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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329105/medical-three-dimensional-printing-opens-up-new-opportunities-in-cardiology-and-cardiac-surgery
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Thomas Bartel, Andrew Rivard, Alejandro Jimenez, Carlos A Mestres, Silvana Müller
Advanced percutaneous and surgical procedures in structural and congenital heart disease require precise pre-procedural planning and continuous quality control. Although current imaging modalities and post-processing software assists with peri-procedural guidance, their capabilities for spatial conceptualization remain limited in two- and three-dimensional representations. In contrast, 3D printing offers not only improved visualization for procedural planning, but provides substantial information on the accuracy of surgical reconstruction and device implantations...
February 16, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323747/supporting-a-youth-with-cerebellar-ataxia-into-adolescence
#2
Veronica Meneses, Zurisadai Gonzalez-Castillo, Veronica B Edgar, Marilyn Augustyn
Zoe, a 13-year-old white girl, presents as a new patient to your pediatric clinic with complaints of frequent emesis, anxiety, and learning problems, and previous diagnosis of cerebellar ataxia. Parents accompany Zoe and state, "it is really hard for her to go out, she gets sick and falls easily." She was born full term by vaginal delivery without complications. Given globally delayed milestones, she received early intervention services. Feeding problems began at infancy, including gastroesophageal reflux and aspiration pneumonia...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics: JDBP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323662/hvad-flow-waveform-morphologies-theoretical-foundation-and-implications-for-clinical-practice
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Jonathan D Rich, Daniel Burkhoff
Continuous flow ventricular assist device (cfVAD) performance and patient hemodynamic conditions are intimately interrelated and dynamic, changing frequently with alterations in physiologic conditions, particularly pre- and after-loading conditions. The Heartware cfVAD (HVAD) provides a unique feature among currently approved VADs of providing an estimated instantaneous flow waveform, the characteristics of which can provide significant insights into patient and device properties. Despite being readily available, HVAD waveforms are poorly understood, underutilized and insufficiently leveraged, even by clinicians who regularly manage HVAD patients...
March 16, 2017: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323195/left-ventricular-assist-device-related-infections-a-multicentric-study
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S Siméon, E Flécher, M Revest, M Niculescu, J-C Roussel, M Michel, P Leprince, P Tattevin
OBJECTIVES: Implantable left ventricular assist device (LVAD) is a major therapeutic progress for end-stage heart failure in selected patients. As their use is expanding, infectious complications are emerging, with limited data available to guide their management. We aimed to better characterize LVAD-related infections. METHODS: We enrolled all consecutive patients diagnosed with LVAD-related infections in 3 referral centers in France, using standardized definition of infections in patients with LVAD...
March 18, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314835/endocrine-therapy-in-the-current-management-of-postmenopausal-estrogen-receptor-positive-metastatic-breast-cancer
#5
Virginia G Kaklamani, William J Gradishar
Metastatic breast cancer (MBC) results in substantial morbidity and mortality for women afflicted with this disease. A majority of MBCs are hormone-responsive and estrogen receptor-positive, making endocrine therapy (ET) an integral component of systemic therapy. With a primary goal of minimizing the effects of estrogen on hormone-responsive MBC, ETs are among the first targeted treatments that aim to inhibit the influence of estrogen receptor activation on tumor proliferation. Several biochemical mechanisms have been the focus of drug development for treatment, including selective estrogen-receptor modulation, aromatase inhibition, and selective estrogen-receptor degradation...
March 17, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306587/comparison-of-the-american-college-of-cardiology-american-heart-association-and-the-european-society-of-cardiology-guidelines-for-the-management-of-patients-with-non-st-segment-elevation-acute-coronary-syndromes
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Aya J Alame, Aris Karatasakis, Judit Karacsonyi, Barbara A Danek, Erica Resendes, Jose R Martinez Parachini, Pratik Kalsaria, Michele Roesle, Bavana V Rangan, Paul Sorajja, Hani Jneid, Subhash Banerjee, Emmanouil S Brilakis
INTRODUCTION: The American College of Cardiology (ACC), the American Heart Association (AHA), and the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) have been developing guidelines to assist clinicians in making evidence-based decisions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The current ACC/AHA and ESC guidelines for non-ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndromes (NSTE-ACS) that were updated in 2014 and 2015, respectively, were compared to assess the number of recommendations on the basis of class of recommendation and level of evidence (LOE), the sources cited, and the content...
March 16, 2017: Coronary Artery Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306362/cardiac-passive-aggressive-behavior-the-right-ventricle-in-patients-with-a-left-ventricular-assist-device
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Donna May Kimmaliardjuk, Marc Ruel
Right ventricular failure (RVF) affects up to 50% of patients post-left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation, and carries significant morbidity and mortality. There is no widely-used long-term mechanical support option for the right ventricle, thus early identification, prevention and medical treatment of RVF is of the upmost importance. Areas covered: A PubMed search was first completed searching "Right ventricular failure post-LVAD" which yielded 152 results, and a subsequent search was performed under "RV mechanical support" which yielded 374 results, and was filtered to "humans" and literature written in English, generating 219 results...
