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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722618/clinical-evidence-of-acute-mesoamerican-nephropathy
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Rebecca S B Fischer, Sreedhar Mandayam, Denis Chavarria, Chandan Vangala, Melissa N Garcia, Linda L Garcia, Lesbia Palma, Felix Garcia, Ramón García-Trabanino, Kristy O Murray
Mesoamerican nephropathy (MeN), an epidemic of unexplained kidney disease in Central America, affects mostly young, healthy individuals. Its etiology is a mystery that requires urgent investigation. Largely described as a chronic kidney disease (CKD), no acute clinical scenario has been characterized. An understanding of the early disease process could elucidate an etiology and guide treatment and prevention efforts. We sought to document the earliest clinical signs in patients with suspected MeN in a high-risk population in Nicaragua...
July 17, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712418/the-cross-sectional-relation-between-medically-unexplained-physical-symptoms-mups-and-the-cortisol-awakening-response
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Nikki Claassen-van Dessel, Johannes C van der Wouden, Joost Dekker, Judith G M Rosmalen, Henriëtte E van der Horst
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to assess the cross-sectional relation between levels of cortisol and specific symptom clusters, symptom severity and duration of symptoms in patients with medically unexplained physical symptoms (MUPS). METHODS: Baseline data of a cohort of MUPS patients were used. We chose the Cortisol Awakening Response (CAR) as a cortisol parameter, using saliva samples. We used confirmatory factor analysis for the identification of 4 specific symptom clusters: (1) gastro-intestinal symptoms; (2) pain; (3) cardio-pulmonary symptoms; and (4) fatigue...
August 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702963/duncan%C3%A2-s-dermatosis-from-the-%C3%A2-terra-firma-forme%C3%A2-to-a-possible-syndromic-condition-the-story-of-a-dirty-disease
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E Unal, J Lotti, M Fioranelli, M G Roccia, T Lotti, C Guarneri, N Parlak
Since its first description by Duncan, Tschen and Knox in 1987 in the former Archives of Dermatology (1), “Terra firma-forme dermatosis” has been variously described in medical literature, representing a strange, probably underestimated, cutaneous disease. During the last 40 years, the condition has been recorded as an undesirable as well as unexplained event, occurring mainly in childhood, characterized by a brownish-black appearance of the whole skin, resembling dirt. Recently, authors described several cases of atypical patterns of the disease, sometimes with impressing topographic clinical pictures, evocative for syndromic phenotypes...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694734/case-report-of-unexplained-hypocalcaemia-in-a-slightly-haemolysed-sample
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Michael Cornes
The case presented highlights a common pre-analytical problem identified in the laboratory that was initially missed. It concerns a young, generally healthy adult patient with no significant medical history and no significant family history. They presented with common flu like symptoms to their primary care clinician who considered this was most likely a viral problem that would pass with time. The clinician, however, did some routine bloods to reassure the patient despite a lack of clinical indication. When the sample was analysed the sample was haemolysed with strikingly low calcium...
June 15, 2017: Biochemia Medica: časopis Hrvatskoga Društva Medicinskih Biokemičara
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688789/yoga-treatment-for-chronic-non-specific-low-back-pain-2017
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Alison Whitehead, Susan Gould Fogerite
Wieland LS, Skoetz N, Pilkington K, Vempati R, D׳Adamo CR, Berman BM. Yoga treatment for chronic non-specific low back pain.Cochrane Database Syst Rev2017, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD010671. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010671.pub2. BACKGROUND: Non-specific low back pain is a common, potentially disabling condition usually treated with self-care and non-prescription medication. For chronic low back pain, current guidelines state that exercise therapy may be beneficial. Yoga is a mind-body exercise sometimes used for non-specific low back pain...
April 22, 2017: Explore: the Journal of Science and Healing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675181/missed-opportunities-to-diagnose-syphilis-prior-to-the-development-of-sight-losing-uveitis
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J Widdrington, I Ashfaq, B Puvaneswaran, E L Ong, U Schwab, D A Price, M L Schmid, R Pandit
The incidence of syphilis in the UK is rapidly rising. Uveitis (intraocular inflammation) usually occurs in the secondary or later stages of syphilis infection and is sight-threatening. Methods A retrospective analysis of the demographics, presentation, diagnosis, treatment and outcomes of patients with syphilitic uveitis managed in Newcastle from 2005-2016 was carried out. Results Ten males (19 eyes) with syphilitic uveitis had a generally good visual and serological response to penicillin treatment. In eight of the patients there had been a failure to test for syphilis during assessments by various medical practitioners for unexplained symptoms that were attributable to syphilis prior to the eye involvement...
