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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915382/high-intensity-focused-ultrasound-treatment-in-patients-with-refractory-glaucoma
#1
Giuseppe Giannaccare, A Vagge, C Gizzi, A Bagnis, S Sebastiani, C Del Noce, M Fresina, C E Traverso, E C Campos
PURPOSE: To assess the safety and efficacy of ultrasound coagulation of the ciliary body in refractory glaucoma. METHODS: This prospective multicenter interventional study was conducted in two Italian university-affiliated glaucoma centers: St. Orsola-Malpighi Teaching Hospital (Bologna, Italy) and University Eye Clinic of Genoa (Genoa, Italy). The main inclusion criterion was the diagnosis of glaucoma with a baseline intraocular pressure (IOP) ≥ 21 mmHg while on maximum topical and systemic medical hypotensive treatment...
December 3, 2016: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914501/levosimendan-in-patients-with-left-ventricular-systolic-dysfunction-undergoing-cardiac-surgery-on-cardiopulmonary-bypass-rationale-and-study-design-of-the-levosimendan-in-patients-with-left-ventricular-systolic-dysfunction-undergoing-cardiac-surgery-requiring
#2
Rajendra H Mehta, Sean Van Diepen, James Meza, Paula Bokesch, Jeffrey D Leimberger, Sandra Tourt-Uhlig, Merri Swartz, Jodi Parrotta, Rachael Jankowich, Douglas Hay, Robert W Harrison, Stephen Fremes, Shaun G Goodman, John Luber, Wolfgang Toller, Matthias Heringlake, Kevin J Anstrom, Jerrold H Levy, Robert A Harrington, John H Alexander
BACKGROUND: Low cardiac output syndrome is associated with increased mortality and occurs in 3% to 14% of patients undergoing cardiac surgery on cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). Levosimendan, a novel calcium sensitizer and KATP channel activator with inotropic, vasodilatory, and cardioprotective properties, has shown significant promise in reducing the incidence of low cardiac output syndrome and related adverse outcomes in patients undergoing cardiac surgery on CPB. METHODS: LEVO-CTS is a phase 3 randomized, controlled, multicenter study evaluating the efficacy, safety, and cost-effectiveness of levosimendan in reducing morbidity and mortality in high-risk patients with reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (≤35%) undergoing cardiac surgery on CPB...
December 2016: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914488/safety-of-6-month-duration-of-dual-antiplatelet-therapy-after-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-in-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndromes-rationale-and-design-of-the-smart-angioplasty-research-team-safety-of-6-month-duration-of-dual-antiplatelet-therapy-after
#3
Joo Myung Lee, Deok-Kyu Cho, Joo-Yong Hahn, Young Bin Song, Taek Kyu Park, Ju-Hyeon Oh, Jin Bae Lee, Joon-Hyung Doh, Sang-Hyun Kim, Jeong Hoon Yang, Jin-Ho Choi, Seung-Hyuck Choi, Sang Hoon Lee, Hyeon-Cheol Gwon
BACKGROUND AND RATIONALE: Dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) is a fundamental treatment that optimizes clinical outcomes after percutaneous coronary intervention, especially in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Although current international guidelines recommend DAPT for at least 12 months after implantation of a drug-eluting stent in patients with ACS, these recommendations are not based on randomized controlled trials dedicated to ACS population. STUDY DESIGN: The SMART-DATE trial is a prospective, multicenter, randomized, and open-label study to demonstrate the noninferiority of 6-month DAPT compared with 12 months or longer DAPT in patients with ACS undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention...
December 2016: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913785/safety-assessment-of-alumina-and-aluminum-hydroxide-as-used-in-cosmetics
#4
Lillian C Becker, Ivan Boyer, Wilma F Bergfeld, Donald V Belsito, Ronald A Hill, Curtis D Klaassen, Daniel C Liebler, James G Marks, Ronald C Shank, Thomas J Slaga, Paul W Snyder, F Alan Andersen
This is a safety assessment of alumina and aluminum hydroxide as used in cosmetics. Alumina functions as an abrasive, absorbent, anticaking agent, bulking agent, and opacifying agent. Aluminum hydroxide functions as a buffering agent, corrosion inhibitor, and pH adjuster. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) evaluated the safe use of alumina in several medical devices and aluminum hydroxide in over-the-counter drugs, which included a review of human and animal safety data. The Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel considered the FDA evaluations as part of the basis for determining the safety of these ingredients as used in cosmetics...
