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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143414/central-pain-processing-in-drug-na%C3%A3-ve-pain-free-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease
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Alessandro Tessitore, Antonio Russo, Rosa De Micco, Michele Fratello, Giuseppina Caiazzo, Alfonso Giordano, Mario Cirillo, Gioacchino Tedeschi, Fabrizio Esposito
BACKGROUND: Despite its clinical relevance, the pathophysiology of pain in Parkinson's disease (PD) is still largely unknown, and both central and peripheral mechanisms have been invoked. OBJECTIVES: To investigate whether central pain processing is altered in "drug-naive" pain-free PD (dnPD) patients. METHODS: Using event-related functional MRI (fMRI), functional response to forearm heat stimulation (FHS) at two different intensities (41°C and 53°C) was investigated in 20 pain-free dnPD patients, compared with 18 healthy controls (HCs)...
November 15, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143268/skin-cancer-awareness-and-sun-protection-behavior-before-and-following-treatment-among-skin-cancer-treated-patients
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Robabeh Abedini, Maryam Nasimi, Pedram Nourmohammad Pour, Ifa Etesami, Safa Al-Asiri, Hamid Reza Tohidinik
There is little known about illness perception in patients with skin tumors. We conducted this study to investigate Iranian patients' understanding of skin tumors, and to evaluate their sun-protective behavior changes after treatment of skin cancer. Patients with a skin biopsy of basal cell carcinoma were asked to complete questionnaires. A total of 110 patients were enrolled in the study. Patients were mostly referred to our tumor clinic from rural areas. At the skin cancer perception investigation, 63% of patients did not consider their disease as a long-lasting situation...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Cancer Education: the Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143216/self-perception-and-determinants-of-color-vision-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Alexander U Brandt, Hanna G Zimmermann, Timm Oberwahrenbrock, Justine Isensee, Thomas Müller, Friedemann Paul
Visual dysfunction is common in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). The objective of this study was to investigate the perceived impact of visual dysfunction and especially color vision loss on PD patients, and to identify retinal and disease factors associated with color vision. Thirty PD patients and thirty-four healthy controls were included. Participants performed the Farnsworth-Munsell Hue-100 test (FMT). Patients answered the National Eye Institute Visual Function Questionnaire (NEI-VFQ), Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS) assessment, and underwent optical coherence tomography with measurement of retinal nerve fiber layer, ganglion cell layer + inner plexiform layer (GCIPL), and outer nuclear and photoreceptor layer...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143126/-spinal-orthoses-in-the-treatment-of-vertebral-fractures-with-osteoporosis-a-systematic-review-article
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M Pfeifer, M Gehlen, C Hinz
This literature search concerning the potential role of spinal orthoses for rehabilitation and treatment of atraumatic vertebral fractures between Th4 and L5 with osteoporosis and without any evidence for a secondary cause, provided no evidence for the benefits of traditional rigid thoracolumbar corsets, which only had a poor compliance. In addition, there are indications that these rigid corsets may even worsen the disease condition especially in the long-term. Wearing these corsets can result in further loss of muscle mass and strength followed by loss of bone and bone mass...
November 15, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Rheumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142981/commercial-kidney-transplantation-attitude-knowledge-perception-and-experience-of-recipients
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Fatma Al Rahbi, Issa Al Salmi
Introduction: Kidney transplantation is the gold standard for patients with end-stage kidney disease. In view of shortages of available organs, long wait times for possible transplantation, and strict regulation, many patients opt for commercial transplantation. This study elicits the reasons and motivations for patients with end-stage kidney disease to elect for commercial transplant. Methods: A questionnaire-based evaluation was conducted during the period from July 2015 until late December 2015...
