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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732149/beware-of-the-origin-of-numbers-standard-scoring-of-the-sf-12-and-sf-36-summary-measures-distorts-measurement-and-score-interpretations
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Peter Hagell, Albert Westergren, Kristofer Årestedt
The 12-item Short Form Health Survey (SF-12) is a generic health rating scale developed to reproduce the Physical and Mental Component Summary scores (PCS and MCS, respectively) of a longer survey, the SF-36. The standard PCS/MCS scoring algorithm has been criticized because its expected dimensionality often lacks empirical support, scoring is based on the assumption that physical and mental health are uncorrelated, and because scores on physical health items influence MCS scores, and vice versa. In this paper, we review the standard PCS/MCS scoring algorithm for the SF-12 and consider alternative scoring procedures: the RAND-12 Health Status Inventory (HSI) and raw sum scores...
August 2017: Research in Nursing & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731036/stroke-in-women-from-evidence-to-inequalities
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REVIEW
Charlotte Cordonnier, Nikola Sprigg, Else Charlotte Sandset, Aleksandra Pavlovic, Katharina S Sunnerhagen, Valeria Caso, Hanne Christensen
Stroke is the second largest cause of disability-adjusted life-years lost worldwide. The prevalence of stroke in women is predicted to rise rapidly, owing to the increasing average age of the global female population. Vascular risk factors differ between women and men in terms of prevalence, and evidence increasingly supports the clinical importance of sex differences in stroke. The influence of some risk factors for stroke - including diabetes mellitus and atrial fibrillation - are stronger in women, and hypertensive disorders of pregnancy also affect the risk of stroke decades after pregnancy...
July 21, 2017: Nature Reviews. Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730950/statistical-analysis-plan-for-the-head-position-in-stroke-trial-headpost-an-international-cluster-cross-over-randomized-trial
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Laurent Billot, Mark Woodward, Hisatomi Arima, Maree L Hackett, Paula Muñoz Venturelli, Pablo M Lavados, Alejandro Brunser, Bin Peng, Liying Cui, Lily Song, Stephane Heritier, Stephen Jan, Sandy Middleton, Verónica V Olavarría, Joyce Lim, Thompson Robinson, Octavio Pontes-Neto, Caroline Watkins, Craig S Anderson
Background There is evidence to indicate that the lying flat head position increases cerebral blood flow and oxygenation in patients with acute ischemic stroke, but how these physiological effects translate into clinical outcomes is uncertain. The Head Position in Stroke Trial aims to determine the comparative effectiveness of lying flat (0°) compared to sitting up (≥30°) head positioning, initiated within 24 h of hospital admission for patients with acute stroke. Design An international, pragmatic, cluster-randomized, crossover, open, blinded outcome assessed clinical trial...
August 2017: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730948/nonvitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anticoagulants-versus-warfarin-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-and-previous-stroke-or-transient-ischemic-attack-an-updated-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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George Ntaios, Vasileios Papavasileiou, Hans-Chris Diener, Konstantinos Makaritsis, Patrik Michel
Background In a previous systematic review and meta-analysis, we assessed the efficacy and safety of nonvitamin-K antagonist oral anticoagulants versus warfarin in patients with atrial fibrillation and stroke or transient ischemic attack. Since then, new information became available. Aim The aim of the present work was to update the results of the previous systematic review and meta-analysis. Methods We searched PubMed until 24 August 2016 for randomized controlled trials using the following search items: "atrial fibrillation" and "anticoagulation" and "warfarin" and "previous stroke or transient ischemic attack...
August 2017: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729917/autophagy-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-and-the-unfolded-protein-response-in-intracerebral-hemorrhage
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Mingming Niu, Xiaohong Dai, Wei Zou, Xueping Yu, Wei Teng, Qiuxin Chen, Xiaowei Sun, Weiwei Yu, Huihui Ma, Peng Liu
Intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) is a subtype of stroke that is followed by primary and secondary brain injury. As a result of the injury, cell metabolism is disrupted and a series of stress responses are activated, such as endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress and the unfolded protein response (UPR), leading to the re-establishment of cell homeostasis or cell death. As an important mechanism of cell homeostasis, autophagy has been widely studied, and the associations between autophagy, ER stress, and the UPR have also been demonstrated...
