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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783274/early-seizure-freedom-is-a-prognostic-factor-for-survival-in-patients-with-west-syndrome
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E J C Krijgh, C E Catsman-Berrevoets, R F Neuteboom
INTRODUCTION:  West syndrome (WS) is a devastating epileptic encephalopathy with substantial mortality. After a study by Riikonen in 1996, further data on mortality and prognostic factors for survival has been scarce. We aimed to study mortality in patients with WS and identify prognostic factors for survival. METHODS:  We performed a single-center retrospective study in a tertiary referral clinic (Erasmus University Hospital/Sophia Children's Hospital). This study obtained data from deceased patients regarding the age of death and cause of death...
May 21, 2018: Neuropediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783270/reducing-alarm-fatigue-in-two-neonatal-intensive-care-units-through-a-quality-improvement-collaboration
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Kendall R Johnson, James I Hagadorn, David W Sink
OBJECTIVE:  To reduce nonactionable oximeter alarms by 80% without increasing time infants were hypoxemic (oxygen saturation [SpO2 ] ≤ 80%) or hyperoxemic (SpO2  > 95% while on supplemental oxygen). STUDY DESIGN:  In 2015, a multidisciplinary team at Connecticut Children's Medical Center initiated a quality improvement project to reduce nonactionable oximeter alarms in two referral neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). Changes made through improvement cycles included reduction of the low oximeter alarm limit for specific populations, increased low alarm delay, development of postmenstrual age-based alarm profiles, and updated bedside visual reminders...
May 21, 2018: American Journal of Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783269/adding-paracetamol-to-ibuprofen-for-the-treatment-of-patent-ductus-arteriosus-in-preterm-infants-a-double-blind-randomized-placebo-controlled-pilot-study
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Ori Hochwald, Gur Mainzer, Liron Borenstein-Levin, Huda Jubran, Gil Dinur, Meirav Zucker, Malka Mor, Asaad Khoury, Amir Kugelman
OBJECTIVE:  The objective of this study was to compare the closure rate of hemodynamically significant patent ductus arteriosus (hsPDA) of intravenous ibuprofen + paracetamol (acetaminophen) versus ibuprofen + placebo, in preterm infants of 24 to 316/7 weeks postmenstrual age. STUDY DESIGN:  This is a single-center, double-blind, randomized controlled pilot study. Infants were assigned for treatment with either intravenous ibuprofen + paracetamol ( n  = 12) or ibuprofen + placebo ( n  = 12)...
May 21, 2018: American Journal of Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783261/epidemiology-of-acute-myocardial-infarction-in-ukraine-and-poltava-region
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Viacheslav M Zhdan, Grigory А Oksak, Oleh V Radomskyi, Denis I Shaposhnikov
OBJECTIVE: Introduction: The number of elderly people in society is increasing. Alike in all European countries, ageing population in Ukraine is observed, which affects the structure and dynamics of morbidity and mortality of the population towards the increase of chronic non-communicable diseases, which is the epidemic of the 21st century civilization. In 2010 in Ukraine, the proportion of people over the age of 60 was 20.6% of the total. The prevalence of all diseases among the elderly in 2010 amounted to 283522,8, and among the general population - 186746,4...
2018: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783231/allergenic-weed-pollen-forecast-under-the-mathematical-modeling-method-implementation-in-ukraine
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Irina I Motruk, Michael Yu Antomonov, Victoria V Rodinkova, Olena E Aleksandrova, Oleh V Yermishev
OBJECTIVE: Introduction: Allergies are the most common reason of the chronic diseases in developed countries and represent an important medical, social and economic issue, the relevance of which is growing both in these countries and in Ukraine. The most famous of these allergens group is the pollen of ambrosia and pollen of poaceae, which are ubiquitously distributed in the subtropical and temperate climate. The aim: The objective of our study was to develop the mathematical models, which will be able to indicate the probability of the pollen circulation, and thus these models can simplify the forecast of symptoms risk and improve the prophylaxis of pollinosis...
