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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816947/kinematic-analysis-of-the-relationship-between-modic-changes-and-sagittal-balance-parameters-in-the-cervical-spine
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Zikun Ma, Peng Liu, Jingpei Liu, Jianhui Mou, Zhaolin Wang, Dong Sun, Jie Cheng, Dengwei Zhang, Jianlin Xiao
The aim of this study is to investigate the relationship between the Modic changes (MCs) and sagittal parameters of the cervical spine.We conducted a retrospective review of 100 outpatients with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of the cervical spine (50 male and 50 female). MRI parameters were measured, including neck tilt, T1 slope (T1 ), thoracic inlet angle (TIA), and cervical lordosis (CL: Cobb C2-7). Patients were divided into 4 groups according to the presence or absence of MC and T1s, respectively: MC(+) and MC(-) groups, as well as H-T1s (T1s ≥25°) and L-T1s subgroups (T1s <25°)...
August 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816542/the-fate-of-asymptomatic-severe-carotid-stenosis-in-the-era-of-best-medical-therapy
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Rodolfo Pini, Gianluca Faggioli, Andrea Vacirca, Laura Maria Cacioppa, Enrico Gallitto, Mauro Gargiulo, Andrea Stella
BACKGROUND: Medical therapy for asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis (ACAS) may obviate the carotid revascularization, according to recent literature reports, but many studies also considered moderate carotid artery stenosis (50-69% NASCET). This study reviews the most recent series of ACAS focusing on ipsilateral transient ischemic attack (TIA) stroke and annual risk of stroke in patients with ACAS ≥70%, thereby also evaluating the adherence to best medical therapy (BMT). METHODS: A systematic review consisting of all the series of patients with ACAS being treated medically was performed, which was published after 2005...
August 17, 2017: Brain Injury: [BI]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815853/changes-to-white-matter-microstructure-in-transient-ischemic-attack-a-longitudinal-diffusion-tensor-imaging-study
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Jennifer K Ferris, Jodi D Edwards, Jennifer A Ma, Lara A Boyd
Transient ischemic attack (TIA) is associated with localized ischemic changes, identifiable by diffusion-weighted imaging. Past research has not considered whether TIA is also associated with diffuse changes to white matter microstructure; further past work has not tracked changes longitudinally. Here we examine whole-brain changes in fractional anisotropy (FA) in individuals with TIA presenting with sensorimotor symptoms. Twenty individuals with a recent (within 30 days) TIA and 12 healthy older adults were recruited...
August 16, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815313/epidemiology-and-cerebrovascular-events-related-to-cervical-and-intracranial-arteries-dissection-the-experience-of-the-city-of-pisa
#4
N Giannini, L Ulivi, M Maccarrone, V Montano, G Orlandi, E Ferrari, C Cravcenco, U Bonuccelli, M Mancuso
Spontaneous dissection of cervical arteries (sCAD) is a major cause of ischemic stroke in young patients, with an incidence varying from 1.7 to 3/100,000/year for extracranial internal carotid artery (ICAD) and 1 to 1.9/100,000/year for extracranial vertebral artery (VAD). Reliable epidemiological data on stroke incidence related to sCAD are scarce in Italy. This study aims to evaluate the incidence, clinical features, and outcome of cerebrovascular events related to sCAD and spontaneous intracranial arteries dissections (sIAD) in the city of Pisa (Italy)...
August 16, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814097/prominent-deep-medullary-veins-a-predictive-biomarker-for-stroke-risk-from-transient-ischemic-attack
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Yang Duan, Zhihua Xu, Hongyi Li, Xiaonan Cai, Cancan Chang, Benqiang Yang
Background Deep medullary veins (DMVs) are a biomarker of severity and prognosis in patients with acute cerebral infarction. However, their clinical significance remains unclear in patients with transient ischemic attack (TIA). Purpose To determine whether prominent deep medullary veins (PDMVs) are a predictive biomarker for stroke risk after TIA. Material and Methods Clinical and imaging data of 49 patients with TIA and 49 sex- and age-matched controls were studied. PDMVs were defined as DMVs with a score of 3 (TDMVs) or asymmetric DMVs (ADMVs), and the relationship between PDMVs and clinical features was analyzed...
