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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550009/digital-support-interventions-for-the-self-management-of-low-back-pain-a-systematic-review
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Barbara I Nicholl, Louise F Sandal, Mette J Stochkendahl, Marianne McCallum, Nithya Suresh, Ottar Vasseljen, Jan Hartvigsen, Paul J Mork, Per Kjaer, Karen Søgaard, Frances S Mair
BACKGROUND: Low back pain (LBP) is a common cause of disability and is ranked as the most burdensome health condition globally. Self-management, including components on increased knowledge, monitoring of symptoms, and physical activity, are consistently recommended in clinical guidelines as cost-effective strategies for LBP management and there is increasing interest in the potential role of digital health. OBJECTIVE: The study aimed to synthesize and critically appraise published evidence concerning the use of interactive digital interventions to support self-management of LBP...
May 21, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549109/il-18-cleavage-triggers-cardiac-inflammation-and-fibrosis-upon-%C3%AE-adrenergic-insult
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Han Xiao, Hao Li, Jing-Jing Wang, Jian-Shu Zhang, Jing Shen, Xiang-Bo An, Cong-Cong Zhang, Ji-Min Wu, Yao Song, Xin-Yu Wang, Hai-Yi Yu, Xiang-Ning Deng, Zi-Jian Li, Ming Xu, Zhi-Zhen Lu, Jie Du, Wei Gao, Ai-Hua Zhang, Yue Feng, You-Yi Zhang
Aims: Rapid over-activation of β-adrenergic receptor (β-AR) upon stress leads to cardiac inflammation, a prevailing factor that underlies heart injury. However, mechanisms by which acute β-AR stimulation induce cardiac inflammation still remain unknown. Here, we set out to identify the crucial role of inflammasome/interleukin (IL)-18 in initiating and maintaining cardiac inflammatory cascades upon β-AR insult. Methods and results: Male C57BL/6 mice were injected with a single dose of β-AR agonist, isoproterenol (ISO, 5 mg/kg body weight) or saline subcutaneously...
May 26, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548210/xenogeneic-collagen-matrix-versus-connective-tissue-graft-for-buccal-soft-tissue-augmentation-at-implant-site-a-randomized-controlled-clinical-trial
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Francesco Cairo, Luigi Barbato, Paolo Tonelli, Guido Batalocco, Gabriella Pagavino, Michele Nieri
BACKGROUND: Peri-implant soft tissue may be critical to prevent inflammation and promote gingival margin stability. The purpose of this randomized clinical trial (RCT) is to compare Xenogeneic Collagen Matrix (XCM) versus Connective Tissue Graft (CTG) to increase buccal soft tissue thickness at implant site. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Soft tissue augmentation with XCM (test) or CTG (control) was performed at 60 implants in 60 patients at the time of implant uncovering...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Clinical Periodontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548108/drugging-the-pain-epigenome
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REVIEW
Ellen Niederberger, Eduard Resch, Michael J Parnham, Gerd Geisslinger
More than 20% of adults worldwide experience different types of chronic pain, which are frequently associated with several comorbidities and a decrease in quality of life. Several approved painkillers are available, but current analgesics are often hampered by insufficient efficacy and/or severe adverse effects. Consequently, novel strategies for safe, highly efficacious treatments are highly desirable, particularly for chronic pain. Epigenetic mechanisms such as DNA methylation, histone modifications and microRNAs (miRNAs) strongly affect the regulation of gene expression, potentially for long periods over years or even generations, and have been associated with pathophysiological pain...
