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Alessandra Gasior, Giulia Brisighelli, Karen Diefenbach, Victoria Alison Lane, Carlos Reck, Richard J Wood, Marc Levitt
Introduction Functional constipation is a common problem in children. It usually can be managed with laxatives but a small subset of patients develop intolerable cramps and need to be temporarily treated with enemas. The senior author has previously reported: 1) open sigmoid resection as a surgical option, but this did not sufficiently reduce the laxative need, then 2) a transanal approach (with resection of rectosigmoid), but this led to a high rate of soiling due to extensive stretching of the anal canal and loss of the rectal reservoir...
October 25, 2016: European Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Wei Gao, Vincent Crosby, Andrew Wilcock, Rachael Burman, Eli Silber, Nilay Hepgul, K Ray Chaudhuri, Irene J Higginson
BACKGROUND: There is no standard palliative care outcome measure for people with progressive long term neurological conditions (LTNC). This study aims to determine the psychometric properties of a new 8-item palliative care outcome scale of symptom burden (IPOS Neuro-S8) in this population. DATA AND METHODS: Data were merged from a Phase II palliative care intervention study in multiple sclerosis (MS) and a longitudinal observational study in idiopathic Parkinson's disease (IPD), multiple system atrophy (MSA) and progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP)...
2016: PloS One
Marco Aurélio Fornazieri, Anibal Rodrigues Neto, Fabio de Rezende Pinna, Fabio Henrique Gobbi Porto, Paulo de Lima Navarro, Richard Louis Voegels, Richard L Doty
OBJECTIVE: Olfaction-related symptoms accompany migraine attacks and some, such as osmophobia, may be useful in differentiating migraine from other types of headaches. However, the types and frequencies of olfactory symptoms associated with migraine have not been well characterized. The goal of this study was to better characterize the olfactory symptoms of migraine. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was devised. One hundred and thirteen patients who met the International Classification of Headache Disorders II criteria for migraine were administered a new 65-item questionnaire specifically focused on olfaction-related experiences (eg, odor-related triggers, osmophobia, cacosmia, phantosmia, olfactory hallucinations, olfactory hypersensitivity, and self-perceived olfactory function)...
October 25, 2016: Headache
M Rieck, A F Schumacher-Schuh, V Altmann, S M Callegari-Jacques, C R M Rieder, M H Hutz
Levodopa is the most used drug to treat motor symptoms in Parkinson's disease (PD). However, dopaminergic side effects such as nausea and vomiting may occur. Several evidences indicate a major role for dopamine receptors D2 (DRD2) and D3 (DRD3) in emetic activity. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship of DRD2 rs1799732 and DRD3 rs6280 gene polymorphisms with gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms induced by levodopa in PD patients. Two hundred and seventeen PD patients on levodopa therapy were investigated...
October 25, 2016: Pharmacogenomics Journal
Sofía Negro, Liudmilla Boeva, Karla Slowing, Ana Fernández-Carballido, Luis García-García, Emilia Barcia
A new controlled delivery system is developed for ropinirole (RP) for the treatment of Parkinson´s disease (PD) consisting in PLGA microparticles (MPs) which exhibited in vitro constant release of RP (78.23 µg/day/10 mg MPs) for 19 days. The neuroprotective effects of RP released from MPs are evaluated in SKN-AS cells after exposure to rotenone (20 μM). Cell apoptosis was significantly reduced by RP (100-120 μM). Daily doses of rotenone (2 mg/kg) given i.p. to rats induced neuronal and behavioral changes similar to those of PD...
September 28, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Design
Cosimo De Nunzio, Fabrizio Presicce, Riccardo Lombardo, Simon Carter, Carlo Vicentini, Andrea Tubaro
AIMS: To evaluate the role of Bladder wall thickness (BWT) as a predictor of Detrusor overactivity (DO) in patients with Lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS)/Benign prostatic enlargement without Bladder Outlet Obstruction. METHODS: From January 1996 to December 2000, each new patient, aged 45 years or older with LUTS, underwent standard diagnostic assessment, urodynamic studies (cystometry and pressure flow studies), and ultrasound measurements of the bladder wall thickness (BWT) in two centers...
