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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239961/in-pursuit-of-neurophenotypes-the-consequences-of-having-autism-and-a-big-brain
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David G Amaral, Deana Li, Lauren Libero, Marjorie Solomon, Judy Van de Water, Ann Mastergeorge, Letitia Naigles, Sally Rogers, Christine Wu Nordahl
A consensus has emerged that despite common core features, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has multiple etiologies and various genetic and biological characteristics. The fact that there are likely to be subtypes of ASD has complicated attempts to develop effective therapies. The UC Davis MIND Institute Autism Phenome Project is a longitudinal, multidisciplinary analysis of children with autism and age-matched typically developing controls; nearly 400 families are participating in this study. The overarching goal is to gather sufficient biological, medical, and behavioral data to allow definition of clinically meaningful subtypes of ASD...
February 27, 2017: Autism Research: Official Journal of the International Society for Autism Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238554/developing-a-set-of-core-outcomes-for-trials-in-hemodialysis-an-international-delphi-survey
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Nicole Evangelidis, Allison Tong, Braden Manns, Brenda Hemmelgarn, David C Wheeler, Peter Tugwell, Sally Crowe, Tess Harris, Wim Van Biesen, Wolfgang C Winkelmayer, Benedicte Sautenet, Donal O'Donoghue, Helen Tam-Tham, Sajeda Youssouf, Sreedhar Mandayam, Angela Ju, Carmel Hawley, Carol Pollock, David C Harris, David W Johnson, Dena E Rifkin, Francesca Tentori, John Agar, Kevan R Polkinghorne, Martin Gallagher, Peter G Kerr, Stephen P McDonald, Kirsten Howard, Martin Howell, Jonathan C Craig
BACKGROUND: Survival and quality of life for patients on hemodialysis therapy remain poor despite substantial research efforts. Existing trials often report surrogate outcomes that may not be relevant to patients and clinicians. The aim of this project was to generate a consensus-based prioritized list of core outcomes for trials in hemodialysis. STUDY DESIGN: In a Delphi survey, participants rated the importance of outcomes using a 9-point Likert scale in round 1 and then re-rated outcomes in rounds 2 and 3 after reviewing other respondents' scores...
February 23, 2017: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238152/myocardial-infarction-in-neonates-a-review-of-an-entity-with-significant-morbidity-and-mortality
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REVIEW
Koyelle Papneja, Anthony K Chan, Tapas K Mondal, Bosco Paes
Coronary artery disease is a global problem with high mortality rates and significant residual sequelae that affect long-term quality of life. Myocardial infarction (MI) in neonates is a recognized, uncommon entity, but the incidence and broad spectrum of the disease is unknown and likely underestimated due to limited reporting which in the majority is confined to acute ischemic events. The challenges involve clinical diagnosis which masquerades in the early phase as non-specific symptoms and signs that are commonly found in a host of neonatal disorders...
February 25, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238075/physical-activity-and-osteoarthritis-a-consensus-study-to-harmonise-self-reporting-methods-of-physical-activity-across-international-cohorts
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L S Gates, K M Leyland, S Sheard, K Jackson, P Kelly, L F Callahan, R Pate, E M Roos, B Ainsworth, C Cooper, C Foster, J L Newton, M E Batt, N K Arden
Physical activity (PA) is increasingly recognised as an important factor within studies of osteoarthritis (OA). However, subjective methods used to assess PA are highly variable and have not been developed for use within studies of OA, which creates difficulties when comparing and interpreting PA data in OA research. The aim of this study was, therefore, to gain expert agreement on the appropriate methods to harmonise PA data among existing population cohorts to enable the investigation of the association of PA and OA...
