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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156739/electroacupuncture-alleviates-neuromuscular-dysfunction-in-an-experimental-rat-model-of-immobilization
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Jun Yang, Su Min, Fei Xie, Jingyuan Chen, Xuechao Hao, Li Ren
Immobilization-related skeletal muscle atrophy is a major concern to patients in Intensive Care Units and it has a profound effect on the quality of life. However, the underlying molecular events for the therapeutic effect of electroacupuncture to treat muscle atrophy have not been fully elucidated. Here we developed an immobilization mouse model and tested the hypothesis that skeletal muscle weakness may be caused by the increased expression of γ and α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) on muscle cell membranes, while electroacupuncture could decrease the expression of γ and α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154059/traditional-herbal-medicine-use-among-people-living-with-hiv-aids-in-gondar-ethiopia-do-their-health-care-providers-know
#2
Kaleab Taye Haile, Asnakew Achaw Ayele, Abebe Basazn Mekuria, Chilot Abiyu Demeke, Begashaw Melaku Gebresillassie, Daniel Asfaw Erku
BACKGROUND: People living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) are increasingly using herbal remedies due to the chronic nature of the disease, the complexities of treatment modalities and the difficulty in adhering to the therapeutic regimens. Yet, research on herbal medicine use in this patient population is scarce in Ethiopia. The present study aimed at investigating the prevalence and factors associated with the use of traditional herbal medicine among PLWHA in Gondar, Ethiopia. METHODS: A cross sectional survey was conducted on 360 PLWHA attending the outpatient clinic of University of Gondar referral and teaching hospital from September 1 to 30, 2016...
December 2017: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153266/ebola-virus-disease-an-update-on-post-exposure-prophylaxis
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REVIEW
William A Fischer, Pauline Vetter, Daniel G Bausch, Timothy Burgess, Richard T Davey, Robert Fowler, Frederick G Hayden, Peter B Jahrling, Andre C Kalil, Douglas L Mayers, Aneesh K Mehta, Timothy M Uyeki, Michael Jacobs
The massive outbreak of Ebola virus disease in west Africa between 2013 and 2016 resulted in intense efforts to evaluate the efficacy of several specific countermeasures developed through years of preclinical work, including the first clinical trials for therapeutics and vaccines. In this Review, we discuss how the experience and data generated from that outbreak have helped to advance the understanding of the use of these countermeasures for post-exposure prophylaxis against Ebola virus infection. In future outbreaks, post-exposure prophylaxis could play an important part in reducing community transmission of Ebola virus by providing more immediate protection than does immunisation as well as providing additional protection for health-care workers who are inadvertently exposed over the course of their work...
November 15, 2017: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152990/gastroduodenal-lesions-detected-during-small-bowel-capsule-endoscopy-incidence-diagnostic-and-therapeutic-impact
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José Francisco Juanmartiñena Fernández, Ignacio Fernández-Urien Sainz, Beatriz Zabalza Ollo, Cristina Saldaña Dueñas, Marta Montañés Guimera, Alfonso Elosua González, Juan José Vila Costas
BACKGROUND: Capsule endoscopy was primarily designed for the investigation of the small bowel. However, it may also identify lesions in other segments of the gastrointestinal tract. The aim of the current study was to evaluate the incidence of gastroduodenal abnormalities during small bowel capsule endoscopy and its impact on patient diagnosis and management. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This study is a retrospective analysis of data from 2,217 consecutive capsule endoscopy procedures performed at a single tertiary-care center between January 2008 and February 2016...
November 20, 2017: Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152734/access-to-diagnostic-and-therapeutic-facilities-for-psychogenic-nonepileptic-seizures-an-international-survey-by-the-ilae-pnes-task-force-2nd-revision
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Coraline Hingray, Wissam El-Hage, Rod Duncan, David Gigineishvili, Kousuke Kanemoto, W Curt LaFrance, Alejandro de Marinis, Ravi Paul, Chrisma Pretorius, José F Téllez Zenteno, Hannah Wiseman, Markus Reuber
OBJECTIVE: Studies from a small number of countries suggest that patients with psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES) have limited access to diagnostic and treatment services. The PNES Task Force of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) carried out 2 surveys to explore the diagnosis and treatment of PNES around the world. METHODS: A short survey (8 questions) was sent to all 114 chapters of the ILAE. A longer survey (36 questions) was completed by healthcare professionals who see patients with seizures...
