesLauriers, Henry A Spiller, Alfred Aleguas, Salvador Baeza, Mark L Ryan
BACKGROUND: SGLT2 inhibitors are a new class of oral antidiabetics prescribed in the United States since 2013. They act by inhibiting reabsorption of glucose in the proximal convoluted tubule of the kidney, allowing excess glucose to be excreted. Little has been reported regarding effects of non-therapeutic exposure to this class of medication. METHODS: Retrospective records from 13 poison centers were examined for human exposures to SGLT2 inhibitors between 1st January 2013 and 31st December 2016...
August 16, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811807/impact-of-24-hour-helpline-service-for-people-with-diabetes
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Farrukh Ahmed, Asim-Bin-Zafar, Musarrat Riaz, Erum Ghafoor, Rabia Abdul Rehman, Qutub Uddin
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact and effectiveness of 24-hour helpline service in providing information and educating patients about self-management of diabetes. METHOD: The study was conducted at Baqai Institute of Diabetology & Endocrinology (BIDE), a tertiary diabetes care center, Karachi, Pakistan. People with diabetes attending the outpatient department from November 2012 to October 2014 were included in this study. After providing diabetes education, a helpline number was provided for emergency situations...
May 2017: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811515/localization-of-photoperiod-responsive-circadian-oscillators-in-the-mouse-suprachiasmatic-nucleus
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Tomoko Yoshikawa, Natsuko F Inagaki, Seiji Takagi, Shigeru Kuroda, Miwako Yamasaki, Masahiko Watanabe, Sato Honma, Ken-Ichi Honma
The circadian pacemaker in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) yields photoperiodic response to transfer seasonal information to physiology and behavior. To identify the precise location involved in photoperiodic response in the SCN, we analyzed circadian Period1 and PERIOD2 rhythms in horizontally sectioned SCN of mice exposed to a long or short day. Statistical analyses of bioluminescence images with respective luciferase reporters on pixel level enabled us to identify the distinct localization of three oscillating regions; a large open-ring-shape region, the region at the posterior end and a sharply demarcated oval region at the center of the SCN...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810956/the-reasons-for-living-scale-military-version-assessing-protective-factors-against-suicide-in-a-military-sample
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Anne-Marie Deutsch, R Gregory Lande
INTRODUCTION: Military suicide rates have been rising over the past decade and continue to challenge military treatment facilities. Assessing suicide risk and improving treatments are a large part of the mission for clinicians who work with uniformed service members. This study attempts to expand the toolkit of military suicide prevention by focusing on protective factors over risk factors. In 1983, Marsha Linehan published a checklist called the Reasons for Living Scale, which asked subjects to check the reasons they choose to continue living, rather than choosing suicide...
July 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810784/molecular-simulation-of-homogeneous-crystal-nucleation-of-ab2-solid-phase-from-a-binary-hard-sphere-mixture
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Praveen Kumar Bommineni, Sudeep N Punnathanam
Co-crystal formation from fluid-mixtures is quite common in a large number of systems. The simplest systems that show co-crystal (also called substitutionally ordered solids) formation are binary hard sphere mixtures. In this work, we study the nucleation of AB2 type solid compounds using Monte Carlo molecular simulations in binary hard sphere mixtures with the size ratio of 0.55. The conditions chosen for the study lie in the region where nucleation of an AB2 type solid competes with that of a pure A solid with a face-centered-cubic structure...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809455/a-nanophotonic-structure-containing-living-photosynthetic-bacteria
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David Coles, Lucas C Flatten, Thomas Sydney, Emily Hounslow, Semion K Saikin, Alán Aspuru-Guzik, Vlatko Vedral, Joseph Kuo-Hsiang Tang, Robert A Taylor, Jason M Smith, David G Lidzey
Photosynthetic organisms rely on a series of self-assembled nanostructures with tuned electronic energy levels in order to transport energy from where it is collected by photon absorption, to reaction centers where the energy is used to drive chemical reactions. In the photosynthetic bacteria Chlorobaculum tepidum, a member of the green sulfur bacteria family, light is absorbed by large antenna complexes called chlorosomes to create an exciton. The exciton is transferred to a protein baseplate attached to the chlorosome, before migrating through the Fenna-Matthews-Olson complex to the reaction center...
