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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820721/risk-factors-associated-with-blood-exposure-for-sporadic-hepatitis-e-in-dhaka-bangladesh
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Hossain M S Sazzad, Stephen P Luby, Alain B Labrique, Saleem Kamili, Tonya M Hayden, Nourine A Kamili, Chong-Gee Teo, Emily S Gurley
Fecal contamination of drinking water is associated with large hepatitis E virus (HEV) outbreaks of genotypes 1 and 2 in endemic areas. Sporadic transmission of HEV genotypes 3 and 4 in high-income countries has been associated with exposure to blood and animal contact. The objective of the study was to identify the risk factors for hepatitis E and the genotype(s) causing sporadic hepatitis E in Dhaka, Bangladesh. We selected, from a diagnostic center in Dhaka between November 2008 and November 2009, cases presenting with jaundice and anti-HEV IgM antibodies and age-matched controls were defined as those with no history of jaundice and normal blood test results...
August 14, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817461/risk-factors-and-outcomes-of-thalidomide-induced-peripheral-neuropathy-in-a-pediatric-inflammatory-bowel-disease-cohort
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Matteo Bramuzzo, Gabriele Stocco, Marcella Montico, Serena Arrigo, Angela Calvi, Paola Lanteri, Stefano Costa, Salvatore Pellegrino, Giuseppe Magazzù, Jacopo Barp, Silvia Ghione, Paolo Lionetti, Giovanna Zuin, Massimo Fontana, Teresa Di Chio, Giuseppe Maggiore, Marzia Lazzerini, Marianna Lucafò, Chiara Udina, Maria Chiara Pellegrin, Andrea Chicco, Marco Carrozzi, Giuliana Decorti, Alessandro Ventura, Stefano Martelossi
BACKGROUND: Thalidomide is an effective therapy in children with inflammatory bowel disease refractory to standard treatments, but thalidomide-induced peripheral neuropathy (TiPN) limits its long-term use. We aimed to investigate the risk factors and the outcome of TiPN in children with inflammatory bowel disease. METHODS: Within a retrospective multicenter cohort study, we evaluated prevalence and evolution of TiPN. Clinical data and candidate genetic profiles of patients with and without TiPN were compared with detect predisposing factors...
August 16, 2017: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816395/cultural-adaptation-and-validation-of-the-caring-behaviors-assessment-tool-in-chile
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Ricardo A Ayala, María Julia Calvo
This study reports the process of cultural adaptation of the Caring Behaviors Assessment tool for the Spanish language, and determine its validity and reliability. We used a mixed-methods approach with a sample of adult participants after translation and adjustment, correlations and multiple regressions were used to explain differences in perception. Internal consistency and reliability were determined by using Cronbach's alpha. While slight modifications to syntax, language, and the interval scale were necessary to enable better comprehension, all items had high average scores as did the seven subscales...
August 17, 2017: Nursing & Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816182/a-survey-of-endodontic-practices-among-dentists-in-burkina-faso
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Wendpoulomdé Ad Kaboré, Valérie Chevalier, Yolande Gnagne-Koffi, Carole Dw Ouédraogo, Diouma Ndiaye, Babacar Faye
AIM: Dental surgeons must be aware of the most appropriate endodontic treatments and how to properly conduct them. The aim of this study was to evaluate the knowledge of dental surgeons in Burkina Faso in terms of endodontic treatment procedures. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This descriptive, cross-sectional study was performed during the regular annual conference of the National Board of Dental Surgeons of Burkina Faso, held on February 27 and 28, 2015 in Ouagadougou, through a questionnaire...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815686/the-cost-of-being-clean-a-cost-analysis-of-nasopharyngoscope-reprocessing-techniques
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Leigh J Sowerby, Luke Rudmik
OBJECTIVE: Nasopharyngoscopes are an essential instrument to otolaryngologists; reprocessing them in a high-value manner is paramount. Although several different techniques for reprocessing exist, all methods yield similar effectiveness. Given equivalent effectiveness outcomes, a cost analysis of four nasopharyngoscope reprocessing techniques was performed. STUDY DESIGN: Cost-minimization analysis. METHODS: Four techniques were evaluated: 1) an automated reprocessor using peracetic acid (Steris System 1; Steris Canada Inc...
