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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339589/the-clinical-value-of-t-wave-alternans-derived-from-holter-monitoring
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Joanna Lewek, Pawel Ptaszynski, Thomas Klingenheben, Iwona Cygankiewicz
Microvolt-level T-wave alternans (TWA) assessed by spectral method during an exercise stress test has been widely studied for risk stratification. Several studies have documented the association of a positive TWA with total mortality and arrhythmic events. Nevertheless, the need to achieve an elevated and stabilized heart rate resulting in a considerable proportion of indeterminate test results constitutes one of the main limitations of this method. It is well recognized that arrhythmic events may be triggered not only by physical but also by mental stress and are not necessarily associated with exercise...
October 6, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339364/clinical-and-prognostic-features-of-korean-patients-with-mpo-anca-pr3-anca-and-anca-negative-vasculitis
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Juyoung Yoo, Ho Jae Kim, Sung Soo Ahn, Seung Min Jung, Jason Jungsik Song, Yong-Beom Park, Sang-Won Lee
OBJECTIVES: We reclassified Korean patients with antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis (AAV) into 3 categories of AAV including MPO-ANCA, PR3-ANCA and ANCA negative vasculitis, and investigated clinical and prognostic features. METHODS: We reviewed the medical records of 133 patients with microscopic polyangiitis (MPA), granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) and eosinophilic GPA (EGPA), who had having either myeloperoxidase (MPO)-ANCA, proteinase 3 (PR3)-ANCA or no ANCA, and who had ever achieved the first remission...
March 23, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334802/engagement-strategies-that-foster-community-self-determination-in-participatory-research-insider-ownership-through-outsider-championship
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Jon Salsberg, Soultana Macridis, Enrique Garcia Bengoechea, Ann C Macaulay, Spencer Moore
Background.: In order to maximize the benefits of community-based participatory research, effective ownership over the research process must be at least equally in the hands of the community. A previous social network analysis documented that the participatory research process shifted ownership from academic to community partners, but did not show what actions and strategies fostered this shift. Objectives.: This study follows the trajectory of a community-academic partnership and asks, from the perspective of the project stakeholders, which actions and strategies over the lifespan of the research led to the observed shift in ownership and decision-making from the original external academics to the community stakeholders? Methods...
February 18, 2017: Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334471/the-clinical-applicability-of-a-daily-summary-of-patients-self-reported-postoperative-pain-a-repeated-measure-analysis
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Lotta Wikström, Kerstin Eriksson, Bengt Fridlund, Mats Nilsson, Kristofer Årestedt, Anders Broström
AIM AND OBJECTIVES: (I) to determine if a central tendency, median, based on patients' self-rated pain is a clinically applicable daily measure to show patients' postoperative pain on the first day after major surgery (II) and to determine the number of self-ratings required for the calculation of this measure. BACKGROUND: Perioperative pain traits in medical records are difficult to overview. The clinical applicability of a daily documented summarising measure of patients' self-rated pain scores is little explored...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333788/nursing-interruptions-in-a-trauma-intensive-care-unit-a-prospective-observational-study
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Nicole C Craker, Robert A Myers, Jessy Eid, Priti Parikh, Mary C McCarthy, Kathy Zink, Pratik J Parikh
OBJECTIVE: The aims of this study were to identify and analyze elements that affect duration of an interruption and likelihood of activity switch as experienced by nurses in an ICU. BACKGROUND: Although interruptions in the ICU impact patient safety, little is known regarding the complex situations that drive them. METHODS: RNs were observed in a 23-bed surgical ICU. We observed 206 interruptions, and analyzed for duration and activity switch...
