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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729234/mobile-phone-supported-physiotherapy-for-frozen-shoulder-feasibility-assessment-based-on-a-usability-study
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Thomas Stütz, Gerlinde Emsenhuber, Daniela Huber, Michael Domhardt, Martin Tiefengrabner, Gertie Janneke Oostingh, Ulrike Fötschl, Nicholas Matis, Simon Ginzinger
BACKGROUND: Patients with frozen shoulder show limited shoulder mobility often accompanied by pain. Common treatment methods include physiotherapy, pain medication, administration of corticosteroids, and surgical capsulotomy. Frozen shoulder often lasts from months to years and mostly affects persons in the age group of 40 to 70 years. It severely reduces the quality of life and the ability to work. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of a mobile health (mHealth) intervention that supports patients affected by "stage two" frozen shoulder...
July 20, 2017: JMIR Rehabil Assist Technol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727922/considerations-in-physical-therapy-management-of-a-non-responding-patient-with-low-back-pain
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Timothy J Madson
STUDY DESIGN: Case Study. BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Low back pain is a common condition managed by physical therapists (PT). Screening tools have been developed to assist the PT with medical screening of patients for serious disease. Sinister pathologies may present as musculoskeletal symptoms during the patient examination. It is important for the PT to frequently reevaluate their patient's response to therapeutic interventions and refer for further evaluation if they are not responding to conservative care...
July 20, 2017: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724014/prescription-medication-by-physiotherapists-a-brazilian-view-of-the-united-kingdom-canada-australia-and-new-zealand
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Valton da Silva Costa
Many health systems (HS) have adopted novel models of care which have included non-medical prescription (NMP) by physiotherapists. The aim of this study was to verify in the literature the existence of this practice and its possible benefits. A literature review was carried out through search on Science Direct, PubMed, SciELO, Lilacs and Google Scholar, and in the World Confederation for Physical Therapy and Chartered Society of Physiotherapy websites. In recent decades the United Kingdom adopted the NMP for health professionals, followed by Canada...
July 2017: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716513/update-in-the-treatment-of-chronic-pain-within-pediatric-patients
#4
Jeffrey Rabin, Mackenzie Brown, Sean Alexander
Pediatric chronic pain is a challenging entity to evaluate and treat as it encompasses a wide variety of presentations often with overlapping psychosocial implications. Chronic pain may have significant effects upon a child's involvement in academic, athletic, and social participation. If unrecognized, it may have deleterious effects upon family interactions and stability. The treatment of pediatric chronic pain is focused on not only providing analgesia, but also on assisting the child and family with reintegrating into a more functional lifestyle...
July 14, 2017: Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711755/palliative-care-clinicians-caring-for-patients-before-and-after-continuous-flow-left-ventricular-assist-device
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Sara E Wordingham, Colleen K McIlvennan, Timothy J Fendler, Amy L Behnken, Shannon M Dunlay, James N Kirkpatrick, Keith M Swetz
Left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) are an available treatment option for carefully-selected patients with advanced heart failure. Initially developed as a bridge to transplantation, LVADs are now also offered to patients ineligible for transplantation as destination therapy (DT). Individuals with a DT-LVAD will live the remainder of their lives with the device in place. While survival and quality of life improve with LVADs compared to medical therapy, complications persist including bleeding, infection, and stroke...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711453/a-roadmap-for-evaluating-the-use-and-value-of-durable-ventricular-assist-device-therapy
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EDITORIAL
Sarah T Ward, Qixing Liang, Francis D Pagani, Min Zhang, Robert L Kormos, Keith D Aaronson, Andrew D Althouse, Brahmajee K Nallamothu, Donald S Likosky
Heart failure is a disease characterized by profound human suffering with limitations in survival despite treatment with guideline-directed medical therapies. Patients with heart failure frequently progress to advanced stages and often require cardiac transplantation or implantation of left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) to extend survival and improve quality of life. As the number of suitable heart donors, number of experienced medical centers and patient comorbidities place restrictions on the feasibility of cardiac transplantation, implantation of LVADs has emerged as a more frequently applied treatment as either a bridge to transplantation or as permanent therapy...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706587/management-of-ventricular-tachycardia-storm-in-patients-with-structural-heart-disease
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REVIEW
Daniele Muser, Pasquale Santangeli, Jackson J Liang
Electrical storm (ES) is a medical emergency characterized by repetitive episodes of sustained ventricular arrhythmias (VAs) in a limited amount of time (at least 3 within a 24-h period) leading to repeated appropriate implantable cardioverter defibrillator therapies. The occurrence of ES represents a major turning point in the natural history of patients with structural heart disease being associated with poor short- and long-term survival particularly in those with compromised left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) that can develop hemodynamic decompensation and multi-organ failure...
June 26, 2017: World Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701252/idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis-a-case-discussion
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Meghan K Felton, Brian Bautista, Lee E Morrow, Mark Malesker
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this report is to describe the case of a 68-year-old man who was treated for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a chronic and fatal lung disease that is characterized by progressive deterioration of pulmonary function. He was initially prescribed pirfenidone and developed significant gastric distress. The treatment was transitioned to nintedanib. This article will provide the pharmacist with a therapeutic overview of IPF, as well as review the unique process involved with drug acquisition, dosing, patient education, and monitoring of pirfenidone and nintedanib...
