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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231369/estimation-of-partitioning-of-airflow-in-septal-surgery-a-prospective-study-with-reference-to-the-nose-scale
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Indranil Sen, Mainak Dutta, Dibakar Haldar, Ramanuj Sinha
Improper patient selection for septal surgery often has been found to result in therapeutic failure, and there needs to be an objective assessment of nasal obstruction before the surgery and for postoperative follow-up that can be applied in the routine otolaryngology practice. The purpose of this study is to assess the usefulness of a cost-effective device for objective measurement of the nasal airway partitioning in selecting patients for septal surgery and for postoperative outcome evaluation. A hospital-based, prospective, observational study was carried out in a tertiary-care teaching institution involving 74 patients waiting for septal surgery...
February 2017: Ear, Nose, & Throat Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231077/association-of-genetic-variation-in-the-tachykinin-receptor-3-locus-with-hot-flashes-and-night-sweats-in-the-women-s-health-initiative-study
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Carolyn J Crandall, JoAnn E Manson, Chancellor Hohensee, Steve Horvath, Jean Wactawski-Wende, Erin S LeBlanc, Mara Z Vitolins, Rami Nassir, Janet S Sinsheimer
OBJECTIVE: Vasomotor symptoms (VMS, ie, hot flashes or night sweats) are reported by many, but not all, women. The extent to which VMS are genetically determined is unknown. We evaluated the relationship of genetic variation and VMS. METHODS: In this observational study, we accessed data from three genome-wide association studies (GWAS) (SNP Health Association Resource cohort [SHARe], WHI Memory Study cohort [WHIMS+], and Genome-Wide Association Studies of Treatment Response in Randomized Clinical Trials [GARNET] studies, total n = 17,695) of European American, African American, and Hispanic American postmenopausal women aged 50 to 79 years at baseline in the Women's Health Initiative Study...
March 2017: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230908/probiotics-for-people-with-hepatic-encephalopathy
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REVIEW
Rohan Dalal, Richard G McGee, Stephen M Riordan, Angela C Webster
BACKGROUND: Hepatic encephalopathy is a disorder of brain function as a result of liver failure or portosystemic shunt or both. Both hepatic encephalopathy (clinically overt) and minimal hepatic encephalopathy (not clinically overt) significantly impair patient's quality of life and daily functioning, and represent a significant burden on healthcare resources. Probiotics are live micro-organisms, which when administered in adequate amounts, may confer a health benefit on the host. OBJECTIVES: To determine the beneficial and harmful effects of probiotics in any dosage, compared with placebo or no intervention, or with any other treatment for people with any grade of acute or chronic hepatic encephalopathy...
February 23, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230210/synergistic-suppression-of-autoimmune-arthritis-through-concurrent-treatment-with-tolerogenic-dc-and-msc
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Rong Li, Yujuan Zhang, Xiufen Zheng, Shanshan Peng, Keng Yuan, Xusheng Zhang, Weiping Min
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease characterized by progressive immune-mediated joint deterioration. Current treatments are not antigen specific and are associated with various adverse. We have previously demonstrated that tolerogenic dendritic cells (Tol-DC) are potent antigen-specific immune regulators, which hold great promise in immunotherapy of autoimmune diseases. In this study, we aimed to develop new immunotherapy by combining Tol-DC and mesenchymal stem cells (MSC). We demonstrated that RelB gene silencing resulted in generation of Tol-DC that suppressed T cell responses and selectively promoted Treg generation...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229840/-magnetic-resonance-imaging-conversion-predictors-of-clinically-isolated-syndrome-to-multiple-sclerosis
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REVIEW
Sara Peixoto, Pedro Abreu
INTRODUCTION: Clinically isolated syndrome may be the first manifestation of multiple sclerosis, a chronic demyelinating disease of the central nervous system, and it is defined by a single clinical episode suggestive of demyelination. However, patients with this syndrome, even with long term follow up, may not develop new symptoms or demyelinating lesions that fulfils multiple sclerosis diagnostic criteria. We reviewed, in clinically isolated syndrome, what are the best magnetic resonance imaging findings that may predict its conversion to multiple sclerosis...
