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Although inaccurate, nonreproducible blood pressure values can result from nonstandardized assessments, recommended approaches to standardize blood pressure measurement are often not followed in research studies. An expert consensus of national and international health and scientific organizations developed recommended minimum standards for assessing blood pressure in research subjects where: (1) blood pressure or hypertension is a major end point, or (2) blood pressure is likely a major mediator of the research outcome...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Clinical Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910115/an-expert-consensus-definition-of-failure-of-a-treatment-to-provide-adequate-relief-f-par-for-chronic-constipation-an-international-delphi-survey
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J Tack, H Boardman, P Layer, I Schiefke, D Jayne, C Scarpignato, M Fox, T Frieling, P Ducrotte, S Hamdy, K Gill, C Ciriza de Los Rios, R Felt-Bersma, D De Looze, V Stanghellini, A Mohr Drewes, M Simrén, C Pehl, T Hoheisel, A Leodolter, E Rey, J Dalrymple, A Emmanuel
BACKGROUND: As treatments for constipation become increasingly available, it is important to know when to progress along the treatment algorithm if the patient is not better. AIM: To establish the definition of failure of a treatment to provide adequate relief (F-PAR) to support this management and referral process in patients with chronic constipation. METHODS: We conducted an international Delphi Survey among gastroenterologists and general practitioners with a special interest in chronic constipation...
December 1, 2016: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905186/severe-asthma-current-management-targeted-therapies-and-future-directions-a-roundtable-report
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Vanessa M McDonald, Steven Maltby, Helen K Reddel, Gregory G King, Peter A B Wark, Lorraine Smith, John W Upham, Alan L James, Guy B Marks, Peter G Gibson
Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease characterized by respiratory symptoms, airway inflammation, airway obstruction and airway hyper-responsiveness. Asthma is common and directly affects 10% of Australians, 1-5% of adults in Asia and 300 million people worldwide. It is a heterogeneous disorder with many clinical, molecular, biological and pathophysiological phenotypes. Current management strategies successfully treat the majority of patients with asthma who have access to them. However, there is a subset of an estimated 5-10% of patients with asthma who have severe disease and are disproportionately impacted by symptoms, exacerbations and overall illness burden...
November 30, 2016: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903528/consensus-guidelines-for-the-diagnosis-and-management-of-patients-with-classic-hairy-cell-leukemia
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Michael R Grever, Omar Abdel-Wahab, Leslie A Andritsos, Versha Banerji, Jacqueline Barrientos, James S Blachly, Timothy G Call, Daniel Catovsky, Claire Dearden, Judit Demeter, Monica Else, Francesco Forconi, Alessandro Gozzetti, Anthony D Ho, James B Johnston, Jeffrey Jones, Gunnar Juliusson, Eric Kraut, Robert J Kreitman, Loree Larratt, Francesco Lauria, Gerard Lozanski, Emili Montserrat, Sameer A Parikh, Jae H Park, Aaron Polliack, Graeme R Quest, Kanti R Rai, Farhad Ravandi, Tadeusz Robak, Alan Saven, John F Seymour, Tamar Tadmor, Martin S Tallman, Constantine Tam, Enrico Tiacci, Xavier Troussard, Clive S Zent, Thorsten Zenz, Pier Luigi Zinzani, Brunangelo Falini
Hairy cell leukemia is an uncommon hematologic malignancy characterized by pancytopenia and marked susceptibility to infection. Tremendous progress in the management of patients with this disease has resulted in high response rates and improved survival, yet relapse and an appropriate approach to re-treatment present continuing areas for research. The disease and its effective treatment are associated with immunosuppression. As more patients are being treated with alternative programs, comparison of results will require general agreement on definitions of response, relapse, and methods of determining minimal residual disease...
November 30, 2016: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901448/phylogeny-and-haplotype-analysis-of-fungi-within-the-fusarium-incarnatum-equiseti-species-complex
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H Ramdial, R K Latchoo, F N Hosein, S N Rampersad
Fusarium spp. are ranked among the top 10 most economically and scientifically important plant-pathogenic fungi in the world and are associated with plant diseases that include fruit decay of a number of crops. Fusarium isolates infecting bell pepper in Trinidad were identified based on sequence comparisons of the translation elongation factor gene (EF-1a) with sequences of Fusarium incarnatum-equiseti species complex (FIESC) verified in the FUSARIUM-ID database. Eighty-two isolates were identified as belonging to one of four phylogenetic species within the subclades FIESC-1, FIESC-15, FIESC-16, and FIESC-26, with the majority of isolates belonging to FIESC-15...
