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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329307/eacvi-appropriateness-criteria-for-the-use-of-transthoracic-echocardiography-in-adults-a-report-of-literature-and-current-practice-review
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Richard P Steeds, Madalina Garbi, Nuno Cardim, Jaroslaw D Kasprzak, Elif Sade, Petros Nihoyannopoulos, Bogdan Alexandru Popescu, Alexandros Stefanidis, Bernard Cosyns, Mark Monaghan, Svend Aakhus, Thor Edvardsen, Frank Flachskampf, Leonarda Galiuto, George Athanassopoulos, Patrizio Lancellotti
The European Association for Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI) has outlined the rationale for setting appropriate use criteria (AUC) in cardiovascular (CV) imaging. Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) is the most common imaging modality in CV disease and is a central tool in diagnosis, follow-up, management planning and intervention. The purpose of AUC is to inform referrers, both to avoid under-use, which may result in incomplete or incorrect diagnosis and treatment, and also over-use, which may delay correct diagnosis, lead to 'treatment cascade', and wastes resources...
February 25, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329213/postoperative-pulmonary-complications-and-rehabilitation-requirements-following-lobectomy-a-propensity-score-matched-study-of-patients-undergoing-video-assisted-thoracoscopic-surgery-versus-thoracotomy%C3%A2
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Paula Agostini, Sebastian T Lugg, Kerry Adams, Nelia Vartsaba, Maninder S Kalkat, Pala B Rajesh, Richard S Steyn, Babu Naidu, Alison Rushton, Ehab Bishay
OBJECTIVES: : Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgical (VATS) lobectomy is increasingly used for curative intent lung cancer surgery compared to open thoracotomy due to its minimally invasive approach and associated benefits. However, the effects of the VATS approach on postoperative pulmonary complications (PPC), rehabilitation and physiotherapy requirements are unclear; our study aimed to use propensity score matching to investigate this. METHODS: Between January 2012 and January 2016 all consecutive patients undergoing lobectomy via thoracotomy or VATS were prospectively observed...
March 8, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328814/clinical-outcomes-of-new-toric-trifocal-diffractive-intraocular-lens-in-patients-with-cataract-and-stable-keratoconus-six-months-follow-up
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Doroodgar Farideh, Sanginabadi Azad, Niazi Feizollah, Niazi Sana, Alinia Cyrus, Ghoreishi Mohammad, Baradaran-Rafii Alireza
PURPOSE: To evaluate the clinical results of toric trifocal diffractive intraocular lens in eyes with cataract and mild keratoconus. METHODS: Five keratoconus patients (10 eyes) that had bilateral AT LISA 939 implantation were selected and had followed in 3-time horizons of 1, 3, and 6 months. Patients were 46 to 65 years old age, corneal astigmatism of (2.00 D at 6.75 D) and cataract that all of them needed cataract surgery. The distance, intermediate and near visual acuities, defocus curve, ocular aberrations, contrast sensitivity, were measured as effectiveness criteria...
March 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327837/-ioduria-and-iodine-concentration-in-table-salt-in-peruvian-elementary-schoolchildren
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Carolina Tarqui-Mamani, Doris Alvarez-Dongo, Inés Fernández-Tinco
Objectives: To determine the ioduria and iodine concentration in table salt in Peruvian elementary schoolchildren. Materials and methods: A cross-sectional study was performed. A total of 8,023 elementary schoolchildren, who voluntarily participated, were included. Multistage stratified probability sampling was performed, and the sample was obtained by systematic selection. Ioduria was determined via spectrophotometry (Sandell-Kolthoff method), and the amount of iodine in salt was evaluated volumetrically...
October 2016: Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327137/does-indigenous-health-research-have-impact-a-systematic-review-of-reviews
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REVIEW
Irina Kinchin, Janya Mccalman, Roxanne Bainbridge, Komla Tsey, Felecia Watkin Lui
BACKGROUND: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians (hereafter respectfully Indigenous Australians) claim that they have been over-researched without corresponding research benefit. This claim raises two questions. The first, which has been covered to some extent in the literature, is about what type(s) of research are likely to achieve benefits for Indigenous people. The second is how researchers report the impact of their research for Indigenous people. This systematic review of Indigenous health reviews addresses the second enquiry...
