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Eva Kovacs, Anna-Janina Stephan, Amanda Phillips, Jörg Schelling, Ralf Strobl, Eva Grill
OBJECTIVES: Vertigo and dizziness are highly prevalent symptoms in primary care, frequently misdiagnosed. Based on a thorough need assessment, INDICORE (INform, DIagnose, COmmunicate, REfer), an evidence-based complex intervention has been developed to transfer knowledge of specialized tertiary clinics to primary care providers (PCPs), improve the referral process and, ultimately, improve functioning and quality of life of patients with vertigo/dizziness. The main objective of the PRIMA-Vertigo pilot study is to examine whether the INDICORE intervention is feasible and sufficiently promising to warrant a larger trial...
March 22, 2018: Current Medical Research and Opinion
Amanda Golembesky, Maureen Cooney, Rossen Boev, Anne-Françoise Schlit, Jürgen W G Bentz
Managing symptoms of allergic rhinitis (AR) and urticaria in pregnant women is important to reduce complications and negative outcomes. The objective of this study was to provide information on the pregnancy outcomes of women exposed to the antihistamine cetirizine (CTZ). The UCB Pharma Patient Safety Database was searched for pregnancies up to 28 February 2015. Maternal CTZ exposure reports were extracted, and pregnancy outcomes were examined, including exposure, comorbidities and infant events. 228 of 522 pregnancies with maternal CTZ exposure had available outcomes; 49 were prospective...
March 22, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
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In the context of the White Book of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM), this paper deals with the education of PRM physicians in Europe. To acquire the wide field of competence needed, specialists in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine have to undergo a well organised and appropriately structured training of adequate duration. In fact they are required to develop not only medical knowledge, but also competence in patient care, specific procedural skills, and attitudes towards interpersonal relationship and communication, profound understanding of the main principles of medical ethics and public health, ability to apply policies of care and prevention for disabled people, capacity to master strategies for reintegration of disabled people into society, apply principles of quality assurance and promote a practice-based continuous professional development...
April 2018: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
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In the context of the White Book of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM) in Europe, this paper deals with the fundamentals of PRM from a physiological perspective, looking at the human mechanisms both physical and behavioral which are at the base of PRM physicians' work. After a discussion on the development and evolution of PRM that leads to its unique and specific approach, the mechanisms considered include: - repairing processes (and potential of recovery evaluation): repairing processes are mainly related to the quantity and natural history of diseases and impairments, while potential of recovery is also linked to the individual and environmental factors; PRM physicians work on impairments to favor healing or recovery, and propose rehabilitation if there is a potential of recovery: this is related to the prognostic role of PRM physicians; - learning processes: PRM is the specialty of teaching new physical ways and behavioral approaches to make patients participate at best through improvement of impairments and modification of activities; in this perspective, during repair and rehabilitation processes, PRM physicians and the rehabilitation team are teachers of new motor and behavioral strategies; - compensatory processes (adaptation/habilitation/rehabilitation): PRM physicians teach patients how to adapt to the new (acquired) health condition using compensatory mechanisms based on other body structures/functions, behavioral changes and/or assistive devices (or technical aids) (prosthesis and orthosis); during growth PRM physicians aim at allowing a complete (and compensatory) development of the intact function, not to be impaired by the original disease; compensatory processes are related to activities; - management skills: PRM physicians are managers of people and resources; they manage patients and their caregivers, to teach and allow them to reach the best possible participation, also focusing on maintenance; they lead the team, with the aim to make it function at best for the sake of the patient; finally, they manage resource allocation for the functioning of patients and team; - communication skills: PRM physicians need to develop very good communication skills, so to teach, inform and educate patients and their caregivers: this will allow the proper behavioural changes and also the correct physical compensations...
April 2018: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
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The White Book (WB) of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM) in Europe is produced by the 4 European PRM Bodies (European Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine - EARM, European Society of PRM - ESPRM, European Union of Medical Specialists - PRM Section, European College of PRM-ECPRM served by the European Union of Medical Specialists-PRM Board) and constitutes the reference book for PRM physicians in Europe. It has now reached its third edition; the first was published in 1989 and the second in 2006/2007...
