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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820552/-1%C3%A2-3-%C3%AE-d-glucan-assay-in-monitoring-response-to-anti-fungal-therapy-in-fungal-endocarditis
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Jihad Slim, Christopher Saling, Maria Szabela, Melinda Brown, Tamara Johnson, Irvin Goldfarb
BACKGROUND: A case is reported of Candida glabrata infective endocarditis (IE) treated without surgical intervention. The study aim was to: (i) briefly discuss the outcomes of other documented cases of fungal IE managed medically with fluconazole; (ii) discuss the (1→3)-β-D-glucan assay and its previously studied role in the diagnosis of invasive fungal infections; and (iii) examine a possible application of the (1→3)-β-D-glucan assay to monitor response to antifungal treatment in patients with Candida endocarditis...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819518/-a-rare-case-of-giant-galactocele-associated-with-prolactinoma
#2
Mariam Tayae, Jihad Jamor
Galactocele is a rare cystic formation, a benign breast lesion, occurring when breast duct is blocked and engorged. It generally affects postpartum women, either breastfeeding or not. Only a few cases have been reported in the literature and they were not related to lactation, as in the case of postmenopausal women or of men; moreover, their relationship to the overproduction of prolactin, a growth factor stimulating mammary epithelial cells, is not very well defined at this time. We here report the unusual case of a 30-year old patient with no personal history of childbirth or abortion...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818550/perinephric-and-sinus-fat-invasion-in-stage-pt3a-tumors-managed-by-partial-nephrectomy
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Pascal Mouracade, Julien Dagenais, Jaya Sai Chavali, Onder Kara, Ryan J Nelson, Matthew J Maurice, Jeremy Reese, Brian I Rini, Jihad H Kaouk
INTRODUCTION: We evaluated the influence of perinephric fat invasion (PFI) compared with sinus fat invasion (SFI) on disease-free survival (DFS) and cancer-specific survival (CSS) after partial nephrectomy (PN) for stage pT3a renal cell carcinoma (RCC). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data were recorded from the consecutive records of patients who had undergone underwent PN for cT1-T2 RCC from 2007 to 2016. Of these patients, 143 had stage pT3a with SFI or PFI found on final pathologic examination...
July 26, 2017: Clinical Genitourinary Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817791/using-practice-facilitation-to-increase-rates-of-colorectal-cancer-screening-in-community-health-centers-north-carolina-2012-2013-feasibility-facilitators-and-barriers
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Bryan J Weiner, Catherine L Rohweder, Jennifer E Scott, Randall Teal, Alecia Slade, Allison M Deal, Naima Jihad, Marti Wolf
INTRODUCTION: Practice facilitation involves trained individuals working with practice staff to conduct quality improvement activities and support delivery of evidence-based clinical services. We examined the feasibility of using practice facilitation to assist federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) to increase colorectal cancer screening rates in North Carolina. METHODS: The intervention consisted of 12 months of facilitation in 3 FQHCs. We conducted chart audits to obtain data on changes in documented recommendation for colorectal cancer screening and completed screening...
August 17, 2017: Preventing Chronic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807352/unusual-digoxin-toxicity-with-myocardial-injury
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Mohamad Jihad Mansour, Maher Kalaoui, Elie Chammas, Omar Hamoui, Tarek Fawaz, Wael A AlJaroudi
A 38-year-old healthy male presented with vomiting and profuse diarrhea, associated with blurry and yellow coloration of the vision (xanthopsia). Laboratory workup was unremarkable, except for hyperkalemia (K 5.2 mEq/L) and mildly elevated troponin level 0.11 ng/mL (cut-off value 0.08). An electrocardiogram showed sinus bradycardia with deep scooping of the T waves. Although the patient denied intake of any drugs, herbs, consumption of plants, a digoxin level was drawn and was significantly elevated >5ng/mL (therapeutic range 0...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805126/using-culture-and-psychology-to-counter-the-taliban-s-violent-narratives
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Neil Krishan Aggarwal
Scholars, politicians, and policy-makers have increasingly pointed to the role of narratives in recruiting militants and justifying violence, highlighting the need for counter-narratives that promote peace. However, few have offered concrete guidelines on how to construct counter-narratives. This exploratory study uses prototype theory from social psychology to analyse Taliban narratives written in Arabic on the historical figure Maḥmūd of Ghaznī (971-1030), who is portrayed as a figure worthy of emulation...
