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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101559/cannabis-use-in-persons-with-traumatic-spinal-cord-injury-in-denmark
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Sven R Andresen, Fin Biering-Sørensen, Ellen Merete Hagen, Jørgen F Nielsen, Flemming W Bach, Nanna B Finnerup
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate recreational and medical cannabis use in individuals with traumatic spinal cord injury, including reasons and predictors for use, perceived benefits and negative consequences. DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey in Denmark. METHODS: A 35-item questionnaire was sent to 1,101 patients with spinal cord injury who had been in contact with a rehabilitation centre between 1990 and 2012. RESULTS: A total of 537 participants completed the questionnaire...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098679/a-patient-with-a-curious-case-of-cyclical-vomiting
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David A Smith, Hayden R Phillips
Cannabis-related ED visits are on the rise due to wider legalization and availability of marijuana, and habitual daily use is increasingly common. Cannabis abuse has long been associated with various short-term and long-term adverse reactions. One such reaction is cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome: cyclical vomiting, nausea, and abdominal pain that only resolves with a warm bath or shower. Healthcare providers must understand the signs and symptoms of cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome so the problem can be recognized early and patients avoid unnecessary testing...
February 2017: JAAPA: Official Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079553/end-of-life-decisions-in-heart-failure-to-turn-off-the-intracardiac-device-or-not
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Bilal Ayach, Amrit Malik, Colette Seifer, Shelley Zieroth
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Heart failure is a significant public health concern around the world. Implantable cardioverter defibrillators with or without cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT-D) have proven survival benefit. As patients progress to end-stage disease, management shifts to palliative care, and cardiologists are often confronted with how to best manage these devices. RECENT FINDINGS: Studies suggest that up to one-third of patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator receive painful shocks in the last 24 h of life...
January 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079043/gossypibomas-in-india-a-systematic-literature-review
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REVIEW
T Patial, V Thakur, N Vijhay Ganesun, M Sharma
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Gossypibomas remain a dreaded and unwanted complication of surgical practice. Despite significant interest and numerous guidelines, the number of reported cases remains sparse due to various factors, including potential legal implications. Herein, we review related data from India to ascertain if the problem is better or worse than that reported in world literature. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A literature search was performed on PubMed and Google Scholar, to collect and analyze all case reports and case reviews regarding the condition in India...
January 2017: Journal of Postgraduate Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077451/the-increasing-use-of-cannabis-among-older-americans-a-public-health-crisis-or-viable-policy-alternative
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Brian Kaskie, Padmaja Ayyagari, Gary Milavetz, Dan Shane, Kanika Arora
Cannabis use among older Americans is increasing. Although much of this growth has been attributed to the entry of a more tolerant baby boom cohort into older age, recent evidence suggests the pathways to cannabis are more complex. Some older persons have responded to changing social and legal environments and are increasingly likely to take cannabis recreationally. Other older persons are experiencing age-related health care needs, and some take cannabis for symptom management, as recommended by a medical doctor...
January 11, 2017: Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072812/is-kratom-the-new-legal-high-on-the-block-the-case-of-an-emerging-opioid-receptor-agonist-with-substance-abuse-potential
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George C Chang-Chien, Charles A Odonkor, Prin Amorapanth
Kratom is an unscheduled opioid receptor agonist that comes in the form of dietary supplements currently being abused by chronic pain patients on prescription opioids. Active alkaloids isolated from kratom such as mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine are thought to act on mu- and delta-opioid receptors as well as alpha-2 adrenergic and 5-HT2A receptors. Animal studies suggest that kratom may be more potent than morphine. Consequently, kratom consumption produces analgesic and euphoric feelings among users. In particular, some chronic pain patients on opioids take kratom to counteract the effects of opioid withdrawal...
January 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068679/-pneumothorax-following-dry-needling-treatment-legal-and-ethical-aspects
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Gianpaolo Ronconi, Fabio De Giorgio, Eleonora Ricci, Loredana Maggi, Antonio G Spagnolo, Paola Emilia Ferrara
Trigger point "dry needling" is a technique used to treat myofascial pain. It involves using filiform needles which are inserted into muscles to give local pain relief. Few cases of serious adverse events following this treatment have been reported in the literature. In this paper we describe the case of a professional swimmer who developed pneumothorax after dry needling treatment and discuss the medicolegal and ethical aspects related to competencies and responsibilities of medical doctors and physiotherapists performing the procedure...
