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Sakshi Chopra, Harsimarpreet Kaur, Ravindra M Pandey, Ashima Nehra
Background: Due to the paucity of quick, cognitive screening tools available in India that are independent of cultural and educational influences, a 6-item paper and pencil test, covering areas of memory, executive functioning, attention, and visuospatial ability domains - the Neuropsychological Evaluation Screening Tool (NEST) was developed. Aim and Method: NEST was administered to 84 healthy controls to analyze, revise, and review items. In the second phase, 408 patients, above 16 years of age, with their educational level ranging from being illiterate to having greater than 25 years of education, with various neurological and psychiatric conditions were independently administered NEST, Hindi Mental State Examination (HMSE), and a detailed cognitive evaluation using PGI Memory Scale (PGIMS)...
March 2018: Neurology India
Shun Lu, Jianhua Chang, Xiaoqing Liu, Jianhua Shi, You Lu, Wei Li, Jin-Ji Yang, Jianying Zhou, Jie Wang, Tongtong An, Lei Yang, Zhe Liu, Xiangdong Zhou, Mo Chen, Ye Hua, Weiguo Su
Purpose Patients with advanced non‒small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who fail two lines of chemotherapy have unmet medical needs. The kinase inhibitor fruquintinib selectively targets vascular endothelial growth factor receptors and, hence, tumor angiogenesis and lymphogenesis. This randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicenter phase II trial evaluated the efficacy and safety of fruquintinib in patients with advanced nonsquamous NSCLC who experienced disease progression after second-line chemotherapy...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
Rocco A Montone, Giampaolo Niccoli
Patients with left main or multivessel coronary artery disease (CAD) and depressed left ventricular function undergoing coronary artery by-pass grafting (CABG) have a markedly worse prognosis compared with general population, making surgical treatment of CAD unattractive especially when features such as poor distal targets, severe comorbidities, reoperation, advanced age, or impaired renal function are present. At the same time, evidence for improved clinical outcome in this high-risk subset of patients using mini-invasive surgical techniques (i...
March 8, 2018: Minerva Cardioangiologica
Giles Gyer, Jimmy Michael, James Inklebarger
Hand injury is the second most common work-related musculoskeletal injury among physical therapists (PTs) and other manual therapy professionals such as osteopaths, physiotherapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists and massage therapists. However, the nature and extent of this problem have not been fully explored yet. Therefore, the objective of this study was to review the existing literature published on the prevalence, risk factors, consequences, and prevention of hand injuries among PTs and similar healthcare professionals...
March 2018: Journal of Integrative Medicine
Kathryn Iammarino, James Marrie, Mitchell Selhorst, Linda P Lowes
Background: Ankle injuries account for up to 40% of all sport related injuries. These injuries can result in weeks to months of missed sport or work. The PRICE (Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) treatment is standard care for most acute ankle sprains. Recently, early mobilization in adults has been shown to decrease time off from sport or work, and the likelihood of developing chronic instability. To date, no research has been performed assessing the effectiveness of early mobilization in pediatric patients (<18 years)...
February 2018: International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy
Dong-Jin Park, Ji-Hyoun Kang, Kyung-Eun Lee, Seong Wook Kang, Seung-Ki Kwok, Seong-Kyu Kim, Jung-Yoon Choe, Hyoun-Ah Kim, Yoon-Kyoung Sung, Kichul Shin, Sang-Il Lee, Chang-Hoon Lee, Sung-Jae Choi, Shin-Seok Lee
OBJECTIVES: Depression is more common in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) compared to the general population. However, few studies have investigated risk factors of depression in SLE patients, and the results are inconsistent. This study evaluated the prevalence of, and risk factors for, depression in ethnically homogeneous Korean SLE patients. METHODS: In this study, 505 consecutive SLE patients were enrolled from the Korean Lupus Network registry...
February 14, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Osvaldo Contreras, Maximiliano Villarreal, Enrique Brandan
BACKGROUND: Tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) are effective therapies with demonstrated antineoplastic activity. Nilotinib is a second-generation FDA-approved TKI designed to overcome Imatinib resistance and intolerance in patients with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML). Interestingly, TKIs have also been shown to be an efficient treatment for several non-malignant disorders such fibrotic diseases, including those affecting skeletal muscles. METHODS: We investigated the role of Nilotinib on skeletal myogenesis using the well-established C2C12 myoblast cell line...
