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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820718/water-sanitation-and-hygiene-in-rural-health-care-facilities-a-cross-sectional-study-in-ethiopia-kenya-mozambique-rwanda-uganda-and-zambia
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Amy Guo, J Michael Bowling, Jamie Bartram, Georgia Kayser
Safe and sufficient water, sanitation, and hygiene (WaSH) prevent the spread of disease in health-care facilities (HCFs). Little research has been conducted on WaSH in HCF in sub-Saharan Africa. We carried out a cross-sectional study of WaSH in 1,318 randomly selected rural HCF (hospitals, health centers, health posts, and clinics) in regions throughout Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zambia. Methods included questionnaires with head doctors and nurses to document WaSH access, continuity, quality, quantity and reliability, and analysis of drinking water samples for Escherichia coli...
July 31, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820708/clinical-spectrum-etiology-and-outcome-of-neurological-disorders-in-the-rural-hospital-of-mosango-the-democratic-republic-of-congo
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Deby Mukendi, Jean-Roger Lilo Kalo, Alain Mpanya, Luigi Minikulu, Tharcisse Kayembe, Pascal Lutumba, Barbara Barbé, Philippe Gillet, Jan Jacobs, Harry Van Loen, Cedric P Yansouni, François Chappuis, Raffaella Ravinetto, Kristien Verdonck, Marleen Boelaert, Andrea S Winkler, Emmanuel Bottieau
There is little published information on the epidemiology of neurological disorders in rural Central Africa, although the burden is considered to be substantial. This study aimed to investigate the pattern, etiology, and outcome of neurological disorders in children > 5 years and adults admitted to the rural hospital of Mosango, province of Kwilu, Democratic Republic of Congo, with a focus on severe and treatable infections of the central nervous system (CNS). From September 2012 to January 2015, 351 consecutive patients hospitalized for recent and/or ongoing neurological disorder were prospectively evaluated by a neurologist, subjected to a set of reference diagnostic tests in blood or cerebrospinal fluid, and followed-up for 3-6 months after discharge...
August 14, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820552/-1%C3%A2-3-%C3%AE-d-glucan-assay-in-monitoring-response-to-anti-fungal-therapy-in-fungal-endocarditis
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Jihad Slim, Christopher Saling, Maria Szabela, Melinda Brown, Tamara Johnson, Irvin Goldfarb
BACKGROUND: A case is reported of Candida glabrata infective endocarditis (IE) treated without surgical intervention. The study aim was to: (i) briefly discuss the outcomes of other documented cases of fungal IE managed medically with fluconazole; (ii) discuss the (1→3)-β-D-glucan assay and its previously studied role in the diagnosis of invasive fungal infections; and (iii) examine a possible application of the (1→3)-β-D-glucan assay to monitor response to antifungal treatment in patients with Candida endocarditis...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820511/feasibility-and-acceptability-of-a-dignity-therapy-life-plan-intervention-for-patients-with-advanced-cancer
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Ann Marie Dose, Joleen M Hubbard, Aaron S Mansfield, Pamela J McCabe, Catherine A Krecke, Jeff A Sloan
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To determine the feasibility and acceptability of a dignity therapy/life plan intervention in the outpatient oncology setting.
. RESEARCH APPROACH: Pilot descriptive study.
. SETTING: Outpatient clinic in a tertiary oncology center. 
. PARTICIPANTS: 18 patients within 12 months after diagnosis undergoing treatment for advanced pancreatic cancer or non-small cell lung cancer.
. METHODOLOGIC APPROACH: Patients received dignity therapy, consisting of a focused life review/values clarification interview session and two subsequent sessions to produce a generativity document, which they can use later as they wish...
