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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724045/spinal-tumors-in-children
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Andrei Fernandes Joaquim, Enrico Ghizoni, Marcelo Gomes Cordeiro Valadares, Simone Appenzeller, Simone Dos Santos Aguiar, Helder Tedeschi
Introduction: Spinal tumors are rare in the pediatric population, presenting many specific peculiarities when compared to adults. We have performed a broad narrative review to describe the most common spinal tumors in children, discussing their main characteristics and management options. Method: The authors have performed an extensive review of the peer-reviewed literature addressing the aforementioned objectives. Results: Multimodality radiological studies (plain films, 3D computed tomography scan and magnetic resonance imaging) are necessary for proper evaluation and differential diagnosis of spinal tumors in children...
May 2017: Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721643/the-scientific-self-reclaiming-its-place-in-the-history-of-research-ethics
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Herman Paul
How can the history of research ethics be expanded beyond the standard narrative of codification-a story that does not reach back beyond World War II-without becoming so broad as to lose all distinctiveness? This article proposes a history of research ethics focused on the "scientific self," that is, the role-specific identity of scientists as typically described in terms of skills, competencies, qualities, or dispositions. Drawing on three agenda-setting texts from nineteenth-century history, biology, and sociology, the article argues that the "revolutions" these books sought to unleash were, among other things, revolts against inherited conceptions of scientific selfhood...
July 18, 2017: Science and Engineering Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720267/a-systematic-review-of-the-supportive-care-needs-of-people-living-with-and-beyond-cancer-of-the-colon-and-or-rectum
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Grigorios Kotronoulas, Constantina Papadopoulou, Kathryn Burns-Cunningham, Mhairi Simpson, Roma Maguire
PURPOSE: Gaining a clear understanding of the health needs and concerns of people with cancer of the colon and/or rectum can help identify ways to offer a comprehensive care package. Our aim was to systematically assess the relevant literature and synthesise current available evidence. METHODS: A systematic review was conducted according to the PRISMA Statement guidelines. Five electronic databases were searched to identify studies employing qualitative and/or quantitative methods...
August 2017: European Journal of Oncology Nursing: the Official Journal of European Oncology Nursing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716120/advancing-team-based-primary-health-care-a-comparative-analysis-of-policies-in-western-canada
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Esther Suter, Sara Mallinson, Renee Misfeldt, Omenaa Boakye, Louise Nasmith, Sabrina T Wong
BACKGROUND: We analyzed and compared primary health care (PHC) policies in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan to understand how they inform the design and implementation of team-based primary health care service delivery. The goal was to develop policy imperatives that can advance team-based PHC in Canada. METHODS: We conducted comparative case studies (n = 3). The policy analysis included: Context review: We reviewed relevant information (2007 to 2014) from databases and websites...
July 17, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715059/the-cost-effectiveness-of-genetic-screening-for-familial-hypercholesterolemia-a-systematic-review
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A Rosso, E Pitini, E D'Andrea, A Massimi, C De Vito, C Marzuillo, P Villari
BACKGROUND: Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is a genetic disorder that leads to elevated plasma LDL-cholesterol levels and premature coronary heart disease (CHD). An understanding of the mutations responsible for FH and the effectiveness of statins in lowering the risk of CHD in FH patients has increased interest in genetic screening strategies to improve FH diagnosis. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of such strategies. METHODS: We performed a systematic review of full economic evaluations that assessed the cost-effectiveness of FH genetic screening strategies...
September 2017: Annali di Igiene: Medicina Preventiva e di Comunità
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708742/physical-therapy-and-exercise-interventions-in-huntington-s-disease-a-mixed-methods-systematic-review-protocol
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Lori Quinn, Monica Busse, Judith Carrier, Nora Fritz, Jane Harden, Lynda Hartel, Deb Kegelmeyer, Anne Kloos, Ashwini Rao
The review seeks to evaluate the effectiveness of physical therapy and exercise interventions in Huntington's disease (HD). The review question is: What is the effectiveness of physiotherapy and therapeutic exercise interventions in people with HD, and what are patients', families' and caregivers' perceptions of these interventions?The specific objectives are:This mixed methods review seeks to develop an aggregated synthesis of quantitative, qualitative and narrative systematic reviews on physiotherapy and exercise interventions in HD, in an attempt to derive conclusions and recommendations useful for clinical practice and policy decision-making...
