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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548615/social-media-networking-in-pediatric-hydrocephalus-a-point-prevalence-analysis-of-utilization
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Ghassan Awad Elkarim, Naif M Alotaibi, Nardin Samuel, Shelly Wang, George M Ibrahim, Aria Fallah, Alexander G Weil, Abhaya V Kulkarni
OBJECTIVE A recent survey has shown that caregivers of children with shunt-treated hydrocephalus frequently use social media networks for support and information gathering. The objective of this study is to describe and assess social media utilization among users interested in hydrocephalus. METHODS Publicly accessible accounts and videos dedicated to the topic of hydrocephalus were comprehensively searched across 3 social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube) throughout March 2016. Summary statistics were calculated on standard metrics of social media popularity...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547857/confocal-endomicroscopy-in-diagnosis-of-intestinal-chronic-graft-versus-host-disease
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Kathrin Rieger, Ute Günther, Ulrike Erben, Anja Kühl, Christoph Loddenkemper, Antonio Pezzutto, Britta Siegmund, Christian Bojarski
Graft-versus-host disease (GvHD) is a major complication of allogeneic stem cell transplantation. High-resolution in vivo histology of the intestine by confocal endomicroscopy (CEM) detects acute GvHD (aGvHD) with high sensitivity. This pilot study aims to evaluate the diagnostic value of CEM for intestinal chronic GvHD (cGvHD). The study included 20 patients with gastrointestinal symptoms and confirmed cGvHD in other organs as well as 20 patients with clinically suspected acute GvHD for control. Confocal endomicroscopy was performed as gastroscopy followed by sigmoidoscopy after intravenous injection of fluorescein (10%) and topical application of acriflavine (0...
May 25, 2017: Hematological Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547755/demographic-and-socioeconomic-influences-on-helicobacter-pylori-gastritis-and-its-pre-neoplastic-lesions-amongst-us-residents
#3
R M Genta, K O Turner, A Sonnenberg
BACKGROUND: Gastric infection with Helicobacter pylori (Hp) can lead to chronic inactive gastritis, atrophy and intestinal metaplasia. AIMS: To investigate in a cross-sectional study these changes among different socioeconomic and ethnic groups within the USA. METHODS: We used the Miraca Life Sciences database, an electronic depository of clinicopathological records from patients distributed throughout the USA, to extract data from 487 587 patients who underwent oesophago-gastro-duodenoscopy with biopsy between 1/2008 and 12/2014...
May 25, 2017: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546997/pharmacogenomic-findings-from-clinical-whole-exome-sequencing-of-diagnostic-odyssey-patients
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Margot A Cousin, Eric T Matey, Patrick R Blackburn, Nicole J Boczek, Tammy M McAllister, Teresa M Kruisselbrink, Dusica Babovic-Vuksanovic, Konstantinos N Lazaridis, Eric W Klee
BACKGROUND: We characterized the pharmacogenomics (PGx) results received by diagnostic odyssey patients as secondary findings during clinical whole exome sequencing (WES) testing as a part of their care in Mayo Clinic's Individualized Medicine Clinic to determine the potential benefits and limitations to this cohort. METHODS: WES results on 94 patients included a subset of PGx variants in CYP2C19,CYP2C9, and VKORC1 if identified in the patient. Demographic, phenotypic, and medication usage information was abstracted from patient medical data...
May 2017: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546014/-anesthetic-requirements-measured-by-bilateral-bispectral-analysis-and-femoral-blockade-in-total-knee-arthroplasty
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Maylin Koo, Javier Bocos, Antoni Sabaté, Vinyet López, Carmina Ribes
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: A continuous peripheral nerve blockade has proved benefits on reducing postoperative morphine consumption; the combination of a femoral blockade and general anesthesia on reducing intraoperative anesthetic requirements has not been studied. The objective of this study was to determine the relevance of timing in the performance of femoral block to intraoperative anesthetic requirements during general anesthesia for total knee arthroplasty. METHODS: A single-center, prospective cohort study on patients scheduled for total knee arthroplasty, were sequentially allocated to receive 20mL of 2% mepivacaine throughout a femoral catheter, prior to anesthesia induction (Preoperative) or when skin closure started (Postoperative)...
