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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231060/improving-quality-in-the-preanalytical-phase-through-innovation-on-behalf-of-the-european-federation-for-clinical-chemistry-and-laboratory-medicine-eflm-working-group-for-preanalytical-phase-wg-pre
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Giuseppe Lippi, Geoffrey S Baird, Giuseppe Banfi, Karin Bölenius, Janne Cadamuro, Stephen Church, Michael P Cornes, Anna Dacey, Antoine Guillon, Georg Hoffmann, Mads Nybo, Lakdasa Devananda Premawardhana, María Salinas, Sverre Sandberg, Robbert Slingerland, Ana Stankovic, Sylte Marit Sverresdotter, Pieter Vermeersch, Ana-Maria Simundic
It is now undeniable that laboratory testing is vital for the diagnosis, prognostication and therapeutic monitoring of human disease. Despite the many advances made for achieving a high degree of quality and safety in the analytical part of diagnostic testing, many hurdles in the total testing process remain, especially in the preanalytical phase ranging from test ordering to obtaining and managing the biological specimens. The Working Group for the Preanalytical Phase (WG-PRE) of the European Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (EFLM) has planned many activities aimed at mitigating the vulnerability of the preanalytical phase, including the organization of three European meetings in the past 7 years...
February 23, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228371/dance-for-adults-with-fibromyalgia-what-do-we-know-about-it-protocol-for-a-scoping-review
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Julia Bidonde, Catherine Boden, Angela J Busch, Suelen M Goes, Soo Kim, Emily Knight
BACKGROUND: Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder characterized by widespread muscular tenderness, pain, fatigue, and cognitive difficulties. Nonpharmacological treatment options, such as physical activity, are important for people with fibromyalgia. There are strong recommendations to support engagement in physical activity for symptom management among adults with fibromyalgia. Dance is a mode of physical activity that may allow individuals with fibromyalgia to improve their physical function, health, and well-being...
February 22, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228230/expanding-professional-pharmacy-services-in-european-community-setting-is-it-cost-effective-a-systematic-review-for-health-policy-considerations
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REVIEW
Clémence Perraudin, Olivier Bugnon, Nathalie Pelletier-Fleury
OBJECTIVE: To synthesize cost-effectiveness analyses on professional pharmacy services (PPS) performed in Europe in order to contribute to current debates on their funding and reimbursement. METHODS: Systematic review in PubMed, Embase and the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination databases to identify full economic evaluation studies of PPS in community setting from 2004. FINDINGS: Twenty-one studies were included, conducted in the United-Kingdom (n=13), the Netherlands (n=3), Spain (n=2), Belgium (n=1), France (n=1) and Denmark (n=1)...
December 2016: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228098/anti-obesity-effect-of-ethanolic-extract-from-cosmos-caudatus-kunth-leaf-in-lean-rats-fed-a-high-fat-diet
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Hafeedza Abdul Rahman, Najla Gooda Sahib, Nazamid Saari, Faridah Abas, Amin Ismail, Muhammad Waseem Mumtaz, Azizah Abdul Hamid
BACKGROUND: Obesity is a major health concern both in developed and developing countries. The use of herbal medicines became the subject of interest for the management of obesity due to its natural origin, cost effectiveness and minimal side effects. The present study aimed at investigating anti-obesity potential of ethanolic extract from Cosmos caudatus Kunth leaf (EECCL). METHODS: In this study, the rats were randomly divided into six groups i.e., (1) Normal Diet (ND); (2) Normal Diet and 175 mg/kgBW of EECCL (ND + 175 mg/kgBW); (3) Normal Diet and 350 mg/kgBW of EECCL (ND + 350 mg/kgBW); (4) High Fat Diet (HFD); (5) High Fat Diet and 175 mg/kgBW of EECCL (HFD + 175 mg/kgBW); (6) High Fat Diet and 350 mg/kgBW of EECCL (HFD + 350 mg/kgBW)...
