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Lisette Wintgens, Aleksandr Romanov, Karen Phillips, Gabriel Ballesteros, Martin Swaans, Richard Folkeringa, Ignacio Garcia-Bolao, Evgeny Pokushalov, Lucas Boersma
Aims: Long-term freedom from atrial fibrillation (AF) after catheter ablation (CA) and consequently the potential for stroke reduction remain unpredictable. Percutaneous left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) is an effective mechanical alternative to oral anticoagulation (OAC) for stroke prevention in AF patients. This study aims to evaluate long-term clinical results of combined CA and LAAC in one single procedure. Methods and results: Patients with non-valvular AF who underwent combined CA and LAAC procedure were included in the retrospective compilation of independent prospective general LAAC registries at the individual centres...
March 13, 2018: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Jesse M Charlton, Natasha M Krowchuk, Gillian L Hatfield, Jordan A Guenette, Michael A Hunt
BACKGROUND: Gait modification is a treatment approach often used for a variety of neuromuscular and musculoskeletal pathologies. Gait modification is commonly applied to a single limb, as is done with foot rotation (FR) in people with knee osteoarthritis (KOA). However, the extent to which gait changes observed in the trained limb are also exhibited in the untrained, contralateral limb during a training session is unknown. RESEARCH QUESTION: The purpose of this study was to examine the within-limb FR differences across four unilateral FR modifications compared to natural walking...
March 6, 2018: Gait & Posture
Ines Nakouri, Noureddine Litaiem, Mariem Jones, Faten Zeglaoui
Retronychia is a newly described condition characterized by the embedding of the nail plate into the proximal nail fold. It mainly affects the great toe unilaterally as a result of mechanical factors. It is rarely reported, and its pathogenesis is not fully understood. Nail plate avulsion represents both a diagnostic and a therapeutic approach. We describe a 34-year-old woman with a medical history of congenital malalignment of the toenails, diagnosed as having retronychia, and emphasize the disease pathogenesis and surgical procedure...
January 2018: Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association
Rocío Melero-Suárez, José Antonio Sánchez-Santos, Gabriel Domínguez-Maldonado
BACKGROUND: Closely related pathologic disorders sometimes manifest with the same symptoms, making for a complex differential diagnosis. This is the situation in plantar fasciitis (PF) and myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) with myofascial trigger points (MTPs) in the sole of the foot. This research assessed the analgesic effect on plantar pain of combination therapy with interferential current stimulation therapy (ICST), treating MTPs in the great toe adductor muscle and the short flexor muscles of the toes in patients whose diagnosis was compatible with PF or MPS...
January 2018: Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association
Kyle M L Unsdorfer, Samir M Abdelmagid
A case of a repaired failed toe arthrodesis is presented. A novel and previously unreported approach using a percutaneously placed Kirschner wire coupled with a pulsed electromagnetic field achieved healing of a painful pseudoarthrosis at 54 days. With a percutaneous technique, open debridement of the failed arthrodesis site can be avoided.
January 2018: Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association
S C Ibeneme, C Ekanem, A Ezuma, N Iloanusi, N N Lasebikan, O A Lasebikan, O E Oboh
BACKGROUND: Depletion of ovarian hormone in postmenopausal women has been associated with changes in the locomotor apparatus that may compromise walking function including muscle atrophy/weakness, weight gain, and bone demineralization. Therefore, handgrip strength (HGS), bone mineral density (BMD) and body composition [percentage body fat mass (%BFM), fat mass (FM), Fat-free mass (FFM) and body mass index (BMI)], may significantly vary and predict WB in postmenopausal women. Consequently, the study sought to 1...
March 15, 2018: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
Xuanliang Pan, Guoxian Chen, Pan Wu, Chunmao Han, Jon Kee Ho
Skin perfusion pressure (SPP) is the blood pressure that is the requisite for the restoration of microcirculatory or capillary flow following controlled occlusion and subsequent flow return. The purpose of the current review was to evaluate the value of SPP for the prediction of wound healing in patients with limb ischemia. Articles published up to January 31, 2017 were searched in the PubMed database and Chinese database CNKI, using the keywords of 'skin perfusion pressure', 'limb ischemia' and 'wound healing'...
April 2018: Biomedical Reports
Kristina Stanković, Brian G Booth, Femke Danckaers, Fien Burg, Philippe Vermaelen, Saartje Duerinck, Jan Sijbers, Toon Huysmans
Background: Foot morphology has received increasing attention from both biomechanics researches and footwear manufacturers. Usually, the morphology of the foot is quantified by 2D footprints. However, footprint quantification ignores the foot's vertical dimension and hence, does not allow accurate quantification of complex 3D foot shape. Methods: The shape variation of healthy 3D feet in a population of 31 adult women and 31 adult men who live in Belgium was studied using geometric morphometric methods...
2018: Journal of Foot and Ankle Research
Chen Bin Tian
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to explore the effects of acupuncture on mild postpartum depression (PPD). METHODS: 15 patients diagnosed with PPD were enrolled in the study. Patients who satisfied the inclusion criteria received acupuncture therapy eight times over 4 weeks in the form of two 20-min treatment sessions per week. The treatment site was the BL67 acupuncture point (on the outside of the fifth toenail). After disinfecting the skin on the toes, sterile steel needles were gently inserted into the acupuncture point until the patient started to feel numb or swollen, a sensation known as de qi ...