May 22, 2017: Revista Brasileira de Anestesiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545990/retrospective-survey-of-mcr-1-and-mcr-2-in-german-pig-fattening-farms-2011-2012
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Nicole Roschanski, Linda Falgenhauer, Mirjam Grobbel, Sebastian Guenther, Lothar Kreienbrock, Can Imirzalioglu, Uwe Roesler
In November 2015, the first plasmid-encoded colistin resistance gene, mcr-1, was described in animals and in humans in China. Subsequently, a multitude of further studies was performed and quite recently the global spread of mcr-1 as well as the occurrence of a new gene variant, mcr-2, was reported. To obtain an overview of the occurrence of the colistin resistance genes mcr-1 and mcr-2 in German pig farms, a retrospective study, including 436 boot swab and pooled faeces samples collected from 58 pig-fattening farms throughout Germany, was performed...
May 22, 2017: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545929/a-simple-hplc-uv-method-for-quantification-of-enzalutamide-and-its-active-metabolite-n-desmethyl-enzalutamide-in-patients-with-metastatic-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer
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Alicja Puszkiel, Alain Plé, Olivier Huillard, Gaëlle Noé, Constance Thibault, Stéphane Oudard, François Goldwasser, Michel Vidal, Jérome Alexandre, Benoit Blanchet
Enzalutamide is currently approved for the treatment of patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). To date, a single liquid chromatographic-tandem mass spectroscopy method is available to measure plasma enzalutamide concentrations in mCRPC patients. In this work, an accurate and sensitive HPLC-UV method has been developed for the simultaneous determination of enzalutamide and its active metabolite, N-desmethyl enzalutamide in plasma from mCRPC patients. Before precipitation of proteins with acetonitrile, samples were spiked with nilutamide (internal standard)...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545851/sex-specific-risk-of-emergency-department-revisits-and-early-readmission-following-myocardial-infarction
#8
Magnus Lundbäck, Danijela Gasevic, Eric Rullman, Toralph Ruge, Axel C Carlsson, Martin J Holzmann
BACKGROUND: Readmissions within 30days after hospitalization have been introduced as a measure of quality of care. There is a paucity of data regarding sex-specific risk of early readmissions after myocardial infarction (MI). OBJECTIVES: To investigate the association between sex and revisits to the emergency department (ED), and readmissions after MI. METHODS: All patients with chest pain, diagnosed with MI at the Karolinska University Hospital during 2011 and 2012 were included...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545846/is-diabetes-self-management-education-still-the-cinderella-of-diabetes-care
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Lorna Hurley, Máire O'Donnell, Mary Clare O'Hara, Marian E Carey, Ingrid Willaing, Heather Daly, Seán F Dinneen
This paper reflects on the status of diabetes self-management education (DSME) as a branch of diabetology in Europe and discusses some opportunities for better supporting DSME delivery. DSME (also commonly known as Therapeutic Patient Education) has been evolving as a therapy for diabetes for decades. As a continent, Europe is fortunate to have nurtured many pioneers in DSME, and currently has many experts in the field progressing the knowledge base and striving to improve access to DSME for people with diabetes...
May 17, 2017: Patient Education and Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545161/classic-galactosemia-study-on-the-late-prenatal-development-of-galt-specific-activity-in-a-sheep-model
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Ana I Coelho, Jörgen Bierau, Martijn Lindhout, Jelle Achten, Boris W Kramer, M Estela Rubio-Gozalbo
BACKGROUND: Classic galactosemia results from deficient activity of galactose-1-phosphate uridylyltransferase (GALT), a key enzyme of galactose metabolism. Despite early diagnosis and early postnatal therapeutic intervention, patients still develop neurologic and fertility impairments. Prenatal developmental toxicity has been hypothesized as a determinant factor of disease. In order to shed light on the importance of prenatal GALT activity, several studies have examined GALT activity throughout development...
