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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709744/the-matching-method-for-veins-images
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Paweł Popielski, Robert Koprowski, Zygmunt Wróbel
BACKGROUND: A common problem in medical practice is the localization of subcutaneous veins and arteries. Automatization of this procedure may help to develop bloodbot rigs and improve use of image guided surgery. METHOD: It is not necessary to have a full 3D model in order to determine their location by calculating the spatial coordinates of veins axes in the adopted coordinate system. A much better solution is pre-segmentation, which provides veins axes, and further search for stereo correspondence in the segmented images...
July 3, 2017: Computerized Medical Imaging and Graphics: the Official Journal of the Computerized Medical Imaging Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705107/the-systematic-coronary-risk-evaluation-score-for-the-prevention-of-cardiovascular-diseases-does-evidence-exist-for-its-effectiveness-a-systematic-review
#2
Tomasz Tomasik, Janusz Krzysztoń, Katarzyna Dubas-Jakóbczyk, Violetta Kijowska, Adam Windak
OBJECTIVES: The SCORE model predicts the ten-year risk of cardiovascular mortality but it is still unknown whether applying the SCORE in clinical practice subsequently improves cardiovascular disease (CVD) outcomes. The objective of this study is to assess the effect of total cardiovascular risk estimation using the SCORE in preventing serious cardiovascular events in European adults without prior CVD. METHODS AND RESULTS: Data sources: eight bibliographical databases (2003 - August 2015), other internet sources and reference lists of articles were checked...
July 14, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700290/lower-risk-cannabis-use-guidelines-a-comprehensive-update-of-evidence-and-recommendations
#3
Benedikt Fischer, Cayley Russell, Pamela Sabioni, Wim van den Brink, Bernard Le Foll, Wayne Hall, Jürgen Rehm, Robin Room
BACKGROUND: Cannabis use is common in North America, especially among young people, and is associated with a risk of various acute and chronic adverse health outcomes. Cannabis control regimes are evolving, for example toward a national legalization policy in Canada, with the aim to improve public health, and thus require evidence-based interventions. As cannabis-related health outcomes may be influenced by behaviors that are modifiable by the user, evidence-based Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines (LRCUG)-akin to similar guidelines in other health fields-offer a valuable, targeted prevention tool to improve public health outcomes...
August 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698939/systematic-review-of-quality-of-patient-information-on-phalloplasty-in-the-internet
#4
Georgios A Karamitros, Nikolaos A Kitsos, Stamatis Sapountzis
BACKGROUND: An increasing number of patients, considering aesthetic surgery, use Internet health information as their first source of information. However, the quality of information available in the Internet on phalloplasty is currently unknown. This study aimed to assess the quality of patient information on phalloplasty available in the Internet. METHODS: The assessment of the Web sites was based on the modified Ensuring Quality Information for Patients (EQIP) instrument (36 items)...
July 11, 2017: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696583/mapping-medical-marijuana-state-laws-regulating-patients-product-safety-supply-chains-and-dispensaries-2017
#5
Sarah B Klieger, Abraham Gutman, Leslie Allen, Rosalie Liccardo Pacula, Jennifer K Ibrahim, Scott Burris
AIMS: 1) To describe open source legal datasets, created for research use, that capture the key provisions of U.S. state medical marijuana laws. The data document how state lawmakers have regulated a medicine that remains, under federal law, a Schedule I illegal drug with no legitimate medical use. 2) To demonstrate the variability that exists across states in rules governing patient access, product safety, and dispensary practice. METHODS: Two legal researchers collected and coded state laws governing marijuana patients, product safety, and dispensaries in effect on February 1, 2017, creating three empirical legal datasets...
July 11, 2017: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695764/laryngeal-cysts-in-adults-simplifying-classification-and-management
#6
Richard Heyes, David G Lott
Objective Laryngeal cysts may occur at any mucosa-lined location within the larynx and account for 5% to 10% of nonmalignant laryngeal lesions. A number of proposed classifications for laryngeal cysts exist; however, no previously published classification aims to guide management. This review analyzes contemporary laryngeal cyst management and proposes a framework for the terminology and management of cystic lesions in the larynx. Data Sources PubMed/Medline. Review Methods A primary literature search of the entire Medline database was performed for all titles of publications pertaining to laryngeal cysts and reviewed for relevance...
July 1, 2017: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685644/summary-of-2016-esc-guidelines-on-heart-failure-atrial-fibrillation-dyslipidaemia-and-cardiovascular-prevention
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Marc J Claeys, Wilfried Mullens, Yves Vandekerckhove, Mattias Duytschaever, Catherine De Maeyer, Agnes Pasquet
During the ESC congress in September 2016 in Rome, the new ESC guidelines were presented and are now available on the ESC website ( http://www.escardio.org/guidelines ). The new guidelines cover management recommendations on following cardiovascular items: Heart failure, atrial fibrillation, dyslipidemia and cardiovascular prevention. The present document gives a summary of these guidelines and highlights the most important recommendations and changes in the management of these diseases. It will help to increase awareness about the new guidelines and may stimulate to consult the full document for specific items...