November 30, 2016: Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901328/prognostic-value-of-interim-fdg-pet-ct-in-patients-older-than-60-years-with-diffuse-large-b-cell-lymphoma-treated-by-pmitcebo-plus-rituximab-comparison-between-deauville-5-point-scale-and-international-harmonization-project-criteria
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Naelle Lombion, Philippe Robin, Adrian Tempescul, Pierre Y LE Roux, Ulrike Schick, Gaëlle Guillerm, Jean C Ianotto, Christian Berthou, Pierre Y Salaün, Ronan Abgral
BACKGROUND: Advanced age is an independent poor prognostic factor of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. PMitCEBO is an alternative to CHOP to decrease side effects in elderly patients. Many studies have shown prognostic value of an interim FDG PET-CT to predict survival. A recent consensus (ICML, Lugano 2013) has suggested using the 5-point scale Deauville criteria instead of those of the international harmonization project (IHP) to visually assess the response on interim PET. The objective of this study was to evaluate the prognostic value of an interim FDG PET-CT in patients older than 60 with treated DLBCL and to compare IHP and 5-PS Deauville visual interpretation to predict survival...
November 30, 2016: Quarterly Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901279/dopamine-agonists-for-preventing-ovarian-hyperstimulation-syndrome
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Huilin Tang, Selma Mourad, Suo-Di Zhai, Roger J Hart
BACKGROUND: Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) is a potentially serious complication of ovarian stimulation in assisted reproduction technology (ART). It is characterised by enlarged ovaries and an acute fluid shift from the intravascular space to the third space, resulting in bloating, increased risk of venous thromboembolism and decreased organ perfusion. Most cases are mild, but forms of moderate or severe OHSS appear in 3% to 8% of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) cycles. The dopamine agonist cabergoline was introduced as a secondary prevention intervention for OHSS in women at high risk of OHSS undergoing ART treatment...
November 30, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900960/new-onset-diabetes-after-kidney-transplantation-incidence-risk-factors-and-outcomes
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Hassan Aleid, Ahmad Alhuraiji, Abdullah Alqaraawi, Ammar Abdulbaki, Mai Altalhi, Mohamed Shoukri, Eldali Abdelmoneim, Tariq Ali
Many patients develop new-onset diabetes after kidney transplantation (NODAT). Its incidence and epidemiology are unknown in the Saudi population. We aimed to study the incidence, epidemiology, and outcomes of kidney transplant recipients who developed NODAT. This is a retrospective study of all adults who received kidney transplant between January 2003 and December 2009. NODAT was defined according to the criteria outlined in the 2003 International Consensus guidelines. A total of 500 patients were included in this study, 54% were male patients...
November 2016: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900604/assessment-of-interstitial-lung-disease-in-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome-by-lung-ultrasound-a-pilot-study-of-correlation-with-high-resolution-chest-tomography
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Pablo Guisado Vasco, Gonzalo de Luna Cardenal, Isabel Martín Garrido, José Manuel Luque Pinilla, Guadalupe Fraile Rodríguez, Juan José Nava Mateo, Daniel Carnevalli Ruiz
The background of this study is to assess the accuracy of lung ultrasound (LUS) to diagnose interstitial lung disease (ILD) in Sjögren's syndrome (Sjs), in patients who have any alterations in pulmonary function tests (PFT) or respiratory symptoms. LUS was correlated with chest tomography (hrCT), considering it as the imaging gold standard technique to diagnose ILD. This is a pilot, multicenter, cross-sectional, and consecutive-case study. The inclusion criteria are ≥18 years old, Signs and symptoms: according to ACEG 2002 criteria, respiratory symptoms (dyspnea, cough), or any alterations in PFR...
November 29, 2016: Internal and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895273/results-from-the-workshop-problem-formulation-for-the-use-of-gene-drive-in-mosquitoes
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Andrew Roberts, Paulo Paes de Andrade, Fredros Okumu, Hector Quemada, Moussa Savadogo, Jerome Amir Singh, Stephanie James
Reducing the incidence of malaria has been a public health priority for nearly a century. New technologies and associated vector control strategies play an important role in the prospect of sustained reductions. The development of the CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing system has generated new possibilities for the use of gene-drive constructs to reduce or alter vector populations to reduce malaria incidence. However, before these technologies can be developed and exploited, it will be necessary to understand and assess the likelihood of any potential harms to humans or the environment...
