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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635482/diagnosis-and-management-of-myasthenia-gravis
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Christopher Barber
Myasthenia gravis is a rare long-term neurological condition that is characterised by fluctuating skeletal muscle weakness and fatigue, as well as respiratory difficulties. It is both an acquired autoimmune disease and a chronic neuromuscular disorder. Because of its rarity, myasthenia gravis is relatively unknown and may be unfamiliar to many nurses. While there are various types of myasthenia, this article focuses on myasthenia gravis, exploring its symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, and examining the nurse's role in managing the condition...
June 21, 2017: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631241/improving-self-management-of-type-2-diabetes-in-overweight-and-inactive-patients-through-an-educational-and-motivational-intervention-addressing-diet-and-physical-activity-a-prospective-study-in-naples-south-italy
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Francesca Gallé, Valeria Di Onofrio, Assunta Cirella, Mirella Di Dio, Alessandra Miele, Tiziana Spinosa, Giorgio Liguori
INTRODUCTION: Nutrition and physical activity are key elements in the prevention and management of type 2 diabetes. A community-based, multidisciplinary educational intervention aimed to improve quality of life and disease self-management in sedentary, overweight/obese type 2 diabetic patients was implemented in Naples, South Italy. METHODS: The 9-month intervention included a motivational program, a nutrition program, and an exercise program. Satisfaction, worry, and embarrassment regarding their condition, together with disease-related behaviors and propensity towards physical activity, were evaluated through a validated questionnaire before and after the intervention; health status perception was evaluated through the short-form 12 questionnaire...
June 19, 2017: Diabetes Therapy: Research, Treatment and Education of Diabetes and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630058/psychological-morbidity-and-return-to-work-after-injury-multicentre-cohort-study
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Denise Kendrick, Paula Dhiman, Blerina Kellezi, Carol Coupland, Jessica Whitehead, Kate Beckett, Nicola Christie, Judith Sleney, Jo Barnes, Stephen Joseph, Richard Morriss
BACKGROUND: The benefits of work for physical, psychological, and financial wellbeing are well documented. Return to work (RTW) after unintentional injury is often delayed, and psychological morbidity may contribute to this delay. The impact of psychological morbidity on RTW after a wide range of unintentional injuries in the UK has not been adequately quantified. AIM: To quantify the role of psychological factors, including anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic distress, on RTW following unintentional injuries...
June 19, 2017: British Journal of General Practice: the Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627395/the-opioid-epidemic-is-an-historic-opportunity-to-improve-both-prevention-and-treatment
#4
Robert L DuPont
The current narrative describing the national opioid epidemic as the result of overprescribing opioid pain medicines fails to capture the full dimensions of problem and leads to inadequate and even confounding solutions. Overlooked is the fact that polysubstance use is nearly ubiquitous among overdose deaths, demonstrating that the opioid overdose death problem is bigger than opioids. The foundation of the nation's opioid overdose crisis - and the totality of the nation's drug epidemic - is widespread recreational pharmacology, the use of drugs for fun or "self-medication...
June 13, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626540/acute-crises-and-complications-of-sickle-cell-anemia-among-patients-attending-a-pediatric-tertiary-unit-in-kinshasa-democratic-republic-of-congo
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Michel Ntetani Aloni, Bertin Tshimanga Kadima, Pépé Mfutu Ekulu, Aléine Nzazi Budiongo, René Makuala Ngiyulu, Jean Lambert Gini-Ehungu
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the incidence of sickle cell anemia (SCA) is estimated to affect 30,000 to 40,000 neonates per year. However, there is paucity of data on acute clinical manifestations in sickle cell children. In these circumstances, it is difficult to develop a health care policy for an adequate management of sickle cell patients. This was a seven years' retrospective study of children admitted with acute sickle cell crisis in the Department of Pediatrics in University Hospital of Kinshasa, Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo...
June 1, 2017: Hematology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625281/the-petra-perinatal-emergency-team-response-assessment-scale-a-high-fidelity-simulation-validation-study
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Mrinalini Balki, David Hoppe, David Monks, Lynn Sharples, Mary Ellen Cooke, Lawrence Tsen, Rory Windrim
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to establish the validity and reliability of a new interdisciplinary teamwork assessment scale, the Perinatal Emergency Team Response Assessment (PETRA), to assess team dynamics during a simulated obstetric crisis. METHODS: This observational cohort study was conducted using high-fidelity simulation and multidisciplinary obstetric teams in order to evaluate the validity and reliability of the previously developed PETRA scale for the assessment of teamwork in the management of obstetric crises...
July 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada: JOGC, Journal D'obstétrique et Gynécologie du Canada: JOGC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620551/mitochondrial-cardiomyopathy-presenting-as-dilated-phase-of-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-diagnosed-with-histological-and-genetic-analyses
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Toshiki Kuno, Syohei Imaeda, Yohei Asakawa, Hiroshi Nakamura, Genzou Takemura, Daisuke Asahara, Akira Kanamori, Tomoyuki Kabutoya, Yohei Numasawa
We report a case with 46-year-old man diagnosed with mitochondrial cardiomyopathy in the dilated phase of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Since cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, beta-methyl-p-(123)I-iodophenyl-pentadecanoic myocardial scintigraphy, and positron emission tomography/computed tomography revealed no remarkable findings, we performed electron microscopic examination, which aided in diagnosing mitochondrial cardiomyopathy. Muscle biopsy was also compatible with mitochondrial encephalomyopathy, lactic acidosis, and stroke-like episodes and DNA analysis also concluded it...
