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Stefano Grazioli, Maurizio Paciaroni, Giancarlo Agnelli, Monica Acciarresi, Andrea Alberti, Cataldo D'Amore, Valeria Caso, Michele Venti, Luigina Guasti, Walter Ageno, Alessandro Squizzato
BACKGROUND: The association between stroke and cancer is well-known but insufficiently investigated. Aim of this multicentre retrospective cohort study was to estimate the prevalence of cancer-associated ischemic stroke, describe clinical outcomes in patients with cancer-associated ischemic stroke and investigate independent factors associated with active cancer. METHODS: Consecutive adult patients admitted for acute ischemic stroke were included. Included patients were admitted in the Stroke Unit of the Hospital of Perugia, Italy, from March 2005 to March 2015, and in a medical unit of the Hospital of Varese, Italy, from January 2010 till December 2011...
March 15, 2018: Thrombosis Research
Stephen Ashford, Heather Williams, Ajoy Nair, Samantha Orridge, Lynne Turner-Stokes
BACKGROUND: Goal-classification of person-centred goals, using Goal Attainment Scaling for leg spasticity treatment. METHODS: The study was conducted in two phases: phase I, a retrospective review to evaluate categories of goal set in routine clinical practice. Findings were used to design a goal classification system. Phase II, a multi-centre study to confirm the goal categories. Goals set (n = 270) were analysed from data collected at three centres in the UK (one centre for phase I)...
March 20, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation
Rachel A Goodwin, Nadina B Lincoln, Roshan das Nair, Andrew Bateman
Memory problems are reported in 40%-60% of people with multiple sclerosis (MS). These problems affect independence and may limit the ability to benefit from rehabilitation. Our aim was to evaluate the effectiveness of NeuroPage for people with MS living in the community. A multicentre, single-blind, randomised controlled crossover trial was conducted. The intervention comprised the NeuroPage service, which sends reminder messages to mobile phones at pre-arranged times. In the control condition participants received "non-memory texts", that is, messages not aimed at providing a reminder; for example, supplying news headlines or sport updates...
March 20, 2018: Neuropsychological Rehabilitation
Paul P Walker, Pasquale P Pompilio, Paolo Zanaboni, Trine S Bergmo, Kaiu Prikk, Andrei Malinovschi, Josep M Montserrat, Jo Middlemass, Silvana Šonc, Giulia Munaro, Dorjan Marušič, Ruth Sepper, Roberto Rosso, A Niroshan Siriwardena, Christer Janson, Ramon Farre, Peter M A Calverley, Raffaele L Dellaca'
RATIONALE: Early detection of COPD exacerbations using tele-monitoring of physiological variables might reduce the frequency of hospitalisation. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the efficacy of home monitoring of lung mechanics by the forced oscillation technique (FOT) and cardiac parameters in older COPD patients with co-morbidities. METHODS: This multicentre, randomized clinical trial recruited 312 GOLD grade II-IV COPD patients (median age 71 years [IQR:66-76], 49...
March 20, 2018: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Marco Esposito, Daniele Cardaropoli, Luca Gobbato, Fabio Scutellà, Andrea Fabianelli, Saverio Mascellani, Gianluca Delli Ficorelli, Fabio Mazzocco, Luca Sbricoli, Anna Trullenque-Eriksson
PURPOSE: To evaluate whether there are aesthetic and clinical benefits to using a newly designed abutment (Curvomax), over a conventional control abutment (GingiHue). MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 49 patients, who required at least two implants, had two sites randomised according to a split-mouth design to receive one abutment of each type at seven different centres. The time of loading (immediate, early or delayed) and of prosthesis (provisional crowns of fixed prosthesis) was decided by the clinicians, but they had to restore both implants in a similar way...
2018: European Journal of Oral Implantology
Miltiadis Mitsias, Konstantinos Siormpas, Valeria Pistilli, Anna Trullenque-Eriksson, Marco Esposito
PURPOSE: To compare the clinical outcome of single, partial and complete fixed implant supported prostheses immediately loaded (within 48 h), early loaded at 6 weeks, and conventionally loaded at 3 months (delayed loading). MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 54 patients (18 requiring single implants, 18 partial fixed prostheses, and 18 total fixed cross-arch prostheses) were randomised in equal numbers at two private practices to immediate loading (18 patients), early loading (18 patients), and conventional loading (18 patients) according to a parallel group design with three arms...
2018: European Journal of Oral Implantology
Caroline Bolle, Pietro Felice, Carlo Barausse, Valeria Pistilli, Anna Trullenque-Eriksson, Marco Esposito
PURPOSE: To evaluate whether 4.0 mm short dental implants could be an alternative to augmentation with xenographs in the maxilla and placement of at least 10.0 mm long implants in posterior atrophic jaws. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A group of 40 patients with atrophic posterior (premolar and molar areas) mandibles with 5.0 mm to 6.0 mm bone height above the mandibular canal and 40 patients with atrophic maxillas having 4.0 mm to 5.0 mm below the maxillary sinus, were randomised according to a parallel group design to receive between one and three 4...
