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  1. Clinical and functional outcomes of the PCCP study : a multi-center prospective study in Italy

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    Antonini, G.; Giancola, R.; D. Berruti; E. Blanchietti; Pecchia, P.; Francione, V.; Greco, P.; T.C. Russo; L. Pietrogrande

    2013-01-01

    The standard surgical management of hip fractures is associated with tissue trauma and bleeding which are added to the fracture injury. The percutaneous compression plate (PCCP) is a minimally invasive device that has been demonstrated in previous studies to reduce postoperative complications and blood loss. This prospective, multi-center, observational study assessed clinical and functional outcomes with PCCP as treatment for trochanteric fractures. Patients with a stable or unstable proxima...

  2. Clinical and functional outcomes of the PCCP study: a multi-center prospective study in Italy.

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    Antonini, G; Giancola, R; Berruti, D; Blanchietti, E; Pecchia, P; Francione, V; Greco, P; Russo, T C; Pietrogrande, L

    2013-04-01

    The standard surgical management of hip fractures is associated with tissue trauma and bleeding which are added to the fracture injury. The percutaneous compression plate (PCCP) is a minimally invasive device that has been demonstrated in previous studies to reduce postoperative complications and blood loss. This prospective, multi-center, observational study assessed clinical and functional outcomes with PCCP as treatment for trochanteric fractures. Patients with a stable or unstable proximal femoral fracture of type AO 31.A1 or 31.A2 were enrolled in eight hospitals in Italy. The primary outcome of interest was the recovery of the pre-fracture functional status at 1-year follow-up; secondary outcomes of interest included blood transfusions, surgical time, complications, and mortality. A total of 273 patients were enrolled. The ASA score was 3 or 4 in 72.5 % of patients. The mean surgical time was 44.1 min; the mean post-surgery blood transfusions was 0.9 units. At 1 year, 48 patients (17.6 %) died, 28 (10.2 %) were lost to follow-up, 4 patients (1.5 %) were excluded, hence 193 patients (70.3 %) were available for final evaluation. At the 1-year follow-up visit, 51.9 % of patients recovered or improved their pre-fracture modified Harris Hip Score, 49.1 % of patients improved or maintained their walking abilities, and 66.6 % of patients residing at home pre-surgery maintained their domicile. The overall mortality rate was 17.6 %. Major complications included two fracture collapses, one excessive sliding of the cephalic screw leading to a partial fracture collapse and one back-out of the diaphyseal screw. This study demonstrates that treatment of trochanteric fractures with PCCP gives good outcomes and significant advantages such as low blood loss, short surgical time, low risk of complications, and good functional recovery in the majority of the patients. PMID:23543403

  3. Impact of the Patient-Reported Outcomes Management Information System (PROMIS) upon the Design and Operation of Multi-center Clinical Trials: a Qualitative Research Study

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    Diener, Lawrence W.; Nahm, Meredith; Weinfurt, Kevin P.

    2013-01-01

    New technologies may be required to integrate the National Institutes of Health’s Patient Reported Outcome Management Information System (PROMIS) into multi-center clinical trials. To better understand this need, we identified likely PROMIS reporting formats, developed a multi-center clinical trial process model, and identified gaps between current capabilities and those necessary for PROMIS. These results were evaluated by key trial constituencies. Issues reported by principal investigators fell into two categories: acceptance by key regulators and the scientific community, and usability for researchers and clinicians. Issues reported by the coordinating center, participating sites, and study subjects were those faced when integrating new technologies into existing clinical trial systems. We then defined elements of a PROMIS Tool Kit required for integrating PROMIS into a multi-center clinical trial environment. The requirements identified in this study serve as a framework for future investigators in the design, development, implementation, and operation of PROMIS Tool Kit technologies. PMID:20703765

  4. Multi-centered Clinical Study on Effects of Nano-Amomi Paste in Treating Children's Anorexia

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    WU Min; LI Zhan; YU Jian-er; LU Wei-wei; NI Ju-xiu; XIA Yi-lin

    2007-01-01

    Objective:To assess the effect and safety of nano-Amoni Paste (nmAP) in the treatment of children's anorexia (AR).Methods:One hundred and eighty patients of AR were assigned accordlng to the randomized,double-blinded,double-simulated and parallel controlled principle to three groups,the treated group (TG),the positive control group (PCG) and the negative control group (NCG),60 in each group.The patients in TG were treated by sticking 1.5 ml of nmAP on the acupoint of Shenque (Ren 8) once a day and orally taking placebo liquid 10 ml twice a day;those in PCG and NGG treated with sticking paste of placebo on Ren 8,and oral taking of Shanmai Jianpi Oral Liquid (山麦健脾口服液) and placebo liquid respectively,10 ml each time twice per day.The course of treatment for all was 10 days,all patients were treated for 2 courses.Results:The total effective rate and the effective rate on cardinal symptom in TG was 85.0% and 95.0% respectively,that in PCG 86.2% and 96.55% and in NCG 45.5% and 65.45%,respectively,showing significant difference between groups (P<0.05).Comparison of the clinical manifestation before and after treatment showed significant improvement in volume of food intake,appetite,complexion and reduction of restlessness symptom (P<0.05) in all three groups,and there was no adverse reaction found in them.Conclusion:nmAP is an effective and safe remedy for treatment of Children's anorexia.

  5. Segmentation of age-related white matter changes in a clinical multi-center study

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    Dyrby, Tim B.; Rostrup, E.; Baare, W.F.C.; van Straaten, E.C.W.; Barkhof, F.; Vrenken, H.; Ropele, S.; Schmidt, R.; Erkinjuntti, T.; Wahlund, L.O.; Pantoni, L.; Inzitari, D.; Paulson, O.B.; Hansen, Lars Kai; Waldemar, G.

    2008-01-01

    Leukoaraiosis And Disability (LADIS). Semi-manually delineated WMC were used for validating the segmentation produced by the neural networks. The neural network segmentation demonstrated high consistency between subjects and centers, making it a promising technique for large studies. For WMC volumes less than...... 10 ml, an increasing discrepancy between semi-manual and neural network segmentation was observed using the similarity index (SI) measure. The use of all three image modalities significantly improved cross-center generalizability compared to neural networks using the FLAIR image only. Expert......Age-related white matter changes (WMC) are thought to be a marker of vascular pathology, and have been associated with motor and cognitive deficits. In the present study, an optimized artificial neural network was used as an automatic segmentation method to produce probabilistic maps of WMC in a...

  6. Impact of the Patient-Reported Outcomes Management Information System (PROMIS) upon the Design and Operation of Multi-center Clinical Trials: a Qualitative Research Study

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    Eisenstein, Eric L.; Diener, Lawrence W.; Nahm, Meredith; Weinfurt, Kevin P.

    2010-01-01

    New technologies may be required to integrate the National Institutes of Health’s Patient Reported Outcome Management Information System (PROMIS) into multi-center clinical trials. To better understand this need, we identified likely PROMIS reporting formats, developed a multi-center clinical trial process model, and identified gaps between current capabilities and those necessary for PROMIS. These results were evaluated by key trial constituencies. Issues reported by principal investigators ...

  7. Phase III multi-center clinical study on 99mTc-GSA, a new agent for functional imaging of the liver

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    A multi-center clinical study was performed in patinets with hepatic disorders to evaluate the clinical usefulness of 99mTc-DTPA-galactosyl serum albumin (99mTc-GSA), a new radiopharmaceutical which binds to asialoglycoprotein receptors on hepatocytes. The blood clearance and hepatic accumulation were evaluated on the basis of the dynamic data and serial hepatic images obtained for 20 min after 99mTc-GSA injection. The blood clearance and hepatic accumulation indices of 99mTc-GSA demonstrated the followings. In acute liver diseases, these indices reflected the clinical features of the disease and correlated with the laboratory test indices for the blood coagulation system. In chronic liver diseases, these indices changed in direct proportion to the progression of the hepatic disorder and correlated well with the conventional laboratory test results. In obstructive jaundice, these indices aided evaluation of the liver function despite the high serum bilirubin level. The indices reflected the change in the number of hepatocytes before and after hepatectomy. The scintigraphic findings with 99mTc-GSA permitted both functional and morphological evaluations of the liver and provide additional information compared with conventional liver scintigraphy. These results suggest that 99mTc-GSA scintigraphy may be useful for evaluating both the functional and morphology of the liver from a new viewpoint of receptor-mediated accumulation. (author)

  8. Phase III multi-center clinical study on sup 99m Tc-GSA, a new agent for functional imaging of the liver

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    Torizuka, Kanji (Fukui Medical School, Matsuoka (Japan)); Ha-Kawa, Sang Kil; Kudo, Masatoshi (and others)

    1992-02-01

    A multi-center clinical study was performed in patinets with hepatic disorders to evaluate the clinical usefulness of {sup 99m}Tc-DTPA-galactosyl serum albumin ({sup 99m}Tc-GSA), a new radiopharmaceutical which binds to asialoglycoprotein receptors on hepatocytes. The blood clearance and hepatic accumulation were evaluated on the basis of the dynamic data and serial hepatic images obtained for 20 min after {sup 99m}Tc-GSA injection. The blood clearance and hepatic accumulation indices of {sup 99m}Tc-GSA demonstrated the followings. In acute liver diseases, these indices reflected the clinical features of the disease and correlated with the laboratory test indices for the blood coagulation system. In chronic liver diseases, these indices changed in direct proportion to the progression of the hepatic disorder and correlated well with the conventional laboratory test results. In obstructive jaundice, these indices aided evaluation of the liver function despite the high serum bilirubin level. The indices reflected the change in the number of hepatocytes before and after hepatectomy. The scintigraphic findings with {sup 99m}Tc-GSA permitted both functional and morphological evaluations of the liver and provide additional information compared with conventional liver scintigraphy. These results suggest that {sup 99m}Tc-GSA scintigraphy may be useful for evaluating both the functional and morphology of the liver from a new viewpoint of receptor-mediated accumulation. (author).

  9. Six-month healing success rates after endodontic treatment using the novel GentleWave™ System: The pure prospective multi-center clinical study

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    Le, Khang T.; Woo, Stacey M.; Rassoulian, Shahriar A.; McLachlan, Kimberly; Abbassi, Farah; Garland, Randy W.

    2016-01-01

    Background This prospective multi-center (PURE) clinical study evaluated healing rates for molars after root canal treatment employing the GentleWave® System (Sonendo, Inc., Laguna Hills, CA). Material and Methods Eighty-nine patients met the inclusion criteria and consented for this clinical study after referral for a root canal treatment. All enrolled patients were treated with the GentleWave System. Five endodontists performed the clinical procedures and follow-up evaluations. Pre-operative, intra-operative, and post-operative data were collected from the consented patients. Each patient was evaluated for clinical signs and symptoms. Two trained, blinded, and independent evaluators scored the subject tooth radiographs for apical periodontitis using the periapical index (PAI). The teeth classified as healing or healed were considered as a success and composed of a cumulative success rate of healing. Statistical analysis was performed by using the Fisher’s exact test, Pearson correlation, and multivariate logistic regression analyses of the pre-operative prognostic factors at 0.05 significance level. Results Seventy-seven patients were evaluated at six months with a follow-up rate of 86.5%. The cumulative success rate of healing was 97.4%. Eleven prognostic factors were identified using bivariate analyses. Using logistic analyses, the two prognostic significant variables that were directly correlated to healing were the pre-operative presence of periapical index (p value=0.016), and single treatment visits (p value=0.024). Conclusions In this six-month PURE clinical study, the cumulative success rate of healing was 97.4% when patients were treated with the GentleWave® System. Key words:Healing rate, root canal treatment, molar, GentleWave™, Sonendo®, Multisonic Ultracleaning™ . PMID:27398180

  10. PS2-26: Recruitment Costs for a Multi-Center, Randomized Clinical Trial for a Behavioral Intervention Study

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    Beaton, Sarah; Sperl-Hillen, JoAnn; Von Worley, Ann; Fernandes, Omar; Baumer, Dorothy; Davis, Herbert

    2010-01-01

    Background and Aims: The pace of recruitment impacts resources, planned study tasks, timelines, and ultimately, costs. The Journey for Control of Diabetes: the IDEA Study, a randomized trial conducted in two healthcare settings (Minnesota and New Mexico) utilized different recruitment methods at each site. This presentation compares these recruitment methods with respect to recruitment efficiency and costs.

