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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352647/ifn-%C3%AE-and-tnf-%C3%AE-pre-licensing-protects-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-from-the-pro-inflammatory-effects-of-palmitate
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Lauren Boland, Anthony J Burand, Alex J Brown, Devlin Boyt, Vitor A Lira, James A Ankrum
The use of mesenchymal stromal cell (MSC) therapy for the treatment of type 2 diabetes (T2D) and T2D complications is promising; however, the investigation of MSC function in the setting of T2D has not been thoroughly explored. In our current study, we investigated the phenotype and function of MSCs in a simulated in vitro T2D environment. We show that palmitate, but not glucose, exposure impairs MSC metabolic activity with moderate increases in apoptosis, while drastically affecting proliferation and morphology...
December 19, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352492/variability-of-pulsed-energy-outputs-from-three-dermatology-lasers-during-multiple-simulated-treatments
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J Britton
BACKGROUND: Dermatology laser treatments are undertaken at regional departments using lasers of different powers and wavelengths. In order to achieve good outcomes there need to be good consistency of laser output across different weeks as it is custom and practice to break down the treatments into individual fractions. Departments will also collect information from test patches to help decide on the most appropriate treatment parameters for individual patients. OBJECTIVES: The objective of these experiments is to assess the variability of the energy outputs from a small number of lasers across multiple weeks at realistic parameters...
January 20, 2018: Photodermatology, Photoimmunology & Photomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352353/regarding-loads-after-spinal-fusion-every-level-should-be-seen-separately-a-musculoskeletal-analysis
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A Benditz, S Auer, J F Spörrer, S Wolkerstorfer, J Grifka, F Suess, S Dendorfer
INTRODUCTION: The number of spinal fusion surgeries is steadily increasing and biomechanical consequences are still in debate. The aim of this study is to provide biomechanical insights into the sagittal balance of the spine and to compare spinal load before and after spinal fusion. METHOD: The joint reaction forces of 52 patients were analyzed in proximo-distal and antero-posterior direction from the levels T12-L1 to L5-S1 using musculoskeletal simulations. RESULTS: In 104 simulations, pre-surgical forces were equal to post-surgical...
January 19, 2018: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351865/interventions-to-support-effective-communication-between-maternity-care-staff-and-women-in-labour-a-mixed-methods-systematic-review
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Yan-Shing Chang, Kirstie Coxon, Anayda Gerarda Portela, Marie Furuta, Debra Bick
OBJECTIVES: the objectives of this review were (1) to assess whether interventions to support effective communication between maternity care staff and healthy women in labour with a term pregnancy could improve birth outcomes and experiences of care; and (2) to synthesize information related to the feasibility of implementation and resources required. DESIGN: a mixed-methods systematic review. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: studies which reported on interventions aimed at improving communication between maternity care staff and healthy women during normal labour and birth, with no apparent medical or obstetric complications, and their family members were included...
December 27, 2017: Midwifery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351759/tracheal-intubation-in-critically-ill-patients-a-comprehensive-systematic-review-of-randomized-trials
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Luca Cabrini, Giovanni Landoni, Martina Baiardo Radaelli, Omar Saleh, Carmine D Votta, Evgeny Fominskiy, Alessandro Putzu, Cézar Daniel Snak de Souza, Massimo Antonelli, Rinaldo Bellomo, Paolo Pelosi, Alberto Zangrillo
BACKGROUND: We performed a systematic review of randomized controlled studies evaluating any drug, technique or device aimed at improving the success rate or safety of tracheal intubation in the critically ill. METHODS: We searched PubMed, BioMed Central, Embase and the Cochrane Central Register of Clinical Trials and references of retrieved articles. Finally, pertinent reviews were also scanned to detect further studies until May 2017. The following inclusion criteria were considered: tracheal intubation in adult critically ill patients; randomized controlled trial; study performed in Intensive Care Unit, Emergency Department or ordinary ward; and work published in the last 20 years...
January 20, 2018: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351735/assessing-the-effect-of-a-partly-unobserved-exogenous-binary-time-dependent-covariate-on-survival-probabilities-using-generalised-pseudo-values
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Ulrike Pötschger, Harald Heinzl, Maria Grazia Valsecchi, Martina Mittlböck
BACKGROUND: Investigating the impact of a time-dependent intervention on the probability of long-term survival is statistically challenging. A typical example is stem-cell transplantation performed after successful donor identification from registered donors. Here, a suggested simple analysis based on the exogenous donor availability status according to registered donors would allow the estimation and comparison of survival probabilities. As donor search is usually ceased after a patient's event, donor availability status is incompletely observed, so that this simple comparison is not possible and the waiting time to donor identification needs to be addressed in the analysis to avoid bias...
