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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245175/development-and-testing-of-a-hybrid-measure-of-muscle-strength-in-juvenile-dermatomyositis-for-use-in-routine-care
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Giulia Camilla Varnier, Silvia Rosina, Cristina Ferrari, Angela Pistorio, Alessandro Consolaro, Francesca Bovis, Sara Dalprà, Clarissa Pilkington, Susan Maillard, Adele Civino, Elena Tsitsami, Jaime de Inocencio, Marija Jelusic, Jelena Vojinovic, Graciela Espada, Balahan Makay, Maria Martha Katsicas, Polixeni Pratsidou-Gertsi, Dragana Lazarevic, Anand Prahalad Rao, Denise Pires Marafon, Nicolino Ruperto, Alberto Martini, Angelo Ravelli
OBJECTIVE: To develop and test a hybrid measure of muscle strength for juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM), which is based on the combination of the Manual Muscle Testing 8 (MMT8) and the Childhood Myositis Assessment Scale (CMAS), but is more comprehensive than the former and more feasible than the latter. METHODS: The hybrid MMT/CMAS (hMC) is composed of all 8 items of the MMT8 and 3 items of the CMAS: 1) time of head lift; 2) assessment of abdominal muscles; 3) floor rise...
December 15, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245173/patient-perception-of-disease-related-symptoms-and-complications-in-relapsing-polychondritis
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Marcela A Ferrada, Peter C Grayson, Shubhasree Banerjee, Keith Sikora, Robert Colbert, Ninet Sinaii, James D Katz
OBJECTIVE: To assess patient-reported symptoms and burden of disease in relapsing polychondritis (RP). METHODS: Patients with RP completed a disease-specific online survey to identify symptoms attributed to illness. Patients were divided into subgroups based upon presence or absence of ear/nose, airway, or joint involvement. Pathway to diagnosis, treatment, and disease-related complications were assessed within each subgroup. RESULTS: Data from 304 respondents were included in this analysis...
December 15, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245061/risk-and-prognosis-of-cancer-after-upper-extremity-deep-venous-thrombosis-a-population-based-cohort-study
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Kasper Adelborg, Erzsébet Horváth-Puhó, Jens Sundbøll, Paolo Prandoni, Anne Ording, Henrik Toft Sørensen
INTRODUCTION: The association between lower-extremity venous thrombosis and cancer is well-established. However, the extent to which upper-extremity deep venous thrombosis (U-DVT) is a marker of cancer and a prognostic factor for all-cause mortality remains poorly understood. We examined the risk of cancer after a diagnosis of U-DVT compared with cancer risk in the general population. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Using Danish nationwide population-based medical registries, we identified all patients with first-time U-DVT during 1980-1993 and 2000-2013...
November 22, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245004/a-standardized-preoperative-group-intervention-is-feasible-and-acceptable-to-orthognathic-surgery-patients
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Xialong Li, Debra L Safer, Imilce Castro Paz, Roseanne Menorca, Sabine Girod
PURPOSE: Nearly 10% of patients remain dissatisfied after orthognathic surgery, largely because of psychoeducational or psychosocial factors. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of a psychoeducationally based group intervention to improve preoperative preparation of orthognathic surgical patients and their caregivers. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The intervention consisted of 2 group sessions, with each session lasting 2 hours...
November 22, 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245003/a-quantitative-assessment-of-lip-movements-in-different-facial-expressions-through-3-dimensional-on-3-dimensional-superimposition-a-cross-sectional-study
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Daniele Gibelli, Marina Codari, Valentina Pucciarelli, Claudia Dolci, Chiarella Sforza
PURPOSE: The quantitative assessment of facial modifications from mimicry is of relevant interest for the rehabilitation of patients who can no longer produce facial expressions. This study investigated a novel application of 3-dimensional on 3-dimensional superimposition for facial mimicry. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This cross-sectional study was based on 10 men 30 to 40 years old who underwent stereophotogrammetry for neutral, happy, sad, and angry expressions. Registration of facial expressions on the neutral expression was performed...
