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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526459/test-retest-reliability-of-the-dual-microphone-voice-range-profile
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511024/cardiopulmonary-exercise-testing-and-surgery
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Paul O Older, Denny Zh Levett
The surgical patient population is increasingly elderly and comorbid and poses challenges to perioperative physicians. Accurate pre-operative risk stratification is important to direct perioperative care. Reduced aerobic fitness is associated with increased post-operative morbidity and mortality. Cardiopulmonary exercise testing is an integrated and dynamic test that gives an objective measure of aerobic fitness or functional capacity and identifies the cause of exercise intolerance. Cardiopulmonary exercise testing provides an individualized estimate of patient risk that can be used to predict post-operative morbidity and mortality...
May 16, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510996/tramadol-with-or-without-paracetamol-acetaminophen-for-cancer-pain
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Philip J Wiffen, Sheena Derry, R Andrew Moore
BACKGROUND: Tramadol is an opioid analgesic licensed for use in moderate to severe pain. It is considered as a low risk for abuse, so control regulations are not as stringent as for 'strong' opioids such as morphine. It has a potential role as a step 2 option of the World Health Organization (WHO) analgesic ladder. OBJECTIVES: To assess the benefits and adverse effects of tramadol with or without paracetamol (acetaminophen) for cancer-related pain. SEARCH METHODS: We searched the following databases using a wide range of search terms: the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), MEDLINE, Embase, and LILACS...
May 16, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504067/effectiveness-of-inclusion-of-dry-needling-into-a-multimodal-therapy-program-for-patellofemoral-pain-a-randomized-parallel-group-trial
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Gemma V Espí-López, Pilar Serra-Añó, Juan Vicent-Ferrando, Miguel Sánchez-Moreno-Giner, Jose L Arias-Buría, Joshua Cleland, César Fernández-de-Las-Peñas
Study Design Randomized controlled trial. Background Evidence suggests that multimodal interventions including exercise therapy may be effective for patellofemoral pain (PFP), however no study has investigated the effects of trigger point dry needling (TrP-DN) in people with PFP. Objectives To compare the effects of adding TrP-DN into a manual therapy and exercise program on pain, function, and disability in individuals with PFP. Methods Individuals with PFP (n=60) recruited from a public hospital in Valencia (Spain) were randomly allocated to manual therapy and exercises (n=30) or manual therapy and exercise plus TrP-DN (n=30)...
May 13, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501221/return-to-sport-and-clinical-outcomes-after-hip-arthroscopic-labral-repair-in-young-amateur-athletes-minimum-2-year-follow-up
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Rohith Mohan, Nick R Johnson, Mario Hevesi, Christopher M Gibbs, Bruce A Levy, Aaron J Krych
PURPOSE: To determine the rate of return of young amateur athletes to sport after hip arthroscopy, their clinical outcomes, and pathologic risk factors for worse outcomes 2 years after surgery. METHODS: This study included all patients between age 13 and 23 who participated in a sport prior to surgery with intent to return who underwent hip arthroscopy after failure of comprehensive nonoperative management for whom 2-year outcome scores were available. Outcomes collected retrospectively included modified Harris Hip Score (mHHS) and the Hip Outcome Scores (HOS) subscales for activities of daily living (ADL) and sport (HOS Sport)...
May 10, 2017: Arthroscopy: the Journal of Arthroscopic & related Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491135/highlights-from-the-15th-st-gallen-international-breast-cancer-conference-15-18-march-2017-vienna-tailored-treatments-for-patients-with-early-breast-cancer
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Consuelo Morigi
The 15th St Gallen International Breast Cancer Conference was held in Vienna for the second time, from 15th-18th March 2017. 4000 people from 105 countries all over the world were invited to take part in the event. The real highlight of the conference was the last day with the International Consensus Session which was chaired by around 50 experts on breast cancer worldwide. With reference to data from scientific research, the consensus panel tried to offer guidelines for the management of breast cancer with the aim of providing patients with optimal treatment...
2017: Ecancermedicalscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472071/associations-between-mri-features-versus-knee-pain-severity-and-progression-data-from-the-vancouver-longitudinal-study-of-early-knee-osteoarthritis
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Eric C Sayre, Ali Guermazi, John M Esdaile, Jacek A Kopec, Joel Singer, Anona Thorne, Savvas Nicolaou, Jolanda Cibere
OBJECTIVE: To determine associations between features of osteoarthritis (OA) on MRI and knee pain severity and knee pain progression. DESIGN: Baseline, 3.3- and 7.5-year assessments were performed for 122 subjects with baseline knee pain (age 40-79), sample-weighted for population (with knee pain) representativeness. MRIs were scored for: osteophytes (0:absent to 3:large); cartilage (0:normal to 4:full thickness defect; 0/1 collapsed); subchondral sclerosis (0:none to 3:>50% of site), subchondral cyst (0:absent to 3:severe), bone marrow lesions (0:none to 3:≥50% of site); and meniscus (0:normal to 3:maceration/resection), in 6-8 regions each...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470831/physiological-effects-of-titrated-oxygen-via-nasal-high-flow-cannulae-in-copd-exacerbations-a-randomized-controlled-cross-over-trial
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Janine Pilcher, Leonie Eastlake, Michael Richards, Sharon Power, Terrianne Cripps, Susan Bibby, Irene Braithwaite, Mark Weatherall, Richard Beasley
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Increased arterial carbon dioxide tension (PaCO2 ) is an important complication of acute exacerbations of COPD. The effects of nasal high-flow cannulae (NHF) on PaCO2 in patients with COPD exacerbations, and whether this therapy should be used in this clinical situation, are less certain. We aimed to investigate the effect of NHF on PaCO2 in patients admitted to hospital with a COPD exacerbation. METHODS: We performed a single-centre randomized controlled cross-over trial in 24 hospital inpatients with acute exacerbations of COPD receiving oxygen via standard nasal prongs (SNPs)...
