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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325013/mirror-therapy-combined-with-functional-electrical-stimulation-for-rehabilitation-of-stroke-survivors-ankle-dorsiflexion
#1
Ghadir Salhab, Ahmad Rifaii Sarraj, Soha Saleh
This study investigates the effect of combining both mirror therapy with Electrical Stimulation (ES) on improvement of the function of lower extremity compared to conventional therapy. 18 stroke survivors (sub acute stage) were recruited, 9 of them were randomly assigned to receive conventional treatment and another 9 started the mirror therapy combined with ES treatment. Duration of each session in both interventions was 50 minutes, done 4 times per week over two weeks. After 2 weeks, subjects took one week rest before switching they type of treatment; those started with conventional therapy continued with mirror therapy combined with ES, and vice versa...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324324/prognostic-factors-of-sorafenib-therapy-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-patients-with-failure-of-transarterial-chemoembolization
#2
Sangheun Lee, Jung Hyun Kang, Do Young Kim, Sang Hoon Ahn, Jun Yong Park, Beom Kyung Kim, Seung Up Kim, Kwang-Hyub Han
BACKGROUND: There is no approved therapy for patients with failed transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) and progression of hepatocellular carcinoma. We aimed to investigate the efficacy and prognostic factors in patients with TACE failure who received sorafenib rescue therapy. METHODS: We investigated 54 patients who met the criteria of TACE failure as defined by the international guidelines of Europe and Japan. Sorafenib was used as a rescue therapy. Overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) were analyzed by Kaplan-Meier methods, and multivariate analysis was performed to find prognostic factors...
March 21, 2017: Hepatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324049/piloting-a-remission-strategy-in-type-2-diabetes-results-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#3
Natalia McInnes, Ada Smith, Rose Otto, Jeffrey Vandermey, Zubin Punthakee, Diana Sherifali, Kumar Balasubramanian, Stephanie Hall, Hertzel C Gerstein
Context: Medical strategies targeting remission of type 2 diabetes have not been systematically studied. Objective: This trial assessed the feasibility, safety and potential to induce remission of a short-term intensive metabolic strategy. Design: A randomized, parallel, open-label pilot trial in 83 participants followed for 52 weeks. Setting: Ambulatory care. Participants: Patients with type 2 diabetes of up to 3 years in duration...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324038/efficacy-of-exenatide-plus-pioglitazone-versus-basal-bolus-insulin-in-t2dm-patients-with-very-high-hba1c
#4
Muhammad Abdul-Ghani, Osama Mujahid, Ayman Mujahid, Ralph A DeFronzo, Mahmoud Zirie, Amin Jayyousi
Aim: To examine the efficacy and safety of combination therapy with exenatide plus pioglitazone versus basal-bolus insulin in poorly controlled type 2 diabetic patients with very high HbA1c (HbA1c>10%) on metformin plus sulfonylurea and long duration of disease. Research Design and Methods: 101 participants in Qatar Study with very poor glycemic control (HbA1c > 10%) and long duration of diabetes (10.9 years) on maximum/near-maximum doses of sulfonylurea plus metformin were randomized to receive: (i) pioglitazone plus weekly exenatide (Combination Therapy), or (ii) basal plus prandial insulin (Insulin Therapy) to maintain HbA1c <7...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323756/tdf-associated-renal-tubular-dysfunction-non-invasive-assessment-of-mitochondrial-injury
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Ryan Samuels, Carla Roca Bayerri, John A Sayer, D Ashley Price, Brendan Ai Payne
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether TDF-associated renal tubular dysfunction is associated with evidence of mitochondrial injury in urine. DESIGN: Single centre cross-sectional observational study of HIV positive outpatients. METHODS: Biochemistry was performed on paired serum and urine samples. Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) was studied by real-time PCR and long-range PCR on cellular fractions of urine. RESULTS: 48 subjects were enrolled of whom half were TDF-treated...
