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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29356176/tools-of-the-trade-improving-nurses-ability-to-access-and-evaluate-research
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Martha R Sleutel, John W Bullion, Ronnie Sullivan
AIM: To evaluate the effect of a manager-required RN competency on staff nurses' perceived knowledge, ability and frequency of information-seeking activities. BACKGROUND: Basing clinical practice on research and standards of care is essential to delivering appropriate care with optimal outcomes. Nurses' information-seeking abilities are critical for acquiring evidence-based answers to aid clinical decision-making, yet nurses under-utilize library resources and report barriers...
January 22, 2018: Journal of Nursing Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29355168/reproductive-health-and-pregnancy-in-women-with-chronic-kidney-disease
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REVIEW
Kate S Wiles, Catherine Nelson-Piercy, Kate Bramham
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is associated with reduced fertility and an increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes. Rates of pre-eclampsia, fetal growth restriction and preterm delivery increase incrementally with the severity of CKD and proteinuria. Pre-pregnancy counselling can facilitate informed decision-making. Safe and effective contraception is required for women who wish to delay or avoid pregnancy. Pregnancy planning for women who wish to conceive involves appropriate substitution of known teratogens - including mycophenolate mofetil, angiotensin blockers and cyclophosphamide - and can aid optimization of disease control...
January 22, 2018: Nature Reviews. Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29354890/angular-relational-signature-based-chest-radiograph-image-view-classification
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K C Santosh, Laurent Wendling
In a computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) system, especially for chest radiograph or chest X-ray (CXR) screening, CXR image view information is required. Automatically separating CXR image view, frontal and lateral can ease subsequent CXR screening process, since the techniques may not equally work for both views. We present a novel technique to classify frontal and lateral CXR images, where we introduce angular relational signature through force histogram to extract features and apply three different state-of-the-art classifiers: multi-layer perceptron, random forest, and support vector machine to make a decision...
January 22, 2018: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29354499/online-tools-for-patient-counseling-in-bladder-and-kidney-cancer-ready-for-prime-time
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REVIEW
Philipp Gild, Michael Rink, Christian P Meyer
Gauging prognosis is a key element when facing treatment decisions in cancer care. Several prognostic tools, such as risk tables and nomograms are at hand to aid this process. In the context of patient-centered care, prognostic tools are of great interest to caregivers and -providers alike, as they can convey sizeable amounts of information and provide tailored, accurate estimates of prognosis. Given the rising number of prognostic tools in cancer care over the last two decades, and similarly, ever increasing presence of the Internet, we aimed to assess how this would translate into the availability of online tools for patient counseling...
December 2017: Translational Andrology and Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353550/ectrims-ean-guideline-on-the-pharmacological-treatment-of-people-with-multiple-sclerosis
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Xavier Montalban, Ralf Gold, Alan J Thompson, Susana Otero-Romero, Maria Pia Amato, Dhia Chandraratna, Michel Clanet, Giancarlo Comi, Tobias Derfuss, Franz Fazekas, Hans Peter Hartung, Eva Havrdova, Bernhard Hemmer, Ludwig Kappos, Roland Liblau, Catherine Lubetzki, Elena Marcus, David H Miller, Tomas Olsson, Steve Pilling, Krysztof Selmaj, Axel Siva, Per Soelberg Sorensen, Maria Pia Sormani, Christoph Thalheim, Heinz Wiendl, Frauke Zipp
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a complex disease with new drugs becoming available in the past years. There is a need for a reference tool compiling current data to aid professionals in treatment decisions. OBJECTIVES: To develop an evidence-based clinical practice guideline for the pharmacological treatment of people with MS. METHODS: This guideline has been developed using the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) methodology and following the updated EAN recommendations...
January 1, 2018: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353517/visual-spatial-cognition-in-children-using-aided-communication
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Kristine Stadskleiv, Beata Batorowicz, Munique Massaro, Hans van Balkom, Stephen von Tetzchner
Children with severe motor impairments are restricted in their manipulation and exploration of objects, but little is known about how such limitations influence cognitive development. This study investigated visual-constructional abilities in 75 children and adolescents, aged 5;0-15;11 (years;months), with severe speech impairments and no intellectual disabilities (aided group) and in 56 children and adolescents with typical development (reference group). Verbal comprehension, non-verbal reasoning, and visual-spatial perception were assessed with standardized tests...
January 22, 2018: Augmentative and Alternative Communication: AAC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353337/a-retrospective-analysis-of-5-fluorouracil-plus-cisplatin-as-first-line-chemotherapy-in-the-recent-treatment-strategy-for-patients-with-metastatic-or-recurrent-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Shuji Hiramoto, Ken Kato, Hirokazu Shoji, Natsuko Okita, Atsuo Takashima, Yoshitaka Honma, Satoru Iwasa, Tetsuya Hamaguchi, Yasuhide Yamada, Yasuhiro Shimada, Narikazu Boku
BACKGROUND: Patients with metastatic or recurrent esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) have a poor prognosis. For decades, the most widely used first-line chemotherapy regimen for these patients has been the combination of 5-fluorouracil + cisplatin (CF). However, prognostic factors of CF as first-line chemotherapy for ESCC have not been clarified. METHODS: A total of 187 patients with metastatic or recurrent esophageal ESCC treated with CF at the National Cancer Center Hospital between January 2001 and December 2012 were enrolled in the study...
