The Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research aims to identify critical gaps within community and healthcare services, with an explicit goal to improve health outcomes (and a focus on vulnerable groups) via innovative individual, community and health service-focused programs.

The Nursing Research Institute undertakes multidisciplinary clinical and health services research that is focused on improving patient outcomes and health systems with a particular emphasis on implementation science research, that is the study of how to implement evidence based care. This research spans systematic reviews, trials, surveys, mixed-methods and qualitative research which a focus on:

  • Acute & Chronic Care
  • Stroke Care
  • Pressure Injury Prevention
  • Models of care

The Institute for Health and Ageing (IHA) is a multidisciplinary, Melbourne-based research institute focussing on both the positive and problematic aspects of ageing.

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Submissions from 2011

Nurse-led clinics as an effective service for cardiac patients :results from a systematic review, Verena Schadewaldt and T. Schultz

Reduced intubation rates for infants after introduction of high-flow nasal prong oxygen delivery, Andreas Schibler, Trang Pham, Kimble Dunster, Kim Foster, A Barlow, Kristen Gibbons, and Judith Hough

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Age-related deficits in low-level inhibitory motor control, Friederike Schlaghecken, Kulbir Birak, and Elizabeth Maylor

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Multiple systems for cognitive control :Evidence from a hybrid prime-Simon task, Friederike Schlaghecken, Malik Refaat, and Elizabeth Maylor

Feedback interventions for impaired self-awareness following brain injury :a systematic review, Julia Schmidt, Natasha Lannin, Jennifer Fleming, and Tamara Ownsworth

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Metacognition in prospective memory :Are performance predictions accurate?, Katharina Schnitzspahn, M Zeintl, T Jager, and Matthias Kliegel

The age-prospective memory-paradox :an exploration of possible mechanisms, K. M. Schnitzspahn, A. Ihle, J. Henry, Peter Rendell, and M. Kliegel

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Chronic pain in later life: A review of current issues and challenges, Pat Schofield, Amanda Clarke, Derek Jones, Denis Martin, Paul McNamee, and Blair Smith

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Oxytocin increases recognition of masked emotional faces, Lars Schulze, Alexander Lischke, Jonas Greif, Sabine C. Herpertz, Markus Heinrichs, and Gregor Domes

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Medication beliefs predict medication adherence in older adults with multiple illnesses, B Schuz, C Marx, S Wurm, J Ziegelmann, Ralf Schwarzer, and C Tesch-Romer

Changes in Functional Health, Changes in Medication Beliefs, and Medication Adherence, B Schuz, S Wurm, J Ziegelmann, C Tesch-Romer, and Lisa Warner

Mechanisms of Health Behavior Change in Persons With Chronic illness or Disability :The Health Action Process Approach (HAPA), Ralf Schwarzer, S Lippke, and A Luszczynska

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Forshung zur Selbstwirksamkeit bei Lehrerinnen und Lehrern, Ralf Schwarzer and Lisa Warner

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Narrative therapy for adults with major depressive disorder :Improved symptom and interpersonal outcomes, Robert Schweitzer and Lynette Patricia Vromans

Factors influencing young women's sexual and reproductive health, Carmel Seibold

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Diabetes mellitus, fasting glucose, and risk of cause-specific death: The Emerging Risk Factors Collaboration, Sreenivasa Rao Kondapally Seshasai, Stephen Kaptoge, Alexander Thompson, Emanuele Di Angelantonio, Pei Gao, Nadeem Sarwar, Peter H. Whincup, Kenneth J. Mukamal, Richard F. Gillum, Ingar Holme, Inger Njølstad, Astrid Fletcher, Peter Nilsson, Sarah Lewington, Rory Collins, Vilmundur Gudnason, Simon G. Thompson, Naveed Sattar, Elizabeth Selvin, Frank B. Hu, and John Danesh

