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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216719/diagnosis-and-management-of-chronic-pruritus-an-expert-consensus-review
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Murlidhar Rajagopalan, Abir Saraswat, Kiran Godse, D S Krupa Shankar, Sanjiv Kandhari, Shrutakirthi D Shenoi, Sushil Tahiliani, V Vijay Zawar
The aim of this study is to formulate the best clinical practice in the diagnosis and management of chronic pruritus (CP). We searched PubMed, EMBASE, Scopus, Web of Science, and the WHO's regional databases, for studies on "Diagnosis and management of chronic pruritus" from January 1, 2014, to July 31, 2015. We included programmatic reports and hand-searched references of published reviews and articles. Two independent reviewers screened articles and extracted data. We screened 87 of 95 studies that contained qualitative data...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195608/proximal-hamstring-tendinosis-and-partial-ruptures
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Ashley N Startzman, Oliver Fowler, Dominic Carreira
Proximal hamstring tendinosis and partial hamstring origin ruptures are painful conditions of the proximal thigh and hip that may occur in the acute, chronic, or acute on chronic setting. Few publications exist related to their diagnosis and management. This systematic review discusses the incidence, treatment, and prognosis of proximal hamstring tendinosis and partial hamstring ruptures. Conservative treatment measures include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, physical therapy, rest, and ice. If these measures fail, platelet-rich plasma or shockwave therapy may be considered...
February 13, 2017: Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167318/temperature-monitoring-by-channel-data-delays-feasibility-based-on-estimated-delays-magnitude-for-cardiac-ablation
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Margot Pasternak, Eigil Samset, Jan D'hooge, Geir U Haugen
Ultrasound thermometry is based on measuring tissue temperature by its impact on ultrasound wave propagation. This study focuses on the use of transducer array channel data (not beamformed) and examines how a layer of increased velocity (heat induced) affects the travel-times of the ultrasound backscatter signal. Based on geometric considerations, a new equation was derived for the change in time delay as a function of temperature change. The resulting expression provides insight into the key factors that link change in temperature to change in travel time...
January 16, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154442/how-do-physical-therapists-treat-people-with-knee-osteoarthritis-and-what-drives-their-clinical-decisions-a-population-based-cross-sectional-survey
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Bruno R da Costa, Edgar Ramos Vieira, Inae Caroline Gadotti, Conner Colosi, James Rylak, Travis Wylie, Susan Armijo-Olivo
Purpose: It is unclear how physical therapists in Florida currently treat people with knee osteoarthritis and whether current best evidence is used in clinical decision making. Methods: We conducted a survey of physical therapists in Florida. We assessed the perceived effectiveness and actual use of physical therapy (PT) interventions and quantified the association between the actual use of interventions and different characteristics of physical therapists. Results: A total of 413 physical therapists completed the survey...
2017: Physiotherapy Canada. Physiothérapie Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138160/impact-of-salvage-regimens-on-response-and-overall-survival-in-acute-myeloid-leukemia-with-induction-failure
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M Wattad, D Weber, K Döhner, J Krauter, V I Gaidzik, P Paschka, M Heuser, F Thol, T Kindler, M Lübbert, H R Salih, A Kündgen, H-A Horst, P Brossart, K Götze, D Nachbaur, C-H Köhne, M Ringhoffer, G Wulf, G Held, H Salwender, A Benner, A Ganser, H Döhner, R F Schlenk
We evaluated the impact of salvage regimens and allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (allo-HCT) in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) with induction failure. Between 1993 and 2009, 3324 patients with newly diagnosed AML were enrolled in 5 prospective treatment trials of the German-Austrian AML Study Group. After first induction therapy with idarubicin, cytarabine and etoposide (ICE), 845 patients had refractory disease. In addition, 180 patients, although responding to first induction, relapsed after second induction therapy...
