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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646811/alternative-therapy-for-patients-with-obstructive-sleep-apnea-hypopnea-syndrome-a-1-year-single-blind-randomized-trial-of-tui-na
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Cheng-Nan Lu, Michael Friedman, Hsin-Ching Lin, Kuo-Wei Bi, Tun-Pin Hsueh, Hsueh-Wen Chang, Mao-Chang Su, Meng-Chih Lin
Context • Obstructive sleep apnea/hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS) is among the most prevalent of sleep-related breathing disorders. No long-term follow-up studies have documented the continued success of lifestyle changes in treatment; oral appliances have an approximate 50% success rate; compliance with continuous positive airway pressure is poor, ranging from 50% to 89%; and the success rate of upper-airway surgery is only 66.4%. Therefore, some OSAHS patients seek alternative treatments. Objectives • The study intended to examine the efficacy of traditional Chinese therapeutic massage (tui na) for patients with OSAHS...
July 2017: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646804/pilot-investigation-of-2-nondiet-approaches-to-improve-weight-and-health
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Kelly H Webber, Laurel Mellin, Lindsey Mayes, Igor Mitrovic, Matt Saulnier
Context • Weight loss and maintenance are associated with many health benefits, but long-term maintenance of weight loss remains elusive for many people. Overweight individuals are at higher risk than normal-weight individuals for stress-induced overeating. The use of stress-management tools in a weight loss program might decrease the physiological stress that fuels overeating and improve posttreatment maintenance of weight loss Objective • The study intended to compare the differences in outcomes between 2 approaches to achieving weight loss and changes in health-stress reduction and intuitive eating (IE)-during a 14-wk period...
June 23, 2017: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646723/vacuum-assisted-complete-excision-of-solid-intraductal-intracystic-masses-and-complex-cysts-is-follow-up-necessary
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Vanessa Quinn-Laurin, Jean-Charles Hogue, Sylvie Pinault, Nathalie Duchesne
INTRODUCTION: Management of complex cysts and benign intraductal/intracystic masses is controversial. The aim of this study was to determine if the complete removal of the complex cyst lesions with ultrasound-guided vacuum-assisted excision (US-VAE) is sufficient for their safe management when the histological diagnosis obtained at biopsy is benign. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: This is a single institution retrospective study performed on patients who underwent breast biopsy between April 2007 and September 2013...
June 21, 2017: Breast: Official Journal of the European Society of Mastology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646711/effect-of-memantine-on-c-reactive-protein-and-lipid-profiles-in-bipolar-disorder
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Hui Hua Chang, Po See Chen, Tzu-Yun Wang, Sheng-Yu Lee, Shiou-Lan Chen, San-Yuan Huang, Jau-Shyong Hong, Yen Kuang Yang, Ru-Band Lu
BACKGROUND: Balance in the immune system plays roles in bipolar disorder (BD) and its metabolic co-morbidities. Memantine is an NMDA receptor antagonist with anti-inflammatory effects. However, the effects of memantine adjunct treatment on metabolic status of BD are unclear. METHODS: During the 12 weeks period, a total of 191 BD patients were enrolled and split into valproate (VPA) + placebo and VPA + memantine (5mg/day) arms. The fasting plasma levels of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (CRP) and metabolic indices were assessed...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646710/psychological-distress-and-the-incident-risk-of-functional-disability-in-elderly-survivors-after-the-great-east-japan-earthquake
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Fumiya Tanji, Yumi Sugawara, Yasutake Tomata, Takashi Watanabe, Kemmyo Sugiyama, Yu Kaiho, Hiroaki Tomita, Ichiro Tsuji
BACKGROUND: We conducted a prospective cohort study to investigate whether psychological distress would have increased the incident risk of functional disability after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. METHODS: First phase data pertaining to psychological distress and other lifestyle factors were collected from 1037 subjects aged ≥ 65 years, from June to December 2011, in four affected areas of Miyagi prefecture in Japan. Psychological distress was measured by the Kessler 6-item psychological distress scale (K6), and classified into three categories (K6 score ≤ 9, 10-12, ≥ 13)...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646701/use-of-sglt2-inhibitors-for-diabetes-and-risk-of-infection-analysis-using-general-practice-records-from-the-nps-medicinewise-medicineinsight-program
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Svetla Gadzhanova, Nicole Pratt, Elizabet Roughead
AIMS: To explore the feasibility of MedicineInsight data to support risk management plan evaluation, focusing on sodium glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors for type 2 diabetes. METHODS: A retrospective study using de-identified electronic general practitioner records. Patients who initiated SGLT2 inhibitor between 1 Jan 2012 to 1 Sep 2015 were compared to patients who initiated dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP-4) inhibitors. The two cohorts were followed-up for six months...
