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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444638/nuclear-cardiology-are-we-using-the-right-protocols-and-tracers-the-right-way
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REVIEW
Maurizio Dondi, Thomas Pascual, Diana Paez, Andrew J Einstein
The field of nuclear cardiology has changed considerably over recent years, with greater attention paid to safety and radiation protection issues. The wider usage of technetium-99m (Tc-99m)-labeled radiopharmaceuticals for single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging using gamma cameras has contributed to better quality studies and lower radiation exposure to patients. Increased availability of tracers and scanners for positron emission tomography (PET) will help further improve the quality of studies and quantify myocardial blood flow and myocardial flow reserve, thus enhancing the contribution of non-invasive imaging to the management of coronary artery disease...
April 25, 2017: American Journal of Cardiovascular Drugs: Drugs, Devices, and Other Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443024/low-dose-of-bergamot-derived-polyphenolic-fraction-bpf-did-not-improve-metabolic-parameters-in-second-generation-antipsychotics-treated-patients-results-from-a-60-days-open-label-study
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Antonio Bruno, Gianluca Pandolfo, Manuela Crucitti, Massimo Cacciola, Vincenza Santoro, Edoardo Spina, Rocco A Zoccali, Maria R A Muscatello
Objectives: The nutraceutical approach to the management of metabolic syndrome (MetS) might be a promising strategy in the prevention of cardio-metabolic risk. Low-dose bergamot-derived polyphenolic fraction (BPF) has been proven effective in patients with MetS, as demonstrated by a concomitant improvement in lipemic and glycemic profiles. The present study was aimed to further explore, in a sample of subjects receiving second generation antipsychotics (SGAs), the effects on body weight and metabolic parameters of a low dose of BPF (500 mg/day) administered for 60 days...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442467/recognition-and-assessment-of-atypical-and-ambiguous-genitalia-in-the-newborn
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REVIEW
Justin H Davies, Timothy Cheetham
The baby with atypical or ambiguous genitalia is usually born in secondary care. For most clinicians, this is an unfamiliar and challenging scenario with the potential for life-long ramifications arising from a consultation led by an unprepared clinician. Language needs to be used carefully with particular clarity when liaising with parents, local health professionals and the specialist multidisciplinary team. Confidence in the recognition and assessment of atypical or ambiguous genitalia in a newborn will guide the local clinician when deciding on the initial investigations required and is a foundation for subsequent management...
April 25, 2017: Archives of Disease in Childhood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429973/the-role-of-paediatric-nurses-in-medication-safety-prior-to-the-implementation-of-electronic-prescribing-a-qualitative-case-study
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Albert Farre, Gemma Heath, Karen Shaw, Teresa Jordan, Carole Cummins
Objectives To explore paediatric nurses' experiences and perspectives of their role in the medication process and how this role is enacted in everyday practice. Methods A qualitative case study on a general surgical ward of a paediatric hospital in England, one year prior to the planned implementation of ePrescribing. Three focus groups and six individual semi-structured interviews were conducted, involving 24 nurses. Focus groups and interviews were audio-recorded, transcribed, anonymized and subjected to thematic analysis...
April 2017: Journal of Health Services Research & Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429241/pharmacological-approaches-to-the-management-of-secondary-progressive-multiple-sclerosis
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REVIEW
A Nandoskar, J Raffel, A S Scalfari, T Friede, R S Nicholas
It is well recognised that the majority of the impact of multiple sclerosis (MS), both personal and societal, arises in the progressive phase where disability accumulates inexorably. As such, progressive MS (PMS) has been the target of pharmacological therapies for many years. However, there are no current licensed treatments for PMS. This stands in marked contrast to relapsing remitting MS (RRMS) where trials have resulted in numerous licensed therapies. PMS has proven to be a more difficult challenge compared to RRMS and this review focuses on secondary progressive MS (SPMS), where relapses occur before the onset of gradual, irreversible disability, and not primary progressive MS where disability accumulation occurs without prior relapses...
April 20, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425650/current-strategies-for-endoscopic-management-of-acute-cholangitis
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Hiroyuki Isayama, Ichiro Yasuda, Damien Tan
BACKGROUND AND AIM: At the pancreatobiliary session of Endoscopic Forum Japan (EFJ) 2016, current strategies for the endoscopic management of acute cholangitis were discussed. The topics consisted of two major parts, namely endoscopic management of acute cholangitis caused by common bile duct stones (CBDS) and biliary stent occlusion. METHODS: Endoscopists from nine Japanese high-volume centers along with two overseas centers participated in the questionnaires and discussion...
