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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793140/effectiveness-of-a-voluntary-family-befriending-service-a-mixed-methods-evaluation-using-the-donabedian-model
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S V Gentry, E F J Powers, N Azim, M Maidrag
OBJECTIVES: Voluntary befriending schemes operate in many countries, promoting public health by supporting vulnerable individuals and families. Use of third sector and voluntary services to complement health and social care provision is increasingly important globally in the context of economic and demographic challenges, but the evidence base around such collaborations is limited. This article reports the results of operational evaluation research seeking to use robust routine work to generate transferable findings for use by those commissioning and providing services...
May 21, 2018: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793135/accuracy-of-magnetic-resonance-venography-in-diagnosing-cerebral-venous-sinus-thrombosis
#2
Liansheng Gao, Weilin Xu, Tao Li, Xiaobo Yu, Shenglong Cao, Hangzhe Xu, Feng Yan, Gao Chen
OBJECTIVES: The non-specific clinical manifestations and lack of effective diagnostic techniques have made cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) difficult to recognize and easy to misdiagnose. Several studies have suggested that different types of magnetic resonance venography (MRV) have advantages in diagnosing CVST. We conducted this meta-analysis to assess the accuracy of MRV in identifying CVST. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We searched the Embase, PubMed, and Chinese Biomedical (CBM) databases comprehensively to retrieve eligible articles up to Mar 31, 2018...
May 17, 2018: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793128/convolutional-neural-networks-for-seizure-prediction-using-intracranial-and-scalp-electroencephalogram
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Nhan Duy Truong, Anh Duy Nguyen, Levin Kuhlmann, Mohammad Reza Bonyadi, Jiawei Yang, Samuel Ippolito, Omid Kavehei
Seizure prediction has attracted growing attention as one of the most challenging predictive data analysis efforts to improve the life of patients with drug-resistant epilepsy and tonic seizures. Many outstanding studies have reported great results in providing sensible indirect (warning systems) or direct (interactive neural stimulation) control over refractory seizures, some of which achieved high performance. However, to achieve high sensitivity and a low false prediction rate, many of these studies relied on handcraft feature extraction and/or tailored feature extraction, which is performed for each patient independently...
May 7, 2018: Neural Networks: the Official Journal of the International Neural Network Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793102/joint-attention-in-down-syndrome-a-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Laura J Hahn, Susan J Loveall, Madison T Savoy, Allie M Neumann, Toshikazu Ikuta
BACKGROUND: Some studies have indicated that joint attention may be a relative strength in Down syndrome (DS), but other studies have not. AIM: To conduct a meta-analysis of joint attention in DS to more conclusively determine if this is a relative strength or weakness when compared to children with typical development (TD), developmental disabilities (DD), and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). METHODS AND PROCEDURES: Journal articles published before September 13, 2016, were identified by using the search terms "Down syndrome" and "joint attention" or "coordinating attention"...
May 21, 2018: Research in Developmental Disabilities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793009/evidence-on-the-measurement-properties-of-health-related-quality-of-life-instruments-is-largely-missing-in-patients-with-low-back-pain-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Alessandro Chiarotto, Caroline B Terwee, Steven J Kamper, Maarten Boers, Raymond W Ostelo
OBJECTIVE: To synthesize the measurement properties of five health-related quality of life (HRQoL) instruments [Short Form 36 (SF-36), Short Form 12 (SF-12), EuroQol 5D (EQ-5D), Nottingham Health Profile (NHP), PROMIS Global Health (PROMIS-GH-10)] in patients with low back pain (LBP). STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING: Six electronic databases (MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, PsycINFO, SportDiscus, Google Scholar) were searched (July 2017). Studies assessing any measurement property in non-specific LBP patients were included...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792979/immune-checkpoint-inhibitor-toxicity-review-for-the-palliative-care-clinician
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Eric D Hansen, Xiao Wang, Amy A Case, Igor Puzanov, Tom Smith
Immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICI) have opened an exciting chapter in the treatment of patients with advanced cancer. For the palliative care clinician, however, ICI present several new challenges, including new ways to define treatment success, as well as treatment-related toxicities which differ in nature and timing from traditional chemotherapy. In this article, we review the mechanism of action of immune checkpoint inhibitors, as well as selected published data supporting the efficacy of ICI in patients with advanced cancer...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792778/does-iron-supplementation-improve-performance-in-iron-deficient-nonanemic-athletes
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Amity Rubeor, Carmen Goojha, Jeffrey Manning, Jordan White
CONTEXT: Supplementing iron-deficient nonanemic (IDNA) athletes with iron to improve performance is a trend in endurance sports. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the benefits of iron on performance, identify a ferritin level cutoff in IDNA athletes, and determine which iron supplementation regimens are most effective. DATA SOURCES: A search of the PubMed, CINAHL, Embase, ERIC, and Cochrane databases was performed in 2014 including all articles. Citations of pertinent review articles were also searched...