November 2016: International Journal of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911134/split-face-histological-and-biochemical-evaluation-of-tightening-efficacy-using-temperature-and-impedance-controlled-continuous-non-invasive-radiofrequency-energy
#5
Sylvie Boisnic, Marc Divaris, Marie-Christine Branchet, Andrew Anthony Nelson
BACKGROUND: Bi-polar radiofrequency (RF) is capable of heating dermal collagen fibers and inducing skin tightening by collagen remodelling. OBJECTIVE: To substantiate safety and improvement of skin laxity following skin heating with a novel temperature and impedance controlled non-invasive radiofrequency (RF) device by histological and biochemical evaluations. METHODS: A split-face study was performed on 4 subjects that underwent 8 weekly RF sessions on one side of their face, leaving the other side an untreated control and then underwent face-lift procedure...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy: Official Publication of the European Society for Laser Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910871/noncontact-and-wide-field-characterization-of-the-absorption-and-scattering-properties-of-apple-fruit-using-spatial-frequency-domain-imaging
#6
Dong Hu, Xiaping Fu, Xueming He, Yibin Ying
Spatial-frequency domain imaging (SFDI), as a noncontact, low-cost and wide-field optical imaging technique, offers great potential for agro-product safety and quality assessment through optical absorption (μa) and scattering (μ) property measurements. In this study, a laboratory-based SFDI system was constructed and developed for optical property measurement of fruits and vegetables. The system utilized a digital light projector to generate structured, periodic light patterns and illuminate test samples...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910259/safety-efficacy-and-usage-compliance-of-home-use-device-utilizing-rf-and-light-energies-for-treating-periorbital-wrinkles
#7
Michael H Gold, Julie Biron, Liora Levi, Whitney Sensing
BACKGROUND: The aging process is often associated with undesirable effects on facial skin such as skin redundancy, reduction of elasticity, and increased wrinkling. Radiofrequency (RF) and light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are widely used, clinically proven technologies for skin rejuvenation. STUDY OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to evaluate the safety, efficacy, and usage compliance of the home-use device, utilizing RF and LED energies, for self-treatment of periorbital wrinkles and improvement of skin appearance...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910052/a-needleless-liquid-jet-injection-delivery-approach-for-cardiac-gene-therapy
#8
Anthony S Fargnoli, Michael G Katz, Charles R Bridges
Fundamentally, cardiac gene therapy clinical trials have demonstrated that route efficiency is paramount in achieving maximum myocardial expression within safety limits. Gene transfer phenomena are largely influenced by physical transport principles (i.e., pressure, residence time, dispersion trafficking, mechanical resistance) that are independent of therapeutic characteristics. An alternative to intracoronary infusion methods, in an effort to improve efficiency in terms of cardiac specificity, is direct myocardial delivery via surgical injection...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909673/how-to-build-your-simple-and-cost-effective-arthroscopic-skills-simulator
#9
Georgios Arealis, James Holton, Joana Bento Rodrigues, Maria Sagkrioti, Martyn Snow, Mark Hamlet, Ofer Levy
Acquisition of arthroscopic skills is not always easy and can be time-consuming. Simulation in arthroscopy improves surgical skills and can bridge the gap between reduced surgical exposure and training time and the need to reach a required level of competency. We propose a method to create a simple and cost-effective arthroscopic skills simulator using readily available materials and a low-cost Web camera available from online shops. This arthroscopic simulation device can be used to improve skills of all levels of trainees at home, in a bioskills laboratory, or in the theater...