February 10, 2017: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130944/pediatric-insulin-pump-therapy-reflecting-on-the-first-10-years-of-a-universal-funding-program-in-ontario
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Rayzel Shulman, Fiona A Miller, Thérèse A Stukel, Denis Daneman, Astrid Guttmann
We evaluated the universal funding program for pediatric insulin pumps in Ontario by examining the dynamics underlying patterns of pump use and adverse events using population-based health administrative data available at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), supplemented by other data. We found that (1) pump use has increased steadily since 2006 with variation across centres and disparity in use by socioeconomic status; (2) pump discontinuation is uncommon; (3) physicians value pump therapy in numerous ways that provide important insights into patterns of uptake; and (4) the safety profile of pump therapy is, in general, very good; however, individuals of lower socioeconomic status are at an increased risk of acute diabetes complications, most frequently diabetic ketoacidosis...
2017: Healthcare Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28113394/4d-ice-a-2d-array-transducer-with-integrated-asic-in-a-10-fr-catheter-for-real-time-3d-intracardiac-echocardiography
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Douglas Wildes, Warren Lee, Bruno Haider, Scott Cogan, Krishnakumar Sundaresan, David Mills, Christopher Yetter, Patrick Hart, Christopher Haun, Mikael Concepcion, Johan Kirkhorn, Marc Bitoun
We developed a 2.5 x 6.6 mm 2D array transducer with integrated transmit/receive ASIC for 4D ICE (real-time 3D IntraCardiac Echocardiography) applications. The ASIC and transducer design were optimized so that the high voltage transmit, low-voltage TGC (time-gain control) and preamp, subaperture beamformer, and digital control circuits for each transducer element all fit within the 0.019 mm2 area of the element. The transducer assembly was deployed in a 10 Fr (3.3 mm diameter) catheter, integrated with a GE Vivid1 E9 ultrasound imaging system, and evaluated in three pre-clinical studies...
October 12, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28112008/measuring-disease-activity-and-clinical-response-during-maintenance-therapy-in-cidp-from-ice-trial-outcome-measures-to-future-clinical-biomarkers
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Hans D Katzberg, Norman Latov, Francis O Walker
Some patients with chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy who respond to initial intravenous immunoglobulin require repeated courses over prolonged periods of time; however, evidence to guide dosage and interval of intravenous immunoglobulin during maintenance therapy is limited. Optimizing treatment requires assessment of underlying disease activity and clinical outcome. Electrophysiological measures of demyelination, and clinical measures using handgrip strength and walking velocity promise to be particularly informative...
January 23, 2017: Neurodegenerative Disease Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048798/su-f-j-88-comparison-of-two-deformable-image-registration-algorithms-for-ct-to-ct-contour-propagation
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A Gopal, H Xu, S Chen
PURPOSE: To compare the contour propagation accuracy of two deformable image registration (DIR) algorithms in the Raystation treatment planning system - the "Hybrid" algorithm based on image intensities and anatomical information; and the "Biomechanical" algorithm based on linear anatomical elasticity and finite element modeling. METHODS: Both DIR algorithms were used for CT-to-CT deformation for 20 lung radiation therapy patients that underwent treatment plan revisions...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974703/fe3o4-nanoparticles-and-cryoablation-enhance-ice-crystal-formation-to-improve-the-efficiency-of-killing-breast-cancer-cells
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Ping Ye, Yu Kong, Xiaojing Chen, Weijie Li, Dejun Liu, Yuexia Xie, Yan Zhou, Hanbing Zou, Zhaohua Chang, Huili Dai, Xianming Kong, Peifeng Liu
The key problem of cryoablation is that only freezing is often unable to kill the capillaries at tumor edges, leading to a high rate of recurrence. Here, we found that Fe3O4 nanoparticles were highly useful to improve the freezing capability of cryosurgery due to their ability to alter intracellular ice formation (IIF) and growth in tumor cells. The killing efficiency of cryoablation for MCF-7 breast cancer cells can be expected to be enhanced as the Fe3O4 nanoparticles concentration increased, it was mainly because that more IIF was induced by the participation of Fe3O4 nanoparticles during freezing, recrystallization and thawing...