May 1, 2018: Sports Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792769/the-evidence-of-early-specialist-palliative-care-on-patient-and-caregiver-outcomes
#8
Claude Chidiac
Although there are many differences regarding what palliative care is and to whom it should be delivered, its delivery and integration earlier in the disease trajectory have been advocated since 1990. More recently, there has been a heightened interest in early access to specialist palliative care through its provision earlier in the disease trajectory to improve patient and caregiver outcomes. This article explores the challenges in understanding and defining 'early' specialist palliative care. It also examines the available evidence on early specialist palliative care interventions and their association with patient and caregiver outcomes...
May 2, 2018: International Journal of Palliative Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792766/research-roundup
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John Costello
Synopses of a selection of recently published research articles of relevance to palliative care.
May 2, 2018: International Journal of Palliative Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792762/genetic-profiling-in-acute-myeloid-leukemia-a-path-to-predicting-treatment-outcome
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Giuseppe Visani, Federica Loscocco, Alessandro Isidori, Pier Paolo Piccaluga
Despite substantial progresses in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) diagnosis and treatment, at least half of patient will eventually die for the disease. In the last decades, the use of genetic and genomic approaches allowed the identification of patients with higher risk of recurrence after and/or resistance to CHT. However, though many novel drugs have been proposed and tested, only little clinical improvements have been made concerning the treatment of the so called 'high risk' patients. Areas covered: In this article, the authors, based on their own experience and the most updated literature, review the basic knowledge of AML prognostication and treatment prediction developed throughout genetic and genomic profiling, and focus on the use of gene expression profiling as a promising predictive tool...
May 24, 2018: Expert Review of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792748/portal-vein-thrombosis-imaging-the-spectrum-of-disease-with-an-emphasis-on-mri-features
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Reena C Jha, Satinderpal Singh Khera, Amit Dinesh Kalaria
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this article is to review the classic and uncommon imaging findings of portal vein thrombosis (PVT) (acute, chronic, congenital, and septic thrombus) as visualized on multiple modalities, with an emphasis on MRI findings. Additional aims are to understand the imaging of obliterative portal venopathy and its clinical significance, appreciate morphologic changes of the biliary system that may accompany PVT, and recognize changes in liver enhancement patterns seen with PVT related to the hepatic arterial buffer response...
May 24, 2018: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792746/high-resolution-ct-findings-of-obstructive-and-restrictive-phenotypes-of-chronic-lung-allograft-dysfunction-more-than-just-bronchiolitis-obliterans-syndrome
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Partha Hota, Chandra Dass, Maruti Kumaran, Scott Simpson
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this article is to review the high-resolution CT characteristics of individual obstructive and restrictive chronic lung allograft dysfunction (CLAD) phenotypes to aid in making accurate diagnoses and guiding treatment. CONCLUSION: Long-term survival and function after lung transplant are considerably worse compared with after other organ transplants. CLAD is implicated as a major limiting factor for long-term graft viability. Historically thought to be a single entity, bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome, CLAD is actually a heterogeneous group of disorders with distinct subtypes...
May 24, 2018: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792745/postoperative-mri-of-massive-rotator-cuff-tears
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Mohammad Samim, Pamela Walsh, Soterios Gyftopoulos, Robert Meislin, Luis S Beltran
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this article is to review the postoperative MRI appearances of irreparable massive rotator cuff tears (RCTs) after surgery was performed using newer techniques, including patch repair, muscle tendon transfer, superior capsular reconstruction, and subacromial balloon implantation. CONCLUSION: Newer surgical techniques are emerging for the management of massive RCTs. As radiologists become increasingly likely to encounter postoperative imaging studies of RCTs repaired using these techniques, familiarity with the normal postoperative appearances and complications associated with these techniques becomes important...
May 24, 2018: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792742/screening-mammography-findings-from-one-standard-projection-only-in-the-era-of-full-field-digital-mammography-and-digital-breast-tomosynthesis
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Ethan O Cohen, Hilda H Tso, Kanchan A Phalak, Ray C Mayo, Jessica W T Leung
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this article is to compare outcomes of findings seen on one view only from screening full-field digital mammography (FFDM) and FFDM plus digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT). MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective review was performed of 103,070 consecutive screening mammograms obtained from February 2011 through June 2014 at two community-based breast centers. Recalled findings prospectively seen on one view only were analyzed. Pearson chi-square test and Fisher exact test were performed, and 95% CIs were determined...
