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D J F Lambregts-van Marrewijk
Even with pharmalogical support, it is always very difficult to carry out dental check-ups on a deaf-blind man with profound intellectual disabilities. The man cannot communicate pain. Further diagnostic measures and treatment are impossible while using only oral sedation. When caries and calculus are diagnosed, the man is treated under general anaesthesia. In this treatment session severe periodontal disease and peri-apical problems are also diagnosed. The legal representative of the patient is unavailable for consultation on changes to the pre-prepared preliminary treatment plan during the treatment session...
March 2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Tandheelkunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265852/evidence-and-expert-opinions-dry-needling-versus-acupuncture-ii-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 United States and other Western countries, dry needling has been a topic in academic and legal fields. This White Paper is to provide the authoritative information of dry needling versus acupuncture to academic scholars, healthcare professionals, administrators, policymakers, and the general public by providing the authoritative evidence and expertise regarding critical issues of dry needling and reaching a consensus. We conclude that Dr. Travell, Dr. Gunn, Dr. Baldry and others who have promoted dry needling by simply rebranding (1) acupuncture as dry needling and (2) acupuncture points as trigger points (dry needling points)...
February 2017: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259087/medical-marijuana-policies-and-hospitalizations-related-to-marijuana-and-opioid-pain-reliever
#3
Yuyan Shi
OBJECTIVES: Twenty-eight states in the U.S have legalized medical marijuana, yet its impacts on severe health consequences such as hospitalizations remain unknown. Meanwhile, the prevalence of opioid pain reliever (OPR) use and outcomes has increased dramatically. Recent studies suggested unintended impacts of legalizing medical marijuana on OPR, but the evidence is still limited. This study examined the associations between state medical marijuana policies and hospitalizations related to marijuana and OPR...
February 21, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240035/endoscopic-removal-of-a-hashish-packet
#4
Aurora Burgos García, Consuelo Froilán Torres, Mariana Tavecchia
Illicit drug trafficking within the body ("body packers") represents a medical-legal problem currently on the rise. Endoscopic removal of drug packets is not generally recommended because of the risk of packet rupture and subsequent overdose on the spilled substance. A 40-year-old male presented with abdominal pain and diaphoresis following the ingestion of 30 g of hashish as a means of illegal trafficking, remaining in police custody during his hospital stay.
February 27, 2017: Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208923/long-term-outcome-in-patients-with-esophageal-stenting-for-cancer-esophagus-our-experience-at-a-rural-hospital-of-punjab-india
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Parvinder Singh, Abhitesh Singh, Anantbir Singh, Ghansham Sharma, Parmod Kumar Bhatia, Amarjeet Singh Grover
INTRODUCTION: Cancer of the esophagus is among the leading cause of cancer deaths in Punjab, India. Patients generally present with dysphagia as their first symptom and more often they have advanced disease at the time of presentation to a tertiary care centre. Palliative procedures have important roles in this setting. Stenting is the best option to palliate the symptoms of dysphagia, from which patient is suffering the most. AIM: To know the success rate, early and long term complications and mortality in esophageal stenting, when it was done in malignant esophageal stricture patients...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206818/sudden-death-due-to-aortic-dissection-in-early-pregnancy-a-case-report
#6
Akshith Rs Shetty, Y P Girish Chandra, S Praveen, Somusekhar Gajula
Forensic pathologists come across many deaths due to natural causes which are sudden. Sudden natural deaths in females who are pregnant warrant thorough investigation and a medico-legal autopsy to rule out any foul play. Here, we report a case of 21-year-old primigravida in her first trimester who suddenly complained of severe chest pain and was brought dead to the hospital with no history suggestive of prior natural disease. At autopsy, the death was attributed to dissection of ascending aorta.
January 1, 2017: Medico-legal Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187739/the-global-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-registry-gcmr-of-the-society-for-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-scmr-its-goals-rationale-data-infrastructure-and-current-developments
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Raymond Y Kwong, Steffen E Petersen, Jeanette Schulz-Menger, Andrew E Arai, Scott E Bingham, Yucheng Chen, Yuna L Choi, Ricardo C Cury, Vanessa M Ferreira, Scott D Flamm, Kevin Steel, W Patricia Bandettini, Edward T Martin, Leelakrishna Nallamshetty, Stefan Neubauer, Subha V Raman, Erik B Schelbert, Uma S Valeti, Jie Jane Cao, Nathaniel Reichek, Alistair A Young, Lyuba Fexon, Misha Pivovarov, Victor A Ferrari, Orlando P Simonetti
BACKGROUND: With multifaceted imaging capabilities, cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) is playing a progressively increasing role in the management of various cardiac conditions. A global registry that harmonizes data from international centers, with participation policies that aim to be open and inclusive of all CMR programs, can support future evidence-based growth in CMR. METHODS: The Global CMR Registry (GCMR) was established in 2013 under the auspices of the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR)...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166689/legal-complaints-about-midwives-and-the-impact-on-the-profession
#8
Akram Peyman, Nahid Dehghan Nayeri, Mohammad Esmaeilpour Bandboni, Zahra Behboodi Moghadam
INTRODUCTION: Midwives play an important role in maintaining and increasing women's health and well-being. Training professional midwives is one of the main policies of any healthcare system. Since the number of complaints against midwives has increased recently, this study was conducted to explore the perspectives of midwives regarding patients' complaint to authorities and their impacts on the profession of midwifery. METHODS: Being conducted in 2013, this qualitative study was the first of its type in Iran...
