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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141396/proposal-of-a-pretreatment-nomogram-for-predicting-local-recurrence-after-intensity-modulated-radiation-therapy-in-t4-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma-a-retrospective-review-of-415-chinese-patients
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Lu-Lu Zhang, Yi-Yang Li, Jiang Hu, Guan-Qun Zhou, Lei Chen, Wen-Fei Li, Ai-Hua Lin, Jun Ma, Zhen-Yu Qi, Ying Sun
Purpose: Local relapse-free survival (LRFS) differs widely among patients with T4 category nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). We aimed to build a nomogram incorporating clinicopathological information to predict LRFS in T4 NPC after definitive intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). Methods and Materials: Retrospective study of 415 Chinese patients with non-metastatic T4 NPC treated with definitive IMRT with or without chemotherapy at our cancer center between October 2009 and September 2013...
November 15, 2017: Cancer Research and Treatment: Official Journal of Korean Cancer Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141387/-anterior-corneal-high-order-aberrations-in-eyes-with-senile-cataract-in-a-chinese-population
#2
X J Xing, H Song, X Tang
Objective: To investigate the distribution of anterior corneal high-order aberrations (HOAs) in Chinese eyes with cataract and their correlations with age and axial length for the choice of aspheric intraocular lens. Methods: Retrospective study. Six hundred twenty-five Chinese patients with cataract[male: 260, female: 365, age: (71.2±8.0) years] were categorized into 4 groups in accordance with their axial lengths. Anterior corneal HOAs in the central 6- mm zone was measured with an iTrace wavefront analyzer...
November 11, 2017: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141368/-long-term-efficacy-of-open-reduction-and-internal-fixation-versus-external-fixation-for-unstable-distal-radius-fractures-a-meta-analysis
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Z Yang, Z Z Yuan, J X Ma, X L Ma
Objective: To make a systematic assessment of the Long-term efficacy of open reduction and internal fixation versus external fixation for unstable distal radius fractures. Methods: A computer-based online search of PubMed, ScienceDirect, EMBASE, BIOSIS, Springer and Cochrane Library were performed. The randomized and controlled trials of open reduction and internal fixation versus external fixation for unstable distal radius fractures were collected. The included trials were screened out strictly based on the criterion of inclusion and exclusion...
November 7, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141363/-characteristics-of-high-resolution-diffusion-weighted-imaging-apparent-diffusion-coefficient-histogram-and-its-correlations-with-cancer-stages-in-patients-with-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma
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G J Wang, Y Wang, Y Ye, F Chen, Y T Lu, S L Li
Objective: To investigate the features of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) histogram parameters based on entire tumor volume data in high resolution diffusion weighted imaging of nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) and to evaluate its correlations with cancer stages. Methods: This retrospective study included 154 cases of NPC patients[102 males and 52 females, mean age (48±11) years]who had received readout segmentation of long variable echo trains of MRI scan before radiation therapy. The area of tumor was delineated on each section of axial ADC maps to generate ADC histogram by using Image J...
November 7, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141357/-prevention-for-glucocorticoid-induced-osteonecrosis-of-femoral-head-a-long-term-clinical-follow-up-trail
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B Y Liu, L Yang, B J Wang, Z H Wang, L L Cheng, H Xie, X Qiu, Z J Ma, D W Zhao
Objective: To evaluated the outcome of prevention and treatment for glucocorticoid-induced osteonecrosis of femoral head with anticoagulant and vasodilator drugs. Methods: A prospective, randomized, double-blind study was performed. From August 2003 to August 2006, 58 patients with large amounts of hormone therapy in the Zhongshan Hospital Affiliated Dalian University were enrolled and randomly assigned to the control group (placebo) or preventive group (anticoagulant and vasodilator drugs). And we prospectively analyzed the clinical outcomes of 24 patients with glucocorticoid-induced osteonecrosis of femoral head early stage (treatment group)treated by anticoagulant and vasodilator drugsat the same time...
