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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914135/is-%C3%AE-lactam-plus-macrolide-more-effective-than-%C3%AE-lactam-plus-fluoroquinolone-among-patients-with-severe-community-acquired-pneumonia-a-systemic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Jong Hoo Lee, Hyun Jung Kim, Yee Hyung Kim
Adding either macrolide or fluoroquinolone (FQ) to β-lactam has been recommended for patients with severe community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). However, due to the limited evidence available, there is a question as to the superiority of the two combination therapies. The MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane Central Register, Scopus, and Web of Science databases were searched for systematic review and meta-analysis. A total of eight trials were analyzed. The total number of patients in the β-lactam plus macrolide (BL-M) and β-lactam plus fluoroquinolone (BL-F) groups was 2,273 and 1,600, respectively...
January 2017: Journal of Korean Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914110/physical-exercise-for-the-treatment-of-non-ulcerated-chronic-venous-insufficiency
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Diego N Araujo, Cibele Td Ribeiro, Alvaro Cc Maciel, Selma S Bruno, Guilherme Af Fregonezi, Fernando Al Dias
BACKGROUND: Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) is a common disease that causes discomfort and impairs the quality of life of affected persons. Treatments such as physical exercise that aim to increase the movement of the ankle joint and strengthen the muscle pump in the calf of the leg may be useful to reduce the symptoms of CVI. OBJECTIVES: To assess and summarise the existing clinical evidence on the efficacy and safety of physical exercise programmes for the treatment of individuals with non-ulcerated CVI...
December 3, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909789/factors-influencing-aversive-learning-in-the-oriental-fruit-fly-bactrocera-dorsalis
#3
J L Liu, H L Chen, X Y Chen, R K Cui, A Guerrero, X N Zeng
Parameters such as the intensity of conditioned and unconditioned stimuli, the inter-trial interval, and starvation time can influence learning. In this study, the parameters that govern aversive learning in the oriental fruit fly, Bactrocera dorsalis, a serious pest of fruits and vegetables, were examined. Male flies were trained to associate the attractive odorant methyl eugenol, a male lure, with a food punishment, sodium chloride solution, and the conditioned suppression of the proboscis-extension response was investigated...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Comparative Physiology. A, Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909231/influence-of-dietary-nitrate-supplementation-on-physiological-and-muscle-metabolic-adaptations-to-sprint-interval-training
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Christopher Thompson, Lee J Wylie, Jamie R Blackwell, Jonathan Fulford, Matthew I Black, James Kelly, Sinead T J McDonagh, James Carter, Stephen J Bailey, Anni Vanhatalo, Andrew M Jones
We hypothesized that 4 weeks of dietary nitrate supplementation would enhance exercise performance and muscle metabolic adaptations to sprint interval training (SIT). Thirty six recreationally-active subjects, matched on key variables at baseline, completed a series of exercise tests before and following a 4 week period in which they were allocated to one of the following groups: 1) SIT and NO3(-)-depleted beetroot juice as a placebo (SIT+PL); 2) SIT and NO3(-)-rich beetroot juice (~13mmol NO3(-)/day; SIT+BR); or 3) no training and NO3(-)-rich beetroot juice (NT+BR)...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908190/accuracy-reproducibility-and-uncertainty-analysis-of-thyroid-probe-based-activity-measurements-for-determination-of-dose-calibrator-settings
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Pedro L Esquinas, Jesse Tanguay, Marjorie Gonzalez, Milan Vuckovic, Cristina Rodríguez-Rodríguez, Urs O Häfeli, Anna Celler
PURPOSE: In the nuclear medicine department, the activity of radiopharmaceuticals is measured using dose calibrators (DCs) prior to patient injection. The DC consists of an ionization chamber that measures current generated by ionizing radiation (emitted from the radiotracer). In order to obtain an activity reading, the current is converted into units of activity by applying an appropriate calibration factor (also referred to as DC dial setting). Accurate determination of DC dial settings is crucial to ensure that patients receive the appropriate dose in diagnostic scans or radionuclide therapies...
