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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098944/validation-of-a-smartphone-based-point-of-care-hemoglobin-assay-for-use-in-dogs
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Kate S Farrell, Phillip L Chapman, Lauren A Sullivan
OBJECTIVE: To validate a smartphone-based spectrophotometric assay for point-of-care (POC) measurement of hemoglobin (Hgb) concentration against the standard measurement method in dogs without increases in serum lipemia, hemolysis, or bilirubin. DESIGN: Prospective observational study. SETTING: University teaching hospital. ANIMALS: One hundred thirty-nine dogs that had a CBC and corresponding biochemical profile submitted to the clinical pathology laboratory...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098941/posterior-cortex-epilepsy-surgery-in-childhood-and-adolescence-predictors-of-long-term-seizure-outcome
#2
Georgia Ramantani, Angeliki Stathi, Armin Brandt, Karl Strobl, Susanne Schubert-Bast, Gert Wiegand, Rudolf Korinthenberg, Vera van Velthoven, Josef Zentner, Andreas Schulze-Bonhage, Thomas Bast
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to investigate the long-term seizure outcome of children and adolescents who were undergoing epilepsy surgery in the parietooccipital cortex and determine their predictive factors. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed the data of 50 consecutive patients aged 11.1 (mean) ± 5.1 (standard deviation) years at surgery. All patients but one had a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-visible lesion. Resections were parietal in 40%, occipital in 32%, and parietooccipital in 28% cases; 24% patients additionally underwent a resection of the posterior border of the temporal lobe...
January 18, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098939/a-systematic-review-of-economic-evaluations-of-treatments-for-patients-with-epilepsy
#3
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Ben F M Wijnen, Ghislaine A P G van Mastrigt, Silvia M A A Evers, Olga Gershuni, Danielle A J E Lambrechts, Marian H J M Majoie, Debby Postulart, Bert A P Aldenkamp, Reina J A de Kinderen
The increasing number of treatment options and the high costs associated with epilepsy have fostered the development of economic evaluations in epilepsy. It is important to examine the availability and quality of these economic evaluations and to identify potential research gaps. As well as looking at both pharmacologic (antiepileptic drugs [AEDs]) and nonpharmacologic (e.g., epilepsy surgery, ketogenic diet, vagus nerve stimulation) therapies, this review examines the methodologic quality of the full economic evaluations included...
January 18, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098864/victor-vinflunine-in-advanced-metastatic-transitional-cell-carcinoma-of-the-urothelium-a-retrospective-analysis-of-the-use-of-vinflunine-in-multi-centre-real-life-setting-as-second-line-chemotherapy-through-free-of-charge-programme-for-patients-in-the-uk-and
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Syed A Hussain, Jawaher Ansari, Robert Huddart, Derek G Power, Jeanette Lyons, James Wylie, Maria Vilarino-Varlela, Nils O Elander, Rhona McMenemin, Lisa M Pickering, Guy Faust, Seema Chauhan, Richard J Jackson
There is no standard of care in the UK or Ireland for second-line chemotherapy for patients with advanced transitional cell carcinoma (TCCU). Vinflunine is approved for TCCU patients who have failed a platinum-based regimen, and is standard of care in Europe but is not routinely available in the UK. Data were collected retrospectively on patients who received vinfluine as a second-line treatment. The aims were to document the toxicity and efficacy in a real life setting. Data were collected on 49 patients from 9 sites across the UK and Ireland [median age, 64 (IQR, 57-70) years, 33 males]...
January 13, 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098627/global-collaboration-in-acute-care-clinical-research-opportunities-challenges-and-needs
#5
John C Marshall
The most impactful research in critical care comes from trials groups led by clinician-investigators who study questions arising through the day-to-day care of critically ill patients. The success of this model reflects both "necessity"-the paucity of new therapies introduced through industry-led research-and "clinical reality"-nuanced modulation of standard practice can have substantial impact on clinically important outcomes. Success in a few countries has fueled efforts to build similar models around the world and to collaborate on an unprecedented scale in large international trials...
