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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820896/a-strategy-for-scaling-up-access-to-comprehensive-care-in-adults-with-chagas-disease-in-endemic-countries-the-bolivian-chagas-platform
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Maria-Jesus Pinazo, Jimy Pinto, Lourdes Ortiz, Jareth Sánchez, Wilson García, Ruth Saravia, Mirko-R Cortez, Silvia Moriana, Enric Grau, Daniel Lozano, Joaquim Gascon, Faustino Torrico
BACKGROUND: Bolivia has the highest prevalence of Chagas disease (CD) in the world (6.1%), with more than 607,186 people with Trypanosoma cruzi infection, most of them adults. In Bolivia CD has been declared a national priority. In 2009, the Chagas National Program (ChNP) had neither a protocol nor a clear directive for diagnosis and treatment of adults. Although programs had been implemented for congenital transmission and for acute cases, adults remained uncovered. Moreover, health professionals were not aware of treatment recommendations aimed at this population, and research on CD was limited; it was difficult to increase awareness of the disease, understand the challenges it presented, and adapt strategies to cope with it...
August 18, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819824/-update-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-definitions-diagnosis-therapy
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N Sommer, M J Richter, K Tello, F Grimminger, W Seeger, H A Ghofrani, H Gall
The term pulmonary arterial hypertension comprises a group of pulmonary vascular diseases of different etiologies that are characterized by similar precapillary vascular remodeling processes and result in exertional dyspnea and right heart insufficiency. The specific pharmacological treatment approach considers the risk of mortality and phenotypical properties and includes treatment with phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors, endothelin receptor antagonists and prostanoids, as well as with more novel substances, such as a soluble guanylyl cyclase stimulator and an oral prostacyclin receptor agonist...
August 17, 2017: Der Internist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819520/the-ban-on-blood-donation-on-men-who-have-sex-with-men-time-to-rethink-and-reassess-an-outdated-policy
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Georgios Karamitros, Nikolaos Kitsos, Ioanna Karamitrou
During the 1980s the HIV/AIDS epidemic outbreak occurred. Due to the high prevalence of the disease on men who had sex with men (MSM) a lifetime ban on blood donations on men who had sex with men (MSM) was implemented. In the recent years, organizations like the European Union (EU) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have established new guidelines introducing the term of "risky sexual behavior" without any reference to the sex orientation of the potential donor, however many countries are hesitant to review the ban on men who had sex with men (MSM)...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818526/which-patients-with-upper-tract-urothelial-carcinoma-can-be-safely-treated-with-conservative-treatment-by-flexible-ureteroscopy-with-holmium-yag-laser-photoablation-long-term-results-from-a-high-volume-institution
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Luca Villa, Mattieu Haddad, Umberto Capitanio, Bhaskar K Somani, Jonathan Cloutier, Steeve Doizi, Andrea Salonia, Alberto Briganti, Francesco Montorsi, Olivier Traxer
PURPOSE: To test the effects of tumour size, tumour distribution and tumour grade on progression-free survival (PFS) in patients with upper tract urothelial carcinoma (UTUC) treated with flexible ureteroscopy with Holmium:YAG laser photoablation (FULP). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data from 92 consecutive UTUC patients treated with FULP (2003-2015) at a single tertiary care referral center were included. A stringent follow-up was offered according to the European Association Urological guidelines...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818004/identification-and-treatment-of-augmentation-in-patients-with-restless-legs-syndrome-practical-recommendations
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James Geyer, Richard Bogan
Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a chronic disorder causing clinically significant discomfort to approximately 3% of adults. Although RLS was first identified centuries ago, our understanding of this disorder, its causes, and its treatments is still evolving. In particular, our knowledge of the potential negative effects of RLS treatments, including dopaminergic augmentation, continues to expand. Augmentation, which refers to a paradoxical treatment-related increase in RLS symptoms, has been associated with all three dopamine agonists approved for the treatment of RLS - rotigotine, pramipexole, and ropinirole...
