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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431198/serum-amylase-and-lipase-and-urinary-trypsinogen-and-amylase-for-diagnosis-of-acute-pancreatitis
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REVIEW
Gianluca Rompianesi, Angus Hann, Oluyemi Komolafe, Stephen P Pereira, Brian R Davidson, Kurinchi Selvan Gurusamy
BACKGROUND: The treatment of people with acute abdominal pain differs if they have acute pancreatitis. It is important to know the diagnostic accuracy of serum amylase, serum lipase, urinary trypsinogen-2, and urinary amylase for the diagnosis of acute pancreatitis, so that an informed decision can be made as to whether the person with abdominal pain has acute pancreatitis. There is currently no Cochrane review of the diagnostic test accuracy of serum amylase, serum lipase, urinary trypsinogen-2, and urinary amylase for the diagnosis of acute pancreatitis...
April 21, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431140/performance-of-the-patient-reported-outcomes-measurement-information-system-29-in-scleroderma-a-scleroderma-patient-centered-intervention-network-cohort-study
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Linda Kwakkenbos, Brett D Thombs, Dinesh Khanna, Marie-Eve Carrier, Murray Baron, Daniel E Furst, Karen Gottesman, Frank van den Hoogen, Vanessa L Malcarne, Maureen D Mayes, Luc Mouthon, Warren R Nielson, Serge Poiraudeau, Robert Riggs, Maureen Sauvé, Fredrick Wigley, Marie Hudson, Susan J Bartlett
Objective.: The Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS)-29 assesses seven health-related quality of life domains plus pain intensity. The objective was to examine PROMIS-29v2 validity and explore clinical associations in patients with SSc. Methods.: English-speaking SSc patients in the Scleroderma Patient-centered Intervention Network Cohort from 26 sites in Canada, the USA and the UK completed the PROMIS-29v2 between July 2014 and November 2015...
April 18, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431040/prospective-assessment-of-pain-and-comfort-in-chronic-pain-patients-undergoing-interventional-pain-management-procedures
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Thomas Simopoulos, Daniel Leffler, Sheila Barnett, Devon Campbell, Shu Jing Lian, Jatinder S Gill
Objective.:  Interventional pain management procedures have an important role in the management of chronic pain. The present study seeks to identify the proportion of patients who experience severe pain during pain procedures either with or without sedation. There is then an attempt to identify any association of high pain levels with factors such as age, gender, ethnicity, preprocedure pain level, procedure type, tobacco use, and baseline pharmaceuticals taken for both pain and/or mood disorder management...
April 18, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430722/the-use-of-liposomal-bupivacaine-administered-with-standard-bupivacaine-in-ankle-fractures-requiring-open-reduction-internal-fixation-a-single-blinded-randomized-controlled-trial
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Roy Davidovitch, Abraham Goch, Adam Driesman, Sanjit Konda, Christian Pean, Kenneth Egol
OBJECTIVES: To determine the efficacy of liposomal bupivacaine compared to placebo for post-operative pain control in patients undergoing operative fixation of ankle fractures. DESIGN: Prospective single blinded randomized control trial SETTING:: Academic Medical CenterPatients/Participants: After IRB approval, seventy-six patients who sustained an acute ankle fracture (OTA 44A-C) requiring operative fixation met inclusion criteria. INTERVENTION: Patients were randomly assigned to one of two groups, control (local intra-operative sterile saline injection under general anesthesia) or interventional (local intra-operative liposomal bupivacaine and bupivacaine injection under general anesthesia)...
April 6, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429967/knee-arthroscopic-surgery-in-middle-aged-patients-with-meniscal-symptoms-a-3-year-follow-up-of-a-prospective-randomized-study
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Håkan Gauffin, Sofi Sonesson, Andreas Meunier, Henrik Magnusson, Joanna Kvist
BACKGROUND: The optimal treatment for middle-aged patients with knee pain and meniscal lesions has been extensively debated. Most previous studies have revealed only short-term beneficial results of knee arthroscopic surgery. The authors have previously shown a positive benefit of knee arthroscopic surgery and an exercise program after 1 year when compared with an exercise program alone. PURPOSE: To evaluate if knee arthroscopic surgery combined with an exercise program provided an additional long-term benefit after 3 years compared with an exercise program alone in middle-aged patients with meniscal symptoms...
