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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887806/a-comparison-of-two-psychological-interventions-for-newly-diagnosed-gynecological-cancer-patients
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Sharon L Manne, Shannon Myers Virtue, Melissa Ozga, Deborah Kashy, Carolyn Heckman, David Kissane, Norman Rosenblum, Mark Morgan, Lorna Rodriquez
OBJECTIVE: This study compared the efficacy of two psychological interventions, a coping and communication-enhancing intervention (CCI) and supportive counseling (SC), in reducing depressive symptoms, cancer-specific distress, fear of recurrence, and emotional well-being of women diagnosed with gynecological cancer. Demographic, medical, and psychological moderators of intervention effects were evaluated. METHODS: Three hundred fifty-two women with gynecological cancer were randomly assigned to eight sessions of CCI, eight sessions of SC, or usual care (UC)...
November 22, 2016: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884595/melatonin-protection-against-age-related-cardiac-pathology
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REVIEW
Gaia Favero, Lorenzo Franceschetti, Barbara Buffoli, Moghadasian H Mohammed, Russel J Reiter, Luigi Fabrizio Rodella, Rita Rezzani
Aging is a complex and progressive process that involves physiological and metabolic deterioration in every organ and system. Cardiovascular diseases are one of the most common causes of mortality and morbidity among elderly subjects worldwide. Most age-related cardiovascular disorders can be influenced by modifiable behaviours such as a healthy diet rich in fruit and vegetables, avoidance of smoking, increased physical activity and reduced stress. The role of diet in prevention of various disorders is a well-established factor, which has an even more important role in the geriatric population...
November 21, 2016: Ageing Research Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873425/i-want-you-to-pretend-to-be-sincere
#3
Julia Hynes
Medical education has changed dramatically since the inception of this journal 50 years ago and is indeed a work in progress: there is now heavy emphasis on the character of the physician, in particular, and professionalism, in general. The subjects of communications skills and the teaching of sincerity, empathy and compassion are relative newcomers to the stage: they are not even as old as this journal itself. Nevertheless, these topics arose in an ancient debate dating from classical antiquity. 'Can we teach virtue?' Plato wondered in the Meno...
December 2016: Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873414/virtual-sorting-hat-%C3%A2-technology-for-the-matching-of-candidates-to-residency-training-programs
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Pishoy Gouda, Martin Cormican
BACKGROUND: The matching of medical students and trainees to appropriate training programmes poses many challenges, including financial cost and applicant stress. There are few studies that have examined alternatives to the current process of matching candidates to specialist training. Case reports from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry(™) have suggested that wearable technology may be used to assign individuals with particular sets of skills and virtues to an appropriate house...
December 2016: Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863601/clinical-efficacy-of-turmeric-use-in-gingivitis-a-comprehensive-review
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REVIEW
Karissa A Stoyell, Jennifer L Mappus, Mona A Gandhi
INTRODUCTION: Gingivitis affects an estimated 80% of the population, and is characterized as the world's most predominant inflammatory periodontal disease. Without intervention, gingivitis can advance to alveolar bone loss. Therefore, the primary goal in patients suffering with gingivitis is to control plaque buildup and soft tissue inflammation. Current guidelines consider chlorhexidine as the gold standard in the prevention and treatment of gingivitis. However, negative side effects of chlorhexidine, including oral mucosal erosion, discoloration of teeth, and bitter taste, provide an opportunity for alternative medications...
November 2016: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856633/effects-of-vitamin-d-receptor-activation-and-dietary-sodium-restriction-on-residual-albuminuria-in-ckd-the-virtue-ckd-trial
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Charlotte A Keyzer, G Fenna van Breda, Marc G Vervloet, Maarten A de Jong, Gozewijn D Laverman, Marc H Hemmelder, Wilbert M T Janssen, Hiddo J Lambers Heerspink, Arjan J Kwakernaak, Stephan J L Bakker, Gerjan Navis, Martin H de Borst
Reduction of residual albuminuria during single-agent renin-angiotensin-aldosterone blockade is accompanied by improved cardiorenal outcomes in CKD. We studied the individual and combined effects of the vitamin D receptor activator paricalcitol (PARI) and dietary sodium restriction on residual albuminuria in CKD. In a multicenter, randomized, placebo (PLAC)-controlled, crossover trial, 45 patients with nondiabetic CKD stages 1-3 and albuminuria >300 mg/24 h despite ramipril at 10 mg/d and BP<140/90 mmHg were treated for four 8-week periods with PARI (2 μg/d) or PLAC, each combined with a low-sodium (LS) or regular sodium (RS) diet...
November 17, 2016: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852461/the-development-of-intensive-care-in-the-military-environment
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REVIEW
Matthew J Roberts
If the history of critical care is to be addressed, the starting point must be the fundamental and defining qualities of intensive care units. These are the concentration of the sickest patients in a defined area of the hospital, staffed by the personnel most able to care for them (by virtue of specialist training), and the application of the most advanced monitoring or therapeutic techniques available at the time. In the military environment, the ability to provide critical care to ill or injured servicemen has developed in tandem with the civilian experience, but the pressures of the austere environment of the battlefield have, at times, held back military medical services from providing the highest level of care that servicemen might deserve and, indeed, expect in civilian life...
