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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930497/improving-blood-pressure-control-using-smart-technology
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Elizabeth L Ciemins, Anupama Arora, Nicholas C Coombs, Barbara Holloway, Elizabeth J Mullette, Robin Garland, Shannon Walsh Bishop-Green, Jerry Penso, Patricia J Coon
BACKGROUND: The authors sought to determine if wireless oscillometric home blood pressure monitoring (HBPM) that integrates with smartphone technology improves blood pressure (BP) control among patients with new or existing uncontrolled hypertension (HTN). METHODS: A prospective observational cohort study monitored BP control before and after an educational intervention and introduction to HBPM. Patients in the intervention group were instructed to track their BP using a smartphone device three to seven times per week...
September 30, 2017: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929984/developing-a-hospital-disaster-preparedness-plan-for-mass-casualty-incidents-lessons-learned-from-the-downtown-beirut-bombing
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Mazen El Sayed, Ali F Chami, Eveline Hitti
Mass casualty incidents (MCIs) are becoming more frequent worldwide, especially in the Middle East where violence in Syria has spilled over to many neighboring countries. Lebanon lacks a coordinated prehospital response system to deal with MCIs; therefore, hospital preparedness plans are essential to deal with the surge of casualties. This report describes our experience in dealing with an MCI involving a car bomb in an urban area of downtown Beirut, Lebanon. It uses general response principles to propose a simplified response model for hospitals to use during MCIs...
September 20, 2017: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929923/rethinking-brain-cancer-therapy-tumor-enzyme-activatable-theranostic-nanoparticles
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Heike E Daldrup-Link
This invited commentary discusses a recent article by Mohanty et al in Molecular Cancer Therapeutics about significant therapeutic efficacies of novel theranostic nanoparticles (TNPs) for the treatment of human brain cancers in mouse models. The TNPs were cleaved by enzymes in the tumor tissue, matrix metalloproteinase (MMP-14), which lead to release of a highly potent therapeutic drug, azademethylcolchicine. Data showed that the TNPs caused selective toxic effects in MMP-14-expressing glioblastoma and not normal brain...
January 2017: Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929532/the-impact-of-left-ventricular-deformation-and-dyssynchrony-on-improvement-of-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction-following-radiofrequency-catheter-ablation-in-wolff-parkinson-white-syndrome-a-comprehensive-study-by-speckle-tracking-echocardiography
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Tomoo Nagai, Akira Hamabe, Junko Arakawa, Hirotsugu Tabata, Toshihiko Nishioka
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate left ventricular (LV) deformation and LV dyssynchrony in patients with Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome and to identify the factors that affect the efficacy of radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA). METHODS: Thirty patients (26 men, mean age 40 ± 12 years) with WPW syndrome were prospectively recruited for this study. They underwent 2-dimensional transthoracic echocardiography with speckle tracking analysis before RFCA and again within 48 hours after RFCA...
September 19, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929529/correlation-between-myocardial-deformation-on-three-dimensional-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-and-cardiopulmonary-exercise-testing
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Mei Li, Yaran Lu, Cui Fang, Xiaorong Zhang
PURPOSE: Heart failure (HF) is a multifactorial entity that combines derangements in both systolic and diastolic function. The relationship between systolic and diastolic function and exercise capacity is not fully understood. We sought to determine the mechanisms linking cardiac function and exercise tolerance in patients with HF. METHODS: One hundred fifty-six subjects with different cardiac function levels were included in the study. Subjects' 2D echocardiographic, 3D speckle tracking echocardiographic, and cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) data were collected...
September 19, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929459/revisiting-ovarian-cancer-microenvironment-a-friend-or-a-foe
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REVIEW
Boyi Zhang, Fei Chen, Qixia Xu, Liu Han, Jiaqian Xu, Libin Gao, Xiaochen Sun, Yiwen Li, Yan Li, Min Qian, Yu Sun
Development of ovarian cancer involves the co-evolution of neoplastic cells together with the adjacent microenvironment. Steps of malignant progression including primary tumor outgrowth, therapeutic resistance, and distant metastasis are not determined solely by genetic alterations in ovarian cancer cells, but considerably shaped by the fitness advantage conferred by benign components in the ovarian stroma. As the dynamic cancer topography varies drastically during disease progression, heterologous cell types within the tumor microenvironment (TME) can actively determine the pathological track of ovarian cancer...
