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Sarah M Rosanowski, Yu-Mei Chang, Anthony J Stirk, Kristien L P Verheyen
A key focus of the racing industry is to reduce the number of race-day events where horses die suddenly or are euthanased due to catastrophic injury. The objective of this study was therefore to determine risk factors for race-day fatalities in Thoroughbred racehorses, using a cohort of all horses participating in flat racing in Great Britain between 2000 and 2013. Horse-, race- and course-level data were collected and combined with all race-day fatalities, recorded by racecourse veterinarians in a central database...
2018: PloS One
Wen-Hsun Chang, Huann-Cheng Horng, Chang-Ching Yeh, Chao-Yu Guo, Yiing-Jeng Chou, Nicole Huang, Hsin-Yi Huang, Yi-Jen Chen, Wen-Ling Lee, Peng-Hui Wang
This article aims to test the hypothesis that the risk of female genital tract related cancer (gynecological cancer: GC) or breast cancer (BC) of women with chronic kidney disease (CKD) might be different from that of those women without CKD.A nationwide 17-year historic cohort study using the National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD) of Taiwan and the Registry for Catastrophic Illness Patients was conducted. A total of 3045 women with a diagnosis of CKD from 1996 to 2013 and 3045 multivariable-matched controls (1:1) were selected...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Masanori Kawakami, Lisa Maria Mustachio, Xi Liu, Ethan Dmitrovsky
Cancer cells often have supernumerary centrosomes that promote genomic instability, a pathognomonic feature of cancer. During mitosis, cancer cells with supernumerary centrosomes undergo bipolar cell division by clustering centrosomes into two poles. When supernumerary centrosome clustering is antagonized, cancer cells are forced to undergo multipolar division leading to death of daughter cells. This proapoptotic pathway, called anaphase catastrophe, preferentially eliminates aneuploid cancer cells and malignant tumors in engineered mouse models...
March 20, 2018: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
Yu Zhou, Zhenyu Zhou, Lifeng Liu, Xuecheng Cao
BACKGROUND: Skeletal and soft tissue damage are often associated with unilateral facet dislocations, which undoubtedly lead to instability of the spine and further increase difficulties in cervical reduction. This type of irreducible facet dislocation is usually accompanied with potential catastrophic consequences including neurological deficit and severe disability. Therefore, a consistent and evidence-based treatment plan is imperative. CASE PRESENTATION: The literature regarding the management of traumatic unilateral locked cervical facet dislocations was reviewed...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Medical Case Reports
Barnabas Ohst, Brunna Tuschen-Caffier
The catastrophic misinterpretation model of panic disorder (PD) predicts that the catastrophic misinterpretation of bodily sensations is a distinctive characteristic of PD. Existing research on this prediction has produced mixed findings. This paper presents a systematic review and meta-analysis of studies comparing the strength of catastrophic misinterpretation of bodily sensations and external events in patients with PD, patients with other anxiety disorders, and healthy controls. Following a systematic screening, seven studies were included in the meta-analysis...
2018: PloS One
Juan V Escobar, Isaac Pérez Castillo
When complex systems are driven to depletion by some external factor, their non-stationary dynamics can present an intermittent behaviour between relative tranquility and burst of activity whose consequences are often catastrophic. To understand and ultimately be able to predict such dynamics, we propose an underlying mechanism based on sharp thresholds of a local generalized energy density that naturally leads to negative feedback. We find a transition from a continuous regime to an intermittent one, in which avalanches can be predicted despite the stochastic nature of the process...
March 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
W-S Hu, C-L Lin
Objective We conducted this study to assess the role of CHA2DS2-VASc score in predicting ischemic stroke among systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients without atrial fibrillation (AF). Methods We selected the SLE patients from the Registry of Catastrophic Illnesses Patient Database in Taiwan. We excluded the SLE patients with AF or atrial flutter. The patients were followed up until the occurrence of ischemic stroke, censored for death or withdrawal from the dataset, or the end of follow-up. Cox models were performed to obtain the hazard ratios (HRs) and the 95% confidence intervals (CIs) of ischemic stroke associated with the CHA2DS2-VASc score...