  11. Non-invasive cardiac assessment in high risk patients (The GROUND study: rationale, objectives and design of a multi-center randomized controlled clinical trial

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    Moll Frans L

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Peripheral arterial disease (PAD is a common disease associated with a considerably increased risk of future cardiovascular events and most of these patients will die from coronary artery disease (CAD. Screening for silent CAD has become an option with recent non-invasive developments in CT (computed tomography-angiography and MR (magnetic resonance stress testing. Screening in combination with more aggressive treatment may improve prognosis. Therefore we propose to study whether a cardiac imaging algorithm, using non-invasive imaging techniques followed by treatment will reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in PAD patients free from cardiac symptoms. Design The GROUND study is designed as a prospective, multi-center, randomized clinical trial. Patients with peripheral arterial disease, but without symptomatic cardiac disease will be asked to participate. All patients receive a proper risk factor management before randomization. Half of the recruited patients will enter the 'control group' and only undergo CT calcium scoring. The other half of the recruited patients (index group will undergo the non invasive cardiac imaging algorithm followed by evidence-based treatment. First, patients are submitted to CT calcium scoring and CT angiography. Patients with a left main (or equivalent coronary artery stenosis of > 50% on CT will be referred to a cardiologist without further imaging. All other patients in this group will undergo dobutamine stress magnetic resonance (DSMR testing. Patients with a DSMR positive for ischemia will also be referred to a cardiologist. These patients are candidates for conventional coronary angiography and cardiac interventions (coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG or percutaneous cardiac interventions (PCI, if indicated. All participants of the trial will enter a 5 year follow up period for the occurrence of cardiovascular events. Sequential interim analysis will take place. Based on sample size

  12. The Clinical Features and Predictive Risk Factors for Reoperation in Patients With Perianal Crohn Diseases; A Multi-Center Study of a Korean Inflammatory Bowel Disease Study Group

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    Lee, Jae Bum; Yoon, Seo-Gue; Park, Kyu Joo; Lee, Kang Young; Kim, Dae Dong; Yoon, Sang Nam

    2015-01-01

    Purpose Perianal lesions are common in Crohn disease, but their clinical course is unpredictable. Nevertheless, predicting the clinical course after surgery for perianal Crohn disease (PCD) is important because repeated operations may decrease patient's quality of life. The aim of this study was to predict the risk of reoperation in patients with PCD. Methods From September 1994 to February 2010, 377 patients with PCD were recruited in twelve major tertiary university-affiliated hospitals and two specialized colorectal hospitals in Korea. Data on the patient's demographics, clinical features, and surgical outcomes were analyzed. Results Among 377 patients, 227 patients were ultimately included in the study. Among the 227 patients, 64 patients underwent at least one reoperation. The median period of reoperation following the first perianal surgery was 94 months. Overall 3-year, 5-year, and 10-year cumulative rates of reoperation-free individuals were 68.8%, 61.2%, and 50.5%, respectively. In multivariate analysis (Cox-regression hazard model), reoperation was significantly correlated with an age of onset less than 20 years (hazard ratio [HR], 1.93; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.07-3.48; P = 0.03), history of abdominal surgery (HR, 1.99; 95% CI, 1.08-3.64; P = 0.03), and the type of surgery. Among types of surgery, fistulotomy or fistulectomy was associated with a decreased incidence of reoperation in comparison with incision and drainage (HR, 0.19; 95% CI, 0.09-0.42; P < 0.001). Conclusion Young age of onset and a history of abdominal surgery were associated with a high risk of reoperation for PCD, and the risk of reoperation were relatively low in fistulotomy or fistulectomy procedures. PMID:26576395

  13. A retrospective, multi-center cohort study evaluating the severity- related effects of cerebrolysin treatment on clinical outcomes in traumatic brain injury.

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    Muresanu, Dafin F; Ciurea, Alexandru V; Gorgan, Radu M; Gheorghita, Eva; Florian, Stefan I; Stan, Horatiu; Blaga, Alin; Ianovici, Nicolai; Iencean, Stefan M; Turliuc, Dana; Davidescu, Horia B; Mihalache, Cornel; Brehar, Felix M; Mihaescu, Anca S; Mardare, Dinu C; Anghelescu, Aurelian; Chiparus, Carmen; Lapadat, Magdalena; Pruna, Viorel; Mohan, Dumitru; Costea, Constantin; Costea, Daniel; Palade, Claudiu; Bucur, Narcisa; Figueroa, Jesus; Alvarez, Anton

    2015-01-01

    Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a leading cause of death and disability for which there is currently no effective drug therapy available. Because drugs targeting a single TBI pathological pathway have failed to show clinical efficacy to date, pleiotropic agents with effects on multiple mechanisms of secondary brain damage could represent an effective option to improve brain recovery and clinical outcome in TBI patients. In this multicenter retrospective study, we investigated severity-related efficacy and safety of the add-on therapy with two concentrations (20 ml/day or 30 ml/day) of Cerebrolysin (EVER Neuro Pharma, Austria) in TBI patients. Adjunctive treatment with Cerrebrolysin started within 48 hours after TBI and clinical outcomes were ranked according to the Glasgow Outcome Scale and the Modified Rankin Disability Score at 10 and 30 days post-TBI. Analyses of efficacy were performed separately for subgroups of patients with mild, moderate or severe TBI according to Glasgow Coma Scale scores at admission. Compared to standard medical care alone (control group), both doses of Cerebrolysin were associated with improved clinical outcome scores at 10 days post-TBI in mild patients and at 10 and 30 days in moderate and severe cases. A dose-dependent effect of Cerebrolysin on TBI recovery was supported by the dose-related differences and the significant correlations with treatment duration observed for outcome measures. The safety and tolerability of Cerebrolysin in TBI patients was very good. In conclusion, the results of this large retrospective study revealed that early Cerebrolysin treatment is safe and is associated to improved TBI outcome. PMID:25924999

  14. Radiologic Predictors for Clinical Stage IA Lung Adenocarcinoma with Ground Glass Components: A Multi-Center Study of Long-Term Outcomes.

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    Zhao Li

    Full Text Available This study was to define preoperative predictors from radiologic findings for the pathologic risk groups based on long-term surgical outcomes, in the aim to help guide individualized patient management.We retrospectively reviewed 321 consecutive patients with clinical stage IA lung adenocarcinoma with ground glass component on computed tomography (CT scanning. Pathologic diagnosis for resection specimens was based on the 2011 IASLC/ATS/ERS classification of lung adenocarcinoma. Patients were classified into different pathologic risk grading groups based on their lymph node status, local regional recurrence and overall survival. Radiologic characteristics of the pulmonary nodules were re-evaluated by reconstructed three-dimension CT (3D-CT. Univariate and multivariate analysis identifies independent radiologic predictors from tumor diameter, total volume (TV, average CT value (AVG, and solid-to-tumor (S/T ratio. Receiver operating characteristic curves (ROC studies were carried out to determine the cutoff value(s for the predictor(s. Univariate cox regression model was used to determine the clinical significance of the above findings.A total of 321 patients with clinical stage IA lung adenocarcinoma with ground glass components were included in our study. Patients were classified into two pathologic low- and high- risk groups based on their distinguished surgical outcomes. A total of 134 patients fell into the low-risk group. Univariate and multivariate analyses identified AVG (HR: 32.210, 95% CI: 3.020-79.689, P<0.001 and S/T ratio (HR: 12.212, 95% CI: 5.441-27.408, P<0.001 as independent predictors for pathologic risk grading. ROC curves studies suggested the optimal cut-off values for AVG and S/T ratio were-198 (area under the curve [AUC] 0.921, 2.9 (AUC 0.996 and 54% (AUC 0.907, respectively. The tumor diameter and TV were excluded for the low AUCs (0.778 and 0.767. Both the cutoff values of AVG and S/T ratio were correlated with pathologic

  15. A Multi-center Study for Birth Defect Monitoring Systems in Korea

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    Yang, Jae-Hyug; Kim, Yon-Ju; Chung, Jin-Hoon; Kim, Moon-Young; Ryu, Hyun-Mee; Ahn, Hyun-Kyong; Han, Jung-Yul; Yang, Soon-Ha; Kim, Ahm; Kim, Hyun-Se; Lee, Pyo-Jong; Kim, Sung-Soo; Kim, Young-Ju; Koh, Kyung-Sim; Shin, Jong-Chul

    2004-01-01

    The aim of this study was to establish a multi-center birth defects monitoring system to evaluate the prevalence and the serial occurrence of birth defects in Korea. Ten medical centers participated in this program. A trained nurse collected relevant records from delivery units and pediatric clinics in participating hospitals on a monthly basis. We observed 1,537 cases of birth defects among 86,622 deliveries, which included live births and stillbirths. The prevalence of birth defects was 1.8...

