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Jan Steffel, Peter Verhamme, Tatjana S Potpara, Pierre Albaladejo, Matthias Antz, Lien Desteghe, Karl Georg Haeusler, Jonas Oldgren, Holger Reinecke, Vanessa Roldan-Schilling, Nigel Rowell, Peter Sinnaeve, Ronan Collins, A John Camm, Hein Heidbüchel
The current manuscript is the Executive Summary of the second update to the original Practical Guide, published in 2013. Non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are an alternative for vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) to prevent stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), and have emerged as the preferred choice, particularly in patients newly started on anticoagulation. Both physicians and patients are becoming more accustomed to the use of these drugs in clinical practice. However, many unresolved questions on how to optimally use these agents in specific clinical situations remain...
March 19, 2018: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Jan Steffel, Peter Verhamme, Tatjana S Potpara, Pierre Albaladejo, Matthias Antz, Lien Desteghe, Karl Georg Haeusler, Jonas Oldgren, Holger Reinecke, Vanessa Roldan-Schilling, Nigel Rowell, Peter Sinnaeve, Ronan Collins, A John Camm, Hein Heidbüchel
The current manuscript is the second update of the original Practical Guide, published in 2013 [Heidbuchel et al. European Heart Rhythm Association Practical Guide on the use of new oral anticoagulants in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation. Europace 2013;15:625-651; Heidbuchel et al. Updated European Heart Rhythm Association Practical Guide on the use of non-vitamin K antagonist anticoagulants in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation. Europace 2015;17:1467-1507]. Non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are an alternative for vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) to prevent stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and have emerged as the preferred choice, particularly in patients newly started on anticoagulation...
March 17, 2018: European Heart Journal
Jacquelyn J Cragg, Freda M Warner, Matthew S Shupler, Catherine R Jutzeler, Neil Cashman, David G T Whitehurst, John K Kramer
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of pain among people with a variety of individual neurological conditions has been estimated. However, information is limited about chronic pain among people with neurological conditions overall, and about the conditions for which chronic pain is most prevalent. To fill these information gaps, a common method of pain assessment is required. DATA AND METHODS: The data are from the Survey on Living with Neurological Conditions in Canada, a cross-sectional national survey...
March 21, 2018: Health Reports
Santanu Mandal, Prabuddha Mukhopadhyay, Chiranjit Ghosh, Mithun Pal, Gourab Dutta Banik, Tanmoy Chatterjee, Shibendu Ghosh, Manik Pradhan
The underlying mechanisms towards the progression of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) in chronic kidney disease (CKD) are poorly understood and it still remains a major clinical stumbling block for early detection of CKD. Most patients with CKD pass through ESRD with the necessity of frequent hemodialysis (HD) treatment. At present, plasma urea and creatinine levels are examined in most of the CKD patients to monitor the patients' health status after dialysis. But it is really impossible to get immediate feedback of the patients' health as the conventional tests are involved with the collection of blood samples, laboratory processing for prolong time and finally analysis of those samples...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Breath Research
Shaimaa Elkholy, Sherif Mogawer, Ali Farag
Nodular lymphoid hyperplasia (NLH) is a rare benign condition that is characterized by diffuse hyperplasia of the lymphoid follicles of the gastrointestinal tract (GIT). During endoscopy, NLH appears as multiple or occasionally innumerable nodules measuring a few millimeters in diameter. NLH occurs mainly in the small intestine, less commonly in the large intestine and rarely involves the stomach. There are multiple associated diseases such as immunoglobulin deficiency syndromes, giardiasis, Helicobacter pylori (H...
July 2017: Acta Gastro-enterologica Belgica
Faten Limaiem, Asma Sassi, Ghofran Talbi, Saâdia Bouraoui, Sabeh Mzabi
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Traditionally, a gallbladder removed for presumed benign disease is sent for histopathological examination, but this practice has been the subject of controversy. AIM: The aim of this study was to assess the usefulness of routine histopathological examination of cholecystectomy specimens and its impact on the management of patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The histopathological reports of 1960 patients who underwent cholecystectomy from January 2011 to November 2016 were retrospectively reviewed...
July 2017: Acta Gastro-enterologica Belgica
Faisal Akhtar, Sabah Rehman
Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C have been major disease-causing agents among humans since they were discovered in the 1960s. Both cause jaundice-like symptoms initially but their prognosis and treatment are somehow different and depend upon many demographic details, such as the age and susceptibility of the patients and any other comorbid conditions. They clinically present primarily with hepatitis and can have many adverse effects or even be life-threatening at times, if not treated properly. However, their epidemiological background and findings in terms of morbidity, mortality, and case fatality rates are different...
