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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346643/evaluating-the-quality-and-readability-of-internet-information-sources-regarding-the-treatment-of-swallowing-disorders
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Ashley P O'Connell Ferster, Amanda Hu
The Internet has become a popular resource for patient education. The information it provides, however, is rarely peer-reviewed, and its quality may be a concern. Since the average American reads at an 8th grade level, the American Medical Association and the National Institutes of Health have recommended that health information be written at a 4th to 6th grade level. We performed a study to assess the quality and readability of online information regarding the treatment of swallowing disorders. A Google search for "swallowing treatment" was conducted...
March 2017: Ear, Nose, & Throat Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346504/diagnostic-accuracy-of-two-multiplex-real-time-polymerase-chain-reaction-assays-for-the-diagnosis-of-meningitis-in-children-in-a-resource-limited-setting
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Jermaine Khumalo, Mark Nicol, Diana Hardie, Rudzani Muloiwa, Phindile Mteshana, Colleen Bamford
INTRODUCTION: Accurate etiological diagnosis of meningitis is important, but difficult in resource-limited settings due to prior administration of antibiotics and lack of viral diagnostics. We aimed to develop and validate 2 real-time multiplex PCR (RT-PCR) assays for the detection of common causes of community-acquired bacterial and viral meningitis in South African children. METHODS: We developed 2 multiplex RT- PCRs for detection of S. pneumoniae, N. meningitidis, H...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346396/a-pcr-based-molecular-detection-of-strongyloides-stercoralisin-human-stool-samples-from-tabriz-city-iran
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Reza Ghasemikhah, Mohammad Amin Tabatabaiefar, Seyed Ali Shariatzadeh, Abbas Shahbazi, Teymour Hazratian
Strongyloides stercoralis is a nematode causing serious infections in immunocompromised patients. In chronically infected patients, the low parasitic content as well as the resemblance of the larvae to several other species make diagnosis basedonmorphology difficult. In the present study, a PCR-based method targeting the internal transcribed sequence 2 (ITS2) of the rDNA region was examined for the molecular detection of S. stercoralis infection from the stool samples. A total of 1800 patients were included...
March 27, 2017: Scientia Pharmaceutica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346287/the-impact-of-laparoscopic-assisted-colorectal-surgery-using-3-dimensional-reconstruction-for-highly-obese-patients-with-colorectal-cancer
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Ryoichi Miyamoto, Sosuke Tadano, Naoki Sano, Satoshi Inagawa, Masayoshi Yamamoto
OBJECTIVES: During laparoscopic-assisted colorectal surgery (LACS), precise recognition of the anatomic variations and relationships among tumor and vessels is required. However, in highly obese patients, it is more difficult to grasp the surgical anatomy due to the presence of dense mesenteric fat tissue. We utilized a 3-dimensional (3D) reconstructed image for preoperative simulation and intraoperative navigation for LACS. In this study, we examined the correlation between patient obesity and 3D-simulated perioperative outcomes...
March 24, 2017: Surgical Laparoscopy, Endoscopy & Percutaneous Techniques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346237/current-and-future-pharmacologic-treatment-of-nonalcoholic-steatohepatitis
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Bubu A Banini, Arun J Sanyal
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), the aggressive form of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), can progress to cirrhosis and hepatocellular cancer in 5-15% of patients and is rapidly becoming the leading cause for end-stage liver disease. Dietary caloric restriction and exercise, currently the cornerstone of therapy for NAFLD, can be difficult to achieve and maintain, underscoring the dire need for pharmacotherapy. This review presents the agents currently used in managing NAFLD and their pharmacologic targets...
March 24, 2017: Current Opinion in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346081/pneumocystis-jiroveci-pneumonia-pjp-in-non-hiv-immunocompromised-individuals
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Kathleen Schoovaerts, Luc Dirix, Annemie Rutten, Jef Van Schaeren, Bruno Van Herendael, Sofie Van Grieken, Luc Heytens
OBJECTIVES: PJP is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in immunocompromised individuals. Diagnosing PJP is often difficult because respiratory signs might be minimal or absent and the sensitivity of a chest X-ray (CXR) is low. We studied the clinical risk factors in order to increase awareness and facilitate the diagnosis. METHODS: We studied a prospective case series over a one year period (from 1 January 2015 to 1 January 2016) and did a retrospective analysis (from 2013 to 2016) of all PJP positive bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) analysis...
March 27, 2017: Acta Clinica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345737/-meningeal-carcinomatosis-in-breast-cancer-from-diagnosis-to-treatment
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REVIEW
C Elm'hadi, Z Es Sbai, M Reda Khmamouche, M Toreis, R Tanz, H Errihani, M Ichou
The appearance of meningeal carcinomatosis in breast cancer is an event that is being reported increasingly more frequently in the literature. It seems to be related with the lengthening of the patients' lives, improved sensitivity to diagnostic imaging and impermeability of the blood-brain barrier to the chemotherapeutic agents. It is an evolutionary form that affirms the metastatic invasion of the subarachnoidal space and is correlated with limited survival. Its diagnosis is difficult, due to the lack of specificity of the clinical signs dominated by headaches, cognitive disorders and possible signs and symptoms of progressive focal lesions...
