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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458037/distinguishing-keratoconic-eyes-and-healthy-eyes-using-ultrahigh-resolution-uhr-oct-based-corneal-epithelium-thickness-mapping
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Niklas Pircher, Florian Schwarzhans, Stephan Holzer, Jan Lammer, Doreen Schmidl, Ahmed M Bata, Renè M Werkmeister, Gerald Seidel, Gerhard Garhöfer, Andreas Gschließer, Leopold Schmetterer, Gerald Schmidinger
PURPOSE: Discovering new predictive parameters in the diagnostics of Keratoconus (KC) has high priority. Aim of this trial was to find differences in epithelial thickness (ET) maps of eyes with KC and healthy eyes. DESIGN: Institutional cross-sectional study. METHODS: In this study 40 keratoconic eyes and 76 healthy eyes were scanned using a custom-built ultrahigh resolution OCT. Automated segmentation ET-maps with 17 subsectors were calculated (central, temporal inferior, temporal superior, nasal inferior and nasal superior area)...
February 16, 2018: American Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457932/oral-health-related-outcomes-in-edentulous-patients-treated-with-mandibular-implant-retained-dentures-versus-complete-dentures-systematic-review-with-meta-analyses
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Philip Kroll, Lisa Hou, Hani Radaideh, Nazanin Sharifi, Phuu P Han, Roseann Mulligan, Reyes Enciso
The objective of this systematic review was to determine the effect on oral health-related outcomes from mandibular implant-retained dentures opposing maxillary complete dentures in edentulous middle-age and older adults compared to complete removable dentures in both arches. Randomized controlled trials with an average age of the participants being 65 years old or above were included. The Cochrane Library, MEDLINE and Web of Science were searched. A total of 228 abstracts were reviewed for inclusion criteria with fourteen trials included and analyzed for risk of bias...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Oral Implantology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457744/optimal-safe-implantation-corridors-in-feline-cervical-vertebrae-c2-t1-ct-study-in-16-domestic-shorthair-cats
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Irene Espadas, Thomas W Maddox, Felipe de Vicente
Objectives The objective of this study was to define safe corridors for the optimal placement of bicortical implants in the feline cervical spine (C2-T1) using CT. Methods CT images of feline cervical spines (n = 16) were reviewed retrospectively. Multiplanar reconstructions were used to define the optimal safe corridors. Safe corridors were defined by their angle of insertion, width and length. The insertion point within the vertebral body was also described. Vertebral measurements were compared between vertebrae using multilevel linear regression, and left and right measurements within vertebrae were compared with the paired samples Wilcoxon signed-rank test...
February 1, 2018: Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457509/evidence-based-practice-self-efficacy-of-undergraduate-speech-pathology-students-following-training
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Maree Doble, Kate Short, Elizabeth Murray, Hans Bogaardt, Patricia McCabe
AIM: The aims of this study were to determine the self-efficacy of speech pathology students in conducting evidence-based practice before and after a comprehensive evidence-based practice course, and the impact of timing of the course (Semester 1/2). METHOD: Students attended a 13-week course in their final year of study. The evidence-based practice confidence scale (EPIC) was used to measure the students' self-efficacy pre- and post-training. RESULTS: Ninety-two percent of students enrolled over six semesters participated...
February 18, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457353/effect-of-bristle-stiffness-of-manual-toothbrushes-on-normal-and-demineralized-human-enamel-an-in-vitro-profilometric-study
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A H AlShehab, A A AlHazoom, M H Alowa, H A AlAli, A A Abdulmohsen, I Farooq
OBJECTIVE: To compare the brushing abrasion carried out by manual toothbrushes with different bristle types (hard and soft) on normal and demineralized human enamel. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty enamel blocks (N = 30) were prepared and were randomly divided into three main groups: A, teeth kept in artificial saliva with no brushing (control, n = 2); B, teeth brushed with toothbrushes with hard bristles (n = 14); and C, teeth brushed with toothbrushes with soft bristles (n = 14)...
