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  1. Isojacareubin from the Chinese Herb <em>Hypericum japonicumem>: Potent Antibacterial and Synergistic Effects on Clinical Methicillin-Resistant <em>Staphylococcus aureusem> (MRSA

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    Gen-Chun Wang

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Through bioassay-guided fractionation of the extracts from the aerial parts of the Chinese herb <em>Hypericum japonicumem> Thunb. Murray, Isojacareubin (ISJ was characterized as a potent antibacterial compound against the clinical methicillin-resistant S<em>taphylococcus aureusem> (MRSA. The broth microdilution assay was used to determine the minimal inhibitory concentrations (MICs and minimal bactericidal concentrations (MBCs of ISJ alone. The results showed that its MICs/MBCs ranged from 4/16 to 16/64 μg/mL, with the concentrations required to inhibit or kill 50% of the strains (MIC50/MBC50 at 8/16 μg/mL. Synergistic evaluations of this compound with four conventional antibacterial agents representing different types were performed by the chequerboard and time-kill tests. The chequerboard method showed significant synergy effects when ISJ was combined with Ceftazidime (CAZ, Levofloxacin (LEV and Ampicillin (AMP, with the values of 50% of the fractional inhibitory concentration indices (FICI50 at 0.25, 0.37 and 0.37, respectively. Combined bactericidal activities were also observed in the time-kill dynamic assay. The results showed the ability of ISJ to reduce MRSA viable counts by log10CFU/mL at 24 h of incubation at a concentration of 1 × MIC were 1.5 (LEV, additivity, 0.92 (CAZ, indifference and 0.82 (AMP, indifference, respectively. These <em>in vitroem> anti-MRSA activities of ISJ alone and its synergy with conventional antibacterial agents demonstrated that ISJ enhanced their efficacy, which is of potential use for single and combinatory therapy of patients infected with MRSA.

  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 de Carvalho; Ana Claudia H. Ferrari; Luciana O. Renner; Marcos A. Vieira; Miguel Carlos Riella

    2004-01-01

    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 proteí...

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. Evaluation of the clinical and cardiorespiratory effects of propofol microemulsion in dogs Efeitos clínicos e cardiorespiratórios do propofol em microemulsão em cães

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    André Luís Corrêa

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available This research aimed to evaluate the clinical and cardiorespiratory effects of a propofol formulation with nanometer droplet diameter in dogs. Six adult healthy female dogs weighing 14.8±1.2kg were used in this study. Each dog received two treatments with a 15-day washout period. A microemulsion (MICRO or lipid emulsion (EMU of propofol was administered intravenously (IV for induction and maintenance of anesthesia. Anesthesia was maintained with a constant rate infusion of propofol (0.4mg kg-1 minute-1. Cardiorespiratory variables were recorded before induction (baseline, immediately after and at 15-minute intervals for 90 minutes after treatment. Arterial blood samples were also taken for blood gas analysis, except at 45 and 75 minutes after induction. The mean arterial pressure decreased significantly during both treatments, while the cardiac index decreased significantly only in MICRO treatment. The time to extubation, sternal recumbency, ambulation and total recovery was similar in both treatments. Opisthotonos was observed in 33% of the animals in each treatment. The propofol microemulsion presented clinical and respiratory parameters similar to those obtained with the lipid emulsion commercially available, but had some significantly different hemodynamic characteristics when used for inducing and maintaining anesthesia. Based only in these results, no advantages are seen in the use of this new microemulsion.Este estudo tem o objetivo de avaliar os efeitos clínicos e cardiorrespiratórios de uma formulação de propofol formada por nanopartículas, em cães. Para esse propósito, seis cães hígidos, adultos, fêmeas, com peso médio de 14,8±1,2kg foram utilizados. Cada cão recebeu dois tratamentos, sendo que entre estes foi permitido aos animais um período de washout de 15 dias. Os animais receberam propofol em microemulsão (MICRO ou em emulsão lipídica (EMU por via intravenosa (IV para a indução e manutenção da anestesia. A

  7. Synergistic Interactions of Methanolic Extract of <em>Acacia mearnsiiem>> em>De Wild. with Antibiotics against Bacteria of Clinical Relevance

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    Anthony J. Afolayan

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available With the emergence of multidrug-resistant organisms, combining medicinal plants with synthetic or orthodox medicines against resistant bacteria becomes necessary. In this study, interactions between methanolic extract of <em>Acacia> <em>mearnsii em>and eight antibiotics were investigated by agar diffusion and checkerboard assays. The minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs of all the antibiotics ranged between 0.020 and 500 µg/mL while that of the crude extract varied between 0.156 and 1.25 mg/mL. The agar diffusion assay showed that extract-kanamycin combination had zones of inhibition ≥20 ± 1.0 mm in all the bacteria tested (100%, followed by extract-chloramphenicol (90% > extract-ciprofloxacin = extract-tetracycline (70% > extract-amoxicillin (60% > extract-nalidixic acid (50% > extract-erythromycin (40% > extract-metronidazole (20%. The checkerboard showed synergistic interaction (61.25%, additivity/indifference (23.75% and antagonistic (15% effects. The synergistic interaction was most expressed by combining the extract with tetracycline, metronidazole, amoxicillin, ciprofloxacin, chloramphenicol and nalidixic acid against <em>E. coliem> (ATCC 25922, erythromycin, metronidazole, amoxicillin, chloramphenicol and kanamycin<em> em>against <em>S. aureusem> (ATCC 6538, erythromycin, tetracycline, amoxicillin, nalidixic acid and chloramphenicol against <em>B.> <em>subtilis> KZN, erythromycin, metronidazole and amoxicillin against <em>E>. <em>faecalis> KZN, erythromycin, tetracycline, nalidixic acid and chloramphenicol against <em>K.> <em>pneumoniae> (ATCC 10031, erythromycin, tetracycline, metronidazole and chloramphenicol against <em>P.> <em>vulgaris> (ATCC 6830, erythromycin, tetracycline, amoxicillin and chloramphenicol against <em>S.> <em>sonnei> (ATCC 29930, metronidazole, amoxicillin and chloramphenicol against <em>E. faecalisem> (ATCC 29212 and ciprofloxacin and chloramphenicol<em

  8. <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.

  9. 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.

  10. Injeção epidural preventiva de xilazina ou amitraz em eqüinos: efeitos clínicos e comportamentais Pre-emptive epidural injection of xylazine or amitraz, in horses: clinical and behavioral effects

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    Erica Cristina Bueno do Prado Guirro

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available A xilazina é o fármaco agonista adrenérgico α2 mais utilizado pela via epidural de eqüinos e sabe-se que o amitraz tem ação sobre esses receptores. Assim, foram avaliados os efeitos clínicos e comportamentais causados pela injeção epidural de 0,17mg kg-1 de xilazina (GX ou de 0,1mg kg-1 de amitraz diluído em emulsão lipídica (GA durante 24 horas, em doze eqüinos. A freqüência cardíaca e a altura de cabeça mantiveram-se inalteradas; a freqüência respiratória aumentou de T105 a T360 no GX; a temperatura retal elevou-se de T120 a T720 em GA e de T360 a T720 em GX. Não houve diferença no tempo de latência para urinar ou defecar em ambos os grupos. Em relação às alterações comportamentais, o amitraz provocou sedação (50%, ptose labial (33,4% e palpebral (16,7%, enquanto que a xilazina promoveu ataxia (50%, sudorese perineal (33,4%, ptose palpebral (16,6% e relaxamento do esfíncter anal (16,6%. Considera-se segura a injeção epidural de xilazina ou amitraz em eqüinos, pois as alterações clínicas e comportamentais promovidas são leves e não limitam seu uso.Xylazine is the α2-adrenergic agonist more employed by epidural route in horses and it is known that amitraz acts on these receptors. So, clinical and behavioral effects caused by epidural injection of 0.17mg kg-1 xylazine (GX or 0.1mg.kg-1 amitraz diluted in lipidic emulsion (GA were evaluated in 12 horses. Heart rate and height of the head didn't change; respiratory rate increased from T105 to T360 in GX; rectal temperature increased from T120 to T720 in GA and from T360 to T720 in GX. There is no difference in latency to urine or defecate in both groups. Concerning behavioral changes, amitraz promoted sedation (50%, lip (33.4% and eye (16.6% dropping, while xylazine caused ataxia (50%, perineal sweating (33.4%, eye dropping (16.6% and anal sphincter relaxation (16.6%. So, epidural injection of xylazine or amitraz was considered safe because the clinical and

  11. 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>.

  12. 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.

  13. Saponins with Neuroprotective Effects from the Roots of <em>Pulsatilla cernuaem>

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    Wen-Hao Fan; Zong-Gui Yu; Hui Zhang; Yong-Nan Xu; Li-Bo Zou; Yi-Xia Gong; Hui-Ming Hua; Jian-Yu Liu; Ying-Li Guan

    2012-01-01

    Four new oleanene-type triterpenoid saponins together with six known saponins were isolated from the roots of <em>P>ulsatilla cernuaem> and their structures were elucidated on the basis of spectroscopic data, including 2D NMR spectra and chemical evidence. Among these one of the aglycones (gypsogenin) is reported for the first time from this genus. Some of these compounds showed significant neuroprotective effects against the

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. Geographical peninsular effects on the trophic system "<em>Tyto albaem> - micromammals" in Salento (Italy

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    Corrado Battisti

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    Full Text Available Abstract The following study contains data from 2420 preys found in Barn Owl pellets from 16 sites of the Salento peninsula (Apulia, Italy. Nine preyed species were detected. <em>Microtus saviiem> was the most frequent prey. No specimen of <em>Clethrionomys glareolusem>, <em>Muscardinus avellanariusem> and <em>Sorex> spp. were ever found, probably for ecological and bioclimatological reasons. The relatively low values of some ecological parameters (Richness, Trophic level, Diversity suggest that the micromammalian populations in Salento are influenced, locally, by both anthropic and biogeographical factors. These results may be inserted into the general debate on the "peninsula effects".

  1. 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

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    . 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

  2. Antioxidative Characteristics of <em>Anisomeles indicaem> Extract and Inhibitory Effect of Ovatodiolide on Melanogenesis

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    Li-Ling Chang

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of the study was to investigate the antioxidant characteristics of <em>Anisomeles indicaem> methanol extract and the inhibitory effect of ovatodiolide on melanogenesis. In the study, the antioxidant capacities of <em>A. indicaem> methanol extract such as DPPH assay, ABTS radical scavenging assay, reducing capacity and metal ion chelating capacity as well as total phenolic content of the extract were investigated. In addition, the inhibitory effects of ovatodiolide on mushroom tyrosinase, B16F10 intracellular tyrosinase and melanin content were determined spectrophotometrically. Our results revealed that the antioxidant capacities of <em>A. indicaem> methanol extract increased in a dose-dependent pattern. The purified ovatodiolide inhibited mushroom tyrosinase activity (IC50 = 0.253 mM, the compound also effectively suppressed intracellular tyrosinase activity (IC50 = 0.469 mM and decreased the amount of melanin (IC50 = 0.435 mM in a dose-dependent manner in B16F10 cells. Our results concluded that <em>A. indicaem> methanol extract displays antioxidant capacities and ovatodiolide purified from the extract inhibited melanogenesis in B16F10 cells. Hence, <em>A. indicaem> methanol extract and ovatodiolide could be applied as a type of dermatological whitening agent in skin care products.

  3. 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

  4. Protective Effect of <em>T. violaceaem> Rhizome Extract Against Hypercholesterolemia-Induced Oxidative Stress in Wistar Rats

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    Olorunnisola Sinbad Olorunnisola

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available The present study examines the effect of methanolic extract of <em>T. violaceaem> rhizomes on high cholesterol (2% diet fed rats (HCD. At the end of 4 weeks, serum total protein, albumin, reduced glutathione (GSH, and markers of oxidative stress viz., catalase (CAT, superoxide dismutase (SOD, thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS—a marker of lipid peroxidation, glutathione-S-transferase (GST and glutathione peroxidase (GPx in the serum, aorta, liver and heart of HCD and normal rats were assessed and compared. A significant (<em>p> < 0.05 elevation in TBARS, and a reduction (<em>p> < 0.05 in serum total protein, albumin, GSH and antioxidant enzyme activities was observed in tissues of HCD fed rats compared with the normal group. Co-administration of crude extracts of <em>T. violaceaem> rhizomes protected the liver, heart, serum and aorta against HCD-induced lipid peroxidation in a dose dependant manner. The activities of the extract (500 mg/kg compared favorably with gemfibrozil. The extracts also protected against HCD-induced reduction in serum total protein, GSH and restored the activities of antioxidant tissues (liver, heart and aorta enzymes to near normal values. This result suggested that consumption of <em>T. violaceaem> rhizome may help to protect against hypercholesterolemia- induced oxidative stress diseases in the heart and liver.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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)

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

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    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

  12. 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.

  13. Placebo interventions, placebo effects and clinical practice

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    Linde, Klaus; Fässler, Margrit; Meissner, Karin

    2011-01-01

    This article reviews the role of placebo interventions and placebo effects in clinical practice. We first describe the relevance of different perspectives among scientists, physicians and patients on what is considered a placebo intervention in clinical practice. We then summarize how placebo effects have been investigated in randomized controlled trials under the questionable premise that such effects are produced by placebo interventions. We further discuss why a shift of focus from the pla...

  14. Clinical Impact of <em>TP53em> Gene Mutations in Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma (DLBCL)

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    Young, Ken H; Patten, Nancy; Truong, Sim;

    2009-01-01

    Mutations of the TP53 tumor suppressor gene are associated with a poor clinical outcome in DLBCL patients treated with CHOP. The impact of TP53 mutations on clinical outcome of DLBCL patients treated with Rituxan-CHOP has not been comprehensively analyzed. The purpose of this study was to analyze...

  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. Molecular epidemiology and antimicrobial susceptibility of clinical <em>Staphylococcus aureusem> from healthcare institutions in Ghana

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    Egyir, Beverly; Guardabassi, Luca; Sørum, Marit;

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    The objective of this study was to determine the antimicrobial susceptibility patterns and clonal diversity of clinical Staphylococcus aureus isolates from Ghana. A total of 308 S. aureus isolates from six healthcare institutions located across Northern, Central and Southern Ghana were characteri...

  17. Clinical disease, immunity and protection against <em>Plasmodium falciparumem> malaria in populations living in endemic areas

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    Hviid, L

    1998-01-01

    and mortality in an endemic setting (malaria is regularly found) is concentrated in children below the age of five years, and the increasing resistance to infection and disease with age is conventionally thought to reflect a slow and gradual acquisition of protective immunity. Many recent and...... comprehensive reviews of malarial immunity exist; rather than attempting to add another, this review summarises some of the recent evidence on how protective immunity is acquired in humans and what precipitates clinical disease, specifically as it relates to populations living in areas where the disease is...... endemic. It is becoming increasingly clear that naturally acquired protective immunity depends largely on responses directed against highly variable parasite antigens. This implies that a successful blood-stage vaccine against this disease must be able to either induce protective responses against many of...

  18. [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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. [Clinical application and therapeutic effects of elementalin].

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    Xu, Q S

    1990-12-01

    Elementalin, similar to Vivonex NH in composition. consisted of an amino acid mixture and many other essential nutrients. The amino acid mixture was extracted from swine blood and supplemented with some crystal L-amino acids. Animal experiment suggested that it have a better therapeutic effects than a domestic elemental diet. 86 malnourished patients with digestive tract diseases were selected to carry out its clinic evaluation. The results showed that it could maintain or increase body weight, improve nitrogen balance and elevate the level of plasma proteins postoperatively. The total effective rate was 94.2%. No obvious side effect was found. PMID:2128267

  2. 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

    2013-12-01

    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.

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

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    Megawati Megawati

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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

  5. What makes an effective clinical trainer?

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    Mohammed Alsultan

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available This study aims at identifying characteristics and behavioral patterns associated with the ideal tutor in different medical fields. This study is expected to answer two questions, first is effective supervision and how can this be determined? And secondly, what skills and qualities do effective supervisors need? An English limited search was performed in many databases including MEDLINE, BEI, and International ERIC for the last 20 years using many search items to identify characteristics cited in the literature as being important for effective clinical teaching. One hundred thirty two articles identified the review excluded literature relating to research supervision. Findings revealed that some of these investigations relied on the tutor′s point of view, others on a resident′s or a student′s opinion or both. Descriptors for effective clinical teachers were categorized into three main classes: (a teaching skills (i.e. well-prepared, practices evidence-based medicine and believes in its principles and applications, effective, accessible, and provides and accepts both positive and negative feedback, (b personality (i.e. enthusiastic, respectable, sincere, confident, humanitarian, and compassionate, and (c attitude (i.e. health advocate, good role-model, encouraging, non-judgmental, aware of learners′ growth, well-groomed, and appropriately dressed. Other factors such as the trainer′s health (i.e. professional, personal, and spiritual fulfillment and his/her scholarly activities were also identified.

  6. 200 city survey. JEMS 2001 annual report on EMS operational & clinical trends in large, urban areas.

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    Cady, Geoff

    2002-02-01

    This year's survey offered examples of evolving partnerships between the public and EMS providers with a growing number of systems implementing PAD programs. The apparent influence of a communication center's managing agency on prioritization strategies is concerning. However, further study is needed. EMS managers must pay careful attention to comm center practices and technology to ensure their ability to support response prioritization and the efficient management of EMS resources. The small reduction in the use of hot response (lights and siren) to every request for service is disappointing in light of medical literature and position statements that condemn this practice. Resource response can be safely prioritized using today's EMD protocol systems. Prioritization and changing response [figure: see text] time requirements to address impending revenue and service demand changes will require additional standardization of methodologies and reporting of response times to relate this measure to other system performance indicators (e.g., patient morbidity/mortality, cost, customer satisfaction, etc.). The future presents a difficult road for system administrators. However, the adoption of a growing number of information-management tools and changes in procedures and dispatch processes offer potential solutions. The increased use of hand-held computers or personal digital assistant (PDAs) to gather and provide information and the almost universal use of CAD will aid providers in performing the research necessary to change response time performance requirements, improving EMS system efficiency. Use of this technology will also likely improve patient care and reimbursement through more timely and accurate reporting and analysis. The medical director's role will be critical to ensuring potential changes don't compromise patient care. Obtaining a better understanding of how much time can safely elapse between the time of the 9-1-1 call and when patient-care activities

  7. Evaluation of Antioxidant and Antiproliferative Properties of Three <em>Actinidia> (<em>Actinidia> <em>kolomikta>, <em>Actinidia argutaem>, <em>Actinidia> <em>chinensis> Extracts <em>in Vitroem>

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    Jia-Ren Liu

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available The total phenolic content, total flavonoid content, vitamin C content, and antioxidant activities of ethanol extracts from different kiwifruit varieties (<em>Actinidia> <em>kolomikta>, <em>Actinidia argutaem>, <em>Actinidia> <em>chinensis> were determined in this study. Multiple scavenging activity assays including the hydroxyl radical, O2·radical, DPPH, and the ABTS+ radical scavenging activity assays were used to identify the antioxidant activities of <em>Actinidia> extracts. The cell viability of HepG2 and HT-29 cells was also examined in this study. The results demonstrated that the <em>Actinidia kolomiktaem> extract had a higher antioxidant activity than the other two <em>Actinidia> extracts. There is a positive correlation between antioxidant activity and the polyphenols and vitamin C content in all three extracts (<em>R>2 ≥ 0.712, <em>p> em>< 0.05. The <em>Actinidia argutaem> extract had the highest inhibitory effect on HepG2 and HT-29 cell growth. These results provide new insight into the health functions of fruit and demonstrate that <em>Actinidia> extracts can potentially have health benefits.

  8. 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

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    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.

  9. Evaluation of Pseudopteroxazole and Pseudopterosin Derivatives against <em>Mycobacterium> <em>tuberculosis> and Other Pathogens

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    Malcolm W. B. McCulloch

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Pseudopterosins and pseudopteroxazole are intriguing marine natural products that possess notable antimicrobial activity with a commensurate lack of cytotoxicity. New semi-synthetic pseudopteroxazoles, pseudopteroquinoxalines and pseudopterosin congeners along with simple synthetic mimics of the terpene skeleton were synthesized. In order to build structure-activity relationships, a set of 29 new and previously reported compounds was assessed for <em>in> <em>vitro> antimicrobial and cytotoxic activities. A number of congeners exhibited antimicrobial activity against a range of Gram-positive bacteria including <em>Mycobacterium> <em>tuberculosis> H37Rv, with four displaying notable antitubercular activity against both replicating and non-replicating persistent forms of <em>M.> <em>tuberculosis>. One new semi-synthetic compound, 21-((1<em>H>-imidazol-5-ylmethyl-pseudopteroxazole (7a, was more potent than the natural products pseudopterosin and pseudopteroxazole and exhibited equipotent activity against both replicating and non-replicating persistent forms of <em>M.> <em>tuberculosis> with a near absence of <em>in> <em>vitro> cytotoxicity. Pseudopteroxazole also exhibited activity against strains of <em>M.> <em>tuberculosis> H37Rv resistant to six clinically used antibiotics.

  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

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    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. Regulation EM-ER-6. Requirements for the realization of clinical essays to the medical equipments

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    This regulation applies to the medical equipment that become incorporated to the stage of clinical trial required for its evaluation and record, for which they are subdued to clinical investigation for the sake of verifying, in conditions specified of use, its functioning, identifying besides any undesirable defect. It extends to manufacturers of medical equipments, Public Health's units where the clinical investigations with those equipments take place and to the rest of the entities of the MINSAP . Its objective is to protect the participating subjects in the clinical investigations; Assuring the conduction of the clinical investigation and specifying the requirements for the conduction of the clinical investigations and the documentation required for it.

  12. Magnetic field effects on endcap EM calorimetry in SDC

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    The SDC calorimeter will be immersed in a strong magnetic field in the endcap region because of the solenoid which supplies the SDC tracking field. This flux must be returned through the endcap region of the electromagnetic (EM) and hadronic (HAD) calorimeters. Since magnetic fields are known to induce changes in the light output of plastic scintillator, the endcap will need to be recalibrated once the solenoid is energized. In addition, gradients in the field will create nonuniformities in the calorimetric response. The ''induced constant term'' in the EM and HAD calorimeters due to the inhomogeneities induced by the magnetic field are here evaluated in order to see that SDC performance specifications are not compromised

  13. Effects of Sorafenib on <em>C>-Terminally Truncated Androgen Receptor Variants in Human Prostate Cancer Cells

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    Mark Schrader

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Recent evidence suggests that the development of castration resistant prostate cancer (CRPCa is commonly associated with an aberrant, ligand-independent activation of the androgen receptor (AR. A putative mechanism allowing prostate cancer (PCa cells to grow under low levels of androgens, is the expression of constitutively active, <em>C>-terminally truncated AR lacking the AR-ligand binding domain (LBD. Due to the absence of a LBD, these receptors, termed ARΔLBD, are unable to respond to any form of anti-hormonal therapies. In this study we demonstrate that the multikinase inhibitor sorafenib inhibits AR as well as ARΔLBD-signalling in CRPCa cells. This inhibition was paralleled by proteasomal degradation of the AR- and ARΔLBD-molecules. In line with these observations, maximal antiproliferative effects of sorafenib were achieved in AR and ARΔLBD-positive PCa cells. The present findings warrant further investigations on sorafenib as an option for the treatment of advanced AR-positive PCa.

  14. <em>Hedyotis diffusaem> Willd Inhibits Colorectal Cancer Growth <em>in Vivoem> via Inhibition of STAT3 Signaling Pathway

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    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Signal Transducer and Activator of Transcription 3 (STAT3, a common oncogenic mediator, is constitutively activated in many types of human cancers; therefore it is a major focus in the development of novel anti-cancer agents. <em>Hedyotis diffusaem> Willd has been used as a major component in several Chinese medicine formulas for the clinical treatment of colorectal cancer (CRC. However, the precise mechanism of its anti-tumor activity remains largely unclear. Using a CRC mouse xenograft model, in the present study we evaluated the effect of the ethanol extract of<em> Hedyotis diffusaem> Willd (EEHDW on tumor growth <em>in vivoem> and investigated the underlying molecular mechanisms. We found that EEHDW reduced tumor volume and tumor weight, but had no effect on body weight gain in CRC mice, demonstrating that EEHDW can inhibit CRC growth <em>in vivoem> without apparent adverse effect. In addition, EEHDW treatment suppressed STAT3 phosphorylation in tumor tissues, which in turn resulted in the promotion of cancer cell apoptosis and inhibition of proliferation. Moreover, EEHDW treatment altered the expression pattern of several important target genes of the STAT3 signaling pathway, <em>i.e.>, decreased expression of Cyclin D1, CDK4 and Bcl-2 as well as up-regulated p21 and Bax. These results suggest that suppression of the STAT3 pathway might be one of the mechanisms by which EEHDW treats colorectal cancer.

  15. 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.......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....

  16. 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.;

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    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....

  17. 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....

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

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    Consuelo Bueno Diniz Adan

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    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

  19. 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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    F.A. Pieri

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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

  20. [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. PMID:14968924

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. Modeling the effect of direct and indirect contamination of on-farm bulk tank milk with <em>Mycobacterium aviumem> subsp. <em>paratuberculosis>

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    Okura, Hisako; Nielsen, Søren Saxmose; Toft, Nils

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    in farm bulk tank milk and simulating the effect of direct and indirect contamination with MAP. The effect of discarding milk from test-positive cows at different prevalences was assessed. The concentration of MAP in milk was estimated using a simulation model, while taking direct and indirect...... milk from test positive cows would result in discarding 11% of milk and reduce the MAP level by 80%. Due to poor sensitivity of the diagnostic test, removing test-positive cows would not further reduce the already low concentration of MAP and it would not guarantee the milk as MAP-free. The model was...

  4. 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

    2011-07-01

    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.

  5. Effect of Sodium Cyanide on Wheat (<em>Triticum durumem> cv. Altar and <em>T. aestivumem> cv. Cumhuriyet)

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    Gemici, Meliha; Karshenass, A.M.; Tan, Kit

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    The effect of sodium cyanide on the morphology of stem, leaves and grain yields of Triticum durum cv. Altar and Triticum aestivum cv. Cumhuriyet grown under glass was studied. Seeds were planted in six different sets of pots containing ordinary garden soil. After formation of the first leaves, th...

  6. 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...

  7. 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>

  8. 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.

  9. Schizonticidal effect of a combination of <em>Amaranthus spinosus Lem>. and <em>Andrographis paniculataem> Burm. f./Nees extracts in <em>Plasmodium bergheiem>-infected mice

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    Background: Amaranthus spinosus and Andrographis paniculata are traditionally used as antimalarial herbs, but the combination of both has not yet been tested. The aim of this study was to determine the schizonticidal anti-malaria effect of a combination in Plasmodium berghei-infected mice.Methods: Male mice (Balb/c strain) weighing 28-30 g, 7-8 weeks old, were randomly devided into 5 groups of 4 animals each. Group A: controls (nil) and 4 treatment groups (B, C, D, and E). Group B: Amarathus ...

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

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    2012-05-01

    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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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

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    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.

  15. Comparison of the effects of sample preparation temperature, milling time, and carbon content on soft ferrite, hard ferrite, and Alnico magnet EM wave absorbers

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    We compared the effects of sample preparation temperature, milling time, and carbon content on Mn-Zn ferrite (soft ferrite), Ba ferrite and Sr ferrite (hard ferrite), and Alnico magnet EM wave absorbers for preparing superior EM wave absorbers. The reflectivity of the EM wave absorbers depended on the particle size and the particle shape of ferrites. In the manufacturing process of the EM wave absorbers, the preparation temperature played a very important role in deciding the EM wave absorption properties. We confirmed that carbon strongly affects on the reflectivity of hard ferrite and Alnico magnet EM wave absorbers.

  16. Flavonoids - Clinical effects and applications in dentistry: A review

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    S Leena Sankari

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    Full Text Available Flavonoids include a huge group of naturally occurring organic compounds. It is found in a large variety of plants including fruits, seeds, grains, tea vegetables, nuts, and wine. Many studies have shown that there is a strong association between flavonoid intake and the long-term effects on mortality. It is widely used in dentistry and it has many clinical effects. This article summarizes the effects of flavonoids to humankind and its clinical applications in dentistry.

  17. Fibras reforçadas por resina (FRC em Ortodontia. Versatilidade clínica: parte 2 Fiber reinforced composite (FRC in Orthodontic. Clinical versatility: part II

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    Full Text Available As fibras de vidro e de polietileno podem ser utilizadas na prática ortodôntica em diversas situações clínicas, nos casos com ou sem extrações dentárias. Este artigo tem como objetivo mostrar algumas das aplicações clínicas nas quais as fibras contribuíram de forma significativa para a realização dos tratamentos ortodônticos, simplificando-os e aumentando a eficiência clínica. As fibras foram utilizadas principalmente em segmentos de ancoragem e na substituição da banda pela colagem da associação fibra/tubo nos molares.Glass and polyethylene fibers can be used in orthodontic practice on several clinical(s situations, in cases with or without teeth extraction. The objective of this article is to show some of the clinical applications in which the fibers contributed in a positive way to improve the performance of orthodontic treatments, simplifying and raiseing the clinical efficiency. These fibers were mainly used on anchorage segments, and as a substitute for the band by bonding the fiber/tube association in molars.

