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Brian M Ilfeld
A continuous peripheral nerve block (CPNB) consists of a percutaneously inserted catheter with its tip adjacent to a target nerve/plexus through which local anesthetic may be administered, providing a prolonged block that may be titrated to the desired effect. In the decades after its first report in 1946, a plethora of data relating to CPNB was published, much of which was examined in a 2011 Anesthesia & Analgesia article. The current update is an evidence-based review of the CPNB literature published in the interim...
October 3, 2016: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Matthew J Mimiaga, Elizabeth F Closson, Shanice Battle, Jeffrey H Herbst, Damian Denson, Nicole Pitts, Jeremy Holman, Stewart Landers, Gordon Mansergh
Men who have sex with men (MSM) of color are disproportionately affected by HIV in the United States. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) using antiretroviral medications is a newer biomedical prevention modality with established efficacy for reducing the risk of acquiring HIV. We conducted formative qualitative research to explore audience reactions and receptivity to message concepts on PrEP as part of the development of prevention messages to promote PrEP awareness among black and Latino MSM in the United States...
October 2016: AIDS Patient Care and STDs
Neeraj Nagpal
Physicians and Internists in India have tended to brush under the carpet legal issues affecting their profession. Of concern to all Physicians is the judgment in a recent case where the NCDRC has stated that if MD Medicine Physicians write Physician & Cardiologist on their letterhead it is Quackery. What is MD Medicine degree holder in India qualified and trained to treat ? These are issues which need debate and that can only be initiated once we recognize that there is a problem. Either an MD Medicine is a cardiologist or he is not...
February 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Jacob Laubach, Shaji Kumar
Treatment approaches for newly diagnosed myeloma have changed considerably during the past decade, along with a better understanding of the disease heterogeneity. Availability of new drug classes such as proteasome inhibitors and immunomodulatory drugs, and use of these drugs in combinations have led to higher response rates and deeper responses in the vast majority of patients with newly diagnosed myeloma. In addition to improved efficacy, these regimens are tolerated better than those with conventional chemotherapy drugs, which have reduced the early mortality seen in MM, while allowing for successful stem cell collection in patients undergoing stem cell transplant consolidation...
2016: Cancer Treatment and Research
Leslie K Ballas, Andre Luis de Castro Abreu, David I Quinn
As molecular imaging better delineates the state of prostate cancer, clinical management will evolve. The currently licensed imaging modalities are limited by lack of specificity or sensitivity for the extent of cancer and for predicting outcome in response to therapy. Clinicians want molecular imaging that-by being more reliable in tailoring treatment and monitoring response for each patient-will become a key facet of precision medicine, surgery, and radiation therapy. Identifying patients who are candidates for specific or novel treatments is important, but equally important is the finding that a given patient may not be a good candidate for single-modality therapy...
October 2016: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
Dean J Arnaoutakis, Martin Zammert, Alan Karthikesalingam, Michael Belkin
Endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms is an important technique in the vascular surgeon's armamentarium, which has created a seismic shift in the management of aortic pathology over the past two decades. In comparison to traditional open repair, the endovascular approach is associated with significantly improved perioperative morbidity and mortality. The early survival benefit of endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm repair is sustained up to 3 years postoperatively, but longer-term life expectancy remains poor regardless of operative modality...
September 2016: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Anaesthesiology
Martina Nowak-Machen
Aortic disease, when left untreated, is still associated with major morbidity and mortality. Aortic dissection and aortic aneurysm are the main reasons for performing aortic surgery procedures in the adult. Imaging techniques such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging play a key role in the preoperative evaluation. Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) has become a safe and invaluable perioperative imaging tool for aortic disease over the past decade with high sensitivity and specificity. TEE can increase patient safety and improve overall patient outcome in aortic surgery...
