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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433841/a-simple-and-reliable-method-for-diagnosis-of-ventriculoperitoneal-shunt-malfunction
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Hongri Zhang, Jinghua Peng, Xiaowei Hao, Xiaofan Guo, Gang Li
OBJECTIVE: To provide a simple and reliable method for diagnosis of ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt malfunction. METHODS: A total of 14 participants were enrolled in this study, consisting of seven patients with suspected shunt malfunction and seven control cases with apparent normal drainage. In all cases, 0.1 mL of 5% glucose solution was injected into the reservoir and 0.1 mL of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) was withdrawn from the reservoir 20 min later for glucose concentration measurement...
April 19, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433826/data-summarization-method-for-chronic-disease-tracking
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Dejan Aleksić, Petar Rajković, Dušan Vučković, Dragan Janković, Aleksandar Milenković
OBJECTIVES: Bearing in mind the rising prevalence of chronic medical conditions, the chronic disease management is one of the key features required by medical information systems used in primary healthcare. Our research group paid a particular attention to this specific area by offering a set of custom data collection forms and reports in order to improve medical professionals' daily routine. The main idea was to provide an overview of history for chronic diseases, which, as it seems, had not been properly supported in previous administrative workflows...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433332/cardiovascular-outcomes-in-patients-with-peripheral-arterial-disease-as-an-initial-or-subsequent-manifestation-of%C3%A2-atherosclerotic-disease-results-from-a-swedish-nationwide-study
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Birgitta Sigvant, Pål Hasvold, Björn Kragsterman, Mårten Falkenberg, Saga Johansson, Marcus Thuresson, Joakim Nordanstig
OBJECTIVE: Long-term progression of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) as initial manifestation of atherosclerotic arterial disease is not well described. Cardiovascular (CV) risk was examined in different PAD populations diagnosed in a hospital setting in Sweden. METHODS: Data for this retrospective cohort study were retrieved by linking data on morbidity, medication use, and mortality from Swedish national registries. Primary CV outcome was a composite of myocardial infarction, ischemic stroke (IS), and CV death...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432894/the-structure-correlates-and-treatment-related-changes-of-mindfulness-facets-across-the-anxiety-disorders-and-obsessive-compulsive-disorder
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Lance L Hawley, Jenny Rogojanski, Valerie Vorstenbosch, Lena C Quilty, Judith M Laposa, Neil A Rector
Research with non-clinical and clinical samples has examined how mindfulness concepts relate to psychological symptom presentations. However, there is less clarity when examining treatment-seeking patients who experience DSM-diagnosed anxiety and obsessional disorders - both cross-sectionally, and following empirically-supported treatments. The Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire (FFMQ; Baer, Smith, Hopkins, Krietemeyer, & Toney, 2006) conceptualizes mindfulness as consisting of five facets: Observing, Describing, Acting with Awareness, Nonreactivity, and Nonjudging...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Anxiety Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432659/current-role-of-blood-and-urine-biomarkers-in-the-clinical-care-of-adults-with-congenital-heart-disease
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Saurabh Rajpal, Laith Alshawabkeh, Alexander R Opotowsky
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: There is an increasing number of adult patients with congenital heart disease (CHD). While several biomarkers have been validated and integrated into general cardiology clinical practice, these tests are often applied to adults with CHD in the absence of disease-specific validation. Although these patients are often grouped into a single population, there is heterogeneous pathophysiology, variable disease chronicity, extensive multisystem involvement, and a low event rate relative to acquired heart disease...
June 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432400/-the-intestinal-microbiome-and-metabolic-diseases-from-obesity-to-diabetes-and-nonalcoholic-steatohepatitis
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S C Bischoff
BACKGROUND: The intestinal microbiome consists of about 10 million genes, many of which encode digestive enzymes. This explains why animal and human experiments revealed that the intestinal microbiome adapts to food intake and optimizes energy harvest from food. This function is considered beneficial in states of lack of food, but following overnutrition, it might support the development of obesity. OBJECTIVES: The relevance of the intestinal microbiome for the pathogenesis of obesity and associated metabolic diseases such as fatty liver disease and type 2 diabetes mellitus and for the clinical management of such diseases shall be discussed...
April 21, 2017: Der Internist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431745/mental-health-care-in-athens-are-compulsory-admissions-in-greece-a-one-way-road
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Stelios Stylianidis, Lily Evangelia Peppou, Nektarios Drakonakis, Athanasios Douzenis, Aimilia Panagou, Kyriaki Tsikou, Amalia Pantazi, Yannis Rizavas, Benedetto Saraceno
Involuntary hospitalization has long been a contentious issue worldwide. In Greece, the frequency of compulsory admissions is assumed to be alarmingly high; however, no study has systematically investigated this issue. In line with this, the present study aims to estimate the frequency of compulsory admissions in a psychiatric hospital and to explore its underpinnings. All individuals who were admitted to the Psychiatric Hospital of Attica during June-October 2011 were included into the study. Information about their socio-demographic and clinical characteristics as well as their previous contact with mental health services was obtained from interviewing the patient and his/her physician...
