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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820949/association-between-patient-factors-and-outcome-of-synthetic-cartilage-implant-hemiarthroplasty-vs-first-metatarsophalangeal-joint-arthrodesis-in-advanced-hallux-rigidus
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Andy Goldberg, Dishan Singh, Mark Glazebrook, Chris M Blundell, Gwyneth De Vries, Ian L D Le, Dominic Nielsen, M Elizabeth Pedersen, Anthony Sakellariou, Matthew Solan, Alastair S E Younger, Timothy R Daniels, Judith F Baumhauer
BACKGROUND: We evaluated data from a clinical trial of first metatarsophalangeal joint (MTPJ1) implant hemiarthroplasty and arthrodesis to determine the association between patient factors and clinical outcomes. METHODS: Patients ≥18 years with hallux rigidus grade 2, 3, or 4 were treated with synthetic cartilage implant MTPJ1 hemiarthroplasty or arthrodesis. Pain visual analog scale (VAS), Foot and Ankle Ability Measure (FAAM) sports and activities of daily living (ADL) scores, and Short Form-36 Physical Function (SF-36 PF) subscore were obtained preoperatively, and at 2, 6, 12, 24, 52, and 104 weeks postoperatively...
August 1, 2017: Foot & Ankle International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820339/emergence-of-visceral-leishmaniasis-in-sri-lanka-a-newly-established-health-threat
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H V Y D Siriwardana, P Karunanayake, L Goonerathne, N D Karunaweera
BACKGROUND: Sri Lanka is a new focus of human cutaneous leishmaniasis caused by a genetic variant of usually visceralizing parasite Leishmania donovani. Over 3000 cases have been reported to our institution alone, during the past two decades. Recent emergence of visceral leishmaniasis is of concern. METHODS: Patients suspected of having visceral leishmaniasis (n = 120) fulfilling at least two of six criteria (fever > 2 weeks, weight loss, tiredness affecting daily functions, splenomegaly, hepatomegaly and anemia) were studied using clinic-epidemiological, immunological and haematological parameters...
August 18, 2017: Pathogens and Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820012/effect-of-rotational-prosthetic-alignment-variation-on-tibiofemoral-contact-pressure-distribution-and-joint-kinematics-in-total-knee-replacement
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Xin Xie, Roy Rusly, John D DesJardins, Frank Voss, Kim Chillag, Martine LaBerge
In total knee replacement surgery, implant alignment is one of the most important criteria for successful long-term clinical outcome. During total knee replacement implantation, femoral and tibial alignment are determined through appropriate bone resections, which could vary based on patient anatomy, implant design and surgical technique and further influence loading conditions and clinical outcomes. The current research focused on three critical alignment parameters for total knee replacement insertion: femoral component internal/external (I/E) rotation, varus-valgus tibiofemoral angulation and posterior tibial slope...
August 1, 2017: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part H, Journal of Engineering in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818990/clinical-use-and-utility-of-amyloid-imaging
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Henryk Barthel, Osama Sabri
Currently, three amyloid PET tracers are approved and commercially available for clinical use. They allow for the accurate in vivo detection of amyloid plaques, one hallmark of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Here, we review the current knowledge on the clinical use and utility of amyloid imaging. Appropriate use criteria for the clinical application of amyloid imaging are established, and most currently available data point to their validity. Visual amyloid image analysis is highly standardized. Disclosure of amyloid imaging results is desired by many cognitively impaired subjects, and seems to be safe once appropriate education is delivered to the disclosing clinicians...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818851/inotropes-for-preterm-babies-during-the-transition-period-after-birth-friend-or-foe
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Heike Rabe, Hector Rojas-Anaya
During the transition to extrauterine life, preterm infants are at high risk of developing circulatory failure. Currently, hypotension is used as major diagnostic criteria for starting treatments such as fluid boluses, inotropes or steroids. Most of these treatment options have not been studied in large randomised controlled trials for efficacy and safety and are under discussions. A wide variety in their use is reported in the literature and clear evidence about which inotrope or other treatment should be preferred is lacking...
August 17, 2017: Archives of Disease in Childhood. Fetal and Neonatal Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818418/case-finding-for-persistent-airway-obstruction-in-farmers-a-questionnaire-with-optimal-diagnosis-criteria
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Alicia Guillien, Thibaud E Soumagne, Marc Puyraveau, Patrick Berger, Stéphanie L Guillot, Fabrice Rannou, Stéphane Jouneau, Frédéric J Mauny, Jean-Jacques Laplante, Jean-Charles Dalphin, Bruno Degano
INTRODUCTION: Appropriate identification of subjects who are candidates for spirometry through case-finding questionnaires may help solve the problem of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease misdiagnosis. The performance of case-finding questionnaires depends at least partially on the characteristics of the population used for their development. The use of an accurate threshold for the forced expiratory volume in 1 second / forced vital capacity ratio to define persistent airway obstruction is also vital in ascertaining chronic obstructive pulmonary disease...
