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Audrey Seigeot, Maxime Desmarets, Anne Rumpler, Franck Leroux, Eric Deconinck, Elisabeth Monnet, Laurent Bardiaux
BACKGROUND: A better knowledge of the connections between platelet concentrate (PC) characteristics and transfusion outcomes in day-to-day practice would help improve the selection process of the most appropriate PC. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: In this study of prophylactic platelet transfusions in patients with hematologic malignancies between 2002 and 2012, outcome criteria were corrected count increments (CCIs) and platelet transfusion intervals (TIs, in days)...
March 14, 2018: Transfusion
Debra A Field, Roslyn W Livingstone
AIM: To identify and critically appraise standardized measures of power mobility skill used with children (18y or younger) with mobility limitations and explore the measures' application for 'exploratory', 'operational', and 'functional' learners. METHOD: Five electronic databases were searched along with hand-searching for peer-reviewed articles published in English to July 2017 (updated 31st August 2017). Key terms included power(ed) mobility, power(ed) wheelchair, and database-specific terms...
March 14, 2018: Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology
Thomas C Sauter, Balthasar Eberle, Walter A Wuillemin, Thomas Thiele, Anne Angelillo-Scherrer, Aristomenis K Exadaktylos, Gabor Erdös, Adam Cuker, Michael Nagler
Antithrombotic treatment puts patients at risk of major bleeding. Fast and adequate response to anticoagulant-associated bleeding may not only stop the bleeding but prevent severe complications. However, practical treatment algorithms to guide physicians in emergency situations are lacking. Important principles that arise from management of bleeding in general are (a) implementation of an in-house algorithm, (b) rapid identification and treatment of the bleeding source, (c) adequate fluid resuscitation, (d) consideration of the application of tranexamic acid and (e) appropriate coagulation testing...
March 14, 2018: Swiss Medical Weekly
Jonas V Schaefer, Erik Sedlák, Florian Kast, Michal Nemergut, Andreas Plückthun
Biophysical properties of antibody-based biopharmaceuticals are a critical part of their release criteria. In this context, finding the appropriate formulation is equally important as optimizing their intrinsic biophysical properties through protein engineering, and both are mutually dependent. Most previous studies have empirically tested the impact of additives on measures of colloidal stability, while mechanistic aspects have usually been limited to only the thermodynamic stability of the protein. Here we emphasize the kinetic impact of additives on the irreversible denaturation steps of immunoglobulins G (IgG) and their antigen-binding fragments (Fabs), as these are the key committed steps preceding aggregation, and thus especially informative in elucidating the molecular parameters of activity loss...
March 14, 2018: MAbs
P Cordero, J Li, J A Oben
Obesity is the pandemic of the 21st century. Obesity comorbidities, including hypertension, dyslipidaemia and glucose intolerance define metabolic syndrome, which increases mortality risk and decreases the quality of life. Compared with lifestyles (diet and physical activity) and pharmacological interventions, bariatric surgery is by far the most effective treatment for obesity and its comorbidities. This minimally invasive surgical treatment is based on an increase of satiety (by hormonal regulation and decreasing stomach volume) or a decrease in nutrient retention (gastric and/or intestinal resection)...
December 2017: Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Sarah J Ronaldson, Lisa Dyson, Laura Clark, Catherine E Hewitt, David J Torgerson, Brendan G Cooper, Matt Kearney, William Laughey, Raghu Raghunath, Lisa Steele, Rebecca Rhodes, Joy Adamson
RATIONALE, AIMS, AND OBJECTIVES: Early identification of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) results in patients receiving appropriate management for their condition at an earlier stage in their disease. The determining the optimal approach to identifying individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (DOC) study was a case-finding study to enhance early identification of COPD in primary care, which evaluated the diagnostic accuracy of a series of simple lung function tests and symptom-based case-finding questionnaires...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
Nancy Byatt, Lucille Cox, Tiffany A Moore Simas, Nisha Kini, Kathleen Biebel, Padma Sankaran, Holly A Swartz, Linda Weinreb
To elucidate (1) the challenges associated with under-recognition of bipolar disorder in obstetric settings, (2) barriers pregnant and postpartum women with bipolar disorder face when trying to access psychiatric care, and (3) how obstetric settings can identify such women and connect them with mental health services. Structured, in-depth interviews were conducted with 25 pregnant and postpartum women recruited from obstetric practices who scored ≥ 10 on the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale and met DSM-IV criteria for bipolar disorder I, II, or not otherwise specified using the Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview...