October 2016: Arthroscopy Techniques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909517/safety-and-utility-of-cardiac-mri-in-a-patient-with-pericardial-effusion-and-a-recently-implanted-conventional-pacemaker
#10
Hussam Ali Md Fesc, Epicoco Epicoco Md, Antonio Sorgente Md PhD Fhrs, Pierpaolo Lupo Md, Riccardo Cappato Md Fhrs Fesc
Cardiac MRI is usually not recommended in the acute phase after pacemaker implantation, particularly for conventional devices. This case concerns a 66-year-old patient who developed significant pericardial effusion subacutely after implantation of a dual-chamber, conventional pacemaker. Cardiac MRI was planned to elucidate the characteristics of the pericardial effusion and was performed under controlled conditions without any consequences. Images analysis was very helpful to reveal the non-hemorrhagic nature of the pericardial effusion and correct endocardial position of the leads...
June 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909508/arguments-to-apply-epinephrine-for-pocket-hematoma-reduction-the-maitre-study
#11
REVIEW
Nikolay Ilov Md, Nikolay Ilov Md, Anatoly Nechepurenko Md, Albert Abdulkadyrov, Damir Paskeev, Elena Damrina, Elena Kulikova, Marina Terent'eva, Dinara Stompel, Dmitry Tarasov Md
Pocket hematoma (PH) is a common complication of implantations of cardiac electrophysiological devices with occurring at a particularly high rate in patients on oral anticoagulation or antiplatelet treatment. Different pharmacological agents with hemostatic effect are used to avoid PH. We supposed that the vasoconstrictor effects of epinephrine may reduce bleeding extent and be effective in prevention of PH. Maitre is the first clinical trial conducted with an aim to show the safety and efficacy of epinephrine in PH prophylaxis...
June 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909495/the-wearable-cardioverter-defibrillator-toy-or-tool
#12
REVIEW
David Duncker Md, Christian Veltmann Md
After the success story of implantable cardioverter/defibrillator systems, prevention of sudden cardiac death (SCD) remains one of the main duties in cardiology. For patients with unkown or transient risk profile for SCD, a wearable cardioverter/defibrillator (WCD) has been established for temporary and effective prevention of sudden arrhythmic death. Several studies have shown safety and efficacy of the WCD, even though randomized studies proving a mortality benefit are still lacking. This review provides an overview of actual WCD data and usage, special indications and possible risks and complications...
April 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909406/assessment-of-a-wearable-force-and-electromyography-device-and-comparison-of-the-related-signals-for-myocontrol
#13
Mathilde Connan, Eduardo Ruiz Ramírez, Bernhard Vodermayer, Claudio Castellini
In the frame of assistive robotics, multi-finger prosthetic hand/wrists have recently appeared, offering an increasing level of dexterity; however, in practice their control is limited to a few hand grips and still unreliable, with the effect that pattern recognition has not yet appeared in the clinical environment. According to the scientific community, one of the keys to improve the situation is multi-modal sensing, i.e., using diverse sensor modalities to interpret the subject's intent and improve the reliability and safety of the control system in daily life activities...
2016: Frontiers in Neurorobotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908579/transient-elastography-in-patients-with-implanted-cardiac-rhythm-devices
#14
Mireen Friedrich-Rust, Fabian Schoelzel, Sven Linzbach, Joerg Bojunga, Stefan Zeuzem, Florian Seeger
BACKGROUND: At present the use of transient elastography (TE) in patients with pacemaker (PM) or implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) devices is not recommended, since the safety due to the electromagnet embarked in the vibrator for producing the shearwave has not been evaluated. However, no adverse events of sonographic examinations in this patient group have been reported. AIMS: The aim of the present study was to evaluate the safety of TE in patients with PM or ICD...
November 17, 2016: Digestive and Liver Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908432/safety-and-utilization-of-peripherally-inserted-central-catheters-versus-midline-catheters-at-a-large-academic-medical-center
#15
Tianyuan Xu, Lawrence Kingsley, Susan DiNucci, Gwen Messer, Jong-Hyeon Jeong, Brian Morgan, Kathleen Shutt, Mohamed H Yassin
BACKGROUND: Peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs) are a commonly used central intravenous (IV) access device, which can be associated with significant complications. Midline catheters (MCs) are peripheral IV access devices that may reduce the need for central lines and hence decrease central line-associated bloodstream infections. The objective of this study is to compare the utilization and safety of PICCs and MCs. METHODS: This was a retrospective study comparing the use and outcomes of PICCs and MCs at a large academic medical center between January and May 2015...