June 15, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646686/eeg-spectral-analysis-as-a-putative-early-prognostic-biomarker-in-nondemented-amyloid-positive-subjects
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Alida A Gouw, Astrid M Alsema, Betty M Tijms, Andreas Borta, Philip Scheltens, Cornelis J Stam, Wiesje M van der Flier
We studied whether electroencephalography (EEG)-derived measures of brain oscillatory activity are related to clinical progression in nondemented, amyloid positive subjects. We included 205 nondemented amyloid positive subjects (63 subjective cognitive decline [SCD]; 142 mild cognitive impairment [MCI]) with a baseline resting-state EEG data and ≥1-year follow-up. Peak frequency and relative power of 4 frequency bands were calculated. Relationships between normalized EEG measures and time to clinical progression (conversion from SCD to MCI/dementia or from MCI to dementia) were analyzed using Cox proportional hazard models...
June 1, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646624/prognostic-relevance-of-oxidative-stress-measurement-in-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia
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Giovanni D'Arena, Candida Vitale, Omar Perbellini, Marta Coscia, Francesco La Rocca, Vitalba Ruggieri, Carlo Visco, Matteo Nicola Dario Di Minno, Idanna Innocenti, Vincenzo Pizza, Silvia Deaglio, Giovanni Di Minno, Aldo Giudice, Gioacchino Calapai, Pellegrino Musto, Luca Laurenti, Eugenio Luigi Iorio
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the prognostic significance of oxidative stress (OS) and antioxidant defense status measurement in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). METHOD: d-ROMs test and BAP test were evaluated at diagnosis of 165 patients with CLL and correlated with clinical-biological features and prognosis. RESULTS: An increased oxidative damage (d-ROMs test) and a reduced antioxidant potential (BAP test), were found in CLL patients than normal controls (p <0...
June 24, 2017: European Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646618/tryptophan-as-a-surrogate-prognostic-marker-for-diabetic-nephropathy
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Chien-An Chou, Chia-Ni Lin, Daniel Tsun-Yee Chiu, I-Wen Chen, Szu-Tah Chen
AIMS/INTRODUCTION: Diabetic nephropathy is one of the leading causes of end-stage renal disease. Unfortunately, reliable surrogate markers for predicting the prognostic outcome of diabetic nephropathy were as yet absent. In order to find new markers in predicting the progression of diabetic nephropathy, we conducted a prospective study by investigating the correlation between serum metabolites and the annual change of estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR). MATERIALS AND METHODS: From September 2013 to September 2015, 52 diabetic patients at various stages of chronic kidney disease (CKD) were enrolled...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Diabetes Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646515/alcohol-abstinence-in-patients-surviving-an-episode-of-alcoholic-hepatitis-prediction-and-impact-on-long-term-survival
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José Altamirano, Hugo López-Pelayo, Javier Michelena, Patricia D Jones, Lluisa Ortega, Pere Ginès, Juan Caballería, Antoni Gual, Ramón Bataller, Anna Lligoña
Alcoholic hepatitis (AH) is the most severe form of alcoholic liver disease. Most studies have focused on short-term prognosis, while factors associated with long-term survival are largely unknown. THE AIMS OF OUR STUDY WERE: 1) to determine the impact of complete abstinence from alcohol on long-term survival and 2) to identify prognostic factors at admission capable of predicting abstinence during long-term follow-up in patients with AH. One hundred and forty-two patients with biopsy-proven AH that survived the first episode were included...
June 23, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646513/long-term-outcomes-of-group-d-retinoblastoma-eyes-during-the-intravitreal-melphalan-era
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Jesse L Berry, Sona Shah, Mercy Bechtold, Emily Zolfaghari, Rima Jubran, Jonathan W Kim
BACKGROUND: To evaluate outcomes of Group D retinoblastoma (Rb) eyes during the intravitreal melphalan era. PROCEDURE: Retrospective chart review of patients diagnosed with Group D Rb from 2011 to 2016 was done. Overall, 76 Group D eyes of 68 patients were included; salvage therapy included systemic chemoreduction with vincristine, etoposide, and carboplatin with local consolidation, followed by intravitreal injection of melphalan for recurrent or persistent seeding...
June 24, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646501/progressive-aortic-root-dilatation-in-pediatric-heart-transplant-recipients
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Shagun Sachdeva, Liyun Zhang, Pippa Simpson, Peter C Frommelt
BACKGROUND: To determine prevalence, clinical implication, and risk factors for aortic root dilation (ARD) in pediatric heart transplant recipients. METHODS: Serial echocardiograms were reviewed in all pediatric heart transplant recipients from 1999 to 2014 to assess maximal systolic diameter at the aortic annulus, aortic sinus, aortic sino-tubular (ST) junction, and ascending aorta. ARD was defined by a sinus/annulus ratio >1.56, ST junction/annulus ratio >1...
June 23, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646498/introducing-solution-focussed-brief-therapy-to-mental-health-nurses-across-a-local-health-district-in-australia
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Timothy Wand, Louise Acret, Natalie D'Abrew
Solution-focussed brief therapy (SFBT) can be applied to effectively address a broad range of mental health-, alcohol-, and substance-related challenges. The compatibility that SFBT has with mental health nursing practice has been widely recognized. The aim of the present mixed-methods study was to introduce and evaluate the utility of SFBT principles, strategies, and techniques to the clinical work of mental health nurses from a local health district in Sydney, Australia. Following a 4-hour introductory SFBT workshop, participants were invited to complete a one-page evaluation and undertake a follow-up individual telephone interview with a research assistant...
