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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166666/evaluating-the-efficacy-of-an-active-compression-brace-on-orthostatic-cardiovascular-responses
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Hadi Moein, Ramandeep Jhalli, Andrew P Blaber, Victoria E Claydon, Carlo Menon
Orthostatic intolerance, one of the principle causes of syncope, can occur secondary to concomitant venous pooling and enhanced capillary filtration. We aimed to evaluate a prototype portable calf active compression brace (ACB) designed to improve orthostatic haemodynamic control. Fourteen healthy volunteers participated in a randomized, placebo controlled, cross-over, double-blind study. Testing consisted of head-upright tilting and walking on a treadmill conducted on two consecutive days with a pair of ACBs wrapped around both calves...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165753/clinical-research-on-airway-intervention-before-tracheal-extubation-after-general-anesthesia-on-snoring-children
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Q Yang, Z-H Liu, Y-L Chang
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the method and the effect of airway intervention before tracheal extubation in post-anesthesia cure unit (PACU) after anesthesia when removing the tonsil under general anesthesia and adenoidectomy under nasal endoscope on children with snoring. PATIENTS AND METHODS: 46 cases diagnosed as snoring were executively selected in this study. The cases were randomly divided into the control group (n = 22) and the observation group (n = 24). For airway intervention after general anesthesia during the recovery period, the control group was treated with intravenous injection of 0...
October 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164811/congenital-heart-defects-in-ivf-icsi-pregnancy-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Veronica Giorgione, Fabio Parazzini, Vlasta Fesslova, Sonia Cipriani, Massimo Candiani, Annalisa Inversetti, Cristina Sigismondi, Francesca Tiberio, Paolo Cavoretto
OBJECTIVE: There is no consensus in current practice guidelines whether IVF/ICSI conception represents an indication for performing a fetal echocardiogram. The aim of the study is to assess whether CHD occurs more often with the use of in-vitro-fertilization (IVF)/ intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) techniques as compared to spontaneous pregnancies. METHODS: A systematic search for studies in PubMed/MEDLINE, Embase and Scopus from inception to September 2017 was conducted...
November 22, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163971/dexmedetomidine-vs-propofol-for-gastrointestinal-endoscopy-a-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Toshihiro Nishizawa, Hidekazu Suzuki, Naoki Hosoe, Haruhiko Ogata, Takanori Kanai, Naohisa Yahagi
Background and aim: Several randomized controlled trials have compared sedation with dexmedetomidine and propofol in gastrointestinal endoscopy, with contradictory results. We conducted a meta-analysis of data from randomized controlled trials that compared dexmedetomidine with propofol. Methods: We searched PubMed, the Cochrane library, and the Igaku-chuo-zasshi database for randomized trials eligible for inclusion in our meta-analysis. We identified six eligible randomized trials from the database search, and compared the effect of propofol versus dexmedetomidine with respect to: (a) patient's satisfaction level, (b) body movement or gagging, (c) cardiopulmonary complications, and (d) change in heart rate...
November 2017: United European Gastroenterology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163779/maternal-dietary-manganese-protects-chick-embryos-against-maternal-heat-stress-via-epigenetic-activated-antioxidant-and-anti-apoptotic-abilities
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Yongwen Zhu, Lin Lu, Xiudong Liao, Wenxiang Li, Liyang Zhang, Cheng Ji, Xi Lin, Hsiao-Ching Liu, Jack Odle, Xugang Luo
Maternal heat stress induced the aberrant epigenetic patterns resulting in the abnormal development of offspring embryos. It is unclear whether maternal dietary manganese supplementation as an epigenetic modifier could protect the chick embryonic development against maternal heat stress via epigenetic mechanisms. To test this hypothesis using an avian model, a completely randomized design with a 2 (maternal normal and high environmental temperatures of 21 and 32°C, respectively) × 3 (maternal dietary manganese sources, the control diet without manganese supplementation and the control diet + 120 mg/kg as either inorganic or organic manganese) factorial arrangement was adopted...
