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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451084/unusual-case-of-choking-due-to-assassin-bug-cydnocoris-gilvus
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Vaibhav Sonar, Sachin Patil
Choking is a form of asphyxia which is caused by an obstruction within the air passages. Here, we report a case of obstruction of the upper respiratory tract due to assassin bug ( Cydnocoris gilvus) where allegations of medical negligence were made by relatives of the deceased. Autopsy findings demonstrated that an insect was present inside the larynx, lodged at the epiglottis. Multiple haemorrhagic patches were present at the base of the tongue, larynx, epiglottis, vocal cords and tracheal bifurcation. As Reduviidae can be successfully used as a biological pest-control agents, they should be used with due precaution...
January 2018: Medicine, Science, and the Law
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29434524/the-control-of-allergic-rhinitis-in-real-life-a-multicenter-cross-sectional-italian-study
#2
Federica Gani, Carlo Lombardi, Laura Barrocu, Massimo Landi, Erminia Ridolo, Massimo Bugiani, Giovanni Rolla, Gianenrico Senna, Giovanni Passalacqua
Background: Allergic Rhinitis (AR) is a high-prevalence disease. In Europe about 25% of the general population is affected, and in Italy the prevalence is estimated to be 19.8%. The Allergic Rhinitis and its Impact on Asthma (ARIA) international document underlined that the prevalence of severe or refractory or overlapping rhinitis is increasing and represents a non-negligible socio-economic burden. In general, despite the social healthcare costs, allergic rhinitis remains underestimated, not sufficiently controlled and often undertreated...
2018: Clinical and Molecular Allergy: CMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29429063/the-moral-obligation-to-be-vaccinated-utilitarianism-contractualism-and-collective-easy-rescue
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Alberto Giubilini, Thomas Douglas, Julian Savulescu
We argue that individuals who have access to vaccines and for whom vaccination is not medically contraindicated have a moral obligation to contribute to the realisation of herd immunity by being vaccinated. Contrary to what some have claimed, we argue that this individual moral obligation exists in spite of the fact that each individual vaccination does not significantly affect vaccination coverage rates and therefore does not significantly contribute to herd immunity. Establishing the existence of a moral obligation to be vaccinated (both for adults and for children) despite the negligible contribution each vaccination can make to the realisation of herd immunity is important because such moral obligation would strengthen the justification for coercive vaccination policies...
February 10, 2018: Medicine, Health Care, and Philosophy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29424474/a-critical-review-of-the-application-of-polymer-of-low-concern-and-regulatory-criteria-to-fluoropolymers
#4
REVIEW
Barbara J Henry, Joseph P Carlin, Jon A Hammerschmidt, Robert C Buck, L William Buxton, Heidelore Fiedler, Jennifer Seed, Oscar Hernandez
Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of fluorinated substances that are in the focus of researchers and regulators due to widespread presence in the environment and biota, including humans, of perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). Fluoropolymers, high molecular weight polymers within the PFAS group, have unique properties that constitute a distinct class within the PFAS group. Fluoropolymers have thermal, chemical, photochemical, hydrolytic, oxidative and biological stability...
February 9, 2018: Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29419553/malpractice-litigation-in-cornea-and-refractive-surgery-a-review-of-the-westlaw-database
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Stephanie B Engelhard, Christopher T Shah, Austin J Sim, Ashvini K Reddy
PURPOSE: To report and analyze the causes and outcomes of malpractice litigation in cornea and refractive surgery. METHODS: The WestLaw database was reviewed for all malpractice litigation related to ophthalmology in the United States between 1930 and 2014. Search terms included ophthalmology or ophthalmologist and malpractice anywhere in the retrieved results. All cases involving cornea and refractive surgery were included in this analysis, and results were compared with ophthalmology as a whole...
February 6, 2018: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29413639/biotin-and-acetazolamide-for-treatment-of-an-unusual-child-with-autism-plus-lack-of-nail-and-hair-growth
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Paul J Benke, Michael Duchowny, Dianalee McKnight
BACKGROUND: Patients with autism spectrum disorder and developmental delay or encephalopathy rarely demonstrate no or negligible hair and nail growth, suggesting a biotin-responsive clinical disorder. METHODS: A ten-year-old girl presented with features of autism spectrum disorder, isolated headaches, and episodes of headaches and limb shaking. Her medical history revealed that her hair and nails did not grow. Administration of biotin restored her nail and hair growth and improved intellectual ability and school performance...
February 2018: Pediatric Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29405182/-the-characteristic-features-of-vertebral-lesions-in-the-victims-of-a-road-traffic-accident-with-intrusion-into-the-passenger-car-compartment
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I A Dubrovin, E P Sedykh, A S Mosoyan, A A Bychkov, D N Akhmetova
The objective of the present study was to develop the diagnostic criteria for determining the positions of the participants of a road traffic accident inside the passenger car compartment based on the analysis of the characteristic features of vertebral lesions in the victims. The archival documents of forensic medical expertises were used to analyze the specific characteristics of fractured cervical vertebra in the victims of the accident inside the passenger car compartments including the drivers (n=92), the occupants of the forward (n=43) and rear (n=37) seats of the car...
