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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29042816/incidence-and-predictive-factors-of-spinal-cord-stimulation-treatment-after-lumbar-spine-surgery
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Merja Vakkala, Voitto Järvimäki, Hannu Kautiainen, Maija Haanpää, Seppo Alahuhta
INTRODUCTION: Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is recommended for the treatment of postsurgical chronic back and leg pain refractory to other treatments. We wanted to estimate the incidence and predictive factors of SCS treatment in our lumbar surgery cohort. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Three questionnaires (a self-made questionnaire, the Oswestry Low Back Pain Disability Questionnaire, and the Beck Depression Inventory) were sent to patients aged 18-65 years with no contraindications for the use of SCS, and who had undergone non-traumatic lumbar spine surgery in the Oulu University Hospital between June 2005 and May 2008...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040624/altering-practices-to-include-bimodal-bilingual-asl-spoken-english-programming-at-a-small-school-for-the-deaf-in-canada
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Karen Priestley, Charlotte Enns, Shauna Arbuckle
Bimodal-bilingual programs are emerging as one way to meet broader needs and provide expanded language, educational and social-emotional opportunities for students who are deaf and hard of hearing (Marschark, M., Tang, G. & Knoors, H. (Eds). (2014). Bilingualism and bilingual Deaf education. New York, NY: Oxford University Press; Paludneviciene & Harris, R. (2011). Impact of cochlear implants on the deaf community. In Paludneviciene, R. & Leigh, I. (Eds.), Cochlear implants evolving perspectives (pp. 3-19)...
October 13, 2017: Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040554/frailty-syndrome-an-emerging-clinical-problem-in-the-everyday-management-of-clinical-arrhythmias-the-results-of-the-european-heart-rhythm-association-survey
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Stefano Fumagalli, Tatjana S Potpara, Torben Bjerregaard Larsen, Kristina H Haugaa, Dan Dobreanu, Alessandro Proclemer, Nikolaos Dagres
The age of patients presenting with complex arrhythmias is increasing. Frailty is a multifaceted syndrome characterized by an increased vulnerability to stressors and a decreased ability to maintain homeostasis. The prevalence of frailty is associated with age. The aims of this European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) EP Wire survey were to evaluate the proportion of patients with frailty and its influence on the clinical management of arrhythmias. A total of 41 centres-members of the EHRA Electrophysiology Research Network-in 14 European countries completed the web-based questionnaire in June 2017...
October 10, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040124/highly-cross-linked-polyethylene-reduces-wear-and-revision-rates-in-total-hip-arthroplasty-a-10-year-double-blinded-randomized-controlled-trial
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Peter A Devane, James Geoffrey Horne, Alexander Ashmore, Jonathon Mutimer, Woosung Kim, James Stanley
BACKGROUND: Highly cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) was developed to address the problem of wear and osteolysis associated with metal-on-conventional ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) bearing surfaces. The purpose of this study was to compare in vivo wear rates and clinical and radiographic outcomes between XLPE and UHMWPE in a prospective double-blinded randomized controlled trial with a minimum of 10 years of follow-up. METHODS: We randomized 122 patients to receive either a conventional UHMWPE liner (Enduron; DePuy) or an XLPE liner (Marathon; DePuy)...
October 18, 2017: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29038071/contraceptive-method-use-in-the-united-states-trends-and-characteristics-between-2008-2012-and-2014
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Megan L Kavanaugh, Jenna Jerman
OBJECTIVE: To examine levels of, correlates of, and changes in the use of individual and grouped methods of contraception among U.S. females aged 15-44 from 2008 to 2014. STUDY DESIGN: Using three rounds of the National Survey of Family Growth, we analyzed samples of 12,279 (2008), 5,601 (2012), and 5,699 (2014) females. We conducted simple and multivariable logistic regression analyses to identify associations between demographic characteristics and contraceptive use, as well as between characteristics and changes in use patterns...
