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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107762/thulium-laser-in-interventional-endoscopy-animal-and-human-studies
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Gian E Tontini, Helmut Neumann, Luca Pastorelli, Luisa Spina, Flaminia Cavallaro, Paola Soriani, Alessandro Rimondi, Barbara Bruni, Claudio Clemente, Filippo Fagnani, Pavlos Lagoussis, Luca Carmignani, Maurizio Vecchi
Background and study aims The thulium laser system (TLS) is an emerging surgical tool. The 2-μm wavelength provides a confined coagulation depth (0.2 - 0.4 mm) to reduce the potential for inadvertent injuries. For the first time ever, we assessed TLS feasibility for endoscopic hemostasis ex vivo in pigs. In addition, we performed the first in vivo hemostatic treatments in humans. Patients and methods Tissue damage induced by TLS using different settings and optical fibers was compared to that from argon plasma coagulation (APC) in established ex vivo animal models...
January 20, 2017: Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107703/how-universal-is-coverage-and-access-to-diagnosis-and-treatment-for-chagas-disease-in-colombia-a-health-systems-analysis
#2
Zulma M Cucunubá, Jennifer M Manne-Goehler, Diana Díaz, Pierre Nouvellet, Oscar Bernal, Andrea Marchiol, María-Gloria Basáñez, Lesong Conteh
Limited access to Chagas disease diagnosis and treatment is a major obstacle to reaching the 2020 World Health Organization milestones of delivering care to all infected and ill patients. Colombia has been identified as a health system in transition, reporting one of the highest levels of health insurance coverage in Latin America. We explore if and how this high level of coverage extends to those with Chagas disease, a traditionally marginalised population. Using a mixed methods approach, we calculate coverage for screening, diagnosis and treatment of Chagas...
January 4, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107484/resveratrol-co-treatment-attenuates-the-effects-of-hiv-protease-inhibitors-on-rat-body-weight-and-enhances-cardiac-mitochondrial-respiration
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Burger Symington, Rudo F Mapanga, Gavin R Norton, M Faadiel Essop
Since the early 1990s human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) emerged as a global health pandemic, with sub-Saharan Africa the hardest hit. While the successful roll-out of antiretroviral (ARV) therapy provided significant relief to HIV-positive individuals, such treatment can also elicit damaging side-effects. Here especially HIV protease inhibitors (PIs) are implicated in the onset of cardio-metabolic complications such as type-2 diabetes and coronary heart disease. As there is a paucity of data regarding suitable co-treatments within this context, this preclinical study investigated whether resveratrol (RSV), aspirin (ASP) or vitamin C (VitC) co-treatment is able to blunt side-effects in a rat model of chronic PI exposure (Lopinavir/Ritonavir treatment for 4 months)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107295/healthcare-transformation-and-changing-roles-for-nursing
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Susan W Salmond, Mercedes Echevarria
Factors driving healthcare transformation include fragmentation, access problems, unsustainable costs, suboptimal outcomes, and disparities. Cost and quality concerns along with changing social and disease-type demographics created the greatest urgency for the need for change. Caring for and paying for medical treatments for patients suffering from chronic health conditions are a significant concern. The Affordable Care Act includes programs now led by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services aiming to improve quality and control cost...
January 2017: Orthopaedic Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107262/suspected-cerebral-edema-in-diabetic-ketoacidosis-is-there-still-a-role-for-head-ct-in-treatment-decisions
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Carmen L Soto-Rivera, Lisa A Asaro, Michael S D Agus, Danielle D DeCourcey
OBJECTIVES: Neurologic deterioration associated with cerebral edema in diabetic ketoacidosis is typically sudden in onset, progresses rapidly, and requires emergent treatment. The utility of brain imaging by head CT in decisions to treat for cerebral edema has not been previously studied. The objective of this study was to describe the characteristics of pediatric patients with diabetic ketoacidosis who develop altered mental status and evaluate the role of head CT in this cohort. DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of clinical, biochemical, and radiologic data...