August 2017: International Review of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794585/current-status-of-robotic-single-port-surgery
#7
REVIEW
Ryan J Nelson, Jaya Sai S Chavali, Nitin Yerram, Paurush Babbar, Jihad H Kaouk
Robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery in urology is an ever progressing field, and boundaries are constantly broken with the aid of new technology. Advancements in instrumentation have given birth to the era of robotic laparoendoscopic single-site technique (R-LESS). R-LESS however, has not gained widespread acceptance due to technical hurdles such as adequate triangulation, robotic arm clashing, decreased access for the bedside assistant, lack of wrist articulation, continued need for an axillary/accessory port, lack of robust retraction, and ergonomic discomfort...
July 2017: Urology Annals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790400/prediction-of-infarction-volume-and-infarction-growth-rate-in-acute-ischemic-stroke
#8
Saadat Kamran, Naveed Akhtar, Ayman Alboudi, Kainat Kamran, Arsalan Ahmad, Jihad Inshasi, Abdul Salam, Ashfaq Shuaib, Uvais Qidwai
The prediction of infarction volume after stroke onset depends on the shape of the growth dynamics of the infarction. To understand growth patterns that predict lesion volume changes, we studied currently available models described in literature and compared the models with Adaptive Neuro-Fuzzy Inference System [ANFIS], a method previously unused in the prediction of infarction growth and infarction volume (IV). We included 67 patients with malignant middle cerebral artery [MMCA] stroke who underwent decompressive hemicraniectomy...
August 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770401/in-vitro-studies-to-evaluate-the-effect-of-varying-culture-conditions-and-ipl-fluencies-on-tenocyte-activities
#9
Jihad A M Alzyoud, Ilyas M Khan, Sarah G Rees
Tendons are dense, fibrous connective tissues which carry out the essential physiological role of transmitting mechanical forces from skeletal muscle to bone. From a clinical perspective, tendinopathy is very common, both within the sporting arena and amongst the sedentary population. Studies have shown that light therapy may stimulate tendon healing, and more recently, intense pulsed light (IPL) has attracted attention as a potential treatment modality for tendinopathy; however, its mechanism of action and effect on the tendon cells (tenocytes) is poorly understood...
August 3, 2017: Lasers in Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756026/resistance-and-clonality-in-escherichia-coli-and-klebsiella-spp-and-relationship-with-antibiotic-consumption-in-major-lebanese-hospitals
#10
Ziad Daoud, Elie Salem-Sokhn, Elias Dahdouh, Jihad Irani, Ghassan M Matar, Shira Doron
INTRODUCTION: ESBLs are increasingly detected globally among Escherichia coli and Klebsiella spp. Studies show a link between the faulty use of antibiotics and resistance. In this study, we determine the profiles of ESBLs in E. coli and Klebsiella spp. isolated from three Lebanese hospitals, and their relationship to antibiotic consumption. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 300 E. coli and 91 Klebsiella spp. isolates resistant to 3rd or 4th generation cephalosporins were collected from 2011 to 2012...