July 2017: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706101/low-value-clinical-practices-in-injury-care-a-scoping-review-protocol
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Lynne Moore, Khadidja Malloum Boukar, Pier-Alexandre Tardif, Henry T Stelfox, Howard Champion, Peter Cameron, Belinda Gabbe, Natalie Yanchar, John Kortbeek, François Lauzier, France Légaré, Patrick Archambault, Alexis F Turgeon
INTRODUCTION: Preventable injuries lead to 200 000 hospital stays, 60 000 disabilities, and 13 000 deaths per year in Canada with direct costs of $20 billion. Overall, potentially unnecessary medical interventions are estimated to consume up to 30% of healthcare resources and may expose patients to avoidable harm. However, little is known about overuse for acute injury care. We aim to identify low-value clinical practices in injury care. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: We will perform a scoping review of peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed literature to identify research articles, reviews, recommendations and guidelines that identify at least one low-value clinical practice specific to injury populations...
July 12, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705893/evaluation-of-strategies-to-communicate-harmful-and-potentially-harmful-constituent-hphc-information-through-cigarette-package-inserts-a-discrete-choice-experiment
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Ramzi G Salloum, Jordan J Louviere, Kayla R Getz, Farahnaz Islam, Dien Anshari, Yoojin Cho, Richard J O'Connor, David Hammond, James F Thrasher
BACKGROUND: The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has regulatory authority to use inserts to communicate with consumers about harmful and potentially harmful constituents (HPHCs) in tobacco products; however, little is known about the most effective manner for presenting HPHC information. METHODS: In a discrete choice experiment, participants evaluated eight choice sets, each of which showed two cigarette packages from four different brands and tar levels (high vs low), accompanied by an insert that included between-subject manipulations (ie, listing of HPHCs vs grouping by disease outcome and numeric values ascribed to HPHCs vs no numbers) and within-subject manipulations (ie, 1 of 4 warning topics; statement linking an HPHC with disease vs statement with no HPHC link)...
July 13, 2017: Tobacco Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698318/words-do-matter-a-systematic-review-on-how-different-terminology-for-the-same-condition-influences-management-preferences
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Brooke Nickel, Alexandra Barratt, Tessa Copp, Ray Moynihan, Kirsten McCaffery
OBJECTIVES: Changing terminology for low-risk, screen-detected conditions has now been recommended by several expert groups in order to prevent overdiagnosis and reduce the associated harms of overtreatment. However, the effect of terminology on patients' preferences for management is not well understood. This review aims to synthesise existing studies on terminology and its impact on management decision making. DESIGN: Systematic review. METHODS: Studies were included that compared two or more terminologies to describe the same condition and measured the effect on treatment or management preferences and/or choices...
July 10, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693599/determining-the-impact-of-24-7-phone-support-on-hospital-readmissions-after-aortic-valve-replacement-surgery-the-avrre-study-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Irene Lie, Stein Ove Danielsen, Theis Tønnessen, Svein Solheim, Marit Leegaard, Leiv Sandvik, Torbjørn Wisløff, Jonny Vangen, Tor Henning Røsstad, Philip Moons
BACKGROUND: Patients undergoing surgical aortic valve replacement (sAVR) have high rates of 30-day readmissions. They also report a low health-related quality of life (HRQOL) and elevated anxiety and depression. The aim of the AVRre study is to determine the efficacy and cost of a 24/7 phone-support intervention in reducing post-discharge readmissions after sAVR. The nature of the support is to help patients better understand and self-manage non-urgent symptoms at home. METHODS/DESIGN: AVRre is a prospective, randomised controlled study comprising 30 days of continuous phone-support intervention and then intermittent follow-up for the first 12 months...
