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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103424/no-negative-impact-of-serum-igg4-levels-on-clinical-outcome-in-435-patients-with-primary-sclerosing-cholangitis-from-japan
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Atsushi Tanaka, Susumu Tazuma, Takahiro Nakazawa, Hiroyuki Isayama, Toshio Tsuyuguchi, Kazuo Inui, Hajime Takikawa
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Several studies have demonstrated that elevated serum IgG4 levels are associated with poor outcomes of primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC), but the impact of serum IgG4 levels on PSC remains controversial. In this study, we aimed to determine prognostic factors of patients with PSC and to investigate the association between serum IgG4 levels and the clinical features and prognosis of PSC in a Japanese cohort. METHODS: We retrospectively analysed follow-up data for 435 patients with PSC (UMIN000018438)...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Hepato-biliary-pancreatic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103415/predictors-of-ptsd-symptom-change-among-outpatients-in-the-u-s-department-of-veterans-affairs-health-care-system
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Rebecca K Sripada, Paul N Pfeiffer, Jessica Rampton, Dara Ganoczy, Sheila A M Rauch, Melissa A Polusny, Kipling M Bohnert
Although the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has prioritized care for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), many patients with PTSD remain symptomatic. Patterns of PTSD symptom change are not well understood. Thus, the current study was designed to categorize and investigate potential predictors of symptom trajectories in patients with PTSD. The sample comprised 2,237 VA patients who were diagnosed with PTSD in 2013 and completed at least 4 PTSD Checklist (PCL) assessments over 12 weeks. Latent trajectory analysis was used to identify latent classes of patients based on PCL scores...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Traumatic Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103266/adherence-to-prophylaxis-in-adolescents-and-young-adults-with-severe-haemophilia-a-quantitative-study-with-patients
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Sandra B van Os, Nick A Troop, Keith R Sullivan, Daniel P Hart
INTRODUCTION: haemophilia is an inherited bleeding disorder caused by a deficiency in one of the blood coagulation factors. For people affected by severe haemophilia, the deficiency can cause spontaneous internal bleeding. Most young people with severe haemophilia in the UK follow a preventative treatment regimen (prophylaxis) consisting of several intravenous injections of factor concentrate each week. There is good evidence that prophylaxis reduces bleeds whilst also improving quality of life...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103204/transthoracic-ultrasonography-for-the-immunocompromised-patient-a-pilot-project-that-introduces-transthoracic-ultrasonography-for-the-follow-up-of-hematological-patients-in-romania
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Ioana Frinc, Petru Ilies, Florin Zaharie, Delia Dima, Alina Tanase, Ljubomir Petrov, Alexandru Irimie, Cristian Berce, Cosmin Lisencu, Ioana Berindan-Neagoe, Ciprian Tomuleasa, Anca Bojan
In the last decade, there is significant progress in clinical hematology with the discovery of targeted molecules and thus the achievement of both hematologic and molecular responses. Nevertheless, chemotherapy remains the treatment of choice for many types of hematological malignancies. Aggressive chemotherapy leads to immunosuppression, accompanied by a high rate of infections and an increased rate of treatment-related mortality. Invasive fungal infections, as well as more common bacterial and viral infections are frequent in immunocompromised patients as they are difficult to diagnose and treat...
January 18, 2017: Romanian Journal of Internal Medicine, Revue Roumaine de Médecine Interne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102877/feasibility-acceptability-and-construct-validity-of-eq-5d-in-systemic-sclerosis
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Roberta Gualtierotti, Francesca Ingegnoli, Luciana Scalone, Paolo Cortesi, Eleonora Bruschi, Maria Gerosa, Pier Luigi Meroni
BACKGROUND: Systemic sclerosis is a chronic disabling disease that is often associated with severe physical and psychological impairment. Nonetheless, health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in patients with systemic sclerosis is often left behind in clinical practice and research. One of the reasons for this lack of evaluation is the current use of tools, such as the short form-36 (SF-36) questionnaire, that are complete but complicated to use in everyday routine. Other self-reported outcome measures such as the health assessment questionnaire (HAQ) are simple, but specifically designed for physical disability...
