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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031040/-treatment-refusal-in-pediatric-oncology
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A Špótová, K Husáková, A Hrašková, M Mikesková, J Puškáčová, S Hederová, M Jamárik, E Rabenseifertová, Z Jalovecká, A Kolenová, Z Šubová
BACKGROUND: Pediatric oncologists are often faced with situations in which parents or guardians refuse recommended treatment for curable childhood cancer. Deciding how to proceed in such situations is an ethical dilemma. The aim of this article is to consider optimal approaches when parents are strongly against oncological treatment, potentially compromising their childrens rights for health care and to the chance for cure. CASES: In this paper, we report two cases of treatment refusal from our department and the impact of such decisions on the children themselves...
2017: Klinická Onkologie: Casopis Ceské a Slovenské Onkologické Spolecnosti
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031032/the-frequency-and-clinical-implications-of-bacteriuria-in-chronically-paralyzed-dogs
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S R Baigi, S Vaden, N J Olby
BACKGROUND: Paralysis is a known risk factor for urinary tract infections (UTI), sepsis, and death in paralyzed people, but there are no data available on diagnostic criteria for UTI versus bacteriuria, their frequency, or clinical implications in chronically paralyzed dogs. HYPOTHESIS/OBJECTIVES: That chronically paralyzed dogs suffer frequent bacteriuria causing reduced duration of survival. We documented the frequency of bacteriuria, associated clinical signs, and survival rate in chronically paralyzed dogs...
October 14, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031028/risk-factors-for-death-in-dogs-treated-for-esophageal-foreign-body-obstruction-a-retrospective-cohort-study-of-222-cases-1998-2017
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A G Burton, C T Talbot, M S Kent
BACKGROUND: Limited data exist describing risk factors for death, and long-term outcomes in dogs with esophageal foreign body (EFB) obstruction. HYPOTHESIS/OBJECTIVES: To evaluate short- and long-term outcomes, and analyze risk factors for death in dogs with EFB obstruction. We hypothesized duration of entrapment and treatment type would affect outcome. ANIMALS: A total of 222 dogs were treated for EFB obstruction at an emergency and referral hospital between March 1998 and March 2017...
October 14, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029347/childhood-health-and-educational-outcomes-associated-with-maternal-sleep-apnea-a-population-record-linkage-study
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Yu Sun Bin, Peter A Cistulli, Christine L Roberts, Jane B Ford
Objectives: Sleep apnea in pregnancy is known to adversely affect birth outcomes. Whether in utero exposure to maternal sleep apnea is associated with long-term childhood consequences is unclear. Methods: Population-based longitudinal study of singleton infants born during 2002 to 2012 was conducted using linked birth, hospital, death, developmental, and educational records from New South Wales, Australia. Maternal sleep apnea during pregnancy was identified from hospital records...
October 5, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029337/protective-effect-of-indoor-residual-spraying-of-insecticide-on-preterm-birth-among-pregnant-women-with-hiv-in-uganda-a-secondary-data-analysis
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Michelle E Roh, Stephen Shiboski, Paul Natureeba, Abel Kakuru, Mary Muhindo, Teddy Ochieng, Albert Plenty, Catherine A Koss, Tamara D Clark, Patricia Awori, Miriam Nakalambe, Deborah Cohan, Prasanna Jagannathan, Roly Gosling, Diane V Havlir, Moses R Kamya, Grant Dorsey
Background: Recent evidence demonstrated improved birth outcomes among HIV-uninfected pregnant women protected by indoor residual spraying of insecticide (IRS). Evidence regarding its impact on HIV-infected pregnant women is lacking. Methods: Data were pooled from two studies conducted before-and-after an IRS campaign in Tororo, Uganda among HIV-infected pregnant women who received bednets, daily trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (TMP-SMX), and combination antiretroviral therapy (c-ART) at enrollment...
