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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226755/automatic-detection-of-melanoma-using-broad-extraction-of-features-from-digital-images
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M H Jafari, S Samavi, N Karimi, S M R Soroushmehr, K Ward, K Najarian, M H Jafari, S Samavi, N Karimi, S M R Soroushmehr, K Ward, K Najarian, K Ward, M H Jafari, S M R Soroushmehr, S Samavi, K Najarian, N Karimi
Automatic and reliable diagnosis of skin cancer, as a smartphone application, is of great interest. Among different types of skin cancers, melanoma is the most dangerous one which causes most deaths. Meanwhile, melanoma is curable if it were diagnosed in its early stages. In this paper we propose an efficient system for prescreening of pigmented skin lesions for malignancy using general-purpose digital cameras. These images can be captured by a smartphone or a digital camera. This could be beneficial in different applications, such as computer aided diagnosis and telemedicine applications...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226013/suicide-attempts-by-exposure-to-toxic-agents-registered-in-a-toxicological-information-and-assistance-center-in-fortaleza-cear%C3%A3-brazil-2013
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Ana Paula Soares Gondim, Rachel Rabay Nogueira, João Gabriel Barbosa Lima, Rayra Aguiar Campos Lima, Polianna Lemos Moura Moreira Albuquerque, Maria do Socorro Batista Veras, Maria Augusta Drago Ferreira
Objective: to describe cases of suicide attempts by exposure to toxic agents registered by the Toxicological Information and Assistance Center in Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil. Methods: this is a descriptive study using secondary data of the cases registered in 2013. Results: 410 cases were registered; 56.2% of the individuals were female and 79.7% were between 12 and 39 years old; most of them (86.4%) lived in urban areas and 67.2%, in Fortaleza; in 94...
January 2017: Epidemiologia e Servicos de Saude: Revista do Sistema Unico de Saude do Brasil
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219420/umbilical-cord-care-practices-in-low-and-middle-income-countries-a-systematic-review
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Patricia S Coffey, Siobhan C Brown
BACKGROUND: Neonatal sepsis is the third leading cause of deaths for infants in their first month of life. The newly cut umbilical cord can be a pathway for bacteria that can cause newborn sepsis and death. Optimal umbilical cord care practices for newborns and during the first week of life, especially in settings with poor hygiene, has the potential to avoid these preventable neonatal deaths. The purpose of this review of cord care practices is to assist in the development of behavior-change strategies to support introduction of novel cord-care regimens, particularly 7...
February 20, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216856/feasibility-and-acceptability-of-implementing-the-integrated-care-plan-for-the-dying-in-the-indian-setting-survey-of-perspectives-of-indian-palliative-care-providers
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Naveen Salins, Jeremy Johnson, Stanley Macaden
INTRODUCTION: Capacity to provide end-of-life care in India is scored as 0.6/100, and very few people in India have access to palliative and end-of-life care. Lack of end-of-life care provision in India has led to a significant number of people receiving inappropriate medical treatment at the end of life, with no access to pain and symptom control and high treatment costs. The International Collaborative for the Best Care for the Dying Person is an initiative that offers the opportunity to apply international evidence on the key factors required to provide best care for the dying in the Indian context...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216364/clinical-outcomes-of-obturator-canal-bypass
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Jonathan Bath, Maham Rahimi, Becky Long, Efthymios Avgerinos, Joseph Giglia
OBJECTIVE: Infected aortofemoral grafts pose a formidable challenge with a significant risk of limb loss and high mortality. Despite successful reports of obturator canal bypass (OCB) for infected aortofemoral graft and complicated groins, the technique has not gained widespread use. We reviewed our experience with OCB and performed a systematic review of the literature. METHODS: A retrospective review of patients who underwent OCB in our institution between 1995 and 2013 was conducted...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216361/the-effect-of-ambulatory-status-on-outcomes-of-percutaneous-vascular-interventions-and-lower-extremity-bypass-for-critical-limb-ischemia-in-the-vascular-quality-initiative
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Kimberly Lu, Alik Farber, Marc L Schermerhorn, Virendra I Patel, Jeffrey A Kalish, Denis Rybin, Gheorghe Doros, Jeffrey J Siracuse
OBJECTIVE: Ambulatory status has been shown to be an important predictor of postoperative morbidity and mortality for a variety of surgical procedures. We sought to assess contemporary practice patterns in treating critical limb ischemia (CLI) and outcomes based on ambulatory status. METHODS: The Vascular Quality Initiative (2010-2015) was queried for patients undergoing percutaneous vascular interventions (PVIs) or lower extremity bypass (LEB) for CLI. Ambulatory status was classified as ambulatory, ambulatory with assistance, and nonambulatory (composite of wheelchair bound and bedridden)...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216170/-thymomectomy-by-minimally-invasive-surgery-comparative-study-videosurgery-versus-robot-assisted-surgery
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A Witte Pfister, J-M Baste, N Piton, M Bubenheim, J Melki, A Wurtz, C Peillon
OBJECTIVES: To report the results of minimally invasive surgery in patients with stage I or II thymoma in the Masaoka classification. The reference technique is partial or complete thymectomy by sternotonomy. METHODS: A retrospective single-center study of a prospective database including all cases of thymoma operated from April 2009 to February 2015 by minimally invasive techniques: either videosurgery (VATS) or robot-assisted surgery (RATS). The surgical technique, type of resection, length of hospital stay, postoperative complications and recurrences were analysed...