December 10, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27955940/magnetic-resonance-imaging-transrectal-ultrasound-fusion-focal-cryotherapy-of-the-prostate-a-prospective-development-study
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Massimo Valerio, Taimur Tariq Shah, Paras Shah, Neil Mccartan, Mark Emberton, Manit Arya, Hashim Uddin Ahmed
OBJECTIVES: The use of software-based magnetic resonance-transrectal ultrasound fusion to deliver focal therapy may increase the precision of treatment. This is a prospective development study assessing the feasibility of Magnetic resonance imaging-transrectal ultrasound (MRI-TRUS) fusion focal cryotherapy. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Consecutive patients undergoing focal cryotherapy were included in an academic registry (December 2013-June 2014). MRI-TRUS fusion focal cryotherapy was offered to men with visible clinically significant prostate cancer (Galil SeedNet system)...
December 7, 2016: Urologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27951723/-a-patient-with-primary-intraventricular-gliosarcoma-and-long-term-survival-a-case-report
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O Kalita, M Zlevorová, M Megová, M Vaverka, R Trojanec, L Tučková
BACKGROUND: Gliosarcoma is a rare, malignant CNS tumor with a very poor prognosis. Gliosarcoma is a variant of glioblastoma multiforme, which is characterized by the presence of both glial and mesenchymal components. The treatment strategy for gliosarcomas has not yet been determined clearly. CASE PRESENTATION: This case report presents a 23-year-old female patient who complained of increasing headaches, nausea and vomiting, and slight motor weakness in her left arm...
2016: Klinická Onkologie: Casopis Ceské a Slovenské Onkologické Spolecnosti
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929720/unclassified-axenfeld-rieger-syndrome-a-case-series-and-review-of-literature
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Aparna Rao, Debananda Padhy, Sarada Sarangi, Gopinath Das
PURPOSE: To report anterior segment features in unclassified anterior segment dysgenesis with overlapping features of Axenfeld-Rieger syndrome and other developmental anomalies. METHODS: This retrospective study included those with atypical or overlapping features in one or both eyes, which were identified as unclassified ASD. Typical ARS was defined as the presence of posterior embryotoxon with or without iris changes like stromal hypoplasia, corectopia, polycoria, or ectropion uvea with or without systemic features...
December 8, 2016: Seminars in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911225/successful-treatment-of-mixed-yolk-sac-tumor-and-mature-teratoma-in-the-spinal-cord-case-report
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Akitake Mukasa, Shunsuke Yanagisawa, Kuniaki Saito, Shota Tanaka, Keisuke Takai, Junji Shibahara, Masachika Ikegami, Yusuke Nakao, Katsushi Takeshita, Masao Matsutani, Nobuhito Saito
Primary spinal germ cell tumors are rare, and spinal nongerminomatous germ cell tumors represent an even rarer subset for which no standard therapy has been established. The authors report the case of a 24-year-old woman with multifocal primary spinal germ cell tumors scattered from T-12 to L-5 that consisted of yolk sac tumor and mature teratoma. After diagnostic partial resection, the patient was treated with 30 Gy of craniospinal irradiation and 30 Gy of local spinal irradiation, followed by 8 courses of chemotherapy based on ifosfamide, cisplatin, and etoposide (ICE)...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909481/ice-guided-crt-is-there-evidence-of-reverse-remodeling
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REVIEW
Antonio Rossillo Md, Angelo B Ramondo Md
Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is an accepted treatment for patients with heart failure (HF), impaired left ventricular (LV) function, and a wide QRS complex. However, more than 30% of eligible patients fail to benefit from CRT. It is clearly necessary to define the characteristics of the best candidates for this therapy. To this end, surface ECG and echocardiography have been tested. Unfortunately, however, neither of these examinations has proved sufficiently able to identify the best patients. A tailored approach based on the evaluation of both electrical and mechanical delay to guide LV lead placement seems to be the most reasonable strategy in order to increase the efficacy of CRT therapy...
