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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652440/a-survival-score-based-on-symptoms-and-performance-status-for-patients-with-high-grade-gliomas-receiving-radiochemotherapy
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Pham Cam Phuong, LE Viet Nam, Steven E Schild, Dirk Rades, Mai Trong Khoa
AIM: To create a simple survival score for patients with high-grade gliomas based on clinical symptoms and performance status. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Thirty-six patients received neurosurgical intervention followed by radiochemotherapy for high-grade gliomas. Six pre-treatment symptoms were included in the score depending on their impairment of quality of life, scoring each between 1 and 3. For each patient, the points from the symptoms were added and another 4 points were added for Karnofsky performance status (KPS) <80%...
July 2017: In Vivo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652118/analysis-of-patients-with-myelopathy-due-to-benign-intradural-spinal-tumors-with-concomitant-lumbar-degenerative-diseases-misdiagnosed-and-erroneously-treated-with-lumbar-surgery
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Kang Lu, Hao-Kuang Wang, Po-Chou Liliang, Chih-Hui Yang, Cheng-Yo Yen, Yu-Duan Tsai, Po-Yuan Chen, Cien-Leong Chye, Kuo-Wei Wang, Cheng-Loong Liang, Han-Jung Chen
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: When a cervical or thoracic benign intradural spinal tumor (BIST) coexists with lumbar degenerative diseases (LDD), diagnosis may become difficult. Symptoms of BIST-myelopathy may be mistaken as related to LDD. Worse, an unnecessary lumbar surgery could be performed. This study was conducted to analyze cases in which an erroneous lumbar surgery was undertaken in the wake of failure to identify BIST-associated myelopathy. METHODS: Cases were found in a hospital database...
June 23, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647343/alcoholic-cardiomyopathy-what-is-known-and-what-is-not-known
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REVIEW
Antonio Mirijello, Claudia Tarli, Gabriele Angelo Vassallo, Luisa Sestito, Mariangela Antonelli, Cristina d'Angelo, Anna Ferrulli, Salvatore De Cosmo, Antonio Gasbarrini, Giovanni Addolorato
Excessive alcohol consumption represents one of the main causes of non-ischemic dilated cardiomyopathy. Alcoholic cardiomyopathy is characterized by dilation and impaired contraction of one or both myocardial ventricles. It represents the final effect of alcohol-induced toxicity to the heart. Several pathophysiological mechanisms have been proposed at the basis of alcohol-induced damage, most of which are still object of research. Unfortunately, symptoms of alcoholic cardiomyopathy are not specific and common to other forms of heart failure and appear when dilatation and systolic dysfunction are consolidated...
June 21, 2017: European Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646236/rapamycin-adjuvant-and-exacerbation-of-severe-influenza-in-an-experimental-mouse-model
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Ching-Tai Huang, Chen-Yiu Hung, Tse-Ching Chen, Chun-Yen Lin, Yung-Chang Lin, Chia-Shiang Chang, Yueh-Chia He, Yu-Lin Huang, Avijit Dutta
Influenza virus infection often causes severe disease and acute respiratory distress syndrome. It is a common belief that overwhelming immune response contributes to the severe illness. Physicians and researchers have put forth immune modulation as salvage therapy for better recovery. However, empiric corticosteroid failed in both humans and animal models. Reported success with Rapamycin in humans prompted a comprehensive animal study and mechanistic dissection. Here we report the effect of Rapamycin alone or in combination with Oseltamivir for severe influenza in BALB/c mice...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644548/repetitive-peripheral-magnetic-stimulation-for-activities-of-daily-living-and-functional-ability-in-people-after-stroke
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REVIEW
Ryo Momosaki, Naoki Yamada, Erika Ota, Masahiro Abo
BACKGROUND: Repetitive peripheral magnetic stimulation (rPMS) is a form of therapy that creates painless stimulation of deep muscle structures to improve motor function in people with physical impairment from brain or nerve disorders. Use of rPMS for people after stroke has been identified as a feasible approach to improve activities of daily living and functional ability. However, no systematic reviews have assessed the findings of available trials. The effect and safety of this intervention for people after stroke currently remain uncertain...