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Cardiac structure and function, remodeling, and clinical outcomes among patients with diabetes after myocardial infarction complicated by left ventricular systolic dysfunction, heart failure, or both, Amil M. Shah, Chung-Lieh Hung, Sung Hee Shin, Hicham Skali, Anil Verma, Jalal K. Ghali, Lars Kober, Eric J. Velazquez, Jean L. Rouleau, John J.V. McMurray, Marc A. Pfeffer, and Scott D. Solomon

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Positive Psychology and Self-Determination Theory : A Natural Interface, Kennon M. Sheldon and Richard M. Ryan

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Developing skills in everyday activities and self-determination in adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Loretta Sheppard and Carolyn Unsworth

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Leg Clubs - Beyond the ulcers :Case studies based on participatory action research, Patricia Shuter, Kathleen Finlayson, Helen Edwards, Mary Denise Courtney, C Herbert, and Ellie Lindsay

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Effect of aliskiren in patients with heart failure according to background dose of ACE inhibitor: A retrospective analysis of the Aliskiren Observation of Heart Failure Treatment (ALOFT) trial, Novalia P. Sidik, Scott D. Solomon, Roberto Latini, Aldo P. Maggioni, Melanie Wright, Claudio R. Gimpelewicz, Bertram Pitt, and John J.V. McMurray

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The Toronto Charter for Physical Activity (Die Toronto-Charta fur Bewegung), Katja Siefken, Sonja Kahlmeier, Sylvia Titze, and Klaus Gebel

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Trial of an allied health workload allocation model, Nadine Simmons and Suzanne Kuys

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Trial of an allied health workload allocation model, Nadine Simmons and Suzanne Kuys

Health professionals' and consumers' opinion :What is considered important when rating burn scars from photographs?, Megan Simons and Zephanie Tyack

The relationship between impulsivity and vocational outcome in outpatient youth with borderline personality features, I. T. Sio, A. Chanen, E. Killackey, and John Gleeson

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Testing multiple coordination constraints with a novel bimanual visuomotor task, Helene M. Sisti, Monique Geurts, Rene´ Clerckx, Jolien Gooijers, James P. Coxon, Marcus H. Heitger, Karen Caeyenberghs, Iseult A. Beets, Leen Serbruyns, and Stephen P. Swinnen

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Effects of anticholinergic drugs on cognitive function in older Australians: Results from the AIBL study, Gobhathai Sittironnarit, David Ames, Ashley I. Bush, Noel G. Faux, Leon Flicker, Jonathan Foster, Sarah Hilmer, Nicola T. Lautenschlager, Paul Thomas Maruff, Colin L. Masters, Ralph N. Martins, Christopher C. Rowe, Cassandra Szoeke, and Kathryn A. Ellis

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Perceived weight status may contribute to education inequalities in five-year weight change among mid-aged women, Jessica Siu, Katrina Giskes, Jonathan Shaw, and Gavin Turrell

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Stroke in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus, chronic kidney disease, and anemia treated with darbepoetin alfa: The trial to reduce cardiovascular events with aranesp therapy (TREAT) experience, Hicham Skali, Hans Henrik Parving, Patrick Parfrey, Emmanuel A. Burdmann, E. F. Lewis, Peter Ivanovich, Sai Ram Keithi-Reddy, Janet B. McGill, John McMurray, Ajay K. Singh, Scott Solomon, Hajime Uno, and Marc A. Pfeffer

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Beyond the blues : the need for integrated care pathways, Chantal Ski and David Thompson

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The effect of physical training on systemic proinflammatory cytokine expression in heart failure patients: A systematic review, Neil A. Smart and Michael Craig Steele

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Exercise training in haemodialysis patients: A systematic review and meta-analysis, Neil Smart and Michael Craig Steele

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Continuous endurance-type exercise training does not modulate satellite cell content in obese type 2 diabetes patients, Tim Snijders, Lex B. Verdijk, Dominique Hansen, Paul Dendale, and Luc J. C. van Loon

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Evidence-based interventions for reading and language difficulties :Creating a virtuous circle, Margaret Snowling and Charles Hulme