January 1, 2018: Lupus
Amjed Alabresm, Yung Pin Chen, Alan W Decho, Jamie Lead
Releases of crude oil and other types of oil from numerous sources can impose catastrophic physical, chemical, and biological effects on aquatic ecosystems. While currently-used oil removal techniques possess many advantages, they have inherent limitations, including low removal efficiencies and waste disposal challenges. The present study quantified the synergistic interactions of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) coated magnetite nanoparticles (NP) and oil-degrading bacteria for enhanced oil removal at the laboratory scale...
March 2, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Majdi Ashour
BACKGROUND: People living in the Gaza Strip have experienced a protracted political conflict and extreme socioeconomic adversity since 1948. Economic conditions have deteriorated markedly since the onset of the Palestinian Intifada in 1987 and have been exacerbated by the economic siege after 2006. The health system in the Gaza Strip has faced additional challenges. The aim of this study was to assess how Palestinian households in the Gaza Strip experienced health care services during this period of political turmoil, socioeconomic adversity, and challenges to health services...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
Dario Amore, Roberto Scaramuzzi, Davide Di Natale, Carlo Curcio
The advantages of thymectomy as part of the treatment of myasthenia gravis has been demonstrated repeatedly in the literature. Both single-institution and multi-institution trials have shown robotic thymectomy to be safe, feasible and associated with better early clinical outcomes than the trans-sternal approach. Most reports have also documented the superiority of robotic technology in the dissection of the superior mediastinum over conventional thoracoscopy, thanks to instruments with more degrees of movement and freedom...
2018: Journal of Visualized Surgery
Agata Kosobucka, Piotr Michalski, Łukasz Pietrzykowski, Michał Kasprzak, Karolina Obońska, Tomasz Fabiszak, Mirosława Felsmann, Aldona Kubica
Introduction: A substantial subset of patients after myocardial infarction (MI) discontinue pivotal medication early after discharge. In particular, cessation of antiplatelet treatment may lead to catastrophic ischemic events. Thus, adherence to prescribed medication in patients after MI is an issue of medical and social concern. Purpose: The aim of the study was to evaluate the level of adherence to treatment using a newly developed scale in patients after MI treated with percutaneous coronary intervention...
2018: Patient Preference and Adherence
Arun Mitra
Despite ongoing tensions in various parts of the world, the year 2017 ended on a positive note. The Treaty Prohibiting Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) was passed by the UN General Assembly on July 7, 2017, which will always be a red-letter day in history. It has raised many hopes for a future world without nuclear weapons and staved off the impending humanitarian catastrophe. Good health is a basic need of every individual. Therefore, each person yearns for a life free of violence and free of man-made catastrophes like the ones at Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, which killed over two hundred thousand people and resulted in genetic mutations affecting generations thereafter...
March 7, 2018: Indian Journal of Medical Ethics
K A Honn, J M Hinson, P Whitney, H P A Van Dongen
In around-the-clock operations, reduced alertness due to circadian misalignment and sleep loss causes performance impairment, which can lead to catastrophic errors and accidents. There is mounting evidence that performance on different tasks is differentially affected, but the general principles underlying this differentiation are not well understood. One factor that may be particularly relevant is the degree to which tasks require executive control, that is, control over the initiation, monitoring, and termination of actions in order to achieve goals...
March 14, 2018: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
K Z Nanjo, A Yoshida
The Nankai Trough megathrust earthquakes inflicted catastrophic damage on Japanese society and more widely. Most research is aimed at identifying strongly coupled regions that are considered as a major source of future disastrous earthquakes. Here we present a b-value map for the entire Nankai Trough zone. The b value, which represents the rate of occurrence of small earthquakes relative to larger ones, is inversely dependent on differential stresses, and has been used to detect highly stressed areas on fault planes in various tectonic situations...
