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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729228/tangled-history-of-the-european-uses-of-sphagnum-moss-and-sphagnol
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Jacek Drobnik, Adam Stebel
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Sphagnum mosses and peat could have been utilized as wound dressings for centuries, however reliable data on this subject are ambiguous; sometimes even no distinction between peat moss (Sphagnum spp.) and peat is made or these terms become confused. The first scientific account on surgical use of peat comes from 1882: a peat digger who successfully, by himself and in the way unknown to the then medicine, cured an open fracture of his forearm with peat. The peat, and very soon the peat moss itself (which is the major constituent of peat) drew attention of the 19(th)-century surgeons...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721340/post-intensive-care-syndrome-an-overview
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Gautam Rawal, Sankalp Yadav, Raj Kumar
Survival of critically unwell patients has improved in the last decade due to advances in critical care medicine. Some of these survivors develop cognitive, psychiatric and /or physical disability after treatment in intensive care unit (ICU), which is now recognized as post intensive care syndrome (PICS). Given the limited awareness about PICS in the medical faculty this aspect is often overlooked which may lead to reduced quality of life and cause a lot of suffering of these patients and their families. Efforts should be directed towards preventing PICS by minimizing sedation and early mobilization during ICU...
June 2017: Journal of Translational Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712906/a-comparison-of-pharmacologic-therapeutic-agents-used-for-the-reduction-of-intracranial-pressure-following-traumatic-brain-injury
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Ahmed M Alnemari, Brianna M Krafcik, Tarek R Mansour, Daniel Gaudin
OBJECTIVE: In neurotrauma care, a better understanding of treatments following traumatic brain injury (TBI) has led to a significant decrease in morbidity and mortality in this population. TBI represents a significant medical problem, and complications following TBI are associated with the initial injury and post-event intracranial processes such as elevated intracranial pressure (ICP) and brain edema. Consequently, appropriate therapeutic interventions are required to reduce brain tissue damage and improve cerebral perfusion...
July 13, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707198/platelet-targeted-pharmacologic-treatments-as-anti-cancer-therapy
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REVIEW
P Gresele, S Momi, M Malvestiti, M Sebastiano
Platelets act as multifunctional cells participating in immune response, inflammation, allergy, tissue regeneration, and lymphoangiogenesis. Among the best-established aspects of a role of platelets in non-hemostatic or thrombotic disorders, there is their participation in cancer invasion and metastasis. The interaction of many different cancer cells with platelets leads to platelet activation, and on the other hand platelet activation is strongly instrumental to the pro-carcinogenic and pro-metastatic activities of platelets...
July 13, 2017: Cancer Metastasis Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698830/prevalence-and-predictors-of-home-use-of-glucometers-in-diabetic-patients
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Syed A Farhan, Ali T Shaikh, Maria Zia, Bilal R Kahara, Ramsha Muneer, Muzna Rehman, Ayesha Mubashir, Hassaan Sadiq, Durr-E-Amna Siddiqui, Syed M Haseeb, Hafsa Tanveer, Khadijah Siddiq, Saib B Mujtaba, Samir A Mirza, Hira Feroz, Kaneez Fatima
BACKGROUND: Self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) is a critical component of diabetes care. However, it has been shown that use of glucometers in developing countries such as Pakistan is limited. The aim of this study was to determine the frequency of glucometer usage in the urban diabetic population of Karachi and to identify variables that influenced the likelihood of practice of SMBG. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 567 adult diabetic patients selected at random from the out-patient departments of multiple healthcare institutions in Karachi categorized into two settings; Government and Private...
June 10, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693463/descriptive-analysis-of-cochrane-child-relevant-systematic-reviews-an-update-and-comparison-between-2009-and-2013
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Katelynn Crick, Denise Thomson, Ricardo M Fernandes, Megan Nuspl, Dean T Eurich, Brian H Rowe, Lisa Hartling
BACKGROUND: Systematic reviews support health systems and clinical decision-making by identifying and summarizing all existing studies on a particular topic. In 2009, a comprehensive description of child-relevant systematic reviews published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews was compiled. This study aims to provide an update, and to describe these systematic reviews according to their content and methodological approaches. METHODS: All child-relevant systematic reviews published by the Cochrane Collaboration in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR) as of March, 2013 were identified and described in relation to their content and methodological approaches...