May 26, 2017: Nature Reviews. Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544906/development-of-a-harmonized-patient-reported-outcome-questionnaire-to-assess-myelofibrosis-symptoms-in-clinical-trials
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Chad Gwaltney, Jean Paty, Virginia E Kwitkowski, Ruben A Mesa, Amylou C Dueck, Elektra J Papadopoulos, Lixia Wang, Joseph Feliciano, Stephen Joel Coons
Along with reducing spleen size, relieving symptom severity is a key objective of the treatment of myelofibrosis (MF). Several questionnaires have been developed for patient self-report of MF symptoms in clinical trials and each includes unique instructions, items, and/or response scales. This variability in questionnaire content increases uncertainty; it is unclear which questionnaire is the most appropriate for assessing MF symptoms and it makes comparisons across trials difficult. The Patient-Reported Outcome (PRO) Consortium's MF Working Group (WG) was established to review existing MF symptom questionnaires and to develop a harmonized, consensus-based PRO questionnaire for use in future MF trials...
May 12, 2017: Leukemia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543422/defending-opioid-treatment-agreements-disclosure-not-promises
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Joshua B Rager, Peter H Schwartz
In order to receive controlled pain medications for chronic non-oncologic pain, patients often must sign a "narcotic contract" or "opioid treatment agreement" in which they promise not to give pills to others, use illegal drugs, or seek controlled medications from health care providers. In addition, they must agree to use the medication as prescribed and to come to the clinic for drug testing and pill counts. Patients acknowledge that if they violate the opioid treatment agreement (OTA), they may no longer receive controlled medications...
May 2017: Hastings Center Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542874/comparison-of-ixekizumab-with-ustekinumab-in-moderate-to-severe-psoriasis-24-week-results-from-ixora-s-a-phase-3-study
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K Reich, A Pinter, J P Lacour, C Ferrandiz, G Micali, L E French, M Lomaga, Y Dutronc, C Henneges, S Wilhelm, S Hartz, C Paul
BACKGROUND: The interleukin (IL)-23/IL-17 axis has been shown critical in the pathogenesis of psoriasis. OBJECTIVES: To present the primary endpoint (Week 12) and safety/efficacy data up to Week 24 from a head-to-head trial (IXORA-S) of the IL-17A inhibitor, ixekizumab (IXE), vs. the IL-12/23 inhibitor ustekinumab (UST). METHODS: Randomised patients received IXE (160-mg starting dose, then 80 mg every two weeks for 12 weeks, then 80 mg every four weeks, N=136) or UST (45 mg/90 mg weight-based dosing per label, N=166)...
May 19, 2017: British Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541600/elevated-high-sensitivity-troponin-does-not-indicate-the-presence-of-coronary-artery-disease-in-patients-presenting-with-supraventricular-tachycardia
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Martin Murer, Florim Cuculi, Stefan Toggweiler, Vanessa Weberndoerfer, Mabelle Young, Richard Kobza
BACKGROUND: Patients with supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) and patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) often present with similar symptoms (chest pain, shortness of breath), similar electrocardiographic changes and elevated high-sensitivity troponin (cTn). It is not clear whether troponin reflects critical CAD or is elevated due to other causes in patients presenting with SVT. The aim of this study was to assess the role of elevated troponin in patients presenting with SVT. METHODS: Patients undergoing radiofrequency ablation (RFA) for SVT and simultaneous coronary angiography at the Heart Centre Lucerne, Switzerland between January 2010 and October 2014 were included in this analysis...
May 25, 2017: Cardiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540231/use-of-botulinum-toxin-for-voiding-dysfunction
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REVIEW
David Eldred-Evans, Prokar Dasgupta
The use of botulinum toxin A (BoNT-A) has expanded across a range of lower urinary tract conditions. This review provides an overview of the current indications for BoNT-A in the lower urinary tract and critically evaluates the published evidence within each area. The classic application of BoNT-A has been in the management of refractory neurogenic detrusor overactivity (NDO) and overactive bladder (OAB). There is a large volume of high-quality evidence, including numerous randomized placebo-controlled trials, which demonstrate the efficacy of BoNT-A over a long follow-up period...
April 2017: Translational Andrology and Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540208/myocardial-ct-perfusion-imaging-for-ischemia-detection
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REVIEW
Patricia Carrascosa, Carlos Capunay
Coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) plays an important role in many specific scenarios such as in symptomatic patients with intermediate pretest of coronary artery disease (CAD), as well as in the triage of patients with acute chest pain with TIMI risk ≤2. However, it cannot detect the presence of associated ischemia, which is critical for clinical decision making among patients with moderate to severe stenosis. Although functional information can be obtained with different non-invasive tools, cardiac CT is the unique modality that can perform a comprehensive evaluation of coronary anatomy plus the functional significance of lesions...
