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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150405/cirrhosis-with-ascites-in-the-last-year-of-life-a-nationwide-analysis-of-factors-shaping-costs-health-care-use-and-place-of-death-in-england
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Benjamin Hudson, Jeff Round, Brendan Georgeson, Andrew Pring, Karen Forbes, Catherine Anne McCune, Julia Verne
BACKGROUND: Liver disease mortality increased by 400% in the UK between 1970 and 2010, resulting in rising pressures on acute hospital services, and an increasing need for end-of-life care. We aimed to assess the effect of demographic, clinical, and health-care factors on costs, patterns of health-care use, and place of death in a national cohort of patients with cirrhosis and ascites in their last year of life. METHODS: We did a retrospective, nationwide analysis of all patients who died from cirrhosis in England between 2013 and 2015, who required large-volume paracentesis in their last year of life...
November 14, 2017: Lancet. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149869/characterisation-of-sucking-dynamics-of-breastfeeding-preterm-infants-a-cross-sectional-study
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Donna T Geddes, Kok Chooi, Kathryn Nancarrow, Anna R Hepworth, Hazel Gardner, Karen Simmer
BACKGROUND: Full breastfeeding is the ultimate aim for preterm infants to ensure they receive the full benefits of human milk however, preterm infants face a number of challenges associated with their immaturity and associated morbidities. In order to facilitate oral feeding, it is essential to have a sound knowledge of the sucking dynamics of the breastfed infant. The aim of this study was to measure and describe the sucking dynamics of the preterm breastfeeding infant. METHODS: A prospective cross sectional observational study was carried out at King Edward Memorial Hospital, Perth...
November 17, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149776/effect-of-nebulized-3-hypertonic-saline-with-salbutamol-on-management-of-acute-asthma-in-outpatient-adults-a-double-blind-randomized-clinical-trial-in-emergency-department
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Arash Forouzan, Kambiz Masoumi, Ali Delirrooyfard, Ali Asgari Darian, Laaya Mokhtar Gandomani
Asthma is one of the most common disorders of respiratory tract, management of which still remains as a serious health problem. This study aimed to compare the efficacy of 3% hypertonic saline (HS) plus salbutamol with solely salbutamol on management of acute adults' asthma based on peak flow meter findings. In this double-blind randomized clinical trial, 340 adult patients with acute asthma attacks admitted to emergency department of Ahvaz Golestan and Emam hospitals were enrolled during 2014-2015. The patients were allocated randomly to intervention group (nebulized 2...
October 2017: Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149146/dexamethasone-and-dexmedetomidine-as-an-adjuvant-to-intraarticular-bupivacaine-for-postoperative-pain-relief-in-knee-arthroscopic-surgery-a-randomized-trial
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Seham M Moeen, Islam K Ramadan, Hesham A Elkady
BACKGROUND: Knee arthroscopy causes minimal trauma, however, good analgesia is required for early rehabilitation and return to normal life in the patients. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to compare the analgesic effects of intraarticular dexamethasone and dexmedetomidine added to bupivacaine with those of bupivacaine alone. STUDY DESIGN: This study uses a double-blind, randomized, controlled design with allocation concealment in a 3-armed parallel group format among patients undergoing arthroscopic meniscal surgery...
November 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149145/endoscopic-epidural-laser-decompression-versus-transforaminal-epiduroscopic-laser-annuloplasty-for-lumbar-disc-herniation-a-prospective-randomized-trial
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Chang Hong Park, Sang Ho Lee
BACKGROUND: Lumbar radicular pain often results from lumbar disc herniation, spinal stenosis, or degenerative spondylolisthesis. Minimally invasive disc decompression procedures, such as nucleo-annuloplasty or epiduroscopic neural decompression by laser, have been devised to treat such pain. OBJECTIVE: The short-term outcomes of disc decompression by endoscopic epidural laser decompression (EELD) or transforaminal epiduroscopic laser annuloplasty (TELA) were compared in patients with lumbar radicular pain due to disc herniation...
November 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148356/specialization-as-an-organizing-principle-the-case-of-ambulatory-surgery-centers
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Kathleen Carey, Jean M Mitchell
Ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) recently have grown to become the dominant provider of specific surgical procedures in the United States. While the majority of ASCs focus primarily on a single specialty, many have diversified to offer a wide range of surgical specialties. We exploited a unique data set from Pennsylvania for the years 2004 to 2014 to conduct an empirical investigation of the relative cost of production in ASCs over varying degrees of specialization. We found that for the majority of ASCs, focus on a specialty was associated with lower facility costs...
