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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224120/spontaneous-cervical-artery-dissection-is-accompanied-by-a-hypercoagulable-state-and-simultaneous-inflammatory-condition
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Johann Otto Pelz, Kristian Harms, Michael Metze, Dominik Michalski
BACKGROUND: Spontaneous cervical artery dissections (sCAD) are often preceded by infections. However, existing data about inflammatory parameters remained inconsistent. Remarkably, concurrent information about the coagulation system, whose affection seems also reasonable to cause ischaemic events, are still lacking in sCAD patients. Thus, this study explores the association between the inflammatory and coagulation system in patients with sCAD. METHODS: The parameters leukocyte and thrombocyte count, C-reactive protein, fibrinogen, D-dimer, activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT) and prothrombin time were extracted from hospital-based medical records of patients (n = 60) with sCAD and compared with those of a control group (n = 97) from a prospective observational stroke study...
December 9, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223597/missed-opportunities-for-hpv-immunization-among-young-adult-women
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Carlos R Oliveira, Robert M Rock, Eugene D Shapiro, Xiao Xu, Lisbet Lundsberg, Liye B Zhang, Aileen Gariepy, Jessica L Illuzzi, Sangini S Sheth
BACKGROUND: Despite the availability of a safe and efficacious vaccine against HPV, uptake of the vaccine in the United States is low. Missed clinical opportunities to recommend and to administer HPV vaccine are considered one of the most important reasons for its low uptake in adolescents, however, little is known about the frequency or characteristics of missed opportunities in the young adult (18-26 years of age) population. OBJECTIVES: To assess both the rates of and the factors associated with missed opportunities for HPV immunization among young adult women who attended an urban obstetrics and gynecology clinic...
December 6, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223445/brucella-infection-following-total-joint-arthroplasty-a-systematic-review-of-the-literature
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Seung-Ju Kim, Hyun-Soo Park, Dong-Woo Lee, Jong Hun Kim
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this systematic review was to analyze the results of published treatment options in Brucella infection following total joint arthroplasty (TJA). METHODS: We performed a systematic review of the literature regarding outcomes of Brucella infection after TJA (hip and knee). We searched multiple databases for articles in the area published from 1950 to 2016. RESULTS: A total of 18 patients (12 male and 6 female; mean age 59 years) from 14 published studies were identified...
December 6, 2017: Acta Orthopaedica et Traumatologica Turcica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223327/restoration-of-motor-function-after-operative-reconstruction-of-the-acutely-transected-spinal-cord-in-the-canine-model
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Zehan Liu, Shuai Ren, Kuang Fu, Qiong Wu, Jun Wu, Liting Hou, Hong Pan, Linlin Sun, Jian Zhang, Bingjian Wang, Qing Miao, Guiyin Sun, Vincenzo Bonicalzi, Sergio Canavero, Xiaoping Ren
BACKGROUND: Cephalosomatic anastomosis or what has been called a "head transplantation" requires full reconnection of the respective transected ends of the spinal cords. The GEMINI spinal cord fusion protocol has been developed for this reason. Here, we report the first randomized, controlled study of the GEMINI protocol in large animals. METHODS: We conducted a randomized, controlled study of a complete transection of the spinal cord at the level of T10 in dogs at Harbin Medical University, Harbin, China...
December 6, 2017: Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222351/how-are-junior-doctors-managing-patients-with-self-limiting-illnesses-at-their-first-presentation-a-video-vignette-study
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Eugene D'Souza, Catherine Krejany, Rosie Meng, Moyez Jiwa
PURPOSE: To conduct a video vignette survey of medical students and doctors investigating test ordering for patients presenting with self-limiting or minor illness. METHODS: Participants were shown six video vignettes of common self-limiting illnesses and invited to devise investigation and management plans for the patients' current presentation. The number of tests ordered was compared with those recommended by an expert panel. A Theory of Planned Behaviour Questionnaire explored participants' beliefs and attitudes about ordering tests in the context of self-limiting illness...
December 8, 2017: Postgraduate Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222322/inferior-vena-cava-filter-use-and-patient-safety-legacy-or-science
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William Geerts, Rita Selby
There has been a dramatic increase in vena cava filter (VCF) use over the past 20 years in the absence of evidence that filters provide a net patient benefit or are required in most cases. This increase is largely attributable to the availability of retrievable filters and expanded indications, particularly as primary prophylaxis in patients thought to be at high risk of pulmonary embolism. Substantial variability in VCF use, unrelated to patient clinical factors, has been shown between hospitals, from region to region, and among various countries...
December 8, 2017: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222261/symptomatic-subsegmental-pulmonary-embolism-to-treat-or-not-to-treat
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Marc Carrier, Fredrikus A Klok
The introduction of computed tomographic pulmonary angiography and its recent increasing availability has led to a significant rise in its use to help clinicians diagnose acute pulmonary embolism (PE). This has led to a significant increase in the incidence of PE diagnoses. Simultaneously, the case fatality rate of acute PE has been decreasing and no significant change in its mortality has been noted, suggesting that the additional PE diagnoses are less severe and these patients might not benefit from anticoagulation therapy...