November 20, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152261/copd-management-as-a-model-for-all-chronic-respiratory-conditions-report-of-the-4-th-consensus-conference-in-respiratory-medicine
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Stefano Nardini, Fernando De Benedetto, Claudio M Sanguinetti, Salvatore Bellofiore, Stefano Carlone, Salvatore Privitera, Luciano Sagliocca, Emmanuele Tupputi, Claudio Baccarani, Gennaro Caiffa, Maria Consiglia Calabrese, Antonio Capuozzo, Salvatore Cauchi, Valentina Conio, Giuseppe Coratella, Franco Crismancich, Roberto W Dal Negro, Franco Dellarole, Maurizio Delucchi, Carlo Favaretti, Silvia Forte, Franca Matilde Gallo, Riccardo Giuliano, Marco Grandi, Antonino Grillo, Maria Rosaria Gualano, Enrico Guffanti, Salvatore Locicero, Francesco Paolo Lombardo, Marco Mantero, Roberto Marasso, Laura Martino, Michele Mastroberardino, Carlo Mereu, Roberto Messina, Margherita Neri, Bruno Franco Novelletto, Paolo Parente, Sergio Pasquinucci, Massimo Pistolesi, Mario Polverino, Agnese Posca, Luca Richeldi, Fernando Roccia, Ettore Saffi Giustini, Michelangelo Salemi, Salvatore Santacroce, Mario Schisano, Matteo Schisano, Eleonora Selvi, Andrea Silenzi, Patrizio Soverina, Claudio Taranto, Marta Ugolini, Piero Visaggi, Alessandro Zanasi
Background: Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) kill 40 million people each year. The management of chronic respiratory NCDs such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is particularly critical in Italy, where they are widespread and represent a heavy burden on healthcare resources. It is thus important to redefine the role and responsibility of respiratory specialists and their scientific societies, together with that of the whole healthcare system, in order to create a sustainable management of COPD, which could become a model for other chronic respiratory conditions...
2017: Multidisciplinary Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152227/promising-neuroprotective-strategies-for-traumatic-spinal-cord-injury-with-a-focus-on-the-differential-effects-among-anatomical-levels-of-injury
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REVIEW
Antigona Ulndreaj, Anna Badner, Michael G Fehlings
Traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) is a devastating condition of motor, sensory, and autonomic dysfunction. The significant cost associated with the management and lifetime care of patients with SCI also presents a major economic burden. For these reasons, there is a need to develop and translate strategies that can improve outcomes following SCI. Given the challenges in achieving regeneration of the injured spinal cord, neuroprotection has been at the forefront of clinical translation. Yet, despite many preclinical advances, there has been limited translation into the clinic apart from methylprednisolone (which remains controversial), hypertensive therapy to maintain spinal cord perfusion, and early decompressive surgery...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151572/determining-therapeutic-susceptibility-in-multiple-myeloma-by-single-cell-mass-accumulation
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Arif E Cetin, Mark M Stevens, Nicholas L Calistri, Mariateresa Fulciniti, Selim Olcum, Robert J Kimmerling, Nikhil C Munshi, Scott R Manalis
Multiple myeloma (MM) has benefited from significant advancements in treatment that have improved outcomes and reduced morbidity. However, the disease remains incurable and is characterized by high rates of drug resistance and relapse. Consequently, methods to select the most efficacious therapy are of great interest. Here we utilize a functional assay to assess the ex vivo drug sensitivity of single multiple myeloma cells based on measuring their mass accumulation rate (MAR). We show that MAR accurately and rapidly defines therapeutic susceptibility across human multiple myeloma cell lines to a gamut of standard-of-care therapies...