August 1, 2017: Medical Care Research and Review: MCRR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148246/impact-of-hospital-volume-on-long-term-neurological-outcome-in-patients-undergoing-carotid-artery-stenting-a-nationwide-propensity-score-matched-study-doi-10-1002-ccd-26989
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Chi-Sheng Hung, Chih-Fan Yeh, Mao-Shin Lin, Ying-Hsien Chen, Ching-Chang Huang, Hung-Yuan Li, Hsien-Li Kao
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 15, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148174/prehospital-transfusion-of-red-cell-concentrates-in-a-paramedic-staffed-helicopter-emergency-medical-service
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Stefan Heschl, Emily Andrew, Anthony de Wit, Stephen Bernard, Marcus Kennedy, Karen Smith
OBJECTIVE: The optimal volume and type of intravenous fluid for the treatment of blood loss in the prehospital setting is controversial. The use of red cell concentrates (RCCs) may be associated with improved outcomes; however, the administration of blood products is limited to physicians in many jurisdictions. We sought to describe the characteristics of RCC transfusions in a paramedic-staffed helicopter emergency medical system in Victoria, Australia. METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of all cases where paramedics consulted the responsible physician for approval of RCC transfusion between July 2011 and December 2015 in Victoria, Australia...
November 17, 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147570/management-of-an-acute-catecholamine-induced-cardiomyopathy-and-circulatory-collapse-a-multidisciplinary-approach
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R T Casey, B G Challis, D Pitfield, R M Mahroof, N Jamieson, C J Bhagra, A Vuylsteke, S J Pettit, K C Chatterjee
A phaeochromocytoma (PC) is a rare, catecholamine-secreting neuroendocrine tumour arising from the adrenal medulla. Presenting symptoms of this rare tumour are highly variable but life-threatening multiorgan dysfunction can occur secondary to catecholamine-induced hypertension or hypotension and subsequent cardiovascular collapse. High levels of circulating catecholamines can induce an acute stress cardiomyopathy, also known as Takotsubo cardiomyopathy. Recent studies have focused on early diagnosis and estimation of the prevalence of acute stress cardiomyopathy in patients with PC, but very little is reported about management of these complex cases...
2017: Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146482/impaired-left-atrial-strain-as-a-predictor-of-new-onset-atrial-fibrillation-after-aortic-valve-replacement-independently-of-left-atrial-size
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Guilherme Pessoa-Amorim, Jennifer Mancio, Luís Vouga, José Ribeiro, Vasco Gama, Nuno Bettencourt, Ricardo Fontes-Carvalho
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Left atrial dysfunction in aortic stenosis may precede atrial enlargement and predict the occurrence of atrial fibrillation (AF). To test this hypothesis, we assessed left atrial function and determined its impact on the incidence of AF after aortic valve replacement. METHODS: A total of 149 severe aortic stenosis patients (74±8.6 years, 51% men) with no prior AF were assessed using speckle-tracking echocardiography. Left atrial function was evaluated using peak atrial longitudinal strain (PALS), peak atrial contraction strain (PACS), and phasic left atrial volumes...
November 13, 2017: Revista Española de Cardiología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145259/impulse-oscillometry-system-as-an-alternative-diagnostic-method-for-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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Xia Wei, Zhihong Shi, Yajuan Cui, Jiuyun Mi, Zhengquan Ma, Jingting Ren, Jie Li, Shudi Xu, Youmin Guo
We aimed to compare impulse oscillation system (IOS) and traditional pulmonary function tests (PFTs) for the assessment of the severity of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and to assess the use of IOS parameters to identify patients who were forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1)%pred < 50%.Patients with COPD (n = 215) were enrolled at the Ninth Hospital of Xi'an Affiliated Hospital of Xi'an Jiaotong University between October 2014 and September 2016. All patients were assessed by traditional PFT and IOS...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144929/re-high-volume-is-the-key-for-improving-in-hospital-outcomes-after-radical-prostatectomy-a-total-population-analysis-in-germany-from-2006-to-2013
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David F Penson
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2017: Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144182/plasma-lyte-148-vs-hartmann-s-solution-for-cardiopulmonary-bypass-pump-prime-a-prospective-double-blind-randomized-trial
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Laurence Weinberg, Elizabeth Chiam, James Hooper, Frank Liskaser, Angela Kim Hawkins, Denise Massie, Andrew Ellis, Chong O Tan, David Story, Rinaldo Bellomo
BACKGROUND: The mechanisms of acid-base changes during cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) remain unclear. We tested the hypothesis that, when used as CPB pump prime solutions, Plasma-Lyte 148 (PL) and Hartmann's solution (HS) have differential mechanisms of action in their contribution to acid-base changes. METHODS: We performed a prospective, double-blind, randomized trial in adult patients undergoing elective cardiac surgery with CPB. Participants received a CPB prime solution of 2000 mL, with either PL or HS...
November 1, 2017: Perfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143870/head-to-head-comparison-of-18-f-av-1451-and-18-f-thk5351-for-tau-imaging-in-alzheimer-s-disease-and-frontotemporal-dementia
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Young Kyoung Jang, Chul Hyoung Lyoo, Seongbeom Park, Seung Jun Oh, Hanna Cho, Minyoung Oh, Young Hoon Ryu, Jae Yong Choi, Gil D Rabinovici, Hee Jin Kim, Seung Hwan Moon, Hyemin Jang, Jin San Lee, William J Jagust, Duk L Na, Jae Seung Kim, Sang Won Seo
PURPOSE: Tau accumulation is a core pathologic change in various neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer's disease and frontotemporal lobar degeneration-tau. Recently, tau positron emission tomography tracers such as [(18)F] AV-1451 and [(18)F] THK5351 have been developed to detect tau deposition in vivo. In the present study, we performed a head to head comparison of these two tracers in Alzheimer's disease and frontotemporal dementia cases and aimed to investigate which tracers are better suited to image tau in these disorders...
