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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229834/-pain-intensity-and-time-to-death-of-cancer-patients-referred-to-palliative-care
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Pedro Barata, Filipa Santos, Graça Mesquita, Alice Cardoso, Maria Paula Custódio, Marta Alves, Ana Luísa Papoila, António Barbosa, Peter Lawlor
INTRODUCTION: Pain is a common symptom experienced by cancer patients, especially in those with advanced disease. Our aim was to describe pain intensity in advanced cancer patients, referred to the palliative care unit, the factors underlying moderate to severe pain and its prognostic values. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This was a prospective observational study. All patients with mestastatic solid tumors and with no specific oncologic treatment were included. Pain intensity was accessed using the pain scale from Edmonton Symptom Assessment Scale, rated from 0 to 10 on a numerical scale, where zero = no pain and 10 = worst possible pain...
November 2016: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229610/coping-with-celiac-disease-how-heavy-is-the-burden-for-caregivers
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Francesca Ferretti, Federica Branchi, Bernardo Dell'Osso, Dario Conte, Luca Elli
BACKGROUND: Celiac disease (CD) is the most common chronic enteropathy demanding a lifelong gluten-free diet. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to identify and estimate the subjective burden of caregivers of celiac patients. METHODS: A cross-sectional observational study was conducted during the regional meeting of the Italian Society for the Celiac Disease in April 2014. A written self-administered anonymous questionnaire enquired into caregivers' demographic profile, natural history of patients' disease and caregivers' self-reported degree of burden at the onset of symptoms (T0), at CD diagnosis (T1) and during follow-up (T2)...
February 23, 2017: Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229523/pathophysiology-of-fecal-incontinence-in-obese-patients-a-prospective-case-matched-study-of-201-patients
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C Brochard, A Vénara, A Bodère, A Ropert, G Bouguen, L Siproudhis
BACKGROUND: Obesity is an emerging risk factor for fecal incontinence (FI). The aim of this study was to characterize pathophysiologic mechanisms of FI in obese patients compared with non-obese patients in a prospective case-matched study. METHODS: The general characteristics and data of the anorectal manometry and endosonography of patients who were evaluated for FI at a single institution from 2005 to 2015 were prospectively assessed. Fecal incontinence was defined by a Cleveland Clinic Incontinence Score (CCIS) >4...
February 23, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228932/a-clinically-relevant-in-vivo-model-for-the-assessment-of-scaffold-efficacy-in-abdominal-wall-reconstruction
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Jeffrey Cy Chan, Krishna Burugapalli, Yi-Shiang Huang, John L Kelly, Abhay Pandit
An animal model that allows for assessment of the degree of stretching or contraction of the implant area and the in vivo degradation properties of biological meshes is required to evaluate their performance in vivo. Adult New Zealand rabbits underwent full thickness subtotal unilateral rectus abdominis muscle excision and were reconstructed with the non-biodegradable Peri-Guard(®), Prolene(®) or biodegradable Surgisis(®) meshes. Following 8 weeks of recovery, the anterior abdominal wall tissue samples were collected for measurement of the implant dimensions...
January 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228200/complex-ventral-hernia-repair-with-acellular-dermal-matrices-clinical-and-quality-of-life-outcomes
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John Scott Roth, Amanda Zachem, Margaret A Plymale, Daniel L Davenport
Acellular dermal matrices (ADMs) are used in conjunction with complex hernia repair, but their efficacy is often debated. This study assesses clinical and quality of life (QOL) outcomes in multiply comorbid patients undergoing complex ventral hernia repair using ADMs. After obtaining institutional review board approval, a prospective study was conducted evaluating patients undergoing complex ventral incisional hernia repair with abdominal wall reconstruction (AWR) using either human (Flex HD) or porcine ADM (Strattice)...