November 2016: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228902/mri-diagnosis-of-herpes-simplex-encephalitis-in-an-elderly-man-with-nonspecific-symptoms
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Benjamin J Croll, Zachary M Dillon, Kevin R Weaver, Marna Rayl Greenberg
A 78-year-old male presented to the Emergency Department complaining of a 1-week onset of increasing fatigue and anorexia. The patient was previously well but had a history of depression, chronic diarrhea, and hypertension. His examination was remarkable for mild fever (100.1°F). He had no acute neurologic deficits. The patient felt better after intravenous fluids and was discharged to follow-up with the primary care provider. With no resolution of symptoms and new memory loss, the patient's primary care doctor ordered an MRI which revealed abnormal signal/patchy enhancement of the left temporal lobe indicative (pathognomonic) of herpes simplex encephalitis...
March 2017: Radiology case reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228371/dance-for-adults-with-fibromyalgia-what-do-we-know-about-it-protocol-for-a-scoping-review
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Julia Bidonde, Catherine Boden, Angela J Busch, Suelen M Goes, Soo Kim, Emily Knight
BACKGROUND: Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder characterized by widespread muscular tenderness, pain, fatigue, and cognitive difficulties. Nonpharmacological treatment options, such as physical activity, are important for people with fibromyalgia. There are strong recommendations to support engagement in physical activity for symptom management among adults with fibromyalgia. Dance is a mode of physical activity that may allow individuals with fibromyalgia to improve their physical function, health, and well-being...
February 22, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228087/beyond-ketamine-new-approaches-to-the-development-of-safer-antidepressants
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Shigeyuki Chaki
Ketamine has been reported to exert rapid and sustained antidepressant effects in patients with depression, including patients with treatment-resistant depression. However, ketamine has several drawbacks such as psychotomimetic/dissociative symptoms, abuse potential and neurotoxicity, all of which prevent its routine use in daily clinical practice. Therefore, development of novel agents with fewer safety and usage concerns for the treatment of depression has been actively investigated. From this standpoint, searching for active substances (stereoisomers and metabolites) and agents acting on the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor have recently gained much attention...
February 20, 2017: Current Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228043/impact-of-exercise-on-clinical-symptom-report-and-neurocognition-following-concussion-in-children-and-adolescents
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Vicky Manikas, Franz Babl, Stephen J C Hearps, Julian Dooley, Vicki Anderson
Recovery from concussion in childhood is poorly understood, despite its importance in decisions regarding return to normal activity. Resolution of post-concussive symptoms (PCS) is widely employed as a marker of recovery in clinical practice, however it is unclear if subtle impairments persist only to re-emerge in the context of increased physical or cognitive demands. This study aimed to examine the effect of strenuous exercise on clinical symptom report and neurocognition in children and adolescents after PCS resolution following concussion We recruited concussed children and adolescents (n=30) on presentation to an Emergency Department (ED)...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227898/automatic-assessment-of-medication-states-of-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease-using-wearable-sensors
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Murtadha D Hssayeni, Michelle A Burack, Behnaz Ghoraani, Murtadha D Hssayeni, Michelle A Burack, Behnaz Ghoraani, Behnaz Ghoraani, Michelle A Burack, Murtadha D Hssayeni
Motor fluctuations are a major focus of clinical managements in patients with mid-stage and advance Parkinson's disease (PD). In this paper, we develop a new patient-specific algorithm that can classify those fluctuations during a variety of activities. We extract a set of temporal and spectral features from the ambulatory signals and then introduce a semi-supervised classification algorithm based on K-means and self-organizing tree map clustering methods. Two different types of cluster labeling are introduced: hard and fuzzy labeling...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227328/effect-of-importance-sampling-on-robust-segmentation-of-audio-cough-events-in-noisy-environments