October 13, 2017: Contraception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031838/does-attorney-advertising-influence-patient-perceptions-of-pelvic-mesh
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Elizabeth Tippett, Jesse King, Vincent Lucent, Sonya Ephraim, Miles Murphy, Eileen Taff
Objective To measure the relative influence of attorney advertising on patient perceptions of pelvic mesh, compared to a history of surgery and a first urology visit. Materials and Methods A 52-item survey was administered to 170 female patients in two urology offices between 2014 and 2016. Multiple survey items were combined to form scales for benefit and risk perceptions of pelvic mesh, perceptions of the advertising, attitudes towards pelvic mesh, and knowledge of pelvic mesh and underlying medical conditions...
October 11, 2017: Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031815/uptake-and-correlates-of-contraception-among-postpartum-women-in-kenya-results-from-a-national-cross-sectional-survey
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Dunstan Achwoka, Jillian Pintye, Christine J McGrath, John Kinuthia, Jennifer A Unger, Norah Obudho, Agnes Langat, Grace John-Stewart, Alison L Drake
OBJECTIVES: To characterize uptake and correlates of effective contraceptive use postpartum. STUDY DESIGN: We analyzed data from a national, cross-sectional evaluation of prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission programs that enrolled women attending 6-week or 9-month infant immunization visits at 120 Kenyan maternal and child health clinics. We classified women who resumed sexual activity postpartum and did not desire a child within 2years as having a need for family planning (FP)...
October 12, 2017: Contraception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29030157/bits-and-pieces-a-crowd-sourced-series-of-54-cases-of-fractured-hormonal-implants
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Bonnie C Crouthamel, Melissa A Schiff, Anne-Marie E Amies Oelschlager, Sarah W Prager, Katherine E Debiec
STUDY OBJECTIVE: The fracture of hormonal implants, including Implanon, Nexplanon, and histrelin acetate is rare. Our aim was to describe patient demographics, mechanisms, and consequences of fractured implants by surveying physicians' experience via listservs and social media. DESIGN: We developed a REDCap survey for physicians regarding their experience with implant fracture, including patient characteristics, mechanism of fracture, changes in menstrual bleeding patterns, time from insertion to fracture, and time from fracture to seeking care...
October 10, 2017: Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029567/more-than-20-years-experience-of-left-ventricular-assist-device-implantation-at-a-non-transplant-centre
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Erica Holmberg, Henrik Ahn, Bengt Peterzén
OBJECTIVES: Over recent decades implantable left ventricular assist devices (LVAD) have increased the possibility of improved survival in patients with advanced heart failure who also benefit from a better quality of life. The aim of this retrospective survey was to review the clinical results of LVAD implantation at a low-volume non-transplant centre (Linköping, Sweden) between 1993 and 2016. Our aim was also to assess the mortality and morbidity rates associated with implantation of three LVAD versions at our centre, and to compare our results with those from transplant centres...
October 13, 2017: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal: SCJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028784/manufacturer-change-and-risk-of-system-related-complications-after-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator-replacement-physicians-survey-and-data-from-the-detect-long-term-complications-after-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator-replacement-registry
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Mauro Biffi, Endrj Menardi, Maria L Narducci, Ernesto Ammendola, Loredana Messano, Fabrizio Giofrè, Claudia Baiocchi, Davide Saporito, Fabio Lissoni, Matteo Bertini, Attilio Pierantozzi, Gianluca Zingarini, Maurizio Malacrida, Matteo Ziacchi
AIMS: Some barriers seem to exist in changing implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) manufacturer at the time of device replacement. We sought to understand the obstacles to changing ICD manufacturer within the cohort of patients enrolled in the Detect Long-term Complications After ICD Replacement Registry. METHODS: We analyzed 784 consecutive ICD/cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator (CRT-D) device replacements within a 1.5-year time-frame in 36 Italian centers to evaluate potential factors associated with changing manufacturers and system-related complications...
