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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324767/the-health-assessment-questionnaire-disability-index-haq-di-as-a-valid-alternative-for-measuring-the-functional-capacity-of-people-with-haemophilia
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Hortensia De La Corte-Rodriguez, E Carlos Rodriguez-Merchan
BACKGROUND: There are several scales for evaluating the functional capacity of people with haemophilia (PWH). OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate the value and simplicity of the "Health Assessment Questionnaire Disability Index" (HAQ-DI) for making a functional assessment of persons with haemophilia (PWH) in those contexts in which the specific physical assessment scales cannot be used (the "World Federation of Haemophilia Physical Examination Score" (WFH-PES) and the "Haemophilia Joint Health Score 2...
March 14, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324200/prevalence-and-characterization-of-non-sicca-onset-primary-sj%C3%A3-gren-syndrome-with-interstitial-lung-involvement
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Manfredi Andreina, Sebastiani Marco, Cerri Stefania, Cassone Giulia, Bellini Pietrantonio, Della Casa Giovanni, Luppi Fabrizio, Ferri Clodoveo
Primary Sjögren syndrome (pSS)-related interstitial lung disease (ILD) involved about 10-20% of patients. In 20% of cases, ILD can be diagnosed before pSS; anyway, few studies have investigated the frequency of ILD as the first clinically relevant manifestation of pSS, generally referred to retrospective studies. Aim of our prospective study was to describe prevalence, clinical, serological, and instrumental features of non-sicca onset pSS patients with interstitial lung involvement. During a period of 48 months, all consecutive patients diagnosed as pSS were enrolled...
March 21, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320151/takotsubo-cardiomyopathy-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Seok-Jin Choi, Yoon-Ho Hong, Je-Young Shin, Byung-Nam Yoon, Sung-Yeon Sohn, Chan Soon Park, Jung-Joon Sung
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the frequency, features, and prognosis of takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TTC) in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). METHODS: We reviewed detailed clinical, laboratory, and cardiovascular data from 64 ALS patients (38 men and 26 women) who underwent echocardiographic evaluation for various reasons at a single referral center between January 2011 and December 2015. RESULTS: TTC was diagnosed in 9 ALS patients (4 men and 5 women)...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319954/comparison-of-initial-vasopressors-used-for-delayed-cerebral-ischemia-after-aneurysmal-subarachnoid-hemorrhage
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Bhaskar Roy, Louise D McCullough, Rajat Dhar, James Grady, Yu-Bo Wang, Robert J Brown
BACKGROUND: The main reason for morbidity after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (aSAH) is delayed cerebral ischemia (DCI). The mainstay of medical therapy for treating DCI is induced hypertension with vasopressors to restore cerebral perfusion. Both phenylephrine (PE) and norepinephrine (NE) are commonly used for induced hypertension, but the impact of the initial choice of vasopressor on the efficacy, adverse effects, or outcome after hemodynamic therapy for DCI is unknown. METHODS: Sixty-three patients with aSAH between January 2012 and October 2014, who developed DCI (defined as new focal deficit or decline in Glasgow Coma Score) and in which PE (n = 45) or NE (n = 18) treatment was initiated were evaluated in this retrospective study...
March 21, 2017: Cerebrovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319647/cancer-specific-intracellular-reductive-activation-of-anticancer-pt-iv-prodrugs
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Andriy Mokhir, Viktor Reshetnikov, Steffen Daum
Since cellular uptake of anticancer Pt(II)- and Pt(IV)-drugs occurs via different mechanisms, the latter ones can exhibit substantial activity towards cells, which have either intrinsic or acquired resistance towards Pt(II)-drugs. However, this positive effect is diminished due to reductive activation of Pt(IV)-drugs in extracellular space that can be one of the reasons why they were not yet approved for clinical use despite over 60 clinical trials conducted worldwide. Herein we suggest a solution to this problem by achieving highly specific intracellular versus extracellular prodrug reduction...
March 20, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319229/patient-mortality-during-unannounced-accreditation-surveys-at-us-hospitals
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Michael L Barnett, Andrew R Olenski, Anupam B Jena
Importance: In the United States, hospitals receive accreditation through unannounced on-site inspections (ie, surveys) by The Joint Commission (TJC), which are high-pressure periods to demonstrate compliance with best practices. No research has addressed whether the potential changes in behavior and heightened vigilance during a TJC survey are associated with changes in patient outcomes. Objective: To assess whether heightened vigilance during survey weeks is associated with improved patient outcomes compared with nonsurvey weeks, particularly in major teaching hospitals...