2017: Translational Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729311/a-review-of-rate-control-in-atrial-fibrillation-and-the-rationale-and-protocol-for-the-rate-af-trial
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Dipak Kotecha, Melanie Calvert, Jonathan J Deeks, Michael Griffith, Paulus Kirchhof, Gregory Yh Lip, Samir Mehta, Gemma Slinn, Mary Stanbury, Richard P Steeds, Jonathan N Townend
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is common and causes impaired quality of life, an increased risk of stroke and death as well as frequent hospital admissions. The majority of patients with AF require control of heart rate. In this article , we summarise the limited evidence from clinical trials that guides prescription, and present the rationale and protocol for a new randomised trial. As rate control has not yet been shown to reduce mortality, there is a clear need to compare the impact of therapy on quality of life, cardiac function and exercise capacity...
July 20, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728556/influence-of-staphylococcus-aureus-on-outcomes-after-valvular-surgery-for-infective-endocarditis
#7
Sang Myung Han, Robert A Sorabella, Sowmya Vasan, Mark Grbic, Daniel Lambert, Rahul Prasad, Catherine Wang, Paul Kurlansky, Michael A Borger, Rachel Gordon, Isaac George
BACKGROUND: As Staphylococcus aureus (SA) remains one of the leading cause of infective endocarditis (IE), this study evaluates whether S. aureus is associated with more severe infections or worsened outcomes compared to non-S. aureus (NSA) organisms. METHODS: All patients undergoing valve surgery for bacterial IE between 1995 and 2013 at our institution were included in this study (n = 323). Clinical data were retrospectively collected from the chart review. Patients were stratified according to the causative organism; SA (n = 85) and NSA (n = 238)...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728489/idarucizumab-for-the-treatment-of-hemorrhage-and-dabigatran-reversal-in-patients-requiring-urgent-surgery-or-procedures
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Ovidiu Vornicu, Anne-Sophie Larock, Anne-Sophie Dincq, Jonathan Douxfils, Jean-Michel Dogné, François Mullier, Sarah Lessire
Idarucizumab is a specific antagonist for dabigatran etexilate (DE). The recent market authorization of idarucizumab in Europe and the USA may reassure prescribers of DE, as it can increase the safety of the emergency management of patients taking this anticoagulant. However, idarucizumab use should be limited to specific indications to avoid unnecessary risks to patients and costs to healthcare systems. Areas covered: The authors provide an overview of idarucizumab development and its pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties...
July 20, 2017: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727359/-stroke-prevention-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
#9
Gaia Sirimarco, Lorenz Hirt, Roman Sztajzel, Fabienne Perren
Oral anticoagulation with vitamin K antagonists (VKA) was the cornerstone of stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation (AF). This review article presents the state of the art, with regard to the treatment options developed over the past few years, the new oral anticoagulants (NOAC). A search in PubMed for relevant published studies has been performed. Dabigatran and apixaban were superior to warfarin to reduce stroke risk or systemic embolism ; dabigatran, rivaroxaban and edoxaban were non-inferior. All NOAC are globally non-inferior to warfarin for stroke prevention in non-valvular AF and they have a superior safety profile, with a reduced intracranial bleeding risk...
April 26, 2017: Revue Médicale Suisse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727356/-management-of-carotid-artery-stenosis
#10
Francesco Puccinelli, Marco Roffi, Nicolas Murith, Roman Sztajzel
Carotid artery atherosclerosis remains one of the major causes of stroke. The efficacy of carotid artery recanalization has already been established and is considered significant for symptomatic stenosis >70% and moderate for stenosis between 50-69 %. Regarding asymptomatic stenosis, carotid artery recanalization should be reserved for carefully selected patients with a stenosis between 70-90 % and an estimated procedural risk at less than 3 %. Two therapeutic options are currently available : angioplasty with stent placement and endarterectomy...