July 1, 2017: Consultant Pharmacist: the Journal of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699936/clinician-attitudes-regarding-icd-deactivation-in-dnr-dni-patients
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Andrew Bradley, Adam Marks
BACKGROUND: Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) offer lifesaving therapies but can become burdensome at the end of life. Many ICD patients choose to implement a do-not-resuscitate/do-not-intubate (DNR/DNI) order. When hospitalized, patients are seen by a range of clinicians whose beliefs about ICD management in DNR/DNI patients may vary. OBJECTIVE: To assess clinician opinions on managing ICDs in DNR/DNI patients and stratify it by specialty and training level...
July 2017: Journal of Hospital Medicine: An Official Publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697742/increased-c4-and-decreased-c3-levels-are-associated-with-a-poor-prognosis-in-patients-with-immunoglobulin-a-nephropathy-a-retrospective-study
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Min Pan, Ji Zhang, Zhanyuan Li, Lingwei Jin, Yu Zheng, Zhihong Zhou, Su Zhen, Guoyuan Lu
BACKGROUND: An association between serum complement levels and poor renal prognosis in patients with immunoglobulin A nephropathy (IgAN) remains controversial. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study examining the relationship between serum complement levels and prognosis in patients with IgAN. Between 2009 and 2013, patients with biopsy-confirmed IgAN were identified from the Second Affiliated Hospital of Wenzhou Medical College, China, and various parameters were documented during follow-up until 2015...
July 11, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697227/postoperative-pyoderma-gangrenosum-following-video-assisted-thoracic-surgery
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Stanislav N Tolkachjov, Philip Y Sun, Alina G Bridges
<p>Pyoderma gangrenosum (PG) is a neutrophilic, ulcerative dermatosis that can develop at sites of cutaneous trauma, including surgical incisions, a phenomenon known as pathergy. The characteristic lesion is a painful, rapidly expanding ulceration with a violaceous undermined border.<sup>1</sup> A biopsy taken from the expanding violaceous border shows predominantly neutrophilic dermal inflammation with neutrophilic abscess formation.</p> <p>The etiology of PG appears to be variable among patients, as about a half of the reported cases are associated with systemic disease such as inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, or myeloproliferative disorders, while the other half seem to be idiopathic...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693538/patient-benefit-of-dog-assisted-interventions-in-health-care-a-systematic-review
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Martina Lundqvist, Per Carlsson, Rune Sjödahl, Elvar Theodorsson, Lars-Åke Levin
BACKGROUND: Dogs are the most common companion animal, and therefore not surprisingly a popular choice for animal-assisted interventions. Dog-assisted interventions are increasingly used in healthcare. The aim of the review was to conduct a systematic literature review of quantitative studies on dog-assisted interventions in healthcare, with the intention of assessing the effects and cost-effectiveness of the interventions for different categories of patients. METHODS: A systematic review of the scientific literature reporting results of studies in healthcare, nursing home or home care settings, was conducted...
July 10, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693198/pulmonary-toxicity-generated-from-radiotherapeutic-treatment-of-thoracic-malignancies
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Guodong Deng, Ning Liang, Jian Xie, Hui Luo, Lili Qiao, Jingxin Zhang, Dawei Wang, Jiandong Zhang
Radiation-induced lung injury (RILI) remains a major obstacle for thoracic radiotherapy for the treatment of lung cancer, esophageal cancer and lymphoma. It is the principal dose-limiting complication, and can markedly impair the therapeutic ratio as well as a patient's quality of life. The current review presents the relevant concepts associated with RILI, including the pathogenic mechanisms and the potential treatment strategies, so as to achieve a general understanding of this issue. RILI comprises an acute radiation pneumonitis phase and subsequent late lung fibrosis...
July 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692459/comparative-determinants-of-5-year-cardiovascular-event-rates-in-patients-with-unprotected-left-main-coronary-artery-disease
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Cheol Hyun Lee, Jung-Min Ahn, Pil Hyung Lee, Minkyu Han, Se Hun Kang, Soo-Jin Kang, Seung-Whan Lee, Young-Hak Kim, Cheol Whan Lee, Seong-Wook Park, Duk-Woo Park, Seung-Jung Park
BACKGROUND: Diabetes mellitus (DM), low ejection fraction (EF), and the extent of coronary artery disease (CAD) have all been identified as predictors of cardiovascular events in multivessel disease, but their comparative contributions to future risk remain unclear in patients with unprotected left main coronary artery (ULMCA) disease. Through this study we aimed to categorize the risk for cardiovascular events in patients with ULMCA disease using simple clinical descriptors. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Our study included a total of 5975 patients with ULMCA disease from the Interventional Research Incorporation Society-Left MAIN Revascularization registry who were treated with percutaneous coronary intervention (n=2850), coronary artery bypass grafting (n=2337), or medical therapy alone (n=608)...
