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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/100001003/emergency-management-of-sepsis-the-simple-stuff-saves-lives
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David Sweet, Julian Marsden, Kendall Ho, Christina Krause, James A Russell
Many emergency departments have implemented sepsis protocols since the 2001 publication of results from the early goal-directed therapy trial, which showed early targeted resuscitation lowers mortality. As part of an attempt to improve clinical and operational outcomes for emergency departments across British Columbia, we reviewed sepsis management literature and considered sepsis protocol implementation in the province’s emergency departments. During the literature review we found that many observational studies confirmed an association between implementation of emergency sepsis protocols and decreased mortality...
May 2012: BC medical journal: BCMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107561/beta-blockers-for-hypertension
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REVIEW
Charles S Wiysonge, Hazel A Bradley, Jimmy Volmink, Bongani M Mayosi, Lionel H Opie
BACKGROUND: Beta-blockers refer to a mixed group of drugs with diverse pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic properties. They have shown long-term beneficial effects on mortality and cardiovascular disease (CVD) when used in people with heart failure or acute myocardial infarction. Beta-blockers were thought to have similar beneficial effects when used as first-line therapy for hypertension. However, the benefit of beta-blockers as first-line therapy for hypertension without compelling indications is controversial...
January 20, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107517/high-emigration-propensity-and-low-mortality-on-transfer-drives-female-biased-dispersal-of-pyriglena-leucoptera-in-fragmented-landscapes
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Marcelo Awade, Carlos Candia-Gallardo, Cintia Cornelius, Jean Paul Metzger
Dispersal is a biological process performed in three stages: emigration, transfer and immigration. Intra-specific variation on dispersal behavior, such as sex-bias, is very common in nature, particularly in birds and mammals. However, dispersal is difficult to measure in the field and many hypotheses concerning the causes of sex-biased dispersal remain without empirical confirmation. An important limitation of most empirical studies is that inferences about sex-biased dispersal are based only on emigration proneness or immigration success data...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107401/how-many-patients-become-functionally-dependent-after-a-stroke-a-3-year-population-based-study-in-joinville-brazil
#4
Lívia Mizuki de Campos, Bruna Mariah Martins, Norberto Luiz Cabral, Selma Cristina Franco, Octávio Marques Pontes-Neto, Suleimy Cristina Mazin, Felipe Ibiapina Dos Reis
The decrease in stroke mortality will increase the burden of survivors with functional dependence (FD). The aim of this study was to evaluate how many patients become functionally dependent over 3 years after an incident event in Joinville, Brazil. The proportion of FD (defined as a modified Rankin score 3 to 5) among stroke survivors from the Joinville Stroke Registry was assessed using a validated telephone interview. Incidence of FD after stroke in Joinville in one year was 23.24 per 100,000 population. The overall proportion of FD among stroke survivors at discharge was 32...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107369/impact-of-donor-activating-kir-genes-on-hsct-outcome-in-c1-ligand-negative-myeloid-disease-patients-transplanted-with-unrelated-donors-a-retrospective-study
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Christine Neuchel, Daniel Fürst, Dietger Niederwieser, Donald Bunjes, Chrysanthi Tsamadou, Gerald Wulf, Michael Pfreundschuh, Eva Wagner, Gernot Stuhler, Hermann Einsele, Hubert Schrezenmeier, Joannis Mytilineos
Natural Killer cells (NK) are lymphocytes with the potential to recognize and lyse cells which escaped T-cell mediated lysis due to their aberrant HLA expression profiles. Killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptors (KIR) influence NK-cell activity by mediation of activating or inhibitory signals upon interaction with HLA-C (C1, C2) ligands. Therefore, absence of ligands for donor inhibitory KIRs following hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) may have an influence on its outcome. Previous studies showed that C1 negative patients have a decreased HSCT outcome...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107340/association-of-diabetes-related-complications-with-heart-rate-variability-among-a-diabetic-population-in-the-uae
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Ahsan H Khandoker, Haitham M Al-Angari, Kinda Khalaf, Sungmun Lee, Wael Almahmeed, Habiba S Al Safar, Herbert F Jelinek