October 6, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029140/structural-valve-deterioration-in-the-mitroflow-biological-heart-valve-prosthesis
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Issa Farah Issa, Steen Hvitfeldt Poulsen, Farhad Waziri, Christian Torp Pedersen, Per Hostrup Nielsen, Lars Riber, Jordi S Dahl, Peter Søgaard, Martin Agge Nørgaard, Jacob Eifer Møller
OBJECTIVES: Concern has been raised regarding the long-term durability of the Mitroflow biological heart valve prosthesis. Our aim was to assess the incidence of structural valve degeneration (SVD) for the Mitroflow bioprosthesis in a nationwide study in Denmark including all patients alive in Denmark who had received a Mitroflow aortic bioprosthesis since 2000. METHODS: Patients alive in Denmark with a Mitroflow bioprosthesis implanted since January 2000 were invited to participate in a nationwide cross-sectional study with a predefined definition of SVD...
September 28, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029108/relative-risks-of-contributing-factors-to-morbidity-and-mortality-in-adults-with-craniopharyngioma-on-gh-replacement
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Kevin C J Yuen, Anders F Mattsson, Pia Burman, Eva-Marie Erfurth, Cecilia Camacho-Hubner, Janet L Fox, Johan Verhelst, Mitchell E Geffner, Roger Abs
Context: Craniopharyngioma (CP) in adults, of either childhood-onset (CO-CP) or adult-onset (AO-CP), is associated with increased morbidity and mortality, but data on the relative risks (RRs) of contributing factors are lacking. Objective: To assess the RRs of factors contributing to morbidity and mortality of adults with CO-CP and AO-CP. Methods: Data on 1,669 CP patients from KIMS (Pfizer International Metabolic Database) were analyzed using univariate and multiple Poisson and Cox regression methods...
September 29, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029055/prognostic-models-for-9-month-mortality-in-tuberculous-meningitis
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Le Thi Phuong Thao, A Dorothee Heemskerk, Ronald B Geskus, Nguyen Thi Hoang Mai, Dang Thi Minh Ha, Tran Thi Hong Chau, Nguyen Hoan Phu, Nguyen Van Vinh Chau, Maxine Caws, Nguyen Huu Lan, Do Dang Anh Thu, Nguyen Thuy Thuong Thuong, Jeremy Day, Jeremy J Farrar, M Estee Torok, Nguyen Duc Bang, Guy E Thwaites, Marcel Wolbers
Background: Tuberculous meningitis (TBM) is the most severe form of extra-pulmonary tuberculosis. We developed and validated prognostic models for 9-month mortality in HIV-uninfected and HIV-infected adults with TBM. Methods: We included 1699 subjects from four randomized clinical trials and one prospective observational study conducted at two major referral hospitals in Southern Vietnam from 2001-2015. Modelling was based on multivariable Cox proportional hazards regression...
September 26, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029035/long-term-survival-and-causes-of-death-in-patients-with-st-elevation-acute-coronary-syndrome-without-obstructive-coronary-artery-disease
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Hedvig Bille Andersson, Frants Pedersen, Thomas Engstrøm, Steffen Helqvist, Morten Kvistholm Jensen, Erik Jørgensen, Henning Kelbæk, Sune Bernd Emil Werner Räder, Kari Saunamäki, Eric Bates, Peer Grande, Lene Holmvang, Peter Clemmensen
Aims: We aimed to study survival and causes of death in patients with ST-elevation acute coronary syndrome (STE-ACS) with and without obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD). Methods and results: We included 4793 consecutive patients with STE-ACS triaged for acute coronary angiography at a large cardiac invasive centre (2009-2014). Of these, 88% had obstructive CAD (stenosis ≥50%), 6% had non-obstructive CAD (stenosis 1-49%), and 5% had normal coronary arteries...
September 23, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029009/the-effect-of-physical-activity-and-cardiorespiratory-fitness-on-all-cause-mortality-in-hong-kong-chinese-older-people
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Zhihui Lu, Jean Woo, Timothy Kwok
Background: It is unclear whether physical activity (PA) could predict all-cause mortality independently of cardiorespiratory fitness, and there are relatively few studies evaluating the combined effect of PA and cardiorespiratory fitness on mortality. Methods: We invited 1,242 Chinese older adults aged 69 to 94 years from the MrOs and MsOs cohort (Hong Kong) study for a 7-year follow-up. PA was measured by the Physical Activity Scale of the Elderly (PASE). Cardiorespiratory fitness, expressed as maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max), was assessed by performing symptom-limited maximal exercise testing on an electrically braked bicycle ergometer and 6-meter walk test...