February 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098590/analgesia-and-sedation-requirements-in-mechanically-ventilated-trauma-patients-with-acute-preinjury-use-of-cocaine-and-or-amphetamines
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Bridgette Kram, Shawn J Kram, Michelle L Sharpe, Michael L James, Maragatha Kuchibhatla, Mark L Shapiro
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to determine whether mechanically ventilated trauma patients with a positive urine drug screen (UDS) for cocaine and/or amphetamines have different opioid analgesic and sedative requirements compared with similar patients with a negative drug screen for these stimulants. METHODS: This retrospective, single-center cohort study at a tertiary care, academic medical and level 1 trauma center in the United States included patients ≥16 years of age who were admitted to an adult intensive care unit with a diagnosis of trauma between 2009 and 2013 with a UDS documented within 24 hours of admission, and were mechanically ventilated for >24 hours...
January 16, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098565/bio-engineering-tissue-and-v-a-c-therapy-a-new-method-for-the-treatment-of-extensive-necrotizing-infection-in-the-diabetic-foot
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Andrea Armenio, Daniela Anna Cutrignelli, Maria Luisa Nardulli, Giulio Maggio, Giuseppe Memeo, Valerio De Santis, Giuseppe Giudice, Cosmo Maurizio Ressa
AIM: The aim of the study is to compare the standard care for progressive necrotizing infection in diabetic foot with a treatment protocol based on the association between autologous fibroblast grafts and vacuum-assisted closure therapy (V.A.C.). MATERIAL OF STUDY: A retrospective matched Case-Control study was carried out on 20 patients with diabetic foot infection, 10 treated with the standard care and 10 with our new protocol. Inclusion criteria were: acute diabetic foot necrosis (Wagner III and IV), ulcer size (30 to 80 cm2), tendon and bone exposure...
December 6, 2016: Annali Italiani di Chirurgia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098563/aortic-surgery-and-laparoscopy-still-a-future-in-the-endovascular-surgery-era
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Pierfrancesco Veroux, Vincenzo Ardita, Alessia Giaquinta, Alberto Davì, Giusi Basile, Massimiliano Veroux
: Laparoscopic surgery (LS) is the minimally invasive alternative to open surgery and endovascular approach for treating major aortic diseases. Only few reports in the literature describe the long-term outcomes of the laparoscopic approach for major vascular diseases. Furthermore, the widespread use of endovascular techniques has limited the use of LS to wellselected patients. This review evaluated the results of LS for aortic disease and compared the clinical outcomes of laparoscopic technique with those of open and endovascular surgery...
September 30, 2016: Annali Italiani di Chirurgia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098562/primary-neuroendocrine-carcinoma-of-the-breast-a-single-center-experience-and-review-of-the-literature
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Paolo Locurto, Angelo Danilo Antona, Antonietta Grillo, Antonio Ciulla, Stefania Martorana, Calogero Cipolla, Giuseppa Graceffa, Salvatore Vieni
: Neuroendocrine carcinoma of the breast is an extremely rare tumor. A standard treatment has yet to be established because only a few cases have been reported in literature. The authors report five cases observed from January 2007 to December 2014 and a review of literature. Four patients underwent quadrantectomy and in two cases axillary nodal dissection and only one to mastectomy with axillary nodal dissection. Tumor size was from T1 to T2 with N0 to N1, according TNM classification...
December 6, 2016: Annali Italiani di Chirurgia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098427/emergence-of-mania-in-two-middle-aged-patients-with-a-history-of-unipolar-treatment-refractory-depression-receiving-vagus-nerve-stimulation
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Naji C Salloum, Marie C Walker, Sunil Gangwani, Charles R Conway
OBJECTIVES: We report on two patients who experienced emergence of full manic symptoms while receiving vagal nerve stimulation (VNS). METHODS: Two patients, both with a well-documented and verified history of longstanding unipolar depression, were initiated on VNS for treatment of their severe major depressive episodes. RESULTS: The two patients had emergence of full manic symptoms after 8 and 9 months of VNS, respectively. Manic symptoms were adequately managed with standard treatments (mood stabilizer and electroconvulsive therapy) and VNS was continued in the two subjects for up to 5 years without any further occurrences of manic/hypomanic episodes...
