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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29037014/deep-into-the-brain-artificial-intelligence-in-stroke-imaging
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REVIEW
Eun-Jae Lee, Yong-Hwan Kim, Namkug Kim, Dong-Wha Kang
Artificial intelligence (AI), a computer system aiming to mimic human intelligence, is gaining increasing interest and is being incorporated into many fields, including medicine. Stroke medicine is one such area of application of AI, for improving the accuracy of diagnosis and the quality of patient care. For stroke management, adequate analysis of stroke imaging is crucial. Recently, AI techniques have been applied to decipher the data from stroke imaging and have demonstrated some promising results. In the very near future, such AI techniques may play a pivotal role in determining the therapeutic methods and predicting the prognosis for stroke patients in an individualized manner...
September 2017: Journal of Stroke
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036955/-comparision-of-risk-factors-and-pathogens-in-patients-with-early-and-late-onset-ventilator-associated-pneumonia-in-intensive-care-unit
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Y J Liang, Z L Li, L Wang, B Y Liu, R Y Ding, X C Ma
Objective: To compare risk factors and bacterial etiology in patients with early-onset versus late-onset ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) in intensive care unit (ICU). Methods: This prospective cohort study enrolled mechanically ventilated patients hospitalized for more than 48 hours in the first affiliated hospital, China Medical University from Jan 2012 to Jun 2016. Subjects were classified by ventilator status: early-onset VAP (< 5 d ventilation, E-VAP) or late-onset VAP (≥ 5 d ventilation, L-VAP)...
October 1, 2017: Zhonghua Nei Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Internal Medicine]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036952/-a-clinical-analysis-of-20-patients-with-neurobrucellosis
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Y Ge, H Z Guan, S Y Fan, R Zhu, X J Ma, T S Li
Objective: To investigate the epidemiological and clinical features of 20 patients with neurobrucellosis (NB) . Methods: The epidemiological, clinical, laboratory and treatment data of patients diagnosed with NB from 2010 to 2016 in Peking Union Medical College Hospital were retrospectively analyzed. Results: Twelve (60%) patients reported the history of contact with infected animals and intake of raw milk product. The common manifestations included headache (85%, 17/20), fatigue (85%, 17/20), fever (80%, 16/20), weight loss (70%, 15/20), the signs included pathological reflection (70%, 15/20), decreased muscle strength(45%, 9/20)...
October 1, 2017: Zhonghua Nei Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Internal Medicine]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036940/oculonasal-synkinesis-video-report-and-surgical-solution-of-a-rare-phenomenon
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Giuseppe Guarro, Francesco Brunelli, Barbara Rasile, Carmine Alfano
Background: Synkinesis represents involuntary muscular movements that occur in association with voluntary contraction of other muscle groups. Oculonasal synkinesis is a rare phenomenon. Objectives: In a series of videos, the authors present clinical findings and surgical correction of oculonasal synkinesis. Methods: Two women who underwent surgical procedures to correct oculonasal synkinesis were evaluated in a prospective study. One patient presented with bilateral synkinesis after 2 previous rhinoplasties...
September 1, 2017: Aesthetic Surgery Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036901/importance-of-leadership-style-towards-quality-of-care-measures-in-healthcare-settings-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Danae F Sfantou, Aggelos Laliotis, Athina E Patelarou, Dimitra Sifaki-Pistolla, Michail Matalliotakis, Evridiki Patelarou
Effective leadership of healthcare professionals is critical for strengthening quality and integration of care. This study aimed to assess whether there exist an association between different leadership styles and healthcare quality measures. The search was performed in the Medline (National Library of Medicine, PubMed interface) and EMBASE databases for the time period 2004-2015. The research question that guided this review was posed as: "Is there any relationship between leadership style in healthcare settings and quality of care?" Eighteen articles were found relevant to our research question...
October 14, 2017: Healthcare (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036857/outcomes-of-safe-patient-handling-and-mobilization-programs-a-meta-analysis
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Erin Teeple, Jamie E Collins, Swastina Shrestha, Jack T Dennerlein, Elena Losina, Jeffrey N Katz
BACKGROUND: Variability in patient care settings and the range of patient handling tasks present challenges in developing and evaluating safe patient handling and mobilization (SPHM) programs. OBJECTIVE: We performed a systematic meta-analysis of SPHM program evaluations. METHODS: Systematic literature review identified published SPHM program evaluations. Injury Rate Ratios (IRR), pre- to post-intervention, were used to estimate intervention effects and to examine the influence of patient care level, program components, and follow-up time using meta-regression...
October 8, 2017: Work: a Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036846/perceptions-of-sexuality-in-individuals-with-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-als-and-their-treating-clinicians
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Mona Shahbazi, Shara Holzberg, Saeyoan Thirunavukkarasu, Gioia Ciani
INTRODUCTION: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) may not affect an individual's sexual function directly, but it can indirectly impact their sexual activity. Sexual partners often become caregivers, diminishing sexuality within a relationship. This can result in decline of quality of life. OBJECTIVE: The study aimed to explore the perspectives of individuals with ALS and their treating clinicians regarding the importance of sexuality in rehabilitation within a multidisciplinary ALS center...
