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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345425/eligibility-of-sacubitril-valsartan-in-a-real-world-heart-failure-population-a-community-based-single-centre-study
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Helena Norberg, Ellinor Bergdahl, Krister Lindmark
AIMS: This study aims to investigate the eligibility of the Prospective Comparison of Angiotensin Receptor-Neprilysin Inhibitor (ARNI) with ACE inhibitor to Determine Impact on Global Mortality and Morbidity in Heart Failure (PARADIGM-HF) study to a real-world heart failure population. METHODS AND RESULTS: Medical records of all heart failure patients living within the catchment area of Umeå University Hospital were reviewed. This district consists of around 150 000 people...
January 18, 2018: ESC Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344451/evaluation-of-brainstorming-session-as-a-teaching-learning-tool-among-postgraduate-medical-biochemistry-students
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Binita Goswami, Anju Jain, Bidhan Chandra Koner
Background: The thrust for postgraduate teaching should be self-directed learning with equal participation by all students in academic discussions. Group discussions involve conduction of the discourse by a leader who guides the discussion as well as points out any wrong information. This discourages quieter students from participation with the fear of rebuke. Brainstorming is devoid of all such fallacies with no judgment and reprimand. Aim: The aim of this study was to use brainstorming as a teaching-learning tool among postgraduate students of medical biochemistry...
December 2017: International Journal of Applied and Basic Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341375/transparency-enhancing-technology-allows-three-dimensional-assessment-of-gastrointestinal-mucosa-a-porcine-model
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Hiroya Mizutani, Satoshi Ono, Tetsuo Ushiku, Yotaro Kudo, Masako Ikemura, Natsuko Kageyama, Nobutake Yamamichi, Mitsuhiro Fujishiro, Takao Someya, Masashi Fukayama, Kazuhiko Koike, Hiroshi Onodera
Although high-resolution three-dimensional imaging of endoscopically resected gastrointestinal specimens can help elucidating morphological features of gastrointestinal mucosa or tumor, there are no established methods to achieve this without breaking specimens apart. We evaluated the utility of transparency-enhancing technology for three-dimensional assessment of gastrointestinal mucosa in porcine models. Esophagus, stomach, and colon mucosa samples obtained from a sacrificed swine were formalin-fixed and paraffin-embedded, and subsequently deparaffinized for analysis...
January 17, 2018: Pathology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339646/automated-screening-for-diabetic-retinopathy-a-systematic-review
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Mads Fonager Nørgaard, Jakob Grauslund
PURPOSE: Worldwide ophthalmologists are challenged by the rapid rise in the prevalence of diabetes. Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is the most common complication in diabetes, and possible consequences range from mild visual impairment to blindness. Repetitive screening for DR is cost-effective, but it is also a costly and strenuous affair. Several studies have examined the application of automated image analysis to solve this problem. Large populations are needed to assess the efficacy of such programs, and a standardized and rigorous methodology is important to give an indication of system performance in actual clinical settings...
January 16, 2018: Ophthalmic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338566/constructing-heparin-modified-pancreatic-decellularized-scaffold-to-improve-its-re-endothelialization
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Liancheng Xu, Yibing Guo, Yan Huang, Yicheng Xiong, Yang Xu, Xiaohong Li, Jingjing Lu, Lei Wang, Yao Wang, Yuhua Lu, Zhiwei Wang
Pancreas transplantation is considered as a promising therapeutic option with the potential to cure diabetes. However, efficacy of current clinical transplantation is limited by the donor organ. With regard to creating a functional pancreas-tissue equivalent for transplantation, vascularization remains a large obstacle. To enhance the angiogenic properties of pancreatic decellularized scaffold, surface modification of the vasculature was used to promote endothelialization efficiency. In this study, an endothelialized pancreatic decellularized scaffold was obtained through heparin modification under mild conditions...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Biomaterials Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334201/comparison-of-the-effects-of-a-positive-reappraisal-coping-intervention-and-problem-solving-skills-training-on-depression-during-the-waiting-period-of-the-result-of-intrauterine-insemination-treatment-a-randomized-control-trial
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Marzieh Ghasemi Gojani, Masoumeh Kordi, Negar Asgharipour, Habibollah Esmaeili
Background: The outcomes of fertility treatments are unpredictable, and levels of depressive symptoms increase in patients during the waiting period of the result of intrauterine insemination (IUI) treatment. The aim of this study was to compare the effects of a positive reappraisal coping intervention (PRCI) and problem-solving skills training (PSS) on depression during the waiting period of the result of IUI Treatment. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This randomized control clinical trial was done among 108 women undergoing IUI treatment...