November 23, 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244994/do-perceived-needs-affect-willingness-to-use-traditional-chinese-medicine-for-survivorship-care-among-chinese-cancer-survivors-a-cross-sectional-survey
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Lingyun Sun, Yufei Yang, Emily Vertosick, SungHwa Jo, Guilan Sun, Jun J Mao
Purpose We aimed to quantify Chinese cancer survivors' perceived needs for survivorship care and to evaluate whether these needs could impact their willingness to use traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Methods We conducted a cross-sectional survey with members of the Beijing Anti-Cancer Association in China. We measured perceived needs with the seven-item Brief Chinese Cancer Survivorship Needs Scale that assesses psychological, functional, nutritional, social, body image, pain, and symptom needs. The outcome variable was willingness to use TCM for survivorship care...
December 2017: Journal of Global Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244990/clinical-and-epidemiological-profile-of-breast-cancer-in-mexico-results-of-the-seguro-popular
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Nancy Reynoso-Noverón, Cynthia Villarreal-Garza, Enrique Soto-Perez-de-Celis, Claudia Arce-Salinas, Juan Matus-Santos, María Teresa Ramírez-Ugalde, Alberto Alvarado-Miranda, Paula Cabrera-Galeana, Abelardo Meneses-García, Fernando Lara-Medina, Enrique Bargalló-Rocha, Alejandro Mohar
Purpose One half of the Mexican population lacks comprehensive health care coverage. In 2003, a reform to the General Health Law was approved that led to the creation of the System of Social Protection in Health and made universal health coverage mandatory. The main innovation of this reform was Seguro Popular, which provided coverage for breast cancer. Here we report the outcomes of women with breast cancer treated at a cancer center in Mexico under Seguro Popular. Materials and Methods This was a retrospective cohort study that included all patients with breast cancer treated in the Instituto Nacional de Cancerología in Mexico City between January 2007 and December 2013 with Seguro Popular coverage...
December 2017: Journal of Global Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244974/the-use-of-an-antioxidant-dressing-on-hard-to-heal-wounds-a-multicentre-prospective-case-series
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B Castro, F D Bastida, T Segovia, P López Casanova, J J Soldevilla, J Verdú-Soriano
OBJECTIVE: Oxidative stress can contribute to impaired wound healing and chronic wounds. Our objective was to test the results of a new antioxidant dressing that could help stop the oxidative stress of cells in the wound bed. METHOD: A multicentre, prospective case study series was conducted in three Spanish hospitals. The RESVECH 2.0 index was used for healing assessment. Data from each patient was collected by the attending clinical researchers. Data analysis was performed using the statistical concept intention-to-treat (ITT)...
December 2, 2017: Journal of Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244972/evaluating-an-ipad-app-in-measuring-wound-dimension-a-pilot-study
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P C B Khong, M S W Yeo, C C Goh
OBJECTIVE: This pilot study tested the reliability, validity and sensitivity of an innovative prototype iPad app, WoundAide, developed to measure wound dimension (length, width and surface area) using image analysis. METHOD: A prospective evaluation was conducted comparing WoundAide (WA) with two gold standard instruments, Wound Zoom (WZ) and Visitrak (VT). The study was conducted in a tertiary hospital in Singapore. Patients were recruited after obtaining local ethics approval...
December 2, 2017: Journal of Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244967/diagnosis-and-treatment-of-chronic-wounds-current-standards-of-germany-s-initiative-for-chronic-wounds-e-v
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J Dissemond, A Bültemann, V Gerber, B Jäger, K Kröger, C Münter
The diagnosis and treatment of patients with chronic wounds is an enormous challenge in various disciplines of medicine. These very complex processes usually involve several experts of different medical specialties with varying educational backgrounds. A necessary basis for consistent communication and documentation is the use of unambiguous nomenclature. Therefore, the board of the German wound association, Initiative for Chronic Wounds (ICW) e.V., has started to define various terms and procedures. An easy to remember algorithm, in the form of the ABCDE rule, has been developed for the structured diagnosis of chronic wounds...