April 2017: Journal of Nursing Administration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331131/the-aggressive-clinical-courses-of-hodgkin-lymphoma-primarily-diagnosed-as-methotrexate-induced-non-specific-lymphoproliferative-disorder-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Michihide Tokuhira, Takayuki Tabayashi, Yuka Tanaka, Yasuyuki Takahashi, Yuta Kimura, Tatsuki Tomikawa, Tomoe Anan-Nemoto, Shuju Momose, Morihiro Higashi, Ayumi Okuyama, Reiko Watanabe, Koichi Amano, Jun-Ichi Tamaru, Masahiro Kizaki
Recently, attention has been focused on methotrexate-induced lymphoproliferative disease (MTX-LPD), and atypical phenotypes are occasionally documented. We encountered two patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who were diagnosed with non-specific LPD (LPD-nos). Biopsy samples were not obtained during the initial examination when the LPD development was discovered, and the patients achieved a complete response after MTX cessation (case 1) or steroid pulse therapy (case 2). However, the tumors flared up 1.5 years later, and LPD-nos was determined following biopsies of the lymph node (LN, case 1) and liver (case 2)...
2017: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hematopathology: JCEH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329746/genotyping-platelet-activation-and-cardiovascular-outcome-in-patients-after-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-two-pieces-of-the-puzzle-of-clopidogrel-resistance
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Gerasimos Siasos, Evangelos Oikonomou, Manolis Vavuranakis, Eleni Kokkou, Konstantinos Mourouzis, Sotiris Tsalamandris, Marina Zaromitidou, Stamatios Kioufis, Vasiliki Tsigkou, Spyridon Defteros, Christodoulos Stefanadis, Dimitris Tousoulis
OBJECTIVES: Individual platelet responses to antiplatelet therapy depend on genetic, cellular, and clinical factors. CYP2C19 and P2Y12 receptor polymorphisms are implicated in platelet responses to antiplatelet treatment. We aimed to evaluate the impact of CYP2C19 and C34T P2Y12 genotyping on platelet reactivity and cardiovascular outcome in patients after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) on clopidogrel treatment. METHODS: We enrolled 408 patients with stable coronary artery disease (CAD) receiving aspirin and clopidogrel (75 mg/day) 1 month after PCI...
March 22, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329432/user-compliance-with-documenting-on-a-track-and-trigger-based-observation-and-response-chart-a-two-phase-multi-site-audit-study
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Doug Elliott, Emily Allen, Sharon McKinley, Lin Perry, Christine Duffield, Margaret Fry, Robyn Gallagher, Rick Iedema, Michael Roche
AIMS: To examine user compliance and completeness of documentation with a newly designed Observation and Response Chart and whether a rapid response system call was triggered when clinically indicated. BACKGROUND: Timely recognition and responses to patient deterioration in hospital general wards remains a challenge for health care systems globally. Evaluating practice initiatives to improve recognition and response are required. DESIGN: Two-phase audit...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Advanced Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326850/multimodal-analgesia-in-moderate-to-severe-pain-a-role-for-a-new-fixed-combination-of-dexketoprofen-and-tramadol
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Giustino Varrassi, Magdi Hanna, Giorgos Macheras, Antonio Montero, Antonio Montes Perez, Winfried Meissner, Serge Perrot, Carmelo Scarpignato
Untreated and undertreated pain represent one of the most pervasive health problems, which is worsening as the population ages and accrues risk for pain. Multiple treatment options are available, most of which have one mechanism of action, and cannot be prescribed at unlimited doses due to the ceiling of efficacy and/or safety concerns. Another limitation of single-agent analgesia is that, in general, pain is due to multiple causes. Combining drugs from different classes, with different and complementary mechanism(s) of action, provides a better opportunity for effective analgesia at reduced doses of individual agents...
