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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636884/major-achievements-of-evidence-based-traditional-chinese-medicine-in-treating-major-diseases
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Jung Chao, Yuntao Dai, Robert Verpoorte, Wing Lam, Yung-Chi Cheng, Li-Heng Pao, Wei Zhang, Shilin Chen
A long history of use and extensive documentation of the clinical practices of traditional Chinese medicine resulted in a considerable number of classical preparations, which are still widely used. This heritage of our ancestors provides a unique resource for drug discovery. Already, a number of important drugs have been developed from traditional medicines, which in fact form the core of Western pharmacotherapy. Therefore, this article discusses the differences in drug development between traditional medicine and Western medicine...
June 18, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636805/a-hybrid-phantom-system-for-patient-skin-and-organ-dosimetry-in-fluoroscopically-guided-interventions
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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/28636678/measurement-properties-of-patient-reported-outcome-measures-proms-used-in-adult-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-a-systematic-review
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Olalekan Lee Aiyegbusi, Derek Kyte, Paul Cockwell, Tom Marshall, Adrian Gheorghe, Thomas Keeley, Anita Slade, Melanie Calvert
BACKGROUND: Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) can provide valuable information which may assist with the care of patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). However, given the large number of measures available, it is unclear which PROMs are suitable for use in research or clinical practice. To address this we comprehensively evaluated studies that assessed the measurement properties of PROMs in adults with CKD. METHODS: Four databases were searched; reference list and citation searching of included studies was also conducted...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635619/on-the-importance-of-accurate-quantification-of-individual-volatile-metabolites-in-exhaled-breath
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David Smith, Patrik Spanel
It is argued that shortcomings of certain approaches to breath analysis research based on superficial interpretation of non-quantitative data are inadvertently inhibiting the progression of non-invasive breath analysis into clinical practice. The objective of this perspective is to suggest more clinically profitable approaches to breath research. Thus, following a discourse on the challenges and expectations in breath research, a brief indication is given of the analytical techniques currently used for the analysis of very humid exhaled breath...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Breath Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635440/adding-an-accredited-exercise-physiologist-role-to-a-new-model-of-care-at-a-secure-extended-care-mental-health-service-a-qualitative-study
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Trentham Furness, Jude Hewavasam, Jakqui Barnfield, Brian McKenna, Corey Joseph
BACKGROUND: Accredited exercise physiologists (AEPs) are emerging as essential members of allied health in the management of non-communicable chronic diseases. People diagnosed with severe mental illness (SMI) are at greater risk of cardiovascular diseases. Secure extended care units (SECUs) provide treatment, supervision and support for people with SMI whose needs cannot be met adequately in the community. However, the role of AEPs in SECUs has not been described. AIM: Describe the processes and outcomes of adding an AEP to a new model of care at a SECU...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634831/malaria-2017-update-on-the-clinical-literature-and-management
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Johanna P Daily
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Malaria is a prevalent disease in travelers to and residents of malaria-endemic regions. Health care workers in both endemic and non-endemic settings should be familiar with the latest evidence for the diagnosis, management and prevention of malaria. This article will discuss the recent malaria epidemiologic and medical literature to review the progress, challenges, and optimal management of malaria. RECENT FINDINGS: There has been a marked decrease in malaria-related global morbidity and mortality secondary to malaria control programs over the last few decades...
June 20, 2017: Current Infectious Disease Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631765/-noninvasive-ventilation-and-sedation-evidence-and-practical-tools-for-its-utilization
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Ilaria Battistoni, Marco Marini, Giorgio Caretta, Fabio Vagnarelli, Fabiana Lucà, Emilia Biscottini, Alberto Lavorgna, Vincenza Procaccini, Letizia Riva, Gabriele Vianello, Nadia Aspromonte, Massimo Iacoviello, Renata De Maria, Serafina Valente, Michele Massimo Gulizia
Noninvasive ventilation (NIV) has gained increased acceptance inside the critical area, since it has been shown to be effective in reducing or avoiding the need for oro-tracheal intubation. NIV efficacy is dependent on the selection of the appropriate patients and on their compliance to therapy. Actually, full collaboration is not easily reached especially in agitated patients.Sedation during NIV is useful to reduce the rate of treatment failure, but robust data to guide the development of best practice are limited and sometimes local customs appear to exert a strong influence on patterns of care...
June 2017: Giornale Italiano di Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630342/autoantibody-profiling-on-a-plasmonic-nano-gold-chip-for-the-early-detection-of-hypertensive-heart-disease
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Xiaoyang Li, Tatiana Kuznetsova, Nicholas Cauwenberghs, Matthew Wheeler, Holden Maecker, Joseph C Wu, Francois Haddad, Hongjie Dai
The role of autoimmunity in cardiovascular (CV) diseases has been increasingly recognized. Autoimmunity is most commonly examined by the levels of circulating autoantibodies in clinical practices. Measurement of autoantibodies remains, however, challenging because of the deficiency of reproducible, sensitive, and standardized assays. The lack of multiplexed assays also limits the potential to identify a CV-specific autoantibody profile. To overcome these challenges, we developed a nanotechnology-based plasmonic gold chip for autoantibody profiling...
