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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550351/diagnostic-and-treatment-guidelines-for-thrombotic-thrombocytopenic-purpura-ttp-2017-in-japan
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Masanori Matsumoto, Yoshihiro Fujimura, Hideo Wada, Koichi Kokame, Yoshitaka Miyakawa, Yasunori Ueda, Satoshi Higasa, Takanori Moriki, Hideo Yagi, Toshiyuki Miyata, Mitsuru Murata
Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) can rapidly progress into a life-threatening condition, thus the importance of appropriate diagnosis and treatment cannot be overstated. Until recently, TTP has mainly been diagnosed by clinical findings such as thrombocytopenia and non-immune hemolytic anemia. In addition to these clinical findings, however, reduced activity of a disintegrin-like and metalloprotease with thrombospondin type 1 motif 13 (ADAMTS13) below 10% has been accepted internationally as a diagnostic criterion for TTP...
May 26, 2017: International Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547943/assertions-of-japanese-websites-for-and-against-cancer-screening-a-text-mining-analysis
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Tsuyoshi Okuhara, Hirono Ishikawa, Masahumi Okada, Mio Kato, Takahiro Kiuchi
Background: Cancer screening rates are lower in Japan than in Western countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom. While health professionals publish pro-cancer-screening messages online to encourage proactive seeking for screening, anti-screening activists use the same medium to warn readers against following guidelines. Contents of pro- and anti-cancer-screening sites may contribute to readers’ acceptance of one or the other position. We aimed to use a text-mining method to examine frequently appearing contents on sites for and against cancer screening...
April 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544308/use-of-a-new-end-stage-kidney-disease-risk-calculator-in-the-kidney-disease-improving-global-outcomes-guideline-to-evaluate-the-impact-of-different-living-kidney-donor-candidate-assessments
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Darren Lee, Momena Manzoor, Geoff Harley, John Whitlam, Natasha Cook, Suet-Wan Choy, Megan Sandiford, Charlotte Gibson, Lawrence P McMahon, Matthew A Roberts
AIM: The Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) guideline recommends the incorporation of a new risk calculator that quantifies the end stage kidney disease (ESKD) risk based on a composite profile of risk factors in living kidney donor candidates (LKDCs). We compared the ESKD risk estimates in previously declined versus accepted LKDCs to evaluate the predictive capacity and potential impact of this tool. METHODS: Baseline 15-year and lifetime ESKD risk estimates without donation were calculated using the risk calculator for LKDCs assessed from two centres between 2007 and 2015...
May 20, 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544273/use-of-clinical-guidelines-in-remote-australia-a-realist-evaluation
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Sandeep Reddy, Victoria Orpin, Sally Herring, Stephanie Mackie-Schneider, Janet Struber
AIM: The aim of this evaluation was to assess the acceptability, accessibility, and compliance with the 2014 editions of the Remote Primary Health Care Manuals (RPHCM) in health care centres across remote areas of Northern and Central Australia. METHOD: To undertake a comprehensive evaluation that considered context, the evaluation used a realist evaluation framework. The evaluation used a variety of methods including interviews and survey to develop and test a programme theory...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541954/effects-of-two-different-water-sources-used-for-irrigation-on-the-soil-geochemical-properties-and-the-quality-of-the-lohan-guava-psidium-guajava-l-lohan
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Dominic Soloman George, Kelvin Kiran Anthony, Vicknesha Santhirasegaram, Nadiah Mohd Saruan, Hasvinder Kaur, Zuliana Razali, Chandran Somasundram
The effect of two different water sources (treated waste water and lake water) used for irrigation on the soil geochemical properties and the fruit quality parameters of the Lohan guava were studied. The fruits' physical attributes, physicochemical attributes, nutritional attributes, mineral content as well as consumers' acceptance were evaluated. The properties of the different water sources and their effect, on both the soil and the quality of the fruits, were evaluated. Analysis of the irrigation water revealed that treated waste water was of acceptable quality with reference to irrigation water quality guidelines, while the lake water used for irrigation fell short in several aspects...