April 2017: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540195/conversion-from-prolonged-intravenous-fentanyl-infusion-to-enteral-methadone-in-critically-ill-children
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Vijay Srinivasan, Daniel Pung, Sean P O'Neill
AIM: To describe our institutional experience with conversion from intravenous (IV) fentanyl infusion directly to enteral methadone and occurrence of withdrawal in critically ill mechanically ventilated children exposed to prolonged sedation and analgesia. METHODS: With Institutional Review Board approval, we retrospectively studied consecutively admitted invasively mechanically ventilated children (0-18 years) sedated with IV fentanyl infusion > 5 d and subsequently converted directly to enteral methadone...
May 8, 2017: World Journal of Clinical Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540149/treatment-challenges-of-prosthetic-hip-infection-with-associated-iliacus-muscle-abscess-report-of-5-cases-and-literature-review
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Joshua M Lawrenz, Nathan W Mesko, Carlos A Higuera, Robert M Molloy, Claus Simpfendorfer, Maja Babic
Prosthetic joint infection is an unfortunate though well-recognized complication of total joint arthroplasty. An iliacus and/or iliopsoas muscle abscess is a rarely documented presentation of hip prosthetic joint infection. It is thought an unrecognized retroperitoneal nidus of infection can be a source of continual seeding of the prosthetic hip joint, prolonging attempts to eradicate infection despite aggressive debridement and explant attempts. The current study presents five cases demonstrating this clinical scenario, and discusses various treatment challenges...
2017: J Bone Jt Infect
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539958/cognitive-impairment-and-psychological-distress-at-discharge-from-intensive-care-unit
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Chi Ryang Chung, Hye Jin Yoo, Jinkyeong Park, Seunghyong Ryu
This study aimed to investigate cognitive impairment and psychological distress of critically ill patients at discharge from intensive care unit (ICU). This study included 30 critically ill patients who had neither pre-existing dementia nor ongoing delirium. At ICU discharge, they performed a screening test for cognitive impairment (Mini-Cog test) and completed questionnaires for depression (Patient Health Questionnaire-2, PHQ-2) and for 4 stressful experiences during ICU stay including nightmares, severe anxiety or panic, severe pain, and trouble to breathe or feeling of suffocation (Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome 14-Question Inventory, PTSS-14 Part A)...
May 2017: Psychiatry Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539673/compartment-syndrome-and-regional-anaesthesia-critical-review
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Jozef Klucka, Petr Stourac, Alena Stouracova, Michal Masek, Martin Repko
Acute compartment syndrome (ACS) is a potential orthopaedic/traumatology emergency. Without prompt, precise diagnosis and immediate treatment with surgical decompressive fasciotomy it can lead to neurological dysfunction and disability. The role of regional anaesthesia (RA) in patients at risk for ACS/ and in those with developed ACS is controversial. The aim of this critical review was to answer the question, whether regional anaesthesia can delay the diagnosis. The authors use an evidence-based approach to discuss these high risk patients in considering RA as a method of choice for effective analgesia...
May 24, 2017: Biomedical Papers of the Medical Faculty of the University Palacký, Olomouc, Czechoslovakia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538173/cortico-accumbens-regulation-of-approach-avoidance-behavior-is-modified-by-experience-and-chronic-pain
#15
Neil Schwartz, Catriona Miller, Howard L Fields
Although optimizing decisions between drives to avoid pain and to obtain reward are critical for survival, understanding the neuronal circuit activity that regulates choice during approach-avoidance conflicts is limited. Here, we recorded neuronal activity in the infralimbic (IL) cortex and nucleus accumbens (NAc) during an approach-avoidance task. In this task, disruption of approach by a pain-predictive cue (PPC-avoidance) is extinguished by experience and reinstated in a model of chronic pain. In the IL-NAc circuit, the activity of distinct subpopulations of neurons predicts the extent of PPC-avoidance observed...