June 23, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636296/-follow-up-of-the-long-term-cancer-survivor
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Francesco Sciotto, Céline Py, Petros Tsantoulis
Improvements in diagnosis and treatments explain the notable increase in patients chronically affected or recovering from cancer. This is a fragile population, who is physically, psychologically and socially affected by the consequences of the disease and the associated treatments. In addition to detecting a possible relapse, oncologists and primary care physicians have to deal with a variety of issues like psychological distress, sexual dysfunction, cardiotoxicity, cognitive impairment, fatigue and, in some cases, a second primary cancer...
May 17, 2017: Revue Médicale Suisse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634003/spasticity-video-challenge-a-look-at-methods-for-addressing-difficult-cases
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Katharine E Alter, Mark Gormley, Atul T Patel
As seen in this CME online activity (available at http://courses.elseviercme.com/spasticity/662e), treatment of patients with spasticity due to upper motor neuron syndromes, including traumatic brain injury, stroke, and cerebral palsy, is multifaceted, involving chemodenervation, systemic medications, surgical therapy, rehabilitation efforts, and home care. Optimal care begins with the recognition that each patient's impairments are unique and must be assessed carefully to determine the impact of muscle overactivity, loss of dexterity, and weakness on passive and active function in the context of the patients' goals...
June 19, 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633174/do-us-medical-licensing-applications-treat-mental-and-physical-illness-equivalently
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Katherine J Gold, Elizabeth R Shih, Edward B Goldman, Thomas L Schwenk
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: State medical licensing boards are responsible for evaluating physician impairment. Given the stigma generated by mental health issues among physicians and in the medical training culture, we were interested in whether states asked about mental and physical health conditions differently and whether questions focused on current impairment. METHODS: Two authors reviewed physician medical licensing applications for US physicians seeking first-time licensing in 2013 in the 50 states and the District of Columbia...
June 2017: Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624906/pathogen-reduction-inactivation-of-products-for-the-treatment-of-bleeding-disorders-what-are-the-processes-and-what-should-we-say-to-patients
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Giovanni Di Minno, David Navarro, Carlo Federico Perno, Mariana Canaro, Lutz Gürtler, James W Ironside, Hermann Eichler, Andreas Tiede
Patients with blood disorders (including leukaemia, platelet function disorders and coagulation factor deficiencies) or acute bleeding receive blood-derived products, such as red blood cells, platelet concentrates and plasma-derived products. Although the risk of pathogen contamination of blood products has fallen considerably over the past three decades, contamination is still a topic of concern. In order to counsel patients and obtain informed consent before transfusion, physicians are required to keep up to date with current knowledge on residual risk of pathogen transmission and methods of pathogen removal/inactivation...
June 18, 2017: Annals of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614254/relationship-of-diabetes-with-renal-dysfunction-in-hypertensive-adults
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Yuejuan Wang, Biyan Zhong, Youbao Li, Xianhui Qin, Binyan Wang, Xin Xu, Fanfan Hou, Yong Huo, Xiping Xu
We aimed to examine the relationship of diabetes with the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR)-based renal function in the Chinese hypertensive adults.This cross-sectional analysis included a total of 18,641 hypertensive adults aged 45 to 75 years. The relationship of diabetes (a fasting glucose ≥7.0 mmol/L or self-reported use of hypoglycemic agents or physician diagnosed diabetes) with glomerular hyperfiltration (an absolute eGFR >90th percentile after adjusting for sex, age), hypofiltration (an eGFR <10th percentile and ≥60 mL/min/1...
