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  1. Antimicrobial Activity of Geranium Oil against Clinical Strains<em> em>of <em>Staphylococcus aureusem>

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    Monika Sienkiewicz

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this work was to investigate the antibacterial properties of geranium oil obtained from <em>Pelargonium graveolensem> Ait. (family <em>Geraniaceae>, against one standard <em>S. aureus em>strain ATCC 433000 and seventy clinical <em>S. aureusem> strains. The agar dilution method was used for assessment of bacterial growth inhibition at various concentrations of geranium oil. Susceptibility testing of the clinical strains to antibiotics was carried out using the disk-diffusion and E-test methods. The results of our experiment showed that the oil from <em>P. graveolensem> has strong activity against all of the clinical <em>S. aureusem> isolates—including multidrug resistant strains, MRSA strains and MLSB-positive strains—exhibiting MIC values of 0.25–2.50 μL/mL.

  2. Quantificação do stone clinic effect em pacientes com nefrolitíase Quantification of the stone clinic effect in patients with nephrolithiasis

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    Maurício Carvalho

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available O termo stone clinic effect refere-se ao efeito do aumento da ingestão hídrica e aconselhamento dietético na evolução clínica da doença calculosa renal. OBJETIVO: O nosso objetivo foi quantificar esta variável em pacientes portadores de nefrolitíase. MÉTODOS: Vinte e cinco pacientes (11 mulheres e 14 homens; 47,64±10,55 anos com nefrolitíase recorrente foram acompanhados com consultas trimestrais por um ano. Orientações sobre aumento da ingestão hídrica, diminuição do consumo de sal e proteína foram rotineiramente fornecidas. Nenhum paciente foi submetido à terapia farmacológica. Foram coletados no início (S1 e no final do seguimento (S2 os seguintes parâmetros: atividade clínica e radiológica da doença litiásica, urina de 24 horas com dosagem de creatinina, cálcio, sódio, ácido úrico, citrato, oxalato e magnésio. A supersaturação (SS para o oxalato de cálcio foi calculada pelo índice de Tiselius. RESULTADOS: Onze (44% pacientes apresentaram hipocitratúria, nove (36% hipercalciúria e cinco (20% hiperuricosúria. Houve aumento do volume urinário (1903±811 vs 2381±919 ml/dia, pBACKGROUND: The ''stone clinic effect'' refers to the effect of encouraging a high intake of fluid and diet counseling in the clinical evolution of kidney stone disease. Objective: Our objective was to determine the extent of this variable in patients with nephrolithiasis. METHODS: Twenty-five patients (11 female and 14 male; 47.64±10.55 years old with recurrent nephrolithiasis were prospectively followed for one year, with 3-month interval medical evaluation. Patients were advised to increase the fluid intake, and to limit the intake of salt and protein. No patient was submitted to pharmacological therapy. Two 24-hour urine samples were collected at baseline (S1 and in the end of follow-up (S2 for the measurement of creatinine, calcium, sodium, uric acid, citrate, oxalate and magnesium. Metabolic and radiological activity was also

  3. Clinical Relevance of <em>CDH1em> and <em>CDH13em> DNA-Methylation in Serum of Cervical Cancer Patients

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    Günther K. Bonn

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available This study was designed to investigate the DNA-methylation status of <em>E>-cadherin (<em>CDH1em> and <em>H>-cadherin (<em>CDH13em> in serum samples of cervical cancer patients and control patients with no malignant diseases and to evaluate the clinical utility of these markers. DNA-methylation status of <em>CDH1em> and <em>CDH13em> was analyzed by means of MethyLight-technology in serum samples from 49 cervical cancer patients and 40 patients with diseases other than cancer. To compare this methylation analysis with another technique, we analyzed the samples with a denaturing high performance liquid chromatography (DHPLC PCR-method. The specificity and sensitivity of <em>CDH1em> DNA-methylation measured by MethyLight was 75% and 55%, and for <em>CDH13em> DNA-methylation 95% and 10%. We identified a specificity of 92.5% and a sensitivity of only 27% for the <em>CDH1em> DHPLC-PCR analysis. Multivariate analysis showed that serum <em>CDH1em> methylation-positive patients had a 7.8-fold risk for death (95% CI: 2.2–27.7; <em>p> = 0.001 and a 92.8-fold risk for relapse (95% CI: 3.9–2207.1; <em>p> = 0.005. We concluded that the serological detection of <em>CDH1em> and <em>CDH13em> DNA-hypermethylation is not an ideal diagnostic tool due to low diagnostic specificity and sensitivity. However, it was validated that <em>CDH1em> methylation analysis in serum samples may be of potential use as a prognostic marker for cervical cancer patients.

  4. <em>In Vitro em>and <em>in em>Vivo> Antitumor Effect of Trachylobane-360, a Diterpene from<em> Xylopia langsdorffianaem>

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    João Carlos Lima Rodrigues Pita

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Trachylobane-360 (<em>ent>-7α-acetoxytrachyloban-18-oic acid was isolated from <em>Xylopia langsdorffianaem>. Studies have shown that it has weak cytotoxic activity against tumor and non-tumor cells. This study investigated the <em>in vitroem>> em>and <em>in vivoem> antitumor effects of trachylobane-360, as well as its cytotoxicity in mouse erythrocytes. In order to evaluate the <em>in vivoem> toxicological aspects related to trachylobane-360 administration, hematological, biochemical and histopathological analyses of the treated animals were performed. The compound exhibited a concentration-dependent effect in inducing hemolysis with HC50 of 273.6 µM, and a moderate <em>in vitroem>> em>concentration-dependent inhibitory effect on the proliferation of sarcoma 180 cells with IC50 values of 150.8 µM and 150.4 µM, evaluated by the trypan blue exclusion test and MTT reduction assay, respectively. The <em>in vivoem> inhibition rates of sarcoma 180 tumor development were 45.60, 71.99 and 80.06% at doses of 12.5 and 25 mg/kg of trachylobane-360 and 25 mg/kg of 5-FU, respectively. Biochemical parameters were not altered. Leukopenia was observed after 5-FU treatment, but this effect was not seen with trachylobane-360 treatment. The histopathological analysis of liver and kidney showed that both organs were mildly affected by trachylobane-360 treatment. Trachylobane-360 showed no immunosuppressive effect. In conclusion, these data reinforce the anticancer potential of this natural diterpene.

  5. Short and Long-Term Effects of <em>Baccharis articulataem> on Glucose Homeostasis

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    Flávio H. Reginatto

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available In this study, the<em> in vivoem> effect of the crude extract and <em>n>-butanol and aqueous residual fractions of <em>Baccharis articulataem> (Lam. Pers. on serum glucose levels, insulin secretion and liver and muscle glycogen content, as well as<em> in vitroem> action on serum intestinal disaccharidase activity and albumin glycation were investigated. Oral administration of the extract and fractions reduced glycemia in hyperglycemic rats. Additionally, the <em>n>-butanol fraction, which has high flavonoids content, stimulated insulin secretion, exhibiting an insulinogenic index similar to that of glipizide. Also, the <em>n>-butanol fraction treatment significantly increased glycogen content in both liver and muscle tissue. <em>In vitroem> incubation with the crude extract and <em>n>-butanol and aqueous residual fractions inhibited maltase activity and the formation of advanced glycation end-products (AGEs. Thus, the results demonstrated that <em>B. articulataem> exhibits a significant antihyperglycemic and insulin-secretagogue role. These effects on the regulation of glucose homeostasis observed for <em>B. articulataem> indicate potential anti-diabetic properties.

  6. Effects of <em>Citrus aurantiumem> (Bitter Orange Fruit Extracts and <em>p>-Synephrine on Metabolic Fluxes in the Rat Liver

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    Rosane Marina Peralta

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available The fruit extracts of <em>Citrus aurantiumem> (bitter orange are traditionally used as weight-loss products and as appetite supressants. An important fruit component is <em>p>-synephrine, which is structurally similar to the adrenergic agents. Weight-loss and adrenergic actions are always related to metabolic changes and this work was designed to investigate a possible action of the <em>C. aurantiumem> extract on liver metabolism. The isolated perfused rat liver was used to measure catabolic and anabolic pathways, including oxygen uptake and perfusion pressure. The <em>C. aurantiumem> extract and <em>p>-synephrine increased glycogenolysis, glycolysis, oxygen uptake and perfusion pressure. These changes were partly sensitive to a- and b-adrenergic antagonists. <em>p>-Synephrine (200 mM produced an increase in glucose output that was only 15% smaller than the increment caused by the extract containing 196 mM <em>p>-synephrine. At low concentrations the <em>C. aurantiumem> extract tended to increase gluconeogenesis, but at high concentrations it was inhibitory, opposite to what happened with <em>p>-synephrine. The action of the <em>C. aurantiumem> extract on liver metabolism is similar to the well known actions of adrenergic agents and can be partly attributed to its content in <em>p>-synephrine. Many of these actions are catabolic and compatible with the weight-loss effects usually attributed to <em>C. aurantiumem>.

  7. Fluorescent Nanoprobes Dedicated to <em>in Vivo em>Imaging: From Preclinical Validations to Clinical Translation

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    Isabelle Texier

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available With the fast development, in the last ten years, of a large choice of set-ups dedicated to routine <em>in vivoem> measurements in rodents, fluorescence imaging techniques are becoming essential tools in preclinical studies. Human clinical uses for diagnostic and image-guided surgery are also emerging. In comparison to low-molecular weight organic dyes, the use of fluorescent nanoprobes can improve both the signal sensitivity (better <em>in vivoem> optical properties and the fluorescence biodistribution (passive “nano” uptake in tumours for instance. A wide range of fluorescent nanoprobes have been designed and tested in preclinical studies for the last few years. They will be reviewed and discussed considering the obstacles that need to be overcome for their potential everyday use in clinics. The conjugation of fluorescence imaging with the benefits of nanotechnology should open the way to new medical applications in the near future.

  8. Developing Effective Clinical Trainers

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    Kevin Khamarko

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Continuing education and training provides a means to improve performance among health care professionals (HCP. Research shows, however, that continuing professional education activities have inconsistent effects on HCP competence, performance, and patient health outcomes. Furthermore, the trainer’s role as a facilitator of knowledge translation (KT has been understudied. To understand how clinical trainers support their trainees in translating what they learned into practice, we conducted 16 in-depth interviews with expert trainers. These interviews yielded a variety of KT-enhancing strategies, including tailoring training activities to their trainees’ needs. In addition, participants recommended trainers familiarize themselves with their trainees’ work environments, be able to identify their knowledge deficits, and devote time to provide trainees with post-training support. Creating an effective training, one that leads to transfer, requires active planning, communication, and command of the training topic by skilled trainers.

  9. Clinical evaluation of the effects of low-intensity laser (GaAlAs on wound healing after gingivoplasty in humans Avaliação clínica dos efeitos do laser em baixa intensidade (GaAlAs na cicatrização de gengivoplastia em humanos

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    Carla Andreotti Damante

    2004-06-01

    Full Text Available Low-intensity laser therapy aims at pain suppression, edema reduction and acceleration of wound healing. The main goal of this study was to clinically evaluate the effects of Aluminum Gallium Arsenate laser - 670nm in wound healing after gingivoplasty in 11 patients. Surgery was performed in anterior superior and/or inferior regions. The right side of the patient (test group received a laser energy density of 4J/cm², in a 48-hour interval, during one week, totalizing four sessions. The irradiation was punctual in a contact mode in three points. The left side did not receive irradiation (control group. Clinical evaluation was performed by five specialists in periodontology through photography of the treated areas at post-surgical periods of 7, 15, 21,30,60 days. The observers pointed the best healed side. The Sign test was used for statistical analysis with a confidence level of 5% (P0.05. These results have shown that low-intensity laser therapy did not accelerate oral mucosa healing after gingivoplasty.A terapia com laser em baixa intensidade visa a biomodulação dos tecidos para se obter supressão da dor, redução do edema, e aceleração da cicatrização. O objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar, clinicamente, os efeitos do laser diodo de arseneto de gálio e alumínio (GaAlAs - 670nm- na cicatrização de gengivoplastias em 11 pacientes. As cirurgias foram realizadas nas regiões anteriores superior e/ou inferior. O lado direito (teste foi irradiado, na forma pontual, com 4J/cm² por ponto, em três locais diferentes. A aplicação do laser foi feita a cada 48h, durante uma semana, totalizando quatro sessões. O lado esquerdo (controle não foi irradiado. A avaliação clínica foi feita por cinco periodontistas, através de fotografias dos períodos pós-operatórios de 7,15,21, 30 e 60 dias. Os examinadores apontaram o lado mais bem cicatrizado ou se ambos estavam iguais. Para análise estatística dos dados clínicos, foi utilizado o

  10. Effect of Dieckol, a Component of <em>Ecklonia cavaem>, on the Promotion of Hair Growth

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    Sang-Cheol Kim

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available This study was conducted to evaluate the effect of <em>Ecklonia cavaem>, a marine alga native to Jeju Island in Korea, on the promotion of hair growth. When vibrissa follicles were cultured in the presence of <em>E. cavaem> enzymatic extract (which contains more than 35% of dieckol for 21 days, <em>E. cavaem> enzymatic extract increased hair-fiber length. In addition, after topical application of the 0.5% <em>E. cavaem> enzymatic extract onto the back of C57BL/6 mice, anagen progression of the hair-shaft was induced. The treatment with <em>E. cavaem> enzymatic extract resulted in the proliferation of immortalized vibrissa dermal papilla cells (DPC. Especially, dieckol, among the isolated compounds from the <em>E. cavaem> enzymatic extract, showed activity that increased the proliferation of DPC. When NIH3T3 fibroblasts were treated with the <em>E. cavaem> enzymatic extract and the isolated compounds from the <em>E. cava> enzymatic extract, the <em>E. cavaem> enzymatic extract increased the proliferation of NIH3T3 fibroblasts, but the isolated compounds such as eckol, dieckol, phloroglucinol and triphlorethol-A did not affect the proliferation of NIH3T3 fibroblasts. On the other hand, the <em>E. cavaem> enzymatic extract and dieckol significantly inhibited 5α-reductase activity. These results suggest that dieckol from <em>E. cavaem> can stimulate hair growth by the proliferation of DPC and/or the inhibition of 5α-reductase activity.

  11. Effect of sociodemographic, clinical-prophylactic and therapeutic procedures on survival of AIDS patients assisted in a Brazilian outpatient clinic Efeitos de fatores sociodemográficos, clínico-profiláticos e terapêuticos na sobrevida de pacientes com aids acompanhados em uma unidade ambulatorial brasileira

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    Dario José Hart Pontes Signorini

    2005-09-01

    Full Text Available The Brazilian AIDS Program offers free and universal access to antiretroviral therapy. This study investigates the influence of sociodemographic, clinical-prophylactic and therapeutic factors on survival, after AIDS diagnosis, in an open cohort of 1,420 patients assisted in a university hospital in the city of Rio de Janeiro (1995 _ 2002. Kaplan-Meier and Cox proportional hazards models were used to estimate the effect of variables in the three dimensions studied. The overall survival time of the upper quartile was 24 months (CI95%= 20.5-27.5, increasing from 14 months, in 1995, to 46 months, in 1998. We found a protective effect of heterosexual behavior against death that could be attributed to the increasing female-to-male sex ratio in the cohort, which coincided with the time of therapy introduction. Low schooling, hospital admission and lack of follow-up were identified as risk factors for death; PCP and Toxoplasmosis prophylaxis were protective. The number of attempts required to consolidate the antiretroviral therapy showed no significant effect on survival. The full model, which includes the number of antiretroviral drugs in the regimen, confirmed the triple therapy as the best regimen. This study brings important information for designing guidelines to deal with different aspects related to the practical management of patients and their behavior, thus contributing to the success of the program of free access to antiretroviral therapy implemented in Brazil.O programa Brasileiro de DST/AIDS oferece acesso livre e universal à terapia anti-retroviral. Este estudo investiga a influência dos fatores sociodemográficos, clínico-profiláticos e terapêuticos na sobrevida, após o diagnóstico de AIDS, em uma coorte aberta de 1.420 pacientes atendida em hospital universitário na Cidade do Rio de Janeiro (1995-2002. Kaplan-Meier e modelo de risco proporcional de Cox foram usados para estimar os efeitos das variáveis nas três dimens

  12. CLINICAL EVALUATION OF FENILBUTAZONE IN CATTLE AVALIAÇÃO CLÍNICA DA FENILBUTAZONA EM BOVINOS

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    Vanessa Veronese Ortunho

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available This article is presenting results of a clinical trial where fenilbutazone was used in cattle. The trial took place in some farms at Londrina region, Parana Sate, Brazil. The drug was indicated against diverse inflammatory processes, as well in emergencies and programmed post-surgery situations. The animal recuperation period was the evaluation criteria for the drug efficacy, also like possible toxic effects. With this procedure, was possible to evaluate the drug clinical efficacy. Certainly the product has a great potential for the Veterinary market, not just because of it therapeutic efficiency, but also because of it exclusive prescription for any domestic animals, including cattle. KEY WORDS: Clinical study, fenilbutazona, cattle. Apresentam-se resultados de um ensaio clínico utilizando- se a fenilbutazona em bovinos, em estudo realizado tendo como casuística clínica animais atendidos em propriedades rurais localizadas no município de Londrina, estado do Paraná. A partir de processos inflamatórios diversos e de prescrições pós-cirúrgicas emergenciais e programadas, a droga foi avaliada considerando-se, como quesito à discussão, o período de convalescença dos animais, os sinais clíinicos da recuperação deles e os possíves efeitos tóxicos. Com isso, foi possível avaliar o medicamento e a respectiva contribuição à terapêutica veterinária, já que o produto, em questão, é uma preparação exclusiva para uso em animais domésticos, incluindo os bovinos. PALAVRAS-CHAVE: Bovinos, estudo clínico, fenilbutazona.

  13. Communication - An Effective Tool for Implementing ISO 14001/EMS

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    Rachel Damewood; Bowen Huntsman

    2004-04-01

    The Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL) received ISO 14001/EMS certification in June 2002. Communication played an effective role in implementing ISO 14001/EMS at the INEEL. This paper describes communication strategies used during the implementation and certification processes. The INEEL achieved Integrated Safety Management System (ISMS) and Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star status in 2001. ISMS implemented a formal process to plan and execute work. VPP facilitated worker involvement by establishing geographic units at various facilities with employee points of contact and management champions. The INEEL Environmental Management System (EMS) was developed to integrate the environmental functional area into its ISMS and VPP. Since the core functions of ISMS, VPP, and EMS are interchangeable, they were easy to integrate. Communication is essential to successfully implement an EMS. (According to ISO 14001 requirements, communication interacts with 12 other elements of the requirements.) We developed communication strategies that integrated ISMS, VPP, and EMS. For example, the ISMS, VPP, and EMS Web sites communicated messages to the work force, such as “VPP emphasizes the people side of doing business, ISMS emphasizes the system side of doing business, and EMS emphasizes the systems to protect the environment; but they all define work, identify and analyze hazards, and mitigate the hazards.” As a result of this integration, the work force supported and implemented the EMS. In addition, the INEEL established a cross-functional communication team to assist with implementing the EMS. The team included members from the Training and Communication organizations, VPP office, Pollution Prevention, Employee and Media Relations, a union representative, facility environmental support, and EMS staff. This crossfunctional team used various communication strategies to promote our EMS to all organization levels and successfully implemented EMS

  14. Effect Size in Clinical Phonology

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    Gierut, Judith A.; Morrisette, Michele L.

    2011-01-01

    The purpose of this article is to motivate the use of effect size (ES) for single-subject research in clinical phonology, with an eye towards meta-analyses of treatment effects for children with phonological disorders. Standard mean difference (SMD) is introduced and illustrated as one ES well suited to the multiple baseline (MBL) design and…

  15. Fluid heating system (SAF®: effects on clinical and biochemistry parameters in dogs submitted to inhalatory anesthesia Sistema de aquecimento de fluidos (SAF®: efeitos sobre parâmetros clínicos e bioquímica sérica em cadelas sob anestesia inalatória

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    Ingrid Bueno Atayde

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To evaluate and describe immediate effects of the infusion of saline solution heated by SAF® in bitches submitted to halothane anesthesia. METHODS: Thirteen bitches were employed and submitted to elective ovariohysterectomy in acclimatized operating room at 22ºC, allocated in two groups: GI, which received non-heated fluid and GII, which received fluid heated at 37ºC by SAF®. The following parameters were evaluated in 30-minutes intervals (M0, M30, M60 and M90: rectal and cutaneous temperatures (TR and TC, cardiac and respiratory frequencies (HR and ƒ, mean arterial blood pressure (MAP, serum concentration of urea, creatinin, serum activities of alanin aminotranspherasis (ALT, alkaline phosphatasis (ALP and also hypnosis parameters. RESULTS: There were no significant alterations on clinical and biochemical, but there was group effect on mean arterial blood pressure, urea, ALT, ALP and hypnosis parameters. CONCLUSION: The isolated use of Fluid Heating System (SAF® was not enough to avoid hypothermia or lead to significant clinical and biochemical alterations in bitches submitted to halothane anesthesia.OBJETIVO: Avaliar e descrever os efeitos imediatos da infusão de solução salina 0,9% aquecida pelo SAF® sobre cadelas sob anestesia inalatória. MÉTODOS: Foram utilizadas 13 cadelas submetidas a ovariohisterectomia eletiva em centro cirúrgico climatizado a 22ºC, divididas em dois grupos: GI, que recebeu fluido em temperatura ambiente e GII, que recebeu fluido aquecido a 37ºC pelo SAF®. Os parâmetros clínicos avaliados em intervalos de 30 minutos (M0, M30, M60 e M90 foram: temperatura retal (TR e cutânea (TC, freqüências cardíaca (FR e respiratória (ƒ, pressão arterial média (PAM, tempo de hipnose, concentrações séricas de uréia e creatinina e atividades das enzimas séricas alanina aminotransferase (ALT e fosfatase alcalina (ALP. RESULTADOS: Não foram evidenciadas alterações clínicas e bioqu

  16. Efetividade e segurança dos stents farmacológicos em um serviço de cardiologia em Curitiba-PR Efectividad y seguridad de los Stents farmacológicos en un servicio de cardiología en Curitiba-PR Effectiveness and safety of drug-eluting stents in a cardiology clinic in Curitiba, PR, Brazil

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    Chiu Yun Yu Braga

    2010-07-01

    . De esos pacientes, 85 (41,87% eran asintomáticos, y 146 (71,92%, multiarteriales. En las características de las lesiones, 77,45% fueron B2/C (AHA/ACC. Taxus fue implantado en 73,62% de los pacientes. En 381 (81,96%, se constataron stents con diámetro > 2,5 mm. El largo del stent era de BACKGROUND: The effectiveness and safety of drug-eluting stents (DES have still been questioned. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of these stents, as well as the incidence of target lesion revascularization (TLR, in addition to identifying possible variables influencing the need for TLR. METHODS: A total of 203 patients from Hospital Costantini who were clinically followed up for one to 3 years were selected. RESULTS: The sample characteristics were as follows: 470 lesions; 171 (84.24% male patients; 54 (26.6% had diabetes; 131 (64.35% had hypertension; 127 (62.56%, dyslipidemia; 40 (19.70% were smokers; and 79 (38.92% had a family history of coronary artery disease. Also: 49 (24.14% patients presented with stable angina; 58 (28.57%, unstable angina; and 6 (2.96%, myocardial infarction. Eighty five (41.87% patients were asymptomatic, and 146 (71.92%, had multivessel disease. As for the characteristics of the lesions, 77.45% were B2/C (AHA/ACC. Taxus was implanted in 73.62% of the patients. Stents with diameter > 2.5 mm were used in 381 (81.96% patients. The stent length was < 30 mm in 67.87% of the lesions, with a mean of 2.3 stents per patient. After follow-up, 19 patients (9.3% underwent TLR. Four patients died (1.97%, two of them of MI (0.98%, one of stroke (0.49%, and one of abdominal aneurysm (0.49%. Also, one patient died of late thrombosis (0.49%, and one of reinfarction (0.49%. In the statistical analysis carried out, only the bifurcation lesions variable reached values close to the statistical significance level, with p < 0.06. CONCLUSION: In conclusion, drug-eluting stents have good effectiveness and safety profiles; the

  17. Avaliação dos efeitos adversos clínicos e alterações laboratoriais em pacientes com acne vulgar tratados com isotretinoína oral Evaluation of clinical adverse effects and laboratory alterations in patients with acne vulgaris treated with oral isotretinoin

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    Maria de Fátima de Medeiros Brito

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTOS: A isotretinoína oral revolucionou o manejo da acne. Os efeitos adversos observados, durante o tratamento, são divididos em dois grupos: mucocutâneos e sistêmicos. Anormalidades laboratoriais, principalmente, as dislipidemias e aumento das enzimas hepáticas são relatados. OBJETIVO: Avaliar a tolerabilidade da isotretinoína oral, com atenção, no metabolismo lipídico, função hepática e reações adversas clínicas. MÉTODOS: Foram incluídos 150 pacientes com diagnóstico clínico de acne submetidos a tratamento com isotretinoína oral. Avaliações clínicas e laboratoriais foram feitas, após um mês e a cada três meses, até completar o tratamento. RESULTADOS: Dos 150 pacientes 48% eram do sexo feminino e 52% do sexo masculino. A idade variou de 15 a 32 anos. Quanto aos efeitos adversos cutâneos e mucosos da isotretinoína, queilite foi o mais frequente, ocorrendo em 94% pacientes. Efeitos clínicos sistêmicos foram bem menos comuns. Os níveis de colesterol, triglicerídeos, transaminases, foram avaliados e não mostraram alterações significativas, ao longo do tratamento. CONCLUSÃO: Os pacientes apresentaram efeitos adversos, compatíveis com os da literatura, e, em sua maioria, controlados com medicações sintomáticas. Podemos concluir que a isotretinoína é uma droga segura, em relação a seus efeitos adversos, tanto clínicos como laboratoriais.BACKGROUND: Oral isotretinoin therapy has completely changed the treatment of acne. The clinical adverse effects of isotretinoin are classified into two groups: mucocutaneous and systemic toxic. Laboratory alterations such as dyslipidemia and increase of hepatic enzymes are reported. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the tolerability of oral isotretinoin with special attention to lipid metabolism, hepatic function, and clinical adverse reactions. METHODS: 150 patients clinically diagnosed with acne being treated with oral isotretinoin were included in the study. Clinical and

  18. Clinical effects of sulphite additives.

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    Vally, H; Misso, N L A; Madan, V

    2009-11-01

    Sulphites are widely used as preservative and antioxidant additives in the food and pharmaceutical industries. Topical, oral or parenteral exposure to sulphites has been reported to induce a range of adverse clinical effects in sensitive individuals, ranging from dermatitis, urticaria, flushing, hypotension, abdominal pain and diarrhoea to life-threatening anaphylactic and asthmatic reactions. Exposure to the sulphites arises mainly from the consumption of foods and drinks that contain these additives; however, exposure may also occur through the use of pharmaceutical products, as well as in occupational settings. While contact sensitivity to sulphite additives in topical medications is increasingly being recognized, skin reactions also occur after ingestion of or parenteral exposure to sulphites. Most studies report a 3-10% prevalence of sulphite sensitivity among asthmatic subjects following ingestion of these additives. However, the severity of these reactions varies, and steroid-dependent asthmatics, those with marked airway hyperresponsiveness, and children with chronic asthma, appear to be at greater risk. In addition to episodic and acute symptoms, sulphites may also contribute to chronic skin and respiratory symptoms. To date, the mechanisms underlying sulphite sensitivity remain unclear, although a number of potential mechanisms have been proposed. Physicians should be aware of the range of clinical manifestations of sulphite sensitivity, as well as the potential sources of exposure. Minor modifications to diet or behaviour lead to excellent clinical outcomes for sulphite-sensitive individuals.

  19. Efeito do incentivo alimentício sobre o desfecho do tratamento de pacientes com tuberculose em uma unidade primária de saúde no município de Duque de Caxias, Rio de Janeiro Food baskets given to tuberculosis patients at a primary health care clinic in the city of Duque de Caxias, Brazil: effect on treatment outcomes

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    João Paulo Cantalice Filho

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar os efeitos da distribuição de cestas básicas para pacientes com tuberculose (TB no desfecho do tratamento em uma unidade primária de saúde. MÉTODOS: Estudo retrospectivo, de caráter comparativo, incluindo aspectos médicos e sociais de 142 pacientes de uma unidade primária de saúde da cidade de Duque de Caxias, RJ, divididos em dois grupos: o primeiro incluiu 68 indivíduos tratados com regimes padrão (entre setembro de 2001 e dezembro de 2003, e o segundo incluiu 74 indivíduos tratados com os mesmos regimes e que adicionalmente receberam cestas básicas mensalmente (entre janeiro de 2004 e julho de 2006. RESULTADOS: A comparação estatística entre os grupos revelou um aumento na taxa de cura (69,7% vs. 87,1% e uma acentuada redução na taxa de abandono (30,3% vs. 12,9% com o fornecimento de cestas básicas. CONCLUSÕES: Os resultados indicam que o fornecimento de cestas básicas pode ser útil como estratégia para aumentar a adesão ao tratamento da TB em unidades primárias de saúde.OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect that the distribution of food baskets to tuberculosis (TB patients has on treatment outcomes at a primary health care clinic. METHODS: Retrospective comparative study of the medical and social aspects of 142 patients at a primary health care clinic in the city of Duque de Caxias, Brazil. The patients were divided into two groups: the first group included 68 patients treated with standard regimens (between September of 2001 and December of 2003; and the second group included 74 patients treated with the same regimens but also receiving food baskets on a monthly basis (between January of 2004 and July of 2006. RESULTS: The statistical comparison between the two groups revealed that the cure rate was higher in the group receiving the food baskets (87.1% vs. 69.7%, whereas the rate of noncompliance was markedly lower (12.9% vs. 30.3%. CONCLUSIONS: The results indicate that the distribution of food

  20. Effects of Yeast Polysaccharide on Growth and Flavonoid Accumulation in <em>Fagopyrum tataricumem> Sprout Cultures

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    Gang Zhao

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of yeast polysaccharide (YPS on growth and flavonoid accumulation in sprout cultures of <em>Fagopyrum tataricum em>(tartary buckwheat. Without obvious change in the appearance of the sprouts, the exogenous YPS notably stimulated the production of functional metabolites in <em>F. tataricum em>sprouts, and the stimulation effect was concentration-dependent. With 400 mg/L of YPS applied to the sprout cultures on day 6, the total rutin and quercentin content was effectively increased to 42.8 mg/gdw, or about 1.4-fold in comparison with the control of 31.2 mg/gdw. Feeding with 800 mg/L of YPS on day 9, the sprouts biomass was increased by about 8% compared to the control culture (0.99 gdw/100 sprouts <em>versus em>0.92 gdw/100 sprouts. Moreover, the present study revealed that the accumulation of these bioactive metabolites resulted from the stimulation of the phenylpropanoid pathway by YPS treatment. It could be an effective strategy for improving the functional quality of the <em>F. tataricum em>sprouts provided with YPS.

  1. Antibacterial and Synergy of Berberines with Antibacterial Agents against Clinical Multi-Drug Resistant Isolates of Methicillin-Resistant <em>Staphylococcus aureus em>(MRSA

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    Zhong-Qi Bian

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Antibacterial activity of berberine (Ber and 8-acetonyl-dihydroberberine (A-Ber alone and combined uses with antibacterial agents ampicillin (AMP, azithromycin (AZM, cefazolin (CFZ and levofloxacin (LEV was studied on 10 clinical isolates of SCCmec III type methicillin-resistant <em>Staphylococcus aureus em>(MRSA. Susceptibility to each agent alone was tested using a broth microdilution method and the chequerboard and time-kill tests for the combined evaluations, respectively.<em> em>The alone MICs/MBCs (mg/mL ranges were 32–128/64–256 (Ber and 32-128/128-512 (A-Ber. Significant synergies were observed for the Ber (A-Ber/AZM and Ber (A-Ber/LEV combinations against 90% of the tested MRSA strains, with fractional inhibitory concentration indices (FICIs values ranged  from 0.188 to 0.500. An additivity result was also observed for the Ber/AZM combination by time-kill curves. These results demonstrated for the first time that Ber and A-Ber enhanced the <em>in vitroem> inhibitory efficacy of AZM and LEV to a same extent, which had potential for further investigation in combinatory therapeutic applications of patients infected with MRSA.

  2. Effects of the low-intensity red laser radiation on the fluoride uptake in enamel. A clinical trial; Avaliacao dos efeitos da radiacao laser de emissao vermelha em baixa intensidade na incorporacao de fluor no esmalte. Estudo clinico

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    Nakasone, Regina Keiko

    2004-07-01

    Fluoride has been the most important preventive method on development of the caries. This in vivo study evaluated the effects of low-intensity red laser radiation on the fluoride uptake in enamel. Ten healthy participants were recruited for this study. The two maxillary central incisors of each volunteer to be biopsied were used and divided into 4 groups: group G{sub C} (control, which was untreated; group G{sub F} (fluoride), which received topical acidulated phosphate fluoride (APF) 1,23% treatment for 4 minutes; group G{sub LF} (laser + fluoride), which was irradiated with a low-intensity diode laser ({lambda}= 660 nm and dose= 6 J/cm{sup 2}) with APF application after irradiation and group G{sub FL} (fluoride + laser), which received APF before irradiation using the same parameters as G{sub LF}. The determination of fluoride was performed using a fluoride ion electrode after an acid-etch enamel biopsy. The results show a significant increase of the fluoride uptake in enamel for groups G{sub F}, G{sub LF} and G{sub FL} when compared to control group. Although a percentage increase of 57% was observed for G{sub LF} with respect to G{sub F}, there were no statistical differences among treated groups. These findings suggest that low-intensity laser radiation used before APF could be employed in the clinical practice to prevent dental caries. (author)

  3. Dispositivos clínicos em hospital geral Clinical dispositives in the general hospital

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    Ana Cleide Guedes Moreira

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho participa de investigação sobre a inserção da Psicanálise no campo institucional e hospitalar de saúde, objetivando formular contribuições, a partir da clínica da melancolia e dos estados depressivos, para a construção de dispositivos clínicos em hospital geral do Sistema Único de Saúde.This paper is a part of a research project that investigates the insertion of Psychoanalysis into the health institutional field and hospitals; the objective is to formulate contributions from the clinic of melancholic and depressive states to the construction of clinical dispositives in general hospital of the "Sistema Único de Saúde (Unified Health System.

  4. Conflito de interesses em pesquisa clínica Conflict of interests in clinical research

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    Elaine Maria de Oliveira Alves

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    Full Text Available Na pesquisa clínica há um grande potencial para o conflito de interesses e, mesmo para o pesquisador, a identificação desses conflitos pode não ser muito clara. Há muitos aspectos a serem considerados, com implicações que atingem todos os agentes que participam do processo: o sujeito da pesquisa, o pesquisador, a instituição onde a pesquisa é realizada, o patrocinador, os comitês de ética, as agências reguladoras, a comunidade científica e a sociedade em geral. A conclusão é que os conflitos de interesses são generalizados e inevitáveis na vida acadêmica. O desafio não é erradicá-los, mas reconhecê-los e manejá-los adequadamente. A única prática aceitável é que sejam expostos claramente e que todas as pesquisas em seres humanos passem pelo crivo dos comitês de ética em pesquisa.In clinical research there is a real possibility to have some conflict of interests. Even for the researcher, the identification of these conflicts cannot be clear. There are many aspects to be considered, involving all participants of the process: the research subject, the researcher, the institution where the research is carried through, the sponsor, the ethics committees, the regulating agencies, the scientific community and the society. The conclusion is that conflicts of interests are common and inevitable in the academic field. The challenge is not to eradicate them, but to recognize them and to manage them properly. The only acceptable way to do this is to expose clearly the conflicts of interests and always to submit the clinical research projects to the ethics committees.

  5. Uncertainty sources in radiopharmaceuticals clinical studies; Fontes de incertezas em estudos clinicos com radiofarmacos

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    Degenhardt, Aemilie Louize; Oliveira, Silvia Maria Velasques de, E-mail: silvia@cnen.gov.br, E-mail: amilie@bolsista.ird.gov.br [Instituto de Radioprotecao e Dosimetria, (IRD/CNEN-RJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

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    The radiopharmaceuticals should be approved for consumption by evaluating their quality, safety and efficacy. Clinical studies are designed to verify the pharmacodynamics, pharmacological and clinical effects in humans and are required for assuring safety and efficacy. The Bayesian analysis has been used for clinical studies effectiveness evaluation. This work aims to identify uncertainties associated with the process of production of the radionuclide and radiopharmaceutical labelling as well as the radiopharmaceutical administration and scintigraphy images acquisition and processing. For the development of clinical studies in the country, the metrological chain shall assure the traceability of the surveys performed in all phases. (author)

  6. Immediate effect of nonspecific mandibular mobilization on postural control in subjects with temporomandibular disorder: a single-blind, randomized, controlled clinical trial Efeito imediato da mobilização mandibular inespecífica sobre o controle postural em indivíduos com disfunção temporomandibular: ensaio clínico controlado, randomizado, simples cego

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    Ana P. Amaral

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Temporomandibular disorder (TMD is considered multifactorial and is defined as a group of pain conditions characterized by functional stomatognathic system alterations, which may be affected by or related disrupted postural control. OBJECTIVE: Assess the immediate effect of nonspecific mandibular mobilization (NMM on the postural control of subjects diagnosed or not with TMD. METHOD: A simple-blind, randomized, controlled clinical trial was performed involving 50 subjects of both genders assigned to two groups: the TMD group and the control group. TMD was diagnosed according to the Research Diagnostic Criteria for Temporomandibular Disorders (RDC/TMD. A stabilometric assessment was performed by testing subjects in a quiet stance on a dual force platform under two visual conditions (eyes open and eyes closed. The Center of Pressure (CoP-related variables analyzed were displacement, amplitude, speed of anterior-posterior (AP and medial-lateral (ML displacements and CoP sway area. The mean values of each variable were compared, considering the accepted significance value of p CONTEXTUALIZAÇÃO: A disfunção temporomandibular (DTM é considerada multifatorial e se define como um grupo de condições dolorosas que se caracteriza por apresentar alterações funcionais do sistema estomatognático que podem estar relacionadas à perturbação ou a uma contribuição em relação ao controle da postura. OBJETIVO: Verificar o efeito imediato da mobilização mandibular inespecífica (MMI sobre o controle postural em indivíduos com e sem diagnóstico de DTM. MÉTODO: Realizou-se um ensaio clinico controlado, randomizado, simples cego, com 50 indivíduos de ambos os gêneros, alocados em dois grupos: grupo DTM e grupo controle, diagnosticados segundo o RDC/TMD. Realizou-se uma avaliação estabilométrica com os indivíduos sobre uma plataforma de força, em duas condições visuais: olhos abertos e fechados. As variáveis referentes ao

  7. Effect of Calcium and Potassium on Antioxidant System of <em>Vicia fabaem> L. Under Cadmium Stress

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    Hayssam M. Ali

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Cadmium (Cd in soil poses a major threat to plant growth and productivity. In the present experiment, we studied the effect of calcium (Ca2+ and/or potassium (K+ on the antioxidant system, accumulation of proline (Pro, malondialdehyde (MDA, and content of photosynthetic pigments, cadmium (Cd and nutrients, <em>i.e.>, Ca2+ and K+ in leaf of <em>Vicia faba em>L. (cv. TARA under Cd stress. Plants grown in the presence of Cd exhibited reduced growth traits [root length (RL plant−1, shoot length (SL plant−1, root fresh weight (RFW plant−1, shoot fresh weight (SFW plant−1, root dry weight (RDW plant−1 and shoot dry weight (SDW plant−1] and concentration of Ca2+, K+, Chlorophyll (Chl <em>a> and Chl <em>b em>content, except content of MDA, Cd and (Pro. The antioxidant enzymes [peroxidase (POD and superoxide dismutase (SOD] slightly increased as compared to control under Cd stress. However, a significant improvement was observed in all growth traits and content of Ca2+, K+, Chl <em>a>, Chl <em>b em>,Pro and activity of antioxidant enzymes catalase (CAT, POD and SOD in plants subjected to Ca2+ and/or K+. The maximum alleviating effect was recorded in the plants grown in medium containing Ca2+ and K+ together. This study indicates that the application of Ca2+ and/or K+ had a significant and synergistic effect on plant growth. Also, application of Ca2+ and/or K+ was highly effective against the toxicity of Cd by improving activity of antioxidant enzymes and solute that led to the enhanced plant growth of faba bean plants.

  8. Effectiveness of emWave biofeedback in improving heart rate variability reactivity to and recovery from stress.

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    Whited, Amanda; Larkin, Kevin T; Whited, Matthew

    2014-06-01

    The current study examined the efficacy of heart rate variability (HRV) biofeedback using emWave, a publicly available biofeedback device, to determine whether training affected physiological tone and stress responses. Twenty-seven individuals aged 18-30 years were randomized to a treatment or no-treatment control group. Treatment participants underwent 4-8 sessions of emWave intervention, and all participants attended pre-treatment and post-treatment assessment sessions during which acute stressors were administered. Physiological data were collected at rest, during stress, and following stress. emWave treatment did not confer changes in tonic measures of HRV or in HRV recovery following stress. However, treatment participants exhibited higher parasympathetic responses (i.e., pNN50) during stress presentations at the post-treatment session than their control counterparts. No treatment effects were evident on self-reported measures of stress, psychological symptoms, or affect. Overall, results from the current study suggest that the emWave may confer some limited treatment effects by increasing HRV during exposure to stress. Additional development and testing of the emWave treatment protocol is necessary before it can be recommended for regular use in clinical settings, including the determination of what physiological changes are clinically meaningful during HRV biofeedback training.

  9. Effects of Two Varieties of <em>Bacillus thuringiensisem> Maize on the Biology of <em>Plodia interpunctellaem>

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    Jean-Claude Grégoire

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available On the market since 1996, genetically modified plants expressing an insecticidal toxin (Cry toxin stemmed from <em>Bacillus thuringiensisem> target several lepidopteran and coleopteran pests. In this study, we assessed the impact of two varieties of <em>Bt em>maize producing different toxins (Cry1Ab or Cry1Fa, respectively on the biology of a storage pest: <em>Plodia interpunctella em>(Hübner (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae. The Indianmeal moths were susceptible to both toxins but showed an escape behavior only from Cry1Fa. The weight of females issued from larvae reared on Cry1Ab increased with increasing toxin concentration, but adults of both sexes reared on Cry1Fa had decreased weight. Both toxins increased development time from egg to adult regardless of sex and had no impact on the male adult lifespan. Finally, we recorded a time lag between metamorphosis from the non-<em>Bt em>and the <em>Bt em>diets, which increased proportionally to Cry concentration in the <em>Bt em>diet.

  10. Avaliação da efetividade da rede municipal pública de apoio diagnóstico em patologia clínica: o caso de Belo Horizonte (MG Effectiveness assessment of public clinical laboratories: the case of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais State

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    Leyla Gomes Sancho

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Importantes mudanças na organização de redes de laboratórios públicos de patologia clínica vêm ocorrendo sem, no entanto, uma decorrente avaliação de sua efetividade organizacional. O estudo pretendeu determinar um parâmetro da efetividade da rede pública de apoio diagnóstico em patologia clínica do município de Belo Horizonte e determinar os seus pontos de corte para as seções desses laboratórios. Para tanto, se consolidou por seção e pelo conjunto dos laboratórios da rede a produção total realizada e o número de horas trabalhadas durante um período de sete meses no ano de 2008. Foi observada nas seções do conjunto dos laboratórios da rede, decorrente da inscrição dos trabalhadores no modo de produção do setor, uma variabilidade em relação ao desempenho do conjunto dos trabalhadores. O parâmetro de efetividade da rede foi estabelecido em 29,90 exames por hora e o ponto de corte assumido para as seções, como consequência da primeira análise, ficou assim estabelecido: 15,50 para hematologia, 67,29 para bioquímica, 6,45 para parasitologia, 11,35 para urinálise, 4,94 para microbiologia e 19,03 para sorologia. Concluiu-se que o processo de trabalho nos laboratórios pode gerar uma diminuição na sua efetividade, assim como, por decorrência, suscitou a necessidade da implementação da avaliação como um instrumento de gestão no setor.The organization of public clinical laboratories is experiencing changes without, however, an organizational assessment of its effectiveness. The study aimed to determine a parameter of effectiveness for public clinical laboratories of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais State, and set cut-off points for the sections of these laboratories. In order to do so, the total production and number of hours worked during a period of 7 months in the year 2008 were consolidated. Due to the entrance of the workers in the mode of production in the laboratories network, it could be observed a

  11. PENGARUH PENAMBAHAN EFFECTIVE MICROORGANISM-4 (EM-4 PADA PENGOMPOSAN TERHADAP PRODUKSI JAMUR MERANG

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    Adisti Yuliastrin

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    Full Text Available This research was aimed for knowing the influence of  EM-4 (effective microorganism-4 addition and the most effective concentration of EM-4 in compost media for straw mushroom (Volvariella volvacea (Bull. ex Fr. Sing production. The treatment examined the use of EM-4 solution divided into six treatments and four repetitions. EM-4 concentration from 0 ml/l – 12,5 ml/l with an interval increasing of 2,5 ml/l. The addition of 7,5 ml/l – 12,5 ml/l concentration of EM-4 did not give so different result with the control media. Composting with addition of 5 ml/l EM-4 gave the highest straw mushroom production (2272,25 g. Statistically the result showed that the concentrations of EM-4 had no significant effect on the mushroom production.

  12. Protective Effect of Polyphenols Extract of Adlay (<em>Coix lachryma-jobi em>L. var<em>. ma-yuen Stapfem> on Hypercholesterolemia-Induced Oxidative Stress in Rats

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    Xingrong Ju

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available The present study examines the effect of polyphenols extract of adlay (<em>Coix lachryma-jobi em>L. var.<em> ma-yuen Stapfem> (APE on high cholesterol diet fed rats (HCD. APE was orally administrated by gavage at doses of 10, 40 and 200 mg total phenolics/kg body weight of rats once a day for 28 days. At the end of four weeks, serum triglyceride (TG, total cholesterol (TC, low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C and high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C, and markers of oxidative stress <em>viz>., malondialdehyde (MDA, superoxide dismutase (SOD, catalase (CAT and glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px in the serum and liver of HCD and normal rats were assessed and compared. The results showed that administration of APE was significantly effective in decreasing the serum levels of TC, LDL-C and MDA, increasing the serum level of HDL-C and antioxidant capacity. In addition, oral gavage of APE could also increase the antioxidant capacity, CAT and GSH-Px activities in liver. These results suggested that APE exerted a high hypocholesterolemic and antioxidant activities, which might be characterized by a protective effect on cardiovascular health <em>in vivoem>.

  13. Three New Myrsinol Diterpenes from <em>Euphorbia proliferaem> and Their Neuroprotective Activities

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    Yuanqiang Guo

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Three new myrsinol diterpenes were isolated from the roots of<em> em>>Euphorbia proliferaem>. Their structures were elucidated as 2<em>α-O>-isobutyryl-3<em>β>,5<em>α>,7<em>β>,10,15<em>β-penta-O>-acetyl-14<em>α-O>-benzoyl-10,18-dihydromyrsinol (1, 2<em>α-O>-isobutyryl-3<em>β-O>-propion-yl-5<em>α>,7<em>β>,10,15<em>β-tetra-O>-acetyl-10,18-dihydromyrsinol (2, and 2<em>α>,14<em>α-di-O>-benzoyl-3<em>β>,5<em>α>,7<em>β>,10,15<em>β-penta-O>-acetyl-10,18-dihydromyrsinol (3 on the basis of spectroscopic data analyses (IR, ESI-MS, HR-ESI-MS, and 1D and 2D NMR. Their neuroprotective activities were evaluated and compounds 1 and 2 showed neuroprotective effects against MPP+-induced neuronal cell death in SH-SY5Y cells.

  14. Clinical effects of cesium intake.

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    Melnikov, Petr; Zanoni, Lourdes Zélia

    2010-06-01

    The knowledge about cesium metabolism and toxicity is sparse. Oral intake of cesium chloride has been widely promoted on the basis of the hypothesis referred to as "high pH cancer therapy", a complimentary alternative medicine method for cancer treatment. However, no properly confirmed tumor regression was reported so far in all probability because of neither theoretical nor experimental grounds for this proposal. The aim of the present review was to resume and discuss the material currently available on cesium salts and their applications in medicine. The presence of cesium in the cell does not guarantee high pH of its content, and there is no clinical evidence to support the claims that cancer cells are vulnerable to cesium. Cesium is relatively safe; signs of its mild toxicity are gastrointestinal distress, hypotension, syncope, numbness, or tingling of the lips. Nevertheless, total cesium intakes of 6 g/day have been found to produce severe hypokalemia, hypomagnesemia, prolonged QTc interval, episodes of polymorphic ventricular tachycardia, with or without torsade de pointes, and even acute heart arrest. However, full information on its acute and chronic toxicity is not sufficiently known. Health care providers should be aware of the cardiac complications, as a result of careless cesium usage as alternative medicine.

  15. In Vitro Antibacterial Effect of Effective Microorganisms( EM) on Aeromonas hydrophila

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    Zhu; Zhixiu; He; Houjun; Zhang; Wenbo; Wu; Xiangdong; Wan; Gen; Deng; Shunzhou; Liu; Songlin

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    In order to understand in vitro antibacterial effect of antibiotics and EM on Aeromonas hydrophila,14 isolates of A. hydrophila were isolated from diseased fish and aquaculture in the study. PCR amplification results of aerolysin gene( Aero gene) of isolates indicated that 7 out of 14 isolates were pathogenic A.hydrophila. In vitro antibacterial test indicated that 14 isolates were resistance to penicillin G,ampicillin,cephradine,cefazolin,tetracycline,terimethoprim,lincomycin and cephalexin,but showed high sensitivity to cefotaxime and furazolidone. In vitro antibacterial effect of EM on 14 isolates of A. hydrophila was positively correlated with concentration,and EM with the concentration greater than 60% had antibacterial effect on 14 isolates.

  16. Regulating the placebo effect in clinical practice.

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    Chan, Tracey E

    2015-01-01

    Recent research and ethical analysis have forced a clinical and ethical reappraisal of the utility of placebos in medical practice. The main concern of ethics and law is that using placebos in health care involves deception, which is antithetical to patient autonomy and trust in the physician-patient relationship. This article reviews the various, more nuanced scientific conceptions of the placebo effect, and evaluates the ethical and legal objections to deploying placebos in clinical practice. It argues that the placebo effect may be legitimately accommodated on the basis that it does not engage the requirement for material or quasi-fiduciary disclosures of information, and may also be justified by therapeutic privilege. In addition, this reconceptualisation of the placebo effect offers a new justification for therapeutic privilege in these contexts. Notwithstanding this, using the placebo effect in clinical practice raises regulatory issues that will require special regulatory supervision.

  17. Placebo effects: clinical aspects and neurobiology.

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    Oken, Barry S

    2008-11-01

    Placebo effects are beneficial health outcomes not related to the relatively direct biological effects of an intervention and can be elicited by an agent that, by itself, is inert. Understanding these placebo effects will help to improve clinical trial design, especially for interventions such as surgery, CNS-active drugs and behavioural interventions which are often non-blinded. A literature review was performed to retrieve articles discussing placebo implications of clinical trials, the neurobiology of placebo effects and the implications of placebo effect for several disorders of neurological relevance. Recent research in placebo analgesia and other conditions has demonstrated that several neurotransmitter systems, such as opiate and dopamine, are involved with the placebo effect. Brain regions including anterior cingulate cortex, dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and basal ganglia have been activated following administration of placebo. A patient's expectancy of improvement may influence outcomes as much as some active interventions and this effect may be greater for novel interventions and for procedures. Maximizing this expectancy effect is important for clinicians to optimize the health of their patient. There have been many relatively acute placebo studies that are now being extended into clinically relevant models of placebo effect.

  18. Short-term biological variation of clinical chemical values in dumeril's monitors (<em>Varanus dumeriliem>)

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    Bertelsen, Mads Frost; Kjelgaard-Hansen, Mads Jens; Howell, Jennifer R.

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    Plasma biochemical values are routinely used in the medical management of ill reptiles, and for monitoring the health of clinically normal animals. Laboratory tests, including clinical biochemical values, are subject to biological and analytical variation, the magnitude of which determines...... ( Varanus dumerili ). Albumin, cholesterol, phosphate, calcium, sodium, and total protein demonstrated levels of individuality suggesting that comparison of a single measurement to a conventional population-based reference range may be too insensitive to detect small but significant alterations in the value...... two consecutive analytical results that may be safely ascribed to natural variation. In the present study critical difference varied from 7 and 11%, respectively, for sodium and chloride to 75 and 125% for uric acid and AST....

  19. [Clinical significance of the placebo effect].

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    Oeltjenbruns, J; Schäfer, M

    2008-05-01

    Placebo controlled studies examining clinical problems, e.g. in pain therapy, are considered the "gold standard" for evidence-based medicine. In these studies the placebo effect itself is not the main focus of interest, but serves more as a control for the specificity of the effect of a certain treatment. What physicians in this context often do not realize is that the placebo effect itself represents a true measurable correlate of an organism's psycho-neurobiological response and, thereby, influences the healing process, e.g. the pain relief. Placebo is, therefore, not equivalent to "no treatment". The number of placebo responders, the degree and the duration of the placebo effect is not fixed, but are subject to a much greater variability then hitherto believed. The myth that placebo responders have a certain personality has not been proven correct; instead, the relationships between physicians and patients as well as sociocultural factors have a considerable impact on the placebo effect. Psychological theories explain that classical conditioning, enhanced expectation and motivation of the patient determine the degree of the placebo effect. These directly influence neurobiological systems such as the endogenous opioids which according to modern brain imaging are predominantly activated in pain-relevant areas and contribute to the effect of placebo analgesia. Placebo effects that should be deliberately excluded in controlled clinical trials, can be desirable in clinical practice to optimize the total therapeutic effect. This should mean that the context effect of each therapeutic intervention is maximized towards an improved therapeutic effect, as outlined in the recent AWMF guidelines for postoperative pain therapy, but should not include the administration of an inert substance. The latter is controlled by rigorous ethical guidelines and is only permitted in the context of ethically approved controlled clinical trials. A possible alternative is suggested by

  20. Ensaio com sulpiride em esquizofrênicos hospitalizados Clinical trial with sulpiride on schizophrenic in-patients

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    Clóvis Martins

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    Full Text Available Um ensaio terapêutico é feito com sulpiride, substância psicotrópica dada como muito ativa e cujas propriedades permitem enquadrá-la entre os neurolépticos e os timoanalépticos. Foram tratados 24 pacientes internados, com idades que variavam entre 17 e 48 anos, de ambos os sexos (17 masculinos e 7 femininos, todos com o diagnóstico clínico de esquizofrenia e internados em hospital psiquiátrico. O tempo de doença variava de 30 dias a 18 anos. O sulpiride foi aplicado em doses diárias em torno de 1200 mg, predominantemente por via oral. O tratamento durou em média 6 semanas permanecendo a maioria dos casos em observação por alguns meses, sob tratamento de manutenção. Os resultados foram em geral favoráveis, principalmente no que tange aos fenômenos psicóticos sensoperceptivos e delirantes. Não foram assinalados efeitos colaterais ou manifestações colaterais molestas.A therapeutic trial with sulpiride was made, submiting to treatment 24 in-patients of a mental hospital, diagnosed as schizophrenics. The ages are from 17 to 48 years old, 17 males and 7 females. The time of disease was from 30 dayes to 18 years. The drug was given mainly orally on about 1200 mg/die, in a treament of 6 weeks followed in some cases, by several months of observation. The best results were obtained in the sensoperceptive and delusional symptoms. No side effects of importance were detected.

  1. Effect of EM Bokashi application on control of secondary soil salinization

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    Shao Xiaohou; Tan Min; Jiang Ping; Cao Weiling

    2008-01-01

    In order to ameliorate saline-alkaline soil, EM Bokashi has been applied to rice production in conjunction with subdrainage in Ningxia Autonomous Region and Zhejiang Province. The preliminary results can be summarized as follows: EM Bokashi can increase soil organic matter content, improve soil porosity and permeability, and raise the soil's levels of available nutrients; and EM Bokashi combined with subdrainage treatment is more effective in controlling secondary soil salinization and raising the grain yield and quality than other treatments. The results suggest that EM Bokashi can reduce the necessary amount of chemical fertilizer application, thereby improving the agricultural environment, and that the introduction of EM Bokashi into systems of secondary soil salinization control systems has resulted in significant benefits.

  2. Effect of EM Bokashi application on control of secondary soil salinization

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    Shao Xiaohou

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract: In order to ameliorate saline-alkaline soil, EM Bokashi has been applied to rice production in conjunction with subdrainage in Ningxia Autonomous Region and Zhejiang Province. The preliminary results can be summarized as follows: EM Bokashi can increase soil organic matter content, improve soil porosity and permeability, and raise the soil’s levels of available nutrients; and EM Bokashi combined with subdrainage treatment is more effective in controlling secondary soil salinization and raising the grain yield and quality than other treatments. The results suggest that EM Bokashi can reduce the necessary amount of chemical fertilizer application, thereby improving the agricultural environment, and that the introduction of EM Bokashi into systems of secondary soil salinization control systems has resulted in significant benefits.

  3. EFEITO DA SUPLEMENTAÇÃO PROTÉICA SOBRE OS PARÂMETROS CLÍNICOS E PARASITOLÓGICOS DE OVINOS MANTIDOS EM PASTAGEM DE TIFTON 85 EFFECT OF PROTEIN SUPPLEMENTATION ON THE CLINICAL AND PARASITOLOGICAL PARAMETERS OF LAMBS UNDER PASTURE OF TIFTON 85

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    Daniel Maia Nogueira

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    A suplementação proteica pode ser uma importante ferramenta para os sistemas de produção de ovinos em pastagens tropicais. Objetivou-se com este trabalho avaliar os parâmetros clínicos e parasitológicos de ovinos mantidos em pastagem de Tifton 85 (Cynodon dactylon irrigada, recebendo suplementos com diferentes fontes proteicas. Foram utilizados 28 ovinos castrados e mestiços, distribuídos homogeneamente em quatro tratamentos. Além do controle não suplementado, os tratamentos avaliados foram: farelo de soja, ureia e torta de algodão. Realizou-se a vermifugação dos animais de acordo com o método Famacha©. Não houve diferença significativa (P>0,05 entre os tratamentos para o consumo de matéria seca total, ganho médio diário e ganho de peso total. Foi observado maior consumo de forragem (P<0,05 para os animais mantidos exclusivamente em pastagem. Estes animais também apresentaram maior contagem de ovos por grama de fezes (OPG (P<0,05 em comparação aos suplementados com ureia ou com torta de algodão. Não houve diferença significativa (P>0,05 para os diferentes tons de coloração da conjuntiva nem para o número de animais vermifugados. Observou-se uma prevalência de 72,0% a 83,0% de larvas de Trichostrongylus sp. As diferentes suplementações proteicas não influenciaram as características clínicas nem produtivas dos animais.

    PALAVRAS-CHAVES: Cynodon dactylon, endoparasitas, Famacha©, farelo de soja, torta de algodão, ureia.
    The protein supplementation may be an important tool for sheep production systems in tropical grazing. This work aimed to evaluate parasitological and clinical aspects of lambs under irrigated pasture of Tifton 85 (Cynodon dactylon and receiving supplementation from different protein sources. Twenty-eight, castrated and crossbreed lambs, were used as animal testers and allocated into four treatments. Besides the control with exclusively use of pasture

  4. Bioavailability studies and the clinical pharmacologist: correlation of drug distribution with clinical effects.

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    Ogilvie, R I

    1975-06-01

    Bioavailability studies can be interpreted only when clinical information is available which correlates drug distribution with both efficacious and toxic clinical effects. The clinical pharmacologist should be instrumental in the development of safe and effective drug therapy by the systematic application of well designed clinical trials, the clear definition of therapeutically desirable clinical responses, and the development and application of improved techniques of measuring these effects.

  5. PENGARUH PENAMBAHAN EM4 (Effective Microorganism-4 PADA PEMBUATAN BIOGAS DARI ECENG GONDOK DAN RUMEN SAPI

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    Full Text Available Eceng gondok (Eichornia crassipes merupakan tanaman yang menjadi limbah perairan dan keberadaannya belum banyak dimanfaatkan. Kandungan selulosa, hemiselulosa, dan lignin di dalamnya dapat dimanfaatkan menjadi biogas melalui proses fermentasi. Penelitian ini mengkaji pengaruh EM4 (Effective Microorganism- 4 terhadap massa, nilai kalor, dan kecepatan pembentukan biogas dari eceng gondok. Percobaan dilakukan dalam anaerobic digester berukuran 4 liter, bahan baku yang digunakan adalah eceng gondok, rumen sapi, dan air dengan variabel penambahan EM4 sebesar 1% dan 0%. Fermentasi dilakukan secara batch dengan pengukuran gas (temperatur, tekanan, dan massa setiap 7 hari sekali sampai hari ke-35. Sebelum proses fermentasi, dilakukan pengujian terhadap rasio C/N campuran bahan baku. Pembakaran gas dilakukan untuk membuktikan gas yang didapat mengandung metana. Hasil Penelitian menunjukkan bahwa rasio C/N untuk variabel dengan penambahan EM4 1% sebesar 5,33 dan rasio C/N untuk variabel dengan penambahan EM4 0% sebesar 7. Jadi, penambahan EM4 dapat menurunkan rasio C/N. Sementara itu, hasil fermentasinya memperlihatkan bahwa EM4 memperkecil produksi biogas meskipun proses pembentukannya cepat. Massa total biogas yang didapat pada variabel EM4 1% sebesar 1,1 g dan variabel EM4 0% sebesar 1,55 g. Tekananbiogas mengalami fluktuasi (pada variabel EM4 1% sebesar 35,6 cmH2O, sedangkan pada variabel EM4 0% sebesar 40,6 cmH2O. Berdasarkan simulasi menggunakan chemical process simulator software, diketahui heating value biogas sebesar 39.180 kJ/kg. Water hyacinth (Eichornia crassipes is a plant that becomes waste and its existence has not been widely used. Content of cellulose, hemicellulose, and lignin in it can be converted into biogas through a process of fermentation. Study examines the effect of EM4 (Effective Microorganism-4 on the mass, heating value, and the rate of formation of biogas from water hyacinth. An experiments were performed in anaerobic

  6. Field evaluation of effective microorganisms (EM) application for growth, nodulation, and nutrition of mung bean

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    Effective microorganisms (EM) is a commercial biofertilizer that contains a mixture of co-existing beneficial microorganisms collected from natural environments. Predominantly it consists of species of photosynthetic and lactic acid bacteria, yeast, and actinomycetes. The present study was conducted to evaluate the effect of EM application on growth, nodulation, yield, and nutrient uptake in mung bean [Vigna radiata (L.) Wilczek] var. NIAB Mung 98 under field conditions. Field soil was amende...

  7. Field evaluation of effective microorganisms (EM) application for growth, nodulation, and nutrition of mung bean

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    Javaid, Arshad; BAJWA, Rukhsana

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    Effective microorganisms (EM) is a commercial biofertilizer that contains a mixture of co-existing beneficial microorganisms collected from natural environments. Predominantly it consists of species of photosynthetic and lactic acid bacteria, yeast, and actinomycetes. The present study was conducted to evaluate the effect of EM application on growth, nodulation, yield, and nutrient uptake in mung bean [Vigna radiata (L.) Wilczek] var. NIAB Mung 98 under field conditions. Field soil was amende...

  8. Empiric antibiotic treatment of erythema migrans-like skin lesions as a function of geography: a clinical and cost effectiveness modeling study.

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    Lantos, Paul M; Brinkerhoff, R Jory; Wormser, Gary P; Clemen, Robert

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    The skin lesion of early Lyme disease, erythema migrans (EM), is so characteristic that routine practice is to treat all such patients with antibiotics. Because other skin lesions may resemble EM, it is not known whether presumptive treatment of EM is appropriate in regions where Lyme disease is rare. We constructed a decision model to compare the cost and clinical effectiveness of three strategies for the management of EM: Treat All, Observe, and Serology as a function of the probability that an EM-like lesion is Lyme disease. Treat All was found to be the preferred strategy in regions that are endemic for Lyme disease. Where Lyme disease is rare, Observe is the preferred strategy, as presumptive treatment would be expected to produce excessive harm and increased costs. Where Lyme disease is rare, clinicians and public health officials should consider observing patients with EM-like lesions who lack travel to Lyme disease-endemic areas.

  9. Clinical effects of icodextrin in peritoneal dialysis.

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    Cnossen, Trijntje T; Konings, Constantijn J; van der Sande, Frank M; Leunissen, Karel M; Kooman, Jeroen P

    2008-10-01

    Objective. This study reviews the relevant publications on the clinical effects of icodextrin in peritoneal dialysis (PD). Design. The study provides a systematic review of the literature (MEDLINE search with icodextrin as the keyword). Results. Icodextrin induces sustained transcapillary ultrafiltration during long dwell periods. It also stimulates increased removal of sodium by the peritoneal membrane, reduction of extracellular water (ECW) and total body water (TBW). Effects of icodextrin on blood pressure control and residual renal function are discrepant. Icodextrin induces a reduction in the formation of advanced glycation end-products, while the longitudinal changes in the peritoneal membrane transport are less prominent. Conclusions. Use of icodextrin in PD improves the sodium and fluid balance. Icodextrin is potentially more biocompatible, when compared with the conventional glucose solutions. The side effects are rare.

  10. Caracterização microbiológica e clínica de surtos de "red leg" em Minas Gerais e avaliação do efeito bactericida in vitro do Vantocil IB® para Aeromonas hydrophila Microbiological and clinical characterization of "red leg" outbreaks in Minas Gerais, Brazil, and evaluation of in vitro bacterial effects of Vantocil IB® for Aeromonas hydrophila

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    Anna Christina de Almeida

    2000-08-01

    Full Text Available Com o objetivo da caracterização da ocorrência de "red leg" em Minas Gerais, avaliaram-se rãs jovens e adultas que apresentavam úlceras nas patas e dedos, derrame hemorrágico na pele da região ventral, incoordenação motora, altas taxas de mortalidade em adultos e abscessos hepáticos à necropsia. No cultivo de fragmentos de pele lesada e abscessos, foi isolado e identificado Aeromonas hydrophila. O efeito bactericida do VANTOCIL IB® foi superior ao permanganato de potássio, determinado pela concentração inibitória mínima para colónias isoladas.With the objective of characterizating lhe ocurrence of "red leg" in Minas Gerais, Brazill, young and adult frogs which presented in theirpads and limbs hemorragie in the skin of the ventral region, incordination, high death rate in adults and hepatic abscess at necropsy, have been evaluated. In fragment culture ofdamage skin and abscess, Aeromonas. hydrophila hás been isolated and identified. The bactericidal effect of VANTOCIL IB® was higher than that of potassium permanganate, as determinated by the minimal inhibitory concentration for isolated colonies.

  11. Effects of EM on Yield and Quality of Cucumber in Greenhouse%EM 对设施黄瓜产量及品质的影响

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    张丽娟; 曲继松; 冯海萍; 杨冬艳; 李强

    2013-01-01

    为了设施黄瓜的有机栽培和安全生产,以黄瓜品种德尔99为试材,采用随机区组设计,研究了EM对黄河上游地区设施黄瓜产量和品质的影响。结果表明:EM的应用使黄瓜产量明显提高,EM100倍液灌根处理的产量为喷施清水(对照)的1.29倍,达到极显著水平;同时EM 的应用有助于提升黄瓜品质;在VC含量方面,EM100倍液叶面喷施处理和EM100倍液灌根处理分别高于对照20.18%和19.72%,达到显著水平。%For the organic cultivation and safe production of cucumber ,taking cucumber variety Del99 as materi-al ,through randomized block design ,the effect of EM on yield and quality of cucumber in the Yellow River up-stream facilities was studied .The results showed that the application of EM improved the production of cucum-ber obviously ,the production of treatment of root-irrigation for EM 100 times liquid was more than CK for 1 .29 times ,and reached extremely significant level ;While the application of EM was more helpful to improve the quality of cucumber ,the VC content of treatment of liquid spraying on the leaves for EM 100 times liquid and treatment of root-irrigation for EM 100 times liquid were significantly higher than CK for 20 .18% and 19 .72% ,and reached significant level .

  12. Histoplasmose do sistema nervoso central aspectos clínicos em oito pacientes: clinical features in eight patients

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    Full Text Available Foram estudados oito pacientes com histoplasmose do sistema nervoso central, nenhum deles com sinais clínicos ou laboratoriais de imunodepressão. O tempo de doença por ocasião do diagnóstico variava entre 6 e 108 meses (mediana 36 meses. Principais sinais e sintomas encontrados: síndrome de hipertensão intracraniana, em 6 pacientes; déficit de memória, em 4; confusão mental, em 4; convulsões, em 2; paraparesia ou paraplegia crural, em 2; incontinência urinária, em 2; impotência sexual, em 1. A forma meningoencefalítica foi encontrada em 6 pacientes e a granulomatosa, em 2. O diagnóstico foi feito: por biópsia em 1 caso; por necrópsia, em 2; através de cultura do sedimento do LCR em meio de Sa-bounaud, em 1; através da detecção de anticorpos a, Histoplasma capsulatum no LCR, em 5. Foi observada profunda discrepância entre as alterações detectadas ao exame de LCR (intensas, com elementos de fase aguda mesclados a elementos de fase crônica e o quadro clínico por ocasião do diagnóstico (pacientes em geral oligossintomáticos.

  13. Effects of the polychaetes <em>Arenicola marinaem> and <em>Nereis diversicolorem> on microbial pyrene mineralization

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    Timmermann, Karen; Banta, Gary T.; Johnsen, Anders R.;

    2008-01-01

    The effects of 2 polychaetes, Nereis diversicolor and Arenicola marina, on the microbial mineralization of the organic contaminant pyrene, a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH), were followed over 44 d. We also examined whether the effect of the polychaetes was caused by enhanced oxygen supply,...... by the increased oxygen supply due to burrow construction and irrigation. In contrast, these worms decreased pyrene bioavailability and, hence, counteracted to some extent the stimulating effect of irrigation....

  14. Seasonal effects on the hematology and blood plasma proteins of two species of mice <em>Mus musculus domesticusem> and <em>M. spretusem> (Rodentia: Muridae from Portugal

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    Full Text Available Abstract Blood samples were taken from <em>Mus musculus domesticusem> (Rutty, 1772 and <em>M. spretusem> (Lataste, 1883, live-trapped at one month intervals, from September 88 to July 89, in the district of Lisbon, Portugal. The seasonal hematological variations in the commensal species, <em>M. musculus domesticuem>s, were characterized by an increase in red blood cells, hemoglobin and hematocrit values in winter which reverse during summer. On the contrary, in <em>M. spretusem> hematocrit values slightly change throughout the year. In both species the albumin/globulin ratio was low in spring and high in autumn. These results were analysed and discussed taking into account environmental factors and physiological conditions of mice. Riassunto Effetti stagionali sull'ematologia e le proteine del plasma di <em>Mus musculus domesticusem> e <em>M. spretusem> (Rodentia: Muridae in Portogallo - I campioni di sangue provengono da individui di <em>Mus musculus domesticusem> (Rutty, 1772 e <em>M. spretusem> (Lataste, 1883. Gli animali sono stati catturati vivi ogni mese, da settembre 88 a luglio 89, nel distretto di Lisbona, in Portogallo. Le variazioni stagionali ematologiche nella specie commensale, <em>M. m. domesticusem>, sono caratterizzate da un incremento di cellule rosse del sangue, di emoglobina e dei valori di ematocrito in inverno che assumono un andamento opposto in estate. Al contrario, in <em>M. spretusem> i valori di ematocrito non cambiano sensibilmente durante tutto l'anno. In entrambe le specie il rapporto albumina/globulina risulta basso in primavera e alto in autunno. Questi risultati sono stati analizzati e discussi tenendo conto dei fattori ambientali e le condizioni fisiologiche dei topi.

  15. [Neurological effects of American trypanosomyiasis: clinical aspects].

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    León-Sarmiento, Fidias E; Prada, Diddier G; Bayona-Prieto, Jaime; Valderrama, Vladimir; García, Ingrid; León, Marta E; Sunnemark, Dan

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    Trypanosoma cruzi, causative agent of Chagas disease, affects not only cardiac and intestinal structures but also neurological structures. A high prevalence of T. cruzi infection occurs in Colombia, prompting the present study. First, a qualitative metaanalysis was undertaken using the PubMed database, the electronic internet engine Altavista, Colombian journals indexed by Colciencias, and three relevant textbooks. The following key words were used: Trypanosoma, Chagas disease, nervous system, spinal cord, central nervous system, peripheral nervous system, neuromuscular junction, autonomic nervous system, muscle, muscle disorders, neuromuscular disease, neuromuscular disorders, synapticopathies and dysautonomia. The documents analyzed numbered 116 and included original papers, reviews, case reports, editorials, brief communications, conferences and book chapters. At minimum, each document included data involving ELISA testing, indirect immunofluorescense, or parasitemia levels in the clinical, serological or histopathological studies. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) studies were not included because of the recent introduction of PCR as a confirmatory technique for Chagas disease in Colombia. Chagas disease affects the central, the peripheral and the autonomic nervous system in humans, although its effects on the antonomic system is most commonly investigated in Colombia. Neurological lesions must be evaluated carefully, because patients may be misdiagnosed and treated as carriers of 'idiopathic' diseases. Neurological pathologies poses a serious threat in Colombia due to the prevalence of Chagas disease.

  16. Effects of artemisinin and <em>Artemisia annuaem> extracts on xenic bacteria isolated from clonal cultures of <em>Histomonas meleagridisem>

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    Thøfner, Ida; Hess, Claudia; Liebhart, Dieter;

    Infection with the protozoa Histomonas meleagridis in poultry has re-emerged since the ban of effective drugs. Consequently efforts are set to find alternatives to chemotherapeutics to combat histomonosis. At present histomonads need accompanying bacteria when cultured in vitro, probably serving...... with the antibacterial tests, it is reasonable to assume that the observed inhibitory effect of the tested materials is attributed to a direct effect on the protozoa. However, the potential of these materials on histomonosis has been tested in vivo in chickens and in turkeys without success....

  17. Variant surface antigen-specific IgG and protection against clinical consequences of pregnancy-associated <em>Plasmodium falciparumem> malaria

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    Staalsoe, Trine; Shulman, Caroline E; Bulmer, Judith N;

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    cytometry to measure VSA-specific IgG concentrations in plasma samples taken during child birth from 477 Kenyan women selected from a cohort of 910 women on the basis of HIV-1 status, gravidity, and placental histology. We measured VSA expressed by one placental P falciparum isolate and two isolates......G. No such relation was shown for concentrations of IgG with specificity for non-pregnancy-associated malaria VSA. INTERPRETATION: VSA-PAM-specific IgG protects against low birthweight and maternal anaemia. Our data indicate an important mechanism of clinical protection against malaria and raise hope for the clinical...... effectiveness of a potential VSA-based vaccine against pregnancy-associated malaria....