November 7, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141290/-the-significance-of-preservation-of-the-supraclavicular-nerve-in-endoscopic-thyroidectomy-via-gasless-anterior-chest-approach
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Z W Zhou, F Y Liang, P Han, P L Lin, X M Huang
Objective: To evaluate the significance for the preservation of the supraclavicular nerve in endoscopic thyroidectomy via gasless anterior chest approach. Methods: We retrospectively evaluated 168 patients who underwent unilateral endoscopic thyroidectomy via gasless anterior chest approach, with preservation of the medial branch of the supraclavicular nerve in 110 patients and not in other 58 patients. Semmes-Weinstein monofilament (SWM) test and a visual analogue scale (VAS) were used to assess the recovery of sensation in anterior chest within 1-12 months postoperatively...
November 7, 2017: Zhonghua Er Bi Yan Hou Tou Jing Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141289/-a-retrospective-study-on-the-assessment-of-dysphagia-after-partial-laryngectomy
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T T Su, Z F Sun
Objective: To retrospectively investigate the long-term swallowing function of patients with laryngeal carcinoma, who underwent partial laryngectomy, discuss the effectiveness and reliability of Kubota drinking test in the assessment of patients with dysphagia, who underwent partial laryngectomy, and analyze the influence of different ways of operation on swallowing function. Methods: Clinical data were retrospectively analyzed on 83 patients with laryngeal carcinoma, who underwent partial laryngectomy between September 2012 and August 2015...
November 7, 2017: Zhonghua Er Bi Yan Hou Tou Jing Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141241/mmp-9-and-its-regulators-timp-1-and-emmprin-in-patients-with-acute-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction-a-nordistemi-substudy
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Trine Baur Opstad, Ingebjørg Seljeflot, Ellen Bøhmer, Harald Arnesen, Sigrun Halvorsen
OBJECTIVES: The extracellular matrix is involved in wound repair after acute myocardial infarction (AMI). We investigated whether matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-9, tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases (TIMP)-1, and the MMP inducer (EMMPRIN) are associated with infarct size, left ventricular function, and clinical outcome in ST-elevation-MI (STEMI). METHODS: In 243 STEMI patients, circulating EMMPRIN, MMP-9, and TIMP-1 were analyzed 3 days and 3 months post-AMI...
November 16, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141201/cardiovascular-risk-and-statin-eligibility-of-young-adults-after-an-myocardial-infarction-partners-young-mi-registry
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Avinainder Singh, Bradley L Collins, Ankur Gupta, Amber Fatima, Arman Qamar, David Biery, Julio Baez, Mary Cawley, Josh Klein, Jon Hainer, Jorge Plutzky, Christopher P Cannon, Khurram Nasir, Marcelo F Di Carli, Deepak L Bhatt, Ron Blankstein
BACKGROUND: Despite significant progress in primary prevention, the rate of MI has not declined in young adults. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to evaluate statin eligibility based on the 2013 American College of Cardiology / American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) guidelines for treatment of blood cholesterol and 2016 United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations for statin use in primary prevention in a cohort of adults who experienced a first-time myocardial infarction (MI) at a young age...
November 8, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141183/functional-outcomes-of-acute-inpatient-rehabilitation-in-patients-with-chronic-graft-versus-host-disease
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Jason Leung, Sean Smith, Claire Kalpakjian
BACKGROUND: Growing numbers of allogeneic stem cell transplants (HSCT) and improved post-transplant care have led to an increase of individuals with chronic graft versus host disease (cGVHD). Although cGVHD leads to functional impairment for many, there is limited literature regarding the benefits of acute inpatient rehabilitation for cGVHD patients. OBJECTIVE: To assess Functional Independence Measure (FIM) outcomes of cGVHD patients during acute inpatient rehabilitation, and to compare inpatient rehabilitation outcomes to burn patients, a rehabilitation patient population with similar co-morbidities...