June 19, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629741/establishment-of-an-ideal-time-window-model-in-hypothermic-targeted-temperature-management-after-traumatic-brain-injury-in-rats
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Wan-Yong Zhao, Shao-Bo Chen, Jing-Jing Wang, Chao Xu, Ming-Liang Zhao, Hua-Jiang Dong, Hai-Qian Liang, Xiao-Hong Li, Yue Tu, Sai Zhang, Chong Chen, Hong-Tao Sun
Although hypothermic-targeted temperature management (HTTM) holds great potential for the treatment of traumatic brain injury (TBI), translation of the efficacy of hypothermia from animal models to TBI patientshas no entire consistency. This study aimed to find an ideal time window model in experimental rats which was more in accordance with clinical practice through the delayed HTTM intervention. Sprague-Dawley rats were subjected to unilateral cortical contusion injury and received therapeutic hypothermia at 15 mins, 2 hours, 4 hours respectively after TBI...
June 16, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629729/a-multicenter-study-of-routine-versus-selective-intraoperative-leak-testing-for-sleeve-gastrectomy
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Jason Bingham, Jedediah Kaufman, Kai Hata, James Dickerson, Alec Beekley, Gordon Wisbach, Jacob Swann, Eric Ahnfeldt, Devon Hawkins, Yong Choi, Robert Lim, Matthew Martin
BACKGROUND: Staple line leaks after sleeve gastrectomy are dreaded complications. Many surgeons routinely perform an intraoperative leak test (IOLT) despite little evidence to validate the reliability, clinical benefit, and safety of this procedure. OBJECTIVES: To determine the efficacy of IOLT and if routine use has any benefit over selective use. SETTING: Eight teaching hospitals, including private, university, and military facilities. METHODS: A multicenter, retrospective analysis over a 5-year period...
May 25, 2017: Surgery for Obesity and related Diseases: Official Journal of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629316/a-multiplex-primer-design-algorithm-for-target-amplification-of-continuous-genomic-regions
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Ahmet Rasit Ozturk, Tolga Can
BACKGROUND: Targeted Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) assays are cost-efficient and reliable alternatives to Sanger sequencing. For sequencing of very large set of genes, the target enrichment approach is suitable. However, for smaller genomic regions, the target amplification method is more efficient than both the target enrichment method and Sanger sequencing. The major difficulty of the target amplification method is the preparation of amplicons, regarding required time, equipment, and labor...
June 19, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628520/effectiveness-of-teaching-strategies-to-improve-critical-thinking-in-nurses-in-clinical-practice-a-systematic-review-protocol
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Fábio da Costa Carbogim, Larissa Bertacchini de Oliveira, Guilherme Gushiken de Campos, Esther Alves de Araújo Nunes, Katiusse Rezende Alves, Vilanice Alves de Araújo Püschel
The aim of this review is to identify and synthesize the best available evidence on the effectiveness of teaching strategies aimed at improving critical thinking (CT) in registered nurses who provide direct patient care. Specifically, the research question is: What are the best teaching strategies to improve CT skills in registered nurses who provide direct patient care?
June 2017: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627039/consensus-building-on-developing-dysphagia-competence-a-north-west-of-england-perspective
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Susan Guthrie, John Lancaster, Jois Stansfield
BACKGROUND: Dysphagia has been an increasing area of practice for speech and language therapists (SLTs) for over 20 years, and throughout that period there has been debate about how practical skills in dysphagia can best be developed. The implementation of the new Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) framework was considered from a regional perspective seeking to establish consensus across different speech and language therapy settings. AIM: To explore practical solutions to the development of dysphagia competency in new graduates whilst acknowledging the wide variation in staffing and clinical dysphagia experience across the geographical and clinical landscape in the North West of England...
June 19, 2017: International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626978/a-fast-multi-target-inverse-treatment-planning-strategy-optimizing-dosimetric-measures-for-high-dose-rate-hdr-brachytherapy
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Christian V Guthier, Antonio L Damato, Akila N Viswanathan, Juergen W Hesser, Robert A Cormack
PURPOSE: In this study, we introduce a novel, fast, inverse treatment planning strategy for interstitial high-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy with multiple regions of interest solely based on dose-volume-histogram-related dosimetric measures (DMs). METHODS: We present a new problem formulation of the objective function that approximates the indicator variables of the standard DM optimization problem with a smooth logistic function. This problem is optimized by standard gradient-based methods...
