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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523401/functional-and-quality-of-life-outcomes-following-obstetric-anal-sphincter-injury-oasi-does-the-grade-of-injury-affect-outcomes
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Lisa Ramage, Clarence Yen, Shengyang Qiu, Constantinos Simillis, Christos Kontovounisios, Paris Tekkis, Emile Tan
INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: The aim of this study was to compare functional and quality of life data in patients with increasing grades of obstetric anal sphincter injury (OASI) presenting to a tertiary colorectal pelvic floor clinic within 24 months of delivery. METHODS: Prospective data were collected from the patients for the period 2009-2016 and included data on functional outcomes and motor anorectal manometry parameters. The instruments used for the evaluation of functional outcomes were the Birmingham Bowel and Urinary Symptoms Questionnaire, the Wexner Incontinence Score, Short Form 36, and the Pelvic Organ Prolapse/Urinary Incontinence Sexual Questionnaire...
May 18, 2017: International Urogynecology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523085/free-bone-grafts-for-mandibular-reconstruction-in-patients-who-have-not-received-radiotherapy-the-6-cm-rule-myth-or-reality
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Baljeet Nandra, Tirbod Fattahi, Tim Martin, Prav Praveen, Rui Fernandes, Sat Parmar
Bony reconstruction of the mandible after surgical resection results in improved rehabilitation and aesthetics. Composite tissue transfer has transformed reconstruction, particularly in patients who have received radiotherapy. However, there is morbidity related to free tissue transfer. Free nonvascularized bone grafts have much lower morbidity. Surgeons believe that free bone grafts greater than 6.0 cm are prone to failure. The aims of this study was to assess whether bone grafts greater than 6.0 cm in length have a high risk of failure...
June 2017: Craniomaxillofacial Trauma & Reconstruction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522949/patients-with-computed-tomography-proven-acute-diverticulitis-require-follow-up-to-exclude-colorectal-cancer
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Shafquat Zaman, Warren Chapman, Imtiyaz Mohammed, Kathryn Gill, Stephen Thomas Ward
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Traditionally, patients with acute diverticulitis undergo follow-up endoscopy to exclude colorectal cancer (CRC). However, its usefulness has been debated in this era of high-resolution computed tomography (CT) diagnosis. We assessed the frequency and outcome of endoscopic follow-up for patients with CT-proven acute diverticulitis, according to the confidence in the CT diagnosis. METHODS: Records of patients with CT-proven acute diverticulitis between October 2007 and March 2014 at Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust were retrieved...
April 2017: Intestinal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520896/laser-assisted-indocyanine-green-dye-angiography-for-postoperative-fistulas-after-salvage-laryngectomy
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Erin J Partington, Lindsay S Moore, Russel Kahmke, Jason M Warram, William Carroll, Eben L Rosenthal, Benjamin J Greene
Importance: Pharyngocutaneous fistula formation is an unfortunate complication after salvage laryngectomy for head and neck cancer that is difficult to anticipate and related to a variety of factors, including the viability of native pharyngeal mucosa. Objective: To examine whether noninvasive angiography with indocyanine green (ICG) dye can be used to evaluate native pharyngeal vascularity to anticipate pharyngocutaneous fistula development. Design, Setting, and Participants: This cohort study included 37 patients enrolled from June 1, 2013, to June 1, 2016, and follow-up was for at least 1 month postoperatively...
May 18, 2017: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520574/orthotopic-liver-transplantation-changes-the-course-of-gastric-antral-vascular-ectasia-a-case-series-from-a-transplant-center
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Chaitanya Allamneni, Basem Alkurdi, Rehan Naseemuddin, Brendan M McGuire, Mohamed G Shoreibah, Devin E Eckhoff, Shajan Peter
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Gastric antral vascular ectasia (GAVE) is an important cause of upper gastrointestinal bleeding and anemia in patients with cirrhosis. The aim of our study was to evaluate the effect of orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT) on GAVE and associated anemia. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We performed a chart review and identified all cirrhotic patients with GAVE who underwent OLT at the University Of Alabama at Birmingham between 2005 and 2013. Population's demographics, etiology of cirrhosis, comorbidities, presentation and treatment modalities of GAVE, endoscopic and histopathologic reports, hemoglobin values before and after transplant, and immunosuppressive regimens were collected...
