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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231665/-prognosis-and-related-risk-factors-for-465-subjects-infected-with-hepatitis-c-virus-in-danyang-jiangsu-province
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K Xu, C C Bao, J Wang, L G Zhu, J F Xu, H Peng, X J Zhai
Objective: To investigate the clinical features and viral load of persons infected with HCV and the risk factors for severe outcomes. Methods: Medical testing and questionnaire survey were conducted on 465 cases who were infected with HCV, 20-30 years back. HCV RNA, alanine transaminase (ALT), aspartate transaminase (AST), albumin, globulin and bilirubin were tested for these subjects. Factors as demography, tobacco and alcohol consumption, SNP of rs7453920 and rs2856718 on HLA-DQ gene of subjects with HCV RNA, were analyzed by multiple logistic regression method to explore the risk factors for severe outcomes among the patients...
February 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231623/compassion-fatigue-in-nurses-a-metasynthesis
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Anna G W Nolte, Charlene Downing, Annie Temane, Marie Hastings-Tolsma
AIM: The purpose of this research was to interpret the body of qualitative work focusing on compassion fatigue to distill a common understanding that could then be applied to nursing care. BACKGROUND: Complex demands place extraordinary stress on nurses struggling to work in overburdened healthcare systems. The result can be the inability to care well for others, leading to compassion fatigue, burnout, and increased numbers leaving the profession. Meta-synthesis offers a means of more fully illuminating compassion fatigue and further understanding of practices which might reduce its negative consequences...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228788/safety-and-efficacy-of-vertebroplasty-in-the-treatment-of-osteoporotic-vertebral-compression-fractures-a-prospective-multicenter-international-randomized-controlled-study
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Paolo Tranquilli Leali, Federico Solla, Gianluca Maestretti, Massimo Balsano, Carlo Doria
BACKGROUND: Vertebral compression fractures (VCFs) treated non-operatively can diminish function and quality of life, and lead to chronic health effects. The short-term safety and effectiveness of vertebroplasty for symptomatic VCFs are well-documented, but long-term follow-up is needed. PURPOSE: The aim of this paper was to analyse a multicenter international experience of 200 compression fractures treated with percutaneous vertebroplasty (VP) and compare the results of this procedure with the result of 200 patients treated conservatively...
September 2016: Clinical Cases in Mineral and Bone Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228138/current-management-practices-for-patients-presenting-with-low-back-pain-to-a-large-emergency-department-in-canada
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Matthew L Nunn, Jill A Hayden, Kirk Magee
BACKGROUND: Low back pain (LBP) is one of the leading causes of disability. Presentations to the emergency department (ED) are common and consume significant healthcare resources. However, treatment of patients with LBP is variable and highly physician dependent. Our study objective was to describe the demographic and clinical characteristics of patients presenting to the ED with LBP, the diagnostic strategies employed by ED physicians, and the subsequent management. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study using clinical and electronic health data at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Science Center's Charles V...
February 23, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226865/electrical-resistance-increases-at-the-tissue-electrode-interface-as-an-early-response-to-nucleus-accumbens-deep-brain-stimulation
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Rajas P Kale, Abbas Z Kouzani, Julian Berk, Ken Walder, Michael Berk, Susannah J Tye, Rajas P Kale, Abbas Z Kouzani, Julian Berk, Ken Walder, Michael Berk, Susannah J Tye, Julian Berk, Michael Berk, Susannah J Tye, Abbas Z Kouzani, Rajas P Kale, Ken Walder
The therapeutic actions of deep brain stimulation are not fully understood. The early inflammatory response of electrode implantation is associated with symptom relief without electrical stimulation, but is negated by anti-inflammatory drugs. Early excitotoxic necrosis and subsequent glial scarring modulate the conductivity of the tissue-electrode interface, which can provide some detail into the inflammatory response of individual patients. The feasibility of this was demonstrated by measuring resistance values across a bipolar electrode which was unilaterally implanted into the nucleus accumbens of a rat while receiving continuous deep brain stimulation with a portable back-mounted device using clinical parameters (130Hz, 200μA, 90μs) for 3 days...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225991/prevalence-of-musculoskeletal-symptoms-in-obese-patients-candidates-for-bariatric-surgery-and-its-impact-on-health-related-quality-of-life
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Gabriela Calenzani, Fabiana Ferreira Dos Santos, Veronica Lourenço Wittmer, Grace Kelly Filgueiras Freitas, Flávia Marini Paro
Objective: This study was designed to identify the major musculoskeletal symptoms of individuals with obesity, to assess their health-related quality of life, and to evaluate the correlation between the musculoskeletal symptoms and the individuals' health-related quality of life. Materials and methods: Cross-sectional study. Instruments used: "Nordic Musculoskeletal Questionnaire" and "The Medical Outcomes Study 36-Item Short-Form Health Survey (SF-36)"...
