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Kayci L Vickers, Maria T Schultheis, Kevin J Manning
BACKGROUND: Virtual reality technology allows neuropsychologists to examine complex, real-world behaviors with high ecological validity and can provide an understanding of the impact of demanding dual-tasks on driving performance. OBJECTIVE: We hypothesized that a task imposing high cognitive and physical demands (coin-sorting) would result in the greatest reduction in driving maintenance performance. METHODS: Twenty participants with acquired brain injury and 28 healthy controls were included in the current study...
2018: NeuroRehabilitation
Kendra E Brett, Lindsay J Ritchie, Emily Ertel, Alexandria Bennett, Greg A Knoll
BACKGROUND: The best approach for determining whether a transplant program is delivering high-quality care is unknown. This review aims to identify and characterize quality metrics in solid organ transplantation. METHODS: Medline, Embase, and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials were searched from inception until February 1 2017. Relevant full text reports and conference abstracts that examined quality metrics in organ transplantation were included. Two reviewers independently extracted study characteristics and quality metrics from 52 full text reports and 24 abstracts...
March 20, 2018: Transplantation
Jonathan Davis, Carri Casteel, Cara Hamann, Corinne Peek-Asa
OBJECTIVE: After the age of 65 the number of motor vehicle crashes per mile driven increases. Traffic-related charges issued by law enforcement can help identify drivers who are at a higher risk of having a crash. This study examines the relationship between motor vehicle crashes and traffic-related charges among older adult drivers. METHODS: Iowa Department of Transportat crash data from 2011-2012 were linked with Iowa Court Information System data for moving violations that occurred during 2009-2012 for drivers over the age of 50...
March 20, 2018: Traffic Injury Prevention
Wiepke J A Koopmans, S Theo Goverts, Cas Smits
OBJECTIVES: The main purpose of this study was to examine developmental effects for speech recognition in noise abilities for normal-hearing children in several listening conditions, relevant for daily life. Our aim was to study the auditory component in these listening abilities by using a test that was designed to minimize the dependency on nonauditory factors, the digits-in-noise (DIN) test. Secondary aims were to examine the feasibility of the DIN test for children, and to establish age-dependent normative data for diotic and dichotic listening conditions in both stationary and interrupted noise...
March 16, 2018: Ear and Hearing
Richard A Pollak, Ira J Gottlieb, Fardin Hakakian, John C Zimmerman, Stewart W McCallum, Randall J Mack, Rosemary Keller, Alex Freyer, Wei Du
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the analgesic efficacy and safety of a novel intravenous (IV) formulation of meloxicam (30▒mg) in subjects with moderate-to-severe pain following a standardized, unilateral bunionectomy with first metatarsal osteotomy and internal fixation. METHODS: Subjects who met the criteria for moderate-to-severe postoperative pain were randomized to receive bolus injections of meloxicam IV 30▒mg (n=100) or placebo (n=101) administered once daily...
March 16, 2018: Clinical Journal of Pain
Bryan Ceronie, Benjamin M Jacobs, David Baker, Nicolas Dubuisson, Zhifeng Mao, Francesca Ammoscato, Helen Lock, Hilary J Longhurst, Gavin Giovannoni, Klaus Schmierer
BACKGROUND: The mechanism of action of oral cladribine, recently licensed for relapsing multiple sclerosis, is unknown. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether cladribine depletes memory B cells consistent with our recent hypothesis that effective, disease-modifying treatments act by physical/functional depletion of memory B cells. METHODS: A cross-sectional study examined 40 people with multiple sclerosis at the end of the first cycle of alemtuzumab or injectable cladribine...
March 17, 2018: Journal of Neurology
Kazuma Takashima, Takashi Sakai, Hidetoshi Hamada, Masaki Takao, Nobuhiko Sugano
BACKGROUND: Many studies have confirmed that the size and location of necrotic lesions are major factors that affect the prevalence of collapse and prognosis in patients with osteonecrosis of the femoral head (ONFH). Although several classification systems categorize and quantify ONFH, there is no agreement on which one is most useful for the purpose. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: We compared the Steinberg, modified Kerboul, and Japanese Investigation Committee (JIC) classifications of ONFH in terms of (1) the correlation among the three different classification systems...
