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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324918/statistical-consequences-of-a-successful-lung-allocation-system-recovering-information-and-reducing-bias-in-models-for-urgency
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Nabihah Tayob, Susan Murray
The lung allocation system has reduced the number of waitlist deaths by ranking transplant candidates on the basis of a lung allocation score that requires estimation of the current 1-year restricted mean waitlist survival (urgency). Fewer waitlist deaths and the systematic removal of candidates from the waitlist for transplantation present statistical challenges that must be addressed when using recent waitlist data. Multiple overlapping 1-year follow-up windows are used in a restricted mean model that estimates patient urgency on the basis of updated risk factors at the start of the window...
March 21, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323444/evaluating-driver-drowsiness-countermeasures
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John G Gaspar, Timothy L Brown, Chris W Schwarz, John D Lee, Julie Kang, James S Higgins
Objective Driver drowsiness contributes to a substantial number of fatal and non-fatal crashes, with recent estimates attributing up to 21% of fatal crashes to drowsiness. This paper describes recent NHTSA research on in-vehicle drowsiness countermeasures. Recent advances in technology and state detection algorithms have shown success in detecting drowsiness using a variety of data sources, including camera-based eye tracking, steering wheel position, yaw rate, and vehicle lane position. However, detection is just the first step in reducing drowsy driving crashes...
March 21, 2017: Traffic Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319804/are-diabetes-guidelines-truly-evidence-based
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Matthew F Bouchonville, Sara Matani, Jason J DuBroff, Robert J DuBroff
The global epidemic of obesity and diabetes underscores the urgency to develop strategies to prevent cardiovascular (CV) disease in this vulnerable population. Clinical guidelines are intended to help the clinician manage these patients, but guidelines are often discordant among professional organizations and not always evidence based. Clinicians must rely upon the best available evidence, and therefore we critically reviewed the evidence behind the American Diabetes Association (ADA) 2016 guidelines on the prevention of CV disease in diabetes...
March 7, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319594/long-term-cardiovascular-autonomic-and-clinical-changes-after-immunoglobulin-g-immunoadsorption-therapy-in-autoimmune-autonomic-ganglionopathy
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Franca Barbic, Franca Dipaola, Francesca Andreetta, Enrico Brunetta, Laura Dalla Vecchia, Renato Mantegazza, Raffaello Furlan, Carlo Antozzi
A 63-year-old male was diagnosed with autoimmune autonomic ganglionopathy based on the finding of plasma antibodies to the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) of autonomic ganglia. He complained of mouth and eye dryness, dysphagia, severe constipation, erectile dysfunction, urgency, frequent urination, habitual orthostatic syncope and presyncope. A remarkable symptomatic orthostatic hypotension without changes in heart rate was present. We here describe the 3-year time course of the changes in spectral indices of cardiovascular autonomic control LF/HF and LFSAP, dysautonomia symptoms intensity and anti-nAChR antibodies following repetitive selective immunoadsorptions...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319169/high-meld-score-and-extended-operating-time-predict-prolonged-initial-icu-stay-after-liver-transplantation-and-influence-the-outcome
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Panagiota Stratigopoulou, Andreas Paul, Dieter P Hoyer, Stylianos Kykalos, Fuat H Saner, Georgios C Sotiropoulos
BACKGROUND: The aim of the present study is to determine the incidence of a prolonged (>3 days) initial ICU-stay after liver transplantation (LT) and to identify risk factors for it. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed data of adult recipients who underwent deceased donor first-LT at the University Hospital Essen between 11/2003 and 07/2012 and showed a primary graft function. RESULTS: Of the 374 recipients, 225 (60.16%) had prolonged ICU-stay...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318348/impulsivity-and-problem-drinking-in-college-examining-the-mediating-role-of-sex-related-alcohol-expectancies-and-alcohol-use-at-sex
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Devin E Banks, Tamika C B Zapolski
BACKGROUND: Dispositional impulsivity has been consistently implicated as a risk factor for problem drinking among college students and research suggests that this relationship may be explained in part by alcohol expectancies. A subset of alcohol expectancies, sex-related alcohol expectancies, is particularly linked to problem drinking among college students. The acquired preparedness model of risk postulates that people with dispositional impulsivity develop stronger sex-related alcohol expectancies, are subsequently more likely to drink at problematic levels in sexual situations, and thus, engage in more problem drinking...
March 20, 2017: Substance Use & Misuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315994/urgency-and-austerity-as-drivers-of-success
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Terry R Stouch
This piece describes the approach by which even a small CADD (Computer-Aided Drug Design) group with limited resources and limited time can achieve substantial success given short budgets and the compressed, urgent environment of a biotech. Some comparisons are made with CADD operations in big pharma.
