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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530771/macrophage-migration-inhibitory-factor-levels-correlate-with-an-infection-in-trauma-patients
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Young Duck Cho, Sung Hyuk Choi, Jung Youn Kim, Sung Jun Park, Young Hoon Yoon, Han Jin Cho, Ji Won Yeom
BACKGROUND: The role of migration inhibitory factor (MIF) is best understood in septic shock and septic disease; however, the role of MIF in a secondary infection after trauma has not yet been completely studied. This study aimed to evaluate the role of MIF in trauma patients. METHODS: The patients in the study population were divided into two groups according to the results of their MIF levels. The initial MIF levels, trauma mechanism, revised trauma score, survival rate, length of stay (LOS) in the intensive care unit (ICU), level of leukocytes, and level of C-reactive protein (CRP) were compared between the groups...
May 2017: Ulusal Travma Ve Acil Cerrahi Dergisi, Turkish Journal of Trauma & Emergency Surgery: TJTES
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530520/cardiovascular-disease-and-gout-real-world-experience-evaluating-patient-characteristics-treatment-patterns-and-health-care-utilization
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Michael H Pillinger, Sripal Bangalore, Alyssa B Klein, Scott Baumgartner, Robert Morlock
BACKGROUND: Gout, hyperuricemia, and cardiovascular disease (CVD) are prevalent conditions in the United States, and while they share common risk factors such as obesity, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, and type 2 diabetes mellitus, relatively little is known about what patient and disease characteristics may link CVD with hyperuricemia and gout and how the presence of both diseases affects management decisions differently than for patients with gout alone. OBJECTIVE: To identify differences in patient characteristics, patterns of urate-lowering therapy (ULT) use, and gout control in gout patients with and without cardiovascular comorbidity...
June 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530457/-patient-turnover-in-a-multidisciplinary-emergency-department
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Csaba Varga, Zsuzsanna Lelovics, Viktor Soós, Tibor Oláh
INTRODUCTION: More than twenty emergency departments were opened across Hungary in the past years. Data deficiency on patient flow, trends and lack of knowledge of indicators could raise numerous logistical and organisational problems. AIM: Collection, analysis and provision of data to facilitate successful operations of emergency medical care services. METHOD: During a three-year period investigated, at the multidisciplinary Emergency Department of "Moritz Kaposi" Teaching Hospital, data on patient flow (n = 106,203), epidemiology, triage and international classification of diseases were analysed...
May 2017: Orvosi Hetilap
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529234/-in-utter-fearlessness-of-the-reigning-disease-imagined-immunities-and-the-outbreak-narratives-of-charles-brockden-brown
#4
Nicholas E Miller
With an increased focus on the intersection of literature and medicine, contagion has become something of a scholarly buzzword in early American studies: it serves metaphorically to demarcate the postcolonial other, demonstrates the transmissibility of revolutionary rhetoric, highlights the instability of republican government, and embodies fears of racial mixture. In this essay, I shift the emphasis from a discourse of contagion (often associated with a fear of the foreign) to a discourse of immunity (a fear associated with foreign immunities) in order to demonstrate a more affirmative biopolitics in Charles Brockden Brown's 1790s outbreak narratives...
2017: Literature and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526928/exosomes-in-cardiovascular-medicine
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REVIEW
Iain M Dykes
Exosomes are small, extracellular membrane-bound particles that mediate intercellular transport of a cytosolic cargo. Exosomal transfer of micro-RNA can modify gene expression in targeted cells. Exosome-based endocrine/paracrine signaling has been shown to be involved in a wide range of physiological processes including those associated with cardiovascular injury and disease, but remains relatively poorly understood. Exosomes offer great potential to the clinical field, with applications in both diagnostics and therapeutics...
May 19, 2017: Cardiology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526675/iterative-user-interface-design-for-automated-sequential-organ-failure-assessment-score-calculator-in-sepsis-detection
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Christopher Ansel Aakre, Jaben E Kitson, Man Li, Vitaly Herasevich
BACKGROUND: The new sepsis definition has increased the need for frequent sequential organ failure assessment (SOFA) score recalculation and the clerical burden of information retrieval makes this score ideal for automated calculation. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to (1) estimate the clerical workload of manual SOFA score calculation through a time-motion analysis and (2) describe a user-centered design process for an electronic medical record (EMR) integrated, automated SOFA score calculator with subsequent usability evaluation study...
May 18, 2017: JMIR Human Factors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526591/macrophage-based-therapeutic-strategies-in-regenerative-medicine
#7
Kara L Spiller, Timothy J Koh
Mounting evidence suggests that therapeutic cell and drug delivery strategies designed to actively harness the regenerative potential of the inflammatory response have great potential in regenerative medicine. In particular, macrophages have emerged as a primary target because of their critical roles in regulating multiple phases of tissue repair through their unique ability to rapidly shift phenotypes. Herein, we review macrophage-based therapies, focusing on the translational potential for cell delivery of ex vivo-activated macrophages and delivery of molecules and biomaterials to modulate accumulation and phenotype of endogenous macrophages...
