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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629572/3t-diffusion-weighted-mri-in-the-response-assessment-of-colorectal-liver-metastases-after-chemotherapy-correlation-between-adc-value-and-histological-tumour-regression-grading
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Francescamaria Donati, Piero Boraschi, Federica Pacciardi, Rosa Cervelli, Maura Castagna, Lucio Urbani, Fabio Falaschi, Davide Caramella
PURPOSE: The purpose of the study was to correlate the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values of diffusion-weighted MR imaging (DW-MRI) by 3T device with the histological tumour regression grading (TRG) analysis of colorectal liver metastases after preoperative chemotherapy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Our study included thirty-five patients with colorectal liver metastases who had undergone MRI by 3T device (GE DISCOVERY MR750; GE Healthcare) after preoperative chemotherapy...
June 2017: European Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515748/effects-of-propolis-on-warfarin-efficacy
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Esin Akbay, Çiğdem Özenirler, Ömür Gençay Çelemli, Ahmet Baris Durukan, Mehmet Ali Onur, Kadriye Sorkun
INTRODUCTION: Warfarin is commonly used to avoid thromboembolism, predominantly for cardiovascular pathologies. However, the consumption of several herbal products is not permitted during its use due to the associated interactions. Propolis is a popular phytotherapy product made by honey bees. The use of propolis has been dramatically increasing in recent times. AIM: To evaluate the possible interactions between propolis and warfarin in a mouse model with determination of the international normalized ratio (INR) values...
March 2017: Kardiochirurgia i Torakochirurgia Polska, Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480954/pentafecta-rates-of-three-dimensional-laparoscopic-radical-prostatectomy-our-experience-after-150-cases
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Andrea Benelli, Virginia Varca, Alchiede Simonato, Carlo Terrone, Andrea Gregori
INTRODUCTION: Three-dimensional (3D) laparoscopy with a flexible camera was developed to overcome the main limitation of traditional laparoscopic surgery, which is two-dimensional (2D) vision.The aim of our article is to present the largest casistic of 3D laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (LRP) available in literature and evaluate our results in terms of pentafecta and compare it with the literature. METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated consecutive patients who underwent LRP with 3D technology between March 2014 and December 2015...
April 28, 2017: Urologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478740/improving-autopsy-report-turnaround-times-by-implementing-lean-management-principles
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Susan Cromwell, David A Chiasson, Debra Cassidy, Gino R Somers
The autopsy is an integral part of the service of a large academic pathology department. Timely reporting is central to providing good service and is beneficial for many stakeholders, including the families, the clinical team, the hospital, and the wider community. The current study aimed to improve hospital-consented autopsy reporting times (turnaround time, TAT) by using lean principles modified for a healthcare setting, with an aim of signing out 90% of autopsies in 90 days. An audit of current and historical TATs was performed, and a working group incorporating administrative, technical, and professional staff constructed a value stream map documenting the steps involved in constructing an autopsy report...
January 1, 2017: Pediatric and Developmental Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465777/use-of-the-prostate-core-mitomic-test-in-repeated-biopsy-decision-making-real-world-assessment-of-clinical-utility-in-a-multicenter-patient-population
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Lorena Legisi, Elise DeSa, M Nasar Qureshi
BACKGROUND: Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in men in developed countries. Using molecular testing may help to improve outcomes in this clinically challenging group. Since 2011, the Prostate Core Mitomic Test (PCMT), which quantifies a 3.4-kb mitochondrial DNA deletion strongly associated with prostate cancer, has been used by more than 50 urology practices accessing pathology services through our laboratory in New Jersey. However, the use of a molecular test can only be beneficial if it affects patient management and improves outcomes...
