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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937409/development-and-feasibility-of-self-management-application-in-left-ventricular-assist-devices
#1
Jesus M Casida, James E Aikens, Heidi Craddock, Matthew W Aldrich, Francis D Pagani
Despite major advancements in mechanical circulatory support, the self-management (SM) for patients with a left-ventricular assist device (LVAD) remains complex and challenging for patients and their caregivers. We have developed a mobile phone application (VAD Care App) to organize and simplify the LVAD SM process. This article describes the development and feasibility study of the app as an SM tool for LVAD patients and caregivers requiring support from ventricular assist device (VAD) coordinators. The specific aim was to evaluate the app's acceptability and usability and the users' competency...
September 20, 2017: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936715/comparing-different-partograph-designs-for-use-in-standard-labor-care-a-pilot-randomized-trial
#2
Nigel J Lee, Jeremy Neal, Nancy K Lowe, Sue V Kildea
Backgound Partographs are used in many labour settings to provide a pictorial overview of a woman's cervical dilation pattern in the first stage of labor and to alert clinicians to slow progress possibly requiring intervention. Recent reviews called for large trials to establish the efficacy of partographs to improve birth outcomes whilst highlighting issues of clinician compliance with use. Previous studies have also reported issues with participant recruitment related to concerns regarding the possibility of a longer labour...
September 21, 2017: Maternal and Child Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935626/wide-variability-in-prethrombectomy-workflow-practices-in-the-united-states-a-multicenter-survey
#3
A P Kansagra, G C Meyers, M S Kruzich, D T Cross, C J Moran
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Clinical outcomes in patients with acute ischemic stroke caused by large vessel occlusion depend on the speed and quality of workflows leading to mechanical thrombectomy. In the absence of universally accepted best practices for workflow, developing stroke hospitals can benefit from improved awareness of real-world workflows in effect at experienced centers. To this end, we surveyed prethrombectomy workflow practices at stroke centers throughout the United States...
September 21, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935377/assessment-of-carbon-footprint-emissions-and-environmental-concerns-of-solid-waste-treatment-and-disposal-techniques-case-study-of-malaysia
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Amirhossein Malakahmad, Motasem S Abualqumboz, Shamsul Rahman M Kutty, Taher J Abunama
Malaysian authorities has planned to minimize and stop when applicable unsanitary dumping of waste as it puts human health and the environment at elevated risk. Cost, energy and revenue are mostly adopted to draw the blueprint of upgrading municipal solid waste management system, while the carbon footprint emissions criterion rarely acts asa crucial factor. This study aims to alert Malaysian stakeholders on the uneven danger of carbon footprint emissions of waste technologies. Hence, three scenarios have been proposed and assessed mainly on the carbon footprint emissions using the 2006 IPCC methodology...
September 18, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935023/increase-in-legionnaires-disease-cases-associated-with-travel-to-dubai-among-travellers-from-the-united-kingdom-sweden-and-the-netherlands-october-2016-to-end-august-2017
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Gavin Dabrera, Petra Brandsema, Margareta Lofdahl, Falguni Naik, Ross Cameron, Jim McMenamin, Richard Pebody, Nick Phin
Between 1 October 2016 and 31 August 2017, 51 Legionnaires' disease (LD) cases from the United Kingdom, Sweden and the Netherlands were identified with associated travel to Dubai. Cases did not all stay in the same accommodation, indicating that no single accommodation could be the source for all these infections. While local investigations continue into other potential sources, clinicians should remain alert to the possibility of LD among travellers returning from Dubai with respiratory illness.
September 21, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934954/clostridium-difficile-infection-in-the-lao-people-s-democratic-republic-first-isolation-and-review-of-the-literature
#6
Elaine Cheong, Tamalee Roberts, Sayaphet Rattanavong, Thomas V Riley, Paul N Newton, David A B Dance
BACKGROUND: Current knowledge of the epidemiology of Clostridium difficile infection in Asia, and in particular the Greater Mekong Subregion, is very limited. Only a few studies from Thailand and Vietnam have been reported from the region with variable testing methods and results, and no studies from Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR). Therefore we investigated the presence of C. difficile in a single centre in the Lao PDR and determined the ribotypes present. METHOD: Seventy unformed stool samples from hospital inpatients at Mahosot Hospital, Vientiane, were tested for the presence of C...
September 21, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934525/short-daytime-naps-briefly-attenuate-objectively-measured-sleepiness-under-chronic-sleep-restriction
#7
Jared M Saletin, Cassie J Hilditch, William C Dement, Mary A Carskadon
Study Objectives: Napping is a useful countermeasure to the negative effects of acute sleep loss on alertness. The efficacy of naps to recover from chronic sleep loss is less well understood. Methods: Following 2 baseline nights (10 hours' time-in-bed), participants were restricted to 7 nights of 5-hour sleep opportunity. Ten adults participated in the No-Nap condition, and a further 9 were assigned to a Nap condition with a daily 45-minute nap opportunity at 1300 h...