June 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600189/effect-of-high-dose-simvastatin-on-cognitive-neuropsychiatric-and-health-related-quality-of-life-measures-in-secondary-progressive-multiple-sclerosis-secondary-analyses-from-the-ms-stat-randomised-placebo-controlled-trial
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Dennis Chan, Sophie Binks, Jennifer M Nicholas, Chris Frost, M Jorge Cardoso, Sebastien Ourselin, David Wilkie, Richard Nicholas, Jeremy Chataway
BACKGROUND: In the 24-month MS-STAT phase 2 trial, we showed that high-dose simvastatin significantly reduced the annualised rate of whole brain atrophy in patients with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (SPMS). We now describe the results of the MS-STAT cognitive substudy, in which we investigated the treatment effect on cognitive, neuropsychiatric, and health-related quality-of-life (HRQoL) outcome measures. METHODS: We did a secondary analysis of MS-STAT, a 24-month, double-blind, controlled trial of patients with SPMS done at three neuroscience centres in the UK between Jan 28, 2008, and Nov 4, 2011...
June 6, 2017: Lancet Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596046/capacity-evaluation-requests-in-the-medical-setting-a-retrospective-analysis-of-underlying-psychosocial-and-ethical-factors
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Stephen Pesanti, Brandon Hamm, Bryn Esplin, Matt Karafa, Xavier F Jimenez
BACKGROUND: Psychosocial and ethical variables influence physicians in requesting decision-making capacity (DMC) evaluations. Previous authors have classified certain DMC evaluation requests as "unwarranted" when there is no explicit suspicion or evidence that the patient might lack DMC. OBJECTIVE: To explore psychosocial and ethical reasons motivating both "warranted" and "unwarranted" DMC evaluation requests by physicians in the medical setting. METHODS: A retrospective electronic health record review was approved by the institutional review board...
March 28, 2017: Psychosomatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588153/gastric-dilatation-and-abdominal-compartment-syndrome-in-a-child-with-prader-willi-syndrome
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Clara Blat, Elisenda Busquets, Teresa Gili, Assumpta Caixàs, Elisabeth Gabau, Raquel Corripio
BACKGROUND Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) is a genetic disorder characterized by initial muscular hypotonia and feeding difficulties, and later an insatiable appetite, hyperphagia and obesity along with mild to moderate intellectual impairment. Affected individuals' food-seeking behavior and suspected delayed gastric emptying can lead to gastric dilatation with subsequent necrosis and perforation. CASE REPORT We present the case of a 5-year-old boy diagnosed with Prader-Willi syndrome at neonatal age due to muscular hypotonia, who started growth hormone therapy at 20 months...
June 7, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586296/asthma-control-and-disease-burden-in-patients-with-asthma-and-allergic-comorbidities
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Lulu K Lee, Engels Obi, Brandee Paknis, Abhishek Kavati, Bradley Chipps
OBJECTIVE: To assess asthma control and associations with health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and economic outcomes among patients with asthma and allergic comorbidities treated with inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) and long-acting beta-agonists (LABA) combination therapy. METHODS: Data from the 2011-2013 US National Health and Wellness Survey were used to identify patients with asthma currently treated with ICS and LABA combination therapy (N = 1923). Patients were included if they self-reported a physician diagnosis of asthma and at least one allergic/asthma-related comorbid condition (e...
June 6, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584495/prevalence-pattern-and-correlates-of-alcohol-misuse-among-male-patients-attending-rural-primary-care-in-india
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Sanghamitra Pati, Subhashisa Swain, Sandeep Mahapatra, Mohammad Akhtar Hussain, Sandipana Pati
BACKGROUND: There are limited data available on how the problem of alcohol use is detected in primary care setting in India. Particularly in Odisha, it has not been investigated yet. This study was conducted to determine the prevalence of drinking, drinking patterns, and quitting behavior among the male patients visiting a primary health-care facility in a district of Odisha. METHODOLOGY: A cross-sectional study was conducted among patients attending community health center (CHC), Buguda in the state of Odisha, India, from December 1, 2014, to February 31, 2015...
