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X F Guo, R Hua, Y F Sun, Y Yang, B Ye, B Li, H Y Gu, X B Zhang, T Mao, Z G Li
Objective: To evaluate the safety and effectiveness of esophageal replacement with ileocolon graft. Methods: Totally 34 cases of esophageal replacement with ileocolon graft from July 2015 to November 2017 at Department of Thoracic Surgery, Shanghai Chest Hospital, Shanghai Jiaotong University were analyzed retrospectively, including 24 male and 10 female, aging from 7 to 72 years old. Esophageal replacement with ileocolon graft by right and/or middle colic artery as a blood supply using retrosternal route except one subcutaneous route...
April 1, 2018: Zhonghua Wai Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Surgery]
Giancarlo Bozzo, Roberta Barrasso, Patrizia Marchetti, Rocco Roma, Giorgio Samoilis, Giuseppina Tantillo, Edmondo Ceci
Sixty Charolais male beef cattle of eight months of age were divided into two groups according to the slaughtering method, i.e., traditional or Kosher (religious Jewish rite). The aim of the study was to detect and compare the plasma concentrations of cortisol and catecholamines (dopamine, norepinephrine and epinephrine), by Elisa and HPLC test. These four stress indicators were evaluated during three different stages of each animal productive life: on the farm (step 1), after transportation (step 2) and during bleeding (step 3)...
March 21, 2018: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
Yves Gramlich, Oliver Neun, Alexander Klug, Johannes Buckup, Thomas Stein, Arvid Neumann, Sebastian Fischer, Hans-Peter Abt, Reinhard Hoffmann
INTRODUCTION: Extremely heterogeneous revision rates in total ankle arthroplasty (TAA) of the upper ankle joint are reported and result to heterogeneous collectives and to short follow-up times. The aim is to investigate revision rates and the underlying reasons, as well as treatment outcome and quality of life after TAA in post-traumatic cases with sufficient follow-up. METHODS: In 2008-2013, 74 patients with post-traumatic arthrosis were treated using TAA with a Tornier Salto prosthesis, and 60 (35 males and 25 females; mean age 56) were followed-up (mean: 59 months; range 24-91 months)...
March 20, 2018: International Orthopaedics
Maria Jose Catalan, Jose Antonio Molina-Arjona, Pablo Mir, Esther Cubo, Jose Matias Arbelo, Pablo Martinez-Martin
Impulse control behaviors are a frequent comorbidity for patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). The objective of the present study was to evaluate the effectiveness levodopa-carbidopa intestinal gel (LCIG) therapy on impulse control disorders (ICDs) in patients with advanced PD. We conducted a multicenter, observational, and prospective (6 months follow-up) study that included consecutive PD patients assigned to LCIG through routine medical practice. Patients completed visits at baseline, 1, 3, and 6 months after percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy procedure...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Neurology
Myrte Neijenhuis, Tom J G Gevers, Thomas D Atwell, Tim J Gunneson, Amanda C Schimek, Wietske Kievit, Joost P H Drenth, Patrick S Kamath
OBJECTIVES: As current treatments of cirrhotic ascites are not associated with survival benefit, symptom relief is the major therapeutic end point. We developed a questionnaire (Ascites-Q; modified polycystic liver disease questionnaire) and assessed validity and responsiveness for symptom assessment in cirrhotic ascites. METHODS: Ascites-Q was compared with Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy-Ascites Index (FACIT-AI; developed for malignant ascites) and Japanese Ascites Symptom Inventory-7 (ASI-7) in cirrhotics undergoing large-volume paracentesis...
March 20, 2018: American Journal of Gastroenterology
Julieta Zalba, Lucas G Durán, Diego R Carletti, Patxi Zavala Gottau, María G Serralunga, Ezequiel F Jouglard, María E Esandi
INTRODUCTION: Bullying among peers has immediate and long-term consequences, as it affects children's health-related quality of life. The aim was to examine the association between the frequency, type and dynamics of children's involvement in bullying situations and their academic performance over the school year. METHODS: Longitudinal study conducted in 2015 in 9 to 12 year-olds in schools of Bahía Blanca, Argentina. Outcome measures: children's involvement in bullying situations, frequency of participation in bullying and academic performance...