April 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429550/parathyroid-hormone-targets-in-chronic-kidney-disease-and-managing-severe-hyperparathyroidism
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Carmel M Hawley, Stephen G Holt
Appropriate targets for parathyroid hormone (PTH) in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) stages 3-5D are controversial, as are the means by which these targets might be achieved. Secondary hyperparathyroidism is linked to symptoms like bone pain and itch, in addition to less clinically overt issues like bone fragility as well as vascular and soft tissue calcification which may lead to adverse hard endpoints, particularly fracture and death. Recognized therapies for managing a rising PTH include vitamin D analogues, with or without calcimimetic (where available), in addition to management of serum mineral concentrations with diet, binders and dialysis...
March 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429208/ultra-low-dose-periradicular-infiltration-of-the-lumbar-spine-spot-scanning-and-its-potential-for-further-dose-reduction-by-replacing-helical-planning-ct
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Fabian Henry Jürgen Elsholtz, Lars-Arne Schaafs, Christoph Erxleben, Bernd Hamm, Stefan Markus Niehues
PURPOSE: Computed tomography (CT)-guided periradicular infiltration has become an accepted procedure for treating radiculopathy-associated low back pain. The purpose of this study is to compare spot scanning and segmental helical planning CT in terms of dose reduction. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Eighty-five patients underwent CT-guided single-site lumbar periradicular therapy. Prior imaging was not available for planning. Sixty-three patients were examined with a new dedicated spot scanning technique (group I), and twenty-two patients underwent conventional segmental planning CT examinations with helical image acquisition serving as controls (group II)...
April 20, 2017: La Radiologia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429142/national-clinical-guidelines-for-non-surgical-treatment-of-patients-with-recent-onset-low-back-pain-or-lumbar-radiculopathy
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REVIEW
Mette Jensen Stochkendahl, Per Kjaer, Jan Hartvigsen, Alice Kongsted, Jens Aaboe, Margrethe Andersen, Mikkel Ø Andersen, Gilles Fournier, Betina Højgaard, Martin Bach Jensen, Lone Donbæk Jensen, Ture Karbo, Lilli Kirkeskov, Martin Melbye, Lone Morsel-Carlsen, Jan Nordsteen, Thorvaldur Skuli Palsson, Zoreh Rasti, Peter Frost Silbye, Morten Zebitz Steiness, Simon Tarp, Morten Vaagholt
PURPOSE: To summarise recommendations about 20 non-surgical interventions for recent onset (<12 weeks) non-specific low back pain (LBP) and lumbar radiculopathy (LR) based on two guidelines from the Danish Health Authority. METHODS: Two multidisciplinary working groups formulated recommendations based on the GRADE approach. RESULTS: Sixteen recommendations were based on evidence, and four on consensus. Management of LBP and LR should include information about prognosis, warning signs, and advise to remain active...
April 20, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427472/optimising-conservative-management-of-chronic-low-back-pain-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Katherine J Simson, Clint T Miller, Jon Ford, Andrew Hahne, Luana Main, Timo Rantalainen, Wei-Peng Teo, Megan Teychenne, David Connell, Guy Trudel, Guoyan Zheng, Gary Thickbroom, Daniel L Belavy
BACKGROUND: Lower back pain is a global health issue affecting approximately 80% of people at some stage in their life. The current literature suggests that any exercise is beneficial for reducing back pain. However, as pain is a subjective evaluation and physical deficits are evident in low back pain, using it as the sole outcome measure to evaluate superiority of an exercise protocol for low back pain treatment is insufficient. The overarching goal of the current clinical trial is to implement two common, conservative intervention approaches and examine their impact on deficits in chronic low back pain...
