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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637145/amount-of-balance-necessary-for-the-independence-of-transfer-and-stair-climbing-in-stroke-inpatients
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Takaaki Fujita, Atsushi Sato, Yuji Ohashi, Kazutaka Nishiyama, Takuro Ohashi, Kazuhiro Yamane, Yuichi Yamamoto, Kenji Tsuchiya, Koji Otsuki, Fusae Tozato
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to clarify the amount of balance necessary for the independence of transfer and stair-climbing in stroke patients. METHOD: This study included 111 stroke inpatients. Simple and multiple regression analyses were conducted to establish the association between the FIM(®) instrument scores for transfer or stair-climbing and Berg Balance Scale. Furthermore, receiver operating characteristic curves were used to elucidate the amount of balance necessary for the independence of transfer and stair-climbing...
February 23, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637139/translation-cross-cultural-adaptation-and-validation-of-the-persian-version-of-coop-wonca-charts-in-persian-speaking-iranians-with-multiple-sclerosis
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Morteza Taghipour, Mahyar Salavati, Seyed Massood Nabavi, Behnam Akhbari, Ismail Ebrahimi Takamjani, Hossein Negahban, Fatemeh Rajabzadeh
PURPOSE: Translation, cross-culturally adaptation and validation of a Persian version of COOP/WONCA charts in Persian-speaking Iranians with multiple sclerosis (MS). METHOD: The Persian version of COOP/WONCA charts was developed after a standard forward translation, synthesis and backward translation. A total of 197 subjects with MS participated in this study. They were asked to complete the COOP/WONCA charts and Short-Form 36 Health Survey (SF-36). The COOP/WONCA charts were re-administered to 50 patients, 4 weeks after the first session...
February 21, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637047/pleural-adhesion-assessment-as-a-predictor-for-pneumothorax-after-endobronchial-valve-treatment
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Wouter H van Geffen, Karin Klooster, Jorine E Hartman, Nick H T Ten Hacken, Huib A M Kerstjens, Rienhart F E Wolf, Dirk-Jan Slebos
BACKGROUND: Pneumothorax after bronchoscopic lung volume reduction using one-way endobronchial valves (EBVs) in patients with advanced emphysema occurs in approximately 20% of patients. It is not well known which factors predict the development of pneumothorax. OBJECTIVE: To assess whether pleural adhesions on pretreatment high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) scans are associated with pneumothorax occurrence after EBV treatment. METHODS: HRCT scan analyses were performed on all patients who received EBV treatment in a randomized controlled trial...
June 22, 2017: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636577/comorbidity-and-suicidality-in-patients-diagnosed-with-panic-disorder-agoraphobia-and-major-depression
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Borjanka Batinic, Goran Opacic, Tijana Ignjatov, David S Baldwin
BACKGROUND: Comorbidity of anxiety and depression (both current and lifetime) is associated with greater chronicity and an increased risk of suicidality. We wished to ascertain which symptom clusters had the strongest association with suicidality. Our aims were (1) to examine the presence of current comorbidity and suicidality in patients diagnosed with panic disorder/agoraphobia (PD/A) and major depression (MD), and their relationship with duration of psychiatric treatment and frequency of hospital admission; and (2) to examine which coexisting symptoms were most strongly predictive of suicidality in sub-groups and the overall group...
June 2017: Psychiatria Danubina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635617/the-dosimetric-impact-of-gadolinium-based-contrast-media-in-gbm-brain-patient-plans-for-a-mri-linac
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Syed Bilal Ahmad, Moti Raj Paudel, Arman Sarfehnia, Anthony Kim, Geordi Pang, Mark Ruschin, Arjun Sahgal, Brian M Keller
Dosimetric effects of gadolinium based contrast media (Gadovist) were evaluated for the Elekta MRI Linear accelerator (MRL) using the research version of Monaco treatment planning system (TPS). In order to represent a gadolinium uptake it was manually assigned to a phantom as well as to the Gross Tumour Volume (GTV) of 6 Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) patients. A preliminary estimate of dose enhancement, due to gadolinium, was performed using the phantom irradiated with a single beam. More complicated assessment was performed for the GBM patients using a 7 field IMRT technique...
