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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222566/pilot-study-of-the-sub-symptom-threshold-exercise-program-sstep-for-persistent-concussion-symptoms-in-youth
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Sara P D Chrisman, Kathryn B Whitlock, Elissa Somers, Monique S Burton, Stanley A Herring, Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, Frederick P Rivara
BACKGROUND: Prior studies suggest potential benefit using monitored aerobic exercise to treat youth with persistent concussion symptoms, but these studies have been small. OBJECTIVES: To explore the safety and potential benefits of a rehabilitative exercise intervention, the Sub-symptom Threshold Exercise Program (SSTEP), for treating youth with persistent concussion symptoms >1 month. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study of 83 youth who participated in SSTEP, completing trajectory analysis of concussion symptoms using the symptom subscale of the Sport Concussion Assessment Tool, version 2 (SCAT-2)...
February 9, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222542/ecologically-relevant-outcome-measure-for-post-inpatient-rehabilitation
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Carlos Marquez de la Plata, Devin Qualls, Patrick Plenger, James F Malec, Mary Ellen Hayden
BACKGROUND: Transfer of skills learned within the clinic environment to patients' home or community is important in post-inpatient brain injury rehabilitation (PBIR). Outcome measures used in PBIR assess level of independence during functional tasks; however, available functional instruments do not quantitate the environment in which the behaviors occur. OBJECTIVE: To examine the reliability and validity of an instrument used to assess patients' functional abilities while quantifying the amount of structure and distractions in the environment...
January 31, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222513/clinical-effectiveness-and-tolerability-of-electroconvulsive-therapy-in-patients-with-neuropsychiatric-symptoms-of-dementia
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Moshe Isserles, Zafiris J Daskalakis, Sanjeev Kumar, Tarek K Rajji, Daniel M Blumberger
BACKGROUND: Dementia frequently presents with aggression, agitation, and disorganized behavior for which current treatment is partially effective and is associated with significant adverse effects. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to retrospectively assess the clinical effectiveness and tolerability of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in a sample of patients with neuropsychiatric symptoms of dementia (NPS) and to explore factors associated with response and with cognitive adverse effects...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222478/-possible-significance-of-bronchoalveolar-lavage-cytology-at-initial-diagnosis-and-follow-up-of-lung-cancer
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A Grünewaldt, C Hügel, E Hermann, T O F Wagner
Bronchoalveolar lavage [BAL] is an important procedure in the diagnosis of a variety of lung diseases. While it has enormous value in the diagnostics of inflammatory parenchymal diseases, its significance in lung cancer is unclear. Keeping in mind that immune therapy (e. g. application of checkpoint inhibitors) is gaining importance in the management of lung carcinoma, it is important to know if there are typical cellular patterns in BAL of lung cancer patients. Methods In a retrospective proof of principle-study, we analyzed 38 patients who underwent BAL at the initial diagnosis of lung cancer...
February 2017: Pneumologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222449/characterization-of-cutaneous-plasmacytosis-at-different-disease-stages
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Pa-Fan Hsiao, Yu-Hung Wu
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Cutaneous plasmacytosis is rare and still not well understood. A retrospective study was made of 9 Chinese patients with 1- to 15-year histories of biopsy-proven cutaneous plasmacytosis diagnosed between 2003 and 2015. METHODS: Patient records and archival photographs helped establish the pattern and duration of skin lesions, and skin biopsy specimens provided additional data. RESULTS: The mean age at diagnosis was 46.4 years...
February 22, 2017: Dermatology: International Journal for Clinical and Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222437/assessment-and-outcome-in-non-traditional-cochlear-implant-candidates
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Rebecca L Heywood, Deborah A Vickers, Francesca Pinto, George Fereos, Azhar Shaida
The objectives of this study were to assess: (i) patient expectations met as a measure of outcome in early-deafened, late-implanted (non-traditional) cochlear implant recipients and (ii) pre-implantation predictive factors for postoperative speech perception. The notes of 13 recipients were retrospectively reviewed. The mean age at onset of profound deafness was 1.5 years (range 0-6). The mean age at implantation was 37 years (range 22-51 years). Patient expectations were assessed pre-operatively and 1 year after implantation...
