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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29044493/combining-echo-and-natriuretic-peptides-to-guide-heart-failure-care-in-the-outpatient-setting-a-position-paper
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REVIEW
Frank Lloyd Dini, Erberto Carluccio, Fabrizio Montecucco, Gian Marco Rosa, Paolo Fontanive
BACKGROUND: Chronic heart failure (HF) is a relevant and growing public health problem. Although the prognosis has recently improved, it remains a lethal disease, with a mortality that equals or exceeds that of many malignancies. Furthermore, chronic HF is costly, representing a large and growing drain on healthcare resources. METHODS: This narrative review is based on the material searched for and obtained via PubMed up to May 2017. The search terms we used were: "heart failure, echocardiography, natriuretic peptides" in combination with "treatment, biomarkers, guidelines"...
October 16, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29044032/-the-relationship-between-serum-vitamin-d-levels-and-cardiovascular-risk-factors-among-icelandic-children
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Thorunn Hannesdottir, Hannes Hrafnkelsson, Erlingur Johannsson, Emil L Sigurdsson
OBJECTIVE: To determine the relationship between serum vitamin D levels and known cardiometabolic risk factors among healthy Icelandic children as well as study these connections independent of body mass index (BMI). METHODS: We assessed the relationship between serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D, adiposity measured as BMI and 7 cardiometabolic risk factors (high blood pressure, total cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, triglycerides, blood glucose and serum insulin)...
September 2017: Læknablađiđ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29043982/preanalytical-influence-of-pneumatic-tube-delivery-system-on-results-of-routine-biochemistry-and-haematology-analysis
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Morgane Petit, Louis Mine, Tiffany Pascreau, Chantal Brouzes, Sandrine Majoux, Delphine Borgel, Jean-Louis Beaudeux, Dominique Lasne, Carole Hennequin
Pneumatic tube delivery system (PTS) enables to reduce considerably turnaround times. The aim of the study was to assess the influence of the PTS on the quality of routine biochemical and hematological tests in our laboratory. Blood samples from 6 hospitalized patients and 8 healthy volunteers were analyzed. Blood samples were delivered to the laboratory by a PTS and by a human courier. We performed the following analysis: ionized calcium, sodium, potassium, lactate deshydrogenase (LDH), aspartate aminotransferase (ASAT), arterial blood gas, complete blood count and coagulation test as prothrombin time, activated partial thromboplastin time, factors V and VIII...
October 18, 2017: Annales de Biologie Clinique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29043827/stability-guidelines-for-dithiothreitol-treated-red-blood-cell-reagents-used-for-antibody-detection-methods-in-patients-treated-with-daratumumab
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Wendy L Disbro
Daratumumab (DARA), a drug used to treat patients with multiple myeloma, causes interference in pre-transfusion testing. Samples from patients receiving DARA exhibit panreactivity in antibody detection and identification tests with red blood cells (RBCs). Many hospitals are sending these samples to reference laboratories. Dithiothreitol (DTT), a sulfhydryl chemical treatment of RBCs, negates this reactivity. This study investigated the stability of the antigens on DTT-treated RBCs to determine if large quantities of RBCs could be treated at one time, stored, and used for testing at a later time...
September 2017: Immunohematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29043543/surgical-management-of-splenic-marginal-zone-lymphoma
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N D Kennedy, G N Lê, M E Kelly, T Harding, K Fadalla, D C Winter
OBJECTIVES: Splenic marginal zone lymphoma (SMZL) is a rare indolent B-cell lymphoma with variable prognosis. As a result, there is sparse knowledge on the role of splenectomy and best management approaches. We aim to explore management strategies and outcomes amongst the cohort of SMZL patients at our centre. METHOD: A retrospective review of all splenectomies performed at a tertiary referral unit over a 23-year period was assessed. Immunohistochemical and pathological results of splenic samples, bone marrow biopsies, and peripheral blood were compiled...