December 2016: American Health & Drug Benefits
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318522/prognostic-stratification-and-healthcare-approach-in-patients-with-multiple-pathologies
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M Bernabeu-Wittel, B Barón-Franco, D Nieto-Martín, L Moreno-Gaviño, N Ramírez-Duque, M Ollero-Baturone
Polypathological patients constitute a prevalent, fairly homogeneous population, which is characterised by high clinical complexity, substantial vulnerability and significant resource consumption, in addition to high mortality and the need for comprehensive, coordinated care. It is particularly important to establish a reliable prognosis in these patients. It is also extremely useful for professionals involved in the decision-making process for patients and their families in vital planning and their preferences, for strategic health planning in management fields, and for clinical research, by facilitating their incorporation into clinical trials and other intervention studies...
March 16, 2017: Revista Clínica Española
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159435/initial-experience-using-a-telerobotic-ultrasound-system-for-adult-abdominal-sonography
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Scott J Adams, Brent E Burbridge, Andreea Badea, Leanne Langford, Vincent Vergara, Rhonda Bryce, Luis Bustamante, Ivar M Mendez, Paul S Babyn
PURPOSE: The study sought to assess the feasibility of performing adult abdominal examinations using a telerobotic ultrasound system in which radiologists or sonographers can control fine movements of a transducer and all ultrasound settings from a remote location. METHODS: Eighteen patients prospectively underwent a conventional sonography examination (using EPIQ 5 [Philips] or LOGIQ E9 [GE Healthcare]) followed by a telerobotic sonography examination (using the MELODY System [AdEchoTech] and SonixTablet [BK Ultrasound]) according to a standardized abdominal imaging protocol...
January 31, 2017: Canadian Association of Radiologists Journal, Journal L'Association Canadienne des Radiologistes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152768/improving-care-quality-for-patients-with-soft-tissue-and-bone-sarcoma-by-establishing-a-national-virtual-tumor-board-and-electronic-consultation-platform
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Andrew Fang, Maihgan Kavanagh, Brian Kim, Jason D Lee, Craig McCormick, Lee Jae Morse, Subir Nag, Grant Nybbaken, Peter Peng, Corey M Schwartz, Joseph Song, Denah Renee Taggart, Jeanette Cu Yu
211 Background: Bone and soft tissue sarcomas are relatively uncommon and their management is extremely complex requiring coordinated multidisciplinary expertise for optimal care. Because Kaiser Permanente operates across many geographic regions in the country, in-person tumor board is not practical. METHODS: The Kaiser Permanente Northern California medical oncology team has developed a system-based virtual tumor board (VTB) and electronic consultation (EC) platform comprised of experts from several key disciplines including musculoskeletal/surgical oncology, musculoskeletal radiology, pathology, radiation oncology, brachytherapy, medical adult and pediatric oncology...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28112703/learning-more-and-spending-less-with-neglected-laboratory-parameters-the-paradigmatic-case-of-red-blood-cell-distribution-width
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Giuseppe Lippi, Camilla Mattiuzzi, Gianfranco Cervellin
Due to increasing shortage of public healthcare resources in many countries around the globe, the use of simple, rapid and inexpensive laboratory parameters may be seen as a valuable aid for preliminary and cost-effective risk stratification of patients. Anisocytosis, conventionally measured by hematologic analyzers as the red blood cell distribution width (RDW), is an index of the heterogeneity of erythrocytes volumes. Several lines of evidence now attest that increased RDW values are commonplace in patients with many disorders, especially in those with the most prevalent conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and infections...
January 16, 2017: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047841/tu-h-207a-04-how-patient-positioning-in-ct-affects-more-than-the-aec-image-noise-uniformity-and-ct-number-changes-as-a-function-of-positioning
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T Szczykutowicz, A Duplissis, D Miller
PURPOSE: Studies dealing with patient positioning in CT have mainly dealt with dose and image noise changes. For diagnosis, only dose decreases can negatively affect the diagnostic utility of the exam via an increase in image noise. However, a little studied consequence of poor positioning is CT number and noise uniformity changes. METHODS: An anthropomorphic phantom was imaged in 2 cm vertical steps between the highest and lowest couch positions. CT number and noise were measured using regions of interest (ROI) in the upper-thorax, mid-thorax, and abdomen...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042729/critical-laboratory-values-in-hemostasis-toward-consensus
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Giuseppe Lippi, Dorothy Adcock, Ana-Maria Simundic, Armando Tripodi, Emmanuel J Favaloro
The term "critical values" can be defined to entail laboratory test results that significantly lie outside the normal (reference) range and necessitate immediate reporting to safeguard patient health, as well as those displaying a highly and clinically significant variation compared to previous data. The identification and effective communication of "highly pathological" values has engaged the minds of many clinicians, health care and laboratory professionals for decades, since these activities are vital to good laboratory practice...