February 22, 2017: Audiology & Neuro-otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222431/the-routine-use-of-intrapartum-ultrasound-in-clinical-decision-making-during-the-second-stage-of-labor-does-it-have-any-impact-on-delivery-outcomes
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Oren Barak, Roni Levy, Orna Flidel, Svetlana Zaks, Moshe Gillor, Zion Hagay, Edi Vaisbuch
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The study aimed to assess whether the use of intrapartum transperineal ultrasound (US) can reduce the rate of failed vacuum extraction (VE). METHODS: This is a retrospective cohort study including all women delivering at term with the diagnosis of protracted second stage of labor. The mode of delivery and rate of failed VE were compared between women who underwent a US examination prior to the decision on obstetrical interventions ("+US" group) and those in whom clinical decisions were based upon digital assessment only ("no-US" group)...
February 22, 2017: Gynecologic and Obstetric Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222428/neonatal-and-maternal-short-term-outcome-parameters-in-instrument-assisted-vaginal-delivery-compared-to-second-stage-cesarean-section-in-labour-a-retrospective-11-year-analysis
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Moritz Polkowski, Elna Kuehnle, Cordula Schippert, Sudip Kundu, Peter Hillemanns, Ismini Staboulidou
BACKGROUND: This study is aimed at comparing the neonatal and maternal short-term outcomes after instrumental-assisted vaginal delivery and cesarean section (CS) in labour. METHODS: This retrospective study over a period of 11 years included singleton pregnancies above 34 + 0 gestational weeks, giving birth either by instrumental-assisted delivery or CS in labour. Maternal and neonatal outcome parameters were analysed using t test or linear regression. RESULTS: A total of 1,971/2,571 deliveries were included for analysis: 149 forceps-, 393 vacuum-assisted deliveries and 1,420 CS in labour...
February 22, 2017: Gynecologic and Obstetric Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222423/introduction-of-an-enhanced-recovery-after-surgery-protocol-for-robot-assisted-laparoscopic-radical-prostatectomy
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Motohiko Sugi, Tadashi Matsuda, Takashi Yoshida, Hisanori Taniguchi, Takao Mishima, Masaaki Yanishi, Yoshihiro Komai, Kaneki Yasuda, Hidefumi Kinoshita, Kenji Yoshida, Masato Watanabe
INTRODUCTION: No studies have shown whether the enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) protocol is superior to the conventional protocol after robot-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (RALP). We compared intestinal function and perioperative parameters of patients with prostate cancer after the ERAS and conventional protocols to determine the superior protocol for recovery of intestinal function. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A retrospective analysis of 198 consecutive patients who underwent RALP between August 2013 and June 2015 was conducted...
February 17, 2017: Urologia Internationalis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222406/leydig-cell-clustering-and-reinke-crystal-distribution-in-relation-to-hormonal-function-in-adult-patients-with-testicular-dysgenesis-syndrome-tds-including-cryptorchidism
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Rikke R Soerensen, Trine H Johannsen, Niels E Skakkebaek, Ewa Rajpert-De Meyts
OBJECTIVE: Testicular dysgenesis syndrome (TDS) comprises testicular germ cell cancer, cryptorchidism and some cases of male infertility and hypospadias, which can be linked to impairment of intrauterine gonadal development. Among histological signs of TDS, large Leydig cell (LC) clusters (micronodules) are frequently present. This study aimed to investigate possible associations of LC micronodules with the presence of Reinke crystals and hormonal function of LCs, the latter primarily reflected by serum concentrations of luteinising hormone (LH) and testosterone, in patients with TDS...