  16. Achieving lipid goals with rosuvastatin compared with simvastatin in high risk patients in real clinical practice: a randomized, open-label, parallel-group, multi-center study: the DISCOVERY-Beta study

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    Toivo Laks

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available Toivo Laks1, Ester Keba2, Mariann Leiner3, Eero Merilind4, Mall Petersen5, Sirje Reinmets6, Sille Väli7, Terje Sööt8, Karin Otter81Clinic of Internal Medicine, North-Estonia Regional Hospital, Tallinn, Estonia; 2Clinic of Internal Medicine, Viljandi County Hospital, Viljandi, Estonia; 3Mustamäe Family Doctors Centre, Tallinn, Estonia; 4Nõmme Family Doctors Centre, Tallinn, Estonia; 5Saku Health Centre, Saku, Estonia; 6Kristiine Family Doctors, Tallinn, Estonia; 7Family Doctor Sille Väli, Kuressaare, Estonia; 8AstraZeneca, Tallinn, EstoniaAbstract: The aim of this multi-center, open-label, randomized, parallel-group trial was to compare the efficacy of rosuvastatin with that of simvastatin in achieving the 1998 European Atherosclerosis Society (EAS lipid treatment goals. 504 patients (≥18 years with primary hypercholesterolemia and a 10-year cardiovascular (CV risk >20% or history of coronary heart disease (CHD or other established atherosclerotic disease were randomized in a 2:1 ratio to receive rosuvastatin 10 mg or simvastatin 20 mg once daily for 12 weeks. A significantly higher proportion of patients achieved 1998 EAS low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C goal after 12 weeks of treatment with rosuvastatin 10 mg compared to simvastatin 20 mg (64 vs 51.5%, p < 0.01. Similarly, significantly more patients achieved the 1998 EAS total cholesterol (TC goal and the 2003 EAS LDL-C and TC goals (p < 0.001 with rosuvastatin 10 mg compared with simvastatin 20 mg. The incidence of adverse events and the proportion of patients who discontinued study treatment were similar between treatment groups. In conclusion, in the DISCOVERY-Beta Study in patients with primary hypercholesterolemia greater proportion of patients in the rosuvastatin 10 mg group achieved the EAS LDL-C treatment goal compared with the simvastatin 20 mg group. Drug tolerability was similar across both treatment groups.Keywords: hypercholesterolemia, low-density lipoprotein

  17. DICOM for Clinical Research: PACS-Integrated Electronic Data Capture in Multi-Center Trials.

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    Haak, Daniel; Page, Charles-E; Reinartz, Sebastian; Krüger, Thilo; Deserno, Thomas M

    2015-10-01

    Providing surrogate endpoints in clinical trials, medical imaging has become increasingly important in human-centered research. Nowadays, electronic data capture systems (EDCS) are used but binary image data is integrated insufficiently. There exists no structured way, neither to manage digital imaging and communications in medicine (DICOM) data in EDCS nor to interconnect EDCS with picture archiving and communication systems (PACS). Manual detours in the trial workflow yield errors, delays, and costs. In this paper, requirements for a DICOM-based system interconnection of EDCS and research PACS are analysed. Several workflow architectures are compared. Optimized for multi-center trials, we propose an entirely web-based solution integrating EDCS, PACS, and DICOM viewer, which has been implemented using the open source projects OpenClinica, DCM4CHEE, and Weasis, respectively. The EDCS forms the primary access point. EDCS to PACS interchange is integrated seamlessly on the data and the context levels. DICOM data is viewed directly from the electronic case report form (eCRF), while PACS-based management is hidden from the user. Data privacy is ensured by automatic de-identification and re-labelling with study identifiers. Our concept is evaluated on a variety of 13 DICOM modalities and transfer syntaxes. We have implemented the system in an ongoing investigator-initiated trial (IIT), where five centers have recruited 24 patients so far, performing decentralized computed tomography (CT) screening. Using our system, the chief radiologist is reading DICOM data directly from the eCRF. Errors and workflow processing time are reduced. Furthermore, an imaging database is built that may support future research. PMID:26001521

  18. Gnathic osteosarcomas: A 10-year multi-center demographic study

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    T Azizi

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Osteosarcomas (OS of the jaws are uncommon lesions representing 6-8% of skeletal OS. We assessed the characteristics, demographics, prevalence clinical and histopathological findings and distribution of gnathic OS relative to non-gnathic OS in four major treatment centers. Materials and Methods: This study assessed 13 gnathic OS patients of 98 OS patients from four major referral centers during 1996-2007. The age distribution, gender, involved site, clinical findings, signs, symptoms, grade and sub-types were assessed. Hematoxylin-eosin, Picrosirius red, Ponceau trichrome, Masson trichrome and osteoid staining methods were used. Results: Of the 98 OS lesions, 85 (86.8% involved the skeleton, the youngest patient was 6 and the oldest 60 years old; 13 lesions (13.2% involved the jaws (seven mandibular and six maxillary and the youngest and oldest patients were 15 and 50 years-old, respectively. Non-gnathic OS was more prevalent between the ages of 11 and 20 years (avg. 15 years and was common in the distal femur and proximal tibia, presenting most frequently with pain and swelling. OS of the jaws, however, presented more than 10 years later than non-gnathic OS, being more prevalent between the ages of 20 and 30 years (avg. 27 years. OS of the jaws most frequently involved the mandibular body and the posterior maxillary alveolar ridge, presenting frequently with pain, swelling and loosening of teeth. Two patients with gnathic OS died during the 10-year follow-up period (15.3%. Conclusion: Prevalence of OS of the jaws was about twice as high as that reported in other studies and presented later than non-gnathic cases. Pain and swelling were common signs and symptoms in this disease. The mixed sub-type was the most common sub-type of gnathic OS.

  19. Photorejuvenation with intense pulsed light: results of a multi-center study.

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    Sadick, Neil S; Weiss, Robert; Kilmer, Suzanne; Bitter, Patrick

    2004-01-01

    This multi-center study evaluating the role of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) in the non-ablative rejuvenation of Type I and Type II photoaged skin study was conducted in order to evaluate the clinical efficacy and safety of using IPL in treating clinical indications associated with photoaged skin. Ninety-three patients of Fitzpatrick skin phenotypes I-III, Fitzpatrick Wrinkle Classes I-II, and Elastosis Scores 1-6 were enrolled in the study. Up to five treatments were performed at 4-week intervals with follow-up visits at 4 and 6 months after the last treatment. Patients received full-face treatments using the recommended parameters of the Quantum SR/HR (Lumenis Ltd.) with the 560 or 640 nm cutoff filter. Parameters of elastometry, physicians' evaluation of the Elastosis Score ('W/ES'), and global improvement as well as patient satisfaction were analyzed. Results showed that the average Fitzpatrick W/ES improved significantly (pIPL treatment is an effective non-invasive, non-ablative method for rejuvenating photoaged skin with minimal adverse events, no downtime, excellent long-term results, and a very high measure of patient satisfaction. PMID:14964745

  20. Distribution of guidance models for cardiac resynchronization therapy in the setting of multi-center clinical trials

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    Rajchl, Martin; Abhari, Kamyar; Stirrat, John; Ukwatta, Eranga; Cantor, Diego; Li, Feng P.; Peters, Terry M.; White, James A.

    2014-03-01

    Multi-center trials provide the unique ability to investigate novel techniques across a range of geographical sites with sufficient statistical power, the inclusion of multiple operators determining feasibility under a wider array of clinical environments and work-flows. For this purpose, we introduce a new means of distributing pre-procedural cardiac models for image-guided interventions across a large scale multi-center trial. In this method, a single core facility is responsible for image processing, employing a novel web-based interface for model visualization and distribution. The requirements for such an interface, being WebGL-based, are minimal and well within the realms of accessibility for participating centers. We then demonstrate the accuracy of our approach using a single-center pacemaker lead implantation trial with generic planning models.

  1. Comparative analysis of MR imaging, Ictal SPECT and EEG in temporal lobe epilepsy: a prospective IAEA multi-center study

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    Zaknun, John J. [University Hospital of Innsbruck, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Innsbruck (Austria); International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Nuclear Medicine Section, Division of Human Health, Vienna (Austria); IAEA, Nuclear Medicine Section, Division of Human Health, Wagramer Strasse 5, P.O. Box 100, Wien (Austria); Bal, Chandrasekhar [All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Department of Nuclear Medicine, New Delhi (India); Maes, Alex [Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven (Belgium); AZ Groeninge, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Kortrijk (Belgium); Tepmongkol, Supatporn [Chulalongkorn University, Nuclear Medicine Division, Department of Radiology, Bangkok (Thailand); Vazquez, Silvia [Instituto de Investigaciones Neurologicas, FLENI, Department of Radiology, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Dupont, Patrick [Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven (Belgium); Dondi, Maurizio [Ospedale Maggiore, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Bologna (Italy); International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Nuclear Medicine Section, Division of Human Health, Vienna (Austria)

    2008-01-15

    MR imaging, ictal single-photon emission CT (SPECT) and ictal EEG play important roles in the presurgical localization of epileptic foci. This multi-center study was established to investigate whether the complementary role of perfusion SPECT, MRI and EEG for presurgical localization of temporal lobe epilepsy could be confirmed in a prospective setting involving centers from India, Thailand, Italy and Argentina. We studied 74 patients who underwent interictal and ictal EEG, interictal and ictal SPECT and MRI before surgery of the temporal lobe. In all but three patients, histology was reported. The clinical outcome was assessed using Engel's classification. Sensitivity values of all imaging modalities were calculated, and the add-on value of SPECT was assessed. Outcome (Engel's classification) in 74 patients was class I, 89%; class II, 7%; class III, 3%; and IV, 1%. Regarding the localization of seizure origin, sensitivity was 84% for ictal SPECT, 70% for ictal EEG, 86% for MRI, 55% for interictal SPECT and 40% for interictal EEG. Add-on value of ictal SPECT was shown by its ability to correctly localize 17/22 (77%) of the seizure foci missed by ictal EEG and 8/10 (80%) of the seizure foci not detected by MRI. This prospective multi-center trial, involving centers from different parts of the world, confirms that ictal perfusion SPECT is an effective diagnostic modality for correctly identifying seizure origin in temporal lobe epilepsy, providing complementary information to ictal EEG and MRI. (orig.)

  2. Comparative analysis of MR imaging, Ictal SPECT and EEG in temporal lobe epilepsy: a prospective IAEA multi-center study

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    MR imaging, ictal single-photon emission CT (SPECT) and ictal EEG play important roles in the presurgical localization of epileptic foci. This multi-center study was established to investigate whether the complementary role of perfusion SPECT, MRI and EEG for presurgical localization of temporal lobe epilepsy could be confirmed in a prospective setting involving centers from India, Thailand, Italy and Argentina. We studied 74 patients who underwent interictal and ictal EEG, interictal and ictal SPECT and MRI before surgery of the temporal lobe. In all but three patients, histology was reported. The clinical outcome was assessed using Engel's classification. Sensitivity values of all imaging modalities were calculated, and the add-on value of SPECT was assessed. Outcome (Engel's classification) in 74 patients was class I, 89%; class II, 7%; class III, 3%; and IV, 1%. Regarding the localization of seizure origin, sensitivity was 84% for ictal SPECT, 70% for ictal EEG, 86% for MRI, 55% for interictal SPECT and 40% for interictal EEG. Add-on value of ictal SPECT was shown by its ability to correctly localize 17/22 (77%) of the seizure foci missed by ictal EEG and 8/10 (80%) of the seizure foci not detected by MRI. This prospective multi-center trial, involving centers from different parts of the world, confirms that ictal perfusion SPECT is an effective diagnostic modality for correctly identifying seizure origin in temporal lobe epilepsy, providing complementary information to ictal EEG and MRI. (orig.)

  3. Achieving lipid goals with rosuvastatin compared with simvastatin in high risk patients in real clinical practice: a randomized, open-label, parallel-group, multi-center study: the DISCOVERY-Beta study

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    Laks, Toivo

    2008-01-01

    Toivo Laks1, Ester Keba2, Mariann Leiner3, Eero Merilind4, Mall Petersen5, Sirje Reinmets6, Sille Väli7, Terje Sööt8, Karin Otter81Clinic of Internal Medicine, North-Estonia Regional Hospital, Tallinn, Estonia; 2Clinic of Internal Medicine, Viljandi County Hospital, Viljandi, Estonia; 3Mustamäe Family Doctors Centre, Tallinn, Estonia; 4Nõmme Family Doctors Centre, Tallinn, Estonia; 5Saku Health Centre, Saku, Estonia; 6Kristiine Family Doctors, Ta...

