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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031192/growth-and-endocrine-function-in-children-with-dravet-syndrome
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Krista Eschbach, Sharon Scarbro, Elizabeth Juarez-Colunga, Victoria Allen, Stephanie Hsu, Kelly Knupp
PURPOSE: Dravet syndrome is an intractable childhood epilepsy syndrome most often associated with an SCN1A mutation. In our clinical practice, several patients with Dravet syndrome were noted to have short stature and endocrine dysfunction. This has not been reported in the literature. Our study aim was to describe growth measurements and endocrine abnormalities in children with Dravet syndrome. METHOD: A retrospective chart review was performed at a single institution...
September 29, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029334/effect-of-long-term-hydroxychloroquine-on-vascular-events-in-patients-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-a-database-prospective-cohort-study
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Chung-Yuan Hsu, Yu-Sheng Lin, Yu-Jih Su, Hsing-Fen Lin, Ming-Shyan Lin, Ya-Jhu Syu, Tien-Tsai Cheng, Shan-Fu Yu, Jia-Feng Chen, Tien-Hsing Chen
Objectives: The incidence of thromboembolism in patients with SLE is higher than that in the general population. HCQ, widely used to treat lupus, may have vascular protective effects. The aim of this study was to determine whether long-term HCQ exposure is associated with decreased thromboembolism risk in SLE. Methods: We designed a prospective cohort study within an SLE population based on the National Health Insurance Research Database in Taiwan. We divided participants into HCQ and control groups according to HCQ prescription during the first year...
September 27, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029157/stings-of-the-ant-wasmannia-auropunctata-hymenoptera-formicidae-as-cause-of-punctate-corneal-lesions-in-humans-and-other-animals
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Diego Rosselli, James K Wetterer
Numerous researchers have observed a form of punctate corneal lesions causing leukomas (corneal opacities) in humans, domestic animals, and wild animals in different parts of the world. This condition has been reported under different names, including West Indian (or Caribbean) punctate keratopathy, West Indian dots, tropical punctate keratopathy, Rice's keratopathy, Florida keratopathy, and Florida spots. Many of these cases, appear to have a common cause, the stings of a small red ant, Wasmannia auropunctata (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), originally from the Neotropics, but spread to other parts of the world through human commerce...
September 25, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029106/iatrogenic-cushing-syndrome-in-a-child-with-congenital-adrenal-hyperplasia-erroneous-compounding-of-hydrocortisone
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Julia E Barillas, Daniel Eichner, Ryan Van Wagoner, Phyllis W Speiser
Context: Patients with 21-hydroxylase deficiency congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) require lifelong treatment with glucocorticoids. In growing children the drug of choice is hydrocortisone. Commercially available hydrocortisone tablets do not conform to very low doses prescribed to infants and toddlers, and compounded hydrocortisone is often dispensed to meet therapeutic needs. However, safety, efficacy and uniformity of compounded products are not tested. We report a case of Cushing syndrome in a child with CAH who was inadvertently receiving excessive hydrocortisone in compounded form...
September 28, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029055/prognostic-models-for-9-month-mortality-in-tuberculous-meningitis
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Le Thi Phuong Thao, A Dorothee Heemskerk, Ronald B Geskus, Nguyen Thi Hoang Mai, Dang Thi Minh Ha, Tran Thi Hong Chau, Nguyen Hoan Phu, Nguyen Van Vinh Chau, Maxine Caws, Nguyen Huu Lan, Do Dang Anh Thu, Nguyen Thuy Thuong Thuong, Jeremy Day, Jeremy J Farrar, M Estee Torok, Nguyen Duc Bang, Guy E Thwaites, Marcel Wolbers
Background: Tuberculous meningitis (TBM) is the most severe form of extra-pulmonary tuberculosis. We developed and validated prognostic models for 9-month mortality in HIV-uninfected and HIV-infected adults with TBM. Methods: We included 1699 subjects from four randomized clinical trials and one prospective observational study conducted at two major referral hospitals in Southern Vietnam from 2001-2015. Modelling was based on multivariable Cox proportional hazards regression...
September 26, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028775/the-effect-of-progressive-relaxation-exercises-on-fatigue-and-sleep-quality-in-individuals-with-copd
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Cemile Kutmec Yilmaz, Sevgisun Kapucu
This randomized controlled experimental study was conducted to investigate the effect of progressive muscle relaxation exercises on dyspnea, fatigue, and sleep quality in individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. A Descriptive Questionnaire and the Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Asthma Fatigue Scale, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Asthma Sleep Scale and Medical Research Council Dyspnea Scale were used for data collection. The decrease in the mean dyspnea, fatigue, and sleep scores in the intervention group was statistically significantly more pronounced than the patients in the control group (P < ...
