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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105644/site-technique-and-time-related-aspects-of-the-postmortem-redistribution-of-diazepam-methadone-morphine-and-their-metabolites-interest-of-popliteal-vein-blood-sampling
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Eric Lemaire, Carl Schmidt, Nathalie Dubois, Raphael Denooz, Corinne Charlier, Philippe Boxho
Sampling site, technique, and time influence postmortem drug concentrations. In 57 cases, we studied drug concentration differences as follows: subclavian vein-dissection/clamping versus blind stick, femoral vein-dissection/clamping versus blind stick, right cardiac chamber, and popliteal vein-dissection and clamping only. Cases were distributed in group #1 (all cases with both techniques), group #2 (dissection/clamping), and group #3 (blind stick). Sampled drugs were diazepam, methadone, morphine, and their metabolites...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096008/the-effect-of-progressive-muscle-relaxation-on-glycated-hemoglobin-and-health-related-quality-of-life-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
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Tahereh Najafi Ghezeljeh, Maryam Kohandany, Fateme Hagdoost Oskouei, Mojtaba Malek
AIM: This study aimed to evaluate the effect of Jacobson's progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) on glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) levels and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM). BACKGROUND: Due to relatively poor HRQoL in patients with type 2 DM, different stress reduction techniques was applied to improve physical and mental health in these patients. METHODS: This randomized controlled clinical trial was conducted at the Diabetes and Endocrinology Institute of Firoozgar Hospital, Tehran, Iran, between June and December 2015...
February 2017: Applied Nursing Research: ANR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079849/role-of-serial-f-18-fdg-pet-ct-scans-in-assessing-treatment-response-and-predicting-relapses-in-patients-with-symptomatic-sarcoidosis
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Venkata Nagarjuna Maturu, Sampanna Jung Rayamajhi, Ritesh Agarwal, Ashutosh Nath Aggarwal, Dheeraj Gupta, Bhagwant Rai Mittal
: ackground: Monitoring disease activity in sarcoidosis remains a clinical challenge as there is no gold standard. Positron emission tomography (PET) imaging is a novel tool to assess the metabolic activity. There is limited data on the role of serial PET scans in monitoring the disease activity. METHODS: This is a prospective study of 27 sarcoidosis patients treated with systemic corticosteroids. Patients underwent two serial PET/CT scans: one before initiating therapy and the follow up scan at end of therapy...
December 23, 2016: Sarcoidosis, Vasculitis, and Diffuse Lung Diseases: Official Journal of WASOG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069156/effectiveness-of-a-relaxation-intervention-progressive-muscle-relaxation-and-guided-imagery-techniques-to-reduce-anxiety-and-improve-mood-of-parents-of-hospitalized-children-with-malignancies-a-randomized-controlled-trial-in-republic-of-cyprus-and-greece
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Theologia Tsitsi, Andreas Charalambous, Evridiki Papastavrou, Vasilios Raftopoulos
PURPOSE: To explore the effect of Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) and Guided Imagery (GI),in reducing anxiety levels among parents of children diagnosed with any type of malignancy receiving active treatment at a Paediatric Oncology Unit in Republic of Cyprus and in Greece. METHOD: A randomized non-blinded control trial was conducted between April 2012 to October 2013, at two public paediatric hospitals. Fifty four eligible parents of children hospitalized with a malignancy were randomly assigned to the intervention (PMR and GI) (n = 29) and a control group (n = 25)...
February 2017: European Journal of Oncology Nursing: the Official Journal of European Oncology Nursing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063066/high-prevalence-of-undiagnosed-axial-spondyloarthritis-in-patients-with-chronic-low-back-pain-consulting-non-rheumatologist-specialists-in-belgium-suspect-study
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Laure Tant, Nadine Delmotte, Maria Van den Enden, Valerie Gangji, Herman Mielants
INTRODUCTION: Diagnosis of axial spondyloarthritis (SpA) can be delayed for several years mainly because of low awareness of axial SpA among non-rheumatologists who are the first interlocutors of potential SpA patients. One strategy to decrease the delay between appearance of first symptoms and diagnosis of axial SpA and to allow early management of the disease is to provide the non-rheumatologists with tools to identify patients requiring prompt referral to rheumatologists. This study was designed to evaluate in a real-world setting whether screening patients with chronic low back pain who consult physical medicine and rehabilitation (PMR) physicians, orthopedists, and ophthalmologists is useful in detecting axial SpA...