October 17, 2017: Irish Journal of Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29042803/the-cost-of-successful-antiviral-therapy-in-hepatitis-c-patients-a-comparison-of-ifn-free-versus-ifn-based-regimens-at-an-individual-patient-level-in-australia
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Allister Sebastian Lee, Mieke L van Driel, Darrell Hg Crawford
BACKGROUND: Chronic hepatitis C remains a major global health burden with serious long-term consequences if left untreated. Recently the treatment standard of care has shifted to new interferon (IFN)-free drug regimens, which have been shown to be safe and effective. The aim of our study was to assess and compare medical resource utilization and costs of successfully treating patients with IFN-based and IFN-free therapies in Australia. METHODS: We performed a retrospective chart review of 30 HCV-infected patients successfully treated with IFN-based therapy between 2013 and 2015...
2017: ClinicoEconomics and Outcomes Research: CEOR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29038726/knowledge-attitudes-and-practices-toward-prevention-of-hepatitis-b-virus-infection-among-medical-students-at-northern-border-university-arar-kingdom-of-saudi-arabia
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Mohammed Ali Alhowaish, Jawaher Ali Alhowaish, Yasser Hamoud Alanazi, Muharib Mana Alshammari, Mushref Saeid Alshammari, Nasser Ghadeer Alshamari, Abdulaziz Sael Alshammari, Meshael Kareem Almutairi, Sultan Abdullah Algarni
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Health care workers' risk of occupational exposure to HBV is a chief concern, particularly with young students in the health profession. This study was carried out to assess the knowledge regarding symptoms, risk factors and prevention of hepatitis B virus infection among medical students. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was carried out from November 01, 2016 to May 30, 2017 on medical students at the Northern Border University (Arar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)...
September 2017: Electronic Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29038099/home-blood-pressure-management-intervention-in-low-to-middle-income-countries-protocol-for-a-mixed-methods-study
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Cheryl Anderson, Sufia Dadabhai, Albertino Damasceno, Anastase Dzudie, Sheikh Mohammed Shariful Islam, Deepak Kamath, Namratha Kandula, Noel Kayange, Renato Quispe, Ambuj Roy, Syed Shah, Rafael Vidal-Perez
BACKGROUND: Control of hypertension in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) is poor, often less than 10%. A strong body of evidence demonstrates that home blood pressure management lowers blood pressure, and recent guidelines from the National Institute for Clinical Health and Excellence recommends home blood pressure monitoring. However, the preponderance of data on the benefits of home blood pressure management comes from studies in high-income countries. OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study is to examine whether an intervention of home blood pressure management is feasible in LMICs...
October 16, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29037788/-primary-care-evaluation-of-the-hypertensive-patient-management-in-specialized-care-after-derivation-deriva-2-study
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Nieves Martell-Claros, Alberto Galgo Nafría, María Abad-Cardiel, Beatriz Álvarez-Álvarez, José Antonio García Donaire, Emilio Márquez-Contreras, Ángel Molino-González
INTRODUCTION: To know the opinion/evaluation of the primary care physicians (PCPH) of the received information about patients that were attended in specialized care (SC). DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. LOCATION: Performed nationwide in primary care centers. PARTICIPANTS: Researchers from the primary care network. METHODS: We used the SEH-LELHA derivation criteria guidelines, plus an ad hoc survey that included demographic and anthropometric data, blood pressure levels, and the main reason for derivation to SC at the baseline and final (post-derivation) visit...
October 13, 2017: Atencion Primaria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29037484/australian-midwives-views-and-experiences-of-practice-and-politics-related-to-water-immersion-for-labour-and-birth-a-web-based-survey
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Megan Cooper, Jane Warland, Helen McCutcheon
BACKGROUND: There is little published research that has examined practitioners' views and experiences of pain relieving measures commonly used during labour and birth, particularly for non-pharmacological measures such as water immersion. Furthermore, there is minimal published research examining the process of policy and guideline development, that is, the translation of published research to usable practice guidance. AIMS: The aims of phase three of a larger study were to explore midwives knowledge, experiences and support for the option of water immersion for labour and birth in practice and their involvement, if any, in development of policy and guidelines pertaining to the option...