April 2018: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Rebecca L Emery, Maria Tina Benno, Rachel H Salk, Rachel P Kolko, Michele D Levine
Limited research has examined the factors related to knowledge of gestational weight gain (GWG) recommendations and the receipt of advice from healthcare providers regarding GWG recommendations among women with pre-pregnancy overweight/obesity. Women with pre-pregnancy overweight/obesity (N = 191) reported the amount of gestational weight they believed they should gain and that healthcare providers advised them to gain. Only 24% (n = 46) of women had a correct knowledge of GWG recommendations. Women were less likely to have a correct knowledge of GWG recommendations if they had pre-pregnancy obesity, were of a minority race, or were socioeconomically disadvantaged...
March 22, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Yin-Chi Cheng, Chin-Chou Huang, Wei-Sheng Chen, De-Feng Huang, Shiow-Ching Shun, Shao-Yu Tsai
BACKGROUND: Sleep disturbances and hypertension are common health issues in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Limited information is available regarding the objective sleep quality and the variation of diurnal blood pressure (BP) in patients with SLE. Moreover, the relationship between sleep patterns and diurnal BP variation in SLE patients is not clear. PURPOSE: To explore the subjective/objective sleep patterns and the diurnal BP variation in women with SLE, to identify the factors associated with diurnal BP variation, and to identify the predictors of this variation...
April 2018: Hu Li za Zhi the Journal of Nursing
Ana Cristina Corrêa Figueira, António Cortinhas, Jorge Pinto Soares, José Carlos Leitão, Rita Pinho Ferreira, Jose Alberto Duarte
The use of preclinical models to investigate antitumor effects of exercise on breast tumor (BT) development and progression are critical. However, published results have not been quantitatively summarized or examined for potential exercise-moderating variables. We conducted this review to summarize and quantify the effect-size of exercise on BT outcomes in preclinical studies. A literature search was performed in MEDLINE, PubMed, Web of Science and System for Information on Grey Literature in Europe (SIGLE) databases...
March 21, 2018: International Journal of Sports Medicine
Neng Wan, Mohammad Siahpush, Raees A Shaikh, Molly McCarthy, Athena Ramos, Antonia Correa
Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) marketing expenditure is skyrocketing in the United States. However, little is understood about the geographic and socio-demographic patterns of e-cigarette advertising. We examined the associations between point-of-sale (POS) e-cigarette advertising and neighborhood socio-demographic characteristics in the Omaha Metropolitan Area of Nebraska. In 2014, fieldworkers collected comprehensive POS e-cigarette advertising data from all stores that sell tobacco (n = 463) in the Omaha Metropolitan Area...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Primary Prevention
Lesli Hokanson, Michael Gerhardt Quinn, Natalie Schüz, Kristy de Salas, Jenn Scott
PURPOSE: There is a global increase in chronic, degenerative illnesses that require long-term intervention and support as a result of the aging population. The majority of support needs are met by informal family caregivers. While there have been three decades of research focusing on caregivers in general, the extent to which research has focused on Indigenous caregivers is unclear. Worldwide, Indigenous peoples face severe economic and health disadvantages that may make them even more vulnerable to the negative aspects of informal caregiving...
March 21, 2018: Quality of Life Research
Ripdaman Singh, Fergal O'Hagan
Purpose During return to work (RTW), communication between health care providers and employers largely takes place through standardize paper-based forms. Information technology (IT) platforms may provide advantages in enabling information exchange and decision-making through sharing of guidelines and resources. We investigated stakeholder perspectives on the prospect of IT use for RTW communication in Ontario, Canada. Methods Consistent with the exploratory nature of the questions, qualitative methods were used...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
I Gnass, S Krutter, N Nestler
BACKGROUND: People with cancer are increasingly supported by home care services. Pain is a relevant symptom of these diseases and nurses of home care services are involved in the treatment. The German National Expert Standard "Pain management in nursing" includes evidence-based recommendations for the implementation of adequate pain management. Considering the given structural conditions of home care services, nurses describe both barriers and challenges with the implementation...
March 21, 2018: Der Schmerz
Chengzhi Wang, Bing Zhu, Jun Xiong
Cells need to appropriately balance transcriptional stability and adaptability in order to maintain their identities while responding robustly to various stimuli. Eukaryotic cells use an elegant "epigenetic" system to achieve this functionality. "Epigenetics" is referred to as heritable information beyond the DNA sequence, including histone and DNA modifications, ncRNAs and other chromatin-related components. Here, we review the mechanisms of the epigenetic inheritance of a repressive chromatin state, with an emphasis on recent progress in the field...
