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Steve Cushman
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October 24, 2016: Journal of Medical Humanities
Liliana Albertazzi, Luisa Canal, Rocco Micciolo, Fulvio Ferrari, Sebastiano Sitta, Iacopo Hachen
The study analyzes the existence of naturally biased associations in the general population between a series of musical selections and a series of quatrains. Differently from other studies in the field, the association is tested between complex stimuli involving literary texts, which increases the load of the semantic factors. The stimuli were eight quatrains taken from the same poem and eight musical clips taken from a classical musical version of the poem. The experiment was conducted in two phases. First, the participants were asked to rate 10 couples of opposite adjectives on a continuous bipolar scale when reading a quatrain or when listening to a musical clip; then they were asked to associate a given clip directly with the quatrains in decreasing order...
October 21, 2016: Perception
Amy Tyberg, Stefan Seewald, Reem Z Sharaiha, Guadalupe Martinez, Amit P Desai, Nikhil A Kumta, Arnon Lambroza, Amrita Sethi, Kevin M Reavis, Ketisha DeRoche, Monica Gaidhane, Michael Talbot, Payal Saxena, Felipe Zamarripa, Maximilien Barret, Nicholas Eleftheriadis, Valerio Balassone, Haruhiro Inoue, Michel Kahaleh
BACKGROUND: Per-oral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) has become an accepted treatment for patients with achalasia. Despite its excellent efficacy rate of greater than 80%, a small percentage of patients remain symptomatic postprocedure. Limited data exist as to the best management for recurrence of symptoms after POEM. We present the first international, multicenter experience on the efficacy and safety of a repeat POEM in the management of achalasia. METHODS: Patients who underwent a redo POEM from 15 centers in 9 countries were included in a dedicated registry...
October 15, 2016: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Fernando A M Herbella, Eduardo G H Moura, Marco G Patti
The treatment for achalasia changed dramatically after the introduction of minimally invasive surgery. Since 1991, laparoscopic Heller myotomy (LHM) has replaced pneumatic dilatation (PD) as the primary form of treatment in many centers. Over time, PD became safer, and eventually endoscopic experts were able to perform an endoscopic myotomy via a per oral endoscopic myotomy (POEM). This article reviews the advantages and disadvantages of each technique. Ultimately, the best outcomes are obtained by a multidisciplinary team that can tailor a specific treatment to each individual patient...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques. Part A
Tessa Verlaan, Fraukje A M Ponds, Barbara A J Bastiaansen, Albert J Bredenoord, Paul Fockens
: Background and aims: After Peroral Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM), the mucosal incision is closed with endoscopically applied clips. After each clip placement, a subsequent clipping device has to be introduced through the working channel. With the Clipmaster3, three consecutive clips can be placed without reloading which could reduce closure time. We performed a prospective study evaluating efficacy, safety, and ease of use. Closure using Clipmaster3 was compared to closure with standard clips...
October 2016: Endoscopy International Open
Ting-Ting Han, Shuang Zheng, Zeng-Ai Chen, Wei Liu, Yao-Min Hu
POEMS syndrome is a rare multi-systemic disease characterized by polyneuropathy, organomegaly, endocrinopathy, monoclonal protein and skin changes. Arterial thrombosis is a distinctively unusual feature in patients with POEMS syndrome. We report a 33-year-old man with intermittent amaurosis of left eye and skin changes as the onset manifestations, who was finally confirmed as having POEMS syndrome. Most notably, this was a young man without high risk factors of arterial thrombosis and no monoclonal protein was detected until the repeated measurement later...
October 11, 2016: Oncotarget
Julio González-Martin-Moro, Inés Contreras, Belén Pilo-de-la-Fuente, Fernando Gómez-Sanz
PURPOSE: To report the correlation between visual function and subfoveal choroidal thickness (SChT) in a case of POEMS syndrome. CASE REPORT: A 53 year old man diagnosed with POEMS syndrome was referred due to blurred vision. Best corrected visual acuity (BCVA) was 0.5 in his right eye (RE) and 0.7 in his left eye (LE), with a mild perimetric defect in the RE. SChT was 356 and 263 µm in his RE and LE. After an autologous peripheral blood stem-cell transplantation, both visual and systemic symptoms improved...
