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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645986/feasibility-study-of-a-randomised-controlled-trial-to-investigate-the-effectiveness-of-using-a-humanoid-robot-to-improve-the-social-skills-of-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-kaspar-rct-a-study-protocol
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Silvana E Mengoni, Karen Irvine, Deepshikha Thakur, Garry Barton, Kerstin Dautenhahn, Karen Guldberg, Ben Robins, David Wellsted, Shivani Sharma
INTRODUCTION: Interventions using robot-assisted therapy may be beneficial for the social skills development of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD); however, randomised controlled trials (RCTs) are lacking. The present research aims to assess the feasibility of conducting an RCT evaluating the effectiveness of a social skills intervention using Kinesics and Synchronisation in Personal Assistant Robotics (Kaspar) with children with ASD. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: Forty children will be recruited...
June 22, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643112/a-retrospective-study-of-antibiotic-de-escalation-in-patients-with-ventilator-associated-pneumonia-in-malaysia
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Rahela Ambaras Khan, Zoriah Aziz
Background Antibiotic de-escalation is an important strategy to conserve the effectiveness of broad-spectrum antibiotics. However, the outcome of this strategy for the treatment of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) has not been widely studied in developing countries. Objectives To evaluate the outcome on intensive care unit (ICU) mortality, 28 days mortality, and length of ICU stay among VAP patients who receive de-escalation therapy. Setting This study was conducted in an ICU of a Malaysian public hospital...
June 22, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642988/development-of-pulmonary-hypertension-during-treatment-with-diazoxide-a-case-series-and-literature-review
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Matthew R Timlin, Alexander B Black, Heather M Delaney, Renée I Matos, Candace S Percival
Congenital hyperinsulinism (CHI) is the most common cause of persistent hypoglycemia in infancy. The mainstay of medical management for CHI is diazoxide. Diazoxide inhibits insulin release from the pancreas, but also causes smooth muscle relaxation and fluid retention so it is typically given with chlorothiazide. In July 2015, the FDA issued a drug safety communication warning that pulmonary hypertension (PH) had been reported in 11 infants being treated with diazoxide and that the PH resolved with withdrawal of diazoxide...
June 22, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642509/in-our-opinion
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G Roberts, V S Lucas, F McDonald, S Camilleri, J Jayaraman, D Davies, K Moze
The misleading statements made in the British Dental Journal in the December 2016 issue relating to dental age assessment are assessed for inaccuracies and negligent omission of the issue of Child Protection. It is emphasised that there is a need for the approach of objective knowledge viz. not influenced by personal feelings or opinions in considering and representing facts. The article by the Chair of the Education, Ethics, and Team Working Group implies that unsatisfactory consent procedures are followed...
June 23, 2017: British Dental Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637741/the-closed-trial-clonidine-compared-with-midazolam-for-sedation-of-paediatric-patients-in-the-intensive-care-unit-study-protocol-for-a-multicentre-randomised-controlled-trial
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Antje Neubert, Manuel Alberto Baarslag, Monique van Dijk, Joost van Rosmalen, Joseph F Standing, Yucheng Sheng, Wolfgang Rascher, Deborah Roberts, Jackie Winslade, Louise Rawcliffe, Sara M Hanning, Tuuli Metsvaht, Viviana Giannuzzi, Peter Larsson, Pavla Pokorná, Alessandra Simonetti, Dick Tibboel
INTRODUCTION: Sedation is an essential part of paediatric critical care. Midazolam, often in combination with opioids, is the current gold standard drug. However, as it is a far-from-ideal agent, clonidine is increasingly being used in children. This drug is prescribed off-label for this indication, as many drugs in paediatrics are. Therefore, the CLOSED trial aims to provide data on the pharmacokinetics, safety and efficacy of clonidine for the sedation of mechanically ventilated patients in order to obtain a paediatric-use marketing authorisation...
June 21, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632910/withdrawn-hypnosis-for-children-undergoing-dental-treatment
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Sharifa Al-Harasi, Paul F Ashley, David R Moles, Susan Parekh, Val Walters
BACKGROUND: Managing children is a challenge that many dentists face. Many non-pharmacological techniques have been developed to manage anxiety and behavioural problems in children, such us: 'tell, show & do', positive reinforcement, modelling and hypnosis. The use of hypnosis is generally an overlooked area, hence the need for this review. OBJECTIVES: This systematic review attempted to answer the question: What is the effectiveness of hypnosis (with or without sedation) for behaviour management of children who are receiving dental care in order to allow successful completion of treatment?Null hypothesis: Hypnosis has no effect on the outcome of dental treatment of children...
June 20, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630772/severe-rhabdomyolysis-due-to-presumed-drug-interactions-between-atorvastatin-with-amlodipine-and-ticagrelor
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Iouri Banakh, Kavi Haji, Ross Kung, Sachin Gupta, Ravindranath Tiruvoipati
Atorvastatin and ticagrelor combination is a widely accepted therapy for secondary prevention of ischaemic heart disease. However, rhabdomyolysis is a well-known rare side effect of statins which should be considered when treatments are combined with cytochrome P450 3A4 enzyme inhibitors. We report a case of atorvastatin and ticagrelor associated severe rhabdomyolysis that progressed to multiorgan failure requiring renal replacement therapy, inotropes, intubation, and mechanical ventilation. Despite withdrawal of the precipitating cause and the supportive measures including renal replacement therapy, creatinine kinase increased due to ongoing rhabdomyolysis rapidly progressing to upper and lower limbs weakness...