July 11, 2017: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28682317/a-management-strategy-that-reduces-nicu-admissions-and-decreases-charges-from-the-front-line-of-the-neonatal-abstinence-syndrome-epidemic
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S Loudin, J Werthammer, L Prunty, S Murray, J I Shapiro, T H Davies
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to test a specialized needs-based management model for a high volume of babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) while controlling costs and reducing neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) bed usage. STUDY DESIGN: Data were analyzed from inborn neonates >35 weeks' gestational age with the diagnosis of NAS (ICD9-CM 779.5), requiring pharmacologic treatment and discharged from 2010 through 2015. Significance was determined using Kruskal-Wallis and Mann-Whitney as well as χ(2) for trend...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671135/fifteen-years-of-clinical-trials-in%C3%A2-huntington-s-disease-a-very-low-clinical%C3%A2-drug-development-success-rate
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André M Travessa, Filipe B Rodrigues, Tiago A Mestre, Joaquim J Ferreira
BACKGROUND: Drug development in Huntington's disease (HD) is particularly challenging, and only two compounds are approved by the FDA. It is therefore essential to appraise drug development programs in order to understand the reasons for their failure during the early stages of development. OBJECTIVES: To describe the landscape of HD therapeutic development and critically explore the causes of compound attrition in the different stages of drug development, from phase 1 to phase 4...
2017: Journal of Huntington's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669553/expert-consensus-guidelines-for-stocking-of-antidotes-in-hospitals-that-provide-emergency-care
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Richard C Dart, Lewis R Goldfrank, Brian L Erstad, David T Huang, Knox H Todd, Jeffrey Weitz, Vikhyat S Bebarta, E Martin Caravati, Fred M Henretig, Theodore R Delbridge, William Banner, Sandra M Schneider, Victoria E Anderson
We provide recommendations for stocking of antidotes used in emergency departments (EDs). An expert panel representing diverse perspectives (clinical pharmacology, medical toxicology, critical care medicine, hematology/oncology, hospital pharmacy, emergency medicine, emergency medical services, pediatric emergency medicine, pediatric critical care medicine, poison centers, hospital administration, and public health) was formed to create recommendations for antidote stocking. Using a standardized summary of the medical literature, the primary reviewer for each antidote proposed guidelines for antidote stocking to the full panel...
June 29, 2017: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28656829/use-of-dexmedetomidine-infusion-as-a-sedative-drug-for-patients-in-the-intensive-care-unit
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Nelson Selvaraj
The administration of sedatives may present several challenges for critical care nurses. Evidence-based practice requires critical care nurses to remain up to date with developments in sedation management and ensure safe and effective use of sedative agents in their practice. Dexmedetomidine is a sedative drug that has been increasingly used in the intensive care setting in recent years. This article provides an overview of the pharmacological properties of dexmedetomidine and discusses nurses' responsibilities in caring for patients receiving dexmedetomidine infusion...
June 28, 2017: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640822/effective-treatment-options-for-musculoskeletal-pain-in-primary-care-a-systematic-overview-of-current-evidence
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Opeyemi O Babatunde, Joanne L Jordan, Danielle A Van der Windt, Jonathan C Hill, Nadine E Foster, Joanne Protheroe
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Musculoskeletal pain, the most common cause of disability globally, is most frequently managed in primary care. People with musculoskeletal pain in different body regions share similar characteristics, prognosis, and may respond to similar treatments. This overview aims to summarise current best evidence on currently available treatment options for the five most common musculoskeletal pain presentations (back, neck, shoulder, knee and multi-site pain) in primary care...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635354/the-effects-of-food-on-opioid-induced-nausea-and-vomiting-and-pharmacological-parameters-a-systematic-review
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Robert B Raffa, Robert Colucci, Joseph V Pergolizzi
Opioids remain the standard of care for treating moderate to severe pain resulting from surgery or injury in cases of acute pain, and are recommended for patients who have not responded to nonopioid analgesics. Effective management of pain has an impact on clinical course and often depends on achieving an acceptable balance between opioid efficacy, safety, and tolerability. Common opioid-related adverse events such as nausea and vomiting are associated with an overall lower achievement of effective pain management and patient satisfaction...
June 21, 2017: Postgraduate Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631765/-noninvasive-ventilation-and-sedation-evidence-and-practical-tools-for-its-utilization
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Ilaria Battistoni, Marco Marini, Giorgio Caretta, Fabio Vagnarelli, Fabiana Lucà, Emilia Biscottini, Alberto Lavorgna, Vincenza Procaccini, Letizia Riva, Gabriele Vianello, Nadia Aspromonte, Massimo Iacoviello, Renata De Maria, Serafina Valente, Michele Massimo Gulizia
Noninvasive ventilation (NIV) has gained increased acceptance inside the critical area, since it has been shown to be effective in reducing or avoiding the need for oro-tracheal intubation. NIV efficacy is dependent on the selection of the appropriate patients and on their compliance to therapy. Actually, full collaboration is not easily reached especially in agitated patients.Sedation during NIV is useful to reduce the rate of treatment failure, but robust data to guide the development of best practice are limited and sometimes local customs appear to exert a strong influence on patterns of care...