  18. Efeitos clínicos e microbiológicos do óleo de copaíba (Copaifera officinalis sobre bactérias formadoras de placa dental em cães Clinical and microbiological effects of copaiba oil (Copaifera officinalis on dental plaque forming bacteria in dogs

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    Full Text Available O potencial de uso do óleo de copaíba (Copaifera officinalis na prevenção da doença periodontal, eliminando seu agente etiológico, foi avaliado em 18 cães sem raça definida, distribuídos homogeneamente em três grupos: teste, (contendo óleo de copaíba controle positivo e controle negativo. Os tratamentos ocorreram três vezes ao dia, durante oito dias. Ao nono dia, os animais receberam aplicação tópica de fucsina básica 0,5% para evidenciação do biofilme. Mudanças na halitose e gengivite foram avaliadas diariamente por inspeção visual. Adicionalmente, foram realizados testes laboratoriais de inibição de aderência de Streptococcus mutans e ensaio antimicrobiano de difusão em ágar, sobre bactérias formadoras de placa dental. Os resultados da placa evidenciada apontaram áreas de cobertura microbiana nos dentes de 53,4±8,8%, 28,5±5,4%, e 22,3±5,3% para os grupos negativo, positivo e teste, respectivamente, indicando diferença entre o controle negativo e os demais grupos (PThe copaiba oil (Copaifera officinalis potential was evaluated in preventing periodontal disease and reducing its etiology. For that 18 mongrel dogs were homogeneously distributed in three groups: test (copaiba oil, positive control (chlorexidine and negative control. The treatments were carried out three times a day, during eight days. On the 9th day, the animals were tested with a 0.5% basic solution of fuchsin for the detection of biofilm. Changes in halitosis and gingivitis were daily observed. In addition, the following laboratory tests were done: inhibition of the adherence of Streptococcus mutans, and plaque forming bacteria antimicrobial assays by the agar diffusion method. The results of the fuchsin test showed that dental plaque reached areas of 53.4±8.8%, 28.5±5.4%, and 22.3±5.3% in the negative control, positive control, and test groups, respectively, showing differences between dogs from the negative control group and dogs from the

  19. Minor effects of long-term ozone exposure on boreal peatland species <em>Eriophorum vaginatumem> and <em>Sphagnum papillosumem>

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    Mörsky, SK; Haapala, JK; Rinnan, Riikka;

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    The effects of long-term ozone fumigation on two common peatland plant species, a sedge Eriophorum vaginatum L. and a moss Sphagnum papillosum Lindb., were studied applying peatland microcosms. The peat cores with intact vegetation were cored from an oligotrophic pine fen and partially embedded...... not show any significant treatment effect in E. vaginatum or in S. papillosum. Total chlorophyll (a + b) concentration tended to increase in early growing season under ozone exposure. During the first growing season, elevated ozone concentration decreased methanol-extractable, UV-absorbing compounds in E...

  20. High diversity of plasmids harbouring <em>bla>CMY-2 among clinical <em>Escherichia coli em>isolates from humans and companion animals in the upper Midwestern USA

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    Bortolaia, Valeria; Hansen, Katrine Hartung; Nielsen, Christine

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    To determine the population structure and genetic relatedness of plasmids encoding CMY-2 β-lactamase in clinical Escherichia coli from humans and companion animals within a defined geographical area....

  1. Ultra-sonografia ocular em suspeita clínica de endoftalmite Ultrasound findings in clinical suspected endophthalmitis

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    Consuelo Bueno Diniz Adan

    2001-10-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: Apresentar os achados ultra-sonográficos em olhos com suspeita clínica de endoftalmite. Métodos: Estudo prospectivo (agosto/97 a abril/99 de olhos com suspeita clínica de endoftalmite infecciosa. Utilizou-se ultra-sonografia ocular (sonda de 10 MHz, modos A e B com técnica de contato direto (UltraScan®, Alcon. Resultados microbiológicos da punção da câmara anterior e/ou vítreo, quando presentes, foram anexados à ficha ultra-sonográfica, por ocasião do estudo dos casos. Resultados: Foram estudados 25 olhos (pacientes entre 2 e 79 anos. A fonte de infecção foi exógena em 23 e endógena em 2. Das exógenas, 12 pacientes tinham história de cirurgia prévia (7 pós-cirurgia de catarata com implante de LIO, 4 pós-cirurgia de glaucoma, 1 pós-transplante de córnea, 6 referiam história de trauma perfurante, 4 apresentavam úlcera de córnea e 1 fora submetido a sutura de córnea e extração do cristalino após trauma penetrante. Dos casos de etiologia metastática, 1 paciente era diabético e 1 era imunodeprimido. A presença de ecos membranáceos e/ou puntiformes foi a alteração ultra-sonográfica comum a todos os pacientes. Em 2 casos, os ecos tênues e simétricos em relação ao olho normal contralateral possibilitaram afastar a hipótese de comprometimento vítreo. O grau de acometimento do vítreo pareceu ser proporcional à densidade dos ecos membranáceos. A condensação dos ecos, a mobilidade em bloco e a presença de cavitações ou vacúolos denotaram severidade do quadro. Outras alterações ultra-sonográficas comuns foram: espessamento global da coróide (12 casos, descolamento de coróide (8 casos e retina (5 casos, impregnação da membrana hialóide (4 casos e comprometimento orbitário (1 caso. Não foi possível correlacionar os achados ultra-sonográficos aos agentes etiológicos. Conclusão: A ultra-sonografia, um método não-invasivo e de fácil acesso, demonstrou ter valor nos casos com suspeita

  2. Allelopathy in agroforestry systems: the effects of leaf extracts of<em>Cupressus lusitanicaem> and three<em>Eucalyptus> spp. on four Ethiopian crops

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    Lisanework N.; Michelsen, Anders

    1993-01-01

    The potential allelopathic effect ofCupressus lusitanica, Eucalyptus globulus, E. camaldulensis andE. saligna on seed germination, radicle and seedling growth was investigated with four crops:Cicer arietinum (chickpea),Zea mays (maize),Pisum sativum (pea) andEragrostis tef (teff). Aqueous leaf...

  3. Adult thoracic primitive neuroectodermal tumor - clinical, radiological and pathological features; Tumor neuroectodermico primitivo toracico em adulto

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    Setubal, Roger; Santos, Leynalze Lins Ramos; Georges, Silvana Habib; Souza, Ricardo Pires de [Hospital Heliopolis, Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Servico de Diagnostico por Imagem; Menezes, Yara de [Hospital heliopolis, Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Servico de Patologia; Gomes, Marcio Rogerio Alcala; Mayo, Suzete Varela; Leiro, Luis Carlos Filgueira [Hospital Heliopolis, Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Servico de Pneumologia e Cirurgia Toracica

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    Precise diagnosis of small round cell tumors, which include the thoracic primitive neuroectodermal tumor, is often a challenge to the clinical, oncologist, radiologist and pathologist. Different terms have been used to designate these tumors, depending on their location and extent of neural differentiation. With the progress of immuno-histochemical and cytogenetic diagnosis method, some of this tumors are now classified a unique clinical entity with several locations and mode of presentation. Therefore, tumors-like peripheral neuro epithelioma, Askin`s tumor, adult neuroblastoma, and primitive neuroectodermal tumor are now named peripheral primitive neuroectodermal tumor. The most common location of peripheral primitive neuroectodermal tumor is the thorax, and the mean age are close of the adolescence. This study reports the clinical, radiological and pathological features of 5 adults (3 men and 2 women) seen at the Hospital Heliopolis, Sao Paulo, SP Brazil, between 1991 and 1995 (5 years), with diagnosis of peripheral primitive neuroectodermal tumor made by immuno-histochemical and pathological studies. The mean age of the patients was 34 years, ranged between 17 and 57 years, and the most common location was the chest wall (n=3), followed by the posterior mediastinum (n=2). All the patients were symptomatic and undergone plain films and computed tomography. (author) 12 refs., 5 figs.

  4. Effects of aspirin on mesenteric lymph nodes of rabbits as basis for its use on lymph nodes metastases Efeitos da aspirina em linfonodos mesentéricos de coelhos como base para o uso em metástases linfonodais

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    Rodrigo Peduti Batista

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    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To evaluate the effects of aspirin 10% and 20% on mesenteric lymph nodes of rabbits as basis for its use on lymph nodes metastases. METHODS: A total of 20 lymph nodes from 20 rabbits (randomized in four groups were evaluated. Aspirin solutions 10% (groups A and C and 20% (groups B and D were injected into mesenteric lymph nodes of healthy rabbits and had its gross and histological effects evaluated at 24 hours (groups A and B and at seven days (groups C and D. RESULTS: In the groups A and B evaluated at 24 hours it was observed extensive necrosis and hemorrhage, a significant increase in apoptosis throughout the lymph node with medullary sinuses enlargement and an increase in germinal centers. In the groups C and D evaluated at seven days of solution injection there was also an increase in apoptosis with higher elevation of histiocytes and a significant decrease of necrosis and an increase of giant cells was noticed causing a foreign body chronic inflammation. In all comparisons, there were no differences between the concentrations used (10 and 20%. CONCLUSIONS: The injection of aspirin on lymph nodes caused necrosis and an increase of apoptosis after 24 hours and after seven days of treatment there was regeneration of the lymph nodes, with intense decrease of necrosis and a great elevation of apoptosis. These experimental results support future clinical studies on application of aspirin in the treatment of lymphatic metastases, since the increase of apoptosis is one of the pillars of cancer therapy.OBJETIVO: Avaliar os efeitos do ácido acetilsalicílico a 10% e 20% em linfonodos mesentéricos de coelhos para posterior embasamento e uso em metástases linfonodais. MÉTODOS: Um total de 20 linfonodos de 20 coelhos (divididos aleatoriamente em quatro grupos foi avaliado. As soluções de aspirina a 10% (grupos A e C e 20% (grupos B e D foram injetadas em linfonodos mesentéricos de coelhos sadios e seus efeitos macroscópicos e histol

  5. Ecocardiografia modo Doppler pulsado em gatos clinicamente sadios Pulsed wave Doppler echocardiography in clinically healthy cats

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    R.O. Carvalho

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available Estudou-se o fluxo sangüíneo através das quatro valvas cardíacas em 30 gatos clinicamente sadios, com idade entre um e cinco anos e peso médio de 4,08kg, por meio da ecocardiografia modo Doppler pulsado. Foram medidas a velocidade máxima e a velocidade média dos fluxos, e realizou-se uma análise qualitativa dos seus perfis. Os animais foram sedados pela combinação de quetamina (12mg/kg e acepromazina (0,04mg/kg, aplicados por via intramuscular. Observou-se correlação positiva entre os parâmetros avaliados e a freqüência cardíaca, com exceção daqueles medidos no fluxo da valva aórtica. Não se observou correlação entre velocidades máxima e média e freqüência cardíaca e entre aquelas e peso corporal, e não houve diferença entre sexos.Pulsed wave Doppler echocardiography was used to study blood flow across the cardiac valves in 30 five-year-old cats (average body weight = 4.08kg. Animals were sedated using a combination of ketamin (12mg/kg, IM and acepromazin (0.04mg/kg, IM. Peak and mean velocities were determined, and blood flow patterns were recorded at the four cardiac valves. All variables, except those characterizing aortic valve flow, were positively correlated with heart rate. Blood flow variables were not correlated, however, with body weight; and there were no differences between males and females.

  6. Pseudocapacitive Effects of <em>N>-Doped Carbon Nanotube Electrodes in Supercapacitors

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    Hyun Ho Park

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Nitrogen- and micropore-containing carbon nanotubes (NMCNTs were prepared by carbonization of nitrogen-enriched, polymer-coated carbon nanotubes (CNTs, and the electrochemical performances of the NMCNTs with different heteroatom contents were investigated. NMCNTs-700 containing 9.1 wt% nitrogen atoms had a capacitance of 190.8 F/g, which was much higher than that of pristine CNTs (48.4 F/g, despite the similar surface area of the two CNTs, and was also higher than that of activated CNTs (151.7 F/g with a surface area of 778 m2/g and a nitrogen atom content of 1.2 wt%. These results showed that pseudocapacitive effects play an important role in the electrochemical performance of supercapacitor electrodes.

  7. Beneficial effect of <em>Verminephrobacter> nephridial symbionts on the fitness of the earthworm <em>Aporrectodea tuberculataem>

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    Lund, Marie Braad; Holmstrup, Martin; Lomstein, Bente Aagaard

    2010-01-01

    , the symbionts have been hypothesized to enhance nitrogen retention in the earthworms. The effect of Verminephrobacter on the life-history traits of the earthworm Aporrectodea tuberculata (Eisen) was investigated by comparing growth, development, and fecundity of worms with and without symbionts, given high...... (cowdung) and low (straw) nutrient diets. There were no difference in worm growth and number of cocoons produced by symbiotic and aposymbiotic worms. Worms with Verminephrobacter symbionts reached sexual maturity earlier and had higher cocoon hatching success than worms cured from their symbionts when...... grown on the low nutrient diet. Thus, the Verminephrobacter nephridial symbionts do have a beneficial effect on their earthworm host. Cocoons with and without symbionts did not significantly differ in total organic carbon (TOC), total nitrogen (TN), or total hydrolysable amino acid (THAA) content, which...

  8. Antiplaque and antigingivitis effects of a gel containing Punica granatum Linn extract: a double-blind clinical study in humans Efeito antiplaca e antiinflamatório de um gel contendo extrato de romã: estudo clínico duplo-cego em humanos

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    Alexandre Daher Yunes Salgado

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVES: The antiplaque and antigingivitis effects of a gel containing 10% Punica granatum Linn extract were evaluated using a 21-day partial-mouth experimental model of gingivitis. METHODS: 23 volunteers participated in this cross-over, double-blind study, carried out in 2 phases of 21 days each. For each period of the experiment, an acrylic toothshield was made for each volunteer to carry the test or placebo gel as well as to avoid brushing of the 4 experimental teeth (posterior teeth in the lower left quadrant. The subjects were randomly assigned to use either the placebo gel (control group or the test gel (experimental group and were instructed to brush the remaining teeth normally 3 times a day. On days 0 and 21, the visible plaque index (VPI and gingival bleeding index (GBI were recorded. RESULTS: The results did not show statistically significant difference between control and experimental groups for either of the indices (VPI and GBI. CONCLUSION: The gel containing 10% Punica granatum Linn extract was not efficient in preventing supragingival dental plaque formation and gingivitis.OBJETIVOS: O efeito antiplaca e antigengivite de um gel contendo extrato de romã a 10% foi avaliado utilizando um modelo de gengivite experimental parcial em humanos. MÉTODOS: 23 indivíduos participaram voluntariamente deste estudo cruzado, duplo-cego, compreendendo dois períodos de 21 dias cada um. Uma moldeira de acrílico foi confeccionada para cada participante, a qual foi utilizada como carreadora dos géis sobre a área a ser avaliada (hemiarco inferior esquerdo. Os sujeitos foram aleatoriamente designados para usar o gel placebo (grupo controle ou o gel teste (grupo experimental, sendo instruídos a colocar o gel na moldeira e esta sobre os dentes teste, escovando os outros normalmente três vezes ao dia. No dia 0 e dia 21 os índices de placa visível (IPV e índice de sangramento gengival (ISG foram registrados. RESULTADOS: Os resultados n

  9. A controlled clinical trial on the effects of exercise on neuropsychiatric disorders and instrumental activities in women with Alzheimer's disease Efeitos do exercício físico sobre distúrbios neuropsiquiátricos e atividades instrumentais da vida diária em mulheres com doença de Alzheimer : um ensaio clínico controlado

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    Carla M. C. Nascimento

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To analyze the influence of a six-month exercise program on neuropsychiatric disorders and on the performance of instrumental activities in elderly patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD. METHODS: The study included 20 patients with AD in the mild to moderate stages of the Clinical Dementia Rating (CDR divided into two groups: the experimental group, composed of 10 women who participated in the six-month exercise program, and the control group, composed of the 10 remaining AD patients who did not take part in an exercise program during the same period. All participants were evaluated using the Mini-Mental State Exam for global cognitive function, the Neuropsychiatric Inventory Questionnaire for neuropsychiatric disorders, and the Pfeffer Functional Activities Questionnaire for the degree of functional impairment. RESULTS: The control group showed functional and neuropsychiatric deterioration in the comparisons between pre- and post-intervention times and between groups. CONCLUSION: The experimental group showed a propensity for less deterioration in neuropsychiatric disorders and performance of instrumental activities compared to the sedentary group.OBJETIVO: Analisar os efeitos de seis meses de intervenção de um programa de atividade física sobre os distúrbios neuropsiquiátricos e o desempenho nas atividades instrumentais da vida diária de idosos com Doença de Alzheimer (DA. MÉTODOS: Foram recrutados 20 pacientes nos estágios entre leve e moderado da DA. Segundo o escore clínico de demência (CDR, foram distribuídos em dois grupos: o grupo treinamento (GT, composto por dez mulheres que participaram de um program de exercícios físicos por um período de seis meses, e o grupo controle (GC, composto por dez outras participantes que não realizaram nenhum tipo de intervenção motora estruturada durante o mesmo período. Todas as participantes foram avaliadas por meio do Miniexame do Estado Mental, para obtenção da

  10. Effects of excretory/secretory products from <em>Anisakis simplexem> (Nematoda) on immune gene expression in rainbow trout (<em>Oncorhynchus mykissem>)

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    Bahlool, Qusay Zuhair Mohammad; Skovgaard, Alf; Kania, Per Walter;

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    -regulation of the immune genes tested, suggesting a role of ES proteins in immunomodulation. We also tested the enzymatic activity of the ES proteins and found that lipase, esterase/lipase, valine and cysteine arylamidases, naphthol-AS-BI-phosphohydrolase and a-galactosidase activities were present in the ES solution....... This type of hydrolytic enzyme activity may play a role in nematode penetration of host tissue. In addition, based on the notion that A. simplex ES products may have an immune-depressive effect (by minimizing immune gene expression) it could also be suggested that worm enzymes directly target host immune...

  11. Anoftalmia clínica bilateral associada à hidrocefalia congênita em cão Bilateral clinical anophthalmia associated with congenital hydrocephalus in the dog

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    Mariana Isa Poci Palumbo

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    Full Text Available A ausência completa do bulbo ocular é muito rara em cães e gatos, enquanto a hidrocefalia é comumente observada como distúrbio congênito em cães de raças miniatura ou braquicefálicas, com menos de um ano de idade. O presente trabalho relata a ocorrência de anoftalmia clínica bilateral associada à hidrocefalia congênita em um cão da raça poodle, sendo este o primeiro relato de caso da associação dessas alterações no Brasil.The complete absence of the eyeball is rare in dogs and cats, and hydrocephalus is commonly seen as a congenital disorder in toy or brachycephalic dogs before one year old. This paper describes for the first time in Brazil the occurrence of bilateral clinical anophthalmia associated to congenital hydrocephalus in a dog.

  12. Every plant for himself; the effect of a phenolic monoterpene on germination and biomass of <em>Thymus pulegioidesem> and <em>T. serpyllum.em>

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    Jensen, Catrine Grønberg; Ehlers, Bodil

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    Thyme plants are known for their production of aromatic oils, whose main component is terpenes. The plants leach terpenes to their surroundings and thereby affect the seed germination and biomass of associated plants, but also potentially themselves. A variation in the dominant terpenes produced...... a mix of two-four different types of terpenes, both mono- and sesqui-terpenes. As the effects of terpenes on plant performance can vary with the type of terpene, and in order to study species-specific responses, we examined how the dominating T. pulegioides monoterpene 'carvacrol' affected germination....... For both thyme species, seedling biomass was significantly higher on terpene soil compared to control soil, suggesting a general adaptation to the presence of terpenes in the soil for both thyme species. Moreover, while no difference in seedling biomass between species on control soil was found, T...

  13. Isolation and Characterization of a Lycopene ε-Cyclase Gene of <em>Chlorella em>(Chromochloris> <em>zofingiensis>. Regulation of the Carotenogenic Pathway by Nitrogen and Light

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    Maria Angeles Vargas

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    Full Text Available The isolation and characterization of the lycopene ε-cyclase gene from the green microalga <em>Chlorella em>(Chromochloris> <em>zofingiensis> (<em>Czlcy-e> was performed. This gene is involved in the formation of the carotenoids α-carotene and lutein. <em>Czlcy-e> gene encoded a polypeptide of 654 amino acids. A single copy of <em>Czlcy-e> was found in <em>C. zofingiensisem>. Functional analysis by heterologous complementation in <em>Escherichia coliem> showed the ability of this protein to convert lycopene to δ-carotene. In addition, the regulation of the carotenogenic pathway by light and nitrogen was also studied in <em>C. zofingiensisem>. High irradiance stress did not increase mRNA levels of neither lycopene β<em>->cyclase gene (<em>lcy-b> nor lycopene ε-cyclase gene<em> em>(lcy-e> as compared with low irradiance conditions, whereas the transcript levels of <em>psy>, <em>pds>, <em>chyB> and <em>bkt> genes were enhanced, nevertheless triggering the synthesis of the secondary carotenoids astaxanthin, canthaxanthin and zeaxanthin and decreasing the levels of the primary carotenoids α-carotene, lutein, violaxanthin and β-carotene. Nitrogen starvation <em>per seem> enhanced mRNA levels of all genes considered, except <em>lcy-e and pdsem>, but did not trigger the synthesis of astaxanthin, canthaxanthin nor zeaxanthin. The combined effect of both high light and nitrogen starvation stresses enhanced significantly the accumulation of these carotenoids as well as the transcript levels of <em>bkt> gene, as compared with the effect of only high irradiance stress.

  14. Providing effective supervision in clinical neuropsychology.

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    Stucky, Kirk J; Bush, Shane; Donders, Jacobus

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    A specialty like clinical neuropsychology is shaped by its selection of trainees, educational standards, expected competencies, and the structure of its training programs. The development of individual competency in this specialty is dependent to a considerable degree on the provision of competent supervision to its trainees. In clinical neuropsychology, as in other areas of professional health-service psychology, supervision is the most frequently used method for teaching a variety of skills, including assessment, report writing, differential diagnosis, and treatment. Although much has been written about the provision of quality supervision in clinical and counseling psychology, very little published guidance is available regarding the teaching and provision of supervision in clinical neuropsychology. The primary focus of this article is to provide a framework and guidance for the development of suggested competency standards for training of neuropsychological supervisors, particularly at the residency level. In this paper we outline important components of supervision for neuropsychology trainees and suggest ways in which clinicians can prepare for supervisory roles. Similar to Falender and Shafranske (2004), we propose a competency-based approach to supervision that advocates for a science-informed, formalized, and objective process that clearly delineates the competencies required for good supervisory practice. As much as possible, supervisory competencies are related to foundational and functional competencies in professional psychology, as well as recent legislative initiatives mandating training in supervision. It is our hope that this article will foster further discussion regarding this complex topic, and eventually enhance training in clinical neuropsychology.

  15. Anti-Platelet Aggregation and Vasorelaxing Effects of the Constituents of the Rhizomes of<em> Zingiber officinaleem>

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    Tian-Shung Wu

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    Full Text Available In the present study, the chemical investigation of the bioactive fractions of the rhizomes of <em>Zingiber officinaleem> has resulted in the identification of twenty-nine compounds including one new compound, <em>O>-methyldehydrogingerol (1. Some of the isolates were subjected into the evaluation of their antiplatelet aggregation and vasorelaxing bioactivities. Among the tested compounds, [6]-gingerol (13 and [6]-shogaol (17 exhibited potent anti-platelet aggregation bioactivity. In addition, [10]-gingerol (15 inhibited the Ca2+-dependent contractions in high K+ medium. According to the results in the present research, the bioactivity of ginger could be related to the anti-platelet aggregation and vasorelaxing mechanism.

  16. Inhibitory Effect and Mechanism on Antiproliferation of Isoatriplicolide Tiglate (PCAC from <em>Paulownia Coreanaem>

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    Myeong-Sok Lee

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    Full Text Available <em>Paulownia coreanaem> has traditionally been used as the medicine and health food in the treatment of cancer and infectious diseases. In the present study, a new antiproliferation agent, isoatriplicolide tiglate (PCAC was isolated from the chloroform soluble fraction of the leaves of <em>Paulownia coreanaem>. The antiproliferation activities of PCAC plant extract was examined in breast and cervical cancer cell lines in a time-and dose-dependent manners. Our <em>in vitroem> experiments showed that PCAC suppresses the cell growth and proliferation of cancer cells at a relatively low concentration ( < 10 µg/mL and induces apoptosis at a high concentration ( > 50 µg/mL. Western blot analysis showed that concentration higher than 50 µg/mL induces a time-dependent increase in the percentage of apoptotic cells. In this case, PCAC uses both extrinsic and intrinsic pathways for the apoptosis. PCAC treatment decreased the expression of pro-caspase 8, 9, and 3, the main regulators of apoptotic cell death, in MDA-MB-231 cells, accompanied by the activation of caspase 8, 9, and 3. More importantly, PCAC inhibited the <em>in vitroem> proliferation of six other human breast and cervical cancer cell lines. In conclusion, our data strongly suggest that PCAC acts as an antiproliferation agents particularly against breast and cervical cancers by inducing cell cycle arrest in the S/G2 phase and caspase dependent apoptosis at relatively low ( < 10 μg/mL and high ( > 50 µg/mL concentrations, respectively.

  17. Comparison of the Chemical Composition and Pharmacological Effects of the Aqueous and Ethanolic Extracts from a Tibetan “Snow Lotus” (<em>Saussurea lanicepsem> Herb

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    Zhijun Yang

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    Full Text Available To understand the impacts of different processing methods on the composition and effects of the herb<em> Saussurea lanicepsem> (SL, the present study report the first comparison of the chemical constituents of aqueous and ethanolic SL extracts using chromatographic analysis, and to compare their pharmacological effects in a mouse anti-inflammatory, anti-nociceptive model and an <em>in vitroem> anti-oxidant test. Chemical comparison demonstrated that the types of chemicals in the two extracts were identical, but the contents of the main constituents in the aqueous extract were lower than those of the ethanolic extract. A transesterification of dicaffeoylquinic acids took place in the aqueous extract during boiling. As for pharmacological effects, oral administration of aqueous and ethanolic SL extracts significantly inhibited croton oil-induced mice ear edema, and significantly inhibited acetic acid-induced mice writhings, respectively. In the DPPH anti-oxidant activity test, the IC50 values were calculated as 409.6 mg/L and 523.4 mg/L for the ethanolic and aqueous extracts, respectively. The inhibitory effects of the ethanolic extract were more potent than those of the aqueous extract in all pharmacological tests, although there was no significant difference. This study suggests that the two preparations should be distinguished when used.

  18. Diagnosticando o TDAH em adultos na prática clínica Diagnosing adult ADHD in clinical practice

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    Gabriela Dias

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    Full Text Available Embora a forma adulta do transtorno de déficit de atenção e hiperatividade (TDAH seja oficialmente reconhecida e respaldada cientificamente, esse diagnóstico ainda é motivo de embates entre especialistas. A maior parte do conhecimento existente ainda se deve à extrapolação dos achados de estudos com populações de crianças e adolescentes, havendo necessidade de novos estudos para validar os critérios com populações adultas. O critério de idade de início dos sintomas, o ponto de corte de seis sintomas e a necessidade de atestar comprometimento funcional em ao menos dois ambientes distintos são algumas das principais dificuldades encontradas na prática clínica para o estabelecimento do diagnóstico em adultos que freqüentemente apresentam dificuldades para resgatar informações remontando à infância. Muitos sintomas descritos são também alvos de críticas, uma vez que são claramente inapropriados para adultos. A utilização de instrumentos adaptados para adultos (como o ASRS-18, a coleta de informações com outros informantes (cônjuge e pais, por exemplo, a flexibilização da idade de início dos sintomas e uma investigação abrangente dos ambientes comprometidos pelos sintomas podem minimizar essas dificuldades.Although attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD has been officially recognized as a valid disorder into adulthood, this diagnosis is still an issue of debates between specialists. Most of the existing knowledge regarding this condition is due to the excess of findings of studies with children. As the field studies that determined DSM-IV diagnostic criteria comprised only children and adolescents, more studies with adult populations are required to validate the criteria for this population. The age of onset criteria, the cut-off of six symptoms and the requirement of impairment in at least two different settings are some of the difficulties faced by clinicians to make the diagnosis in clinical practice

  19. Matrizes clínicas e ética em Freud Clinical matrices and ethics in Freud

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    Marina de Andrade Vahle

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available O presente estudo hipotetiza que as diferentes matrizes clínicas que Freud encontrava em sua prática, e que lhe possibilitavam acréscimos teóricos, direcionaram seus distintos olhares sobre a cultura, fazendo-o privilegiar alguns elementos éticos em detrimento de outros. Desse modo, indicaremos: (1 como a histeria gerou a questão do conflito entre sexualidade e moral na civilização; (2 como a neurose obsessiva possibilitou a entrada dos temas da agressividade e do ódio como entraves contra os quais a cultura se esforça por lutar, assim como a presença marcante no psiquismo da consciência moral e do sentimento de culpa; (3 por fim, como as ditas afecções narcísicas trouxeram a Freud o papel do egoísmo e da destrutividade como inimigos da cultura. Nesse percurso nos aproximaremos das questões ligadas à problematização ética na "psicologia" freudiana e, a partir daí, do destaque que terá a dimensão moral na concepção freudiana do sujeito.The present study is guided by the hypothesis that the different clinical matrices found by Freud in his practice, which provided him theoretical additions, directed his different perspectives about culture, making him privilege some ethical elements over others. Therefore, we will indicate: (1 how hysteria was responsible for bringing Freud the issue of conflict between sexuality and morality in civilization; (2 the obsessive neurosis enabled the entering of the aggressiveness and hate themes as obstacles against which the culture strives to fight, as well as the outstanding presence in the psyche of the moral conscience and the sentiment of guilt; (3 at last, the so called narcissistic conditions brought to Freud the role of selfishness and destructiveness as enemies of culture. In this way we will approach the issues related to the ethical problematization in Freudian "psychology" and, thereafter, the prominence that the moral dimension will have in Freudian conception of the subject.

  20. Effects of EMS on Number of Internodes of the Medicinal Plant Lemon Verbena

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    Zahra Maloumi

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    Full Text Available Induced mutation is a method used in plant breeding for increasing genetic diversity. In this research, the effects of morphological changes resulting from mutation induced by the mutagenic chemical ethyl methylsulfonate (EMS on increasing morphological diversity in the medicinal plant lemon verbena were evalu .The research project was carried out in a factorial experiment with two time levels (30 and 60 minutes and four EMS concentrations (25, 50, 75, and 100 µM factorial arrangement using the randomized completely design. The seedlings grown in the tissue culture medium were exposed to the mentioned concentrations of EMS. The studied morphological traits included . Results of ANOVA related to all of the mentioned traits suggest beneficial changes took place in some of the traits because of the mutations. Increased concentrations of EMS, and longer exposure time to it, caused changes in some traits such as plant height, fresh and dry weight of stems, and root length compared to the control plants. Results of ANOVA and comparison of the obtained means using Duncan’s test lead to the conclusion that , The greatest number of internodes related to the concentration of 50 M was created with treatment time of 60 minutes and the average of 7 internodes per stem.

  1. The Antimicrobial Efficacy of <em>Elaeis guineensisem>: Characterization, <em>in Vitroem> and <em>in Vivoem> Studies

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    Sreenivasan Sasidharan

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available The urgent need to treat multi-drug resistant pathogenic microorganisms in chronically infected patients has given rise to the development of new antimicrobials from natural resources. We have tested <em>Elaeis guineensis em>Jacq> em>(Arecaceae methanol extract against a variety of bacterial, fungal and yeast strains associated with infections. Our studies have demonstrated that <em>E. guineensisem> exhibits excellent antimicrobial activity <em>in vitroem> and <em>in vivoem> against the bacterial and fungal strains tested. A marked inhibitory effect of the <em>E. guineensisem> extracts was observed against <em>C. albicansem> whereby <em>E. guineensisem> extract at ½, 1, or 2 times the MIC significantly inhibited <em>C. albicansem> growth with a noticeable drop in optical density (OD of the bacterial culture. This finding confirmed the anticandidal activity of the extract on <em>C. albicansem>. Imaging using scanning (SEM and transmission (TEM electron microscopy was done to determine the major alterations in the microstructure of the extract-treated <em>C. albicansem>. The main abnormalities noted via SEM and TEM studies were the alteration in morphology of the yeast cells. <em>In vivoem> antimicrobial activity was studies in mice that had been inoculated with <em>C. albicansem> and exhibited good anticandidal activity. The authors conclude that the extract may be used as a candidate for the development of anticandidal agent.<em> em>

  2. Effectiveness of Harpagophytum extracts and clinical efficacy.

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    Chrubasik, Sigrun; Conradt, Christian; Roufogalis, Basil D

    2004-02-01

    Various preparations from Harpagophytum procumbens are used for the treatment of pain in the joints and lower back. Studies published in peer reviewed journals were examined for their clinical evidence. The studies offering preparations with 50-60 mg harpagoside in the daily dosage are of better quality and provide more reliable evidence on efficacy than a proprietary ethanol extract with half the amount of harpagoside per day. However, confirmatory studies are required for all extracts before they can gain a place in treatment guidelines.

  3. Multidisciplinary meetings as an effective clinical intervention.

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    MacCallam, Jackie; Higgins, Lisa

    2014-06-01

    When used well, multidisciplinary meetings can function in the same way as other clinical interventions to improve communication, efficiency and outcomes. They help break down barriers, manage difficult emotions, and benefit service users and staff. But it is imperative that they are well prepared, well attended, and that the purpose and agenda are agreed. It is also vital to have an efficient chair and that meetings take place in an environment where feelings can be shared openly and respected. Services should recognise and address relevant training and support requirements.

  4. Aplikasi Effective Microorganism 10 (Em10 untuk Pertumbuhan Ikan Lele Sangkuriang (Clarias gariepinus var. Sangkuriang di Kolam Budidaya Lele Jombang, Tangerang

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    Elpawati Elpawati

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The catfish is a fish that is widely cultivated and consumed in Indonesia. The Catfish growth depand on by the availability of food and water quality. EM4 and EM10 are an example of liquid biofertilizer. The addition of EM4 in the fish pond can help the growth of the fish and maintain of the water quality. While the test of EM10 has not been done on fishery fields. The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of EM10 fertilizers on of sangkuriang catfish (Clarias gariepinus Var. sangkuriang growth and water quality. This research was conducted in February-March 2014. Research using completely randomized design with 7 treatments and 3 replications. The treatments tested were control (A, EM4 10 ml (B, EM4 20 ml (C, EM4 30 ml (D, EM10 10 ml (E, EM10 20 ml (F, and EM10 30 ml (G . Analysis of data were using ANOVA followed by Duncan test if there is a real effect (ᾱ = 0.05. EM10 fertilizers at concentration of 20 ml could affect to the specific growth rate on catfish in 7 days maintenance, the concentration of 10 ml at 14 days of maintenance and the concentration of 30 ml at 28 days of maintenance. EM10 fertilizers can affect the weight growth of catfish. Fertilizer EM10 can maintain the temperature of the water.

  5. The rhaeadr effect in clinical phonology.

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    Ball, Martin J

    2014-01-01

    A distinction is drawn between Crystal's bucket theory of language processing and an overflow of effects between different linguistic levels in language production. Most of the examples are drawn from Welsh (a language of mutual interest to the author and the honoree of this issue). For that reason, it is proposed that this effect is termed the rhaeadr effect (from the Welsh for waterfall). The rhaeadr effect is illustrated with the initial consonant mutation systems of Welsh and Irish, and with data from both normal phonological (and morphophonological) development and disordered speech.

  6. Selected Vitamins and Essential Elements in Meat from Semi-Domesticated Reindeer (<em>Rangifer tarandus tarandus em>L. in Mid- and Northern Norway: Geographical Variations and Effect of Animal Population Density

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    Ammar Ali Hassan

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Meat samples (<em>n> = 100 were collected from semi-domesticated reindeer originating from 10 grazing districts in Norway. We aimed at studying concentrations, correlations, geographical variations and the effect of animal population density on vitamins A, B3, B7, B12 and E, and calcium, iron, zinc, selenium, chromium and cobalt. Mean concentrations of vitamins A, B3, B7; B12 and E were < 5 µg, 6.6 mg, < 0.5 µg, 4.7 µg and 0.5 mg/100 g wet weight, respectively. Concentrations of calcium, iron, zinc, selenium, chromium and cobalt were 4.7 mg, 2.8 mg, 6.4 mg, 19.4 µg, 1.7 µg and 0.5 µg/100 g wet weight, respectively. Vitamin E and selenium were the nutrients that exhibited the largest geographical variations (<em>p> < 0.05, although no geographical gradient was observed for any of the studied nutrients. Age had a significant effect on zinc and selenium concentrations. Iron was significantly positive correlated with calcium (<em>r> = 0.3416, <em>p> < 0.01 and vitamin B12 with zinc (<em>r> = 0.35, <em>p> < 0.05. Reindeer from districts with low animal population density had significantly higher selenium concentration than those from districts with medium and high population densities (<em>p> < 0.01. Reindeer meat contained higher vitamin B12, iron, zinc and selenium concentrations when compared to Norwegian beef, lamb, mutton, pork and chicken meat.

  7. Qualidade de vida de pacientes hipertensos em tratamento ambulatorial Quality of life of hypertensive patients treated at an outpatient clinic

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    Margaret Assad Cavalcante

    2007-10-01

    treatment is effective however it is not well known how affects the quality of life (QOL in patients afterwards. OBJECTIVE: To comparatively assess the QOL in patients submitted to an antihypertensive treatment. METHODS: One-hundred patients with AH were studied of which 46 had complied with a standard treatment regimen (group A and 54 (group B control were about to start the same regimen. We collected clinical and sociodemographic data and questions focusing sexuality, self-perception of QOL, number and types of medication taken and their influence on sex life. The questionnaire SF-36 was also administered. The data were analyzed using the tests chi-square, Student’s t, Pearson correlation and Tukey. RESULTS: No differences were detected between group A and B in any of the SF-36 domains. There was an association between the question on self-perception of QOL and the SF-36 domains, emotional aspects excepted. As regards sexuality, there was difference in the quality of sex life between the groups, which was less satisfactory for group A. CONCLUSION: When the SF-36 was administered no changes in QOL were detected between the groups because it is an asymptomatic chronic disease. The SF-36 did not properly assess emotional aspects in our case series of hypertensive patients that had high behavior variability. Group A showed lower quality sex life; however, this was not related to the number and type of medication used.

  8. Microsatellite Loci in the Gypsophyte <em>Lepidium subulatum em>(Brassicaceae, and Transferability to Other <em>Lepidieae>

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    José Gabriel Segarra-Moragues

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Polymorphic microsatellite markers were developed for the Ibero-North African, strict gypsophyte <em>Lepidium subulatumem> to unravel the effects of habitat fragmentation in levels of genetic diversity, genetic structure and gene flow among its populations. Using 454 pyrosequencing 12 microsatellite loci including di- and tri-nucleotide repeats were characterized in <em>L. subulatumem>. They amplified a total of 80 alleles (2–12 alleles per locus in a sample of 35 individuals of <em>L. subulatumem>, showing relatively high levels of genetic diversity, <em>H>O = 0.645, <em>H>E = 0.627. Cross-species transferability of all 12 loci was successful for the Iberian endemics <em>Lepidium cardaminesem>, <em>Lepidium stylatumem>, and the widespread, <em>Lepidium graminifoliumem> and one species each of two related genera, <em>Cardaria drabaem> and <em>Coronopus didymusem>. These microsatellite primers will be useful to investigate genetic diversity, population structure and to address conservation genetics in species of <em>Lepidium>.

  9. Effect of Different Purification Techniques on the Characteristics of Heteropolysaccharide-Protein Biopolymer from Durian (<em>Durio zibethinusem> Seed

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    Hamed Mirhosseini

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Natural biopolymers from plant sources contain many impurities (e.g., fat, protein, fiber, natural pigment and endogenous enzymes, therefore, an efficient purification process is recommended to minimize these impurities and consequently improve the functional properties of the biopolymer. The main objective of the present study was to investigate the effect of different purification techniques on the yield, protein content, solubility, water- and oil-holding capacity of a heteropolysaccharide-protein biopolymer obtained from durian seed. Four different purification methods using different chemicals and solvents (<em>i.e.>, A (isopropanol and ethanol, B (isopropanol and acetone, C (saturated barium hydroxide, and D (Fehling solution] to liberate the purified biopolymer from its crude form were compared. In most cases, the purification process significantly (<em>p> < 0.05 improved the physicochemical properties of heteropolysaccharide-protein biopolymer from durian fruit seed. The present work showed that the precipitation using isopropanol and acetone (Method B resulted in the highest purification yield among all the tested purification techniques. The precipitation using saturated barium hydroxide (Method C led to induce the highest solubility and relatively high capacity of water absorption. The current study reveals that the precipitation using Fehling solution (Method D most efficiently eliminates the protein fraction, thus providing more pure biopolymer suitable for biological applications.

  10. Clinical effectiveness of acupuncture on Parkinson disease

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    Lee, Sook-Hyun; Lim, Sabina

    2017-01-01

    Abstract Background: Parkinson's disease (PD) is the second-most-common chronic and progressive neurodegenerative disease. The long-term use of levodopa leads to a loss of efficacy and to complications. Therefore, many patients with PD have turned to complementary therapies to help relieve their symptoms. Acupuncture is most commonly used as a complementary therapy in patients with PD. This paper presents a systematic review and meta-analysis of the effects of acupuncture for patients with PD. This study was performed to summarize and evaluate evidence regarding the effectiveness of acupuncture in the relief of PD symptoms. Methods: Seven databases, namely, MEDLINE, EMBASE, the Cochrane Library, the China National Knowledge Infrastructure [CNKI], and three Korean medical databases, were searched from their inception through August 2015 without language restrictions. Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) were included if they contained reports of acupuncture compared with no treatment and conventional treatment alone or acupuncture plus conventional treatment compared with conventional treatment alone for PD symptoms. Assessments were performed with the unified PD rating scales (UPDRS) I, II, III, and IV and the total score, the Webster scale, and effectiveness rating. Methodological quality was assessed using the Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro) scale and the Cochrane risk of bias (ROB). Results: In all, 982 potentially relevant articles were identified; 25 RCTs met our inclusion criterion, 19 of 25 RCTs were high-quality studies (i.e., a score of 6 or higher). The included RCTs showed favorable results for acupuncture plus conventional treatment compared with conventional treatment alone in the UPDRS II, III, and IV and the total score. Acupuncture was effective in relieving PD symptoms compared with no treatment and conventional treatment alone, and acupuncture plus conventional treatment had a more significant effect than conventional treatment alone

  11. Young people at ultra high risk for psychosis: research from the PACE clinic Jovens em risco ultra alto de psicose: pesquisa na clínica PACE

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    Alison R. Yung

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    Full Text Available Over the last fifteen years, attempts have been made to prospectively identify individuals in the prodromal phase of schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. The ultra high risk approach, based on a combination of known trait and state risk factors, has been the main strategy used. The validation of the ultra high risk criteria allowed for predictive research in this population in an attempt to identify clinical, neurocognitive and neurobiological risk factors for psychosis onset. It also led to a series of intervention studies in this population, which have included the use of low dose antipsychotic medication, cognitive therapy, and omega-3 fatty acids. Although there is moderate evidence for the effectiveness of specific intervention strategies in this population, the most effective type and duration of intervention is yet to be determined. A current controversy in the field is whether to include an adaption of the ultra high risk criteria (the attenuated psychosis syndrome in the next version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (Fifth Edition.Nos últimos quinze anos, foram feitas tentativas para identificar prospectivamente indivíduos na fase prodrômica de esquizofrenia e outros transtornos psicóticos. A abordagem de risco ultra alto, baseada na combinação de fatores conhecidos de risco de traço e estado, tem sido a principal estratégia utilizada. A validação dos critérios de risco ultra alto levou em conta a pesquisa preditiva nessa população, em uma tentativa de identificar fatores de risco clínicos, neurocognitivos e neurobiológicos para o início de psicose. Também levou a uma série de estudos de intervenção nessa população, que incluíram o uso de medicação antipsicótica em baixa dose, terapia cognitiva e ácidos graxos ômega-3. Ainda que existam evidências razoáveis sobre a eficácia de estratégias de intervenção específicas nessa população, o tipo mais efetivo e sua dura

  12. Nonlinear Random Effects Mixture Models: Maximum Likelihood Estimation via the EM Algorithm.

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    Wang, Xiaoning; Schumitzky, Alan; D'Argenio, David Z

    2007-08-15

    Nonlinear random effects models with finite mixture structures are used to identify polymorphism in pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic phenotypes. An EM algorithm for maximum likelihood estimation approach is developed and uses sampling-based methods to implement the expectation step, that results in an analytically tractable maximization step. A benefit of the approach is that no model linearization is performed and the estimation precision can be arbitrarily controlled by the sampling process. A detailed simulation study illustrates the feasibility of the estimation approach and evaluates its performance. Applications of the proposed nonlinear random effects mixture model approach to other population pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic problems will be of interest for future investigation.

  13. Hemangioblastomas: achados clínicos, epidemiológicos e anatomopatológicos em 14 casos Haemangioblastomas: clinical, epidemiological and pathological findings in 14 cases

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    EMERSON LEANDRO GASPARETTO

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    Full Text Available Relatamos os achados clínicos, epidemiológicos e anatomopatológicos de 14 casos de hemangioblastoma. Sessenta e quatro por cento ocorreram em pacientes do sexo masculino, com idades variando de 16 a 60 anos, com média de 34,4 anos. Nove localizaram-se no cerebelo. Os sintomas mais comuns foram cefaléia (n=7 e tontura (n=7, com período médio de evolução de 70 dias. O diagnóstico de síndrome de von Hippel-Lindau (vHL foi feito em 3 pacientes. Onze pacientes foram submetidos a ressecção cirúrgica total e 3 a exérese parcial. Evidenciou-se recidiva em 28% dos casos, em 3 anos de acompanhamento. Os pacientes com vHL apresentaram recidiva em 66% dos casos. Estes achados aproximam-se dos encontrados na literatura, enfatizando a morbidade deste tumor quando associado à vHL.We report the clinical, epidemiological and pathological findings of 14 patients with haemangioblastoma. Sixty-four percent occurred in males, with ages ranging from 16 to 60 years, with an average of 34,4 years. Most of the tumours were confined to the cerebellum (n=9. The most frequent symptoms were headache (n=7 and dizziness (n=7, with a mean duration of 70 days. Von Hippel-Lindau syndrome (vHL was diagnosed in 3 patients. Eleven patients were submitted to total surgical removal and in 3 the tumour was partially ressected. A relapse rate of 28% in 3 years of follow-up was found. The patients with vHL showed recurrence in 66% of the cases. These findings corroborate those in current medical literature, showing an increased morbidity of this tumor when associated with vHL.

  14. On the effectiveness of the vlf-em method For ground water prospecting in the Basement terrains, Sinai, Egypt

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    The VLF-EM method is proved to be an effective, fast and inexpensive tool for ground water prospecting in the basement terrains of Southern Sinai. The resistive shallow alluvial deposits increase the penetration depth of the received VLF waves to as deep as 40 meters which is very reasonable to detect the water bearing alluvium in the studied areas. The measured horizontal and vertical components of the resultant VLF-EM field were used to calculate the apparent resistivities of the conductive...

  15. Investigating metal removal potential by Effective Microorganisms (EM) in alginate-immobilized and free-cell forms.

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    Ting, Adeline Su Yien; Rahman, Nurul Hidayah Abdul; Isa, Mohamed Ikmal Hafiz Mahamad; Tan, Wei Shang

    2013-11-01

    Metal removal potential of both alginate-immobilized and free-cells of Effective Microorganisms (EM-1™ Inoculant) was investigated in this study. Results revealed that removal of Cr(III), Cu(II) and Pb(II) followed a similar trend where alginate-immobilized EM were more efficient compared to free-cells of EM. For these metals, 0.940, 2.695 and 4.011 mg g(-1) of Cr(III), Cu(II) and Pb(II) were removed compared to only 0.160, 0.859 and 0.755 mg ml(-1) removed by free-cells, respectively. The higher efficiency of alginate-immobilized EM was primarily attributed to the alginate matrix. This was evident when both alginate-immobilized EM and plain alginate beads (without EM), were not significantly different in their removal efficacies. Presence of alginate also enhanced the use of the biosorbents as maximum metal sorption was achieved after 120 min as opposed to only 60 min for free-cells. EM per se in immobilized or free-cell forms did not enhance metal removal efficacy.

  16. Effects of clinical practice focusing on level-3 OSCE items.

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    Sakurai, Hiroaki; Kanada, Yoshikiyo; Sugiura, Yoshito; Motoya, Ikuo; Wada, Yosuke; Yamada, Masayuki; Tomita, Masao; Tanabe, Shigeo; Koyama, Soichiro; Teranishi, Toshio; Sawa, Syunji; Okanishi, Tetsuo

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    [Purpose] This study examined the effects of clinical training focusing on level-3 OSCE (analytical and therapeutic skills) items, and compared the achievement levels of physical (PT) and occupational (OT) therapist students. [Subjects] A total of 282 (165 PT and 117 OT) students enrolled at our university between 2008 and 2010 were studied. [Methods] OSCE scores were compared between before and after clinical training focusing on level-3 OSCE items, and between PT and OT students. [Results] Scores for 5 out of the 6 level-3a items were significantly higher after than before clinical training. Increases in scores of 2 or 3 level-3b and -3c items were also observed after clinical training. There were no marked differences between PT and OT students in scores for level-3a, -3b, and -3c items before clinical training. In contrast, after clinical training, OT students' scores for 3a and 3c items related to dressing were higher than those of PT students, and the latter's scores for 3b items related to transfer were higher than those of the former. [Conclusion] The results suggest level-3 OSCE items are effectively taught during clinical training.

  17. Research and clinical aspects of the late effects of poliomyelitis

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    Halstead, L.S.; Wiechers, D.O.

    1986-01-01

    This book contains 32 selections. Some of the titles are: Late effects of Polio: Historical Perspectives; Sleep-Disordered Breathing as a Late Effect of Poliomyelitis; Clinical Subtypes, DNA Repair Efficiency, and Therapeutic Trials in the Post-Polio Syndromes; and Post-Polio Muscle Function.

  18. A Deliberation for Evaluating Clinical Effects in Chinese Medicine

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    2010-01-01

    @@ Chinese medicine (CM) has several thousands of years of history and has made a great contribution to human health and disease prevention in the world.Since there are so many differences between CM and Western medicine (WM) on their theory and methods in disease diagnosis and treatment,how to evaluate the clinical effects exactly and correctly in clinical practice becomes one bottleneck problem in CM.This is also the primary theme of the 369th Xiangshan Seminar,2010,Beijing.

  19. Aspectos clínicos e funcionais do equilíbrio corporal em idosos com vertigem posicional paroxística benigna Clinical and functional aspects of body balance in elderly subjects with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo

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    Daniela Patricia Vaz

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    Full Text Available Vertigem Posicional Paroxística Benigna (VPPB pode alterar o equilíbrio corporal em pacientes idosos. OBJETIVO: Observar os efeitos da manobra de Epley em idosos com VPPB, avaliando os aspectos clínicos e funcionais do equilíbrio corporal. Forma de estudo: clínico e prospectivo. MÉTODO: Após o diagnóstico da doença (teste de DixHallpike, os testes Time Up and Go (TUGT, Clinical test of Sensory Interaction and Balance (CTSIB e o teste de membros inferiores (MMI foram realizados antes e após a manobra de reposicionamento de Epley modificada. RESULTADOS: O gênero feminino foi o mais prevalente e a média etária foi de 70,10 anos (DP = 7,00. Todos os pacientes apresentaram ductolitíase de canal posterior. Os seguintes sintomas melhoraram após a manobra: a instabilidade postural (p = 0,006, náusea e vômito (p = 0,021 e zumbido (p = 0,003. Em relação ao TUGT e o escore do teste de MMII, observou-se diminuição significante do tempo pós-manobra de Epley (p Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV may compromise the balance of elderly subjects. OBJECTIVE: To observe the effects of the Epley maneuver in elderly subjects with BPPV and assess clinical and functional aspects of body balance. METHOD: This is a prospective clinical study. Patients diagnosed with BPPV (Dix-Hallpike test were submitted to the Timed Up & Go (TUG test, the Clinical Test of Sensory Interaction and Balance (CTSIB, and lower limb testing before and after they were repositioned using the modified Epley maneuver. RESULTS: Most subjects were females, and the group's mean age was 70.10 years (SD = 7.00. All patients had canalithiasis of the posterior canal. The following symptoms improved after the maneuver: postural instability (p = 0.006, nausea and vomiting (p = 0.021, and tinnitus (p = 0.003. Subjects improved their times significantly in the TUG and lower limb tests after the Epley maneuver (p < 0.001. Patients performed better on the CTSIB after the Epley

  20. Effect of 5-Aminouracil on mitotic cell division in <em>Allium cepaem> Efeito de 5-Aminouracil na divisão mitótica de células de <em>Allium cepaem>

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    Veronica Elisa Pimenta Vicentini; Marcia Flores da Silva; Maria de Fátima Pires da Silva Machado

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    A exposição de células meristemáticas de Allium cepa por dois ciclos de divisões (48 horas), em soluções contendo concentrações mais baixas de 5-aminouracil (50, 100 e 150μM) do que as usualmente empregadas para proceder à sincronização da proliferação celular, mostrou que as concentrações usadas causam anormalidades cromossômicas e formação de micronúcleos, mas não bloqueiam a entrada destas células em mitose. As células em mitose e com micronúcleos podem prosseguir em divisão e assim con...

  1. Alterações gastrointestinais em pacientes com câncer colorretal em ensaio clínico com fungos Agaricus sylvaticus Gastrointestinal alterations in patients with colorectal cancer on clinical trial supplemented with Agaricus sylvaticus fungus

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    Renata Costa Fortes

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: Fungos medicinais podem normalizar a função intestinal, aumentar o apetite e reduzir os efeitos adversos do tratamento convencional do câncer. OBJETIVO: Avaliar as alterações gastrointestinais de pacientes com câncer colorretal em fase pós-operatória após suplementação dietética com fungos Agaricus sylvaticus. METODOLOGIA: Ensaio clínico randomizado, duplo-cego, placebo-controlado, realizado no Hospital de Base do Distrito Federal. Amostra constituída de 56 pacientes (24 homens e 32 mulheres, estádios I, II e III, seguindo determinados critérios de inclusão e exclusão, separados em grupos placebo e Agaricus sylvaticus (30mg/kg/dia e acompanhados por um período de seis meses. Para avaliar as alterações gastrointestinais foram utilizados um formulário-padrão e uma anamnese dirigida-padrão. O método de análise dos resultados foi qualitativo e descritivo, utilizando os programas Microsoft Excel 2003 e Epi Info 2004 para Windows, versão 3.3.2. RESULTADOS: Após seis meses de tratamento, observou-se, no grupo Agaricus sylvaticus, aumento do apetite e redução da constipação, diarréia, diarréia alternada com constipação, flatulência, retenção de flatos, pirose, plenitude pós-prandial, náuseas, distensão e dor abdominais, fatos não observados no grupo placebo. CONCLUSÃO: Os resultados sugerem que a suplementação dietética com fungos Agaricus sylvaticus é capaz de melhorar as alterações gastrointestinais de pacientes no pós-operatório de câncer colorretal, promovendo melhoria na qualidade de vida desses pacientes.INTRODUCTION: Medicinal fungus may normalize intestinal function, increase appetite and reduce adverse effects caused by conventional cancer treatment. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the gastrointestinal alterations of patients with colorectal cancer in post-operative phase after dietary supplementation with Agaricus sylvaticus fungus. METHODOLOGY: Randomized, double-blind, placebo

  2. Expression of variant surface antigens by <em>Plasmodium falciparumem> parasites in the peripheral blood of clinically immune pregnant women indicates ongoing placental infection

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    Ofori, Michael F; Staalsoe, Trine; Bam, Victoria

    2003-01-01

    Placenta-sequestered Plasmodium falciparum parasites that cause pregnancy-associated malaria (PAM) in otherwise clinically immune women express distinct variant surface antigens (VSA(PAM)) not expressed by parasites in nonpregnant individuals. We report here that parasites from the peripheral blo...

  3. Antibodies to the N-terminal block 2 of <em>Plasmodium falciparumem> merozoite surface protein 1 are associated with protection against clinical malaria

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    Cavanagh, David R; Dodoo, Daniel; Hviid, Lars

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    This longitudinal prospective study shows that antibodies to the N-terminal block 2 region of the Plasmodium falciparum merozoite surface protein 1 (MSP-1) are associated with protection against clinical malaria in an area of stable but seasonal malaria transmission of Ghana. Antibodies to the bl...

  4. The incidence and clinical symptomatology of <em>Clostridium difficile em>infections in a community setting in a cohort of Danish patients attending general practice

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    Søes, Lillian Marie; Holt, H M; Böttiger, B;

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    Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is gradually being recognised as a cause of morbidity in the community. We investigated the incidence and clinical characteristics of CDI in a community setting and characterised the C. difficile strains by toxin gene profiling and polymerase chain reaction (...

  5. Ultra-som pulsado de baixa intensidade em fraturas diafisárias: aplicação clínica em cães Low-intensity pulsed ultrasound in diaphyseal fractures: clinical application in dogs

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    Valéria Lima de Sousa

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available Os efeitos da estimulação ultra-sônica sobre a consolidação óssea têm sido demonstrados por trabalhos experimentais e clínicos. Este estudo teve por objetivo investigar a aplicação clínica do ultra-som pulsado de baixa intensidade como tratamento adjuvante de fraturas diafisárias em cães. Foram utilizados 16 cães de raças variadas, com faixa etária entre sete meses e seis anos, peso corpóreo entre 2,5 e 43kg, portadores de fraturas diafisárias fechadas recentes localizadas no rádio e ulna, fêmur ou tíbia e fíbula, estabilizadas por procedimentos de osteossíntese (fixação esquelética externa, pinos intramedulares ou a associação desses métodos. Os cães foram divididos em dois grupos: fraturas estabilizadas tratadas por ultra-som de baixa intensidade (grupo tratado, n=8; fraturas estabilizadas, não tratadas por estimulação ultra-sônica, (grupo controle, n=8. Os animais foram avaliados por exames clínicos e radiográficos nos períodos pré-operatório, pós-operatório imediato e a cada 30 dias posteriores aos procedimentos cirúrgicos. Realizou-se tratamento com ultra-som pulsado (sinal senoidal com freqüência de 1,5MHz, largura de pulso de 200µs e freqüência de repetição de 1kHz de baixa intensidade (30mW cm-2, aplicado de modo estacionário no foco de fratura. A terapia ultra-sônica foi realizada 20 minutos por dia, durante 21 dias consecutivos, a partir do período compreendido entre o 1° e o 9° dia pós-operatório. O teste t de Student, empregado na análise estatística, mostrou diferença significante (PThe effects of ultrasound stimulation on bone healing have been demonstrated in experimental and clinical studies. The purpose of this study was to investigate the clinical application of low-intensity pulsed ultrasound as an adjuvant for the treatment of diaphyseal fractures in dogs. Sixteen dogs of different breeds, ages ranging from seven months to six years, weighing from 2.5 to 43kg, were

  6. Partial left ventriculectomy in a child: 70-month clinical follow up Ventriculectomia parcial esquerda em criança: acompanhamento clínico por 70 meses

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    Eduardo Coelho de Souza

    2003-10-01

    Full Text Available We describe the 70- month follow up of a child with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy and end-stage congestive heart failure (NYHA III/IV who underwent partial left ventriculectomy - the Batista operation when he was two and half years old. The clinical follow up was performed in the outpatient clinic by electrocardiography, echocardiography and radionuclide ventriculography to better analyse the left ventricular ejection fraction. The left ventricular diameter increased. Echocardiograms showed enlargement mainly in the systolic left ventricular diameter and slow decrease in fractional shortening (delta D. The child was in class I (NYHA during the follow-up. His exercise endurance was better than before surgery and hospitalization was not necessary. For these reasons, we believe that this procedure can be considered as a therapeutic option in children with severe dilated cardiomiopathy who are waiting for heart transplantation, as the shortage of donors is a fact.Relatamos a evolução durante 70 meses de uma criança submetida a ventriculectomia parcial esquerda, pela técnica de Batista aos 2 anos e 6 meses de idade, em classe funcional III/IV em decorrência de cardiomiopatia dilatada idiopática, com seguimento clínico ambulatorial. Realizamos eletrocardiogramas, ecocardiogramas seriados e ventriculografia radioisotópica para melhor analisar a fração de ejeção do ventrículo esquerdo. Houve progressivo aumento deste. O ecocardiograma mostrou aumento principalmente do diâmetro sistólico do ventrículo esquerdo com queda progressiva, porém lenta, da fração de ejeção. Apesar da progressão da disfunção miocárdica, a criança manteve-se em classe funcional I durante todo o seguimento, com melhora da tolerância ao exercício e não necessitou de internações. Por isso, achamos que o método pode ser considerado opção terapêutica em crianças com cardiomiopatia dilatada avançada, aguardando a indicação mais tardia de

  7. Estimating treatment effect in a proportional hazards model in randomized clinical trials with all-or-nothing compliance.

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    Li, Shuli; Gray, Robert J

    2016-09-01

    We consider methods for estimating the treatment effect and/or the covariate by treatment interaction effect in a randomized clinical trial under noncompliance with time-to-event outcome. As in Cuzick et al. (2007), assuming that the patient population consists of three (possibly latent) subgroups based on treatment preference: the ambivalent group, the insisters, and the refusers, we estimate the effects among the ambivalent group. The parameters have causal interpretations under standard assumptions. The article contains two main contributions. First, we propose a weighted per-protocol (Wtd PP) estimator through incorporating time-varying weights in a proportional hazards model. In the second part of the article, under the model considered in Cuzick et al. (2007), we propose an EM algorithm to maximize a full likelihood (FL) as well as the pseudo likelihood (PL) considered in Cuzick et al. (2007). The E step of the algorithm involves computing the conditional expectation of a linear function of the latent membership, and the main advantage of the EM algorithm is that the risk parameters can be updated by fitting a weighted Cox model using standard software and the baseline hazard can be updated using closed-form solutions. Simulations show that the EM algorithm is computationally much more efficient than directly maximizing the observed likelihood. The main advantage of the Wtd PP approach is that it is more robust to model misspecifications among the insisters and refusers since the outcome model does not impose distributional assumptions among these two groups.

  8. Prehospital Ketamine is a Safe and Effective Treatment for Excited Delirium in a Community Hospital Based EMS System.

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    Scaggs, Thomas R; Glass, David M; Hutchcraft, Megan Gleason; Weir, William B

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    Excited delirium syndrome (ExDS) is defined by marked agitation and confusion with sympathomimetic surge and incessant physical struggle, despite futility, which may lead to profound pathophysiologic changes and sudden death. Severe metabolic derangements, including lactic acidosis, rhabdomyolysis, and hyperthermia, occur. The pathophysiology of excited delirium is a subject of ongoing basic science and clinical research. Positive associations with ExDS include male gender, mental health disorders, and substance abuse (especially sympathomimetics). Excited delirium syndrome patients often exhibit violent, psychotic behavior and have "superhuman" strength which can result in the patient fighting with police and first responders. Continued struggle can cause a patient with ExDS to experience elevated temperature (T) and acidosis which causes enzymes to fail, leading to sudden death from cardiovascular collapse and multi-system organ failure. Therefore, effective early sedation is optimal to stop this fulminant process. Treatment of ExDS must be focused on rapidly, safely, and effectively sedating the patient and providing intensive, supportive care. Benzodiazepines, like midazolam, may not be ideal to sedate ExDS patients since their onset takes several minutes, and their side effects include loss of airway control and respiratory depression. Injectable antipsychotic medications have a relatively slow onset and may cause prolongation of the QTc interval. Ketamine is the ideal medication to sedate patients with ExDS. Ketamine has a rapid, predictable onset within three to four minutes when given by intramuscular (IM) injection. It does not adversely affect airway control, breathing, heart rate, or blood pressure (BP). In this retrospective case series, prehospital scenarios in which ExDS patients received ketamine by paramedics for sedation, and their subsequent treatment in the emergency department (ED) and hospital, are described. It is demonstrated that ketamine

  9. Effects of dry period length on clinical mastitis and other major clinical health disorders

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    Enevoldsen, Carsten; Sørensen, J.T.

    1992-01-01

    Four, 7-, and 10-wk dry periods were randomly assigned to 366 dairy cows in eight herds. A multiple polytomous logistic regression analysis was conducted with the objective to reveal possible important effects of the dry period on the risk of contracting major clinical health disorders. Several...... calving intervals, the risk of occurrence of complications at calving decreased with the length of the dry period. This relation was reversed at longer calving intervals. Dry period lengths of approximately 7 wk appear to be associated with the lowest risk of clinical health disorders, but other factors...

  10. Ongoing clinical trials of the pleiotropic effects of statins

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    Jean Davignon

    2005-04-01

    Full Text Available Jean Davignon1, Lawrence A Leiter21Clinical Research Institute of Montreal, Montreal, QC, Canada; 2Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, St Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, ON, CanadaBackground: The multiple effects (ie, pleiotropic effects of statins have received increasing recognition and may have clinical applicability across a broad range of cardiovascular and noncardiovascular conditions. Objective: To determine the relevance and significance of ongoing clinical trials of the pleiotropic effects of statins, focusing on nonlipid effects. Method: Ongoing trials were identified through personal communication, reports presented at scientific meetings (2000–2004, and queries made to AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co, Merck & Co, Novartis, and Pfizer, manufacturers of the currently marketed statins. Published trials and other source material were identified through electronic searches on MEDLINE (1990–2003, abstract books, and references identified from bibliographies of pertinent articles. Eligible studies were the clinical trials of statins currently under way in which primary or secondary outcomes included the statins’ nonlipid (ie, pleiotropic effect(s. Data were extracted and trial quality was assessed by the authors. Results: Of the 22 ongoing trials of the nonlipid effects of statins identified, 10 assessed inflammatory markers and plaque stabilization, 4 assessed oxidized low density lipoprotein/vascular oxidant stress, 3 assessed end-stage renal disease, 3 assessed fibrinogen/viscosity, 2 assessed endothelial function, 2 assessed acute coronary syndrome, 2 assessed aortic stenosis progression, and 1 each assessed hypertension, osteoporosis, ischemic burden, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and stroke (outcomes often overlapped. Conclusion: Given the excellent safety and tolerability of statins as a class, full exploration of their pleiotropic effects has the potential to provide additional benefits to many patients

  11. Clinical Effects of Subgingivally Delivered Spirulina Gel in Chronic Periodontitis Cases: A Placebo Controlled Clinical Trial

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    Mahendra, Jaideep; Mahendra, Little; Muthu, Jananni; John, Libby; Romanos, Georgios E.

    2013-01-01

    Aims and Objectives: The aim of this study was to assess the clinical effects of Spirulina in-situ gel as an adjunct to Scaling And Root Planning (SRP) in the treatment of chronic periodontitis subjects. Material and Methods: 64 sites were selected with probing pocket depth of ≥5mm and they were divided into 2 groups; 33 sites were treated with SRP along with spirulina gel (Group A) and 31 sites were treated with SRP alone (Group B). Clinical parameters were recorded at baseline before SRP and at 120th day after the treatment therapy. The parameters included Probing Pocket Depth (PPD) and Clinical Attachment Level (CAL). Results: Both the groups showed significant improvement in the parameters. However, Group A (SRP along with spirulina) showed statistically significant decrease in mean probing pocket depth and gain in the clinical attachment level after 120 days as compared to Group B SRP alone. Conclusion: Locally delivered spirulina gel, along with scaling and root planning, has been shown to cause a beneficial impact. The efficacy of the product as a local drug delivery system in the non-surgical treatment of periodontitis without any side effects has been proved. Spirulina appears to be promising. It exerts strong anti-inflammatory effects which are closely connected with its antioxidative activity. This study can have a significant impact on the treatment procedures of periodontitis, with the use of blue green algae in the future. PMID:24298522

  12. Effects of healing touch in clinical practice: a systematic review of randomized clinical trials.

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    Anderson, Joel G; Taylor, Ann Gill

    2011-09-01

    Hands-on healing and energy-based interventions have been found in cultures throughout history around the world. These complementary therapies, rooted in ancient Eastern healing practices, are becoming mainstream. Healing Touch, a biofield therapy that arose in the nursing field in the late 1980s, is used in a variety of settings (i.e., pain centers, surgical settings, and private practices) with reported benefits (i.e., decreased anxiety, pain, and depressive behaviors; increased relaxation and a sense of well-being). However, clinical trial data concerning the effectiveness of Healing Touch have not been evaluated using a systematic, evidence-based approach. Thus, this systematic review is aimed at critically evaluating the data from randomized clinical trials examining the clinical efficacy of Healing Touch as a supportive care modality for any medical condition.

  13. Effect of Clinical Teaching Associate Model on Nursing Students' Clinical Skills and Nurses' Satisfaction.

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    Rahnavard, Zahra; Eybpoosh, Sana; Alianmoghaddam, Narges

    2013-10-02

    Abstract Background and Objectives: The credit of the practice nurses in developing countries, due to gap between theory and practice in nursing education and health care delivery has been questioned by nursing professionals. Therefore, the aims of this study were to investigate the effectiveness of the application of the CTA model in nursing students' clinical skills and to assess the participants' (faculty members, staff nurses, and nursing students) level of satisfaction with the CTA model and with achieving the educational goals in Iran, as a developing country. Methods and Materials: In this experimental study, random sampling was used to assess 104 nursing students' clinical skills, and assess 6 faculty members and 6 staff nurses. After obtaining informed consent, the level of satisfaction was evaluated by a questionnaire and clinical skills were evaluated by standard checklists. Data were assessed and analyzed with SPSS version 15. Results: The results showed that the mean scores of all clinical skills of the students were significantly higher after intervention (pskills in nursing students in Iran as a developing country. Therefore, application of the method is recommended in clinical nursing education systems of such counties.

  14. Effects of pneumoperitoneum in rats Efeitos do pneumoperitônio em ratos

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    Marco Aurélio Valadão Fagundes

    2002-03-01

    Full Text Available The effects of different pneumoperitoneal pressures on kidney and liver functions and on arterial gasometry in rats are provided. A sample of twenty male rats weighing from 350 to 400 grams and distributed into two groups of ten animals was used. Each animal served as experimental control from which blood samples were collected before introducing CO2 into the peritoneal cavity. Samples underwent pressures of 4 and 6 mm Hg during one hour. Results show that increase in intra-abdominal pressure by CO2 in rats causes changes in their arterial gasometry, liver and kidney. However, no liver or kidney lesions during the above mentioned time were reported.O objetivo deste trabalho é investigar o efeito de diferentes pressões de pneumoperitônio na gasometria arterial, rins e fígado de ratos. Foram utilizados 20 ratos machos, com peso entre 350 e 400 gramas distribuídos em 2 grupos de 10 animais. O controle do experimento foi o próprio animal. Retiraram-se retirou-se amostras de sangue antes da introdução do CO2 na cavidade peritonial, as quais foram submetidas ao tempo de 1 hora, em pressões de 4 e 6 mm Hg. Os resultados observados permitem concluir que o aumento da pressão intra-abdominal por dióxido de carbono em ratos promove alterações na gasometria arterial, fígado e rins. Porém, no fígado e rins, estas alterações não traduzem lesão hepática e renal neste tempo estudado.

  15. Espasmos em flexão: estudo clínico longitudinal de pacientes tratados com Nitrazepam (mogadon Massive spams: clinical study in patients treated by Nitrazepam

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    Michel Pierre Lison

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    Full Text Available O tratamento foi satisfatório em 11 dos 12 pacientes com espasmos em flexão. Em dois pacientes as crises foram controladas desde o primeiro dia. Em 9 houve redução rápida e significativa da intensidade e da freqüência dos surtos de espasmos em flexão desde o primeiro dia. Iniciado o tratamento, verificamos que: (1 os espasmos conservaram seu aspecto maciço, embora a amplitude e a violência da contração geralmente estivessem diminuidas; (2 ao lado das crises maciças ocorreram crises parciais; (3 o caráter maciço da mioclonia desapareceu, atenuando-se a tendência à repetição em série das crises. O intervalo entre o início dos espasmos em flexão e o início do tratamento com Nitrazepam, bem como o insucesso de tratamentos anteriores com anticonvulsivantes usuais e mesmo com ACTH, não foram fatores desfavoráveis quanto aos resultados, pelo menos iniciais, da terapêutica com Nitrazepam. A médio e longo prazo, foram registradas recidivas parciais das crises em 7 pacientes. As recidivas estiveram nitidamente relacionadas com redução da dose do Nitrazepam ou com episódios infecciosos agudos. Em três: pacientes o controle das crises, após recidiva parcial, foi mais difícil. Em 6 pacientes com espasmos em flexão, os processos respiratórios agudos recidivantes foram mais freqüentes depois de iniciado o tratamento com Nitrazepam. Durante esse tratamento, crises tônicas generalizadas surgiram, pela primeira vez, em 7 pacientes. De acordo com a época de seu aparecimento puderam ser subdivididas em: (1 crises precoces, surgidas entre duas semanas e um mês de tratamento que desapareceram espontâneamente em três meses; (2 crises tardias, surgidas após 5 a 13 meses de tratamento. Ao contrário das tardias, as crises precoces não tiveram relação com redução da dosagem da droga ou com a intercorrência de episódios infecciosos. A ocorrência de outras manifestações críticas e de alterações do comportamento simult

  16. Confounding Effect in Clinical Research of Otolaryngology and Its Control.

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    Yu, Yong-qiang; Huang, Dong-yan; Armijo Olivo, Susan; Yang, Huai-an; Bambanini, Yagesh; Sonnenberg, Lyn; Clark, Brenda; Constantinescu, Gabriela; Qian Yu, Jason; Zhang, Ming

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    Confounding effect is a critical issue in clinical research of otolaryngology because it can distort the research's conclusion. In this review, we introduce the definition of confounding effect, the methods of verifying and controlling the effect. Confounding effect can be prevented by research's design, and adjusted by data analysis. Clinicians would be aware and cautious about confounding effect in their research. They would be able to set up a research's design in which appropriate methods have been applied to prevent this effect.They would know how to adjust confounding effect after data collection. It is important to remember that sometimes it is impossible to eliminate confounding effect completely, and statistical method is not a master key. Solid research knowledge and critical thinking of our brain are the most important in controlling confounding effect.

  17. Confounding Effect in Clinical Research of Otolaryngology and Its Control

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    Yong-qiang Yu; Ming Zhang; Dong-yan Huang; Susan Armijo Olivo; Huai-an Yang; Yagesh Bambanini; Lyn Sonnenberg; renda Clark; Gabriela Constantinescu; Jason Qian Yu

    2015-01-01

    Confounding effect is a critical issue in clinical research of otolaryngology because it can distort the research’s conclusion. In this review, we introduce the definition of confounding effect, the methods of verifying and controlling the effect. Confounding effect can be prevented by research’s design, and adjusted by data analysis. Clinicians would be aware and cautious about confounding effect in their research. They would be able to set up a research’s design in which appropriate methods have been applied to prevent this effect. They would know how to adjust confounding effect after data collection. It is important to remember that sometimes it is impossible to eliminate confounding effect completely, and statistical method is not a master key. Solid research knowledge and critical thinking of our brain are the most important in controlling confounding effect.