November 16, 2017: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143383/who-performs-colonoscopy-workforce-trends-over-space-and-time
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Jan M Eberth, Michele J Josey, Lee R Mobley, Davidson O Nicholas, Donna B Jeffe, Cassie Odahowski, Janice C Probst, Mario Schootman
PURPOSE: With the increased availability of colonoscopy to average risk persons due to insurance coverage benefit changes, we sought to identify changes in the colonoscopy workforce. We used outpatient discharge records from South Carolina between 2001 and 2010 to examine shifts over time and in urban versus rural areas in the types of medical providers who perform colonoscopy, and the practice settings in which they occur, and to explore variation in colonoscopy volume across facility and provider types...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Rural Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143213/colorectal-surgery-fellowship-improves-in-hospital-mortality-after-colectomy-and-proctectomy-irrespective-of-hospital-and-surgeon-volume
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Julia T Saraidaridis, Daniel A Hashimoto, David C Chang, Liliana G Bordeianou, Hiroko Kunitake
BACKGROUND: General surgery residents are increasingly pursuing sub-specialty training in colorectal (CR) surgery. However, the majority of operations performed by CR surgeons are also performed by general surgeons. This study aimed to assess in-hospital mortality stratified by CR training status after adjusting for surgeon and hospital volume. METHODS: The Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative system database was used to identify all patients who underwent colectomy/proctectomy from January 1, 2000, to December 31, 2014, in the state of New York...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery: Official Journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143103/combined-assessment-of-left-ventricular-end-diastolic-pressure-and-ejection-fraction-by-left-ventriculography-predicts-long-term-outcomes-of-patients-with-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction
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Daiga Saito, Rine Nakanishi, Ippei Watanabe, Takayuki Yabe, Ryo Okubo, Hideo Amano, Mikihito Toda, Takanori Ikeda
In patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), it is unclear if combined assessment of left ventricular end-diastolic pressure (LVEDP) and left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) improves prediction of major adverse cardiac events (MACE). We analyzed data from 266 STEMI patients who underwent successful percutaneous coronary intervention and subsequent left ventriculography (LVG). Patients were divided into 4 groups, as follows: Group 1, LVEDP < 21 mmHg and LVEF ≥ 55%; Group 2, LVEDP < 21 mmHg and LVEF < 55%; Group 3, LVEDP ≥ 21 mmHg and LVEF ≥ 55%; and Group 4, LVEDP ≥ 21 mmHg and LVEF < 55%...
November 15, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142864/count-of-platelet-and-mean-platelet-volume-score-serologic-prognostic-factor-in-patients-with-oral-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Jae Woo Park, Chul-Hwan Kim, Yong Chan Ha, Moon Young Kim, Sung Min Park
Objectives: TNM staging, especially for lymph node metastasis, is the scoring system most widely used among prognostic factors for cancer survival. Several biomarkers have been studied as serologic markers, but their specificity is low and clinical applications are difficult. This study aimed to establish a scoring system for patients with oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) using platelet (PLT) and mean platelet volume (MPV) levels measured postoperatively and to evaluate their significance as prognostic factors...
October 2017: Journal of the Korean Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142833/the-effect-of-long-term-thyroid-stimulating-hormone-suppressive-therapy-on-the-gonadal-steroid-hormones-of-patients-with-thyroid-carcinoma-after-surgery
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Xiaoli Liu, Ying Zhou, Nan Liang, Yang Hong, Gianlorenzo Dionigi, Hui Sun
Background: To analyze the effect of long-term thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) suppressive therapy on the gonadal hormones and related symptoms in patients after surgery. Methods: From 2008 to 2011, totally 238 patients were recruited, who underwent thyroid surgery and subsequent TSH suppression treatment in Department of thyroid Surgery, China-Japan Union hospital, Jilin University. Then their postoperative follow-up data (3-8 years) were collected, including operational method, pathological diagnosis, whether processed radioiodine therapy and the period/dose of TSH suppression treatment...
October 2017: Gland Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142815/multifactorial-genesis-of-a-seeming-case-of-pulmonary-hypertension
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Rita Leonarda Musci, Lucrezia De Michele, Carlo D'Agostino, Paolo Colonna
Herein, we report the case of a 44-year-old female with end-stage renal disease on hemodialysis. She was admitted to our hospital to evaluate if she was eligible for a kidney transplant. Transthoracic echocardiography showed a markedly dilated coronary sinus and an unexpected finding of increased right ventriculoatrial gradient. A saline contrast echocardiography to confirm the presence of persistent left superior vena cava (PLSVC) was not performed because of arteriovenous fistula (FAV) for hemodialysis on the left forearm...
October 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Echography
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