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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741863/development-of-quality-metrics-for-ambulatory-pediatric-cardiology-infection-prevention
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Jonathan N Johnson, Cindy S Barrett, Wayne H Franklin, Eric M Graham, Nancy J Halnon, Brandy A Hattendorf, Catherine D Krawczeski, James J McGovern, Matthew J O'Connor, Amy H Schultz, Jeffrey M Vinocur, Devyani Chowdhury, Jeffrey B Anderson
INTRODUCTION: In 2012, the American College of Cardiology's (ACC) Adult Congenital and Pediatric Cardiology Council established a program to develop quality metrics to guide ambulatory practices for pediatric cardiology. The council chose five areas on which to focus their efforts; chest pain, Kawasaki Disease, tetralogy of Fallot, transposition of the great arteries after arterial switch, and infection prevention. Here, we sought to describe the process, evaluation, and results of the Infection Prevention Committee's metric design process...
July 25, 2017: Congenital Heart Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741853/application-of-nir-spectroscopy-coupled-with-pls-regression-for-quantification-of-total-polyphenol-contents-from-the-fruit-and-aerial-parts-of-citrullus-colocynthis
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Tania S Rizvi, Fazal Mabood, Liaqat Ali, Mohammed Al-Broumi, Hamida K M Al Rabani, Javid Hussain, Farah Jabeen, Suryyia Manzoor, Ahmed Al-Harrasi
INTRODUCTION: Citrullus colocynthis (L.) Schrad is extensively used to treat diabetes, obesity, fever, cancer, amenorrhea, jaundice, leukemia, rheumatism, and respiratory diseases. Chemical studies have indicated the presence of several cucurbitacins, flavones, and other polyphenols in this plant. These phytochemical constituents are responsible for the interesting antioxidant and other biological activities of C. colocynthis. OBJECTIVE: In the present study, for the first time, near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy coupled with partial least square (PLS) regression analysis was used to quantify the polyphenolic phytochemicals of C...
July 25, 2017: Phytochemical Analysis: PCA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721865/eliminating-acute-rheumatic-fever-and-rheumatic-heart-disease
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Magdi Yacoub, Bongani Mayosi, Ahmed ElGuindy, Alain Carpentier, Salim Yusuf
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 15, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720034/rheumatic-fever-presenting-as-recurrent-pericarditis-and-cardiac-tamponade
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Ashley Howard, Lisa Sutton Md, Jaime Fergie
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 2017: Clinical Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683722/epidemiology-of-pharyngitis-as-reported-by-zambian-school-children-and-their-families-implications-for-demand-side-interventions-to-prevent-rheumatic-heart-disease
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John Musuku, Joyce C Lungu, Elizabeth Machila, Catherine Jones, Laurence Colin, Sherri Schwaninger, Patrick Musonda, Brigitta Tadmor, Jonathan M Spector, Mark E Engel, Liesl J Zühlke
BACKGROUND: Prompt and appropriate treatment of streptococcal pharyngitis decreases the risk of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease (RHD). Understanding public perceptions and behaviors related to sore throat is fundamental to inform health programs aimed at eliminating new cases of RHD in endemic regions. We sought to describe the epidemiology of pediatric pharyngitis and its treatment, as reported by children and their parents or guardians in Lusaka, Zambia. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional investigation using interviews and written surveys, nested in a school-based RHD prevalence study...
July 6, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681803/molecular-biology-of-group-a-streptococcus-and-its-implications-in-vaccine-strategies
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REVIEW
N K Brahmadathan
Infections due to Streptococcus pyogenes and their complications are a problem of major concern in many countries, including India. Primary prophylaxis with benzathine penicillin is the key to control and prevent sequelae such as acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease (RF/RHD) or post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis (PSGN). Non-compliance to prophylaxis due to fear of injection and anaphylaxis is major issues in RF/RHD control in India and leads to continued high prevalence of infection and post-streptococcal sequelae...
April 2017: Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673022/secondary-prevention-for-screening-detected-rheumatic-heart-disease-opportunities-to-improve-adherence
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Daniel Engelman, Maureen Ah Kee, Reapi L Mataika, Joseph H Kado, Samantha M Colquhoun, Jim Tulloch, Andrew C Steer
Background: Secondary prevention is an effective treatment for rheumatic heart disease (RHD), but ensuring high adherence to prophylaxis over many years is challenging and requires understanding of local factors. Methods: Participants were young people diagnosed with RHD through echocardiographic screening in Fiji. We used a structured interview to evaluate the following: health seeking behaviours; attitudes, practice, barriers and potential improvement strategies for adherence to antibiotic prophylaxis; and adolescent-friendly qualities of the health service...