October 8, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036825/the-emergence-of-a-new-conceptual-framework-for-alzheimer-s-disease
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Dubois Bruno
The New Criteria for the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease (AD), published by a group of experts in 2007, have resulted in a revolution in the comprehension of the disease. Before 2007, the diagnosis of AD dementia was done through a process of exclusion: it was considered in the case of patients with a dementia syndrome without identified etiologies. This traditional algorithm had three major limitations that penalize the disease: 1) a low accuracy of the performance which may share responsibility for negative results in clinical trials; 2) a late identification of the patients only when they reach the threshold of dementia which may delay the activation of optimal care; and last but not least, 3) an absence of clear recognition of AD as a disease because of the lack of specific arguments for its identification...
October 7, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036801/misinterpretation-of-the-sublingual-microcirculation-during-therapy-with-levosimendan
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Michael Hessler, Philip-Helge Arnemann, Sebastian Rehberg, Christian Ertmer
There is increasing evidence in the literature that preoperative treatment with levosimendan optimizes cardiopulmonary haemodynamics in patients scheduled for the implantation of a Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD). The present case report describes changes in sublingual microcirculation using incident dark field video microscopy in a patient, who received a continuous infusion of 0.5 mg/h levosimendan 12 h before LVAD implantation. Despite no evident macrohaemodynamic or metabolic changes, there was a dramatic reduction in total vessel density and perfused vessel density suggesting a deterioration of microcirculation according to the consensus conference criteria in vessels smaller than 20 μm in diameter...
October 7, 2017: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036782/practice-based-research-networks
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Marie Pirotta, Meredith Temple-Smith
BACKGROUND: Practice-based research networks (PBRNs) are collaborations between clinical practitioners and academics. PBRNs aim to foster research in general practice through opportunities to learn more about how to undertake and participate in research, and assist in translating new knowledge into practice. Critically, PBRNs also offer clinicians the chance to contribute to research by posing questions of importance to quality clinical care. OBJECTIVE: The objectives of this article are to describe why PRBNs are needed, the current situation regarding PBRNs in Australia, and why Australian general practice and patient outcomes could benefit from further investment in PBRNs...
October 2017: Australian Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036780/morphine-use-in-cancer-care-a-survey-of-attitudes-and-perceptions-in-general-practice-patients
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Matthew Grant, Anna Ugalde, Serafino G Mancuso, Platon Vafiadis, Jennifer Philip
BACKGROUND: Morphine is widely prescribed for patients with cancer, although a number of attitudes have been cited as barriers to its use, including fear, addiction and associations with death. The aim of this study was to explore the nature of these beliefs, and assess the extent to which these attitudes exist in a general practice patient population that may require morphine in the future. METHODS: A 30-item survey was distributed through general practices in Victoria, Australia...
October 2017: Australian Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036778/electronic-clinical-decision-support-tool-for-the-evaluation-of-cardiovascular-risk-in-general-practice-a-pilot-study
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Jason Chiang, John Furler, Douglas Boyle, Malcolm Clark, Jo-Anne Manski-Nankervis
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a major cause of death in Australia. Electronic medical record (EMR)-based clinical decision support (CDS) tools have the potential to support absolute CVD risk (ACVDR) evaluation and management. The objective of this study was to test the acceptability and feasibility of the Treat to Target CVD (T3CVD), an EMR-based CDS tool, for the evaluation of ACVDR in general practice. METHODS: Five general practitioners (GPs) piloted the T3CVD tool in their clinic...
October 2017: Australian Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036776/lifestyle-risk-factors-and-corresponding-levels-of-clinical-advice-and-counselling-in-general-practice
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Jessica Beattie, Marley Binder, Christopher Harrison, Graeme C Miller, Daryl Pedler
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study was to examine prevalence rates of lifestyle risk factors in the Western Victorian Primary Health Network (WV PHN) general practice patient population and the corresponding levels of clinical advice and counselling. METHODS: Analysed data from the Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health (BEACH) program from April 2011 to March 2015 were examined, providing a comparison of three geographical areas of general practice patients: WV PHN, Victoria and Australia...
October 2017: Australian Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036724/etiology-and-clinical-characteristics-of-community-acquired-pneumonia-with-airway-malacia-in-children
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Wang Yu-Qing, Hao Chuang-Li, Ji Wei, Chen Zheng-Rong, Zhang Xin-Xin, Gu Wen-Jing
Objective: The objective of this article is to study the etiology of community-acquired pneumonia in children with airway malacia. Methods: We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of 428 pneumonia patients. All patients underwent bronchoscopy, and bronchoalveolar lavage samples were processed for microbiological assessment. Results: In a total of 428 cases reviewed, 60 were found to have airway malacia. Pathogens were identified in 44 of the 60 specimens (73...
