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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232701/differential-impact-of-white-matter-hyperintensities-on-long-term-outcomes-in-ischemic-stroke-patients-with-large-artery-atherosclerosis
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Minyoul Baik, Kyoungsub Kim, Joonsang Yoo, Hyeon Chang Kim, Seong Ho Jeong, Ki Hoon Kim, Hyung Jong Park, Young Dae Kim, Ji Hoe Heo, Hyo Suk Nam
BACKGROUND: The presence of white matter hyperintensity (WMH) is related to poor long-term outcomes in stroke patients. However, the long-term outcome is unknown in patients with both large artery atherosclerosis (LAA) and WMH. METHODS: We investigated the impact of WMH on long-term outcome in patients with LAA. Consecutive patients in a prospective stroke registry were included. Patients were followed for a median of 7.7 years (interquartile range, 5.6-9.7). The degree of WMH was assessed by Fazekas grade on fluid-attenuated inversion recovery images...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232545/influence-of-the-social-determinants-of-health-on-access-to-healthcare-services-among-refugees-in-australia
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Jessica Taylor, Greer Lamaro Haintz
Refugees in Australia are not fully utilising the healthcare system for several reasons and this may be affecting their overall health outcomes. This qualitative systematic review examined the influence of the social determinants of health on refugees' access to healthcare services in Australia. Electronic databases were searched using terms relating to refugees, social determinants, healthcare services, barriers, enablers and Australia. Only peer-reviewed studies published in English since 2006, which focused on refugees and specifically discussed social determinants influencing refugees' access to healthcare services in Australia, were included...
December 13, 2017: Australian Journal of Primary Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232268/pelvic-organ-prolapse-repair-using-the-uphold-vaginal-support-system-5-year-follow-up
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Päivi Rahkola-Soisalo, Tomi S Mikkola, Daniel Altman, Christian Falconer
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to assess the long-term (5 years) outcomes of the Uphold Vaginal Support System for symptomatic vaginal apical prolapse with or without anterior colporraphy. METHODS: In total, 164 (81.2%) of 202 women operated on in 24 centers were reached for follow-up. Outcomes were assessed by using the Pelvic Organ Prolapse Quantification, the Pelvic Floor Distress Inventory 20, and the Pelvic Organ Prolapse/Urinary Incontinence Sexual Questionnaire questionnaires...
December 11, 2017: Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29231907/activated-hgf-c-met-axis-in-head-and-neck-cancer
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REVIEW
Levi Arnold, Jonathan Enders, Sufi Mary Thomas
Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) is a highly morbid disease. Recent developments including Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved molecular targeted agent's pembrolizumab and cetuximab show promise but did not improve the five-year survival which is currently less than 40%. The hepatocyte growth factor receptor; also known as mesenchymal-epithelial transition factor (c-Met) and its ligand hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) are overexpressed in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC); and regulates tumor progression and response to therapy...
December 12, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29231073/pelargonium-sidoides-preparation-eps-7630-in-copd-health-related-quality-of-life-and-other-patient-reported-outcomes-in-adults-receiving-add-on-therapy
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Heinrich Matthys, Petra Funk
OBJECTIVE: Patient-reported outcomes (PRO) such as health-related quality of life (HRQL) belong to the most important criteria for the evaluation of medical therapies in clinical trials or practice-based benefit assessments. We therefore revisited results of an earlier published clinical trial investigating the effects of the herbal drug preparation from the roots of Pelargonium sidoides EPs 7630, administered as add-on therapy in patients suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), with respect to HRQL and other PRO...
December 12, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230798/botulinum-toxin-type-a-therapy-for-cervical-dystonia
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REVIEW
Mafalda Castelão, Raquel E Marques, Gonçalo S Duarte, Filipe B Rodrigues, Joaquim Ferreira, Cristina Sampaio, Austen P Moore, João Costa
BACKGROUND: This is an update of a Cochrane Review first published in 2005. Cervical dystonia is the most common form of focal dystonia and is a highly disabling movement disorder characterised by involuntary, usually painful, head posturing. Currently, botulinum toxin type A (BtA) is considered the first line therapy for this condition. OBJECTIVES: To compare the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of botulinum toxin type A (BtA) versus placebo in people with cervical dystonia...
