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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222857/serum-levels-of-the-s100b-protein-and-neuron-specific-enolase-are-associated-with-mortality-in-critically-ill-patients
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Izabela Duda, Łukasz Krzych, Halina Jędrzejowska-Szypułka, Joanna Lewin-Kowalik
INTRODUCTION: Evaluation of the prognostic potential of the S100B protein and neuron-specific enolase (NSE) as predictors of mortality in critically ill patients in intensive care units (ICU). MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study was conducted on 62 patients. Basic clinical variables and blood samples for S100B and NSE level testing were obtained during the first four days after admission. Mortality was described as the patient's death during hospitalization in the ICU...
December 10, 2017: Acta Biochimica Polonica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222705/tai-chi-and-qigong-for-cancer-related-symptoms-and-quality-of-life-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Peter M Wayne, M S Lee, J Novakowski, K Osypiuk, J Ligibel, L E Carlson, R Song
PURPOSE: This study aims to summarize and critically evaluate the effects of Tai Chi and Qigong (TCQ) mind-body exercises on symptoms and quality of life (QOL) in cancer survivors. METHODS: A systematic search in four electronic databases targeted randomized and non-randomized clinical studies evaluating TCQ for fatigue, sleep difficulty, depression, pain, and QOL in cancer patients, published through August 2016. Meta-analysis was used to estimate effect sizes (ES, Hedges' g) and publication bias for randomized controlled trials (RCTs)...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222670/venetoclax-for-treating-chronic-lymphocytic-leukaemia-an-evidence-review-group-perspective-of-a-nice-single-technology-appraisal
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Hema Mistry, Chidozie Nduka, Martin Connock, Jill Colquitt, Theodoros Mantopoulos, Emma Loveman, Renata Walewska, James Mason
Venetoclax is licensed to treat relapsed or refractory (R/R) chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL). As part of the Single Technology Appraisal (STA) ID944, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) invited AbbVie, the manufacturer, to submit evidence on the use of venetoclax, within its licensed indication. The Evidence Review Group (ERG), Warwick Evidence, was asked to provide an independent and critical review of the submitted evidence. Evidence came from three single-arm trials in CLL patients with or without 17p deletion [del(17p])/TP53 chromosomal abnormalities...
December 8, 2017: PharmacoEconomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222545/coefficient-of-friction-between-carboxymethylated-hyaluronic-acid-based-polymer-films-and-the-ocular-surface
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Jourdan Colter, Barbara Wirostko, Brittany Coats
Purpose: Hyaluronic acid-based polymer films are emerging as drug-delivery vehicles for local and continuous drug administration to the eye. The highly lubricating hyaluronic acid increases comfort, but displaces films from the eye, reducing drug exposure and efficacy. Previous studies have shown that careful control of the surface interaction of the film with the eye is critical for improved retention. Methods: In this study, the frictional interaction of a carboxymethylated, hyaluronic acid-based polymer (CMHA-S) with and without methylcellulose was quantified against ovine and human sclera at three axial loads (0...
December 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222298/management-of-multiple-myeloma-in-the-newly-diagnosed-patient
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María-Victoria Mateos, Jesús F San Miguel
Multiple myeloma is the second most frequent hematological disease. The introduction of melphalan as high-dose therapy followed by autologous hematopoietic cell transplantation (HDT/ASCT) for young patients and the availability of novel agents for young and elderly patients with multiple myeloma have dramatically changed the perspective of treatment. However, further research is necessary if we want definitively to cure the disease. Treatment goals for transplant-eligible and non-transplant-eligible patients should be to prolong survival by achieving the best possible response while ensuring quality of life...
December 8, 2017: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222034/management-of-invasive-candidiasis-and-candidemia-in-critically-ill-adults-expert-opinion-of-the-european-society-of-anaesthesia-esa-intensive-care-scientific-subcommittee
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Ruth-Aoibheann OLeary, Sharon Einav, Marc Leone, Krisztina Madách, Claude Martin, Ignacio Martin-Loeches
OBJECTIVE: The global burden of invasive fungal disease is increasing. Candida albicans remains the leading cause of fungal blood stream infections although non-albicans Candidal infections are emerging. Areas of controversy regarding diagnosis and management are hampering our ability to respond effectively to this evolving threat. The purpose of this narrative review is to address current controversies and provide recommendations to supplement guidelines. DIAGNOSIS OF INVASIVE CANDIDIASIS: Diagnosis of invasive candidiasis requires a combination of diagnostic tests and patient risk factors...
