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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778312/biomarker-signatures-of-sickle-cell-disease-severity
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Mengtian Du, Sarah Van Ness, Victor Gordeuk, Sayed M Nouraie, Sergei Nekhai, Mark Gladwin, Martin H Steinberg, Paola Sebastiani
Identifying sickle cell disease patients at high risk of complications could lead to personalized treatment and better prognosis but despite many advances prediction of the clinical course of these patients remains elusive. We propose a system-type approach to discover profiles of multiple, common biomarkers that correlate with morbidity and mortality in sickle cell disease. We used cluster analysis to discover 17 signatures of 17 common circulating biomarkers in 2320 participants of the Cooperative Study of Sickle Cell Disease, and evaluated the association of these signatures with risk for stroke, pain, leg ulceration, acute chest syndrome, avascular necrosis, seizure, death, and trend of fetal hemoglobin and hemolysis using longitudinally collected data...
May 16, 2018: Blood Cells, Molecules & Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777610/phenolic-rich-extracts-of-eurycoma-longifolia-and-cylicodiscus-gabunensis-inhibit-enzymes-responsible-for-the-development-of-erectile-dysfunction-and-are-antioxidants
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Ganiyu Oboh, Adeniyi A Adebayo, Ayokunle O Ademosun
BACKGROUND: Herbs have been used from ages to manage male sexual dysfunction. Hence, this study sought to investigate the effects of Eurycoma longifolia (EL) and Cylicodiscus gabunensis (CG) stem bark extracts on some enzymes implicated in erectile dysfunction in vitro. METHODS: The extracts were prepared, and their effects on phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE-5), arginase, and angiotensin-1-converting enzyme (ACE) as well as pro-oxidant-induced lipid peroxidation were assessed...
May 19, 2018: Journal of Basic and Clinical Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777463/considerations-that-will-determine-if-competency-based-assessment-is-a-sustainable-innovation
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W Dale Dauphinee, John R Boulet, John J Norcini
Educational assessment for the health professions has seen a major attempt to introduce competency based frameworks. As high level policy developments, the changes were intended to improve outcomes by supporting learning and skills development. However, we argue that previous experiences with major innovations in assessment offer an important road map for developing and refining assessment innovations, including careful piloting and analyses of their measurement qualities and impacts. Based on the literature, numerous assessment workshops, personal interactions with potential users, and our 40 years of experience in implementing assessment change, we lament the lack of a coordinated approach to clarify and improve measurement qualities and functionality of competency based assessment (CBA)...
May 18, 2018: Advances in Health Sciences Education: Theory and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777340/2017-update-of-the-turkish-league-against-rheumatism-tlar-evidence-based-recommendations-for-the-management-of-knee-osteoarthritis
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Tiraje Tuncer, Fatih Hasan Cay, Lale Altan, Gulcan Gurer, Cahit Kacar, Suheda Ozcakir, Sahap Atik, Figen Ayhan, Berrin Durmaz, Nurten Eskiyurt, Hakan Genc, Yesim GokceKutsal, Rezzan Gunaydin, Simin Hepguler, Sami Hizmetli, Taciser Kaya, Yesim Kurtais, Merih Saridogan, Dilsad Sindel, Serap Sutbeyaz, Omer Faruk Sendur, Hatice Ugurlu, Zeliha Unlu
In a Turkish League Against Rheumatism (TLAR) project, evidence-based recommendations for the management of knee osteoarthritis (OA) was developed for the first time in our country in 2012 (TLAR-2012). In accordance with developing medical knowledge and scientific evidence, recommendations were updated. The committee was composed of 22 physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists (4 have rheumatology subspeciality also) and an orthopaedic surgeon. Systematic literature search were applied on Pubmed, Embase, Cochrane and Turkish Medical Index for the dates between January the 1st 2012 and January the 29th of 2015...
