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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431457/precision-medicine-and-pharmacogenetics-what-does-oncology-have-that-addiction-medicine-does-not
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Henry R Kranzler, Rachel V Smith, Robert Schnoll, Afaf Moustafa, Emma Greenstreet-Akman
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Precision, personalized or stratified medicine, which promises to deliver the right treatment to the right patient, is a topic of international interest in both the lay press and the scientific literature. A key aspect of precision medicine is the identification of biomarkers that predict the response to medications (i.e. pharmacogenetics). We examined why, despite the great strides that have been made in biomarker identification in many areas of medicine, only in oncology has there been substantial progress in their clinical implementation...
April 21, 2017: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430295/multiple-cerebral-fusiform-aneurysms-involving-the-posterior-and-anterior-circulation-including-the-anterior-cerebral-artery-a-case-report
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Sumit Das, Tibor Valyi-Nagy
<i>Multiple fusiform aneurysms occurring in a single patient are very uncommon. Fusiform aneurysms affecting the anterior circulation are extremely rare and reported cases involve the middle cerebral artery and internal carotid artery. We report here a case of a 55-year-old African American male who had a history of multiple strokes and who was found unresponsive prior to his latest hospital admission. Neuroimaging was remarkable for multiple fusiform aneurysms involving segments of the anterior, middle and posterior cerebral arteries as well as subarachnoid and intraparenchymal hemorrhage...
2017: Folia Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425885/an-objective-structured-clinical-exam-to-assess-semiology-skills-of-medical-students
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Vitor Hugo Pereira, Pedro Morgado, Mónica Gonçalves, Liliana Costa, Nuno Sousa, João José Cerqueira
INTRODUCTION: Mastery of history taking and physical exam skills is a key competence of medical students. Objective Structured Clinical Examinations are the gold standard to assess these competencies, but their implementation in Portugal is poorly documented. We describe the implementation and our seven years experience with a high-stakes Objective Structured Clinical Examination to assess these skills in the School of Medicine, University of Minho. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Our Objective Structured Clinical Examination is in place since 2010 and has been subject to continuous improvements, including the adoption of a standard setting procedure and an increase in the number of stations...
December 30, 2016: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424823/-coma-in-the-emergency-room
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M Braun, C J Ploner, T Lindner, M Möckel, W U Schmidt
Coma of unknown origin (CUO) is a frequent unspecific emergency symptom associated with a high mortality. A fast diagnostic work-up is essential given the wide spectrum of underlying diagnoses that are made up of approximately 50% primary central nervous system (CNS) pathologies and approximately 50% extracerebral, almost exclusively internal medical causes. Despite the high mortality associated with this symptom, there are currently no generally accepted management guidelines for adult patients presenting with CUO...
April 19, 2017: Der Nervenarzt
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424633/psychopathological-aspects-in-childhood-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-hsct-the-perception-of-parents-and-adolescents
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Silvia Zanato, Annalisa Traverso, Marta Tremolada, Francesco Sinatora, Alessio Porreca, Giorgio Pozziani, Nicoletta Di Florio, Fabia Capello, Antonio Marzollo, Manuela Tumino, Chiara Cattelan, Giuseppe Basso, Chiara Messina
Background: Data about psychosocial sequelae of childhood Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HSCT) are limited and the association with a specific donor type or other medical factors is largely unknown (Chang et al., 2012). The aim of the present study was to compare the psychological aspects of pediatric HSCT survivors with healthy peers. A secondary aim was to detect whether parents and children differed in the perception of mental health status. The influence of medical factors on psychological status was also examined...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424505/usefulness-of-serum-fetuin-a-level-as-a-marker-of-erectile-dysfunction
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W Kandeel, W El-Shaer, A Sebaey, A A Abou-Taleb, A Fathy, B Elmohamady, A I Mansour
This study aimed to evaluate the correlation between serum levels of fetuin-A and the presence and severity of erectile dysfunction (ED) in Egyptian population. The study was performed on 60 ED patients and 20 age-matched healthy controls. A comprehensive medical history and complete physical examination were obtained and performed in all participants. ED and its severity were assessed via International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF-5). Doppler ultrasound, fasting blood glucose level, complete lipid profile, serum total testosterone (TT) and serum fetuin-A were performed...