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Effect of the direct renin inhibitor aliskiren on left ventricular remodelling following myocardial infarction with systolic dysfunction, Scott D. Solomon, Sung Hee Shin, Amil Shah, Hicham Skali, Akshay S. Desai, Lars Kober, Aldo Pietro Maggioni, Jean L. Rouleau, Roxzana Y. Kelly, Allen Hester, John J. V. McMurray, and Marc A. Pfeffer

Verbal learning and memory in adolescent cannabis users, alcohol users and non-users, Nadia Solowij, Katy Jones, Megan Rozman, Sasha Davis, Joseph Ciarrochi, Patrick Charles Lionel Heaven, Dan Lubman, and Murat Yucel

Depression scores predict adherence in a dietary weight loss intervention trial, Shawn Somerset, Laura Graham, and Katherine Markwell

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Listening comprehension across the adult lifespan, Mitchell Sommers, Sandra Hale, Joel Myerson, Nathan Rose, Nancy Tye-Murray, and Brent Spehar

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Identifying depression and anxiety disorders in people presenting for substance use treatment, Petra K. Staiger, Anna C. Thomas, Lina A. Ricciardelli, and Marita P. McCabe

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Improving services for individuals with a dual diagnosis: A qualitative study reporting on the views of service users, Petra K. Staiger, Anna C. Thomas, Lina A. Ricciardelli, Marita Patricia McCabe, Wendy Cross, and Greg Young

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Screen-based entertainment time, all-cause mortality, and cardiovascular events : Population-based study with ongoing mortality and hospital events follow-up, Emmanuel Stamatakis, Mark Hamer, and David Dunstan

Nutrition for power sports :Middle-distance running, track cycling, rowing, canoeing/kayaking, and swimming, T Stellingwerff, R Maughan, and Louise Burke

Social Participation of Adolescents with Cerebral Palsy :Trade-offs and Choices, Debra Stewart, John Lawless, Lorie Shimmell, Robert Palisano, Matthew Freeman, Peter Rosenbaum, and Dianne Russell

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The WHiCH? Trial: Rationale and design of a pragmatic randomized, multicentre comparison of home- vs. clinic-based management of chronic heart failure patients, Simon Stewart, Melinda J. Carrington, Thomas Marwick, Patricia M. Davidson, Peter Macdonald, John Horowitz, Henry Krum, Phillip J. Newton, Christopher Reid, and Paul A. Scuffham

Standing at the crossroads between new and historically prevalent heart disease :Effects of migration and socio-economic factors in the Heart of Soweto cohort study, Simon Stewart, Melinda Carrington, Sandra Pretorius, Puthuma Methusi, and Karen Sliwa

Optimising management of hypertension in primary care :The Valsartan intensified Primary Care Reduction of Blood Pressure (Viper-Bp) Study, Simon Stewart, Melinda Carrington, Carla Swemmer, Nicol Kurstjens, and Garry Jennings

The clinical consequences and challenges of hypertension in urban-dwelling black Africans :insights from the Heart of Soweto Study, Simon Stewart, Elena Libhaber, Melinda Carrington, Albertino Damasceno, Haroon Abbasi, Craig Hansen, David Wilkinson, and Karen Sliwa

A not-so-rare form of heart failure in urban black Africans :Pathways to right heart failure in the Heart of Soweto Study cohort, Simon Stewart, Ana Mocumbi, Melinda Carrington, Sandra Pretorius, Rosie Burton, and Karen Sliwa

Improving general intelligence with a nutrient-based pharmacological intervention, Con Stough, David Camfield, Christina Kure, Joanne Tarasuik, Luke Downey, Jenny Lloyd, Andrea Zangara, Andrew Scholey, and Josh Reynolds

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News and social media :Windows into community perspectives on disinvestment, J. Street, S. E. Hennessy, A M. Watt, Janet E. Hiller, and A. Elshaug

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Osteoporosis: Burden, health care provision and opportunities in the EU, O. Ström, F. Borgström, John A. Kanis, Juliet E. Compston, Cyrus Cooper, Eugene V. McCloskey, and B. Jönsson

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A systematic meta-analytic review of evidence for the effectiveness of the 'Fast ForWord language intervention program, Gemma Strong, Carole Torgerson, David Torgerson, and Charles Hulme