July 2017: KI Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142479/medication-beliefs-predict-medication-adherence-in-ambulatory-patients-with-decompensated-cirrhosis
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Kelly L Hayward, Patricia C Valery, Jennifer H Martin, Antara Karmakar, Preya J Patel, Leigh U Horsfall, Caroline J Tallis, Katherine A Stuart, Penny L Wright, David D Smith, Katharine M Irvine, Elizabeth E Powell, W Neil Cottrell
AIM: To investigate the impact of medication beliefs, illness perceptions and quality of life on medication adherence in people with decompensated cirrhosis. METHODS: One hundred adults with decompensated cirrhosis completed a structured questionnaire when they attended for routine outpatient hepatology review. Measures of self-reported medication adherence (Morisky Medication Adherence Scale), beliefs surrounding medications (Beliefs about Medicines Questionnaire), perceptions of illness and medicines (Brief Illness Perception Questionnaire), and quality of life (Chronic Liver Disease Questionnaire) were examined...
October 28, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141809/treatment-satisfaction-across-injectable-infusion-and-oral-disease-modifying-therapies-for-multiple-sclerosis
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Tessa Eagle, Fiona Stuart, Alicia S Chua, Allison LaRussa, Kaitlynne Leclaire, Sandra L Cook, Tanuja Chitnis, Howard L Weiner, Bonnie I Glanz, Brian C Healy
BACKGROUND: The recent approval of oral disease-modifying therapies (DMTs) for multiple sclerosis (MS) has provided patients with a new route of therapy administration. Little research has compared patients' experiences with and perceptions of injectable, infusion and oral MS therapies. METHODS: Three hundred fifty-seven treated MS patients enrolled in the CLIMB study completed the Treatment Satisfaction Questionnaire for Medication (TSQM). The TSQM provides information regarding perceived effectiveness, side effects, convenience and overall satisfaction...
November 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140116/a-randomized-study-of-patient-risk-perception-for-incidental-renal-findings-on-diagnostic-imaging-tests
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Stella K Kang, Laura D Scherer, Alec J Megibow, Leslie J Higuita, Nathanael Kim, R Scott Braithwaite, Angela Fagerlin
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study is to assess differences in patient distress, risk perception, and treatment preferences for incidental renal findings with descriptive versus combined descriptive and numeric graphical risk information. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A randomized survey study was conducted for adult patients about to undergo outpatient imaging studies at a large urban academic institution. Two survey arms contained either descriptive or a combination of descriptive and numeric graphical risk information about three hypothetical incidental renal findings at CT: 2-cm (low risk) and 5-cm (high risk) renal tumors and a 2-cm (low risk) renal artery aneurysm...
November 15, 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136017/practices-in-security-and-confidentiality-of-hiv-aids-patients-information-a-national-survey-among-staff-at-hiv-outpatient-clinics-in-vietnam
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Nguyen Khac Hai, Saranath Lawpoolsri, Podjanee Jittamala, Phan Thi Thu Huong, Jaranit Kaewkungwal
INTRODUCTION: Breach of confidentiality or invasion of privacy from the collection and use of medical records, particularly those of patients with HIV/AIDS or other diseases sensitive to stigmatization, should be prevented by all related stakeholders in healthcare settings. The main focus of this study was to assess practices regarding security and confidentiality of HIV-related information among staff at HIV outpatient clinics (HIV-OPCs) in Vietnam. METHODS: A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted at all 312 HIV-OPCs across the country using an online survey technique...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135623/patient-ethnicity-predicts-poor-health-access-and-gaps-in-perception-of-personal-cardiovascular-risk-factors
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Yeunjung Kim, Kathryn Hogan, Gail D'Onofrio, Sharon Chekijian, Basmah Safdar
BACKGROUND: Focus of health literacy campaigns has centered around raising awareness. It is unknown whether awareness of coronary artery disease risk factors accurately reflects personalization of one's own cardiovascular risk. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was performed in consecutive patients presenting with chest pain admitted to an observation unit of a tertiary care hospital. A 32-item questionnaire in English or Spanish examined knowledge of coronary artery disease risk factors...