  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...... factor loadings, which is important for the response heterogeneity. Thirdly, the monetary policy rate is not a latent factor representation but measured without error and interacts dynamically with the factors in the estimation. Finally, the dynamic factor model is estimated by the one-step maximum...... likelihood based EM algorithm as an alternative to Bayesian methods and two-step principal component methods. Based on a large panel from 1959:01 to 2012:06 I estimate a number of model specifications and find that the dynamic responses of a monetary policy shock are theoretically more plausible...

  19. 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.

  20. 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

    2011-10-01

    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

  1. Orienting Nursing Students to Cost Effective Clinical Practice.

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    Lessner, Muriel W.; And Others

    1994-01-01

    Describes five principles for cost-effective clinical practice: efficient use of self, efficient use of equipment and supplies, delegation of work, critical path method, and organization of the environment. (SK)

  2. Ensaio clínico com novo psicotrópico (P-4657B em pacientes hospitalizados Clinical essay with P-46657B in in-patients

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    Jamil Signorini

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    Full Text Available É experimentado um novo psicotrópico — o P-4657B (Thiothixene — em 14 doentes mentais crônicos (12 esquizofrênicos, um débil mental e um com depressão involutiva. O medicamento foi utilizado em doses que variaram entre 20 e 75 mg/dia, em período que oscilou entre 22 e 130 dias. Em um caso houve piora da sintomatologia; melhoras ocorreram em 5 casos, dois dos quais obtiveram alta experimental. No que se refere aos sintomas, melhores resultados foram obtidos em relação ao contato e à capacidade pragmática. Não foram notados efeitos colaterais severos, tendo sido verificadas manifestações neurodislépticas, discretas, em apenas três casos, sem relação com a dose empregada. Os autores concluem ser o Thiothixene um psicotrópico útil na terapêutica de doentes mentais crônicos, especialmente de esquizofrênicos nos quais predominem a deficiência de contato e o apragmatismo e sugerem a experimentação desse medicamento em psicoses agudas.A new psychotropic drug (P-4657B, Thiothixene was tried in 14 patients with chronic syndromes (12 schizophrenics, one oligophrenic with psychotic reaction and one with involutional depression. The dosis varied between a minimal of 20 mg to a maximal of 75 mg per dien, per os, for 22 to 130 days. The results were as follows: very good improvement in two cases; three cases with good results; 8 cases remained unchanged and one case impaired. The best results, on account of the symptoms, were observed on the interpersonal communication and on pragmatism. Severe side effects were not present. Neurodisleptic manifestations, in mild degree, were observed only in three cases. The authors concluded that the Thiothixene is a useful neuroleptic in the treatment of chronic mental syndroms, specially in schizophrenics with bad personal communication and apragmatism. They also suggest the trial in acute psychosis.

  3. 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

  4. Clinical features of <em>Clostridium difficile em>infection and molecular characterization of the isolated strains in a cohort of Danish hospitalized patients

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    Søes, Lillian Marie; Brock, Inger; Persson, Søren;

    2012-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to compare clinical features of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) to toxin gene profiles of the strains isolated from Danish hospitalized patients. C. difficile isolates were characterized by PCR based molecular typing methods including toxin gene profiling...... and analysis of deletions and truncating mutations in the toxin regulating gene tcdC. Clinical features were obtained by questionnaire. Thirty percent of the CDI cases were classified as community-acquired. Infection by C. difficile with genes encoding both toxin A, toxin B and the binary toxin...... was significantly associated with hospital-acquired/healthcare-associated CDI compared to community-acquired CDI. Significantly higher leukocyte counts and more severe clinical manifestations were observed in patients infected by C. difficile containing genes also encoding the binary toxin together with toxin...

  5. 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

  6. Aspectos clínicos da depressão em crianças e adolescentes: clinical features Depression in childhood and adolescence

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    Saint-Clair Bahls

    2002-10-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: apresentar uma revisão sobre o quadro clínico, a evolução, a comorbidade e o comportamento suicida na depressão em crianças e adolescentes, com o objetivo de contribuir com o esclarecimento desta patologia grave, comum e ainda pouco reconhecida. Fontes dos dados: foram realizados levantamento no sistema Medline no período de 1991 a 2000, e levantamento manual da literatura. Síntese dos dados: o interesse científico pela depressão em crianças e adolescentes é bastante recente, pois até a década de 70 acreditava-se que fosse rara ou inexistente. Os sistemas diagnósticos atuais definem que os sintomas básicos de um episódio depressivo maior são os mesmos em crianças, adolescentes e adultos; entretanto, os pesquisadores destacam a importância do processo de maturação na apresentação sintomatológica da depressão, com características predominantes em cada fase do desenvolvimento. Conclusões: atualmente a depressão maior em crianças e adolescentes é considerada comum, debilitante e recorrente, envolvendo um alto grau de morbidade e mortalidade, representando um sério problema de saúde pública.Objective: this study reviews clinical features, evolution, comorbidity and suicidal behavior in childhood and adolescence depression. Its objective is to provide clear information on this common, severe and not very easily recognized pathology. Sources: literature searches were performed through Medline (1991-2000, with secondary-source follow-up. Summary of the findings: scientific concern about depression in childhood and adolescence is recent and up to the 70's depression was considered rare or inexistent in this period. Current diagnostic systems define as basic features of depression in children and adolescents are the same ones found in adults for major depression episodes; however, researches emphasize the significance of the developmental process in the clinical manifestations, with predominant features in each

  7. Teaching Effectiveness: Preparing Occupational Therapy Students for Clinical Practice

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    Jane C. OBrien PhD, MS.MEdL, OTR/L

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Medical educators must examine the ability of teaching methodologies to prepare students for clinical practice. Two types of assessment methods commonly used in medical education include the Short Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE and the Integrated Performance Procedural Instrument (IPPI. The use of these methods in occupational therapy (OT education is less understood. With the increasing number of students enrolled in programs, faculty face challenges to examine how clinical competence is established using data to determine teaching effectiveness. This study examines two educational methodologies used in OT curriculum: the long written case study (IPPI and short performance-based OSCE. The authors describe the effectiveness of each examination as it relates to student performance in clinical practice (as measured by the Fieldwork Performance Evaluation [FWPE]. The findings obtained from separate focus group sessions with faculty and students further provide insight into the advantages and disadvantages of the educational methodologies.

  8. Mitigating the Effects of Nonadherence in Clinical Trials.

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    Shiovitz, Thomas M; Bain, Earle E; McCann, David J; Skolnick, Phil; Laughren, Thomas; Hanina, Adam; Burch, Daniel

    2016-09-01

    Accounting for subject nonadherence and eliminating inappropriate subjects in clinical trials are critical elements of a successful study. Nonadherence can increase variance, lower study power, and reduce the magnitude of treatment effects. Inappropriate subjects (including those who do not have the illness under study, fail to report exclusionary conditions, falsely report medication adherence, or participate in concurrent trials) confound safety and efficacy signals. This paper, a product of the International Society for CNS Clinical Trial Methodology (ISCTM) Working Group on Nonadherence in Clinical Trials, explores and models nonadherence in clinical trials and puts forth specific recommendations to identify and mitigate its negative effects. These include statistical analyses of nonadherence data, novel protocol design, and the use of biomarkers, subject registries, and/or medication adherence technologies. PMID:26634893

  9. 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...

  10. 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

  11. 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...

  12. Levels of antibody to conserved parts of <em>Plasmodium falciparumem> merozoite surface protein 1 in Ghanaian children are not associated with protection from clinical malaria

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    Dodoo, D; Theander, T G; Kurtzhals, J A;

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    The 19-kDa conserved C-terminal part of the Plasmodium falciparum merozoite surface protein 1 (PfMSP119) is a malaria vaccine candidate antigen, and human antibody responses to PfMSP119 have been associated with protection against clinical malaria. In this longitudinal study carried out in an are...

  13. Clinical effects of Garcinia kola in knee osteoarthritis

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    Oyelami Oyesiku A; Okimi Oluwakemi C; Idowu Thomas O; Adesanya Saburi A; Adegbehingbe Olayinka O; Iwalewa Ezekiel O

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    Abstract Objectives Over the past years, there has been a growing number of knee osteoarthritis (KOA) patients who are not willing to comply with long-term non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) treatment and wish to use herbal anti- rheumatic medicine. This study assessed the clinical effects of Garcinia kola (GK) in KOA patients. Patients and methods Prospective randomized, placebo controlled, double blind, clinical trial approved by the institutional medical ethics review board and ...

  14. Aloe vera: a systematic review of its clinical effectiveness.

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    1999-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The use of aloe vera is being promoted for a large variety of conditions. Often general practitioners seem to know less than their patients about its alleged benefits. AIM: To define the clinical effectiveness of aloe vera, a popular herbal remedy in the United Kingdom. METHOD: Four independent literature searches were conducted in MEDLINE, EMBASE, Biosis, and the Cochrane Library. Only controlled clinical trials (on any indication) were included. There were no restrictions on the...

  15. Transtornos alimentares em homens: um desafio diagnóstico Diagnosing eating disorders in men: a clinical challenge

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    Paula Melin

    2002-12-01

    Full Text Available Poucos transtornos na medicina em geral e na psiquiatria em particular têm uma distribuição por gênero tão assimétrica quanto os transtornos alimentares (TA, com apenas 10% dos casos ocorrendo no sexo masculino. Esta disparidade pode ser atribuída a fatores biológicos e culturais, mas também indica a existência de dificuldades no diagnóstico dos TA em homens. Embora tenha crescido o interesse pelos TA nas últimas décadas, seu reconhecimento no sexo masculino ainda é pobre e limitado por estereótipos. O presente estudo tem como objetivo discutir as semelhanças e diferenças dos TA em homens e mulheres, enfatizando os tópicos que têm implicações práticas para os profissionais de saúde mental.Eating disorders are far more prevalent in women than men, with only 10% of cases occurring in males. This discrepancy may be partially explained by biological and cultural factors, but it also suggests diagnostic difficulties. This article compares diagnostic features of eating disorders in both genders, emphasizing the most common pitfalls to its recognition in men, in order to reduce the number of undiagnosed cases.

  16. 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.

  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; Iara Pessoa Sant'Anna; Juliana Cordeiro Souza Galindo; Lígia Helena Pessoa de Melo Rosendo; Josemir Belo dos Santos

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    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 ...

  18. 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

    2016-10-01

    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

  19. Aleitamento materno em prematuros: manejo clínico hospitalar Breastfeeding in premature infants: in-hospital clinical management

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    Maria Beatriz R. do Nascimento

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Abordar a importância do aleitamento materno e sua promoção no manejo clínico-hospitalar de recém-nascidos pré-termo. FONTE DOS DADOS: Foi realizada extensa revisão bibliográfica sobre o tópico, sendo selecionado material oriundo de livros-texto, teses, publicações de organismos nacionais e internacionais e artigos publicados selecionados a partir de pesquisa na base de dados MEDLINE referente ao período de 1990 a 2003, utilizando as palavras-chave breastfeeding and low birth weight e breastfeeding and preterm infant. Algumas referências relevantes dos trabalhos selecionados também foram utilizadas. SÍNTESE DOS DADOS: A partir da literatura levantada, verifica-se que vários aspectos tornam o leite materno particularmente adequado para a alimentação do recém-nascido prematuro. No entanto, observa-se, de modo geral, uma baixa incidência de êxito na amamentação de prematuros, especialmente em unidades neonatais de risco, apesar de haver evidências de que uma postura hospitalar favorável possibilite o aleitamento nessas crianças. CONCLUSÕES: Amamentar prematuros ainda é um desafio, mas é factível desde que haja apoio e suporte apropriados, principalmente pelos profissionais de saúde. As mães de prematuros necessitam de mais informações sobre a importância da amamentação para que possam tomar decisões sobre a nutrição dos seus filhos.OBJECTIVE: To describe the importance of breastfeeding and its promotion in the in-hospital clinical management of premature newborns. SOURCE OF DATA: The authors made an extensive literature review on the topic, including technical books, theses, publications of national and international organizations, and search on MEDLINE database (1990 to 2003, using the following key words and boolean operators: "breastfeeding AND low birth weight" and "breastfeeding AND preterm infant". Some significant references cited in the reviewed publications were used as well. SUMMARY OF THE

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

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    Enevoldsen, Carsten; Sørensen, J.T.

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    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...

  1. Clinical, behavioral and antinociceptive effects of crotalphine in horses

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    Erica Cristina Bueno do Prado Guirro

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT: Crotalphine is a novel analgesic peptide that acts on kappa opioid and delta receptors, causing powerful analgesia in rats submitted to inflammatory, neuropathic or oncologic models of pain. This study evaluated clinical, behavioral and antinociceptive effects caused by crotalphine in horses, employing 18 Arabian horses and it was divided in three phases. In Phase I, "clinical and behavioral effects", crotalphine did not change the latency to urinate and defecate; did not modify the values of cardiac or respiratory rates, intestinal motility and rectal temperature; and did not cause significant ataxia, head, eye and lip ptosis. In Phase II, "antinociceptive effect on intact skin at scapular or ischial region", crotalphine did not cause significant analgesia. In Phase III, "antinociceptive effect on incised skin at scapular or ischial region", crotalphine promoted effective antinociceptive effects for six hours and inhibited hyperalgesia state for three days in the ischial region of horses submitted to incisional model of inflammatory pain, but crotalphine did not evoke relevant analgesic effect on the scapular region. Concluding, intravenous injection of a single dose of crotalphine (3.8ngkg-1 did not cause important clinical or behavioral changes and promotes antinociceptive effect on incised ischial region for seven days in horses. Moreover, crotalphine did not evoke relevant anti nociceptive effect on the scapular region or in intact skin of horses.

  2. Ongoing clinical trials of the pleiotropic effects of statins

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    Jean Davignon

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    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

  3. The Analysis of an End Effect according to the Input Frequency Change in the EM Pump

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    In general, an electromagnetic (EM) pump is considered to circulate a liquid sodium coolant for a Sodium Fast Reactor (SFR). The EM pump has an end effect at both ends basically due to its finite core length. The generated magnetic field across the flow gap is distorted at both ends of the pump. Consequently, there arises reduction on the developed force by the vector product of that magnetic field and its perpendicular induced current. Especially, it experiences even the opposite pumping force near the pump inlet. That causes low efficiency of the pump and resultantly brings about bad performance of a pump. The present study theoretically shows that this end effect can be lessened by control of input frequency. It is predicted that pump operates much more efficiently in the range of low frequency around teen hertz than in that of high frequency over 60 Hz. The force density is investigated in the narrow annular channel of the pump with the length of 84cm according to pump axial coordinates at various frequency

  4. 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.

  5. 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. PMID:21228402

  6. 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...

  7. 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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    Lino Roberto Ferreira

    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.

  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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    Wanderley Marques Bernardo

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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. 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.

  10. 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

  11. Current clinical research environment: focus on psychiatry Cenário atual da pesquisa clínica: foco em psiquiatria

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    Sonia Mansoldo Dainesi

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available The introduction of international guidelines on Good Clinical Practices (GCP in 1996, immediately followed by the publication of Resolution CNS 196/96 in Brazil, created a great opportunity for Brazilian research centers to participate in international trials. Such studies must be strictly monitored in order to assure compliance with the regulations, as well as with the standards of patient safety. Clear agreement among the investigator, the sponsor and the institution carrying out the study must be previously defined in order to avoid any conflicts of interest during or after the study. Operational aspects, such as the time needed to gain regulatory approval of the study design, strategies for patient recruitment/retention and appropriate logistics, are also important. In 2005, the Brazilian National Clinical Research Network was established, bringing together a number of research centers in teaching hospitals. The objective was to subsidize public clinical research with state-of-the-art practices and appropriate technical/scientific training programs. The development of research protocols that prioritize public health care needs in Brazil is other fundamental goal of this network. This article addresses general aspects of clinical research, as well as some specific issues in psychiatry. Improving the health and quality of life of the global population is certainly the major objective of all of the work done in this area.A introdução de diretrizes internacionais de Boas Práticas Clínicas, em 1996, imediatamente seguida pela publicação da Resolução do Conselho Nacional de Saúde 196/96, abriu uma grande oportunidade para a participação de centros de pesquisa brasileiros em estudos internacionais. Tais estudos devem ser estritamente monitorados, a fim de assegurar a adesão às legislações, assim como garantir a segurança dos pacientes envolvidos. A fim de evitar possíveis conflitos de interesse durante e após o estudo, todos os

  12. 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.

  13. On the origin of intermediate effects in clinical case recall

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    H.G. Schmidt (Henk); H.P.A. Boshuizen (Henny)

    1993-01-01

    textabstractIn two experiments, the effects of level of medical expertise and study time on free recall of a clinical case were assessed. In Experiment 1, a nonmonotonic relationship between level of expertise and recall was found: Subjects of intermediate levels of expertise remembered more informa

  14. Effectiveness of respiratory rates in determining clinical deterioration

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

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    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...

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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

  18. An Effective Math Model for Eliminating Interior Resonance Problems of EM Scattering

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    Zhang Yun-feng

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    Full Text Available It is well-known that if an E-field integral equation or an H-field integral equation is applied alone in analysis of EM scattering from a conducting body, the solution to the equation will be either nonunique or unstable at the vicinity of a certain interior frequency. An effective math model is presented here, providing an easy way to deal with this situation. At the interior resonant frequencies, the surface current density is divided into two parts: an induced surface current caused by the incident field and a resonance surface current associated with the interior resonance mode. In this paper, the presented model, based on electric field integral equation and orthogonal modal theory, is used here to filter out resonant mode; therefore, unique and stable solution will be obtained. The proposed method possesses the merits of clarity in concept and simplicity in computation. A good agreement is achieved between the calculated results and those obtained by other methods in both 2D and 3D EM scattering.

  19. On the origin of intermediate effects in clinical case recall

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    Schmidt, Henk; Boshuizen, Henny

    1993-01-01

    textabstractIn two experiments, the effects of level of medical expertise and study time on free recall of a clinical case were assessed. In Experiment 1, a nonmonotonic relationship between level of expertise and recall was found: Subjects of intermediate levels of expertise remembered more information from the case than both experts and novices. This "intermediate effect" disappeared, however, when study time was restricted. Analysis of post hoc acquired protocols of pathophysiological know...

  20. 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...... 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...

  1. [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

    2012-01-01

    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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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; Maria Teresa Nogueira Bombig; Braulio Luna Filho; Antonio Carlos Camargo Carvalho; Angelo A. V. de Paola; Rui Póvoa

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    FUNDAMENTO: As doenças cardiovasculares são principal causa de mortalidade na população brasileira, sendo a hipertensão arterial (HA) de maior prevalência. A terapêutica para o tratamento da HA é cada vez maior e sabe-se que melhora a sobrevida dos pacientes, porém questiona-se a melhora na qualidade de vida (QV) do paciente hipertenso após tratamento. OBJETIVO: Comparar aspectos relacionados à QV de pacientes hipertensos em tratamento. MÉTODOS: Foram estudados 100 pacientes hipertensos; 46 a...

  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. 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.

  6. Nanismo hipofisário em um canino: achados clínicos e laboratoriais Pituitary dwarfism in a canine: clinical and laboratorial findings

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    Luiz Fernando Jantzen Gaspar

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    Full Text Available Relata-se um caso de nanismo hipofisário em um canino da raça Pastor Alemão, fêmea, com 14 meses de idade. Descreve-se sinais clínicos e dosagem das concentrações plasmáticas de hormônio do crescimento (GH antes e após a estimulação α-adrenιrgica com cloridrato de xilazina. O nível máximo de GH plasmático pós-estímulo foi 1ng/dl.This case report is about dwarfism in a German Shepherd dog, female, 14 months old. Clinical signals are described. The endocrinologic investigation was realized by dosages of plasma levels of growth hormone, pré and post xilazine estimulation. The maximal level of GH post-estimulation was 1ng/dl.

  7. Nanismo hipofisário em um canino: achados clínicos e laboratoriais Pituitary dwarfism in a canine: clinical and laboratorial findings

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    Luiz Fernando Jantzen Gaspar; Anne Santos do Amaral

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    Relata-se um caso de nanismo hipofisário em um canino da raça Pastor Alemão, fêmea, com 14 meses de idade. Descreve-se sinais clínicos e dosagem das concentrações plasmáticas de hormônio do crescimento (GH) antes e após a estimulação α-adrenιrgica com cloridrato de xilazina. O nível máximo de GH plasmático pós-estímulo foi 1ng/dl.This case report is about dwarfism in a German Shepherd dog, female, 14 months old. Clinical signals are described. The endocrinologic investigation was re...

  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 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.

  10. Meningoencefalite por Herpesvirus bovino 5 em Minas Gerais: relato de caso clínico Meningoencephalitis by Bovine herpesvirus 5 in Minas Gerais state: clinical case report

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    H.M. Aquino Neto

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    Full Text Available Relata-se um caso de meningoencefalite causada por Herpesvirus bovino 5 (BoHV-5 heritabilityem uma vaca com cinco anos de idade. O animal manifestou quadro clínico inicial de síndrome medular baixa, caracterizada por incoordenação dos membros pélvicos, sinais estes ainda não descritos para a enfermidade. Dentro de pouco tempo a doença evoluiu para síndrome cerebral, e o óbito ocorreu seis dias após o inicio dos sintomas. Na histopatologia, evidenciou-se meningoencefalite difusa, não supurada, e a confirmação do diagnóstico foi feita por reação em cadeia de polimerase e sequenciamento do segmento parcial da glicoproteína G do vírus. O trabalho confirma a presença do BoHV-5 em Minas Gerais, descreve características clínicas novas para a enfermidade e ressalta sua importância no diagnóstico diferencial das neuropatias bovinas.A clinical case of meningoencephalitis by Bovine herpesvirus 5 (BoHV-5 in a five-year-old cow was reported. The disease began with low spinal cord signs, characterized by incoordination, and these symptoms had never been related to this illness before. Signs of a brain syndrome were observed and the cow died in six days. At the histopathology, a spread non-supurative meningoencephalitis was diagnosed, and the virus identification was made by PCR and partial sequence of the glycoprotein G. This study confirm the BoHV-5 presence in the State of Minas Gerais, Brazil, describes new clinic characteristics, and show the importance of the disease in the differentiate diagnosis with others bovine central nervous system affections.

  11. Developing an instrument to measure effective factors on Clinical Learning

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    DADGARAN, IDEH; SHIRAZI, MANDANA; MOHAMMADI, AEEN; RAVARI, ALI

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    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 involves 41 expressions and

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

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    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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

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    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

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

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

    2006-01-01

    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...... during a series of workshops with the clinicians after which the XML configuration files were written and deployed. In parallel with this, the participants from the University specified a number of effects related to the clinical practice to be measured. Measurements were focused on the requested effects...... and acquired using various techniques including questionnaires, interviews, observations, and Task Load Index (TLX) ratings. In total, 15 nursing handovers, 8 ward rounds, and 11 patient conferences involving a total of 35 patients and more than 20 clinicians were included in the measurements. Data from...

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

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    A R Pradeep

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    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.

  18. 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

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    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. [...

  19. 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

    2003-01-01

    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

  20. 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>.

  1. 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

  2. Positive expiratory pressure - Common clinical applications and physiological effects.

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    Fagevik Olsén, Monika; Lannefors, Louise; Westerdahl, Elisabeth

    2015-03-01

    Breathing out against resistance, in order to achieve positive expiratory pressure (PEP), is applied by many patient groups. Pursed lips breathing and a variety of devices can be used to create the resistance giving the increased expiratory pressure. Effects on pulmonary outcomes have been discussed in several publications, but the expected underlying physiology of the effect is seldom discussed. The aim of this article is to describe the purpose, performance, clinical application and underlying physiology of PEP when it is used to increase lung volumes, decrease hyperinflation or improve airway clearance. In clinical practice, the instruction how to use an expiratory resistance is of major importance since it varies. Different breathing patterns during PEP increase or reduce expiratory flow, result in movement of EPP centrally or peripherally and can increase or decrease lung volume. It is therefore necessary to give the right instructions to obtain the desired effects. As the different PEP techniques are being used by diverse patient groups it is not possible to give standard instructions. Based on the information given in this article the instructions have to be adjusted to give the optimal effect. There is no consensus regarding optimal treatment frequency and number of cycles included in each treatment session and must also be individualized. In future research, more precise descriptions are needed about physiological aims and specific instructions of how the treatments have been performed to assure as good treatment quality as possible and to be able to evaluate and compare treatment effects. PMID:25573419

  3. 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.

  4. Levantamento de espécies de Odonata associadas à tanques de piscicultura e efeito de <em>Bacillus thuringiensisem> var. <em>israelensis> sobre ninfas de <em>Pantala flavescensem> (Fabricius, 1798) - DOI: 10.4025/actascibiolsci.v26i1.1655 Odonata species survey associated with psiculture tanks and <em>Bacillus thuringiensisem> var. <em>israelensis> effect on <em>Pantala flavescensem> (Fabricius, 1798) nymphs (Odonata: Libellulidae) - DOI: 10.4025/actascibiolsci.v26i1.1655

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    Douglas Moisés Quintilhiano; Eduardo Sérgio da Silva; Marisa Cristina da Fonseca; Newton Moreno Sanches; Alysson Rodrigo Fonseca

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    Várias estações de piscicultura que trabalham com a produção de alevinos ou peixes ornamentais têm apresentado problemas relacionados à predação de larvas, pós-larvas e alevinos por ninfas de insetos da Ordem Odonata. Dessa forma, objetivou-se fazer um levantamento de espécies de odonatos presentes em tanques de criação de peixes em dois municípios da região centro-oeste de Minas Gerais, assim como avaliar o efeito de Bacillus thuringiensis var. israelensis de Barjac sobre ninfas de Pantala f...

  5. 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.

  6. 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®.

  7. 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...

  8. <em>Caveat emptorem> NICE: biased use of cost-effectiveness is inefficient and inequitable

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    Dowie, Jack; Kaltoft, Mette Kjer; Nielsen, Jesper Bo;

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    considered. The underlying justification for the use of cost-effectiveness as a criterion, whatever the threshold adopted, is that decisions in a resource-constrained system have opportunity costs. Their existence rules out any restriction to those interventions that are 'incrementally cost-effective' at a...

  9. 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

  10. Clinical outcomes and adverse effect monitoring in allergic rhinitis.

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    Juniper, Elizabeth F; Ståhl, Elisabeth; Doty, Richard L; Simons, F Estelle R; Allen, David B; Howarth, Peter H

    2005-03-01

    The subjective recording in diary cards of symptoms of itch, sneeze, nose running, and blockage, with the use of a rating scale to indicate the level of severity, is usual for clinical trials in allergic rhinitis. The primary outcome measure is usually a composite score that enables a single total symptoms score endpoint. It is appreciated, however, that rhinitis has a greater effect on the individual than is reflected purely by the recording of anterior nasal symptoms. Nasal obstruction is troublesome and may lead to sleep disturbance in addition to impaired daytime concentration and daytime sleepiness. These impairments affect school and work performance. Individuals with rhinitis find it socially embarrassing to be seen sneezing, sniffing, or blowing their nose. To capture these and other aspects of the disease-specific health-related quality of life, questionnaires such as the Rhinoconjunctivitis Quality of Life Questionnaire have been developed and validated for clinical trial use. The adoption of health-related quality of life questionnaires into clinical trials broadens the information obtained regarding the effect of the therapeutic intervention and helps focus on issues relevant to the individual patient. It must be appreciated that it is not only the disease that may adversely affect health-related quality of life; administered therapy, although intended to be beneficial, may also cause health impairment. Adverse-event monitoring is thus essential in clinical trials. The first-generation H 1 -histamines, because of their effect on central H 1 -receptors, are classically associated with central nervous system (CNS) effects such as sedation. Although this is not always perceived by the patient, it is clearly evident with objective performance testing, and positron emission tomography scanning has directly demonstrated the central H 1 -receptor occupancy. The second-generation H 1 -antihistamines have reduced central H 1 -receptor occupancy and considerably

  11. 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)

  12. Effects of predation and dispersal on <em>Mastomys natalensisem> population dynamics in Tanzanian maize fields

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    Vibe-Petersen, Solveig; Leirs, Herwig; de Bruyn, L

    2006-01-01

    1.  We investigate the effects of different levels of predation pressure and rodent dispersal on the population dynamics of the African pest rodent Mastomys natalensis in maize fields in Tanzania. 2.  Three levels of predation risk were used in an experimental set-up: natural level (control), exc...... risk. Reducing dispersal of rodents removed the effect of predation on population growth and peak size, suggesting that local predators may play a role in driving rodent dispersal, but have otherwise little direct effect on population dynamics....

