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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437773/are-hospital-emergency-department-visits-due-to-dog-bites-associated-with-ambient-temperature-a-time-series-study-in-beijing-china
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Yongming Zhang, Qi Zhao, Wenyi Zhang, Shanshan Li, Gongbo Chen, Zhihai Han, Yuming Guo
BACKGROUND: It is well documented that suboptimal ambient temperature is associated with cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. However, no study has examined the relation between temperature and dog bites. OBJECTIVES: To study the association between ambient temperature and daily hospital emergency department visits due to dog bites (EDVDBs) in Beijing, China; and to explore whether the temperature-EDVDB association varies by sex and age. METHODS: Daily EDVDBs were collected from a hospital appointed for dog bites in Beijing during 2012-2014...
April 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437595/natural-history-and-predictors-of-progression-to-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome-among-participants-of-the-sicca-registry
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Caroline H Shiboski, Alan N Baer, Stephen C Shiboski, Mi Lam, Stephen Challacombe, Hector E Lanfranchi, Morten Schiødt, Penelope Shirlaw, Muthiah Srinivasan, Hisanori Umehara, Frederick B Vivino, Esen Akpek, Vatinee Bunya, Cristina F Vollenweider, John S Greenspan, Troy E Daniels, Lindsey A Criswell
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: To explore changes in the phenotypic features of Sjoögren's syndrome (SS), and in SS status among participants in the Sjoögren's International Collaborative Clinical Alliance (SICCA) registry over a 2 to 3-year interval. METHODS: All participants in the SICCA registry who were found to have any objective measures of salivary hypofunction, dry eye, focal lymphocytic sialadenitis in minor salivary gland biopsy, or anti-SSA/B antibodies, were recalled over a window of 2 to 3 years after their baseline examinations to repeat all clinical examinations and specimen collections to determine whether there was any change in phenotypic features and in SS status...
April 24, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437570/self-acupressure-for-older-adults-with-symptomatic-knee-osteoarthritis-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Lydia W Li, Richard E Harris, Alex Tsodikov, Laura Struble, Susan L Murphy ScD
OBJECTIVES: This double-blind RCT aimed to test the efficacy of self-administered acupressure for pain and physical function improvement for older adults with knee osteoarthritis (KOA). METHODS: Community-living adults with symptomatic KOA (N=150; mean age=73) participated and were randomized to verum acupressure, sham acupressure, or usual care. Verum and sham, but not usual care, participants were taught to self-apply acupressure once daily, five days/week for eight weeks...
April 24, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437358/integrated-multidimensional-maturity-assessments-predicting-the-high-risk-occurrence-of-peak-angle-velocity-during-puberty-in-progressive-female-idiopathic-scoliosis
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Benlong Shi, Saihu Mao, Leilei Xu, Xu Sun, Zezhang Zhu, Bangping Qian, Zhen Liu, Jack Chun Yiu Cheng, Yong Qiu
STUDY DESIGN: A consecutive and prospective longitudinal study. OBJECTIVE: To propose an integrated multidimensional maturity assessment that was designated as forming a reliable system precisely predicting the high-risk occurrence of peak angle velocity (PAV) in a group of progressive braced female idiopathic scoliosis (IS). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Scoliosis deterioration is believed to keep pace with the evolution of skeletal maturity during puberty...
May 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437264/magnesium-sulphate-improves-pulmonary-function-after-video-assisted-thoracoscopic-surgery-a-randomised-double-blind-placebo-controlled-study
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Hye-Min Sohn, Sang-Hoon Jheon, Sunwoo Nam, Sang-Hwan Do
BACKGROUND: Reduced lung volumes are unavoidable after lung resection surgery. Magnesium sulphate (MgSO4) administration has been reported to reduce the requirement for neuromuscular blocking drugs and postoperative analgesics in surgical patients. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of MgSO4 on pulmonary function after video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS). DESIGN: A randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. SETTING: A university tertiary care centre...
April 21, 2017: European Journal of Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437147/comparison-of-two-types-of-meditation-on-patients-psychosocial-responses-during-radiation-therapy-for-head-and-neck-cancer
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Gisela Boxleitner, Shelley Jolie, Dana Shaffer, Nicholas Pasacreta, Mei Bai, Ruth McCorkle
OBJECTIVES: Radiation treatment for head and neck cancer introduces adaptive demands and subjects patients to significant and unique psychosocial challenges. There is growing evidence that meditation is useful in lessening anxiety and depression in cancer patients. This study compared the effects of two types of meditation training on the psychological responses of patients with head and neck cancer during radiation therapy. DESIGN: Randomized clinical trial. SETTING: Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436531/international-inter-rater-agreement-in-scoring-acne-severity-utilizing-cloud-based-image-sharing-of-mobile-phone-photographs
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Negar Foolad, Jennifer N Ornelas, Ashley K Clark, Ifrah Ali, Victoria R Sharon, Luluah Al Mubarak, Andrés Lopez, Ali Alikhan, Bishr Al Dabagh, Alireza Firooz, Smita Awasthi, Yu Liu, Chin-Shang Li, Raja K Sivamani
BACKGROUND: Cloud-based image sharing technology allows facilitated sharing of images. Cloud-based image sharing technology has not been well-studied for acne assessments or treatment preferences, among international evaluators. We evaluated inter-rater variability of acne grading and treatment recommendations among an international group of dermatologists that assessed photographs. METHODS: This is a prospective, single visit photographic study to assess inter-rater agreement of acne photographs shared through an integrated mobile device, cloud-based, and HIPAA-compliant platform...