March 16, 2018: Nature Communications
Filiberto Ares, Kumar S Gupta, Amilcar R de Queiroz
We show that the N-particle Sutherland model with inverse-square and harmonic interactions exhibits orthogonality catastrophe. For a fixed value of the harmonic coupling, the overlap of the N-body ground state wave functions with two different values of the inverse-square interaction term goes to zero in the thermodynamic limit. When the two values of the inverse-square coupling differ by an infinitesimal amount, the wave function overlap shows an exponential suppression. This is qualitatively different from the usual power law suppression observed in the Anderson's orthogonality catastrophe...
February 2018: Physical Review. E
M Martínez-García, J Vargas-Barrón, F Bañuelos-Téllez, H González-Pacheco, C Fresno, E Hernández-Lemus, M A Martínez-Ríos, M Vallejo
OBJECTIVE: ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) has an important economic burden that poised the urgent need to evaluate its catastrophic medical expense. This study evaluates the first 5 years of the national health initiative called Popular Insurance (PI) at the National Institute of Cardiology in Mexico. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective data analysis. METHODS: STEMI patients with (n=317) and without (n=260) PI were selected. Analysed variables included socio-economical context, management care, cost evaluation and three outcomes (mortality, hospital readmission and therapeutic adherence)...
March 13, 2018: Public Health
Yongjian Xu, Jie Ma, Na Wu, Xiaojing Fan, Tao Zhang, Zhongliang Zhou, Jianmin Gao, Jianping Ren, Gang Chen
INTRODUCTION: In 2009, China officially launched the New Health Care Reform (NHCR). One important purpose of the reform was to reduce financial burden of health care through health insurance expansion and health care provider regulations. This study aimed to provide evidence on the effect of the NHCR reform on catastrophic health expenditure (CHE) by comparing the occurrence and inequality of CHE among households with chronic diseases patients before and after the reform. METHODS: This study used the subset of data from the 2008 and 2013 National Health Services Survey conducted in Shaanxi Province...
2018: PloS One
David A Watters, Glenn D Guest, Viliami Tangi, Mark G Shrime, John G Meara
Progress in achieving "universal access to safe, affordable surgery, and anesthesia care when needed" is dependent on consensus not only about the key messages but also on what metrics should be used to set goals and measure progress. The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery not only achieved consensus on key messages but also recommended 6 key metrics to inform national surgical plans and monitor scale-up toward 2030. These metrics measure access to surgery, as well as its timeliness, safety, and affordability: (1) Two-hour access to the 3 Bellwether procedures (cesarean delivery, emergency laparotomy, and management of an open fracture); (2) Surgeon, Anesthetist, and Obstetrician workforce >20/100,000; (3) Surgical volume of 5000 procedures/100,000; (4) Reporting of perioperative mortality rate; and (5 and 6) Risk rates of catastrophic expenditure and impoverishment when requiring surgery...
April 2018: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Vedavathi Kunnanayaka, Puneet Jain, Suvasini Sharma, Anju Seth, Satinder Aneja
Background: West syndrome is a catastrophic epilepsy syndrome characterized by infantile spasms, hypsarrhythmia, and developmental arrest or regression. Aim: The aim of this study was to explore the role of pyridoxine in the management of infantile spasms. Setting and Design: This was a pilot, randomized, open-label trial conducted at a tertiary level hospital from November 2012 to March 2014. Materials and Methods: Children aged 3 months to 3 years presenting with infantile spasms in clusters (at least 1 cluster/day) with hypsarrhythmia or its variants on electroencephalogram (EEG) were enrolled...
March 2018: Neurology India
J Ryan Scott, Afton L Hassett, Andrew D Schrepf, Chad M Brummett, Richard E Harris, Daniel J Clauw, Steven E Harte
Objective: Moderate alcohol consumption has been associated with improved health outcomes including reduced risk of heart disease; however, less is known regarding alcohol's effects on chronic pain. The aim of this study was to assess associations between pain, fibromyalgia symptoms, and moderate alcohol use in a large chronic pain sample. Methods: A total of 2,583 new chronic pain patients presenting at a university pain clinic reported alcohol use and completed validated measures; 592 (23%) patients reported drinking, with 502 (85%) classified as moderate drinkers (females ≤7 and males ≤14 drinks/wk)...
March 13, 2018: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
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