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Wail Alkashkari, Amani Alsubei, Ziyad M Hijazi
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The past couple of decades have brought tremendous advances to the field of pediatric and adult congenital heart disease (CHD). Percutaneous valve interventions are now a cornerstone of not just the congenital cardiologist treating patients with congenital heart disease, but also-and numerically more importantly-for adult interventional cardiologists treating patients with acquired heart valve disease. Transcatheter pulmonary valve replacement (tPVR) is one of the most exciting recent developments in the treatment of CHD and has evolved to become an attractive alternative to surgery in patients with right ventricular outflow tract (RVOT) dysfunction...
March 15, 2018: Current Cardiology Reports
Gitanjali Narayanan, Shaima Naaz
Recent research points to a shift from categorical diagnoses to a dimensional understanding of psychopathology and mental health disorders. In parallel, there has been a rise in newer psychosocial treatment modalities, which are inherently transdiagnostic. Transdiagnostic approaches are those that identify core vulnerabilities and apply universal principles to therapeutic treatment. As treatment of substance use disorders (SUD) must invariably accommodate such vulnerabilities, clinicians are finding such interventions useful...
February 2018: Indian Journal of Psychiatry
James F Burgess, Nir Menachemi, Matthew L Maciejewski
OBJECTIVE: To present revised core competencies for doctoral programs in health services research (HSR), modalities to deliver these competencies, and suggested methods for assessing mastery of these competencies. DATA SOURCES AND DATA COLLECTION: Core competencies were originally developed in 2005, updated (but unpublished) in 2008, modestly updated for a 2016 HSR workforce conference, and revised based on feedback from attendees. Additional feedback was obtained from doctoral program directors, employer/workforce experts and attendees of presentation on these competencies at the AcademyHealth's June 2017 Annual Research Meeting...
March 13, 2018: Health Services Research
Sarah Prattley, James Voss, Stephanie Cheung, Robert Geraghty, Patrick Jones, Bhaskar K Somani
OBJECTIVE: To assess outcomes of ureteroscopy for treatment of stone disease in the elderly. Ureteroscopy (URS) is an increasingly popular treatment modality for urolithiasis and its applications are ever expanding with the development of newer technologies. Its feasibility and outcomes within the elderly population to our knowledge remain under-reported. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We examined the patient demographics and surgical outcomes from our prospective database for patients ≥70 years who underwent URS for urolithiasis, in a 5-year period between March 2012 and December 2016...
March 9, 2018: International Braz J Urol: Official Journal of the Brazilian Society of Urology
Mazin Khalid, Sumit Dahal, Vijay Gayam, Amrendra Mandal, Muhammad R Hossain, Osama Mukhtar, Mowyad Khalid, Pavani Garlapati, Mohammed Mansour
Background: Despite recent advances in chronic hepatitis C (CHC) treatment, only a small proportion of patients are connected with care and receive treatment. Internal medicine (IM) residents spend nearly one-third of their training in primary care settings and play a crucial role in diagnosing and counseling patients as well as linking patients with care and following up. Methods: IM residents in a community hospital completed an anonymous questionnaire regarding their knowledge, attitude, and practice associated with CHC treatment and its challenges...
February 2018: Gastroenterology Research
Santiago Roura, Carolina Gálvez-Montón, Antoni Bayes-Genis
Chronic diseases, including myocardial scar healing and heart failure remission, impose huge social and economic burdens, and novel approaches are needed. Several therapeutic modalities are currently being evaluated, including cell therapy, stem cell conditioning, and cardiac tissue engineering. Areas covered: This review discusses the restoration of cardiac function after myocardial infarction using a vascularized flap of autologous cardiac adipose tissue over an akinetic scar. It addresses the risks and benefits of using cardiac adipose progenitors and the adipose graft transposition procedure (AGTP) to ameliorate cardiac dysfunction in preclinical and clinical trials...
March 6, 2018: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
Gitanjali Srivastava, Caroline Apovian
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Obesity is a global health crisis with detrimental effects on all organ systems leading to worsening disease state and rising costs of care. Persons with obesity failing lifestyle therapies need to be escalated to appropriate pharmacological treatment modalities, medical devices, and/or bariatric surgery if criteria are met and more aggressive intervention is needed. The progression of severe obesity in the patient population coupled with related co-morbidities necessitates the development of novel therapies for the treatment of obesity...