May 25, 2017: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544265/lasting-improvement-of-medication-overuse-headache-after-brief-intervention-a-long-term-follow-up-in-primary-care
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E S Kristoffersen, J Straand, M B Russell, C Lundqvist
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Withdrawal therapy improves the headache situation for many patients with medication-overuse headache (MOH), but relapses are common. The objective was to assess the long-term effectiveness of a general practitioner conducted brief intervention (BI) for MOH. METHODS: Sixty MOH patients initially participating in a blinded cluster-randomized controlled trial evaluating BI versus business as usual (BAU) were followed up for 16 months. Follow-up was open after 6 months...
May 23, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543994/cognitive-enhancing-effects-of-rtms-administered-to-the-prefrontal-cortex-in-patients-with-depression-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-individual-task-effects
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REVIEW
Donel M Martin, Shawn M McClintock, Jane J Forster, Tin Yan Lo, Colleen K Loo
BACKGROUND: Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is an approved therapeutic treatment of major depressive disorder and has increasing clinical use throughout the world. However, it remains unclear whether an rTMS course for depression may also produce cognitive enhancement. In a recent meta-analysis of sham-controlled randomized controlled studies (RCTs) conducted in patients with neuropsychiatric conditions, no evidence was found for generalized cognitive enhancing effects across cognitive domains with active compared to sham rTMS...
May 24, 2017: Depression and Anxiety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543843/white-matter-biomarkers-from-fast-protocols-using-axially-symmetric-diffusion-kurtosis-imaging
#13
Brian Hansen, Ahmad R Khan, Noam Shemesh, Torben E Lund, Ryan Sangill, Simon F Eskildsen, Leif Østergaard, Sune N Jespersen
White matter tract integrity (WMTI) can characterize brain microstructure in areas with highly aligned fiber bundles. Several WMTI biomarkers have now been validated against microscopy and provided promising results in studies of brain development and aging, as well as in a number of brain disorders. Currently, WMTI is mostly used in dedicated animal studies and clinical studies of slowly progressing diseases, and has not yet emerged as a routine clinical tool. To this end, a less data intensive experimental method would be beneficial by enabling high resolution validation studies, and ease clinical applications by speeding up data acquisition compared with typical diffusion kurtosis imaging (DKI) protocols utilized as part of WMTI imaging...
May 22, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543448/successful-treatment-of-pure-red-cell-aplasia-because-of-abo-major-mismatched-stem-cell-transplant
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Katie Sackett, Claudia S Cohn, Kayla Fahey-Ahrndt, Angela R Smith, Andrew D Johnson
BACKGROUND: Pure red cell aplasia (PRCA) is a well-documented potential side effect of ABO major mismatched allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplants. This side effect may be self-limiting, but is sometimes treated using modalities such as steroids, antithymocyte globulin, donor lymphocyte infusions, rituximab, or plasma exchanges. Another well-documented cause of pure red cell aplasia is a chronic parvovirus B19 infection, which may be seen in immunocompromised hosts. The treatment of this cause of PRCA includes removal of immunosuppression, intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg), or rituximab; however, this condition may also be self-limiting...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Clinical Apheresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543369/directing-clinical-care-using-lower-extremity-biomechanics-in-patients-with-ankle-osteoarthritis-and-ankle-arthroplasty
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REVIEW
Robin Queen
Ankle osteoarthritis is a debilitating disease with approximately 50,000 new cases per year leading to skeletal deformity, severe and recurrent pain, cartilage breakdown, and gait dysfunction limiting patient mobility and well-being. Although many treatments (total ankle arthroplasty (TAA), ankle fusion (arthrodesis), and ankle distraction arthroplasty) relieve pain, it is not clear that these procedures significantly improve patient mobility. The goal of the research presented here is to summarize what is presently known about lower extremity gait mechanics and outcomes and to quantify the impact of ankle osteoarthritis and TAA have on these measures using an explicitly holistic and mechanistic approach...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543091/intraoperative-localized-constrained-registration-in-navigated-bronchoscopy
#16
Erlend Fagertun Hofstad, Hanne Sorger, Janne Beate Lervik Bakeng, Lucian Gruionu, Håkon Olav Leira, Tore Amundsen, Thomas Langø
PURPOSE: One of the major challenges in electromagnetic navigated bronchoscopy is the navigation accuracy. An initial rigid image-to-patient registration may not be optimal for the entire lung volume, as the lung tissue anatomy is likely to have shifted since the time of computer tomography (CT) acquisition. The accuracy of the initial rigid registration will also be affected throughout the procedure by breathing, coughing, patient movement and tissue displacements due to pressure from bronchoscopy tools...