February 22, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226397/innate-lymphoid-cells-in-asthma-cannabinoids-on-the-balance
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EDITORIAL
Kayluz Frias Boligan, Stephan von Gunten
The network of cells and soluble mediators implicated in the pathogenesis of asthma and allergic disorders is complex. Deciphering details of the crosstalk between its components is essential for the identification of novel drug targets and for advances in patient management and precision medicine (1, 2). There is increasing evidence that innate lymphoid cells (ILCs) contribute to allergic responses (3). This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
February 22, 2017: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226375/trends-in-nasal-subunit-reconstruction-by-facial-plastic-and-reconstructive-surgeons
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Yuna C Larrabee, David J Phillips, Anthony P Sclafani
To determine if facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons still adhere to the classic nasal subunit principle as described by Burget and Menick. Observational survey. A Weill Cornell Medicine institutional review board approved electronic survey that was sent via e-mail to active members of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS). The survey consisted of 32 multiple-choice questions pertaining to the operative management of small (22-30%), medium (50-58%), and large (75-81%) defects of each subunit of the nose, as well as demographic, provider, and practice characteristics...
February 2017: Facial Plastic Surgery: FPS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226339/current-concepts-of-phenylpiperidine-derivatives-use-in-the-treatment-of-acute-and-chronic-pain
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Nidal Elbaridi, Alan D Kaye, Stephanie Choi, Richard D Urman
Phenylpiperidines are a chemical class of drugs with a phenyl moiety directly attached to piperidine. These agents have an important role in many aspects of medicine including anesthesia and pain medicine. After the development of meperidine, fentanyl, which is a second generation synthetic phenylpiperidine series opioid, was synthesized and introduced into clinical anesthesia practice as fentanyl citrate in 1968. Fentanyl-mediated or modulated responses involve action at the mu-opioid receptor as an agonist at the dorsal horn inhibiting ascending pain pathways in the rostral ventral medulla, increasing pain threshold, and producing both analgesic and sedative effects...
February 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225541/perceived-barriers-to-adherence-to-tuberculosis-infection-control-measures-among-health-care-workers-in-the-dominican-republic
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Helena J Chapman, Bienvenido A Veras-Estévez, Jamie L Pomeranz, Eddy N Pérez-Then, Belkys Marcelino, Michael Lauzardo
INTRODUCTION Health care workers have an increased risk of infection due to occupational Mycobacterium tuberculosis exposure, including multidrug-resistant strains. Health care workers' risk of developing tuberculosis is greater than that of the general population, whether in low-, intermediate- or high-incidence countries. Adherence to infection control measures (administrative controls, environmental controls, and personal respiratory protection) is essential to reduce risk of disease transmission between suspected tuberculosis patients and health care workers, but for different reasons, both objective and subjective, adherence is low...
January 2017: MEDICC Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225376/a-qualitative-analysis-of-general-emergency-medicine-providers-perceptions-on-pediatric-emergency-telemedicine
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Ji Won Kim, Gunjan Tiyyagura, Melissa Langhan
OBJECTIVE: Most children in the United States are evaluated in general emergency departments (ED), which are staffed by practitioners who care for both adults and children and may have limited pediatric resources. The application of telemedicine in pediatrics is growing and has been shown to be effective in outpatient as well as critical care settings. Telemedicine has the potential to address disparities in access to pediatric emergency care. The objective of this study was to explore experiences of general ED providers with telemedicine and their perception about a potential video telemedicine program with pediatric ED providers...