May 17, 2018: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776630/diagnostic-molecular-microbiology-a-2018-snapshot
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Marilynn Ransom Fairfax, Martin H Bluth, Hossein Salimnia
Molecular biological techniques have evolved expeditiously and in turn have been applied to the detection of infectious disease. Maturation of these technologies and their coupling with related technological advancement in fluorescence, electronics, digitization, nanodynamics, and sensors among others have afforded clinical medicine additional tools toward expedient identification of infectious organisms at concentrations and sensitivities previously unattainable. These advancements have been adapted in select settings toward addressing clinical demands for more timely and effective patient management...
June 2018: Clinics in Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776627/introduction-molecular-medicine-in-the-common-era-applications-and-impact-of-molecular-pathology-in-health-and-disease
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Martin H Bluth
The unprecedented expansion of molecular pathology continues to affect and influence the clinical laboratory. Technological advances in high-throughput automation, cost containment, and refined methodology have improved the understanding of pathobiology through application of molecular pathology to multiple disease spaces. Incorporation of this field to emerging omics platforms, pharmacovigilance and biomarker discovery, and accessibility by lay consumers demonstrates the widespread reach of molecular pathology in the clinical marketplace...
June 2018: Clinics in Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776442/multimorbidity-can-general-practitioners-identify-the-health-conditions-most-important-to-their-patients-results-from-a-national-cross-sectional-study-in-switzerland
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Anouk Déruaz-Luyet, Alexandra A N'Goran, Jérôme Pasquier, Bernard Burnand, Patrick Bodenmann, Stefan Zechmann, Stefan Neuner-Jehle, Nicolas Senn, Daniel Widmer, Sven Streit, Andreas Zeller, Dagmar M Haller, Lilli Herzig
BACKGROUND: Faced with patients suffering from more than one chronic condition, or multimorbidity, general practitioners (GPs) must establish diagnostic and treatment priorities. Patients also set their own priorities to handle the everyday burdens associated with their multimorbidity and these may be different from the priorities established by their GP. A shared patient-GP agenda, driven by knowledge of each other's priorities, would seem central to managing patients with multimorbidity...
May 17, 2018: BMC Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775695/pulsatilla-decoction-inhibits-candida-albicans-proliferation-and-adhesion-in-a-mouse-model-of-vulvovaginal-candidiasis-via-the-dectin-1-signaling-pathway
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Lilin Yang, Haiwang Wu, Weiyu Qiu, Longyi Guo, Xin Du, Qingying Yu, Jie Gao, Songping Luo
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Pulsatilla decoction (PD) is a classical prescription in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and has been reported to have inhibitory effects on Candida albicans proliferation. STUDY AIM: To investigate the therapeutic effects of PD in the treatment of Vulvovaginal candidiasis (VVC) and elucidate the potential mechanism. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Female BALB/c mice (N=90) were randomized to six treatment groups, including the Control group, Model group, three PD groups and Fluconazole group which served as a positive control (20mg/kg weekly)...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775550/palliative-sedation-with-oral-medicines-in-an-infant-with-generalized-severe-junctional-epidermolysis-bullosa
#9
Keith P Pasichow, Meg Frizzola, Elissa G Miller
Generalized severe junctional epidermolysis bullosa is a rare mechanobullous skin disorder that is uniformly fatal. We present the case of an infant who received palliative pain management and ultimately proportionate palliative sedation. However, because of the extent of the patient's skin disease, we were unable to provide palliative medication through parenteral routes. We discuss the provision of enteral palliative sedation, including the pharmacology, and creative use of medications to achieve sufficient palliation in this difficult and unique situation...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775513/conflicting-priorities-observation-of-medicines-administration
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Johanne Alteren, Marit Hermstad, Jo White, Susan Jordan
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To identify sources of interruptions and distractions to medicine administration rounds in hospitals. BACKGROUND: Nurses are frequently interrupted during medicine administration. There is no systematic description of nurses' behaviours and interruptions during administration of medicines to patients. DESIGN: Exploratory non-participant observational study. METHODS: Three hundred and fifty-one episodes of medicines administration with 32 nurses from three hospitals in Norway were observed using paper-based observation grids between December 2013 and March 2014...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773267/update-on-research-and-clinical-translation-on-specific-clinical-areas-from-biology-to-bedside-unpacking-the-mysteries-of-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis-pathogenesis
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Jorg van Loosdregt, Femke van Wijk, Berent Prakken, Bas Vastert
In the past decades, we have gained important insights into the mechanisms of disease and therapy underlying chronic inflammation in juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). These insights have resulted in several game-changing therapeutic modalities for many patients. However, additional progress still has to be made with regard to efficacy, cost reduction, minimization of side effects, and dose-tapering and stop strategies of maintenance drugs. Moreover, to really transform the current therapeutic strategies into personalized medicine, we need validated biomarkers to translate increased insights into clinical practice...