December 5, 2017: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221978/influence-of-6-hydroxyethyl-starch-130-0-4-versus-crystalloid-solution-on-structural-renal-damage-markers-after-coronary-artery-bypass-grafting-a-post-hoc-subgroup-analysis-of-a-prospective-trial
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Thomas Datzmann, Markus Hoenicka, Helmut Reinelt, Andreas Liebold, Hagen Gorki
OBJECTIVE: The restriction of hydroxyethyl starch (HES) has mandated changes in volume management based on data of critically ill patients. Reliable data of structural renal damage after HES treatment in cardiac surgical patients are lacking. The influence of 6% HES 130/0.4 was investigated in this study. DESIGN: An exploratory post hoc subgroup analysis of a prospective trial was performed. SETTING: The study was carried out at a university hospital...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221919/impact-of-lifestyle-interventions-targeting-healthy-diet-physical-activity-and-weight-loss-on-asthma-in-adults-what-is-the-evidence
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Sharmilee M Nyenhuis, Anne E Dixon, Jun Ma
Unhealthy lifestyle factors such as poor diet quality, sedentary lifestyle, and obesity are associated with negative health consequences in asthma including poor asthma control, impaired quality of life, and greater health care utilization. Lifestyle modification is the cornerstone of behavioral treatments and has been effective in chronic diseases such as atherothrombotic vascular disease and diabetes. There is a critical need for lifestyle interventions in asthma care that address obesity and its intimately linked risk behaviors in terms of poor diet and physical inactivity...
December 5, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221616/dengue-fever-report-from-the-task-force-on-tropical-diseases-by-the-world-federation-of-societies-of-intensive-and-critical-care-medicine
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Pravin Amin, Özlem Acicbe, Jorge Hidalgo, Juan Ignacio Silesky Jiménez, Tim Baker, Guy A Richards
Dengue is an arbovirus affecting humans and spread by mosquitoes. Severe dengue follows a secondary infection with a different virus serotype. The problem is truly global as it is endemic in over 100 countries. Severe dengue can be a life-threatening because of increased vascular permeability, resulting in leakage of fluid from the intravascular compartment to the extravascular space. When major bleeding does occur, it is almost invariably combined with profound shock since this, in combination with thrombocytopenia, hypoxia, and acidosis, can lead to multiple organ failure and disseminated intravascular coagulation...
November 5, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221599/symptoms-in-individuals-at-risk-of-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Gurpreet Singh Jutley, Zahira P Latif, Karim Raza
An increasing interest in treating individuals at risk of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) to prevent the development of this chronic condition has focussed attention on the identification of risk factors of this disease. Most patients who develop RA progress through a preceding symptomatic phase that may take the form of arthralgia, palindromic rheumatism or unclassified arthritis before a disease currently classifiable as RA is established. An understanding of symptoms that identify individuals as being at risk of RA is a critical issue...
February 2017: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221539/partnership-conference
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John A Bartlett, Sarah Cao, Blandina Mmbaga, Xu Qian, Michael Merson, Randall Kramer
BACKGROUND: The Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) was founded in 2006 with a goal to foster interdisciplinary global health education and research across Duke University and Duke Medical Center. Critical to achieving this goal is the need to develop and sustain strong international partnerships. OBJECTIVE: To host a conference with multiple international partners and strengthen existing relationships. METHODS: After a deliberate year-long planning process, DGHI convened a Partnership Conference with its international partners on the Duke University campus in conjunction with its 10th Anniversary Celebration...
May 2017: Annals of Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221534/on-becoming-a-global-citizen-transformative-learning-through-global-health-experiences
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Debra K Litzelman, Adrian Gardner, Robert M Einterz, Philip Owiti, Charity Wambui, Jordan C Huskins, Kathleen M Schmitt-Wendholt, Geren S Stone, Paul O Ayuo, Thomas S Inui, Rachel A Umoren
BACKGROUND: Globalization has increased the demand for international experiences in medical education. International experiences improve medical knowledge, clinical skills, and self-development; influence career objectives; and provide insights on ethical and societal issues. However, global health rotations can end up being no more than tourism if not structured to foster personal transformation and global citizenship. OBJECTIVE: We conducted a qualitative assessment of trainee-reported critical incidents to more deeply understand the impact of our global health experience on trainees...
May 2017: Annals of Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221515/socioeconomic-disparities-in-the-prevalence-of-cardiometabolic-risk-factors-in-ghanaian-women
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Jeffrey Boakye, Danielle Mensah, Swati Sakhuja, Pauline E Jolly, Tomi Akinyemiju
BACKGROUND: Recent trends toward urbanization in developing countries like Ghana, coupled with nutritional transition and aging populations, have led to a rapid increase in the prevalence of noncommunicable diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and hypertension. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the association between socioeconomic status and cardiometabolic risk factors among women in Ghana. METHODS: Data for this analysis were obtained from Wave 1 of the Ghana Study of Global Aging and Health, conducted in 2007, and included women 18 years and older...
May 2017: Annals of Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221482/rejection-acceptance-and-the-spectrum-between-understanding-male-attitudes-and-experiences-towards-conflict-related-sexual-violence-in-eastern-democratic-republic-of-congo
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Jocelyn Kelly, Katherine Albutt, Justin Kabanga, Kimberley Anderson, Michael VanRooyen
BACKGROUND: Female survivors of sexual violence in conflict experience not only physical and psychological sequelae from the event itself, but often many negative social outcomes, such as rejection and ostracisation from their families and community. Male relatives - whether husbands, fathers, brothers - play a key role in determining how the family and community respond to a survivor of sexual violence. Understanding these perspectives could help improve services for survivors of sexual violence, as well as their families and communities...