December 2017: Critical Pathways in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135419/the-risk-of-cancer-might-be-lower-than-we-think-alternatives-to-lifetime-risk-estimates
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Gilat L Grunau, Shay Gueron, Boris Pornov, Shai Linn
BACKGROUND: Estimates of lifetime cancer risk are commonly used in the clinical setting and in health-care evaluations. These measures are based on lifetime cancer risk estimates and may create an unrealistically frightening perception of cancer risk for an individual. We suggest using two new measures of cancer risk to complement the cancer lifetime risk measure, namely estimates of cancer risk from birth to a specific age or from a specific age to life expectancy. METHODS: We calculated risks using incidence density data from the Israel National Cancer Registry of 2013, applying a well-known formula for calculating risk, for a follow-up time...
October 16, 2017: Rambam Maimonides Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133493/an-autoethnographic-examination-of-postpartum-depression
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Tara Lynn Frankhouser, Nicole L Defenbaugh
PURPOSE: This article examines postpartum depression (PPD) using autoethnography to explore the stigmatization of depression and cultural expectations of motherhood. Because the personal experiences of living with PPD are often absent from primary care literature, this article uses first-person narrative and analysis of intensive mothering to explore the barriers to seeking PPD treatment, the need for increasing physician confidence and comfort using screening tools, and the impact PPD stigma has on patients and their health care...
November 2017: Annals of Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133284/the-association-of-health-literacy-and-electronic-health-literacy-with-self-efficacy-coping-and-caregiving-perceptions-among-carers-of-people-with-dementia-research-protocol-for-a-descriptive-correlational-study
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Areti Efthymiou, Nicos Middleton, Andreas Charalambous, Evridiki Papastavrou
BACKGROUND: In the last decade, electronic health (eHealth) literacy has attracted the attention of the scientific community, as it is associated with the self-management of patients with chronic diseases and the quality and cost of care. It is estimated that 80% of people with chronic diseases are cared for at home by a family member, friend, or relative. Informal carers are susceptible to physical and mental health problems, as well as social and financial hardships. Nevertheless, there seems to be a research gap in terms of carers' needs, skills, and available resources in the age of new technologies, with the vital role of eHealth literacy of the carers remaining unexplored...
November 13, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131706/alzheimer-s-disease-current-status-and-future-directions
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Deepshikha Bhardwaj, Connie Mitra, Chandrakala Aluganti Narasimhulu, Aladdin Riad, Mitsushita Doomra, Sampath Parthasarathy
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is an age-related neurodegenerative disorder of the brain. The presence of amyloid-beta (Aβ) plaques, neurofibrillary tangles (NFTs), loss of neurons, synapses, and altered sensory perceptions, including memory loss, delineate AD. However, the cause of AD is not clearly known. Several genetic and nongenetic factors have been implicated in the disease. Of the genes, the ɛ4 allele of apolipoprotein E is the largest known genetic risk factor of AD. This review article focuses on the various genetic and other predisposing factors that account for AD, pathophysiology of the disease, and the mechanisms by which Aβ plaques and NFTs are formed and could affect AD brain...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125331/-18-fdg-pet-ct-is-useful-in-the-follow-up-of-surgically-treated-patients-with-esophageal-adenocarcinoma
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Sonia L Betancourt-Cuellar, Diana P Palacio, Carol C Wu, Brett W Carter, Arlene M Correa, Wayne L Hofstetter, Edith M Marom
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate FDG- PET/CT's performance in the follow-up of patients with surgically treated esophageal adenocarcinoma. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The follow-up FDG-PET/CT scans of 162 consecutive patients with surgically treated esophageal adenocarcinoma were retrospectively reviewed. Histopathological and/or imaging examinations confirmed recurrent disease. The accuracy, sensitivity, specificity, and negative and positive predictive values were calculated...