March 17, 2017: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301358/hyperbaric-oxygen-therapy-exploring-the-clinical-evidence
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Gretl Lam, Rocky Fontaine, Frank L Ross, Ernest S Chiu
GENERAL PURPOSE: To provide information about hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), its mechanisms, indications and safe applications based on clinical evidence. TARGET AUDIENCE: This continuing education activity is intended for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurses with an interest in skin and wound care. LEARNING OBJECTIVES/OUTCOMES: After participating in this educational activity, the participant should be better able to:1...
April 2017: Advances in Skin & Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301217/neuromodulation-with-percutaneous-electrical-nerve-field-stimulation-is-associated-with-reduction-in-signs-and-symptoms-of-opioid-withdrawal-a-multisite-retrospective-assessment
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Adrian Miranda, Arturo Taca
BACKGROUND: Finding an effective, non-pharmacological approach to treat opioid withdrawal could remove some of the barriers associated with pharmacotherapy. The BRIDGE® is a noninvasive, percutaneous electrical nerve field stimulator developed to target pain. OBJECTIVES: This pilot study aimed to determine (1) the effects of the BRIDGE on withdrawal scores during the induction phase of opioid withdrawal therapy, (2) the percentage of subjects who successfully transitioned to medication assisted therapy (MAT)...
March 16, 2017: American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299789/menstrual-management-in-developmentally-delayed-adolescent-females
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Irene Chuah, Alexandra McRae, Kim Matthews, Ann M Maguire, Katharine Steinbeck
BACKGROUND: Requests for assistance in menstrual management and menstrual suppression are a common, emotive and sometimes controversial aspect of adolescent disability care. AIMS: To review the uptake and outcomes of menstrual suppression among adolescent patients with developmental delay. METHODS: A retrospective review of the medical records of adolescent females with intellectual disability referred for menstrual management to the Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology Clinic, Children's Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, for the three-year period between January 1, 2010 and January 1, 2013...
March 15, 2017: Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299615/remote-monitoring-in-heart-failure-the-current-state
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REVIEW
Rajeev C Mohan, J Thomas Heywood, Roy S Small
The treatment of congestive heart failure is an expensive undertaking with much of this cost occurring as a result of hospitalization. It is not surprising that many remote monitoring strategies have been developed to help patients maintain clinical stability by avoiding congestion. Most of these have failed. It seems very unlikely that these failures were the result of any one underlying false assumption but rather from the fact that heart failure is a progressive, deadly disease and that human behavior is hard to modify...
March 2017: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298544/can-consideration-of-the-microbiome-improve-antimicrobial-utilization-and-treatment-outcomes-in-the-oncology-patient
#12
Jessica R Galloway-Pena, Robert R Jenq, Samuel A Shelburne
The need to provide effective and timely antimicrobial treatment to cancer patients with infections is well-recognized, but tempered by preliminary, but accumulating, evidence that antibiotic-induced microbiome dysbiosis affects cancer therapy response, non-infectious toxicities, and infectious complications. Given only a minority of empirically treated cancer patients are proven to have a true bacterial infection, it is important to consider the potential negative consequences of extensive broad-spectrum antimicrobial use on the commensal microbiota...
March 15, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296574/high-initiation-of-adjuvant-hormonal-therapy-among-uninsured-stages-i-iii-breast-cancer-patients-treated-in-a-safety-net-healthcare-system
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Caitlin C Murphy, Jasmin A Tiro, Gary W Jean, Bijal A Balasubramian, Carlos A Alvarez
OBJECTIVE: Despite benefits of adjuvant hormonal therapy (AHT), many eligible breast cancer patients do not complete therapy as recommended. Patterns of AHT use have not been well studied among uninsured breast cancer patients who fall into coverage gaps or are ineligible for public insurance programs. METHODS: We identified 291 patients newly diagnosed with stages I-III hormone receptor-positive breast cancer from January 2008 to December 2012. All patients were treated at a safety-net healthcare system and enrolled in an income-based medical assistance program that fills AHT prescriptions at low cost...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293079/pediatric-gastrointestinal-bleeding-perspectives-from-the-italian-society-of-pediatric-gastroenterology
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REVIEW
Claudio Romano, Salvatore Oliva, Stefano Martellossi, Erasmo Miele, Serena Arrigo, Maria Giovanna Graziani, Sabrina Cardile, Federica Gaiani, Gian Luigi de'Angelis, Filippo Torroni
There are many causes of gastrointestinal bleeding (GIB) in children, and this condition is not rare, having a reported incidence of 6.4%. Causes vary with age, but show considerable overlap; moreover, while many of the causes in the pediatric population are similar to those in adults, some lesions are unique to children. The diagnostic approach for pediatric GIB includes definition of the etiology, localization of the bleeding site and determination of the severity of bleeding; timely and accurate diagnosis is necessary to reduce morbidity and mortality...
