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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29444275/e-cigarette-advertising-exposure-explicit-and-implicit-harm-perceptions-and-e-cigarette-use-susceptibility-among-non-smoking-young-adults
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Pallav Pokhrel, Thaddeus A Herzog, Pebbles Fagan, Jennifer B Unger, Alan W Stacy
Introduction: This study tested whether exposure to e-cigarette advertising increases e-cigarette use susceptibility among non-smoking young adults by promoting explicit and implicit attitudes towards e-cigarettes as a safer and healthier alternative to combustible cigarettes. Methods: Young adult current non-smokers who had never used an e-cigarette (N = 393; Mean age = 22.1, Standard Deviation = 3.9; 66% Women) were randomly assigned to one of the 3 conditions that involved viewing real-world, print e-cigarette ads...
February 10, 2018: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29444182/towards-phenotyping-stroke-leveraging-data-from-a-large-scale-epidemiological-study-to-detect-stroke-diagnosis
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Yizhao Ni, Kathleen Alwell, Charles J Moomaw, Daniel Woo, Opeolu Adeoye, Matthew L Flaherty, Simona Ferioli, Jason Mackey, Felipe De Los Rios La Rosa, Sharyl Martini, Pooja Khatri, Dawn Kleindorfer, Brett M Kissela
OBJECTIVE: 1) To develop a machine learning approach for detecting stroke cases and subtypes from hospitalization data, 2) to assess algorithm performance and predictors on real-world data collected by a large-scale epidemiology study in the US; and 3) to identify directions for future development of high-precision stroke phenotypic signatures. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We utilized 8,131 hospitalization events (ICD-9 codes 430-438) collected from the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Stroke Study in 2005 and 2010...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29444172/motor-and-psychosocial-impact-of-robot-assisted-gait-training-in-a-real-world-rehabilitation-setting-a-pilot-study
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Cira Fundarò, Anna Giardini, Roberto Maestri, Silvia Traversoni, Michelangelo Bartolo, Roberto Casale
In the last decade robotic devices have been applied in rehabilitation to overcome walking disability in neurologic diseases with promising results. Robot assisted gait training (RAGT) using the Lokomat seems not only to improve gait parameters but also the perception of well-being. Data on the psychosocial patient-robot impact are limited, in particular in the real-world of RAGT, in the rehabilitation setting. During rehabilitation training, the Lokomat can be considered an "assistive device for movement"...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29443906/a-single-rf-emitter-based-indoor-navigation-method-for-autonomous-service-robots
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Tyrone Sherwin, Mikala Easte, Andrew Tzer-Yeu Chen, Kevin I-Kai Wang, Wenbin Dai
Location-aware services are one of the key elements of modern intelligent applications. Numerous real-world applications such as factory automation, indoor delivery, and even search and rescue scenarios require autonomous robots to have the ability to navigate in an unknown environment and reach mobile targets with minimal or no prior infrastructure deployment. This research investigates and proposes a novel approach of dynamic target localisation using a single RF emitter, which will be used as the basis of allowing autonomous robots to navigate towards and reach a target...
February 14, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29443893/a-modular-iot-platform-for-real-time-indoor-air-quality-monitoring
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Mohieddine Benammar, Abderrazak Abdaoui, Sabbir H M Ahmad, Farid Touati, Abdullah Kadri
The impact of air quality on health and on life comfort is well established. In many societies, vulnerable elderly and young populations spend most of their time indoors. Therefore, indoor air quality monitoring (IAQM) is of great importance to human health. Engineers and researchers are increasingly focusing their efforts on the design of real-time IAQM systems using wireless sensor networks. This paper presents an end-to-end IAQM system enabling measurement of CO₂, CO, SO₂, NO₂, O₃, Cl₂, ambient temperature, and relative humidity...