Does mother's smoking influence girls' smoking more than boys' smoking? :A 20-year review of the literature using a sex- and gender-based analysis, Karen Sullivan, Joan Bottorff, and Christopher Reid

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The importance of Wrist Flexion and X-Factor in the Golf Swing :A Forward Kinematic Approach, Matthew Sweeney, Peter Mills, Jacqueline Alderson, and Bruce Elliott

The immediate effect of unilateral lumbar Z-joint mobilisation on posterior chain neurodynamics :A randomised controlled study, Adam Szlezak, Peter Georgilopoulos, Joanne Bullock-Saxton, and Michael Steele

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Patients Assessment of Chronic Illness Care (PACIC) in two Australian studies : Structure and utility, Jane Taggart, Bibiana Chan, Upali Jayasinghe, Bettina Christl, Judy Proudfoot, Patrick Crookes, Justin Beilby, Deborah Black, and Mark Harris

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Persistent nigrostriatal dopaminergic abnormalities in ex-users of MDMA (ecstasy): An 18 F-dopa PET Study, Yen F. Tai, Rosa Hoshi, Catherine M. Brignell, Lisa Cohen, David J. Brooks, H. Valerie Curran, and Paola Piccini

The brain basis of the phonological deficit in dyslexia is independent of IQ, Hiroko Tanaka, Jessica Black, Charles Hulme, Leanne Stanley, Shelli Kesler, Susan Whitfield-Gabrieli, Allan Reiss, John Gabrieli, and Fumiko Hoeft

The psychology of respite care for people with dementia in Australia, Judy Tang, Bridget Ryburn, Colleen Doyle, and Yvonne Wells

The family meeting addressing spiritual and psychosocial needs in a palliative care setting :usefulness and challenges to implementation, Heather Margaret Tan, Anne Wilson, Ian Olver, and Christopher Barton

Spirituality and Quality of life of older people with chronic illness in Thailand, Heather Margaret Tan, Chaweewan Wutthilert, and Margaret O'Connor

The experience of palliative patients and their families of a family meeting utilised as an instrument for spiritual and psychosocial care: A qualitative study, Heather M. Tan, Anne Wilson, Ian Olver, and Christopher Barton

Post-fire seed predation :Does distance to unburnt vegetation matter?, Jennifer E. Taylor, E M. Tasker, A J. Denham, and T. C. Strevens

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Kinematic and Coordination Variability of the Throwing Arm During the Water Polo Shot, Paul Taylor, Raul Landeo, and Jennifer Coogan

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Evaluation of the Victorian Government heatwave framework, Penny Taylor, Gwen Cruise, Colleen Doyle, Marcia Fearn, Access Economics Pty Ldt, and National Ageing Research Institute

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ESC Guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of peripheral artery diseases, Michal Tendera, Victor Aboyans, Marie-Louise Bartelink, Iris Baumgartner, Denis Clement, Jean-Philippe Collet, Alberto Cremonesi, Marco De Carlo, Raimund Erbel, F. Gerry R. Fowkes, Magda Heras, Serge Kownator, Erich Minar, Jan Ostergren, Don Poldermans, Vincent Riambau, Marco Roffi, Joachim Rother, Horst Sievert, Marc van Sambeek, Thomas Zeller, Jeroen J. Bax, Angelo Auricchio, Helmut Baumgartner, Claudio Ceconi, Veronica Dean, Christi Deaton, Robert Fagard, Christian Funck-Brentano, David Hasdai, Arno W. Hoes, Juhani Knuuti, Theresa McDonagh, Cyril Moulin, Bogdan A. Popescu, Zeljko Reiner, Udo Sechtem, Per Anton Sirnes, Alec Vahanian, Stephan Windecker, Philippe Kolh, Adam Torbicki, Stefan Agewall, Ales Blinc, Miroslav Bulvas, Francesco Cosentino, Tine De Backer, Anders Gottsater, Dietrich Gulba, Tomasz J. Guzik, Bjorn Jonsson, Gabor Kesmarky, Anastasia Kitsiou, Waclaw Kuczmik, Mogens Lytken Larsen, Juraj Madaric, Jean-Louis Mas, John J. V. McMurray, Antonio Micari, Moris Mosseri, Christian Muller, Ross Naylor, Bo Norrving, Oztekin Oto, Tomasz Pasierski, Pierre-Francois Plouin, Flavio Ribichini, Jean-Baptiste Ricco, Luis Ruilope, Jean-Paul Schmid, Udo Schwehr, Berna G. M. Sol, Muriel Sprynger, Christiane Tiefenbacher, Costas Tsioufis, and Hendrik Van Damme