August 2017: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772715/effects-of-sparassis-crispa-in-medical-therapeutics-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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Le Thi Nhu Ngoc, You-Kwan Oh, Young-Jong Lee, Young-Chul Lee
In this study, we investigated the therapeutic potential and medical applications of Sparassis crispa ( S. crispa ) by conducting a systematic review of the existing literature and performing a meta-analysis. The original efficacy treatment of the mushroom extract is considered primarily and searched in electronic databases. A total of 623 articles were assessed, 33 randomized controlled experiments were included after the manual screening, and some papers, review articles, or editorials that did not contain data were excluded...
May 16, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771251/-ebm-guidelines-protocols-knowledge-attitudes-and-utilization-in-the-era-of-law-on-professional-responsibility-and-safety-of-health-care
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Silvia Minozzi, Francesca Ruggiero, Matteo Capobussi, Marien González-Lorenzo, Micaela La Regina, Alessandro Squizzato, Lorenzo Moja, Francesco Orlandini
INTRODUCTION: <AbstractText Label="INTRODUCTION" NlmCategory="BACKGROUND">The knowledge of principles and methods of Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) and the use of Clinical Practice Guidelines to inform clinical decisions are recognised as key instruments to improve the quality of care. In Italy the Parliament has revised the legal system that rules the responsibilities of health professionals and health care safety, prescribing health professionals to adhere to guidelines and good practice recommendations...
May 2018: Recenti Progressi in Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770626/practice-guidelines-for-management-of-ovarian-cancer-in-korea-a-korean-society-of-gynecologic-oncology-consensus-statement
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REVIEW
Dong Hoon Suh, Suk Joon Chang, Taejong Song, Sanghoon Lee, Woo Dae Kang, Sun Joo Lee, Ju Won Roh, Won Duk Joo, Joo Hee Yoon, Dae Hoon Jeong, Hee Seung Kim, Sung Jong Lee, Yong Il Ji, Hyun Jung Kim, Jeong Won Lee, Jae Weon Kim, Duk Soo Bae
Since after 2006 when the first edition of practice guidelines for gynecologic oncologic cancer treatment was released, the Korean Society of Gynecologic Oncology (KSGO) has published the following editions on a regular basis to suggest the best possible standard care considering updated scientific evidence as well as medical environment including insurance coverage. The Guidelines Revision Committee was summoned to revise the second edition of KSGO practice guidelines, which was published in July 2010, and develop the third edition...