July 26, 2017: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697694/midterm-outcomes-from-a-pilot-study-of-percutaneous-deep-vein-arterialization-for-the-treatment-of-no-option-critical-limb-ischemia
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Steven Kum, Yih Kai Tan, Michiel A Schreve, Roberto Ferraresi, Ramon L Varcoe, Andrej Schmidt, Dierk Scheinert, Jihad A Mustapha, Darryl M Lim, Derek Ho, Tjun Y Tang, Vlad-Adrian Alexandrescu, Pramook Mutirangura
PURPOSE: To report the initial clinical experience with percutaneous deep vein arterialization (PDVA) to treat critical limb ischemia (CLI) via the creation of an arteriovenous fistula. METHODS: Seven patients (median age 85 years; 5 women) with CLI and no traditional endovascular or surgical revascularization options (no-option CLI) were recruited in a pilot study to determine the safety of PDVA. All patients were diabetic; 4 had Rutherford category 6 ischemia...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Endovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694110/predictors-of-in-hospital-mortality-after-decompressive-hemicraniectomy-for-malignant-ischemic-stroke
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Saadat Kamran, Abdul Salam, Naveed Akhtar, Aymen Alboudi, Arsalan Ahmad, Rabia Khan, Rashed Nazir, Muhammad Nadeem, Jihad Inshasi, Ahmed ElSotouhy, Ghanim Al Sulaiti, Ashfaq Shuaib
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this retrospective multicenter, pooled-data analysis was to determine the factors associated with in-hospital mortality in decompressive hemicraniectomy (DHC) for malignant middle cerebral artery (MMCA) stroke. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The authors reviewed pooled DHC database from 3 countries for patients with MMCA with hospital mortality in spite of DHC to identify factors that predicted in-hospital mortality after DHC. The identified factors were applied to the group of patients who were selected for DHC but either refused surgery and died or stabilized and did not undergo DHC...
September 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670915/phytochemical-and-pharmacological-properties-of-essential-oils-from-cedrus-species
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Antoine M Saab, Roberto Gambari, Gianni Sacchetti, Alessandra Guerrini, Ilaria Lampronti, Massimo Tacchini, Antoine El Samrani, Samir Medawar, Hassane Makhlouf, Mona Tannoury, Jihad Abboud, Mona Diab-Assaf, Anake Kijjoa, Rosa Tundis, Jawad Aoun, Thomas Efferth
Natural products frequently exert pharmacological activities. The present review gives an overview of the ethnobotany, phytochemistry and pharmacology of the Cedrus genus, e.g. cytotoxic, spasmolytic immunomodulatory, antiallergic, anti-inflammatory and analgesic activities. Cancer patients frequently seek remedies from traditional medicinal plants that are believed to exert less side effects than conventional therapy with synthetic drugs. A long-lasting goal of anti-cancer and anti-microbial therapy research is to find compounds with reduced side effects compared to currently approved drugs...
July 3, 2017: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670865/robotic-radical-perineal-cystectomy-and-extended-pelvic-lymphadenectomy-initial-investigation-using-a-purpose-built-single-port-robotic-system
#14
Matthew J Maurice, Jeremy Reese, Jihad H Kaouk
OBJECTIVES: To assess the feasibility of perineal radical cystoprostatectomy using the latest generation purpose-built single-port robotic surgical system. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In two male cadavers, the da Vinci SP1098 Surgical System was used to perform radical cystoprostatectomy and bilateral extended pelvic lymphadenectomy. New features in this model include enhanced high-definition three-dimensional optics, improved instrument maneuverability, and a real-time instrument tracking and guideance system...
July 3, 2017: BJU International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662895/does-study-design-affect-redislocation-rates-after-primary-shoulder-dislocations-a-systematic-review-comparing-prospective-and-retrospective-studies
#15
REVIEW
Chetan Gohal, James Rofaiel, Jihad Abouali, Olufemi R Ayeni, Ellie Pinsker, Daniel Whelan
PURPOSE: To compare recurrence rates between prospectively collected and retrospectively collected data on primary anterior shoulder dislocations, as this could influence the timing of surgical decision making. METHODS: A comprehensive literature search of Medline, Embase, CINAHL, and hand searches was performed. Recurrence rates of anterior shoulder dislocations were collected from relevant articles, along with follow-up length, age, and gender. An independent sample t test was conducted to evaluate our hypothesis...