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

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    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

  14. Performance of HUASB reactor for treating paper & Pulp wastewater using Effective Microorganism(EM

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    Er.N.Balasubramanian

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Pulp and paper industry is one of the most polluting industries all over the world that uses significant amount of fresh water and produces substantial amount of solid and liquid waste. Wastewater from this industry is potentially polluting nature and before discharge into natural course, it is mandatory to adhere to the discharge norms. Anaerobic treatment of paper processing wastewater has a distinct advantage of recovery of inherent energy in the form of methane gas with less sludge production. A hybrid reactor (HUASB that capitalizes on the positive features of anaerobic filter (AF and up-flow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB. The main objectiveof the thesis is to find out the performance efficiency of the hybrid up-flow anaerobic sludge blanket (HUASB reactor for treatment of pulp & paper mill wastewater using Effective Microorganism(EM. In this study, a labscale HUASB reactor of 9.68 litres and an effective volume of 7.88 L had been used at ambient temperature with PVC packing materials in the top one third of the reactor.

  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

    1997-06-01

    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. Aspectos clínicos da fenilcetonúria em serviço de referência em triagem neonatal da Bahia Clinical aspects of phenylketonuria in a reference service for neonatal screening in Bahia

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    Tatiana Amorim

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS: descrever as características clínicas dos pacientes com hiperfenilalaninemia acompanhados no Serviço de Referência em Triagem Neonatal (SRTN do estado da Bahia. MÉTODOS: estudo descritivo transversal, tendo como amostra todos os pacientes com diagnóstico conhecido de Hiperfenilalaninemia residentes no estado da Bahia e acompanhados no SRTN até setembro de 2005. Tal população é composta de 46 famílias, num total de 51 pacientes. A análise dos dados foi descritiva, incluindo medidas de tendência central e dispersão. RESULTADOS: houve discreto predomínio do gênero feminino (52,9%. A maioria dos pacientes (78,4% teve seu diagnóstico estabelecido através da triagem neonatal, tendo, portanto, tratamento precoce. Consangüinidade foi registrada em 32,6% das famílias. A média de início do tratamento entre os pacientes diagnosticados pela triagem neonatal foi de 56,6 37,8 dias, enquanto que entre os pacientes com diagnóstico tardio, foi de 7,1 anos. CONCLUSÕES: o estudo descreve um grupo de pacientes representativo de uma patologia incluída no Programa Nacional de Triagem Neonatal (PNTN, sendo, portanto, de relevância para a saúde pública. Entre os dados clínicos, chama a atenção a média de idade do início do tratamento, superior ao recomendado na literatura, alertando para a necessidade de um maior enfoque no diagnóstico precoce.OBJECTIVES: to describe clinical aspects of hyper-phenylalaninemia in patients followed up on the Reference Service for Neonatal Screening (SRTN in the state of Bahia. METHODS: cross-sectional study that enrolled all patients living in the state of Bahia and followed up on the SRTN who had a definite diagnosis of hyper-phenylalaninemia prior to September, 2005. That population was made up of 46 families, with 51 patients. The analysis of data was descriptive, using measures of central tendency and dispersion. RESULTS: a discrete predominance of females was found (52.9%. Most patients

  18. 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

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    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.

  19. 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

  20. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. Clinical effects of Garcinia kola in knee osteoarthritis

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    Oyelami Oyesiku A

    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Objectives Over the past years, there has been a growing number of knee osteoarthritis (KOA patients who are not willing to comply with long-term non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID treatment and wish to use herbal anti- rheumatic medicine. This study assessed the clinical effects of Garcinia kola (GK in KOA patients. Patients and methods Prospective randomized, placebo controlled, double blind, clinical trial approved by the institutional medical ethics review board and written informed consent obtained from each patient. All KOA patients presenting at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital complex were recruited into the study. The patients were grouped into four (A = Placebo, B = Naproxen, C = Garcinia kola, D = Celebrex. The drugs and placebo were given twice a day per oral route. Each dose consisted of 200 mg of G. kola, Naproxen (500 mg, Celebrex (200 mg and Ascorbic acid (100 mg. The primary outcome measure over six weeks study period was the change in mean WOMAC pain visual analogue scales (VAS. Secondary outcome measures included the mean change in joint stiffness and physical function (mobility/walking. Results 143 patients were recruited, 84 (58.7%, males – 24, females – 60 satisfied the selection criteria and completed the study. The effect of knee osteoarthritis bilateralism among the subjects was not significant on their outcome (p > 0.05. The change in the mean WOMAC pain VAS after six weeks of G. kola was significantly reduced compared to the placebo (p G. kola group was not lowered significantly against the naproxen and celebrex groups (p > 0.05. The onset of G. kola symptomatic pain relief was faster than the placebo (p 0.05. The duration of therapeutic effect of Garcinia kola was longer than the placebo (p > 0.001. G. kola period of effect was less than naproxen and celebrex (p G. kola subjects had improved mean change mobility/walking after six weeks better than the control group(p G. kola

  3. 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...... the mat and periods of anoxia in the lower parts can possibly be followed by release of sulphide from the sediments. We assessed the impact of algae mats on seedling performance and evaluated the relative importance of light attenuation and low oxygen concentrations for seedling growth and survival based...... on a 2-factorial laboratory experiment. Eelgrass seedlings were grown with three different heights and two different types of algae mats: Chaetomorpha linum and artificial macroalgae. The two types of mats were used to separate the physical and metabolic effects of algal presence. Concentrations...

  4. Reductive Effect of Fly Screens on the <em>Campylobacter> Prevalence of Broiler Flocks in Summer

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    Hald, Birthe; Sommer, Helle M.; Skovgård, Henrik

    Flies act as vectors in the introduction of Campylobacter from the environment to broiler flocks. We conducted a case-control study to evaluate the effect of fly screens on the prevalence of Campylobacter in broiler flocks. Cases were 52 broiler flocks reared in 20 houses on 11 farms between June...... and November 2006, where houses were equipped with fly screens made of glass fibre mesh. The controls consisted of 70 broiler flocks reared in 25 matched houses on 13 farms without screens. Other bio-security and management routines were strictly as before the study. All broiler houses were ventilated...... as the significant protective factor (P=0.0002). The fly screens were more effective towards the end of the rotations, where the influx of flies increases with increased need for ventilation. The statistical model predicts the prevalence of Campylobacter positive broiler flocks during summer in...

  5. 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…

  6. Effects of two endocrine disruptors Prochloraz and Ethinylestradiol on development of <em>Rana Temporariaem>

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    Brande-Lavridsen, Nanna; Christensen-Dalsgaard, Jakob; Korsgaard, Bodil

    2009-01-01

      Effects of Prochloraz and Ethinylestradiol on development in Rana temporaria   The ontogeny of most amphibians is characterized by a large degree of sexual plasticity and sex steroids play an important role in the final differentiation of the gonads. One consequence of this plasticity is that e......  Effects of Prochloraz and Ethinylestradiol on development in Rana temporaria   The ontogeny of most amphibians is characterized by a large degree of sexual plasticity and sex steroids play an important role in the final differentiation of the gonads. One consequence of this plasticity...... on the effect of endocrine disruptors on the sexsteroid axis and reproductive function. However, another hormone system, the thyroid hormone axis may equally well be affected by xenobiotics. Thyroid hormones are essential in stimulating all aspects of amphibian metamorphosis and thyroid hormone disruptors may...... therefore severely affect this most critical process in amphibian life history. We found that exposure of tadpole Rana temporaria to the synthetic estrogen ethinylestradiol and the fungicide prochloraz caused delay of metamorphosis accompanied by changes in thyroid gland morphology....

  7. Berberine: metabolic and cardiovascular effects in preclinical and clinical trials

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    Arrigo FG Cicero

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Arrigo FG Cicero1, Sibel Ertek21Internal Medicine, Aging and Kidney Diseases Department, Sant’Orsola-Malpighi Hospital, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy; 2Ufuk University, Medical Faculty, Dr Ridvan Ege Hospital, Department of Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases, Ankara, TurkeyAbstract: Berberine is a plant alkaloid with numerous biological activities. A large body of preclinical in vitro and in vivo studies support different pharmacological actions of berberine that could be potentially useful in the management of metabolic diseases associated with high cardiovascular disease risk, such as mixed hyperlipidemia, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, and type 2 diabetes. Moreover, it seems that berberine also exerts anti-inflammatory and antiproliferative effects that could play a role in the development of atherosclerosis and its clinical consequences. Recently, the metabolic effects of berberine have been demonstrated in humans, opening new perspectives for the use of this molecule in patient therapy. Larger and longer clinical studies need to be carried out to implement the definition of the therapeutic role of berberine in humans.Keywords: berberine, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cholesterol

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. Beecher as Clinical Investigator: Pain and the Placebo Effect.

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    Benedetti, Fabrizio

    2016-01-01

    Among the many contributions by Henry Beecher to science and clinical practice, pain and the placebo effect certainly represent two of the most important aspects. On the one hand, Beecher considered the pain experience not only as arising from the peripheral injured tissues, but also as an emotional experience that is capable of modulating the nociceptive input. On the other hand, he analyzed the placebo effect at an unprecedented level for that time. His ideas sparked from his work on wounded soldiers during World War II. In spite of the unusual situation and the lack of sophisticated experimental tools on the battlefield, Beecher succeeded in putting forward several important concepts, and his ideas still pervade modern health care and research. PMID:27499483

  11. 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. PMID:3594458

  12. 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.

  13. 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. PMID:26986231

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

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    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.

  17. 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.

  18. Inconsistent effects of developmental temperatureacclimation on low-temperature performance andmetabolism in <em>Drosophila melanogasterem>

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    Kristensen, Torsten Nygaard; Overgaard, Johannes; Hoffmann, Ary A;

    2012-01-01

    facilities at the Universityof Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.Methods: Adult females developed under four different constant or fluctuating thermalconditions were tested for their ability to locate food under cool conditions, recovery froma cold shock, or fecundity. Flies from the different acclimation...... conditions in the field, while constant cool rearingconditions led to high cold resistance. The fluctuating- and low-temperature rearing conditionsresulted in a similar metabolic profile, while the 24C rearing profile was distinct and showeda lack of plasticity. The effects of developmental acclimation on...

  19. Effect of streptokinase on human neutrophil function <em>in vitroem> and in patients with acute myocardial infarction

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    to formyl-Met-Leu-Phe (FMLP) or zymosan-activated serum. However, incubation of fresh citrated plasma with SK resulted in the generation of chemotactic activity, and this effect was dependent on complement activation by SK. In experiments with PMNs from 20 health donors, preincubation of plasma and SK......, followed by incubation with PMNs, primed the cells for enhanced chemiluminescence response to FMLP. The PMN priming by SK+plasma showed considerable interindividual variation, and was not mediated by a direct action of plasmin on PMNs. In 10 patients with acute myocardial infarction treated with SK...

  20. In vitro effects of extracts and purified tannins of sainfoin (<em>Onobrychis viciifoliaem>) against two cattle nematodes

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    .e. accessions) against larvae of Cooperia oncophora and Ostertagia ostertagi by applying the larval feeding inhibition assay (LFIA). Seven sainfoin accessions were extracted and tested with L1 larvae at 10 and 40 μg extract/ml. In addition, CT in extracts from 4 accessions were fractionated according to polymer...... size and tested by LFIA at two concentrations (2 and 10 μg CT fraction/ml). All sainfoin extracts caused significant inhibition of L1-feeding of both C. oncophora and O. ostertagi with varying intensity compared to the control (phosphate buffered saline). For both nematode species the in vitro effect...

  1. 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

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    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

  2. 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.

  3. Atrofia muscular progressiva: estudo clínico e laboratorial em onze pacientes Progressive muscular atrophy: clinical and laboratory study in eleven patients

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    Maria Elisabeth Matta de Rezende Ferraz

    2004-03-01

    Full Text Available A atrofia muscular progressiva (AMP é um tipo raro de doença do neurônio motor (DNM com acometimento exclusivo do neurônio motor inferior (NMI e com características clínicas bem definidas. A eletroneuromiografia é o principal exame subsidiário para a realização do diagnóstico, com demonstração de alterações neurogênicas generalizadas, agudas e crônicas. Outras doenças que mimetizam comprometimento do NMI devem ser excluídas através de investigação laboratorial ampla. Neste estudo são apresentados 11 casos de AMP (5,9% de todos os nossos casos de DNM, sendo 9 homens e 2 mulheres. O início dos sintomas ocorreu preferencialmente abaixo dos 50 anos, com média de idade de 45,5 anos. A cãibra foi o sintoma que mais comumente precedeu a fraqueza muscular. Outras queixas preliminares foram dor, fadiga muscular e fasciculações. O padrão mais freqüente de inauguração dos sintomas foi fraqueza muscular assimétrica, preferencialmente nos membros superiores. Com a evolução da doença, todos os pacientes apresentaram comprometimento bulbar. Não foi identificado nenhum fator predisponente para a doença, nem tampouco as evoluções foram distintas entre os casos. Oftalmoparesia e acometimento dos esfíncteres, sinais pouco comuns nas DNMs, foram observados em dois pacientes que se mantiveram por longo tempo em respiração artificial. As terapêuticas imunossupressoras / imunomodulatórias utilizadas (ciclofosfamida, gamaglobulina hiperimune, plasmaferese não tiveram resultado favorável. A doença teve caráter progressivo em todos os casos. Todos os pacientes faleceram, com tempo médio de sobrevida de 44 meses.Progressive muscular atrophy (PMA, an infrequent type of motor neuron disease (MND, is a predominantly lower motor neuron degeneration, causing muscle wasting and weakness with loss of weight and fasciculations. The diagnosis is based on rigid criteria, considering clinical aspects and eletroneuromyography findings

  4. 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

  5. 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

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    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

  6. 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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    Celso Cukier

    1999-02-01

    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

  7. Práticas transversalizadas da clínica em saúde mental Cross sectional practices of mental health clinic

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    João Leite Ferreira Neto

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    Full Text Available A pesquisa investiga as mudanças nas práticas em psicologia clínica no Brasil, no campo da Saúde Mental a partir de um estudo de caso de um Distrito Sanitário de Belo Horizonte, onde foram entrevistadas seis profissionais que atuam na atenção básica no Programa de Saúde Mental. Desenvolve um panorama histórico, uma investigação conceitual e uma reflexão sobre a relação entre essas práticas e o espaço urbano. Os dados apresentam mudanças nas práticas clínicas na saúde mental, que emergiram a partir do encontro das políticas públicas com os serviços locais, levando os profissionais a lidarem com esse entrecruzamento menos como um atravessamento dificultador e mais como fator potencializador da clínica. A expressão "clínica ampliada" designa aí o manejo produtivo da tensão entre clínica e política.The research investigates the changes in the practice of clinical psychology in Brazil, in the field of Mental Health by analyzing a case study of a Sanitary District in the city of Belo Horizonte, in which six professionals who work in primary health in the Mental Health Program were interviewed. It develops a historical panorama, a conceptual investigation and reflection about the connection between this sort of practice and the urban space. Data show changes in clinical practices in mental health which emerged from the confluence of public policies and local services, leading professionals to deal with these intersections not so much as a problem, but as an increase of the potential benefits of the clinic. The expression "extended clinic", in this context, designates the appropriate management of the tension between practice and politics.

  8. Insulin glargine: pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic basis of clinical effect

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    Vadim Valeryevich Klimontov

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    Full Text Available Glargine became the first long-acting insulin analogue. Glargine was designed to meet basal insulin requirements throughout the day with a single injection. Pharmacokinetics of insulin glargine is characterized by biotransformation into metabolites M1 and M2 that transforms the B chain of glargine so it is similar to the B chain of human insulin. Plasma concentrations of active M1 and M2 metabolites have no pronounced peaks during the day, resulting in lower glucose variability and hypoglycaemia risk when compared with NPH insulin. The metabolic activities of M1 and M2 metabolites are similar to the effect of glargine, whereas the mitogenic effects of these metabolites do not exceed the effect of human insulin. Insulin glargine shows a higher affinity for the insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1 receptor when compared with human insulin. Glargine has no proliferative effect in vivo owing to its rapid conversion into metabolites. Pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic variability of glargine is comparable to other insulins. These characteristics are important for the clinical efficacy and safety of glargine.

  9. PPARs: Interference with Warburg’ Effect and Clinical Anticancer Trials

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    Joseph Vamecq

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    Full Text Available The metabolic/cell signaling basis of Warburg’s effect (“aerobic glycolysis” and the general metabolic phenotype adopted by cancer cells are first reviewed. Several bypasses are adopted to provide a panoramic integrated view of tumoral metabolism, by attributing a central signaling role to hypoxia-induced factor (HIF-1 in the expression of aerobic glycolysis. The cancer metabolic phenotype also results from alterations of other routes involving ras, myc, p53, and Akt signaling and the propensity of cancer cells to develop signaling aberrances (notably aberrant surface receptor expression which, when present, offer unique opportunities for therapeutic interventions. The rationale for various emerging strategies for cancer treatment is presented along with mechanisms by which PPAR ligands might interfere directly with tumoral metabolism and promote anticancer activity. Clinical trials using PPAR ligands are reviewed and followed by concluding remarks and perspectives for future studies. A therapeutic need to associate PPAR ligands with other anticancer agents is perhaps an important lesson to be learned from the results of the clinical trials conducted to date.

  10. Chemical Composition, Antimicrobial and Antitumor Activities of the Essential Oils and Crude Extracts of<em> Euphorbiaem>> macrorrhizaem>

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    Haji Akber Aisa

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available The present study aimed to examine the chemical composition and biological activity of essential oils extracted from <em>Euphorbia macrorrhizaem> collected from Northwest China. The major constituents of the essential oils of aerial parts and roots of <em>E. macrorrhizaem> are acorenone B (16.72% and 25.80%, (+-cycloisosativene (14.94% and 12.40%, 3a-hydroxy-5b-androstane (10.62% and 5.52%, copaene (7.37% and 6.29%, l-calamenene (4.13% and 4.65% and β-cedrene (8.40% and 7.98%, respectively. The minor components of them are thymene, γ-terpinene, thymecamphor, α-cedrene, zingiberene, trans-caryophyllene, β-chamigrene, curcumene, pentadecane, (−-α-muurolene, cuparene, γ-cadinene, (<em>Z>-3-heptadecene, 1,3,7,7-tetramethyl-2-oxabicyclo(4.4.0dec-5-en-4-one, hexahydrofarnesyl acetone, γ-elixene and palmitinic acid. The antimicrobial and antitumor activitiy of the <em>E. macrorrhizaem> essential oil against <em>Staphyloccocus aureusem>, <em>Escherichia coliem>, <em>Canidia Albicansem> and Caco-2 cells were evaluated. Among all the tested microorganisms and Caco-2 cells, the essential oils showed the strongest inhibitory effect on <em>Staphyloccocus aureus em>(MIC = 2.8 μg/mL and Caco-2 cell (IC50 = 11.86 μg/mL, whereas no effect on <em>Escherichia coliem> and <em>Candida em>albicans>. The data of this study suggested that the <em>E. macrorrhizaem> essential oils have great potential as a natural medicine for microbial infections and cancers.

  11. 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

  12. O ensino de biossegurança em cursos técnicos em análises clínicas The teaching of biosecurity in technical courses on clinical analyses

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    Andrezza Piccoli; Mônica Wermelinger; Antenor Amâncio Filho

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    Há um descompasso entre as exigências do mercado de trabalho em saúde e o ensino médio técnico profissionalizante. A busca pela compreensão de um dos aspectos relativos ao distanciamento entre a formação profissional do técnico em análises clínicas e as necessidades do mundo do trabalho é enfocada nesta pesquisa. O trabalho tem como objetivo geral compreender a metodologia de ensino utilizada por docentes em biossegurança de escolas técnicas de formação em análises clínicas concomitante ao en...

  13. Clinical, endocrinologic, and biochemical effects of zinc deficiency.

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    Prasad, A S

    1985-01-01

    The requirement of zinc for humans was recognized in the early 1960s. The causes of zinc deficiency include malnutrition, alcoholism, malabsorption, extensive burns, chronic debilitating disorders, and chronic renal diseases; use of certain drugs such as penicillamine and, in some cases, diuretics; and genetic disorders such as acrodermatitis enteropathica and sickle cell disease. The requirement of zinc is increased in pregnancy and during growth. The clinical manifestations of severe zinc deficiency include bullous-pustular dermatitis, alopecia, diarrhea, emotional disorder, weight loss, intercurrent infections, and hypogonadism in males; zinc deficiency can be fatal if unrecognized and untreated. A moderate deficiency of zinc is characterized by growth retardation and delayed puberty in adolescents, hypogonadism in males, rough skin, poor appetite, mental lethargy, delayed wound healing, taste abnormalities, and abnormal dark adaptation. In mild cases of zinc deficiency in human subjects, we have observed oligospermia, slight weight loss, and hyperammonemia. Zinc is a growth factor. As a result of its deficiency, growth is affected adversely in many animal species and humans, probably because zinc is needed for protein and DNA synthesis and cell division. The effects of zinc and growth hormone on growth appear to be independent of each other in experimental animals. Whether zinc is required for the metabolism of somatomedin needs further investigation. Thyroid and adrenal functions do not appear to change as a result of zinc deficiency. Glucocorticoids may have an effect on zinc metabolism, although the clinical relevance of this effect is not known at present. In contrast, testicular function is affected adversely as a result of zinc deficiency in both humans and experimental animals. The effect appears to be a direct one since the hypothalamic-pituitary axis is intact, and may relate to the reduction in testicular size as a result of the need for zinc in cell

  14. Efeito de fosfatos naturais em plantas de melão cultivadas em vasos Effect of natural phosphates on melon plants cultivated in pots

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    Clementino Marcos Batista de Faria

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Com o advento da agricultura orgânica no Vale do Submédio São Francisco, surge a demanda por técnicas que atendam aos princípios desse sistema de exploração agrícola. Dessa forma, realizou-se este trabalho com o objetivo de avaliar a eficiência de fosfatos naturais em três solos (Argissolo Acinzentado distrófico - PACd, Argissolo Amarelo eutrófico - PAe e Vertissolo - V da região, cultivados com melão (Cucumis melo em vasos, na Embrapa Semi-Árido. Os tratamentos constituíram um fatorial (3 x 4 + 1, sendo três doses de P (40, 80 e 160 mg dm-3 de P2O5, quatro fontes de P (superfosfato triplo-ST, termofosfato-TM, fosfato natural de Gafsa-FG e fosfato natural Fosbahia-FB e uma testemunha sem P, dispostos no delineamento experimental inteiramente casualizado, com três repetições. Cada solo constituiu um ensaio. Após 38 dias de cultivo do melão, avaliaram-se a produção de matéria seca (MS da parte aérea, o P absorvido pela planta e o P do solo extraído pelos métodos de Mehlich-1 e resina de troca aniônica (RTA. No V e PACd, os fosfatos apresentaram-se menos eficientes que no PAe. O TM foi a fonte de P que apresentou maior eficiência para produção de MS do melão nos três solos (56 a 100 % em relação ao superfosfato triplo. No PAe, o FG também mostrou boa eficiência, sendo equivalente a 80 % do superfosfato triplo. Os extratores Mehlich e RTA foram igualmente eficientes para avaliar a disponibilidade do P.Organic agriculture is an emerging activity in the upper mid São Francisco River Valley, requiring technologies that are in line with the principles of this agricultural system. A study was carried out at Embrapa Semi-Árido to evaluate the efficacy of natural phosphates applied to three regional soils (dystrophic Grey Argisol - PAGd, eutrophic Yellow Argisol - PAe and Vertisol - V planted with melon (Cucumis melo in pots accommodated on wooden benches. The factorial treatments (3 x 4 + 1 consisted of three

  15. Iranian Effective Clinical Nurse Instructor evaluation tool: Development and psychometric testing

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    Background: Clinical education is the heart of the nursing education program. Effective nursing clinical instructors are needed for graduating the future qualified nurses. There is a well-developed body of knowledge about the effectiveness of clinical teaching and the instructors. However, translating this knowledge into a context-based evaluation tool for measuring the effectiveness of Iranian clinical nursing instructors remains a deficiency. The purpose of this study is to describe the dev...

  16. 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

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

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    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

  18. 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

  19. The Effect of Kinetin, Gibberellic Acid and Indole Acetic Acid on EMS-Induced Somatic Mutation and Recombination in Drosophila melanogaster

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    2000-01-01

    The effect of plant growth hormones (kinetin, gibberellic acid (GA 3) and indole acetic acid (IAA)) on EMS-induced mutant wing spots was studied with the somatic mutation and recombination test (SMART) in Drosophila melanogaster.GA 3 reduced all kinds of EMS-induced spot. While a 10 -3 M concentration of kinetin reduced only the number of EMS-induced twin spots, a 10 -4 M concentration was seen to increase the number of all types of spot. The same concentrations of IAA gave variable resu...

  20. 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

  1. 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.

  2. Criptorquismo em eqüinos: aspectos clínico-cirúrgicos e determinação da testosterona sérica Cryptorchism in horses: clinical and surgical aspects and serum testosterone determination

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    J.W. Cattelan

    2004-04-01

    Full Text Available Alguns aspectos clínico-cirúrgicos do criptorquismo foram investigados em 42 eqüinos. A freqüência da afecção foi elevada em cavalos Mangalarga, Quarto de Milha e sem raça definida que, em conjunto, totalizaram 73,8% dos casos. O criptorquismo abdominal (64,3% predominou sobre o inguinal (35,7%. A retenção unilateral ocorreu na maioria dos casos (95,2%, com prevalência do criptorquismo abdominal unilateral esquerdo (45,2%. Também foi determinada a concentração da testosterona sérica em seis garanhões normais (grupo I em plena atividade sexual (grupo-controle e em 10 criptórquios (grupos II e III, respectivamente, cinco abdominais e cinco inguinais. A dosagem da testosterona sérica não revelou diferença (P> 0,05 entre os três grupos. Os achados indicam que a produção desse hormônio permanece inalterada no criptórquio, justificando seu comportamento sexual, semelhante ao do garanhão normal.Some clinical and surgical aspects of the cryptorchism were investigated in 42 horses. Cryptorchism had a high frequency in Mangalarga, Quarter Horse, and mixed breed, 73.8% of the cases. Abdominal cryptorchism was more prevalent than the inguinal, 64.3% and 35.7%, respectively. The unilateral retention occurred in most cases (95.2%, with a high frequency of left abdominal cryptorchism (45.2%. The serum testosterone levels were also determined in six normal stallions (control group and 10 cryptorchid horses (five abdominals and five inguinals. Serum testosterone concentration showed no difference (P> 0.05 among groups. The production of this hormone did not change in the cryptorchism, therefore, justifying the similar sexual behavior of the cryptorchid horse and normal stallions.

  3. 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.

  4. [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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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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    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.

  11. 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

    2004-08-01

    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

  12. Efeito de inseticidas em insetos predadores em culturas de algodão Effect of insecticides on predator insects associated with cotton

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    2000-09-01

    Full Text Available Com o objetivo de verificar o efeito de inseticidas em insetos predadores em cultura de algodão (Gossypium hirsutum L., instalaram-se, em 1993-1994, dois experimentos, um no campo, e outro, em laboratório. No experimento realizado no campo, os tratamentos foram: Fipronil 200 SC (75 g/ha de i.a.; Fipronil 800 WDG (64, 80 e 100 g/ha de i.a.; Endosulfan 350 CE (700 g/ha de i.a.; e testemunha. Em laboratório, além das formulações à base de Fipronil foi utilizado o Paration metílico 600 CE (480 g/ha de i.a.. Fipronil foi seletivo para os artrópodes predadores (Scymnus sp., Geocoris ventralis, Cycloneda sanguinea e Doru lineare no campo, e a Cycloneda sanguinea (L., em laboratório, e pode ser recomendado em programas de manejo integrado de pragas na cultura do algodoeiro para o controle de Alabama argillacea (Rueb., e Anthonomus grandis Boh. Endosulfan foi seletivo em relação a Scymnus sp., Geocoris ventralis Thomazini e Doru lineare (Eschs no campo, com uma redução dos insetos inferior a 30%, e o Paration metílico não foi seletivo para C. sanguinea em laboratório.To assess the selectivity of insecticides to predator insects in cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L. crops two, trials, 1993-1994, under field and laboratory conditions were conducted. Under field conditions, the following treatments were compared: Fipronil 200 CS (75 g/ha of a.i.; Fipronil 800 WDG (64, 80 and 100 g/ha of a.i.; Endosulfan 350 EC (700 g/ha of a.i.; and control. Under laboratory conditions, in addition to Friponil, Methyl parathion 600 EC 480 g/ha of a.i. was also tested. Fipronil was selective to predators (Scymnus sp., Geocoris ventralis, Cycloneda sanguinea and Doru lineare under field condition and to Cycloneda sanguinea (L. under laboratory conditions. This product can be used in integrated pest management programs in cotton crops to control Alabama argillacea (Rueb., and Anthonomus grandis Boh. Endosulfan was selective to Scymnus sp., Geocoris ventralis

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

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    Mohammad Saied Mossadegh

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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.