August 2017: Coronary Artery Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690390/integrated-care-of-muscular-dystrophies-in-italy-part-1-pharmacological-treatment-and-rehabilitative-interventions
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Luisa Politano, Marianna Scutifero, Melania Patalano, Alessandra Sagliocchi, Antonella Zaccaro, Federica Civati, Erika Brighina, Gianluca Vita, Sonia Messina, Maria Sframeli, Maria Elena Lombardo, Roberta Scalise, Giulia Colia, Maria Catteruccia, Angela Berardinelli, Maria Chiara Motta, Alessandra Gaiani, Claudio Semplicini, Luca Bello, Guja Astrea, Giulia Ricci, Maria Grazia D'Angelo, Giuseppe Vita, Marika Pane, Adele D'Amico, Umberto Balottin, Corrado Angelini, Roberta Battini, Lorenza Magliano
This paper describes the pharmacological therapies and rehabilitative interventions received by 502 patients with Muscular Dystrophies, evaluated in relation to patient's socio-demographic and clinical variables, and geographical areas. Data were collected by the MD-Socio-Demographic and Clinical Schedule (MD-SC-CS) and by the Family Problems Questionnaire (FPQ). The most part of the enrolled patients were in drug treatment. The number of the medications increased in relation to patient's age, disability degree and duration of illness and was higher among patients with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) compared with Becker (BMD) or Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophies (LGMD)...
March 2017: Acta Myologica: Myopathies and Cardiomyopathies: Official Journal of the Mediterranean Society of Myology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684060/top-10-myths-regarding-the-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-cellulitis
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Erin K McCreary, Melissa E Heim, Lucas T Schulz, Robert Hoffman, Jeffrey Pothof, Barry Fox
BACKGROUND: Cellulitis is commonly treated in the emergency department (ED). Patients who present with cellulitis incur significant health care costs and may be overtreated with antibiotics. The accurate diagnosis and treatment of cellulitis plays an important role in cost-effective, high-quality medical care, as well as appropriate antibiotic utilization. OBJECTIVE: We aim to describe common fallacies regarding cellulitis. We present 10 myths that result in misdiagnosis, overtreatment, or inappropriate empiric management of cellulitis...
July 3, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28682718/the-ventricular-assist-device-in-the-life-of-the-child-a-phenomenological-pediatric-study
#17
Michael A van Manen
What is it like for a child to live with an artificial heart? The use of some medical therapies in children requires developmental considerations, is associated with psychosocial consequences, and calls for ethical sensitivities. A critical case is the ventricular assist device (VAD), a mechanical pump used to support the functioning of a failing heart. As a pediatric therapy, the device can be used as a temporary solution for poor heart function, a bridge to transplantation or recovery, or as a destination therapy...
May 2017: Qualitative Health Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670431/evaluation-on-hope-and-psychological-symptoms-in-infertile-couples-undergoing-assisted-reproduction-treatment
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Reza Omani Samani, Samira Vesali, Behnaz Navid, Bahareh Vakiliniya, Maryam Mohammadi
BACKGROUND: This study evaluated hope, depression, anxiety, and stress among three groups of infertile couples. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This cross-sectional study consisted of three groups of infertile couples-candidates for oocyte donation (n=60), embryo donation (n=60), and normal infertile (n=60). Participants included couples seen at Royan Institute, Tehran, Iran between 2013-2014 who were at least 18 years of age and could read and write in Persian. Participants provided demographic and general characteristics and completed the Persian version of the Adult Trait Hope Scale (hope, agency and pathway) and Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Scale (DASS)...
July 2017: International Journal of Fertility & Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664443/vacuum-assisted-early-transanal-closure-of-leaking-low-colorectal-anastomoses-the-clean-study
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W A A Borstlap, G D Musters, L P S Stassen, H L van Westreenen, D Hess, S van Dieren, S Festen, E J van der Zaag, P J Tanis, W A Bemelman
INTRODUCTION: Non-healing of anastomotic leakage can be observed in up to 50% after total mesorectal excision for rectal cancer. This study investigates the efficacy of early transanal closure of anastomotic leakage after pre-treatment with the Endosponge(®) therapy. METHODS: In this prospective, multicentre, feasibility study, transanal suturing of the anastomotic defect was performed after vacuum-assisted cleaning of the presacral cavity. Primary outcome was the proportion of patients with a healed anastomosis at 6 months after transanal closure...
June 29, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660150/expanding-treatment-access-for-chronic-hepatitis-c-with-task-shifting-in-the-era-of-direct-acting-antivirals
#20
REVIEW
Eric R Yoo, Ryan B Perumpail, George Cholankeril, Channa R Jayasekera, Aijaz Ahmed
In the United States, the fight to eradicate hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection has been ongoing for many years, but the results have been less than ideal. Historically, patients with chronic hepatitis C (CHC) were treated with interferon-based regimens, which were associated with frequent adverse effects, suboptimal response rates, and long durations of treatment - of up to 48 weeks. Expertise from specialist-physicians, such as hepatologists and gastroenterologists, was needed to closely follow patients on these medications so as to monitor laboratory values and manage adverse effects...
June 28, 2017: Journal of Clinical and Translational Hepatology
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