January 19, 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106820/current-and-emerging-technology-for-continuous-glucose-monitoring
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REVIEW
Cheng Chen, Xue-Ling Zhao, Zhan-Hong Li, Zhi-Gang Zhu, Shao-Hong Qian, Andrew J Flewitt
Diabetes has become a leading cause of death worldwide. Although there is no cure for diabetes, blood glucose monitoring combined with appropriate medication can enhance treatment efficiency, alleviate the symptoms, as well as diminish the complications. For point-of-care purposes, continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) devices are considered to be the best candidates for diabetes therapy. This review focuses on current growth areas of CGM technologies, specifically focusing on subcutaneous implantable electrochemical glucose sensors...
January 19, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106744/oligonucleotide-therapy-for-obstructive-and-restrictive-respiratory-diseases
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REVIEW
Wupeng Liao, Jinrui Dong, Hong Yong Peh, Lay Hong Tan, Kah Suan Lim, Li Li, Wai-Shiu Fred Wong
Inhaled oligonucleotide is an emerging therapeutic modality for various common respiratory diseases, including obstructive airway diseases like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and restrictive airway diseases like idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). The advantage of direct accessibility for oligonucleotide molecules to the lung target sites, bypassing systemic administration, makes this therapeutic approach promising with minimized potential systemic side effects. Asthma, COPD, and IPF are common chronic respiratory diseases, characterized by persistent airway inflammation and dysregulated tissue repair and remodeling, although each individual disease has its unique etiology...
January 17, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106736/development-and-sequential-analysis-of-a-new-multi-agent-anti-acne-formulation-based-on-plant-derived-antimicrobial-and-anti-inflammatory-compounds
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Crina Saviuc, Bianca Ciubucă, Gabriela Dincă, Coralia Bleotu, Veronica Drumea, Mariana-Carmen Chifiriuc, Marcela Popa, Gratiela Gradisteanu Pircalabioru, Luminita Marutescu, Veronica Lazăr
The antibacterial and anti-inflammatory potential of natural, plant-derived compounds has been reported in many studies. Emerging evidence indicates that plant-derived essential oils and/or their major compounds may represent a plausible alternative treatment for acne, a prevalent skin disorder in both adolescent and adult populations. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to develop and subsequently analyze the antimicrobial activity of a new multi-agent, synergic formulation based on plant-derived antimicrobial compounds (i...
January 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106661/swallowing-after-transoral-surgery-for-oropharyngeal-cancer-comparison-with-primary-chemoradiotherapy-outcomes
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Nicholas Dawe, James O'Hara
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Survival equipoise is recognized between the contemporary surgical and oncological approaches to oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma treatment. Primary transoral surgery (TOS) options have emerged that utilize either laser or robotic techniques. Our review presents an overview of the evidence available for swallowing outcomes following TOS approaches and compares these with outcomes following primary oncological management. RECENT FINDINGS: Meta-analysis of swallow outcomes following TOS or (chemo)radiotherapy is not possible given the heterogeneity of the available data...
January 18, 2017: Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106511/telementoring-primary-care-clinicians-to-improve-geriatric-mental-health-care
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Elisa Fisher, Michael Hasselberg, Yeates Conwell, Linda Weiss, Norma A Padrón, Erin Tiernan, Jurgis Karuza, Jeremy Donath, José A Pagán
Health care delivery and payment systems are moving rapidly toward value-based care. To be successful in this new environment, providers must consistently deliver high-quality, evidence-based, and coordinated care to patients. This study assesses whether Project ECHO(®) (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) GEMH (geriatric mental health)-a remote learning and mentoring program-is an effective strategy to address geriatric mental health challenges in rural and underserved communities. Thirty-three teleECHO clinic sessions connecting a team of specialists to 54 primary care and case management spoke sites (approximately 154 participants) were conducted in 10 New York counties from late 2014 to early 2016...