November 2017: Holistic Nursing Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028753/can-economic-model-transparency-improve-provider-interpretation-of-cost-effectiveness-analysis-evaluating-tradeoffs-presented-by-the-second-panel-on-cost-effectiveness-in-health-and-medicine
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William V Padula, Robert Brett McQueen, Peter J Pronovost
The Second Panel on Cost-Effectiveness in Health and Medicine convened on December 7, 2016 at the National Academy of Medicine to disseminate their recommendations for conduct, methodological practices, and reporting of cost-effectiveness analyses (CEAs). Following its summary, panel proceedings included lengthy discussions including the field's struggle to disseminate findings efficiently through peer-reviewed literature to target audiences. With editors of several medical and outcomes research journals in attendance, there was consensus that findings of cost-effectiveness analyses do not effectively reach other researchers or health care providers...
November 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028741/fundamental-epidemiology-terminology-and-measures-it-really-is-all-in-the-name
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Thomas R Vetter, Christine A Jesser
Epidemiology is the study of how disease is distributed in populations and the factors that influence or determine this distribution. Clinical epidemiology denotes the application of epidemiologic methods to questions relevant to patient care and provides a highly useful set of principles and methods for the design and conduct of quantitative clinical research. Validly analyzing, correctly reporting, and successfully interpreting the findings of a clinical research study often require an understanding of the epidemiologic terms and measures that describe the patterns of association between the exposure of interest (treatment or intervention) and a health outcome (disease)...
October 11, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028642/-lost-to-follow-up-among-adult-cancer-survivors
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Amitoj Gill, Rohit Gosain, Shruti Bhandari, Rahul Gosain, Gurkirat Gill, Joseph Abraham, Kenneth Miller
BACKGROUND: Follow-up cancer care is important for patients who have received IV chemotherapy but some patients discontinue their care and are lost to follow-up (LFU) at the cancer center where they were treated. The purpose of this study was to determine what proportion of cancer survivors are LFU at 5 years after treatment, the timing of LFU, and the characteristics of those who do not continue survivorship care. METHODS: Adult patients with cancer who were treated with chemotherapy at a large community teaching hospital in 2006 and 2007 were identified and linked with State tumor registry data...
October 12, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028567/accessibility-of-prison-healthcare-for-elderly-inmates-a-qualitative-assessment
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Raheleh Heidari, Tenzin Wangmo, Serena Galli, David M Shaw, Bernice S Elger
Aging in custody and the rising population of elderly prisoners are creating compelling challenges for criminal justice, prison and public healthcare systems. Geriatric syndrome and higher prevalence of co-morbidities amongst older inmates result in heightened vulnerability in prison environments. Empirical research addressing older adults' access to medical care in detention is scarce; therefore, this study assessed access to medical care in prison from the perspective of older prisoners in Switzerland. We interviewed a sample of 35 older inmates (average age 61 years) on their experience of healthcare accessibility in prison; data were qualitatively analysed and major themes regarding evaluation of their access to medical services were extracted...
October 4, 2017: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028556/buspirone-maintenance-does-not-alter-the-reinforcing-subjective-and-cardiovascular-effects-of-intranasal-methamphetamine
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Anna R Reynolds, Justin C Strickland, William W Stoops, Joshua A Lile, Craig R Rush
BACKGROUND: Medications development efforts for methamphetamine-use disorder have targeted central monoamines because these systems are directly involved in the effects of methamphetamine. Buspirone is a dopamine autoreceptor and D3 receptor antagonist and partial agonist at serotonin 1A receptors, making it a logical candidate medication for methamphetamine-use disorder. Buspirone effects on abuse-related behaviors of methamphetamine have been mixed in clinical and preclinical studies...
September 22, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028466/is-acute-care-oriented-research-ethical-in-resource-limited-settings
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Anwar D Jackson, Harold W Neighbors
In this case scenario, a medical student, Jenny, is conducting congenital heart disease research in a resource-limited setting faced with water insecurity. She has concerns about how ethical it is for her to conduct advanced clinical research in a region with more basic health needs. The first commentary argues that advanced clinical research in resource-limited settings follows the ethical principle of beneficence and interactional justice but violates the principle of distributive justice. The second commentary questions whether beneficence is enough, since the Belmont Report states that beneficence is the obligation to simultaneously reduce harm and increase benefit...
October 1, 2017: AMA Journal of Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028462/older-adults-with-alzheimer-s-disease-who-have-used-an-automatic-medication-dispenser-for-3-or-more-years
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Tomoko Kamimura
This article describes four older adults with Alzheimer's disease and comorbidities who used an automatic medication dispenser (AMD) to continue pharmacotherapy for these chronic diseases and who remained at home living either alone or with an older spouse. The AMDs were used for 3 to 4.5 years. The patients scored at least 21 on the Mini-Mental State Examination, and their dosing regimen involved taking the medication once or twice per day throughout this period. The caregivers filled the devices with medications once every 1 to 2 weeks and continuously monitored the patients' conditions nearly every day...
June 30, 2017: Clinical Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028397/detection-of-gas-traces-using-semiconductor-sensors-ion-mobility-spectrometry-and-mass-spectrometry
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Yulia R Shaltaeva, Boris I Podlepetsky, Vyacheslav S Pershenkov
This article deals with the state-of-the-art instrumentation and application in the field of solid state gas sensorics, ion mobility spectrometry and mass-spectrometry-related research for the detection and measurements of low gas and vapor concentrations. The advantages and disadvantages of gas-analytical devices and systems are discussed, as well as the possibilities of its complex and/or complementary applications. Ion mobility spectrometry-mass spectrometry and subsequent techniques based on solid-state gas sensors are proposed for planned medical study...