November 12, 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141164/lomustine-and-bevacizumab-in-progressive-glioblastoma
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Wolfgang Wick, Thierry Gorlia, Martin Bendszus, Martin Taphoorn, Felix Sahm, Inga Harting, Alba A Brandes, Walter Taal, Julien Domont, Ahmed Idbaih, Mario Campone, Paul M Clement, Roger Stupp, Michel Fabbro, Emilie Le Rhun, Francois Dubois, Michael Weller, Andreas von Deimling, Vassilis Golfinopoulos, Jacoline C Bromberg, Michael Platten, Martin Klein, Martin J van den Bent
BACKGROUND: Bevacizumab is approved for the treatment of patients with progressive glioblastoma on the basis of uncontrolled data. Data from a phase 2 trial suggested that the addition of bevacizumab to lomustine might improve overall survival as compared with monotherapies. We sought to determine whether the combination would result in longer overall survival than lomustine alone among patients at first progression of glioblastoma. METHODS: We randomly assigned patients with progression after chemoradiation in a 2:1 ratio to receive lomustine plus bevacizumab (combination group, 288 patients) or lomustine alone (monotherapy group, 149 patients)...
November 16, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141123/improving-mental-health-training-for-primary-care-residents-a-resident-led-educational-intervention
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Peter J Ureste, Tammy L Duong, Andreea L Seritan, Ana-Maria Iosif, Donald M Hilty
Objective: Psychiatric training in family medicine residency programs is necessary but not always sufficient. A brief educational intervention was designed to help improve family medicine residents' knowledge, comfort, and attitudes in delivering mental health care. Methods: A 6-hour didactic curriculum was taught by 2 psychiatry residents to family medicine residents between February and April 2015. Preintervention and postintervention surveys assessed participant demographics, knowledge, comfort levels, and attitudes regarding treating patients with psychiatric illness...
November 2, 2017: Primary Care Companion to CNS Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141103/risk-profiles-of-personality-traits-for-suicidality-among-mood-disorder-patients-and-community-controls
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M-H Su, H-C Chen, M-L Lu, J Feng, I-M Chen, C-S Wu, S-W Chang, P-H Kuo
OBJECTIVE: To examine the associations between personality traits and suicidal ideation (SI) and attempt (SA) in mood disorder patients and community controls. METHOD: We recruited 365 bipolar, 296 major depressive disorder patients, and 315 community controls to assess their lifetime suicidality. Participants filled out self-reported personality questionnaires to collect data of personality traits, including novelty seeking (NS), harm avoidance (HA), extraversion (E), and neuroticism (N)...
November 15, 2017: Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141100/religiosity-and-psychological-resilience-in-patients-with-schizophrenia-and-bipolar-disorder-an-international-cross-sectional-study
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Y Mizuno, A Hofer, B Frajo-Apor, F Wartelsteiner, G Kemmler, S Pardeller, T Suzuki, M Mimura, W W Fleischhacker, H Uchida
OBJECTIVE: The impact of religious/spiritual activities on clinical outcomes in patients with serious mental illnesses remains controversial, which was addressed in this international cross-sectional study. METHOD: Three-hundred sixty-nine subjects were recruited from Austria (n = 189) and Japan (n = 180), consisting of 112 outpatients with paranoid schizophrenia, 120 with bipolar I disorder (DSM-IV), and 137 healthy controls. Religiosity was assessed in terms of attendance and importance of religious/spiritual activities, while resilience was assessed using the 25-item Resilience Scale...
November 15, 2017: Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141082/diagnostic-accuracy-of-pediatric-teledermatology-using-parent-submitted-photographs-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Daniel M O'Connor, Olivia S Jew, Marissa J Perman, Leslie A Castelo-Soccio, Flaura K Winston, Patrick J McMahon
Importance: Advances in smartphone photography (both quality and image transmission) may improve access to care via direct parent-to-clinician telemedicine. However, the accuracy of diagnoses that are reliant on parent-provided photographs has not been formally compared with diagnoses made in person. Objective: To assess whether smartphone photographs of pediatric skin conditions taken by parents are of sufficient quality to permit accurate diagnosis. Design, Setting, and Participants: A prospective study was conducted among 40 patient-parent dyads at a pediatric dermatology clinic at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia from March 1 to September 30, 2016, to assess concordance between diagnoses made by an independent pediatric dermatologist based on in-person examination and those based on parental photographs...