  18. Cooperative Al(Salen-Pyridinium Catalysts for the Asymmetric Synthesis of <em>trans>-Configured β-Lactones by [2+2]-Cyclocondensation of Acylbromides and Aldehydes: Investigation of Pyridinium Substituent Effects

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    René Peters

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    Full Text Available The <em>trans>-selective catalytic asymmetric formation of β-lactones constitutes an attractive surrogate for <em>anti>-aldol additions. Recently, we have reported the first catalyst which is capable of forming <em>trans>-β-lactones with high enantioselectivity from aliphatic (and aromatic aldehyde substrates by cyclocondensation with acyl bromides. In that previous study the concepts of Lewis acid and organic aprotic ion pair catalysis were combined in a salen-type catalyst molecule. Since a pyridinium residue on the salen periphery is essential for high <em>trans>- and enantioselectivity, we were interested in the question of whether substituents on the pyridinium rings could be used to further improve the catalyst efficiency, as they might have a significant impact on the effective charges within the heterocycles. In the present study we have thus compared a small library of aluminum salen/bispyridinium catalysts mainly differing in the substituents on the pyridinium residues. As one result of these studies a new catalyst was identified which offers slightly superior stereoselectivity as compared to the previously reported best catalyst. NBO calculations have revealed that the higher stereoselectivity can arguably not be explained by the variation of the effective charge.

  19. Exploring Clinical Supervision as Instrument for Effective Teacher Supervision

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    Ibara, E. C.

    2013-01-01

    This paper examines clinical supervision approaches that have the potential to promote and implement effective teacher supervision in Nigeria. The various approaches have been analysed based on the conceptual framework of instructional supervisory behavior. The findings suggest that a clear distinction can be made between the prescriptive and…

  20. Clinical Teaching Effectiveness Instrument: Development and Psychometric Testing.

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    Copeland, H. Liesel; Hewson, Mariana

    This report describes the development and psychometric qualities of a new instrument to assess clinical teaching effectiveness in medical education. The strength of the instrument is seen to lie in the qualitative development process involving iterative checking with key stakeholders; its high reliability, validity, and feasibility; and its ease…

  1. Effectiveness of respiratory rates in determining clinical deterioration

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    Mølgaard, Rikke Rishøj; Larsen, Palle; Håkonsen, Sasa Jul

    2016-01-01

    Review question/objective: The objective of this systematic review is to identify, appraise and synthesize the best available evidence on the effectiveness of manually measuring respiratory rates for 60 s or less in detecting clinical deterioration of inpatients. More specifically, the review...

  2. Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation in a Novel Porcine Model of Severe <em>Staphylococcus aureusem> Sepsis Fulfills Human Clinical Criteria

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    Soerensen, K. E.; Olsen, H. G.; Skovgaard, Kerstin;

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    the haemostatic and vascular alterations in a novel porcine model of severe S. aureus sepsis, investigating whether the changes fulfill the human clinical criteria for DIC. Five pigs were inoculated intravenously with S. aureus and two control animals were sham-inoculated. Blood samples were collected...... activation. EC activation was identified by expression of von Willebrand factor in small vessels together with elevated mRNA encoding activated EC markers. Severe haemostatic and vascular changes fulfilling the human criteria for DIC were therefore seen in all infected pigs. A tendency towards uncompensated...

  3. Clinical and microbiological effects of the initial periodontal therapy

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    Predin Tanja

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    Full Text Available Introduction. Periodontitis is a destructive inflammatory disease of the tooth-supporting tissues, primarily caused by Gram-negative microorganisms. Thus, the primary objective of cause-related initial periodontal therapy is disruption and removal of the subgingival biofilm. Objective. The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical and microbiological effects of the initial therapy in patients diagnosed with chronic periodontitis. Methods. Forty patients with chronic periodontitis were included in the study. As a part of the clinical assessment undertaken prior to the initial therapy, as well as one month and three months post-therapy, plaque index, gingival index, papilla bleeding index, probing pocket depth and clinical attachment level were recorded. Microbiological testing was performed prior to the initial therapy and three months after therapy. Polymerase chain reaction assays were used to determine the presence of Porphyromonas gingivalis, Tannerella forsythensis, Prevotella intermedia and Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans. Results. All clinical parameters were significantly reduced after therapy. The prevalence of Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans was reduced by 22.5%, which was a statistically significant decrease compared to the baseline. The prevalence of Porphyromonas gingivalis, Tannerella forsythensis and Prevotella intermedia tended to decrease after therapy; however, the difference did not reach statistical significance. Conclusion. The results of the present study demonstrated the beneficial effects of the initial periodontal therapy on both the clinical and microbiological parameters. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. 175075

  4. Esôfago em quebra-nozes -- avaliação clínica de 97 pacientes Nutcracker esophagus -- clinical findings in 97 patients

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    Luiz Filipe Duarte SILVA

    2000-10-01

    Full Text Available O esôfago em quebra-nozes é uma anormalidade manométrica, incluída entre os distúrbios motores primários do esôfago, caracterizada por ondas peristálticas que atingem elevada amplitude em esôfago distal, descrita inicialmente em pacientes com dor torácica não-cardíaca. Embora trabalhos posteriores tenham registrado o esôfago em quebra-nozes em pacientes com disfagia e, mais recentemente, o associado à doença do refluxo gastroesofágico, há bastante controvérsia em relação ao seu verdadeiro significado, sendo escassos os estudos clínicos envolvendo grande número de pacientes. Noventa e sete pacientes com o diagnóstico manométrico de esôfago em quebra-nozes, definido a partir de um grupo controle assintomático, foram estudados retrospectivamente quanto às características clínicas e propedêutica esofagiana, que incluiu endoscopia digestiva alta, esofagografia convencional e pHmetria esofagiana prolongada. Houve predomínio do sexo feminino (63,9 %, com média de idade de 54,3 anos. A queixa mais freqüente que determinou a realização do exame manométrico foi dor torácica, seguida de disfagia e pirose. As manifestações clínicas como um todo foram dor torácica (53,6%, disfagia (52,6%, pirose (52,6%, regurgitação (21,6%, queixas otorrinolaringológicas (15,4%, dispepsia (15,4% e odinofagia (4,1%. A maior parte dos pacientes apresentou sintomas múltiplos, sendo queixa única observada em 28% dos mesmos. A endoscopia digestiva alta demonstrou esofagite erosiva em 8% dos pacientes e a esofagografia convencional revelou distúrbio motor esofagiano em 16,4%. A pHmetria esofagiana prolongada diagnosticou refluxo gastroesofagiano anormal em 41,2% dos exames realizados. Concluiu-se que, controvérsias à parte, são encontradas outras queixas além de dor torácica e disfagia associadas ao esôfago em quebra-nozes e que é importante definir a associação com a doença do refluxo gastroesofágico para orientar a

  5. [Clinical and experimental research of immunomodulatory effect of amisulpride].

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    Vetlugina, T P; Lobacheva, O A; Al'perina, E L; Zhukova, E N; Semke, A V; Nikitina, V B; Cheĭdo, M A; Idova, G V

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    Study of immunomodulatory effect of atypical antipsychotic amisulpride has revealed a positive clinical effect after 6-week therapy of schizophrenic patients regarding both positive and negative symptoms. A decrease in activity of humoral immunity factors (B lymphocytes, immunoglobulins, HLADR(+)-cells) identified among schizophrenic patients in the process of amisulpride therapy can be attributed to a positive effect optimizing the ratio Th1/Th2. Amisulpride when used under experimental conditions produced a suppression of IgM-immune response in mice of the C57BL/6J strain. This effect was more expressed in animals with aggressive behavior pattern.

  6. Evaluation of the practical peak voltage quantity for clinical equipment in diagnostic radiology; Avaliacao da grandeza tensao de pico pratica em equipamentos clinicos utilizados em radiodiagnostico

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    Pires, Joao dos Santos Justo

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    The objective of this work is to evaluate the calculation of the Practical Peak Voltage (PPV) from the voltage waveform and the kerma contrast for two kinds of X-ray equipment: a single phase clinical equipment, a three phase clinical equipment. The PPV from a mammography system voltage waveform will also be established. The development of this work involves intermediate objectives that indicate the quality of the used methods to calculate the PPV. One of these intermediate objectives is the comparison between the invasive calculations of PPV (using a voltage divider) with the response of kVp meter that calculate the PPV. Another intermediate objective is to compare the PPV with the Contrast Equivalent Voltage (the original non-invasive PPV definition). The variation of the PPV with quantities that influence in the voltage waveform like ripple and sample rate will also be contemplated in this work. The results showed that the PPV quantity could be invasive determined trustworthy. Therefore, the ripple quantity is the mainly influence to determinate the PPV that affecting the non-invasive determination. This fact suggest that the non-invasive instruments manufacturers must reevaluate the calculation of the PPV quantity in their instruments. (author)

  7. A prática clínica baseada em evidências: parte II - buscando as evidências em fontes de informação Evidence based clinical practice: part II - searching evidence databases

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    Full Text Available A busca da resposta a uma questão clínica bem construída pode ser realizada em inúmeras fontes de informação científica. Na dependência de onde obtemos a informação, a decisão clínica não será sustentada pelas melhores evidências disponíveis na atualidade, expondo o paciente a um risco desnecessário. A busca pode ser realizada em bases primárias, que disponibilizam os trabalhos originais, cabendo ao leitor o ônus de selecionar e analisar criticamente a validade de seus resultados. A busca pode também ser realizada em bases secundárias, que economizam o tempo do leitor na seleção metodológica e avaliação crítica. Entre as bases primárias, recomendamos o Medline e o SciELO, onde a busca pode ter início com a utilização das palavras-chaves, obtidas na construção da pergunta estruturada segundo o acrônimo P.I.C.O., em seguida, organizadas com a adição dos booleanos AND, OR ou NOT. Entre as bases secundárias que acrescem qualidade científica na seleção das evidências apresentadas, algumas fornecem respostas fundamentadas em trabalhos inviduais, como o ACP Journal Club, o Evidence Based Medicine e o InfoPoems, outras abordam questões clínicas organizadas em forma de livro, como o Clinical Evidence e o UpToDate. A Cochrane Review apresenta evidências de boa qualidade a partir de revisões sistemáticas de ensaios clínicos preferencialmente aleatorizados. A obtenção de estudos que respondem a uma questão clínica faz parte do atendimento que procura integrar a melhor evidência científica às necessidades de atendimento do paciente. Para tanto, conta com recursos tecnológicos, como os PDAs, Palmtops e Notebooks, cada vez mais adaptados para trazer a última informação divulgada pela Internet que auxilia na tomada de decisão clínica à beira do leito.The inadequacy of most of traditional sources for medical information, like textbook and review article, do not sustained the clinical decision based on

  8. A prática clínica baseada em evidências: parte II - buscando as Evidências em Fontes de Informação Evidence based clinical practice: part II - searching evidence databases

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    Full Text Available A busca da resposta a uma questão clínica bem construída pode ser realizada em inúmeras fontes de informação científica. Na dependência de onde obtemos a informação, a decisão clínica não será sustentada pelas melhores evidências disponíveis na atualidade, expondo o paciente a um risco desnecessário. A busca pode ser realizada em bases primárias, que disponibilizam os trabalhos originais, cabendo ao leitor o ônus de selecionar e analisar criticamente a validade de seus resultados. A busca pode também ser realizada em bases secundárias, que economizam o tempo do leitor na seleção metodológica e avaliação crítica. Entre as bases primárias, recomendamos o Medline e o SciELO, onde a busca pode ter início com a utilização das palavras-chaves, obtidas na construção da pergunta estruturada segundo o acrônimo P.I.C.O., em seguida, organizadas com a adição dos booleanos AND, OR ou NOT. Entre as bases secundárias que acrescem qualidade científica na seleção das evidências apresentadas, algumas fornecem respostas fundamentadas em trabalhos inviduais, como o ACPJournal Club, o Evidence Based Medicine e o InfoPoems, outras abordam questões clínicas organizadas em forma de livro, como o Clinical Evidence e o UpToDate. A Cochrane Review apresenta evidências de boa qualidade a partir de revisões sistemáticas de ensaios clínicos preferencialmente aleatorizados. A obtenção de estudos que respondem a uma questão clínica faz parte do atendimento que procura integrar a melhor evidência científica às necessidades de atendimento do paciente. Para tanto, conta com recursos tecnológicos, como os PDAs, Palmtops e Notebooks, cada vez mais adaptados para trazer a última informação divulgada pela Internet que auxilia na tomada de decisão clínica à beira do leito.The inadequacy of most of traditional sources for medical information, like textbook and review article, do not sustained the clinical decision based on

  9. EFEITOS DE HERBICIDAS NO CONTROLE DE PLANTAS DANINHAS, CRESCIMENTO E PRODUÇÃO DE MILHO E Brachiaria brizantha EM CONSÓRCIO EFFECTS OF HERBICIDES ON INTERCROPPED MAIZE AND Brachiaria brizantha WEED CONTROL, GROWTH AND YIELD

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    2007-09-01

    ha-1, and 32 g ha-1 were evaluated in a tank mixture with atrazine (1,500 g ha-1. Additionally, two weeded controls were tested represented by both species in monoculture. The weed species <em>Brachiaria> <em>plantaginea>, <em>Sorghum> <em>arundinaceum>, and <em>Brachiaria> <em>decumbens> were controlled effectively by nicosulfuron with the highest used doses. The perennial species <em>Cyperus> <em>rotundus> and <em>Artemisia> <em>verlotorum> were not controlled by the herbicides. Initially, maize presented a higher growth rate than <em>Brachiaria> <em>brizantha> causing a reduction in the biomass yield rate and the leaf area index (LAI of the intercropped forage. This effect was increased on higher rates of nicosulfuron. The maize biomass yield was smaller in the atrazine treatment as related to those treated with the nicosulfuron + atrazine mixture and the weeded control. During the critical period of competition, the aerial biomass yield and the LAI of maize were superior to the intercropped <em>Brachiaria> <em>brizantha>. These characteristics allowed a good maize grain yield independently of the adopted management.

    KEY-WORDS: Crop-livestock integration; no-tillage; atrazine; nicosulfuron.

  10. Aspectos clínicos e laboratoriais de meningite piogênica em lactentes Clinical and laboratorial aspects of acute bacterial meningitis in infants

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    Rita Lucena

    2002-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: descrever as características clínicas e laboratoriais da meningite piogênica em lactentes. MÉTODO: informações obtidas a partir do acompanhamento prospectivo dos lactentes com meningite piogênica, admitidos no Hospital Couto Maia no período de março a dezembro de 1997, foram inseridas em um banco de dados e analisadas com auxílio de programas estatísticos. RESULTADOS: meningite piogênica foi mais prevalente em lactentes com idade entre 6 meses e 1 ano, sendo o agente etiológico mais freqüente o Haemophilus influenzae. A letalidade global foi de 25,9% e, entre os sobreviventes, 39,3% deixaram o hospital apresentando alguma anormalidade compatível com envolvimento encefálico ao exame neurológico. CONCLUSÃO: meningite piogênica em lactentes se constitui em enfermidade com taxa de letalidade elevada, sendo, na maioria dos casos, passível de prevenção. Consideramos de grande relevância a adoção de medidas profiláticas de saúde visando redução da incidência desta enfermidade.OBJECTIVE: to describe clinical and laboratorial characteristics of acute bacterial meningitis in infants. METHOD: data from the prospective follow-up of infants with acute bacterial meningitis, admitted at the Hospital Couto Maia between March and December 1997, were analyzed with specific statistical software. RESULTS: acute bacterial meningitis was more prevalent in infants with ages varying from 6 months to 1 year. The most frequent etiologic agent was Haemophilus influenzae. The global lethality was 25.9% and among the survivors 39.3% left the hospital with some abnormality in the neurological exam compatible with the brain involvement. CONCLUSION: acute bacterial meningitis in infants is a high lethality disease that in the majority of cases can be prevented. We consider of great relevance the adoption of health prevention strategies in order to reduce the incidence of this disease.

  11. CLINICAL EFFECTS OF ROPIVACAINE MESYLATE IN EPIDURAL ANESTHESIA AND ANALGESIA

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    Jian-qing Xu; Bo Zhu; Tie-hu Ye

    2005-01-01

    @@ SINCE the report that ropivacaine hydrochloride, a new amide local anesthetic, is of lower cardiac toxicity both in animals and humans,1 several studies have shown it to be a clinically effective local anesthetic widely used for both epidural anesthesia2-4 and analgesia5-7. Ropivacaine mesylate made in China is structurally from ropivacaine hydrochloride by substituting a mesylate group for hydrochloride group.8 This study was designed to clinically provide a double-blind comparison of ropivacaine mesylate with ropivacaine hydrochloride in epidural anesthesia and analgesia.

  12. Avaliação da qualidade dos ensaios clínicos aleatórios em terapia intensiva Quality assessment of randomized clinical trial in intensive care

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    Giulliano Peixoto Gonçalves

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: O ensaio clínico aleatório é um estudo prospectivo que compara o efeito e o valor das intervenções em seres humanos, utilizando um ou mais grupos contra o grupo controle. O objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar a qualidade dos ensaios clínicos aleatórios publicados em terapia intensiva no Brasil. MÉTODOS: Todos os ensaios clínicos aleatórios encontrados através da busca manual na Revista Brasileira de Terapia Intensiva de janeiro de 2001 a março de 2008 foram analisados para avaliar sua descrição através da escala de qualidade. Foi utilizada uma estatística descritiva e intervalo de confiança de 95% para a variável primária. A variável primária foi a qualidade dos ensaios clínicos aleatórios. RESULTADOS: Foram encontrados 185 artigos originais, sendo 14 de ensaios clínicos aleatórios. Apenas um artigo original analisado (7,1% mostrou-se de boa qualidade. Não houve significância estatística entre os dados coletados e os dados mostrados na hipótese desta pesquisa. CONCLUSÃO: Pode-se concluir que na amostra de artigos avaliada 7% dos ensaios clínicos aleatórios em terapia intensiva publicados em uma revista no Brasil são de boa qualidade metodológica.OBJECTIVE: A randomized clinical trial is a prospective study that compares the effect and value of interventions in human beings, of one or more groups vs. a control group. The objective of this study was to evaluate the quality of published randomized clinical trials in Intensive care in Brazil. METHODS: All randomized clinical trials in intensive care found by manual search in Revista Brasileira de Terapia Intensiva from January 2001 to March 2008 were assessed to evaluate their description by the quality scale. Descriptive statistics and a 95 % confidence interval were used for the primary outcome. Our primary outcome was the randomized clinical trial quality. RESULTS: Our search found 185 original articles, of which 14 were randomized clinical trials. Only

  13. Detrimental effect of rutin on Anticarsia gemmatalis Efeito prejudicial de rutina em Anticarsia gemmatalis

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    Clara Beatriz Hoffmann-Campo

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    Full Text Available Behavioral and nutritional effect of rutin (quercetin 3-O-rutinosídeo on Anticarsia gemmatalis Hübner (Lep.: Noctuidae, a major soybean defoliator in Brazil, was evaluated from the third instar to pupation. Rutin is one of the flavonol glycosides identified in the leaves of the wild soybean PI 227687. Larval weight and amount of ingested food decreased as rutin concentration in the diet increase. An interactive effect between feeding time and diet (treatment was observed on insect growth; when larvae fed on pure-diet, feeding time elongation resulted in heavier pupae. Differently, the weight of larvae fed on rutin-diet remained almost stable, in spite of eating for longer. A. gemmatalis growth was negatively influenced by rutin-diet not only by feeding deterrence but also by post-ingestive effect on insect growth, since after adjustment of pupal weight by the amount of ingested food (covariate, the effect of diet remained significant. Rutin negatively influenced A. gemmatalis growth as result of pre-ingestive effect, indicated by reduction in food consumption, and post-ingestive effect, indicated by lower conversion of ingested food into body mass and food assimilation.O efeito de dieta contendo rutina (quercetina 3-O-rutinosídeo no comportamento e na nutrição do principal desfolhador da soja, Anticarsia gemmatalis Hübner (Lep.: Noctuidae foi avaliado do terceiro ínstar até a formação da pupa. Rutina é um dos flavonóis glicosídicos identificados em folhas da soja selvagem PI 227687. O peso das lagartas e o consumo decresceram com o aumento na concentração de rutina na dieta. Houve interação entre o tempo de alimentação e a dieta no crescimento do inseto; lagartas alimentadas com dieta pura, cujo tempo de alimentação prolongou-se, originaram pupas mais pesadas. O peso das pupas alimentadas com dieta contendo rutina permaneceu estável, apesar do maior tempo de alimentação. Rutina afetou negativamente o crescimento do inseto

  14. Reabilitação vestibular: utilidade clínica em pacientes com esclerose múltipla Vestibular rehabilitation: clinical benefits to patients with multiple sclerosis

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    Bianca Simone Zeigelboim

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo desse estudo foi analisar a eficácia do exercício de reabilitação vestibular em dois casos de esclerose múltipla remitente-recorrente. Ambos os casos foram encaminhados do Hospital de Clínicas para o Laboratório de Otoneurologia de uma instituição de ensino e foram submetidos aos seguintes procedimentos: anamnese, inspeção otológica, avaliação vestibular e aplicação do Dizziness Handicap Inventory pré e pós reabilitação vestibular utilizando-se o protocolo de Cawthorne e Cooksey. No primeiro caso, gênero feminino, 35 anos, tempo de doença de seis anos, referiu tontura há três anos, de intensidade moderada de ocorrência frequente, cefaléia, quedas, desvio de marcha à direita e sensação de desmaio (sic. Apresentou no exame labiríntico, síndrome vestibular periférica deficitária bilateral. No segundo caso, gênero feminino, 49 anos, tempo de doença de dois anos, referiu desvio de marcha à direita, dificuldade e/ou dor ao movimento do pescoço, formigamento de extremidade e alteração vocal. Apresentou no exame labiríntico, síndrome vestibular periférica deficitária à direita. Houve melhora significativa em ambos os casos dos aspectos físico, funcional e emocional do Dizziness Handicap Inventory após a realização da reabilitação vestibular. O protocolo utilizado promoveu melhora na qualidade de vida e auxiliou no processo de compensação vestibular.The aim of the present study was to analyze the effectiveness of vestibular rehabilitation exercises in two cases of remittent-recurrent multiple sclerosis. Both cases were referred from the Clinics Hospital to the Laboratory of Otoneurology of the same institution and were submitted to the following procedures: anamnesis, otological inspection, vestibular evaluation, and application of the Dizziness Handicap Inventory before and after vestibular rehabilitation using the Cawthorne and Cooksey protocol. The first case was a 35-year-old female

  15. Clinical effectiveness of atypical antipsychotics in elderly patients with psychosis.

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    Masand, Prakash

    2004-11-01

    The elderly represent a unique patient group in the sense that they have a high prevalence of psychotic symptoms that are a manifestation of a variety of psychiatric, neurological and organic disorders. Treatment is complicated by several factors including comorbid diagnoses (psychiatric and medical), polypharmacy, age-related changes in pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics and high susceptibility to adverse events. Elderly patients require pharmacological interventions that are effective in reducing symptoms but also are well tolerated, improve everyday functioning, subjective well-being and treatment adherence and reduce family/career burden. The ability of an antipsychotic to fulfil these requirements determines its clinical effectiveness. To date, few studies have investigated the clinical effectiveness of atypical antipsychotics in elderly patients. However, clear differences exist between the available agents, particularly with regard to tolerability profiles, which have a major impact on the clinical outcome of patients. Clinicians should select an agent that is not only effective in reducing psychotic symptoms but, more importantly, one that has a low incidence of adverse events, such as extrapyramidal symptoms (EPS) and neurocognitive problems, which are of concern in the elderly.

  16. Stroke in patients with sickle cell disease: clinical and neurological aspects Acidente cerebrovascular em pacientes com anemia falciforme: aspectos clínicos e neurológicos

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    Carolina Camargo de Oliveira

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to characterize a group of patients (n=8 with sickle cell disease (SCD and ischemic stroke concerning the clinical, neurological, imaging and progressive aspects. Data were collected from records and completed with an interview of patients and their parents. In this study there were 8 patients with ages ranging from 10 to 23 years old; SCD diagnosis was given between one and two years of age with clinical features of fatigue and anemia. The stroke was ischemic in all individuals and the first cerebrovascular event occurred before 6 years of age; 3 patients had recurrence of stroke despite prophylactic blood transfusion therapy and both cerebral hemispheres were affected in 4 patients. Clinical and neurological current features observed were: acute pain crises, sialorrhea, mouth breathing, motor, and neuropsychological impairments resulting from cortical-subcortical structure lesions.O objetivo deste estudo foi caracterizar um grupo de sujeitos (n=8 com antecedentes de anemia falciforme (AF e acidente vascular cerebral (AVC isquêmico, dos pontos de vista clínico, neurológico, radiológico e evolutivo, reavaliados através de exame neurológico e neuropsicológico. A partir de prontuários dos sujeitos com diagnóstico comprovado de AF e AVC, coletamos dados, complementados por entrevista com pacientes e responsáveis. Foram avaliados 8 pacientes; atualmente com idades entre 10 e 23 anos; diagnóstico da AF entre um e dois anos; quadro clínico de fraqueza e anemia. Em todos, o AVC foi isquêmico e o primeiro evento na maioria ocorreu antes dos 6 anos de idade; houve recorrência do AVC em 3, apesar da profilaxia com transfusão sanguínea; ambos os hemisférios afetados em 4; no quadro clínico e neurológico atual constatamos crises dolorosas, sialorréia, respiração oral e importante comprometimento motor e neuropsicológico, resultantes de lesões estruturais cortico-subcorticais.

  17. Efeito da temperatura e estocagem em ovos Effect of temperature and storage of eggs

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    Maria do Socorro Vieira dos Santos

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available A pesquisa foi desenvolvida objetivando avaliar o efeito da temperatura e período de estocagem de ovos de poedeiras comerciais submetidas a dietas à base de milho, soja e óleo vegetal com nível de energia de 2.850 kcal EM/kg e proteína de 18%. O ensaio envolveu um plantel com 224 poedeiras comerciais da linhagem Hy-line W-36, com 23 semanas de idade, dividido em 5 ciclos de 28 dias. Foi avaliado o efeito isolado e a interação de dois fatores: temperatura de conservação (ambiente e de refrigeração e período de estocagem (7, 14 e 21 dias. As variáveis estudadas foram: perda de peso dos ovos (%, percentagem de gema, percentagem de clara, percentagem de casca, gravidade específica, unidades Haugh e escore de coloração da gema crua. O aumento do período de estocagem, independente da temperatura de conservação, ocasionou perda de peso dos ovos e reduções na gravidade específica, nas unidades Haugh e na coloração da gema crua. Os ovos mantidos em temperatura de refrigeração apresentaram (p The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of temperature and period of storage on the quality of eggs of commercial laying hens submitted to diets with corn, soy, and vegetal oils with energy level of 2850 kcal ME/kg and 18% of protein. The experimental procedure involved 224 commercial laying hens of the HY-LINE W-36 line, which were 23 weeks of age, divided into 5 cycles of 28 days. The isolated effect and the interaction of storage temperature (ambient and refrigeration and storage period (7, 14 e 21 day were evaluated. The variables studied were loss of weight, percentage of the yolk, percentage of the white, specific gravity, Haugh units, and coloration of raw egg yolk. The increase in the period of the storage of eggs, independent of the maintenance temperature, caused egg weight loss and reduced the specific gravity, Haugh unit values, and coloration of the raw egg yolk. The eggs kept under refrigeration presented (p 0

  18. A structural dynamic factor model for the effects of monetary policy estimated by the EM algorithm

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    Bork, Lasse

    This paper applies the maximum likelihood based EM algorithm to a large-dimensional factor analysis of US monetary policy. Specifically, economy-wide effects of shocks to the US federal funds rate are estimated in a structural dynamic factor model in which 100+ US macroeconomic and financial time...... series are driven by the joint dynamics of the federal funds rate and a few correlated dynamic factors. This paper contains a number of methodological contributions to the existing literature on data-rich monetary policy analysis. Firstly, the identification scheme allows for correlated factor dynamics...... as opposed to the orthogonal factors resulting from the popular principal component approach to structural factor models. Correlated factors are economically more sensible and important for a richer monetary policy transmission mechanism. Secondly, I consider both static factor loadings as well as dynamic...

  19. Dimethylarginine Dimethylaminohydrolase/Nitric Oxide Synthase Pathway in Liver and Kidney: Protective Effect of Cyanidin 3-<em>O>-β-D-Glucoside on Ochratoxin-A Toxicity

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    Rosaria Acquaviva

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effect of long-term cyanidin 3-<em>O>-β-D-glucoside (C3G and/or Ochratoxin A (OTA-exposure on dimethylarginine dimethylamino hydrolase/nitric oxide synthase (DDAH/NOS pathway in rats. The experiments were performed in rats supplemented with C3G (1 g/kg feed, OTA (200 ppb, and OTA + C3G. After 4 weeks of daily treatment, liver and kidneys were processed for eNOS, iNOS and DDAH-1 Western blotting, nitrite levels evaluation and DDAH activity determination. Results show that OTA is able to induce iNOS both in kidney and liver, whereas OTA is able to induce eNOS and DDAH-1 overexpression and DDAH activation only in kidney, resulting in increased nitrite levels. In kidney of OTA + C3G fed rats, iNOS, eNOS and DDAH-1 expression were less pronounced compared with those observed in the OTA-treated group. Coherent with the decreased iNOS, eNOS and DDAH-1 expression a decrease in nitrite levels and DDAH activity was observed in the OTA + C3G group. Results demonstrate that C3G is able to counteract the deleterious effects of chronic consumption of OTA and also suggest a possible involvement of iNOS-eNOS-DDAH impairment in OTA nephrocarcinogenity.

  20. Aspectos clínicos e terapêuticos de prolactinomas em homens Clinical and therapeutic aspects of prolactinoma in men

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    Gisele Rieffel Braucks

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available Em homens, macroprolactinomas predominam em relação aos microprolactinomas e têm maior invasividade que nas mulheres. O tratamento clínico é a primeira opção tanto em macro como em microadenomas, independente do sexo. Comparamos apresentação clínica, níveis de prolactina, invasividade neurorradiológica e resposta da prolactinemia em 42 homens com prolactinomas, 23 com terapia clínica (grupo 1 e 19 que também utilizaram tratamento cirúrgico e/ou radioterápico (grupo 2. Os dados obtidos foram submetidos a análise estatística utilizando-se os testes de qui-quadrado ou exato de Fisher para comparações de proporções. Para comparar médias foi aplicado o teste t de Student ou, na ausência de distribuição normal ou com número pequeno de eventos, o não paramétrico de Mann-Whitney. O nível de significância adotado foi de 5% (pMacroprolactinomas predominate in males in comparison to microprolactinomas, with greater trend to invasiveness than in females. The clinical treatment has been the first option to prolactinomas, in both macro and microadenomas, irrespective the sex. We compared clinical presentation, prolactin levels, neuroradiologic invasiveness and prolactinemia response of 23 men with prolactinomas subjected to clinical therapy (group 1 with 19 who went also through surgical and/or radiotherapic treatment (group 2. The statistical analysis was done by the tests of chi-square or exact of Fisher, in order to compare proportions, and by t of Student or Mann-Whitney, in order to compare means. The level of significance adopted was 5% (p<0.05. The two groups were similar regarding age (p=0.23, period between start of the first symptom and diagnosis (p=0.82, prolactin levels before treatment (p=0.41 and invasive macroadenomas proportion (p=0.096. There was significantly greater percentage of headache (p=0.009 and visual deficit (p=0.025 in group 2, as well as the drug usage (p=0.007 and observation (p=0.0005 periods were

  1. Effects of PBBs on cattle. I. Clinical evaluations and clinical chemistry.

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    Durst, H I; Willett, L B; Schanbacher, F L; Moorhead, P D

    1978-04-01

    Toxicosis was induced in pregnant heifers by feeding 25,000 mg/head/day of FireMaster BP-6, a commercial blend of polybrominated biphenyls (PBB). The PBB feeding decreased dry matter intake approximately 50% by 4 days exposure. Emaciated animals became anorexic a few days prior to death at 33 to 66 days. Weight losses of heifers average 80 kg. Other clinical signs observed were dehydration, diarrhea, excessive salivation and lacrimation, fetal death, abortion, and general depression as evidenced by depressed heart and respiratory rates. Clinical signs were apparent after 10 days exposure and progressively intensified along with loss of condition until death. Clinicopathologic changes included significantly increased serum glutamic-oxaloacetic transaminase and decreased serum calcium by 30 days exposure. Lactate dehydrogenase, urea nitrogen, and bilirubin were elevated, and serum albumin decreased by 36 to 40 days. Principal urine changes were decreased specific gravity and moderate proteinuria. Pregnant heifers fed 0.25 or 250 mg/head/day for 60 days and nonpregnant heifers fed 250 mg/head/day for 180 days displayed neither clinical signs nor clinicopathologic changes indicating adverse effects from PBB exposure. Post-exposure, all heifers exposed to PBB for 60 days calved normally with zero calf mortality and were successfully rebred. Milk production was not different from control animals. Birth weights of calves from dams exposed to 250 mg PBB/head/day were significantly greater than calves of dams exposed to 0 mg or 0.25 mg/head/day. PBB exposure of dams produced no detrimental effects on calves as indicated by clinical signs, clinicopathologic changes, or performance.

  2. Developing an instrument to measure effective factors on clinical learning

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    IDEH DADGARAN

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Although nursing students spend a large part of their learning period in the clinical environment, clinical learning has not been perceived by its nature yet. To develop an instrument to measure effective factors on clinical learning in nursing students. Methods: This is a mixed methods study performed in 2 steps. First, the researchers defined “clinical learning” in nursing students through qualitative content analysis and designed items of the questionnaire based on semi-structured individual interviews with nursing students. Then, as the second step, psychometric properties of the questionnaire were evaluated using the face validity, content validity, construct validity, and internal consistency evaluated on 227 students from fourth or higher semesters. All the interviews were recorded and transcribed, and then, they were analyzed using Max Qualitative Data Analysis and all of qualitative data were analyzed using SPSS 14. Results: To do the study, we constructed the preliminary questionnaire containing 102 expressions. After determination of face and content validities by qualitative and quantitative approaches, the expressions of the questionnaire were reduced to 45. To determine the construct validity, exploratory factor analysis was applied. The results indicated that the maximum variance percentage (40.55% was defined by the first 3 factors while the rest of the total variance percentage (59.45% was determined by the other 42 factors. Results of exploratory factor analysis of this questionnaire indicated the presence of 3 instructor-staff, students, and educational related factors. Finally, 41 expressions were kept in 3 factor groups. The α-Cronbach coefficient (0.93 confirmed the high internal consistency of the questionnaire. Conclusion: Results indicated that the prepared questionnaire was an efficient instrument in the study of the effective factors on clinical learning as viewed by nursing students since it

  3. Effect of acupressure on preoperative anxiety: a clinical trial.

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    Valiee, Sina; Bassampour, Shiva Sadat; Nasrabadi, Alireza Nikbakht; Pouresmaeil, Zahra; Mehran, Abbas

    2012-08-01

    Preoperative anxiety, as an emotional reaction, is common among patients undergoing surgery. The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of acupressure on preoperative anxiety before abdominal surgery. The 70 subjects of this clinical trial were randomly assigned into the acupressure group (n=35), which received acupressure at the true points, or the placebo group (n=35), which received acupressure at sham (false) points. Preoperative anxiety and vital signs before and after the intervention were measured in both groups. The findings demonstrated a reduction in the level of preoperative anxiety for both groups (Pacupressure group (Pacupressure at true points (third eye and Shen men) can reduce higher preoperative anxiety of patients before abdominal surgery and that it has had a more clinically beneficial effect than sham points.

  4. Aspectos clínicos da intoxicação experimental pelas favas de Stryphnodendron fissuratum (Leg. Mimosoideae em caprinos Clinical aspects of the experimental poisoning by the pods of Stryphnodendron fissuratum (Leg. Mimosoideae in goats

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    Fábio S. Mendonça

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Com o objetivo de caracterizar o quadro clínico da intoxicação por Stryphnodendron fissuratum Mart. (Leg. Mimosoideae em caprinos, administraram-se as favas dessa planta a oito caprinos, por via oral forçada em doses únicas e a outros dois caprinos, em doses fracionadas. A menor dose que causou sinais clínicos e morte foi a de 10g/kg. Doses de 20g/kg e 40g/kg causaram sinais acentuados e doses únicas de 5g/kg não provocaram sinais. Doses fracionadas de 5g/kg durante quatro dias, totalizando 20g/kg provocaram sinais acentuados e morte. Em ambos os grupos, os primeiros sinais de intoxicação foram observados a partir do primeiro dia de experimento e a evolução variou de 4-25 dias. A doença caracterizou-se principalmente por alterações digestórias e nervosas que consistiram em anorexia, desidratação, hipomotilidade e atonia ruminal, timpanismo, gemidos constantes, dor à percussão abdominal, fezes com muco, ranger de dentes, apatia, ataxia, dismetria, tremores de cabeça, tremores musculares, fraqueza com o andar cambaleante e trôpego, acentuada depressão e decúbito esternal ou lateral prolongado e morte. Alguns animais apresentaram acentuada queda de pêlos na região dorsal; apenas um caprino apresentou fezes líquidas, marrom-escuras e fétidas. Outros sinais incluíram perda de fluido ruminal durante a ruminação, sialorréia, exsudato nasal seroso e lacrimejamento. As provas de função hepática e renal revelaram alterações discretas. As concentrações séricas de aspartato aminotransferase encontraram-se levemente aumentadas e as de creatinofosfocinase muito aumentadas.In order to confirm the susceptibility of goats to the poisoning by Stryphnodendron fissuratum Mart. (Leg. Mimosoideae and to characterize the clinical disease, the pods of the plant were given orally to each of eight young goats and in fractioned doses to other two. The lowest lethal dose was 10g/kg. The same dose was the lowest that induced disease

  5. Efeito de aderências dirigidas em anastomoses cólicas isquêmicas em ratos Effect of conducted adhesions on ischemic colic anastomoses in rats

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    Miki Mochizuki

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar o efeito das aderências dirigidas sobre a resistência mecânica de anastomoses realizadas em cólon isquêmico através da aplicação dos testes Resistência à Pressão de Explosão e Resistência à Força de Tração. MÉTODOS: Quarenta ratos foram distribuídos igualmente em dois grupos. O Grupo 1 era constituído de vinte animais em que as anastomoses cólicas isquêmicas foram recobertas por uma película de polivinilcloreto (P.V.C. para impedir a formação de aderências sobre as linhas de sutura e o Grupo 2 era constituído por 20 animais em que as anastomoses cólicas isquêmicas foram recobertas pela gordura epididimal, de forma a constituir uma aderência dirigida sobre a linha de sutura, sendo ainda recobertas por uma película de P.V.C. para impedir a formação de outras aderências. RESULTADOS: A média da Pressão de Ruptura à Distensão por Líquidos da anastomose foi de 10 mmHg no grupo sem aderência e de 55,2 mmHg no grupo com aderência (p PURPOSE: Evaluate the effect of conducted adhesions on the mechanical resistance of anastomoses performed in ischemic colon through the Bursting Strength Test and Breaking Strength Test. METHODS: Forty rats were divided into two groups. Group 1 was composed of 20 rats in which the anastomoses were covered with P.V.C. (Polyvinyl Chloride to prevent the occurrence of adhesions over the anastomotic line. Group 2 was composed of 20 rats in which anastomotic line was covered with epididimal fat besides P.V.C. to prevent formation of other adhesions. RESULTS: The mean Bursting Strength of the anastomoses in the group without adhesion was 10 mmHg and this value was 55.2 mmHg in the group with adhesion (p < 0.05. The mean Breaking Strength of the anastomoses was 142.5 gf in the group without adhesion and 262 gf in the group with adhesion (p < 0.05. CONCLUSION: Based on those mechanical tests, adhesions were benefic to ischemic anastomoses, rising their intrinsic resistance

  6. Study on the In-situ Sludge Reduction of Effective Microorganisms (EM) and the Influences of EM on Sludge Yield%EM 菌原位污泥减量及其对污泥产率的影响

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    吴蓓蕾; 黄种买; 王旭; 钱玲

    2016-01-01

    活性污泥法产生的剩余污泥处理困难且易造成二次污染,本研究通过外加effective microorgan-isms (EM )菌剂丰富污泥中微生物种群,延长微生物种群食物链,达到降低污泥产率的目的。实验主要研究了菌液投加量、操作温度等参数对活性污泥工艺中的污泥产率的影响,确定最佳操作条件为:菌液与污水比例为0.005%;最佳温度是30℃;停留时间根据工艺过程在6~18 h范围内选择。通过污泥增殖实验和内源代谢实验确定了微生物生长动力学参数:外加EM菌组污泥衰减系数为0.0054,真实生长比率为0.3568;未加EM菌的空白对照组衰减系数为0.0047,真实生长比率为0.4266,结果表明外加EM菌可增大污泥系统的内源代谢速率,有效降低污泥产率。%Activated sludge process produces large amount of excessive sludge which is difficult to be handled and easily causes secondary pollutions .In this study ,the effective microorganism (EM) is added into activated sludge to improve diversity of microorganisms ,which will extend the food chain and hence the sludge will be reduced .Experiments are conducted to investigate the effects of the dose of EM ,operating temperature and etc on the sludge yield .The optimized conditions are :the EM adding dose is 0 .005% ,the operational temperature is 30 ℃and retention time is 6~18 hours based on different processes .The results of the sludge proliferation bench -scale test and experiment of endogenous metabolism are used to determine the microbial growth kinetics parameters:attenuation coefficient of the EM adding group is 0 .005 4 ,the real growth rate is 0 .356 8 ,attenuation coeffi-cient of the control group is 0 .004 7 and the real growth rate is 0 .426 6 .The results show that EM can increase the endogenous metabolic rate of sludge system and reduce the sludge yield effectively .

  7. Clinical and microbiological effects of commercially available dentifrice containing amine fluoride: A randomized controlled clinical trial

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    A R Pradeep

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: The inability of the normal adult population to perform adequate tooth brushing has led to the search for chemotherapeutic agents in order to improve plaque control. This 6 month, single center, randomized controlled clinical trial was conducted to assess the clinical and microbiological effects of a dentifrice containing only amine fluoride (AF as the active ingredient on gingivitis. Materials and Methods: Ninety subjects diagnosed with chronic generalized gingivitis were selected and randomly divided in three groups: Group 1 - placebo toothpaste, Group 2 - AF containing toothpaste, and Group 3 - triclosan containing toothpaste with polymer and fluoride. Clinical evaluation was undertaken using the gingival index of Loe and Silness and the plaque index and microbiological counts were assessed at baseline, 6 weeks, 12 weeks, and 24 weeks. A subjective evaluation was also undertaken by a questionnaire. Results: AF containing toothpaste showed significant improvement in gingival and plaque index scores as well as microbiologic counts compared with placebo dentifrice. These improvements were comparable to triclosan containing toothpaste. Conclusions: AF containing toothpaste may be a useful formulation for chemical plaque control agent and improvement in plaque and gingival status and add to the list of various therapeutic agents used for maintenance of gingival health.

  8. Clinical predictors of abnormal esophageal pH monitoring in preterm infants Preditores clínicos para pHmetria esofágica anormal em prematuros

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    Maria Aparecida Mezzacappa

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Risk factors for gastroesophageal reflux disease in preterm neonates have not been yet clearly defined. AIM: To identify factors associated with increased esophageal acid exposition in preterm infants during the stay in the neonatal unit. METHODS: A case-control study in preterm infants who had undergone prolonged monitoring of distal esophageal pH, following clinical indication. Eighty-seven preterms with reflux index (percentage of total time of esophageal pHmetry >10% (cases and 87 unpaired preterms were selected with reflux index 10% in preterms were: vomiting, regurgitation, Apnea, female gender. The variables that were associated with a lower frequency of increased reflux index were: volume of enteral intake at the onset of symptoms >147 mL/kg/day, and postnatal corticoid use. CONCLUSIONS: Vomiting, regurgitation, apnea, female gender and acute respiratory distress during the first week of life were variables predictive of increased esophageal acid exposition in preterm infants with birthweight 10%.RACIONAL: Os fatores de risco para a doença pelo refluxo gastroesofágico em recém-nascidos prematuros não foram, até momento, claramente estabelecidos. OBJETIVO: Identificar fatores associados ao aumento da exposição ácida intra-esofágica em prematuros durante o período de internação em unidade neonatal. MÉTODOS: Realizou-se estudo de caso controle com prematuros que realizaram monitorização prolongada do pH esofágico por suspeita clínica de doença do refluxo. Foram selecionados 87 recém-nascidos com valor do índice de refluxo (percentual do tempo total do exame com pH abaixo de 4 >10% (casos e 87 recém-nascidos com índice de refluxo 10% foram: vômitos, regurgitações, apnéia, sexo feminino e insuficiência respiratória na 1ª semana de vida. As variáveis que se associaram a menor freqüência de índice de refluxo 147mL/kg/d e uso de corticóide pós-natal. CONCLUSÕES: Vômitos, regurgitações, apn

  9. Effects of simvastatin in abdominal sepsis in rats Efeitos da sinvastatina na sepse abdominal em ratos

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    José Luiz de Souza Neto

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: Statins are widely recognized as hypolipemic drugs, but some studies have observed anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory effects, known as pleiotropic. The aims of this work was to study possible anti-inflammatory effects of simvastatin in abdominal sepsis. Serum pro-inflammatory cytokines and leukocytes count were determined in an experimental model of abdominal sepsis, using cecal ligation and puncture (CLP in rats. METHODS: Twenty eigth Wistar rats weighing 285±12g were randomly divided in: CLP/Sinvastatin rats (n=7, treated with 10 mg/Kg of oral simvastatin 18 and 2 hs berofe CLP; CLP/Saline group rats (n=7, treated with oral saline; group Sham/Simvastatin (n=7, treated with simvastatin, and group Sham/Saline (n=7, treated with saline. Serum TNF-alpha, IL-1beta and IL-6 by ELISA and total leukocytes, neutrophils, lymphocytes, and eosinophils were determined 24 hs after CLP. ANOVA and Tukey test were used considering significant pOBJETIVO: As estatinas são agentes reconhecidamente hipolipemiantes. Vários estudos têm revelado que eles têm ações pleiotrópicas, como antiinflamatória e imunomoduladora. Tentando-se entender o papel antiinflamatório da sinvastatina na sepse, foram analisados os níveis de citocinas pró-inflamatórias e contagem de leucócitos em modelo de sepse abdominal por ligadura e punção do ceco (LPC em ratos. MÉTODOS: Foram utilizados 28 ratos Wistar pesando 285±12g, assim divididos: grupo sepse (n=14, submetidos a LPC e grupo sham (n=14, submetidos a laparotomia e manipulação suave do ceco. No grupo LPC/sinvastatina (n=7 os ratos receberam 10mg/kg de sinvastatina via oral 18 e 2 horas antes da LPC e no grupo LPC/salina (n=7 os ratos receberam injeção oral de solução salina 0,9 %. Os animais dos grupos sham/sinvastatina (n=7 e sham/salina (n=7 receberam o mesmo tratamento. Dosagem de TNF-alfa, IL-1beta e IL-6 por ELISA e contagem de leucócitos totais, neutrófilos, linfócitos e eosin

  10. Clinical effect of venlafaxine combined with methylphenidate hydrochloride on narcolepsy

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    YAN Bin

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available This study aims to explore the clinical effect of venlafaxine sustained-release capsules combined with methylphenidate hydrochloride tablets on narcolepsy. Thirty-eight cases of narcoleptic patients were randomly divided into venlafaxine combined with methylphenidate hydrochloride treatment group (observation group, N = 19 and methylphenidate hydrochloride and clomipramine treatment group (control group, N = 19. After a total of 12-week treatment, clinical curative effect and adverse drug reactions were observed in 2 groups of patients. The results showed that effective rate of the treatment for excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS in observation group was higher than that of the control group (15/19 vs 8/19, P = 0.044, and effective rate of the treatment for cataplexy in observation group was higher than that of the control group (13/19 vs 6/19, P = 0.048. The rate of adverse drug reactions in observation group was lower than that in the control group (χ2 = 8.889, P = 0.003. It was indicated that venlafaxine combined with methylphenidate had good curative effect on narcolepsy with EDS and cataplexy symptoms.

  11. Marcadores sorológicos de hepatite B em indivíduos submetidos a exames de sangue em unidades de saúde Serological markers of hepatitis B in people submitted to blood testing in health care clinics

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    Lucia VG Miranda

    2000-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Estudar aspectos da epidemiologia da hepatite B em pessoas submetidas à coleta de sangue em unidades de saúde. MÉTODOS: Indivíduos dos quais se coletou sangue em unidades de saúde de Ribeirão Preto, independentemente do motivo, foram solicitados a fornecer uma quantidade adicional de material, obtida no momento da coleta e submetida à detecção de marcadores de hepatite B. Simultaneamente, por meio de questionário padronizado, foram obtidas informações de possíveis fatores de risco para a doença. Os dados foram analisados por meio de um modelo de regressão logística. RESULTADOS: As prevalências de HBsAg e de anti-HBcAg foram de 0,3% e 13,9%, respectivamente. Os fatores de risco associados à infecção foram: idade, residência na cidade há menos de um ano, antecedente de hepatite, exposição prévia a casas de correção e homo/bissexualismo masculino. CONCLUSÕES: Devido a dificuldades crescentes de obtenção de sangue de indivíduos sadios, essa pode ser uma alternativa para estudos que objetivem fornecer informações sobre a circulação de agentes infecciosos na população. Embora não se possa generalizar os dados obtidos pela metodologia usada, ela traz conhecimento referente à circulação do vírus de hepatite B.OBJECTIVE: To study some of the epidemiological aspects of hepatitis B in a non-representative sample of patients seen in health care clinics. METHODS: The study population comprised 632 patients who were seen at health care clinics in the city of Ribeirão Preto, Brazil, for the purpose of blood testing, regardless the reason. After signing a written consent, an additional amount of blood was drawn from the same venous puncture site used to collect the original sample for the testing assigned to the patient at the health care clinic. A questionnaire was applied to each participant, looking for the presence of risk factors for hepatitis B. The blood samples were tested for HBV markers, using

  12. Uso clínico do hormônio antimülleriano em ginecologia Clinical use for anti-mullerian hormone in gynecology

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    Gustavo Salata Romão

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available O hormônio antimülleriano (AMH é uma glicoproteína produzida pelas células granulosas de folículos ovarianos primários, pré-antrais e pequenos folículos antrais e ultimamente sua aplicabilidade clínica tem sido demonstrada através de diversos estudos. A predição da resposta à estimulação ovariana para fertilização in vitro corresponde a sua mais frequente utilização na prática clínica, sendo rotineiramente realizada em muitos serviços para identificar subgrupos de mulheres suscetíveis a má resposta ou a Síndrome da Hiperestimulação Ovariana. Existem perspectivas de que o AMH possa ser aplicável na individualização do risco de injúria gonadal iatrogênica em mulheres portadoras de neoplasia que serão submetidas a quimioterapia. Também é provável que as dosagens de AMH sejam incluídas nos protocolos de investigação de amenorreias e oligomenorreias, uma vez que seus níveis encontram-se elevados em pacientes portadoras da Síndrome dos Ovários Policísticos, reduzidos em casos de falência ovariana prematura e normais em outras condições como a hiperprolactinemia e o hipogonadismo hipogonadotrófico. É possível que futuramente o AMH venha a ser utilizado na predição da idade de menopausa e do prognóstico reprodutivo da mulher, fornecendo bases sólidas ao aconselhamento conceptivo e contraceptivo.Anti-mullerian hormone (AMH is a glycoprotein produced by granulosa cells of primary, pre-antral and small antral ovarian follicles and its clinical applicability has been recently demonstrated by several studies. Prediction of the response to ovarian stimulation for in vitro fertilization corresponds to the most frequent utilization of AMH in clinical practice, being routinely assessed in many services to identify subgroups of women susceptible to a poor response or to Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome. There are great perspectives that AMH may be applicable to the individual determination of risk for

  13. Subgroup analyses of clinical effectiveness to support health technology assessments.

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    Paget, Marie-Ange; Chuang-Stein, Christy; Fletcher, Christine; Reid, Carol

    2011-01-01

    Subgroup analysis is an integral part of access and reimbursement dossiers, in particular health technology assessment (HTA), and their HTA recommendations are often limited to subpopulations. HTA recommendations for subpopulations are not always clear and without controversies. In this paper, we review several HTA guidelines regarding subgroup analyses. We describe good statistical principles for subgroup analyses of clinical effectiveness to support HTAs and include case examples where HTA recommendations were given to subpopulations only. Unlike regulatory submissions, pharmaceutical statisticians in most companies have had limited involvement in the planning, design and preparation of HTA/payers submissions. We hope to change this by highlighting how pharmaceutical statisticians should contribute to payers' submissions. This includes early engagement in reimbursement strategy discussions to influence the design, analysis and interpretation of phase III randomized clinical trials as well as meta-analyses/network meta-analyses. The focus on this paper is on subgroup analyses relating to clinical effectiveness as we believe this is the first key step of statistical involvement and influence in the preparation of HTA and reimbursement submissions.

  14. Reply to “Comment on the ‘Ground Water Chemistry Changes before Major Earthquakes and Possible Effects on Animals’, by R. A. Grant, T. Halliday, W. P. Balderer, F. Leuenberger, M. Newcomer, G. Cyr and F. T. Freund. <em>Int. J. Enviroem>n>. Res. Public Healthem>, 2011, <em>8em>, 1936–1956” from Friedemann Freund, Rachel Grant and Co-Authors

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    Rachel A. Grant

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available We fully agree with Dr. Vassiliki Katsika-Tsigourakou that there is more than one possible explanation for the wide range of electromagnetic (EM field bioeffects reported in the literature. In order to generate EM fields electric currents need to flow that oscillate. Currents that flow through the ground also generate electrical potentials. Such potentials can lead to electrochemical reactions at ground-water interfaces such as the demonstrated oxidation of water to hydrogen peroxide [1]. EM emissions and electrochemical reactions are therefore manifestations of the same physical process in the natural environment. [...

  15. Efeito da Xylella fastidiosa em cafeeiros em diferentes regiões edafoclimáticas Effect of Xylella fastidiosa in coffee plants at different edaphoclimatic regions

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    Rachel Benetti Queiroz-Voltan

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available A bactéria Xylella fastidiosa vem causando problemas para a cafeicultura, uma vez que sua presença, associada a diversos fatores de estresse, provoca um decréscimo na produção devido à diminuição no número e tamanho dos frutos e à morte de alguns ramos. Este trabalho objetiva avaliar o efeito da X. fastidiosa sobre cultivares de Coffea arabica (enxertados ou não através da quantificação da proporção de vasos do xilema obstruídos pela bactéria, nas diferentes partes da planta e entre ramos com e sem sintoma da doença, em experimentos desenvolvidos em diferentes regiões edafoclimáticas. Avaliou-se também a distribuição das classes de infecção nas diferentes partes da planta nos materiais genéticos estudados. Os experimentos foram instalados em 1986 em Mococa e Garça (SP e as amostras para o estudo anatômico, retiradas em abril de 1998 e 2000 (período de estresse hídrico, respectivamente, das plantas de cafeeiros dessas áreas. Na região de Mococa, observou-se que a nervura principal e o pecíolo foram os tecidos com proporção maior de vasos do xilema obstruídos pela X. fastidiosa; na região de Garça, foram o pecíolo e o caule. Não houve diferenças significativas na obstrução de elementos de vaso do xilema do cafeeiro ocasionado pela bactéria entre as duas regiões estudadas. Não houve tolerância à bactéria nos materiais genéticos, havendo no entanto variação dentro de cada um deles. Na região de Garça, nas plantas de café, observou-se alta proporção de vasos obstruídos nas raízes (3%, entretanto, não houve dano maior na parte aérea.The Xylella fastidiosa bacterium causes problems to coffee cultivation because of a relationship with various stress factors, leading to reduction on coffee production by decreasing fruit number and size, as well as senescence of branches. This research aimed to evaluate the effect of Xylella fastidiosa to Coffea arabica cultivars (grafted or not through the

  16. Comparing the effectiveness of a clinical registry and a clinical data warehouse for supporting clinical trial recruitment: a case study.

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    Weng, Chunhua; Bigger, J Thomas; Busacca, Linda; Wilcox, Adam; Getaneh, Asqual

    2010-11-13

    This paper reports a case study comparing the relative efficiency of using a Diabetes Registry or a Clinical Data Warehouse to recruit participants for a diabetes clinical trial, TECOS. The Clinical Data Warehouse generated higher positive predictive accuracy (31% vs. 6.6%) and higher participant recruitment than the Registry (30 vs. 14 participants) in a shorter time period (59 vs. 74 working days). We identify important factors that increase clinical trial recruitment efficiency and lower cost.

  17. A prática clínica baseada em evidências. Parte I: questões clínicas bem construídas Evidence based clinical practice. Part 1: well structured clinical questions

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    Moacyr Roberto Cuce Nobre

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    Full Text Available Na prática diária as decisões tomadas para resolver o problema do paciente são usualmente baseadas na aplicação consciente da informação avaliável por regras explicitamente definidas. A prática clínica baseada em evidências leva em consideração o reconhecimento dos conhecimentos explícitos e tácitos, entendendo que é impossível tornar explícito todos os aspectos da competência profissional. A dúvida passa a fazer parte do processo de decisão, inicialmente na identificação dos componentes inconscientes envolvidos, e em seguida na análise do conhecimento explícito utilizado nesse processo. Ao elaborarmos uma questão clínica estruturada e que possa ser respondida, devemos lembrar que essa dúvida pode estar relacionada a aspectos básicos e de definição da doença ou relacionada ao atendimento do paciente, como em diagnóstico, terapêutica ou prognóstico. Ao longo de nossa vida médica, ambos os tipos de questões estão presentes, variando na proporção em que nossa experiência aumenta à medida do tempo de prática clínica. O processo de encontrar resposta apropriada à dúvida surgida no atendimento depende da forma como estruturamos as partes deste processo. A forma preconizada é conhecida pela sigla PICO. formada por P de paciente ou população, I de intervenção ou indicador, C de comparação ou controle e O de "outcome", que na língua inglesa significa desfecho clínico, resultado, ou por fim, a resposta que se espera encontrar nas fontes de informação científica. Esta é a primeira condição básica para que a nossa busca possa ser bem sucedida, a segunda é encontrar as palavras-chaves que melhor descrevem cada uma destas quatro características da questão. Sem estes cuidados as pesquisas em bases de dados informatizadas costuma resultar em ausência de informação ou em quantidade muito grande de informação que não está relacionada com o nosso interesse.Clinical decisions in daily practice

  18. Relação entre acuidade visual e atividades instrumentais de vida diária em idosos em seguimento ambulatorial Relationship between visual acuity and instrumental activities of daily living of the elderly in clinical segment

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    Sheila de Melo Borges

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar a influêrcia da acuidade visual nas atividades instrumentais de vida diária em idosos em seguimento ambulatorial. MÉTODOS: Foram entrevistados, por meio de instrumento próprio, 64 idosos em seguimento ambulatorial num hospital universitário de Campinas/SP. Os sujeitos foram divididos em dois grupos, conforme os valores obtidos na medida da AV: o grupo I, composto pelos idosos com visão normal ou próxima do normal; e o grupo II, formado por aqueles com baixa visão. Foram realizadas correlações bivariadas entre as variáveis, a fim de identificar as seguintes relações entre os grupos de acuidade visual e as atividades instrumentais de vida diária. RESULTADOS: Foram observadas diferenças significativas entre os idosos com visão normal ou próxima do normal (grupo I e aqueles com baixa visão (grupo II, com respeito às variáveis. O grupo II apresentou maior dificuldade do que o grupo I no escore total do instrumento, bem como nas seguintes tarefas: uso do telefone, preparo de refeições, trabalhos manuais, lavar e passar roupa e tomar corretamente os remédios. CONCLUSÃO: Neste estudo, idosos com baixa visão de ambos os sexos apresentam maior dificuldade para realizar as AIVDs do que idosos com visão normal ou próxima do normal.OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the influence of visual acuity in instrumental activities of daily living in elderly patients in follow-up period. METHODS: through own instruments, sixty-four elderly men and women were interviewed in clinical segment at an academic hospital of Campinas/SP. They were then divided into two groups in accordance to the values that were obtained through the measure of the VA: the first group consisted of elderly people with normal vision or close to the normal, and the second group was formed of those with low vision. Bivariate correlations were made between the variables in order to identify the following relations: between groups of visual and instrumental

  19. An Effective Implementation of <em>K>-opt Moves for the Lin-Kernighan TSP Heuristic

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    Helsgaun, Keld

    Local search with k-change neighborhoods, k-opt, is the most widely used heuristic method for the traveling salesman problem (TSP). This report presents an effective implementation of k-opt for the Lin- Kernighan TSP heuristic. The effectiveness of the implementation is demonstrated with extensive...

  20. Bioremediation of herbicide velpar K® in vitro in aqueous solution with application of EM-4 (effective microorganisms

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    Márcio Antônio Gomes Ramos

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available This work assessed the bioremediation of herbicide Velpar K®, in vitro in aqueous solution, used against weeds in sugar cane in São Paulo state. The herbicide contained Hexazinone and Diuron. It was used the microbial inoculant denominated Effective Microorganisms (EM-4, pool of microorganisms from soil that contained lactic and photosynthetic bacteria, fungi, yeasts and actinomycetes for bioremediation. Results for the depth of cultivation on agar-agar inoculated with EM-4 showed the microorganisms growth in the concentrations between 0.2% and 1.0% of the Velpar K®in the gel. The analysis of high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC showed that the EM-4 was effective for the bioremediation of the herbicide, which reached the values of 80% for diuron and 70% for hexazinone after 21 days in solution of 2:1 of Velpar K®/EM-4 ratio. These results could be useful for planning the bioremediation of contaminated areas with Velpar K®.

  1. Características clínico-laboratoriais no retratamento por recidiva em hanseníase Clinical and laboratory characteristics in the retreatment of leprosy relapse

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    Silvana Margarida Benevides Ferreira

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Comparar as características clínico-laboratoriais dos doentes de hanseníase durante o tratamento inicial e no retratamento por recidiva diagnosticada em unidades de saúde de referência no Estado de Mato Grosso MÉTODO: Estudo transversal de casos diagnosticados de recidiva em hanseníase em unidades de referência de 2005 a 2007 em cinco municípios do Estado. O tratamento inicial foi considerado t1 e a recidiva t2. Fontes de dados: Sistema de Informação de Agravos de Notificação, prontuários, exames laboratoriais, ficha de notificação individual e de avaliação de incapacidade física. Utilizou-se para a comparação e cálculo de proporções o teste do Qui-quadrado (c² ao nível de significância de 5%. RESULTADOS: Verificou-se predomínio da forma clínica dimorfa em t2 quando comparada a t1 (39,6% versus 11,3%; p = 0,003; 20,8%, dos casos em recidivas apresentaram índice baciloscópico ≥ 4+ se comparados aqueles em t1 (p = 0,034; aumento (17% dos casos de recidiva com grau zero de incapacidade quando comparados aos pacientes avaliados no momento do diagnóstico (58,5% versus 41,5%; aumento (7,5% de recidivas com incapacidades grau 2 quando comparadas a t1 (9,4% versus 1, 9%; predomínio de casos não avaliados quanto a incapacidade física entre t1 (45,3% e t2 (22,6%; (p = 0,040. CONCLUSÃO: Os casos de recidiva caracterizam o agravamento da doença indicadas pelo aumento do índice baciloscópico e do grau de incapacidade física. Recomenda-se maior atenção à confirmação diagnóstica de recidiva por meio de exames baciloscópicos, em especial nos multibacilares, e da avaliação neurológica sistemática de todos os pacientes de hanseníase.OBJECTIVE: To compare clinical and laboratory data of leprosy patients diagnosed in specialized services in the State of Mato Grosso, Brazil, during the initial treatment and the retreatment of relapse. METHODS: A cross-sectional study of patients with diagnosis of

  2. Weightbath hydrotraction treatment: application, biomechanics, and clinical effects

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    Márta Kurutz

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Márta Kurutz1, Tamás Bender21Department of Structural Mechanics, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary; 2Department of Physical Medicine, Polyclinic and Hospital of the Hospitaller Brothers of St. John of God, Budapest, Medical University of Szeged, HungaryBackground and purpose: Weightbath hydrotraction treatment (WHT is a simple noninvasive effective method of hydro- or balneotherapy to stretch the spine or lower limbs, applied successfully in hospitals and health resort sanitaria in Hungary for more than fifty years. This study aims to introduce WHT with its biomechanical and clinical effects. History, development, equipment, modes of application, biomechanics, spinal traction forces and elongations, indications and contraindications of WHT are precented.Subjects and methods: The calculation of traction forces acting along the spinal column during the treatment is described together with the mode of suspension and the position of extra weight loads applied. The biomechanics of the treatment are completed by in vivo measured elongations of lumbar segments using a special underwater ultrasound measuring method. The clinical effects, indications, and contraindications of the treatment are also presented.Results: In the underwater cervical suspension of a human body, approximately 25 N stretching load occurs in the cervical spine, and about 11 N occurs in the lumbar spine. By applying extra weights, the above tensile forces along the spinal column can be increased. Thus, the traction effect can be controlled by applying such loads during the treatment. Elongations of segments L3–L4, L4–L5, and L5–S1 were measured during the usual WHT of patients suspended cervically in water for 20 minutes, loaded by 20–20 N lead weights on the ankles. The mean initial elastic elongations of spinal segments were about 0.8 mm for patients aged under 40 years, 0.5 mm between 40–60 years, and 0.2 mm for patients over 60 years. The mean

  3. Documentation of functional and clinical effects of infant nutrition

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    Koletzko, Berthold; Szajewska, Hania; Ashwell, Margaret

    2012-01-01

    The Early Nutrition Academy and the Child Health Foundation, in collaboration with the Committee on Nutrition, European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, held a workshop in March 2011 to explore guidance on acquiring evidence on the effects of nutritional interven...... interventions in infants and young children. The four objectives were to (1) provide guidance on the quality and quantity of evidence needed to justify conclusions on functional and clinical effects of nutrition in infants and young children aged......The Early Nutrition Academy and the Child Health Foundation, in collaboration with the Committee on Nutrition, European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, held a workshop in March 2011 to explore guidance on acquiring evidence on the effects of nutritional...

  4. Effects of low-energy laser irradiation on the distalization velocity during experimental canine tooth movement in humans: 'comparative clinical study'; Efeitos da irradiacao com laser em baixa intensidade na velocidade de distalizacao de caninos durante a movimentacao ortodontica: 'estudo clinico comparativo'

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    Cruz, Delma Rebelo

    2003-07-01

    This research investigated the effects of low level laser therapy (LLLT) upon the velocity of canine tooth movement and consequently bone remodeling. A total of eleven patients were treated with a 780 nm diode laser. One side of the upper arcade was considered control group and was not irradiated but received mechanical activation every thirty days. The opposite side received the same mechanical activation but was also irradiated at days 0, 3, 7 and 14 of each month. Data of the biometrical progress were taken on both sides on days 3,7,14,21 and 30 of each month. The results indicate that all patients showed significant acceleration of the distalization velocity on the side treated with LLLT when compared to the control. (author)

  5. Genotoxicity of <em>Euphorbia hirtaem>: An <em>Allium cepaem> Assay

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    Kwan Yuet Ping

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available The potential genotoxic effects of methanolic extracts of <em>Euphorbia hirta em>which is commonly used in traditional medicine to treat a variety of diseased conditions including asthma, coughs, diarrhea and dysentery was investigated using <em>Allium cepaem> assay. The extracts of 125, 250, 500 and 1,000 µg/mL were tested on root meristems of <em>A. cepaem>. Ethylmethanesulfonate was used as positive control and distilled water was used as negative control. The result showed that mitotic index decreased as the concentrations of <em>E. hirtaem> extract increased. A dose-dependent increase of chromosome aberrations was also observed. Abnormalities scored were stickiness, c-mitosis, bridges and vagrant chromosomes. Micronucleated cells were also observed at interphase. Result of this study confirmed that the methanol extracts of <em>E. hirta em>exerted significant genotoxic and mitodepressive effects at 1,000 µg/mL.

  6. How <em>Varroa> Parasitism Affects the Immunological and Nutritional Status of the Honey Bee, <em>Apis melliferaem>

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    Katherine A. Aronstein

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available We investigated the effect of the parasitic mite <em>Varroa destructorem> on the immunological and nutritional condition of honey bees, <em>Apis melliferaem>, from the perspective of the individual bee and the colony. Pupae, newly-emerged adults and foraging adults were sampled from honey bee colonies at one site in S. Texas, USA. <em>Varroa>‑infested bees displayed elevated titer of Deformed Wing Virus (DWV, suggestive of depressed capacity to limit viral replication. Expression of genes coding three anti-microbial peptides (<em>defensin1, abaecin, hymenoptaecinem> was either not significantly different between <em>Varroa>-infested and uninfested bees or was significantly elevated in <em>Varroa>-infested bees, varying with sampling date and bee developmental age. The effect of <em>Varroa> on nutritional indices of the bees was complex, with protein, triglyceride, glycogen and sugar levels strongly influenced by life-stage of the bee and individual colony. Protein content was depressed and free amino acid content elevated in <em>Varroa>-infested pupae, suggesting that protein synthesis, and consequently growth, may be limited in these insects. No simple relationship between the values of nutritional and immune-related indices was observed, and colony-scale effects were indicated by the reduced weight of pupae in colonies with high <em>Varroa> abundance, irrespective of whether the individual pupa bore <em>Varroa>.

  7. Study on the Clinical Effectiveness of Thymectomy for Myasthenia Gravis

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    PANTiecheng; YANHua; ZHANGNi; PANYouming; TANGYingxiong; WENXiang; SONGDingwei; HUMing; LIULigang; LIUZixiong; YANGMingshan; XUJinzhi; PUBitao; GAOBoting

    2002-01-01

    Objectiv:To investigate the theoretical basis and clinical significance of thymectomy in the treatment of myasthenia gravis (MG). Methods:Analyze the changes in the contents of serum AchRab and sIL-2R, lymphocyte subtypes in Peripheral blood lymphocytes before and after thymectomy in 69 patients. Results:In the study group significant changes were found in serum contents of AchRab and sIL-2R before and after operation and there was also remarkable change in the number and constitution of peripheral blood lymphocyte subtypes. Conclusion:Thymectomy is an effective therapy for MG.

  8. Clinical and Hematologic Effects of T-2 Toxin in Rats

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    FREIREICH, E.J. (1978). Phase I clinical evaluation of anguidine. Cancer Treatment Reports, 62, 1497-1502. "PACE, J.G. (1983). Effect of T-2 mycotoxin on...R.W., JR. (1983). Viability uptake and - release of T-2 mycotoxin in Vero cells. Fed. Proc. 42, 3:1983. "" THOMPSON, W.L., and WANNEMACHER, R.W., JR...1984). Detection and quantitation of T-2 mycotoxin with a simplified protein synthesis inhibition assay. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 48, 1176-1180

  9. Etiology of parkinsonism in a Brazilian movement disorders clinic Etiologia de parkinsonismo em uma clínica brasileira de distúrbios do movimento

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study is to investigate whether there are geographic differences in the etiology of parkinsonism (PA. BACKGROUND: 72% of patients with PA evaluated at movement disorders clinics in the Northern Hemisphere are diagnosed with Parkinson's disease (PD. Data regarding other regions are not available. METHODS: We reviewed the charts of all patients with PA seen at the Federal University of Minas Gerais Movement Disorders Clinic from July 1993 through October 1995. PA was diagnosed by the presence of at least two of the following: rest tremor, bradykinesia, rigidity, and postural instability. The different etiologies were diagnosed based on standard clinical criteria RESULTS: During the period of the study, PA was recognized in 338 subjects. The following clinical diagnoses were made: PD (68.9%, drug-induced PA (DIP (13.3%, vascular PA (4.7%, Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP (2%, multiple system atrophy (MSA (1.8%, others (9.7%. Cinnarizine, haloperidol and flunarizine were the commonest drugs related to DIP. CONCLUSIONS: Similarly to other studies, PD accounts for about 70% of PA patients. However, there are differences between our results and previous series. DIP is much more common in the present series. This may be accounted for a more liberal use of antidopaminergic drugs in our environment, especially Calcium channel blockers. The lower frequency of MSA and PSP in our study may reflect a short follow-up, since many patients initially diagnosed with PD later are found to have Parkinson-plus syndromes.OBJETIVO: O objetivo deste estudo é investigar se há diferenças geográficas na etiologia de parkinsonismo (PA. PANORAMA: 72% dos pacientes com PA avaliados em Clínicas de Distúrbios do Movimento no hemisfério norte são diagnosticados com doença de Parkinson (DP. Dados a respeito de outras regiões não se encontram disponíveis. MÉTODOS: Nós revisamos os prontuários de todos pacientes com PA vistos na

  10. Ensayo clinico para la enfermeria basada en evidencia: un desafio alcanzable Ensaios clínicos para Enfermagem-Baseada-em-Evidências: um desafio possível Clinical trials for Evidence-Based Nursing: a possible challenge

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    Eugenia Urra Medina

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    Full Text Available El ensayo clínico aleatorio constituye el diseño de investigación más riguroso para estudios de intervenciones. En este tipo de estudios, el investigador está interesado en determinar si existe una relación causa-efecto entre un tratamiento y el resultado. Para ello debe comparar grupos de individuos que han sido asignados a recibir diferente nivel de exposición a la intervención, y así determinar si existe el efecto. Hoy en día, se reconoce como uno de los mejores estándares de evidencia para aplicar en la Enfermería Basada en Evidencia. En este contexto, este artículo plantea las principales características de los ensayos clínicos aleatorios, su aplicación, las consideraciones requeridas en su implementación así como sus limitaciones. Con esto se espera estimular su uso para las intervenciones de enfermería en que pueda ser aplicado, hecho relevante ya que desde una perspectiva empírica aportan las mejores pruebas para la Enfermería Basada en Evidencias.O ensaio clínico controlado randomizado é o mais rigoroso método de pesquisa para o estudo de intervenções. Nesses estudos, o pesquisador está interessado em determinar se existe uma relação causal entre a intervenção e o resultado, para o qual compara grupos de indivíduos que tiveram diferente exposição com a intervenção e, assim, avaliar se houve ou não efeito. Hoje é reconhecido como um dos melhores padrões de evidência para aplicar a Enfermagem Baseada em Evidências. Neste contexto, este artigo apresenta as principais características dos ensaios clínicos, sua prática, considerações necessárias para sua execução, bem como suas limitações. O objetivo é incentivar a sua utilização para as intervenções de enfermagem em que possa ser aplicada. Isso é um fato relevante, uma vez que do ponto de vista empírico, eles provêm as melhores evidências para a enfermagem baseada em evidências.The randomized controlled clinical trial is the most

  11. Effects of bioturbation on the fate of oil in coastal sandy sediments - An <em>in situem> experiment

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    Timmermann, Karen; Banta, Gary T.; Klinge, Lars

    2011-01-01

    Effects of bioturbation by the common lugworm Arenicola marina on the fate of oil hydrocarbons (alkanes and PAHs) were studied in situ during a simulated oil spill in a shallow coastal area of Roskilde fjord, Denmark. The fate of selected oil compounds was monitored during 120 d using GC–MS and b......Effects of bioturbation by the common lugworm Arenicola marina on the fate of oil hydrocarbons (alkanes and PAHs) were studied in situ during a simulated oil spill in a shallow coastal area of Roskilde fjord, Denmark. The fate of selected oil compounds was monitored during 120 d using GC...

