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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651069/automatic-mpst-cut-for-segmentation-of-carpal-bones-from-mr-volumes
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Laura Gemme, Sonia Nardotto, Silvana G Dellepiane
In the context of rheumatic diseases, several studies suggest that Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) allows the detection of the three main signs of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) at higher sensitivities than available through conventional radiology. The rapid, accurate segmentation of bones is an essential preliminary step for quantitative diagnosis, erosion evaluation, and multi-temporal data fusion. In the present paper, a new, semi-automatic, 3D graph-based segmentation method to extract carpal bone data is proposed...
June 12, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647669/-engage-therapy-prediction-of-change-of-late-life-major-depression
#2
George S Alexopoulos, Robert O'Neil, Samprit Banerjee, Patrick J Raue, Lindsay W Victoria, Jennifer N Bress, Cristina Pollari, Patricia A Arean
OBJECTIVE: Engage grew out of the need for streamlined psychotherapies that can be accurately used by community therapists in late-life depression. Engage was based on the view that dysfunction of reward networks is the principal mechanism mediating depressive symptoms. Accordingly, Engage uses "reward exposure" (exposure to meaningful activities) and assumes that repeated activation of reward networks will normalize these systems. This study examined whether change in a behavioral activation scale, an index of reward system function, predicts change in depressive symptomatology...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646869/long-term-outcomes-after-combined-arthroscopic-medial-reefing-and-lateral-release-in-patients-with-recurrent-patellar-instability-a-retrospective-analysis
#3
Dominik Schorn, Sera Yang-Strathoff, Georg Gosheger, Tim Vogler, Sebastian Klingebiel, Carolin Rickert, Dimosthenis Andreou, Dennis Liem
BACKGROUND: There is currently no consensus regarding the optimal surgical treatment method for patients with recurrent patella instability. Our goal was to evaluate the long-term results of combined arthroscopic medial reefing and lateral release, to identify possible risk factors for recurrent dislocations and residual complaints after surgical treatment and to assess functional outcome. METHODS: We performed a retrospective study of 38 patients (43 knees) treated with all-inside technique between 2001 and 2010...
June 24, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646333/feeding-jejunostomy-associated-small-bowel-necrosis-after-elective-esophago-gastric-resection
#4
Omer S Al-Taan, Robert N Williams, James A Stephenson, Melanie Baker, S Murthy Nyasavajjala, David J Bowrey
BACKGROUND: Feeding jejunostomy has increasingly become a standard adjunctive procedure during major esophago-gastric resections. They provide nutritional support during the post-operative period as required. However, significant early complications have been reported, most notably small bowel necrosis. Literature reports have been restricted to case reports or series. This study aims to determine the frequency of this complication in a cohort of patients undergoing esophago-gastric resection, and identify any difference in the risk of this complication between patients undergoing esophagectomy and gastrectomy...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery: Official Journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645320/acromegaly-discovered-during-a-routine-out-patient-surgical-procedure-a-case-report
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Chukwudi O Chiaghana, Julia M Bauerfeind, Cheri A Sulek, J Christopher Goldstein, Caleb A Awoniyi
BACKGROUND: Acromegaly is a rare syndrome in which there is unregulated hypersecretion of growth hormone. The anesthetic management of patients with this disorder is particularly challenging due to pre-existing cardiovascular and respiratory dysfunction, as well as recognized difficulties with airway management. Because of the insidious progression of the disease and the presence of nonspecific signs and symptoms, diagnosis is often made late when characteristic acromegalic features become apparent...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644544/the-frontal-peak-sign-a-potential-new-indication-of-open-approach-in-frontal-sinus-mucoceles-with-posterior-table-erosion-a-retrospective-chart-review-of-thirty-seven-patients
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Emilie Béquignon, Jean-Philippe Blancal, Jean-Pierre Guichard, Katell Ruellan, Romain Kania, Elisabeth Sauvaget, Damien Bresson, Philippe Herman, Benjamin Verillaud
To date, most frontal mucoceles are treated endoscopically, provided that there is no major neo-osteogenesis and that the frontal sinus floor is wide enough to provide an adequate working space: the presence of a sinus wall dehiscence is not considered as a contraindication to an endoscopic approach. We report on a series of 37 patients presenting with frontal sinus mucoceles with posterior table erosion. Thirty-three (89.2%) had minimal erosion and/or a limited protrusion of the mucocele within the anterior cranial fossa on CT-scan, and were successfully operated on through an endoscopic approach...
June 23, 2017: Clinical Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643812/-conscience-clause-in-end-of-life-care
#7
Ludovica De Panfilis, Daniela Cattaneo, Luisanna Cola, Maddalena Gasparini, Corinna Porteri, Daniela Tarquini, Alessandro Tiezzi, Simone Veronese, Silvia Zullo, Eugenio Pucci
The article proposes a critical reflection on issues that appeal to the conscience clause as part of end of life care can produce and what can guarantee freedom of conscience, self-determination of those involved and respect for the dignity of the sick person. After a philosophical and normative analysis, the article is organized on the basis of two important documents for discussion: a position paper of Società Italiana di Anestesia Analgesia Rianimazione e Terapia Intensiva (SIAARTI) signed by several scientific societies "Grandi insufficienze d'organo end stage: cure intensive o cure palliative?" and the Design of Law currently being debated "Norme in materia di consenso informato e di disposizioni anticipate di trattamento"...
