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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806822/-multiple-myeloma-current-status-in-diagnostic-testing-and-therapy
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Michael Kehrer, Sebastian Koob, Andreas Strauss, Dieter Christian Wirtz, Jan Schmolders
Background Multiple myeloma is a haematological blood cancer of the bone marrow and is classified by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a plasma cell neoplasm. In multiple myeloma, normal plasma cells transform into malignant myeloma cells and produce large quantities of an abnormal immunoglobulin called monoclonal protein or M protein. This ultimately causes multiple myeloma symptoms such as bone damage or kidney problems. The annual worldwide incidence of multiple myeloma is estimated to be 6 - 7/100,000 and accounts for 1% of all cancer...
August 14, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806407/low-fermentable-oligosaccharides-disaccharides-monosaccharides-and-polyols-fodmap-diet-improves-symptoms-in-adults-suffering-from-irritable-bowel-syndrome-ibs-compared-to-standard-ibs-diet-a-meta-analysis-of-clinical-studies
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Péter Varjú, Nelli Farkas, Péter Hegyi, András Garami, Imre Szabó, Anita Illés, Margit Solymár, Áron Vincze, Márta Balaskó, Gabriella Pár, Judit Bajor, Ákos Szűcs, Orsolya Huszár, Dániel Pécsi, József Czimmer
BACKGROUND: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and functional digestive tract disorders, e.g. functional bloating, carbohydrate maldigestion and intolerances, are very common disorders frequently causing significant symptoms that challenge health care systems. A low Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols (FODMAP) diet is one of the possible therapeutic approaches for decreasing abdominal symptoms and improving quality of life. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to meta-analyze data on the therapeutic effect of a low-FODMAP diet on symptoms of IBS and quality of life and compare its effectiveness to a regular, standard IBS diet with high FODMAP content, using a common scoring system, the IBS Symptom Severity Score (IBS-SSS)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806026/physician-perceptions-of-barriers-to-advance-care-planning
#3
Lauren Fanta, Jill Tyler
BACKGROUND: Numerous studies have confirmed the importance of advance care planning. Despite the benefits of directed end-of-life discussions, a variety of barriers including discomfort with the topic, physician ideology, lack of time and reimbursement, delaying discussions, and lack of training impede physicians from facilitating these crucial conversations with their patients. This study aims to understand physicians' perceptions to additional barriers to advance care planning with patients and their families...
July 2017: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805572/personalized-medicine-and-nonmotor-symptoms-in-parkinson-s-disease
#4
Nataliya Titova, K Ray Chaudhuri
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a multineurotransmitter dysfunction related disorder resulting in a range of motor and nonmotor symptoms. Phenotypic heterogeneity is pronounced in PD and nonmotor symptoms dominant subtypes have been described. These endophenotypes may be underpinned by considerable nondopaminergic dysfunction; however, conventional treatment of PD continues to be mostly reliant on dopamine replacement strategy or manipulation of brain dopaminergic pathways. Consequently, treatment of many nondopaminergic nonmotor and some motor symptoms remains a key unmet need...
2017: International Review of Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805033/balloon-aortic-valvuloplasty-in-the-tavr-era-not-so-new-but-definitely-improved
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EDITORIAL
Ted Feldman, Mayra Guerrero
BAV in the TAVR era is not well studied BAV resulted in improvements in aortic valve area and transvalvular pressure gradient, and in patients with impaired left ventricle function, ejection fraction improved. These improvements diminished over time, but at one year were still improved compared to baseline. BAV resulted in changes of planned therapy more than half of the patients treated as bridge for TAVR did not ultimately undergo TAVR twice as many planned as bridge for surgical valve replacement actually had surgical valve replacement...
August 1, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804676/guide-to-the-design-and-application-of-online-questionnaire-surveys
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Pramod R Regmi, Elizabeth Waithaka, Anjana Paudyal, Padam Simkhada, Edwin van Teijlingen
Collecting research data through traditional approaches (face-to-face, postal or telephone survey) can be costly and time consuming. The emerging data collection approach based on internet/e-based technologies (e.g. online platforms and email), is a relatively cost effective survey alternative. These novel data collection strategies can collect large amounts of data from participants in a short time frame. Similarly, they also seem to be feasible and effective in collecting data on sensitive issues or with samples they are generally hard to reach, for example, men who have sex with men (MSM) or migrants...
December 2016: Nepal journal of epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803883/the-provision-of-emergency-contraception-in-kinshasa-s-private-sector-pharmacies-experiences-of-mystery-clients
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Julie H Hernandez, Mbadu Muanda Fidèle, Mélissa Garcia, Annie Glover
OBJECTIVES: Recent programmatic and research efforts on addressing gaps in health systems of low-income countries increasingly see task shifting, i.e. the provision of healthcare by non-medically trained personnel, as a possible solution to increase the availability of specific services and commodities. In Kinshasa, private-sector pharmacies are the primary and preferred provider of family planning (FP) methods, and thus constitute a potential resource for expanding access to specific contraceptives...