June 26, 2017: Arthroscopy: the Journal of Arthroscopic & related Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651424/estimated-glomerular-filtration-rate-renal-scan-and-volumetric-assessment-of-the-kidney-before-and-after-partial-nephrectomy-a-review-of-the-current-literature
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Riccardo G Bertolo, Homayoun Zargar, Riccardo Autorino, Cristian Fiori, Jihad H Kaouk, Paul Russo, Robert H Thompson, Francesco Porpiglia
INTRODUCTION: The best method for assessing renal function after partial nephrectomy (PN) continues to be a matter of debate. Early studies evaluated kidney function by measuring serum creatinine (sCr) and/or the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), potentially underestimating the contribution of the contralateral kidney in masking alterations in renal function. Since then, researchers have studied the operated renal unit with the aid of nuclear renal scans (RS). However, taking into consideration the importance of the amount of renal parenchyma spared or sacrificed during PN, many novel methods have been proposed for determining kidney volume before and after PN...
June 23, 2017: Minerva Urologica e Nefrologica, the Italian Journal of Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646446/innovations-in-the-endovascular-management-of-critical-limb-ischemia-retrograde-tibiopedal-access-and-advanced-percutaneous-techniques
#17
REVIEW
Jihad A Mustapha, Larry J Diaz-Sandoval, Fadi Saab
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Retrograde tibiopedal access and interventions have contributed to advance of endovascular techniques to treat critical limb ischemia (CLI) patients. This review encompasses the spectrum from advanced diagnostic imaging and technical therapeutic approaches for infrapopliteal occlusions, to a discussion of current standards and future directions. RECENT FINDINGS: Contemporary studies of infrapopliteal angioplasty show suboptimal short-term and 1-year clinical outcomes...
August 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642792/infection-control-measures-in-private-dental-clinics-in-lebanon
#18
Jihad Dagher, Charles Sfeir, Ahmad Abdallah, Zeina Majzoub
PURPOSE: Evaluate infection control knowledge, attitude, and practice in Lebanese private dental clinics. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A survey including 46 questions related to routine safety procedures was sent to 1150 Lebanese dentists between July 1st and 2nd, 2015. The study sample was selected from the database of registered dentists based on a proportional random sampling ensuring equitable representation of the 5 geographic regions of Lebanon. A subset of 29 questions was used to generate an overall score of compliance (excellent, good, fair, and poor)...
2017: International Journal of Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641999/effect-of-pharmacist-care-on-medication-adherence-and-cardiovascular-outcomes-among-patients-post-acute-coronary-syndrome-a%C3%A2-systematic-review
#19
REVIEW
Maguy Saffouh El Hajj, Myriam Jihad Jaam, Ahmed Awaisu
BACKGROUND: The impact of collaborative and multidisciplinary health care on the outcomes of care in patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS) is well-established in the literature. However, there is lack of high quality evidence on the role of pharmacist care in this setting. OBJECTIVE: This systematic review aimed to evaluate the impact of pharmacist care on patient outcomes (readmission, mortality, emergency visits, and medication adherence) in patients with ACS at or post-discharge...
June 13, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620985/development-of-a-patient-and-institutional-based-model-for-estimation-of-operative-times-for-robot-assisted-radical-cystectomy-results-from-the-international-robotic-cystectomy-consortium
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Ahmed A Hussein, Paul R May, Youssef E Ahmed, Matthias Saar, Carl J Wijburg, Lee Richstone, Andrew Wagner, Timothy Wilson, Bertram Yuh, Joan P Redorta, Prokar Dasgupta, Omar Kawa, Mohammad S Khan, Mani Menon, James O Peabody, Abolfazl Hosseini, Franco Gaboardi, Giovannalberto Pini, Francis Schanne, Alexandre Mottrie, Koon-Ho Rha, Ashok Hemal, Michael Stockle, John Kelly, Wei S Tan, Thomas J Maatman, Vassilis Poulakis, Jihad Kaouk, Abdullah E Canda, Mevlana D Balbay, Peter Wiklund, Khurshid A Guru
OBJECTIVES: To design a methodology to predict operative times for robot-assisted radical cystectomy (RARC) based on variation in institutional, patient, and disease characteristics to help in operating room scheduling and quality control. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The model included preoperative variables and therefore can be used for prediction of surgical times: institutional volume, age, gender, body mass index, American Society of Anesthesiologists score, history of prior surgery and radiation, clinical stage, neoadjuvant chemotherapy, type, technique of diversion, and the extent of lymph node dissection...
June 16, 2017: BJU International
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