February 10, 2017: Annals of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012341/walking-cadence-affects-rate-of-plantar-foot-temperature-change-but-not-final-temperature-in-younger-and-older-adults
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Prabhav Nadipi Reddy, Glen Cooper, Andrew Weightman, Emma Hodson-Tole, Neil D Reeves
This study examined the relationship between (1) foot temperature in healthy individuals and walking cadence, (2) temperature change at different locations of the foot, and (3) temperature change and its relationship with vertical pressures exerted on the foot. Eighteen healthy adult volunteers (10 between 30 and 40 years - Age: 33.4±2.4years; 8 above 40 years - Age: 54.1±7.7years) were recruited. A custom-made insole with temperature sensors was placed directly onto the plantar surface of the foot and held in position using a sock...
December 6, 2016: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27997508/cost-variation-of-anterior-cervical-fusions-in-elderly-medicare-beneficiaries
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Varun Puvanesarajah, David J Kirby, Amit Jain, Brian C Werner, Hamid Hassanzadeh
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective database review OBJECTIVE.: To determine how demographics and comorbid diagnoses influence hospital costs during admission for anterior cervical fusions (ACFs) in the elderly Medicare population. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Elective ACFs to treat degenerative cervical pathology are extremely common within the elderly population. Though it is well known that every patient has a significantly different medical profile that guides treatment and post-operative care, little information is available regarding how hospital costs vary from patient to patient...
December 16, 2016: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936246/diagnostic-accuracy-of-clinical-examination-and-imaging-findings-for-identifying-subacromial-pain
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Angela Cadogan, Peter J McNair, Mark Laslett, Wayne A Hing
BACKGROUND: The diagnosis of subacromial pathology is limited by the poor accuracy of clinical tests for specific pathologies. The aim of this study was to estimate the diagnostic accuracy of clinical examination and imaging features for identifying subacromial pain (SAP) defined by a positive response to diagnostic injection, and to evaluate the influence of imaging findings on the clinical diagnosis of SAP. METHODS AND FINDINGS: In a prospective, diagnostic accuracy design, 208 consecutive patients presenting to their primary healthcare practitioner for the first time with a new episode of shoulder pain were recruited...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935546/shear-wave-elastography-of-the-testes-in%C3%A2-a%C3%A2-healthy-study-collective-differences-in%C3%A2-standard-values-between-arfi-and%C3%A2-vtiq%C3%A2-techniques
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J Marcon, M Trottmann, J Rübenthaler, C G Stief, M F Reiser, D A Clevert
INTRODUCTION: Shear wave elastography (SWE) is a recent technique in the assessment of tissue elasticity. Different elastography techniques have been described over the years.Acoustic Radiation Force Impulse Imaging (ARFI) uses mechanical excitation of tissue to create detectable shear waves, a higher shear wave velocity being associated with an increased tissue stiffness.The Virtual Touch Tissue Imaging Quantification (VTIQ) method uses a mechanical push pulse as well, additionally creating a colour-coded map, in which tissue stiffness can be measured within a stored map on the ultrasound device after measurement...
