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Laura Wallard, Sophie Boulet, Olivier Cornu, Jean-Emile Dubuc, Philippe Mahaudens, Didier Postlethwaite, Maïté Van Cauter, Christine Detrembleur
BACKGROUND: The gait mechanism requires an efficient intersegmental coordination in order to ensure the displacement of the body while simultaneously maintaining the postural stability. However, intersegmental coordination may be disrupted by neurological or orthopaedic involvement, this increasing the metabolic cost associated with excessive or prolonged muscle co-contraction. RESEARCH QUESTION: Our aim was to evaluate and to understand how hip OA affects lower limbs coordination during gait by using the kinematic segmental covariation law method and predict the energy expenditure...
March 7, 2018: Gait & Posture
Aoife Healy, Sybil Farmer, Anand Pandyan, Nachiappan Chockalingam
BACKGROUND: Assistive products are items which allow older people and people with disabilities to be able to live a healthy, productive and dignified life. It has been estimated that approximately 1.5% of the world's population need a prosthesis or orthosis. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to systematically identify and review the evidence from randomized controlled trials assessing effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of prosthetic and orthotic interventions...
2018: PloS One
Mohammed Owais, Ajay Panwar, Chandrasekhar Valupadas, Madhavarao Veeramalla
Objective: Outcome assessment of intravenous (IV) thrombolysis with tenecteplase in acute ischemic stroke. Materials and Methods: We consecutively enrolled acute ischemic stroke patients who underwent IV thrombolysis with tenecteplase from October 2016 to May 2017. Primary clinical efficacy outcome was defined as an improvement in the National Institute of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) score of ≥4 points at 24 h (h). Secondary clinical efficacy outcome was the favorable outcome on modified Rankin scale at 90 days defined as a score of 0 or 1...
April 2018: Annals of African Medicine
Dennis T Ko, Harlan M Krumholz, Jack V Tu, Peter C Austin, Therese A Stukel, Maria Koh, Alice Chong, Jose Francisco de Melo, Cynthia A Jackevicius
BACKGROUND: Clopidogrel is one of the most commonly prescribed medications because of its ability to improve clinical outcomes for a broad range of cardiovascular conditions. After patent protection expired for Plavix in 2012, many healthcare systems adopted generic clopidogrel as a strategy to reduce healthcare costs. METHODS AND RESULTS: We conducted a population-based observational study to determine whether generic clopidogrel was noninferior to Plavix. Patients who were hospitalized with an acute coronary syndrome (ACS) from 2009 to 2014 in Ontario, Canada, >65 years, survived ≥7 days after discharge, were eligible for inclusion...
March 2018: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
Giuseppe Placidi, Luigi Cinque, Matteo Polsinelli, Matteo Spezialetti
Hand rehabilitation is fundamental after stroke or surgery. Traditional rehabilitation requires a therapist and implies high costs, stress for the patient, and subjective evaluation of the therapy effectiveness. Alternative approaches, based on mechanical and tracking-based gloves, can be really effective when used in virtual reality (VR) environments. Mechanical devices are often expensive, cumbersome, patient specific and hand specific, while tracking-based devices are not affected by these limitations but, especially if based on a single tracking sensor, could suffer from occlusions...
March 10, 2018: Sensors
Marta Trapero-Bertran, Celia Muñoz, Kathryn Coyle, Doug Coyle, Adam Lester-George, Reiner Leidl, Bertalan Németh, Kei-Long Cheung, Subhash Pokhrel, Ángel Lopez-Nicolás
AIMS: To assess the cost-effectiveness of alternative smoking cessation scenarios from the perspective of the Spanish National Health Service (NHS). DESIGN: We used the European study on Quantifying Utility of Investment in Protection from Tobacco model (EQUIPTMOD), a Markov-based state transition economic model, to estimate the return on investment (ROI) of: (a) the current provision of smoking cessation services (brief physician advice and printed self-helped material + smoking ban and tobacco duty at current levels); and (b) four alternative scenarios to complement the current provision: coverage of proactive telephone calls; nicotine replacement therapy (mono and combo) [prescription nicotine replacement therapy (Rx NRT)]; varenicline (standard duration); or bupropion...