February 1, 2017: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227988/liver-segmentation-using-location-and-intensity-probabilistic-atlases
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Negar Farzaneh, Shadrokh Samavi, S M Reza Soroushmehr, Hirenkumar Patel, Samuel Habbo-Gavin, David Paul Fessell, Kevin R Ward, Kayvan Najarian, Negar Farzaneh, Shadrokh Samavi, S M Reza Soroushmehr, Hirenkumar Patel, Samuel Habbo-Gavin, David Paul Fessell, Kevin R Ward, Kayvan Najarian, Kevin R Ward, S M Reza Soroushmehr, Hirenkumar Patel, Shadrokh Samavi, Samuel Habbo-Gavin, Kayvan Najarian, David Paul Fessell, Negar Farzaneh
In a variety of injuries and illnesses, internal organs in the abdominal and pelvic regions, in particular liver, may be compromised. In the current practice, CT scans of liver are visually inspected to investigate the integrity of the organ. However, the size and complexity of the CT images limits the reliability of visual inspection to accurately assess the health of liver. Computer-aided image analysis can create fast and quantitative assessment of liver from the CT, in particular in the environments where access to skilled radiologists may be limited...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227891/design-and-preliminary-assessment-of-a-smart-textile-for-respiratory-monitoring-based-on-an-array-of-fiber-bragg-gratings
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C Massaroni, M Ciocchetti, G Di Tomaso, P Saccomandi, M A Caponero, A Polimadei, D Formica, E Schena, C Massaroni, M Ciocchetti, G Di Tomaso, P Saccomandi, M A Caponero, A Polimadei, D Formica, E Schena, G Di Tomaso, M A Caponero, E Schena, M Ciocchetti, C Massaroni, A Polimadei, P Saccomandi, D Formica
Comfortable and easy to wear smart textiles have gained popularity for continuous respiratory monitoring. Among different emerging technologies, smart textiles based on fiber optic sensors (FOSs) have several advantages, like Magnetic Resonance (MR)-compatibility and good metrological properties. In this paper we report on the development and assessment of an MR-compatible smart textiles based on FOSs for respiratory monitoring. The system consists of six fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors glued on the textile to monitor six compartments of the chest wall (i...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226355/-role-of-diagnostic-laparoscopy-in-the-treatment-plan-of-gastric-cancer
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Haojie Li, Qi Zhang, Ling Chen, Lingqiang Min, Xuefei Wang, Fenglin Liu, Yihong Sun
OBJECTIVE: To assess the clinical value of the diagnostic laparoscopy in choosing treatment strategies for patients with gastric cancer. METHODS: Retrospective analysis was performed on clinical and pathological data collected from 2 023 patients undergoing gastric cancer surgery in the Zhongshan Hospital of Fudan University from 2009 to 2014. All the patients were diagnosed as gastric cancer by endoscopic biopsy and staged by imaging examination before surgery...
February 25, 2017: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226343/-diagnosis-and-risk-assessment-of-postoperative-complications-of-gastric-cancer-in-japan-and-korea
#9
Xiang Hu, Chi Zhang
Radical surgery of gastric cancer (D2 lymph node dissection) as the standard operation is widely used in clinical practice and satisfactory prognosis can be obtained in patients who receive radical gastrectomy. But surgical invasion can cause high morbidity of complications and mortality. The data of large-scale evidence-based medical clinical trials and large databases in Japan and Korea showed that anastomotic leakage, pancreatic leakage and abdominal abscess were the most common complications after gastrectomy, and the morbidity of complication was about 20% and mortality was about 1%...
February 25, 2017: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226029/predictive-value-of-c-reactive-protein-in-critically-ill-patients-after-abdominal-surgery
#10
Frédéric Sapin, Patrick Biston, Michael Piagnerelli
OBJECTIVES: The development of sepsis after abdominal surgery is associated with high morbidity and mortality. Due to inflammation, it may be difficult to diagnose infection when it occurs, but measurement of C-reactive protein could facilitate this diagnosis. In the present study, we evaluated the predictive value and time course of C-reactive protein in relation to outcome in patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) after abdominal surgery. METHODS: We included patients admitted to the ICU after abdominal surgery over a period of two years...