February 19, 2018: International Journal of Dental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457181/ab-initio-kinetics-of-the-hoso-2-3-o-2-%C3%A2-so-3-ho-2-reaction
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Tam V-T Mai, Minh V Duong, Hieu T Nguyen, Lam K Huynh
The detailed kinetic mechanism of the HOSO2 +3 O2 reaction, which plays a pivotal role in the atmospheric oxidation of SO2 , was investigated using accurate electronic structure calculations and novel statistical thermodynamic/kinetic models. Explored using the accurate composite method W1U, the detailed potential energy surface (PES) revealed that the addition of O2 to a HOSO2 radical to form the adduct (HOSO4 ) proceeds via a transition state with a slightly positive barrier (i.e., 0.7 kcal mol-1 at 0 K)...
February 19, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456896/factors-associated-with-elevated-blood-pressure-or-hypertension-in-afro-caribbean-youth-a-cross-sectional-study
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Trevor S Ferguson, Novie O M Younger-Coleman, Marshall K Tulloch-Reid, Nadia R Bennett, Amanda E Rousseau, Jennifer M Knight-Madden, Maureen E Samms-Vaughan, Deanna E Ashley, Rainford J Wilks
Background: Although several studies have identified risk factors for high blood pressure (BP), data from Afro-Caribbean populations are limited. Additionally, less is known about how putative risk factors operate in young adults and how social factors influence the risk of high BP. In this study, we estimated the relative risk for elevated BP or hypertension (EBP/HTN), defined as BP ≥ 120/80 mmHg, among young adults with putative cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors in Jamaica and evaluated whether relative risks differed by sex...
2018: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456895/calibration-adjustments-to-address-bias-in-mortality-analyses-due-to-informative-sampling-a-census-linked-survey-analysis-in-switzerland
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André Moser, Matthias Bopp, Marcel Zwahlen
Background: Sampling bias, like survey participants' nonresponse, needs to be adequately addressed in the analysis of sampling designs. Often survey weights will be calibrated on specific covariates related to the probability of selection and nonresponse to get representative population estimates. However, such calibrated survey (CS) weights are usually constructed for cross-sectional results, but not for longitudinal analyses. For example, when the outcome of interest is time to death, and sampling selection is related to time to death and censoring, sampling is informative...
2018: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456844/an-efficient-biomarker-panel-for-diagnosis-of-breast-cancer-using-surface-enhanced-laser-desorption-ionization-time-of-flight-mass-spectrometry
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Turkan Yigitbasi, Gizem Calibasi-Kocal, Nihal Buyukuslu, Murat Kemal Atahan, Hakan Kupeli, Seyran Yigit, Ercument Tarcan, Yasemin Baskin
Breast cancer (BC) is the most frequently diagnosed cancer that affects women worldwide. Early detection of BC is important to improve survival rates and decrease mortality. The aim of the present study was to investigate serum biomarkers using surface-enhanced laser desorption ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (SELDI-TOF-MS) to distinguish patients with BC from the healthy population and patients with benign breast diseases (BBDs). A total of 62 patients with invasive ductal carcinoma, as confirmed by histopathology, and 47 non-cancerous individuals (NCIs) [16 healthy controls (HCs) and 31 patients with BBD] were enrolled in the present study...
March 2018: Biomedical Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456843/analysis-of-selected-policies-towards-universal-health-coverage-in-uganda-the-policy-implementation-barometer-protocol
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Charles Hongoro, Elizeus Rutebemberwa, Thembinkosi Twalo, Chikondi Mwendera, Mbuyiselo Douglas, Moses Mukuru, Simon Kasasa, Freddie Ssengooba
Background: Policy implementation remains an under researched area in most low and middle income countries and it is not surprising that several policies are implemented without a systematic follow up of why and how they are working or failing. This study is part of a larger project called Supporting Policy Engagement for Evidence-based Decisions (SPEED) for Universal Health Coverage in Uganda. It seeks to support policymakers monitor the implementation of vital programmes for the realisation of policy goals for Universal Health Coverage...