  14. 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. PMID:26613717

  15. 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

  16. 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)

  17. Effect of nutrient solution, effective microorganisms (EM-A), and assimilation illumination of plants on the induction of the growth of lettuce (Lactuca sativa L.) in hydroponic cultivation

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    Tomasz Kleiber; Justyna Starzyk; Maciej Bosiacki

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    The main aim of the present study was to evaluate the influence of the chemical composition of a nutrient solution (NS I, NS II), seed inoculation with Effective Microorganisms (EM), and assimilation illumination (AI) of plants on the growth, development and nutritional status of lettuce (Lactuca sativa L.) in hydroponic cultivation and microbiological changes in the medium. The measurements were as follows: quantity of leaves per plant (LQ), surface area of the biggest leaves of plants (SBL)...

  18. Emprego de mogadon endovenoso em pacientes epilépticos: estudo clínico e eletrencefalográfico Intravenous Mogadon in epileptic patients: clinical and etectrctencephalographic study

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    Michel Pierre Lison

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    Full Text Available Mogadon endovenoso foi administrado a 12 pacientes com manifestações epilépticas freqüentes e/ou prolongadas, a 6 pacientes com encefalopatía epiléptica infantil com ponta-ondas difusas e a dois com epilepsia fotossensível. A droga mostrou-se eficaz no controle clínico e eletrencefalográfico dos diferentes tipos de crises em 11 dos 12 primeiros doentes, no controle clínico e eletrencefalográfico de 3 dos 6 pacientes com síndrome de Lennox e no controle das manifestações clínicas e eletrencefalográficas espontâneas e desencadeadas pela SLI nos dois últimos. O estudo limitou-se a pacientes com afecção cerebral crônica, desde que o mais freqüente efeito colateral da droga foi soñolencia. Os efeitos clínicos e eletrencefalográficos foram semelhantes àqueles obtidos com a administração parenteral do Valium. Aspectos particulares quanto à ação desta substância na síndrome de Lennox foram discutidos.Intravenous Mogadon was administred to 12 patients with frequent and/or prolonged seizures, to 6 patients with childhood epileptic encephalopathy with diffuse slow spike-waves, and to 2 with photic induced seizures. Clinically and electroencephalographically 11 of the first 12 patients were improved by the treatment; 3 of the 6 patients with Lennox syndrome were also improved, as well as the two with spontaneous and photic induced clinical and electroencephalographic disorders. Since drowsiness was the most frequent side effect of the drug, only patients with chronic cerebral disorders were used in this study. The clinical and electroencephalographic effects were similar to those of intravenous Valium. Some aspects of the action of this drug in the Lennox syndrome are discussed.

  19. Optomechanics of Nanoparticles: Effect of Quantum Fluctuations in Levitating EM Field on Cavity-assisted and Cavity-less Systems

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    Jazayeri, Amir M

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    Optomechanics of nanoparticles purports to reach the quantum regime, but experimental evidence suggests otherwise. We believe that the discrepancy is due to the omission of the deleterious effects of the EM field levitating the particle. This letter focuses on quantum fluctuations in the levitating field. In a cavity-assisted system, they lead to fluctuations in the gradient force, and encourage escape of the particle. In a feedback system, they lead to the detector shot noise besides fluctuations in the gradient force and radiation pressure, and render the system very vulnerable to the thermal noise of the feedback circuit.

  20. Fibrose cística em adultos: aspectos clínicos e espirométricos Cystic fibrosis in adults clinical and spirometric aspects

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    Antônio Carlos M. Lemos

    2004-02-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: A fibrose cística é diagnosticada usualmente na infância. No Brasil, poucos estudos abordam seu diagnóstico na idade adulta. OBJETIVO: Descrever as características demográficas, clínicas e os achados de espirometria dos pacientes com fibrose cística diagnosticados na idade adulta, na Bahia (Brasil. MÉTODO: Foram avaliados 28 pacientes com fibrose cística diagnosticada na idade adulta no Centro de Referência de Fibrose Cística do Estado da Bahia. As variáveis de interesse foram: idade, gênero, cor, índice de massa corpórea (IMC, cultivo do escarro, porcentagem do previsto da capacidade vital forçada (% CVF, porcentagem do previsto do volume expiratório forçado no primeiro segundo (% VEF1 e resposta ao broncodilatador. RESULTADOS: A média de idade dos pacientes foi de 31,1±12,4 anos. A proporção de negros e mulatos foi de 53,7%, e a média de IMC foi 18,7±3,0Kg/m2. Em doze pacientes (43% foi confirmada P. aeruginosa no escarro. As médias ±DP dos percentuais do previsto da CVF e do VEF1 foram de 58,9±21,6% e 44,1±23% respectivamente. No grupo colonizado por P. aeruginosa as médias dos parâmetros espirométricos foram inferiores às do grupo não colonizado. Entretanto, somente em relação à CVF esta diferença alcançou significância estatística (p= 0,007. CONCLUSÃO: Concordante com a literatura, este estudo reforça que o diagnóstico de fibrose cística deve ser investigado em pacientes com infecções respiratórias de repetição, sinusite e bronquiectasias, mesmo na idade adulta. Os valores dos percentuais da CVF e VEF1 em relação ao previsto foram menores nos pacientes colonizados por P aeruginosa, evidenciando uma maior deterioração da função pulmonar.INTRODUCTION: Cystic Fibrosis is usually diagnosed in childhood. In Brazil, few studies have approached CF diagnosed in adulthood. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to describe demographic and clinical characteristics and spirometric

  1. 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

  2. Clinical, endocrinological and biochemical effects of zinc deficiency.

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    Prasad, A S

    1985-08-01

    The essentiality of zinc for humans was recognized in the early 1960s. The causes of zinc deficiency include malnutrition, alcoholism, malabsorption, extensive burns, chronic debilitating disorders, chronic renal disease, certain diuretics, the use of chelating agents such as penicillamine for Wilson's disease, and genetic disorders such as acrodermatitis enteropathica and sickle cell disease. The requirement of zinc is increased in pregnancy and during the growing age period. The clinical manifestations in severe cases of zinc deficiency included bullous-pustular dermatitis, alopecia, diarrhoea, emotional disorder, weight loss, intercurrent infections, hypogonadism in males and it is fatal if untreated. A moderate deficiency of zinc is characterized by growth retardation and delayed puberty in adolescents, hypogonadism in males, rough skin, poor appetite, mental lethargy, delayed wound healing, taste abnormalities and abnormal dark adaptation. In mild cases of zinc deficiency in human subjects, we have observed oligospermia, slight weight loss and hyperammonaemia. Zinc is a growth factor. As a result of its deficiency, growth is affected adversely in many animal species and in man. Inasmuch as zinc is needed for protein and DNA synthesis and cell division, it is believed that the growth effect of zinc is related to its effect on protein synthesis. Testicular functions are affected adversely as a result of zinc deficiency in both humans and experimental animals. This effect of zinc is at the end organ level and the hypothalamic--pituitary axis is intact in zinc-deficient subjects. Inasmuch as zinc is intimately involved in a cell division, its deficiency may adversely affect testicular size and thus its function. In mice, the incidence of degenerate oocytes, and hypohaploidy and hyperhaploidy in metaphase II oocytes were increased due to zinc deficiency. Zinc at physiological concentrations reduced prolactin secretion from the pituitary in vitro and it has been

  3. 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

    2016-09-01

    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

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

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

    2001-01-01

    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)

  5. 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

  6. Clinical effectiveness and safety outcomes associated with prothrombin complex concentrates.

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    Hedges, Ashley; Coons, James C; Saul, Melissa; Smith, Roy E

    2016-07-01

    Prothrombin complex concentrates (PCCs) are indicated for urgent reversal of warfarin and used for reversal of novel oral anticoagulants, in patients with acute major bleeding or need for an urgent procedure. The research goal was to evaluate effectiveness and safety outcomes with PCC usage at our institution. A retrospective review of electronic medical records identified patients that received a PCC commercially available in the United States (KCentra(®) or Profilnine(®)) at twelve hospitals in a tertiary care health system from July 1, 2013 to April 30, 2014. A total of 193 patients received PCC, of which 184 patients received four-factor PCC. The patient population was 48 % male and 75 % Caucasian, with a mean age of 73 years old. Clinical outcomes of interest included time to achieve a target INR ≤1.3, time to Hgb >7 g/dL, and incidence of thromboembolism. A total of 143 patients were on warfarin (74.1 %) at baseline, whereas 18 patients (9.3 %) were taking a novel anticoagulant. Target INR of ≤1.3 was achieved in 125 patients (65.8 %), within a median time of 8.03 h (IQR 3.38-34.07). Among patients with a baseline Hgb 7 g/dL was 8.48 h (IQR 6.95-13.00). Eight patients (4.1 %) developed an acute venous thromboembolism following PCC administration. INR reversal was achieved in approximately two-thirds of patients, with a low incidence of venous thromboembolism. Four-factor PCC is a viable alternative to plasma. PMID:26685667

  7. Effects of Reflection on Clinical Learning of Medical Students

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    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Reflection is considered as a critical characteristic in professional competitions. Despite propagation of reflection as an important educational issue and existence of several helpful patterns, instructions conducted by teachers to explaining and expanding of it, are very little. Studies related to this topic were mainly performed in the field of nursing. Therefore, we decided to evaluate the effects of reflection on medical students. Methods: In 2012, between July and December, one hundred medical students who were training in pediatric department of Tabriz children´ hospital, were included in this interventional (before and after study. At the beginning a questionnaire was filled by participants as “pretest”. Then, in a workshop, principles of reflection and learning domain were taught to them. A notebook entitled “What I have learned” was prepared by them and daily learning was recorded in three aspects of reflection (mirror, microscope and binocular. After three months the same questionnaires were filled as “posttest”. Results obtained from comparing pretest and posttest and information acquired from students notebook were the basis for statistical analyze.         Results: There was statistically significant difference for each question (P < 0.05.  Deepening the learning, reducing errors, organizing and integrating of individual knowledge, increasing confidence and responsibility, improved patient care and accuracy of interventions were some benefits of this method. Conclusion: Reflection is very helpful educational strategy and can help the students in their communication and increasing skill and knowledge. It also helps to organize and integrate their learning by guiding them in clinical situations.

  8. 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

  9. Effects of feedback of information on clinical practice: a review.

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    Mugford, M; Banfield, P; O'Hanlon, M

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    OBJECTIVE--To establish what is known about the role of feedback of statistical information in changing clinical practice. DESIGN--Review of 36 studies of interventions entailing the use of statistical information for audit or practice review, which used a formal research design. SUBJECTS--Papers identified from computer searches of medical and health service management publications, of which 36 describing studies of interventions designed to influence clinical care and including information ...

  10. 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

    1970-01-01

    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.

  11. 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

    2004-06-01

    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.

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. 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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    2011-12-01

    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

  19. Dried chicory root modifies the activity and expression of porcine hepatic CYP3A but not 2C – Effect of <em>in vitroem> and<em> in vivoem> exposure

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    Rasmussen, Martin Krøyer; Zamaratskaia, Galia; Andersen, Bente;

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    Hepatic cytochrome P450 expression and activity are dependent on many factors, including dietary ingredients. In the present study, we investigated the in vivo and in vitro effect of chicory root on hepatic CYP3A and 2C in male pigs. Chicory feeding increased the expression of CYP3A29 mRNA but not...... CYP2C33. Correspondingly, CYP3A activity was increased by chicory feeding, while CYP2C activity was not affected. Additionally, the in vitro effect of chicory extract on the CYP3A activity was investigated. It was shown that CYP3A activity in the microsomes from male pigs was inhibited, but this...... effect was eliminated by pre-incubation. In both male and female pigs the CYP3A activity was increased in the presence of chicory after pre-incubation. Furthermore, gender-related differences in mRNA expression and activity were observed. CYP3A mRNA expression was greater in female pigs; this was not...

  20. 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

    2010-02-01

    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

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

    2011-10-01

    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

  5. Effect of waterborne exposure to 4-tert-octylphenol and 17beta-estradiol on smoltification and downstream migration in Atlantic salmon, <em>Salmo> <em>salar>

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    Bangsgaard, Karsten; Madsen, Steffen S; Korsgaard, Bodil

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    in fresh water, and the effects on physiological and behavioural aspects of parr-smolt transformation were investigated. Vitellogenesis was induced by all treatments, as indicated by elevated levels of plasma vitellogenin (Vtg) and hepatosomatic index. Elevated Vtg levels were still found in OP-100 and E2......-treated fish 4-5 months after cessation of treatment, indicating a slow clearance of Vtg from circulation. Smolting was compromised by E2 and OP-100 treatment as judged by reduced gill Na+, K+-ATPase activity and impaired ability to regulate plasma osmolality and muscle water content in 24-h sea water (SW...

  6. 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

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

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    Forand, Nicholas R.; Evans, Susan; Haglin, Dean; Fishman, Baruch

    2011-01-01

    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…

  8. 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

  9. Effect of nutrient solution, effective microorganisms (EM-A, and assimilation illumination of plants on the induction of the growth of lettuce (Lactuca sativa L. in hydroponic cultivation

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    Tomasz Kleiber

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    Full Text Available The main aim of the present study was to evaluate the influence of the chemical composition of a nutrient solution (NS I, NS II, seed inoculation with Effective Microorganisms (EM, and assimilation illumination (AI of plants on the growth, development and nutritional status of lettuce (Lactuca sativa L. in hydroponic cultivation and microbiological changes in the medium. The measurements were as follows: quantity of leaves per plant (LQ, surface area of the biggest leaves of plants (SBL, relative chlorophyll content (SPAD units, total fresh weight (TFW, total dry weight (TDW, percentage (% of dry matter (% DM, chemical composition of leaves, nutrient uptake (N, P, K, Ca, Mg, Na of the aboveground parts of the plant. It was shown that the simultaneous inoculation of seeds with EM and application of NS II had an effect on improving seed germination (1st–5th day after sowing, but a significantly positive influence of NS I on seed germination was found from the 5th to 9th day. The application of NS II and EM-A had a positive influence on the development of leaves on the plant. The chemical composition of the nutrient solution was found to have a significant effect on the biometrical parameters of plants. The use of supplemental lighting in cultivation of lettuce affected positively both the growth and development of plants. The chemical composition of the nutrient solution significantly modified the macronutrient nutrition status of plants, while the illumination of plants only in case of phosphorus – but at the same time it had a significant influence on the uptake of all nutrients by the plant. The influence of EM was not proved. The microbiological analysis showed a significant influence of the chemical composition of nutrient solutions on the changes in the numbers of the analyzed groups of microorganisms, showing an increase in their numbers in nutrient solutions with higher contents of chemical elements. However, there were no significant

  10. Perfil de sujeitos de pesquisa clínica em um centro ambulatorial independente Profile of clinical research subjects in an independent outpatient center

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    Paulo Gustavo Sampaio Lacativa

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    Full Text Available Este artigo tem como objetivos avaliar a qualidade de atendimento de um centro de pesquisa clínica e o entendimento do termo de consentimento informado (TCLE; determinar os motivos da participação e detalhar níveis socioeconômicos. Foi feito um estudo transversal em centro de pesquisa ambulatorial, através de questionário auto-explicativo. Dos cem questionários avaliados, todos os sujeitos de pesquisa consideraram o centro como ótimo (86% ou bom (9%. A quase totalidade foi bem informada do conteúdo do TCLE e o conhecimento do direito "confidencialidade", comum a todos os TCLEs, foi seis vezes maior que " acesso aos dados", que não faz parte. Os principais motivos para participarem foram para "saber mais sobre a sua saúde" (59% e para "beneficiar outras pessoas no futuro" (47%. A principal faixa de renda salarial dos participantes foi entre dois e cinco salários mínimos (48% e a maioria (66% concluiu pelo menos até a 4º série do ensino fundamental. A população possui o mesmo perfil econômico do Rio de Janeiro, nível de escolaridade suficiente para assinar e compreender o que está assinando, conhecendo não só a existência do TCLE, mas demonstrando conhecer seu conteúdo. O motivo principal para participação é para autobenefício e por atitude altruísta.This paper assesses the quality of assistance in a clinical trial outpatient center as well as the patients´understanding of the informed consent (IC; determine the reasons why they participate and detail socio-economic levels. A cross-sectional study was adopted in a clinical trial outpatient center using a self-explanatory questionnaire. All 100 respondents considered the assistance at the center excellent (86% or good (9%. Almost all of them were well informed about the content of the IC. Their knowledge about the right to "confidentiality", present in all ICs, was 6 times higher than their knowledge about their right to "access the results", generally not included

  11. 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

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

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    Deakin, Elisabeth Kuhn; Tiellet Nunes, Maria Lucia

    2009-01-01

    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…

  13. 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.;

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    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...

  14. Efeito do adesivo butil-2-cianoacrilato em osteotomias e enxerto ósseo em coelhos: aspecto macroscópico e radiográfico The effect of 2-butyl-cyanoacrylate adhesive in osteotomies and bone grafts in rabbits: macroscopic and radiographic characteristics

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    Mário Sérgio Viana Xavier

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar o efeito do adesivo tecidual butil-2-cianoacrilato em osteotomias e enxerto ósseo (EO, sob o aspecto macroscópico e radiográfico. MÉTODOS: Foram utilizados 48 coelhos, divididos aleatoriamente em quatro grupos de 12 animais, com períodos de observação de duas, quatro, oito e 16 semanas. Foram operados os dois membros torácicos de cada animal e realizadas duas osteotomias em cada um dos rádios, com a retirada de um fragmento ósseo (EO de 1cm de comprimento. De um lado foi recolocado o EO no local e aplicada uma gota do adesivo em cada uma das osteotomias. No outro lado, foi realizado o mesmo procedimento sem a aplicação do adesivo. Fixou-se em 0,05 ou 5% o nível de rejeição da hipótese de nulidade. RESULTADOS: Presença de marcas azuis em todas as peças cirúrgicas em que foi utilizado o adesivo. A partir da quarta semana, ausência de movimento dos EO com adesivo e controle. No grupo A, nas osteotomias proximais com adesivo, ocorreu menos desvio do EO (p = 0,02. No grupo C, a união (p = 0,03 e a integração do EO (p = 0,02 foram melhores nas osteotomias proximais com adesivo. CONCLUSÕES: O adesivo não foi totalmente metabolizado com 16 semanas. Há consolidação clínica das osteotomias em quatro semanas. O adesivo estabilizou o EO nas primeiras semanas e não interferiu na consolidação das osteotomias, assim como na integração dos EO a observação radiográfica.OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of butyl-2-cyanoacrylate tissue adhesive in osteotomies and bone grafts, with regard to macroscopic and radiographic characteristics. METHODS: Forty-eight rabbits were used, randomly divided into four groups of 12 animals, with observation periods of two, four, eight and 16 weeks. Both thoracic limbs were operated in each animal and two osteotomies were performed in each of the radii, withdrawing a bone fragment (bone graft of 1 cm in length. On one side, the bone graft was then replaced and a drop of adhesive

  15. 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.

  16. O espectro clínico e radiológico da pneumonia em organização: análise retrospectiva de 38 casos Clinical and radiographic spectrum of organizing pneumonia: retrospective analysis of 38 cases

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    FABRÍCIO PICCOLI FORTUNA

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    Full Text Available A pneumonia em organização, acompanhada ou não de bronquiolite obliterante, é uma condição anatomopatológica pulmonar específica com uma grande variedade de apresentações clínicas e radiológicas. A pneumonia em organização pode ser idiopática ou secundária a várias doenças, incluindo infecções e drogas. Objetivos: Descrever as manifestações clínicas, dados radiológicos e espirométricos de pacientes com pneumonia em organização. Métodos: Análise retrospectiva de pacientes com o diagnóstico de pneumonia em organização. Resultados: 38 pacientes foram incluídos na análise. Quatorze apresentavam também condições clínicas relacionadas à pneumonia em organização, e estes mais freqüentemente apresentaram infiltração pulmonar difusa (três de quatro casos e bronquiolite obliterante associada (57% vs. 20%, p = 0,05. Dos 13 pacientes com bronquiolite obliterante associada apenas um era assintomático e dois apresentavam lesões localizadas (15%. De oito pacientes assintomáticos com lesões localizadas, nenhum possuía bronquiolite obliterante associada, e a apresentação radiológica freqüentemente mimetizou carcinoma brônquico. A espirometria de modo geral não contribuiu sobremaneira para o diagnóstico, provavelmente devido à alta prevalência de tabagismo na amostra. Conclusões: A pneumonia em organização possui apresentação clínica e radiológica variada. Fatores que sugerem a ausência de bronquiolite obliterante são a ausência de sintomas e lesões radiológicas localizadas, e esta forma da doença mais freqüentemente deve ser diferenciada de carcinoma brônquico na prática clínica.Organizing pneumonia, whether or not accompanied by bronchiolitis obliterans, is a specific anatomicopathological condition of the lungs that can present in a variety of clinical and radiographic ways. It can be either idiopathic or secondary to a number of diseases, including infection and drugs. Objectives: To

  17. 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

  18. 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

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    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

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

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    Maria Aparecida Sanches

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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

  20. Clinical psychology in haemoglobinopathies: cost effective pathways to funding

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    Lloyd, Joanne; das Nair, Roshan; Mackinlay, Dot

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    This article describes a service evaluation which was used as evidence in a bidfor clinical psychology funding in haemoglobinopathies. We present the approach as a promising framework for securing funding in this difficult financial climate. SICKLE CELL DISEASE (SCD) and thalassaemia are inherited blood disorders that vary significantly in their presentation and treatment but are known collectively as `haemoglobinopathies'. SCD is characterised by an abnormality in the synthesis of normal hae...

  1. CLINICAL EFFECT OF TESTOSTERONE IN MEN WITH STABLE ANGINA

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    A. Ya. Kravchenko; V. M. Provotorov

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    Aim. To study efficacy of testosterone undecanoate (TU) therapy in men with stable angina and androgen deficiency.Material and methods. The serum testosterone level was detected in 247 men (aged 51,6±1,8 y.o.) with stable effort angina. 60 patients with androgen deficiency additionally to basic angina therapy received TU (120-160 mg daily). 54 patients with androgen deficiency (control group) received only basic angina therapy. Dynamics of clinical and ECG manifestations of myocardial ischemi...

  2. Citalopram--a review of pharmacological and clinical effects.

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    Bezchlibnyk-Butler, K; Aleksic, I; Kennedy, S. H.

    2000-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To provide clinicians with a critical evaluation of citalopram, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) that has been available in Canada since March 1999. DATA SOURCES: Commercial searches (MEDLINE and BiblioTech) and an "in-house" search (InfoDrug) were used to find published English-language references for clinical and preclinical publications. There was no restriction of publication dates. Primary index terms used were: pharmacological properties, receptors, pharmacolog...

  3. Effect of “diagnosis threat” in clinical setting

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    Fresson, Megan; Dardenne, Benoît; Meulemans, Thierry

    2014-01-01

    Objective. When reminded of their neurological history, mild traumatic brain injured (TBI) students underperform on neuropsychological tests (Suhr & Gunstad, 2002). To date, this “diagnosis threat” (DT) phenomenon has mainly been studied with a non-clinical and high-functioning population (university students). The aim of this study was twofold: to study this phenomenon with neurological patients and to examine the mechanisms responsible for underperformance. Method. Patients (18-55 years-old...

  4. 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.

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

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    Gorman, Sharon

    2009-05-28

    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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

    2008-01-01

    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.

  8. 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

    2011-02-01

    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

  9. 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

  10. 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; Viviane Lacorte Recôva; Andresa Lima Melo; Maria Rita Carvalho Garbi Novaes

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    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 ...

  11. Aspectos clínicos da fenilcetonúria em serviço de referência em triagem neonatal da Bahia Clinical aspects of phenylketonuria in a reference service for neonatal screening in Bahia

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    Tatiana Amorim; Sara P.P. Gatto; Ney Boa-Sorte; Maria Efigênia Q. Leite; Maria Inês M. M. Fontes; Junaura Barretto; Angelina X. Acosta

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    OBJETIVOS: descrever as características clínicas dos pacientes com hiperfenilalaninemia acompanhados no Serviço de Referência em Triagem Neonatal (SRTN) do estado da Bahia. MÉTODOS: estudo descritivo transversal, tendo como amostra todos os pacientes com diagnóstico conhecido de Hiperfenilalaninemia residentes no estado da Bahia e acompanhados no SRTN até setembro de 2005. Tal população é composta de 46 famílias, num total de 51 pacientes. A análise dos dados foi descritiva, incluindo medidas...

  12. 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

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    -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

  13. 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

  14. Alterações lipídicas em pacientes com câncer colorretal em fase pós-operatória: ensaio clínico randomizado e duplo-cego com fungos Agaricus sylvaticus Lipidic alterations in patients with colorectal cancer in post-surgery phase: a randomized and double-blind clinical trial with Agaricus sylvaticus fungus

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    Renata Costa Fortes

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: Alterações no metabolismo lipídico são comuns em pacientes com câncer. Fungos medicinais podem exibir atividade hipolipidêmica. OBJETIVO: Avaliar os efeitos da suplementação dietética com fungos Agaricus sylvaticus no perfil lipídico de pacientes com câncer colorretal em fase pós-operatória. MÉTODOS: Ensaio clínico randomizado, duplo-cego, placebo-controlado, realizado no Hospital de Base do Distrito Federal por seis meses. Amostra constituída por 56 pacientes, estádios I, II e III, separados em dois grupos: placebo e suplementado com Agaricus sylvaticus (30mg/kg/dia. Resultados analisados pelos programas Microsoft Excel 2003 e SPSS 14.0 com p = 0.05. RESULTADOS: O grupo Agaricus sylvaticus apresentou níveis séricos iniciais de colesterol total de 207.36±52.67mg/dL, lipoproteína de baixa densidade de 120.79±44.02mg/dL e triglicérides de 181.64±187.52mg/dL. Após seis meses de suplementação, observou-se redução para 191.11±39.72mg/dL (p = 0.01, 103.08±39.20mg/dL (p = 0.0001 e 168.04±146.91mg/dL (p = 0.18, respectivamente. No grupo placebo, observou-se aumento não-significativo de colesterol total (p = 0.08 e aumento significativo de lipoproteína de baixa densidade (p = 0.01 e triglicérides (p = 0.0001. Não foram observadas, em ambos os grupos, alterações significantes nos níveis de lipoproteína de alta densidade e lipoproteína de muito baixa densidade. CONCLUSÃO: Os resultados sugerem que a suplementação dietética com Agaricus sylvaticus pode melhorar significativamente o perfil lipídico de pacientes com câncer colorretal em fase pós-operatória.INTRODUCTION: Alterations in the lipidic metabolism are common in patients with cancer. Medicinal fungus may show hypolipidemic activity. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effects of dietary supplementation with Agaricus sylvaticus fungus in lipidic profile of patients with colorectal cancer in post-surgery phase. MEHTODS: Randomized, double

  15. Efeito de doses reduzidas de oxyfluorfen em cultivares de algodoeiro Effect of reduced oxyfluorfen rates on cotton cultivars

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    O.M. Yamashita

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available O agronegócio do algodão apresenta-se, no Brasil, como uma atividade de grande importância para a economia nacional, ocupando posição de destaque no processo produtivo do Estado do Mato Grosso. Para que a cultura possa expressar o máximo potencial produtivo, é necessária a adoção de técnicas de manejo e práticas agronômicas, visando o controle das plantas daninhas. A fim de que a lavoura se mantenha limpa e livre de matocompetição, o controle químico é o método mais utilizado. Os herbicidas registrados para algodão devem ser aplicados, quando do estabelecimento da cultura, em jato dirigido. O contato desses produtos, como o oxyfluorfen, nas folhas pode incorrer em fitointoxicação e prejuízos para o produtor. O objetivo do presente trabalho foi mensurar o potencial de danos provocados pelo oxyfluorfen, quando em contato com diferentes cultivares de algodoeiro em estádio inicial de desenvolvimento. Para isso, foram avaliados cinco cultivares, tratados com 90 e 180 g ha-1 do herbicida, aplicado em plantas com 15 e 30 dias de emergência. Quanto às variáveis analisadas (fitointoxicação, altura de planta, número de folhas, massa seca de planta, foi possível observar que não houve diferença entre cultivares e que as plantas menores foram mais afetadas que as mais velhas, havendo aumento dos danos à medida que as doses eram aumentadas.Cotton agribusiness is a very important economic activity in Brazil, occupying a prominent position in the productive process of the state of Mato Grosso. For cotton crop to express its maximum productive potential, it is necessary to adopt handling techniques and agronomic practices seeking the control of weeds. For farming to stay clean and free from weed competition, chemical control is the most frequently used method. The herbicides registered for cotton crop should be applied when the culture is established in driven jet. The contact of products, such as oxyfluorfen, on the leaves may

  16. Efeito da embalagem e temperatura de armazenamento em repolho minimamente processado Minimally processed cabbage: effects of packaging and storage temperature

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    Maria Madalena Rinaldi; Benedito Carlos Benedetti; Luciana Calore

    2005-01-01

    O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar as alterações no repolho minimamente processado quando armazenado em diferentes embalagens e temperaturas. O processamento mínimo consistiu em seleção, classificação e resfriamento da matéria-prima, seguido do processo de corte em tiras, enxágüe em água tratada para a remoção dos exudados celulares, sanitização em solução com 150mgL-1 de cloro ativo, enxágüe, centrifugação, pesagem, acondicionamento em bandejas de poliestireno expandido, revestidas com fi...

