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Didier Roulin, Raphaël Girardet, Rafael Duran, Steven Hajdu, Alban Denys, Nermin Halkic, Nicolas Demartines, Emmanuel Melloul
The specific management and outcome of acute biliary pancreatitis in elderly patients is not well established. The aim of this study was to assess the outcome of elderly compared to younger patients after acute biliary pancreatitis. Retrospective analysis of consecutive patients admitted with acute biliary pancreatitis between January 2006 and December 2012. Elderly patients (≥ 70 years) were compared to younger patients (< 70 years) in a case-control study. Comorbidities were assessed according to the Charlson score...
2018: Bioscience Trends
Sabine Landau, Richard Emsley, Graham Dunn
BACKGROUND: Random allocation avoids confounding bias when estimating the average treatment effect. For continuous outcomes measured at post-treatment as well as prior to randomisation (baseline), analyses based on (A) post-treatment outcome alone, (B) change scores over the treatment phase or (C) conditioning on baseline values (analysis of covariance) provide unbiased estimators of the average treatment effect. The decision to include baseline values of the clinical outcome in the analysis is based on precision arguments, with analysis of covariance known to be most precise...
March 1, 2018: Clinical Trials: Journal of the Society for Clinical Trials
Alper Sayiner, Dinc Suren
PURPOSE: Distinction of thyroid neoplasms that include papillary carcinoma (PC) and follicular carcinoma (FC) from benign thyroid neoplasms can be performed successfully by histopathologic examination in most of the cases. However, in some cases it may be difficult to distinct PC and FC as well as FC and follicular adenoma (FA) and also FA and the dominant nodule of multinodular goiter (MNG) histopathologically. In this study, we aimed to determine the role of expression of the human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT) in the distinction of thyroid neoplasms and its relation with prognostic factors by immunohistochemical methods...
January 2018: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
Amy Tinetti, Nicole Weir, Usanee Tangyotkajohn, Angela Jacques, Judith Thompson, Kathy Briffa
OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to identify drivers of and barriers to help-seeking behaviour of older women with pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD) living independently in Australia . METHODS: Women aged ≥55 years were recruited to this cross-sectional study during July and August 2016. Bladder, bowel, pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and sexual dysfunction were assessed with the Australian Pelvic Floor Questionnaire (APFQ). Drivers and barriers were based on the Barriers to Incontinence Care Seeking Questionnaire...
March 19, 2018: International Urogynecology Journal
Lisa Carter-Harris, James E Slaven, Patrick O Monahan, Rivienne Shedd-Steele, Nasser Hanna, Susan M Rawl
Lung cancer screening is a relatively new screening option. Inequalities related to screening behavior have been documented in other types of cancer screening. Because stage at presentation drives mortality in lung cancer, it is critical to understand factors that influence screening behavior in lung cancer screening in order to intervene. However, we must first understand where disparities exist in lung cancer screening participation in order to effectively guide intervention efforts. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to determine the association of sociodemographic (including key disparity-related variables) and knowledge with lung cancer screening behavior...
June 2018: Preventive Medicine Reports
Joshua A Zeichner, Lawrence F Eichenfield, Steven R Feldman, J Scott Kasteler, Ilia L Ferrusi
OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study was to evaluate the impact of rosacea on self-perception, emotional, social, and overall well-being and quality of life in individuals with erythematotelangiectatic rosacea (ETR) and papulopustular rosacea (PPR). DESIGN: We distributed a cross-sectional email invitation for participants in the United States to fill out a web-based survey. PARTICIPANTS: We included adults who reported having previously received a diagnosis of erythematotelangiectatic rosacea or papulopustular rosacea...
February 2018: Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology
Melissa Rochon, Julian We Jarman, Joseph Gabriel, Lisa Butcher, Carlos Morais, Martin Still, Ishtiaq Ahmed, Mario Petrou, Richard Trimlett, Anthony DeSouza, Rashmi Yadav, Shahzad G Raja
Background: Previously, we reported that the Brompton Harefield Infection Score (BHIS) accurately predicts surgical site infection (SSI) after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). The BHIS was developed using two-centre data and stratifies SSI risk into three groups based on female gender, diabetes or HbA1c > 7.5%, body mass index ≥ 35, left ventricular ejection fraction < 45% and emergency surgery. The purpose of this study was to prospectively evaluate BHIS internally as well as externally...