  12. Zumbido em pacientes com audiometria normal: caracterização clínica e repercussões Tinnitus in normally hearing patients: clinical aspects and repercussions

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    Tanit Ganz Sanchez

    2005-08-01

    Full Text Available Pacientes com zumbido e audiometria normal constituem um grupo importante, pois seus achados não sofrem influência da perda auditiva. Apesar disso, este grupo é pouco estudado e não sabemos se suas características clínicas e repercussões são semelhantes às dos indivíduos com perda auditiva. OBJETIVOS: Comparar as características clínicas do zumbido e sua interferência nas atividades diárias em pacientes com e sem perda auditiva. FORMA DE ESTUDO: coorte histórica. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Entre 744 pacientes atendidos no Grupo de Pesquisa em Zumbido do HCFMUSP, avaliou-se retrospectivamente com um corte transversal os 55 indivíduos com audiometria tonal normal. O grupo controle correspondeu a 198 pacientes com zumbido e perda auditiva atendidos sob o mesmo protocolo. Analisou-se os dados dos pacientes, as características clínicas do zumbido e sua repercussão na vida do paciente. RESULTADOS: A idade média no grupo de estudo (43,1 ± 13,4 anos foi significantemente menor do que a do grupo controle (49,9 ± 14,5 anos. Em ambos os grupos houve predomínio do sexo feminino e o zumbido foi predominantemente bilateral, único e constante, porém sem diferença entre os grupos. A interferência na concentração e no equilíbrio emocional foi significantemente menor no grupo de estudo (25,5% e 36,4% do que no controle (46% e 61,6%, porém sem diferença quanto à interferência no sono e na atividade social. CONCLUSÕES: O grupo de pacientes com zumbido e audição normal apresentou características clínicas semelhantes em relação ao grupo com perda auditiva. Entretanto, a faixa etária acometida e a interferência sobre a concentração e o equilíbrio emocional foram significantemente menores nestes.Patients with tinnitus and normal hearing constitute an important group, given that findings do not suffer influence of the hearing loss. However, this group is rarely studied, so we do not know whether its clinical characteristics and

  13. Isotope effect in the carbonyl sulfide reaction with O(3<em>P>)

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    Hattori, Shohei; Schmidt, Johan Albrecht; Mahler, Denise W.;

    2012-01-01

    The sulfur kinetic isotope effect (KIE) in the reaction of carbonyl sulfide (OCS) with O((3)P) was studied in relative rate experiments at 298 ± 2 K and 955 ± 10 mbar. The reaction was carried out in a photochemical reactor using long path FTIR detection, and data were analyzed using a nonlinear ...

  14. Allelopathic effects of <em>Alexandrium tamarenseem> on other algae: evidence from mixed growth experiments

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    Tillmann, Urban; Hansen, Per Juel

    2009-01-01

    The effect of 2 strains (Alex2 and Alex5) of the marine red tide dinoflagellate Alexandrium tamarense on 10 other planktonic algal target species common in temperate waters was studied in mixed growth experiments under nutrient-rich conditions. In a comparative approach, the 2 strains of A. tamar...

  15. Observações clínicas e laboratoriais em cães com cinomose nervosa Clinical and laboratory findings in dogs with distemper encephalomyelitis

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    Eduardo Alberto Tudury

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    Full Text Available Em 81 cães com sinais clínicos, lesões histológicas e corpúsculos de inclusão no sistema nervoso central característicos de cinomose nervosa foi constatada ocorrência freqüente de: alteração das reações posturais (87,65%, diminuição da secreção lacrimal (83,95%, presença de mioclonias (75,30%, paresias (69,12%, conjuntivite (56,79%, corioretinite/ hiperqueratose naso-digital (51,85%, linfopenia (51,85%, anemia (48,05%, principalmente microcítica hipocrômica, e discretas alterações liquóricas caracterizadas por aumento de proteínas totais (77,33% e pleocitose linfocítica (50,72%. A presença de corpúsculos de Lenz em tecidos extraneurais oscilou entre 30 e 45 %, com maior freqüência em linfonodos. Enquanto outras anormalidades clínicas, neurológicas e laboratoriais não tiveram freqüência expressiva para dar apoio ao diagnóstico, o incorreto programa de vacina��ão foi uma constante.Eighty-one dogs with clinical signs and histological lesions characteristic of distemper encephalomyelitis were evaluated. Only dogs with Lenz inclusion bodies in the central nervous system were included in the study. High prevalent findings included: changes in postural reactions (87.65%, decreased tear production (83.95%, myoclonus (75.30%, paresis (69.12%, conjunctivitis (56.79%, chorioretinitis/digital and nasal hyperkeratosis (51.85%. Anemia (48.05%, lymphopenia (51.95%, and mild changes in the cerebrospinal fluid characterized by increase in total protein (77.33% and lymphocytic pleocytosis (50.72% were common laboratorial findings. Presence of Lenz inclusions bodies in tissues other than nervous system varied from 30 to 45%, with a higher frequence in the limph nodes. Other abnormalities in physical, neurological and laboratorial examinations were not helpful in establishing the diagnosis. Most animals examined were not properly vaccinated.

  16. Correlação clínico-topográfica em glioblastomas multiformes nas síndromes motoras: significados fisiopatológicos Clinical topographic findings in glioblastoma multiforme and the relation with motor impairment

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    Rita de Cássia G. Lucena

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available O glioblastoma multiforme (GBM é o tumor glial com maior grau de malignidade. Acomete principalmente os hemisférios cerebrais apresentando sintomas e sinais focais ou gerais, relacionados ao tamanho, localização e taxa de crescimento tumoral. OBJETIVO: Analisar a relação do déficit motor com a topografia do GBM. MÉTODO: Foram estudados 43 casos de GBM, referidos quanto à idade, sexo, localização e a síndrome motora. RESULTADOS: O tumor predominou em adultos (média de 55 anos, sexo masculino (55,82%, localização frontal (aproximadamente 40%. A hemiparesia prevaleceu como distúrbio motor, somente não ocorrendo em 2 casos de lesão frontal, 2 temporais, 1 parietal, 1 occipital e 1 fronto-temporal. CONCLUSÃO: Os achados clínico-topográficos favorecem os efeitos infiltrativos (lesões extensas como responsáveis pela síndrome motora em detrimento aos efeitos compressivos (lesões localizadas.Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM is the glial tumor with the highest grade of malignity. It mainly affects the cerebral hemispheres, presenting general or focal signs and symptoms, which depend on the size, the location of the lesion and rate of growth of the tumor. OBJECTIVE: To analyze the relationship between motor impairment and GBM topography. METHOD: We studied 43 cases of GBM, related to the age, gender, localization and motor impairment. RESULTS: The occurrence of the tumor was preponderant in adults (mean age 55 years old, men (55.82%, and frontal lobe (approximately 40%. The principal motor impairment was hemiparesis, with the exception of 2 cases in the frontal lobe, 2 temporal, 1 parietal, 1 occipital and 1 frontotemporal. CONCLUSION: The clinical-topographic findings lead to consider the infiltrative effects (broad lesions are responsible for the motor impairment rather than compressive effects (located lesions.

  17. <em>Ipomoea aquaticaem> Extract Shows Protective Action Against Thioacetamide-Induced Hepatotoxicity

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    Hadi, A. Hamid A.; Siddig Ibrahim Abdelwahab; Suzy Munir Salama; Salim Said Alkiyumi; Mahmood Ameen Abdullah; Ahmed Salim Alrashdi

    2012-01-01

    In the Indian system of traditional medicine (Ayurveda) it is recommended to consume <em>Ipomoea em>aquatica> to mitigate disorders like jaundice. In this study, the protective effects of ethanol extract of <em>I. aquaticaem> against liver damage were evaluated in thioacetamide (TAA)-induced chronic hepatotoxicity in rats. There was no sign of toxicity in the acute toxicity study, in which Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats were orally fed with <em>...

  18. The effects of aging on clinical vestibular evaluations

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    Maxime eMaheu

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Balance disorders are common issues for aging populations due to the effects of normal aging on peripheral vestibular structures. These changes affect the results of vestibular function evaluations and make the interpretation of these results more difficult. The objective of this article is to review the current state of knowledge of clinically relevant vestibular measures. We will first focus on otolith function assessment methods cVEMP and oVEMP, then the caloric and vHIT methods for semi-circular canals assessment. cVEMP and oVEMP are useful methods, though research on the effects of age for some parameters are still inconclusive. vHIT results are largely independent of age as compared to caloric stimulation and should therefore be preferred for the evaluation of the semi-circular canals function.

  19. Aloe vera: A review of toxicity and adverse clinical effects.

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    Guo, Xiaoqing; Mei, Nan

    2016-04-01

    The Aloe plant is employed as a dietary supplement in a variety of foods and as an ingredient in cosmetic products. The widespread human exposure and its potential toxic and carcinogenic activities raise safety concerns. Chemical analysis reveals that the Aloe plant contains various polysaccharides and phenolic chemicals, notably anthraquinones. Ingestion of Aloe preparations is associated with diarrhea, hypokalemia, pseudomelanosis coli, kidney failure, as well as phototoxicity and hypersensitive reactions. Recently, Aloe vera whole leaf extract showed clear evidence of carcinogenic activity in rats, and was classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer as a possible human carcinogen (Group 2B). This review presents updated information on the toxicological effects, including the cytotoxicity, genotoxicity, carcinogenicity, and adverse clinical effects of Aloe vera whole leaf extract, gel, and latex.

  20. CNS pharmacology and clinical therapeutic effects of oxiracetam.

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    Itil, T M; Menon, G N; Songar, A; Itil, K Z

    1986-01-01

    Oxiracetam, a new substance found to be a nootropic in experimental pharmacological studies, was tested in three clinical trials: a single rising dose tolerance and dose-finding study with quantitative pharmaco-electroencephalogram (pharmaco-EEG) and quantitative pharmacopsychology in healthy volunteers; a dose-finding study, at three dose levels for 3 months, with quantitative pharmaco-EEG in mild to moderate dementia patients; and a safety and efficacy study with increasing dosages for 12 weeks with subjective and objective tests in elderly patients with dementia. In single and repeated oral dosages up to 2,400 mg, oxiracetam is a safe compound. According to HZI Data Bank Classification Systems, oxiracetam is a vigilance-enhancing compound with some effects on spontaneous memory. The therapeutic effect of oxiracetam can be discriminated from placebo, and in comparison with piracetam, oxiracetam exhibits greater improvement in memory factor.

  1. Clinical Effects of Topical Tacrolimus on Fox-Fordyce Disease

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    Hilal Kaya Erdoğan

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Fox-Fordyce Disease (FFD is a rare, chronic, pruritic, inflammatory disorder of apocrine glands. It is characterized by dome-shaped, firm, discrete, skin-colored, and monomorphic perifollicular papules. The most common sites of involvement are axillae and anogenital and periareolar regions which are rich in apocrine sweat glands. Treatment is difficult. Topical, intralesional steroids, topical tretinoin, adapalene, clindamycin, benzoyl peroxide, oral contraceptives, isotretinoin, phototherapy, electrocauterisation, excision-liposuction and curettage, and fractional carbon dioxide laser are among the treatment options. In the literature, there are articles reporting beneficial effects of pimecrolimus in FFD. Nevertheless, there have not been any reports about the use of tacrolimus in FFD. We report two patients diagnosed with FFD by clinical and histopathologic examination and discussed therapeutic effects of topical tacrolimus on FFD in the light of literature.

  2. Confidence Intervals for Effect Sizes: Compliance and Clinical Significance in the "Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology"

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    Odgaard, Eric C.; Fowler, Robert L.

    2010-01-01

    Objective: In 2005, the "Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology" ("JCCP") became the first American Psychological Association (APA) journal to require statistical measures of clinical significance, plus effect sizes (ESs) and associated confidence intervals (CIs), for primary outcomes (La Greca, 2005). As this represents the single largest…

  3. Lethal and Sublethal Effects of Pesticides Used in Western United States Orchards on <em>Hippodamia convergensem>

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    We examined the effects of two fungicides (copper+mancozeb and sulfur) and five reduced-risk insecticides (chlorantraniliprole, cyantraniliprole, lambda-cyhalothrin, novaluron, and spinetoram) on Hippodamia convergens (Guerin-Meneville) (Col.: Coccinellidae), an important natural enemy in western United States orchards. Acute toxicity of pesticides was tested via three different exposure routes: oral, residual, and topical. Lambda-cyhalothrin caused significant mortality to adults and larva...

  4. Clinical effects of acupuncture therapy for vascular dementia

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    Lei Zhao; Yi Guo; Jun Xiong; Wei Wang; Yuanhao Du; Lijuan Yan

    2011-01-01

    revealed efficacy at different aspects of acupuncture and moxibustion, which was superior to the conventional body acupuncture group(risk ratio(RR)=0.03,95% CI: 0.01-0.18, P<0.01; RR=0.05, 95% CI: 0.07-0.13, P<0.05). One A-level evidence study demonstrated that acupuncture improved mental state, daily living activities, and efficacy and effect of cognitive aspects, which was superior to the drug group[cognitive effects(RR = 5.92, 95% CI:2.66-13.16, P<0.01); activities of daily living efficacy(RR= 3.00, 95% CI:1.57-5.75, P<0.01)].The Mini Mental State Examination score resulted in the following: WMD = 3.85, 95% CI:1.63-6.07,P<0.01. One B-grade evidence article revealed that laser irradiation combined with electro-acupuncture was more effective than simple drug treatment(RR = 10.43, 95% CI:1.22-89.46, P<0.05).CONCLUSION: The inclusion of limited clinical studies has verified the efficacy of acupuncture in vascular dementia treatment. Acupuncture or its combination with Chinese herbs provides certain advantages, but most clinical studies have a small sample size. Large sample size, randomized,controlled trials are needed in the future for more definitive results.

  5. Effect of maternal transmissions on clinical manifestations of myotonic dystrophy

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    Eguchi, I.; Koike, R.; Onodera, O. [Niigata Univ. (Japan)] [and others

    1994-09-01

    The mutation of myotonic dystrophy (DM) has been identified as unstable expansions of trinucleotide CTG repeat, located on chromosome 19q13-3. Although previous investigations have emphasized the strong association of the sizes of the CTG repeat with ages of onset as well as the clinical manifestations, effects of the paternal or maternal transmissions other than CTG repeats on the clinical manifestations in DM have not been evaluated in detail. To investigate how parental transmission affect the DM phenotype, we analyzed 15 cases of paternal transmission and 25 cases of maternal transmission. We have classified DM patients into 4 clinical grades. As in accordance with previous reports, there is a good correlation on sizes of the CTG repeat with their clinical features. The sizes of the CTG repeat in congenital DM patients (4.13{plus_minus}0.221 kbp) (Mean {plus_minus}SEM), who inherited mutant genes from their mothers, were not significantly larger than those of non-congenital DM patients (3.65 {plus_minus}0.36 kbp). As it has been well established that congenital DM patients are born to affected mothers, we investigated to see if there are any parental bias on the clinical manifestations in non-congenital DM. We classified each case into 4 classes depending on the size ranges of the CTG repeat (0 to 1.5 kbp, 1.5 to 3.0 kbp, 3.0 to 4.5 kbp, 4.5 kbp<). In each group of the size ranges of the CTG repeat, the distribution of cases among grades I to III were compared between paternally and maternally transmitted cases. There were statistically significant differences in the distributions of cases among grades I to III for the size ranges of 3 to 4.5 kbp expansions (p<0.01) and over 4.5 kbp expansions (p<0.05) on {chi}{sup 2} test, respectively. The results revealed that maternally transmitted cases tend to show severe phenotypes compared to paternally transmitted ones even if they have similar sizes of CTG repeat.

  6. Performance of OSL dosimeters in clinical beams from mammography; Desempenho de dosimetros OSL em feixes clinicos empregados na mamografia

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    Oliveira, Caio V.; Cabete, Henrique V.; Alves, Fatima F.R.; Pires, Silvio R.; Medeiros, Regina B.; Freitas, Marcelo B. [Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo (HSP/EPM/UNIFESP), SP (Brazil). Escola Paulista de Medicina; Malthez, Anna Luiza M.C. [Universidade Estadual de Campinas (CPG/FEEC/UNICAMP), Campinas, SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Engenharia Eletrica e de Computacao. Programa de Pos-Graduacao

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    The search for the relationship between dose and mammography image is critical to the quality of clinical practice. In this sense, dosimetry using optically stimulated luminescent detectors (OSLD) is configured as alternative to traditional methods and allows on-site dose checks received by patients. This study aimed to verify the performance of OSL dosimeters in clinical beams typically used in mammography. For this, aluminum oxide detectors, especially designed to reduce interference on the image quality, were exposed to radiation beam combining targets and filters of a mammography equipment with digital imaging system. In addition were also employed lithium fluoride detectors irradiated under the same conditions, together with a ionization chamber for determination of dose values. A homogeneous acrylic phantom was designed and used for simulating different breast and also determine internal dose values under the irradiation conditions. The results allowed the determination of calibration factors (OSL signal x dose) of the exposed detectors to the radiation beams typically used in clinical practice. The phantom images and the comparison between TL and OSL responses suggest the possibility of routine use of the OSL dosimetry system in mammography. (author)

  7. Effects of filamentous macroalgae on growth and survival of eelgrass, <em>Zostera marinaem>, seedlings

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    Rasmussen, Jonas; Krause-Jensen, Dorte; Olesen, Birgit

    Seedling survival and patch establishment is a major bottle-neck for eelgrass (Zostera marina) re-colonization as mortality rates among the young seedlings are high, even in areas where conditions should support survival. We here focus on the potential negative effects of drifting macroalgal mats...... of oxygen and sulphide and their diurnal variations in the mats were measured using microelectrodes. Seedling growth rates declined 99 % from controls to the high C. linum cover treatment and 55 % to the high imitation algae treatment. But due to high water flow rates anoxic conditions failed to develop...

  8. Effects of tomato juices (<em>Lycopersicum esculentum Millem>) consumption on plasma lycopene levels of male light smokers

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    Ida Gunawan; Sri S. Sudardjat; Septelia I. Wanandi

    2004-01-01

    The study was an experimental study with pre- and post-test design, to evaluate the effects of tomato juices (Lycopersicum esculentum Mill) consumption on plasma lycopene level. Blood sample of 27 subjects with average age of 34.70 ± 5.74 years old, moderate education level (85.2%), experienced direct contact with working environmental pollutant (40.74%) and smoked kretek cigarettes (77.78%) were given treatment with 350 gram/day of tomato juices (Lycopersicum esculentum Mill) which had been ...

  9. Evolução para remissão clínica completa em esclerose sistêmica Progression into clinical remission in systemic sclerosis

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    Leandro Antônio Cichoski

    2004-10-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: mostrar a evolução de quatro pacientes para remissão clínica completa da esclerose sistêmica (ES, sem necessidade de tratamento medicamentoso atual, após uso de D-penicilamina como medicação principal. MÉTODOS: revisão dos prontuários de pacientes com diagnóstico de ES (ARA, 1980 que entraram em remissão após acompanhamento ambulatorial continuado. Foram relacionados dados como sexo, raça, idade do paciente quando do diagnóstico, manifestações iniciais, envolvimento sistêmico, perfil laboratorial, exames complementares, tratamento proposto, resposta medicamentosa e tempo total de tratamento. RESULTADOS: todos os pacientes eram brancos, sendo um homem e três mulheres, tendo como idade média 51,2 anos na instalação dos primeiros sintomas. O tempo médio decorrido entre o início dos sintomas e o diagnóstico foi de 8,2 meses. Todos os pacientes apresentaram alterações cutâneas, comprometimento sistêmico e FAN reagente em células HEp-2. Nenhum deles apresentou os auto-anticorpos específicos para ES (anticentrômero e anti Scl-70/topo I. Depois de instituída D-penicilamina, o tempo médio de tratamento para alcançar a remissão foi de 60,7±27,4 meses. Todos se encontram atualmente sem tratamento de qualquer natureza por períodos de 31 a 120 meses e sem manifestações que indiquem atividade da ES, mesmo fenômeno de Raynaud. CONCLUSÕES: a no espectro clínico da ES há pacientes que entram em remissão com auxílio da D-penicilamina, permanecendo assintomáticos e sem medicação por muitos anos; b nota-se na amostra a ausência dos auto-anticorpos mais característicos da ES (anticentrômero e anti-Scl-70/topo I em todos os casos, um achado a ser explorado em amostra maior; c a ausência de auto-anticorpos considerados como mais específicos da ES poderia ser indicativa de melhor resposta à terapia com D-penicilamina ou de possível evolução para remissão clínica espontânea.OBJECTIVE: to report four

  10. Infecção por Chlamydia trachomatis e Neisseria gonorrhoeae em mulheres atendidas em serviço de planejamento familiar Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae among women in a family planning clinic

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    Arlete Maria dos Santos Fernandes

    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: estudar a prevalência de infecções por Chlamydia trachomatis (CT e Neisseria gonorrhoeae (NG entre mulheres adolescentes e jovens em ambulatório de planejamento familiar. MÉTODOS: um total de 230 mulheres com idade menor ou igual a 24 anos e antecedente de até quatro parceiros sexuais foram acompanhadas por até 48 meses, com coletas de urina para pesquisa de CT e NG pelo método da reação em cadeia da polimerase nos meses 1, 12, 24, 36 e 48. As variáveis estudadas foram faixa etária, escolaridade, estado marital, número de gestações, abortos e filhos vivos, idade de início da vida sexual, uso anterior e atual de condom, uso anterior de dispositivo intrauterino, número de parceiros nos últimos seis meses e tempo de seguimento. Realizou-se análise bivariada das variáveis segundo os testes positivos para CT e NG e análise múltipla por regressão logística. RESULTADOS: a frequência de infecções por CT foi de 13,5% e por NG de 3%, duas mulheres apresentaram ambos os testes positivos. O antecedente de uso de dispositivo intrauterino foi associado aos testes positivos para NG. CONCLUSÕES: as prevalências de infecção por CT e NG foram altas na faixa etária estudada e o rastreamento de mulheres jovens deve ser considerado em nossos serviços para controle da disseminação e prevenção de sequelas das doenças sexualmente transmissíveis.PURPOSE: to study infection prevalence by Chlamydia trachomatis (CT and Neisseria gonorrhoeae (NG, among adolescent and young women in a family planning outpatient clinic. METHODS: a total of 230 women up to 24 years old and history of up to four sexual partners have been followed-up for 48 months, with urine collection to search CT and NG, by the polymerase chain reaction method at the 1st, 12nd, 24th, 36th and 48th months. The variables studied were age group, schooling, marital status, number of gestations, abortions and children alive, age at the onset of sexual life, previous

  11. Effect of <em>trans> fatty acid intake on abdominal and liver fat deposition and blood lipids

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    Bendsen, Nathalie Tommerup; Chabanova, E.; Thomsen, Henrik S.

    2011-01-01

    abdominal and liver fat deposition.Objective:We examined the effect of a high intake of TFA as part of an isocaloric diet on whole-body, abdominal and hepatic fat deposition, and blood lipids in postmenopausal women.Methods:In a 16-week double-blind parallel intervention study, 52 healthy overweight...... postmenopausal women were randomized to receive either partially hydrogenated soybean oil providing 15.7 g day(-1) of TFA or a control oil with mainly oleic and palmitic acid. Before and after the intervention, body composition was assessed by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, abdominal fat by magnetic resonance...... (MR) imaging, and liver fat by (1)H MR spectroscopy.Results:Compared with the control fat, TFA intake decreased plasma high-density lipoprotein (HDL)-cholesterol by 10%, increased low-density lipoprotein (LDL)-cholesterol by 18% and resulted in an increased LDL/HDL-cholesterol ratio (baseline adjusted...

  12. The effect of resveratrol on hypertension: A clinical trial

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    Theodotou, Marios; Fokianos, Konstantinos; Mouzouridou, Alexia; Konstantinou, Cornelia; Aristotelous, Andrea; Prodromou, Dafni; Chrysikou, Asimina

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    The aim of this clinical trial was to investigate the effects of Evelor, a micronized formulation of resveratrol (RESV; 3,5,4′-trihydroxy-trans-stilbene), in patients with primary hypertension. RESV is a stilbenoid and phytoalexin produced by several plants in response to injury or attack by pathogens, such as bacteria and fungi. Patients included in the clinical trial were split into the following two groups, based on the severity of their disease: Group A (n=46), stage I hypertension [systolic blood pressure (SBP), 140–159 mmHg; diastolic blood pressure (DBP), 90–99 mmHg] and Group B (n=51), stage II hypertension (SBP, 160–179 mmHg; DBP, 100–109 mmHg). Each group was divided into two subgroups: A1 and B1, patients treated with standard antihypertensive therapy (A1, 10 mg Dapril; B1, 20 mg Dapril), and A2 and B2, patients treated with antihypertensive therapy (Dapril) plus Evelor. The present study aimed to determine the effects of Evelor, in addition to the standard hypertension treatment, and its effect on the hepatic enzymes serum glutamate-pyruvate transaminase (SGPT) and gamma-glutamyl transferase (gamma-GT). Following the trial, which lasted two years (October 2010 to October 2012), the mean blood pressure of both groups lay within the normal range, indicating that blood pressure was efficiently controlled. The results of the present study demonstrate that the addition of RESV to standard antihypertensive therapy is sufficient to reduce blood pressure to normal levels, without the need for additional antihypertensive drugs. In addition, statistical analysis of the results identified a significant reduction in plasma concentration levels of SGPT (P<0.001) and gamma-GT (P<0.001) with the addition of RESV, indicating that RESV prevents liver damage. PMID:28123505

  13. Benefits of Non-Linear Mixed Effect Modeling and Optimal Design : Pre-Clinical and Clinical Study Applications

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    Ernest II, Charles Steven

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    Despite the growing promise of pharmaceutical research, inferior experimentation or interpretation of data can inhibit breakthrough molecules from finding their way out of research institutions and reaching patients. This thesis provides evidence that better characterization of pre-clinical and clinical data can be accomplished using non-linear mixed effect modeling (NLMEM) and more effective experiments can be conducted using optimal design (OD).  To demonstrate applicability of NLMEM and OD...

  14. Avaliação dos efeitos a curto prazo de programas de conscientização e de terapia com pravastatina em indivíduos de alto risco para doença cardiovascular provenientes de consultórios particulares The evaluation of short term effects of awareness programs and pravastatin therapy on subjects from private clinics at high risk for cardiovascular disease

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    Raul D. Santos

    1997-10-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar a eficácia de programas de conscientização (PC sobre o controle de fatores de risco (FR para doença cardiovascular (DCV. MÉTODOS: Pacientes hipercolesterolêmicos de alto risco para DCV foram divididos em 2 grupos durante 16 semanas. O grupo A (n=417, 54,3±10,0 anos, 55% homens recebeu orientação verbal e escrita sobre controle de FR, e o grupo B (n=180, 54,4±10,9 anos, 45% homens apenas orientação verbal. Todos os participantes receberam 10mg/dia de pravastatina por 12 semanas. Avaliaram-se o peso, pressão arterial, o colesterol total (CT e frações, triglicérides, índices I e II de Castelli (CT/HDL-C e LDL-C/HDL-C e escores de Framingham. RESULTADOS: No basal, A diferiu de B no HDL-C (40,0±11,0 vs 43,0±11,0mg/dl, p=0,013 e no índice I (8,2±3,0 vs 7,6±2,3, p=0,008. Após 16 semanas as variações % foram maiores em A do que B no CT (-28,0 vs -25,0, pPURPOSE: To evaluate short-term efficacy of awareness programs (AP in reducing coronary heart disease risk factors (CHDRF. METHODS: High risk hypercholesterolemic patients were divided in 2 groups during 16 weeks. Group A (n=417, 54.3±10.0 years, 55% males received verbal and written orientation on CHDRF control, and group B (n=180, 54.4±10.9 years, 45% males received only verbal orientation. All participants received pravastatin 10mg q.d. for 12 weeks. The evolution of body weight, arterial pressure, lipid profile, Castelli's I and II indexes (TC/HDL and LDL/HDL, and Framingham scores were evaluated. RESULTS: At baseline, A had a lower HDL-C (40.0±11.0 vs 43.0±11.0mg/dl, p=0.013 and a higher index I (8.2±3.0 vs 7.6±2.3, p=0.008 than B. After 16 weeks, A had greater change than B in TC (-28.0 vs -25.0, p<0.05, LDL-C (-29.0 vs -27.6, p<0.05, HDL-C levels (+13.7 vs +10.8, p<0.05 and in the Castelli's Index (-39.0 vs -33.0; p<0.05. In both groups pravastatin use potentialized the effects of diet on the lipid profile. CONCLUSION: The AP seemed to be more

  15. Avaliação dos resultados clínicos após cirurgia descompressiva em cães com doença de disco intervertebral Evaluation of clinical results of decompressive surgery in dogs with degenerative disk disease

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    M.V.B. Arias

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available Avaliaram-se os resultados clínicos após realização de cirurgia descompressiva em 45 cães com doença do disco intervertebral cervical ou toracolombar. Após a cirurgia, 35 cães (77,8% recuperaram-se totalmente, oito (17,8% parcialmente e dois (4,4% não apresentaram alteração do quadro inicial. Em oito cães com paraplegia e perda da sensibilidade dolorosa profunda houve completa melhora do quadro clínico, com recuperação total em 62,5% dos casos. Em quatro cães com tetraparesia, a cirurgia foi eficaz. A cirurgia descompressiva (slot cervical e hemilaminectomia toracolombar, com a retirada do material do disco do interior do canal vertebral, foi uma forma efetiva de gerar melhora do quadro funcional.Clinical results after decompressive surgery were evaluated in 45 dogs with cervical or thoracolumbar intervertebral disk disease. After surgery, 35 dogs recovered totally, eight (17.8% partially, and two (4.4% did not present any change in clinical findings. Eight dogs with paraplegy and loss of deep pain perception showed improvement, with total recovering in 62.5% of cases. Surgery was effective in four dogs with tetraparesy. Decompressive surgery (cervical slot or hemilaminectomy, with removal of disk material from inside the vertebral canal, was an effective form to produce functional improvement in dogs with this disease.

  16. The Portuguese version of the Clinical Global Impression - Schizophrenia Scale: validation study Versão em português da Impressão Clínica Global - Escala de Esquizofrenia: estudo de validação

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    Maurício Silva de Lima

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVES: The Clinical Global Impression - Schizophrenia Scale was designed to assess severity and treatment response in subjects with schizophrenia involved in naturalistic studies and daily clinical practice. The objective of this study is to validate the Portuguese version of the Clinical Global Impression - Schizophrenia Scale in Brazil by assessing its psychometric properties. METHOD: Cross-sectional validation study of the Portuguese version of the Clinical Global Impression - Schizophrenia Scale, tested in outpatients and inpatients with schizophrenia (DSM-IV, ICD-10 from 6 centers in Brazil. Concurrent validity and sensitivity to change were assessed by comparison with the Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale, which is considered the gold standard tool to evaluate patients with schizophrenia. Interrater reliability was evaluated by intraclass correlation coefficients (ICC calculated based on the scoring of two concomitant raters. RESULTS: 70 inpatients and 70 outpatients were evaluated. Total Clinical Global Impression - Schizophrenia Scale and Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale scores were highly correlated (r = 0.79; p OBJETIVOS: A Escala de Impressão Clínica Global - Esquizofrenia é um instrumento de aplicação simples e rápido, utilizado para avaliar a severidade de sintomas em pacientes com esquizofrenia. Pode ser aplicado em estudos naturalísticos e na prática clínica. O objetivo deste trabalho é estudar as propriedades psicométricas e validar a versão Brasileira da Escala de Impressão Clínica Global - Esquizofrenia em nosso meio. MÉTODO: Estudo transversal de validação da Escala de Impressão Clínica Global - Esquizofrenia, na versão em Português, em pacientes com esquizofrenia, hospitalizados e em tratamento ambulatorial (DSM-IV, ICD-10, selecionados em seis centros no Brasil. Validade concorrente e sensibilidade à mudança foram determinadas em comparação com a escala Positive and Negative Syndrome

  17. Mutagenic efficiency and effectiveness of gamma rays and EMS and their combination in inducing chlorophyll mutations in M2 generation of Urdbean (Vigna mungo (L. Hepper

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    K.S. Usharani and C.R. Ananda Kumar

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    Full Text Available The usefulness of any mutagenic agent depends on its ability to induce high frequency of desirable changes as compared to undesirable ones. Hence, often it is necessary to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of mutagens for efficient and effective use. Though some studies have been carried out in blackgram, studies involving gamma rays and Ethyl Methane Sulphonate (EMS are scanty. The present investigation was undertaken in a blackgram variety VBN 4 to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of physical and chemical mutagen viz., gamma ray and EMS respectively in single and combination dose/concentration. The mutagenic efficiency was found to be highest, at lower and intermediate concentration of mutagenic treatments. Based on lethality, injury and sterility, EMS was more efficient than gamma rays and combination of both in producing chlorophyll mutants. The effectiveness of chlorophyll mutants was high in gamma rays treatment than EMS.

  18. Achados clínicos e polissonográficos em pacientes com obesidade classe III Clinical and polysomnographic findings in class III obese patients

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    Rodrigo de Paiva Tangerina

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available A Síndrome da apnéia/hipopnéia obstrutiva do sono (SAHOS apresenta estreita correlação com a obesidade, porém não está estabelecida uma relação linear de gravidade principalmente em relação aos extremos como na obesidade mórbida. OBJETIVO: Avaliar os achados clínicos e polissonográficos em pacientes com obesidade classe III e correlacionar esses achados com a presença da SAHOS. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: Foram selecionados consecutivamente 45 pacientes com índice de massa corpórea superior a 40Kg/m2. Todos foram submetidos a anamnese, exame físico antropométrico e polissonografia. Os achados foram comparados entre os pacientes com e sem SAHOS. RESULTADOS: 68,9% dos pacientes eram do sexo feminino e 31,1% do masculino. A idade média foi de 46,5 DP 10,8 anos, a média do IMC foi 49 DP 7Kg/m2 e a média da circunferência cervical foi 43,4 DP 5,1cm. Todos os pacientes eram roncadores habituais e 48,9% tinham queixa de hipersonolência diurna. Os achados polissonográficos mostraram que 77,8% apresentaram índice de apnéia/hipopnéia superior a cinco. Apresentaram correlação com a presença da SAHOS: idade mais jovem (p=0,02 e maior circunferência cervical (p=0,004. CONCLUSÃO: A prevalência de SAHOS foi elevada, ressaltando a importância da sua investigação em pacientes referenciados para cirurgia bariátrica. O principal marcador da SAHOS foi a circunferência cervical.The Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hipopnea Syndrome (OSAHS is closely related to obesity; a linear relation, however, has not been established, particularly in morbid obesity patients. AIM: To evaluate clinical and polysomnographic findings in a group of class III obese patients, and to relate these findings with the presence or absence of OSAHS. MATERIAL AND METHOD: Forty five patients with body mass indexex (BMI over 40Kg/m2 were selected consecutively. A clinical history, the anthropometric examination and polysomnography were undertaken in all patients. The

  19. Valor prognóstico de dados clínicos em paralisia de Bell The value of prognostic clinical data in Bell's palsy

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    Cristiane A. Kasse

    2005-08-01

    Full Text Available Com o advento dos testes eletrofisiológicos, a avaliação clínica parece ter perdido interesse na paralisia de Bell. A eletroneuronografia (ENoG associada ao estadiamento clínico da doença é o método mais freqüentemente utilizado para mensurar o prognóstico da paralisia de Bell. Entretanto, a ENoG constitui-se em um teste eletrofisiológico ainda não universalmente disponível, especialmente nos serviços de emergência. OBJETIVO: Estudar a medida do prognóstico da paralisia de Bell com base nos dados clínicos e no teste de estimulação elétrica mínima, teste de Hilger, permitindo assim uma previsão de prognóstico segura e factível na maioria dos serviços. FORMA DE ESTUDO: coorte historica. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Estudo coorte retrospectivo, analisando 1521 casos de paralisia de Bell, correlacionando-se os dados clínicos sexo, idade, lado da paralisia, modo de instalação, sintomas prévios, sintomas associados e os resultados do teste de estimulação elétrica mínima (Hilger, com a evolução da paralisia após 6 meses. RESULTADO: O estudo desses dados indicou que pacientes acima de 60 anos apresentaram prognóstico pior em comparação com pacientes com idade abaixo de 30 anos; o modo de instalação progressiva, a ausência de sintomas prévios, a presença de vertigem concomitante à paralisia e resposta acima de 3,5 mm no teste de Hilger estiveram relacionados com mau prognóstico. Por outro lado, a ausência de sintomas concomitantes, a diminuição do lacrimejamento e o início súbito foram relacionados com bom prognóstico. CONCLUSÃO: A análise de fatores clínicos, associada ao teste de Hilger, pode indicar o prognóstico da paralisia facial com reduzida margem de erro, sendo uma alternativa bastante interessante especialmente quando não há disponibilidade da ENoG.Electroneurography (ENoG and clinical staging are currently the methods of choice to indicate prognosis in Bell's palsy, although ENoG is an

  20. Clinical use of growth hormone and glutamine in short bowel syndrome Uso clínico de hormônio de crescimento e glutamina em síndrome do intestino curto

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    Full Text Available Growth hormone (GH and glutamine (GLN are considered bowel trophic factors and are used experimentally after bowel resection. Their clinical uses in short bowel syndrome (SBS are still not standardized. It is of interest to verify metabolic, nutritional and side effects of the association of GH and GLN in SBS. Three patients, 39 (A, 33 (B, and 01 years old (C underwent bowel resection with jejunum anastomosis 15 cm (A and 60 cm (B distant from the Treitz angle, and 40 cm (C preserving the ileo cecal valve. GH Saizen (Serono - A, Genotropin (Pharmacia - B, and Norditropin (Novonordisk C were administered in doses of 0.14 mg /kg/day. GLN (0.4 g/kg/day was given orally for 10 days (A, 30 days (B and 60 days to patient C (0.28 g/kg/day. Central TPN and adequate oral diet was administered according to the bowel adaptation phase. On the first day after beginning treatment patient A exhibited symptoms of hypoglycemia. There were no other side effects. After treatment, body weight was higher and analysis by bioelectrical impedance showed more lean mass and less fat mass compared to pre-treatment measurements. Nitrogen retention was progressively higher with treatment. Simultaneous treatment with GH and GLN does not cause significant side effects, and is associated with a favorable distribution of the body compartments and nitrogen retention in patients with the short bowel syndrome.Hormônio de crescimento (GH e glutamina (GLN são fatores tróficos da mucosa intestinal, utilizados experimentalmente pós ressecção intestinal maciça. O uso clinico de GH e GLN em síndrome do intestino curto (SIC ainda não está padronizado. Torna-se de interesse verificar os efeitos metabólicos, nutricionais e colaterais da associação do GH e GLN em SIC grave de origem recente. Três pacientes, com idades de 39 anos (A, 33 anos (B e 1 ano (C foram submetidos à enterectomia com anastomose do jejuno a 15 cm (A e 60 cm (B do angulo de Treitz com o cólon ascendente

  1. SAHOS em crianças: perfil clínico e respiratório polissonográfico OSAS in children: clinical and polysomnographic respiratory profile

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    Regina Terse Trindade Ramos

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available A Síndrome da Apnéia e Hipopnéia Obstrutiva do Sono (SAHOS em crianças conta com uma prevalência estimada de 1-3% e poderá estar associada a alterações neurocognitivas, comportamentais e cardiovasculares. Entretanto, alguns pediatras desconhecem o problema e este estudo poderá facilitar o reconhecimento de SAHOS pelos mesmos. OBJETIVO: Descrever as características clínicas e os índices respiratórios polissonográficos de crianças com SAHOS, em um laboratório de sono, entre janeiro de 2002 a julho de 2003. FORMA DE ESTUDO: Série de casos. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Avaliaram-se 93 crianças, de 2 a 10 anos de idade, com diagnóstico polissonográfico de SAHOS. Analisaram-se idade, gênero, grupo racial e dados referentes à saúde e sono das crianças. Os dados polissonográficos estudados foram índice de apnéia-hipopnéia, dessaturação da oxihemoglobina e índice de microdespertar. RESULTADOS: O gênero masculino correspondeu a 61,3% dos casos. A média da idade foi de 5,2 ± 2,1 anos. As queixas que mais motivaram a realização do exame foram roncos, em 24,7% e sono inquieto em 24,7%. Condições médicas mais associadas foram rinite alérgica (98,9% e hipertrofia de adenóides (50,6%. Apnéia leve ocorreu em 66% das crianças. A média e o desvio-padrão da saturação mínima de O2 foi de 89,1 ± 3,5 e a do número de microdespertares de 8,4 ± 3,5/hora de sono. CONCLUSÃO: Os resultados chamam atenção para a possibilidade de SAHOS em crianças com rinite alérgica e hipertrofia adenotonsilar, com queixas de ronco e sono inquieto.Obstructive sleep apnea and hypopnea syndrome in children (osas has an estimated prevalence of up to 3% and can be associated with neurocognitive and behavioural abnormalities, and also cardiovascular complications. This study may help pediatricians, who are unaware of the problem, to recognize osas. STUDY DESIGN: series of cases. AIM: to describe the clinical characteristics and polysomnographic

  2. Proton Radiotherapy for Parameningeal Rhabdomyosarcoma: Clinical Outcomes and Late Effects

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    Childs, Stephanie K. [Department of Radiation Oncology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA (United States); Kozak, Kevin R. [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Wisconsin Cancer Center Johnson Creek, Madison, WI (United States); Friedmann, Alison M. [Department of Pediatric Oncology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA (United States); Yeap, Beow Y. [Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA (United States); Adams, Judith; MacDonald, Shannon M.; Liebsch, Norbert J.; Tarbell, Nancy J. [Department of Radiation Oncology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA (United States); Yock, Torunn I., E-mail: tyock@partners.org [Department of Radiation Oncology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA (United States)

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    Purpose: To report the clinical outcome and late side effect profile of proton radiotherapy in the treatment of children with parameningeal rhabdomyosarcoma (PM-RMS). Methods and Materials: Seventeen consecutive children with PM-RMS were treated with proton radiotherapy at Massachusetts General Hospital between 1996 and 2005. We reviewed the medical records of all patients and asked referring physicians to report specific side effects of interest. Results: Median patient age at diagnosis was 3.4 years (range, 0.4-17.6). Embryonal (n = 11), alveolar (n = 4), and undifferentiated (n = 2) histologies were represented. Ten patients (59%) had intracranial extension. Median prescribed dose was 50.4 cobalt gray equivalents (GyRBE) (range, 50.4-56.0 GyRBE) delivered in 1.8-2.0-GyRBE daily fractions. Median follow-up was 5.0 years for survivors. The 5-year failure-free survival estimate was 59% (95% confidence interval, 33-79%), and overall survival estimate was 64% (95% confidence interval, 37-82%). Among the 7 patients who failed, sites of first recurrence were local only (n = 2), regional only (n = 2), distant only (n = 2), and local and distant (n = 1). Late effects related to proton radiotherapy in the 10 recurrence-free patients (median follow-up, 5 years) include failure to maintain height velocity (n = 3), endocrinopathies (n = 2), mild facial hypoplasia (n = 7), failure of permanent tooth eruption (n = 3), dental caries (n = 5), and chronic nasal/sinus congestion (n = 2). Conclusions: Proton radiotherapy for patients with PM-RMS yields tumor control and survival comparable to that in historical controls with similar poor prognostic factors. Furthermore, rates of late effects from proton radiotherapy compare favorably to published reports of photon-treated cohorts.

  3. Liver Effects of Clinical Drugs Differentiated in Human Liver Slices

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    Alison E. M. Vickers

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available Drugs with clinical adverse effects are compared in an ex vivo 3-dimensional multi-cellular human liver slice model. Functional markers of oxidative stress and mitochondrial function, glutathione GSH and ATP levels, were affected by acetaminophen (APAP, 1 mM, diclofenac (DCF, 1 mM and etomoxir (ETM, 100 μM. Drugs targeting mitochondria more than GSH were dantrolene (DTL, 10 μM and cyclosporin A (CSA, 10 μM, while GSH was affected more than ATP by methimazole (MMI, 500 μM, terbinafine (TBF, 100 μM, and carbamazepine (CBZ 100 μM. Oxidative stress genes were affected by TBF (18%, CBZ, APAP, and ETM (12%–11%, and mitochondrial genes were altered by CBZ, APAP, MMI, and ETM (8%–6%. Apoptosis genes were affected by DCF (14%, while apoptosis plus necrosis were altered by APAP and ETM (15%. Activation of oxidative stress, mitochondrial energy, heat shock, ER stress, apoptosis, necrosis, DNA damage, immune and inflammation genes ranked CSA (75%, ETM (66%, DCF, TBF, MMI (61%–60%, APAP, CBZ (57%–56%, and DTL (48%. Gene changes in fatty acid metabolism, cholestasis, immune and inflammation were affected by DTL (51%, CBZ and ETM (44%–43%, APAP and DCF (40%–38%, MMI, TBF and CSA (37%–35%. This model advances multiple dosing in a human ex vivo model, plus functional markers and gene profile markers of drug induced human liver side-effects.

  4. Clinical Significance of Evaluating Antihypertensive Effect with Arterial Compliance

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    李新立; 倪春辉; 王震震

    2002-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the clinical significance of antihypertensive effect witharterial compliance. Methods In males, 72 cases were control group, 35 cases were EH-controlled,and 35 cases were EH-uncontrolled groups. Blood pressure and arterial compliance (C1 and C2) weredetected by HDI DO-2020. Results In the EH-uncontrolled group,the values of systolic blood pres-sure (SBP) , diastolic blood pressure (DBP) , mean arterial pressure (MAP), and pulse pressure(PP) were significantly higher than those of the control and the EH-controlled groups (P<0.01),however ,there was no difference between the control and the EH-controlled groups. In the EH-uncon-trolled group,the values of C1 and C2 were lower tlan those of both the control and the EH-controlledgroups (P<0.01) ,again,with no difference between the control and the EH-controlled groups. Con-clttsion Arterial compliance (C1 and C2) measurements may serve as a sensitive indicator of evalu-ating antihypertensive effect.

  5. [Clinical effectiveness and economical evaluation of preventive vaccination].

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    Vaz Carneiro, António; Belo, Ana Isabel; Gouveia, Miguel; Costa, João; Borges, Margarida

    2011-01-01

    The value of mass vaccination as a preventive measure for infectious diseases is one of the most important advances of modern Medicine. The impact on incidence of several infectious diseases, until recently responsible for significant morbidity and mortality at world level, is well proved in a series of high quality epidemiological studies. In this scientific review we aimed firstly to briefly resume the history of mass vaccination and its scientists, responsible for synthesis and marketing of these drugs. In second place we present a group of a few disease preventable by vaccines as well as the Portuguese National Vaccination Plan and its benefits. In third place we identified groups of subjects in which a well structured vaccination plan is particularly important, as well as the correspondent diseases to be covered by vaccination. Fourthly, we discussed the ethical considerations of vaccination, and its tensions between subject autonomy and society advantages in com pulsive programs. Fifthly, we analyzed clinical effectiveness of vaccines through the concept of herd immunity, clinical evaluation of immune response to vaccines and some examples of systematic reviews on three relevant diseases (influenza, meningococcal and pneumococcal infections). In sixth place we discussed vaccine safety presenting monitoring methods of vaccination risks, as well as discussing the public myths concerning vaccines. Finally we present a economic analysis of preventive vaccination with a review of some published literature on specific diseases. We conclude that mass vaccination is a efficacious preventive measure, as well as a economic rational choice, and that this public health intervention should be a pillar of a modern preventive system.

  6. <em>Moringa oleiferaem> Hydroethanolic Extracts Effectively Alleviate Acetaminophen-Induced Hepatotoxicity in Experimental Rats through Their Antioxidant Nature

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    Sharida Fakurazi

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the study was to investigate the <em>in vitroem> antioxidant properties <em>Moringa oleifera em>Lam. (MO extracts and its curative role in acetaminophen (APAP- induced toxic liver injury in rats caused by oxidative damage. The total phenolic content and antioxidant properties of hydroethanolic extracts of different MO edible parts were investigated by employing an established <em>in vitroem> biological assay. In the antihepatotoxic study, either flowers or leaves extract (200 mg/kg or 400 mg/kg, i.p were administered an hour after APAP administration, respectively. N-Acetylcysteine was used as the positive control against APAP-induced hepatotoxicity. The levels of liver markers such as alanine aminotransferase (ALT and the levels of oxidative damage markers including malondialdehyde (MDA, 4-hydroxynonenal (4-HNE protein adduct, reduced glutathione (GSH, superoxide dismutase (SOD and catalase (CAT were analysed and compared between experimental groups. Among MO edible parts the flower extracts contain the highest total phenolic content and antioxidant capacity, followed by leaves extract. The oxidative marker MDA, as well as 4-HNE protein adduct levels were elevated and GSH, SOD and CAT were significantly decreased in groups treated with hepatotoxin. The biochemical liver tissue oxidative markers measured in the rats treated with MO flowers and leaves hydroethanolic extracts showed a significant (<em>p> < 0.05 reduction in the severity of the liver damage. The results of this study strongly indicate the therapeutic properties of MO hydroethanolic extracts against acute liver injury and thereby scientifically support its traditional use.

  7. Padrões clínicos de acne em mulheres de diferentes faixas etárias Acne in women: clinical patterns in different age-groups

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    Juliano Vilaverde Schmitt

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTOS: Acne é dermatose comum que acomete ambos os gêneros e todas as faixas etárias. Mulheres apresentam diferentes padrões clínicos da doença, além de frequente persistência da acne após a adolescência. OBJETIVO: Analisar características clínicas e epidemiológicas associadas às diferentes faixas etárias acometidas por acne feminina. MÉTODOS: Estudo transversal envolvendo mulheres com diagnóstico de acne, atendidas em ambulatório de dermatologia geral. Variáveis relacionadas à doença e às pacientes foram avaliadas com o emprego de questionário padronizado. RESULTADOS: Avaliaram-se 103 pacientes, cuja idade média na época da consulta foi 21,7 ± 7,3 anos. Definiram-se dois subgrupos com idade de corte de 21 anos e idades médias de 15,8 ± 2,3 e 28,0 ± 5,1 anos. Houve correlação entre a duração do quadro e a idade das pacientes na consulta (R = 0,7. Observaram-se diferenças entre os grupos nas frequências de uso de contraceptivo oral combinado (OR = 48,1, lesões no colo (OR = 11,6, lesões no dorso (OR = 0,2, predominância na topografia superior da face (OR = 0,1 e idade de início das lesões (OR = 1,8. No grupo de mulheres adultas, 80% relataram início do quadro antes dos 20 anos. CONCLUSÕES: Identificaram-se padrões clínicos cronológicos e topográficos que caracterizaram a acne feminina em diferentes faixas etárias, alertando para a importância da abordagem diagnóstica e terapêutica individualizada.BACKGROUND: Acne is a frequent skin disease that occurs in both sexes and all age-groups. Women present several clinical disease patterns; moreover, persistence after adolescence is common. OBJECTIVE: To analyze clinical and epidemiological characteristics associated with different age-groups affected by acne in women. METHODS: Cross-sectional study involving female patients diagnosed with acne, at a general dermatology outpatient clinic. Variables related to disease and patients were assessed

  8. Sedentarismo e variáveis clínico-metabólicas associadas à obesidade em adolescentes Inactivity and clinical and metabolic variables associated with adolescent obesity

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    Priscila Trapp Abbes

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Estudar a associação da obesidade com variáveis metabólicas, variáveis clínicas e sedentarismo, em adolescentes pós-púberes de escolas públicas de São Paulo. MÉTODOS: Estudo caso-controle com 128 adolescentes obesos (índice de massa corporal > percentil 95 e 151 adolescentes eutróficos (índice de massa corporal entre percentis 5 e 85. Foram realizados exame físico, avaliação bioquímica e de composição corporal. Foi aplicado questionário previamente testado, que gerou um escore de sedentarismo. Na análise estatística, foi realizada a análise de variância com testes de comparações múltiplas de Bonferroni e qui-quadrado (Pearson. O modelo logístico múltiplo foi utilizado para verificar as associações entre variáveis clínicas, variáveis metabólicas, escore de sedentarismo e estado nutricional. RESULTADOS Por meio da análise de variância, foi identificado um gradiente nos valores médios das variáveis metabólicas e clínicas com piora dessas variáveis em paralelo ao aumento do grau de sedentarismo, o que foi confirmado pelo teste qui-quadrado. Na análise bivariada de riscos para obesidade, os adolescentes obesos apresentaram maiores frequências de sedentarismo, de alterações nos níveis de lipoproteína de alta densidade e triglicérides, de hiperinsulinemia e homeostasis model assessment for insulin resistence alterado, e de pressão arterial alterada (pOBJECTIVE: This study investigated the association of obesity with metabolic and clinical variables and inactivity in post-pubertal adolescents attending public schools in São Paulo City. METHODS: This was a case-control study with 128 obese adolescents (body mass indices >the 95th percentile, and 151 normal weight adolescents (body mass indices between the 5th and 85th percentiles. Physical examination and biochemical and body composition assessments were done. A pretested questionnaire was administered, generating an inactivity score. Analysis

  9. Characterization of Isoforms of the Lectin Isolated from the Red Algae <em>Bryothamnion seaforthii em>and Its Pro-Healing Effect Characterization of Isoforms of the Lectin Isolated from the Red Algae <em style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Bryothamnion seaforthii em>and Its Pro-Healing Effect

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    Edson Holanda Teixeira

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Lectins are a structurally heterogeneous group of proteins that have specific binding sites for carbohydrates and glycoconjugates. Because of their biotechnological potential, lectins are widely used in biomedical research. The present study aimed to evaluate the healing potential of the lectin isolated from the marine red alga <em>Bryothamnion seaforthiiem> (BSL. The lectin was purified using ion exchange chromatography with DEAE cellulose and characterized using tandem mass spectrometry. For healing tests, skin wounds were induced in the dorsal thoracic region of mice. These animals were randomly divided into three groups and subjected to topical treatment for 12 days with BSL, bovine serum albumin and 150 mM NaCl. To evaluate the potential of each treatment, the animals were anesthetized and sacrificed on days 2, 7 and 12, respectively. The parameters evaluated included the wound area, the proportion of wound closure and the histological diagnosis. The wound closure was more effective with BSL (Postoperative Day 7 and 12 than controls. The luminal epithelium was completely restructured; the presence of collagen in the dermis and the strongly active presence of young skin annexes demonstrate the potential of treatment with BSL compared with controls. Our findings suggest that BSL has pro-healing properties and can be a potential medical process in the treatment of acute wounds.

  10. Effects of EMS, NMU and gamma-rays in Vigna radiata(L) Wilczek

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    Chaturvedi, S.N.; Singh, V.P. (R.B.S. Coll., Agra (India). Dept. of Botany)

    1981-06-01

    Irrespective of the varieties involved, EMS for germination, NMU for pollen fertility and gamma-rays for seed fertility and seedling height in M/sub 1/ generation and NMU for chlorophyll mutations were proved to be most efficient. A distinct difference in genotypic response was also noticed. Variety Pusa Baisakhi was also found to be more sensitive than variety S-8.

  11. Febre catarral maligna em bovinos no Rio Grande do Sul: epidemiologia, sinais clínicos e patologia Malignant catarrhal fever in cattle in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil: epidemiology, clinical signs and pathology

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    Raquel R. Rech

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available São descritos a epidemiologia, os sinais clínicos e os achados de necropsia e histopatológicos observados em casos de febre catarral maligna (FCM, que ocorreram de 1973 a 2003 em bovinos de 15 fazendas no Rio Grande do Sul. Em nove ocasiões (60%, a doença ocorreu de forma esporádica, afetando 1-3 bovinos por rebanho, enquanto, em seis fazendas (40%, a FCM ocorreu de forma epizoótica, afetando vários bovinos em cada rebanho. As taxas de morbidade variaram de 2,4% a 20%, e as taxas de letalidade foram de 83,3% a 100%. Bovinos de todas as idades e ambos os sexos foram afetados. Nos casos em que foi possível obter essa informação (9 fazendas, sempre havia ovinos em contato com os bovinos afetados, e o maior número de casos de FCM ocorreu na primavera e verão. A doença clínica era aguda ou subaguda, e os sinais clínicos incluíam febre, corrimento nasal e ocular, conjuntivite, salivação excessiva, hematúria, necrose das papilas bucais que se tornavam rombas, linfadenopatia, diarréia e distúrbios neurológicos. Os achados de necropsia incluíam opacidade da córnea, erosões e ulcerações em várias membranas mucosas do trato alimentar, respiratório, urogenital e conjuntiva; aumento de volume e hemorragia em linfonodos e múltiplos focos brancos nos córtices renais e nas tríades portais hepáticas. Dermatite crostosa foi observada em alguns casos. Os principais achados histopatológicos incluíam vasculite, necrose dos epitélios de revestimento e acúmulos de células inflamatórias em vários órgãos. A vasculite era associada com necrose fibrinóide da túnica média das artérias e acompanhada de infiltrado inflamatório constituído por linfoblastos, linfócitos, plasmócitos e macrófagos.The epidemiology, clinical signs, necropsy and histopathological findings in cases of malignant catarrhal fever (MCF occurring in cattle from 15 farms in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, from 1973 to 2003, are described. In 9 instances (60

  12. Acesso universal? Obstáculos ao acesso, continuidade do uso e gênero em um serviço especializado em HIV/AIDS em Salvador, Bahia, Brasil Universal access? Obstacles to access, continuity of treatment, and gender issues at a specialized HIV/AIDS clinic in Salvador, Bahia State, Brazil

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    Isadora Borges Nolasco Oliveira

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Desde 1996, o Brasil mantém políticas internacionalmente conhecidas como de acesso universal ao tratamento especializado em HIV/AIDS. Observa-se, que o impacto da iniciativa tem sido desigual entre diferentes populações e regiões brasileiras. Desde uma perspectiva de gênero, o estudo buscou avaliar o acesso a um serviço especializado em HIV/AIDS localizado em Salvador, Bahia, identificando fatores facilitadores e obstaculizadores ao acesso e continuidade do uso vivenciados por mulheres vivendo com HIV/AIDS. Foram realizadas observação participante e entrevistas semi e não estruturadas com 13 usuárias. Resultados indicaram que a organização das rotinas do serviço e as relações travadas entre usuários e entre eles e trabalhadores em saúde condicionavam-se por valores, concepções e práticas associados a gênero, classe e aparência. O acesso e continuidade do uso no Serviço de Atenção à AIDS de Salvador eram condicionados à disponibilidade de bens sociais e simbólicos; o serviço apresentava capacidade limitada de adequação às especificidades dos usuários. Os achados apontam para limitações da operacionalização das políticas de acesso universal; e reforçam a necessidade de estudos que considerem a noção de vulnerabilidade e regionalização da epidemia no Brasil.Since 1996, Brazil has implemented internationally acknowledged policies such as universal access to specialized treatment for HIV/AIDS. However, the initiative's impact has been unequal if one compares different population segments and regions of the country. Taking a gender perspective, the current study seeks to evaluate access to a specialized HIV/AIDS service in Salvador, Bahia, identifying facilitating factors and obstacles to access and continuity of care, as experienced by women living with HIV/AIDS. Participant observation and semi-structured and open-ended interviews with 13 women were used. The findings indicate that the organization of

  13. Mutações predisponentes à trombofilia em indivíduos de Minas Gerais - Brasil com suspeita clínica de trombose Predisposing thrombophilic mutations in individuals with clinical suspicion of thrombosis from Minas Gerais, Brazil

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    Sabrina P. Guimarães

    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available A trombose é reconhecidamente uma doença de caráter multifatorial. Sua ocorrência está intimamente relacionada à presença de fatores genéticos e adquiridos que concorrem isoladamente ou em associação para o seu desencadeamento. No entanto, a frequência dos fatores genéticos pode variar de acordo com a origem étnica e com outros aspectos epidemiológicos dos grupos de indivíduos e populações estudadas. No Brasil, dados referentes a indivíduos brasileiros e em especial do estado de Minas Gerais são escassos. O objetivo do presente estudo foi investigar a frequência das mutações fator V Leiden e G20210A no gene protrombina em 1.103 indivíduos com suspeita clínica de trombofilia, empregando a técnica da reação em cadeia da polimerase seguida de restrição enzimática (PCR-RFLP. Os dados foram analisados usando-se o programa Epi Info versão 6.04. A amostra consistiu de 76,16% mulheres e 23,84% homens, com média de idade de 43,06± 14,65. A mutação fator V Leiden foi observada em heterozigose em 7,52% dos indivíduos e em 0,36% em homozigose. A mutação G20210A no gene da protrombina apresentou-se em heterozigose em 5,90% dos indivíduos e em homozigose em 0,18%. O presente trabalho mostra a importância dos testes genéticos conforme o perfil da população analisada, ressaltando informações epidemiológicas da população brasileira e benefícios clínicos.Thrombosis is known to be a multifactorial disease. Its incidence is directly related to the presence of genetic and acquired factors that concur separately or in association to its appearance. However, the frequency of genetic factors can vary according to ethnic background and with other epidemiological aspects of populations. Data from Brazilian individuals and especially those from the State of Minas Gerais are scarce. The present study aims at investigating the frequencies of the factor v Leiden and the G20210G prothrombin gene mutations of 1103 individuals

  14. Anecdotal notes. Effective clinical evaluation and record keeping.

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    Liberto, T; Roncher, M; Shellenbarger, T

    1999-01-01

    Faculty use numerous techniques to evaluate student nurses' clinical performance. The development of keen observational skills is crucial to evaluating students' performance, but this is only the first step. Fair student evaluations require the faculty member to recall incidents and draw sound conclusions about clinical performance events. There are various tools to assist the nurse educator in evaluating students' clinical performance. The authors describe one such tool, the anecdotal record, used by nursing faculty for clinical record keeping and evaluation. Guidelines for anecdotal record keeping and solutions to common management issues related to anecdotal record keeping are provided.

  15. Fatores associados à soropositividade para Babesia, Toxoplasma, Neospora e Leishmania em cães atendidos em nove clínicas veterinárias do município de Lavras, MG Factors associated the seropositivity for Babesia, Toxoplasma, Neospora e Leishmania in dogs attended at nine veterinary clinics in the municipality of Lavras, MG

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    Antônio Marcos Guimarães

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste estudo foi determinar a frequência e avaliar a influência da idade, sexo e raça na soropositividade anti-Babesia canis, Toxoplasma gondii, Leishmania (L. chagasi e Neospora caninum, por meio da reação de imunofluorescência indireta (RIFI, em amostras de soros coletadas de cães atendidos em nove clínicas veterinárias particulares do município de Lavras, MG, no período de agosto de 2000 a abril de 2002. De 300 cães, 73,3% foram soropositivos (RIFI > 1:80 para B. canis, e houve um aumento significativo de reagentes (p 1:40. Para T. gondii, de 218 cães, 60,7% foram positivos (RIFI > 1:16. Em 228 amostras de soros, 3,1% foram positivas (RIFI > 1:50 para N. caninum. Infecções por B. canis e T. gondii são endêmicas em cães atendidos em clínicas veterinárias particulares em Lavras. Não há evidências de casos autóctones de leishmaniose visceral canina em Lavras. Além disso, a infecção por N. caninum é pouco comum em cães criados na zona urbana do município.The aim of the present study was to determine the frequency and evaluate the influence of age, sex and breed in seropositivity anti-Babesia canis, Toxoplasma gondii, Leishmania (L. chagasi and Neospora caninum, by means of the indirect immunofluorescence antibody test (IFAT, in serum samples collected from dogs attended in nine private veterinary clinics in municipality of Lavras, Minas Gerais, Brazil, from August 2000 to April 2002. Of 300 dogs, 73.3% were seropositive (IFAT > 1:80 to B. canis, and there was a significant increase (p 1:40. T. gondii, of 218 dogs, 60.7% were positive (IFAT > 1:16. In 228 serum samples, 3.1% were positive (IFAT > 1:50 to N. caninum. Infections to B. canis and T. gondii occur as endemic form in dogs examined at private veterinary clinics in Lavras. There is no evidence that there are autochthonous cases of canine visceral leishmaniosis in Lavras. Besides this the infection by N. caninum is uncommon in dogs breed at the

  16. Efeito anti-inflamatório dos macrolídeos em doenças pulmonares da infância Anti-inflammatory effects of macrolides in childhood lung diseases

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    Fernanda Luisi

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Os macrolídeos são fármacos com efeitos antimicrobianos especialmente contra patógenos intracelulares. Vários estudos têm demonstrado possíveis efeitos anti-inflamatórios dos macrolídeos. Esses medicamentos inibem a produção de algumas interleucinas e podem reduzir a inflamação neutrofílica pulmonar. Ensaios clínicos têm demonstrado efeitos benéficos dos macrolídeos em diversas doenças pulmonares crônicas. O objetivo deste estudo foi revisar os dados recentes da literatura médica sobre os efeitos anti-inflamatórios dos macrolídeos nas doenças respiratórias da infância, através da pesquisa da base de dados Medline (PubMed dos seguintes termos em inglês: "macrolide and cystic fibrosis"; "macrolide and asthma"; "macrolide and bronchiolitis obliterans"; e "macrolide and acute bronchiolitis" Foram selecionados artigos publicados em revistas científicas internacionais entre 2001 e 2012. Estudos clínicos e evidências in vitro comprovam o efeito anti-inflamatório dos macrolídeos em doenças respiratórias. Alguns ensaios clínicos demonstram benefícios na administração de macrolídeos em pacientes com fibrose cística; porém, o risco de resistência bacteriana deve ser considerado na análise desses benefícios. Tais benefícios são controversos em outras doenças respiratórias, e seu uso rotineiro não está indicado. Mais estudos clínicos controlados são necessários para avaliar a eficácia desses medicamentos como anti-inflamatórios. Dessa forma, poderemos definir melhor os benefícios dos macrolídeos no tratamento de cada uma das situações clínicas especificadas.Macrolides are drugs that have antimicrobial effects, especially against intracellular pathogens. Various studies have shown that macrolides might also have anti-inflammatory effects. Macrolides inhibit the production of interleukins and can reduce pulmonary neutrophilic inflammation. Clinical trials have demonstrated beneficial effects of

  17. Design and Effectiveness of a Required Pre-Clinical Simulation-based Curriculum for Fundamental Clinical Skills and Procedures

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    Daryl P. Lofaso

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available For more than 20 years, medical literature has increasingly documented the need for students to learn, practice and demonstrate competence in basic clinical knowledge and skills. In 2001, the Louisiana State University Health Science Centers (LSUHSC School of Medicine – New Orleans replaced its traditional Introduction in to Clinical Medicine (ICM course with the Science and Practice of Medicine (SPM course. The main component within the SPM course is the Clinical Skills Lab (CSL. The CSL teaches 30 plus skills to all pre-clinical medical students (Years 1 and 2. Since 2002, an annual longitudinal evaluation questionnaire was distributed to all medical students targeting the skills taught in the CSL. Students were asked to rate their self- confidence (Dreyfus and Likert-type and estimate the number of times each clinical skill was performed (clinically/non-clinically. Of the 30 plus skills taught, 8 were selected for further evaluation. An analysis was performed on the eight skills selected to determine the effectiveness of the CSL. All students that participated in the CSL reported a significant improvement in self-confidence and in number performed in the clinically/non-clinically setting when compared to students that did not experience the CSL. For example, without CSL training, the percentage of students reported at the end of their second year self-perceived expertise as “novice” ranged from 21.4% (CPR to 84.7% (GU catheterization. Students who completed the two-years CSL, only 7.8% rated their self-perceived expertise at the end of the second year as “novice” and 18.8% for GU catheterization. The CSL design is not to replace real clinical patient experiences. It's to provide early exposure, medial knowledge, professionalism and opportunity to practice skills in a patient free environment.

  18. Effects of <em>Bos taurusem> autosome 9-located quantitative trait loci haplotypes on the disease phenotypes of dairy cows with experimentally induced <em>Escherichia coli em>mastitis

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    Khatun, Momena; Sørensen, Peter; Jørgensen, Hanne Birgitte Hede

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    motility; and the paraclinical parameters: bacterial counts, somatic cell count (SCC), and milk amyloid A levels in milk; and white blood cell count, polymorphonuclear neutrophilic leukocyte (PMNL) count, and serum amyloid A levels in blood were recorded at different time points post-E. coli inoculation...... with a low E. coli dose (20 to 40 cfu) in one front quarter at time 0 h. Liver biopsies were collected at -144, 12, 24, and 192 h; udder biopsies were collected at 24 h and 192 h post-E. coli inoculation. The clinical parameters: feed intake, milk yield, body temperature, heart rate, respiration rate, rumen...

  19. Efeito terapêutico da música em crianças em pós-operatório de cirurgia cardíaca The therapeutic effects of music in children following cardiac surgery

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    Thamine P. Hatem

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Verificar de forma objetiva e subjetiva o efeito da música em crianças no pós-operatório de cirurgia cardíaca em uma unidade de terapia intensiva cardiopediátrica, em conjunto com ações da prática convencional. MÉTODOS: Ensaio clínico aleatorizado por placebo, no qual foram avaliadas 84 crianças, com faixa etária de 1 dia a 16 anos, nas primeiras 24 horas de pós-operatório, submetidas a sessão de 30 minutos de musicoterapia, utilizando música clássica e observadas no início e fim das sessões quanto às seguintes variáveis: freqüência cardíaca, pressão arterial, pressão arterial média, freqüência respiratória, temperatura, saturação de oxigênio, além de uma escala facial de dor. Foi considerado o nível de significância estatística de 5%. RESULTADOS: Dos 84 pacientes iniciais, cinco (5,9% recusaram participar do estudo. O grupo de cardiopatias mais comum foi o de congênitas acianogênicas com shunt E-D (41% intervenção: 44,4% controle. Quanto à avaliação subjetiva através da escala facial de dor e objetiva das freqüências cardíaca e respiratória, observou-se diferença estatisticamente significante entre os dois grupos após a intervenção (p OBJECTIVE: To investigate, both objectively and subjectively, the effect of music on children in a pediatric cardiac intensive care unit following heart surgery, in conjunction with standard care. METHODS: Randomized clinical trial with placebo, assessing 84 children, aged 1 day to 16 years, during the first 24 hours of the postoperative period, given a 30 minute music therapy session with classical music and observed at the start and end of the session, recording heart rate, blood pressure, mean blood pressure, respiratory rate, temperature and oxygen saturation, plus a facial pain score. Statistical significance was set at 5%. RESULTS: Five of the initial 84 patients (5.9% refused to participate. The most common type of heart disease was acyanotic

  20. <em>In Vitroem> Antioxidant Properties of Flavonoids and Polysaccharides Extract from Tobacco (<em>Nicotiana> em>tabacum> L. Leaves

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    Jing-Lu Wang

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available In the present study, antioxidant properties of flavonoids and polysaccharides from tobacco (<em>Nicotiana> tabacumem> L. leaves were evaluated in several <em>in vitroem> systems, e.g., scavenging activities on hydroxyl, superoxide anion, 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH and 2,2'-azino-bis(3-ethylbenzthiazoline-6-sulphonic acid (ABTS radicals, and reducing power. Flavonoids showed much better activity than polysaccharides in scavenging activities on free radicals. When compared to the positive control, ascorbic acid, both showed weaker antioxidant potential. However, flavonoids possessed comparable superoxide anion, DPPH and ABTS radical scavenging abilities to ascorbic acid at high concentration (600 μg/mL. Meanwhile, it was found that flavonoids had prominent effects on the reducing power, which was equivalent to ascorbic acid, and was significantly higher than polysaccharides. These results clearly indicate that flavonoids are effective in scavenging free radicals and have the potential to be powerful antioxidants. Thus, tobacco leaves could be considered as a potential source of natural antioxidants for food, pharmaceutical, cosmetics or nutraceutical industries.

  1. Barriers to Effective Deliberation in Clinical Research Oversight.

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    Wenner, Danielle M

    2016-09-01

    Ethical oversight of clinical research is one of the primary means of ensuring that human subjects are protected from the natural bias of researchers and research institutions in favor of experimentation. At a minimum, effective oversight should ensure that risks are minimized and reasonable in relation to anticipated benefits, protect vulnerable subjects from potential coercion or undue influence, ensure full and informed consent, and promote the equitable distribution of the risks and benefits of research. Because these assessments often involve value judgments for which there are no agreed-upon objective standards, we rely on deliberative procedures thought to have the greatest likelihood of producing the right or best outcomes. Concerns about the potential for improperly functioning IRBs to waste scarce human and institutional resources and impede biomedical progress have motivated a surge in empirical research assessing their procedures and outcomes. Yet within this literature, there has been minimal attention paid to the social scientific evidence regarding how individuals and deliberating groups make decisions, nor how those data might inform IRB practice. This essay seeks to fill that gap, locating recent empirical data on IRB composition and process within the context of data regarding what I call "deliberative pathologies," or instances when deliberation fails to live up to one or more aspect of the deliberative ideal because of systematic biases in the ways participants interact. The paper goes on to make evidence-based recommendations to reduce the vulnerability of IRB deliberations to the kinds of pathologies discussed and indicate directions for future research.