  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

    2009-01-01

    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. 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

  20. 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

    2006-02-01

    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

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

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    Gauri Gontiya

    2012-01-01

    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.

  2. 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

    2016-06-01

    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.

  3. ALOE VERA: A REVIEW OF ITS CLINICAL EFFECTIVENESS

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    Malik Itrat

    2013-08-01

    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.

  4. 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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    SUTARNO

    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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

    2016-03-01

    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.

  7. The effect of tensile strength on the clinical effectiveness and patient acceptance of dental floss.

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    Hanes, P J; O'Dell, N L; Baker, M R; Keagle, J G; Davis, H C

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    This study compared the clinical effectiveness and subjective approval of 2 waxed dental flosses that differed significantly in tensile strength and wax content. At the initial appointment, subjects (20 1st-year dental students) were instructed to stop interproximal cleaning on 2 contralateral quadrants in order to allow plaque to accumulate on these surfaces for 1 week. 1 week later, subjects were instructed to begin flossing these 2 contralateral quadrants with 1 of the 2 types of floss for the next 1-week period, while withdrawing interproximal cleaning on the opposite 2 contralateral quadrants. After flossing these 2 quadrants for 1 week, the subjects began flossing the opposite 2 contralateral quadrants with the same floss. After 2 weeks of flossing contralateral quadrants, the 1st floss was withdrawn and replaced with the alternative floss for another similar 2-week trial period. At the end of each 2-week trial period, subjects completed subjective questionnaires concerning the floss they had used during the previous 2-week period. Pre- and post-flossing plaque indices were calculated for each week for both flosses, and compared statistically by a repeated measures analysis of variance. The results showed that both flosses significantly reduced interproximal plaque deposits, and had equal subjective approval. However, neither the greater-strength nor the lower-wax content of the experimental floss was associated with an increase in clinical effectiveness or with a change in subjective approval.

  8. 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

    2001-08-01

    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.

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

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    van der Drift, Saskia G A; Houweling, Martin; Bouman, Marina; Koets, Ad P; Tielens, Aloysius G M; Nielen, Mirjam; Jorritsma, Ruurd

    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

  10. 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

  11. Percepção dos efeitos do trabalho em turnos sobre a saúde e a vida social em funcionários da enfermagem em um hospital universitário do Estado de São Paulo Nursing staff perceptions of the effects of shift work on health and social life at the São Paulo State University hospital

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    Ester de S. Costa

    2000-06-01

    Full Text Available O trabalho em turnos existe desde o início da vida social dos homens, sendo utilizado em diferentes setores, como na indústria de produção de bens de consumo e de serviços. A área da saúde exige o sistema em turnos para manutenção de atividades durante 24 horas. Teve-se como objetivo identificar os sistemas de turnos em funcionários de enfermagem em um hospital universitário, avaliar a percepção sobre os prováveis efeitos do trabalho em turnos em sua saúde e vida social e o grau de participação desses funcionários na forma de organização de sua jornada. Trata-se de uma pesquisa descritiva e exploratória, cujos resultados foram obtidos mediante questionário aplicado a 348 funcionários da enfermagem do Hospital de Clínicas da Faculdade de Medicina de Botucatu, São Paulo. Dentre os resultados, observou-se que, em sua maioria, eles tinham menos de 40 anos, eram casados, do sexo feminino, com um filho pelo menos, cumprindo uma escala de turnos alternados, com freqüência de revezamento superior a quinze dias e referindo queixas de caráter neuro-psíquico, gastrintestinal e cardiovascular. Houve ainda queixas sobre relacionamento e tempo de convivência. Na maioria das vezes, era pouca a participação do funcionário na forma de organização de sua escala de trabalho.There is a relationship between shift work and the beginning of organized life. Health services require shift work to keep activities running twenty-four hours a day. This study thus aimed to identify nursing staff shift work systems in a university hospital, evaluate health workers' perceptions of the possible effects of shift work on their health and social life, and assess workers' participation in preparing nursing schedules. In terms of materials and methods, this was an exploratory and descriptive study with a sample of 348 nursing staff members, using an appropriate questionnaire. Most were married women under 40 with at least one child, working on

  12. 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

    2011-08-01

    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.

  13. 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.

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    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

  14. 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

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

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    OBJECTIVE: The objective was to study the effect of initial simulation-based transvaginal ultrasound training compared to only clinical training on the clinical performances of residents in Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB-GYN) measured at two months into the residency. METHODS: In a randomized study......, new residents in OB-GYN (N = 33) without prior ultrasound experience were included from three teaching hospitals. Participants were allocated to simulation-based training and subsequent clinical training (n = 18) or only clinical training (n = 15). The simulation-based training was performed on a...

  16. 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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    2005-06-01

    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.

  17. 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

  18. Renewal effect on conditioning and its clinical implications

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    Lopez Seal, María Florencia

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    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

  19. Characterization of the Antibacterial Activity and the Chemical Components of the Volatile Oil of the Leaves of <em>Rubus parvifoliusem> L.

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    Yongqing Cai

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available <em>Rubus parvifoliusem> L. (Rp is a medicinal herb that possesses antibacterial activity. In this study, we extracted the volatile oil from the leaves of Rp to assess its antibacterial activity and analyze its chemical composition. A uniform distribution design was used to optimize the extraction procedure, which yielded 0.36% (<em>w/w> of light yellowish oil from the water extract of Rp leaves. We found that the extracted oil effectively inhibited the growth of a wide range of Gram positive and negative bacteria, including <em>Staphylococcus aureusem>, <em>Staphylococcus epidermidisem>, <em>Enterococcus faecalisem>, <em>Escherichia coliem>, <em>Pseudomonas aeruginosaem>, <em>Acinetobacter baumaniiem>, <em>Bacillus cloacaeem>, and <em>Klebsiella pneumoniaeem>. We further analyzed the components contained in the hydro-distillated Rp volatile oil by gas chromatography-mass spectroscopy. Twenty nine compounds were identified, including 4-hydroxy-3-methoxystyrene (66%, 3,7,11,15-tetramethyl-2-hexadecen-1-ol (10% and 4-<em>tert>-butylbenzoic acid (2%. Our results suggest that one or multiple constituents contained in Rp volatile oil may account for its antibacterial activity.

  20. 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.

  1. 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

    2009-11-01

    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.

  2. Adoptive cell transfer: a clinical path to effective cancer immunotherapy

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    Rosenberg, Steven A.; Restifo, Nicholas P; Yang, James C.; Morgan, Richard A.; Dudley, Mark E.

    2008-01-01

    Adoptive cell therapy (ACT) using autologous tumour-infiltrating lymphocytes has emerged as the most effective treatment for patients with metastatic melanoma and can mediate objective cancer regression in approximately 50% of patients. The use of donor lymphocytes for ACT is an effective treatment for immunosuppressed patients who develop post-transplant lymphomas. The ability to genetically engineer human lymphocytes and use them to mediate cancer regression in patients, which has recently ...

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

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    Gich Fullà, Jordi

    2013-01-01

    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...

  4. 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)

  5. Evaluating the effectiveness of clinical medical librarian programs: a systematic review of the literature*

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    Wagner, Kay Cimpl; Byrd, Gary D.

    2004-01-01

    Objective: This study was undertaken to determine if a systematic review of the evidence from thirty years of literature evaluating clinical medical librarian (CML) programs could help clarify the effectiveness of this outreach service model.

  6. 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.

    2008-01-01

    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.

  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. 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.

  9. Effects of structured written feedback by cards on medical students’ performance at mini clinical evaluation exercise (Mini-CEX) in an outpatient clinic

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    FARIBA HAGHANI; MOHAMMAD HATEF KHORAMI; MOHAMMAD FAKHARI

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    Introduction: Feedback cards are recommended as a feasible tool for structured written feedback delivery in clinical education while effectiveness of this tool on the medical students’ performance is still questionable. The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of structured written feedback by cards as well as verbal feedback versus verbal feedback alone on the clinical performance of medical students at the Mini Clinical Evaluation Exercise (Mini-CEX) test in...

  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

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    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. CLINICAL EFFECT OF TESTOSTERONE IN MEN WITH STABLE ANGINA

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    A. Ya. Kravchenko

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    Full Text Available Aim. To study efficacy of testosterone undecanoate (TU therapy in men with stable angina and androgen deficiency.Material and methods. The serum testosterone level was detected in 247 men (aged 51,6±1,8 y.o. with stable effort angina. 60 patients with androgen deficiency additionally to basic angina therapy received TU (120-160 mg daily. 54 patients with androgen deficiency (control group received only basic angina therapy. Dynamics of clinical and ECG manifestations of myocardial ischemia and quality of life (QOL parameters was studied.Results. Androgen deficiency is revealed in 114 (46,2% of patients. Therapy with TU during 3 months resulted in reduction of angina attacks and extent of myocardial ischemia (according to Holter ECG monitoring and stress test as well as QOL improvement.Conclusion. Androgen deficiency is observed in 46,2% of men with stable angina. TU increases of antianginal therapy efficacy, improves QOL and is well tolerated. 

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. A systematic review of evidence on the links between patient experience and clinical safety and effectiveness

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    Doyle, Cathal; Lennox, Laura; Bell, Derek

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    Objective To explore evidence on the links between patient experience and clinical safety and effectiveness outcomes. Design Systematic review. Setting A wide range of settings within primary and secondary care including hospitals and primary care centres. Participants A wide range of demographic groups and age groups. Primary and secondary outcome measures A broad range of patient safety and clinical effectiveness outcomes including mortality, physical symptoms, length of stay and adherence ...

  15. THE USE OF AMIODARONE IN CLINICAL PRACTICE: THE PROBLEM OF SIDE EFFECTS

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    O. V. Gaisenok

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    Full Text Available Characteristics of amiodarone in clinical practice are focused on. Amiodarone pharmacological mode of action and its pro-arrhythmic effect is presented. As well as various side effects that can happen in clinical practice. Special attention is paid to the problem of amiodarone-induced thyrotoxicosis, its classification, diagnosis and treatment. Prospects of new anti-arrhythmic drugs class III, in particular dronedaron are also discussed.

  16. 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

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

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

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    /day), and moclobemide (400 mg/day). Assessments were performed by using the 17-item Hamilton Depression Rating Scale and the Udvalg for Kliniske Undersøgelser Side Effect Rating Scale. In a subgroup of 110 patients, weekly measurements of clomipramine plasma concentrations were obtained. Nonparametric statistical tests...... and multiple linear and logistic regression models were used for statistical evaluations. RESULTS: Both genders had similar remission rates (Hamilton depression scale score rates with clomipramine than with the comparable treatments....... The plasma concentrations of clomipramine were significantly higher for female than for male patients. No gender differences were found in posttreatment Hamilton depression scale scores, nor did the therapeutic effects of treatment depend on gender. Rates of dropout and side effects were similar for men...

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

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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

  19. Efeito de diferentes fertilizantes fosfatados, em diversas condições de acidez do solo, na produção do trigo em vasos Effect of phosphorus fertilizers on wheat production

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    Hermano Gargantini

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    Full Text Available Em casa de vegetação conduziu-se um experimento com trigo, em vasos com Latossolo Vermelho Escuro orto, proveniente do município de Itapetininga, com o objetivo de verificar o comportamento de diversos adubos fosfatados, sob três condições de acidez do solo. Foram estudadas as adições de 0, 100 e 200 kg/ha de P(20(5, em presença e em ausência de calcário. Os fertilizantes usados foram superfosfatos simples e tripo, termofosfato, fosfato de diamônio e apatita-de-araxá, sempre em presença de nitrogênio e potássio. Os resultados mostraram efeito significativo para doses de calcário, tanto para peso seco de plantas como para peso seco de grãos. Entre os fertilizantes, o superfosfato simples e o termofosfato foram os que melhor se comportaram para peso de grãos. A seguir vêm o fosfato de diamônio e o superfosfato triplo, que não diferiram entre si, porém comportaram-se estatisticamente diferentes da apatita-de-araxá, tanto para peso seco de plantas como para grãos. Com a aplicação de calcário ao solo, para correção da acidez, todos os fosfatos solúveis apresentaram, igualmente, muito boa resposta na produção da planta, diferindo do fosfato tricálcico, que mostrou pequeno efeito.A pot experiment was carried out in greenhouse to study the influence of increasing doses of phosphorus fertilizers, at various levels of pH, and lime, on wheat production in soil of the "Latossolo Vermelho Escuro orto" Great Group. Superphosphate (simple and concentrated, thermophosphate, diammonium phosphate and rock phosphate were used at the rates of 0, 100, and 200 kg P2O5/ha in presence and absence of lime, and always in presence of nitrogen and potassium. The results showed a significant effect of lime on grain and dry matter production. In presence of lime all the phosphorus fertilizers, with exception of the rock phosphate, gave good results. In absence of lime the simple superphosphate and termophosphate were better than the others

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

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    Ottesen, B; Pedersen, A T

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    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...... 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...... and their physicians are aware of the probable risks and benefits of hormone therapy before deciding whether or not to use preventive HRT....

  1. 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 < 0.001 and 0.12 [0.01, 0.23], p = 0.03, respectively). The variables associated with effectiveness of classroom and clinical teachers differ, suggesting context specificity in teaching effectiveness ratings. Context specificity may be explained by differences in the exposure that learners have to teachers in the classroom versus clinical setting-so that raters in the clinical setting may base ratings upon observed behaviours rather than stereotype data. Alternatively, since subjective ratings of teaching effectiveness inevitably incorporate learners' context-specific needs, the attributes that make a teacher effective in one context may not meet the needs of learners in a different context. PMID:26891679

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

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    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

  5. 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

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    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

  6. Thermal dose requirement for tissue effect: experimental and clinical findings

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    Dewhirst, Mark; Viglianti, Benjamin L.; Lora-Michiels, Michael; Hoopes, P. Jack; Hanson, Margaret A.

    2003-06-01

    In this review we have summarized the basic principles that govern the relationships between thermal exposure (temperature and time of exposure) and thermal damage, with an emphasis on normal tissue effects. We have also attempted to identify specific thermal dose information (for safety and injury) for a variety of tissues in a variety of species. We address the use, accuracy and difficulty of conversion of an individual time and temperature (thermal dose) to a standardized value (eg equivalent minutes at 43degC) for comparison of thermal treatments. Although, the conversion algorithm appears to work well within a range of moderately elevated temperatures (2-15degC) above normal physiologic baseline (37-39degC) there is concern that conversion accuracy does not hold up for temperatures which are minimally or significantly above baseline. An extensive review of the literature suggests a comprehensive assessment of the "thermal dose-to-tissue effect" has not previously been assembled for most individual tissues and never been viewed in a semi-comprehensive (tissues and species) manner. Finally, we have addressed the relationship of thermal dose-to-effect vs. baseline temperature. This issues is important since much of the thermal dose-to-effect information has been accrued in animal models with baseline temperatures 1-2 deg higher than that of humans.

  7. 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

    the existence of different receptors in the ureter and renal pelvis. The ureteric and pelvic responses to the corresponding neurotransmitters have been determined. It seems that alpha-adrenergic and cholinergic agents are stimulating whereas beta-adrenergic agents inhibit ureteric activity. The effect may...

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. The effects of introducing a clinical pharmacist on orthopaedic wards in Denmark

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    Buck, Thomas Croft; Brandstrup, Lene; Brandslund, Ivan;

    2007-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To assess the effects and cost effects of introducing clinical pharmacists on hospital wards. METHODS: Comparative prospective study on four orthopaedic surgical wards in two hospitals. The primary effect variables were 10 target areas widely considered to be indicators of good...... sub-optimal prescriptions were changed, 43% resulted in cost reductions. The reductions achieved could cover 47% of the costs of clinical pharmacy service. CONCLUSION: Clinical pharmacy services offered to four orthopaedic surgical wards resulted in reduction of sub-optimal prescriptions. Every time...... the pharmacist screened seven patients one sub-optimal prescription was found and adjusted. The reduction in medicine costs due to adjusted sub-optimal prescriptions could not cover the whole cost of clinical pharmacy service....

  13. [Placebo and placebo effects (first part): definition, clinical aspects, mechanisms].

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    Kinnaert, P

    2006-01-01

    There are many papers devoted to placebo and placebo effects. The present article tries to provide a precise definition of these concepts and to take stock of our knowledge on this topic. Considering that most of the publications dealing with this phenomon are of poor scientific quality, some authors deny its existence. However recent findings in neuroscience show that it is a reality and explain its mechanisms. PMID:17256416

  14. 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

    2001-09-01

    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

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

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    Angela Esposito Ferronato; Selma Betta Ragazzi; Maki Hirose; Débora Morais Cardoso; Alfredo Elias Gilio

    2010-01-01

    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 estud...

  16. 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

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    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

  17. 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

  18. 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

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    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

  19. O Efeito da lateralidade em teste de fala no ruído em normo-ouvintes The handedness effect in speech test in noise in normal hearing subjects

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    Karine Thaís Becker

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: verificar o efeito da lateralidade em teste monoaural, na presença de ruído competitivo, que utiliza sentenças como estímulo em indivíduos normo-ouvintes. MÉTODO: 81 indivíduos normo-ouvintes, com idades entre 18 e 44 anos, divididos em 2 grupos de acordo com a lateralidade - 45 indivíduos destros e 36 canhotos -, foram avaliados por meio do teste Listas de Sentenças em Português (LSP, e obtida a relação sinal-ruído (S/R para cada orelha. RESULTADOS: os valores médios obtidos para as relações S/R na orelha direita, para os indivíduos destros e canhotos, foram, respectivamente, -6,5 dB e -4,5 dB. Para a orelha esquerda, foram -7,0 dB e -7,5 dB. As orelhas direitas apresentaram resultados significantemente piores, tanto nos indivíduos destros, como nos canhotos. No entanto a orelha direita dos canhotos foi sensivelmente pior em comparação a dos destros. CONCLUSÃO: existe diferença quanto ao reconhecimento de fala, na presença de ruído competitivo, em indivíduos destros e canhotos. A orelha direita apresentou pior desempenho em ambos os grupos, sendo que esse resultado negativo é mais acentuado nos canhotos.PURPOSE: to check the handedness effects in monaural test using sentences as stimulus with background noise in adults with normal hearing. METHOD: 81 subjects, with age between 18 and 44, divided in two groups according to handedness - 45 right-handers and 36 left-handers, were evaluated through the Portuguese Sentences Lists test (PSL then we obtained the signal to noise ratio for each ear. RESULTS: the mean values obtained as for the signal to noise ratio on right ear for the right- and left -handed subjects were respectively -6.5 dB and -4.5 dB. On the left ear the computed results were -7.0 dB and -7.5 dB. The right ears showed significantly poor results in both right-handed subjects, as well as in left-handers. As left-handed subjects right ears was significantly poor compared to that of right

  20. 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

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    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.

  1. 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

  2. A critical analysis of EM based fusion of different polarization data for effect on land cover classification

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    Mittal, Vikas; Singh, D.; Saini, L. M.

    2015-09-01

    Land cover classification is an important activity in social, economical, geographical, ecological and risk planning of a country. Production of accurate land cover maps autonomously is still a challenging problem. It motivates the study and evolution of methods to tackle this problem. The purpose of the present study is to critically analyze the effects of image fusion on various land cover classification. The importance of using different polarizations of the single SAR data has been emphasized. A simplified EM algorithm for fusion of different permutations and combinations of multi-polarized PALSAR data is presented through modeling that is valid for Gaussian as well as non-Gaussian distortions. K-means unsupervised algorithm has been applied for the classification of various land cover i.e. water, urban, wetland, baresoil, short vegetation and tall vegetation. The proposed method is intuitive and simple in that it uses PALSAR data after pre-processing straightaway without any transformations and also estimates the missing information in each of the channel without any a priori knowledge. A critical analysis of fusion effects on different land covers is presented on the basis of various accuracies. This type of study will be helpful in further enhancing accuracy of land cover maps minimizing human intervention.

  3. <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.

  4. 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

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    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

  5. [Mechanism of effect and clinical use of antiandrogens].

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    Ulrich, F E; Schneyer, U

    1977-04-15

    It is reported on the possibilities of the application of anti-androgenics, especially of cyproterone acetate. The indication extends to hirsutism, sexual deviations, growth disturbances in pubertas praecox as well as diseases of the prostate. Particularly strong standard are to be applied in the treatment of fertile women, as there exists the danger of an intrauterine feminisation of male foetuses, when a pregnancy was not absolutely excluded. Side-effects and results of animal experiments are mentioned. The therapeutic mechanism of the anti-androgenics can be explained with the help of a concurrency mechanism at the androgen receptor or acceptor. PMID:70117

  6. Biomarkers for the assessment of chlorpyrifos effects on earthworms and on soil functional parameters Biomarcadores para a avaliação dos efeitos de clorpirifós em minhocas e em parâmetros funcionais do solo

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    Lucas Piola

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    Full Text Available The objective of this work was to evaluate the effects of chlorpyrifos on earthworms and on soil functional parameters. An integrated laboratory-field study was performed in a wheat field in Argentina, sprayed with chlorpyrifos at two recommended application rates (240 or 960 g ha-1 style='vertical-align:baseline'> a.i.. Laboratory tests included neutral red retention time, comet assay (single cell gel electrophoresis, and avoidance behavior, each using the earthworm Eisenia andrei exposed in soil collected 1 or 14 days after pesticide application, and the bait-lamina test. Field tests assessed organic matter breakdown using the litterbag and bait-lamina assays. Earthworm populations in the field were assessed using formalin application and hand-sorting. The neutral red retention time and comet assays were sensitive biomarkers to the effects of chlorpyrifos on the earthworm E. andrei; however, the earthworm avoidance test was not sufficiently robust to assess these effects. Feeding activity of soil biota, assessed by the bait lamina test, was significantly inhibited by chlorpyrifos after 97 days, but recovered by the 118th day of the test. Litterbag test showed no significant differences in comparison to controls. Earthworm abundance in the field was too low to adequately test the sensitivity of this assessment endpoint.O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar os efeitos do clorpirifós sobre as minhocas e sobre parâmetros funcionais do solo. Foi executado um estudo integrado campo-laboratório, em uma plantação de trigo na Argentina, onde foi aplicado clorpirifós em duas doses recomendadas (240 ou 960 g ha-1 a.i.. Os ensaios laboratoriais incluíram tempo de retenção do vermelho-neutro, ensaio cometa (eletroforese em gel de célula única e teste de fuga, cada um com a minhoca Eisenia andrei exposta aos solos coletados 1 e 14 dias após tratamentos, e teste com a lâmina-isca. Nos bioensaios de campo, avaliou-se a decomposição da mat

  7. Efeito de extratos de plantas utilizadas na medicina popular no crescimento e diferenciação celular de <em>Herpetomonas samuelpessoaiem> (Kinetoplastida, Trypanosomatidae) cultivada em meio definido Effect of plant extracts used in folk medicine on cell growth and differentiation of <em>Herpetomonas samuelpessoaiem> (Kinetoplastida, Trypanosomatidae) cultivated in defined medium

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    Neste trabalho, verificou-se o efeito de 15 plantas medicinais no crescimento e diferenciação celular de Herpetomonas samuelpessoai, um tripanosomatídeo não patogênico utilizado como modelo biológico, que apresenta antígenos semelhantes aos do Trypanosoma cruzi. Extratos brutos (1.000 g/ml) ou óleo essencial (250 µg/ml) foram adicionados ao meio definido. O crescimento celular foi determinado pela contagem em câmara de Newbauer e a diferenciação celular examinada por microscopia ótica....

  8. Clinical effectiveness of a Pilates treatment for forward head posture.

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    Lee, Sun-Myung; Lee, Chang-Hyung; O'Sullivan, David; Jung, Joo-Ha; Park, Jung-Jun

    2016-07-01

    [Purpose] This study compared the effects of pilates and an exercise program on the craniovertebral angle, cervical range of motion, pain, and muscle fatigue in subjects with a forward head posture (FHP). [Subjects and Methods] A total of 28 sedentary females (age 20 to 39 years) with FHP were randomly assigned to pilates (n=14) and combined (n=14) exercise groups. The study was a randomized, controlled, double-blind study with the two groups performing exercise 50 min/day, 3 days/week, with an intensity of 11-15 rating of perceived exertion (RPE) for ten weeks. The main outcome measures were craniovertebral angle, cervical range of motion (ROM), pain levels assessed by visual analog scale (VAS), and neck disability index (NDI). Surface electromyography was also used to measure muscle fatigue. [Results] There were significant increases in craniovertebral angle and cervical ROM in the pilates group, but none in the control group. The only significant differences in muscle activity were recorded in the sternocleidomastoid muscle in the pilates group. Both exercise programs had positive effects on pain measures, as VAS and NDI were significantly decreased. [Conclusion] The results suggest that pilates could be recommended as an appropriate exercise for treatment of FHP in sedentary individuals. PMID:27512253

  9. Translating comparative effectiveness research into clinical practice: the UK experience.

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    Walley, Tom

    2012-01-22

    Comparative effectiveness research (CER) is not new but its potential to improve the effectiveness of healthcare has not yet been exploited in the US. Other countries such as the UK have more experience of this. Key points of the UK experience are summarized here and some possible pointers for the US are drawn. These include the following: how to go beyond the evidence and apply judgements to make recommendations with authority and in a timely manner; how to implement these recommendations; how to identify suitable topics; and how to be open and transparently fair to all stakeholders. The quality of the science of CER is key but this needs developing, and not just in biomedical or statistical terms but also in how to understand public expectations, and how to implement its recommendations. A key issue is the role of health economics, which seems to have been marginalized by the CER legislation, but perhaps this is more apparent than real. Clearly this is a matter for much further debate. It is hard to see how CER can deliver its potential without active consideration of both benefits and costs. Although other countries have more experience of this than does the US, the context for such work is always very specific and the US will have to find its own way, while trying to avoid some of the errors made elsewhere. PMID:22268389

  10. The Effect of Noise on Human Performance: A Clinical Trial

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    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Background: Noise is defined as unwanted or meaningless sound that apart from auditory adverse health effects may distract attention from cues that are important for task performance. Human performance is influenced by many job-related factors and workplace conditions including noise level.Objective: To study the effect of noise on human performance.Methods: The participants included 40 healthy male university students. The experimental design consisted of 3 (sound pressure level x 3 (noise schedule x 2 (noise type factors. To investigate occupational skill performance, some specific test batteries were used: 1 steadiness test, 2 Minnesota manual dexterity test, 3 hand tool dexterity test, and 4 two-arm coordination test. Time duration of test completion was measured as speed response; to determine error response, the time taken during committing an error by participants while performing a task was measured.Results: Speed response obtained from the 4 tests in combined conditions of noise schedule, harmonic index, and sound pressure level was highest for (intermittent, treble, 95 dB, (continuous, treble, 95 dB, (continuous, treble, 85 dB and (intermittent, treble, 95 dB, respectively.Conclusion: Treble noise was found significant in reducing human performance; also, intermittent noise, especially at high pressure levels, was responsible for worsening environmental conditions during performing a task.

  11. Clinical effects of pranayama on performance of rifle shooters

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    Amte Snehal Shekhar, Mistry Hetal M

    2014-07-01

    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.

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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)

  17. Functional Expression in <em>Esc>herichia coliem> of the Disulfide-Rich Sea Anemone Peptide APETx2, a Potent Blocker of Acid-Sensing Ion Channel 3

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    Glenn F. King

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Acid-sensing ion channels (ASICs are proton-gated sodium channels present in the central and peripheral nervous system of chordates. ASIC3 is highly expressed in sensory neurons and plays an important role in inflammatory and ischemic pain. Thus, specific inhibitors of ASIC3 have the potential to be developed as novel analgesics. APETx2, isolated from the sea anemone <em>Anthopleura elegantissimaem>,> em>is the most potent and selective inhibitor of ASIC3-containing channels<em>.> However, the mechanism of action of APETx2 and the molecular basis for its interaction with ASIC3 is not known. In order to assist in characterizing the ASIC3-APETx2 interaction, we developed an efficient and cost-effective <em>Escherichia coliem> periplasmic expression system for the production of APETx2. NMR studies on uniformly 13C/15N-labelled APETx2 produced in <em>E. coliem> showed that the recombinant peptide adopts the native conformation. Recombinant APETx2 is equipotent with synthetic APETx2 at inhibiting ASIC3 channels expressed in <em>Xenopus> oocytes. Using this system we mutated Phe15 to Ala, which caused a profound loss of APETx2’s activity on ASIC3. These findings suggest that this expression system can be used to produce mutant versions of APETx2 in order to facilitate structure-activity relationship studies.