August 18, 2017: Postgraduate Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817492/should-renal-color-doppler-ultrasonography-be-a-routine-test-in-newly-diagnosed-hypertensive-patient
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Costas Tsioufis, Ioannis Andrikou, Menno Pruijm, Belén Ponte, Pantelis Sarafidis, Andreas Koureas, Dimitrios Tousoulis, Enrico Agabiti-Rosei, Giuseppe Mancia, Michel Burnier
: European Society of Hypertension/European Society of Cardiology guidelines recommend calculation of estimated glomerular filtration rate and evaluation of urinary albumin excretion rate as routine tests in the initial evaluation and during the follow-up of all hypertensive patients. However, from a clinical point of view, renal ultrasound - a noninvasive, readily available and cheap imaging modality - could contribute to the better evaluation of a hypertensive patient by identifying common causes of secondary hypertension (HTN) originating from the kidney and more recently by detecting renal injury in severe or long-standing essential HTN by measuring renal resistive indexes...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816284/-predictive-factor-analysis-of-time-to-progression-of-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer-after-androgen-deprivation-therapy
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G J Ji, C Huang, G Song, X S Li, Y Song, L Q Zhou
OBJECTIVE: To explore risk factors including prostate-specific antigen (PSA) kinetics for the prediction of castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC), and to build a practical model for predicting the progression to CRPC after androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) so as to facilitate clinicians in decision-making for prostate cancer patients receiving ADT. METHODS: A total of 185 patients with prostate cancer who had received ADT as the primary therapy in Department of Urology of Peking University First Hospital from 2003 to 2014 were enrolled retrospectively...
August 18, 2017: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815982/bridge-the-gap-the-need-for-harmonized-regulatory-and-ethical-standards-for-postmarketing-observational-studies
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REVIEW
Hisashi Urushihara, Louise Parmenter, Shimon Tashiro, Kenji Matsui, Nancy Dreyer
Drug safety issues do not respect national borders. Hence, addressing a safety question may necessitate globally coordinated efforts between regulatory authorities and market authorization holders (MAHs) to draw reliable conclusions. Regulatory authorities have shared responsibility with MAHs sponsoring postmarketing nonintervention studies in determining study goals and design. Their shared accountabilities include what will be investigated and how the data will be retrieved to ensure appropriate study quality required for regulatory decision making...
August 16, 2017: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815784/nursing-care-for-stroke-patients-a-survey-of-current-practice-in-eleven-european-countries
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Zeliha Tulek, Ingrid Poulsen, Katrin Gillis, Ann-Cathrin Jönsson
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To conduct a survey of the clinical nursing practice in European countries in accordance with the European Stroke Strategies (ESS) 2006, and to examine to what extent the ESS have been implemented in stroke care nursing in Europe. BACKGROUND: Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability globally. Optimal organisation of interdisciplinary stroke care is expected to ameliorate outcome after stroke. Consequently, universal access to stroke care based on evidence-based guidelines is a priority...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814430/the-2017-eular-standardised-procedures-for-ultrasound-imaging-in-rheumatology
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Ingrid Möller, Iustina Janta, Marina Backhaus, Sarah Ohrndorf, David A Bong, Carlo Martinoli, Emilio Filippucci, Luca Maria Sconfienza, Lene Terslev, Nemanja Damjanov, Hilde Berner Hammer, Iwona Sudol-Szopinska, Walter Grassi, Peter Balint, George A W Bruyn, Maria Antonietta D'Agostino, Diana Hollander, Heidi J Siddle, Gabriela Supp, Wolfgang A Schmidt, Annamaria Iagnocco, Juhani Koski, David Kane, Daniela Fodor, Alessandra Bruns, Peter Mandl, Gurjit S Kaeley, Mihaela Micu, Carmen Ho, Violeta Vlad, Mario Chávez-López, Georgios Filippou, Carmen Elena Cerón, Rodina Nestorova, Maritza Quintero, Richard Wakefield, Loreto Carmona, Esperanza Naredo
BACKGROUND: In 2001, the European League Against Rheumatism developed and disseminated the first guidelines for musculoskeletal (MS) ultrasound (US) in rheumatology. Fifteen years later, the dramatic expansion of new data on MSUS in the literature coupled with technological developments in US imaging has necessitated an update of these guidelines. OBJECTIVES: To update the existing MSUS guidelines in rheumatology as well as to extend their scope to other anatomic structures relevant for rheumatology...
