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Sara C Atehortúa, Luz H Lugo, Mateo Ceballos, Esteban Orozco, Paula A Castro, Juan C Arango, Heidi E Mateus
OBJECTIVES: To determine the cost-effectiveness ratio of different courses of action for the diagnosis of Duchenne or Becker muscular dystrophy in Colombia. METHODS: The cost-effectiveness analysis was performed from the Colombian health system perspective. Decision trees were constructed, and different courses of action were compared considering the following tests: immunohistochemistry (IHC), Western blot (WB), multiplex polymerase chain reaction, multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification (MLPA), and the complete sequencing of the dystrophin gene...
March 9, 2018: Value in Health Regional Issues
Guangming Wang, Jinlu Yu
INTRODUCTION: Chronic subdural hematoma(CSDH) can be treated by a relatively simple burr hole surgery. Acute subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) occurring after surgery for CSDH has been reported as a rare but severe complication. CASE REPORT: An 88-year-old female complained of progressive headache and dizziness for one month. A right fronto-temporo-parietal CSDH with a shift in the midline structures and lateral ventricle compression was shown by computed tomography (CT) scans...
March 3, 2018: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Linda Rainey, Daniëlle van der Waal, Anna Jervaeus, Yvonne Wengström, D Gareth Evans, Louise S Donnelly, Mireille J M Broeders
BACKGROUND: Increased knowledge of breast cancer risk factors provides opportunities to shift from a one-size-fits-all screening programme to a personalised approach, where screening and prevention is based on a woman's risk of developing breast cancer. However, potential implementation of this new paradigm could present considerable challenges which the present review aims to explore. METHODS: Bibliographic databases were searched to identify studies evaluating potential implications of the implementation of personalised risk-based screening and primary prevention for breast cancer...
March 9, 2018: Breast: Official Journal of the European Society of Mastology
Aditi Kulkarni, Jessica Chen, Sandra Maday
Neurons are particularly dependent on robust quality control pathways to maintain cellular homeostasis and functionality throughout their extended lifetime. Failure to regulate protein and organelle integrity is linked to devastating neurodegenerative diseases. Autophagy is a lysosomal degradation pathway that maintains homeostasis by recycling damaged or aged cellular components. Autophagy has important functions in development of the nervous system, as well as in neuronal function and survival. In fact, defects in autophagy underlie neurodegeneration in mice and humans...
March 9, 2018: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
Charles E Sepers, Stephen B Fawcett, Ithar Hassaballa, Florence DiGennaro Reed, Jerry Schultz, Davison Munodawafa, Peter Malekele Phori, Ephraim Chiriseri
Implementation of the Ebola response was credited with reducing incidence of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in West Africa; however little is known about the amount and kind of Ebola response activities that were ultimately successful in addressing the 2014 outbreak. We collaboratively monitored Ebola response activities and associated effects in Margibi County, Liberia, a rural county in Liberia deeply affected by the outbreak. We used a participatory monitoring and evaluation system, including key informant interviews and document review, to systematically document activities, code them, characterize their contextual features, and discover and communicate patterns in Ebola response activities to essential stakeholders...
February 24, 2018: Health Promotion International
Ole Haagen Nielsen, Lars Rejnmark, Alan C Moss
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), including ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, is a chronic and unpredictable characterized by alternating periods of remission interspersed with relapses. In recent years accumulating support for an immunomodulating effect of vitamin D on both the innate and adaptive immune system has been presented. Through the vitamin D receptor, the active form of vitamin D, 1,25(OH)2D, induces antimicrobial peptide secretion, decrease dendritic cell activity, and promotes Th2 and regulatory T cell development and activity...
February 24, 2018: Journal of Crohn's & Colitis
Huakang Tu, Colin P Dinney, Yuanqing Ye, H Barton Grossman, Seth P Lerner, Xifeng Wu
Background: Patients with cancer are highly concerned about food choices and dietary supplements that may affect their treatment outcomes. Excess folic acid (synthetic folate) from supplements or fortification can lead to accumulation of unmetabolized folic acid in the systemic circulation and urine and may promote cancer growth, especially among those with neoplastic alterations. Objective: We investigated the prospective association between synthetic compared with natural folate intake and clinical outcomes in non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC), which is a highly recurrent disease...
