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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320159/prevalence-of-peripheral-neuropathy-and-associated-factors-in-hiv-infected-patients
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Maria Luiza Areal Corrêa de Sá E Benevides, Sérgio Beduschi Filho, Rodrigo Debona, Eduardo Novaes Costa Bergamaschi, Jean Costa Nunes
The progress on HIV infection treatment has allowed a longer survival for HIV-infected patients. However, chronic comorbidities are emerging. Peripheral Neuropathy (PN) represents one of the most prevalent neurologic disorders among these patients, and comprehensive studies may contribute to a reduction in the morbidity of this condition. This is a cross-sectional analytic study conducted in a tertiary referral hospital in southern Brazil. This study investigates the prevalence of PN among HIV-infected patients and associated demographic, clinical and laboratory variables...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320057/psychiatric-diagnoses-and-medication-treatment-among-patients-presenting-for-paediatric-weight-management-associations-with-adiposity-aerobic-fitness-and-cardiometabolic-health
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J M Tucker, A Cadieux, K Culver, L Smith, W Stratbucker
We compared anthropometry, cardiometabolic risk and aerobic fitness among obese youth in weight management who were diagnosed with one or more psychiatric disorders (PD), with (PD+M) or without (PD-M) a prescribed psychotropic medication with those with no PD (NPD). Physical measures were evaluated at baseline, and psychiatric diagnoses and related medications were identified from medical records. Of 99 patients 64 (65%) had a diagnosed PD, and of those, 23 (36%) had a related medication (PD+M). Compared to NPD, PD-M had a higher body mass index (BMI) (P = 0...
March 20, 2017: Clinical Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319519/process-improvement-initiative-for-the-perioperative-management-of-patients-with-a-cardiovascular-implantable-electronic-device
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Margaret K Menzel Ellis, Miriam M Treggiari, Jamie M Robertson, Marc A Rozner, Peter F Graven, Michael F Aziz, Matthias J Merkel, Edward A Kahl, Norman A Cohen, Eric C Stecker, Peter M Schulman
BACKGROUND: Economic, personnel, and procedural challenges often complicate and interfere with efficient and safe perioperative care of patients with cardiovascular implantable electronic devices (CIEDs). In the context of a process improvement initiative, we created and implemented a comprehensive anesthesiologist-run perioperative CIED service to respond to all routine requests for perioperative CIED consultations at a large academic medical center. This study was designed to determine whether this new care model was associated with improved operating room efficiency, reduced institutional cost, and adequate patient safety...
March 17, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318724/-preliminary-study-of-the-quality-of-life-of-glaucoma-patients-in-the-district-of-sousse-tunisia-sociodemographic-and-clinical-associations
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L Knani, F Gatfaoui, A Mahjoub, M Ghorbel, H Mahjoub, F Ben Hadj Hamida
PURPOSE: To assess the vision-specific quality-of-life (VS-QoL) of glaucoma patients followed at Farhat Hached university hospital, Sousse-Tunisia, and identify clinical and sociodemographic factors potentially affecting it. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study enrolling one-hundred twenty patients followed for primary open angle glaucoma (POAG). All the patients successfully responded to the Arabic version of the National Eye Institute Visual Function Questionnaire 25 (NEI-VFQ 25)...
March 16, 2017: Journal Français D'ophtalmologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318540/physical-and-mental-health-of-children-with-substantiated-sexual-abuse-gender-comparisons-from-a-matched-control-cohort-study
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Isabelle Daigneault, Pascale Vézina-Gagnon, Catherine Bourgeois, Tonino Esposito, Martine Hébert
When compared to children from the general population, sexually abused children receive more medical services, both for physical and mental health problems. However, possible differences between sexually abused boys and girls remain unknown. The lack of control group in studies that find gender differences also prevents from determining if the differences are specific to sexual abuse or to gender. The objective of the study was to assess differences in physical and mental health between sexually abused boys and girls in comparison to those from the general population...
March 15, 2017: Child Abuse & Neglect
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318517/-intracardiac-myxoma-complicated-by-acute-aortic-occlusion-case-report
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O Zizi, B Benfor, H Jiber, A Bouarhroum, S Benlamkaddem, N Kanjaa
We report the case for a 44-year-old patient without medical history, admitted in our department for bilateral acute limb ischemia (H6). The patient was hemodynamically stable and the physical examination shows limb sever ischemia (no femoral arterial pulses, coldness, cyanosis and paralysis). Abdominal CT angiography showed a complete occlusion of the infra renal abdominal aorta compatible with embolus. An embolectomy with Fogarty catheters was performed. Echocardiography showed a mass in the left atrium. Pathological examination of the material embolic confirmed the diagnosis of the cardiac myxoma...