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Jesus Monge-Alvarez, Carlos Hoyos-Barcelo, Paul Lesso, Javier Escudero, Keshav Dahal, Pablo Casaseca-de-la-Higuera, Jesus Monge-Alvarez, Carlos Hoyos-Barcelo, Paul Lesso, Javier Escudero, Keshav Dahal, Pablo Casaseca-de-la-Higuera, Javier Escudero, Jesus Monge-Alvarez, Keshav Dahal, Carlos Hoyos-Barcelo, Pablo Casaseca-De-La-Higuera, Paul Lesso
This paper proposes a new cough detection system based on audio signals acquired from conventional smartphones. The system relies on local Hu moments to characterize cough events and a Λ-NN classifier to distinguish cough events from non-cough ones (speech, laugh, sneeze, etc.) and noisy sounds. To deal with the unbalance between classes, we employ Distinct-Borderline2 Synthetic Minority Oversampling Technique and a bespoke cost matrix. The system additionally features a post-processing module to avoid isolated false negatives and, this way, increases sensitivity...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226665/changes-in-the-eeg-amplitude-as-a-biomarker-for-early-detection-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Ali H Al-Nuaimi, Emmanuel Jammeh, Lingfen Sun, Emmanuel Ifeachor, Ali H Al-Nuaimi, Emmanuel Jammeh, Lingfen Sun, Emmanuel Ifeachor, Emmanuel Jammeh, Lingfen Sun, Ali H Al-Nuaimi, Emmanuel Ifeachor
The rapid increase in the number of older people with Alzheimer's disease (AD) and other forms of dementia represents one of the major challenges to the health and social care systems. Early detection of AD makes it possible for patients to access appropriate services and to benefit from new treatments and therapies, as and when they become available. The onset of AD starts many years before the clinical symptoms become clear. A biomarker that can measure the brain changes in this period would be useful for early diagnosis of AD...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226436/optimizing-rtms-treatment-of-a-balance-disorder-with-eeg-neural-synchrony-and-functional-connectivity
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Guofa Shou, Han Yuan, Diamond Urbano, Yoon-Hee Cha, Lei Ding, Guofa Shou, Han Yuan, Diamond Urbano, Yoon-Hee Cha, Lei Ding, Han Yuan, Yoon-Hee Cha, Diamond Urbano, Lei Ding, Guofa Shou
Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) has been increasingly used for its potential treatment effects across diverse mental disorders. However, the treatment effect is elusive and the rate of positive responders is not high, which make it in great demand of optimizing rTMS protocols to improve the treatment effects and the rate. In this regard, neural activity guided optimization has indicated great potential in several neuroimaging studies. In this paper, we present our ongoing work on optimizing rTMS treatment of a balance disorder, i...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226319/oral-and-sublingual-immunotherapy-potential-causes-for-eosinophilic-gastrointestinal-disorders
#14
Delara Babaie, Mehrnaz Mesdaghi, Makoto Nishino, Mahboubeh Mansouri, Motohiro Ebisawa
Food allergy is a common health problem worldwide, with increasing prevalence during recent decades. The only approved treatments for food allergy are food avoidance and administration of emergency medications in case of accidental exposure, which negatively affects patients' quality of life, so new treatments are highly desirable. Different food immunotherapy modalities have recently been used, with variable success rates in the induction of desensitization and tolerance, and different numbers and types of adverse reactions...
February 23, 2017: International Archives of Allergy and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226067/-drug-abuse-and-eating-disorders-in-women-symptoms-of-gender-discomfort
#15
Regina Helena Simões-Barbosa, Sônia Maria Dantas-Berger
The article discusses drug abuse and eating disorders from the critical gender and healthcare perspectives, postulating that subjective suffering can be expressed in the body through psychosomatic illnesses. From this perspective, craving for drugs or superfluous consumer goods, just as illness from self-imposed hunger in pursuit of an ideal of slimness, as in anorexia and bulimia, can be symptoms that expose the woman's suffering. A review in the fields of public health and feminist theories highlights the magnitude of the phenomena of medicalization and commodification of health in the psychiatrization of female discomfort...