October 24, 2016: Neurourology and Urodynamics
Hasan M Al-Dorzi, Abdulaziz S Aldawood, Raymond Khan, Salim Baharoon, John D Alchin, Amal A Matroud, Sameera M Al Johany, Hanan H Balkhy, Yaseen M Arabi
BACKGROUND: Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has caused several hospital outbreaks, including a major outbreak at King Abdulaziz Medical City, a 940-bed tertiary-care hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (August-September 2015). To learn from our experience, we described the critical care response to the outbreak. METHODS: This observational study was conducted at the Intensive Care Department which covered 5 ICUs with 60 single-bedded rooms. We described qualitatively and, as applicable, quantitatively the response of intensive care services to the outbreak...
December 2016: Annals of Intensive Care
Friederike Barthels, Frank Meyer, Thomas Huber, Reinhard Pietrowsky
PURPOSE: Orthorexia nervosa is defined as the fixation on health-conscious eating behaviour and has recently been discussed as a new variant of disordered eating. The aim of the present study was to analyse orthorexic eating behaviour in an inpatient treatment sample of female anorexics to investigate the relation between anorexic and orthorexic eating behaviour. METHOD: Female anorexic patients with low (n = 29) and pronounced (n = 13) orthorexic eating behaviour as well as a matched control group composed of healthy females (n = 30) were compared with regard to several aspects of disordered eating, hypochondriacal traits, food consumption frequency and fulfilment of basic psychological needs in terms of eating...
October 24, 2016: Eating and Weight Disorders: EWD
Karin Hayashi, Yoichi Taira, Takamitsu Maeda, Yumie Matsuda, Yuki Kato, Kozue Hashi, Nobuo Kuroki, Shuichi Katsuragawa
BACKGROUND: It has been customary for working women in Japan to retire when they marry and to devote themselves to household work as well as having children. However, according to a report published by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications in 2013, the number of working women has increased consistently. As more women are advancing into society, they have more options with respect to lifestyle but may encounter new psychological burdens. Therefore, we reviewed trends among participants in a re-work day care program (hereinafter referred to as "re-work program") to clarify various problems encountered by working women and the prevalence of mental disorders...
2016: BioPsychoSocial Medicine
Steven Walker, Anna C Bibby, Nick A Maskell
Malignant pleural effusions (MPEs) are an important cause of cancer-related mortality and morbidity. It is a heterogeneous group of conditions, which leads to debilitating symptoms and confers a poor prognosis. Recent well-designed randomized trials have provided a broader evidence base for an expanding range of treatment options. Together, with new prognostic scoring systems and a greater understanding of how different patient phenotypes respond to treatment, this allows greater personalization of management...
October 24, 2016: Therapeutic Advances in Respiratory Disease
Christopher L McDonald, Russell P Saneto, Lionel Carmant, Márcio A Sotero de Menezes
The SCN1A gene has been implicated in the etiology of various forms of epilepsy. New research has linked this gene to specific types of epilepsy, all of which present in infancy or early childhood. This study examines the time course and pathology of pediatric patients who have a mutation in the SCN1A gene in order to open a discussion regarding the key trends of this form of epilepsy as well as important clinical considerations in management for patients who present with symptoms relating to the SCN1A mutations...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Child Neurology
S Ram Kumar, Grace Kung, Nathan Noh, Novel Castillo, Brian Fagan, Winfield J Wells, Vaughn A Starnes
BACKGROUND: We have previously shown that neonates in profound cardiogenic shock caused by a severe Ebstein anomaly can be successfully salvaged with fenestrated right ventricular exclusion and systemic to pulmonary shunt (modified Starnes procedure). The long-term outcome of single-ventricle management in these patients is not known. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the records of patients who underwent neonatal Starnes procedure between 1989 and 2015. Patient demographics, clinical variables, and outcome data were collected...
October 25, 2016: Circulation
Kuan-Pin Chen, Cheng-Chia Lee, Chia-Lin Liao, Tao-Chieh Yang, Tsung-Lang Chiu, Chain-Fa Su
In this report, we present the results of using upfront gamma knife surgery (GKS) in the management of giant central neurocytoma (volume > 50 ml) without the initial removal of the tumor mass. Two patients underwent GKS for histologically proven central neurocytoma (CNC). Clinical and imaging studies were performed to evaluate the response to treatment. GKS involved delivery doses of 12 or 13 Gy to the tumor margin at the isodose line of 50%. Tumor response to GKS appeared as early as 4-6 months post-GKS, at which point a dramatic reduction in volume was observed...
