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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227624/relationship-between-gait-variables-and-domains-of-neurologic-dysfunction-in-multiple-sclerosis-using-six-minute-walk-test
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Asma Qureshi, Maite Brandt-Pearce, Myla D Goldman, Asma Qureshi, Maite Brandt-Pearce, Myla D Goldman, Asma Qureshi, Myla D Goldman, Maite Brandt-Pearce
Most multiple sclerosis (MS) patients eventually suffer from mobility impairment, and thus it is critical that walking disability in MS be accurately assessed. The six-minute walk test (6MWT), a reliable MS measure, is traditionally used to determine the distance covered in six minutes using a standard protocol. With the availability of body sensor networks (BSNs), researchers are interested in leveraging BSN data for finding new gait assessment anchors for improved separability performance. Further, current methods for gait assessments are insufficient since assessments are absolute, performed by comparing outcomes to the statistical norms established from diverse patient data despite natural inter-patient variability...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226899/nanoporous-membrane-robustness-stability-in-small-form-factor-microfluidic-filtration-system
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Dean G Johnson, Sabrina Pan, Andrew Hayden, James L McGrath, Dean G Johnson, Sabrina Pan, Andrew Hayden, James L McGrath, Andrew Hayden, Sabrina Pan, Dean G Johnson, James L McGrath
The development of wearable hemodialysis (HD) devices that replace center-based HD holds the promise to improve both outcomes and quality-of-life for patients with end-stage-renal disease (ERD). A prerequisite for these devices is the development of highly efficient membranes that can achieve high toxin clearance in small footprints. The ultrathin nanoporous membrane material developed by our group is orders of magnitude more permeable than conventional HD membranes. We report on our progress making a prototype wearable dialysis unit...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226408/which-regional-pain-rating-best-predicts-patient-reported-improvement-in-lumbar-radiculopathy
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Mark C Bicket, Paul F Pasquina, Steven P Cohen
OBJECTIVE: To determine the best regional pain score cutoff value that corresponds with patient-reported improvement in lumbosacral radiculopathy (LSR). DESIGN: Retrospective pooled data analysis from 3 randomized, controlled, multicenter trials using similar outcome assessments. All participants were exposed to interventions (epidural injections). SETTING: Military medical centers (6 U.S.A., 1 Germany) and large tertiary care hospitals (4 urban, 1 Veterans Affairs) between 2008 and 2014...
February 22, 2017: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226403/the-effect-of-peripheral-neuromodulation-on-pain-from-the-sacroiliac-joint-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Teodor Goroszeniuk, Ashish Shetty, Rajesh Munglani, Dominic Hegarty, Arun Bhaskar
We report here a retrospective review of the longer-term results of peripheral neuromodulation in 12 patients with significant chronic sacroiliac joint pain who had previously failed multiple conservative and interventional pain therapies. To allow for the assessment of meaningful longer-term outcome, implants for all 12 patients had been in place for a minimum of 18 months to a maximum of 36 months prior to the formal review. Compared to the preimplantation baseline, the longer-term follow-up revealed a significant and sustained reduction in visual analog scale pain scores from 8...