September 19, 2017: Protein & Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928716/cushing-s-disease-subclinical-left-ventricular-systolic-and-diastolic-dysfunction-revealed-by-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-and-tissue-doppler-imaging
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Beata Uzie Bło-Życzkowska, Paweł Krzesinński, Przemysław Witek, Grzegorz Zielinński, Agnieszka Jurek, Grzegorz Gielerak, Andrzej Skrobowski
OBJECTIVE: Novel echocardiographic techniques, such as speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) and tissue Doppler imaging, are sensitive tools for assessing left ventricular (LV) performance. LV global longitudinal strain (GLS), assessed by STE, is a sensitive marker of myocardial systolic function. Cardiovascular complications in patients with Cushing's disease (CD) determine a higher mortality than that in an age- and gender-matched population. Cardiac systolic dysfunction may be detected in early stages by STE...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928607/speckle-tracking-evaluation-of-right-ventricular-functions-in-children-with-sickle-cell-disease
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Osama Abd Rab Elrasol Tolba, Mohamed Ramadan El-Shanshory, Mohamed Abd Elaziz El-Gamasy, Walid Ahmed El-Shehaby
BACKGROUND: Cardiac dysfunction is a risk factor for death in patients with sickle cell disease (SCD). AIM OF THE WORK: Aim of the work is to evaluate the right ventricular systolic and diastolic functions by tissue Doppler and speckling tracking imaging in children with SCD. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Thirty children with SCD and thirty controls were subjected to clinical, laboratory evaluations, and echocardiographic study using GE Vivid 7 (GE Medical System, Horten, Norway with a 3...
September 2017: Annals of Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927104/antisense-rna-transcripts-in-the-blood-may-be-novel-diagnostic-markers-for-colorectal-cancer
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Tomohiro Kurokawa, Keisuke Kohno, Kentaro Nagai, Mitsuru Chiba, Sugiru Pak, Soichiro Murata, Kiyoshi Fukunaga, Hiroshi Yasue, Nobuhiro Ohkohchi
Numerous genetic studies have been conducted regarding the occurrence of colorectal cancer (CRC) and the prognosis using microarrays. However, adequate investigations into the diagnostic application of microarrays have yet to be performed. The simplicity and accuracy of diagnosis and prognosis tracking are important requirements for its processes, and the use of blood cells for diagnosis is considered to be suitable to meet these requirements. The patients involved in the study were 28 preoperative patients with CRC and 6 healthy individuals who served as controls...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926154/brain-functional-connectome-abnormalities-in-als-are-associated-with-disability-and-cortical-hyperexcitability
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Nimeshan Geevasinga, Mayuresh S Korgaonkar, Parvathi Menon, Mehdi Van den Bos, Lavier Gomes, Sheryl Foster, Matthew C Kiernan, Steve Vucic
OBJECTIVE: The present study utilized a multimodality approach encompassing connectome network combined with brain volume analysis, and assessment of cortical excitability to provide novel insights into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) pathogenesis. METHODS: Magnetic resonance images (MRI) were acquired using a 3.0 Tesla GE Signa HDx scanner, using an 8-channel head coil. MR images for the resting state scan were acquired using echo planar imaging MR sequence, acquiring 40 contiguous axial/oblique slices...
September 19, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925935/technical-advances-in-the-measurement-of-residual-disease-in-acute-myeloid-leukemia
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REVIEW
Gregory W Roloff, Catherine Lai, Christopher S Hourigan, Laura W Dillon
Outcomes for those diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) remain poor. It has been widely established that persistent residual leukemic burden, often referred to as measurable or minimal residual disease (MRD), after induction therapy or at the time of hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) is highly predictive for adverse clinical outcomes and can be used to identify patients likely to experience clinically evident relapse. As a result of inherent genetic and molecular heterogeneity in AML, there is no uniform method or protocol for MRD measurement to encompass all cases...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925416/extracting-autism-spectrum-disorder-data-from-the-electronic-health-record
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Ruth A Bush, Cynthia D Connelly, Alexa Pérez, Halsey Barlow, George J Chiang
BACKGROUND: Little is known about the health care utilization patterns of individuals with pediatric autism spectrum disorder (ASD). OBJECTIVES: Electronic health record (EHR) data provide an opportunity to study medical utilization and track outcomes among children with ASD.  Methods: Using a pediatric, tertiary, academic hospital's Epic EHR, search queries were built to identify individuals aged 2-18 with International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codes, 299...
July 19, 2017: Applied Clinical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924569/patient-radiation-exposure-and-dose-tracking-a-perspective
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REVIEW
Madan M Rehani
Much of the emphasis on radiation protection about 2 decades ago accrued from the need for protection of radiation workers and collective doses to populations from medical exposures. With the realization that individual patient doses were rising and becoming an issue, the author had propagated the concept of a smart card for radiation exposure history of individual patients. During the last 7 years, much has happened wherein radiation exposure and the dose history of individual patients has become a reality in many countries...