Microvascular, macrovascular and neurological complications are the key causes of morbidity and mortality among type II diabetes mellitus (T2DM) patients. The aim of this study was to investigate the alterations of cardiac autonomic function of diabetic patients in relation to three types of diabetes-related complications. ECG recordings were collected and analyzed from 169 T2DM patients in supine position who were diagnosed with nephropathy (n = 55), peripheral neuropathy (n = 64) and retinopathy (n = 106) at two hospitals in the UAE...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106501/treatment-of-chronic-subdural-hematomas-with-subdural-evacuating-port-system-placement-in-the-intensive-care-unit-evolution-of-practice-and-comparison-with-bur-hole-evacuation-in-the-operating-room
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Alexander C Flint, Sheila L Chan, Vivek A Rao, Allen D Efron, Maziyar A Kalani, William F Sheridan
OBJECTIVE The aims of this study were to evaluate a multiyear experience with subdural evacuating port system (SEPS) placement for chronic subdural hematoma (cSDH) in the intensive care unit at a tertiary neurosurgical center and to compare SEPS placement with bur hole evacuation in the operating room. METHODS All cases of cSDH evacuation were captured over a 7-year period at a tertiary neurosurgical center within an integrated health care delivery system. The authors compared the performance characteristics of SEPS and bur hole placement with respect to recurrence rates, change in recurrence rates over time, complications, length of stay, discharge disposition, and mortality rates...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106498/performing-concurrent-operations-in-academic-vascular-neurosurgery-does-not-affect-patient-outcomes
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Corinna C Zygourakis, Janelle Lee, Julio Barba, Errol Lobo, Michael T Lawton
OBJECTIVE Concurrent surgeries, also known as "running two rooms" or simultaneous/overlapping operations, have recently come under intense scrutiny. The goal of this study was to evaluate the operative time and outcomes of concurrent versus nonconcurrent vascular neurosurgical procedures. METHODS The authors retrospectively reviewed 1219 procedures performed by 1 vascular neurosurgeon from 2012 to 2015 at the University of California, San Francisco. Data were collected on patient age, sex, severity of illness, risk of mortality, American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) status, procedure type, admission type, insurance, transfer source, procedure time, presence of resident or fellow in operating room (OR), number of co-surgeons, estimated blood loss (EBL), concurrent vs nonconcurrent case, severe sepsis, acute respiratory failure, postoperative stroke causing neurological deficit, unplanned return to OR, 30-day mortality, and 30-day unplanned readmission...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105726/biological-stress-indicators-as-risk-markers-for-increased-alcohol-use-following-traumatic-experiences
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Sebastian Trautmann, Markus Muehlhan, Clemens Kirschbaum, Hans-Ulrich Wittchen, Michael Höfler, Tobias Stalder, Susann Steudte-Schmiedgen
Alcohol misuse is a common sequela of traumatic event experiences causing considerable morbidity and mortality. Although biological stress indicators have been identified as useful risk markers for the development of trauma-related disorders, no such biological indicators exist for the risk of increased alcohol use after trauma exposure. This is the first study to prospectively investigate the predictive value of long-term cortisol levels and acute stress reactivity for the risk of increased alcohol use following traumatic events...
January 20, 2017: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105362/pre-treatment-serum-inflammatory-cytokines-as-survival-predictors-of-patients-with-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma-receiving-chemoradiotherapy
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Adel F Al-Kholy, Omminea A Abdullah, Mamdouh Z Abadier, Manal M Hassaan, Mohamed F Shindy, Dalia M Nor El-Dien, Ali Hasaneen
The present study aimed to examine the predictability of pre-treatment serum levels of interleukin (IL)-1β, IL-6 and tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α for determining the outcome of patients with nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) assigned for chemoradiotherapy. A total of 35 patients with NPC were subjected to clinical examination and evaluation of performance status using Karnofsky scoring. Nasopharyngoscopy was performed for evaluation and to obtain a biopsy. Blood samples were obtained pre- and post-treatment for polymerase chain reaction quantitative estimation of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) DNA plasma load and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay for estimation of serum cytokines...
