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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449533/can-mathematics-replace-anatomy-to-establish-recommendations-in-lung-cancer-surgery
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EDITORIAL
Marc Riquet, Ciprian Pricopi, Antoine Legras, Alex Arame, Alain Badia, Françoise Le Pimpec Barthes
The greater the number of lymph node (LN) sampled (NLNsS) during lung cancer surgery, the lower the risk of underestimating the pN-status and the better the outcome of the pN0-patients due to stage-migration. Thus, regarding LN sampling "to be or not to be", number is the question. Recent studies advocate removing 10 LNs. The most suitable NLNsS is unfortunately impossible to establish by mathematics. A too high NLNsS variability exists, based on anatomy, surgery and pathology. The methodology may vary according to Inter-institutional differences in the surgical approach regarding LN inspection and number sampling...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449531/ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation-single-shot-techniques-poised-to-dominate-rhythm-control-strategies-the-future-is-here
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EDITORIAL
Antonis S Manolis
Over the recent years, the advent of single-shot techniques, such as circular catheter and cryoballoon ablation, has ushered in a new era in the catheter ablation approach and rhythm control strategies of patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). These techniques make it easier to navigate the heart and have the potential to decrease the threshold for, expand the access to, and increase patient and physician acceptance of rhythm-control therapies, that may lead to reduction of the AF disease burden and its socioeconomic impact...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449530/quality-improvement-in-the-icu-treat-first-what-kills-first
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EDITORIAL
Peter H J van der Voort
Professionals in the ICU, like nurses and doctors, are constantly working on quality improvement by developing protocols and monitoring the implementation with indicators. Protocols and quality indicators are usually based on evidence. Studies on quality improvement often measure the effect of protocols after implementation but frequently cannot replicate the results of the previously performed RCTs in clinical practice. Amongst other reasons, this is due to the selection of patients that are included in RCTs...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449497/retrosternal-goitre-the-role-of-the-thoracic-surgeon
#4
REVIEW
Diamantis I Tsilimigras, Davide Patrini, Aspasia Antonopoulou, Dimitris Velissaris, Efstratios Koletsis, David Lawrence, Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos
Purpose of this Mini-Review is to evaluate the role of a thoracic surgeon in the surgical management of retrosternal goitre. A cervical approach is sufficient in the majority of the cases. On the other hand, there are cases where a cervical approach is combined with sternotomy or thoracotomy, depending on the position of the goitre, in the anterior or posterior mediastinum. On top of that, different minimally invasive approaches including video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) and robotic-assisted surgery (RATS) have been introduced, providing faster recovery, superior manoeuvrability and better aesthetic results...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449495/laser-resection-of-pulmonary-nodule-via-uniportal-thoracoscopic-surgery
#5
Calvin S H Ng, Freddie Capili, Ze-Rui Zhao, Peter S Y Yu, Jacky Y K Ho, Rainbow W H Lau
Uniportal video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) lung wedge resection usually requires three devices, thoracoscope, lung retracting instrument and an endo-stapler cutter to perform the procedure. With advances in miniaturization of the thoracoscope and lung retracting instruments, a major limitation to operating through a smaller uniportal incision has become the endo-stapler. We describe the surgical technique for uniportal VATS laser lung resection which uses a much narrower laser catheter device to replace the endo-stapler for resection...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449479/early-results-of-the-sorin-%C3%A2-perceval-s-sutureless-valve-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Karan Sian, Sheila Li, Daneish Selvakumar, Ross Mejia
BACKGROUND: Minimally invasive aortic valve replacement (MAVR) has demonstrated a benefit with respect to increased patient satisfaction due to minimised pain and earlier recovery. Sutureless valves may benefit MAVR and conventional aortic valve replacement (AVR) by reducing operative times and blood transfusion requirements. The Perceval valve (Sorin, Salluggia, Italy) is a self-expanding prosthesis made from bovine pericardium mounted in a nitinol stent, designed to simplify the implantation of an aortic valve...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449459/endovascular-repair-of-residual-intimal-tear-or-distal-new-entry-after-frozen-elephant-trunk-for-type-a-aortic-dissection
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Xu-Dong Pan, Bin Li, Wei-Guo Ma, Jun Zheng, Yong-Min Liu, Jun-Ming Zhu, Lian-Jun Huang, Li-Zhong Sun
BACKGROUND: In patients with type A dissection, residual dissection and new distal entry tears following the frozen elephant trunk (FET) procedure adversely affect long-term prognosis. Management include open and endovascular repair, while clinical experience is limited. We evaluate the efficacy of thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) in management of residual intimal tear or distal new entry tear following FET in patients with type A aortic dissection (TAAD). METHODS: Between May 2003 and April 2013, we performed FET and total arch replacement for 1,003 patients with TAAD...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449435/non-surgical-approach-to-the-thoracic-duct-a-technique-whose-time-has-come
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EDITORIAL
Larry R Kaiser
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449400/a-novel-implementation-strategy-in-residential-care-settings-to-promote-ebp-direct-care-provider-perceptions-and-development-of-a-conceptual-framework
#9
Susan E Slaughter, Erin Bampton, Daniel F Erin, Carla Ickert, C Allyson Jones, Carole A Estabrooks
BACKGROUND: Innovative approaches are required to facilitate the adoption and sustainability of evidence-based care practices. We propose a novel implementation strategy, a peer reminder role, which involves offering a brief formal reminder to peers during structured unit meetings. AIMS: This study aims to (a) identify healthcare aide (HCA) perceptions of a peer reminder role for HCAs, and (b) develop a conceptual framework for the role based on these perceptions...