September 19, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028812/occurrence-of-the-middle-east-respiratory-syndrome-coronavirus-mers-cov-across-the-gulf-corporation-council-countries-four-years-update
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Mahmoud Aly, Mohamed Elrobh, Maha Alzayer, Sameera Aljuhani, Hanan Balkhy
The emergence of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infections has become a global issue of dire concerns. MERS-CoV infections have been identified in many countries all over the world whereas high level occurrences have been documented in the Middle East and Korea. MERS-CoV is mainly spreading across the geographical region of the Middle East, especially in the Arabian Peninsula, while some imported sporadic cases were reported from the Europe, North America, Africa, and lately Asia...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028789/safe-administration-of-an-anti-pd-1-antibody-to-kidney-transplant-patients-2-clinical-cases-and-review-of-the-literature
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Julia K Winkler, Ralf Gutzmer, Carolin Bender, Nina Lang, Martin Zeier, Alexander H Enk, Jessica C Hassel
Antiprogrammed cell-death protein 1 (PD-1) antibodies have revolutionized therapy of metastatic melanoma and other tumors, but some subgroups of patients such as immunosuppressed patients after solid-organ transplantation, have regularly been excluded from clinical studies. We report 2 cases of kidney-transplant patients who received an anti-PD-1 antibody to treat metastatic melanoma. Treatment was tolerated well with no relevant adverse events and stable kidney functions, but the melanoma progressed in both patients...
November 2017: Journal of Immunotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028764/the-prognostic-value-of-mri-in-moderate-and-severe-traumatic-brain-injury-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Hourmazd Haghbayan, Amélie Boutin, Mathieu Laflamme, François Lauzier, Michèle Shemilt, Lynne Moore, Ryan Zarychanski, Vincent Douville, Dean Fergusson, Alexis F Turgeon
OBJECTIVES: Traumatic brain injury is a major cause of death and disability, yet many predictors of outcome are not precise enough to guide initial clinical decision-making. Although increasingly used in the early phase following traumatic brain injury, the prognostic utility of MRI remains uncertain. We thus undertook a systematic review and meta-analysis of studies evaluating the predictive value of acute MRI lesion patterns for discriminating clinical outcome in traumatic brain injury...
October 12, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028682/current-and-projected-burden-of-disease-from-high-ambient-temperature-in-korea
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Soo Eun Chung, Hae-Kwan Cheong, Jae-Hyun Park, Jong-Hun Kim, Hyunjin Han
BACKGROUND: The objective of the present study was to estimate the current and projected burden of disease from high ambient temperature using population-based data sources of nationwide mortality and morbidity in Korea. METHODS: Disability-adjusted life years (DALY) were estimated using noninjury-related deaths, and cerebrovascular and cardiovascular diseases from recently released nationwide health and mortality databases. Years of life lost and years lost due to disability were measured based on the point prevalence and number of deaths during the study period...
October 2017: Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028664/abacavir-use-and-risk-of-recurrent-myocardial-infarction-the-d-a-d-study
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Caroline A Sabin, Lene Ryom, Antonella d'Arminio Monforte, Camilla I Hatleberg, Christian Pradier, Wafaa El-Sadr, Ole Kirk, Rainer Weber, Andrew N Phillips, Amanda Mocroft, Fabrice Bonnet, Matthew Law, Stephane de Wit, Peter Reiss, Jens D Lundgren
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association between abacavir (ABC) use and recurrent myocardial infarction (MI) among HIV-positive people with a prior MI. DESIGN: International multi-cohort collaboration with follow-up from 1999-2016. METHODS: The rate of recurrent MI was described among D:A:D participants who experienced an index MI whilst in the study, and who remained under follow-up beyond 28 days after this MI. Follow-up was considered to the date of next MI, death, 01/Feb/2016 or 6 months after last clinic visit...