September 1, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934352/global-reaction-to-the-recent-outbreaks-of-zika-virus-insights-from-a-big-data-analysis
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Nicola Luigi Bragazzi, Cristiano Alicino, Cecilia Trucchi, Chiara Paganino, Ilaria Barberis, Mariano Martini, Laura Sticchi, Eugen Trinka, Francesco Brigo, Filippo Ansaldi, Giancarlo Icardi, Andrea Orsi
OBJECTIVE: The recent spreading of Zika virus represents an emerging global health threat. As such, it is attracting public interest worldwide, generating a great amount of related Internet searches and social media interactions. The aim of this research was to understand Zika-related digital behavior throughout the epidemic spreading and to assess its consistence with real-world epidemiological data, using a behavioral informatics and analytics approach. METHODS: In this study, the global web-interest and reaction to the recently occurred outbreaks of the Zika Virus were analyzed in terms of tweets and Google Trends (GT), Google News, YouTube, and Wikipedia search queries...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934348/antimicrobial-resistance-in-clinical-escherichia-coli-isolates-from-poultry-and-livestock-china
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Afrah Kamal Yassin, Jiansen Gong, Patrick Kelly, Guangwu Lu, Luca Guardabassi, Lanjing Wei, Xiangan Han, Haixiang Qiu, Stuart Price, Darong Cheng, Chengming Wang
Poultry and livestock are the most important reservoirs for pathogenic Escherichia coli and use of antimicrobials in animal farming is considered the most important factor promoting the emergence, selection and dissemination of antimicrobial-resistant microorganisms. The aim of our study was to investigate antimicrobial resistance in E. coli isolated from food animals in Jiangsu, China. The disc diffusion method was used to determine susceptibility to 18 antimicrobial agents in 862 clinical isolates collected from chickens, ducks, pigs, and cows between 2004 and 2012...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932153/oral-squamous-cell-carcinoma-masquerading-as-gingival-overgrowth
#10
Roshni Ramesh, Arun Sadasivan
Gingival enlargements are frequently encountered in dental practice. There are different types of gingival enlargements and they vary according to the etiologic factors and pathologic processes that produce them. The exact diagnosis of the enlargement is important as some gingival enlargements can cause extensive morbidity or even mortality. Oral cancers especially squamous cell carcinomas present with variations in clinical presentation and the sites affected. A detailed medical history, clinical examination and radiographic evaluation will help identify the lesion...
July 2017: European Journal of Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930942/surgical-residents-interpretation-of-diagnostic-radiologic-imaging-in-the-traumatically-injured-patient
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Elias Fakhoury, Daria Abolghasemi, Justin McKinney, Alena Naumova, Scott Wessner, Osama Elsawy, Jamshed Zuberi, Robert V Madlinger
BACKGROUND: Senior surgical residents are of paramount importance in directing further therapeutic modalities based on their interpretation of critical diagnostic imaging. We propose that senior surgical residents are proficient with interpreting radiologic imaging studies in the trauma patient. METHODS: A prospective cohort study was performed comparing surgery resident interpretations of computerized tomography (CT) scans of the head, maxillofacial bones, spine (cervical, thoracic, lumbar), chest, abdomen, pelvis, and chest X-rays versus final radiologists' reports at a level II trauma center from September 2014 to May 2015...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930234/nonspecific-feelings-expected-and-experienced-during-or-immediately-after-electroacupuncture-a-pilot-study-in-a-teaching-situation
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David F Mayor, Lara S McClure, J Helgi Clayton McClure
BACKGROUND: Some feelings elicited by acupuncture-type interventions are "nonspecific", interpretable as resulting from the placebo effect, our own self-healing capacities-or, indeed, the flow of qi. Expectation is thought to contribute to these nonspecific effects. Here we describe the use of two innovative 20-item questionnaires (EXPre20 and EXPost20) in a teaching situation. METHODS: Respondents were acupuncture students or practitioners on electroacupuncture (EA) training courses (N = 68)...
April 8, 2017: Medicines (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930054/impact-of-substance-messages-in-music-videos-on-youth-beware-the-influence-of-connectedness-and-its-potential-prevention-shielding-effect
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Cristel Antonia Russell, Véronique Régnier-Denois, Boris Chapoton, Denise Buhrau
OBJECTIVE: Two studies were conducted to investigate the role of connectedness with music videos in affecting youths' beliefs about substances (alcohol and tobacco) embedded therein and the potential for a prevention message to limit the impact of these images. METHOD: The first study used cross-sectional data from a national sample of 1,023 adolescents (54.3% male) to evaluate the relationship between youths' consumption of music videos and their beliefs about the consequences of consuming alcohol and tobacco...
September 2017: Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929930/child-mortality-and-poverty-in-three-world-regions-the-west-asia-and-sub-saharan-africa-1988-2010-evidence-of-relative-intra-regional-neglect
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Colin Pritchard, Steven Keen
AIMS: Poverty kills children. This study assesses the relationship between poverty and child mortality rates (CMRs) in 71 societies from three world regions to determine whether some countries, relative to their region, neglect their children. METHODS: Spearman rank order correlations were calculated to determine any association between the CMR and poverty data, including income inequality and gross national income. A current CMR one standard deviation (SD) above or below the regional average and a percentage change between 1988 and 2010 were used as the measures to assess the progress of nations...