August 14, 2017: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818350/candidate-quality-measures-for-hand-surgery
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PURPOSE: Quality measures are tools used by physicians, health care systems, and payers to evaluate performance, monitor the outcomes of interventions, and inform quality improvement efforts. A paucity of quality measures exist that address hand surgery care. We completed a RAND/UCLA (University of California Los Angeles) Delphi Appropriateness process with the goal of developing and evaluating candidate hand surgery quality measures to be used for national quality measure development efforts...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817993/early-psychosis-in-central-vietnam-a-longitudinal-study-of-short-term-functional-outcomes-and-their-predictors
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Seiji Humphries, Robert King, Michael P Dunne, Cat Huu Nguyen
BACKGROUND: Few longitudinal studies have investigated the functional outcomes of individuals with recent-onset psychotic illness in low- and middle-income countries. AIMS: To investigate short-term functional remission and its predictors in a central Vietnamese sample. METHODS: A naturalistic 6-month prospective cohort study recruited 79 patients of public health facilities who had experienced a first episode of schizophrenia or related illness in the past 18 months...
August 1, 2017: International Journal of Social Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817456/role-of-various-semiquantitative-parameters-of-18f-fdg-pet-ct-studies-for-interim-treatment-response-evaluation-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Akshima Sharma, Anant Mohan, Ashu Seith Bhalla, Sreenivas Vishnubhatla, Anil Kumar Pandey, Chandra Sekhar Bal, Rakesh Kumar
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to prospectively evaluate the role of various semiquantitative parameters obtained from fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose (F-FDG) PET/CT in interim treatment response assessment in biopsy-proven non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and to find the best parameter, if any. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Totally, 32 patients (male/female: 25/7) with biopsy proven NSCLC and a mean age of 54.71±12.65 years were enrolled in the study. Each patient underwent whole-body F-FDG PET/CT scan after injecting 5...
August 16, 2017: Nuclear Medicine Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815048/society-for-immunotherapy-of-cancer-consensus-statement-on-immunotherapy-for-the-treatment-of-bladder-carcinoma
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Ashish M Kamat, Joaquim Bellmunt, Matthew D Galsky, Badrinath R Konety, Donald L Lamm, David Langham, Cheryl T Lee, Matthew I Milowsky, Michael A O'Donnell, Peter H O'Donnell, Daniel P Petrylak, Padmanee Sharma, Eila C Skinner, Guru Sonpavde, John A Taylor, Prasanth Abraham, Jonathan E Rosenberg
The standard of care for most patients with non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC) is immunotherapy with intravesical Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG), which activates the immune system to recognize and destroy malignant cells and has demonstrated durable clinical benefit. Urologic best-practice guidelines and consensus reports have been developed and strengthened based on data on the timing, dose, and duration of therapy from randomized clinical trials, as well as by critical evaluation of criteria for progression...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815007/appropriate-selection-for-omalizumab-treatment-in-patients-with-severe-asthma
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Leo Nygaard, Daniel Pilsgaard Henriksen, Hanne Madsen, Jesper Rømhild Davidsen
Background: Omalizumab improves asthma control in patients with uncontrolled severe allergic asthma; however, appropriate patient selection is crucial. Information in this field is sparse. Objective: We aimed to estimate whether potential omalizumab candidates were appropriately selected according to guidelines, and the clinical effect of omalizumab treatment over time. Design: We performed a retrospective observational study on adult patients with asthma treated with omalizumab during 2006-2015 at the Department of Respiratory Medicine at Odense University Hospital (OUH), Denmark...
2017: European Clinical Respiratory Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812154/robotic-versus-laparoscopic-versus-open-colorectal-surgery-towards-defining-criteria-to-the-right-choice
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Matthew Zelhart, Andreas M Kaiser
OBJECTIVE: Analysis of various parameters related to the patient, the disease, and the needed surgical maneuvers to develop guidance for preoperative selection of the appropriate and the best approach for a given patient. Rapid advances in minimally invasive surgical technology are fascinating and challenging alike. It can be difficult for surgeons to keep up with new modalities that come on to the market place and to assess their true value, i.e., distinguish between fashionable trends versus scientific evidence...
August 15, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811986/elderly-age-as-a-risk-factor-for-30-day-postoperative-outcomes-following-elective-anterior-cervical-discectomy-and-fusion
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John Di Capua, Sulaiman Somani, Jun S Kim, Kevin Phan, Nathan J Lee, Parth Kothari, Samuel K Cho
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of prospectively collected data. OBJECTIVE: Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) is one of the most commonly performed spinal procedures. Considering the high success and low complications rate of ACDF and high prevalence of age-related degeneration of the cervical spine, the rates of ACDF are expected to continually rise. The objective is to identify the association between patient age and 30-day postoperative outcomes following elective ACDF...