October 21, 2016: World Neurosurgery
R Aubry
On February 2, 2016, the French parliament adopted legislation creating new rights for the terminally ill. The text modifies and reinforces the rights of patients to end-of-life care and strengthens the status of surrogate decision makers. Under the new regulations, advance directives become legally binding though not unenforceable. Two types of advance directives are distinguished depending on whether the person is suffering or not from a serious illness when drafting them. The attending physician must abide by the patient's advance directives except in three situations: there is a life-threatening emergency; the directives are manifestly inappropriate; the directives are not compatible with the patient's medical condition...
October 21, 2016: Revue Neurologique
Christine Miaskowski
OBJECTIVES: To consider future directions for symptom cluster research. These considerations are organized using the two main conceptual approaches for symptom cluster research (ie, "de novo" identification of symptom clusters, and identification of subgroups of patients with distinct symptom experiences with a prespecified symptom cluster). DATA SOURCES: Peer-reviewed journals and guidelines from professional organizations. CONCLUSION: Research on symptom clusters in oncology patients is growing at an exponential rate...
October 21, 2016: Seminars in Oncology Nursing
Mary E Cooley, Mary Lou Siefert
OBJECTIVES: To discuss multiple co-occurring cancer symptoms, review symptom assessment instruments, identify innovative methods to integrate symptom assessment and management in the clinical setting, and examine barriers and facilitators for implementation of symptom assessment and use of clinical practice guidelines. DATA SOURCES: Peer-reviewed articles, guidelines, systematic reviews, and web-based resources. CONCLUSION: Despite the availability of brief, reliable, and valid instruments, symptom assessment has not been integrated as a routine aspect of clinical care...
October 21, 2016: Seminars in Oncology Nursing
Cristina Prat, Alicia Lacoma
BACKGROUND: Acute and chronic respiratory tract infections are a common cause of inappropriate antimicrobial prescription. Antimicrobial therapy leads to the development of resistance and the emergence of opportunistic pathogens that substitute the indigenous microbiota. METHODS: This review explores the major challenges and lines of research to adequately establish the clinical role of bacteria and the indications for antimicrobial treatment, and reviews novel therapeutic approaches...
October 2016: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
Derek Klarin, Robert T Lancaster, Emel Ergul, Daniel Bertges, Philip Goodney, Marc L Schermerhorn, Richard P Cambria, Virendra I Patel
OBJECTIVE: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) increases morbidity and mortality after vascular procedures and adversely affects late survival of patients. The presence of CKD also confers increased risk of stroke in patients with asymptomatic carotid stenosis. Patients undergoing carotid intervention in the Vascular Study Group of New England database were stratified by CKD status referable to periprocedural and late outcomes. METHODS: All carotid artery stenting and carotid endarterectomies (CEAs) performed from 2003 to 2013 were stratified by CKD severity as mild (estimated glomerular filtration rate [eGFR] >60 mL/min/1...
November 2016: Journal of Vascular Surgery
E Rikandi, S Pamilo, T Mäntylä, J Suvisaari, T Kieseppä, R Hari, M Seppä, T T Raij
BACKGROUND: While group-level functional alterations have been identified in many brain regions of psychotic patients, multivariate machine-learning methods provide a tool to test whether some of such alterations could be used to differentiate an individual patient. Earlier machine-learning studies have focused on data collected from chronic patients during rest or simple tasks. We set out to unravel brain activation patterns during naturalistic stimulation in first-episode psychosis (FEP)...
October 25, 2016: Psychological Medicine
Pamela Jane Marsh, Vince Polito, Subba Singh, Max Coltheart, Robyn Langdon, Anthony W Harris
BACKGROUND: Impaired ability to make inferences about what another person might think or feel (i.e., social cognition impairment) is recognised as a core feature of schizophrenia and a key determinant of the poor social functioning that characterizes this illness. The development of treatments to target social cognitive impairments as a causal factor of impaired functioning in schizophrenia is of high priority. In this study, we investigated the acceptability, feasibility, and limited efficacy of 2 programs targeted at specific domains of social cognition in schizophrenia: "SoCog" Mental-State Reasoning Training (SoCog-MSRT) and "SoCog" Emotion Recognition Training (SoCog-ERT)...
October 24, 2016: BMC Psychiatry
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