March 16, 2017: Annales de Cardiologie et D'angéiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318319/medical-student-perceptions-of-the-learning-environment-in-medical-school-change-as-students-transition-to-clinical-training-in-undergraduate-medical-school
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Lisette Dunham, Michael Dekhtyar, Gregory Gruener, Eileen CichoskiKelly, Jennifer Deitz, Donna Elliott, Margaret L Stuber, Susan E Skochelak
Phenomenon: The learning environment is the physical, social, and psychological context in which a student learns. A supportive learning environment contributes to student well-being and enhances student empathy, professionalism, and academic success, whereas an unsupportive learning environment may lead to burnout, exhaustion, and cynicism. Student perceptions of the medical school learning environment may change over time and be associated with students' year of training and may differ significantly depending on the student's gender or race/ethnicity...
March 20, 2017: Teaching and Learning in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317530/depigmentation-therapies-for-vitiligo
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Pearl E Grimes, Rama Nashawati
The general goals of medical management of vitiligo are to repigment vitiliginous areas of skin and to stabilize the progression of depigmentation. However, for some patients with vitiligo affecting extensive body surface areas who are unresponsive to repigmentation therapies, depigmentation of the remaining normal skin may be a better choice. Candidates for depigmentation therapy should be carefully screened and patient education is essential. Permanent topical therapies used for depigmentation include monobenzyl ether of hydroquinone, 4-methoxyphenol, and 88% phenol...
April 2017: Dermatologic Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317527/phototherapy-and-combination-therapies-for-vitiligo
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REVIEW
Samia Esmat, Rehab A Hegazy, Suzan Shalaby, Stephen Chu-Sung Hu, Cheng-Che E Lan
Vitiligo is a disease characterized by disappearance of melanocytes from the skin. It can negatively influence the physical appearance of affected individuals, and may profoundly affect a person's psychosocial function and quality of life. Therefore, vitiligo should not be considered as merely a condition that affects a patient's appearance, but needs to be actively treated in patients who seek medical help. Phototherapy has been used as the main treatment modality for patients with vitiligo. Different forms of phototherapy for vitiligo include broadband UVB, narrowband UVB, excimer light and excimer laser, and psoralen plus UVA...
April 2017: Dermatologic Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317483/a-critical-review-of-bioactive-food-components-and-of-their-functional-mechanisms-biological-effects-and-health-outcomes
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Rosa Pérez-Gregorio, Jesús Simal-Gándara
BACKGROUND: Eating behaviours are closely related to some medical conditions potentially leading to death such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Healthy eating practices, maintaining a normal weight, and regular physical activity could prevent up to 80% of coronary heart disease, 90% of type-2 diabetes and one-third of all cancers[1]. METHOD: Over the last two decades, the food industry has invested much effort in research and development of healthier, more nutritious foods...
March 17, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317097/engagement-in-advance-care-planning-and-surrogates-knowledge-of-patients-treatment-goals
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Terri R Fried, Maria Zenoni, Lynne Iannone, John O'Leary, Brenda T Fenton
OBJECTIVES: A key objective of advance care planning (ACP) is improving surrogates' knowledge of patients' treatment goals. Little is known about whether ACP outside of a trial accomplishes this. The objective was to examine patient and surrogate reports of ACP engagement and associations with surrogate knowledge of goals. DESIGN: Cohort study SETTING: Primary care in a Veterans Affairs Medical Center. PARTICIPANTS: 350 community-dwelling veterans age ≥55 years and the individual they would choose to make medical decisions on their behalf, interviewed separately...
March 20, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315548/the-caregiving-quandary%C3%A2
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Deborah A Boyle
Long before I became a cancer caregiver, I worried about families. Providing care without a script, expanding their workload, solo decision making, incessant worrying, managing expectations, overseeing medications-that is the lay caregiver's all-consuming world. However, when cancer entered my residence, I started living what I had historically observed from a distance. The double-duty caregiving at work and home overwhelmed me. Years of experience did little to prepare me for the emotional tsunami and physical toll caregiving took on me...
April 1, 2017: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315513/increased-fibrinogen-to-albumin-ratio-in-ischemic-retinal-vein-occlusions
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Hande Guclu, Sadık A Ozal, Vuslat Pelitli Gurlu, Gülben Sayılan Özgün, Eray Özgün
PURPOSE: To demonstrate the relationship between ischemia and plasma fibrinogen and serum albumin levels in cases of retinal vein occlusion (RVO). METHODS: This study included 44 patients with central RVO (CRVO), 68 patients with branch RVO (BRVO), and 54 age- and sex-matched controls, for a total of 166 subjects. All of the subjects underwent full ophthalmologic examinations and complete physical examinations, including a detailed medical history and blood count, and biochemical parameters...