November 15, 2017: JAMA Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141073/forces-of-tool-tissue-interaction-to-assess-surgical-skill-level
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Taku Sugiyama, Sanju Lama, Liu Shi Gan, Yaser Maddahi, Kourosh Zareinia, Garnette R Sutherland
Importance: The application of optimal forces between surgical instruments and tissue is fundamental to surgical performance and learning. To date, this force has not been measured clinically during the performance of microsurgery. Objectives: To establish a normative catalog of force profiles during the performance of surgery, to compare force variables among surgeons with different skill levels, and to evaluate whether such a force-based metric determines or differentiates skill level...
November 15, 2017: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141071/usefulness-of-total-12-lead-qrs-voltage-as-a-clue-to-diagnosis-of-patients-with-cardiac-sarcoidosis-severe-enough-to-warrant-orthotopic-heart-transplant
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William C Roberts, Tiffany M Becker, Shelley A Hall
Importance: Severe heart failure caused by cardiac sarcoidosis is difficult to diagnosis without biopsy. Objective: To assess whether total electrocardiographic 12-lead QRS voltage may be a clue to diagnosis. Design, Setting, Participants: Case-series study with cases collected at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, Dallas, Texas, from January 13, 2005, to January 24, 2017. The clinical records of 16 patients with severe heart failure caused by cardiac sarcoidosis were studied...
November 15, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141062/management-of-severe-acne-vulgaris-with-topical-therapy
#18
Linda Stein Gold, Hilary E Baldwin, Tina Lin
<p>Acne vulgaris (acne) is the most common skin disease we see in dermatology practice. Although rare in childhood, severe acne can affect up to 12% of the adolescent population. A chronic disease, it requires both aggressive management and effective maintenance strategies. Oral antibiotics, in combination with topical agents are recommended for treatment, with topical agents being continued as maintenance therapy to minimize resistance and recurrence. However, concerns with systemic side effects have recently resulted in a greater focus on the potential of fixed combination topical therapies to treat severe acne...
November 1, 2017: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141060/efficacy-of-low-fluence-nd-yag-1064-nm-laser-for-the-treatment-of-post-inflammatory-hyperpigmentation-in-the-axillary-area
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Sahar Ghannam, Fatemah K Al Otabi, Konstantin Frank, Sebastian Cotofana
<p>OBJECTIVE: Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation results in aesthetically unpleasant discoloration of the skin in the affected area. The efficacy of low-fluence Q-switched 1064-nm Nd:YAG laser has so far not been evaluated for the treatment of the axilla. This observational study was designed to evaluate whether the application of the laser treatment can satisfactorily reduce axillary hyperpigmentation. MATERIAL AND METHODS: 17 females (mean age, 34.27 ± 9.24; range, 19-48) were treated in a single center between 2014 and 2016 for post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation of the axillary area...
November 1, 2017: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141040/medical-therapy-versus-radiofrequency-endometrial-ablation-in-the-initial-treatment-of-heavy-menstrual-bleeding-itom-trial-a-clinical-and-economic-analysis
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Abimbola O Famuyide, Shannon K Laughlin-Tommaso, Sherif A Shazly, Kirsten Hall Long, Daniel M Breitkopf, Amy L Weaver, Michaela E McGree, Sherif A El-Nashar, Maureen A Lemens, Matthew R Hopkins
BACKGROUND: Radiofrequency endometrial ablation (REA) is currently a second line treatment in women with heavy menstrual bleeding (MHB) if medical therapy (MTP) is contraindicated or unsatisfactory. Our objective is to compare the effectiveness and cost burden of MTP and REA in the initial treatment of HMB. METHODS: We performed a randomized trial at Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minnesota. The planned sample size was 60 patients per arm. A total of 67 women with HMB were randomly allocated to receive oral contraceptive pills (Nordette ®) or Naproxen (Naprosyn®) (n = 33) or REA (n = 34)...
2017: PloS One
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