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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923269/what-must-be-done-to-prevent-another-humidifier-disinfectant-disaster
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Jong-Hyeon Lee
The humidifier disinfectant disaster (HDD) was not a simple poisoning accident by biocides, but a singular disaster in history created by chemicals in household products. This disaster was a result of the failure of a system for the management of chemical and product safety. Since the management authority for chemical usage safety is different from those for chemical safety in products, many blind areas for chemical safety management in products still remain. The 'Act on the Registration and Evaluation, etc...
2016: Environmental Health and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923259/-established-therapies-and-new-therapeutic-strategies-in-alcoholic-liver-disease
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Helmut Karl Seitz, Sebastian Mueller
Chronical alcohol abuse causes more than 200 diseases and/or symptoms and among these alcoholic liver disease (ALD) is of special importance since it occurs frequently and may be life-threatening. In Europe alcohol consumption as well as ALD increased as compared to the rest of the world. It has been estimated that in Europe approximately 500 000 people die every year due to ALD. ALD consists of alcoholic fatty liver, alcoholic steatohepatitis (ASH), alcoholic cirrhosis and hepatocellar cancer (HCC ). Alcohol hepatitis (AH) is a clinical feature with jaundice and liver failure and a high mortality...
December 6, 2016: Zeitschrift Für Gastroenterologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923231/congenital-absence-of-the-pericardium-a-systematic-approach-to-diagnosis-and-management
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Bo Xu, Jorge Betancor, Craig Asher, Adriana Rosario, Allan Klein
Congenital absence of the pericardium (CAP) is a rare condition. Failure to recognize the clinical features of this condition can lead to incorrect and delayed diagnosis. Limited data are available regarding the optimal approach to diagnose and manage patients with suspected CAP. Due to the rare nature of CAP, this condition can present diagnostic and management dilemmas for clinicians. Using 3 cases of CAP as a framework, a clinically focused review on the diagnosis and management of CAP is presented. Clinicians will be provided with a systematic approach to evaluating patients with suspected CAP, incorporating key history, examination, and multimodality cardiovascular imaging investigations...
December 7, 2016: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923207/comparing-the-risks-of-hospitalized-heart-failure-associated-with-glinide-sulfonylurea-and-acarbose-use-in-type-2-diabetes-a-nationwide-study
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Yen-Chieh Lee, Chia-Hsuin Chang, Yaa-Hui Dong, Jou-Wei Lin, Li-Chiu Wu, Jing-Shiang Hwang, Lee-Ming Chuang
BACKGROUND: Increasing evidence suggests that certain newer anti-diabetic drugs are associated with an increased risk of hospitalized heart failure (HHF). However, the potential risks associated with the use of sulfonylurea and glinide have not been carefully evaluated. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study using the Taiwan National Health Insurance claims database was conducted to examine the risks of HHF among newly diagnosed type 2 diabetic patients who initiated glinide, sulfonylurea, or acarbose therapy during 2006-2012...
November 10, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923195/aplastic-anemia-and-mds-international-foundation-aamdsif-bone-marrow-failure-disease-scientific-symposium-2016
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Amer M Zeidan, Minoo Battiwalla, Deborah Berlyne, Thomas Winkler
Patients with acquired and inherited bone marrow failure syndromes (BMFS) have ineffective hematopoiesis due to impairments of the hematopoietic stem cell compartment. Common manifestations of BMFS include varying degrees of peripheral blood cytopenias and, sometimes, progression to acute myelogenous leukemia. Research efforts have been made all over the world to improve understanding of the pathogenesis of these diseases and their clinical implications. The Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation (AAMDSIF) is an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to help patients and family members cope with BMFS...
November 24, 2016: Leukemia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923169/primary-stability-of-unicompartmental-knee-arthroplasty-under-dynamic-flexion-movement-in-human-femora
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Thomas M Grupp, Melanie Holderied, Matthias F Pietschmann, Christian Schröder, Angélica P Islas Padilla, Christoph Schilling, Volkmar Jansson, Peter E Müller
BACKGROUND: The objective of our study was to evaluate the impact of a trabecular stem fixation versus a cortical teeth fixation technique on the primary stability of cemented unicompartmental femoral components under dynamic flexion movement loading conditions in human femora. METHODS: Ten fresh-frozen human knees of a mean donor age of 73.9years were used to perform medial unicompartmental knee arthroplasty under a less invasive parapatellar surgical approach...
November 26, 2016: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923153/bilingual-toddlers-have-advanced-abilities-to-repair-communication-failure
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Stephanie Wermelinger, Anja Gampe, Moritz M Daum
Recent research has demonstrated enhanced communicative abilities in bilingual children compared with monolingual children throughout childhood and in a variety of domains. The processes underlying these advantages are, however, not well understood. It has been suggested that one aspect that particularly stimulates bilinguals' communication skills is their daily experience with challenging communication. In the current study, we investigated whether children's assumed experience with communication failures would increase their skills when it came to repairing communication failure...