  4. Cumulative occupational lumbar load and lumbar disc disease – results of a German multi-center case-control study (EPILIFT)

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    Michaelis Martina; Luttmann Alwin; Linhardt Oliver; Hofmann Friedrich; Haerting Johannes; Grifka Joachim; Elsner Gine; Ditchen Dirk; Ellegast Rolf; Jäger Matthias; Bergmann Annekatrin; Seidler Andreas; Petereit-Haack Gabriela; Schumann Barbara; Bolm-Audorff Ulrich

    2009-01-01

    Abstract Background The to date evidence for a dose-response relationship between physical workload and the development of lumbar disc diseases is limited. We therefore investigated the possible etiologic relevance of cumulative occupational lumbar load to lumbar disc diseases in a multi-center case-control study. Methods In four study regions in Germany (Frankfurt/Main, Freiburg, Halle/Saale, Regensburg), patients seeking medical care for pain associated with clinically and radiologically ve...

  5. A multi-center study of hemodynamic characteristics exhibited by children with unexplained syncope

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    CHEN Li; TANG Chao-shu; DU Jun-bao; YANG Yuan-yuan; WANG Cheng; WANG Hong-wei; TIAN Hong; ZHANG Qing-you; CHEN Jian-jun; WANG Yu-li; KANG Yi-long

    2006-01-01

    Background Syncope is common in children and adolescents, with 15% estimated to have had at least one syncopal episode by age 18. In recent years, an increasing number of children, especially girls at their school age,have developed unexplained syncope. The mechanism of an unexplained syncope exhibited by children is incompletely studied; the association between different hemodynamic patterns and clinical features is also not clear. The aim of the study was to investigate the hemodynamic patterns of children with unexplained syncope and to examine the clinical relevance.Methods Two hundred and eight children [87 boys, 121 girls, aged 3-19 years, mean (11.66±2.72) years]were selectively recruited from May 2000 to April 2006 when they presented syncope as their main complaint at the Multi-center Network for Childhood Syncope in Beijing, Hunan Province, Hubei Province, and Shanghai of China. All of the patients underwent head-up tilt tests; data were analyzed using SPSS version 10.0 for Windows.Continuous variables were expressed as the mean±standard deviation. Dichotomous variables were compared through a χ2 test. A value of P<0.05 (two sided) was regarded as statistically significant.Results The age distribution of children with syncope was approximately normal. Head-up tilt tests was positive in 155 children, and the incidence of positive response of the baseline head-up tilt test for diagnosing unexplained syncope was 50.48%. The sensitivity value and diagnostic value of sublingual nitroglycerin head-up tilt test were both 74.52%. The hemodynamic pattern was normal in 53 children. The 155 children, who were positive in head-up tilt tests, showed signs of postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (60, 28.8%), the vasoinhibitory pattern (72, 34.6%), the cardioinhibitory pattern (5, 2.4%), and the mixed pattern (18, 8.7%). The gender distribution between the two age groups (age < 12 years vs age ≥ 12 years) was not different (P>0.05).The distribution of

  6. Improved quality monitoring of multi-center acupuncture clinical trials in China

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    Zheng Hui

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background In 2007, the Chinese Science Division of the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM convened a special conference to discuss quality control for TCM clinical research. Control and assurance standards were established to guarantee the quality of clinical research. This paper provides practical guidelines for implementing strict and reproducible quality control for acupuncture randomized controlled trials (RCTs. Methods A standard quality control program (QCP was established to monitor the quality of acupuncture trials. Case report forms were designed; qualified investigators, study personnel and data management personnel were trained. Monitors, who were directly appointed by the project leader, completed the quality control programs. They guaranteed data accuracy and prevented or detected protocol violations. Clinical centers and clinicians were audited, the randomization system of the centers was inspected, and the treatment processes were audited as well. In addition, the case report forms were reviewed for completeness and internal consistency, the eligibility and validity of the patients in the study was verified, and data was monitored for compliance and accuracy. Results and discussion The monitors complete their reports and submit it to quality assurance and the sponsors. Recommendations and suggestions are made for improving performance. By holding regular meetings to discuss improvements in monitoring standards, the monitors can improve quality and efficiency. Conclusions Supplementing and improving the existed guidelines for quality monitoring will ensure that large multi-centre acupuncture clinical trials will be considered as valid and scientifically stringent as pharmaceutical clinical trials. It will also develop academic excellence and further promote the international recognition of acupuncture.

  7. Standardization of measuring power output during wheelchair propulsion on a treadmill Pitfalls in a multi-center study

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    de Groot, S; Zuidgeest, M; van der Woude, L H V

    2006-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: In a multi-center study the power output of wheelchair propulsion, attained by a wheelchair drag test, differed among rehabilitation centers. The purpose of this study was to investigate what causes the differences in drag force among centers. METHODS: A set of standardized drag tests was

  8. Practice effects in a longitudinal, multi-center Alzheimer’s disease prevention clinical trial

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    Abner Erin L

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Practice effects are a known threat to reliability and validity in clinical trials. Few studies have investigated the potential influence of practice on repeated screening measures in longitudinal clinical trials with a focus on dementia prevention. The current study investigates whether practice effects exist on a screening measure commonly used in aging research, the Memory Impairment Screen (MIS. Methods The PREADViSE trial is a clinical intervention study evaluating the efficacy of vitamin E and selenium for Alzheimer’s disease prevention. Participants are screened annually for incident dementia with the MIS. Participants with baseline and three consecutive follow-ups who made less than a perfect score at one or more assessments were included in the current analyses (N=1,803. An additional subset of participants with four consecutive assessments but who received the same version of the MIS at baseline and first follow-up (N=301 was also assessed to determine the effects of alternate forms on mitigating practice. We hypothesized that despite efforts to mitigate practice effects with alternate versions, MIS scores would improve with repeated screening. Linear mixed models were used to estimate mean MIS scores over time. Results Among men with four visits and alternating MIS versions, although there is little evidence of a significant practice effect at the first follow-up, mean scores clearly improve at the second and third follow-ups for all but the oldest participants. Unlike those who received alternate versions, men given the same version at first follow-up show significant practice effects. Conclusion While increases in the overall means were small, they represent a significant number of men whose scores improved with repeated testing. Such improvements could bias case ascertainment if not taken into account.

  9. Electronic data capture and DICOM data management in multi-center clinical trials

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    Haak, Daniel; Page, Charles-E.; Deserno, Thomas M.

    2016-03-01

    Providing eligibility, efficacy and security evaluation by quantitative and qualitative disease findings, medical imaging has become increasingly important in clinical trials. Here, subject's data is today captured in electronic case reports forms (eCRFs), which are offered by electronic data capture (EDC) systems. However, integration of subject's medical image data into eCRFs is insufficiently supported. Neither integration of subject's digital imaging and communications in medicine (DICOM) data, nor communication with picture archiving and communication systems (PACS), is possible. This aggravates the workflow of the study personnel, in special regarding studies with distributed data capture in multiple sites. Hence, in this work, a system architecture is presented, which connects an EDC system, a PACS and a DICOM viewer via the web access to DICOM objects (WADO) protocol. The architecture is implemented using the open source tools OpenClinica, DCM4CHEE and Weasis. The eCRF forms the primary endpoint for the study personnel, where subject's image data is stored and retrieved. Background communication with the PACS is completely hidden for the users. Data privacy and consistency is ensured by automatic de-identification and re-labelling of DICOM data with context information (e.g. study and subject identifiers), respectively. The system is exemplarily demonstrated in a clinical trial, where computer tomography (CT) data is de-centrally captured from the subjects and centrally read by a chief radiologists to decide on inclusion of the subjects in the trial. Errors, latency and costs in the EDC workflow are reduced, while, a research database is implicitly built up in the background.

  10. Vitamin D Deficiency in Healthy Male Population: Results of the Iranian Multi- Center Osteoporosis Study

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    Z Rahnavard

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available "nBackground: The prevalence of vitamin D deficiency and its causative factors has been estimated more frequently in elder popula­tion, women, and patients with osteoporosis in different countries, but this issue is less defined in male population within different age groups especially in Asian countries. Therefore, we studied the role of effective factors in vitamin D defi­ciency and its prevalence in Iranian healthy men."nMethods: This study was a multi center and carried out in five metropolitans in Iran. Serum 25 Hydroxy vitamin D and other biochemical variables were determined in 2396 healthy men in late winter of 2001."nResults: 68.8% of participants suffered from vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D levels were the highest in Bushehr (n= 111, 40.3% (P< 0.05 and between Shiraz and Tabriz, Shiraz had the better values (P< 0.05. Tehran had the highest prevalence of vitamin D deficiency (n= 380, n= 85.7%. Geographical zone independently predicted vitamin D status (P< 0.05. There was not any association among age (r= 0.035, P> 0.05, physical activity (r= 0.023, P> 0.05, and exposure of face & hands to sunlight (r= 0.022, P> 0.05 with vitamin D levels."nConclusion: Prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in Iranian male population is high, considering Iranian cultural and geographi­cal zones, food fortification and life style modification is recommended.

  11. Prospective, randomized, double-blind, multi-center, Phase III clinical study on transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) combined with Sorafenib® versus TACE plus placebo in patients with hepatocellular cancer before liver transplantation – HeiLivCa [ISRCTN24081794

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    Disease progression of hepatocellular cancer (HCC) in patients eligible for liver transplantation (LTx) occurs in up to 50% of patients, resulting in withdrawal from the LTx waiting list. Transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) is used as bridging therapy with highly variable response rates. The oral multikinase inhibitor sorafenib significantly increases overall survival and time-to-progression in patients with advanced hepatocellular cancer. The HeiLivCa study is a double-blinded, controlled, prospective, randomized multi-centre phase III trial. Patients in study arm A will be treated with transarterial chemoembolization plus sorafenib 400 mg bid. Patients in study arm B will be treated with transarterial chemoembolization plus placebo. A total of 208 patients with histologically confirmed hepatocellular carcinoma or HCC diagnosed according to EASL criteria will be enrolled. An interim patients' analysis will be performed after 60 events. Evaluation of time-to-progression as primary endpoint (TTP) will be performed at 120 events. Secondary endpoints are number of patients reaching LTx, disease control rates, OS, progression free survival, quality of live, toxicity and safety. As TACE is the most widely used primary treatment of HCC before LTx and sorafenib is the only proven effective systemic treatment for advanced HCC there is a strong rational to combine both treatment modalities. This study is designed to reveal potential superiority of the combined TACE plus sorafenib treatment over TACE alone and explore a new neo-adjuvant treatment concept in HCC before LTx

  12. Treatment of hereditary angioedema with nanofiltered C1-esterase inhibitor concentrate (Cetor®): multi-center phase II and III studies to assess pharmacokinetics, clinical efficacy and safety.