September 1, 2017: Oncology Nursing Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820303/rapid-ventricular-pacing-for-clip-reconstruction-of-complex-unruptured-intracranial-aneurysms-results-of-an-interdisciplinary-prospective-trial
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Juergen Konczalla, Johannes Platz, Stephan Fichtlscherer, Haitham Mutlak, Ulrich Strouhal, Volker Seifert
OBJECTIVE To date, treatment of complex unruptured intracranial aneurysms (UIAs) remains challenging. Therefore, advanced techniques are required to achieve an optimal result in treating these patients safely. In this study, the safety and efficacy of rapid ventricular pacing (RVP) to facilitate microsurgical clip reconstruction was investigated prospectively in a joined neurosurgery, anesthesiology, and cardiology study. METHODS Patients with complex UIAs were prospectively enrolled. Both the safety and efficacy of RVP were evaluated by recording cardiovascular events and outcomes of patients as well as the amount of aneurysm occlusion after the surgical clip reconstruction procedure...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820279/mri-and-clinical-characteristics-of-suspected-cerebrovascular-accident-in-nine-cats
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Danielle E Whittaker, Randi Drees, Elsa Beltran
Objectives Cerebrovascular accidents (CVAs) are infrequently reported in cats. To date, clinical characteristics, including lesion localisation and MRI findings, have only been reported in two cats. The aim of the current study is to document MRI findings in cats presenting with CVAs over an 11 year period. Cases were reviewed according to initial clinical presentation, subsequent physical and neurological findings, predisposing systemic disease and short- and long-term (when available) outcome with a view to identifying any typical pattern in disease occurrence...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820271/cam-deformities-and-limited-hip-range-of-motion-are-associated-with-early-osteoarthritic-changes-in-adolescent-athletes-a-prospective-matched-cohort-study
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Cody C Wyles, Germán A Norambuena, Benjamin M Howe, Dirk R Larson, Bruce A Levy, Brandon J Yuan, Robert T Trousdale, Rafael J Sierra
BACKGROUND: The natural history of femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) remains incompletely understood. In particular, there is limited documentation of joint damage in adolescent patients with limited range of motion (LROM) of the hip, which is commonly associated with FAI. PURPOSE: To evaluate changes in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), radiographs, and clinical examinations over 5 years in a group of athletes from a wide variety of sports with asymptomatic LROM of the hip compared with matched controls...
August 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820112/prevalence-study-of-plasmid-mediated-ampc-%C3%AE-lactamases-in-enterobacteriaceae-lacking-inducible-ampc-from-saudi-hospitals
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Baha Abdalhamid, Samar Albunayan, Alaa Shaikh, Nasreldin Elhadi, Reem Aljindan
PURPOSE: Enterobacteriaceae encoding plasmid-mediated AmpC (pAmpC) β-lactamases confer resistance to the third generation cephalosporins. pAmpC association with extended spectrum β-lactamases (ESBLs), plasmid-mediated quinolone resistance (PMQR) and aminoglycoside modifying enzymes (AMEs) is well documented. There are limited data regarding the epidemiology and clinical significance of pAmpC in Saudi Arabia. This study aimed to determine the prevalence of pAmpC and its coexistence with ESBLs, PMQR and AMEs in Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae and Proteus mirabilis isolates in Saudi hospitals from January to December 2015...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819983/an-evaluation-of-the-effectiveness-of-a-risk-based-monitoring-approach-implemented-with-clinical-trials-involving-implantable-cardiac-medical-devices
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Christopher A Diani, Angie Rock, Phil Moll
Background Risk-based monitoring is a concept endorsed by the Food and Drug Administration to improve clinical trial data quality by focusing monitoring efforts on critical data elements and higher risk investigator sites. BIOTRONIK approached this by implementing a comprehensive strategy that assesses risk and data quality through a combination of operational controls and data surveillance. This publication demonstrates the effectiveness of a data-driven risk assessment methodology when used in conjunction with a tailored monitoring plan...