March 2018: Journal of Infection Prevention
Yang-Hsueh Chen, Yu-Ju Lin
While self-regulation has long been recognized as an important characteristic of an individual, instruments assessing the general aptitude of self-regulation remain limited especially in Asian countries. This study re-validated Carey et al.'s (2004) Short Self-Regulation Questionnaire based on a national sample of Taiwanese college students ( N = 1,988). Item analysis, exploratory factor analysis, and confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) yielded 22 items in five internally consistent factors. Descriptive findings showed that, a lack of proactiveness and volitional control, and a decrease of self-regulation throughout the college span appeared to be an overarching problem among Taiwanese college students...
2018: Frontiers in Psychology
Ruifu Yang, Mingwu Zhou, Chaofeng Xing, Shimin Li, Li Song, Jia Chen, Yingjie Xiong, Kai Zhang
Objective: To expound the clinical effect of a new operation by transplanting double segment triangular fibula flap with vascular pedicle to repair the forefoot with lateral bone defect, and to study how to improve the operation method in the following stage. Methods: The inclusion criteria: More than 2 phalangeal and metatarsal bones defects of the lateral forefoot, widespread skin and soft tissue defects on pelma and dorsal foot, and destruction of the anterior aspect of foot arch, which seriously affects the foot function...
December 2017: Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences
Le Kang, Mingsan Miao
Objective: To observe the intervention effect of total flavonoid of ilex pubesceus on animal models of cerebral ischemic tolerance. Methods: A rat model of global-focal cerebral ischemic tolerance was established by blocking bilateral common carotid artery blood flow and occluding left middle cerebral artery using thread-occlusion method. After the first operation, the Ginaton group and large-dosage, medium-dosage and small-dosage groups of total flavonoid of ilex pubesceus were given intragastric administration of corresponding drugs...
December 2017: Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences
Priya Jose, Biniraj Kannanganatt Ramabhadran, Rishi Emmatty, Tony Pallipurathukaran Paul
Background: A split-mouth longitudinal study was designed here to evaluate the effect of ozonated water delivered subgingivally through a jet device (Kent Ozone dental TY 820 jet) in controlling gingival inflammation of patients undergoing fixed orthodontic therapy. Materials and Methods: Twenty-eight patients undergoing fixed orthodontic treatment following thorough oral prophylaxis were recalled after 2 weeks, and baseline gingival inflammation was estimated. This study was conducted as split-mouth technique with the upper left quadrant (Control side) was irrigated by jetting saline into sulcus by air-water syringe with gauge 22 needle tip and upper right quadrant (Test side) irrigated with ozonated water by a jet device using similar delivery tip...
November 2017: Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology
Kristin J Perry, Joseph M Price
This study contributes to current research on the behavior problems of children in foster care by analyzing a more comprehensive set of concurrent child history and contextual predictors. Kinship home status and sibling status (i.e., whether the sibling was a biological sibling to the foster child) were evaluated as moderators of significant associations. Data were collected at the baseline of a foster parent training intervention program prior to any intervention services using parent phone interviews ( N = 310, 51...
January 2018: Children and Youth Services Review
Dorota Talarska, Sławomir Tobis, Marta Kotkowiak, Magdalena Strugała, Joanna Stanisławska, Katarzyna Wieczorowska-Tobis
BACKGROUND The ageing of population is the reason that there are various strategies developed to help seniors acquire greater independence and a better quality of life. The aim of this study was to explore the relationship between the elderly peope's need for assistance and assessed quality of life. MATERIAL AND METHODS The study included 100 participants who were members of a Seniors Club in Poznań, Poland. The cross-sectional study utilized the following instruments: Abbreviated Mental Test Score (AMTS), Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL), EASY-Care Standard 2010 questionnaire, (WHO Quality of Life-BREF (WHOQOL-BREF) questionnaire...