2017: Case Reports in Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625784/heightened-sympathetic-arousal-is-demonstrated-by-skin-conductance-responsivity-to-auditory-stimuli-in-a-small-cohort-of-neonates-with-opiate-withdrawal
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Christiana N Oji-Mmuo, Fumiyuki Chin Gardner, Kim K Doheny
To determine the effects of auditory stimulus on skin conductance (SC) in infants with severe neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) that required morphine treatment (MT) compared with NAS infants that did not require morphine treatment (non-MT). We prospectively enrolled opiate-exposed term infants without polysubstance exposure. Skin conductance responses to an auditory stimulus (ringing a bell for 3seconds) near the time of discharge were obtained. Skin conductance was measured before, during, and after the stimulus...
June 15, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615768/the-phenomenology-and-treatment-response-in-catatonia-a-hospital-based-descriptive-study
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Sarada Prasanna Swain, Sushree Sangita Behura, Manoj Kumar Dash
BACKGROUND: Literatures regarding clinical symptomatology and treatment response of catatonia are very few. OBJECTIVE: To assess onset, clinical profile, diagnostic break up, treatment response and outcome in patients diagnosed as Catatonia, reported to a tertiary care hospital. METHODS: The present study was a cross-sectional descriptive study conducted in indoor of Mental Health Institute (Centre of Excellence), S.C.B. Medical College, between March 2015 to March 2016...
May 2017: Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614197/sedation-management-in-children-supported-on-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-for-acute-respiratory-failure
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James B Schneider, Todd Sweberg, Lisa A Asaro, Aileen Kirby, David Wypij, Ravi R Thiagarajan, Martha A Q Curley
OBJECTIVES: To describe sedation management in children supported on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for acute respiratory failure. DESIGN: Secondary analysis of prospectively collected data from a multicenter randomized trial of sedation (Randomized Evaluation of Sedation Titration for Respiratory Failure). SETTING: Twenty-one U.S. PICUs. PATIENTS: One thousand two hundred fifty-five children, 2 weeks to 17 years old, with moderate/severe pediatric acute respiratory distress syndrome...
June 13, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613395/clozapine-dose-for-schizophrenia
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REVIEW
Selvizhi Subramanian, Birgit A Völlm, Nick Huband
BACKGROUND: Schizophrenia and related disorders such as schizophreniform and schizoaffective disorder are serious mental illnesses characterised by profound disruptions in thinking and speech, emotional processes, behaviour and sense of self. Clozapine is useful in the treatment of schizophrenia and related disorders, particularly when other antipsychotic medications have failed. It improves positive symptoms (such as delusions and hallucinations) and negative symptoms (such as withdrawal and poverty of speech)...
June 14, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610760/iatrogenic-kaposi-s-sarcoma-a-retrospective-cohort-study-in-an-italian-tertiary-care-centre
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L Brambilla, A Tourlaki, G Genovese
AIMS: Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) is a lymphoangioproliferative multicentric disorder. Among its four distinct clinical variants, iatrogenic KS (iKS) typically affects patients who have received immunosuppressant regimens for organ transplants, proliferative disorders, or immune-mediated diseases. The aim of the current study was to examine the characteristics of a cohort of patients with iKS, evaluating the differences in terms of epidemiological and clinical features, management and outcomes between organ transplant recipients (OTR) and patients immunosuppressed for other medical conditions...
June 10, 2017: Clinical Oncology: a Journal of the Royal College of Radiologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606879/can-immunosuppression-be-stopped-after-liver-transplantation
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REVIEW
Pierre-Alain Clavien, Xavier Muller, Michelle L de Oliveira, Philipp Dutkowski, Alberto Sanchez-Fueyo
Liver transplantation has improved dramatically over the past three decades, mainly as a result of advances in surgical techniques and management of post-transplant complications. The focus has now turned towards rescuing additional organs in the face of scarce organ supply, or prevention of long-term toxicity associated with immunosuppression. The liver appears to be privileged in terms of immune tolerance, with a low incidence of antibody-mediated rejection, which is in sharp contrast to other solid organ transplants, such as kidney, lung, and heart transplants...
