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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550741/exploring-syndrome-differentiation-using-non-negative-matrix-factorization-and-cluster-analysis-in-patients-with-atopic-dermatitis
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Younghee Yun, Wonmo Jung, Hyunho Kim, Bo-Hyoung Jang, Min-Hee Kim, Jiseong Noh, Seong-Gyu Ko, Inhwa Choi
Syndrome differentiation (SD) results in a diagnostic conclusion based on a cluster of concurrent symptoms and signs, including pulse form and tongue color. In Korea, there is a strong interest in the standardization of Traditional Medicine (TM). In order to standardize TM treatment, standardization of SD should be given priority. The aim of this study was to explore the SD, or symptom clusters, of patients with atopic dermatitis (AD) using non-negative factorization methods and k-means clustering analysis...
May 22, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550713/state-of-the-art-on-oocyte-cryopreservation-in-female-cancer-patients-a-critical-review-of-the-literature
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REVIEW
Claudia Massarotti, Paola Scaruffi, Matteo Lambertini, Valentino Remorgida, Lucia Del Mastro, Paola Anserini
During the last decades, important advances in therapeutic options have led to increased survival rates in cancer patients; however, cancer treatments are associated with several potential adverse effects including infertility in those diagnosed during their reproductive years. A proper discussion about fertility preservation options before the use of therapies with potential gonadotoxicity (i.e. oncofertility counseling) is standard of care and should be offered to all patients of childbearing age. Temporary ovarian suppression with LH-RH analogs, oocyte and embryo cryopreservation are standard strategies for fertility preservation in female cancer patients...
May 9, 2017: Cancer Treatment Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550706/st-michael-s-improvement-program-a-collaborative-approach-to-sustainable-cost-savings
#3
Anne Trafford, Danielle Jane
In response to a challenging financial environment and increasing patient demand, St. Michael's Hospital needed to find long-term sustainable solutions to continue to provide high-quality patient care and invest in key priorities. By conducting Operational Reviews in focused areas, the hospital achieved $7.4 million of in-year savings in the first year, found standardizations, process efficiencies and direct cost savings that positioned itself for success in future funding models. Initiatives were grounded in evidence and relied heavily on the effective execution by the leadership, front-line staff and physicians...
2017: Healthcare Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550702/listening-to-improve-transforming-patient-relations-measurement-and-reporting-in-ontario
#4
Patricia Sullivan-Taylor, Rachel Frohlich, Anita Singh, Anna Greenberg
Effective patient relations are important to improve patient experience and deliver better care. Policy and legislative changes in Ontario have increased accountabilities for patient relations and expanded Health Quality Ontario (HQO)'s mandate. In response, HQO collaborated with patients, health sector organizations, associations and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to co-design a patient relations measurement and reporting approach. Informed by an environmental scan, broad consultations, a multi-sector survey and a provincial advisory group, the approach includes standardized patient relations indicators to support measurement and public reporting across the hospital, home and long-term care sectors...
2017: Healthcare Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550700/optimizing-transitions-of-care-hospital-to-community
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Emily Sheridan, Christine Thompson, Tania Pinheiro, Nicole Robinson, Karen Davies, Nancy Whitmore
Discharging patients from the hospital is a complex process, and preventing avoidable readmissions has the potential to improve both the quality of life for patients and the financial sustainability of the healthcare system (Alper et al. 2016). Improving the discharge process is one method to mitigate readmission to the hospital. Historically, St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital (STEGH) consistently experienced higher-than-expected readmission rates, and only 41% of discharge summaries were sent from the hospital to the community primary care within 48 hours...
2017: Healthcare Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550650/single-breath-hold-3-d-cine-imaging-of-the-left-ventricle-using-cartesian-sampling
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Jens Wetzl, Michaela Schmidt, François Pontana, Benjamin Longère, Felix Lugauer, Andreas Maier, Joachim Hornegger, Christoph Forman
OBJECTIVES: Our objectives were to evaluate a single-breath-hold approach for Cartesian 3-D CINE imaging of the left ventricle with a nearly isotropic resolution of [Formula: see text] and a breath-hold duration of [Formula: see text]19 s against a standard stack of 2-D CINE slices acquired in multiple breath-holds. Validation is performed with data sets from ten healthy volunteers. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A Cartesian sampling pattern based on the spiral phyllotaxis and a compressed sensing reconstruction method are proposed to allow 3-D CINE imaging with high acceleration factors...