November 28, 2016: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892996/technique-standards-for-skin-lesion-imaging-a-delphi-consensus-statement
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Chinmayee Katragadda, Anna Finnane, H Peter Soyer, Ashfaq A Marghoob, Allan Halpern, Josep Malvehy, Harald Kittler, Rainer Hofmann-Wellenhof, Dennis Da Silva, Ivo Abraham, Clara Curiel-Lewandrowski
Importance: Variability in the metrics for image acquisition at the total body, regional, close-up, and dermoscopic levels impacts the quality and generalizability of skin images. Consensus guidelines are indicated to achieve universal imaging standards in dermatology. Objective: To achieve consensus among members of the International Skin Imaging Collaboration (ISIC) on standards for image acquisition metrics using a hybrid Delphi method. Evidence Review: Delphi study with 5 rounds of ratings and revisions until relative consensus was achieved...
November 23, 2016: JAMA Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890113/meprocs-framework-for-craniofacial-superimposition-validation-study
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O Ibáñez, R Vicente, D Navega, C Campomanes-Álvarez, C Cattaneo, R Jankauskas, M I Huete, F Navarro, R Hardiman, E Ruiz, K Imaizumi, F Cavalli, E Veselovskaya, D Humpire, J Cardoso, F Collini, D Mazzarelli, D Gibelli, S Damas
Craniofacial Superimposition (CFS) involves the process of overlaying a skull with a number of ante-mortem images of an individual and the analysis of their morphological correspondence. The lack of unified working protocols and the absence of commonly accepted standards, led to contradictory consensus regarding its reliability. One of the more important aims of 'New Methodologies and Protocols of Forensic Identification by Craniofacial Superimposition (MEPROCS)' project was to propose a common framework for CFS, what can be considered the first international standard in the field...
November 2016: Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888278/missing-domains-of-lung-transplant-patient-selection
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Nancy P Blumenthal, Michael G Petty, Ruth McCorkle
: The goal of consistent, predictable, and improved outcomes has continued to elude the scientific community in the 30 years since lung transplantation became the procedure of choice for patients with terminal, nonmalignant lung disease. BACKGROUND: Although there is consensus regarding disease-specific indications for lung transplant, ambiguity remains regarding how patient-specific attributes should influence lung transplant candidacy. This study had 3 aims (1) to establish the missing domains of the interdisciplinary assessment of the lung transplant candidate, (2) to have these domains validated by an international panel of lung transplant experts, and (3) to recommend the next step for inclusion of these domains into the lung transplant candidate selection process...
November 25, 2016: Progress in Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887785/thromboelastography-teg%C3%A2-demonstrates-that-tinzaparin-4500-international-units-has-no-detectable-anticoagulant-activity-after-caesarean-section
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S Griffiths, C Woo, V Mansoubi, A Riccoboni, A Sabharwal, S Napier, M Columb, M Laffan, G Stocks
BACKGROUND: Low molecular weight heparin is routinely used for thromboprophylaxis in pregnancy and the puerperium. Consensus guidelines recommend waiting 10-12h after administration of a thromboprophylactic dose of low molecular weight heparin before performing a neuraxial block or removing an epidural catheter. Thromboelastography (TEG®) has been reported to be sensitive to the effects of enoxaparin 4h after administration. The purpose of this study was to use TEG to examine coagulation changes in the first 10h after a thromboprophylactic dose of tinzaparin in an attempt to ratify the current consensus guidelines about timing of neuraxial blockade and epidural catheter removal...
October 8, 2016: International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887717/the-continued-existence-of-significant-disparities-in-the-technical-practices-of-sperm-morphology-assessment-and-the-clinical-implications-results-of-a-french-questionnaire
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Nicolas Gatimel, Lucile Mansoux, Jessika Moreau, Jean Parinaud, Roger D Léandri
OBJECTIVE: To investigate current practices for sperm morphology assessment. DESIGN: E-mail survey questionnaire. SETTING: Diagnostic and clinical institutions/laboratories. PATIENT(S): French biologists and clinicians (n = 225). INTERVENTION(S): None. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): Answers to 24 questions. RESULT(S): The survey shows that even now in France there is great inconsistency in the use of sperm morphology assessments...
November 22, 2016: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887638/mitochondrial-replacement-approaches-challenges-for-clinical-implementation
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Thomas Klopstock, Barbara Klopstock, Holger Prokisch
The advent of mitochondrial replacement techniques poses many scientific, regulatory, and ethical questions. Previous studies suggest good safety and efficacy profiles of these techniques, but challenges remain for clinical implementation and international consensus is needed on the regulation of these approaches.
