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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728587/minimally-invasive-unilateral-pedicle-screws-and-a-translaminar-facet-screw-fixation-and-interbody-fusion-for-treatment-of-single-segment-lower-lumbar-vertebral-disease-surgical-technique-and-preliminary-clinical-results
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Peng Huang, Yiguo Wang, Jiao Xu, Bo Xiao, Jianheng Liu, Luyang Che, Keya Mao
BACKGROUND: Conventional open transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) using unilateral pedicle screws and a translaminar facet screw has been performed for many years with good results. The outcomes of minimally invasive TLIF (MIS TLIF) are similar to the good outcomes of open TLIF, with the additional benefits of reducing iatrogenic injury, shortening hospital stays, and reducing the recovery duration. Instead of using small cuts on both sides, we performed MIS TLIF through a single cut using unilateral pedicle screws and a translaminar facet screw...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720723/profile-and-outcomes-of-critically-ill-children-in-a-lower-middle-income-country
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Muhammad Irfan Habib, Khalid Mehmood A Khan
OBJECTIVE: To determine the clinical profile and outcome of critically ill children presenting to a paediatric ED in a lower middle-income country. METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of children (<14 years) presenting to the ED of the National Institute of Child Health, Karachi, between January and December 2014 who were assigned to acuity 1 (requiring immediate life-saving interventions) according to the Emergency Severity Index. Data included demographic variables, presenting complaints, interventions and outcomes in the ED...
July 18, 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716636/a-simplified-clinical-prediction-rule-for-prognosticating-independent-walking-after-spinal-cord-injury-a-prospective-study-from-a-canadian-multicenter-spinal-cord-injury-registry
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Katharine E Hicks, Yichen Zhao, Nader Fallah, Carly Rivers, Vanessa Noonan, Tova Plashkes, Eugene K Wai, Darren M Roffey, Eve Tsai, Jerome Paquet, Najmedden Attabib, Travis Marion, Henry Ahn, Philippe Phan
BACKGROUND: Context: Traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) is a debilitating condition with limited treatment options for neurological or functional recovery. The ability to predict the prognosis of walking post-injury with emerging prediction models could aid in rehabilitation strategies and reintegration into the community. PURPOSE: To re-validate an existing clinical prediction model for independent ambulation (van Middendorp et al. 2011) utilising acute and long-term post-injury follow-up data, and to investigate the accuracy of a simplified model using prospectively collected data from a Canadian multicenter SCI database, the Rick Hansen Spinal Cord Injury Registry (RHSCIR)...
July 14, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711423/randomized-trial-of-intelligent-sensor-system-for-early-illness-alerts-in-senior-housing
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Marilyn Rantz, Lorraine J Phillips, Colleen Galambos, Kari Lane, Gregory L Alexander, Laurel Despins, Richelle J Koopman, Marjorie Skubic, Lanis Hicks, Steven Miller, Andy Craver, Bradford H Harris, Chelsea B Deroche
OBJECTIVES: Measure the clinical effectiveness and cost effectiveness of using sensor data from an environmentally embedded sensor system for early illness recognition. This sensor system has demonstrated in pilot studies to detect changes in function and in chronic diseases or acute illnesses on average 10 days to 2 weeks before usual assessment methods or self-reports of illness. DESIGN: Prospective intervention study in 13 assisted living (AL) communities of 171 residents randomly assigned to intervention (n=86) or comparison group (n=85) receiving usual care...
July 12, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692198/longitudinal-community-walking-activity-in-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy
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Eileen G Fowler, Loretta A Staudt, Kent R Heberer, Susan E Sienko, Cathleen E Buckon, Anita M Bagley, Michael D Sussman, Craig M McDonald
INTRODUCTION: Natural history studies for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) have not included measures of community ambulation. METHODS: Step activity (SA) monitors quantified community ambulation in 42 boys with DMD (4-16 years) with serial enrollment up to 5 years using a repeated measures mixed model. Additionally, data were compared to 10-meter walk/run (10mWR) speed to determine validity and sensitivity. RESULTS: There was a significant decline in average strides/day and all stride rates (low, moderate, high, pediatric high) as a function of age (P<0...