March 13, 2018: Science China. Life Sciences
Bruno Fautrel, Rieke Alten, Bruce Kirkham, Inmaculada de la Torre, Frederick Durand, Jane Barry, Thorsten Holzkaemper, Walid Fakhouri, Peter C Taylor
Current guidelines for the management of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) recommend early treatment and a treat-to-target goal of remission or low disease activity. Over the past decade, this approach has been extremely successful in reducing disease activity and joint damage in patients with RA. At the same time, however, overall patient perception of well-being appears to have decreased with respect to outcome measures considered important by patients themselves, such as pain, fatigue, physical function and quality of life...
March 21, 2018: Rheumatology International
Shishu Zhang, Na Zhang, Yan Zhao, Ting Cheng, Xiaobo Li, Rui Feng, Hua Xu, Zhirong Liu, Jin Zhang, Lianming Tong
Two-dimensional (2D) layered materials have attracted tremendous attention and led to a prosperous development in both fundamental investigation and device applications in various fields, such as nanoelectronics, flexible devices, sustainable energy and catalysts. The precise characterization of the structure and properties of 2D materials is in urgent need. Raman scattering spectroscopy is one of the most popular characterization tools that is convenient, rapid and non-invasive. It provides information on both the lattice structure from the frequency of phonon modes and the electronic band structure through the intensity due to electronic resonance Raman scattering...
March 22, 2018: Chemical Society Reviews
Brian L Dial, Alexander J Lampley, Cynthia L Green, Rhett Hallows
Purpose: Total hip arthroplasty (THA) is a successful surgery for the treatment of hip osteoarthritis; however, the risk of a post-operative prosthetic joint infection (PJI) remains at 1% to 2%. The purpose of this study was to investigate the safety profile of using vancomycin powder (VP) to reduce infection rates by reviewing acute postoperative complications. Materials and Methods: A retrospective review of 265 consecutive patients undergoing THA was performed...
March 2018: Hip & Pelvis
Zahra Hajiebrahimi, Ghahraman Mahmoodi, Ghasem Abedi
Introduction: Health-care service processes need to be assessed over time. We aimed to assess the breast cancer care process in primary health system of Golestan Province, North Iran. Materials and Methods: To perform a descriptive cross-sectional study, information on breast cancer care processes in primary health-care system was collected using a "collecting form" from 234 health houses, 29 health posts, 44 urban health centers, and 80 rural health centers in Golestan Province...
October 2017: Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care
Daniel H Rosenblatt, Patrick Summerell, Alyssa Ng, Helen Dixon, Carsten Murawski, Melanie Wakefield, Stefan Bode
Modern societies are replete with palatable food cues. A growing body of evidence suggests that food cue exposure activates conditioned appetitive physiological and psychological responses that may override current metabolic needs and existing eating goals, such as the desire to maintain a healthy diet. This conditioned response results in unhealthy dietary choices and is a contributing factor in the current obesity epidemic. Prime based obesity prevention measures such as health warnings at point-of-sale or on product packaging may have the potential to counteract the influence of the obesogenic environment at the crucial moment when people make food purchasing or consumption decisions...
2018: NeuroImage: Clinical
Christopher J E Watson, Ina Jochmans
Purpose of Review: The purpose of this review was to summarise how machine perfusion could contribute to viability assessment of donor livers. Recent Findings: In both hypothermic and normothermic machine perfusion, perfusate transaminase measurement has allowed pretransplant assessment of hepatocellular damage. Hypothermic perfusion permits transplantation of marginal grafts but as yet has not permitted formal viability assessment. Livers undergoing normothermic perfusion have been investigated using parameters similar to those used to evaluate the liver in vivo...
2018: Current Transplantation Reports
Elena Garreta, Sonia Sanchez, Jeronimo Lajara, Nuria Montserrat, Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte
Purpose of Review: The goal of this paper is to highlight the major challenges in the translation of human pluripotent stem cells into a clinical setting. Recent Findings: Innate features from human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) positioned these patient-specific cells as an unprecedented cell source for regenerative medicine applications. Immunogenicity of differentiated iPSCs requires more research towards the definition of common criteria for the evaluation of innate and host immune responses as well as in the generation of standardized protocols for iPSC generation and differentiation...
2018: Current Transplantation Reports
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