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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545245/multimodal-bio-inspired-tactile-sensing-module-for-surface-characterization
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Thiago Eustaquio Alves de Oliveira, Ana-Maria Cretu, Emil M Petriu
Robots are expected to recognize the properties of objects in order to handle them safely and efficiently in a variety of applications, such as health and elder care, manufacturing, or high-risk environments. This paper explores the issue of surface characterization by monitoring the signals acquired by a novel bio-inspired tactile probe in contact with ridged surfaces. The tactile module comprises a nine Degree of Freedom Microelectromechanical Magnetic, Angular Rate, and Gravity system (9-DOF MEMS MARG) and a deep MEMS pressure sensor embedded in a compliant structure that mimics the function and the organization of mechanoreceptors in human skin as well as the hardness of the human skin...
May 23, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544824/sutureless-valves-reduce-hospital-costs-compared-to-traditional-valves
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François Laborde, Thierry Folliguet, Gabriel Ghorayeb, Konstantinos Zannis
BACKGROUND: The study aim was to assess differences in clinical outcome, safety, and associated costs between sutureless and aortic isolated aortic valve replacement (AVR) with a standard bioprosthesis. METHODS: A retrospective comparative study was conducted to investigate 65 patients, each of whom had undergone isolated AVR with a traditional aortic valve (T) or a Perceval S sutureless aortic prosthesis (P) between January 2010 and December 2012. Cost data were drawn from the proprietary cost accounting system of the hospital, excluding acquisition costs of the devices...
January 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544746/clinical-outcomes-following-proton-therapy-for-children-with-central-nervous-system-tumors-referred-overseas
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Daniel J Indelicato, Julie A Bradley, Eric S Sandler, Philipp R Aldana, Amy Sapp, Jennifer E Gains, Adrian Crellin, Ronny L Rotondo
BACKGROUND: International, multidisciplinary care of children with central nervous system (CNS) tumors presents unique challenges. The aim of this study is to report patient outcomes of U.K. children referred for proton therapy to a North American facility. METHODS: From 2008 to 2016, 166 U.K. children with approved CNS tumors were treated with proton therapy at a single academic medical center in the United States. Median age was 7 years (range, 1-19). Median follow-up was 2...
May 24, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544665/humidified-high-flow-nasal-cannula-oxygen-in-bronchiolitis-reduces-need-for-invasive-ventilation-but-not-intensive-care-admission
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Chong Tien Goh, Lynette J Kirby, David N Schell, Jonathan R Egan
AIM: To describe the changes to paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) admission patterns and ventilation requirements for children with bronchiolitis following the introduction of humidified high-flow nasal cannula oxygen outside the PICU. METHODS: Retrospective study comparing patients <24 months of age with a discharge diagnosis of bronchiolitis admitted to the PICU. A comparison was made between those before humidified high-flow nasal cannula oxygen use (year 2008) to those immediately following the introduction of humidified high-flow nasal cannula oxygen use (year 2011) and those following further consolidation of humidified high-flow nasal cannula oxygen use outside the PICU (year 2013)...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544600/effect-of-magnesium-on-arrhythmia-incidence-in-patients-undergoing-coronary-artery-bypass-grafting
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Alireza Mohammadzadeh, Farshad Towfighi, Naser Jafari
BACKGROUND: Cardiac arrhythmia after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery is a common complication of cardiac surgery. The effect of serum magnesium, hypomagnesaemia treatment and prophylactic administration of magnesium in the development and prevention of arrhythmias is controversial and there are many different ideas. This study evaluates the therapeutic effects of magnesium in cardiac arrhythmia after CABG surgery. METHODS: The clinical trial enrolled 250 patients who underwent CABG...
May 22, 2017: ANZ Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544539/intensive-care-unit-admissions-and-ventilation-support-in-infants-with-bronchiolitis
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Ed Oakley, Vi Chong, Meredith Borland, Jocelyn Neutze, Natalie Phillips, David Krieser, Stuart Dalziel, Andrew Davidson, Susan Donath, Kim Jachno, Mike South, Amanda Fry, Franz E Babl
OBJECTIVES: To describe the rate of intensive care unit (ICU) admission, type of ventilation support provided and risk factors for ICU admission in infants with bronchiolitis. DESIGN: Retrospective review of hospital records and Australia and New Zealand Paediatric Intensive Care (ANZPIC) registry data for infants 2-12 months old admitted with bronchiolitis. SETTING: Seven Australian and New Zealand hospitals. These infants were prospectively identified through the comparative rehydration in bronchiolitis (CRIB) study between 2009 and 2011...