May 16, 2017: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526079/patient-needs-and-preferences-for-herb-drug-disease-interaction-alerts-a-structured-interview-study
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Carrie M Christensen, Rebecca S Morris, Seraphine Chepkemoi Kapsandoy, Melissa Archer, Jinqiu Kuang, Laura Shane-McWhorter, Bruce E Bray, Qing Zeng-Treitler
BACKGROUND: While complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is commonly used in the United States and elsewhere, and hazardous interactions with prescription drugs can occur, patients do not regularly communicate with physicians about their CAM use. The objective of this study was to discover patient information needs and preferences for herb-drug-disease interaction alerts. METHODS: We recruited 50 people from several locations within the University of Utah Hospital to participate in this structured interview study...
May 19, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525203/-short-history-of-cranial-trauma-in-western-country-part-2
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J Noterman
The treatment of cranial traumatism has been the subject of numerous publications since the " corpus hippocraticum ". Following this period, the school of Alexandria will only be known thanks to Celsus. After him, Galen will determine the therapeutic attitude in accordance with the hippocratic theory. This theory will have an influence for more than 1.500 years. A better knowledge of anatomy will shake the galenic system for the first time at the Renaissance. The decisive progress will arise in the XIX century, with the emergence of experimental medicine, Pasteur's discoveries, and the greater knowledge of nervous system function...
2017: Revue Médicale de Bruxelles
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524747/health-care-students-at-an-argentinean-school-of-medicine-are-they-well-prepared-to-provide-quality-sexual-and-reproductive-health-services
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Belén Provenzano-Castro, Silvia Oizerovich, Babill Stray-Pedersen
OBJECTIVES: The aim of our study was to assess what students of the University of Buenos Aires School of Medicine learn about sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and rights, focusing particularly on their knowledge of accessibility to contraception and abortion legislation. METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, self-administered, anonymous questionnaires were administered to 760 first year students and to 695 final year students from different fields of study (medicine, midwifery, nursing, radiology, nutrition, speech therapy and physiotherapy) between 2011 and 2013...
May 19, 2017: European Journal of Contraception & Reproductive Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524668/emerging-trends-in-micro-and-nanoscale-technologies-in-medicine-from-basic-discoveries-to-translation
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Mario M Alvarez, Joanna Aizenberg, Mostafa Analoui, Anne M Andrews, Gili Bisker, Edward S Boyden, Roger D Kamm, Jeffrey M Karp, David J Mooney, Rahmi Oklu, Dan Peer, Michelle Stolzoff, Michael S Strano, Grissel Trujillo-de Santiago, Thomas J Webster, Paul S Weiss, Ali Khademhosseini
We discuss the state of the art and innovative micro- and nanoscale technologies that are finding niches and opening up new opportunities in medicine, particularly in diagnostic and therapeutic applications. We take the design of point-of-care applications and the capture of circulating tumor cells as illustrative examples of the integration of micro- and nanotechnologies into solutions of diagnostic challenges. We describe several novel nanotechnologies that enable imaging cellular structures and molecular events...
May 19, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524642/polydatin-reduces-staphylococcus-aureus-lipoteichoic-acid-induced-injury-by-attenuating-reactive-oxygen-species-generation-and-tlr2-nf%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signalling
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Gan Zhao, Kangfeng Jiang, Haichong Wu, Changwei Qiu, Ganzhen Deng, Xiuli Peng
Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) causes severe inflammation in various infectious diseases, leading to high mortality. The clinical application of antibiotics has gained a significant curative effect. However, it has led to the emergence of various resistant bacteria. Therefore, in this study, we investigated the protective effect of polydatin (PD), a traditional Chinese medicine extract, on S. aureus lipoteichoic acid (LTA)-induced injury in vitro and in vivo. First, a significant improvement in the pathological conditions of PD in vivo was observed, suggesting that PD had a certain protective effect on LTA-induced injury in a mouse model...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523476/impact-of-a-patient-navigator-program-on-hospital-based-and-outpatient-utilization-over-180%C3%A2-days-in-a-safety-net-health-system
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Richard B Balaban, Fang Zhang, Catherine E Vialle-Valentin, Alison A Galbraith, Marguerite E Burns, Marc R Larochelle, Dennis Ross-Degnan
BACKGROUND: With emerging global payment structures, medical systems need to understand longer-term impacts of care transition strategies. OBJECTIVE: To determine the effect of a care transition program using patient navigators (PNs) on health service utilization among high-risk safety-net patients over a 180-day period. DESIGN: Randomized controlled trial conducted October 2011 through April 2013. PARTICIPANTS: Patients admitted to the general medicine service with ≥1 readmission risk factor: (1) age ≥ 60; (2) in-network inpatient admission within prior 6 months; (3) index length of stay ≥ 3 days; or (4) admission diagnosis of heart failure or (5) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease...