2018: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783200/blood-lead-and-cadmium-levels-in-preschool-children-and-associated-risk-factors-in-s%C3%A3-o-paulo-brazil
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Kelly Polido Kaneshiro Olympio, Júlia Prestes da Rocha Silva, Agnes Soares da Silva, Vanessa Cristina de Oliveira Souza, Marília Afonso Rabelo Buzalaf, Fernando Barbosa, Maria Regina Alves Cardoso
In Brazil, there are scarce data on lead (Pb) and cadmium (Cd) contamination, especially for more vulnerable populations such as preschool children. In this paper, we answer two questions: (1) What are the exposure levels of lead and cadmium in preschool children, in Sao Paulo, Brazil? and (2) What are the risk factors associated with this exposure? This cross-sectional study included 50 day care centers (DCCs), totaling 2463 children aged 1-4 years. Venous blood samples were analyzed by ICP-MS. Questionnaires were administered to the parents...
May 18, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783185/impact-of-body-mass-index-on-the-efficacy-of-endocrine-therapy-in-patients-with-metastatic-breast-cancer-a-retrospective-two-center-cohort-study
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Luwam Zewenghiel, Henrik Lindman, Antonis Valachis
BAKGROUND: The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of body mass index (BMI) on the efficacy of endocrine therapy in postmenopausal women with metastatic hormone receptor breast cancer (HR+BC) as well as to identify if the potential difference in efficacy was associated with Fulvestrant only or both aromatase inhibitors (AIs) and Fulvestrant. METHODS: A consecutive cohort of postmenopausal women with HR+metastatic breast cancer that have received endocrine therapy including Fulvestrant as a metastatic treatment strategy at the Departments of Oncology in Eskilstuna and Uppsala, Sweden, between 2008 and 2016 were identified...
May 18, 2018: Breast: Official Journal of the European Society of Mastology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783157/vaccines-and-the-association-with-relapses-in-patients-with-neuromyelitis-optica-spectrum-disorder
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Maureen A Mealy, Lawrence J Cook, Florence Pache, Diego L Velez, Nadja Borisow, Daniel Becker, Jorge A Jimenez Arango, Friedemann Paul, Michael Levy
BACKGROUND: It is unknown if vaccines cause non-specific immune activation in patients with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder and no consensus on the use of vaccines exists for this population. We investigated the temporal association of vaccinations with relapses in patients with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder. METHODS: This is a multi-center retrospective analysis of patients with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder for whom immunization history and clinical records from disease onset were available...
May 7, 2018: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783148/comparative-study-of-six-sequential-spectrophotometric-methods-for-quantification-and-separation-of-ribavirin-sofosbuvir-and-daclatasvir-an-application-on-laboratory-prepared-mixture-pharmaceutical-preparations-spiked-human-urine-spiked-human-plasma-and-dissolution
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Wafaa S Hassan, Manal S Elmasry, Heba M Elsayed, Dalia W Zidan
In accordance with International Conference on Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Registration of Pharmaceuticals for Human Use (ICH) guidelines, six novel, simple and precise sequential spectrophotometric methods were developed and validated for the simultaneous analysis of Ribavirin (RIB), Sofosbuvir (SOF), and Daclatasvir (DAC) in their mixture without prior separation steps. These drugs are described as co-administered for treatment of Hepatitis C virus (HCV). HCV is the cause of hepatitis C and some cancers such as liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma) and lymphomas in humans...
May 18, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783091/mind-at-home-streamlined-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-trial-of-home-based-care-coordination-for-persons-with-dementia-and-their-caregivers
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Quincy M Samus, Betty Smith Black, Melissa Reuland, Jeannie-Marie S Leoutsakos, Laura Pizzi, Kevin D Frick, David L Roth, Laura N Gitlin, Constantine G Lyketsos, Deirdre Johnston
BACKGROUND: Dementia is associated with high health care costs, premature long-term care (LTC) placement, medical complications, reduced quality of life, and caregiver burden. Most health care providers and systems are not yet organized or equipped to provide comprehensive long-term care management for dementia, although a range of effective symptoms and supportive care approaches exist. The Maximizing Independence at Home-Streamlined (MIND-S) is a promising model of home-based dementia care coordination designed to efficiently improve person-centered outcomes, while reducing care costs...