October 27, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162557/self-management-and-clinical-decision-support-for-patients-with-complex-chronic-conditions-through-the-use-of-smartphone-based-telemonitoring-randomized-controlled-trial-protocol
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Emily Seto, Patrick Ware, Alexander G Logan, Joseph A Cafazzo, Kenneth R Chapman, Phillip Segal, Heather J Ross
BACKGROUND: The rising prevalence of chronic illnesses hinders the sustainability of the health care system because of the high cost of frequent hospitalizations of patients with complex chronic conditions. Clinical trials have demonstrated that telemonitoring can improve health outcomes, but they have generally been limited to single conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, or heart failure. Few studies have examined the impact of telemonitoring on complex patients with multiple chronic conditions, although these patients may benefit the most from this technology...
November 21, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162360/sleep-disordered-breathing-in-heart-failure-the-state-of-the-art-after-the-serve-hf-trial
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REVIEW
João Carmo, Inês Araújo, Filipa Marques, Cândida Fonseca
Heart failure (HF) is one of the most prevalent conditions worldwide and despite therapeutic advances, its prognosis remains poor. Among the multiple comorbidities in HF, sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) is frequent and worsens the prognosis. Preliminary observational studies suggested that treatment of SDB could modify the prognosis of HF, and the issue has gained importance in recent years. The diagnosis of SDB is expensive, slow and suboptimal, and there is thus a need for screening devices that are easier to use and validated in this population...
November 18, 2017: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161309/dronedarone-produces-early-regression-of-myocardial-remodelling-in-structural-heart-disease
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Begoña Quintana-Villamandos, Jose Juan Gomez de Diego, María Jesús Delgado-Martos, David Muñoz-Valverde, María Luisa Soto-Montenegro, Manuel Desco, Emilio Delgado-Baeza
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) in hypertension is associated with a greater risk of sustained supraventricular/atrial arrhythmias. Dronedarone is an antiarrhythmic agent that was recently approved for the treatment of atrial fibrillation. However, its effect on early regression of LVH has not been reported. We tested the hypothesis that short-term administration of dronedarone induces early regression of LVH in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs). METHODS: Ten-month-old male SHRs were randomly assigned to an intervention group (SHR-D), where animals received dronedarone treatment (100 mg/kg) for a period of 14 days, or to a control group (SHR) where rats were given vehicle...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161072/sexual-assertiveness-skills-and-sexual-decision-making-in-adolescent-girls-randomized-controlled-trial-of-an-online-program
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Laura Widman, Carol E Golin, Kristyn Kamke, Jeni L Burnette, Mitchell J Prinstein
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the efficacy of an interactive, Web-based sexual health program (Health Education and Relationship Training [HEART]) for developing sexual assertiveness skills and enhancing sexual decision-making in adolescent girls. METHODS: Participants were 222 tenth-grade girls (mean age = 15.2; 38% White, 29% Hispanic, 25% Black) in the Southeastern United States who were randomized in fall 2015 to the HEART intervention or an attention-matched control...
November 21, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160925/effects-of-swaddled-and-traditional-tub-bathing-methods-on-crying-and-physiological-responses-of-newborns
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Sinem Yalnızoğlu Çaka, Duygu Gözen
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of two bathing methods on crying duration and physiological measurements of newborns. DESIGN AND METHODS: A randomized trial design was used in this study. The sample consisted of newborns (n = 80) who were admitted to neonatal intensive care unit of a university hospital located in a large city. The groups were determined as swaddled bathing (SB) (n = 40) and traditional tub bathing (TTB) (n = 40) by using random number table...