October 11, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29025455/the-burden-of-gunshot-injuries-on-orthopaedic-healthcare-resources-in-south-africa
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Case Martin, Gerhard Thiart, Graham McCollum, Stephen Roche, Sithombo Maqungo
BACKGROUND: Injuries inflicted by gunshot wounds (GSWs) are an immense burden on the South African (SA) healthcare system. In 2005, Allard and Burch estimated SA state hospitals treated approximately 127 000 firearm victims annually and concluded that the cost of treating an abdominal GSW was approximately USD1 467 per patient. While the annual number of GSW injuries has decreased over the past decade, an estimated 54 870 firearm-related injuries occurred in SA in 2012. No study has estimated the burden of these GSWs from an orthopaedic perspective...
June 30, 2017: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29017465/frequency-of-arrhythmia-symptoms-and-acceptability-of-implantable-cardiac-monitors-in-hemodialysis-patients
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Naya El Hage, Bernard G Jaar, Alan Cheng, Chloe Knight, Elena Blasco-Colmenares, Luis Gimenez, Eliseo Guallar, Tariq Shafi
BACKGROUND: Arrhythmia-related complications and sudden death are common in dialysis patients. However, routine cardiac monitoring has so far not been feasible. Miniaturization of implantable cardiac monitors offers a new paradigm for detection and management of arrhythmias in dialysis patients. The goal of our study was to determine the frequency of arrhythmia-related symptoms in hemodialysis patients and to assess their willingness to undergo implantation of a cardiac monitor. METHODS: We conducted a survey of in-center hemodialysis patients at a hemodialysis clinic in Baltimore, Maryland...
October 10, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29016989/the-influence-of-progression-of-atrial-fibrillation-on-quality-of-life-a-report-from-the-euro-heart-survey
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Elton A M P Dudink, Ömer Erküner, Jenny Berg, Robby Nieuwlaat, Cees B de Vos, Bob Weijs, Alessandro Capucci, A John Camm, Günter Breithardt, Jean-Yves Le Heuzey, Justin G L M Luermans, Harry J G M Crijns
Aims: Progression of atrial fibrillation (AF) from paroxysmal to persistent forms is an active field of research. The influence of AF progression on health related quality of life (HRQoL) is currently unknown. We aimed to assess the influence of AF progression on HRQoL, and whether this association is mediated through symptoms, treatment, and major adverse events. Methods and results: In the Euro Heart Survey, 967 patients were included with paroxysmal AF who filled out EuroQoL-5D at baseline and at 1 year follow-up...
July 19, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29016910/left-atrial-appendage-occluder-implantation-in-europe-indications-and-anticoagulation-post-implantation-results-of-the-european-heart-rhythm-association-survey
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Roland Richard Tilz, Tatjana Potpara, Jian Chen, Dan Dobreanu, Torben Bjerregaard Larsen, Kristina Herman Haugaa, Nikolaos Dagres
The aim of this EP Wire survey was to assess the indications and anticoagulation strategies post-left atrial appendage occluder (LAAO) implantation for stroke prevention in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation in Europe. A total of 33 centres in 13 European countries completed the survey. All centres were members of the European Heart Rhythm Association Electrophysiology Research Network. Left atrial appendage occluder procedures were performed by electrophysiologists in 52% of the centres and by interventional cardiologists in the remaining centres...
October 1, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28992743/the-knowledge-and-beliefs-regarding-practical-aspects-of-cochlear-implants-a-study-of-otorhinolaryngologists-in-a-secondary-setting-in-a-multi-country-study
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Patrick S C D'Haese, Vincent Van Rompaey, Marc De Bodt, Paul Van de Heyning
OBJECTIVE: The main goal of this study was to determine the knowledge and beliefs of otorhinolaryngologists in a secondary setting in selected economically advanced European countries concerning severe hearing loss, hearing aids, and cochlear implants (CIs). Secondary goals of the study looked into the information sources of the otorhinolaryngologists and into key topics of importance for these professionals. In Europe, many adults, who could benefit from a CI, do not have one despite their availability via national health care systems...