December 2016: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105185/lim-and-sh3-protein-1-promotes-tumor-proliferation-and-metastasis-in-lung-carcinoma
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Xueqiong Lin, Xianhui Liu, Yusen Fang, Xuefen Weng
Lung cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer and the leading cause of cancer-related mortality worldwide. In the present study, we focused on LIM and SH3 protein 1 (LASP-1), a key molecule involved in the development of multiple cancers, and attempted to elucidate its effect on the oncogenesis of lung cancer. We determined the expression level of LASP-1 in lung cancer using reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction and western blot analysis, and also studied the potential function of LASP-1 in lung cancer cell growth, apoptosis and migration by small interfering RNA transfection...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105117/mir-218-suppresses-gastric-cancer-cell-proliferation-and-invasion-via-regulation-of-angiopoietin-2
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Sifeng Tang, Deyou Wang, Qiwen Zhang, Leping Li
Novel targeted therapies need to be developed for gastric cancer, the third most common cancer type and the second most common cause of cancer-related mortality in China. Previous studies indicate that angiopoietin (Ang)-2 serves a role in the proliferation, migration, invasion and adhesion of malignant cells. The present study identified, using functional studies, that exogenous expression of miR-218 increased migration of NCI-87 and HGC-27 gastric cancer cells, which coincided with a reduction in the expression of Ang-2...
December 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105110/wt1-shrna-delivery-using-transferrin-conjugated-peg-liposomes-in-an-in-vivo-model-of-melanoma
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Santiago Saavedra-Alonso, Pablo Zapata-Benavides, Ana Karina Chavez-Escamilla, Edgar Manilla-Muñoz, Diana Elisa Zamora-Avila, Moisés Armides Franco-Molina, Cristina Rodriguez-Padilla
The global incidence of melanoma is increasing. Mortality from melanoma is influenced primarily by metastasis in advanced stages of the disease. Current treatments are largely ineffective; thus, novel gene delivery approaches that target tumor-specific markers may be useful for the treatment of melanoma. Systemic administration of encapsulated RNA-interference plasmids targeted against tumor cells is a potential alternative therapy for cancer. Formulations of transferrin (Tf)-conjugated polyethylene glycol (PEG) liposomes loaded with short hairpin RNA (shRNA) against WT1 (Lip + RNAi + Tf), PEG liposomes loaded with shRNA against WT1 (Lip + RNAi), Tf-conjugated PEG liposomes loaded with pEGFP-N3 (Lip + GFP + Tf) and saline solution as negative control (untreated) were administered systemically to C57BL/6 mice implanted subcutaneously with a melanoma cell line...
December 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104806/reducing-unnecessary-testing-an-intervention-to-improve-resident-ordering-practices
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Jose Melendez-Rosado, Kristine M Thompson, Jed C Cowdell, Catalina Sanchez Alvarez, Ryan L Ung, Armando Villanueva, Kayin B Jeffers, Jaafer S Imam, Mario V Mitkov, Tasneem A Kaleem, Lewis Jacob, Nancy L Dawson
PURPOSE OF THE STUDY: To reduce the number of unnecessary laboratory tests ordered through a measurement of effects of education and cost awareness on laboratory ordering behaviour by internal medicine residents for common tests, including complete blood cell count (CBC) and renal profile (RP), and to evaluate effects of cost awareness on hospitalisation, 30-day readmission rate and mortality rate. STUDY DESIGN: 567 patients admitted during February, March and April 2014 were reviewed as the control group...
January 19, 2017: Postgraduate Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104527/b7-h3-targeted-212-pb-radioimmunotherapy-of-ovarian-cancer-in-preclinical-models
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Benjamin B Kasten, Rebecca C Arend, Ashwini A Katre, Harrison Kim, Jinda Fan, Soldano Ferrone, Kurt R Zinn, Donald J Buchsbaum
INTRODUCTION: Novel therapies that effectively kill both differentiated cancer cells and cancer initiating cells (CICs), which are implicated in causing chemotherapy-resistance and disease recurrence, are needed to reduce the morbidity and mortality of ovarian cancer. These studies used monoclonal antibody (mAb) 376.96, which recognizes a B7-H3 epitope expressed on ovarian cancer cells and CICs, as a carrier molecule for targeted α-particle radioimmunotherapy (RIT) in preclinical models of human ovarian cancer...