July 10, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675113/low-levels-of-physical-activity-during-critical-illness-and-weaning-the-evidence-reality-gap
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Bronwen A Connolly, Jessica L Mortimore, Abdel Douiri, Joleen W Rose, Nicholas Hart, Susan C Berney
BACKGROUND: Physical rehabilitation can benefit critically ill patients during intensive care unit (ICU) admission, but routine clinical practice remains inconsistent nor examined in prolonged mechanical ventilation patients transferred to a specialist ventilator weaning unit (VWU). Behavioral mapping is a sampling approach that allows detailed reporting of physical activity profiles. The objective of this study was to characterize the physical activity profile of critically ill patients in a UK ICU and VWU...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655080/-a-retrospective-controlled-clinical-study-of-single-incision-plus-one-port-laparoscopic-surgery-for-sigmoid-colon-and-upper-rectal-cancer
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G X Li, J M Li, Y N Wang, H J Deng, T Y Mou, H Liu
Objective: To evaluate the short-term and oncologic outcomes of single-incision plus one port laparoscopic surgery (SILS+ 1) for sigmoid colon and upper rectal cancer. Methods: The clinic data of 46 patients with sigmoid colon and upper rectal cancer underwent SILS+ 1 at Department of General Surgery, Nanfang Hospital, Southern Medical University from September 2013 to September 2014 were retrospectively reviewed (SILS+ 1 group). After generating 1∶1 ration propensity scores given the covariates of age, gender, body mass index, American Society of Anesthesiologists score, surgeons, tumor location, the distance of tumor from anal, tumor diameter, and pathologic TNM stage, 46 patients with sigmoid colon and upper rectal cancer underwent conventional laparoscopic surgery (CLS) in the same time were matched as CLS group...
July 1, 2017: Zhonghua Wai Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Surgery]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650398/predictors-of-functional-change-in-a-skilled-nursing-facility-population
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Allison M Gustavson, Jason R Falvey, Jeri E Forster, Jennifer E Stevens-Lapsley
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Inability to obtain sufficient gains in function during a skilled nursing facility (SNF) stay impacts patients' functional trajectories and susceptibility to adverse events. The purpose of this study was to identify predictors of functional change in patients temporarily residing in an SNF following hospitalization. METHODS: One hundred forty patients admitted to a single SNF from the hospital who had both evaluation and discharge measures of physical function documented were included...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645460/associations-between-timing-of-corticosteroid-treatment-initiation-and-clinical-outcomes-in-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy
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Sunkyung Kim, Yong Zhu, Paul A Romitti, Deborah J Fox, Daniel W Sheehan, Rodolfo Valdez, Dennis Matthews, Brent J Barber
The long-term efficacy of corticosteroid treatment and timing of treatment initiation among Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) patients is not well-understood. We used data from a longitudinal, population-based DMD surveillance program to examine associations between timing of treatment initiation (early childhood [before or at age 5 years], late childhood [after age 5 years], and naïve [not treated]) and five clinical outcomes (age at loss of ambulation; ages at onset of cardiomyopathy, scoliosis, and first fracture; and pulmonary function)...
June 5, 2017: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641984/bi-objective-approach-for-placing-ground-and-air-ambulance-base-and-helipad-locations-in-order-to-optimize-ems-response
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Milad Shahriari, Ali Bozorgi-Amiri, Shayan Tavakoli, Abolghasem Yousefi-Babadi
Shortening the travel time of patient transfer has clinical implications for many conditions such as cardiac arrest, trauma, stroke and STEMI. As resources are often limited precise calculations are needed. In this paper we consider the location problem for both ground and aerial emergency medical services. Given the uncertainty of when patients are in need of prompt medical attention we consider these demand points to be uncertain. We consider various ways in which ground and helicopter ambulances can work together to make the whole process go faster...