January 20, 2017: Population Health Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106485/management-strategies-for-atrial-fibrillation
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Peysh A Patel, Noman Ali, Andrew Hogarth, Muzahir H Tayebjee
Atrial fibrillation is the most prevalent cardiac arrhythmia, affecting 10% of those aged over 80 years. Despite multiple treatment options, it remains an independent prognostic marker of mortality due to its association with clinical sequelae, particularly cerebrovascular events. Management can be broadly divided into treatment of the arrhythmia, via rhythm or rate control, and stroke thromboprophylaxis via anticoagulation. Traditional options for pharmacotherapy include negatively chronotropic drugs such as β-blockers, and/or arrhythmia-modifying drugs such as amiodarone...
January 2017: Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106111/broad-range-antiviral-activity-of-hydrogen-sulfide-against-highly-pathogenic-rna-viruses
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Nikolay Bazhanov, Olivier Escaffre, Alexander N Freiberg, Roberto P Garofalo, Antonella Casola
Hydrogen sulfide is an important endogenous mediator that has been the focus of intense investigation in the past few years, leading to the discovery of its role in vasoactive, cytoprotective and anti-inflammatory responses. Recently, we made a critical observation that H2S also has a protective role in paramyxovirus infection by modulating inflammatory responses and viral replication. In this study we tested the antiviral and anti-inflammatory activity of the H2S slow-releasing donor GYY4137 on enveloped RNA viruses from Ortho-, Filo-, Flavi- and Bunyavirus families, for which there is no FDA-approved vaccine or therapeutic available, with the exception of influenza...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106066/the-psychosis-spectrum-in-parkinson-disease
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REVIEW
Dominic H Ffytche, Byron Creese, Marios Politis, K Ray Chaudhuri, Daniel Weintraub, Clive Ballard, Dag Aarsland
In 2007, the clinical and research profile of illusions, hallucinations, delusions and related symptoms in Parkinson disease (PD) was raised with the publication of a consensus definition of PD psychosis. Symptoms that were previously deemed benign and clinically insignificant were incorporated into a continuum of severity, leading to the rapid expansion of literature focusing on clinical aspects, mechanisms and treatment. Here, we review this literature and the evolving view of PD psychosis. Key topics include the prospective risk of dementia in individuals with PD psychosis, and the causal and modifying effects of PD medication...
January 20, 2017: Nature Reviews. Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106051/hepatic-alterations-are-accompanied-by-changes-to-bile-acid-transporter-expressing-neurons-in-the-hypothalamus-after-traumatic-brain-injury
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Damir Nizamutdinov, Sharon DeMorrow, Matthew McMillin, Jessica Kain, Sanjib Mukherjee, Suzanne Zeitouni, Gabriel Frampton, Paul Clint S Bricker, Jacob Hurst, Lee A Shapiro
Annually, there are over 2 million incidents of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and treatment options are non-existent. While many TBI studies have focused on the brain, peripheral contributions involving the digestive and immune systems are emerging as factors involved in the various symptomology associated with TBI. We hypothesized that TBI would alter hepatic function, including bile acid system machinery in the liver and brain. The results show activation of the hepatic acute phase response by 2 hours after TBI, hepatic inflammation by 6 hours after TBI and a decrease in hepatic transcription factors, Gli 1, Gli 2, Gli 3 at 2 and 24 hrs after TBI...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106020/renin-angiotensin-aldosterone-system-blockers-and-cardiovascular-outcomes-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-clinical-trials
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Pınar Kızılırmak, Yağız Üresin, Oktay Özdemir, Burçak Kılıçkıran Avcı, Lale Tokgözoğlu, Zeki Öngen
OBJECTIVE: Hypertension is the most prevalent modifiable risk factor for cardiovascular (CV) and cerebrovascular morbidity and mortality. This study aimed to assess the effects of renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) blockade on CV outcomes. METHODS: This study was designed according to the Preferred Reporting Items for Systemic reviews and Meta-Analyses statement. Databases were searched for articles published as of December 2014. Two sets of studies were selected...