April 24, 2017: International Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436279/treatment-of-painful-radiculopathies-with-capsaicin-8-cutaneous-patch
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R Baron, R D Treede, F Birklein, T Cegla, R Freynhagen, M L Heskamp, K U Kern, C Maier, R Rolke, S Seddigh, C Sommer, S Ständer, C Maihöfner
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: The treatment of neuropathic pain due to low-back (lumbosacral) radiculopathies, a common source of neuropathic pain, is challenging and often requires a multimodal therapeutic approach. The capsaicin 8% patch is the first topical analgesic licensed for peripheral neuropathic pain. To evaluate this treatment, a subset of patients with painful radiculopathy (lumbar and cervical, including ventral and dorsal rami) enrolled into the multicenter, non-interventional QUEPP study (Qutenza™ - safety and effectiveness in peripheral neuropathic pain) was analyzed...
April 22, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436270/does-physiological-stress-slowdown-wound-healing-in-patients-with-diabetes
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Javad Razjouyan, Gurtej Singh Grewal, Talal K Talal, David G Armstrong, Joseph L Mills, Bijan Najafi
BACKGROUND: Poor healing is an important contributing factor to amputation among patients with diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs). Physiological stress may slow wound healing and increase susceptibility to infection. OBJECTIVES: The objective was to examine the association between heart rate variability (HRV) as an indicator of physiological stress response and healing speed (HealSpeed) among outpatients with active DFUs. DESIGN AND METHODS: Ambulatory patients with diabetes with DFUs (n = 25, age: 59...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436154/effects-of-a-simple-home-based-exercise-program-on-fall-prevention-in-older-adults-a-12-month-primary-care-setting-randomized-controlled-trial
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Chitima Boongird, Prasit Keesukphan, Soontraporn Phiphadthakusolkul, Sasivimol Rattanasiri, Ammarin Thakkinstian
AIM: To investigate the effects of a simple home-based exercise program on falls, physical functioning, fear of falling and quality of life in a primary care setting. METHODS: Participants (n = 439), aged ≥65 years with mild-to-moderate balance dysfunction were randomly assigned to an exercise (n = 219) or control (n = 220) group. The program consisted of five combined exercises, which progressed in difficulty, and a walking plan. Controls received fall prevention education...
April 24, 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436015/the-use-of-topical-minoxidil-to-accelerate-nail-growth-a-pilot-study
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Kumpol Aiempanakit, Alan Geater, Preeyachat Limtong, Kathleen Nicoletti
Linear nail growth rate is affected by various conditions, one of which is the level of blood flow. Our supposition was that topical minoxidil, which has vasodilatory properties, can increase the rate of nail growth. The aim of this study was to determine the impact of topical minoxidil on nail growth. A 5% topical minoxidil solution was applied twice daily to the fingernails of 32 participants. Two groups of 16 participants were randomly chosen. In one group, the applications were made to the right index and left ring fingernails, and, in the other, the left index and right ring fingernails...
April 23, 2017: International Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435501/impact-of-clinical-decision-support-on-radiography-for-acute-ankle-injuries-a-randomized-trial
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Shahein Tajmir, Ali S Raja, Ivan K Ip, James Andruchow, Patricia Silveira, Stacy Smith, Ramin Khorasani
INTRODUCTION: While only 15-20% of patients with foot and ankle injuries presenting to urgent care centers have clinically significant fractures, most undergo radiography. We examined the impact of electronic point-of-care clinical decision support (CDS) on adherence to the Ottawa Ankle Rules (OAR), as well as use and yield of foot and ankle radiographs in patients with acute ankle injury. METHODS: We obtained institutional review board approval for this randomized controlled study performed April 18, 2012-December 15, 2013...
April 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435487/randomized-trial-of-adding-parenteral-acetaminophen-to-prochlorperazine-and-diphenhydramine-to-treat-headache-in-the-emergency-department
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Stefan H Meyering, Ryan W Stringer, Matthew K Hysell
INTRODUCTION: Headaches represent over three million emergency department (ED) visits per year, comprising 2.4% of all ED visits. There are many proposed methods and clinical guidelines of treating acute headache presentations. However, data on intravenous acetaminophen usage in these settings are lacking. In this study, we sought to determine the efficacy of intravenous (IV) acetaminophen as an adjunct to a standard therapy for the treatment of patients who present to the ED with a chief complaint of "headache...