October 13, 2017: Women and Birth: Journal of the Australian College of Midwives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29037249/a-novel-self-micro-emulsifying-delivery-system-smeds-formulation-significantly-improves-the-fasting-absorption-of-epa-and-dha-from-a-single-dose-of-an-omega-3-ethyl-ester-concentrate
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Yan Qin, Hilde Nyheim, Else Marie Haram, Joseph M Moritz, Svein Olaf Hustvedt
BACKGROUND: Absorption of EPA and DHA from Omega-3-acid ethyl ester (EE) concentrate supplements occurs most efficiently when taken in context of a fatty meal; adequate fat intake is required to release bile salts that emulsify and pancreatic enzymes that digest omega-3-containing lipids in the intestine. Current guidelines recommend reduction in fat intake and therefore there is a need to optimize the absorption of Omega-3 in those consuming low-fat or no-fat meals. To this end, BASF has developed an Absorption Acceleration Technology, a novel self-micro-emulsifying delivery system (SMEDS) formulation of highly concentrated Omega-3-acid EE which enables rapid emulsification and microdroplet formation upon entering the aqueous environment of the gut therefore enhances the absorption...
October 16, 2017: Lipids in Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29037239/serum-uric-acid-and-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-in-non-obesity-chinese-adults
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Xiaoya Zheng, Lilin Gong, Rong Luo, Hua Chen, Bin Peng, Wei Ren, Yonghong Wang
BACKGROUND: Previous studies found elevated serum uric acid (SUA) was associated with the development or progression of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in general population; in this study we aim to investigate the association of SUA and the severity of NAFLD based on grade of fatty liver on ultrasonography in non-obese subjects. METHODS: Data were obtained from subjects via routine physical examinations in the Public Health Center of our hospital between 2011 and 2014...
October 16, 2017: Lipids in Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036455/jlcs-medical-practice-guidelines-for-thymic-tumors-summary-of-recommendations
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Kohei Yokoi, Kazuya Kondo, Kiminori Fujimoto, Masaki Hara, Yoshihisa Kadota, Koji Kawaguchi, Hideo Kunitoh, Yoshihiro Matsuno, Jun Nakajima, Makoto Nishio, Kazuhiko Ogawa, Mitsugu Omasa
The Guideline Committee of the Japan Lung Cancer Society (JLCS) for Thymic Tumors published the Medical Practice Guideline for Thymic Tumors in Japanese as Chapter 3 of the Medical Practice Guidelines for Lung Cancers according to evidence-based medicine in December 2016. This medical practice guideline is the first for thymic epithelial tumors in Japan, and comprises a set of recommendations covering clinical diagnosis, treatment and pathological diagnosis. Thymic epithelial tumors include thymoma, thymic carcinoma and thymic neuroendocrine tumor...
September 21, 2017: Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036173/pre-treatment-with-gnrha-or-ulipristal-acetate-prior-to-laparoscopic-and-laparotomic-myomectomy-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Inge de Milliano, Moniek Twisk, Johannes C Ket, Judith A Huirne, Wouter J Hehenkamp
BACKGROUND: Myomectomy has potential risks of complications. To reduce these risks, medical pre-treatment can be applied to reduce fibroid size and thereby potentially decrease intra-operative blood loss, the need for blood transfusion and emergency hysterectomy. The aim of this systematic review and meta-analysis is to study the effectiveness of medical pre-treatment with Gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists (GnRHa) or ulipristal acetate prior to laparoscopic or laparotomic myomectomy on intra-operative and post-operative outcomes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035978/use-of-blood-biomarkers-in-the-assessment-of-sports-related-concussion-a-systematic-review-in-the-context-of-their-biological-significance
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Brendan OʼConnell, Áine M Kelly, David Mockler, Matej Orešič, Karl Denvir, Garreth Farrell, Damir Janigro, Fiona Wilson
OBJECTIVES: To critically review current knowledge on the positive and negative predictive value of blood biomarkers for concussion; to illustrate the clinical and biological contexts that help evaluate the use of these markers in sport-related traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). METHODS: This systematic review was performed in accordance with PRISMA guidelines. We reviewed the measurement, clinical utility, endpoint, and biological significance of blood biomarkers in concussion...