November 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151563/-structural-equation-modeling-of-self-management-of-liver-transplant-recipients
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Mi Kyeong Jeon, Yeon Hwan Park
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to construct and test a structural equation model of self-management of liver transplant recipients based on self-determination theory. METHODS: Participants were 275 outpatients who received liver transplantation. A structured self-report questionnaire was used to assess health care providers' autonomy support, transplant-related characteristics, illness consequence perception, autonomy, competence, family relatedness, depression and self-management...
October 2017: Journal of Korean Academy of Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149893/association-between-severity-of-illicit-drug-dependence-and-quality-of-life-in-a-psychosocial-care-center-in-brazil-cross-sectional-study
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Selva Rios Campêlo, Maria Alves Barbosa, Danilo Rocha Dias, Camila Cardoso Caixeta, Cláudio Rodrigues Leles, Celmo Celeno Porto
BACKGROUND: Quality of life must be one of the main purposes for the treatment of drug users, requiring a better understanding of the association between the quality of life and the severity of dependency. This study aimed to investigate the correlation between severity of substance use in various areas of human functioning and quality of life of illicit drug users in a psychosocial care center for alcohol and drugs. METHODS: This cross-sectional study included 60 participants - illicit drug users - treated at a psychosocial care center for alcohol and drugs...
November 17, 2017: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149875/prevalence-of-antibiotic-prescription-in-pediatric-outpatients-in-italy-the-role-of-local-health-districts-and-primary-care-physicians-in-determining-variation-a-multilevel-design-for-healthcare-decision-support
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Mirko Di Martino, Adele Lallo, Ursula Kirchmayer, Marina Davoli, Danilo Fusco
BACKGROUND: According to scientific literature, antibacterials are prescribed for common pediatric conditions that do not benefit from antibiotic therapy. The link between antibiotic use and bacterial resistance is well known. Antibiotic overprescribing generates high social costs and severe consequences for children. Our objectives were to analyze antibiotic prescription patterns in pediatric outpatients residing in the Lazio region (Italy), to identify physicians' characteristics associated with increased propensity for prescription, to identify the priority axes for action to improve the rational use of antibiotics...
November 17, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149859/medicinal-plants-used-by-women-in-mecca-urban-muslim-and-gendered-knowledge
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Afnan Alqethami, Julie A Hawkins, Irene Teixidor-Toneu
BACKGROUND: This study explores medicinal plant knowledge and use among Muslim women in the city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Ethnobotanical research in the region has focused on rural populations and male herbal healers in cities, and based on these few studies, it is suggested that medicinal plant knowledge may be eroding. Here, we document lay, female knowledge of medicinal plants in an urban centre, interpreting findings in the light of the growing field of urban ethnobotany and gendered knowledge and in an Islamic context...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149808/delayed-hypoxemia-following-traumatic-brain-injury-exacerbates-long-term-behavioral-deficits
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McKenzie Davies, Addison Jacobs, David L Brody, Stuart H Friess
Hypoxemia during initial stabilization of patients with severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) has been associated with poorer outcomes. However, the effects of delayed hypoxemia occurring during intensive care following TBI on outcome is unclear. Preclinical models of TBI have rarely shown cognitive or behavioral deficits beyond six weeks post injury and commonly have not included modeling of secondary insults. We have previously developed a murine model of TBI followed by delayed hypoxemia to model the secondary insult of hypoxemia and brain hypoxia occurring in the intensive care setting...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149485/factors-influencing-the-delivery-of-the-fundamentals-of-care-perceptions-of-nurses-nursing-leaders-and-healthcare-consumers
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Tiffany Conroy
AIM AND OBJECTIVES: To explore the factors described by nurses and consumer representatives influencing the delivery of the fundamentals of care. BACKGROUND: An ongoing challenge facing nursing is ensuring the 'basics' or fundamentals of care are delivered optimally. The way nurses and patients perceive the delivery of the fundamentals of care, had not been explored. Once identified, the factors that promote the delivery of the fundamentals of care may be facilitated ...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149163/-recommandation-for-patient-engagement-promotion-in-care-and-cure-for-chronic-conditions
#15
Guendalina Graffigna, Serena Barello, Giuseppe Riva, Gianluca Castelnuovo, Massimo Corbo, Liliana Coppola, Giovanni Daverio, Alice Fauci, Primiano Iannone, Walter Ricciardi, Albino Claudio Bosio
The concept of patient engagement is receiving a growing attention in the healthcare field. The last decades have seen a deep revision of care models in the aim of a greater acknowledge of the patient role, seen as an expert actor, in the healthcare process. On the other side, healthcare systems are facing a growing request for participation expressed by citizens and patients. People claim for being more involved in all the crucial turning point of their healthcare journey and of being better aware of their right and duties...