July 2017: Journal of Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924361/temporomandibular-dysfunction-stress-and-common-mental-disorder-in-university-students
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Viviane Gontijo Augusto, Keity Cristina Bueno Perina, Daniel Silva Gontijo Penha, Daiane Carolina Alves Dos Santos, Valéria Aparecida Souza Oliveira
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the prevalence of temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD) and its association with perceived stress and common mental disorder (CMD) in academic students. METHODS: This is s transversal observational study conducted at Universidade de Minas Gerais, Divinópolis Unit, in health science courses. To investigate the prevalence of TMD, the anamnestic index by Fonseca was used. Stress was assessed by the perceived stress scale, translated and adapted for the Brazilian population in 2006...
November 2016: Acta Ortopedica Brasileira
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924296/applied-carbohydrate-counting
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Lovely Gupta, Deepak Khandelwal, Sanjay Kalra
Carbohydrate counting or "carb counting" is a meal planning technique for persons with diabetes for managing blood glucose levels by tracking the grams of carbohydrate consumed at meals. With better patient education and awareness, carb counting has become an important step in diabetes management. People with all types of diabetes can be benefited with this approach via improved glycaemic control and quality of life. In the first part of this review basic principles of carbohydrate counting, its application in clinical practice and exchange lists pertaining primarily to South Asian populations have been discussed...
September 2017: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923810/an-innovative-community-based-model-for-improving-preventive-care-in-rural-counties
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Zsolt J Nagykaldi, Dewey Scheid, Daniel Zhao, Bhawani Mishra, Tracy Greever-Rice
OBJECTIVE: This quasi-experimental pilot study aimed to implement and evaluate a sustainable, rural community-based patient outreach model for preventive care provided through primary care practices (PCPs) located in a rural county in Oklahoma. A Wellness Coordinator (WC) working with PCPs, the county health department, the county hospital, and a health information exchange (HIE) organization helped county residents receive evidence-based preventive services. METHODS: The WC used a community wellness registry connected to electronic medical records via HIE and called patients at the county level based on PCP-prioritized and tailored protocols...
September 2017: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923655/coloduodenovesical-fistula-after-simultaneous-pancreas-kidney-transplant-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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A A Rahnemai-Azar, M Penna, S D Morrison, S C Rayhill, L Sibulesky, K A Muczynski, R Bakthavatsalam
BACKGROUND: Complicated diverticulitis after transplantation occurs in as many as 3.5% of cases and carries a 25% mortality rate. Diagnosis of complicated diverticulitis in this population can be challenging because of abnormal presentations caused by immunosuppression. Only 4 cases of fistulization after kidney transplantation are described in the literature; none occurred after simultaneous pancreas-kidney transplant. METHODS: We present a first case of a coloduodenovesical fistula in a patient 9 years after simultaneous pancreas-kidney transplant...
October 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922350/stem-cells-and-cell-based-therapies-for-cerebral-palsy-a-call-for-rigor
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REVIEW
Lauren L Jantzie, Joseph Scafidi, Shenandoah Robinson
Cell-based therapies hold significant promise for infants at risk for cerebral palsy (CP) from perinatal brain injury (PBI). PBI leading to CP results from multi-faceted damage to neural cells. Complex developing neural networks are injured by neural cell damage plus unique perturbations in cell signaling. Given that cell-based therapies can simultaneously repair multiple injured neural components during critical neurodevelopmental windows, these interventions potentially offer efficacy for patients with CP...
September 18, 2017: Pediatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922322/-vectra-3d-imaging-for-quantitative-volumetric-analysis-of-the-upper-limb-a-feasibility-study-for-tracking-outcomes-of-lymphedema-treatment
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Mark J Landau, Jennifer S Kim, Daniel J Gould, Ketan M Patel
BACKGROUND: Secondary lymphedema of the upper limb is a common sequela following lymphadenectomy during oncologic surgery. The gold standard for evaluating treatment outcomes in upper limb lymphedema is limb volume measurement. However, current techniques lack sensitivity to localized changes. In this study, the Vectra 3D imaging system was utilized to accurately and precisely obtain volume measurements of the upper limb in patients with lymphedema. METHODS: A feasibility study was performed in 11 patients with lymphedema and 22 upper extremities; 24 arms were evaluated in total...
September 14, 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922206/hidden-costs-of-hospitalization-after-firearm-injury-national-analysis-of-different-hospital-readmission
#20
Rishi Rattan, Joshua Parreco, Nicholas Namias, Gerd D Pust, D Dante Yeh, Tanya L Zakrison
OBJECTIVE: To compare the risk factors and costs associated with readmission after firearm injury nationally, including different hospitals. BACKGROUND: No national studies capture readmission to different hospitals after firearm injury. METHODS: The 2013 to 2014 Nationwide Readmissions Database was queried for patients admitted after firearm injury. Logistic regression identified risk factors for 30-day same and different hospital readmission...
September 15, 2017: Annals of Surgery
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