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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911487/external-inspection-of-compliance-with-standards-for-improved-healthcare-outcomes
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REVIEW
Gerd Flodgren, Daniela C Gonçalves-Bradley, Marie-Pascale Pomey
BACKGROUND: Inspection systems are used in healthcare to promote quality improvements (i.e. to achieve changes in organisational structures or processes, healthcare provider behaviour and patient outcomes). These systems are based on the assumption that externally promoted adherence to evidence-based standards (through inspection/assessment) will result in higher quality of healthcare. However, the benefits of external inspection in terms of organisational-, provider- and patient-level outcomes are not clear...
December 2, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911445/long-term-outcomes-of-punch-punctoplasty-with-kelly-punch-and-review-of-literature
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E S Wong, E Y Li, H K Yuen
PurposeTo report long-term outcomes of punch punctoplasty utilizing the Kelly punch and to compare the results with other described methods of punctoplasty in literature.Patients and methodsA retrospective, non-comparative interventional case series of patients who underwent punch punctoplasty at the Hong Kong Eye Hospital over an 8-year period. A standard Kelly Descemet's membrane punch was utilized for punctal enlargement in all cases. Patient records and their operative records were reviewed. Anatomical success was defined by well-patent puncta on follow-up...
December 2, 2016: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911432/-eye-lid-hygiene-in-chronic-allergic-blepharoconjunctivitis-patients-before-laser-refractive-surgery
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S V Yanchenko, A V Malyshev, S N Sakhnov, N V Fedotova, O Yu Orekhova
AIM: To evaluate the effectiveness of eyelid hygiene in patients with chronic allergic blepharoconjunctivitis (ABC) as a part of their preparation for laser refractive surgery. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study involved 32 patients (12 males and 20 females aged 25-42 years) with refractive errors, namely, compound myopic astigmatism (23 patients) and hyperopic astigmatism (9 patients) suffering from chronic ABC and secondary dry eye syndrome (DES). All the patients initially received a standard treatment for ABC and DES, that is olopatodin hydrochloride instillations - 1 mg/ml 2 times daily, preservative-free hyaluronic acid preparation - 1 mg/ml 3 times daily, and polyacrylic acid and dexpanthenol gel at night for one month...
2016: Vestnik Oftalmologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911425/-biometric-parameters-of-vitrectomized-eyes
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S V Asatryan, V K Surguch, S I Kharlap, T A Shchegoleva
AIM: To analyze changes in various biometric parameters after vitrectomy. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A total of 50 patients (50 eyes) were followed up. All of them underwent vitrectomy for idiopathic epiretinal fibrosis and macular hole. In addition to the standard ophthalmic examination, we performed a combined ultrasound study and ultrasound biomicroscopy before and after the surgery (at 2-3 weeks and 6 months). Variation statistics was applied to assess the results using the SPSS Statistica 20 software...
2016: Vestnik Oftalmologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911424/-effectiveness-of-soft-contact-lenses-in-severe-keratoconjunctivitis-sicca-treated-with-local-immunosuppressive-therapy
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T N Safonova, O V Gladkova, V I Boev, A A Fedorov
AIM: To study the effectiveness of soft contact lenses in severe keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS) treated with local immunosuppressive therapy. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We have examined 41 patients (60 eyes) with severe KCS, including 3 men (4 eyes) and 38 women (56 eyes) aged from 27 to 76 years. Group 1 consisted of 22 persons (30 eyes) who were prescribed cyclosporine А 0.05% instillations 2 times daily, artificial tears, and soft contact lenses. Group 2 consisted of 19 patients (30 eyes) who received instillations of cyclosporine А 0...
