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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232756/-the-conundrum-of-relationships-in-the-multivariate-dataset-of-nvamd-treatment
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Robert G H Wilke, Robert Patrick Finger, Helmut G Sachs
Background The evaluation of relationships in clinical case series is complicated by statistical pitfalls, one of which is spurious correlation. In this case, one or more potential factors are actually not related to a target measure, yet it may be wrongly inferred that they are. This may be due to either coincidence or the presence of a one or more confounding unregarded factors. In randomised clinical trials, it is attempted to eliminate such confounding factors or to control them by randomisation. However, this approach is not applicable in retrospective case series, and other statistical methods must be applied, such as multivariate analyses, taking into account all known variables...
December 2017: Klinische Monatsblätter Für Augenheilkunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232736/-left-ventricular-assist-device-therapy-ways-to-improve-the-ambulatory-care
#2
Caspar Burkhard-Meier, Michiel Morshuis
The use of left-ventricular assist device therapy (LVAD) in terminal heart failure patients is increasing. Many patients are receiving LVAD-therapy as final solution (destination therapy). After discharge from the implanting heart center patient-centered care has to be implemented on an outpatient basis. A responsible ambulatory treatment of this severe heart failure population requires knowledge about LVAD specific problems (general medical care, long term complications, device management). The referring cardiologist as well as the private practitioner should be more involved in the care of patients with LVAD...
December 12, 2017: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232419/mycobacterium-marinum-remains-an-unrecognized-cause-of-indolent-skin-infections
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Julie Steinbrink, Molara Alexis, Daniella Angulo-Thompson, Mayur Ramesh, George Alangaden, Marisa H Miceli
We identified 5 patients who had cutaneous lesions with cultures that yielded Mycobacterium marinum. It was discovered that all 5 patients had a home aquarium, and infection was preceded by trauma to the hand. However, the association between the development of the infection and exposure of the trauma site to the aquarium was not initially established until repeated questioning was performed. Skin biopsies or incision and drainage were performed for all patients, and the diagnosis was established by culture of the specimens...
November 2017: Cutis; Cutaneous Medicine for the Practitioner
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232365/monitoring-compliance-with-standards-of-care-for-chronic-diseases-using-healthcare-administrative-databases-in-italy-strengths-and-limitations
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Rosa Gini, Martijn J Schuemie, Alessandro Pasqua, Emanuele Carlini, Francesco Profili, Iacopo Cricelli, Patrizio Dazzi, Valentina Barletta, Paolo Francesconi, Francesco Lapi, Andrea Donatini, Giulia Dal Co, Modesta Visca, Mariadonata Bellentani, Miriam Sturkenboom, Niek Klazinga
BACKGROUND: A recent comprehensive report on healthcare quality in Italy published by the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) recommended that regular monitoring of quality of primary care by means of compliance with standards of care for chronic diseases is performed. A previous ecological study demonstrated that compliance with standards of care could be reliably estimated on regional level using administrative databases. This study compares estimates based on administrative data with estimates based on GP records for the same persons, to understand whether ecological fallacy played a role in the results of the previous study...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232340/ablative-therapies-for-locally-advanced-pancreatic-cancer
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Rupen Shah, Katherine T Ostapoff, Boris Kuvshinoff, Steven N Hochwald
The vast majority of patients who present with pancreatic adenocarcinoma have locally advanced or metastatic disease at the time of presentation without possibility of cure. Although in recent years there have been some new promising chemotherapy regimens that improve overall survival by a few months, the prognosis remains dismal. There is, however, a subset of patients who experience durable stable disease or partial responses after initial courses of chemotherapy with locally advanced disease. In these select patients, there remains interest in local ablative therapy with or without resection as a means for local control, palliation of symptoms, and possible improved survival...