January 16, 2018: Curēus
Fatemeh Behmanesh, Fatemeh Moharreri, Atefeh Soltanifar, Mahdis Hamzeh, Elahe Heidari
Background: Asthma is the most common chronic disease in childhood. Parents have an important role in managing asthma in children. Studies have shown a higher degree of depression and anxiety and lower family performance in mothers of asthmatic children in comparison with the control group. Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate the parenting styles and also depression, anxiety and stress parameters in mothers of children with asthma. Methods: This case-control study was performed on 45 mothers of 3 to 15 years old asthmatic children in the allergy clinic of Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran, during the years of 2014 to 2016...
December 2017: Electronic Physician
Heitham Wady, Zain Badar, Zerwa Farooq, Palma Shaw, Katsuhiro Kobayashi
Popliteal artery entrapment syndrome (PAES), a condition predominantly affecting young individuals, is a rare clinical entity that can result in significant morbidity. The presence of lower limb pain and claudication in young, physically active individuals should prompt consideration for PAES. Early diagnosis and management is crucial to prevent long-term complications; however, diagnosis is fraught with challenges due to the rarity of the disease and its similar clinical presentation with more common conditions...
2018: Case Reports in Medicine
Zhong Sheng Goh, Konstadina Griva
Psychiatric disorders commonly co-exist with the diagnosis of chronic kidney disease (CKD). Research on depression and CKD has increased to a great extent. Multiple studies have demonstrated that depression is more prevalent in CKD and that end-stage renal disease is a robust risk factor for adverse outcomes such as hospitalization and mortality, yet these are often underdiagnosed or untreated. This review provides a selective overview on the prevalence rates of depression and anxiety in patients with CKD and across renal replacement therapies, the factors most consistently associated with symptoms of distress and their clinical implications...
2018: International Journal of Nephrology and Renovascular Disease
Gaëlle Cheisson, Sophie Jacqueminet, Emmanuel Cosson, Carole Ichai, Anne-Marie Leguerrier, Bogdan Nicolescu-Catargi, Alexandre Ouattara, Igor Tauveron, Paul Valensi, Dan Benhamou
In diabetic patients undergoing surgery, we recommend assessing glycaemic control preoperatively by assessing glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) levels and recent capillary blood sugar (glucose) levels, and to adjust any treatments accordingly before surgery, paying particular attention to specific complications of diabetes. Gastroparesis creates a risk of stasis and aspiration of gastric content at induction of anaesthesia requiring the use of a rapid sequence induction technique. Cardiac involvement can be divided into several types...
March 17, 2018: Anaesthesia, Critical Care & Pain Medicine
Sara Clemenza, Flavia Sorbi, Ivo Noci, Tommaso Capezzuoli, Irene Turrini, Carlo Carriero, Nicolò Buffi, Massimiliano Fambrini, Felice Petraglia
Endometriosis is a chronic disease, and a lifelong management plan should be developed by using pharmacological treatment and surgical procedures. The pathogenesis of endometriosis is complicated and has not been definitively established. The mechanisms involved are numerous, and their understanding is constantly evolving. Currently, the first-line drugs act by blocking ovarian function, creating an hypoestrogenic environment. The blockade of estrogen secretion and receptor activity and the activation of progesteron receptors are the main target of several current drugs, as well as those under development...
February 15, 2018: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology
L Ormesher, E D Johnstone, E Shawkat, A Dempsey, C Chmiel, E Ingram, L E Higgins, J E Myers
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the use of plasma Placental Growth Factor (PlGF), recommended by the recent NICE guidance, in women with suspected pre-eclampsia (PE) and/or fetal growth restriction (FGR). STUDY DESIGN: Non-randomised prospective clinical evaluation study in high-risk antenatal clinics in a tertiary maternity unit. METHODS: PlGF testing was performed in addition to routine clinical assessment in 260 women >20 weeks' gestation with chronic disease (hypertension, renal disease ± diabetes) with a change in maternal condition or in women with suspected FGR to determine the impact on clinical management...