August 16, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815611/the-value-of-frontal-sinusotomy-for-chronic-rhinosinusitis-with-nasal-polyps-a-cost-utility-analysis
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George A Scangas, Ashton E Lehmann, Aaron K Remenschneider, Brooke M Su, Mark G Shrime, Ralph Metson
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: The number of surgical procedures performed for frontal sinusitis and the associated costs have increased dramatically over the past decade. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of endoscopic frontal sinusotomy (EFS) in patients with chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyposis (CRSwNP). STUDY DESIGN: Cohort-style Markov decision-tree economic model with a 36-year time horizon. METHODS: Matched cohorts of CRSwNP patients who underwent endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS) with (n = 139) and without (n = 49) EFS were compared to each other and to patients (n = 139) from the Medical Expenditures Survey Panel database who underwent medical management for chronic rhinosinusitis...
August 16, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813560/prevalence-of-pubic-hair-grooming-related-injuries-and-identification-of-high-risk-individuals-in-the-united-states
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Matthew D Truesdale, E Charles Osterberg, Thomas W Gaither, Mohannad A Awad, Molly A Elmer-DeWitt, Siobhan Sutcliffe, Isabel Allen, Benjamin N Breyer
Importance: Pubic hair grooming is a common practice that can lead to injury and morbidity. Objective: To identify demographic and behavioral risk factors associated with pubic hair grooming-related injuries to characterize individuals with high risk of injury and develop recommendations for safe grooming practices. Design, Setting, and Participants: This cross-sectional study conducted a national survey of noninstitutionalized US adults (aged 18-65 years)...
August 16, 2017: JAMA Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813458/joint-modelling-of-longitudinal-3ms-scores-and-the-risk-of-mortality-among-cognitively-impaired-individuals
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Chris B Guure, Noor Akma Ibrahim, Mohd Bakri Adam, Salmiah Md Said
BACKGROUND: Modified Mini-Mental State Examination (3MS) is an instrument administered by trained personnel to examine levels of participants' cognitive function. However, the association between changes in scores over time and the risk of death (mortality) is not known. The aims of this study are to examine the association between 3MS scores and mortality via cognitive impairment among older women and to determine individuals' risk of changes in scores to better predict their survival and mortality rates...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813205/combining-2-commonly-adopted-nutrition-instruments-in-the-critical-care-setting-is-superior-to-administering-either-one-alone
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Charles Chin Han Lew, Ka Po Cheung, Mary Foong Fong Chong, Ai Ping Chua, Robert J L Fraser, Michelle Miller
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to determine the agreement between the modified Nutrition Risk in Critically ill Score (mNUTRIC) and the Subjective Global Assessment (SGA) and compare their ability in discriminating and quantifying mortality risk independently and in combination. METHODS: Between August 2015 and October 2016, all patients in a Singaporean hospital received the SGA within 48 hours of intensive care unit admission. Nutrition status was dichotomized into presence or absence of malnutrition...
August 1, 2017: JPEN. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813068/cultural-adaptation-of-the-short-self-regulation-questionnaire-suggestions-for-the-speech-area
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Anna Alice Almeida, Mara Behlau
Purpose: To present the translated and linguistic and culturally adapted version of the Short self-regulation Questionnaire (SSRQ) for the Brazilian Portuguese and to check its applicability to patients with dysphonia. Methods: The SSRQ is a tool used to evaluate the ability to self-regulate behavior; it has 31 items and generates three scores: total index of individual self-regulation capacity and partial scores for goal setting and impulse control. Each item should be scored by means of a Likert-type 5-point scale; the total score ranges from 29 to 145 points...
