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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527378/life-cycle-assessment-of-superheated-steam-drying-technology-as-a-novel-cow-manure-management-method
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Mohammadmatin Hanifzadeh, Zahra Nabati, Pairote Longka, Pomthong Malakul, Defne Apul, Dong-Shik Kim
Common methods of managing dairy manure are directly applying it to the farm field as a fertilizer. For direct application without any type of treatment, the majority of nutrients in the manure run off to the local river and lake during precipitation periods. The algae bloom is one of the environmental outcomes due to eutrophication of the lakes, which may jeopardize the quality of drinking water. In this study, superheated steam drying (SSD) technology is investigated as an alternative manure management method...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527267/assessment-of-factors-associated-with-functional-status-in-60-years-old-and-older-adults-in-bogot%C3%A3-colombia
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Carlos Cano-Gutiérrez, Miguel Germán Borda, Carlos Reyes-Ortiz, Antonio J Arciniegas, Rafael Samper-Ternent
INTRODUCTION: Functional impairment produces a wide range of negative effects such as difficulty in mobility, social isolation, decreased quality of life, disability and institutionalization. Thus, functional status measurement is a marker of social wellbeing. OBJECTIVE: To determine and characterize the socio-demographic factors and health conditions related to functional impairment in older adults in Bogotá, Colombia. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data was collected from the SABE Bogotá Study...
April 1, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527233/effect-of-expiratory-muscle-strength-training-intervention-on-the-maximum-expiratory-pressure-and-quality-of-life-of-patients-with-parkinson-disease
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Yu-Chi Kuo, Jomei Chan, Yu-Ping Wu, Jeffrey R Bernard, Yi-Hung Liao
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of 4-weeks expiratory muscle strength training (EMST) on the maximum expiratory pressure (PEmax) and quality of life (QoL) in patients with Parkinson disease (PD). METHODS: Thirteen outpatients diagnosed with PD participated in this study, and were assigned into either a 5DE training group (5DE group; n = 4; 75% PEmax for 5-d/wk), 3DE training group (3DE group; n = 5; 75% PEmax for 3-d/wk) and control group (3DC group; n = 4; 0% PEmax for 3-d/wk) by matching their Hoehn and Yahr scale, genders, and age...
May 13, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527227/correlation-of-the-gait-speed-with-the-quality-of-life-and-the-quality-of-life-classified-according-to-speed-based-community-ambulation-in-thai-stroke-survivors
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Phichamon Khanittanuphong, Suttipong Tipchatyotin
BACKGROUND: Gait abnormality commonly resulted from stroke which affected patients living and probably quality of life (QOL). OBJECTIVE: To assess the relationship between gait speed and the QOL in Thai stroke patients and to compare the QOL among three patient groups that were categorized by gait speed: i) household ambulators <0.4 m/s, ii) limited community ambulators 0.4-0.8 m/s and iii) community ambulators >0.8 m/s. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional descriptive research study...
May 19, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527159/efficacy-of-betahistine-by-patient-reported-outcomes-and-its-tolerability-profile-in-indian-patients-with-vestibular-vertigo
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M V Kirtane, Anirban Biswas
OBJECTIVE: Patients with vestibular vertigo suffer from disabling symptoms which affect their quality of life. This article presents the efficacy and safety profile of betahistine hydrochloride in Indian patients suffering from vestibular vertigo (OSVaLD study). METHODS: Study included patients suffering from vertigo, who were prescribed betahistine (48 mg/day) according to local label. Safety and efficacy populations of this study included 80 and 75 subjects respectively...
April 2017: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527135/association-between-muscle-function-cognitive-state-depression-symptoms-and-quality-of-life-of-older-people-evidence-from-clinical-practice
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Salah Gariballa, Awad Alessa
BACKGROUND: Although low muscle function/strength is an important predictor of poor clinical outcome in older patients, information on its impact on mental health in clinical practice is still lacking. AIMS: The aim of this report is to measure the impact of low muscle function measured by handgrip strength on mental health of older people during both acute illness and recovery. METHODS: Four hundred and thirty-two randomly selected hospitalized older patients had their baseline demographic and clinical characteristics assessed within 72 h of admission, at 6 weeks and at 6 months...
May 19, 2017: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527103/quality-of-life-after-bariatric-surgery
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REVIEW
Laura M Mazer, Dan E Azagury, John M Morton
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to provide an introduction to quality of life (QOL) outcomes after bariatric surgery and a summary of the current evidence. RECENT FINDINGS: QOL has been emphasized in bariatric surgery since the NIH Consensus Conference statement in 1991. Initial studies were limited to 1- and 2-year follow-up. More recent findings have expanded the follow-up period up to 12 years, providing a better description of the impact on long-term QOL...
