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Z B Pi, J K Zhang, Y Peng, Y Jin, H Lin
Objective: To evaluate the efficacy of ultrasound-guided spinal nerve posterior ramus pulsed radiofrequency treatment of lower back post-herpetic neuralgia. Methods: One hundred and twenty-eight cases of lower back or anterior abdominal wall acute post-herpetic neuralgia patients were enrolled. They were randomly divided into two groups. Group A: oral treatment only with gabapentin+ celecoxib+ amitriptyline. Group B: while taking these drugs, patients were treated with radiofrequency pulses using a portable ultrasound device and the paravertebral puncture technique...
March 13, 2018: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
Paulo Alvim Borges, Alexandre Fogaça Cristante, Tarcísio Eloy Pessoa de Barros-Filho, Renato Jose Mendonça Natalino, Gustavo Bispo Dos Santos, Raphael Marcus Marcon
OBJECTIVE: To standardize a spinal cord lesion mouse model. METHODS: Thirty BALB/c mice were divided into five groups: four experimental groups and one control group (sham). The experimental groups were subjected to spinal cord lesion by a weight drop from different heights after laminectomy whereas the sham group only underwent laminectomy. Mice were observed for six weeks, and functional behavior scales were applied. The mice were then euthanized, and histological investigations were performed to confirm and score spinal cord lesion...
March 15, 2018: Clinics
Patrícia S Cê, Bernardo Bo Barreiro, Rodrigo Bm Silva, Rogério B Oliveira, Claiton Heitz, Maria M Campos
AIMS: To evaluate salivary levels of the proinflammatory cytokine interleukin-1β (IL-1β) in patients with temporomandibular disorders (TMD), fibromyalgia, or both conditions in comparison to healthy individuals. METHODS: A total of 69 females (18 to 84 years of age) were assigned to one of four groups: (A) healthy controls (n = 27); (B) TMD only (n = 18); (C) fibromyalgia only (n = 15); and (D) fibromyalgia plus TMD (n = 9). Clinical data and salivary IL-1β levels were evaluated...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Oral & Facial Pain and Headache
Massoud Saghafi, Mandana Khodashahi, Nayyereh Saadati, Azita Azarian, Zahra Rezaieyazdi, Maryam Salehi, Maryam Sahebari
Background: Serum cartilage oligomeric matrix protein (COMP) is a non-collagen glycoprotein produced by the cartilage, synovium, tendon, and meniscus. Recent studies showed that COMP is a reliable factor for monitoring cartilage damage. Objective: To determine the relationship between serum COMP concentration and the severity of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Methods: This cross-sectional study lasted from 2013 to 2015 at the Rheumatology Clinic of Ghaem Hospital, Mashhad, Iran...
December 2017: Electronic Physician
Salvina Barra, Liliana Belgioia, Michela Marcenaro, Serena Callegari, Alice Pastorino, Luca Trapani, Francesca Cavagnetto, Stefania Garelli, Renzo Corvò
Background: After radical prostatectomy (RP) radiotherapy (RT) plays a role, both as adjuvant or salvage treatment. If negative features are present such as extracapsular extension, seminal vesicle invasion, lymph invasion, and positive surgical margins, RT after RP reduces the risk of recurrence, although it is associated with an increased risk of acute and late toxicities. An intensified RT delivered in a shortened time could improve clinical outcome and be safely combined with hormonal therapy (HT)...
2018: Cancer Management and Research
Ilaria Mileti, Marco Germanotta, Enrica Di Sipio, Isabella Imbimbo, Alessandra Pacilli, Carmen Erra, Martina Petracca, Stefano Rossi, Zaccaria Del Prete, Anna Rita Bentivoglio, Luca Padua, Eduardo Palermo
Monitoring gait quality in daily activities through wearable sensors has the potential to improve medical assessment in Parkinson's Disease (PD). In this study, four gait partitioning methods, two based on thresholds and two based on a machine learning approach, considering the four-phase model, were compared. The methods were tested on 26 PD patients, both in OFF and ON levodopa conditions, and 11 healthy subjects, during walking tasks. All subjects were equipped with inertial sensors placed on feet. Force resistive sensors were used to assess reference time sequence of gait phases...