March 13, 2018: Archives of Women's Mental Health
Evan D Muse, Nathan E Wineinger, Emily G Spencer, Melissa Peters, Riley Henderson, Yunyue Zhang, Paddy M Barrett, Steven P Rivera, Jay G Wohlgemuth, James J Devlin, Dov Shiffman, Eric J Topol
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most commonly encountered arrhythmia and is associated with an elevated risk of stroke. Improving the identification of patients with the highest risk for AF to enable appropriate surveillance and treatment, if necessary, is critical to reducing AF-associated morbidity and mortality. Multiple common single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) are unequivocally associated with the lifetime risk of AF. In the current study we aimed to prospectively validate an AF genetic risk score (GRS) in previously undiagnosed patients at risk for AF...
March 2018: PLoS Medicine
Takuya Furuta, Hiroaki Miyoshi, Satoru Komaki, Fumiko Arakawa, Motohiro Morioka, Koichi Ohshima, Mitsutoshi Nakada, Yasuo Sugita
Epithelioid glioblastoma (eGBM) is a rare variant of GBM which was adopted in the 2016 WHO classification. eGBM and pleomorphic xanthoastrocytoma (PXA) sometimes show overlapping features histologically and genetically, such as epithelioid pattern and a highly frequent V600E mutation in the gene for vRAF murine sarcoma viral oncogene homolog B1 (BRAF), respectively. Accurate diagnosis of these rare tumors is challenging according to the new criteria in the revised 2016 WHO classification. It is an urgent task to elucidate the biological properties of the tumors and to select appropriate treatment...
March 13, 2018: Neuropathology: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Neuropathology
Ray O'Connor, Jane O'Doherty, Andrew O'Regan, Colum Dunne
BACKGROUND: Antimicrobial resistance is an emerging global threat to health and is associated with increased consumption of antibiotics. Seventy-four per cent of antibiotic prescribing takes place in primary care. Much of this is for inappropriate treatment of acute respiratory tract infections. AIMS: To review the published literature pertaining to antibiotic prescribing in order to identify and understand the factors that affect primary care providers' prescribing decisions...
March 12, 2018: Irish Journal of Medical Science
F N van der Weijden, R B Kuitert, F R U Berkhout, G A van der Weijden
PURPOSE: To systematically search the scientific literature concerning the influence of tooth position on wind instrumentalists' performance and embouchure comfort. METHODS: The PubMed, Cochrane, and Embase databases were searched up to November 2017. The main orthodontic journals were searched for papers older than the inception date of PubMed. Grey literature was sought via Google Scholar. Eligible studies were critically appraised and analysed. RESULTS: The searches retrieved 54 papers...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Orofacial Orthopedics, Fortschritte der Kieferorthopädie
P Veylon, M Rochoy, S Gautier, B Wallaert, C Berkhout
INTRODUCTION: Asthma is a potentially serious chronic respiratory disease impacting patients quality of life. Satisfactory control requires proper use of inhaled devices. This study assesses general medical residents and pharmacy students knowledge about proper use of inhaled asthma devices. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We evaluated knowledge of 43 general practice students and 43 pharmacy students in Lille for three inhaler devices (metered-dose inhaler, Turbuhaler® and Diskus® ) during individual interviews...
March 9, 2018: Revue de Pneumologie Clinique
Anthony Pease, Clement Lo, Arul Earnest, Danny Liew, Sophia Zoungas
BACKGROUND: Technology has been implemented since the 1970s with the hope of improving glycaemic control and reducing the burden of complications for those living with type 1 diabetes. A clinical and cost-effectiveness comparison of all available technologies including continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII), continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), sensor-augmented pump therapy (including either low-glucose suspend or predictive low-glucose suspend), hybrid closed-loop systems, closed-loop (single-hormone or dual-hormone) systems, flash glucose monitoring (FGM), insulin bolus calculators, and 'smart-device' applications is currently lacking...