January 18, 2017: Bipolar Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098400/role-of-contrast-enhanced-sonography-in-the-evaluation-of-axillary-lymph-nodes-in-breast-carcinoma-a-monocentric-study
#11
Giacomo Agliata, Gianluca Valeri, Giulio Argalia, Elisa Tarabelli, Gian Marco Giuseppetti
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the diagnostic performance of contrast-enhanced sonography for characterization of the lymph node status (metastatic or not) in patients with breast carcinomas by comparison with sentinel lymph node biopsy. METHODS: From January to August 2015, 50 female patients with a histologic diagnosis of invasive breast carcinoma were prospectively examined by ipsilateral axillary contrast-enhanced sonography. The test was performed by a single radiologist using an ultrasound system with a broadband 8-12-MHz, 38-mm high-resolution linear transducer...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098395/first-uhplc-ms-ms-method-coupled-with-automated-on-line-spe-for-quantification-both-of-tacrolimus-and-everolimus-in-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells-and-its-application-on-samples-from-co-treated-pediatric-patients
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Debora Pensi, Amedeo De Nicolò, Michele Pinon, Clarissa Pisciotta, Pier Luigi Calvo, Antonello Nonnato, Renato Romagnoli, Francesco Tandoi, Giovanni Di Perri, Antonio D'Avolio
Tacrolimus (TAC, FK-506) and everolimus (EVE, RAD001) are immunosuppressors used to treat pediatric patients undergoing liver transplantation. Their hematic TDM by liquid chromatography became standard practice. However, it does not always reflect concentrations at their active site. Our aim was to develop and validate a new method for the simultaneous TAC and EVE quantification into target cells: Peripheral-Blood-Mononuclear-Cells (PBMCs). PBMCs were collected using Cell-Preparation-Tubes; cells number and MCV were evaluated by an automatic cell counter...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Mass Spectrometry: JMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098121/perspectives-on-hypertension-outcomes-after-single-stage-clearance-of-a-complete-staghorn-renal-calculus
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Ranjit Chaudhary, Kulwant Singh, Chirag S Dausage, Nidhi Jain
A 55-year-old male presented, in June 2013, with left flank pain. Investigations revealed a complete staghorn stone. He had undergone two sittings of extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) in 2008 for left renal stone. One year subsequent to this, he was diagnosed with hypertension and diabetes. The management of complete staghorn stones in a single sitting is a difficult proposition. Percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) is the gold standard to manage such stones. The patient was subjected to PCNL, and complete clearance was achieved in one sitting...
January 2017: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098114/a-comparison-of-health-related-quality-of-life-in-patients-with-renal-failure-under-hemodialysis-and-healthy-participants
#14
K Hajian-Tilaki, B Heidari, A Hajian-Tilaki
The objective of this study was to evaluate the health-related quality of life (QoL) of patients under hemodialysis (HD) and to compare this to healthy participants. We compared 154 patients on HD to 308 healthy age- and sex-matched controls recruited from Shahid Beheshti Hospital in Babol, Northern Iran in 2014. The data of health-related QoL in eight subscales were collected with interview using a standard short-form questionnaire of short form-36. The demographic data and dry weight and height were measured...
January 2017: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098067/renal-function-in-type-2-diabetes-following-gastric-bypass
#15
Adrian T Billeter, Stefan Kopf, Martin Zeier, Katharina Scheurlen, Lars Fischer, Thilo M Schulte, Hannes G Kenngott, Barbara Israel, Philipp Knefeli, Markus W Büchler, Peter P Nawroth, Beat P Müller-Stich
BACKGROUND: Metabolic surgery for obese patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D) yields short- and long-term remission rates of 60-90%. Its effects on diabetesassociated complications such as neuropathy and nephropathy have not been well studied to date. Hardly any data are available on this subject with respect to moderately obese patients (body mass index [BMI] 25-35 kg/m2) with insulin-dependent T2D. Our previous studies suggest that, in such patients, treatment with a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) improves diabetic neuropathy...