May 26, 2017: Magma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550512/duplex-ultrasound-versus-clinical-surveillance-in-the-prediction-of-tips-malfunction-placed-for-refractory-ascites-is-ultrasound-surveillance-useful
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Shamar Young, Patrick Scanlon, Prashant Sherestha, Jafar Golzarian, Tina Sanghvi
PURPOSE: Since the advent of expanded polytetrafluoroethylene-covered stents and the improved patency they confer for transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS), the need to perform ultrasound surveillance has been debated. Prior reports have failed to separately evaluate patients who had TIPS placed for refractory ascites and variceal bleeding. The difference in morbidity from TIPS malfunction between these cohorts argues for distinction between the two. This retrospective review aims to determine whether Duplex ultrasound or return of symptoms more accurately predicts TIPS dysfunction...
May 26, 2017: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550489/impedance-ph-monitoring-for-diagnosis-of-reflux-disease-new-perspectives
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REVIEW
Marzio Frazzoni, Nicola de Bortoli, Leonardo Frazzoni, Salvatore Tolone, Vincenzo Savarino, Edoardo Savarino
Heartburn is the most specific symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). In clinical practice, heartburn relief by a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) trial does suffice to confirm GERD. However, an objective diagnosis of GERD is required before anti-reflux endoscopic or surgical interventions, independently from PPI response. Thus, since normal findings at upper endoscopy are detected in the majority of patients with heartburn, reflux monitoring is often required. When traditional catheter-based or wireless pH tests are used, reflux episodes are conventionally identified by pH drops below 4...
May 26, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550488/the-value-of-preoperative-positron-emission-tomography-computed-tomography-in-node-negative-endometrial-cancer-on-magnetic-resonance-imaging
#9
Jeong-Yeol Park, Jong Jin Lee, Hyuck Jae Choi, In Hye Song, Chang Ohk Sung, Hye Ok Kim, Sun-Young Chae, Young-Tak Kim, Joo-Hyun Nam
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the value of [18F]fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography/computed tomography (FDG-PET/CT) in predicting lymph node status in node-negative endometrial cancer on preoperative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). METHODS: Patients with endometrial cancer who underwent both preoperative MRI and FDG-PET/CT followed by hysterectomy and lymphadenectomy were initially included. We then enrolled patients with MRI-defined node-negative disease (lymph nodes <1 cm in the short-axis diameter, or no visible lymph node)...
May 26, 2017: Annals of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550461/a-systematic-review-of-the-literature-on-cystodistension-in-bladder-pain-syndrome
#10
Louise E Olson, James E Dyer, Ahsanul Haq, Jeremy Ockrim, Tamsin J Greenwell
INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: There is significant variability in technique for cystodistension and an international discrepancy in the role in its treatment of bladder pain syndrome (BPS). The authors evaluate the evidence base for the use of cystodistension for BPS with particular reference to patient-related outcomes. METHODS: In accordance with the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-analysis statement, a prospective search and evaluation protocol was prepared and registered with the PROSPERO database (ID CRD42017053710)...
May 26, 2017: International Urogynecology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550437/hyperoxaluria-in-a-model-of-mini-gastric-bypass-surgery-in-rats
#11
Milene S Ormanji, Fernando Korkes, Renata Meca, Crysthiane S R A Ishiy, Gustavo H C Finotti, Renato R N Ferraz, Ita P Heilberg
BACKGROUND: Bariatric surgery is associated with hyperoxaluria hence predisposing to nephrolithiasis. The present study aimed to investigate the underlying mechanisms contributing to increased urinary oxalate in a mini-gastric bypass (MGB) surgery model in rats under different dietary conditions. The expression of intestinal oxalate transporters was also evaluated. METHODS: Male rats underwent MGB (n = 21) or Sham procedure (n = 21) and after recovery were fed a standard or high-fat diet with or without oxalate for 8 weeks...