December 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906982/using-community-level-prevalence-of-loa-loa-infection-to-predict-the-proportion-of-highly-infected-individuals-statistical-modelling-to-support-lymphatic-filariasis-and-onchocerciasis-elimination-programs
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Daniela K Schlüter, Martial L Ndeffo-Mbah, Innocent Takougang, Tony Ukety, Samuel Wanji, Alison P Galvani, Peter J Diggle
Lymphatic Filariasis and Onchocerciasis (river blindness) constitute pressing public health issues in tropical regions. Global elimination programs, involving mass drug administration (MDA), have been launched by the World Health Organisation. Although the drugs used are generally well tolerated, individuals who are highly co-infected with Loa loa are at risk of experiencing serious adverse events. Highly infected individuals are more likely to be found in communities with high prevalence. An understanding of the relationship between individual infection and population-level prevalence can therefore inform decisions on whether MDA can be safely administered in an endemic community...
December 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906871/performance-of-icd-based-injury-severity-measures-used-to-predict-in-hospital-mortality-and-intensive-care-admission-among-traumatic-brain-injured-patients
#7
Mathieu Gagné, Lynne Moore, Marie-Josée Sirois, Marc Simard, Claudia Beaudoin, Brice Lionel Batomen Kuimi
BACKGROUND: The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) is the main classification system used for population-based traumatic brain injury (TBI) surveillance activities but does not contain direct information on injury severity. ICD-based injury severity measures can be empirically derived or mapped to the Abbreviated Injury Scale, but no single approach has been formally recommended for TBI. OBJECTIVE: To compare the accuracy of different ICD-based injury severity measures for predicting in-hospital mortality and intensive care unit (ICU) admission in TBI patients...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906610/infectious-complications-after-cytoreductive-surgery-and-hyperthermic-intra-peritoneal-chemotherapy
#8
Naciye Cigdem Arslan, Selman Sokmen, Vildan Avkan-Oguz, Funda Obuz, Aras Emre Canda, Cem Terzi, Mehmet Fuzun
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to review the post-operative and infectious complications and determine the risk factors associated with infections in cytoreductive surgery (CRS) and hyperthermic intra-peritoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Between October 2007 and December 2013, patients who underwent CRS and HIPEC with a curative intent were included in the study. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Nosocomial Infections Surveillance System definitions were used to identify post-operative nosocomial infections...
December 1, 2016: Surgical Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906554/sleep-quality-and-high-intensity-interval-training-at-two-different-times-of-day-a-crossover-study-on-the-influence-of-the-chronotype-in-male-collegiate-soccer-players
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Jacopo A Vitale, Matteo Bonato, Letizia Galasso, Antonio La Torre, Giampiero Merati, Angela Montaruli, Eliana Roveda, Franca Carandente
The influence of the chronotype on the sleep quality in male collegiate soccer players in response to acute high intensity interval training (HIIT) performed at two different times of day was evaluated. The sleep quality was poorer in the morning-type than in the evening-type players after the evening HIIT session, whereas no significant changes in the sleep quality of the two chronotypes after the morning HIIT session was observed. The results suggest that an athlete's chronotype should be taken into account when scheduling training sessions and to promote faster recovery processes...
December 1, 2016: Chronobiology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902388/the-exploration-of-risk-factors-of-concurrent-bacteremia-among-critically-ill-patients-with-severe-dengue
#10
Chin-Ming Chen, Khee-Siang Chan, Kuo-Chen Cheng, Willy Chou, Hui-Chun Chao, Chiu-Yin Yeh, Wen-Liang Yu
We investigated the clinical features of intensive care unit (ICU) patients with a concomitant severe dengue infection and bacteremia to identify risk factors for this comorbidity. The records of all ICU dengue patients admitted during a July 31-November 31, 2015 were reviewed. Patients with "concurrent bacteremia" (positive bacterial blood culture within 72 hours of ICU admission) were identified. ICU admission was required for 142 patients; 22 (15.5%) had concurrent bacteremia. Streptococcus spp. was the most common pathogen, then Escherichia coli, and then Staphylococcus spp...