2018: European Journal of Oral Implantology
Marco Esposito, Rubén Davó, Carlos Marti-Pages, Ada Ferrer-Fuertes, Carlo Barausse, Roberto Pistilli, Daniela Rita Ippolito, Pietro Felice
PURPOSE: To compare the clinical outcome of immediately loaded cross-arch maxillary prostheses supported by zygomatic implants vs conventional implants placed in augmented bone. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 71 edentulous patients with severely atrophic maxillas, who did not have sufficient bone volume to place dental implants or when it was possible to place only two implants in the front area (minimal diameter 3.5 mm and length of 8 mm) and less than 4.0 mm of bone height subantrally, were randomised according to a parallel group design...
2018: European Journal of Oral Implantology
Eva Schildmann, Sebastian Pörnbacher, Helen Kalies, Claudia Bausewein
BACKGROUND: Sedatives are frequently used towards the end of life. However, there is scarce information when their use is labelled as 'palliative sedation'. AIM: To assess the use and labelling of 'continuous administration of sedatives within the last 7 days of life', based on objective operational criteria, on a palliative care unit. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study, using medical records. Explorative statistical analysis (SPSS 23). SETTING/PARTICIPANTS: Patients who died on a palliative care unit from August 2014 to July 2015...
March 1, 2018: Palliative Medicine
Rhys D Pockett, Phil McEwan, Joshua Ray, Irwin Tran, Simon Shutler, Steven Martin, Zaheer Yousef, Ameet Bakhai
OBJECTIVES: The effects of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) events on health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and the time dependency of these effects are unknown. This study aimed to characterise health utilities in ACS patients to aid development of future economic models estimating the cost per quality-adjusted life-year impact of ACS events and potential treatments. METHODS: Multicentre, non-interventional, longitudinal evaluation of health utility in patients experiencing ACS or stroke events...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Medical Economics
Hiroki Nishiwaki, Takeshi Hasegawa, Megumi Shinji, Fujio Matsuo, Tsuyoshi Watanabe, Hirofumi Makino, Fumihiko Koiwa, Akira Hishida
BACKGROUND: The practice patterns of exercise restrictions for patients with chronic kidney disease have not been adequately evaluated yet; thus, we examined them using a cross-sectional design and explored the factors related with those restrictions. METHODS: The Chronic Kidney Disease Japan Cohort study was a multicentre cohort study of Japanese patients (age 20-75 years) living in Japan. We used the information in the questionnaire on the restriction of physical activities offered by physicians to the patients during enrolment...
March 19, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Nephrology
Andrea Ciavattini, Giovanni Delli Carpini, Lorenzo Moriconi, Nicolò Clemente, Nina Montik, Rosa De Vincenzo, Anna Del Fabro, Monica Buttignol, Caterina Ricci, Francesca Moro, Francesco Sopracordevole
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate cervical regeneration at 6 months following excisional treatment for high-grade cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN), and to investigate the effect of cone dimensions, age of patients and technique of excision on the efficacy of the regeneration process. DESIGN: Prospective observational multicentric study. SETTING: Three tertiary care and research centres. PARTICIPANTS: Among the 197 eligible women of childbearing age, older than 25 years of age, undergoing for the first time a loop electrosurgical excision procedure or carbon dioxide laser cervical excision for a high-grade CIN at the colposcopy-directed cervical punch biopsy, and with a final diagnosis of high-grade CIN, 165 completed the 6-month follow-up and were included in the analysis...
March 19, 2018: BMJ Open
Antonis Fanouriakis, Christina Adamichou, Sofia Koutsoviti, Stylianos Panopoulos, Chrysanthi Staveri, Anastasia Klagou, Christina Tsalapaki, Lamprini Pantazi, Styliani Konsta, Clio P Mavragani, Despoina Dimopoulou, Styliani Ntali, Georgios Katsikas, Kyriaki A Boki, Dimitrios Vassilopoulos, Pinelopi Konstantopoulou, Stamatis-Nick Liossis, Antonia Elezoglou, Maria Tektonidou, Prodromos Sidiropoulos, Abdulsamet Erden, Petros P Sfikakis, George Bertsias, Dimitrios T Boumpas
BACKGROUND: Low disease activity is a validated target of current systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) therapy. The aim of this study was to assess the ability of belimumab to achieve low disease activity states in real-life settings. METHODS: Multicentre prospective observational study of consecutive SLE patients receiving belimumab for at least 3 months, due to active disease refractory to at least one conventional immunosuppressant. Disease activity, including the recently defined lupus low disease activity state (LLDAS) and remission (clinical SLEDAI-2K = 0), accrual of organ damage, flares and side effects were documented...
