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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214374/a-systematic-review-of-known-interventions-for-the-treatment-of-chronic-non-hypovolaemic-hypotonic-hyponatraemia-and-a-meta-analysis-of-the-vaptans
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Sunil Bhandari, Alessandro Peri, Iain Cranston, Rachael McCool, Alison Shaw, Julie Glanville, Larisa Petrakova, Karl O'Reilly
International and national guidelines on the treatment of chronic non-hypovolaemic hypotonic hyponatraemia differ; therefore we have undertaken this systematic review and meta-analysis to investigate the efficacy and safety of interventions for the treatment of chronic non-hypovolaemic hypotonic hyponatraemia. Following registration of the review protocol with PROSPERO, systematic literature searches were conducted to identify randomised and quasi-randomised controlled trials assessing any degree of fluid restriction or any drug treatment with the aim of increasing serum sodium concentration in patients with chronic non-hypovolaemic hypotonic hyponatraemia...
February 18, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214193/quantification-of-the-overall-measurement-uncertainty-associated-with-the-passive-moss-biomonitoring-technique-sample-collection-and-processing
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J R Aboal, M T Boquete, A Carballeira, A Casanova, S Debén, J A Fernández
In this study we examined 6080 data gathered by our research group during more than 20 years of research on the moss biomonitoring technique, in order to quantify the variability generated by different aspects of the protocol and to calculate the overall measurement uncertainty associated with the technique. The median variance of the concentrations of different pollutants measured in moss tissues attributed to the different methodological aspects was high, reaching values of 2851 (ng·g(-1))(2) for Cd (sample treatment), 35...
February 14, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214078/the-optimize-heart-failure-care-program-initial-lessons-from-global-implementation
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Martin R Cowie, Yuri M Lopatin, Clara Saldarriaga, Cândida Fonseca, David Sim, Jose Antonio Magaña, Denilson Albuquerque, Marcelo Trivi, Gustavo Moncada, Baldomero A González Castillo, Mario Osvaldo Speranza Sánchez, Edward Chung
Hospitalization for heart failure (HF) places a major burden on healthcare services worldwide, and is a strong predictor of increased mortality especially in the first three months after discharge. Though undesirable, hospitalization is an opportunity to optimize HF therapy and advise clinicians and patients about the importance of continued adherence to HF medication and regular monitoring. The Optimize Heart Failure Care Program (www.optimize-hf.com), which has been implemented in 45 countries, is designed to improve outcomes following HF hospitalization through inexpensive initiatives to improve prescription of appropriate drug therapies, patient education and engagement, and post-discharge planning...
February 12, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213993/healthcare-resources-and-needs-in-anticoagulant-therapy-for-patients-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-samoa-study
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V Barrios, M I Egocheaga-Cabello, J Gállego-Culleré, E Ignacio-García, L Manzano-Espinosa, A Martín-Martínez, J Mateo-Arranz, J Polo-García, D Vargas-Ortega
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: To determine, in the various medical specialties, the healthcare process for anticoagulated patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation, to determine the available and necessary resources and to identify potential areas of improvement in the care of these patients. METHODS: We performed a cross-sectional survey of primary care and specialised physicians involved in the care of anticoagulated patients. The questionnaires referred to the healthcare process, the indication and prescription of anticoagulant therapy and the barriers and deficiencies present for these patients...
February 14, 2017: Revista Clínica Española
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213969/highly-efficient-neural-conversion-of-human-pluripotent-stem-cells-in-adherent-and-animal-free-conditions
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Dunja Lukovic, Andrea Diez Lloret, Petra Stojkovic, Daniel Rodríguez-Martínez, Maria Amparo Perez Arago, Francisco Javier Rodriguez-Jimenez, Patricia González-Rodríguez, José López-Barneo, Eva Sykova, Pavla Jendelova, Jelena Kostic, Victoria Moreno-Manzano, Miodrag Stojkovic, Shomi S Bhattacharya, Slaven Erceg
Neural differentiation of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) and induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) can produce a valuable and robust source of human neural cell subtypes, holding great promise for the study of neurogenesis and development, and for treating neurological diseases. However, current hESCs and hiPSCs neural differentiation protocols require either animal factors or embryoid body formation, which decreases efficiency and yield, and strongly limits medical applications. Here we develop a simple, animal-free protocol for neural conversion of both hESCs and hiPSCs in adherent culture conditions...
