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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109191/serum-high-concentrations-of-homocysteine-and-low-levels-of-folic-acid-and-vitamin-b12-are-significantly-correlated-with-the-categories-of-coronary-artery-diseases
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Yan Ma, Duanliang Peng, Chenggui Liu, Chen Huang, Jun Luo
BACKGROUND: Homocysteine (Hcy) has been considered as an independent risk factor for coronary artery disease (CAD). Folic acid and vitamin B12 are two vital regulators in Hcy metabolic process. We evaluated the correlations between serum Hcy, folic acid and vitamin B12 with the categories of CAD. METHODS: Serum Hcy, folic acid and vitamin B12 from 292 CAD patients, including 73 acute myocardial infarction (AMI), 116 unstable angina pectoris (UAP), 103 stable angina pectoris (SAP), and 100 controls with chest pain patients were measured, and the data were analyzed by SPSS software...
January 21, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109184/comparative-cardiovascular-risks-of-dipeptidyl-peptidase-4-inhibitors-with-other-2-nd-and-3-rd-line-antidiabetic-drugs-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes
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Huang-Tz Ou, Kai-Cheng Chang, Chung-Yi Li, Jin-Shang Wu
AIMS: Dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors (DPP4i) are suggested as 2(nd) and 3(rd) add-on antidiabetic treatment for type 2 diabetes. Previous studies only assessed cardiovascular effects of DPP4i as 2(nd) line treatment, included sulfonylurea as only one comparator, and yielded inconclusive results on the risk of heart failure. This study therefore evaluated comparative cardiovascular risks of DPP4i with other 2(nd) and 3(rd) line antidiabetic drugs. METHODS: Based on a large nation-wide diabetic cohort, 113,051 patients with type 2 diabetes newly on metformin-based dual or triple therapy were identified in 2009-2011 and followed until death or 2013...
January 21, 2017: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109013/investigation-of-genetic-defects-in-severe-combined-immunodeficiency-patients-from-turkey-by-targeted-sequencing
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Baran Erman, Ivan Bilic, Tatjana Hirschmugl, Elisabeth Salzer, Heidrun Boztug, Özden Sanal, Deniz Çağdaş Ayvaz, Ilhan Tezcan, Kaan Boztug
Primary immunodeficiencies (PIDs) represent a large group of disorders with an increased susceptibility to infections. Severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) is the most severe form of primary immunodeficiencies (PIDs) with marked T-cell lymphopenia. Investigation of the genetic etiology using classical Sanger sequencing is associated with considerable diagnostic delay. We here established a custom-designed, next generation sequencing-based panel to efficiently identify disease-causing genetic defects in PID patients and applied this method in SCID patients of Turkish origin with previously undefined genetic etiology...
January 21, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109011/individual-physician-penalties-resulting-from-violation-of-emtala-a-review-of-office-of-the-inspector-general-patient-dumping-settlements-2002-2015
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Sophie Terp, Brandon Wang, Brian Raffetto, Seth A Seabury, Michael Menchine
OBJECTIVE: To describe characteristics of civil monetary penalty settlements levied by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) against individual physicians related to violation of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA). METHODS: Descriptions of all civil monetary penalty settlements between 2002 and 2015 were obtained from the OIG. Characteristics of settlements against individual physicians related to EMTALA violations were described including settlement date, location, amount, whether there was an associated hospital settlement, the medical specialty of the physician involved, and the nature of the allegation...
January 20, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109009/using-flow-characteristics-in-three-dimensional-power-doppler-ultrasound-imaging-to-predict-complete-responses-in-patients-undergoing-neoadjuvant-chemotherapy
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Wei-Chung Shia, Yu-Len Huang, Hwa-Koon Wu, Dar-Ren Chen
OBJECTIVES: Strategies are needed for the identification of a poor response to treatment and determination of appropriate chemotherapy strategies for patients in the early stages of neoadjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer. We hypothesize that power Doppler ultrasound imaging can provide useful information on predicting response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy. METHODS: The solid directional flow of vessels in breast tumors was used as a marker of pathologic complete responses (pCR) in patients undergoing neoadjuvant chemotherapy...
January 21, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108979/analysis-of-stress-only-imaging-comparing-upright-and-supine-czt-camera-acquisition-to-conventional-gamma-camera-images-with-and-without-attenuation-correction-with-coronary-angiography-as-a-reference
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Zenith A Jameria, Mouhamad Abdallah, Mariano Fernandez-Ulloa, Robert O'Donnell, Alok K Dwivedi, Erica Washburn, Naseer Khan, Mahyar Khaleghi, Nischelle Kalakota, Myron C Gerson
BACKGROUND: Diagnostic performance of stress-only imaging using a Cadmium-Zinc-Telluride (CZT) camera has not been directly compared in the same patients to stress-only attenuation-corrected conventional Anger camera images. METHODS: 112 subjects with correlative coronary angiographic data and 40 subjects with <5% pre-test likelihood of coronary disease completed attenuation-corrected stress-only images on a conventional Anger camera and uncorrected upright and supine stress images on a CZT camera...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108940/the-working-alliance-in-psychiatric-care-agreement-communication-and-trust-in-action
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Jairo N Fuertes, Arielle Toporovsky, Mariela Reyes
The physician-patient working alliance has been associated with improved patient satisfaction and adherence. However, up until now there has only been a patient form with which to assess the working alliance in medicine. The current study presents the provider form of the physician-patient working alliance, along with psychometric evidence and support. Participants were 106 psychiatrists (61 men and 45 women). They were selected from a database of providers in the Northeast of the U.S. and were asked to complete a mailed survey and to return it in stamped addressed envelope...