January 1, 2017: Acta Radiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812829/the-trans-pacific-partnership-should-we-fear-the-fear-comment-on-the-trans-pacific-partnership-is-it-everything-we-feared-for-health
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Helen L Walls, Johanna Hanefeld, Richard D Smith
RLabonté et al entitle their paper in this issue of the International Journal of Health Policy and Management "The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Is It Everything We Feared for Health?" Tantalisingly, they do not directly answer the question they pose, and in this commentary, we suggest that it is the wrong question; we should not 'fear' the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) at all, rather we should ask how we are to respond. The public health community is right to be concerned with the potential implications of trade and investment agreements (TIAs) for health, particularly with shifts from multilateral to regional/bilateral agreements including provisions with greater risk to public health...
October 19, 2016: International Journal of Health Policy and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812765/rational-design-of-polymeric-core-shell-ratiometric-oxygen-sensing-nanostructures
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Aisling Byrne, Jaco Jacobs, Christopher S Burke, Aaron Martin, Andreas Heise, Tia E Keyes
A new approach for the fabrication of luminescent ratiometric sensing nanosensors is described using core-shell nanoparticles in which the probe and reference are spatially separated into the shell and core of the nanostructure respectively. The isolation of the reference in the core of the particle ensures a stable emission reference signal unaffected by the external environment. The core shell structure was prepared by engineering structurally well-defined Ru-conjugated block copolymers which acted as emulsifiers in the miniemulsion polymerisation of BODIPY loaded styrene nanoparticles...
August 16, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811213/hemodynamic-characteristics-of-suspected-stroke-in-the-emergency-department
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Joseph B Miller, Richard M Nowak, Brian P Reed, Salvatore DiSomma, Prabath Nanayakkara, Michele Moyer, Scott Millis, Harish Kinni, Phillip Levy
BACKGROUND: Systemic hemodynamic characteristics of patients with suspected acute ischemic stroke are poorly described. The objective of this study was to identify baseline hemodynamic characteristics of emergency department (ED) patients with suspected acute stroke. METHODS: This was a planned analysis of the stroke cohort from a multicenter registry of hemodynamic profiling of ED patients. The registry prospectively collected non-invasive hemodynamic measurements of patients with suspicion for acute stroke within 12h of symptom onset...
August 8, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811092/direct-oral-anticoagulants-in-patients-with-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-and-atrial-fibrillation
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Fernando Dominguez, Vicente Climent, Esther Zorio, Tomás Ripoll-Vera, Joel Salazar-Mendiguchía, Jose Manuel García-Pinilla, Jose Angel Urbano-Moral, Xusto Fernández-Fernández, David Lopez-Cuenca, Raquel Ajo-Ferrer, Jorge Sanz-Sanchez, Yolanda Gomez-Perez, Miguel A López-Garrido, Roberto Barriales-Villa, Juan Ramón Gimeno, Pablo Garcia-Pavia
BACKGROUND: Chronic anticoagulation with vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) is recommended in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) and atrial fibrillation (AF). Direct oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are an alternative to VKAs but there are limited data to support their use in HCM. We sought to describe the pattern of use, thromboembolic events, bleeding and quality of life in patients with HCM and AF treated with NOACs. METHODS: Data from patients treated with NOACs (n=99) and VKA (n=433) at 9 inherited cardiac diseases units were retrospectively collected...