August 10, 2017: Contraception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803806/the-use-of-computer-assisted-corticotomy-to-enhance-surgical-procedures
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Marco Finotti, Antonio Gracco, Mariarosa Del Torre, Laura Siviero, Alberto de Stefani, Giovanni Bruno
In recent years, several surgical techniques have been proposed with the main goal of reducing the length of orthodontic treatment. Some of these techniques use a piezoelectric surgical instrument to perform alveolar bone cuts and promote localized bone turnover. One of the main limitations of these surgical techniques is that corticotomies may damage dental roots since traditional radiographic examinations do not allow the surgeon to precisely determine the length and three-dimensional position of the roots...
August 10, 2017: International Orthodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803030/neurofeedback-sham-neurofeedback-and-cognitive-behavioural-group-therapy-in-adults-with-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-a-triple-blind-randomised-controlled-trial
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Michael Schönenberg, Eva Wiedemann, Alexander Schneidt, Jonathan Scheeff, Alexander Logemann, Philipp M Keune, Martin Hautzinger
BACKGROUND: Many studies suggest that electroencephalographic (EEG) neurofeedback might be beneficial in the treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). However, numbers of well controlled studies are low and neurofeedback techniques are regarded as highly controversial. The present trial examined the efficacy (compared with sham neurofeedback) and efficiency (compared with meta-cognitive therapy) of a standard EEG neurofeedback protocol in adults with ADHD. METHODS: We did a concurrent, triple-blind, randomised, controlled trial using authorised deception in adults with ADHD from one centre (University of Tübingen) in Tübingen, Germany...
August 9, 2017: Lancet Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803005/safety-and-feasibility-of-therapeutic-platelet-depletion-with-spectra-optia-in-a-pregnant-woman
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Roman Małachowski, Olga Grzybowska-Izydorczyk, Nelly Besson, Anna Szmigielska-Kapłon, Mateusz Nowicki, Agnieszka Wierzbowska
INTRODUCTION: Thrombocytapheresis is an alternative treatment beneficial in rare circumstances, when cytoreductive agents are contraindicated, drug therapy gave no response or the expected response would be too slow. Here we present a case of a pregnant woman who underwent 5 thrombocytaphereses using Spectra Optia device to reduce circulating platelets (PLT) count and prepare for Cesarian section. PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS AND PERFORMED TREATMENT: A 39-year-old woman with diagnosed chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) was treated with interferon because of too high PLT count...
July 27, 2017: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802937/apathy-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Javier Pagonabarraga, Jaime Kulisevsky
The normal maintenance of human motivation depends on the integrity of subcortical structures that link the medial and lateral prefrontal cortex with the limbic system. Apathy is highly prevalent in Parkinson's disease and causes major impact on the quality of life of patients and caregivers, comparable to depression or cognitive impairment. The clinical differentiation of apathy from the emotional symptoms of depression, and from difficulties in planning or organizing mental programs as a consequence of executive dysfunction, may guide a rationale for individualized treatment approach of apathetic symptoms, which is presently lacking...
2017: International Review of Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802225/the-value-of-ultrasound-guided-surgery-for-breast-cancer
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REVIEW
Darja Arko, Nina Čas Sikošek, Nejc Kozar, Monika Sobočan, Iztok Takač
OBJECTIVE: An increasing number of breast-conserving surgeries (BCS) has lead clinicians to the dilemma how to provide patients with the best pathological, short-term and long-term outcomes, while at the same time improving the cosmetic outcome and the patients' quality of life. A proposed solution is the use of intraoperative ultrasound (IOUS) for lesion resection in palpable as well as non-palpable breast cancer. METHODS: This review identifies and compares evidence on palpation-guided/wire-guided vs...
August 2, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802220/comparison-of-lower-limb-muscle-strength-between-diabetic-neuropathic-and-healthy-subjects-using-opensim
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Alessandra Scarton, Ilse Jonkers, Annamaria Guiotto, Fabiola Spolaor, Gabriella Guarneri, Angelo Avogaro, Claudio Cobelli, Zimi Sawacha
Diabetes neuropathy and vasculopathy are the two major complications of diabetes mellitus, leading to diabetic foot disease, of which the worst consequences are plantar ulcers and amputations. Motor impairments like joint stiffness and loss of balance are distinctive effects of diabetes and they have been extensively explored. However, while altered muscle function has been also assessed through experimentally measured surface electromyography, little is known about muscle forces. The objective of this study was to estimate muscle forces in subjects with diabetes and to use these data to identify differences with respect to a population of healthy subjects matched for age and BMI...