April 18, 2017: International Journal of Law and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430588/chronic-grouped-social-restriction-triggers-long-lasting-immune-system-adaptations
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Rui Tian, Gonglin Hou, Liuwei Song, Jianming Zhang, Ti-Fei Yuan
Chronic stress triggers rigorous psychological and physiological changes, including immunological system adaptations. However, the effects of long-term social restriction on human immune system have not been investigated. The present study is to investigate the effect of chronic stress on immune changes in human blood, with the stress stimuli controlled.10 male volunteers were group isolated from the modern society in a 50-meter-square room for 150 days, with enriched nutrition and good living conditions provided...
April 5, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430383/assessment-of-disease-specific-knowledge-in-australian-children-with-inflammatory-bowel-disease-and-their-parents
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Andrew S Day, Gaithri Mylvaganam, Nollaig Shalloo, Cathy Clarkson, Steven T Leach, Daniel A Lemberg
AIMS: Disease-specific knowledge may influence disease outcome and quality of life in children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). This prospective study aimed to define IBD-related knowledge in a group of Australian children with IBD and their parents using a validated measure of disease-specific knowledge, the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Knowledge Inventory Device (IBD-KID). METHODS: Children (less than 18 years) diagnosed with IBD who were members of the Australian patient support organisation were identified...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429890/prevalence-of-the-reversed-halo-sign-in-neutropenic-patients-compared-with-non-neutropenic-patients-data-from-a-single-centre-study-involving-27-patients-with-pulmonary-mucormycosis-2003-2016
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Jessie Bourcier, Pierre-Marie Heudes, Florent Morio, Thomas Gastinne, Patrice Chevallier, Fanny Rialland-Battisti, Claire Garandeau, Isabelle Danner-Boucher, Patrice Le Pape, Eric Frampas, Philippe Moreau, Claire Defrance, Pierre Peterlin
Pulmonary mucormycosis (PM) is a life-threatening infection and the diagnosis can be challenging. The objective was to retrospectively explore the value of the RHS in our cohort of 27 patients with mucormycosis and its relation to neutropenia. This was a retrospective study including all patients with a diagnosis of probable or proven invasive PM according to the 2008 EORTC/MSG criteria between September 2003 to April 2016. Fisher's exact test and Mann-Whitney test, with a P-value statistically significant under ...
April 21, 2017: Mycoses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429237/atypical-and-anaplastic-meningioma-outcomes-in-a-population-based-study
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T Garzon-Muvdi, W Yang, M Lim, H Brem, J Huang
Atypical and anaplastic meningiomas (AAM) are aggressive tumors. This study is aimed at examining associations between patient and tumor-related factors and tumor-related death in patients with AAM. We conducted a population-based cohort study utilizing prospectively collected data from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database. Patients with diagnosis of AAM from 1973 to 2012 in the SEER database were included. Patients lacking clinical information were excluded. Multivariate analysis between patient and lesion characteristics, and AAM-related death was performed to adjust for confounding factors...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429162/involvement-of-methylated-hbha-expressed-from-mycobacterium-smegmatis-in-an-ifn-%C3%AE-release-assay-to-aid-discrimination-between-latent-infection-and-active-tuberculosis-in-bcg-vaccinated-populations
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H-L Wen, C-L Li, G Li, Y-H Lu, H-C Li, T Li, H-M Zhao, K Wu, D B Lowrie, J-X Lv, S-H Lu, X-Y Fan
IFN-γ release assays (IGRAs) based on region of difference 1 (RD1) antigens have improved diagnosis of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tb) infection. However, IGRAs with these antigens cannot discriminate between active tuberculosis (ATB) and latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI). M. tb heparin-binding-hemagglutinin (HBHA) induces relatively high IFN-γ responses in LTBI individuals and low responses in ATB patients, but purification of the native methylated HBHA from cultures of M. tb for immunological tests is complex and time-consuming...
April 20, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429127/uveitis-in-siriraj-hospital-pattern-differences-between-immune-related-uveitis-and-infectious-uveitis-in-a-university-based-tertiary-care-hospital
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Nattaporn Tesavibul, Sutasinee Boonsopon, Pitipol Choopong, Sujintana Tanterdtham
PURPOSE: To describe a proportion of uveitis and to analyse differences between immune-related uveitis and infectious uveitis groups. METHODS: A retrospective study of 458 uveitis patients were categorized into immune-related uveitis, infectious uveitis, masquerade, and undetermined groups. The pattern of inflammation was described. Subgroup analysis was performed to compare pattern differences between immune-related uveitis and infectious uveitis groups. RESULTS: The most common location of inflammation was the anterior eye segment...
April 20, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429092/natural-history-of-men1-gep-net-single-center-experience-after-a-long-follow-up
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Francesco Giudici, Tiziana Cavalli, Francesca Giusti, Giorgio Gronchi, Giacomo Batignani, Francesco Tonelli, Maria Luisa Brandi
BACKGROUND: The multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 syndrome (MEN1) natural history is poorly evaluated, and few single-institution experiences about hereditary gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (GEP-NET) are reported. Our purpose is to analyze the role of GEP-NET in MEN1-related death, as well as the behavior of these lesions during follow-up. METHODS: The study population consists of 77 patients diagnosed with MEN1 GEP-NET, regularly followed up since 1990...