August 16, 2017: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814378/mhealth-technologies-for-palliative-care-patients-at-the-interface-of-in-patient-to-outpatient-care-protocol-of-feasibility-study-aiming-to-early-predict-deterioration-of-patient-s-health-status
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Gudrun Theile, Vanessa Klaas, Gerhard Tröster, Matthias Guckenberger
BACKGROUND: Palliative care patients are a particularly vulnerable population and one of the critical phases in patients' trajectories is discharge from specialized in-patient palliative care into outpatient care, where availability of a palliative care infrastructure is highly variable. A relevant number of potentially avoidable readmissions and emergency visits of palliative patients is observed due to rapid exacerbation of symptoms indicating the need for a closer patient monitoring...
August 16, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814233/statins-in-acute-coronary-syndromes
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Manolis Vavuranakis, Maria Kariori, Gerasimos Siasos, Konstantinos Kalogeras, Dimitris Tousoulis
BACKGROUND: Patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) frequently experience recurrent adverse events from the cardiovascular system comparing to either healthy individuals or individuals with stable coronary artery disease. This is attributed to the inflammatory cascade that is activated during ACS resulting in increased risk for rupture of vulnerable plaques. OBJECTIVE: Therefore, it is of great importance to avoid recurrent events with treatment aiming at secondary prevention which includes the management of lipid profile besides alteration in the lifestyle and habits...
August 15, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814125/recreational-drug-use-at-a-major-music-festival-trend-analysis-of-anonymised-pooled-urine
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Lotte Christine Groth Hoegberg, Cecilie Christiansen, Jesper Soe, Rasmus Telving, Mette Findal Andreasen, Dan Staerk, Lona Louring Christrup, Kenneth Thermann Kongstad
OBJECTIVE: The spread of new psychoactive substances (NPS) has expanded rapidly in the last decade. The complexity of the pharmacological effects of NPS challenges the traditional treatment guidelines, and information of the emergence of new arrivals is valuable. Our knowledge on the actual range of recreational drugs used and NPS available in Denmark is limited as identification is possible only when consumers become patients in the healthcare system or through drug seizures. We aimed to detect classical recreational drugs and NPS in the urine of music festival attendees and evaluate if the use of NPS could have been predicted by comparing study data with drug seizure data from the previous year published by European and Danish health authorities...
August 17, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813613/methacholine-challenge-comparison-of-airway-responsiveness-produced-by-a-vibrating-mesh-nebulizer-versus-a-jet-nebulizer
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Christianne M Blais, Donald W Cockcroft, Justine Veilleux, Marie-Ève Boulay, Louis-Philippe Boulet, Gail M Gauvreau, Tara X Scime, Richard M Watson, Paul M O'Byrne, Beth E Davis
BACKGROUND: The latest methacholine challenge testing (MCT) guidelines published by the European Respiratory Society recommend the characterization of nebulizers before their use in clinics and research. Such investigations are necessary for accurately determining the provocative dose of methacholine causing a 20% fall in FEV1 (PD20) delivered by a given device. The standard English Wright (Wright) jet nebulizer recommended in the 1999 guidelines by the American Thoracic Society has become difficult to obtain and possesses some characteristics that complicate the calculation of dose delivery from this device (e...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Aerosol Medicine and Pulmonary Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810904/antiarrhythmic-drug-therapy-among-patients-presenting-to-emergency-department-with-symptomatic-atrial-fibrillation-a-prospective-nationwide-cohort
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Tero Penttilä, Heikki Mäkynen, Juha Hartikainen, Harri Hyppölä, Timo Lauri, Mika Lehto, Juha Lund, M J Pekka Raatikainen
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common arrhythmia that causes numerous visits to emergency departments (ED). The aim of the FinFib2 study was to evaluate whether treatment of patients with AF in ED is consistent with the contemporary European Society of Cardiology (ESC) management guidelines. Here we report the results of antiarrhythmic drug therapy (AAD) in ED. METHODS: All patients within the two-week study period whose primary reason for the ED visit was symptomatic AF were included into this prospective multicentre study...
