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Immediate facial nerve reconstruction is the standard of care following radical parotidectomy; however, quality of life comparisons with those undergoing limited superficial parotidectomy without facial nerve sacrifice is lacking.
Patients who underwent parotidectomy were contacted to determine quality of life using the University of Washington Quality of Life and Parotidectomy Specific Quality of Life questionnaires. A total of 29 patients (15 in the radical parotidectomy and 14 in the limited superficial parotidectomy groups) completed and returned questionnaires.
Using the University of Washington Quality of Life Questionnaire, similar quality of life was noted in both groups, with the radical parotidectomy group having significantly worse speech and taste scores. Using the Parotidectomy Specific Quality of Life Questionnaire, the radical parotidectomy group reported significantly worse speech, eye symptoms and eating issues.
Those undergoing radical parotidectomy with reconstruction had comparable overall quality of life with the limited superficial parotidectomy group. The Parotidectomy Specific Quality of Life Questionnaire better identified subtle quality of life complaints. Eye and oral symptoms remain problematic, necessitating better rehabilitation and more focused reconstructive efforts.
There is limited evidence of the safety and impact of task-shared care for people with severe mental illnesses (SMI; psychotic disorders and bipolar disorder) in low-income countries. The aim of this study was to evaluate the safety and impact of a district-level plan for task-shared mental health care on 6 and 12-month clinical and social outcomes of people with SMI in rural southern Ethiopia.
In the Programme for Improving Mental health carE, we conducted an intervention cohort study. Trained primary healthcare (PHC) workers assessed community referrals, diagnosed SMI and initiated treatment, with independent research diagnostic assessments by psychiatric nurses. Primary outcomes were symptom severity and disability. Secondary outcomes included discrimination and restraint.
Almost all (94.5%) PHC worker diagnoses of SMI were verified by psychiatric nurses. All prescribing was within recommended dose limits. A total of 245 (81.7%) people with SMI were re-assessed at 12 months. Minimally adequate treatment was received by 29.8%. All clinical and social outcomes improved significantly. The impact on disability (standardised mean difference 0.50; 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.35–0.65) was greater than impact on symptom severity (standardised mean difference 0.28; 95% CI 0.13–0.44). Being restrained in the previous 12 months reduced from 25.3 to 10.6%, and discrimination scores reduced significantly.
An integrated district level mental health care plan employing task-sharing safely addressed the large treatment gap for people with SMI in a rural, low-income country setting. Randomised controlled trials of differing models of task-shared care for people with SMI are warranted.
To understand increasing rates of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in Tennessee, we conducted testing, risk factor analysis and a nested case–control study among persons who use drugs. During June–October 2016, HCV testing with risk factor assessment was conducted in sexually transmitted disease clinics, family planning clinics and an addiction treatment facility in eastern Tennessee; data were analysed by using multivariable logistic regression. A nested case–control study was conducted to assess drug-using risks and behaviours among persons who reported intranasal or injection drug use (IDU). Of 4753 persons tested, 397 (8.4%) were HCV-antibody positive. HCV infection was significantly associated with a history of both intranasal and IDU (adjusted odds ratio (aOR) 35.4, 95% confidence interval (CI) 24.1–51.9), IDU alone (aOR 52.7, CI 25.3–109.9), intranasal drug use alone (aOR 2.6, CI 1.8–3.9) and incarceration (aOR 2.7, CI 2.0–3.8). By 4 October 2016, 574 persons with a reported history of drug use; 63 (11%) were interviewed further. Of 31 persons who used both intranasal and injection drugs, 26 (84%) reported previous intranasal drug use, occurring 1–18 years (median 5.5 years) before their first IDU. Our findings provide evidence that reported IDU, intranasal drug use and incarceration are independent indicators of risk for past or present HCV infection in the study population.
We conducted a systematic review to examine the relationship between intracranial pressure monitors (ICP) monitors and mortality in traumatic brain injury (TBI). We systematically searched for articles that met the following criteria: (1) adults patients, (2) TBI, (3) use of an ICP monitor, (4) point estimate for mortality with ICP monitoring (5) adjustment for potential confounders. Six observational studies were identified with 11,371 patients. There was marked between-study heterogeneity that precluded a pooled analysis. Patients with ICP monitors had different clinical characteristics and received more ICP targeted therapy in the ICU. Four studies found no significant relationship between ICP monitoring and survival, while the other two studies demonstrated conflicting results. Significant confounding by indication in observational studies limits the examination of isolated TBI interventions. More research should focus on interventions that affect TBI careplan systems. Further research is needed to identify which subset of severe TBI patients may benefit from ICP monitoring.
To describe and compare food and nutrient intakes in New Zealand (NZ) children on schooldays and non-schooldays.
Secondary analysis of cross-sectional data from the NZ 2002 Children’s Nutrition Survey. Dietary intake was assessed using computer-assisted multi-pass 24 h dietary recalls in the home. Data were adjusted for survey weightings to be representative of the NZ population. The effect of day category on nutrient intake, and likelihood of consumption of food categories were determined using linear and logistic regression.
NZ homes and schools.
A total of 2572 children (538 non-schooldays and 2034 schooldays) at the age of 5–14 years.