July 7, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679491/effectiveness-of-adaptive-e-learning-environments-on-knowledge-competence-and-behavior-in-health-professionals-and-students-protocol-for-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Guillaume Fontaine, Sylvie Cossette, Marc-André Maheu-Cadotte, Tanya Mailhot, Marie-France Deschênes, Gabrielle Mathieu-Dupuis
BACKGROUND: Adaptive e-learning environments (AEEs) can provide tailored instruction by adapting content, navigation, presentation, multimedia, and tools to each user's navigation behavior, individual objectives, knowledge, and preferences. AEEs can have various levels of complexity, ranging from systems using a simple adaptive functionality to systems using artificial intelligence. While AEEs are promising, their effectiveness for the education of health professionals and health professions students remains unclear...
July 5, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674681/myalgic-encephalomyelitis-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-diagnosis-and-management-in-young-people-a-primer
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REVIEW
Peter C Rowe, Rosemary A Underhill, Kenneth J Friedman, Alan Gurwitt, Marvin S Medow, Malcolm S Schwartz, Nigel Speight, Julian M Stewart, Rosamund Vallings, Katherine S Rowe
Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is a complex disease that affects children and adolescents as well as adults. The etiology has not been established. While many pediatricians and other health-care providers are aware of ME/CFS, they often lack essential knowledge that is necessary for diagnosis and treatment. Many young patients experience symptoms for years before receiving a diagnosis. This primer, written by the International Writing Group for Pediatric ME/CFS, provides information necessary to understand, diagnose, and manage the symptoms of ME/CFS in children and adolescents...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671545/creating-value-in-healthcare-the-need-for-innovative-solutions
#10
Dave Williams, Helena Hutton, Gary Ryan
The combined impact of an aging population's healthcare needs and the growing prevalence of chronic disease has, and will continue to have, a significant impact on healthcare capacity and economics. In the context of resource constraints there is a tendency to focus on doing more with less. However, the real opportunity may lie in building capacity by doing things differently. The authors propose a new paradigm for innovative hospital care and illustrate its potential by examining recent endeavours at a large, full-service hospital in Southern Ontario...
2017: HealthcarePapers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670711/later-school-start-times-for-supporting-the-education-health-and-well-being-of-high-school-students
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REVIEW
Robert Marx, Emily E Tanner-Smith, Colleen M Davison, Lee-Anne Ufholz, John Freeman, Ravi Shankar, Lisa Newton, Robert S Brown, Alyssa S Parpia, Ioana Cozma, Shawn Hendrikx
BACKGROUND: A number of school systems worldwide have proposed and implemented later school start times as a means of avoiding the potentially negative impacts that early morning schedules can have on adolescent students. Even mild sleep deprivation has been associated with significant health and educational concerns: increased risk for accidents and injuries, impaired learning, aggression, memory loss, poor self-esteem, and changes in metabolism. Although researchers have begun to explore the effects of delayed school start time, no one has conducted a rigorous review of evidence to determine whether later school start times support adolescent health, education, and well-being...
July 3, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670710/non-steroidal-anti-inflammatory-drugs-versus-corticosteroids-for-controlling-inflammation-after-uncomplicated-cataract-surgery
#12
REVIEW
Viral V Juthani, Elizabeth Clearfield, Roy S Chuck
BACKGROUND: Cataract is a leading cause of blindness worldwide. Cataract surgery is commonly performed but can result in postoperative inflammation of the eye. Inadequately controlled inflammation increases the risk of complications. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and corticosteroids are used to prevent and reduce inflammation following cataract surgery, but these two drug classes work by different mechanisms. Corticosteroids are effective, but NSAIDs may provide an additional benefit to reduce inflammation when given in combination with corticosteroids...
July 3, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653049/precision-and-security-in-restorative-dentistry-the-synergy-of-isolation-and-magnification
#13
Stephane Browet, David Gerdolle
It is often presumed that, since its introduction in 1864, the use of rubber dam in multiple dental procedures has increased. However, its use is not as widespread as one might expect. There still seem to be many obstacles that prevent clinicians from adopting it as a standard of care. Furthermore, it appears very difficult to scientifically prove the impact of its use on the final outcome of a given procedure. The fundamental idea of isolating the operatory field and preventing contamination is simple; the practical execution of it is more demanding...
2017: International Journal of Esthetic Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650704/is-there-a-reason-for-concern-or-is-it-just-hype-a-systematic-literature-review-of-the-clinical-consequences-of-switching-from-originator-biologics-to-biosimilars
#14
András Inotai, Christiaan P J Prins, Marcell Csanádi, Dinko Vitezic, Catalin Codreanu, Zoltán Kaló
While prescribing biosimilars to patients naive to a biologic treatment is a well-accepted practice, switching clinically stable patients from an originator to a biosimilar is an issue for clinicians. Well-designed clinical trials and real-world data which study the consequences of switching from an originator biologic treatment to its biosimilar alternative are limited, especially for monoclonal antibodies. Areas covered: A systematic literature review was conducted on PubMed to identify evidence of the consequences of switching from original biologics to biosimilars...