February 25, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236836/reprint-of-long-term-survivorship-after-hematopoietic-cell-transplantation-roadmap-for-research-and-care
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REVIEW
Minoo Battiwalla, André Tichelli, Navneet S Majhail
The number of survivors after hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) is expected to dramatically increase over the next decade. Significant and unique challenges confront survivors for decades after their underlying indication (malignancy or marrow failure) has been cured by HCT. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Late Effects Consensus Conference in June 2016 brought together international experts in the field to plan the next phase of survivorship efforts. Working groups laid out the roadmap for collaborative research and health care delivery...
March 2017: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236046/prevalence-and-distribution-of-calcified-nodules-in-carotid-arteries-in-correlation-with-clinical-symptoms
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Karolin Johanna Paprottka, Damiana Saam, Johannes Rübenthaler, Andreas Schindler, Nora Navina Sommer, Philipp Marius Paprottka, Dirk André Clevert, Maximilian Reiser, Tobias Saam, Andreas Helck
PURPOSE: Calcified nodules ("CN") are responsible for up to 5% of coronary-infarcts and, therefore, classified as minor criteria of "vulnerable" atherosclerotic plaque. We sought to evaluate prevalence and distribution of CN in carotid arteries in correlation with clinical symptoms. METHODS: 178 consecutive patients with unilateral ischemic stroke and carotid plaques ≥2 mm by duplex ultrasound underwent a carotid-black-blood-3T-MRI with fat-saturated pre- and post-contrast T1w-, PDw-, T2w- and TOF images using dedicated surface-coils...
February 24, 2017: La Radiologia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236010/the-comprehensive-icf-core-set-for-head-and-neck-cancer-a-delphi-consensus-survey-among-german-speaking-speech-and-language-therapists
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Matthias Engelbarts, Vanessa Schuster, Ulrich Kisser, Carla Sabariego, Marita Stier-Jarmer, Michaela Coenen, Benjamin Philipp Ernst, Sebastian Strieth, Ulrich Harréus, Sven Becker
The "Comprehensive ICF Core Set for Head and Neck Cancer" (ICF-HNC) is an application of the "International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health" (ICF), representing the characteristic spectrum of issues in patients with head and neck cancer (HNC). Our primary aim was to evaluate which categories of the ICF-HNC are dealt with by speech and language therapists (SLTs) in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. The secondary aim was to identify outcome measures used by SLTs to measure the categories of the ICF-HNC in clinical practice...
February 24, 2017: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235733/core-principles-to-reduce-current-variations-that-exist-in-grading-of-midwifery-practice-in-the-united-kingdom
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Margaret Fisher, Susan Way, Sam Chenery-Morris, Judith Jackson, Heather Bower
AIM: To reduce variations in grading of midwifery practice and enhance reliability of assessment. BACKGROUND: The first phase of a national project showed there to be widely ranging interpretation and application of professional educational standards in relation to grading of practice in midwifery. This raised concerns about reliability and equity of professional assessment. The second phase therefore sought to achieve consensus on a set of core principles. METHODS: A participatory action research process in two stages, using a Mini-Delphi approach...
February 10, 2017: Nurse Education in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230578/essential-and-nonessential-blood-testing-in-the-clinical-teaching-unit
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Cody Sherren, Andrew Day, Roy Ilan
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to evaluate the essential and nonessential blood tests ordered on the internal medicine clinical teaching units (CTUs) at Kingston General Hospital. Our aim was to establish a baseline performance measure identifying appropriate use of laboratory tests that could be used to inform improvement over time. METHODS: For an 8-week period, 14 CTU attending physicians at Kingston General Hospital were surveyed. They were asked for each of their patients, "What blood tests do you consider to be essential for tomorrow morning to maintain appropriate care for this patient?" The following day, blood tests that were ordered were compared with the "essential" list previously given by the attending physicians...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228350/impact-of-technical-and-assay-variation-on-reporting-of-hemolysis-in-stored-red-blood-cell-products
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Ruqayyah J Almizraq, Qi Long Yi, Jason P Acker
BACKGROUND: Hemolysis of RBCs is an important measure of product quality and is influenced by donor factors, blood component manufacturing and storage. Percent hemolysis is determined using hematocrit (Hct), supernatant Hb (SHb) and total Hb (THb), each of which can be measured using a variety of methods. METHODS: Sixteen members of an international collaborative were surveyed to understand equipment and procedural variation in hemolysis testing. In a laboratory-based evaluation, we examined how hemolysis was impacted by: measurement of Hct, SHb, THb and number and force of centrifugations for SHb preparation...