2016: Vestnik Oftalmologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911333/the-%C3%A2-strand-ryhming-test-is-not-a-feasible-measure-in-ambulatory-patients-with%C3%A2-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Annerieke C van Groenestijn, Olaf Verschuren, Carin D Schröder, Leonard H van den Berg, Johanna M A Visser-Meily
BACKGROUND: Ambulatory patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) show a decreased aerobic capacity which may hamper the ability to perform activities of daily living. A standardized measure, however, for assessing aerobic capacity in patients with ALS during the disease course, is lacking. OBJECTIVE: To examine the feasibility of the Åstrand-Ryhming (ÅR) test protocol longitudinally in ambulatory patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). METHODS: Seven ambulatory male patients with spinal ALS onset were assessed at baseline and at 4, 7 and 10 months' follow-up...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911328/the-clinical-use-of-cerebrospinal-fluid-biomarkers-for-alzheimer-s-disease-diagnosis-the-italian-selfie
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Giulia M Sancesario, Sofia Toniolo, Davide Chiasserini, Simona G Di Santo, Josh Zegeer, Gaetano Bernardi, Massimo Musicco, Carlo Caltagirone, Lucilla Parnetti, Sergio Bernardini
Although the use of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) amyloid β1-42 (Aβ42), tau (T-tau), and phosphorylated tau (p-tau181) gives added diagnostic and prognostic values, the diffusion is still limited in clinical practice and only a restricted number of patients receive an integrated clinico-biological diagnosis. By a survey, we aimed to do a "selfie" of the use and diffusion of CSF biomarkers of dementia in Italy, the standardization of pre-analytical procedures, the harmonization of ranges, and the participation to Quality Control programs...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911306/cortical-thickness-and-microstructural-white-matter-changes-detect-amnestic-mild-cognitive-impairment
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Zan Wang, Zhengjia Dai, Hao Shu, Duan Liu, Qihao Guo, Yong He, Zhijun Zhang
Both the apolipoprotein E (APOE) ɛ4 allele and amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI) are considered to be risk factors for Alzheimer's disease (AD). The primary aim of this study was to determine whether the aMCI-related abnormality in gray matter (GM) cortical thickness and white matter (WM) tracts integrity would be modified by the APOE genotype. A total of 146 older adults, including 64 aMCI patients (28 ɛ4 carriers and 36 non-carriers) and 82 healthy controls (39 ɛ4 carriers and 43 non-carriers), underwent a standardized clinical interview, neuropsychological battery assessment, and multi-modal brain magnetic resonance imaging scans...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911293/care-plan-improvement-in-nursing-homes-an-integrative-review
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Elena Mariani, Rabih Chattat, Myrra Vernooij-Dassen, Raymond Koopmans, Yvonne Engels
BACKGROUND: Care planning nowadays is a key activity in the provision of services to nursing home residents. A care plan describes the residents' needs and the actions to address them, providing both individualized and standardized interventions and should be updated as changes in the residents' conditions occur. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this review was to identify the core elements of the implementation of changes in nursing homes' care plans, by providing an overview of the type of stakeholders involved, describing the implementation strategies used, and exploring how care plans changed...
November 26, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911285/the-relation-between-chondromalacia-patella-and-meniscal-tear-and-the-sulcus-angle-trochlear-depth-ratio-as-a-powerful-predictor
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Hatice Resorlu, Coskun Zateri, Gurdal Nusran, Ferdi Goksel, Nilufer Aylanc
PURPOSE: To investigate the relation between chondromalacia patella and the sulcus angle/trochlear depth ratio as a marker of trochlear morphology. In addition, we also planned to show the relationship between meniscus damage, subcutaneous adipose tissue thickness as a marker of obesity, patellar tilt angle and chondromalacia patella. METHODS: Patients with trauma, rheumatologic disease, a history of knee surgery and patellar variations such as patella alba and patella baja were excluded...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911278/meta-analysis-of-the-effects-of-oral-and-intravenous-dexamethasone-premedication-in-the-prevention-of-paclitaxel-induced-allergic-reactions
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Fu-Chao Chen, Lin-Hai Wang, Xiao-Yu Zheng, Xiu-Min Zhang, Jun Zhang, Lin-Jun Li
BACKGROUND: Dexamethasone premedication is required to prevent paclitaxel-related hypersensitivity reactions (HSRs). Oral dexamethasone (PO-D) has been considered the standard premedication regimen. However, whether intravenous dexamethasone (IV-D) is feasible for preventing paclitaxel-related HSRs is still unclear. We conducted a meta-analysis to compare these two regimens. METHODS: We performed a systematic search in the PubMed, China National Knowledge Infrastructure, and Web of Science databases for relevant articles published before June 2016...