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    Hofstra, J J; Kleine Budde, I; van Twuyver, E; Choi, G; Levi, M; Leebeek, F W G; de Monchy, J G R; Ypma, P F; Keizer, R J; Huitema, A D R; Strengers, P F W

    2012-03-01

    From 1997, plasma-derived C1-inhibitor concentrate (Cetor®) has been available to HAE and AAE patients. Recently, a virus reducing 15 nm nanofiltration step has been introduced in the production process. A randomized, double-blind controlled cross-over study was performed to compare the pharmacokinetics (PK) of nanofiltered (C1-INH-NF) with conventional C1-inhibitor (C1-INH). Efficacy and safety were investigated in an open-label, on-demand and a prophylactic study. No differences in pharmacokinetic parameters between C1-INH and C1-INH-NF were found (13 non-symptomatic HAE patients). Both C1-inhibitor products equally increased plasma C4 levels. In the on-demand study, 14 acute angioedema attacks in 8 patients were analyzed. In the prophylactic study, 1 AAE and 5 HAE patients experienced in total 31 attacks during 748 observation days. In total 180,000 units of C1-INH-NF were administered. No product-related adverse events occurred, and no anti-C1-antibodies were induced. Nanofiltration in the production process of C1-inhibitor did not affect the pharmacokinetics, efficacy, and safety. PMID:22197071

  13. A Randomized, Multi-Center, Single Blind, Active-Controlled, Matched Pairs Clinical Study to Evaluate Prevention of Adhesion Formation and Safety of HyFence in Patients After Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

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    Chang, Chul; Hong, Sung-Moon; Cho, Jin-Hee; Shim, Sang Yul; Cho, Jung-Sun; Lee, Heung-Man

    2014-01-01

    Objectives Recurrent mucosal disease and anatomic obstruction are commonly cited causes of failed endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS). Hyaluronic acid (HA) has been reported to reduce scarring and to promote wound healing in sinonasal surgery. HyFence is HA stabilized by 1, 4-butandiol diglycidyl ether, which makes it less-water-soluble and highly viscoelastic. The purpose of this study is to examine the anti-adhesion effect of HyFence after ESS compared to that of HA-CMC (Guardix-Sol). Methods Se...

  14. Vitamin D Deficiency in Iran: A Multi-center Study among Different Urban Areas

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    R Heshmat

    2008-11-01

    Full Text Available "nBackground: Recent studies have reported different prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in different sex and age groups in de­veloping countries. In the present survey, we elucidated the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in a multi-center study among Iranian population. "nMethods: In a random cluster sample of healthy men and women (ranged 20 to 69 years old, a number of 5232 subjects from five urban metropolitans' cities (Tehran, Tabriz, Mashhad, Shiraz and Booshehr were recruited in 2001. Fasting blood sam­ple was taken from participants and sent to the laboratory for measurement of 25-hydroxy vitamin D level. Meta-analy­sis was performed using fixed effect method for estimation of vitamin D deficiency prevalence in a national level.      "nResults: Moderate to severe vitamin D deficiency was estimated in urban areas (except for Booshehr because of its heterogene­ity equal to 47.2, 45.7 and 44.2% in age groups of <50, 50-60 and 60≤ years, respectively among men and 54.2, 41.2 and 37.5 percent among women in the same age groups. The highest prevalence of moderate to severe vitamin D defi­ciency in men was observed in Tehran. Mashhad and Booshehr had also the lowest prevalence of moderate to severe vita­min D deficiency among men and women."nConclusion: Iran is a country with high prevalence of moderate to severe vitamin D deficiency and the prevalence of this defi­ciency is more evident in Tehran, capital of Iran. Therefore, consideration of main predictors for vitamin D deficiency in all age groups especially in Tehran is recommended.   

  15. Change in clinical indices following laser or scalpel treatment for periodontitis: A split-mouth, randomized, multi-center trial

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    Harris, David M.; Nicholson, Dawn M.; McCarthy, Delwin; Yukna, Raymond A.; Reynolds, Mark A.; Greenwell, Henry; Finley, James; McCawley, Thomas K.; Xenoudi, Pinelopi; Gregg, Robert H.

    2014-02-01

    Data are presented from a multi-center, prospective, longitudinal, clinical trial comparing four different treatments for periodontitis, (1) the LANAPTM protocol utilizing a FR pulsed-Nd:YAG laser; (2) flap surgery using the Modified Widman technique (MWF); (3) traditional scaling and root planing (SRP); and (4) coronal debridement (CD). Each treatment was randomized to a different quadrant. Fifty-one (54) subjects were recruited at five centers that included both private practice and university-based investigators. At 6-months and 12 months post-treatment the LANAPTM protocol and MWF yielded equivalent results based on changes in probing depths. The major difference observed between the two procedures was that patients reported significantly greater comfort following the LANAP™ procedure than following the MWF (P<0.001). There was greater reduction in bleeding in the LANAPTM quadrant than in the other three at both 6 and 12 months. Improvements following SRP were better than expected at 6 months and continued to improve, providing outcomes that were equivalent to both LANAPTM and MWF at 12 months. The improvement in the SRP quadrants suggests the hypothesis that an aspect of the LANAPTM protocol generated a significant, positive and unanticipated systemic (or trans-oral) effect on sub-gingival wound healing.

  16. Association Between Nighttime Discharge from the Intensive Care Unit and Hospital Mortality: A Multi-Center Retrospective Cohort Study

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    Azevedo, Luciano CP; de Souza, Ivens A.; Zygun, David A; Stelfox, Henry T; Bagshaw, Sean M.

    2015-01-01

    Background We aimed to determine the impact of nighttime discharge from the intensive care unit (ICU) to the ward on hospital mortality and readmission rates in consecutive critically ill patients admitted to five Canadian ICUs. We hypothesized that hospital mortality and readmission rates would be higher for patients discharged after hours compared with discharge during the day. Methods A multi-center retrospective cohort study was carried out at five hospitals in Edmonton, Canada, between J...

  17. The costs in provision of haemodialysis in a developing country: A multi-centered study

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    % reduction. Conclusions This multi-centered study demonstrated that the costs of haemodialysis in a developing country remained significantly lower compared to developed countries. However, it still places a significant burden on the health care sector, whilst possibility of further cost reduction exists.

  18. Risk factors for tuberculosis in dialysis patients: a prospective multi-center clinical trial

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    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Profound alterations in immune responses associated with uraemia and exacerbated by dialysis increase the risk of developing active tuberculosis (TB in chronic haemodialysis patients (HDPs. In the current study, was determined the impact of various risk factors on TB development. Our aim was to identify which HDPs need anti-TB preventive therapy. Methods Prospective study of 272 HDPs admitted, through a 36-month period, to our institutions. Specific Relative Risk (RR for TB was estimated, considering age matched subjects from the general population as reference group. Entering the study all patients were tested with tuberculin (TST. Using Cox's proportional hazard model the independent effect of various risk factors associated with TB development was estimated. Results History of TB, dialysis efficiency, use of Vitamin D supplements, serum albumin and zinc levels were not proved to influence significantly the risk for TB, in contrast to: advanced age (>65 years, BMI, diabetes mellitus, tuberculin reactivity, healed TB lesions on chest X-ray and time on dialysis. Elderly (>70 years old HDPs (Adjusted RR 25.3, 95%CI 20.4-28.4, P Conclusion The above mentioned factors have to be considered by the clinicians, evaluating for TB in HDPs. Positive TST, the existence of predisposing risk factors and/or old TB lesions on chest X-ray, will guide the diagnosis of latent TB infection and the selection of those HDPs who need preventive chemoprophylaxis.

  19. Statistical Machines for Trauma Hospital Outcomes Research: Application to the PRospective, Observational, Multi-Center Major Trauma Transfusion (PROMMTT Study.

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    Full Text Available Improving the treatment of trauma, a leading cause of death worldwide, is of great clinical and public health interest. This analysis introduces flexible statistical methods for estimating center-level effects on individual outcomes in the context of highly variable patient populations, such as those of the PRospective, Observational, Multi-center Major Trauma Transfusion study. Ten US level I trauma centers enrolled a total of 1,245 trauma patients who survived at least 30 minutes after admission and received at least one unit of red blood cells. Outcomes included death, multiple organ failure, substantial bleeding, and transfusion of blood products. The centers involved were classified as either large or small-volume based on the number of massive transfusion patients enrolled during the study period. We focused on estimation of parameters inspired by causal inference, specifically estimated impacts on patient outcomes related to the volume of the trauma hospital that treated them. We defined this association as the change in mean outcomes of interest that would be observed if, contrary to fact, subjects from large-volume sites were treated at small-volume sites (the effect of treatment among the treated. We estimated this parameter using three different methods, some of which use data-adaptive machine learning tools to derive the outcome models, minimizing residual confounding by reducing model misspecification. Differences between unadjusted and adjusted estimators sometimes differed dramatically, demonstrating the need to account for differences in patient characteristics in clinic comparisons. In addition, the estimators based on robust adjustment methods showed potential impacts of hospital volume. For instance, we estimated a survival benefit for patients who were treated at large-volume sites, which was not apparent in simpler, unadjusted comparisons. By removing arbitrary modeling decisions from the estimation process and concentrating

  20. Confirmed adult dengue deaths in Singapore: 5-year multi-center retrospective study

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Dengue re-emerges in Singapore despite decades of effective vector control; the infection predominantly afflicts adults. Severe dengue not fulfilling dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF criteria according to World Health Organization (WHO 1997 guideline was increasingly reported. A new WHO 2009 guideline emphasized warning signs and a wider range of severe dengue manifestations. We aim to evaluate the utility of these two guidelines in confirmed adult dengue fatalities. Methods We conducted a multi-center retrospective chart review of all confirmed adult dengue deaths in Singapore from 1 January 2004 to 31 December 2008. Results Of 28 adult dengue deaths, median age was 59 years. Male gender comprised 67.9% and co-morbidities existed in 75%. From illness onset, patients presented for admission at a median of 4 days and death occurred at a median of 12 days. Intensive care admission was required in 71.4%. Probable dengue was diagnosed in 32.1% by WHO 1997 criteria and 78.6% by WHO 2009. The earliest warning sign was persistent vomiting at a median of 1.5 days. Hematocrit change ≥20% concurrent with platelet count Conclusions In our adult fatal dengue cohort, WHO 2009 criteria had higher sensitivity in diagnosing probable dengue and severe dengue compared with WHO 1997. As warning signs, persistent vomiting occurred early and hematocrit change ≥20% concurrent with platelet count

  1. FDG-PET for the diagnosis of fever of unknown origin. A Japanese multi-center study

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    The objective of this study was to evaluate the clinical value of 2-[18F]fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) for the diagnosis of fever of unknown origin (FUO), we performed a Japanese multi-center retrospective survey. A total of 81 consecutive patients with FUO who underwent FDG-PET at 6 institutions between July 2006 and December 2007 were retrospectively evaluated. FDG uptake was visually evaluated using a 4-grade scale. The efficacy of FDG-PET for the evaluation of FUO, the provision of additional diagnostic information, the clinical impact on therapeutic decisions (4-grade scale), and the diagnostic performance compared with the final diagnosis were evaluated. The diagnostic results were analyzed according to 4 groups of final diagnoses: infection, arthritis/vasculitis/autoimmune/collagen disease (A/V), tumor/granuloma (T/G), and other/unknown (O/U). Sensitivity was highest in T/G, followed by infection, A/V and O/U [100%(7/7), 89%(24/27), 65%(11/17), 0%(0/1) respectively]. Clinical impact and mean FDG score showed the same tendency. Additional information was highest in infection followed by T/G, A/V, and O/U [76%(22/29), 75%(6/8), 43%(9/21), 23%(5/22), respectively]. The O/U group showed a high specificity (84%, 16/19) and accurately excluded active focal inflammatory diseases and malignancy. The use of steroids for the treatment of fever seemed to mask the lesions and modified the results, especially in the A/V group (4 false negatives in 8 steroid users out of 21 A/V patients). The prevalence of each disease in each hospital significantly affected the effectiveness of FDG-PET for the diagnosis of FUO. The mean FDG uptake score and additional information (70%, 31/44 vs. 30%, 11/37, respectively) in national hospital (NH) was significantly higher than in university hospitals (UH). A Grade 3 clinical impact, in which the FDG PET results changed the clinical decision, was seen in 50% (22/44) of the patients in the NH group and 13

  2. Personality Traits Affect Teaching Performance of Attending Physicians: Results of a Multi-Center Observational Study

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    Scheepers, Renée A.; Lombarts, Kiki M. J. M. H.; Aken, Marcel A. G.; Heineman, Maas Jan; Arah, Onyebuchi A.