November 2017: Recenti Progressi in Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148898/enhancement-of-invadopodia-activity-in-glioma-cells-by-sublethal-doses-of-irradiation-and-temozolomide
#16
Leon Mao, Clarissa A Whitehead, Lucia Paradiso, Andrew H Kaye, Andrew P Morokoff, Rodney B Luwor, Stanley S Stylli
OBJECTIVE Glioblastoma is the most common primary central nervous system tumor in adults. These tumors are highly invasive and infiltrative and result in tumor recurrence as well as an extremely poor patient prognosis. The current standard of care involves surgery, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy. However, previous studies have suggested that glioblastoma cells that survive treatment are potentially more invasive. The goal of this study was to investigate whether this increased phenotype in surviving cells is facilitated by actin-rich, membrane-based structures known as invadopodia...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148620/perceptions-of-adults-with-overweight-obesity-and-chronic-musculoskeletal-pain-an-interpretative-phenomenological-analysis
#17
Lesley Cooper, Louisa Ells, Cormac Ryan, Denis Martin
AIMS: To gain insight into the lived experience of adults with overweight/obesity and chronic musculoskeletal pain (CMP). Knowledge gained will inform healthcare professionals about the complexity of the weight-pain relationship and enable more effective engagement with this population BACKGROUND: Quantitative studies show links between weight and pain. Adults with overweight/obesity are more likely to experience comorbidity however, qualitative research describing the complexities of the relationship is limited...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148602/nurses-professional-stigma-and-attitudes-towards-postpartum-women-with-severe-mental-illness
#18
Revital Ordan, Ron Shor, Michal Liebergall-Wischnitzer, Lawrence M Noble, Anita Noble
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To examine professional stigma and attitudes of parenthood towards postpartum women with severe mental illness and the association between postpartum nurses' attitudes and nursing interventions that promote motherhood. BACKGROUND: Stigma and attitudes toward parenthood of women with severe mental illness may influence nurses' clinical practices. DESIGN: Cross sectional, mixed methods. METHODS: The Stigma among Health Professionals towards People with Severe Mental Illness, Attitudes towards Parenthood among People with Severe Mental Illness and Nursing Interventions that Promote Becoming a Mother Questionnaires were used in the study, as well as qualitative analysis...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148247/does-the-severity-of-left-ventricular-systolic-dysfunction-impact-outcomes-of-mitraclip-therapy-how-low-is-too-low
#19
EDITORIAL
Mehmet Cilingiroglu, Abdul Hakeem
Percutaneous mitral valve repair for symptomatic severe mitral regurgitation has rapidly evolved as a viable therapeutic option for high-surgical risk patients. Both randomized clinical studies as well as real world registry data have demonstrated significant improvement in severity of MR and clinical outcomes. In carefully selected patients with severely reduced left ventricular systolic function and severe symptomatic MR, Mitraclip therapy seems to show promise.
November 15, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148053/effective-inactivation-of-a-wide-range-of-viruses-by-pasteurization
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Albrecht Gröner, Connie Broumis, Randel Fang, Thomas Nowak, Birgit Popp, Wolfram Schäfer, Nathan J Roth
BACKGROUND: Careful selection and testing of plasma reduces the risk of blood-borne viruses in the starting material for plasma-derived products. Furthermore, effective measures such as pasteurization at 60°C for 10 hours have been implemented in the manufacturing process of therapeutic plasma proteins such as human albumin, coagulation factors, immunoglobulins, and enzyme inhibitors to inactivate blood-borne viruses of concern. A comprehensive compilation of the virus reduction capacity of pasteurization is presented including the effect of stabilizers used to protect the therapeutic protein from modifications during heat treatment...
November 16, 2017: Transfusion
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