January 1, 2017: Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225638/laparoscopic-resection-of-pancreatic-tumors-in-children-results-of-a-multicentric-survey
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Ciro Esposito, Pascal De Lagausie, Maria Escolino, Amulya Saxena, George W Holcomb, Alessandro Settimi, Francois Becmeur, David van der Zee
AIM: This study aimed to report the results of a multicentric survey about laparoscopic treatment of pancreatic tumors in children. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The data of patients operated using minimally invasive surgery (MIS) for a pancreatic tumor in 5 International centers of Pediatric Surgery in the last 5 years were retrospectively reviewed. We recorded data relating to the clinical presentation, diagnostic evaluation, surgical technique, and outcome. RESULTS: Fifteen patients (average age 2...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225011/early-spontaneous-abdominal-bleeding-is-associated-with-poor-outcome-in-moderate-to-severe-acute-pancreatitis-patients-a-propensity-matched-study
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Yizhe Chen, Jing Zhou, Gang Li, Zhihui Tong, Jie Dong, Yiyuan Pan, Lu Ke, Weiqin Li, Jieshou Li
Abdominal bleeding is a lethal complication in acute pancreatitis (AP) and it is commonly described as a late event. However, spontaneous intra-abdominal bleeding could occur very early but no study focusing on this phenomenon was published yet. In this study, 1137 AP patients were retrospectively screened and 24 subjects suffering early spontaneous bleeding (ESB) were selected. Meanwhile, a 1:1 well-balanced cohort of non-bleeding patients was generated by propensity score match. The clinical characteristics of these patients were compared and a multiple regression analysis was performed to assess the risk factors for ESB...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224363/prognostic-significance-of-sarcopenia-in-patients-with-esophagogastric-junction-cancer-or-upper-gastric-cancer
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Kensuke Kudou, Hiroshi Saeki, Yuichiro Nakashima, Keitaro Edahiro, Shotaro Korehisa, Daisuke Taniguchi, Ryosuke Tsutsumi, Sho Nishimura, Yu Nakaji, Shingo Akiyama, Hirotada Tajiri, Ryota Nakanishi, Junji Kurashige, Masahiko Sugiyama, Eiji Oki, Yoshihiko Maehara
BACKGROUND: The association between sarcopenia and postoperative outcomes for patients with gastrointestinal malignancies remains controversial. This study aimed to assess the impact of sarcopenia on short- and long-term outcomes after surgery for esophagogastric junction cancer (EGJC) or upper gastric cancer (UGC). METHODS: The study reviewed 148 patients with EGJC or UGC who underwent surgical resection. The patients were categorized into the sarcopenia group or the non-sarcopenia group according to their skeletal muscle index calculated using abdominal computed tomography images...
February 21, 2017: Annals of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222989/a-pilot-study-for-long-term-outcome-assessment-after-aortic%C3%A2-aneurysm-repair-using-vascular-quality-initiative-data%C3%A2-matched-to-medicare-claims
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Andrew W Hoel, Adrienne E Faerber, Kayla O Moore, Niveditta Ramkumar, Benjamin S Brooke, Salvatore T Scali, Art Sedrakyan, Philip P Goodney
OBJECTIVE: Accurate and complete long-term postoperative outcome data are critical to improving value in health care delivery. The Society for Vascular Surgery Vascular Quality Initiative (VQI) is an important tool to achieve this goal in vascular surgery. To improve on the capture of long-term outcomes after vascular surgery procedures for patients in the VQI, we sought to match VQI data to Medicare claims for comprehensive capture of major clinical outcomes in the first several years after vascular procedures...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222835/clinical-assessment-of-urinary-tract-damage-during-sustained-release-estrogen-supplementation-in-mice
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Dalis E Collins, Kathleen R Mulka, Mark J Hoenerhoff, Russell S Taichman, Jason S Villano
Estrogen supplementation is a key component of numerous mouse research models but can adversely affect the urinary system. The goal of this study was to develop a clinical scoring system and identify biomarkers of occult urinary tract lesions prior to the development of systemic illness in mice. Ovariectomized or sham-surgery SCID mice were implanted subcutaneously with a placebo pellet or one containing sustained-release estradiol (0.18 mg 60-d release 17β-estradiol). Mice were assessed twice weekly for 4 to 6 wk by using a clinical scoring system that included body condition, general activity, posture, hair coat, hydration, abdominal distension, urine staining of coat and skin, and ability to urinate...