April 20, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426917/internet-cognitive-behaviour-therapy-for-depression-in-older-adults-with-knee-osteoarthritis-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Kathleen A O'Moore, Jill M Newby, Gavin Andrews, David J Hunter, Kim Bennell, Jessica Smith, Alishia D Williams
Objective To determine the efficacy of an internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy (iCBT) program for depression in older adults with osteoarthritis of the knee and comorbid major depressive disorder (MDD). We conducted a RCT in sixty-nine adults (≥ 50 years) meeting criteria for MDD and osteoarthritis of the knee with 1-week post intervention (week 11) and 3-month follow-up (week 24) end points. Patients were allocated to either a 10-week iCBT program for depression added to treatment as usual (TAU) or to a TAU control group...
April 20, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426569/salve-and-burdock-a-safe-effective-amish-remedy-for-treatment-of-traumatic-wounds
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Mitchell D Flurry, Kelsie L Herring, Logan W Carr, Randy M Hauck, John D Potochny
BACKGROUND: Amish patients show a demonstrated preference for traditional, herbal remedies over modern medical interventions such as skin grafting. One such remedy is a mixture of Burn & Wound Ointment (B & W Ointment; Holistic Acres, LLC; Newcomerstown, Ohio) and steeped burdock leaves. Although both have demonstrated some antimicrobial and wound healing properties, burdock and/or the combination of B & W Ointment and burdock has never been studied to determine its purported ability to reduce pain, prevent infection, and accelerate wound healing...
May 2017: Advances in Skin & Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426562/asymptomatic-cervical-spine-fractures-current-guidelines-can-fail-older-patients
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Christopher D Healey, Sarah K Spilman, Bradley D King, Joseph E Sherrill, Carlos A Pelaez
BACKGROUND: Older adults represent a growing proportion of trauma patients treated in the United States, and cervical spine (c-spine) fracture is an injury that is increasingly common in this population. Neck pain is a major component of current clinical clearance guidelines, but some older adults with c-spine fractures report no neck pain after injury. The objective of this study was to investigate the frequency at which c-spine fractures were unassociated with neck pain in an aging population...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426473/modifiable-risk-factors-for-hospital-readmission-among-patients-with-inflammatory-bowel-disease-in-a-nationwide-database
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Edward L Barnes, Bharati Kochar, Millie D Long, Michael D Kappelman, Christopher F Martin, Joshua R Korzenik, Seth D Crockett
BACKGROUND: Previous studies suggest that disease activity alone does not reliably predict hospital readmission among patients with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs). Using a national database, we aimed to further describe the burden of readmissions for IBD and identify modifiable risk factors. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort study using 2013 data from the Nationwide Readmission Database (NRD). Using International Classification of Diseases, ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) codes, we identified adult patients with discharge diagnoses of ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease and ascertained diagnoses of anxiety, depression, chronic pain, tobacco use, and other comorbidities during index admission...
April 19, 2017: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426160/assessment-and-support-during-early-labour-for-improving-birth-outcomes
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REVIEW
Shinobu Kobayashi, Nobutsugu Hanada, Masayo Matsuzaki, Kenji Takehara, Erika Ota, Hatoko Sasaki, Chie Nagata, Rintaro Mori
BACKGROUND: The progress of labour in the early or latent phase is usually slow and may include painful uterine contractions. Women may feel distressed and lose their confidence during this phase. Support and assessment interventions have been assessed in two previous Cochrane Reviews. This review updates and replaces these two reviews, which have become out of date. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the effectiveness of assessment and support interventions for women during early labour...
April 20, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426137/hydroxyurea-hydroxycarbamide-for-sickle-cell-disease
#15
REVIEW
Sarah J Nevitt, Ashley P Jones, Jo Howard
BACKGROUND: Sickle cell disease (SCD) is one of the most common inherited diseases worldwide. It is associated with lifelong morbidity and a reduced life expectancy. Hydroxyurea (hydroxycarbamide), an oral chemotherapeutic drug, ameliorates some of the clinical problems of SCD, in particular that of pain, by raising fetal haemoglobin. This is an update of a previously published Cochrane Review. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of hydroxyurea therapy in people with SCD (all genotypes), of any age, regardless of setting...