April 1, 2017: Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671804/valvular-heart-disease-in-adults-etiologies-classification-and-diagnosis
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Steven M Hollenberg
The prevalence of valvular heart disease (VHD) in the United States was estimated to be approximately 2.5% in the 1990s. The prevalence currently is thought to be increasing because of more accurate diagnostic methods and aging of the population. Mitral regurgitation (MR) is the most common valve defect, followed by aortic stenosis (AS) and aortic regurgitation (AR). Degenerative disease is the most common etiology of MR, AS, and AR, though these forms of VHD also can be caused by congenital valve defects, systemic inflammatory diseases, endocarditis, and many other conditions...
June 2017: FP Essentials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659116/cardiac-care-for-indigenous-australians-practical-considerations-from-a-clinical-perspective
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REVIEW
Warren F Walsh, Nadarajah Kangaharan
Indigenous Australians have a much high burden of cardiovascular disease, which occurs at an earlier age than in the non-Indigenous population. Comorbidities such as diabetes are common. Early diagnosis of ischaemic heart disease may be difficult because of barriers such as distance to medical centres, communication problems and family and cultural responsibilities. Disparities in cardiac care between Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations are well documented, with examples including reduced angiography and revascularisation rates in Indigenous patients...
July 3, 2017: Medical Journal of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647178/traditional-usage-phytochemistry-and-pharmacology-of-croton-sylvaticus-hochst-ex-c-krauss
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REVIEW
Alfred Maroyi
Croton sylvaticus (C. sylvaticus) is widely used as herbal medicine by the indigenous people of tropical Africa. The potential of C. sylvaticus as herbal medicine, the phytochemistry and pharmacological properties of its parts used as herbal medicines are reviewed. The extensive literature survey revealed that C. sylvaticus is traditionally used to treat or manage at least 24 human and animal diseases and ailments. The species is used as herbal medicine for diseases and ailments such as abdominal pains, boils, fever, inflammation, malaria, rheumatism, swellings and tuberculosis and as ethnoveterinary medicine...
May 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638429/adalimumab-responsive-refractory-sarcoidosis-following-multiple-eyebrow-tattoos-a-case-report
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Alireza Mirzaei, Mohamad Mehdi Joharimoghadam, Mozhdeh Zabihiyeganeh
Sarcoidosis is a granulomatous disease that can involve multiple organs including the lungs, eyes, nerves, and skin. Cosmetic tattooing can be a predisposing factor for sarcoidosis, and its incidence is likely to increase along with its popularity. A 47-year-old woman with symptoms of fever and polyarthritis along with erythema nodosum lesions on the legs, swollen eyebrows, and a history of multiple eyebrow tattooing was referred to our center. Since the signs and symptoms were positive for Löfgren's syndrome triad including erythema nodosum, bilateral hilar lymphadenopathy, and polyarthritis, a diagnosis of acute sarcoidosis was made, and treatment was started accordingly...
2017: Tanaffos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617790/clinical-management-and-patient-persistence-with-antibiotic-course-in-suspected-group-a-streptococcal-pharyngitis-for-primary-prevention-of-rheumatic-fever-the-perspective-from-a-new-zealand-emergency-department
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Jeremy J Mathan, Jozsef Ekart, Anthony Houlding, Gary Payinda, Clair Mills
AIM: Rates of acute rheumatic fever in the Northland region are historically among the highest in New Zealand, impacting disproportionately on Māori children and youth. The primary aim of this study was to determine patient persistence to antibiotic treatment for group A streptococcus (GAS) pharyngitis in patients presenting with sore throat to the Whangarei Hospital Emergency Department. Secondarily, this study sought to determine prescriber adherence to the national antibiotic guideline for sore throat management...
June 16, 2017: New Zealand Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617789/adequate-adherence-to-benzathine-penicillin-secondary-prophylaxis-following-the-diagnosis-of-rheumatic-heart-disease-by-echocardiographic-screening
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
Nicola Culliford-Semmens, Elizabeth Tilton, Rachel Webb, Diana Lennon, Belinda Paku, John Malcolm, Sandi French, Nikki Blair, Nigel Wilson
AIMS: The primary aim of this study was to determine adherence to benzathine penicillin (BPG) for individuals diagnosed with rheumatic heart disease (RHD) by echocardiographic screening between 2007-2012. METHODS: BPG records were obtained for 57 patients, median age 12 at time of diagnosis. A 'days at risk' analysis was undertaken. Annual adherence was calculated for each individual. A comparison with the Wellington region's Rheumatic Fever 2013 adherence data was undertaken...
June 16, 2017: New Zealand Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616087/acute-rheumatic-fever-clinical-profile-in-children-in-western-ukraine
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O Boyarchuk, S Boytsanyuk, T Hariyan
Acute rheumatic fever (ARF) may have different clinical manifestations in different countries according to the genetic predisposition, prevalence of rheumatogenic strains, social and economic conditions. The purpose of this study was to determine the clinical characteristics of ARF in Western Ukraine and to improve the detection of the cases. A retrospective analysis of 85 medical clinical cases of in-hospital patients aged from 4 to 17 years old was performed. The cases covered patients who underwent treatment in the City Children's Hospital of Ternopil during 2000 and 2013 with the ARF diagnosis, which was established according to Jones criteria...
