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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441633/a-health-intervention-or-a-kitchen-appliance-household-costs-and-benefits-of-a-cleaner-burning-biomass-fuelled-cookstove-in-malawi
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Katie Cundale, Ranjeeta Thomas, Jullita Kenala Malava, Deborah Havens, Kevin Mortimer, Lesong Conteh
Pneumonia is the leading cause of mortality for children under five years in sub-Saharan Africa. Household air pollution has been found to increase risk of pneumonia, especially due to exposure from dirty burning biomass fuels. It has been suggested that advanced stoves, which burn fuel more efficiently and reduce smoke emissions, may help to reduce household air pollution in poor, rural settings. This qualitative study aims to provide an insight into the household costs and perceived benefits from use of the stove in Malawi...
April 13, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441098/how-robust-are-value-judgments-of-health-inequality-aversion-testing-for-framing-and-cognitive-effects
#2
Shehzad Ali, Aki Tsuchiya, Miqdad Asaria, Richard Cookson
BACKGROUND: Empirical studies have found that members of the public are inequality averse and value health gains for disadvantaged groups with poor health many times more highly than gains for better off groups. However, these studies typically use abstract scenarios that involve unrealistically large reductions in health inequality and face-to-face survey administration. It is not known how robust these findings are to more realistic scenarios or anonymous online survey administration...
April 1, 2017: Medical Decision Making: An International Journal of the Society for Medical Decision Making
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440811/evaluation-of-circadian-phenotypes-utilizing-fibroblasts-from-patients-with-circadian-rhythm-sleep-disorders
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A Hida, Y Ohsawa, S Kitamura, K Nakazaki, N Ayabe, Y Motomura, K Matsui, M Kobayashi, A Usui, Y Inoue, H Kusanagi, Y Kamei, K Mishima
We evaluated the circadian phenotypes of patients with delayed sleep-wake phase disorder (DSWPD) and non-24-hour sleep-wake rhythm disorder (N24SWD), two different circadian rhythm sleep disorders (CRSDs) by measuring clock gene expression rhythms in fibroblast cells derived from individual patients. Bmal1-luciferase (Bmal1-luc) expression rhythms were measured in the primary fibroblast cells derived from skin biopsy samples of patients with DSWPD and N24SWD, as well as control subjects. The period length of the Bmal1-luc rhythm (in vitro period) was distributed normally and was 22...
April 25, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439675/a-pilot-study-assessing-the-efficacy-of-posterior-tibial-nerve-stimulation-in-the-treatment-of-low-anterior-resection-syndrome
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V Vigorita, S Rausei, P Troncoso Pereira, I Trostchansky, A Ruano Poblador, E Moncada Iribarren, C Facal Alvarez, A de San Ildefonso Pereira, E Casal Núñez
BACKGROUND: Low anterior resection for rectal cancer often results in severe bowel dysfunction, specifically low anterior resection syndrome (LARS), with symptoms such as incontinence, urgency, and frequent bowel movements. Percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (PTNS) resulted in a high rate of success in patients with fecal incontinence. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment with PTNS in LARS and to identify predictors of the outcome of the technique. METHODS: The study was conducted from May 2012 to April 2015 at the Alvaro Cunqueiro Hospital, University Hospital Complex of Vigo, Spain...
April 24, 2017: Techniques in Coloproctology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439639/searching-for-consensus-in-the-approach-to-patients-with-chronic-lateral-ankle-instability-ask-the-expert
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Frederick Michels, H Pereira, J Calder, G Matricali, M Glazebrook, S Guillo, J Karlsson, Jorge Acevedo, Jorge Batista, Thomas Bauer, James Calder, Dominic Carreira, Woojin Choi, Nuno Corte-Real, Mark Glazebrook, Ali Ghorbani, Eric Giza, Stéphane Guillo, Kenneth Hunt, Jon Karlsson, S W Kong, Jin Woo Lee, Frederick Michels, Andy Molloy, Peter Mangone, Kentaro Matsui, Caio Nery, Saturo Ozeki, Chris Pearce, Hélder Pereira, Anthony Perera, Bas Pijnenburg, Fernando Raduan, James Stone, Masato Takao, Yves Tourné, Jordi Vega
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to propose recommendations for the treatment of patients with chronic lateral ankle instability (CAI) based on expert opinions. METHODS: A questionnaire was sent to 32 orthopaedic surgeons with clinical and scientific experience in the treatment of CAI. The questions were related to preoperative imaging, indications and timing of surgery, technical choices, and the influence of patient-related aspects. RESULTS: Thirty of the 32 invited surgeons (94%) responded...