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    Background: Worldwide, attending physicians train residents to become competent providers of patient care. To assess adequate training, attending physicians are increasingly evaluated on their teaching performance. Research suggests that personality traits affect teaching performance, consistent with studied effects of personality traits on job performance and academic performance in medicine. However, up till date, research in clinical teaching practice did not use quantitative methods and d...

  3. Personality Traits Affect Teaching Performance of Attending Physicians: Results of a Multi-Center Observational Study

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    Scheepers, Renée A.; Lombarts, Kiki M. J. M. H.; Aken, Marcel A. G. van; Maas Jan Heineman; Arah, Onyebuchi A.

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    BACKGROUND: Worldwide, attending physicians train residents to become competent providers of patient care. To assess adequate training, attending physicians are increasingly evaluated on their teaching performance. Research suggests that personality traits affect teaching performance, consistent with studied effects of personality traits on job performance and academic performance in medicine. However, up till date, research in clinical teaching practice did not use quantitative methods and d...

  4. A Multi-Center Prospective Derivation and Validation of a Clinical Prediction Tool for Severe Clostridium difficile Infection.

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    Na, Xi

    2015-04-23

    Prediction of severe clinical outcomes in Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is important to inform management decisions for optimum patient care. Currently, treatment recommendations for CDI vary based on disease severity but validated methods to predict severe disease are lacking. The aim of the study was to derive and validate a clinical prediction tool for severe outcomes in CDI.

  5. Pre-Transplant Cardiovascular Risk Factors Affect Kidney Allograft Survival: A Multi-Center Study in Korea

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    Lee, Jung Pyo; Bae, Eunjin; Kang, Eunjeong; Kim, Hack-Lyoung; Kim, Yong-Jin; Oh, Yun Kyu; Kim, Yon Su; Kim, Young Hoon; Lim, Chun Soo

    2016-01-01

    Background Pre-transplant cardiovascular (CV) risk factors affect the development of CV events even after successful kidney transplantation (KT). However, the impact of pre-transplant CV risk factors on allograft failure (GF) has not been reported. Methods and Findings We analyzed the graft outcomes of 2,902 KT recipients who were enrolled in a multi-center cohort from 1997 to 2012. We calculated the pre-transplant CV risk scores based on the Framingham risk model using age, gender, total cholesterol level, smoking status, and history of hypertension. Vascular disease (a composite of ischemic heart disease, peripheral vascular disease, and cerebrovascular disease) was noted in 6.5% of the patients. During the median follow-up of 6.4 years, 286 (9.9%) patients had developed GF. In the multivariable-adjusted Cox proportional hazard model, pre-transplant vascular disease was associated with an increased risk of GF (HR 2.51; 95% CI 1.66–3.80). The HR for GF (comparing the highest with the lowest tertile regarding the pre-transplant CV risk scores) was 1.65 (95% CI 1.22–2.23). In the competing risk model, both pre-transplant vascular disease and CV risk score were independent risk factors for GF. Moreover, the addition of the CV risk score, the pre-transplant vascular disease, or both had a better predictability for GF compared to the traditional GF risk factors. Conclusions In conclusion, both vascular disease and pre-transplant CV risk score were independently associated with GF in this multi-center study. Pre-transplant CV risk assessments could be useful in predicting GF in KT recipients. PMID:27501048

  6. Radiotherapy quality assurance review in a multi-center randomized trial of limited-disease small cell lung cancer: the Japan Clinical Oncology Group (JCOG) trial 0202

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    The purpose of this study was to analyze the radiotherapy (RT) quality assurance (QA) assessment in Japan Clinical Oncology Group (JCOG) 0202, which was the first trial that required on-going RT QA review in the JCOG. JCOG 0202 was a multi-center phase III trial comparing two types of consolidation chemotherapy after concurrent chemoradiotherapy for limited-disease small cell lung cancer. RT requirements included a total dose of 45 Gy/30 fx (bis in die, BID/twice a day) without heterogeneity correction; elective nodal irradiation (ENI) of 30 Gy; at least 1 cm margin around the clinical target volume (CTV); and interfraction interval of 6 hours or longer. Dose constraints were defined in regards to the spinal cord and the lung. The QA assessment was classed as per protocol (PP), deviation acceptable (DA), violation unacceptable (VU), and incomplete/not evaluable (I/NE). A total of 283 cases were accrued, of which 204 were fully evaluable, excluding 79 I/NE cases. There were 18 VU in gross tumor volume (GTV) coverage (8% of 238 evaluated); 4 VU and 23 DA in elective nodal irradiation (ENI) (2% and 9% of 243 evaluated, respectively). Some VU were observed in organs at risk (1 VU in the lung and 5 VU in the spinal cord). Overall RT compliance (PP + DA) was 92% (187 of 204 fully evaluable). Comparison between the former and latter halves of the accrued cases revealed that the number of VU and DA had decreased. The results of the RT QA assessment in JCOG 0202 seemed to be acceptable, providing reliable results

  7. 金草口服液治疗小儿急性支气管炎痰热壅肺证的多中心临床研究%Multi-center Clinical Study on Jincao Oral Liquid in the Treatment of Phlegm-heat Obstructing Lung Syndrome in Children with Acute Bronchitis

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    陈曦; 马融; 胡思源; 刘虹; 黄文玉; 李荣辉; 向希雄; 闫慧敏

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    OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of Jincao oral liquid in the treatment of phlegm-heat obstructing lung syndrome in children with acute bronchitis. METHODS: Stratified random, double-blind, parallel control of positive drug and multi-center clinical study were applied. Trial group and control group were given Jincao oral liquid and Jizhi syrup respectively, 5 ml per time for children aged 1-2 years old, 10 ml children aged 3-6 years old, 15 ml children aged 7-14 years old, 3 times a day for 5 days. RESULTS: The effectiveness of Jincao oral liquid for cough, expectoration and physical signs of phlegm-heat obstructing lung syndrome in children with acute bronchitis reached 87.20% , 81.71% , 80.37% (full data analysis set) respectively, which was similar to control group. Results of full data analysis set were in line with that of program data set. There was no significant difference between therapeutic efficacies of main symptoms and therapeutic efficacies of secondary symptoms, disease, syndrome and thoracic roentgenoscopy(P>0.05). No ADR related to drug use was found. CONCLUSION: Jincao oral liquid possesses obvious effectiveness for cough, expectoration and physical signs of mild and moderate pediatric acute bronchitis, which is similar to Jizhi syrup.%目的:评价金草口服液治疗小儿急性支气管炎痰热壅肺证的有效性与安全性.方法:采用分层区组随机、双盲、阳性药平行对照、多中心临床研究的方法.试验组与对照组患者分别服用金草口服液和急支糖浆,两药的用量均为1~2岁每次5 ml;3~6岁每次10 ml;7~14岁每次15 ml.每日3次,疗程均为5d.结果:金草口服液对轻、中度小儿急性支气管炎痰热壅肺证之咳嗽、咯痰、肺部体征疗效分别达到87.20%、81.71%、80.37%(全分析数据集),与对照组相当,且全分析数据集和符合方案数据集分析结论一致.两组患儿主要症状疗效、次要症状疗效、疾病疗效、

  8. An Evaluation of Surgical Prophylaxis Procedures in Turkey: A Multi-Center Point Prevalence Study

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    Kaya, Selcuk; Aktas, Seyhan; Senbayrak, Seniha; Tekin, Recep; Oztoprak, Nefise; Aksoy, Firdevs; Firat, Pinar; Yenice, Sevinc; Oncul, Ahsen; Gunduz, Alper; Solak, Semiha; Kadanali, Ayten; Cakar, Sule Eren; Caglayan, Derya; Yilmaz, Hava; Bozkurt, Ilkay; Elmaslar, Tulin; Tartar, Ayse Sagmak; Aynioglu, Aynur; Kocyigit, Nilgun Fidan; Koksal, Iftihar

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    Objective: The purpose of this study was to evaluate compliance with guidelines in surgical prophylaxis (SP) procedures in Turkey. Materials and Methods: A point prevalence study involving 4 university, 5 education and research and 7 public hospitals was performed assessing compliance with guidelines for antibiotic use in SP. Compliance was based on the “Clinical Practice Guidelines for Antimicrobial Surgery (CPGAS) 2013” guideline. Results: Sixteen centers were included in the study, with 166 operations performed at these being evaluated. Parenteral antibiotic for SP was applied in 161 (96.9%) of these. Type of antibiotic was inappropriate in 66 (40.9%) cases and duration of use in 47 (29.1%). The main antibiotics used inappropriately in SP were ceftriaxone, glycopeptides and aminoglycosides. No significant difference was observed between secondary and tertiary hospitals in terms of inappropriate selection. Duration of prophylaxis was also incompatible with guideline recommendations in approximately half of surgical procedures performed in both secondary and tertiary hospitals, however statistical significance was observed between institutions in favor of tertiary hospitals. Conclusion: Antibiotics are to a considerable extent used in a manner incompatible with guidelines even in tertiary hospitals in Turkey. It must not be forgotten that several pre-, intra- and postoperative factors can be involved in the development of surgical site infections (SSI), and antibiotics are not the only option available for preventing these. A significant improvement can be achieved in prophylaxis with close observation, educational activities, collaboration with the surgical team and increasing compliance with guidelines. All health institutions must establish and apply their own SP consensus accompanied by the guidelines in order to achieve success in SP. PMID:27026760

  9. Characterization of Complex Fractionated Atrial Electrograms by Sample Entropy: An International Multi-Center Study

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    Eva Cirugeda–Roldán

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    Full Text Available Atrial fibrillation (AF is the most commonly clinically-encountered arrhythmia. Catheter ablation of AF is mainly based on trigger elimination and modification of the AF substrate. Substrate mapping ablation of complex fractionated atrial electrograms (CFAEs has emerged to be a promising technique. To improve substrate mapping based on CFAE analysis, automatic detection algorithms need to be developed in order to simplify and accelerate the ablation procedures. According to the latest studies, the level of fractionation has been shown to be promisingly well estimated from CFAE measured during radio frequency (RF ablation of AF. The nature of CFAE is generally nonlinear and nonstationary, so the use of complexity measures is considered to be the appropriate technique for the analysis of AF records. This work proposes the use of sample entropy (SampEn, not only as a way to discern between non-fractionated and fractionated atrial electrograms (A-EGM, Entropy 2015, 17 7494 but also as a tool for characterizing the degree of A-EGM regularity, which is linked to changes in the AF substrate and to heart tissue damage. The use of SampEn combined with a blind parameter estimation optimization process enables the classification between CFAE and non-CFAE with statistical significance (p < 0:001, 0.89 area under the ROC, 86% specificity and 77% sensitivity over a mixed database of A-EGM combined from two independent CFAE signal databases, recorded during RF ablation of AF in two EU countries (542 signals in total. On the basis of the results obtained in this study, it can be suggested that the use of SampEn is suitable for real-time support during navigation of RF ablation of AF, as only 1.5 seconds of signal segments need to be analyzed.