August 2017: European Journal of Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028375/health-disparities-in-patients-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-a-blueprint-for-action-an-official-american-thoracic-society-statement
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Arunabh Talwar, Joe G N Garcia, Halley Tsai, Matthew Moreno, Tim Lahm, Roham T Zamanian, Roberto Machado, Steven M Kawut, Mona Selej, Stephen Mathai, Laura Hoyt D'Anna, Sonu Sahni, Erik J Rodriquez, Richard Channick, Karen Fagan, Michael Gray, Jessica Armstrong, Josanna Rodriguez Lopez, Vinicio de Jesus Perez
BACKGROUND: Health disparities have a major impact in the quality of life and clinical care received by minorities in the United States. Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a rare cardiopulmonary disorder that affects children and adults and that, if untreated, results in premature death. The impact of health disparities in the diagnosis, treatment, and clinical outcome of patients with PAH has not been systematically investigated. OBJECTIVES: The specific goals of this research statement were to conduct a critical review of the literature concerning health disparities in PAH, identify major research gaps and prioritize direction for future research...
October 15, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29027993/current-pharmacotherapy-for-obesity
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Gitanjali Srivastava, Caroline M Apovian
More than one-third of adults in the USA have obesity, which causes, exacerbates or adversely impacts numerous medical comorbidities, including diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular disease. Despite intensive lifestyle modifications, the disease severity warrants further aggressive intervention, including pharmacotherapy, medical devices and bariatric surgery. Noninvasive anti-obesity drugs have thus now resurfaced as targeted adjunctive therapeutic approaches to intensive lifestyle intervention, bridging the gap between lifestyle and bariatric surgery...
October 13, 2017: Nature Reviews. Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29027917/porcine-dental-epithelial-cells-differentiated-in-a-cell-sheet-constructed-by-magnetic-nanotechnology
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Wataru Koto, Yoshinori Shinohara, Kazuyuki Kitamura, Takanori Wachi, Seicho Makihira, Kiyoshi Koyano
Magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) are widely used in medical examinations, treatments, and basic research, including magnetic resonance imaging, drug delivery systems, and tissue engineering. In this study, MNPs with magnetic force were applied to tissue engineering for dental enamel regeneration. The internalization of MNPs into the odontogenic cells was observed by transmission electron microscopy. A combined cell sheet consisting of dental epithelial cells (DECs) and dental mesenchymal cells (DMCs) (CC sheet) was constructed using magnetic force-based tissue engineering technology...
October 13, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29027858/role-of-the-temporal-pole-in-temporal-lobe-epilepsy-seizure-networks-an-intracranial-electrode-investigation
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Taylor J Abel, Royce W Woodroffe, Kirill V Nourski, Toshio Moritani, Aristides A Capizzano, Patricia Kirby, Hiroto Kawasaki, Matthew Howard, Mary Ann Werz
OBJECTIVE A convergence of clinical research suggests that the temporal pole (TP) plays an important and potentially underappreciated role in the genesis and propagation of seizures in temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE). Understanding its role is becoming increasingly important because selective resections for medically intractable TLE spare temporopolar cortex (TPC). The purpose of this study was to characterize the role of the TPC in TLE after using dense electrocorticography (ECoG) recordings in patients undergoing invasive monitoring for medically intractable TLE...
October 13, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29027819/can-phage-therapy-solve-the-problem-of-recalcitrant-chronic-rhinosinusitis
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Joanna Szaleniec, Andrzej Górski, Maciej Szaleniec, Ryszard Międzybrodzki, Beata Weber-Dąbrowska, Paweł Stręk, Jacek Składzień
Chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) affects 5-15% of the global population. In some patients, the infectious exacerbations of the disease are recalcitrant to medical treatment and surgery. These cases are probably associated with the presence of bacterial biofilms. Bacteriophage (phage) therapy seems to be a promising antibiofilm strategy. The efficacy of phage therapy in sinonasal infections has been demonstrated both in vitro and in animal models. In the past, phage preparations were also administered to humans with CRS with favorable outcomes and no significant side effects...
October 13, 2017: Future Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29027661/negotiating-ethical-paradoxes-in-conducting-a-randomized-controlled-trial-aligning-intervention-science-with-participatory-values
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Shabnam Javdani, Sukhmani Singh, Corianna E Sichel
In this article, we describe ethical tensions we have faced in the context of our work as intervention scientists, where we aim to promote social justice and change systems that impact girls involved in the juvenile legal system. These ethical tensions are, at their core, about resisting collusion with systems of control while simultaneously collaborating with them. Over the course of designing and implementing a randomized controlled trial (RCT) of an ecological advocacy intervention for girls, called ROSES, ethical paradoxes crystalized and prompted us to engage in critical reflection and action toward the aim of moving away from conducting research on legal-system-involved girls and moving toward a more democratic, participatory process of inquiry with girls...
October 13, 2017: American Journal of Community Psychology
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