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Craig V Towers, Beth Weitz
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate a larger number of patients receiving a vancomycin dosing regimen of 20 mg/kg IV every 8 hours for Group B streptococcus (GBS) chemoprophylaxis and analyze maternal and neonatal cord blood levels at delivery. METHODS: We prospectively enrolled every mother that entered labor with a positive GBS culture and a high-risk penicillin allergy with resistance to clindamycin or unknown sensitivity. Maternal and cord blood vancomycin levels were obtained at delivery...
March 12, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Purushottam Parajuli, Subodh Kumar, Amit Gupta, Virinder Kumar Bansal, Sushma Sagar, Biplab Mishra, Maneesh Singhal, Atin Kumar, Shivanand Gamangatti, Babita Gupta, Chhavi Sawhney, Mahesh C Misra
INTRODUCTION: Abdominal trauma is one of the preventable causes of death in polytrauma patients. Decision and timing of laparotomy is a major challenge. Rate of nontherapeutic laparotomy is still high. Laparoscopy can avoid nontherapeutic laparotomy and also provide a reliable and accurate diagnosis of injury. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This ambispective observational study was conducted in the division of Trauma Surgery and Critical Care, JPN Apex Trauma Centre, All India Institute Medical Sciences, New Delhi...
March 8, 2017: Surgical Laparoscopy, Endoscopy & Percutaneous Techniques
Leslie J Kohman, Lin Gu, Nasser Altorki, Ernest Scalzetti, Linda J Veit, Jason M Wallen, Xiaofei Wang
OBJECTIVE: Cancer and Leukemia Group B 140503 is an ongoing, multicenter randomized trial assessing whether sublobar resection is equivalent to lobectomy for the treatment of stage I A non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) ≤2 cm in diameter. The objective of this report is to determine the reasons precluding intraoperative randomization. METHODS: From June 15, 2007, to March 22, 2013, 637 patients were preregistered to the trial. Three hundred eighty-nine were randomized successfully (61%), and 248 patients were not randomized (39%)...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Dolores Escudero, Jesus Otero, Begoña Menéndez de León, Marcos Perez-Basterrechea
Organ transplantation is the sole treatment to improve or save the life of patients with final-stage organ failure. The shortage of available organs for transplantation constitutes a universal problem, estimating that 10% of patients on waiting lists die. Brain death is an undesirable result; nevertheless, it has beneficial side-effects since it is the most frequent source of organs for transplantation. However, this phenomenon is relatively uncommon and has a limited potential. One of the options that focuses on increasing organ donation is to admit patients with catastrophic brain injuries (with a high probability of brain death and nontreatable) to the Intensive Care Unit, with the only purpose of donation...
2017: BioMed Research International
Tomislav Bracanović
Sex reassignment surgery is a therapy for gender dysphoria (gender identity disorder) standardly provided only upon a psychiatric authorization. Transgender scholars criticize this practice as unjustified medicalization and stigmatization of transsexual people. By demanding that sex reassignment surgery is not classified as therapy, they imply it should be classified as some kind of a biomedical enhancement. It is argued in this article that this reclassification is empirically and morally implausible because sex reassignment surgery is incompatible with two major views of enhancement...
February 2017: Journal of Medicine and Philosophy
Richard Trafford Spence, Mark Hampton, Kent Pluke, Miriam Kahn, Nkhabe Chinyepi, Mohamed Elmusbahi, Tirsa van Wyngaard, Eugenio Panieri
BACKGROUND: Surgical outcomes research is limited in areas of the world with the greatest unmet surgical need and likely greatest variation in outcomes. Measurement alone may improve outcomes-the so-called Hawthorne effect. The purpose of this multicenter cohort study was to identify factors that are both feasible to collect and are associated with a major adverse event following a targeted procedure in Cape Town, South Africa. METHODS: A collaborative of four acute care surgical units was formed to develop a data set with minimal data burden describing outcomes after an emergency exploratory laparotomy during a 3-mo period (February-April 2015)...