November 25, 2016: Genome Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886918/cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-an-overview-on-guidelines
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REVIEW
Giuseppe Boriani, Martina Nesti, Matteo Ziacchi, Luigi Padeletti
Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is included in international consensus guidelines as a treatment with proven efficacy in well-selected patients on top of optimal medical therapy. Although all the guidelines strongly recommend CRT for LBBB with QRS duration greater than 150 milliseconds, lower strength of recommendation is reported for QRS duration of 120 to 150 milliseconds, especially if not associated with LBBB. CRT is not recommended for a QRS of less than 120 milliseconds. No indication emerges for guiding the implant based on echocardiographic evaluation of dyssynchrony...
January 2017: Heart Failure Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884822/a-framework-for-remission-in-sle-consensus-findings-from-a-large-international-task-force-on-definitions-of-remission-in-sle-doris
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Ronald van Vollenhoven, Alexandre Voskuyl, George Bertsias, Cynthia Aranow, Martin Aringer, Laurent Arnaud, Anca Askanase, Petra Balážová, Eloisa Bonfa, Hendrika Bootsma, Dimitrios Boumpas, Ian Bruce, Ricard Cervera, Ann Clarke, Cindy Coney, Nathalie Costedoat-Chalumeau, László Czirják, Ronald Derksen, Andrea Doria, Thomas Dörner, Rebecca Fischer-Betz, Ruth Fritsch-Stork, Caroline Gordon, Winfried Graninger, Noémi Györi, Frédéric Houssiau, David Isenberg, Soren Jacobsen, David Jayne, Annegret Kuhn, Veronique Le Guern, Kirsten Lerstrøm, Roger Levy, Francinne Machado-Ribeiro, Xavier Mariette, Jamil Missaykeh, Eric Morand, Marta Mosca, Murat Inanc, Sandra Navarra, Irmgard Neumann, Marzena Olesinska, Michelle Petri, Anisur Rahman, Ole Petter Rekvig, Jozef Rovensky, Yehuda Shoenfeld, Josef Smolen, Angela Tincani, Murray Urowitz, Bernadette van Leeuw, Carlos Vasconcelos, Anne Voss, Victoria P Werth, Helena Zakharova, Asad Zoma, Matthias Schneider, Michael Ward
OBJECTIVES: Treat-to-target recommendations have identified 'remission' as a target in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), but recognise that there is no universally accepted definition for this. Therefore, we initiated a process to achieve consensus on potential definitions for remission in SLE. METHODS: An international task force of 60 specialists and patient representatives participated in preparatory exercises, a face-to-face meeting and follow-up electronic voting...
November 24, 2016: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884494/consensus-conference-on-tips-management-techniques-indications-contraindications
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Stefano Fagiuoli, Raffaele Bruno, Wilma Debernardi Venon, Filippo Schepis, Francesco Vizzutti, Pierluigi Toniutto, Marco Senzolo, Paolo Caraceni, Francesco Salerno, Paolo Angeli, Roberto Cioni, Alessandro Vitale, Maurizio Grosso, Andrea De Gasperi, Gennaro D'Amico, Alfredo Marzano
The trans jugular intrahepatic Porto systemic shunt (TIPS) is no longer viewed as a salvage therapy or a bridge to liver transplantation and is currently indicated for a number of conditions related to portal hypertension with positive results in survival. Moreover, the availability of self-expandable polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE)-covered endoprostheses has dramatically improved the long-term patency of TIPS. However, since the last updated International guidelines have been published (year 2009) new evidence have come, which have open the field to new indications and solved areas of uncertainty...
October 29, 2016: Digestive and Liver Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884132/healthy-and-productive-workers-using-intervention-mapping-to-design-a-workplace-health-promotion-and-wellness-program-to-improve-presenteeism
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Carlo Ammendolia, Pierre Côté, Carol Cancelliere, J David Cassidy, Jan Hartvigsen, Eleanor Boyle, Sophie Soklaridis, Paula Stern, Benjamin Amick
BACKGROUND: Presenteeism is a growing problem in developed countries mostly due to an aging workforce. The economic costs related to presenteeism exceed those of absenteeism and employer health costs. Employers are implementing workplace health promotion and wellness programs to improve health among workers and reduce presenteeism. How best to design, integrate and deliver these programs are unknown. The main purpose of this study was to use an intervention mapping approach to develop a workplace health promotion and wellness program aimed at reducing presenteeism...
November 25, 2016: BMC Public Health
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