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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148128/step-ergometer-training-augmented-with-functional-electrical-stimulation-in-individuals-with-chronic-spinal-cord-injury-a-feasibility-study
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Candy Tefertiller, Don Gerber
Spinal cord injury (SCI) often results in loss of upright mobility and independence subsequently challenging rehabilitation practitioners for meaningful intervention strategies. The objective of this study was to evaluate the feasibility and potential impact on walking function of the stimulation and ergometer training protocol (STEP) in chronic SCI. Fourteen individuals with a chronic motor incomplete SCI (>1-year post injury) were enrolled in the study. The intervention consisted of a 12-week walking training program delivered three times per week from 20 up to 45 min in combination with 10 channels of FES on a step ergometer...
November 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148090/assessment-of-cumulative-health-risk-in-the-world-trade-center-general-responder-cohort
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Ghalib A Bello, Susan L Teitelbaum, Roberto G Lucchini, Christopher R Dasaro, Moshe Shapiro, Julia R Kaplan, Michael A Crane, Denise J Harrison, Benjamin J Luft, Jacqueline M Moline, Iris G Udasin, Andrew C Todd
BACKGROUND: Multiple comorbidities have been reported among rescue/recovery workers responding to the 9/11/2001 WTC disaster. In this study, we developed an index that quantifies the cumulative physiological burden of comorbidities and predicts life expectancy in this cohort. METHODS: A machine learning approach (gradient boosting) was used to model the relationship between mortality and several clinical parameters (laboratory test results, blood pressure, pulmonary function measures)...
November 17, 2017: American Journal of Industrial Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147741/achilles-tendon-elastic-properties-remain-decreased-in-long-term-after-rupture
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B Frankewycz, A Penz, J Weber, N P da Silva, F Freimoser, R Bell, M Nerlich, E M Jung, D Docheva, C G Pfeifer
PURPOSE: Rupture of the Achilles tendon results in inferior scar tissue formation. Elastography allows a feasible in vivo investigation of biomechanical properties of the Achilles tendon. The purpose of this study is to investigate the biomechanical properties of healed Achilles tendons in the long term. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients who suffered from Achilles tendon rupture were recruited for an elastographic evaluation. Unilateral Achilles tendon ruptures were included and scanned in the mid-substance and calcaneal insertion at least 2 years after rupture using shear wave elastography...
November 16, 2017: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145410/the-influence-of-computer-based-cognitive-flexibility-training-on-subjective-cognitive-well-being-after-stroke-a-multi-center-randomized-controlled-trial
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Renate M van de Ven, Jaap M J Murre, Jessika I V Buitenweg, Dick J Veltman, Justine A Aaronson, Tanja C W Nijboer, Suzanne J C Kruiper-Doesborgh, Coen A M van Bennekom, K Richard Ridderinkhof, Ben Schmand
BACKGROUND: Stroke can result in cognitive complaints that can have a large impact on quality of life long after its occurrence. A number of computer-based training programs have been developed with the aim to improve cognitive functioning. Most studies investigating their efficacy used only objective outcome measures, whereas a reduction of subjective cognitive complaints may be equally important for improving quality of life. A few studies used subjective outcome measures but were inconclusive, partly due to methodological shortcomings such as lack of proper active and passive control groups...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145042/relationship-of-t1-slope-with-loss-of-lordosis-and-surgical-outcomes-after-laminoplasty-for-cervical-ossification-of-the-posterior-longitudinal-ligament
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Masashi Miyazaki, Toshinobu Ishihara, Naoki Notani, Shozo Kanezaki, Hiroshi Tsumura
OBJECTIVE: T1 slope (T1S) has emerged as a predictor of kyphotic alignment change after laminoplasty. Although it was reported that patients with cervical ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL) and higher T1S had more pronounced lordotic curvature before surgery and higher loss of cervical lordosis after surgery, few studies have attempted to correlate these findings with clinical outcomes. We aimed to investigate the relationship of T1S with loss of cervical lordosis and surgical outcomes after laminoplasty for cervical OPLL...