April 2017: Journal of Medicine and Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614051/cardiac-anomalies-and-associated-comorbidities-in-a-large-adolescent-population
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Daniel Lyon Fink, Yossy Machluf, Rivka Farkash, Giora Weisz, Avinoam Pirogovsky, Orna Tal, David Dagan, Yoram Chaiter
OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence, secular trends and associations of heart disease in a large unscreened, otherwise basically healthy, adolescent population. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Cross-sectional study of the cardiac status of 113,694 adolescents from the northern district of Israel, who completed the profiling process between the ages of 16 and 19, including all essential measures over a 22-year period. Results of imaging were categorized as either isolated valvar or structural abnormalities, and their clinically significant subgroups defined prospectively...
June 14, 2017: International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609439/interventions-for-treating-patients-with-chikungunya-virus-infection-related-rheumatic-and-musculoskeletal-disorders-a-systematic-review
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Arturo Martí-Carvajal, Pilar Ramon-Pardo, Emilie Javelle, Fabrice Simon, Sylvain Aldighieri, Hacsi Horvath, Julia Rodriguez-Abreu, Ludovic Reveiz
BACKGROUND: Chikungunya virus infection (CHIKV) is caused by a mosquito-borne alphavirus. CHIKV causes high fever and painful rheumatic disorders that may persist for years. Because little is known about interventions for treating CHIKV-related illness, we conducted a systematic review. METHODS: We used Cochrane methods. We searched PubMed, EMBASE, Cochrane Library, LILACS and other sources from the earliest records to March 2016. We had no language restrictions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602757/achillea-asiatica-extract-and-its-active-compounds-induce-cutaneous-wound-healing
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Banzragch Dorjsembe, Hee Ju Lee, Myungsuk Kim, Batsuren Dulamjav, Tunsag Jigjid, Chu Won Nho
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Achillea asiatica Serg. is a perennial herb belonging to the Asteraceae family that has long been traditionally used to treat acute intestinal and stomach inflammation, persistent fever, ulcers, wounds, and rheumatism. AIM OF THE STUDY: We investigated the effect of A. asiatica extract (AAE) on cutaneous wound healing. MATERIALS AND METHODS: To assess the effect of AAE on wounds, an incisional Sprague-Dawley (SD) rat model was topically treated with AAE for 2 weeks...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589389/-safety-and-efficacy-of-off-label-use-of-biologic-therapies-in-patients-with-inflammatory-rheumatic-diseases-refractory-to-standard-of-care-therapy-data-from-a%C3%A2-nationwide-german-registry-graid2
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F Proft, H Schulze-Koops, M Grunke, E Schrezenmeier, F Halleck, J Henes, L Unger, E Schmidt, C Fiehn, A Jacobi, C Iking-Konert, C Kneitz, R E Schmidt, B Bannert, R E Voll, R Fischer-Betz, I Kötter, H P Tony, J Holle, M Aringer, A Erler, F Behrens, G R Burmester, T Dörner
BACKGROUND: The German Registry of Autoimmune Diseases 2 (GRAID2) is a retrospective, non-interventional, multicenter registry study collecting data from patients with inflammatory, mainly rheumatic diseases refractory to standard of care therapy and treated with an off-label biologic therapy. The retrospective documentation comprised case history, diagnosis, course of disease (including safety and global efficacy). The objective was to evaluate the global clinical outcome and safety of off-label biologic therapy in clinical practice...
June 6, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Rheumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589388/-efficacy-and-safety-analysis-of-off-label-treatment-with-biologics-in-autoinflammatory-diseases-experiences-from-a%C3%A2-german-registry%C3%A2-graid2
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F Proft, M Fleck, C Fiehn, H Schulze-Koops, M Witt, T Dörner, J C Henes
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the safety and efficacy of therapy with biologics in patients with autoinflammatory diseases (AIF) or macrophage activating syndrome (MAS) in a real-life setting in Germany. METHODS: The German Register of Autoimmune Diseases 2 (GRAID2) is a retrospective, non-interventional, multicenter registry collecting data from all patients with inflammatory rheumatic diseases refractory to conventional therapy and treated with initial off-label biologics between August 2006 and December 2013...
June 6, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Rheumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589057/treatment-of-sydenham-s-chorea-a-review-of-the-current-evidence
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REVIEW
Shannon L Dean, Harvey S Singer
BACKGROUND: Sydenham's chorea (SC), the neurologic manifestation of rheumatic fever, remains the most prevalent form of chorea in children. Suggested treatments of chorea in SC include prophylactic penicillin, symptomatic (antipsychotic and anticonvulsant) medications, and immunomodulatory therapy (steroids, intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG), and plasma exchange). In this manuscript, we undertook a systematic review of the published literature to examine the data supporting these therapeutic recommendations...
2017: Tremor and Other Hyperkinetic Movements
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