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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351645/dosimetry-during-percutaneous-coronary-interventions-of-chronic-total-occlusions
#1
Jérémie Dabin, Joren Maeremans, Danielle Berus, Werner Schoonjans, Giulia Tamborino, Jo Dens, Peter Kayaert
Percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) of coronary chronic total occlusions (CTO) increase the risk of high radiation exposure for both the patient and the cardiologist. This study evaluated the maximum dose to the patients' skin (MSD) and the exposure of the cardiologists during CTO-PCI. Moreover, the efficiency of radioprotective drapes to reduce cardiologist exposure was assessed. Patient dose was measured during 31 procedures; dose to the cardiologist's extremities were measured during 65 procedures, among which 31 were performed with radioprotective drapes...
January 17, 2018: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351462/maximal-strength-training-induced-improvements-in-forearm-work-efficiency-are-associated-with-reduced-blood-flow
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Ole Kristian Berg, Stian Kwak Nyberg, Tobias Midtvedt Windedal, Eivind Wang
Maximal strength training (MST) improves work efficiency. However, since blood flow is greatly dictated by muscle contractions in arms during exercise, and vascular conductance is lower, it has been indicated that arms rely more upon adapting oxygen extraction than legs in response to the enhanced work efficiency. Thus, to investigate if metabolic and vascular responses are arm-specific, we utilized Doppler-ultrasound and a catheter placed in the subclavian vein to measure blood flow and a-vO2diff during steady state work in seven young males (24{plus minus}3(SD) years) following six-weeks of handgrip MST...
December 29, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350453/late-cretaceous-marine-arthropods-relied-on-terrestrial-organic-matter-as-a-food-source-geochemical-evidence-from-the-coon-creek-lagerst%C3%A3-tte-in-the-mississippi-embayment
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M B Vrazo, A F Diefendorf, B E Crowley, A D Czaja
The Upper Cretaceous Coon Creek Lagerstätte of Tennessee, USA, is known for its extremely well-preserved mollusks and decapod crustaceans. However, the depositional environment of this unit, particularly its distance to the shoreline, has long been equivocal. To better constrain the coastal proximity of the Coon Creek Formation, we carried out a multiproxy geochemical analysis of fossil decapod (crab, mud shrimp) cuticle and associated sediment from the type section. Elemental analysis and Raman spectroscopy confirmed the presence of kerogenized carbon in the crabs and mud shrimp; carbon isotope (δ13 C) analysis of bulk decapod cuticle yielded similar mean δ13 C values for both taxa (-25...
January 19, 2018: Geobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350104/the-importance-of-perfusion-index-monitoring-in-evaluating-the-efficacy-of-stellate-ganglion-blockage-treatment-in-raynaud-s-disease
#4
Ömer Fatih Şahin, Ebru Tarıkçı Kılıç, Yakup Aksoy, Ayhan Kaydu, Erhan Gökçek
Stellate ganglion blockage (SGB) is a method used for treating Raynaud's phenomenon (RP). This study primarily aimed to determine whether the perfusion index (PI) can be used an alternative to Horner's signs in evaluating the efficacy of SGB in patients diagnosed with RP. In a total of 40 patients, aged 18-65 years and diagnosed with primary RP, SGB was applied for 5 days on the same side with the 2-finger method, using 6 mL of 5% levobupivacaine at the 7th cervical vertebra level. The PI values were recorded from the distal end of the 2nd finger of the upper extremity on the side applied with the block at baseline and at 5, 15, 30, 60 and 120 min...
December 2018: Libyan Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349396/isolated-lower-extremity-vasculitis-leading-to-progressive-critical-limb-ischemia
#5
Pouria Parsa, Anthony Rios, Lisa N Anderson, John F Eidt, Dennis Gable, Brad Grimsley
Giant cell arteritis is a large- and medium-vessel vasculitis that has been described as a systemic disease process with disseminated vessel involvement. Advances in vascular imaging techniques have demonstrated that involvement of the large vessels of the upper and lower limbs may be more prevalent than was once thought, although the clinical implications of this are unknown. Isolated lower extremity claudication without systemic or classic cranial symptoms, especially as a primary manifestation of giant cell arteritis, is rare...