August 14, 2017: CoDAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809084/practice-characteristics-and-service-provision-rates-of-dental-hygienists-in-australia
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N Amarasena, D N Teusner, D S Brennan, J Satur
INTRODUCTION: Dental hygienists (DHs) have been practising in Australia since the early 1970s. OBJECTIVE: This study describes the clinical activity of Australian DHs. METHODS: A questionnaire was mailed to members of two professional associations representing DHs. Practitioner characteristics, employment characteristics and clinical activity on a self-reported typical practice day were collected. The proportion of each service item of all services provided was estimated...
August 14, 2017: International Journal of Dental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808900/varying-ultrasound-power-level-to-distinguish-surgical-instruments-and-tissue
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Hongliang Ren, Banani Anuraj, Pierre E Dupont
We investigate a new framework of surgical instrument detection based on power-varying ultrasound images with simple and efficient pixel-wise intensity processing. Without using complicated feature extraction methods, we identified the instrument with an estimated optimal power level and by comparing pixel values of varying transducer power level images. The proposed framework exploits the physics of ultrasound imaging system by varying the transducer power level to effectively distinguish metallic surgical instruments from tissue...
August 15, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807742/a-cost-utility-analysis-of-dynesys-dynamic-stabilization-versus-instrumented-fusion-for-the-treatment-of-degenerative-lumbar-spine-diseases
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Kan Liu, Wei Sun, Qiang Lu, Jiying Chen, Jiaguang Tang
BACKGROUND: Symptomatic chronic low back and leg pain resulting from lumbar spine degenerative disorders is highly prevalent in China, and for some patients, surgery is the final option for improvement. Several techniques for spinal non-fusion have been introduced to reduce the side-effects of fusion methods and hasten postoperative recovery. In this study, the authors have evaluated the cost-effectiveness of Dynesys posterior dynamic stabilization system (DY) compared with lumbar fusion techniques in the treatment of single-level degenerative lumbar spinal conditions...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Science: Official Journal of the Japanese Orthopaedic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806436/effectiveness-of-a-timing-and-coordination-group-exercise-program-to-improve-mobility-in-community-dwelling-older-adults-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Jennifer S Brach, Subashan Perera, Sandra Gilmore, Jessie M VanSwearingen, Deborah Brodine, Neelesh K Nadkarni, Edmund Ricci
Importance: Timing and coordination exercises may be an important addition to community-based health promotion exercise programs to improve walking in older adults. Objective: To compare the effectiveness of the On the Move group exercise program, which focuses on the timing and coordination of movement, with a seated strength, endurance, and flexibility program (usual care) at improving function, disability, and walking ability of older adults. Design, Setting, and Participants: Cluster-randomized, single-blind intervention trial...
August 14, 2017: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806126/development-and-validation-of-an-instrument-to-assess-the-impact-of-cyberbullying-the-cybervictimization-emotional-impact-scale
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Paz Elipe, Joaquín A Mora-Merchán, Lydia Nacimiento
Cyberbullying is a phenomenon with important adverse consequences on victims. The emotional impact of this phenomenon has been well established. However, there is to date no instrument with good psychometric properties tested to assess such impact. The objective of this study was developing and testing the psychometric properties of an instrument to assess the emotional impact of cyberbullying: the "Cybervictimization Emotional Impact Scale, CVEIS." The sample included 1,016 Compulsory Secondary Education students (52...
August 2017: Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804583/a-communicative-model-of-mothers-lifestyles-during-pregnancy-with-low-birth-weight-based-on-social-determinants-of-health-a-path-analysis
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Zohreh Mahmoodi, Masoud Karimlou, Homeira Sajjadi, Masoomeh Dejman, Meroe Vameghi, Mahrokh Dolatian
OBJECTIVES: Low birth weight (LBW) is one of the major health problems worldwide. It is important to identify the factors that play a role in the incidence of this adverse pregnancy outcome. This study aimed to develop a tool to measure mothers' lifestyles during pregnancy with a view to the effects of social determinants on health and develop a correlation model of mothers' lifestyles with LBW. METHODS: This study was conducted using methodological and case-control designs in four stages by selecting 750 mothers with infants weighing less than 4000 g using multistage sampling...