April 25, 2017: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439601/collapsing-glomerulopathy-the-saudi-arabian-scenario-a-study-of-31-cases-and-a-review-of-literature
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Sufia Husain
To compare the clinico-pathological features of collapsing glomerulopathy (CG) at a tertiary hospital in Saudi Arabia with the world literature. Methods: In a retrospective study, all biopsy-diagnosed cases of CG between 2004-2015 were identified and analyzed, at King Khalid University Hospital, King Saud University, Riyadh. The clinico-pathological findings along with prognosis were reviewed and compared with the reported literature.  Results: Thirty-one CG patients were identified, most were adult males...
May 2017: Saudi Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439362/use-of-a-90-minute-admission-window-and-front-fill-system-to-reduce-work-compression-on-a-general-medicine-inpatient-teaching-service
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Youngjee Choi, Daniel Kim, Hyemi Chong, Christopher Mallow, Jason Bill, Anthony T Fojo, Melvin Blanchard
BACKGROUND: Duty hour limits have shortened intern shifts without concurrent reductions in workload, creating work compression. Multiple admissions during shortened shifts can result in poor training experience and patient care. OBJECTIVE: To relieve work compression, improve resident satisfaction, and improve duty hour compliance in an academic internal medicine program. METHODS: In 2014, interns on general ward services were allotted 90 minutes per admission from 3 pm to 7 pm, when the rate of admissions was high...
April 2017: Journal of Graduate Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439264/benthic-diatom-based-indices-for-water-quality-assessment-in-two-subtropical-streams
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Xiang Tan, Quanfa Zhang, Michele A Burford, Fran Sheldon, Stuart E Bunn
Benthic diatoms have been universally used as indicators to assess water quality in lotic ecosystems. However, most diatom-based indices developed in Europe have not been widely used or tested in other continents such as Asia or Oceania. This study compared the performance of 14 widely-applied diatom indices in assessing ecological conditions in subtropical streams in South East Queensland (SEQ) in Australia and in the upper Han River in China. Most water quality variables in the upper Han River including dissolved organic carbon (DOC), total nitrogen (TN), and soluble reactive phosphorus (SRP) had strong relationships with at least one diatom index, with the exception of IDAP (Index Diatom Artois-Picardie), and TDI (Trophic Diatom Index)...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439038/pseudomonas-aeruginosa-derived-rhamnolipids-and-other-detergents-modulate-colony-morphotype-and-motility-in-the-burkholderia-cepacia-complex
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Steve P Bernier, Courtney Hum, Xiang Li, George A O'Toole, Nathan Magarvey, Michael G Surette
Competitive interactions mediated by released chemicals (e.g. toxins) are prominent in multispecies communities, but their effect at subinhibitory concentrations on susceptible bacteria is poorly understood. Although Pseudomonas aeruginosa and species of the Burkholderia cepacia complex (Bcc) can exist together as a co-infection in cystic fibrosis airways, P. aeruginosa toxins can kill Bcc species in vitro Consequently, these bacteria become an ideal in vitro model system to study the impact of sublethal levels of toxins on the biology of typical susceptible bacteria such as the Bcc when exposed to P...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438693/effects-of-four-novel-genetic-polymorphisms-on-clopidogrel-efficacy-in-chinese-acute-coronary-syndromes-patients
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Fei-Yan Xiao, Min Liu, Bi-Lian Chen, Shan Cao, Lan Fan, Zhao-Qian Liu, Hong-Hao Zhou, Wei Zhang, Gan Zhou
Dual antiplatelet therapy is the gold standard for the clinical treatment of coronary artery disease, especially for acute coronary syndromes patients. However, a substantial number of patients do not respond to clopidogrel despite a standardized dosage regimen, and this is directly associated with poor prognosis. Genetic polymorphisms may be one of the most important factors that contribute to this phenomenon. In this study, we aimed to detect new single nucleotide polymorphisms that can influence the efficacy of clopidogrel in 851 acute coronary syndromes (ACS) patients...
