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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446056/high-technology-augmentative-communication-for-adults-with-post-stroke-aphasia-a-systematic-review
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Maria Julieta Russo, Valeria Prodan, Natalia Meda, Lucila Carcavallo, Anibal Muracioli, Liliana Sabe, Lucas Bonamico, Ricardo Allegri, Lisandro Olmos
Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems were introduced into clinical practice by therapists to help compensate for persistent language deficits in people with aphasia. Although, there is currently a push towards an increased focus on compensatory approaches in an attempt to maximize communication function for social interaction, available studies including AAC systems, especially technologically advanced communication tools and systems, known as "high-technology AAC", show key issues and obstacles for these tools to become utilized in mainstream clinical practice...
April 26, 2017: Expert Review of Medical Devices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443389/neuroscience-intermediate-level-care-units-staffed-by-intensivists-clinical-outcomes-and-cost-analysis
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Kwadwo Kyeremanteng, Ariel Hendin, Kalpana Bhardwaj, Kednapa Thavorn, Dave Neilipovitz, Dalibour Kubelik, Gianni D'Egidio, Grant Stotts, Erin Rosenberg
INTRODUCTION: With an aging population and increasing numbers of intensive care unit admissions, novel ways of providing quality care at reduced cost are required. Closed neurointensive care units improve outcomes for patients with critical neurological conditions, including decreased mortality and length of stay (LOS). Small studies have demonstrated the safety of intermediate-level units for selected patient populations. However, few studies analyze both cost and safety outcomes of these units...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443010/enhanced-functional-connectivity-between-the-bilateral-primary-motor-cortices-after-acupuncture-at-yanglingquan-gb34-in-right-hemispheric-subcortical-stroke-patients-a-resting-state-fmri-study
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Yanzhe Ning, Kuangshi Li, Caihong Fu, Yi Ren, Yong Zhang, Hongwei Liu, Fangyuan Cui, Yihuai Zou
Increasing neuroimaging researches in stroke rehabilitation had revealed the neural mechanisms of rehabilitation therapy. However, little was known about the neural mechanisms of acupuncture therapy in subcortical stroke patients. The aim of this study was to investigate the changes of functional connectivity (FC) between the bilateral primary motor cortices (M1s) after acupuncture intervention in right subcortical stroke patients. Twenty right-hemispheric subcortical stroke patients and 20 healthy subjects were recruited to undergo one functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scanning...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442067/meta-analysis-of-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-versus-coronary-artery-bypass-grafting-in-left-main-coronary-artery-disease
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Abdur R Khan, Harsh Golwala, Avnish Tripathi, Haris Riaz, Arnav Kumar, Michael P Flaherty, Deepak L Bhatt
Despite the increase in use of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in left main coronary disease, its efficacy compared with coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) is unclear. We performed a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials to assess the optimal revascularization strategy. Our search yielded 8 studies reporting relevant outcomes that were pooled using the inverse variance method, and the hazard ratio (HR) was calculated. The primary outcome was all-cause mortality, myocardial infarction (MI), or stroke (major adverse cardiac events [MACE]), and the secondary outcome was death/MI/stroke/repeat revascularization (expanded MACE)...