February 20, 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228094/sfreemap-a-simulation-free-tool-for-stochastic-mapping
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Diego Pasqualin, Marcos Barbeitos, Fabiano Silva
BACKGROUND: Stochastic mapping is frequently used in comparative biology to simulate character evolution, enabling the probabilistic computation of statistics such as number of state transitions along a tree and distribution of states in its internal nodes. Common implementations rely on Continuous-time Markov Chain simulations whose parameters are difficult to adjust and subjected to inherent inaccuracy. Thus, researchers must run a large number of simulations in order to obtain adequate estimates...
February 22, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226344/-diagnostic-criteria-and-risk-assessment-of-complications-after-gastric-cancer-surgery-in-western-countries
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Zhouqiao Wu, Qi Wang, Jinyao Shi, Koh Cherry, Jacopo Desiderio, Ziyu Li, Jiafu Ji
Postoperative complications are important outcome measurements for surgical quality and safety control. However, the complication registration has always been problematic due to the lack of definition consensus and the other practical difficulties. This narrative review summarizes the data registry system for single institutional registry, national data registry, international multi-center trial registries in the western world, aiming to share the experience of complication classification and data registration...
February 25, 2017: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226341/-recognition-of-postoperative-complication-after-surgery-for-gastric-cancer
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Zhouqiao Wu, Ziyu Li, Jiafu Ji
Complications significantly postpone postoperative recovery and increase mortality after gastric cancer surgery. However, varied complication rates have been reported in the literature as well as in our annual report of China Gastrointestinal Oncological Surgery League. It appears that there have been some misunderstandings regarding the diagnosis and interventions as well as the etiology of major complications. We should be aware of the fact that reaching worldwide consensus for the diagnostic criteria is a difficult task in most complications, which disabled the possibility of data comparison among different studies in most cases...
February 25, 2017: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225742/review-of-military-and-civilian-trauma-registries-does-consensus-matter
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Thijs T C F van Dongen, Johan de Graaf, Eelco P Huizinga, Howard R Champion, Rigo Hoencamp, Luke P H Leenen
BACKGROUND: Structural collection of data from combat injuries is important to improve provided care and the outcome of (combat) casualties. Trauma registries are used in civilian and military health care systems for systematic administration of injury data. However, these registries often use different methods of data management, compromising international comparison of trauma systems. The aim of this review is to aid in reaching international (coalition-wide) consensus for compatible data collection methods with uniform definitions, which is needed for transnational research and subsequent improvement of medical support organizations...
March 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225545/enhancing-political-will-for-universal-health-coverage-in-nigeria
#15
Bolaji S Aregbeshola
Universal health coverage aims to increase equity in access to quality health care services and to reduce financial risk due to health care costs. It is a key component of international health agenda and has been a subject of worldwide debate. Despite differing views on its scope and pathways to reach it, there is a global consensus that all countries should work toward universal health coverage. The goal remains distant for many African countries, including Nigeria. This is mostly due to lack of political will and commitment among political actors and policymakers...
January 2017: MEDICC Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225541/perceived-barriers-to-adherence-to-tuberculosis-infection-control-measures-among-health-care-workers-in-the-dominican-republic
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Helena J Chapman, Bienvenido A Veras-Estévez, Jamie L Pomeranz, Eddy N Pérez-Then, Belkys Marcelino, Michael Lauzardo
INTRODUCTION Health care workers have an increased risk of infection due to occupational Mycobacterium tuberculosis exposure, including multidrug-resistant strains. Health care workers' risk of developing tuberculosis is greater than that of the general population, whether in low-, intermediate- or high-incidence countries. Adherence to infection control measures (administrative controls, environmental controls, and personal respiratory protection) is essential to reduce risk of disease transmission between suspected tuberculosis patients and health care workers, but for different reasons, both objective and subjective, adherence is low...