April 2017: Digestive Endoscopy: Official Journal of the Japan Gastroenterological Endoscopy Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422907/adequacy-and-accuracy-of-non-trauma-center-computed-tomography-what-are-we-missing
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Morgan Bonds, Stephen Hersperger, Tabitha Garwe, Robert Fails, Sigrid Johannesen, Christina Kim, Ademola A Adeseye, Jason Lees, William Havron
BACKGROUND: Timely and appropriate use of computed tomography (CT) scans is critical to the evaluation of traumatic injuries. The objective of this study was to assess the adequacy of CT scans performed at non-trauma centers (NTCs) as they pertain to the management of trauma patients. METHODS: Adult patients transferred to our ACS-verified level 1 trauma center from any NTC between May and December 2012 were enrolled prospectively. Available CT images from NTCs were reviewed in a blinded fashion by our facility's trauma radiologist; his interpretations were compared with those from the NTC...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415168/an-update-on-endoscopic-management-of-post-liver-transplant-biliary-complications
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Hyun Woo Lee, Najmul Hassan Shah, Sung Koo Lee
Biliary complications are the most common post-liver transplant (LT) complications with an incidence of 15%-45%. Furthermore, such complications are reported more frequently in patients who undergo a living-donor LT (LDLT) compared to a deceased-donor LT (DDLT). Most post-LT biliary complications involve biliary strictures, bile leakage, and biliary stones, although many rarer events, such as hemobilia and foreign bodies, contribute to a long list of related conditions. Endoscopic treatment of post-LT biliary complications has evolved rapidly, with new and effective tools improving both outcomes and success rates; in fact, the latter now consistently reach up to 80%...
April 17, 2017: Clinical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413208/anti-m-induced-severe-haemolytic-disease-of-foetus-and-newborn-in-a-malay-woman-with-recurrent-pregnancy-loss
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H Mohd Nazri, M N Noor Haslina, M Y Shafini, A R Noor Shaidatul Akmal, M Rapiaah, A Wan Zaidah
Haemolytic disease of the foetus and newborn (HDFN) is caused by maternal red blood cells (RBC) alloimmunisation resulted from incompatibility of maternal and foetal RBCs. However, only a few HDFN attributed to anti-M were reported, varying from asymptomatic to severe anaemia with hydrops foetalis and even intrauterine death. A case of severe HDFN due to anti-M alloantibody from an alloimmunized grandmultiparous Malay woman with recurrent pregnancy loss is reported here. The newborn was delivered with severe and prolonged anaemia which required frequent RBC transfusions, intensive phototherapy and intravenous immunoglobulin administration...
April 2017: Malaysian Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408145/cost-effectiveness-of-silver-dressings-for-paediatric-partial-thickness-burns-an-economic-evaluation-from-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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E Gee Kee, K Stockton, R M Kimble, L Cuttle, S M McPhail
BACKGROUND: Partial thickness burns of up to 10% total body surface area (TBSA) in children are common injuries primarily treated in the outpatient setting using expensive silver-containing dressings. However, economic evaluations in the paediatric burns population are lacking to assist healthcare providers when choosing which dressing to use. The aim of this study was to conduct a cost-effectiveness analysis of three silver dressings for partial thickness burns ≤10% TBSA in children aged 0-15 years using days to full wound re-epithelialization as the health outcome...
April 10, 2017: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406878/bone-loss-in-revision-total-knee-arthroplasty-evaluation-and-management
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Neil P Sheth, Marcelo Batista Bonadio, Marco Kawamura Demange
With the increasing number of total knee arthroplasty (TKA) procedures being performed annually, the burden of revision surgery is also expected to increase. Addressing bone loss during revision TKA is a considerable challenge that requires proper preoperative evaluation and surgical planning. In addition to an assessment of femoral and tibial bone loss, a systematic approach to the management of bone loss associated with TKA includes careful implant selection, adherence to the general principles of revision TKA, and an understanding of the available reconstruction options...
May 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406118/recent-advances-in-the-management-of-renal-cell-carcinoma-a-radiation-oncology-perspective
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REVIEW
A A Abdus-Salam, A A Olabumuyi, M A Jimoh
Renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is a rare cancer in developing countries like Nigeria. However, with an increasing understanding of its epidemiology, the increasing availability of trained personnel, improvement in diagnostic facilities, and greater awareness in the populace, an increase in its incidence as was witnessed in developed nations in the last few decades could be safely predicted. This narrative review highlights the international best practices in the multidisciplinary approach to the management of RCC, its diagnosis and treatment, with emphasis on recent advances and radiation treatment...
April 2017: Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405283/anolis-lizards-as-biocontrol-agents-in-mainland-and-island-agroecosystems
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Ivan V Monagan, Jonathan R Morris, Alison R Davis Rabosky, Ivette Perfecto, John Vandermeer
Our knowledge of ecological interactions that bolster ecosystem function and productivity has broad applications to the management of agricultural systems. Studies suggest that the presence of generalist predators in agricultural landscapes leads to a decrease in the abundance of herbivorous pests, but our understanding of how these interactions vary across taxa and along gradients of management intensity and eco-geographic space remains incomplete. In this study, we assessed the functional response and biocontrol potential of a highly ubiquitous insectivore (lizards in the genus Anolis) on the world's most important coffee pest, the coffee berry borer (Hypothalemus hampei)...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405263/direct-contact-low-frequency-ultrasound-clearance-of-biofilm-from-metallic-implant-materials
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Mark S Granick, Chaitra Paribathan, Mayilvahanan Shanmugam, Narayanan Ramasubbu
Introduction: Biofilms are recognized as a significant deterrent to wound healing and to the management of exposed or infected surgical implants. Biofilms can be disrupted by a variety of enzymatic and mechanical interventions. This experiment was designed to determine whether direct-contact low-frequency ultrasound has the ability to clear biofilms and what then happens to the released bacteria. Methods:Staphylococcus epidermidis biofilm was grown on the surfaces of metallic discs composed of titanium and stainless steel, comparable with the alloys used in surgical implants...