April 1, 2017: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345545/diagnostic-significance-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-t-cell-assays-for-active-tuberculosis
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Wei-Xia Xuan, Ting-Ting Lu, Zheng Wang, Yun-Xia An, Xiao-Ju Zhang
BACKGROUND: Active tuberculosis (TB) with negative results of sputum smear is difficult to be identified. Till now, there is no effective and noninvasive diagnostic method. This study evaluated the diagnostic power of Mycobacterium tuberculosis T-cell (T.SPOT®.TB) assays for active TB. METHODS: We retrospectively screened 450 suspected TB patients that were hospitalized in the Respiratory Department of Henan Province People's Hospital from June 2015 to June 2016...
April 5, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345530/fecal-microbiota-transplantation-methods-of-treatment-of-recurrent-clostridium-difficile-infections-and-other-diseases
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Klaudia Juszczuk, Katarzyna Grudlewska, Agnieszka Mikucka, Eugenia Gospodarek
Clostridium difficile is a serious epidemiological problem and particularly dangerous microorganism causing hospital infections. Currently, the treatment of C. difficile infections is the use of metronidazole or vancomycin. However, in some patients, recurrent infection difficult to treat occurs. Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) is a new method used to treat the recurrent CDI. FMT consists in the infusion of the fecal suspension from a healthy donor into the gastrointestinal tract of a patient with CDI to restore the natural intestinal microflora...
March 27, 2017: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345529/diversity-of-extended-spectrum-beta-lactamase-producing-escherichia-coli-rods
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Patrycja Zalas-Więcek, Tomasz Bogiel, Krzysztof Wiśniewski, Eugenia Gospodarek-Komkowska
INTRODUCTION: The aim of the study was to evaluate genetic relatedness and antimicrobial susceptibility of extended-spectrum beta-lactamase-producing E. coli strains isolated from patients hospitalized in the University Hospital in Bydgoszcz (Poland). MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study included 33 extended-spectrum beta-lactamase-producing E. coli strains isolated from 31 patients. The chromosomal DNA was extracted from the strains and separated by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis...
March 27, 2017: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345391/a-retrospective-study-on-rapid-plasma-reagin-testing-in-patients-with-pityriasis-rosea
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Pierre Halteh, Shari R Lipner
Pityriasis rosea (PR) is an acute self-limited exanthem characterized by oval erythematous patches with scale and may be difficult to differentiate from secondary syphilis. A rapid plasma reagin (RPR) test can be used to rule in secondary syphilis with high sensitivity and specificity. A retrospective study was performed on patients at Weill Cornell Medicine, who were diagnosed with PR from 2000 to 2016 and also received RPR testing at the time of diagnosis. The objective was to assess the frequency of secondary syphilis when the initial clinical impression was PR...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of STD & AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345371/ewma-document-negative-pressure-wound-therapy
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Jan Apelqvist, Christian Willy, Ann-Mari Fagerdahl, Marco Fraccalvieri, Malin Malmsjö, Alberto Piaggesi, Astrid Probst, Peter Vowden
1. Introduction Since its introduction in clinical practice in the early 1990's negative pressure wounds therapy (NPWT) has become widely used in the management of complex wounds in both inpatient and outpatient care.(1) NPWT has been described as a effective treatment for wounds of many different aetiologies(2,3) and suggested as a gold standard for treatment of wounds such as open abdominal wounds,(4-6) dehisced sternal wounds following cardiac surgery(7,8) and as a valuable agent in complex non-healing wounds...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345358/-instead-of-popping-pills-perhaps-you-should-add-frog-breathing-experiences-of-glossopharyngeal-insufflation-breathing-for-people-with-cervical-spinal-cord-injury
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Malin Nygren-Bonnier, Jens Werner, Gabriele Biguet, Sverker Johansson
BACKGROUND: People with cervical spinal cord injury have impaired function of the respiratory muscles, which results in reduced ventilation. Glossopharyngeal insufflation/breathing increases total lung capacity and improves cough function, however, knowledge of the experiences regarding learning and practicing glossopharyngeal insufflation in everyday life is missing. PURPOSE: To describe and explore the experiences of learning and practicing glossopharyngeal insufflation among people with cervical spinal cord injury...
March 27, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345289/severe-bleeding-diatheses-in-an-elderly-patient-with-combined-type-autoantibody-against-factor-xiii-a-subunit-novel-approach-to-the-diagnosis-and-classification-of-anti-factor-xiii-antibodies
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M Kun, N Szuber, É Katona, K Pénzes, A Bonnefoy, B Bécsi, F Erdődi, G E Rivard, L Muszbek
INTRODUCTION: Acquired factor XIII (FXIII) deficiency due to autoantibody is a rare, severe bleeding diathesis. Its laboratory diagnosis and classification represents a difficult task. AIM: Introduction of novel approaches into the diagnosis and characterization of anti-FXIII autoantibody and demonstration of their use in the diagnosis of a patient with autoimmune FXIII deficiency. METHODS: Factor XIII activity, FXIII antigen levels and the titre of anti-FXIII-A antibody were monitored throughout the course of the disease...
