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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818480/-infection-control-practices-while-performing-prostate-biopsies-in-france-a-ciafu-survey
#1
P Leduc, J D Doublet, F Bruyère, S Malavaud
In 2008, the French Public Health Committee admitted that associating ultrasound probe protection, and related precautions, and low-level disinfection would be equivalent to the intermediate level disinfection. In 2010, the French Urology Association (AFU) updated guidelines regarding trans-rectal prostate biopsies, namely preventive measures related to cross-transmission of infections. We report an evaluation of compliance to them, driven in 2016 by AFU's infection committee. Although not recommended, almost one third of the urologists still perform biopsies under general anesthesia, and two thirds of them ask for a urine culture before biopsies...
August 14, 2017: Progrès en Urologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814829/antibiotic-susceptibility-heteroresistance-and-updated-treatment-strategies-in-helicobacter-pylori-infection
#2
REVIEW
Maria Teresa Mascellino, Barbara Porowska, Massimiliano De Angelis, Alessandra Oliva
In this review, we discuss the problem of antibiotic resistance, heteroresistance, the utility of cultures and antibiotic susceptibility tests in Helicobacter pylori (Hp) eradication, as well as the updated treatment strategies for this infection. The prevalence of antibiotic resistance is increasing all over the world, especially for metronidazole and clarithromycin, because of their heavy use in some geographical areas. Heteroresistance (simultaneous presence of both susceptible and resistant strains in different sites of a single stomach) is another important issue, as an isolate could be mistakenly considered susceptible if a single biopsy is used for antimicrobial tests...
2017: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814262/update-on-the-evaluation-and-management-of-brief-resolved-unexplained-events-previously-apparent-life-threatening-events
#3
Eric Zwemer, Ilene Claudius, Joel Tieder
BACKGROUND: The thirty-year-old term "apparent life-threatening event" (ALTE) is difficult to apply in clinical practice and research. The American Academy of Pediatrics now defines these events as brief resolved unexplained events (BRUEs), stratifies infants based on the risk of recurrence or of a serious underlying condition, and offers evidence-based management recommendations for infants at lower-risk. OBJECTIVE: To review recent ALTE literature as it relates to BRUEs...
August 16, 2017: Reviews on Recent Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813639/exploitation-of-gene-expression-and-cancer-biomarkers-in-paving-the-path-to-era-of-personalized-medicine
#4
REVIEW
Hala Fawzy Mohamed Kamel, Hiba Saeed A Bagader Al-Amodi
Cancer therapy agents have been used extensively as cytotoxic drugs against tissue or organ of a specific type of cancer. With the better understanding of molecular mechanisms underlying carcinogenesis and cellular events during cancer progression and metastasis, it is now possible to use targeted therapy for these molecular events. Targeted therapy is able to identify cancer patients with dissimilar genetic defects at cellular level for the same cancer type and consequently requires individualized approach for treatment...
August 13, 2017: Genomics, Proteomics & Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812213/heterogeneity-in-the-beta-cell-population-a-guided-search-into-its-significance-in-pancreas-and-in-implants
#5
REVIEW
Daniel Pipeleers, Ines De Mesmaeker, Thomas Robert, Freya Van Hulle
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Intercellular differences in function have since long been noticed in the pancreatic beta-cell population. Heterogeneity in cellular glucose responsiveness is considered of physiological and pathological relevance. The present review updates evidence for the physiologic significance of beta-cell heterogeneity in the pancreas. It also briefly discusses what this role would imply for beta-cell implants in diabetes. RECENT FINDINGS: Over the past 3 years, functionally different beta cells have been related to mechanisms that may underlie their heterogeneity in the pancreas, such as the stage in their life cycle and the degree of their clustering to islets with varying vascularization...
August 15, 2017: Current Diabetes Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811355/evidence-for-updating-the-core-domain-set-of-outcome-measures-for-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis-report-from-a-special-interest-group-at-omeract-2016
#6
Esi M Morgan, Meredith P Riebschleger, Jennifer Horonjeff, Alessandro Consolaro, Jane E Munro, Susan Thornhill, Timothy Beukelman, Hermine I Brunner, Emily L Creek, Julia G Harris, Daniel B Horton, Daniel J Lovell, Melissa L Mannion, Judyann C Olson, Homaira Rahimi, Maria Chiara Gallo, Serena Calandra, Angelo Ravelli, Sarah Ringold, Susan Shenoi, Jennifer Stinson, Karine Toupin-April, Vibeke Strand, Clifton O Bingham
OBJECTIVE: The current Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) Core Set was developed in 1997 to identify the outcome measures to be used in JIA clinical trials using statistical and consensus-based techniques, but without patient involvement. The importance of patient/parent input into the research process has increasingly been recognized over the years. An Outcome Measures in Rheumatology (OMERACT) JIA Core Set Working Group was formed to determine whether the outcome domains of the current core set are relevant to those involved or whether the core set domains should be revised...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805585/understanding-and-treating-pain-syndromes-in-parkinson-s-disease
#7
Marialuisa Gandolfi, Christian Geroin, Angelo Antonini, Nicola Smania, Michele Tinazzi
Pain affects many people with Parkinson's disease (PD) and diminishes their quality of life. Different types of pain have been described, but their related pathophysiological mechanisms remain unclear. The aim of this chapter is to provide movement disorders specialists an update about the pathophysiology of pain and a practical guide for the management of pain syndromes in clinical practice. This chapter reviews current knowledge on the pathophysiological mechanisms of sensory changes and pain in PD, as well as assessment and treatment procedures to manage these symptoms...
