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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241193/comparative-analysis-on-low-and-standard-dose-regimes-of-alteplase-thrombolytic-therapy-for-acute-ischemic-stroke-efficacy-and-safety
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Guangjian Zhao, Tingfen Huang, Mei Zheng, Yansen Cui, Yunyong Liu, Zhongrong Cheng, Ziran Wang
OBJECTIVE: This study analyzed the efficacy and safety of low-dose and standard-dose alteplase intravenous thrombolytic therapy for acute ischemic stroke (AIS). METHODS: Patients with AIS who underwent intravenous alteplase thrombolysis from July 2012 to December 2016 were retrospectively analyzed and correspondingly divided into low-dose (0.6-0.89 mg/kg) group and standard-dose group (0.9 mg/kg) according to alteplase dosage. The clinical outcome was evaluated by modified Rankin Scale (mRS) at 90 days after onset...
December 14, 2017: European Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241167/nutritional-screening-and-clinical-outcome-in-hospitalized-patients-with-crohn-s-disease
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Azusa Takaoka, Masaya Sasaki, Naoko Nakanishi, Mika Kurihara, Akiko Ohi, Shigeki Bamba, Akira Andoh
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Hospitalized patients with Crohn's disease (CD) can develop severe nutritional deficits. However, the nutritional screening tools with the most utility for such patients are still unknown. METHODS: Nutritional status of 40 CD patients was assessed on admission using several screening tools and laboratory tests. Their validity was evaluated in relation to length of hospital stay (LOS) and intestinal resection. Receiver operating characteristic analysis was performed to predict prolonged LOS (≥28 days)...
December 14, 2017: Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241108/the-efficacy-of-posterior-hemivertebra-resection-with-lumbosacral-fixation-and-fusion-in-the-treatment-of-congenital-scoliosis-a-more-than-2-year-follow-up-study
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Qiunan Lyu, Bowen Hu, Chunguang Zhou, Limin Liu, Yueming Song, Xi Yang, Liang Wang, Lei Wang
OBJECTIVE: Hemivertebrae (HV) located at the lower lumbar or lumbosacral region often produce early trunk imbalance and long compensatory curves. Because of the biomechanical characteristics of the lumbosacral junction, the rate of instrumentation failures at the region has always been high. Our study aimed to evaluate the results of posterior HV resection with lumbosacral fixation and fusion in the treatment of congenital scoliosis and to make a preliminary analysis of the possible risk factors for instrument failures...
December 9, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241080/paternal-urinary-concentrations-of-organophosphate-flame-retardant-metabolites-fertility-measures-and-pregnancy-outcomes-among-couples-undergoing-in-vitro-fertilization
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Courtney C Carignan, Lidia Mínguez-Alarcón, Paige L Williams, John D Meeker, Heather M Stapleton, Craig M Butt, Thomas L Toth, Jennifer B Ford, Russ Hauser
BACKGROUND: Use of organophosphate flame retardants (PFRs) has increased over the past decade following the phase out of some brominated flame retardants, leading to increased human exposure. We recently reported that increasing maternal PFR exposure is associated with poorer pregnancy outcomes among women from a fertility clinic. Because a small epidemiologic study previously reported an inverse association between male PFR exposures and sperm motility, we sought to examine associations of paternal urinary concentrations of PFR metabolites and their partner's pregnancy outcomes...
December 11, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241065/associations-between-maternal-triclosan-concentrations-in-early-pregnancy-and-gestational-diabetes-mellitus-impaired-glucose-tolerance-gestational-weight-gain-and-fetal-markers-of-metabolic-function
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Gabriel D Shapiro, Tye E Arbuckle, Jillian Ashley-Martin, William D Fraser, Mandy Fisher, Maryse F Bouchard, Patricia Monnier, Anne-Sophie Morisset, Adrienne S Ettinger, Linda Dodds
BACKGROUND: Triclosan is a phenolic biocide used in a multitude of consumer products and in health care settings. It is widely detected in the American and Canadian populations and has been shown in animal models to act as an endocrine disrupting agent. However, there has been little examination to date of the effects of triclosan exposure in pregnancy on perinatal metabolic outcomes in human populations. METHODS: Using data from the Maternal-Infant Research on Environmental Chemicals (MIREC) Study, a Canadian pregnancy cohort, we measured associations of first-trimester urinary triclosan concentrations with total gestational weight gain, gestational diabetes mellitus and impaired glucose tolerance in pregnancy, and fetal markers of metabolic function...