May 4, 2017: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450193/developing-standardized-corticosteroid-treatment-for-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy
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Michela Guglieri, Kate Bushby, Michael P McDermott, Kimberly A Hart, Rabi Tawil, William B Martens, Barbara E Herr, Elaine McColl, Jennifer Wilkinson, Janbernd Kirschner, Wendy M King, Michele Eagle, Mary W Brown, Tracey Willis, Deborah Hirtz, Perry B Shieh, Volker Straub, Anne-Marie Childs, Emma Ciafaloni, Russell J Butterfield, Iain Horrocks, Stefan Spinty, Kevin M Flanigan, Nancy L Kuntz, Giovanni Baranello, Helen Roper, Leslie Morrison, Jean K Mah, Adnan Y Manzur, Craig M McDonald, Ulrike Schara, Maja von der Hagen, Richard J Barohn, Craig Campbell, Basil T Darras, Richard S Finkel, Giuseppe Vita, Imelda Hughes, Tiziana Mongini, Elena Pegoraro, Matthew Wicklund, Ekkehard Wilichowski, W Bryan Burnette, James F Howard, Hugh J McMillan, Mathula Thangarajh, Robert C Griggs
Despite corticosteroids being the only treatment documented to improve strength and function in boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) corticosteroid prescription is inconsistent and in some countries, corticosteroids are not prescribed. We are conducting a clinical trial that (1) compares the 3 most frequently prescribed corticosteroid regimes; (2) standardizes treatment of DMD complications; and (3) standardizes prevention of corticosteroid side effects. Investigators at 38 sites in 5 countries plan to recruit 300 boys aged 4-7 who are randomly assigned to one of three regimens: daily prednisone; daily deflazacort; or intermittent prednisone (10days on/10days off)...
April 24, 2017: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448752/temperature-measurements-in-a-capacitive-system-of-deep-loco-regional-hyperthermia
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H Sahinbas, M Rosch, M Demiray
Hyperthermia has been shown to be a medically useful procedure applicable for different indications. For the connection between clinical effects and heat, it is important to understand the actual temperatures achieved in the tissue. There are limited temperature data available when using capacitive hyperthermia devices even though this is worldwide the most widespread method for loco-regional heating. Hence, this study examines temperature measurements using capacitive heating. Bioequivalent phantoms were used for the measurements, which, however, do not consider perfusion in live tissue...
April 27, 2017: Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444965/serum-free-light-chain-quantitative-assays-dilemma-of-a-biomarker
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Giovanni Cigliana, Francesca Gulli, Cecilia Napodano, Krizia Pocino, Elena De Santis, Luigi Colacicco, Iole Cordone, Laura Conti, Umberto Basile
BACKGROUND: Serum free light chains detection assays are consistently meeting greater interest for the diagnosis and monitoring of monoclonal gammopathies and plasma cell dyscrasias. Nowadays, there are neither standardized methods nor reference material for the determination of free light chains; for this reason, it is important to compare two different assays used in clinical laboratory. METHODS: We evaluated 300 serum samples from patients with B-cell disorders and compared the analytical performances of both assay...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443167/elderly-patients-achieving-clinical-and-radiological-outcomes-comparable-with-those-of-younger-patients-following-minimally-invasive-transforaminal-lumbar-interbody-fusion
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Joshi Nikhil N, Joel Wei-An Lim, William Yeo, Wai-Mun Yue
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of prospective database. PURPOSE: To compare 2-year clinical and radiological outcomes after minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MIS-TLIF) among "middle-age" (50-64.99 years), "young-old" (65-74.99 years), and "old-old" (>75 years) patients. OVERVIEW OF LITERATURE: Owing to higher perioperative morbidity and mortality rates, elderly patients with degenerative lumbar conditions are occasionally denied surgical care, even after conservative treatment failure...
April 2017: Asian Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439881/effect-of-cocoa-on-blood-pressure
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REVIEW
Karin Ried, Peter Fakler, Nigel P Stocks
BACKGROUND: High blood pressure is an important risk factor for cardiovascular disease, contributing to about 50% of cardiovascular events worldwide and 37% of cardiovascular-related deaths in Western populations. Epidemiological studies suggest that cocoa-rich products reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Flavanols found in cocoa have been shown to increase the formation of endothelial nitric oxide which promotes vasodilation and therefore blood pressure reduction. Here we update previous meta-analyses on the effect of cocoa on blood pressure...