February 13, 2017: Cadernos de Saúde Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225638/laparoscopic-resection-of-pancreatic-tumors-in-children-results-of-a-multicentric-survey
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Ciro Esposito, Pascal De Lagausie, Maria Escolino, Amulya Saxena, George W Holcomb, Alessandro Settimi, Francois Becmeur, David van der Zee
AIM: This study aimed to report the results of a multicentric survey about laparoscopic treatment of pancreatic tumors in children. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The data of patients operated using minimally invasive surgery (MIS) for a pancreatic tumor in 5 International centers of Pediatric Surgery in the last 5 years were retrospectively reviewed. We recorded data relating to the clinical presentation, diagnostic evaluation, surgical technique, and outcome. RESULTS: Fifteen patients (average age 2...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225519/a-cytokine-pattern-that-differentiates-preseroconversion-from-postseroconversion-phases-of-primary-hiv-infection
#17
Lucia Pastor, Erica Parker, Jorge Carrillo, Victor Urrea, Laura Fuente-Soro, Durval Respeito, Chenjerai Jairoce, Inacio Mandomando, Julià Blanco, Denise Naniche
BACKGROUND: During acute HIV infection, HIV actively replicates but seroconversion has not yet occurred. Primary HIV infection (PHI) is characterized by a transient nonspecific febrile illness, a massive inflammatory response, and the progressive appearance of anti-HIV-specific antibodies. In this study, we have identified patterns of inflammatory biomarkers associated with the innate immunological reaction before completion of a full humoral response. METHODS: A symptom-based screening was used to identify acute HIV infection in the Manhiça District Hospital in Mozambique...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225316/adverse-event-reporting-in-patients-treated-with-thyroid-hormone-extract
#18
Rupendra T Shrestha, Alan Malabanan, Bryan R Haugen, Elliott G Levy, James V Hennessey
OBJECTIVE: Thyroid hormone extract is used for the treatment of thyroid disorders but limited data exist on adverse events commonly noted by the physicians associated with this use. The purpose of this survey was to report adverse events observed by expert physicians managing patients treated for thyroid disease with thyroid hormones. METHODS: Members of the American Thyroid Association, The Endocrine Society and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists developed a survey instrument modeled on the FDA's reported adverse events for levothyroxine that would effectively assess the clinical experience of frequent prescribers of thyroid hormone...
February 22, 2017: Endocrine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225313/efficacy-and-safety-of-a-new-topical-testosterone-replacement-gel-therapy-for-the-treatment-of-male-hypogonadism
#19
Glenn Cunningham, Laurence Belkoff, Gerald Brock, Mitchell Efros, Marc Gittelman, Dario Carrara, Anders Neijber, Masakazu Ando, Jules Mitchel
OBJECTIVE: Testosterone replacement therapy is indicated for male hypogonadism. This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of Testosterone gel 2% (Tgel) over 90-days. METHODS: This phase 3, open-label, non-comparator study was conducted in adult hypogonadal men (two consecutive fasting serum testosterone values <300 ng/dL and >86% subjects with symptoms consistent with testosterone deficiency). Subjects applied Tgel 23 mg/day (single pump-actuation using hands-free cap applicator)...
February 22, 2017: Endocrine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225293/rituximab-associated-progressive-multifocal-leukoencephalopathy
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Juraj Sokol, Lenka Lisá, Jana Zeleňáková, Tomáš Balhárek, Ivana Plameňová, Ján Staško, Peter Kubisz
The definition "Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy" (PML) was first used in 1958 to describe a fatal demyelinating central nervous system (CNS) disease in patients with lymphoproliferative disorders. In 1971, the virus responsible for the disease was isolated and named John Cunningham virus (JCV). We present a rare case of a 62-year-old male with chronic lymphocytic leukemia and PML. In our work, we discuss the diagnostic and therapeutic challenges and offer suggestions for preventing PML development...
2017: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
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