April 26, 2017: Revue Médicale Suisse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726570/potential-biomarkers-for-predicting-hemorrhagic-transformation-of-ischemic-stroke
#11
Guanfeng Lu, Quanwei He, Yan Shen, Fei Cao
Reperfusion therapy contributes to better clinical outcomes in patients with acute ischemic stroke but carries a more significant risk of hemorrhagic transformation (HT) compared to supportive care. Once HT occurs, the outcome is usually poor and this causes a dilemma in the treatment of ischemic stroke. Consequently, early prediction of HT would be extremely helpful for guiding precise treatment of ischemic stroke. In this review, we focus on summarizing biomarkers of HT and elucidating possible mechanisms so as to identify potential biomarkers for predicting HT...
July 20, 2017: International Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726061/advances-in-psychotherapy-for-depressed-older-adults
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REVIEW
Patrick J Raue, Amanda R McGovern, Dimitris N Kiosses, Jo Anne Sirey
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: We review recent advances in psychotherapies for depressed older adults, in particular those developed for special populations characterized by chronic medical illness, acute medical illness, cognitive impairment, and suicide risk factors. We review adaptations for psychotherapy to overcome barriers to its accessibility in non-specialty settings such as primary care, homebound or hard-to-reach older adults, and social service settings. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent evidence supports the effectiveness of psychotherapies that target late-life depression in the context of specific comorbid conditions including COPD, heart failure, Parkinson's disease, stroke and other acute conditions, cognitive impairment, and suicide risk...
September 2017: Current Psychiatry Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726023/benefits-and-risks-of-non-approved-injection-regimens-for-botulinum-toxins-in-spasticity
#13
Andrea Santamato, Francesco Panza
Spasticity with muscle paresis and loss of dexterity is a common feature of upper motor neuron syndrome due to injuries or the pyramidal tract in several neurological conditions. Botulinum toxin type A has been considered the gold standard treatment for spasticity and movement disorders, with efficacy, reversibility, and low prevalence of complications. During the last 30 years, thousands of studies of its use have been performed, but few guidelines are available. Therefore, there is great variability in both the doses and intervals of administration and the approaches taken by clinicians with considerable experience in spasticity and movement disorder treatment...
July 19, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724590/long-term-antithrombotic-treatment-in-intracranial-hemorrhage-survivors-with-atrial-fibrillation
#14
Eleni Korompoki, Filippos T Filippidis, Peter B Nielsen, Angela Del Giudice, Gregory Y H Lip, Joji B Kuramatsu, Hagen B Huttner, Jiming Fang, Sam Schulman, Joan Martí-Fàbregas, Celine S Gathier, Anand Viswanathan, Alessandro Biffi, Daniela Poli, Christian Weimar, Uwe Malzahn, Peter Heuschmann, Roland Veltkamp
OBJECTIVE: To perform a systematic review and meta-analysis of studies reporting recurrent intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) and ischemic stroke (IS) in ICH survivors with atrial fibrillation (AF) during long-term follow-up. METHODS: A comprehensive literature search including MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane library, clinical trials registry was performed following the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) statement. We considered studies capturing outcome events (ICH recurrence and IS) for ≥3 months and treatment exposure to vitamin K antagonists (VKAs), antiplatelet agents (APAs), or no antithrombotic medication (no-ATM)...
July 19, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724315/persistent-atrial-fibrillation-vs-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation-differences-in-management
#15
Andrei D Margulescu, Lluis Mont Girbau
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common human arrhythmia. AF is a progressive disease, initially being nonsustained and induced by trigger activity, and progressing towards persistent AF through alteration of the atrial myocardial substrate. Treatment of AF aims to decrease the risk of stroke and improve the quality of life, by preventing recurrences (rhythm control) or controlling the heart rate during AF (rate control). In the last 20 years, catheter-based and, less frequently, surgical and hybrid ablation techniques have proven more successful compared with drug therapy in achieving rhythm control in patients with AF...