June 2017: Giornale Italiano di Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619390/the-effect-of-massage-on-acute-postoperative-pain-in-critically-and-acutely-ill-adults-post-thoracic-surgery-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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REVIEW
Madalina Boitor, Céline Gélinas, Melissa Richard-Lalonde, Brett D Thombs
Critical care practice guidelines identify a lack of clear evidence on the effectiveness of massage for pain control. To assess the effect of massage on acute pain in critically and acutely ill adults post-thoracic surgery. Medline, Embase, CINAHL, PsychInfo, Web of Science, Scopus and Cochrane Library databases were searched. Eligible studies were randomized controlled trials (RCTs) evaluating the effect of massage compared to attention control/sham massage or standard care alone on acute pain intensity post-thoracic surgery...
June 12, 2017: Heart & Lung: the Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595447/therapeutic-suggestions-with-critically-ill-in-palliative-care
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Adrienn K Szilágyi, Zoltán Kekecs, Katalin Varga
Suggestions can be used without formal hypnosis, especially with critically ill patients, due to their spontaneous trance state. In this paper we outline data on the effectiveness of therapeutic suggestions. We interpret the possible mechanism of therapeutic suggestions in the context of stress cognition. Basic principles of formulating suggestions are discussed and some recommended versions of non-pharmacological pain control are provided. Case vignettes are given of how suggestions are used with critically ill ICU patients...
May 28, 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28572098/prophylactic-acid-suppressive-therapy-in-hospitalized-adults-indications-benefits-and-infectious-complications
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Andrew C Faust, Kelly L Echevarria, Rebecca L Attridge, Lyndsay Sheperd, Marcos I Restrepo
Acid-suppressive therapy for prophylaxis of stress ulcer bleeding is commonly prescribed for hospitalized patients. Although its use in select, at-risk patients may reduce clinically significant gastrointestinal bleeding, the alteration in gastric pH and composition may place these patients at a higher risk of infection. Although any pharmacologic alteration of the gastric pH and composition is associated with an increased risk of infection, the risk appears to be highest with proton pump inhibitors, perhaps owing to the potency of this class of drugs in increasing the gastric pH...
June 2017: Critical Care Nurse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28570377/part-i-the-effects-of-music-for-the-symptom-management-of-anxiety-pain-and-insomnia-in-critically-ill-patients-an-integrative-review-of-current-literature
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Naheed Meghani, Mary Fran Tracy, Niloufar Niakosari Hadidi, Ruth Lindquist
Critical care environments are known for provoking anxiety, pain, and sleeplessness. Often, these symptoms are attributed to patients' underlying physiological conditions; life-sustaining or life-prolonging treatments such as ventilators, invasive procedures, tubes, and monitoring lines; and noise and the fast-paced technological nature of the critical care environment. This, in turn, possibly increases length of stay and morbidity and challenges the recovery and healing of critically ill patients. Complementary therapies can be used as adjunctive therapies alongside pharmacological interventions and modalities...
July 2017: Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing: DCCN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28562489/a-theory-of-eu-estrogenemia-a-unifying-concept
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Ralph J Turner, Irwin J Kerber
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to propose a unifying theory for the role of estrogen in postmenopausal women through examples in basic science, randomized controlled trials, observational studies, and clinical practice. METHODS: Review and evaluation of the literature relating to estrogen. DISCUSSION: The role of hormone therapy and ubiquitous estrogen receptors after reproductive senescence gains insight from basic science models. Observational studies and individualized patient care in clinical practice may show outcomes that are not reproduced in randomized clinical trials...
May 29, 2017: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560042/acetylcholinesterase-and-butyrylcholinesterase-in-cardiosurgical-patients-with-postoperative-delirium
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Mira John, E Wesley Ely, Dorothee Halfkann, Julika Schoen, Beate Sedemund-Adib, Stefan Klotz, Finn Radtke, Sebastian Stehr, Michael Hueppe
BACKGROUND: Patients in intensive care units (ICU) are often diagnosed with postoperative delirium; the duration of which has a relevant negative impact on various clinical outcomes. Recent research found a potentially important role of acetylcholinesterase (AChE) and butyrylcholinesterase (BChE) in delirium of critically ill patients on non-surgical ICU or in non-cardiac-surgery patients. We tested the hypothesis that AChE and BChE have an impact on patients after cardiac surgery with postoperative delirium...
2017: Journal of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28556389/current-practice-and-challenges-in-night-time-care-for-people-with-dementia-living-in-care-homes-a-qualitative-study
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Kayleigh Marie Nunez, Zunera Khan, Ingelin Testad, Vanessa Lawrence, Byron Creese, Anne Corbett
OBJECTIVE: To explore the current practices and challenges in night-time care for people with dementia living in care homes in the UK. METHODS: Focus group discussions (FGD) were held with care staff and family carers from five care homes in South London. To supplement the FGD data, an online survey was circulated to family carers (n = 16), and informal interviews were conducted with night-time care staff and nurses (n = 19). The questions for the online survey were designed to specifically explore the themes that emerged from the FGD...
May 26, 2017: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
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