March 18, 2017: Journal of Computer-aided Molecular Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315972/emotional-health-and-self-esteem-among-adolescents-in-malaysian-orphanages
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Marjan Mohammadzadeh, Hamidin Awang, Hayati Kadir Shahar, Suriani Ismail
This study aimed to assess the prevalence and risk factors of depression, anxiety, stress and low self-esteem among institutional Malaysian adolescents. This cross-sectional descriptive study included 287 adolescents aged 12-18 years living in six selected orphan homes. Study's instruments included Socio-demographic questionnaire, validated Malay version of Depression Anxiety Stress Scale-21 and Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale. The findings revealed that 85.2, 80.1 and 84.7% of participants had depression, anxiety and stress respectively...
March 18, 2017: Community Mental Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315811/variant-two-stage-ileal-pouch-anal-anastomosis-an-innovative-and-effective-alternative-to-standard-resection-in-ulcerative-colitis
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Jennifer Samples, Krista Evans, Nicole Chaumont, Paula Strassle, Timothy Sadiq, Mark Koruda
BACKGROUND: Ulcerative colitis patients have been historically treated with standard single, two and three stage operative approaches. We perform a variant two-stage procedure beginning with total abdominal colectomy and end ileostomy followed by completion proctectomy and ileal pouch-anal anastomosis without a diverting loop ileostomy. The present study evaluates the effectiveness of this innovative alternative. STUDY DESIGN: Patients with ulcerative colitis admitted to UNC Hospital between 2003 and 2010 for IPAA were eligible for inclusion...
January 28, 2017: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315496/remeex-device-external-mechanical-regulator-for-female-stress-urinary-incontinence-a-critical-review-of-a-single-operator-long-term-experience-on-implants-and-readjustments
#10
Franco Mantovani
OBJECTIVE: A single-operator, long-term (15 years) experience on a sling technique that allows a postoperative adjustment of its tension is presented to retrospectively report the objective and subjective outcomes in the treatment of female stress urinary incontinence (SUI). The readjustment option prevents the need of a reoperation in case of relapse with great compliance of the patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Indications for surgical tratment of SUI by ReMeEx included patients affected with not only true intrinsic sphyncteric deficency (ISD) and fixed urethra but also mild urethral hypermobility, previous incontinence surgery and relapsing conditions such as diabetes and obesity...
March 18, 2017: Urologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306673/hypertensive-crisis-an-update-on-clinical-approach-and-management
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Emrah Ipek, Ahmet Afşin Oktay, Selim R Krim
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Here, we review current concepts on hypertensive crisis (HTN-C) with a focus on epidemiology, causes, pathophysiology and prognosis. We also offer a practical approach to the management of HTN-C. RECENT FINDINGS: HTN-C is characterized by a severe and abrupt increase in blood pressure (BP) with impending or progressive acute end-organ damage (EOD). HTN-C can be divided into hypertensive emergency (HTN-E) and hypertensive urgency (HTN-U) based on the presence or absence of acute EOD, respectively...
March 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306603/current-treatment-of-pelvic-organ-prolapse-correlated-with-chronic-pelvic-pain-bladder-and-bowel-dysfunction
#12
Bernhard Liedl, Klaus Goeschen, Leopold Durner
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to critically analyze the relationship between symptoms of abnormal emptying of the bladder, urgency, pelvic pain, anorectal dysfunction and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and to present evidence in order to show how many of the above mentioned symptoms can be cured or substantially improved by repair of specific pelvic ligaments. RECENT FINDINGS: In this review, we provide evidence to show how often these dysfunctions occur and how they can be cured in 42-94% by appropriate pelvic floor surgery in the longer term, up to 2 years...
March 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306592/bridging-the-gap-in-heart-transplantation
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Jacqueline M Smits, Undine Samuel, Guenther Laufer
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Countries in Europe and in the USA are proclaiming their need for an objective allocation system that can cope with distribution of a scarce resource in a changing environment of an older donor and recipient population and of an increased number of patients on mechanical circulatory support, whose prospects are increasing. RECENT FINDINGS: The current heart allocation systems in Eurotransplant, France and the USA are all urgency tier systems, where within the same tier a first-come, first-served principle is applied...