September 2016: Igiene e Sanità Pubblica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031726/complex-regional-pain-syndrome-medical-and-legal-ramifications-of-clinical-variability-and-experience-and-perspective-of-a-practicing-clinician
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R P Lazaro
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to demonstrate the ramifications of clinical variability of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) and how they can affect the various aspects of this condition, favorably or unfavorably, for both patients and participating medical and legal professionals. METHODS: Twelve patients diagnosed with CRPS at different times in the past 25 years were followed up, and their signs and symptoms were reviewed for variability. None had preexisting or ongoing medical disorders and prior injury to the peripheral nerves or musculoskeletal tissues...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009931/do-more-robust-prescription-drug-monitoring-programs-reduce-prescription-opioid-overdose
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Bryce Pardo
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: In the United States, overdose deaths attributed to opioid pain relievers (OPR) have quadrupled since 1999, prompting many states to adopt Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PMP). This study aimed to 1) estimate the relationship of PMP strength with OPR overdose deaths across states and over time; 2) measure what threshold in PMP strength is associated with the greatest reduction in OPR overdose; and 3) assess the relationship of medical marijuana dispensaries with OPR overdose deaths...
December 23, 2016: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28004301/evidence-and-expert-opinions-drying-needling-versus-acupuncture-i-the-american-alliance-for-professional-acupuncture-safety-aapas-white-paper-2016
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Arthur Yin Fan, Jun Xu, Yong-Ming Li
In the last twenty years, in the United States and other Western countries, dry needling (DN) became a hot and debatable topic, not only in academic but also in legal fields. This White Paper is to provide the authoritative information of DN versus acupuncture to academic scholars, healthcare professional administrators, lawmakers, and the general public through providing the authoritative evidence and experts' opinions regarding critical issues of DN versus acupuncture, and then reach consensus. DN is the use of dry needles alone, either solid filiform acupuncture needles or hollow-core hypodermic needles, to insert into the body for the treatment of muscle pain and related myofascial pain syndrome...
December 21, 2016: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27976363/acute-skin-and-hair-symptoms-followed-by-severe-delayed-eye-complications-in-subjects-using-the-synthetic-opioid-mt-45
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A Helander, M Bradley, A Hasselblad, L Norlén, I Vassilaki, M Bäckberg, J Lapins
BACKGROUND: The introduction of unclassified new psychoactive substances (NPS) on the recreational drugs market through open online sale ('legal highs' or 'Internet drugs') continues unabated and represents a growing health hazard. The use of NPS has resulted in numerous, severe, adverse events and fatalities, due to unintended overdose or unknown toxic side-effects. OBJECTIVES: To try to find a possible common underlying cause for the skin-hair-eye symptoms complex observed in three men...
December 14, 2016: British Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27968857/surgical-treatment-of-patients-with-lung-cancer-and-bone-metastases-a-prospective-observational-study
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Wang Zhiyu, Zhang Rui, Wang Shuai, Zhao Hui
BACKGROUND: As life expectancy improves in patients with lung cancer and bone metastases, effective surgical treatment to relieve pain and improve quality of life and neurological function is increasingly needed. Indications for surgery in patients with bone metastases are controversial. We aimed to assess a protocol for the surgery of patients with lung cancer and bone metastases. METHODS: We developed a surgical protocol for both spinal and appendicular metastases...
October 2016: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27957286/experiences-of-iranian-physicians-regarding-do-not-resuscitate-a-directed-content-analysis
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Mohammadali Cheraghi, Fatemeh Bahramnezhad, Neda Mehrdad
One of the major advances in medicine has been the use of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) procedure since the 1960s in order to save human lives. This procedure has so far saved thousands of lives. Although CPR has helped to save lives, in some cases, it prolongs the process of dying, suffering, and pain in patients. This study was conducted to explain the experience of Iranian physicians regarding do not resuscitate order (DNR). This study was a directed qualitative content analysis which analyzed the perspective of 8 physicians on different aspects of DNR guidelines...
