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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632645/management-of-symptomatic-lumbar-disk-herniation-an-international-perspective
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Pravesh S Gadjradj, Mark P Arts, Maurits W van Tulder, Wim J R Rietdijk, Wilco C Peul, Biswadjiet S Harhangi
STUDY DESIGN: A questionnaire survey. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the current practice patterns of surgeons regarding both the surgical and nonsurgical management of lumbar disk herniation (LDH) worldwide and to compare this with the current literature. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Sciatica is a common diagnosis in the general population. Sciatica is most frequently caused by LDH. Multiple surgical techniques and treatment modalities are available to treat LDH, albeit some with small effect sizes or without compelling evidence...
June 19, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632643/the-early-impact-of-postoperative-bracing-on-pain-and-quality-of-life-following-posterior-instrumented-fusion-for-lumbar-degenerative-conditions-a-randomized-trial
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Hany Ag Soliman, Soraya Barchi, Stefan Parent, Gilles Maurais, Alain Jodoin, Jean-Marc Mac-Thiong
STUDY DESIGN: A randomized controlled trial. OBJECTIVE: To investigate if bracing after posterior spinal instrumented fusion(PSIF) can improve pain relief and quality of life(QoL) 6 weeks and 3 months postoperatively. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Braces are commonly prescribed after PSIF in patients with lumbar degenerative conditions with the aim of improving pain relief and QoL. However, there is a lack of evidence on the indication for postoperative bracing, as surgeons use braces mainly based on their experience and training...
June 19, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624496/effect-of-fentanyl-on-the-induction-dose-and-minimum-infusion-rate-of-propofol-preventing-movement-in-dogs
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Carrie A Davis, Reza Seddighi, Sherry K Cox, Xiaocun Sun, Christine M Egger, Thomas J Doherty
OBJECTIVE: To determine the effect of fentanyl on the induction dose of propofol and minimum infusion rate required to prevent movement in response to noxious stimulation (MIRNM) in dogs. STUDY DESIGN: Crossover experimental design. ANIMALS: Six healthy, adult intact male Beagle dogs, mean±standard deviation 12.6±0.4 kg. METHODS: Dogs were administered 0.9% saline (treatment P), fentanyl (5 μg kg(-1)) (treatment PLDF) or fentanyl (10 μg kg(-1)) (treatment PHDF) intravenously over 5 minutes...
January 11, 2017: Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624057/surveillance-strategies-in-the-follow-up-of-melanoma-patients-too-much-or-not-enough
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James Kurtz, Georgia M Beasley, Doreen Agnese, Kari Kendra, Thomas E Olencki, Alicia Terando, J Harrison Howard
BACKGROUND: After appropriate initial therapy for patients with stage II-III melanoma, there is no consensus regarding surveillance. Thus, follow-up is highly variable among institutions and individual providers. The National Comprehensive Cancer Network recommends routine clinical examination and consideration of imaging for stage IIB-IIIC every 3-12 mo with no distinction between stages. Detection of recurrence is important as novel systemic therapies and surgical resection of recurrence may provide survival benefits...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619013/mlst-genotypes-of-campylobacter-jejuni-isolated-from-broiler-products-dairy-cattle-and-human-campylobacteriosis-cases-in-lithuania
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Sigita Ramonaite, Egle Tamuleviciene, Thomas Alter, Neringa Kasnauskyte, Mindaugas Malakauskas
BACKGROUND: Campylobacter (C.) jejuni is the leading cause of human campylobacteriosis worldwide. We performed a molecular epidemiological study to investigate the genetic relationship among C. jejuni strains isolated from human diarrhoeal patients, broiler products and dairy cattle in Lithuania. METHODS: The C. jejuni isolates from human clinical cases, dairy cattle and broiler products were genotyped using multilocus sequence typing (MLST). Allele numbers for each housekeeping gene, sequence type (ST), and clonal complex (CC) were assigned by submitting the DNA sequences to the C...