February 20, 2018: Skeletal Muscle
Christopher A Adin, Callie A Fogle, Steven L Marks
To ensure patient safety and protect the well-being of interns and residents, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) issued guidelines in 2003 limiting the working hours of physician trainees. Although many supported the goals of the ACGME, institutions struggled to restructure their programs and hire staff required by this unfunded mandate. Numerous studies have analyzed the effects of duty hours restrictions on patient outcomes and physician training over the past 15 years. Most agree that duty hours restrictions improved well-being of house officers, but these improvements came at the expense of continuity, and patient hand-offs led to medical errors...
February 19, 2018: Veterinary Surgery: VS
Adhisakthi Rajalatchumi, Thanjavur S Ravikumar, Kaliaperumal Muruganandham, Mahalakshmy Thulasingam, Kalaiselvi Selvaraj, Mahendra M Reddy, Balachander Jayaraman
Introduction: Patient safety is a global concern and is the most important domains of health-care quality. Medical error is a major patient safety concern, causing increase in health-care cost due to mortality, morbidity, or prolonged hospital stay. Aim: The aim of the study was to assess the perceptions on patient safety culture among health-care providers (HCPs) at a public sector tertiary care hospital in South India. Settings and Design: A hospital-based cross-sectional study was conducted 1 year after patient safety initiatives were implemented...
January 2018: Journal of Natural Science, Biology, and Medicine
Carmen Alvarez, Katrina Debnam, Amber Clough, Kamila Alexander, Nancy E Glass
Supportive care for survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV) remains limited in primary care settings. Low-income and Spanish-speaking survivors of IPV are even more disadvantaged, given the dearth of linguistically and culturally appropriate interventions for IPV. We conducted semi-structured individual interviews with 17 healthcare workers, including physicians, nurses, and social workers, to describe how healthcare workers serving primarily low-income, Latina populations are currently screening and responding to IPV disclosure, and to explore the acceptability of integrating an interactive, personalized safety decision aid application-myPlan app-into the clinic setting...
February 14, 2018: Research in Nursing & Health
Mahsa Malekmohammadi, Nicholas AuYong, Joni Ricks-Oddie, Yvette Bordelon, Nader Pouratian
OBJECTIVE: Deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the subthalamic nucleus (STN) and globus pallidus internus (GPi) are equally efficacious in the management of Parkinson disease (PD). Studies of STN-DBS have revealed a therapeutic reduction in excessive cortical β-γ phase-amplitude coupling (PAC). It is unclear whether this is specific to STN-DBS and potentially mediated by modulation of the hyperdirect pathway or if it is a generalizable mechanism seen with DBS of other targets. Moreover, it remains unclear how cortical signals are differentially modulated by movement versus therapy...
January 31, 2018: Brain Stimulation
Maarten de Wit, Anna Beurskens, Barbara Piškur, Esther Stoffers, Albine Moser
BACKGROUND: Acquiring the theoretical and practical knowhow of conducting patient and public involvement (PPI) in research is not part of the traditional curriculum of researchers. Zuyd University of Applied Sciences and Huis voor de Zorg, a regional umbrella patient organization, therefore started a 1.5-year coaching programme. OBJECTIVE: To establish a community of practice by developing a PPI coaching programme for senior and junior health services researchers of Zuyd University...
February 8, 2018: Health Expectations: An International Journal of Public Participation in Health Care and Health Policy
Malgosia A Kokoszka, Fedor Panov, Maite La Vega-Talbott, Patricia E McGoldrick, Steven M Wolf, Saadi Ghatan
The responsive neurostimulation (RNS) system, an adjunctive treatment for pharmacoresistant partial-onset seizures with 1 or 2 foci, has been available to patients aged 18 years or older since the device's FDA approval in 2013. Herein, the authors describe their off-label application of this technology in 2 pediatric patients and the consequent therapeutic benefit without surgical complications or treatment side effects. A 14-year-old nonambulatory, nonverbal male with severe developmental delay was considered for RNS therapy for medically and surgically refractory epilepsy with bilateral seizure onsets in the setting of a normal radiological examination and a known neuropathological diagnosis of type I cortical dysplasia...
February 2, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
Kojiro Ohba, Yasuyoshi Miyata, Takuji Yasuda, Akihiro Asai, Kensuke Mitsunari, Tomohiro Matsuo, Yasushi Mochizuki, Noriko Matsunaga, Hideki Sakai
AIM: Sunitinib is a standard agent for metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC). The standard schedule, 4 weeks-on followed by 2 weeks-off (4/2 schedule), often does not maintain an adequate dosage because of the severe adverse events (AEs). We compared the efficacy and safety of an alternative every other day (q.a.d.) dosing with that of the 4/2 schedule in mRCC patients. METHODS: Of the 55 Japanese patients, 32 and 23 were administered 4/2 (standard group) and q...