October 12, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028487/ziram-a-dithiocarbamate-fungicide-exhibits-pseudo-cytoprotective-actions-against-oxidative-stress-in-rat-thymocytes-possible-environmental-risks
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Yumiko Kanemoto-Kataoka, Keisuke Oyama, Tomohiro M Oyama, Hitoshi Ishibashi, Yasuo Oyama
Ziram, a dithiocarbamate fungicide, protects various vegetables and fruits against infections by fungus. Recently, there have been increasing anxieties about the risks in the use of dithiocarbamate fungicides. Our previous studies showed that Zn(2+) was a determinant of Ziram cytotoxicity. In addition, Zn(2+) is linked to H2O2 cytotoxicity. Therefore, in this study, we aimed to test the hypothesis that Ziram could augment the cytotoxicity of H2O2 by examining the changes induced by Ziram in some cellular parameters in rat thymic lymphocytes subjected to H2O2-induced oxidative stress using flow-cytometric methods with fluorescent dyes...
October 10, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028421/medical-student-reflections-on-geriatrics-moral-distress-empathy-ethics-and-end-of-life
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Mary E Camp, Haekyung Jeon-Slaughter, Anne E Johnson, John Z Sadler
INTRODUCTION: Medical students' early clinical encounters may influence their perceptions of geriatrics. This study examines reflective essays written by 3rd year medical students on required clinical rotations. METHODS: Using content analysis, the authors analyzed the essays' thematic content. The authors then used chi-square analysis to compare themes with geriatric patients (age 60+) to themes with other age groups. RESULTS: 120 out of 802 essays described a geriatric patient...
October 13, 2017: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028119/comparison-of-treatment-persistence-with-dabigatran-or-rivaroxaban-versus-vitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anticoagulants-in-atrial-fibrillation-patients-a-competing-risk-analysis-in-the-french-nationwide-healthcare-databases
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Géric Maura, Cécile Billionnet, François Alla, Joshua J Gagne, Antoine Pariente
BACKGROUND: Direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) have been proposed as a more convenient alternative to vitamin K antagonists (VKAs), which are commonly associated with poor treatment persistence in nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (nv-AF). METHODS: Using data from the French National Healthcare databases (Régime Général, 50 million beneficiaries), a cohort study was conducted to compare the 1-year non-persistence rates in nv-AF patients initiating dabigatran (N=11,141) or rivaroxaban (N=11,126) versus VKA (N=11,998)...
October 13, 2017: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29027893/hospital-acquired-conditions-predictors-and-implications-for-outcomes-following-spine-tumor-resection
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Nikita Lakomkin, Constantinos G Hadjipanayis
OBJECTIVE Hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) significantly compromise patient safety, and have been identified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as events that will be associated with penalties for surgeons. The mitigation of HACs must be an important consideration during the postoperative management of patients undergoing spine tumor resection. The purpose of this study was to identify the risk factors for HACs and to characterize the relationship between HACs and other postoperative adverse events following spine tumor resection...
October 13, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29027810/electrocardiographic-characteristics-associated-with-in-hospital-outcome-in-patients-with-left-main-acute-coronary-syndrome-for-contriving-a-new-risk-stratification-score
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Takayuki Iida, Fumito Tanimura, Kyoko Takahashi, Hideki Nakamura, Satoshi Nakajima, Motoyuki Nakamura, Yoshihiro Morino, Tomonori Itoh
AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate electrocardiographic characteristics associated with in-hospital prognosis in patients with left main acute coronary syndrome. METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 89 left main acute coronary syndrome subjects were selected from 3357 consecutive acute coronary syndrome patients (2.7%). Patients of this study were divided into two groups; those who survived and those who died. Patients' characteristics and electrocardiogram on admission were then retrospectively analyzed between the two groups...
December 1, 2016: European Heart Journal. Acute Cardiovascular Care
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