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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811990/clinical-outcomes-of-total-disc-replacement-versus-anterior-lumbar-interbody-fusion-for-surgical-treatment-of-lumbar-degenerative-disc-disease
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Tobias A Mattei, Jennifer Beer, Alisson R Teles, Azeem A Rehman, Jean Aldag, Dzung Dinh
STUDY DESIGN: The authors performed a retrospective controlled study of patients diagnosed with lumbar degenerative disc disease who received surgical intervention (either total disc replacement [TDR]/Activ-L or anterior lumbar interbody fusion [ALIF]) at a single tertiary-care hospital from 2007-2010. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the clinical outcomes after TDR in comparison with ALIF for surgical treatment of lumbar degenerative disc disease (DDD). METHODS: Analyzed data included intra-operative blood loss, time to return to work, and clinical outcomes as evaluated through the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) and the Visual Analog Scale (VAS) pain questionnaires pre-operatively and at 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, and 1 year postoperative follow-up...
August 2017: Global Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809365/type-of-surgical-treatment-and-recurrence-of-oral-leukoplakia-a-retrospective-clinical-study
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L Monteiro, C Barbieri, S Warnakulasuriya, M Martins, F Salazar, J-J Pacheco, P Vescovi, M Meleti
BACKGROUND: Oral leukoplakia (OL) is the most typical potentially malignant disorder of the oral mucosa. We aimed to evaluate the clinical outcome of oral leukoplakia treated with several types of lasers and with the use of quantic molecular resonance (QMR) lancet, in terms of recurrence rate. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Eighty-seven previously untreated OL (52 occurring in females and 35 in males, mean age of 59.4 ± 13.9 years) were consecutively submitted to surgical treatment at University Hospital of Parma, Italy, and Hospital de Valongo, Portugal, (1999 to 2012)...
August 15, 2017: Medicina Oral, Patología Oral y Cirugía Bucal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808428/a-comparison-of-concurrent-cisplatin-versus-cetuximab-with-radiotherapy-in-locally-advanced-head-and-neck-cancer-a-bi-institutional-analysis
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William A Stokes, Whitney A Sumner, Kiersten L Breggren, John T Rathbun, David Raben, Jessica D McDermott, Gregory Gan, Sana D Karam
AIM: To present our experience comparing cisplatin- and cetuximab-based radiotherapy for locally-advanced head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. BACKGROUND: The comparative effectiveness of cisplatin-based chemoradiotherapy (CRT) versus cetuximab-based bioradiotherapy (BRT) for locally-advanced head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (LAHNSCC) continues to be explored. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Outcomes of LAHNSCC patients treated with CRT (125) or BRT (34) at two institutions were compared retrospectively, with attention to overall survival (OS), cancer-specific survival (CSS), locoregional control (LRC), and distant control (DC)...
September 2017: Reports of Practical Oncology and Radiotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807393/treatment-trends-effectiveness-and-safety-of-statins-on-lipid-goal-attainment-in-chinese-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-patients-a-multicenter-retrospective-cohort-study
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Yundai Chen, Dandan Li, Jing Jing, Hongbing Yan, Jinghua Liu, Zhujun Shen, Stefan James, Christoph Varenhorst
PURPOSE: Limited data exist on the use of statins in Chinese patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) treated with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). We therefore conducted this study to observe the usage trend and the effectiveness of statins on LDL-C goal attainment and other lipid parameters among PCI-treated patients. METHODS: This multicenter, retrospective, observational, longitudinal cohort study was conducted in PCI-treated patients with CAD between July 1, 2011, and February 28, 2015...
August 11, 2017: Clinical Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805305/systematic-review-of-provider-involvement-in-heart-failure-self-care-interventions
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Rebecca Bryant, Amanda Alonzo, Hanna Schmillen
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Heart failure is a global concern impacting patient outcomes. Self-care interventions improve self-care behaviors in heart failure patients. The impact of direct provider involvement on patient self-care outcomes is unknown in research. The purpose is to review self-care interventions for adults with heart failure and describe direct provider involvement versus no direct provider involvement on patient self-care behaviors. METHODS: Review was conducted using the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guidelines...