July 2017: Lancet. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604792/characteristics-clinical-course-and-outcomes-of-homeless-and-non-homeless-patients-admitted-to-icu-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Orla M Smith, Clarence Chant, Karen E A Burns, Maninder Kaur, Said Ashraf, Claudia C DosSantos, Stephen W Hwang, Jan O Friedrich
BACKGROUND: Little is known about homeless patients in intensive care units (ICUs). OBJECTIVES: To compare clinical characteristics, treatments, and outcomes of homeless to non-homeless patients admitted to four ICUs in a large inner-city academic hospital. METHODS: 63 randomly-selected homeless compared to 63 age-, sex-, and admitting-ICU-matched non-homeless patients. RESULTS: Compared to matched non-homeless, homeless patients (average age 48±12 years, 90% male, 87% admitted by ambulance, 56% mechanically ventilated, average APACHE II 17) had similar comorbidities and illness severity except for increased alcohol (70% vs 17%,p<0...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603052/efficacy-and-safety-of-mycophenolate-mofetil-and-tacrolimus-as-second-line-therapy-for-patients-with-autoimmune-hepatitis
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Cumali Efe, Hannes Hagström, Henriette Ytting, Rahima A Bhanji, Niklas F Müller, Qixia Wang, Tugrul Purnak, Luigi Muratori, Mårten Werner, Hanns-Ulrich Marschall, Paolo Muratori, Fulya Gunşar, Daniel Klintman, Albert Parés, Alexandra Heurgué-Berlot, Thomas D Schiano, Mustafa Cengiz, Michele May-Sien Tana, Xiong Ma, Aldo J Montano-Loza, Thomas Berg, Sumita Verma, Fin Stolze Larsen, Ersan Ozaslan, Michael A Heneghan, Eric M Yoshida, Staffan Wahlin
BACKGROUND: Predniso(lo)ne, alone or in combination with azathioprine, is the standard of care (SOC) therapy for autoimmune hepatitis (AIH). However, the SOC therapy is poorly tolerated or does not control disease activity in up to 20% of patients. We assessed the efficacy of mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) and tacrolimus as second-line therapy for patients with AIH. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We performed a retrospective study of data (from 19 centres in Europe, the United States, Canada, and China) from 201 patients with AIH who received second-line therapy (121 received MMF and 80 received tacrolimus), for a median of 62 months (range, 6-190 months)...
June 8, 2017: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601134/substance-use-intoxication-and-withdrawal-in-the-critical-care-setting
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REVIEW
Joseph H Donroe, Jeanette M Tetrault
Substance use is common among individuals admitted to the critical care setting and may complicate treatment of underlying disorders. Management issues include the effects of intoxication as well as the risk posed by substance-withdrawal syndromes in patients being treated for critical illness. This article reviews the epidemiology of substance use in this population and the identification and treatment of common intoxication and withdrawal syndromes. The authors stress the importance of long-term planning as part of the overall treatment protocol beyond the acute presentation...
July 2017: Critical Care Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599164/impact-of-power-morcellator-removal-on-hysterectomy-practice-patterns
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Adrianne Wesol, Shauna Woolley
OBJECTIVE: This study was a quality improvement project investigating patterns of hysterectomy practice including changes in surgical techniques and patient outcomes after manufacturer withdrawal of a laparoscopic power morcellator from our hospitals in July 2014. STUDY DESIGN: This time-series pre and post retrospective review examined data from electronic health records, comparing one year when a laparoscopic power morcellator was available (Year 1, mid-2013 to mid-2014) to one year after withdrawal (Year 2, mid-2014 to mid-2015)...
May 21, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596151/survey-on-advance-care-planning-of-italian-outpatients-on-chronic-haemodialysis
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Nicola Panocchia, Giuseppe Tonnara, Roberta Minacori, Dario Sacchini, Maurizio Bossola, Luigi Tazza, Giovanni Gambaro, Antonio Gioacchino Spagnolo
OBJECTIVES: The clinical practice guidelines published by the Renal Physicians Association (USA) recommend instituting advance care planning (ACP) for patients with end-stage renal disease. Studies on this issue are lacking in Italy. Our aim was to determine the attitudes of patients on ACP in our dialysis centre. METHODS: We performed a cross-sectional survey. We recruited patients on maintenance haemodialysis (HD) at Hemodialysis Center of Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, from 1 March 2014 to 31 March 2015...
June 8, 2017: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595027/clinical-outcomes-of-start-low-go-slow-methadone-initiation-for-cancer-related-pain-what-s-the-hurry
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Pippa Hawley, Lawrance Chow, Gillian Fyles, Aria Shokoohi, Mary-Jane O'Leary, Matthew Mittelstadt
BACKGROUND: Methadone has been shown to be effective for cancer pain. Most published switching methods are complete in less than three days, requiring very close supervision, usually in an inpatient setting. This need for hospitalization is a barrier to access. We present a large retrospective study of slow outpatient methadone starts and describe our starting method. METHODS: Charts were reviewed of patients referred to the Pain and Symptom Management/Palliative Care clinics at the six BC Cancer Agency's regional centers that underwent initiation of methadone for analgesia over a 14-year period...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594197/the-mediating-role-of-mattering-to-others-in-recovery-and-stigma
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Francesca Maria Pernice, David E Biegel, June-Yung Kim, Deborah Conrad-Garrisi
OBJECTIVE: This study examines the role of mattering to others as an intrapersonal construct that may mediate the relationship between social support and 2 separate criterion variables: recovery and internalized stigma associated with living with a serious mental health condition. Adults living with serious mental health disorders, such as schizophrenia, face numerous social challenges that may leave them feeling isolated, stigmatized, and that they do not matter to others, thus thwarting the potential for recovery...
June 8, 2017: Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal
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