April 27, 2017: Worldviews on Evidence-based Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449388/unobserved-health-care-expenditures-how-important-is-censoring-in-register-data
#10
Christian Philipp Rudolf Schmid
Accurate information on individuals' health service use is important for evaluating health policies and analyzing health care demand. Although register data are considered to be more reliable than survey data, little is known about the extent and effect of censoring of the expenditure distribution in register data. We exploit a recent change in the health provider remuneration system in several Swiss cantons to empirically investigate whether censoring occurs when individuals do not have to disclose their health service use below their deductible level...
April 27, 2017: Health Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449387/sustaining-nurse-led-task-shifting-strategies-for-hypertension-control-a-concept-mapping-study-to-inform-evidence-based-practice
#11
Sarah Blackstone, Juliet Iwelunmor, Jacob Plange-Rhule, Joyce Gyamfi, Nana Kofi Quakyi, Micheal Ntim, Gbenga Ogedegbe
BACKGROUND: The use of task-shifting is an increasingly widespread delivery approach for health interventions targeting prevention, treatment, and control of hypertension in adults living in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Addressing a gap in the literature, this research examined the sustainability of an ongoing task-shifting strategy for hypertension (TASSH) from the perspectives of community health nurses (CHNs) implementing the program. METHODS: We used concept-mapping, a mixed-methods participatory approach to understand CHNs' perceptions of barriers and enablers to sustaining a task-shifting program...
April 27, 2017: Worldviews on Evidence-based Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449382/current-use-of-chromosomal-microarray-by-australian-paediatricians-and-implications-for-the-implementation-of-next-generation-sequencing
#12
Victoria McKay, Daryl Efron, Elizabeth E Palmer, Susan M White, Chris Pearson, Margie Danchin
AIM: Chromosomal microarray (CMA) is an important diagnostic test for children with multiple congenital anomalies or certain developmental behavioural problems suggestive of an underlying genetic diagnosis. However, there are medical and ethical complexities to its use and few Australian policies to guide practice. We aimed to describe the current practice of Australian paediatricians in relation to CMA testing. We hypothesised that there are knowledge gaps in their use of CMA. METHODS: Online survey completed between September 2015 and January 2016 by paediatricians in secondary care settings...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449381/predicting-solubility-of-sulfur-a-cosmo-rs-based-approach-to-investigate-electrolytes-for-li-s-batteries
#13
Steffen Jeschke, Patrik Johansson
Lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries are in theory, from their basic reactions, very promising from a specific energy density point-of-view, but have bad power rate capabilities. The dissolution of sulfur from the C/S cathodes into the electrolyte is a rate determining and crucial step for the functionality. So far, time-consuming experimental methods, such as HPLC/UV, have been used to quantify the corresponding solubilities. Here, we use a computational fluid phase thermodynamics approach, the conductor-like screening model for real solvents (COSMO-RS), to compute the solubility of sulfur in different binary and ternary electrolytes...
April 27, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449374/genetic-variability-in-adenosine-deaminase-like-contributes-to-variation-in-alcohol-preference-in-mice
#14
Heidi M B Lesscher, Alexis Bailey, Louk J M J Vanderschuren
BACKGROUND: A substantial part of the risk for alcohol use disorder (AUD) is determined by genetic factors. We previously used chromosome substitution (CSS) mice, to identify a QTL for alcohol preference on mouse chromosome 2. The aim of this study was to identify candidate genes within this QTL that confer the risk for alcohol preference. METHODS: In order to delineate the neurobiological underpinnings of alcohol consumption, we expanded on the QTL approach to identify candidate genes for high alcohol preference in mice...