June 23, 2017: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646482/clinical-serological-and-histological-determinants-of-patient-and-renal-outcome-in-anca-associated-vasculitis-with-renal-involvement-an-analysis-from-a-referral-centre
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Matija Crnogorac, Ivica Horvatic, Luka Toric, Danica Galesic Ljubanovic, Miroslav Tisljar, Krešimir Galesic
PURPOSE: To evaluate significance of clinical and histopathological prognostic factors for renal and patient outcome in AAV patient cohort. METHODS: Retrospective study included consecutive patients diagnosed with pauci-immune crescentic glomerulonephritis from January 2003 to December 2013. Primary outcome was combined endpoint patient death or progression to end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Secondary outcomes were patient survival and progression to ESRD (renal survival) singularly and disease relapse...
June 23, 2017: International Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646441/safety-efficacy-and-refractive-outcomes-of-lasik-surgery-in-patients-aged-65-or-older
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Paloma López-Montemayor, Jorge E Valdez-García, Denise Loya-García, Julio C Hernandez-Camarena
PURPOSE: Report on the safety, efficiency and refractive outcomes of LASIK surgery in patients aged 65 or older. METHODS: This study includes a case series of patients ≥65 years that underwent corneal refractive surgery during the period June 2010 to June 2015 at Hospital Zambrano Hellion, Monterrey, Mexico. Inclusion criteria were normal topography, central corneal thickness >500 μm, preoperative manifest refraction spherical equivalent (MRSE) up to -8...
June 23, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646440/a-comparison-of-three-different-intravitreal-treatment-modalities-of-macular-edema-due-to-branch-retinal-vein-occlusion
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Havva Erdogan Kaldırım, Serpil Yazgan
PURPOSE: To compare the efficacy of intravitreal injection of ranibizumab, dexamethasone implant and aflibercept for the management of macular edema (ME) related to branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO). METHODS: This retrospective and comparative study included 62 eyes of 62 patients with BRVO and ME. Patients received one of the following treatments: 0.5 mg ranibizumab (group 1, n = 22), 0.7 mg dexamethasone implant (group 2, n = 20) and 2 mg aflibercept (group 3, n = 20)...
June 23, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646439/alterations-in-contact-lens-fitting-parameters-following-cross-linking-in-keratoconus-patients-of-indian-ethnicity
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Kirti Singh, Mainak Bhattacharyya, Ritu Arora, Sonal Dangda, Ankush Mutreja
BACKGROUND: Most studies have either excluded patients using contact lens or not taken their effect while analyzing post-collagen cross-linkage (CXL) changes. This study aims to study impact of CXL on lens fit in both quantitative and qualitative manner. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate changes in CL fit post-CXL and to correlate these changes with alterations in corneal topographic parameters. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective intervention study on 20 keratoconic eyes of 14 patients (age > 18 years), with mean follow-up of 6 months...
June 23, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646434/performance-of-quantiferon-%C3%A2-tb-gold-in-tube-assay-in-children-receiving-disease-modifying-anti-rheumatic-drugs
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Francesca Gabriele, Maria Trachana, Maria Simitsopoulou, Polixeni Pratsidou-Gertsi, Elias Iosifidis, Zoi Dorothea Pana, Emmanuel Roilides
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the performance of the Quantiferon(®)-TB Gold In-Tube (QFT-IT) interferon (IFN)-γ assay for the detection of latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) in children receiving anti-rheumatic treatment in a tertiary referral hospital of Northern Greece. METHODS: A total of 79 consecutive children receiving anti-rheumatic treatment [of which 18 screened prior to antitumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α treatment] were tested using Mantoux tuberculin skin test (TST) and QFT-IT...
June 22, 2017: World Journal of Pediatrics: WJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646421/how-safe-and-effective-is-denosumab-for-bone-giant-cell-tumour
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Costantino Errani, Shinji Tsukamoto, Andreas F Mavrogenis
Recent clinical studies have suggested that denosumab is associated with beneficial tumour response, surgical down-staging, and reduced surgical morbidity in patients with giant cell tumour of bone. However, these studies reported results of patients still on denosumab treatment, or patients after denosumab treatment but with a short follow-up. Other studies reported that the new osseous tumour matrix and thickened cortical bone that develop with denosumab treatment does not allow the surgeon to delineate the true extent of the tumour, and probably increases the risk for local recurrence...
June 23, 2017: International Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646420/composite-reverse-shoulder-arthroplasty-can-provide-good-function-and-quality-of-life-in-cases-of-malignant-tumour-of-the-proximal-humerus
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Cyril Lazerges, Louis Dagneaux, Benjamin Degeorge, Nicolas Tardy, Bertrand Coulet, Michel Chammas
PURPOSE: Management of proximal humeral tumours remains a surgical challenge. No study to date has assessed the quality of life scores following the composite reverse shoulder arthroplasty for this indication. We, therefore, evaluated function and quality of life following reconstruction with allograft for malignant tumour of the humerus. METHODS: A series of six cases of humeral tumour treated by a single surgeon in a single centre was reviewed after a mean follow-up of 5...
June 23, 2017: International Orthopaedics
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