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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535331/computer-and-mobile-technology-interventions-for-self-management-in-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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Catherine McCabe, Margaret McCann, Anne Marie Brady
BACKGROUND: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is characterised by airflow obstruction due to an abnormal inflammatory response of the lungs to noxious particles or gases, for example, cigarette smoke. The pattern of care for people with moderate to very severe COPD often involves regular lengthy hospital admissions, which result in high healthcare costs and an undesirable effect on quality of life. Research over the past decade has focused on innovative methods for developing enabling and assistive technologies that facilitate patient self-management...
May 23, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530777/clinicopathological-analysis-of-patients-operated-for-appendiceal-mucocele
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Hasan Abuoğlu, Mehmet Kamil Yıldız, Bülent Kaya, Mehmet Odabaşı
BACKGROUND: The term mucocele refers to the dilatation of the appendix due to mucus, and it is an uncommon disorder with an estimated incidence of 0.2%-0.3% of all appendectomies performed and 8%-10% of all appendiceal tumors. It is often asymptomatic, but may manifest appendicitis-like symptoms. METHODS: Twenty-six patients (14 females and 12 males) were operated on due to mucocele of the appendix. Sixteen patients exhibiting the characteristics of clinically acute appendicitis required an emergency operation...
May 2017: Ulusal Travma Ve Acil Cerrahi Dergisi, Turkish Journal of Trauma & Emergency Surgery: TJTES
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530163/gastrointestinal-histoplasmosis-a-case-series
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Rashi Sharma, Lipika Lipi, Smeeta Gajendra, Ishani Mohapatra, Ruchika K Goel, Rajan Duggal, Smruti Ranjan Mishra, Dheeraj Gautam
Histoplasmosis is an invasive mycosis caused by inhalation of the spores of dimorphic fungi Histoplasma capsulatum. The disease manifests in the lung as acute or chronic pulmonary histoplasmosis and in severe cases gets disseminated in multiple organs like skin, adrenal gland, central nervous system, lymph node, liver, spleen, bone marrow, and gastrointestinal tract. It occurs most commonly in immunodeficient patients like HIV-positive patients and transplant recipients, while immunocompetent hosts are affected rarely...
May 1, 2017: International Journal of Surgical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529098/differences-in-the-economic-valuation-and-determining-factors-of-informal-care-over-time-the-case-of-blood-cancer
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Marta Ortega-Ortega, Roberto Montero-Granados, Juan de Dios Jiménez-Aguilera
OBJECTIVE: To estimate differences in the economic valuation and sociodemographic and clinical factors associated with informal care between phases of the treatment in the case of blood cancer patients. METHODS: 139 haematological cancer patients who underwent a stem cell transplantation completed a longitudinal questionnaire according to 3 phases of the treatment: short-term (pre-transplant), medium-term (1st year post-transplant) and long-term (2nd-6th year post-transplant)...
May 19, 2017: Gaceta Sanitaria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527922/bronchodilator-therapy-for-chronic-cough
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REVIEW
Maria Gabriella Matera, Paola Rogliani, Alessandro Zanasi, Mario Cazzola
Experimental studies indicate that airway calibre increases the sensitivity of the afferents involved in the cough reflex but it has proved difficult to demonstrate that airway calibre increases the sensitivity of the afferents involved in the cough reflex. Therefore, bronchodilators might have a role, although rather minor, in the treatment of cough. However, although bronchodilators represent the standard of care in the treatment of airway obstruction associated with asthma or COPD, controversy persists regarding the mechanism(s) by which these agents alleviate cough...
May 17, 2017: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527228/efficacy-of-neuromuscular-electrical-stimulation-for-preventing-quadriceps-muscle-wasting-in-patients-with-moderate-or-severe-acute-stroke-a-pilot-study
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Masafumi Nozoe, Masashi Kanai, Hiroki Kubo, Yuka Takeuchi, Miki Kobayashi, Miho Yamamoto, Asami Furuichi, Makoto Yamazaki, Shinichi Shimada, Kyoshi Mase
BACKGROUND: Stroke-related muscle wasting is one of the factors leading to long-term disability and functional dependency. No study has reported an effective therapeutic intervention for such muscle wasting. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) on quadriceps muscle mass preservation in patients with acute moderate or severe stroke by using ultrasonography (US). METHODS: Twenty patients with acute, moderate, or severe stroke (age: 68±11 years) were divided into usual care group (control group) and intervention groups (NMES group), respectively...
May 19, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522921/thin-air-resulting-in-high-pressure-mountain-sickness-and-hypoxia-induced-pulmonary-hypertension
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REVIEW
Jan Grimminger, Manuel Richter, Khodr Tello, Natascha Sommer, Henning Gall, Hossein Ardeschir Ghofrani
With rising altitude the partial pressure of oxygen falls. This phenomenon leads to hypobaric hypoxia at high altitude. Since more than 140 million people permanently live at heights above 2500 m and more than 35 million travel to these heights each year, understanding the mechanisms resulting in acute or chronic maladaptation of the human body to these circumstances is crucial. This review summarizes current knowledge of the body's acute response to these circumstances, possible complications and their treatment, and health care issues resulting from long-term exposure to high altitude...
