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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734235/characterization-of-cognitive-performance-and-evaluation-of-quality-of-life-among-patients-with-htlv-1
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Liliana Raulino Goncalves, Leopoldo Nelson Fernandes Barbosa, Paula Machado Ribeiro Magalhaes, Pedro Augusto Sampaio Rocha-Filho
OBJECTIVE: To characterize cognitive alterations among patients with HTLV-1, ascertain what is associated with these alterations and evaluate these patients' quality of life. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study. Patients infected by HTLV-1 who were seen at the Oswaldo Cruz University Hospital from March 2014 to June 2015 were included in the study. A semi-structured questionnaire and the Mini-Mental State Examination, Color Trails Test, Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS-III), Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale and Medical Outcomes Study 36-Item Short-Form Health Survey (SF36) were used...
July 12, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731990/-performance-of-asge-predictive-criteria-in-diagnosis-of-choledocholithiasis-in-the-edgardo-rebagliati-martins-hospital
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Harold Eduardo Benites Goñi, Fernando Vicente Palacios Salas, Jairo Luis Asencios Cusihuallpa, Rossmery Aguilar Morocco, Nasthya Solange Segovia Valle
BACKGROUND: In Peru, there are still no local studies designed for evaluating the performance of clinical guidelines designed to stratify patients according to probability of choledocholithiasis. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the performance of predictive criteria proposed by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) in diagnosis of choledocholithiasis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective cohort study conducted in a hospital in Lima (Rebagliati hospital)...
April 2017: Revista de Gastroenterología del Perú: órgano Oficial de la Sociedad de Gastroenterología del Perú
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730986/long-term-use-of-left-ventricular-assist-devices-a-report-on-clinical-outcomes
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Sneha Raju, Jane MacIver, Farid Foroutan, Carolina Alba, Filio Billia, Vivek Rao
BACKGROUND: The literature examining clinical outcomes and readmissions during extended (> 1 yr) left ventricular assist device (LVAD) support is scarce, particularly in the era of continuous-flow LVADs. METHODS: We completed a retrospective cohort study on consecutive LVAD patients from June 2006 to March 2015, focusing on those who received more than 1 year of total LVAD support time. Demographic characteristics, clinical outcomes and readmissions were analyzed using standard statistical methods...
August 2017: Canadian Journal of Surgery. Journal Canadien de Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730640/2016-updated-thai-rheumatism-association-recommendations-for-the-use-of-biologic-and-targeted-synthetic-disease-modifying-anti-rheumatic-drugs-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Worawit Louthrenoo, Nuntana Kasitanon, Wanruchada Katchamart, Duangkamol Aiewruengsurat, Parawee Chevaisrakul, Praveena Chiowchanwisawakit, Pornchai Dechanuwong, Punchong Hanvivadhanakul, Ajanee Mahakkanukrauh, Siriporn Manavathongchai, Chayawee Muangchan, Pongthorn Narongroeknawin, Veerapong Phumethum, Boonjing Siripaitoon, Anawat Suesuwan, Siraphop Suwannaroj, Parichat Uea-Areewongsa, Sittichai Ukritchon, Paijit Asavatanabodee, Ajchara Koolvisoot, Ratanavadee Nanagara, Kitti Totemchokchyakarn, Kanokrut Nuntirooj, Tasanee Kitumnuaypong
AIM: In June 2015, the Thai Rheumatism Association (TRA) approved an update of its recommendation for the use of biologic disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (bDMARDs) and targeted synthetic (tsDMARD) in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) to cover those currently available in Thailand (etanercept, infliximab, golimumab, rituximab, tocilizumab, abatacept and tofacitinib). METHOD: A search of the literature was performed between January 2000 and June 2015...