March 20, 2017: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318952/glycaemic-variability-in-patients-with-severe-sepsis-or-septic-shock-admitted-to-an-intensive-care-unit
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L M Silveira, A Basile-Filho, E A Nicolini, C A M Dessotte, G C S Aguiar, A M Stabile
BACKGROUND: Sepsis is associated with morbidity and mortality, which implies high costs to the global health system. Metabolic alterations that increase glycaemia and glycaemic variability occur during sepsis. OBJECTIVE: To verify mean body glucose levels and glycaemic variability in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patients with severe sepsis or septic shock. METHOD: Retrospective and exploratory study that involved collection of patients' sociodemographic and clinical data and calculation of severity scores...
March 15, 2017: Intensive & Critical Care Nursing: the Official Journal of the British Association of Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318585/lactoferrin-reduces-mortality-in-preweaned-calves-with-diarrhea
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G Habing, K Harris, G M Schuenemann, J M Piñeiro, J Lakritz, X Alcaraz Clavijo
Calf diarrhea is the most common reason for mortality and antimicrobial therapy in preweaned calves on dairy farms in the United States. Conventional and organic livestock producers require alternative therapies for calf diarrhea to reduce the necessity of conventional antimicrobials. Alternatives administered for mild cases or early in the disease course may be useful to mitigate disease progression and reduce the likelihood of septicemia and negative sequelae. Lactoferrin is a bioactive protein naturally found in colostrum that has been shown to prevent septicemia in high-risk infants...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318497/belief-bias-reasoning-in-non-clinical-delusion-prone-individuals
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T Anandakumar, E Connaughton, M Coltheart, R Langdon
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: It has been proposed that people with delusions have difficulty inhibiting beliefs (i.e., "doxastic inhibition") so as to reason about them as if they might not be true. We used a continuity approach to test this proposal in non-clinical adults scoring high and low in psychometrically assessed delusion-proneness. High delusion-prone individuals were expected to show greater difficulty than low delusion-prone individuals on "conflict" items of a "belief-bias" reasoning task (i...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318391/models-of-caries-formation-around-dental-composite-restorations
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J L Ferracane
The main reason cited for the replacement of dental composite restorations is the recurrence of caries. Numerous models-both in vitro, with acid gels or bacterial biofilms, and in situ, with dental appliances-have been used to study caries formation around dental composites. The literature shows that many factors may affect caries formation, including marginal gap formation, gap size, the local chemical environment, the durability of the bonded interface, the extent of bacterial penetration, and the presence of mechanical loading...
April 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318346/use-of-patient-controlled-psychiatric-hospital-admissions-mental-health-professionals-perspective
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Trine Ellegaard, Mimi Mehlsen, Kirsten Lomborg, Vibeke Bliksted
BACKGROUND: In a patient-controlled admission (PCA) programme, the decision about hospital admission is made solely by the patient, with no gatekeeper function allocated to the mental health professionals (MHPs). Current knowledge about how MHPs experience and evaluate PCA is sparse. AIMS: This Danish multi-centre study examined the MHP assessment of the PCA programme in daily clinical practice, and compared PCA evaluations made by MHPs and patients. METHODS: A questionnaire was developed and a survey conducted over the course of a year at all Danish mental health units included in the PCA programme...
March 20, 2017: Nordic Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318214/preterm-labor-prevention-and-management
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Kristen Rundell, Bethany Panchal
In the United States, preterm delivery is the leading cause of neonatal morbidity and is the most common reason for hospitalization during pregnancy. The rate of preterm delivery (before 37 weeks' gestation) has been declining since 2007. Clinical diagnosis of preterm labor is made if there are regular contractions and concomitant cervical change. Less than 10% of women with a clinical diagnosis of preterm labor will deliver within seven days of initial presentation. Women with a history of spontaneous preterm delivery are 1...
March 15, 2017: American Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317571/recent-recommendations-for-management-of-human-immunodeficiency-virus-positive-patients
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Miriam R Robbins
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection has become a chronic condition. HIV is not a valid reason to deny, delay, or withhold dental treatment. There are no absolute contraindications and few complications associated with comprehensive oral health care treatment delivered in an outpatient setting for asymptomatic HIV-infected patients and clinically stable patients with AIDS. Consultation with the patient's medical provider and modifications in the delivery of dental treatment may be necessary when treating patients with advanced HIV disease or other comorbid conditions...
April 2017: Dental Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317345/-foreign-body-aspiration-and-ingestion-during-oral-disease-treatment
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Qian Hong
Foreign body aspiration and ingestion during oral disease treatment are possible to occur. The incidence is prone to take place among children. Extracted teeth, endodontic instruments, prosthesis, and orthodontic appliance items are possible to be aspirated or swallowed. This article summarizes the reasons, handling methods, and prevention of foreign body aspiration and ingestion to provide guidance for clinical work.