2017: Case Reports in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619050/a-standardized-crisis-management-model-for-self-harming-and-suicidal-individuals-with-three-or-more-diagnostic-criteria-of-borderline-personality-disorder-the-brief-admission-sk%C3%A3-ne-randomized-controlled-trial-protocol-basrct
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Sophie I Liljedahl, Marjolein Helleman, Daiva Daukantaité, Åsa Westrin, Sofie Westling
BACKGROUND: Brief Admission is a crisis and risk management strategy in which self-harming and suicidal individuals with three or more diagnostic criteria of borderline personality disorder self-admit to hospital at times of increasing risk when other efforts to stay safe are failing. Standardized in the current randomized controlled trial, the intensity of Brief Admission Skåne is implemented in durations of three days, with a maximum frequency of three times a month. Brief Admission is integrated into existing treatment plans in advance of crises to prevent reliance on general psychiatric admissions for risk management, as these may be lengthy, unstructured, and of uncertain therapeutic value...
June 15, 2017: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612395/a-case-of-classical-maple-syrup-urine-disease-that-was-successfully-managed-by-living-donor-liver-transplantation
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Chika Takano, Mika Ishige, Erika Ogawa, Hiromi Usui, Reiko Kagawa, Go Tajima, Ryoji Fujiki, Toshiyuki Fukao, Koichi Mizuta, Tatsuo Fuchigami, Shori Takahashi
Classical MSUD is often fatal without appropriate medical interventions because of metabolic crisis. There are numerous reports suggesting the therapeutic potential of deceased donor liver transplantation for MSUD. However, the usefulness of LDLT for MSUD is unknown. We report a case of classical MSUD, which was successfully managed by LDLT from the patient's father at 1 year of age. Abnormal brain findings, which were cured with effective treatment, gradually disappeared after LDLT. The patient then developed normally...
June 14, 2017: Pediatric Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611446/genome-wide-analysis-of-gene-expression-and-protein-secretion-of-babesia-canis-during-virulent-infection-identifies-potential-pathogenicity-factors
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Ramon M Eichenberger, Chandra Ramakrishnan, Giancarlo Russo, Peter Deplazes, Adrian B Hehl
Infections of dogs with virulent strains of Babesia canis are characterized by rapid onset and high mortality, comparable to complicated human malaria. As in other apicomplexan parasites, most Babesia virulence factors responsible for survival and pathogenicity are secreted to the host cell surface and beyond where they remodel and biochemically modify the infected cell interacting with host proteins in a very specific manner. Here, we investigated factors secreted by B. canis during acute infections in dogs and report on in silico predictions and experimental analysis of the parasite's exportome...
June 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610648/personality-traits-and-thinking-dispositions-individual-differences-call-for-smart-messaging
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Lorilee A Medders, Sarah K Baisley
This paper reveals potentially innate psychological differences to explain differing responses to the same information that cannot be explained by personal circumstances, such as age, financial situation and physical constraints. The study examines three well-known cognitive, psychological constructs as measures of these innate differences: cognitive reflection, need for cognitive closure and psychological function preferences. The data reveal who innately: (1) makes the best decisions without full information; (2) is the most/least receptive to simple, instructive messages; and (3) is the most credible information intermediary...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Business Continuity & Emergency Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610647/health-crises-due-to-infectious-and-communicable-diseases-european-preparedness-and-response-tools-in-an-international-context
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Patrick Mahy, Jean-Marc Collard, Jean-Luc Gala, Philippe Herman, Dirk De Groof, Sophie Quoilin, Myriam Sneyers
The combination of changes in eating habits, ways of living, globalisation, extensive travelling and the migration of millions of people around the world may be contributing to increased health risks. Certainly, health crises today are proving highly complex. More and more people are travelling and may carry with them unexpected virus vectors such as mosquitoes. Preparedness is challenging and there is a need for action plans to safeguard the growing at-risk population. Health crises can potentially affect a large proportion of the population and may lead to a significant increase in mortality or to an abnormally high death rate...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Business Continuity & Emergency Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606820/analysis-of-population-structure-and-insecticide-resistance-in-mosquitoes-of-the-genus-culex-anopheles-and-aedes-from-different-environments-of-greece-with-a-history-of-mosquito-borne-disease-transmission
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Max Fotakis, Alexandra Chaskopoulou, Linda Grigoraki, Alexandros Tsiamantas, Stella Kounadi, Loukas Georgiou, John Vontas
Greece has been recently affected by several mosquito borne diseases with the West Nile Virus (WNV) outbreak in 2010 being one of the largest reported in Europe. Currently at the epicenter of an economic and refugee crisis and visited by over 16 million tourists a year the integrated management of diseases transmitted by mosquitoes is a public health and economic priority. Vector control programs rely mainly on insecticides, however data on insecticide resistance and the mosquito fauna is essential for successful applications...