March 20, 2018: Sensors
Olivia Samotus, Jack Lee, Mandar Jog
BACKGROUND: Botulinum toxin type A (BoNT-A) injections is the accepted first-line therapy for cervical dystonia (CD), however, numerous patients discontinue treatment early due to perceived sub-optimal relief. To improve BoNT-A therapy for CD, proper assessment of neck motion and selection of relevant muscles and dosing must be met. Kinematic technology may improve treatment outcomes by guiding physicians to better tailor muscle selection and BoNT-A dosing for CD therapy. METHODS: 28 CD participants were placed into either group: expert injector determined injection patterns by visual assessment ("vb") versus injection patterns based on kinematics interpreted by an expert injector ("kb")...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Neurology
Hideaki Nishigori, Masayuki Ishii, Yujiro Kokado, Kouji Fujimoto, Hiroshi Higashiyama
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of pelvic floor rehabilitation (PFR) for patients with bowel dysfunction after intersphincteric resection (ISR) and to compare the treatment response to that of patients after low anterior resection (LAR). METHODS: Thirty patients with postoperative bowel dysfunction for more than 6 months were enrolled and treated with PFR for 6 months. RESULTS: In the ISR group, significant improvements in the number of bowel movements and the use of antidiarrheal medications were observed, but no significant improvement was observed in the Wexner score (WS) and the fecal incontinence severity index (FISI)...
March 19, 2018: World Journal of Surgery
Brian H H Lang, Yu-Cho Woo, Keith Wan-Hang Chiu
OBJECTIVES: Assessing the efficacy and safety of sequential high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) ablation in a multinodular goitre (MNG) by comparing them with single HIFU ablation. METHODS: One hundred and four (84.6%) patients underwent single ablation of a single nodule (group I), while 19 (15.4%) underwent sequential ablation of two relatively-dominant nodules in a MNG (group II). Extent of shrinkage per nodule [by volume reduction ratio (VRR)], pain scores (by 0-10 visual analogue scale) during and after ablation, and rate of vocal cord palsy (VCP), skin burn and nausea/vomiting were compared between the two groups...
March 19, 2018: European Radiology
Xiaofei Li, Gang Xu, Wenjin Xie, Shengshan Ma
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the clinical outcomes of dexamethasone versus placebo for pain control in patients undergoing total knee arthroplasty (TKA). METHODS: The electronic databases include PubMed, Medline, Embase, Web of Science and the Cochrane Library from inception to February, 2018. Two reviewers abstracted visual analogue scale (VAS), total narcotic use, length of stay, and adverse effects. Data were using fixed-effects or random-effects models with weighted mean differences and odds ratio for continuous and dichotomous variables, respectively...
March 16, 2018: International Journal of Surgery
Samuel Edelbring, Madeleine Abrandt Dahlgren, Desiree Wiegleb Edström
BACKGROUND: Interprofessional learning activities are included in many curricula but are difficult to assess. For languages that are not widely spoken such as Swedish, few validated questionnaires exist that relate to interprofessional outcomes. Therefore, the aim was to examine two such questionnaires in relation to interprofessional competence domains. METHODS: Psychometric characteristics, such as homogeneity of items and internal consistency, were assessed for the Swedish versions of the Jefferson Scale of Attitudes Towards Physician-Nurse Collaboration (JSAPNC) and the Readiness for Interprofessional Learning Scale (RIPLS)...
March 20, 2018: BMC Medical Education
Hui-Wan Chuang, Chi-Wen Kao, Ming-Der Lee, Yue-Cune Chang
Depression is a common issue in institutionalized elderly people. The "Attentively Embracing Story" theory is applied to help individuals transform negative thoughts into positive, and reflect on spiritual healing. This study aimed to examine the effectiveness of a "Story-Centred Care Intervention Program" based on the "Attentively Embracing Story" theory in improving depressive symptoms, cognitive function, and heart rate variability in institutionalized elderly people. Seventy long-term care residents were recruited from two long-term care facilities and randomized into the story-centred care intervention (n = 35) and control groups (n = 35)...
2018: PloS One
Omotayo Bernard, Roger C Gibson, Affette McCaw-Binns, Jody Reece, Charlene Coore-Desai, Sydonnie Shakespeare-Pellington, Maureen Samms-Vaughan
BACKGROUND: Antenatal depression is associated with adverse maternal and infant well-being. However, compared to postpartum depression, it has been less frequently explored globally or in Jamaica. This study aimed to determine the prevalence of, and factors associated with, antenatal depressive symptoms among Jamaican women in order to inform policy and build interventions that could improve their management and reduce their negative consequences. METHODS: This secondary analysis of data from the second Jamaican Birth Cohort Study (JA-Kids Birth Cohort) included 3,517 women enrolled during pregnancy...