March 13, 2018: Pregnancy Hypertension
Alexander Fisher, Leon Fisher, Wichat Srikusalanukul, Paul N Smith
INTRODUCTION: The data on predictive value of the routinely obtained preoperative biochemical parameters in hip fracture (HF) patients are limited. The aims of this study were to examine in older HF patients (1) the relationships between a broad set of routine laboratory parameters at admission and in-hospital mortality, and (2) evaluate the prognostic value the biomarkers and clinical characteristics (alone or in combination) provide to predict a fatal outcome. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In 1820 consecutive patients with low-trauma osteoporotic HF aged >60 years (mean age 82...
March 8, 2018: Injury
Maria Puerto-Parada, Juan Carlos Arango-Sabogal, Julie Paré, Elizabeth Doré, Geneviève Côté, Vincent Wellemans, Sébastien Buczinski, Jean-Philippe Roy, Olivia Labrecque, Gilles Fecteau
Paratuberculosis is a chronic and contagious enteric disease of ruminants caused by Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis (MAP). Control of paratuberculosis is justified given the associated economic losses and the potential role of MAP in Crohn's disease in humans. Management practices that limit exposure of susceptible animals to MAP are more effective at reducing disease prevalence than testing and culling infected cows. The objective of this retrospective case-control study was to study the association between management practices and MAP status in dairy herds in Québec, Canada...
April 1, 2018: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
Nkem Nweze, Afshin Parsikia, Rakesh Ahuja, Amit R T Joshi
Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a chronic inflammatory disease of the apocrine sweat glands. Although the mainstay of surgical treatment is excision, the disease has a high tendency to recur, for reasons that are not well understood. We sought to better characterize the natural history of this disease, focusing on patients who required operative intervention. Two hundred and fourteen patients with axillary HS underwent 293 surgical procedures. We divided the cohort into two groups based on recurrence and then compared them to identify the factors most associated with recurrent axillary HS...
March 1, 2018: American Surgeon
Qiong Wang, Yi-Ru Wang, Qing-Yun Jia, Li Liu, Chong-Qing Xu, Xiao-Yun Wang, Min Yao, Xue-Jun Cui, Qi Shi, Yong-Jun Wang, Qian-Qian Liang
BACKGROUND: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune disease characterized by swelling and painful joints, eventually leading to joint destruction. There is still a lack of effective therapy to treat RA. The Juanbi pill is a Chinese medicine that has been widely used to treat active RA in China for hundreds of years, relieving pain and protecting the affected joints from malformation. However, there is no solid evidence to show the effect of the Juanbi pill on the management of active RA...
March 20, 2018: Trials
Yan Yan, Li Liu, Jing Zeng, Liang Zhang
OBJECTIVE: This study aims to improve the management quality of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in rural areas. METHODS: Two hundred forty discharged COPD patients were divided into an intervention group and a control group. In the intervention group, 120 patients established contact with doctors through the network consulting room, namely doctor's mobile platform, and were managed through video, voice, and text by the doctors, and kept in close contact with the doctors after discharge (education, consultation), and received electronic prescriptions, and drugs were sent to the door by online retailers...
March 20, 2018: Medical Principles and Practice: International Journal of the Kuwait University, Health Science Centre
Judy Tan, Anita Mehrotra, Girish N Nadkarni, John Cijiang He, Erik Langhoff, James Post, Carlos Galvao-Sobrinho, Henry C Thode, Rajeev Rohatgi
BACKGROUND: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients who live far (>30 miles) from their nephrologist experience lower rates of clinic visit adherence, limited access to treatment, and higher rates of hospitalization and mortality than patients who live in close proximity to their nephrologist. Strategies to minimize disparities between urban and remotely located CKD patients are needed. The purpose of this study was to determine whether adherence to clinic visits and clinical outcomes in the remote management of CKD via telenephrology is comparable to in-person conventional care...
March 20, 2018: American Journal of Nephrology
Antonio Lopalco, Annalisa Cutrignelli, Nunzio Denora, Angela Lopedota, Massimo Franco, Valentino Laquintana
The transport of dopamine across the blood brain barrier represents a challenge for the management of Parkinson's disease. The employment of central nervous system targeted ligands functionalized nanocarriers could be a valid tactic to overcome this obstacle and avoid undesirable side effects. In this work, transferrin functionalized dopamine-loaded liposomes were made by a modified dehydration-rehydration technique from hydrogenated soy phosphatidylcoline, cholesterol and 1,2-stearoyl- sn -glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine- N -[carboxy(poly(ethylene glycol)-2000)]...
March 20, 2018: Nanomaterials
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