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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934801/increasing-rates-of-imaging-in-failed-back-surgery-syndrome-patients-implications-for-spinal-cord-stimulation
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S Harrison Farber, Jing L Han, Frank W Petraglia Iii, Robert Gramer, Siyun Yang, Promila Pagadala, Beth Parente, Jichun Xie, Jeffrey R Petrella, Shivanand P Lad
BACKGROUND: Failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) has a high incidence following spinal surgery, is notoriously refractory to treatment, and results in high health care utilization. Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is a well-accepted modality for pain relief in this population; however, until recently magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was prohibited due to risk of heat conduction through the device. OBJECTIVES: We examined trends in imaging use over the past decade in patients with FBSS to determine its impact on health care utilization and implications for patients receiving SCS...
September 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934786/long-term-cost-utility-of-spinal-cord-stimulation-in-patients-with-failed-back-surgery-syndrome
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S Harrison Farber, Jing L Han, Aladine A Elsamadicy, Qasim Hussaini, Siyun Yang, Promila Pagadala, Beth Parente, Jichun Xie, Shivanand P Lad
BACKGROUND: Failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) is a cause of significant morbidity for up to 40% of patients following spine surgery, and is estimated to cost almost $20 billion. Treatment options for these patients currently include conventional medical management (CMM), repeat operation, or spinal cord stimulation (SCS). Much of the published data regarding cost effectiveness of SCS comprise smaller scale randomized controlled trials (RCTs) rather than large databases capturing practices throughout the US...
September 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934746/temperature-probe-placement-during-preterm-infant-resuscitation-a-randomised-trial
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Brahim Bensouda, Romain Mandel, Abdelwaheb Mejri, Jean Lachapelle, Marie St-Hilaire, Nabeel Ali
BACKGROUND: Hypothermia on admission to intensive care is associated with poor outcomes in preterm infants. The neonatal resuscitation program recommends the use of servo-control thermoregulation during resuscitation. Very little evidence exists to guide optimal temperature probe placement in the delivery room. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this work was to determine, in moderately preterm infants, if temperature probe placement in the dorsal, thoracic, or axillary area during delivery room resuscitation would result in differing temperatures on admission to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)...
September 22, 2017: Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934083/outpatient-vaginal-hysterectomy-comparison-of-conventional-suture-ligature-versus-electrosurgical-bipolar-vessel-sealing
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G Giraudet, J P Lucot, F Sanz, C Rubod, P Collinet, M Cosson
OBJECTIVE: The aim of our study was to evaluate the feasibility of vaginal hysterectomy in an ambulatory care system and the best way to perform it between conventional and bipolar vessel sealing system ligatures. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This was a prospective study of 32 patients with vaginal hysterectomy at Lille University Hospital between December 2013 and May 2015. Two surgical techniques were compared: conventional suture ligature (CSL) and electrosurgical bipolar vessel sealing (BVS)...
May 2017: Journal of gynecology obstetrics and human reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932318/khan-krum-the-fearsome-a-noble-bulgarian-with-iris-fibroma
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Georgi Tchernev, Hristo Mangarov, Anastasiya Atanasova Chokoeva
A 40-year-old Caucasian, the otherwise healthy male patient, presented with 3-years history of a prominent tumor-like formation, located on his back, without subjective complaints. Initially, the lesion was 1-2 cm in size but gradually increased to a visible-pronounced tumor-like formation. No other dermatologic diseases, neither other known abnormalities were reported for the medical and family history. Softly-elastic on palpation tumor-like formation was established in the left infrascapular area of the back, measuring 8/9 cm in diameter...