November 21, 2017: Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing: JSPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160424/effect-of-prophylactic-non-invasive-mechanical-ventilation-on-functional-capacity-after-heart-valve-replacement-a-clinical-trial
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Amaro Afrânio de Araújo-Filho, Manoel Luiz de Cerqueira-Neto, Lucas de Assis Pereira Cacau, Géssica Uruga Oliveira, Telma Cristina Fontes Cerqueira, Valter Joviniano de Santana-Filho
OBJECTIVE: During cardiac surgery, several factors contribute to the development of postoperative pulmonary complications. Non-invasive ventilation is a promising therapeutic tool for improving the functionality of this type of patient. The aim of this study is to evaluate the functional capacity and length of stay of patients in a nosocomial intensive care unit who underwent prophylactic non-invasive ventilation after heart valve replacement. METHOD: The study was a controlled clinical trial, comprising 50 individuals of both sexes who were allocated by randomization into two groups with 25 patients in each group: the control group and experimental group...
October 2017: Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160046/sutureless-aortic-valve-and-tavi-pros-and-cons
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Thierry Folliguet
Aortic valve replacement with biological heart valves remains the gold standard for treating operable older patients with symptomatic aortic stenosis. In the last years trans aortic valve implantation (TAVI) has been shown to be superior to medical treatment in high risks patients with severe aortic stenosis. The transfemoral TAVI route has been also found in randomized controlled trials to be as good if not superior to standard AVR at 5 years in high risk patients. In intermediate risks patients TAVI was found in randomized controlled trials as a noninferior alternative to surgery, with a different pattern of adverse events associated with each procedure...
November 20, 2017: Minerva Cardioangiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160002/a-randomized-double-blind-trial-of-needle-free-injected-lidocaine-versus-topical-anesthesia-for-infant-lumbar-puncture
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Ryan Caltagirone, Vidya R Raghavan, Kathleen Adelgais, Genie E Roosevelt
OBJECTIVES: Lumbar punctures (LPs) are commonly performed in febrile infants to evaluate for meningitis, and local anesthesia increases the likelihood of LP success. Traditional methods of local anesthesia require injection which may be painful or topical application which is not effective immediately. Recent advances in needle-free jet injection may offer a rapid alternative to these modalities. We compared a needle-free jet-injection system (J-Tip(™) ) with 1% buffered lidocaine to topical anesthetic (TA) cream for local anesthesia in infant LPs...
November 20, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159979/ultrasound-microbubbles-enhance-the-activity-of-vancomycin-against-staphylococcus-epidermidis-biofilms-in-vivo
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Ying Dong, Junshuai Li, Pan Li, Jialin Yu
OBJECTIVES: Staphylococcus epidermidis is the predominant pathogen of device-associated infections. By forming biofilms on the device surface, S epidermidis has substantial resistance to antibiotics and is difficult to eradicate. This study aimed to explore the synergistic effect of ultrasound (US)-mediated microbubbles combined with vancomycin on S epidermidis biofilms in a rabbit model. METHODS: Two polytetrafluoroethene catheters with preformed S epidermidis biofilms were implanted subcutaneously in a rabbit, one on either side of the spine...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158992/hrv-derived-data-similarity-and-distribution-index-based-on-ensemble-neural-network-for-measuring-depth-of-anaesthesia
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Quan Liu, Li Ma, Ren-Chun Chiu, Shou-Zen Fan, Maysam F Abbod, Jiann-Shing Shieh
Evaluation of depth of anaesthesia (DoA) is critical in clinical surgery. Indices derived from electroencephalogram (EEG) are currently widely used to quantify DoA. However, there are known to be inaccurate under certain conditions; therefore, experienced anaesthesiologists rely on the monitoring of vital signs such as body temperature, pulse rate, respiration rate, and blood pressure to control the procedure. Because of the lack of an ideal approach for quantifying level of consciousness, studies have been conducted to develop improved methods of measuring DoA...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158679/treatment-of-pulmonary-hypertension-with-left-heart-disease-a-concise-review
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REVIEW
Anish Desai, Shilpa A Desouza
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is defined by a mean pulmonary artery pressure ≥ 25 mmHg, as determined by right heart catheterization. Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) can no longer be considered an orphan disease given the increase in awareness and availability of new drugs. PH carries with it a dismal prognosis and leads to significant morbidity and mortality. Symptoms can range from dyspnea, fatigue and chest pain to right ventricular failure and death. PH is divided into five groups by the World Health Organization (WHO), based on etiology...
