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Haiyan Gao, Mei Yang, Xiaolan Zhang
The present study aimed to investigate potential recurrence-risk biomarkers based on significant pathways for Luminal A breast cancer through gene expression profile analysis. Initially, the gene expression profiles of Luminal A breast cancer patients were downloaded from The Cancer Genome Atlas database. The differentially expressed genes (DEGs) were identified using a Limma package and the hierarchical clustering analysis was conducted for the DEGs. In addition, the functional pathways were screened using Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes pathway enrichment analyses and rank ratio calculation...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Asad Zaman Khan, Aslam Khan, Arshad Naseem
OBJECTIVE: To assess the safety of percutaneous tracheostomy when performed by physician intensivists. STUDY DESIGN: Descriptive study. PLACE AND DURATION OF STUDY: Adult Medical ICU in the Department of Critical Care Medicine, Military Hospital, Rawalpindi, Pakistan, from September 2013 to August 2016. METHODOLOGY: Departmental record for percutaneous tracheostomies, performed by physician intensivifts, was evaluated...
March 2018: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Pakistan: JCPSP
Tina Djernis Gundersen, Lone Krebs, Ellen Christine Leth Loekkegaard, Steen Christian Rasmussen, Julie Glavind, Tine Dalsgaard Clausen
OBJECTIVES: To examine the association between postpartum urinary tract infection and intended mode of delivery as well as actual mode of delivery. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: All live births in Denmark between 2004 and 2010 (n=450 856). Births were classified by intended caesarean delivery (n=45 053) or intended vaginal delivery (n=405 803), and by actual mode of delivery: spontaneous vaginal delivery, operative vaginal delivery, emergency or planned caesarean delivery in labour or prelabour...
March 14, 2018: BMJ Open
Ying-Na Qi, Ming-Sheng Tan, Yan-Lei Wang, Wei Wang, Xin-Jie Wu, Qing-Ying Hao, Ping Yi, Feng Yang, Xiang-Sheng Tang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect and mechanism of Buyanghuanwu decoction on platelet activating factor expression in spinal cord tissue of model of acute upper cervical spinal cord injury in rats. METHODS: Sixty SPF grade 3-month-old female Wistar rats were randomly divided into sham operation group, model group, methylprednisolone group and Buyanghuanwu decoction (Traditional Chinese Medicine group, TCM), with 15 rats in each group. The first day after the modeling, the methylprednisolone group were treated by injection of the tail vein for a total of 24 h, the first dose of 30 mg/kg, followed by a dose of 5...
February 25, 2018: Zhongguo Gu Shang, China Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
C Boy, T Poeppel, J Kotzerke, B J Krause, H Amthauer, R P Baum, I Buchmann, S Ezziddin, D Führer, M Gabriel, T Kuwert, H Lahner, T Lauenstein, H R Maecke, J Nagarajah, F Rösch, K Scheidhauer, M Schmidt, M A Walter, A Bockisch
The present guideline is focused on quality assurance of somatostatin receptor PET/CT (SSTR-PET/CT) in oncology patients. The document has been developed by a multidisciplinary board of specialists providing consensus of definitions, prerequisites, methodology, operating procedures, assessment, and standardized reporting. In particular, imaging procedures for the two most commonly used radioligands of human SSTR, i. e. 68Ga-DOTATOC and 68Ga-DOTATATE are presented. Overall, SSTR-PET/CT requires close interdisciplinary communication and cooperation of referring and executing medical disciplines, taking into account existing guidelines and recommendations of the European and German medical societies, including the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM), German Society for Endocrinology (DGE), German Society for Nuclear Medicine (DGN) and German Society for Radiology (DRG)...
February 2018: Nuklearmedizin. Nuclear Medicine
Eric J Cotter, Charles P Hannon, Philip Locker, Annabelle Davey, Kevin C Wang, Nikhil N Verma, Brian J Cole
Background: Patient-reported outcome (PRO) surveys have become increasingly important in both improving patient care and assessing outcomes. Purpose/Hypothesis: The purpose of this study was to evaluate which variables are associated with compliance with completing PRO surveys in patients who have undergone anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR). The authors hypothesized that older patient age and longer time since ACLR would be associated with lower completion rates of PRO surveys preoperatively and at postoperative time points...