April 21, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438394/gastric-foveolar-dysplasia-a-survey-of-reporting-habits-and-diagnostic-criteria
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Stefano Serra, Rola Ali, Adrian C Bateman, Kaushik Dasgupta, Vikram Deshpande, David K Driman, David Gibbons, Andrea Grin, Sara Hafezi-Bakhtiari, Kieran Sheahan, Amitabh Srivastava, Eva Szentgyorgyi, Rajkumar Vajpeyi, Shaun Walsh, Lai Mun Wang, Runjan Chetty
This study aimed to ascertain views, incidence of reporting and diagnostic criteria for gastric foveolar dysplasia. A questionnaire, a post-questionnaire discussion and microscopic assessment of selected cases was conducted by gastrointestinal pathologists to explore the above-stated aims. Fifty-four percent of respondents never or rarely diagnosed gastric foveolar-type dysplasia. The general consensus was that round nuclei, lack of nuclear stratification, presence of inflammation/damage and surface maturation favoured reactive change; while architectural abnormalities/complexity and nuclear enlargement mainly were used to separate low-grade from high-grade foveolar dysplasia...
April 21, 2017: Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436640/intravitreal-aflibercept-for-patients-with-diabetic-macular-edema-refractory-to-bevacizumab-or-ranibizumab-analysis-of-response-to-aflibercept
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Yen-Yi Chen, Pei-Yao Chang, Jia-Kang Wang
PURPOSE: To investigate the short-term efficacy and safety of intravitreal aflibercept in a case series of patients with diabetic macular edema (DME) refractory to ranibizumab or bevacizumab. DESIGN: A retrospective chart review. METHODS: From September 2013 to March 2016, we identified patients with DME who developed resistance to bevacizumab or ranibizumab. Three monthly intravitreal aflibercept injections were administered in refractory cases...
April 10, 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436105/exercise-decreases-marrow-adipose-tissue-though-%C3%A3-oxidation-in-obese-running-mice
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Maya Styner, Gabriel M Pagnotti, Cody McGrath, Xin Wu, Buer Sen, Gunes Uzer, Zhihui Xie, Xiaopeng Zong, Martin A Styner, Clinton T Rubin, Janet Rubin
The relationship between marrow adipose tissue (MAT) and bone health is poorly understood. We used running exercise to ask whether obesity-associated-MAT can be attenuated via exercise and whether this correlates with gains in bone quantity and quality. C57BL/6 mice were divided into diet-induced obesity (DIO n = 14) vs. low-fat diet (LFD n = 14). After 3 months, 16-week-old mice were allocated to an exercise intervention (LFD-E, DIO-E) or a control group (LFD, DIO) for 6 week (4 groups, n = 7/group)...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435506/audience-response-system-facilitates-prediction-of-scores-on-in-training-examination
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Kaushal H Shah, Jaime Jordan, Katherine Jahnes, David P Lisbon, Lucienne Lutfy-Clayton, Grant Wei, Gary Winkel, Sally A Santen
INTRODUCTION: Audience response systems (ARS) are increasingly popular; however, their contribution to education is not completely clear. Our study found that scores from review quizzes delivered by an ARS correlate with in-training exam (ITE) scores and are viewed positively by residents. This information may be useful in identifying poor performers early so that targeted educational interventions can be made. The objective was to determine if scores on review quizzes delivered by an ARS correlate with ITE scores and to obtain participant feedback on use of the ARS for ITE preparation...
April 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435391/programmed-cell-death-1-checkpoint-inhibitors-in-the-treatment-of-patients-with-advanced-melanoma
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REVIEW
Jacek Mackiewicz, Andrzej Mackiewicz
The treatment landscape of advanced melanoma has changed significantly following the discovery and marketing authorisation of immune checkpoints inhibitors. Ipilimumab (anti-CTLA-4) was the first one to be approved, and it. demonstrated long-term survival in about 20% of patients. Subsequently, anti-programmed cell death-1 (a-PD-1) antibodies (pembrolizuamb, nivolumab), inhibitors of PD-1/programmed cell death-1 ligand (PD1-L) synapse, showed higher clinical efficacy with lower toxicity comparing to ipilimumab...
