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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814008/self-aligning-exoskeleton-hip-joint-kinematic-design-with-five-revolute-three-prismatic-and-one-ball-joint
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Jonas Beil, Charlotte Marquardt, Tamim Asfour
Kinematic compatibility is of paramount importance in wearable robotic and exoskeleton design. Misalignments between exoskeletons and anatomical joints of the human body result in interaction forces which make wearing the exoskeleton uncomfortable and even dangerous for the human. In this paper we present a kinematically compatible design of an exoskeleton hip to reduce kinematic incompatibilities, so called macro- and micro-misalignments, between the human's and exoskeleton's joint axes, which are caused by inter-subject variability and articulation...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813894/validity-of-a-sensor-based-table-top-platform-to-measure-upper-limb-function
#2
Michael Mace, Sarah Guy, Asif Hussain, Edith Diane Playford, Nick Ward, Sivakumar Balasubramanian, Etienne Burdet
Objective measurement is an essential part of the assessment process in neurological dysfunction such as stroke. However, current clinical scores are insensitive and based on subjective observation from experts. Technology provides an opportunity for enhanced accuracy and specificity of objective measurement. This study describes the use of an interactive force-sensitive table-top platform for the assessment of reach in post-stroke patients, admitted as part of a three week intensive upper limb training programme...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813773/a-case-of-ivig-induced-aseptic-chemical-meningitis
#3
Anish Patel, Kalyan Chakravarthy Potu, Tamera Sturm
Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) is a commonly used and generally well-tolerated medication. Common side effects include flu-like symptoms such as fevers, headaches, myalgia, fatigue, and nausea. One of the more rare side effects is aseptic meningitis, with a reported incidence rate of around 0.067 percent of all IVIG infusions. In this paper, we describe a 47-year-old female patient with a history of myasthenia gravis who presented with a headache, neck pain, and neck stiffness while undergoing IVIG infusions for a myasthenia crisis...
March 2017: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813753/pre-guideline-trends-associated-with-chest-radiograph-usage-for-pediatric-community-acquired-pneumonia-in-emergency-department-settings
#4
Eric W Jones, Benjamin Meyer, Aaron M Berg, Benson S Hsu
BACKGROUND: Health care spending in the U.S. totaled $3 trillion in 2014 and continues to increase rapidly. Minimizing waste through clinical guidelines is a promising strategy to reduce spending without compromising patient care. In 2011, clinical guidelines recommended against the use of chest X-ray (CXR) for diagnosis of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) in pediatric ambulatory settings. However, use of CXR has not changed post-guideline. Thus, understanding the drivers of CXR utilization prior to guideline implementation could improve guideline adherence...
May 2017: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813701/uterine-cervical-length-measurement-to-reduce-length-of-stay-in-patients-admitted-for-threatened-preterm-labor-a-randomized-trial
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Montse Palacio, Javier Caradeux, Miriam Sánchez, Teresa Cobo, Francesc Figueras, Oriol Coll, Eduard Gratacós, Vicenç Cararach
OBJECTIVE: To study whether knowledge of cervical length (CL) is useful in reducing the length of hospital stay in women admitted because of threatened preterm labor. METHODS: We performed a single-center, parallel, randomized trial at the Hospital Clínic of Barcelona. Inclusion criteria were single pregnancy, gestational age (GA) between 24+0 and 35+6 weeks, Bishop score <6, no parturition within 24-48 h after admission, and no clinical signs of chorioamnionitis, vaginal bleeding, or nonreassuring fetal status...