April 20, 2017: International Journal of Impotence Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422923/a-cross-sectional-study-of-emergency-care-utilization-and-associated-costs-of-violent-related-assault-injuries-in-the-united-states
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Michael C Monuteaux, Eric W Fleegler, Lois K Lee
BACKGROUND: Violent-related (assault) injuries are a leading cause of death and disability in the United States. Many violent injury victims seek treatment in the emergency department (ED). Our objectives were to: (1) estimate rates of violent-related injuries evaluated in United States EDs; (2) estimate linear trends in ED visits for violent-related injuries from 2000 to 2010; and (3) to determine the associated healthcare and work-loss costs. METHODS: We examined adults 18 years of age and older from a nationally representative survey (the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey) of ED visits, from 2000 to 2010...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422588/alterations-in-redox-homeostasis-during-recovery-from-unexplained-underperformance-syndrome-in-an-elite-international-rower
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Nathan A Lewis, Ann Redgrave, Mark Homer, Richard Burden, Wendy Martinson, Brian Moore, Charles R Pedlar
PURPOSE: This case study of an international rower examines a diagnosis of Unexplained Under Performance Syndrome (UUPS or Overtraining Syndrome) describing a full recovery and return to elite competition the same year. METHODS: On diagnosis and 4 and 14 months post-diagnosis, detailed assessments including physiological, nutritional, and biomarkers were made. RESULTS: Clinical examination and laboratory results for haematology, biochemistry, thyroid function, immunology, vitamins and minerals were unremarkable and did not explain the presentation and diagnosis...
April 19, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421889/overall-assessment-of-human-research-and-ethics-committees-in-the-united-arab-emirates
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Mahera Abdulrahman, Satish Chandrasekhar Nair
Growing demand for human health research in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has prompted the need to develop a robust research ethics oversight. Examination of the structure, function, and practices of the human research ethics committees (HRECs), followed by evaluation of standards for measuring research output, was conducted. Results indicate that among the HRECs, 90% followed International Council for Harmonization-Good Clinical Practice guidelines, 66.6% have been in operation for more than 5 years, 95% reviewed proposals within 8 weeks, and 56% reviewed for scientific merit apart from ethics...
April 2017: Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics: JERHRE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421625/factors-affecting-platelet-concentration-in-platelet-concentrates-from-canine-blood-donors
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J S Raleigh, K E Jandrey, J Burges, M S Kent
BACKGROUND: Physiologic factors in dogs that might contribute to enhanced platelet yield in platelet concentrates (PCs) are largely unknown. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether individual differences in weight, age, preprocessing blood chemistry, and CBC variables predict the final platelet concentrations in PCs. Our hypotheses were (1) increased lipemic indices would be positively associated with increased platelet concentrations in PCs and (2) increased preprocessing platelet concentrations would be associated with higher platelet concentrations in the PCs...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419451/do-state-continuing-medical-education-requirements-for-physicians-improve-clinical-knowledge
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Jonathan L Vandergrift, Bradley M Gray, Weifeng Weng
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of state continuing medical education (CME) requirements on physician clinical knowledge. DATA SOURCES: Secondary data for 19,563 general internists who took the Internal Medicine Maintenance of Certification (MOC) examination between 2006 and 2013. STUDY DESIGN: We took advantage of a natural experiment resulting from variations in CME requirements across states over time and applied a difference-in-differences methodology to measure associations between changes in CME requirements and physician clinical knowledge...
April 16, 2017: Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418775/research-101-an-initiative-to-encourage-and-facilitate-quality-resident-research-in-a-military-setting
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Kathryn E Marshall, Tanisha L Hammill
Objective Describe and evaluate a structured research program initiated at a tertiary Department of Defense (DOD) Medical Training Facility (MTF) to encourage and facilitate the conduct of research investigations, specifically among residents and junior or inexperienced investigators, but applicable for all DOD otolaryngology (ENT) and audiology providers. Methods A new comprehensive program was deployed in the ENT clinic at Madigan Army Medical Center (MAMC) to help improve the research program. Identified gaps in research methods and regulatory training were incorporated into the existing graduate medical education program along with structured mentorship between residents and senior staff...
April 1, 2017: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417609/action-plans-and-coping-strategies-in-elderly-copd-patients-influence-the-result-of-pulmonary-rehabilitation-an-observational-study
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Patrizia Russo, Giulia Prinzi, Aliaksei Kisialou, Vittorio Cardaci, Emanuele Stirpe, Vittoria Conti, Massimo Fini, Stefano Bonassi
BACKGROUND: COPD management needs a comprehensive assessment of clinical features (symptoms severity, co-morbidities) together with life-style, behavioural, socio-economic and multi-omics parameters. Among the other issues, psycho-cognitive assessment plays a critical role. Coping strategies are used to manage psychological stress. AIM: To evaluate the association between coping strategies and outcome of Pulmonary Rehabilitation (PR). DESIGN: Observational study...
April 14, 2017: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415809/report-on-the-development-and-application-of-pet-ct-in-mainland-china
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Yumei Chen, Ruohua Chen, Xiang Zhou, Jianjun Liu, Gang Huang
PURPOSE: To examine the development and application of systems combining positron emission and x-ray-computed tomography systems (PET/CTs) in mainland China. METHODS: Using a questionnaire, we surveyed Chinese medical institutions on a variety topics relating to their PET/CT systems and its use. The respondents had PET/CTs installed and in clinical use before 31 December 2015. We examined the clinical scenarios to which Chinese PET/CTs were applied by reviewing the related Chinese and international literature from the start of 1995 to the end of 2013; these papers were found by searching the Wanfang and PubMed databases, respectively...