March 13, 2018: Addiction
Agnieszka Guzik, Mariusz Drużbicki, Grzegorz Przysada, Agnieszka Brzozowska-Magoń, Andżelina Wolan-Nieroda, Andrzej Kwolek
BACKGROUND: There are few reports in the literature investigating the relationship between observational gait scales used to assess individuals after a stroke and objective data acquired from 3-dimensional gait analysis (3DGA). RESEARCH QUESTION: The objective of this study was to compare the relationship between the specific items of the Wisconsin Gait Scale (WGS) and the matching 3-dimensional (3D) spatiotemporal and kinematic gait parameters in individuals after a stroke...
March 5, 2018: Gait & Posture
Aaron M Rutman, Justin E Vranic, Mahmud Mossa-Basha
Blunt cerebrovascular injury (BCVI) is a relatively rare but potentially devastating finding in patients with high-energy blunt force trauma or direct cervical and/or craniofacial injury. The radiologist plays an essential role in identifying and grading the various types of vascular injury, including minimal intimal injury, dissection with raised intimal flap or intraluminal thrombus, intramural hematoma, pseudoaneurysm, occlusion, transection, and arteriovenous fistula. Early identification of BCVI is important, as treatment with antithrombotic therapy has been shown to reduce the incidence of postinjury ischemic stroke...
March 2018: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
R Guerrero, C Qin, O Oktay, C Bowles, L Chen, R Joules, R Wolz, M C Valdés-Hernández, D A Dickie, J Wardlaw, D Rueckert
White matter hyperintensities (WMH) are a feature of sporadic small vessel disease also frequently observed in magnetic resonance images (MRI) of healthy elderly subjects. The accurate assessment of WMH burden is of crucial importance for epidemiological studies to determine association between WMHs, cognitive and clinical data; their causes, and the effects of new treatments in randomized trials. The manual delineation of WMHs is a very tedious, costly and time consuming process, that needs to be carried out by an expert annotator (e...
2018: NeuroImage: Clinical
Edward P Washabaugh, Chandramouli Krishnan
BACKGROUND: Robotic-resisted treadmill walking is a form of task-specific training that has been used to improve gait function in individuals with neurological injury, such as stroke, spinal cord injury, or cerebral palsy. Traditionally, these devices use active elements (e.g., motors or actuators) to provide resistance during walking, making them bulky, expensive, and less suitable for overground or in-home rehabilitation. We recently developed a low-cost, wearable robotic brace that generates resistive torques across the knee joint using a simple magnetic brake...
2018: Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience
Xiaolei Xie, Tianhua He, Jian Kang, David S Siscovick, Yan Li, José A Pagán
China has the largest population of adults with hypertension in the world. Recent clinical trials have shown that intensive hypertension control can help patients achieve lower blood pressure and reduce the incidence of major cardiovascular disease (CVD) events, but this level of hypertension control also incurs additional costs to patients and society and may result in a substantial increase in adverse events. The objective of this study is to assess the cost-effectiveness of intensive hypertension control to inform health policymakers and health care delivery systems in China in their decision-making regarding hypertension treatment strategies...
March 8, 2018: Preventive Medicine
Nataliya Omelchenko, Karen L Saban, Pamela Andresen, Audrey Klopp, Janice Lau
The purpose of this project was to develop a community-based volunteer group of peer educators to provide stroke education to local residents aimed at increasing stroke awareness and action readiness using the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association's "Empowered to Serve" evidence-based curriculum. The "Don't Miss a Stroke" module addresses the recognition of stroke warning signs, actions to take during a stroke, and stroke prevention. A total of 16 volunteers were recruited and subsequently trained...
April 2018: Journal of Neuroscience Nursing: Journal of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses
Adina Kleinerüschkamp, Patrick Meybohm, Niels Straub, Kai Zacharowski, Suma Choorapoikayil
BACKGROUND: Patient blood management (PBM) is a multidisciplinary concept focused on the management of anaemia, minimisation of iatrogenic blood loss and rational use of allogeneic blood products. The aims of this study were: (i) to analyse post-operative outcome in patients with liberal vs restrictive exposure to allogeneic blood products and (ii) to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of PBM in patients undergoing surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A systematic literature review and meta-analysis were performed to compare post-operative complications in predominantly non-transfused patients (restrictive transfusion group) and patients who received one to three units of red blood cells (liberal transfusion group)...