January 20, 2018: International Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352817/the-association-between-sexual-behaviours-and-initiation-of-post-secondary-education-in-south-africa
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Annah V Bengesai, Hafiz T A Khan, Russell Dube
Although young people in South Africa are growing up in an era where their socioeconomic circumstances are seemingly better than those of their parents' generation, they face greater risks in their trajectory to adulthood. This is mainly because the environment in which they are making sexual decisions is also rapidly evolving. Currently, South Africa has the highest prevalence of HIV and AIDS in the world among young people aged 15-24. This study examined the effect of sexual behaviours initiated in adolescence on enrolment in post-secondary education...
January 21, 2018: Journal of Biosocial Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352526/ectrims-ean-guideline-on-the-pharmacological-treatment-of-people-with-multiple-sclerosis
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X Montalban, R Gold, A J Thompson, S Otero-Romero, M P Amato, D Chandraratna, M Clanet, G Comi, T Derfuss, F Fazekas, H P Hartung, E Havrdova, B Hemmer, L Kappos, R Liblau, C Lubetzki, E Marcus, D H Miller, T Olsson, S Pilling, K Selmaj, A Siva, P S Sorensen, M P Sormani, C Thalheim, H Wiendl, F Zipp
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a complex disease of the central nervous system. As new drugs are becoming available, knowledge on diagnosis and treatment must continuously evolve. There is therefore a need for a reference tool compiling current data on benefit and safety, to aid professionals in treatment decisions and use of resources across Europe. The European Committee of Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS) and the European Academy of Neurology (EAN) have joined forces to meet this need...
January 19, 2018: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352095/electrophysiologic-testing-aids-diagnosis-and-subtyping-of-myoclonus
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Rodi Zutt, Jan W Elting, Jonathan C van Zijl, J Han van der Hoeven, Christiaan M Roosendaal, Jeannette M Gelauff, Kathryn J Peall, Marina A J Tijssen
OBJECTIVE: To determine the contribution of electrophysiologic testing in the diagnosis and anatomical classification of myoclonus. METHODS: Participants with a clinical diagnosis of myoclonus were prospectively recruited, each undergoing a videotaped clinical examination and battery of electrophysiologic tests. The diagnosis of myoclonus and its subtype was reviewed after 6 months in the context of the electrophysiologic findings and specialist review of the videotaped clinical examination...
January 19, 2018: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351876/vital-signs-analysis-algorithm-detects-inflammatory-response-in-premature-infants-with-late-onset-sepsis-and-necrotizing-enterocolitis
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Leena B Mithal, Ram Yogev, Hannah L Palac, Daniel Kaminsky, Ilan Gur, Karen K Mestan
BACKGROUND: Nonspecific clinical signs and suboptimal diagnostic tests limit accurate identification of late onset sepsis (LOS) and necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) in premature infants, resulting in significant morbidity and antibiotic overuse. An infant's systemic inflammatory response may be identified earlier than clinical suspicion through analysis of multiple vital signs by a computerized algorithm (RALIS). AIM: To evaluate the revised RALIS algorithm for detection of LOS and NEC in preterm infants...
January 16, 2018: Early Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351748/a-comparative-study-of-three-conservative-treatments-in-patients-with-lumbar-spinal-stenosis-lumbar-spinal-stenosis-with-acupuncture-and-physical-therapy-study-lap-study
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Hiroyuki Oka, Ko Matsudaira, Yuichi Takano, Daichi Kasuya, Masaki Niiya, Juichi Tonosu, Masayoshi Fukushima, Yasushi Oshima, Tomoko Fujii, Sakae Tanaka, Hirohiko Inanami
BACKGROUND: Although the efficiency of conservative management for lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) has been examined, different conservative management approaches have not been compared. We have performed the first comparative trial of three types of conservative management (medication with acetaminophen, exercise, and acupuncture) in Japanese patients with LSS. METHODS: Patients with L5 root radiculopathy associated with LSS who visited our hospital for surgical treatment were enrolled between December 2011 and January 2014...
January 19, 2018: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351654/what-is-the-role-of-imaging-in-the-clinical-diagnosis-of-osteoarthritis-and-disease-management
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Xia Wang, Win Min Oo, James M Linklater
While OA is predominantly diagnosed on the basis of clinical criteria, imaging may aid with differential diagnosis in clinically suspected cases. While plain radiographs are traditionally the first choice of imaging modality, MRI and US also have a valuable role in assessing multiple pathologic features of OA, although each has particular advantages and disadvantages. Although modern imaging modalities provide the capability to detect a wide range of osseous and soft tissue (cartilage, menisci, ligaments, synovitis, effusion) OA-related structural damage, this extra information has not yet favourably influenced the clinical decision-making and management process...