2018: Archives of Public Health, Archives Belges de Santé Publique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456756/relationship-between-thoracic-kyphosis-and-neural-axis-abnormalities-in-patients-with-adolescent-idiopathic-scoliosis
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I Swarup, P Derman, E Sheha, J Nguyen, J Blanco, R Widmann
Purpose: Previous studies have suggested an association between increased thoracic kyphosis and neural axis abnormalities in patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). However, the basis for this finding is unclear, and this association has been mainly noted in retrospective studies on a non-consecutive series of patients. The purpose of this study was to assess the relationship between thoracic kyphosis and neural axis abnormalities in patients with AIS. Methods: We studied a consecutive series of AIS patients treated with spinal fusion...
February 1, 2018: Journal of Children's Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456694/correlation-of-expression-levels-of-caspase-3-and-bcl-2-in-alveolar-lavage-fluid-in-neonatal-respiratory-distress-syndrome-and-prognosis
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Yongmei Li, Lu Lin, Qingxi Wang
This study was designed to investigate the correlation between expression levels of cysteine aspartic protease-3 (caspase-3) and B-cell lymphoma gene-2 (Bcl-2) proteins in alveolar lavage fluid and the prognosis of infants with neonatal respiratory distress syndrome (RDS). A total of 150 infants with neonatal RDS undergoing alveolar lavages were divided into four groups: RDS1 (group A, n=42), RDS2 (group B, n=38), RDS3 (group C, n=38) and RDS4 (group D, n=32) according to their thoracic X-ray film grading. The oxygen uptake score, oxygenation saturation, mean airway pressure and expression levels of caspase-3 and Bcl-2 in alveolar lavage fluid of the infants in the four groups were measured and compared...
March 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456590/delayed-initiation-of-breastfeeding-in-bukavu-south-kivu-eastern-democratic-republic-of-the-congo-a-cross-sectional-study
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Richard Mbusa Kambale, Jérémie Bisimwa Buliga, Nancy Francisca Isia, Adolphe Nyakasane Muhimuzi, Oreste Battisti, Bruno Masumbuko Mungo
Background: Timely initiation of breastfeeding can decrease neonatal mortality. However, about 50% of newborns are not breastfeed within 1 h of birth in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The aim of this study was to identify factors associated with delayed initiation of breastfeeding in an urban and rural area of Bukavu, South Kivu province, Democratic Republic of Congo. Methods: We interviewed 396 mother-newborn pairs (185 in the urban area and 211 in the rural area) between 20 July and 10 October 2016...
2018: International Breastfeeding Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456567/influence-of-blood-glucose-level-on-the-prognosis-of-patients-with-diabetes-mellitus-complicated-with-ischemic-stroke
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REVIEW
Xiao-Liu Dong, Fei Guan, Shi-Jun Xu, Li-Xia Zhu, Pan-Pan Zhang, Ai-Bin Cheng, Tie-Jun Liu
We carried out this meta-analysis for the aim of exploring the influence of diabetes mellitus (DM) on the prognosis of patients with ischemic stroke. Relevant studies were identified using computerized databases supplemented with manual search strategies. The included studies were strictly followed the inclusion and exclusion criteria. Case-control studies which related to the influence of DM on the prognosis of patients with ischemic stroke were selected. Statistical analyses were implemented with the STATA version 12...
2018: Journal of Research in Medical Sciences: the Official Journal of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456429/influence-of-health-status-on-the-association-between-diabetes-and-depression-among-adults-in-europe-findings-from-the-share-international-survey
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Osnat Bashkin, Ron Horne, Isabelle Peytremann Bridevaux
Objective: The association between diabetes and depression, a common health comorbidity in people with diabetes, has been recognized but not well understood. The purpose of this study was to explore the association between diabetes and depression in a large international sample of adults, adjusting for demographics, socioeconomic status, behavioral risks, and current health status. Methods: The association between diabetes and depression was assessed in a sample of 57,004 Europeans ≥50 years of age from 15 European countries using data from the fifth wave of SHARE (the Survey of Health, Ageing, and Retirement in Europe)...