September 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery Cases and Innovative Techniques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349390/durability-of-the-viabahn-stent-graft-after-axillary-artery-pseudoaneurysm-exclusion
#6
Aaron Y Chen, Isaac Laniado, Peter H Lin
Pseudoaneurysm formation caused by iatrogenic arterial injury during a regional anesthetic block is a rare complication. We report a case of a 56-year-old male patient who developed an axillary artery pseudoaneurysm caused by brachial plexus block performed for an upper extremity dialysis access operation. Successful repair of this pseudoaneurysm was achieved with endovascular stent graft exclusion. The repaired axillary artery with the stent graft remained patent after 10 years of follow-up. The successful long-term patency of this treatment and a strategy to potentially avoid this complication are discussed...
June 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery Cases and Innovative Techniques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349094/upper-extremity-functional-status-of-female-youth-softball-pitchers-using-the-kerlan-jobe-orthopaedic-clinic-questionnaire
#7
Kaila A Holtz, Russell J O'Connor
Background: Softball is a popular sport with a high incidence of upper extremity injuries. The Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic (KJOC) questionnaire is a validated performance and functional assessment tool used in overhead athletes. Upper extremity pain patterns and baseline KJOC scores have not been reported for active female youth softball pitchers. Purpose/Hypothesis: The purpose of this study was to establish the prevalence of upper extremity pain and its effect in female youth softball pitchers over a competitive season...
January 2018: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348123/rash-associated-with-rivaroxaban-use
#8
Kelly M Rudd, Narmadha Panneerselvam, Anush Patel
PURPOSE: A case of a patient who developed a hypersensitivity reaction to rivaroxaban in the form of a diffuse, exanthematous rash is reported. SUMMARY: After starting rivaroxaban for treatment of cancer-associated deep vein thrombosis (DVT) with pulmonary embolism (PE), a 69-year-old Caucasian woman arrived at an oncology clinic with a diffuse, exanthematous (morbilliform) rash on her neck and torso, spreading to her upper and lower extremities. She reported that the symptoms started to develop about 48 hours after transitioning from subcutaneous enoxaparin to oral rivaroxaban...
January 18, 2018: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347863/an-intervention-to-improve-physical-function-and-caregiver-perceptions-in-family-caregivers-of-persons-with-heart-failure
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Rebecca Gary, Sandra B Dunbar, Melinda Higgins, Brittany Butts, Elizabeth Corwin, Kenneth Hepburn, Javed Butler, Andrew H Miller
OBJECTIVE: This randomized controlled trial was conducted to determine whether a 12-week home-based aerobic and resistance exercise program would improve physical function and caregiving perceptions among family caregivers (FCGs) of persons with heart failure. METHOD: Overall, 127 FCGs were randomized to one of three groups: usual care attention control (UCAC), psychoeducation only (PE), and psychoeducation plus exercise (PE + EX). Physical function measures (6-min walk test, handgrip, and upper and lower strength) and caregiving perceptions (Bakas Caregiving Outcomes Scale) were obtained at baseline and at 6 months...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Applied Gerontology: the Official Journal of the Southern Gerontological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346894/size-scaling-of-failure-strength-with-fat-tailed-disorder-in-a-fiber-bundle-model
#10
Viktória Kádár, Zsuzsa Danku, Ferenc Kun
We investigate the size scaling of the macroscopic fracture strength of heterogeneous materials when microscopic disorder is controlled by fat-tailed distributions. We consider a fiber bundle model where the strength of single fibers is described by a power law distribution over a finite range. Tuning the amount of disorder by varying the power law exponent and the upper cutoff of fibers' strength, in the limit of equal load sharing an astonishing size effect is revealed: For small system sizes the bundle strength increases with the number of fibers, and the usual decreasing size effect of heterogeneous materials is restored only beyond a characteristic size...