January 2018: Pancreas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232325/utility-of-electronic-medical-records-in-community-rheumatology-practice-for-assessing-quality-of-care-indicators-for-gout-a-feasibility-study
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Augusto Estrada, Nicole W Tsao, Alyssa Howren, John M Esdaile, Kamran Shojania, Mary A De Vera
OBJECTIVES: With comprehensive capture of information on patient encounters, electronic medical records (EMRs) may have utility for assessing adherence to quality indicators (QIs) in gout. Our objectives were to translate 10 previously established gout QIs into relevant EMR data and evaluate and describe the feasibility of using EMRs to assess gout QIs. METHODS: Using EMRs from 3 community rheumatology practices in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, we identified gout patients seen between January 1, 2012, and December 31, 2013...
December 12, 2017: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232324/vaccination-recommendations-for-adults-with-autoimmune-inflammatory-rheumatic-diseases-in-latin-america
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Claiton Viegas Brenol, Valderilio Feijo Azevedo, Pablo Eduardo Bonvehi, Paola Ximena Coral-Alvarado, Julio Granados, Roberto Muñoz-Louis, Carlos Pineda, Carla Vizzotti
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVE: Patients with autoimmune inflammatory rheumatic diseases (AIRDs) are at increased risk of contracting severe infections and suffering complications, particularly when they are receiving immunomodulating therapy. Vaccination is an important means to prevent many potential infections and thereby reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with AIRD. The purpose of this consensus document is to provide health care professionals with recommendations for the vaccination of AIRD patients who reside in Latin America...
December 12, 2017: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232184/feasibility-and-safety-of-intrathoracic-biopsy-and-repeat-biopsy-for-evaluation-of-programmed-cell-death-ligand-1-expression-for-immunotherapy-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Emily B Tsai, Kelsey Pomykala, Kathleen Ruchalski, Scott Genshaft, Fereidoun Abtin, Antonio Gutierrez, Hyun J Kim, Alice Li, Carlos Adame, Ashkan Jalalian, Brian Wolf, Edward B Garon, Jonathan W Goldman, Robert Suh
Purpose To determine feasibility and safety of biopsy and repeat biopsy for assessment of programmed cell death ligand-1 (PD-L1) status. Materials and Methods This retrospective analysis reviewed 101 patients who underwent transthoracic core needle biopsy for the KEYNOTE-001 (MK-3475) clinical trial of pembrolizumab, an antiprogrammed cell death-1 therapy for non-small cell lung cancer, from May 2012 to September 2014. Sixty-one male patients (mean age, 66.1 years; range 36-83 years) and 40 female patients (mean age, 66...
December 12, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232179/adenotonsillectomy-for-obstructive-sleep-apnea-in-children-with-complex-chronic-conditions
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Reshma Amin, Theresa Holler, Indra Narang, Sharon L Cushing, Evan J Propst, Suhail Al-Saleh
Objective To estimate the prevalence of persistent obstructive sleep apnea postadenotonsillectomy in children with complex chronic conditions. Study Design A retrospective cohort study. Setting The Hospital for Sick Children Sleep laboratory. Subjects Children ≤18 years of age who had moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea and had polysomnography pre- and postadenotonsillectomy. Methods Medical and polysomnographic data were reviewed. The prevalence of persistent obstructive sleep apnea postadenotonsillectomy was determined for the following groups: no complex chronic conditions, single-system complex chronic conditions, and multisystem complex chronic conditions...
December 1, 2017: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232055/outcome-of-orthodontic-palatal-plate-therapy-for-orofacial-dysfunction-in-children-with-down-syndrome-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
F Javed, Z Akram, A P Barillas, S V Kellesarian, H B Ahmed, J Khan, K Almas
To evaluate the effects of orthodontic palatal plate therapy (OPPT) in the treatment of orofacial dysfunction in children with Down syndrome (DS). Indexed databases were searched. Clinical trials in DS allocated to test (treatment with palatal plates) versus control group (without palatal plates/special physiotherapy for orofacial stimulation) with follow-up of any time duration and assessing mouth closure, tongue position, active and inactive muscle function as outcomes. Study designs, subject demographics, frequency and duration of palatal plate therapy, method for assessment, follow-up period and outcomes were reported according to the PRISMA guidelines...