August 17, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813627/the-impact-on-resource-utilization-of-supportive-care-consults-on-patients-at-the-university-of-north-carolina-hospital-2010-2012
#6
Kristen Westfall, Dominic Moore, Matthew Meeneghan, Sandra Jarr, John Valgus, Stephen Bernard
BACKGROUND: Cancer patients have a high rate of emergency department (ED) visits and inpatient hospitalizations (IHs) that may be reduced by use of outpatient palliative care services. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether the outpatient adult palliative care service at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Hospital, begun in 2008, reduced the frequency of ED visits and IH during a two-year period. DESIGN: The charts of patients with lung cancer or head and neck cancer seen by the supportive care service from 2010 to 2011, and of a contemporaneous set of potential consults that were not seen, were retrospectively reviewed to determine the impact of this care delivery model...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813492/point-prevalence-survey-of-healthcare-facility-onset-healthcare-associated-clostridium-difficile-infection-in-greek-hospitals-outside-the-intensive-care-unit-the-c-define-study
#7
Athanasios Skoutelis, Angelos Pefanis, Sotirios Tsiodras, Nikolaos V Sipsas, Moyssis Lelekis, Marios C Lazanas, Panagiotis Gargalianos, George N Dalekos, Emmanuel Roilides, George Samonis, Efstratios Maltezos, Dimitrios Hatzigeorgiou, Malvina Lada, Symeon Metallidis, Athena Stoupis, Georgios Chrysos, Lazaros Karnesis, Styliani Symbardi, Chariclia V Loupa, Helen Giamarellou, Ioannis Kioumis, Helen Sambatakou, Epameinondas Tsianos, Maria Kotsopoulou, Areti Georgopali, Klairi Liakou, Stavroula Perlorentzou, Stamatina Levidiotou, Marina Giotsa-Toutouza, Helen Tsorlini-Christoforidou, Ilias Karaiskos, Georgia Kouppari, Eleftheria Trikka-Graphakos, Maria-Anna Ntrivala, Kate Themeli-Digalaki, Anastasia Pangalis, Melina Kachrimanidou, Maria Martsoukou, Stergios Karapsias, Maria Panopoulou, Sofia Maraki, Anagnostina Orfanou, Efthymia Petinaki, Maria Orfanidou, Vasiliki Baka, Antonios Stylianakis, Iris Spiliopoulou, Stavroula Smilakou, Loukia Zerva, Evangelos Vogiatzakis, Eleni Belesiotou, Charalambos A Gogos
BACKGROUND: The correlation of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) with in-hospital morbidity is important in hospital settings where broad-spectrum antimicrobial agents are routinely used, such as in Greece. The C. DEFINE study aimed to assess point-prevalence of CDI in Greece during two study periods in 2013. METHODS: There were two study periods consisting of a single day in March and another in October 2013. Stool samples from all patients hospitalized outside the ICU aged ≥18 years old with diarrhea on each day in 21 and 25 hospitals, respectively, were tested for CDI...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813455/maternal-serum-c-reactive-protein-concentration-and-intra-amniotic-inflammation-in-women-with-preterm-prelabor-rupture-of-membranes
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Ivana Musilova, Marian Kacerovsky, Martin Stepan, Tomas Bestvina, Lenka Pliskova, Barbora Zednikova, Bo Jacobsson
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate maternal serum C-reactive protein (CRP) concentrations in pregnancies complicated by preterm prelabor rupture of membranes (PPROM) in relation to the presence of microbial invasion of the amniotic cavity (MIAC) and/or intra-amniotic inflammation (IAI). METHODS: Two hundred and eighty-seven women with singleton pregnancies complicated by PPROM between 2014 and 2016 were included in this study. Maternal blood and amniotic fluid samples were collected at the time of admission...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813449/influenza-virus-infections-among-patients-attending-emergency-department-according-to-main-reason-to-presenting-to-ed-a-3-year-prospective-observational-study-during-seasonal-epidemic-periods
#9
Enrique Casalino, Stephanie Antoniol, Nadhira Fidouh, Christophe Choquet, Jean-Christophe Lucet, Xavier Duval, Benoit Visseaux, Laurent Pereira
OBJECTIVE: The role of influenza virus in patients presenting at ED during seasonal-epidemic periods has not previously been specified. Our objective was to determine its frequency according to clinical presentation. METHODS: This is a prospective observational study conducted during three-consecutive seasonal Influenza epidemics (2013-2015), including patients presenting i) community-acquired pneumonia (CAP); ii) severe acute symptoms (SAS): respiratory failure (RF), hemodynamic failure (HF), cardiac failure (CF), and miscellaneous symptoms (M); iii) symptoms suggesting influenza (PSSI)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813433/diabetes-risks-and-outcomes-in-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-patients-two-nationwide-population-based-retrospective-cohort-studies
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Chao-Shun Lin, Chih-Chung Liu, Chun-Chieh Yeh, Yi-Cheng Chang, Chi-Li Chung, Hsin-Long Lane, Chun-Chuan Shih, Ta-Liang Chen, Chien-Chang Liao
OBJECTIVE: The relationship between chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and diabetes remains incompletely understood. This study evaluated diabetes risk and post-diabetes outcomes in COPD patients with and without exacerbations. METHODS: We identified 4671 adults newly diagnosed with COPD exacerbations and 9342 adults newly diagnosed with COPD without exacerbations during 2000-2008 using Taiwan's National Health Insurance Research Database. A comparison cohort of 18684 adults without COPD, matched by age and sex, was randomly selected from the same dataset for the control group...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813205/combining-2-commonly-adopted-nutrition-instruments-in-the-critical-care-setting-is-superior-to-administering-either-one-alone
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Charles Chin Han Lew, Ka Po Cheung, Mary Foong Fong Chong, Ai Ping Chua, Robert J L Fraser, Michelle Miller
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to determine the agreement between the modified Nutrition Risk in Critically ill Score (mNUTRIC) and the Subjective Global Assessment (SGA) and compare their ability in discriminating and quantifying mortality risk independently and in combination. METHODS: Between August 2015 and October 2016, all patients in a Singaporean hospital received the SGA within 48 hours of intensive care unit admission. Nutrition status was dichotomized into presence or absence of malnutrition...