December 9, 2016: Deutsches Ärzteblatt International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098051/chronic-fatigue-syndrome-cognitive-behavioural-and-emotional-processing-vulnerability-factors
#16
Samantha K Brooks, Trudie Chalder, Katharine A Rimes
BACKGROUND: Cognitive-behavioural models of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) suggest that personality factors such as perfectionism and high moral standards may contribute to the development of CFS. AIMS: To investigate cognitive, behavioural and emotional processing risk factors for CFS. METHOD: CFS patients (n = 67) at a UK specialist clinic completed questionnaires about psychological characteristics both currently and retrospectively (6 months pre-CFS onset)...
January 18, 2017: Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097904/estimated-burden-of-cardiovascular-disease-and-value-based-price-range-for-evolocumab-in-a-high-risk-secondary-prevention-population-in-the-us-payer-context
#17
Peter P Toth, Mark Danese, Guillermo Villa, Yi Qian, Anne Beaubrun, Armando Lira, Jeroen P Jansen
AIM: To estimate real-world cardiovascular disease (CVD) burden and value-based price range of evolocumab for a US-context, high-risk, secondary-prevention population. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Burden of CVD was assessed using the UK-based Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) in order to capture complete CV burden including CV mortality. Patients on standard of care (SOC; high-intensity statins) in CPRD were selected based on eligibility criteria of FOURIER, a phase 3 CV outcomes trial of evolocumab, and categorized into 4 cohorts: high-risk prevalent atherosclerotic CVD (ASCVD) cohort (N = 1448), acute coronary syndrome (ACS) (N = 602), ischemic stroke (IS) (N = 151), and heart failure (HF) (N = 291) incident cohorts...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097858/-the-current-status-of-patient-safety-in-argentina-cross-sectional-study
#18
Lucrecia Arpí, Néstor D Panattieri, Cristina Godio, Verónica Sabio Paz, Nora Dackiewicz
BACKGROUND: Patient safety is a priority for healthcare organizations. For the PRONAP´s 2013 final exam, the Quality & Patient Safety Subcommittee and the PRONAP managers designed a survey to be answered by pediatrician students nationwide. It was destined to evaluate attitudes, practices and safety conditions in which they worked. AIM: To assess the current state of practices in patient safety. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Setting and sample: PRONAP students (7,438 pediatrician nationwide) who answered 2013 final exam...
February 1, 2017: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097792/fish-identifies-a-kat6a-crebbp-fusion-caused-by-a-cryptic-insertional-t-8-16-in-a-case-of-spontaneously-remitting-congenital-acute-myeloid-leukemia-with-a-normal-karyotype
#19
Rachel Barrett, Barbara Morash, David Roback, Chantale Pambrun, Lesley Marfleet, Rhett P Ketterling, Karen Harrison, Jason N Berman
Cytogenetics can inform risk stratification in pediatric acute myeloid leukemia (AML). We describe the first case of a newborn with leukemia cutis found to have AML harboring a cryptic insertional t(8;16)(p11.2;p13.3) with associated KAT6A/CREBBP fusion identified exclusively by fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH). Expectant management resulted in spontaneous leukemia resolution. The identification of t(8;16)(p11.2;p13.3) may serve as a biomarker for spontaneous remission in congenital AML. FISH for this translocation is warranted in congenital AML with a normal karyotype, and patients with KAT6A/CREBBP fusion should be conservatively managed...
January 18, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097758/alpha-blockers-in-the-management-of-ureteric-lithiasis-a-meta-analysis
#20
Nicholas Raison, Kamran Ahmed, Oliver Brunckhorst, Prokar Dasgupta
INTRODUCTION: Effective medical expulsion for ureteric stones with α-blockers offers numerous advantages over surgical alternatives. However, its effectiveness remains uncertain and with the publication of new trial data, the available evidence requires reappraisal. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy of α-blockers the management of ureteric lithiasis. METHODS: A systematic review of the literature, with predefined search criteria, was conducted using PubMed and Embase...
January 2017: International Journal of Clinical Practice
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