December 2, 2017: Journal of Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244745/immunotherapeutic-potential-of-oncolytic-h-1-parvovirus-hints-of-glioblastoma-microenvironment-conversion-towards-immunogenicity
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Assia L Angelova, Milena Barf, Karsten Geletneky, Andreas Unterberg, Jean Rommelaere
Glioblastoma, one of the most aggressive primary brain tumors, is characterized by highly immunosuppressive microenvironment. This contributes to glioblastoma resistance to standard treatment modalities and allows tumor growth and recurrence. Several immune-targeted approaches have been recently developed and are currently under preclinical and clinical investigation. Oncolytic viruses, including the autonomous protoparvovirus H-1 (H-1PV), show great promise as novel immunotherapeutic tools. In a first phase I/IIa clinical trial (ParvOryx01), H-1PV was safe and well tolerated when locally or systemically administered to recurrent glioblastoma patients...
December 15, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244537/role-of-renin-angiotensin-aldosterone-system-on-short-term-blood-pressure-variability-in-hypertensive-patients
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Minako Inoue, Kiyoshi Matsumura, Yoshie Haga, Yasuo Kansui, Kenichi Goto, Toshio Ohtsubo, Takanari Kitazono
The relationship between the renin-angiotensin aldosterone system and short-term blood pressure variability has not been well elucidated. Here, we investigated whether blood pressure variability determined by ambulatory blood pressure monitoring differed among patients with primary aldosteronism (PA), renovascular hypertension (RVHT), and essential hypertension (EHT). We examined 25 patients with PA, 28 patients with RVHT, and 18 patients with EHT. Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring was conducted in all patients...
December 15, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244272/comparison-of-perioperative-outcomes-with-or-without-renorrhaphy-during-open-partial-nephrectomy-a-propensity-score-matched-analysis
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Hidekazu Tachibana, Toshio Takagi, Tsunenori Kondo, Hideki Ishida, Kazunari Tanabe
PURPOSE: Renorrhaphy in partial nephrectomy may damage intraparenchymal vessels and compress the renal parenchyma, which may lead to the formation of renal artery pseudoaneurysms or vascularized parenchymal volume reduction. Using propensity score matching, we compared surgical outcomes following non-renorrhaphy and renorrhaphy techniques for open partial nephrectomy (OPN) for T1a renal tumors. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed data from 159 patients with normal contralateral kidneys who underwent OPN for T1a renal tumors and pre- and postoperative enhanced computed tomography between 2012 and 2015...
December 18, 2017: International Braz J Urol: Official Journal of the Brazilian Society of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244182/poor-performance-of-two-rapid-immunochromatographic-assays-for-anti-japanese-encephalitis-virus-immunoglobulin-m-detection-in-cerebrospinal-fluid-and-serum-from-patients-with-suspected-japanese-encephalitis-virus-infection-in-laos
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Onanong Sengvilaipaseuth, Josée Castonguay-Vanier, Anisone Chanthongthip, Ooyanong Phonemixay, Soulignasack Thongpaseuth, Manivanh Vongsouvath, Paul N Newton, Tehmina Bharucha, Audrey Dubot-Pérès
Background: Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) is a leading identified cause of encephalitis in Asia, often occurring in rural areas with poor access to laboratory diagnostics. We evaluated two rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) for anti-JEV immunoglobulin M (IgM) detection. Methods: Consecutive cerebrospinal fluid and serum from 388 patients (704 samples) with suspected JEV infections admitted to six hospitals in Laos were tested with one of two SD-Bioline anti-JEV IgM RDTs and the World Health Organization standard anti-JEV IgM enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA; Panbio Japanese Encephalitis-Dengue IgM Combo ELISA...
December 13, 2017: Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244100/invasive-insular-sampling-in-pediatric-epilepsy-a-single-institution-experience
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Luke D Tomycz, Andrew T Hale, Ali S Haider, Dave F Clarke, Mark R Lee
BACKGROUND: It has been increasingly recognized that the insular cortex plays an important role in frontotemporal-parietal epilepsy in children. The insula, however, cannot be properly interrogated with conventional subdural grids, and its anatomy makes it difficult to implicate the insula with semiology or noninvasive modalities. Frame-based, stereotactic placement of insular depth electrodes for direct extraoperative monitoring is a relatively low-risk maneuver that allows for conclusive interrogation of this region, and, in select cases, can easily be replaced with a laser applicator for minimally invasive treatment via thermoablation...