May 17, 2017: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512509/united-kingdom-csf-disorders-day-14th-october-2016-university-hospitals-birmingham
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Ruchika Batra, Alexandra Sinclair, Susan Mollan
The management of patients with cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) disorders requires a multi-specialty approach involving specialists in neurosurgery, neurology, neuroradiology, and neuro-ophthalmology. A symposium on CSF disorders took place at University Hospitals Birmingham and covered a selection of the more challenging and controversial issues facing the multi-specialty team. The meeting also featured a synopsis of the latest scientific research. The authors provide an overview of the event.
June 2017: Neuro-ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500230/conjunctival-lymphangiectasia-associated-with-classic-fabry-disease
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Melanie D Sivley, Eric L Wallace, David G Warnock, William J Benjamin
BACKGROUND: Fabry disease (FD) is a treatable multisystem disease caused by a defect in the alpha-galactosidase gene. Ocular signs of FD, including corneal verticillata, are among the earliest diagnostic findings. Conjunctival lymphangiectasia (CL) has not previously been associated with FD. METHODS: We examined the eyes of a cohort of 13 adult patients, eight men and five women, with documented classic FD, all treated with enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham between February 2014 and April 2015...
May 12, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498830/the-influence-of-the-great-east-japan-earthquake-on-microscopic-polyangiitis-a-retrospective-observational-study
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Yoichi Takeuchi, Ayako Saito, Yoshie Ojima, Saeko Kagaya, Hirotaka Fukami, Hiroyuki Sato, Ken Matsuda, Tasuku Nagasawa
BACKGROUND: Antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody-associated vasculitis is triggered by environmental factors, including silica dust exposure. Repeated tsunami waves brought a large volume of silica-containing sludge inland after the Great East Japan earthquake in 2011. We aimed to determine if the serious disaster influenced the clinical features of the microscopic polyangiitis. METHODS: This is an observational retrospective study conducted in a single institute...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495611/hiv-1-tat-protein-enhances-sensitization-to-methamphetamine-by-affecting-dopaminergic-function
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James P Kesby, Julia A Najera, Benedetto Romoli, Yiding Fang, Liana Basova, Amanda Birmingham, Maria Cecilia G Marcondes, Davide Dulcis, Svetlana Semenova
Methamphetamine abuse is common among humans with immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The HIV-1 regulatory protein TAT induces dysfunction of mesolimbic dopaminergic systems which may result in impaired reward processes and contribute to methamphetamine abuse. These studies investigated the impact of TAT expression on methamphetamine-induced locomotor sensitization, underlying changes in dopamine function and adenosine receptors in mesolimbic brain areas and neuroinflammation (microgliosis). Transgenic mice with doxycycline-induced TAT protein expression in the brain were tested for locomotor activity in response to repeated methamphetamine injections and methamphetamine challenge after a 7-day abstinence period...
May 8, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486935/emergency-department-use-and-barriers-to-wellness-a-survey-of-emergency-department-frequent-users
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Lauren E Birmingham, Thaddeus Cochran, Jennifer A Frey, Kirk A Stiffler, Scott T Wilber
BACKGROUND: There is no common understanding of how needs of emergency department (ED) frequent users differ from other patients. This study sought to examine how to best serve this population. Examinations of why ED frequent users present to the ED, what barriers to care exist, and what service offerings may help these patients achieve an optimal level of health were conducted. METHODS: We performed a prospective study of frequent ED users in an adult only, level 1 trauma center with approximately 90,000 visits per year...