  2. Cerrobend collimation effect on electron beams; Efeito de colimacoes de cerrobend em feixes de eletrons

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    Furnari, Laura; Albino, Lucas D.; Ribeiro, Victor A.B.; Santos, Gabriela R., E-mail: laurafurnari@hotmail.com [Universidade de Sao Paulo (InRad/FM/USP), SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Medicina. Hospital das Clinicas. Instituto de Radiologia

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    The aim of this work was to discuss about the cerrobend collimation effect on clinical electron beams. When a cerrobend collimation is used, both the percentage depth dose (PDD) and the absolute dose that is delivered to the patient changes. It was analyzed how those parameters change and it was evaluated in which cases a correction factor should be applied due to this collimation. It was founded that, when the smallest dimension of the collimation is smaller than the minimum radius to lateral scatter equilibrium, the collimation will change the PDD in such a way that it should take into account in the treatment planning. For one specific collimation usually applied in head and neck treatments, it was found that no correction factor is necessary. (author)

  3. Missing Clinical Information in NHS hospital outpatient clinics: prevalence, causes and effects on patient care

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    Moorthy Krishna

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background In Britain over 39,000 reports were received by the National Patient Safety Agency relating to failures in documentation in 2007 and the UK Health Services Journal estimated in 2008 that over a million hospital outpatient visits each year might take place without the full record available. Despite these high numbers, the impact of missing clinical information has not been investigated for hospital outpatients in the UK. Studies in primary care in the USA have found 13.6% of patient consultations have missing clinical information, with this adversely affecting care in about half of cases, and in Australia 1.8% of medical errors were found to be due to the unavailability of clinical information. Our objectives were to assess the frequency, nature and potential impact on patient care of missing clinical information in NHS hospital outpatients and to assess the principal causes. This is the first study to present such figures for the UK and the first to look at how clinicians respond, including the associated impact on patient care. Methods Prospective descriptive study of missing information reported by surgeons, supplemented by interviews on the causes. Data were collected by surgeons in general, gastrointestinal, colorectal and vascular surgical clinics in three teaching hospitals across the UK for over a thousand outpatient appointments. Fifteen interviews were conducted with those involved in collating clinical information for these clinics. The study had ethics approval (Hammersmith and Queen Charlotte's & Chelsea Research Ethics Committee, reference number (09/H0707/27. Participants involved in the interviews signed a consent form and were offered the opportunity to review and agree the transcript of their interview before analysis. No patients were involved in this research. Results In 15% of outpatient consultations key items of clinical information were missing. Of these patients, 32% experienced a delay or disruption

  4. Avaliação do índice de massa corpórea em mulheres atendidas em ambulatório geral de ginecologia Evaluation of body mass index of women from an outpatient gynecological general clinic

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    Arlete Maria dos Santos Fernandes

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: verificar a freqüência de sobrepeso, obesidade e fatores associados entre mulheres de ambulatório de ginecologia geral em hospital secundário de referência. MÉTODOS: as variáveis estudadas foram idade, raça, escolaridade, renda familiar, trabalho com renda exercido pela mulher, tipo de trabalho da mulher, companheiro atual, característica do ciclo menstrual no momento da entrevista e índice de massa corpórea (IMC. Para análise as mulheres foram distribuídas em três grupos conforme o valor de IMC: 30 kg/m² (obesidade. Para os grupos de sobrepeso e obesidade foram calculados odds ratio e respectivo intervalo de confiança a 95% (IC 95% em cada variável, e posteriormente calculado OR ajustado. RESULTADOS: das 676 mulheres incluídas, 89,8% tinham até 8 anos de escolaridade, 83,0% tinham companheiro, 77,6% eram brancas, 61,4% referiram renda de até cinco salários mínimos e 36,0% estavam menopausadas. A freqüência de sobrepeso foi 35,6% e de obesidade 24,3%. O sobrepeso foi associado à faixa etária de 50-59 anos (OR: 3,22; IC 95%: 1,67-6,20 e à menopausa (OR: 1,52; IC 95%: 1,03-2,26; a obesidade foi associada à menopausa (OR: 2,57; IC 95%: 1,66-4,00 e às faixas etárias maiores de 40 anos (OR: 2,95; IC 95%: 1,37-6,37. Após análise de regressão múltipla, a obesidade manteve-se associada às faixas etárias de mais de 40 anos (OR: 2,51; IC 95%: 1,05-6,00. CONCLUSÕES: nesta amostra de mulheres com baixa escolaridade e nível socioeconômico, a prevalência de sobrepeso e obesidade foi alta. A obesidade foi associada a mulheres com mais de 40 anos. Esforços devem ser realizados para diminuir a freqüência de sobrepeso e obesidade entre mulheres.PURPOSE: to determine the prevalence of overweight, obesity, and associated factors among women who visited a general gynecologic clinic in a secondary hospital of reference. METHODS: the following variables were studied: age, race, educational level, family income, job

  5. Efeito terapêutico da aplicação intra-ocular de ozônio em modelo experimental de endoftalmite por Staphylococcus epidermidis em coelhos Therapeutic effect of intraocular application of ozone in experimental Staphylococcus epidermidis endophthalmitis

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    Jonathan Clive Lake

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar a ação antiinflamatória e antimicrobiana da injeção intravítrea de ozônio diluído em solução salina balanceada (BSS em modelo experimental de endoftalmite por Staphylococcus epidermidis. MÉTODOS: Dezessete coelhos da raça Nova Zelândia receberam inoculação no olho direito de 0,1 ml de uma solução de 10(5 bactérias (S. epidermidis por ml para indução de endoftalmite. Sete coelhos receberam injeção intravítrea de 0,1ml de BSS como controle e os outros dez coelhos receberam injeção intravítrea de 0,1ml de BSS com ozônio diluído a 2 ppm. Os dados foram quantificados de acordo com parâmetros clínicos e histopatológicos e computados numericamente para cada coelho após 24 horas de evolução. As médias e os desvios-padrão (DP foram calculados e comparados por meio de teste t com duas amostras. RESULTADOS: A média da quantificação clínica dos olhos dos coelhos do grupo controle foi de 11,14 com DP de 1,04. A média clínica dos olhos tratados com ozônio foi de 4,90 com DP de 1,29. A média dos olhos tratados com ozônio foi significativamente menor do que os não tratados (PPURPOSE: To evaluate the anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effect of intraocular ozone diluted in BSS on experimental Staphylococcus epidermidis endophthalmitis. METHODS: We injected 0.1ml of S. epidermidis colonies (10(5 colonies/ml to produce experimental endophthalmitis in the right eyes of 17 New Zealand rabbits. Seven rabbits were assigned to a control group and received an intravitreal injection of 0.1ml BSS. Ten rabbits were treated with intravitreal injection of 0.1ml BSS-diluted ozone (2 ppm. Data were distributed according to clinical and histological findings after 24 hours, each rabbit receiving a score. Mean scores and standard deviations were compared using the two-sample t test. RESULTS: Mean clinical score for the control group was 11.14 ± 1.04. Mean clinical score for the treated group was 4.90 ± 1

  6. Acute clinical events in patients with sickle cell disease: epidemiology and treatment Eventos agudos em doença falciforme: epidemiologia e tratamento

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    Monique M. Loureiro

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    Full Text Available Sickle cell disease is a hereditary illness of high prevalence in black population, and involved patients frequently have multiple hospitalizations. Our objective was to describe and to analyze the clinical course of hospitalizations in patients with sickle cell disease. Cross-sectional study of 78 patients submitted to 230 hospital admissions due to acute complications of sickle cell disease, from 2000 to 2004 in a public teaching hospital in Rio de Janeiro city, RJ, Brazil. Outcomes variables were length of hospital stay and death. Main covariables were age, gender, chronic renal failure, causes of hospitalization and use of medicines. Proportions were compared using the chi-square or the Fischer test, and for the continuous variables, Mann-Whitney test was used. The median age in years was 20.3 (15-53 and the most frequent clinical event was acute painful episode (73.5%. Mean length of stay was significantly higher in admissions caused by different reasons than acute painful episode (p A doença falciforme é uma doença hereditária, de alta prevalência na população negra, que leva a múltiplas internações hospitalares. Nosso objetivo foi descrever e analisar o curso clínico de pacientes com doença falciforme hospitalizados.Realizou-se estudo transversal de 78 pacientes submetidos a 230 internações hospitalares devido a complicações agudas da doença falciforme, de 2000 a 2004, em um hospital universitário no Rio de Janeiro-RJ, Brasil. Os desfechos estudados foram tempo de permanência hospitalar e óbito. As principais co-variáveis foram idade, sexo, presença de insuficiência renal crônica, causas de hospitalização e uso de medicamentos. Proporções foram comparadas utilizando-se o teste qui-quadrado ou teste de Fischer, e, para as variáveis contínuas, o teste de Mann-Whitney foi utilizado. A mediana da idade foi 20,3 anos (15-23 e o evento clínico mais freqüente foi o episódio doloroso agudo (73,5%. O tempo m

  7. Estágio curricular em enfermagem: transição de identidades Students clinical experience in nursing: transition of identities

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    Regina Szylit Bousso

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    Full Text Available A experiência do "Estágio Curricular" no Departamento de Enfermagem Materno-Infantil e Psiquiátrica da Escola de Enfermagem da Universidade de São Paulo (EEUSP, é relatada não só como uma inovação para atender às exigências do Currículo Mínimo em Enfermagem, como para dar consistência à formação pretendida com o novo currículo da EEUSP. A proposta é de possibilitar ao aluno vivenciar um processo de transição do ser estudante para o ser profissional. As autoras fazem uma análise retrospectiva de como a experiência tem sido vivenciada pelos envolvidos - graduando, docente e enfermeiro assistencial, tecendo considerações acerca dos resultados que evidenciam indicadores de autonomia e de responsabilidade do futuro profissional.The purpose of this article is to describe nursing students clinical experience in the Maternal-Child and Psychiatric Nursing Department of the School of Nursing of the University of São Paulo (EEUSP. This activity has been implemented since 1996, not only to follow the demands of the Minimum Curriculum in Nursing, but also to give consistency to one of the purposes of the new curriculum of the EEUSP. This new purpose is concentrates on the facilitation of the transition process from being a student to being professional. The authors describe the experience of those involved in the process - Undergraduate student, faculty members and nurses making some considerations, regarding the results that demonstrate development of autonomy and responsibility in the future professional.

  8. Ensaio clínico placebo-controlado com isoflavonas da soja para sintomas depressivos em mulheres no climatério Placebo-controlled clinical trial with soy isoflavones for depressive symptoms in climacteric women

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    Rilva Lopes de Sousa

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    depresion (QAEH-D was used in the pretreatment visit (VT1, and in the 8th (VT2 and 16th (VT3 week after treatment. The experimental group (GExp received soy extract with isoflavones, 120 mg per day, and the control group (GCont, placebo. The comparison of the scores of the QAEH-D between the VT1, VT2 and VT3 groups constituted the primary measure of efficacy (t test, p0.05. From VT1 to VT3, there was a significant difference (8.9% in the reduction of the scores between GExp and GCont (p=0.03. There was no correlation between the reduction of the depressive symptoms and alterations of the vasomotor symptoms (p>0.05. There was a reduction of FSH concentrations only in GExp (p=0.02, without estradiol modifications. Side effects were not clinically relevant. CONCLUSIONS: the effect of soy isoflavones was superior to the placebo, however, of small magnitude and only identified after 8 weeks of treatment. This small effect attributed to the experimental treatment, of good tolerability, may benefit patients who have side effects due to estradiol, or those who prefer not to use hormones.

  9. Correlation of the National Board of Medical Examiners Emergency Medicine Advanced Clinical Examination given in July to intern American Board of Emergency Medicine in-training examination scores, a predictor of performance?

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    Katherine Hiller

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    Full Text Available Introduction: There is great variation in the knowledge base of Emergency Medicine (EM interns in July. The first objective knowledge assessment during residency does not occur until eight months later, in February, when the American Board of EM (ABEM administers the in-training examination (ITE. In 2013, the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME released the EM Advanced Clinical Examination (EM-ACE, an assessment intended for fourth-year medical students. Administration of the EM-ACE to interns at the start of residency may provide an earlier opportunity to assess the new EM residents’ knowledge base. The primary objective of this study was to determine the correlation of the NBME EM-ACE, given early in residency, with the EM ITE. Secondary objectives included determination of the correlation of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE Step 1 or 2 scores with early intern EM-ACE and ITE scores and the effect, if any, of clinical EM experience on examination correlation. Methods: This was a multi-institutional, observational study. Entering EM interns at six residencies took the EM-ACE in July 2013 and the ABEM ITE in February 2014. We collected scores for the EMACE and ITE, age, gender, weeks of clinical EM experience in residency prior to the ITE, and USMLE Step 1 and 2 scores. Pearson’s correlation and linear regression were performed. Results: Sixty-two interns took the EM-ACE and the ITE. The Pearson’s correlation coefficient between the ITE and the EM-ACE was 0.62. R-squared was 0.5 (adjusted 0.4. The coefficient of determination was 0.41 (95% CI [0.3-0.8]. For every increase of one in the scaled EM-ACE score, we observed a 0.4% increase in the EM in-training score. In a linear regression model using all available variables (EM-ACE, gender, age, clinical exposure to EM, and USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 scores, only the EM-ACE score was significantly associated with the ITE (p<0.05. We observed significant colinearity

  10. Correlation of the National Board of Medical Examiners Emergency Medicine Advanced Clinical Examination Given in July to Intern American Board of Emergency Medicine in-training Examination Scores: A Predictor of Performance?

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    Hiller, Katherine; Franzen, Doug; Heitz, Corey; Emery, Matthew; Poznanski, Stacy

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    Introduction There is great variation in the knowledge base of Emergency Medicine (EM) interns in July. The first objective knowledge assessment during residency does not occur until eight months later, in February, when the American Board of EM (ABEM) administers the in-training examination (ITE). In 2013, the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) released the EM Advanced Clinical Examination (EM-ACE), an assessment intended for fourth-year medical students. Administration of the EM-ACE to interns at the start of residency may provide an earlier opportunity to assess the new EM residents’ knowledge base. The primary objective of this study was to determine the correlation of the NBME EM-ACE, given early in residency, with the EM ITE. Secondary objectives included determination of the correlation of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1 or 2 scores with early intern EM-ACE and ITE scores and the effect, if any, of clinical EM experience on examination correlation. Methods This was a multi-institutional, observational study. Entering EM interns at six residencies took the EM-ACE in July 2013 and the ABEM ITE in February 2014. We collected scores for the EM-ACE and ITE, age, gender, weeks of clinical EM experience in residency prior to the ITE, and USMLE Step 1 and 2 scores. Pearson’s correlation and linear regression were performed. Results Sixty-two interns took the EM-ACE and the ITE. The Pearson’s correlation coefficient between the ITE and the EM-ACE was 0.62. R-squared was 0.5 (adjusted 0.4). The coefficient of determination was 0.41 (95% CI [0.3–0.8]). For every increase of one in the scaled EM-ACE score, we observed a 0.4% increase in the EM in-training score. In a linear regression model using all available variables (EM-ACE, gender, age, clinical exposure to EM, and USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 scores), only the EM-ACE score was significantly associated with the ITE (pUSMLE scores. Gender, age and number of weeks of EM prior

  11. Effects of Buchenavia tomentosa consumption on female rats and their offspring = Efeitos do consumo de Buchenavia tomentosa em ratas e em suas proles

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    Viviane Mayumi Maruo

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    Full Text Available Buchenavia tomentosa Eichler is a common plant in Brazilian cerrado. Fruits of this plant are employed in human feeding and folk medicine. Cattle producers affirm that consumption of the fruits cause abortion in cows, and even death. Considering that the plant may be consumed by pregnant women and animals, the present study was undertaken toevaluate the possible toxic effects of the ingestion of B. tomentosa fruit (10% added to the diet, from the first to the twenty-first days of gestation, on reproductive parameters and on physical and neurobehavioral development of rats offspring. An increase in food consumption at pregnancy days 11 and 17, and weight increase at day 17 of pregnancy were observed. Besides that, we verified an increase in weight of male offspring on post natal day 1. Other parameterswere not affected by plant consumption. These results indicate that the consumption of B. tomentosa at 10% during pregnancy cause slight toxicological effects. The changes verified in the present study indicate toxic action of the fruit possibly induced by flavonoids with hormonal action; however, further studies must be accomplished to corroborate this hypothesis. Buchenavia tomentosa Eichler é uma planta típica do cerrado brasileiro. Os frutos desta planta são empregados na alimentação humana e medicina popular. Criadores de bovinos afirmam que oconsumo desta planta produz aborto em vacas bem como a morte destes animais. Uma vez que a planta pode ser consumida pelo homem e animais, em idade fértil e inclusive gestantes, o presente estudo avaliou os possíveis efeitos tóxicos da ingestão de dieta com 10% de frutos de B. tomentosa do primeiro ao vigésimo primeiro dia de gestação sobre os parâmetros reprodutivos e sobre o desenvolvimento físico e neurocomportamental das ninhadas de ratos. Foram observadaselevações no consumo de alimentos nos dias 11 e 17 de gestação e no peso ao dia 17 de gestação. Aumento do peso dos filhotes

  12. Nevi and cutaneous hamartomas in dogs: retrospective clinical and epidemiologic study of 81 cases Nevus e hamartomas cutâneos em cães: estudo retrospectivo clínico e epidemiológico de 81 casos

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    Full Text Available In a period of eight years, nevic lesions were diagnosed in 81 cases. Fibroadnexal hamartoma (FH occurred in 53 animals (65.4%, and it was clinically characterized by firm nodules located mainly on the limbs and digits. No sexual predisposition was present. Mongrels, Boxers and Cocker Spaniels were the breeds most affected by FH. The average age at which lesions appeared was 6.3 years. The collagenous nevi was the second most prevalent lesion, occurring in 18 dogs (22.2%. The lesions were usually single, alopecic and hyperpigmented. The main affected places were the dorso and limbs. The average age at which lesions appeared was 4.7 years. Mongrels, Rottweilers and Labradors were the breeds most affected by the collagenous nevi. Nodular dermatofibrosis was diagnosed in one dog. In this dog, multiple collagenous nevi were present alongside unilateral papillary renal cystadenoma. Sebaceous, follicule-apocrine and fibrolipomatous nevi were less frequently found (10 cases - 12.3%.As lesões névicas foram diagnosticadas em 81 casos, em um período de oito anos. O Hamartoma fibroanexial (HF ocorreu em 53 animais (65,43% e caracterizou-se clinicamente por lesões nodulares, geralmente firmes, localizadas predominantemente nos membros e dígitos. Não houve predileção sexual. Os animais mestiços e os das raças Boxer e Cocker Spaniel foram os mais acometidos pelo HF. A idade média de aparecimento das lesões foi de 6,3 anos. O nevo colágeno foi a segunda lesão mais prevalente, ocorrendo em 18 cães (22,2%. As lesões foram, em geral, únicas, alopécicas e hiperpigmentadas, localizadas em sua maioria no tronco, no dorso e nos membros. A idade média de aparecimento das lesões foi de 4,7 anos. Os animais mestiços e os das raças Rottweiler e Labrador Retriever foram os mais acometidos. Em um dos cães, diagnosticou-se dermatofibrose nodular, onde foram observados múltiplos nevos colágenos em associação com cistadenoma renal papilar unilateral

  13. Student and Faculty Perceptions of Effective Clinical Instructors in ADN Programs.

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    Gignac-Caille; Anne Marie; Oermann, Marilyn H.

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    Associate degree nursing students (n=292) and faculty (n=59) agreed on 6 of 10 characteristics of effective clinical instructors. Effective instructors are clinically competent, use effective evaluation strategies, explain clearly, are approachable, are well prepared to teach, and communicate clear expectations. (Contains 28 references.) (SK)

  14. Exposures involving perturbations of the EM field have non-linear effects on radiation response and can alter the expression of radiation induced bystander effects

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    Mothersill, Carmel; Seymour, Colin

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    Our recent data suggest there is a physical component to the bystander signal induced by radiation exposure and that alternative medicine techniques such as Reiki and acupuncture or exposures to weak EM fields alter the response of cells to direct irradiation and either altered bystander signal production or altered the response of cells receiving bystander signals. Our proposed mechanism to explain these findings is that perturbation of electromagnetic (EM) fields is central to the induction of low radiation dose responses especially non-targeted bystander effects. In this presentation we review the alternative medicine data and other data sets from our laboratory which test our hypothesis that perturbation of bio-fields will modulate radiation response in the low dose region. The other data sets include exposure to MRI, shielding using lead and or Faraday cages, the use of physical barriers to bystander signal transmission and the use of membrane channel blockers. The data taken together strongly suggest that EM field perturbation can modulate low dose response and that in fact the EM field rather than the targeted deposition of ionizing energy in the DNA may be the key determinant of dose response in a cell or organism The results also lead us to suspect that at least when chemical transmission is blocked, bystander signals can be transmitted by other means. Our recent experiments suggest light signals and volatiles are not likely. We conclude that alternative medicine and other techniques involving electromagnetic perturbations can modify the response of cells to low doses of ionizing radiation and can induce bystander effects similar to those seen in medium transfer experiments. In addition to the obvious implications for mechanistic studies of low dose effects, this could perhaps provide a novel target to exploit in space radiation protection and in optimizing therapeutic gain during radiotherapy.

  15. Horizontal Transmission of the Entomopathogen Fungus <em>Metarhizium anisopliae em>in <em>Microcerotermes diversusem> Groups

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    Full Text Available An experiment was carried out in order to investigate fungal conidia transmission of <em>Metarhizium anisopliae em>(Metschnikoff> em>Sorokin from vector (donor to healthy <em>Microcerotermes diversusem> Silvestri (Iso.: Termitidae and determine the best donor/concentration ratio for transmission. After preliminary trials, concentrations of 3.1 × 104, 3.9 × 105, 3.2 × 106 and 3.5 × 108 conidia mL−1 were selected for testing. The experiment was performed at three donor : Recipient ratios of 10, 30 and 50%. The highest mortality of recipient workers was observed after 14 days at the concentration of 3.5 × 108 conidia mL−1 and donor ratio of 50%. The mortality of recipient workers was less than 20% at all concentrations at a donor ratio of 10%. Our observations indicate social behavior of <em>M. diversusem>, such as grooming, can be effective in promoting epizootic outbreaks in a colony. While the current results suggest good potential for efficacy, the use of <em>M. anisopliaeem> as a component of integrated pest management of <em>M. diversusem> still needs to be proven under field conditions.

  16. A Comparative Study of the Effects of Substrate Composite Materials on External and Internal Handset Antenna EM Absorption

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    Md Ikbal HOSSAIN

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    Full Text Available Cellular phones are used in the vicinity of a human head, which absorbs power from antenna radiation. This investigation analyzes the effects of antenna substrate materials on electromagnetic (EM absorption in a human head. Antennas are used in analysis with four different dielectric substrate materials, which are Bakelite, FR4 glass epoxy, Rogers R04003, and Taconic TLC. Moreover, two different thicknesses of each substrate are considered in the experimental setup. The EM absorption associated with two types of cell phone antennas is evaluated in the closed vicinity of the human head model. One of them is planar inverted-F antenna (PIFA, which is used as the internal handset antenna and another one is helical antenna, which is used as external handset antenna. This investigation consists of two different operating frequency bands, GSM 900 MHz and DCS 1800 MHz. The EM absorption in the human head is presented using the peak specific absorption rate (SAR and total absorbed power (TAP by the user. The finite-difference time-domain (FDTD method based on Computer Simulation Technology (CST Microwave studio is utilized in this investigation. The obtained results show that the substrate materials do not effect SAR and TAP values considerably for both antennas, but substrate thickness affects the SAR and TAP values significantly. In addition, the substrate thickness affects the SAR and TAP values significantly in most of the cases Moreover, PIFA produces lower SAR than that of a helical antenna significantly for both GSM and DCS frequency band.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.22.3.8889

  17. Effect of topical fluoride application on titanium alloys: a review of effects and clinical implications.

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    Fragou, Stella; Eliades, Theodore

    2010-01-01

    The purposes of this review were to: summarize the currently available evidence on the effect of fluoride on titanium alloys; discuss the mechanisms involved; and assess the clinical relevance and validity of statements deriving from in vitro approaches. The spectrum of effects noted include: morphological variations, such as increased roughness with adverse effects on sliding mechanics; mechanical properties of the wires, which may entail effects on the superelastic plateau of nickel-titanium wires, or reduction in the strength of wires, which can result in frequent intraoral failures; and release of ions during service. Reduced nickel release rates have been documented, however, from retrieved nickel-titanium wires presumably due to the passive layer formed. In relevant research, forming oxide on titanium alloys has been proposed to provide immunity to further degradation and ionic release, since nickel ions must diffuse through this layer to be released. The described evidence of fluoride on titanium alloys derives mostly from in vitro research, which includes oversimplifications in simulating the oral environment. The reactivity in laboratory experiments is dramatically increased relative to the actual clinical conditions, which exaggerates the effects noted. The effects shown have not been validated in vivo, since the only available evidence on intraorally fractured nickel-titanium archwires did not support the implication of hydrogen embrittlement as a failure mechanism. Rather, fractures were found to be related to: (1) mechanical factors associated with loading of the wire in specific arch sites; and (2) the masticatory forces. Clinically, the use of fluoride varnishes at specific, caries-risk sites may provide protection while minimizing the potential risk of adverse effects.

  18. Colite alérgica: características clínicas e morfológicas da mucosa retal em lactentes com enterorragia Allergic colitis: clinical and morphological aspects in infants with rectal bleeding

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    Norys Josefina Diaz

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    Full Text Available RACIONAL: Recentes estudos indicam a importância do infiltrado eosinofílico na mucosa retal que, juntamente com os dados clínicos, pode servir para estabelecer o diagnóstico de colite alérgica. OBJETIVOS: Descrever, prospectivamente, as características clínicas e a morfologia da mucosa retal em pacientes com enterorragia e suspeita diagnóstica de alergia às proteínas do leite de vaca. MATERIAL E MÉTODOS: Foram estudados 20 pacientes, menores de 6 meses para descrever suas características clínicas e a histologia da mucosa retal que foi comparada com um grupo controle, com suspeita de megacólon congênito. RESULTADOS: A idade média dos pacientes foi 97 ± 47 dias; enterorragia teve início antes dos 120 dias em 85% deles; em vigência de aleitamento materno (40% artificial ou misto (60%. O achado histológico, estatisticamente significativo, foi o infiltrado aumentado de eosinófilos, na mucosa retal, em 18 pacientes. CONCLUSÃO: Pode-se afirmar que esses achados constituem, associados aos dados clínicos, os mais importantes elementos no diagnóstico de colite alérgica, em pacientes menores de 6 meses com enterorragia, que estejam recebendo aleitamento materno e/ou aleitamento artificial.BACKGROUND: Recent studies indicate the importance of eosinophilis infiltrated in the rectal mucous which jointly with the clinical features can serve to establish the diagnostic of allergic colitis. AIM: To describe prospectively, the clinical features and morphological abnormalities of the rectal mucosa in patients with rectal bleeding and clinical diagnosis of cow's milk allergy. METHODS: Clinical features of 20 infants under 6 months of age were described. Morphological findings in rectal mucosa were compared with control group, with suspicion of congenital megacolon. RESULTS: The mean age of the patients was 97 ± 47 days, rectal bleeding started before 120 days in 85% of them; 40% were breastfed, 60% cow's milk formula or both. The most

  19. Doença de Chagas aguda: vias de transmissão, aspectos clínicos e resposta à terapêutica específica em casos diagnosticados em um centro urbano Acute Chagas' disease: transmission mechanisms, clinical features and specific therapeutic response in cases diagnosed in an urban center

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    M.A. Shikanai-Yasuda

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    Full Text Available Relata-se o quadro clínico de 27 pacientes com doença de Chagas aguda, acompanhados no ambulatório da Clínica de Doenças Infecciosas e Parasitárias do Hospital das Clínicas da FM-USP no período de 1974 a 1987. As vias de transmissão envolvidas foram: vetorial em 7 casos, transfusional em 9, transplante de rim e/ou transfusional em 4, acidental em 1, via oral em 3, provável aleitamento materno em 1, congênita ou aleitamento materno em 1, congênita ou transfusional em 1. Pacientes com infecção por via vetorial eram procedentes da Bahia e Minas Gerais, tendo 6 apresentado a doença de 1974 a 1980 e um em 1987. Já os pacientes infectados por via transfusional adquiriram a doença na Grande São Paulo, 7 deles após 1983. O quadro clínico foi oligossintomático ou assintomático em 4 pacientes, sendo 3 deles imunodeprimidos por doença de base ou por medicamentos. Em outros 2 pacientes imunodeprimidos ocorreu miocardite grave com insuficiência cardíaca congestiva. O quadro clínico foi também mais grave em 5 de 6 crianças menores de dois anos de idade, qualquer que fosse a via de transmissão. A avaliação de 16 pacientes tratados na fase aguda com benzonidazol (4-10mg/kg/dia por 30 a 60 dias mostrou falha terapêutica em 4/16 (25,0%, possível sucesso terapêutico em 9/16 (56,2%, sendo inconclusivos os resultados em 3/16 (18,8%. A reação de LMC foi concordante com o xenodiagóstico em 18 e 22 casos (agudos e na fase crônica inicial, e se negativou mais precocemente que as RSC. No seguimento pós-terapêutico, observou-se aparecimento de doença linfoproliferativa em um paciente com anemia aplástica e que recebia corticosteróide 6 anos após o emprego de benzonidazol.The authors report clinical features and therapeutic response of 24 outpatients with acute Chagas' disease, and 3 in the initial chronic phase, referred to the Clinic for Infectious and Parasitic Diseases of the FMUSP "Clínicas" Hospital between 1974 and 1987

  20. Effects of Ultra-Highly Diluted Solutions of Palicourea marcgravii St. Hill in Rats Poisoned by Aqueous Extracts of This Plant Efectos de altas diluciones de Palicourea marcgravii St Hill en ratones intoxicados con extracto acuoso de esta planta Efeitos de altas diluições de Palicourea marcgravii St Hill em ratos intoxicados com extrato aquoso dessa planta.

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     <em>Palicourea marcgraviiem> , a shrub causing sudden death in cattle, is a major cause of economic loss to breeders in Brazil. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effects of high diluted solutions  6cH and 30cH of <em style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">P. marcgraviiem>, on the development of tolerance to the toxic effects of this plant. 14 adult Wistar rats were divided into 3 test groups. AE group was composed of 4 rats receiving  aqueous extract of <em style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">P. marcgraviiem> intragastrically at a dose of 2g/kg. Groups HD6AE and HD30AE comprised 5 rats each. Animals in these groups received 1 mL of 6cH and 30cH solutions of <em style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">P. marcgraviiem> respectively by oral route 3 times a day, for 8 days. At the end of this period, they were intragastrically intoxicated with <em style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">2gem>/kg <em> em> of aqueous extract of <em style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">P. marcgraviiem>,  receiving the corresponding high diluted preparation hourly until death. Main

  1. Efeitos da aplicação de bórax em cultura de batatinha, em várzea irrigada, no Vale do Paraíba Effects of addition of boron on potato plant production

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    Norberto Leite

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    Full Text Available São relatados os efeitos produzidos pela aplicação de bórax na cultura da batatinha (Solatium tuberosum L., em solos de várzea irrigada do Vale do Paraíba. Quatro doses de bórax - 10, 20, 30 e 40 kg/ha - foram aplicadas de três maneiras distintas: no sulco de plantio, em cobertura (vinte dias após a germinação e parceladamente em 4 pulverizações foliares semanais. As melhores doses de bórax foram as de 10 e 20 kg/ha, aplicadas no sulco de plantio, em mistura com os demais adubos. As aplicações em pulverização provocaram sintomas de toxidez nas folhas, notadamente as de maiores doses.The production of potato plants (Solatium tuberosum L. grown in alluvial soils of the Rio Paraíba Valey in the State of São Paulo, is not always correlated with high N-P-K fertilization. This has been reported to be due to boron deficiency in these soils. The effect of addition of boron at different rates (10, 20, 30 and 40 kg of borax / ha applied in mixture with common NPK formulation in the furrow at planting time, as side dressing or by spraying, was studied in an area where symptoms of deficiency was observed in Aquila potato variety, in the previous year. An increase in the production of about 20 % was obtained with the addition of 10 or 20 kg of borax / ha in mixtures with NPK fertilizing formulation but not with the two higher doses. The same amount of borax applied by spraying also increased yield but at a lesser extent and the side dressing technique was less effective than the other two methods of application of borax.

  2. Efeito do exercício físico na percepção de satisfação de vida e função imunológica em pacientes infectados pelo HIV: Ensaio clínico não randomizado Effects of physical exercise in the perception of life satisfaction and immunological function in HIV-infected patients: Non-randomized clinical trial

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    Rodrigo D. Gomes

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available CONTEXTUALIZAÇÃO: Os estudos sobre a relação entre prática de exercícios e bem-estar psicológico de pacientes com vírus da imunodeficiência humana (HIV são raros. OBJETIVO: Investigar a influência de programa de condicionamento físico sobre a satisfação com a própria vida e sobre a função imunológica. MÉTODOS: Para tal análise, 29 pacientes soropositivos (idade: 45±2 anos; índice de massa corporal (IMC: 22,8±1,0 kg/m2; TCD4: 20,5±2,0%, foram divididos em grupo controle (GC, n=10 e grupo experimental (GE, n=19. O GE participou durante 12 semanas de programa de exercícios que combinavam exercícios aeróbios, força e flexibilidade (três vezes/semana; aeróbio-30min: carga em watts equivalente a 150bpm-PWC150; força-50min: três séries de 12 repetições em cinco exercícios a 60-80% 12 RM; flexibilidade-10min: duas séries de 30s na máxima amplitude em oito exercícios. A função imunológica foi avaliada por contagem absoluta e relativa das células TCD4 (citometria de fluxo,e a satisfação de vida, por meio do Índice de Satisfação de Vida (ISV. RESULTADOS: A análise de variância (ANOVA não identificou alteração significativa para os linfócitos TCD4 em ambos os grupos, apesar da tendência à elevação no GE (16%, p=0,19. Houve melhora significativa no ISV (≈15%, PBACKGROUND: There is a lack of research about the relationship between exercise and the psychological well-being of HIV-infected (Human Immunodeficiency Virus patients. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to investigate the influence of a physical training program on life satisfaction and on the immunological function in HIV-patients. METHODS: A total of 29 HIV-seropositive patients [age: 45±2 yrs; Body Mass Index (BMI: 22.8±1.0 kg/m² ; TCD4: 20.5±2.0%] were allocated to the control (CG, n=10 and to the experimental groups (EG, n=19. The EG participated in an exercise program combining aerobic, strength, and flexibility exercises

  3. Doença de Kawasaki: experiência clínica em hospital universitário Kawasaki disease: clinical experience in a university hospital

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    Angela Esposito Ferronato

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: A doença de Kawasaki é uma vasculite sistêmica aguda de etiologia desconhecida. Seu diagnóstico baseia-se em critérios clínicos. O objetivo deste estudo foi descrever os casos de pacientes com doença de Kawasaki internados no Hospital Universitário da Universidade de São Paulo entre janeiro/2000 e junho/2008. MÉTODOS: Dentre todos os pacientes internados na Enfermaria de Pediatria no período acima, foram selecionados aqueles cujo CID de alta foi doença de Kawasaki. Realizou-se estudo descritivo por meio da análise dos prontuários dessas crianças. RESULTADOS: Foram encontrados 18 casos. A média de internações foi de 2,1 casos/ano. A idade variou de três meses a nove anos. A proporção meninos:meninas foi 1:1,25. Receberam outros diagnósticos prévios 17 pacientes, sendo escarlatina em 2/3 dos casos. O tempo de febre antes do diagnóstico variou de cinco a 11 dias. Nove crianças apresentaram quatro sinais sugestivos de doença de Kawasaki; oito apresentaram cinco sinais e uma apresentou dois sinais, o que foi considerado doença de Kawasaki incompleta. Receberam gamaglobulina 15 crianças (entre o sexto e o décimo dias de evolução e 11 (73% ficaram afebris após infusão da medicação. Os demais tiveram febre até 24 horas após a administração. Todos os pacientes realizaram ecocardiograma e três apresentaram aneurisma leve da coronária. CONCLUSÕES: A doença de Kawasaki é habitualmente confundida com outras doenças, o que causa retardo no tratamento e aumento no risco de complicações cardíacas.OBJECTIVE: Kawasaki disease is an acute systemic vasculitis of unknown etiology. Its diagnosis is based on clinical criteria. This study aimed to describe Kawasaki disease cases treated at the University Hospital of Universidade de São Paulo, from January/2000 to June/2008. METHODS: Among all patients admitted to the pediatric ward during this period, patients whose discharge ICD was Kawasaki disease were

  4. Efeito da autofecundação em cultivares de abacaxi Effects of self pollination in pineapple cultivars

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    José Renato Santos Cabral

    2003-04-01

    Full Text Available O elevado nível de heterozigose dos parentais utilizados em hibridações é a principal causa da baixa eficiência dos programas de melhoramento genético do abacaxizeiro em gerar novas cultivares. Por outro lado, os efeitos da autofecundação são pouco conhecidos em abacaxi, mas esta estratégia pode proporcionar avanços significativos no melhoramento desta planta. Assim, este trabalho teve como objetivo observar os efeitos da autofecundação em cultivares de abacaxi. Inflorescências das cultivares Primavera, Perolera, Roxo-de-Tefé, Pérola e Smooth Cayenne foram protegidas antes da antese para possibilitar a ocorrência de autofecundação. As sementes produzidas foram germinadas em câmara de crescimento, utilizando-se como substrato do meio de cultura MS, suplementado com 30 g.L-1 de sacarose e solidificado com 2 g.L-1 de "Phytagel. Durante a germinação, observou-se que cerca de 16% das sementes de 'Roxo-de-Tefé' produziram plântulas albinas. Foram obtidas 43 plantas a partir de 'Primavera', cinco de 'Perolera', onze de 'Roxo-de-Tefé' e nenhuma de 'Pérola' e 'Smooth Cayenne'. Todas as plantas da progênie de 'Primavera' apresentaram folhas sem espinhos nos bordos ("piping", evidenciando homozigose para esta característica, enquanto na progênie de 'Perolera' três plantas evidenciaram folhas sem espinhos nos bordos e duas com folhas espinhosas, segregando para o caráter espinescência. Na descendência de 'Roxo-de-Tefé', oito plantas apresentaram folhas de cor roxa e três com folhas verdes, com segregação para a cor da folha, mas todas evidenciaram folhas com espinhos no bordo. As baixas porcentagens de germinação, o crescimento lento e o baixo vigor observados nas plantas em casa de vegetação, viveiro e campo, evidenciaram a ocorrência de depressão por endogamia nestas fases de desenvolvimento.The high level of heterozygosis of parentals used to generate pineapple hybrids has resulted in low efficiency of the

  5. Effect of immersive workplace experience on undergraduate nurses' mental health clinical confidence.

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    Patterson, Christopher; Moxham, Lorna; Taylor, Ellie K; Perlman, Dana; Brighton, Renee; Sumskis, Susan; Heffernan, Tim; Lee-Bates, Benjamin

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    Preregistration education needs to ensure that student nurses are properly trained with the required skills and knowledge, and have the confidence to work with people who have a mental illness. With increased attention on non-traditional mental health clinical placements, further research is required to determine the effects of non-traditional mental health clinical placements on mental health clinical confidence. The aim of the present study was to investigate the impact of a non-traditional mental health clinical placement on mental health nursing clinical confidence compared to nursing students undergoing traditional clinical placements. Using the Mental Health Nursing Clinical Confidence Scale, the study investigated the relative effects of two placement programmes on the mental health clinical confidence of 79 nursing students. The two placement programmes included a non-traditional clinical placement of Recovery Camp and a comparison group that attended traditional clinical placements. Overall, the results indicated that, for both groups, mental health placement had a significant effect on improving mean mental health clinical confidence, both immediately upon conclusion of placement and at the 3-month follow up. Students who attended Recovery Camp reported a significant positive difference, compared to the comparison group, for ratings related to communicating effectively with clients with a mental illness, having a basic knowledge of antipsychotic medications and their side-effects, and providing client education regarding the effects and side-effects of medications. The findings suggest that a unique clinical placement, such as Recovery Camp, can improve and maintain facets of mental health clinical confidence for students of nursing.

  6. Avaliação cognitiva breve de pacientes atendidos em ambulatórios de neurologia geral Brief cognitive evaluation of patients attended in a general neurological outpatient clinic

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    Ana Paula P. Vitiello

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: O exame das funções cognitivas é habitual na avaliação das demências, porém não é usualmente realizado em pacientes com outras doenças neurológicas. OBJETIVO: Investigar a relevância da semiologia cognitiva sistemática em pacientes com doenças neurológicas diversas. MÉTODO: Foram avaliados 105 pacientes consecutivamente atendidos no período de um ano em ambulatório de neurologia geral de hospital universitário público, sem queixas de alterações cognitivas. Os pacientes foram submetidos aos seguintes testes cognitivos: mini-exame do estado mental (MEEM, extensão de dígitos, testes de memória de figuras, fluência verbal e desenho do relógio. Sempre que possível as notas de corte foram corrigidas em função da escolaridade. RESULTADOS: Cerca de 2/3 dos pacientes apresentaram alterações do desempenho em pelo menos um teste. O MEEM mostrou-se alterado em 20% dos pacientes, o teste da extensão de dígitos apresentou alteração em 50,4% (29,5% na ordem direta e 20,9% na indireta. A evocação tardia esteve alterada em 14,2% dos casos, a fluência verbal esteve abaixo da nota de corte em 27,6% dos pacientes e o desenho do relógio, em 40,0%. CONCLUSÃO: Os dados obtidos comprovam a necessidade da inclusão da avaliação cognitiva como parte obrigatória do exame neurológico, mesmo em pacientes sem queixas relacionadas.INTRODUCTION: Cognitive evaluation is usually performed in the assessment of patients with suspected dementia, but is not generally performed in patients with other neurological diseases. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relevance of a systematic cognitive examination in patients with different neurological conditions. METHOD: One-hundred and five patients consecutively attended over a one-year period in a general Neurology outpatient clinic from a public-affiliated hospital, with no complaints of cognitive changes, were submitted to the following cognitive tests: Mini-Mental State Examination

  7. Use of clinical practice as a motivating tool of radioprotection teaching and radiopharmacology in early semesters of pharmacy course; Uso da pratica clinica como ferramenta motivadora de ensino de radioprotecao e radiofarmacologia em semestres iniciais em cursos de farmacia

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    The research teaching methods aimed at the success of the higher education student in pharmacology and medicine courses in technical expertise in the fields of radiological protection, radiopharmacology and interventional radiology is extremely important in view of the progress of these sectors. The objective of this work is to propose a methodological sequence of teaching work with first-year students of pharmacy and medicine courses within a biophysical discipline where the integrated knowledge to clinical practice can be used for this purpose. The methodology was to assess individual learning of a group of N = 49 students of the first half in the age group of 17-19 years through conceptual acquisition by the traditional method of 'blackboard and chalk' and developed method that includes four pedagogical moments focused on the area health. An analysis of the evaluation student performance through Variance Analysis of a pathway showed improved scores with respect to the performance of application issues of knowledge concerning radiation protection and biological mechanisms of radiation with respect to the method of 'blackboard and chalk' with p < 0.05. Therefore, work with students with respect to the content in the form of six steps of clinical interest are a promising technique for radiation protection education in the early grades of college courses with experimental effectiveness.

  8. Assessing the effect of salinity on the oil quality parameters of Indian mustard (<em>Brassica junceaem> L. <em>Czern & Cossem>) using Fourier Transform Near-Infrared Reflectance (FT-NIR) spectroscopy

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    Calibration models were developed for Fourier Transform Near Infrared Reflectance spectroscopy using PLS method and coefficients of determination (r2) for oil, protein, erucic acid and crude fiber contents were estimated 0.907, 0.922, 0.902, 0.903, respectively. Effects of the salinity on these traits were studied under normal and saline environments in the field (ECe 10.7dS·m-1) and nethouse using saline irrigation levels (ECiw 0, 9, 12, 15, 18 dS/m) during 2011–12 and 2012–13. At higher sal...

  9. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Practice: Treatment Delivered by Trainees at an Outpatient Clinic Is Clinically Effective

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    Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is known to be effective for a number of disorders, and can be delivered effectively by trainees in controlled settings. However, the effectiveness of trainee therapists in general practice compared to that of more experienced therapists is unknown. In this study, the authors used a benchmarking strategy to…

  10. Aspectos epidemiológicos e clínico-patológicos comparados da intoxicação por Arrabidaea bilabiata (Bignoniaceae em búfalos e bovinos Comparative epidemiological, clinical and pathological aspects of poisoning by Arrabidaea bilabiata (Bignoniaceae in buffalo and cattle

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    Carlos Hubinger Tokarnia

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    Full Text Available Através de estudo experimental, verificou-se que, embora o quadro clínico-patológico seja essencialmente o mesmo, o búfalo é pelo menos duas vezes mais resistente que o bovino à ação tóxica de Arrabidaea bilabiata (Sprague Sandw. Os experimentos demonstraram também, que as folhas novas desta planta são duas vezes (em outubro, fim da época de seca ou uma vez e meio (em maio, fim da época de chuva mais tóxicas do que as folhas maduras, e que a planta é mais tóxica em outubro. Esses dados indicam que a menor incidência de intoxicação por plantas do grupo das que causam morte súbita, em búfalos na Amazônia, deva-se, em parte, à maior resistência dessa espécie animal. Também parece importante a coincidência do habitat preferencial dos búfalos (várzea com o habitat de A. bilabiata, planta menos tóxica que Palicourea marcgravii St.Hil., encontrada em terra firme que é o habitat preferido pelos bovinos.Experiments showed that the clinical and pathological pictures were essentially the same, but the buffalo was at least twice more resistant than the bovine to the toxic effect of Arrabidaea bilabiata (Sprague Sandw. It was also shown that the young leaves are twice (October, end of the dry season or one and a half (May, end of the rainy season more toxic than the mature leaves, and that the plant is more toxic in October. These data indicate that the smaller incidence of poisoning by plants of the group that causes sudden death in buffaloes in the Amazon Region is, in part, due to the greater resistance of this animal species to the toxic action of the plant. Also important seems to be the coincidence of the preferential habitat of the buffalo (flooded areas with the habitat of A. bilabiata, less toxic than Palicourea marcgravii St.Hil. which is a plant of the non-flooded areas, the preferential habitat of cattle.

  11. Manejo do nitrogênio no milho em semeadura direta em sucessão a espécies de cobertura de solo no inverno e em dois locais: II - efeito sobre o rendimento de grãos Nitrogen management in maize in no-till system in succession to winter cover crops at two locations: II - effect on grain yield

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    Gilber Argenta

    1999-12-01

    Full Text Available A liberação de nitrogênio (N de restos culturais depende dos processos de imobilização e mineralização microbiana, que são influenciados pelo ambiente. O objetivo do trabalho foi o de avaliar, em dois locais, os efeitos de dose e época de aplicação de N em milho (0-0; 0-160; 30-130 e 60-100kg/ha, respectivamente, na semeadura e em cobertura, em sistema de semeadura direta, implantado em duas épocas, após a dessecação (1 e aos 20 dias de duas coberturas de solo no inverno (aveia preta e ervilhaca comum e pousio invernal, sobre o rendimento de grãos. Foram conduzidos dois experimentos com suplementação hídrica, sendo um em Eldorado do Sul e outro em Passo Fundo, no estado do Rio Grande do Sul, no ano agrícola 1996/97. A resposta à aplicação de N dependeu do local, da cobertura de solo no inverno e da época de semeadura após a dessecação. Em Eldorado do Sul, a aplicação de N na semeadura aumentou o rendimento de grãos em relação ao tratamento com todo o N em cobertura, independentemente do tipo de planta de cobertura de solo no inverno. Em Passo Fundo, não houve diferença entre os tratamentos com N. O aumento na dose de N na semeadura de 30 para 60kg/ha não afetou o rendimento de grãos, independente do fator testado. O atraso em 20 dias na época de semeadura do milho em sucessão à aveia preta somente foi benéfico em Eldorado do Sul, aumentanto em 34% o rendimento de grãos.The release of nitrogen (N of crop residues depends on the processes of microbial immobilization and mineralization, which are influenced by environment. The objective of this study was to evaluate, at two locations, the effects of rate and timing of N application in maize (0-0; 0-160; 30-130 and 60-100kg/ha, respectively, at sowing and sidedressed, in no-till system, established in two sowing dates after desiccation (1 and 20 days of two winter cover crops (black oat and common vetch and bare area, on grain yield. The experiment was

  12. Adenotonsillectomy in facial growing patients: spontaneous dental effects Adenotonsilectomia em pacientes na fase de crescimento facial: efeitos dentários espontâneos

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    Silvia Regina Amorim Pereira

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    Full Text Available Children with hypertrophic tonsils and adenoids may have adverse effects on dental occlusion, which tend to worsen during the growth period. Diagnosis and early treatment is essential. AIM: Prospective clinical study to compare the cephalometric measurements before and after adenotonsillectomy in mouth breathing patients. MATERIAL AND METHOD: We had 38 patients of both genders, aged between 7 and 11 years in our sample, broken down into: oral group, 18 patients with obstructive hypertrophy of pharyngeal tonsil and/or palate grade 3 or 4; control group, 20 patients with normal breathing. Angular and linear dental measurements were compared between the groups in a 14 months interval. We used the "t" Student and Wilcoxon tests for unpaired samples, at 5% significance, for statistical purposes. RESULTS: The sagittal position and axial angle of the lower incisors increased significantly in the group with oral breathing, the sagittal position of the upper incisors increased significantly in the oral group, which still had a significant increase in overbite. CONCLUSION: Adenotonsillectomy was very effective in improving some dental measurements, with benefits to growing patients preventing malocclusions from becoming difficult to treat or permanent.Crianças com tonsilas e adenoides hipertróficas podem apresentar efeitos desfavoráveis na oclusão dentária, que tendem a agravar no período de crescimento, tornando imprescindível seu diagnóstico e tratamento precoce. OBJETIVO: Este estudo clínico prospectivo comparou medidas cefalométricas dos incisivos antes e após a adenotonsilectomia, em respiradores orais. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: A amostra foi de 38 pacientes de ambos os gêneros, entre 7 e 11 anos, dividida em: grupo oral, com 18 pacientes com hipertrofia obstrutiva da tonsila faríngea e/ou palatinas grau 3 ou 4; grupo controle, com 20 pacientes com respiração nasal. Medidas dentárias angulares e lineares foram comparadas entre os grupos

  13. Resistance of Streptococcus pneumoniae to antimicrobials in São Paulo, Brazil: clinical features and serotypes Resistência antimicrobiana de Streptococcus pneumoniae em São Paulo, Brasil: quadro clínico e sorotipos

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    Anna Sara S. Levin

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    Full Text Available To study resistance to antimicrobials, serotypes and clinical features of S. pneumoniae in S. Paulo, Brazil, 50 patients with a positive culture were evaluated: 7 were considered carriers and 43 had pneumococcal infections. Pneumonia and meningitis were the most commom infections. Mortality was 34% and underlying diseases were present in 70%. Relative resistance to penicillin occurred in 24% and complete resistance was not detected. Resistance to tetracycline was 32% and to sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim 32%; one strain had intermediate susceptibility to erythromycin; no resistance was present for chloramphenicol, rifampin or vancomycin. Resistance to at least one of the drugs tested occurred in 62%. Results by the E-test for penicillin were similar to those by the agar dilution method. There were 24 different serotypes and 74% of the strains belonged to the 23-valent vaccine including all the penicillin-resistant strains. In this study S. pneumoniae caused severe infections and presented a high resistance rate to commonly used antimicrobials. Routine surveillance of resistance and the use of vaccination, as well as the restriction of inappropriate use of antimicrobials, are recommended in São Paulo, Brazil.Com a finalidade de estudar resistência a antimicrobianos, sorotipos e quadro clínico de Streptococcus pneumoniae em São Paulo, Brasil, foram avaliados 50 pacientes com culturas positivas: 7 foram considerados portadores e 43 infectados. Pneumonia e meningite foram as infecções mais freqüentes. A letalidade foi de 34% e doenças de base estiveram presentes em 70%. Resistência relativa a penicilina ocorreu em 24% e a resistência completa não foi detectada. Resistência a tetraciclina ocorreu em 32% e a sulfametoxazol/trimetoprim em 32% e houve uma cepa com sensibilidade intermediária a eritromicina. Não houve resistência a cloranfenicol, rifampicina ou vancomicina. Em 62% dos casos houve resistência a pelo menos uma das drogas

  14. Estudo comparativo das características clínicas e abordagem de pacientes com fibromialgia atendidos em serviço público de reumatologia e em consultório particular Comparative study of the clinical features and approach of the patients with fibromyalgia assisted at the rheumatology outpatient clinic and at physician private practice

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    José Eduardo Martinez

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    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: a fibromialgia (FM é uma síndrome dolorosa crônica associada a pontos dolorosos à dígito-pressão muscular. São sintomas acompanhantes: fadiga, distúrbio do sono, cefaléia crônica, síndrome do intestino irritável, entre outras manifestações. Ocorre uma influência emocional importante relacionada à resposta anormal ao estresse. A escolaridade, nível socioeconômico relacionado à renda familiar e mesmo a forma de acesso ao serviço de saúde poderiam influenciar a apresentação clínica. OBJETIVO: determinar se há diferenças significantes na apresentação clínica, intensidade de sintomas e tipo de tratamento entre pacientes atendidos em serviço público e privado de saúde e determinar se há correlação entre a intensidade dos principais sintomas, a renda familiar e a escolaridade das pacientes estudadas. PACIENTES E MÉTODOS: Estudou-se 80 pacientes que preenchem os critérios de classificação para FM do American College of Rheumatology (ACR divididos em dois grupos, de acordo com o local de atendimento: 40 pacientes no ambulatório de reumatologia do Conjunto Hospitalar de Sorocaba e 40 pacientes no consultório privado de um dos autores. As variáveis clínicas foram medidas com escalas analógicas numéricas (0 - 10 para dor, fadiga, ansiedade, depressão e qualidade de vida. A renda familiar foi estabelecida pelo número de salários mínimos aferidos mensalmente e a escolaridade pelo número de anos de educação formal completados. A comparação entre os grupos foi analisada através dos testes do Qui-Quadrado, ANOVA e diferença de médias. RESULTADOS: os grupos estudados foram semelhantes em relação à intensidade da dor, fadiga, ansiedade, depressão, número de pontos dolorosos, prática de exercícios físicos regulares e duração da doença. Diferiram, porém, em relação à idade (mais jovens no serviço privado e quanto à renda familiar e escolaridade (maiores no serviço privado. A

  15. Clinical and laboratory findings in patients with dengue associated with hepatopathy Achados clínicos e laboratoriais em pacientes com dengue associada à hepatopatia

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    Delso do Nascimento

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    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Hepatic disorders caused by dengue infection may progress to severe manifestations, including mortality and morbidity. Cytokines are involved in it, such as the migration inhibitory factor of macrophages (MIF, tumor necrosis factor (TNF, natural killer cells (NK, B lymphocytes, and macrophages. METHODS: This study was carried out from January to April 2007 at a public hospital from the Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul, Campo Grande, Brazil. Sixty-eight patients were studied concerning hepatic alterations, with 56 reported having classic dengue, 6 with hemorrhagic dengue grade I, and 6 with hemorrhagic dengue grade II. RESULTS: Among the 56 with classic dengue, 83.3% had aspartate aminotransferase (AST alterations, and 69.6% had altered alanine aminotransferase (ALT. For those with hemorrhagic dengue grade I, 100% had AST alterations, and 83.3% had altered ALT. All the patients with hemorrhagic dengue grade II had AST and ALT alterations. AST variations reached 22.0 and 907.0, with an average value of 164.6. For ALT, we found variations between 25.0 and 867.0, with an average value of 166.07. There had been statistical significance between dengue clinical shapes and hepatic function markers. CONCLUSIONS: We conclude that the infection was predominant in adults, females, and in those with low income and education. The liver enzymes were of larger amount in hemorrhagic dengue, but there was weak statistical evidence of the clinical manifestations and transaminases. Major signs and clinical symptoms were fever, headache, myalgia, arthralgia, weakness, severe pain behind the eyes, and rashes.INTRODUÇÃO: Afecções hepáticas causadas pela infecção da dengue podem evoluir para quadro grave, incluindo mortalidade e morbidade. O mecanismo de lesão do fígado está relacionado com a exacerbação da resposta imune. As citocinas estão envolvidas nele como fator inibidor da migração de macrófagos (MIF, fator de necrose

  16. Relações disciplinares em um centro de ensino e pesquisa em práticas de promoção da saúde e prevenção de doenças Disciplinary relationships in a university center for education and research in health promotion and disease prevention in clinical practice

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    Lígia Emerita Guedes

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available O trabalho em equipe interdisciplinar é considerado um importante pressuposto para reorganização do processo de trabalho com práticas de promoção da saúde e prevenção de doenças, visando a uma abordagem mais integral e resolutiva. Neste artigo avaliam-se as relações disciplinares entre profissionais de saúde a partir do estudo de caso de um centro universitário voltado ao ensino e pesquisa em práticas de promoção da saúde e prevenção de doenças. Com base na visão humanista das relações disciplinares, procurou-se identificar as principais premissas que determinam o trabalho interdisciplinar. Utilizaram-se os métodos da observação participante e entrevistas semi-estruturadas com profissionais de saúde, seguidas da análise de conteúdo na modalidade temática, para a coleta e interpretação dos dados. A análise revelou que o serviço de saúde avaliado apresentava uma situação possivelmente transitória da pluri para a interdisciplinaridade. Partindo-se do estudo de caso, discutem-se os fatores sociais, culturais, educacionais, institucionais e subjetivos que podem agir tanto como facilitadores quanto como obstáculos à interdisciplinaridade.The work with interdisciplinary teams is considered an important request for the reorganization of the work process in the clinical practice of health promotion and disease prevention, towards an integral and more effective approach. This article evaluates the disciplinary relationships among health professionals in the context of a university center for education and research in practices of health promotion and disease prevention. The identification of the main issues related to interdisciplinary practices was based upon the humanistic view of disciplinary interactions. For data collection and interpretation, the methods of participant observation and semi-structured interviews with health professionals were used, followed by content analysis (thematic model. The analysis

  17. A clínica psicanalítica das psicoses em instituições de saúde mental The psychoanalytic clinic of the psychosis in mental health institutions

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    Cleide Pereira Monteiro

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Nosso propósito é refletir sobre a clínica psicanalítica das psicoses em instituições de saúde mental, tema que de um lado suscita questões e impasses para o método clínico psicanalítico e, de outro, contribui para renovar o lugar da descoberta freudiana. Abordaremos, primeiramente, a clínica das psicoses para, em seguida, refletir sobre a prática psicanalítica em instituições de saúde mental. Neste último segmento, daremos destaque aos depoimentos de psicanalistas atuantes em tais instituições; eles apontam para uma prática feita por muitos cujo foco incide numa clínica do sujeito. O modo de produção subjetiva se dá pela via da "trivialização", uma manobra preciosa usada pelos analistas e demais técnicos que compõem a equipe institucional para neutralizar a ação do delírio. Tal manobra exige do analista uma certa dose de invenção, espírito de humor e um certo desprendimento do desejo de interpretar.It is our purpose to ponder over the psychoanalytic clinic of psychoses in mental health institutions, a theme that, on the one hand, raises questions and dilemmas to the psychoanalytic clinic method, and on the other, contributes to renew the Freudian discovery. Firstly, we will approach the psychoses' clinic, and after that, we will discuss the social and clinical extension of psychoanalysis; then, we shall focus on the psychoanalytical practice in mental health institutions. In this last segment, we will point out the testimony of psychoanalysts who act in such institutions; they point out to a practice by many whose focus is on a subject clinic. The mode of subjective production occurs through "trivialization", a precious maneuver used by analysts and other technicians who make up the institutional team, in order to neutralize the delirium action. Such procedure requires from the analyst a certain degree of invention, humor and detachment of the wish to interpret.

  18. Efeito da prednisona em lesão medular aguda experimental em ratos Effect of prednisone on acute experimental spinal cord injury in rats

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    C.M.O. Silva

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    Full Text Available Foram utilizados 25 ratos (Rattus novergicus submetidos a trauma experimental da medula espinhal, empregando-se aparelho estereotáxico com um peso de 50,5g comprimindo a duramáter durante cinco minutos. Após o trauma, os animais foram divididos em cinco grupos de cinco. O grupo A (controle recebeu placebo oito horas após o trauma; os grupos B, C, D e E receberam prednisona oito, 24, 48 e 120 horas após o trauma, respectivamente. A prednisona foi administrada na dose inicial de 2mg/kg, durante cinco dias, com diminuição progressiva até o 26º dia. Os animais foram avaliados conforme a capacidade motora, posicionamento proprioceptivo, reflexo de localização, plano inclinado e sensibilidade dolorosa. Após 33 dias da cirurgia, foram sacrificados para avaliação histológica das medulas espinhais. Observaram-se degeneração das raízes nervosas, necrose medular, inflamação local e reação glial, sem diferenças entre os grupos. Não houve correlação entre os testes neurológicos. A utilização da prednisona na lesão medular aguda não teve efeito diferenciado com o tempo e não foi prejudicial na recuperação neurológica, mesmo quando utilizada tardiamente.Twent-five rats (Rattus novergicus were submitted to an experimental spinal cord injury by using a 50.5g stereotaxic equipament to apply pressure on the duramater during five minutes. After the spinal cord injury, the animals were randomly distributed into five groups of five animals each: one group received placebo 8 hours after injury and the remaining four groups received prednisone at 8, 24, 48, and 120 hours after injury. Prednisone was applied at 2mg/kg dosage during five days and progressively reduced until the 26th day. Animals were evaluated by motor capacity, proprioceptive positioning, locating reflex, inclined plan, and sensibility to pain. The animals were sacrificed 33 days after surgery for histological study of the spinal cords that revealed degeneration of the

  19. Water deficits and heat shock effects on photosynthesis of a transgenic <em>Arabidopsis thalianaem> constitutively expressing <em>ABP9em>, a bZIP transcription factor

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    Zhang, Xia; Wollenweber, Bernd; Jiang, Dong

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    The effects of water deficits (WD), heat shock (HS), and both (HSWD) on photosynthetic carbon- and light-use efficiencies together with leaf ABA content, pigment composition and expressions of stress- and light harvesting-responsive genes were investigated in ABP9 [ABA-responsive-element (ABRE......, altered expression of stress-regulated or light harvesting-responsive genes was observed. Collectively, our results indicate that constitutive expression of ABP9 improves the photosynthetic capacity of plants under stress by adjusting photosynthetic pigment composition, dissipating excess light energy......) binding protein 9] transgenic Arabidopsis (5P2). WD, HS, and HSWD significantly decreased photosynthetic rate (A) and stomatal conductance (gs) in wild-type plants (WT). A and gs of 5P2 transgenic plants were slightly reduced by a single stress and were hardly modified by HSWD. Although A and electron...

  20. Measuring Effects on the Clinical Practice from a Configured EHR

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    Møller-Jensen, John; Simonsen, Jesper; K. Iversen, Rikke

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    The objective of the project was to measure the clinical usability of an EHR configured by use of participatory design with clinicians from a neurological stroke unit in order to get input to the County’s future strategy for incremental implementation of EHR. The content of the EHR was defined...

  1. Pharmacological effect on pyeloureteric dynamics with a clinical perspective

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    Jung, Helene U; Frimodt-Møller, Poul C; Osther, Palle J;

    2006-01-01

    We searched to review experimental and clinical trials concerning the capabilities of impacting on the ureteric and pelvic activity by means of pharmacological stimulation. Ureteropyeloscopy may cause high renal pelvic pressure. The normal pressure is in the range of 5-15 mmHg whereas pressure...

  2. Effectiveness of Child Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in a Clinical Outpatient Setting

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    Deakin, Elisabeth Kuhn; Tiellet Nunes, Maria Lucia

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    The objective of this study was to evaluate the outcome of child psychoanalytic psychotherapy in a clinical outpatient setting in a city in southern Brazil. Three psychological tests (Rorschach, Bender and WISC III) were administered to 23 children, aged 6-11 years old, and the Child Behaviour Check List (CBCL) was completed by the parents. All…

  3. Effects of Age Expectations on Oncology Social Workers' Clinical Judgment

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    Conlon, Annemarie; Choi, Namkee G.

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    Objective: This study examined the influence of oncology social workers' expectations regarding aging (ERA) and ERA with cancer (ERAC) on their clinical judgment. Methods: Oncology social workers (N = 322) were randomly assigned to one of four vignettes describing a patient with lung cancer. The vignettes were identical except for the patent's age…

  4. Experimental lamellar keratoplasty in rabbits using microfibrilar cellulose membrane: clinical, morphological and immunohistochemical findings Ceratoplastia lamelar experimental em coelhos usando membrana microfibrilar de celulose: achados clínicos, morfológicos e imunoistoquímicos

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    Luciana Riacciardi Macedo

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    Full Text Available The clinical, histopathological and immunohistochemical features of the cornea were investigated in adult male New Zealand rabbits submitted to lamellar keratoplasty with microfibrillar cellulose membrane. Thirty animals were divided into five groups (n=6 and evaluated up to 60 days after surgery. Clinical examination revealed moderate manifestations of edema, blepharospasm and photophobia on the second day, which became mild or disappeared after the seventh day. This period was characterized clinically by repair of the corneal defect. Histopathological analysis showed the presence of a thin layer of squamous cells covering the damaged area as early as 7th day, accompanied by a mild infiltrate of polymorphonuclear cells. Blood vessels were observed in the epithelium after the 15th day, which had regressed by day 48. Ki67 antibody labeling showed an increase of proliferating cells in the epithelium by the 15th day and in the stroma by day 30. Remodeling and epithelial adhesion were observed during this period. Microfibrillar cellulose membrane (Bionext® used for lamellar keratoplasty was found to yield good results considering the good integration of the implant.Avaliaram-se aspectos clínicos, histopatógicos e imunoistoquímicos da córnes de coelhos da raça Nova Zelândia adultos e machos em ceratoplastias lamelares com membrana de celulose microfibrilar. Trinta animais distribuídos em cinco grupos (n=6 foram estudados por até 60 dias de pós-operatório. A avaliação clínica revelou manifestações moderadas de edema, blefaroespasmo e fotofobia ao segundo dia, evoluindo para formas discretas ou ausentes a partir do sétimo dia, período em que se observou, clinicamente, reparo do defeito corneal. A histopatologia revelou uma fina camada de células escamosas, recobrindo a área lesada já aos sete dias, com discreto infiltrado de células polimorfonucleares. Observaram-se vasos no epitélio a partir do 15o dia, com regressão ao 48o dia

  5. Qualidade de sono e função pulmonar em adolescentes portadores de anemia falciforme clinicamente estáveis Quality of sleep and pulmonary function in clinically stable adolescents with sickle cell anemia

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    Lisliê Capoulade Nogueira Arrais de Souza

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar a qualidade de sono e função pulmonar em adolescentes portadores de anemia falciforme (AF, clinicamente estáveis. MÉTODOS: Estudo trasversal descritivo de 50 pacientes portadores de AF submetidos a polissonografia noturna e espirometria no Hospital Universitário de Brasília. Analisamos dados antropométricos, polissonográficos e de função pulmonar. Dividimos os pacientes em dois grupos segundo a saturação periférica de oxigênio (SpO2 em sono com movimentos oculares rápidos (MOR: SpO2 93%. Realizamos estatística descritiva, teste t de Student, qui-quadrado e correlação de Pearson. RESULTADOS: A média de idade foi de 13,9 ± 2,5 anos. O tempo total de sono e percentagem do sono em MOR estavam diminuídos; dois pacientes (4% não apresentaram sono MOR. Latência de sono MOR, número de despertares, movimentação em sono, mudança de estágio, índice de distúrbios respiratórios e índice de apnéia obstrutiva estavam aumentados. Entre os dois grupos, houve diferenças estatisticamente significativas na maioria das variáveis polissonográficas. A SpO2 em sono MOR correlacionou-se de forma forte e positiva com a SpO2 em vigília, bem como com a SpO2 em sono não-MOR; e correlacionou-se de forma forte e negativa com a percentagem do tempo total de sono em que a SPO2 foi OBJECTIVE: To evaluate quality of sleep and pulmonary function in clinically stable adolescents with sickle cell anemia (SCA. METHODS: A cross-sectional descriptive study involving 50 patients with SCA submitted to nocturnal polysomnography and spirometry at the Brasília University Hospital. Anthropometric, polysomnographic and pulmonary function data were analyzed. Patients were divided into two groups according to oxygen saturation by pulse oximetry (SpO2 during rapid eye movement (REM sleep: SpO2 93%. Descriptive statistics, Student's t-test, chi-square test and Pearson's correlation coefficient were used. RESULTS: Mean age was 13.9 ± 2

  6. Os estágios motivacionais de alcoolistas internados devido a doenças clínicas em hospitais gerais Motivation in patients with clinical disorders associated with alcohol addiction

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    Luciane Benvegnú Piccoloto

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Esta pesquisa tem como objetivo comparar a motivação para mudança em dependentes de álcool internados em hospitais gerais para tratamento de doença clínica com pacientes alcoolistas que buscaram tratamento em unidades especializadas. Trata-se de um estudo transversal, de comparação entre dois grupos. A amostra teve 91 sujeitos: 42 com doença clínica associada à dependência do álcool (grupo 1 e 49 dependentes do álcool internados em unidades especializadas para o tratamento da dependência química (grupo 2. Os instrumentos utilizados no estudo foram: entrevista estruturada, o The Alcohol Use Disorder Test (AUDIT, o Short-Form Alcohol Dependence Data (SADD, o The Drinker Inventory of Consequences (DrInC e a University of Rhode Island Change Assessment Scale (URICA. Os resultados demonstraram haver diferença significativa entre os grupos 1 e 2 no estágio da ação (p = 0,006, não sendo encontrada diferença nos estágios de pré-contemplação (p = 0,098 e contemplação (p = 0,342. Foi encontrada diferença significativa entre os grupos apenas no estágio de manutenção (p = 0,000. Os pacientes internados em hospitais gerais apresentaram-se menos motivados para mudança do comportamento dependente do que os internados em unidades especializadas em dependência química. Conclui-se, portanto, a importância de trabalhar a motivação para mudança do comportamento dependente em pacientes alcoolistas internados em hospitais gerais por complicações físicas.The objective of this study is to compare the motivation to change drinking behavior in two distinct samples of alcohol-addicted patients, namely general hospital inpatients and patients seeking treatment in specialized addiction units. Ninety one subjects were recruited for a cross-sectional assessment; 42 had one or more clinical conditions related to alcohol addiction (group 1 and 49 were inpatients at a clinical dependence unit (group 2. Assessments were performed until

  7. Resposta a broncodilatador na espirometria: que parâmetros e valores são clinicamente relevantes em doenças obstrutivas? Spirometric response to bronchodilators: which parameters and values are clinically relevant in obstructive diseases?

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    ROBERTO RODRIGUES JR.

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available Respostas estatísticas dos parâmetros funcionais são largamente utilizadas após administração de broncodilatador (Bd nos laboratórios de função pulmonar em doenças com obstrução ao fluxo aéreo. Sua relevância clínica é discutível. Objetivo: Determinar que parâmetros espirométricos refletem a melhora na tolerância ao exercício e na dispnéia em resposta a broncodilatador em doenças pulmonares obstrutivas. Métodos: 50 pacientes com DPOC e/ou asma (VEF1/CVF = 41 ± 11% realizaram manobras de CV lenta e forçada, VVM e um teste de caminhada em corredor de seis minutos após treinamento, antes e após salbutamol, 400mcg fornecido por spray com espaçador. As respostas a broncodilatador foram expressas em valores absolutos, como incremento em relação ao valor inicial e em relação aos valores previstos. Resposta após Bd foi considerada clinicamente significante quando a distância percorrida se elevou 30m ou mais e/ou a dispnéia foi reduzida dois ou mais pontos com qualquer aumento na caminhada. Resultados: 32 pacientes foram considerados respondedores (R e 18 não respondedores (NR. Como a distância caminhada em seis minutos se correlacionou com a idade (rs = --0,38; p 15% do inicial e 0,3L e da CV > 15% da inicial e 0,4L separaram os respondedores com valor preditivo positivo (VPP em torno de 90%. Conclusão: A melhora do VEF1, CVF e VVM não prediz melhora na capacidade de exercício após Bd. Esta é melhor refletida por aumentos na CI e/ou CV acima de 15% dos valores iniciais.In lung function laboratories, statistical responses after bronchodilators (Bd administration are widely used in patients with airflow limitation. However, their clinical relevance is debatable. Objective: To determine which spirometric parameters best reflect improvement in both exercise tolerance and exertional dyspnea in response to bronchodilators in obstructive lung diseases. Methods: Fifty patients with persistent asthma and/or COPD (FEV1

  8. Aspectos clínicos e histológicos da úlcera duodenal em crianças e adolescentes Clinical and histological features of duodenal ulcer in children and adolescents

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    Elisabete Kawakami

    2004-08-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar as características clínicas e histológicas de crian��as e adolescentes com úlcera duodenal. MÉTODOS: Foram avaliadas prospectiva e consecutivamente 43 pacientes com úlcera duodenal ao longo de 6 anos (7,2 pacientes por ano. A avaliação consistiu de questionário clínico de sintomas dispépticos, exame físico e endoscopia digestiva com biópsias gástricas para exame histológico e detecção do Helicobacter pylori. RESULTADOS: A idade no diagnóstico variou de 4 anos e 8 meses a 17 anos e 4 meses (mediana = 12 anos e 4 meses. O sintoma mais freqüente foi dor abdominal (39/43, 90,7%: no epigástrio em 31/39, periumbilical em 7/39 e noturna em 27/39. Outros sintomas freqüentes foram: diminuição do apetite (32/43, 74,4%, vômitos (30/43, 69,8%, plenitude pós-prandial (23/43, 53,5%, perda de peso (22/43, 51,2% e sensibilidade abdominal (19/43, 44,2%. Hemorragia digestiva alta ocorreu em 19/43 pacientes (44,2%, e anemia em 21/43 (48,8%. H. pylori foi detectado em 41/43 (95,3%, e todos esses pacientes apresentaram gastrite crônica ativa de antro, 92% deles com predomínio do infiltrado linfomononuclear. A erradicação da bactéria ocorreu em 68,3% dos pacientes infectados, mas houve cicatrização da lesão em 100% dos pacientes erradicados e em 89% dos não-erradicados. CONCLUSÃO: Úlcera duodenal foi associada à gastrite crônica por H. pylori na grande maioria dos pacientes. Houve grande freqüência de complicações, especialmente hemorragia digestiva alta.OBJECTIVE: To evaluate clinical and histological features of duodenal ulcer in children and adolescents. METHODS: Forty-three children with duodenal ulcer were prospectively and consecutively evaluated in a 6-year period (7.2 patients per year. Evaluation included clinical questionnaire focused on dyspeptic symptoms, physical examination, and digestive endoscopy with gastric biopsies for histological examination and Helicobacter pylori detection. RESULTS

  9. A clinical study comparing manic and mixed episodes in patients with bipolar disorder Estudo clínico comparativo entre episódios de mania e mistos em pacientes com transtorno bipolar

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    Ângela Maria Schwartzmann

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: Mixed episodes have been described as more severe than manic episodes, especially due to their longer duration and their association with higher rates of suicide attempts, hospitalization and psychotic symptoms. The purpose of this study was to compare the severity between mixed and pure manic episodes according to DSM-IV criteria, through the evaluation of sociodemographic data and clinical characteristics. METHOD: Twenty-nine bipolar I patients presenting acute mixed episodes were compared to 20 bipolar I patients with acute manic episodes according to DSM-IV criteria. We analyzed (cross-sectionally episode length, presence of psychotic symptoms, frequency of suicide attempts and hospitalization, Young Mania Rating Scale scores, Hamilton Depression Rating Scale scores and the Clinical Global Assessment Scale scores. RESULTS: Young Mania Rating Scale scores were higher in manic episodes than in mixed episodes. There were no differences in gender frequency, CGI scores and rates of hospitalization, suicide attempts and psychotic symptoms, when mixed and manic episodes where compared. Patients with mixed episodes were younger. CONCLUSION: In our sample, mixed states occurred at an earlier age than manic episodes. Contrary to previous reports, we did not find significant differences between manic and mixed episodes regarding severity of symptomatology, except for manic symptoms ratings, which were higher in acute manic patients. In part, this may be explained by the different criteria adopted on previous studies.OBJETIVO: Estados mistos têm sido descritos como mais graves que episódios de mania, especialmente pela maior duração dos episódios, maiores taxas de suicídio, hospitalização e sintomas psicóticos. O objetivo deste estudo foi comparar a severidade entre episódios mistos e mania pura definidos segundo critérios do DSM-IV, avaliando-se características clínicas e sociodemográficas dos pacientes. MÉTODO: Vinte e nove

  10. Manejo do nitrogênio no milho em semeadura direta em sucessão a espécies de cobertura de solo no inverno e em dois locais: I - efeito sobre a absorção de N Nitrogen management in maize in no-till system in succession to winter cover crops in two locations: I - effect on N uptake

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    Gilber Argenta

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    Full Text Available A permanência de restos culturais sobre a superfície do solo altera os processos de imobilização e mineralização, diminuindo a disponibilidade de nitrogênio para o milho, principalmente, em sucessão a gramíneas. O objetivo do trabalho foi o de avaliar, em dois ambientes, os efeitos de dose e época de aplicação de N no milho (0-0; 0-160; 30-130 e 60-100kg/ha, respectivamente, na semeadura e em cobertura, em sistema de semeadura direta, implantado em duas épocas após a dessecação (1 e aos 20 dias de duas coberturas de solo no inverno (aveia preta e ervilhaca comum e da área em pousio invernal livre de plantas daninhas, sobre a absorção de N. Foram conduzidos dois experimentos com suplementação hídrica, sendo um em Eldorado do Sul e outro em Passo Fundo, no estado do Rio Grande do Sul, no ano agrícola 1996/97. Em Eldorado do Sul, a aplicação de N na semeadura foi benéfica, pois aumentou a absorção de N em relação ao tratamento com todo o N em cobertura, independentemente da cobertura de solo no inverno testada. Em Passo Fundo, somente no estádio de 3-4 folhas, houve vantagem da aplicação de N na semeadura em relação à aplicação total em cobertura sobre a absorção de N. Nos estádios de 6-7 folhas, 10-11 folhas e de pendoamento do milho, não houve diferença entre os tratamentos com N. O atraso na época de semeadura do milho, após a dessecação em 20 dias, mostra-se tecnicamente viável, principalmente quando em sucessão à aveia preta, pois aumentou na média dos sistemas de manejo de N 54 e 75% a absorção de N, no estádio de 3-4 folhas, respectivamente em Eldorado do Sul e em Passo Fundo. A absorção de N no tecido da planta de milho em sucessão à aveia preta foi menor em Eldorado do Sul do que em Passo Fundo, em todos os estádios avaliados. O aumento na dose de N, na semeadura, de 30 para 60kg/ha de N, não se constituiu em estratégia eficiente para aumentar a absorção de N, independentemente

  11. Biopharmaceutical industry-sponsored global clinical trials in emerging countries Ensaios clínicos globais patrocinados pela indústria biofarmacêutica em países emergentes

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    Lenio Souza Alvarenga

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To evaluate biopharmaceutical industry-sponsored clinical trials placed in countries previously described as emerging regions for clinical research, and potential differences for those placed in Brazil. METHODS: Data regarding recruitment of subjects for clinical trials were retrieved from www.clinicaltrials.gov on February 2nd 2009. Proportions of sites in each country were compared among emerging countries. Multiple logistic regressions were performed to evaluate whether trial placement in Brazil could be predicted by trial location in other countries and/or by trial features. RESULTS: A total of 8,501 trials were then active and 1,170 (13.8% included sites in emerging countries (i.e., Argentina, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Hungary, India, Mexico, Poland, Russia, South Korea, and South Africa. South Korea and China presented a significantly higher proportion of sites when compared to other countries (pOBJETIVO: Avaliar ensaios clínicos patrocinados pela indústria biofarmacêutica alocados em países previamente definidos como emergentes em pesquisa clínica e possíveis diferenças naqueles alocados no Brasil. MÉTODOS: Dados de ensaios clínicos recrutando pacientes foram obtidos (www.clinicaltrials.gov em 2 de fevereiro de 2009. As proporções de centros em cada país foram comparadas entre os países emergentes. Regressões logísticas múltiplas foram realizadas para avaliar a alocação do ensaio em outros países emergentes e as características do ensaio como preditores da presença de algum centro no Brasil RESULTADOS: No total, 8.501 ensaios clínicos estavam ativos à época, e 13,8% destes (N=1.170 incluíam centros em países emergentes (i.e., Argentina, Brasil, China, República Tcheca, Hungria, Índia, México, Polônia, Rússia, Coreia do Sul, e África do Sul. Coreia do Sul e China apresentaram uma proporção de centros significativamente superior aos outros países (p<0,05. Não se detectou correla

  12. Effects of clinical practice environments on clinical teacher and nursing student outcomes.

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    Babenko-Mould, Yolanda; Iwasiw, Carroll L; Andrusyszyn, Mary-Anne; Laschinger, Heather K S; Weston, Wayne

    2012-04-01

    The purpose of this study was to use a cross-sectional survey design, with an integrated theoretical perspective, to examine clinical teachers' (n = 64) and nursing students' (n = 352) empowerment, teachers' and students' perceptions of teachers' use of empowering teaching behaviors, students' perceptions of nurses' practice behaviors, and students' confidence for practice in acute care settings. In this study, teachers and students were moderately empowered. Teachers reported using a high level of empowering teaching behaviors, which corresponded with students' perceptions of teachers' use of such behaviors. Teachers' empowerment predicted 21% of their use of empowering teaching behaviors. Students reported nurses as using a high level of professional practice behaviors. Students felt confident for professional nursing practice. The findings have implications for practice contexts related to empowering teaching-learning environments and self-efficacy.

