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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786450/atrial-fibrillation-symptom-clusters-and-associated-clinical-characteristics-and-outcomes-a-cross-sectional-secondary-data-analysis
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Megan Streur, Sarah J Ratcliffe, David Callans, M Benjamin Shoemaker, Barbara Riegel
BACKGROUND: Symptom clusters among adults with atrial fibrillation have previously been identified but no study has examined the relationship between symptom clusters and outcomes. AIMS: The purpose of this study was to identify atrial fibrillation-specific symptom clusters, characterize individuals with each cluster, and determine whether symptom cluster membership is associated with healthcare utilization. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional secondary data analysis of 1501 adults from the Vanderbilt Atrial Fibrillation Registry with verified atrial fibrillation...
May 1, 2018: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785522/non-invasive-vagus-nerve-stimulation-significantly-improves-quality-of-life-in-patients-with-persistent-postural-perceptual-dizziness
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Ozan E Eren, Filipp Filippopulos, Kristina Sönmez, Ken Möhwald, Andreas Straube, Florian Schöberl
Persistent postural-perceptual dizziness (PPPD) is one of the most common causes of chronic vestibular disorders, with a substantial portion of the affected patients showing no significant improvement to standard therapies (i.e., pharmacotherapy, behavioral psychotherapy). Patients with PPPD have been shown to have a significant comorbidity with anxiety disorders and depression. Further, these patients show an activation of the autonomic nervous system resulting in symptoms such as nausea, increase of heart rate, and sweating...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780027/relationships-between-functional-fitness-and-cognitive-impairment-in-chinese-community-dwelling-older-adults-a-cross-sectional-study
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Mei Yang, Yan Guo, Jie Gong, Mengyao Deng, Niannian Yang, Yaqiong Yan
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the associations between each functional fitness (FF) domain and cognitive impairment (CI) in Chinese community-dwelling older adults. DESIGN: A community-based, cross-sectional study was conducted. SETTING: Participants were selected by multistage stratified random sampling in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, Central China, during December 2015-May 2016. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 2096 (1031 male and 1065 female) adults older than 65 years were included in our study...
May 20, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778846/efficacy-and-tolerability-of-treatment-with-lacosamide-postmarketing-experience-from-the-middle-east-region
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Maher Arabi, Taoufik Alsaadi, Wassim Nasreddine, Jasem Al-Hashel, Maya Dirani, Ahmad Beydoun
PURPOSE: Lacosamide (LCM) was recently introduced in the Middle East. The aim of this study was to evaluate the safety, tolerability, and efficacy of LCM in patients with focal onset seizures and determine if our results are comparable with those derived from Western countries. METHODS: This is a retrospective analysis from two medical centers on consecutive patients diagnosed as having focal onset seizures and treated with add-on LCM. The primary efficacy variables were the 50% responder and seizure-free rates, and the secondary outcome variables included the percentages of patients who achieved seizure remission during the last 6-month follow-up period and the percentages of discontinuation due to lack of efficacy or tolerability...
May 17, 2018: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774497/safety-of-commercial-airflight-in-patients-with-brain-tumors-a-case-series
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Michelle Phillips, Marlon Saria, Amy Eisenberg, Daniel F Kelly, Garni Barkhoudarian
INTRODUCTION: Patients with intracranial masses are often advised to avoid airflight due to concerns of worsening neurological symptoms or deterioration. However, many patients often travel cross-country or internationally to tertiary care centers for definitive care. This study assesses the safety of commercial airflight for brain and skull base tumor patients without severe or progressive neurological deficits. METHODS: Patients that had traveled to our institution for surgery via commercial airflight from 2014 to 2017 were identified...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769252/frequency-of-non-motor-symptoms-in-parkinson-s-disease-presenting-to-tertiary-care-centre-in-pakistan-an-observational-cross-sectional-study
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Shahid Mukhtar, Rashid Imran, Mohsin Zaheer, Huma Tariq
OBJECTIVE: To determine the frequency of non-motor symptoms (NMS) in patients of Parkinson's disease (PD) presenting to a movement disorder clinic at a tertiary care centre in Pakistan, and how frequency of NMS is different in male and female patients. STUDY DESIGN: Observational, cross-sectional study. SETTING: Tertiary care centre. PARTICIPANTS: Out of 102 patients, 85 were included. Inclusion criteria were patients with PD diagnosed according to the UK Parkinson's Disease Society Brain Bank Clinical Diagnostic Criteria, age ≥18 years, able to give consent and have no difficulty in answering questions...