December 11, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240976/clopidogrel-plus-aspirin-versus-aspirin-alone-for-preventing-cardiovascular-events
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Alessandro Squizzato, Marta Bellesini, Andrea Takeda, Saskia Middeldorp, Marco Paolo Donadini
BACKGROUND: Aspirin is the prophylactic antiplatelet drug of choice for people with cardiovascular disease. Adding a second antiplatelet drug to aspirin may produce additional benefit for people at high risk and people with established cardiovascular disease. This is an update to a previously published review from 2011. OBJECTIVES: To review the benefit and harm of adding clopidogrel to aspirin therapy for preventing cardiovascular events in people who have coronary disease, ischaemic cerebrovascular disease, peripheral arterial disease, or were at high risk of atherothrombotic disease, but did not have a coronary stent...
December 14, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240936/grit-illness-related-distress-and-psychosocial-outcomes-in-college-students-with-a-chronic-medical-condition-a-path-analysis
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Christina M Sharkey, Dana M Bakula, Amanda N Baraldi, Megan N Perez, Kristina I Suorsa, John M Chaney, Larry L Mullins
Objective: Adolescents and young adults (AYAs) with chronic medical conditions are at increased risk for a host of negative psychosocial outcomes, including depressive and anxious symptoms. Although studies have shown that illness appraisals (e.g., illness intrusiveness [II] and illness uncertainty [IU]) demonstrate consistent associations with such outcomes, few studies have examined positive factors that may relate to better psychosocial outcomes and appraisals. The present study evaluated grit (i...
December 12, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240878/pulmonary-sarcomatoid-carcinoma-an-analysis-of-a-rare-cancer-from-the-surveillance-epidemiology-and-end-results-database
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Mohamed Rahouma, Mohamed Kamel, Navneet Narula, Abu Nasar, Sebron Harrison, Benjamin Lee, Brendon Stiles, Nasser K Altorki, Jeffrey L Port
OBJECTIVES: Pulmonary sarcomatoid carcinoma (PSC) is a rare malignant neoplasm that accounts for a small percentage of non-small-cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC). At least 10% of PSCs has a spindle and/or giant cell component, which is often associated with a poor prognosis. We reviewed the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database for the clinicopathological characteristics and surgical outcomes of PSCs. METHODS: The SEER database (1973-2013) was queried for PSC...
December 11, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240877/prepouch-ileitis-after-ileal-pouch-anal-anastomosis-patterns-of-presentation-and-risk-factors-for-failure-of-treatment
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Matteo Rottoli, Carlo Vallicelli, Eleonora Bigonzi, Paolo Gionchetti, Fernando Rizzello, Massimo P Di Simone, Gilberto Poggioli
Background and Aims: There is a lack in the literature about prepouch ileitis [PI], in particular regarding risk factors associated with failure of the medical treatment. Aim of the study is to analyse the characteristics of PI patients and to compare those who required surgery with those who were successfully treated with conservative therapy. Methods: All cases presenting a diagnosis of PI were included and analysed. Patients eventually requiring surgery were compared with those who were managed conservatively, for symptoms of presentation, endoscopic characteristics, and rate of response to medical treatment...
October 9, 2017: Journal of Crohn's & Colitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240861/a-systematic-review-of-lower-lip-anatomy-mechanics-of-local-flaps-and-special-considerations-for-lower-lip-reconstruction
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Stefanos Boukovalas, Alexis L Boson, Joshua P Hays, C Helen Malone, Eric L Cole, Richard F Wagner
<p>Reconstruction of defects of the lower lip can be very challenging. The aim of this review is to analyze the unique characteristics of lower lip anatomy and provide a systematic approach for lower lip reconstruction. A review of current literature was performed using the PubMed database. Articles analyzing the anatomic and histologic characteristics of the lower lip, mechanics of local faps, and different lower lip recon-struction techniques were included. Articles focused on lower lip reconstruction with free faps were excluded...