March 16, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412721/are-admission-procalcitonin-levels-universal-mortality-predictors-across-different-medical-emergency-patient-populations-results-from-the-multi-national-prospective-observational-triage-study
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Ramon Sager, Yannick Wirz, Devendra Amin, Adina Amin, Pierre Hausfater, Andreas Huber, Sebastian Haubitz, Alexander Kutz, Beat Mueller, Philipp Schuetz
BACKGROUND: Procalcitonin (PCT), an inflammatory blood biomarker, is well studied in infectious diseases. Its prognostic value in unselected emergency department (ED) patients remains yet undefined. Herein, we investigated association of admission PCT levels and mortality in a large, international-multicenter ED patient cohort. METHODS: We prospectively enrolled 6970 unselected, consecutive, adult, medical patients seeking ED care in three tertiary-care hospitals in Switzerland, France and the USA...
April 17, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412613/intensified-emotion-perception-in-depression-differences-in-physiological-arousal-and-subjective-perceptions
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Sofia Wenzler, Marleen Hagen, Mika P Tarvainen, Marietheres Hilke, Naddy Ghirmai, Ann-Caitlin Huthmacher, Marco Trettin, Rolf van Dick, Andreas Reif, Viola Oertel-Knöchel
People suffering from depression perceive themselves and their surroundings as more negative than healthy ones. An explanation might be that depressed individuals experience negative information as more stressful than non-depressed subjects and, consequently, respond in an amplified manner on a subjective and physiological level. To test this proposition, we presented 41 patients with recurrent depressive episodes and 42 controls with stimuli from the International Affective Picture System split into three valence categories while different parameters of physiological arousal (e...
April 2, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411699/outcomes-of-a-single-center-experience-with-classification-and-treatment-of-endothermal-heat-induced-thrombosis-after-endovenous-ablation
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Lindsey M Korepta, Jennifer J Watson, M Ashraf Mansour, Christopher M Chambers, Robert F Cuff, Jason D Slaikeu, Peter Y Wong
OBJECTIVE: Endothermal heat-induced thrombosis (EHIT) is a known complication of endothermal venous ablation procedures. EHIT can lead to deep vein thrombosis/pulmonary embolism, which cause significant disability and, rarely, death. Other studies have evaluated risk factors for EHIT. There is an accepted grading system for EHIT, but there is no consensus on treatment type, duration, or follow-up. We retrospectively evaluated all cases of EHIT after radiofrequency ablation or endovenous laser ablation at our institution during a 7-year period, focusing on classification, treatment, and outcomes of EHIT...
May 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411361/liver-transplant-in-children-with-hepatoblastoma
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Mehmet Hanifi Okur, Yücel Yankol, Bayındır Cimşit, Nesimi Mecit, Gökhan Ertuğrul, Turan Kanmaz, Ceyhun Bozkurt, Koray Acarlı, Münci Kalayoğlu
OBJECTIVES: In this paper, the results of liver transplant due to hepatoblastoma in 10 pediatric patients at Istanbul Şişli Memorial Hospital Transplantation Center are presented. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated medical records of pediatric patients diagnosed with hepatoblastoma and who underwent liver transplant at our clinic between January 2009 and March 2014. We examined age, weight, chemotherapy regimen, graft type for liver transplant, duration of hospital stay, complications, follow-up duration, and survival information...
April 14, 2017: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410188/like-or-dislike-impact-of-facebook-on-ewing-sarcoma-treatment
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Paul Ruckenstuhl, Michael Schippinger, Paul Liebmann, Andreas Leithner, Gerwin Bernhardt
BACKGROUND: An increasing number of patients are raising their voices in online forums to exchange health-related information. Facebook is the leading social media platform with more than 1 billion international daily users recorded in the summer of 2015. Facebook has a dynamic audience and is utilized in a number of ways, discussing medical issues being one of them. Ewing sarcoma mainly affects teenagers and young adults. Additionally, many individuals within this age group are regular users of Facebook...
August 25, 2016: JMIR Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409015/use-of-slicc-criteria-in-a-large-diverse-lupus-registry-enables-sle-classification-of-a-subset-of-acr-designated-subjects-with-incomplete-lupus
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Teresa Aberle, Rebecka L Bourn, Hua Chen, Virginia C Roberts, Joel M Guthridge, Krista Bean, Julie M Robertson, Kathy L Sivils, Astrid Rasmussen, Meghan Liles, Joan T Merrill, John B Harley, Nancy J Olsen, David R Karp, Judith A James
OBJECTIVE: SLE is traditionally classified using the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) criteria. The Systemic Lupus International Collaborating Clinics (SLICC) recently validated an alternative system. This study examined large cohorts of subjects with SLE and incomplete lupus erythematosus (ILE) to compare the impact of ACR and SLICC criteria. METHODS: Medical records of subjects in the Lupus Family Registry and Repository were reviewed for documentation of 1997 ACR classification criteria, SLICC classification criteria and medication usage...
2017: Lupus Science & Medicine
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