February 23, 2018: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
Rui-Hua Xu, Kei Muro, Satoshi Morita, Satoru Iwasa, Sae Won Han, Wei Wang, Masahito Kotaka, Masato Nakamura, Joong Bae Ahn, Yan-Hong Deng, Takeshi Kato, Sang-Hee Cho, Yi Ba, Hiroshi Matsuoka, Keun-Wook Lee, Tao Zhang, Yasuhide Yamada, Junichi Sakamoto, Young Suk Park, Tae Won Kim
BACKGROUND: Studies of a modified XELIRI (mXELIRI; capecitabine plus irinotecan) regimen suggest promising efficacy and tolerability profiles in the first-line and second-line settings. Therefore, we aimed to compare the efficacy and safety of the mXELIRI regimen with that of standard FOLFIRI (leucovorin, fluorouracil, and irinotecan), with or without bevacizumab in both regimens, as a second-line therapy for metastatic colorectal cancer. METHODS: We did a multicentre, open-label, randomised, non-inferiority, phase 3 trial...
March 16, 2018: Lancet Oncology
Béatrice Bouhanick, Jacques Amar, Laurence Amar, Philippe Gosse, Xavier Girerd, Yves Reznik, Claire Mounier-Vehier, Jean Philippe Baguet, Pierre Boutouyrie, Benoit Lepage, Pierre Lantelme, Bernard Chamontin
BACKGROUND: Predictive factors associated with normal blood pressure (BP) after unilateral adrenalectomy for primary aldosteronism (PA) are not clearly identified. AIMS: To evaluate the predictive value of arterial stiffness before surgery on BP after surgery. METHODS: During 2009-2013, 96 patients with PA due to unilateral adrenal adenoma who underwent surgery were enrolled in a multicentre open-label, prospective study. Aortic pulse wave velocity (PWV) was assessed before surgery...
March 16, 2018: Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases
Kristin Ursin, Stian Lydersen, Johan Fredrik Skomsvoll, Marianne Wallenius
Objective: The aim was to study disease activity in women with axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA) during and after pregnancy. Methods: The study included 179 pregnancies in 166 women with axSpA from a Norwegian nationwide register. Disease activity was assessed at seven time points before, throughout and after pregnancy with the DAS BASDAI. Scores assessed at each time point were analysed in a linear mixed model. The same statistical method was used to study self-reported physical functioning, pain and mental health...
March 14, 2018: Rheumatology
Lenard Conradi, Michael Hilker, Jörg Kempfert, Jochen Börgermann, Hendrik Treede, David M Holzhey, Holger Schröfel, Won-Keun Kim, Ulrich Schaefer, Thomas Walther
OBJECTIVES: We assessed the safety and efficacy of a novel low-profile, 22-Fr transapical delivery system together with the ACURATE neo™ resheathable transcatheter heart valve. METHODS: This prospective, single-arm, multicentre study enrolled 60 patients with severe symptomatic aortic stenosis and high surgical risk ineligible for transfemoral access. Primary end points were 6-month mortality and procedural success. RESULTS: The mean age of patients was 79...
March 14, 2018: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
Antony S Moore, Angela E Frimberger
OBJECTIVE To evaluate factors for associations with duration of first remission and survival time in dogs ≥ 14 years of age with stage III to V multicentric lymphoma. DESIGN Retrospective cohort study. ANIMALS 29 dogs ≥ 14 years of age with multicentric lymphoma treated with a chemotherapy protocol at dosages used for younger dogs (n = 22) or with prednisolone alone (7). PROCEDURES Various data were collected from the medical records, including treatment response and related adverse events. Survival analysis was performed to determine duration of first remission and survival time (from start of chemotherapy), and these outcomes were compared between various groupings...
April 1, 2018: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
Nancy Kentish-Barnes, Sylvie Chevret, Gaëlle Cheisson, Liliane Joseph, Laurent Martin-Lefèvre, Anne Gaelle Si Larbi, Gérald Viquesnel, Sophie Marqué, Stéphane Donati, Julien Charpentier, Nicolas Pichon, Benjamin Zuber, Olivier Lesieur, Martial Ouendo, Anne Renault, Pascale Le Maguet, Stanislas Kandelman, Marie Thuong, Bernard Floccard, Chaouki Mezher, Marion Galon, Jacques Duranteau, Elie Azoulay
RATIONALE: In the case of organ donation, the family is highly involved in the decision process. OBJECTIVE: To assess experience of organ donation process and grief symptoms in relatives of brain dead patients who discussed organ donation in the ICU. METHODS: Multicentre cross-sectional study in 28 ICUs in France. Participating subjects were relatives of brain dead patients who were approached to discuss organ donation. Relatives were followed-up by phone at 3 time points: at 1 month to complete a questionnaire describing their experience of organ donation process; At 3 months to complete the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale and the Impact of Event Scale-Revised; At 9 months, to complete the IES-R and the Inventory of Complicated Grief...
March 19, 2018: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Marc M Cohen, Michael Ben-Meir, Nick Andrianopoulos
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March 5, 2018: Medical Journal of Australia
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