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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244706/streptococcus-pneumoniae-osteomyelitis-in-a-25-year-old-man-as-the-initial-presentation-of-multiple-myeloma-a-case-report
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Tracy Webber, Michael Lawlor, Tessa Balach
CASE: We report the case of a 25-year-old man with femoral Streptococcus pneumoniae pyomyositis as well as hypercalcemia, mild anemia, and elevated inflammatory markers; he subsequently was diagnosed with immunoglobulin G (IgG) kappa multiple myeloma. CONCLUSION: Multiple myeloma most commonly affects patients who are >60 years of age, and causes clinical symptoms from anemia, lytic bone lesions, hypercalcemia, and renal failure. These findings and a monoclonal protein spike serve as initial diagnostic and treatment criteria...
July 2017: JBJS Case Connector
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244199/secondary-prevention-of-recurrent-venous-thromboembolism-after-initial-oral-anticoagulation-therapy-in-patients-with-unprovoked-venous-thromboembolism
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REVIEW
Lindsay Robertson, Su Ern Yeoh, Ahmad Ramli
BACKGROUND: Currently, little evidence is available on the length and type of anticoagulation used for extended treatment for prevention of recurrent venous thromboembolism (VTE) in patients with unprovoked VTE who have completed initial oral anticoagulation therapy. OBJECTIVES: To compare the efficacy and safety of available oral therapeutic options (aspirin, warfarin, direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs)) for extended thromboprophylaxis in adults with a first unprovoked VTE, to prevent VTE recurrence after completion of an acceptable initial oral anticoagulant treatment period, as defined in individual studies...
December 15, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244066/electrocardiographic-and-electrophysiologic-differentiation-between-atriofascicular-long-atrioventricular-and-short-atrioventricular-decrementally-conducting-accessory-pathways
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Jian-Du Yang, Gong-Bu Zhou, Qi Sun, Xiao-Gang Guo, Xu Liu, Bin Luo, Hui-Qiang Wei, Jackson J Liang, Shuanglun Xie, Fei-Fan Ouyang, Jian Ma
Aims: We aimed to examine the electrocardiographic and electrophysiologic characteristics of anterograde-conducting decremental accessory pathways (DAP) and to identify surrogate criteria to distinguish short atrioventricular (SAV) DAP from atriofascicular (AF) AP and long atrioventricular (LAV) DAP. Methods and results: We identified all patients with DAPs and analysed electrocardiographic and electrophysiologic characteristics. Distal insertion sites were examined using existing criteria, including V-H interval, ventricular activation at the right ventricular apex, and around tricuspid annulus during antidromic atrioventricular re-entrant tachycardia (A-AVRT) or complete pre-excitation and evaluated the AV node-like properties according to the response to adenosine and radiofrequency ablation...
December 13, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243513/evaluation-of-health-care-costs-and-utilization-for-patients-with-gout-a-population-based-matched-cohort-study
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Yi-Yun Lee, Chao-Hsiun Tang, Jin-Hua Chen, Li-Na Kuo, Yu Ko
OBJECTIVES: To better understand the economic burden of gout patients in Taiwan, we conducted a nationwide retrospective study to compare the healthcare costs and utilization between gout and gout-free patients. METHODS: The Longitudinal Health Insurance Database (LHID) 2010 was used to identify gout cases and matched gout-free controls. Gout cases were defined as having (1) at least three instances of diagnoses of gout on medical claims or (2) one diagnosis of gout with at least one gout-related pharmacy claim in 2011...
December 15, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243107/impact-of-geriatric-assessment-for-the-therapeutic-decision-making-of-breast-cancer-results-of-a-french-survey-afsos-and-sofog-collaborative-work
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Claire Falandry, Ivan Krakowski, Hervé Curé, Elisabeth Carola, Pierre Soubeyran, Olivier Guérin, Hélène Gaudin, Gilles Freyer
BACKGROUND: Cancer management in the elderly is often considered as suboptimal, highly variable, and rarely evidence-based. Data are needed to understand decision-making processes in this population. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A survey was performed in France to describe decision-making in gynaecologic patients over 70. It followed a three-step method: (1) 101 representative physicians questioned about treatment decision criteria; (2) simplified individual data were collected; (3) as well as detailed data patients receiving chemotherapy...
