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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343161/fulminant-invasive-meningococcal-disease-due-to-serogroup-y-infection-a-highly-unusual-case-reflecting-worrying-increases-in-carriage-and-incidence
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Akash Maniam, Sriram Ravichandran
A young man presented to accident and emergency with a short history of diarrhoea and vomiting, with no medical history. He deteriorated rapidly during triage and never regained consciousness. He was pronounced dead after hours of attempted resuscitation. He was found to have organisms suggestive of diplococci on his blood film and subsequently had MenY found via PCR testing. This case illustrates a highly unusual presentation of invasive meningococcal disease caused by MenY which is quietly and dangerously increasing in incidence in the UK, particularly in young healthy patients...
March 25, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343157/isolated-unilateral-upper-alveolar-numbness-in-silent-sinus-syndrome
#2
Hung Tuan Lau, Keng Hua Lim
We present a case of a 59-year-old man with left upper alveolar numbness of 2 years' duration in the absence of sinonasal symptoms. On physical examination, he demonstrated mild left facial asymmetry and diminished sensation of his left upper alveolus from the left second upper incisor to first canine. CT imaging revealed chronic sinusitis changes of the left maxillary sinus, with reduced volume and depressed anterior wall. The patient underwent functional endoscopic sinus surgery to re-establish maxillary sinus ventilation...
March 24, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343147/ethical-ramifications-of-the-paolo-macchiarini-case
#3
Jaime A Teixeira da Silva
The Paolo Macchiarini case has several ethical ramifications. Professor Macchiarini, formerly of the Karolinska Institutet (KI), became famous for the tracheal surgeries he conducted between 2008 and 2014. His rapid rise to fame was followed by an almost equally rapid fall from grace as official reports, articles in newspapers and television programmes revealed several aspects related to misconduct in his curriculum vitae, professional practices and publishing-related activity. Formal misconduct reports issued by four KI co-workers in late 2014, then again in 2016, coupled with social scandals, including the tricking of a famous US television newscaster into a false marriage, a previous arrest in Italy for apparent bribery, and acute narcissism, all tainted Macchiarini's legend...
March 15, 2017: Indian Journal of Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342450/scientific-feuds-polemics-and-ad-hominem-arguments-in-basic-and-special-interest-genetics
#4
Elof Axel Carlson
Scientific disputes are commonly presented and settled in journal publications. Most are resolved by a weighing of evidence and new findings. In some cases the arguments are personal and in the form of ad hominem attacks on the personality or integrity of an author of a journal article. Many famous scientists (e.g., Galileo, Newton, and Hooke) used ad hominem arguments in responding to their critics. William Bateson, W.F.R. Weldon, William Castle, and H.J. Muller used ad hominem arguments in their publications until the end of World War I, when editorial policy of journals changed...
January 2017: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342443/incidental-metastatic-mediastinal-atypical-carcinoid-in-a-patient-with-parathyroid-adenoma-a-case-report
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Zareen Kiran, Asma Ahmed, Owais Rashid, Saira Fatima, Faizan Malik, Saulat Fatimi, Mubassher Ikram
BACKGROUND: Atypical carcinoid arising from the mediastinal tissue is a rare neuroendocrine tumor and an association with parathyroid adenoma is very unusual. We report an unusual case of atypical carcinoid of mediastinum with metastasis in a patient presenting with parathyroid adenoma, which is the first case to be reported from Pakistan. CASE PRESENTATION: A 51-year-old Pakistani man was seen in postoperative intensive care after right parathyroidectomy and mediastinal mass resection for the management of postoperative hypocalcaemia...
March 26, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342436/-vulnerations-of-human-dignity-at-the-end-of-life
#6
Roberto Germán Zurriaráin
Death is constitutive of human nature and therefore it must happen naturally. But there are mainly two ways that falsify it: euthanasia and therapeutic obstinacy. Two wrong choices that do not accept the human reality of death (the first, anticipates death and the second, delays it). From the philosophical and ethical point of view, both options are rejected, because they are against human dignity at the end of life. Aside from these, this article also rejects the different names which are given to refer to euthanasia, that also go against human nature at the end of life...
January 2017: Cuadernos de Bioética: Revista Oficial de la Asociación Española de Bioética y Ética Médica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342433/-evaluation-of-the-degree-of-patient-information-to-be-included-in-the-home-based-palliative-care-program
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Ana María Tordable Ramírez
The fact of communicating to a patient his or her diagnosis when it is unfavourable, this becomes a really human issue. The bioethics and the legislation protect this right of information. The aim of this study is to evaluate the degree of information of patients when they are included in the home palliative care program. This is a quantitative, descriptive, retrospective and transversal study. The year of the study is 2012 in patients diagnosed with advanced terminal illnesses processes valued by the Team of Home Palliative Attention Support, of the North Welfare Direction of the Community of Madrid...