August 2017: Global Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810972/when-military-fitness-standards-no-longer-apply-the-high-prevalence-of-metabolic-syndrome-in-recent-air-force-retirees
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Marcus M Cranston, Mark W True, Jana L Wardian, Rishawn M Carriere, Tom J Sauerwein
BACKGROUND: Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is strongly associated with cardiovascular disease. With MetS prevalence rates increasing in the U.S. population, prevention efforts have largely focused on diet and exercise interventions. Before retirement, military service members have met fitness requirements for at least 20 years, and have lower MetS rates compared to age-matched U.S. population controls (23.4% vs. 39.0%), which suggests a protective effect of the lifestyle associated with military service...
July 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810129/opioid-prescribing-for-chronic-pain-in-a-community-based-healthcare-system
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Robert J Romanelli, Laurence I Ikeda, Braden Lynch, Terri Craig, Joseph C Cappelleri, Trevor Jukes, Denis Y Ishisaka
OBJECTIVES: We sought to evaluate opioid prescribing in an ambulatory setting among patients with noncancer chronic pain (CP). STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional analysis. METHODS: We identified patients with at least 2 CP encounters at least 30 days apart in 2012 in the electronic health records of a community-based healthcare delivery system in northern California. We used logistic regression models to assess associations of receiving an opioid prescription with respect to number and type of CP conditions and patient demographics and characteristics...
May 1, 2017: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809009/docking-and-virtual-screening-in-drug-discovery
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Maria Kontoyianni
Stages in a typical drug discovery organization include target selection, hit identification, lead optimization, preclinical and clinical studies. Hit identification and lead optimization are very much intertwined with computational modeling. Structure-based virtual screening (VS) has been a staple for more than a decade now in drug discovery with its underlying computational technique, docking, extensively studied. Depending on the objective, the parameters for VS may change, but the overall protocol is very straightforward...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808788/shocks-after-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator-implantation-in-idiopathic-cardiomyopathy-patients-a-myocardial-biopsy-study
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Erdal Safak, Giuseppe D Ancona, Heinz-Peter Schultheiss, Uwe Kühl, Stephan Kische, Hilmi Kaplan, Hüseyin Ince, Jasmin Ortak
Prediction of follow-up shock is crucial to stratify patients with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) requiring implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). The objective of the article is to assess the predictive value of endo-myocardial biopsy (EMB) towards ICD shock and follow-up mortality. A series of patients with DCM scheduled for ICD implantation underwent EMB to further determine the genesis of DCM. Presence of fibrosis and inflammation was documented and related to outcomes. A total of 240 patients were referred for ICD as primary (56%) and secondary (44%) prophylaxis...
August 14, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808632/survival-rates-against-fracture-of-endodontically-treated-posterior-teeth-restored-with-full-coverage-crowns-or-resin-composite-restorations-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Warattama Suksaphar, Danuchit Banomyong, Titalee Jirathanyanatt, Yaowaluk Ngoenwiwatkul
This systematic review aims to summarize the current clinical studies that investigated survival rates against fracture of endodontically treated posterior teeth restored with crowns or resin composite restorations. Literature search were performed using keywords. Publications from 1980 to 2016 were searched in PubMed, ScienceDirect, Web of Science, MEDLINE, and SCOPUS. Included studies were selected based on inclusion and exclusion criteria. Three clinical studies were included: 1 randomized controlled trial and 1 prospective and 1 retrospective cohort studies...
August 2017: Restorative Dentistry & Endodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807892/parent-mediated-intervention-training-delivered-remotely-for-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-living-outside-of-urban-areas-systematic-review
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Dave Parsons, Reinie Cordier, Sharmila Vaz, Hoe C Lee
BACKGROUND: Parent training programs for families living outside of urban areas can be used to improve the social behavior and communication skills in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). However, no review has been conducted to investigate these programs. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to (1) systematically review the existing evidence presented by studies on parent-mediated intervention training, delivered remotely for parents having children with ASD and living outside of urban areas; (2) provide an overview of current parent training interventions used with this population; (3) and provide an overview of the method of delivery of the parent training interventions used with this population...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807138/prevalence-and-predictors-of-post-stroke-mood-disorders-a-meta-analysis-and-meta-regression-of-depression-anxiety-and-adjustment-disorder
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Alex J Mitchell, Bhavisha Sheth, John Gill, Motahare Yadegarfar, Brendon Stubbs, Mohammad Yadegarfar, Nick Meader
OBJECTIVE: To ascertain the prevalence and predictors of mood disorders, determined by structured clinical interviews (ICD or DSM criteria) in people after stroke. METHODS: Major electronic databases were searched from inception to June 2016 for studies involving major depression (MDD), minor depression (MnD), dysthymia, adjustment disorder, any depressive disorder (any depressive disorder) and anxiety disorders. Studies were combined using both random and fixed effects meta-analysis and results were stratified as appropriate...
July 2017: General Hospital Psychiatry
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