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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779002/developing-a-testing-battery-for-measuring-dogs-stifle-functionality-the-finnish-canine-stifle-index-fcsi
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Heli K Hyytiäinen, Sari H Mölsä, Jouni J T Junnila, Outi M Laitinen-Vapaavuori, Anna K Hielm-Björkman
This study aimed at developing a quantitative testing battery for dogs' stifle functionality, as, unlike in human medicine, currently none is available in the veterinary field. Forty-three dogs with surgically treated unilateral cranial cruciate ligament rupture and 21 dogs with no known musculoskeletal problems were included. Eight previously studied tests: compensation in sitting and lying positions, symmetry of thrust in hindlimbs when rising from lying and sitting, static weight bearing, stifle flexion and extension and muscle mass symmetry, were summed into the Finnish Canine Stifle Index (FCSI)...
May 19, 2018: Veterinary Record
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778776/identification-and-medical-utilization-of-incident-cases-of-alcohol-dependence-a-population-based-case-control-study
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Chun-Hung Pan, Min-Shan Li, Tien-Wey Yang, Ming-Chyi Huang, Sheng-Shiang Su, Yen-Ni Hung, Chiao-Chicy Chen, Chian-Jue Kuo
BACKGROUND: Patients with alcohol dependence (AD) often seek help from medical professionals due to alcohol-related diseases, but the overall distribution of medical specialties identifying new AD cases is unclear. We investigated how such cases were identified and how medical resources were utilized before the identification of AD in a nationwide cohort. METHODS: We enrolled a population-based cohort (N = 1,000,000) using the National Health Insurance Research Database of Taiwan; 8181 cases with incident AD were retrieved between January 1, 2000, and December 31, 2010...
May 5, 2018: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777763/effect-of-long-term-immunosuppressive-therapy-on-native-rat-liver-morphology-and-hepatocyte-apoptosis
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Aleksandra Wilk, Dagmara Szypulska-Koziarska, Karolina Kędzierska-Kapuza, Agnieszka Kolasa-Wołosiuk, Kamila Misiakiewicz-Has, Kazimierz Ciechanowski, Barbara Wiszniewska
A negative result of therapy based on immunosuppressive drugs is its leading to pathological alterations in the organ, including liver. Use of immunosuppressive medication may also lead to organized and genetically controlled cell death - apoptosis. The aim of this study was to examine histopathological changes in the livers of rats treated with immunosuppressive drugs, and also to determine the effects of different groups of immunosuppressive drugs on apoptosis activity in the hepatocytes of rat livers. The study was conducted on archival material obtained from Department of Nephrology, Transplantology and Internal Medicine of the Independent Public Clinical Hospital No...
May 16, 2018: Transplant Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777488/no-need-for-a-urine-culture-in-elderly-hospitalized-patients-with-a-negative-dipstick-test-result
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Zvi Shimoni, Vered Hermush, Joseph Glick, Paul Froom
To determine the clinical utility/disutility of canceling urine cultures in elderly patients with a negative dipstick. The cohort included consecutive patients aged ≥ 65 years hospitalized in internal medicine departments with an admission urinalysis and urine culture (January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2016). We calculated the sensitivity of the dipstick (either a trace leukocyte esterase or a positive nitrite test result) to detect patients with bacteriuria, and the decrease in urine cultures resulting from cancelation in patients with a negative dipstick...
May 18, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776972/improving-serum-calcium-test-ordering-according-to-a-decision-algorithm
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Daniel K Faria, Leandro U Taniguchi, Luiz A M Fonseca, Mario Ferreira-Junior, Francisco J B Aguiar, Arnaldo Lichtenstein, Nairo M Sumita, Alberto J S Duarte, Maria M Sales
AIM: To detect differences in the pattern of serum calcium tests ordering before and after the implementation of a decision algorithm. METHODS: We studied patients admitted to an internal medicine ward of a university hospital on April 2013 and April 2016. Patients were classified as critical or non-critical on the day when each test was performed. Adequacy of ordering was defined according to adherence to a decision algorithm implemented in 2014. RESULTS: Total and ionised calcium tests per patient-day of hospitalisation significantly decreased after the algorithm implementation; and duplication of tests (total and ionised calcium measured in the same blood sample) was reduced by 49%...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776457/a-new-green-method-for-the-quantitative-analysis-of-enrofloxacin-by-fourier-transform-infrared-spectroscopy
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Camila Tavares Rebouças, Ana Carolina Kogawa, Hérida Regina Nunes Salgado
Background: A green analytical chemistry method was developed for quantification of enrofloxacin in tablets. The drug, a second-generation fluoroquinolone, was first introduced in veterinary medicine for the treatment of various bacterial species. Objective: This study proposed to develop, validate, and apply a reliable, low-cost, fast, and simple IR spectroscopy method for quantitative routine determination of enrofloxacin in tablets. Methods: The method was completely validated according to the International Conference on Harmonisation guidelines, showing accuracy, precision, selectivity, robustness, and linearity...