Spatial dependency of action simulation, Arjan ter Horst, Rob Van Lier, and Bert Steenbergen

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Women with heart failure are at high psychosocial risk: A systematic review of how sex and gender influence heart failure self-care, Jody R. Thomas and Alexander M. Clark

Giant swings with turns completed to handstand on uneven bars, Kylie Thomas and E. Bradshaw

Study protocol :iCONS: identifying continence options after stroke: A randomised trial, Louise Thomas, Caroline Watkins, B French, C Sutton, D Forshaw, F Cheater, B Roe, M Leathley, C Burton, E McColl, and J Booth

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Suicide online :portrayal of website-related suicide by the New Zealand media, Katey Thom, Gareth Edwards, Ivana Nakarada-Kordic, Brian McKenna, Anthony O'Brien, and Raymond Nairn

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Insanity, methamphetamine and psychiatric expertise in New Zealand courtrooms, Katey Thom, Mary Finlayson, and Brian Mckenna

A naturalistic study of prospective memory function in MCI and dementia, C. Thompson, J. Henry, A. Withall, Peter Rendell, and H. Brodaty

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Motivational interviewing: a useful approach to improving cardiovascular health?, David Thompson, S. Chair, S. Chan, F. Astin, P. Davidson, and Chantal F. Ski

Mokken scaling of the Myocardial Infarction Dimensional Assessment Scale (MIDAS), David Thompson and Roger Watson

An account of significant events influencing Australian breastfeeding practice over the last 40 years, Robyn Thompson, Sue Kildea, L. Barclay, and S. Kruske

Sensitivity and test-retest reliability of the international shopping list test in assessing verbal learning and memory in mild alzheimer's disease, Taisia Thompson, Peter Wilson, Peter Snyder, Robert Pietrzak, David Darby, Paul Thomas Maruff, and Herman Buschke

Clinically assessed mediolateral knee motion :impact on gait, J. B. Thorlund, Mark Creaby, M. Simic, M. A. Hunt, K. L. Bennell, and E. Ageberg

Randomized trial of group cognitive behavioral therapy compared with a pain education control for low-literacy rural chronic pain population, Beverly Thorn, Melissa Day, John Burns, Melissa Kuhajda, Susan Gaskins, Kelly Sweeney, Regina McConley, L Charles Ward, and Chalanda Cabbil

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Sedentary behaviors and subsequent health outcomes in adults : A systematic review of longitudinal studies, 1996-2011, Alicia Thorp, Neville Owen, Maike Neuhaus, and David Dunstan

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Predictors and prognostic impact of recurrent myocardial infarction in patients with left ventricular dysfunction, heart failure, or both following a first myocardial infarction, Jens Jakob Thune, James E. Signorovitch, Lars Kober, John J. V. McMurray, Karl Swedberg, Jean L. Rouleau, Aldo Pietro Maggioni, Eric J. Velazquez, Robert M. Califf, Marc A. Pfeffer, and Scott D. Solomon

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An introduction, Bernadette Tobin

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Self-regulation of practice behaviour among elite youth soccer players :An exploratory study, Tynke Toering, Marije T. Elferink-Gemser, Geir Jordet, Gert-Jan Pepping, Casper Jorna, and Chris Visscher

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A self-paced intermittent protocol on a non-motorised treadmill: A reliable alternative to assessing team-sport running performance, Sarah Tofari, Reinie Cordier, Anita Bundy, Kimberley Docking, and Natalie Munro