May 19, 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544339/family-functioning-and-perceived-support-from-nurses-during-cancer-treatment-among-danish-and-australian-patients-and-their-families
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Karin B Dieperink, Elisabeth Coyne, Debra K Creedy, Birte Østergaard
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: This study aims to compare family functioning and perceptions of support from nurses among Danish and Australian adult oncology patients and family members. BACKGROUND: Family can have a strong influence on the health of individuals, providing support during a health crisis such as cancer. However, family functioning and supportive care from nurses may vary across cultures and settings. DESIGN AND METHODS: A descriptive, cross sectional comparative design with patients and family members from Denmark and Australia...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544310/implementing-the-psychosocial-standards-in-pediatric-cancer-current-staffing-and-services-available
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Michele A Scialla, Kimberly S Canter, Fang Fang Chen, E Anders Kolb, Eric Sandler, Lori Wiener, Anne E Kazak
BACKGROUND: Fifteen evidence-based Standards for Psychosocial Care for Children with Cancer and Their Families (Standards) were published in 2015. The Standards cover a broad range of topics and circumstances and require qualified multidisciplinary staff to be implemented. This paper presents data on the availability of psychosocial staff and existing practices at pediatric oncology programs in the United States, providing data that can be used to advocate for expanded services and prepare for implementation of the Standards...
May 19, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544301/hospital-volume-and-perioperative-outcomes-for-radical-cystectomy-a-population-study
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Cristian Udovicich, Marlon Perera, Molla Huq, Lih-Ming Wong, Daniel Lenaghan
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the association between hospital volume and perioperative outcomes of radical cystectomy (RC) using state population data for a contemporary Australian cohort. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients undergoing RC for urothelial malignancy in the state of Victoria, Australia between July 2003 and June 2014 were identified using the Victorian Admitted Episodes Dataset (VAED). Hospitals were divided into tertiles according to their caseload per year...
May 2017: BJU International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543789/surgical-management-of-traumatic-tricuspid-insufficiency
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Zhiqi Zhang, Kanhua Yin, Lili Dong, Yongxin Sun, Changfa Guo, Yi Lin, Chunsheng Wang
BACKGROUND: This study reviews our experience with traumatic tricuspid insufficiency (TTI) following blunt chest trauma. METHODS: From January 2010 to June 2016, 10 patients (nine males, mean age 49.0 ± 12.4 years) underwent surgical treatment of TTI following blunt chest trauma. The mean intervals between trauma and diagnosis and between trauma and surgery were 74.1 and 81.8 months, respectively. Preoperatively, all patients exhibited severe tricuspid regurgitation...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543642/bidirectional-superior-cavopulmonary-anastomosis-with-or-without-cardiopulmonary-bypass-a-randomized-study
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Sachin Talwar, Anish Gupta, Ashima Nehra, Neeti Makhija, Poonam Malhotra Kapoor, Vishnubhatla Sreenivas, Shiv Kumar Choudhary, Balram Airan
OBJECTIVES: This study aims to compare the bidirectional superior cavopulmonary anastomosis (BDG) with or without cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). METHODS: 100 patients undergoing BDG were randomized into two groups: Off-CPB or on-CPB groups. All patients underwent near-infrared spectrophotometry (NIRS) and bispectral index (BIS) monitoring and pre- and postoperative serum 100 beta protein measurements (Sβ100) and neuro-cognitive evaluation. Postoperative intensive care unit (ICU) parameters were also studied...
May 21, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543629/epidemiology-and-predisposing-factors-for-erythema-toxicum-neonatorum-and-transient-neonatal-pustular-a-multicenter-study
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Flávia Pereira Reginatto, Fernanda Mello Muller, Juliano Peruzzo, Tania Ferreira Cestari
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Erythema toxicum neonatorum (ETN) and transient neonatal pustular melanosis (TNPM) are benign pustular skin conditions that are relatively common in newborns, but the predisposing factors for these conditions are unknown. Our goal was to verify the prevalence of ETN and TNPM and their predisposing factors in a large sample of neonates. METHODS: In this prospective 1-year multicenter study, 2,831 neonates (age ≤72 hours) born in southern Brazil were randomized to undergo skin examination by a dermatologist...