June 19, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625864/a-systematic-study-of-the-effect-of-low-ph-acid-treatment-on-anti-drug-antibodies-specific-for-a-domain-antibody-therapeutic-impact-on-drug-tolerance-assay-sensitivity-and-post-validation-method-assessment-of-ada-in-clinical-serum-samples
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Uma Kavita, Jia Duo, Sean Crawford, Rong Liu, Joan Valcin, Carol Gleason, Huijin Dong, Snaehal Gadkari, Robert W Dodge, Renuka Pillutla, Binodh S DeSilva
We developed a homogeneous bridging anti-drug antibody (ADA) assay on an electro chemiluminescent immunoassay (ECLIA) platform to support the immunogenicity evaluation of a dimeric domain antibody (dAb) therapeutic in clinical studies. During method development we evaluated the impact of different types of acid at various pH levels on polyclonal and monoclonal ADA controls of differing affinities and on/off rates. The data shows for the first time that acids of different pH can have a differential effect on ADA of various affinities and this in turn impacts assay sensitivity and drug tolerance as defined by these surrogate controls...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Immunological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623461/neuropsychological-test-administration-by-videoconference-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Timothy W Brearly, Robert D Shura, Sarah L Martindale, Rory A Lazowski, David D Luxton, Brian V Shenal, Jared A Rowland
The purpose of the current systematic review and meta-analysis was to assess the effect of videoconference administration on adult neurocognitive tests. We investigated whether the scores acquired during a videoconference administration were different from those acquired during on-site administration. Relevant counterbalanced crossover studies were identified according to Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guidelines. Twelve studies met criteria for analysis. Included samples consisted of healthy adults as well as those with psychiatric or neurocognitive disorders, with mean ages ranging from 34 to 88 years...
June 16, 2017: Neuropsychology Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622797/making-the-best-value-of-clinical-radiology-irefer-guidelines-8th-edition
#17
D Remedios, B France, M Alexander
New uses of medical imaging as well as over-diagnosis and wasteful imaging have led to a 10% per annum growth in computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Personalised value to the patient will be helped by referral guidelines for the best test first, adding evidence-based technical value to the investigation to answer the clinical question, thus providing allocative value to the commissioners of medical imaging. Appropriate imaging is driven by the need for effective decisions, radiation safety, and cost awareness...
June 13, 2017: Clinical Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622321/identification-of-time-point-to-best-define-sub-optimal-response-following-intravitreal-ranibizumab-therapy-for-diabetic-macular-edema-based-on-real-life-data
#18
I Chatziralli, M Santarelli, N Patrao, L Nicholson, M Zola, R Rajendram, P Hykin, S Sivaprasad
PurposeTo determine the average time-point at which it is best to define 'sub-optimal response' after ranibizumab treatment for diabetic macular edema (DME) based on the data obtained from real-life clinical practice.MethodsIn this retrospective observational study, 322 consecutive treatment naïve eyes with DME were treated with three loading doses of intravitreal ranibizumab followed by re-treatment based on decision of the treating physician on a case-by-case basis. The demographic data, clinic-based visual acuity measurements and central subfield thickness (CST) assessed on spectral domain optical coherence tomography (OCT) were evaluated at baseline (month 0), 1, 2, 3, 6, and 12 months...
June 16, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622089/large-animal-models-of-meniscus-repair-and-regeneration-a-systematic-review-of-the-state-of-the-field
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Sonia Bansal, Niobra M Keah, Alexander L Neuwirth, Olivia O'Reilly, Feini Qu, Breanna Seiber, Sai Mandalapu, Robert Leon Mauck, Miltiadis Zgonis
Injury to the meniscus is common but few viable strategies exist for its repair or regeneration. To address this, animal models have been developed to translate new treatment strategies towards the clinic. However, there is not yet a regulatory document guiding such studies. The purpose of this study was to carry out a systematic review of the literature on meniscus treatment methods and outcomes to define the state of the field. Public databases were queried using search terms related to animal models and meniscus injury and/or repair over the years 1980-2015...
June 16, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part C, Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621317/p16-immunohistochemistry-in-oropharyngeal-squamous-cell-carcinoma-a-comparison-of-antibody-clones-using-patient-outcomes-and-high-risk-human-papillomavirus-rna-status
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Jeremy Shelton, Bibianna M Purgina, Nicole A Cipriani, William D Dupont, Dale Plummer, James S Lewis
High-risk human papillomavirus (HPV)-related oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinomas have a more favorable prognosis than HPV-negative ones. p16 immunohistochemistry has been recommended as a prognostic test in clinical practice. Several p16 antibodies are available, and their performance has not been directly compared. We evaluated three commercially available p16 antibody clones (E6H4, JC8 and G175-405) utilizing 199 cases of oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma from a tissue microarray, read by three pathologists with three different cutoffs for positivity: any staining, >50% and >75%...
June 16, 2017: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
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