February 22, 2017: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226332/responsible-safe-and-effective-prescription-of-opioids-for-chronic-non-cancer-pain-american-society-of-interventional-pain-physicians-asipp-guidelines
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Laxmaiah Manchikanti, Adam M Kaye, Nebojsa Nick Knezevic, Heath McAnally, Konstantin Slavin, Andrea M Trescot, Susan Blank, Vidyasagar Pampati, Salahadin Abdi, Jay S Grider, Alan D Kaye, Kavita N Manchikanti, Harold Cordner, Christopher G Gharibo, Michael E Harned, Sheri L Albers, Sairam Atluri, Steve M Aydin, Sanjay Bakshi, Robert L Barkin, Ramsin M Benyamin, Mark V Boswell, Ricardo M Buenaventura, Aaron K Calodney, David L Cedeno, Sukdeb Datta, Timothy R Deer, Bert Fellows, Vincent Galan, Vahid Grami, Hans Hansen, Standiford Helm Ii, Rafael Justiz, Dhanalakshmi Koyyalagunta, Yogesh Malla, Annu Navani, Kent H Nouri, Ramarao Pasupuleti, Nalini Sehgal, Sanford M Silverman, Thomas T Simopoulos, Vijay Singh, Daneshvari R Solanki, Peter S Staats, Ricardo Vallejo, Bradley W Wargo, Arthur Watanabe, Joshua A Hirsch
BACKGROUND: Opioid use, abuse, and adverse consequences, including death, have escalated at an alarming rate since the 1990s. In an attempt to control opioid abuse, numerous regulations and guidelines for responsible opioid prescribing have been developed by various organizations. However, the US opioid epidemic is continuing and drug dose deaths tripled during 1999 to 2015. Recent data show a continuing increase in deaths due to natural and semisynthetic opioids, a decline in methadone deaths, and an explosive increase in the rates of deaths involving other opioids, specifically heroin and illicit synthetic fentanyl...
February 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225991/prevalence-of-musculoskeletal-symptoms-in-obese-patients-candidates-for-bariatric-surgery-and-its-impact-on-health-related-quality-of-life
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Gabriela Calenzani, Fabiana Ferreira Dos Santos, Veronica Lourenço Wittmer, Grace Kelly Filgueiras Freitas, Flávia Marini Paro
Objective: This study was designed to identify the major musculoskeletal symptoms of individuals with obesity, to assess their health-related quality of life, and to evaluate the correlation between the musculoskeletal symptoms and the individuals' health-related quality of life. Materials and methods: Cross-sectional study. Instruments used: "Nordic Musculoskeletal Questionnaire" and "The Medical Outcomes Study 36-Item Short-Form Health Survey (SF-36)"...
February 13, 2017: Archives of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225953/drug-reaction-with-eosinophilia-and-systemic-symptoms-dress-and-its-relation-with-autoimmunity-in-a-reference-center-in-mexico
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Juan Manuel Ruiz Matta, Silvia Méndez Flores, Judith Domínguez Cherit
BACKGROUND: Drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms is a severe adverse drug reaction, with a reported mortality of 10%. Long-term outcomes involve organic failure and autoimmune diseases in some populations. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the clinical prognosis of patients with drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective review at a referral hospital in Mexico City in a period of 22 years (1992-2013), looking up for records with diagnosis of DRESS according to RegiSCAR criteria...
January 2017: Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225832/elevated-bilirubin-levels-are-associated-with-a-better-renal-prognosis-and-ameliorate-kidney-fibrosis
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Sehoon Park, Do Hyoung Kim, Jin Ho Hwang, Yong-Chul Kim, Jin Hyuk Kim, Chun Soo Lim, Yon Su Kim, Seung Hee Yang, Jung Pyo Lee
BACKGROUND: Bilirubin has been reported to protect against kidney injury. However, further studies highlighting the beneficial effects of bilirubin on renal fibrosis and chronic renal function decline are necessary. METHODS: We assessed a prospective cohort with a reference range of total bilirubin levels. The primary outcome was a 30% reduction in the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) from baseline, and the secondary outcome was a doubling of the serum creatinine levels, halving of the eGFR and the initiation of dialysis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225795/multicenter-experiences-in-temporal-bone-cancer-surgery-based-on-89-cases
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Małgorzata Wierzbicka, Kazimierz Niemczyk, Antoni Bruzgielewicz, Marcin Durko, Janusz Klatka, Tomasz Kopeć, Ewa Osuch-Wójcikiewicz, Wioletta Pietruszewska, Marcin Szymański, Witold Szyfter
OBJECTIVE: To present outcomes of extensive surgery: lateral, subtotal, total petrosectomies in patients with temporal bone invasion resulting from specific primary cancers. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective case review. SETTING: Four tertiary referral centers. MATERIAL: 89 patients with cancer of the temporal bone treated between January 2006 and December 2010. INTERVENTION: Multidisciplinary team approach including surgical resection, reconstruction, and postoperative radiotherapy...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225740/early-pancreatic-dysfunction-after-resection-in-trauma-an-18-year-report-from-a-level-i-trauma-center
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Nicole Mansfield, Kenji Inaba, Regan Berg, Elizabeth Beale, Elizabeth Benjamin, Lydia Lam, Kazuhide Matsushima, Demetrios Demetriades
BACKGROUND: Early pancreatic dysfunction after resection in trauma has not been well characterized. The objective of this study was to examine the incidence and clinical impact of new-onset endocrine and exocrine dysfunction after pancreatic resection for trauma. METHODS: All patients sustaining a pancreatic injury from 1996 to 2013 were identified. Patients with preinjury diabetes were excluded. Survivors were divided into three groups according to the extent of anatomic resection-distal, proximal, or total pancreatectomy...