December 3, 2016: Journal of Experimental Child Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922983/current-construct-options-for-revision-of-large-acetabular-defects-a-systematic-review
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Marieke Baauw, Miranda L van Hooff, Maarten Spruit
BACKGROUND: Many treatment options are available for the revision of large acetabular defects. Debate continues as to which technique is most effective. METHODS: A systematic review was performed according to the Meta-analysis of Observational Studies in Epidemiology (MOOSE) guidelines to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions for large acetabular defects. Quality assessment was performed next with use of 8 items of the Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology (STROBE) checklist for reports of observational studies...
November 8, 2016: JBJS Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922948/fluoroscopic-guidance-increases-the-incidence-of-thoracic-epidural-catheter-placement-within-the-epidural-space-a-randomized-trial
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Michelle C Parra, Kristin Washburn, Jeremiah R Brown, Michael L Beach, Mark P Yeager, Patricia Barr, Kathy Bonham, Kathryn Lamb, Randy W Loftus
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Thoracic epidural analgesia can reduce postoperative pain and cardiopulmonary morbidity, but it is associated with a high rate of clinical failure. Up to 50% of clinical failure is thought to be related to technical insertion. In this study, patients undergoing thoracic surgery were randomized to one of two catheter insertion techniques: fluoroscopically guided or conventional loss of resistance with saline/air. Our primary aim was to examine whether fluoroscopic guidance could increase the incidence of correct catheter placement and improve postoperative analgesia...
December 5, 2016: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922910/impact-of-medicare-s-nonpayment-program-on-hospital-acquired-conditions
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Caroline P Thirukumaran, Laurent G Glance, Helena Temkin-Greener, Meredith B Rosenthal, Yue Li
BACKGROUND: Medicare's Nonpayment Program of 2008 (hereafter called Program) withholds hospital reimbursement for costs related to hospital-acquired conditions (HACs). Little is known whether a hospital's Medicare patient load [quantified by the hospital's Medicare utilization ratio (MUR), which is the proportion of inpatient days financed by Medicare] influences its response to the Program. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether the Program was associated with changes in HAC incidence, and whether this association varies across hospitals with differential Medicare patient load...
December 5, 2016: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922906/patient-outcomes-after-early-versus-late-tracheostomy-in-the-puerto-rico-trauma-hospital
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Ana M Romero Vázquez, Omar García Rodríguez, Ediel Ramos Meléndez, Pablo Rodríguez Ortiz
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to evaluate the impact of early tracheostomy (ET, ≤7 days) versus that of late tracheostomy (LT, >7 days) on outcomes such as hospital length of stay (LOS), intensive care unit (ICU) days, mechanical ventilation (MV) days, and mortality ratio. METHODS: A historical cohort study was undertaken using charts of patients admitted to the Puerto Rico Trauma Hospital who required MV and underwent tracheostomies, from 2000 to 2013. A logistic regression was performed to evaluate the association between timing of tracheostomy and complications and mortality...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922887/regional-cerebral-abnormalities-measured-by-frequency-domain-near-infrared-spectroscopy-in-pediatric-patients-during-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation
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Fenghua Tian, Christopher Jenks, Donald Potter, Darryl Miles, Lakshmi Raman
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a form of advanced cardio-respiratory support provided to critically ill patients with severe respiratory and/or cardiovascular failure. While children undergoing ECMO therapy have significant risk for neurological morbidity, currently there is a lack of reliable bedside tool to detect the neurologic events for patients on ECMO. This study assessed the feasibility of frequency-domain near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) for detection of intracranial complications during ECMO therapy...
December 2, 2016: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922885/ventricular-assist-device-implantation-configurations-impact-overall-mechanical-circulatory-support-system-thrombogenic-potential
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Wei-Che Chiu, Yared Alemu, Allison J McLarty, Shmuel Einav, Marvin J Slepian, Danny Bluestein
Ventricular assist devices (VAD) became in recent years the standard of care therapy for advanced heart failure with hemodynamic compromise. With the steadily growing population of device recipients, various post-implant complications have been reported, mostly associated with the hyper-shear generated by VADs that enhance their thrombogenicity by activating platelets. While VAD design optimization can significantly improve its thromboresistance, the implanted VAD need to be evaluated as part of a system. Several clinical studies indicated that variability in implantation configurations may contribute to the overall system thrombogenicity...
December 2, 2016: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922883/infection-oxidative-stress-and-changes-in-circulating-regulatory-t-cells-of-heart-failure-patients-supported-by-continuous-flow-ventricular-assist-devices
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Nandan K Mondal, Michael A Sobieski, Si M Pham, Bartley P Griffith, Steven C Koenig, Mark S Slaughter, Zhongjun J Wu
The objective of this study was to investigate the changes in oxidative stress (OS) and circulating regulatory T cells (Tregs) of the immune system in CF-VAD patients with or without infection. We recruited 16 CF-VAD patients (5 with infection and 11 without infection) and 7 healthy volunteers. Generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) from lymphocytes, superoxide dismutase (SOD) in erythrocyte, total antioxidant capacity (TAC) and oxidized low density lipoprotein (oxLDL) in plasma were measured. Circulating Tregs were evaluated by flow cytometry...