October 11, 2016: Ocular Immunology and Inflammation
Alexis Pauline Gumbs
In 1974, warrior poet mother Audre Lorde published the poem "Blackstudies," a freeform dream villanelle about her complicated experience as a Black lesbian feminist English professor at the City University of New York during the dynamic period when students rose up in protest. The university granted open admissions, and cultural nationalists who taught at City University worked to create a Black Studies program. In the poem, she describes her vantage point at this particular historical and pedagogical moment from the seventeenth floor within a dreamscape where she navigates the stereotypes, silences, and urgencies that shaped her experience as an educator...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Lesbian Studies
David N Naumann, Clare Mellis, Shamus L G Husheer, Philip Hopkins, Jon Bishop, Mark J Midwinter, Sam D Hutchings
BACKGROUND: Despite over a decade of research and technological advances, sublingual microcirculatory monitoring has not yet reached clinical utility. Offline analysis is time consuming and occurs away from the patient. A system to assess the microcirculation at the point of care is desirable. We present a novel 5-point grading system (the point of care microcirculation (POEM) scoring system) that can be used at the point of care during non-invasive sublingual microcirculatory monitoring...
September 30, 2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
Hirotaka Yokouchi, Takayuki Baba, Sonoko Misawa, Masayasu Kitahashi, Toshiyuki Oshitari, Satoshi Kuwabara, Shuichi Yamamoto
AIMS: To determine the changes in the subfoveal choroidal thickness (CT), the foveal thickness (FT) and the serum level of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) after thalidomide treatment in patients with polyneuropathy, organomegaly, endocrinopathy, monoclonal gammopathy and skin changes (POEMS) syndrome. METHODS: We studied 13 left eyes of 13 treatment-naïve patients with POEMS syndrome. The subfoveal CT and FT were determined by enhanced depth imaging optical coherence tomography, and the serum level of VEGF was determined by ELISA at the baseline and at 6 months after thalidomide treatment...
October 4, 2016: British Journal of Ophthalmology
Helle Ø Kristensen, Jakob Kirkegård, Daniel Willy Kjær, Frank Viborg Mortensen, Rastislav Kunda, Niels Christian Bjerregaard
BACKGROUND: Peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) is an emerging procedure in the treatment of esophageal achalasia, a primary motility disorder. However, the long-term outcome of POEM in patients, who have previously undergone a Heller myotomy, is unknown. METHODS: Using a local database, we identified patients with esophageal achalasia, who underwent POEM. We compared patients with a previous Heller myotomy to those, who had received none or only non-surgical therapy prior to the POEM procedure...
October 3, 2016: Surgical Endoscopy
Saman Khan
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October 2016: British Journal of Psychiatry: the Journal of Mental Science
Chen Wang, Xu-Fei Huang, Qian-Qian Cai, Xin-Xin Cao, Hao Cai, Daobin Zhou, Jian Li
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is pathognomonically elevated in patients with POEMS (polyneuropathy, organomegaly, endocrinopathy, monoclonal gammopathy and skin changes) syndrome. However, its source of overproduction is unclear. As clinical improvement is almost always associated with VEGF reduction after anti-plasma cell therapy, its increase at diagnosis has been attributed to the underlying monoclonal gammopathy, although direct evidence is still lacking. In the current study, we systemically measured VEGF levels in POEMS patients, before and after treatment...