August 1, 2017: JPEN. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812988/comment-on-piscitelli-et-al-hospitalizations-in-pediatric-and-adult-patients-for-all-cancer-type-in-italy-the-epikit-study-under-the-e-u-coheirs-project-on-environment-and-health-int-j-environ-res-public-health-2017-14-495
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Benedetto Terracini, Daniela Alessi, Elena Isaevska, Vanda Macerata, Corrado Magnani, Milena Manasievska, Milena Maule, Franco Merletti, Maria Luisa Mosso, Tiziana Rosso, Carlotta Sacerdote
In the "Epikit study" [1], P. Piscitelli with 27 co-authors from 20 scientific institutions estimated the absolute number of hospital admissions for newly diagnosed cancer in people aged 0-19 in Italian provinces and regions in 2007-2011.[...].
August 16, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812381/retrospective-review-of-sglt2-inhibitor-exposures-reported-to-13-poison-centers
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Scott E Schaeffer, Carol DesLauriers, Henry A Spiller, Alfred Aleguas, Salvador Baeza, Mark L Ryan
BACKGROUND: SGLT2 inhibitors are a new class of oral antidiabetics prescribed in the United States since 2013. They act by inhibiting reabsorption of glucose in the proximal convoluted tubule of the kidney, allowing excess glucose to be excreted. Little has been reported regarding effects of non-therapeutic exposure to this class of medication. METHODS: Retrospective records from 13 poison centers were examined for human exposures to SGLT2 inhibitors between 1st January 2013 and 31st December 2016...
August 16, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812226/in-light-of-recently-published-clinical-trials-and-their-implication-for-clinical-practice-does-a-large-catchment-area-acute-hospital-require-24%C3%A2-hour-ct-neck-and-head-angiography-and-or-neuro-interventional-services-in-the-setting-of-acute-ischaemic-stroke
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REVIEW
J Halpin, C Peters, J O'Brien, T Scanlon, M Shelly, N Cunningham, L Hickey
BACKGROUND: Recently published clinical trials have resulted in a significant change in the guidelines used to manage patients suffering an acute ischaemic stroke. New neuro-interventional techniques have revolutionised stroke outcomes. Currently, such services are only available in two specialist centres. AIMS: We attempted to evaluate the need for the provision of routine computed tomography (CT) angiography and neuro-interventional services at a university teaching hospital in Limerick...
August 15, 2017: Irish Journal of Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812175/a-prospective-non-randomized-controlled-multicenter-trial-comparing-appendectomy-and-conservative-treatment-for-patients-with-uncomplicated-acute-appendicitis-the-actuaa-study
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Mauro Podda, Fernando Serventi, Lorenzo Mortola, Stefano Marini, Danilo Sirigu, Michela Piga, Marcello Pisano, Massimiliano Coppola, Ferdinando Agresta, Francesco Virdis, Salomone Di Saverio, Nicola Cillara
PURPOSE: Acute appendicitis (AA) is among the most common causes of lower abdominal pain and admissions to the emergency department. Over the past 20 years, there has been a renewed interest in the conservative management of uncomplicated AA, and several studies demonstrated that an antibiotic-first strategy is a viable treatment option for uncomplicated AA. The aim of this prospective non-randomized controlled, multicenter trial is to compare antibiotic therapy and emergency appendectomy as treatment for patients with uncomplicated AA confirmed by US and/or CT or MRI scan...