January 2017: Cuadernos de Bioética: Revista Oficial de la Asociación Española de Bioética y Ética Médica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340295/response-of-catalase-of-the-mouse-primary-hepatocytes-to-sodium-dodecylbenzene-sulfonate-and-the-underlying-molecular-mechanisms
#8
Jing Wang, Jiaxi Wang, Lu Zhang, Rutao Liu, Wansong Zong
This study investigated the adverse effects of sodium dodecylbenzene sulfonates (SDBS) on the mouse primary hepatocytes by conducting cell viability, intracellular oxidative stress level and catalase (CAT) activity assays. It was shown that SDBS altered CAT activities, triggered oxidative stress, and thus exhibited cytotoxicity to the hepatocytes. Both the stimulation of intracellular CAT production and the inhibition of molecular CAT activity contributed to intracellular CAT activity change. Molecular mechanisms underlying CAT activity inhibition and structural changes were explored by isothermal titration calorimetry, multi-spectroscopy and molecular docking studies...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340128/crossing-the-health-it-chasm-considerations-and-policy-recommendations-to-overcome-current-challenges-and-enable-value-based-care
#9
Julia Adler-Milstein, Peter J Embi, Blackford Middleton, Indra Neil Sarkar, Jeff Smith
While great progress has been made in digitizing the US health care system, today's health information technology (IT) infrastructure remains largely a collection of systems that are not designed to support a transition to value-based care. In addition, the pursuit of value-based care, in which we deliver better care with better outcomes at lower cost, places new demands on the health care system that our IT infrastructure needs to be able to support. Provider organizations pursuing new models of health care delivery and payment are finding that their electronic systems lack the capabilities needed to succeed...
March 15, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340071/variable-potassium-concentrations-which-is-right-and-which-is-wrong
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Talent Theparee, Robert C Benirschke, Hong-Kee Lee
Reverse pseudohyperkalemia is a term used to describe in vitro, falsely elevated potassium concentrations in plasma specimens that occur in association with extreme leukocytosis and are commonly associated with hematologic malignant neoplasms. Tumor lysis syndrome is an in vivo lysis of tumor cells that leads to elevated levels of potassium, uric acid, phosphate, and lactate dehydrogenase, as well as decreased calcium concentrations. Herein, we report a case of a 66-year-old Caucasian man with stage IV mantle-cell lymphoma who has elevated levels of potassium, uric acid, and phosphorus, as well as a white blood cell (WBC) count greater than 100,000 cells per mm3...
March 6, 2017: Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339746/in-vitro-cytotoxic-and-ace-inhibitory-activities-of-promod-278p-hydrolysate-of-ovotransferrin-from-chicken-egg-white
#11
S H Moon, J H Lee, J H Kim, H-D Paik, D U Ahn
Peptides released from egg proteins via enzymatic hydrolysis show various bioactivities such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, antihypertensive, and immunomodulatory properties. The objective of this study was to investigate the cytotoxic and Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE)-inhibitory activities of ovotransferrin and its promod 278P enzyme hydrolysate. Ovotransferrin from egg white was hydrolyzed using promod 278P at 45°C for 3 hours. Using the MTT assay, the cytotoxicity of ovotransferrin and promod 278P hydrolysate of ovotransferrin were evaluated in human cancer cell lines of various tissue origins...
February 22, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339736/extractions-retention-and-stability-the-search-for-orthodontic-truth
#12
Sheldon Peck
Background and objectives: From the beginnings of modern orthodontics, questions have been raised about the extraction of healthy permanent teeth in order to correct malocclusions. A hundred years ago, orthodontic tooth extraction was debated with almost religious intensity by experts on either side of the issue. Sheldon Friel and his mentor Edward H. Angle both had much to say about this controversy. Today, after significant progress in orthodontic practice, similar arguments are being voiced between nonextraction expansionists and those who see the need for tooth extractions in some orthodontic patients...
February 23, 2017: European Journal of Orthodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339563/trauma-informed-social-work-practice
#13
Jill Levenson
Social workers frequently encounter clients with a history of trauma. Trauma-informed care is a way of providing services by which social workers recognize the prevalence of early adversity in the lives of clients, view presenting problems as symptoms of maladaptive coping, and understand how early trauma shapes a client's fundamental beliefs about the world and affects his or her psychosocial functioning across the life span. Trauma-informed social work incorporates core principles of safety, trust, collaboration, choice, and empowerment and delivers services in a manner that avoids inadvertently repeating unhealthy interpersonal dynamics in the helping relationship...