January 21, 2017: Psychiatric Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108910/non-scientific-classification-of-chinese-herbal-medicine-as-dietary-supplement
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Kexin Bao
This article focuses the category status of Chinese herbal medicine in the United States where it has been mistakenly classified as a dietary supplement. According to Yellow Emperor Canon of Internal Medicine (Huang Di Nei Jing), clinical treatment in broad sense is to apply certain poisonous medicines to fight against pathogeneses, by which all medicines have certain toxicity and side effect. From ancient times to modern society, all, or at least most, practitioners have used herbal medicine to treat patients' medical conditions...
January 20, 2017: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108897/a-critical-appraisal-of-endovascular-stent-grafts-in-the-management-of-abdominal-aortic-aneurysms
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REVIEW
Nikolaos Schoretsanitis, Efstratios Georgakarakos, Christos Argyriou, Kiriakos Ktenidis, George S Georgiadis
Endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms has widely replaced the open surgical repair due to its minimal invasive nature and the accompanying lower perioperative mortality and morbidity. During the past two decades, certain improvements and developments have provided a wide variety of endograft structural designs and geometric patterns, enabling the physician to approach a more patient-specific treatment of AAA. This review presents the currently available aortic endografts and describes the clinical, technical and mechanical characteristics of them...
January 21, 2017: La Radiologia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108876/concordance-between-self-report-and-performance-based-measures-of-everyday-functioning-in-hiv-associated-neurocognitive-disorders
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Talia N Shirazi, Angela C Summers, Bryan R Smith, Sally R Steinbach, Suad Kapetanovic, Avindra Nath, Joseph Snow
Self-report is typically used to differentiate between asymptomatic neurocognitive impairment (ANI) and mild neurocognitive disorder (MND) in the assessment of HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND). Yet, it is unclear whether the lack of self-reported functional impairments in individuals with ANI is indicative of a genuine absence of functional impairment, or of inaccurate self-reports. In the present study, we examined the relationship between previously validated self-report (patient's assessment of own functioning inventory; instrumental activities of daily living inventory) and performance-based (the Texas Functional Living Scale) measures of functional abilities in 112 virologically-controlled HIV-infected, and 40 well-matched, HIV-uninfected participants...
January 20, 2017: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108856/diagnosis-and-management-for-trigeminal-neuralgia-caused-solely-by-venous-compression
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Takuro Inoue, Hisao Hirai, Ayako Shima, Fumio Suzuki, Takanori Fukushima, Masayuki Matsuda
BACKGROUND: Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) caused solely by venous compression is uncommon. An appropriate vein management protocol for microvascular decompression (MVD) has not been established. We evaluated the management of veins for TN solely due to venous involvement. METHOD: We analyzed 31 patients with TN in whom only veins were manipulated during MVD. The culprit veins smaller in diameter than the vein of the cerebellopontine fissure (VCPF) were coagulated and divided in 20 patients (divided group), while transposition was performed for larger veins in the remaining 11 patients (non-divided group)...
January 20, 2017: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108789/-surgical-indications-and-complications-management-in-vestibular-schwannoma
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S Rosahl, D Eßer
BACKGROUND: Recent surgical treatment concepts for patients with vestibular schwannoma (VS) require an interdisciplinary approach as well as recognition and mastering of complications. OBJECTIVE: This paper provides an overview of indications, as well as possible options for function preservation and management of complications in the surgical resection of these tumors. METHODS: Up-to-date treatment concepts and surgical indications were differentiated according to size and extent of tumors...
January 20, 2017: HNO
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108765/score-study-quality-indicators-for-rheumatology-nursing-clinics
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Santiago Muñoz-Fernández, Ma Dolores Aguilar, Raquel Almodóvar, Laura Cano-García, Sandra Fortea, Cristina Patricia Alcañiz-Escandell, José R Rodríguez, Laura Cebrián, Pablo Lázaro
Nursing clinics in rheumatology (NCR) are organizational care models that provide care centred within the scope of nurses abilities. To analyse patients differences in the knowledge of the disease, adherence to the treatment, quality indicators of the Rheumatology Departments included quality perceived by the patients with and without NCR. National multicenter observational prospective cohort study 1 year follow-up, comparing patients attending rheumatology services with and without NCR. NCR was defined by the presence of: (1) office itself; (2) at least one dedicated nurse; (3) its own appointment schedule, and (4) phone...