July 21, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730274/laparoscopic-liver-resection-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-located-in-segments-7-or-8
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Hanisah Guro, Jai Young Cho, Ho-Seong Han, Yoo-Seok Yoon, YoungRok Choi, Jae Seong Jang, Seong Uk Kwon, Sungho Kim, Jang Kyu Choi
BACKGROUND: Many centers consider hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) located in segments 7 or 8 to be unsuitable for laparoscopic liver resection (LLR). We evaluated the safety of LLR of HCC in segments 7 or 8 following the introduction of new laparoscopic techniques. METHODS: This retrospective study included 104 patients who underwent LLR (n = 46) or open liver resection (OLR) (n = 58) for HCC located in segments 7 or 8 between October 2004 and June 2015. The LLR group was subdivided into two subgroups according to whether LLR was performed before (Lap1; n = 29) or after (Lap2; n = 17) the introduction of the Pringle maneuver, intercostal trocars, and semi-lateral patient positioning...
July 20, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729355/insurance-clearance-for-early-phase-oncology-clinical-trials-following-the-affordable-care-act
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Kenneth L Kehl, Cheryl P Fullmer, Siqing Fu, Goldy C George, Kenneth R Hess, Filip Janku, Daniel D Karp, Shumei Kato, Cynthia K Kizer, Razelle Kurzrock, Aung Naing, Shubham Pant, Sarina A Piha-Paul, Vivek Subbiah, Apostolia M Tsimberidou, David S Hong
Purpose: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) required that private insurance plans allow clinical trial participation and cover standard-of-care costs, but the impact of this provision has not been well-characterized. We assessed rates of insurance clearance for trial participation within our large early-phase clinical trials program, before and after implementation of the requirement.Experimental Design: We analyzed the departmental database for the Clinical Center for Targeted Therapy (CCTT) at MD Anderson Cancer Center (Houston, TX)...
July 20, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728603/the-effect-of-using-social-pressure-in-cover-letters-to-improve-retention-in-a-longitudinal-health-study-an-embedded-randomised-controlled-retention-trial
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Sarah Cotterill, Kelly Howells, Sarah Rhodes, Peter Bower
BACKGROUND: Retention of participants in cohort studies is important for validity. One way to promote retention is by sending a persuasive cover letter with surveys. The study aimed to compare the effectiveness of a covering letter containing social pressure with a standard covering letter on retention in a health cohort study. Social pressure involves persuading people to behave in a certain way by the promise that their actions will be made know to others. We implemented a mild form of social pressure, where the recipient was told that information about whether they responded to the current survey would be noted by the research team and printed on future correspondence from the research team to the recipient...
July 20, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728545/the-potential-value-of-serum-pepsinogen-for-the-diagnosis-of-atrophic-gastritis-among-the-health-check-up-populations-in-china-a-diagnostic-clinical-research
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Yuling Tong, Yulian Wu, Zhenya Song, Yingying Yu, Xinyan Yu
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study is to assess the validity of the measurement of pepsinogen as a screening test for chronic atrophic gastritis (AG) in health check-up populations in China. METHODS: Patients from consecutive regular health check-up were enrolled from January 2014 to June 2015. Endoscopy, combined with monitoring the Helicobacter pylori (Hp) infections, and measuring the serum pepsinogen (PG) were used to determine the diagnostic accuracy of PG for the screening of atrophic gastritis...
July 20, 2017: BMC Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728340/screening-of-differential-proteins-of-placenta-tissues-in-patients-with-pre-eclampsia-by-itraq-proteomics-techniques
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Wei-Hong Qi, Ming-Yan Zheng, Chao Li, Lin Xu, Jin-E Xu
BACKGROUND: Isotopically labeled relative and absolute quantification (iTRAQ) were applied together with liquid chromatogram-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) technique to screen and differentiate normal tissues and differential proteins of placenta tissue in the pre-eclampsia group, and to seek for a pre-eclampsia biomarker. METHODS: Thirty patients with severe pre-eclampsia (pre-eclampsia group) and 30 patients with normal full-term pregnancy (control group), who were admitted by the Obstetrical Department of The Affiliated Hospital of Qingdao University from December 2014 to June 2015, were collected for this study...