February 21, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224730/the-concept-of-crosstalk-directed-embryological-target-mining-and-its-application-to-essential-hypertension-treatment-failures
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REVIEW
Alan Alper Sag, Oguzhan Sal, Yagmur Kilic, Emine Meltem Onal, Mehmet Kanbay
This review aims to introduce the novel concept of embryological target mining applied to interorgan crosstalk network genesis, and applies embryological target mining to multidrug-resistant essential hypertension (a prototype, complex, undertreated, multiorgan systemic syndrome) to uncover new treatment targets and critique why existing strategies fail. Briefly, interorgan crosstalk pathways represent the next frontier for target mining in molecular medicine. This is because stereotyped stepwise organogenesis presents a unique opportunity to infer interorgan crosstalk pathways that may be crucial to discovering novel treatment targets...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Clinical Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224284/complementary-and-alternative-medicine-use-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-considerations-for-the-pharmacological-management-of-elderly-patients
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REVIEW
Sizheng Zhao, Fred Otieno, Asan Akpan, Robert J Moots
Complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs) are widely used by patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA); however, a significant proportion of these patients do not inform their physicians. This has many potential implications in a group of predominantly elderly patients with altered pharmacokinetics, comorbidities and polypharmacy of potentially toxic drugs. CAM usage may affect compliance and pharmacokinetics of conventional therapy for RA and comorbidities; therefore, physicians should engage patients in dialogues regarding CAM usage...
February 21, 2017: Drugs & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220931/the-role-of-extracorporeal-photopheresis-in-the-management-of-cutaneous-t-cell-lymphoma-graft-versus-host-disease-and-organ-transplant-rejection-a-consensus-statement-update-from-the-uk-photopheresis-society
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Arun Alfred, Peter C Taylor, Fiona Dignan, Khaled El-Ghariani, James Griffin, Andrew R Gennery, Denise Bonney, Emma Das-Gupta, Sarah Lawson, Ram K Malladi, Kenneth W Douglas, Tracey Maher, Julie Guest, Laura Hartlett, Andrew J Fisher, Fiona Child, Julia J Scarisbrick
Extracorporeal photopheresis (ECP) has been used for over 35 years in the treatment of erythrodermic cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL) and over 20 years for chronic and acute graft-versus-host disease (GvHD) and solid organ transplant rejection. ECP for CTCL and GvHD is available at specialised centres across the UK. The lack of prospective randomised trials in ECP led to the development of UK Consensus Statements for patient selection, treatment schedules, monitoring protocols and patient assessment criteria for ECP...
February 21, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220367/routine-placement-of-subdural-drain-after-burr-hole-evacuation-of-chronic-and-subacute-subdural-hematoma-a-contrarian-evidence-based-approach
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Laxminadh Sivaraju, Ranjith K Moorthy, Visalakshi Jeyaseelan, Vedantam Rajshekhar
The objective of this paper was to evaluate whether available evidence supporting placement of subdural drain placement after evacuation of chronic subdural haematoma (CSDH) is applicable to a cohort of patients managed by us. In this observational cohort study, clinical follow-up was obtained in 166 patients who underwent burr hole evacuation of CSDH without placement of subdural drain followed by 3 days of bed rest. The primary outcome studied was recurrence requiring reoperation. Factors predicting recurrence were also analysed...
February 20, 2017: Neurosurgical Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220199/-novel-pharmaceutical-treatment-approaches-for-gastric-cancer
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F Lordick
This review article delineates novel approaches for the pharmaceutical treatment of gastric cancer. A newly developed molecular classification of gastric cancer based on histology, genetic, epigenetic and proteomic characteristics has evolved. It provides a road map for development of new drugs and combinations as well as for patient stratification in clinical research and it is expected to be introduced into clinical practice in the near future. Anti-HER2 targeted treatment is a validated strategy for treatment of metastatic gastric cancer and is now also being studied in the perioperative setting to increase response rates and ultimately survival in patients undergoing curative surgery; however, the resistance mechanisms of HER2-targeted treatment are poorly understood and optimal patient selection remains challenging...
