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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149779/increased-genes-expression-levels-of-cytokines-related-to-th17-treg-cells-in-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cell-correlate-with-clinical-severity-in-copd-and-mustard-gas-exposed-patients
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Parisa Farahani, Raheleh Halabian, Ensieh Vahedi, Jafar Salimian
The long lasting inflammation and immune dysregulation is one of the main mechanisms involved in lung complication of veterans exposed to sulfur mustard (SM) gas. Th17/Treg cells have an important role in immunopathogenesis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and mustard lung disease. In this study, expression of cytokines genes levels related to Th17/Treg cells was determined in peripheral blood mononuclear (PBMC) of mustard lung patients and was compared with COPD patients and healthy controls (HC)...
October 2017: Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149469/cuffed-versus-uncuffed-endotracheal-tubes-for-general-anaesthesia-in-children-aged-eight-years-and-under
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REVIEW
Flavia A De Orange, Rebeca Gac Andrade, Andrea Lemos, Paulo Sgn Borges, José N Figueiroa, Pete G Kovatsis
BACKGROUND: Since the introduction of endotracheal intubation in paediatrics, uncuffed endotracheal tubes (ETTs) have been the standard of care for children under eight years old, based on the presumption that complications, particularly postoperative stridor, are higher with cuffed ETTs. The major disadvantages of uncuffed ETTs cited for this shift in procedure include the difficulty in achieving tidal volumes due to leakage around an uncuffed ETT. To seal the airway adequately, uncuffed tubes may need to be exchanged for another tube with a larger diameter, which sometimes requires several attempts before the appropriate size is found...
November 17, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149468/pneumoparotitis-as-a-complication-of-long-term-oronasal-positive-airway-pressure-for-sleep-apnea
#3
Andrew J Goates, Daniel J Lee, Joan E Maley, Phillip C Lee, Henry T Hoffman
BACKGROUND: Parotid swelling is rarely caused by pneumoparotitis from retrograde insufflation of air into Stensen's duct. Previous reports have identified occupational exposures, self-induced habits, exercise, spirometry, and short-term positive pressure airway ventilation as causes of salivary duct insufflation. METHODS: We present 2 cases of pneumoparotitis in patients on long-term oronasal continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) for obstructive sleep apnea...
November 17, 2017: Head & Neck
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149463/need-of-support-in-people-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
#4
L Ali, A Fors, I Ekman
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to describe peoples' experiences and expectations of support when living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). METHOD: We conducted and analysed face-to-face or telephone interviews with 17 individuals (aged 44-77 years) diagnosed with COPD. The interviewer asked open-ended questions aimed at encouraging further narration, and we analysed the participants' narratives using a phenomenological hermeneutical approach...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149462/a-multi-institutional-study-of-the-perceived-barriers-and-facilitators-to-implementing-evidence-based-practice
#5
Daphne C Duncombe
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: The study aims were to examine perceived barriers and facilitators to implementing evidence-based practice among nurses working in psychiatric, geriatric, hospital and community settings in The Bahamas. BACKGROUND: It is evident from previous studies that a number of factors exist which either obstruct or promote the utilization of research evidence in nursing practice. Identifying these factors is vital to the successful uptake of evidence-based practice in nursing...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149438/patient-predicted-sleep-position-vs-hst-data-a-tendency-to-underestimate-supine-sleep
#6
Adam J Sorscher, Anthony P Anzivino, Todd Mackenzie
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to measure people's accuracy when they estimate what proportion of their nightly sleep at home is supine vs. non-supine. METHODS: A series of patients referred for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) evaluation were asked if they "knew with confidence" how they slept with regard to their body position. "Yes" responders were then asked to estimate what percentage of their sleep was supine vs. non-supine. This value was compared with the actual proportion of supine vs...
November 17, 2017: Sleep & Breathing, Schlaf & Atmung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148977/the-role-of-micrornas-in-chronic-respiratory-disease-recent-insights
#7
Lindsay R Stolzenburg, Ann Harris
Chronic respiratory diseases encompass a group of diverse conditions affecting the airways, which all impair lung function over time. They include cystic fibrosis, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and asthma, which together affect hundreds of millions of people worldwide. MicroRNAs (miRNAs), a class of small non-coding RNAs involved in post-transcriptional gene repression, are now recognized as major regulators in the development and progression of chronic lung disease. Alterations in miRNA abundance occur in lung tissue, inflammatory cells, and freely circulating in blood and are thought to function both as drivers and modifiers of disease...