April 20, 2017: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429027/a-metabolomic-study-on-high-risk-stroke-patients-determines-low-levels-of-serum-lysine-metabolites-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Yeseung Lee, Adnan Khan, Seri Hong, Sun Ha Jee, Youngja H Park
Identifying changes in serum metabolites during cerebral ischemia is an important approach for early diagnosis of thrombotic stroke. Herein, we highlight novel biomarkers for early diagnosis of patients at high risk of thrombotic stroke using high resolution metabolomics (HRM). In this retrospective cohort study, serum samples obtained from patients at risk of thrombotic stroke (n  =  62) and non-risk individuals (n  =  348) were tested using HRM, coupled with LC-MS/MS, to discriminate between metabolic profiles of control and stroke risk patients...
April 21, 2017: Molecular BioSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428722/therapeutic-experience-of-289-elderly-patients-with-biliary-diseases
#16
Zong-Ming Zhang, Zhuo Liu, Li-Min Liu, Chong Zhang, Hong-Wei Yu, Bai-Jiang Wan, Hai Deng, Ming-Wen Zhu, Zi-Xu Liu, Wen-Ping Wei, Meng-Meng Song, Yue Zhao
AIM: To present clinical characteristics, diagnosis and treatment strategies in elderly patients with biliary diseases. METHODS: A total of 289 elderly patients with biliary diseases were enrolled in this study. The clinical data relating to these patients were collected in our hospital from June 2013 to May 2016. Patient age, disease type, coexisting diseases, laboratory examinations, surgical methods, postoperative complications and therapeutic outcomes were analyzed...
April 7, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428677/hypothyroidism-in-pediatric-population-bosnian-and-herzegovinian-situation
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Edo Hasanbegovic, Snijezana Hasanbegovic, Edin Begic
INTRODUCTION: Thyroid gland diseases in children are in second place by frequency among all endocrine disorders. When interpreting the results of the thyroid function assessment it should be taken into account the significant differences in the concentrations of TSH, thyroid hormones, thyroid binding proteins and calcitonin among children of different ages. GOAL: To present the age and sex structure of the patients diagnosed with hypothyroidism, evaluate diagnostic methods for making diagnosis, evaluation of etiology of hypothyroidism, with special review of the therapeutic modality...
February 2017: Medical Archives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427980/comparative-study-between-cobalt-chrome-and-titanium-alloy-rods-for-multi-level-spinal-fusion-proximal-junctional-kyphosis-more-frequently-occurred-in-patients-having-cobalt-chrome-rods
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Sanghyun Han, Seung-Jae Hyun, Ki-Jeong Kim, Tae-Ahn Jahng, Hyun-Jib Kim
BACKGROUND: The use of titanium alloy (Ti) rods is frequently associated with rod fracture following spinal fixation. To address this issue, cobalt chrome (CoCr) rods-which are advantageous due to their greater strength and resistance to fatigue relative to Ti rods-have been introduced. The purpose of the present study was to compare radiographic outcomes following the use of Ti versus CoCr rods in a matched cohort of patients undergoing posterior spinal fusion for treatment of spinal instability...
April 17, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427453/the-italian-society-for-pediatric-nephrology-sinepe-consensus-document-on-the-management-of-nephrotic-syndrome-in-children-part-i-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-the-first-episode-and-the-first-relapse
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REVIEW
Andrea Pasini, Elisa Benetti, Giovanni Conti, Luciana Ghio, Marta Lepore, Laura Massella, Daniela Molino, Licia Peruzzi, Francesco Emma, Carmelo Fede, Antonella Trivelli, Silvio Maringhini, Marco Materassi, Giovanni Messina, Giovanni Montini, Luisa Murer, Carmine Pecoraro, Marco Pennesi
This consensus document is aimed at providing an updated, multidisciplinary overview on the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric nephrotic syndrome (NS) at first presentation. It is the first consensus document of its kind to be produced by all the pediatric nephrology centres in Italy, in line with what is already present in other countries such as France, Germany and the USA. It is based on the current knowledge surrounding the symptomatic and steroid treatment of NS, with a view to providing the basis for a separate consensus document on the treatment of relapses...
April 21, 2017: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426850/second-primary-malignant-neoplasms-and-survival-in-adolescent-and-young-adult-cancer-survivors
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Theresa H M Keegan, Archie Bleyer, Aaron S Rosenberg, Qian Li, Melanie Goldfarb
Importance: Although the increased incidence of second primary malignant neoplasms (SPMs) is a well-known late effect after cancer, few studies have compared survival after an SPM to survival of the same cancer occurring as first primary malignant neoplasm (PM) by age. Objective: To assess the survival impact of SPMs in adolescents and young adults (AYAs) (15-39 years) compared with that of pediatric (<15 years) and older adult (≥40 years) patients with the same SPMs...
April 20, 2017: JAMA Oncology
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