2018: PloS One
Jia Ming Low, Mae Yue Tan, Kay Choong See, Marion M Aw
INTRODUCTION: As traditional overnight on-call was shown to contribute to fatigue, Singapore moved to implement a shift system in 2014. We aimed to compare activity levels, sleep (using a wrist actigraph), fatigue and professional quality-of-life between residents working on night-float and those working on traditional overnight on-call. METHODS: All postgraduate year 1 (PGY1) residents at our institution were invited to participate. Participants were required to wear a wrist actigraph for four months, and complete two validated surveys (Epworth Sleepiness Scale [ESS] and Professional Quality of Life Scale [ProQOL]) once each at the start and at the end of study...
March 19, 2018: Singapore Medical Journal
Dianne J Crellin, Denise Harrison, Nick Santamaria, Hamidul Huque, Franz E Babl
The Face, Legs, Activity, Cry and Consolability scale (FLACC) is one of the most commonly and widely used behavioural observation pain scales. The aim of this study was to test the psychometric and practical properties of the FLACC scale to quantify procedural pain in infants and young children. Twenty-six clinicians independently applied the FLACC scale to segments of video collected from 100 children aged six to 42 months undergoing a procedure. Video segments were scored by four reviewers. Inter- and intra-rater reliability coefficients were high (0...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Pain: Official Journal of the American Pain Society
Il Hwan Byun, Jong Won Hong, Mohammed Ahmed Hussein, Yong Oock Kim
PURPOSE: Craniosynostosis (CRS) is a congenital condition resulting premature fusion of one or more cranial sutures. CRS is classified according to the involved sutures into sagittal, metopic, unicoronal, unilambdoid, bicoronal, and multiple-suture CRS, with sagittal suture fusion known to be the most common type. Although multiple studies have presented demographic characteristics of CRS patients, to date, there is no study representing an Asian population. We sought to compare the demographic characteristics of Asian patients to those of Western patients, considering previous reports...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Cranio-maxillo-facial Surgery
Yoshihiro Miyake, Keiko Tanaka, Hitomi Okubo, Satoshi Sasaki, Masashi Arakawa
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this cohort study was to investigate the relationship between maternal fat consumption during pregnancy and behavioral problems in 1199 Japanese children at age 5 y. METHODS: Dietary intake of mothers during pregnancy was assessed using a diet history questionnaire. Emotional, conduct, hyperactivity, and peer problems in children were assessed using the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire; the four scale scores were dichotomized, comparing children with borderline and abnormal scores to children with normal scores...
February 2, 2018: Nutrition
Saeko Takada, Satomi Kameoka, Makiko Okuyama, Takeo Fujiwara, Junko Yagi, Yoshitaka Iwadare, Hiroaki Honma, Hirohumi Mashiko, Keizo Nagao, Takeshi Fujibayashi, Yasuko Asano, Sayaka Yamamoto, Tomoko Osawa, Hiroshi Kato
The purpose of this study was to determine the reliability and validity of the UCLA PTSD Reaction Index for DSM-5 (PTSD-RI-5) among Japanese youth. This is the first study to explore psychometrics of the DSM-5 version of the PTSD-RI-5, as well as the first multisite study of an Asian population. This article presents psychometric characteristics of the PTSD-RI-5 derived from a sample of Japanese children and adolescents (N = 318). The PTSD-RI-5 total scale displayed good internal consistency reliability (α = 0...
March 3, 2018: Asian Journal of Psychiatry
Armando Silva Almodovar, Swatee Surve, David Rhys Axon, David Cooper, Milap C Nahata
BACKGROUND: Inadequacies in mental health care coverage remain an enormous problem in the United States. Barriers include scarcity of accessible mental health care professionals. Use of a mental health mobile app incorporating social cognitive theory may help improve confidence in coping skills and improve anxiety and depression. Sinasprite is a mobile app that recruited users via self-referral and clinician referral. Users completed questionnaires to obtain demographic and medical histories...
March 16, 2018: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
Du Hyun Ro, Hyuk-Soo Han, Seong Hwan Kim, Yoon-Ho Kwak, Jae-Young Park, Myung Chul Lee
BACKGROUND: The goals of this study were (1) to document the gait pattern of patients with unilateral knee osteoarthritis (OA), (2) to determine the knee adduction moment (KAM) changes in the non-operated knee, and (3) to identify the predictors of change in KAM in the non-operated knee. METHODS: The study recruited 23 patients with advanced unilateral knee OA. The preoperative Kellgren-Lawrence (KL) grade of the non-operated knee was one or two; non-operated knee pain, rated using a numeric rating scale (NRS), was less than three out of 10 points...
March 13, 2018: Knee
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