March 19, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Ane Alberdi Aramendi, Alyssa Weakley, Asier Aztiria Goenaga, Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe, Diane J Cook
In the context of an aging population, tools to help elderly to live independently must be developed. The goal of this paper is to evaluate the possibility of using unobtrusively collected activity-aware smart home behavioral data to automatically detect one of the most common consequences of aging: functional health decline. After gathering the longitudinal smart home data of 29 older adults for an average of > 2 years, we automatically labeled the data with corresponding activity classes and extracted time-series statistics containing 10 behavioral features...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
Patricia Palau, Eloy Domínguez, Laura López, José María Ramón, Raquel Heredia, Jessika González, Enrique Santas, Vicent Bodí, Gema Miñana, Ernesto Valero, Anna Mollar, Vicente Bertomeu González, Francisco J Chorro, Juan Sanchis, Josep Lupón, Antoni Bayés-Genís, Julio Núñez
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Despite the prevalence of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF), there is currently no evidence-based effective therapy for this disease. This study sought to evaluate whether inspiratory muscle training (IMT), functional electrical stimulation (FES), or a combination of both (IMT + FES) improves 12- and 24-week exercise capacity as well as left ventricular diastolic function, biomarker profile, and quality of life in HFpEF. METHODS: A total of 61 stable symptomatic patients (New York Heart Association II-III) with HFpEF were randomized (1:1:1:1) to receive a 12-week program of IMT, FES, or IMT + FES vs usual care...
March 15, 2018: Revista Española de Cardiología
Marleen Vonder, Rozemarijn Vliegenthart, Merel A Kaatee, Carlijn M van der Aalst, Peter M A van Ooijen, Geertruida H de Bock, Jan Willem Gratama, Dirkjan Kuijpers, Harry J de Koning, Matthijs Oudkerk
BACKGROUND: To determine the impact of high-pitch spiral acquisition on radiation dose and cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk stratification by coronary artery calcium (CAC) assessment with computed tomography in individuals with a high heart rate. METHODS: Of the ROBINSCA trial, 1990 participants with regular rhythm and heart rates >65 beats per minute (bpm) were included. As reference, 390 participants with regular heart rates ≤65 bpm were used. All participants underwent prospectively electrocardiographically(ECG)-triggered imaging of the coronary arteries using dual source CT at 120 kVp, 80 ref mAs using both high-pitch spiral mode and sequential mode...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
Yueming Shen, Yuanhong Xie, Yan Zhao, Yan Long, Lingqian Li, Ya Zeng
Pim-1 kinase has been implicated in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). This study aimed to evaluate the application of Pim-1 inhibitor (PIM-Inh) for the treatment of IBD. Mouse model of IBD was established by the treatment with trinitrobenzene sulphonic acid (TNBS). The results showed that disease activity index score was significantly decreased, colon length was significantly increased while Wallace score and pathological score were significantly decreased after PIM-Inh treatment compared to TNBS model group...
March 15, 2018: Clinics and Research in Hepatology and Gastroenterology
François Mion, Aurélien Garros, Fabien Subtil, Henri Damon, Sabine Roman
PURPOSE: High resolution anorectal manometry has been developed over the past years, as well as 3D high definition manometry (HDARM). However, the clinical impact of the results obtained with these new technologies remains to be determined. We thus analyzed various HDARM parameters of anal sphincter function and tested their capacity to discriminate between patients with constipation and those with fecal incontinence. METHODS: One hundred and fourteen consecutive patients underwent the same HDARM protocol (Medtronic), including 2 short duration voluntary anal contractions (5seconds) and 1 sustained (as long as possible) contraction...
March 15, 2018: Clinics and Research in Hepatology and Gastroenterology
Mika J Mäkelä, Pär Gyllfors, Erkka Valovirta, Maria A Steffensen, Pernille M Grønager, Johannes Savolainen, Lone Winther
PURPOSE: The SQ tree sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT)-tablet containing allergen extracts with the major allergen Bet v 1 from birch pollen is currently being developed for the treatment of tree pollen-induced allergic rhinitis/conjunctivitis with or without asthma. The aim of this Phase II trial was to investigate the dose-related efficacy and safety of the SQ tree SLIT-tablet. METHODS: This study was a randomized, parallel-group, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multi-national trial conducted in Europe...
March 15, 2018: Clinical Therapeutics
Céline Klein, Tiphanie Delcourt, Arielle Salon, Georges Finidori, Christophe Glorion, Stéphanie Pannier
PURPOSE: The objective of the present study was to evaluate the outcome of surgical treatment of hand lesions in Ollier disease (OD) carried out during childhood. METHODS: A retrospective review was carried out of 10 pediatric patients with hand involvement of OD, who had undergone surgery for metacarpal or phalangeal enchondromas. The technique comprised curettage and cortical bone reconstruction with corticoplasty, to restore a near-normal phalangeal volume. The range of finger motion (pulp-to-palm distance), the shortened Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder, and Hand (QuickDASH) questionnaire score, cosmetic improvement, radiological findings (according to Tordai's classification), and recurrence were recorded after a mean follow-up of 7...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Hand Surgery
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