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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647928/pre-procedural-ultrasonography-for-tracheostomy-in-critically-ill-patients-a-prospective-study
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Ella Even-Tov, Itzhak Koifman, Vladimir Rozentsvaig, Leonid Livshits, Peter Gilbey
BACKGROUND: Percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy (PDT) has become a standard technique for critically ill patients who require long-term ventilation. The most common early post-operative complication is bleeding related to anatomical variation in vasculature. The procedure is performed at the patient's bedside unless this is deemed unsafe and then the accepted alternative is open tracheostomy in the operating room. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the use of pre-procedural ultrasound to aid in the decision of whether PDT in critical care patients should be performed at the patient's bedside or by open surgical tracheostomy...
June 2017: Israel Medical Association Journal: IMAJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647737/trends-in-the-management-of-acute-appendicitis-in-a-single-center-quality-register-cohort-of-5-614-patients
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Martin J A Dahlberg, Emil H A Pieniowski, Lennart Å S Boström
Acute appendicitis is one of the most common reasons for emergency surgery. At Stockholm South General Hospital, information on all patients - 15 years or older - undergoing surgery for acute appendicitis is included in a quality register. Data on surgical method, preoperative imaging, hospital stay, intraoperative findings, and 30-day complications were recorded for each patient. From January 2004 to December 2014, 5,614 consecutive patients were registered. The percentage of patients examined with preoperative imaging increased from 30% in 2004 to 93% in 2014...
June 24, 2017: Digestive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647563/in-vitro-comparison-of-holmium-lasers-evidence-for-shorter-fragmentation-time-and-decreased-retropulsion-using-a-modern-variable-pulse-laser
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John Roger Bell, Kristina L Penniston, Stephen Y Nakada
OBJECTIVE: To compare the performance of variable and fixed pulse lasers on stone phantoms in vitro. METHODS: Seven millimeter stone phantoms were made to simulate calcium oxalate monohydrate stones using BegoStone Plus. The in vitro setting was created with a clear PVC tube. For each trial, a stone phantom was placed at the open end of the tubing. The Cook Rhapsody H-30 variable pulse laser was tested on both long and short pulse settings and compared to the Dornier H-20 fixed pulse laser, five trials were conducted for each trial arm...
June 21, 2017: Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646942/endoscopic-placement-of-double-j-ureteric-stents-in-children-as-a-treatment-for-primary-hydronephrosis
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Zenon Pogorelić, Tomislava Brković, Dražen Budimir, Jakov Todorić, Đurđica Košuljandić, Ana Jerončić, Mihovil Biočić, Marijan Saraga
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to determine the efficacy and potential complications of double-J ureteric stents in the treatment of primary hydronephrosis in pediatric patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective case-records review of 133 patients (45 girls and 88 boys) treated because of primary hydronephrosis with double-J ureteric stents, in Department of Pediatric Surgery, Split University Hospital, between December 1997 and December 2014, was performed...
June 2017: Canadian Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646399/mousetrap-an-integrated-open-source-mouse-tracking-package
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Pascal J Kieslich, Felix Henninger
Mouse-tracking - the analysis of mouse movements in computerized experiments - is becoming increasingly popular in the cognitive sciences. Mouse movements are taken as an indicator of commitment to or conflict between choice options during the decision process. Using mouse-tracking, researchers have gained insight into the temporal development of cognitive processes across a growing number of psychological domains. In the current article, we present software that offers easy and convenient means of recording and analyzing mouse movements in computerized laboratory experiments...
June 23, 2017: Behavior Research Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646394/the-antihypertensive-efficacy-of-the-triple-fixed-combination-of-perindopril-indapamide-and-amlodipine-the-results-of-the-petra-study
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György Ábrahám, Csaba András Dézsi
INTRODUCTION: The etiology of essential hypertension is multifactorial. Therefore, treatment with combinations of antihypertensive agents acting on multiple targets is necessary for successful therapy in the majority of patients. According to the experience and clinical data accumulated so far, combination therapy with three agents from different pharmacological classes is required in approx. 30% of patients in order to achieve long-term blood pressure control. The primary objective of the PETRA study was to evaluate the efficacy of blood pressure (BP) control with once daily administration of the different dosage strengths of the once-daily, triple fixed combination of perindopril, indapamide, and amlodipine...
June 23, 2017: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646129/microscope-enhanced-the-efficacy-and-safety-of-anterior-cervical-surgery-for-managing-cervical-ossification-of-the-posterior-longitudinal-ligament
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Mingxiao Sun, Lili Kong, Zhaofu Jiang, Liming Li, Bing Lu
BACKGROUND We aimed to compare microscope-assisted anterior cervical surgery with traditional open-base surgery for treating cervical ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL). MATERIAL AND METHODS Patients were grouped into microscope-assisted anterior cervical surgery group (case group, n=30) and conventional anterior cervical surgery group (control group, n=30). Baseline characteristics, intraoperative and post-operative indexes including operation time, blood loss amount, duration of hospitalization, visual analogue scale (VAS), and complication rate were recorded...