October 2017: Minerva Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728328/reconstruction-of-large-facial-defects-via-excision-of-skin-cancer-using-two-or-more-regional-flaps
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Dong Min Lee, Yong Chan Bae, Su Bong Nam, Seong Hwan Bae, June Seok Choi
BACKGROUND: Free-flap surgery and skin grafting can be used to reconstruct large facial defects that may result after skin cancer removal by Mohs micrographic surgery (MMS). However, these two methods may produce low postsurgical patient satisfaction with aesthetics, and free-flap surgery may produce an undue burden for the majority of skin cancer patients, who are of advanced age. Hence, the authors examined outcomes of large facial defect reconstruction using multiple flaps. METHODS: Among patients undergoing MMS for skin cancer at Pusan National University Hospital between January 2013 and December 2015, we evaluated 7 patients (2 males, 5 females; average age, 73...
July 2017: Archives of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728327/non-melanocytic-skin-cancers-of-the-head-and-neck-a-clinical-study-in-jeju-province
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Jae Kyoung Kang, Byung Min Yun, Jung-Kook Song, Myoung Soo Shin
BACKGROUND: Jeju Island is geographically and socioeconomically distinct from the mainland of South Korea. Thus, the presentation and management of non-melanocytic skin cancers (NMSC) of the head and neck may differ from those in other regions of the country. We compared the clinical characteristics and treatment modalities of NMSC on Jeju Island with the findings of similar regional studies. METHODS: Patient data, including age, sex, diagnosis, tumor site, treatment, and recurrence, were obtained from the medical and pathology records of patients diagnosed with NMSC between January 2010 and June 2015...
July 2017: Archives of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727956/increasing-availability-of-benzodiazepines-among-people-who-inject-drugs-in-a-canadian-setting
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Geoffrey Walton, Huiru Dong, M J Milloy, Kora DeBeck, Thomas Kerr, Evan Wood, Kanna Hayashi
BACKGROUND: Benzodiazepine misuse is associated with mortality and is common among people who inject drugs (PWID). This study aimed to examine the temporal trends in the availability of benzodiazepines among PWID in a Canadian setting, and to identify factors associated with more immediate access to benzodiazepines. METHODS: Data were derived from three prospective cohorts of PWID in Vancouver, Canada, between June 2012 and May 2015. The primary outcome was the perceived availability of benzodiazepines, measured in three levels: not available, delayed availability (available in ≥10 min), and immediate availability (available in <10 min)...
July 20, 2017: Substance Abuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727901/carbon-ion-radiotherapy-for-isolated-para-aortic-lymph-node-recurrence-from-colorectal-cancer
#13
Yuka Isozaki, Shigeru Yamada, Shohei Kawashiro, Shigeo Yasuda, Naomi Okada, Daniel Ebner, Hiroshi Tsuji, Tadashi Kamada, Hisahiro Matsubara
BACKGROUND: The safety and effectiveness of carbon-ion radiotherapy (CIRT) for isolated para-aortic lymph node (PALN) metastasis was evaluated retrospectively. METHODS: CIRT for isolated PALN metastasis from CRC was performed in 34 cases from June 2006 to August 2015 in our institute. A median dose of 52.8 Gy(RBE) (range, 48-52.8 Gy(RBE)) was delivered with a median daily dose of 4.4 Gy(RBE) (range, 4.0-4.4 Gy(RBE)). RESULTS: The median follow-up duration for all patients was 24...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727710/management-of-symptomatic-tarlov-cysts-a-retrospective-observational-study
#14
Wei Jiang, Zhenming Hu, Jie Hao
BACKGROUND: Symptomatic Tarlov cysts are a common cause of chronic pain. Many methods have been reported to treat this disease, with variable results. Most previous reports concerning the treatment methods of symptomatic Tarlov cysts were either sporadic case reports or series of limited cases. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to further optimize the management for patients with symptomatic Tarlov cysts (TCs) by analyzing the results of 82 patients who were treated with different strategies...
July 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727535/civil-unrest-in-the-context-of-chronic-community-violence-impact-on-maternal-depressive-symptoms
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Doris P Yimgang, Yan Wang, Grace Paik, Erin R Hager, Maureen M Black
OBJECTIVES: To examine changes in maternal-child health surrounding the April 2015 civil unrest in Baltimore, Maryland, following Freddie Gray's death while in police custody. METHODS: We conducted cross-sectional Children's HealthWatch surveys January 2014 through December 2015 in pediatric emergency departments and primary care clinics on maternal-child health and June 2015 through October 2015 on daily and community routines. We used trend analysis and piecewise logistic regression to examine effects of time, residential proximity moderation, and mediation analysis to assess proximity and maternal-child health relations via maternal concerns...