February 1, 2018: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Mio Nakamura, Michael Abrouk, Benjamin Farahnik, Tian H Zhu, Tina Bhutani
The management of psoriatic disease in the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-positive population is challenging. The clinical course often is progressive and refractory; therefore, first- and second-line therapies including topical agents, phototherapy, and oral retinoids often are inadequate. Most other currently available systemic therapies for psoriatic disease are immunosuppressive, which poses a distinct clinical challenge. A comprehensive systematic review of the literature via a PubMed search of articles indexed for MEDLINE using the terms psoriasis and HIV and psoriatic arthritis and HIV combined with several systemic immunosuppressive agents yielded a total of 25 reported cases of systemic immunosuppressive therapies used to treat psoriatic disease in HIV-positive patients including methotrexate, cyclosporine, etanercept, adalimumab, infliximab, and ustekinumab...
January 2018: Cutis; Cutaneous Medicine for the Practitioner
Livio Mordasini, Marco Moschini, Agostino Mattei, Christophe Iselin
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: GreenLight photoselective vaporization (GL-PV) is now established in the treatment of benign prostatic enlargement. The present review outlines the available technical armamentarium and summarizes the current best evidence on functional and safety outcomes. Moreover, future technical developments and refinements are presented. RECENT FINDINGS: GL-PV has evolved to be the most commonly performed procedure, second to conventional transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) for surgical management of benign prostatic obstruction (BPO)...
March 9, 2018: Current Opinion in Urology
Clement C Zai, Arun K Tiwari, Gwyneth C Zai, Miriam S Maes, James L Kennedy
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review highlights recent advances in the investigation of genetic factors for antipsychotic response and side effects. RECENT FINDINGS: Antipsychotics prescribed to treat psychotic symptoms are variable in efficacy and propensity for causing side effects. The major side effects include tardive dyskinesia, antipsychotic-induced weight gain (AIWG), and clozapine-induced agranulocytosis (CIA). Several promising associations of polymorphisms in genes including HSPG2, CNR1, and DPP6 with tardive dyskinesia have been reported...
March 9, 2018: Current Opinion in Psychiatry
Mary V Seeman, Alexandre González-Rodríguez
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Drugs have been extensively prescribed for the treatment of psychotic symptoms in schizophrenia and related disorders, as well as for the management of psychotic features in delirium, dementia and affective disorders. The aim of this narrative review is to focus on the recent literature on drug treatment in women with psychosis at the transition to menopause and subsequently. RECENT FINDINGS: The recent literature emphasizes the following points: the efficacy of antipsychotic medication in psychosis is largely confined to the alleviation of delusions and hallucinations; menopause and ageing alter the kinetics and dynamics of drug action; drugs other than antipsychotics are currently being tested to address the cognitive, affective and negative symptoms of psychotic illnesses; menopausal symptoms add to comorbidities and require simultaneous treatment, raising the probability of deleterious drug interactions; antipsychotic drugs have many side effects and contribute to high mortality rates in the older psychosis population...
March 9, 2018: Current Opinion in Psychiatry
Georgia Brown, Tilman Humpl
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Pulmonary vascular disease (PVD) complicates the course of many cardiovascular, pulmonary and other systemic diseases in children. The physiological sequelae (pulmonary hypertension and elevated pulmonary vascular resistance) can overwhelm the right ventricle and lead to circulatory collapse. Despite the common end-point, the preceding pathophysiology is complex and variable and requires a tailored approach to diagnosis and management. In this article, we will review the most recent evidence and explore an approach to current controversies in the diagnosis and management of common or challenging patient subgroups...
March 9, 2018: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
Paul Abraham, Laurence Augey, Antoine Duclos, Philippe Michel, Vincent Piriou
INTRODUCTION: Patient misidentification continues to be an issue in everyday clinical practice and may be particularly harmful. Incident reporting systems (IRS) are thought to be cornerstones to enhance patient safety by promoting learning from failures and finding common root causes that can be corrected. The aim of this study was to describe common patient misidentification incidents and contributory factors related to perioperative care. DESIGN AND SETTINGS: We retrospectively analyzed IRS data reported by healthcare workers from a large academic hospital federation from 2011 to 2014...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Patient Safety
Duneesha de Fonseka, Nick A Maskell
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Pleural infection is a common problem associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Systemic or pleural fluid markers for reliably identifying pleural infection are limited. Procalcitonin (PCT) is known to be elevated in bacterial infection and is currently used for diagnosis and decision-making regarding antibiotic duration in respiratory infections. This review investigates if there is a role for serum and pleural fluid PCT (pf-PCT) in diagnosis and management of pleural infection...