March 21, 2017: International Journal for Equity in Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325053/-iatrogenic-biliary-tract-lesions-requiring-surgical-reconstruction-presentation-and-classification-of-the-lesions-their-reconstruction-and-evaluation-of-the-results
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M Straka, E Holášková, L Burda, M Vávrová, P Fojtík, M Škrovina
INTRODUCTION: The incidence of biliary duct injuries requiring surgical reconstruction has stabilised between 0.30.7%. Biliary reconstruction in the hands of a trained hepatobiliary surgeon may lead to better short- and long-term outcomes in patients with this infrequent, but serious complication. METHODS: This study presents a retrospective analysis of single surgeon experience with biliary injury repair during the period of 20072016. Extramucosal hepaticojejunostomy on the excluded segment of the jejunal loop was performed without the use of any transanastomotic drain...
2017: Rozhledy V Chirurgii: Měsíčník Československé Chirurgické Společnosti
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323121/the-treatment-of-intermediate-stage-tumour-beyond-tace-from-surgery-to-systemic-therapy
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REVIEW
Peter R Galle, Francesco Tovoli, Friedrich Foerster, Marcus A Wörns, Alessandro Cucchetti, Luigi Bolondi
Intermediate stage hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) comprises the largest subgroup of patients with this disease and is characterized by substantial heterogeneity. Functional liver impairment, total tumour burden and other prognostic factors such as high alpha-fetoprotein serum level, presence of micro-vascular invasion, and poorly differentiated tumours relevantly contribute to outcome. The usage of the standard therapeutic approach, transarterial chemoembolization - TACE, for all intermediate stage HCC patients is probably an over-simplification and may therefore not be appropriate for all patients...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322129/including-historical-data-in-the-analysis-of-clinical-trials-is-it-worth-the-effort
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Joost van Rosmalen, David Dejardin, Yvette van Norden, Bob Löwenberg, Emmanuel Lesaffre
Data of previous trials with a similar setting are often available in the analysis of clinical trials. Several Bayesian methods have been proposed for including historical data as prior information in the analysis of the current trial, such as the (modified) power prior, the (robust) meta-analytic-predictive prior, the commensurate prior and methods proposed by Pocock and Murray et al. We compared these methods and illustrated their use in a practical setting, including an assessment of the comparability of the current and the historical data...
January 1, 2017: Statistical Methods in Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321805/introduction-of-a-computer-based-method-for-automated-planning-of-reduction-paths-under-consideration-of-simulated-muscular-forces
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Jan Buschbaum, Rainer Fremd, Tim Pohlemann, Alexander Kristen
PURPOSE: Reduction is a crucial step in the surgical treatment of bone fractures. Finding an optimal path for restoring anatomical alignment is considered technically demanding because collisions as well as high forces caused by surrounding soft tissues can avoid desired reduction movements. The repetition of reduction movements leads to a trial-and-error process which causes a prolonged duration of surgery. By planning an appropriate reduction path-an optimal sequence of target-directed movements-these problems should be overcome...
March 20, 2017: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320529/prevalence-of-neuropathic-pain-in-knee-or-hip-osteoarthritis-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Helen P French, Keith M Smart, Frank Doyle
OBJECTIVE: Discordance between radiographic and pain severity in osteoarthritis (OA) has led researchers to investigate other pain mechanisms, including neuropathic pain. Accurate identification of any neuropathic pain in hip or knee OA is important for appropriate management, but neuropathic pain prevalence is unknown. We aimed to obtain an overall prevalence estimate by systematically reviewing and meta-analysing the prevalence of neuropathic pain in people with hip or knee OA. METHOD: Observational studies which measured neuropathic pain in people aged 18 years and older with hip or knee OA were considered for inclusion...