January 19, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102636/thalamic-deep-brain-stimulation-for-refractory-tourette-syndrome-clinical-evidence-for-increasing-disbalance-of-therapeutic-effects-and-side-effects-at-long-term-follow-up
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Anouk Y J M Smeets, Annelien A Duits, Albert F G Leentjens, Koen Schruers, Vivianne van Kranen-Mastenbroek, Veerle Visser-Vandewalle, Yasin Temel, Linda Ackermans
OBJECTIVE: Thalamic deep brain stimulation (DBS) is effective in reducing tics in patients with refractory Tourette syndrome at the short-term. Here, we report on the long-term outcome. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Seven patients underwent bilateral DBS between 2001 and 2008. The target was the centromedian nucleus, substantia periventricularis and nucleus ventro-oralis internus cross point of the thalamus. The effect on tics and side effects were evaluated with a variable follow-up duration of 12 to 78 months...
January 19, 2017: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102610/outcomes-of-hiv-positive-patients-lost-to-follow-up-in-african-treatment-programs
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Kathrin Zürcher, Anne Mooser, Nanina Anderegg, Olga Tymejczyk, Margaret J Couvillon, Denis Nash, Matthias Egger
OBJECTIVE: The retention of patients on antiretroviral therapy (ART) is key to achieving global targets in response to the HIV epidemic. Loss to follow-up (LTFU) can be substantial, with unknown outcomes for patients lost to ART programs. We examined changes in outcomes of patients LTFU over calendar time, assessed associations with other studies and program characteristics, and investigated the relative success of different tracing methods. METHODS: We performed a systematic review and logistic random-effects meta-regression analysis of studies that traced adults or children who started ART and were LTFU in sub-Saharan African treatment programs...
January 19, 2017: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102546/ataluren-and-similar-compounds-specific-therapies-for-premature-termination-codon-class-i-mutations-for-cystic-fibrosis
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REVIEW
Aisha A Aslam, Colin Higgins, Ian P Sinha, Kevin W Southern
BACKGROUND: Cystic fibrosis is a common life-shortening genetic disorder in the Caucasian population (less common in other ethnic groups) caused by the mutation of a single gene that codes for the production of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator protein. This protein coordinates the transport of salt (and bicarbonate) across cell surfaces and the mutation most notably affects the airways. In the lungs of people with cystic fibrosis, defective protein results in a dehydrated surface liquid and compromised mucociliary clearance...
January 19, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102056/asthma-related-outcomes-in-patients-initiating-extrafine-ciclesonide-or-fine-particle-inhaled-corticosteroids
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Dirkje S Postma, Richard Dekhuijzen, Thys van der Molen, Richard J Martin, Wim van Aalderen, Nicolas Roche, Theresa W Guilbert, Elliot Israel, Daniela van Eickels, Javaria Mona Khalid, Ron M C Herings, Jetty A Overbeek, Cristiana Miglio, Victoria Thomas, Catherine Hutton, Elizabeth V Hillyer, David B Price
PURPOSE: Extrafine-particle inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) have greater small airway deposition than standard fine-particle ICS. We sought to compare asthma-related outcomes after patients initiated extrafine-particle ciclesonide or fine-particle ICS (fluticasone propionate or non-extrafine beclomethasone). METHODS: This historical, matched cohort study included patients aged 12-60 years prescribed their first ICS as ciclesonide or fine-particle ICS. The 2 cohorts were matched 1:1 for key demographic and clinical characteristics over the baseline year...
March 2017: Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101784/dental-implants-and-grafting-success-remain-high-despite-large-variations-in-maxillary-sinus-mucosal-thickening
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Bartosz Maska, Guo-Hao Lin, Abdullah Othman, Shabnam Behdin, Suncica Travan, Erika Benavides, Yvonne Kapila
BACKGROUND: Although mucosal thickening is the most common radiographic finding observed regarding sinus pathology, the knowledge regarding its clinical significance on the outcomes of dental implants and grafting in the maxillary sinuses is still limited. We hypothesized that mucosal thickening would not alter the predictability for sinus floor augmentation and dental implant placement. The purpose of this retrospective study was to evaluate the outcomes of dental implant placement in sinus-augmented areas with preexisting sinus mucosal thickening...