March 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225647/early-experience-with-single-incision-laparoscopic-total-abdominal-colectomy-in-children
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Cristen N Litz, Paul D Danielson, Nicole M Chandler
PURPOSE: Single-incision laparoscopic surgery for pediatric colorectal disease has been shown to be feasible and safe; however, the literature is scarce regarding the outcomes of single-incision laparoscopic total abdominal colectomy (SIL-TAC) in the pediatric population. The purpose of this pilot study was to review our initial experience and outcomes with SIL-TAC. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective review of patients who underwent SIL-TAC from 2013 to 2015 was performed...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225638/laparoscopic-resection-of-pancreatic-tumors-in-children-results-of-a-multicentric-survey
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Ciro Esposito, Pascal De Lagausie, Maria Escolino, Amulya Saxena, George W Holcomb, Alessandro Settimi, Francois Becmeur, David van der Zee
AIM: This study aimed to report the results of a multicentric survey about laparoscopic treatment of pancreatic tumors in children. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The data of patients operated using minimally invasive surgery (MIS) for a pancreatic tumor in 5 International centers of Pediatric Surgery in the last 5 years were retrospectively reviewed. We recorded data relating to the clinical presentation, diagnostic evaluation, surgical technique, and outcome. RESULTS: Fifteen patients (average age 2...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225567/randomized-controlled-trial-of-a-multisite-speech-pathology-telepractice-service-providing-swallowing-and-communication-intervention-to-patients-with-head-and-neck-cancer-evaluation-of-service-outcomes
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Clare L Burns, Elizabeth C Ward, Anne J Hill, Sanjeewa Kularatna, Joshua Byrnes, Lizbeth M Kenny
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to present our evaluation of a new speech pathology telepractice service supporting the swallowing and communication management of patients with head and neck cancer. METHODS: A multicenter randomized controlled trial was conducted within a large public cancer service. Referrals from speech pathologists at 3 regional sites (spoke sites) were managed by a specialist clinician from a cancer center (hub site) either via standard care (phone/email support/appointments at the hub site) or a newly established telepractice service (online consultation between the hub site and spoke site)...
February 22, 2017: Head & Neck
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225511/treatment-satisfaction-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-development-of-a-patient-reported-outcome-measure
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Susan D Mathias, Pamela Berry, Katie Pascoe, Jane de Vries, Anca D Askanase, Hilary H Colwell, David J Chang
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to develop a patient-reported outcome measure specific for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) to assess patient satisfaction with treatment, treatment options, and medical care. METHODS: Patients with SLE were recruited from four US rheumatology practices. Concept elicitation interviews identified aspects that patients considered important and relevant regarding satisfaction with treatment and medical care. Concept elicitation interviews and clinical input were used to draft the Lupus Satisfaction Questionnaire (LSQ)...
March 2017: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225443/bringing-big-data-to-the-forefront-of-healthcare-delivery-the-experience-of-carolinas-healthcare-system
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Michael F Dulin, Carol A Lovin, Jean A Wright
The use of big data to transform care delivery is rapidly becoming a reality. To deliver on the promise of value-based care, providers must know the key drivers of wellness at the patient and community levels, as well as understand resource constraints and opportunities to improve efficiency in the health-care system itself. Data are the linchpin. By gathering the right data and finding innovative ways to glean knowledge, we can improve clinical care, advance the health of our communities, improve the lives of our patients, and operate more efficiently...