January 6, 2017: Rheumatology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048063/su-f-j-85-evaluation-of-the-velocity-deformable-image-registration-algorithm
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D Polan, J Kamp, J Y Lee, C Chapman, M Green, S Payal, M Kessler, K Brock
PURPOSE: To perform validation and commissioning of a commercial deformable image registration (DIR) algorithm (Velocity, Varian Medical Systems) for numerous clinical sites using single and multi-modality images. METHODS: In this retrospective study, the DIR algorithm was evaluated for 10 patients in each of the following body sites: head and neck (HN), prostate, liver, and gynecological (GYN). HN DIRs were evaluated from planning (p)CT to re-pCT and pCTs to daily CBCTs using dice similarity coefficients (DSC) of corresponding anatomical structures...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28041699/impact-of-interventional-edge-to-edge-repair-on-mitral-valve-geometry
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Robert Schueler, Sarah Kaplan, Charlotte Melzer, Can Öztürk, Marcel Weber, Jan-Malte Sinning, Armin Welz, Nikos Werner, Georg Nickenig, Christoph Hammerstingl
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: The acute and long-term effects of interventional edge-to-edge repair on the mitral valve (MV) geometry are unclear. We sought to assess MV-annular geometry and the association of changes in MV-diameters with functional response one year after MitraClip implantation. METHODS: Consecutive patients (n=84; age 81.2±8.3years, logistic EuroSCORE 21.7±17.9%) with symptomatic moderate-to-severe mitral regurgitation (MR) underwent MitraClip-procedure...
December 21, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28029852/impact-of-a-mindfulness-based-weight-loss-intervention-on-sleep-quality-among-adults-with-obesity-data-from-the-shine-randomized-controlled-trial
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Elizabeth Adler, Anand Dhruva, Patricia J Moran, Jennifer Daubenmier, Michael Acree, Elissa S Epel, Peter Bacchetti, Aric A Prather, Ashley Mason, Frederick M Hecht
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Sleep disturbance is a common problem among adults with obesity. Mindfulness interventions have been shown to improve sleep quality in various populations but have not been investigated in adults with obesity. The aim of this study was to compare the effects of a mindfulness-based weight-loss intervention with an active control on self-reported sleep quality among adults with obesity. METHOD: This study was a secondary analysis of a randomized controlled trial and included 194 adults with a body mass index in the range 30-45 kg/m(2)...
December 28, 2016: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012985/effect-of-polymyxin-resistance-pmr-on-biofilm-formation-of-cronobacter-sakazakii
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Xuerui Bao, Xiangyin Jia, Lequn Chen, Brian M Peters, Chii-Wann Lin, Dingqiang Chen, Lin Li, Bing Li, Yanyan Li, Zhenbo Xu, Mark E Shirtliff
Cronobacter sakazakii (C.sakazakii) has been identified as a wide-spread conditioned pathogen associated with series of serious illnesses, such as neonatal meningitis, enterocolitis, bacteremia or sepsis. As food safety is concerned, microbial biofilm has been considered to be a potential source of food contamination. The current study aims to investigate the ability of biofilm formation of two C. sakazakii strains (wild type BAA 894 and pmrA mutant). Crystal violet (CV), XTT (2-methoxy-4-nitro-5-sulfophenyl)-5-[(phenylamino carbonyl)-2H-(tetrazolium hydroxide)] assays, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) are performed on different time points during biofilm formation of C...
December 22, 2016: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27994267/widespread-headache-as-the-first-clinical-manifestation-of-giant-cell-arteritis-in-patients-affected-by-polymyalgia-rheumatica
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Ciro Manzo
INTRODUCTION: In giant cell arteritis (GCA) headache of new onset due to inflammatory involvement of the temporal artery (TA) represents a diagnostic criterion. A widespread headache (WH) with scalp tenderness due to cranial arteritis can represent another manifestation of GCA. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In 225 elderly patients with polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) followed in our rheumatologic outpatient clinic from 2004 until June 2016, the frequency of WH as the first clinical manifestation of GCA was evaluated...