2017: Eplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403585/the-role-of-nutraceuticals-and-phytotherapy-in-the-management-of-urinary-tract-infections-what-we-need-to-know
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Tommaso Cai, Irene Tamanini, Ekaterina Kulchavenya, Tamara Perepanova, Béla Köves, Florian M E Wagenlehner, Zafer Tandogdu, Gernot Bonkat, Riccardo Bartoletti, Truls E Bjerklund Johansen
Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) are amongst the most common infectious diseases and carry a significant impact on patient quality of life and health care costs. Despite that, there is no well-established recommendation for a "standard" prophylactic antibiotic management to prevent UTI recurrences. The majority of patients undergoes long-term antibiotic treatment that severely impairs the normal microbiota and increases the risk of development of multidrugresistant microorganisms. In this scenario, the use of phytotherapy to both alleviate symptoms related to UTI and decrease the rate of symptomatic recurrences is an attractive alternative...
March 31, 2017: Archivio Italiano di Urologia, Andrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403190/prevalence-and-genotype-distribution-of-hepatitis-delta-virus-among-chronic-hepatitis-b-carriers-in-central-vietnam
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Hung Minh Nguyen, Bui Tien Sy, Nguyen Thanh Trung, Nghiem Xuan Hoan, Heiner Wedemeyer, Thirumalaisamy P Velavan, C-Thomas Bock
Hepatitis D virus (HDV) infection plays an important role in liver diseases. However, the molecular epidemiology and impact of HDV infection in chronic hepatitis B (CHB) remain uncertain in Vietnam. This cross-sectional study aimed to investigate the prevalence and genotype distribution of HDV among HBsAg-positive patients in Central Vietnam. 250 CHB patients were tested for HDV using newly established HDV-specific RT-PCR techniques. HDV genotypes were determined by direct sequencing. Of the 250 patients 25 (10%) had detectable copies of HDV viral RNA...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397131/making-a-medical-home-for-ibd-patients
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REVIEW
Lawrence R Kosinski, Joel Brill, Miguel Regueiro
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The transformation from fee for service to fee for value requires structural changes to the way gastroenterologists manage patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). A team-based approach using technology to engage patients is necessary for success. The Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) represents a unique model that brings together these essential features. This paper describes how the PCMH model has been successfully applied to the management of patients with IBD...
May 2017: Current Gastroenterology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392223/obstetric-care-in-women-with-genetic-disorders
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REVIEW
Shilpa Chetty, Mary E Norton
The management of pregnant women who are themselves affected with genetic diseases is an increasingly relevant and important issue. Improvements in early diagnosis and management of genetic disease, as well as advances in assisted reproductive technology have impacted pregnancy rates in a cohort of women who may not have otherwise been able to conceive. A multidisciplinary approach is key to the management of pregnant women with complex health conditions, including genetic diseases. Pertinent issues should be addressed in the preconception, antepartum, intrapartum and postpartum periods to optimize maternal and fetal health...
March 18, 2017: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391267/a-clinical-and-radiological-approach-to-the-management-of-benign-mesenchymal-sinonasal-tumors
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Lukas Anschuetz, Melanie Buchwalder, Matthias Dettmer, Marco D Caversaccio, Franca Wagner
PURPOSE: Benign mesenchymal sinonasal neoplasms (BMSN) are rare and histologically heterogeneous. Differential diagnosis, appropriate management, and outcome are still a matter of debate. The aim of this study is to provide evidence for further refinement of assessment and treatment in the future. PROCEDURES: We retrospectively reviewed data on 93 patients with neuroradiologically verified BMSN treated at our university reference center during the past 22 years...
April 8, 2017: ORL; Journal for Oto-rhino-laryngology and its related Specialties
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390810/dizziness-malpractice-and-the-otolaryngologist
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Anthony M Tolisano, Sungjin A Song, Douglas S Ruhl, Philip D Littlefield
PURPOSE: To assess malpractice claims related to the management of dizziness in otolaryngology in order to improve care and minimize the risk of litigation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a retrospective review of the LexisNexis "Jury Verdicts and Settlements" database. All lawsuits and out of court adjudications related to the management of dizziness by otolaryngologists were collected. Data including patient demographics, plaintiff allegation, procedure performed, and indemnities were analyzed...
March 31, 2017: American Journal of Otolaryngology
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