January 2017: Frontiers of Health Services Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225386/acute-myocardial-infarction-and-antiphospholipid-antibody-syndrome-a-systematic-review
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Salik Nazir, Niranjan Tachamo, Saroj Lohani, Rittu Hingorani, Dilli R Poudel, Anthony Donato
BACKGROUND: Antiphospholipid antibody syndrome (APS) is a disorder associated with both arterial and venous thromboembolic disease, including acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Given that management with anticoagulants is critical and differs from usual AMI care, identification of key discriminators of patients with AMI with APS is important. METHODS: We performed an English-language systematic review of the literature of cases and case series of patients with AMI and APS from inception until 20 March 2016, collecting demographics, investigations, and outcomes...
February 20, 2017: Coronary Artery Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225369/long-term-outcomes-of-rituximab-therapy-in-patients-with-noninfectious-posterior-uveitis-refractory-to-conventional-immunosuppressive-therapy
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Andres F Lasave, Caiyun You, Lina Ma, Khawla Abusamra, Neerav Lamba, Manuel Valdes Navarro, Halea Meese, C Stephen Foster
PURPOSE: To assess long-term effectiveness of rituximab therapy for refractory noninfectious uveitis affecting the posterior segment. METHODS: Retrospective case series. Patients diagnosed with recalcitrant noninfectious posterior uveitis who were treated with rituximab intravenous infusions between 2010 and 2015 were included. Patients underwent best-corrected visual acuity testing and fluorescein angiography evidence of disk or vascular staining at 6, 12, 18, and 24 months...
February 20, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225348/the-effects-of-smoking-on-treatment-outcome-in-patients-newly-diagnosed-with-pulmonary-tuberculosis
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M R Masjedi, M Hosseini, M Aryanpur, E Mortaz, P Tabarsi, H Soori, H Emami, G Heidari, M K Dizagie, M Baikpour
SETTING: Smoking is reported to be associated with tuberculosis (TB), but its effect on sputum smear conversion remains a matter for discussion. OBJECTIVE: To assess the effects of smoking and smoking cessation on treatment outcomes in patients newly diagnosed with TB in Iran. DESIGN: Newly diagnosed smear-positive TB patients were included in the study. All smokers participated in a smoking cessation programme. Sputum smear status was evaluated at the end of month 2, 5 and 6 of treatment, and smoking status was evaluated at the end of month 2...
March 1, 2017: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225312/perspectives-on-learning-and-clinical-practice-improvement-for-diabetes-in-the-hospital-a-review-of-educational-interventions-for-providers
#19
Ariana Pichardo-Lowden, Paul Haidet, Guillermo E Umpierrez
BACKGROUND: The management inpatient hyperglycemia and diabetes requires expertise among many healthcare providers. There is limited evidence about how education for healthcare providers can result in optimization of clinical outcomes. The purpose of this critical review of the literature is to examine methods and outcomes related to educational interventions regarding the management of diabetes and dysglycemia in the hospital setting. This report provides recommendations to advance learning, curricular planning and clinical practice...
February 22, 2017: Endocrine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225306/hydrocortisone-therapy-and-growth-trajectory-in-children-with-classical-congenital-adrenal-hyperplasia
#20
Carla Bizzarri, Nicola Improda, Chiara Maggioli, Donatella Capalbo, Silvia Roma, Ottavia Porzio, Mariacarolina Salerno, Marco Cappa
OBJECTIVE: Poor linear growth is one of the main concerns in children with congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH). We aimed to analyze factors affecting growth trajectory in children with classical CAH. METHODS: Clinical records of children followed from infancy up to the end of growth at two Italian tertiary referral hospitals were reviewed. Fifty-seven patients (31 males), treated with hydrocortisone and fludrocortisone only, were included. Clinical observations were divided into 3 groups: 0-2 years: 172 observations; from 2 years to puberty onset: 813 observations; after puberty onset: 527 observations...
February 22, 2017: Endocrine Practice
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