September 27, 2017: Journal of Tropical Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036703/spiritual-religious-distress-is-associated-with-pain-catastrophizing-and-interference-in-veterans-with-chronic-pain
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J Irene Harris, Timothy Usset, Laura Krause, Damien Schill, Berdette Reuer, Rhonda Donahue, Crystal L Park
Objective: Few studies have examined relations between one important aspect of spiritual/religious functioning-spiritual distress-and pain-related outcomes, and none has examined how spiritual distress and depression conjointly relate to chronic pain. The goal of the present study, then, was to examine veterans' spiritual distress as a predictor of two aspects of chronic pain, catastrophizing and interference, testing a mediational model of depression. Design: Four hundred thirty-six patients seeking treatment in a chronic pain management clinic responded to a mailed survey assessing demographics, spiritual distress, depression, pain catastrophizing, and pain interference...
September 23, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036661/the-impact-of-the-brazilian-family-health-strategy-and-the-conditional-cash-transfer-on-tuberculosis-treatment-outcomes-in-rio-de-janeiro-an-individual-level-analysis-of-secondary-data
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Betina Durovni, Valeria Saraceni, Mariana Soares Puppin, Wagner Tassinari, Oswaldo G Cruz, Solange Cavalcante, Claudia Medina Coeli, Anete Trajman
Background: Unsuccessful tuberculosis outcomes are frequent; bold policies are needed to end the tuberculosis (TB) epidemic to attain the third Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) by 2030. We examined the effect of the Family Health Strategy (FHS) and its interactions with the conditional cash transfer programme (CTP) on TB outcomes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Methods: We performed individual-based analyses of a database resulting from deterministic and probabilistic linkages of the TB information system, FHS registries and CTP payrolls...
September 28, 2017: Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036629/nanotechnology-a-promising-new-paradigm-for-the-control-of-pain
#17
Krishnan V Chakravarthy, Frank J Boehm, Paul J Christo
Objective: The objective of this article is to critically review both preclinical and clinical studies that focus on the use of nanotechnology for both acute and chronic pain management, surveying both diagnostic and therapeutic applications. The article also provides information on nanotechnology for pain practitioners, so that they may better understand how this technology works and how it may be applied to their day-to-day clinical practice. Study Design: Narrative review...
June 27, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036623/predictors-of-mortality-in-high-risk-patients-with-qt-prolongation-in-a-community-hospital
#18
Charlotte Gibbs, Jacob Thalamus, Kristian Heldal, Øystein Lunde Holla, Kristina H Haugaa, Jan Hysing
Aims: To determine predictors of mortality in patients with corrected QT interval (QTc) ≥ 500 ms in a community hospital. Methods and results: In this retrospective observational study, we searched the electrocardiogram (ECG) database at Telemark Hospital Trust, Norway, from January 2004 to December 2014. Medication, electrolyte abnormalities, and medical conditions known to prolong the QT interval were recorded. From the medical records, we assessed whether the prolonged QTc was noted by the health care providers...
October 3, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036604/accomplishing-reform-successful-case-studies-drawn-from-the-health-systems-of-60-countries
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Jeffrey Braithwaite, Russell Mannion, Yukihiro Matsuyama, Paul Shekelle, Stuart Whittaker, Samir Al-Adawi, Kristiana Ludlow, Wendy James, Hsuen P Ting, Jessica Herkes, Louise A Ellis, Kate Churruca, Wendy Nicklin, Clifford Hughes
Healthcare reform typically involves orchestrating a policy change, mediated through some form of operational, systems, financial, process or practice intervention. The aim is to improve the ways in which care is delivered to patients. In our book 'Health Systems Improvement Across the Globe: Success Stories from 60 Countries', we gathered case-study accomplishments from 60 countries. A unique feature of the collection is the diversity of included countries, from the wealthiest and most politically stable such as Japan, Qatar and Canada, to some of the poorest, most densely populated or politically challenged, including Afghanistan, Guinea and Nigeria...
September 20, 2017: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036551/comparative-study-of-the-growth-and-nutritional-status-of-brazilian-and-nigerian-school-aged-children-with-sickle-cell-disease
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Samuel A Adegoke, Maria S Figueiredo, Adekunle D Adekile, Josefina A P Braga
Background: Comparative studies of patients in different sociogeographic/ecological zones may unravel potential environmental and nutritional factors influencing disease phenotype. In sickle cell disease (SCD), differential access to comprehensive care may influence their growth and nutritional status. Methods: From June 2015 to February 2016, steady-state nutritional parameters of 109 Brazilian and 95 Nigerian children with SCD attending routine clinic visits at Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Brazil and Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife (Ilesa unit), respectively, were compared...
September 28, 2017: International Health
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