May 18, 2017: Journal of General Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523364/-structured-patient-handovers-in-perioperative-medicine-rationale-and-implementation-in-clinical-practice
#14
M J Merkel, V von Dossow, B Zwißler
Clear and consistent communication is pivotal for well-functioning teamwork, in operating theatres as well as intensive care units. However, patient handovers significantly vary between specialties and locations. If communication is not well structured, it might increase the risk for mishaps and malpractice. Therefore, implementing structured handover protocols is pivotal. The perioperative setting is a high-risk environment that is prone to communication failures due to operational design (frequent change of shift due to working time restrictions) and a high work load and multitasking (operating room management, short surgery times, concurrent emergencies)...
May 18, 2017: Der Anaesthesist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522885/dynamically-tunable-cell-culture-platforms-for-tissue-engineering-and-mechanobiology
#15
Koichiro Uto, Jonathan H Tsui, Cole A DeForest, Deok-Ho Kim
Human tissues are sophisticated ensembles of many distinct cell types embedded in the complex, but well-defined, structures of the extracellular matrix (ECM). Dynamic biochemical, physicochemical, and mechano-structural changes in the ECM define and regulate tissue-specific cell behaviors. To recapitulate this complex environment in vitro, dynamic polymer-based biomaterials have emerged as powerful tools to probe and direct active changes in cell function. The rapid evolution of polymerization chemistries, structural modulation, and processing technologies, as well as the incorporation of stimuli-responsiveness, now permit synthetic microenvironments to capture much of the dynamic complexity of native tissue...
February 2017: Progress in Polymer Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522743/forward-to-the-past-the-case-for-quantitative-pet-imaging
#16
Adriaan A Lammertsma
Positron emission tomography (PET) was developed in the 1970's as an in vivo method to measure regional pathophysiological processes. In the 1990's the focus moved to the detection of local increases in uptake, first in the brain (activation studies) and later in oncology (finding metastases), where (18)F-FDG emerged as a highly sensitive staging technique. This focus on sensitivity has overshadowed the other main characteristic of PET, its quantitative nature. In recent years there has been a new shift. PET is now seen as a promising tool for drug development and precision medicine, i...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522145/wnt-signaling-a-novel-pathway-regulating-blood-pressure-state-of-the-art-review
#17
REVIEW
Maen D Abou Ziki, Arya Mani
Recent antihypertensive trials show conflicting results on blood pressure (BP) targets in patient populations with different metabolic profiles, with lowest benefit from tight BP control observed in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. This paradox could arise from the heterogeneity of study populations and underscores the importance of precision medicine initiatives towards understanding and treating hypertension. Wnt signaling pathways and genetic variations in its signaling peptides have been recently associated with metabolic syndrome, hypertension and diabetes, generating a breakthrough for advancement of precision medicine in the field of hypertension...
May 4, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521849/a-writer-s-guide-to-education-scholarship-qualitative-education-scholarship-part-2
#18
Teresa M Chan, Daniel K Ting, Andrew Koch Hall, Aleisha Murnaghan, Brent Thoma, Jill McEwen, Lalena M Yarris
OBJECTIVE: Education scholarship can be conducted using a variety of methods, from quantitative experiments to qualitative studies. Qualitative methods are less commonly used in emergency medicine (EM) education research but are well-suited to explore complex educational problems and generate hypotheses. We aimed to review the literature to provide resources to guide educators who wish to conduct qualitative research in EM education. METHODS: We conducted a scoping review to outline: 1) a list of journals that regularly publish qualitative educational papers; 2) an aggregate set of quality markers for qualitative educational research and scholarship; and 3) a list of quality checklists for qualitative educational research and scholarship...
May 19, 2017: CJEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521826/practitioners-perspectives-on-evaluating-treatment-outcomes-in-traditional-chinese-medicine
#19
Yan-Hong Zhang, Jing Lv, Wei Gao, Jun Li, Ji-Qian Fang, Li-Yun He, Bao-Yan Liu
BACKGROUND: There are no generally accepted standards for evaluation of treatment outcomes in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Pattern differentiation and individual treatments are recognized as the most distinguishing features of TCM. Therefore, how practitioners determine curative effects is an issue worthy of research, though little has been done in this area up to this point. This study examines perceptions of the effectiveness of TCM treatments and the means of evaluating clinical outcomes from the practitioners' perspective...
May 18, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521559/the-effectiveness-of-the-internship-in-meeting-established-learning-objectives-a-qualitative-study
#20
Susannah Ahern, Katharine Reid, Meredith Temple-Smith, Geoffrey J McColl
OBJECTIVE: To identify and explore variations in intern (Postgraduate Year 1 doctors) exposure to clinical activities defined by an established early postgraduate curriculum within the contemporary health service environment. METHODS: A mixed methods study was undertaken in seven health services comprising (1) a questionnaire regarding interns' exposure to a range of clinical activities within a two-year early post-graduate curriculum and (2) group interviews with intern supervisors and managers to explore barriers and facilitators of interns' clinical exposure...
May 18, 2017: Medical Teacher
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