February 16, 2018: Blood Transfusion, Trasfusione del Sangue
Farid Froghi, Rahul Koti, Kurinchi Gurusamy, Susan Mallett, Douglas Thorburn, Linda Selves, Sarah James, Jeshika Singh, Manuel Pinto, Christine Eastgate, Margaret McNeil, Helder Filipe, Fatima Jichi, Nick Schofield, Daniel Martin, Brian Davidson
BACKGROUND: Patients with liver cirrhosis undergoing liver transplantation have a hyperdynamic circulation which persists into the early postoperative period making accurate assessment of fluid requirements challenging. Goal-directed fluid therapy (GDFT) has been shown to reduce morbidity and mortality in a number of surgery settings. The impact of GDFT in patients undergoing liver transplantation is unknown. A feasibility trial was designed to determine patient and clinician support for recruitment into a randomised controlled trial of GDFT following liver transplantation, adherence to a GDFT protocol, participant withdrawal, and to determine appropriate endpoints for a subsequent larger trial to evaluate the efficacy of GDFT in patients undergoing liver transplantation...
March 7, 2018: Trials
Tai-Wa Liu, Gabriel Y F Ng, Shamay S M Ng
BACKGROUND: The consequences of falls are devastating for patients with stroke. Balance problems and fear of falling are two major challenges, and recent systematic reviews have revealed that habitual physical exercise training alone cannot reduce the occurrence of falls in stroke survivors. However, recent trials with community-dwelling healthy older adults yielded the promising result that interventions with a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) component can simultaneously promote balance and reduce the fear of falling...
March 7, 2018: Trials
Francesco Gianfagna, Giovanni Veronesi, Matteo Tozzi, Antonino Tarallo, Rossana Borchini, Marco M Ferrario, Lorenza Bertù, Andrea Montonati, Patrizio Castelli
OBJECTIVES: Prevalence data on abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) in women, subjects younger than 65 years and in subgroups carrying specific risk factors are scarce. AAA prevalence was evaluated in an Italian population including women and younger subjects, stratifying for the presence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors and CVD risk score. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A population based cross-sectional study was conducted between 2013 and 2016. Men aged 50-75 and women aged 60-75 years, resident in the city of Varese (northern Italy), were randomly selected from the civil registry...
March 2, 2018: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Gianluca Rigatelli, Marco Zuin
Nowadays patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure is considered clinically beneficial and even cost-effective over medical therapy in secondary prevention of stroke due to paradoxical embolism. Areas covered: In this review, the authors discuss both anatomical and technical details and constructive concepts of current devices used for PFO closure. Expert commentary: Right atrial and interatrial septum anatomy is more complex than usually thought and a unique prosthesis that fits properly to all the possible morphologies is far from being designed...
March 9, 2018: Expert Review of Medical Devices
Ioanna Eleni Virvidaki, Grigorios Nasios, Maria Kosmidou, Sotirios Giannopoulos, Haralampos Milionis
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The presence of dysphagia and aspiration in stroke patients is associated with increased mortality and morbidity. Early recognition and management of these two conditions via reliable, minimally invasive bedside procedures before complications arise remains challenging in everyday clinical practice. This study reviews the available bedside screening tools for detecting swallowing status and aspiration risk in acute stroke by qualitatively observing reference population study design, clinical flexibility, reliability and applicability to acute-care settings...
February 28, 2018: Journal of Clinical Neurology
Tyler J Beute, Matthew D Orem, Timothy M Schiller, Matthew Goehler, Jessica Parker, Charles L Willekes, Tomasz Timek
BACKGROUND: Minimally invasive aortic valve replacement (mAVR) is gaining clinical acceptance, however, it is associated with increased operative times due to limited surgical field and access. The Cor-Knot is an automated fastening device designed to facilitate suture fastening, but clinical data in mAVR are lacking. METHODS: From May 2014 to February 2017, 92 patients underwent mAVR at our center with 39 valves secured with manually-tied (MT) sutures and 53 valves entirely secured with the Cor-Knot (CK)...
March 1, 2018: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Alessia Bramanti, Alfredo Manuli, Rocco Salvatore Calabrò
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February 1, 2018: Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience
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