October 2016: Hormones: International Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222340/a-comparative-retrospective-exploration-of-the-profiles-of-patients-in-south-africa-diagnosed-with-epileptic-and-psychogenic-non-epileptic-seizures
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David G Anderson, Maria Damianova, Skye Hanekom, Marilyn Lucas
Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES) have a high prevalence globally but the accurate diagnosis of this condition still remains a challenge. This is particularly the case in countries where there is scarce expertise and insufficient affordable medical facilities to which patients have access. The rate of PNES diagnosis in epilepsy units is typically within the range of 20 to 30%. In the context of developing countries, this rate tends to be higher and increases demand on the existing scarce health care capacities...
February 18, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222337/assessment-of-dental-plaque-coverage-by-quantitative-light-induced-fluorescence-qlf-in-domestic-short-haired-cats
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Zoe V Marshall-Jones, Corrin V Wallis, Judi M Allsopp, Alison Colyer, Ian J Davis, Lucy J Holcombe
Dietary means of reducing plaque and calculus deposits are frequently sought for the maintenance of oral health in cats and dogs. In the development of such products sensitive, reliable, reproducible methods of measuring plaque and calculus are key. The aim of this study was to assess Quantitative Light-induced Fluorescence (QLF™) for the detection of dental plaque coverage in cats compared to the modified Logan and Boyce technique. The techniques were utilised in a crossover study, which compared two diets for their effect on plaque deposition in a cohort of 24 adult cats...
February 10, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222230/evaluation-of-adherence-predictors-for-the-treatment-of-moderate-to-severe-psoriasis-with-biologics-the-importance-of-physician-patient-interaction-and-communication
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I Zschocke, C Ortland, K Reich
BACKGROUND: Treatment efficacy of biologic agents in moderate to severe psoriasis is regarded as high with patient adherence being higher than for traditional therapies. However, use of biologics is connected to high discontinuation rates. The current investigator-initiated study was conducted to improve the understanding of adherence. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study was designed as non-interventional retrospective multicentre trial in Germany. Questionnaires were developed based on the adherence dimensions identified by the World Health Organisation, WHO...
February 21, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222228/neutrophil-to-lymphocyte-ratio-a-biomarker-for-predicting-systemic-involvement-in-adult-iga-vasculitis-patients
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Géza Róbert Nagy, Lajos Kemény, Zsuzsanna Bata-Csörgő
BACKGROUND: IgA vasculitis (IgAV) is a small-vessel leucocytoclastic cutaneous vasculitis, often associated with kidney and gastrointestinal (GI) manifestations. Although predictive factors for systemic involvement have been extensively studied in children, there is paucity in the literature regarding adult patients. Neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) is an inflammatory marker, used to assess systemic inflammation in various diseases. OBJECTIVE: We sought to evaluate whether NLR can be used for predicting renal and GI involvement in adult IgA vasculitis patients...
February 21, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222220/meaningful-endpoints-for-therapies-approved-for-hematologic-malignancies
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B Douglas Smith, Amy E DeZern, Alex W Bastian, Brian G M Durie
BACKGROUND: Overall survival (OS) is considered the gold standard for determining treatment efficacy in oncology trials, but the relation between treatment and OS can be challenging to assess because of long study durations and the impact of subsequent therapies on outcome. Using OS can be particularly difficult for new therapies in hematologic malignancies (HMs). METHODS: This retrospective analysis was conducted to characterize the primary endpoints used to support US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approvals for new drug or novel HM indications between January 2002 and July 2015...