June 15, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615936/comparison-of-distinctive-models-for-calculating-an-interlobar-emphysema-heterogeneity-index-in-patients-prior-to-endoscopic-lung-volume-reduction
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Dorothea Theilig, Felix Doellinger, Alexander Poellinger, Vera Schreiter, Konrad Neumann, Ralf-Harto Hubner
BACKGROUND: The degree of interlobar emphysema heterogeneity is thought to play an important role in the outcome of endoscopic lung volume reduction (ELVR) therapy of patients with advanced COPD. There are multiple ways one could possibly define interlobar emphysema heterogeneity, and there is no standardized definition. PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to derive a formula for calculating an interlobar emphysema heterogeneity index (HI) when evaluating a patient for ELVR...
2017: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611230/effect-of-a-motivational-interviewing-based-health-coaching-on-quality-of-life-in-subjects-with-copd
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Hamid Rehman, Craig Karpman, Kristin Vickers Douglas, Roberto P Benzo
BACKGROUND: Improving quality of life (QOL) is a key goal in the care of patients with COPD. Pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) has clearly been shown to improve QOL, but is not accessible to many eligible patients. There is a need for alternative programs designed to improve patient well-being that are accessible to all patients with COPD. Our goal was to pilot test a simple, telephone-based health-coaching intervention that was recently shown to decrease readmission among hospitalized COPD patients and stable COPD patients eligible for PR...
June 13, 2017: Respiratory Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608776/short-term-effectiveness-of-a-community-implemented-falls-prevention-referral-service
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Andrea Christoforou, Marietta L van der Linden, Pelagia Koufaki
PURPOSE: To evaluate the effectiveness of the 16-week evidence-based Steady Steps exercise referral scheme at improving physical function, balance confidence, and quality of life (QoL) of community-dwelling older adults at risk of falling. METHOD: A non-experimental, practice-based study involving a retrospective analysis of participant outcomes. Pre-post comparisons of three performance-based measures of gait and balance and of person-reported outcomes for balance confidence and QoL were performed...
June 13, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607472/a-new-look-at-risk-patterns-related-to-coronary-heart-disease-incidence-using-survival-tree-analysis-12-years-longitudinal-study
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Azra Ramezankhani, Farideh Bagherzadeh-Khiabani, Davood Khalili, Fereidoun Azizi, Farzad Hadaegh
We identified risk patterns associated with incident coronary heart disease (CHD) using survival tree, and compared performance of survival tree versus Cox proportional hazards (Cox PH) in a cohort of Iranian adults. Data on 8,279 participants (3,741 men) aged ≥30 yr were used to analysis. Survival trees identified seven subgroups with different risk patterns using four [(age, non-HDL-C, fasting plasma glucose (FPG) and family history of diabetes] and five [(age, systolic blood pressure (SBP), non-HDL-C, FPG and family history of CVD] predictors in women and men, respectively...
June 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605002/short-term-outcomes-of-open-hip-preservation-surgery-for-symptomatic-extraarticular-femoroacetabular-impingement
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Benjamin F Ricciardi, Kara G Fields, Catherine Wentzel, Bryan T Kelly, Ernest L Sink
INTRODUCTION: The purposes of this study were to describe: (i) short-term disease-specific patient-reported outcome scores (PROMs); and (ii) factors associated with reoperation or treatment failure in patients undergoing open hip preservation surgery for symptomatic extraarticular FAI. METHODS: Patients undergoing open hip preservation surgery for symptomatic extraarticular FAI were identified from a prospective, single-centre hip preservation registry (n = 51 patients; median clinical follow-up 24 [range 11-49] months)...
June 7, 2017: Hip International: the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Research on Hip Pathology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603562/meditation-in-stressed-older-adults-improvements-in-self-rated-mental-health-not-paralleled-by-improvements-in-cognitive-function-or-physiological-measures
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Barry S Oken, Helané Wahbeh, Elena Goodrich, Daniel Klee, Tabatha Memmott, Meghan Miller, Rongwei Fu
To determine if mindfulness meditation (MM) in older adults improves cognition and, secondarily, if MM improves mental health and physiology, 134 at least mildly stressed 50-85 year olds were randomized to a six-week MM intervention or a waitlist control. Outcome measures were assessed at baseline and two months later at Visit 2. The primary outcome measure was an executive function/attentional measure (flanker task). Other outcome measures included additional cognitive assessments, salivary cortisol, respiratory rate, heart rate variability, Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS), Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression (CESD), Perceived Stress Scale (PSS), Neuroticism-Extraversion-Openness (NEO) personality traits, and SF-36 health-related quality of life...