March 29, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440116/telemedical-strategies-for-the-improvement-of-secondary-prevention-in-patients-with-cerebrovascular-events-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Peter Kraft, Steffi Hillmann, Viktoria Rücker, Peter U Heuschmann
Background Data from European countries consistently show that guideline-conform secondary prevention after stroke/transient ischemic attack is being realized in only 50-80% of patients. Use of telemedicine to support long-term secondary prevention has been effective in other cardiovascular diseases. Aims We reviewed current evidence for telemedical-supported strategies for the improvement of secondary prevention after stroke/transient ischemic attack. A systematic review was performed in accordance with the PRISMA statement searching MEDLINE, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, and reference lists of articles published until 18 May 2016...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440112/patient-specific-prediction-of-functional-recovery-after-stroke
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Abdel Douiri, Justin Grace, Shah-Jalal Sarker, Kate Tilling, Christopher McKevitt, Charles DA Wolfe, Anthony G Rudd
Background and aims Clinical predictive models for stroke recovery could offer the opportunity of targeted early intervention and more specific information for patients and carers. In this study, we developed and validated a patient-specific prognostic model for monitoring recovery after stroke and assessed its clinical utility. Methods Four hundred and ninety-five patients from the population-based South London Stroke Register were included in a substudy between 2002 and 2004. Activities of daily living were assessed using Barthel Index) at one, two, three, four, six, eight, 12, 26, and 52 weeks after stroke...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439617/-stroke-prophylaxis-in-atrial-fibrillation-when-how-and-for-whom
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T Maurer, C Sohns
In patients suffering from atrial fibrillation (AF), modern antithrombotic therapy and anticoagulation strategies should be individualized based on shared decision making including patient preferences and the absolute and relative risks of stroke and bleeding. Estimation of the individual risk for stroke is still based on the CHA2DS2-VASc score. Based on the most recent guidelines for the management of AF, oral anticoagulation therapy should be considered for men with a CHA2DS2-VASc score ≥1 and women with a score ≥2, balancing the expected stroke reduction, risk of bleeding and patient preference...
April 24, 2017: Herz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439613/the-role-of-delayed-head-ct-in-evaluation-of-elderly-blunt-head-trauma-victims-taking-antithrombotic-therapy
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D Scantling, C Fischer, R Gruner, A Teichman, B McCracken, J Eakins
INTRODUCTION: Increasing active longevity has created an increasing surge of elderly trauma patients. The majority of these patients suffer blunt trauma and many are taking antithrombotic agents. The literature is mixed regarding the utility of routine repeat head CT in patients taking antithrombotic medications with a GCS of 15 and initial negative head CT. We hypothesized that scheduled delayed CT head 12 h after admission (D-CTH) in elderly blunt trauma victims would not identify clinically significant new hemorrhages or change management...
April 24, 2017: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery: Official Publication of the European Trauma Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438906/novel-screening-tool-for-stroke-using-artificial-neural-network
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Vida Abedi, Nitin Goyal, Georgios Tsivgoulis, Niyousha Hosseinichimeh, Raquel Hontecillas, Josep Bassaganya-Riera, Lucas Elijovich, Jeffrey E Metter, Anne W Alexandrov, David S Liebeskind, Andrei V Alexandrov, Ramin Zand
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The timely diagnosis of stroke at the initial examination is extremely important given the disease morbidity and narrow time window for intervention. The goal of this study was to develop a supervised learning method to recognize acute cerebral ischemia (ACI) and differentiate that from stroke mimics in an emergency setting. METHODS: Consecutive patients presenting to the emergency department with stroke-like symptoms, within 4.5 hours of symptoms onset, in 2 tertiary care stroke centers were randomized for inclusion in the model...
April 24, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438892/brain-metabolism-in-health-aging-and%C3%A2-neurodegeneration
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REVIEW
Simonetta Camandola, Mark P Mattson
Brain cells normally respond adaptively to bioenergetic challenges resulting from ongoing activity in neuronal circuits, and from environmental energetic stressors such as food deprivation and physical exertion. At the cellular level, such adaptive responses include the "strengthening" of existing synapses, the formation of new synapses, and the production of new neurons from stem cells. At the molecular level, bioenergetic challenges result in the activation of transcription factors that induce the expression of proteins that bolster the resistance of neurons to the kinds of metabolic, oxidative, excitotoxic, and proteotoxic stresses involved in the pathogenesis of brain disorders including stroke, and Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases...
April 24, 2017: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438726/analyzing-unstructured-communication-in-a-computer-mediated-environment-for-adults-with-type-2-diabetes-a-research-protocol
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Allison A Lewinski, Ruth A Anderson, Allison A Vorderstrasse, Edwin B Fisher, Wei Pan, Constance M Johnson
BACKGROUND: Individuals with type 2 diabetes have an increased risk for comorbidities such as heart disease, lower limb amputations, stroke, and renal failure. Multiple factors influence development of complications in a person living with type 2 diabetes; however, an individual's self-management behaviors may delay the onset of, or lessen the severity of, these complications. Social support provides personal, informal advice and knowledge that helps individuals initiate and sustain self-management and adherence...