October 10, 2017: Cochlear Implants International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28991343/endophthalmitis-following-pediatric-cataract-surgery-an-international-pediatric-ophthalmology-and-strabismus-council-global-perspective
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Almutez M Gharaibeh, Eedy Mezer, Luis H Ospina, Tamara Wygnanski-Jaffe
PURPOSE: To compile international data on the risk factors, diagnosis, and treatment of endophthalmitis following pediatric cataract surgery. METHODS: An e-mail containing a link to an online survey was sent to all members of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. The questionnaire examined the incidence, risk factors, treatment, outcomes, and prophylaxis of endophthalmitis following pediatric cataract surgery around the world. RESULTS: Two hundred thirty-seven ophthalmologists answered the questionnaire...
October 9, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28990944/the-opinion-of-turkish-cardiologists-on-current-malpractice-system-and-an-alternative-patient-compensation-system-proposal-pcs-study-group
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Ayhan Olcay, Sadık Volkan Emren, Gamze Babür Güler, Ekrem Güler, Vedat Ertunç, Rida Berilgen, Abdullah Aslan, Ersin Çağrı Şimşek, Şükriye Ebru Gölcük, Kıvanç Yalın
OBJECTIVE: Cardiologists participate in the diagnosis and interventional treatment of numerous high-risk patients. The goal of this study was to investigate how the current malpractice system in Turkey influences cardiologists' diagnostic and interventional behavior and to obtain their opinions about an alternative patient compensation system. METHODS: The present cross-sectional study assessed the practice of defensive medicine among cardiologists who are actively working in various types of workplace within the Turkish healthcare system...
October 2017: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28988928/preimplantation-genetic-screening-results-of-a-worldwide-web-based-survey
#18
Ariel Weissman, Gon Shoham, Zeev Shoham, Simon Fishel, Milton Leong, Yuval Yaron
Our objective was to evaluate and characterize the extent and patterns of worldwide usage of preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) among the assisted reproductive technique community. A prospective, web-based questionnaire with questions relating to practices of, and views on, PGS was directed to users and non-users of PGS. A total of 386 IVF units from 70 countries conducting 342,600 IVF cycles annually responded to the survey. A total of 77% of respondents routinely carry out PGS in their clinics for a variety of indications: advanced maternal age (27%), recurrent implantation failure (32%) and recurrent pregnancy loss (31%)...
September 21, 2017: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28984657/osseointegrated-prosthetic-ear-reconstruction-in-cases-of-skin-malignancy-technique-outcomes-and-patient-satisfaction
#19
Cori A Agarwal, Dana Johns, Paul B Tanner, Robert H I Andtbacka
BACKGROUND: Ear reconstruction with osseointegrated prosthetic implants is a well-established method of reconstruction after resection of skin malignancies on the external ear. There is limited literature reporting technique, outcomes, and patient satisfaction. METHODS: We evaluated our outcomes over a 5-year period looking at osseointegrated prosthetic reconstruction after auriculectomy for external ear skin malignancies. We report demographics, disease characteristics, technique, and complications...
October 3, 2017: Annals of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28984654/joint-denervation-in-the-digits-technique-and-patient-satisfaction
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Russell J Madsen, Lindsay A Stone, Jeremiah B Knapp, Joel S Solomon
BACKGROUND: Traditional approaches to treating painful osteoarthritis of the fingers include arthrodesis and arthroplasty. Although highly effective for pain control, arthrodesis sacrifices joint motion and can be complicated by nonunion, malunion, and infection.Implant arthroplasty preserves motion but is likewise subject to complications-particularly at the level of the proximal interphalangeal joint. In contrast, finger joint denervation is a simple outpatient procedure that maintains joint motion...
October 3, 2017: Annals of Plastic Surgery
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