December 8, 2017: BMC Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221475/a-critical-realist-evaluation-of-a-music-therapy-intervention-in-palliative-care
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Sam Porter, Tracey McConnell, Mike Clarke, Jenny Kirkwood, Naomi Hughes, Lisa Graham-Wisener, Joan Regan, Miriam McKeown, Kerry McGrillen, Joanne Reid
BACKGROUND: Music therapy is increasingly used as an adjunct therapy to support symptom management in palliative care. However, studies to date have paid little attention to the processes that lead to changes in patient outcomes. To fill this gap, we examined the processes and experiences involved in the introduction of music therapy as an adjunct complementary therapy to palliative care in a hospice setting in the United Kingdom (UK). METHODS: Using a realistic evaluation approach, we conducted a qualitative study using a variety of approaches...
December 8, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221433/hyporesponsiveness-of-natural-killer-cells-and-impaired-inflammatory-responses-in-critically-ill-patients
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Minkyung Kim, Minjoo Kim, Hana Jeong, Jey Sook Chae, Young Sam Kim, Jae Gil Lee, Younsoo Cho, Jong Ho Lee
BACKGROUND: To investigate natural killer (NK) cell activity, circulating cytokine level and peripheral blood mononuclear cell (PBMC) cytokine production status in critically ill patients. METHODS: Blood samples were collected <24 h after admission from 24 intensive care unit (ICU) patients and 24 age-, sex-, and body mass index (BMI)-matched healthy controls. Serum cytokine concentrations and cytokine production by PBMCs and lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated PBMCs were measured...
December 8, 2017: BMC Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220884/a-black-swan-in-clinical-laboratory-practice-the-analytical-error-due-to-interferences-in-immunoassay-methods
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Aldo Clerico, Lucia Belloni, Cinzia Carrozza, Mario Correale, Ruggero Dittadi, Claudio Dotti, Antonio Fortunato, Giulio Vignati, Gian Carlo Zucchelli, Marco Migliardi
It is well known that the results of immunoassay methods can be affected by specific or non-specific interferences, ranging from 0.4% to 4.0%. The presence of interference may greatly compromise the accuracy of immunoassay analyses causing an error in the measurement, producing false-positive or false-negative results. From a clinical point of view, these analytical errors may have serious implications for patient care because they can cause misdiagnosis or inappropriate treatment. Unfortunately, it is a very difficult task to identify the irregular analytical errors related to immunoassay methods because they are not detectable by normal laboratory quality control procedures, are reproducible within the test system, may be clinically plausible and are relatively rare...
December 7, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220864/the-nature-of-catecholamine-containing-neurons-in-the-enteric-nervous-system-in-relationship-with-organogenesis-normal-human-anatomy-and-neurodegeneration
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G Natale, L Ryskalin, C L Busceti, F Biagioni, F Fornai
The gastrointestinal tract is provided with extrinsic and intrinsic innervation. The extrinsic innervation includes the classic vagal parasympathetic and sympathetic components, with afferent sensitive and efferent secretomotor fibers. The intrinsic innervations is represented by the enteric nervous system (ENS), which is recognized as a complex neural network controlling a variety of cell populations, including smooth muscle cells, mucosal secretory cells, endocrine cells, microvasculature, immune and inflammatory cells...
September 1, 2017: Archives Italiennes de Biologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220756/the-impact-of-sustained-new-onset-atrial-fibrillation-on-mortality-and-stroke-incidence-in-critically-ill-patients-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Takuo Yoshida, Shigehiko Uchino, Taisuke Yokota, Tomoko Fujii, Shoichi Uezono, Masanori Takinami
PURPOSE: The purpose of the study is to evaluate the impact of sustained new-onset AF on mortality and the incidence of stroke in critically ill non-cardiac surgery patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study of non-cardiac surgery patients with new-onset AF conducted in a general intensive care unit. We compared patients remaining in AF with those restored to sinus rhythm (SR) at 6h after the onset of AF and conducted multivariable logistic regression analysis for in-hospital mortality...
December 1, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220754/association-of-high-mortality-with-extended-spectrum-%C3%AE-lactamase-esbl-positive-cultures-in-community-acquired-infections
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Sumit Ray, Dimple Anand, Sankalp Purwar, Arijit Samanta, Kaustubh V Upadhye, Prasoon Gupta, Debashis Dhar
PURPOSE: Infections due to multidrug resistant organisms have become a serious health concern worldwide. The present study was conducted to investigate the spectrum of microbial resistance pattern in the community and their effects on mortality. METHODS: A retrospective review and analysis of prospectively collected data was done of all patients admitted with diagnosis of sepsis in two tertiary care ICU's for a period of two years. Demographics, culture positivity, microbial spectrum, resistance pattern and outcome data were collected...
October 31, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
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