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Aisha Aguiar Morais, Urjel Aguiar Bouissou Morais, Maria Marta Sarquis Soares, Márcia Christina Caetano Romano, Joel Alves Lamounier
OBJECTIVE: To critically analyze articles on the relation between neck circumference (NC) in adolescents and: body mass index, fat distribution, metabolic syndrome and its individual components, and cardiovascular risk. METHOD: Systematic review undertaken by two independent researchers using the Pubmed/Medline, Lilacs/Medline, Scielo and Cochrane databases in English, Spanish and Portuguese in the period comprising the past 5 years. RESULTS: Eighteen (18) articles were selected...
January 2018: Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira
Bastien Gregoire, Géraldine Pina-Jomir, Alexandre Bani-Sadr, Caroline Moreau-Triby, Marc Janier, Christian Scheiber
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to determine the minimum acquisition time without decreasing lesion detectability of bone SPECT using a whole-body cadmium-zinc-telluride camera. METHODS: Patients referred for bone SPECT were retrospectively included. SPECT of 30 patients were reframed from native data (16 s/projection) to produce 10-, 5-, and 3-s/projection data sets. A "critical" acquisition time/projection was defined as that below which the SPECT quality becomes insufficient for interpretation, as determined by 3 reviewers using a 4-point scale (0 = quality insufficient for interpretation, 1 = average, 2 = good, 3 = excellent)...
March 20, 2018: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
Edward H Liu, Zainab Najarali, Forough Farrokhyar, Laura Banfield, Mark McRae
Posttraumatic enophthalmos due to isolated or complex orbital fractures can contribute to diplopia. Current evidence recommends early repair. However, little is known about the outcome of enophthalmos correction when repair occurs beyond 30 days after trauma. In this systematic review, the authors aim to evaluate the current evidence on functional outcomes after delayed repair of posttraumatic enophthalmos.Two independent assessors undertook a systematic review of the literature using multiple databases. The authors' inclusion criteria identified studies involving patients at least 14 years of age who had surgical correction of persistent enophthalmos 30 days after initial trauma...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
Thomas W L Scheeren, Jannis N Wicke, Jean-Louis Teboul
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The current review attempts to demonstrate the value of several forms of carbon dioxide (CO2) gaps in resuscitation of the critically ill patient as monitor for the adequacy of the circulation, as target for fluid resuscitation and also as predictor for outcome. RECENT FINDINGS: Fluid resuscitation is one of the key treatments in many intensive care patients. It remains a challenge in daily practice as both a shortage and an overload in intravascular volume are potentially harmful...
March 20, 2018: Current Opinion in Critical Care
R Dumont, F Puleo, J Collignon, N Meurisse, M Chavez, L Seidel, P Gast, M Polus, C Loly, Ph Delvenne, P Meunier, R Hustinx, A Deroover, O Detry, E Louis, Ph Martinive, D Van Daele
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS: The current standard of care for resectable pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is surgery-first followed by adjuvant chemotherapy. We review our single center experience in a PDAC cohort managed by the surgery-first strategy. We then compare our data to those of Belgian and international literature. PATIENTS METHODS: We reviewed a series of 83 consecutive resectable patients with PDAC, treated by the surgery-first approach in a Belgian Academic Hospital between 2007 and 2013...
October 2017: Acta Gastro-enterologica Belgica
Katie E McGibbon, D B Pyne, M E Shephard, K G Thompson
BACKGROUND: Pacing strategy, or how energy is distributed during exercise, can substantially impact athletic performance and is considered crucial for optimal performance in many sports. This is particularly true in swimming given the highly resistive properties of water and low mechanical efficiency of the swimming action. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this systematic review was to determine the pacing strategies utilised by competitive swimmers in competition and their reproducibility, and to examine the impact of different pacing strategies on kinematic, metabolic and performance variables...