March 2018: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
M Ballester, H Roman
Deep endometriosis with colorectal involvement is considered one of the most severe forms of the disease due to its impact on patients' quality of life and fertility but also by the difficulties encountered by the clinicians when proposing a therapeutic strategy. Although the literature is very rich, evidence based medicine remains poor explaining the great heterogeneity concerning the management of such patients. Surgery therefore remains a therapeutic option. It improves the intensity of gynecological, digestive and general symptoms and the quality of life...
March 10, 2018: Gynecologie, Obstetrique, Fertilite & Senologie
J Liu, Y Li, Y Cai, Z C Jin
Objective: To investigate the predictive value of elevated serum S100B level in patients with multiple traumas combined delirium for the clinical prognosis prior to intensive care unit (ICU) discharge. Methods: One hundred seventy-nine patients with multiple traumas diagnosed as delirium after admission over 48 hours to the Department of Critical Care Medicine, People's Hospital Affiliated to Jiangsu University from January 2013 to December 2016 were divided into two groups according to the level of serum S100B measured prior to the ICU discharge: high S100B group (≥0...
March 6, 2018: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
Feng Yang, Ming-Sheng Tan, Ping Yi, Xiang-Sheng Tang, Qing-Ying Hao, Ying-Na Qi
OBJECTIVE: To compare the clinical effect between spinal card decompression combined with traditional Chinese medicine and simple spinal card decompression for cervical spondylotic myelopathy. METHODS: From June 2012 to June 2015, 73 patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy were treated, including 42 males and 31 females, aged from 29 to 73 years old with a mean of 50.9 years old. The patients were divided into the simple operation group (34 cases) and the operation combined with traditional Chinese medicine group(39 cases) according to the idea of themselves...
January 25, 2018: Zhongguo Gu Shang, China Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
Ricardo Dos Reis, Carlos E M C Andrade, Michael Frumovitz, Mark Munsell, Pedro T Ramirez
STUDY OBJECTIVE: The goal of our study is to compare outcomes of radical hysterectomy (RH) across age groups based on surgical approach. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. CANADIAN TASK FORCE CLASSIFICATION: II-2 SETTING: Department of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. PATIENTS: We retrospectively reviewed patients with early-stage cervical cancer who underwent RH at a tertiary cancer center from 1990 to 2013...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
Pamela M White
BACKGROUND: Surrogacy is growing worldwide. Although recently some countries have sought to ban it, between 2010 and 2014 the number of babies born to gestational surrogates having in vitro fertilization treatment in California doubled, and in Canada it grew by 35%. This work seeks to fill identified knowledge gaps about the similarities and differences in the practices and outcomes of gestational surrogacy, which in California operates on a commercial basis, whereas in Canada it is illegal to pay a surrogate...
March 9, 2018: Women's Health Issues: Official Publication of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health
Lily Kpobi, Leslie Swartz
BACKGROUND: Many current debates about global mental health have increasingly called for collaboration between biomedical and traditional medical health systems. Despite these calls, not much has been written about the variables that would influence such collaboration. To a large extent, collaboration dialogues have considered biomedicine on the one hand, and a wide range of traditional and faith-based treatments on the other hand. However, this dualistic bifurcation does not reflect the plurality of healing systems in operation in many contexts, and the diverse investments that different non-biomedical healing approaches may have in their own power to heal...
2018: Global Health Action
Jay Burmeister, Adrian Nalichowski, Michael Snyder, Robert Halford, Geoff Baran, Brian Loughery, Ahmad Hammoud, Joe Rakowski, Todd Bossenberger
We describe the commissioning of the first dedicated commercial total body irradiation (TBI) unit in clinical operation. The Best Theratronics GammaBeam 500 is a Co-60 teletherapy unit with extended field size and imaging capabilities. Radiation safety, mechanical and imaging systems, and radiation output are characterized. Beam data collection, calibration, and external dosimetric validation are described. All radiation safety and mechanical tests satisfied relevant requirements and measured dose distributions meet recommendations of American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Report #17...