November 13, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144026/heart-rate-variability-and-implication-for-sport-concussion
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Scott A Bishop, Ryan T Dech, Przemyslaw Guzik, J Patrick Neary
Finding sensitive and specific markers for sports-related concussion is both challenging and clinically important. Such biomarkers might be helpful in the management of patients with concussion (i.e. diagnosis, monitoring and risk prediction). Among many parameters, blood flow-pressure metrics and heart rate variability (HRV) have been used to gauge concussion outcomes. Reports on the relation between HRV and both acute and prolonged concussion recovery are conflicting. While some authors report on differences in the low-frequency (LF) component of HRV during postural manipulations and postexercise conditions, others observe no significant differences in various HRV measures...
November 16, 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142632/delayed-burr-hole-surgery-in-patients-with-acute-subdural-hematoma-clinical-analysis
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Yoon Heuck Choi, Seong Rok Han, Chang Hyun Lee, Chan Young Choi, Moon Jun Sohn, Chae Heuck Lee
Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness and efficacy of delayed burr hole surgery in relation to the reduction of postoperative subdural hematoma (SDH) volume in patients with acute SDH. Methods: We retrospectively analyzed patients with acute SDH who received delayed burr hole surgery at our institute. Age, sex, Glasgow coma scale, maximal SDH thickness, volume of SDH, midline shifts, hounsfield unit (HU), and medical history of anticoagulant agent usage were recorded...
November 2017: Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140901/-state-of-the-art-techniques-in-treating-peripheral-nerve-injury
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Carrie A Kubiak, Theodore A Kung, David L Brown, Paul S Cederna, Stephen W P Kemp
BACKGROUND -: Peripheral nerve injuries remain a major clinical concern as they often lead to chronic disability and significant health care expenditures. Despite advancements in microsurgical techniques to enhance nerve repair, biologic approaches are needed to augment nerve regeneration and improve functional outcomes after injury. METHODS -: Presented herein is a review of the current literature on state of the art techniques to enhance functional recovery for patients with nerve injury...
November 11, 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140726/treatment-setting-and-outcomes-of-cystic-fibrosis-pulmonary-exacerbations
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Michael S Schechter, Donald R VanDevanter, David J Pasta, Sarah A Short, Wayne J Morgan, Michael W Konstan
RATIONALE: There are important gaps in our knowledge of the optimal treatment of cystic fibrosis (CF) pulmonary exacerbations. Previous observational studies comparing inpatient to outpatient treatment have suffered from methodological weaknesses, especially indication bias. OBJECTIVES: We analyzed data from the Epidemiologic Study of CF using techniques to control for indication bias to determine whether there is an advantage to inpatient treatment of CF pulmonary exacerbations...
November 15, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140183/full-title-examining-the-presence-of-back-pain-in-competitive-athletes-a-focus-on-stress-and-recovery
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Jahan Heidari, Johanna Belz, Monika Hasenbring, Jens Kleinert, Claudia Levenig, Michael Kellmann
Context - Explanatory approaches for back pain (BP) in athletes focus on biomechanical factors while neglecting psychological perspectives. Psychological factors have gained importance in the prediction of injuries in athletes and BP in the general population, with stress and recovery emerging as central risk factors. However, scarce evidence exists regarding the role of these aspects for the prevalent burden of back pain (BP). Objective - To investigate the association between stress and recovery parameters and the presence of BP...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Sport Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140134/a-nutrition-recovery-station-following-recreational-exercise-improves-fruit-consumption-but-does-not-influence-fluid-recovery
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Ben Desbrow, Katelyn Barnes, Caroline Young, Gregory R Cox, Chris Irwin
Immediate post-exercise access to fruit/fluid via a recovery "station" is a common feature of mass participation sporting events. Yet little evidence exists examining their impact on subsequent dietary intake. The aim of this study was to determine if access to fruit/water/sports drinks within a recovery station significantly alters dietary and fluid intakes in the immediate post-exercise period and influences hydration status the next morning. 127 (79 males) healthy participants (mean±SD, age=22.5±3.5y, body mass (BM)=73±13kg) completed two self-paced morning 10km runs separated by 1 week...
