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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230898/manifestations-and-medicolegal-significance-of-loeys-dietz-syndrome
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Roger W Byard
Loeys-Dietz syndrome is a recently described autosomal dominant disorder with underlying vasculopathy characterized by aortic and other vascular aneurysmal dissection/rupture. A 61-year-old man is reported who died suddenly and unexpectedly and at autopsy was found to have a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm. Additional findings included dolichostenomelia, high-arched palate, and pectus excavatum. There was a strong family history of Loeys-Dietz syndrome, although the decedent had never been tested. Death was, therefore, due to a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm in a case of probable Loeys-Dietz syndrome...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230455/outcomes-of-pharmacy-led-hepatitis-c-direct-acting-antiviral-utilization-management-at-a-veterans-affairs-medical-center
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Sendra Yang, Rachel B Britt, Mohamed G Hashem, Jamie N Brown
BACKGROUND: The Veterans Affairs Health (VA) Administration has reported hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection rates among veterans to be twice that of the general U.S population. New HCV direct-acting antiviral (DAA) treatment options offer superior sustained virologic response (SVR) rates, improved side-effect profiles, and shortened treatment courses; yet, these new HCV DAAs are expensive, and utilization management strategies are needed to optimize use and improve clinical outcomes. A VA medical center uses pharmacist-led HCV DAA utilization management strategies that includes clinical guidance, optimizing operational flow, budget tracking and forecasting, and patient outcomes tracking...
March 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230438/the-influence-of-placements-on-adult-nursing-graduates-choice-of-first-post
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Mark Wareing, Renate Taylor, Aileen Wilson, Adrienne Sharples
BACKGROUND: This article presents findings from a study that sought to explore the extent to which clinical placements have an impact on nursing students' decisions regarding their first staff nurse post. Within the UK, nursing is facing a recruitment crisis with particular difficulty recruiting to areas such as primary care and care of older people. Transitioning into a new role is challenging in any occupation, but it is a particular problem in nursing where the realities of professional practice often differ from students' perception of the staff nurse role as shaped by their clinical placements...
February 23, 2017: British Journal of Nursing: BJN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230315/achievement-motivation-in-early-schizophrenia-relationship-with-symptoms-cognition-and-functional-outcome
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Gagan Fervaha, Hiroyoshi Takeuchi, George Foussias, Margaret K Hahn, Ofer Agid, Gary Remington
BACKGROUND: Individuals with schizophrenia engage in goal-directed activities significantly less often compared to healthy individuals in the community. There is ample evidence documenting the presence of motivational deficits in schizophrenia using observer-based ratings; however, purely self-reported accounts of patients' motivation are less well understood. This study examined subjective accounts of trait achievement motivation among relatively young, clinically stable, early-course outpatients with schizophrenia...
February 23, 2017: Early Intervention in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230300/opposite-patterns-of-change-in-perception-of-imagined-and-physically-induced-pain-over-the-course-of-repeated-thermal-stimulations
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B Gács, T Szolcsányi, Á Csathó
BACKGROUND: Individuals frequently show habituation to repeated noxious heat. However, given the defensive function of human pain processing, it is reasonable to assume that individuals anticipate that they would become increasingly sensitive to repeated thermal pain stimuli. No previous studies have, however, been addressed to this assumption. Therefore, in the current study, we investigated how healthy human individuals imagine the intensity of repeated thermal pain stimulations, and compared this with the intensity ratings given after physically induced thermal pain trials...
February 23, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230086/classification-of-idiopathic-interstitial-pneumonias-using-anti-myxovirus-resistance-protein-1-autoantibody
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Yoshimasa Hamano, Hiroshi Kida, Shoichi Ihara, Akihiro Murakami, Masahiro Yanagawa, Ken Ueda, Osamu Honda, Lokesh P Tripathi, Toru Arai, Masaki Hirose, Toshimitsu Hamasaki, Yukihiro Yano, Tetsuya Kimura, Yasuhiro Kato, Hyota Takamatsu, Tomoyuki Otsuka, Toshiyuki Minami, Haruhiko Hirata, Koji Inoue, Izumi Nagatomo, Yoshito Takeda, Masahide Mori, Hiroyoshi Nishikawa, Kenji Mizuguchi, Takashi Kijima, Masanori Kitaichi, Noriyuki Tomiyama, Yoshikazu Inoue, Atsushi Kumanogoh
Chronic fibrosing idiopathic interstitial pneumonia (IIP) can be divided into two main types: idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a steroid-resistant and progressive disease with a median survival of 2-3 years, and idiopathic non-specific interstitial pneumonia (INSIP), a steroid-sensitive and non-progressive autoimmune disease. Although the clinical courses of these two diseases differ, they may be difficult to distinguish at diagnosis. We performed a comprehensive analysis of serum autoantibodies from patients definitively diagnosed with IPF, INSIP, autoimmune pulmonary alveolar proteinosis, and sarcoidosis...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229856/-how-to-analyze-periodontal-morphotypes-in-order-to-reduce-the-risk-of-periodontal-recession
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Mathilde Jalladaud, Mike Lahmi, Corinne Lallam
INTRODUCTION: The periodontal morphotype is a leading feature to be born in mind during surgical, implant, prosthetic, restorative as well as orthodontic treatment. A fragile morphotype will rapidly trigger severe and worrying clinical repercussions for the patient. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In order to minimize the risks involved, sound knowledge of the different morphotypes and of the techniques for clinically evaluating them is a major requirement. These factors need to be regularly reassessed since morphotypes can vary throughout the course of treatment...