June 2017: Mindfulness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600725/tolerability-safety-and-effectiveness-of-oxycodone-deterx-in-elderly-patients-%C3%A2-65%C3%A2-years-of-age-with-chronic-low-back-pain-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Ernest A Kopecky, Ben Vaughn, Scott Lagasse, Melinda O'Connor
TRIAL DESIGN: This was a phase III, randomized withdrawal, double-blind, placebo-controlled, enriched enrollment, parallel-group, multicenter study intended to demonstrate the safety, tolerability, and analgesic efficacy of oxycodone DETERx(®) (Xtampza™ ER) compared with matching placebo. METHODS: This post hoc analysis was performed using data from a subpopulation of enrolled patients who were ≥65 years of age. The study enrolled male and female patients with a clinical diagnosis of moderate-to-severe chronic low back pain for a minimum of 6 months prior to screening who required around-the-clock opioid therapy...
June 10, 2017: Drugs & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597588/prevention-of-cardiovascular-disease-by-the-reduction-of-glycemic-exposure-in-type-2-diabetes-a-perspective-on-glucose-lowering-interventions
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Ronan Roussel, Philippe Gabriel Steg, Kamel Mohammedi, Michel Marre, Louis Potier
Type 2 diabetes is a leading cause of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Observational studies showed consistently an association between glycemic level and risk of major cardiovascular events (MACE). However, the intervention studies provided limited evidence supporting the reduction of cardiovascular burden of diabetes by intensive glucose control. Here, we propose to apply the concept of cumulative glycemic exposure to protection against CVD in diabetes. We address how we can move from a binary approach in trials, to a more quantitative approach based on differences in cumulative glycemic exposure...
June 9, 2017: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28569336/molecular-epidemiology-and-characteristics-of-16-cases-with-stenotrophomonas-maltophilia-bacteraemia-in-pediatric-intensive-care-units
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M Motamedifar, H Heidari, M Yasemi, H Sedigh Ebrahim-Saraie
BACKGROUND: Recently, Stenotrophomonas maltophilia has increasingly been reported as an important nosocomial opportunistic pathogen. Limited therapeutic options of S. maltophilia infections demand early identification and knowledge about the probable risk factors for controlling its spread. STUDY DESIGN: The present study aimed to investigate the risk factors and trend of antibiotic susceptibility, along with genetic analysis in bacteraemia cases at pediatric intensive care units (PICUs)...
July 2017: Annali di Igiene: Medicina Preventiva e di Comunità
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555469/impact-of-climate-variability-on-the-occurrence-of-cutaneous-leishmaniasis-in-khuzestan-province-southwestern-iran
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Farideh Azimi, Sadegh Shirian, Saranaz Jangjoo, Arman Ai, Tahereh Abbasi
Leishmaniasis, one of the most important parasitic diseases worldwide, is frequently cited with respect to health risks related to climate change. The current variability of the climate may have different impacts on the transmission of cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) depending on the various Leishmania species. The number and distribution of CL cases in Khuzestan Province, Southwestern Iran was analysed over the 2010-2014 period with regard to temperature, humidity, rainfall, sunshine hours, evaporation and wind-related climate issues...
May 8, 2017: Geospatial Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550058/whole-genome-and-core-genome-multilocus-sequence-typing-and-single-nucleotide-polymorphism-analyses-of-listeria-monocytogenes-associated-with-an-outbreak-linked-to-cheese-united-states-2013
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Yi Chen, Yan Luo, Heather Carleton, Ruth Timme, David Melka, Tim Muruvanda, Charles Wang, George Kastanis, Lee S Katz, Lauren Turner, Angela Fritzinger, Terence Moore, Robert Stones, Joseph Blankenship, Monique Salter, Mickey Parish, Thomas S Hammack, Peter S Evans, Cheryl L Tarr, Marc W Allard, Errol A Strain, Eric W Brown
Epidemiological findings of a listeriosis outbreak in 2013 implicated Hispanic-style cheese produced by Company A, and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) and whole genome sequencing (WGS) were performed on clinical isolates and representative isolates collected from Company A cheese and environmental samples during the investigation. The results strengthened the evidence for cheese as the vehicle. Surveillance sampling and WGS three months later revealed that the equipment purchased by Company B from Company A yielded an environmental isolate highly similar to all outbreak isolates...