May 19, 2017: Current Obesity Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527098/mediating-effects-of-social-support-on-quality-of-life-for-parents-of-adults-with-autism
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Christina N Marsack, Preethy S Samuel
The aim of this study was to examine the mediating effect of formal and informal social support on the relationship of caregiver burden and quality of life (QOL), using a sample of 320 parents (aged 50 or older) of adult children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Multiple linear regression and mediation analyses indicated that caregiver burden had a negative impact on QOL and that informal social support partially mediated the relationship between caregiver burden and parents' QOL. Formal social support did not mediate the relationship between caregiver burden and QOL...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527095/-putting-on-my-best-normal-social-camouflaging-in-adults-with-autism-spectrum-conditions
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Laura Hull, K V Petrides, Carrie Allison, Paula Smith, Simon Baron-Cohen, Meng-Chuan Lai, William Mandy
Camouflaging of autistic characteristics in social situations is hypothesised as a common social coping strategy for adults with autism spectrum conditions (ASC). Camouflaging may impact diagnosis, quality of life, and long-term outcomes, but little is known about it. This qualitative study examined camouflaging experiences in 92 adults with ASC, with questions focusing on the nature, motivations, and consequences of camouflaging. Thematic analysis was used to identify key elements of camouflaging, which informed development of a three-stage model of the camouflaging process...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527083/shared-mechanisms-of-epilepsy-migraine-and-affective-disorders
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Davide Zarcone, Simona Corbetta
Since the nineteenth century several clinical features have been observed in common between migraine and epilepsy (such as episodic attacks, triggering factors, presence of aura, frequent familiarity), but only in recent years researchers have really engaged in finding a common pathogenic mechanism. From studies of disease incidence, we understand how either migraine among patients with epilepsy or epilepsy among migraine patients are more frequent than in the general population. This association may result from a direct causality, by the same environmental risk factors and/or by a common genetic susceptibility...
May 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527008/the-role-of-bevacizumab-in-the-treatment-of-glioblastoma
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REVIEW
Roberto Jose Diaz, Sheikh Ali, Mehreen Gull Qadir, Macarena I De La Fuente, Michael E Ivan, Ricardo J Komotar
Bevacizumab has been used in patients with GBM as a salvage therapy since its approval in the United States for recurrent GBM in 2009. In order to review the therapeutic effect of bevacizumab in the primary and recurrent clinical setting we have performed a systematic analysis of data from the published literature. Weighted median progression free survival and overall survival were calculated and compared to standard therapy or other experimental therapies. A qualitative analysis of the limited studies on health related quality of life and effects on steroid requirements was also undertaken...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526995/two-cycles-of-plasma-rich-in-growth-factors-prgf-endoret-intra-articular-injections-improve-stiffness-and-activities-of-daily-living-but-not-pain-compared-to-one-cycle-on-patients-with-symptomatic-knee-osteoarthritis
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Víctor Vaquerizo, Sabino Padilla, José Javier Aguirre, Leire Begoña, Gorka Orive, Eduardo Anitua
PURPOSE: To assess the clinical efficacy and safety of a treatment based on one cycle versus two cycles of intra-articular injections of plasma rich in growth factors (PRGF-Endoret) on patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA). METHODS: Ninety patients with knee OA were included and evaluated. A total of 48 patients received one cycle (OC group) (3 injections on a weekly basis), while 42 patients received two cycles of PRGF-Endoret (TC group) spaced 6 months between them...
May 19, 2017: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526923/focal-articular-prosthetic-resurfacing-for-the-treatment-of-full-thickness-articular-cartilage-defects-in-the-knee-12-year-follow-up-of-two-cases-and-review-of-the-literature
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C Becher, E B Cantiller
INTRODUCTION: The rationale of focal articular prosthetic resurfacing used as a primary arthroplasty procedure in the treatment of articular cartilage defects is still under debate. Conflicting reports raise concern about high rates of re-operations and continued development of osteoarthritis, while others have reported good outcomes. The goal of this paper is to present the long-term results of two patients with a 12-year follow-up and to report the results of a literature review. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Two patients (male, 70 years; female 63 years) with a follow-up of 12 years were reviewed...
May 19, 2017: Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526903/compartmental-tongue-resection-with-submental-island-flap-reconstruction-for-large-carcinoma-of-the-oral-tongue
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Sameh Roshdy, Mohamed Elbadrawy, Ashraf Khater, Tamer Fady, Hend A El-Hadaad, Nazem Shams, Hany M Elbarbary
BACKGROUND: Tongue resection is a surgical challenge because of its adverse effects on language articulation, swallowing, respiration, the eventual quality of life, and poor prognosis of advanced disease. To date, the currently accepted standard treatment has been based on excision of the primary lesion with a 1.5-2-cm circumferential macroscopic margin. Compartmental tongue surgery (CTS) is a surgical technique that removes an anatomo-functional compartment containing the primary tumor...