March 15, 2018: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
Natalie Jovanovski, Meagan Tyler
In this article, we use feminist critical discourse analysis to examine online brothel reviews (148 reviews and 2,424 reply posts) of sex buyers in the context of debates surrounding harm minimization. Our findings show that sex buyers actively construct and normalize narratives of sexual violation and violence against women in licensed brothels through their language, referencing objectification, unsafe sex practices, and, in more extreme cases, rape to create a sense of community with other punters. Through this analysis, we challenge existing assumptions about harm minimization in systems of prostitution, which are legalized or fully decriminalized...
March 1, 2018: Violence Against Women
Thérèse M Sassalos, Taylor S Fields, Robert Levine, Hua Gao
PURPOSE: To report a rare case of peripheral retinal neovascularization in a patient diagnosed with cutis marmorata telangiectatica congenita (CMTC). METHODS: Observational case report. RESULTS: A 16-year-old girl was referred to clinic for retinal evaluation. The patient had a clinical diagnosis of CMTC later confirmed by skin biopsy. Examination revealed temporal peripheral retinal sheathing, as well as lattice degeneration in both eyes...
March 14, 2018: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
Carl D Stevens
The sudden, dramatic collapse of the seven-year struggle in Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act holds important lessons for all would-be reformers, including those advocating fundamental changes in medical education. In this Invited Commentary, the author draws parallels between reform initiatives in health policy and those in medical education, highlighting that, in both settings, stakeholders rarely support "repeal" in the absence of a superior replacement, even when they view the status quo as deeply flawed...
March 13, 2018: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
Adrian H Heald, Mark Livingston, Zuzanna Bien, Gabriela Y C Moreno, Ian Laing, Mike Stedman
BACKGROUND: In the financial year 2016/17 there were 52.0 million items prescribed for diabetes at a total net ingredient cost of £983.7 million - up from 28.9 million prescription items and £572.4 million in 2006/07. Anti-diabetes drugs (British National Formulary section 6.1.2) make up 45.1 per cent of the total £983.7 million net ingredient cost of drugs used in diabetes and account for 72.0 per cent of prescription items for all diabetes prescribing. METHODS: We examined the way that agents licensed to treat type 2 diabetes were used across GP practices in England in the year 2016/2017...
March 14, 2018: International Journal of Clinical Practice
Walter Busch
OBJECTIVE: Peroxyethane acid (POA) is capable of disrupting the ring of bacterial catalase and has a broad microbiocidal spectrum. Following application, POA degrades to acetic acid and peroxide. There are no residues and no resistance development. Because POA administration for bladder and wound lavage in human medicine produced positive results, the substance was tested for the treatment of cows with endometritis. MATERIAL AND METHODS: After successful preliminary trials under clinical conditions, a comparative analysis using standard uterine treatments, focusing particularly on antibiotics, followed...
February 2018: Tierärztliche Praxis. Ausgabe G, Grosstiere/Nutztiere
Kevin F Elwood, Robert W Wong
PURPOSE: To describe a case of transient, partial, central retinal artery occlusion with paracentral acute middle maculopathy optical coherence tomography presentation in a young healthy patient after ingestion of the synephrine-containing supplement, Havok. METHODS: Retrospective case report with fundus photography, fluorescein angiography, and optical coherence tomography. RESULTS: A 20-year-old man presented with severe acute vision loss in the right eye...
March 8, 2018: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
Jingzhen Zhu, Xiaoyan Hu, Xingyou Dong, Longkun Li
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the risk factors of overactive bladder (OAB). METHODS: The PubMed, Embase, and Cochrane Library databases were retrieved through May 2016. Odds ratios (OR) or standard mean differences (SMDs) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were used to evaluate the associations between risk factors and OAB. Heterogeneity among studies was examined using χ test based on the Q and I tests. RESULTS: A total of 28 articles were analyzed in our study...