May 26, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545978/benralizumab-for-patients-with-mild-to-moderate-persistent-asthma-bise-a-randomised-double-blind-placebo-controlled-phase-3-trial
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Gary T Ferguson, J Mark FitzGerald, Eugene R Bleecker, Michel Laviolette, David Bernstein, Craig LaForce, Lyndon Mansfield, Peter Barker, Yanping Wu, Maria Jison, Mitchell Goldman
BACKGROUND: Benralizumab is a humanised, anti-interleukin 5 receptor α monoclonal antibody that directly and rapidly depletes eosinophils, reduces asthma exacerbations, and improves lung function for patients with severe eosinophilic asthma. The objective of this trial was to assess the safety and efficacy of benralizumab for patients with mild to moderate, persistent asthma. METHODS: In this randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, phase 3 trial, we recruited patients aged 18-75 years, weighing at least 40 kg, and with a postbronchodilator reversibility in forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV1) of at least 12% at screening, from 52 clinical research centres in six countries...
May 22, 2017: Lancet Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541127/screening-of-plants-with-antimicrobial-activity-against-enterobacteria-pseudomonas-spp-and-staphylococcus-spp
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Camila Miorelli Girondi, Analu Barros de Oliveira, Jackeline Alves Prado, Cristiane Yumi Koga-Ito, Aline Chiodi Borges, Alberto Carlos Botazzo Delbem, Daniel Freitas Alves Pereira, Marcos José Salvador, Fernanda Lourenção Brighenti
AIM: This study screened plants for antibacterial properties against bacteria of medical importance. MATERIALS & METHODS: 60 extracts were obtained from the leaves of ten plants (Jatropha weddelliana, Attalea phalerata, Buchenavia tomentosa, Croton doctoris, Mouriri elliptica, Mascagnia benthamiana, Senna aculeata, Unonopis guatterioides, Allagoptera leucocalyx and Bactris glaucescens) using different extraction methods: A) Ethanol 70°C/72 h; B) Water/5 min/100°C; C) Water/1 h/55°C; D) Water/72 h; E) Hexane/72 h and F) Ethanol 99°C/72 h...
May 25, 2017: Future Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532445/cross-cultural-adaptation-and-validation-of-the-spanish-version-of-the-oxford-hip-score-in-patients-with-hip-osteoarthritis
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Jesús Martín-Fernández, Pedro Gray-Laymón, Antonio Molina-Siguero, Javier Martínez-Martín, Roberto García-Maroto, Isidoro García-Sánchez, Lidia García-Pérez, Vanesa Ramos-García, Olga Castro-Casas, Amaia Bilbao
BACKGROUND: Osteoarthritis (OA) of the hip is a disease that entails a major burden for patients and the society as a whole. One way of measuring this burden for the patient is through impact on Health-related Quality of Life (HRQL). The Oxford Hip Score (OHS) is a well-known tool to measure HRQL in patients with OA of the hip. This study aims to assess the psychometric properties of the Spanish-adapted version of the OHS, including its reliability, validity, and sensitivity to change...
May 22, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526459/test-retest-reliability-of-the-dual-microphone-voice-range-profile
#20
Trine Printz, Jesper Roed Sorensen, Christian Godballe, Ågot Møller Grøntved
OBJECTIVES: The voice range profile (VRP) measures vocal intensity and fundamental frequency. Phonosurgical and logopedic treatment outcome studies using the VRP report voice improvements of 3-6 semitones (ST) in ST range and 4-7 decibels (dB) in sound pressure level range after treatment. These small improvements stress the importance of reliable measurements. The aim was to evaluate the test-retest reliability of the dual-microphone computerized VRP on participants with healthy voices...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
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