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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625655/a-randomized-controlled-trial-comparing-indwelling-pleural-catheters-with-talc-pleurodesis-nvalt-14
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R C Boshuizen, V Vd Noort, J A Burgers, G J M Herder, S M S Hashemi, T J N Hiltermann, P W Kunst, J A Stigt, M M van den Heuvel
BACKGROUND: Symptomatic malignant pleural effusion (MPE) occurs frequently in patients with metastatic cancer. The associated prognosis is poor and the success rate of talc pleurodesis (TP) is low. Indwelling pleural catheters (IPCs) are commonly inserted when TP has been unsuccessful. METHODS: We compared talc pleurodesis with the use of an indwelling pleural catheter in patients with recurrent MPE in a multicenter randomized controlled trial (superiority design)...
June 2017: Lung Cancer: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625241/-efficacy-and-safety-of-intravenous-recombinant-human-brain-natriuretic-peptide-in-patients-with-severe-heart-failure-a-prospective-multicenter-clinical-study
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Xue Feng, Yue Wu, Ying Meng, Yizhen Wei
OBJECTIVE: To explore the efficacy and safety of recombinant human brain natriuretic peptide (rhBNP) in the patients with severe heart failure (HF). METHODS: A prospective multicenter study was conducted. Patients whose age > 18 years old, and with the New York Heart Association (NYHA) cardiac function grade over III-IV, acute cardiac insufficiency and the acute exacerbation of chronic cardiac insufficiency admitted to intensive care unit/cardiovascular care unit (ICU/CCU) of 58 Hospitals in China were enrolled...
June 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620694/results-of-day-case-ureterorenoscopy-dc-urs-for-stone-disease-prospective-outcomes-over-4-5%C3%A2-years
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Anngona Ghosh, Rachel Oliver, Carolyn Way, Lucy White, Bhaskar K Somani
PURPOSE: To investigate the prospective outcomes of day-case ureterorenoscopy (DC-URS) for stone disease. With the rising prevalence of stone disease in the face of finite resources, there is increasing pressure to undertake procedures as a day case avoiding in-patient stay. There are a limited number of studies reporting on the feasibility of ureteroscopy as a day-case procedure. This study aimed to investigate the prospective outcomes and predictors precluding to DC-URS for stone disease in patients treated in our university teaching hospital...
June 15, 2017: World Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619114/reducing-the-rate-and-duration-of-re-admissions-among-patients-with-unipolar-disorder-and-bipolar-disorder-using-smartphone-based-monitoring-and-treatment-the-radmis-trials-study-protocol-for-two-randomized-controlled-trials
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Maria Faurholt-Jepsen, Mads Frost, Klaus Martiny, Nanna Tuxen, Nicole Rosenberg, Jonas Busk, Ole Winther, Jakob Eyvind Bardram, Lars Vedel Kessing
BACKGROUND: Unipolar and bipolar disorder combined account for nearly half of all morbidity and mortality due to mental and substance use disorders, and burden society with the highest health care costs of all psychiatric and neurological disorders. Among these, costs due to psychiatric hospitalization are a major burden. Smartphones comprise an innovative and unique platform for the monitoring and treatment of depression and mania. No prior trial has investigated whether the use of a smartphone-based system can prevent re-admission among patients discharged from hospital...
June 15, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606658/various-combinations-of-velopharyngeal-and-hypopharyngeal-surgical-procedures-for-treatment-of-obstructive-sleep-apnea-single-stage-multilevel-surgery
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Murat Binar, Omer Karakoc, Timur Akcam, Burak Asik, Mustafa Gerek
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the safety and outcomes of velopharyngeal surgeries combined with hypopharyngeal surgeries as single-stage interventions for treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). METHODS: Retrospective analysis of operated patients. The velopharyngeal surgical interventions were uvulopalatal flap, anterior palatoplasty, expansion sphincter pharyngoplasty, transpalatal advancement pharyngoplasty, Cahali lateral pharyngoplasty, Z-palatoplasty, and modified uvulopalatopharyngoplasty...
June 6, 2017: American Journal of Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606278/-efficacy-of-mitral-valve-repair-versus-replacement-in-severe-ischemic-mitral-regurgitation
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Z B Qiu, X Chen, M Xu, Y S Jiang, L M Wang, F H Huang, P S Liu, R Wang, F Xiang, J J Shao, W Qin
Objective: To compare the mortality, survival rate and the therapeutic efficacy between mitral valve repair and replacement as treatment for severe ischemic mitral regurgitation (IMR), and explore the middle- and long-term outcomes. Methods: Between January 2000 and January 2016, 378 patients with severe IMR underwent coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) combined with mitral valve repair (n=162) or mitral valve replacement (n=216) in the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery of Nanjing First Hospital. Clinical data, in-hospital morbidity and mortality of patients were retrospectively reviewed...