July 31, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801882/patients-with-non-invasive-follicular-thyroid-neoplasm-with-papillary-like-nuclear-features-are-unlikely-to-have-malignant-preoperative-cytology
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Richa Singh, Jorge Avila, Kahee Jo, Kevin T K Nguyen, Nika Roa Carrillo, Eric C Huang, Michael J Campbell
BACKGROUND: The newly termed tumor 'noninvasive follicular thyroid neoplasm with papillary-like nuclear features' (NIFTP) acts in an indolent manner and can likely be safely managed with a thyroid lobectomy. Preoperative fine-needle aspiration (FNA) is the cornerstone of surgical planning, but the ability of FNA to distinguish NIFTP from other variants of papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) has not been well-evaluated. METHODS: A 9-year retrospective review of the preoperative cytology and surgical pathology of PTC patients who underwent a thyroidectomy at our tertiary referral center...
August 11, 2017: Annals of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801690/ethical-issues-in-obesity-prevention-for-school-children-a-systematic-qualitative-review
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REVIEW
Hannes Kahrass, Daniel Strech, Marcel Mertz
OBJECTIVES: Planning and conducting preventive measures against obesity for school children is beset with ethical issues which should be known to make well-informed decisions. The goal of this study was to provide a comprehensive spectrum of these ethical issues by means of a systematic review. In this context, the study also assesses the value of different search strategies for ethical literature in public health. METHODS: Literature was searched in Medline, EBSCO and others...
August 11, 2017: International Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801551/fault-reactivation-and-earthquakes-with-magnitudes-of-up-to-mw4-7-induced-by-shale-gas-hydraulic-fracturing-in-sichuan-basin-china
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Xinglin Lei, Dongjian Huang, Jinrong Su, Guomao Jiang, Xiaolong Wang, Hui Wang, Xin Guo, Hong Fu
This paper presents a timely and detailed study of significant injection-induced seismicity recently observed in the Sichuan Basin, China, where shale-gas hydraulic fracturing has been initiated and the aggressive production of shale gas is planned for the coming years. Multiple lines of evidence, including an epidemic-type aftershock sequence model, relocated hypocenters, the mechanisms of 13 large events (M W  > 3.5), and numerically calculated Coulomb failure stress results, convincingly suggest that a series of earthquakes with moment magnitudes up to M W 4...
August 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801415/randomised-feasibility-trial-into-the-effects-of-low-frequency-electrical-muscle-stimulation-in-advanced-heart-failure-patients
#17
Stuart Ennis, Gordon McGregor, Thomas Hamborg, Helen Jones, Robert Shave, Sally J Singh, Prithwish Banerjee
OBJECTIVES: Low-frequency electrical muscle stimulation (LF-EMS) may have the potential to reduce breathlessness and increase exercise capacity in the chronic heart failure population who struggle to adhere to conventional exercise. The study's aim was to establish if a randomised controlled trial of LF-EMS was feasible. DESIGN AND SETTING: Double blind (participants, outcome assessors), randomised study in a secondary care outpatient cardiac rehabilitation programme...
August 11, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801060/prognostic-markers-in-well-differentiated-papillary-and-follicular-thyroid-cancer-wdtc
#18
REVIEW
S L Gillanders, J P O'Neill
OBJECTIVES: WDTC (papillary and follicular thyroid cancer) make up around 90% of all thyroid tumours. Overall, the prognosis in patients with WDTC is excellent. However, there are small cohorts of patients who experience a more aggressive form of disease which is often associated with certain poor prognostic factors. Identifying these patients at an early stage is imperative for guiding treatment decisions. With recent developments in this area we plan to discuss the current evidence surrounding prognostic markers...
August 3, 2017: European Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801032/physiotherapy-for-patients-with-shoulder-pain-in-primary-care-a-descriptive-study-of-diagnostic-and-therapeutic-management
#19
Y H J M Karel, G G M Scholten-Peeters, M Thoomes-de Graaf, E Duijn, J B van Broekhoven, B W Koes, A P Verhagen
BACKGROUND: Shoulder pain is one of the three main musculoskeletal complaints and more than 50% of the patients have symptoms longer than 6 months. Until now, limited data exist about the content of physiotherapy for patients with shoulder pain in primary care. OBJECTIVE: Describe current physiotherapeutic diagnostic- and therapeutic management, including the use of diagnostic ultrasound, in patients with shoulder pain in primary care. DESIGN AND SETTING: A prospective cohort study in primary care physiotherapy with a 12 week follow-up...
November 28, 2016: Physiotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801002/legal-support-for-palliative-care-patients
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Tamar Ezer, Naomi Burke-Shyne, Kiera Hepford
CONTEXT: Palliative care patients face legal issues which impact their quality of life. Legal support, embedded in holistic palliative care services, has developed globally over the last decade to address this. OBJECTIVES: This paper aims to trace the origins of legal support for palliative care patients, detail models of legal support, and describe achievements and challenges. METHODS: The paper draws on years of work in this area, as well as the available literature...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
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