November 15, 2017: International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138208/validation-of-the-american-orthopaedic-foot-and-ankle-society-ankle-hindfoot-scale-dutch-language-version-in-patients-with-hindfoot-fractures
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A Siebe De Boer, Duncan E Meuffels, Cornelis H Van der Vlies, P Ted Den Hoed, Wim E Tuinebreijer, Michael H J Verhofstad, Esther M M Van Lieshout
OBJECTIVES: The American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) Ankle-Hindfoot Scale is among the most used questionnaires for measuring functional recovery after a hindfoot injury. Recently, this instrument was translated and culturally adapted into a Dutch version. In this study, the measurement properties of the Dutch language version (DLV) were investigated in patients with a unilateral hindfoot fracture. DESIGN: Multicentre, prospective observational study...
November 14, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138075/the-optimal-treatment-options-of-septated-chronic-subdural-haematoma-a-retrospective-comparison-of-craniotomy-versus-endoscopic-assisted-burr-hole-craniostomy
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Jibo Zhang, Xingyue Fan, Xuemeng Liu, Jincao Chen, Wei Wang, Kai Fu
OBJECTIVE: To complete a retrospective comparison of endoscope-assisted burr-hole craniostomy (EBHC) and craniotomy in the treatment of septated chronic subdural hematoma (SCSH). METHODS: A retrospective case note review comparing EBHC and craniotomy of SCSH was therefore performed. Data of patients with a SCSH for EBHC or craniotomy during the period from January 2011 to January 2017 were retrospectively collected and analysed. Of 70 patients, 43 underwent EBHC and 27 patients were treated by craniotomy...
November 11, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137681/influence-of-tourniquet-use-in-primary-total-knee-arthroplasty-with-drainage-a-prospective-randomised-controlled-trial
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Kai Zhou, Tingxian Ling, Haoyang Wang, Zongke Zhou, Bin Shen, Jing Yang, Pengde Kang, Fuxing Pei
BACKGROUND: We aimed to compare the effect of tourniquet use or lack of it on recovery following uncomplicated primary total knee arthroplasty (TKA). METHODS: In a prospective randomised double-blinded study, 150 patients undergoing primary TKA were assigned to either a tourniquet or non-tourniquet group. At the early phase, 3 and 6 months after surgery, an independent observer assessed the primary outcome measure (i.e. total blood loss) and secondary outcome measures (i...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135883/an-analysis-of-the-incidence-and-outcomes-of-major-vs-minor-neurological-decline-after-complex-adult-spinal-deformity-surgery-a-sub-analysis-of-scoli-risk-1-study
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So Kato, Michael G Fehlings, Stephen J Lewis, Lawrence G Lenke, Christopher I Shaffrey, Kenneth M C Cheung, Leah Carreon, Mark B Dekutoski, Frank J Schwab, Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, Khaled M Kebaish, Christopher P Ames, Yong Qiu, Yukihiro Matsuyama, Benny T Dahl, Hossein Mehdian, Ferran Pellisé, Sigurd H Berven
STUDY DESIGN: A sub-analysis from a prospective, multicenter, international cohort study in 15 sites (Scoli-RISK-1). OBJECTIVE: To report detailed information regarding the severity of neurological decline related to complex adult spine deformity (ASD) surgery and to examine outcomes based on severity. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: The basis of post-operative neurological decline after ASD surgeries can occur due to nerve root(s) or spinal cord dysfunction...