January 1, 2017: Nursing Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156620/usage-of-oregon-s-death-with-dignity-act-dwda
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Michael Leo LeBlanc, Dawn L Hershman, Lee M Ellis, Frank L Meyskens
44 Background: In 1997, OR enacted a voter initiative allowing terminally ill residents to self-administer physician-prescribed medication to end their lives. Statute requires prescriptions written for lethal medications be reported; the state also collects demographic and intended use data. We wished to to evaluate and report participation trends. METHODS: OR's Public Health Division gathers compliance forms from prescribing/consulting physicians, pharmacists, and psychiatrists, prescribing physician follow-up forms, and death certificates...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28146566/general-practitioners-attitudes-towards-essential-competencies-in-end-of-life-care-a-cross-sectional-survey
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Stéphanie Giezendanner, Corinna Jung, Hans-Ruedi Banderet, Ina Carola Otte, Heike Gudat, Dagmar M Haller, Bernice S Elger, Elisabeth Zemp, Klaus Bally
BACKGROUND: Identifying essential competencies in end-of-life care, as well as general practitioners' (GPs) confidence in these competencies, is essential to guide training and quality improvement efforts in this domain. AIM: To determine which competencies in end-of-life care are considered important by GPs, to assess GPs' confidence in these competencies in a European context and their reasons to refer terminally ill patients to a specialist. DESIGN AND SETTING: Cross-sectional postal survey involving a stratified random sample of 2000 GPs in Switzerland in 2014...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128788/a-workplace-modified-duty-program-for%C3%A2-employees-in-an-oncology-center
#11
Elpidoforos S Soteriades
BACKGROUND: Workplace modified duty programs may provide reasonable accommodations to employees who have partial temporary job disability and could work on duty accommodations until they fully recover. However, little is known about the implementation barriers and effectiveness of such programs. OBJECTIVE: This study is aimed at evaluating the implementation of a modified duty program for employees in an oncology center. METHODS: A modified duty program for employees working at the Bank of Cyprus Oncology Center, a non profit organization with 200 employees located in the Republic of Cyprus was evaluated based on the health records of the occupational medicine department...
2017: Work: a Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28127649/lymphedema-and-employability-review-and-results-of-a-survey-of-austrian-experts
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Markus Neubauer, Dieter Schoberwalter, Fadime Cenik, Mohammad Keilani, Richard Crevenna
BACKGROUND: Literature about lymphedema and its influence on the ability to work and employability is limited. The aim of the present study was to investigate the opinion of Austrian experts on factors influencing the ability to work and employability in patients suffering from lymphedema. METHODS: A self-administered questionnaire consisting of 6 questions was sent to 12 Austrian lymphedema experts with 6 different specializations from May to August 2016. These experts were asked about suitable and unsuitable professions, the possible influence of lymphedema on the ability to work and employability as well as about existing and additional measures to improve the return to work...
March 2017: Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109272/opinions-about-the-new-law-on-end-of-life-issues-in-a-sample-of-french-patients-receiving-palliative-care
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MULTICENTER STUDY
Augustin Boulanger, Théo Chabal, Marie Fichaux, Mireille Destandau, Jean Marc La Piana, Pascal Auquier, Karine Baumstarck, Sébastien Salas
BACKGROUND: In February 2nd 2016, the French government enacted the Claeys-Leonetti law that forbade euthanasia and established the right to deep and continuous sedation for end-of-life patients. Moreover, the law also obliges clinicians to abide by any advance directives regarding treatment and investigation, except in cases where they are "obviously inappropriate" in a given medical situation, or in cases of emergency, in order to allow medical staff to take time to assess the patient's situation...
January 21, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
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 31, 2017: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098679/a-patient-with-a-curious-case-of-cyclical-vomiting
#15
Hayden R Phillips, David A Smith
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...
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...
March 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
#18
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
#19
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
#20
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
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