2017: Canadian Respiratory Journal: Journal of the Canadian Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521540/cost-effectiveness-analysis-of-rivaroxaban-for-treatment-and-secondary-prevention-of-venous-thromboembolism-in-the-netherlands
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Marieke Heisen, Maarten J Treur, Harald E Heemstra, Eric B W Giesen, Maarten J Postma
BACKGROUND: Until recently, standard treatment of venous thromboembolism (VTE) concerned a combination of short-term low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) and long-term vitamin-K antagonist (VKA). Risk of bleeding and the requirement for regular anticoagulation monitoring are, however, limiting their use. Rivaroxaban is a novel oral anticoagulant associated with a significantly lower risk of major bleeds (hazard ratio 0.54, 95% confidence interval 0.37-0.79) compared to LMWH/VKA therapy and does not require regular anticoagulation monitoring...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28519244/neonatal-abstinence-syndrome-update-on-diagnostic-and-therapeutic-strategies
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Genny Raffaeli, Giacomo Cavallaro, K Karel Allegaert, Enno Diederik Wildschut, Monica Fumagalli, Massimo Agosti, Dick Tibboel, Fabio Mosca
Substance use among pregnant women is a major public health issue. Both prescription opioid use and illicit opioid abuse have increased dramatically in recent years. Prolonged in utero drug exposure may result in neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), an acute multisystemic clinical entity that occurs in the first days of life. This syndrome is caused by abrupt discontinuation of fetal exposure to licit or illicit drugs chronically consumed by the mother during pregnancy and transmitted to the fetus through the placenta...
May 18, 2017: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513516/admission-hyperglycemia-an-independent-predictor-of-outcome-in-acute-ischemic-stroke-a-longitudinal-study-from-a-tertiary-care-hospital-in-south-india
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S K Marulaiah, M P Reddy, M Basavegowda, Pkh Ramaswamy, L S Adarsh
BACKGROUND: Stroke is one of the important causes of long-term disability-related deaths worldwide. Incidence and prevalence of stroke have been steadily increasing in India. Increasing interest has been focused on the role of admission hyperglycemia in the evolution of acute ischemic stroke. Very few studies were conducted in south India; hence, we intended to do this study. METHODS: A total of 198 patients with acute ischemic stroke were included in a hospital-based longitudinal study to identify the independent factors (demographic, clinical, and biochemical parameters) associated with poor outcome (functional impairment-mRS ≥ 3 and mortality at 90 days of follow-up...
May 2017: Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513084/exploring-the-role-of-occupational-therapy-in-caring-for-cancer-survivors-in-australia-a-cross-sectional-study
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Nicole Buckland, Lynette Mackenzie
BACKGROUND/AIM: With increasing rates of cancer survival in Australia, more people are living with long-term side effects of cancer and its treatment, and cancer survivorship is now considered a distinct phase of cancer care. While occupational therapists play an integral role in multidisciplinary care for people with chronic conditions, there is little evidence documenting the occupational therapy role for people living with chronic cancer-related conditions. This study aimed to explore the views of Australian occupational therapists about current practice and what constitutes best practice for cancer survivors...
May 16, 2017: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512065/long-term-functional-and-psychosocial-outcomes-after-hypoxic-ischemic-brain-injury-a-case-controlled-comparison-to-traumatic-brain-injury
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Meredith Harbinson, Sareh Zarshenas, Nora Cullen
BACKGROUND: Despite the increasing rate of survival from Hypoxic-Ischemic Brain Injury (HIBI), there is a paucity of evidence on the long-term functional outcomes after inpatient rehabilitation among these non-traumatic patients compared to patients with Traumatic Brain injury (TBI). OBJECTIVES: To compare functional and psychosocial outcomes of patients with HIBI vs. case-matched patients with TBI 4 to11 years after brain insult. DESIGN: Retrospective, matched case-controlled study...
May 13, 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508916/direct-oral-anticoagulants-for-the-treatment-of-cancer-associated-venous-thromboembolism-what-do-we-know-so-far
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Minna Voigtlaender, Florian Langer
Cancer patients with venous thromboembolism (VTE) are at increased risk for both bleeding and VTE recurrence. Anticoagulation with low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) is the standard of care during the initial and long-term treatment phase (i.e. during the first 3 - 6 months of therapy) based on its overall beneficial safety and efficacy profile compared to vitamin K antagonists (VKAs). The direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) rivaroxaban, apixaban, edoxaban, and dabigatran are approved for the treatment of acute VTE, and the combined six phase-3 trials have included > 1500 patients with active cancer, as defined by variable selection criteria...