2018: Sudebno-meditsinskaia Ekspertiza
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29402665/malpractice-litigation-in-the-endovascular-era
#8
Kenny Oh, Goda Savulionyte, Satish Muluk
OBJECTIVE: The standard of care in the treatment of vascular disease continues to evolve as endovascular therapies develop. Currently, it is unclear how medical malpractice litigation has adapted to the "endovascular era." This retrospective case review is the most comprehensive analysis to date of malpractice actions involving endovascular procedures performed by vascular surgeons (VSs), interventional radiologists (IRs), interventional cardiologists (ICs), and cardiothoracic surgeons (CTSs)...
February 3, 2018: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29390862/financial-incentives-for-chronic-disease-management-results-and-limitations-of-2-randomized-clinical-trials-with-new-york-medicaid-patients
#9
Eric M VanEpps, Andrea B Troxel, Elizabeth Villamil, Kathryn A Saulsgiver, Jingsan Zhu, Jo-Yu Chin, Jacqueline Matson, Joseph Anarella, Patrick Roohan, Foster Gesten, Kevin G Volpp
PURPOSE: To identify whether financial incentives promote improved disease management in Medicaid recipients diagnosed with hypertension or diabetes, respectively. DESIGN: Four-group, multicenter, randomized clinical trials. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: Between 2013 and 2016, New York State Medicaid managed care members diagnosed with hypertension (N = 920) or with diabetes (N = 959). INTERVENTION: Participants in each 6-month trial were randomly assigned to 1 of 4 arms: (1) process incentives-earned by attending primary care visits and/or receiving prescription medication refills, (2) outcome incentives-earned by reducing systolic blood pressure (hypertension) or hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c; diabetes) levels, (3) combined process and outcome incentives, and (4) control (no incentives)...
January 1, 2018: American Journal of Health Promotion: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29385427/diagnostic-yield-of-dysplasia-in-polyp-adjacent-biopsies-for-patients-with-inflammatory-bowel-disease-a-cross-sectional-study
#10
Conor Lahiff, Lai Mun Wang, Simon P L Travis, James E East
Introduction: Patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) undergoing polypectomy are recommended by current guidelines to have biopsies taken from adjacent mucosa to determine whether there is dysplasia present. With improvements in endoscopic imaging it is now possible to characterise colonic lesions with higher levels of confidence than previously. We reviewed the diagnostic yield of polyp-adjacent biopsies in IBD. Materials and Methods: A systematic search of our histopathology database revealed cases where polyps had been endoscopically resected or biopsied in patients with IBD...
January 27, 2018: Journal of Crohn's & Colitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29379382/indicators-for-medical-mistrust-in-healthcare-a-review-and-standpoint-from-southeast-asia
#11
REVIEW
Hew Hei Choy, Aniza Ismail
The relationship based on trust is exceptionally important in healthcare, where life or death and quality of health are major concerns. Relational crack jeopardises the provision of quality healthcare when trust is taken for granted. Trust is believed to be the vital key to minimise medical negligence, lawsuits and patient complaints towards healthcare providers while acting as an empowering agent to significant clinical outcomes. Trust is indispensable to healthcare. However, to identify its deterioration is not a simple feature...
December 2017: Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences: MJMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29364588/incretin-hormones-their-role-in-health-and-disease
#12
REVIEW
Michael A Nauck, Juris J Meier
Incretin hormones are gut peptides that are secreted after nutrient intake and stimulate insulin secretion together with hyperglycaemia. GIP (glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide) und GLP-1 (glucagon-like peptide-1) are the known incretin hormones from the upper (GIP, K cells) and lower (GLP-1, L cells) gut. Together, they are responsible for the incretin effect: a two- to three-fold higher insulin secretory response to oral as compared to intravenous glucose administration. In subjects with type 2 diabetes, this incretin effect is diminished or no longer present...
February 2018: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29361180/prevalence-of-burnout-among-pain-medicine-physicians-and-its-potential-effect-upon-clinical-outcomes-in-patients-with-oncologic-pain-or-chronic-pain-of-nononcologic-origin
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Irene Riquelme, José-Ignacio Chacón, Alba-Violeta Gándara, Inmaculada Muro, Susana Traseira, Vicente Monsalve, José-Francisco Soriano
Objective: To evaluate the prevalence of burnout among physicians treating patients with chronic pain and to assess the potential relationships between the presence of burnout and patients' clinical outcomes such as pain relief, satisfaction with pain control, and quality of life. Design: An observational, prospective, and noncomparative study. Setting: Pain medicine clinics. Subjects: Physicians from medical departments involved in the management of chronic pain...