November 10, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135873/the-effect-of-peripheral-vestibular-recovery-on-improvements-in-vestibulo-ocular-reflexes-and-balance-control-after-acute-unilateral-peripheral-vestibular-loss
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John H J Allum, Alja Scheltinga, Flurin Honegger
BACKGROUND: Patients with an acute unilateral peripheral vestibular deficit (aUPVD), presumed to be caused by vestibular neuritis, show asymmetrical vestibular ocular reflexes (VORs) that improve over time. Questions arise regarding how much of the VOR improvement is due to peripheral recovery or central compensation, and whether differences in peripheral recovery influence balance control outcomes. METHODS: Thirty patients were examined at aUPVD onset and 3, 6, and 13 weeks later with four different VOR tests: caloric tests; rotating (ROT) chair tests performed in yaw with angular accelerations of 5 and 20 degrees/s; and video head impulse tests (vHIT) in the yaw plane...
December 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134715/relationship-between-follicular-volume-and-oocyte-competence-blastocyst-development-and-live-birth-rate-optimal-follicle-size-for-oocyte-retrieval
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Barbara Wirleitner, Jasmin Okhowat, Lucie Vištejnová, Milena Králíčková, Marie Karlíková, Pierre Vanderzwalmen, Fabien Ectors, Libor Hradecký, Maximilian Schuff, Maximilian Murtinger
OBJECTIVES: To analyse the oocyte competence in GnRHa stimulation cycles with regard to maturity, fertilization and blastocyst rate and clinical outcome (pregnancy and live birth rate) in correlation to follicular volume measured by 3D sonography and follicular fluid composition. METHODS: This was a prospective single-centre study conducted in the period June 2012 - June 2014 including 118 ovum pick-ups (OPUs) with subsequent embryo transfers (ET). Out of 1,493 aspirated follicles we analysed 1,236 follicles and traced oocytes grouped according to follicular volume...
November 14, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133706/a-randomized-placebo-controlled-trial-of-progesterone-with-or-without-hypothermia-in-patients-with-acute-severe-traumatic-brain-injury
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Sumit Sinha, Amol Raheja, Neha Samson, Keshav Goyal, Sanjeev Bhoi, Arul Selvi, Pushpa Sharma, Bhawani Shankar Sharma
OBJECTIVE: Among newer neuroprotectant modalities, hypothermia and progesterone have shown a beneficial role in preliminary studies enrolling patients with severe traumatic brain injury (sTBI). The primary objective of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of progesterone with or without prophylactic hypothermia in acute sTBI patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a prospective, outcome assessor, statistician blinded, randomized, and placebo-controlled phase II trial of progesterone with or without hypothermia (factorial design)...
November 2017: Neurology India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133325/minimally-invasive-surgery-versus-open-surgery-in-the-treatment-of-lumbar-spondylolisthesis-study-protocol-of-a-multicentre-randomised-controlled-trial-misos-trial
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Mark P Arts, Jasper Fc Wolfs, Jos Ma Kuijlen, Godard Cw de Ruiter
INTRODUCTION: Patients with symptomatic spondylolisthesis are frequently treated with nerve root decompression, in addition to pedicle screw fixation and interbody fusion. Minimally invasive approaches are gaining attention in recent years, although there is no clear evidence supporting the proclamation of minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) being better than open surgery. We present the design of the MISOS (Minimal Invasive Surgery versus Open Surgery) trial on the effectiveness of MISS versus open surgery in patients with degenerative or spondylolytic spondylolisthesis...
November 12, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132626/early-hospital-mortality-prediction-of-intensive-care-unit-patients-using-an-ensemble-learning-approach
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Aya Awad, Mohamed Bader-El-Den, James McNicholas, Jim Briggs
BACKGROUND: Mortality prediction of hospitalized patients is an important problem. Over the past few decades, several severity scoring systems and machine learning mortality prediction models have been developed for predicting hospital mortality. By contrast, early mortality prediction for intensive care unit patients remains an open challenge. Most research has focused on severity of illness scoring systems or data mining (DM) models designed for risk estimation at least 24 or 48h after ICU admission...
December 2017: International Journal of Medical Informatics
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