November 7, 2016: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900177/high-intensity-interval-training-to-improve-fitness-in-children-with-cerebral-palsy
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Reidun Lauglo, Torstein Vik, Torarin Lamvik, Dorthe Stensvold, Ane-Kristine Finbråten, Trine Moholdt
AIM: To evaluate effects of high-intensity interval training (HIT) on aerobic exercise capacity, quality of life, and body composition in children with cerebral palsy (CP). METHODS: This was a baseline control trial. Children with CP, Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) levels I-IV, and age 10-17 years were included. The primary outcome, peak, and submaximum oxygen uptake (VO2peak, VO2submax) were measured at enrolment to the study (T0), after a pretraining period (T1), and after HIT (T2)...
2016: BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900150/sex-differences-in-the-effects-of-12%C3%A2-weeks-sprint-interval-training-on-body-fat-mass-and-the-rates-of-fatty-acid-oxidation-and-vo2max-during-exercise
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Liam Bagley, Mark Slevin, Steven Bradburn, Donghui Liu, Chris Murgatroyd, George Morrissey, Michael Carroll, Mathew Piasecki, William S Gilmore, Jamie S McPhee
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to examine whether very short duration, very high intensity sprint interval training (SIT) leads to loss of body fat mass in association with improvements to VO2max and fatty acid oxidation, and to assess the extent of sex dimorphism in these physiological responses. METHODS: A total of 24 men and 17 women (mean (SEM) age: 39 (±2) years; body mass index 24.6 (0.6)) completed measurements of the maximal rate of oxygen uptake (VO2max) and fatty acid oxidation (FATmax)...
2016: BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899438/the-impact-of-exercise-only-based-rehabilitation-on-depression-and-anxiety-in-patients-after-myocardial-infarction
#13
Iwona Korzeniowska-Kubacka, Maria Bilińska, Dorota Piotrowska, Monika Stepnowska, Ryszard Piotrowicz
AIM: The aim of the study was to assess the effectiveness of exercise training on depression, anxiety, physical capacity and sympatho-vagal balance in patients after myocardial infarction and compare differences between men and women. METHODS: Thirty-two men aged 56.3±7.6 years and 30 women aged 59.2±8.1 years following myocardial infarction underwent an 8-week training programme consisting of 24 interval trainings on cycloergometer, three times a week. Before and after completing the training programme, patients underwent: depression intensity assessment with the Beck depression inventory; anxiety assessment with the state-trait anxiety inventory; a symptom-limited exercise test during which were analysed: maximal workload, duration, double product...
November 29, 2016: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899100/clinical-determinants-of-the-severity-of-middle-east-respiratory-syndrome-mers-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#14
Ryota Matsuyama, Hiroshi Nishiura, Satoshi Kutsuna, Kayoko Hayakawa, Norio Ohmagari
BACKGROUND: While the risk of severe complications of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and its determinants have been explored in previous studies, a systematic analysis of published articles with different designs and populations has yet to be conducted. The present study aimed to systematically review the risk of death associated with MERS as well as risk factors for associated complications. METHODS: PubMed and Web of Science databases were searched for clinical and epidemiological studies on confirmed cases of MERS...
November 29, 2016: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897989/periodization-of-carbohydrate-intake-short-term-effect-on-performance
#15
Laurie-Anne Marquet, Christophe Hausswirth, Odeline Molle, John A Hawley, Louise M Burke, Eve Tiollier, Jeanick Brisswalter
BACKGROUND: "Sleep-low" consists of a sequential periodization of carbohydrate (CHO) availability-low glycogen recovery after "train high" glycogen-depleting interval training, followed by an overnight-fast and light intensity training ("train low") the following day. This strategy leads to an upregulation of several exercise-responsive signaling proteins, but the chronic effect on performance has received less attention. We investigated the effects of short-term exposure to this strategy on endurance performance...