March 20, 2018: Sports Medicine
Arlene S Chung, Jon Smart, Michael Zdradzinski, Sarah Roth, Alecia Gende, Kylie Conroy, Nicole Battaglioli
Introduction: Burnout, depression, and suicidality among residents of all specialties have become a critical focus of attention for the medical education community. Methods: As part of the 2017 Resident Wellness Consensus Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada, resident participants from 31 programs collaborated in the Educator Toolkit workgroup. Over a seven-month period leading up to the summit, this workgroup convened virtually in the Wellness Think Tank, an online resident community, to perform a literature review and draft curricular plans on three core wellness topics...
March 2018: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
Jura L Augustinavicius, M Claire Greene, Daniel P Lakin, Wietse A Tol
Background: Monitoring and evaluation of mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) programs is critical to facilitating learning and providing accountability to stakeholders. As part of an inter-agency effort to develop recommendations on MHPSS monitoring and evaluation, this scoping review aimed to identify the terminology and focus of monitoring and evaluation frameworks in this field. Methods: We collected program documents (logical frameworks (logframes) and theories of change) from members of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on MHPSS, and systematically searched the peer-reviewed literature across five databases...
2018: Conflict and Health
Benjamin J Wolf, Jiyoung Elizabeth Choi, Mark A Exley
iNKT cells are a subset of innate-like T cells that utilize an invariant TCR alpha chain complexed with a limited repertoire of TCR beta chains to recognize specific lipid antigens presented by CD1d molecules. Because iNKT cells have an invariant TCR, they can be easily identified and targeted in both humans and mice via standard reagents, making this a population of T cells that has been well characterized. iNKT cells are some of the first cells to respond during an infection. By making different types of cytokines in response to different infection stimuli, iNKT cells help determine what kind of immune response then develops...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Theresa L Wampler Muskardin, Timothy B Niewold
The type I interferon pathway has been implicated in the pathogenesis of a number of rheumatic diseases, including systemic lupus erythematosus, Sjögren syndrome, myositis, systemic sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. In normal immune responses, type I interferons have a critical role in the defence against viruses, yet in many rheumatic diseases, large subgroups of patients demonstrate persistent activation of the type I interferon pathway. Genetic variations in type I interferon-related genes are risk factors for some rheumatic diseases, and can explain some of the heterogeneity in type I interferon responses seen between patients within a given disease...
March 21, 2018: Nature Reviews. Rheumatology
C Raina MacIntyre, Amalie Dyda, Chau Minh Bui, Abrar Ahmad Chughtai
Legionnaires' disease (LD) is reported from many parts of the world, mostly linked to drinking water sources or cooling towers. We reviewed two unusual rolling outbreaks in Sydney and New York, each clustered in time and space. Data on these outbreaks were collected from public sources and compared to previous outbreaks in Australia and the US. While recurrent outbreaks of LD over time linked to an identified single source have been described, multiple unrelated outbreaks clustered in time and geography have not been previously described...
March 21, 2018: Emerging Microbes & Infections
Jennifer L Walton, Diane K Dunn, Nhi Y Haines, Ilana Heisler, Michael T Bigham, Teresa A Volsko
BACKGROUND: The American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Transport recommends the use of portable ventilators during the transport of patients with advanced airways. We sought to identify knowledge gaps and evaluate the effectiveness of a transport ventilator competency boot camp. METHODS: Electronic health records of children requiring ventilatory support during air and ground interfacility transport from January 1 through December 31, 2015, were reviewed to determine when manual ventilation was used in lieu of a portable ventilator, and simulations were constructed from commonly occurring scenarios...
March 20, 2018: Respiratory Care
Bon-Hee Gu, Matthew C Madison, David Corry, Farrah Kheradmand
Multicellular organisms synthesize and renew components of their subcellular and scaffolding proteins, collectively known as the extracellular matrix molecules (ECMs). In the lung, ECMs maintain tensile strength, elasticity, and dictate the specialized function of multiple cell lineages. These functions are critical in lung homeostatic processes including cellular migration and proliferation during morphogenesis or in response to repair. Alterations in lung ECMs that expose cells to new cryptic fragments, generated in response to endogenous proteinases or exogenous toxins, are associated with the development of several common respiratory diseases...