March 10, 2018: Journal of Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770474/improving-medication-safety-for-home-nursing-clients-a-prospective-observational-study-of-a-novel-clinical-pharmacy-service-the-visiting-pharmacist-vip-study
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C Y Lee, C Beanland, D Goeman, N Petrie, B Petrie, F Vise, J Gray, R A Elliott
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: Polypharmacy, medication errors and adverse events are common in older people receiving home nursing medication management support. Access to clinical pharmacists is limited. In Australia, few home nursing clients receive a general practitioner (GP)-initiated pharmacist-led Home Medicines Review, despite their eligibility and community nurses' (CN) efforts to facilitate this. An integrated home nursing clinical pharmacy service, in which CNs directly referred clients to a pharmacist, was therefore developed and piloted...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770299/regenerative-medicine-therapy-for-single-ventricle-congenital-heart-disease
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REVIEW
Chetan Ambastha, Gregory J Bittle, David Morales, Nathaniel Parchment, Progyaparamita Saha, Rachana Mishra, Sudhish Sharma, Alexander Vasilenko, Muthukumar Gunasekaran, Manal T Al-Suqi, Deqiang Li, Peixin Yang, Sunjay Kaushal
One of the most complex forms of congenital heart disease (CHD) involving single ventricle physiology is hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), characterized by underdevelopment of the left ventricle (LV), mitral and aortic valves, and narrowing of the ascending aorta. The underdeveloped LV is incapable of providing long-term systemic flow, and if left untreated, the condition is fatal. Current treatment for this condition consists of three consecutive staged palliative operations: the first is conducted within the first few weeks of birth, the second between 4 to 6 months, and the third and final surgery within the first 4 years...
April 2018: Translational Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770227/severe-oesophageal-constriction-due-to-an-aberrant-right-subclavian-artery-with-kommerell-s-diverticulum-in-a-cat
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Ryohei Suzuki, Yohei Mochizuki, Hiroki Yoshimatsu, Ayaka Niina, Takahiro Teshima, Hirotaka Matsumoto, Hidekazu Koyama
Case summary: A 6-month-old female cat with a history of chronic regurgitation presented with weight loss. CT angiography (CTA) showed severe constriction of the oesophagus due to an aberrant right subclavian artery and Kommerell's diverticulum. The cat was surgically treated and remained clinically normal. More than 1 year after surgery, the general condition of the cat was stable and body weight had increased. Relevance and novel information: This case report describes the clinical findings and surgical management of a cat diagnosed with severe oesophageal constriction caused by an aberrant right subclavian artery with Kommerell's diverticulum (markedly dilated origin of the aberrant right subclavian artery), which are rare vascular anomalies in veterinary medicine and specifically in cats...
January 2018: JFMS Open Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770054/new-vaccine-administration-practice-recommendations-from-the-canadian-immunization-guide
#18
C Jensen, D Moore, C Mah, O Baclic, S Marchant-Short
Background: The Canadian Immunization Guide (CIG) is published online by the Public Health Agency of Canada and summarizes guidance on vaccines for human use into a single resource. Chapters are reviewed and updated on a regular basis. Vaccine administration is a critical part of any immunization program. Recently, the CIG chapter on vaccine administration practices was updated. Objective: To provide highlights of recent changes to the Vaccine Administration Practices chapter of the CIG...
November 2, 2017: Canada Communicable Disease Report, Relevé des Maladies Transmissibles Au Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770051/agriculture-and-agri-food-canada-s-research-program-on-antimicrobial-resistance
#19
E Topp
A key strategy for attenuating the development of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is ensuring judicious use of antimicrobials in human and veterinary medicine and in agriculture. Research on AMR in agriculture includes risk assessment, risk management, and identifying the role of agricultural practices in development of AMR. Risk assessment includes an impact assessment of antimicrobial use in livestock and on the environment; for example, many antimicrobials are excreted unchanged and thus reach the environment through manure application...
November 2, 2017: Canada Communicable Disease Report, Relevé des Maladies Transmissibles Au Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768945/pharmacist-impact-on-treatment-intensification-and-hemoglobin-a-1c-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-at-an-academic-health-center
#20
Kevin Cowart, Karen Sando
BACKGROUND: Achievement of treatment goals for patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is suboptimal. This is in part driven by a lack of treatment intensification when warranted, termed "clinical inertia." OBJECTIVES: To investigate time to treatment intensification and changes in A1C among pharmacist-physician managed (PPM) patients compared to usual medical care (UMC) in patients with T2DM. METHODS: Retrospective matched cohort study at 2 academic family medicine clinics...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Pharmacy Practice
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