December 12, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230576/global-variations-in-the-level-of-cancer-related-research-activity-and-correlation-to-cancer-specific-mortality-proposal-for-a-global-curriculum
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C Are, A Caniglia, Malik Mohammed, L Smith, Charmaine Cummings, Carine Lecoq, R Berman, R Audisio, L Wyld
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to analyze global variations in the level of cancer-related research activity and correlate this with cancer-specific mortality. METHODS: The SCOPUS database was explored to obtain data relating to the number of cancer-related publications per country. Cancer-specific mortality rates were obtained from the World Health Organization. Global variations in the level of scholarly activity were analyzed and correlated with variations in cancer-specific mortality...
December 11, 2017: Annals of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230314/testing-the-effectiveness-of-a-transdiagnostic-treatment-approach-in-reducing-violence-and-alcohol-abuse-among-families-in-zambia-study-protocol-of-the-violence-and-alcohol-treatment-vatu-trial
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J C Kane, S Skavenski Van Wyk, S M Murray, P Bolton, F Melendez, C K Danielson, P Chimponda, S Munthali, L K Murray
Background: Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is an urgent global health problem. Root causes for VAWG include the individual- and family-level factors of alcohol abuse, mental health problems, violence exposure, and related adverse experiences. Few studies in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) have assessed the effectiveness of psychological interventions for reducing VAWG. This randomized controlled trial, part of the What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls consortium, examines the effectiveness of a common elements treatment approach (CETA) for reducing VAWG and comorbid alcohol abuse among families in Zambia...
2017: Global Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230296/intestinal-autotransplantation
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REVIEW
Guosheng Wu
Most abdominal neoplasms involving the root of the superior mesenteric artery and/or celiac artery are difficult to manage with conventional operative techniques because of limited intestinal ischemia times and poor accessibility to the tumor region. Ex vivo surgery followed by intestinal autotransplantation (IATx) is a relatively novel surgical strategy to offer chances for complete resection in such hopeless circumstances. This review aims to assess potential surgical indications, operative techniques and clinical outcomes after IATx...
November 2017: Gastroenterology Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229894/retrospective-review-of-pediatric-status-epilepticus-in-116-saudi-patients-predictors-of-outcome
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Raid Harb Hommady, Muhammad Talal Alrifai, Osama Khaled Mubayrik, Ruba Salem Alayed, Muhannad Abdulrahman Alsemari, Ahmed Arumayyan, Waleed Altuwaijri, Duaa Baarmah
BACKGROUND: Status epilepticus (SE) is a common, life-threatening condition. Multiple factors are used to predict its outcome and evaluate its risks, and there have been only a few studies in Saudi Arabia. OBJECTIVES: Investigate predictors of SE outcome. DESIGN: Retrospective chart review study. SETTING: Tertiary center, Riyadh. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We reviewed all pediatric cases (age 14 years or younger) of SE admitted between January 2005 and December 2015, collecting data on age, sex, date of birth, developmental status, pre-existing neurological diseases, SE etiology, Glasgow Outcome Scale (GOS) scores, and electroencephalogram (EEG) findings...
November 2017: Annals of Saudi Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229498/effect-of-once-daily-modified-release-hydrocortisone-versus-standard-glucocorticoid-therapy-on-metabolism-and-innate-immunity-in-patients-with-adrenal-insufficiency-dream-a-single-blind-randomised-controlled-trial
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Andrea M Isidori, Mary Anna Venneri, Chiara Graziadio, Chiara Simeoli, Daniela Fiore, Valeria Hasenmajer, Emilia Sbardella, Daniele Gianfrilli, Carlotta Pozza, Patrizio Pasqualetti, Stefania Morrone, Angela Santoni, Fabio Naro, Annamaria Colao, Rosario Pivonello, Andrea Lenzi
BACKGROUND: Conventional treatment of patients with adrenal insufficiency involves administration of glucocorticoids multiple times a day and has been associated with weight gain and metabolic impairment. The optimal glucocorticoid replacement therapy for these patients is highly debated because of the scarcity of evidence from randomised trials. We aimed to establish whether the timing and pharmacokinetics of glucocorticoid replacement therapy affect the metabolism and immune system of patients with adrenal insufficiency...