June 26, 2017: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644037/lower-risk-cannabis-use-guidelines-a-comprehensive-update-of-evidence-and-recommendations
#15
Benedikt Fischer, Cayley Russell, Pamela Sabioni, Wim van den Brink, Bernard Le Foll, Wayne Hall, Jürgen Rehm, Robin Room
BACKGROUND: Cannabis use is common in North America, especially among young people, and is associated with a risk of various acute and chronic adverse health outcomes. Cannabis control regimes are evolving, for example toward a national legalization policy in Canada, with the aim to improve public health, and thus require evidence-based interventions. As cannabis-related health outcomes may be influenced by behaviors that are modifiable by the user, evidence-based Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines (LRCUG)-akin to similar guidelines in other health fields-offer a valuable, targeted prevention tool to improve public health outcomes...
August 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639068/what-about-the-rheological-properties-of%C3%A2-prp-microfat-mixtures-in-fat-grafting-procedure
#16
R Ghazouane, B Bertrand, C Philandrianos, J Veran, M Abellan, P Francois, M Velier, C Orneto, P Piccerelle, J Magalon
BACKGROUND: Fat grafting has emerged as a reference procedure in daily plastic surgery practice. Unpredictable fat resorption is the main clinical problem. For this purpose, the addition of PRP to enhance fat revascularization is now an easy and popular procedure. However, no consensus exists regarding the respective volume of fat and PRP used to obtain the ideal mixture. This study investigated the rheological properties of microfat mixed with different proportions of PRP. Results obtained were compared with commercialized hyaluronic acid fillers...
June 21, 2017: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636805/a-hybrid-phantom-system-for-patient-skin-and-organ-dosimetry-in-fluoroscopically-guided-interventions
#17
David Borrego, Daniel Siragusa, Stephen Balter, Wesley E Bolch
To investigate calibrations for improved estimates of skin dose and to develop software for computing absorbed organ doses for fluoroscopically guided interventions (FGIs) with the use of radiation dose structured reports (RDSR) and the UF/NCI family of hybrid computational phantoms METHODS AND MATERIALS: Institutional review board approval was obtained for this retrospective study in which ten RDSRs were selected for their high cumulative reference air kerma values. Skin doses were computed using the University of Florida's rapid in-clinic peak skin dose algorithm (or UF-RIPSA)...
June 21, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634702/rectus-abdominis-fat-transfer-raft-in-lipoabdominoplasty-a-new-technique-to-achieve-fitness-body-contour-in-patients-that-require-tummy-tuck
#18
Stefan Danilla
OBJECTIVE: To describe a new technique to achieve a fit-look in lipoabdominoplasty patients through liposculpture and rectus abdominis fat transfer (RAFT). METHODS: Patients with a body mass index under 26 and of both genders scheduled for abdominoplasty or body lift were selected for this procedure. Fat was transferred directly to the rectus abdominis muscle after flap elevation during lipoabdominoplasty. RESULTS: A total of 26 patients were operated on with this technique...
June 20, 2017: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629463/how-understanding-and-application-of-drug-related-legal-instruments-affects-harm-reduction-interventions-in-cambodia-a-qualitative-study
#19
Sovannary Tuot, Chanrith Ngin, Khuondyla Pal, Sochenda Sou, Ghazal Sawez, Phylicia Morgan, Mony Srey, Tola Chan, Pheak Chhoun, Olga Golichenko, Sok Chamreun Choub, Siyan Yi
BACKGROUND: Harm reduction interventions in Cambodia face numerous obstacles because of conflicting understanding and interests and inconsistencies in the implementation by law enforcement officials. This study aims to examine how understanding and application of Drug Control Law (DCL) and Village/Commune Safety Policy (VCSP) affects harm reduction interventions in Cambodia from the standpoints of law enforcement officials, people who inject drugs and people who use drugs (PWID/PWUD), as well as other key stakeholders...
June 19, 2017: Harm Reduction Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629396/identifying-approaches-for-assessing-methodological-and-reporting-quality-of-systematic-reviews-a-descriptive-study
#20
Kusala Pussegoda, Lucy Turner, Chantelle Garritty, Alain Mayhew, Becky Skidmore, Adrienne Stevens, Isabelle Boutron, Rafael Sarkis-Onofre, Lise M Bjerre, Asbjørn Hróbjartsson, Douglas G Altman, David Moher
BACKGROUND: The methodological quality and completeness of reporting of the systematic reviews (SRs) is fundamental to optimal implementation of evidence-based health care and the reduction of research waste. Methods exist to appraise SRs yet little is known about how they are used in SRs or where there are potential gaps in research best-practice guidance materials. The aims of this study are to identify reports assessing the methodological quality (MQ) and/or reporting quality (RQ) of a cohort of SRs and to assess their number, general characteristics, and approaches to 'quality' assessment over time...
June 19, 2017: Systematic Reviews
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