December 14, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29242160/the-impact-of-functional-groups-of-poly-ethylene-glycol-macromers-on-the-physical-properties-of-photo-polymerized-hydrogels-and-the-local-inflammatory-response-in-the-host
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James R Day, Anu David, Jiwon Kim, Evan A Farkash, Marilia Cascalho, Nikola Milašinović, Ariella Shikanov
Poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) can be functionalized and modified with various moieties allowing for a multitude of cross-linking chemistries. Here, we investigate how vinyl sulfone, acrylate, and maleimide functional end groups affect hydrogel formation, physical properties, viability of encapsulated cells, post-polymerization modification, and inflammatory response of the host. We have shown that PEG-VS hydrogels, in the presence of a co-monomer, N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone (NVP), form more efficiently than PEG-Ac and PEG-Mal hydrogels, resulting in superior physical properties after 6 minutes of ultraviolet light exposure...
December 11, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29242100/takotsubo-is-not-a-cardiomyopathy
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Francesco Pelliccia, Gianfranco Sinagra, Perry Elliott, Guido Parodi, Cristina Basso, Paolo G Camici
Unraveling the mechanisms underlying Takotsubo (TTS) leads to question the current inclusion of the condition within the spectrum of cardiomyopathies. Indeed, the clinical presentation and pathophysiology of TTS clearly differ from cardiomyopathies, i.e. diseases of heart muscle unexplained by abnormal loading conditions or coronary artery disease, which cannot recover spontaneously and may cause sudden death often in minimally symptomatic individuals or result in a gradual deterioration in ventricular function and end-stage heart failure...
December 9, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241876/update-in-ethiopathogeny-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-the-igg4-related-disease
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REVIEW
Fernando Martínez-Valle, Olimpia Orozco-Gálvez, Andreu Fernández-Codina
IgG4 related disease (IgG4-RD) is probably an autoimmune pathology of unknown etiology. Diverse interactions participate in its pathogen between the adaptive and innate immune systems, activating lymphocytes B and T which trigger the inflammatory cascade, which culminates in fibrosis of the organs and their malfunction. It can affect a multitude of organs simultaneously. The diagnosis is based on the correlation of clinical findings with anatomopathological results (lymphoplasmocitary infiltrate, storiform fibrosis, obliterative phlebitis and IgG4+plasmatic cell count) and with the presence of elevated IgG4 in serum, depending on the criteria used...
December 11, 2017: Medicina Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241423/reconsolidation-of-traumatic-memories-for-ptsd-a-randomized-controlled-trial-of-74-male-veterans
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Richard Gray, Denise Budden-Potts, Frank Bourke
DESIGN: A randomized waitlist-controlled design (n = 74) examined the efficacy of Reconsolidation of Traumatic Memories (RTM) among male veterans with current-month flashbacks and nightmares. Volunteers were randomly assigned to immediate treatment (three 120-minute sessions of RTM), or to a 3-week waiting condition before receiving the RTM treatment. Blinded psychometricians evaluated the symptoms at intake, 2 weeks, and 6 weeks post. Wait-listed participants were re-evaluated and then treated...
December 14, 2017: Psychotherapy Research: Journal of the Society for Psychotherapy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241093/quantitative-analysis-of-drugs-in-hair-by-uhplc-high-resolution-mass-spectrometry
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Robert Kronstrand, Malin Forsman, Markus Roman
Liquid chromatographic methods coupled to high resolution mass spectrometry are increasingly used to identify compounds in various matrices including hair but there are few recommendations regarding the parameters and their criteria to identify a compound. In this study we present a method for the identification and quantification of a range of drugs and discuss the parameters used to identify a compound with high resolution mass spectrometry. Drugs were extracted from hair by incubation in a buffer:solvent mixture at 37°C during 18h...