May 10, 2017: BMC Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483828/sources-of-sodium-in-us-adults-from-3-geographic-regions
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Lisa J Harnack, Mary E Cogswell, James M Shikany, Christopher D Gardner, Cathleen Gillespie, Catherine M Loria, Xia Zhou, Keming Yuan, Lyn M Steffen
BACKGROUND: Most US adults consume excess sodium. Knowledge about the dietary sources of sodium intake is critical to the development of effective reduction strategies. METHODS: A total of 450 adults were recruited from 3 geographic locations: Birmingham, AL (n=150); Palo Alto, CA (n=150); and the Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN (n=150), metropolitan areas. Equal numbers of women and men from each of 4 race/ethnic groups (blacks, Asians, Hispanics, and non-Hispanic whites) were targeted for recruitment...
May 9, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479233/addition-of-gemcitabine-to-paclitaxel-epirubicin-and-cyclophosphamide-adjuvant-chemotherapy-for-women-with-early-stage-breast-cancer-tango-final-10-year-follow-up-of-an-open-label-randomised-phase-3-trial
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Helena M Earl, Louise Hiller, Helen C Howard, Janet A Dunn, Jennie Young, Sarah J Bowden, Michelle McDermaid, Anna K Waterhouse, Gregory Wilson, Rajiv Agrawal, Susan O'Reilly, Angela Bowman, Diana M Ritchie, Andrew Goodman, Tamas Hickish, Karen McAdam, David Cameron, David Dodwell, Daniel W Rea, Carlos Caldas, Elena Provenzano, Jean E Abraham, Peter Canney, John P Crown, M John Kennedy, Robert Coleman, Robert C Leonard, James A Carmichael, Andrew M Wardley, Christopher J Poole
BACKGROUND: The tAnGo trial was designed to investigate the potential role of gemcitabine when added to anthracycline and taxane-containing adjuvant chemotherapy for early breast cancer. When this study was developed, gemcitabine had shown significant activity in metastatic breast cancer, and there was evidence of a favourable interaction with paclitaxel. METHODS: tAnGo was an international, open-label, randomised, phase 3 superiority trial that enrolled women aged 18 years or older with newly diagnosed, early-stage breast cancer who had a definite indication for chemotherapy, any nodal status, any hormone receptor status, Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group performance status of 0-1, and adequate bone marrow, hepatic, and renal function...
May 4, 2017: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473009/a-year-in-the-life-of-a-contaminated-heater-cooler-unit-with-mycobacterium-chimaera
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Mark I Garvey, Craig W Bradley, Jimmy Walker
OBJECTIVE Heater-cooler units (HCUs) have been shown to be a source of Mycobacterium chimaera infections. For the past year, weekly water samples have been taken from HCUs used at University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) NHS Foundation Trust. We report the microbial contamination of the HCUs over a year detailing the decontamination regimes applied at UHB to reduce the microbial load. DESIGN Observational study SETTING UHB is a tertiary referral teaching hospital in Birmingham, United Kingdom, that provides clinical services to nearly 1 million patients every year...
May 5, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466730/under-surveillance-using-cameras-to-improve-care-home-practice
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Lynne Pearce
When the owner of Bramley Court in Birmingham mooted the idea of installing surveillance cameras inside the care home, manager and nurse Ann Willey was unenthusiastic. 'It felt like Big Brother was watching you,' she says. But then she considered how cameras might reduce the risk of poor practice and the potential benefits for vulnerable residents.
May 3, 2017: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453348/the-effect-of-therapeutic-whirlpool-and-hot-packs-on-hand-volume-during-rehabilitation-after-distal-radius-fracture-a-blinded-randomized-controlled-trial
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Mike Szekeres, Joy C MacDermid, Trevor Birmingham, Ruby Grewal, Emily Lalone
BACKGROUND: Edema is a possibility with all heating modalities due to the increase in local blood flow caused by vasodilation. Despite the frequent application of superficial heat modalities, their relative effect on hand volume has not been determined for the upper extremity. The objective of this study was to compare the immediate effects of hot packs and whirlpool on hand volume for patients with distal radius fracture (DRF) and to determine whether any changes in volume between these modalities were still present 30 minutes after heat application...