May 19, 2017: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526828/gender-differences-in-the-association-between-moderate-alcohol-consumption-and-hearing-threshold-shifts
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Yuan-Yung Lin, Hsin-Chien Chen, Wen-Sen Lai, Li-Wei Wu, Chih-Hung Wang, Jih-Chin Lee, Tung-Wei Kao, Wei-Liang Chen
Hearing loss is a global public health problem with a high prevalence, significantly impairing communication and leading to a decrease in the quality of life. The association between moderate alcohol consumption (MAC) and hearing impairment has been addressed in several studies with inconsistent results. The intent of our study is to clarify the correlation between MAC and the hearing threshold and further investigate the interplay between MAC and the hearing threshold categorized by gender. The study included 4,075 participants aged 20-69 years from the 1999-2004 data of National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES)...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526719/management-of-treatment-related-adverse-events-with-agents-targeting-the-mapk-pathway-in-patients-with-metastatic-melanoma
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Adil Daud, Katy Tsai
Tremendous progress has been made in the clinical landscape of advanced-stage BRAF V600-mutant melanoma treatment over the past 5 years. Targeted therapies that inhibit specific steps of the mitogen-activated protein kinase pathway have been shown to provide significant overall treatment benefit in patients with this difficult-to-treat disease. Combination therapy with BRAF and MEK inhibitors (dabrafenib plus trametinib or vemurafenib plus cobimetinib, respectively) has become standard of care. These agents are administered until disease progression or unacceptable toxicity occurs; thus, some patients may remain on maintenance therapy for an extended period of time, while toxicities may result in early discontinuation in other patients...
May 18, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526550/impact-of-first-eye-versus-second-eye-cataract-surgery-on-visual-function-and-quality-of-life
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Nakul S Shekhawat, Michael V Stock, Elizabeth F Baze, Mary K Daly, David E Vollman, Mary G Lawrence, Amy S Chomsky
PURPOSE: To compare the impact of first eye versus second eye cataract surgery on visual function and quality of life. DESIGN: Cohort study. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 328 patients undergoing separate first eye and second eye phacoemulsification cataract surgeries at 5 veterans affairs centers in the United States. Patients with previous ocular surgery, postoperative endophthalmitis, postoperative retinal detachment, reoperation within 30 days, dementia, anxiety disorder, hearing difficulty, or history of drug abuse were excluded...
May 16, 2017: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526528/gluten-degrading-bacteria-are-present-in-the-human-small-intestine-of-healthy-volunteers-and-celiac-patients
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Alexandra R Herrán, Jénifer Pérez-Andrés, Alberto Caminero, Esther Nistal, Santiago Vivas, José María Ruiz de Morales, Javier Casqueiro
Gluten is the only known environmental factor that triggers celiac disease. Several studies have described an imbalance between the intestinal microbiota of different individuals based on diagnoses. Moreover, recent studies have suggested that human bacteria may play an important role in gluten hydrolysis. However, there has been no research focusing on the small intestine. This study aimed to characterize the adult small intestine microbiota possibly implicated in gluten hydrolysis. Duodenal biopsies from different diagnosed individuals were cultured in a gluten-containing medium, and the grown microbiota was analyzed by culture dependent/independent methods...
May 16, 2017: Research in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526524/visual-snow-in-a-paediatric-patient
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E Santos-Bueso, A M Muñoz-Hernández, N Avalos-Franco, S García-Sáenz, F Sáenz-Francés, J Porta-Etessam
CASE REPORT: The case is presented of an 11 year-old girl referring to a one year history of photophobia and continuously seeing white spots in both eyes. The patient had a visual acuity of unity in both eyes, and a normal eye examination, and was referred to the Neuro-ophthalmology Unit. Once complete laboratory and imaging tests ruled out the possibility of any neurological pathology, she was diagnosed with visual snow (VS). DISCUSSION: VS is an isolated symptom, possibly part of the migraine aura, that is referred by patients reporting numerous and constant white dots moving in the visual field of BE...
May 16, 2017: Archivos de la Sociedad Española de Oftalmología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526493/improving-comfort-around-dying-in-elderly-people-a-cluster-randomised-controlled-trial
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Kim Beernaert, Tinne Smets, Joachim Cohen, Rebecca Verhofstede, Massimo Costantini, Kim Eecloo, Nele Van Den Noortgate, Luc Deliens
BACKGROUND: Over 50% of elderly people die in acute hospital settings, where the quality of end-of-life care is often suboptimum. We aimed to assess the effectiveness of the Care Programme for the Last Days of Life (CAREFuL) at improving comfort and quality of care in the dying phase in elderly people. METHODS: We did a cluster randomised controlled trial in acute geriatric wards in ten hospitals in Flemish Region, Belgium, between Oct 1, 2012, and March 31, 2015...
May 16, 2017: Lancet
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