March 14, 2018: Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society
Sam Hanna, Anneke Andriessen, Jennifer Beecker, Martin Gilbert, Eric Goldstein, Sunil Kalia, Aaron King, John Kraft, Carrie Lynde, Davindra Singh, Irina Turchin, Catherine Zip
BACKGROUND: Recently, experience and knowledge have been gained using effective topical treatment for onychomycosis, a difficult-to-treat infection. METHODS: This project aims to help understand and improve patient-focused quality of care for fungal nail infections. A panel of dermatologists who treat onychomycosis convened on several occasions to review and discuss recent learnings in the treatment of onychomycosis. The panel developed and conducted a survey on diagnosis, treatment and prevention, discussed the results, and provided recommendations...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
Safiou B Adehan, Hassane Adakal, Donald Gbinwoua, Daté Yokossi, Sébastien Zoungrana, Patrice Toé, Mathieu Ouedraogo, A Michel Gbaguidi, Camus Adoligbé, A Belarmin Fandohan, Gildas Hounmanou, Romain Glèlè Kakaï, Souaïbou Farougou, Eva M De Clercq
Worldwide, cattle production is struggling to face the negative impacts caused by ticks and Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus is one of the most harmful ticks for livestock. Most of the people in West Africa depend on cattle farming and subsistence agriculture. The presence of ticks on cattle is a major problem faced by smallholder farmers who fight for their livelihood. National and regional tick control programs could assist these rural communities in protecting their livelihoods against ticks and tick-borne diseases, but only if they take into account the targeted herders and their perception on cattle management and tick control...
March 13, 2018: EcoHealth
Thierno Mamadou Tounkara, Marie Jachiet, Laure Frumholtz, Maxime Battistella, Mohamed Cisse, Alfred Mahr, Martine Bagot, Florence Cordoliani, Jean-David Bouaziz
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March 9, 2018: Rheumatology
Vanessa Jordan
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December 2017: Journal of Primary Health Care
Susan Dovey
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December 2017: Journal of Primary Health Care
Maryam Maleki, Samaneh Badri, Hamed Shayestehepour, Mokhtar Arazpour, Farzam Farahmand, Mohamad Ebrahim Mousavi, Ehsan Abdolahi, Hasan Farkhondeh, John S Head, Navid Golchin, Mohammad Ali Mardani
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to assess the performance of an original powered foot clearance creator (PFCC) mechanism worn in conjunction with an isocentric reciprocal gait orthosis (IRGO) and evaluate its effect on trunk compensatory movements and spatiotemporal parameters in nine healthy subjects. METHOD: A PFCC motorized mechanism was designed that incorporated twin sole plates, the movements of which enabled increased toe to floor clearance during swing phase...
March 12, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
S Azarpajouh, J Marchewka, J C Segura Correa, J A Calderón Díaz
The objective of this study was to compare hoof anatomy, hoof growth pattern, and hoof weight-bearing surface of six different Iranian sheep breeds to identify possible differences in the hoof anatomical features that could help to minimize adverse effects of hoof trimming methods. Front and hind hooves of 2-year-old, previously untrimmed, pastured dairy ewes of six Iranian breeds (Afshari, Moghani, Kurdi, Makoui, Chaleshtori, and Lori-Bakhtiari; n = 180 ewes; 30 ewes per breed) were collected after slaughter...
March 11, 2018: Tropical Animal Health and Production
Danny Eizicovits, Yael Edan, Iris Tabak, Shelly Levy-Tzedek
BACKGROUND: Effective human-robot interactions in rehabilitation necessitates an understanding of how these should be tailored to the needs of the human. We report on a robotic system developed as a partner on a 3-D everyday task, using a gamified approach. OBJECTIVES: To: (1) design and test a prototype system, to be ultimately used for upper-limb rehabilitation; (2) evaluate how age affects the response to such a robotic system; and (3) identify whether the robot's physical embodiment is an important aspect in motivating users to complete a set of repetitive tasks...
2018: Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience
Ji-Hyun Lee, Hyo-Jung Jeong, Heon-Seock Cynn, Tae-Woo Kang
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Normal dorsiflexion (DF) required for normal gait is achieved through balance of the tibialis anterior (TA) and extensor hallucis longus (EHL). Imbalance may induce ankle and foot deformities and exacerbate pathology. EHL dominance is associated with progressive TA weakness, attributable to muscle non-use. When the EHL dominantly dorsiflexes the ankle, the big toe extends at the metatarsophalangeal joint (MTPJ) and pure ankle DF is absent. The effects of active MTPJ flexion on TA and EHL muscles, TA/EHL ratio, and the force applied during active DF in EHL-dominant (EHL-D) and EHL-non-dominant (EHL-ND) subjects were compared...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
Kiran Dhaliwal, Michelle Griffin, Christopher P Denton, Peter E M Butler
Raynaud's phenomenon is a vasospastic disorder of the digital vessels triggered by exposure to cold or stress. It is most commonly observed in the hands, but also frequently affects the toes. We present three cases of patients with severe Raynaud's phenomenon in the toes, secondary to scleroderma. The diagnosis of Raynaud's syndrome and scleroderma was established according to the 2010 American College of Rheumatology and European League Against Rheumatism criteria. Patients were treated with 10 units of botulinum toxin injected into each foot...
March 9, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Eugene Wickett, André Peralta-Santos, Jason Beste, Mary Micikas, Foriest Toe, Julia Rogers, Lassana Jabateh, Bradley H Wagenaar
OBJECTIVES: In June 2015, Partners in Health (PIH) and the Liberian Ministry of Health began a community health worker (CHW) program containing food support, reimbursement of transport and social assistance to address gaps in tuberculosis (TB) treatment exacerbated by the 2014-2015 Ebola-virus disease (EVD) epidemic. The purpose of this article is to analyze the performance of routine clinical TB care and the effects of this CHW program. METHODS: Retrospective cohort study utilizing data from TB patient registers at a census of all health facilities treating TB in southeastern Liberia from January 2015 - April 2017...
March 9, 2018: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
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