December 8, 2017: Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229483/outcomes-of-fundoplication-in-oesophageal-atresia-associated-gastrooesophageal-reflux-disease
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Antti I Koivusalo, Risto J Rintala, Mikko P Pakarinen
AIM OF THE STUDY: Conservative management of gastrooesophageal reflux (GORD) in oesophageal atresia (OA) is sometimes inefficient, and fundoplication is required. We assessed the outcomes of fundoplication among OA patients from 1980 to 2016. METHODS: After ethical consent, hospital records of 290 patients, including 22 referred patients, were reviewed. Included were 262 patients with end-to-end repair. Excluded were patients who underwent oesophageal reconstruction (n=23) or no repair (n=5)...
November 12, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229430/self-guided-online-cognitive-behavioral-strategies-for-chemotherapy-induced-peripheral-neuropathy-a-multicenter-pilot-randomized-wait-list-controlled-trial
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Robert Knoerl, Ellen M L Smith, Debra L Barton, David A Williams, Janean E Holden, John C Krauss, Beth LaVasseur
The purpose of this pilot, parallel, randomized-controlled trial was to examine the efficacy of a self-guided online cognitive and behaviorally-based pain management intervention (PROSPECT) to reduce "worst" pain for individuals with chronic painful chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN). Secondary outcomes included "average" pain, non-painful CIPN symptom severity, impression of change, and pain interference. Sixty patients with chronic painful CIPN were recruited from five outpatient academic and community cancer centers...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Pain: Official Journal of the American Pain Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229361/a-literature-review-on-maternal-fetal-and-reproductive-disorders-of-toxoplasma-gondii-infection
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REVIEW
Shirzad Fallahi, Ali Rostami, Malihe Nourollahpour Shiadeh, Hamed Behniafar, Shahrokh Paktinat
BACKGROUND: Toxoplasma gondii infection is one of the most prevalent infectious disease with worldwide distribution. Congenital toxoplasmosis is annually responsible for 1.20 million disability-adjusted life years around the world, but often it is overlooked many countries. METHODS: We performed an updated review to summarize the current researches on fetal, neonatal and maternal consequences of T. gondii infection and also adverse effects of toxoplasmosis on women reproductive organs...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Gynecology Obstetrics and Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229321/the-role-of-aspirin-heparin-and-other-interventions-in-the-prevention-and-treatment-of-fetal-growth-restriction
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REVIEW
Katie M Groom, Anna L David
Fetal growth restriction and related placental pathologies such as preeclampsia, stillbirth, and placental abruption are believed to arise in early pregnancy when inadequate remodeling of the maternal spiral arteries leads to persistent high-resistance and low-flow uteroplacental circulation. The consequent placental ischaemia, reperfusion injury, and oxidative stress are associated with an imbalance in angiogenic/antiangiogenic factors. Many interventions have centered on the prevention and/or treatment of preeclampsia with results pertaining to fetal growth restriction and small-for-gestational-age pregnancy often included as secondary outcomes because of the common pathophysiology...
December 8, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229208/assessment-and-treatment-at-a-pain-clinic-a-one-year-follow-up-of-patients-with-chronic-pain
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Andrea Hållstam, Monika Löfgren, Lina Benson, Christer Svensén, Britt-Marie Stålnacke
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Pain is one of the most common reasons for patients to seek primary health care. Pain relief is likely to be achieved for patients suffering from acute pain, but for individuals with chronic pain it is more likely that the condition will persist. These patients have the option of being referred to specialised pain clinics. However, the complexity surrounding chronic pain patients is not well studied in these settings. This study aimed to describe patients with chronic pain referred to a pain clinic by using the information submitted during their first visit and one year later and also to identify associations between baseline characteristics and improvements in health-related quality of life in the follow-up...