May 16, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760878/chiropractic-treatment-including-instrument-assisted-manipulation-for-non-specific-dizziness-and-neck-pain-in-community-dwelling-older-people-a-feasibility-randomised-sham-controlled-trial
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Julie C Kendall, Simon D French, Jan Hartvigsen, Michael F Azari
Background: Dizziness in older people is a risk factor for falls. Neck pain is associated with dizziness and responds favourably to neck manipulation. However, it is unknown if chiropractic intervention including instrument-assisted manipulation of the neck in older people with neck pain can also improve dizziness. Methods: This parallel two-arm pilot trial was conducted in Melbourne, Australia over nine months (October 2015 to June 2016). Participants aged 65-85 years, with self-reported chronic neck pain and dizziness, were recruited from the general public through advertisements in local community newspapers and via Facebook...
2018: Chiropractic & Manual Therapies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29747309/-etiological-analysis-on-patients-with-vertigo-or-dizziness
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H Xue, Y Chong, Z D Jiang, Z L Liu, L Ding, S L Yang, L Wang, W P Xiang
Objective: To explore the spectrum of causes for patients with vertigo or dizziness in the Department of Neurology, and provide a reference for diagnosis and treatment of patients with vertigo or dizziness. Methods: Clinical data of patients in the Department of Neurology, Baotou Central Hospital between January 2016 and September 2017 was retrospectively analyzed. The target group under study was diagnosed based on the uniform diagnostic criteria. Results: A total of 9 200 patients with a chief complaint of vertigo or dizziness were included...
April 24, 2018: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29747308/-relationship-between-25-hydroxyvitamin-d-levels-and-idiopathic-benign-paroxysmal-positional-vertigo-in-female-patients
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Y Q Wu, X X Lu, Z Y Fan, M Zhou, L Li, W Yan, C Y Gu, C J Chen, W W Han
Objective: To investigate the relationship between serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D[25(OH) D] levels and idiopathic benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) in female patients. Methods: A total of 67 women diagnosed with idiopathic BPPV were selected as the study group between January and December 2016 in Ningbo No.2 Hospital, and 95 healthy women without a history of vertigo or dizziness were selected as the control group. The data of height, weight, histories of hypertension and diabetes mellitus were collected, and serum 25(OH) D levels were measured...
April 24, 2018: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29739433/-because-if-we-talk-about-health-issues-first-it-is-easier-to-talk-about-human-trafficking-findings-from-a-mixed-methods-study-on-health-needs-and-service-provision-among-migrant-and-trafficked-fishermen-in-the-mekong
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Nicola S Pocock, Reena Tadee, Kanokwan Tharawan, Wansiri Rongrongmuang, Brett Dickson, Soksreymom Suos, Ligia Kiss, Cathy Zimmerman
BACKGROUND: Human trafficking in the fishing industry or "sea slavery" in the Greater Mekong Subregion is reported to involve some of the most extreme forms of exploitation and abuse. A largely unregulated sector, commercial fishing boats operate in international waters far from shore and outside of national jurisdiction, where workers are commonly subjected to life-threatening risks. Yet, research on the health needs of trafficked fishermen is sparse. This paper describes abuses, occupational hazards, physical and mental health and post-trafficking well-being among a systematic consecutive sample of 275 trafficked fishermen using post-trafficking services in Thailand and Cambodia...