May 18, 2018: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783066/safe-needle-approach-for-examination-of-the-rhomboid-major
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Ki Hoon Kim, Goo Young Kim, Seong Gyu Lim, Byung Kyu Park, Dong Hwee Kim
BACKGROUND: Safe and accurate needle access to the rhomboid major (RM) during electromyography is challenging due to the overlying trapezius muscle and the risk of pneumothorax. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the RM anatomy associated with the trapezius using ultrasonography and to determine a safe and accurate needle insertion point for needle electromyography of the RM. DESIGN: Descriptive study. SETTING: Department of physical medicine and rehabilitation of a tertiary clinic center PARTICIPANTS: Participants between 23 and 71 years of age without any diseases (N=25; 13 men, 12 women; 50 scapulae) were included...
May 18, 2018: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783065/participation-in-daily-life-influence-on-quality-of-life-in-ambulatory-children-with-cerebral-palsy
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Jaclyn Omura, Molly Fuentes, Kristie Bjornson
BACKGROUND: Cerebral palsy is a chronic condition which affects children and has an impact on social and physical activity, as well as participation in daily life. Participation and quality of life are two important measures of successful rehabilitation that have not been well studied in children with cerebral palsy. OBJECTIVE: To report levels of participation and examine the relationship of participation to quality of life (QOL) in ambulatory children with cerebral palsy (CP) DESIGN: Secondary analysis, cross-sectional cohort study SETTING: Regional pediatric specialty care center PARTICIPANTS: A cohort of 128 ambulatory children with CP, Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) levels I-III, age 2-9 years INTERVENTIONS: Not Applicable MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory (PedsQL); Assessment of Life Habits (LIFE-H); Children's Assessment of Participation and Enjoyment and Assessment of Preschool Children's Participation (CAPE/APCP)...
May 18, 2018: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783043/developmental-changes-in-the-perception-of-visuotactile-simultaneity
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Yi-Chuan Chen, Terri L Lewis, David I Shore, Charles Spence, Daphne Maurer
A simultaneity judgment (SJ) task was used to measure the developmental trajectory of visuotactile simultaneity perception in children (aged 7, 9, 11, and 13 years) and adults. Participants were presented with a visual flash in the center of a computer monitor and a tap on their right index finger (located 20° below the flash) with 13 possible stimulus onset asynchronies (SOAs). Participants reported whether the flash and tap were presented at the same time. Compared with the adult group, children aged 7 and 9 years made more simultaneous responses when the tap led by more than 300 ms and when the flash led by more than 200 ms, whereas they made fewer simultaneous responses at the 0 ms SOA...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Experimental Child Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783040/contribution-of-previable-live-births-to-disparity-in-infant-mortality-of-us-born-puerto-ricans-compared-with-infants-of-other-hispanic-origins
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E S Hall, M Lee, E A DeFranco
OBJECTIVES: Although US-born Hispanics experience infant mortality rates (IMRs) which are lower than the national rate, within the Hispanic population, infants of Puerto Rican origin experience higher IMRs than other Hispanics. We aimed to describe the contribution of deaths among previable live-born infants to disparity in IMRs comparing Puerto Rican infants to infants of other Hispanic origins. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective, descriptive analysis. METHODS: We analyzed data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) WONDER online database representing linked US live births and infant deaths from 2005 to 2014...
May 18, 2018: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783039/the-influence-of-bone-cement-and-american-society-of-anesthesiologists-asa-class-on-cardiovascular-status-during-bipolar-hemiarthroplasty-for-displaced-femoral-neck-fracture-a-multicenter-prospective-case-control-study
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Shuichi Miyamoto, Junichi Nakamura, Satoshi Iida, Tomonori Shigemura, Shunji Kishida, Isao Abe, Munenori Takeshita, Makoto Otsuka, Yoshitada Harad, Sumihisa Orita, Seiji Ohtori
BACKGROUND: Little is known about how bone cement and American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) classification influence the cardiovascular system in elderly patients with femoral-neck fractures treated with cemented hemiarthroplasty. Therefore, we performed a case-control study to investigate these questions and compared the following: 1) ≥ASA III with ≤ASA II patients who underwent cemented hemiarthroplasty; 2) cemented with cementless hemiarthroplasty in ≥ASA III patients. HYPOTHESIS: ASA classification influences the cardiovascular system during cemented hemiarthroplasty and bone cement influences intraoperative blood pressure [IBP] in patients rated ≥ASA III...