April 1, 2018: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
Alison J Griffiths, Claire M White, Peter K Thain, Lindsay M Bearne
The aim of this systematic review was to evaluate the evidence from randomised controlled trials (RCTs) evaluating the effectiveness of interactive digital interventions (IDIs) for physical activity (PA) and health related quality of life (HRQoL) in people with Inflammatory Arthritis [rheumatoid arthritis (RA), juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) axial Spondyloarthritis (AS) and psoriatic arthritis (PsA)]. Seven electronic databases identified published and unpublished studies. Two reviewers conducted independent data extraction and quality assessment using the Cochrane risk of bias tool (RoB)...
March 19, 2018: Rheumatology International
Ioannis N Mammas, Demetrios A Spandidos
According to Professor Basil T. Darras, Professor of Neurology (Pediatrics) at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Program at Boston Children's Hospital in Boston (MA, USA), the diagnosis of SMA type I is clinical and is based on detailed general physical and neurological examinations. SMA type I remains the most common genetic disease resulting in death in infancy and is really devastating for the child, the parents, as well as the medical professionals with the privilege of caring for patients with SMA and their parents...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Sarah F Pollack, Olivia R Grocott, Kimberly A Parkin, Anna M Larson, Ronald L Thibert
Angelman syndrome (AS) is a neurogenetic imprinting disorder caused by loss of the maternally inherited Ube3a gene and is characterized by generalized epilepsy, limited expressive speech, sleep dysfunction, and movement disorders. Myoclonic seizures are often the first seizure type to appear, and myoclonic status, associated with developmental regression, may occur in the first few years of life. Additionally, there have been rare reports of prolonged episodes of myoclonus without electrographic correlate in adults with AS...
March 16, 2018: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
Rebecca Lewthwaite, Carolee J Winstein, Christianne J Lane, Sarah Blanton, Burl R Wagenheim, Monica A Nelsen, Alexander W Dromerick, Steven L Wolf
BACKGROUND: Task-oriented therapies have been developed to address significant upper extremity disability that persists after stroke. Yet, the extent of and approach to rehabilitation and recovery remains unsatisfactory to many. OBJECTIVE: To compare a skill-directed investigational intervention with usual care treatment for body functions and structures, activities, participation, and quality of life outcomes. METHODS: On average, 46 days poststroke, 361 patients were randomized to 1 of 3 outpatient therapy groups: a patient-centered Accelerated Skill Acquisition Program (ASAP), dose-equivalent usual occupational therapy (DEUCC), or usual therapy (UCC)...
February 2018: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
Oguzhan Alagoz, Mehmet Ali Ergun, Mucahit Cevik, Brian L Sprague, Dennis G Fryback, Ronald E Gangnon, John M Hampton, Natasha K Stout, Amy Trentham-Dietz
The University of Wisconsin Breast Cancer Epidemiology Simulation Model (UWBCS), also referred to as Model W, is a discrete-event microsimulation model that uses a systems engineering approach to replicate breast cancer epidemiology in the US over time. This population-based model simulates the lifetimes of individual women through 4 main model components: breast cancer natural history, detection, treatment, and mortality. A key feature of the UWBCS is that, in addition to specifying a population distribution in tumor growth rates, the model allows for heterogeneity in tumor behavior, with some tumors having limited malignant potential (i...
April 2018: Medical Decision Making: An International Journal of the Society for Medical Decision Making
Samah W Al-Jabi, Ansam Sous, Fatimah Jorf, Mahmoud Taqatqa, Mahdi Allan, Lamees Sawalha, Enas Lubadeh, Sa'ed H Zyoud, Waleed M Sweileh
BACKGROUND: The increasing incidence of end-stage renal disease in the Palestinian population and the effect of the disease on the psychological status of the patient underlie the importance of increasing knowledge about the mental health status of patients with end-stage renal disease. The aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence of depression in Palestinian patients treated with haemodialysis and its correlation with patients' clinical characteristics, health-related quality of life (HRQoL), and adherence to medications...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
Natasha A Lannin, Louise Ada, Coralie English, Julie Ratcliffe, Maria Crotty
Rationale Although clinical practice guidelines recommend that management of moderate to severe spasticity include the use of botulinum toxin-A in conjunction with therapy, there is currently no evidence to support the addition of therapy. Aims To determine the effect and cost-benefit of adding evidence-based movement training to botulinum toxin-A. Sample size estimate A total of 136 participants will be recruited in order to be able to detect a between-group difference of seven points on the Goal Attainment Scale T-score with 80% power at a two-tailed significance level of 0...