March 9, 2018: Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine
Eric J Monroe, David B Pierce, Christopher R Ingraham, Guy E Johnson, Giridhar M Shivaram, Karim Valji
Massive hemoptysis occurs in a minority of patients with cystic fibrosis, with an annual incidence of 1%. Although rare, massive hemoptysis can be a severe and potentially fatal complication of this disease. Beyond the acute life-threatening event, hemoptysis in patients with cystic fibrosis has been associated with faster decline in lung function, accelerated need for lung transplant, and increased mortality. The bronchial arteries are the culprit vessels in over 90% of cases of hemoptysis. This normally quiescent vascular system undergoes remarkable hypertrophy, collateralization, and angiogenesis before the onset of hemoptysis, introducing numerous pitfalls for the interventionalist...
March 2018: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
Les R Folio, Laura B Machado, Andrew J Dwyer
Multimedia-enhanced radiology report (MERR) development is defined and described from an informatics perspective, in which the MERR is seen as a superior information-communicating entity. Recent technical advances, such as the hyperlinking of report text directly to annotated images, improve MERR information content and accessibility compared with text-only reports. The MERR is analyzed by its components, which include hypertext, tables, graphs, embedded images, and their interconnections. The authors highlight the advantages of each component for improving the radiologist's communication of report content information and the user's ability to extract information...
March 2018: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
Cedric W Pluguez-Turull, Jennifer E Nanyes, Cristina J Quintero, Hamza Alizai, Daniel D Mais, Kenneth A Kist, Nella C Dornbluth
Idiopathic granulomatous mastitis (IGM) is a rare benign inflammatory breast entity characterized by lobulocentric granulomas. IGM has a persistent or recurrent disease course and affects parous premenopausal women with a history of lactation. It has also been associated with hyperprolactinemia. The most common clinical sign is a palpable tender mass. However, the nonspecific manifestations and varied demographic features of this condition, as well as the other similar-appearing and superimposed breast entities, pose substantial diagnostic challenges...
March 2018: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
Caroline C Swift, Meryle J Eklund, Jacqueline M Kraveka, Adina L Alazraki
Neuroblastoma is an embryonic tumor of the peripheral sympathetic nervous system. It is the most common extracranial solid tumor of childhood and accounts for up to 15% of all pediatric cancer fatalities. The manifestation of neuroblastoma is variable depending on the location of the tumor and on the presence or absence of paraneoplastic syndromes. The prognosis of neuroblastoma is also highly variable, ranging from spontaneous regression to widespread metastatic disease that is unresponsive to treatment. The age of the patient, stage of disease, histopathologic results, and multiple biologic factors contribute to the presurgical and pretreatment risk stratification of a patient with neuroblastoma...
March 2018: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
Richard D Carvajal, Sophie Piperno-Neumann, Ellen Kapiteijn, Paul B Chapman, Stephen Frank, Anthony M Joshua, Josep M Piulats, Pascal Wolter, Veronique Cocquyt, Bartosz Chmielowski, T R Jeffry Evans, Lauris Gastaud, Gerald Linette, Carola Berking, Jacob Schachter, Manuel J Rodrigues, Alexander N Shoushtari, Delyth Clemett, Dana Ghiorghiu, Gabriella Mariani, Shirley Spratt, Susan Lovick, Peter Barker, Elaine Kilgour, Zhongwu Lai, Gary K Schwartz, Paul Nathan
Purpose Uveal melanoma is the most common primary intraocular malignancy in adults with no effective systemic treatment option in the metastatic setting. Selumetinib (AZD6244, ARRY-142886) is an oral, potent, and selective MEK1/2 inhibitor with a short half-life, which demonstrated single-agent activity in patients with metastatic uveal melanoma in a randomized phase II trial. Methods The Selumetinib (AZD6244: ARRY-142886) (Hyd-Sulfate) in Metastatic Uveal Melanoma (SUMIT) study was a phase III, double-blind trial ( ClinicalTrial...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
Annie Genois, Benoit Côté, Annie Belisle
INTRODUCTION: The diagnosis of exaggerated bite reactions is based on the clinical and pathological characteristics of the lesions. These reactions can be an indicator of impending immune suppression. METHODS: The authors report the case of a 35-year-old pregnant woman who presented with a pruriginous vesicular and pustular eruption over her thighs and buttocks. The clinical and pathological findings were compatible with an exaggerated bite reaction. The patient did not report any severe or exaggerated reaction to insect bites in the past...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery
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