October 12, 2017: Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine: Official Journal of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035801/systematic-review-with-meta-analysis-performance-of-dried-blood-spots-for-hepatitis-c%C3%A2-antibodies-detection
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REVIEW
B A Muzembo, N C Mbendi, S F Nakayama
OBJECTIVES: Dried blood spots (DBS) specimens can be used for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection screening in cases where serum specimens are difficult to obtain. However, uncertainties surround the sensitivity and specificity of DBS for HCV antibodies (anti-HCV) serology testing. We aimed to evaluate the accuracy of DBS use to screen for HCV infection. STUDY DESIGN: We carried out a systematic review and meta-analysis. METHODS: Medline and EMBASE databases were searched for articles published between 1989 and November 2016...
October 13, 2017: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035421/updated-guideline-may-improve-the-recognition-and-diagnosis-of-hypertension-in-children-and-adolescents-review-of-the-2017-aap-blood-pressure-clinical-practice-guideline
#17
REVIEW
Janis M Dionne
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Hypertension in children and adolescents is under-recognized and under-diagnosed in clinical practice. The 2017 AAP Clinical Practice Guideline for Screening and Management of High Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents provides updated recommendations that may improve hypertension identification and management. RECENT FINDINGS: The AAP blood pressure guideline recommends annual screening for hypertension in children at preventive care visits and targeted routine screening in high-risk populations...
October 16, 2017: Current Hypertension Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035086/notch-signaling-is-essential-for-maturation-self-renewal-and-tri-differentiation-of-in-vitro-derived-human-neural-stem-cells
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Katari Venkatesh, L Vinod Kumar Reddy, Salar Abbas, Madhubanti Mullick, Erfath Thanjeem Begum Moghal, Janardhana Papayya Balakrishna, Dwaipayan Sen
Although neural stem cells (NSCs) have potential applications in treating neurological disorders, much still needs to be understood about the differentiation biology for their successful clinical translation. In this study, we aimed at deriving NSCs from human umbilical cord blood-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hUCB-MSCs) and explored the role of Notch signaling in the differentiation process. The hUCB-MSCs were characterized as per guidelines of the International Society of Cellular Therapy. NSCs were successfully generated from hUCB-MSCs by using epidermal and fibroblast growth factors under serum-free conditions...
October 16, 2017: Cellular Reprogramming
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034090/pre-to-postoperative-coagulation-profile-of-307-patients-undergoing-oesophageal-resection-with-epidural-blockade-over-a-10-year-period-in-a-single-hospital-implications-for-the-risk-of-spinal-haematoma
#19
Owain Thomas, Emanuel Lybeck, Per Flisberg, Ulf Schött
BACKGROUND: Epidural anaesthesia and analgesia are indicated for oesophageal surgery. A rare but serious complication is spinal haematoma, which can occur on insertion, manipulation or withdrawal of catheters. Evidence and guidelines are vague regarding which tests are appropriate and how to interpret their results. We aimed to describe how routine coagulation test results change during oesophagectomy's perioperative course. METHODS: Following ethical approval, we retrospectively identified patients who had undergone oesophagectomy between 2002 and 2012...
2017: Perioperative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033578/right-ventricular-systolic-function-in-hypertensive-heart-failure
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O A Oketona, M O Balogun, A O Akintomide, O E Ajayi, R A Adebayo, T O Mene-Afejuku, O T Oketona, O J Bamikole
BACKGROUND: Heart failure (HF) is a major cause of cardiovascular admissions and hypertensive heart failure (HHF) is the most common cause of HF admissions in sub-Saharan Africa, Nigeria inclusive. Right ventricular (RV) dysfunction is being increasingly recognized in HF and found to be an independent predictor of adverse outcomes in HF. This study aimed to determine the prevalence of RV systolic dysfunction in HHF by several echocardiographic parameters. METHODOLOGY: One hundred subjects with HHF were recruited consecutively into the study along with 50 age and sex-matched controls...
2017: Vascular Health and Risk Management
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