April 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435280/high-adherence-to-therapy-and-low-cardiac-mortality-and-morbidity-in-patients-after-acute-coronary-syndrome-systematically-managed-by-office-based-cardiologists-in-germany-1-year-outcomes-of-the-proacor-study
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Franz Goss, Johannes Brachmann, Christian W Hamm, Winfried Haerer, Nicolaus Reifart, Benny Levenson
We aimed to assess patient acceptance and effectiveness of a 12-month structured management program in patients after an acute coronary syndrome (ACS) event who were treated in a special setting of office-based cardiologists. The program comprised patient documentation with a specific tool (Bundesverband Niedergelassener Kardiologen [German Federation of Office-Based Cardiologists] cardiac pass with visit scheduling) shared by the hospital physician and the office-based cardiologist, the definition of individual treatment targets, and the systematic information of patients in order to optimize adherence to therapy...
2017: Vascular Health and Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435231/complexity-of-care-and-strategies-of-self-management-in-patients-with-colorectal-cancer
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Dominik Ose, Eva C Winkler, Sarah Berger, Ines Baudendistel, Martina Kamradt, Felicitas Eckrich, Joachim Szecsenyi
PURPOSE: Given the inherent complexity of cancer care, in which personal, social, and clinical aspects accumulate and interact over time, self-management support need to become more comprehensive. This study has the following two aims: 1) to analyze and describe the complexity of individual patient situations and 2) to analyze and describe already established self-management strategies of patients to handle this complexity. METHODS: A qualitative study was conducted...
2017: Patient Preference and Adherence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435208/is-high-myopia-a-risk-factor-for-visual-field-progression-or-disk-hemorrhage-in-primary-open-angle-glaucoma
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Koji Nitta, Kazuhisa Sugiyama, Ryotaro Wajima, Gaku Tachibana
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to clarify differences between highly myopic and non-myopic primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) patients, including normal-tension glaucoma patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 269 POAG patients were divided into two groups: patients with ≥26.5 mm of axial length (highly myopic group) and patients with <24.0 mm of axial length (non-myopic group). RESULTS: We analyzed 53 highly myopic and 93 non-myopic POAG patients...
2017: Clinical Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435180/silence-is-not-golden-the-hissing-calls-of-tits-affect-the-behaviour-of-a-nest-predator
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Karol Zub, Dorota Czeszczewik, Ireneusz Ruczyński, Anna Kapusta, Wiesław Walankiewicz
ABSTRACT: Nest predation is one of the most important mortality factors of birds. Field observations showed that tits (Paridae) produce hissing calls and, usually, have lower breeding losses than nesting Ficedula flycatchers, which do not make such calls. We hypothesise that differences in fledgling success can be directly attributed to the vocal reaction of tits. We tested experimentally whether the hissing calls can affect the behaviour of a potential predator, analysing the response of the Yellow-necked Mouse Apodemus flavicollis to playback of calls of three Parid species...
2017: Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434466/cost-effectiveness-of-acupuncture-in-an-employee-population-a-retrospective-analysis
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Bijan J Borah, James M Naessens, Amy E Glasgow, Brent A Bauer, Tony Y Chon
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether acupuncture is a cost-effective adjunct to usual care for Mayo Clinic employees and their dependents experiencing pain symptoms. DESIGN: Retrospective review of the medical and billing records of 466 employee-patients and their dependents who had received acupuncture as part of their care and 466 propensity score-matched control patients. INTERVENTIONS: Usual care in combination with acupuncture compared with usual care alone...
April 2017: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434051/evidence-of-a-link-between-fever-and-microscopic-hematuria-in-children
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Rama Schwartz, Rotem Distal, Arthur Shapiro, Yehezkel Waisman
Despite the common conception that febrile illnesses are associated with microscopic hematuria in children, a review of the literature failed to disclose supportive evidence. The aim of this study was to evaluate this relationship. Background data were collected for a convenience sample of children aged 4-18 years who presented to the emergency department (ED) of a tertiary pediatric medical center. Vital signs were measured and a midstream urine specimen was collected. Specimens positive for the presence of blood (>5 erythrocytes/μl; Combur 10 Test Strips) were examined microscopically...
April 22, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434048/clinical-and-radiological-outcomes-of-endoscopic-partial-facetectomy-for-degenerative-lumbar-foraminal-stenosis
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Myung Soo Youn, Jong Ki Shin, Tae Sik Goh, Jung Sub Lee
BACKGROUND: Several different techniques exist to treat degenerative lumbar foraminal stenosis. Failure to adequately decompress the lumbar foramen may lead to failed back surgery syndrome. However, wide decompression often causes spinal instabilities or may require an additional fusion surgery. The aim of this study was to report the outcomes of endoscopic partial facetectomy (EPF) performed on patients with degenerative lumbar foraminal stenosis. METHODS: Between 2012 and 2014, 25 consecutive patients (12 women and 13 men) who underwent EPF were included in the study...
April 22, 2017: Acta Neurochirurgica
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