April 25, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434911/does-quantity-ensure-quality-standardized-osce-stations-for-outcome-oriented-evaluation-of-practical-skills-at-different-medical-faculties
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Iris Schleicher, Karsten Leitner, Jana Juenger, Andreas Moeltner, Miriam Ruesseler, Bernd Bender, Jasmina Sterz, Tina Stibane, Sarah Koenig, Susanne Frankenhauser, Joachim Gerhard Kreuder
BACKGROUND: Practical skills are often assessed using Objective Structured Clinical Skill Exams (OSCE). Nevertheless, in Germany, interchange and agreement between different medical faculties or a general agreement on the minimum standard for passing is lacking. METHODS: We developed standardized OSCE-stations for assessing structured clinical examination of knee and shoulder joint with identical checklists and evaluation standards. These were implemented into the OSCE-course at five different medical faculties...
April 21, 2017: Annals of Anatomy, Anatomischer Anzeiger: Official Organ of the Anatomische Gesellschaft
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434694/a-prospective-randomized-trial-of-mini-incision-posterior-and-2-incision-total-hip-arthroplasty-minimum-5-year-follow-up
#15
Robert A Sershon, Matthew W Tetreault, Craig J Della Valle
BACKGROUND: We previously described the results of a randomized controlled trial of mini-posterior vs 2-incision total hip arthroplasty and were unable to demonstrate significant differences in early outcomes. As less-invasive anterior approaches remain popular, the purpose of this report was to re-examine the outcomes at a minimum 5-year follow-up. METHODS: Seventy-two patients undergoing primary total hip arthroplasty were randomized to a mini-posterior or 2-incision approach...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432737/outcome-reporting-across-randomised-controlled-trials-evaluating-therapeutic-interventions-for-pre-eclampsia-a-systematic-review
#16
REVIEW
James M N Duffy, Martin Hirsch, Anusuya Kawsar, Chris Gale, Louise Pealing, Maria N Plana, Marian Showell, Paula R Williamson, Khalid S Khan, Sue Ziebland, Richard J McManus
BACKGROUND: Standardising outcome collection and reporting in pre-eclampsia trials requires an appraisal of current outcome reporting. OBJECTIVES: To map maternal and offspring outcome reporting across randomised trials evaluating therapeutic interventions for pre-eclampsia. SEARCH STRATEGY: Randomised trials were identified by searching bibliographical databases from inception to January 2016. SELECTION CRITERIA: Randomised controlled trials...
April 22, 2017: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431578/is-the-effectiveness-of-patellofemoral-bracing-modified-by-patellofemoral-alignment-and-trochlear-morphology
#17
Xi Zhang, Jillian P Eyles, Joanna Makovey, Matthew J Williams, David J Hunter
BACKGROUND: This study was performed to determine if the effectiveness of patellofemoral bracing as a treatment for patellofemoral osteoarthritis is influenced by patellofemoral joint alignment and trochlear morphology. We hypothesized that those with more extreme patellar malalignment would benefit more from bracing. METHODS: Thirty-eight patients who had received bracing as part of a comprehensive treatment plan for patellofemoral osteoarthritis were selected for this study...
April 21, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419159/oral-potassium-supplementation-for-management-of-essential-hypertension-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
#18
Jalal Poorolajal, Fatemeh Zeraati, Ali Reza Soltanian, Vida Sheikh, Elham Hooshmand, Akram Maleki
IMPORTANCE: Increased dietary potassium intake is thought to be associated with low blood pressure (BP). Whether potassium supplementation may be used as an antihypertensive agent is a question that should be answered. OBJECTIVE: To assess the effect of oral potassium supplementation on blood pressure in patients with primary hypertension. SEARCH METHODS: We searched Medline, Web of Science, Scopus, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials until October 2016...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419037/depression-and-patient-reported-outcomes-following-total-shoulder-arthroplasty
#19
Brian C Werner, Alexandra C Wong, Brenda Chang, Edward V Craig, David M Dines, Russell F Warren, Lawrence V Gulotta
BACKGROUND: Recent studies have found that depression is associated with increased pain and impairment following lower-extremity arthroplasty; however, this association has not been investigated for total shoulder arthroplasty. The objective of this study was to investigate the association between depression and patient-reported outcomes following total shoulder arthroplasty. METHODS: A prospectively collected institutional registry was queried for consecutive patients who underwent total shoulder arthroplasty for osteoarthritis from 2007 to 2013 with baseline and minimum 2-year postoperative American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES) scores...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417234/central-lumbar-spinal-stenosis-natural-history-of-non-surgical-patients
#20
Per Wessberg, Karin Frennered
PURPOSE: The aim of the present study was to examine the natural history in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis. The incidence of surgery for this condition has increased considerably during the past decades in spite of a fairly favorable natural history in previous studies. METHODS: 146 consecutive patients with clinical signs and image findings of lumbar spinal stenosis, who were not recommended surgical treatment, were followed; the reason as to why surgery was not recommended was a moderate symptom level...
April 17, 2017: European Spine Journal
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