January 2017: MEDICC Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224348/a-need-to-reconsider-guidelines-on-management-of-primary-spontaneous-pneumothorax
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Jiyoon Yoon, Parthipan Sivakumar, Kevin O'Kane, Liju Ahmed
BACKGROUND: The key guidelines in the management of primary spontaneous pneumothorax (PSP) include the 2010 British Thoracic Society (BTS) Pleural Disease guideline and 2001 American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) Consensus Statement. Current recommendations are dependent on radiographic measures which differ between these two guidelines. The aim of this study is to compare size classification of PSP cases, according to BTS and ACCP guidelines, and to evaluate guideline compliance...
December 2017: International Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220268/anterolateral-ligament-expert-group-consensus-paper-on-the-management-of-internal-rotation-and-instability-of-the-anterior-cruciate-ligament-deficient-knee
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REVIEW
Bertrand Sonnery-Cottet, Matthew Daggett, Jean-Marie Fayard, Andrea Ferretti, Camilo Partezani Helito, Martin Lind, Edoardo Monaco, Vitor Barion Castro de Pádua, Mathieu Thaunat, Adrian Wilson, Stefano Zaffagnini, Jacco Zijl, Steven Claes
Purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the latest research on the anterolateral ligament (ALL) and present the consensus of the ALL Expert Group on the anatomy, radiographic landmarks, biomechanics, clinical and radiographic diagnosis, lesion classification, surgical technique and clinical outcomes. A consensus on controversial subjects surrounding the ALL and anterolateral knee instability has been established based on the opinion of experts, the latest publications on the subject and an exchange of experiences during the ALL Experts Meeting (November 2015, Lyon, France)...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology: Official Journal of the Italian Society of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219961/protocol-for-the-development-of-a-core-domain-set-for-hidradenitis-suppurativa-trial-outcomes
#19
Linnea Thorlacius, John R Ingram, Amit Garg, Bente Villumsen, Solveig Esmann, Joslyn S Kirby, Alice B Gottlieb, Joseph F Merola, Robert Dellavalle, Robin Christensen, Gregor B E Jemec
INTRODUCTION: Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) should have well-defined primary and secondary outcomes to answer questions generated by the main hypotheses. However, for the chronic, inflammatory skin disease hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), the reported outcome measures are numerous and diverse. A recent systematic review found a total of 30 outcome measure instruments in 12 RCTs. This use of a broad range of outcome measures can increase difficulties in interpretation and comparison of results and may potentially obstruct appropriate evidence synthesis by causing reporting bias...
February 20, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219772/evidence-based-recommendations-on-the-management-of-extrahepatic-manifestations-of-chronic-hepatitis-c-virus-infection
#20
REVIEW
Manuel Ramos-Casals, Anna Linda Zignego, Clodoveo Ferri, Pilar Brito-Zerón, Soledad Retamozo, Milvia Casato, Peter Lamprecht, Alessandra Mangia, David Saadoun, Athanasios G Tzioufas, Zobair M Younossi, Patrice Cacoub
∗The current therapeutic armamentarium against HCV has been recently expanded with an explosion of new molecules (DAAs) with high virological efficacy ∗The objective of this international consensus is to provide therapeutic recommendations for HCV patients with extrahepatic manifestations (EHM). ∗The use of non-antiviral therapeutic approaches should be evaluated according to the type of EHM and severity of the clinical presentation ∗B cell depletion with rituximab is the established biologic approach to cryoglobulinaemic vasculitis (CV) employed to date...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
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