December 2017: International Journal of Implant Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101557/high-incidence-of-falls-and-fall-related-injuries-in-wheelchair-users-with-spinal-cord-injury-a-prospective-study-of-risk-indicators
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Emelie Butler Forslund, Vivien Jørgensen, Erika Franzén, Arve Opheim, Åke Seiger, Agneta Ståhle, Claes Hultling, Johan K Stanghelle, Kirsti Skavberg Roaldsen, Kerstin Wahman
OBJECTIVE: To identify risk indicators for, and incidence of, recurrent falls and fall-related injuries in wheelchair users with traumatic spinal cord injury. DESIGN: Prospective multi-centre study. SUBJECTS: One hundred and forty-nine wheelchair users with spinal cord injury attending follow-up in Sweden and Norway. METHODS: Inclusion criteria: wheelchair users ≥ 18 years old with traumatic spinal cord injury ≥ 1 year post-injury...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101496/medication-related-osteonecrosis-of-the-jaw-a-preliminary-retrospective-study-of-130-patients-with-multiple-myeloma
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Woo-Sung Choi, Jae-Il Lee, Hyun-Joong Yoon, Chang-Ki Min, Sang-Hwa Lee
BACKGROUND: Multiple myeloma (MM) is characterized by a neoplastic proliferation of plasma cells primarily in the bone marrow. Bisphosphonates (BP) are used as supportive therapy in the management of MM. This study aimed to analyze the incidence, risk factors, and clinical outcomes of medication-related necrosis of the jaw (MRONJ) in MM patients. METHODS: One hundred thirty MM patients who had previous dental evaluations were retrospectively reviewed. Based on several findings, we applied the staging and treatment strategies on MRONJ...
December 2017: Maxillofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101328/perceived-health-status-in-a-comparative-perspective-methodological-limitations-and-policy-implications-for-israel
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Baruch Levi
BACKGROUND: The perceived health status indicator included in the OECD Health Statistics suffers from severe methodological limitations related to data collection. Furthermore, this indicator is also included in the OECD's Better Life Index, thus distorting the total health score of some OECD countries, among them Israel. The purpose of this paper is to explore the erroneous use of OECD health data in Israel and to warn of its implications. METHODS: Analysis of data from the OECD Health Database, Better Life Index and the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics, review of media reports and governmental documents concerning health measures, conversations and correspondence held with officials in the relevant organizations...
2017: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101311/a-hospital-based-retrospective-comparative-study-of-complications-outcomes-clinical-and-laboratory-parameters-of-malaria-with-and-without-neurological-involvement
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Sohaib Ahmad, Nadia Shirazi, Nowneet K Bhat, Minakshi Dhar, Garima Mittal, Manish Mittal, Nidhi Kaeley, Manoj Kumar
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES: Classically associated with Plasmodium (P.) falciparum, neurological complications in severe malaria is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. However, reports implicate the long considered benign P. vivax for causing severe malaria as well. We aimed to analyse the cerebral complications in malaria, and study if there is a species-related difference in the presentation and outcomes. METHODS: We retrospectively compared patients with malaria hospitalised from 2009-15, with (n=105) and without (n=1155) neurological involvement regarding outcomes, complications, demographic attributes, clinical features, and laboratory parameters...
2017: Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100839/tyrosine-kinase-blocking-collagen-iv-derived-peptide-suppresses-ocular-neovascularization-and-vascular-leakage
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Raquel Lima E Silva, Yogita Kanan, Adam C Mirando, Jayoung Kim, Ron B Shmueli, Valeria E Lorenc, Seth D Fortmann, Jason Sciamanna, Niranjan B Pandey, Jordan J Green, Aleksander S Popel, Peter A Campochiaro
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-neutralizing proteins provide benefit in several retinal and choroidal vascular diseases, but some patients still experience suboptimal outcomes, and the need for frequent intraocular injections is a barrier to good outcomes. A mimetic peptide derived from collagen IV, AXT107, suppressed subretinal neovascularization (NV) in two mouse models predictive of effects in neovascular age-related macular degeneration (NVAMD) and inhibited retinal NV in a model predictive of effects in ischemic retinopathies...