June 21, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635609/gastroprotective-effect-of-ghrelin-against-indomethacin-induced-gastric-injury-in-rats-possible-role-of-heme-oxygenase-1-pathway
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Mona M Allam, Ola A El-Gohary
Ghrelin has been shown to ameliorate gastric injury by several mechanisms in experimental animal models. The present study aimed to investigate the effect of pretreatment with ghrelin on indomethacin-induced gastric injury in rats and the role of heme oxygenase-1(HO-1) pathway as a novel mechanism underlying the gastroprotective effect of ghrelin. In all groups studied, ulcer score (U.S), ulcer index (U.I) and preventive index (P.I) were evaluated and the gastric inflammatory biomarkers including levels of tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), interleukin-1β (IL-1β) and myeloperoxidase (MPO) activity as well as prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), malondialdehyde (MDA), glutathione (GSH), superoxide dismutase (SOD), HO-1 and bilirubin as an indicator of heme oxygenase activity were measured...
July 2017: General Physiology and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635556/executive-control-in-schizophrenia-a-preliminary-study-on-the-moderating-role-of-comt-val158met-for-comorbid-alcohol-and-substance-use-disorders
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Giuseppe Carrà, Gabriella Nicolini, Cristina Crocamo, Annamaria Lax, Francesca Amidani, Francesco Bartoli, Filippo Castellano, Alessia Chiorazzi, Giulia Gamba, Costanza Papagno, Massimo Clerici
BACKGROUND: A functional polymorphism in the catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) gene (Val158Met) appears to influence cognition in people with alcohol/substance use disorders (AUD/SUD) and in those with psychosis. METHODS: To explore the potential moderating effect of these factors, a cross-sectional study was conducted, randomly recruiting subjects with DSM-IV diagnosis of schizophrenia. AUD/SUD was rigorously assessed, as well as COMT Val158Met polymorphism. Executive control functioning was measured using the Intra-Extra Dimensional Set Shift (IED)...
February 14, 2017: Nordic Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635530/the-effect-of-voluntary-termination-of-pregnancy-on-female-sexual-and-emotional-well-being-in-different-age-groups
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Erika Limoncin, Angela D'Alfonso, Claudia Corallino, Vincenza Cofini, Giovanna Di Febbo, Giacomo Ciocca, Daniele Mollaioli, Felice Patacchiola, Emmanuele A Jannini, Gaspare Carta
INTRODUCTION: To evaluate the impact of voluntary termination of pregnancy (VTOP) on the psycho-sexological well-being of females before/six months after the abortion. METHODS: A sample of 194 women was recruited from three obstetrics and gynaecological divisions. The women were evaluated for the variables "sexual functioning" with the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI), "depression" with the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI-II), and "anxiety state" with the Self-Rating Anxiety Scale (SAS) at time 0 (the beginning of the abortion procedure) and time 1 (six months after the abortion)...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635309/rheumatoid-arthritis-is-associated-with-negatively-variable-impacts-on-domains-of-female-sexual-function-evidence-from-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Qiuxiang Zhang, Congcong Zhou, Haoyang Chen, Qian Zhao, Lin Li, Yafei Cui, Biyu Shen
To systematically review the literature to identify the impact of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) on specific female sexual function domains. A meta-analysis was performed and the related literature were searched in MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane Library, CNKI, CBM and Web of Science databases, and in reference lists of articles and systematic reviews. Score of the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) was used as the outcome measurement, and mean differences (MD) with 95% confidence intervals (CI) were calculated. Five studies were included, including 346 women with RA and 237 healthy female controls...
June 21, 2017: Psychology, Health & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635149/underuse-of-risk-assessment-and-overuse-of-ctpa-in-patients-with-suspected-pulmonary-thromboembolism
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Michael Perera, Leena Aggarwal, Ian A Scott, Nicholas Cocks
INTRODUCTION: Evidence suggests potential overuse of computerised tomography pulmonary angiography (CTPA) in patients with suspected pulmonary thromboembolism (PTE) in the absence of consistent use of pre-test clinical prediction rules and D-dimer assays. METHODS: 344 consecutive patients undergoing CTPA at a tertiary hospital were studied for use of D-dimer assays and clinical prediction rules for PTE. For each patient, a modified Wells score (mWS), revised Geneva score (rGS) and PISA model were calculated retrospectively; performance characteristics for each rule for PTE were determined in reference to results of CTPA...