December 12, 2017: Orthodontics & Craniofacial Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232021/investigation-of-diffusion-kurtosis-imaging-for-discriminating-tumors-from-inflammatory-lesions-after-treatment-for-bladder-cancer
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Fang Wang, Di Jin, Xiao-Lan Hua, Zi-Zhou Zhao, Lian-Ming Wu, Wei-Bo Chen, Guang-Yu Wu, Xiao-Xi Chen, Hai-Ge Chen
BACKGROUND: The bladder wall may thicken resulting from chronic inflammation after initial treatment (transurethral resection [TUR] or neoadjuvant chemotherapy), which may mimic the feature of recurrent or residual bladder tumors (RBT). Therefore, it is critical to discriminate RBT from benign lesions after initial treatment. PURPOSE: To investigate whether diffusion kurtosis imaging (DKI) could discriminate RBT from post-therapy bladder inflammatory lesions. STUDY TYPE: Retrospective...
December 12, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29231951/phonomicrosurgery-in-vocal-fold-nodules-quantification-of-outcomes-in-professional-and-non-professional-voice-users
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Philipp P Caffier, Tatjana Salmen, Tatiana Ermakova, Eleanor Forbes, Seo-Rin Ko, Wen Song, Manfred Gross, Tadeus Nawka
There are few data demonstrating the specific extent to which surgical intervention for vocal fold nodules (VFN) improves vocal function in professional (PVU) and non-professional voice users (NVU). The objective of this study was to compare and quantify results after phonomicrosurgery for VFN in these patient groups. METHODS: In a prospective clinical study, surgery was performed via microlaryngoscopy in 37 female patients with chronic VFN manifestations (38±12 yrs, mean±SD). Pre- and postoperative evaluations of treatment efficacy comprised videolaryngostroboscopy, auditory-perceptual voice assessment, voice range profile (VRP), acoustic-aerodynamic analysis, and voice handicap index (VHI-9i)...
December 2017: Medical Problems of Performing Artists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29231239/female-pattern-hair-loss-a-pilot-study-investigating-combination-therapy-with-low-dose-oral-minoxidil-and-spironolactone
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Rodney D Sinclair
BACKGROUND: Minoxidil and spironolactone are oral antihypertensives known to stimulate hair growth. OBJECTIVE: To report on a case series of women with pattern hair loss (PHL) treated with once daily minoxidil 0.25 mg and spironolactone 25 mg. METHODS: Women newly diagnosed with a Sinclair stage 2-5 PHL were scored for hair shedding and hair density before and after 12 months of treatment with oral minoxidil 0.25 mg and spironolactone 25 mg...
December 12, 2017: International Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230931/temporal-changes-in-glycaemic-thresholds-for-treatment-intensification-in-type-2-diabetes-in-an-urban-australian-setting-the-fremantle-diabetes-study
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Timothy M E Davis, Stephen A P Chubb, Bradley H Curtis, Helen Barraclough, Wendy A Davis
BACKGROUND: Pharmacotherapy and supportive care for diabetes in Australia are improving, with potential beneficial effects on therapeutic procrastination. AIMS: To determine whether glycaemic thresholds for therapeutic intensification in type 2 diabetes changed over the 15 years between Phases of the community-based Fremantle Diabetes Study (FDS). METHODS: We studied 531 Phase 1 participants (mean age 62.4 years, 54.2% males, median diabetes duration 3...
December 12, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230798/botulinum-toxin-type-a-therapy-for-cervical-dystonia
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REVIEW
Mafalda Castelão, Raquel E Marques, Gonçalo S Duarte, Filipe B Rodrigues, Joaquim Ferreira, Cristina Sampaio, Austen P Moore, João Costa
BACKGROUND: This is an update of a Cochrane Review first published in 2005. Cervical dystonia is the most common form of focal dystonia and is a highly disabling movement disorder characterised by involuntary, usually painful, head posturing. Currently, botulinum toxin type A (BtA) is considered the first line therapy for this condition. OBJECTIVES: To compare the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of botulinum toxin type A (BtA) versus placebo in people with cervical dystonia...