March 18, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323735/covered-balloon-expanding-stents-in-airway-stenosis
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Adnan Majid, Fayez Kheir, Jey Chung, Daniel Alape, Bryan Husta, Scott Oh, Erik Folch
BACKGROUND: The balloon-expanding stents are widely available but rarely described for use within the tracheobronchial tree. This report describes our experience with these stents in airway stenosis particularly as a lobar salvage therapy. METHODS: This was a retrospective review of all records in which the balloon-expanding stents were used at a tertiary medical center. Ages, sex, location of stenosis, etiology of stenosis, stent size, duration of stent placement and associated interventions for airway stenosis were recorded...
April 2017: Journal of Bronchology & Interventional Pulmonology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319789/group-schema-therapy-for-personality-disorders-a-pilot-study-for-implementation-in-acute-psychiatric-in-patient-settings
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Igor Nenadić, Sina Lamberth, Neele Reiss
Group schema therapy (GST) has been proposed as a novel long-term treatment programme for borderline and cluster C personality disorders. We implemented a short-term GST programme (12-15 sessions, based on the manual by Farrell and Shaw (2012), including both cognitive / behavioural and experiential interventions for in-patients (n=9) with either borderline or cluster C personality disorders (and axis I co-morbidities) treated in a (sub)acute psychiatric in-patient setting. We evaluated pre- and post-treatment self-report of maladaptive and adaptive schema modes (using the SMI) and early maladaptive schemas (YSQ-3), as well as overall symptom severity (brief symptom check list, BSCL-53-S), patient satisfaction (ZUF-8) and group climate and coherence (GCQ-S)...
February 3, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319159/drug-therapy-for-alcohol-dependence-in-primary-care-in-the-uk-a-clinical-practice-research-datalink-study
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Andrew Thompson, Darren M Ashcroft, Lynn Owens, Tjeerd P van Staa, Munir Pirmohamed
AIM: To evaluate drug therapy for alcohol dependence in the 12 months after first diagnosis in UK primary care. DESIGN: Open cohort study. SETTING: General practices contributing data to the UK Clinical Practice Research Database. PARTICIPANTS: 39,980 people with an incident diagnosis of alcohol dependence aged 16 years or older between 1 January 1990 and 31 December 2013. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: Use of pharmacotherapy (acamprosate, disulfiram, naltrexone, baclofen and topiramate) to promote abstinence from alcohol or reduce drinking to safe levels in the first 12 months after a recorded diagnosis of alcohol dependence...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319015/collection-storage-inspection-and-quality-control-of-platelet-concentrates-obtained-by-apheresis-the-situation-in-spain
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Azucena Castrillo, Teresa Jimenez-Marco, José L Arroyo, María L Jurado, Luis Larrea, Rosa M Maymo, Jorge Monge, Carmen Muñoz, Ángel Pajares, Marta Yáñez
BACKGROUND: Diverse variables are involved in apheresis platelet collection, processing and storage. This survey shows how these are realized in Spain. METHOD: An analysis of collected data was performed in a questionnaire completed by ten Transfusion Centers (TC) which perform between 50 and 520 apheresis procedures per month. This information comprises the procedures used to collect, inspect and store apheresis platelet concentrates (PC), and quality control data...
February 22, 2017: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318625/mycophenolate-mofetil-is-inferior-to-tacrolimus-in-sustaining-remission-in-children-with-idiopathic-steroid-resistant-nephrotic-syndrome
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Aditi Sinha, Aarti Gupta, Mani Kalaivani, Pankaj Hari, Amit K Dinda, Arvind Bagga
Studies of nephrotic syndrome show that substitution of calcineurin inhibitors by mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) enables sustained remission and corticosteroid sparing and avoids therapy associated adverse effects. However, controlled studies in patients with steroid resistance are lacking. Here we examined the effect of switching from therapy with tacrolimus to MMF on disease course in an open-label, one-to-one randomized, controlled trial on children (one to 18 years old), recently diagnosed with steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome, at a referral center in India...