February 13, 2017: Archives of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222741/the-impact-of-psychological-factors-on-condition-specific-generic-and-individualized-patient-reported-outcomes-in-low-back-pain
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Ida Løchting, Andrew M Garratt, Kjersti Storheim, Erik L Werner, Margreth Grotle
BACKGROUND: An individualized patient reported outcome (PRO) has recently been recommended within LBP research, but no study has evaluated this instrument with commonly applied PROs. Moreover, the impact of psychological factors has mostly been assessed for disease-specific instruments. The objective of this study was to assess the predictive value of illness perceptions, pain catastrophizing and psychological distress on 12 month outcomes assessed by specific, generic and individualized PROs recommended in low back pain (LBP)...
February 21, 2017: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221062/habituation-of-distress-and-craving-during-treatment-as-predictors-of-change-in-ptsd-symptoms-and-substance-use-severity
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Christal L Badour, Julianne C Flanagan, Daniel F Gros, Therese Killeen, Irene Pericot-Valverde, Kristina J Korte, Nicholas P Allan, Sudie E Back
OBJECTIVE: Increasing evidence supports the efficacy of trauma-focused exposure therapy in the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and co-occurring substance use disorders. Little is known, however, about the mechanisms of change in treatment for patients with PTSD and co-occurring substance use disorders. The aim of the present study was to examine whether within- and between-session habituation of distress and substance craving during imaginal exposure relates to treatment outcomes among U...
March 2017: Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220911/national-survey-of-health-in-the-tattoo-industry-observational-study-of-448-french-tattooists
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Nicolas Kluger
OBJECTIVES: The data regarding the health of professional tattooists is inexistent. Tattooists are usually heavily tattooed and exposed daily to body fluids and skin-to-skin contacts with customers, tattoo inks, solvents, allergens, irritants, and work for hours often in inadequate positions using vibrating tattoo machines. We analyzed the health status of active French professional tattooists. MATERIAL AND METHODS: An observational self-reported Internet survey was performed among 448 tattooists who were members of the French Tattoo Union in November 2013...
February 21, 2017: International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220525/dimethyl-sulfoxide-dmso-as-intravesical-therapy-for-interstitial-cystitis-bladder-pain-syndrome-a-review
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William F Rawls, Lindsey Cox, Eric S Rovner
AIMS: The purpose of this review is to update the current understanding of dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) and its role in the treatment of interstitial cystitis (IC). METHODS: A systematic review was conducted using the PRIMSA checklist to identify published articles involving intravesical DMSO for the treatment of IC. RESULTS: Thirteen cohort studies and three randomized-controlled trials were identified. Response rates relying on subjective measurement scores range from 61 to 95%...
February 21, 2017: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219849/surgical-management-of-malignant-bowel-obstruction-in-recurrent-pancreatic-cancer
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Hyung Sun Kim, Joon Seong Park, Jin Hong Lim, Ja Hoon Back, Dong Sup Yoon
INTRODUCTION: Malignant bowel obstruction (MBO) is harrowing complication of gastrointestinal cancers. Only a few studies have reported on the surgical roles of bowel obstruction from recurrent pancreatic cancer. We report successfully management for malignant bowel obstruction by palliative surgery for relief of symptoms. PRESENTATION OF CASE: A 43 year old man was diagnosed with pancreatic tail cancer. After distal pancreatectomy, he underwent six cycle of adjuvant chemotherapy...
January 12, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219143/-influence-of-collagen-fibroin-scaffolds-containing-silver-nanoparticles-on-dermal-regeneration-of-full-thickness-skin-defect-wound-in-rat
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Z G You, L P Zhang, X G Wang, H L Zhou, S X Guo, P Wu, C M Han
Objective: To explore the influence of collagen/fibroin scaffolds containing silver nanoparticles on dermal regeneration of full-thickness skin defect wound in rat. Methods: Eighty-one collagen/fibroin scaffolds containing silver nanoparticles (with the mass concentration of silver nanoparticles as 10 mg/L) and 81 collagen/fibroin scaffolds without silver nanoparticles were produced respectively with freeze-drying method and enrolled as silver nanoparticles scaffold group (SNS) and control scaffold group (CS)...
February 20, 2017: Zhonghua Shao Shang za Zhi, Zhonghua Shaoshang Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Burns
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217270/neurological-assessment-and-nerve-conduction-study-findings-in-22-patients-with-alkaptonuria-from-jordan
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Omar Alrawashdeh, Mohammad Alsbou, Hamed Alzoubi, Hani Al-Shagahin
Alkaptonuria is a rare metabolic disease characterised by accumulative deposition of homogentisic acid in the connective tissue of the body. This results in early degeneration of tendons, cartilages, heart valves, and other tissues. The main objective of the study is to examine the possibility of the nervous system involvement in patients with alkaptonuria The sample consists of two groups; 22 patients with AKU and 20 controls. A neurological assessment has been carried out including detailed medical history, neurological examination, and a nerve conduction study of the nerves of the dominant hand...