May 9, 2018: Globalization and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29737501/safety-of-tamsulosin-a-systematic-review-of-randomized-trials-with-a-focus-on-women-and-children
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REVIEW
Steven A Kaplan, Bilal I Chughtai
INTRODUCTION: Although tamsulosin is indicated for the treatment of the signs and symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), it has also been assessed in clinical studies for other conditions/symptoms and in other populations such as women and children. In this systematic review of randomized studies, the overall safety of tamsulosin was assessed, focusing on these understudied populations. METHODS: Literature searches were conducted using Embase, Medline, and PubMed (inception-December 2015)...
May 8, 2018: Drug Safety: An International Journal of Medical Toxicology and Drug Experience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29736199/emergency-department-increased-use-of-observation-care-for-elderly-medicare-patients
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Gelareh Z Gabayan, Li-Jung Liang, Brian Doyle, David Yu-Chuang Huang, Catherine A Sarkisian
Background: Over the past decade, a growing number of older Medicare beneficiaries visit the Emergency Department (ED) and have been placed in observation care. We investigated and compared the prevalence and factors associated with patients age ≥ 65 years with Medicare insurance who are placed in the hospital, observation care, or discharged following an ED visit. Methods: We conducted a retrospective cohort study using data from a nationally representative 5% sample of Medicare patients age ≥ 65 years during the year 2013...
June 2018: Journal of Hospital Administration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29730717/long-term-sequelae-of-sporadic-cryptosporidiosis-a-follow-up-study
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Zsófia Iglói, L Mughini-Gras, L Nic Lochlainn, A Barrasa, J Sane, S Mooij, B Schimmer, J Roelfsema, W van Pelt, T Kortbeek
To determine the frequency of occurrence of sequelae following cryptosporidiosis. A follow-up study was performed during a case-control study for sporadic cryptosporidiosis in the Netherlands (2013-2016). Cryptosporidiosis cases were invited to complete a follow-up questionnaire 4 months after diagnosis. Using a case-crossover study design, we compared the frequencies of reported symptoms 4 months after the acute phase to those reported 4 months before the onset of illness and during illness. Frequencies of symptoms in the pre- to post-infection phases were also compared with those of a population control group...
May 5, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29729209/gaze-stability-dynamic-balance-and-participation-deficits-in-people-with-multiple-sclerosis-at-fall-risk
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Hina Garg, Leland E Dibble, Michael C Schubert, Jim Sibthorp, K Bo Foreman, Eduard Gappmaier
Despite the common complaints of dizziness and demyelination of afferent or efferent pathways to and from the vestibular nuclei which may adversely affect the angular Vestibulo-Ocular Reflex (aVOR) and vestibulo-spinal function in persons with Multiple Sclerosis (PwMS), few studies have examined gaze and dynamic balance function in PwMS. OBJECTIVES: 1) Determine the differences in gaze stability, dynamic balance and participation measures between PwMS and controls, 2) Examine the relationships between gaze stability, dynamic balance and participation...
May 5, 2018: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29725364/asxl1-mutations-in-chinese-patients-with-essential-thrombocythemia
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Yan-Bo Nie, Meng Sun, Colin K He, Man-Kai Ju, Fu-Ling Zhou, San-Yun Wu, Yi Zhou, Li Liu, Hui Shen, Ting-Ting Huang, Pan Liu, Ying Xu, Liang Shao, Xue-Lan Zuo
Essential thrombocythemia (ET) is characterized by thrombotic and hemorrhagic events. The association of clinical characteristics of Chinese ET patients and additional sex combs like 1 (ASXL1) mutations in these patients has remained to be elucidated. In the present study, 72 newly diagnosed Chinese ET patients were enrolled to determine ASXL1 mutations. Mutations in ASXL1, Janus kinase (JAK)2, calreticulin (CALR) and myeloproliferative leukemia (MPL) genes were detected using Sanger sequencing, and data were statistically analyzed...