December 8, 2017: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222179/hpv-vaccination-rate-in-french-adolescent-girls-an-example-of-vaccine-distrust
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Hervé Lefèvre, Cécile Schrimpf, Marie Rose Moro, Jonathan Lachal
OBJECTIVES: To explore the clinical issues of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination to develop explanatory hypotheses for the low level of vaccination among adolescent girls in France where the full course coverage is low (<15%). DESIGN: We used semistructured interviews. Our qualitative and phenomenological procedure applied interpretative phenomenological analysis. PARTICIPANTS: 16 physicians regularly faced with the prescription of HPV vaccine, represented several medical specialties (paediatrics, general practice, internal medicine, gynaecology), with hospitalist or private practices...
December 8, 2017: Archives of Disease in Childhood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221845/characterizing-the-role-of-u-s-surgeons-in-the-provision-of-palliative-care-a-systematic-review-and-mixed-methods-meta-synthesis
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Pasithorn A Suwanabol, Arielle E Kanters, Ari C Reichstein, Lauren M Wancata, Lesly A Dossett, Emily B Rivet, Maria J Silveira, Arden M Morris
CONTEXT: The provision of palliative care varies appropriately by clinical factors such as patient age and severity of disease, but also varies by provider practice and specialty. Surgical patients are persistently less likely to receive palliative care than their medical counterparts for reasons that aren't clear. OBJECTIVES: We sought to characterize surgeon-specific determinants of palliative care in seriously-ill and dying patients. METHODS: We performed a systematic review of the literature focused on surgery and palliative care within PubMed, CINHAL, EMBASE, Scopus, and Ovid Medline databases from January 1, 2000 through December 31, 2016 according to PRISMA guidelines...
December 5, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221773/gender-differences-in-sleep-symptoms-after-repeat-concussions
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Temitayo Oyefunmike Oyegbile, Bronson Elizabeth Delasobera, Nassim Zecavati
OBJECTIVES: There are notable gender differences in concussion as well as sleep. Sleep disturbance is a major symptom of post-concussive syndrome. The interplay between sleep disturbance, concussion, and gender has yet to be examined. The objective of this study was to determine whether sleep disturbance plays a role in the known gender differences associated with concussion. METHODS: Males and females (ages 10-35 years) completed a pre-concussion and post-concussion evaluation...
December 2017: Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221713/effect-of-grass-sublingual-tablet-immunotherapy-is-similar-in-children-and-adults-a-bayesian-approach-to-design-pediatric-sublingual-immunotherapy-trials
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Amarjot Kaur, David Skoner, Joseph Ibrahim, Qing Li, Richard F Lockey, Michael Blaiss, Albrecht Bufe, Jens Strodl Andersen, Giorgio Walter Canonica, Hendrik Nolte
BACKGROUND: Large sample sizes are needed for sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) trials due to inherent data variability secondary to inconsistent allergen exposure. Obtaining large sample sizes for pediatric SLIT trials is challenging, but a Bayesian approach using prior adult data can reduce the necessary sample size. OBJECTIVE: To describe how a Bayesian framework utilizing prior information from adult trials can be used to improve pediatric SLIT clinical development...
December 5, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221461/seeking-a-second-medical-opinion-composition-reasons-and-perceived-outcomes-in-israel
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Liora Shmueli, Nadav Davidovitch, Joseph S Pliskin, Ran D Balicer, Igal Hekselman, Geva Greenfield
BACKGROUND: Seeking a second-opinion (SO) is a common clinical practice that can optimize treatment and reduce unnecessary procedures and risks. We aim to characterize the composition of the population of SO seekers, their reasons for seeking a SO and choosing a specific physician, and their perceived outcomes following the SO. METHODS: A cross-sectional national telephone survey, using a representative sample of the general Israeli population (n = 848, response rate = 62%)...
December 8, 2017: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220602/an-observational-study-of-treatment-seeking-users-of-natural-opiates-from-india
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Arpit Parmar, Vaibhav Patil, Siddharth Sarkar, Ravindra Rao
BACKGROUND: The type of opioid used influences the severity and complications experienced. Natural opiates (opium and poppy husk) use is a socio-culturally accepted phenomenon reported in India. However, studies on their profile, quality of life, and addiction severity are limited. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this cross-sectional, observational study was to assess the socio-demographic profile, clinical profile, addiction severity, and quality of life of treatment-seeking natural opiate users...