September 2016: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Anaesthesiology
Marc Bosiers, Koen Deloose, Joren Callaert, Patrick Peeters, Michel Bosiers
Endovascular techniques have improved markedly over the past several decades. Plain old balloon angioplasty can only reach patencies around 40% after 1 year. Scaffolding stents have resulted in improved short-term results but encountered limitations for longer-term durability. With the introduction of drug-eluting technologies the process of intimal hyperplasia might be slowed, resulting in improved long-term patency results. At first, limus-eluting technologies were not able to transfer the enthusiasm from the coronaries to the infrainguinal vascular bed...
December 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
Róbert Gábor Kiss
Antithrombotic drug therapy is a main cornerstone - sometimes a fairly uneven cornerstone - of today's clinical practice. Patients treated with antithrombotic drugs appear sometimes unawaited at those of our colleagues, who are not necessarily experts of this narrow field. Furthermore, new and newer molecules of antiplatelet and anticoagulant medicines have come into practice, frequently in combination. This dramatic development has been important to patients; pharmacological - and recently nonpharmacological - antithrombotic treatment has paved the way to improve current modalities in cardiology...
September 2016: Orvosi Hetilap
Monisha Billings, Bruce A Dye, Timothy Iafolla, Alan N Baer, Margaret Grisius, Ilias Alevizos
BACKGROUND: Xerostomia is a chief complaint of patients with Sjögren's syndrome (SS). However, newer proposals for SS classification remove xerostomia and hyposalivation from the criteria list. Given these developments and the importance of patient-centered research outcomes, we sought to evaluate the utility of patient-reported xerostomia with implications for classification criteria, and clinical trials targeting SS treatment modalities. METHODS: A nested case-control study was designed within The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research/National Institutes of Health (NIDCR/NIH) SS Cohort - one of the largest SS cohorts in the US...
September 9, 2016: EBioMedicine
Simon Greulich, Andrew E Arai, Udo Sechtem, Heiko Mahrholdt
Cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) is a non-invasive imaging modality that has rapidly emerged during the last few years and has become a valuable, well-established clinical tool. Beside the evaluation of anatomy and function, CMR has its strengths in providing detailed non-invasive myocardial tissue characterization, for which it is considered the current diagnostic gold standard. Late gadolinium enhancement (LGE), with its capability to detect necrosis and to separate ischemic from non-ischemic cardiomyopathies by distinct LGE patterns, offers unique clinical possibilities...
2016: F1000Research
James X Chen, Deepak Sudheendra, S William Stavropoulos, Gregory J Nadolski
The treatment for iliofemoral deep venous thrombosis (DVT) is challenging, as the use of anticoagulation alone can be insufficient for restoring venous patency and thus lead to prolongation of acute symptoms and an increased risk of chronic complications, including venous insufficiency and postthrombotic syndrome (PTS). In these cases, earlier and more complete thrombus removal can ameliorate acute symptoms and reduce long-term sequelae. Endovascular therapies involving the use of pharmacologic, mechanical, and combined pharmacomechanical modalities have been developed to achieve these goals...
September 2016: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
Lauretta E Grau, Timothy Pham, Teresa O'Leary, June Weiss, Benjamin Toll, Steven L Bernstein
BACKGROUND: Numerous evidence-based pharmacologic and behavioral approaches exist for the treatment of tobacco dependence. Short-message service texting is a newer modality which shows promise, but smokers' perspectives on texting have not been widely explored. OBJECTIVE: To use a qualitative research approach to elicit from a sub-sample of participants in a pilot clinical trial their perspectives concerning the feasibility, acceptability, and personal relevance of a publicly available texting program for smoking cessation...
August 3, 2016: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
Indraneil Mukherjee, Brett Powell, Mary Parianos, Darrell Downs, Sharona B Ross
The incidence of pancreatic cancer, the fourth leading cause of cancer death in United States, is increasing worldwide. Even though the cure rate has doubled in 40 years, it is abysmally poor at 6-7%. As surgical resection remains the only curative treatment and less than 20% of the newly diagnosed cancers are resectable, the major burden of disease management lies in early diagnosis, good prognostication, and proper neo-adjuvant and/or adjuvant therapy. With advancing technologies and their ease of availability, researchers have better tools to understand pancreatic cancer...