January 2017: Journal of Pharmacy & Bioallied Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578641/emollient-acceptability-in-childhood-atopic-dermatitis-not-all-emollients-are-equal
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Kam Lun E Lun Hon, Kung Jsc, Tsang Kyc, Yu Jasmine, Lee Vivian, Leung Tf
Background Eczema or atopic dermatitis (AD) is a common chronic relapsing skin disease associated with impaired quality of life. Regular usage of moisturizer/emollient is the mainstay of management but acceptability of emollient is often suboptimal. We investigated if emollient acceptability is influenced by various clinical factors in AD. METHODS: A survey on frequency of emollient usage, brands, clinical factors including disease severity (Nottingham Eczema Severity Score, NESS), quality of life (Children Dermatology Life Quality Index, CDLQI), transpidermal water loss (TEWL), and skin hydration (SH) was performed...
June 4, 2017: Current Pediatric Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578604/does-palliative-chemotherapy-provide-a-palliative-effect-on-symptoms-in-late-palliative-stages-an-interview-study-with-oncologists
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Peter Strang, Jenny Bergqvist
BACKGROUND: The possible chemotherapy effects on symptoms in late stages of palliative chemotherapy are seldom registered in clinical practice or investigated as primary outcomes. The aim was therefore to study physicians' opinions and experiences about chemotherapy effects on symptoms. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Thirty-five physicians (mainly oncologists) with variation as regards age, gender and experience were included in a qualitative study with semi-structured interviews...
June 3, 2017: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578500/real-world-impact-of-cardiovascular-disease-and-anemia-on-quality-of-life-and-productivity-in-patients-with-non-dialysis-dependent-chronic-kidney-disease
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Adrian Covic, James Jackson, Anna Hadfield, James Pike, Dimitrie Siriopol
INTRODUCTION: Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) have an increased risk of comorbid conditions, including cardiovascular disease (CVD). Anemia is prevalent in the CKD population and worsens as kidney function declines, resulting in a diminished quality of life and increased morbidity/mortality. The purpose of this secondary analysis was to determine the real-world prevalence of CVD among patients with non-dialysis-dependent CKD (NDD-CKD), with and without comorbid anemia, and to assess the impact of these conditions on quality of life (QoL) and work productivity...
June 3, 2017: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575562/-seven-questions-for-elderly-in-the-practice-of-primary-care-physicians
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O N Tkacheva, N K Runikhina, V S Ostapenko, N V Sharashkina
Although geriatric syndromes are widespread, they often remain undiagnosed leading to the development of adverse outcomes. For the prompt detection of the most common geriatric syndromes in primary care we have created seven issues related to weight loss, vision and hearing impairments, falls, mood disorder, cognitive impairment, urinary incontinence, and the difficulties in walking. We believe that using of these questions will allow physicians to focus on addressing the important health problems associated with age and will produce the selection of patients for comprehensive geriatric assessment...
2017: Advances in Gerontology, Uspekhi Gerontologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566894/stress-and-sleep-quality-in-doctors-working-on-call-shifts-are-associated-with-functional-gastrointestinal-disorders
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Soo-Kyung Lim, Seung Jin Yoo, Dae Lim Koo, Chae A Park, Han Jun Ryu, Yong Jin Jung, Ji Bong Jeong, Byeong Gwan Kim, Kook Lae Lee, Seong-Joon Koh
AIM: To investigate the role of sleep quality and psychosocial problems as predictors of functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs) in doctors that work 24 hour-on-call shifts. METHODS: In this cross-sectional observation study, using the Rome III Questionnaire and Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI), we analyzed 170 doctors with 24 hour-on-call shifts. RESULTS: Among the participants that had experienced a 24 hour-on-call shift within the last 6 mo, 48 (28...
May 14, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
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