March 5, 2018: Current Obesity Reports
Milind Sankhe, Omkar Churi
An analysis of the existing literature on lesioning for movement disorders was undertaken to review lesion therapy and its advances. Advances in imaging technology and electrophysiological techniques used for localization of brain structures and its functions, such as microelectrode recordings and macrostimulation, have greatly improved the ability to accurately identify the target nuclei such as the ventrointermediate nucleus (Vim), globus pallidus interna (GPi) and subthalamic nucleus (STN). Many important changes are happening in the understanding of lesion making...
March 2018: Neurology India
Pooja Patnaik Kuppili, Harshini Manohar, Vikas Menon
INTRODUCTION: Vaccines are one of the newer therapeutic modalities being researched in psychiatric illnesses with limited role of pharmacological interventions. Preclinical studies on vaccines have shown favorable results in conditions like Substance use Disorders and Alzheimer's Dementia. However, the utility of Mumps Measles Rubella vaccine has been overshadowed by controversy linked to causation of Autism. With this background, the current narrative review aimed to comprehensively and critically evaluate the current status of vaccines in Psychiatric illnesses...
February 15, 2018: Asian Journal of Psychiatry
Dhananjay K Chavan, Dhanraj D Chavan, Balkrishna P Nikam, Mohan S Kale, Varsha P Jamale, Shruti D Chavan
Context: Trichostasis spinulosa (TS) is a common but underdiagnosed follicular disorder involving retention of successive telogen hair in the hair follicle. Laser hair removal is a newer treatment modality for TS with promising results. Aims: This study aims to evaluate the efficacy of 800 nm diode laser to treat TS in Asian patients. Subjects and Methods: We treated 50 Indian subjects (Fitzpatrick skin phototype IV-V) with untreated trichostasis spinulosa on the nose with 800 nm diode laser at fluence ranging from 22 to 30 J/cm 2 and pulse width of 30 ms...
January 2018: International Journal of Trichology
Sundos A Alhadhoud, Mariappa Thinakar Vel, Mustafa Al Qbandi
Q fever (QF) is rarely reported in children. Awareness of the disease and newer diagnostic modalities have resulted in increasing recognition of unusual manifestations. We present three cases of QF endocarditis after right ventricle to pulmonary artery conduit insertion in children.
January 2018: Annals of Pediatric Cardiology
Satish Kalanjeri, Robert C Holladay, Thomas R Gildea
Lung nodules are being increasingly detected, particularly with lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography. Although the vast majority of lung nodules are benign, many often require tissue diagnosis. Several modalities to obtain diagnostic tissue from peripheral lung nodules are available. Bronchoscopic modalities such as radial ultrasound and electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy are becoming increasingly used because of their superior safety profile and improving diagnostic yield. Although these modalities continue to become more advanced, newer and complementary technologies appear promising...
March 2018: Clinics in Chest Medicine
Yun Zhang, Qin Lin, Ting Xu, Weiye Deng, Jinming Yu, Zhongxing Liao, Jinbo Yue
The standard treatment for locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer (LA NSCLC) includes surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, or some combination of these modalities. Many clinical trials have been conducted in attempts to intensify treatment for LA NSCLC, but with little improvement. A therapeutic plateau had been reached, with no major progress in extending survival for patients with this disease. However, several recent trials of newer targeted therapies and immunotherapies may shed new light on potential therapeutic breakthroughs...
February 6, 2018: Cancer Letters
Simrenjeet Sandhu, Karim F Damji
Argon laser trabeculoplasty as well as selective laser trabeculoplasty can be used in patients with exfoliation syndrome with similar safety and efficacy. However, treatment effect may abruptly reverse and patients need to be followed regularly to monitor IOP control. Newer laser treatment modalities including micropulse laser trabeculoplasty, titanium sapphire laser trabeculoplasty and pattern scanning trabeculoplasty show promising results but need to be studied in exfoliation patients. For exfoliation patients with angle closure, peripheral iridectomy, iridoplasty or cataract extraction can be very helpful...