March 2017: L' Orthodontie Française
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229504/excretion-of-necrotic-hepatocellular-carcinoma-tissues-into-the-biliary-system-after-transcatheter-arterial-chemoembolization
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Shiro Miyayama, Masashi Yamashiro, Keiichi Nagai, Akira Yokka, Miki Yoshida, Naoko Sakuragawa, Taku Sanada, Kazuo Notsumata
AIM: To evaluate the incidence and condition of necrotic tumor excretion into the biliary system in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) >5 cm treated with conventional transcatheter arterial chemoembolization (TACE). METHODS: Eighty-three patients who underwent TACE for newly developed HCC >5 cm without an intraductal tumor thrombus and were followed-up by CT for longer than 6 months were eligible. According to the location, the maximum tumors were divided into central (in contact with the left or right hepatic duct, n = 39) or peripheral (not in contact with them, n = 44)...
February 23, 2017: Hepatology Research: the Official Journal of the Japan Society of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229467/characterization-of-genome-sequences-and-clinical-features-of-coxsackievirus-a6-strains-collected-in-hyogo-japan-in-1999-2013
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Miki Ogi, Yoshihiko Yano, Masatsugu Chikahira, Denshi Takai, Tomohiro Oshibe, Takeshi Arashiro, Nozomu Hanaoka, Tsuguto Fujimoto, Yoshitake Hayashi
Coxsackievirus A6 (CV-A6) is an enterovirus, which is known to cause herpangina. However, since 2009 it has frequently been isolated from children with hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD). In Japan, CV-A6 has been linked to HFMD outbreaks in 2011 and 2013. In this study, the full-length genome sequencing of CV-A6 strains were analyzed to identify the association with clinical manifestations. 5612 children with suspected enterovirus infection (0-17 years old) between 1999 and 2013 in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, were enrolled...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229440/-asymptomatic-skull-base-metastases-clinical-course-and-therapeutic-alternatives
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A Vargas, C Paulazo, L Oleaga, E Verger
INTRODUCTION: Skull base metastases (SBM) are an infrequent and late type of cancer progression that are associated to poor prognosis. Its clinical manifestations may be grouped in five clinical syndromes and radiotherapy is its more frequent treatment. Because of the improvement in imaging tests and the close follow up of cancer patients, SBM can be diagnosed incidentally. In this group the best option of treatment has not been established. AIM: To analyze the clinical features and outcomes of patients with SBM diagnosed incidentally...
March 1, 2017: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229369/course-outcome-and-complications-in-children-with-systemic-onset-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis
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Mansi Dewoolkar, Rolando Cimaz, Pranav Raman Chickermane, Raju P Khubchandani
OBJECTIVES: To assess the course, outcome and complications in a mono-centric cohort of 53 patients with systemic onset juvenile idiopathic arthritis (s-JIA). METHODS: In an observational study, 53 consecutive patients diagnosed with s-JIA on or before October 2009 were enrolled and followed up between October 2009 and September 2012. At each 6-12 weekly visit, clinical examination, laboratory investigations and details of on-going treatment were recorded. Disease course was classified as monocyclic, intermittent and persistent...
February 23, 2017: Indian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228795/bone-scintigraphy-of-severe-hypercalcemia-following-simvastatin-induced-rhabdomyolysis
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Zubair B Mirza, Sophia Hu, Louis F Amorosa
Simvastatin induced rhabdomyolysis with renal failure is a well reported clinical entity with hyperkalemia recognized as a life threatening risk. The risk of delayed hypercalcemia during the recovery of renal function is not well appreciated as this varies in severity and can be caused by multiple mechanisms. We present a patient with high dose simvastatin induced rhabdomyolysis leading to late onset of severe hypercalcemia due to calcium phosphate deposition in muscles diagnosed by distinctive bone scintigraphy...
September 2016: Clinical Cases in Mineral and Bone Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228783/-atypical-atypical-femur-fractures-and-use-of-bisphosphonates
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Denise M van de Laarschot, Matthijs P Somford, Agnes Jager, Edwin H Oei, P Koen Bos, M Carola Zillikens
BACKGROUND: Atypical femur fractures (AFFs) present a rare but serious condition associated with use of bisphosphonates. Underlying mechanisms and clinical risk factors remain unclear. According to the diagnostic criteria formulated by the ASBMR, a lateral localization of an AFF is required. CASE HISTORY: We present a patient who developed bilateral leg pain while using an oral bisphosphonate and aromatase inhibitor in the course of adjuvant treatment for breast cancer...