June 24, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645270/qualitative-modification-and-development-of-patient-and-caregiver-reported-outcome-measures-for-iron-chelation-therapy
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Erica G Horodniceanu, Vasudha Bal, Harman Dhatt, John A Carter, Vicky Huang, Kathryn Lasch
BACKGROUND: Compliance, palatability, gastrointestinal (GI) symptom, and treatment satisfaction patient- and observer-reported outcome (PRO, ObsRO) measures were developed/modified for patients with transfusion-dependent anemias or myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) requiring iron chelation therapy (ICT). METHODS: This qualitative cross-sectional observational study used grounded theory data collection and analysis methods and followed PRO/ObsRO development industry guidance...
June 23, 2017: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644852/comparisons-of-retinal-vessel-diameter-and-glaucomatous-parameters-between-both-eyes-of-subjects-with-clinically-unilateral-pseudoexfoliation-syndrome
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Yasuyuki Takai, Masaki Tanito, Tetsuro Omura, Ryo Kawasaki, Yumiko Kawasaki, Akihiro Ohira
PURPOSE: Pseudoexfoliation syndrome (PEX), the most common identifiable cause of open-angle glaucoma, might affect the retinal hemodynamics. To test this, we compared retinal vessel diameter and glaucoma-related parameters between eyes with pseudoexfoliation material (PE+) and fellow unaffected (PE-) eyes of patients with clinically unilateral PEX. METHODS: The medical records of 30 consecutive Japanese subjects were reviewed retrospectively. The retinal vessel diameters were measured and expressed as the central retinal arteriolar equivalent (CRAE) and central retinal venular equivalent (CRVE) using standardized software...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643420/impact-on-survival-of-warfarin-in-patients-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-receiving-subcutaneous-treprostinil
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Mona Ascha, Xuan Zhou, Youlan Rao, Omar A Minai, Adriano R Tonelli
INTRODUCTION: Anticoagulation is a common treatment modality in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Further studies are needed to appropriately assess the risk / benefit ratio of anticoagulation, particularly in PAH patients receiving PAH-specific therapies. AIMS: We use observational long-term data on PAH patients treated with subcutaneous (SQ) treprostinil from a large open-label study. Patients were followed for up to four years. The use of warfarin and bleeding events were recorded...
June 23, 2017: Cardiovascular Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643159/pymice-apython-library-for-analysis-of-intellicage-data
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Jakub M Dzik, Alicja Puścian, Zofia Mijakowska, Kasia Radwanska, Szymon Łęski
IntelliCage is an automated system for recording the behavior of a group of mice housed together. It produces rich, detailed behavioral data calling for new methods and software for their analysis. Here we present PyMICE, a free and open-source library for analysis of IntelliCage data in the Python programming language. We describe the design and demonstrate the use of the library through a series of examples. PyMICE provides easy and intuitive access to IntelliCage data, and thus facilitates the possibility of using numerous other Python scientific libraries to form a complete data analysis workflow...
June 22, 2017: Behavior Research Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641929/initiation-and-engagement-with-methadone-treatment-among-pregnant-and-postpartum-women
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Kristin M Mattocks, Robin Clark, Linda Weinreb
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to explore perceptions of experiences and challenges with methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) and obstetrical care among pregnant and postpartum women enrolled in a methadone maintenance program. RESEARCH DESIGN: The study featured a grounded theory approach including two focus groups with pregnant and postpartum methadone users at a methadone maintenance clinic in Worcester, Massachusetts. Two research team members conducted and recorded focus groups, which took approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour...
June 19, 2017: Women's Health Issues: Official Publication of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641848/the-use-of-embolic-protection-devices-is-associated-with-a-lower-stroke-and-death-rate-after-carotid-stenting
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Christoph Knappich, Andreas Kuehnl, Pavlos Tsantilas, Sofie Schmid, Thorben Breitkreuz, Michael Kallmayer, Alexander Zimmermann, Hans-Henning Eckstein
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to analyze the association between intraprocedural and periprocedural variables and in-hospital stroke or death rate after carotid artery stenting. BACKGROUND: In Germany, all open surgical and endovascular procedures on the extracranial carotid artery must be documented in a statutory nationwide quality assurance database. METHODS: A total of 13,086 carotid artery stenting procedures for asymptomatic (63...
June 26, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641582/a-multicentre-randomised-controlled-trial-of-levetiracetam-versus-phenytoin-for-convulsive-status-epilepticus-in-children-protocol-convulsive-status-epilepticus-paediatric-trial-consept-a-predict-study
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Stuart R Dalziel, Jeremy Furyk, Megan Bonisch, Ed Oakley, Meredith Borland, Jocelyn Neutze, Susan Donath, Cynthia Sharpe, Simon Harvey, Andrew Davidson, Simon Craig, Natalie Phillips, Shane George, Arjun Rao, Nicholas Cheng, Michael Zhang, Kam Sinn, Amit Kochar, Christine Brabyn, Franz E Babl
BACKGROUND: Convulsive status epilepticus (CSE) is the most common life-threatening childhood neurological emergency. Despite this, there is a lack of high quality evidence supporting medication use after first line benzodiazepines, with current treatment protocols based solely on non-experimental evidence and expert opinion. The current standard of care, phenytoin, is only 60% effective, and associated with considerable adverse effects. A newer anti-convulsant, levetiracetam, can be given faster, is potentially more efficacious, with a more tolerable side effect profile...