June 2017: Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673960/helpful-strategies-for-gps-seeing-patients-with-medically-unexplained-physical-symptoms-a-focus-group-study
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Aase Aamland, Anette Fosse, Eline Ree, Eirik Abildsnes, Kirsti Malterud
BACKGROUND: Patients with long-lasting and disabling medically unexplained physical symptoms (MUPS) are common in general practice. GPs have previously described the challenges regarding management and treatment of patients with MUPS. AIM: To explore GPs' experiences of the strategies perceived as helpful when seeing patients with MUPS. DESIGN AND SETTING: Three focus group interviews with a purposive sample of 24 experienced GPs were held in southern Norway...
July 3, 2017: British Journal of General Practice: the Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28672417/-infections-as-a-cause-of-unexplained-fever
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Bernd Salzberger, Gabriele Birkenfeld, Michael Iberer, Florian Hitzenbichler
Fever of unexplained (or unknown) origin (FUO) remains a relevant clinical problem even with modern diagnostic methods. In addition to the classical definition, new categories of FUO describe different clinical situations: nosocomial FUO, FUO in neutropenic/immundeficient patients and FUO in patients with HIV-infection. The new categories are defined by much shorter duration of fever, i. e. mostly three days. Each category of FUO shows a different spectrum of infectious diseases. Often, subacute bacterial endocarditis is very difficult to verify...
July 2017: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670427/kisspeptin-a-potential-factor-for-unexplained-infertility-and-impaired-embryo-implantation
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Aaida Mumtaz, Aqsa Khalid, Zehra Jamil, Syeda Sadia Fatima, Sara Arif, Rehana Rehman
BACKGROUND: Kisspeptin (KP) is a neuropeptide that causes the release of the gonadotropin releasing hormone, which controls hypothalamo pituitary ovarian axis and exerts a number of peripheral effects on reproductive organs. The primary objective of this study was to compare baseline KP levels in females with different types of infertility and identify possible correlations with risk of failure to conceive, preclinical abortion and pregnancy after intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)...
July 2017: International Journal of Fertility & Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670335/clinical-features-of-outpatients-with-somatization-symptoms-treated-at-a-japanese-psychosomatic-medicine-clinic
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Yuzo Nakamura, Takeaki Takeuchi, Kazuaki Hashimoto, Masahiro Hashizume
BACKGROUND: Somatization is produced due to the summation of psychological factors, irrespective of the presence or absence of physical factors. A group of diseases with severe pain and other disorders exhibit so-called Medically Unexplained Symptoms (MUS), and the characteristics of patients with MUS are largely unexplained. In this paper, the characteristics of a series of new patients with somatization treated in a Japanese university hospital are discussed. METHOD: The subjects were 871 patients who newly visited the Department of Psychosomatic Medicine, Toho University Omori Medical Center between January and December of 2015...
2017: BioPsychoSocial Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670127/suicide-and-lyme-and-associated-diseases
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Robert C Bransfield
PURPOSE: The aim of this paper is to investigate the association between suicide and Lyme and associated diseases (LAD). No journal article has previously performed a comprehensive assessment of this subject. INTRODUCTION: Multiple case reports and other references demonstrate a causal association between suicidal risk and LAD. Suicide risk is greater in outdoor workers and veterans, both with greater LAD exposure. Multiple studies demonstrate many infections and the associated proinflammatory cytokines, inflammatory-mediated metabolic changes, and quinolinic acid and glutamate changes alter neural circuits which increase suicidality...
2017: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666317/right-ventricular-and-tricuspid-valve-function-in-patients-chronically-implanted-with-leadless-pacemakers
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Erwan Salaun, Lilith Tovmassian, Blandine Simonnet, Roch Giorgi, Frédéric Franceschi, Linda Koutbi-Franceschi, Jérôme Hourdain, Gilbert Habib, Jean-Claude Deharo
Aims: Leadless cardiac pacing has recently been proposed as alternative to conventional right ventricular (RV) pacing. With this approach, devices are directly screwed or fixed with tines in the RV wall, but the possible consequences on RV and tricuspid valve (TV) structure and function remain unknown. We thus conducted a study to evaluate this potential impact in chronically implanted patients. Methods and results: Repeated echocardiographic studies were performed prior to implantation, at discharge, and 2 months thereafter on all consecutive patients implanted with a leadless pacemaker at our centre between October 2014 and end-December 2015...
June 28, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663424/yonder-loneliness-breast-cancer-medically-unexplained-symptoms-and-delivering-babies
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Ahmed Rashid
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 2017: British Journal of General Practice: the Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647635/new-vein-compression-entities-in-patients-with-unexplained-leg-swelling
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Alaina Garrie, Lauren E Jones, Julia F Chen, Robert W Feldtman, Kenneth R Kollmeyer, Jasmine L Richmond, Craig A Ferrara, Pablo V Uceda, Lelesse Mocio, Samuel S Ahn
BACKGROUND: This retrospective study identifies often overlooked anatomical sites for non-thrombotic venous outflow obstruction (NTVO) in patients with unexplained lower extremity edema and pain. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the charts of 75 consecutive patients experiencing symptoms of unexplained lower extremity edema with pain that were unexplained by ultrasound, computed tomography angiography (CTA), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), who subsequently underwent venography in an outpatient medical office from 2010 to 2014...