February 14, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29443655/is-interferon-based-treatment-of-viral-hepatitis-c-genotype-3-infection-still-of-value-in-the-era-of-direct-acting-antivirals
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Dorota Zarębska-Michaluk, Robert Flisiak, Jerzy Jaroszewicz, Ewa Janczewska, Agnieszka Czauż-Andrzejuk, Hanna Berak, Andrzej Horban, Agnieszka Staniaszek, Andrzej Gietka, Magdalena Tudrujek, Krzysztof Tomasiewicz, Dorota Dybowska, Waldemar Halota, Anna Piekarska, Marek Sitko, Aleksander Garlicki, Iwona Orłowska, Krzysztof Simon, Teresa Belica-Wdowik, Barbara Baka-Ćwierz, Włodzimierz Mazur, Jolanta Białkowska, Łukasz Socha, Marta Wawrzynowicz-Syczewska, Łukasz Laurans, Zbigniew Deroń, Beata Lorenc, Beata Dobracka, Olga Tronina, Małgorzata Pawłowska
The aim of the study is to analyze treatments available for patients infected with genotype (G) 3 hepatitis C virus (HCV) in Poland at the beginning of the interferon (IFN)-free era and evaluate the efficacy and safety of different therapeutic options administered in a real-world setting. We analyzed data of 198 patients who started antiviral therapy after July 1, 2015, and completed it before December 31, 2016; 57.6% of them had liver cirrhosis and 46% were treatment experienced. Fifty percent of patients were assigned to sofosbuvir (SOF)+pegylated IFN alfa (PegIFNa)+ribavirin (RBV), 9% to PegIFNa+RBV, 36% received SOF+RBV, and 5% SOF+daclatasvir (DCV)±RBV...
February 2018: Journal of Interferon & Cytokine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29440872/topical-ocular-0-1-cyclosporine-a-cationic-emulsion-in-dry-eye-disease-patients-with-severe-keratitis-experience-through-the-french-early-access-program
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Pierre-Jean Pisella, Marc Labetoulle, Serge Doan, Beatrice Cochener-Lamard, Mourad Amrane, Dahlia Ismail, Catherine Creuzot-Garcher, Christophe Baudouin
Purpose: The objective of this study was to report the evaluation of efficacy and safety of cyclosporine A cationic emulsion (CsA CE) 0.1% for the treatment of severe keratitis in adults with dry eye disease (DED) in a French early-access program. Methods: Patients with DED and severe keratitis (corneal fluorescein staining [CFS] score of 3-5 on the Oxford scale and/or the presence of corneal lesions [filaments or ulcers]) were enrolled in a compassionate use program (Authorization for Temporary Use [ATU]) for once-daily CsA CE, which was approved by French health authorities prior to its registration...
2018: Clinical Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29440154/outcomes-comparison-of-different-surgical-strategies-for-the-management-of-severe-aortic-valve-stenosis-study-protocol-of-a-prospective-multicentre-european-registry-e-avr-registry
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Francesco Onorati, Riccardo Gherli, Giovanni Mariscalco, Evaldas Girdauskas, Eduardo Quintana, Francesco Santini, Marisa De Feo, Sandro Sponga, Piergiorgio Tozzi, Mohamad Bashir, Andrea Perrotti, Aniello Pappalardo, Vito Ruggieri, Giuseppe Santarpino, Mauro Rinaldi, Silva Ronaldo, Francesco Nicolini
INTRODUCTION: Traditional and transcatheter surgical treatments of severe aortic valve stenosis (SAVS) are increasing in parallel with the improved life expectancy. Recent randomised controlled trials (RCTs) reported comparable or non-inferior mortality with transcatheter treatments compared with traditional surgery. However, RCTs have the limitation of being a mirror of the predefined inclusion/exclusion criteria, without reflecting the 'real clinical world'. Technological improvements have recently allowed the development of minimally invasive surgical accesses and the use of sutureless valves, but their impact on the clinical scenario is difficult to assess because of the monocentric design of published studies and limited sample size...
February 10, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29439347/quantifying-the-diagnostic-pathway-for-patients-with-cognitive-impairment-real-world-data-from-seven-european-and-north-american-countries
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Craig W Ritchie, Christopher M Black, Rezaul K Khandker, Robert Wood, Eddie Jones, Xiaohan Hu, Baishali M Ambegaonkar
To ensure that patients with dementia and their caregivers receive appropriate treatment and support, early diagnosis is essential but remains challenging. Real-world data from a multi-national, cross-sectional survey of physicians and their patients were analyzed to quantify the diagnostic pathway for dementia, including a focus on severity of patients' cognitive impairment (CI) at the time of symptom onset, referral and subsequent diagnosis. Data were collected for 7,620 patients with CI. Most patients saw a healthcare professional within 1 year of first symptoms and received a diagnosis within 3-7 months of initial consultation...