August 15, 2017: International Journal of Colorectal Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812108/ultra-early-detection-of-microcirculatory-injury-as-predictor-of-developing-delayed-cerebral-ischemia-after-aneurysmal-subarachnoid-hemorrhage
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Philipp Gölitz, Philip Hoelter, Julie Rösch, Karl Roessler, Frauke Knossalla, Arnd Doerfler
PURPOSE: Delayed cerebral ischemia (DCI) still remains a major complication after subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). The aim of our study was to evaluate whether flow analysis of admission digital subtraction angiography (DSA) using parametric color coding (PCC), a postprocessing algorithm, allows ultra-early identification of SAH patients at risk for developing subsequent symptomatic vasospasm. METHODS: In this study 52 patients who suffered SAH from aneurysm rupture, were retrospectively enrolled...
August 15, 2017: Clinical Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812106/-costs-associated-with-multiresistant-bacteria-in-neurorehabilitation
#17
REVIEW
Robin Roukens, Frank Lauster, Maria Bara, Bernd Eifert, Dietrich Willemsen, Thomas Randall, Jürgen Herzog, Constanze Wendt, Tobias Schmidt-Wilcke, Stefan Knecht
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The number of patients with multiresistant bacteria (MRB) in rehabilitation facilities is increasing. The increasing costs of hygienic isolation measures reduce resources available for core rehabilitation services. In addition to the existing lack of care, patients with MRB are at further risk of being given lower priority for admission to rehabilitation facilities. Therefore, the Hygiene Commission of the German Society for Neurorehabilitation (DGNR) attempted to quantify the overall risk for deterioration of rehabilitation care due to the financial burden of MRB...
August 15, 2017: Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812045/soluble-st2-predicts-outcome-and-hemorrhagic-transformation-after-acute-stroke
#18
Zoe Wolcott, Ayush Batra, Matthew B Bevers, Cristina Sastre, Jane Khoury, Matthew Sperling, Brett C Meyer, Kyle B Walsh, Opeolu Adeoye, Joseph P Broderick, W Taylor Kimberly
OBJECTIVE: ST2 is a member of the toll-like receptor superfamily that can alter inflammatory signaling of helper T-cells. We investigated whether soluble ST2 (sST2) could independently predict outcome and hemorrhagic transformation (HT) in the setting of stroke. METHODS: We measured sST2 in patients enrolled in the Specialized Program of Translational Research in Acute Stroke (SPOTRIAS) network biomarker study. 646 patients had plasma samples collected at the time of hospital admission and 210 patients had a second sample collected 48 h after stroke onset...
August 2017: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812025/baseline-characteristics-of-the-paediatric-observation-priority-score-in-emergency-departments-outside-its-centre-of-derivation
#19
Damian Roland, Fawaz Arshad, Tim Coats, Ffion Davies
OBJECTIVES AND BACKGROUND: Scoring systems in Emergency Departments (EDs) are rarely validated. This study aimed to examine the Paediatric Observation Priority Score (POPS), a method of quantifying patient acuity, in EDs in the United Kingdom, and determine baseline performance characteristics. METHODS: POPS was implemented in 4 EDs for children (ages of 0 to 16) with participants grouped into 3 categories: discharged from ED, discharged but with return within 7 days, and admitted for less or more than 24 hours...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811992/analysis-of-the-literature-on-cervical-spine-fractures-in-ankylosing-spinal-disorders
#20
REVIEW
Sebastian Hartmann, Anja Tschugg, Christoph Wipplinger, Claudius Thomé
STUDY DESIGN: Narrative literature review. OBJECTIVE: The numbers of low-energy cervical fractures seen in patients suffering from ankylosing spondylitis (also known as Bechterew disease) or diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (also known as Forestier disease) have greatly increased over recent decades. These fractures tend to be particularly overlooked, leading to delayed diagnosis and secondary neurological deterioration. The aim of the present evaluation was to summarize current knowledge on cervical fractures in patients with ankylosing spinal disorders (ASDs)...
August 2017: Global Spine Journal
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