February 16, 2017: Revue des Maladies Respiratoires
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216044/radiolabeling-and-initial-biological-evaluation-of-18-f-kbm-1-for-imaging-rar-%C3%AE-receptors-in-neuroblastoma
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Kiran Kumar Solingapuram Sai, Bhaskar C Das, Anirudh Sattiraju, Frankis G Almaguel, Suzanne Craft, Akiva Mintz
Retinoic acid receptor alpha (RAR-α) plays a significant role in a number of diseases, including neuroblastoma. Children diagnosed with high-risk neuroblastoma are treated13-cis-retinoic acid, which reduces risk of cancer recurrence. Neuroblastoma cell death is mediated via RAR-α, and expression of RAR-α is upregulated after treatment. A molecular imaging probe that binds RAR-α will help clinicians to diagnose and stratify risk for patients with neuroblastoma, who could benefit from retinoid-based therapy...
February 1, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215946/reliability-and-utility-of-the-surprise-question-in-ckd-stages-4-to-5
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Andrei D Javier, Rocio Figueroa, Edward D Siew, Huzaifah Salat, Jennifer Morse, Thomas G Stewart, Rakesh Malhotra, Manisha Jhamb, Jane O Schell, Cesar Y Cardona, Cathy A Maxwell, T Alp Ikizler, Khaled Abdel-Kader
BACKGROUND: Prognostic uncertainty is one barrier to engaging in goals-of-care discussions in chronic kidney disease (CKD). The surprise question ("Would you be surprised if this patient died in the next 12 months?") is a tool to assist in prognostication. However, it has not been studied in non-dialysis-dependent CKD and its reliability is unknown. STUDY DESIGN: Observational study. SETTING & PARTICIPANTS: 388 patients at least 60 years of age with non-dialysis-dependent CKD stages 4 to 5 who were seen at an outpatient nephrology clinic...
February 15, 2017: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213726/pd-1-and-pd-l1-antibodies-in-cancer-current-status-and-future-directions
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REVIEW
Arjun Vasant Balar, Jeffrey S Weber
Immunotherapy has moved to the center stage of cancer treatment with the recent success of trials in solid tumors with PD-1/PD-L1 axis blockade. Programmed death-1 or PD-1 is a checkpoint molecule on T cells that plays a vital role in limiting adaptive immune responses and preventing autoimmune and auto-inflammatory reactivity in the normal host. In cancer patients, PD-1 expression is very high on T cells in the tumor microenvironment, and PD-L1, its primary ligand, is variably expressed on tumor cells and antigen-presenting cells within tumors, providing a potent inhibitory influence within the tumor microenvironment...
February 17, 2017: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210835/a-10-year-review-of-cannabis-exposure-in-children-under-3-years-of-age-do-we-need-a-more-global-approach
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Isabelle Claudet, Mathilde Le Breton, Camille Bréhin, Nicolas Franchitto
: Pediatricians working in an emergency environment are confronted with children admitted to emergency departments for intoxication on a daily basis. We carried out a retrospective cohort study of children admitted to a pediatric emergency department due to unintentional cannabis exposure over a 10-year period from 2004 to 2014. Twenty-nine children under the age of 3 were admitted with a positive cannabis urine test. Eighty-seven percent of intoxications occurred at the family home. Resin was the main form of ingested cannabis (69%)...
February 16, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210568/clozapine-induced-hypersensitivity-myocarditis-presenting-as-sudden-cardiac-death
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Natraj Katta, Sudarshan Balla, Kul Aggarwal
Hypersensitivity myocarditis is a rare but serious adverse effect of clozapine, a commonly used psychiatric drug. We report the case of sudden cardiac death from clozapine-induced hypersensitivity myocarditis diagnosed at autopsy. A 54-year-old Caucasian male on clozapine therapy for bipolar disorder presented with a sudden onset of shortness of breath. Laboratory studies were significant for elevated N-terminal prohormone of brain natriuretic peptide. During his hospital stay, the patient died of sudden cardiac arrest from ventricular tachycardia...
October 2016: Autopsy & case reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210521/the-right-to-die-in-chronic-disorders-of-consciousness-can-we-avoid-the-slippery-slope-argument
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REVIEW
Rocco Salvatore Calabrò, Antonino Naro, Rosaria De Luca, Margherita Russo, Lory Caccamo, Alfredo Manuli, Alessia Bramanti, Placido Bramanti
Managing individuals with chronic disorders of consciousness raises ethical questions about the appropriateness of maintaining life-sustaining treatments and end-of-life decisions for those who are unable to make decisions for themselves. For many years, the positions fostering the "sanctity" of human life (i.e., life is inviolable in any case) have led to maintaining life-sustaining treatments (including artificial nutrition and hydration) in patients with disorders of consciousness, allowing them to live for as long as possible...
