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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898461/cold-pain-threshold-identifies-a-subgroup-of-patients-with-knee-osteoarthritis-that-present-with-multimodality-hyperalgesia-and-elevated-pain-levels
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Anthony Wright, Heather A E Benson, Rob Will, Penny Moss
OBJECTIVES: Cold hyperalgesia has been established as an important marker of pain severity in a number of conditions. This study aimed to establish the extent to which patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA) demonstrate widespread cold, heat, and pressure hyperalgesia. OA participants with widespread cold hyperalgesia were compared with the remaining OA cohort to determine whether they could be distinguished in terms of hyperalgesia, pain report, pain quality, and physical function. METHODS: A total of 80 participants with knee OA and 40 matched healthy controls participated...
November 24, 2016: Clinical Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898460/a-pilot-comparison-of-a-smartphone-app-with-or-without-2-way-messaging-among-chronic-pain-patients-who-benefits-from-a-pain-app
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Robert N Jamison, Dylan C Jurcik, Robert R Edwards, Chuan-Chin Huang, Edgar L Ross
OBJECTIVES: The overall aim of this study was to determine the effect of introducing a smartphone pain app, for both Android and iPhone devices that enables chronic pain patients to assess, monitor, and communicate their status to their providers. METHODS: This study recruited 105 chronic pain patients to use a smartphone pain app and half of the subjects (N=52) had 2-way messaging available through the app. All subjects completed baseline measures and were asked to record their progress every day for 3 months, with the opportunity to continue for 6 months...
November 24, 2016: Clinical Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893623/efficacy-and-safety-of-intravitreal-conbercept-injections-in-macular-edema-secondary-to-retinal-vein-occlusion
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Zuhua Sun, Haiying Zhou, Bing Lin, Xuan Jiao, Yingdong Luo, Feng Zhang, Shanshan Tao, Quan Wu, Zunhong Ke, Xiaoling Liu
PURPOSE: To assess the efficacy and safety of intravitreal conbercept injections in patients with macular edema secondary to retinal vein occlusion (RVO). METHODS: A prospective, Phase II clinical trial was performed on 60 patients with macular edema secondary to RVO. Thirty patients had branch RVO (BRVO) and 30 had central RVO (CRVO). Each patient received intravitreal injections of conbercept monthly up to 3 months, followed by monthly evaluation and injection pro re nata to Month 9...
November 23, 2016: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893236/training-in-the-adolescent-brain-an-fmri-training-study-on-divergent-thinking
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Sietske W Kleibeuker, Claire E Stevenson, Laura van der Aar, Sandy Overgaauw, Anna C van Duijvenvoorde, Eveline A Crone
Prior research suggests that adolescence is a time of enhanced sensitivity for practice and learning. In this study we tested the neural correlates of divergent thinking training in 15- to 16-year-old adolescents relative to an age-matched active control group. All participants performed an alternative uses task, a valid measure to test divergent thinking, while functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) images were acquired before and after a training program. In between the 2 scanning sessions the experimental group completed 2 weeks of divergent thinking training (8 sessions) and the control group completed 2 weeks of rule switching training (8 session)...
November 28, 2016: Developmental Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881123/reflective-practice-and-its-role-in-facilitating-creative-responses-to-dilemmas-within-clinical-communication-a-qualitative-analysis
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Gabriele Lutz, Gudrun Roling, Bettina Berger, Friedrich Edelhäuser, Christian Scheffer
BACKGROUND: Good communication is a major factor in delivering high quality in care. Research indicates that current communication skills training alone might not sufficiently enable students to find context-specific creative solutions to individual complex personal and interpersonal challenges in the clinical context. This study explores medical students' experiences with real communication dilemmas in a facilitated group setting. The aims were to gain a better understanding of whether and, if so, how reflective practice can enhance students' ability to find creative individual solutions in difficult communication situations and to identify factors within the reflective setting that foster their creative competency...
November 24, 2016: BMC Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875377/spinal-cord-stimulation-for-refractory-angina-pectoris-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Xiaoxiao Pan, Hongguang Bao, Yanna Si, Chenjie Xu, Hao Chen, Xianzhong Gao, Xinyi Xie, Yajie Xu, Fan Sun, Lingqing Zeng
OBJECTIVES: Parasthesia free stimulation, such as high frequency and burst have been demonstrated as effective therapies for neuropathic pain. The aim of this meta-analysis was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of conventional spinal cord stimulation (SCS) in the treatment of refractory angina pectoris (RAP). METHODS: Relevant randomized controlled trial (RCT) studies that investigated SCS for patients with RAP were comprehensively searched in Medline, Pubmed, Embase, and Cochrane Library...
November 21, 2016: Clinical Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870664/targeting-il-25-as-a-novel-therapy-in-chronic-rhinosinusitis-with-nasal-polyps
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Mingyu Lee, Dae Woo Kim, Hyun-Woo Shin
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps (CRSwNPs) is a heterogeneous inflammatory disorder with a poorly understood pathophysiology. Recent findings show that epithelial-derived cytokines, including thymic stromal lymphopoietin, IL-33, and IL-25, can exacerbate Th2 immune responses, ultimately leading to recalcitrant chronic rhinosinusitis and nasal polyp. Although IL-25 is increased in CRSwNP, the targeting of IL-25 as a therapeutic strategy remains largely unexplored...