2017: Vascular Health and Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158435/symptom-diary-use-and-improved-survival-for-patients-with-heart-failure
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Linda G Park, Kathleen Dracup, Mary A Whooley, Charles McCulloch, Chengshi Jin, Debra K Moser, Robyn A Clark, Michele M Pelter, Martha Biddle, Jill Howie Esquivel
BACKGROUND: Attention to symptoms of weight gain and dyspnea are central tenets of patient education in heart failure (HF). However, it is not known whether diary use improves patient outcomes. The aims of this study were to compare mortality among rural patients with HF who completed versus did not complete a daily diary of weight and symptom self-assessment and to identify predictors of diary use. METHODS AND RESULTS: This is a secondary analysis of a 3-arm randomized controlled trial on HF education of self-care with 2 intervention groups versus control who were given diaries for 24 months to track daily weight, HF symptoms, and response to symptom changes...
November 2017: Circulation. Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158181/effects-of-noninvasive-ventilation-with-bilevel-positive-airway-pressure-on-exercise-tolerance-and-dyspnea-in-heart-failure-patients
#18
Mansueto Gomes Neto, Laís Fernanda Gama Duarte, Erenaldo de Sousa Rodrigues-Jr, Hugo Souza Bittencourt, Noélia Gonçalves Dos Santos, Bruno Costa David, Eugênia da Silva Lima, Helena França Correia Dos Reis
BACKGROUND: Heart failure (HF) is a syndrome that results in inadequate blood supply, leading to a number of structural and functional changes. Noninvasive ventilatory support (NIVS) is used as an adjuvant treatment to improve the functional capacity of these patients. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of NIVS with bilevel positive airway pressure ventilation (BiPAP) on exercise tolerance and dyspnea in HF patients. METHODS: Forty patients with New York Heart Association class I/II/III HF were randomly assigned either to a NIVS group (n=20) or a control group (n=20)...
November 17, 2017: Hellenic Journal of Cardiology: HJC, Hellēnikē Kardiologikē Epitheōrēsē
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157037/fetal-nuchal-translucency-in-severe-congenital-heart-defects-experiences-in-northern-finland
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Julia Alanen, Markku Leskinen, Mikko Sairanen, Teemu Korpimaki, Heikki Kouru, Mika Gissler, Markku Ryynanen, Jaana Nevalainen
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the performance of first trimester measurement of fetal nuchal translucency (NT) in detection of severe congenital heart defects (CHDs). METHODS: During the study period of 1.1.2008 - 31.12.2011 NT was measured in 31 144 women as a part of voluntary first trimester screening program for Down's syndrome in Northern Finland. NT was measured by personnel trained on the job by experienced staff. No certification or annual audits are required in Finland...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156835/indonesian-herbal-medicine-prevents-hypertension-induced-left-ventricular-hypertrophy-by-diminishing-nadph-oxidase-dependent-oxidative-stress
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Erna Sulistyowati, Jong-Hau Hsu, Yuan-Bin Cheng, Fang-Rong Chang, Ying-Fu Chen, Jwu-Lai Yeh
Indonesian herbal medicine Centella asiatica, Justicia gendarussa and Imperata cylindrica decoction (CJID) are known to be efficacious for hypertension. Oxidative stress plays an important role in hypertension-induced left ventricular hypertrophy (H-LVH). This study evaluated whether CJID inhibit cardiac remodeling in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs) through mechanism of oxidative stress-related cardiac-NADPH oxidase (NOXs) pathway: NOX1, NOX2 and NOX4. Forty-weeks-old SHRs and normotensive-WKY rats, were both randomly divided into 2 groups: CJID and control...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
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