December 13, 2017: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244072/impact-of-prediagnostic-smoking-and-smoking-cessation-on-colorectal-cancer-prognosis-a-meta-analysis-of-individual-patient-data-from-cohorts-within-the-chances-consortium
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J M Ordóñez-Me, V Walter, B Schöttker, M Jenab, M G O'Doherty, F Kee, B Bueno-de-Mesquita, P H M Peeters, B H Stricker, R Ruiter, A Hofman, S Söderberg, P Jousilahti, K Kuulasmaa, N D Freedman, T Wilsgaard, A Wolk, L M Nilsson, A Tjønneland, J R Quirós, F J B van Duijnhoven, P D Siersema, P Boffetta, A Trichopoulou, H Brenner
Background: Smoking has been associated with colorectal cancer (CRC) incidence and mortality in previous studies and might also be associated with prognosis after CRC diagnosis. However, current evidence on smoking in association with CRC prognosis is limited. Patients and methods: For this individual patient data meta-analysis, sociodemographic and smoking behavior information of 12,414 incident CRC patients (median age at diagnosis: 64.3 years), recruited within 14 prospective cohort studies among previously cancer-free adults, was collected at baseline and harmonized across studies...
December 13, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244044/examining-the-factor-structure-and-reliability-of-the-safe-patient-handling-perception-scale-an-initial-validation-study
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Regina White-Heisel, James P Canfield, Sadie Young-Hughes
PURPOSE: Perceiving imminent safe patient handling and movement (SPH&M) dangers may reduce musculoskeletal (MSK) injuries for nurses in the workplace. The purpose of this study is to develop and validate the 17-item Safe Patient Handling Perception Scale (SPHPS) as an evaluation instrument assessing perceptual risk of MSK injury based on SPH&M knowledge, practice, and resource accessibility in the workplace. METHODS: Data were collected from a convenience sample (N = 117) of nursing employees at a Veteran Affairs Medical Center...
May 2017: Rehabilitation Nursing: the Official Journal of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244042/feasibility-and-effects-of-a-nursing-intervention-for-patients-with-peripheral-vestibular-disorders
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Carina Faag, Johan Bergenius, Christina Forsberg, Ann Langius-Eklöf
PURPOSE: To explore the feasibility and possible outcomes of a nursing intervention in patients with peripheral vestibular disorders. DESIGN: A randomized controlled trial (RCT). METHODS: Thirty-six patients participated in the study: the intervention group (n = 18), who received the intervention, and patients in a control group (n = 18), who received standard care. The intervention includes patient education and individualized nursing support during a 6-month rehabilitation period...
September 2017: Rehabilitation Nursing: the Official Journal of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244034/rehabilitation-nurses-knowledge-attitudes-and-behaviors-for-preventing-urinary-tract-infections-from-intermittent-catheterization
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Tenzin Dawa, Mary Randolph, Penelope Moyers, Patricia Finch Guthrie, Brenda Frie, Debra Filer
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to develop and examine the reliability of a survey to assess knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors (KAB) of rehabilitation nurses for preventing urinary tract infections in persons requiring intermittent catheterization. DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey with principal component analysis. METHODS: Survey development and administration based on national guidelines. FINDINGS: Principal component analysis produced three reliable components of KAB explaining 54...
December 13, 2017: Rehabilitation Nursing: the Official Journal of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244031/transition-and-post-transition-metals-in-exhaled-breath-condensate
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Andrew Ghio, Michael C Madden, Charles R Esther
Water vapor in expired air, as well as dispersed non-volatile components, condense onto a cooler surface after exiting the respiratory tract. This exhaled breath condensate (EBC) provides a dilute sampling of the epithelial lining fluid. Accordingly, the collection of EBC imparts a capacity to provide biomarkers of injury preceding clinical disease. Concentrations of transition and post-transition metals in EBC are included among these endpoints. Iron and zinc are those metals in highest concentration and are measurable in all EBC samples from healthy subjects; other metals are most frequently either at or below the level of detection in this group...
December 15, 2017: Journal of Breath Research
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