October 2016: Journal of Anesthesia History
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27833195/a-virtue-analysis-of-recreational-marijuana-use
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Ezra Sullivan, Nicanor Austriaco
: Several empirical studies suggest that recreational marijuana is popularly perceived as an essentially harmless rite of passage that ends as young people settle into their careers and their adult intimate relationships. Is this perception accurate? To answer this question, we evaluate the morality of recreational marijuana use from a virtue perspective guided by the theological synthesis of St. Thomas Aquinas. Since the medical data reveals that recreational marijuana use is detrimental to the well-being of the user, we conclude that it is a vicious activity, an instance of the vice of intoxication, and as such would be morally illicit...
May 2016: Linacre Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806700/autonomy-of-the-child-in-the-south-african-context-is-a-12%C3%A2-year-old-of-sufficient-maturity-to-consent-to-medical-treatment
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Wandile Ganya, Sharon Kling, Keymanthri Moodley
BACKGROUND: A child is a developing person with evolving capacities that include autonomy, mental (decisional) capacity and capacity to assume responsibility. Hence, children are entitled to participatory (autonomy) rights in South Africa as observed in the Children's Act 38 of 2005. According to section 129 of the Act a child may consent to his or her own medical treatment provided that he or she is over the age of 12 years and is of sufficient maturity and decisional capacity to understand the various implications of the treatment including the risks and benefits thereof...
November 2, 2016: BMC Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27796158/undoing-female-genital-cutting-perceptions-and-experiences-of-infibulation-defibulation-and-virginity-among-somali-and-sudanese-migrants-in-norway
#10
Ragnhild Elise B Johansen
This paper explores the dynamics of change in meaning-making about female genital cutting among migrants from Somalia and Sudan residing in Norway. In both countries, female genital cutting is almost universal, and most women are subjected to the most extensive form - infibulation - which entails the physical closure of the vulva. This closure must later be re-opened, or defibulated, to enable sexual intercourse and childbirth. Defibulation can also ease other negative health consequences of the practice. In Norway, surgical defibulation is provided on demand by the public health services, also beyond the traditional contexts of marriage and childbirth...
October 31, 2016: Culture, Health & Sexuality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27757706/quality-of-life-trajectories-after-diagnosis-of-gynecologic-cancer-a-theoretically-based-approach
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Brian D Gonzalez, Sharon L Manne, Jerod Stapleton, Shannon Myers-Virtue, Melissa Ozga, David Kissane, Carolyn Heckman, Mark Morgan
PURPOSE: The course of quality of life after diagnosis of gynecologic cancer is not well understood. We aimed to identify subgroups of gynecologic cancer patients with distinct trajectories of quality of life outcomes in the 18-month period after diagnosis. We also aimed to determine whether these subgroups could be distinguished by predictors derived from Social-Cognitive Processing Theory. METHODS: Gynecologic cancer patients randomized to usual care as part of a psychological intervention trial (NCT01951807) reported on depressed mood, quality of life, and physical impairment soon after diagnosis and at five additional assessments ending 18 months after baseline...
October 19, 2016: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27733920/framework-of-sensor-based-monitoring-for-pervasive-patient-care
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Andreas K Triantafyllidis, Vassilis G Koutkias, Ioanna Chouvarda, Ilia Adami, Angelina Kouroubali, Nicos Maglaveras
Sensor-based health systems can often become difficult to use, extend and sustain. The authors propose a framework for designing sensor-based health monitoring systems aiming to provide extensible and usable monitoring services in the scope of pervasive patient care. The authors' approach relies on a distributed system for monitoring the patient health status anytime-anywhere and detecting potential health complications, for which healthcare professionals and patients are notified accordingly. Portable or wearable sensing devices measure the patient's physiological parameters, a smart mobile device collects and analyses the sensor data, a Medical Center system receives notifications on the detected health condition, and a Health Professional Platform is used by formal caregivers in order to review the patient condition and configure monitoring schemas...
September 2016: Healthcare Technology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27713979/magnetic-separation-of-acoustically-focused-cancer-cells-from-blood-for-magnetographic-templating-and-analysis
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C Wyatt Shields Iv, Jeffrey L Wang, Korine A Ohiri, Eric D Essoyan, Benjamin B Yellen, Andrew J Armstrong, Gabriel P López
Liquid biopsies hold enormous promise for the next generation of medical diagnoses. At the forefront of this effort, many are seeking to capture, enumerate and analyze circulating tumor cells (CTCs) as a means to prognosticate and develop individualized treatments for cancer. Capturing these rare cells, however, represents a major engineering challenge due to their low abundance, morphology and heterogeneity. A variety of microfluidic tools have been developed to isolate CTCs from drawn blood samples; however, few of these approaches offer a means to separate and analyze cells in an integrated system...