January 2017: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105790/a-qualitative-study-of-patients-knowledge-and-views-of-about-oral-health-and-acceptability-of-related-intervention-in-an-australian-inpatient-alcohol-and-drug-treatment-facility
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Alison Li Sun Cheah, Ram Pandey, Mark Daglish, Pauline J Ford, Sue Patterson
Social factors, health behaviours and the direct effects of substances contribute to the poor oral health and restricted access to dental services experienced by people who are dependent on drugs and/or alcohol. Admission for inpatient withdrawal management provides an opportunity for intervention to promote oral health but to be effective it must be acceptable to patients. To support intervention design, we examined patients' views about oral health, practices and treatment access, and appropriateness of health-promoting intervention in this context...
January 20, 2017: Health & Social Care in the Community
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105760/aerosol-based-airway-epithelial-cell-delivery-improves-airway-regeneration-and-repair
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E Kardia, E S Ch'ng, B H Yahaya
Aerosol-based cell therapy has emerged as a novel and promising therapeutic strategy for treating lung diseases. The goal of this study was to determine the safety and efficacy of aerosol-based airway epithelial cell (AEC) delivery in the setting of acute lung injury induced by tracheal brushing in rabbit. 24 hours following injury, exogenous rabbit AECs were labelled with BrdU and aerosolized using the MicroSprayer® Aerosolizer into the injured airway. Histopathological assessments of the injury in the trachea and lungs were quantitatively scored (1 and 5 d after cell delivery)...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105725/antifungal-peptides-a-potential-new-class-of-antifungals-for-treating-vulvovaginal-candidiasis-caused-by-fluconazole-resistant-candida-albicans
#18
Siew Mei Samantha Ng, Yi Yong Alvin Yap, Jin Wei Darryl Cheong, Fui Mee Ng, Qiu Ying Lau, Timothy Barkham, Jeanette Woon Pei Teo, Jeffrey Hill, Cheng San Brian Chia
Vulvovaginal candidiasis/candidosis is a common fungal infection afflicting approximately 75% of women globally caused primarily by the yeast Candida albicans. Fluconazole is widely regarded as the antifungal drug of choice since its introduction in 1990 due to its high oral bioavailability, convenient dosing regimen and favourable safety profile. However, its widespread use has led to the emergence of fluconazole-resistant C. albicans, posing a universal clinical concern. Coupled to the dearth of new antifungal drugs entering the market, it is imperative to introduce new drug classes to counter this threat...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Peptide Science: An Official Publication of the European Peptide Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105593/monitoring-pharmaceuticals-and-personal-care-products-in-reservoir-water-used-for-drinking-water-supply
#19
Carolina Aristizabal-Ciro, Ana María Botero-Coy, Francisco J López, Gustavo A Peñuela
In this work, the presence of selected emerging contaminants has been investigated in two reservoirs, La Fe (LF) and Rio Grande (RG), which supply water to two drinking water treatment plants (DWTPs) of Medellin, one of the most populated cities of Colombia. An analytical method based on solid-phase extraction (SPE) of the sample followed by measurement by liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) was developed and validated for this purpose. Five monitoring campaigns were performed in each reservoir, collecting samples from 7 sites (LF) and 10 sites (RG) at 3 different depths of the water column...
January 20, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105497/comparison-of-traditional-and-emerging-surgical-therapies-for-lower-urinary-tract-symptoms-in-men-a-review
#20
Christopher Smith, Paul Craig, Shayandokht Taleb, Shamar Young, Jafar Golzarian
Lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) are one of the most common health issues in men and pose a significant economic challenge in healthcare. Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) remains the gold standard surgical treatment for medically refractive LUTS secondary to benign prostatic hyperplasia. The institution of medical therapy and the development of several minimally invasive surgical therapies (MISTs) began in the 1980's and 1990's. Together, these therapies brought about a change in the natural course of the disease, stimulating investigation into the economic consequences of various management approaches...
January 19, 2017: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
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