August 15, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810281/-hyponatremia-differential-diagnosis-and-treatment
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Heiner Mönig, Alexander Arlt
Hyponatremia is the most common electrolyte abnormality seen in hospitalized patients, with up to 30 % having a plasma sodium concentration below 135 mmol/l. It is now clear that the clinical problem extends beyond the neurological symptoms, which can be explained by intracerebral osmotic fluid shifts and brain edema. Instead, chronic hyponatremia is associated with impaired gait stability and an increased risk of bone fragility fractures. Moreover, hyponatremia has been demonstrated to be an indicator of poor prognosis in a variety of conditions...
August 2017: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809869/-some-considerations-on-revision-of-legislation-hygiene-sanitary-for-the-management-of-swimming-pools-for-swimming-pool-use-and-the-national-consultation-of-the-ministry-of-health
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Federica Valeriani, Rossella Briancesco, Sara Sanzari, Gianluca Gianfranceschi, Emanuele Ferretti, Lucia Bonadonna, Vincenzo Romano Spica
After over a decade the Italian regulation on hygiene and surveillance in swimming pools is under revision based on WHO guidelines and current laws from other European countries. The Ministry of Health is proposing an update of the Annex 1 that contains physical, chemical and microbiological indicators for monitoring swimming pool hygiene. The authors review current regulations and the new proposal for updating surveillance. A comparison of Annex 1 as approved in 2003 and the new version as proposed in 2016 allowed to enlighten innovative improvements...
May 2017: Igiene e Sanità Pubblica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809644/-endoprosthesis-infections-guidelines-for-antibiotic-therapy-common-guidelines-of-the-czech-society-for-orthopaedics-and-traumatology-and-the-society-for-infectious-diseases-of-the-czech-medical-association-of-j-e-purkyn%C3%A4
#18
D Musil, M Balejová, M Horníková, A Chrdle, N Mallátová, O Nyč, V Chmelík, J Gallo, D Jahoda, J Stehlík
PURPOSE OF THE STUDY This study aims to articulate regional guidelines for curative and suppressive antibiotic therapy of total joint replacement infections. MATERIAL AND METHODS When developing the standard, used as source materials were the published foreign guidelines for antibiotic therapy of prosthetic joint infections, the analysis of resistance of bacterial strains conducted in the Hospital in České Budějovice, a.s. and the assessment of strain resistance for the Czech Republic published by the European Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Network (EARS-Net)...
2017: Acta Chirurgiae Orthopaedicae et Traumatologiae Cechoslovaca
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801396/the-sims-trial-adjustable-anchored-single-incision-mini-slings-versus-standard-tension-free-midurethral-slings-in-the-surgical-management-of-female-stress-urinary-incontinence-a-study-protocol-for-a-pragmatic-multicentre-non-inferiority-randomised-controlled
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Mohamed Abdel-Fattah, Graeme MacLennan, Mary Kilonzo, R Phil Assassa, Kirsty McCormick, Tracey Davidson, Alison McDonald, James N'Dow, Judith Wardle, John Norrie
INTRODUCTION: Single-incision mini-slings (SIMS) represent the third generation of midurethral slings. They have been developed with the aim of offering a true ambulatory procedure for treatment of female stress urinary incontinence (SUI) with reduced morbidity and earlier recovery while maintaining similar efficacy to standard midurethral slings (SMUS). The aim of this study is to determine the clinical and cost-effectiveness of adjustable anchored SIMS compared with tension-free SMUS in the surgical management of female SUI, with 3-year follow-up...
August 11, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801180/obesity-as-predictor-of-postoperative-outcomes-in-liver-transplant-candidates-review-of-the-literature-and-future-perspectives
#20
REVIEW
Michele Barone, Maria Teresa Viggiani, Alfonso W Avolio, Andrea Iannone, Maria Rendina, Alfredo Di Leo
BACKGROUND: Current American and European guidelines consider a pre-transplant BMI ≥40kg/m(2) as a relative contraindication for liver transplantation but this recommendation is graded as uncertain and requires further research. Moreover, conflicting results are reported on the predictive value of BMI 30-39.9kg/m(2) on post-transplant complication and mortality risk. AIM: This study analyzed the data of the literature on the effect of all three BMI classes of obesity on postoperative outcomes in liver transplantation...
July 22, 2017: Digestive and Liver Disease
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