November 18, 2016: Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870649/the-reliability-of-disease-activity-score-in-28-joints-c-reactive-protein-might-be-overestimated-in-a-subgroup-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-when-the-score-is-solely-based-on-subjective-parameters-a-cross-sectional-exploratory-study
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Inger Marie Jensen Hansen, Rikke Asmussen Andreasen, Mark Nam van Bui Hansen, Amir Emamifar
BACKGROUND: Disease Activity Score in 28 Joints (DAS28) is a scoring system to evaluate disease activity and treatment response in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). A DAS28 score of greater than 3.2 is a well-described limit for treatment intensification; however, the reliability of DAS28 might be overestimated. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the reliability of DAS28 in RA, especially focusing on a subgroup of patients with a DAS28 score of greater than 3...
November 19, 2016: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869766/supporting-teens-with-chronic-pain-to-obtain-high-school-credits-chronic-pain-35-in-alberta
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Kathy Reid, Mark Simmonds, Michelle Verrier, Bruce Dick
Chronic pain is a significant problem in children and teens, and adolescents with chronic pain often struggle to attend school on a regular basis. We present in this article a novel program we developed that integrates attendance at a group cognitive-behavioural chronic pain self-management program with earning high school credits. We collaborated with Alberta Education in the development of this course, Chronic Pain 35. Adolescents who choose to enroll are invited to demonstrate their scientific knowledge related to pain, understanding of and engagement with treatment homework, and demonstrate their creativity by completing a project, which demonstrates at least one concept...
November 19, 2016: Children
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867282/is-group-singing-special-health-well-being-and-social-bonds-in-community-based-adult-education-classes
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Eiluned Pearce, Jacques Launay, Anna Machin, Robin I M Dunbar
Evidence demonstrates that group singing improves health and well-being, but the precise mechanisms remain unknown. Given that cohesive social networks also positively influence health, we focus on the social aspects of singing, exploring whether improvements in health and well-being are mediated by stronger social bonds, both to the group as a whole (collective-bonding) and to individual classmates (relational-bonding). To do so, seven newly-formed community-based adult education classes (four singing, N=84, and three comparison classes studying creative writing or crafts, N=51) were followed over seven months...
November 2016: Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861456/dynamic-stabilization-of-simple-fractures-with-active-plates-delivers-stronger-healing-than-conventional-compression-plating
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Michael Bottlang, Stanley Tsai, Emily K Bliven, Brigitte von Rechenberg, Philipp Kindt, Peter Augat, Julia Henschel, Daniel C Fitzpatrick, Steven M Madey
OBJECTIVES: Active plates dynamize a fracture by elastic suspension of screw holes within the plate. We hypothesized that dynamic stabilization with active plates delivers stronger healing relative to standard compression plating. METHODS: Twelve sheep were randomized to receive either a standard compression plate (CP) or an active plate (ACTIVE) for stabilization of an anatomically reduced tibial osteotomy. In the CP group, absolute stabilization was pursued by interfragmentary compression with six cortical screws...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861244/effects-of-risk-assessment-and-management-programme-for-hypertension-on-clinical-outcomes-and-cardiovascular-disease-risks-after-12-months-a-population-based-matched-cohort-study
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Esther Y T Yu, Eric Y F Wan, Carlos K H Wong, Anca K C Chan, Karina H Y Chan, Sin-Yi Ho, Ruby L P Kwok, Cindy L K Lam
OBJECTIVES: This study evaluated the effectiveness of a structured multidisciplinary risk assessment and management programme for patients with hypertension (RAMP-HT) who were managed in public primary care clinics but had suboptimal blood pressure (BP) control in improving BP, LDL-cholesterol (LDL-C) and predicted 10-year cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk after 12 months of intervention. METHODS: A total of 10 262 hypertension patients with suboptimal BP despite treatment, aged less than 80 years and without existing CVD were enrolled in RAMP-HT between October 2011 and March 2012 from public general out-patient clinics in Hong Kong...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849639/wecareadvisor%C3%A2-the-development-of-a-caregiver-focused-web-based-program-to-assess-and-manage-behavioral-and-psychological-symptoms-of-dementia
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Helen C Kales, Laura N Gitlin, Barbara Stanislawski, Katherine Marx, Molly Turnwald, Daphne C Watkins, Constantine G Lyketsos
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) are nearly universal in dementia and associated with multiple negative outcomes. Current real-world management is largely pharmacologic, despite poor risk/benefit. The WeCareAdvisor was designed to enable family caregivers to assess, manage, and track BPSD using nonpharmacologic strategies. DESIGN: In-depth qualitative data were collected from family caregivers of people with dementia to inform: (1) style of approach and "look and feel" of the tool, and (2) the types of psychoeducation most needed by caregivers...