2017: International Review of Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803161/on-line-prognosis-of-fatigue-crack-propagation-based-on-gaussian-weight-mixture-proposal-particle-filter
#8
Jian Chen, Shenfang Yuan, Lei Qiu, Hui Wang, Weibo Yang
Accurate on-line prognosis of fatigue crack propagation is of great meaning for prognostics and health management (PHM) technologies to ensure structural integrity, which is a challenging task because of uncertainties which arise from sources such as intrinsic material properties, loading, and environmental factors. The particle filter algorithm has been proved to be a powerful tool to deal with prognostic problems those are affected by uncertainties. However, most studies adopted the basic particle filter algorithm, which uses the transition probability density function as the importance density and may suffer from serious particle degeneracy problem...
July 25, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798466/minimally-invasive-direct-restorations-a-practical-guide
#9
L Mackenzie, A Banerjee
The primary objectives of minimum intervention dentistry (MID) are to prevent or arrest active disease using non-operative management techniques. However, patients commonly present with cavitated caries lesions or failed restorations that are in need of operative intervention. Although much of clinical practice is devoted to preventing and managing the effects of caries and subsequent failure of the tooth-restoration complex, the clinical survival of restorations is often poor and becomes significantly worse as they increase in size and complexity...
August 11, 2017: British Dental Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796682/a-guide-to-terminology-for-rh-immunoprophylaxis
#10
S Gerald Sandler, John T Queenan
Rh immunoprophylaxis for Rh-negative women requires an understanding of terminology used for Rh blood typing laboratory reports. The pathophysiology of Rh hemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn was elucidated by studies in rhesus monkeys. Subsequent studies revealed that the human blood group antigen responsible for Rh hemolytic disease of the newborn (D antigen) is related to, but different from, the rhesus monkey antigen. Weak expression of the D antigen on red cells, originally termed D, is currently reported by laboratories as a "serologic weak D phenotype," which can be further defined by RHD genotyping to be either an RHD weak D type or a partial D phenotype...
August 4, 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795492/treatment-of-alk-rearranged-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-a-review-of-the-landscape-and-approach-to-emerging-patterns-of-treatment-resistance-in-the-australian-context
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M Itchins, P L Chia, S A Hayes, V M Howell, A J Gill, W A Cooper, T John, P Mitchell, M Millward, S J Clarke, B Solomon, N Pavlakis
Since the identification of anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) gene rearrangements in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in 2005, the treatment of ALK-rearranged NSCLC (ALK+ NSCLC) has evolved at a rapid pace. This molecularly distinct subset of NSCLC has uniquely important biology, clinicopathologic features and mechanisms of drug resistance which impact on the choice of treatment for a patient with this disease. There are multiple ALK tyrosine kinase inhibitors now available in clinical practice with efficacy data continuing to emerge and guide the optimal treatment algorithm...
August 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792818/cortrak-tube-placement-part-2-guidance-to-avoid-misplacement-is-inadequate
#12
Stephen J Taylor, Rowan Clemente, Kaylee Allan, Sophie Brazier
Electromagnetic (EM)-guided tube placement has been successfully used to pre-empt lung misplacement, but undetected misplacements continue to occur. The authors conducted an audit to investigate whether official Cortrak or local guidance enabled differentiation of gastrointestinal (GI) from lung traces. X-ray, pH or an EM trace beyond the gastric body were used to independently confirm gastric position. The authors undertook 596 nasointestinal (NI) tube placements, of which 361 were primary GI placements and 41 lung misplacements...
August 10, 2017: British Journal of Nursing: BJN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782966/a-cross-validation-of-the-violence-risk-appraisal-guide-revised-vrag-r-within-a-correctional-sample
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Anthony J J Glover, Frances P Churcher, Andrew L Gray, Jeremy F Mills, Diane E Nicholson
The Violence Risk Appraisal Guide-Revised (VRAG-R) was developed to replace the original VRAG based on an updated and larger sample with an extended follow-up period. Using a sample of 120 adult male correctional offenders, the current study examined the interrater reliability and predictive and comparative validity of the VRAG-R to the VRAG, the Psychopathy Checklist-Revised, the Statistical Information on Recidivism-Revised, and the Two-Tiered Violence Risk Estimate over a follow-up period of up to 22 years postrelease...