June 15, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640114/injury-of-the-dentato-rubro-thalamic-tract-in-patients-with-cerebellar-infarct-case-report
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Sung Ho Jang, Hyeok Gyu Kwon
RATIONALE: Several studies using diffusion tensor tractography (DTT) have reported on injury in the dentato-rubro-thalamic tract (DRTT) in patients with brain injury. However, there is no study of injury in the DRTT following cerebellar infarct. We report on patients with injury in the DRTT following cerebellar infarct, demonstrated on DTT. PATIENT CONCERNS: Three patients with cerebellar infarct were enrolled in this study. Diffusion tensor imaging data were acquired at 3 weeks (patient 1) and 2 weeks (patients 2 and 3) after onset and the DRTT was reconstructed...
June 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622071/survival-in-out-of-hospital-rapid-sequence-intubation-of-non-traumatic-brain-pathologies
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Pieter Francsois Fouche, Paul Andrew Jennings, Karen Smith, Malcolm Boyle, Gabriel Blecher, Jonathan Knott, Mani Raji, Pamela Rosengarten, Michael Roberto Augello, Stephen Bernard
INTRODUCTION: Rapid sequence intubation (RSI) is not only used in traumatic brain injuries in the out-of-hospital setting, but also for non-traumatic brain pathologies (NTBP) such as brain tumors, meningitis, encephalitis, hypoxic/anoxic brain injury, stroke, arteriovenous malformations, tumors, aneurysms, brain hemorrhage, as well as brain injury due to diabetes, seizures and toxicity, metabolic conditions, and alcohol and drug overdose. Previous research suggests that RSI is common in non-traumatic coma, but with an unknown prevalence of NTBP in those that receive RSI...
June 16, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587850/frailty-and-risk-of-adverse-outcomes-in-hospitalized-older-adults-a%C3%A2-comparison-of-different-frailty-measures
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Edward Chong, Esther Ho, Jewel Baldevarona-Llego, Mark Chan, Lynn Wu, Laura Tay
OBJECTIVES: There is a paucity of data for the assessment of frailty in acutely ill hospitalized older adults. We aim to (1) compare the performance of frailty measures [5-item scale of fatigue, resistance, ambulation, illnesses, and loss of weight) (FRAIL), Tilburg Frailty Indicator (TFI), and Clinical Frailty Scale (CFS)] in identifying frailty, using the widely adopted Frailty Index (FI) as "gold standard," and (2) compare their ability to predict negative outcomes among hospitalized older adults...
June 3, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579487/intoxication-by-gamma-hydroxybutyrate-and-related-analogues-clinical-characteristics-and-comparison-between-pure-intoxication-and-that-combined-with-other-substances-of-abuse
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Òscar Miró, Miguel Galicia, Paul Dargan, Alison M Dines, Isabelle Giraudon, Fridtjof Heyerdahl, Knut E Hovda, Christopher Yates, David M Wood
OBJECTIVE: To study the profile of European gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) and gammabutyrolactone (GBL) intoxication and analyse the differences in the clinical manifestations produced by intoxication by GHB/GBL alone and in combination with other substances of abuse. METHOD: We prospectively collected data on all the patients attended in the Emergency Departments (ED) of the centres participating in the Euro-DEN network over 12 months (October 2013 to September 2014) with a primary presenting complaint of drug intoxication (excluding ethanol alone) and registered the epidemiological and clinical data and outcomes...
June 1, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578817/childhood-idiopathic-spinal-cord-infarction-description-of-7-cases-and-review-of-the-literature
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Claire Bar, Emmanuel Cheuret, Pierre Bessou, Jean-Michel Pedespan
OBJECTIVES: To describe the clinical course, neuroimaging findings and functional outcome of idiopathic spinal cord infarction (SCI) in adolescents. METHODS: Retrospective and descriptive analyses of seven patients with idiopathic SCI and 50 additional cases from the literature were included. Data collected concerned clinical presentation, MRI findings, initial diagnosis, treatments and functional outcome at the last medical visit. RESULTS: Mean age at presentation was 13...