May 2017: Recenti Progressi in Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643754/awareness-of-cervical-cancer-and-willingness-to-participate-in-screening-program-public-health-policy-implications
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Somdatta Patra, Madhu Upadhyay, Pragti Chhabra
BACKGROUND: Cervical cancer is one of the most common malignancies among women in India. There is a high mortality as patients usually present at an advanced stage because of lack of awareness and nonexistent screening programs. AIM: This study was planned to find out awareness about cervical cancer among women and their willingness to utilize screening services in an urban resettlement colony of Delhi, India. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: A community-based, cross-sectional study was carried out in a resettlement colony of North-West Delhi...
April 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643340/trans-endoscopic-diode-laser-fenestration-of-equine-conchae-via-contralateral-nostril-approach
#9
Filip Kološ, Štěpán Bodeček, Zdeněk Žert
OBJECTIVE: To describe and report preliminary outcomes of a contralateral trans-nasal endoscopic laser fenestration of the conchae for endoscopic examination and treatment of paranasal sinuses in horses. STUDY DESIGN: Cadaveric experimental and prospective clinical study. ANIMALS: Normal cadaveric equine heads (n = 7) and equine patients (horses n = 7, donkey n = 1) diagnosed with sinusitis. METHODS: Ex vivo: a video-endoscope containing a diode laser fiber in the working canal was passed through the nostril and retroflexed in the nasopharynx toward the contralateral conchae...
June 23, 2017: Veterinary Surgery: VS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642788/comparison-between-intestinal-beh%C3%A3-et-s-disease-and-crohn-s-disease-in-characteristics-of-symptom-endoscopy-and-radiology
#10
Tianyu Zhang, Liwen Hong, Zhengting Wang, Rong Fan, Maochen Zhang, Yun Lin, Mengmeng Cheng, Xiaolin Zhou, Peijun Sun, Xiaoyi Lin, Jie Zhong
AIM: To evaluate different parameters in differentiating intestinal BD from CD. METHODS: The medical records of inpatients with intestinal BD and CD were retrospectively reviewed. The univariate value of different parameters was analyzed, respectively. A differentiation model was established by pooling all valuable parameters together. Diagnostic efficacy was evaluated, and a receiver operating curve (ROC) was plotted. RESULTS: Forty-two BD patients and ninety-seven CD patients were reviewed...
2017: Gastroenterology Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641283/-healing-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-a-case-report
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Inge Mangelsdorf, Harald Walach, Joachim Mutter
BACKGROUND: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a devastating disease leading to death within 3-5 years in most cases. New approaches to treating this disease are needed. Here, we report a successful therapy. CASE REPORT: In a 49-year-old male patient suffering from muscle weakness and fasciculations, progressive muscular atrophy, a variant of ALS, was diagnosed after extensive examinations ruling out other diseases. Due to supposed mercury exposure from residual amalgam, the patient's teeth were restored...
2017: Complementary Medicine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638842/choosing-wisely-overnight-residents-approach-to-fever
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Jessica Howard-Anderson, Kristin Schwab, Roswell Quinn, Christopher J Graber
We surveyed internal medicine residents regarding how they approach febrile patients in cross-cover settings. Residents frequently use the term "full fever work-up," and rely on this for sign-out. Despite this, residents felt fever work-ups were not evidenced-based, and definitions of when and how to respond to a fever varied.
2017: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638707/sexual-dysfunction-in-female-patients-with-relapsing-remitting-multiple-sclerosis
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Pawel Bartnik, Aleksandra Wielgoś, Joanna Kacperczyk, Katarzyna Pisarz, Iwona Szymusik, Aleksandra Podlecka-Piętowska, Beata Zakrzewska-Pniewska, Miroslaw Wielgoś
INTRODUCTION: Sexual dysfunction (SD) is one of the common symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS) and is often underdiagnosed, especially in women. Relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) is the most widespread form of the disease, but the data on SD occurrence in this particular group of patients is limited. The aim of the study was to analyze the associations between demographic factors, symptoms and signs of MS, psychiatric comorbidities and SD in female patients with RRMS. MATERIAL & METHODS: A subgroup of 86 sexually active women with RRMS out of 218 total MS respondents was analyzed...
June 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638595/use-of-90-ethanol-to-decontaminate-stethoscopes-in-resource-limited-settings
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Bijendra Raj Raghubanshi, Supriya Sapkota, Arjab Adhikari, Aman Dutta, Utsuk Bhattarai, Rastriyata Bhandari
BACKGROUND: In developing countries like Nepal, 90% ethanol is cheap and is available in most hospitals. The unavailability of isopropyl alcohol (IPA) in these settings led us to compare the efficacy between 90% ethanol and isopropyl alcohol pads in reducing the bacterial contamination of diaphragm of stethoscope. METHODS: A randomized blinded experimental study was carried out to determine the difference between cleaning stethoscopes with 90% ethanol and IPA. Cultures of diaphragm were taken before and after cleaning with one of the cleaning agent...