August 15, 2017: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931706/diabetes-research-and-care-through-the-ages
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Bernard Zinman, Jay S Skyler, Matthew C Riddle, Ele Ferrannini
As has been well established, the Diabetes Care journal's most visible signature event is the Diabetes Care Symposium held each year during the American Diabetes Association's Scientific Sessions. Held this past year on 10 June 2017 in San Diego, California, at the 77th Scientific Sessions, this event has become one of the most attended sessions during the Scientific Sessions. Each year, in order to continue to have the symposium generate interest, we revise the format and content of this event. For this past year, our 6th annual symposium, I felt it was time to provide a comprehensive overview of our efforts in diabetes care to determine, first and foremost, how we arrived at our current state of management...
October 2017: Diabetes Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931501/cancer-predisposition-cascade-screening-for-hereditary-breast-ovarian-cancer-and-lynch-syndromes-in-switzerland-study-protocol
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Maria C Katapodi, Valeria Viassolo, Maria Caiata-Zufferey, Christos Nikolaidis, Rosmarie Bührer-Landolt, Nicole Buerki, Rossella Graffeo, Henrik Csaba Horváth, Christian Kurzeder, Manuela Rabaglio, Michael Scharfe, Corinne Urech, Tobias E Erlanger, Nicole Probst-Hensch, Karl Heinimann, Viola Heinzelmann-Schwarz, Olivia Pagani, Pierre O Chappuis
BACKGROUND: Breast, colorectal, ovarian, and endometrial cancers constitute approximately 30% of newly diagnosed cancer cases in Switzerland, affecting more than 12,000 individuals annually. Hundreds of these patients are likely to carry germline pathogenic variants associated with hereditary breast ovarian cancer (HBOC) or Lynch syndrome (LS). Genetic services (counseling and testing) for hereditary susceptibility to cancer can prevent many cancer diagnoses and deaths through early identification and risk management...
September 20, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929392/preventing-early-bouncebacks-to-the-neurointensive-care-unit-a-retrospective-analysis-and-quality-improvement-pilot
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David G Coughlin, Monisha A Kumar, Neha N Patel, Rebecca L Hoffman, Scott E Kasner
BACKGROUND: Early unplanned readmissions of "bouncebacks" to intensive care units are a healthcare quality metric and result in higher mortality and greater cost. Few studies have examined bouncebacks to the neurointensive care unit (neuro-ICU), and we sought to design and implement a quality improvement pilot to reduce that rate. METHODS: First, we performed a retrospective chart review of 504 transfers to identify potential bounceback risk factors. Risk factors were assessed on the day of transfer by the transferring physician identifying patients as "high risk" or "low risk" for bounceback...
September 19, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928789/the-long-term-course-of-outcomes-for-lumbar-intervertebral-disc-herniation-following-integrated-complementary-and-alternative-medicine-inpatient-treatment-a-prospective-observational-study
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Moon-Hwi Kim, Yoon Jae Lee, Joon-Shik Shin, Jinho Lee, Haechan Jeong, Me-Riong Kim, Sam-Min Park, Ung Go, Sung-Moon Kim, Jae-Yeong Kim, Dong-Gyu Hwang, In-Hyuk Ha
A prospective observational study was conducted in 524 lumbar intervertebral disc herniation (LDH) inpatients to report the long-term effects of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatment. Participants received integrative CAM treatment during hospitalization, from June 2012 to May 2013, and long-term outcomes were assessed from July to August 2016. Numerical rating scales (NRSs) of back and leg pain, the Oswestry disability index (ODI), satisfaction, surgery, recurrence, and current care status were investigated...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925663/top-poems-of-2016-consistent-with-the-principles-of-the-choosing-wisely-campaign
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Roland Grad, Mark H Ebell
A challenge in the Choosing Wisely campaign is to identify low-value clinical actions supported by high-quality evidence. We applied a method based on crowdsourcing the Daily POEM (patient-oriented evidence that matters) to identify low-value clinical actions from research studies consistent with the principles of Choosing Wisely. In 2016, we analyzed an average of 1,382 questionnaires on 265 unique POEMs delivered to physician members of the Canadian Medical Association. From these questionnaires, we identified the POEMs ranking highest on one questionnaire item directly linked to reducing overdiagnosis or overtreatment...