June 13, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605654/the-impact-of-installing-an-mr-scanner-in-the-emergency-department-for-patients-presenting-with-acute-stroke-like-symptoms
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Stephanie E Honig, Lukasz S Babiarz, Evan L Honig, Saeedeh Mirbagheri, Victor Urrutia, David M Yousem
PURPOSE: We examined the impact of an MR scanner in the emergency department (ED) on ED length of stay (LOS), hospital (H) LOS, hospital admission rate, hospitalization costs, and ED re-presentation rate of patients presenting with stroke-like symptoms (SLS). We hypothesized that the ED MR would increase efficiency of patient care. METHODS: The number of MRIs performed in the ED vs. inpatient setting, EDLOS, HLOS, hospitalization charges, admission rate, discharge diagnoses, and 30-60-day ED re-presentation rates were determined for ED patients with SLS six months before (2011) and after (2012) ED MR installation...
May 26, 2017: Clinical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602724/achalasia-treatment-outcomes-utilization-and-costs-a-population-based-study-from-the-united-states
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Anne P Ehlers, Brant K Oelschlager, Carlos A Pellegrini, Andrew S Wright, Michael D Saunders, David R Flum, Hao He, Farhood Farjah
OBJECTIVE: Randomized trials show that pneumatic dilatation ≥30mm (PD) and laparoscopic myotomy (LM) provide equivalent symptom relief and disease-related quality of life for patients with achalasia. However, there remain questions about the safety, burden, and costs of treatment options. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort study of achalasia patients initially treated with PD or LM (2009-2014) using the Truven Health MarketScan® Research Databases. All patients had one year of follow-up after initial treatment...
June 7, 2017: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598781/health-care-utilisation-before-and-after-intensive-care-unit-admission-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Ruth Ann Marrie, Carol A Hitchon, Christine A Peschken, Hui Chen, Charles N Bernstein, Allan Garland
OBJECTIVES: We evaluated the incidence of intensive care unit (ICU) admission in a rheumatoid arthritis (RA) population according to health care utilisation and use of immune therapies in the year preceding admission. Also, we compared health care utilisation after ICU admission in persons with and without RA. METHODS: We identified all persons with RA in Manitoba, Canada using population-based administrative data, and controls matched by age, sex, and region of residence...
June 5, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593044/surveillance-of-surgical-site-infections-by-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-and-strain-characterization-in-tanzanian-hospitals-does-not-provide-proof-for-a-role-of-hospital-water-plumbing-systems-in-transmission
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Nyambura Moremi, Heike Claus, Ulrich Vogel, Stephen E Mshana
BACKGROUND: The role of hospital water systems in the development of Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa) surgical site infections (SSIs) in low-income countries is barely studied. This study characterized P. aeruginosa isolates from patients and water in order to establish possible epidemiological links. METHODS: Between December 2014 and September 2015, rectal and wound swabs, and water samples were collected in the frame of active surveillance for SSIs in the two Tanzanian hospitals...
2017: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591756/the-fetal-reserve-index-re-engineering-the-interpretation-and-responses-to-fetal-heart-rate-patterns
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Robert D Eden, Mark I Evans, Shara M Evans, Barry S Schifrin
OBJECTIVE: Electronic fetal monitoring (EFM) correlates poorly with neonatal outcome. We present a new metric: the "Fetal Reserve Index" (FRI), formally incorporating EFM with maternal, obstetrical, fetal risk factors, and excessive uterine activity for assessment of risk for cerebral palsy (CP). METHODS: We performed a retrospective, case-control series of 50 term CP cases with apparent intrapartum neurological injury and 200 controls. All were deemed neurologically normal on admission...
June 8, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589625/index-cholecystectomy-in-a-rural-hospital-it-can-be-done
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Jay Maloney, Alice McLachlan, Melissa Welch, Emily Davenport
BACKGROUND: Index cholecystectomy (IC) refers to an operation during a patient's first hospital admission with symptomatic gallstone (GS) disease. There are proven reductions in cost, hospital bed days and GS-related complications while awaiting elective surgery. IC has not been universally adopted, particularly in smaller centres where logistics can present a barrier. The aim of this paper is to describe the introduction of routine IC at Hastings Hospital and the effects in terms of waiting time until surgery; GS-related re-presentations and complications while awaiting surgery; operative complications and overall hospital stay...
June 6, 2017: ANZ Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586585/efficacy-of-local-anaesthesia-in-repair-of-inguinal-hernia
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Muhammad Kashif Rafiq, Babar Sultan, Masud Akhtar Malik, Khalid Khan, Munir Ahmad Abbasi
OBJECTIVE: Local anaesthesia has been identified as the most favourable anaesthesia for elective inguinal hernia repair with respect to complication rate, cost effectiveness and overall patients' satisfaction. This study was conducted to determine the efficacy of local anaesthesia in inguinal hernia in terms of pain relief, wound infection and hospital stay. METHODS: In this randomized controlled trial (RCT), 60 patients with inguinal hernia were included at the General Surgical 'B' Unit, Ayub Teaching Hospital Abbottabad...