December 12, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230698/mode-2-knowledge-production-in-the-context-of-medical-research-a-call-for-further-clarifications
#16
Hojjat Soofi
The traditional researcher-driven environment of medical knowledge production is losing its dominance with the expansion of, for instance, community-based participatory or participant-led medical research. Over the past few decades, sociologists of science have debated a shift in the production of knowledge from traditional discipline-based (Mode 1) to more socially embedded and transdisciplinary frameworks (Mode 2). Recently, scholars have tried to show the relevance of Mode 2 knowledge production to medical research...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Bioethical Inquiry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230694/anthropometric-changes-in-patients-with-pancreatic-cancer-undergoing-preoperative-therapy-and-pancreatoduodenectomy
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Jordan M Cloyd, Graciela M Nogueras-González, Laura R Prakash, Maria Q B Petzel, Nathan H Parker, An T Ngo-Huang, David Fogelman, Jason W Denbo, Naveen Garg, Michael P Kim, Jeffrey E Lee, Ching-Wei D Tzeng, Jason B Fleming, Matthew H G Katz
BACKGROUND: The changes in body composition that occur in response to therapy for localized pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) and during the early survivorship period, as well as their clinical significance, are poorly understood. METHODS: One hundred twenty-seven consecutive patients with PDAC who received preoperative therapy followed by pancreatoduodenectomy (PD) at a single institution between 2009 and 2012 were longitudinally evaluated. Changes in skeletal muscle (SKM), visceral adipose tissue (VAT), and subcutaneous adipose tissue (SAT) were measured on serial computed tomography images obtained upon presentation, prior to pancreatectomy, and approximately 3 and 12 months after surgery...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery: Official Journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230540/preventing-future-fractures-effectiveness-of-an-orthogeriatric-fracture-liaison-service-compared-to-an-outpatient-fracture-liaison-service-and-the-standard-management-in-patients-with-hip-fracture
#18
Antonio Naranjo, Sonia Fernández-Conde, Soledad Ojeda, Laura Torres-Hernández, Carolina Hernández-Carballo, Idoia Bernardos, Sinforiano Rodríguez, Pedro Laynez
An observational study was carried out in two hospitals in patients > 65 years admitted for hip fracture. At 6 months, 15% of patients in the hospital with orthogeriatric standard care and 75% in the hospital with fracture liaison service were receiving bisphosphonates. PURPOSE: Many patients with fractures are discharged without preventive therapy against further fractures. We sought to compare the effectiveness of an orthogeriatric fracture liaison service (FLS), outpatient FLS, and the standard care after hip fractures in prevention of future fractures...
December 11, 2017: Archives of Osteoporosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230390/her2-overexpression-in-retinoblastoma-a-potential-therapeutic-target
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David Cordeiro Sousa, Pablo Zoroquiain, Maria Eugenia Orellana, Ana Beatriz Dias, Evangelina Esposito, Miguel N Burnier
Background: Retinoblastoma (RB) is the most common primary intraocular malignancy. Current therapies are associated with high morbidity in the short- and long-term. Human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) is a transmembrane protein detected in 15-30% of breast cancers, but it has also been described in other malignancies. Recently, it has been claimed that a truncated version of this protein is expressed in RB, responsive to directed therapies in vitro. We scored HER2 overexpression in RB tissue samples and discussed its potential clinical utility...
September 2017: Ocular Oncology and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230381/exploring-process-variables-through-which-acceptance-based-behavioral-interventions-may-improve-weight-loss-maintenance
#20
J Lillis, J G Thomas, H M Niemeier, R R Wing
Objective: A previously published randomized trial with individuals reporting high internal disinhibition showed significant differences in post-treatment weight change favoring Acceptance-Based Behavioral Intervention (ABBI) when compared to standard behavioral treatment (SBT). This paper examines process variables that might contribute to the observed differences in weight change. Methods: Participants were 162 adults with overweight or obesity (mean BMI 37.6) randomly assigned to ABBI or SBT...
October 2017: Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science
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