November 27, 2017: Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148930/use-of-mixed-oil-fat-emulsion-to-improve-intestinal-failure-associated-liver-disease-in-long-term-home-parenteral-nutrition-a-case-report
#8
Ryan T Hurt, Manpreet S Mundi
Home parenteral nutrition (HPN) is a life-saving therapy for patients who are not able to use their gastrointestinal tract. There are a number of complications associated with HPN, including metabolic bone disease, intestinal failure-associated liver disease (IFALD), and catheter-related bloodstream infections. We present a case of a 32-year-old HPN patient who initially developed biopsy-proven IFALD (total bilirubin, 2.4 mg/dL) while on long-term HPN. His HPN was initiated due to myopathic intestinal dysmotility and pseudo-obstruction when he was 15 years old...
November 1, 2017: JPEN. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148894/metabolic-profile-in-patients-with-mild-obstructive-sleep-apnea
#9
Luciana Oliveira E Silva, Thais M Guimarães, Gabriela P Luz, Glaury Coelho, Luciana Badke, Ildonete R Almeida, Aline Millani-Carneiro, Sergio Tufik, Lia Bittencourt, Sonia M Togeiro
BACKGROUND: Mild obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a highly prevalent disorder in adults. However, it is not clear whether mild OSA has significant metabolic complications. This study examined the prevalence of metabolic syndrome (MS) in patients with mild OSA compared to control group. METHODS: Adults (18-65 years of age) of both genders with a body mass index (BMI) ≤35 kg/m(2) were included. The mild OSA group comprised of patients with an apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) score of ≥5 but ≤15 events/hr of sleep, independent of other symptoms...
November 17, 2017: Metabolic Syndrome and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148856/novel-applications-for-serum-procalcitonin-testing-in-clinical-practice
#10
Justin J Choi, Matthew W McCarthy
Procalcitonin has emerged as a reliable marker of acute bacterial infection in hospitalized patients and the assay has recently been incorporated into several clinical algorithms to reduce antimicrobial overuse, but its use in patients with end-organ dysfunction is controversial. Areas covered: In this review, the authors examine what is known about procalcitonin testing in patients with organ dysfunction, including those with end-stage renal disease, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and cirrhosis, and explore how the assay is now being used in the management of non-infectious diseases...
November 17, 2017: Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148580/ultrasound-guided-reduction-of-an-incarcerated-obturator-hernia-in-an-elderly-patient
#11
Bente M de Kok, Julien B C M Puylaert, Frank M Zijta
Obturator hernia is a rare but clinically relevant cause of intestinal obstruction, usually found in elderly, thin, multiparous women. It is difficult to diagnose, leading to diagnostic delay with a high incidence of strangulation and a high mortality rate. Surgery is the only reported treatment. We report the case of an 86-year-old woman, in whom an early diagnosis of incarcerated obturator hernia was made with subsequent reduction by compression with an ultrasound transducer. When the risk of strangulation is presumed to be low, ultrasound-guided reduction of an obturator hernia is achievable and worth considering...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Ultrasound: JCU
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148248/recurrent-coarctation-of-aorta-after-norwood-operation-in-single-ventricle-patients-the-case-of-the-missing-ideal-stent
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EDITORIAL
Dhaval R Parekh, Zvonimir Krajcer
Recurrent coarctation postoperative Norwood is poorly tolerated in single ventricle patients. Although transcatheter balloon angioplasty is considered first line, it often leads to inadequate or non-durable relief of obstruction. Transcatheter stent implantation provides excellent relief of obstruction but necessitates staged redilation to account for somatic growth in children. Stent technology, delivery systems, and procedural techniques will need to evolve to obviate reported adverse events mainly due to patient size...
November 15, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148231/employment-status-at-time-of-first-hospitalization-for-heart-failure-is-associated-with-a-higher-risk-of-death-and-rehospitalization-for-heart-failure
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Rasmus Rørth, Emil L Fosbøl, Ulrik M Mogensen, Kristian Kragholm, Anna-Karin Numé, Gunnar H Gislason, Pardeep S Jhund, Mark C Petrie, John J V McMurray, Christian Torp-Pedersen, Lars Køber, Søren L Kristensen
AIMS: Employment status at time of first heart failure (HF) hospitalization may be an indicator of both self-perceived and objective health status. In this study, we examined the association between employment status and the risk of all-cause mortality and recurrent HF hospitalization in a nationwide cohort of patients with HF. METHODS AND RESULTS: We identified all patients of working age (18-60 years) with a first HF hospitalization in the period 1997-2015 in Denmark, categorized according to whether or not they were part of the workforce at time of the index admission...
November 16, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148206/comparison-of-valvar-and-right-ventricular-function-following-transcatheter-and-surgical-pulmonary-valve-replacement
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Wendy F Li, Heidi Pollard, Mohsen Karimi, Jeremy D Asnes, William E Hellenbrand, Veronika Shabanova, Constance G Weismann
OBJECTIVE: Trans-catheter (TC) pulmonary valve replacement (PVR) has become common practice for patients with right ventricular outflow tract obstruction (RVOTO) and/or pulmonic insufficiency (PI). Our aim was to compare PVR and right ventricular (RV) function of patients who received TC vs surgical PVR. DESIGN: Retrospective review of echocardiograms obtained at three time points: before, immediately after PVR, and most recent. PATIENTS: Sixty-two patients (median age 19 years, median follow-up 25 months) following TC (N = 32) or surgical (N = 30) PVR at Yale-New Haven Hospital were included...