2016: Reumatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988968/premature-mortality-of-epilepsy-in-low-and-middle-income-countries-a-systematic-review-from-the-mortality-task-force-of-the-international-league-against-epilepsy
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Francis Levira, David J Thurman, Josemir W Sander, W Allen Hauser, Dale C Hesdorffer, Honorati Masanja, Peter Odermatt, Giancarlo Logroscino, Charles R Newton
To determine the magnitude of risk factors and causes of premature mortality associated with epilepsy in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). We conducted a systematic search of the literature reporting mortality and epilepsy in the World Bank-defined LMICs. We assessed the quality of the studies based on representativeness; ascertainment of cases, diagnosis, and mortality; and extracted data on standardized mortality ratios (SMRs) and mortality rates in people with epilepsy. We examined risk factors and causes of death...
January 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27980012/baseline-shoulder-ultrasonography-is-not-a-predictive-marker-of-response-to-glucocorticoids-in-patients-with-polymyalgia-rheumatica-a-12-month-followup-study
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Maria Concetta Miceli, Angelo Zoli, Giusy Peluso, Silvia Bosello, Elisa Gremese, Gianfranco Ferraccioli
OBJECTIVE: In this study, we evaluated whether ultrasound (US) subdeltoid bursitis (SB) and/or biceps tenosynovitis (BT) presence at baseline could represent a predictive marker of response to standard therapy after 12 months of followup, and whether a positive US examination could highlight the need of higher maintenance dosage of glucocorticoids (GC) at 6 and 12 months in patients with polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR). METHODS: Sixty-six consecutive patients with PMR underwent bilateral shoulder US evaluations before starting therapy and after 12 months of followup...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27977125/large-linear-and-tunable-positive-magnetoresistance-of-mechanically-stable-graphene-foam-toward-high-performance-magnetic-field-sensors
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Rizwan Ur Rehman Sagar, Massimiliano Galluzzi, Caihua Wan, Khurram Shehzad, Sachin T Navale, Tauseef Anwar, Rajaram S Mane, Hong-Guang Piao, Abid Ali, Florian J Stadler
Here, we present the first observation of magneto-transport properties of graphene foam (GF) composed of a few layers in a wide temperature range of 2-300 K. Large room-temperature linear positive magnetoresistance (PMR ≈ 171% at B ≈ 9 T) has been detected. The largest PMR (∼213%) has been achieved at 2 K under a magnetic field of 9 T, which can be tuned by the addition of poly(methyl methacrylate) to the porous structure of the foam. This remarkable magnetoresistance may be the result of quadratic magnetoresistance...
January 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974093/serum-immunoglobulin-g4-in-giant-cell-arteritis-and-polymyalgia-rheumatica
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Mara Burkel, Fabian Arndt, Jan-Henrik Schirmer, Frank Moosig, Julia Holle
OBJECTIVES: To date, no specific serum marker for giant cell arteritis and polymyalgia rheumatica has been established in routine practice. Therefore, the aim of this study was to examine whether immunoglobulin G4 serum concentrations could be a potential biomarker for the differentiation of both diseases. METHODS: Serum immunoglobulin G4 (IgG4) concentrations were measured in patients with giant cell arteritis (n=41) and polymyalgia rheumatica (n=27) by an in-house enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay...