August 15, 2017: American Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924697/chiropractic-spinal-manipulation-and-the-risk-for-acute-lumbar-disc-herniation-a-belief-elicitation-study
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Cesar A Hincapié, J David Cassidy, Pierre Côté, Y Raja Rampersaud, Alejandro R Jadad, George A Tomlinson
PURPOSE: Chiropractic spinal manipulation treatment (SMT) is common for back pain and has been reported to increase the risk for lumbar disc herniation (LDH), but there is no high quality evidence about this. In the absence of good evidence, clinicians can have knowledge and beliefs about the risk. Our purpose was to determine clinicians' beliefs regarding the risk for acute LDH associated with chiropractic SMT. METHODS: Using a belief elicitation design, 47 clinicians (16 chiropractors, 15 family physicians and 16 spine surgeons) that treat patients with back pain from primary and tertiary care practices were interviewed...
September 18, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923844/red-flag-screening-for-low-back-pain-nothing-to-see-here-move-along-a-narrative-review
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REVIEW
Chad E Cook, Steven Z George, Michael P Reiman
Screening for red flags in individuals with low back pain (LBP) has been a historical hallmark of musculoskeletal management. Red flag screening is endorsed by most LBP clinical practice guidelines, despite a lack of support for their diagnostic capacity. We share four major reasons why red flag screening is not consistent with best practice in LBP management: (1) clinicians do not actually screen for red flags, they manage the findings; (2) red flag symptomology negates the utility of clinical findings; (3) the tests lack the negative likelihood ratio to serve as a screen; and (4) clinical practice guidelines do not include specific processes that aid decision-making...
September 18, 2017: British Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922698/survival-improvements-with-adjuvant-therapy-in-patients-with-glioblastoma
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Dasantha Jayamanne, Helen Wheeler, Raymond Cook, Charles Teo, David Brazier, Geoff Schembri, Marina Kastelan, Linxin Guo, Michael F Back
BACKGROUND: Evaluate survival of patients diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) managed with adjuvant intensity modulated radiation therapy and temozolomide since the introduction of the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer and National Cancer Institute of Canada Clinical Trials Group (EORTC-NCIC) protocol. METHODS: All patients with GBM managed between May 2007 and December 2014 with EORTC-NCIC protocol were entered into a prospective database...
September 18, 2017: ANZ Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921673/safety-of-back-transfer-to-local-hospitals-during-an-acute-care-hospitalization
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Leah F Nelson, Karisa K Harland, Dan M Shane, Azeemuddin Ahmed, Nicholas M Mohr
PURPOSE: This paper investigates patient outcomes including length of stay (LOS), cost of hospitalization, bounce-back rates, transition to hospice care, and mortality, following back-transfer. METHODS: This study was an observational case-control study of adults hospitalized in Iowa between 2005 and 2013 to identify back-transferred patients. Back-transfer was defined as the transfer of rural patients near the end of their acute hospitalization in a comprehensive medical center back to a local community hospital for the completion of their medical care...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Rural Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921656/animal-models-for-studying-the-etiology-and-treatment-of-low-back-pain
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REVIEW
Changgui Shi, Sujun Qiu, Scott M Riester, Vaskar Das, Bingqian Zhu, Atiyayein A Wallace, Andre J van Wijnen, Fackson Mwale, James C Iatridis, Daisuke Sakai, Gina Votta-Velis, Wen Yuan, Hee-Jeong Im
Chronic low back pain is a major cause of disability and health care costs. Effective treatments are inadequate for many patients. Animal models are essential to further understanding of the pain mechanism and testing potential therapies. Currently, a number of preclinical models have been developed attempting to mimic aspects of clinical conditions that contribute to low back pain. This review focused on describing these animal models and the main behavioral tests for assessing pain in each model. Animal models of low back pain can be divided into the following five categories: discogenic low back pain, radicular back pain, facet joint osteoarthritis back pain, muscle-induced low back pain, and spontaneous occurring low back pain models...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917604/the-needs-of-the-relatives-in-the-adult-intensive-care-unit-cultural-adaptation-and-psychometric-properties-of-the-chilean-spanish-version-of-the-critical-care-family-needs-inventory
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Noelia Rojas Silva, Cristobal Padilla Fortunatti, Yerko Molina Muñoz, Macarena Amthauer Rojas
INTRODUCTION: The admission of a patient to an intensive care unit is an extraordinary event for their family. Although the Critical Care Family Needs Inventory is the most commonly used questionnaire for understanding the needs of relatives of critically ill patients, no Spanish-language version is available. The aim of this study was to culturally adapt and validate theCritical Care Family Needs Inventory in a sample of Chilean relatives of intensive care patients. METHODS: The back-translated version of the inventory was culturally adapted following input from 12 intensive care and family experts...