There were differences in the proportion consuming some food groups between schooldays and non-schooldays, although the majority of nutrient intakes including energy did not differ by day category. Mean cholesterol intake was higher on non-schooldays; dietary fibre and available carbohydrate, in particular sucrose and fructose, were higher on schooldays. Hot chips were twice as likely to be consumed on a non-schoolday. Soft drink consumption was higher on non-schooldays for Māori/New Zealand European and others and powdered drinks/cordial consumption did not vary by day category. More children consumed snack bars (normal weight, obese), fruit, sandwiches, biscuits/crackers and snack foods on schooldays. There was no difference in consumption of pies/sausage rolls by day category.
The proportion of consumers of a variety of foods differed significantly between non-schooldays and schooldays; few nutrient intakes differed. The present study indicates that family food, wherever it is consumed, is the mainstay of nutrition for NZ schoolchildren.
South Asia is often described as a linguist's paradise. While it is not the only region of the world to merit such a label, there are several clear reasons for this: the number of different languages spoken is very large (though less than the figure of 1,652 listed in the 1961 Census for India and even than the 1,018 classified by the same Census as indigenous); there are linguistic records, in the form of both inscriptions and texts, going back considerably more than three millennia; there are the inscribed remains, from the ancient civilization of the Indus valley, of a language that has yet to be deciphered to the full satisfaction of the world of scholarship; there are literary languages side by side with languages that lack a writing system; two dozen writing systems are in use; many of the languages exhibit diglossia; and there is, and has long been, widespread bi- and multilingualism, both individual and geographical. Indeed, bilingualism, rather than monolingualism, is the norm.
It is impossible to be at all precise about either the number of languages spoken in the region or the number of speakers of each. There are several well-rehearsed reasons for this: the status of a given language variety – whether it is more appropriately regarded as a language in its own right or as one of a number of dialects of a language – is not always clear; some languages still may remain to be discovered; available statistics vary in quality, reliability, and date; there has been a tendency in recent national censuses to disregard figures for languages with less than a certain minimum of recorded speakers; political factors may be involved in the question of which languages are recognized and in the manner in which different language varieties are grouped together.
Conductive tin-oxide (SnO2) film is doped by group V or VII elements. Of all possible dopants, fluorine provides n-type SnO2 with the best electronic and optical properties. However, the commonly used fluorine dopant, bromotrifluoromethane (CBrF3), is a greenhouse gas. Thus, an alternative fluorine source is needed. In this work, we compared CIF3 as a fluorine dopant to CBrF3. With CBrF3 dopant, optimized carrier concentration and electron mobility values can reach to mid 1020 cm-3 and over 40 cm2/V-s, respectively. After carrier concentration saturates, the electronic mobility continues to improve with an increase of CBrF3 dopant concentration. As a comparison, to achieve similar carrier concentration, far less CIF3 dopant is required. However, the electron mobility is lower (<30 cm2/V-s) and does not improve with an increase of dopant concentration. The low electron mobility increases the optical absorption, especially of long wavelengthes. Considering CdTe/CdS solar cell efficiency, the device with a CIF3-doped SnO2 window layer provides the lower photocurrent.
The present model for current transport at the CdTe/p-ZnTe:Cu/metal back contact assumes that the CdTe and ZnTe valence bands align, while current transport at a highly doped ZnTe and a metal interface proceeds by tunneling. To test part of this model, we have investigated the electrical and material properties of CdS/CdTe devices where the outer metal is either Ti or Ni. Our results show that differences in device series resistance are not linked simply to metal/ZnTe:Cu interfacial contact resistance, but that metallization-induced diffusion remains a more likely cause of significant performance distinctions.
Graded-band-gap CuIn1−xGaxSe2 (CIGS) absorbers with Ga/Ga+In value in the 20%-30% range have a demonstrated efficiency of 18.8%. For CdS-containing devices, the shortcircuit current density (Jsc) has almost reached its expected maximum. However, the open-circuit voltage of CIGS solar cells is limited by the surface microstructure and chemistry. In this work, we examine the microstructural properties and chemistry of CIGS. We also attempted to correlate the above observations and device performance.
A study of the CdS/CdTe interface was performed on glass/SnO2/CdS/CdTe device structures. CdS layers were deposited by chemical solution growth to a thickness of 80–100 nm, and CdTe was deposited by close-spaced sublimation at substrate temperatures of 500°, 550°, and 600°C. Post-deposition CdCl2 heat treatment was performed at 400°C. Samples were analyzed by optical spectroscopy, secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), spectral response, and current-voltage measurements. SIMS analysis shows that the intermixing of CdS and CdTe is a function of substrate temperature and post-deposition CdCl2 heat treatment. The degree of intermixing increases with increases in substrate temperature and the intensity of CdCl2 heat treatment. Optical analysis and X-Ray diffraction data show that the phases of CdSxTe1-x are also a function of the same parameters. Formation of a Te-rich CdSxTe1-x alloy is favored for films deposited at higher substrate temperatures. Spectral response of the devices is affected by the degree of alloying at the interface. The degree of alloying is indicated by simultaneous changes in long wavelength response (due to the formation of lower bandgap intermixed CdSxTe1-x) and the short wavelength response (due to the change in CdS thickness). Device performance is heavily influenced by alloying at the interface. With optimized intermixing, improvements in Voc, and diode quality factors are observed in the resulting devices.
Silicon core and valence levels were studied in hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) as a function of hydrogen concentration. The techniques used to establish the core levels were X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy and core-level Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy. Changes in the local densities of states of the silicon 3s and 3p levels were examined with Auger Electron Spectroscopy. The a-Si:H samples were grown by RF sputtering. Their hydrogen concentrations varied from zero to nearly fifteen percent.