November 29, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911262/magnetic-resonance-elastography-vs-transient-elastography-in-detection-of-fibrosis-and-noninvasive-measurement-of-steatosis-in-patients-with-biopsy-proven-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
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Charlie C Park, Phirum Nguyen, Carolyn Hernandez, Ricki Bettencourt, Kimberly Ramirez, Lynda Fortney, Jonathan Hooker, Ethan Sy, Mosab H Alquiraish, Mark A Valasek, Emily Rizo, Lisa Richards, David Brenner, Claude B Sirlin, Rohit Loomba
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Magnetic-resonance-imaging (MRI) techniques and ultrasound-based transient elastography (TE) can be used in noninvasive diagnosis of fibrosis and steatosis in patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). We performed a prospective study to compare the performance of magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) vs TE for in diagnosis of fibrosis, and MRI-based proton density fat fraction (MRI-PDFF) analysis vs TE-based controlled attenuation parameter (CAP) for diagnosis of steatosis in patients undergoing biopsy to assess NAFLD...
October 27, 2016: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911239/microvascular-decompression-of-the-cochleovestibular-nerve-for-treatment-of-tinnitus-and-vertigo-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-individual-patient-data
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Minke J C van den Berge, J Marc C van Dijk, Iris A Posthumus, Nynke Smidt, Pim van Dijk, Rolien H Free
OBJECTIVE Microvascular decompression (MVD) is regarded as a valid treatment modality in neurovascular conflicts (NVCs) causing, for example, trigeminal neuralgia and hemifacial spasms. An NVC of the cochleovestibular nerve might cause tinnitus and/or vertigo; however, general acceptance of MVD for this indication is lacking. The aim of this study was to investigate the effectiveness, safety, and prognostic factors for success of MVD of the cochleovestibular nerve. METHODS A systematic review and meta-analysis of individual patient data (IPD) were conducted according to the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses and Individual Patient Data (PRISMA-IPD) guidelines...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911227/radiofrequency-ablation-of-spinal-osteoid-osteoma-a-prospective-study
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Joe Faddoul, Yara Faddoul, Sandra Kobaiter-Maarrawi, Ronald Moussa, Tony Rizk, Georges Nohra, Nabil Okais, Elie Samaha, Joseph Maarrawi
OBJECTIVE Surgery has been considered the standard treatment for spinal osteoid osteomas that are refractory to analgesic agents. Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a less invasive technique with established efficiency for the treatment of peripheral osteoid osteomas. The main objectives of this study are to evaluate the safety of RFA based on the results of a previous experimental study in rats conducted in the authors' laboratory and to identify its short- and long-term efficiency in the treatment of spinal osteoid osteomas...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911225/successful-treatment-of-mixed-yolk-sac-tumor-and-mature-teratoma-in-the-spinal-cord-case-report
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Akitake Mukasa, Shunsuke Yanagisawa, Kuniaki Saito, Shota Tanaka, Keisuke Takai, Junji Shibahara, Masachika Ikegami, Yusuke Nakao, Katsushi Takeshita, Masao Matsutani, Nobuhito Saito
Primary spinal germ cell tumors are rare, and spinal nongerminomatous germ cell tumors represent an even rarer subset for which no standard therapy has been established. The authors report the case of a 24-year-old woman with multifocal primary spinal germ cell tumors scattered from T-12 to L-5 that consisted of yolk sac tumor and mature teratoma. After diagnostic partial resection, the patient was treated with 30 Gy of craniospinal irradiation and 30 Gy of local spinal irradiation, followed by 8 courses of chemotherapy based on ifosfamide, cisplatin, and etoposide (ICE)...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911216/validation-of-antibody-reagents-for-mucin-analysis-in-chronic-inflammatory-airway-diseases
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Thorsten Krause, Niels Röckendorf, Karoline I Gaede, Katrin Ramaker, Heike Sinnecker, Andreas Frey
In chronic inflammatory airway diseases, mucins display disease-related alterations in quantity, composition and glycosylation. This opens the possibility to diagnose and monitor inflammatory airway disorders and their exacerbation based on mucin properties. For such an approach to be reasonably versatile and diagnostically meaningful, the mucin of interest must be captured in a reliable, patient-independent way. To identify appropriate mucin-specific reagents, we tested anti-mucin antibodies on mucin-content-standardized, human bronchoalveolar lavage fluid samples in immunoblot assays...