November 10, 2017: British Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124398/patient-perceptions-of-glucocorticoids-in-anti-neutrophil-cytoplasmic-antibody-associated-vasculitis
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Joanna C Robson, Jill Dawson, Peter F Cronholm, Susan Ashdown, Ebony Easley, Katherine S Kellom, Don Gebhart, Georgia Lanier, Nataliya Milman, Jacqueline Peck, Raashid A Luqmani, Judy A Shea, Gunnar Tomasson, Peter A Merkel
Granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA), microscopic polyangiitis (MPA), and eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA) are multisystem diseases of small blood vessels, collectively known as the anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitides (AAV). This study explores the patient's perspective on the use of glucocorticoids, which are still a mainstay of treatment in AAV. Patients with AAV from the UK, USA, and Canada were interviewed, using purposive sampling to include a range of disease manifestations and demographics...
November 9, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123913/sex-hormone-status-in-women-with-chronic-kidney-disease-survey-of-nephrologists-and-renal-allied-health-care-providers-perceptions
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Sharanya Ramesh, Matthew T James, Jayna M Holroyd-Leduc, Stephen B Wilton, Ellen W Seely, David C Wheeler, Sofia B Ahmed
Background: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) in reproductive-age women is accompanied by menstrual and fertility disorders and premature menopause. Objective: We sought to determine nephrologists' and allied health care providers' perceptions on management of sex hormone status in women with CKD. Methods: An anonymous, Internet-based survey was sent to nephrology society members from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, and the Canadian Association of Nephrology Nurses and Technologists (February-November 2015)...
2017: Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122413/differences-between-subjective-and-objective-assessment-of-speech-deficiency-in-parkinson-disease
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Wioletta Pawlukowska, Aleksandra Szylińska, Dariusz Kotlęga, Iwona Rotter, Przemysław Nowacki
OBJECTIVES: This study aims to establish the frequency at which patients with Parkinson disease subjectively assess the intensity of their speech disorders, factors that the patients believe determine the severity of their vocal impairment, and how their subjective self-assessment of vocal impairment by means of the Voice Handicap Index compares with the objective evaluation of the performance of the articulatory organs by means of Frenchay Dysarthria Assessment. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The methods used Voice Handicap Index, Frenchay Dysarthria Assessment, and the Hoehn and Yahr scale...
November 6, 2017: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120908/patients-beliefs-about-medicine-are-associated-with-early-thiopurine-discontinuation-in-patients-with-inflammatory-bowel-diseases
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Mark M T J Broekman, Marieke J H Coenen, Geert J Wanten, Corine J van Marrewijk, Wietske Kievit, Olaf H Klungel, André L M Verbeek, Dennis R Wong, Piet M Hooymans, Henk-Jan Guchelaar, Hans Scheffer, Luc J J Derijks, Marcel L Bouvy, Dirk J de Jong
BACKGROUND: Patients' beliefs about medicine may either reflect the necessity for treatment or concerns regarding the treatment. We explored the extent to which these beliefs have an effect on thiopurine metabolite levels and premature discontinuation in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients enrolled in the 'Thiopurine response Optimization by Pharmacogenetic testing in Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinics' (TOPIC) trial were asked to complete the Beliefs about Medicine Questionnaire (BMQ) 4 weeks after thiopurine initiation...
November 8, 2017: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119008/discordant-patient-physician-assessments-of-disease-activity-and-its-persistence-adversely-impact-quality-of-life-and-work-productivity-in-us-hispanics-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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George A Karpouzas, Sera N Ramadan, Chelsie E Cost, Taylor L Draper, Elizabeth Hernandez, Vibeke Strand, Sarah R Ormseth
Objective: This study was designed to evaluate the determinants of patient and physician global assessments (PtGA and MDGA, respectively) of disease activity, their discordance and change over 2 years in Hispanics with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). We further examined the impact of discordance and its persistence on health-related quality of life (HRQOL) and work productivity on final visit. Methods: We studied 536 Hispanics with established RA from a single centre...
2017: RMD Open
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