2017: Contemporary Oncology Współczesna Onkologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435277/role-of-pirfenidone-in-the-management-of-pulmonary-fibrosis
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REVIEW
Keith C Meyer, Catherine A Decker
Pulmonary fibrosis is associated with a number of specific forms of interstitial lung disease (ILD) and can lead to progressive decline in lung function, poor quality of life, and, ultimately, early death. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), the most common fibrotic ILD, affects up to 1 in 200 elderly individuals and has a median survival that ranges from 3 to 5 years following initial diagnosis. IPF has not been shown to respond to immunomodulatory therapies, but recent trials with novel antifibrotic agents have demonstrated lessening of lung function decline over time...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435273/an-innovative-nonpharmacological-intervention-combined-with-intravenous-patient-controlled-analgesia-increased-patient-global-improvement-in-pain-and-satisfaction-after-major-surgery
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Chia-Chun Chuang, Chien-Ching Lee, Li-Kai Wang, Bor-Shyh Lin, Wen-Ju Wu, Chung-Han Ho, Jen-Yin Chen
PURPOSE: This study aimed to evaluate whether a nonpharmacological approach through implementation of a communication improvement program (named CICARE for Connect, Introduce, Communicate, Ask, Respond and Exit) into standard operating procedure (SOP) in acute pain service (APS) improved satisfaction in patients receiving intravenous patient-controlled analgesia (IV-PCA). PATIENTS AND METHODS: This was a nonrandomized before-after study. Adult patients (aged between 20 and 80 years) who received IV-PCA after major surgery were included...
2017: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434956/superficial-temporal-artery-middle-cerebral-artery-bypass-surgery-for-refractory-symptomatic-intracranial-atherosclerotic-stenosis
#18
Yan Ma, Fan Yang, Liqun Jiao, Meng Li, Yabing Wang, Yanfei Chen, Feng Ling
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate blood flow changes following bypass surgery for refractory symptomatic intracranial atherosclerotic stenosis. METHODS: We examined a cohort of consecutive patients with symptomatic ICAS. STA-MCA bypass was performed in refractory patients with poor perfusion. Angiograms were graded systematically for antegrade, collateral, and bypass flow, and clinical variables were collected preoperatively, and at 7 days, and 3, 6, and 12 months postoperatively...
April 18, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432119/temozolomide-treatment-can-improve-overall-survival-in-aggressive-pituitary-tumors-and-pituitary-carcinomas
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Hélène Lasolle, Christine Cortet, Fréderic Castinetti, Lucie Cloix, Philippe Caron, Brigitte Delemer, Rachel Desailloud, Christel Jublanc, Christine Lebrun-Frenay, Jean-Louis Sadoul, Luc Taillandier, Marie Batisse-Lignier, Fabrice Bonnet, Nathalie Bourcigaux, Damien Bresson, Olivier Chabre, Philippe Chanson, Cyril Garcia, Magalie Haissaguerre, Yves Reznik, Sophie Borot, Chiara Villa, Alexandre Vasiljevic, Stephan Gaillard, Emmanuel Jouanneau, Guillaume Assié, Gérald Raverot
OBJECTIVES: Only few retrospective studies have reported an efficacy rate of temozolomide (TMZ) in pituitary tumors (PT), all around 50%. However, the long-term survival of treated patients is rarely evaluated. We therefore aimed to describe the use of TMZ on PT in clinical practice and evaluate the long-term survival. DESIGN: Multicenter retrospective study by members of the French Society of Endocrinology. METHODS: Forty-three patients (14 women) treated with TMZ between 2006 and 2016 were included...
June 2017: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432109/early-response-to-ranibizumab-predictive-of-functional-outcome-after-dexamethasone-for-unresponsive-diabetic-macular-oedema
#20
Maria Vittoria Cicinelli, Michele Cavalleri, Lea Querques, Alessandro Rabiolo, Francesco Bandello, Giuseppe Querques
PURPOSE: To analyse the effects of intravitreal dexamethasone implant in patients suffering from diabetic macular oedema (DME) on the basis of their visual and functional response to antivascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) loading dose, in order to early shift to corticosteroids in poorly responding patients. DESIGN: Retrospective monocentric study. METHODS: Data of patients with diabetes shifted to 0.7 mg dexamethasone implant after three injections of ranibizumab (RNB) and followed-up to 12 months were reviewed...
April 21, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
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