August 5, 2016: Cancer Genetics
J A Epps, N A Smart
An emerging treatment modality for reducing damage caused by ischaemia-reperfusion injury is ischaemic conditioning. This technique induces short periods of ischaemia that have been found to protect against a more significant ischaemic insult. Remote ischaemic conditioning (RIC) can be administered more conveniently and safely, by inflation of a pneumatic blood pressure cuff to a suprasystolic pressure on a limb. Protection is then transferred to a remote organ via humoral and neural pathways. The diabetic state is particularly vulnerable to ischaemia-reperfusion injury, and ischaemia is a significant cause of many diabetic complications, including the diabetic foot...
2016: Cardiovascular Diabetology
David M Tehrani, Nathan D Wong
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk assessment has changed substantially in recent years. While older guidelines considered diabetes a coronary disease risk equivalent, more recent guidelines recommend risk stratification on the basis of global risk scoring to target intensity of therapy. While patients with diabetes as a whole are at greater risk for CVD events, these patients may also benefit from risk stratification based on circulating biomarkers like high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T, and N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide, as well as newer imaging modalities (coronary artery calcium, carotid intima-media thickness, and myocardial perfusion imaging)...
November 2016: Current Cardiology Reports
Aditya Goud, Chanukya Dahagam, David P Breen, Saiyad Sarkar
The incidence of pulmonary nodules and lung cancer is rising. Some of this increase in incidence is due to improved pick up by newer imaging modalities. However, the goal is to diagnose these lesion, many of which are located in the periphery, by safe and relatively non-invasive methods. This has led to the emergence of numerous techniques such as electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy (ENB). Current evidence supports a role for these techniques in the diagnostic pathway. However, numerous factor influence the diagnostic accuracy...
July 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Shubha Ananthakrishnan, Thomas A Depner
Hemodialysis has come a long way since its early days and is a life sustaining therapy for millions of people with end-stage kidney disease throughout the world. Although thrice weekly hemodialysis remains the most common form of renal replacement therapy, other therapies such as more frequent, prolonged dialysis modalities have seen a rise recently. In this review, we compare and contrast methods for measuring the dialysis dose, with a focus on small molecule clearance (Kt/Vurea ) among various dialysis modalities...
September 4, 2016: Seminars in Dialysis
Mohammed Ashrafi, Teresa Alonso-Rasgado, Mohamed Baguneid, Ardeshir Bayat
Current gold standard lower extremity cutaneous wound management is not always effective. Cutaneous wounds generate a "current of injury" which is directly involved in wound healing processes. Application of exogenous electrical stimulation has been hypothesised to imitate the natural electric current that occurs in cutaneous wounds. The aim of this extensive review is to provide a detailed update on the variety of electrical stimulation modalities used in the management of lower extremity wounds. Several different waveforms and delivery methods of electrical stimulation have been used...
August 30, 2016: Experimental Dermatology
Gavino Casu, Michele Massimo Gulizia, Giulio Molon, Patrizio Mazzone, Andrea Audo, Giancarlo Casolo, Emilio Di Lorenzo, Michele Portoghese, Christian Pristipino, Renato Pietro Ricci, Sakis Themistoclakis, Luigi Padeletti, Claudio Tondo, Sergio Berti, Jacopo Andrea Oreglia, Gino Gerosa, Marco Zanobini, Gian Paolo Ussia, Giuseppe Musumeci, Francesco Romeo, Roberto Di Bartolomeo
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia and its prevalence is increasing due to the progressive aging of the population. About 20% of strokes are attributable to AF and AF patients are at 5-fold increased risk of stroke. The mainstay of treatment of AF is the prevention of thromboembolic complications with oral anticoagulation therapy. Drug treatment for many years has been based on the use of vitamin K antagonists, but recently newer and safer molecules have been introduced (dabigatran etexilate, rivaroxaban, apixaban and edoxaban)...
July 2016: Giornale Italiano di Cardiologia
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