May 18, 2018: Journal of AOAC International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775638/dermatology-education-in-internal-medicine-residency-programs-a-nationwide-survey-of-program-directors
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Connie R Shi, Joel T Katz, Ruth Ann Vleugels, Vinod E Nambudiri
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 15, 2018: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775468/conflicts-of-interest-of-editors-of-medical-journals
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Waqas Haque, Abu Minhajuddin, Arjun Gupta, Deepak Agrawal
BACKGROUND: Almost all medical journals now require authors to publicly disclose conflicts of interests (COI). The same standard and scrutiny is rarely employed for the editors of the journals although COI may affect editorial decisions. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective observational study to determine the prevalence and magnitude of financial relationships among editors of 60 influential US medical journals (10 each for internal medicine and five subspecialties: cardiology, gastroenterology, neurology, dermatology and allergy & immunology)...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774192/efficacy-of-the-all-in-one-therapeutic-strategy-for-severe-traumatic-brain-injury-preliminary-outcome-and-limitation
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Young-Soo Park, Yohei Kogeichi, Yoichi Shida, Hiroyuki Nakase
Objective: Despite recent advances in medicine, no significant improvement has been achieved in therapeutic outcomes for severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). In the treatment of severe multiple traumas, accurate judgment and prompt action corresponding to rapid pathophysiological changes are required. Therefore, we developed the "All-in-One" therapeutic strategy for severe TBI. In this report, we present the therapeutic concept and discuss its efficacy and limitations. Methods: From April 2007 to December 2015, 439 patients diagnosed as having traumatic intracranial injuries were treated at our institution...
April 2018: Korean Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773873/therapeutic-nanoparticles-penetrate-leaves-and-deliver-nutrients-to-agricultural-crops
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Avishai Karny, Assaf Zinger, Ashima Kajal, Janna Shainsky-Roitman, Avi Schroeder
As the world population grows, there is a need for efficient agricultural technologies to provide global food requirements and reduce environmental toll. In medicine, nanoscale drug delivery systems grant improved therapeutic precision by overcoming biological barriers and enhancing drug targeting to diseased tissues. Here, we loaded nanoscale drug-delivery systems with agricultural nutrients, and applied them to the leaves of tomato plants. We show that the nanoparticles - liposomes composed of plant-derived lipids, penetrate the leaf and translocate in a bidirectional manner, distributing to other leaves and to the roots...
May 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773700/implications-of-involving-pharmacy-technicians-in-obtaining-a-best-possible-medication-history-from-the-perspectives-of-pharmaceutical-medical-and-nursing-staff-a-qualitative-study
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Andrea Niederhauser, Chantal Zimmermann, Liat Fishman, David L B Schwappach
OBJECTIVES: In recent years, the involvement of pharmacy technicians in medication reconciliation has increasingly been investigated. The aim of this study was to assess the implications on professional roles and collaboration when a best possible medication history (BPMH) at admission is obtained by pharmacy technicians. DESIGN: Qualitative study with semistructured interviews. Data were analysed using a qualitative content analysis approach. SETTING: Internal medicine units in two mid-sized Swiss hospitals...
May 17, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773272/juvenile-dermatomyositis-latest-advances
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Qiong Wu, Lucy R Wedderburn, Liza J McCann
Registries and biobanks for juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM) have generated statistical power to help understand pathogenesis and determine treatment and long-term outcomes in this rare and heterogeneous disease. Genotype, autoantibodies, muscle histology and early clinical features may predict prognosis and guide personalised treatment. While corticosteroids and disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs improve outcomes, there remain children who experience refractory disease. Ongoing research into the aberrant immune response and novel biological targets is necessary...
August 2017: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772618/-a-case-of-metastasis-of-cholangiocarcinoma-to-the-bladder
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Akiou Okumura, Akihiro Morii, Kiyoshi Takagawa, Hiroshi Kitamura
The patient was an 88-year-old male. He was referred to the Department of Internal Medicine because of total body itching and jaundice in July 2011. The serum bilirubin level was elevated, and the serum CA19-9 level was also elevated to 266. 6 U/ml. Computed tomography (CT) and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) revealed a solid tumor between the hepatic hilus and common bile duct, and choler cytodiagnosis was class V ; adenocarcinoma. The patient was diagnosed with hilar cholangiocarcinoma and received conservative treatment with endoscopic nasobiliary drainage (ENBD) due to his advanced age...
April 2018: Hinyokika Kiyo. Acta Urologica Japonica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772280/an-analysis-of-palliative-care-development-in-africa-a-ranking-based-on-region-specific-macro-indicators
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John Y Rhee, Eduardo Garralda, Eve Namisango, Emmanuel Luyirika, Liliana de Lima, Richard A Powell, Jesús López-Fidalgo, Carlos Centeno
CONTEXT: To date, there is no study comparing palliative care (PC) development among African countries. OBJECTIVE: To analyze comparatively PC development in African countries based on region-specific indicators. METHODS: Data were obtained from the APCA Atlas of PC in Africa and a comparative analysis conducted. Nineteen indicators were developed and defined through qualitative interviews with African PC experts and a two-round modified Delphi consensus process with international experts on global PC indicators...