July 20, 2017: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723732/role-of-anesthesia-in-endovascular-stroke-therapy
#16
Arthur Wang, Apolonia E Abramowicz
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Recent randomized clinical trials have demonstrated strong efficacy of endovascular therapy (EVT) for acute ischemic stroke (AIS) from large vessel occlusions; in the USA alone, tens of thousands of patients annually may benefit. The impact of the type of anesthesia used during mechanical thrombectomy on patient outcomes remains controversial. This review discusses the current literature on the effects of anesthesia type on patient outcome following endovascular stroke therapy...
July 18, 2017: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722662/antibiotic-prophylaxis-for-infections-in-patients-with-acute-stroke-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
#17
Yan-Guo Xi, Xu Tian, Wei-Qing Chen, Sai Zhang, Shan Zhang, Wei-Dan Ren, Qi-Jun Pang, Guo-Tao Yang, Zhi-Ming Yang
OBJECTIVE: Infections are frequent after stroke and lead to increased mortality and neurological disability. Antibiotic prophylaxis has potential of decreasing the risk of infections and mortality and improving poor functional outcome. Several studies evaluated antibiotic prophylaxis for infections in acute stroke patients have generated conflicting results. The systematic review of randomized clinical trials (RCTs) aimed at comprehensively assessing the evidence of antibiotic prophylaxis for the treatment of acute stroke patients...
July 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721832/biomarkers-associated-with-bleeding-risk-in-the-setting-of-atrial-fibrillation
#18
Skevos Sideris, Stefanos Archontakis, George Latsios, George Lazaros, Konstantinos Toutouzas, Eleftherios Tsiamis, Manolis Vavuranakis, Charalampos Vlachopoulos, Konstantinos Gatzoulis, Konstantinos Tsioufis, Dimitris Tousoulis
Background Prevention of thromboembolic disease, mainly stroke, with oral anticoagulants remains a major therapeutic goal in patients with atrial fibrillation. Unfortunately, despite the high efficacy, anticoagulant therapy is associated with a significant risk of, frequently catastrophic, hemorrhagic complications. Among different clinical and laboratory parameters related to an increased risk of bleeding, several biological markers have been recognized and various risk scores for bleeding have been developed...
July 18, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721691/occupational-therapy-for-adults-with-problems-in-activities-of-daily-living-after-stroke
#19
REVIEW
Lynn A Legg, Sharon R Lewis, Oliver J Schofield-Robinson, Avril Drummond, Peter Langhorne
BACKGROUND: A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. Activities of daily living (ADL) are daily home-based activities that people carry out to maintain health and well-being. ADLs include the ability to: eat and drink unassisted, move, go to the toilet, carry out personal hygiene tasks, dress unassisted, and groom. Stroke causes impairment-related functional limitations that may result in difficulties participating in ADLs independent of supervision, direction, or physical assistance...
July 19, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721323/endovascular-management-of-stroke-patients-with-large-vessel-occlusion-and-minor-stroke-symptoms
#20
REVIEW
Saeed A Alqahtani, Andrew B Stemer, Michael F McCullough, Randy S Bell, Jeffrey Mai, Ai-Hsi Liu, Rocco A Armonda
Endovascular mechanical thrombectomy for stroke patients with large vessel occlusion (LVO) in the anterior circulation has become the standard of care based on several major randomized clinical trials. The successful result reported by these trials constitutes what may be the largest achievement in the history of neurological sciences. However, most of these mechanical thrombectomy trials (except for the multicenter randomized clinical trial of endovascular treatment for acute ischemic stroke in the Netherlands, i...
June 15, 2017: Curēus
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