  18. Clinical effectiveness of DSA-guided foam sclerotherapy for varicose veins of lower limbs

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    Objective: To investigate the clinical effect of DSA-guided foam sclerotherapy for varicose veins of lower limbs. Methods: A total of 25 diseased limbs in 20 patients with varicose veins were treated with foam sclerotherapy. The patients were followed up for six months. Sodium morrhuate, used as the sclerosant, was foamed with air by using Tessari's method, with liquid-gas ratio of 1 : 4. The clinical effectiveness was estimated by CEAP, clinical signs and symptoms. Results: A total of 25 limbs in 20 patients with varicose veins were successfully treated with foam sclerotherapy. The technical success rate was 100%. No serious complications such as pulmonary embolism occurred. Phlebitis was observed in two cases at 2 days 4 days after foam sclerotherapy respectively which was relieved after anti-inflammatory medication for 3 days. At the time of discharge, excellent result was seen in 12 (48%) limbs, good effect in 13 (52%) limbs. The total effective rate was 100%. Six months after the treatment, excellent effect was obtained in 15 (60%) limbs and good effect was seen in 10 (40%) limbs. The total effective rate was 100%. Conclusion: DSA-guided foam sclerotherapy is a safe, effective and micro-invasive treatment for varicose veins of lower limbs with high technical success rate, although the long-term clinical effect needs to be further evaluated. (authors)

  19. 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.

  20. 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

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    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

  1. Feline leukaemia virus and its clinical effects in cats.

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    Mackey, L

    1975-01-01

    Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) infection is common among cats where contact is high. The virus can be transmitted readily between cats. It causes a variety of haemopoietic and lymphoid neoplasms; the most common types are alimentary, multicentric and thymic lymphosarcoma and lymphatic leukaemia. The virus is involved in the aetiology of certain other diseases including anaemia, glomerulonephritis and an immunosuppressive syndrome which predisposes cats to intercurrent infections. Many infected cats mount an immune response and do not suffer from any of these. The immune status is shown by serum antibody levels to feline leukaemia virus associated cell membrane antigens. Cats with a titre of 32 or more are most unlikely to suffer any ill effects and may eliminate the virus infection. The outcome of infection in an individual cat depends on the immunological competence of the cat, the dose of virus received and its ability to induce immunosuppression. FeLV infection can be detected by examination of tissues by electron microscopy, and by culture of virus from plasma and other tissues. In the United States, a method is now in use for the detection of leukaemia virus antigen in peripheral blood leukocytes; this is carried out on ordinary blood films. Successful prototype vaccines have been developed against FeLV. This paper describes the natural history of the virus, the diseases in which it is implicated and discusses recently developed diagnostic methods. PMID:163515

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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

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

    2008-01-01

    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. PMID:18439280

  6. 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

    2003-12-01

    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.

  7. 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.

  8. Safety and effectiveness considerations for clinical studies of visual prosthetic devices

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    Cohen, Ethan D.

    2007-03-01

    With the advent of new designs of visual prostheses for the blind, FDA is faced with developing guidance for evaluating their engineering, safety and patient performance. Visual prostheses are considered significant risk medical devices, and their use in human clinical trials must be approved by FDA under an investigation device exemption (IDE). This paper contains a series of test topics and design issues that sponsors should consider in order to assess the safety and efficacy of their device. The IDE application includes a series of pre-clinical and clinical data sections. The pre-clinical section documents laboratory, animal and bench top performance tests of visual prostheses safety and reliability to support a human clinical trial. The materials used in constructing the implant should be biocompatible, sterile, corrosion resistant, and able to withstand any forces exerted on it during normal patient use. The clinical data section is composed of items related to patient-related evaluation of device performance. This section documents the implantation procedure, trial design, statistical analysis and how visual performance is assessed. Similar to cochlear implants, a visual prosthesis is expected to last in the body for many years, and good pre-clinical and clinical testing will help ensure its safety, durability and effectiveness.

  9. 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

    2002-01-01

    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.

  10. 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

  11. Fixação esquelética externa em cães: avaliação clínica e microbiológica External skeletal fixation in dogs: clinical and microbiological evaluation

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    L.P. Carneiro

    2001-08-01

    Full Text Available Eleven dogs, of both sexes, average weight of 12kg, with ages ranging from two to five years were used with the objective of evaluating two treatments of skin wounds produced after percutaneous bone transfixation of the tibia. In six animals, cotton swabs embedded in 0.2% iodine-alcohol were used to clean the areas of pin perforations. In five dogs, a 0.9% sodium chloride solution, under approximate 30 psi pulse pressure, was used. In both cases, and treatments were carried out every three to four days, during four weeks. Clinical specimens were collected under anaerobic conditions, immediately before the treatments, and on days 3, 7, 14 and 28 after surgery. Samples were cultured in specific media in order to allow isolation of aerobic and anaerobic bacteria and yeast. Dogs treated with sodium chloride solution showed little purulent exudation, while dogs treated with iodine-alcohol presented dry skin wounds with minimum blood-serous to serous exudation. The microbiological evaluation revealed predominance of Staphylococcus spp, but no differences were observed between the two treatments. The results allowed to conclude that both methods are efficient for post-surgical treatments of bone percutaneous transfixation in dogs.Foram utilizados 11 cães de ambos os sexos, sem raça definida, clinicamente sadios, com média de peso de 12kg e idade entre dois e cinco anos, para avaliação de dois métodos de tratamento da ferida cutânea produzida pela transfixação óssea percutânea da tíbia íntegra. Em seis animais empregou-se haste de polipropileno com ponta de algodão embebida em álcool iodado a 0,2% para limpeza dos orifícios de penetração dos pinos. Em cinco cães usou-se soro fisiológico sob pressão pulsátil (± 30 psi. Em ambos os casos, os tratamentos eram repetidos a cada três a quatro dias, por um período de quatro semanas. Espécimes clínicos foram colhidos em anaerobiose após 3, 7, 14 e 28 dias da cirurgia, imediatamente

  12. Assessing and reporting heterogeneity in treatment effects in clinical trials: a proposal

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    Kent David M; Rothwell Peter M; Ioannidis John PA; Altman Doug G; Hayward Rodney A

    2010-01-01

    Abstract Mounting evidence suggests that there is frequently considerable variation in the risk of the outcome of interest in clinical trial populations. These differences in risk will often cause clinically important heterogeneity in treatment effects (HTE) across the trial population, such that the balance between treatment risks and benefits may differ substantially between large identifiable patient subgroups; the "average" benefit observed in the summary result may even be non-representa...

  13. Xylitol and its effect on oral ecology : clinical studies in children and adolescents

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    Lif Holgerson, Pernilla

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    Xylitol, classified as a natural sugar substitute, has for about 35 years been known as an agent that may act against caries. The mechanism of action; how it inhibits mutans streptococci (MS) and the clinical dose-response relationship are not however fully investigated. The general aim of the investigations was to evaluate the effect of xylitol on oral ecology in children and adolescents. A series of experimental and controlled clinical trials were performed in which samples of saliva and pl...

  14. Prevalence of herpesviruses in gingivitis and chronic periodontitis: relationship to clinical parameters and effect of treatment

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    Rucha Shah; Dhoom Singh Mehta

    2016-01-01

    Background: Assess the prevalence of herpesviruses in healthy subjects, gingivitis, and chronic periodontitis patients, to assess the relationship between the prevalence of herpesviruses and periodontal clinical parameters, and to evaluate the effect of phase-I therapy on the level of viral detection. Materials and Methods: Hundred patients consisting of 20 healthy subjects, 40 gingivitis, and 40 chronic periodontitis were included in the study. Clinical parameters recorded included plaque in...

  15. Effects of Vitamin D Intake on FEV1 and COPD Exacerbation: A Randomized Clinical Trial Study

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    Aim: This study aimed to evaluate the effects of vitamin D intake on COPD exacerbation and FEV1 in the patients with severe and very severe COPD. Methods: This double blind placebo control randomized clinical trial study was done in the Ashayer university hospital in Khorramabad in 2012. Eighty eight patients with severe and very severe COPD were randomly selected from those who recoursed to the internal medicine clinic of Ashayer hospital. They were randomly allocated to case and placebo gro...

  16. 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.

  17. Advazorb® foam range: providing clinical performance and cost-effectiveness

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    Cook, Leanne

    2011-01-01

    The use of advanced wound dressings currently presents a costly burden to the NHS. Subsequently, clinicians need to ensure that such dressings are used appropriately and are clinically effective. This article discusses the merits of foam dressings within wound care and describes three clinical case reports using Advazorb® foam dressings (Advancis Medical) in the treatment of acute/chronic wounds. These foam dressings include a range of wound care solutions, which have been found to be clinica...

  18. Validating the effectiveness of Clinically Oriented Physiology Teaching (COPT) in undergraduate physiology curriculum

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    Ramnarayan Komattil; Abraham Reem; Kamath Asha

    2008-01-01

    Abstract Background It has been proved that basic science knowledge learned in the context of a clinical case is actually better comprehended and more easily applied by medical students than basic science knowledge learned in isolation. The present study intended to validate the effectiveness of Clinically Oriented Physiology Teaching (COPT) in undergraduate medical curriculum at Melaka Manipal Medical College (Manipal Campus), Manipal, India. Methods COPT was a teaching strategy wherein, stu...

  19. Early seizures in patients with acute stroke: Frequency, predictive factors, and effect on clinical outcome

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    Andrea Alberti; Maurizio Paciaroni; Valeria Caso; Michele Venti; Francesco Palmerini; Giancarlo Agnelli

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    Andrea Alberti, Maurizio Paciaroni, Valeria Caso, Michele Venti, Francesco Palmerini, Giancarlo AgnelliStroke Unit and Division of Internal and Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Perugia, Perugia, ItalyBackground: Early seizure (ES) may complicate the clinical course of patients with acute stroke. The aim of this study was to assess the rate of and the predictive factors for ES as well the effects of ES on the clinical outcome at hospital discharge in patients with first-ever stroke.Patie...

  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

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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

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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 stereotype data. Alternatively, since subjective ratings of teaching effectiveness inevitably incorporate learners' context-specific needs, the attributes that make a teacher effective in one context may not meet the needs of learners in a different context.

  4. Clinical effects of proton pump inhibitors: Focus on pharmacogenetics, kinetics and dynamics

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    N.G.M. Hunfeld (Nicole)

    2010-01-01

    textabstractThis thesis describes the clinical effects of proton pump inhibitors, with focus on pharmacogenetics, kinetics and dynamics. The aims were to investigate the occurence of Rebound Acid Hypersecretion and to investigate the speed of onset, the duration of effect and the difference in acid-

  5. 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

  6. Transmissibilidade e efeito de Acremonium strictum em sementes de milho Transmissibility and effect of Acremonium strictum in maize seeds

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    Hudson Teixeira

    2003-10-01

    Full Text Available Acremonium strictum é patogênico ao milho e a outras culturas, podendo causar podridão de sementes, podridão de colmos e a morte de plântulas. Trata-se de um fungo que pode interferir no vigor, estande e produtividade final das plantas. Além disso, pode ser disseminado e transmitido à progênie via sementes, ainda que não sejam conhecidas as proporções reais em que isso ocorre. Neste trabalho, avaliou-se o efeito de A. strictum nas qualidades fisiológica e sanitária de sementes e plântulas, no crescimento vegetativo e na sanidade (taxas de infecção e de transmissão de plantas de milho em seu estádio inicial de desenvolvimento. As taxas de infecção e de transmissão do fungo foram avaliadas usando-se a técnica da restrição hídrica, previamente desenvolvida para infectar as sementes. O meio MA (extrato de malte-ágar, suplementado com manitol para obter o potencial de água de -1,4 MPa, foi o substrato utilizado na inoculação das sementes. Observou-se que a germinação das sementes de milho foi reduzida por A. strictum em períodos de contato com a colônia fúngica acima de 72 horas. O vigor e a viabilidade potenciais das sementes de milho não foram afetados pela presença de A. strictum. Após 28 dias da semeadura, a incidência de A. strictum reduziu o crescimento vegetativo de plantas de milho. O fungo A. strictum, oriundo de sementes inoculadas, foi transmitido às plantas jovens de milho.Acremonium strictum is pathogenic to seeds, stalk and seedlings of maize. It is a fungus that can interfere in the vigor, stand and final productivity of plants. In addition, it can be disseminated and transmitted through seeds to the progeny, although the real proportions of that are not well known. This study reports the effects of A. strictum on maize seeds and seedlings quality (germination, vigor, healthness, some vegetative growth parameters and also sanity (infection and transmission rates of young maize plants. The

  7. 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

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    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

  8. 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.

  9. Effectiveness of the Healthy Skin Clinic – a randomized clinical trial of nurse-led patient counselling in hand eczema

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    Mollerup, Annette; Veien, Niels K; Johansen, Jeanne D

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Hand eczema is a common disease, and continuous preventive skin protection and skin care must be adopted to prevent a chronic course. Hand eczema is not a uniform disease, and counselling must therefore be individually tailored. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effectiveness of a nurse......-led counselling programme, the Healthy Skin Clinic, emphasizing the patient's self-management, resources, and risks. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients (n = 306) referred for diagnostic work-up and treatment of hand eczema were randomized and allocated either to the programme or to usual care. The primary outcome...... or burden of disease were found between the two groups. CONCLUSION: A tailored nurse-led programme of skin protection counselling may be recommended as an essential part of hand eczema treatment....

  10. Ensaio clínico da griseofulvina e da terbinafina na terapia das dermatofitoses em cães e gatos A clinical trial using griseofulvin and terbinafine in the treatment of canine and feline dermatophytosis

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    Ana Claudia Balda

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available As dermatofitoses dos carnívoros domésticos são infecções fúngicas superficiais, causadas habitualmente por dois gêneros fúngicos: Microsporum sp e Trichophyton sp. Trata-se de uma antropozoonose, com importância na saúde pública. Objetivou-se comparar a eficácia da griseofulvina e da terbinafina na terapia das dermatofitoses. Trinta e cinco animais forma reunidos em três grupos de protocolos de terapia. A griseofulvina (50 mg/kg/dia foi eficaz em 100% dos casos, sem acarretar efeitos colaterais, com média de tempo para cura de 41 dias. Já a terbinafina na dose de cinco mg kg-1 dia-1 apresentou eficácia de 81,8%, sem induzir efeitos colaterais e com êxito terapêutico em 21 dias. A dose de 20mg kg-1 dia-1 demonstrou a mesma eficácia que a dose de 5mg kg-1 dia-1, porém com efeitos colaterais observados em 16,6% dos animais tratados, com tempo médio para cura de 33 dias. Conclui-se que a terbinafina é uma boa alternativa terapêutica, porém a griseofulvina ainda se constitui na droga de eleição para o tratamento das dermatofitoses de caninos e felinos.Dermatophytoses in domestic carnivores are superficial infections caused mainly by two genera of fungi: Microsporum spp and Trichophyton spp. This disease is an anthropozoonosis important for public health. The goal of this study was to compare the efficacy of griseofulvin and terbinafine in the therapy of dermatophytosis. Thirty five animals were included in three protocols of treatment. Griseofulvin (50mg kg-1 day-1 was effective in 100% of the cases, with no side effects. The average time for cure was 41 days. Terbinafine used at a dosage of 5mg kg-1 day-1 showed an efficacy of 81.3%. No side effects were observed and the average time for cure was 21 days. The same efficacy using a dosage of 20mg kg-1 day-1 of terbinafine was observed, although side effects were seen in 16.6% of the animals treated with an average time for cure of 33 days. The present study demonstrated

  11. Hepatozoonose canina: achados clínico-epidemiológicos em três casos Canine hepatozoonosis: clinic-epidemiological data in three cases

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    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.

  12. Distonias: aspectos clínicos e terapêuticos em 64 pacientes Dystonias: clinical and therapeutic features in 64 patients

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    James Pitágoras de Mattos

    1996-03-01

    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

  13. 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

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    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

  14. Práticas transversalizadas da clínica em saúde mental Cross sectional practices of mental health clinic

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    2008-01-01

    A pesquisa investiga as mudanças nas práticas em psicologia clínica no Brasil, no campo da Saúde Mental a partir de um estudo de caso de um Distrito Sanitário de Belo Horizonte, onde foram entrevistadas seis profissionais que atuam na atenção básica no Programa de Saúde Mental. Desenvolve um panorama histórico, uma investigação conceitual e uma reflexão sobre a relação entre essas práticas e o espaço urbano. Os dados apresentam mudanças nas práticas clínicas na saúde mental, que emergiram a p...

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

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    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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Descrição morfológica e implicações clínicas de pontes miocárdicas: um estudo anatômico em colombianos Descripción morfológica e implicaciones clínicas de puentes miocárdicos: un estudio anatómico en colombianos Morphological description and clinical implications of myocardial bridges: an anatomical study in colombians

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    Luis Ernesto Ballesteros Acunã

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: Pontes miocárdicas representam uma fonte de discussão em pesquisa. Pontes miocárdicas são consideradas uma variação cardíaca vascular devido à sua intermitente ou repetida redução do lúmen arterial, com um possível efeito isquêmico. OBJETIVO: O objetivo do presente estudo foi determinar a incidência de pontes miocárdicas na população miscigenada da Colômbia. MÉTODOS: 154 corações foram estudados, tendo sido extraídos em autópsias. As artérias coronárias foram injetadas com resina sintética e limpas através da extração da gordura pericárdica. RESULTADOS: 92 pontes miocárdicas foram observadas em 62 corações (40,3%. O comprimento médio das pontes era de 19,9 mm. As pontes miocárdicas variaram por artéria, de uma ponte em 42 corações (27,3%, duas pontes em 11 corações (7,2%, três pontes em oito corações (5,2% e quatro pontes em um coração (0,7%. A maioria das pontes encontrava-se com a artéria interventricular esquerda em seus segmentos proximal e intermediário em 61 casos (39,6% e com a artéria diagonal esquerda em 11 casos (7,2%. As artérias se exteriorizavam em porção anterior às pontes miocárdicas (segmento pré-ponte em 50 casos (54,3% da amostra, com uma média de 1,41 mm de calibre. Terceira artéria coronária estava presente em 46 casos (29,8% do total da amostra. Uma freqüência maior de pontes miocárdicas foi encontrada em corações com terceira artéria coronária. CONCLUSÃO: É necessário considerar a importância clínica das variações, tendo em vista a distribuição arterial e as implicações clínicas relacionadas.FUNDAMENTO: Puentes miocárdicos representan una fuente de discusión en investigación. Se consideran los puentes miocárdicos una variación cardiaca vascular en virtud de su intermitente o repetida reducción del lumen arterial, con un posible efecto isquémico. OBJETIVO: El objetivo del presente estudio fue determinar la incidencia de puentes

  1. A framework for effective management of change in clinical practice: dissemination and implementation of clinical practice guidelines.

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    Moulding, N T; Silagy, C A; Weller, D P

    1999-09-01

    Theories from social and behavioural science can make an important contribution to the process of developing a conceptual framework for improving use of clinical practice guidelines and clinician performance. A conceptual framework for guideline dissemination and implementation is presented which draws on relevant concepts from diffusion of innovation theory, the transtheoretical model of behaviour change, health education theory, social influence theory, and social ecology, as well as evidence from systematic literature reviews on the effectiveness of various behaviour change strategies. The framework emphasises the need for preimplementation assessment of (a) readiness of clinicians to adopt guidelines into practice, (b) barriers to change as experienced by clinicians, and (c) the level at which interventions should be targeted. It also incorporates the need for multifaceted interventions, identifies the type of barriers which will be addressed by each strategy, and develops the concept of progression through stages of guideline adoption by clinicians, with the use of appropriately targeted support strategies. The potential value of the model is that it may enable those involved in the process of guideline dissemination and implementation to direct strategies to target groups more effectively. Clearly, the effectiveness and utility of the model in facilitating guideline dissemination and implementation requires validation by further empirical research. Until such research is available, it provides a theoretical framework that may assist in the selection of appropriate guideline dissemination and implementation strategies. PMID:10847875

  2. Aspectos clínico-patológicos da intoxicação experimental por selenito de sódio em eqüinos Clinical and pathological aspects of experimental poisoning by sodium selenite in horses

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    Pedro Brandini Néspoli

    2001-09-01

    Full Text Available Dadas as controvérsias sobre a intoxicação por selênio, foram realizados nove experimentos com a administração de selenito de sódio, por via intramuscular, em eqüinos, com o intuito de estudar e melhor fundamentar os aspectos clínico-patológicos e toxicológicos sobre esse tema. Conseguiram-se produzir quadros com evoluções superaguda, aguda, subaguda e crônica; alguns sinais clínicos de origem nervosa observados nos quadros agudos foram similares aos descritos para "blind staggers"; a despeito disto, o carácter conflitante e duvidoso das descrições sobre essa pretensa entidade historicamente descrita, não permite uma comparação mais exata. O quadro crônico, por outro lado, configurou claramente a primeira reprodução de "alkali disease", por via parenteral, em eqüinos. Estabeleceu-se 1,49 mg/kg de selenito de sódio como a dose única letal para essa espécie. Descrevem-se diversos achados clínico-patológicos relativos aos sistemas cardiovascular e nervoso, antes não mencionados na literatura relativa aos eqüinos intoxicados por selênio. Entre eles, destacam-se, clinicamente, sopro e arritmia cardíacos, desdobramento de bulhas e convulsão. À necropsia, um animal apresentou nítido achatamento das circunvoluções cerebrais e, em relação à histopatologia, lise e necrose de neurônios do córtex, edema de astrócitos, bem como ativação endotelial e gliose. Em relação à patogênese, postula-se que as alterações degenerativo-necróticas observadas no sistema nervoso central, devam-se ao edema, por sua vez conseqüente ao aumento da permeabilidade vascular, determinada pelo selenito de sódio.Due to the numerous contradictions on selenium poisoining, and in order to improve knowledge about the clinical, pathological and toxicological aspects, experiments were performed with intramuscular injections of sodium selenite in 9 horses. Peracute, acute, subacute and chronic poisoning was reproduced; some nervous

  3. Perfil dos atendimentos ambulatoriais realizados em uma clínica de cirurgia plástica no sul do Brasil Outpatient service profile in a plastic surgery clinic in Southern Brazil

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    Everton Fernando Alves

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: Descrever o perfil dos atendimentos ambulatoriais realizados em uma clínica de cirurgia plástica no sul do Brasil. Materiais e Métodos: Foi realizado um estudo descritivo, exploratório e de caráter quantitativo com o intuito de analisar a totalidade de atendimentos ambulatoriais (consultas e cirurgias realizadas em uma clínica privada de cirurgia plástica no período de 01 de janeiro a 31 de dezembro de 2010. Resultados: Observou-se que, das 671 (60,5% consultas novas, apenas 205 (18,5% cirurgias foram realizadas. Março foi o mês com mais consultas (10% e cirurgias (11,7%. Do total de consultas novas, as reparadoras foram predominantes em 55,6% dos casos seguidos das estéticas com 33,7%. A média etária foi de 37 anos e com predomínio de mulheres. A idade variou de 8 meses a 89 anos. Os pacientes casados representaram a maioria das cirurgias (49,8%; houve predomínio de pacientes na fase adulta (31 a 59 anos com 316 pacientes (47,1%. A Unimed foi o convênio mais atendido (49,3% nas consultas; os procedimentos cirúrgicos mais frequentes foram as exéreses e/ou raspagem de afecções de pele e anexos 70 (33,1%, seguido das mastoplastias (mastoplastia de aumento, mamopexia, ginecomastia. Conclusão: Apesar da maioria dos atendimentos cirúrgicos terem sido exéreses de deformidades congênitas e/ou adquiridas, o resultado não se distancia da realidade encontrada no restante do Brasil, com predomínio de mulheres e grande número de implantes mamários. A clínica em estudo é uma instituição que apresenta condições para a viabilização de atendimentos ambulatoriais, considerando-se as inúmeras vantagens proporcionadas por este método.Objective: To describe the outpatient service profile in a plastic surgery clinic in southern Brazil. Materials and Methods: It was conducted a descriptive, exploratory and quantitative study in order to analyze the total outpatient service (consultations and surgeries performed in a

  4. 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

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    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

  5. 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

  6. Effect of fluorine on dairy cattle. II. Clinical and pathologic effects

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    Shupe, J.L.; Miner, M.L.; Greenwood, D.A.; Harris, L.E.; Stoddard, G.E.

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    In a factorially arranged experiment, 32 Holstein-Friesian dairy heifers, 3 to 4 months old, were fed individually 4 levels of fluorine, 2 levels of calcium-phosphorus mineral, and 2 levels of a concentrate mix until 7.5 years of age. Cows on the basal diet (12 ppm of F) remained normal. Cows on the 27 ppm of F diet had slightly mottled incisor teeth and slight periosteal hyperostosis but no detectable impairment of body function. Moderate to marked dental effects and slight to moderate ostteofluorosis occurred in cows given the 49 ppm of F diet. The dental and bone effects were excessive in cows on 93 ppm of F. Palpable and discernible bone lesions occurred after 3 1/2 to 4 years in cows on 49 ppm F and after 1 1/2 to 2 years in cows on 93 ppm. Intermittent lameness occurred after 4 1/2 years in cows on 49 ppm and after 2 1/2 years in cows on 93 ppm. Dental and bone lesions were correlated with amount of fluorine ingested, amount of fluorine in the bone, age of the cow, duration of exposure and total body reactive processes. Urine analysis, despite its inherent limitations was useful in indicating current fluorine intake. Soft tissues, blood, hoofs, and reproductive efficiency were not affected by any of the treatment levels. None of the calves from cows on any of the treatment levels was affected adversely. Milk production was reduced in cows on 93 ppm and 49 ppm F diets. The reduction was always preceded by clinical signs such as periosteal hyperostosis, intermittent lameness, and reduced feed in take. 26 references, 20 figures, 2 tables.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. Brief motivational interview and educational brochure in emergency room settings for adolescents and young adults with alcohol-related problems: a randomized single-blind clinical trial Intervenção motivacional breve e brochura educacional em pronto-socorro para adolescentes e adultos jovens com problemas relacionados ao álcool: um ensaio clínico simples-cego randomizado

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    Maria Luiza Segatto

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effectiveness of brief motivational interviewing and an educational brochure when delivered in emergency room to reduce alcohol abuse and related problems among adolescents and young adults. METHOD: A randomized single-blind clinical trial with a three-month follow-up was carried out at three emergency rooms from October 2004 to November 2005; subjects assessed were 16-25 years old treated for alcohol related events up to 6 hours after consumption. Socio-demographic data, quantity, frequency and negative consequences of alcohol consumption, motivation to change habits and future risk perception were evaluated. Statistical analysis was performed on subjects who completed follow-up (completers. ANCOVA model was used to analyze the difference between the intervention groups with statistical significance level α = 5% and confidence interval (CI of 95%. RESULTS: 186 subjects formed the initial sample, being 175 included and randomized to the educational brochure group (n = 88 or motivational interviewing group (n = 87. Follow-up assessment was performed in 85.2% of the sample. No significant difference between groups was observed. However, significant reductions (p OBJETIVO: Avaliar a efetividade da entrevista motivacional breve e de uma brochura educativa quando aplicadas em prontos-socorros para reduzir o abuso e problemas relacionados ao álcool entre os jovens. MÉTODO: Um ensaio clínico randomizado simples-cego com três meses de seguimento foi realizado em três prontos-socorros de outubro de 2004 a novembro de 2005, com indivíduos de 16-25 anos tratados por eventos relacionados ao álcool com até 6 horas após o consumo. Dados sociodemográficos, quantidade, frequência e consequências negativas, motivação para mudanças de hábitos e percepção para riscos do consumo de álcool foram avaliados. A análise estatística foi realizada em indivíduos que completaram o seguimento (completados. Modelo de ANCOVA

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. Aspectos clínico-patológicos e laboratoriais do envenenamento crotálico experimental em bovinos Clinical and pathological aspects of experimental Crotalus poisoning in cattle

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    Flávio A.S. Graça

    2008-06-01

    -americanas em bovinos não cursa com mioglobinúria e que o quadro marcado de paralisia flácida mimetiza o observado no botulismo. Adicionalmente foram feitas observações sobre o diagnóstico do envenenamento crotálico e sua diferenciação com enfermidades que cursam com paralisia e necrose muscular em bovinos do Brasil.Crotalus poisoning was experimentally reproduced by subcutaneous inoculation of Crotalus durissus terrificus (South American rattlesnake venom into 10 clinically healthy mixed bred 12 to 36-month-old cattle, weighing 125 to 449 kg. Two animals were used as controls. The animal that received a dose of 0.03mg/kg body weight died 7h40min after inoculation. A 0.015mg/kg dose provoked death in 4 out of 7 young oxen. Two animals given 0.0075mg/kg became slightly sick and recovered. Onset of symptoms occurred from 1h30min to 13h45min after inoculation. The clinical course varied from 5h25min to 45h for animals that died, and from 33h15min to 17 days for animals that recovered. The main nervous signs observed were diminished response to external stimuli, hypotonic reflexes, dragging of the hooves, apathy, difficulties in moving around obstacles, ocular globe paralysis, lateral and sternal decubitus, and tongue paralysis. Adipsia and sometimes petechiae in the conjunctival and vaginal mucosa were observed. A slight to moderate increase in bleeding time was noted in 6 animals, and a moderate increase in partial thromboplastin time was found in 7 others. Moderate leukocytosis with neutrophilia, relative lymphopenia, eosinopenia, and monocytosis was found. There was a significant increase in creatine kinase serum levels of a ten-fold order. No significant alterations were revealed by urinalysis. Necropsy revealed minimal edema at the inoculation site, few petechiae and equimoses in the epicardium, omentum, biliary vesicle and bladder mucosa of some animals. Histopathological examination revealed necrosis (hyalinization of groups or isolated myocytes in different

  14. Gingival healing after gingivectomy procedure and low intensity laser irradiation. A clinical and biometrical study in anima nobile; Reparacao gengival apos a tecnica de gengivectomia e aplicacao de laser em baixa intensidade. Avaliacao clinica e biometrica em humanos

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    Amorim, Jose Claudio Faria

    2001-07-01

    For the present study seven patients presenting periodontal disease were selected in a way that they required the performance of gingivectomy procedure in the region of premolars in both sides, being this in the upper or lower region. After the surgical procedure one side was submitted to low intensity laser radiation, wavelength 685 nm, power 50 mW and fluency of 4J/cm{sup 2}, contact mode. The other side was used as a control, not receiving any laser irradiation. Healing process for both sides, was clinically and biometrically evaluated and compared using photographs for the periods: pre-operative, immediate post-operative, 3, 7,14,21, 28 and 35 days. The analysis was performed by 3 specialists in Periodontology considering aspects of healing. Results were submitted to statistical analysis. Biometrical evaluation showed improvement of healing for the period of 21 and 28 days in the lased group. Clinical evaluation showed better reparation mainly after the third day for the active group. Laser group was considered to present an improved healing when compared to the control group. (author)

  15. Synthesis, Crystal Structure and Luminescent Property of Cd (II Complex with <em>N-Benzenesulphonyl-L>-leucine

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    Xishi Tai

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    Full Text Available A new trinuclear Cd (II complex [Cd3(L6(2,2-bipyridine3] [L =<em> Nem>-phenylsulfonyl-L>-leucinato] has been synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis, IR and X-ray single crystal diffraction analysis. The results show that the complex belongs to the orthorhombic, space group<em> Pem>212121 with<em> aem> = 16.877(3 Å, <em>b> em>= 22.875(5 Å, <em>c em>= 29.495(6 Å, <em>α> em>= <emem>= <emem>= 90°, <em>V> em>= 11387(4 Å3, <em>Z> em>= 4, <em>Dc>= 1.416 μg·m−3, <emem>= 0.737 mm−1, <em>F> em>(000 = 4992, and final <em>R>1 = 0.0390, <em>ωR>2 = 0.0989. The complex comprises two seven-coordinated Cd (II atoms, with a N2O5 distorted pengonal bipyramidal coordination environment and a six-coordinated Cd (II atom, with a N2O4 distorted octahedral coordination environment. The molecules form one dimensional chain structure by the interaction of bridged carboxylato groups, hydrogen bonds and p-p interaction of 2,2-bipyridine. The luminescent properties of the Cd (II complex and <em>N-Benzenesulphonyl-L>-leucine in solid and in CH3OH solution also have been investigated.