March 22, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323838/bupropion-for-the-treatment-of-apathy-in-huntington-s-disease-a-multicenter-randomised-double-blind-placebo-controlled-prospective-crossover-trial
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Harald Gelderblom, Torsten Wüstenberg, Tim McLean, Lisanne Mütze, Wilhelm Fischer, Carsten Saft, Rainer Hoffmann, Sigurd Süssmuth, Peter Schlattmann, Erik van Duijn, Bernhard Landwehrmeyer, Josef Priller
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of bupropion in the treatment of apathy in Huntington's disease (HD). METHODS: In this phase 2b multicentre, double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover trial, individuals with HD and clinical signs of apathy according to the Structured Clinical Interview for Apathy-Dementia (SCIA-D), but not depression (n = 40) were randomized to receive either bupropion 150/300mg or placebo daily for 10 weeks. The primary outcome parameter was a significant change of the Apathy Evaluation Scale (AES) score after ten weeks of treatment as judged by an informant (AES-I) living in close proximity with the study participant...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323035/naturally-occurring-anti-cancer-agents-targeting-ezh2
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Fahimeh Shahabipour, Michele Caraglia, Muhammed Majeed, Giuseppe Derosa, Pamela Maffioli, Amirhossein Sahebkar
Natural products are considered as promising tools for the prevention and treatment of cancer. The enhancer of zeste homolog 2 (EZH2) is a histone methyltransferase unit of polycomb repressor complexes such as PRC2 complex that has oncogenic roles through interference with growth and metastatic potential. Several agents targeting EZH2 has been discovered but they often induce side effects in clinical trials. Recently, EZH2 has emerged as a potential target of natural products with documented anti-cancer effects and this discloses a new scenario for the development of EZH2 inhibitory strategies with agents with low cytotoxic detrimental effects...
March 17, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320723/amoebicidal-activity-of-caffeine-and-maslinic-acid-by-the-induction-of-programmed-cell-death-in-acanthamoeba
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Carmen M Martín-Navarro, Atteneri López-Arencibia, Ines Sifaoui, María Reyes-Battle, Emilie Fouque, Antonio Osuna, Basilio Valladares, José E Piñero, Yann Héchard, Sutherland K Maciver, Jacob Lorenzo-Morales
Free living amoebae of the genus Acanthamoeba are the causal agents of a sight threatening ulceration of the cornea called Acanthamoeba keratitis, and the rare but usually fatal granulomatous amoebic encephalitis. Although there are many therapeutic options for the treatment of Acanthamoeba infections, they are generally lengthy and/or have limited efficacy. For the best clinical outcome, the treatments should target both the trophozoite and the cyst stages as the later are known to confer resistance to treatment...
March 20, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320421/effectiveness-of-a-physiotherapist-delivered-cognitive-behavioral-patient-education-for-patients-who-undergoes-operation-for-total-knee-arthroplasty-a-protocol-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Sara Birch, Maiken Stilling, Inger Mechlenburg, Torben Bæk Hansen
BACKGROUND: Total Knee Arthroplasty (TKA) is a common and generally effective procedure performed mainly due to advanced osteoarthritis, pain, physical disability and reduced quality of life. However, approximately 20% of the patients respond poorly to the surgery and chronic pain and disability following TKA remains a major health burden for many patients. Among the most well documented and powerful psychological predictors of poor outcome following TKA is pain catastrophizing. Recent research has shown that patients with these thoughts are at higher risk of having persistent pain and lower physical function after the operation than patients with low levels of pain catastrophizing before TKA...
March 21, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319869/biofilm-inhibition-formation-of-clinical-strains-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-mutans-photocatalytic-activity-of-azo-dye-and-gc-ms-analysis-of-leaves-of-lagerstroemia-speciosa
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V Sai Saraswathi, Neethu Kamarudheen, K V Bhaskara Rao, K Santhakumar
The investigation was conducted to analyse the bioactive compounds from the leaf extracts of L. speciosa by GC-MS. The extracts were screened for antibacterial and antibiofilm activities against potential clinical strains. The bioactive compounds from the leaves of L. speciosa were extracted by soxhlet continuous extraction method and their chemical composition was analysed by Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectroscopy (GC-MS). The antibacterial activity was evaluated against clinical strain like Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, P...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316158/-cost-effectiveness-analysis-of-octreotide-long-acting-release-and-lanreotide-slow-release-for-the-treatment-of-postoperative-patients-with-active-acromegaly-in-china
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J W Xuan, Z Y Zhang, Y F Wang, Z G Mao, Y J Lu, R Z Wang
Objective: To evaluate the cost-effectiveness of octreotide long acting release (LAR) vs lanreotide slow release (SR) for the treatment of postoperative acromegalic patients with elevated levels of growth hormone (GH) and insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) in China. Methods: A decision tree model was constructed and the treatment impact was projected for one year in Chinese setting. The clinical efficacy measure used was the percentage of patients achieving normalization (control) of either IGF-1 or GH levels...