September 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346827/efficacy-and-complications-of-submucosal-tunneling-endoscopic-resection-for-upper-gastrointestinal-submucosal-tumors-and-exploration-for-influencing-factors
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Shunzhe Song, Xu Wang, Shen Zhang, Yanxia Li, Xiaonan Zhang, Xufang Chu
BACKGROUND:  Submucosal tunneling endoscopic resection (STER) has emerged as a feasible technique for resecting upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract submucosal tumors (SMTs) through natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery. STER reduces the risk of postoperative perforation and abdominal infections and promotes rapid wound healing. The aim of this meta-analysis was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of STER for small (≤ 3.5 cm) upper GI SMTs and explore the potential factors influencing STER's efficacy and complication rate...
January 18, 2018: Zeitschrift Für Gastroenterologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346227/refractory-pain-management-in-amyloid-associated-peripheral-neuropathy
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Nafisseh S Warner, James C Watson, Markus A Bendel, Susan M Moeschler
OBJECTIVE: Systemic amyloidosis is a disease that often involves multiple organ systems, including the peripheral nervous system. Patients may present with severe, refractory neuropathic pain; however, the optimal treatment approach for pain for these patients remains unclear. CASE REPORT: A man with severe, refractory neuropathic pain in his bilateral upper and lower extremities and the trunk secondary to amyloid neuropathy is presented. Multiple medication trials, including neuropathic and opioid agents, produced considerable adverse effects and minimal relief...
January 17, 2018: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345167/dietary-supplements-for-health-adaptation-and-recovery-in-athletes
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Eric S Rawson, Mary P Miles, D Enette Larson-Meyer
Some dietary supplements are recommended to athletes based on data that supports improved exercise performance. Other dietary supplements are not ergogenic per se, but may improve health, adaptation to exercise, or recovery from injury, and so could help athletes to train and/or compete more effectively. In this review, we describe several dietary supplements that may improve health, exercise adaptation, or recovery. Creatine monohydrate may improve: recovery from and adaptation to intense training, recovery from periods of injury with extreme inactivity, cognitive processing, and reduce severity of or enhance recovery from mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI)...
January 18, 2018: International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343900/direct-electrical-injury-to-brachial-plexus
#14
Maksud Mubarak Devale, Gaurav Jatin Kadakia, Vicky Ghewarchand Jain, Rohit Prakash Munot
Electrical current can cause neurological damage directly or by conversion to thermal energy. However, electrical injury causing isolated brachial plexus injury without cutaneous burns is extremely rare. We present a case of a 17-year-old boy who sustained accidental electrical injury to left upper extremity with no associated entry or exit wounds. Complete motor and sensory loss in upper limb were noted immediately after injury. Subsequently, the patient showed partial recovery in muscles around the shoulder and in ulnar nerve distribution at 6 months...
May 2017: Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery: Official Publication of the Association of Plastic Surgeons of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341840/surgical-site-infections-after-open-reduction-internal-fixation-for-trauma-in-low-and-middle-human-development-index-countries-a-systematic-review
#15
Thomas J McQuillan, Lawrence Z Cai, Ian Corcoran-Schwartz, Thomas G Weiser, Joseph D Forrester
BACKGROUND: Musculoskeletal trauma represents a large source of morbidity in low and middle human development index countries (LMHDICs). Open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) of traumatic long bone fractures definitively manages these injuries and restores function when conducted safely and effectively. Surgical site infections (SSIs) are a common complication of operative fracture fixation, although the risks of infection are ill-defined in LMHDIC. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This study reviewed systematically all studies describing SSI after ORIF in LMDHICs...