April 27, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449350/scandiatransplant-acceptable-mismatch-program-stamp-a-bridge-to-transplanting-highly-immunized-patients
#15
P Koefoed-Nielsen, I Weinreich, M Bengtsson, J Lauronen, C Naper, M Gäbel, S S Sørensen, L Wennberg, A V Reisaeter, B K Møller
BACKGROUND: Highly immunized patients are a challenge for organ transplantation programs. One way of increasing the likelihood of transplantation in this group of patients is to expand the possible donations by defining acceptable HLA mismatches. In the Scandiatransplant Acceptable Mismatch Program (STAMP), a de-centralized approach has been implemented in 2009. AIMS: The program has been improved during the years from utilizing HLA-A, -B, -DR matching only to include typing of all deceased donors for HLA-A, -B, -C, -DRB1 and -DQB1...
April 27, 2017: HLA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449330/exploring-the-experience-of-nurse-practitioners-who-have-committed-medical-errors-a-phenomenological-approach
#16
Romuald Delacroix
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: To explore the experience of committing medical error from the perspective of nurse practitioners (NPs). Overall, the purpose of the study is to discern NPs' behaviors, perceptions, and coping mechanisms in response to having made a medical error. METHODS: Qualitative research based on two face-to-face audio-recorded semistructured interviews with 10 NPs who had made medical errors in practice. The analysis was guided by concepts in phenomenology...
April 27, 2017: Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449329/valuing-productivity-costs-using-the-friction-cost-approach-estimating-friction-period-estimates-by-occupational-classifications-for-the-uk
#17
Jesse Kigozi, Sue Jowett, Martyn Lewis, Pelham Barton, Joanna Coast
The friction cost approach has been proposed as an alternative to the human capital approach in estimating productivity costs. However, it is difficult, in practice, to apply this approach due to limited availability of context-specific data. Using national and firm-level data on vacancy durations sourced from 4 organisations, we estimated vacancy durations, and consequently, length of friction period for the United Kingdom disaggregated by occupational classification. We found comparable estimates to previously reported friction periods elsewhere...
April 27, 2017: Health Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449317/a-comparison-of-individual-based-genetic-distance-metrics-for-landscape-genetics
#18
A J Shirk, E L Landguth, S A Cushman
A major aim of landscape genetics is to understand how landscapes resist gene flow and thereby influence population genetic structure. An empirical understanding of this process provides a wealth of information that can be used to guide conservation and management of species in fragmented landscapes, and also to predict how landscape change may affect population viability. Statistical approaches to infer the true model among competing alternatives are based on the strength of the relationship between pairwise genetic distances and landscape distances among sampled individuals in a population...
April 27, 2017: Molecular Ecology Resources
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449316/does-my-high-blood-pressure-improve-your-survival-overall-and-subgroup-learning-curves-in-health
#19
Raf Van Gestel, Tobias Müller, Johan Bosmans
Learning curves in health are of interest for a wide range of medical disciplines, healthcare providers, and policy makers. In this paper, we distinguish between three types of learning when identifying overall learning curves: economies of scale, learning from cumulative experience, and human capital depreciation. In addition, we approach the question of how treating more patients with specific characteristics predicts provider performance. To soften collinearity problems, we explore the use of least absolute shrinkage and selection operator regression as a variable selection method and Theil-Goldberger mixed estimation to augment the available information...
April 27, 2017: Health Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449301/the-profile-and-dynamics-of-rna-modifications-in-animals
#20
Pieter van Delft, Alper Akay, Sabrina M Huber, Christoph Bueschl, Konrad L M Rudolph, Tomás Di Domenico, Rainer Schuhmacher, Eric A Miska, Shankar Balasubramanian
More than a hundred distinct modified nucleosides have been identified in RNA, but little is known about their distribution across different organisms, their dynamic nature and their response to cellular and environmental stress. Mass-spectrometry-based methods have been at the forefront of identifying and quantifying modified nucleosides. However, they often require synthetic reference standards, which do not exist in the case of many modified nucleosides, and this therefore impedes their analysis. Here we use a metabolic labelling approach to achieve rapid generation of bio-isotopologues of the complete Caenorhabditis elegans transcriptome and its modifications and use them as reference standards to characterise the RNA modification profile in this multicellular organism through an untargeted liquid-chromatography tandem high-resolution mass spectrometry (LC-HRMS) approach...
March 16, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
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