  13. Mindfulness with children and adolescents: effective clinical application.

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    Thompson, Miles; Gauntlett-Gilbert, Jeremy

    2008-07-01

    Mindfulness interventions within adult populations are becoming increasingly popular. Research suggests that mindfulness can deliver lasting improvements in self-awareness and emotional stability to adults with severe and chronic conditions. As yet, research within child and adolescent populations is in its initial stages, although mindfulness shows great clinical promise for young people. This article aims to provide an overview of mindfulness to professionals who are working in child or adolescent settings. Initially, it will provide the reader with some orientation to and definitions from the field, before summarizing the current evidence for the utility of the approach. The article recommends specific clinical modifications for mindfulness with children and adolescents, as well as reviewing how to monitor and enhance the development of this skill. Finally, it highlights important differences among mindfulness, relaxation and other meditative techniques.

  14. Probiotics supplementation for athletes - clinical and physiological effects.

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    Pyne, David B; West, Nicholas P; Cox, Amanda J; Cripps, Allan W

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    Probiotic supplementation has traditionally focused on gut health. However, in recent years, the clinical applications of probiotics have broadened to allergic, metabolic, inflammatory, gastrointestinal and respiratory conditions. Gastrointestinal health is important for regulating adaptation to exercise and physical activity. Symptoms such as nausea, bloating, cramping, pain, diarrhoea and bleeding occur in some athletes, particularly during prolonged exhaustive events. Several studies conducted since 2006 examining probiotic supplementation in athletes or highly active individuals indicate modest clinical benefits in terms of reduced frequency, severity and/or duration of respiratory and gastrointestinal illness. The likely mechanisms of action for probiotics include direct interaction with the gut microbiota, interaction with the mucosal immune system and immune signalling to a variety of organs and systems. Practical issues to consider include medical and dietary screening of athletes, sourcing of recommended probiotics and formulations, dose-response requirements for different probiotic strains, storage, handling and transport of supplements and timing of supplementation in relation to travel and competition.

  15. Perfil de 300 trabalhadores expostos à sílica atendidos ambulatorialmente em Belo Horizonte Profile of 300 workers exposed to silica seen in an university outpatient clinic

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    ANA PAULA SCALIA CARNEIRO

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    Full Text Available Introdução: A silicose é a pneumoconiose de maior prevalência no Brasil, sendo a maioria dos casos proveniente do Estado de Minas Gerais. Apesar de ser uma doença evitável, continuam ocorrendo epidemias localizadas. Objetivo: Descrever o perfil dos trabalhadores atendidos no Ambulatório de Doenças Profissionais do Hospital das Clínicas da Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. Material e métodos: Foram estudados 300 prontuários de trabalhadores expostos à sílica em diversas atividades profissionais, atendidos no período de 1989 a 2000, sendo analisados dados clínico-ocupacionais, espirométricos e radiológicos. Realizaram-se análises univariadas, utilizando o teste do qui-quadrado e teste t. Resultados e conclusão: A média de idade dos pacientes expostos foi de 51 anos, com tempo médio de exposição de 15,6 anos. Diagnosticaram-se radiologicamente 126 (42% casos de silicose, constatando-se que, quanto mais avançada a categoria radiológica da doença, piores foram os resultados à espirometria e mais freqüentes as associações com tuberculose e com limitação crônica ao fluxo aéreo. O mercado de trabalho formal representou o principal vínculo empregatício, sendo a mineração a principal atividade exercida, responsável pela exposição de 197 indivíduos (66%. Os trabalhadores do mercado informal foram aqueles que apresentaram achados radiológicos indicativos de formas mais avançadas da doença, sugerindo piores condições de exposição à sílica, neste grupo de trabalhadores.Introduction: Silicosis is the most prevalent pneumoconiosis in Brazil, with most of the registered cases occurring in the State of Minas Gerais. Although it is a preventable disease, silicosis is still epidemic in some areas. Objective: To describe the profile of workers seen at the Clinics Hospital of the Federal University of Minas Gerais. Patients and methods: 300 medical records of silica-exposed workers in different occupations, seen

  16. [Clinical effect of latamoxef on newborn and premature infants].

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    Takimoto, M; Oka, T; Yoshioka, H; Tsuchida, A; Sanae, N; Maruyama, S

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    Eleven infants ranging 2 days to 3 months of age were studied for clinical evaluation. Ten of them were diagnosed as sepsis or suspected to be septic. Another one contracted umbilical infection. In 7 of 10 cases, causative bacteria were detected by blood culture, that is S. epidermidis in 3 cases, E. cloacae in 2 cases, K. pneumoniae in 1 case and A. calcoaceticus in another. Those infants were treated by parenteral LMOX. Dosage was 30 to 75 mg/kg per day. Clinical results were excellent in 6 cases (3 cases of S. epidermidis, 2 of E. cloacae and 1 of K. pneumoniae) and good in another case (A. calcoaceticus). The other 3 infants clinically diagnosed as sepsis but not proven by blood culture were also treated successfully. The result of the umbilical infection in 1 case was good. Another group of 5 infants ranging 4 to 22 days of age were also treated by LMOX because of suspected bacterial infections. With these infants pharmacokinetic study was done. Peak serum levels after 1 hour drip infusion of 20 mg/kg ranged from 43 to 53 micrograms/ml. Average of half-lives was 2.7 hours. Estimation of distribution volume resulted in 350 to 523 ml/kg body weight.

  17. 8. Are nurse-led prosthetic valve anticoagulation clinics effective?

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    F. Obeid

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    Full Text Available Valvular heart disease is a major and serious healthcare issue. There is an increasing evidence that Nurse-led anticoagulation clinics may improve patients’ management and care.This is a retrospective comparison study that included the first 94 patients enrolled in the Nurse Led Prosthetic Valve Anticoagulation Clinic (PVATC in King Abdul-Aziz Cardiac Centre between April and June 2013, and received Warfarin by General Cardiology Clinics for one year pre enrollment in PVATC, and one year after. Time in Therapeutic Range (TTR of the International Normalized Ratio (INR was calculated and compared between pre and post PVATC enrolment. Other data including demographics and comorbidities were collected and analyzed. Mean age of patients was 53 ± 12.5 years and males were 56%. Atrial fibrillation was found in 37%, Diabetes Mellitus in 28% and Hypertension in 34%. Mean TTR was 72% pre enrollment in PVATC as compared to 78.9% after (P < 0.006. Median TTR was 75% pre, and 81.5% after attending the PVATC (P < 0.0001. 56% of patients pre enrollment had TTR values above 70% threshold, compared to 75% after enrollment. Nurse-Led PVATC has significant impact on the care provided to patients receiving anticoagulation treatment.

  18. Linking audit and clinical effectiveness in the lung tumour service

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    Gorman, Sharon

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    Clinical Audit plays an important role in the evaluation of care and clinical outcomes for all patients. In conjunction with the respiratory nurse specialist a retrospective chart audit of the regional lung cancer service was undertaken at the Midlands Regional Hospital Mullingar (MRHM). The lung cancer service has been established for four years and has set its standards in line with NICE guidelines and Irish guidelines for the clinical management of lung cancer. An audit tool was developed by the audit facilitator in conjunction with the respiratory nurse specialist and key department personnel. The tool aimed to measure length of time taken for key steps in the patients care pathway. A pilot audit was carried out and the tool was evaluated. The audit tool provided accurate recording of information at key points in the patient’s care which allows for a thorough service evaluation. The data collected and analysed gives vital information on the quality of service, and showed where there are deficits in service provision that need to be addressed.

  19. The Effectiveness and Clinical Usability of a Handheld Information Appliance

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    Patricia A. Abbott

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Clinical environments are complex, stressful, and safety critical—heightening the demand for technological solutions that will help clinicians manage health information efficiently and safely. The industry has responded by creating numerous, increasingly compact and powerful health IT devices that fit in a pocket, hook to a belt, attach to eyeglasses, or wheel around on a cart. Untethering a provider from a physical “place” with compact, mobile technology while delivering the right information at the right time and at the right location are generally welcomed in clinical environments. These developments however, must be looked at ecumenically. The cognitive load of clinicians who are occupied with managing or operating several different devices during the process of a patient encounter is increased, and we know from decades of research that cognitive overload frequently leads to error. “Technology crowding,” enhanced by the plethora of mobile health IT, can actually become an additional millstone for busy clinicians. This study was designed to gain a deeper understanding of clinicians’ interactions with a mobile clinical computing appliance (Motion Computing C5 designed to consolidate numerous technological functions into an all-in-one device. Features of usability and comparisons to current methods of documentation and task performance were undertaken and results are described.

  20. Características clínicas e laboratoriais de meningites piogênicas em adultos Clinical and laboratorial characteristics of pyogenic meningitis in adults

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    Irênio Gomes; Rita Lucena; Ailton Melo

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    Foram analisados dados do prontuário de 176 pacientes com idade igual ou superior a 15 anos, internados no Hospital Couto Maia, no período de janeiro de 1990 a dezembro de 1992, em Salvador-BA, com o diagnóstico de meningite piogênica. Observamos, em ordem decrescente, maior percentagem de pacientes com N. meningitidis (56,7%), S. pneumoniae (37,5%) e E.coli. (3,3%). A letalidade foi maior no grupo com meningite pneumocócica. No grupo de indivíduos com meningite por pneumococo verificamos que...

  1. Effect of ELF e.m. fields on metalloprotein redox-active sites

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    De Ninno, A; Ferrari, V; Gerardi, G; Barbaro, F; Badon, T; Bernardini, D

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    The peculiarity of the distribution and geometry of metallic ions in enzymes pushed us to set the hypothesis that metallic ions in active-site act like tiny antennas able to pick up very feeble e.m. signals. Enzymatic activity of Cu2+, Zn2+ Superoxide Dismutase (SOD1) and Fe2+ Xanthine Oxidase (XO) has been studied, following in vitro generation and removal of free radicals. We observed that Superoxide radicals generation by XO is increased by a weak field having the Larmor frequency fL of Fe2+ while the SOD1 kinetics is sensibly reduced by exposure to a weak field having the frequency fL of Cu2+ ion.

  2. Toxicologia do praguicida aldicarb ("chumbinho": aspectos gerais, clínicos e terapêuticos em cães e gatos Aldicarb toxicology: general, clinic and therapeutic features in dogs and cats

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    Fabiana Galtarossa Xavier

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    Full Text Available O aldicarb (Temik®, um agente anticolinesterásico carbamato vulgarmente conhecido como "chumbinho", é considerado um dos praguicidas mais tóxicos disponíveis comercialmente. No Brasil, embora seja registrado para uso agrícola exclusivo, tem sido freqüentemente apontado como o responsável por diversos casos de intoxicação em seres humanos e em animais. Desta forma, o presente estudo faz uma abordagem da toxicologia deste agente, enfocando as propriedades químicas, a toxicocinética, a toxicodinâmica, o diagnóstico e os aspectos clínicos e terapêuticos da intoxicação em cães e gatos.Aldicarb (Temik®, an anticholinesterase inhibitor of the carbamate group known as ‘chumbinho’, is one of the most toxic of registered pesticides, and has its use restricted to agriculture in Brazil. In spite of it, aldicarb is being very often involved in severe intoxication in humans and animals. It is largely and illegally sold as rodenticide and often used in baits for intentional poisoning of companion animals. Because of this the aldicarb toxicology was reviewed empathizing its chemical properties, toxicokinetic, toxicodynamic, diagnostic and the clinical and therapeutics aspects in dogs and cats.

  3. Apresentação clínica da doença de Chagas crônica em indivíduos idosos Clinical presentation of chronic Chagas disease in elderly individuals

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    Eros Antonio de Almeida

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    Full Text Available Com o objetivo de avaliar a apresentação clínica da doença de Chagas em idosos foi realizado estudo retrospectivo utilizando-se os prontuários de doentes atendidos em ambulatório de referência. A casuística foi dividida em idosos (> 60 anos e não idosos. Avaliou-se: sexo, co-morbidades, forma clínica, eletrocardiograma e títulos das sorologias. Idosos (61 casos: média de idade de 66,0 ± 5 anos, 67,2% do sexo feminino; comorbidades em 59%, mais freqüente a hipertensão arterial sistêmica (HAS= 39,3%; forma indeterminada= 1,6%, forma cardíaca= 88,5%, forma digestiva= 36,1%; alterações freqüentes no eletrocardiograma: bloqueio divisional ântero-superior esquerdo (BDASE= 41%, bloqueio completo de ramo direito (BCRD= 32,8%, extra-sístole ventricular (EV=22,9%. Não idosos (61 casos: média de idade: 39,30±8,36 anos, 54,1% do sexo feminino; comorbidades em 50,8%, mais freqüente a HAS (26,2%; forma indeterminada= 18% (pThis study had the aim of evaluating the clinical presentation of chronic Chagas disease among the elderly. It was a retrospective analysis of clinical records at an outpatient referral service. The sample was divided into two groups: elderly (> 60 years old and non-elderly. Sex, comorbidities, clinical form, electrocardiogram and serological titers were evaluated. In the elderly group (61 cases, the mean age was 66.03 ± 5 years; 67.2% were female; 59% presented comorbidities (most frequently systemic arterial hypertension, in 39.3%; 1.6% had the indeterminate clinical form, 88.5% the cardiac form and 36% the digestive form; and abnormalities were frequently found on electrocardiograms: 41% presented anterosuperior left bundle branch block (AS-LBBB, 32.8% presented right bundle branch block (RBBB and 22.9% presented ventricular ectopic beats (VEB. In the non-elderly group (61 cases, the mean age was 39.30 ± 8.36 years; 54.1% were female; 50.8% presented comorbidities (most frequently systemic arterial

  4. Effect of hyaluronan on periodontitis: A clinical and histological study

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    Gauri Gontiya

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    Full Text Available Background: Conventional, non-surgical periodontal therapy consists of supra- and subgingival tooth debridement. However, it is a technically demanding procedure and is not always efficient at eradicating all periodontal pathogens and in reducing inflammation. Therefore, local subgingival application of other chemotherapeutic agents may be used as an adjunct to non-surgical therapy. The aim of this study was to investigate the clinical and histological outcomes of local subgingival application of 0.2% hyaluronic acid gel (GENGIGEL® as an adjunct to scaling and root planing (SRP in chronic periodontitis patients. Materials and Methods: One hundred and twenty sites were chosen from 26 patients with chronic periodontitis (criteria being periodontal pockets ≥5mm. Experimental sites additionally received HA gel subgingivally at baseline, 1 st , 2 nd , and 3 rd week. Clinical parameters were re-assessed at 4 th , 6 th , and 12 th week. At 4 th week recall, a gingival biopsy was obtained from test and control site for histologic examination. Results: Intra-group analysis of all the clinical parameters at all sites from baseline to 4 th , 6 th , and 12 th week showed statistically significant changes. Experimental sites showed statistically significant improvement in Gingival index and Bleeding index at 6 th and 12 th week when compared with control sites. However, no statistically significant differences were observed in the PPD and RAL between control and experimental sites at 4 th , 6 th , and 12 th week time interval. No statistically significant association was found between the histological grading of the sites that received HA treatment. Conclusion: Subgingival placement of 0.2% HA gel along with SRP provided a significant improvement in gingival parameters. However, no additional benefit was found in periodontal parameters. Histologically, experimental sites showed reduced inflammatory infiltrate, but it was not statistically significant.

  5. Ética organizacional: um estudo em clínicas oftalmológicas Organizational ethics: a study in ophthalmologic clinics

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Pesquisar no campo da ética organizacional para averiguar até que ponto as clínicas oftalmológicas, imersas no ambiente competitivo, na condição de organizações em busca de sobrevivência, subordinam a ética à competitividade na práxis gerencial, isto é, na esfera da administração. MÉTODOS: Toma Kohlberg como referencial teórico, abordando o tema da subordinação ética à competitividade. Aplicou instrumento para avaliar comportamentos morais das organizações, elaborado por Licht. Faz uso de método quantitativo, adotando instrumentos analíticos, tais como Q de Yule e testes não paramétricos, no tratamento dos dados de 41 clínicas oftalmológicas. RESULTADOS: Os resultados da pesquisa parecem indicar que administradores de clínicas oftalmológicas de maior desempenho, subjugam os princípios éticos à competitividade, com vistas a assegurar a sobrevivência da empresa e, quando aferidos pelo instrumento para avaliar seu comportamento moral, proposto por Kohlberg, têm presença significativamente menor no estágio pós-convencional do que administradores de clínicas oftalmológicas de menor desempenho. Pode-se afirmar, de acordo com os testes não paramétricos, que, ao nível de significância de 0,05, os níveis de desenvolvimento moral dos dois grupos diferem significativamente. CONCLUSÕES: Os resultados obtidos estão conforme a literatura, especialmente no tocante ao "paradoxo da subordinação ética e competitividade". Vão também ao encontro de que a garantia da sobrevivência da empresa tende a diminuir a percepção dos grupos no poder no que se refere aos problemas ocorridos na comunidade e que ocorre redução dos valores éticos subordinados à competição, redução esta que provoca sentimentos crescentes de disputas econômicas na esfera social.PURPOSE: Research on the field of organizational ethics to investigate to which extent ophthalmologic clinics, inserted in the competitive atmosphere

  6. ALOE VERA: A REVIEW OF ITS CLINICAL EFFECTIVENESS

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    Full Text Available Aloe vera has been used for over five thousand years. Throughout history, it has been considered a magical plant, almost a panacea, capable of remedying many of mankind’s ailments. It is only in the last 20 years, after a series of proven research, that we can highlight the characteristics of this plant, whose secrets have been hidden behind a blanket of botanical and pharmacological puzzles that only today begin to yield some answers. The Aloe vera plant and its clinical uses are briefly reviewed in this article.

  7. Creating an effective clinical registry for rare diseases.

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    D'Agnolo, Hedwig Ma; Kievit, Wietske; Andrade, Raul J; Karlsen, Tom Hemming; Wedemeyer, Heiner; Drenth, Joost Ph

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    The exposure of clinicians to patients with rare gastrointestinal diseases is limited. This hurts clinical studies, which impedes accumulation of scientific knowledge on the natural disease course, treatment outcomes and prognosis in these patients. An excellent method to detect patterns on an aggregate level that would not be possible to discover in individual cases, is a registry study. This paper aims to describe a template to create a successful international registry for rare diseases. We focus mainly on rare hepatic diseases, but lessons from this paper serve other fields in medicine, as well.

  8. Creating an effective clinical registry for rare diseases

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    D’Agnolo, Hedwig MA; Kievit, Wietske; Andrade, Raul J; Karlsen, Tom Hemming; Wedemeyer, Heiner

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    The exposure of clinicians to patients with rare gastrointestinal diseases is limited. This hurts clinical studies, which impedes accumulation of scientific knowledge on the natural disease course, treatment outcomes and prognosis in these patients. An excellent method to detect patterns on an aggregate level that would not be possible to discover in individual cases, is a registry study. This paper aims to describe a template to create a successful international registry for rare diseases. We focus mainly on rare hepatic diseases, but lessons from this paper serve other fields in medicine, as well. PMID:27403298

  9. Aspectos clínicos e patogenéticos da intoxicação por abamectina em bezerros Clinical and pathogenetic aspects of abamectin poisoning in calves

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    Josilene N. Seixas

    2006-09-01

    Full Text Available Estudaram-se os aspectos clínico-patológicos e patogenéticos verificados após a administração experimental subcutânea de diferentes doses de abamectina em nove bezerros. Também são apresentados os dados clínico-patológicos sobre a ocorrência de intoxicação iatrogênica por essa droga que resultaram em 74 mortes em bovinos nos Estados do Rio Grande do Sul, Pará, Maranhão, Paraíba e Mato Grosso do Sul. No presente estudo, dos nove bezerros submetidos à administração experimental, cinco morreram (quatro que receberam doses únicas de 6-10 vezes superior à recomendada e um que recebeu diariamente a dose terapêutica durante 11 dias. A intoxicação por abamectina induz a disfunções neurológicas, caracterizadas por uma fase inicial de hiperexcitabilidade, seguida por hipotonia muscular generalizada e depressão progressiva. Nenhuma alteração macroscópica ou microscópica foi observada no sistema nervoso central ou em qualquer outro órgão. Conclui-se que a abamectina é um medicamento que deve ser utilizado com restrições, pois há riscos de morte quando utilizado em bezerros jovens, até mesmo na dose terapêutica.Clinic-pathological aspects and the pathogenesis of experimental abamectin poisoning were studied, after subcutaneous administration of different abamectin doses in 9 calves, as well as the clini-cal and pathological aspects of 74 cases of the iatrogenic poisoning with this drug in cattle, which occurred in the states of Rio Grande do Sul, Pará, Maranhão, Paraíba and Mato Grosso do Sul. From the 9 calves submitted to experimental administration of single doses, 5 calves died (4 calves received doses 6-10 times higher than recommended, and one received the therapeutic daily dose during 11 days. Abamectin poisoning induces neurological dysfunctions, characterized by an initial phase of hyperexcitability, followed by widespread muscular hypotony and progressive depression. No macroscopic or microscopic

  10. Efeitos de priming semântico em tarefa de decisão lexical em crianças de 3ª série Semantic priming effects during lexical decision task with 3rd grade children

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    Jerusa Fumagalli de Salles

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available No paradigma de priming semântico, mede-se a acurácia e velocidade de resposta ao estímulo-alvo, precedido por palavra semanticamente relacionada ou não relacionada (primes. Este trabalho apresenta um estudo pré-experimental de normas de associação semântica de palavras em 156 crianças e um estudo experimental, que avalia o efeito de priming semântico em 24 crianças em uma tarefa de decisão lexical. O experimento mostrou que as decisões lexicais para alvos reais foram significativamente mais lentas e menos precisas na condição prime não relacionado comparado à condição prime relacionado. Conclui-se que houve efeitos de priming semântico no reconhecimento visual de palavras em crianças, ou seja, o contexto semântico pré-ativou a representação da palavra alvo, facilitando a decisão lexical na condição de relação semântica.In the semantic priming paradigm, accuracy and reaction time to a target-stimulus that is preceded by a prime (semantic related or unrelated to the target are measured. This paper presents a pre-experimental study on word semantic association norms with 156 children and an experimental study that evaluated the effect of semantic priming in 24 children during a lexical decision task. Results showed that the lexical decisions for real targets were significantly slower and less accurate in the unrelated prime condition than in the related one. It means that there were semantic priming effects in children during visual recognition of words, that is, the semantic context pre-activated the target word representation, facilitating the lexical decision in the semantic related condition.

  11. CLINICAL STUDY TO ASSESS THE EFFECT OF YOGA BASTI IN GRIDHRASI

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    Lohith, B. A.; Girish K.J

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    Gridhrasi is one of the most common disorders of Vata and frequently physician is called upon to manage painful condition in clinical practice. Symptoms of Gridhrasi simulate with Sciatica. The present ‘Clinical study was carried out to assess effect of yoga Basti in Gridhrasi. As Bastikarma is the most important among the Panchakarma for the management of Vatavyadi. In this clinical study, 10 patients received one sitting of yoga Basti, where five Anuvasana basti with the Sahacharadi taila a...

  12. Effects of topical 2% cyclosporine A on the corneas of dogs subjected to lamellar keratoplasty with a graft of equine pericardium preserved in glycerin: clinical and morphological evaluation Efeitos da aplicação tópica da ciclosporina A a 2% sobre a córnea de cães submetidos à ceratoplastia lamelar com implante de pericárdio de eqüino preservado em glicerina: avaliação clínica e morfológica

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    Roseli Borges Teixeira

    2004-02-01

    Full Text Available The effects of topical 2% cyclosporine A on the cornea of dogs subjected to experimental lamellar keratoplasty with an equine pericardial graft were evaluated. Ten dogs were grouped to be evaluated 3, 7, 15, 30 and 60 days after surgery. Animals received bilateral grafts followed by the application of a 2% cyclosporine A ointment on the left eye (treated eye and the ointment base on the right eye (control eye twice a day. The ophthalmic evaluation showed profound bilateral blepharospasm, photophobia and a mucous secretion until the 7th day after surgery; corneal vascularization starting in the limbus was observed as early as the 3rd day in both eyes; opacification and vascularization were more intense in the treated cornea on days 15 and 30 after surgery. Vascularization was still evident on the 60th day, and looked similar in treated eyes and control eyes. The histologic evaluation showed a complete bilateral reepithelization and corneal vascularization three days after the surgery; intense vascularization in both eyes on days 15 and 30, that was much more pronounced in the treated cornea; and a bilateral predominance of polymorphonuclear cells until day 15, and mononuclear cells on day 30. Intact epithelium and stroma with new vessels, as well as graft absorption, in both eyes, were seen on the 60th day. The lamellar keratoplasty with equine pericardial graft was an effective model to study the inflammatory kinetics and corneal vascularization phenomenon. In this study, cyclosporine A did not inhibit corneal vascularization and it did not interfere in the corneal cicatricial process.Foram avaliados os efeitos da ciclosporina A a 2% sobre a córnea de cães submetidos à ceratoplastia lamelar experimental com implante de pericárdio de equino. Dez cães foram divididos em grupos para estudo aos três, sete, 15, 30 e 60 dias de pós-operatório, recebendo implantes bilaterais e em seguida aplicação da pomada com ciclosporina A a 2% no olho

  13. Challenges conducting comparative effectiveness research: the Clinical and Health Outcomes Initiative in Comparative Effectiveness (CHOICE experience

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    Friedly JL

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Janna L Friedly,1,4 Zoya Bauer,2,4 Bryan A Comstock,3,4 Emily DiMango,5 Assiamira Ferrara,6 Susan S Huang,7 Elliot Israel,8 Jeffrey G Jarvik,2,4 Andrew A Nierenberg,9 Michael K Ong,10 David F Penson,11 Rebecca Smith-Bindman,12 Arthur E Stillman,13 William M Vollmer,6 Stephen M Warren,14 Chunliu Zhan,15 David Chu-Wen Hsia,15 Anne Trontell15 1Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, 2Department of Radiology, 3Department of Biostatistics, 4Comparative Effectiveness, Cost and Outcomes Research Center, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 5Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY, 6Kaiser Foundation Research Institute, Oakland, 7Division of Infectious Diseases and Health Policy Research Institute, University of California Irvine School of Medicine, Irvine, CA, 8Harvard Medical School, Pulmonary and Critical Care, Allergy and Immunology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, 9Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, 10Division of General Internal Medicine & Health Services Research, Department of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, 11Vanderbilt University and Tennessee Valley VAHCC, Nashville, TN, 12Departments of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, Health Policy, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of California, San Francisco, SF, 13Emory University, Atlanta, GA, 14Department of Plastic Surgery, Division of Clinical and Translational Research, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, NY, 15Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD, USA Abstract: The Clinical and Health Outcomes Initiative in Comparative Effectiveness (CHOICE program, which includes 12 ongoing comparative effectiveness research (CER trials funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, has had firsthand experience in dealing with the unique challenges of conducting CER since the trials started in the fall of 2010. This paper will explore the collective experience

  14. Clinical effects of laser immunotherapy on metastatic cancer patients

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    Naylor, Mark F.; Lam, Anh K.; Bahavar, Cody F.; Nordquist, Robert E.; Chen, Wei R.

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    Clinical trials of late-stage breast cancer patients and late-stage melanoma patients treated by laser immunotherapy (LIT) have shown promising results. In a 2010 study of Li et al, eleven late-stage melanoma patients received LIT in one or multiple 6-week treatment cycles applied to a 200-cm2 treatment site, which usually contained multiple cutaneous metastases. Long-term, positive response was observed in six patients. All lesions in the treatment area of the patients responded to LIT, eight of which achieved complete local response (CLR). CLR was observed in the non-treatment site (regional) lesions in four patients. Five patients were still alive at the time of last follow-up. The probability of 12-month overall survival was 70%.2 In 2011, Li et al, treated ten late stage breast cancer patients with LIT.1 In 8 patients available for evaluation, the objective response rate was 62.5% and the clinical beneficial response rate was 75%.1 This review demonstrates that LIT is safe and well tolerated, so it can be easily applied on an outpatient basis and can be combined with other pharmaceutical modalities to improve the therapeutic response of metastatic cancers.

  15. Síndrome de Möbius: achados clínicos e cirúrgicos em 7 pacientes Möbius syndrome: clinical and surgical findings in 7 patients

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    Galton Carvalho Vasconcelos

    2001-06-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: Avaliar o quadro clínico, as anormalidades gestacionais e de parto e os resultados na cirurgia de estrabismo em pacientes com síndrome de Möbius. Métodos: Foram estudados, retrospectivamente, 7 pacientes com diagnóstico de síndrome de Möbius, dos quais 6 foram submetidos à cirurgia de estrabismo. Resultados: Além dos achados clássicos que caracterizam a síndrome, em todos os casos estudados observaram-se alterações gestacionais ou de parto. Em 2 pacientes encontrou-se no per-operatório, inserção posteriorizada do reto medial. Graças à fixação cruzada, esses pacientes geralmente não desenvolvem ambliopia. Conclusão: A cirurgia, quando indicada, deve constar apenas dos retrocessos musculares e acredita-se que o planejamento cirúrgico deva ser menor do que o feito em casos de paralisia isolada do nervo abducente de mesmo valor.Purpose: To evaluate clinical features, pregnancy and labour abnormalities and the results of strabismus surgery in patients with Möbius syndrome. Methods: The authors studied retrospectively 7 patients with Möbius syndrome, of whom 6 were submitted to strabismus surgery. Results: In addition to the classical findings that characterize the syndrome, pregnancy and labour insults were observed in all cases. In 2 patients a posterior medial rectus insertion was found during surgery. Due to cross-fixation, these patients usually do not develop amblyopia. Conclusions: Surgery should consist of muscle recessions, but recessing them less than it would be done for similar isolated abducens palsy.

  16. Efeitos da calagem em semedura direta de milho Effect of lime application on no-tillage corn

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    Josinei Antonio Tissi

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available As conseqüências das alterações químicas do solo, decorrentes da calagem na superfície, sobre o crescimento radicular e a nutrição do milho cultivado em semeadura direta são pouco conhecidas. Com o objetivo de avaliar os efeitos da aplicação superficial de calcário nos atributos químicos do solo, no crescimento de raízes e na nutrição da planta de milho, e seus reflexos sobre o rendimento de grãos, foi realizado um experimento em Latossolo Vermelho distrófico textura muito argilosa, manejado há seis anos em semeadura direta, em Tibagi (PR. Os tratamentos, aplicados em parcelas de 44,8 m², foram dispostos em blocos completos ao acaso com quatro repetições e constaram da aplicação de quatro doses de calcário dolomítico na superfície: 0, 1, 2 e 3 t.ha-1 (PRNT = 100%. As doses de calcário (27% de CaO, 20% de MgO e 85% de PRNT foram baseadas no requerimento de 1/3, 2/3 e na quantidade total calculada para elevar a saturação por bases do solo, na camada de 0-20 cm, a 70%. A calagem, após 22 meses, aumentou o pH em CaCl2 0,01 mol.L-1, os teores de Ca e Mg trocáveis e a saturação por bases, e reduziu os teores de H + Al e de Al trocável, na camada superficial do solo (0-10 cm, e ocasionou aumento de Ca trocável e redução de Al trocável no subsolo (20-40 cm. A aplicação superficial de doses de calcário não alterou o comprimento e a distribuição relativa de raízes de milho até a profundidade de 40 cm, reduziu o raio médio de raízes e aumentou a absorção de P, Ca, Mg e S pelas plantas, sem causar reflexos sobre o rendimento de grãos. Os teores de Cu, Fe, Mn e Zn no solo e no tecido foliar do milho, bem como sua absorção pelas plantas, não foram alterados com a aplicação de calcário na superfície.The effects of superficial lime application on chemical soil attributes under no-tillage systems and its influence on root growth and mineral nutrition in maize crops have not been thoroughly investigated

  17. Efeito do cálcio no controle da Hypsipila grandella em mudas de mogno cultivadas em hidroponia Effect of the calcium in the control of the Hypsipila grandella in young mahogany cultivated in hidroponics system

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    Sandra Andréa Santos da Silva

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    Full Text Available Este trabalho teve como objetivo avaliar o teor de cálcio e o efeito do ataque da lagarta H. grandella em plantas jovens de mogno (S. macrophylla, cultivadas em função de diferentes épocas de aplicação de doses crescentes de cálcio no substrato sílica moída, utilizando sistema hidropônico. O experimento foi instalado em casa de vegetação na Universidade Federal Rural da Amazônia (UFRA, Belém-PA, de setembro de 2004 a fevereiro de 2005. Utilizou-se cinco doses de cálcio (0, 80, 160, 240, 320 mg Ca.L-1, em solução nutritiva proposta por Hoagland & Arnon, modificada por Epstein (1975. O delineamento experimental foi inteiramente casualizado (DIC, as variáveis utilizadas para avaliação foram a susceptibilidade do mogno ao ataque da broca H. grandella, comprimento da galeria da broca e o teor de cálcio no caule. Foi realizado um DIC com cinco doses de cálcio, cinco repetições cada, e duas épocas de inoculação da broca. Utilizou-se regressões lineares simples para interpretação dos dados. Através da pesquisa, conclui-se que a aplicação de doses de cálcio, em solução nutritiva, reduziu o comprimento da galeria de infecção e exerce eficiente ação no controle do ataque da praga em plantas de mogno.The objective of this research was to evaluate the leaf level of calcium and the effect attack by caterpillar H. grandella to young mahogany (S. macrophylla plants cultivated in a nutritive solution. This solution was that proposed by Hoagland and Arnon modified by Epstein (1975. The experiment was carried out in the greenhouse of the Federal Rural University of Amazonas (UFRA, at Belem, Para, from September 2004 to February 2005. A split plot experimental desing with five replicates was used. The plots were five doses of calcium (0, 80, 160, 240, 320 mg Ca.L-1 and the subplots two times of harvesting the plants (189 e 211 days after planting for the variables sensitivity of mahogany seedlings to attack of the drill

  18. Apoptotic effects of inositol hexaphosphate on biomarker Itpr3 in induced colon rat carcinogenesis Efeito de apoptose do inositol hexafosfato no marcador biológico Itpr3 em carcinogênese induzida de colo em ratos

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    Marks Guido

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To study the effect of the modulation of inositol hexaphosphate (IP6 in the biological immunohistochemistry expression of cellular signaling marker apoptosis, in model of carcinogenesis of colon induced by azoxymethane (AOM. METHODS: Wistar rats (N=112 distributed in 4 groups (n=28: Control; B, AOM (5 mg kg-1, 2x, to break week 3; C, IP6 (in water 1%, six weeks; D, IP6+AOM. Weekly euthanasia (n=7, from week three. Immunohistochemistry of ascendant colon with biological marker inositol 1,4,5 triphosphate receptor type III (Itpr3. Quantification of the immune-expression with use of computer-assisted image processing. Analysis statistics of the means between groups, weeks in groups, groups in weeks, and established significance when pOBJETIVO: Estudar os efeitos da modulação do inositol hexafosfato (IP6 na expressão imunoistoquímica de marcador biológico de sinalização celular de apoptose, em modelo de carcinogênese induzida pelo azoximetano (AOM. MÉTODOS: Ratos Wistar (N=112 distribuídos em 4 grupos (n=28: A, controle; B, AOM (5 mg Kg-1, 2x, a partir semana 3; C, IP6 (em água a 1%, seis semanas; D, IP6+AOM. Eutanásia semanal (n=7, a partir de semana três. Imunoistoquímica de colo ascendente com marcador biológico inositol 1,4,5 trisphosphate receptor type III (Itpr3. Quantificação da imunoexpressão com uso de processamento imagem assistida computador. Análise estatística da expressão média entre grupos, semanas em grupos e grupos em semanas, e estabelecido significância quando p<0.05. RESULTADOS: Evidenciou-se diferença significante entre grupos na expressão de Itpr3, p<0.0001; com diminuição Itpr3 de grupo BxD, p<0.001. CONCLUSÃO: O inositol hexafostato promove a modulação de marcador biológico com diminuição Itpr3 em carcinogênese de colo.

  19. Aspectos clínicos em 16 pacientes com diagnóstico tomográfico de esquizencefalia Clinical findings in 16 patients with tomographic diagnosis of schizencephaly

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    Maria do Carmo de Souza Rodrigues

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Correlacionar o quadro clínico de um grupo de crianças com diagnóstico tomográfico de esquizencefalia com a extensão e localização das fendas. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: Estudo retrospectivo de prontuários do arquivo dos serviços de Neurologia e Genética Médica do Instituto Fernandes Figueira e Hospital Municipal Jesus, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil, no período de 2000 a 2003. Foram incluídos 16 pacientes, nove do sexo feminino e sete do sexo masculino, com diagnóstico tomográfico de esquizencefalia e analisados quanto a aspectos da tomografia computadorizada, desenvolvimento neuropsicomotor, déficit motor e cognitivo e epilepsia. RESULTADOS: Predominaram as fendas bilaterais em 10:16 pacientes, lábios abertos em 23:27 fendas e pequenas em 11:27 fendas. Das anomalias associadas à esquizencefalia, a ausência de septo pelúcido foi a mais freqüente (10:16 pacientes. Dos aspectos clínicos, 15 pacientes apresentaram atraso do desenvolvimento e déficit motor; seis apresentaram déficit cognitivo e dez apresentaram epilepsia. Em três pacientes observamos discordância entre o quadro clínico e o tamanho das fendas: embora as fendas fossem pequenas, o quadro clínico foi intenso, em virtude de presença de outras anomalias cerebrais. CONCLUSÃO: O quadro clínico guarda relação com o tamanho das fendas, independentemente da lateralidade, sendo mais intenso quando há associação com outras anomalias cerebrais.OBJECTIVE: To establish a correlation between clinical features in a group of children with tomographic diagnosis of schizencephaly and clefts extent and localization. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective study of dossiers from the archives of Neurology and Medical Genetics Services at Instituto Fernandes Figueira/Fiocruz and Hospital Municipal Jesus, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil, in the period between 2000 and 2003. The study included 16 patients, nine female and seven male, with tomographic diagnosis of schizencephaly

  20. Perfil clínico-epidemiológico das doenças sexualmente transmissíveis em crianças atendidas em um centro de referência na cidade de Manaus, Amazonas, Brasil Clinical and epidemiological profile of sexually transmitted diseases in children attending a referral center in the city of Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil

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    Carla Barros da Rocha Ribas

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    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTOS: Doenças Sexualmente Transmissíveis em crianças permanecem um problema de saúde pública pouco estudado, sendo ainda necessários esclarecimentos sobre seu manejo e a relação destas com o abuso sexual infantil. OBJETIVOS: Descrever o perfil clínico-epidemiológico das Doenças Sexualmente Transmissíveis em crianças atendidas em centro de referência na cidade de Manaus. MÉTODOS: Realizou-se estudo descritivo exploratório para verificar características clínicas, epidemiológicas e laboratoriais das Doenças Sexualmente Transmissíveis em crianças atendidas durante o período de janeiro/2003 a dezembro/2007. RESULTADOS: Foram incluídas no estudo 182 crianças que apresentavam DST. A maioria era do sexo feminino (65,4% e de cor parda; a média de idade foi de 8,5 anos; 89% eram procedentes da cidade de Manaus; os pais foram os principais acompanhantes na consulta; verruga genital foi o principal diagnóstico em ambos os sexos; e, 90,1% apresentavam apenas uma DST. CONCLUSÃO: As frequências e características clínicas das DST nas crianças do estudo não diferiram do encontrado na literatura. Embora, com base em sinais e sintomas referentes tão somente às DST nas crianças, não se tenham parâmetros fidedignos de confirmação de abuso, deve-se sempre estar alerta para esta possibilidade, visto que estas doenças podem ser sinalizadoras de ofensas sexuais, por vezes, dissimuladas e repetidas.BACKGROUND: Sexually transmitted diseases in children remain a public health concern that is relatively ignored. Further data are required on the management of these diseases and their association with child sexual abuse. OBJECTIVES: To describe the clinical and epidemiological profile of sexually transmitted diseases in children receiving care at a referral center in the city of Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. METHODS: A descriptive, exploratory study was conducted to evaluate the clinical, epidemiological and laboratory

  1. The effects of glutamine-supplemented diet on the intestinal mucosa of the malnourished growing rat Os efeitos de dieta com suplementação de glutamina sobre a mucosa intestinal do rato desnutrido em crescimento

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    Uenis Tannuri

    2000-06-01

    Full Text Available Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in the blood and plays a key role in the response of the small intestine to systemic injuries. Mucosal atrophy is an important phenomenon that occurs in some types of clinical injury, such as states of severe undernutrition. Glutamine has been shown to exert powerful trophic effects on the gastrointestinal mucosa after small bowel resection or transplant, radiation injury, surgical trauma, ischemic injury and administration of cytotoxic drugs. Since no study has been performed on the malnourished animal, we examined whether glutamine exerts a trophic effect on the intestinal mucosa of the malnourished growing rat. Thirty-five growing female rats (aged 21 days were divided into 4 groups: control - chow diet; malnutrition diet; malnutrition+chow diet; and malnutrition+glutamine-enriched chow diet (2%. For the first 15 days of the experiment, animals in the test groups received a malnutrition diet, which was a lactose-enriched diet designed to induce diarrhea and malnutrition. For the next 15 days, these animals received either the lactose-enriched diet, a regular chow diet or a glutamine-enriched chow diet. After 30 days, the animals were weighed, sacrificed, and a section of the jejunum was taken and prepared for histological examination. All the animals had similar weights on day 1 of experiment, and feeding with the lactose-enriched diet promoted a significant decrease in body weight in comparison to the control group. Feeding with both experimental chow-based diets promoted significant body weight gains, although the glutamine-enriched diet was more effective. RESULTS: The morphological and morphometric analyses demonstrated that small intestinal villous height was significantly decreased in the malnourished group, and this change was partially corrected by the two types of chow-based diet. Crypt depth was significantly increased by malnutrition, and this parameter was partially corrected by the two

  2. Satisfação de pacientes protetizados em um serviço de alta complexidade Satisfaction of patients fit with a hearing aid in a high complexity clinic

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    Fernanda Soares Aurélio

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available O processo de seleção e adaptação de próteses auditivas só será eficaz e terá bons resultados se o indivíduo fizer uso efetivo deste dispositivo. Para isto, é necessário que o mesmo esteja satisfeito com os resultados sentidos. OBJETIVO: Verificar a satisfação auditiva de pacientes adultos e idosos protetizados em um serviço de alta complexidade, credenciado ao Sistema Único de Saúde, e relacionar este achado com as variáveis idade, gênero, tempo de adaptação, tempo de uso diário e tipo de aparelho de amplificação sonora. MÉTODO: Estudo transversal de caráter descritivo no qual foram avaliados 60 sujeitos com utilização do questionário Satisfaction with Amplification in Daily Life, aplicado por meio de apresentação oral, em entrevista individual, pelas pesquisadoras. Este instrumento é dividido nas subescalas efeitos positivos, serviços e custos, fatores negativos e imagem pessoal. RESULTADOS: Foi evidenciado que os sujeitos encontram-se muito satisfeitos com a utilização do aparelho auditivo. Verificou-se diferença significativa ao relacionar o tempo de uso diário dos aparelhos com a satisfação global e o escore da subescala imagem pessoal. CONCLUSÃO: Constatou-se que os participantes do estudo estão muito satisfeitos com a utilização dos aparelhos auditivos, porém, satisfação não tem relação com as variáveis idade, gênero, tempo de adaptação e tipo de dispositivo. De maneira geral, os participantes com maior tempo de uso diário estão mais satisfeitos.The process of selecting and fitting hearing aid devices is only effective and only bring about good outcomes if the individual makes effective use of the device. Therefore, the individuals need to be happy with the outcome. AIM: To check the satisfaction of adults and elderly patients concerning their hearing aid in a high complex care clinic accredited by the Unified Health System, and to correlate this outcome with the variables related to

  3. Daya Cerna Protein Pakan, Kandungan Protein Daging, dan Pertambahan Berat Badan Ayam Broiler setelah Pemberian Pakan yang Difermentasi dengan Effective Microorganisms-4 (EM-4

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    2006-05-01

    Full Text Available Effective Microorganisms-4 ( EM-4 is a mixture consists of photosynthetic bacteria, lactic acid bacteria (Lactobacillus sp, yeast (Saccharomyces sp, Actinomycetes and fermentation mushroom (Aspergillus sp, Penicillium sp. EM-4 able to increase digestibility capacity through the balancing of microorganism in digestive tract. The objectives of the research are to know the influence of giving various concentration of EM-4 fermented feed on feed protein digestibility, meat protein and increasing body weight of broiler chicken. Complete Random Design (RAL involving five treatments with five repetitions were used in this study. The treatments given were subsequently of: addition of 5% (PI, 10% (P2, 15% (P3 and 20% (P4 of starter solution and a control group (P0 without any addition of starter solution. The Broiler Chicken used was 25 broiler cocks produced by CP 707 of PT. Charoen Pokphand Jaya Farma. The protein content was measured by Kjedahl method. Collected data were then analyzed statistically by ANOVA and followed with DMRT test with significance level of 5%. The result of the research indicated that the treatment significantly increased the digestibility of feed protein, meat protein content and increasing of body weight of broiler chicken. The use of EM-4 at the concentration of 15% (P3 increased feed quality and feed efficiency by increasing feed protein content. Therefore, addition of EM-4 fermented feed could increase feed protein digestibility, meat protein content and increasing body weight of broiler chicken.

  4. Clinical and hematological findings in Leishmania braziliensis-infected dogs from Pernambuco, Brazil Achados clínicos e hematológicos em cães infectados por Leishmania braziliensis de Pernambuco, Brasil

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    Luciana Aguiar Figueredo

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Canine cutaneous leishmaniasis by Leishmania braziliensis is a neglected, but widespread disease of dogs in South America. This paper describes clinical and hematological alterations in 17 L. braziliensis-infected dogs from Brazil. The most common hematological findings were thrombocytopenia (82.4%, anemia (70.6%, low packed cell volume (52.9% and eosinophilia (41.2%. Twelve (70.6% dogs displayed at least one evident physical alteration; 11 dogs (64.7% presented skin lesions, four (23.5% had weight loss and two (11.8% onychogryphosis. L. braziliensis-infected dogs present clinical and hematological signs often observed in dogs infected by other pathogens. This indicates that veterinarians and public health workers should not consider the presence of non-specific clinical signs as diagnostic criteria for visceral leishmaniasis in dogs living endemic areas to avoid misdiagnosis and subsequent elimination of dogs infected by L. braziliensis.A leishmaniose cutânea canina causada por Leishmania braziliensis é uma doença negligenciada, mas disseminada entre cães na America do Sul. Este artigo descreve alterações clínicas e hematológicas em 17 cães infectados por L. braziliensis do Brasil. As alterações hematológicas mais comuns foram trombocitopenia (82,4%, anemia (70,6%, baixo valor de hematócrito (52,9% e eosinofilia (41,2%. Doze (70,6% cães apresentaram pelo menos uma alteração física; 11 (64,7% apresentaram lesões cutâneas, quatro (23,5% perda de peso e dois (11,8% onicogrifose. Cães infectados por L. braziliensis apresentaram alterações clínicas e hematológicas inespecíficas que são comumente observadas em cães infectados por outros patógenos. Isso indica que veterinários e profissionais de saúde pública não deveriam considerar a presença de tais sinais clínicos como critério de diagnóstico para leishmaniose visceral em cães, em áreas endêmicas, no intuito de evitar um diagnóstico equivocado e a subsequente

  5. Polioencefalomalacia em bovinos: epidemiologia, sinais clínicos e distribuição das lesões no encéfalo Bovine polioencephalomalacia: epidemiology, clinical signs and distribution of lesions in the brain

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    Fabiano J.F. de Sant'Ana

    2009-07-01

    -hemorrágicas leves ou moderadas foram observadas em 49% dos casos nos núcleos da base, em 39% dos casos no tronco encefálico e em 26% dos casos no tálamo. Lesões telencefálicas foram consistentemente observadas nas lâminas dos córtices dos lobos occipital, parietal e frontal. Nessas regiões as camadas granular externa e interna foram as mais afetadas tanto por neurônios necróticos quanto por edema em todas as regiões avaliadas. Tanto os giros quanto os sulcos foram afetados igualmente.Thirty one cases of polioencephalomalacia (PEM diagnosed from 1999-2008 in cattle from the Southern (13 cases and Midwestern (18 cases Brazil were studied. Morbidity (0.04%-6.66 %, mortality (0.04%-6.66 %, and lethality (50%-100% rates were similar in both regions studied. There was no clear association between PEM cases and age, sex or seasonality. Cases occurred mainly in cattle raised at pasture; in the Southern the disease affected mainly young cattle (one-year old or less while mainly older cattle (three-year-old or older were affected in the Midwest. Clinical signs more frequently observed included blindness, incoordination, circling, opisthotonus, recumbence and peddling movements. Clinical course varied from 12 hours to 8 days (average three days and a half. In 11 cases no gross changes were observed in the brain. Main gross findings in the brain of remaining cases included congestion with swelling and flattening of gyri, softening and yellow discoloration of cerebral cortex, hemorrhagic foci in the brain stem, cerebellum and telencephalon, and cerebellar herniation. The main histopathological changes were in the cortex of occipital, parietal and frontal telencephalic lobes; however less prominent and less frequently found lesions occurred in the hippocampus, basal nuclei, thalamus, midbrain, and cerebellum. The type of microscopic cortical lesions was consistent in all cases and included segmentar laminar neuronal necrosis (red neurons, spongiosis, swollen of vascular endothelial

  6. Effects of a single glucocorticoid injection on propylene glycol-treated cows with clinical ketosis

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    Drift, van der S.G.A.; Houweling, M.; Bouman, Marina; Koets, A.P.; Tielens, A.G.M.; Nielen, M.; Jorritsma, R.

    2015-01-01

    This study investigated the metabolic effects of glucocorticoids when administered to propylene glycol-treated cows with clinical ketosis. Clinical ketosis was defined by depressed feed intake and milk production, and a maximal score for acetoacetate in urine. All cows received 250 mL oral propylene

  7. The Oregon experiment--effects of Medicaid on clinical outcomes

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    Baicker, K.; Taubman, S.L.; Allen, H.L.; Bernstein, M.; Gruber, J.H.; Newhouse, J.P.; Schneider, E.C.; Wright, B.J.; Zaslavsky, A.M.; Finkelstein, A.N.; Carlson, M.; Edlund, T.; Gallia, C.; Smith, J.

    2013-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Despite the imminent expansion of Medicaid coverage for low-income adults, the effects of expanding coverage are unclear. The 2008 Medicaid expansion in Oregon based on lottery drawings from a waiting list provided an opportunity to evaluate these effects. METHODS: Approximately 2 years

  8. Liraglutide and DPP-4 inhibitors - side effects comparative clinical study.

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    Timofte, Luminiţa; Stratmann, Bernd; Quester, Wulf; Bojiţă, Marius Traian; Tschoepe, Diethelm

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    The objective of this study was to monitor the side effects of the GLP-1 receptor agonist liraglutide in comparison to those of DPP-4 inhibitors (sitagliptin and vildagliptin), in order to determine their safety, tolerability and therapeutic efficiency. The study was carried out in the "Heart and Diabetes Center NRW" and included overweight patients with type 2 diabetes whose therapeutic regimen was switched to liraglutide or DPP-4 inhibitors. A validated questionnaire method was used to monitor the side effects during the hospitalization period, then again at 3, and 6 months after the beginning of the therapy. The therapy with liraglutide was associated with more side effects than the one with DPP-4 inhibitors. In general, side effects were declining with time, thus only few patients stopped therapy. The incretin therapy turned out to be a safe and effective therapeutic option for patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

  9. Detecção de doenças sexualmente transmissíveis em ambientes clínicos e não clínicos na Cidade de Salvador, Bahia, Brasil Screening of sexually transmitted diseases in clinical and non-clinical settings in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

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    José Santiago de Codes

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    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar (1 a aceitação de rastreamento para DST em ambientes não clínicos por indivíduos assintomáticos, (2 os fatores de risco e prevalência de DST em ambientes não clínicos e clínicos e (3 o rastreamento não clínico de populações assintomáticas como um método viável para controle das DST. Recrutamos 139 participantes masculinos e 486 femininos entre 18 e 30 anos em clínica de planejamento familiar, escolas e comunidades de baixa renda. Inquirimos os recrutados sobre sintomas de DST e comportamentos de risco para DST/HIV e os testamos para gonorréia, clamídia, sífilis e HIV. Exceto pelo HIV, as mulheres recrutadas diretamente da comunidade apresentavam maior prevalência de DST do que as que procuravam a clínica. O rastreamento das DST em ambientes não clínicos no Brasil é aceitável e vantajoso para jovens em comunidades de baixa renda. Participantes infectados provavelmente nunca teriam procurado assistência, sido testados ou tratados. Medidas para o controle das DST podem ser implementadas em qualquer lugar onde se alcancem as populações de risco e transformadas em rotina nos serviços de saúde, mesmo entre indivíduos com problemas não relacionados com DST.The objectives were to study: (1 acceptance of STD screening in non-clinical settings for asymptomatic individuals; (2 risk factors and STD prevalence among individuals in non-clinical and clinical settings; and (3 non-clinical screening of asymptomatic populations as a feasible method for STD control. We recruited 139 males and 486 females between 18 and 30 years of age from a family planning clinic, schools, and community centers in low-income neighborhoods. We asked about STD symptoms and STD/HIV risk behaviors and tested the individuals for gonorrhea, Chlamydia, syphilis, and HIV. Except for HIV, women recruited directly from the community had higher STD rates than those who came in for care at the clinic. Screening in non-clinical

  10. Terapia floral em gatos domésticos (Felis catus, Linnaeus, 1758 portadores do complexo da doença respiratória felina: estudo clínico e hematológico Flower therapy in domestic cats (Felis catus, Linnaeus, 1758 with feline respiratory disease complex: clinical and hematological study

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    R.F. Araújo

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    Full Text Available A terapia floral é considerada, atualmente, prática médica alternativa utilizada em diversas situações clínicas, constituindo possibilidade a mais de prevenção e cura de muitas doenças de natureza física e emocional. Este estudo objetivou pesquisar o efeito das essências do Sistema Brasileiro de Florais Compostos de Joel Aleixo num mesmo grupo de gatos domésticos com sinais clínicos sugestivos de Doença Respiratória Felina (DRF, tratados em diferentes momentos (M0, M1, M2, M3. Foram utilizados 20 gatos domésticos, de ambos os sexos, sem raça definida, com idade média de 5,63 ± 3,02 anos criados em gatil na UFRPE. Os animais foram submetidos ao tratamento com os florais por via oral em duas etapas. Na primeira etapa com os florais Desintus Total e Helminthus Total por 14 dias, e na segunda etapa com os florais Antibius e Regius por 28 dias. Os resultados observados, quanto aos aspectos clínicos, foram redução de secreção nasal, secreção ocular e estertores pulmonares; desaparecimento de sinais clínicos como fezes alteradas, úlceras na cavidade oral, pêlos eriçados e permanência da hipertrofia dos linfonodos. Quanto aos aspectos hematológicos houve interferência nas variáveis relacionadas ao hemograma (hemoglobina, VCM, CHCM, leucócitos, linfócitos e monócitos. Conclui-se que a terapia floral mostrou-se eficaz em gatos domésticos com sinais sugestivos de DRF criados nas mesmas condições de manejo.Flower therapy is currently considered an alternative medical practice used in several clinical situations, providing another way to prevent and cure many diseases of physical and emotional nature. This study aimed to investigate the effect of essences of the Brazilian Compound Flower System of Joel Aleixo in one same group of domestic cats showing suggestive clinical signs of Feline Respiratory Disease (FRD, treated in different moments (M0, M1, M2, M3. Twenty domestic cats, males and females, of mixed breed, with

  11. Clinical implications of antidepressant drug effects on sexual function.

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    Harvey, K V; Balon, R

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    Sexual dysfunction in a patient being treated with antidepressant medications may be due to the underlying depression, a coexisting medical illness, disruption of interpersonal relationships, or it may be a side effect of the medication. Almost all antidepressants are associated with sexual side effects that go above and beyond any symptoms that can be explained by the disease process itself. The incidence of such sexual side effects can be as high as 92% for some antidepressants. Some of the newer antidepressants currently on the market seem to have a lower incidence of sexual dysfunction as a side effect. In view of the fairly common occurrence of these unwanted effects, and their potential contribution to noncompliance, careful selection of antidepressant medications is necessary. A variety of treatment options is available, including decreasing the dosage of medication to the lowest-effective level, adjunctive medications (such as cyproheptadine, bethanechol, yohimbine, and amantadine, as well as other antidepressants) to counteract the adverse sexual effects, or switching to another antidepressant. The treatment of antidepressant-induced sexual dysfunction requires a creative approach on the part of the treating psychiatrist, and must be individualized to the patient.

  12. Sustained effect of simulation-based ultrasound training on clinical performance

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    Tolsgaard, Martin; Ringsted, C; Dreisler, E;

    2015-01-01

    was performed using a virtual-reality TVS simulator until an expert performance level was attained, and was followed by training on a pelvic mannequin. After 2 months of clinical training, one TVS examination was recorded for assessment of each resident's clinical performance (n = 26). Two ultrasound experts......OBJECTIVE: To study the effect of initial simulation-based transvaginal sonography (TVS) training compared with clinical training only, on the clinical performance of residents in obstetrics and gynecology (Ob-Gyn), assessed 2 months into their residency. METHODS: In a randomized study, new Ob...

  13. Renewal effect on conditioning and its clinical implications

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    Lopez Seal, María Florencia

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Renewal effect refers to the reappearance of a conditioned response by a context change between extinction and testing. This phenomenon holds relevance at a theoretical level since it shows that, in extinction, learning does not go under. Also at an applied level, because psychological treatments that relay on extinction processes are done generally at a different context than that where they are put to test and therefore the response can reappear due to the renewal effect. This article reviews the procedures among which the effects of both classic and instrumental conditioning were studied as well as those treatments that prevent them from occurring

  14. Ética em psiquiatria forense: atividades pericial e clínica e pesquisa com prisioneiros Forensic psychiatry ethics: expert and clinical practices and research on prisoners

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    José G V Taborda

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Revisar as questões éticas mais relevantes do tripé que compõe a base da prática psiquiátrica forense: a atividade pericial, o tratamento de doentes mentais nas prisões e a pesquisa com sujeitos prisioneiros. RESULTADOS E DISCUSSÃO: Distinguem-se e confrontam-se os princípios da Ética Médica Geral com os da Ética Médica Forense e indicam-se os cuidados que o psiquiatra, tanto na função de perito quanto na de clínico, deve tomar para que os preceitos morais de sua profissão sejam observados. Faz-se, também, breve apanhado histórico da pesquisa com prisioneiros e indicam-se princípios básicos que, se respeitados, possibilitariam um equilíbrio entre a necessidade de realização de pesquisa em ambientes prisionais e a proteção dos direitos dos detentos. CONCLUSÃO: É essencial ao psiquiatra forense o conhecimento e observância dos princípios éticos que regem sua prática para que possa efetivamente respeitar os direitos básicos das pessoas que avalia, trata ou pesquisa.OBJECTIVE: Review the most relevant ethical issues of the tripartite aspects on which forensic psychiatry is based: expert activity, treatment of the mentally ill in prisons, and research on prisoner subjects. RESULTS AND DISCUSSION: The principles of General Medical Ethics and those of Forensic Medical Ethics are discriminated and confronted and the steps the psychiatrist should take both as an expert and as a clinician to follow the ethical principles of his profession are indicated. A succinct résumé of the research on prisoners is offered and the basic principles, which, if respected, would keep a balance between the need for carrying out research in prisonal environments and the safeguard of prisoners' rights are suggested. CONCLUSION: It is fundamental for the forensic psychiatrist the knowledge and implementation of the ethical principles that govern his practice so that he will effectively respect the basic rights of the individuals he

  15. EFEITOS DA SIMULAÇÃO DE DERIVA DE CLOMAZONE EM PLANTAS DE LARANJEIRA 'HAMLIN' EFFECTS OF CLOMAZONE DRIFT SIMULATION ON HAMLIN ORANGE FRUITS

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    PAULO CÉSAR TIMOSSI

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    Full Text Available Em trabalho realizado em 1998, no município de Taiúva-SP, objetivou-se avaliar o efeito da simulação da deriva de doses crescentes, até atingir a recomendada comercialmente, de clomazone, em duas formulações, e de clomazone em mistura com ametryne, em laranjeira-'Hamlin' com frutos com 2 a 4 cm de diâmetro. O delineamento experimental utilizado foi o de blocos casualizados, com 15 tratamentos, em 3 repetições. As avaliações basearam-se em possíveis alterações morfofisiológicas das plantas, com determinações do teor de clorofila total nas folhas, porcentagem de abortamento de frutos, além de análise tecnológica dos frutos. Concluiu-se que a dose comercial de clomazone isolado e em mistura com ametryne a 50 e 100% da dose resultou na formação de manchas cloróticas e/ou necróticas na casca do fruto e causou mortalidade de ramos que se encontravam em crescimento vegetativo, não acarretando qualquer alteração qualitativa do suco.The experiment aimed to evaluate the clomazone (alone or in mixture with atrazine drift off simulation, on quantitative and qualitative aspects of the sweet orange production when occurred at developmental plant stages of fruit growing (fruits of 2 until 4 cm diameter. Crescents doses, until commercial rate, of clomazone, in two formulations, and in mixture with ametryne were tested. The experimental design was completely randomized blocks, with 15 treatments and 3 replications. It was evaluate: fruit morphological feature, fruits abortion and leaf chlorophyll content. Clomazone alone at of commercial rate and in mixture with ametryne at 50 and 100% promoted clorotic and/or necrotic spots in the fruit skin and promoted the death of new sprouting stems. There were no qualitative effects on juice.

  16. Depression in chronic migraine: severity and clinical features Depressão em migrânea crônica: aspectos clínicos e gravidade

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    Juliane Prieto Peres Mercante

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Chronic migraine (CM is a common medical condition affecting 2.4% of the general population. Depression is one of the most frequent comorbid disorders in CM. METHOD: Seventy patients diagnosed with chronic migraine were studied. All patients evaluated filled out the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI. Depression severity was divided into none or minimal depression, mild, moderate, and severe. RESULTS: BDI ranged from 4 to 55, mean 21 ± 10.7. Moderate or severe depression, were present in 58.7% of the patients . Some degree of depression appeared in 85.8% of patients. The BDI scores correlated with pain intensity (p = 0.02. Severe depression was more frequent in patients with comorbid fibromyalgia and in patients reporting fatigue. CONCLUSION: The BDI is an easy tool to access depression in CM patients. Suicide risk assessment is needed in CM patients. Patients with fibromyalgia and fatigue are at even higher risk for severe depression.INTRODUÇÃO: A migrânea crônica (MC é uma doença comum, que afeta 2,4% da população geral. A depressão é uma das comorbidades mais frequentes em enxaqueca. MÉTODO: Setenta pacientes diagnosticados com migrânea crônica foram estudados. Todos os pacientes preencheram o Inventário de Depressão Beck.(BDI. A gravidade da depressão foi dividida em nenhuma ou leve, mínima, moderada, e grave. RESULTADOS: O BDI variou de 4 a 55, média 21 ± 10,7. A depressão moderada ou grave esteve presente em 58,7% dos pacientes. Algum grau de depressão foi observado em 85,8% dos pacientes. Os escores de depressão correlacionaram-se com a intensidade da dor. A depressão grave foi mais freqüente em paciente com comorbidade com fibromialgia e fadiga. CONCLUSÃO: O BDI é um instrumento de fácil avaliação da depressão em MC. A identificação do risco de suicídio é necessária nestes pacientes. Fibromialgia e fadiga são fatores de risco para depressão grave.

  17. Misuse of topical corticosteroids: A clinical study of adverse effects

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    Vivek Kumar Dey

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    Full Text Available Background: Misuse of topical corticosteroids is a widespread phenomenon among young people in India, especially women. The practice is associated with significant adverse effects and poor awareness of these effects among the general public. Aim: This study was conducted to examine the misuse and adverse effects of topical corticosteroids among the people in Bastar region in Chhattisgarh state of India. Materials and Methods: Data collected from patients presenting with at least one of the adverse effects of topical corticosteroids as the chief complaint, from November 2010 to October 2011. Results: Out of the 6723 new patients, 379 (5.63% had presented with misuse and adverse effects of topical corticosteroids, of whom 78.89% were females. More than 65% of the patients were in the age group 10-29 years. The main reason for using the topical corticosteroids was to lighten skin colour and treat melasma and suntan. Acne (37.99% and telangiectasia (18.99% were the most common adverse effects noted. Conclusions: Misuse of topical corticosteroids has a huge impact on dermatological practice, leading to a significant proportion of visits to the dermatologist. This hydra-headed problem needs multi-dimensional interventions, involving educational, legal and managerial approaches with cooperation from different sectors of society.

  18. The clinical effects of Synsepalum dulcificum: a review.

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    Swamy, Kaki B; Hadi, Suwaibah Abd; Sekaran, Muniandy; Pichika, Mallikarjuna Rao

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    Synsepalum dulcificum or the "miracle fruit" is well known for its taste-modifying ability. The aim of this review was to assess the published medically beneficial as well as potential characteristics of this fruit. A search in three databases, including PubMed, ScienceDirect, and Google Scholar, was made with appropriate keywords. The resulting articles were screened in different stages based on the title, abstract, and content. A total of nine articles were included in this review. This review summarized the findings of previously published studies on the effects of miracle fruit. The main studied characteristic of the fruit was its effect on the taste receptors, resulting in the sweet sensation when substances with acidic content were ingested. This effect was shown to be related to a glycoprotein called "miraculin." Other beneficial characteristics of this fruit were its antioxidant and anticancer abilities that are due to the various amides existing in the miracle fruit. Apart from the above, the other observed effect of this fruit was its antidiabetic effect that was tested in rats. Further studies should be conducted to establish the findings. The miracle fruit can be a healthy additive due to its unique characteristics, including sour taste sensation modification as well as its antioxidant and antidiabetic effects.

  19. An Evaluation on Medical Students' Satisfaction with Clinical Education and its Effective Factors

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    Vahid Ziaee

    2004-05-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: To evaluate medical students' satisfaction with clinical education during medical internship and the effects of variables in the organizational domain on satisfaction. Method: A cross-sectional descriptive analytic study in 2000 identified students' satisfaction with clinical education in medical students of Tehran University of Medical Sciences. Students' satisfaction was assessed by a modified job satisfaction questionnaire. Clinical education was classified into; outpatient, bedside and theoretical teaching. Results: Overall satisfaction with clinical education was 38.8%; outpatient and bedside teaching 52% each and theoretical education 70.8%. Overall satisfaction had a significant association with approach to common and epidemic diseases, class size, and the course planning. Conclusion: Based on the present study, we conclude that clinical education should be reevaluated in our university with the specific attention to the class size, variety of diseases and course planning considered for each session in clinical education.

  20. Effects of conventional and problem-based learning on clinical and general competencies and career development

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    Cohen-Schotanus, Janke; Muijtjens, Arno M. M.; Schonrock-Adema, Johanna; Geertsma, Jelle; van der Vleuten, Cees P. M.

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    OBJECTIVE: To test hypotheses regarding the longitudinal effects of problem-based learning (PBL) and conventional learning relating to students' appreciation of the curriculum, self-assessment of general competencies, summative assessment of clinical competence and indicators of career development.

  1. A Study of the Effectiveness of Information Design Principles Applied to Clinical Research Questionnaires.

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    Zimmerman, Beverly B.; Schultz, Jessica R.

    2000-01-01

    Investigates the effectiveness of information design principles and feedback-based usability testing in developing clinical questionnaires. Finds that a form developed using information design principles collected significantly more data than did a control form. (SR)

  2. Suppressive effect of glucocorticoids on TNF-alpha production is associated with their clinical effect in multiple sclerosis.

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    Winsen, L.M.L.; Polman, C.H.; Dijkstra, C.D.; Tilders, F.J.H.; Uitdehaag, B.M.J.

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    A reduced sensitivity to glucocorticoids can affect the clinical effect of treatment with high-dose intravenous methylprednisolone in multiple sclerosis. We prospectively studied 27 multiple sclerosis patients who were treated with intravenous methylprednisolone. Before and after treatment in vitro

  3. Effects of natural flavones on membrane properties and citotoxicity of HeLa cells Efeitos de flavonas naturais em propriedades de membranas e em citotoxicidade de células HeLa

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    Tatiana Herrerias

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to determine whether eupafolin and hispidulin, flavones extracted from Eupatorium littorale Cabrera, Asteraceae, have the ability to change properties of biological membranes and promote cytotoxic effects. Eupafolin (50-200 µM decreased approximately 30% the rate and total amplitude of valinomycin induced swelling and 60-100% the energy-dependent mitochondrial swelling. Moreover, eupafolin (200 µM reduced 35% the mitochondrial permeability transition, and hispidulin did not change this parameter in any of the doses tested. The evaluation of phase transition of DMPC liposomes with the probe DPH demonstrated that hispidulin and eupafolin affect gel and fluid phase. With mitochondrial membrane as model, hispidulin increased the polarization of fluorescence when used DPH-PA probe. Eupafolin and hispidulin (100 µM promoted a reduction of 40% in cellular viability of HeLa cells in 24 h. Our results suggest that eupafolin and hispidulin have cytotoxic effects that can be explained, in part, by alterations promoted on biological membranes properties and mitochondrial bioenergetics.O objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar se eupafolina e hispidulina, flavonas extraídas do Eupatorium littorale Cabrera, Asteraceae, possuíam a capacidade de alterar propriedades das membranas biológicas e promover efeitos citotóxicos. Eupafolina (50-200 µM reduziu em aproximadamente 30% a velocidade e amplitude do inchamento mitocondrial induzido por valinomicina e 60-100% o inchamento mitocondrial dependente de substrato. Além disso, eupafolina na dose de 200 µM reduziu a transição de permeabilidade mitocondrial em 35% entretanto, a hispidulina não alterou este parâmetro em todas as doses testadas. A avaliação da transição de fase dos lipossomas de DMPC com a sonda DPH demonstrou que ambas as flavonas afetam a fase gel e fluida. Quando lipossomas de membranas mitocondriais e a sonda DPH-PA foram utilizados, houve aumento da polariza

  4. Traumatic effects of political repression in Chile: a clinical experience.

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    Cordal, Margarita Díaz

    2005-10-01

    The author examines psychic trauma resulting from human rights violations in Chile. Starting from trauma theories developed by authors such as Ferenczi, Winnicott and Stolorow, she posits the relevance of the subject's emotionally significant environment in the production of the traumatic experience. She describes the characteristics of the therapeutic process on the basis of a clinical case. She emphasizes the need to recognize the damage that may be produced within the reliable link between patient and analyst, pointing out the risk of retraumatization if analysts distance themselves and apply 'technique' rigorously, leaving out their own subjective assessments. Therapists must maintain their focus on the conjunction of the patient's intersubjective context and inner psychic world both when exploring the origin of the trauma and when insight is produced. The author posits repetition in the transference as an attempt at reparation, at finding the expected response from the analyst that will help patients assemble the fragments of their history and achieve, as Winnicott would put it, a feeling of continuity in the experience of being.