May 23, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537088/the-being-a-patient-effect-negative-expectations-based-on-group-labeling-and-corresponding-treatment-affect-patient-performance
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Katharina A Schwarz, Roland Pfister, Christian Büchel
Patient studies provide insights into mechanisms underlying diseases and thus represent a cornerstone of clinical research. In this study, we report evidence that differences between patients and controls might partly be based on expectations generated by the patients' knowledge of being invited and treated as a patient: the Being a Patient effect (BP effect). This finding extends previous neuropsychological reports on diagnosis threat. Participants with mild allergies were addressed either as patients or control subjects in a clinical study...
May 24, 2017: Psychology, Health & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536837/controlled-sedation-with-midazolam-and-analgesia-with-nalbuphine-to-alleviate-pain-in-patients-undergoing-subcutaneous-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator-implantation
#17
Michaël Peyrol, Jérémie Barraud, Jennifer Cautela, Baptiste Maille, Marc Laine, Laurent Bonello, Franck Thuny, Franck Paganelli, Frédéric Franceschi, Linda Koutbi, Samuel Levy
PURPOSE: Subcutaneous implantable cardioverter defibrillator (S-ICD) is an alternative to transvenous ICD to prevent sudden cardiac death. Subcutaneous ICD implantation frequently requires general anesthesia because of procedure nociceptive steps during creation of a large device pocket and lead tunneling. This study aims to determine if a strategy of operator-guided controlled sedation with midazolam and analgesia with nalbuphine is effective in alleviating pain during S-ICD implantation...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536038/a-review-of-the-evidence-for-threshold-of-burn-injury
#18
REVIEW
N A Martin, S Falder
INTRODUCTION: Burn injury is common and depth is one measure of severity. Although the depth of burn injury is determined by many factors, the relationship between the temperature of the injurious agent and exposure duration, known as the time-temperature relationship, is widely accepted as one of the cornerstones of burn research. Moritz and Henriques first proposed this relationship in 1947 and their seminal work has been cited extensively. However, over the years, readers have misinterpreted their findings and incorporated misleading information about the time-temperature relationship into a wide range of industrial standards, burn prevention literature and medicolegal opinion...
May 20, 2017: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535709/a-critical-review-of-low-back-pain-guidelines
#19
Laran Chetty
Low back pain (LBP) remains one of the most common and challenging musculoskeletal conditions encountered by health care professionals and is a leading cause of absenteeism. Clinical guidelines are often considered best evidence in health care. The aim of this critical review was to assess the quality and recommendations of LBP guidelines using the Appraisal of Guidelines Research and Evaluation (AGREE) instrument. Electronic databases were used to identify LBP guidelines published between 2000 and 2015. Nine guidelines were selected for review from a total of 17...
May 1, 2017: Workplace Health & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535555/paresthesia-independence-an-assessment-of-technical-factors-related-to-10-khz-paresthesia-free-spinal-cord-stimulation
#20
Giuliano De Carolis, Mery Paroli, Lara Tollapi, Matthew W Doust, Abram H Burgher, Cong Yu, Thomas Yang, Donna M Morgan, Kasra Amirdelfan, Leonardo Kapural, B Todd Sitzman, Richard Bundschu, Ricardo Vallejo, Ramsin M Benyamin, Thomas L Yearwood, Bradford E Gliner, Ashley A Powell, Kerry Bradley
BACKGROUND: Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) has been successfully used to treat chronic intractable pain for over 40 years. Successful clinical application of SCS is presumed to be generally dependent on maximizing paresthesia-pain overlap; critical to achieving this is positioning of the stimulation field at the physiologic midline. Recently, the necessity of paresthesia for achieving effective relief in SCS has been challenged by the introduction of 10 kHz paresthesia-free stimulation...
May 2017: Pain Physician
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