June 21, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635127/cardiovascular-risk-score-is-linked-to-subcutaneous-adipocyte-size-and-lipid-metabolism
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Mikael Rydén, Peter Arner
OBJECTIVE: Although white adipose tissue mass and distribution correlates with cardiovascular disease, the fat cell-specific perturbations underlying this association are not known. We determined the relationship between adipocyte size and lipid metabolism with cardiovascular risk. DESIGN/SUBJECTS: Adipocyte size as well as spontaneous (basal) and hormone-stimulated effects on adipocyte lipid metabolism (lipolysis and lipogenesis) were investigated in abdominal subcutaneous adipose tissue of 304 men and 775 women...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634863/high-tech-acupuncture-for-prevention-of-lifestyle-diseases-a-sino-austrian-cooperation-research-protocol-on-heart-rate-variability
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Feng-Xia Liang, Ze-Bin Chen, Song Wu, Jian-Min Liu, Jing-Zhi Wang, Ji-Dong Lu, Lu-Shan Wang, Li Chen, Qing Shu, Daniela Litscher, Lu Wang, Hua Wang, Gerhard Litscher
BACKGROUND: Acupuncture can not only be used for well-known diseases, but also for so-called modern lifestyle-related diseases. Using innovative methods like e.g. new analyses of heart rate variability (HRV), it is also possible to investigate diseases like burnout syndrome, ie., qi defificiency in Chinese medicine (CM). OBJECTIVE: The main object of this research protocol is to perform research on the relationship of burnout syndrome and heart rate (HR) and HRV...
June 20, 2017: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634807/differential-diagnosis-between-benign-and-malignant-soft-tissue-tumors-utilizing-ultrasound-parameters
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Takeshi Morii, Tomonori Kishino, Naoko Shimamori, Mitsue Motohashi, Hiroaki Ohnishi, Keita Honya, Takayuki Aoyagi, Takashi Tajima, Shoichi Ichimura
PURPOSE: Preoperative discrimination between benign and malignant soft tissue tumors is critical for the prevention of excess application of magnetic resonance imaging and biopsy as well as unplanned resection. Although ultrasound, including power Doppler imaging, is an easy, noninvasive, and cost-effective modality for screening soft tissue tumors, few studies have investigated reliable discrimination between benign and malignant soft tissue tumors. METHODS: To establish a modality for discrimination between benign and malignant soft tissue tumors using ultrasound, we extracted the significant risk factors for malignancy based on ultrasound information from 40 malignant and 56 benign pathologically diagnosed soft tissue tumors and established a scoring system based on these risk factors...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Medical Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634742/outcomes-of-coronoid-first-repair-in-terrible-triad-injuries-of-the-elbow
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Junren Zhang, Mark Tan, Ernest Beng Kee Kwek
BACKGROUND: Clinical outcomes of terrible triad injuries (TTIs) of the elbow are historically poor. To date, it is still debatable whether the coronoid needs to be fixed and if so, how and in which sequence. METHODOLOGY: Between 2010 and 2013, 13 patients were treated surgically for acute TTIs of the elbow at a Tertiary Level 1 Trauma Centre by a single surgeon, using a standardized protocol, which included coronoid-brachialis complex fixation via pull-through trans-osseous sutures, radial head fixation or prosthetic replacement and a repair of the lateral ulnar collateral ligament...