February 18, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213882/a-standard-mutual-authentication-protocol-for-cloud-computing-based-health-care-system
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Prerna Mohit, Ruhul Amin, Arijit Karati, G P Biswas, Muhammad Khurram Khan
Telecare Medical Information System (TMIS) supports a standard platform to the patient for getting necessary medical treatment from the doctor(s) via Internet communication. Security protection is important for medical records (data) of the patients because of very sensitive information. Besides, patient anonymity is another most important property, which must be protected. Most recently, Chiou et al. suggested an authentication protocol for TMIS by utilizing the concept of cloud environment. They claimed that their protocol is patient anonymous and well security protected...
April 2017: Journal of Medical Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213687/ofatumumab-for-the-treatment-of-childhood-nephrotic-syndrome
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Chia-Shi Wang, Rochelle Schmidt Liverman, Rouba Garro, Roshan Punnoose George, Anastacia Glumova, Alana Karp, Stephanie Jernigan, Barry Warshaw
BACKGROUND: Ofatumumab is a humanized anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody that has recently garnered interest as a potential therapeutic agent for nephrotic syndrome. We report our center's experience in administering ofatumumab to five pediatric patients with idiopathic nephrotic syndrome. METHODS: Between March 2015 and November 2016, five patients were treated with ofatumumab. One patient had post-transplant recurrent focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) which had been resistant to plasmapheresis and numerous immunosuppressive agents...
February 17, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213684/quality-of-life-improves-in-children-and-adolescents-during-a-community-based-overweight-and-obesity-treatment
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Pernille M Mollerup, Tenna R H Nielsen, Christine Bøjsøe, Julie T Kloppenborg, Jennifer L Baker, Jens-Christian Holm
PURPOSE: The quality of life is compromised in children and adolescents with overweight or obesity. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether the quality of life improves during a community-based overweight and obesity treatment, and whether improvements depend on reductions in the degree of obesity. METHODS: Quality of life was assessed using the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory (PedsQL) 4.0 in children and adolescents aged 3-18 years with overweight or obesity [body mass index (BMI) ≥85th percentile] upon entry into a community-based chronic care overweight and obesity treatment based upon The Children's Obesity Clinic's Treatment protocol, and upon follow-up after 10-30 months of treatment...
February 17, 2017: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213592/the-evidence-of-benefits-of-exercise-training-in-interstitial-lung-disease-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Leona M Dowman, Christine F McDonald, Catherine J Hill, Annemarie L Lee, Kathryn Barker, Claire Boote, Ian Glaspole, Nicole S L Goh, Anne M Southcott, Angela T Burge, Rebecca Gillies, Alicia Martin, Anne E Holland
BACKGROUND: Uncertainty exists regarding the clinical relevance of exercise training across the range of interstitial lung diseases (ILDs). OBJECTIVE: To establish the impact of exercise training in patients with ILDs of differing aetiology and severity. METHODS: 142 participants with ILD (61 idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), 22 asbestosis, 23 connective tissue disease-related ILD (CTD-ILD) and 36 with other aetiologies) were randomised to either 8 weeks of supervised exercise training or usual care...