2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29438571/use-of-non-vitamin-k-oral-anticoagulants-in-people-with-atrial-fibrillation-and-diabetes-mellitus
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REVIEW
O Itzhaki, B Zadok, A Eisen
AIMS: To examine the efficacy and safety of non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants in people with both atrial fibrillation and diabetes mellitus. METHODS: We reviewed efficacy and safety data from the warfarin-controlled phase III non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants trials (ARISTOTLE, RE-LY, ROCKET-AF, ENGAGE and AF-TIMI 48) and their post hoc analyses with regard to diabetes status. We also reviewed the updated literature regarding this population. RESULTS: At baseline 20-40% of the participants in the phase III non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants trials had diabetes mellitus at baseline...
February 13, 2018: Diabetic Medicine: a Journal of the British Diabetic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29436510/hidden-markov-models-for-monitoring-circadian-rhythmicity-in-telemetric-activity-data
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Qi Huang, Dwayne Cohen, Sandra Komarzynski, Xiao-Mei Li, Pasquale Innominato, Francis Lévi, Bärbel Finkenstädt
Wearable computing devices allow collection of densely sampled real-time information on movement enabling researchers and medical experts to obtain objective and non-obtrusive records of actual activity of a subject in the real world over many days. Our interest here is motivated by the use of activity data for evaluating and monitoring the circadian rhythmicity of subjects for research in chronobiology and chronotherapeutic healthcare. In order to translate the information from such high-volume data arising we propose the use of a Markov modelling approach which (i) naturally captures the notable square wave form observed in activity data along with heterogeneous ultradian variances over the circadian cycle of human activity, (ii) thresholds activity into different states in a probabilistic way while respecting time dependence and (iii) gives rise to circadian rhythm parameter estimates, based on probabilities of transitions between rest and activity, that are interpretable and of interest to circadian research...
February 2018: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29436260/treatment-patterns-and-associated-health-care-costs-before-and-after-treatment-initiation-among-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-patients-in-the-united-states
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Charles D Burger, A Burak Ozbay, Howard M Lazarus, Ellen Riehle, Leslie B Montejano, Gregory Lenhart, R James White
BACKGROUND: Despite multiple treatment options, the prognosis of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) remains poor. PAH patients experience a high economic burden due to comorbidities, hospitalizations, and medication costs. Although combination therapy has been shown to reduce hospitalizations, the relationship between treatment, health care utilization, and costs remains unclear. OBJECTIVE: To provide a characterization of health care utilization and costs in real-world settings by comparing periods before and after initiating PAH-specific treatment...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29436244/improving-multiple-sclerosis-management-and-collecting-safety-information-in-the-real-world-the-msds3d-software-approach
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Rocco Haase, Maria Wunderlich, Anja Dillenseger, Raimar Kern, Katja Akgün, Tjalf Ziemssen
For safety evaluation, randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are not fully able to identify rare adverse events. The richest source of safety data lies in the post-marketing phase. Real-world evidence (RWE) and observational studies are becoming increasingly popular because they reflect usefulness of drugs in real life and have the ability to discover uncommon or rare adverse drug reactions. Areas covered: Adding the documentation of psychological symptoms and other medical disciplines, the necessity for a complex documentation becomes apparent...
February 13, 2018: Expert Opinion on Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29435907/sustained-virological-response-in-special-populations-with-chronic-hepatitis-c-using-interferon-free-treatments-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-observational-cohort-studies
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REVIEW
Vinicius Lins Ferreira, Letícia Paula Leonart, Fernanda Stumpf Tonin, Helena Hiemisch Lobo Borba, Roberto Pontarolo
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Hepatitis C treatment has changed considerably in recent years, and many interferon (IFN)-free therapies are now available. Considering the high rates of sustained virological response (SVR) presented by clinical trials for these treatments, high rates of effectiveness are also expected in real-world clinical practice. Hence, this study aimed to conduct a systematic review and meta-analysis of observational cohort studies to evaluate the clinical effectiveness and safety of IFN-free therapies for hepatitis C...