2016: Journal of Medical Ethics and History of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27938361/evaluation-of-the-efficacy-of-a-short-course-personalized-self-management-and-intensive-spa-therapy-intervention-as-active-prevention-of-musculoskeletal-disorders-of-the-upper-extremities-muska-a-research-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Charlotte Lanhers, Bruno Pereira, Chloé Gay, Christian Hérisson, Christine Levyckyj, Arnaud Dupeyron, Emmanuel Coudeyre
BACKGROUND: Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) constitute a major occupational health problem in the working population, substantially impacting the quality of life of employees. They also cause considerable economic cost to the healthcare system, with, notably, the reimbursement of treatments and compensation for lost income. MSDs manifest as localized pain or functional difficulty in one or more anatomical areas, such as the cervical spine, shoulder, elbow, hand, and wrist. Although prevalence varies depending on the region considered and the method of assessment, a prevalence of 30% is found in different epidemiological studies...
December 9, 2016: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920614/spine-care-as-a-framework-for-the-chiropractic-identity
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REVIEW
Michael Schneider, Donald Murphy, Jan Hartvigsen
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this commentary is to provide an argument for the role and identity of chiropractors as spine care providers within the context of the greater health care system. DISCUSSION: Surveys of the general public and chiropractors indicate that the majority of patients seek chiropractic services for back and neck pain. Insurance company utilization data confirm these findings. Regulatory and legal language found in chiropractic practice acts reveals that most jurisdictions define the chiropractic scope of practice as based on a foundation of spine care...
December 2016: Journal of Chiropractic Humanities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919478/attitudes-to-cannabis-and-patterns-of-use-among-canadians-with-multiple-sclerosis
#16
Emma Banwell, Bennis Pavisian, Liesly Lee, Anthony Feinstein
BACKGROUND: Canada has the highest incidence of MS worldwide. Anecdotal evidence reveals that people with MS smoke, ingest or vaporize cannabis for a multiplicity of reasons. With the legal situation in relation to use currently in flux, we undertook a study investigating patterns of use amongst people with MS and their attitudes towards the drug. METHODS: A consecutive sample of people with MS (n=246) attending a neurology (n=118) and a neuropsychiatry (n=107) clinic was enrolled and asked to complete a questionnaire containing demographic, disease and cannabis related variables...
November 2016: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919469/dangerous-intoxication-after-oral-ingestion-of-poppers-alkyl-nitrites-two-case-reports
#17
LETTER
Stéphanie Pain, François Chavant, Bernard Fauconneau, Jérémy Guenezan, Nicolas Marjanovic, Jean-Yves Lardeur, Bertrand Brunet, Marie-Christine Perault-Pochat
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2, 2016: Thérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919369/informing-the-development-of-an-internet-based-chronic-pain-self-management-program
#18
Amédé Gogovor, Regina Visca, Claudine Auger, Lucie Bouvrette-Leblanc, Iphigenia Symeonidis, Lise Poissant, Mark A Ware, Yoram Shir, Natacha Viens, Sara Ahmed
BACKGROUND: Self-management can optimize health outcomes for individuals with chronic pain (CP), an increasing fiscal and social burden in Canada. However, self-management is rarely integrated into the regular care (team activities and medical treatment) patients receive. Health information technology offers an opportunity to provide regular monitoring and exchange of information between patient and care team. OBJECTIVE: To identify information needs and gaps in chronic pain management as well as technology features to inform the development of an Internet-based self-management program...
January 2017: International Journal of Medical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903035/the-inherited-chronic-pain-patient
#19
Paul Grinzi
BACKGROUND: The 'inherited' patient, where a patient switches to a new doctor, is a common and potentially challenging scenario, especially where drugs of dependence are involved. There are few resources to guide general practitioners (GPs) with an approach that ensures compassion and rational clinical decision-making. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this article is to guide GPs in an approach to taking over the care of an inherited patient and focuses on considerations of rational prescribing...
December 2016: Australian Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898287/international-association-for-hospice-and-palliative-care-position-statement-euthanasia-and-physician-assisted-suicide
#20
Liliana De Lima, Roger Woodruff, Katherine Pettus, Julia Downing, Rosa Buitrago, Esther Munyoro, Chitra Venkateswaran, Sushma Bhatnagar, Lukas Radbruch
BACKGROUND: Reports about regulations and laws on Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide (PAS) are becoming increasingly common in the media. Many groups have expressed opposition to euthanasia and PAS while those in favor argue that severely chronically ill and debilitated patients have a right to control the timing and manner of their death. Others argue that both PAS and euthanasia are ethically legitimate in rare and exceptional cases. Given that these discussions as well as the new and proposed laws and regulations may have a powerful impact on patients, caregivers, and health care providers, the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC) has prepared this statement...
January 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
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