April 2018: International Journal of Fertility & Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334123/cancer-associated-fibroblasts-tailored-tumor-microenvironment-of-therapy-resistance-in-gastrointestinal-cancers
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Yeqi Sun, Ruifen Wang, Meng Qiao, Yanchun Xu, Wenbin Guan, Lifeng Wang
Gastrointestinal cancers (GI) are a group of highly aggressive malignancies with heavy cancer-related mortalities. Even if continued development of therapy methods, therapy resistance has been a great obstruction for cancer treatment and thereby inevitably leads to depressed final mortality. Peritumoral cancer associated fibroblasts (CAFs), a versatile population assisting cancer cells to build a facilitated tumor microenvironment (TME), has been demonstrated exerting a promotion influence on cancer proliferation, migration, invasion, metastasis and also therapy resistance...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333794/ablation-induced-change-in-the-course-of-fascicular-tachycardia
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Avishag Laish-Farkash, Avi Sabbag, Michael Glikson, Aharon Glick, Vladimir Khalameizer, Amos Katz, Yoav Michowitz
BACKGROUND: Multiform fascicular tachycardia (FT) was recently described as a ventricular tachycardia (VT) that has a reentrant mechanism using multiple fascicular branches and produces alternate fascicular VT forms. Ablating the respective fascicle may cause a change in the reentrant circuit resulting in a change in morphology. Ablation of the septal fascicle is crucial for successful treatment. OBJECTIVES: To describe four cases of FT in which ablation induced a change in QRS morphologies and aggravated clinical course...
January 2018: Israel Medical Association Journal: IMAJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332422/unexpected-management-behaviors-in-adolescents-with-type-1-diabetes-using-sensor-augmented-pump-therapy
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Mary Binsu Abraham, Kristine Heels, Jennifer A Nicholas, Carol Cole, Rebecca Gebert, Julie Klimek, Tracey Jopling, Geoffrey Ambler, Fergus Cameron, Elizabeth Davis, Timothy W Jones
BACKGROUND: Continuous glucose monitoring can improve glycemic outcomes in individuals with type 1 diabetes. However, the constant exposure to real-time glucose levels can sometimes lead the individual to make some risky choices to address the glycemic excursions. Hence, the purpose of this study was to explore the aberrant management behaviors of youth with type 1 diabetes on sensor-augmented pump therapy (SAPT). METHODS: Participants in a clinical trial using SAPT on Medtronic MiniMed™ 640G pump who experienced deteriorating glycemic control or unexplained hypoglycemia were identified by the health care professional...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332001/problem-solving-in-clinical-practice-a-baby-who-won-t-stop-bleeding
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Emma Dyer, Benjamin Cahill
Spontaneous bleeding in the neonatal period is an unusual presentation, and yet one that can pose a challenge of both diagnosis and management to the general paediatrician. This case chronicles the diagnostic journey of an 8-day-old baby who presented with unrelenting bleeding from the umbilical cord and explores the clinical approach to bleeding in a neonate.
January 13, 2018: Archives of Disease in Childhood. Education and Practice Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330248/the-effectiveness-of-problem-solving-therapy-for-primary-care-patients-depressive-and-or-anxiety-disorders-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Anao Zhang, Sunyoung Park, John E Sullivan, Shijie Jing
BACKGROUND: There is increasing demand for managing depressive and/or anxiety disorders among primary care patients. Problem-solving therapy (PST) is a brief evidence- and strength-based psychotherapy that has received increasing support for its effectiveness in managing depression and anxiety among primary care patients. METHODS: We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of clinical trials examining PST for patients with depression and/or anxiety in primary care as identified by searches for published literature across 6 databases and manual searching...
January 2018: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328050/threshold-driven-optimization-for-reference-based-auto-planning
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Troy Long, Mingli Chen, Steve B Jiang, Weiguo Lu
We study threshold-driven optimization methodology for automatically generating a treatment plan that is motivated by a reference DVH for IMRT treatment planning. We present a framework for threshold-driven optimization for reference-based auto-planning (TORA). Commonly used voxel-based quadratic penalties have two components for penalizing under- and over-dosing of voxels: a reference dose threshold and associated penalty weight. Conventional manual- and auto-planning using such a function involves iteratively updating the preference weights while keeping the thresholds constant, an unintuitive and often inconsistent method for planning toward some reference DVH...
January 12, 2018: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328046/spatiotemporal-radiotherapy-planning-using-a-global-optimization-approach
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Ali Adibi, Ehsan Salari
This paper aims at quantifying the extent of potential therapeutic gain, measured using biologically effective dose (BED), that can be achieved by altering the radiation dose distribution over treatment sessions in fractionated radiotherapy. To that end, a spatiotemporally integrated planning approach is developed, where the spatial and temporal dose modulations are optimized simultaneously. The concept of equivalent uniform BED (EUBED) is used to quantify and compare the clinical quality of spatiotemporally heterogeneous dose distributions in target and critical structures...
January 12, 2018: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325533/a-systematic-review-of-comparisons-between-protocols-or-registrations-and-full-reports-in-primary-biomedical-research
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Guowei Li, Luciana P F Abbade, Ikunna Nwosu, Yanling Jin, Alvin Leenus, Muhammad Maaz, Mei Wang, Meha Bhatt, Laura Zielinski, Nitika Sanger, Bianca Bantoto, Candice Luo, Ieta Shams, Hamnah Shahid, Yaping Chang, Guangwen Sun, Lawrence Mbuagbaw, Zainab Samaan, Mitchell A H Levine, Jonathan D Adachi, Lehana Thabane
BACKGROUND: Prospective study protocols and registrations can play a significant role in reducing incomplete or selective reporting of primary biomedical research, because they are pre-specified blueprints which are available for the evaluation of, and comparison with, full reports. However, inconsistencies between protocols or registrations and full reports have been frequently documented. In this systematic review, which forms part of our series on the state of reporting of primary biomedical, we aimed to survey the existing evidence of inconsistencies between protocols or registrations (i...