January 17, 2018: Surgical Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340258/atypical-initial-presentation-of-painful-muscle-cramps-in-a-patient-with-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-a-case-report-and-brief-review-of-the-literature
#16
Aaron R Kuzel, Muhammad Uzair Lodhi, Intekhab Askari Syed, Mustafa Rahim
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized clinically by progressive muscle weakness that can occur proximally or distally in either the upper or lower extremities. It includes both upper motor neuron signs (spasticity, hyperreflexia, clonus, and Babinski sign) and lower motor neuron signs (atrophy, weakness, and muscle fasciculation). Initial presentation of progressively painful muscle cramps should lead the physician to screen for other signs of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis...
November 10, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339985/butterfly-sprint-swimming-technique-analysis-of-somatic-and-spatial-temporal-coordination-variables
#17
Marek Strzała, Arkadiusz Stanula, Piotr Krężałek, Andrzej Ostrowski, Marcin Kaca, Grzegorz Głąb
The aim of this study was to investigate somatic properties and force production of leg extensor muscles measured in the countermovement jump test (CMJ), as well as to analyse kinematic variables of sprint surface butterfly swimming. Thirty-four male competitive swimmers were recruited with an average age of 19.3 ± 1.83 years. Their average body height (BH) was 183.7 ± 5.93 cm, body fat content 10.8 ± 2.64% and body mass (BM) 78.3 ± 5.0 kg. Length measurements of particular body segments were taken and a counter movement jump (CMJ) as well as an all-out 50 m butterfly speed test were completed...
December 2017: Journal of Human Kinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339850/giant-cell-tumour-of-tendon-sheath-and-synovial-membrane-a-review-of-26-cases
#18
Kumar Shashi Kant, Ajoy Kumar Manav, Rakesh Kumar, Abhinav, Vishvendra Kumar Sinha, Akshat Sharma
Aim: Aim of our study is to highlight the incidence and benign nature of Giant cell tumour of tendon sheath and need for complete removal, thus minimizing the chances of recurrence. Material and methods: A total of 26 cases of Giant cell tumour of tendon sheath operated in the department of Orthopaedics, Patna Medical College & Hospital, Patna from 2003 to 2010 were included in this study. The surgery was performed after clinical evaluation of the lesion and Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology (FNAC)...
November 2017: Journal of Clinical Orthopaedics and Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337126/rigid-plate-fixation-vs-wire-cerclage-patient-reported-and-economic-outcomes-from-a-randomized-trial
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Keith B Allen, Vinod H Thourani, Yoshifumi Naka, Kendra J Grubb, John Grehan, Nirav Patel, T Sloane Guy, Kevin Landolfo, Marc Gerdisch, Mark Bonnell, David J Cohen
BACKGROUND: In a multicenter randomized trial, sternal closure following cardiac surgery using rigid plate fixation (RPF) compared with wire cerclage (WC) resulted in improved sternal healing, reduced sternal complications and was cost neutral at 6 months. Additional secondary endpoints are presented from this trial. METHODS: Twelve US centers randomized 236 patients to RPF (n=116) or WC (n=120). Patient reported outcomes measures (PROMs) including pain, function, and quality-of-life (QOL) scores were assessed through 6-months and correlated to computed tomographic derived sternal healing scores using logistic regression...
January 11, 2018: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336398/concomitant-neurogenic-and-vascular-thoracic-outlet-syndrome-due-to-multiple-exostoses
#20
Hosseinali Abdolrazaghi, Azade Riyahi, Morteza Taghavi, Pezhman Farshidmehr, Abolfazl Mohammadbeigi
We report a rare case of multiple hereditary exostosis where patient presented with bilateral base of neck exostoses with concurrent compression of brachial plexus and subclavian artery and vein. The patient was a young 26-year-old woman with chief complaints of pain in the left upper extremity, paresthesia in the left ring and little finger, and weakness in hand movement and grip. On referral, history, physical examination, radiological imaging, and electrodiagnostic tests evaluated the patient. Due to severe pain and disability in performing routine activities, surgical intervention was necessary...
January 2018: Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia
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