July 2017: Oman Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804011/functional-outcomes-subsequent-healthcare-utilization-and-mortality-of-stroke-postacute-care-patients-in-taiwan-a-nationwide-propensity-score-matched-study
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Li-Ning Peng, Wan-Hsuan Lu, Chih-Kuang Liang, Ming-Yueh Chou, Chih-Ping Chung, Shu-Ling Tsai, Zhi-Jun Chen, Fei-Yuan Hsiao, Liang-Kung Chen
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the benefits of the national stroke postacute care (PAC) program on clinical outcomes and subsequent healthcare utilization. DESIGN: Propensity score-matched case-control study using the National Health Insurance data. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 1480 stroke cases receiving PAC services and 3159 matched controls with similar stroke severity but without PAC services. MEASUREMENTS: Demographic characteristics, functional outcomes (modified Rankin Scale, Barthel Index, Lawton-Brody Instrumental Activities of Daily Living, Functional Oral Intake Scale, Mini-Nutritional Assessment, Berg Balance Test, Usual Gait Speed Test, 6-Minute Walk Test, Fugl-Meyer Assessment (modified sensation and motor), Mini-Mental State Examination, Motor Activity Log, and the Concise Chinese Aphasia Test), subsequent healthcare utilization (90-day stroke re-admission and emergency department visits), and 90-day mortality...
August 10, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803852/dynamic-feet-distance-a-new-functional-assessment-during-treadmill-locomotion-in-normal-and-thoracic-spinal-cord-injured-rats
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Camila Cardoso Diogo, Luís Maltez da Costa, José Eduardo Pereira, Vítor Filipe, Pedro Alexandre Couto, Luís G Magalhães, Stefano Geuna, Paulo A Armada-da-Silva, Ana Colette Maurício, Artur Severo Varejão
Of all the detrimental effects of spinal cord injury (SCI), one of the most devastating is the disruption of the ability to perform functional movement. Very little is known on the recovery of hindlimb joint kinematics after clinically-relevant contusive thoracic lesion in experimental animal models. A new functional assessment instrument, the dynamic feet distance (DFD) was used to describe the distance between the two feet throughout the gait cycle in normal and affected rodents. The purpose of this investigation was the evaluation and characterization of the DFD during treadmill locomotion in normal and T9 contusion injured rats, using three-dimensional (3D) instrumented gait analysis...
August 10, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802327/three-dimensional-motion-capture-applied-to-violin-playing-a-study-on-feasibility-and-characterization-of-the-motor-strategy
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Andrea Ancillao, Bernardo Savastano, Manuela Galli, Giorgio Albertini
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Playing string instruments requires advanced motor skills and a long training that is often spent in uncomfortable postures that may lead to injuries or musculoskeletal disorders. Thus, it is interesting to objectively characterize the motor strategy adopted by the players. In this work, we implemented a method for the quantitative analysis of the motor performance of a violin player. METHODS: The proposed protocol takes advantage of an optoelectronic system and some infra-red reflecting markers in order to track player's motion...
October 2017: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801433/developing-core-economic-outcome-sets-for-asthma-studies-a-protocol-for-a-systematic-review
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Natalia Hounsome, Deborah Fitzsimmons, Ceri Phillips, Anita Patel
INTRODUCTION: Core outcome sets are standardised lists of outcomes, which should be measured and reported in all clinical studies of a specific condition. This study aims to develop core outcome sets for economic evaluations in asthma studies. Economic outcomes include items such as costs, resource use or quality-adjusted life years. The starting point in developing core outcome sets will be conducting a systematic literature review to establish a preliminary list of reporting items to be considered for inclusion in the core outcome set...
August 11, 2017: BMJ Open
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