February 6, 2018: Journal of Glaucoma
Marguerite T Parisi, Ramesh S Iyer, A Luana Stanescu
The introduction of diphosphonates in the 1970s revolutionized not only nuclear medicine but musculoskeletal imaging as well, providing functional assessment of entities such as osteomyelitis, trauma, and osseous metastatic disease. Although rarely the first-line imaging modality used today, nuclear medicine procedures continue to play a pivotal role in the evaluation of musculoskeletal diseases in children, providing whole-body assessment of disease involvement. More recently, the introduction of technologies such as single-photon emission computed tomography/computed tomography (SPECT/CT), as well as newer positron-emitting tracers such as 18 fluorine-fluorodeoxyglucose and sodium 18 F-fluorine, particularly when combined with CT (positron emission tomography/CT), have injected new life into the older established techniques and expanded the application of nuclear medicine imaging into new arenas...
February 2018: Seminars in Musculoskeletal Radiology
Yan Yatsynovich, Nathaniel Dittoe, Mikhail Petrov, Natallia Maroz
Sarcoidosis is a systemic disease characterized by noncaseating granulomas and is often a diagnosis of exclusion. The actual prevalence of cardiac sarcoidosis (CS) is unknown, as studies have demonstrated mixed data. CS may be asymptomatic and is likely more frequently encountered than previously thought. Sudden death may often be the presenting feature of CS. Most deaths attributed to CS are caused by arrhythmias or conduction system disease, and congestive heart failure may occur. Current expert consensus on diagnosis of CS continues to rely on endomyocardial biopsy, in the absence of which, histologic proof of extracardiac sarcoid involvement is necessitated...
February 2018: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
M C Kriegmair, N Wagener, S J Diehl, N Rathmann
Renal cell cancer is nowadays predominantly diagnosed in early stages due to the widespread use of sectional imaging for unrelated symptoms. Small renal masses (<4 cm) feature a largely indolent biology with a very low risk for metastasis or even a benign biology in up to 30% of the cases. Consequently, there is a need for less invasive therapeutic alternatives to nephron-sparing surgery. Meanwhile, there is a broad portfolio of local ablation techniques to treat small renal tumors. These include the extensively studied radiofrequency ablation and cryoablation techniques as well as newer modalities like microwave ablation and irreversible electroporation as more experimental techniques...
February 2, 2018: Der Urologe. Ausg. A
Vivek Sharma, C M Sreedhar, J Debnath
Radiology services in a combat situation are essentially centred on assisting the battle field physicians/surgeons to save/salvage life and limb. Timely and accurate detection of type and mapping of extent of injury can aid in making imaging based triage which can be of immense help to the treating physicians/trauma surgeons. With the availability of rapid assessment (clinical as well as imaging based) and quick transport facility, the focus has gradually been shifting from merely limb-saving to life-saving strategies...
October 2017: Medical Journal, Armed Forces India
Arvind Singh Kushwaha, K C Verma, M P Cariappa
Background: Routine annual filarial surveys are conducted amongst various categories of military personnel and their families as per policies in vogue in the Armed Forces. The neglect and inattention faced by this disease needs to be addressed in terms of policy, provisioning and processes while dealing with filariasis in the Armed Forces. Methods: Routine annual filarial survey was conducted in a garrison during the months of Nov and Dec in 2013 and 2014. Blood slides from 6305 and 10,162 persons were collected in 2013 and 2014 respectively...
October 2017: Medical Journal, Armed Forces India
Karol A Gutowski
LEARNING OBJECTIVES: After reading this article, the participant should be able to: 1. Differentiate between techniques for standard abdominoplasty and lipoabdominoplasty. 2. Assess patients for risk associated with abdominoplasty alone and combined with other procedures. 3. Implement newer modalities for abdominoplasty perioperative pain management. 4. Better understand the implications and techniques for rectus diastasis correction by rectus sheath plication. 5. Understand the evidence for eliminating the need for drains in abdominoplasty...
February 2018: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
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