December 8, 2017: Substance Use & Misuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219793/-hypersensitivity-reactions-and-vaccines
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T H Geersing, W J A Hilgersom, Ž Tempels-Pavlica, H C Rümke, L C M J de Koning, S D Borgsteede
- A lot of questions are being asked in the Netherlands about the safety of vaccination. More knowledge among care providers helps with regard to good medical practice and information.- Severe hypersensitivity reactions to vaccines are rare. Chicken-egg protein, gelatine and thiomersal are the most important vaccine components that may provoke severe reactions.- Acute treatment of patients with severe hypersensitivity reactions consists of intramuscular adrenaline.- In case of a severe reaction to a vaccine or a vaccine component, the subsequent course of action is determined by the physician referred to: the allergist or paediatric allergist...
2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219089/health-impacts-of-climate-change-and-health-and-social-inequalities-in-the-uk
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REVIEW
Jouni Paavola
This article examines how social and health inequalities shape the health impacts of climate change in the UK, and what the implications are for climate change adaptation and health care provision. The evidence generated by the other articles of the special issue were interpreted using social justice reasoning in light of additional literature, to draw out the key implications of health and social inequalities for health outcomes of climate change. Exposure to heat and cold, air pollution, pollen, food safety risks, disruptions to access to and functioning of health services and facilities, emerging infections and flooding are examined as the key impacts of climate change influencing health outcomes...
December 5, 2017: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219080/health-practitioners-emotional-reactions-to-caring-for-hospitalized-children-in-lom%C3%A3-togo-a-qualitative-study
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Bassantéa Lodegaèna Kpassagou, Kokou Messanh Agbémélé Soedje
BACKGROUND: Health practitioners frequently encounter dying, death and suffering. While providing health care can be stressful, the literature on how different health practitioners cope with the emotional challenges associated with their work is sparse. Further, much of this literature is based on studies conducted in high-income countries. In this study, we explored emotional distress and associated coping strategies among health practitioners working in a pediatric oncology department in a large teaching hospital in Lomé, Togo...
December 4, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219055/the-role-of-nanoparticles-in-the-inhibition-of-multidrug-resistant-bacteria-and-biofilms
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Manaf AlMatar, Essam A Makky, Isil Var, Fatih Koksal
BACKGROUND: Until recently, one of the main reasons for mortality has been infectious diseases, and bacteria that are drug-resistant have emerged as a result of the wide application, as well as the misuse, of antibacterial medications. Having multidrug-resistance, bacteria present a great problem for the efficient management of bacterial infections and this challenge has resulted in the creation of other means of dealing with bacterial diseases. Of late, metallic nanoparticles (NPs), employed as antibacterial agents, have the potential for use against resistance to bacterial drugs...
December 7, 2017: Current Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218644/cardiovascular-complications-of-marijuana-and-related-substances-a-review
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REVIEW
Amitoj Singh, Sajeev Saluja, Akshat Kumar, Sahil Agrawal, Munveer Thind, Sudip Nanda, Jamshid Shirani
The recreational use of cannabis has sharply increased in recent years in parallel with its legalization and decriminalization in several countries. Commonly, the traditional cannabis has been replaced by potent synthetic cannabinoids and cannabimimetics in various forms. Despite overwhelming public perception of the safety of these substances, an increasing number of serious cardiovascular adverse events have been reported in temporal relation to recreational cannabis use. These have included sudden cardiac death, vascular (coronary, cerebral and peripheral) events, arrhythmias and stress cardiomyopathy among others...
December 7, 2017: Cardiology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218282/which-tissue-should-be-removed-in-upper-blepharoplasty-analysis-and-evaluation-of-satisfaction
#19
Ali A Saalabian, Paul Liebmann, Maria Deutinger
BACKGROUND: Due to various options for tissue resection and preoperative markings, many different reports on aesthetics and patient's satisfaction exist. To assess differences among tissue resections and risk factors, we herein analyzed satisfaction levels of patients that underwent upper blepharoplasty. METHODS: A retrospective analysis during the period from January 2006 to June 2013 was conducted by reviewing patient's electronic medical files. All patients underwent medically indicated upper blepharoplasty at our department...
September 2017: World Journal of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218008/improving-the-adherence-to-antiretroviral-therapy-a-difficult-but-essential-task-for-a-successful-hiv-treatment-clinical-points-of-view-and-practical-considerations
#20
REVIEW
Simona A Iacob, Diana G Iacob, Gheorghita Jugulete
HIV infection is responsible for one the most devastating human pandemics. The advent of antiretroviral therapy has changed the course of the pandemic and saved millions of lives. Complex therapeutic regimens have been introduced since 1996 and have contributed to the transformation of HIV infection into a treatable chronic diseases. New types of potent antiretrovirals and their combinations, including "once daily" treatment, have simplified the regimens and diminished side effects. Nevertheless the adherence to antiretroviral therapy remains unsatisfactory and varies between 27 and 80% across different population in various studies, compared with the required level of 95%...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
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