August 14, 2017: Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803655/usefulness-of-pa32540-in-protecting-the-gastric-layer-while-providing-secondary-prevention-for-coronary-artery-disease
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REVIEW
Deepthi Kagolanu, Najia Sayedy, Syed Haseeb, Shivani Shah, Paul Lam, Swapna Munnangi, Prakash Viswanathan, Kent Stephenson
Aspirin has been the mainstay for secondary prevention of coronary artery disease to decrease early recurrence and severity of recurrent cardiovascular events. However, an increase in gastrointestinal bleeding due to aspirin is preventing many patients from adhering to this daily regimen. PA32540, a combination pill with aspirin and omeprazole, is a newly emerging intervention that has the potential to reinforce patient compliance with the aspirin regimen due to fewer gastrointestinal adverse effects. This systematic review assessed three recent phase 3 clinical trials investigating the safety and efficacy of PA32540...
July 14, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801395/the-involvement-of-early-stage-breast-cancer-patients-during-oncology-consultations-in-italy-a-multi-centred-randomized-controlled-trial-of-a-question-prompt-sheet-versus-question-listing
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Alessandro Bottacini, Claudia Goss, Maria Angela Mazzi, Alberto Ghilardi, Chiara Buizza, Annamaria Molino, Elena Fiorio, Rolando Nortilli, Vito Amoroso, Lucia Vassalli, Richard F Brown
OBJECTIVES: To investigate, prior to an oncology consultation, the use of a pre-prepared list of evidence based questions, Question Prompt Sheet (QPS), compared with a Question List (QL), a patient self-generated list of questions. DESIGN: Multi-centred, randomised controlled trial. SETTING: Secondary-care patients attending three outpatient oncology clinics in Northern Italy. PARTICIPANTS: 308 women completed the study...
August 11, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800969/new-guidelines-for-the-diagnosis-of-fibromyalgia
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Roberto E Heymann, Eduardo S Paiva, José Eduardo Martinez, Milton Helfenstein, Marcelo C Rezende, Jose Roberto Provenza, Aline Ranzolin, Marcos Renato de Assis, Daniel P Feldman, Luiz Severiano Ribeiro, Eduardo J R Souza
OBJECTIVE: To establish guidelines based on scientific evidence for the diagnosis of fibromyalgia. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Evidence collection was performed based on 9 questions regarding the diagnosis of fibromyalgia, structured using the Patient, Intervention or Indicator, Comparison and Outcome (P.I.C.O.), with searches in the main, primary databases of scientific information. After defining the potential studies to support the recommendations, they were graded according to evidence and degree of recommendation...
August 8, 2017: Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797524/systematic-review-of-metformin-monotherapy-and-dual-therapy-with-sodium-glucose-co-transporter-2-inhibitor-sglt-2-in-treatment-of-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
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Nagashekhara Molugulu, Lai Shu Yee, Yew Tze Ye, Tan Chew Khee, Lee Zhen Nie, Neoh Jia Yee, Tian Kar Yee, Tan Chee Liang, Prashant Kesharwani
BACKGROUND: Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) is a chronic disorder and its treatment with only metformin often does not provide optimum glycemic control. Addition of sodium glucose cotransporter 2 inhibitor (SGLT2) will improve the glycemic control in patients on metformin alone. In this study, an attempt is made to investigate the combined therapy of SGLT-2 with metformin in managing T2DM in terms of lowering HbA1c and body weight and monotherapy using metformin alone in HbA1c and body weight reduction...