December 2, 2016: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922882/exercise-hemodynamics-as-a-predictor-of-myocardial-recovery-in-lvad-patients
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Louise Segan, Shane Nanayakkara, Angeline Leet, Donna Vizi, David M Kaye
Mechanical circulatory support using left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) has been demonstrated to improve survival in patients with advanced heart failure. LVAD therapy also promotes reverse ventricular remodeling, which in some cases has led to sufficient myocardial recovery to allow LVAD removal. Identification of suitable patients for LVAD removal however remains challenging. We investigated the hypothesis that invasive assessment of exercise hemodynamics may provide additional information in relation to the assessment of contractile reserve in potential candidates for LVAD explant...
December 2, 2016: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922881/safety-and-outcomes-of-mobile-ecmo-using-a-bicaval-dual-stage-venous-catheter
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Hussein D Kanji, Alexandra Chouldechova, Chris Harvey, Ephraim O'dea, Gail Faulkner, Giles Peek
There is little published data on the safety and effectiveness of mobile (inter-hospital) extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) in adults, particularly focusing on the cannulation strategy. We sought to study the outcomes of patients cannulated with a bicaval dual lumen catheter needing mobile compared to conventional ECMO. Specifically, we evaluated the safety of using this cannulation strategy during initiation, in transport and overall performance. Multivariate adjustment was performed to report on adjusted 6-month survival as well as complications and performance from cannulation and the ECMO run...
December 2, 2016: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922879/the-changes-in-pulse-pressure-variation-or-stroke-volume-variation-after-a-tidal-volume-challenge-reliably-predict-fluid-responsiveness-during-low-tidal-volume-ventilation
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Sheila Nainan Myatra, Natesh R Prabu, Jigeeshu Vasishtha Divatia, Xavier Monnet, Atul Prabhakar Kulkarni, Jean-Louis Teboul
OBJECTIVES: Stroke volume variation and pulse pressure variation do not reliably predict fluid responsiveness during low tidal volume ventilation. We hypothesized that with transient increase in tidal volume from 6 to 8 mL/kg predicted body weight, that is, "tidal volume challenge," the changes in pulse pressure variation and stroke volume variation will predict fluid responsiveness. DESIGN: Prospective, single-arm study. SETTING: Medical-surgical ICU in a university hospital...
December 5, 2016: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922830/ligand-receptor-binding-kinetics-in-surface-plasmon-resonance-cells-a-monte-carlo-analysis
#18
Jacob Carroll, Matthew Raum, Kimberly Forsten-Williams, Uwe C Täuber
Surface plasmon resonance (SPR) chips are widely used to measure association and dissociation rates for the binding kinetics between two species of chemicals, e.g., cell receptors and ligands. It is commonly assumed that ligands are spatially well mixed in the SPR region, and hence a mean-field rate equation description is appropriate. This approximation however ignores the spatial fluctuations as well as temporal correlations induced by multiple local rebinding events, which become prominent for slow diffusion rates and high binding affinities...
December 6, 2016: Physical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922813/transcatheter-tricuspid-repair-with-mitraclip-for-severe-primary-tricuspid-regurgitation
#19
Neil P Fam, Kim A Connelly, Christoph Hammerstingl, Geraldine Ong, Anthony W A Wassef, Heather J Ross, Subodh Verma
Severe tricuspid regurgitation is an independent predictor of adverse outcomes, yet few patients undergo surgery and treatment with medical therapy is often inadequate. Recent studies have reported the use of the MitraClip system (Abbott Vascular) to treat secondary tricuspid regurgitation. We describe the first use of MitraClip to treat severe primary tricuspid regurgitation and right heart failure in a patient with previous cardiac transplantation and high surgical risk.
December 2016: Journal of Invasive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922811/the-number-of-recalled-leads-is-highly-predictive-of-lead-failure-results-from-the-pacemaker-and-implantable-defibrillator-leads-survival-study-paidless
#20
Daniel J Kersten, Jinju Yi, Alyssa M Feldman, Kunal Brahmbhatt, Wilbur J Asheld, Joseph Germano, Shahidul Islam, Todd J Cohen
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to determine if implantation of multiple recalled defibrillator leads is associated with an increased risk of lead failure. BACKGROUND: The authors of the Pacemaker and Implantable Defibrillator Leads Survival Study ("PAIDLESS") have previously reported a relationship between recalled lead status, lead failure, and patient mortality. This substudy analyzes the relationship in a smaller subset of patients who received more than one recalled lead...
December 2016: Journal of Invasive Cardiology
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