May 30, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693556/evidence-for-a-comprehensive-approach-to-aboriginal-tobacco-control-to-maintain-the-decline-in-smoking-an-overview-of-reviews-among-indigenous-peoples
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Catherine Chamberlain, Susan Perlen, Sue Brennan, Lucie Rychetnik, David Thomas, Raglan Maddox, Noore Alam, Emily Banks, Andrew Wilson, Sandra Eades
BACKGROUND: Tobacco smoking is a leading cause of disease and premature mortality among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Indigenous) Australians. While the daily smoking prevalence among Indigenous Australians has declined significantly from 49% in 2001, it remains about three times higher than that of non-Indigenous Australians (39 and 14%, respectively, for age ≥15 years in 2014-15). This overview of systematic reviews aimed to synthesise evidence about reducing tobacco consumption among Indigenous peoples using a comprehensive framework for Indigenous tobacco control in Australia comprised of the National Tobacco Strategy (NTS) and National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan (NATSIHP) principles and priorities...
July 10, 2017: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693555/delay-discounting-differences-in-brain-activation-connectivity-and-structure-in-individuals-with-addiction-a-systematic-review-protocol
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Max M Owens, Michael T Amlung, Steven R H Beach, Lawrence H Sweet, James MacKillop
BACKGROUND: Delayed reward discounting (DRD), the degree to which future rewards are discounted relative to immediate rewards, is used as an index of impulsive decision-making and has been associated with a number of problematic health behaviors. Given the robust behavioral association between DRD and addictive behavior, there is an expanding literature investigating the differences in the functional and structural correlates of DRD in the brain between addicted and healthy individuals...
July 11, 2017: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690019/evaluation-of-the-benefits-of-exercise-on-cognition-in-major-depressive-disorder
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REVIEW
Tracy L Greer, Jennifer L Furman, Madhukar H Trivedi
BACKGROUND: Cognitive impairment is increasingly recognized as a significant symptom in patients with major depressive disorder (MDD). While exercise is already recommended in many treatment guidelines for patients with MDD and has been shown to improve cognition in other disorders (e.g., Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, schizophrenia), limited research is available evaluating the effect of exercise on cognition in MDD. METHODS: We provide a narrative review of existing literature regarding the effect(s) of exercise on cognition across several neurodegenerative and psychiatric diseases, and particularly in MDD, with specific emphasis on study design and methodology that may impair adequate synthesis of the results...
July 6, 2017: General Hospital Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689784/gedos-secot-consensus-on-the-care-process-of-patients-with-knee-osteoarthritis-and-arthoplasty
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M A Ruiz Iban, A Tejedor, E Gil Garay, C Revenga, J C Hermosa, J Montfort, M J Peña, J M López Millán, A Montero Matamala, A Capa Grasa, M J Navarro, M Gobbo, E Loza
OBJECTIVE: To develop recommendations on the evaluation and management procedure in patients undergoing total knee replacement based on best evidence and the experience of a panel of experts. METHODS: A multidisciplinary group of 12 experts was selected that defined the scope, users and the document parts. Three systematic reviews were performed in patients undergoing knee replacement: (i)efficacy and safety of fast-tracks; (ii)efficacy and safety of cognitive interventions in patients with catastrophic pain, and (iii) efficacy and safety of acute post-surgical pain management on post-surgical outcomes...
July 6, 2017: Revista Española de Cirugía Ortopédica y Traumatología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688479/physiological-closed-loop-control-in-intelligent-oxygen-therapy-a-review
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REVIEW
Daniel Sanchez-Morillo, Osama Olaby, Miguel Angel Fernandez-Granero, Antonio Leon-Jimenez
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Oxygen therapy has become a standard care for the treatment of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other hypoxemic chronic lung diseases. In current systems, manually continuous adjustment of O2 flow rate is a time-consuming task, often unsuccessful, that requires experienced staff. The primary aim of this systematic review is to collate and report on the principles, algorithms and accuracy of autonomous physiological close-loop controlled oxygen devices as well to present recommendations for future research and studies in this area...