April 24, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438723/long-term-outcomes-of-minimally-invasive-surgical-ablation-for-atrial-fibrillation-a-single-center-experience
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Aditya Saini, Yuhning L Hu, Vigneshwar Kasirajan, Frederick T Han, Muhammad Z Khan, Luke Wolfe, Sampath Gunda, Jayanthi N Koneru, Kenneth A Ellenbogen
BACKGROUND: Minimally invasive surgical AF ablation delivers RF energy via a thoracoscopic approach to perform pulmonary vein isolation and LA ganglionic plexi ablation. Data on long term outcomes of MISAA is lacking. OBJECTIVE: We report 5 year follow-up data from a prospective cohort of patients who underwent MISAA at a single center. METHODS: One hundred nine consecutive patients (60 paroxysmal, 49 persistent, mean age 62.7±9.3 years) underwent MISAA with left atrial appendage exclusion by a single surgeon between 2006 and 2012...
April 21, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438354/coronary-artery-bypass-graft-surgery-versus-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-with-drug-eluting-stents-for-left-main-coronary-artery-disease-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-trials
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Alessandro Putzu, Michele Gallo, Enrico Antonio Martino, Enrico Ferrari, Giovanni Pedrazzini, Tiziano Moccetti, Tiziano Cassina
BACKGROUND: Despite several clinical studies, efficacy of coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery versus percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in patients with left main (LM) disease remains controversial. The objective of this meta-analysis of randomized trials was to evaluate the clinical outcome of CABG versus PCI with drug-eluting stents in LM coronary disease. METHODS: We systematically searched online databases up to March 2017 for randomized trials comparing CABG to PCI with drug-eluting stents...
April 6, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437244/second-transcatheter-closure-for-residual-shunt-following-percutaneous-closure-of-patent-foramen-ovale
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Njomeza Susuri, Slayman Obeid, Mirjam Ulmi, George Cm Siontis, Andreas Wahl, Stephan Windecker, Fabian Nietlispach, Bernhard Meier, Fabien Praz
AIMS: Residual shunt following percutaneous patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure has been described in up to 49% of the patients and is associated with recurrent cerebrovascular events. Our aim was to evaluate the safety, feasibility, and mid-term outcomes of transcatheter residual shunt closure. METHODS AND RESULTS: From 1994 to July 2016, 2679 patients underwent transcatheter PFO closure for treatment of presumed paradoxical embolism at our institution. Among them, 100 patients (3...
April 25, 2017: EuroIntervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436305/quality-of-life-after-intra-arterial-treatment-for-acute-ischemic-stroke-in-the-mr-clean-trial-update
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Jennifer Schreuders, Lucie A van den Berg, Puck Ss Fransen, Olvert A Berkhemer, Debbie Beumer, Hester F Lingsma, Robert J van Oostenbrugge, Wim H van Zwam, Charles Blm Majoie, Aad van der Lugt, Paul Lm de Kort, Yvo Bwem Roos, Diederik Wj Dippel
Background Health-related quality of life measured with the EuroQol Group 5-Dimension Self-Report Questionnaire was one of the secondary outcomes in the Multicenter Randomized Clinical trial of Endovascular treatment for Acute ischemic stroke in the Netherlands (MR CLEAN). We reported no statistically significant difference in EuroQol Group 5-Dimension Self-Report Questionnaire score between the intervention and control groups, but deaths were not included. Aims Reanalyze the effect of intra-arterial treatment for large vessel occlusion in acute ischemic stroke patients on health-related quality of life in more detail...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434819/the-functional-test-of-the-hemiparetic-upper-extremity-a-rasch-analysis-with-theoretical-implications
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Veronica T Rowe, Carolee J Winstein, Steven L Wolf, Michelle L Woodbury
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the measurement properties of the Functional Test of the Hemiparetic Upper Extremity (FTHUE) and examine how its score may or may not inform design of a rehabilitation program. DESIGN: The FTHUE was recently used in the Interdisciplinary Comprehensive Arm Rehabilitation Evaluation Stroke (ICARE) Randomized Clinical Trial (RCT). This circumstance provided the opportunity to examine the psychometric properties of the FTHUE as it pertains to contemporary post-stroke rehabilitation and recovery models...