February 20, 2017: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320483/human-and-feline-adipose-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-have-comparable-phenotype-immunomodulatory-functions-and-transcriptome
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Kaitlin C Clark, Fernando A Fierro, Emily Mills Ko, Naomi J Walker, Boaz Arzi, Clifford G Tepper, Heather Dahlenburg, Andrew Cicchetto, Amir Kol, Lyndsey Marsh, William J Murphy, Nasim Fazel, Dori L Borjesson
BACKGROUND: Adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (ASCs) are a promising cell therapy to treat inflammatory and immune-mediated diseases. Development of appropriate pre-clinical animal models is critical to determine safety and attain early efficacy data for the most promising therapeutic candidates. Naturally occurring diseases in cats already serve as valuable models to inform human clinical trials in oncologic, cardiovascular, and genetic diseases. The objective of this study was to complete a comprehensive side-by-side comparison of human and feline ASCs, with an emphasis on their immunomodulatory capacity and transcriptome...
March 20, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320238/early-renal-replacement-therapy-versus-standard-care-in-the-icu
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Dipayan Chaudhuri, Brent Herritt, Daren Heyland, Louis-Philippe Gagnon, Kednapa Thavorn, Daniel Kobewka, Kwadwo Kyeremanteng
OBJECTIVE: Renal replacement therapy (RRT) is the treatment of choice for severe acute kidney injury, but there are no firm guidelines as to the time of initiation of RRT in the critically ill. The primary objective of this study is to determine 1-month mortality rates of early versus late dialysis in critical care. As secondary end points, we provide a cost analysis of early versus late RRT initiation, intensive care unit (ICU) length of stay (LOS), hospital LOS, and number of patients on dialysis at day 60 postrandomization...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320168/a-systematic-comparison-of-key-features-of-ischemic-stroke-prevention-guidelines-in-low-and-middle-income-vs-high-income-countries
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REVIEW
Hernán Bayona, Mayowa Owolabi, Wuwei Feng, Paul Olowoyo, Joseph Yaria, Rufus Akinyemi, James R Sawers, Bruce Ovbiagele
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Implementation of contextually appropriate, evidence-based, expert-recommended stroke prevention guideline is particularly important in Low-Income Countries (LMICs), which bear disproportional larger burden of stroke while possessing fewer resources. However, key quality characteristics of guidelines issued in LMICs compared with those in High-Income Countries (HICs) have not been systematically studied. We aimed to compare important features of stroke prevention guidelines issued in these groups...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319799/occurrence-of-hepatitis-a-and-e-and-norovirus-gi-and-gii-in-ready-to-eat-vegetables-in-italy
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V Terio, M Bottaro, E Pavoni, M N Losio, A Serraino, F Giacometti, V Martella, A Mottola, A Di Pinto, G Tantillo
Fresh vegetables and their ready-to-eat (RTE) salads have become increasingly recognized as potential vehicles for foodborne diseases. The EU Reg. 1441/2007 establishes microbiological criteria for bacterial pathogens for products placed on the market during their shelf-life (i.e. Salmonella spp., Listeria monocytogenes) for pre-cut fruits and vegetables (RTE) whilst it does not address the problem of contamination by enteric viruses. In this study we investigated the contamination by hepatitis A virus (HAV), hepatitis E virus (HEV) and norovirus (NoV) in 911 ready-to-eat vegetable samples taken from products at retail in Apulia and in Lombardia...
March 14, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317643/biomarkers-for-the-diagnosis-of-alzheimer-s-disease-in-clinical-practice-an-italian-intersocietal-roadmap
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Giovanni B Frisoni, Daniela Perani, Stefano Bastianello, Gaetano Bernardi, Corinna Porteri, Marina Boccardi, Stefano F Cappa, Marco Trabucchi, Alessandro Padovani
Biomarkers of brain amyloidosis and neurodegeneration/synaptic dysfunction are featured in recent diagnostic criteria for Alzheimer's disease. Several gaps in our knowledge, however, need to be filled before they can be adopted clinically. The aim of this article is to describe a roadmap, developed by a multidisciplinary task force, to rationally implement biomarkers for Italian Memory Clinics. This roadmap is based on a framework comprising 5 sequential phases: identification of leads for potentially useful biomarkers; development of clinical assays for clinical disease; evaluation of detection of early stages; definition of operating characteristics in relevant populations; and estimation of reducing disease-associated mortality, morbidity, and disability...