  5. Effect of staff attitudes on quality in clinical microbiology services.

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    Pitt, Sarah J; Sands, Richard L

    2002-01-01

    Technical quality of the work of clinical pathology laboratories is monitored regularly by both internal and external sources. Among the factors that might affect quality, laboratory staff attitudes are rarely considered. In this study, the psychological concepts of 'job satisfaction' and 'climate' are measured among microbiology biomedical scientists in the United Kingdom. A self-report questionnaire was developed and distributed (between November 1998 and February 1999) to biomedical scientists in 161 microbiology laboratories throughout the UK From 2415 questionnaires distributed, 931 replies were received--a response rate of 39%. A separate set of questions covering customer service and participation in internal and external quality assurance schemes was sent to laboratory managers. Biomedical scientists reported lower job satisfaction than did medical technologists in a previous study in the USA. Perception of climate was influenced by several demographic factors, the most important of which being the size of the laboratory. Optimal number of staff in a department was found to be less than 30. Aggregation of climate scores from members of the same department showed that a positive laboratory climate was important for good performance in internal and external measures of technical quality. For the best service, laboratory climate must be supported by a staff perception that the department is committed to enhancing quality--a climate for laboratory quality.

  6. Comparison of treatment effects between animal experiments and clinical trials: systematic review

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    Objective To examine concordance between treatment effects in animal experiments and clinical trials.Study design Systematic review.Data sources Medline, Embase, SIGLE, NTIS, Science Citation Index, CAB, BIOSIS.Study selection Animal studies for interventions with unambiguous evidence of a treatment effect (benefit or harm) in clinical trials: head injury, antifibrinolytics in haemorrhage, thrombolysis in acute ischaemic stroke, tirilazad in acute ischaemic stroke, antenatal corticosteroids t...

  7. The therapeutic effect of clinical trials: understanding placebo response rates in clinical trials – A secondary analysis

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    Walach Harald

    2005-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background and purpose Placebo response rates in clinical trials vary considerably and are observed frequently. For new drugs it can be difficult to prove effectiveness superior to placebo. It is unclear what contributes to improvement in the placebo groups. We wanted to clarify, what elements of clinical trials determine placebo variability. Methods We analysed a representative sample of 141 published long-term trials (randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled; duration > 12 weeks to find out what study characteristics predict placebo response rates in various diseases. Correlational and regression analyses with study characteristics and placebo response rates were carried out. Results We found a high and significant correlation between placebo and treatment response rate across diseases (r = .78; p Conclusion Medication response rates and placebo response rates in clinical trials are highly correlated. Trial characteristics can explain some portion of the variance in placebo healing rates in RCTs. Placebo response in trials is only partially due to methodological artefacts and only partially dependent on the diagnoses treated.

  8. Contaminação de halos doadores córneo-esclerais em ceratoplastia penetrante no Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre Positive corneoscleral rim culture in penetrating keratoplasty at the Porto Alegre Clinical Hospital

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    Cláudia Martins Borowsky

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS: Avaliar a incidência de positividade de culturas de halos doadores córneo-esclerais preservados em Optisol GS, identificar os patógenos envolvidos, a sensibilidade dos mesmos à gentamicina e a ocorrência de infecções em olhos receptores. MÉTODOS: Foram analisadas retrospectivamente 163 culturas de halos córneo-esclerais cujos botões corneanos foram utilizados em transplantes de córnea no Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre entre janeiro de 2001 e janeiro de 2003. Os halos foram divididos em dois segmentos, metade inoculada em meio Sabouroud e a outra metade em tioglicolato, com posterior semeadura em ágar-sangue, ágar-chocoloate e meio de MacConkey, conforme necessidade para identificação dos patógenos. Os prontuários dos pacientes receptores foram revisados. RESULTADOS: Dos 163 halos analisados, 11 apresentaram culturas positivas, correspondendo a 6,7% do total. Destes, quatro foram por Staphylococcus epidermidis, um por Staphylococcus aureus, um por Serratia sp, um por Pseudomonas aeruginosa e os outros quatro por diferentes subtipos de Candida (dois por Candida sp, um por Candida albicans e um por Candida parapapilosis. No antibiograma, todas as bactérias apresentaram-se resistentes à gentamicina. Nenhum olho que recebeu córnea com cultura positiva apresentou infecção após a cirurgia. CONCLUSÕES: Baixos índices de positividade de cultura de halos utilizados em transplantes de córnea no Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre foram encontrados. Os patógenos mais freqüentemente identificados não apresentam boa cobertura pelos antimicrobianos presentes nos meios de preservação. A cultura de halos corneanos é recomendada para auxílio no tratamento de possível infecção ocular pós-cirúrgica.PURPOSE: To determine the incidence of positive corneoscleral rim cultures preserved in Optisol GS medium, to identify pathogens involved and possible recipient eye infection. METHODS: A hundred sixty

  9. Dados clínicos e da audição em indivíduos com Síndrome de Alport Clinical data and hearing of individuals with Alport syndrome

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    Fatima Regina Abreu Alves

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available A Síndrome de Alport (SA é uma desordem hereditária, caracterizada por nefropatia, muitas vezes, com perda auditiva sensorioneural e com defeitos oculares. OBJETIVO: Analisar os dados clínicos e da audição em indivíduos com SA, com ênfase na correlação entre alteração renal e perda auditiva (PA. FORMA DE ESTUDO: clínico prospectivo com coorte transversal. CASUÍSTICA E MÉTODO: 37 indivíduos realizaram avaliação otorrinolaringológica e testes audiológicos. Foram considerados para a análise estatística da PA os resultados das audiometrias de tons puros. RESULTADOS: Nos 28 indivíduos que apresentavam alterações clínicas foram encontrados 46,4% de DLX e 53,6% de AD. A PA ocorreu em 46,1% dos avaliados. 12 pacientes tinham PA no exame audiométrico 11,5%, leve e 34,6%, moderada. Comparados os familiares normais aos que tinham alteração renal, todos os que apresentavam PA mostravam comprometimento renal. Em 30,8% a configuração era descendente suave em agudos e em 11,5% era plana. CONCLUSÕES: A distribuição dos padrões de herança não coincide com o descrito na literatura. A PA é um achado extra-renal freqüente. Existe associação entre acometimento renal e PA (p= 0,009. As configurações mais freqüentes foram: descendente suave em agudos e plana. Não há associação entre a PA e a idade. Não existe correlação entre PA e sexo neste grupo.Alport Syndrome (AS is a hereditary disease, characterized by nephropathy, often times with sensorineural hearing loss and ocular defects. AIM: to analyze the clinical and hearing information from individuals with AS, more specifically the correlation between renal disorder and hearing loss (HL. STUDY DESIGN: clinical prospective with cross-sectional cohort. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 37 individuals underwent otorhinolaryngological evaluation and were submitted to audiologic tests. For HL statistical analysis we considered only the results from the pure tone audiometries

  10. Rapid serum agglutination and agar gel immunodiffusion tests associated to clinical signs in rams experimentally infected with Brucella ovis Teste de soro aglutinação rápida e do teste de imunodifusão em gel de ágar associados aos sinais clínicos em carneiros infectados experimentalmente com Brucella ovis

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    Cristiane Nakada Nozaki

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    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to evaluate the agar gel immunodiffusion and the rapid serum agglutination tests associated to clinical signs in rams experimentally infected with Brucella ovis. The serological profile during the 12 months of infection showed a large fluctuation of antibodies that favors the failure in the diagnostic. The evaluation of tests after the experimental infection allowed to suggest that none of the tests were able to detect the infection throughout the period of study. The study reinforces the importance of considering the clinical signs to support the diagnosis of Brucella ovis infection in rams.O objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar o uso do teste de imunodifusão em gel de ágar e o teste sorológico de aglutinação rápida comparados aos sinais clínicos em carneiros infectados experimentalmente com Brucella ovis para o diagnóstico confirmatório da brucelose ovina. O perfil sorológico durante os 12 meses pós-infecção mostrou flutuação da resposta por anticorpos, que favorece a falha no diagnóstico. A avaliação dos testes indicou que nenhum dos testes foi capaz de detectar a infecção durante todo o período de estudo. O estudo ressalta a importância de considerar os sinais clínicos para apoiar o diagnóstico confirmatório da infecção por Brucella ovis em carneiros.

  11. Physiological effects of ovarian hormones: clinical aspects and compliance

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    Ottesen, B; Pedersen, A T

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    of osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease are other considerations. Despite the large number of different hormone treatment regimens available, such problems as continued bleeding and concern about side effects engenders low compliance. To enhance compliance, it is important to ensure that post-menopausal women......Menopause is marked by the permanent cessation of menstrual bleeding. Deprivation of ovarian hormones due to decreasing ovarian activity causes widespread physiological effects. Disturbances in menstrual pattern and hot flashes are major reasons for hormone replacement therapy (HRT), but prevention...... and their physicians are aware of the probable risks and benefits of hormone therapy before deciding whether or not to use preventive HRT....

  12. What are the effective ways to translate clinical leadership into health care quality improvement?

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    McSherry R

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    Full Text Available Robert McSherry,1 Paddy Pearce2 1School of Health and Social Care, University of Teesside, Middlesbrough, 2PKP Consulting, Yarm, United Kingdom Abstract: The presence and/or absence of effective leaders in health care can have a stark consequence on the quality and outcomes of care. The delivery of safe, quality, compassionate health care is dependent on having effective clinical leaders at the frontline. In light of the Kirkup and Francis reports, this article explores some ways of translating clinical leadership into health care quality improvement. This is achieved by exploring what is clinical leadership and why and how this is important to health care quality improvement, clinical leadership, and a duty of candor, along with the importance clinical leadership plays in the provision of quality care improvement and outcomes. Clinical leaders are not predefined roles but emerge from the complex clinical setting by gaining an acquired expertise and from how they then internalize this to develop and facilitate sound relationships within a team. Clinical leaders are effective in facilitating innovation and change through improvement. This is achieved by recognizing, influencing, and empowering individuals through effective communication in order to share and learn from and with each other in practice. The challenge for health care organizations in regard to creating organizational cultures where a duty of candor exists is not to reinvent the wheel by turning something that is simple into something complex, which can become confusing to health care workers, patients, and the public. By focusing on the clinical leader's role and responsibilities we would argue they play a crucial and pivotal role in influencing, facilitating, supporting, and monitoring that this duty of candor happens in practice. This may be possible by highlighting where and how the duty of candor can be aligned within existing clinical governance frameworks. Keywords: governance

  13. Fatores de risco, aspectos clínicos e laboratoriais da asma em crianças Risk factors, clinical and laboratory aspects of asthma in children

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    Líllian S.L. Moraes

    2001-12-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: avaliar os aspectos clínicos, laboratoriais, e os fatores de risco associados à asma em crianças atendidas no Ambulatório de Pediatria, do Hospital Universitário Júlio Müller. Método: estudo de caso-controle, incluindo 59 crianças asmáticas (casos e 104 não-asmáticas (controles. Os seguintes fatores foram considerados para análise de risco: escolaridade dos pais, exposição aos alérgenos domiciliares, tabagismo passivo, aleitamento materno, renda e antecedentes familiares alérgicos. Foram coletadas amostras de sangue para hemograma e dosagem de IgE total e específica para alérgenos. Realizou-se teste cutâneo de hipersensibilidade imediata pelo método de puntura para os seguintes alérgenos: ácaros, animais, fungos e baratas com controles positivo (histamina e negativo (solução fisiológica.Um modelo de regressão logística foi usado para calcular odds ratio (OR e intervalo de confiança (IC 95% ajustado para outros fatores de risco e confundidores. RESULTADOS: dentre os fatores de risco estudados, sexo, baixa escolaridade, baixa renda, tempo de aleitamento materno e tabagismo passivo não estiveram associados à ocorrência de asma. A exposição aos alérgenos foi semelhante nos dois grupos, a não ser pela maior freqüência de animais nos domicílios dos controles (c²=16,9; P OBJECTIVE: to evaluate the clinical and laboratory aspects and the risk factors associated with asthma in children treated at the Pediatric Outpatient Clinic of Hospital Universitário Júlio Müller. METHODS: A case-control study including 59 asthmatic children (cases and 104 nonasthmatic children (controls. The following factors were considered for risk analysis: parents' level of education, domestic exposure to allergens, passive smoking, breast feeding, low income, and family history of allergy. Samples of blood were collected for hemogram and to determine the total serum IgE as well as the one specific to allergens. Immediate

  14. Nursing students' perspectives on clinical instructors' effective teaching strategies: A descriptive study.

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    Valiee, Sina; Moridi, Glorokh; Khaledi, Shahnaz; Garibi, Fardin

    2016-01-01

    An important factor contributing to the quality of clinical education is instructors' teaching performance. The aim of this study was to identify clinical instructors' most effective teaching strategies from nursing and midwifery students' perspectives. This was a descriptive cross-sectional study. All third- and fourth-year bachelor's nursing and midwifery students studying at the Nursing and Midwifery Faculty of Kurdistan University of Medical Sciences were recruited to the study by using the census method. The study instrument consisted of a demographic questionnaire and the self-report 30-item Clinical Instructors' Effective Teaching Strategies Inventory. The SPSS v.16.0 was used for data analysis. The most effective teaching strategies of clinical instructors from nursing and midwifery students' perspectives were respectively 'treating students, clients, and colleagues with respect' and 'being eager for guiding students and manage their problems'. Clinical instructors need to be eager for education and also be able to establish effective communication with students. Empowering clinical instructors in specialized and technical aspects of clinical education seems necessary.

  15. Effect of organic-inorganic hybrid P123-em-SBA15 on lithium transport properties of composite polymer electrolyte

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    XI Jingyu; HUANG Xiaobin; TANG Xiaozhen

    2004-01-01

    A novel PEO-based composite polymer electrolyte by using organic-inorganic hybrid EO20PO70EO20-em- mesoporous silica (P123-em-SBA15) as the filler has been developed. The experiment results show that P123-em- SBA15 can enhance the lithium-ion transference number of the composite polymer electrolyte, which is induced by the special topology structure of P123 in P123-em-SBA15 hybrid. In addition, room temperature ionic conductivity of the composite polymer electrolyte can also be increased by about two orders of magnitude. The excellent lithium transport properties suggest that PEO-LiClO4-P123-em-SBA15 composite polymer electrolyte can be used as electrolyte materials for all solid-state rechargeable lithium polymer batteries.

  16. Clinical effectiveness of conventional influenza vaccination in asthmatic children

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    Smits, A J; Hak, E; Stalman, W A B; van Essen, G A; Hoes, A W; Verheij, Th J M

    2002-01-01

    Influenza immunization rates among young asthmatics remain unsatisfactory due to persistent concern about the impact of influenza and the benefits of the vaccine. We assessed the effectiveness of the conventional inactivated trivalent sub-unit influenza vaccine in reducing acute respiratory disease

  17. Intranasal administration of oxytocin: Behavioral and clinical effects, a review

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    Veening, J.G.; Olivier, B.

    2013-01-01

    The intranasal (IN-) administration of substances is attracting attention from scientists as well as pharmaceutical companies. The effects are surprisingly fast and specific. The present review explores our current knowledge about the routes of access to the cranial cavity. 'Direct-access-pathways'

  18. Secondary prevention with folic acid : Effects on clinical outcomes

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    Liem, A; Reynierse-Buitenwerf, GH; Zwinderman, AH; Jukema, JW; van Veldhuisen, DJ

    2003-01-01

    OBJECTIVES We sought to conduct a randomized trial with folic acid 0.5 mg/day in a patient population with stable coronary artery disease (CAD). BACKGROUND Folic acid has favorable effects on vascular endothelium and lowers plasma homocysteine levels. In addition, homocysteine appears to be an indep

  19. Are gender differences important for the clinical effects of antidepressants?

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    Hildebrandt, Malene Grubbe; Steyerberg, Ewout Willem; Stage, Kurt Bjerregaard;

    2003-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: Gender differences in antidepressant treatment response, side effects, dropout rates, and plasma concentrations were examined in patients with major and predominantly melancholic depression. METHOD: The study included a subgroup of 292 inpatients (96 men, 196 women) from three Danish d...

  20. Efeitos do som basal em fendas glóticas Effects of vocal fry incomplete glottal closure

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    Geovana de Paula Bolzan

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    Full Text Available TEMA: som basal em fendas glóticas. PROCEDIMENTOS: participaram desta pesquisa dois sujeitos do sexo feminino, com idades entre 20 e 40 anos e diagnóstico otorrinolaringológico de fenda em ampulheta. Houve gravação da emissão sustentada da vogal /a/ e exame videolaringoestroboscópico, imediatamente a seguir, os sujeitos realizaram o som basal em três séries de 15 repetições, e foram submetidos a novo exame laríngeo e gravação da vogal. Os dados pré e pós-realização do som basal foram submetidos às analises acústica, perceptivo-auditiva e videolaringoestroboscópica, realizadas por juízes (três fonoaudiólogas e três otorrinolaringologistas, respectivamente. RESULTADOS: em ambos os sujeitos, houve melhora no fechamento glótico e amplitude de vibração da mucosa das pregas vocais; piora no tipo de voz; aumento das medidas de ruído e de Jitter. CONCLUSÃO: o som basal promoveu redução das fendas glóticas e aumento da amplitude de vibração da mucosa das pregas vocais; piora do tipo de voz, que ficou mais ruidoso; aumento das medidas de ruído e de Jitter, sugerindo irregularidade vibratória, provavelmente devido ao efeito do ajuste do som basal ao mobilizar intensamente a mucosa.BACKGROUND: vocal fry in incomplete glottal closure. PROCEDURE: two individuals aged between 20 and 40 years old presenting an otolaryngological diagnosis of ampoule chink were part of the study. A recording of the sustained emission of /a/ vowel took place, as well as a videostroboscopic examination. Right after, the individuals completed the vocal fry in three series of 15 repetitions, being submitted to a new laryngeal examination and to the vowel’s recording. Both pre-vocal and post vocal fry data were assessed through acoustic, perceptive-auditive and videostroboscopic analysis, carried out by judges (three speech and language pathologists and three otolaryngologists, respectively. RESULTS: for both individuals, there was an improvement

  1. The pharmacologic and clinical effects of medical cannabis.

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    Borgelt, Laura M; Franson, Kari L; Nussbaum, Abraham M; Wang, George S

    2013-02-01

    Cannabis, or marijuana, has been used for medicinal purposes for many years. Several types of cannabinoid medicines are available in the United States and Canada. Dronabinol (schedule III), nabilone (schedule II), and nabiximols (not U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved) are cannabis-derived pharmaceuticals. Medical cannabis or medical marijuana, a leafy plant cultivated for the production of its leaves and flowering tops, is a schedule I drug, but patients obtain it through cannabis dispensaries and statewide programs. The effect that cannabinoid compounds have on the cannabinoid receptors (CB(1) and CB(2) ) found in the brain can create varying pharmacologic responses based on formulation and patient characteristics. The cannabinoid Δ(9) -tetrahydrocannabinol has been determined to have the primary psychoactive effects; the effects of several other key cannabinoid compounds have yet to be fully elucidated. Dronabinol and nabilone are indicated for the treatment of nausea and vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy and of anorexia associated with weight loss in patients with acquired immune deficiency syndrome. However, pain and muscle spasms are the most common reasons that medical cannabis is being recommended. Studies of medical cannabis show significant improvement in various types of pain and muscle spasticity. Reported adverse effects are typically not serious, with the most common being dizziness. Safety concerns regarding cannabis include the increased risk of developing schizophrenia with adolescent use, impairments in memory and cognition, accidental pediatric ingestions, and lack of safety packaging for medical cannabis formulations. This article will describe the pharmacology of cannabis, effects of various dosage formulations, therapeutics benefits and risks of cannabis for pain and muscle spasm, and safety concerns of medical cannabis use.

  2. How can placebo effects best be applied in clinical practice? A narrative review

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    Bystad M

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Martin Bystad,1,2 Camilla Bystad,3 Rolf Wynn1,3 1Division of Addictions and Specialized Psychiatric Services, University Hospital of North Norway, 2Institute of Psychology, 3Institute of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway Abstract: Placebo effects are documented in a number of clinical and experimental studies. It is possible to benefit from placebo effects in clinical practice by using them as effects additive to those of documented and effective treatments. The purpose of this paper is to discuss how doctors and other health workers may benefit from placebo effects within an ethical framework. A narrative review of the literature relating to placebo effects in clinical practice was performed. We searched PubMed and selected textbooks on placebo effects for articles and book chapters relating to placebo effects in clinical practice. By drawing on placebo effects, doctors may access patients’ self-healing potentials. In practice, doctors may best benefit from placebo effects by influencing the patient’s expectations through communication. An important principle is to give the patient information stating that a particular treatment is effective, as long as this is based on realistic optimism. A patient-centered style involving elements such as developing trust and respect, exploring the patient’s values, speaking positively about treatments, and providing reassurance and encouragement might aid in activating placebo effects. The total effect of a documented treatment will partly depend on how well the placebo effects have been activated. Thus, placebo effects can be understood as a form of supplemental treatment. Keywords: placebo effects, doctor-patient communication, expectations, biopsychosocial model

  3. Soroepidemiologia de Toxoplasma gondii em gatos domiciliados atendidos em clínicas particulares de Porto Alegre, RS, Brasil Seroepidemiology of Toxoplasma gondii in domestic cats treated in private clinics of Porto Alegre, Brazil

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    Luciane Dubina Pinto

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    Full Text Available Com o objetivo de contribuir com dados sobre freqüência de anticorpos para Toxoplasma em felinos domiciliados da cidade de Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, soros de 245 animais foram testados pelas técnicas sorológicas de Hemaglutinação Indireta (HAI e Imunofluorescência Indireta (IFI. Informações sobre o animal, tais como raça, sexo, idade, acesso ou não à rua e tipo de alimentação, foram avaliadas por meio de questionário epidemiológico e análise estatística para correlacionar com os resultados obtidos na sorologia. Os resultados dos testes mostraram que os valores encontrados foram de 26,9% (HAI e 37,9% (IFI, inferindo que esses gatos em algum momento de sua vida foram fonte de contaminação ambiental, sendo eliminadores potenciais de oocistos, principalmente aqueles que tiveram livre acesso à rua.The sera of 245 cats from Porto Alegre, southern Brazil, were tested by indirect hemagglutination (IHA and indirect immunofluorescence (IIF in order to determine the frequency of Toxoplasma antibodies. Information such as breed, sex, age and access or not to the street and dietary habits were assessed using an epidemiological questionnaire and also statistical analysis for correlation with the serological results obtained. The test results showed rates of 26,9 and 37,9% for IHA and IIF, respectively, suggesting that these cats have acted as a source of environmental contamination at some time during the course of their lifetime, possibly shedding oocysts, especially those with free access to the street.

  4. Epilepsia occipital benigna da infância de início precoce (tipo Panayiotopoulos: aspectos clínicos e eletrencefalográficos evolutivos em 14 crianças Early-onset benign childhood occipital epilepsy (Panayiotopoulos type: clinical and electroencephalographic features in 14 children

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    Full Text Available Foram estudadas as características evolutivas clínico-eletrencefalográficas de 14 crianças com epilepsia occipital benigna da infância de início precoce (tipo Panayiotopoulos. O tempo médio de segmento foi 50,5 meses. A idade média na primeira crise foi 3,7 anos. O número total de crises foi até 3 crises em 11 casos, numerosas em 3; o período médio entre a primeira e a última crise foi 14,5 meses. Em 4 casos as crises tiveram duração prolongada, constituindo estado de mal parcial. Atividade epileptiforme (AE occipital foi observada em todos os casos no primeiro EEG e, foi também, extra-occipital, em 3 casos. Houve bloqueio da AE occipital, pela abertura dos olhos, em 4 casos; em 3 casos foram observadas, também, pontas evocadas. O EEG normalizou-se em 9 casos, em um período médio de 29 meses.We studied clinical and electroencephalographic features of 14 children, age range of 2 -8 years, with no neurological or neuroradiological evidence of brain damage and with occipital epileptiform activity in the EEG. Seizures were numerous in 3 cases. Age at onset was between 1-7 years. In 4 cases the seizures last for more than 20 min. Spikes were observed in 6 cases and spike and slow-wave complex in 8. Discharges blocking by eyes opening were confirmed in 4 cases. Somatosensory evoked spikes by foot stimulation were observed in 2 cases. Autonomic and versive seizures are the main clinical manifestations of Panayiotopoulos syndrome. Discharges blocking by eyes opening are a less frequent feature.

  5. A predictive model of the effect of environmental factors on the occurrence of otters (<em>Lutra lutraem> L. in Hungary

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    Ildikó Kemenes

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    Full Text Available Abstract A survey of the distribution of otters (<em>Lutra lutraem> L. in Hungary revealed that this species is common in most parts of the country where there appear to be suitable aquatic habitats. However, there were a large number of apparently "good" habitats where no otters were found. On the other hand, in some places where, based on a qualitative assessment, otters should not have been present, we still found signs of them. The only strictly and consistently limiting factor was heavy chemical pollution of the water which could not be assayed during the survey but was analysed based on data provided by the water authorities. These observations led us to employ a quantitative method which takes into account 3 scalable and 5 non-scalable variables of the environment and their relationships which might influence the occurrence of otters. The technique was based on a non-parametric multiple regression method specifically developed for use on PCs. This so called logistic regression model is useful for investigating the relationships between a binary dependent variable and a set of categorical independent variables. We recorded the presence (1 or absence (0 of signs of otters as well as the water depth, steepness of the bank, density of the bank vegetation and the presence or absence of various disturbance factors, such as agricultural use of the water bank, obvious signs of pollution of the water, etc., at 369 sites in Hungary. The three former environmental variables were scaled, whereas the disturbance factors were each assigned a value of either 0 or 1 (0 = absent, 1 = present. The analysis has shown that this method can be used to characterise particular combinations of factors at which otters were most likely to occur and even predictions can be made on the probability of finding otters at particular places with a known combination of these environmental factors. Besides its theoretical importance, this method is a very

  6. Clinical considerations for an effective medical therapy in Wilson's disease.

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    Weiss, Karl Heinz; Stremmel, Wolfgang

    2014-05-01

    Wilson's disease is an autosomal recessively inherited copper overload disorder that leads to hepatic and/or neurologic symptoms. More than a century after the first description of Wilson's disease, the available medical treatment options have not been standardized. The efficacy of the commonly used drugs is satisfactory for hepatic disease, but disappointing in the neurologic patients, including the risk of neurologic deterioration after the initiation of chelation therapy. An approach to overcome this problem is the careful and systematic assessment of biochemical response patterns and the quantitative monitoring of symptoms using validated rating scales. Standardized dosage strategies that address changes in copper pools might improve adherence and reduce side effects. Such an approach may reduce long-term morbidity. In this paper, we discuss considerations for an effective medical treatment and requirements for future studies in Wilson's disease.

  7. Clinical competencies for the effective treatment of foster children.

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    Zilberstein, Karen; Popper, Sally

    2016-01-01

    Despite a high level of documented mental health needs among children who have experienced foster care, research indicates that treatment outcomes are often disappointing. In order to improve outcomes, evidence-based treatments for attachment, trauma and behavioral difficulties are often promoted for this population. However, little research exists on whether or not those interventions effectively address the unique and complex mental health needs of many foster children. While a rather robust literature exists on foster children's multifaceted difficulties, most treatments do not fully represent that range and complexity in their interventions. This article attempts to begin to fill that gap by outlining the knowledge and skills clinicians must acquire if they are to effectively treat foster children. Treatment of foster children should be seen as a subspecialty within the field of child mental health, and trainings that help clinicians gain more knowledge of foster children's unique needs should be more available.

  8. Challenges from variation across regions in cost effectiveness analysis in multi-regional clinical trials

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    Yunbo Chu

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Economic evaluation in the form of cost-effectiveness analysis has become a popular means to inform decisions in healthcare. With multi-regional clinical trials in a global development program becoming a new venue for drug efficacy testing in recent decades, questions in methods for cost-effectiveness analysis in the multi-regional clinical trials setting also emerge. This paper addresses some challenges from variation across regions in cost effectiveness analysis in multi-regional clinical trials. Several discussion points are raised for further attention and a multi-regional clinical trial example is presented to illustrate the implications in industrial application. A general message is delivered to call for a depth discussion by all stakeholders to reach an agreement on a good practice in cost-effectiveness analysis in the multi-regional clinical trials. Meanwhile, we recommend an additional consideration of cost-effectiveness analysis results based on the clinical evidence from a certain homogeneous population as sensitivity or scenario analysis upon data availability.

  9. Projecte EM-Line!: programa de rehabilitación cognitiva para pacientes afectados de esclerosis múltiple

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    Gich Fullà, Jordi

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    The clinical manifestations of Multiple Sclerosis are motor, sensitive, cerebellar and cognitive alterations. It evolves with a high degree of physical and cognitive disability. The “EM-line! Project” has its origins in the need to provide effective treatment for cognitive problems given that a gap in cognitive treatment was detected, especially at the onset of the disease. For this reason, the main objective of the “EM-line! Project” was: To supply free cognitive rehabilitation materials th...

  10. Estudo clínico e laboratorial de pacientes com artrite reumatoide diagnosticados em serviços de reumatologia em Cascavel, PR, Brasil Clinical and laboratory features of patients with rheumatoid arthritis diagnosed at rheumatology services in the Brazilian municipality of Cascavel, PR, Brazil

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    Juliano Maximiano David

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: Estudos epidemiológicos brasileiros sobre artrite reumatoide são bastante escassos, e os dados existentes hoje são majoritariamente de literatura internacional. OBJETIVOS: Determinar a incidência e algumas características clínicas e laboratoriais de pacientes com artrite reumatoide em Cascavel, PR, Brasil. PACIENTES E MÉTODOS: Os dados foram coletados entre agosto de 2010 e julho de 2011 em todos os serviços de saúde do município que possuíam atendimento na especialidade de reumatologia: um hospital universitário, o Centro Regional de Especialidades do Consórcio Intermunicipal de Saúde do Oeste do Paraná (CRE-CISOP e quatro clínicas privadas da cidade. RESULTADOS: Foram identificados 38 pacientes com diagnóstico de artrite reumatoide, resultando em uma incidência estimada de 13,4 casos/100.000 habitantes/ano. Trinta e dois pacientes eram do gênero feminino, com média de idade de 47,6 anos. A faixa etária com maior incidência foi > 40 anos. O tempo médio entre os primeiros sintomas e o diagnóstico foi de 12,4 meses. O fator reumatoide foi positivo em 68,4% dos casos, e 18,4% já apresentavam alterações radiológicas no momento do diagnóstico. O tratamento farmacológico dos pacientes também foi avaliado e mostrou estar de acordo com o encontrado na literatura. CONCLUSÃO: A incidência de artrite reumatoide obtida em Cascavel está abaixo das incidências observadas em estudos internacionais.INTRODUCTION: Brazilian epidemiological studies on rheumatoid arthritis are scarce, thus all data currently available originate from the international literature. OBJECTIVES: To determine the incidence and some clinical and laboratory characteristics of patients with rheumatoid arthritis in the municipality of Cascavel, state of Paraná, Brazil. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Data were collected between August 2010 and July 2011 in all health services of the municipality of Cascavel that provided health care in Rheumatology: a

  11. Behavior assessment of women attending a sexually transmitted disease clinic in Vitória, Brazil Práticas comportamentais em mulheres atendidas em clínica de doenças sexualmente transmissíveis em Vitória, Brasil

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    Angelica Espinosa Miranda

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Studies about sexual risk behaviors can provide information to support design strategies to control the spread of HIV infection. OBJECTIVE: To assess sexual risk behaviors among women attending a sexually transmitted diseases clinic in Vitória, Brazil. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was performed among women attending an STD/AIDS reference center. Enrolled participants were interviewed and provided a blood sample to determine HIV status. RESULTS: A total of 276 women participated. among 284 selected; 109 (39.5% were HIV-positive and 167 (60.5% HIV-negative. Median age was 31 years (interquartile range (IQR24-36 and 69% of women were between 18 and 34 years of age. Women reported high access to information about STD (87% and AIDS (90% but information about sexuality was less common (55%. HIV-positive women asked their partners to use condoms more often than HIV-negatives (31% vs. 5%, p=0.02, and were more likely to have used a condom at last intercourse (65% vs. 33%, pFUNDAMENTOS: Estudos sobre comportamentos sexuais de risco fornecem informações para programar estratégias para o controle da expansão da infecção pelo HIV/AIDS. OBJETIVO: Avaliar os comportamentos de risco sexual entre mulheres atendidas em clínica de doenças sexualmente transmissíveis em Vitória, Brazil. MÉTODOS: Estudo de corte-transversal foi realizado com mulheres atendidas no Centro de Referência para DST/Aids. As pacientes selecionadas foram entrevistadas e autorizaram a coleta de uma amostra de sangue para determinar sorologia para HIV. RESULTADOS: Um total de 276 mulheres participou, entre as 284 selecionadas; 109 (39,5% eram HIV-positivas e 167 (60,5% HIV-negativas. A mediana de idade foi 31 anos (distância interquartil 24-36 e 69% das mulheres tinham entre 18 e 34 anos de idade. As mulheres relataram alto grau de acesso a informações sobre doenças sexualmente transmissíveis (87% e Aids (90%, mas as informações sobre saúde sexual foram

  12. Procedimentos, colocação em cena da dupla ("Enactment" e validação clínica em psicoterapia psicanalítica e psicanálise Psicoanálisis y psicoterapia psicoanalítica: procedimientos, validación clínica y el modelo de "colocación en escena" ("enactment" Procedures, enactment and clinical validation in psychoanalytical psychotherapy and psychoanalysis

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    Roosevelt M. Smeke Cassorla

    2003-12-01

    Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy are shown as to procedures and objectives. The "enactment" model is presented and its value in the clinical validation process is discussed as related to the treatment objectives. OBJECTIVES: The objectives of the paper are to describe and discuss ways to validate procedures in psychoanalysis clinically and relate them to the objectives of Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. METHOD: Clinical-psychoanalytical, illustrated with a patient with OCD. RESULTS-CLINICAL MATERIAL: The dynamics involved in parts of two analytical sessions is presented. It shows that the analyst's failure turned out to be productive when its effect was evaluated (clinical validation, resulting in extending the patient's thinking capacity, the theoretical model used. DISCUSSION: Two items are discussed. 1. Validation, "enactment" and countertransference: showing the need for the analyst to be part of the "scene" and use the derivatives of his/her countertransference to understand the "enactment". 2. Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: showing how clear objectives are a condition for their proper validation. CONCLUSIONS: Because psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy deal with complex variables, which are impossible to isolate and control, they need continuous intra-clinical validation, and clear objectives are essential. The "enactment" model associated with the Bion thinking theory is demonstrated as a basis for this validation.

  13. Biotech injectable drugs: clinical applications and financial effects.

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    Vogenberg, F Randy; Young, Coleen

    2004-07-01

    Biotechnology-derived injectable medications raise complex issues with respect to access and administration for both manufacturers and payers. In addition, biotech injectables rarely fit within traditional prescription drug benefit design structures, thereby creating inequities in reimbursement and access that can undermine a health benefit plan's goals.Benefit-design changes focusing on short-term solutions can exacerbate such situations. Employers, insurers, and managed care organizations need to consider innovative benefit-plan designs to effectively address issues that are associated with biotech medications.Actuarial models, such as the Reimbursement model described in this article, can help to provide the options analyses and decision-making support that are required.

  14. Effects of tissue handling and processing steps on PCR for detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded samples Efeitos das etapas de tratamento e processamento do tecido na PCR para detecção de Mycobacterium tuberculosis em amostras fixadas em formalina e incluídas em parafina

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    Denise Barcelos

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Development and standardization of reliable methods for detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in clinical samples is an important goal in laboratories throughout the world. In this work, lung and spleen fragments from a patient who died with the diagnosis of miliary tuberculosis were used to evaluate the influence of the type of fixative as well as the fixation and paraffin inclusion protocols on PCR performance in paraffin embedded specimens. Tissue fragments were fixed for four h to 48 h, using either 10% non-buffered or 10% buffered formalin, and embedded in pure paraffin or paraffin mixed with bee wax. Specimens were submitted to PCR for amplification of the human beta-actin gene and separately for amplification of the insertion sequence IS6110, specific from the M. tuberculosis complex. Amplification of the beta-actin gene was positive in all samples. No amplicons were generated by PCR-IS6110 when lung tissue fragments were fixed using 10% non-buffered formalin and were embedded in paraffin containing bee wax. In conclusion, combined inhibitory factors interfere in the detection of M. tuberculosis in stored material. It is important to control these inhibitory factors in order to implement molecular diagnosis in pathology laboratories.O desenvolvimento e a padronização de métodos confiáveis para a detecção de Mycobacterium tuberculosis em amostras clínicas é um objetivo importante nos laboratórios de todo o mundo. Neste trabalho, fragmentos de pulmão e baço de paciente que morreu com o diagnóstico de tuberculose miliar foram usados para avaliar a influência do tipo de fixador e dos protocolos de fixação e inclusão em parafina na performance da PCR. Fragmentos de tecido foram fixados por quatro h a 48 h, usando formalina não tamponada a 10% ou formalina tamponada a 10% e incluídos em parafina pura ou misturada a cera de abelha. As amostras foram submetidas a PCR para amplificação do gene da beta-actina humana e

  15. Cytotoxic effect of acriflavine against clinical isolates of Acanthamoeba spp.

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    Polat, Zubeyda Akin; Karakus, Gulderen

    2013-02-01

    Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) is a potentially devastating and sight-threatening infection of the cornea caused by the ubiquitous free-living amoebae, Acanthamoeba species. Its eradication is difficult because the amoebas encyst, making it highly resistant to anti-amoebic drugs. Acriflavine neutral (ACF) has been used for treatment of microbial infections for humans and fishes. The aim of our study was to evaluate the time-dependent cytotoxicities of ACF against Acanthamoeba spp. Trophozoites and cysts of three different strains (strain PAT06 Acanthamoeba castellanii, strain 2HH Acanthamoeba hatchetti, and strain 11DS A. hatchetti) of Acanthamoeba spp. were tested. All strains had been isolated from patients suffering from a severe AK. The effects of the ACF with the concentrations ranging from 15 to 500 mg mL(-1) on the cytotoxicity of Acanthamoeba strains were examined. ACF showed a time- and dose-dependent amebicidal action on the trophozoites and cysts. Pat06 (A. castellanii) was the most resistant, while strain 11DS (A. hatchetti) was the most sensitive. As a result, ACF could be concluded as a new agent for the treatment of Acanthamoeba infections. On the other hand, it still needs to be further evaluated by in vivo test systems to confirm the efficiency of its biological effect.

  16. Clinical effects of pranayama on performance of rifle shooters

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    Amte Snehal Shekhar, Mistry Hetal M

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    Full Text Available Background: Yoga has an enormous scientifically proven effect on man’s physical and psychological functioning. Pranayama constitute the most vital aspects of yoga. Various methods of pranayama have a sound scientific basis and are traditionally believed to produce equilibrium between psychic and somatic aspects of bodily functions. The link between body and mind is obligatory for the better performance of sports persons. Aim: The aim of the study is to find out the effect of pranayama on the performance of Rifle shooters by measuring the parameters like-breath holding time, lung functional capacity and shooting performance. Method: 52 state level shooters subjects were chosen from 2 centres between the age group of 15-30years. Out of them, 26 shooters were given training in the techniques of pranayama for 3weeks.The other 26 subjects served as control i.e. with out Pranayama training. Variables like shooting performance, breath holding time (BHT, peak expiratory flow rate (PEFR, respiratory rate (RR and pulse rate (PR were measured in both the groups. Results: The study showed highly significant improvement in all the five variables shooting performance (in mm, BHT, PEFR, RR and PR with p value of 3.62E-05, 2.78E-07, 1.31E-09, 0.013, 3.40E-04respectively. Conclusion: So it can be concluded that pranayama is efficacious for better performance of Rifle shooters and should be included in their training practice.

  17. Positive effects of electronic patient records on three clinical activities

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    Hertzum, Morten; Simonsen, Jesper

    2008-01-01

     Purpose: To investigate the effects of a fully functional electronic patient record (EPR) system on clinicians' work during team conferences, ward rounds, and nursing handovers. Method: In collaboration with clinicians an EPR system was configured for a stroke unit and in trial use for five days...... records prior to the trial period. The data comprise measurements from 11 team conferences, 7 ward rounds, and 10 nursing handovers. Results: During team conferences the clinicians experienced a reduction on five of six subscales of mental workload, and the physicians experienced an overall reduction...... in mental workload. The physician in charge also experienced increased clarity about the importance of and responsibilities for work tasks, and reduced mental workload during ward rounds. During nursing handovers the nurses experienced fewer missing pieces of information and fewer messages to pass on after...

  18. Resistência antimicrobiana associada em isolados clínicos de Enterococcus spp Associated antimicrobial resistance in Enterococcus spp. clinical isolates

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    Cláudia Castelo Branco Artiaga Kobayashi

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: O aumento da prevalência de isolados de enterococos em hospitais, particularmente Enterococcus resistente à vancomicina (VRE, é importante por causa da limitada terapia antimicrobiana efetiva para o tratamento de infecções enterocócicas. MÉTODOS: O presente trabalho apresentou uma investigação retrospectiva de dados de suscetibilidade in vitro quantitativa para uma variedade de antimicrobianos frente aos isolados de Enterococcus spp. e avaliação da associação de resistência entre os agentes antimicrobianos apontados como escolha para o tratamento de infecções causadas por VRE, através do cálculo do risco relativo. RESULTADOS: Dos 156 isolados de enterococos, 40 (25,6% foram resistentes a três ou mais antimicrobianos, incluindo 7,7% (n = 12/156 resistentes à vancomicina. A associação de resistência elevada foi mais pronunciada entre os isolados de VREs com antimicrobianos alternativos e primários para o tratamento de infecções causadas por estes patógenos, incluindo ampicilina (100%, RR = 7,2, estreptomicina (90,9%, RR = 4,9, rifampicina (91,7%, RR = 3,1 e linezolida (50%, RR = 11,5, apesar da alta taxa de suscetibilidade a esta droga (94,9%. CONCLUSÕES: A resistência associada significativa aos antimicrobianos de primeira escolha e alternativos, usados no tratamento de infecções graves por cepas com o fenótipo VRE e que requerem um regime terapêutico combinado, evidencia alternativas terapêuticas ainda mais limitadas na instituição analisada.INTRODUCTION: The increasing prevalence of enterococci strains in hospitals, particularly among isolates of vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE, poses important problems because of the limited effect of antimicrobial therapy for enterococcal infections. METHODS: This work presents a retrospective investigation of quantitative in vitro susceptibility data for the range of antimicrobials against Enterococcus spp. isolates and evaluation of the association of

  19. Effectiveness and safety of natalizumab in real-world clinical practice: Review of observational studies.

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    van Pesch, Vincent; Sindic, Christian J; Fernández, Oscar

    2016-10-01

    Clinical trials have shown that natalizumab is highly effective for treating relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS). The purpose of this analysis was to conduct a targeted review of data from country-specific observational studies and registries of natalizumab-treated patients with relapsing MS in order to more fully investigate the longer-term effectiveness and safety of this disease-modifying therapy in real-world clinical practice settings. A PubMed search was conducted on March 13, 2014, using the terms (natalizumab AND multiple sclerosis) AND (observational OR registry OR post-marketing OR clinical practice). Only English-language papers that reported effectiveness (in terms of effects on relapses, disability progression, and magnetic resonance imaging findings) and/or safety results from studies were included. Data from 22 studies/registries were included. Annualized relapse rates decreased by 73%-94% from baseline across the studies, with improvement maintained for up to 5 years during natalizumab treatment. Natalizumab effectiveness was also demonstrated via assessment of disability progression (Expanded Disability Status Scale), radiological measures, and no-evidence-of-disease-activity measures (clinical, radiological, and overall). Results were similar among patient groups stratified by level of disease activity. Safety outcomes were consistent with natalizumab's known safety profile. Data from country-specific observational studies and registries varying in size and scope support the effectiveness and safety of natalizumab in a broad range of patients in clinical practice.

  20. Avaliação clínica e sistêmica em pacientes que procuram tratamento periodontal = Clinical and systemic evaluation of patients seeking periodontal treatment

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    Gusmão, Estela Santos

    2005-01-01

    Com o objetivo de estabelecer as condições clínicas e sistêmicas de pacientes portadores de doença periodontal atendidos na Escola de Aperfeiçoamento Profissional da Associação Brasileira de Odontologia Secção Pernambuco (EAP-ABO/PE) nos anos de 2000-2001, foram levantados 249 prontuários dos quais, 65 foram desconsiderados por falta de preenchimento. Os dados de interesse foram anotados em ficha específica e trabalhados no programa SPSS versão 10. 0. Para análise estatística foram adotadas d...

  1. Efeitos do ultrassom terapêutico em modelo experimental de ciatalgia Therapeutic ultrasound effects in a sciatica experimental model

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    Adriano Policam Ciena

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available A ciática possui grande prevalência geral e seu tratamento tende a resolver as causas de compressão nervosa. A fisioterapia objetiva reduzir os sintomas causados pela compressão. O presente estudo teve como objetivo avaliar a eficácia do ultrassom terapêutico sobre a dor, em animais submetidos a modelo experimental de ciatalgia. Foram usados 18 ratos neste estudo, divididos em três grupos: GS (n = 4, submetido a modelo de ciatalgia e tratados com ultrassom desligado; GUP (n = 7, submetido à ciatalgia e tratados com ultrassom pulsado 2W/cm² (SATP; 0,4 - SATA; e grupo GUC (n = 7, submetido à ciática e ultrassom contínuo (0,4W/cm². O nervo ciático do membro posterior direito foi exposto à compressão com fio categute em quatro pontos. No 3º dia pós-operatório (PO, iniciou-se tratamento indireto por quatro dias. No 9º dia PO, o tratamento direto começou sobre a área do procedimento cirúrgico, por cinco dias consecutivos. O tempo de elevação da pata, durante a marcha, foi avaliado antes e após a ciatalgia, no 3º, 6º, 9º e 13º PO. Os resultados demonstraram que a aplicação do ultrassom reduziu a dor com ambos os tratamentos efetivos e tendeu a ser mais eficaz na forma pulsada.The sciatica possesses great general population prevalence, and its treatment tends to solve the nervous compression causes. Physiotherapy aims to reduce the symptoms caused by compression. This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of therapeutic ultrasound on pain in animals subjected to sciatica experimental model. Eighteen rats were used and they were divided in 3 groups: group SG (n=4 submitted to the sciatica and treated with the ultrasound off, group PUG (n=7 submitted to the sciatica and treated with pulsed ultrasound 2 W/cm² (SATP; 0,4 - SATA and group CUG (n=7 submitted to the sciatica and treated with continuous ultrasound (0,4 W/cm². The sciatic nerve of the posterior right limb was exposed to the compression with Catgut wire in 4

  2. Effect of Sea buckthorn on liver fibrosis: A clinical study

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    Ze-Li Gao; Xiao-Hong Gu; Feng-Tao Cheng; Fo-Hu Jiang

    2003-01-01

    AIM: To appraise the effect of sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) on cirrhotic patients.METHODS: Fifty cirrhotic patients of Child-Pugh grade A and B were randomly divided into two groups: Group A as the treated group (n=30), taking orally the sea buckthom extract, 15 g 3 times a day for 6 months. Group B as the control group (n=18), taking vitamin B complex one tablet,3 times a day for 6 months. The following tests were performed before and after the treatment in both groups to determine LN, HA, collagens types Ⅲ and IV, cytokines IL6 and TNFα, liver serum albumin, total bile acid, ALT, AST and prothrombin time.RESULTS: The serum levels of TNFα, IL-6, laminin and type IV collagen in group A were significantly higher than those in the control group. After a course of sea buckthorn treatment, the serum levels of LN, HA, collagen types Ⅲand IV, total bile acid (TBA) decreased significantly as compared with those before and after treatment in the control group. The sea buckthorn notably shortened the duration for normalization of aminotransferases.CONCLUSION: Sea buckthom may be a hopeful drug for prevention and treatment of liver fibrosis.

  3. Incense smoke: clinical, structural and molecular effects on airway disease

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    Krishnaswamy Guha

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract In Asian countries where the Buddhism and Taoism are mainstream religions, incense burning is a daily practice. A typical composition of stick incense consists of 21% (by weight of herbal and wood powder, 35% of fragrance material, 11% of adhesive powder, and 33% of bamboo stick. Incense smoke (fumes contains particulate matter (PM, gas products and many organic compounds. On average, incense burning produces particulates greater than 45 mg/g burned as compared to 10 mg/g burned for cigarettes. The gas products from burning incense include CO, CO2, NO2, SO2, and others. Incense burning also produces volatile organic compounds, such as benzene, toluene, and xylenes, as well as aldehydes and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs. The air pollution in and around various temples has been documented to have harmful effects on health. When incense smoke pollutants are inhaled, they cause respiratory system dysfunction. Incense smoke is a risk factor for elevated cord blood IgE levels and has been indicated to cause allergic contact dermatitis. Incense smoke also has been associated with neoplasm and extracts of particulate matter from incense smoke are found to be mutagenic in the Ames Salmonella test with TA98 and activation. In order to prevent airway disease and other health problem, it is advisable that people should reduce the exposure time when they worship at the temple with heavy incense smokes, and ventilate their house when they burn incense at home.

  4. Vasoprotective effects of human CD34+ cells: towards clinical applications

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    Lerman Amir

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The development of cell-based therapeutics for humans requires preclinical testing in animal models. The use of autologous animal products fails to address the efficacy of similar products derived from humans. We used a novel immunodeficient rat carotid injury model in order to determine whether human cells could improve vascular remodelling following acute injury. Methods Human CD34+ cells were separated from peripheral buffy coats using automatic magnetic cell separation. Carotid arterial injury was performed in male Sprague-Dawley nude rats using a 2F Fogarty balloon catheter. Freshly harvested CD34+ cells or saline alone was administered locally for 20 minutes by endoluminal instillation. Structural and functional analysis of the arteries was performed 28 days later. Results Morphometric analysis demonstrated that human CD34+ cell delivery was associated with a significant reduction in intimal formation 4 weeks following balloon injury as compared with saline (I/M ratio 0.79 ± 0.18, and 1.71 ± 0.18 for CD34, and saline-treated vessels, respectively P Conclusion Delivery of human CD34+ cells limits neointima formation and improves arterial reactivity after vascular injury. These studies advance the concept of cell delivery to effect vascular remodeling toward a potential human cellular product.

  5. Incense smoke: clinical, structural and molecular effects on airway disease.

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    Lin, Ta-Chang; Krishnaswamy, Guha; Chi, David S

    2008-04-25

    In Asian countries where the Buddhism and Taoism are mainstream religions, incense burning is a daily practice. A typical composition of stick incense consists of 21% (by weight) of herbal and wood powder, 35% of fragrance material, 11% of adhesive powder, and 33% of bamboo stick. Incense smoke (fumes) contains particulate matter (PM), gas products and many organic compounds. On average, incense burning produces particulates greater than 45 mg/g burned as compared to 10 mg/g burned for cigarettes. The gas products from burning incense include CO, CO2, NO2, SO2, and others. Incense burning also produces volatile organic compounds, such as benzene, toluene, and xylenes, as well as aldehydes and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). The air pollution in and around various temples has been documented to have harmful effects on health. When incense smoke pollutants are inhaled, they cause respiratory system dysfunction. Incense smoke is a risk factor for elevated cord blood IgE levels and has been indicated to cause allergic contact dermatitis. Incense smoke also has been associated with neoplasm and extracts of particulate matter from incense smoke are found to be mutagenic in the Ames Salmonella test with TA98 and activation. In order to prevent airway disease and other health problem, it is advisable that people should reduce the exposure time when they worship at the temple with heavy incense smokes, and ventilate their house when they burn incense at home.

  6. Prevalência de adoção intra e extrafamiliar em amostras clínica e não-clínica de crianças e adolescentes Prevalence of intrafamilial and extrafamilial adoption in a clinical and non-clinical setting samples of children and adolescents

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    Fu I Lee

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    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO/OBJETIVOS: Estudos realizados em diferentes países demonstram que a proporção de crianças e adolescentes adotivos atendidos em clínicas psiquiátricas é maior em relação à verificada nas demais clínicas e na população em geral. O objetivo deste estudo é verificar a prevalência de adoção em amostra clínica e não-clínica, identificando possíveis associações entre tipos de adoção (extrafamiliar e intrafamiliar e procura de serviço psiquiátrico. MÉTODOS: Estudo de corte transversal, envolvendo crianças de seis a 14 anos: amostra clínica (G1 de um serviço de psiquiatria da infância e da adolescência de uma região da cidade de São Paulo (n=551 e amostra não-clínica (G2 de uma escola localizada na mesma região (n=365. RESULTADOS: A proporção de meninos foi significantemente maior no G1 que no G2 (pINTRODUCTION/OBJECTIVES: Researchers from different countries have reported a higher percentage of adopted children seen in psychiatric clinics when compared to other clinics and to the general population. The objective of this study was to verify the prevalence of adopted children in two different setting samples, a clinical and non-clinical one, identifying possible associations between the type of adoption (extrafamilial or intrafamilial and psychiatric assistance. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was carried out involving two groups of children aged six to 14 years: a clinical sample (G1 drawn from psychiatry service for children and adolescents located in a specific region of the city of São Paulo (N=551, and a non-clinical sample (G2 drawn from a school located in the same region (N=365. RESULTS: There was a greater proportion of boys in G1 (70% than in G2 (45%; p<0.001. It was observed a greater prevalence of adoption in G1 (7.4% when compared to G2 (4.1%; p=0.048. Among adopted children, extrafamilial adoption predominated in G1 (73.2%, and intrafamilial adoption predominated in G2 (60.0%; p=0

  7. Aspiração de corpo estranho em crianças: aspectos clínicos, radiológicos e tratamento broncoscópico Foreign body aspiration in children: clinical aspects, radiological aspects and bronchoscopic treatment

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    Andrea de Melo Alexandre Fraga

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Descrever manifestações clínicas e tratamento broncoscópico da aspiração de corpo estranho em crianças menores de 14 anos de idade, correlacionando com achados broncoscópicos. MÉTODOS: Estudo retrospectivo, descritivo analisando prontuários de todas as crianças menores de 14 anos de idade atendidas no Hospital das Clinicas da Universidade Estadual de Campinas de janeiro de 2000 a dezembro de 2005, submetidas à broncoscopia por suspeita clínica de aspiração de corpo estranho. RESULTADOS: Foram analisados 69 pacientes, com idade entre 8 meses e 12 anos/7 meses (75,4% abaixo de 3 anos, dos quais 62,3% eram do sexo masculino. A principal queixa foi tosse súbita (75,4%. Em 74% dos casos houve alteração de ausculta pulmonar e dispnéia foi observada em 20 crianças (29%. Um total de 88% apresentou alteração radiológica. A aspiração ocorreu predominantemente em pulmão direito (54,8%, com material de origem vegetal, destacando feijão e amendoim (30,7%. Complicações ocorreram em 29% dos pacientes, sendo pneumonia a mais comum, e foram associadas ao tempo maior de aspiração (p = 0,03. Um total de 7 pacientes (10,1% necessitaram ventilação mecânica, e 5 (7,2% foram submetidos a mais de uma broncoscopia. CONCLUSÃO: História clínica com início súbito de engasgo e tosse, anormalidades na ausculta pulmonar e na radiografia de tórax caracterizam o quadro clínico de aspiração e são indicativas de broncoscopia. Quanto maior o tempo de aspiração, maior o risco de complicações. A alta prevalência de corpos estranhos de origem vegetal alerta para a necessidade de programas preventivos dirigidos aos menores de 3 anos.OBJECTIVE: To describe the clinical manifestations and bronchoscopic treatment of foreign body aspiration in children under 14 years of age, correlating the clinical aspects with the bronchoscopic findings. METHODS: A retrospective, descriptive study analyzing data related to children under 14

  8. Incidência e aspectos clínico-laboratoriais do Lúpus eritematoso sistêmico em cidade do Sul do Brasil Incidence and clinical-laboratory aspects of systemic lupus erythematosus in a Southern brazilian city

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    Carlos Alberto Kenji Nakashima

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: Estudos epidemiológicos brasileiros sobre o lúpus eritematoso sistêmico (LES são bastante escassos e os dados existentes hoje são praticamente todos de literatura internacional. OBJETIVOS: Determinar a incidência e algumas características clínicas e laboratoriais de pacientes com LES em Cascavel, Paraná - Brasil. PACIENTES E MÉTODOS: Os dados foram coletados entre agosto de 2007 e julho de 2008 em todos os serviços de saúde do município que possuíam atendimentos na especialidade de Reumatologia: um hospital universitário, um ambulatório público e três clínicas privadas da cidade. RESULTADOS: Foram identificados 14 pacientes com diagnóstico de LES, resultando em uma incidência estimada de 4,8 casos/100.000 habitantes/ano. Todos os pacientes eram do sexo feminino, com média de idade de 41,5 anos. A faixa etária com maior incidência foi a de 30 - 39 anos e 92,8% apresentaram quatro ou mais dos 11 critérios do American College of Rheumatology (ACR para o diagnóstico de LES. O tratamento farmacológico dos pacientes também foi avaliado e mostrou estar de acordo com o Consenso Brasileiro para o tratamento de LES. CONCLUSÃO: A incidência obtida em Cascavel/PR está próxima das incidências observadas em estudos internacionais.INTRODUCTION: Brazilian epidemiological studies on systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE are scarce, and currently available data originate almost entirely from international literature. OBJECTIVES: To determine the incidence and some clinical and laboratory characteristics of patients with SLE in the municipality of Cascavel, state of Paraná, Brazil. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Data were collected from August 2007 to July 2008 in all health services of Cascavel providing health care in rheumatology: a university-affiliated hospital, a public outpatient clinic, and three private clinics. RESULTS: The study identified 14 patients diagnosed with SLE, which resulted in an estimated incidence of 4

  9. Aspectos epidemiológicos, clínicos e parasitológicos da doença de Chagas em Mato Grosso do Sul Epidemiological, clinical and parasitological aspects of Chagas' disease in Mato Grosso do Sul State

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    Maurício Antonio Pompilio

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available Com o objetivo de avaliar aspectos epidemiológicos, clínicos e parasitológicos da doença de Chagas crônica, em pacientes do Hospital Universitário da Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul, realizamos um estudo seccional envolvendo 120 chagásicos e 120 controles não-chagásicos, de ambos os sexos, com idades de 16 a 82 anos. Os aspectos epidemiológicos foram avaliados por questionário, a cardiopatia por exame clínico, eletrocardiograma convencional, radiologia e ecodopplercardiograma e a presença de Trypanosoma cruzi no sangue por xenodiagnóstico e teste da reação em cadeia da polimerase. Os resultados mostraram predominância de alóctones com baixa escolaridade e referência de contato prévio com triatomíneos entre os chagásicos. Abortamento espontâneo foi mais freqüente nas mulheres chagásicas. A cardiopatia devido ao componente chagásico foi estimada em 20,2%. Apresentou-se com 7,5% de cardiomegalia, 6,2% de aneurisma de ventrículo esquerdo e com predominância de dispnéia, palpitações e hipertensão arterial. O xenodiagnóstico foi positivo em 26,1% dos chagásicos enquanto a PCR foi positiva em 53,7%. A análise dos resultados indicou que a doença de Chagas no grupo estudado apresenta características clínicas e parasitológicas que revelam peculiaridades regionais.With the objective of evaluating epidemiologic, clinical and parasitologic aspects of chronic Chagas' disease in patients from the University Hospital of the Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul, a cross-sectional study was performed with groups of 120 chagasic and non-chagasic patients aged from 16 to 82 years. Epidemiologic aspects were evaluated by means of a questionnaire, cardiopathy by clinical examination, conventional electrocardiogram, radiology and Doppler echocardiograms (only in chagasic patients and the presence of Trypanosoma cruzi in the blood stream by way of xenodiagnosis and polymerase chain reaction test. The results

  10. Prevalência da infecção pelo HIV em pacientes com tuberculose na atenção básica em Fortaleza, Ceará Prevalence of HIV infection in tuberculosis patients treated at primary health care clinics in the city of Fortaleza, Brazil

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    Helder Oliveira e Silva

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi determinar a prevalência da infecção pelo HIV em indivíduos com > 15 anos de idade e diagnóstico confirmado de tuberculose, acompanhados em Centros de Saúde da Família de Fortaleza (CE. Uma amostra aleatória de 110 pacientes com diagnóstico de tuberculose de 26 Centros de Saúde da Família foi incluída no estudo, realizado entre os meses de janeiro e maio de 2009. Todos os participantes responderam a um questionário com dados sociodemográficos e clínicos e realizaram sorologia para o HIV. Nesta amostra, a prevalência de coinfecção tuberculose/HIV foi de 3,6% (IC95%: 0,2-7,0.The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence of HIV infection among individuals > 15 years of age with a confirmed diagnosis of tuberculosis and treated at family health care clinics in the city of Fortaleza, Brazil. We evaluated a random sample of 110 patients with tuberculosis, treated at a total of 26 family health care clinics between January and May of 2009. All of the participants completed a questionnaire regarding sociodemographic and clinical data, and all underwent HIV testing. In this sample, the prevalence of tuberculosis/HIV co-infection was 3.6% (95% CI: 0.2-7.0.

  11. Clinical expression of obsessive-compulsive disorder in women with bipolar disorder Expressão clínica do transtorno obsessivo-compulsivo em uma amostra de mulheres com transtorno de humor bipolar

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    Cilly Klüger Issler

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To study clinical and psychopathological features of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD in women with bipolar disorder (BD. METHODS: Fifteen outpatients with concurrent bipolar disorder I (80.0% or II (20.0% and obsessive-compulsive disorder were studied. Most of them (80.0% sought treatment for bipolar disorder. They were ascertained by means of the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV (SCID/P, semi-structured interviews to investigate obsessions, compulsions and sensory phenomena that may precede compulsions and an additional module for the diagnosis of chronic motor and vocal tics. Severity of symptoms was assessed by the Yale-Brown Obsessive-Compulsive Rating Scale, Hamilton Depression Rating Scale and Young Mania Rating Scale. RESULTS: Obsessive-compulsive disorder presented early onset (before the age of 10 in 9 (60% cases, preceded bipolar disorder in 10 (66.7% and displayed chronic waxing and waning course in 13 (86.7% of them. There was wide overlap between types of obsessive-compulsive symptoms and all patients experienced sensory phenomena preceding the compulsions. There was no clear-cut impact of depressive and manic episodes on the intensity of obsessive-compulsive symptoms, which increased in depression and decreased in mania in 40.0% of the cases, had the opposite pattern in 26.7% of the patients and fluctuated inconsistently in the rest of them. Tics disorders were diagnosed in 5 (33.3% patients. CONCLUSIONS: Our results suggest that in women with comorbid bipolar disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder the latter presents features that may be typical of the association of the two disorders, such as early onset and sensory phenomena preceding compulsions. A prospective controlled study is necessary to confirm these observations, due to some limitations of our study: small exclusively female sample, heterogeneity concerning the type of bipolar disorder and the disorder that determined sought of treatment and

  12. Cost and effectiveness of clinical investigation: the state of the art.

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    Clarke, R M; Mason, B; Leeder, S R

    1980-10-01

    Clinical investigation by means of special technical tests has increased in clinical practice during recent years. Pressures causing this increase are said to include: rapid technological change making many more tests available, clinical uncertainty, peer pressure, greater patient awareness, and concern for diagnostic completeness. Cost factors do not appear to have influenced test-ordering behaviour to any large extent, and those ordering investigations are frequently ignorant of the cost of the test which they are ordering, both to the patient and the community. The relation of clinical investigational activity to quality of outcome of patient care remains largely unestablished. Studies of the possible modification of test-ordering behaviour through educational and institutional policy pressures are reviewed. A rational approach to investigating the effectiveness of techniques designed to encourage the more economic and effective use of investigations is presented in brief on the basis of this review of previously published work.

  13. Long term adverse effects related to nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors: clinical impact of mitochondrial toxicity.

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    Maagaard, Anne; Kvale, Dag

    2009-01-01

    Antiretroviral treatment (ART) has provided excellent clinical efficacy in HIV infection, and individuals treated for HIV might therefore expect normal duration of life. However, this enthusiasm might be moderated by some devastating long-term adverse effects that are frequently observed in HIV-infected individuals, phenomena that may be even more pronounced as the HIV-infected populations become older and therefore perhaps more susceptible to some of these adverse effects. We here review the clinical impact of mitochondrial toxicity giving rise to many of the adverse effects caused by ART.

  14. Observation on Clinical Effects of Acupotomy plus Cupping for Knee Osteoarthritis

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    Gu Jun-qing; Guo Yan-ming; Liang Yong-ying

    2014-01-01

    Objective: To observe the clinical effect of acupotomy plus cupping for knee osteoarthritis (KOA). Methods: Sixty cases with KOA were randomly divided into a treatment group and a control group, 30 cases in each group. The patients in the treatment group were given acupotomy and cupping, while the patients in the control group were given injection of Sodium Hyaluronate. The index of severity for osteoarthritis (ISOA), the change of the effusion of knee joint and clinical effects were observed after treatment. Results: The total effective rate was respectively 96.7% in the treatment group and 66.7% in the control group. The difference in the clinical effects between the two groups was statistically significant (P Conclusion: Acupotomy plus cupping is better than injection of Sodium Hyaluronate in treatment of KOA.

  15. Comparação da eficácia de doses iguais de acetaminofeno retal e oral em crianças Comparison of antipyretic effectiveness of equal doses of rectal and oral acetaminophen in children

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    Sedigha Akhavan Karbasi

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Comparar uma dose de acetaminofeno oral e retal e avaliar a aceitabilidade do acetaminofeno retal, uma vez que o acetaminofeno oral e retal é amplamente usado como agente antipirético em crianças com febre e a eficiência comparativa dessas duas preparações não está bem estabelecida. MÉTODOS: Neste estudo prospectivo de grupos paralelos, foram incluídas 60 crianças admitidas na emergência ou clínica ambulatorial pediátrica em um hospital terciário, com idade entre 6 meses e 6 anos e com temperatura retal acima de 39 °C. Os pacientes foram distribuídos aleatoriamente em dois grupos de mesmo tamanho. O grupo 1 recebeu 15 mg/kg de acetaminofeno retal, e o grupo 2 recebeu a mesma dose oralmente. A temperatura foi registrada no tempo zero e 1 e 3 horas após administração da droga. RESULTADOS: No primeiro grupo, a redução média de temperatura, 1 e 3 horas após administração do acetaminofeno, foi de 1,07±0,16 (p 0,05. CONCLUSÃO: As preparações oral e retal de acetaminofeno têm eficácia antipirética equivalente em crianças. A via retal mostrou ser tão aceitável quanto a oral entre os pais.OBJECTIVE: To compare a dose of oral and rectal acetaminophen and to evaluate acceptability of rectal acetaminophen, since oral and rectal acetaminophen is widely used as an antipyretic agent in febrile children and the comparative effectiveness of these two preparations is not well established. METHODS: In this prospective parallel group designed study, 60 children who presented to the emergency department or outpatient pediatric clinic at a tertiary hospital and aged from 6 months to 6 years with rectal temperature over 39 °C were enrolled. Patients were randomly assigned to two equal-sized groups. Group 1 received 15 mg/kg acetaminophen rectally and group 2 received the same dose orally. Temperature was recorded at baseline and 1 and 3 hours after drug administration. RESULTS: In the first group, mean decrease in

  16. Prevalence of Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Chlamydia trachomatis infection in men attending STD clinics in Brazil Prevalência de Neisseria gonorrhoeae e infecção pela Chlamydia trachomatis em homens atendidos em clínicas de DST no Brasil

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    Marcelo Joaquim Barbosa

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: The study aimed to assess the prevalence of Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Chlamydia trachomatis infections and identify demographic, behavioral and clinical factors correlated withsuch infections in men attending six sexually transmitted disease clinics in Brazil. METHODS: Multicentric, cross-sectional study performed among men attending STD clinics in Brazil. The study included STD clinics in six cities distributed throughout the five geographic regions of Brazil in 2005. Patients provided 20 ml of first catch urine for testing for NG and CT by DNA-PCR. RESULTS: A total of 767 (92.9% men were included in the study. The mean age was 26.5 (SD 8.3 years-old. Prevalence of Chlamydia infection was 13.1% (95%CI 10.7%-15.5% and gonorrhea was 18.4% (95%CI 15.7%-21.1%. Coinfection prevalence was 4.4% (95%CI 2.95%-5.85% in men who sought attendance in STI clinics. Factors identified as associated with C. trachomatis were younger age (15-24 [OR=1.4 (95%CI 1.01-1.91], present urethral discharge [OR=4.8 (95%CI 1.52-15.05], genital warts [OR=3.0 (95%CI 1.49-5.92] and previous history of urethral discharge [OR=2.4 (95%CI 1.11-5.18]. Variables associated with gonorrhea were younger age (15 to 24 [OR=1.5 (95%CI 1.09-2.05], presence of urethral discharge [OR=9.9 (95%CI 5.53-17.79], genital warts [OR=18.3 (95%CI 8.03-41.60] and ulcer present upon clinical examination [OR=4.9 (95%CI 1.06-22.73]. CONCLUSIONS: These findings have important implications for education and prevention actions directed toward men at risk of HIV/STD. A venue-based approach to offer routine screening for young men in STD clinics should be stimulated.INTRODUÇÃO: Nosso objetivo foi acessar a prevalência de Neisseria gonorrhoeae e Chlamydia trachomatis e identificar fatores demográficos, comportamentais e clínicos correlacionados a essas infecções em homens atendidos em clínicas de doenças sexualmente transmissíveis no Brasil. MÉTODOS: Estudo multicêntrico, transversal

  17. Measuring patient safety in a UK dental hospital: development of a dental clinical effectiveness dashboard.

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    Pemberton, M N; Ashley, M P; Shaw, A; Dickson, S; Saksena, A

    2014-10-01

    Patient safety is an important marker of quality for any healthcare organisation. In 2008, the British Government white paper entitled High quality care for all, resulting from a review led by Lord Darzi, identified patient safety as a key component of quality and discussed how it might be measured, analysed and acted upon. National and local clinically curated metrics were suggested, which could be displayed via a 'clinical dashboard'. This paper explains the development of a clinical effectiveness dashboard focused on patient safety in an English dental hospital and how it has helped us identify relevant patient safety issues in secondary dental care.

  18. Alternative Methodologies in Research Literature Review: Links between Clinical Work and MFT Effectiveness.

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    Addison, Shelia M.; Sandberg, Jonathan G.; Corby, Joy; Robila, Mihaela; Platt, Jason J.

    2002-01-01

    Reviews 15 years of clinical research in three family therapy (FT) journals that provide evidence for the effectiveness of marriage and family therapy. Considers designs that are being utilized in reports on the effectiveness of various models of FT. Makes connections between research and the everyday work of clinicians to make the work more…

  19. Cost-effectiveness of HIV screening of patients attending clinics for sexually transmitted diseases in Amsterdam

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    Bos, JM; Fennema, JSA; Postma, MJ

    2001-01-01

    Objective: To estimate the cost-effectiveness of universal HIV screening of patients attending a clinic for sexually transmitted diseases (STD) in Amsterdam. Design: Cost effectiveness analysis. Methods: A Bernoulli model for the secondary transmission of HIV was linked with epidemiological data on

  20. Clinical teaching in restorative dentistry and the variation between students' and supervisors' perceptions of its effectiveness.

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    Polyzois, I

    2010-05-01

    To investigate if there was an agreement between the students and supervisors on the quality of clinical teaching in Restorative Dentistry in the Dublin Dental School and Hospital and to identify differences on how effective clinical teaching is perceived between three academic years. In addition it aimed to identify the existence of any similarities between students\\' and supervisors\\' perceptions of specific teaching behaviours that are most and least helpful in learning.

  1. Effects of aerobic exercise on hematologic indices of women with rheumatoid arthritis: A randomized clinical trial

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    Background: To investigate the effects of moderate aerobic exercise on the hemoglobin, hematocrit, and red blood cell (RBC) mass of women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Materials and Methods: This randomized clinical trial was conducted at the Specialized Clinic of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Al-Zahra Hospital of Isfahan, during a 4-month period in 2014. We included patients with RA who did not have any malignancy and hematologic disorder. Two groups — one group receiving aerobic t...

  2. Comparative analysis between two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) MRI acquisitions - clinical applications for the evaluation of the knees in juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA); Analise comparativa entre aquisicao tri (3D) e bidimensional (2D) em ressonancia magnetica - aplicabilidade clinica em joelhos em artrite reumatoide juvenil (ARJ)

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    Doria, Andre S. [Hospital das Clinicas, Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Inst. de Radiologia; Rebelo, Marina de Sa [Hospital das Clinicas, Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Instituto do Coracao. Servico de Informatica; Castro, Claudio Campi de [Hospital das Clinicas, Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Instituto do Coracao. Servico de Ressonancia Magnetica] [and others

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    In this cross-sectional study in patients with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis the authors compare two-dimensional evaluation of the maximum synovial diameter on post-contrast axial T1-weighted SE (spin-echo) sequences with volumetric (three-dimensional assessment) on post-contrast axial T1-weighted SPIR (spectral presaturation with inversion recovery) SE sequences. With the aim of determining their cost-effectiveness these two methods of assessment were compared to clinical and laboratorial parameters, as well as the presence of synovial enhancement seen on magnetic resonance imaging. (author)

  3. Efeito imunossupressor da ciclosporina intra-muscular administrada em diferentes períodos pós-operatórios em um modelo de transplante penetrante de córnea em ratos Immunosuppressive effect of intramuscular cyclosporine used at different post-operative period on a penetrating keratoplasty model in the rat

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    Roberto von Hertwig

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    Full Text Available Objetivo: Avaliar o efeito imunossupressor da ciclosporina intramuscular (I.M., administrada por tempo limitado em diferentes períodos do pós-operatório, no transplante penetrante de córnea em um modelo experimental em rato, por meio de avaliação clínica e anátomo-patológica do enxerto corneano. Método: Foram utilizados ratos isogênicos Fischer como doadores e Lewis como receptores, em um modelo ortotópico de transplante de córnea. A administração de ciclosporina I.M. 10 mg/kg/dia foi iniciada em diferentes períodos nos grupos estudados: no pós-operatório imediato, no 7º dia pós-operatório e no 9º dia pós-operatório. A ciclosporina quando iniciada foi administrada até o 30º dia pós-operatório. Um grupo controle não recebeu a ciclosporina I.M. Os enxertos corneanos foram avaliadas clínica e histologicamente. Resultados: Rejeição foi observada nas primeiras três semanas do pós-operatório em 100% dos casos no grupo controle (n = 5 que não recebeu a ciclosporina. Os ratos tratados com ciclosporina (n = 15 apresentaram rejeição em apenas um caso, que teve curta evolução e poucos sinais clínicos. Os estudos histológicos confirmaram as avaliações clínicas. O grupo controle apresentou infiltrado no enxerto corneal com predomínio de linfócitos sobre neutrófilos com mais neovasos, com mais fibrose e com infiltrado inflamatório mais intenso do que os grupos tratados com ciclosporina. Conclusão: Os dados obtidos indicam que a ciclosporina I.M., pode ter efeito benéfico sobre o controle da rejeição do transplante de córnea, mesmo na sua fase ativa.Purpose: Corneal graft rejection suppression after intramus-cular cyclosporine administration at different periods of time was studied on a penetrating keratoplasty rejection model in the rat. Methods: Inbred Lewis rats were used as recipients and Fischer rats were used as donors in a orthotopic rejection model of corneal transplantation. Intramuscular injection

  4. <em>Ipomoea aquaticaem> Extract Shows Protective Action Against Thioacetamide-Induced Hepatotoxicity

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    A. Hamid A. Hadi

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    Full Text Available In the Indian system of traditional medicine (Ayurveda it is recommended to consume <em>Ipomoea em>aquatica> to mitigate disorders like jaundice. In this study, the protective effects of ethanol extract of <em>I. aquaticaem> against liver damage were evaluated in thioacetamide (TAA-induced chronic hepatotoxicity in rats. There was no sign of toxicity in the acute toxicity study, in which Sprague-Dawley (SD rats were orally fed with <em>I. aquaticaem> (250 and 500 mg/kg for two months along with administration of TAA (i.p injection 200 mg/kg three times a week for two months. The results showed that the treatment of <em>I. aquaticaem> significantly lowered the TAA-induced serum levels of hepatic enzyme markers (ALP, ALT, AST, protein, albumin, bilirubin and prothrombin time. The hepatic content of activities and expressions SOD and CAT that were reduced by TAA were brought back to control levels by the plant extract supplement. Meanwhile, the rise in MDA level in the TAA receiving groups also were significantly reduced by <em>I. aquaticaem> treatment. Histopathology of hepatic tissues by H&E and Masson trichrome stains displayed that <em>I. aquaticaem> has reduced the incidence of liver lesions, including hepatic cells cloudy swelling, infiltration, hepatic necrosis, and fibrous connective tissue proliferation induced by TAA in rats. Therefore, the results of this study show that the protective effect of <em>I. aquaticaem> in TAA-induced liver damage might be contributed to its modulation on detoxification enzymes and its antioxidant and free radical scavenger effects. Moreover, it confirms a scientific basis for the traditional use of <em>I. aquaticaem> for the treatment of liver disorders.