February 20, 2017: Der Pathologe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220090/adaptation-and-validation-of-a-chinese-version-of-patient-health-engagement-scale-for-patients-with-chronic-disease
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Yaying Zhang, Guendalina Graffigna, Andrea Bonanomi, Kai-Chow Choi, Serena Barello, Pan Mao, Hui Feng
The Patient Health Engagement Scale (PHE-s) was designed to assess the emotional and psychological attitudes of patients' engagement along their healthcare management journey. The aim of this study was to validate a culturally adapted Chinese version of the PHE-s (CPHE-s). Three hundred and seventy-seven participants were recruited from eight community health centers in a sample of patients with chronic disease in Hunan Province, China. The original Italian PHE-s was translated into Mandarin Chinese using a standardized forward-backward translation...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220082/synaptic-and-neuronal-autoantibody-associated-psychiatric-syndromes-controversies-and-hypotheses
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Adam Al-Diwani, Thomas A Pollak, Alexander E Langford, Belinda R Lennox
Autoimmune encephalitis (AE) mediated by antibodies against synaptic and neuronal surface targets frequently presents with a psychiatric syndrome. In these patients, removal of autoantibodies treats the disease and outcomes are closely linked to early intervention. The discovery of these autoantibodies in isolated psychiatric syndromes has raised the possibility that these patients may derive similar benefits from immunotherapy, a potentially transformational approach to the treatment of mental illness. Although open-label case series suggest impressive therapeutic outcomes, the pathological relevance of these autoantibodies outside of canonical presentations is debated...
2017: Frontiers in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219617/techniques-and-outcomes-of-emergency-airway-management-in-japan-an-analysis-of-two-multicentre-prospective-observational-studies-2010-2016
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Yukari Goto, Tadahiro Goto, Yusuke Hagiwara, Yusuke Tsugawa, Hiroko Watase, Hiroshi Okamoto, Kohei Hasegawa
OBJECTIVES: Continuous surveillance of emergency airway management practice is imperative in improving quality of care and patient safety. We aimed to investigate the changes in the practice of emergency airway management and the related outcomes in the emergency departments (EDs) in Japan. METHODS: We conducted an analysis of the data from two prospective, observational, multicentre registries of emergency airway management-the Japanese Emergency Airway Network (JEAN)-1 and -2 Registries from April 2010 through May 2016...
February 17, 2017: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218878/imaging-of-muscle-injuries-in-sports-medicine-sports-imaging-series
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Ali Guermazi, Frank W Roemer, Philip Robinson, Johannes L Tol, Ravindar R Regatte, Michel D Crema
In sports-related muscle injuries, the main goal of the sports medicine physician is to return the athlete to competition-balanced against the need to prevent the injury from worsening or recurring. Prognosis based on the available clinical and imaging information is crucial. Imaging is crucial to confirm and assess the extent of sports-related muscle injuries and may help to guide management, which directly affects the prognosis. This is especially important when the diagnosis or grade of injury is unclear, when recovery is taking longer than expected, and when interventional or surgical management may be necessary...
March 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218404/topical-medication-instillation-techniques-for-glaucoma
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REVIEW
Li Xu, Xuemei Wang, Meijing Wu
BACKGROUND: Glaucoma is a leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide and the second most common cause of blindness after cataracts. The primary treatment for glaucoma aims to lower intraocular pressure (IOP) with the use of topical medicines. Topical medication instillation techniques, such as eyelid closure and nasolacrimal occlusion when instilling drops, have been proposed as potential methods to increase ocular absorption and decrease systemic absorption of the drops. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the effectiveness of topical medication instillation techniques compared with usual care or another method of instillation of topical medication in the management of glaucoma or ocular hypertension...
February 20, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217876/identifying-primary-care-pathways-from%C3%A2-quality-of-care-to-outcomes-and-satisfaction-using-structural-equation-modeling
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Ignacio Ricci-Cabello, Sarah Stevens, Andrew R H Dalton, Robert I Griffiths, John L Campbell, Jose M Valderas
OBJECTIVE: To study the relationships between the different domains of quality of primary health care for the evaluation of health system performance and for informing policy decision making. DATA SOURCES: A total of 137 quality indicators collected from 7,607 English practices between 2011 and 2012. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional study at the practice level. Indicators were allocated to subdomains of processes of care ("quality assurance," "education and training," "medicine management," "access," "clinical management," and "patient-centered care"), health outcomes ("intermediate outcomes" and "patient-reported health status"), and patient satisfaction...
February 19, 2017: Health Services Research
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