May 26, 2017: Obesity Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550428/partial-component-retained-two-stage-reconstruction-for-chronic-infection-after-uncemented-total-hip-arthroplasty-results-of-sixteen-cases-after-five-years-of-follow-up
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Kun-Hui Chen, Shang-Wen Tsai, Po-Kuei Wu, Cheng-Fong Chen, Hsin-Yi Wang, Wei-Ming Chen
PURPOSE: Two-stage reconstruction with total implant removal and re-implantation after infection control is considered the gold standard treatment for infection after hip arthroplasty. However, removal of the well-fixed stem or cup may cause substantial bone loss and other complications, thereby making reconstruction difficult. We evaluated whether an infection post total hip arthroplasty can be treated without removal of the radiographically and clinically well-fixed femoral stem or acetabular cup...
May 27, 2017: International Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550392/treatment-of-pediatric-average-risk-medulloblastoma-using-craniospinal-irradiation-less-than-2500-cgy-and-chemotherapy-single-center-experience-in-korea
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Jong Hyung Yoon, Kyung Duk Park, Hyoung Jin Kang, Hyery Kim, Ji Won Lee, Seung-Ki Kim, Kyu-Chang Wang, Sung-Hye Park, Il Han Kim, Hee Young Shin
BACKGROUND: Although craniospinal irradiation (CSI) of 2340 cGy plus tumor booster with chemotherapy have been established as a standard treatment of childhood average-risk (AvR) medulloblastoma (MBL) in Western counties, there are a few recent reports in outcomes of AvR MBL using this strategy in Korean and other Asian children. We investigated the outcome of the Korean children with AvR MBL who were treated with CSI <2500 cGy and chemotherapy. METHODS: Between January 2001 and December 2010, clinical characteristics and outcomes of 42 patients who were diagnosed with AvR MBL postoperatively and treated with radiation including CSI <2500 cGy and chemotherapy in Seoul National University Children's Hospital were analyzed...
May 27, 2017: World Journal of Pediatrics: WJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550389/clinical-effectiveness-and-safety-of-leflunomide-in-inflammatory-arthritis-a-report-from-the-rapport-database-with-supporting-patient-survey
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Morgan Schultz, Stephanie O Keeling, Steven J Katz, Walter P Maksymowych, Dean T Eurich, Jill J Hall
Leflunomide is indicated for the treatment of adults with rheumatoid arthritis, yet is underutilized. Given the cost of biologic therapy, understanding real-life effectiveness, safety, and sustainability of leflunomide, particularly in patients who have failed methotrexate, would be of value. The primary objective was to assess the proportion of patients achieving clinically meaningful benefit following an adequate trial of leflunomide. A retrospective analysis of a cohort supplemented with patient self-reported data using a standardized questionnaire...
May 27, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550374/performance-of-an-artificial-multi-observer-deep-neural-network-for-fully-automated-segmentation-of-polycystic-kidneys
#15
Timothy L Kline, Panagiotis Korfiatis, Marie E Edwards, Jaime D Blais, Frank S Czerwiec, Peter C Harris, Bernard F King, Vicente E Torres, Bradley J Erickson
Deep learning techniques are being rapidly applied to medical imaging tasks-from organ and lesion segmentation to tissue and tumor classification. These techniques are becoming the leading algorithmic approaches to solve inherently difficult image processing tasks. Currently, the most critical requirement for successful implementation lies in the need for relatively large datasets that can be used for training the deep learning networks. Based on our initial studies of MR imaging examinations of the kidneys of patients affected by polycystic kidney disease (PKD), we have generated a unique database of imaging data and corresponding reference standard segmentations of polycystic kidneys...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Digital Imaging: the Official Journal of the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550366/minimally-invasive-resection-of-adrenal-masses-in-infants-and-children-results-of-a-european-multi-center-survey
#16
Francesco Fascetti-Leon, Giovanni Scotton, Luca Pio, Raimundo Beltrà, Paolo Caione, Ciro Esposito, Girolamo Mattioli, Amulya K Saxena, Sabine Sarnaki, Piergiorgio Gamba
BACKGROUND: Minimal access adrenal surgery (MAAS) for adrenal pathologies is the standard for many pediatric surgical centers. However, the literature offers few reports and minimal evidence from small case series. The aim of this study was to evaluate the outcomes of pediatric MAAS through a multi-center data analysis. METHOD: Pediatric patients who underwent MAAS between January 2002 and December 2013 were retrospectively included. Data analysis was conducted using Spss software (Welch's t-test, X-square, Fisher tests, multiple regression model)...