July 25, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797517/gynecologic-anatomic-abnormalities-following-anorectal-malformations-repair
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Alejandra Vilanova-Sanchez, Carlos A Reck, Kate A McCracken, Victoria A Lane, Alessandra C Gasior, Richard J Wood, Marc A Levitt, Geri D Hewitt
BACKGROUND/AIM: Patients may present with gynecologic concerns after previous posterior sagittal anorectoplasty (PSARP) for repair of an anorectal malformation (ARM). Common findings include an inadequate or shortened perineal body, as well as introital stenosis, retained vaginal septum, and remnant rectovestibular fistula. An inadequate or shortened perineal body may impact fecal continence, sexual function and recommendations regarding obstetrical mode of delivery. We describe our experience with female patients referred to our center for evaluation of their previously repaired ARM, with a specific focus on perineal body anatomy and concomitant gynecologic abnormalities...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796425/comparison-of-stroke-volume-measurements-during-hemodialysis-using-bioimpedance-cardiography-and-echocardiography
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Michael J Germain, Jyovani Joubert, Daniel O'Grady, Brian H Nathanson, Yossi Chait, Nathan W Levin
BACKGROUND: Fluid management remains a major challenge of hemodialysis (HD) care, with serious implications for morbidity and mortality. Intradialytic fluid management is typically guided by blood pressure, an indirect resultant of hemodynamics status. Direct measurements of hemodynamic parameters may improve cardiovascular outcomes by providing rational bases for intervention. We compare stroke volume (SV) measurements using a noninvasive, regional biompedance cardiography device (NiCaS) with Doppler echocardiography (Echo) in HD setting...
August 10, 2017: Hemodialysis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795335/encouraging-mindfulness-in-medical-house-staff-via-smartphone-app-a-pilot-study
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Louise Wen, Timothy E Sweeney, Lindsay Welton, Mickey Trockel, Laurence Katznelson
BACKGROUND: Stress and burnout are increasingly recognized as urgent issues among resident physicians, especially given the concerning implications of burnout on physician well-being and patient care outcomes. OBJECTIVE: The authors assessed how a mindfulness and meditation practice among residents, supported via a self-guided, smartphone-based mindfulness app, affects wellness as measured by prevalidated surveys. METHODS: Residents in the departments of general surgery, anesthesia, and obstetrics and gynecology were recruited for participation in this survey-based, four-week, single-arm study...
August 9, 2017: Academic Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795296/current-trends-in-selection-of-conduits-for-coronary-artery-bypass-grafting
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REVIEW
Thierry Carrel, Bernhard Winkler
The procedure of coronary artery bypass grafting continues to be the "gold standard" for patients with multivessel coronary artery disease and left main stenosis due to favourable long-term and consistent outcomes despite the advent of new generations of stents. But the targeted better long-term outcome of surgical revascularization over percutaneous interventions depends on several variables and aspects; one of them is the choice of conduits used to bypass the stenosed arteries. Coronary artery bypass surgery has been studied and debated for decades and the same applies to the selection of grafts...
August 9, 2017: General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795245/a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-the-treatment-of-anal-fissure
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REVIEW
R L Nelson, D Manuel, C Gumienny, B Spencer, K Patel, K Schmitt, D Castillo, A Bravo, A Yeboah-Sampong
BACKGROUND: Anal fissure has a very large number of treatment options. The choice is difficult. In an effort to assist in that, choice presented here is a systematic review and meta-analysis of all published treatments for anal fissure that have been studied in randomized controlled trials. METHODS: Randomized trials were sought in the Cochrane Controlled Trials Register, Medline, EMBASE and the trials registry sites clinicaltrials.gov and who/int/ictrp/search/en...
August 9, 2017: Techniques in Coloproctology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795029/comparison-of-coronary-artery-bypass-graft-first-and-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-first-approaches-for-2-stage-hybrid-coronary-revascularization
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Hang Jun Choi, Joonkyu Kang, Hyun Song, Do Yeon Kim, Kuk Bin Choi
BACKGROUND: Hybrid coronary revascularization (HCR) was developed to combine the advantages of coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). However, it is still controversial whether it is more optimal to perform CABG or PCI first. The purpose of this study was to compare the clinical outcomes of these 2 approaches. METHODS: Eighty patients who underwent HCR from May 2010 to December 2015 were enrolled in this retrospective analysis...