January 18, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100627/inflammatory-biomarkers-predict-heart-failure-severity-and-prognosis-in-patients-with-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction-a-holistic-proteomic-approach
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Camilla Hage, Erik Michaëlsson, Cecilia Linde, Erwan Donal, Jean-Claude Daubert, Li-Ming Gan, Lars H Lund
BACKGROUND: Underlying mechanisms in heart failure (HF) with preserved ejection fraction remain unknown. We investigated cardiovascular plasma biomarkers in HF with preserved ejection fraction and their correlation to diastolic dysfunction, functional class, pathophysiological processes, and prognosis. METHODS AND RESULTS: In 86 stable patients with HF and EF ≥45% in the Karolinska Rennes (KaRen) biomarker substudy, biomarkers were quantified by a multiplex immunoassay...
February 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100606/predictive-hyperglycemia-and-hypoglycemia-minimization-in-home-evaluation-of-safety-feasibility-and-efficacy-in-overnight-glucose-control-in-type-1-diabetes
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Tamara Spaic, Marsha Driscoll, Dan Raghinaru, Bruce A Buckingham, Darrell M Wilson, Paula Clinton, H Peter Chase, David M Maahs, Gregory P Forlenza, Emily Jost, Irene Hramiak, Terri Paul, B Wayne Bequette, Faye Cameron, Roy W Beck, Craig Kollman, John W Lum, Trang T Ly
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to determine the safety, feasibility, and efficacy of a predictive hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia minimization (PHHM) system compared with predictive low-glucose insulin suspension (PLGS) alone in overnight glucose control. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: A 42-night trial was conducted in 30 individuals with type 1 diabetes in the age range 15-45 years. Participants were randomly assigned each night to either PHHM or PLGS and were blinded to the assignment...
January 18, 2017: Diabetes Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100565/prevalence-and-clinical-impact-of-recreational-drug-consumption-in-people-living-with-hiv-on-treatment-a-cross-sectional-study
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Noe Garin, Beatriz Zurita, Cesar Velasco, Anna Feliu, Mar Gutierrez, Montserrat Masip, M Antonia Mangues
OBJECTIVES: Drug interactions, poor adherence to medication and high-risk sexual behaviour may occur in individuals with HIV using recreational drugs. Thus, we aimed to assess the prevalence of recreational drugs use and to explore its clinical impact in HIV patients on treatment. METHODS: Observational, cross sectional, study conducted in a 700 bed university hospital, Barcelona, Spain. A total of 208 adults living with HIV on treatment were included. A questionnaire was administered by clinical pharmacists, including evaluation of sociodemographic variables, past 12-month drug consumption, adherence to antiretrovirals (Simplified Medication Adherence Questionnaire) and high-risk sexual behaviour (condomless sex/multiple partners)...
January 18, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100522/intraoperative-dexamethasone-does-not-increase-the-risk-of-postoperative-wound-infection-a-propensity-score-matched-post-hoc-analysis-of-the-enigma-ii-trial-endex
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T Corcoran, J Kasza, T G Short, E O'Loughlin, M T V Chan, K Leslie, A Forbes, M Paech, P Myles
BACKGROUND: In a post hoc analysis of the ENIGMA-II trial, we sought to determine whether intraoperative dexamethasone was associated with adverse safety outcomes. METHODS: Inverse probability weighting with estimated propensity scores was used to determine the association of dexamethasone administration with postoperative infection, quality of recovery, and adverse safety outcomes for 5499 of the 7112 non-cardiac surgery subjects enrolled in ENIGMA-II. RESULTS: Dexamethasone was administered to 2178 (40%) of the 5499 subjects included in this analysis and was not associated with wound infection [189 (8...
February 2017: British Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100520/evidence-basis-for-using-perineural-dexmedetomidine-to-enhance-the-quality-of-brachial-plexus-nerve-blocks-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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L Vorobeichik, R Brull, F W Abdallah
BACKGROUND: Dexmedetomidine has been proposed as a perineural local anaesthetic (LA) adjunct to prolong peripheral nerve block duration; however, results from our previous meta-analysis in the setting of brachial plexus block (BPB) did not support its use. Many additional randomized trials have since been published. We thus conducted an updated meta-analysis. METHODS: Randomized trials investigating the addition of dexmedetomidine to LA compared with LA alone (Control) in BPB for upper extremity surgery were sought...
February 2017: British Journal of Anaesthesia
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