February 21, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222191/elderly-fall-risk-prediction-using-static-posturography
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Jennifer Howcroft, Edward D Lemaire, Jonathan Kofman, William E McIlroy
Maintaining and controlling postural balance is important for activities of daily living, with poor postural balance being predictive of future falls. This study investigated eyes open and eyes closed standing posturography with elderly adults to identify differences and determine appropriate outcome measure cut-off scores for prospective faller, single-faller, multi-faller, and non-faller classifications. 100 older adults (75.5 ± 6.7 years) stood quietly with eyes open and then eyes closed while Wii Balance Board data were collected...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222168/fewer-acute-respiratory-infection-episodes-among-patients-receiving-treatment-for-gastroesophageal-reflux-disease
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Herng-Ching Lin, Sudha Xirasagar, Shiu-Dong Chung, Chung-Chien Huang, Ming-Chieh Tsai, Chao-Hung Chen
Patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) present with comorbid complications with implications for healthcare utilization. To date, little is known about the effects of GERD treatment with a proton-pump inhibitor (PPI) on patients' subsequent healthcare utilization for acute respiratory infections (ARIs). This population-based study compared ARI episodes captured through outpatient visits, one year before and one year after GERD patients received PPI treatment. We used retrospective data from the Longitudinal Health Insurance Database 2005 in Taiwan, comparing 21,486 patients diagnosed with GERD from 2010 to 2012 with 21,486 age-sex matched comparison patients without GERD...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222128/what-do-sales-data-tell-us-about-implant-survival
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Rudolf Seemann, Alexander Jirku, Florian Wagner, Arno Wutzl
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of implant diameter, length and shape on a surrogate parameter of implant survival; i.e. the implant return rate in a big data analysis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective study was conducted and the factors influencing the success rates of 69,377 sold implants over a seven-year period were evaluated. The osseointegration program of a reseller provides reliable data of a single country. Implant loss rates were investigated using logistic regression models and regressed by implant type, diameter, and length...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222098/multicenter-study-of-skin-rashes-and-hepatotoxicity-in-antiretroviral-na%C3%A3-ve-hiv-positive-patients-receiving-non-nucleoside-reverse-transcriptase-inhibitor-plus-nucleoside-reverse-transcriptase-inhibitors-in-taiwan
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Pei-Ying Wu, Chien-Yu Cheng, Chun-Eng Liu, Yi-Chien Lee, Chia-Jui Yang, Mao-Song Tsai, Shu-Hsing Cheng, Shih-Ping Lin, De-Yu Lin, Ning-Chi Wang, Yi-Chieh Lee, Hsin-Yun Sun, Hung-Jen Tang, Chien-Ching Hung
OBJECTIVES: Two nucleos(t)ide reverse-transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs) plus 1 non-NRTI (nNRTI) remain the preferred or alternative combination antiretroviral therapy (cART) for antiretroviral-naive HIV-positive patients in Taiwan. The three most commonly used nNRTIs are nevirapine (NVP), efavirenz (EFV) and rilpivirine (RPV). This study aimed to determine the incidences of hepatotoxicity and skin rashes within 4 weeks of initiation of cART containing 1 nNRTI plus 2 NRTIs. METHODS: Between June, 2012 and November, 2015, all antiretroviral-naive HIV-positive adult patients initiating nNRTI-containing cART at 8 designated hospitals for HIV care were included in this retrospective observational study...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222095/delays-and-loss-to-follow-up-before-treatment-of-drug-resistant-tuberculosis-following-implementation-of-xpert-mtb-rif-in-south-africa-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Helen Cox, Lindy Dickson-Hall, Norbert Ndjeka, Anja Van't Hoog, Alison Grant, Frank Cobelens, Wendy Stevens, Mark Nicol
BACKGROUND: South Africa has a large burden of rifampicin-resistant tuberculosis (RR-TB), with 18,734 patients diagnosed in 2014. The number of diagnosed patients has increased substantially with the introduction of the Xpert MTB/RIF test, used for tuberculosis (TB) diagnosis for all patients with presumptive TB. Routine aggregate data suggest a large treatment gap (pre-treatment loss to follow-up) between the numbers of patients with laboratory-confirmed RR-TB and those reported to have started second-line treatment...
February 2017: PLoS Medicine
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