November 15, 2016: Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27846185/single-incision-laparoscopic-appendectomy-by-surgical-trainees
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Sang Gyun Suh, Hee Joo Sohn, Beom Gyu Kim, Joong-Min Park, Yoo-Shin Choi, Yong Keum Park, Seung Eun Lee
BACKGROUND: Single-incision laparoscopic appendectomy (SILA) is one of the most commonly performed single port surgeries in the world. However, there are few publications documenting a young resident's experience. The purpose of this study is to investigate clinical outcomes of SILA performed by a surgical trainee and to evaluate its feasibility and safety compared with conventional three-port laparoscopic appendectomy (TPLA) when performed by a surgical trainee and SILA by surgical staff...
November 11, 2016: Surgical Laparoscopy, Endoscopy & Percutaneous Techniques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27846045/closed-reduction-for-developmental-dysplasia-of-the-hip-early-term-results-from-a-prospective-multicenter-cohort
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Wudbhav N Sankar, Alex L Gornitzky, Nicholas M P Clarke, José A Herrera-Soto, Simon P Kelley, Travis Matheney, Kishore Mulpuri, Emily K Schaeffer, Vidyadhar V Upasani, Nicole Williams, Charles T Price
BACKGROUND: Closed reduction (CR) is a common treatment for infantile developmental dysplasia of the hip. The purpose of this observational, prospective, multicenter study was to determine the early outcomes following CR. METHODS: Prospectively collected data from an international multicenter study group was analyzed for patients treated from 2010 to 2014. Baseline demographics, clinical exam, radiographic/ultrasonographic data, and history of previous orthotic treatment were assessed...
November 11, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843816/wonca-2015-preconference-exchange-self-discovery-friendship-and-innovation-amidst-diversity-and-uncertainty
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Indra Van Hoorick, Kenneth Yakubu, Alexandra Tsipou, Ana Beatriz Figueiredo, Nurşah Özkan, Süheyla Atalay
This commentary is the result of a long-distance creative writing project between young general practitioners (GPs) from around the world. They wrote this after participating in an exchange program in Turkey, where they had the opportunity to shadow a Turkish GP, and talk about primary health care around the world. This program was organized by the Vasco da Gama Movement (Vasco da Gama Movement is WONCA Europe's Working group for New and Future GPs: http://vdgm.woncaeurope.org/).
April 2016: Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27832101/animal-study-registries-results-from-a-stakeholder-analysis-on-potential-strengths-weaknesses-facilitators-and-barriers
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Susanne Wieschowski, Diego S Silva, Daniel Strech
Publication bias in animal research, its extent, its predictors, and its potential countermeasures are increasingly discussed. Recent reports and conferences highlight the potential strengths of animal study registries (ASRs) in this regard. Others have warned that prospective registration of animal studies could diminish creativity, add administrative burdens, and complicate intellectual property issues in translational research. A literature review and 21 international key-informant interviews were conducted and thematically analyzed to develop a comprehensive matrix of main- and subcategories for potential ASR-related strengths, weaknesses, facilitators, and barriers (SWFBs)...
November 2016: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27831960/an-event-related-potential-investigation-of-spatial-attention-orientation-in-children-trained-with-mental-abacus-calculation
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Xiaoqin Liu, Yanchao Sun
The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of long-term mental abacus calculation training (MACT) on children's spatial attention orientation. Fifteen children with intensive MACT (MACT group) and 15 children without MACT (non-MACT group) were selected. The two groups of children were matched in age, sex, handedness, and academic grade. The participants were tested with a Posner spatial cueing task while their neural activities were recorded with a 32-channel electroencephalogram system. The participants' behavior scores (reaction time and accuracy) as well as early components of event-related potential (ERP) during the tests were statistically analyzed...
January 1, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27813661/communicatively-making-sense-of-doulas-within-the-u-s-master-birth-narrative-doulas-as-liminal-characters
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Haley Kranstuber Horstman, Jenn Anderson, Rebecca A Kuehl
Doulas-or designated women experienced in childbirth who provide support to a birthing mother-have been shown to improve mothers' medical outcomes, but they are relatively underused in U.S. births. We assert that doulas are rarely used, in part, because it is difficult to situate them within the contemporary U.S. master birth narrative that places family and medical staff as expected characters in the birth story. This qualitative study uses narrative theorizing to describe the communicatively situated position of doulas in light of the dominant U...
November 4, 2016: Health Communication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27812053/developing-management-capacity-building-package-to-district-health-manager-in-northwest-of-iran-a-sequential-mixed-method-study
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Jafar Sadegh Tabrizi, Kamal Gholipour, Mostafa Farahbakhsh, Hasan Jahanbin, Majid Karamuz
OBJECTIVE: To assess districts health managers educational needs and develop management training programmes. METHODS: This mixed-method study was carried out between August 2014 and August 2015 in Tabriz, Iran. Four focus group discussion sessions and three semi-structured face-to-face interviews were conducted among district health managers and experts of a health centre. Besides, 52 questionnaires were completed to weigh and finalise management education module and courses...
November 2016: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
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