January 19, 2018: BMC Medical Research Methodology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351652/early-results-in-flow-diverter-sizing-by-computational-simulation-quantification-of-size-change-and-simulation-error-assessment
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Ana Paula Narata, Jordi Blasco, Luis San Roman, Juan Miguel Macho, Hector Fernandez, Raquel Kale Moyano, Renaud Winzenrieth, Ignacio Larrabide
BACKGROUND: Sizing of flow diverters (FDs) stent in the treatment of intracranial aneurysms is a challenging task due to the change of stent length after implantation. OBJECTIVE: To quantify the size change and assess the error in length prediction in 82 simulated FD deployments. METHODS: Eighty-two consecutive patients treated with FDs were retrospectively analyzed. Implanted FD length was measured from angiographic images and compared to the nominal sizes of the implanted device...
January 17, 2018: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351352/the-retinal-locus-of-fixation-in-simulations-of-progressing-central-scotomas
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Maria J Barraza-Bernal, Katharina Rifai, Siegfried Wahl
Patients with central scotoma use a preferred retinal locus (PRL) of fixation to perform visual tasks. Some of the conditions that cause central scotoma are progressive, and as a consequence, the PRL needs to be adjusted throughout the progression. The present study investigates the peripheral locus of fixation in subjects under a simulation of progressive central scotoma. Five normally sighted subjects participated in the study. A foveally centered mask of varying size was presented to simulate the scotoma...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350383/which-position-should-we-take-during-newborn-resuscitation-a-prospective-randomized-multicentre-simulation-trial
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Jacek Smereka, Halla Kaminska, Wojciech Wieczorek, Marek Dabrowski, Jerzy Robert Ladny, Kurt Ruetzler, Lukasz Szarpak, Oliver Robak, Michael Frass
BACKGROUND: Early bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for cardiac arrest is crucial in the chain of survival. Cardiac arrest in infants is rare but CPR is also performed in severe bradycardia. The European Resuscitation Council (ERC) and American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines recommend starting CPR and continuing it until the heart muscle is sufficiently oxygenated and regains sufficient contractility and function. Among the techniques of CPR that can be applied in newborns, the most common and therefore recommended by the ERC and AHA are the two-finger technique and two-thumb technique...
January 19, 2018: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350191/a-prospective-gating-method-to-acquire-a-diverse-set-of-free-breathing-ct-images-for-model-based-4dct
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Dylan O'Connell, Dan Ruan, David H Thomas, Tai H Dou, John H Lewis, Anand P Santhanam, Percy P Lee, Daniel A Low
Breathing motion modeling requires observation of tissues at sufficiently distinct respiratory states for proper 4D characterization. This work proposes a method to improve sampling of the breathing cycle with limited imaging dose. We designed and tested a prospective free-breathing acquisition protocol with a simulation using datasets from 5 patients imaged with a model-based 4DCT technique. Each dataset contained 25 free-breathing fast helical CT scans with simultaneous breathing surrogate measurements...
January 19, 2018: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350015/-application-of-finite-element-method-in-spinal-biomechanics
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REVIEW
Qiang Liu, Jun Zhang, Shu-Chun Sun, Fei Wang
The finite element model is one of the most important methods in study of modern spinal biomechanics, according to the needs to simulate the various states of the spine, calculate the stress force and strain distribution of the different groups in the state, and explore its principle of mechanics, mechanism of injury, and treatment effectiveness. In addition, in the study of the pathological state of the spine, the finite element is mainly used in the understanding the mechanism of lesion location, evaluating the effects of different therapeutic tool, assisting and completing the selection and improvement of therapeutic tool, in order to provide a theoretical basis for the rehabilitation of spinal lesions...
February 25, 2017: Zhongguo Gu Shang, China Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349708/cost-effectiveness-of-empagliflozin-for-the-treatment-of-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-at-increased-cardiovascular-risk-in-greece
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George Gourzoulidis, Charalampos Tzanetakos, Ioannis Ioannidis, Apostolos Tsapas, Georgia Kourlaba, Giannis Papageorgiou, Nikos Maniadakis
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is frequently associated with co-morbidities that exacerbate cardiovascular (CV) risk. CV disease is the leading cause of death in people with diabetes across the world and accounts for approximately half the deaths in the T2DM population. Hence, the objective of present study was to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of empagliflozin, in addition to standard of care (SoC), for the treatment of adult patients with T2DM and high CV risk in Greece...
January 18, 2018: Clinical Drug Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348990/hypercalcemia-of-malignancy-an-emergency-medicine-simulation
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Raman Sohi, Gillian Sheppard
Hypercalcemia is a poor prognostic factor associated with malignancy. The signs and symptoms of hypercalcemia that the patients present to the emergency department are vague and often overlap with the general symptoms of cancer itself or the adverse effects of the chemotherapy. Given that the development of hypercalcemia of malignancy can present with imminent danger to the patient and is a treatable condition, emergency physicians should know how to recognize and treat it. It also marks a time at which discussions regarding plans of care should be initiated with the patients...
November 15, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347980/semiprone-position-is-superior-to-supine-position-for-paediatric-endotracheal-intubation-during-massive-regurgitation-a-randomized-crossover-simulation-trial
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Espen Fevang, Karin Haaland, Jo Røislien, Conrad Arnfinn Bjørshol
BACKGROUND: Endotracheal intubation of patients with massive regurgitation represents a challenge in emergency airway management. Gastric contents tend to block suction catheters, and few treatment alternatives exist. Based on a technique that was successfully applied in our district, we wanted to examine if endotracheal intubation would be easier and quicker to perform when the patient is turned over to a semiprone position, as compared to the supine position. METHODS: In a randomized crossover simulation trial, a child manikin with on-going regurgitation was intubated both in the supine and semiprone positions...