December 1, 2017: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240784/effects-of-calcium-channel-blockers-comparing-to-angiotensin-converting-enzyme-inhibitors-and-angiotensin-receptor-blockers-in-patients-with-hypertension-and-chronic-kidney-disease-stage-3-to-5-and-dialysis-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Yen-Chung Lin, Jheng-Wei Lin, Mai-Szu Wu, Kuan-Chou Chen, Chiung-Chi Peng, Yi-No Kang
BACKGROUND: Calcium channel blocker (CCB) or two renin angiotensin aldosterone system blockades (RAAS), angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs) and angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), are major potent and prevalently used as initial antihypertensive agents for mild to moderate hypertension, but no uniform agreement as to which antihypertensive drugs should be given for initial therapy, especially among chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients. DESIGN: A systematic review and meta-analysis comparing CCBs and the two RAAS blockades for hypertensive patients with CKD stage 3 to 5D...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240766/estimated-clinical-impact-of-the-xpert-mtb-rif-ultra-cartridge-for-diagnosis-of-pulmonary-tuberculosis-a-modeling-study
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Emily A Kendall, Samuel G Schumacher, Claudia M Denkinger, David W Dowdy
BACKGROUND: The Xpert MTB/RIF (Xpert) assay offers rapid and accurate diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB) but still suffers from imperfect sensitivity. The newer Xpert MTB/RIF Ultra cartridge has shown improved sensitivity in recent field trials, but at the expense of reduced specificity. The clinical implications of switching from the existing Xpert cartridge to the Xpert Ultra cartridge in different populations remain uncertain. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We developed a Markov microsimulation model of hypothetical cohorts of 100,000 individuals undergoing diagnostic sputum evaluation with Xpert for suspected pulmonary TB, in each of 3 emblematic settings: an HIV clinic in South Africa, a public TB center in India, and an adult primary care setting in China...
December 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240667/enabling-factors-for-sustaining-open-defecation-free-communities-in-rural-indonesia-a-cross-sectional-study
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Mitsunori Odagiri, Zainal Muhammad, Aidan A Cronin, Michael E Gnilo, Aldy K Mardikanto, Khaerul Umam, Yameha T Asamou
Community Approaches to Total Sanitation (CATS) programmes, like the Sanitasi Total Berbasis Masyarakat (STBM) programme of the Government of Indonesia, have played a significant role in reducing open defecation though still little is known about the sustainability of the outcomes. We assessed the sustainability of verified Open Defecation Free (ODF) villages and explored the association between slippage occurrence and the strength of social norms through a government conducted cross-sectional data collection in rural Indonesia...
December 14, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240644/monocyte-function-and-clinical-outcomes-in-febrile-and-afebrile-patients-with-severe-sepsis
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Anne M Drewry, Enyo A Ablordeppey, Ellen T Murray, Catherine M Dalton, Brian M Fuller, Marin H Kollef, Richard S Hotchkiss
INTRODUCTION: Absence of fever is associated with higher mortality in septic patients, but the reason for this is unknown. Immune dysfunction may be a potential link between failure to mount a fever and poor outcomes. The purpose of this study was to evaluate monocyte function and clinical surrogates of immunity (i.e. mortality and acquisition of secondary infections) in febrile and afebrile septic patients. METHODS: Single-center, prospective cohort study of 92 critically ill septic patients...
December 13, 2017: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240640/indocyanine-green-angiography-use-in-breast-reconstruction-a-national-analysis-of-outcomes-and-cost-in-110-320-patients
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Anmol Chattha, Alexandra Bucknor, Austin D Chen, Bernard T Lee, Samuel J Lin
BACKGROUND: Indocyanine Green (ICG) angiography has gained popularity in breast reconstruction due to its ability to assess the viability of both mastectomy skin and tissue flaps. We aim to analyze trends and outcomes associated with the use of ICG angiography in breast reconstruction. METHODS: Using 2012-2014 data from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project National Inpatient Sample, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, we identified breast reconstructions that were performed with or without the use of ICG angiography...