2016: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27831546/diurnal-variations-of-short-term-variation-and-the-impact-of-multiple-recordings-on-measurement-accuracy
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G Seliger, D Petroff, S Seeger, D Hoyer, M Tchirikov, U Schneider
OBJECTIVE: Short-term variation (STV) from computerized cardiotocogram heart rate analysis is a parameter that complements decision making, regarding the delivery of fetuses in several high-risk situations. Although studies on the effects of gestational age and fetal pathology are convincing, there is a lack of data exploring diurnal variation and the adequacy of a single measurement. STUDY DESIGN: In this prospective observational study, fetal STV was monitored with the AN24 fetal ECG monitor (Monica Healthcare) each hour for at least 10 h in total, beginning at different times...
March 2017: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27820826/incidence-of-appendicitis-over-time-a-comparative-analysis-of-an-administrative-healthcare-database-and-a-pathology-proven-appendicitis-registry
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Stephanie Coward, Hashim Kareemi, Fiona Clement, Scott Zimmer, Elijah Dixon, Chad G Ball, Steven J Heitman, Mark Swain, Subrata Ghosh, Gilaad G Kaplan
IMPORTANCE: At the turn of the 21st century, studies evaluating the change in incidence of appendicitis over time have reported inconsistent findings. OBJECTIVES: We compared the differences in the incidence of appendicitis derived from a pathology registry versus an administrative database in order to validate coding in administrative databases and establish temporal trends in the incidence of appendicitis. DESIGN: We conducted a population-based comparative cohort study to identify all individuals with appendicitis from 2000 to2008...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27774691/a-case-study-of-enhanced-clinical-care-enabled-by-aboriginal-health-research-the-hearing-ear-health-and-language-services-heals-project
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Christian Young, Hasantha Gunasekera, Kelvin Kong, Alison Purcell, Sumithra Muthayya, Frank Vincent, Darryl Wright, Raylene Gordon, Jennifer Bell, Guy Gillor, Julie Booker, Peter Fernando, Deanna Kalucy, Simone Sherriff, Allison Tong, Carmen Parter, Sandra Bailey, Sally Redman, Emily Banks, Jonathan C Craig
OBJECTIVE: To describe and evaluate Hearing EAr health and Language Services (HEALS), a New South Wales (NSW) health initiative implemented in 2013 and 2014 as a model for enhanced clinical services arising from Aboriginal health research. METHODS: A case-study involving a mixed-methods evaluation of the origins and outcomes of HEALS, a collaboration among five NSW Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS), the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network, NSW Health, the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council, and local service providers...
December 2016: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27762448/cost-effectiveness-of-emergency-versus-delayed-laparoscopic-cholecystectomy-for-acute-gallbladder-pathology
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A J Sutton, R S Vohra, M Hollyman, P J Marriott, A Buja, D Alderson, S Pasquali, E A Griffiths
BACKGROUND: The optimal timing of cholecystectomy for patients admitted with acute gallbladder pathology is unclear. Some studies have shown that emergency cholecystectomy during the index admission can reduce length of hospital stay with similar rates of conversion to open surgery, complications and mortality compared with a 'delayed' operation following discharge. Others have reported that cholecystectomy during the index acute admission results in higher morbidity, extended length of stay and increased costs...
January 2017: British Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27699259/microvascular-resistance-of-the-culprit-coronary-artery-in-acute-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction
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David Carrick, Caroline Haig, Jaclyn Carberry, Vannesa Teng Yue May, Peter McCartney, Paul Welsh, Nadeem Ahmed, Margaret McEntegart, Mark C Petrie, Hany Eteiba, Mitchell Lindsay, Stuart Hood, Stuart Watkins, Ahmed Mahrous, Samuli M O Rauhalammi, Ify Mordi, Ian Ford, Aleksandra Radjenovic, Naveed Sattar, Keith G Oldroyd, Colin Berry
BACKGROUND: Failed myocardial reperfusion is common and prognostically important after acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). The purpose of this study was to investigate coronary flow reserve (CFR), a measure of vasodilator capacity, and the index of microvascular resistance (IMR; mmHg × s) in the culprit artery of STEMI survivors. METHODS: IMR (n = 288) and CFR (n = 283; mean age [SD], 60 [12] years) were measured acutely using guide wire-based thermodilution...
May 5, 2016: JCI Insight
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