November 17, 2017: Congenital Heart Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148201/current-perspectives-on-the-role-of-tonsillectomy
#15
REVIEW
Samuel R Greig
Tonsillectomy is one of the most common paediatric surgical procedures performed in Australasia. The aim of this paper is to provide an up-to-date review of the indications for the procedure (and the evidence base for each of these indications), as well as describe the surgical technique and perioperative management and risks for a non-surgical audience. The primary indications for tonsillectomy are obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) (where it is most commonly performed in association with adenoidectomy) and recurrent pharyngotonsillitis...
November 2017: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148196/umbilicus-and-its-extensive-clinical-repertoire
#16
Spencer W Beasley
The umbilicus is involved in a wide range of abnormalities in infants and children. The most severe are evident at birth and include exomphalos (omphalocele) and gastroschisis, both of which can be life-threatening but are easy to diagnose. Exomphalos is often associated with other congenital abnormalities, whereas the associated problems in gastroschisis are largely confined to the gut. Infection of the umbilicus in the neonate presents as omphalitis. The causes of a moist umbilicus following separation of the umbilical stump are multiple, from the relatively minor umbilical granuloma or ectopic bowel mucosa to the more significant patent urachus that leaks urine...
November 2017: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148182/reliability-validity-and-minimal-detectable-change-of-computerised-respiratory-sounds-in-patients-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
#17
Ana Oliveira, Susan Lage, João Rodrigues, Alda Marques
INTRODUCTION: Computerised respiratory Sounds (CRS) are closely related to the movement of air within the tracheobronchial tree, and are promising outcome measures in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). However, CRS measurement properties have been poorly tested. OBJECTIVE: To assess the reliability, validity, and the minimal detectable changes (MDC) of CRS in patients with stable COPD. METHODS: Fifty patients (36♂, 67...
November 17, 2017: Clinical Respiratory Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148156/long-term-outcomes-for-different-surgical-strategies-to-treat-left-ventricular-outflow-tract-obstruction-in-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
#18
Richard Collis, Oliver Watkinson, Constantinos O'Mahony, Oliver P Guttmann, Antonis Pantazis, Maria Tome-Esteban, Victor Tsang, Venkatachalam Chandrasekaran, Christopher G A McGregor, Perry M Elliott
AIMS: Surgical intervention is used to treat dynamic left ventricular outflow tract obstruction (LVOTO) in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. This study assesses the effect of different surgical strategies on long-term mortality and morbidity. METHODS AND RESULTS: In total, 347 patients underwent surgical intervention for LVOTO (1988-2015). Group A (n = 272) underwent septal myectomy; Group B (n = 33), septal myectomy and mitral valve (MV) repair; Group C (n = 22), myectomy and MV replacement; and Group D (n = 20), MV replacement alone...
November 16, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147883/clinical-and-radiological-diagnosis-of-gallstone-ileus-a-mini-review
#19
Liisa Chang, Minna Chang, Hanna M Chang, Aina I Chang, Fuju Chang
Gallstone ileus is a rare cause of bowel obstruction, which mainly affects the elderly population. The associated mortality is estimated to be up to 30%. The presentation of gallstone ileus is notoriously non-specific, and this often contributes to the delay in diagnosis. The diagnosis of gallstone ileus relies on a radiological approach, and herein we discuss the benefits and drawbacks of the use of different modalities of radiological imaging: plain abdominal films, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and ultrasound scanning...
November 16, 2017: Emergency Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147877/efficacy-and-safety-of-fully-covered-self-expanding-metal-stents-for-malignant-esophageal-obstruction
#20
Hoonsub So, Ji Yong Ahn, Seungbong Han, Kyoungwon Jung, Hee Kyong Na, Jeong Hoon Lee, Kee Wook Jeong, Do Hoon Kim, Kee Don Choi, Ho June Song, Gin Hyug Lee, Hwoon-Yong Jung
BACKGROUND: Malignant dysphagia can result in poor nutritional status with severe weight loss. Rapid relief from dysphagia can be achieved with esophageal self-expanding metal stents (SEMSs), a minimally invasive method. In this study, we evaluated the usefulness of SEMSs for malignant dysphagia. METHODS: Between 2012 and 2015, 119 patients with malignant dysphagia underwent esophageal SEMS insertion with endoscopic assistance. Their demographics and clinical outcomes were collected...
November 17, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
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