May 14, 2018: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772064/impact-of-inter-patient-variability-on-organ-dose-estimates-according-to-mird-schema-uncertainty-and-variance-based-sensitivity-analysis
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Alexandra Zvereva, Florian Kamp, Helmut Schlattl, Maria Zankl, Katia Parodi
PURPOSE: Variance-based sensitivity analysis (SA) is described and applied to the radiation dosimetry model proposed by the Committee on Medical Internal Radiation Dose (MIRD) for the organ-level absorbed dose calculations in nuclear medicine. The uncertainties in the dose coefficients thus calculated are also evaluated. METHODS: A Monte Carlo approach was used to compute first-order and total-effect SA indices, which rank the input factors according to their influence on the uncertainty in the output organ doses...
May 17, 2018: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771998/risk-factors-for-inappropriate-blood-requisition-among-hospitals-in-tanzania
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Wilhellmuss I Mauka, Tara B Mtuy, Michael J Mahande, Sia E Msuya, Innocent B Mboya, Abdul Juma, Rune N Philemon
BACKGROUND: Blood is a critical aspect of treatment in life saving situations, increasing demand. Blood requisition practices greatly effect sufficient supply in blood banks. This study aimed to determine the risk factors for inappropriate blood requisition in Tanzania. METHODS: This was a cross sectional study using secondary data of 14,460 patients' blood requests from 42 transfusion hospitals. Primary data were obtained by using cluster-sampling design. Data were analysed using a two-level mixed-effects Poisson regression to determine fixed-effects of individual-level factors and hospital level factors associated with inappropriate blood requests...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771251/-ebm-guidelines-protocols-knowledge-attitudes-and-utilization-in-the-era-of-law-on-professional-responsibility-and-safety-of-health-care
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Silvia Minozzi, Francesca Ruggiero, Matteo Capobussi, Marien González-Lorenzo, Micaela La Regina, Alessandro Squizzato, Lorenzo Moja, Francesco Orlandini
INTRODUCTION: <AbstractText Label="INTRODUCTION" NlmCategory="BACKGROUND">The knowledge of principles and methods of Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) and the use of Clinical Practice Guidelines to inform clinical decisions are recognised as key instruments to improve the quality of care. In Italy the Parliament has revised the legal system that rules the responsibilities of health professionals and health care safety, prescribing health professionals to adhere to guidelines and good practice recommendations...
May 2018: Recenti Progressi in Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770700/quality-use-of-the-pathology-data-in-home-medicines-reviews-a-retrospective-evaluation
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Vera H Buss, Alison Shield, Sam Kosari, Mark Naunton
BACKGROUND: Laboratory tests can be important tools for the assessment of pharmacotherapy. Nonetheless, there are no previous studies that have explicitly focused on the role of pathology data in Home Medicines Reviews (HMR), an Australian medication review program. OBJECTIVE: Evaluate pharmacists' recommendations regarding laboratory testing in the medication review process. METHODS: This retrospective review of HMRs assessed the prevalence of the pathology data provided by general practitioners...
May 1, 2018: Annals of Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769487/length-of-vermiform-appendix-in-bangladeshi-people-of-different-age-and-sex
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S A Sumi, M Khalil, S Mannan, S Chowdhury, M K Khan, U K Paul, U K Zaman, S F Karim, A Rahman, M M Rahman, A Kabir, S Farjan, M T Alam, E Z Epsi, N S Nitu, N J Khan, L Jabeen, S Tabriz
A cross sectional descriptive study was performed on 70 postmortem vermiform appendix (male 34 and female 36) to find out the length of vermiform appendix of Bangladeshi people in different age and sex. The specimens were collected from autopsy laboratory of the Department of Forensic Medicine, Mymensingh Medical College, Mymensingh, Bangladesh from October 2016 to March 2017 by purposive sampling technique. The collected samples were divided into four age groups. They were Group A (upto 20 years), Group B (21 to 40 years), Group C (41 to 60 years) and Group D (above 60 years)...
April 2018: Mymensingh Medical Journal: MMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769433/medical-imaging-dose-optimization-from-ground-up-expert-opinion-of-an-international-summit
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Ehsan Samei, Hannu Jarvinen, Mika Kortesniemi, Georgios Simantirakis, Charles Goh, Anthony Wallace, Eliseo Vano, Adrian Bejan, M M Rehani, J Vassileva
As in any medical intervention, there is either a known or an anticipated benefit to the patient from undergoing a medical imaging procedure. This benefit is generally significant as demonstrated by the manner in which medical imaging has transformed clinical medicine. At the same time, when it comes to imaging that deploys ionizing radiation, there is a potential associated risk from radiation. Radiation risk has been recognized as a key liability in the practice of medical imaging, creating a motivation for radiation dose optimization...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Radiological Protection: Official Journal of the Society for Radiological Protection
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