August 1, 2016: Hua Xi Kou Qiang Yi Xue za Zhi, Huaxi Kouqiang Yixue Zazhi, West China Journal of Stomatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317234/esophageal-stasis-in-achalasia-patients-without-symptoms-after-treatment-does-not-predict-symptom-recurrence
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F B van Hoeij, A J P M Smout, A J Bredenoord
BACKGROUND: After achalasia treatment, a subset of patients has poor esophageal emptying without having symptoms. There is no consensus on whether to pre-emptively treat these patients. We hypothesized that, if left untreated, these patients will experience earlier symptom recurrence than patients without stasis. METHODS: 99 treated achalasia patients who were in clinical remission (Eckardt ≤3) at 3 months after treatment were divided into two groups, based on presence or absence of esophageal stasis on a timed barium esophagogram performed after 3 months...
March 20, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316994/multiple-factors-involved-in-the-pathogenesis-of-white-matter-lesions
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REVIEW
Jing Lin, Dilong Wang, Linfang Lan, Yuhua Fan
White matter lesions (WMLs), also known as leukoaraiosis (LA) or white matter hyperintensities (WMHs), are characterized mainly by hyperintensities on T2-weighted or fluid-attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR) images. With the aging of the population and the development of imaging technology, the morbidity and diagnostic rates of WMLs are increasing annually. WMLs are not a benign process. They clinically manifest as cognitive decline and the subsequent development of dementia. Although WMLs are important, their pathogenesis is still unclear...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316007/talimogene-laherparepvec-for-treating-metastatic-melanoma-an-evidence-review-group-perspective-of-a-nice-single-technology-appraisal
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REVIEW
Nigel Fleeman, Adrian Bagust, Angela Boland, Sophie Beale, Marty Richardson, Ashma Krishan, Angela Stainthorpe, Ahmed Abdulla, Eleanor Kotas, Lindsay Banks, Miranda Payne
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) invited the manufacturer (Amgen) of talimogene laherparepvec (T-VEC) to submit clinical and cost-effectiveness evidence for previously untreated advanced (unresectable or metastatic) melanoma as part of the Institute's Single Technology Appraisal process. The Liverpool Reviews and Implementation Group (LRiG) at the University of Liverpool was commissioned to act as the Evidence Review Group (ERG). This article presents a summary of the company's submission of T-VEC, the ERG review and the resulting NICE guidance (TA410), issued in September 2016...
March 18, 2017: PharmacoEconomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315947/impact-of-18-f-fdg-pet-ct-on-surgical-management-in-patients-with-advanced-melanoma-an-outcome-based-analysis
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Andrea Forschner, Susann-Cathrin Olthof, Brigitte Gückel, Peter Martus, Werner Vach, Christian la Fougère, Konstantin Nikolaou, Ulrike Keim, Thomas Kurt Eigentler, Claus Garbe, Christina Pfannenberg
PURPOSE: To evaluate the influence of (18)F-FDG-PET/CT on clinical decision making and outcome in advanced melanoma patients planned for radical metastasectomy. METHODS AND MATERIALS: A cohort of 333 patients with mainly stage III/IV melanoma having a PET/CT for clinical reasons was prospectively enrolled in our oncologic PET/CT registry between 2013 and 2015. Referring physicians completed questionnaires regarding their intended management for each patient before and after PET/CT...
March 18, 2017: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315744/cardiac-implantable-electronic-device-infections-who-is-at-greatest-risk
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Parijat Saurav Joy, Gagan Kumar, Jeanne E Poole, Barry London, Brian Olshansky
BACKGROUND: Cardiac Implantable Electronic Device (CIED) infections are associated with hospitalization, mortality, increased costs and adverse outcomes. OBJECTIVE: Determine the burden of infections for CIEDs based on device type, associated comorbidities and clinical characteristics over a 12-year period. METHODS: Utilizing the National Inpatient Sample database from 2000-2012, procedures for device related infection (DRI) were identified using ICD-9-CM code for CIED removal with diagnosis codes for device-related infection or systemic infection...
March 15, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315669/cell-survival-interplay-between-hypoxia-and-pre-mrna-splicing
#20
Arvydas Kanopka
RNA splicing takes place in the nucleus and occurs either coor post-transcriptionally. Noncoding sequences (introns) in nuclear mRNA precursors (pre-mRNA) are removed by dedicated splicing machinery. The coding sequences (exons) are joined to generate the mature mRNA that is exported to the cytoplasm and translated into protein. Splicing events are tissue-specific. This process plays an important role in cellular differentiation and organism development. The splicing machinery heavily contributes to biological complexity and especially to the ability of cells to adapt to different developmental stages and altered cellular conditions...
March 15, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
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