May 26, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550352/efficacy-and-safety-of-full-length-pegylated-recombinant-factor-viii-with-extended-half-life-in-previously-treated-patients-with-hemophilia-a-comparison-of-data-between-the-general-and-japanese-study-populations
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Keiji Nogami, Midori Shima, Katsuyuki Fukutake, Teruhisa Fujii, Masashi Taki, Tadashi Matsushita, Satoshi Higasa, Tetsuji Sato, Michio Sakai, Morio Arai, Haruhiko Uchikawa, Werner Engl, Brigitt Abbuehl, Barbara A Konkle
Rurioctocog alfa pegol (BAX 855) is a novel third-generation recombinant factor VIII whose active ingredient is chemically modified with polyethylene glycol. A global multicenter phase 2/3 study of the product in 137 patients (including 11 patients from Japan) with severe hemophilia A aged 12-65 years, reported an extended half-life and a good tolerability profile, as well as a significantly lower annualized bleeding rate in the prophylactic treatment arm than in the on-demand treatment arm. Using descriptive statistics, a post hoc analysis was performed to compare the pharmacokinetics, safety, and efficacy profiles of the product in the Japanese subpopulation and the overall population...
May 26, 2017: International Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550338/a-comparative-study-of-modified-transcanalicular-diode-laser-dacryocystorhinostomy-versus-conventional-transcanalicular-diode-laser-dacryocystorhinostomy
#18
Eduardo Damous Feijó, Juliana Alves Caixeta, Ana Carla de Souza Nery, Roberto Murillo Limongi, Suzana Matayoshi
External dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR) is the gold standard surgical technique for the treatment of primary acquired nasolacrimal duct obstruction (PANDO). However, new techniques such as endoscopic DCR and transcanalicular dacryocystorhinostomy (T-DCR) are being studied in an attempt to reduce surgical time, avoid external scarring and preserve the lacrimal pump while achieving the same efficacy. The purpose of this study was to compare the efficacy between conventional T-DCR and modified transcanalicular dacryocystorhinostomy (MT-DCR) in patients with PANDO...
May 26, 2017: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550313/quantification-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-heterogeneity-with-multiparametric-magnetic-resonance-imaging
#19
Stefanie J Hectors, Mathilde Wagner, Octavia Bane, Cecilia Besa, Sara Lewis, Romain Remark, Nelson Chen, M Isabel Fiel, Hongfa Zhu, Sacha Gnjatic, Miriam Merad, Yujin Hoshida, Bachir Taouli
Tumour heterogeneity poses a significant challenge for treatment stratification. The goals of this study were to quantify heterogeneity in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) using multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging (mpMRI), and to report preliminary data correlating quantitative MRI parameters with advanced histopathology and gene expression in a patient subset. Thirty-two HCC patients with 39 HCC lesions underwent mpMRI including diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI), blood-oxygenation-level-dependent (BOLD), tissue-oxygenation-level-dependent (TOLD) and dynamic contrast-enhanced (DCE)-MRI...
May 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550252/exploring-potential-electrophysiological-biomarkers-in-mild-cognitive-impairment-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-event-related-potential-studies
#20
Lihua Gu, Zhijun Zhang
BACKGROUND: Early diagnosis and effective management are pivotal steps in preventing the transition from mild cognitive impairment (MCI) to Alzheimer's disease. Previous investigations indicated that some event-related potential (ERP) components in MCI are sensitive to cognitive decline. However, several comparative analyses of these components in MCI and healthy controls (HC) yielded inconsistent results. OBJECTIVE: The aim was to perform a systematic review and meta-analysis of ERP studies on MCI patients...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
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