  5. Clinical etiology of myiasis in ENT: a reterograde period - interval study Etiologia clínica da miíase em otorrinolaringologia: um estudo retrospectivo

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    Shitij Arora

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Myiasis in ENT, once a deadly disease still presents as a significant outdoor problem, though advances in management including supportive therapy has led to early healing with significant reduction in bed occupancy rate. AIMS: To assess the clinico etiology, relationship of myiasis to habit and habitat of patients and to assess the changes in age, seasonal, socioeconomic incidence, nasal bacterial flora and usefulness of certain commonly done tests with reference to a gap of 25 years. MATERIALS & METHODS: The presenting study was conducted on 80 patients selected over a period of two time intervals ; first 40 cases were chosen from 1979 to 1980 and next 40 over 2003 to 2004. Cases were studied in a retrograde manner and data tabulated. RESULTS & CONCLUSIONS: Atrophic turbinates was the commonest pathological finding in nose in 30% of cases . Significant change seen was in the age group 51 and above with a rise of 30%. Mode during 2003-04 was 60 years. Incidence of palatal perforation dropped from 17.88 to 2.5% . Klebsiella emerged as a significant contributor to the nasal microbial flora. VDRL and split skin smear showed poor etiological association for the diseases.Miíase em ORL não é mais uma doença fatal, mas ainda está presente como um significativo problema em ambientes externos. Entretanto, progressos alcançados no tratamento, incluindo terapêutica de suporte, têm levado à cura precoce com significativa redução na taxa de internação hospitalar por causa dessa enfermidade. OBJETIVOS: Avaliar a etiologia clínica e as associações entre miíase e os hábitos e habitats dos pacientes; e avaliar diferenças no tocante à idade, estação do ano, incidência socioeconômica, flora bacteriana nasal e a utilidade de certos exames comumente feitos - um estudo retrospectivo de 25 anos. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: O presente estudo envolveu 80 pacientes selecionados em dois períodos; os primeiros 40 casos foram selecionados de 1979 a 1980

  6. Assistência em enfermagem na perspectiva da clínica ampliada em unidade de terapia intensiva Atención en enfermería en la perspectiva de clínica ampliada en la Unidad de Cuidados Intensivos Nursing care in the perspective of clinical enlarge in the Intensive Care Unit

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    Luciana de Freitas Campos

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    Full Text Available Este artigo tem como objetivo refletir sobre a assistência em enfermagem na perspectiva da clínica ampliada em Unidade de Terapia Intensiva (UTI. O estudo caracteriza-se como reflexão. A ampliação da clínica prevê um olhar ao ser humano considerando seu aspecto biológico associado à subjetividade de cada caso em particular por meio de uma abordagem integral, interdisciplinar e compartilhada. Faz-se necessário que ações conjuntas de uma equipe interdisciplinar modifiquem o cenário da UTI, local onde o modelo hegemônico historicamente se perpetua. Na enfermagem a responsabilidade com o indivíduo, seu bem-estar e o ambiente fazem parte de sua prática sendo possível uma participação efetiva e uma mudança da prática hegemônica para uma clínica ampliada.En este artículo se pretende reflexionar sobre los cuidados de enfermeria a la vista de la clínica ampliada en la Unidad de Cuidados Intensivos (UCI. El estudio se caracteriza por la reflexión. La expansión de la clínica ofrece un vistazo a la hora de considerar su aspecto biológico humano de la subjetividad asociada a cada caso particular por un enfoque integral, interdisciplaria y compartida. Es necesario que los esfuerzos conjuntos de un equipo interdisciplinario para modificar la configuración de la UCI, donde históricamente se perpetúa el modelo hegemónico. En la enfermería la responsabilidad con el individuo, su bienestar y el medio ambiente son parte de su práctica puede ser una participación efectiva y una modificación de la práctica hegemónica de una clínica ampliada.This article aims to reflect on nursing care in view of the expanded clinic in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU. The study is characterized as a reflection. The expansion of the clinic provides a look at when considering their human biological aspect of subjectivity associated with each particular case by an integral approach, interdisciplinary and shared. It is necessary that joint efforts of

  7. Dietary effects on muscle fatty acid composition of finished heifers Efeitos de dietas sobre a composição em ácidos graxos de novilhas terminadas em confinamento

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    Regiane Gregório da Silva

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    Full Text Available The effects of diet on Longissimus muscle fatty acid composition was determined using 24 crossbred heifers of Simmental vs. Nelore and Limousin vs. Nelore. The experimental diets were: 1 corn and yeast (CY; 2 corn, cottonseed meal + meat and bones meal (CMB; 3 cassava hull and yeast (CHY; 4 cassava hull, cottonseed meal + meat and bones meal (CHMB. Feeding CHMB diets resulted in lower lipid and higher cholesterol contents (PEfeitos de dietas sobre a composição em ácidos graxos no músculo Longissimus foram determinados, usando 24 novilhas mestiças Simmental vs. Nelore e Limousin vs. Nelore. As dietas experimentais foram: 1 milho e levedura (ML; 2 milho, farelo de algodão + farinha de carne e ossos (MiACO; 3 casca de mandioca e levedura (ML; 4 casca de mandioca, farelo de algodão + farinha de carne e ossos (MaACO. Dietas com a ração MaACO resultaram em carne com baixo teor de lipídios e alto teor de colesterol (P<0,05 em ambas as raças. A maioria dos ácidos graxos identificados foram monoinsaturados, com maior porcentagem para o ácido oléico (C18:1w9, com valores variando de 32,54 a 46,42%. Entre os ácidos graxos saturados, o palmítico (C16:0 mostrou a maior porcentagem, variando de 19,40 a 32,44%. A maior razão ácido graxo poliinsaturado/saturado foi de 0,30 (ML e a menor de 0,08 (MiACO. A carne de novilhas alimentadas com a dieta ML apresentou menor teor de colesterol e maior teor de ácidos graxos poliinsaturados.

  8. Efeitos das isoflavonas em altas doses sobre o útero da rata Effects of high-dose isoflavones on rat uterus

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    Adriana Aparecida Ferraz Carbonel

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar o efeito de altas doses de isoflavonas no útero de ratas adultas castradas. MÉTODOS: Ratas virgens ovariectomizadas (n = 40 foram tratadas por 30 dias consecutivos com veículo (GCtrl ou genisteína nas concentrações 42 (GES42, 125 (GES125 e 250 (GES250 µg/g de peso corporal ao dia. O extrato de soja e o veículo (propilenoglicol foram administrados por gavagem. Ao final do experimento, foi realizada dosagem sérica de 17 β-estradiol e progesterona, avaliou-se o peso dos animais e dos úteros e foi feito exame colpocitológico. Fragmentos do terço médio dos cornos uterinos foram fixados em formol a 10% e processados para inclusão em parafina para estudo histológico. Cortes de 5 µm de espessura foram corados pelo HE e destinados a estudo em microscopia de luz. Analisou-se a histomorfologia do endométrio, área endometrial, número e área ocupada pelas glândulas, assim como a concentração de eosinófilos presentes na lâmina própria. Os dados numéricos obtidos foram submetidos à análise de variância complementada pelo teste de Tukey-Kramer (p GES125 do que nos outros grupos (GES250 > GES125 > GES42 = GCtrl; p OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effects of high-dose isoflavones on the uterus of castrated adult rats. METHODS: Adult, ovariectomized virgin rats (n = 40 were treated by gavage during 30 consecutive days with vehicle (propylene glycol, group GCtrl or different doses of genistein: 42 (group GES42, 125 (GES125, or 250 (GES250 µg/g body weight per day. Animals were killed, weighed, vaginal and uterine samples were taken for cytologic evaluation, and serum levels of 17 β-estradiol and progesterone were determined. The middle third of the uterine horns was dissected, fixed in 10% formaldehyde and processed for paraffin inclusion; 5-µm thick sections were obtained and stained with HE for further histological study under light microscopy. The endometrial morphology and area, number and area of glands, and number

  9. Antioxidant Profile of <em>Trifolium pratenseem> L.

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    Heidy Schwartsova

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available In order to examine the antioxidant properties of five different extracts of <em>Trifolium pratenseem> L. (Leguminosae leaves, various assays which measure free radical scavenging ability were carried out: 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl, hydroxyl, superoxide anion and nitric oxide radical scavenger capacity tests and lipid peroxidation assay. In all of the tests, only the H2O and (to some extent the EtOAc extracts showed a potent antioxidant effect compared with BHT and BHA, well-known synthetic antioxidants. In addition, <em>in vivo em>experiments were conducted with antioxidant systems (activities of GSHPx, GSHR, Px, CAT, XOD, GSH content and intensity of LPx in liver homogenate and blood of mice after their treatment with extracts of <em>T. pratenseem> leaves, or in combination with CCl4. Besides, in the extracts examined the total phenolic and flavonoid amounts were also determined, together with presence of the selected flavonoids: quercetin, luteolin, apigenin, naringenin and kaempferol, which were studied using a HPLC-DAD technique. HPLC-DAD analysis showed a noticeable content of natural products according to which the examined <em>Trifolium pratenseem> species could well be regarded as a promising new source of bioactive natural compounds, which can be used both as a food supplement and a remedy.

  10. Fatores associados à tuberculose pulmonar em pacientes que procuraram serviços de saúde de referência para tuberculose Factors associated with pulmonary tuberculosis among patients seeking medical attention at referral clinics for tuberculosis

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    Cid Carlos Soares de Alcântara

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: A identificação de fatores comportamentais e clínicos associados à tuberculose pulmonar pode melhorar a detecção e o tratamento dessa doença, consequentemente reduzindo sua duração e transmissão. Nosso objetivo foi identificar fatores sociodemográficos, clínicos e comportamentais associados à tuberculose pulmonar. MÉTODOS: Estudo transversal realizado entre abril de 2008 e março de 2009 em três unidades de saúde na cidade de Fortaleza (CE. Foram selecionados 233 pacientes maiores de 14 anos que procuraram atendimento médico espontaneamente e que apresentavam tosse por > 2 semanas. Foram coletados dados sociodemográficos, clínicos e comportamentais. Foram realizadas baciloscopia direta para BAAR e cultura de micobactérias, bem como testes tuberculínicos e radiografias de tórax. Os pacientes foram divididos em dois grupos (com e sem tuberculose pulmonar. As variáveis categóricas foram comparadas com o teste do qui-quadrado, seguido de análise de regressão logística quando as variáveis foram consideradas significativas. RESULTADOS: A prevalência de tuberculose pulmonar foi 41,2%. As OR não ajustadas indicaram que as seguintes variáveis foram fatores de risco significativos para tuberculose pulmonar: febre (OR = 2,39; IC95%: 1,34-4,30, anorexia (OR = 3,69; IC95%: 2,03-6,75 e perda de peso (OR = 3,37; IC95%: 1,76-6,62. Na análise multivariada, apenas perda de peso (OR = 3,31; IC95%: 1,78-6,14 associou-se significativamente com tuberculose pulmonar. CONCLUSÕES: Em áreas com elevada prevalência de tuberculose, a perda de peso poderia ser utilizada como um indicador de tuberculose pulmonar em pacientes com tosse crônica por > 2 semanas.OBJECTIVE: The identification of behavioral and clinical factors that are associated with pulmonary tuberculosis might improve the detection and treatment of the disease, thereby reducing its duration and transmission. Our objective was to identify sociodemographic, clinical

  11. The attributes of an effective teacher differ between the classroom and the clinical setting.

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    Haws, Jolene; Rannelli, Luke; Schaefer, Jeffrey P; Zarnke, Kelly; Coderre, Sylvain; Ravani, Pietro; McLaughlin, Kevin

    2016-10-01

    Most training programs use learners' subjective ratings of their teachers as the primary measure of teaching effectiveness. In a recent study we found that preclinical medical students' ratings of classroom teachers were associated with perceived charisma and physical attractiveness of the teacher, but not intellect. Here we explored whether the relationship between these variables and teaching effectiveness ratings holds in the clinical setting. We asked 27 Internal Medicine residents to rate teaching effectiveness of ten teachers with whom they had worked on a clinical rotation, in addition to rating each teacher's clinical skills, physical attractiveness, and charisma. We used linear regression to study the association between these explanatory variables and teaching effectiveness ratings. We found no association between rating of physical attractiveness and teaching effectiveness. Clinical skill and charisma were independently associated with rating of teaching effectiveness (regression coefficients [95 % confidence interval] 0.73 [0.60, 0.85], p attributes that make a teacher effective in one context may not meet the needs of learners in a different context.

  12. Litíase vesicular assintomática em mulheres: aspectos epidemiológicos e clínicos Asymptomatic gallstones in women: epidemiologic and clinical aspects

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    Adilson Cunha Ferreira

    2006-08-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Analisar variáveis clínicas e ultra-sonográficas como presença ou ausência de barro biliar, espessura da parede e medida transversal da vesícula biliar, idade, paridade, presença ou ausência de diabetes melitus associadas à litíase vesicular assintomática, bem como determinar a sua prevalência em pacientes submetidas ao exame ultra-sonográfico. MÉTODO: Foram analisadas, em estudo prospectivo, 265 pacientes do sexo feminino, atendidas na Escola de Ultra-sonografia e Reciclagem Médica de Ribeirão Preto - EURP, durante o período de janeiro a setembro de 2001. RESULTADOS: Evidenciou-se diferença estatisticamente significativa relacionada à litíase da vesícula biliar e: espessura da parede da vesícula biliar, barro biliar, diâmetro transverso da vesícula biliar, faixa etária, paridade, passando de 4,1% na nulíparas, para 39,1% nas multíparas e diabéticas. A prevalência de litíase na vesícula biliar, em pacientes assintomáticas, foi de 14.7%. CONCLUSÕES: A litíase vesicular assintomática em mulheres ocorre principalmente com o decorrer da idade e da paridade. Os achados ultra-sonográficos mais freqüentemente encontrados foram: presença de barro biliar e de espessamento da parede da vesícula biliar.BACKGROUND: Our objective is to analyze ultrasonographic and clinical variables such as the presence or absence of bile sludge, thickness of the gallbladder wall, transverse measurement of the gallbladder, age, parity, and presence or absence of diabetes mellitus and to determine the prevalence of asymptomatic gallstones in female patients submitted to ultrasonographic examination. METHODS: A prospective study was conducted on 265 female patients attended at the Ultrasonographic and Medical Updating School of Ribeirão Preto during the period from January to September 2001. RESULTS: There was a statistically significant difference in gallstones and gallbladder wall thickness, bile sludge, transverse

  13. Crotoxin in humans: analysis of the effects on extraocular and facial muscles Crotoxina em humanos: estudo da ação em músculos extraoculares e faciais

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    Geraldo de Barros Ribeiro

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: Crotoxin is the main neurotoxin of South American rattlesnake Crotalus durissus terrificus. The neurotoxic action is characterized by a presynaptic blockade. The purpose of this research is to assess the ability of crotoxin to induce temporary paralysis of extraocular and facial muscles in humans. METHODS: Doses of crotoxin used ranged from 2 to 5 units (U, each unit corresponding to one LD50. We first applied 2U of crotoxin in one of the extraocular muscles of 3 amaurotic individuals to be submitted to ocular evisceration. In the second stage, we applied crotoxin in 12 extraocular muscles of 9 patients with strabismic amblyopia. In the last stage, crotoxin was used in the treatment of blepharospasm in another 3 patients. RESULTS: No patient showed any systemic side effect or change in vision or any eye structure problem after the procedure. The only local side effects observed were slight conjunctival hyperemia, which recovered spontaneously. In 2 patients there was no change in ocular deviation after 2U crotoxin application. Limitation of the muscle action was observed in 8 of the 12 applications. The change in ocular deviation after application of 2U of crotoxin (9 injections was in average 15.7 prism diopters (PD. When the dose was 4U (2 applications the change was in average 37.5 PD and a single application of 5U produced a change of 16 PD in ocular deviation. This effect lasted from 1 to 3 months. Two of the 3 patients with blepharospasm had the hemifacial spasm improved with crotoxin, which returned after 2 months. CONCLUSIONS: This study provides data suggesting that crotoxin may be a useful new therapeutic option for the treatment of strabismus and blepharospasm. We expect that with further studies crotoxin could be an option for many other medical areas.OBJETIVO: A crotoxina é a principal neurotoxina da cascavel sul-americana Crotalus durissus terrificus e sua ação neurotóxica caracteriza-se por um bloqueio pr

  14. Reference Gene Selection in the Desert Plant <em>Eremosparton songoricuem>m>

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    Dao-Yuan Zhang

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available <em>Eremosparton songoricum em>(Litv. Vass. (<em>E. songoricumem> is a rare and extremely drought-tolerant desert plant that holds promise as a model organism for the identification of genes associated with water deficit stress. Here, we cloned and evaluated the expression of eight candidate reference genes using quantitative real-time reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reactions. The expression of these candidate reference genes was analyzed in a diverse set of 20 samples including various <em>E. songoricumem> plant tissues exposed to multiple environmental stresses. GeNorm analysis indicated that expression stability varied between the reference genes in the different experimental conditions, but the two most stable reference genes were sufficient for normalization in most conditions.<em> EsEFem> and <em>Esα-TUB> were sufficient for various stress conditions, <em>EsEF> and <em>EsACT> were suitable for samples of differing germination stages, and <em>EsGAPDH>and <em>Es>UBQ em>were most stable across multiple adult tissue samples. The <em>Es18Sem> gene was unsuitable as a reference gene in our analysis. In addition, the expression level of the drought-stress related transcription factor <em>EsDREB2em>> em>verified the utility of<em> E. songoricumem> reference genes and indicated that no single gene was adequate for normalization on its own. This is the first systematic report on the selection of reference genes in <em>E. songoricumem>, and these data will facilitate future work on gene expression in this species.

  15. Trypanosoma cruzi prevalence and clinical forms in blood donor candidates in Brazil Prevalência e formas clínicas de Trypanosoma cruzi em candidatos a doadores de sangue no Brasil

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    H J Silveira

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    Full Text Available The prevalence and clinical forms of Trypanosoma cruzi were evaluated among blood donor candidates attended at a general hospital in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from January 1997 to April 1999. The investigation was done by means of the indirect hemagglutination test and was confirmed via ELISA. Data were collected from clinical examinations, conventional electrocardiogram, chest radiography and echocar-diography. The results showed that despite Trypanosoma cruzi prevalence of 1.17% (128 patients, mainly in males aged 40 years or over, 70.8% of these patients, mainly males aged 19 to 39 years, demonstrated abnormalities that allowed the diagnosis of cardiopathy and/or esophagopathy. This once again corroborates the importance of Trypanosoma cruzi infection in urban centers.A prevalência e a manifestação das formas clinicas de Trypanosoma cruzi foram avaliadas em candidatos a doadores de sangue atendidos em um hospital geral de Nova Iguaçu, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, no período de janeiro de 1997 a abril de 1999. A pesquisa sorológica foi realizada por meio do teste de hemaglutinação indireta e confirmada pelo ELISA. Os dados foram coletados considerando os exames clínicos, eletrocardiograma convencional, radiografia de tórax e ecocardiografia. Os resultados demonstraram que, apesar da prevalência ser de 1,17% (128 pacientes, principalmente entre homens com idade igual ou superior a 40 anos, 70,8%, principalmente de homens entre 19 e 39 anos, demonstraram alterações que permitiram o diagnóstico de cardiopatias e/ou esofagopatias, ratificando mais uma vez sua importância nos centros urbanos.

  16. Ensaio clínico, aberto, controlado sobre a adição de brometo de ipratrópio ao fenoterol no tratamento da crise de asma em adultos Open, controlled clinical assay of the addition of ipratropium bromide to fenoterol in the treatment of acute asthma crisis in adults

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    Solange Diccini

    1999-12-01

    Full Text Available No tratamento da crise de asma, empregam-se doses repetidas de drogas b2-agonistas por via inalatória. O efeito da adição do brometo de ipratrópio (BI ao b2-agonistas é controverso em adultos. OBJETIVO: Avaliar se adição de BI ao fenoterol, em tratamentos inalatórios repetidos, induz a maior broncodilatação, com reversibilidade da crise e alta da emergência em pacientes em crise grave de asma. LOCAL DO ESTUDO: Serviço de Pronto-Atendimento de Pneumologia, Disciplina de Pneumologia da Unifesp-Hospital São Paulo, no período de julho de 1995 a fevereiro de 1997. TIPO DE ESTUDO: Aberto, randomizado, paralelo. Alta da emergência determinada pelo VEF1 e PFE > 60% do previsto. CASUÍSTICA E MÉTODOS: Cento e vinte pacientes em crise de asma foram divididos em dois grupos (N = 60: fenoterol (F e brometo de ipratrópio + fenoterol (BIF com VEF1 e PFE Repeated dosis of inhaled b2-agonists have been used in the treatment of acute asthma. The effect of added ipratropium bromide (IB to b2-agonist is controversial in adults. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate if addition of IB to fenoterol, in repeated doses, induces a greater bronchodilation, a greater reversion of the attack, and discharge from emergency unit in adults with acute severe asthma. SETTING: Pneumology Emergency Department, Unifesp-Hospital São Paulo, in the period from July 1995 to February 1997. TYPE OF STUDY: Open, randomized and parallel study. Discharge from the hospital: FEV1 and PEF > 60% of the predicted value. METHODS: 120 patients with FEV1 and PEF < 50% of the predicted value were divided into two groups (N = 60: fenoterol (F and ipratropium bromide + fenoterol (IBF. Each group received inhalation treatment through a metered-dose inhaler (MDI attached to a holding chamber, administered at 30-minute interval, for a total of three treatments. In the group F four puffs of fenoterol (400 mg were administered, and in the IBF group, 160 mg of BI and 400 mg of fenoterol (four puffs

  17. Pharmacogenomic and clinical data link non-pharmacokinetic metabolic dysregulation to drug side effect pathogenesis

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    Zielinski, Daniel C.; Filipp, F. V.; Bordbar, A.

    2015-01-01

    Drug side effects cause a significant clinical and economic burden. However, mechanisms of drug action underlying side effect pathogenesis remain largely unknown. Here, we integrate pharmacogenomic and clinical data with a human metabolic network and find that non-pharmacokinetic metabolic pathways...... dysregulated by drugs are linked to the development of side effects. We show such dysregulated metabolic pathways contain genes with sequence variants affecting side effect incidence, play established roles in pathophysiology, have significantly altered activity in corresponding diseases, are susceptible...... to metabolic inhibitors and are effective targets for therapeutic nutrient supplementation. Our results indicate that metabolic dysregulation represents a common mechanism underlying side effect pathogenesis that is distinct from the role of metabolism in drug clearance. We suggest that elucidating...

  18. Effects of air pollution on daily clinic visits for lower respiratory tract illness.

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    Hwang, Jing-Shiang; Chan, Chang-Chuan

    2002-01-01

    The authors used data obtained from clinic records and environmental monitoring stations in Taiwan during 1998 to estimate the association between air pollution and daily numbers of clinic visits for lower respiratory tract illness. A small-area design and hierarchical modeling were used for the analysis. Rates of daily clinic visits were associated with current-day concentrations of nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and particulate matter less than or equal to 10 microm in aerometric diameter. People over age 65 years were the most susceptible, and estimated pollution effects decreased as the exposure time lag increased. The analysis also suggested that several community-specific variables, such as a community's population density and yearly air pollution levels, modified the effects of air pollution. In this paper, the authors demonstrate the use of a small-area design to assess acute health effects of air pollution.

  19. STUDIES ON ANTIBACTERIAL EFFECT OF APAMARGA (ACHYRANTHES ASPERA ON MULTI-DRUG RESISTANT CLINICAL ISOLATES

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    Patil Usha

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Recent reports on emergence of multidrug resistant bacteria are cause of concern in medical world. Several ayurvedic drugs have been proved to contain the antimicrobial activity. Literature on effect of ayurvedic drugs on multidrug resistant bacterial pathogens is limited. Present study reports the antimicrobial effect of Achyranthes aspera (Apamarga crude extracts on the clinical isolates of multidrug resistant bacteria. The drug was evaluated by using phytochemical tests. Crude extracts of aqueous, methanol, ethanol and chloroform was prepared. Antibacterial activity against clinically isolated multidrug resistant bacteria belonging to groups of bacillus, citrobacter, E.coli, klebsiella, proteus and salmonella was tested. The drug showed highest efficacy against Bacillus organism while least effectiveness on Proteus spp bacteria. Results of the study conclude that the medicinal plant A. aspera might be useful against multidrug resistance in pathogens of clinical importance.

  20. Clinical effects of electroacupuncture stimulation on treatment of stroke-induced limb spasm

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    Yang Tian; Lianguo Kang

    2008-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To summarize the development of electroacupuncture stimulation in the treatment of stroke-induced limb spasm, to provide research possibilities or clinical development, and to clarify the mechanism and therapeutic effects of electroacupuncture stimulation. DATA SOURCES: Articles relating to therapeutic effects of electroacupuncture stimulation on treatment of stroke-induced limb spasm, as well as clinical studies (which are not limited to age, sex and race), were retrieved from the China Journal Fulltext Database from January 2000 to December 2007. The key words were stroke, apoplexy, spasm, and electroacupuncture in Chinese. Other articles were obtained from specific journals or books.STUDY SELECTION: Data were first selected by title and abstract. Clinical and rehabilitative studies relating to the effects of electroacupuncture and acupuncture on the treatment of stroke-induced limb spasm were included. Clinical studies related to the rehabilitative treatment of limb spasm were excluded, unless the effects of electroacupuncture stimulation were recorded. DATA EXTRACTION: A total of 338 references were collected; however, 295 of these were excluded. Therefore, 43 articles were analyzed, comprising 40 in Chinese and 3 in English.DATA SYNTHESIS: At present, acupuncture is widely used at home to treat stroke-induced limb spasm; however, acupuncture at different acupoints might cause different clinical effects. Electroacupuncture, which is characterized by analgesia and relief of spasm, can preclude inflammatory edema, improve blood circulation and blood viscosity, inhibit platelet aggregation and adherence, relieve formation of atheromatous plaque in tunica intima of artery, and resist cerebral anoxia, so as to relieve stroke-induced limb spasm. Meanwhile, electroacupuncture combined with rehabilitation can effectively decrease the degree of spasm and improve motor function. CONCLUSION: Acupuncture and moxibustion therapy are superior in the rehabilitative

  1. Avaliação clínica e sistêmica em pacientes que procuram tratamento periodontal = Clinical and systemic evaluation of patients seeking periodontal treatment

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    Gusmão, Estela Santos

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    Full Text Available Com o objetivo de estabelecer as condições clínicas e sistêmicas de pacientes portadores de doença periodontal atendidos na Escola de Aperfeiçoamento Profissional da Associação Brasileira de Odontologia Secção Pernambuco (EAP-ABO/PE nos anos de 2000-2001, foram levantados 249 prontuários dos quais, 65 foram desconsiderados por falta de preenchimento. Os dados de interesse foram anotados em ficha específica e trabalhados no programa SPSS versão 10. 0. Para análise estatística foram adotadas distribuições de freqüência, medidas de tendência central e teste do qui-quadrado (χ2. Dos 184 prontuários válidos, 61,4% eram de pacientes do sexo feminino. A idade média foi de 39,9 anos, o número médio de dentes presentes foi de 25,4 e o de dentes ausentes, foi de 6,7/pessoa. O χ2 mostrou significância entre idade e número de dentes presentes (P < 0,001. A gengivite foi a alteração periodontal mais freqüente e o diagnóstico de periodontite de progressão lenta prevaleceu em 38,6% das fichas analisadas. Envolvimento de furca grau III, mobilidade grau III e profundidade de sulco ≥ 8 mm foi observada em, respectivamente, 1,1%, 1,8% e 3,8% dos dentes. Alterações sistêmicas das mais diversas (úlcera, artrite, febre reumática, lúpus etc. atingiram 50% dos pacientes, 18,4% dos pacientes eram hipertensos. Não foi observada significância entre idade e diagnóstico periodontal (P = 0,672 e idade e condições sistêmicas (P = 0,586. O χ2 comprovou existir significância estatística entre condição sistêmica e diagnóstico periodontal (P < 0,001 sendo, portanto, sugestivo de que a condição sistêmica interfere no estado periodontal

  2. Efeitos da corrida em esteira em músculos sóleos de ratos encurtados por imobilização Effects of running on treadmill in soleus muscles of rats shortened by immobilization

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    Luiz Henrique Natali

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi verificar as adaptações de peso e comprimento do músculo sóleo de ratos Wistar machos, além da estimativa do total de sarcômeros em série e comprimento médio dos sarcômeros, quando submetidos a um processo de remobilização em esteira. Foram utilizados 18 ratos (Wistar, divididos em três grupos: GC - músculo sóleo esquerdo (MSE imobilizado e remobilizado solto; G10 - MSE imobilizado e remobilizado em velocidade de 10m/min; e G12 (n = 6 - MSE imobilizado e remobilizado em velocidade de 12m/min. Os resultados mostraram as seguintes variações, peso muscular: GC -22,35% (p = 0,0089, G10 -12,52% (p = 0,0623, G12 -12,07%, (p = 0,0004; comprimento muscular: GC -5,47% (p = 0,0120, G10 -3,31% (p = 0,2868, G12 0,41% (p = 0,8987; estimativa de sarcômeros em série: GC -15,42% (p = 0,0047, G10 -10,87% (p = 0,0193, G12 -4,97 (p = 0,2409; comprimento de sarcômeros GC 11,16% (p = 0,0142, G10 9,31% (p = 0,1270, G12 5,58% (p = 0,1327. Conclui-se que G12 obteve maior eficácia após o período de imobilização, pois apresentou maior semelhança com o membro não imobilizado.The aim of this work was to compare weight and length adaptations of the soleus muscle of male Wistar rats as well as estimation of the total number of serial sarcomere and mean sarcomere length, when they are submitted to remobilization on treadmill. 18 Wistar male rats were used and divided in the three following groups: CG - left soleus (LS muscle immobilized and remobilized free in the cage; G10 - LS muscle immobilized and remobilized in speed of 10 m/min on treadmill; and G12 - LS muscle immobilized and remobilized in speed of 12 m/min. The right muscles (RS of each animal were used for comparison. The results showed the following variations, muscular weigh: CG -22.35% (p = 0.0089, G10 -12.52% (p = 0.0623, G12 -12.07%, (p = 0.0004; muscle length: CG -5.47% (p = 0.0120, G10 -3.31% (p = 0.2868, G12 0.41% (p = 0.8987; estimation of number of

  3. Effect of short-term ornithine alpha-ketoglutarate pretreatment on intestinal ischemia-reperfusion in rats Efeitos do pré-tratamento em curto prazo com ornitina alfa-cetoglutarato na isquemia-reperfusão intestinal em ratos

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    Eduardo Silvio Gouveia Gonçalves

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To investigate the effects of preventive enteral administration of ornithine alpha-ketoglutarate (OKG in an ischemia-reperfusion rat model. METHODS: Sixty rats were randomized into five groups (G1-G5, n = 12. Each group was divided into two subgroups (n = 6 and treated with calcium carbonate (CaCa or OKG by gavage. Thirty minutes later, the animals were anesthetized with xylazine 15mg + ketamine 1mg ip and subjected to laparotomy. G1-G3 rats served as controls. Rats in groups G4 and G5 were subjected to ischemia for 30 minutes. Ischemia was achieved by clamping the small intestine and its mesentery, delimiting a segment of bowel 5 cm long and 5 cm apart from the ileocecal valve. In addition, G5 rats underwent reperfusion for 30 minutes. Blood samples were collected at the end of the laparotomy (G1, after 30 minutes (G2, G4 and 60 minutes (G3, G5 to determine concentrations of metabolites (pyruvate, lactate, creatine phosphokinase (CPK, thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS and glutathione (GSH. RESULTS: There was a significant decrease in tissue pyruvate and lactate and plasma CPK levels in OKG-treated rats at the end of reperfusion period. GSH levels did not change significantly in ischemia and reperfusion groups. However, TBARS levels increased significantly (pOBJETIVO: Investigar os efeitos da administração enteral preventiva de ornitina alfa-cetoglutarato (OKG em modelo de isquemia-reperfusão no rato. MÉTODOS: Sessenta ratos foram randomizados em cinco grupos (G1-G5, n=12. Cada grupo foi redistribuído em dois subgrupos (n=6 e tratado com carbonato de cálcio (CaCa ou OKG por gavagem. Trinta minutos mais tarde, os animais foram anestesiados com xilazina 1mg+cetamina 15mg i.p. e submetidos à laparotomia. Os ratos dos grupos G4-G5 foram submetidos à isquemia por 30 minutos. A isquemia foi obtida por pinçamento do intestino delgado, delimitando um segmento com 5 cm de comprimento e distando 5 cm da válvula ileocecal. O

  4. Efeito do ultrassom terapêutico de baixa intensidade em fratura induzida em tíbia de ratos The effect of low-intensity therapeutic ultrasound in induced fracture of rat tibiae

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    Aldo José Fontes-Pereira

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Averiguar os possíveis efeitos do ultrassom de baixa intensidade, utilizado em tratamentos fisioterapêuticos de rotina, em fratura induzida em tíbia de ratos. MÉTODOS: Foram utilizados 20 ratos machos Wistar, distribuídos em 2 grupos, com 10 animais, cada. No grupo ultrassom (GUS, os animais sofreram fratura óssea e tratamento com ultrassom terapêutico (UST a 1,0 MHz e intensidade de 0,2 W/cm², no modo pulsado a 20%, aplicado de forma estacionária, por 10 minutos, na região da fratura, durante cinco semanas. O grupo controle (GC sofreu fratura óssea e não foi tratado com UST. RESULTADOS: Nas radiografias, observou-se melhor consolidação no GUS em relação ao GC. Já na análise de fosfatase alcalina (FALC e cálcio sérico (CS, não se evidenciou efeito estatisticamente significativo. CONCLUSÃO: De acordo com o presente estudo, o UST aplicado conforme esses parâmetros promoveu aceleração da consolidação, comprovada por radiografia, entretanto a análise bioquímica não foi conclusiva. Um dos motivos para essa divergência pode ter sido alguma inadequação do protocolo bioquímico, atualmente em investigação. Nível de Evidência II, Estudo prospectivo comparativo.OBJECTIVE: To analyze the possible effects of low-intensity ultrasound on induced tibia fracture of rats in a dose commonly used in physical therapy treatments. METHODS: Twenty male Wistar rats were divided into two groups with 10 animals each. In the ultrasound group (USG, the animals were submitted to bone fracture and treatment with therapeutic ultrasound (TUS. Ultrasonic parameters are: frequency of 1.0 MHz, intensity of 0.2 W/cm2, pulsed mode at 20%, applied in stationary form during 10 minutes on the fracture region, for five weeks. The control group (CG was submitted to bone fracture but not treated with ultrasound. RESULTS: The radiographies showed better consolidation in USG compared to CG. The statistical tests for alkaline phosphatase and

  5. Efeito do cobre na atividade da enzima pirogalol peroxidase em plantas de Myriophyllum aquaticum cultivadas em solução nutritiva Effect of copper on the activity of pirogalol peroxidase in Myriophyllum aquaticum plants cultivated in nutritives solution

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    V.D. Domingos

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    Full Text Available Myriophyllum aquaticum é uma planta perene, herbácea, que pode se desenvolver totalmente submersa ou com a porção terminal dos ramos acima da superfície da água. É também considerada uma planta daninha que possui elevado potencial de colonização, o qual, dependendo da densidade populacional, pode causar aumento no teor de matéria orgânica e redução de oxigênio na água, comprometendo a qualidade da água e seus usos múltiplos. O objetivo do presente trabalho foi verificar a influência do cobre na atividade da pirogalol peroxidase de plantas de M. aquaticum submetidas à solução nutritiva contendo concentrações de cobre de 1,2; 11,2; 21,2; 31,2; e 41,2 µg L-1. O experimento foi conduzido em um delineamento experimental inteiramente casualizado, com quatro repetições e cinco tratamentos, aos quais as plantas foram submetidas durante 21 dias. Aos 81 dias após a instalação das mudas em solução nutritiva contendo os diferentes níveis de cobre, as folhas foram colhidas a partir do ápice da planta até o final do ramo, que não estavam em contato com a solução. Esse material fresco foi envolvido por plástico transparente e papel-alumínio e, a seguir, congelado em nitrogênio líquido, sendo armazenado em freezer a -20 ºC até o momento da determinação da atividade da enzima pirogalol peroxidase. A atividade da enzima foi progressiva com o aumento das doses de cobre. As plantas cultivadas com 40 µg L-1 de Cu2+ após três semanas, com base em avaliação visual, apresentaram redução no desenvolvimento.Myriophyllum aquaticum is a perennial, herbaceous plant which grows totally submerged or with the terminal portion of the branches above the surface of the water. It is also considered to be a harmful plant, possessing a high colonization potential which, depending on population density, can increase the organic matter content and reduce oxygen in the water, compromising the quality of water and its multiple uses

  6. Clinical description of hemodialysis headache in end-stage renal disease patients Caracterização clínica da cefaléia da diálise em pacientes renais crônicos

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    Alan Chester Feitosa de Jesus

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Hemodialysis (HD-related headaches are a common complaint of patients undergoing this procedure. OBJECTIVE: To determine the frequency and clinical characteristics of headache in patients undergoing HD and to discuss their diagnostic criteria. METHOD: The present study assessed, in a prospective manner, a series of patients consulting at a HD center in Aracaju, Sergipe, Brazil, from November 2007 to January 2008. Only patients with HD-related headaches without previous history of primary headache were diagnosed as isolated HD headache (HDH. RESULTS: Headache was reported by 76.1% of the patients studied. Prior to beginning dialysis, 47.9% had migraine without aura, 6.7% migraine with aura, 0.6% hemiplegic migraine, 5% episodic tension-type headache, and 2.5% migraine and tension-type headache. HDH was diagnosed in 6.7% of the patients, the most prevalent features being diffuse or temporal region location, bilateral headache, throbbing nature, and moderate severity. Seven patients with headaches between the sessions were not classified. CONCLUSION: While the pathophysiology of HDH is unknown, to diagnose patients with HDH or other possible HD-related headaches remains a challenge.Cefaléias relacionadas ao programa de hemodiálise é uma queixa comum. OBJETIVO: Determinar freqüência e características clínicas das cefaléias em pacientes em regime de hemodiálise e discutir critérios diagnósticos. MÉTODO: Foi feita uma avaliação clínica prospectiva de pacientes cefalêicos em um serviço de hemodiálise em Aracaju, Sergipe, Brasil, de novembro de 2007 a janeiro de 2008. Apenas pacientes sem antecedente de cefaléia primária receberam diagnóstico de cefaléia da diálise isolada. RESULTADOS: Cefaléia esteve presente em 76,1% dos pacientes estudados. Como antecedente de cefaléia, 47,9% tinham migrânea sem aura, 6,7% migrânea com aura, 0,6% migrânea hemiplégica, 5,5% cefaléia tensional episódica, e 2,5% associação de

  7. Clinical and epidemiological features of 123 cases of cryptococcosis in Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil Características clínicas e epidemiológicas de 123 casos de criptococose observados em Mato Grosso do Sul, Brasil

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    Andrea De Siqueira Campos Lindenberg

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available To identify the clinical and epidemiological profile of cryptococcosis diagnosed at the University Hospital of the Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, medical records of 123 patients admitted from January 1995 to December 2005 were analyzed. One hundred and four cases (84.5% had HIV infection, six (4.9% had other predisposing conditions and 13 (10.6% were immunocompetent. Male patients predominated (68.3% and their age ranged from 19 to 69 years (mean: 35.9. Most patients (73.2% were born and lived lifelong in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul. Involvement of the central nervous system occurred in 103 patients (83.7% and headache and vomiting were the most frequent symptoms. In 77 cases it was possible to identify the Cryptococcus species: 69 (89.6% C. neoformans and eight (10.4% C. gattii. Amphotericin B was the drug of choice for treatment (106/123, followed by fluconazole in 60% of cases. The overall lethality rate was 49.6%, being 51% among the HIV infected patients and 41.2% among the non-HIV infected (p > 0.05. Although cryptococcosis exhibited in our region a similar behavior to that described in the literature, the detection of an important rate of immunocompetent individuals and five C. gattii cryptococcosis in HIV-infected patients is noteworthy.O perfil clínico-epidemiológico de 123 casos de criptococose diagnosticados no Hospital Universitário da Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul, no período de janeiro de 1995 até dezembro de 2005, foi estudado retrospectivamente. Cento e quatro (84,9% casos tinham associação com HIV, seis (4,9% tinham outra condição predisponente e 13 (10,6% eram imunocompetentes. Houve predomínio do sexo masculino (68,3% e a idade variou de 19 a 69 anos (média de 35,9 anos. A maioria (73,2% era natural e procedente de Mato Grosso do Sul. O envolvimento do sistema nervoso central ocorreu em 103 (83,7% pacientes e os sintomas mais freqüentes foram cefaléia e vômitos. Em 77 casos foi

  8. Moral imperialism and multi-centric clinical trials in peripheral countries Imperialismo moral e ensaios clínicos multicêntricos em países periféricos

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    Volnei Garrafa

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available Moral imperialism is expressed in attempts to impose moral standards from one particular culture, geopolitical region or culture onto other cultures, regions or countries. Examples of Direct Moral Imperialism can be seen in various recurrent events involving multi-centric clinical trials promoted by developed (central countries in poor and developing (peripheral countries, particularly projects related to the theory of double standards in research. After the WMA General Assembly refused to change the Helsinki Declaration - which would have given moral recognition to the above mentioned theory - the USA abandoned the declaration and began to promote regional seminars in peripheral countries with the aim of "training" researchers on ethical perspectives that reflect America's best interests. Individuals who received such training became transmitters of these central countries' ideas across the peripheral countries, representing a form of Indirect Moral Imperialism. The paper proposes the establishment of regulatory and social control systems for clinical trials implemented in peripheral countries, through the formulation of ethical norms that reflect the specific contexts of these countries, along with the drawing up and validation of their own national norms.Imperialismo moral é a intenção de impor padrões morais de determinadas culturas, regiões geopolíticas e países a outras culturas, regiões ou países. O Imperialismo Moral Direto pode ser exemplificado com diversos episódios recorrentes de ensaios clínicos multicêntricos promovidos por países desenvolvidos (centrais em países pobres e em desenvolvimento (periféricos, especialmente projetos relacionados com a teoria do "double standard" de pesquisas. Com a recusa da Assembléia Geral da Associação Médica Mundial em alterar a Declaração de Helsinki, que significaria o reconhecimento moral da referida teoria, os Estados Unidos abandonaram a declaração, passando a promover

  9. Análise crítica de experiência com redesenho de processos em um laboratório clínico Critical analysis of processes redesign experience in a clinical laboratory

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    Fernando de Almeida Berlitz

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: Para competir no mercado atual de medicina laboratorial, há a necessidade de processos com elevado nível de agregação de valor aos clientes e alta flexibilidade para atender às modificações constantes nos requisitos de clientes e legais, bem como capacidade de se adaptar às modificações no ambiente competitivo. Esses desafios exigem uma adaptação global do laboratório para uma visão baseada em processos. OBJETIVO: Avaliar criticamente uma iniciativa de mapeamento e redesenho de processos desenvolvida em um laboratório clínico de grande porte. Nessa análise crítica, serão apresentados e avaliados os resultados de um projeto de redesenho realizado na área técnica da empresa, incluindo processos técnicos e de apoio. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: Foram mapeados 37 processos técnicos, utilizando metodologia adaptada e identificando as principais desconexões e oportunidades de melhoria. Cada processo foi sequencialmente analisado e redesenhado e um plano de ação foi gerado para a implementação de cada novo processo. Resultados: Após a implementação dos novos processos redesenhados, a produtividade de pessoal técnico aumentou em mais de 30%. Outro resultado importante foi obtido em termos de flexibilidade dos processos, principalmente em razão da nova estrutura de subáreas na área técnica. DISCUSSÃO: Os principais pontos críticos do projeto estiveram relacionados com a disponibilidade de recursos de tecnologia da informação (TI e a não priorização de medições nos processos no momento inicial do projeto. CONCLUSÃO: A iniciativa de redesenho de processos, se implementada com um roteiro planejado, orientada a resultados e alinhada à estratégia da organização, pode proporcionar resultados significativos para os laboratórios clínicos.INTRODUCTION: In order to ensure market competitiveness in laboratory medicine, there is a current demand for processes with high customer added value, high flexibility

  10. Hepatozoonose canina: achados clínico-epidemiológicos em três casos Canine hepatozoonosis: clinic-epidemiological data in three cases

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    D.M. Aguiar

    2004-06-01

    Full Text Available Clinic-epidemiological data in canine infection by Hepatozoon canis were reported. Apatia, anorexia, prostaction, weight loss and muscle pain were the most-common clinical recognized signs. Blood smear was used as diagnosis method for the detection of H. canis gamonts in the neutrophils. Anaemia, leucocytosis, monocytosis and lymphopenia were observed in the haematological exams. Imidocarb dipropionate associated with tetracyclines and sulfamethoxasole-trimethoprim were used in therapy.

  11. Contribution to the knowledge of <em>Apodemus> genus in the Gran Paradiso National Park

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    Paolo Debernardi

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    Full Text Available Abstract Between 1992 and 2001, small mammals were trapped in the Gran Paradiso National Park (NW Italy, using Capture-Mark-Recapture techniques. According to a sample of data collected in August, the following percentages were found for the genus <em>Apodemus>: 25.9% of the individuals caught in alder shrubwoods, 20.9% in hardwoods, 12.1% in open habitat-types and 3.1% in coniferous woods. Further trapping, carried out in winter in the villages inside the Park, demonstrated that <em>Apodemus> occurrence inside the buildings was quite common. Fiftytwo specimens were sacrificed and identified by protein electrophoresis and/or molecular analyses as <em>A. alpicolaem> (N= 14, <em>A. flavicollisem> (N= 21 and <em>A. sylvaticusem> (N= 17. External morphology and biometric parameters were analysed on the above specimens, as were cranial features, and the effectiveness of the determination technique proposed by Reutter <em>et al.em> on the study area material was verified. This technique enabled us to determine other specimens (mainly from discarded bottles using skull analysis. <em>A. flavicollisem> (recorded from the lowest altitude of the area, 750 m, up to 2123 m a.s.l. dominated in hardwoods. <em>A. alpicolaem> (recorded from 1580 m to 2423 m is more abundant above 1750 m, in alder shrubwoods and in open habitat-types, characterized by patches of rocky elements, low ligneous and herbaceus vegetation. All the individuals caught inside buildings were <em>A. sylvaticusem>, but this species (recorded from 750 m to 1960 m was scarcely observed in natural habitats. <em>Strix alucoem> and <em>Aegolius funereusem> prey remains, collected in the area during the breeding period of both owls, were examined. <em>Apodemus> accounted for 13.7% of prey and 9.4% of biomass eaten by <em>Strix alucoem> and for 7.2% of prey and 7.3% of biomass consumed by <em>Aegolius funereusem>. Riassunto

  12. Análise das equipes de referência em saúde mental: uma perspectiva de gestão da clínica Analysis of patient referral teams in mental health: a clinical management perspective

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    Lilian Miranda

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Esse trabalho utilizou uma metodologia qualitativa, avaliativa e participante, baseada na Hermenêutica Gadameriana e no paradigma construtivista. O objetivo foi analisar o arranjo denominado "equipes de referência", em relação ao tratamento de pacientes psicóticos, no contexto dos Centros de Atenção Psicossocial (CAPS. A coleta de dados foi feita em dois ciclos de 18 grupos focais, compostos por profissionais, usuários e familiares de usuários de seis CAPSIII, por oito entrevistas em profundidade, desenvolvidas com usuários desses serviços, e por duas oficinas de construção de um guia para avaliação das práticas dos CAPS. Foram indicadas as funções do arranjo, destacando que as equipes de referência se constituem como instâncias de gestão da clínica, propiciando o acompanhamento no campo das necessidades singulares do paciente, através do trabalho interdisciplinar. Para isso, devem sustentar um posicionamento ético baseado no respeito à alteridade e na construção do caso clínico.The study used a qualitative, evaluative, and participant methodology based on Gadamer's hermeneutics and the constructivist paradigm. The aim was to analyze the arrangement called "patient care teams" for treatment of psychotic patients in the context of Community Mental Health Services (CMHS. Data were collected in two cycles of 18 focus groups including health professionals, users, and family members at six CMHS III, including eight in-depth interviews with users of these services and two workshops aimed at developing a guide to evaluate CMHS practices. The arrangement's functions were described, emphasizing that the referral teams serve as clinical management levels, fostering follow-up of patients' unique needs in the field, through interdisciplinary work. This requires sustaining an ethical stance based on respect for otherness and clinical case work-up.

  13. The effect of nursing management development program on clinical competency in coronary care unit

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    Ali Akbar Vaezi

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Background: Nurses are the main members in nursing cares and nursing managers can improve their clinical competency by applying better leadership skills. This study carried out to determine the effect of nursing management program on clinical competency of nurses in a coronary care unit (CCU.Methods: A quasi-experimental study was carried out in two educational hospitals in Yazd- Iran. These hospitals were allocated randomly in case and control hospitals. 25 matched nurses were selected by convenience sampling from both case and control hospitals. The clinical competency of nurses was measured by related questioners consisted of two dimensions caring and care management behaviors by self-evaluation and head nurse evaluation in case and control groups. Then, the intervention was implemented in four stages including nurse's development, managers' development, adaptation and supervision period during four months in the case group. After intervention, clinical competency of nurses was measured in both groups.Results: The results showed that before intervention more than 80% of nurses in two groups was in the moderate clinical competency level and they were proficient based on Benner's skill acquisition model. After intervention, nurses' clinical competency improved to higher level in case group but it didn't change in control group (P<0.05. Conclusion: Creating necessary modifications in nursing environments through the management development program by head nurses may improve nurses' clinical competency.

  14. Espasmos em flexão: estudo clínico e eletrencefalográfico de pacientes tratados com Ro 4-5360 Infantile spasms: clinical and electroencephalographic studies of patients treated with Mogadon (Ro 4-5360

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    P. Lison

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    Full Text Available Sete pacientes com espasmos em flexão não controlados com medicações anticonvulsivas usuais foram submetidos a tratamento com Ro 4-5360 (Mogadon, à razão de 5 a 10 mg por dia. Foram discutidos os resultados clínicos e os achados eletrencefalográficos. Especial ênfase foi dedicada às correlações eletroclínicas. Os autores concluem: 1 Houve redução rápida e significativa na intensidade e na freqüência dos surtos de espasmos em flexão em todos os casos tratados com Mogadon. 2 Os melhores resultados foram observados em crianças que apresentavam desenvolvimento psicomotor normal até o aparecimento dos espasmos em flexão. 3 O intervalo entre o início dos espasmos em flexão e o início do tratamento com Mogadon e o insucesso de tratamentos anteriores com ACTH não foram fatores desfavoráveis quanto aos resultados da terapêutica benzcdiazepínica. 4 Houve ligeira regressão do retardo psicomotor, em 5 dos 7 casos, não acompanhando a nítida melhora das manifestações convulsivas, melhora cuja precocidade e intensidade foram mais acentuadas nas crianças em que o desenvolvimento psicomotor era inicialmente normal. 5 Nos casos que apresentavam hipsarritmia, houve desaparecimento da manifestação ao fim de uma semana de tratamento. 6 O aparecimento de sincronização rápida por espículas de amplitude uniforme e de topografia difusa no eletrencefalograma, dos pacientes tratados com Mogadon, parece ser função da incidência de elementos rápidos de tipo irritativo nos traçados realizados antes do tratamento. 7 Na vigência do aparecimento da sincronização por espículas difusas surgiram crises tônicas generalizadas em duas crianças que não apresentavam este tipo antes do tratamento, sendo de notar que essas manifestações eletrencefalográficas e clínicas diminuíram ulteriormente e desapareceram após três meses de tratamento. 8 Em três casos, passada a fase de alterações paroxisticas difusas, permaneceram

  15. Distonias: aspectos clínicos e terapêuticos em 64 pacientes Dystonias: clinical and therapeutic features in 64 patients

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    James Pitágoras de Mattos

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    Full Text Available Os Autores apresentam a experiência em 64 pacientes, com as várias formas clínicas de apresentação de distonias, acompanhados no Setor de Doenças Extrapiramidais do Serviço de Neurologia do Hospital Universitário Clementino Fraga Filho da UFRJ, assim como, revisam a literatura, cotejando os resultados. O acompanhamento desses pacientes durante 5 anos e 6 meses resultou nas seguintes observações: 33 do sexo masculino e 31 do feminino; 48 brancos, 10 pardos e 6 negros; a média do tempo de doença foi 9 anos e 8 meses. Quanto à distribuição do movimento anormal, 30 (46,9% eram focais; 17 (26,6%, segmentares; 13 (20,3%, generalizadas; 3 (4,7%, hemidistonias; 1 (1,5%, multifocal. Quanto à idade de início, em 11 (17,2% se apresentou antes dos 12 anos; em 6 (9,4%, entre 13 e 20 anos; e em 47 (73,4%, após os 20 anos. Correspondiam à origem idiopática esporádica, 39 (60,9%; idiopática familiar, 6 (9,4%; sintomática, 19 (29,7%. No que se refere à abordagem terapêutica destes pacientes, destacamos o emprego de anticolinérgicos, de agonistas e antagonistas dopaminérgicos e do baclofen isolado ou associado aos anticolinérgicos para as formas generalizadas. Para as distonias focais, os Autores concluem ser a toxina botulínica do tipo A o agente terapêutico mais eficaz aconselhado atualmente.The experience with 64 patients with dystonia seen at the Extrapyramidal Diseases Sector of the Neurology Department of the Hospital Universitário Clementino Fraga Filho of the UFRJ is presented as well as the pertinent review of the literature. The five-and-a-half-year of follow-up showed that 33 were male and 31 female; 48 were white, 10 mulatto and 6 negro; the mean time of disease was 9 years and 8 months. According to the distribution of the movement disorder, 30 (46.9% were focal, 17 (26.6% segmental, 13 (20.3% generalized, 3 (4.7% hemidystonia and 1 (1.5% multifocal. In 11 (17.2% the age of onset was before 12 years old, in 6 (9

  16. Aplicações das dosagens de inibinas em Ginecologia e Obstetrícia Clinical usefulness of inhibin assays in Gynecology and Obstetrics

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    Fernando Marcos dos Reis

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Na mulher, a principal fonte de inibina B são as células da granulosa de folículos em crescimento, enquanto a inibina A é secretada principalmente pelo corpo lúteo e pela placenta. Em mulheres inférteis submetidas a terapias de reprodução assistida, a inibina B se mostrou útil para predizer má resposta ovulatória, embora não tenha superado o desempenho de outros marcadores. No rastreamento pré-natal da síndrome de Down, a utilidade da inibina A foi repetidamente confirmada no segundo trimestre e começa a ser considerada também na bateria de testes do primeiro trimestre. Além das duas aplicações acima, a dosagem de inibina total pode contribuir para a identificação de casos de insuficiência ovariana autoimune. A inibina total também pode ser um marcador auxiliar no diagnóstico de tumores epiteliais do ovário, enquanto a dosagem de inibina B auxilia no diagnóstico de tumores de células da granulosa. O uso da inibina A pode se estender à avaliação de gestantes com ameaça de abortamento, com história de abortamento de repetição, com risco aumentado de pré-eclâmpsia, ou ainda nos primeiros dias de seguimento pós-esvaziamento de mola hidatiforme. Todas essas aplicações continuam em estudo, mas com possibilidade real de virem a ampliar o espectro diagnóstico das dosagens de inibinas em Ginecologia e Obstetrícia.The main source of inhibin B in women is the growing follicle granulosa cells, while inhibin A is mainly produced by the corpus luteum and the placenta. In infertile women submitted to therapies of assisted reproduction, inhibin B has shown to be useful to predict a poor ovulatory response, though it has not yet overcome the performance of other markers. In the pre-natal screening of the Down syndrome, inhibin A has been repeatedly confirmed as useful in the second trimester and has also started to be considered in the first trimester test battery. Besides the two applications above, the dosage of total

  17. The clinical effects of Kinesio® Tex taping: A systematic review.

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    Morris, D; Jones, D; Ryan, H; Ryan, C G

    2013-05-01

    Kinesio(®) Tex tape (KTT) is used in a variety of clinical settings. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of KTT from randomized controlled trials (RCTs) in the management of clinical conditions. A systematic literature search of CINAHL; MEDLINE; OVID; AMED; SCIENCE DIRECT; PEDRO; www.internurse.com; SPORT DISCUS; BRITISH NURSING INDEX; www.kinesiotaping.co.uk; www.kinesiotaping.com; COCHRANE CENTRAL REGISTER OF CLINICAL TRIALS; and PROQUEST was performed up to April 2012. The risk of bias and quality of evidence grading was performed using the Cochrane collaboration methodology. Eight RCTs met the full inclusion/exclusion criteria. Six of these included patients with musculoskeletal conditions; one included patients with breast-cancer-related lymphedema; and one included stroke patients with muscle spasticity. Six studies included a sham or usual care tape/bandage group. There was limited to moderate evidence that KTT is no more clinically effective than sham or usual care tape/bandage. There was limited evidence from one moderate quality RCT that KTT in conjunction with physiotherapy was clinically beneficial for plantar fasciitis related pain in the short term; however, there are serious questions around the internal validity of this RCT. There currently exists insufficient evidence to support the use of KTT over other modalities in clinical practice.

  18. Effects of pneumoperitoneum in rats Efeitos do pneumoperitônio em ratos

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    Marco Aurélio Valadão Fagundes; Montero,Edna Frasson S.; Neil Ferreira Novo; Cesar Orlando Peralta Bandeira

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    The effects of different pneumoperitoneal pressures on kidney and liver functions and on arterial gasometry in rats are provided. A sample of twenty male rats weighing from 350 to 400 grams and distributed into two groups of ten animals was used. Each animal served as experimental control from which blood samples were collected before introducing CO2 into the peritoneal cavity. Samples underwent pressures of 4 and 6 mm Hg during one hour. Results show that increase in intra-abdominal pressure...

  19. Efeito de herbicidas aplicados em solo de várzea sobre a cultura do girassol Effect of herbicides applied on sunflower crop in wetland soil

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    E.A.L Erasmo

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Objetivou-se neste trabalho avaliar em solos de várzea o efeito de herbicidas préemergentes, aplicados isoladamente e em mistura, sobre a cultura do girassol. A variedade de girassol Embrapa V122 e o híbrido triplo Agrobel 972 foram avaliados individualmente, utilizando-se o delineamento experimental de blocos casualizados, com quatro repetições. Foram realizados dois experimentos, e os tratamentos utilizados em ambos foram: oxadiazon (250 g ha-1, oxyfluorfen (240 g ha-1, S-metolachlor (1.440 g ha-1, flumetsulam (120 g ha-1, pendimethalin (1.000 g ha-1, oxyfluorfen+S-metolachlor (192+960 g ha-1, flumetsulam +S-metolachlor (72+960 g ha-1, pendimethalin+S-metolachlor (1.000 + 1.440 g ha-1, pendimethalin+flumetsulam (1.000+72 g ha-1, além de duas testemunhas, sem e com capina. Os dados de altura de planta, diâmetro do caule, diâmetro do capítulo e da produção de grãos foram submetidos aos testes estatísticos multivariados de análise de agrupamento e análise de componentes principais. Os resultados foram semelhantes em ambos os cultivares, com a formação de três grupos principais, sendo o primeiro e o segundo constituídos pelas testemunhas sem e com capina, respectivamente. O terceiro grupo foi constituído pelos herbicidas aplicados isoladamente e em mistura. Dessa forma, verificou-se que os efeitos causados pelos herbicidas aplicados isoladamente e em mistura sobre as variáveis analisadas foram menos prejudiciais em relação aos da interferência das plantas daninhas. Esses resultados evidenciaram potencial de seletividade dos herbicidas aplicados isoladamente e em mistura na variedade de girassol Embrapa V122 e no híbrido triplo Agrobel 972, nas condições em que foram avaliados.This study aimed to evaluate the effect of applying different pre-emergent herbicides, alone and in combination, on sunflower crop in wetland soil. The sunflower variety Embrapa V122 and the triple hybrid Agrobel 972 were evaluated individually

  20. Características clínicas e laboratoriais de meningites piogênicas em adultos Clinical and laboratorial characteristics of pyogenic meningitis in adults

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    Irênio Gomes

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    Full Text Available Foram analisados dados do prontuário de 176 pacientes com idade igual ou superior a 15 anos, internados no Hospital Couto Maia, no período de janeiro de 1990 a dezembro de 1992, em Salvador-BA, com o diagnóstico de meningite piogênica. Observamos, em ordem decrescente, maior percentagem de pacientes com N. meningitidis (56,7%, S. pneumoniae (37,5% e E.coli. (3,3%. A letalidade foi maior no grupo com meningite pneumocócica. No grupo de indivíduos com meningite por pneumococo verificamos que a média etária e de leucócitos no sangue periférico foram superiores quando comparadas com o grupo de portadores de meningite meningocócica. Por outro lado, neste último grupo a média de glicorraquia foi maior. A presença de lesões cutâneas hemorrágicas mostrou-se preditora da etiologia meningocócica.We reviewed the charts of 176 adult patients, admitted with a diagnosis of acute bacterial meningitis, in the Hospital Couto Maia, from January 1990 to December 1992. All the patients had community-acquired meningitis. In 120 patients we could identify the causative agent on Gram's staining and culture. The most common pathogens were N. meningitidis (56.7% S. pneumoniae (37.5% and E. coli (3.3%. The overall lethality rate was 19.8% and the lethality was greater in the group with streptococcus meningitis (31.8%. The mean age and the leukocyte in the peripheral blood were greater in the group with S. pneumoniae meningitis than in the meningococal group. Cutaneous hemorrhagic lesions was an excellent predictor meningococcal meningitis.

  1. Quantification and Purification of Mangiferin from Chinese Mango (<em>Mangifera indicaem> L. Cultivars and Its Protective Effect on Human Umbilical Vein Endothelial Cells under H2O2-induced Stress

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    Kunsong Chen

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Mangiferin is a natural xanthonoid with various biological activities. Quantification of mangiferin in fruit peel, pulp, and seed kernel was carried out in 11 Chinese mango (<em>Mangifera indicaem> L. cultivars. The highest mangiferin content was found in the peel of Lvpimang (LPM fruit (7.49 mg/g DW. Efficient purification of mangiferin from mango fruit peel was then established for the first time by combination of macroporous HPD100 resin chromatography with optimized high-speed counter-current chromatography (HSCCC. Purified mangiferin was identified by both HPLC and LC-MS, and it showed higher DPPH free-radical scavenging capacities and ferric reducing ability of plasma (FRAP than by l-ascorbic acid (Vc or Trolox. In addition, it showed significant protective effects on human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC under H2O2-induced stress. Cells treated with mangiferin resulted in significant enhanced cell survival under of H2O2 stress. Therefore, mangiferin from mango fruit provides a promising perspective for the prevention of oxidative stress-associated diseases.

  2. [Clinical effectiveness of betahistine in monotherapy of vertigo for different etiology].

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    Nowak, Katarzyna; Szymiec, Eugeniusz

    2006-01-01

    Vertigo is common symptom in clinical practice and among cerebrovascular and otological diseases. The aim of this clinical study was to evaluate the effect of betahistine dihydrochloride (Betaserc) on patients with long lasted dizziness. Enrolled in the study were 33 parients at the age between 32 and 80 years whom were treated 16 mg doses of betaserc three times daily et the time 12 weeks. The methods of following investigation was clinical examination, subjective and objective examination and carry out individual questionnaires once a four weeks. On the basis of experiment it was showed that a distinct clinical improvement in the group of 33 patients was in above 66% patients and medication is well tolerated and suitable for long-term treatment.

  3. Arriboflavinose clínica em pré-escolares, filhos de migrantes em trânsito pela Central de Triagem e Encaminhamento, na capital do Estado de São Paulo, Brasil Clinical riboflavin deficiency in pre-school age children of migrants in transit through Central de Triagem e Encaminhamento in the Capital of the State of S. Paulo, Brazil

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    Donald Wilson

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    Full Text Available Foi realizado um levantamento clínico entre 109 pré-escolares, filhos de migrantes em trânsito pela Central de Triagem e Encaminhamento (CETREN, tendo-se constatado altíssima prevalência de arriboflavinose. A única medida factível foi a administração de riboflavina a todas as crianças examinadas.A clinical study was carried out on 109 pre-school age children of migrants in transit through Central de Triagem e Encaminhamento (CETREN. A very high prevalence rate regarding arriboflavinosis was found. The only feasible measure was administration of riboflavin in capsules to all children examined.

  4. Exercise training program based on minimum weekly frequencies: effects on blood pressure and physical fitness in elderly hypertensive patients Programa de exercícios físicos baseado em frequência semanal mínima: efeitos na pressão arterial e aptidão física em idosos hipertensos

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    Wilson M. De Moraes

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Exercise training (ET can reduce blood pressure (BP and prevent functional disability. However, the effects of low volumes of training have been poorly studied, especially in elderly hypertensive patients. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the effects of a multi-component ET program (aerobic training, strength, flexibility, and balance on BP, physical fitness, and functional ability of elderly hypertensive patients. METHODS: Thirty-six elderly hypertensive patients with optimal clinical treatment underwent a multi-component ET program: two 60-minute sessions a week for 12 weeks at a Basic Health Unit. RESULTS: Compared to pre-training values, systolic and diastolic BP were reduced by 3.6% and 1.2%, respectively (pCONTEXTUALIZAÇÃO: O treinamento físico (TF é capaz de reduzir a pressão arterial (PA e prevenir o declínio da capacidade funcional. Entretanto, pouco tem sido estudado sobre os efeitos de menores volumes de treinamento em idosos com hipertensão arterial (HA. OBJETIVOS: Investigar os efeitos de um programa de TF multicomponente (treinamento aeróbico, força, flexibilidade e equilíbrio na PA, aptidão física e capacidade funcional de idosos com HA. MÉTODOS: Trinta e seis idosos com HA e tratamento clínico otimizado foram submetidos a um programa de exercícios físicos multicomponente, com duas sessões semanais de 60 minutos cada, durante 12 semanas, em uma Unidade Básica de Saúde (UBS. RESULTADOS: Comparados aos valores antes do TF, observou-se redução de 3,6% da PA sistólica (p<0,001, de 1,2% da PA diastólica (p<0,001, de 1,1% do índice de massa corporal (IMC (p<0,001 e de 2,5% da glicemia periférica em jejum (p=0,002. Observou-se melhora em todos os domínios da aptidão física, como força muscular (testes de levantar da cadeira e flexão de cotovelos, p<0,001; equilíbrio estático (teste de apoio unipodal, p=0,029, capacidade aeróbica (teste de marcha estacionária, p<0,001, com exceção da flexibilidade

  5. Rivaroxaban real-world evidence: Validating safety and effectiveness in clinical practice.

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    Beyer-Westendorf, Jan; Camm, A John; Coleman, Craig I; Tamayo, Sally

    2016-09-28

    Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) are considered the gold standard of clinical research as they use rigorous methodologies, detailed protocols, pre-specified statistical analyses and well-defined patient cohorts. However, RCTs do not take into account the complexity of real-world clinical decision-making. To tackle this, real-world data are being increasingly used to evaluate the long-term safety and effectiveness of a given therapy in routine clinical practice and in patients who may not be represented in RCTs, addressing key clinical questions that may remain. Real-world evidence plays a substantial role in supporting the use of non-vitamin K antagonist (VKA) oral anticoagulants (NOACs) in clinical practice. By providing data on patient profiles and the use of anticoagulation therapies in routine clinical practice, real-world evidence expands the current awareness of NOACs, helping to ensure that clinicians are well-informed on their use to implement patient-tailored clinical decisions. There are various issues with current anticoagulation strategies, including under- or overtreatment and frequent monitoring with VKAs. Real-world studies have demonstrated that NOAC use is increasing (Dresden NOAC registry and Global Anticoagulant Registry in the FIELD-AF [GARFIELD-AF]), as well as reaffirming the safety and effectiveness of rivaroxaban previously observed in RCTs (XArelto on preveNtion of sTroke and non-central nervoUS system systemic embolism in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation [XANTUS] and IMS Disease Analyzer). This article will describe the latest updates in real-world evidence across a variety of methodologies, such as non-interventional studies (NIS), registries and database analyses studies. It is anticipated that these studies will provide valuable clinical insights into the management of thromboembolism, and enhance the current knowledge on anticoagulant use and outcomes for patients.

  6. Thermal effect on E/M impedance spectroscopy of piezoelectric wafer active sensors

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    Kamas, Tuncay; Frankforter, Erik; Yu, Lingyu Lucy; Lin, Bin; Giurgiutiu, Victor

    2015-03-01

    This paper presents theoretical predictive modeling and experimental evaluation of the structural health monitoring capability of piezoelectric wafer active sensors (PWAS) at elevated temperatures. Electromechanical impedance spectroscopy (EMIS) method is first qualified using circular PWAS resonators under traction-free boundary condition and in an ambience with increasing temperature. The theoretical study is conducted regarding temperature dependence of the electrical parameters, the capacitance C0, d31 and g31; and the elastic parameters, the in-plane compliance s11 and Young's modulus c11, of piezoelectric materials. The Curie transition temperature must be well above the operating temperature; otherwise, the piezoelectric material may depolarize under combined temperature and pressure conditions. The material degradation is investigated by introducing the temperature effects on the material parameters that are obtained from experimental observations as well as from related work in literature. The preliminary results from the analytical 2-D circular PWAS-EMIS simulations are presented and validated by the experimental PWAS-EMIS measurements at elevated temperatures. Temperature variation may produce pyro-electric charges, which may interfere with the piezoelectric effect. Therefore, analytical simulations are carried out to simulate the pyro-electric response from the temperature effects on a free circular PWAS-EMIS in in-plane mode. For the experimental validation, PWAS transducers are placed in a fixture that provides the traction-free boundary condition. The fixture is then located in an oven integrated with PID temperature controller. The EMIS measurement is conducted during the temperature increase and the first resonance frequency peak in admittance and impedance spectra was acquired.

  7. Microcefalia primária autossômica recessiva em três famílias pernambucanas: aspectos clínicos e moleculares Autosomal recessive primary microcephaly in three families from Pernambuco: clinical and molecular aspects

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    Gabriela F. Leal

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS: descrever os aspectos clínicos de três famílias pernambucanas com microcefalia primária autossômica recessiva e as análises de ligação em uma delas (família 2. MÉTODOS: três famílias consangüíneas pernambucanas, não relacionadas biologicamente, com microcefalia primária, foram estudadas. Os heredogramas e a história clínica dos afetados foram construídos com base em informações obtidas de seus pais e outros parentes. O exame físico foi realizado em todos os afetados, seus genitores e na quase totalidade dos irmãos normais dos afetados. O DNA genômico dos afetados da família 2 e de seus pais foi usado em reações de PCR (polimerase chain reaction com primers elaborados para amplificar marcadores microssatélites ligados aos locos já conhecidos de microcefalia primária autossômica recessiva. Os marcadores amplificados foram submetidos a eletroforese e seus alelos analisados. RESULTADOS: nas três famílias, os afetados apresentavam perímetro cefálico muito reduzido acompanhado de retardo mental e apenas uma paciente (da família 3 manifestava outras alterações neurológicas, mas sem dismorfias associadas. Estudos moleculares demonstraram que a microcefalia, na família 2, não apresentava ligação com nenhum dos locos associados à microcefalia primária autossômica recessiva já conhecidos. CONCLUSÕES: pelo menos mais um gene associado à microcefalia primária autossômica recessiva existe e aguarda identificação.OBJECTIVES: to describe the clinical findings in three families from Pernambuco with autosomal recessive primary microcephaly, and the linkage analysis in one of them (family 2. METHODS: three consanguineous families from Pernambuco, not related one to another and with primary microcephaly, were studied. The genealogical data and the clinical history of the affected individuals were obtained from their parents and other family members. All the affected subjects, almost all their normal

  8. OS RANKINGS DAS ESCOLAS EM PORTUGAL: EXPLORANDO ALGUNS DOS SEUS EFEITOS. SCHOOL RANKINGS IN PORTUGAL: EXPLORING SOME OF THEIR EFFECTS

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    Martins, Maria Fernanda Santos

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available No presente artigo reflectimos sobre alguns dos efeitos da publicação dos rankings na acção organizacional dos actores educativos da escola pública, nomeadamente em Portugal. Tendo em consideração que os efeitos dos rankings podem não ser lineares nem uniformes (PINTO, 2009, procuramos problematizar se os referidos rankings induzem efeitos de quase-mercado educacional. Para o desenvolvimento desta discussão, tomamos por base um estudo por nós realizado (no ano lectivo 2006/2007, junto de professores, dirigentes escolares, alunos e pais de uma escola localizada numa cidade do Douro Litoral. O quadro teórico-conceptual que sustenta a interpretação dos dados obtidos provém de diferentes abordagens conceptuais, embora de forma articulada. Por um lado, mobiliza-se conceitos da sociologia da educação crítica e, por outro, da sociologia das organizações educativas. A partir daqui, podemos afirmar que os rankings, ainda que não de modo exclusivo, contribuem para a emergência de processos de selecção social e académica dos alunos e de concorrência entre escolas; neste último caso, ganha expressão situações que classificamos como estratégias de promoção da escola e de fabricações (BALL, 2002. Práticas essas que enquadramos na imagem de escola enquanto organização de tipo organicista.In this article we have taken into account some of the effects of the publishing of the rankings on the organizational action of the public school educational actors, namely in Portugal. Bearing in mind the fact that the effects of the rankings may neither be lineal nor uniform (PINTO, 2009, we attempt to question whether the referred rankings produce educational quasi-market effects. To further this discussion, we based ourselves on a study (during the school year 2006/2007 conducted by us on teachers, school administration, students and parents in a school in a city belonging to the area of Douro Litoral.The theoretical-conceptual frame

  9. Integrating economic evaluation methods into clinical and translational science award consortium comparative effectiveness educational goals.

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    Iribarne, Alexander; Easterwood, Rachel; Russo, Mark J; Wang, Y Claire

    2011-06-01

    With the ongoi