August 7, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810566/correlation-analysis-between-the-ldl-c-in-serum-and-the-onset-of-transient-ischemic-attack-caused-by-csvd
#10
Yaqi Chen, Mei Hu, Hongying Gong
The aim of this study was to investigate the correlation between the low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) in serum and the onset of transient ischemic attack caused by cerebral small vascular disease (CSVD). Between September 2012 and September 2015, 249 patients who were diagnosed as CSVD were randomly enrolled in this study. According to MRI results, patients were divided into the patient and control groups. In the patient group, the patients were further subdivided into the white matter lesion (WML) group (n=86) and lacunar infarction (LI) group (n=53)...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807486/gender-social-networks-and-stroke-preparedness-in-the-stroke-warning-information-and-faster-treatment-study
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Tracy E Madsen, Eric T Roberts, Heather Kuczynski, Emily Goldmann, Nina S Parikh, Bernadette Boden-Albala
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The study aimed to investigate the effect of gender on the association between social networks and stroke preparedness as measured by emergency department (ED) arrival within 3 hours of symptom onset. METHODS: As part of the Stroke Warning Information and Faster Treatment study, baseline data on demographics, social networks, and time to ED arrival were collected from 1193 prospectively enrolled stroke/transient ischemic attack (TIA) patients at Columbia University Medical Center...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806279/ce-can-your-older-patients-drive-safely
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Loren Staplin, Kathy H Lococo, Tia Mastromatto, Kathy J Sifrit, Kathleen M Trazzera
A review of the functional impairments and situations that put older drivers at risk. ABSTRACT: In many areas of the world, driving is an essential part of life and for reasons of comfort, convenience, and security remains the primary mode of transportation among older adults. Both normal aging and diseases that are more prevalent in advanced age can substantially reduce older drivers' functional abilities, elevating their risk of involvement in motor vehicle accidents and serious injury or death...
August 10, 2017: American Journal of Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800179/short-term-outcomes-of-atrial-flutter-ablation
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Byomesh Tripathi, Shilpkumar Arora, Abhishek Mishra, Vishwa Reddy Kundoor, Sopan Lahewala, Varun Kumar, Mahek Shah, Dhairya Lakhani, Harshil Shah, Nilay V Patel, Nileshkumar J Patel, Mihir Dave, Abhishek Deshmukh, Sattur Sudhakar, Radha Gopalan
BACKGROUND: Understanding the factors associated with early readmissions following atrial flutter (AFL) ablation is critical to reduce the cost and improving the quality of life in AFL patients. METHOD: The study cohort was derived from the National readmission database 2013-14. International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision (ICD-9-CM) diagnosis code 427.32 and procedure code 37.34 were used to identify AFL and catheter ablation respectively. The primary and secondary outcomes were 90-day readmission and complications including in-hospital mortality...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800149/atrial-fibrillation-variability-on-long-term-monitoring-of-implantable-cardiac-rhythm-management-devices
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Rachel M Kaplan, Paul D Ziegler, Jodi Koehler, Taya V Glotzer, Rod S Passman
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) burden and duration are predictors of thromboembolic events. The random nature of these measures may affect clinical decision making. The objective of this study was to determine temporal changes in AF burden as detected by continuous monitoring. HYPOTHESIS: AF burden changes over time when detected by continuous monitoring. METHODS: A post hoc analysis of patients enrolled in the TRENDS (A Prospective Study of the Clinical Significance of Atrial Arrhythmias Detected by Implanted Device Diagnostics) study with ≥1 stroke risk factor(s) who were implanted with a dual-chamber cardiac rhythm management device (CRMD) and had AF burden data available for ≥2 years was performed...
August 11, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798785/simultaneous-vertebral-and-subclavian-artery-stenting
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Damian R Maciejewski, Łukasz Tekieli, Roman Machnik, Anna Kabłak-Ziembicka, Tadeusz Przewłocki, Piotr Paluszek, Mariusz Trystuła, Robert Musiał, Karolina Dzierwa, Piotr Pieniążek
INTRODUCTION: Vertebrobasilar territory ischemia leads to disabling neurological symptoms and may be caused both by vertebral artery (VA) and subclavian artery (SA) stenosis. The coexisting symptomatic ipsilateral VA and proximal SA stenosis should be considered as a true bifurcation lesion for percutaneous treatment. AIM: To evaluate the safety and efficacy of simultaneous angioplasty of vertebral and subclavian stenosis. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Fifteen patients (age 69...