July 2017: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687722/a-meta-analysis-on-progressive-atrophy-in-intractable-temporal-lobe-epilepsy-time-is-brain
#16
REVIEW
Lorenzo Caciagli, Andrea Bernasconi, Samuel Wiebe, Matthias J Koepp, Neda Bernasconi, Boris C Bernhardt
OBJECTIVE: It remains unclear whether drug-resistant temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) is associated with cumulative brain damage, with no expert consensus and no quantitative syntheses of the available evidence. METHODS: We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of MRI studies on progressive atrophy, searching PubMed and Ovid MEDLINE databases for cross-sectional and longitudinal quantitative MRI studies on drug-resistant TLE. RESULTS: We screened 2,976 records and assessed eligibility of 248 full-text articles...
July 7, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687453/cerebellar-stroke-presenting-with-isolated-dizziness-brain-mri-in-136-patients
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Michael D Perloff, Nimesh S Patel, Carlos S Kase, Anuja U Oza, Barbara Voetsch, Jose R Romero
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate occurrence of cerebellar stroke in Emergency Department (ED) presentations of isolated dizziness (dizziness with a normal exam and negative neurological review of systems). METHODS: A 5-year retrospective study of ED patients presenting with a chief complaint of "dizziness or vertigo", without other symptoms or signs in narrative history or on exam to suggest a central nervous system lesion, and work-up included a brain MRI within 48h. Patients with symptoms commonly peripheral in etiology (nystagmus, tinnitus, gait instability, etc...
June 22, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686913/guidance-for-the-diagnosis-of-pulmonary-embolism-during-pregnancy-consensus-and-controversies
#18
REVIEW
Tony Wan, Leslie Skeith, Alan Karovitch, Marc Rodger, Grégoire Le Gal
Pulmonary embolism (PE) is one of the leading causes of maternal mortality despite a low incidence of PE during pregnancy. Several challenges surround the diagnosis of PE in pregnant women and the existing clinical guidelines provide weak recommendations on selecting the appropriate investigations for suspected PE in pregnancy. The purpose of this narrative review is to compare and contrast the recommendations of current clinical guidelines and review the evidence underpinning the recommendations on the evaluation of suspected PE in pregnancy...
June 23, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28682222/the-clinical-effectiveness-and-cost-effectiveness-of-cetuximab-review-of-technology-appraisal-no-176-and-panitumumab-partial-review-of-technology-appraisal-no-240-for-previously-untreated-metastatic-colorectal-cancer-a-systematic-review-and-economic-evaluation
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Nicola Huxley, Louise Crathorne, Jo Varley-Campbell, Irina Tikhonova, Tristan Snowsill, Simon Briscoe, Jaime Peters, Mary Bond, Mark Napier, Martin Hoyle
BACKGROUND: Colorectal cancer is the fourth most commonly diagnosed cancer in the UK after breast, lung and prostate cancer. People with metastatic disease who are sufficiently fit are usually treated with active chemotherapy as first- or second-line therapy. Targeted agents are available, including the antiepidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) agents cetuximab (Erbitux(®), Merck Serono UK Ltd, Feltham, UK) and panitumumab (Vecitibix(®), Amgen UK Ltd, Cambridge, UK). OBJECTIVE: To investigate the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of panitumumab in combination with chemotherapy and cetuximab in combination with chemotherapy for rat sarcoma (RAS) wild-type (WT) patients for the first-line treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer...
June 2017: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681620/the-burden-of-mood-disorder-cerebrovascular-disease-comorbidity-essential-neurobiology-psychopharmacology-and-physical-activity-interventions
#20
Michele Fornaro, Marco Solmi, Nicola Veronese, Domenico De Berardis, Elisabetta Filomena Buonaguro, Carmine Tomasetti, Giampaolo Perna, Antonio Preti, Mauro Giovanni Carta
Cardio-vascular diseases (CVDs) and CVD-related disorders (including cerebrovascular diseases; CBVDs) are a major public health concern as they represent the leading cause of mortality and morbidity in developed countries. Patients with CVDs and CBVDs co-morbid with mood disorders, especially bipolar disorder (BD) and major depressive disorder (MDD), suffer reduced quality-of-life and significant disability adjusted for years of life and mortality. The relationship between CVDs/CBVDs and mood disorders is likely to be bidirectional...
July 6, 2017: International Review of Psychiatry
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