August 15, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807005/first-records-of-triatoma-rubrofasciata-de-geer-1773-hemiptera-reduviidae-in-foshan-guangdong-province-southern-china
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Qin Liu, Yun-Hai Guo, Yi Zhang, Zheng-Bin Zhou, Liang-Liang Zhang, Dan Zhu, Xiao-Nong Zhou
BACKGROUND: Triatomines, also known as kissing bugs, which are found throughout the world and especially in Latin America, are well known natural vectors that transmit American trypanosomiasis, also called Chagas disease. In China, the presence of two species of Triatoma (Triatoma rubrofasciata and T. sinica) was recorded in the past. Due to the growing population and the increasing risk of the global spread of Chagas disease, triatomines became a potential public health nuisance, and in 2016, we started monitoring triatomine activities in southern China...
August 15, 2017: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806367/creating-a-toolkit-to-reduce-disparities-in-patient-engagement
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Shimrit Keddem, Aneeza Z Agha, Judith A Long, Rachel M Werner, Judy A Shea
BACKGROUND: Patient engagement has become a major focus of health care improvement efforts nationally. Although evidence suggests patient engagement can be beneficial to patients, it has not been consistently defined, operationalized, or translated into practice. OBJECTIVES: Our objective was to develop a toolkit to help providers increase patient engagement and reduce disparities in patient engagement. RESEARCH DESIGN: We used qualitative interviews and observations with staff at primary care sites nationally to identify patient engagement practices and resources used to engage patients...
September 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805419/creating-space-for-relationships
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Susan L Maataoui, Jodi S Hardwick, Tessa S Lundquist
Sexuality is a key component of personality and behavior, encompassing basic human needs for touch, intimacy, love, affection, and sexual behavior. The design of long-term care facilities makes it almost impossible for a resident to be sexually intimate, to share romantic moments, or to have a meal in a private setting. This case study describes the rationale and process used to establish a private guestroom called the Family Room at Patriots Place, the specialized dementia unit in the Veterans Affairs (VA) Maine Healthcare System Community Living Center (CLC)...
August 2017: Psychological Services
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805417/implementing-a-cornerstone-of-culture-change-consistent-staff-assignment-in-vha-community-living-centers
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Sonne Lemke, Penny L Brennan, Sonya SooHoo, Kathleen K Schutte
In 2011, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) began implementing consistent staff assignment in its nursing homes (called Community Living Centers or CLCs). Consistent assignment, a cornerstone of culture change, minimizes the number of staff who provide a resident's care. The present research assessed the level and stability of consistent assignment in units within VHA CLCs and identified unit characteristics related to implementation of this staff assignment model. Schedulers in 185 of 335 organizational units that make up VHA CLCs completed a Staffing Practices Survey...
August 2017: Psychological Services
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805416/identifying-barriers-to-culture-change-a-qualitative-analysis-of-the-obstacles-to-delivering-resident-centered-care
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Ryann L Engle, Denise A Tyler, Katelyn E Gormley, Melissa K Afable, Kimberly Curyto, Omonyêlé L Adjognon, Victoria A Parker, Jennifer L Sullivan
A growing number of healthcare organizations have moved from traditional, institutional nursing home models to ones that emphasize culture change, or resident-centered care (RCC). In 2006, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) began implementing a number of changes to VA nursing homes, now called Community Living Centers (CLCs), to provide veterans with a more resident-centered and homelike environment. This study aimed to understand the barriers CLC staff face when delivering RCC. Ten CLCs were included on the basis of their performance levels on RCC and quality of care...
August 2017: Psychological Services
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805414/a-culturally-adapted-family-intervention-for-rural-pacific-island-veterans-with-ptsd
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Julia M Whealin, Athena C Yoneda, Dawna Nelson, Todd S Hilmes, Michelle M Kawasaki, Oscar H Yan
The Veterans Affairs mission to provide equitable, accessible, and patient-centered care necessitates that culturally appropriate interventions are available when cultural differences may jeopardize engagement in care. However, within the VA, wounded warriors residing in rural areas in the Pacific Islands have been offered interventions that were developed and tested using largely urban mainland populations. The objectives of this article were to (a) document the cultural adaptation of a cognitive-behavioral clinical intervention for use by rural Pacific Island veterans, and (b) report feasibility data for the intervention...
August 2017: Psychological Services
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