December 1, 2016: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906786/an-underappreciated-radiation-hazard-from-high-voltage-electrodes-in-vacuum
#16
Adam D West, Zack Lasner, David DeMille, Elizabeth P West, Cristian D Panda, John M Doyle, Gerald Gabrielse, Adam Kryskow, Corinne Mitchell
The use of high voltage (HV) electrodes in vacuum is commonplace in physics laboratories. In such systems, it has long been known that electron emission from an HV cathode can lead to bremsstrahlung x rays; indeed, this is the basic principle behind the operation of standard x-ray sources. However, in laboratory setups where x-ray production is not the goal and no electron source is deliberately introduced, field-emitted electrons accelerated by HV can produce x rays as an unintended hazardous byproduct. Both the level of hazard and the safe operating regimes for HV vacuum electrode systems are not widely appreciated, at least in university laboratories...
January 2017: Health Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906080/tonic-and-burst-spinal-cord-stimulation-waveforms-for-the-treatment-of-chronic-intractable-pain-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#17
Konstantin V Slavin, Richard B North, Timothy R Deer, Peter Staats, Kristina Davis, Roni Diaz
BACKGROUND: Burst stimulation is a novel form of neurostimulation for the treatment of chronic pain which has demonstrated promise in small uncontrolled studies, but has not yet gained approval for use in the U.S. We report the study methods for an ongoing multicenter, randomized, controlled, cross-over study designed to gain United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for burst stimulation. METHODS: Participants who are candidates for a currently approved neurostimulation device were enrolled and screened...
December 1, 2016: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904518/testing-the-feasibility-and-safety-of-the-nintendo-wii-gaming-console-in-orthopedic-rehabilitation-a-pilot-randomized-controlled-study
#18
Andreas Ficklscherer, Jonas Stapf, Kay Michael Meissner, Thomas Niethammer, Matthias Lahner, Markus Wagenhäuser, Peter E Müller, Matthias F Pietschmann
INTRODUCTION: The Nintendo Wii game console is already used as an additional training device for e.g. neurological wards. Still there are limited data available regarding orthopedic rehabilitation. The authors' objective was to examine whether the Nintendo Wii is an appropriate and safe tool in rehabilitation after orthopedic knee surgery. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A prospective, randomized, controlled study comparing standard physiotherapy vs. standard physiotherapy plus game console training (Wii group) in patients having anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) repair or knee arthroplasty was conducted...
December 1, 2016: Archives of Medical Science: AMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903766/sudden-unexpected-death-in-epilepsy-measures-to-reduce-risk
#19
REVIEW
Brendan Mclean, Rohit Shankar, Jane Hanna, Caryn Jory, Craig Newman
This review looks at the strategies that may help to reduce the risk of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy beyond that of trying to achieve seizure cessation, which is not possible for up to 30% of patients with epilepsy. These strategies include seizure safety checklists, mobile phone technology, telehealth and various devices currently available or in development. We highlight interventions where there is evidence of benefit, and draw attention for the need both to involve patients with epilepsy in risk reduction and to improve communication with those at risk...
November 30, 2016: Practical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903208/early-experience-of-a-new-extracorporeal-carbon-dioxide-removal-device-for-acute-hypercapnic-respiratory-failure
#20
Ravindranath Tiruvoipati, Hergen Buscher, James Winearls, Jeff Breeding, Debasish Ghosh, Shimonti Chaterjee, Gary Braun, Eldho Paul, John F Fraser, John Botha
BACKGROUND: Recent advances in the technology of extracorporeal respiratory assist systems have led to a renewed interest in extracorporeal carbon dioxide removal (ECCOR). The Hemolung is a new, low-flow, venovenous, minimally invasive, partial ECCOR device that has recently been introduced to clinical practice to aid in avoiding invasive ventilation or to facilitate lung-protective ventilation. OBJECTIVE: We report our early experience on use, efficacy and safety of the Hemolung in three Australian intensive care units...
December 2016: Critical Care and Resuscitation: Journal of the Australasian Academy of Critical Care Medicine
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