November 25, 2016: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897967/an-observational-study-of-donor-ex-vivo-lung-perfusion-in-uk-lung-transplantation-develop-uk
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Andrew Fisher, Anders Andreasson, Alexandros Chrysos, Joanne Lally, Chrysovalanto Mamasoula, Catherine Exley, Jennifer Wilkinson, Jessica Qian, Gillian Watson, Oli Lewington, Thomas Chadwick, Elaine McColl, Mark Pearce, Kay Mann, Nicola McMeekin, Luke Vale, Steven Tsui, Nizar Yonan, Andre Simon, Nandor Marczin, Jorge Mascaro, John Dark
BACKGROUND: Many patients awaiting lung transplantation die before a donor organ becomes available. Ex vivo lung perfusion (EVLP) allows initially unusable donor lungs to be assessed and reconditioned for clinical use. OBJECTIVE: The objective of the Donor Ex Vivo Lung Perfusion in UK lung transplantation study was to evaluate the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of EVLP in increasing UK lung transplant activity. DESIGN: A multicentre, unblinded, non-randomised, non-inferiority observational study to compare transplant outcomes between EVLP-assessed and standard donor lungs...
November 2016: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897671/high-intensity-interval-exercise-promotes-motor-cortex-disinhibition-and-early-motor-skill-consolidation
#17
Ellen L Stavrinos, James P Coxon
Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) inhibition shapes motor cortex output, gates synaptic plasticity in the form of long-term potentiation, and plays an important role in motor learning. Remarkably, recent studies have shown that acute cardiovascular exercise can improve motor memory, but the cortical mechanisms are not completely understood. We investigated whether an acute bout of lower-limb high-intensity interval (HIT) exercise could promote motor memory formation in humans through changes in cortical inhibition within the hand region of the primary motor cortex...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895516/a-prospective-observational-study-comparing-the-pk-pd-relationships-of-generic-meropenem-mercide-%C3%A2-to-the-innovator-brand-in-critically-ill-patients
#18
Mervyn Mer, Jacques Rene Snyman, Constance Elizabeth Jansen van Rensburg, Jacob John van Tonder, Ilze Laurens
INTRODUCTION: Clinicians' skepticism, fueled by evidence of inferiority of some multisource generic antimicrobial products, results in the underutilization of more cost-effective generics, especially in critically ill patients. The aim of this observational study was to demonstrate equivalence between the generic or comparator brand of meropenem (Mercide(®)) and the leading innovator brand (Meronem(®)) by means of an ex vivo technique whereby antimicrobial activity is used to estimate plasma concentration of the active moiety...
2016: Clinical Pharmacology: Advances and Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895344/peri-operative-determinants-of-prolonged-cicu-stay-after-coronary-artery-bypass-graft-surgery-in-elderly-at-a-private-tertiary-care-hospital-a-case-control-study
#19
Fazal Wahab Khan, Shiraz Hashmi, Syed Saeed Naeem, Benish Fatima, Hashim Hanif, Mubashir Zareen, Saulat Hasnain Fatimi
OBJECTIVE: To explore peri-operative risk factors associated with prolonged stay in cardiac intensive care unit among patients undergoing isolated coronary artery bypass grafting. Methods: This retrospective case control study was conducted at the Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, comprised medical records of patients who had undergone cardiothoracic revascularisation surgery from January 2006 to December 2013. The patients were grouped into cases and controls at a ratio of 1:2 on the basis of length of stay at cardiac intensive care unit, i...
October 2016: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894709/external-validation-in-an-intermediate-unit-of-a-respiratory-decompensation-model-trained-in-an-intensive-care-unit
#20
Holly N Blackburn, Matthew T Clark, Travis J Moss, Jeffrey S Young, J Randall Moorman, Douglas E Lake, J Forrest Calland
BACKGROUND: Preventing urgent intubation and upgrade in level of care in patients with subclinical deterioration could be of great utility in hospitalized patients. Early detection should result in decreased mortality, duration of stay, and/or resource use. The goal of this study was to externally validate a previously developed, vital sign-based, intensive care unit, respiratory instability model on a separate population, intermediate care patients. METHODS: From May 2014 to May 2016, the model calculated relative risk of adverse events every 15 minutes (n = 373,271 observations) for 2,050 patients in a surgical intermediate care unit...
November 25, 2016: Surgery
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