April 20, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434467/abdominal-and-auricular-acupuncture-reduces-blood-pressure-in-hypertensive-patients
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Hamid Abdi, Maryam Tayefi, Seyed Reza Moallem, Baxiao Zhao, Mojtaba Fayaz, Hossein Mohaddes Ardabili, Akram-Alsadat Razavi, Mahsa Darbandi, Sara Darbandi, Parisa Abbasi, Gordon A Ferns, Majid Ghayour-Mobarhan
INTRODUCTION: Hypertension is an important risk factor of cardiovascular disease (CVD), which is associated with premature death, myocardial infarction, stroke, peripheral vascular disease, and renal disease. The goal of the present study was to use a randomized controlled clinical trial to explore and compare the effectiveness of abdominal and auricular acupuncture on blood pressure in 440 subjects with and without obesity. METHODS: Four hundred participants were recruited and randomized to one of four groups: cases and controls receiving auricular acupuncture (204 subjects) and cases and controls receiving abdominal electroacupuncture (196 subjects)...
April 2017: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434138/dynamic-epr-oximetry-of-changes-in-intracerebral-oxygen-tension-during-induced-thromboembolism
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Huagang Hou, Nadeem Khan, Sangeeta Gohain, Clifford J Eskey, Karen L Moodie, Kirk J Maurer, Harold M Swartz, Periannan Kuppusamy
Cerebral tissue oxygenation (oxygen tension, pO2) is a critical parameter that is closely linked to brain metabolism, function, and pathophysiology. In this work, we have used electron paramagnetic resonance oximetry with a deep-tissue multi-site oxygen-sensing probe, called implantable resonator, to monitor temporal changes in cerebral pO2 simultaneously at four sites in a rabbit model of ischemic stroke induced by embolic clot. The pO2 values in healthy brain were not significantly different among the four sites measured over a period of 4 weeks...
April 22, 2017: Cell Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433350/open-repair-of-chronic-thoracic-and-thoracoabdominal-aortic-dissection-using-deep-hypothermia-and-circulatory-arrest
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Joel Corvera, Hannah Copeland, David Blitzer, Adam Hicks, Joshua Manghelli, Philip Hess, John Fehrenbacher
BACKGROUND: Chronic dissection of the thoracic and thoracoabdominal aorta as sequela of a prior type A or B dissection is a challenging problem that requires close radiographic surveillance and prompt operative intervention in the presence of symptoms or aneurysm formation. Open repair of chronic thoracic and thoracoabdominal aortic dissection using deep hypothermia has been our preferred method to treat this complex pathology. The advantages of this technique include organ and spinal cord protection, the flexibility to extend the repair proximally into the arch, and the ability to limit ischemia to all vascular beds...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433215/meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials-of-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-with-drug-eluting-stents-versus-coronary-artery-bypass-grafting-in-left-main-coronary-artery-disease
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Aakash Garg, Sunil V Rao, Sahil Agrawal, Kleanthis Theodoropoulos, Marco Mennuni, Abhishek Sharma, Lohit Garg, Giuseppe Ferrante, Omar A Meelu, Davit Sargsyan, Bernhard Reimers, Marc Cohen, John B Kostis, Giulio G Stefanini
Few randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and observational studies had shown acceptable short-term efficacy and safety of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with drug-eluting stents (DES) compared with coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) in selected patients with left main coronary artery disease (LMCAD). We aimed to evaluate long-term outcomes of PCI using DES compared with CABG in patients with LMCAD. On November 1, 2016, we searched available databases for published RCTs directly comparing DES PCI with CABG in patients with LMCAD...
March 29, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
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