May 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29718418/the-effectiveness-of-dry-needling-and-exercise-therapy-in-patients-with-dizziness-caused-by-cervical-myofascial-pain-syndrome-prospective-randomized-clinical-study
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Tugba Aydin, Bahar Dernek, Tülin Sentürk Ege, Ayse Karan, Cihan Aksoy
Objective: The aim of this study is to compare the effectiveness of dry needling therapy combined with exercise and exercise treatment alone for alleviating the dizziness caused by cervical myofascial pain syndrome. Design: This was a prospective randomized clinical study that included 61 women who had dizziness and myofascial trigger points on the neck muscles. The patients were randomized into a dry needling + exercise group (N = 31) and an exercise only group (N = 30)...
April 28, 2018: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29697209/efficacy-and-safety-of-mirabegron-a-%C3%AE-3-adrenoceptor-agonist-in-patients-with-detrusor-hyperactivity-and-impaired-contractility
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Cheng-Ling Lee, Hann-Chorng Kuo
OBJECTIVE: We examined the efficacy and safety of mirabegron in elderly patients with urodynamic detrusor hyperactivity with impaired contractility (DHIC). METHODS: Patients diagnosed with DHIC received daily dose of mirabegron (25mg). Subjective symptom scores, uroflowmetry data, and adverse events (AEs) were recorded for all patients at baseline and after 1, 3, and 6 months treatment. Comparisons were made for each patient individually and between patients with detrusor overactivity (DO)...
April 26, 2018: Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29691835/rufinamide-add-on-therapy-for-refractory-epilepsy
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REVIEW
Mariangela Panebianco, Hemanshu Prabhakar, Anthony G Marson
BACKGROUND: Epilepsy is a central nervous system disorder (neurological disorder). Epileptic seizures are the result of excessive and abnormal cortical nerve cell electrical activity in the brain. Despite the development of more than 10 new antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) since the early 2000s, approximately a third of people with epilepsy remain resistant to pharmacotherapy, often requiring treatment with a combination of AEDs. In this review, we summarised the current evidence regarding rufinamide, a novel anticonvulsant medication, which, as a triazole derivative, is structurally unrelated to any other currently used anticonvulsant medication, when used as an add-on treatment for refractory epilepsy...
April 25, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29685473/acute-pediatric-colchicine-toxicity-is-associated-with-marked-bradydysrhythmias
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Lamya Mubayed, Brie-Ann A Muller, Jessica L Jacobson, Howard A Hast, Hoang H Nguyen
BACKGROUND: Colchicine ingestion is rare but highly lethal. Patients usually die of multiorgan failure and cardiogenic shock. Colchicine is not only associated with depressed myocardial function but also with fatal heart rhythm disturbances, such as complete heart block, ventricular tachycardia, and asystole. While histologic changes of myocytes are well known, the mechanism by which colchicine affects cardiac impulse generation and conduction is not fully understood. CASE REPORT: We present a case of colchicine ingestion with sinus bradycardia, marked sinus arrhythmia, and first- and second-degree heart block...
April 20, 2018: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29685082/peripheral-vestibular-disorders-in-children-and-adolescents-with-concussion
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Jacob R Brodsky, Talia N Shoshany, Sophie Lipson, Guangwei Zhou
Objective To review peripheral vestibular disorders in pediatric patients with dizziness following concussion. Study Design Case series with chart review. Setting Pediatric vestibular clinic and pediatric multidisciplinary concussion clinic at a tertiary level pediatric hospital. Subjects and Methods We retrospectively reviewed 109 patients seen for dizziness following a concussion between September 2012 and July 2015. Patients were ≤20 years of age at the time of concussion. Incidences of specific peripheral vestibular disorders were assessed along with timing of diagnosis relative to the date of injury, diagnostic test findings, and treatment interventions associated with those diagnoses...
April 1, 2018: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
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