  10. Transplant Nurses' Work Environment: A Cross-Sectional Multi-Center Study.

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    Kugler, Christiane; Akca, Selda; Einhorn, Ina; Rebafka, Anne; Russell, Cynthia L

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND Numerically, nurses represent the largest healthcare profession, thus setting norms for the quality and safety of direct patient care. Evidence of a global shortage of nurses in all clinical practice settings across different healthcare systems and countries has been documented. The aims of the present study were: (1) to assess work environments in a sample of German transplant nurses, and (2) to compare their statements with a US-based sample. MATERIAL AND METHODS In a cross-sectional study, 181 transplant nurses from 16 German transplant centers provided information on their work environments. The translated version of the Job Design (JD) and Job Satisfaction (JS) survey showed satisfactory internal consistency for the JD (0.78) and JS (0.93) subscales. German nurses' work environments were compared with 331 transplant nurses from the US. RESULTS The majority of transplant nurses were female (81.8%), 55.4% were age 21-40 years, and 78.1% were employed full-time. German (versus US) transplant nurses reported their job design to be best for 'skill varieties' (p≤0.0002), and worst for 'autonomy' (p≤0.01). Job satisfaction was best with 'opportunities for autonomy and growth' (p≤0.0001), and 'pay and benefits' (p≤0.0001) was lowest. A higher professional degree (OR 1.57; p≤0.03; 95% CI 1.19-2.86), and longer time in transplant (OR 1.24; p≤0.001; 95% CI 1.11-1.38) showed a positive impact on German transplant nurses' perceptions of 'job satisfaction'. Nurses with time-dependent working contracts perceived more stress negatively affecting job satisfaction (OR 1.13; p≤0.009; 95% CI 1.02-12.82). CONCLUSIONS German specialty nurses working in the field of solid organ transplantation rate their work environments with respect to job design and job satisfaction as satisfactory. Institutions' investment into satisfactory nurse work environments and specializing nurses might increase the quality of care, thus improving patient outcomes. PMID:27582230

  11. Personality traits affect teaching performance of attending physicians: results of a multi-center observational study.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Worldwide, attending physicians train residents to become competent providers of patient care. To assess adequate training, attending physicians are increasingly evaluated on their teaching performance. Research suggests that personality traits affect teaching performance, consistent with studied effects of personality traits on job performance and academic performance in medicine. However, up till date, research in clinical teaching practice did not use quantitative methods and did not account for specialty differences. We empirically studied the relationship of attending physicians' personality traits with their teaching performance across surgical and non-surgical specialties. METHOD: We conducted a survey across surgical and non-surgical specialties in eighteen medical centers in the Netherlands. Residents evaluated attending physicians' overall teaching performance, as well as the specific domains learning climate, professional attitude, communication, evaluation, and feedback, using the validated 21-item System for Evaluation of Teaching Qualities (SETQ. Attending physicians self-evaluated their personality traits on a 5-point scale using the validated 10-item Big Five Inventory (BFI, yielding the Five Factor model: extraversion, conscientiousness, neuroticism, agreeableness and openness. RESULTS: Overall, 622 (77% attending physicians and 549 (68% residents participated. Extraversion positively related to overall teaching performance (regression coefficient, B: 0.05, 95% CI: 0.01 to 0.10, P = 0.02. Openness was negatively associated with scores on feedback for surgical specialties only (B: -0.10, 95% CI: -0.15 to -0.05, P<0.001 and conscientiousness was positively related to evaluation of residents for non-surgical specialties only (B: 0.13, 95% CI: 0.03 to 0.22, p = 0.01. CONCLUSIONS: Extraverted attending physicians were consistently evaluated as better supervisors. Surgical attending physicians who display high levels of

  12. Mifepristone in Combination with Misoprostol vs. Low Dose Mifepristone Alone in Emergency Contraception: a Multi-center Double-blind Randomized Clinical Trial

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    Objective To compare the effectiveness and side effects of various low dose ofMi fepristone in combination with Misoprostol and low doses Mi fepristone alone in emer-gency contraceptionMaterials & Methods This is a multi-center double-blind randomized controlled clini-cal trial. A total of 899 healthy women were allocated into this study and were ran-domly divided into 3 groups. They were orally administrated with different emergen-cy contraceptives with 120 h after unprotected intercourse. Group Ⅰ (n = 300) was giv-en 25 mg Mifepristone plus 0. 2 mg Misoprostol after 24 h. Group Ⅱ (n = 299) wasgiven 10 mg Mifepristone plus 0. 2 mg Misoprostol after 24 h. Group Ⅲ (n = 300)was administrated with 10 mg Mifepristone alone. The effective rates in differentgroups were calculated with Dixon method.Results Altogether 11 pregnancies occurred, among which 2 cases were in Group Ⅰ, 2cases in Group Ⅱ, and 7 cases were in Grout Ⅲ. After correction with method fail-ure, there was only one case in Group Ⅰ, 0 case in Group Ⅱ, and 5 cases in Group Ⅲ.The contraceptive effectiveness in these groups was 95. 5%, 100% and 76. 9% respec-tively. The pregnancy rate was significantly lower in Group Ⅰ and Group Ⅱ than thatof Group Ⅲ (P< 0. 01). The side effects were slight and tolerable, and there was nosignificant difference between di fferent groups (P> 0. 05).Conclusion Use of low dose Mi fepristone (25 mg or 10 mg ) in combination with 0. 2mg Misoprostol was an effective, low side effects and safe treatment regimen foremergency contraception.

  13. 格列吡嗪控释片治疗2型糖尿病有效性和安全性的多中心临床研究%Effect and safety of glipizide GITS in the therapy of type 2 diabetes: a multi-center clinical study

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    2011-01-01

    目的 评价格列吡嗪控释片(瑞易宁)治疗2型糖尿病的有效性、安全性.方法 为多中心、开放性临床观察性研究.675例患者完成了本研究.对单纯生活方式干预(n=134)或已用非胰岛素促泌剂(n=305)治疗,但血糖控制不佳的患者,加用瑞易宁;对已用其他磺脲类或格列奈类促泌剂(n=236)治疗,但血糖控制不佳、安全性不好或生活质量受影响的患者,停用原促泌剂,改用瑞易宁.瑞易宁治疗12周后,评价其有效性、安全性和对生活质量的影响.结果 应用瑞易宁治疗后,糖化血红蛋白(Hb)A1c下降(1.48±1.20)%,空腹血糖下降(2.47±1.38)mmol/L,餐后血糖下降(3.64±2.63)mmol/L(P值均为0.0000);52.21%的患者HbA1c<6.5%,83.21%的患者HbA1c<7.0%.治疗期间轻度低血糖发生率为4.59%,严重低血糖发生率为0.15%.原促泌剂治疗组改用瑞易宁后低血糖显著减少,99%以上的患者认为瑞易宁较其他促泌剂更为简单易行,生活质量提高,更愿意选用瑞易宁治疗.结论 在2型糖尿病治疗中,瑞易宁为一疗效显著、安全性好、能提高患者生活质量的口服降糖药,可广泛用于临床.%Objective To investigate the effect and safety of glipizide GITS in the therapy of type 2diabetes. Methods A total of 675 type 2 diabetic patients were included in this multi-center, open-labeled and self-controlled clinical study. Patients with inadequate glycemic control by life style intervention (n=134)or non-insulin secretagogues(n=305) were added glipizide GITS therapy for 12 weeks. Patients with inadequate glycemic control,poor safety or low life quality by other secretagogues(n =236)were changed to glipizide GITS therapy for 12 weeks. Results After treatment by glipizide GITS,HbA1c of these patients decreased (1.48 ±1.20) % ( P = 0. 0000 ), fasting blood glucose decreased ( 2.47 ± 1.38 ) mmol/L ( P= 0. 0000 ), postprandial blood glucose decreased (3.64 ±2.63)mmol/L(P = 0.0000).52. 21% patients

  14. Prevalence and variation of sesamoid bones in the hand: a multi-center radiographic study

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    Chen, Wei; Cheng, Jiaxiang; Sun, Ran; Zhang, Zekun; Zhu, Yanbin; Ipaktchi, Kyros; Zhang, Yingze

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    There is rare studies with regard to sesamoid bone variations of the hand in addition to its prevalence and distribution. This study aims to assess both the prevalence and variation of sesamoid bones of the hand. A retrospective review of posteroanterior (PA) and oblique radiographs of 436 left and 414 right hands of 850 adult patients obtained from four hospitals was performed. All X-ray films were examined independently for existing sesamoid bones. The presence of sesamoid bones was confirm...

  15. Mechanical ventilation in ICUs in Poland: A multi-center point-prevalence study

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    Kübler, Andrzej; Maciejewski, Dariusz; Adamik, Barbara; Kaczorowska, Małgorzata

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    Background Mechanical ventilation is the primary method of supporting organ function in patients treated in intensive care units (ICUs). Lung damage from mechanical ventilation can be avoided by using the correct ventilation modes. This study was designed to assess the epidemiology and treatment strategies of patients receiving mechanical ventilation in ICUs in Poland. Material/Methods This study was done using a point-prevalence methodology. Questionnaires requesting demographic data, indica...

  16. Total laparoscopic hysterectomy versus abdominal hysterectomy in the treatment of patients with early stage endometrial cancer: A randomized multi center study

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Traditionally standard treatment for patients with early stage endometrial cancer (EC is total abdominal hysterectomy and bilateral salpingo oophorectomy (TAH+BSO with or without lymph node dissection through a vertical midline incision. While TAH is an accepted effective treatment, it is highly invasive, visibly scarring and associated with morbidity. An alternative treatment is the same operation by laparoscopy. Though in several studies total laparoscopic hysterectomy (TLH+ BSO seems a safe and feasible alternative approach in early stage endometrial cancer patients, there are no randomized data available yet. Furthermore, a randomized controlled trial with surgeons trained in laparoscopy is warranted in order to implement this technique in a safe manner. The aim of this study is to compare the treatment related morbidity, cost-effectiveness and quality of life in early stage endometrial cancer patients treated by laparoscopy versus the standard open approach. Methods A multi centre randomized clinical phase 3 trial, including 5 university hospitals and 15 regional hospitals in the Netherlands. Only gynecologists trained in performing a TLH are allowed to participate. Inclusion criteria: Patients with a clinical stage I endometrioid adenocarcinoma or complex atypical hyperplasia are randomized in a 2:1 allocation to receive TLH or TAH. The main outcome measure is the rate of major complications, as assessed by an independent clinical review board. In total, 275 patients are required to have 80% power at α-0.05 to detect a significant difference of 15% complication rate. Secondary outcome measures are 1 costs and cost-effectiveness, 2 minor complications, and 3 quality of life. All data from this multi center study are reported using case record forms. Data regarding quality of life, pain, body Image, sexuality and additional homecare are assessed with self reported questionnaires. Discussion A randomized multi center

  17. The costs in provision of haemodialysis in a developing country: A multi-centered study

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    Wijesinghe Aruna; Makarim Mohamed FM; Perera Yashasvi S; Ranasinghe Priyanga; Wanigasuriya Kamani

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    Abstract Background Chronic Kidney Disease is a major public health problem worldwide with enormous cost burdens on health care systems in developing countries. We aimed to provide a detailed analysis of the processes and costs of haemodialysis in Sri Lanka and provide a framework for modeling similar financial audits. Methods This prospective study was conducted at haemodialysis units of three public and two private hospitals in Sri Lanka for two months in June and July 2010. Cost of drugs a...

