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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224257/models-of-care-for-non-invasive-ventilation-in-the-acute-copd-comparison-of-three-tertiary-hospitals-act3-study
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Kerry Parker, Vara Perikala, Ali Aminazad, Zheng Deng, Brigitte Borg, Catherine Buchan, Jo Toghill, Louis B Irving, Jeremy Goldin, David Charlesworth, Ajay Mahal, Suhith Illesinghe, Matthew T Naughton, Alan Young
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Non-invasive ventilation (NIV) improves clinical outcomes in hypercapnic acute exacerbations of COPD (AECOPD), but the optimal model of care remains unknown. METHODS: We conducted a prospective observational non-inferiority study comparing three models of NIV care: general ward (Ward) (1:4 nurse to patient ratio, thrice weekly consultant ward round), a high dependency unit (HDU) (1:2 ratio, twice daily ward round) and an intensive care unit (ICU) (1:1 ratio, twice daily ward round) model in three similar teaching tertiary hospitals...
December 10, 2017: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224236/prognostic-factors-of-prostate-cancer-mortality-in-a-finnish-randomized-screening-trial
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Subas Neupane, Ewout Steyerberg, Jani Raitanen, Kirsi Talala, Juho Pylväläinen, Kimmo Taari, Teuvo Lj Tammela, Anssi Auvinen
OBJECTIVES: To identify the prognostic factors of prostate cancer death among patients enrolled in a Finnish prostate cancer screening trial. METHODS: Data on TNM stage, Gleason score, serum prostate-specific antigen at diagnosis, comorbidity and primary treatment were collected from medical records, as well as date and cause of death from Statistics Finland. Four prognostic risk groups were defined based on TNM stage, Gleason score and prostate-specific antigen at diagnosis...
December 10, 2017: International Journal of Urology: Official Journal of the Japanese Urological Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224229/power-doppler-ultrasound-assessment-of-vascularization-in-hidradenitis-suppurativa-lesions
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Raffaele Dante Caposiena Caro, Francesco Maria Solivetti, Luca Bianchi
BACKGROUND: Ultrasound and Power Doppler (PD) ultrasound are useful tools to study and monitor Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) patients. OBJECTIVE: Describe the Power Doppler signal of HS nodules, abscesses, fistulas. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of PD in mild, moderate, severe HS patients, collecting all demographic and clinical data. The lesions were classified according to their ultrasound morphology, describing the vascular degree - high, moderate, minimal - and distribution - peripheral, internal, mixed...
December 10, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224215/deleterious-variants-in-dchs1-are-prevalent-in-sporadic-cases-of-mitral-valve-prolapse
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Alisson Clemenceau, Jean-Christophe Bérubé, Paméla Bélanger, Nathalie Gaudreault, Maxime Lamontagne, Oumhani Toubal, Marie-Annick Clavel, Romain Capoulade, Patrick Mathieu, Philippe Pibarot, Yohan Bosse
BACKGROUND: A recent study identified DCHS1 as a causal gene for mitral valve prolapse. The goal of this study is to investigate the presence and frequency of known and novel variants in this gene in 100 asymptomatic patients with moderate to severe organic mitral regurgitation. METHODS: DNA sequencing assays were developed for two previously identified functional missense variants, namely p.R2330C and p.R2513H, and all 21 exons of DCHS1. Pathogenicity of variants was evaluated in silico...
December 10, 2017: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224196/diagnostic-accuracy-of-posterior-cervical-angle-and-cervical-length-in-the-prediction-of-successful-induction-of-labor
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Akram M Al-Adwy, Sherin M Sobh, Doaa S Belal, Eman F Omran, Amr Hassan, Ahmed H Saad, Mai M Afifi, Adel M Nada
OBJECTIVE: To determine the accuracy of the posterior cervical angle (PCA) compared with the cervical length and the Bishop score in predicting the outcome of induction of labor (IOL). METHODS: The present prospective observational study included IOL candidates who had their PCA and cervical length assessed by transvaginal ultrasonography and the Bishop score at the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, Kasr El-Aini Hospital, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt, between April 1 and July 31, 2017...
December 10, 2017: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224192/short-term-outcomes-of-arthroscopic-tightrope%C3%A2-fixation-are-better-than-hook-plate-fixation-in-acute-unstable-acromioclavicular-joint-dislocations
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Hamid Rahmatullah Bin Abd Razak, Eng-Meng Nicholas Yeo, William Yeo, Tijauw-Tjoen Denny Lie
AIM: The aim of this study was to compare the short-term outcomes of arthroscopic TightRope® fixation with that of hook plate fixation in patients with acute unstable acromioclavicular joint dislocations. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We conducted a prospective case-control study of twenty-six patients with an acute ACJ dislocation who underwent surgical repair with either an arthroscopic TightRope® fixation or a hook plate from 2013 to 2016. Clinical and radiological data were collected prospectively...
December 9, 2017: European Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery & Traumatology: Orthopédie Traumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224181/social-cognition-and-aggression-in-methamphetamine-dependence-with-and-without-a-history-of-psychosis
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Anne Uhlmann, Jonathan C Ipser, Don Wilson, Dan J Stein
In substance use and psychotic disorders, socially problematic behaviours, such as high aggression may, in part, be explained by deficits in social cognition skills, like the detection of emotions or intentions in others. The aim of this study was to assess the magnitude of social cognition impairment and its association with aggression in individuals with methamphetamine (MA) dependence, methamphetamine-associated psychosis (MAP), and healthy controls (CTRL). A total of 20 MAP participants, 21 MA-dependent participants without psychosis, and 21 CTRL participants performed a facial morphing emotion recognition task (ERT) across four basic emotions (anger, fear, happiness and sadness) and the reading the mind in the eyes task (RMET), and completed the aggression questionnaire...
December 9, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224135/serum-ferritin-and-obstructive-sleep-apnea-epidemiological-study
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Elin H Thorarinsdottir, Erna S Arnardottir, Bryndis Benediktsdottir, Christer Janson, Isleifur Olafsson, Allan I Pack, Thorarinn Gislason, Brendan T Keenan
PURPOSE: Ferritin is an intracellular iron storage protein and a marker of inflammation. Studies have shown that subjects with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have higher levels of circulating pro-inflammatory cytokines, but little is known about the association between ferritin and OSA. The aims of the study were to evaluate serum ferritin (S-Ferritin) levels in OSA patients compared to levels in the general population and also examine the effect of obesity level and treatment with positive airway pressure (PAP) on S-Ferritin levels...
December 9, 2017: Sleep & Breathing, Schlaf & Atmung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224127/defining-and-characterizing-sustained-remission-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Jeffrey R Curtis, Mona Trivedi, Boulos Haraoui, Paul Emery, Grace S Park, David H Collier, Girish A Aras, James Chung
The objective of this study is to characterize stability and clinical features of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in sustained remission. Combination therapy with methotrexate and tumor necrosis factor inhibitors (TNFi) has increased remission rates in RA but optimal regimens to maintain remission are unknown. We describe Study of Etanercept And Methotrexate in Combination or as Monotherapy in Subjects with Rheumatoid Arthritis (SEAM-RA) and data from a run-in period of longitudinal observation. Patients in Simplified Disease Activity Index (SDAI) remission (score ≤ 3...
December 9, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224114/coated-platelet-trends-predict-short-term-clinical-outcomeafter-subarachnoid-hemorrhage
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Bappaditya Ray, Vijay M Pandav, Eleanor A Mathews, David M Thompson, Lance Ford, Lori K Yearout, Bradley N Bohnstedt, Shuchi Chaudhary, George L Dale, Calin I Prodan
Aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (aSAH) is associated with high socio-economic burden. Prothrombotic states of early brain injury (EBI) and delayed cerebral ischemia (DCI) after aSAH determine morbidity and mortality. To understand how activated platelets might contribute to such prothrombotic states, we studied trends in coated-platelets during EBI and DCI periods. Serial blood samples from a prospective cohort of aSAH patients were collected and assayed for coated-platelet levels. Patient's coated-platelet level during post-hospital discharge follow-up served as an estimate of baseline...
December 9, 2017: Translational Stroke Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224085/aphasia-and-cognitive-impairment-decrease-the-reliability-of-rntms-language-mapping
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Vera Schwarzer, Ina Bährend, Tizian Rosenstock, Felix R Dreyer, Peter Vajkoczy, Thomas Picht
BACKGROUND: Navigated transcranial magnetic stimulation (nTMS) is a non-invasive mapping tool to locate functional areas of the brain. While gaining importance in the preoperative planning process in motor eloquent regions, its usefulness for reliably identifying language areas is still being discussed. The aim of this study was to identify biometric factors which might influence and therefore bias the results of repetitive nTMS (rnTMS) over cortex areas relevant for language. METHOD: We included data of 101 patients with language eloquent brain lesions who underwent preoperative rnTMS examination bihemispherically...
December 9, 2017: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224062/relationship-between-caries-experience-and-demarcated-hypomineralised-lesions-including-mih-in-the-permanent-dentition-of-15-year-olds
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Jan Kühnisch, Lamiaa Kabary, Yuri Malyk, Katrin Rothmaier, Isabel Metz, Reinhard Hickel, Joachim Heinrich, David Manton, Marie Standl
OBJECTIVE: This cross-sectional study compared the caries experience in 15-year-olds with and without demarcated hypomineralised lesions (DHL) in permanent teeth. MATERIAL AND METHODS: One thousand three hundred and two 15-year-old adolescents from two ongoing birth cohorts (GINIplus15 and LISAplus15) were examined to determine non-cavitated carious lesions (NCCL) and the DMF index. Furthermore, DHL was scored on all permanent teeth/surfaces according to the molar-incisor hypomineralisation criteria of the European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry (MIH/EAPD)...
December 9, 2017: Clinical Oral Investigations
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224059/lower-complication-rate-and-faster-return-to-sports-in-patients-with-acute-syndesmotic-rupture-treated-with-a-new-knotless-suture-button-device
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Christian Colcuc, Marc Blank, Thomas Stein, Florian Raimann, Sanjay Weber-Spickschen, Sebastian Fischer, Reinhard Hoffmann
PURPOSE: Suture button devices for tibiofibular syndesmosis injuries provide semirigid dynamic stabilization, but complications including knot irritation have been reported. No randomized trials of the new knotless suture button devices have been performed. We hypothesized that knotless suture button devices eliminate knot irritation and facilitate quicker return to sports. This study was performed to compare the clinical outcomes, complication rates, and time to return to sports between a new knotless suture button device and syndesmotic screw fixation...
December 9, 2017: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224058/systematic-assessment-and-characterization-of-chronic-pain-in-multiple-sclerosis-patients
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Diana Ferraro, Domenico Plantone, Franca Morselli, Giulia Dallari, Anna M Simone, Francesca Vitetta, Patrizia Sola, Guido Primiano, Viviana Nociti, Matteo Pardini, Massimiliano Mirabella, Catello Vollono
Pain is one of the most disabling clinical symptoms in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). Several studies have already assessed the prevalence of pain in MS patients, reporting variable results, probably due to methodological differences. The aim of this single-centre cross-sectional study was to define the prevalence and characteristics of chronic pain in a population of MS patients using validated tools, and to analyse these data in relation to demographic and clinical features, including disease duration and disability (EDSS and its single functional system scores)...
December 9, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224053/spontaneous-bacteremia-and-spontaneous-bacterial-peritonitis-share-similar-prognosis-in-patients-with-cirrhosis-a-cohort-study
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Sebastián Marciano, Melisa Dirchwolf, Carla S Bermudez, Natalia Sobenko, Leila Haddad, Federico Genre Bert, Laura Barcán, Astrid Smud, Maria Lourdes Posadas-Martínez, Diego Giunta, Adrián Gadano
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Spontaneous bacteremia is a poorly characterized infection in patients with cirrhosis. We compared the incidence of mortality and acute kidney injury in patients with spontaneous bacterial peritonitis and spontaneous bacteremia, and identified risk factors for mortality and acute kidney injury in patients with spontaneous bacteremia. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort study of patients with cirrhosis and spontaneous bacteremia or spontaneous bacterial peritonitis from 2008 to 2016 at Hospital Italiano, Buenos Aires...