May 24, 2018: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792739/x-ray-phase-contrast-technology-in-breast-imaging-principles-options-and-clinical-application
#15
Seyedamir Tavakoli Taba, Timur E Gureyev, Maram Alakhras, Sarah Lewis, Darren Lockie, Patrick C Brennan
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this article is to review different x-ray phase-contrast breast imaging techniques and their potential application in clinical settings. CONCLUSION: Phase-contrast imaging depicts not only the absorption contrast but also the refraction contrast of the transmitted x-ray beam. Early data suggest that this new modality may overcome some of the diagnostic limitations associated with current clinically available mammography systems and that it has potential for improving breast cancer detection...
May 24, 2018: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792711/interfacial-emulsification-an-emerging-monodisperse-droplet-generation-method-for-microreactors-and-bioanalysis
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Shenglong Liao, Yi Tao, Wenbin Du, Yapei Wang
Generation of uniform droplets has been extensively investigated owing to its profound potentials both in scientific research and engineering applications. Although various methods have been put forward to expand this area, new innovations are still needed to improve the technical convenience and save instrumental cost. In this feature article, we highlight an Interfacial Emulsification technique that we developed in the past several years. This technique serves as a platform for preparing uniform droplets that are formed on the air-liquid interface of the continuous phase based on interfacial shearing...
May 24, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792640/-serial-cases-of-troubleshooting-of-neuviz-ct
#17
Jiansheng Zhong
The article describes the specifi c examples of fault maintenance of the Neusoft NeuViz series CT, so as toprovide some maintenance references for coleagues.
September 2017: Zhongguo Yi Liao Qi Xie za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Medical Instrumentation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792557/improving-vaccine-related-pain-distress-or-fear-in-healthy-children-and-adolescents-a-systematic-search-of-patient-focused-interventions
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Vivian Y Lee, Corinne Caillaud, Jacqueline Fong, Kate M Edwards
OBJECTIVE: The WHO recently highlighted the need for research into potential interventions that can be used to mitigate pain during mass vaccinations, in addition to interventions specific for adolescents. The current review examines the literature on potential interventions that can be used during mass vaccination settings in healthy individuals between the ages of 4 and 15 years old. METHODS: Criteria for inclusion were: 1)participants between the ages of 4-15 years, 2)interventions that were patient-focused, 3)vaccinations in healthy individuals, 4)outcome measures to include self-reported pain, fear or distress...
May 24, 2018: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792542/defining-bladder-health-in-women-and-girls-implications-for-research-clinical-practice-and-public-health-promotion
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Emily S Lukacz, Tamara G Bavendam, Amanda Berry, Cynthia S Fok, Sheila Gahagan, Patricia S Goode, Cecilia T Hardacker, Jeni Hebert-Beirne, Cora E Lewis, Jessica Lewis, Lisa Kane Low, Jerry L Lowder, Mary H Palmer, Ariana L Smith, Sonya S Brady
BACKGROUND: Bladder health in women and girls is poorly understood, in part, due to absence of a definition for clinical or research purposes. This article describes the process used by a National Institutes of Health funded transdisciplinary research team (The Prevention of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms [PLUS] Consortium) to develop a definition of bladder health. METHODS: The PLUS Consortium identified currently accepted lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) and outlined elements of storage and emptying functions of the bladder...
May 24, 2018: Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792537/recognizing-quantifying-and-managing-patient-ventilator-asynchrony-in-invasive-and-noninvasive-ventilation
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Eugenio Garofalo, Andrea Bruni, Corrado Pelaia, Luisa Liparota, Nicola Lombardo, Federico Longhini, Paolo Navalesi
Patient-ventilator asynchrony may occur with modes of partial ventilatory support. Because this problem is associated with worsened outcomes, identifying and managing asynchronies has been recognized as a relevant clinical problem during both invasive and non-invasive (NIV) mechanical ventilation. Areas covered: In this review article, we first describe the different forms of patient-ventilator asynchrony and how they are classified and quantified. Then, we show how these asynchronies can be recognized, considering the techniques used to properly detect asynchronies, by either ventilator waveform observation, or through systems based on more complexes mathematical algorithms, by means of adjunctive signals, such as the electrical activity of the diaphragm or esophageal pressure...
May 24, 2018: Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine
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