January 18, 2018: BMC Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347854/a-systematic-review-of-health-economic-models-and-utility-estimation-methods-in-schizophrenia
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B Németh, A N Fasseeh, A Molnár, I Bitter, M Horváth, K Kóczián, Á Götze, B Nagy
There is a growing need for economic evaluations describing the disease course, as well as the costs and clinical outcomes related to the treatment of schizophrenia. Areas covered: A systematic review on studies describing health economic models in schizophrenia and a targeted literature review on utility mapping algorithms in schizophrenia were carried out. Models found in the review were collated and assessed in detail according to their type and various other attributes. Fifty-nine studies were included in the review...
January 19, 2018: Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346670/scoping-analysis-of-material-activation-at-a-boron-neutron-capture-therapy-facility-based-on-the-be-p-xn-reaction-with-30-mev-protons
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Bo-Lun Lai, Rong-Jiun Sheu
Material activation assessment of a proposed accelerator-based boron neutron capture therapy facility was performed using the FLUKA Monte Carlo code to quantify the magnitude of the problem in terms of the isotope inventories, induced activities, and residual dose rates. Two simplified operation scenarios were considered: a 30-min proton bombardment to simulate a typical session of patient treatment and a long-term 1 year continuous operation to estimate the accumulation of long-lived radionuclides. Following the generation and transport of decay radiation, the space- and time-dependent inventories of induced radionuclides in materials and residual dose rates after shutdown were obtained...
January 16, 2018: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346587/are-root-cause-analyses-recommendations-effective-and-sustainable-an-observational-study
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Peter D Hibbert, Matthew J W Thomas, Anita Deakin, William B Runciman, Jeffrey Braithwaite, Stephanie Lomax, Jonathan Prescott, Glenda Gorrie, Amy Szczygielski, Tanja Surwald, Catherine Fraser
Objective: To assess the strength of root cause analysis (RCA) recommendations and their perceived levels of effectiveness and sustainability. Design: All RCAs related to sentinel events (SEs) undertaken between the years 2010 and 2015 in the public health system in Victoria, Australia were analysed. The type and strength of each recommendation in the RCA reports were coded by an expert patient safety classifier using the US Department of Veteran Affairs type and strength criteria...
January 16, 2018: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346226/preparing-physiotherapy-students-for-clinical-placement-student-perceptions-of-low-cost-peer-simulation-a-mixed-methods-study
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Narelle Dalwood, Stephen Maloney, Narelle Cox, Prue Morgan
INTRODUCTION: Simulation is increasingly used in health care education, yet the organizational and financial costs can be prohibitive. This study aimed to investigate whether peer simulation is perceived by third-year undergraduate physiotherapy students as valuable for clinical placement preparation. METHODS: Third-year undergraduate physiotherapy students participated in a 9-week peer simulation program, using each other as patients, and were invited to complete two surveys evaluating perceptions of the program...
January 17, 2018: Simulation in Healthcare: Journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346222/-to-err-is-human-but-disclosure-must-be-taught-a-simulation-based-assessment-study
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Ashley C Crimmins, Ambrose H Wong, James W Bonz, Alina Tsyrulnik, Karen Jubanyik, James D Dziura, Kelly L Dodge, Leigh V Evans
INTRODUCTION: Although error disclosure is critical in promoting safety and patient-centered care, physicians are inconsistently trained in its practice, and few objective methods to assess competence exist. We used an immersive simulation scenario to determine whether providers with varying levels of clinical experience adhere to the disclosure safe practice guidelines when exposed to a serious adverse event simulation scenario. METHODS: This was a prospective cohort study with medical students, junior emergency medicine (EM) residents (PGY 1-2), senior EM residents (PGY 3-4), and attending EM physicians participating in a simulated case in which a scripted medication overdose resulted in an adverse event...
January 17, 2018: Simulation in Healthcare: Journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346179/avstick-an-intravenous-catheter-insertion-simulator-for-use-with-standardized-patients
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Andrew Devenny, Danielle Lord, Joshua Matthews, Julia Tuhacek, Jennifer Vitlip, Mingxu Zhang, Amy C Bucha, Liyun Wang, Jenni M Buckley, Amy Cowperthwait
An overwhelming majority of hospitalized patients undergo intravenous (IV) catheter insertion in order to receive hydration and necessary medication. Current IV insertion training techniques include manikins that are unable to react or give feedback to the trainee. The Avstick® is a realistic training device that can be worn by an actor, allowing a nurse trainee to perform an IV catheter insertion on a live patient without causing the person harm. The purpose of this study is to demonstrate the effectiveness of the Avstick in nursing education to increase nurse-patient communication and trainee self-efficacy...
January 17, 2018: Nursing Education Perspectives
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