August 7, 2017: Law and Human Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781147/durable-mechanical-circulatory-support-in-teenagers-and-adults-with-congenital-heart-disease-a-systematic-review
#14
Jill M Steiner, Eric V Krieger, Karen K Stout, April Stempien-Otero, Claudius Mahr, Nahush A Mokadam, Joshua L Hermsen
BACKGROUND: Heart failure is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality for adults with congenital heart disease (ACHD). Many patients are ineligible for transplantation, and those who are eligible often face long wait times with high wait-list morbidity. Durable mechanical circulatory support (MCS) may be an option for many patients. This systematic review evaluates the published literature on the use of durable MCS in teenagers and adults with congenital heart disease. METHODS: A comprehensive search of MEDLINE (PubMed), EMBASE, and the Cochrane Library was performed electronically in July 2015 and updated in March 2016, guided by the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis guidelines...
August 2, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780679/locoregional-therapies-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma-and-the-new-li-rads-treatment-response-algorithm
#15
Ania Kielar, Kathryn J Fowler, Sara Lewis, Vahid Yaghmai, Frank H Miller, Hooman Yarmohammadi, Charles Kim, Victoria Chernyak, Takeshi Yokoo, Jeffrey Meyer, Isabel Newton, Richard K Do
Radiologists play a central role in the assessment of patient response to locoregional therapies for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). The identification of viable tumor following treatment guides further management and potentially affects transplantation eligibility. Liver Imaging Reporting and Data Systems (LI-RADS) first introduced the concept of LR-treated in 2014, and a new treatment response algorithm is included in the 2017 update to assist radiologists in image interpretation of HCC after locoregional therapy...
August 5, 2017: Abdominal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777288/trauma-to-the-heart-a-review-of-presentation-diagnosis-and-treatment
#16
Adam Lee Goldstein, Dror Soffer
Cardiac injury remains a rare occurrence even to the most experienced trauma surgeon. Despite this rarity, a physician receiving trauma patients with potential injury to the heart must be prepared to lead a rapid and precise assessment, request the relevant diagnostic imaging, and guide a surgical or observation based plan. A high index of suspicion of cardiac injury is vital to avoid missed injuries and preventable fatalities. Knowledge of the differences between blunt and penetrating cardiac trauma is crucial in managing these patients...
August 3, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774374/effectiveness-and-cost-effectiveness-of-serum-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-testing-and-monitoring-in-patients-with-heart-failure-in-primary-and-secondary-care-an-evidence-synthesis-cohort-study-and-cost-effectiveness-model
#17
Maria Pufulete, Rachel Maishman, Lucy Dabner, Syed Mohiuddin, William Hollingworth, Chris A Rogers, Julian Higgins, Mark Dayer, John Macleod, Sarah Purdy, Theresa McDonagh, Angus Nightingale, Rachael Williams, Barnaby C Reeves
BACKGROUND: Heart failure (HF) affects around 500,000 people in the UK. HF medications are frequently underprescribed and B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP)-guided therapy may help to optimise treatment. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of BNP-guided therapy compared with symptom-guided therapy in HF patients. DESIGN: Systematic review, cohort study and cost-effectiveness model. SETTING: A literature review and usual care in the NHS...
August 2017: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768593/staff-nurses-as-antimicrobial-stewards-an-integrative-literature-review
#18
REVIEW
Elizabeth Monsees, Jennifer Goldman, Lori Popejoy
BACKGROUND: Guidelines on antimicrobial stewardship emphasize the importance of an interdisciplinary team, but current practice focuses primarily on defining the role of infectious disease physicians and pharmacists; the role of inpatient staff nurses as antimicrobial stewards is largely unexplored. METHODS: An updated integrative review method guided a systematic appraisal of 13 articles spanning January 2007-June 2016. Quantitative and qualitative peer-reviewed publications including staff nurses and antimicrobial knowledge or stewardship were incorporated into the analysis...
August 1, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767925/autism-spectrum-disorders-an-updated-guide-for-genetic-counseling
#19
Karina Griesi-Oliveira, Andréa Laurato Sertié
Autism spectrum disorder is a complex and genetically heterogeneous disorder, which has hampered the identification of the etiological factors in each patient and, consequently, the genetic counseling for families at risk. However, in the last decades, the remarkable advances in the knowledge of genetic aspects of autism based on genetic and molecular research, as well as the development of new molecular diagnostic tools, have substantially changed this scenario. Nowadays, it is estimated that using the currently available molecular tests, a potential underlying genetic cause can be identified in nearly 25% of cases...
April 2017: Einstein
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765407/idiopathic-inflammatory-myopathies-a-guide-to-subtypes-diagnostic-approach-and-treatment
#20
Alexander Oldroyd, James Lilleker, Hector Chinoy
The idiopathic inflammatory myopathies are a group of conditions characterised by inflammation of muscles (myositis) and other body systems. The diagnosis can be challenging because of the many potential clinical features and extra-muscular manifestations, which may be seemingly unrelated. An accurate diagnosis requires up-to-date understanding of the clinical manifestations, different clinical subtypes and appropriate interpretation of investigations, including newly described serological subtypes.This review will detail the approach to the diagnosis of an idiopathic inflammatory myopathy, based on up-to-date knowledge...
July 2017: Clinical Medicine: Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of London
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