February 2018: Diabetes Spectrum: a Publication of the American Diabetes Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456423/evaluating-the-implementation-of-the-endotool-glycemic-control-software-system
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Samuel M John, Kacie Lauren Waters, Khatija Jivani
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to compare achievement of glycemic control on insulin drips before and after the implementation of EndoTool, a glucose management software system used in a community hospital setting. Methods: A retrospective chart review was performed of patients on an insulin drip who were managed before and after implementation of the EndoTool software. Fifty patients were selected for each group. Statistical analyses were run to compare metrics gathered between groups...
February 2018: Diabetes Spectrum: a Publication of the American Diabetes Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456274/maintaining-disorder-the-micropolitics-of-drugs-policy-in-iran
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Maziyar Ghiabi
This article analyses the ways in which the state 'treats' addiction among precarious drug (ab)users in Iran. While most Muslim-majority as well as some Western states have been reluctant to adopt harm reduction measures, the Islamic Republic of Iran has done so on a nationwide scale and through a sophisticated system of welfare intervention. Additionally, it has introduced devices of management of 'addiction' (the 'camps') that defy statist modes of punishment and private violence. What legal and ethical framework has this new situation engendered? And what does this new situation tell us about the governmentality of the state? Through a combination of historical analysis and ethnographic fieldwork, the article analyses the paradigm of government of the Iranian state with regard to disorder as embodied by the lives of poor drug (ab)users...
2018: Third World Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456191/comparative-efficacy-of-low-dose-versus-standard-dose-azithromycin-for-patients-with-yaws-a-randomised-non-inferiority-trial-in-ghana-and-papua-new-guinea
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Michael Marks, Oriol Mitjà, Christian Bottomley, Cynthia Kwakye, Wendy Houinei, Mathias Bauri, Paul Adwere, Abdul A Abdulai, Fredrick Dua, Laud Boateng, James Wangi, Sally-Ann Ohene, Regina Wangnapi, Shirley V Simpson, Helen Miag, Kennedy K Addo, Laud A Basing, Damien Danavall, Kai H Chi, Allan Pillay, Ronald Ballard, Anthony W Solomon, Cheng Y Chen, Sibauk V Bieb, Yaw Adu-Sarkodie, David C W Mabey, Kingsley Asiedu
BACKGROUND: A dose of 30 mg/kg of azithromycin is recommended for treatment of yaws, a disease targeted for global eradication. Treatment with 20 mg/kg of azithromycin is recommended for the elimination of trachoma as a public health problem. In some settings, these diseases are co-endemic. We aimed to determine the efficacy of 20 mg/kg of azithromycin compared with 30 mg/kg azithromycin for the treatment of active and latent yaws. METHODS: We did a non-inferiority, open-label, randomised controlled trial in children aged 6-15 years who were recruited from schools in Ghana and schools and the community in Papua New Guinea...
February 15, 2018: Lancet Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456099/time-to-start-putting-down-the-knife-a-systematic-review-of-burns-excision-tools-of-randomised-and-non-randomised-trials
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REVIEW
Sarah-Jayne Edmondson, Irfan Ali Jumabhoy, Alexandra Murray
AIMS: Dermal preservation during acute burn excision is key to obtaining superior healing/scar outcomes, however, determining the most appropriate excision tool is an ongoing challenge. Novel tool development means the knife is no longer our only option, yet for the majority it remains the gold standard. This systematic review aims to evaluate evidence for burns excision approaches (knife/hydrosurgery/enzymatic). METHODS: CENTRAL, EMBASE, MEDLINE (1946-2017) were searched with MeSH terms: 'debridement', 'burns', 'sharp', 'enzymatic', 'hydrosurgery'...
February 15, 2018: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455901/prevalence-of-mental-disorders-and-related-functioning-and-treatment-engagement-among-people-with-diabetes
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Matthew Tyler Boden
AIMS: To examine prevalence, functioning and treatment associated with all DSM-5 12-month mood, anxiety, eating and substance use disorders among people with diabetes in data obtained from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions-III. METHODS: Through multistage stratified randomized sampling a sample representative of the United States civilian population was obtained. Prevalence of diabetes (Type 1 and 2), DSM-5 disorders, physical and mental functioning, and treatment utilization were assessed via telephone interview...
March 2018: Journal of Psychosomatic Research
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