June 20, 2017: Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634671/venous-thromboembolism-is-an-independent-predictor-of-mortality-among-patients-with-gastric-cancer
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Harry E Fuentes, D M Oramas, L H Paz, Y Wang, X A Andrade, A J Tafur
BACKGROUND: Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is an independent predictor of death among patients with cancer. Patients with gastric cancer (GC) are at higher risk for VTE when compared to other solid tumors, and if one considers its prevalence, GC may be responsible for one of the highest incidences of cancer-associated thrombosis. The impact of VTE on mortality is not well defined among patients with GC. AIM: The aim of this study is to measure the impact of VTE as independent predictor of GC mortality...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634656/patient-reported-eortc-qlq-cipn20-versus-physician-reported-ctcae-quantification-of-oxaliplatin-and-paclitaxel-carboplatin-induced-peripheral-neuropathy-in-ncctg-alliance-clinical-trials
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Jennifer Le-Rademacher, Rahul Kanwar, Drew Seisler, Deirdre R Pachman, Rui Qin, Alexej Abyzov, Kathryn J Ruddy, Michaela S Banck, Ellen M Lavoie Smith, Susan G Dorsey, Neil K Aaronson, Jeff Sloan, Charles L Loprinzi, Andreas S Beutler
PURPOSE: Clinical practice guidelines on chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) use the NCI Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (CTCAE), while recent clinical trials employ a potentially superior measure, the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire-CIPN twenty-item scale (QLQ-CIPN20), a patient-reported outcome (PRO). Practitioners and researchers lack guidance, regarding how QLQ-CIPN20 results relate to the traditional CTCAE during the serial assessment of patients undergoing chemotherapy...
June 20, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634540/improvement-of-walking-ability-during-postoperative-rehabilitation-with-the-hybrid-assistive-limb-after-total-knee-arthroplasty-a-randomized-controlled-study
#17
Yohei Tanaka, Hiroyuki Oka, Shuichi Nakayama, Takaaki Ueno, Ko Matsudaira, Toshiki Miura, Kiyokazu Tanaka, Sakae Tanaka
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to compare the efficacies of rehabilitation with the hybrid assistive limb and conventional rehabilitation after total knee arthroplasty. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 37 consecutive patients who underwent primary total knee arthroplasty for knee osteoarthritis were enrolled. Seven patients withdrew from the study after randomization, and 30 patients (hybrid assistive limb group: n = 16; conventional group: n = 14) completed the randomized controlled trial...
2017: SAGE Open Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634520/effect-of-heartfulness-meditation-on-burnout-emotional-wellness-and-telomere-length-in-health-care-professionals
#18
Jayaram Thimmapuram, Robert Pargament, Kedesha Sibliss, Rodney Grim, Rosana Risques, Erik Toorens
Background: Burnout poses significant challenges during training years in residency and later in the career. Meditation is a tool to treat stress-related conditions and promote wellness. Telomere length may be affected by burnout and stress. However, the benefits of meditation have not been fully demonstrated in health care professionals. Objective: We assessed the effects of a 12-week 'Heartfulness Meditation' program on burnout, emotional wellness, and telomere length in residents, faculty members, and nurses at a large community teaching hospital during the 2015-16 academic year...
January 2017: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634361/uridine-ameliorates-dextran-sulfate-sodium-dss-induced-colitis-in-mice
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Manish Kumar Jeengar, Dinesh Thummuri, Mattias Magnusson, V G M Naidu, Srinivas Uppugunduri
Uridine, one of the four components that comprise RNA, has attracted attention as a novel therapeutic modulator of inflammation. However, very little is known about its effect on intestinal inflammation. The aim of the present study was to investigate the potential protective effect of intracolonic administered uridine against DSS induced colitis in male C57BL/6 mice. Intracolonic instillation of 3 doses of uridine 1 mg/Kg (lower dose), 5 mg/Kg (medium dose), and 10 mg/Kg (higher dose) in saline was performed daily...
June 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634136/tongxie-formula-reduces-symptoms-of-irritable-bowel-syndrome
#20
Heng Fan, Liang Zheng, Yaoliang Lai, Weimin Lu, Zhixiang Yan, Qi Xiao, Baiwen Li, Min Tang, Dawei Huang, Yuanyuan Wang, Zhen Li, Yuwei Mei, Zhengyan Jiang, Xingxing Liu, Qing Tang, Dongmei Zuo, Jingyi Ye, Yongqiang Yang, Huisuo Huang, Zongxiang Tang, Jun Xiao
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the most common chronic gastrointestinal disorder, yet few drugs are effective in reducing symptoms. Approximately 50% of patients with IBS attempt herbal therapy at least once. We performed a randomized controlled trial to compare the efficacy of the herb formulation tongxie vs placebo or pinaverium (an antispasmodic agent) in reducing symptoms of IBS. METHODS: We performed a trial of 1044 adult patients with IBS (based on Rome III criteria) at 5 hospitals in China, from August 2012 through January 2015...
June 17, 2017: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
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