February 17, 2017: Thorax
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213572/impact-of-expanding-the-prehospital-stroke-bypass-time-window-in-a-large-geographic-region
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Ian G Stiell, Catherine M Clement, Kristy Campbell, Mukul Sharma, Doug Socha, Marco L A Sivilotti, Albert Jin, Jeffrey J Perry, Jim Lumsden, Cally Martin, Mark Froats, Richard Dionne, John Trickett
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The Ontario Acute Stroke Medical Redirect Paramedic Protocol (ASMRPP) was revised to allow paramedics to bypass to designated stroke centers if total transport time would be <2 hours and total time from symptom onset <3.5 hours. We sought to evaluate the impact and safety of implementing the Revised ASMRPP. METHODS: We conducted a 12-month implementation study involving prehospital patients presenting with possible stroke symptoms. A total of 1317 basic and advanced life support paramedics, of 9 land services in 10 rural counties and 5 cities, used the Revised ASMRPP to take appropriate patients directly to 6 designated stroke centers...
February 17, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212976/functional-lumen-imaging-probe-for-the-management-of-esophageal-disorders-expert-review-from-the-clinical-practice-updates-committee-of-the-aga-institute
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Ikuo Hirano, John E Pandolfino, Guy E Boeckxstaens
The functional luminal imaging probe is a Food and Drug Administration-approved measurement tool used to measure simultaneous pressure and diameter to guide management of various upper gastrointestinal disorders. Additionally, this tool is also approved to guide therapy during bariatric procedures and specialized esophageal surgery. Although it has been commercially available since 2009 as the endolumenal functional lumen imaging probe (EndoFLIP), the functional luminal imaging probe has had limited penetrance into clinical settings outside of specialized centers...
March 2017: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211944/bayesian-response-adaptive-designs-for-basket-trials
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Steffen Ventz, William T Barry, Giovanni Parmigiani, Lorenzo Trippa
We develop a general class of response-adaptive Bayesian designs using hierarchical models, and provide open source software to implement them. Our work is motivated by recent master protocols in oncology, where several treatments are investigated simultaneously in one or multiple disease types, and treatment efficacy is expected to vary across biomarker-defined subpopulations. Adaptive trials such as I-SPY-2 (Barker et al., 2009) and BATTLE (Zhou et al., 2008) are special cases within our framework. We discuss the application of our adaptive scheme to two distinct research goals...
February 17, 2017: Biometrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211824/impact-of-the-brain-injury-family-intervention-bifi-training-on-rehabilitation-providers-a-mixed-methods-study
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Cara Meixner, Cynthia R O'Donoghue, Vesna Hart
BACKGROUND: The psychological impact of TBI is vast, leading to adverse effects on survivors and their caregivers. Unhealthy family functioning may be mitigated by therapeutic strategies, particularly interdisciplinary family systems approaches like the well-documented Brain Injury Family Intervention (BIFI). Little is known about the experience of providers who offer such interventions. OBJECTIVE: This mixed method study aims to demonstrate that a structured three-day training on the BIFI protocol improves providers' knowledge and confidence in working with survivors and families, and that this outcome is sustainable...
February 15, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211804/comparison-of-elastography-based-on-transvaginal-ultrasound-and-mri-in-assessing-parametrial-invasion-of-cervical-cancer
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Xi Ma, Qi Li, Jian-Liang Wang, Jun Shao, Yu-Chun Zhu, Wei Ding, Hou-Sheng Zhang, Hong-Yan Wang, Jun-Kang Shen
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the clinical value of transvaginal elastography (TVES) combined with high-resolution transvaginal ultrasound (TVS) in the detection of parametrial invasion in cervical cancer and to compare the diagnostic performance with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). MATERIALS AND METHODS: 52 women with histologically confirmed cervical cancer over a 2-year period were staged using International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) criteria and underwent MRI and TVES combined with TVS according to a standardized protocol before treatment...
February 17, 2017: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211600/feasibility-of-early-physical-therapy-for-dizziness-after-a-sports-related-concussion-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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J C Reneker, A Hassen, R S Phillips, M C Moughiman, M Donaldson, J Moughiman
The purpose of this study was to (a) assess the feasibility of recruitment/retention of participants, protocol/resource management, and participant safety, and (b) estimate the size of the effect between the experimental and control groups. This was a feasibility study conducted as a prospective pilot double-blind randomized clinical trial. Subjects aged 10-23 years old with acute concussion and dizziness were enrolled from sports medicine centers. Forty-one participants were randomized into treatment and were seen for physical therapy beginning at 10 days post-concussion...