January 31, 2018: Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology
Rucha Patil, Smrati Bajpai, Kanjaksha Ghosh, Shrimati Shetty
Promising biomarkers which may help predict the risk of developing severe dengue virus infection (DVI) are lacking and will be helpful. Thus the main aim of this study was to analyze the role of cell-derived microparticles (MP) in DVI. Sixty patients with DVI i.e. 18: dengue with warning signs (DWS); 1: DSS and 41: dengue without warning signs (DWOS); along with 15 controls (other febrile illness) were included in the study. The following MPs were assessed: annexinV, platelet (CD41a), red blood cell (RBC) (CD235a) and activated endothelial (CD62e) MPs...
January 26, 2018: Acta Tropica
Kamonwan Tangvoraphonkchai, Rachel Hung, Omid Sadeghi-Alavijeh, Andrew Davenport
BACKGROUND: Muscle weakness is associated with increased mortality, and hemodialysis (HD) patients are at an increased risk for muscle loss. There is no agreed definition for muscle weakness, so we determined whether using different cut-off criteria recommended by guideline groups altered the prevalence in HD patients. METHODS: We measured hand grip strength (HGS) in HD outpatients, comparing HGS with clinical guideline cut-offs (European Working Group on Sarcopenia in Older People [EWGSOP] and North American Foundation for the National Institutes of Health Sarcopenia Project [FNIH]) used to define muscle wasting (sarcopenia) with age-matched and gender-matched normative data...
January 26, 2018: Nutrition in Clinical Practice
Dawn Krimminger, Carrie Sona, Elaine Thomas-Horton, Marilyn Schallom
: Background: Handover from the operating room (OR) staff to the ICU staff is a critical transition time for patients, in which the potential for error and miscommunication is high. Therefore, minimization of extraneous interruptions during the exchange of crucial information between the anesthesia and surgical teams and the nursing, respiratory therapy, and medical teams is imperative. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this quality improvement (QI) initiative was, first, to examine the impact of a standardized handover process between the OR and the ICU on process and information-sharing errors, and second, to examine provider satisfaction with the handover process...
February 2018: American Journal of Nursing
Choong Sik Chae, Geun Young Park, Yong-Min Choi, Sangeun Jung, Sungjun Kim, Donggyun Sohn, Sun Im
Objective: To determine whether patients with lumbosacral (LS) radiculopathy and peripheral polyneuropathy (PPNP) exhibit sudomotor abnormalities and whether SUDOSCAN (Impeto Medical, Paris, France) can complement nerve conduction study (NCS) and electromyography (EMG). Methods: Outpatients with lower extremity dysesthesia underwent electrophysiologic studies and SUDOSCAN. They were classified as normal (group A), LS radiculopathy (group B), or PPNP (group C). Pain severity was measured by the Michigan Neuropathy Screening Instrument (MNSI) and visual analogue scale (VAS)...
December 2017: Annals of Rehabilitation Medicine
Rie Koyoshi, Yuka Hitaka-Yoshimine, Yuhei Shiga, Takashi Kuwano, Makoto Sugihara, Amane Ike, Atsushi Iwata, Hideto Sako, Natsumi Morito, Akira Kawamura, Shin-Ichiro Miura
The associations between microalbuminuria and various parameters of flow-mediated vasodilatation (FMD) are not completely understood. We retrospectively analyzed 265 consecutive patients who underwent coronary angiography and in whom we could measure FMD and the urine albumin-creatinine ratio (UACR). Using 15 continuous measurement approaches, we measured FMD as the magnitude of the percentage change in the brachial artery diameter from baseline to peak (bFMD), the maximum FMD rate calculated as the maximal slope of dilation (FMD-MDR), and the integrated FMD response calculated as the area under the dilation curve during the 60- and 120-s dilation periods (FMD-AUC60 and FMD-AUC120)...
January 19, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
Daniel Graupe, Nivedita Khobragade, Daniela Tuninetti, Ishita Basu, Konstantin V Slavin, Leo Verhagen Metman
BACKGROUND: In closed-loop on-demand control (ODC) of deep brain stimulation (DBS), stimulation is applied only when symptoms appear. Following stimulation of a fixed duration, DBS is switched off until the symptoms reappear. By repeating these demand-driven cycles, the amount of stimulation delivered can be decreased, thereby reducing DBS side-effects and improving battery-life of the pulse-generator. This article introduces Ro metric for quantification of degree of benefit of ODC and explores candidate selection in tremor-dominant Parkinson's disease (PD)...
January 18, 2018: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
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