July 20, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726747/sleep-duration-and-quality-in-pregnant-women-a-cross-sectional-survey-in-china
#16
Xianglong Xu, Dengyuan Liu, Zhangyi Zhang, Manoj Sharma, Yong Zhao
Objectives: Good maternal health and fetal development require sufficient and good quality of sleep during pregnancy. This study investigated sleep duration and quality in pregnant women, assessing factors with possibly influence on sleep. Method: A cross-sectional survey was conducted on pregnant women between June and August in 2015 in 16 hospitals in five provinces in China. A total of 2345 pregnant women aged 18 years and older were surveyed. Insufficient sleeping duration was defined as sleeping of less than 7 h per day...
July 20, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726616/molecular-characterization-of-corynebacterium-diphtheriae-outbreak-isolates-south-africa-march-june-2015
#17
Mignon du Plessis, Nicole Wolter, Mushal Allam, Linda de Gouveia, Fahima Moosa, Genevie Ntshoe, Lucille Blumberg, Cheryl Cohen, Marshagne Smith, Portia Mutevedzi, Juno Thomas, Valentino Horne, Prashini Moodley, Moherndran Archary, Yesholata Mahabeer, Saajida Mahomed, Warren Kuhn, Koleka Mlisana, Kerrigan McCarthy, Anne von Gottberg
In 2015, a cluster of respiratory diphtheria cases was reported from KwaZulu-Natal Province in South Africa. By using whole-genome analysis, we characterized 21 Corynebacterium diphtheriae isolates collected from 20 patients and contacts during the outbreak (1 patient was infected with 2 variants of C. diphtheriae). In addition, we included 1 cutaneous isolate, 2 endocarditis isolates, and 2 archived clinical isolates (ca. 1980) for comparison. Two novel lineages were identified, namely, toxigenic sequence type (ST) ST-378 (n = 17) and nontoxigenic ST-395 (n = 3)...
August 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726460/eugene-cullen-kennedy-1928-2015
#18
Arthur J Lurigio
Presents an obituary for Eugene Cullen Kennedy, who died at age 86 on June 3, 2015, from heart and lung failure. Kennedy was trained as a counseling psychologist, but his impact went far beyond psychology, spanning 50 years and satisfying the intellectual tastes of a diversity of enthusiasts. (PsycINFO Database Record
July 2017: American Psychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726144/anastomotic-stricture-after-ultralow-anterior-resection-or-intersphincteric-resection-for-very-low-lying-rectal-cancer
#19
Soo Young Lee, Chang Hyun Kim, Young Jin Kim, Hyeong Rok Kim
BACKGROUND: Anastomotic stricture following colorectal cancer surgery is not a rare complication, but proper management of anastomotic stricture located close to the anal verge is uncertain. This study aimed to investigate risk factors and management strategies for anastomotic stricture after ultralow anterior resection (ULAR). METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed a database of patients with rectal cancer who underwent surgery between January 2007 and June 2015, and included patients with an anastomosis within 4 cm from the anal verge...
July 19, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724867/evaluation-of-the-patient-exposure-in-general-radiography-for-some-facilities-comparison-with-drl-and-evaluation-of-the-difference-among-facilities
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Koji Ono, Yuya Kondo, Takuma Ichikawa, Yasuki Asada
The first diagnostic reference levels (DRLs 2015) in Japan were published in June 2015. The purpose of this study was to compare the calculated entrance surface doses with the values of DRLs 2015, and evaluate differences in patient exposure among facilities. Semiconductor dosimeter was installed, and dosimetry was performed using equipment and radiographic condition of each facility. As a result, a dose higher than the value of DRLs 2015 was used in 12 kinds of examination. In child chest examination, the doses of the three facilities (0...
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