August 1, 2017: Clinical Trials: Journal of the Society for Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819961/-bioresorbable-scaffolds-in-the-treatment-of-coronary-artery-disease-expert-consensus-statement-of-the-association-of-cardiovascular-interventions-of-the-polish-cardiac-society-acvi-pcs
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Krzysztof Reczuch, Krzysztof Milewski, Wojciech Wąsek, Łukasz Rzeszutko, Wojciech Wojakowski, Michał Hawranek, Adrian Włodarczak, Tomasz Pawłowski, Janusz Kochman, Sławomir Dobrzycki, Marek Grygier, Andrzej Ochała, Jarosław Wójcik, Maciej Lesiak, Dariusz Dudek, Jacek Legutko
Bioresorbable scaffold coated with antimitotic drug is the latest development in the coronary stents technology. The concept of temporary scaffolding and natural vessel healing after angioplasty is a very attractive alternative to conventional metal stents. The results of the first observational studies have confirmed their ultimate biodegradation. Newest results of randomised trials and registries in broader clinical and anatomical indications also revealed the limitations of the first generation of scaffolds...
2017: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819776/tongxinluo-capsule-for-cardiac-syndrome-x-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Hui-Min Mao, Mi Liu, Hua Qu, Li-Qiong Wang, Da-Zhuo Shi
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of Tongxinluo Capsule (, TXL) for patients with cardiac syndrome X (CSX). METHODS: Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) regarding TXL in the treatment of CSX were searched in Chinese Biomedicine Literature Database, China National Knowledge Infrastructure, Chinese Scientific Journal Database, Wanfang Database, PubMed, EMBASE, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trial, websites of the Chinese and International Clinical Trial Registry platform up to June 30, 2015...
August 17, 2017: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819381/low-preoperative-albumin-to-globulin-ratio-predict-poor-survival-and-negatively-correlated-with-fibrinogen-in-resectable-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Xiao-Hui Li, Wen-Shen Gu, Xue-Ping Wang, Jian-Hua Lin, Xin Zheng, Lin Zhang, Ting Kang, Zhi-Xian Zhang, Wan-Li Liu
Background: Although various inflammation-based indexes in esophageal carcinoma have been documented, but the prognostic value of the albumin-to-globulin ratio(AGR) and its correlation with fibrinogen in resectable ESCC remain unknown. Methods: The levels of pre-treatment serum common acute phase proteins (including CRP, albumin and fribrinogen) were retrospectively analyzed in 447 patients with ESCC who underwent surgical resection at our department. The prognostic value was explored by univariate and multivariate cox hazard analysis...
2017: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819350/understanding-sarcopenia-development-a-role-for-healthy-behaviors
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Justin P Hardee, James A Carson
For decades the biomedical community has documented the accelerated loss of muscle mass that occurs with advancing aging, termed sarcopenia. The timely review article ("Attenuation of Adverse Effects of Aging on Skeletal Muscle by Regular Exercise and Nutritional Support") by Arthur Leon presents our current state of knowledge on the biological processes responsible for age-induced loss of muscle mass and function. This loss of skeletal muscle has critical health implications as it can negatively affect morbidity and mortality...
January 2017: American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819089/follow-up-practices-of-surgeons-and-medical-oncologists-in-australia-and-new-zealand-following-resection-of-esophagogastric-cancers
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Tim Chew, Tim Bright, Timothy J Price, David I Watson, Peter G Devitt
PURPOSE: Follow-up practices for patients who have undergone surgical resection of esophagogastric malignancies are variable and poorly documented. To better understand practice, a questionnaire was used to survey surgeons and medical oncologists to determine whether any consensus exists. METHODS: An opt-in online questionnaire was sent to esophagogastric surgeons and medical oncologists via the membership lists for the Australian and New Zealand Gastric and Oesophageal Surgery Association (ANZGOSA), the Australian Gastro-Intestinal Trials Groups (AGITG), and the Medical Oncology Group of Australia (MOGA)...