September 26, 2016: Leukemia Research
Alefiya Dhilla Albers, Josephine Asafu-Adjei, Mary K Delaney, Kathleen E Kelly, Teresa Gomez-Isla, Deborah Blacker, Keith A Johnson, Reisa A Sperling, Bradley T Hyman, Rebecca A Betensky, Lloyd Hastings, Mark W Albers
OBJECTIVE: To relate a novel test of identifying and recalling odor percepts to biomarkers of Alzheimer's Disease (AD) in well-characterized elderly individuals, ranging from cognitively normal to demented. METHODS: 183 participants (cognitively normal: n=70, subjective cognitive concerns: n=74, Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI): n=29, AD dementia: n=10) were administered novel olfactory tests: the Odor Percept IDentification (OPID) and the Percepts of Odor Episodic Memory (POEM) tests...
October 1, 2016: Annals of Neurology
Nigel Mathers
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October 2016: British Journal of General Practice: the Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners
An Moonen, Guy Boeckxstaens
Achalasia is a primary esophageal motor disorder of the esophagus that is characterized by the absence of esophageal peristalsis and a failure of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) to relax upon swallowing. The defective relaxation leads to symptoms of dysphagia for solids and liquids, regurgitation, aspiration, chest pain, and weight loss. Achalasia is believed to result from a selective loss of enteric inhibitory neurons, most likely due to an autoimmune phenomenon in genetic susceptible individuals. As there is no curative treatment for achalasia, treatment is confined to disruption of the LES to improve bolus passage...
September 29, 2016: Current Treatment Options in Gastroenterology
Saowanee Ngamruengphong, Haruhiro Inoue, Philip Chiu, Hon-Chi Yip, Amol Bapaye, Michael Ujiki, Lava Patel, Pankaj N Desai, Bu Hayee, Amyn Haji, Vivien Wong, Silvana Perretta, Shivangi Dorwat, Mathieu Pioche, Sabine Roman, Jérôme Rivory, François Mion, Thierry Ponchon, Aurélien Garros, Jun Nakamura, Yoshitaka Hata, Valerio Balassone, Manabu Onimaru, Gulara Hajiyeva, Amr Ismail, Yen-I Chen, Majidah Bukhari, Yamile Haito-Chavez, Vivek Kumbhari, Roberta Maselli, Alessandro Repici, Mouen A Khashab
BACKGROUND: Per-oral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) has shown promising safety and efficacy in short-term studies. However, long term follow-up data is very limited. The aims of this study were to assess (1) clinical outcome of patients with a minimum post-POEM follow-up of 2 years and (2) factors associated with long term clinical failure after POEM. METHODS: A retrospective chart review was performed that included all consecutive patients with achalasia who underwent POEM with a minimum follow-up of 2 years at 10 tertiary-care centers...
September 20, 2016: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Olivier Espitia, Jerome Connault, Mohamed A Hamidou
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September 21, 2016: British Journal of Haematology
Xuehong Wang, Yuyong Tan, Liang Lv, Hongyi Zhu, Yi Chu, Chenjie Li, Deliang Liu
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Both peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) and pneumatic dilation (PD) has proved to be effective for treating achalasia in patients aged ≥ 65 years. However little is known about the comparison between POEM and PD. The aim of the study was to compare the safety and efficacy of POEM and PD for the treatment of achalasia in these patients. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of patients aged 65 years-old or more who received POEM or PD for the treatment of achalasia at our hospital from January 2010 to December 2015, they were divided into the POEM group and the PD group...
October 2016: Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas
Moritz E Wigand, Hauke F Wiegand, Nicolas Rüsch, Thomas Becker
BACKGROUND: T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land and A. Ginsberg's Howl are two landmark poems of the 20th century which have a unique way of dealing with emotional suffering. AIMS: (a) To explore the interplay between emotional suffering, conflicting relationships and societal perceptions; (b) to show the therapeutic effect of the writing process; (c) to analyse the portrayal of 'madness'; and (d) to discuss, in contemporary psychiatric terms, the 'solutions' offered by the poets...
September 19, 2016: International Journal of Social Psychiatry
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