January 10, 2017: Nuclear Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104513/a-multi-center-study-of-bacterial-blood-stream-infections-in-pediatric-allogeneic-hematopoietic-cell-transplantation-recipients-the-role-of-acute-gastrointestinal-graft-versus-host-disease
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Prakash Satwani, Jason L Freedman, Sonali Chaudhury, Zhezhen Jin, Anya Levinson, Marc D Foca, Jennifer Krajewski, Indira Sahdev, Mala Kiran Talekar, Aliza Gardenswartz, Justin Silverman, Meghan Hayes, Christopher C Dvorak
Blood stream infections (BSI) caused by enteric organisms are associated with a particularly high mortality rate in allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (AlloHCT) recipients. We conducted a retrospective multicenter study aiming to analyze the risk factors associated with antibiotic resistance and impact of BSI on transplant related mortality (TRM) in children following alloHCT. During the study period from 2004 to 2014, 395 children (mean age 9.4 years) with at least one BSI were included. The incidences of resistant gram-negative rods (GNR) were 20...
January 16, 2017: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104505/hospitalizations-for-communicable-diseases-in-a-developing-country-prevalence-and-trend-monastir-tunisia-2002-2013
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Manel Ben Fredj, Asma Sriha Belguith, Hela Abroug, Wafa Dhouib, Sana El Mhamdi, Arwa Ben Salah, Inès Bouanene, Amal Amara, Sana Bhiri, Mounira Sahtout, C Loussaief, Mohamed Soussi Soltani
BACKGROUND: In spite of the epidemiological transition, communicable diseases (CD) remains a public health problem and represent a significant cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide especially in developing countries. This study aimed at determining the crude and standardized prevalence rate of hospitalizations for CD (HCD) in Monastir, and at assessing trends of HCD by age and gender at the University Hospital of Monastir during a period of 12 years (2002-2013). METHODS: We have included all hospitalizations for CD from 2002 to 2013 at University hospital departments...
January 16, 2017: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104387/impact-of-echinocandin-on-prognosis-of-proven-invasive-candidiasis-in-icu-a-post-hoc-causal-inference-model-using-the-amarcand2-study
#18
Sébastien Bailly, Olivier Leroy, Elie Azoulay, Philippe Montravers, Jean-Michel Constantin, Hervé Dupont, Didier Guillemot, Olivier Lortholary, Jean-Paul Mira, Pierre-François Perrigault, Jean-Pierre Gangneux, Jean-François Timsit
OBJECTIVE: guidelines recommend first-line systemic antifungal treatment (SAT) with echinocandins in invasive candidiasis (IC), especially in critically ill patients. This study aimed at assessing the impact of echinocandins compared to azoles as initial SAT on the 28-day prognosis in adult ICU patients. METHODS: From the prospective multicenter AmarCAND2 cohort (835 patients), we selected those with documented IC and treated with echinocandins (ECH) or azoles (AZO)...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104314/breast-prostate-and-thyroid-cancer-screening-tests-and-overdiagnosis
#19
Minsoo Jung
The purpose of this study was to examine overdiagnosis and overtreatment related to cancer screening and to review relevant reports and studies. A comprehensive search of peer-reviewed and gray literature was conducted for relevant studies published between January 2000 and December 2015 reporting breast, prostate, and thyroid cancer screening tests and overdiagnosis. This study revealed no dichotomy on where screening would lower risk or cause overdiagnosis and overtreatment. Many screening tests did both, that is, at population level, there were both benefit (decreased disease-specific mortality) and harm (overdiagnosis and overtreatment)...
December 20, 2016: Current Problems in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103964/epidemiology-of-soil-transmitted-helminthiases-related-mortality-in-brazil
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Francisco R Martins-Melo, Alberto N Ramos, Carlos H Alencar, Mauricélia S Lima, Jorg Heukelbach
Soil-transmitted helminth (STH) infections are widely distributed in tropical and subtropical areas, including Brazil. We performed a nationwide population-based study including all deaths in Brazil from 2000 to 2011, in which STHs (ascariasis, trichuriasis and/or hookworm infection) were mentioned on death certificates, either as underlying or as associated causes of death. Epidemiological characteristics, time trends and spatial analysis of STH-related mortality were analysed. STHs was identified on 853/12 491 280 death certificates: 827 (97·0%) deaths related to ascariasis, 25 (2·9%) to hookworm infections, and 1 (0·1%) to trichuriasis...
January 20, 2017: Parasitology
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