March 15, 2017: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318620/factors-associated-with-mortality-risk-in-critical-care-patients-treated-with-veno-arterial-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation
#11
Sun Hee Lee, Dong-Soo Shin, Jong Ran Kim, Hyunjung Kim
OBJECTIVES: To identify factors associated with mortality in patients treated with veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA-ECMO) and to validate the discrimination of the risk assessment tools to predict mortality. BACKGROUND: VA-ECMO is a rescue therapy for patients with life-threatening cardiac failure, but mortality remains high. METHODS: In this retrospective study, we reviewed the medical records of adult patients who underwent VA-ECMO in an intensive care unit of a university hospital, between 2009 and 2013...
March 16, 2017: Heart & Lung: the Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318585/lactoferrin-reduces-mortality-in-preweaned-calves-with-diarrhea
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G Habing, K Harris, G M Schuenemann, J M Piñeiro, J Lakritz, X Alcaraz Clavijo
Calf diarrhea is the most common reason for mortality and antimicrobial therapy in preweaned calves on dairy farms in the United States. Conventional and organic livestock producers require alternative therapies for calf diarrhea to reduce the necessity of conventional antimicrobials. Alternatives administered for mild cases or early in the disease course may be useful to mitigate disease progression and reduce the likelihood of septicemia and negative sequelae. Lactoferrin is a bioactive protein naturally found in colostrum that has been shown to prevent septicemia in high-risk infants...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318138/safety-and-efficacy-of-6-month-versus-12-month-dual-antiplatelet-therapy-in-patients-after-implantation-of-multiple-biodegradable-polymer-coated-sirolimus-eluting-coronary-stents-insight-from-the-i-love-it-2-trial
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Jing Qi, Yi Li, Jing Li, Quanmin Jing, Kai Xu, Chuanyu Gao, Likun Ma, Zhi Zhang, Bo Xu, Yaling Han
OBJECTIVE: This study sought to compare the clinical outcomes of 6-month versus 12-month dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) in patients receiving multiple biodegradable polymer-coated sirolimus-eluting stents (BP-SES) implants. BACKGROUND: The clinical outcomes for patients who undergo multiple BP-SES implantation with different DAPT durations are uncertain. METHODS: In the I-LOVE-IT 2 trial, 907 patients treated with multiple BP-SES (total stent number ≥2) were assigned to receive 6-month (n = 440) or 12-month (n = 467) DAPT...
March 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317790/clinical-events-beyond-one-year-after-an-acute-coronary-syndrome-insights-from-the-reclose-2-acs-study
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Guido Parodi, Benedetta Bellandi, Giuseppe Tarantini, Fernando Scudiero, Renato Valenti, Rossella Marcucci, Angela Migliorini, Niccolò Marchionni, Anna Maria Gori, Chiara Zocchi, David Antoniucci
AIMS: The optimal duration of dual antiplatelet therapy after an acute coronary syndrome (ACS) is still unknown and debated. We sought to assess the incidence of adverse clinical events beyond 12 months after an ACS in patients treated by percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and clopidogrel. METHODS AND RESULTS: Among 1,592 consecutive ACS patients treated by PCI enrolled in the RECLOSE 2-ACS study and without event within one year, 1,310 (82%) patients presented at least one risk factor such as age ≥65 years, diabetes, prior myocardial infarction (MI), chronic kidney disease and multivessel coronary disease...
March 20, 2017: EuroIntervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317676/effect-of-the-administration-period-of-perioperative-topical-levofloxacin-on-normal-conjunctival-bacterial-flora
#15
Ryohei Nejima, Kimiya Shimizu, Takashi Ono, Yukari Noguchi, Akiko Yagi, Takuya Iwasaki, Nobuyuki Shoji, Kazunori Miyata
PURPOSE: To assess the long-term and short-term effects of post-cataract surgery antibiotic therapy on the drug-resistance profile of normal conjunctival bacterial flora. SETTING: Miyata Eye Hospital, Miyazaki, Japan. DESIGN: Randomized prospective clinical trial. METHODS: Patients aged 20 years or older who had cataract surgery between May and September 2015 were given levofloxacin 1.5% ophthalmic solution for 3 days preoperatively...