September 21, 2016: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27683581/optimally-estimating-the-sample-mean-from-the-sample-size-median-mid-range-and-or-mid-quartile-range
#14
Dehui Luo, Xiang Wan, Jiming Liu, Tiejun Tong
The era of big data is coming, and evidence-based medicine is attracting increasing attention to improve decision making in medical practice via integrating evidence from well designed and conducted clinical research. Meta-analysis is a statistical technique widely used in evidence-based medicine for analytically combining the findings from independent clinical trials to provide an overall estimation of a treatment effectiveness. The sample mean and standard deviation are two commonly used statistics in meta-analysis but some trials use the median, the minimum and maximum values, or sometimes the first and third quartiles to report the results...
September 27, 2016: Statistical Methods in Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27651054/the-interventional-arm-of-the-flexibility-in-duty-hour-requirements-for-surgical-trainees-trial-first-year-data-show-superior-quality-in-training-initiative-outcomes
#15
REVIEW
Issa Mirmehdi, Cindy-Marie O'Neal, Davis Moon, Heather MacNew, Christopher Senkowski
PURPOSE: With the implementation of strict 80-hour work week in general surgery training, serious questions have been raised concerning the quality of surgical education and the ability of newly trained general surgeons to independently operate. Programs that were randomized to the interventional arm of the Flexibility In duty-hour Requirements for Surgical Trainees (FIRST) Trial were able to decrease transitions and allow for better continuity by virtue of less constraints on duty-hour rules...
November 2016: Journal of Surgical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27645564/rab32-restriction-of-intracellular-bacterial-pathogens
#16
Virtu Solano-Collado, Adam Rofe, Stefania Spanò
Our immune system is engaged in a continuous battle against invading pathogens, many of which have evolved to survive in intracellular niches of mammalian hosts. A variety of cellular processes are involved in preventing bacterial invasion or in killing bacteria that successfully invade host cells. Recently, the Rab GTPase Rab32 emerged as critical regulator of a host defense pathway that can eliminate bacterial pathogens. Salmonella enterica is an intracellular bacterium and a major cause of infections and deaths in humans...
September 20, 2016: Small GTPases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27638682/the-causal-explanatory-functions-of-medical-diagnoses
#17
Hane Htut Maung
Diagnoses in medicine are often taken to serve as explanations of patients' symptoms and signs. This article examines how they do so. I begin by arguing that although some instances of diagnostic explanation can be formulated as covering law arguments, they are explanatory neither in virtue of their argumentative structures nor in virtue of general regularities between diagnoses and clinical presentations. I then consider the theory that medical diagnoses explain symptoms and signs by identifying their actual causes in particular cases...
September 16, 2016: Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27616972/communities-advancing-the-studies-of-tribal-nations-across-their-lifespan-design-methods-and-baseline-of-the-coastal-cohort
#18
Kate Tracy, Carol Boushey, Sparkle M Roberts, J Glenn Morris, Lynn M Grattan
The CoASTAL cohort represents the first community cohort assembled to study a HAB related illness. It is comprised of three Native American tribes in the Pacific NW for the purpose of studying the health impacts of chronic, low level domoic acid (DA) exposure through razor clam consumption. This cohort is at risk of domoic acid (DA) toxicity by virtue of their geographic location (access to beaches with a history of elevated DA levels in razor clams) and the cultural and traditional significance of razor clams in their diet...
July 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27579792/european-consensus-based-s2k-guideline-on-the-management-of-herpes-zoster-guided-by-the-european-dermatology-forum-edf-in-cooperation-with-the-european-academy-of-dermatology-and-venereology-eadv-part-2-treatment
#19
R N Werner, A F Nikkels, B Marinović, M Schäfer, M Czarnecka-Operacz, A M Agius, Z Bata-Csörgő, J Breuer, G Girolomoni, G E Gross, S Langan, R Lapid-Gortzak, T H Lesser, U Pleyer, J Sellner, G M Verjans, P Wutzler, C Dressler, R Erdmann, S Rosumeck, A Nast
BACKGROUND: Herpes zoster (HZ, shingles) is a frequent medical condition which may severely impact the quality of life of affected patients. Different therapeutic approaches to treat acute HZ are available. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this European project was the elaboration of a consensus-based guideline on the management of patients who present with HZ, considering different patient populations and different localisations. This interdisciplinary guideline aims at an improvement of the outcomes of the acute HZ management concerning disease duration, acute pain and quality of life of the affected patients and at a reduction of the incidence of PHN and other complications...
August 31, 2016: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27557996/virtue-in-medical-practice-an-exploratory-study
#20
Ben Kotzee, Agnieszka Ignatowicz, Hywel Thomas
Virtue ethics has long provided fruitful resources for the study of issues in medical ethics. In particular, study of the moral virtues of the good doctor-like kindness, fairness and good judgement-have provided insights into the nature of medical professionalism and the ethical demands on the medical practitioner as a moral person. Today, a substantial literature exists exploring the virtues in medical practice and many commentators advocate an emphasis on the inculcation of the virtues of good medical practice in medical education and throughout the medical career...
August 24, 2016: HEC Forum: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Hospitals' Ethical and Legal Issues
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