May 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538779/sweat-test-and-cystic-fibrosis-overview-of-test-performance-at-public-and-private-centers-in-the-state-of-s%C3%A3-o-paulo-brazil
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Maria Fátima Servidoni, Carla Cristina Souza Gomez, Fernando Augusto Lima Marson, Adyléia Aparecida Dalbo Contrera Toro, Maria Ângela Gonçalves de Oliveira Ribeiro, José Dirceu Ribeiro, Antônio Fernando Ribeiro
Objective: The sweat test (ST) measures chloride levels in sweat and is considered the gold standard for the diagnosis of cystic fibrosis (CF). However, the reliability of a ST depends on their being performed by experienced technicians and in accordance with strict guidelines. Our aim was to evaluate how sweat stimulation, sweat collection, and chloride measurement are performed at 14 centers (9 public centers and 5 private centers) that routinely perform STs in the state of São Paulo, which has the highest frequency of CF in Brazil...
March 2017: Jornal Brasileiro de Pneumologia: Publicaça̋o Oficial da Sociedade Brasileira de Pneumologia e Tisilogia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538189/evaluation-of-methods-to-sample-fecal-indicator-bacteria-in-foreshore-sand-and-pore-water-at-freshwater-beaches
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Laura J Vogel, Thomas A Edge, Denis M O'Carroll, Helena M Solo-Gabriele, Caitlin S E Kushnir, Clare E Robinson
Fecal indicator bacteria (FIB) are known to accumulate in foreshore beach sand and pore water (referred to as foreshore reservoir) where they act as a non-point source for contaminating adjacent surface waters. While guidelines exist for sampling surface waters at recreational beaches, there is no widely-accepted method to collect sand/sediment or pore water samples for FIB enumeration. The effect of different sampling strategies in quantifying the abundance of FIB in the foreshore reservoir is unclear. Sampling was conducted at six freshwater beaches with different sand types to evaluate sampling methods for characterizing the abundance of E...
May 9, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537834/when-respecting-autonomy-is-harmful-a-clinically-useful-approach-to-the-nocebo-effect
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John T Fortunato, Jason Adam Wasserman, Daniel Londyn Menkes
Nocebo effects occur when an adverse effect on the patient arises from the patient's own negative expectations. In accordance with informed consent, providers often disclose information that results in unintended adverse outcomes for the patient. While this may adhere to the principle of autonomy, it violates the doctrine of "primum non nocere," given that side-effect disclosure may cause those side effects. In this article we build off previous work, particularly by Wells and Kaptchuk ( 2012 ) and by Cohen ( 2013 ), to suggest ethical guidelines that permit nondisclosure in the case when a nocebo effect is likely to occur on of the basis of nonmaleficence...
June 2017: American Journal of Bioethics: AJOB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535978/communicative-access-measures-for-stroke-development-and-evaluation-of-a-quality-improvement-tool
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Aura Kagan, Nina Simmons-Mackie, J Charles Victor, Melodie T Y Chan
OBJECTIVE: 1) To develop a systems level quality improvement tool targeting communicative access to information and decision-making for stroke patients with language disorders and 2) to evaluate the resulting tool - Communicative Access Measures for Stroke (CAMS). DESIGN: Survey development and evaluation was in line with accepted guidelines, and included item generation and reduction, survey formatting and composition, pre-testing, pilot-testing, and reliability assessment...
May 20, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535955/fracture-resistance-of-molar-teeth-with-mesial-occlusal-distal-mod-restorations
#10
Herzl Chai, Brian R Lawn
OBJECTIVE: Filled MOD restorations show near-complete recovery of tooth strength relative to the newly prepared, unfilled state. The present study examines the underlying mechanics of this recovery by more closely quantifying the mode of splitting fracture from the cavity base. By understanding the role of specific cavity dimensions on fracture resistance, useful clinical guidelines concerning MOD morphologies are formulated. METHODS: A systematic in vitro study is made of the load-bearing capacity of filled and unfilled MOD cavities by axially loading extracted molar teeth with a hard metal ball...