December 2, 2016: MAbs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911128/s-1-in-combination-with-docetaxel-and-oxaliplatin-in-patients-with-advanced-gastro-esophageal-adenocarcinoma-two-parallel-phase-1-2a-studies
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Per Pfeiffer, Camilla Qvortrup, Merete Krogh, Katrine Schoennemann, Lene W Vestermark, Helle A Jensen, Jon K Bjerregaard
BACKGROUND: Docetaxel in combination with cisplatin and 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) is one of several standard chemotherapy regimens for patients with advanced gastro-esophageal adenocarcinoma (aGEA) in Europe. To enable outpatient treatment, we evaluated the maximum tolerated dose (MTD), recommended dose (RD), dose limiting toxicity (DLT) and safety of docetaxel in combination with oxaliplatin (O) and S-1 (DOS) in Caucasian patients with aGEA. METHODS: We present final results of two parallel phase 1/2a studies (3 + 3 design)...
December 2, 2016: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911066/-conservative-management-of-liver-trauma-and-its-complications-current-gold-standard
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R Gander, J A Molino, S Santiago, A Laín, G Guillén, C Giné, G Royo, S López, M Pérez, I Díez, S Cañadas, J Lloret, J Bueno
INTRODUCTION: The liver is the second most frequently involved organ in abdominal trauma in children. The aim of this study was to review the characteristics of liver traumas (LT) in children, its treatment and complications. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Retrospective study of patients with LT treated between 2010-2014. We analyzed data regarding diagnosis, conservative management (CM), complications and treatment. RESULTS: Twenty-four patients of LT with a mean age of 9...
January 25, 2016: Cirugía Pediátrica: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Cirugía Pediátrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910995/a-diffusion-tensor-magnetic-resonance-imaging-study-of-paediatric-patients-with-severe-non-traumatic-brain-injury
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Erika Molteni, Maria A Rocca, Sandra Strazzer, Elisabetta Pagani, Katia Colombo, Filippo Arrigoni, Giacomo Boffa, Massimiliano Copetti, Valentina Pastore, Massimo Filippi
AIM: In this observational study using 3T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and diffusion tensor, we investigated the differential effects of pathology, stage of disease, state of consciousness, and aetiology on the modifications of supra- and infra-tentorial white matter tracts and their correlations with clinical scales in paediatric patients with severe non-traumatic brain injury. METHOD: Diffusion tensor magnetic resonance imaging (DT-MRI) was obtained from seven children with unresponsive wakefulness syndrome (UWS; five males, two females; age at event 5y; standard deviation [SD] 2y 1mo), six children in a minimally conscious state (MCS; three males, three females; age at event 5y 10mo; SD 5y), and 10 healthy children as controls(two males, eight females; age at study 10y 10mo; SD 2y 10mo)...
December 2, 2016: Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910962/baricitinib-jak-inhibition-for-rheumatoid-arthritis
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J Gras
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a chronic autoimmune inflammatory disease characterized by inflammation and joint destruction, is associated with pain, progressive disability, systemic comorbidities and early death. Conventional disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) and biological DMARDs (bDMARDs) have been able to achieve remission or a very low disease activity status for RA. Nevertheless, since many patients do not reach a sufficient response with DMARDs or present with unacceptable side effects, new therapies are needed...
October 2016: Drugs of Today
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