August 2017: Korean Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793893/the-role-of-hospitals-in-bridging-the-care-continuum-a-systematic-review-of-coordination-of-care-and-follow-up-for-adults-with-chronic-conditions
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Melissa De Regge, Kaat De Pourcq, Bert Meijboom, Jeroen Trybou, Eric Mortier, Kristof Eeckloo
BACKGROUND: Multiple studies have investigated the outcome of integrated care programs for chronically ill patients. However, few studies have addressed the specific role hospitals can play in the downstream collaboration for chronic disease management. Our objective here is to provide a comprehensive overview of the role of the hospitals by synthesizing the advantages and disadvantages of hospital interference in the chronic discourse for chronically ill patients found in published empirical studies...
August 9, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792139/sarpogrelate-based-triple-antiplatelet-therapy-improved-left-ventricular-systolic-function-in-acute-myocardial-infarction-retrospective-study
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Jae Hyuk Choi, Jung Rae Cho, Sang Min Park, Kunal Bikram Shaha, Floyd Pierres, Tserendavaa Sumiya, Kwang Jin Chun, Min Kyung Kang, Seonghoon Choi, Namho Lee
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to assess the potential benefit of a 5-hydroxytryptamine receptor antagonist, sarpogrelate-based triple antiplatelet therapy (TAPT) in comparison with dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) in patients undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). MATERIALS AND METHODS: 119 patients of STEMI were retrospectively assessed. All patients received aspirin and clopidogrel per standard of care...
September 2017: Yonsei Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790830/social-training-cognition-in-schizophrenia-a-pilot-study
#18
Davide Palumbo, Armida Mucci, Giuseppe Piegari, Valentina D'Alise, Annapaola Mazza, Silvana Galderisi
The purpose of this pilot study was to assess the efficacy of a new social cognition (SC) remediation intervention, the Social Cognition Individualized Activities Lab (SoCIAL), for subjects with schizophrenia. The training includes a module for emotion recognition and one for theory of mind. A comparison with a validated cognitive remediation intervention, the Social Skills And Neurocognitive Individualized Training (SSANIT), was conducted to verify the efficacy of the SoCIAL in improving SC. Ten stabilized patients with schizophrenia accepted to participate...
2017: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789659/consistency-and-sources-of-divergence-in-recommendations-on-screening-with-questionnaires-for-presently-experienced-health-problems-or-symptoms-a-comparison-of-recommendations-from-the-canadian-task-force-on-preventive-health-care-uk-national-screening-committee
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Brett D Thombs, Nazanin Saadat, Kira E Riehm, Justin Michael Karter, Akansha Vaswani, Bonnie K Andrews, Peter Simons, Lisa Cosgrove
BACKGROUND: Recently, health screening recommendations have gone beyond screening for early-stage, asymptomatic disease to include "screening" for presently experienced health problems and symptoms using self-report questionnaires. We examined recommendations from three major national guideline organizations to determine the consistency of recommendations, identify sources of divergent recommendations, and determine if guideline organizations have identified any direct randomized controlled trial (RCT) evidence for the effectiveness of questionnaire-based screening...
August 9, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783878/oxygen-therapies-and-their-effects-on-wound-healing
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REVIEW
Gijs H J de Smet, Leonard F Kroese, Anand G Menon, Johannes Jeekel, Antoon W J van Pelt, Gert-Jan Kleinrensink, Johan F Lange
Oxygen is an important factor for wound healing. Although several different therapies investigated the use of oxygen to aid wound healing, the results of these studies are not unequivocal. This systematic review summarizes the clinical and experimental studies regarding different oxygen therapies for promoting wound healing, and evaluates the outcomes according the methodological details. A systematic literature search was conducted using Embase, Medline, Web of Science, Cochrane, PubMed publisher, and Google Scholar libraries...
August 7, 2017: Wound Repair and Regeneration
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