  16. The effect of nursing management development program on clinical competency in coronary care unit

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    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.

  17. The clinical effects of Kinesio® Tex taping: A systematic review.

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    Morris, D; Jones, D; Ryan, H; Ryan, C G

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    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. Antidiabetic effects of Aloe ferox and Aloe greatheadii var. davyana leaf gel extracts in a low-dose streptozotocin diabetes rat model

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    Lisa Botes

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available The medicinal use and commercialisation of the plants <em>Aloe feroxem> and <em>Aloe greatheadiiem> are primarily based on research done on <em>Aloe veraem> and <em>Aloe arborescensem>. Consequently, in this study we investigated the possible antidiabetic effects of ethanol extracts of <em>A. feroxem> and <em>A. greatheadiiem> var. <em>davyana> leaf gel in a streptozotocin (STZ-induced type 2 diabetes rat model. Fifty male Wistar rats, weighing 200 g – 250 g, were randomly divided into five groups of <em>n> = 10: normal control rats, diabetic control rats, diabetic rats receiving <em>A. feroxem> leaf gel extract (300 mg/kg, diabetic rats receiving <em>A. greatheadiiem> leaf gel extract (300 mg/kg, and diabetic rats receiving glibenclamide (600 μg/kg. Diabetes was induced by a single intraperitoneal injection of STZ (40 mg/kg. Rats were sacrificed 5 weeks after injection, following a 12-hour fast, and blood and tissue samples were collected. Compared to the normal control group, STZ significantly increased relative liver and kidney weights, end-point plasma glucose, fructosamine, oxidative stress, liver enzymes, total cholesterol (TC, triglycerides, very low density lipoprotein-cholesterol and TC: high density lipoprotein-cholesterol (HDL-C values and reduced serum insulin levels. Treatment with <em>A. greatheadiiem> moderately increased serum insulin and HDL-C levels and moderately reduced end-point plasma glucose and liver alkaline phosphatase (ALP and significantly decreased TC:HDL-C ratios. <em>A. feroxem> supplementation similarly resulted in moderately increased serum insulin, accompanied by slight corrections in ALP and HDL-C, without any change to end-point plasma glucose values. <em>A. greatheadiiem> and, to a lesser extent, <em>A. feroxem>, resulted in a clinically relevant improved diabetic state (indicated by moderate to high effect sizes, suggesting that these <em>Aloe> species may show promise

  19. Síndrome metabólica em ambulatório cardiológico Síndrome metabólico en ambulatorio cardiológico Metabolic syndrome in outpatient cardiology clinics

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    José Bonifácio Barbosa

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: No Brasil, a prevalência de síndrome metabólica (SM é pouco conhecida em várias regiões. OBJETIVO: Analisar a prevalência da SM, seus componentes e a concordância entre dois critérios diagnósticos numa população com idade > 13 anos. MÉTODOS: Estudo transversal, realizado de junho a outubro de 2007, em 719 pacientes, em ambulatórios cardiológicos de São Luís, MA. Mediu-se a pressão arterial (PA, peso, altura, circunferência abdominal e perfil lipídico. Avaliaram-se os fatores de risco para a SM segundo o critério da International Diabetes Federation (IDF. Razões de prevalência e intervalos de confiança de 95% foram estimados pela regressão de Poisson. RESULTADOS: A prevalência da SM foi maior em ambos os sexos pelo conceito da IDF (62,3% em homens e 64,6% em mulheres, em relação ao do National Cholesterol Education Program - Adult Treatment Prevention (NCEP ATPIII (48,9% em homens e 59% em mulheres. Os componentes da SM mais prevalentes foram: hipertensão arterial sistêmica HAS (87,2% e 86%; hipertrigliceridemia (84,4% e 82,5%; circunferência abdominal alterada (77,8% e 100%; HDL-c baixo (58,1% e 49,9%; e glicemia alterada (59,9% e 51,9%, pelos conceitos NCEP ATPIII e IDF, respectivamente. Após análise ajustada, idade > 60 anos e índice de massa corporal (IMC > 30 foram associados a um maior risco de SM (p FUNDAMENTO: En Brasil, la prevalencia de síndrome metabólico (SM es poco conocida en varias regiones. OBJETIVO: Analizar la prevalencia del SM, sus componentes y la concordancia entre dos criterios diagnósticos en una población con edad > 13 años. MÉTODOS: Estudio transversal, realizado de junio a octubre de 2007, en 719 pacientes, en ambulatorios cardiológicos de São Luís, MA. Se midió la presión arterial (PA, peso, altura, circunferencia abdominal y perfil lipídico. Se evaluaron los factores de riesgo para el SM según el criterio de la International Diabetes Federation (IDF. Razones

  20. Depo Provera. Position paper on clinical use, effectiveness and side effects.

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    Bigrigg, A; Evans, M; Gbolade, B; Newton, J; Pollard, L; Szarewski, A; Thomas, C; Walling, M

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    has an advantage over the combined oral contraceptive pill, and provides a simple, effective alternative for women who cannot use the pill for these reasons. Similarly, it has been suggested that women who suffer from focal migraine and are therefore advised against use of the combined oral contraceptive pill can still use progestogen-only contraceptives. Although the POP is medically safe in these circumstances, in young women it is less effective, and involves strict time keeping, which will be disadvantageous for some women. Side effects, long term use and schedules of administration are also discussed. The use of local protocols to allow nurse administration is to be supported both in general practice and the clinic situation. Perhaps the most important issue surrounding the use of DMPA is that of patient information. The method has had a particularly bad public image, which naturally makes potential users anxious and subject to misinformation from poorly informed or biased sources. Also, it is temporarily irreversible during its three months duration, so the duration of any problems or anxieties resulting from side effects may be longer than for other methods. It is of paramount importance that easily understood, accurate patient information leaflets are available, since biased and inaccurate information is readily available from women's magazines, perpetuating the myths surrounding the method. PMID:10454658

  1. A Novel Apoptosis Correlated Molecule: Expression and Characterization of Protein Latcripin-1 from <em>Lentinula em>edodes> C91–3

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    Min Huang

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available An apoptosis correlated molecule—protein Latcripin-1 of <em>Lentinula> edodesem> C91-3—was expressed and characterized in <em>Pichia pastorisem> GS115. The total RNA was obtained from <em>Lentinula edodesem> C91–3. According to the transcriptome, the full-length gene of Latcripin-1 was isolated with 3'-Full Rapid Amplification of cDNA Ends (RACE and 5'-Full RACE methods. The full-length gene was inserted into the secretory expression vector pPIC9K. The protein Latcripin-1 was expressed in <em>Pichia pastorisem> GS115 and analyzed by Sodium Dodecylsulfonate Polyacrylate Gel Electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE and Western blot. The Western blot showed that the protein was expressed successfully. The biological function of protein Latcripin-1 on A549 cells was studied with flow cytometry and the 3-(4,5-Dimethylthiazol-2-yl-2,5-Diphenyl-tetrazolium Bromide (MTT method. The toxic effect of protein Latcripin-1 was detected with the MTT method by co-culturing the characterized protein with chick embryo fibroblasts. The MTT assay results showed that there was a great difference between protein Latcripin-1 groups and the control group (<em>p em>< 0.05. There was no toxic effect of the characterized protein on chick embryo fibroblasts. The flow cytometry showed that there was a significant difference between the protein groups of interest and the control group according to apoptosis function (<em>p em>< 0.05. At the same time, cell ultrastructure observed by transmission electron microscopy supported the results of flow cytometry. The work demonstrates that protein Latcripin-1 can induce apoptosis of human lung cancer cells A549 and brings new insights into and advantages to finding anti-tumor proteins.

  2. Análise de um sistema de avaliação de aprendizagem para internato em pediatria baseado em exame clínico objetivo estruturado, observação de prática clínica e exame escrito Analysis of a learning assessment system for pediatric internship based upon objective structured clinical examination, clinical practice observation and written examination

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    Gloria E. Sandoval

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Descrever e analisar três ferramentas usadas no sistema de avaliação aplicado ao internato em pediatria por um período de 7 anos na Faculdade de Medicina, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile. MÉTODOS: Pesquisa observacional retrospectiva projetada para as modalidades de avaliação usadas de 2001 a 2007 que foram implementadas no internato em pediatria. As ferramentas foram as seguintes: exame clínico objetivo estruturado (objective structured clinical examination, OSCE, exame escrito e diretrizes de observação de prática clínica diária (DOPCD. Os métodos de avaliação foram aplicados ao internato em pediatria do sexto ano, com um total de 697 alunos. A análise estatística incluiu uma avaliação descritiva, com correlação e regressões linear simples e múltipla (ANOVA, teste de Bonferroni e coeficiente alfa de Cronbach. O nível de significância foi de 5%. RESULTADOS: Escores de sucesso com a OSCE foram atingidos em 75,7±8%, com melhor média entre o sexo feminino (p OBJECTIVE: To describe and analyze three tools used in the assessment system applied to the pediatric internship over a 7-year period at the School of Medicine, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile. METHODS: Retrospective observational research design for the assessment modalities implemented in the pediatric internship from 2001 through 2007. The tools were as follows: objective structured clinical examination (OSCE, written examination and daily clinical practice observation guidelines (DCPOG. The assessment methods were applied to the sixth-year pediatric internship with a total of 697 students. Statistical analysis included a descriptive assessment, with correlation and simple linear and multiple regressions (ANOVA, Bonferroni test and Cronbach's alpha coefficient. Significance level was set at p < 0.05. RESULTS: OSCE success scores were reached in 75.7±8%, with a better mean among females (p < 0

  3. Extraction of Dihydroquercetin<em> em>from <em>Larix gmeliniem>i> em>with Ultrasound-Assisted and Microwave-Assisted Alternant Digestion

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    Yuangang Zu

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    Full Text Available An ultrasound and microwave assisted alternant extraction method (UMAE was applied for extracting dihydroquercetin (DHQ from <em>Larix gmeliniem>i> wood. This investigation was conducted using 60% ethanol as solvent, 1:12 solid to liquid ratio, and 3 h soaking time. The optimum treatment time was ultrasound 40 min, microwave 20 min, respectively, and the extraction was performed once. Under the optimized conditions, satisfactory extraction yield of the target analyte was obtained. Relative to ultrasound-assisted or microwave-assisted method, the proposed approach provides higher extraction yield. The effect of DHQ of different concentrations and synthetic antioxidants on oxidative stability in soy bean oil stored for 20 days at different temperatures (25 °C and 60 °C was compared. DHQ was more effective in restraining soy bean oil oxidation, and a dose-response relationship was observed. The antioxidant activity of DHQ was a little stronger than that of BHA and BHT. Soy bean oil supplemented with 0.08 mg/g DHQ exhibited favorable antioxidant effects and is preferable for effectively avoiding oxidation. The <em>L. gmeliniiem> wood samples before and after extraction were characterized by scanning electron microscopy. The results showed that the UMAE method is a simple and efficient technique for sample preparation.

  4. Clinical features and prevalence of gastroesophageal reflux disease in infants attending a pediatric gastroenterology reference service Doença do refluxo gastroesofágico associada ao refluxo ácido em lactentes atendidos em um serviço de referência de gastroenterologia pediátrica

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    Full Text Available CONTEXT: In infants, it is not always easy to distinguish between pathological and physiological gastroesophageal reflux based only on clinical criteria. In Brazil, studies about gastroesophageal reflux disease in infants are few and are even rare those that used prolonged esophageal pH monitoring for its evaluation. OBJECTIVE: To describe the clinical features of gastroesophageal reflux disease and to determine its prevalence in infants with gastroesophageal reflux attending a tertiary Pediatric Gastroenterology Service and submitted to esophageal pH monitoring for investigation. METHODS: Descriptive study in 307 infants in whom esophageal pH monitoring (Mark III Digitrapper, Synectics Medical AB, Sweden was performed during the period December, 1998-December, 2008. The clinical features studied were age group (1-12 months and 13-24 months, and clinical manifestations that motivated the indication of pH monitoring. RESULTS: One hundred twenty-four (40.4% were female and 183 (59.6% male with mean age 12.2 ± 6.2 months (1-23 months. The prevalence of gastroesophageal reflux disease was 18.2% (56/307. One hundred forty-eight (48.2% were 1-12 months old and 159 (51.8%, 13-24 months. No significant difference was found between the prevalence of these two age groups (P = 0.3006. Gastroesophageal reflux disease was more frequent in those with digestive manifestations (24.2%, crisis of cyanosis/apnea (23.8% and mixed manifestations (21.5%. Respiratory manifestations were the most frequent indication (39.1% of pH monitoring. However, the prevalence of gastroesophageal reflux disease was lower (12.5% in this group compared with in those with digestive manifestations (P = 0.0574, crisis of cyanosis/apnea (P = 0.0882 and mixed manifestations (P = 0.1377. All infants that presented clinical manifestations as crisis of cyanosis/apnea and abnormal pH-metry were CONTEXTO: Em lactentes, nem sempre é fácil diferenciar o refluxo gastroesofágico fisiol

  5. EM发酵精料饲喂奶牛的试验%Effects of Concentrate Fermented with EM on Dairy Cattle

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    禹学礼; 王建平; 张德勋; 宋洛文

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    In order to test the effects of concentrate fermented with effective microbes(EM) on dairy cattle, 26 Holsteins dairy cattle were selected and divided into two groups, one was the control group and the other is the test group. In the diet of test group, 30% of concentrate was replaced with EM concentrate. The results showed that average daily milk production of a cow in the control group and the test group was 20.45±3.57 kg/d and 21.71±3.52kg/d, respectively, and 1.45 kilograms concentrate per cattle a day was saved in test group.%用EM(有效微生物群)发酵精料代替30%的精料饲喂奶牛。结果试验组和对照组的平均日产奶量分别为21.71±3.52kg和20.45±3.57kg,差异极显著(P<0.01);同时,试验组比对照组每头每日节约混合精料1.45kg。

  6. 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 ongoing debate over health care reform in the United States, public health and policy makers have paid growing attention to the need for comparative effectiveness research (CER). Recent allocation of federal funds for CER represents a significant move toward increased evidence-based practice and better-informed allocation of constrained health care resources; however, there is also heated debate on how, or whether, CER may contribute to controlling national health care expenditures. Economic evaluation, in the form of cost-effectiveness or cost-benefit analysis, is often an aspect of CER studies, yet there are no recommendations or guidelines for providing clinical investigators with the necessary skills to collect, analyze, and interpret economic data from clinical trials or observational studies. With an emphasis on multidisciplinary research, the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) consortium and institutional CTSA sites serve as an important resource for training researchers to engage in CER. In this article, the authors discuss the potential role of CTSA sites in integrating economic evaluation methods into their comparative effectiveness education goals, using the Columbia University Medical Center CTSA as an example. By allowing current and future generations of clinical investigators to become fully engaged not only in CER but also in the economic evaluations that result from such analyses, CTSA sites can help develop the necessary foundation for advancing research to guide clinical decision making and efficient use of limited resources.

  7. Efeito do exercício resistido intradialítico em pacientes renais crônicos em hemodiálise Effect of resistance exercise intradialytic in renal patients chronic in hemodialysis

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    Ronaldo Ribeiro

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    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: Pacientes com doença renal crônica (DRC quando submetidos ao exercício resistido (ER apresentam substancial melhorias de muitas funções, em especial os relacionados ao sistema cardiovascular, respiratório, muscular e na qualidade de vida (QV. Não existem avaliações do impacto de exercício simples e factíveis em pacientes com DRC associada ao Diabetes Mellitus (DM durante o período intradialítico. OBJETIVO: Estudar o papel do exercício resistido no tratamento e na qualidade de vida em pacientes submetidos à hemodiálise crônica (HD. Assim, submetemos pacientes com DRC e DM ao ER durante a hemodiálise. MÉTODOS: Quinze pacientes em cada grupo: 1: DM com DRC submetidos ao ER; 2: DM com DRC sedentários; 3: DRC e ER e, 4: DRC sedentários. Avaliações durante oito semanas, com ER três vezes na semana. Avaliação laboratorial, teste de força muscular (FM e QV (SF-36. RESULTADOS: O ER induziu melhoria na glicemia e na FM com discretas, mas significantes alterações na uréia e, K (p INTRODUCTION: Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD when subjected to resistance exercise (RE show substantial improvements in many functions, especially those related to the cardiovascular system, respiratory, muscular and quality of life (QOL. There are no evaluations of the impact of exercise simple and feasible in patients with CKD associated with Diabetes Mellitus (DM during the intradialytic period. Thus, patients with CKD and submit to the DM + RE during hemodialysis. OBJECTIVE: To study the role of resistance exercise in the treatment and quality of life in patients undergoing chronic hemodialysis (HD. METHODS: 15 patients in each group: 1: DM with CKD and RE; 2: DM + CKD sedentary; 3: CKD + RE and 4: DRC sedentary. They were evaluated during eight weeks, with RE three times a week. Parameters: Laboratory assessments, muscle strength testing (FM and QV (SF-36. RESULTS: RE induced improvement in glucose and FM with subtle but

  8. A frequência da utilização de profilaxia para trombose venosa profunda em pacientes clínicos hospitalizados The frequency of using prophylaxis to deep venous thrombosis among clinical hospitalized patients

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    Guilherme Benjamin Brandão Pitta

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available CONTEXTO: A profilaxia para trombose venosa profunda (TVP está sendo subutilizada, ainda que seja a causa mais comum de mortalidade hospitalar passível de prevenção. Assim, é relevante responder à pergunta de pesquisa: qual a frequência da utilização de profilaxia para TVP em pacientes clínicos hospitalizados? OBJETIVO: Determinar a frequência da utilização de profilaxia para TVP em pacientes clínicos hospitalizados. A hipótese foi de 20%. MÉTODOS: Tipo de estudo: Estudo transversal de frequência. Local: Hospital Geral do Estado Dr. Osvaldo Brandão Vilela, Maceió, Alagoas. Amostra: Foram incluídos os pacientes clínicos e excluídos os menores de 18 anos, as gestantes e os pacientes hospitalizados há menos de 72 horas. Variável primária: a frequência da utilização de profilaxia para TVP. Variáveis secundárias: a frequência da utilização de métodos físicos e farmacológicos para a prevenção de TVP. Métodos estatísticos: O tamanho da amostra foi de 246 indivíduos (proporção=20%, precisão absoluta=5%, nível de significância=5%. Foram utilizados o teste do qui-quadrado e o intervalo de confiança de 95%. RESULTADOS: A frequência da utilização de profilaxia para TVP foi 33% (80/246; IC95% 2 a 38. A frequência da utilização de métodos físicos para a prevenção de TVP foi 17% (41/246; IC95% 12 a 21 e de métodos farmacológicos foi 26% (64/246; IC95% 21 a 31. CONCLUSÃO: A frequência da utilização de profilaxia para TVP em pacientes clínicos hospitalizados foi 33%.CONTEXT: The prophylaxis to deep venous thrombosis is being underused, although this disease be the most common cause of intrahospital mortality that could be prevented. Thus, it is relevant to answer the research question: what is the frequency of use of prophylaxis to deep venous thrombosis among clinical hospitalized patients? OBJECTIVE: To determine the frequency of use of prophylaxis to deep venous thrombosis in clinical

  9. Achados clínico patológicos durante um surto de disenteria de inverno em bovinos no Rio Grande do Sul Clinic pathological features during a winter dysentery outbreak in cattle in Rio Grande do Sul

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    Saulo Petinatti Pavarini

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    Full Text Available Descreve-se um surto de disenteria de inverno que afetou 10 vacas leiteiras de uma propriedade localizada em Viamão, Rio Grande do Sul. O quadro clínico caracterizou-se por uma diarréia inicialmente líquida esverdeada com estrias de sangue e muco, evoluindo, em alguns animais, para uma diarréia de coloração marrom escura à sanguinolenta, que persistiu, em média, cinco dias. Drástica diminuição na produção de leite e no consumo de alimentos, além de graus variados de depressão também foram observados. Apenas um dos 10 animais afetados morreu. Durante a necropsia, observaram-se mucosas pálidas, conteúdo sanguinolento com presença de grande quantidade de coágulos, principalmente no cólon espiral e petéquias na mucosa do cólon. Os principais achados histológicos foram encontradas no cólon espiral, onde havia criptas dilatadas, sem epitélio de revestimento ou revestidas por epitélio pavimentoso e/ou cuboidal, por vezes com núcleos grandes e nucléolos proeminentes. Algumas criptas eram preenchidas por debris necróticos e polimorfonucleares. Na imuno-histoquímica com anticorpo monoclonal para coronavírus bovino (8F2 em cortes do cólon espiral, havia marcações positivas no citoplasma de enterócitos das criptas, nos debris necróticos destas e em macrófagos na lâmina própria.The report describes a winter dysentery outbreak that affected 10 dairy cows from a ranch located in the county of Viamão, Rio Grande do Sul. The most significant clinical sign was profuse and watery diarrhea, which ranged from a greenish to a brownish coloration and from occasional blood streaks with mucus to a bloody diarrhea. Most cases persisted for 5 days and also included depression, drastic decrease in milk production and in food consumption. Only one of the affected animals died. The necropsy revealed pale mucosa and sanguineous content with high quantity of blood clots, particularly within the spiral colon, and petechiae on the

  10. Dengue em criança: aspectos clínicos e epidemiológicos, Manaus, Estado do Amazonas, no período de 2006 e 2007 Dengue in children: clinical and epidemiological characteristics, Manaus, State of Amazonas, 2006 and 2007

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    Lúcia Alves da Rocha

    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho é apresentar os aspectos clínicos e epidemiológicos das crianças acometidas por dengue, em Manaus, AM, no período de 2006 a 2007. Foram analisados 482 casos de dengue confirmados laboratorialmente, em 2006, sendo 46,9% nos menores de 15 anos, e 1.538 casos, em 2007, sendo 57,7% nos menores de 15 anos. Os dados foram obtidos do Sistema Nacional de Agravos de Notificação (SINAN de Manaus. As variáveis analisadas foram: idade, gênero, bairro de residência, mês do inicio dos sintomas, sorotipo e forma clínica da doença. Verificou-se um aumento estatisticamente significativo da proporção de casos em menores de 15 anos, bem como das formas graves entre 2006 e 2007. Apesar de a forma hemorrágica ter sido quase três vezes mais freqüente em 2007, houve uma redução do coeficiente de letalidade. Os sorotipos identificados foram DEN-3 em 2006 e DEN-1, DEN-2 e DEN-3 em 2007. Em 2007, houve registro de casos em todos os meses do ano.This study presents the clinical and epidemiological aspects of children affected with dengue, in Manaus, AM, in 2006 and 2007. There were 482 The aim of this study was to present the clinical and epidemiological characteristics of children affected by dengue, in Manaus, State of Amazonas, in 2006 and 2007. Analysis was conducted on 482 dengue cases with confirmation from laboratory tests, in 2006 (46.9% in children under 15 years of age, and 1,538 cases in 2007 (57.7% in children under 15 years of age. The data were obtained from the National System for Notifiable Diseases (Sistema Nacional de Agravos de Notificação; SINAN in Manaus. The variables analyzed were: age, gender, district where subject lived, month when symptoms started, serotypes and clinical form of the disease. Statistically significant increases in the proportion of cases in children under 15 years of age and in the proportion of severe forms were found between 2006 and 2007. Although the hemorrhagic form was almost

  11. Antioxidant Profile of <em>Trifolium pratenseem> L.

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    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 compar...