December 13, 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240632/methods-for-sexually-transmitted-disease-prevention-programs-to-estimate-the-health-and-medical-cost-impact-of-changes-in-their-budget
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Harrell W Chesson, Jennifer A Ludovic, Andrés A Berruti, Thomas L Gift
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this article was to describe methods that sexually transmitted disease (STD) programs can use to estimate the potential effects of changes in their budgets in terms of disease burden and direct medical costs. METHODS: We proposed 2 distinct approaches to estimate the potential effect of changes in funding on subsequent STD burden, one based on an analysis of state-level STD prevention funding and gonorrhea case rates and one based on analyses of the effect of Disease Intervention Specialist (DIS) activities on gonorrhea case rates...
January 2018: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240597/trabeculectomy-with-mitomycin-c-outcomes-and-risk-factors-for-failure-in-primary-angle-closure-glaucoma
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Pablo Romero, Pradtana Hirunpatravong, Reza Alizadeh, Eun-Ah Kim, Kouros Nouri-Mahdavi, Esteban Morales, Simon K Law, Joseph Caprioli
PURPOSE: There are no reported large series of trabeculectomy with mitomycin-C (MMC) in Western patients with primary angle-closure glaucoma (PACG). Our study evaluates long-term tonometric outcomes of trabeculectomy in PACG. METHODS: This is a retrospective cohort study. The primary outcomes were the Kaplan-Meier success rates on survival analyses using three criteria, with or without adjunctive medication: (A) intraocular pressure (IOP) ≤18▒mmHg and IOP reduction of 20%; (B) IOP≤15▒mmHg and IOP reduction 25%; and (C) IOP≤12▒mmHg and IOP reduction 30%...
December 13, 2017: Journal of Glaucoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240589/infrared-skin-thermometry-validating-and-comparing-techniques-to-detect-periwound-skin-infection
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Asfandyar Mufti, Ranjani Somayaji, Patricia Coutts, R Gary Sibbald
OBJECTIVE: Diagnosis of wound infection can be challenging because it relies on a combination of clinical signs and symptoms that are often nonspecific. Increased periwound cutaneous temperature is a classic sign of deep and surrounding wound infection, and its quantitative measurement is one of the most reliable and valid clinical signs of deep and surrounding skin infection at the bedside. Skin surface temperature differences may be detected using commercially available noncontact infrared thermometers...
January 2018: Advances in Skin & Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240580/prognostic-significance-of-periadnexal-extension-in-cutaneous-melanoma-and-its-implications-for-pathologic-reporting-and-staging
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Tristan J Dodds, Serigne Lo, Louise Jackett, Omgo Nieweg, John F Thompson, Richard A Scolyer
Tumor thickness is the strongest predictor of outcome for clinically localized melanoma. Therefore, accurate assessment is critical for appropriate staging, reliable estimation of prognosis, and management. When melanoma extends alongside skin adnexal structures more deeply than the main tumor mass (periadnexal extension), it is currently unknown whether the prognosis is more accurately reflected by the deepest point of periadnexal tumor extension or the main tumor mass. This study sought to address this question...
December 7, 2017: American Journal of Surgical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240464/analysis-of-agreement-of-retinal-layer-thickness-measures-derived-from-the-segmentation-of-horizontal-and-vertical-spectralis-oct-macular-scans
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Natalia Gonzalez Caldito, Bhavna Antony, Yufan He, Andrew Lang, James Nguyen, Alissa Rothman, Esther Ogbuokiri, Ama Avornu, Laura Balcer, Elliot Frohman, Teresa C Frohman, Pavan Bhargava, Jerry Prince, Peter A Calabresi, Shiv Saidha
PURPOSE: Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a reliable method used to quantify discrete layers of the retina. Spectralis OCT is a device used for this purpose. Spectralis OCT macular scan imaging acquisition can be obtained on either the horizontal or vertical plane. The vertical protocol has been proposed as favorable, due to postulated reduction in confound of Henle's fibers on segmentation-derived metrics. Yet, agreement of the segmentation measures of horizontal and vertical macular scans remains unexplored...
December 14, 2017: Current Eye Research
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