November 2016: Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210479/pregnant-after-assisted-reproduction-a-risk-pregnancy-is-born-18-years-perinatal-outcome-results-from-a-population-based-registry-in-flanders-belgium
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W Ombelet, G Martens, L Bruckers
BACKGROUND: Although the increased risk for perinatal morbidity and mortality of babies born after ART is largely attributed to a higher rate of multiple gestations, a significantly worse perinatal outcome for singleton pregnancies following ART compared to pregnancies after natural conception has been reported as well. Most studies only include IVF/ICSI pregnancies; studies describing the perinatal outcome of pregnancies after non-IVF assisted reproduction are scarce. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Population-based cohort study with three exposure groups: a study group of pregnancies (1) after ovarian stimulation (OS), with or without artificial insemination (AI), (2) after IFV or ICSI and (3) a naturally conceived (NC) comparison group...
December 2016: Facts, Views & Vision in ObGyn
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209949/-surgical-treatment-of-retroperitoneal-masses
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A G Kriger, S V Berelavichus, A I Son, D S Gorin, E A Akhtanin, A R Kaldarov, A V Smirnov, P I Davydenko, D V Kalinin
AIM: To improve the results of treatment of patients with retroperitoneal tumors. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study included 83 patients with retroperitoneal tumors including 57 cases of benign tumors and 26 patients with malignancies. Laparotomy (Lt), robot-assisted (RA) and laparoscopic (Ls) techniques were used in 35, 34 and 14 patients respectively. Median tumor sizes in the largest dimension were 102 mm, 75 mm and 81.5 mm in Lt, RA and Ls groups respectively...
2017: Khirurgiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208945/perinatal-outcome-of-second-twin-with-respect-to-mode-of-delivery-an-observational-study
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Rujul Rashmin Jhaveri, Trupti K Nadkarni
INTRODUCTION: With the advent of assisted reproductive techniques, multi-fetal pregnancies are on the rise. While caesarean section is the defined mode of delivery for triplets and higher order pregnancies, the picture for twin delivery is not so clear. While a trial for vaginal delivery is attempted, the second twin is considered vulnerable to complications. Whether this translates into worsened perinatal outcomes is not well defined. AIM: To study the perinatal outcome and to identify the various factors influencing the perinatal outcome of second twin with respect to mode of delivery...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198298/responding-to-a-request-to-hasten-death
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Erin Dean
Essential facts Intense media interest and a number of high-profile court cases have kept the assisted suicide debate in the public eye.
February 15, 2017: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196820/combined-use-of-neurally-adjusted-ventilatory-assist-nava-and-vertical-expandable-prostethic-titanium-rib-veptr-in-a-patient-with-spondylocostal-dysostosis-and-associated-bronchomalacia
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Martí Pons-Odena, Alba Verges, Natalia Arza, Francisco José Cambra
Jarcho-Levin syndrome is a rare disorder characterised by defects in vertebral and costal segmentation of varying severity. Respiratory complications are the main cause of death or severe comorbidity due to a restrictive rib cage. A 3 months old infant with Spondylocostal dysostosis and associated bronchomalacia experiencing severe asynchrony during the weaning process is reported. The Neurally Adjusted Ventilatory Assist (NAVA) mode was used to improve adaptation to mechanical ventilation after Vertical Expandable Prosthetic Titanium Ribs (VEPTRs) were implanted...
February 14, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196462/should-mental-disorders-be-a-basis-for-physician-assisted-death
#19
Paul S Appelbaum
Laws permitting physician-assisted death in the United States currently are limited to terminal conditions. Canada is considering whether to extend the practice to encompass intractable suffering caused by mental disorders, and the question inevitably will arise in the United States. Among the problems seen in countries that have legalized assisted death for mental disorders are difficulties in assessing the disorder's intractability and the patient's decisional competence, and the disproportionate involvement of patients with social isolation and personality disorders...
February 15, 2017: Psychiatric Services: a Journal of the American Psychiatric Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195941/noninvasive-bioelectrical-impedance-for-predicting-clinical-outcomes-in-outpatients-with-heart-failure
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Kristin J Lyons, Michelle K Bischoff, Gregg C Fonarow, Tamara B Horwich
BACKGROUND: Noninvasive bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) has shown promise in acute heart failure (HF) management. To our knowledge, its use in predicting outcomes in outpatients with chronic HF patients has not been well described. METHODS AND RESULTS: BIA assessment of edema index was performed in 359 outpatients with HF using the InBody 520 scale. Edema index was calculated by dividing extracellular by total body water. Patients were stratified into those with low (≤0...
March 2017: Critical Pathways in Cardiology
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