January 16, 2018: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346783/does-2-pro-prostate-specific-antigen-meet-the-criteria-to-justify-its-inclusion-in-the-clinical-decision-making-process
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Angeles Sanchis-Bonet, Marta Barrionuevo-González, Ana Bajo-Chueca, Nelson Morales-Palacios, Manuel Sanchez-Chapado
INTRODUCTION: To assess whether [-2]pro-prostate-specific antigen (p2PSA) meets the criteria to justify its inclusion in a predictive model of prostate cancer (PCa) diagnosis and in the clinical decision-making process. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total 172 men with total prostate-specific antigen of 2-10 ng/mL underwent measurement of free PSA and p2PSA before prostate biopsy in an observational and prospective study. From these measurements, the Prostate Health Index (PHI) was calculated...
January 18, 2018: Urologia Internationalis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344894/systems-biology-approaches-in-cancer-pathology
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Aaron DeWard, Rebecca J Critchley-Thorne
The complex network of the tissue system, in both pre-neoplastic tissues and tumors, demonstrates the need for a systems biology approach to cancer pathology, in which quantification of key tissue system processes is combined with informatics tools to produce actionable scores to aid clinical decision-making. A systems biology approach to cancer pathology enables integration of key system features that are relevant to diagnoses, patient outcomes, and responses to therapies. Key tissue system features relevant to cancer pathology include molecular and morphologic abnormalities in epithelia, cellular changes in the stroma such as immune infiltrates, and relationships between components of the system, such as interactions and spatial relationships between epithelial and stromal components, and also between specific immune cell subsets...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344753/comparative-approach-of-mri-based-brain-tumor-segmentation-and-classification-using-genetic-algorithm
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Nilesh Bhaskarrao Bahadure, Arun Kumar Ray, Har Pal Thethi
The detection of a brain tumor and its classification from modern imaging modalities is a primary concern, but a time-consuming and tedious work was performed by radiologists or clinical supervisors. The accuracy of detection and classification of tumor stages performed by radiologists is depended on their experience only, so the computer-aided technology is very important to aid with the diagnosis accuracy. In this study, to improve the performance of tumor detection, we investigated comparative approach of different segmentation techniques and selected the best one by comparing their segmentation score...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Digital Imaging: the Official Journal of the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342067/there-is-no-column-a-new-classification-for-acetabular-fractures
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Amir Herman, Shay Tenenbaum, Vladislav Ougortsin, Nachshon Shazar
BACKGROUND: The surgical treatment of acetabular fractures relies on the understanding of fracture architecture and their classification. The Judet and Letournel classification has been the cornerstone in understanding and treating acetabular fractures. Recently, there has been growing evidence of discrepancies and incompleteness in the Judet and Letournel classification, adversely affecting its clinical use. This study describes a novel comprehensive classification system that will direct surgical approach and fixation methods...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341513/investment-in-epilepsy-monitoring-units-improves-epilepsy-care-experience-in-a-regional-neuroscience-centre
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R N McGinty, D J Costello, B McNamara, P Kinirons, B J Sweeney
An evaluation of the clinical yield of inpatient long-term video-EEG (vEEG) in a new epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU) was undertaken, with findings compared to the centre's prior method of bedside vEEG recording in a standard neurology ward, as reported in 2004. A retrospective analysis of neurophysiology reports for all adults who underwent elective vEEG monitoring in the EMU at Cork University Hospital between January 2015 and July 2016 was conducted. Of 115 vEEG studies in the EMU, 100 (87.0%) were deemed diagnostically conclusive, 14 (12...
August 8, 2017: Irish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340710/production-of-plant-derived-polyphenols-in-microorganisms-current-state-and-perspectives
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REVIEW
Lars Milke, Jennifer Aschenbrenner, Jan Marienhagen, Nicolai Kallscheuer
Plants synthesize several thousand different polyphenols of which many have the potential to aid in preventing or treating cancer, cardiovascular, and neurodegenerative diseases. However, plants usually contain complex polyphenol mixtures impeding access to individual compounds in larger quantities. In contrast, functional integration of biosynthetic plant polyphenol pathways into microorganisms allows for the production of individual polyphenols as chemically distinct compounds, which can be synthesized in large amounts and can be more easily isolated...
January 16, 2018: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338550/the-role-of-tumor-angiogenesis-as-a-therapeutic-target-in-colorectal-cancer
#20
Francesca Battaglin, Alberto Puccini, Rossana Intini, Marta Schirripa, Alessandra Ferro, Francesca Bergamo, Sara Lonardi, Vittorina Zagonel, Heinz-Josef Lenz, Fotios Loupakis
Angiogenesis is a complex process regulated by several pro- and anti-angiogenic factors, thus the loss of its fine equilibrium plays a key role in colorectal cancer (CRC) development and progression. Therapeutic agents targeting VEGF/VEGFR signaling, the main regulator of this process, proved to be effective across different treatment lines in metastatic CRC (mCRC) and contributed greatly to improve patients' survival in recent years. Areas covered: This review aimed to summarize the actual body of knowledge available on the VEGF pathway in CRC, including currently available anti-angiogenic drugs and treatment challenges, mechanisms of resistance, promising predictive biomarkers and future perspectives...
January 17, 2018: Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy
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