May 25, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543053/sofosbuvir-and-ribavirin-in-adolescents-12-to-17-years-old-with-hepatitis-c-virus-genotype-2-or-3-infection
#17
Stefan Wirth, Philip Rosenthal, Regino P Gonzalez-Peralta, Maureen M Jonas, William F Balistreri, Lin Chuan-Hao, Winita Hardikar, Kathryn Kersey, Benedetta Massetto, Bittoo Kanwar, Diana M Brainard, Jiang Shao, Evguenia Svarovskaia, Brian Kirby, Ronen Arnon, Karen F Murray, Kathleen B Schwarz
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Children with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection have limited treatment options. We evaluated the all-oral combination of sofosbuvir and ribavirin in adolescents aged 12-17 with HCV genotype 2 or 3. METHODS: Fifty-two patients received sofosbuvir 400mg once daily and weight-based ribavirin twice daily for 12 (genotype 2) or 24 (genotype 3) weeks. The pharmacokinetics of sofosbuvir and its metabolite GS-331007 were evaluated by intensive plasma sampling at day 7 in the first 10 patients enrolled, and by sparse sampling in all patients throughout treatment...
May 22, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542732/impact-of-subsequent-metastases-on-costs-and-medical-resource-use-for-prostate-cancer-patients-initially-diagnosed-with-localized-disease
#18
Tracy T Li, Neal D Shore, Maneesha Mehra, Mary B Todd, Ryan Saadi, Gaetan Leblay, Jyoti Aggarwal, Robert I Griffiths
BACKGROUND: The impact of subsequent metastases on costs and medical resource use (MRU) for prostate cancer (PC) patients initially diagnosed with localized disease was estimated. METHODS: Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results data, linked to Medicare (1999-2012), were used to identify 7482 patients diagnosed with subsequent metastases 12 months or more after the initial diagnosis of localized PC (cases), and they were matched to 25,709 localized PC patients without subsequent metastases (controls)...
May 23, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542441/dot-or-sat-for-rifampicin-resistant-tuberculosis-a-non-randomized-comparison-in-a-high-hiv-prevalence-setting
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Erika Mohr, Johnny Daniels, Busisiwe Beko, Petros Isaakidis, Vivian Cox, Sarah Jane Steele, Odelia Muller, Leigh Snyman, Virginia De Azevedo, Amir Shroufi, Laura Trivino Duran, Jennifer Hughes
BACKGROUND: Daily directly-observed therapy (DOT) is recommended for rifampicin-resistant tuberculosis (RR-TB) patients throughout treatment. We assessed the impact of self-administered treatment (SAT) in a South African township with high rates of RR-TB and HIV. METHODS: Community-supported SAT for patients who completed the intensive phase was piloted in five primary care clinics in Khayelitsha. We compared final treatment outcomes among RR-TB patients initiating treatment before (standard-of-care (SOC)-cohort, January 2010-July 2013) and after the implementation of the pilot (SAT-cohort, January 2012-December 2014)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542364/inspiratory-muscle-activation-increases-with-copd-severity-as-confirmed-by-non-invasive-mechanomyographic-analysis
#20
Leonardo Sarlabous, Abel Torres, José A Fiz, Juana M Martínez-Llorens, Joaquim Gea, Raimon Jané
There is a lack of instruments for assessing respiratory muscle activation during the breathing cycle in clinical conditions. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the usefulness of the respiratory muscle mechanomyogram (MMG) for non-invasively assessing the mechanical activation of the inspiratory muscles of the lower chest wall in both patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and healthy subjects, and to investigate the relationship between inspiratory muscle activation and pulmonary function parameters...
2017: PloS One
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