June 21, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629849/analysis-of-archived-newborn-dried-blood-spots-dbs-identifies-congenital-cytomegalovirus-as-a-major-cause-of-unexplained-pediatric-sensorineural-hearing-loss
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Lucy Meyer, Bazak Sharon, Tina C Huang, Abby C Meyer, Kristin E Gravel, Lisa A Schimmenti, Elizabeth C Swanson, Hannah E Herd, Nelmary Hernandez-Alvarado, Kirsten R Coverstone, Mark McCann, Mark R Schleiss
PURPOSE: Congenital cytomegalovirus (cCMV) infection is the most common non-genetic cause of sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL). However, accurate diagnosis of cCMV as the etiology of SNHL is problematic beyond the neonatal period. This study therefore examined whether cCMV infection could be identified retrospectively in children presenting with unexplained SNHL to a multidisciplinary diagnostic outpatient otolaryngology clinic at an academic medical center in Minnesota. METHODS: Over a 4-year period, 57 patients with an age range of 3months to 10years with unexplained SNHL were recruited to participate in this study...
June 7, 2017: American Journal of Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623933/transferring-research-from-a-university-to-the-united-kingdom-national-health-service-the-implications-for-impact
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Helen Payne
The aim of this article is to inform readers of the author's reflections on the experience of transferring university-based research into the commercial sector, and of the processes and strategies employed when preparing for impact in so doing. Concepts for the transfer are illustrated by the author's reflection on aspects that arose during the birthing and subsequent start-up of a university spin-off, Pathways2Wellbeing, a form of reflection-on-action. This is the vehicle for the adaption required to transfer research into the delivery of a specialised clinic in the United Kingdom National Health Service for people with medically unexplained, persistent, bodily symptoms such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and chronic pain...
June 17, 2017: Health Research Policy and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623857/vincristine-induced-neuropathy-in-pediatric-patients-with-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-in-oman-frequent-autonomic-and-more-severe-cranial-nerve-involvement
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Hanan F Nazir, Amna AlFutaisi, Mathew Zacharia, Mohamed Elshinawy, Surekha T Mevada, Abdulhakim Alrawas, Doaa Khater, Deepali Jaju, Yasser Wali
BACKGROUND: Vincristine (VCR) induced peripheral neuropathy is a common complication in children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). PROCEDURES: A retrospective data analysis over an interval of 10 years (2006-2016) of all children with ALL seen at Sultan Qaboos University Hospital was carried out. Electronic medical records of eligible patients were reviewed. Patients with clinical evidence of neuropathy and abnormal nerve conduction studies (NCSs) were included in the study...
June 17, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619360/further-delineation-of-cog8-cdg-a-case-with-novel-compound-heterozygous-mutations-diagnosed-by-targeted-exome-sequencing
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Aram Yang, Sung Yoon Cho, Ja-Hyun Jang, Jinsup Kim, Sook Za Kim, Beom Hee Lee, Han-Wook Yoo, Dong-Kyu Jin
Congenital disorders of glycosylation (CDG) are a rapidly expanding group of inherited metabolic disorders with highly variable clinical presentations caused by deficient glycosylation of proteins and/or lipids. CDG-IIh is a very rare subgroup of CDG caused by mutations in the conserved oligomeric Golgi (COG) complex gene, COG8, and so far, only two cases have been reported in the medical literature. Here, we describe an 8-year-old Korean boy with psychomotor retardation, hypotonia, failure to thrive, elevated serum liver enzymes, microcephaly, and talipes equinovarus...
June 13, 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618323/a-systematic-review-of-trends-in-the-selective-exclusion-of-older-participant-from-randomised-clinical-trials
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REVIEW
Miriam Thake, Andrew Lowry
INTRODUCTION: The unjustified exclusion of older participants from clinical trials creates research populations that are non-representative, in turn creating difficulties applying research to the target populations. The aim of this study was to assess the proportion of randomised control trials (RCTs) that have unexplained upper age limits and review whether this proportion is reducing over time. METHODS: All RCTs in BMJ, Lancet, JAMA and NEJM from 1998 to 2015 were reviewed to identify any specified upper-age cut off and, if so, whether this exclusion criterion had an explanation in the text...
June 7, 2017: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617903/association-between-patient-review-of-systems-score-and-somatization
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Tyler Stephen Okland, Joseph Robert Gonzalez, Alexander Thomas Ferber, Scott Edward Mann
Importance: Somatization is a condition in which psychological distress is manifested by medically unexplained symptoms, and it is prevalent in all medical specialties, including otolaryngology. Recognition of somatization can be difficult, and there are limited methods available. Objectives: To determine whether patients with somatization respond differently to the review of systems (ROS) portion of the patient interview and whether the ROS can be used to identify patients with somatization...
June 15, 2017: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
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