October 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229056/determining-predictive-outcome-factors-for-a-multimodal-treatment-program-in-low-back-pain-patients-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Rahmat Adnan, Jessica Van Oosterwijck, Barbara Cagnie, Evy Dhondt, Stijn Schouppe, Jens Van Akeleyen, Tine Logghe, Lieven Danneels
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine the factors predictive of outcomes in a multifaceted rehabilitation program for acute and chronic low back pain (LBP) patients. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was performed on 565 LBP patients (153 acute and 412 chronic) who participated in a multimodal treatment program at an outpatient clinic in Belgium between 2007 and 2010. The predictive value of several factors, including age, sex, body mass index, fat percentage, Oswestry Disability Index score, Beck Depression Index score, Numeric Pain Rating Scale score for back and leg pain intensity, and Tampa Scale for Kinesiophobia score on favorable treatment outcomes was examined using logistic regression analysis...
November 2017: Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228952/association-between-left-ventricular-mechanics-and-diffuse-myocardial-fibrosis-in-patients-with-repaired-tetralogy-of-fallot-a-cross-sectional-study
#18
Christopher M Haggerty, Jonathan D Suever, Arichanah Pulenthiran, Abba Mejia-Spiegeler, Gregory J Wehner, Linyuan Jing, Richard J Charnigo, Brandon K Fornwalt, Mark A Fogel
BACKGROUND: Patients with repaired tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) have progressive, adverse biventricular remodeling, leading to abnormal contractile mechanics. Defining the mechanisms underlying this dysfunction, such as diffuse myocardial fibrosis, may provide insights into poor long-term outcomes. We hypothesized that left ventricular (LV) diffuse fibrosis is related to impaired LV mechanics. METHODS: Patients with TOF were evaluated with cardiac magnetic resonance in which modified Look-Locker (MOLLI) T1-mapping and spiral cine Displacement encoding (DENSE) sequences were acquired at three LV short-axis positions...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228945/trends-in-incidence-of-proximal-humerus-fractures-surgical-procedures-and-outcomes-among-elderly-hospitalized-patients-with-and-without-type-2-diabetes-in-spain-2001-2013
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Maria Angeles Martinez-Huedo, Rodrigo Jiménez-García, Eduardo Mora-Zamorano, Valentín Hernández-Barrera, Manuel Villanueva-Martinez, Ana Lopez-de-Andres
BACKGROUND: Several studies have reported that diabetic persons have an increased risk for fractures than non-diabetes patients. The association between proximal humerus fractures and type 2 diabetes (T2DM) is unclear and some studies point to insulin treatment, hypoglycaemic episodes consequently to inadequate control of diabetes or, more recently, to an alteration of trabecular bone. We examined trends in the incidence of proximal humerus fractures, surgical procedures and outcomes among hospitalized patients aged ≥65 years, with and without T2DM in Spain, 2001-2013...
December 11, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228919/how-effective-is-the-comprehensive-approach-to-rehabilitation-care-methodology-a-cluster-randomized-controlled-trial
#20
Neis Bitter, Diana Roeg, Marcel van Assen, Chijs van Nieuwenhuizen, Jaap van Weeghel
BACKGROUND: The CARe methodology aims to improve the quality of life of people with severe mental illness by supporting them in realizing their goals, handling their vulnerability and improving the quality of their social environment. This study aims to investigate the effectiveness of the CARe methodology for people with severe mental illness on their quality of life, personal recovery, participation, hope, empowerment, self-efficacy beliefs and unmet needs. METHODS: A cluster Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) was conducted in 14 teams of three organizations for sheltered and supported housing in the Netherlands...
December 11, 2017: BMC Psychiatry
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