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Relationships in pain: The experience of relationships to people living with chronic pain in rural areas, Joanne Tollefson, Kim Usher, and Kim Narelle Foster

A randomised controlled trial of caseload midwifery care: M@NGO (Midwives @ New Group practice Options), S. Tracy, D. Hartz, B. Hall, Jyai D. Allen, A. Forti, A. Lainchbury, J. White, A. Walsh, M. Tracy, and Sue Kildea

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Literature review : Understanding nursing competence in dementia care, Victoria Traynor, Kumiyo Inoue, and Patrick Crookes

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Impact of resistance exercise training on interleukin-6 and JAK/STAT in young men, Marissa K. Trenerry, Paul A. Della Gatta, Amy E. Larsen, Andrew P. Garnham, and David Cameron-Smith

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Impact of resistance exercise training on interleukin-6 and JAK/STAT in young men, Melissa K. Trenerry, Paul A. Della Gatta, Amy E. Larson, and Andrew P. Garnham

Safety and outcomes of intravenous thrombolysis in stroke mimics :A 6-year, single-care center study and a pooled analysis of reported series, Georgios Tsivgoulis, Andrei Alexandrov, Jason Chang, Vijay Sharma, Steven Hoover, Annabelle Lao, Wei Liu, Elefterios Stamboulis, Anne Alexandrov, Marc Malkoff, James Frey, and James Frey

Safety and tolerability of early noninvasive ventilatory correction using bilevel positive airway pressure in acute ischemic stroke, Georgios Tsivgoulis, Yi Zhang, Anne Alexandrov, Mark Harrigan, April Sisson, Limin Zhao, Mary Brethour, Luis Cava, Clotilde Balucani, Kristian Barlinn, Damon Patterson, Sotirios Giannopoulos, Jennifer DeWolfe, and Andrei Alexandrov

A randomized controlled trial of whole body vibration exposure on markers of bone turnover in postmenopausal women, Sarah Turner, Margaret Ellen Torode, Michael Climstein, Geraldine Naughton, David Greene, Michael Baker, and Maria Fiatarone Singh

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Test-retest reliability of perceptions of the neighborhood environment for physical activity by socioeconomic status, Gavin Turrell, Michele A. Haynes, Martin O'Flaherty, Nicola W. Burton, Katrina Giskes, Billie Giles-Corti, and Lee-Ann Wilson

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Reliability and validity of the Prospective and Retrospective Memory Questionnaire (PRMQ) in young and old people :A Japanese study, Daisuke Ueno, Yoshiko IshiokaIkuyo Kurokawa, Peter Rendell, Yasuyuki Gondo, and Nozomi Renge

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Human pilot studies reveal the potential of a vitronectin: Growth factor complex as a treatment for chronic wounds, Zee Upton, Hilary J. Wallace, Gary K. Shooter, Derek R. van Lonkhuyzen, Sim Yeoh-Ellerton, Erin A. Rayment, Jacqui M. Fleming, Daniel Broszczak, Douglas Queen, R. Gary Sibbald, David I. Leavesley, and Michael C. Stacey

it starts with access! A grounded theory of family members working to get through critical illness, V Vandall-Walker and Alexander Clark

Risk factors for patellar tendinopathy :A rsystematic review of the literature, Henk Van der Worp, Mathijs van Ark, Saskia Roerink, Gert-Jan Pepping, Inge van den Akker-Scheek, and Johannes Zwerver

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Postprandial hyperglycemia is highly prevalent throughout the day in type 2 diabetes patients, Jan-Willem van Dijk, Ralph J. F. Manders, Fred Hartgens, Coen D. A. Stehouwer, Stephan F. E. Praet, and Luc J. C. van Loon

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Environmental and psychosocial correlates of accelerometer-assessed and self-reported physical activity in Belgian adults, Delfien Van Dyck, Greet Cardon, Benedicte Deforche, Billie Giles-Corti, James F. Sallis, Neville Owen, and Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij