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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431452/-treatment-options-for-neurogenic-drop-foot-a-systematic-literature-research
#1
Eike Jakubowitz, Daiwei Yao, Henning Windhagen, Christina Stukenborg-Colsman, Anna Thomann, Kiriakos Daniilidis
Background Neurogenic drop foot may be caused by central or peripheral lesions of the nervous system. Depending on whether the first or second motor neuron is damaged, a flaccid or spastic drop foot develops. Spastic drop foot persists as a residual long-term complication after stroke in about 14 % of patients. Various conservative and surgical treatment options are available. Methods This article is based on a systematic literature review for medical evidence of functional electrical stimulation (FES) with the keywords "functional electrical stimulation AND drop foot" and "functional electrical stimulation AND gait AND stroke" in PubMed and Cochrane databases...
April 21, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431451/-experience-with-the-hind-foot-relaxation-boot
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Hans Zwipp, Michael Borrmann, Eberhard Walter
The goal of this paper is to report our experience with hindfoot fractures using our specially developed boot, with a follow-up of 557 cases. This boot works like the well-known Allgöwer-Röck ortheses (ARO), but is a hybrid between a boot and an orthesis. It allows full weightbearing without using crutches and completely protects an acutely operated hind foot fracture, hind foot arthrodesis or a hind foot fracture which is suitable for conservative treatment. In its first generation, this boot was custom made and used in 408 cases, from March 1999 to February 2011...
April 21, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431442/-aortic-valve-stenosis-when-to-treat-interventionally-when%C3%A2-surgically
#3
Won-Keun Kim, Christian W Hamm
The mainstay for the current treatment of severe aortic stenosis includes surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) and transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). In patients with high operative risk TAVI is established as first line therapy. New data on intermediate and low risk groups demonstrate at least non-inferiority of TAVI against SAVR, and in the near future a consistently rising number of transcatheter procedures may be anticipated. The purpose of this review is to outline the decision making process, hence to illustrate the diagnostic algorithm and to provide criteria for a differentiated approach against the background of recent data...
April 2017: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431426/anesthesiologists-and-disaster-medicine-a-needs-assessment-for-education-and-training-and-reported-willingness-to-respond
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Heather K Hayanga, Daniel J Barnett, Natasha R Shallow, Michael Roberts, Carol B Thompson, Itay Bentov, Gozde Demiralp, Bradford D Winters, Deborah A Schwengel
BACKGROUND: Anesthesiologists provide comprehensive health care across the emergency department, operating room, and intensive care unit. To date, anesthesiologists' perspectives regarding disaster medicine and public health preparedness have not been described. METHODS: Anesthesiologists' thoughts and attitudes were assessed via a Web-based survey at 3 major academic institutions. Frequencies, percentages, and odds ratios (ORs) were used to assess self-reported perceptions of knowledge and skills, as well as attitudes and beliefs regarding education and training, employee development, professional obligation, safety, psychological readiness, efficacy, personal preparedness, and willingness to respond (WTR)...
May 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431422/how-long-is-too-long-the-prespiked-intravenous-debate
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Jennifer L Stedman, Joel M Yarmush, Minal C Joshi, Sangeetha Kamath, Joseph Schianodicola
BACKGROUND: As the number of operative cases increases, there is a greater emphasis on reducing inefficiency while maintaining patient safety. Recently, the issue of prespiking intravenous (IV) bags was raised. No study has assessed whether the risk of infection is related to the length of time a sterile (IV) fluid bag has been spiked. After completion of a pilot study revealed no microbial growth within 24 hours of an IV spike, a larger formal study was undertaken to determine whether there was an increased infection risk within 4 hours of spiking an intravenous fluid bag...
May 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431417/the-occurrence-of-single-and-multiple-organ-dysfunction-in-pediatric-electrical-versus-other-thermal-burns
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Gabriel Hundeshagen, Paul Wurzer, Abigail A Forbes, Charles D Voigt, Vanessa N Collins, Janos Cambiaso-Daniel, Celeste C Finnerty, David N Herndon, Ludwik K Branski
BACKGROUND: Multiple organ failure (MOF) is a major contributor to morbidity and mortality in burned children. While various complications induced by electrical injuries have been described, the incidence and severity of single organ failure (SOF) and MOF associated with this type of injury are unknown. The study was undertaken to compare the incidence and severity of SOF and MOF as well as other complications between electrically and thermally burned children. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Between 2001 and 2016, 288 pediatric patients with electrical burns (EB; n = 96) or thermal burns (CTR; n = 192) were analyzed in this study...
May 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431401/combined-efficacy-of-c-reactive-protein-and-red-blood-cell-distribution-width-in-prognosis-of-patients-with-culture-negative-infective-endocarditis
#7
Xue-Biao Wei, Yuan-Hui Liu, Peng-Cheng He, Ying-Ling Zhou, Ning Tan, Ji-Yan Chen, Dan-Qing Yu
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the combined effect of C-reactive protein (CRP) and red blood cell distribution width (RDW) on the prediction of in-hospital and long-term poor outcomes in patients with blood culture-negative infective endocarditis (BCNE). RESULTS: Patients with high CRP and high RDW has the highest incidence of in-hospital death (2.3% vs. 7.8% vs. 5.6% vs. 17.5%, P < 0.001). CRP > 17.8 mg/L (odds ratio [OR]=2.41, 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.06-5...
April 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431392/characterization-of-aurora-a-and-its-impact-on-the-effect-of-cisplatin-based-chemotherapy-in-patients-with-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Peng Kuang, Zuhua Chen, JiaYuan Wang, Zhentao Liu, Jingyuan Wang, Jing Gao, Lin Shen
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Aurora A, as a member of serine/threonine kinase family and a common characteristic of epithelial cancers, plays a critical role in cell mitosis. However, the clinical significance of Aurora A in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) remains undetermined. METHODS: The expression of Aurora A in NSCLC and paired normal adjacent lung tissues was determined by immunohistochemistry, Western blot, and reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction...
April 18, 2017: Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431372/down-flow-fixed-structured-bed-reactor-an-innovative-reactor-configuration-applied-to-acid-mine-drainage-treatment-and-metal-recovery
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Leandro Augusto Gouvêa de Godoi, Eugenio Foresti, Márcia Helena Rissato Zamariolli Damianovic
A down-flow fixed-structured bed reactor (DFSBR) was operated for 277 days treating a mixture of synthetic substrates simulating an iron-rich acid mine drainage (AMD) and the soluble fraction of a sugarcane vinasse. The synthetic sugarcane vinasse was used as electron donor for biological sulfate-reduction, resulting in influent chemical oxygen demand (COD) close to 4000 mg L(-1) and volumetric organic loading rate of 4.8 g L(-1)d(-1). The influent sulfate concentration was kept close to 2000 mg L(-1) (volumetric sulfate loading rate of 2...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431336/beam-induced-back-streaming-electron-suppression-analysis-for-an-accelerator-type-neutron-generator-designed-for-40-ar-39-ar-geochronology
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Cory Waltz, Mauricio Ayllon, Tim Becker, Lee Bernstein, Ka-Ngo Leung, Leo Kirsch, Paul Renne, Karl Van Bibber
A facility based on a next-generation, high-flux D-D neutron generator has been commissioned and it is now operational at the University of California, Berkeley. The current generator designed for (40)Ar/(39)Ar dating of geological materials produces nearly monoenergetic 2.45MeV neutrons at outputs of 10(8)n/s. The narrow energy range is advantageous relative to the (235)U fission spectrum neutrons due to (i) reduced (39)Ar recoil energy, (ii) minimized production of interfering argon isotopes from K, Ca, and Cl, and (iii) reduced total activity for radiological safety and waste generation...
April 13, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431326/incidentally-detected-splenogonadal-fusion-in-a-laparoscopic-transabdominal-preperitoneal-hernia-repair-operation-a-case-report
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Yuichi Akama, Kimiyoshi Shimanuki, Shuji Asahi, Yohei Watanabe, Kazuhide Ko, Ryotaro Takano, Hodaka Amano, Takanori Kawaguchi, Eiji Uchida
INTRODUCTION: Splenogonadal fusion (SGF) is a rare congenital malformation in which the spleen is connected to the gonad. Few SGF cases have been reported in the English scientific literature, and we are unaware of any previous case reports of SGF with inguinal hernia by laparoscopic transabdominal preperitoneal hernia repair (TAPP). Here, we report a case of SGF that was incidentally detected during a TAPP procedure, with an uneventful postoperative course without complications. PRESENTATION OF CASE: A 76-year-old male presented with a 10-year history of left inguinal swelling...
April 5, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431235/improving-surgeons-comfort-with-prismatic-glasses-during-cleft-palate-surgery-preliminary-findings
#12
Hai Kuang, Guosheng Chen, Qitao Wen, Shuai Li, Lei Che, Feixin Liang
PURPOSE: We aimed to observe the effect of prismatic glasses on improving surgeons' comfort during cleft palate surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A within-subjects design was used. We included 3 oral-maxillofacial surgeons and 6 patients with complete cleft palate in the study. One group of cleft palate patients (3 complete cleft palates) was allocated to each of the 3 surgeons not wearing prismatic glasses, and another similar group of cleft palate patients was allocated to the same 3 surgeons wearing prismatic glasses...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431213/genome-mining-unearths-a-hybrid-nonribosomal-peptide-synthetase-like-pteridine-synthase-biosynthetic-gene-cluster
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Hyun Bong Park, Corey E Perez, Karl W Barber, Jesse Rinehart, Jason M Crawford
Nonribosomal peptides represent a large class of metabolites with pharmaceutical relevance. Pteridines, such as pterins, folates, and flavins, are heterocyclic metabolites that often serve as redox-active cofactors. The biosynthetic machineries for construction of these distinct classes of small molecules operate independently in the cell. Here, we discovered an unprecedented nonribosomal peptide synthetase-like-pteridine synthase hybrid biosynthetic gene cluster in Photorhabdus luminescens using genome synteny analysis...
March 15, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431121/starbeast2-brings-faster-species-tree-inference-and-accurate-estimates-of-substitution-rates
#14
Huw A Ogilvie, Remco R Bouckaert, Alexei J Drummond
Fully Bayesian multispecies coalescent (MSC) methods like *BEAST estimate species trees from multiple sequence alignments. Today thousands of genes can be sequenced for a given study, but using that many genes with *BEAST is intractably slow. An alternative is to use heuristic methods which compromise accuracy or completeness in return for speed. A common heuristic is concatenation, which assumes that the evolutionary history of each gene tree is identical to the species tree. This is an inconsistent estimator of species tree topology, a worse estimator of divergence times, and induces spurious substitution rate variation when incomplete lineage sorting is present...
April 14, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431117/seeking-certainty-judicial-approaches-to-the-non-treatment-of-minimally-conscious-patients
#15
Richard Huxtable, Giles Birchley
A modest, but growing, body of case law is developing around the (non-)treatment of patients in the minimally conscious state. We sought to explore the approaches that the courts take to these decisions. Using the results of a qualitative analysis, we identify five key features of the rulings to date. First, the judges appear keen to frame the cases in such a way that these are rightly matters for judicial determination. Secondly, the judges appraise the types and forms of expertise that enter the courtroom, seeming to prefer the 'objective' and 'scientific', and particularly the views of the doctors...
April 18, 2017: Medical Law Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431109/performance-of-the-2015-acr-eular-classification-criteria-for-gout-in-a-primary-care-population-presenting-with-monoarthritis
#16
Hein J E M Janssens, Jaap Fransen, Matthijs Janssen, Tuhina Neogi, H Ralph Schumacher, Tim L Jansen, Nicola Dalbeth, William J Taylor
Objective.: To test the performance of the 2015 ACR-EULAR gout classification criteria against presence of SF MSU crystals in a primary healthcare population. Methods.: The criteria were applied to an existing dataset of consecutive patients with monoarthritis presenting to Dutch family physicians; all patients underwent microscopic SF analysis by design. The data had been prospectively collected to develop a diagnostic decision rule for gout in 2010. Diagnostic performance was assessed by calculating area under the receiver operating characteristic curve, sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value (PPV), negative predictive value (NPV) and constructing calibration plots for the full version of the criteria (including SF analysis results of all patients) and the clinical-only version (not including SF analysis results)...
April 20, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431106/ultrasound-cut-off-values-for-intima-media-thickness-of-temporal-facial-and-axillary-arteries-in-giant-cell-arteritis
#17
Valentin S Schäfer, Aaron Juche, Sofia Ramiro, Andreas Krause, Wolfgang A Schmidt
Objective.: To evaluate the intima-media thickness (IMT) of arteries involved in GCA for determining cut-off values. Methods.: Forty newly diagnosed GCA patients in a fast-track GCA clinic and 40 age- and sex-matched controls were included. IMT measurement was performed at or within 24 h after diagnosis. The common superficial temporal arteries with their frontal and parietal branches and the facial arteries were bilaterally examined with a 10-22 MHz probe and the axillary artery with a 6-18 MHz probe...
April 20, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431065/cha2ds2-vasc-score-and-blood-biomarkers-to-identify-patients-with-atrial-high-rate-episodes-and-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation
#18
Paulina Wakula, Benjamin Neumann, Jens Kienemund, Eva Thon-Gutschi, Tatjana Stojakovic, Martin Manninger, Daniel Scherr, Hubert Scharnagl, Martin Kapl, Burkert Pieske, Frank R Heinzel
Aims: Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) is often asymptomatic but nonetheless harmful. We evaluated the performance of disease-related blood biomarkers and CHA2DS2-VASc score to discriminate for PAF in patients with continuous rhythm monitoring. Methods and Results: Clinical data and blood samples were obtained from patients with dual-chamber pacemakers selected according to the absence (no_AHRE) or presence of Atrial High-Rate Episodes (AHRE) >6 min in recent device history (case-control approach)...
April 1, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431056/long-term-outcome-of-transvenous-pacemaker-implantation-in-infants-a-retrospective-cohort-study
#19
Laura M Vos, Janneke A E Kammeraad, Matthias W Freund, Andreas C Blank, Johannes M P J Breur
Aim: Evaluation of long-term outcome of transvenous pacemaker (PM) implantation in infants. Methods and Results: A retrospective analysis of all transvenous PM implantations in infants <10 kg between September 1997 and October 2001 was made. Indications for PM implantation, age at implantation, and determinants of long-term outcome including cardiac function, PM function, and PM (system) complications were noted. Seven patients underwent transvenous VVI(R) PM implantation...
April 1, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431030/using-multivariate-base-rates-to-interpret-low-scores-on-an-abbreviated-battery-of-the-delis-kaplan-executive-function-system
#20
Justin E Karr, Mauricio A Garcia-Barrera, James A Holdnack, Grant L Iverson
Objective: Executive function consists of multiple cognitive processes that operate as an interactive system to produce volitional goal-oriented behavior, governed in large part by frontal microstructural and physiological networks. Identification of deficits in executive function in those with neurological or psychiatric conditions can be difficult because the normal variation in executive function test scores, in healthy adults when multiple tests are used, is largely unknown. This study addresses that gap in the literature by examining the prevalence of low scores on a brief battery of executive function tests...
May 1, 2017: Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology: the Official Journal of the National Academy of Neuropsychologists
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