December 2, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27942029/predictors-of-participation-of-sophomore-medical-students-in-a-health-promoting-intervention-an-observational-study
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Thomas Kötter, Johanna Ritter, Alexander Katalinic, Edgar Voltmer
Medical students and doctors have to be particularly stress-resilient, as both medical education and practice are considered very stressful. Specific stressors can lead to increased risks of developing, for example, depression, anxiety and burnout. Relaxation techniques have proven to be effective for the prevention of these outcomes in student populations. However, only a very few medical students practice relaxation techniques regularly early on in their studies. Furthermore, it is unclear which students make use of stress-management offers and hence whether vulnerable students are generally reachable...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27939024/partial-versus-complete-removal-of-the-infected-mesh-after-abdominal-wall-hernia-repair
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José Bueno-Lledó, Antonio Torregrosa-Gallud, Omar Carreño-Saénz, Providencia García-Pastor, Fernando Carbonell-Tatay, Santiago Bonafé-Diana, José Iserte-Hernández
BACKGROUND: To compare the results with complete mesh removal (CMR) versus partial mesh removal (PMR) in the treatment of mesh infection after abdominal wall hernia repair (AWHR). METHODS: Retrospective review of all patients who underwent surgery for mesh infection between January 2004 and May 2014 at a tertiary center. RESULTS: Of 3470 cases of AWHR, we reported 66 cases (1.9%) of mesh infection, and 48 repairs (72.7%) required mesh explantation...
November 30, 2016: American Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930652/safety-and-reproducibility-of-a-clinical-trial-system-using-induced-blood-stage-plasmodium-vivax-infection-and-its-potential-as-a-model-to-evaluate-malaria-transmission
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Paul Griffin, Cielo Pasay, Suzanne Elliott, Silvana Sekuloski, Maggy Sikulu, Leon Hugo, David Khoury, Deborah Cromer, Miles Davenport, Jetsumon Sattabongkot, Karen Ivinson, Christian Ockenhouse, James McCarthy
BACKGROUND: Interventions to interrupt transmission of malaria from humans to mosquitoes represent an appealing approach to assist malaria elimination. A limitation has been the lack of systems to test the efficacy of such interventions before proceeding to efficacy trials in the field. We have previously demonstrated the feasibility of induced blood stage malaria (IBSM) infection with Plasmodium vivax. In this study, we report further validation of the IBSM model, and its evaluation for assessment of transmission of P...
December 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915431/time-dependent-postmortem-redistribution-of-morphine-and-its-metabolites-in-blood-and-alternative-matrices-application-of-ct-guided-biopsy-sampling
#18
Sandra N Staeheli, Dominic Gascho, Lars C Ebert, Thomas Kraemer, Andrea E Steuer
Interpretation of postmortem morphine concentrations in forensic toxicology provides several pitfalls such as missing information on tolerance, analyte stability, or postmortem redistribution (PMR). Recently, it had been shown that computed tomography (CT)-guided collection of biopsies using a robotic arm (virtobot) provides a valuable strategy for systematic studies on time-dependent PMR. Using this technique, time-dependent PMR of morphine and its metabolites was investigated in 12 cases. At admission to the institute (t1), femoral and heart blood (right ventricle) as well as biopsies from the right lung, the right kidney, liver, spleen, and muscle tissue were collected...
December 3, 2016: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906058/vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-levels-and-rheumatic-diseases-of-the-elderly
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Perrine Smets, Valérie Devauchelle-Pensec, Paul-Olivier Rouzaire, Bruno Pereira, Marc Andre, Martin Soubrier
BACKGROUND: Increasing vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) has been reported in remitting symmetrical seronegative synovitis with pitting edema (RS3PE) syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) and giant cell arteritis (GCA). The aim of this study was to compare VEGF levels in patients over 60 years of age who have RS3PE, RA, PMR or GCA so as to determine whether elevated VEGF is specific for a rheumatic disease, the inflammation or edema that occurs with these pathological conditions...
December 1, 2016: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890023/progressive-muscle-relaxation-as-a-supportive-intervention-for-cancer-patients-undergoing-chemotherapy-a-systematic-review
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Panagiotis Pelekasis, Ifigeneia Matsouka, Anna Koumarianou
BACKGROUND: Many cancer patients use a wide variety of techniques to improve their physical and mental well-being, including relaxation therapy and, specifically, Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR). However, there is no strong evidence that supports the efficacy of this technique. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to review the evidence regarding the use of PMR as a supportive intervention for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapeutic treatment. METHOD: Six databases were electronically searched: AMED, the Cochrane Library, MEDLINE, PsychINFO, Scopus, and the Web of Science...
November 28, 2016: Palliative & Supportive Care
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