May 16, 2017: Hämostaseologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506290/pre-admission-functional-status-impacts-the-performance-of-the-apache-iv-model-of-mortality-prediction-in-critically-ill-patients
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James S Krinsley, Thomas Wasser, Gina Kang, Sean M Bagshaw
BACKGROUND: Functional status (FS) before intensive care unit (ICU) admission is associated with short-term and long-term outcomes among critically ill patients. However, measures of FS are generally not integrated into ICU-specific mortality prediction models. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study used prospectively collected data from 9638 consecutive patients admitted to a single ICU between 1 October 2005 and 30 September 2015. For each ICU admission, FS was prospectively determined and classified into three discrete categories based on performance of basic daily living activities (FS1 - fully independent; FS2 - partly dependent; FS3 - completely dependent)...
May 15, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505559/-a-two-phased-study-health-care-professionals-perceptions-of-single-or-multi-use-of-intermittent-catheters
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D McClurg, J Coyle, A Long, K Moore, A Cottenden, C May, M Fader
AIMS: This two phase study aimed to explore health care professionals' teaching and prescribing practice related to intermittent catheterisation and to identify their perceptions about the possible implementation of a mixed (single and multi-use) package for intermittent catheterization. INTRODUCTION: Single-use intermittent catheters are the norm in the UK although multi-use is common in some other countries. A recent Cochrane review found no difference in complications, including urinary tract infection rates, between those using single or multi-use catheters...
May 4, 2017: International Journal of Nursing Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500860/interventions-for-preventing-silent-cerebral-infarcts-in-people-with-sickle-cell-disease
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REVIEW
Lise J Estcourt, Patricia M Fortin, Sally Hopewell, Marialena Trivella, Carolyn Doree, Miguel R Abboud
BACKGROUND: Sickle cell disease (SCD) is one of the commonest severe monogenic disorders in the world, due to the inheritance of two abnormal haemoglobin (beta globin) genes. SCD can cause severe pain, significant end-organ damage, pulmonary complications, and premature death. Silent cerebral infarcts are the commonest neurological complication in children and probably adults with SCD. Silent cerebral infarcts also affect academic performance, increase cognitive deficits and may lower intelligence quotient...
May 13, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497591/hypophosphatemia-after-nontraumatic-intracranial-hemorrhage
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E Junttila, J Koskenkari, T Ala-Kokko
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to assess the incidence and contributing factors of hypophosphatemia and the association with poor long-term outcome after nontraumatic intracranial hemorrhage. METHODS: This was a prospective, observational study of patients with nontraumatic intracranial hemorrhage (i.e., aneurysmal or perimesencephalic subarachnoid hemorrhage, or spontaneous intracerebral or intraventricular hemorrhage) treated in the intensive care unit (ICU) at our university hospital...
May 11, 2017: Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495690/intensive-care-in-thoracic-oncology
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Anne-Pascale Meert, Bogdan Grigoriu, Marc Licker, Paul E Van Schil, Thierry Berghmans
The admission of lung cancer patients to intensive care is related to postprocedural/postoperative care and medical complications due to cancer or its treatment, but is also related to acute organ failure not directly related to cancer.Despite careful preoperative risk management and the use of modern surgical and anaesthetic techniques, thoracic surgery remains associated with high morbidity, related to the extent of resection and specific comorbidities. Fast-tracking processes with timely recognition and treatment of complications favourably influence patient outcome...
May 2017: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495106/israel-health-and-beyond
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REVIEW
Karl Skorecki, Richard Horton
The principle that global human identity and dignity supersede other values is a broadly accepted conviction that guides practice and policies in the realm of human health in most of the world. An assessment of the level of success that Israel has achieved in health, in the face of formidable challenges, including rapid population growth, diverse and often divided ethnic affiliations, and existential security threats, leads us to propose that extension of this principle of global human identity and dignity, together with the objective of a decent society, as overriding values beyond health to other domains of human endeavour within Israel and in its relations with neighbouring peoples, represents an entirely achievable imperative...
May 5, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494435/impact-of-respiratory-viruses-in-hospital-acquired-pneumonia-in-the-intensive-care-unit-a-single-center-retrospective-study
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Paul Loubet, Guillaume Voiriot, Nadhira Houhou-Fidouh, Mathilde Neuville, Lila Bouadma, Francois-Xavier Lescure, Diane Descamps, Jean-François Timsit, Yazdan Yazdanpanah, Benoit Visseaux
BACKGROUND: Data on the frequency and role of respiratory viruses (RVs) in hospital-acquired pneumonia (HAP) are still scarce. OBJECTIVES: We assessed the proportion of RVs and their impact on the outcome of hospital-acquired pneumonia (HAP) in the intensive care unit (ICU). STUDY DESIGN: Cases of HAP were retrospectively selected among patients who underwent screening for RVs by multiplex PCR (mPCR) in the ICU of a French tertiary care hospital from May 2014 to April 2016...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
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