November 2, 2016: Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216861/poverty-reduction-in-india-through-palliative-care-a-pilot-project
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Cathy Ratcliff, Ann Thyle, Savita Duomai, Manju Manak
INTRODUCTION: EMMS International and Emmanuel Hospital Association (EHA) implemented a pilot project, poverty reduction in India through palliative care (PRIPCare). A total of 129 interviews with patients and family enrolled in palliative care at three EHA hospitals (in Fatehpur, Lalitpur and Utraula) and staff discussions established that 66% of palliative care patients had lost livelihoods due to illness, 26% of patients' families had members who had lost livelihoods due to the illness, 98% of enrolled households had debts, 59% had loans for which they had sold assets, 69% of households took out debt after their family member fell ill, many patients do not know about government benefits and lack necessary documents, many village headmen require bribes to give people access to benefits, and many bereaved women and children lose everything...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216399/minimally-invasive-sacroiliac-joint-fusion-using-a-novel-hydroxyapatite-coated-screw-preliminary-1-year-clinical-and-radiographic-results-of-a-2-year-prospective-study
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Louis H Rappoport, Ingrid Y Luna, Gita Joshua
OBJECTIVE: Proper diagnosis and treatment of sacroiliac joint (SIJ) pain remains a clinical challenge. Dysfunction of SIJ can produce pain in the lower back, buttocks, and extremities. Triangular titanium implants for minimally invasive surgical arthrodesis have been available for several years with reputed high levels of success and patient satisfaction. This study reports on a novel hydroxyapatite-coated screw for surgical treatment of SIJ pain. METHODS: Data were prospectively collected on 32 consecutive patients who underwent minimally invasive SIJ fusion with a novel hydroxyapatite-coated screw...
February 16, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216208/a-rare-case-of-pediatric-lumbar-spinal-ependymoma-mimicking-meningitis
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Ezeali Mike Ekuma, Kiyoshi Ito, Akihiro Chiba, Yosuke Hara, Kohei Kanaya, Tetsuyoshi Horiuchi, Samuel Ohaegbulam, Kazuhiro Hongo
Spontaneous acute subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) from lumbar ependymoma in children is rare. We report a case of a14-year-old boy who developed sudden radicular low back pain while playing baseball. He was initially managed conservatively in a local hospital for suspected lumbar disc herniation, but later developed meningeal symptoms and fever before being referred to our hospital. There he underwent a diagnostic lumbar puncture in the emergency room; his cerebrospinal fluid suggested an SAH. Physical examination showed meningeal signs and cauda equina features...
February 12, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214616/exploring-factors-influencing-low-back-pain-in-people-with-non-dysvascular-lower-limb-amputation-a-national-survey
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Hemakumar Devan, Paul Hendrick, Leigh Hale, Allan Carman, Michael P Dillon, Daniel Cury Ribeiro
BACKGROUND: Chronic low back pain (LBP) is a common musculoskeletal impairment in people with lower limb amputation. Given the multifactorial nature of LBP, exploring the factors influencing the presence and intensity of LBP is warranted. OBJECTIVE: To investigate which physical, personal, and amputee-specific factors predicted presence and intensity of low back pain (LBP) in persons with non-dysvascular transfemoral (TFA) and transtibial amputation (TTA). DESIGN: A retrospective cross-sectional survey SETTING: A national random sample of people with non-dysvascular TFA and TTA...
February 15, 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211588/is-this-back-pain-killing-me-all-cause-and-cardiovascular-specific-mortality-in-older-danish-twins-with-spinal-pain
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M Fernandez, E Boyle, J Hartvigsen, M L Ferreira, K M Refshauge, C G Maher, K Christensen, J L Hopper, P H Ferreira
BACKGROUND: Few studies have examined the potentially reduced life expectancy associated with spinal pain (i.e. low back and neck pain) in an ageing population, particularly after controlling for familial factors, including genetics. METHODS: We investigated whether spinal pain increased the rate of all-cause and disease-specific cardiovascular mortality in older Danish twins aged ≥70 years. Data from 4391 participants collected at baseline were linked with the Danish Cause of Death Registry with the study ending on 31 December 2014...
February 17, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209505/botulinum-toxin-treatment-for-nocturnal-calf-cramps-in-patients-with-lumbar-spinal-stenosis-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Sang Jun Park, Kyung Bong Yoon, Duck Mi Yoon, Shin Hyung Kim
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the clinical effectiveness of botulinum toxin (BTX) injection into the gastrocnemius muscles in lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) patients with frequent nocturnal calf cramps (NCCs) DESIGN: Prospective randomized clinical trial SETTING: Outpatient department for interventional pain management. PARTICIPANTS: Fifty LSS patients with a frequency of NCCs ≥ once per week were enrolled. INTERVENTION: Patients were randomly allocated to receive either conservative treatments plus gabapentin (Group GPN) or BTX injection (Group BTX)...
February 13, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209071/collaboration-between-primary-care-physicians-and-radiation-oncologists
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Elizabeth A Barnes, Edward Chow, Cyril Danjoux, May Tsao
Communication between physicians is required to ensure important patient information is relayed during the workup, treatment, follow-up and subsequent transition of care back to the primary care physician (PCP). In this review we discuss how survivorship care is being increasingly recognized as an important component of the patient's cancer journey, and one often provided by the PCP. Palliative care and symptom control for patients with non-curable malignancy is often provided by the PCP during and after cancer treatment...
January 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
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