December 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929717/-thunderstorm-and-asthma-outbreaks-during-pollen-season
#15
Maria D'Amato, Isabella Annesi-Maesano, Antonio Molino, Mauro Mormile, Carolina Vitale, Alessandro Vatrella, Alessandro Sanduzzi, Gennaro D'Amato
An increasing body of evidence shows the occurrence of asthma epidemics, sometimes also severe, during thunderstorms in the pollen season in various geographical zones. The main hypothesis explaining association between thunderstorms and asthma claims that thunderstorms can concentrate pollen grains at ground level; these grains may then release allergenic particles of respirable size in the atmosphere after their rupture by osmotic shock. During the first 20-30 minutes of a thunderstorm, patients suffering from pollen allergy may inhale a high concentration of the allergenic material dispersed into the atmosphere, which can, in turn, induce asthmatic reactions, often severe...
May 2017: Epidemiologia e Prevenzione
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929174/-operation-pangea-standing-together-in-combat-against-international-pharmaceutical-crime
#16
REVIEW
Kirstin Smolka, Klaus Gronwald
Crime on the internet has grown accordingly to the increased use of the internet in everyday life. This includes illegal trading of pharmaceuticals via the internet. Trading in pharmaceuticals as "special commodities" underlies certain legal regulations in Germany, as in most other countries worldwide.Mail order trade (colloquially also known as internet trade) in pharmaceuticals requires approval of the competent regulatory authority. However, numerous illegal internet vendors of medicines present their websites to customers, purporting to be legal pharmacies and trading good and genuine medicines...
September 19, 2017: Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929103/authorization-and-toxicity-of-veterinary-drugs-and-plant-protection-products-residues-of-the-active-ingredients-in-food-and-feed-and-toxicity-problems-related-to-adjuvants
#17
REVIEW
Szandra Klátyik, Péter Bohus, Béla Darvas, András Székács
Chemical substances applied in animal husbandry or veterinary medicine and in crop protection represent substantial environmental loads, and their residues occur in food and feed products. Product approval is governed differently in these two sectors in the European Union (EU), and the occurrence of veterinary drug (VD) and pesticide residues indicated by contamination notification cases in the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed of the EU also show characteristic differences. While the initial high numbers of VD residues reported in 2002 were successfully suppressed to less than 100 cases annually by 2006 and on, the number of notification cases for pesticide residues showed a gradual increase from a low (approximately 50 cases annually) initial level until 2005 to more than 250 cases annually after 2009, with a halt occurring only in 2016...
2017: Frontiers in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928992/dental-implant-in-the-canalis-sinuosus-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#18
José Alcides Arruda, Pedro Silva, Luciano Silva, Pâmella Álvares, Leni Silva, Ricardo Zavanelli, Cleomar Rodrigues, Marleny Gerbi, Ana Paula Sobral, Marcia Silveira
The canalis sinuosus is a neurovascular canal, a branch of nerve of infraorbital canal, through which the anterior superior alveolar nerve passes and then leans medially in course between the nasal cavity and the maxillary sinus, reaching the premaxilla in the canine and incisor region. The purpose of this article is to report a case with the presence of canalis sinuosus, in order to alert and guide professionals and discuss the morphology of this anatomical variation avoiding trans- and postsurgical disorders in dental implants...
2017: Case Reports in Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928926/a-unique-complication-of-self-expandable-metal-stent-placement-in-malignant-duodenal-obstruction
#19
Christopher J Down, Lalit Kumar, Sukhpal Singh, Darmarajah Veeramootoo
Intestinal obstruction is a common complication in patients with advanced gastrointestinal malignancies. In the last two decades, endoscopic placement of duodenal stents has become a mainstay of palliative treatment in patients with unresectable obstructive duodenal pathology. Self-expandable metal stents have been reported to have excellent success rates, besides dramatically improve the patient's quality of life by reinstating the oral feeding ability. Re-intervention rates remain high, commonly as a consequence of tumour ingrowth resulting stent occlusion...
September 2017: Journal of Surgical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928100/effects-of-alfentanil-or-fentanyl-added-to-propofol-for-sedation-in-colonoscopy-on-cognitive-functions-randomized-controlled-trial
#20
Güler Doğanay, Perihan Ekmekçi, Baturay Kansu Kazbek, Hakan Yılmaz, Gülbanu Erkan, Filiz Tüzüner
BACKGROUND/AIMS: To assess the effect of propofol supplemented with alfentanil or fentanyl on cognitive functions for sedation during elective colonoscopy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients (n=150, 18-65 years old, American Society of Anesthesiologists risk group I-III) scheduled undergo elective colonoscopy were included. They were randomized into three groups using the closed envelope methodpropofol-alfentanil (Group A), propofol-fentanyl (Group F), and propofol only (Group P)...
September 19, 2017: Turkish Journal of Gastroenterology: the Official Journal of Turkish Society of Gastroenterology
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