May 20, 2017: Dental Materials: Official Publication of the Academy of Dental Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535865/intraperitoneal-administration-of-ethanol-as-a-means-of-euthanasia-for-neonatal-mice-mus-musculus
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Cecilia de Souza Dyer, Angela K Brice, James O Marx
The humane euthanasia of animals in research is of paramount importance. Neonatal mice frequently respond differently to euthanasia agents when compared with adults. The AVMA's Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals includes intraperitoneal injection of ethanol as "acceptable with conditions," and recent work confirmed that this method is appropriate for euthanizing adult mice, but neonatal mice have not been tested. To explore this method in neonatal mice, mouse pups (C57BL/6 and CD1, 162 total) were injected with 100% ethanol, a pentobarbital-phenytoin combination, or saline at 7, 14, 21, 28, or 35 d of age...
May 1, 2017: Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science: JAALAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534169/-capacity-to-consent-to-treatment-in-dementia-patients-interdisciplinary-perspectives
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REVIEW
Julia Haberstroh, Tanja Müller
BACKGROUND: Currently, there are no concrete, evidence-based default procedures to adequately assess the capacity to consent to medical treatment. This explains why different raters use individual heuristics, differing both within and between disciplines. The lack of a procedure that is standardized, validated, and equally accepted across disciplines to assess the capacity to consent to treatment has led to an uncertainty in legal and medical practice regarding appropriate action and decision making...
May 22, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Gerontologie und Geriatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533290/pharmaceutical-grade-chondroitin-sulfate-is-as-effective-as-celecoxib-and-superior-to-placebo-in-symptomatic-knee-osteoarthritis-the-chondroitin-versus-celecoxib-versus-placebo-trial-concept
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Jean-Yves Reginster, Jean Dudler, Tomasz Blicharski, Karel Pavelka
OBJECTIVES: Chondroitin sulfate 800 mg/day (CS) pharmaceutical-grade in the management of symptomatic knee osteoarthritis consistent with the European Medicines Agency guideline. METHODS: A prospective, randomised, 6-month, 3-arm, double-blind, double-dummy, placebo and celecoxib (200 mg/day)-controlled trial assessing changes in pain on a Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) and in the Lequesne Index (LI) as coprimary endpoints. Minimal-Clinically Important Improvement (MCII), Patient-Acceptable Symptoms State (PASS) were used as secondary endpoints...
May 22, 2017: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532815/attitudes-and-practices-of-irish-hospital-based-physicians-towards-hand-hygiene-and-handrubbing-using-alcohol-based-hand-rubs-a-comparison-between-2007-and-2015
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Liz M Kingston, Barbara L Slevin, Nuala H O'Connell, Colum P Dunne
BACKGROUND: Hand hygiene is the cornerstone of infection prevention and control practices and reduces healthcare-associated infections significantly. Yet, international evidence suggests that medical doctors demonstrate poor compliance. AIM: To explore and compare practices and attitudes towards hand hygiene, in particular handrubbing using alcohol-based hand rubs (ABHR), among hospital-based physicians in Ireland between 2007 and 2015. METHODS: In 2007, a random sample of doctors in a large teaching hospital was invited to complete a postal survey using a validated questionnaire...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532556/ethical-challenges-in-the-provision-of-dialysis-in-resource-constrained-environments
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REVIEW
Valerie A Luyckx, Ingrid Miljeteig, Addisu M Ejigu, M Rafique Moosa
The number of patients requiring dialysis by 2030 is projected to double worldwide, with the largest increase expected in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Dialysis is seldom considered a high priority by health care funders, consequently, few LMICs develop policies regarding dialysis allocation. Dialysis facilities may exist, but access remains highly inequitable in LMICs. High out-of-pocket payments make dialysis unsustainable and plunge many families into poverty. Patients, families, and clinicians suffer significant emotional and moral distress from daily life-and-death decisions imposed by dialysis...