January 1, 2018: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
Yasin Yurt, Gül Şener, Yavuz Yakut
BACKGROUND: Foot orthoses are widely used in conservative treatment of painful flexible flatfoot however research is limited to choose the best option in orthotic treatment. AIM: We aimed to compare the effects of computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD-CAM) and conventional insole types in comparison with sham insole, on pain and health related quality of life in patients with painful flexible flatfoot. DESIGN: Randomized controlled trial...
March 16, 2018: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Jia Ming Low, Mae Yue Tan, Kay Choong See, Marion M Aw
INTRODUCTION: As traditional overnight on-call was shown to contribute to fatigue, Singapore moved to implement a shift system in 2014. We aimed to compare activity levels, sleep (using a wrist actigraph), fatigue and professional quality-of-life between residents working on night-float and those working on traditional overnight on-call. METHODS: All postgraduate year 1 (PGY1) residents at our institution were invited to participate. Participants were required to wear a wrist actigraph for four months, and complete two validated surveys (Epworth Sleepiness Scale [ESS] and Professional Quality of Life Scale [ProQOL]) once each at the start and at the end of study...
March 19, 2018: Singapore Medical Journal
Emily E Adams, Morgan L Wrightson
The present study aims to synthesize current evidence on the impact of LVAD implantation on quality of life. Current evidence was systematically reviewed to obtain relevant quantitative and qualitative articles published after 2007. Sandelowski's recommended steps for meta-summary were used to analyze the 19 studies that met the inclusion criteria. LVADs can improve HF symptoms and some aspects of QoL. Emotional and physical adaptation involves many changes and learning to manage the device takes time. Functional limitations still exist and patients still lack independence...
March 15, 2018: Heart & Lung: the Journal of Critical Care
M Haas, J T Siveke, M Schenk, M M Lerch, K Caca, J Freiberg-Richter, L Fischer von Weikersthal, F Kullmann, A Reinacher-Schick, M Fuchs, S Kanzler, V Kunzmann, T J Ettrich, S Kruger, C B Westphalen, S Held, V Heinemann, S Boeck
INTRODUCTION: In metastatic pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (mPDAC) treatment, erlotinib is known to be more effective in patients developing skin rash. Treatment with the FOLFIRINOX regimen is only performed in fit patients following defined inclusion criteria. The present study investigates the efficacy of gemcitabine plus erlotinib (gem/erlotinib) in rash-positive patients fit for FOLFIRINOX. PATIENTS AND METHODS: For this prospective phase II study, 150 patients were recruited in 20 centres...
March 14, 2018: European Journal of Cancer
Nicholas Russell, Rudolf Hoermann, Ada S Cheung, Michael Ching, Jd Zajac, David J Handelsman, Mathis Grossmann
OBJECTIVE: There is increasing recognition that, in men, some biological actions attributed to testosterone (T) are mediated by estradiol (E2). This study used two low doses of daily transdermal E2 gel to assess effects on circulating E2 concentrations in men with prostate cancer with suppressed endogenous E2 production arising from androgen deprivation therapy (ADT). Secondarily, we aimed to assess short term biological effects of E2 addback without increasing circulating T. DESIGN: 28-day randomised, placebo-controlled trial Methods: 37 participants were randomised to either 0...
March 16, 2018: European Journal of Endocrinology
Karina Jahnz-Różyk, Joanna Lis, Marta Warchoł, Aleksandra Kucharczyk
BACKGROUND: Allergic asthma is the most prevalent phenotype of severe asthma where treatment with omalizumab (OMB) has been proven to be particularly beneficial. In Poland, OMB therapy is available and reimbursed within a drug programme where strict inclusion and exclusion criteria are defined. The objective of this study was to present a descriptive analysis regarding the trends in outcomes (clinical, quality of life, costs) among a cohort of patients who satisfy inclusion criteria for the initiation of OMB treatment and who successfully responded to OMB according to a set of objective criteria...
March 16, 2018: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
Bronwyn Myers, Crick Lund, Carl Lombard, John Joska, Naomi Levitt, Christopher Butler, Susan Cleary, Tracey Naledi, Peter Milligan, Dan J Stein, Katherine Sorsdahl
BACKGROUND: In low- and middle-income countries (LMIC), it is uncertain whether a "dedicated" approach to integrating mental health care (wherein a community health worker (CHW) has the sole responsibility of delivering mental health care) or a "designated" approach (wherein a CHW provides this service in addition to usual responsibilities) is most effective and cost-effective. This study aims to compare the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of these two models of service integration relative to treatment as usual (TAU) for improving mental health and chronic disease outcomes among patients with HIV or diabetes...
March 16, 2018: Trials
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