January 2017: Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317309/infantile-fibrosarcoma-treated-with-postoperative-vincristine-and-dactinomycin
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Hiroki Yoshihara, Yuri Yoshimoto, Yosuke Hosoya, Daisuke Hasegawa, Takafumi Kawano, Akiko Sakoda, Hajime Okita, Atsushi Manabe
Infantile fibrosarcoma is a non-rhabdomyosarcoma soft-tissue sarcoma that occurs in infancy and which has a relatively good prognosis. A vincristine and dactinomycin (VA) regimen has been shown to be effective, although the duration of chemotherapy has not been well defined. We describe the case of a 4-month-old boy with a mass at the left dorsum of the foot who was diagnosed with infantile fibrosarcoma after resection of the tumor, the margin of which was macroscopically positive. VA treatment was carried out with careful monitoring of response and adverse effects...
March 2017: Pediatrics International: Official Journal of the Japan Pediatric Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317236/rehabilitation-of-revision-total-hip-replacement-a-multi-centre-survey-of-current-practice
#17
Meredith Newman, Karen Barker
BACKGROUND: Demand for revision total hip replacement (RTHR) is increasing. Outcomes after RTHR are varied, with reasonable pain relief but smaller gains in function and mobility. Whether sub-optimal rehabilitation contributes to poorer functional outcomes is unclear. Current rehabilitation is not well defined and there is little research into RTHR rehabilitation. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To gather information about the current rehabilitation of patients undergoing planned, single-stage revision or re-revision THR surgery...
March 20, 2017: Musculoskeletal Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317087/imaging-and-clinicopathological-features-of-nivolumab-related-cholangitis-in-patients-with-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#18
Hisato Kawakami, Junko Tanizaki, Kaoru Tanaka, Koji Haratani, Hidetoshi Hayashi, Masayuki Takeda, Ken Kamata, Mamoru Takenaka, Masatomo Kimura, Takaaki Chikugo, Takao Sato, Masatoshi Kudo, Akihiko Ito, Kazuhiko Nakagawa
Background Nivolumab demonstrates promising efficacy for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer and other malignancies. The clinical benefit of nivolumab, however, may be hampered by specific immune-related adverse events (irAEs), and little is known regarding nivolumab-related cholangitis. Methods A computerized search of our clinical database identified 3 metastatic non-small cell lung cancer patients with nivolumab-related cholangitis. All patients were treated with intravenous nivolumab monotherapy (3...
March 20, 2017: Investigational New Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316279/rivaroxaban-or-aspirin-for-extended-treatment-of-venous-thromboembolism
#19
Jeffrey I Weitz, Anthonie W A Lensing, Martin H Prins, Rupert Bauersachs, Jan Beyer-Westendorf, Henri Bounameaux, Timothy A Brighton, Alexander T Cohen, Bruce L Davidson, Hervé Decousus, Maria C S Freitas, Gerlind Holberg, Ajay K Kakkar, Lloyd Haskell, Bonno van Bellen, Akos F Pap, Scott D Berkowitz, Peter Verhamme, Philip S Wells, Paolo Prandoni
Background Although many patients with venous thromboembolism require extended treatment, it is uncertain whether it is better to use full- or lower-intensity anticoagulation therapy or aspirin. Methods In this randomized, double-blind, phase 3 study, we assigned 3396 patients with venous thromboembolism to receive either once-daily rivaroxaban (at doses of 20 mg or 10 mg) or 100 mg of aspirin. All the study patients had completed 6 to 12 months of anticoagulation therapy and were in equipoise regarding the need for continued anticoagulation...
March 18, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316124/anticoagulation-in-patients-with-isolated-distal-deep-vein-thrombosis-a-meta-analysis
#20
Laura Franco, Michela Giustozzi, Giancarlo Agnelli, Cecilia Becattini
BACKGROUND: The optimal management of patients with isolated distal deep vein thrombosis (IDDVT) concerning both the need for anticoagulation and its duration is undefined. OBJECTIVES: We performed a meta-analysis of randomized and cohort studies in patients with IDDVT to assess the clinical benefit of i) anticoagulation versus no anticoagulation and ii) anticoagulant treatment for 6 weeks vs. more than 6 weeks. METHODS: The primary outcome of this analysis was recurrent venous thromboembolism (proximal propagation, recurrence of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism)...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
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