March 26, 2017: Haemophilia: the Official Journal of the World Federation of Hemophilia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345212/cardiac-iodine-123-metaiodobenzylguanidine-scintigraphy-may-be-useful-to-identify-pathologic-from-physiologic-sinus-bradycardia
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Akihiro Sunaga, Masaharu Masuda, Masashi Fujita, Osamu Iida, Takashi Kanda, Yasuhiro Matsuda, Takakazu Morozumi, Toshiaki Mano, Masaaki Uematsu
BACKGROUND: Sinus bradycardia includes pathologic sick sinus syndrome (SSS) and physiologic bradycardia such as athletes' heart. Pacemaker implantation is indicated for patients with symptomatic SSS; however, the indication remains difficult to determine in those with mild and/or unspecific symptoms. The sympathetic tone is increased in response to reduced cardiac output in SSS, whereas excessive vagal tone has been seen in physiological bradycardia. We sought to determine if cardiac iodine-123-metaiodobenzylguanidine scintigraphy ((123) I-MIBG) was useful in differentiating pathologic from physiologic sinus bradycardia...
March 27, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344951/a-case-of-littr%C3%A3-s-hernia-at-zinder-national-hospital-zinder-niger
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I Amadou Magagi, H Adamou, O Habou
The presence of a Meckel's diverticulum in a hernia sac is known as Littré's hernia. We report a case of Littré's hernia in an 18-year old young man because of the uncommon condition. An 18-year old young patient was admitted to the Emergency Surgical Department of Zinder National Hospital, Zinder, Niger with a painful inguinoscrotal swelling of three days duration. The diagnosis of strangulated right inguinoscrotal hernia was made. At surgery, a Meckel's diverticulum was found at the antimesenteric border of the ileum in the hernia sac, the bowel loop was not viable...
April 2016: Journal of the West African College of Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344798/long-term-outcomes-of-botulinum-toxin-in-the-treatment-of-chronic-anal-fissure-5-years-of-follow-up
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Sandra Barbeiro, Catarina Atalaia-Martins, Pedro Marcos, Cláudia Gonçalves, Manuela Canhoto, Bruno Arroja, Filipe Silva, Isabel Cotrim, Liliana Eliseu, Antonieta Santos, Helena Vasconcelos
BACKGROUND: Chronic anal fissure is a frequent and disabling disease, often affecting young adults. Botulinum toxin and lateral internal sphincterotomy are the main therapeutic options for refractory cases. Botulinum toxin is minimally invasive and safer compared with surgery, which carries a difficult post-operative recovery and fecal incontinence risk. The long-term efficacy of Botulinum toxin is not well known. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the long-term efficacy and safety of Botulinum toxin in the treatment of chronic anal fissure...
March 2017: United European Gastroenterology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344523/scaphoid-nonunion-with-poor-prognostic-factors-the-role-of-the-free-medial-femoral-condyle-vascularized-bone-graft
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Tahseen Chaudhry, Lauren Uppal, Dominic Power, Michael Craigen, Simon Tan
Background: To report on the results of free medial femoral condyle (MFC) vascularized bone graft for scaphoid nonunions with 1 or more poor prognostic factors. Methods: We have used the free MFC vascularized bone graft for scaphoid nonunions that have 1 or more factors associated with a poor prognosis. These were, a delay in presentation of over 5 years, a proximal pole nonunion, the presence of avascular necrosis (AVN), or previous nonunion surgery. We used this technique on 20 patients over a 4.5-year period...
March 2017: Hand: Official Journal of the American Association for Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344385/a-dynamical-modeling-approach-for-analysis-of-longitudinal-clinical-trials-in-the-presence-of-missing-endpoints
#19
H T Banks, Shuhua Hu, Eric Rosenberg
Randomized longitudinal clinical trials are the gold standard to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions among different patient treatment groups. However, analysis of such clinical trials becomes difficult in the presence of missing data, especially in the case where the study endpoints become difficult to measure because of subject dropout rates or/and the time to discontinue the assigned interventions are different among the patient groups. Here we report on using a validated mathematical model combined with an inverse problem approach to predict the values for the missing endpoints...
January 2017: Applied Mathematics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344120/a-systematic-review-of-lifestyle-counseling-for-diverse-patients-in-primary-care
#20
REVIEW
Cathy L Melvin, Melanie S Jefferson, LaShanta J Rice, Lynne S Nemeth, Andrea M Wessell, Paul J Nietert, Chanita Hughes-Halbert
Prior research and systematic reviews have examined strategies related to weight management, less is known about lifestyle and behavioral counseling interventions optimally suited for implementation in primary care practices generally, and among racial and ethnic patient populations. Primary care practitioners may find it difficult to access and use available research findings on effective behavioral and lifestyle counseling strategies and to assess their effects health behaviors among their patients. This systematic review compiled existing evidence from randomized trials to inform primary care providers about which lifestyle and behavioral change interventions are shown to be effective for changing patients' diet, physical activity and weight outcomes...
March 23, 2017: Preventive Medicine
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