March 12, 2018: Systematic Reviews
Julia M Lappin, Muhammad H Ayub, David Rogers, Madeleine Morgan, Jean-Yves Kanyamibwa, Anthony Shakeshaft
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effectiveness of a routine screening and triage tool for alcohol withdrawal syndrome (AWS) in improving clinical care delivery in an ED setting. METHODS: In a regional ED in Australia, a screening and triage tool for AWS was introduced to routine ED assessment for a 13 week period. Subjects were all presentations to ED aged 16 and above with relevant presenting problems during the pre-intervention phase (1 January 2015-31 December 2016) and the post-intervention phase (8 August 2016-4 November 2016)...
March 12, 2018: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
Vishal Hegde, Zachary D C Burke, Howard Y Park, Stephen D Zoller, Daniel Johansen, Benjamin V Kelley, Ben Levine, Kambiz Motamedi, Noah C Federman, Leanne L Seeger, Scott D Nelson, Nicholas M Bernthal
BACKGROUND: Although there is widespread acceptance of core needle biopsy (CNB) for diagnosing solid tumors, there is reluctance by some clinicians to use CNB for aneurysmal bone cysts (ABCs) as a result of concerns of safety (bleeding, nerve injury, fracture, readmission, or infection) and reliability, particularly to rule out malignant diagnoses like telangiectatic osteosarcoma. This is especially true when CNB tissue is sent from an outside hospital, where the technique used to obtain the tissue may be spurious...
March 2018: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
Aaron M Rutman, Justin E Vranic, Mahmud Mossa-Basha
Blunt cerebrovascular injury (BCVI) is a relatively rare but potentially devastating finding in patients with high-energy blunt force trauma or direct cervical and/or craniofacial injury. The radiologist plays an essential role in identifying and grading the various types of vascular injury, including minimal intimal injury, dissection with raised intimal flap or intraluminal thrombus, intramural hematoma, pseudoaneurysm, occlusion, transection, and arteriovenous fistula. Early identification of BCVI is important, as treatment with antithrombotic therapy has been shown to reduce the incidence of postinjury ischemic stroke...
March 2018: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
Bibigul Ilyassova, Yevgeny Yenin, Bolatbek Baymakhanov, Maksat Doskhanov
OBJECTIVES: At the National Scientific Center of Surgery named A. Syzganova, more than 100 liver transplants have been conducted from 2012 to November 2017. Survival and quality of life of patients in the posttransplant period largely depend on the compliance of patients, monitoring of complications, cause of liver disease, the severity of the condition of patients in the pretransplant period, and the technical features of the operation. The aims of the study were to analyze the results of liver biopsy in patients after liver transplant and to evaluate the value of morphologic studies of the liver for the diagnosis of complications in the posttransplant period...
March 2018: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
Morgan C Broccoli, Rachel Moresky, Julia Dixon, Ivy Muya, Cara Taubman, Lee A Wallis, Emilie J Calvello Hynes
Facility-based emergency care delivery in low-income and middle- income countries is expanding rapidly, particularly in Africa. Unfortunately, these efforts rarely include measurement of the quality or the impact of care provided, which is essential for improvement of care provision. Our aim was to determine context-appropriate quality indicators that will allow uniform and objective data collection to enhance emergency care delivery throughout Africa. We undertook a multiphase expert consensus process to identify, rank and refine quality indicators...
2018: BMJ Global Health
J Margier, S Baffert, A-G Le Corroller-Soriano
The question of what monetary value should be assigned to consumed resources, that is to say the choice of the unit cost, is a major consideration in terms of impact on the cost analysis results. To date, no agreement has been reached regarding this methodological question. The choices made by methodologists and the subsequent impact on the results of the analysis are only rarely put forward. This work addresses the theoretical framework of health strategy evaluations that can be carried out either in the normative framework of the conventional economic approach of well-being, referred to as welfarist, or in that of an approach referred to as extra-welfarist...
March 8, 2018: Revue D'épidémiologie et de Santé Publique
A Nascimento Osorio, J Medina Cantillo, A Camacho Salas, M Madruga Garrido, J J Vilchez Padilla
INTRODUCTION: Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is the most common myopathy in children, with a worldwide prevalence of approximately 0.5 cases per 10,000 male births. It is characterised by a progressive muscular weakness manifesting in early childhood, with the subsequent appearance of musculoskeletal, respiratory, and cardiac complications, causing disability, dependence, and premature death. Currently, DMD is mainly managed with multidisciplinary symptomatic treatment, with favourable results in terms of the progression of the disease...
March 8, 2018: Neurología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Neurología
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