March 3, 2017: European Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315177/physical-symptoms-screening-for-cardiopulmonary-complications-of-obesity-using-audio-computer-assisted-self-interviews
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Jorge L Morales-Estrella, Farah D Ciftci, William E Trick, Keiki Hinami
PURPOSE: The main study objective was to assess the predictive value of selected physical symptoms for screening obstructive sleep apnea and major cardiac conditions in adults with obesity, thus providing the evidence for routine symptom screening of obesity complications endorsed by obesity management clinical practice guidelines. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort study using patient-reported outcomes data including the physical symptoms severity component of the Memorial Symptom Assessment Scale administered through Audio Computer-Assisted Self-Interviews combined with data from the electronic medical records of an urban safety-net primary care clinic...
March 17, 2017: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315175/associations-of-adipose-and-muscle-tissue-parameters-at-colorectal-cancer-diagnosis-with-long-term-health-related-quality-of-life
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Eline H van Roekel, Martijn J L Bours, Malou E M Te Molder, José J L Breedveld-Peters, Steven W M Olde Damink, Leo J Schouten, Silvia Sanduleanu, Geerard L Beets, Matty P Weijenberg
PURPOSE: Increased visceral adiposity (visceral obesity) and muscle wasting (sarcopenia) at colorectal cancer (CRC) diagnosis, quantified by computed tomography (CT) image analysis, have been unfavorably associated with short-term clinical outcomes and survival, but associations with long-term health-related quality of life (HRQoL) have not been investigated. We studied associations of visceral adiposity, muscle fat infiltration, muscle mass, and sarcopenia at CRC diagnosis with HRQoL 2-10 years post-diagnosis...
March 17, 2017: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314997/clinical-and-microbiological-outcomes-in-haematogenous-spondylodiscitis-treated-conservatively
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Tiziana Ascione, Giovanni Balato, Sigismondo Luca Di Donato, Pasquale Pagliano, Francesco Granata, Gianluca Colella, Carlo Ruosi
INTRODUCTION: Spondylodiscitis refers to infections of the intervertebral disc and the adjacent vertebral body. Although it is still considered a rare condition, its rate is projected to increase. Mortality rate is considered to be low, but an estimated one third of the survivors experience residual disabilities. Literature shows that uncomplicated spondylodiscitis can be adequately treated by early antibiotic therapy and immobilization. The aim of the study is to evaluate the outcome of conservative treatment in patients with haematogenous spondylodiscitis...
March 17, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314703/factors-and-concerns-of-patients-that-influence-the-decision-for-spinal-surgery-and-implications-for-practice-a-review-of-literature
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REVIEW
William Wing-Kuen Lam, Alice Yuen Loke
STUDY DESIGN: A literature review. OBJECTIVES: To identify the factors and concerns that influence the decision of patients to undergo spinal surgery. METHODS: Electronic databases MEDLINE, PsycINFO, CINAHL plus, and Embase were searched for relevant studies published from 2000 to 2015. The keywords for the search included: spine surgery OR spinal stenosis AND decision making OR consideration OR preference OR willingness OR concern. Seven quantitative studies met the criteria for inclusion and were included in this review...
September 13, 2016: International Journal of Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306687/directly-measured-physical-function-in-cardiac-rehabilitation
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Jason L Rengo, Patrick D Savage, Joan C Shaw, Philip A Ades
PURPOSE: The Short Physical Performance Battery (SPPB) is a strong predictor for risk of physical disability in older adults. Roughly half of individuals participating in phase II cardiac rehabilitation (CR) are 65 years or older, many presenting with low aerobic capacities and may be at increased risk for physical disability. METHODS: The cohort consisted of 196 consecutive patients (136 men), aged 65 years or older, entering CR who were prospectively evaluated by the SPPB...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304261/self-care-motivation-among-patients-with-heart-failure-a-qualitative-study-based-on-orem-s-theory
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Ghasem Abotalebidariasari, Robabe Memarian, Zohreh Vanaki, Anoshirvan Kazemnejad, Nasim Naderi
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Initiating and adhering to self-care activities necessitate self-care motivation. This study was undertaken in Iran to explore self-care motivation among patients with heart failure (HF). METHODS: This qualitative study was done in 2014 and 2015. Study participants were patients with HF and their family members who were purposively selected from Shaheed Rajaei Cardiovascular, Medical and Research Center, Tehran, Iran. The study data were collected from December 2014 to May 2015 by doing in-depth semistructured face-to-face interviews and were analyzed via the directed content analysis approach...
November 1, 2016: Research and Theory for Nursing Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304099/impact-of-shoulder-sonography-on-clinical-decision-making
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Michael V Friedman, Travis J Hillen, David V Holland, James M Essenberg, Jennifer L Demertzis
OBJECTIVES: To assess the impact of musculoskeletal shoulder sonography (US) on clinical decision making. METHODS: This Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act-compliant retrospective study received Institutional Review Board approval with a waiver of informed consent. Consecutive musculoskeletal shoulder US examinations ordered over a 12-month period were retrospectively reviewed. The medical records of each patient were analyzed, recording immediate pre- and post-US treatment plans...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
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