February 12, 2018: Clinical Drug Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29435643/effectiveness-and-baseline-factors-associated-to-fingolimod-response-in-a-real-world-study-on-multiple-sclerosis-patients
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F Esposito, L Ferrè, F Clarelli, M A Rocca, G Sferruzza, L Storelli, M Radaelli, F Sangalli, L Moiola, B Colombo, F Martinelli Boneschi, G Comi, M Filippi, V Martinelli
BACKGROUND: Treatment choice in multiple sclerosis (MS) is crucial for optimizing risk-benefit profile. OBJECTIVE: To assess fingolimod (FTY) effectiveness and identify baseline features associated to disease activity in a large Italian cohort of Relapsing-Remitting (RR) MS patients. METHODS: Three-hundred sixty-seven RRMS patients starting FTY treatment at San Raffaele Hospital (Milan-Italy) underwent clinical and MRI evaluations for 2 years...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29433560/an-international-survey-on-hypoglycemia-among-insulin-treated-type-i-and-type-ii-diabetes-patients-turkey-cohort-of-the-non-interventional-io-hat-study
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Rıfat Emral, Tamer Tetiker, Ibrahim Sahin, Ramazan Sari, Ahmet Kaya, İlhan Yetkin, Sefika Uslu Cil, Neslihan Başcıl Tütüncü
BACKGROUND: Limited real-world data are currently available on hypoglycemia in diabetes patients. The International Operations Hypoglycemia Assessment Tool (IO HAT) study was designed to estimate hypoglycemia in insulin-treated type I (T1DM) and type II (T2DM) diabetes mellitus patients from 9 countries. The data from Turkey cohort are presented here. METHODS: A non-interventional study to determine the hypoglycemia incidence, retrospectively and prospectively, in Turkish T1DM and T2DM patients using a 2-part self-assessment questionnaire...
February 13, 2018: BMC Endocrine Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29433547/finite-size-effects-in-transcript-sequencing-count-distribution-its-power-law-correction-necessarily-precedes-downstream-normalization-and-comparative-analysis
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Wing-Cheong Wong, Hong-Kiat Ng, Erwin Tantoso, Richie Soong, Frank Eisenhaber
BACKGROUND: Though earlier works on modelling transcript abundance from vertebrates to lower eukaroytes have specifically singled out the Zip's law, the observed distributions often deviate from a single power-law slope. In hindsight, while power-laws of critical phenomena are derived asymptotically under the conditions of infinite observations, real world observations are finite where the finite-size effects will set in to force a power-law distribution into an exponential decay and consequently, manifests as a curvature (i...
February 12, 2018: Biology Direct
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29433149/population-impact-of-drug-interactions-with-warfarin-a-real-world-data-approach
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Mar Martín-Pérez, David Gaist, Francisco J de Abajo, Luis A García Rodríguez
OBJECTIVE:  To investigate the population impact of previously reported interactions between warfarin and other drugs on international normalized ratio (INR) levels. METHODS:  Using The Health Improvement Network (THIN), a United Kingdom primary care database, a cohort of warfarin users between 2005 and 2013 (N = 121,962) was followed until the first qualifying prescription for the potential interacting drugs was evaluated. Sixteen sub-cohorts, one for each study drug, and a control sub-cohort of warfarin were ascertained...
February 12, 2018: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29432589/changing-change-adaptations-of-an-evidence-based-telehealth-cardiovascular-disease-risk-reduction-intervention
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Leah L Zullig, Felicia McCant, Mina Silberberg, Fred Johnson, Bradi B Granger, Hayden B Bosworth
Relatively few successful medication adherence interventions are translated into real-world clinical settings. The Prevention of Cardiovascular Outcomes in African Americans with Diabetes (CHANGE) intervention was originally conceived as a randomized controlled trial to improve cardiovascular disease-related medication adherence and health outcomes. The purpose of the study was to describe the translation of the CHANGE trial into two community-based clinical programs. CHANGE 2 was available to Medicaid patients with diabetes and hypertension whose primary care homes were part of a care management network in the Northern Piedmont region of North Carolina...
February 8, 2018: Translational Behavioral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29432355/a-window-toward-the-world-older-adults-experiences-of-becoming-in-health-and-developing-as-human-beings-through-interacting-with-others-using-real-video-communication
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Jessica Hemberg, Regina Santamäki Fischer
The population in the Nordic countries, as well as globally, is increasingly becoming older. Concurrently, with an increased aging population, there is an increase in poor health and loneliness among older adults. The aim of this study was to uncover, from a caring science perspective, community-living older adults' experiences of interacting with others via real video communication. The study uses a hermeneutical approach. The material consists of interviews with older adults regarding their experiences of using real video communication...
March 2018: Holistic Nursing Practice
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