October 2016: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585333/prospective-cohort-study-cinacalcet-mediated-lowering-of-pth-level-and-cardiovascular-disease-mortality-in-younger-korean-patients-with-stage-5-ckd-at-a-korean-secondary-hospital
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H Y Sin
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVES: Cinacalcet may reduce cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality in elderly patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). However, previous studies of the clinical responses to cinacalcet have exhibited discrepancies due to highly variable baseline levels of parathyroid hormone (PTH), kidney function and age. Little is known about the true effect of cinacalcet on stage 5 CKD. The objective of the current observational study was to evaluate whether cinacalcet-mediated lowering of PTH levels improves all-cause mortality and cardiovascular disease mortality in younger stage 5 CKD patients (mean age <55 years)...
June 5, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578901/pharmacological-treatments-and-risk-of-readmission-to-hospital-for-unipolar-depression-in-finland-a-nationwide-cohort-study
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Jari Tiihonen, Antti Tanskanen, Fabian Hoti, Pia Vattulainen, Heidi Taipale, Juha Mehtälä, Markku Lähteenvuo
BACKGROUND: Little is known about the comparative effectiveness of long-term pharmacological treatments for severe unipolar depression. We aimed to study the effectiveness of pharmacological treatments in relapse prevention in a nationwide cohort of patients who had been admitted to hospital at least once as a result of unipolar depression. METHODS: Our nationwide cohort study investigated the risk of readmission to hospital in 1996-2012 in all patients in Finland who had been admitted to hospital at least once for unipolar depression (without a diagnosis of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder) in Finland between Jan 1, 1987, and Dec 31, 2012...
June 1, 2017: Lancet Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573781/outpatient-thyroidectomy-is-safe-in-the-elderly-and-super-elderly
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Jamie Segel Grubey, Yazdan Raji, William S Duke, David J Terris
OBJECTIVES: 1) Determine the safety of outpatient thyroidectomy in the geriatric patient population. 2) Analyze the risk of postoperative complications from thyroid surgery in patients aged over 65 years (elderly) and aged over 80 years (super-elderly) undergoing ambulatory thyroidectomy compared to patients aged 21 through 40 years. STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective analysis of consecutive patients undergoing thyroidectomy between January 2008 and July 2015 at a tertiary academic institution...
June 2, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28556237/characteristics-and-outcomes-of-patients-with-profound-hyponatremia-due-to-primary-polydipsia
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Clara Sailer, Bettina Winzeler, Nicole Nigro, Isabelle Suter-Widmer, Birsen Arici, Martina Bally, Philipp Schuetz, Beat Mueller, Mirjam Christ-Crain
OBJECTIVE: Hyponatremia due to excessive fluid intake (i.e. primary polydipsia (PP)) is common. It may culminate in profound hyponatremia-carrying considerable risk of morbidity. However, data on patients with PP leading to hyponatremia is lacking. Herein, we describe the characteristics of polydiptic patients hospitalised with profound hyponatremia, and assess one-year outcomes. DESIGN: Substudy of the prospective observational Co-MED Study. PATIENTS: Patients with an episode of profound hyponatremia (≤125mmol/l) due to PP in the medical emergency were eligible and classified into psychogenic polydipsia (PsyP), dipsogenic polydipsia (DiP), and beer potomania (BP)...
May 27, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555523/clinical-outcomes-of-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndrome-and-moderate-or-severe-chronic-anaemia-undergoing-coronary-angiography-or-intervention
#18
Lea Ohana-Sarna-Cahan, Shaul Atar
BACKGROUND: There are limited data on the impact of chronic moderate or severe anaemia on the clinical outcomes of patients with acute coronary syndrome undergoing coronary angiography or percutaneous coronary intervention. METHODS: We retrospectively compared two groups of consecutive patients with acute coronary syndrome according to their haemoglobin level on admission. The research group ( n=89) had a haemoglobin level of 10.9 g/dl or less and a control group ( n=79) of age-matched patients had a haemoglobin level greater than 10...
May 1, 2017: European Heart Journal. Acute Cardiovascular Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551423/safety-and-predictors-of-next-day-discharge-after-elective-transfemoral-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement
#19
Sulaiman Rathore, Yevgeniy Latyshev, Sheree Emore, Joseph Rowe, Jason Foerst
OBJECTIVES: We sought to determine the predictors of next-day discharge (NDD) for selected patients undergoing elective transfemoral transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TF-TAVR). BACKGROUND: Techniques have rapidly evolved over the last several years to simplify TF-TAVR allowing for a subset of patients to be discharged the next day. METHODS: Baseline and procedural characteristics, in-hospital and 30-day follow-up outcomes, complications and readmission rates of 100 TF-TAVR cases were assessed...
May 19, 2017: Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine: Including Molecular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541237/treatment-decision-making-capacity-in-hospitalized-patients-with-schizophrenia
#20
N Bilanakis, V K Peritogiannis, Aik Vratsista
In contemporary medical ethics and clinical practice the autonomy of patients and their right to accept or refuse an offered treatment is acknowledged and respected. Prerequisite for the right of a patient to consent to any medical act is the capacity to make valid decisions regarding his/ her treatment. The objective of our study was to assess -for the first time in our country- treatment decision-making capacity of hospitalized patients with schizophrenia; to explore any possible association with demographic and clinical variables; and to compare treatment decision-making capacity of patients with schizophrenia with medical patients' capacity...
January 2017: Psychiatrikē, Psychiatriki
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