March 14, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315898/modifiable-risk-factors-and-interventions-for-childhood-obesity-prevention-within-the-first-1-000-days
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Anne M Dattilo
Worldwide, the prevalence of childhood obesity has increased, amounting to 42 million overweight or obese children, and there is increasing evidence that the origins are within the first 1,000 days: the period of conception through 2 years. Antecedents of early childhood obesity are multifactorial, and associations of varying strength have been documented for genetic/epigenetic, biologic, dietary, environmental, social, and behavioral influences. Modifiable factors in pregnancy and early infancy associated with childhood obesity include maternal overweight/obesity, maternal smoking, gestational weight gain, infant and young child feeding, caregiver responsive feeding practices, as well as sleep duration, and physical activity...
2017: Nestlé Nutrition Institute Workshop Series
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314699/safety-and-tolerability-of-idelalisib-lenalidomide-and-rituximab-in-relapsed-and-refractory-lymphoma-the-alliance-for-clinical-trials-in-oncology-a051201-and-a051202-phase-1-trials
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Sonali M Smith, Brandelyn N Pitcher, Sin-Ho Jung, Nancy L Bartlett, Nina Wagner-Johnston, Steven I Park, Kristy L Richards, Amanda F Cashen, Anthony Jaslowski, Scott E Smith, Bruce D Cheson, Eric Hsi, John P Leonard
BACKGROUND: A new generation of biological and targeted agents might potentially replace traditional cytotoxic agents in lymphoma. Lenalidomide plus rituximab was felt to be a safe and promising backbone based on available data. Idelalisib is an oral phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase delta (PI3Kδ) inhibitor that has promising activity as a monotherapy in refractory indolent lymphomas. The primary objective of these two trials was to determine the maximum tolerated dose of lenalidomide in combination with rituximab and idelalisib in relapsed follicular and mantle cell lymphoma...
March 14, 2017: Lancet Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303561/extraforaminal-lumbar-interbody-fusion-at-the-l5-s1-level-technical-considerations-and-feasibility
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Arthur Robert Kurzbuch, Denis Kaech, Pawel Baranowski, Alicja Baranowska, Didier Recoules-Arche
Background Extraforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (ELIF) surgery is a muscle-sparing approach that allows the treatment of various degenerative spinal diseases. It is technical challenging to perform the ELIF approach at the L5-S1 level because the sacral ala obstructs the view of the intervertebral disk space. Methods We reported earlier on the ELIF technique in which the intervertebral disk is targeted at an angle of 45 degrees relative to the midline. In this article we describe the technical process we developed to overcome the anatomic relation between the sacral ala and the intervertebral disk space L5-S1 that hinders the ELIF approach at this level...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part A, Central European Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302050/implementation-of-clinical-research-trials-using-web-based-and-mobile-devices-challenges-and-solutions
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Roy Eagleson, Luis Altamirano-Diaz, Alex McInnis, Eva Welisch, Stefanie De Jesus, Harry Prapavessis, Meghan Rombeek, Jamie A Seabrook, Teresa Park, Kambiz Norozi
BACKGROUND: With the increasing implementation of web-based, mobile health interventions in clinical trials, it is crucial for researchers to address the security and privacy concerns of patient information according to high ethical standards. The full process of meeting these standards is often made more complicated due to the use of internet-based technology and smartphones for treatment, telecommunication, and data collection; however, this process is not well-documented in the literature...
March 17, 2017: BMC Medical Research Methodology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300366/internal-dosimetry-for-radioembolization-therapy-with-yttrium-90-microspheres
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Maryam Fallahpoor, Mehrshad Abbasi, Ali Asghar Parach, Faraz Kalantari
The absorbed doses in the liver and adjacent viscera in Yttrium-90 radioembolization therapy for metastatic liver lesions are not well-documented. We sought for a clinically practical way to determine the dosimetry of this advent treatment. Six different female XCAT BMIs and seven different male XCAT BMIs were generated. Using Monte Carlo GATE code simulation, the total of 100MBq (90) Y was deposited uniformly in the source organ, liver. Self-irradiation and absorbed doses in lung, kidney and bone marrow were calculated...
March 2017: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
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