March 11, 2018: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
Kathryn A Taylor, David N Durrheim, Tony Merritt, Peter Massey, John Ferguson, Nick Ryan, Carolyn Hullick
Background: System factors in a regional Australian health district contributed to avoidable care deviations from invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) management guidelines. Traditional root cause analysis (RCA) is not well-suited to IMD, focusing on individual cases rather than system improvements. As IMD requires complex care across healthcare silos, it presents an opportunity to explore and address system-based patient safety issues. Context: Baseline assessment of IMD cases (2005-2006) identified inadequate triage, lack of senior clinician review, inconsistent vital sign recording and laboratory delays as common issues, resulting in antibiotic administration delays and inappropriate or premature discharge...
2018: BMJ Open Quality
Marina Roizenblatt, Thomas L Edwards, Peter L Gehlbach
Vitreoretinal microsurgery is among the most technically challenging of the minimally invasive surgical techniques. Exceptional precision is required to operate on micron scale targets presented by the retina while also maneuvering in a tightly constrained and fragile workspace. These challenges are compounded by inherent limitations of the unassisted human hand with regard to dexterity, tremor and precision in positioning instruments. The limited human ability to visually resolve targets on the single-digit micron scale is a further limitation...
2018: Robotic Surgery: Research and Reviews
Kurt Barnhart, Linda Giudice, Steve Young, Tracey Thomas, Michael P Diamond, James Segars, Wahid A Youssef, Stephen Krawetz, Nanette Santoro, Esther Eisenberg, Heping Zhang
OBJECTIVE: Endometriosis is a chronic, estrogen dependent condition that affects 5-10% of reproductive aged women and is associated with pelvic pain and infertility. As the approach to therapy shifts from surgical ablation to pharmacological control, a non-surgical mode of diagnosis would be desirable. The ENDOmarker study was designed by the NICHD Reproductive Medicine Network (RMN) to obtain well characterized and phenotyped bio specimens in a standardized fashion from women with and without endometriosis...
March 7, 2018: Contemporary Clinical Trials
Sukru Yazar, E Cigdem Karadag, Altug Altinkaya, Halil Kara, Cihan Uras
BACKGROUND: Breast reconstruction with a Becker-type expander is a common technique following mastectomy. However, inconsistency remains in the literature regarding risk factors for the survival of a Becker-type expander following immediate breast reconstruction. This study's purpose is to investigate possible risk factors for the Becker-type expander survival and to evaluate the complications related to expander removal following immediate breast reconstruction. METHODS: We performed a retrospective chart review of consecutive women who underwent a mastectomy followed by immediate breast reconstruction with a Becker-type expander from November 2010 to November 2016...
March 9, 2018: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Ryan Tewell, Lisa Edgerton, Elizabeth Kyle
PURPOSE: A program at a family medicine clinic to provide naloxone prescriptions in conjunction with education on naloxone use and opioid hazards to patients at risk for opioid overdose is described. SUMMARY: Consistent with a 2016 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guideline on opioid prescribing for chronic pain, a family medicine clinic implemented updated controlled substance agreements and medical record templates for documentation of pain management visits and established a pharmacist-led naloxone clinic...
March 15, 2018: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
John D Cramer, David H Chi, Barry M Schaitkin, David E Eibling, Jonas T Johnson
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: Fellowship is the capstone of academic training and serves as preparation for an academic career. Fellows are expected to educate medical students and residents during and long after fellowship. However, little time is typically spent teaching fellows to become effective educators. We investigate a formal curriculum addressing teaching skills among fellows in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery (OHNS). STUDY DESIGN: E-mail survey. METHODS: We developed and implemented an educational program called Teach the Teacher to build skills as educators for fellows in OHNS...
March 9, 2018: Laryngoscope
Rodrigo Postigo, Sabine Brosch, Jim Slattery, Anja van Haren, Jean-Michel Dogné, Xavier Kurz, Gianmario Candore, Francois Domergue, Peter Arlett
The analysis of safety data from spontaneous reporting systems has a proven value for the detection and analysis of the risks of medicines following their placement on the market and use in medical practice. EudraVigilance is the pharmacovigilance database to manage the collection and analysis of suspected adverse reactions to medicines authorised in the European Economic Area. EudraVigilance first operated in December 2001, with access to the database being governed by the EudraVigilance access policy. We performed a literature search including data up to December 2016 to demonstrate how the data from EudraVigilance has been used in scientific publications...
March 9, 2018: Drug Safety: An International Journal of Medical Toxicology and Drug Experience
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