April 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316939/application-of-established-pathophysiologic-processes-brings-greater-clarity-to-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-hyponatremia
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EDITORIAL
John K Maesaka, Louis J Imbriano, Nobuyuki Miyawaki
Hyponatremia, serum sodium < 135 mEq/L, is the most common electrolyte abnormality and is in a state of flux. Hyponatremic patients are symptomatic and should be treated but our inability to consistently determine the causes of hyponatremia has hampered the delivery of appropriate therapy. This is especially applicable to differentiating syndrome of inappropriate antidiuresis (SIAD) from cerebral salt wasting (CSW) or more appropriately, renal salt wasting (RSW), because of divergent therapeutic goals, to water-restrict in SIAD and administer salt and water in RSW...
March 6, 2017: World Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316542/analysing-the-costs-of-integrated-care-a-case-on-model-selection-for-chronic-care-purposes
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Marc Carreras, Inma Sánchez-Pérez, Pere Ibern, Jordi Coderch, José María Inoriza
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study is to investigate whether the algorithm proposed by Manning and Mullahy, a consolidated health economics procedure, can also be used to estimate individual costs for different groups of healthcare services in the context of integrated care. METHODS: A cross-sectional study focused on the population of the Baix Empordà (Catalonia-Spain) for the year 2012 (N = 92,498 individuals). A set of individual cost models as a function of sex, age and morbidity burden were adjusted and individual healthcare costs were calculated using a retrospective full-costing system...
August 19, 2016: International Journal of Integrated Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315494/role-of-the-unfolded-protein-response-in-topography-induced-osteogenic-differentiation-in-rat-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Mengqi Shi, Wen Song, Tianxiao Han, Bei Chang, Guangwen Li, Jianfeng Jin, Yumei Zhang
The topography of biomaterials can significantly influence the osteogenic differentiation of cells. Understanding topographical signal transduction is critical for developing biofunctional surfaces, but the current knowledge is insufficient. Recently, numerous reports have suggested that the unfolded protein response (UPR) and osteogenic differentiation are inter-linked. Therefore, we hypothesize that the UPR pathway may be involved in the topography-induced osteogenesis. In the present study, different surface topographies were fabricated on pure titanium foils and the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress and UPR pathway were systematically investigated...
March 14, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315206/otorhinolaryngological-toxicities-of-new-drugs-in-oncology
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REVIEW
Dana M Hartl, Daphné Morel, Erika Saavedra, Christophe Massard, Alessandra Rinaldo, Nabil F Saba, Alfio Ferlito, Jean-Charles Soria
Many new or relatively new cancer drugs-personalized anticancer agents-have been approved for use in various clinical settings in oncology or are still under evaluation in clinical trials. Targeted therapies as well as new immune checkpoint blockers have toxicity profiles that differ from conventional cytotoxic chemotherapy, and many can cause adverse effects that affect the mouth and pharynx, the nasal cavities, and the larynx. This review aims to provide an overview of current knowledge concerning these side effects and contemporary management...
March 17, 2017: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314898/economic-burden-of-osteoporosis-related-hip-fracture-in-asia-a-systematic-review
#20
REVIEW
N-A Mohd-Tahir, S-C Li
This review analyzes the economic costs of HF in Asia. The availability and quality of studies on the burden of osteoporosis in Asia are very scarce. There is a need to encourage more quality cost of osteoporosis studies based on standardized methods to convince healthcare authorities in implementing appropriate strategies. INTRODUCTION: Osteoporosis fractures, especially hip fractures, impose large economic costs to governments and societies. This review aimed to systematically analyze available evidence on healthcare costs associated with osteoporosis-related hip fractures (HF) in Asia...
March 17, 2017: Osteoporosis International
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