December 8, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240789/how-to-quantitatively-evaluate-safety-of-driver-behavior-upon-accident-a-biomechanical-methodology
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Wen Zhang, Jieer Cao, Jun Xu
How to evaluate driver spontaneous reactions in various collision patterns in a quantitative way is one of the most important topics in vehicle safety. Firstly, this paper constructs representative numerical crash scenarios described by impact velocity, impact angle and contact position based on finite element (FE) computation platform. Secondly, a driver cabin model is extracted and described in the well validated multi-rigid body (MB) model to compute the value of weighted injury criterion to quantitatively assess drivers' overall injury under certain circumstances...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240673/urinary-fractional-excretion-of-phosphorus-in-dogs-with-spontaneous-chronic-kidney-disease
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Cínthia Ribas Martorelli, Márcia Mery Kogika, Fernanda Chicharo Chacar, Douglas Segalla Caragelasco, Ana Carolina Brandão de Campos Fonseca Pinto, Carla Aparecida Batista Lorigados, Lúcia Conceição Andrade
The increase of urinary fractional excretion of phosphorus (uFEP) may indicate phosphorus retention before the onset of hyperphosphatemia in the early stages of chronic kidney disease (CKD). The hypothesis of this study is whether uFEP may increase during the early stage of CKD as a compensatory mechanism to prevent hyperphosphatemia as well as whether hyperphosphatemia in the late stages is associated with increase or decrease in uFEP in dogs with naturally occurring CKD; therefore, the aim of this study was to determine the uFEP in CKD dogs with different stages...
December 14, 2017: Veterinary Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240568/the-epidemiology-of-pediatric-head-injury-treated-outside-of-hospital-emergency-departments
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Cheryl K Zogg, R Sterling Haring, Likang Xu, Joseph K Canner, Hatim A AlSulaim, Zain G Hashmi, Ali Salim, Lilly D Engineer, Adil H Haider, Jeneita M Bell, Eric B Schneider
BACKGROUND: Although head trauma-related deaths, hospitalizations, and emergency department visits are well characterized, few studies describe pediatric patients presenting outside of emergency departments. We compared the epidemiology and extent of healthcare-seeking pediatric (0-17y) patients presenting in outpatient settings with those of patients seeking non-hospitalized emergency department care. METHODS: We used MarketScan Medicaid and commercial claims, 2004-2013, to identify patients managed in two outpatient settings (physician's offices/clinics, urgent care) and the emergency department...
December 13, 2017: Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29239885/the-present-state-of-neurointensivist-training-in-the-united-states-a-comparison-to-other-critical-care-training-programs
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Evie G Marcolini, David B Seder, Jordan B Bonomo, Thomas P Bleck, J Claude Hemphill, Lori Shutter, Fred Rincon, Shelly D Timmons, Paul Nyquist
OBJECTIVE: This manuscript describes the state of neurocritical care fellowship training, compares its written standards to those of other critical care fellowship programs, and discusses how programmatic oversight by the United Council for Neurological Subspecialties should evolve to meet American College of Graduate Medical Education standards. This review is a work product of the Society of Critical Care Medicine Neuroscience section and was reviewed and approved by the Council of the Society of Critical Care Medicine...
December 12, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29239795/effects-of-very-low-calorie-diets-on-liver-size-and-weight-loss-in-the-preoperative-period-of-bariatric-surgery-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Mariana Holderbaum, Daniela Schaan Casagrande, Samanta Sussenbach, Caroline Buss
Restrictive diet implementation in bariatric surgery (BS) preoperative period is common, although its benefits are not well established. This study aimed to assess the effects of very low calorie diets (VLCD) on liver size and weight loss during BS preoperative period. Surgery-related complications were also assessed. A systematic review of the literature was performed. Terms such as "bariatric surgery" and "very low energy diet" were included in the search strategy. Inclusion criteria were adult patients (aged>18 yr); VLCD treatment in BS preoperative period (10 d to 12 wk); and assessment of 1 the following outcomes: weight loss, liver volume reduction, and surgical complications...