May 2017: Hand: Official Journal of the American Association for Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448669/prevalence-of-undiagnosed-age-related-macular-degeneration-in-primary-eye-care
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David C Neely, Kevin J Bray, Carrie E Huisingh, Mark E Clark, Gerald McGwin, Cynthia Owsley
Importance: Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of irreversible vision impairment in older adults in the United States, yet little is known about whether AMD is appropriately diagnosed in primary eye care. Objectives: To examine the prevalence of eyes with AMD in patients seen in primary eye care clinics who purportedly have normal macular health per their medical record and the association of AMD with patient and physician characteristics...
April 27, 2017: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448061/grand-maternal-smoking-in-pregnancy-and-grandchild-s-autistic-traits-and-diagnosed-autism
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Jean Golding, Genette Ellis, Steven Gregory, Karen Birmingham, Yasmin Iles-Caven, Dheeraj Rai, Marcus Pembrey
Although there is considerable research into the genetic background of autism spectrum disorders, environmental factors are likely to contribute to the variation in prevalence over time. Rodent experiments indicate that environmental exposures can have effects on subsequent generations, and human studies indicate that parental prenatal exposures may play a part in developmental variation. Here we use the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) to test the hypothesis that if the mother or father (F1) had been exposed to their own mother's (F0) smoking during pregnancy, the offspring (F2) would be at increased risk of autism...
April 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438416/the-epidemiology-of-open-globe-injuries-presenting-to-a-tertiary-referral-eye-hospital-in-australia
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Nader Beshay, Lisa Keay, Hamish Dunn, Tengku A Kamalden, Annette K Hoskin, Stephanie L Watson
BACKGROUND: Open globe injuries (OGIs) account for 44% of the cost of ocular trauma within Australia. It is estimated that 90% of ocular trauma is preventable. However, there have been few epidemiological studies within Australia that have identified groups at risk of OGIs specifically. The aim of our study was to review the epidemiology of OGIs presenting to a tertiary referral eye hospital in Australia. METHODS: The Birmingham Eye Trauma Terminology (BETT) system was used to classify injuries as globe ruptures, penetrating eye injuries (PEIs), intraocular foreign bodies (IOFBs) or perforating injuries...
April 18, 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431979/past-exposure-to-fruit-and-vegetable-variety-moderates-the-link-between-fungiform-papillae-density-and-current-variety-of-fv-consumed-by-children
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Anna Fogel, Jackie Blissett
Higher fungiform papillae density (FPD) has been associated with lower taste sensitivity thresholds and greater perceived taste intensity along with consumption of fewer fruit and vegetables (FV). Children exposed to greater variety of FV tend to habitually consume more FV, however, it is unknown whether exposure effects are attenuated by individual differences in FPD or whether these effects vary according to sensory properties of FV. This study examined the links between children's FPD, current variety of FV consumed, and past experiences with variety of fruit and vegetables...
April 19, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427300/object-decision-test-borb-normative-data-for-the-adult-quebec-population-and-performance-in-alzheimer-s-disease-and-the-semantic-variant-of-primary-progressive-aphasia
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Alexandre St-Hilaire, Marie-Claude Blackburn, Maximiliano A Wilson, Robert Jr Laforce, Carol Hudon, Joël Macoir
Object decision (OD) test is one subtest of the Birmingham Object Recognition Battery (BORB). It is useful for differential diagnosis among several neurodegenerative diseases. However, normative data provided with this battery count on very few subjects and do not control for the effect of age, which limits interpretability. The purpose of Study 1 was to provide normative data for the OD test of the BORB (version A-hard). The objectives of Study 2 were to establish the diagnostic validity of this task and predictive validity of the normative data in the case of the semantic variant of primary progressive aphasia (svPPA) and Alzheimer's disease (AD)...
April 21, 2017: Neuropsychology, Development, and Cognition. Section B, Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition
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