December 2016: Journal of Surgical Research
Sepide Miraj, Samira Alesaeidi
INTRODUCTION: Matricaria recuitta chamomilla is a plant that grows and is cultivated in some parts of Iran. The aim of this study was to overview the therapeutic effects of this valuable plant. This systematic review was aimed to introduce Matricaria recuitta chamomile, its chemical compounds, and its traditional usages. METHODS: This review article was carried out by searching studies in PubMed, Medline, Web of Science, and IranMedex databases. The initial search strategy identified about 87 references...
September 2016: Electronic Physician
Sean Bennett, Aysah Amath, Heather Knight, Jacinthe Lampron
BACKGROUND: The goal of conservative management (CM) of penetrating abdominal trauma is to avoid nontherapeutic laparotomies while identifying injuries early. Factors that may predict CM failure are not well established, and the experience of CM has not been well described in the Canadian context. METHODS: We searched a Canadian level 1 trauma centre database for all penetrating abdominal traumas treated between 2004 and 2014. Hemodynamically stable patients without peritonitis and without clear indications for immediate surgery were considered potential candidates for CM, and were included in the study...
September 2016: Canadian Journal of Surgery. Journal Canadien de Chirurgie
Brian D Earp
The spectrum of practices termed "Female Genital Mutilation" (or FGM) by the World Health Organization is sometimes held up as a counterexample to moral relativism. Those who advance this line of thought suggest the practices are so harmful in terms of their physical and emotional consequences, as well as so problematic in terms of their sexist or oppressive implications, that they provide sufficient, rational grounds for the assertion of a universal moral claim--namely, that all forms of FGM are wrong, regardless of the cultural context...
June 2016: Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal
Michael Sgro, Douglas M Campbell, Neil Gandhi
The case presented advocates for prolonged resuscitation, and aggressive rewarming in neonates with severe hypothermia (core temperature <32.0°C). The importance of rewarming has not been extensively studied in current guidelines, whereas the importance of cardiopulmonary resuscitation is well established. This abandoned, severely hypothermic (found with temperature of 27.9°C) newborn had an excellent neurological outcome at two years of age with aggressive resuscitation and rewarming techniques initiated at the time of presentation...
May 2016: Paediatrics & Child Health
Ralf Kohnen, Pablo Martinez-Martin, Heike Benes, Claudia Trenkwalder, Birgit Högl, Elmar Dunkl, Arthur S Walters
BACKGROUND: The International Restless Legs Scale (IRLS) is the most widely used of the scales rating the severity of restless legs syndrome/Willis-Ekbom disease (RLS/WED). It has been well validated and is the primary end point for most of the therapeutic and nontherapeutic studies of RLS/WED. It has excellent psychometric properties, although it does not capture the severity of RLS under a wide variety of circumstances and times of day. Moreover, the IRLS has a large placebo effect...
April 2016: Sleep Medicine
Nikolay P Braykov, Joseph N S Eisenberg, Marissa Grossman, Lixin Zhang, Karla Vasco, William Cevallos, Diana Muñoz, Andrés Acevedo, Kara A Moser, Carl F Marrs, Betsy Foxman, James Trostle, Gabriel Trueba, Karen Levy
The effects of animal agriculture on the spread of antibiotic resistance (AR) are cross-cutting and thus require a multidisciplinary perspective. Here we use ecological, epidemiological, and ethnographic methods to examine populations of Escherichia coli circulating in the production poultry farming environment versus the domestic environment in rural Ecuador, where small-scale poultry production employing nontherapeutic antibiotics is increasingly common. We sampled 262 "production birds" (commercially raised broiler chickens and laying hens) and 455 "household birds" (raised for domestic use) and household and coop environmental samples from 17 villages between 2010 and 2013...
January 2016: MSphere
Ida Sneppen, Jørgen Thorup
OBJECTIVE: As a consequence of the discussion on whether the health benefits of newborn male circumcision outweigh the risks and the discrepancies in reported figures of complications, we evaluated the incidence and morbidity of foreskin surgery due to medical indications in boys from the Capital Region of Denmark in 2014. METHODS: Medical records from all boys operated on the foreskin due to medical reasons in the Capital Region in 2014 were reviewed. Patients with hypospadias, ritual circumcision, and redo-surgery because of complications to nontherapeutic circumcision were excluded...