February 1, 2017: Comparative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222582/anthropometric-and-performance-measures-to-study-talent-detection-in-youth-volleyball
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Giovanni Melchiorri, Valerio Viero, Tamara Triossi, Giuseppe Annino, Elvira Padua, Virginia Tancredi
BACKGROUND: The aim of this work was to study anthropometric and performance measurements in 60 young male volleyball players (YV) and 60 youth not active in the sport (YNA) to assess which of these would be more useful to study the characteristics of potential performers. METHODS: Eight measures to assess anthropometric characteristics, six performance measures and two tests for joint mobility were used. Also relative age and level of maturation were assessed. RESULTS: The anthropometric variables, relative age and level of maturation measured did not show statistically significant differences between groups...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222142/evaluation-of-18-f-fluoro-2-deoxyglucose-fdg-positron-emission-tomography-computed-tomography-pet-ct-as-a-staging-and-monitoring-tool-for-dogs-with-stage-2-splenic-hemangiosarcoma-a-pilot-study
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Antonella Borgatti, Amber L Winter, Kathleen Stuebner, Ruth Scott, Christopher P Ober, Kari L Anderson, Daniel A Feeney, Daniel A Vallera, Joseph S Koopmeiners, Jaime F Modiano, Jerry Froelich
Positron Emission Tomography-Computed Tomography (PET-CT) is routinely used for staging and monitoring of human cancer patients and is becoming increasingly available in veterinary medicine. In this study, 18-fluorodeoxyglucose (18FDG)-PET-CT was used in dogs with naturally occurring splenic hemangiosarcoma (HSA) to assess its utility as a staging and monitoring modality as compared to standard radiography and ultrasonography. Nine dogs with stage-2 HSA underwent 18FDG-PET-CT following splenectomy and prior to commencement of chemotherapy...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220633/fatty-acid-composition-fat-deposition-lipogenic-gene-expression-and-performance-of-broiler-fed-diet-supplemented-with-different-sources-of-oil
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Jannatara Khatun, Teck Chwen Loh, Henny Akit, Hooi Ling Foo, Rosfarizan Mohamad
The present study assessed the effect of feeding palm oil (PO), sunflower oil (SO) and their combination on performance, fat deposition, fatty acid composition and lipogenic gene expression of broilers reared for 42 days. A total of 144 1-day-old broilers (Cobb500) were randomly allotted into four treatment diets with each having six replicates of six chicks in each replicate following a completely randomized design. Live weight gain and feed efficiency was significantly (P < 0.05) higher in birds fed with a combination of oil sources compared to controls...
February 21, 2017: Animal Science Journal, Nihon Chikusan Gakkaihō
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220551/association-between-sleep-duration-fat-mass-lean-mass-and-obesity-in-korean-adults-the-fourth-and-fifth-korea-national-health-and-nutrition-examination-surveys
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Kyuwoong Kim, Doosup Shin, Go-Un Jung, Donghoon Lee, Sang Min Park
This study investigated the association between sleep duration, fat mass, lean mass and obesity. Participants of this cross-sectional study were 16 905 adults included into the 4th and 5th Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys. Sleep duration was assessed by self-reported survey and categorized into ≤ 5, 6, 7, 8 and ≥ 9 h per day. The group reporting 7 h of sleep per day (comprised of those sleeping 7-8 h per day) was used as the reference group. Body composition was measured by dual X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA)...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Sleep Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219666/relation-of-iliac-artery-calcium-with-adiposity-measures-and-peripheral-artery-disease
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Jane J Lee, Alison Pedley, Ido Weinberg, Kathryn A Britton, Joseph M Massaro, Udo Hoffmann, Emily Manders, Caroline S Fox, Joanne M Murabito
Arterial calcification is associated with cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. To improve the understanding of the pathogenesis involved with iliac artery calcium (IAC), we sought to examine the associations between the burden of IAC with adiposity measures and peripheral artery disease (PAD). Participants (n = 1,236, 52% women, mean age 60 years) were drawn from the Framingham Heart Study Offspring cohort who underwent multidetector computed tomography. The extent of IAC was quantified based on calcified atherosclerotic plaques detected in the iliac arteries...
January 25, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
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