January 23, 2017: Social Work
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339448/efficacious-dorsal-root-ganglion-stimulation-for-painful-small-fiber-neuropathy-a-case-report
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Paolo Maino, Eva Koetsier, Alain Kaelin-Lang, Claudio Gobbi, Roberto Perez
Small fiber neuropathy is a disorder of the peripheral nerves with typical symptoms of burning, sharp, and shooting pain and sensory disturbances in the feet. Pain treatment depends principally on the underlying etiology with concurrent administration of antidepressants, anticonvulsants, opioids, and topical treatments like capsaicin and local anesthetics. However, treatments for pain relief in these patients frequently fail. We describe the first case of intractable painful small fiber neuropathy of the foot successfully treated with spinal cord stimulation of the left L5 dorsal root ganglion...
March 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339445/transforaminal-endoscopic-decompression-for-a-giant-epidural-gas-containing-pseudocyst-a-case-report-and-literature-review
#15
Bin Zhu, Liang Jiang, Xiao Guang Liu
The isolated epidural gas-containing pseudocyst is an uncommon pathogenic factor for severe pain of the lower limb as a result of nerve root compression. After reviewing these rare cases reported in the literature, we found that the name, pathogenesis, and treatment strategy of this pathology remained controversial. The most common treatment is conservative treatment or percutaneous aspiration which might result inpoor pain relief and high recurrence rates. Moreover, the patient who received open surgery had good clinical outcome; however, he or she might experience a significant soft tissue injury...
March 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339331/differential-diagnosis-of-a-patient-referred-to-physical-therapy-for-dizziness-a-case-report
#16
Zachary Rethorn, Susan J Barlow, Emily Gavlick
STUDY DESIGN: Case report. BACKGROUND: Dizziness is a common and debilitating condition across the lifespan. Patients with this complaint must be carefully examined to determine the cause of dizziness, rule out the presence of central nervous system dysfunction, and determine the appropriateness of physical therapy intervention. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 90-year-old male was referred to physical therapy six months after the onset of dizziness. A thorough history was taken and examination was performed...
March 2017: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338940/feasibility-study-for-identification-of-static-and-dynamic-exposure-using-ccd-imaging-technique-for-caso4-dy-tl-dosemeters
#17
Kshama Srivastava, Seepika Soin, B K Sapra, P Ratna, D Datta
The occupational exposure incurred by the radiation workers due to the external radiation is estimated using personal dosemeter placed on the human body during the monitoring period. In certain situations, it is required to determine whether the dosemeter alone was exposed accidentally/intentionally in radiation field (static exposure) or was exposed while being worn by a worker moving in his workplace (dynamic exposure). The present thermoluminscent (TL) based personnel monitoring systems are not capable of distinguishing between the above stated (static and dynamic) exposure conditions...
March 2, 2017: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338570/a-case-of-all-developing-posterior-reversible-encephalopathy-secondary-to-hyponatremia
#18
Nilgun Eroglu, Aysenur Bahadir, Erol Erduran
Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES), may be due to different causes. It may develop secondary to hypertension, renal decompensation, electrolyte imbalance, and chemotherapeutic drugs. We describe a case of acute lymphoblastic leukemia in which PRES developed secondary to hyponatremia despite being normotensive during receipt of chemotherapy. Magnetic resonance imaging findings were suggestive of PRES. Partial diffusion restriction was observed in lesions in the bilateral occipitoparietal regions and the cerebellum...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338355/the-potential-for-a-targeted-strength-training-programme-to-decrease-asymmetry-and-increase-performance-a-proof-of-concept-in-sprinting
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Scott R Brown, Erin R Feldman, Matt R Cross, Eric R Helms, Bruno Marrier, Pierre Samozino, Jean-Benoît Morin
The global application of horizontal force (FH) via hip extension is related to improvements in sprint performance (e.g. maximal velocity [vmax] and power [Pmax]). Little is known regarding the contribution of individual-leg FH and how a difference between the legs (asymmetry) might subsequently affect sprint performance. We assessed a single male athlete for pre-post outcomes of a targeted hip extension training programme on FH asymmetry and sprint performance metrics. An instrumented non-motorised treadmill was used to obtain individual-leg and global sprint kinetics and determine the athlete's strong and weak leg, with regards to the ability to produce FH while sprinting...
March 24, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338261/extracorporeal-photopheresis-for-the-treatment-of-early-stage-mycosis-fungoides
#20
Daniel J Lewis, Madeleine Duvic
Extracorporeal photopheresis (ECP) has been used for nearly 30 years in the treatment of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. However, current clinical practice largely reserves ECP for patients with late-stage mycosis fungoides (MF) or Sézary syndrome or for those who are refractory to other therapies. We briefly describe a 48-year-old male who experienced long-term complete remission of his patch MF disease with ECP, and we suggest a role for ECP in the treatment of early-stage MF given evidence of its efficacy, safety, and tolerability...
March 24, 2017: Dermatologic Therapy
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