June 9, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606147/the-variation-in-the-health-status-of-immigrants-and-italians-during-the-global-crisis-and-the-role-of-socioeconomic-factors
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Alessio Petrelli, Anteo Di Napoli, Alessandra Rossi, Gianfranco Costanzo, Concetta Mirisola, Lidia Gargiulo
BACKGROUND: The effects of the recent global economic and financial crisis especially affected the most vulnerable social groups. Objective of the study was to investigate variation of self-perceived health status in Italians and immigrants during the economic global crisis, focusing on demographic and socioeconomic factors. METHODS: Through a cross-sectional design we analyzed the national sample of multipurpose surveys "Health conditions and use of health services" (2005 and 2013) conducted by the Italian National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT)...
June 12, 2017: International Journal for Equity in Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604214/evaluation-of-a-drop-in-clinic-for-young-people-with-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder
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Hanah Sfar-Gandoura, Gemma Sinead Ryan, Gail Melvin
Aims To implement and evaluate a nurse-led, multi-agency drop-in clinic for young people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Method A repeated measures observational study over 12 months exploring clinic attendance and user satisfaction, crisis management and did not attend (DNA) rates, consultant time spent with patients, benefits to quality of care, and service flexibility. Results A total of 62 service users participated. A significant improvement in service user experience was observed (P=0...
June 12, 2017: Nursing Children and Young People
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598693/managing-community-acquired-pneumonia-in-the-elderly-the-next-generation-of-pharmacotherapy-on-the-horizon
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B Amalakuhan, K L Echevarria, M I Restrepo
Community acquired pneumonia (CAP) is associated with high rates of morbidity and mortality, especially among the elderly. Antibiotic treatment for CAP in the elderly is particularly challenging for many reasons, including compliance issues, immunosuppression, polypharmacy and antimicrobial resistance. There are few available antibiotics that are able to address these concerns. Areas covered: After a systematic review of the current literature, we describe seven novel antibiotics that are currently in advanced stages of development (phase 3 and beyond) and show promise for the treatment of CAP in those over the age of 65...
June 21, 2017: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598460/hypercalcemia-due-to-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma
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S Chaudhary, J P Sah
Hypercalcemia is a rare metabolic disorder associated with hyperparathyroidism, malignancy and various other causes. Although common in adult malignancies, hypercalcemia is rare in pediatrics and purports poor prognosis. Nasopharyngeal carcinoma is rare with no reported hypercalcemic presentation. We present here a case of hypercalcemia in a child of nasopharyngeal carcinoma. A 10 year girl presented with backache for 1 month, epistaxis, cough, chest-pain for 1 week alongwith anorexia and weight loss. Investigations revealed anemia and hypercalcemia (23mg/dl; normal range 9-11 mg/dl) with hyperphosphatemia, normal parathyroid levels...
January 2017: JNMA; Journal of the Nepal Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596907/implementing-mhgap-training-to-strengthen-existing-services-for-an-internally-displaced-population-in-pakistan
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A Humayun, I Haq, F R Khan, N Azad, M M Khan, I Weissbecker
BACKGROUND: In 2014, over a million people were internally displaced after the launch of a military operation in North Waziristan, a tribal region on Pakistan's side of the Durand Line. Despite security concerns and restrictions, a collaborative mental health and psychosocial support initiative was undertaken in the district of Bannu. Monthly mental health camps were conducted for a period of 6 months by a multidisciplinary mental health team. The initiative also helped to assess mental health needs and plan training for primary care staff to strengthen existing resources...
2017: Global Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594309/understanding-media-publics-and-the-antimicrobial-resistance-crisis
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Mark Davis, Andrea Whittaker, Mia Lindgren, Monika Djerf-Pierre, Lenore Manderson, Paul Flowers
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) imperils health for people across the world. This enormous challenge is being met with the rationalisation of prescription, dispensing and consumption of antimicrobials in clinical settings and in the everyday lives of members of the general population. Individuals need to be reached outside clinical settings to prepare them for the necessary changes to the pharmaceutical management of infections; efforts that depend on media and communications and, therefore, how the AMR message is mediated, received and applied...
June 8, 2017: Global Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593682/interactive-pediatric-emergency-checklists-to-the-palm-of-your-hand-how-the-pedi-crisis-app-traveled-around-the-world
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Jorge A Gálvez, Justin L Lockman, Laura E Schleelein, Allan F Simpao, Luis M Ahumada, Bryan A Wolf, Maully J Shah, Eugenie Heitmiller, Mohamed Rehman
BACKGROUND: Cognitive aids help clinicians manage critical events and have been shown to improve outcomes by providing critical information at the point of care. Critical event guidelines, such as the Society of Pediatric Anesthesia's Critical Events Checklists described in this article, can be distributed globally via interactive smartphone apps. From October 1, 2013 to January 1, 2014, we performed an observational study to determine the global distribution and utilization patterns of the Pedi Crisis cognitive aid app that the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia developed...
June 7, 2017: Paediatric Anaesthesia
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