December 9, 2017: Hepatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224042/association-between-continuous-positive-airway-pressure-and-serum-aminotransferases-in-patients-with-obstructive-sleep-apnea
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Li-Da Chen, Liang-Ji Zhang, Xue-Jun Lin, Jia-Chao Qi, Hao Li, Zhi Wu, Qiao-Zhen Xu, Ya-Ping Huang, Li Lin
INTRODUCTION: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has been suggested to be a potential contributing factor for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Studies on the association between continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and NAFLD in OSA patients are limited and controversial. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to assess the relationship between OSA and NAFLD and the effect of CPAP therapy on serum aminotransferase levels in OSA patients. METHODS: A total of 160 consecutive patients who underwent standard polysomnography were enrolled...
December 9, 2017: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224040/treatment-of-auditory-hallucinations-with-bilateral-theta-burst-stimulation-ctbs-protocol-of-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-multicenter-trial
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Christian Plewnia, Bettina Brendel, Tobias Schwippel, Peter Martus, Joachim Cordes, Alkomiet Hasan, Andreas J Fallgatter
Auditory verbal hallucinations (AH) are core symptoms of schizophrenia. They are often severely distressing and refractory to therapy. Their perception is associated with increased activity in temporoparietal areas of the brain. Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) can reduce focal brain hyperactivity and has been shown to ameliorate AH. However, controlled multicenter clinical trials are still missing, effect sizes are moderate, and the treatment with rTMS is time consuming. Continuous theta burst stimulation (cTBS) is a quicker and potentially more effective technique to reduce cortical hyperactivity...
December 9, 2017: European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224027/a-clinical-scoring-system-for-diagnosis-of-ocular-demodicosis
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Oktay Alver, Sertaç Argun Kıvanç, Berna Akova Budak, Nazmiye Ülkü Tüzemen, Beyza Ener, Ahmet Tuncer Özmen
BACKGROUND Demodex may cause chronic and refractory blepharitis with associated ocular surface problems, and its diagnosis and treatment can be quite challenging. In this study, our aim was to assess the efficacy of tea tree oil in Demodex treatment on caucasian patients in an industrialized region of Turkey, and to develop a systematic scoring system for extremely accurate diagnosis in the absence of advanced facilities. MATERIAL AND METHODS Charts of 412 patients with blepharitis were reviewed. A group of 39 out of 412 cases were identified as chronic and treatment-refractory, and therefore were enrolled in this study...
December 10, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224001/dental-caries-and-developmental-defects-of-enamel-in-the-primary-dentition-of-preterm-infants-case-control-observational-study
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Ina Manuela Schüler, Stefanie Haberstroh, Kristin Dawczynski, Thomas Lehmann, Roswitha Heinrich-Weltzien
AIM: Assessment of dental health in the primary dentition of preterm infants (PTI) including investigation of mother- and infant-related risk factors in a case-control study design. MATERIAL AND METHODS: One hundred twenty-eight infants aged 3-4 years were included. Sixty-four PTI (27 males) were randomly selected from the preterm registry of the Jena University Hospital. As a control group served 64 full-term infants (FTI) recruited from the Department of Paediatric Dentistry, matched for age and sex...
December 9, 2017: Caries Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224000/the-depression-anxiety-and-stress-scale-dass-21-as-a-screener-for-depression-in-substance-use-disorder-inpatients-a-pilot-study
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Ilse N Beaufort, Gerdien H De Weert-Van Oene, Victor A J Buwalda, J Rob J de Leeuw, Anna E Goudriaan
Depression is a common co-morbid disorder in substance use disorder (SUD) patients. Hence, valid instruments are needed to screen for depression in this subpopulation. In this study, the predictive validity of the Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale (DASS-21) for the presence of a depressive disorder was investigated in SUD inpatients. Furthermore, differences between DASS-21 scores at intake and those recorded one week after inpatient detoxification were assessed in order to determine the measurement point of the assessment of the DASS-21 leading to the best predictive validity...
December 8, 2017: European Addiction Research
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