January 20, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108750/-titanium-or-steel-as-osteosynthesis-material-systematic-literature-search-for-clinical-evidence
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Alexander Joeris, Sabine Goldhahn, Elke Rometsch, Dankward Höntzsch
BACKGROUND: The selection of the appropriate implant material, stainless steel or titanium, is still the decision of the surgeon and/or the affiliated institution. Additionally, remarkable international differences can be found between the different markets, which cannot really be explained. OBJECTIVE: A systematic literature search was performed to verify whether there is clinical evidence for the preference of one material over the other. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The systematic literature search was performed utilizing the internet databases PubMed, Cochrane and Web of Science...
January 20, 2017: Der Unfallchirurg
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108747/national-guidelines-for-smoking-cessation-in-primary-care-a-literature-review-and-evidence-analysis
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Marjolein Verbiest, Evelyn Brakema, Rianne van der Kleij, Kate Sheals, Georgia Allistone, Siân Williams, Andy McEwen, Niels Chavannes
: National guidelines for smoking cessation in primary care can be effective in improving clinical practice. This study assessed which parties are involved in the development of such guidelines worldwide, which national guidelines address primary care, what recommendations are made for primary care settings, and how these recommendations correlate with each other and with current evidence. We identified national guidelines using an online resource. Only the most recent version of a guideline was included...
December 2017: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108742/altered-brain-structural-networks-in-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-children-revealed-by-cortical-thickness
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Tian Liu, Yanni Chen, Chenxi Li, Youjun Li, Jue Wang
This study investigated the cortical thickness and topological features of human brain anatomical networks related to attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Data were collected from 40 attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder children and 40 normal control children. Interregional correlation matrices were established by calculating the correlations of cortical thickness between all pairs of cortical regions (68 regions) of the whole brain. Further thresholds were applied to create binary matrices to construct a series of undirected and unweighted graphs, and global, local, and nodal efficiencies were computed as a function of the network cost...
January 18, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108686/use-of-mechanical-insufflation-exsufflation-devices-for-airway-clearance-in-subjects-with-neuromuscular-disease
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REVIEW
Catherine Auger, Vanessa Hernando, Hubert Galmiche
The aim of this systematic review is to examine the benefit/risk ratio of the use of mechanical insufflation-exsufflation (MI-E) devices for airway clearance in patients with neuromuscular diseases. A search was conducted for relevant studies in MEDLINE, the Cochrane Library, and the Health Technology Assessment Database using the main key words: cough, airway clearance, in-exsufflation. The search limits were studies published in English and French between 1970 and 2014 (literature watch until December 2015)...
February 2017: Respiratory Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108685/a-tablet-based-multimedia-education-tool-improves-provider-and-subject-knowledge-of-inhaler-use-techniques
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Aaron M Mulhall, Muhammad A Zafar, Samantha Record, Herman Channell, Ralph J Panos
BACKGROUND: Although inhaled medications are effective therapies for COPD, many patients and providers use them incorrectly. METHODS: We recruited providers who prescribe inhalers or teach inhaler technique and assessed their use of metered-dose inhalers (MDIs), various dry powder inhalers (DPIs), and Respimat using predefined checklists. Then they watched tablet-based multimedia educational videos that demonstrated correct inhaler technique by a clinical pharmacist with teach-back from a patient and were re-evaluated...
February 2017: Respiratory Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108675/paired-assessment-of-liver-telomere-lengths-in-hepatocellular-cancer-is-a-reliable-predictor-of-disease-persistence
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Wen-Du Feng, De-Cai Yu, Xian-Biao Shi, Bing-Hua Li, Ou-Yang Luo, Chen Yan, Yi-Tao Ding
In the present study, we used a small series of highly defined patients, where we had matched timed peripheral blood samples, as well as paired liver biopsies obtained during collection of blood samples from patients with diagnosed hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and compared the correlation between the changes of telomere lengths in these defined samples. Patients included had either HCC alone or in conjunction with either pre-existing hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. PCR-based assay incorporating primers to the telomeric hexamer repeats to polymerize and detect telomeric DNA was used...
January 20, 2017: Bioscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108641/spinal-cord-stimulation-scs-with-anatomically-guided-3d-neural-targeting-shows-superior-chronic-axial-low-back-pain-relief-compared-to-traditional-scs-lumina-study
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Elias Veizi, Salim M Hayek, James North, T Brent Chafin, Thomas L Yearwood, Louis Raso, Robert Frey, Kevin Cairns, Anthony Berg, John Brendel, Nameer Haider, Matthew McCarty, Henry Vucetic, Alden Sherman, Lilly Chen, Nitzan Mekel-Bobrov
: BACKGROUND : The aim of this study was to determine whether spinal cord stimulation (SCS) using 3D neural targeting provided sustained overall and low back pain relief in a broad routine clinical practice population. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS:  This was a multicenter, open-label observational study with an observational arm and retrospective analysis of a matched cohort. After IPG implantation, programming was done using a patient-specific, model-based algorithm to adjust for lead position (3D neural targeting) or previous generation software (traditional)...
January 20, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
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