May 2017: Seminars in Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532254/towards-the-recovery-of-a-sense-of-self-an-interpretative-phenomenological-analysis-of-patients-experience-of-body-oriented-psychotherapy-for-schizophrenia
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Laura Galbusera, Lisa Fellin, Thomas Fuchs
OBJECTIVE: Increasing evidence supports the efficacy of body-oriented psychotherapy (BPT) for schizophrenia. Yet, so far no research has investigated outcome in relation to therapy process: Why and how BPT is effective. In this study, we qualitatively explore participants' experience of a manualized BPT for schizophrenia to shed light on the process of therapeutic change. METHOD: We conducted in-depth interviews with 6 participants who completed a 10-week BPT group intervention...
May 22, 2017: Psychotherapy Research: Journal of the Society for Psychotherapy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530325/-diversity-in-product-selection-and-thresholds-for-platelets-transfusion-in-neonates-and-premature-infants
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Shraga Aviner, Ornit Cohen, Faid El-Ubra, Vered Yahalom, Haim Bibi, Shmuel Zangen
INTRODUCTION: Many premature and full-term newborns receive prophylactic platelet transfusions to prevent bleeding, particularly the most prevalent one, i.e, intracranial hemorrhages. However, the platelet count threshold above which bleeding is prevented and the efficacy of platelet transfusion in thrombocytopenic neonates, have yet to be established. Therefore, inter-Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) variations in treatment indications and practices are expected. Considerable inter-NICU variations will emphasize the need for guidelines on platelet transfusions to neonates and premature infants...
August 2016: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529985/recent-trends-of-gastric-cancer-treatment-in-turkey
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REVIEW
Ali Guner
Gastric cancer is the fifth most common type of cancer and is the fourth most common death due to cancer in Turkey. Incidence and mortality rates are one of the highest among European countries. Despite the high rates, management of gastric cancer is still an issue of debate in Turkey and national guidelines have yet to be established. While the treatment plan following the diagnosis of gastric cancer is determined by a multidisciplinary meeting at high-volume centers, the plan in the majority of cases in Turkey is decided based on the decision of an individual physician...
2017: Translational Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529359/the-journey-of-opioid-substitution-therapy-in-india-achievements-and-challenges
#19
Ravindra Rao
Opioids are one of the most problematic illegal substances globally. Opioid abuse is associated with complications in various spheres of the user's life, his/her family, and the society. Injecting drug use (IDU) is also linked to public health problems such as HIV infection and viral hepatitis. Medications form an important cornerstone in the treatment of opioid dependence. Treatment strategies such as "detoxification" alone or long-term treatment with opioid antagonist have limited acceptability and retention rates...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529116/italian-consensus-guidelines-for-the-management-of-hepatitis-b-virus-infections-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
#20
Marco Sebastiani, Fabiola Atzeni, Laura Milazzo, Luca Quartuccio, Carlo Scirè, Giovanni Battista Gaeta, Giovanni Lapadula, Orlando Armignacco, Marcello Tavio, Ignazio Olivieri, Pierluigi Meroni, Laura Bazzichi, Walter Grassi, Alessandro Mathieu, Claudio Mastroianni, Evangelista Sagnelli, Teresa Santantonio, Caterina Uberti Foppa, Massimo Puoti, Loredana Sarmati, Paolo Airò, Oscar Massimiliano Epis, Rossana Scrivo, Miriam Gargiulo, Agostino Riva, Andreina Manfredi, Giovanni Ciancio, Gianguglielmo Zehender, Gloria Taliani, Luca Meroni, Salvatore Sollima, Piercarlo Sarzi-Puttini, Massimo Galli
OBJECTIVES: Hepatitis B (HBV) infection, which is prevalent worldwide, is also frequently seen in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The Italian Society of Rheumatology (SIR) and the Italian Society of Infectious and Tropical Diseases (SIMIT) endorsed a national consensus process to review the available evidence on HBV management in RA patients and to produce practical, hospital-wide recommendations. METHODS: The consensus panel consisted of infectious disease consultants, rheumatologists and epidemiologists and used the criteria of the Oxford Centre for Evidence-based Medicine to assess the quality of the evidence and the strength of their recommendations...
May 18, 2017: Joint, Bone, Spine: Revue du Rhumatisme
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