October 2, 2017: Surgery for Obesity and related Diseases: Official Journal of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29239785/cytokines-dysregulation-in-schizophrenia-a-systematic-review-of-psychoneuroimmune-relationship
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REVIEW
Daniela Rodrigues-Amorim, Tania Rivera-Baltanás, Carlos Spuch, Hector J Caruncho, África González-Fernandez, Jose M Olivares, Roberto C Agís-Balboa
INTRODUCTION: Schizophrenia is a multifactorial psychiatric disease with complex interactions among the brain and the immune system. A psycho-immune relationship underling schizophrenia is supported by several studies and integrates a specific area of knowledge - psychoneuroimmunology. METHODS: A systematic review was performed by 2009 Preferred Reporting Items (PRISMA) recommendations. Based on the inclusion/exclusion criteria, publications with relevant information (evaluated by the Joanna Briggs Institute Critical Appraisals tools to quality assessment) were included...
November 24, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29239495/comparisons-between-traditional-medicines-and-pharmacotherapies-for-alzheimer-disease-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-cognitive-outcomes
#17
REVIEW
Brian H May, Mei Feng, Anna J Hyde, Helmut Hügel, Su-Yueh Chang, Lin Dong, Xinfeng Guo, Anthony L Zhang, Chuanjian Lu, Charlie C Xue
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the clinical evidence for traditional medicines (TMs) used in East Asia on measures of cognition in Alzheimer disease, determine the effect sizes at different time points for the TMs and pharmacotherapies, and assess the tolerability of the TMs. METHODS: We searched 12 databases in English, Chinese, and Japanese for eligible randomised controlled trials that compared orally administered TMs with pharmacotherapy and reported cognitive outcomes...
December 14, 2017: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29239465/vitamin-b12-bone-mineral-density-and-fracture-risk-in-adults-a-systematic-review
#18
Luciana Leal Gomes de Macêdo, Cecilia Maria Resende Gonçalves de Carvalho, Janaína Costa Cavalcanti, Betania de Jesus E Silva de Almendra Freitas
OBJECTIVE: To consolidate information available on the effect of vitamin B12 on bone mineral density and fracture risk, with emphasis on clinical trials, observational and longitudinal data conducted in humans. METHOD: A systematic review of the literature of the past decade on the role of vitamin B12 in bone mineral density and fracture risk in subjects of all ages and both sexes was performed by means of a PubMed, Science Direct, Medline and SciELO database search...
September 2017: Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29239032/challenges-in-surgical-pathology-of-adrenocortical-tumours
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REVIEW
Lori A Erickson
Adrenocortical carcinomas are rare tumours that can be diagnostically challenging. Numerous multiparametric scoring systems and diagnostic algorithms have been proposed to differentiate adrenocortical adenoma from adrenocortical carcinoma. Adrenocortical neoplasms must also be differentiated from other primary adrenal tumours, such as phaeochromocytoma and unusual primary adrenal tumours, as well as metastases to the adrenal gland. Myxoid, oncocytic and sarcomatoid variants of adrenocortical tumours must be recognized so that they are not confused with other tumours...
January 2018: Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29238824/effect-of-perioperative-gabapentin-on-postoperative-pain-resolution-and-opioid-cessation-in-a-mixed-surgical-cohort-a-randomized-clinical-trial
#20
Jennifer Hah, Sean C Mackey, Peter Schmidt, Rebecca McCue, Keith Humphreys, Jodie Trafton, Bradley Efron, Debra Clay, Yasamin Sharifzadeh, Gabriela Ruchelli, Stuart Goodman, James Huddleston, William J Maloney, Frederick M Dirbas, Joseph Shrager, John Costouros, Catherine Curtin, Ian Carroll
Importance: Guidelines recommend using gabapentin to decrease postoperative pain and opioid use, but significant variation exists in clinical practice. Objective: To determine the effect of perioperative gabapentin on remote postoperative time to pain resolution and opioid cessation. Design, Setting, and Participants: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of perioperative gabapentin was conducted at a single-center, tertiary referral teaching hospital...
December 13, 2017: JAMA Surgery
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