May 25, 2017: Pediatric Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543565/lactate-supplementation-in-severe-traumatic-brain-injured-adults-by-primed-constant-infusion-of-sodium-l-lactate
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Stephanie M Wolahan, Howard C Mao, Courtney Real, Paul M Vespa, Thomas C Glenn
Carbohydrate fuel augmentation following traumatic brain injury may be a viable treatment to improve recovery when cerebral oxidative metabolism of glucose is depressed. We performed a primed constant sodium L-lactate infusion in 11 moderate to severely brain injured adults. Blood was collected before and periodically during the infusion study. We quantified global cerebral uptake of glucose and lactate and other systemic metabolites associated with energy metabolism. Our hypothesis was that cerebral lactate uptake, as measured by the arteriovenous difference of lactate (AVDlac), would increase in severely injured TBI patients in the neurocritical care unit...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543421/foreign-relations
#14
Alejandro De La Hoz, Eduardo Díaz, Max Moses Feinstein
In a large Colombian teaching hospital, a fifty-five-year-old woman complaining of stomach pain is examined by a foreign-exchange medical student from the United States. Speaking in Spanish, the student elicits a medical history that suggests a possible recurrence of gallstones, but nothing further. Upon discussing the patient's case in private with the attending physician, the student is shocked to learn that the patient is suffering from terminal, metastatic gastric cancer but is unaware of her diagnosis...
May 2017: Hastings Center Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543359/impact-of-resident-involvement-in-outpatient-otolaryngology-procedures-an-analysis-of-17-647-cases
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Andrew B Baker, Adrian A Ong, Brendan P O'Connell, Alexander D Sokohl, William B Clinkscales, Ted A Meyer
OBJECTIVE: This study examines the impact of resident physician participation on postoperative outcomes in outpatient otolaryngologic surgery. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort. METHODS: The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program database was queried for outpatient otolaryngologic procedures performed on adult patients. Cases were analyzed with the following cohorts: attending with resident or attending without resident...
May 23, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543168/a-new-tool-to-tackle-the-opioid-epidemic-description-utility-and-results-from-the-maine-diversion-alert-program
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Brian J Piper, Clare E Desrosiers, Harriet C Fisher, Kenneth L McCall, Stephanie D Nichols
STUDY OBJECTIVE: The opioid epidemic continues to impact the United States, and new strategies are needed to combat this epidemic. The objective of this study was to analyze 2015 drug arrest data from Maine's Diversion Alert program (diversionalert. org), compare arrest data between the first quarters of 2015 and 2016, and provide an analysis of the sex differences in the arrests as well as information about DA use. STUDY DESIGN: A population-based, descriptive study using data from the Maine Diversion Alert Program...
May 19, 2017: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543108/complications-and-30-day-hospital-readmission-rates-of-patients-undergoing-tracheostomy-a-prospective-analysis
#17
Emily Spataro, Nedim Durakovic, Dorina Kallogjeri, Brian Nussenbaum
OBJECTIVE: To determine inpatient and outpatient tracheostomy complication rates and 30-day hospital readmission rates, and to assess patient and procedural risk factors associated with complications and readmissions. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. METHODS: Adult patients undergoing tracheostomy at a single academic hospital performed by any service, for any indication, were enrolled in this study over the course of 1 year. All patients had complete 30-day follow-up after discharge to determine complication and hospital readmission rates...
May 23, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542848/change-of-transfusion-and-treatment-paradigm-in-major-trauma-patients
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P Stein, A Kaserer, K Sprengel, G A Wanner, B Seifert, O M Theusinger, D R Spahn
Trauma promotes trauma-induced coagulopathy, which requires urgent treatment with fixed-ratio transfusions of red blood cells, fresh frozen plasma and platelet concentrates, or goal-directed administration of coagulation factors based on viscoelastic testing. This retrospective observational study compared two time periods before (2005-2007) and after (2012-2014) the implementation of changes in trauma management protocols which included: use of goal-directed coagulation management; admission of patients to designated trauma centres; whole-body computed tomography scanning on admission; damage control surgery; permissive hypotension; restrictive fluid resuscitation; and administration of tranexamic acid...
May 23, 2017: Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542833/why-are-patients-with-blood-cancers-more-likely-to-die-without-hospice
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Oreofe O Odejide, Angel M Cronin, Craig C Earle, James A Tulsky, Gregory A Abel
BACKGROUND: Although patients with blood cancers have significantly lower rates of hospice use than those with solid malignancies, data explaining this gap in end-of-life care are sparse. METHODS: In 2015, we conducted a mailed survey of a randomly selected sample of hematologic oncologists in the United States to characterize their perspectives regarding the utility and adequacy of hospice for blood cancer patients, as well as factors that might impact referral patterns...
May 22, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542790/transition-to-motherhood-in-women-with-an-infant-with-special-care-needs
#20
O Korukcu, A Deliktaş, K Kukulu
BACKGROUND: Mothers of infants with special care needs experience multiple transitions, as their babies are diagnosed with congenital anomalies and hospitalized during their transition to motherhood. AIM: To examine the transition to motherhood in mothers of infants with special care needs, under the guidance of Meleis's Theory of Transition. METHODS: A descriptive qualitative approach was used. We followed a semi-structured form prepared in accordance with Meleis's Theory of Transition's concepts...
May 25, 2017: International Nursing Review
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