February 28, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289449/does-personality-play-a-role-in%C3%A2-continuous-positive-airway-pressure-compliance
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REVIEW
Emily L Maschauer, Donna M Fairley, Renata L Riha
KEY POINTS: Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) adherence is low among individuals with obstructive sleep apnoea.Type D personality and high scores on the depression and hypochondriasis scales on the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) have been identified as factors contributing to non-compliance with CPAP.Further research into personality type may assist in understanding why some people adhere to CPAP, while others fail. Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is a condition characterised by repetitive, intermittent partial or complete collapse/obstruction of the upper airway during sleep...
March 2017: Breathe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286847/protocol-adherence-in-prehospital-medical-care-provided-for-patients-with-chest-pain-and-loss-of-consciousness-a-brief-report
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Mostafa Mehrara, Nader Tavakoli, Marzieh Fathi, Babak Mahshidfar, Mohammad Amin Zare, Azita Asadi, Saeedeh Hosseinzadeh, Mehdi Safdarian
INTRODUCTION: Although many protocols are available in the field of the prehospital medical care (PMC), there is still a notable gap between protocol based directions and applied clinical practice. This study measures the rate of protocol adherence in PMC provided for patients with chest pain and loss of consciousness (LOC). METHOD: In this cross-sectional study, 10 educated research assistants audited the situation of provided PMC for non-traumatic chest pain and LOC patients, presenting to the emergency department of a tertiary level teaching hospital, compare to national recommendations in these regards...
2017: Emergency (Tehran, Iran)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284772/development-of-a-checklist-for-patients-with-axial-spondyloarthritis-and-psoriatic-arthritis-in-daily-practice-only-tools-project
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Raquel Almodovar, Juan C Torre Alonso, Enrique Batlle, Concepción Castillo, Eduardo Collantes-Estevez, Eugenio de Miguel, Senén González, Jordi Gratacós, Azucena Hernández, Xavier Juanola, Luis F Linares, Manuel J Moreno, Mireia Moreno, Victoria Navarro-Compán, Carlos Rodríguez Lozano, Jesus Sanz, Agustí Sellas, Estíbaliz Loza, Pedro Zarco
OBJECTIVE: To standardize clinical evaluation of patients with axial spondyloarthritis (SpA) and psoriatic arthritis (PsA) using a checklist. METHODS: Qualitative study that included: 1) nominal group (18 experts); 2) literature reviews of measures used in the assessment of patients with axial SpA or PsA; and 3) focus groups, one with rheumatologists and another with patients, organized to become familiar with their opinion on medical assistance. Taking this into account, the experts selected the measures to be included in the checklist based on their relevance, feasibility, and the outcome type...
March 8, 2017: Reumatología Clinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282999/critical-decision-making-in-radiotherapy-for-early-stage-breast-cancer-in-a-neo-adjuvant-treatment-era
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Francesca De Felice, Mattia Falchetto Osti, Vitaliana De Sanctis, Daniela Musio, Vincenzo Tombolini
Introduction In breast cancer management, the role of adjuvant radiation therapy (RT) has been the subject of intense controversy over the past several years, due to the improvement in neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NACT) prescription. One of the most controversial questions regarding indication for adjuvant RT is whether or not RT is essential in patients with early stage disease at diagnosis. The value of adjuvant RT remains highly debatable in those patients with clinically negative nodes at the completion of NACT...
March 10, 2017: Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280658/cost-effective-alternative-for-negative-pressure-wound-therapy
#19
Jeff J Kim, Mieczyslawa Franczyk, Lawrence J Gottlieb, David H Song
BACKGROUND: Current predominantly used equipments for negative-pressure wound therapy (NPWT) are expensive. In current healthcare climate continually emphasizing cost containment, importance in developing more cost-effective alternatives cannot be understated. Previously, therapeutically equivalent methods of providing NPWT was demonstrated using just low-cost, universally available supplies, coined Gauze-SUCtion (GSUC). Here, we examine long-term potential financial savings of utilizing GSUC over commercialized products...
February 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Global Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279384/can-functional-testing-for-ischemia-and-viability-guide-revascularization
#20
REVIEW
Lisa M Mielniczuk, Gabor G Toth, Joe X Xie, Bernard De Bruyne, Leslee J Shaw, Rob S Beanlands
Cardiac imaging procedures are a cornerstone of the diagnosis and management of patients with cardiac disease. The optimal management of the patient with stable ischemic heart disease or ischemic heart failure often rests on the totality of symptom burden, patient risk, and disease severity, whether assessed anatomically or functionally. Recent trials have demonstrated the power of flow measurements to direct revascularization as well as the strengths and limitations of ischemia and viability/hibernation imaging as markers of risk to direct interventions...
March 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
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