April 20, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425011/pregnancy-related-myocardial-infarction
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H Lameijer, M C Lont, H Buter, A J van Boven, P W Boonstra, P G Pieper
INTRODUCTION: The risk of acute myocardial infarction in young women is low, but increases during pregnancy due to the physiological changes in pregnancy, including hypercoagulability. Ischaemic heart disease during pregnancy is not only associated with increased maternal morbidity and mortality, but also with high neonatal complications. Advancing maternal age and other risk factors for cardiovascular diseases may further increase the risk of ischaemic heart disease in young women. METHODS: We searched the coronary angiography database of a Dutch teaching hospital to identify women with acute myocardial infarction who presented during pregnancy or postpartum between 2011 and 2013...
April 19, 2017: Netherlands Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424908/delayed-closure-of-open-abdomen-in-septic-patients-treated-with-negative-pressure-wound-therapy-and-dynamic-fascial-suture-the-long-term-follow-up-study
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Anna Theresa Hofmann, Simone Gruber-Blum, Michael Lechner, Alexander Petter-Puchner, Karl Glaser, René Fortelny
INTRODUCTION: Negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) is widely used in the treatment of open abdomen (OA). The use of dynamic fascial sutures (DFS) increases the rate of successful delayed closure by reducing fascial lateralization. We recently published a prospective controlled trial including 87 patients undergoing abdominal surgery for secondary peritonitis between 2007 and 2012. Patients were treated with NPWT and DFS for approximation of fascial edges. The present study represents a follow-up assessment of these patients 5-9 years after OA treatment with NPWT and DFS...
April 19, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424898/patient-experiences-of-swallowing-exercises-after-head-and-neck-cancer-a-qualitative-study-examining-barriers-and-facilitators-using-behaviour-change-theory
#18
Roganie Govender, Caroline E Wood, Stuart A Taylor, Christina H Smith, Helen Barratt, Benjamin Gardner
Poor patient adherence to swallowing exercises is commonly reported in the dysphagia literature on patients treated for head and neck cancer. Establishing the effectiveness of exercise interventions for this population may be undermined by patient non-adherence. The purpose of this study was to explore the barriers and facilitators to exercise adherence from a patient perspective, and to determine the best strategies to reduce the barriers and enhance the facilitators. In-depth interviews were conducted on thirteen patients...
April 19, 2017: Dysphagia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424558/parents-relationship-to-pain-during-children-s-cancer-treatment-a-preliminary-validation-of-the-pain-flexibility-scale-for-parents
#19
Jenny Thorsell Cederberg, Sandra Weineland Strandskov, JoAnne Dahl, Gustaf Ljungman
OBJECTIVES: Pain is one of the most frequent and burdensome symptoms for children with cancer. Psychological acceptance has been shown to be beneficial in chronic pain. Acceptance-based interventions for experimentally induced pain have been shown to predict increased pain tolerance and decreased pain intensity. An acceptance-based pilot study for children with cancer experiencing pain has shown promising results. Further, parental acceptance has been shown to predict decreased child distress...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424224/novel-strategies-to-reduce-femoropopliteal-restenosis-low-dose-paclitaxel-coated-balloons-and-paclitaxel-coated-balloons-plus-stenting
#20
Andrew M Goldsweig, Herbert D Aronow
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) affects more than 200 million individuals worldwide, and those with exertional leg discomfort, rest pain, and tissue or limb loss have significantly impaired functional status and quality of life. Despite their lower associated risk of repeat revascularization, open surgical procedures have been largely supplanted by endovascular intervention for symptomatic PAD given the lower associated morbidity and mortality. Although standalone plain-old percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) was previously the standard endovascular strategy for these patients, high procedural failure and restenosis rates led to the development of new therapeutic technologies...
April 19, 2017: Circulation
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