May 2016: Pediatrics
Terence J Centner
As bacteria and diseases spread due to climatic change, greater amounts of antibiotics will be used thereby exacerbating the problem of antibiotic resistance. To help slacken the development of resistant bacteria, the medical community is attempting to reduce unnecessary and excessive usage of antibiotics. One of the targets is the use of antibiotics for enhancing animal growth and promoting feed efficiency in the production of food animals. While governments can adopt regulations prohibiting nontherapeutic uses of antibiotics in food animals and strategies to reduce antibiotic usage, another idea is to publicize when antibiotics are used in food animal production by allowing labeled meat products...
September 1, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Terence J Centner
The development of bacteria resistant to antibiotics is viewed as a medical health threat. Because thousands of people die every year due to antibiotic-resistant bacteria, efforts are underway to reduce antibiotic usage which in turn will reduce the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. In the United States, the use of antibiotics in the production of food animals to enhance animal growth has been identified as contributing to resistance. In 2015, a veterinary feed directive was adopted by the U.S. federal government prohibiting nontherapeutic uses of antibiotics in food animals that should reduce usage...
September 2016: Environment International
Nathalie Chereau, Mathilde Wagner, Christophe Tresallet, Olivier Lucidarme, Mathieu Raux, Fabrice Menegaux
BACKGROUND: The diagnosis of small bowel and mesenteric injuries (BBMI) after blunt abdominal trauma remains difficult, which results in delayed treatment and increased mortality and morbidity. Diagnostic peritoneal lavage (DPL) in patients with 1 or 2 abnormal CT findings that are suggestive of BBMI was proposed, but the rate of unnecessary surgical exploration remains high. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Blunt abdominal trauma patients with 1 or 2 CT findings predictive of BBMI from 2001 to 2014 underwent a DPL with calculation of a cell count ratio (CCR) dividing the ratio of white blood cells (WBCs) to red blood cells (RBCs) (WBC/RBC ratio) in the lavage fluid by the WBC/RBC ratio in peripheral blood...
September 2016: Injury
Mehrdad Shirani, Mohammad Hossein Salehnia, Mehrdad Esmailian
BACKGROUND: Unexpected events, accidents, wars, other natural, and unnatural disasters threaten human life. Hospitals especially emergency departments are the first line dealing with the disaster victims and on the other hand, are often full of patients. The purpose of this study is evaluating surge capacity of Isfahan Al-Zahra Hospital in facing disasters with the usage of nontherapeutic areas potential in a time of crisis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: First, nontherapeutic areas having the conversional potential to be used as therapeutic areas were defined and then with applying standard formulas, and patient admission capacity was calculated...
2016: Advanced Biomedical Research
Katherine Wade, Armand H Antommaria
The U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) recognizes children as independent rights holders and articulates 38 substantive rights, including four general principles. It obligates states parties to realize these rights. The U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child (Committee) oversees implementation of the CRC and can draw attention to areas requiring improvement. Many of the CRC's rights have implications for clinical research. While they justify some nontherapeutic research, they also require participants' protection...
2016: Perspectives in Biology and Medicine
Haider Raza, Annie John, Jasmin Shafarin, Frank C Howarth
Progressive metabolic complications accompanied by oxidative stress are the hallmarks of type 2 diabetes. The precise molecular mechanisms of the disease complications, however, remain elusive. Exercise-induced nontherapeutic management of type 2 diabetes is the first line of choice to control hyperglycemia and diabetes associated complications. In this study, using 11-month-old type 2 Goto-Kakizaki (GK) rats, we have investigated the effects of exercise on mitochondrial metabolic and oxidative stress in the pancreas...
April 2016: Physiological Reports
Oleh Y Matsevych, Modise Z Koto, Sooraj R Motilall, Neha Kumar
BACKGROUND: Organ evisceration after penetrating abdominal trauma (PAT) carries a high rate of significant intra-abdominal injuries. There is uniform agreement that organ evisceration warrants immediate laparotomy. Nonoperative management of stable asymptomatic patients with evisceration is associated with a high failure rate. Most authors exclude patients with organ evisceration from laparoscopic management.The aims of this study were to determine the significance of organ evisceration in stable patients with PAT and to assess the feasibility of laparoscopic management of this group...
August 2016: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
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