February 17, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211592/a-methodology-for-assessing-deployment-trauma-and-its-consequences-in-oef-oif-ond-veterans-the-tracts-longitudinal-prospective-cohort-study
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Regina E McGlinchey, William P Milberg, Jennifer R Fonda, Catherine Brawn Fortier
Many US veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq have multiple physical and psychiatric problems. A major focus of research has been on determining the effects of mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI), but mTBI is rarely diagnosed in the absence of co-occurring conditions such as blast exposure, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, substance abuse, etc. These potentially interactive psychological and physical conditions produce complex patterns of cognitive, psychological, and physical symptoms that impede civilian reintegration and complicate efficient and effective treatment planning...
February 17, 2017: International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211591/magnetic-resonance-imaging-of-the-knee-an-overview-and-update-of-conventional-and-state-of-the-art-imaging
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Nicholas C Nacey, Matthew G Geeslin, Grady Wilson Miller, Jennifer L Pierce
: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has become the preferred modality for imaging the knee to show pathology and guide patient management and treatment. The knee is one of the most frequently injured joints, and knee pain is a pervasive difficulty that can affect all age groups. Due to the diverse pathology, complex anatomy, and a myriad of injury mechanisms of the knee, the MRI knee protocol and sequences should ensure detection of both soft tissue and osseous structures in detail and with accuracy...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211049/low-dose-rituximab-and-concurrent-adjuvant-therapy-for-pemphigus-protocol-and-single-centre-long-term-review-of-nine-patients
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Aaron J Robinson, Mi Vu, Gary A Unglik, George A Varigos, Laura Scardamaglia
Pemphigus is an autoimmune B-cell mediated blistering disease associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Rituximab has proven effective for the treatment of steroid-refractory pemphigus, although there is controversy over the optimum dosing protocol. Additionally, effective disease control often requires long-term immunosuppression, even in disease-free periods. We present a case series of a single-centre long-term follow up of nine patients with pemphigus, treated with two 500-mg doses of rituximab separated by 14 days along with concurrent adjuvant therapy...
February 17, 2017: Australasian Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210521/the-right-to-die-in-chronic-disorders-of-consciousness-can-we-avoid-the-slippery-slope-argument
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REVIEW
Rocco Salvatore Calabrò, Antonino Naro, Rosaria De Luca, Margherita Russo, Lory Caccamo, Alfredo Manuli, Alessia Bramanti, Placido Bramanti
Managing individuals with chronic disorders of consciousness raises ethical questions about the appropriateness of maintaining life-sustaining treatments and end-of-life decisions for those who are unable to make decisions for themselves. For many years, the positions fostering the "sanctity" of human life (i.e., life is inviolable in any case) have led to maintaining life-sustaining treatments (including artificial nutrition and hydration) in patients with disorders of consciousness, allowing them to live for as long as possible...
November 2016: Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210503/strongyloidiasis-current-status-with-emphasis-in-diagnosis-and-drug-research
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REVIEW
Tiago Mendes, Karen Minori, Marlene Ueta, Danilo Ciccone Miguel, Silmara Marques Allegretti
Strongyloidiasis is a parasitic neglected disease caused by the nematode Strongyloides stercoralis affecting 30 to 100 million people worldwide. Complications, strongly associated with alcoholism, organ transplants, and HTLV-1 virus, often arise due to late diagnosis, frequently leading to patient death. Lack of preemptive diagnosis is not the only difficulty when dealing with this parasite, since there are no gold standard diagnostic techniques, and the ones used have problems associated with sensitivity, resulting in false negatives...
2017: Journal of Parasitology Research
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