May 18, 2018: Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Surgery & Research: OTSR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783036/retrospective-study-on-the-management-and-follow-up-of-18-patients-with-a-mid-urethral-sling-penetrating-the-urethra-or-bladder
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Edouard Goujon, Adélaide Jarniat, Florian Bardet, Lise Bergogne, Emmanuel Delorme
INTRODUCTION: The mid-urethral sling (MUS) procedure is the gold-standard for the surgical treatment of stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Urethro-vesical sling exposure is one of the most serious complications of this procedure. We describe the treatment and follow-up of 18 patients with bladder or urethral sling exposure. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This single-center, retrospective study assessed the diagnosis and management of MUS penetrating the lower urinary tract in 18 women...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Gynecology Obstetrics and Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783029/comparison-of-stanford-b-aortic-dissection-patients-who-received-tevar-combined-with-or-without-sleep-apnea-syndrome
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Xin Li, Wenwu Cai, Ping Zhang, Kun Fang, Jieting Zhu, Chang Shu
BACKGROUND: Patients with Stanford B aortic dissection usually complicated with sleep apnea syndrome. This condition always threatens the patients' respiration situation. In this study, we collected and analysis data of patients' peri-operative managements of Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair (TEVAR) for Stanford B Aortic Dissection (AD) complicated with Sleep Apnea Syndrome (SAS). Comparison has been made between these SAS patients and those who without SAS. METHODS: Between June 2013 and June 2014, the clinical data and outcomes of the Stanford B AD patients in the department of vascular surgery in the Second Xiangya Hospital were retrospectively reviewed and studied...
May 18, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783028/thoracic-duct-embolization-a-survey-of-practice-patterns
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Samantha A Jayasinghe, Ravi N Srinivasa, Anthony N Hage, Joseph J Gemmete, Bill S Majdalany, Jeffrey Forris Beecham Chick
PURPOSE: To determine training, treatment techniques, outcomes, and practice patterns of practitioners performing thoracic duct embolization (TDE). MATERIALS AND METHODS: From September to October of 2017, a 34-question survey focusing on training, treatment techniques, outcomes, and practice patterns of TDE was distributed through the Open Forum using the Society of Interventional Radiology Connect website. 54 practitioners completed the entire survey. Percentages were calculated for answers to the questions...
May 18, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783023/extended-spectrum-beta-lactamase-producing-enterobacteriaceae-infections-in-haematopoietic-stem-cell-transplant-recipients-epidemiology-and-molecular-characterization
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Molka Kharrat, Yosra Chebbi, Farah Ben Tanfous, Amel Lakhal, Saloua Ladeb, Tarek Ben Othmen, Wafa Achour
BACKGROUND: Extended spectrum β-lactamase producing Enterobacteriaceae (ESBL-E) are feared because they generate therapeutic difficulties and have high potential for dissemination. The purpose of our study was to investigate the epidemiology of these infections in hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) recipients and to determine the genes encoding ESBL. MATERIAL/METHODS: Our retrospective study concerned adult patients hospitalized at the National Bone Marrow Transplant Center and infected with ESBL-E post HSCT between january 2006 and december 2016...
May 18, 2018: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783012/decisional-conflict-among-patients-considering-treatment-options-for-lumbar-herniated-disc
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Hwang Richard, Lambrechts Sylvia, Liu Hui, Christopher S Saigal, Kwan Lorna, Cisneros Crystal, Langston T Holly, Duru O Kenrik
BACKGROUND: Lumbar herniated disc is a "preference-sensitive" condition, in which the optimal treatment choice is crucially dependent on an informed patient's goals and values. Little is known about decisional conflict, defined as an individual's level of uncertainty regarding a decision, in patients considering treatment for lumbar herniated discs. Our work aims to identify factors associated with decisional conflict and areas for improved shared decision-making. METHODS: We prospectively surveyed patients seeking treatment for a lumbar herniated disc at L4-L5 and/or L5-S1 with a physician at the UCLA Spine Center...
May 18, 2018: World Neurosurgery
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