September 13, 2017: Intensive & Critical Care Nursing: the Official Journal of the British Association of Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916008/preparing-trainees-for-integrated-care-triple-board-and-the-postpediatric-portal-program
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REVIEW
Mary Margaret Gleason, Sandra Sexson
Training combining the disciplines of pediatrics, psychiatry, and child and adolescent psychiatry dates back to World War II, but formal combined programs began more than 3 decades ago as the Triple Board Program and 10 years ago as the Postpediatric Portal Program (PPPP). Triple board training was rigorously examined as a pilot program and ongoing surveys suggest that it provides successful training of physicians who can pass the required board examinations and contribute to clinical, academic, and administrative/advocacy endeavors...
October 2017: Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915212/22-cases-of-bia-alcl-awareness-and-outcome-tracking-from-the-italian-ministry-of-health
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Campanale Antonella, Boldrini Rosaria, Marletta Marcella
BACKGROUND: To date, 359 cases of anaplastic large cell lymphoma in women with breast implants (BIA-ALCL) worldwide have been reported out of more than 10 million implanted patients but Health Care Authorities suspect this is a possible underestimation and the limited number of cases makes it difficult to clarify its etiology. The General Directorate of Medical Devices and Pharmaceutical Services of the Italian Ministry of Health (IMoH) has examined and studied the Italian BIA-ALCL cases, and the aim of this study is to report on the knowledge and experience gained on this new emerging disease...
September 13, 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915153/associations-of-early-opioid-use-with-patient-reported-outcomes-and-healthcare-utilization-among-older-adults-with-low-back-pain
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Laura S Gold, Ryan N Hansen, Andrew L Avins, Zoya Bauer, Bryan A Comstock, Richard A Deyo, Patrick J Heagerty, Sean D Rundell, Pradeep Suri, Judith A Turner, Jeffrey G Jarvik
OBJECTIVES: To compare outcomes and healthcare utilization of older patients who did versus did not fill opioid prescriptions within 90 days of initiating care for low back pain. MATERIALS AND METHODS: For patients ≥65 years with new back pain visits, we used propensity scores to match those who filled no opioid prescriptions to those who filled ≥2 opioid prescriptions within 90 days (and the first opioid prescription within 30 d) of the index visit. Over 24 months, we examined patient-reported outcomes, healthcare utilization, and subsequent opioid prescription fills...
September 14, 2017: Clinical Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911324/leadership-and-governance-of-community-health-worker-programmes-at-scale-a-cross-case-analysis-of-provincial-implementation-in-south-africa
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Helen Schneider, Nonhlanhla Nxumalo
BACKGROUND: National community health worker (CHW) programmes are returning to favour as an integral part of primary health care systems, often on the back of pre-existing community based initiatives. There are significant challenges to the integration and support of such programmes, and they require coordination and stewardship at all levels of the health system. This paper explores the leadership and governance tasks of large-scale CHW programmes at sub-national level, through the case of national reforms to South Africa's community based sector, referred to as the Ward Based Outreach Team (WBOT) strategy...
September 15, 2017: International Journal for Equity in Health
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