January 19, 2018: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29359673/non-traditional-cardiovascular-risk-markers-in-the-era-of-established-major-risk-factors-and-multiple-guidelines
#14
Thomas F Whayne
The non-traditional cardiovascular (CV) risk factors that appear to be of most clinical interest include: apolipoprotein A (ApoA), apolipoprotein B (ApoB), high-sensitivity C-Reactive protein (hsCRP), homocysteine, interleukin 1 (IL1), lipoprotein (a) [Lp(a)], the density of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) particles, the LDL particle number, tissue/tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) and uric acid. These non-traditional risk factors may be of value in adding further confirmation and attention to suspected significant CV risk...
January 22, 2018: Current Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343085/a-lack-of-systemic-absorption-following-the-repeated-application-of-topical-quetiapine-in-healthy-adults
#15
Bryce Kayhart, Maria I Lapid, Sarah Nelson, Julie L Cunningham, Virginia H Thompson, Jonathan G Leung
In the absence of suitable oral or intravenous access for medication administration and when the intramuscular medications are undesirable, alternative routes for drug delivery may be considered. Antipsychotics administered via an inhaled, intranasal, rectal, or topical route have been described in the literature. Topically administered antipsychotics have been previously reported to produce negligible systemic absorption despite being used in clinical practice for nausea and behavioral symptoms associated with dementia...
January 1, 2018: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342869/surface-fitting-for-quasi-scattered-data-from-coordinate-measuring-systems
#16
Qing Mao, Shugui Liu, Sen Wang, Xinhui Ma
Non-uniform rational B-spline (NURBS) surface fitting from data points is wildly used in the fields of computer aided design (CAD), medical imaging, cultural relic representation and object-shape detection. Usually, the measured data acquired from coordinate measuring systems is neither gridded nor completely scattered. The distribution of this kind of data is scattered in physical space, but the data points are stored in a way consistent with the order of measurement, so it is named quasi scattered data in this paper...
January 13, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339776/the-experience-of-spasticity-after-spinal-cord-injury-perceived-characteristics-and-impact-on-daily-life
#17
William Barry McKay, William Mark Sweatman, Edelle C Field-Fote
STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey. OBJECTIVES: Determine the impact of motor control characteristics attributed to spasticity, such as spasms, stiffness, and clonus on the daily life of people with spinal cord injury (SCI). SETTING: Nationwide, United States. METHODS: Internet-administered questionnaire, the Patient Reported Impact of Spasticity Measure (PRISM) and items describing characteristics of spasticity including stiffness, spasms, clonus, and pain...
January 16, 2018: Spinal Cord
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332255/profiling-attention-and-cognition-enhancing-drugs-in-a-rat-touchscreen-based-continuous-performance-test
#18
Zhiyong Ding, Jordan W Brown, Lynne E Rueter, Eric G Mohler
RATIONALE: A novel rodent continuous performance test (CPT) was developed as one of the goals of the NEWMEDS (Novel Methods leading to New Medications in Depression and Schizophrenia) consortium to improve its translatability to the CPT test used in human subjects. OBJECTIVES: The objective of the study is to investigate the effects of attention and cognition enhancing drugs in rodent CPT. METHODS: A single cohort of rats were trained to asymptotic performance in the test...
January 13, 2018: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310575/a-comparison-of-estimators-from-self-controlled-case-series-case-crossover-design-and-sequence-symmetry-analysis-for-pharmacoepidemiological-studies
#19
Yoshinori Takeuchi, Tomohiro Shinozaki, Yutaka Matsuyama
BACKGROUND: Despite the frequent use of self-controlled methods in pharmacoepidemiological studies, the factors that may bias the estimates from these methods have not been adequately compared in real-world settings. Here, we comparatively examined the impact of a time-varying confounder and its interactions with time-invariant confounders, time trends in exposures and events, restrictions, and misspecification of risk period durations on the estimators from three self-controlled methods...
January 8, 2018: BMC Medical Research Methodology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29290546/characteristics-of-claims-in-the-management-of-septic-arthritis-in-japan-retrospective-analyses-of-judicial-precedents-and-closed-claims
#20
Yasuhiro Otaki, Makiko Ishida DaSilva, Yuichi Saito, Yasuaki Oyama, Giichiro Oiso, Tomohiko Yoshida, Masakazu Fukuhara, Mitsuru Moriyama
BACKGROUND: Septic arthritis (SA) cases can result in claims or litigation because of poor prognosis even if it is unavoidable. Although these claims or litigation are useful for understanding causes and background factors of medical errors, the characteristics of malpractice claims associated with SA remain undetermined in Japan. This study aimed to increase our understanding of malpractice claims in the clinical management of SA. METHODS: We analyzed 6 civil precedents and 16 closed claims of SA from 8530 malpractice claims processed between July 2004 and June 2014 by the Tokyo office of Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance, Incorporated...
December 28, 2017: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
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