August 15, 2017: Annals of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818983/current-concepts-in-68-ga-dotatate-nen-imaging-interpretation-biodistribution-dosimetry-and-molecular-strategies
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Lisa Bodei, Valentina Ambrosini, Ken Herrmann, Irvin Modlin
(68)Ga-DOTATATE PET/CT provides information of the location(s) of somatostatin receptor expressing tumors. Integrating this imaging data effectively in patient care requires the clinical history, the histopathology and biomarker information as well as grade, stage and prior imaging. Previous therapies and technical aspects of the study should be considered, given their ability to alter the interpretation of the images. This includes physiologic biodistribution of the radiotracer, as well as conditions that engender false positive results...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818402/association-of-hemolysis-with-high-dose-intravenous-immunoglobulin-therapy-in-pediatric-patients-an-open-label-prospective-trial
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Alkim Oden Akman, Fatma Karaca Kara, Tulin Koksal, Bahar Cuhaci Cakir, Cuneyt Karagol, Tulin Sayli
Immunoglobulin therapy can be used to treat a wide variety of diseases. However, intravenous immunoglobin products can cause several adverse reactions, including hemolysis. The objective of this study was to determine the extent of anemia and hemolysis after high dose intravenous immunoglobin (2g/kg) and its relationship to the ABO blood type system and hemolytic anemia blood parameters in pediatric patients. Incidence of 'Intravenous immunoglobulin related hemolysis' was %19 (6/31) after high dose intravenous immunoglobulin therapy...
August 1, 2017: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818360/clinical-and-arthroscopic-outcome-of-single-bundle-anterior-cruciate-ligament-reconstruction-comparison-of-remnant-preservation-versus-conventional-technique
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Sungwook Choi, Myung-Ku Kim, Yong Suk Kwon, Hyunseong Kang
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to compare the clinical outcomes and second-look arthroscopic findings of remnant preservation technique with those of conventional anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction in single bundle ACL reconstructions. METHODS: One hundred sixty two consecutive patients underwent ACL reconstruction by one surgeon, with 93 patients receiving remnant preservation technique (Group A) and 69 patients receiving conventional ACL reconstruction (Group B)...
August 14, 2017: Knee
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818226/percutaneous-ultrasound-guided-sclerotherapy-with-polidocanol-microfoam-for-lymphatic-malformations
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Takashi Yamaki, Yumiko Sasaki, Yuki Hasegawa, Atsuyoshi Osada, Hisato Konoeda, Atsumori Hamahata, Motohiro Nozaki, Hiroyuki Sakurai
BACKGROUND: Lymphatic malformations (LMs) are low-flow congenital lesions that consist of cysts of varying size. Sclerotherapy with intralesional bleomycin and OK-432 has been reported to yield dramatically beneficial results for this disorder. However, inflammation-related symptoms are often seen after treatment with these sclerosing agents. On the other hand, polidocanol (POL) is reportedly associated with fewer allergic and inflammatory reactions. Up to now, however, very few reports have documented the use of POL microfoam for treatment of LMs...
September 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818225/patient-centered-outcomes-of-a-dual-action-pneumatic-compression-device-in-comparison-to-compression-stockings-for-patients-with-chronic-venous-disease
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Fedor Lurie, Marc Schwartz
OBJECTIVE: The ACTitouch (AT) device (Tactile Medical, Minneapolis, Minn) represents a new generation of pneumatic compression devices by combining sustained compression with intermittent pneumatic compression. The sustained compression mode provides automatic pressure adjustment every 30 minutes, ensuring pressure consistency regardless of leg volume changes and environmental influences. Designed for mobile patients, this device has not been studied in comparison to standard compression stockings (CS)...
September 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818072/use-of-hospital-based-health-care-services-among-children-aged-1-through-9%C3%A2-years-who-were-born-very-preterm-a-population-based-study
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Søren T Klitkou, Tor Iversen, Hans J Stensvold, Arild Rønnestad
BACKGROUND: Very preterm (VPT) children, with a birth weight below 1500 g or delivered before 32 weeks of gestational age, are at increased risk of poorer long-term health outcomes and higher rates of hospitalization in childhood. However, considerable variation exists in the need for in-hospital care within this population. We assessed the utilization and distribution of hospital-based care from ages 1 through 9 years for a nationwide population. METHODS: This was a population-based cohort of VPT children born in the period 2001-2009...
August 17, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
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