February 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905926/understanding-clinical-and-non-clinical-decisions-under-uncertainty-a-scenario-based-survey
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Vlad V Simianu, Margaret A Grounds, Susan L Joslyn, Jared E LeClerc, Anne P Ehlers, Nidhi Agrawal, Rafael Alfonso-Cristancho, Abraham D Flaxman, David R Flum
BACKGROUND: Prospect theory suggests that when faced with an uncertain outcome, people display loss aversion by preferring to risk a greater loss rather than incurring certain, lesser cost. Providing probability information improves decision making towards the economically optimal choice in these situations. Clinicians frequently make decisions when the outcome is uncertain, and loss aversion may influence choices. This study explores the extent to which prospect theory, loss aversion, and probability information in a non-clinical domain explains clinical decision making under uncertainty...
December 1, 2016: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849130/treatment-of-muscle-injuries-in-football
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Peter Ueblacker, Lutz Haensel, Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt
Muscle injuries are frequent and represent one of the most substantial medical problems in professional football. They can have both traumatic and overuse causes with direct practical consequence due to differences in terms of the post-primary care regimen and prognosis. An accurate diagnosis is the first step towards a specific treatment and usually allows to predict return to play (RTP). Current treatment principles have no firm scientific basis; they are practiced largely as empirical medicine due to a lack of prospective randomised studies...
December 2016: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27846029/nonhealing-wounds-caused-by-brown-spider-bites-application-of-hyperbaric-oxygen-therapy
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Amir Hadanny, Gregory Fishlev, Yair Bechor, Oshra Meir, Shai Efrati
BACKGROUND: Bites by Loxosceles spiders (also known as recluse spiders or brown spiders) can cause necrotic ulcerations of various sizes and dimensions. The current standard of care for brown spider bites includes analgesics, ice, compression, elevation, antihistamines, and surgical debridement. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) in the treatment of brown spider bites has been administered in the early stage of ulceration, or 2 to 6 days after the bite. Unfortunately, the diagnosis of spider bite-related ulcers is often delayed and weeks or months may elapse before HBOT is considered...
December 2016: Advances in Skin & Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27833151/the-cytotoxic-synergy-of-nanosecond-electric-pulses-and-low-temperature-leads-to-apoptosis
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Claudia Muratori, Andrei G Pakhomov, Elena C Gianulis, Sarah Damsbo Jensen, Olga N Pakhomova
Electroporation by nanosecond electric pulses (nsEP) is an emerging modality for tumor ablation. Here we show the efficient induction of apoptosis even by a non-toxic nsEP exposure when it is followed by a 30-min chilling on ice. This chilling itself had no impact on the survival of U-937 or HPAF-II cells, but caused more than 75% lethality in nsEP-treated cells (300 ns, 1.8-7 kV/cm, 50-700 pulses). The cell death was largely delayed by 5-23 hr and was accompanied by a 5-fold activation of caspase 3/7 (compared to nsEP without chilling) and more than 60% cleavage of poly-ADP ribose polymerase (compared to less than 5% in controls or after nsEP or chilling applied separately)...
November 11, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27805556/-innate-receptors-and-il-17-in-the-immune-response-against-human-pathogenic-fungi
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REVIEW
Marìa Soledad Miro, Cecilia Vigezzi, Emilse Rodriguez, Paula Alejandra Icely, Juan Pablo Caeiro, Fernando Riera, Diana Teresa Masih, Claudia Elena Sotomayor
In recent years, the rise of human fungal infections has been associated to lack of early diagnosis, uneffective antifungal therapies and vaccines. Disturbance in immune homeostasis, which can be caused by medical interventions and immunosuppression nduced by disease, are well known as risk factors for these pathologies. Cells of the innate immune system are equipped with surface and cytoplasmic receptors for recognition of microorganisms called pattern recognition receptors (PRRs). PRRs recognize specific pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs) that are crucial for the activation and killing of pathogenic fungi by immune system...
2016: Revista de la Facultad de Ciencias Médicas
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