January 11, 2018: BMC Medical Research Methodology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324562/effectiveness-of-interventions-to-prevent-pre-frailty-and-frailty-progression-in-older-adults-a-systematic-review
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João Apóstolo, Richard Cooke, Elzbieta Bobrowicz-Campos, Silvina Santana, Maura Marcucci, Antonio Cano, Miriam Vollenbroek-Hutten, Federico Germini, Barbara D'Avanzo, Holly Gwyther, Carol Holland
OBJECTIVE: To summarize the best available evidence regarding the effectiveness of interventions for preventing frailty progression in older adults. INTRODUCTION: Frailty is an age-related state of decreased physiological reserves characterized by an increased risk of poor clinical outcomes. Evidence supporting the malleability of frailty, its prevention and treatment, has been presented. INCLUSION CRITERIA: The review considered studies on older adults aged 65 and over, explicitly identified as pre-frail or frail, who had been undergoing interventions focusing on the prevention of frailty progression...
January 2018: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320600/providing-physicians-with-feedback-on-medication-adherence-for-people-with-chronic-diseases-taking-long-term-medication
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REVIEW
Vincent Zaugg, Virginie Korb-Savoldelli, Pierre Durieux, Brigitte Sabatier
BACKGROUND: Poor medication adherence decreases treatment efficacy and worsens clinical outcomes, but average rates of adherence to long-term pharmacological treatments for chronic illnesses are only about 50%. Interventions for improving medication adherence largely focus on patients rather than on physicians; however, the strategies shown to be effective are complex and difficult to implement in clinical practice. There is a need for new care models addressing the problem of medication adherence, integrating this problem into the patient care process...
January 10, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317041/contrast-enhanced-spectral-mammography-a-review
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Bhavika K Patel, M B I Lobbes, John Lewin
Contrast-enhanced spectral mammography (CESM) provides low-energy 2D mammographic images comparable to standard digital mammography and a post-contrast recombined image to assess tumor neovascularity similar to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The utilization of CESM in the United States is currently low but could increase rapidly given many potential indications for clinical use. This article discusses historical background and literature review of indications and diagnostic accuracy of CESM to date. CESM is a growing technique for breast cancer detection and diagnosis that has levels of sensitivity and specificity on par with contrast-enhanced breast MRI...
February 2018: Seminars in Ultrasound, CT, and MR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316297/prevalence-defining-characteristics-and-related-factors-of-the-nursing-diagnosis-of-anxiety-in-hospitalized-medical-surgical-patients
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Gianfranco Sanson, Annalisa Perrone, Adriana Fascì, Fabio D'Agostino
PURPOSE: To document the prevalence of the nursing diagnosis of anxiety in hospital patients, based on its level of severity, defining characteristics (DCs), and other related factors, and to identify the key DCs that serve as predictors of clinically significant anxiety (CSA). DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. We enrolled 116 consecutive adult patients hospitalized from October 10 to 16, 2016, in medical-surgical wards within the first 48 hr of admission. METHODS: The potential DCs and related factors of anxiety were collected based on the NANDA International terminology...
January 8, 2018: Journal of Nursing Scholarship
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315675/chemical-modifications-of-nucleic-acid-drugs-and-their-delivery-systems-for-gene-based-therapy
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REVIEW
Changmai Chen, Zhenjun Yang, Xinjing Tang
Gene-based therapy is one of essential therapeutic strategies for precision medicine through targeting specific genes in specific cells of target tissues. However, there still exist many problems that need to be solved, such as safety, stability, selectivity, delivery, as well as immunity. Currently, the key challenges of gene-based therapy for clinical potential applications are the safe and effective nucleic acid drugs as well as their safe and efficient gene delivery systems. In this review, we first focus on current nucleic acid drugs and their formulation in clinical trials and on the market, including antisense oligonucleotide, siRNA, aptamer, and plasmid nucleic acid drugs...
January 5, 2018: Medicinal Research Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29307672/long-term-humeral-complications-after-grammont-style-reverse-shoulder-arthroplasty
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Francesco Ascione, Peter Domos, Vincenzo Guarrella, Mikaël Chelli, Pascal Boileau, Gilles Walch
BACKGROUND: Recent experiences with Grammont reverse shoulder arthroplasty (RSA) have revealed some problems related to the biomechanical changes of the shoulder and humeral stem complications. We analyzed humeral complications in a long-term follow-up of a large series of RSAs, searching for correlations between these and the initial etiology, the follow-up duration, and the clinical outcomes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Preoperative and postoperative clinical and radiologic assessments of 1035 RSAs with a minimum 5-year follow-up (implanted in 7 specialized shoulder centers between 1993 and 2010) were retrospectively collected...
January 4, 2018: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
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