May 31, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573757/circuit-class-therapy-for-improving-mobility-after-stroke
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Coralie English, Susan L Hillier, Elizabeth A Lynch
BACKGROUND: Circuit class therapy (CCT) offers a supervised group forum for people after stroke to practise tasks, enabling increased practice time without increasing staffing. This is an update of the original review published in 2010. OBJECTIVES: To examine the effectiveness and safety of CCT on mobility in adults with stroke. SEARCH METHODS: We searched the Cochrane Stroke Group Trials Register (last searched January 2017), CENTRAL (the Cochrane Library, Issue 12, 2016), MEDLINE (1950 to January 2017), Embase (1980 to January 2017), CINAHL (1982 to January 2017), and 14 other electronic databases (to January 2017)...
June 2, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566180/improved-strength-on-5-hydroxytryptophan-and-carbidopa-in-spinal-cord-atrophy
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Gabriella A Horvath, Lorelyn Meisner, Kathryn Selby, Robert Stowe, Bruce Carleton
There is ample evidence of an important role of descending serotonergic projections in modulating spinal motor neuron activation and firing, and experimental studies suggest that 5-HT receptor stimulation can improve motor function after spinal cord injury; however, relevant clinical data is sorely lacking. We describe two sisters with hemiplegic migraine, low CSF and platelet serotonin levels, and progressive spastic paraparesis associated with profound spinal cord atrophy whose lower extremity strength and ambulation responded to a precursor replacement strategy (5-hydroxytryptophan and carbidopa administration), an approach that may have broader applicability in myelopathies of diverse etiology where descending serotonergic projections are compromised...
July 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28557368/a-strategic-framework-improves-access-to-stroke-reperfusion-across-the-state-of-victoria-australia
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Janet E Bray, Sonia Denisenko, Bruce C V Campbell, Michael Stephenson, Jason Muller, Grant Hocking Grad, Peter J Hand, Christopher F Bladin
BACKGROUND: In 2010, rapid access to stroke thrombolysis centres was limited in some regional areas in the Australian state of Victoria. These results, and in planning for Endovascular Clot Retrieval (ECR), have led to the implementation of strategies by the Victorian Stroke Clinical Network, the Victorian Stroke Telemedicine Program and local health services to improve state-wide access. AIMS: This study aims to examine whether access to stroke reperfusion services (thrombolysis and ECR) in regional Victoria have subsequently improved...
May 30, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551059/-post-operative-pain-after-ultrasound-transversus-abdominis-plane-block-versus-trocar-site-infiltration-in-laparoscopic-nephrectomy-a-prospective-study
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Ana M Araújo, Joana Guimarães, Catarina S Nunes, Paula S Couto, Eduarda Amadeu
BACKGROUND: Transversus abdominis plane (TAP) block is useful in reducing post-operative pain in laparoscopic nephrectomy compared to placebo. The purpose of this work is to compare post-operative pain and recovery after TAP block or trocar site infiltration (TSI) in this surgery. METHODS: A prospective, single blinded study on patients scheduled for laparoscopic nephrectomy. Patients were assigned to two groups: TSI Group: trocar site infiltration at the end of surgery; TAP Group: unilateral ultrasound-guided TAP block after induction...
May 24, 2017: Revista Brasileira de Anestesiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550484/respiratory-involvement-in-ambulant-and-non-ambulant-patients-with-facioscapulohumeral-muscular-dystrophy
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Sandra Moreira, Libby Wood, Debbie Smith, Chiara Marini-Bettolo, Michela Guglieri, Grace McMacken, Geraldine Bailey, Anna Mayhew, Robert Muni-Lofra, Gail Eglon, Maggie Williams, Volker Straub, Hanns Lochmüller, Teresinha Evangelista
Understand the occurrence and predictors of respiratory impairment in FSHD. Data from 100 FSHD patients was collected regarding demographics, genetics, respiratory status and pulmonary function tests, clinical manifestations and Clinical Severity Scale (CSS) scores. Patients were assigned to two severity groups using CSS: mild (scores <3.5) and moderate/severely affected (scores ≥3.5). Forced Vital Capacity (FVC) was classified as severely impaired if less than 50% of the predicted. Statistical analysis was performed using IBM SPSS Statistics 23, tests were two-tailed and the level of significance set at 5%...
June 2017: Journal of Neurology
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