September 2016: Clinical Cases in Mineral and Bone Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228707/prognostic-role-of-her2-status-and-adjuvant-trastuzumab-treatment-in-lymph-node-negative-breast-cancer-patients-a-retrospective-single-center-analysis
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Nina Fokter Dovnik, Andraž Dovnik, Nina Čas Sikošek, Maja Ravnik, Darja Arko, Iztok Takač
BACKGROUND: The natural course of traditionally prognostically unfavorable human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-positive breast cancer has been changed by anti-HER2 therapy. It is not clear whether the prognosis for HER2-positive patients treated with adjuvant trastuzumab differs from that of HER2-negative patients. METHODS: We performed a retrospective study including patients with lymph node-negative invasive breast cancer treated at our institution in the period 2000-2009...
December 2016: Breast Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228696/combining-spinal-manipulation-with-standard-counseling-for-tobacco-cessation-results-of-a-feasibility-randomized-clinical-trial
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Kevin A Rose, Anupama Kizhakkeveettil, Gena E Kadar, Mark Losack
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to test the feasibility of a randomized clinical trial on the effectiveness of combining spinal manipulation (SM) with standard tobacco cessation counseling. METHODS: A randomized clinical trial was conducted. Participants in the intervention group received 2 months of counseling plus SM delivered by doctors of chiropractic, whereas control group participants received counseling alone. Primary outcome measures were smoking decreases and 7-day smoking abstinence as measured by a tobacco diary and urinary cotinine...
March 2017: Journal of Chiropractic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228409/clinical-and-demographic-study-of-microsporidial-keratoconjunctivitis-in-south-india-a-3-year-study-2013-2015
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Rohan Agashe, Naveen Radhakrishnan, Sayali Pradhan, Muthiah Srinivasan, Venkatesh N Prajna, Prajna Lalitha
AIM: To study the demographic profile, clinical features, treatment outcome and ocular morbidity of smear-positive microsporidial keratoconjunctivitis. METHODS: Retrospective case series of all patients with clinical features of microsporidial keratoconjunctivitis and who were smear positive for the same on Gram stain from January 2013 to December 2015. Demographic data, predisposing factors, microbiological investigations, clinical course and visual outcome were analysed...
February 22, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228312/a-study-of-coronary-artery-variants-and-anomalies-observed-at-a-tertiary-care-armed-forces-hospital-using-64-slice-mdct
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Akhilesh Rao, Yayati Pimpalwar, Neha Yadu, R K Yadav
BACKGROUND: Isolated coronary artery anomalies are usually clinically silent and mostly detected incidentally during angiography or autopsy. However, few of them may be implicated in cases of sudden cardiac death even in the absence of additional heart abnormalities. Prior knowledge of such variants and anomalies is necessary for planning various interventional procedures. Multiple detector computed tomography coronary angiography has proved a very useful non-invasive modality in this field given its superiority over conventional coronary angiography in providing detailed coronary artery anatomy...
January 2017: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228201/five-year-retrospective-review-of-blunt-renal-injuries-at-a-level-i-trauma-center
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Jessica Burns, Megan Brown, Zakaria I Assi, Eric J Ferguson
We report the experience of a Level I trauma center in the management of blunt renal injury during a 5-year period, with special attention to those treated using angiography with embolization. The institutional trauma registry was queried for all patients with blunt renal injury between September 1, 2009 and August 30, 2014. Each injury was graded using the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma guidelines. Patients that underwent angiography with embolization were reviewed for case-specific information including imaging findings, treatment, materials used, clinical course, and mortality...
February 1, 2017: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228103/disease-manifestations-and-burden-of-illness-in-patients-with-acid-sphingomyelinase-deficiency-asmd
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REVIEW
Margaret M McGovern, Ruzan Avetisyan, Bernd-Jan Sanson, Olivier Lidove
Acid sphingomyelinase deficiency (ASMD), a rare lysosomal storage disease, is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder caused by different SMPD1 mutations. Historically, ASMD has been classified as Niemann-Pick disease (NPD) types A (NPD A) and B (NPD B). NPD A is associated with a uniformly devastating disease course, with rapidly progressing psychomotor degeneration, leading to death typically by the age of 3 years, most often from respiratory failure. In contrast, the clinical phenotype and life expectancy of patients with NPD B may vary widely...
February 23, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227330/changes-in-inhaler-inhalation-acoustic-features-during-induced-bronchoconstriction-a-pilot-study
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Thomas A McCartan, Terence E Taylor, Imran Sulaiman, Richard W Costello, Richard B Reilly, Thomas A McCartan, Terence E Taylor, Imran Sulaiman, Richard W Costello, Richard B Reilly, Richard B Reilly, Thomas A McCartan, Terence E Taylor, Imran Sulaiman, Richard W Costello
Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease affecting millions of people worldwide, and is consequently a major issue for global health. Exacerbations are acute events involving the worsening of asthma's primary respiratory symptoms and are a major cause of morbidity in asthma patients, largely due to the unpredictability of their onset. This study aimed to investigate the relationship between changes in acoustic features of inhaler inhalations and changes in forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1) that occur during a simulated exacerbation, a bronchial challenge test (BCT)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
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