March 9, 2018: Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
Cees van der Vleuten, Adrian Freeman, Carlos Fernando Collares
This paper discusses the advantages of progress testing. A utopia is described where medical schools would work together to develop and administer progress testing. This would lead to a significant reduction of cost, an increase in the quality of measurement and phenomenal feedback to learner and school. Progress testing would also provide more freedom and resources for more creative in-school assessment. It would be an educationally attractive alternative for the creation of cognitive licensing exams. A utopia is always far away in the future, but by formulating a vision for that future we may engage in discussions on how to get there...
March 9, 2018: Perspectives on Medical Education
M Douglas Jones, Traci Yamashita, Randal G Ross, Jennifer Gong
BACKGROUND: Although medical school programs oriented toward postgraduate specialty training have the potential to reduce the duration and cost of medical school for US medical students, success depends on the ability of students to predict their postgraduate specialties. It is clear that first-year choices are poorly predictive, but it is not known when predictions become sufficiently reliable to support specialty-oriented learning programs. We therefore examined the predictive value of specialty preferences expressed at the ends of the first, second and third years of medical school and asked whether concurrent expressions of confidence in choices improved predictive ability...
March 9, 2018: BMC Medical Education
Jasmina Sterz, Vanessa Britz, Matthias Münzberg, Martina Kadmon, Iris Schleicher, Adrian Meder, Rainer Kamp, Maren Janko, Ingo Marzi, Miriam Rüsseler
BACKGROUND: The national competence-based catalogue of learning-goals in surgery (NKLC) defines competence levels for each of its 230 goals, including "competence level in 1: factual knowledge" up to "competence level 3: independent action". Aside from the cumulative examinations influencing the learning behaviour of students, those teaching targets do not affect the second state examination. This study analyses the extent to which the questions of the German second medical licensing examination compiled by the IMPP (central German institute for medical and pharmaceutical examinations) are congruent with the trauma-surgical and orthopaedic learning goals in the NKLC, in which this thematic focus is emphasised...
March 9, 2018: Zeitschrift Für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie
Stéphanie Bossé, Bianca D'Antono, Tobias Stalder
OBJECTIVE: Childhood trauma has been associated with greater psychological and physical morbidity, including a greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD). This may partially reflect trauma-induced disturbances in how stress is later perceived and regulated. This study evaluated the associations of childhood trauma with perceived stress and hair cortisol concentrations (HCC) in a large sample of adults with coronary artery disease (CAD) and in non-CVD patients suffering from other non-fatal illnesses...
March 8, 2018: Psychosomatic Medicine
Michitaka Funayama, Taketo Takata, Akihiro Koreki, Satoyuki Ogino, Masaru Mimura
OBJECTIVE: Although catatonia can occur secondary to a general medical condition, catatonia itself has been known to lead to various medical compolications. Although case reports on the association of catatonia with subsequent medical complications have been documented, no comprehensive large-scale study has been performed. To investigate specific medical complications following catatonia, we conducted a retrospective cohort study of specific medical complications of schizophrenia patients with catatonia...
March 8, 2018: Psychosomatic Medicine
Peiyao Jin, Haidong Zou, Xun Xu, Ta Chen Chang, Jianfeng Zhu, Junjie Deng, Minzhi Lv, Jiali Jin, Sifei Sun, Ling Wang, Xiangui He
PURPOSE: To elucidate the development of the choroid and retina in children, and to explore changes in these during myopic shift. METHODS: A total of 118 children aged 7 to 12 years participated in this 1-year longitudinal study. Children underwent several examinations at baseline and follow-up, including cycloplegic refraction, axial length measurement, and swept-source optical coherence tomography. Thickness changes in the choroid and retina were compared among children with or without myopic shift...
March 5, 2018: Retina
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