2017: Postępy W Kardiologii Interwencyjnej, Advances in Interventional Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798783/mesh-covered-roadsaver-stent-as-a-new-treatment-modality-for-symptomatic-or-high-risk-carotid-stenosis
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Roman Machnik, Piotr Paluszek, Łukasz Tekieli, Karolina Dzierwa, Damian Maciejewski, Mariusz Trystuła, Andrzej Brzychczy, Krzysztof Banaszkiewicz, Robert Musiał, Piotr Pieniążek
INTRODUCTION: Prevention of periprocedural stroke has a crucial role in carotid artery stenting (CAS) procedures. AIM: To assess retrospectively 30-day safety and effectiveness of 41 procedures of internal and common carotid artery stenting using the Roadsaver double nitinol layer micromesh stent in 40 non-consecutive patients with symptomatic or high-risk carotid artery stenosis. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The patients were men (n = 31) and women (n = 9); mean age was 67...
2017: Postępy W Kardiologii Interwencyjnej, Advances in Interventional Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798217/multicenter-experience-with-fred-jr-flow-re-direction-endoluminal-device-for-intracranial-aneurysms-in-small-arteries
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M A Möhlenbruch, O Kizilkilic, M Killer-Oberpfalzer, F Baltacioglu, C Islak, M Bendszus, S Cekirge, I Saatci, N Kocer
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Flow diverters are emerging as an endovascular treatment alternative for proximally located intracranial aneurysms. However, treatment of aneurysms at and beyond the circle of Willis is not well-established. We assessed the clinical safety and efficacy of the Flow Re-Direction Endoluminal Device Jr (FRED Jr) dedicated to small-vessel diameters between 2.0 and 3.0 mm. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a multicenter observational clinical study of 42 patients with 47 aneurysms treated by a flow-direction technique with the FRED Jr...
August 10, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797952/left-atrial-appendage-closure-using-amplatzer%C3%A2-devices-a-large-multicenter-italian-registry
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Sergio Berti, Gennaro Santoro, Elvis Brscic, Matteo Montorfano, Luigi Vignali, Paolo Danna, Claudio Tondo, Gianpiero D'Amico, Amerigo Stabile, Salvatore Saccà, Giuseppe Patti, Antonio Rapacciuolo, Arnaldo Poli, Paolo Golino, Paolo Magnavacchi, Alberto De Caterina, Francesco Meucci, Bruno Pezzulich, Marco Rezzaghi, Miroslava Stolcova, Giuseppe Tarantini
BACKGROUND: Left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) has been proven to be effective for stroke prophylaxis in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF). We aim to assess the safety and efficacy of LAAO by AMPLATZER™ devices in a large, multicenter, single-nation cohort of NVAF patients at high-risk of stroke and bleeding. METHODS: From December 2008 to April 2015 613 NVAF patients (75.1±8.0years, 62.5% male) underwent LAAO in 15 Italian centers by AMPLATZER™ devices...
July 16, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795580/pilot-study-of-an-interprofessional-palliative-care-curriculum-course-content-and-participant-reported-learning-gains
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Helene Starks, Heather Coats, Tia Paganelli, Larry Mauksch, Eileen van Schaik, Taryn Lindhorst, Caroline Hurd, Ardith Doorenbos
CONTEXT: The National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care Clinical Practice Guidelines recommend that palliative care clinicians work together as interprofessional teams. We created and piloted a 9-month curriculum that focused on 3 related domains: (1) patient-centered, narrative communication skills; (2) interprofessional team practice; and (3) metrics and systems integration. The multifaceted curriculum was delivered through 16 webinars, 8 online modules, 4 in-person workshops, reflective skill practice, written reflections, and small group online discussions...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791721/cortical-control-of-object-specific-grasp-relies-on-adjustments-of-both-activity-and-effective-connectivity-a-common-marmoset-study
#20
Banty Tia, Mitsuaki Takemi, Akito Kosugi, Elisa Castagnola, Alberto Ansaldo, Takafumi Nakamura, Davide Ricci, Junichi Ushiba, Luciano Fadiga, Atsushi Iriki
The cortical mechanisms of grasping have been extensively studied in macaques and humans. Here, we investigated whether common marmosets could rely on similar mechanisms despite striking differences in manual dexterity. Two common marmosets were trained to grasp-and-pull three objects eliciting different hand configurations: whole-hand, finger and scissor grips. The animals were then chronically implanted with 64-channel electrocorticogram arrays positioned over the left premotor, primary motor and somatosensory cortex...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Physiology
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