June 22, 2017: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640827/the-application-of-multi-baseline-digital-close-range-photogrammetry-in-three-dimensional-imaging-and-measurement-of-dental-casts
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Xiaoming Fu, Chun Peng, Zan Li, Shan Liu, Minmin Tan, Jinlin Song
OBJECTIVE: To explore a new technique for reconstructing and measuring three-dimensional (3D) models of orthodontic plaster casts using multi-baseline digital close-range photogrammetry (MBDCRP) with a single-lens reflex camera. STUDY DESIGN: Thirty sets of orthodontic plaster casts that do not exhibit severe horizontal overlap (>2 mm) between any two teeth were recorded by a single-lens reflex camera with 72 pictures taken in different directions. The 3D models of these casts were reconstructed and measured using the open source software MeshLab...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640779/nonoperative-management-rather-than-endovascular-repair-may-be-safe-for-grade-ii-blunt-traumatic-aortic-injuries-an-eleven-year-retrospective-analysis
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Stephen M Spencer, Karen Safcsak, Chadwick P Smith, Michael L Cheatham, Indermeet S Bhullar
BACKGROUND: The Society of Vascular Surgery (SVS) guidelines currently suggest thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) for grade II-IV and non-operative management (NOM) for grade I blunt traumatic aortic injury (BTAI). However, there is increasing evidence that grade II may also be observed safely. The purpose of this study was to compare the outcome of TEVAR and NOM for grade I-IV BTAI and determine if grade II can be safely observed with NOM. METHODS: The records of patients with BTAI from 2004 to 2015 at a Level I trauma center were retrospectively reviewed...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640065/effectiveness-of-an-integrated-approach-to-hiv-and-hypertension-care-in-rural-south-africa-controlled-interrupted-time-series-analysis
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Soter Ameh, Kerstin Klipstein-Grobusch, Eustasius Musenge, Kathleen Kahn, Stephen Tollman, Francesc Xavier Gómez-Olivé
BACKGROUND: South Africa faces a dual burden of HIV/AIDS and non-communicable diseases. In 2011, a pilot Integrated Chronic Disease Management (ICDM) model was introduced by the National Health Department into selected primary health care (PHC) facilities. The objective of this study was to assess the effectiveness of the ICDM model in controlling patients' CD4 counts (>350 cells/mm) and blood pressure [BP (<140/90 mm Hg)] in PHC facilities in the Bushbuckridge municipality, South Africa...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639810/overstated-evidence-for-short-term-effects-of-violent-games-on-affect-and-behavior-a-reanalysis-of-anderson-et-al-2010
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Joseph Hilgard, Christopher R Engelhardt, Jeffrey N Rouder
Violent video games are theorized to be a significant cause of aggressive thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Important evidence for this claim comes from a large meta-analysis by Anderson and colleagues (2010), who found effects of violent games in experimental, cross-sectional, and longitudinal research. In that meta-analysis, the authors argued that there is little publication or analytic bias in the literature, an argument supported by their use of the trim-and-fill procedure. In the present manuscript, we reexamine their meta-analysis using a wider array of techniques for detecting bias and adjusting effect sizes...
July 2017: Psychological Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639040/mobile-gastrointestinal-and-endoscopic-surgery-in-rural-ecuador-20%C3%A2-years-experience-of-cinterandes
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H T Shalabi, M D Price, S T Shalabi, E B Rodas, A L Vicuña, B Guzhñay, R R Price, E Rodas
INTRODUCTION: Five billion people worldwide do not have timely access to surgical care. Cinterandes is one of the only mobile surgical units in low- and middle-income countries. This paper examines the methodology that Cinterandes uses to deliver mobile surgery. METHODS: Founding and core staff were interviewed, four missions were participated in, and internal documents and records were analysed between 1 May and 1 July 2014. RESULTS: Cinterandes performed 7641 operations over the last 20 years (60% gastrointestinal/laparoscopic), travelling 300,000 km to remote areas of Ecuador...
June 21, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638840/epidemiology-of-injuries-in-stand-up-paddle-boarding
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James Furness, Olayinka Olorunnife, Ben Schram, Mike Climstein, Wayne Hing
BACKGROUND: Stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) is a recreational activity and sport that has grown exponentially, with participation increasing from 1.1 million in 2010 to 2.8 million in 2014 in the United States alone. Despite this growth in participation, SUP remains underresearched with regard to injury epidemiology. PURPOSE: To investigate injury epidemiology (severity, location, type, mechanism) in SUP. STUDY DESIGN: Descriptive epidemiology study...
June 2017: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
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