March 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304143/anal-function-after-endoluminal-loco-regional-resection-by-transanal-endoscopic-microsurgery-and-radiotherapy-for-rectal-cancer
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Ivano Biviano, Andrea Balla, Danilo Badiali, Silvia Quaresima, Giancarlo D'Ambrosio, Emanuele Lezoche, Enrico Corazziari, Alessandro M Paganini
AIM: In patients with rectal cancer, surgery and chemo-radiotherapy may affect the anal sphincter function. Few studies evaluated the ano-rectal function after neoadjuvant chemo-radiotherapy (n-CRT) and/or Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery (TEM). The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of n-CRT and TEM on ano-rectal function. METHOD: Thirty-seven patients with rectal cancer underwent ano-rectal manometry and Wexner score for faecal incontinence at baseline, after n-CRT (cT2-T3N0 cancer) and at 4 and 12 months after surgery...
March 17, 2017: Colorectal Disease: the Official Journal of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303868/-diagnostics-and-surgical-tactics-for-papillary-fibroelastomas-of-the-heart
#15
Yu V Belov, M A Nechaenko, V A Ivanov, D N Fedorov, A Yu Kiprensky
AIM: To investigate clinical, diagnostic and surgical aspects of papillary fibroelastomas of the heart. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Clinical, diagnostic and surgical aspects of papillary fibroelastomas of the heart were analyzed in 12 patients. RESULTS: Diagnosis was obtained using two-dimensional echocardiography and transesophageal echocardiography or computed tomography. Surgical treatment involved isolated excision of the tumor or combined with valve repair or replacement in case of valvular involvement...
2017: Khirurgiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292756/trajectories-of-urinary-incontinence-in-childhood-and-bladder-and-bowel-symptoms-in-adolescence-prospective-cohort-study
#16
Jon Heron, Mariusz T Grzeda, Alexander von Gontard, Anne Wright, Carol Joinson
OBJECTIVES: To identify different patterns (trajectories) of childhood urinary incontinence and examine which patterns are associated with bladder and bowel symptoms in adolescence. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. SETTING: General community. PARTICIPANTS: The starting sample included 8751 children (4507 men and 4244 women) with parent-reported data on frequency of bedwetting and daytime wetting for at least three of five time points (4½, 5½, 6½, 7½ and 9½ years-hereafter referred to as 4-9 years)...
March 14, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289931/a-pilot-randomized-study-on-use-of-oral-acetazolamide-in-patients-with-refractory-dysuria
#17
Morteza Hamidi, Seyed Mohammad Kazem Aghamir, Alborz Salavati, Ahmad Masoomi
PURPOSE: Assessment of daily oral acetazolamide in treatment of refractory dysuria. METHODS: Forty-one patients were randomly allocated to either be treated with acetazolamide (250 mg twice daily) or to receive placebo. The irritative voiding symptoms and urinary pH were recorded before and after treatment. The quality of life indices including the impact of voiding symptoms on daily and social activities, mood disturbance and sleep disorders were also measured by a questionnaire...
March 13, 2017: International Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289251/the-evolution-of-transmission-mode
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REVIEW
Janis Antonovics, Anthony J Wilson, Mark R Forbes, Heidi C Hauffe, Eva R Kallio, Helen C Leggett, Ben Longdon, Beth Okamura, Steven M Sait, Joanne P Webster
This article reviews research on the evolutionary mechanisms leading to different transmission modes. Such modes are often under genetic control of the host or the pathogen, and often in conflict with each other via trade-offs. Transmission modes may vary among pathogen strains and among host populations. Evolutionary changes in transmission mode have been inferred through experimental and phylogenetic studies, including changes in transmission associated with host shifts and with evolution of the unusually complex life cycles of many parasites...
May 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288733/potential-gains-in-life-expectancy-by-improving-road-safety-in-china
#19
Q Li, S Ma, D Bishai, A A Hyder
OBJECTIVES: Road traffic injuries (RTI) cause a significant number of injuries and deaths in China every year; the World Health Organization estimated 261,367 deaths due to RTI in 2013. As a result of the ongoing growth of China's economy, road construction and motorisation, RTI are expected to impose a heavy health burden in the future. However, the public and policy makers have not widely perceived RTI as a public health issue commensurate with its consequences, in part, due to a lack of intuitive indicator measuring the health impact...
March 2017: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288627/a-protocol-for-the-methodological-steps-used-to-evaluate-the-alignment-of-rehabilitation-services-in-the-western-cape-south-africa-with-the-national-rehabilitation-policy
#20
Gubela Mji, Anthea Rhoda, Sue Statham, Conran Joseph
BACKGROUND: Rehabilitation medicine plays an integral part in attainment of optimal functioning after injury or disease. The National Rehabilitation Policy of South Africa (NRP) (2000) highlights the need for access to professional health care services, redistribution and optimal utilisation of resources and research in the field of disability and rehabilitation. The government further ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) (2007), which validate the urgency in advancing the agenda of persons with disabilities...
March 14, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
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