2017: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637604/cervical-flexion-rotation-test-and-physiological-range-of-motion-a-comparative-study-of-patients-with-myogenic-temporomandibular-disorder-versus-healthy-subjects
#15
Tzvika Greenbaum, Zeevi Dvir, Shoshana Reiter, Ephraim Winocur
BACKGROUND: Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) refer to several common clinical disorders which involve the masticatory muscles, the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and the adjacent structures. Although neck signs and symptoms are found with higher prevalence in TMD patients compared to the overall population, whether limitation of cervical mobility is an additional positive finding in this cohort is still an open question. OBJECTIVE: To compare the physiological cervical range of motion (CROM) and the extent of rotation during cervical flexion (flexion-rotation test, FRT) in people with TMD (muscular origin) and healthy control subjects...
February 2017: Musculoskeletal Science & Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635121/exposure-to-sodium-valproate-during-pregnancy-facial-features-and-signs-of-autism
#16
Rachel Stadelmaier, Hanah Nasri, Curtis K Deutsch, Margaret Bauman, Anne Hunt, Christopher J Stodgell, Jane Adams, Lewis B Holmes
BACKGROUND: Valproic acid (VPA) is the most teratogenic anticonvulsant drug in clinical use today. Children exposed prenatally to VPA have previously been shown to have dysmorphic craniofacial features, identified subjectively but not by anthropometric methods. Exposure to VPA has also been associated with an increased frequency of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). An increased cephalic index (the ratio of the cranial lateral width to the cranial anterior-posterior length) has been observed in children with ASD...
June 21, 2017: Birth defects research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634659/effects-of-single-moor-baths-on-physiological-stress-response-and-psychological-state-a-pilot-study
#17
M Stier-Jarmer, D Frisch, C Oberhauser, G Immich, M Kirschneck, A Schuh
Moor mud applications in the form of packs and baths are widely used therapeutically as part of balneotherapy. They are commonly given as therapy for musculoskeletal disorders, with their thermo-physical effects being furthest studied. Moor baths are one of the key therapeutic elements in our recently developed and evaluated 3-week prevention program for subjects with high stress level and increased risk of developing a burnout syndrome. An embedded pilot study add-on to this core project was carried out to assess the relaxing effect of a single moor bath...
June 20, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634416/new-climatic-targets-against-global-warming-will-the-maximum-2%C3%A2-%C3%A2-c-temperature-rise-affect-estuarine-benthic-communities
#18
Daniel Crespo, Tiago Fernandes Grilo, Joana Baptista, João Pedro Coelho, Ana Isabel Lillebø, Fernanda Cássio, Isabel Fernandes, Cláudia Pascoal, Miguel Ângelo Pardal, Marina Dolbeth
The Paris Agreement signed by 195 countries in 2015 sets out a global action plan to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to remain below 2 °C. Under that premise, in situ experiments were run to test the effects of 2 °C temperature increase on the benthic communities in a seagrass bed and adjacent bare sediment, from a temperate European estuary. Temperature was artificially increased in situ and diversity and ecosystem functioning components measured after 10 and 30 days. Despite some warmness effects on the analysed components, significant impacts were not verified on macro and microfauna structure, bioturbation or in the fluxes of nutrients...
June 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634372/dna-methylation-changes-in-endometrium-and-correlation-with-gene-expression-during-the-transition-from-pre-receptive-to-receptive-phase
#19
Viktorija Kukushkina, Vijayachitra Modhukur, Marina Suhorutšenko, Maire Peters, Reedik Mägi, Nilufer Rahmioglu, Agne Velthut-Meikas, Signe Altmäe, Francisco J Esteban, Jaak Vilo, Krina Zondervan, Andres Salumets, Triin Laisk-Podar
The inner uterine lining (endometrium) is a unique tissue going through remarkable changes each menstrual cycle. Endometrium has its characteristic DNA methylation profile, although not much is known about the endometrial methylome changes throughout the menstrual cycle. The impact of methylome changes on gene expression and thereby on the function of the tissue, including establishing receptivity to implanting embryo, is also unclear. Therefore, this study used genome-wide technologies to characterize the methylome and the correlation between DNA methylation and gene expression in endometrial biopsies collected from 17 healthy fertile-aged women from pre-receptive and receptive phase within one menstrual cycle...
June 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632013/task-demands-in-osces-influence-learning-strategies
#20
Alexandre Lafleur, Jonathan Laflamme, Jimmie Leppink, Luc Côté
THEORY: Models on pre-assessment learning effects confirmed that task demands stand out among the factors assessors can modify in an assessment to influence learning. However, little is known about which tasks in objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) improve students' cognitive and metacognitive processes. Research is needed to support OSCE designs that benefit students' metacognitive strategies when they are studying, reinforcing a hypothesis-driven approach. With that intent, hypothesis-driven physical examination (HDPE) assessments ask students to elicit and interpret findings of the physical exam to reach a diagnosis ("Examine this patient with a painful shoulder to reach a diagnosis")...
March 2, 2017: Teaching and Learning in Medicine
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