  12. Calibration of area monitors for neutrons used in clinical linear accelerators; Calibracao de monitores de area para neutrons usados em aceleradores lineares clinicos

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    Salgado, Ana Paula; Pereira, Walsan Wagner; Patrao, Karla C. de Souza; Fonseca, Evaldo S. da, E-mail: asalgado@ird.gov.b [Instituto de Radioprotecao e Dosimetria (IRD/CNEN-RJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Batista, Delano V.S. [Instituto Nacional do Cancer (INCa), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

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    This work demonstrates the complexity and the necessary cares for the realization of measurements of neutron fields in rooms for radiotherapy treatment containing clinical accelerators. The acquaintance of the technical characteristics of the monitors and the periodic calibration are actions and fundamental procedures to guarantee traceability and the reliability of measurements

  13. Comparison of cephalometric measurements from three radiological clinics Comparação de grandezas cefalométricas obtidas em três clínicas radiológicas

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    Full Text Available The orthodontic documentation carried out in radiological clinics is essential for diagnosis, planning and control of the orthodontic treatment. Amongst the diagnosis elements used are the cephalometric measurements, and errors can be incorporated as they are obtained. The objective of this work was to evaluate the values of some cephalometric measurements obtained in three radiological clinics using 30 lateral cephalometric radiographs of the head randomly chosen from the archives of the Department of Child Dentistry (Discipline of Orthodontics, School of Dentistry of Piracicaba, UNICAMP. These values were compared with the measurements obtained manually (control group using variance analysis and Tukey’s and Friedman’s tests. Of the fourteen cephalometric measurements evaluated, the results demonstrated that only four of them presented statistically significant differences: IMPA, 1-NA, FMA, and H-nose. We concluded that although the majority of the mean cephalometric values did not present statistically significant differences, a great variability in the results was found when all the radiographic values were compared. This variability may influence the interpretation of the cephalometric measurements. Hence, we suggest that when the practitioner receives orthodontic documentation, he/she should redo the cephalometric analysis and compare the measurement values found with those presented to him. In addition, the practitioner should be prepared to use other elements for diagnosis, planning and control of the orthodontic treatment.A documentação ortodôntica realizada em clínicas radiológicas é essencial para diagnóstico, planejamento e controle do tratamento ortodôntico. Dentre os elementos de diagnóstico utilizados estão as grandezas cefalométricas, e erros podem ser incorporados durante a obtenção das mesmas. O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar os valores de algumas grandezas cefalométricas obtidas em três clínicas radiol

  14. Aspectos clínico-patológicos do carcinoma bronquioloalveolar e sobrevida em pacientes no estágio clínico I Clinicopathological aspects of and survival in patients with clinical stage I bronchioloalveolar carcinoma

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    Daniel Sammartino Brandão

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Analisar os aspectos clínico-patológicos do carcinoma bronquioloalveolar (CBA e a sobrevida em uma amostra de pacientes com estadiamento clínico I. MÉTODOS: Foram estudados retrospectivamente 26 pacientes com diagnóstico de CBA e estágio clínico I, , segundo a classificação tumor-node-metastasis (TNM, tumor-linfonodo-metástase,(15operados no Instituto de Doenças do Tórax da Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, na cidade do Rio de Janeiro, RJ, entre 1987 e 2007, quanto a variáveis clínico-patológicas e radiológicas, mortalidade e sobrevida. Os dados foram colhidos dos prontuários médicos dos pacientes e analisados estatisticamente. RESULTADOS: Houve predomínio de mulheres (n = 16. A idade média ao diagnóstico foi de 68,5 anos. Houve predomínio de tabagistas (69,2%. As formas de apresentação assintomática (84,6% e nodular (88,5% foram as mais comuns. Houve predileção pelos lobos superiores (57,7%. O estágio patológico IB foi o mais comum, seguido pelos estágios IA e IIB (46,2%, 38,4% e 15,4%, respectivamente. Não houve óbitos hospitalares. Quatro pacientes faleceram durante o seguimento pós-operatório, com tempo livre de doença médio de 21,3 meses. A taxa de sobrevida global em cinco anos foi 83%. A probabilidade de sobrevida para os pacientes diagnosticados depois de 1999 tendeu a ser maior do que para aqueles diagnosticados até 1999 (taxa de sobrevida em três anos: 92% vs. 68%; p = 0,07. CONCLUSÕES: Os aspectos clínico-patológicos da amostra estudada foram semelhantes àqueles de estudos anteriores em pacientes com CBA.OBJECTIVE: To analyze the clinicopathological aspects of bronchioloalveolar carcinoma (BAC and the survival in a sample of patients at clinical stage I. METHODS: A retrospective study involving 26 patients diagnosed with clinical stage I BAC and undergoing surgery at the Thoracic Diseases Institute of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, in the city of Rio de Janeiro

  15. Clinical and histological responses to laparoscopically-induced peritonitis in rats Resposta clínica e histológica à indução de peritonite via laparoscopia em ratos

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    Paulo Roberto Rodrigues Bicalho

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To evaluate the efficacy of inducing peritonitis in rats through laparoscopic cecal ligation (CL, by means of an elastic band. METHODS: Twelve Wistar rats were subjected to cecal ligated with an elastic band applied using a specially constructed applicator. In six of the animals (the CL group the cecal sac was preserved intact whilst in the remaining animals (the CLP group the sac was perforated with scissors. Clinical parameters, characteristics of the peritoneal cavity and cecum, and histological features of the cecal tissue were observed in all experimental animals 8 and 24 h after surgery. RESULTS: CLP animals exhibited at least one clinical sign of sepsis within the first 8 h of observation. The peritoneal liquid was observed to be clear in almost all members of the CLP. Polymorphonucleated cells were detected in the tunica serosa of the cecum of CLP animals. In contrast, all members of the CL group were alive after 24h, and of polymorphonucleated cells in the muscle layer of the cecal wall were observed. The presence of peritoneal liquid was not detected in CL animals. CONCLUSION: Although elastic ligation of the cecum was reproducible, puncture of the cecal sac was essential for induction of sepsis.OBJETIVO: Avaliar a eficácia de induzir peritonite em ratos através da ligadura cecal laparoscópica (CL, por meio de banda elástica. MÉTODOS: Doze ratos Wistar foram submetidos a ligadura cecal com banda elástica aplicada com dispositivo especialmente construído para este fim. Em seis animais (grupo CL, a bolsa cecal foi mantida intacta, enquanto nos outros animais (grupo CLP, a bolsa foi perfurada com tesoura. Parâmetros clínicos, características da cavidade peritonial e ceco, e histologia do tecido cecal foram examinados em todos os animais 8 e 24 horas após a cirurgia. RESULTADOS: Os animais do grupo CLP apresentaram pelo menos um sinal clínico de sepses nas primeiras 8 h de observação. Líquido peritonial claro foi

  16. A formação clínica e a produção do cuidado em saúde e na enfermagem Clinical training and the production care in health and nursing

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    Alcivan Nunes Vieira

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Este ensaio propõe uma discussão sobre a clínica na prática e na formação acadêmica da enfermagem com base em referenciais teórico-conceituais situados no campo da filosofia, tendo como pistas as relações de poder, saber e subjetividade presentes no encontro entre os sujeitos implicados com a produção do cuidado em saúde e com a formação acadêmica. A clínica na enfermagem foi impregnada pelo referencial biomédico, o que lhe conferiu alguns atributos que condicionaram sua prática: a pretensa neutralidade nas relações entre quem cuida e quem é cuidado, bem como a objetificação dos sujeitos, dos problemas e das necessidades de saúde que limita o olhar e as possíveis intervenções elaboradas no sentido de atendê-las. Nesta perspectiva, estas se pautam na compreensão da doença apenas em sua dimensão orgânica. Encontramos na filosofia espinosista a clínica como um encontro potencializador dos sujeitos, espaço de recriação e ressignificação da vida. Em Epicuro, esse encontro produz também desvios, movimentos aversos a estaticidade e apatia. Partindo dessas concepções, entendemos que a reconstrução da prática clínica no trabalho do enfermeiro passa necessariamente pela reconstrução das relações entre os sujeitos envolvidos na formação e pela produção de dispositivos mobilizadores de subjetividadesThis essay proposes a discussion on the practice and academic training in nursing based on theoretical and conceptual references in the field of philosophy, taking as cues the relationships of power, knowledge, and subjectivity in the meeting between the subjects involved with the production of health care and academic education. The nursing practice was impregnated by biomedical references, which conferred it a few attributes that have imposed limitations on it: the supposed neutrality in the relationships between those who provide care and those who are cared for, the problems and needs in health that limit

  17. A prática clínica baseada em evidências: parte III - avaliação crítica das informações de pesquisas clínicas Evidence based clinical practice: part III - critical appraisal of clinical research

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    Moacyr Roberto Cuce Nobre

    2004-12-01

    consistente quanto à adequação do desenho de estudo e ao controle dos vícios. Concluímos que se deve oferecer atualização metodológica aos profissionais interessados, e colocar a informação já avaliada à disposição de todos, elaborando e divulgando diretrizes baseadas em evidências.Evidence based health care begins with a clinical question and the search on data bases to retrieve the relevant information, that was the issue of two preceding articles of this series. At present it will be discussed how to critically appraise the medical literature using the clinical epidemiological methodology. Clinical research aims to develop diagnostic and therapeutic procedures measuring association and causality between the exposure and outcome. In this case the exposures are signs, symptoms, laboratorial or image exam, and therapy intervention. It is a mistake to take surrogate end-points instead of clinical outcomes. The main types of clinical study design are diagnostic, prognostic, therapeutic and harm/etiology. Experimental, physiologic and animal studies are useful for the medical undergraduate education, but do not contribute with clinical decisions. The study designs are classified according with the presence of a control group, patient's follow-up, and therapy interventions. The evidence hierarchy was done by the previous characteristics and the presence of systematic bias. Systematic reviews are stronger than the primary observational studies and are on the top when they revised randomized clinical trial. Since 1998 the proportion of evidence based practice guidelines was increasing compared with systematic reviews or other types of practice guidelines, although the former still are in a few numbers. The article critical appraisal must answer the clinical question, and need to have consistent study design and bias under control. In conclusion we ought to offer methodological actualization to interested physicians and put the information already critically assessed

  18. A prática clínica baseada em evidências: Parte III Avaliação crítica das informações de pesquisas clínicas Evidence based clinical practice: Part III - Critical appraisal of clinical research

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    Moacyr Roberto Cuce Nobre

    2004-04-01

    consistente quanto à adequação do desenho de estudo e ao controle dos vícios. Concluímos que se deve oferecer atualização metodológica aos profissionais interessados, e colocar a informação já avaliada à disposição de todos, elaborando e divulgando diretrizes baseadas em evidências.Evidence based health care begins with a clinical question and the search on data bases to retrieve the relevant information, that was the issue of two preceding articles of this series. At present it will be discussed how to critically appraise the medical literature using the clinical epidemiological methodology. Clinical research aims to develop diagnostic and therapeutic procedures measuring association and causality between the exposure and outcome. In this case the exposures are signs, symptoms, laboratorial or image exam, and therapy intervention. It is a mistake to take surrogate end-points instead of clinical outcomes. The main types of clinical study design are diagnostic, prognostic, therapeutic and harm/etiology. Experimental, physiologic and animal studies are useful for the medical undergraduate education, but do not contribute with clinical decisions. The study designs are classified according with the presence of a control group, patient's follow-up, and therapy interventions. The evidence hierarchy was done by the previous characteristics and the presence of systematic bias. Systematic reviews are stronger than the primary observational studies and are on the top when they revised randomized clinical trial. Since 1998 the proportion of evidence based practice guidelines was increasing compared with systematic reviews or other types of practice guidelines, although the former still are in a few numbers. The article critical appraisal must answer the clinical question, and need to have consistent study design and bias under control. In conclusion we ought to offer methodological actualization to interested physicians and put the information already critically assessed

  19. Efetividade de uma intervenção educacional em tabagismo entre adolescentes escolares Effectiveness of an educational intervention on smoking among school adolescents

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    Full Text Available O objetivo do estudo foi avaliar a efetividade de um programa educacional sobre tabagismo desenvolvido pelo Instituto Nacional do Câncer em adolescentes escolares de Pelotas, RS. Das 46 escolas públicas da cidade, 32 foram sorteadas aleatoriamente e, posteriormente, randomizadas em grupo controle ou intervenção. Em ambas as fases do estudo (pré e pós-intervenção, os estudantes de 7ª e 8ª série responderam a um questionário, e uma amostra de urina foi coletada para análise de cotinina. A intervenção educativa teve duração de seis meses. Os desfechos estudados foram: "auto-relato de uso de cigarros nos últimos 30 dias" e "concentração de cotinina na urina (categorizada em > 10 ng/ml e > 30 ng/ml". A intervenção não provocou mudança na prevalência de tabagismo, tanto mensurado por auto-relato como pela concentração de cotinina. No entanto, o conhecimento dos alunos acerca dos malefícios do cigarro aumentou no grupo intervenção. Em resumo, não houve efetividade da intervenção educacional para mudanças de comportamento, mas houve melhora no conhecimento dos prejuízos do fumo.The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effectiveness of an educational program on smoking developed by the Brazilian Institute of Cancer among adolescents from Pelotas, Brazil. Out of 46 public schools in the city, 32 were sampled and randomized into an intervention and a control group. In both phases of the study (pre and post intervention, 7th and 8th grade students answered to a questionnaire and had a sample of urine collected for cotinine analysis. The educational intervention lasted six months. Outcome variables were: "self-reported smoking within the previous 30 days" and "cotinine concentration in urine (classified into > 10 ng/ml and > 30 ng/ml. No effects of the intervention were observed for any of the behavioral outcomes, although knowledge on the harmful effects of smoking increased in the intervention group. In summary

  20. The combined effect of deficit irrigation by treated wastewater and organic amendment on quinoa (<em>Chenopodium quinoaem> Willd.) productivity

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    Hirich, Abdelaziz; Choukr-Allah, Redouane; Jacobsen, Sven-Erik

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    to compensate the negative effect of water deficit through the improvement of soil water-holding capacity. This research was conducted in the south of Morocco (IAV-CHA, Agadir) between October 2011 and January 2012. The mean objective of this study was to evaluate the combined effect of organic matter...

  1. The effect of alcohol consumption on periodontal bone support in experimental periodontitis in rats Efeito do consumo de álcool no suporte ósseo periodontal em periodontite experimental em ratos

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    Daniela Martins de Souza

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of the alcohol consumption on the periodontal bone support (PBS in experimental periodontitis in rats. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Sixty-three male rats were divided into seven groups: G1 (control; G2 (10% ethanol; G3 (nutritional control of G2; G4 (20% ethanol; G5 (nutritional control of G4; G6 (30% ethanol and G7 (nutritional control of G6. The groups G3, G5 and G7 received controlled diets with equivalent caloric amounts to those consumed in G2, G4 and G6 respectively, with the ethanol replaced by sucrose. After anesthesia, ligatures were installed around the mandibular first molar, leaving the contralateral teeth unligated. After 8 weeks, the rats were killed and their mandibles were radiographed to measure the percentage of PBS on the distal aspect. RESULTS: The intragroup analyses showed that presence of ligatures induced periodontitis (pOBJETIVO: O propósito deste estudo foi avaliar o efeito do consumo de álcool sobre o suporte ósseo periodontal (SOP em periodontite induzida por ligaduras em ratos. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: Sessenta e três ratos machos foram divididos em sete grupos: G1 (controle; G2 (álcool a 10%; G3 (controle nutricional de G2; G4 (álcool a 20%; G5 (controle nutricional de G4; G6 (álcool a 30%; G7 (controle nutricional de G6. Os grupos G3, G5 e G7 receberam dietas controladas com a mesma quantidade de calorias consumidas por G2, G4 e G6, respectivamente, com o etanol substituído por sacarose. Após anestesia foram instaladas ligaduras no primeiro molar inferior direito, permanecendo o dente contralateral sem ligadura. Após oito semanas, os ratos foram sacrificados e as mandíbulas radiografadas para medição do SOP na proximal distal. RESULTADOS: A análise intragrupo mostrou que a presença da ligadura foi capaz de induzir periodontite (p<0,05. Os grupos sem ligadura não demonstraram diferenças significativas (p=0,1969 no SOP. Contudo, nos grupos com

  2. Intoxicação experimental por monofluoroacetato de sódio em bovinos: aspectos clínicos e patológicos Experimental poisoning by sodium monofluoroacetate in cattle: clinical and pathological aspects

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    Vivian A. Nogueira

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    Full Text Available Monofluoracetato de sódio (MF foi identificado, por cromatografia, em três das doze plantas que causam morte súbita em bovinos no Brasil, incluindo Palicourea marcgravii, a mais importante desse grupo. Uma lesão considerada típica por alguns autores para intoxicação foi¹ a degeneração hidrópico-vacuolar dos túbulos uriníferos contorcidos distais (DHV. O objetivo deste trabalho foi verificar se a ingestão de MF induz sinais clínicos e lesões similares às observadas nos bovinos intoxicados pelas plantas que causam morte súbita. Seis vacas receberam, por via oral, 0,5 e 1,0mg/kg de MF diluídos em 50mL de água destilada. Clinicamente, os animais apresentaram taquicardia, jugular repleta com pulso venoso positivo, respiração abdominal, ligeira perda de equilíbrio, por vezes cambaleavam, deitavam e apoiavam a cabeça no flanco. Na fase final (agônica, todos os animais caíam em decúbito lateral, esticavam os membros, faziam movimentos de pedalagem, apresentavam opistótono, nistagmo, mugidos e a morte ocorria em 2-14 minutos. À necropsia verificaram-se aurículas, jugulares, ázigos e pulmonares moderadamente ingurgitadas. Observaram-se ainda leve a moderado edema da subserosa nos locais de fixação da vesícula biliar no fígado, além de leve edema entre o duodeno e o pâncreas. O exame histopatológico revelou, em todos os animais, desde leve a acentuada DHV das células epiteliais dos túbulos uriníferos contorcidos distais associada à cariopicnose. Com relação à ultraestrutura, observou-se vacuolização do citoplasma devido ao acúmulo de água. Vacuolização e necrose de coagulação individual ou de grupos de hepatócitos e leve congestão hepática secundários à estase venosa também foram observados. DHV tem sido observada em casos de envenenamento por outras substâncias, porém nestes não está restrita aos túbulos distais e não se observa cariopicnose. Este estudo demonstra que a DHV dos t

  3. Visão do paciente quanto à participação do residente no exame proctológico em ambulatório Patient view about the proctological exam assisted by the resident in outpatient clinics

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    Isabela Pessoa Elias

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS: O acompanhamento ambulatorial de pacientes e a participação no exame proctológico são essenciais ao aprendizado do residente de coloproctologia. Entretanto pode haver relutância por parte dos pacientes em relação à presença do residente durante sua consulta e exame físico. Este estudo visa avaliar a visão do paciente quanto a este aspecto do aprendizado prático do residente de coloproctologia. MÉTODOS: Cem pacientes consecutivos responderam , de forma voluntária e anônima a um questionário após a realização de exame proctológico com a aprticipação de residentes em coloproctologia em ambulatório de instituição privada. Foram investigados, sexo, idade, cor, estado civil e nível educacional e sócio-econômico, assim como a visão do paciente em relação à presença de residentes durante o exame proctológico, procurando-se identificar razões para a sua aceitação ou recusa durante a consulta. As respostas foram analisadas usando-se teste do qui-quadrado e o teste t de Student. RESULTADOS: Observou-se que 87% dos pacientes aceitaram bem a participação do residente no exame proctológico, enquanto 1% respondeu que recusaria sua presença. Onze por cento se mostraram indiferentes em relação à presença do residente e um paciente não respondeu. Não houve diferença significativa em relação às variáveis estudadas no que diz respeito à presença do residente durante o exame proctológico, exceto para estado civil, uma vez que uma taxa maior de pacientes casados aceitou o residente. A principal razão para a aceitação foi contribuir para a formação médica, enquanto que a recusa esteve relacionado à perda da privacidade. CONCLUSÃO: De um modo geral, os residentes são bem aceitos no ambulatório de coloproctologia em uma instituição privada. O conhecimento das razões para sua aceitação ou recusa podem favorecer posturas que facilitem a aceitação e minimizem a recusa.Residents exposure to

  4. Avaliação clínica de reabsorção radicular externa em dentes desvitalizados submetidos ao clareamento Clinical evaluation of external radicular resorption in non-vital teeth submitted to bleaching

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    Alessandro Dourado Loguercio

    2002-06-01

    Full Text Available O propósito deste estudo foi avaliar a presença de reabsorção cervical externa em pacientes submetidos ao clareamento de dentes desvitalizados. Os pacientes avaliados tiveram pelo menos um dente desvitalizado clareado entre os anos de 1986 a 1996. Os pacientes foram submetidos à técnica de clareamento com perborato de sódio e peróxido de hidrogênio, de acordo com a técnica descrita por Busato et al.5,6.Dos 193 pacientes chamados para que os dentes clareados fossem examinados clínica e radiograficamente, apenas 43 pacientes compareceram (54 dentes com uma média de tempo após o clareamento de 3,5 anos. Os resultados permitiram concluir que em nenhum dos dentes examinados foi possível observar indícios de reabsorção cervical externa.The purpose of this study was to evaluate the presence of external resorption in non-vital teeth submitted to bleaching. The evaluated patients had at least one non-vital tooth, which had been bleached between 1986 and 1996. All teeth were submitted to bleaching with hydrogen peroxide and sodium perborate, as described by Busato et al.5,6. From 193 patients recalled for clinical and radiographic evaluation of bleached teeth, only 43 attended (54 teeth. The average time elapsed after bleaching was 3.5 years. The results revealed that none of the examined teeth had any degree of external cervical resorption.

  5. Ortodontia baseada em evidência científica: incorporando ciência na prática clínica Scientific evidence-based orthodontics: incorporating science within clinic practice

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    Maria Tereza Scardua Mariano

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste artigo é despertar o ortodontista e conscientizá-lo sobre a importância da tomada de decisão baseada em evidência científica no cuidado aos pacientes. Serão descritos os passos essenciais para a prática da Odontologia baseada em evidência (OBE, assim como os princípios da ciência e da pesquisa. Existem caminhos adequados para a busca da informação de qualidade, sendo esses a única garantia de encontrar artigos válidos. Na seleção de artigos científicos, o primeiro passo é definir o seu desenho, pois para cada dúvida clínica há um delineamento adequado capaz de respondê-la. Dessa maneira, questões sobre tratamento, etiologia, diagnóstico, prognóstico ou prevenção só podem ser respondidas por um artigo que tenha sido delineado para tal. O conhecimento da alocação randomizada, do mascaramento e do grupo-controle é fundamental para que possamos realizar uma leitura crítica dos artigos científicos, reconhecendo os que merecem credibilidade. Em meio a tantas publicações, precisamos definir, com segurança, o que deve ser incorporado ao nosso conhecimento e o que deve ser incorporado à prática clínica, mudando a nossa conduta. Desse modo, poderemos oferecer aos nossos pacientes opções terapêuticas mais consistentes e previsíveis.The aim of this article is to warn the orthodontist about the importance of making decision based on scientific evidence when taking care of the patients. It describes the main steps for the Dentistry practices based in evidence (EBD as well as the science and research principles. There are adequate ways for the search of quality information. While selecting the scientific articles, the first step would be defining its design, since for each question there is an adequate delineation able to answer it. Questions about treatment, etiology, diagnostic, prognostic or prevention could be answered in the article if it has been delineated for that. Understanding the meaning

  6. Manejo clínico e obstétrico em gestantes portadoras de hepatite autoimune complicada pela plaquetopenia moderada ou grave Clinical and obstetrical management of pregnant women with autoimmune hepatitis complicated by moderate or severe thrombocytopenia

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    Roseli Mieko Yamamoto Nomuras

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: O presente trabalho tem como objetivo descrever o manejo do pré-natal e do parto em pacientes portadoras de hepatite autoimune associada à plaquetopenia moderada ou grave. MÉTODOS: Este trabalho foi realizado em hospital universitário, de nível terciário. Foram analisadas, retrospectivamente, 13 gestações em dez pacientes com diagnóstico de hepatite autoimune complicadas pela plaquetopenia. Os critérios de inclusão foram: diagnóstico clínico de hepatite autoimune, plaquetopenia moderada ou grave (contagem de plaquetas OBJECTIVE: To describe the management of prenatal care and delivery in patients bearing autoimmune hepatitis associated with moderate or severe thrombocytopenia. METHODS: This study was performed in a tertiary level university hospital. Thirteen pregnancies in ten patients diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis, complicated by thrombocytopenia, were retrospectively analyzed. The inclusion criteria were as follows: clinical diagnosis of autoimmune hepatitis, moderate or severe thrombocytopenia (platelet count < 100 x 103/mm3, gestational age at birth over 22 weeks, and patient followed-up by a specialized team at the institution. The variables studied were: maternal age, parity, treatment regimen, platelet count, examinations for investigation of hepatic function, type of delivery, weight at birth, and gestational age at the time of delivery. RESULTS: The average maternal age was 24.5 years (SD = 5.3 and six (50% occurred in nulliparous women. During pregnancy, monotherapy with prednisone was adopted in 11 cases (92%. According to the autoantibody profiles, seven pregnancies (58% had the autoimmune hepatitis type I diagnosis, two pregnancies had type II (17%, and three pregnancies (25% had cryptogenic chronic hepatitis (undetectable titers of autoantibodies. Portal hypertension was featured in 11 pregnancies (92%. The average gestational age at delivery was 36.9 weeks (SD = 1.5 weeks, with an average weight at

  7. Sedative and antinociceptive effects of romifidine and xylazine in Thoroughbred mares Efeito sedativo e antinociceptivo da romifidina e xilazina em éguas Puro Sangue Inglês

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    F.G. Christovão

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available The sedative and antinociceptive effects of romifidine (0.1mg/kg and of xylazine (1.0mg/kg on Thoroughbred mares were studied. Sedation was evaluated by quantifying spontaneous locomotor activity (SLA and head height (HH in animals placed in automated individual behaviour stalls. Antinociception was determined utilizing a heat irradiation lamp recording the latency time for the hoof withdrawal reflex (HWRL and the latency time for the skin twitch reflex (STRL in a randomised block design with 10 replicates. Comparison of the sedative effects of romifidine and of xylazine on SLA showed a faster effect for xylazine. Regarding the sedative effect of the substances based on HH, romifidine caused a longer-lasting effect. Romifidine caused an increase in HWRL and STRL, and xylazine, an agent known for its analgesic effect, did not have an antinociceptive effect based on STRL result. The antinociceptive effect of romifidine was more pronounced than the xylazine effect.Compararam-se os efeitos sedativos e antinociceptivos da romifidina (0,1mg/kg e da xilazina (1,0mg/kg em éguas da raça Puro Sangue Inglês. A sedação foi quantificada por meio da atividade locomotora espontânea (ALE e altura da cabeça (AC em baias individuais automatizadas para o estudo do comportamento. A antinocicepção foi avaliada utilizando uma lâmpada de irradiação de calor registrando-se a latência para o reflexo de retirada do membro (LRRM e a latência para o reflexo do frêmito cutâneo (LRFC, em delineamento experimental em blocos ao acaso com 10 repetições. O efeito sedativo sobre a ALE foi de aparecimento mais rápido no grupo exposto à xilazina, ao passo que a ptose da cabeça foi mais prolongada no grupo que recebeu romifidina. A romifidina promoveu aumento da LRRM e LRFC e a xilazina não causou efeito antinociceptivo medido pela LRFC. O efeito antinociceptivo da romifidina foi mais pronunciado que o da xilazina.

  8. [Effectiveness and safety of probiotics in children on the basis of clinical trials].

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    Kamińska, Ewa

    2012-01-01

    Probiotics may be helpful if they are used according to current medical knowledge based on the results of properly designed and well-conducted clinical trials. Their effects depend on the specific strain and defined dose of the probiotic microorganism, and should not be extrapolated on other, even closely related strains. Meta-analyses of randomized clinical trials performed in children showed the greatest probiotic efficacy of Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG) and Saccharomyces boulardii strains in the treatment of acute viral infectious diarrhea and in prevention of non-difficile antibiotic associated-diarrhea (AAD). The clinical efficacy of probiotics in other indications in children has not been substantiated until now, however the results of some clinical trials (e.g. in necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) or atopic dermatitis) are promising. When using probiotics, it is necessary to rely on the results of well-designed clinical trials, not on commercials. This paper provides information based on recent knowledge concerning the efficacy and safety of probiotics according to the results of clinical trials performed in children.

  9. Joint Estimation of Treatment and Placebo Effects in Clinical Trials with Longitudinal Blinding Assessments

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    Liu, Wei; Zhang, Zhiwei; Schroeder, R. Jason; Ho, Martin; Zhang, Bo; Long, Cynthia; Zhang, Hui; Irony, Telba Z.

    2016-01-01

    In some therapeutic areas, treatment evaluation is frequently complicated by a possible placebo effect (i.e., the psychobiological effect of a patient’s knowledge or belief of being treated). When a substantial placebo effect is likely to exist, it is important to distinguish the treatment and placebo effects in quantifying the clinical benefit of a new treatment. These causal effects can be formally defined in a joint causal model that includes treatment (e.g., new versus placebo) and treatmentality (i.e., a patient’s belief or mentality about which treatment she or he has received) as separate exposures. Information about the treatmentality exposure can be obtained from blinding assessments, which are increasingly common in clinical trials where blinding success is in question. Assuming that treatmentality has a lagged effect and is measured at multiple time points, this article is concerned with joint evaluation of treatment and placebo effects in clinical trials with longitudinal follow-up, possibly with monotone missing data. We describe and discuss several methods adapted from the longitudinal causal inference literature, apply them to a weight loss study, and compare them in simulation experiments that mimic the weight loss study. PMID:27110045

  10. An Effective Model for a Comprehensive Performance Measurement of Clinical and Research Laboratory Centers

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    Ghazinoory S; Assadifard R; Ebrahimi A; Dastmardi M

    2011-01-01

    Bachground and objectives: Improvement of the effectiveness of services isone of the most important strategies in many clinical and research laboratorycenters. The increased client satisfaction (researchers or patients), resourcedevelopment innovation, efficacy, continuity of services and income are alsothe important strategies of these centers. For achieving these strategies, wecombined the qualitative and the quantitative approaches to evaluate theeffective model based on frameworks of the ...

  11. The effect of neuromuscular blockade on canine laparoscopic ovariectomy: A double-blinded, prospective clinical trial

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    van Goethem, B.; van Nimwegen, S.A.; Akkerdaas, L.C.; Murrell, J.C.; Kirpensteijn, J.

    2012-01-01

    The Effect of Neuromuscular Blockade on Canine Laparoscopic Ovariectomy: A Double-Blinded, Prospective Clinical Trial Bart Van Goethem, Diplomate ECVS, Sebastiaan Alexander van Nimwegen, PhD, Ies Akkerdaas, DVM, Joanna Claire Murrell, BVSc., PhD, Diplomate ECVAA, and Jolle Kirpensteijn, PhD, Diploma

  12. The Effect of an Extramural Program on the Perceived Clinical Competence of Dental Hygiene Students.

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    Butters, Janice M.; Vaught, Randall L.

    1999-01-01

    A study investigated the effect of an extramural rotation on dental-hygiene students' self-perceptions of competence in specific clinical areas. Results indicate student perceptions of competence improved significantly on six of 19 dimensions of dental-hygiene practice over the course of the rotation, suggesting that rotation is a valuable…

  13. Clinical effects of statins on benign prostatic hyperplasia complicating metabolic syndrome in elderly patients

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    曾小芳

    2014-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the effect of simvastatin and atorvastatin on clinical progression of benign prostatic hyperplasia(BPH)in elderly patients with metabolic syndrome(MS).Methods A total of 135 patients with BPH and MS aged 60 years and over were divided into three groups:simvastatin group(n=45,40 mg/d),atorvasta-

  14. The effect of a clinical pharmacist discharge service on medication discrepancies in patients with heart failure

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    R.N. Eggink; A.W. L