March 17, 2018: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
Jared Brazg, Phyllis Huang, Corey Weiner, Guneet Singh, Antonios Likourezos, Linda Salem, Eitan Dickman, John Marshall
IMPORTANCE: Emergency Physicians often rely on Lactic Acid (LA) values to make important clinical decisions. Accuracy of LA values improve when blood gas analysis is performed in the emergency department (ED) as opposed to a satellite laboratory (SL). OBJECTIVE: To investigate an association between blood gas laboratory location and accuracy of ED lactic acid samples. METHODS: The study team evaluated lactic acid values from venous and arterial blood gas samples drawn between June 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016...
March 12, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
R Johnston, R Cahalan, M O'Keeffe, K O'Sullivan, T Comyns
OBJECTIVES: To determine the associations between training load, baseline characteristics (e.g. age or previous injury) and rate of musculoskeletal injury and/or pain specifically within an Endurance Sporting Population (ESP). DESIGN: Prospectively registered systematic review. METHODS: Eight electronic databases were searched by two independent reviewers. Studies were required to prospectively monitor both (i) training loads and (ii) musculoskeletal injury and/or pain for >3 months...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
Dawn Perez, Kath Peters, Lesley Wilkes, Gillian Murphy
BACKGROUND: Physical restraints (PRs) are commonly used in intensive care units (ICUs) worldwide for the prevention of treatment interference. While PRs are fundamentally used to maintain patient safety, they can negatively impact the experiences of patients and their families and cause moral and ethical dilemmas for ICU nurses. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this integrative review was to explore the current literature on the use of PR in intensive care. METHODS: This article used an integrative review framework to explore the current literature available on the experiences of PR in ICU...
March 17, 2018: Australian Critical Care: Official Journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses
Manuela Schnyder, Hubertus Hertzberg, Alexander Mathis, Marietta Schönmann, Adrian Hehl, Peter Deplazes
Pursuant to the Joint Declaration by 29 European education ministers in June 1999 in the city of Bologna, Italy, the so-called 'Bologna Process' was officially introduced at the Vetsuisse Faculty (Universities of Zurich and Berne) in Switzerland in 2007. The long-term goal of restructuring the study programmes was to create a common European Higher Education Area (EHEA), with uniform and clearly defined standards for degrees ("diplomas"). Accordingly, the Vetsuisse curriculum was organised as a 3-year Bachelor and a 2-year Master study program...
March 15, 2018: Veterinary Parasitology
Nikolaos P Daskalakis, Allison C Provost, Richard G Hunter, Guia Guffanti
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a pathologic response to trauma that impacts ∼8% of the population and is highly comorbid with other disorders, such as traumatic brain injury. PTSD affects multiple biological systems throughout the body, including the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, cortical function, and the immune system, and while the study of the biological underpinnings of PTSD and related disorders are numerous, the roles of noncoding RNAs (ncRNAs) are just emerging. Moreover, deep sequencing has revealed that ncRNAs represent most of the transcribed mammalian genome...
January 31, 2018: Biological Psychiatry
Anna Hall, Laurence W Busse, Marlies Ostermann
This article is one of ten reviews selected from the Annual Update in Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine 2018. Other selected articles can be found online at . Further information about the Annual Update in Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine is available from .
March 20, 2018: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
Toshinori Ozaki, Meng Yu, Danjing Yin, Dan Sun, Yuyan Zhu, Youquan Bu, Meixiang Sang
BACKGROUND: Despite the remarkable advances in the early diagnosis and treatment, overall 5-year survival rate of patients with pancreatic cancer is less than 10%. Gemcitabine (GEM), a cytidine nucleoside analogue and ribonucleotide reductase inhibitor, is a primary option for patients with advanced pancreatic cancer; however, its clinical efficacy is extremely limited. This unfavorable clinical outcome of pancreatic cancer patients is at least in part attributable to their poor response to anti-cancer drugs such as GEM...
March 20, 2018: BMC Cancer
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