  18. Status of Initiating Pattern of Hemodialysis: A Multi-center Study

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    Yoon, Hye Eun; Chung, Sungjin; Chung, Hyun Wha; Shin, Mi Jung; Lee, Sang Ju; Kim, Young Soo; Kim, Hyung Wook; Song, Ho Cheol; Yang, Chul Woo; Jin, Dong Chan; Kim, Yong Soo; Kim, Suk Young; Choi, Euy Jin; Chang, Yoon Sik; Kim, Young Ok

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    This study was to evaluate the status of initiating pattern of hemodialysis (HD). Five hundred-three patients in 8 University Hospitals were included. Presentation mode (planned vs. unplanned), and access type (central venous catheters [CVC] vs. permanent access) at initiation of HD were evaluated, and the influence of predialysis care on determining the mode of HD and access type was also assessed. Most patients started unplanned HD (81.9%) and the most common initial access type was CVC (86...

  19. A multi-center study of Restylane for treatment of nasolabial folds in China

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    YAN Xiao-qing; CHEN Li-yang; HUANG Lü-ping; YOU Lei; MA Yong-guang; L(U) Chang-sheng; LI Wei; XU Jun

    2010-01-01

    Background Restylane, a hyaluronic acid gel, has been widely used as a dermal filler in USA and European countries. This study was designed to study the safety and efficacy of Restylane as a non-permanent dermal filler for facial augmentation therapy in China for the correction of nasolabial folds during a follow-up period of 6 months. Methods The study consisted of a screening visit, a baseline visit during which injection with Restylane was given, and follow-up visits after four weeks, three months and six months. The efficacy was subjectively assessed by comparing the treatment results between pre-treatment and post-treatment. Adverse events were analyzed by severity and duration. Results At six months post-baseline, the subjects and the investigators' independent assessment score of Wrinkle Severity Rating Scale was decreased. Global Aesthetic Improvement Scale was considered to have improved by over 90% in some cases. Adverse events related to product and injection was reported in 21.5% of the injections. A vast majority of the post-treatment reactions were mild. Conclusions The efficacy of Restylane for nasolabial fold in a Chinese population was excellent. Restylane was well tolerated and no systemic reactions or other safety concerns were raised.

  20. Iron status and Helicobacter pylori infection in symptomatic children: an international multi-centered study.

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: Iron deficiency (ID and iron deficiency anaemia (IDA are global major public health problems, particularly in developing countries. Whilst an association between H. pylori infection and ID/IDA has been proposed in the literature, currently there is no consensus. We studied the effects of H. pylori infection on ID/IDA in a cohort of children undergoing upper gastrointestinal endoscopy for upper abdominal pain in two developing and one developed country. METHODS: In total 311 children (mean age 10.7±3.2 years from Latin America--Belo Horizonte/Brazil (n = 125, Santiago/Chile (n = 105--and London/UK (n = 81, were studied. Gastric and duodenal biopsies were obtained for evaluation of histology and H. pylori status and blood samples for parameters of ID/IDA. RESULTS: The prevalence of H. pylori infection was 27.7% being significantly higher (p<0.001 in Latin America (35% than in UK (7%. Multiple linear regression models revealed H. pylori infection as a significant predictor of low ferritin and haemoglobin concentrations in children from Latin-America. A negative correlation was observed between MCV (r = -0.26; p = 0.01 and MCH (r = -0.27; p = 0.01 values and the degree of antral chronic inflammation, and between MCH and the degree of corpus chronic (r = -0.29, p = 0.008 and active (r = -0.27, p = 0.002 inflammation. CONCLUSIONS: This study demonstrates that H. pylori infection in children influences the serum ferritin and haemoglobin concentrations, markers of early depletion of iron stores and anaemia respectively.

  1. Multi-center study of noise in patients from hospitals in Spain: A questionnaire survey

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    Pilar Marqués

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    Full Text Available To identify the most annoying noises in the hospital environment. One hundred and ninety-three patients took part in the study. A questionnaire collected the perceptions of patients from four hospitals in Spain, with three distinct units. The most annoying noises were the repetitive ones and the most unbearable source was the people who talk loudly. The daily hours were the noisiest and the most annoying, especially when patients wanted to rest and indicated that noise was annoying for them to get to sleep. Our results demonstrate how sensitive patients are toward noise in Spain. We also suggest some strategies to reduce the noise and the harmful physiological effects of increased sound levels in order to improve the quality of life in a healthcare environment.

  2. A multi-center randomized proof-of-concept clinical trial applying [¹⁸F]FDG-PET for evaluation of metabolic therapy with rosiglitazone XR in mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease.

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    Tzimopoulou, Sofia; Cunningham, Vincent J; Nichols, Thomas E; Searle, Graham; Bird, Nick P; Mistry, Prafull; Dixon, Ian J; Hallett, William A; Whitcher, Brandon; Brown, Andrew P; Zvartau-Hind, Marina; Lotay, Narinder; Lai, Robert Y K; Castiglia, Mary; Jeter, Barbara; Matthews, Julian C; Chen, Kewei; Bandy, Dan; Reiman, Eric M; Gold, Michael; Rabiner, Eugenii A; Matthews, Paul M

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    Here we report the first multi-center clinical trial in Alzheimer's disease (AD) using fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography ([18F]FDG-PET) measures of brain glucose metabolism as the primary outcome. We contrasted effects of 12 months treatment with the PPARγ agonist Rosiglitazone XR versus placebo in 80 mild to moderate AD patients. Secondary objectives included testing for reduction in the progression of brain atrophy and improvement in cognition. Active treatment was associated with a sustained but not statistically significant trend from the first month for higher mean values in Kiindex and CMRgluindex, novel quantitative indices related to the combined forward rate constant for [18F]FDG uptake and to the rate of cerebral glucose utilization, respectively. However, neither these nor another analytical approach recently validated using data from the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative indicated that active treatment decreased the progression of decline in brain glucose metabolism. Rates of brain atrophy were similar between active and placebo groups and measures of cognition also did not suggest clear group differences. Our study demonstrates the feasibility of using [18F]FDG-PET as part of a multi-center therapeutics trial. It suggests that Rosiglitazone is associated with an early increase in whole brain glucose metabolism, but not with any biological or clinical evidence for slowing progression over a 1 year follow up in the symptomatic stages of AD. PMID:20930300

  3. Body Image in Young Gender Dysphoric Adults: A European Multi-Center Study.

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    Becker, Inga; Nieder, Timo O; Cerwenka, Susanne; Briken, Peer; Kreukels, Baudewijntje P C; Cohen-Kettenis, Peggy T; Cuypere, GrietDe; Haraldsen, Ira R Hebold; Richter-Appelt, Hertha

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    The alteration of sex-specific body features and the establishment of a satisfactory body image are known to be particularly relevant for individuals with Gender Dysphoria (GD). The aim of the study was to first develop new scales and examine the psychometric properties of the Hamburg Body Drawing Scale (Appelt & Strauß 1988). For the second part of this study, the satisfaction with different body features in young GD adults before cross-sex treatment were compared to female and male controls. Data collection took place within the context of the European Network for the Investigation of Gender Incongruence (ENIGI) including 135 female-to-male (FtMs) and 115 male-to-female (MtFs) young GD adults and 235 female and 379 male age-adjusted controls. The five female and six male body feature subscales revealed good internal consistency. The ENIGI sample reported less satisfaction with overall appearance (d = 0.30) and with all of their body features than controls, but no subgroup differences for sexual orientation (FtM and MtF) and Age of Onset (FtM) were found. Body dissatisfaction was higher with regard to sex-specific body features (largest effect sizes of d = 3.21 for Genitalia in FtMs and d = 2.85 for Androgen-responsive features and genitalia in MtFs) than with those that appeared less related to the natal sex (d = 0.64 for Facial features in FtMs and d = 0.59 for Body shape in MtFs). Not only medical body modifying interventions, but also psychosocial guidance with regard to body image might be helpful for GD individuals before transitioning. PMID:25836027

  4. Prevalence estimates for primary brain tumors in China: a multi-center cross-sectional study

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    JIANG Tao; WU Nai-feng; CHEN Xiao-jun; XING Hou-xun; SU Tong-yong; WANG Zhong-cheng; TANG Gen-fu; LIN Yi; PENG Xiao-xia; ZHANG Xiao; ZHAI Xiu-wei; PENG Xiang; YANG Jin-qing; HUANG Hong-er

    2011-01-01

    Background Although the first leading cause of death in China was malignant neoplasms (mortality,374.1 per 100000 person-years),the full impact of primary brain tumors (PBT) on the healthcare system is not completely described because there are a few well documented reports about the epidemiologic features of brain tumors.This study aimed to report a comprehensive assessment on the prevalence of PBT.Methods A multicenter cross-sectional study on brain tumor (MCSBT) in China was initiated in five regional centers:Daqing (northeast),Puyang (north of China),Shiyan (center of China),Ma'anshan (center of China) and Shanghai (southeast).Prevalence rate was calculated by counting the number of people living with a PBT between October 1,2005 and September 30,2006 and dividing by the total population of the five communities at January 1,2006.Estimates of prevalence were expressed as percentages and grouped according to gender and to age in fifteen-year categories.Within these strata,the rates were estimated with 95% confidence intervals (C/) using the accurate calculation of CI for Poisson distribution.A chi-square test was used to compare the various frequencies with α<0.05.Age-standardized prevalence with the direct method was calculated with the ten-year age-specific prevalence and the age distribution of the Chinese population in 2010,obtained from Worldpopulation prospects:the 2008 revision.Results We estimated that the overall prevalence of PBT was 24.56 per 100 000 (95% CI,14.85 to 34.27),and the overall prevalence of PBT in female population (30.57 per 100 000 and its 95% CI ranged from 19.73 to 41.41 ) was higher than that in male population (18.84 per 100 000 and its 95% CI ranged from 10.33 to 27.35).However,the discrepancy between genders was not statistically significant because the 95% CI overlapped.Of 272 cases of newly diagnosed PBT,the proportion of histological subtypes by age groups,gender was statistically different (χ2=52.6510,P <0.0001).More than

  5. Effect of Helicobacter pylori Eradication on Reflux Esophagitis Therapy: A Multi-center Randomized Control Study

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    Yan Xue; Li-Ya Zhou; San-Ren Lin; Xiao-Hua Hou; Zhao-Shen Li; Min-Hu Chen; Xiu-E Yan

    2015-01-01

    Background:Helicobacterpylori (H.pylori) frequently colonizes the stomach.Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a common and costly disease.But the relationship ofH.pylori and GERD is still unclear.This study aimed to explore the effect ofH.pylori and its eradication on reflux esophagitis therapy.Methods:Patients diagnosed with reflux esophagitis by endoscopy were enrolled;based on rapid urease test and Warth-Starry stain,they were divided into H.pylori positive and negative groups.H.pylori positive patients were randomly given H.pylori eradication treatment for 1 0 days,then esomeprazole 20 mg bid for 46 days.The other patients received esomeprazole 20 mg bid therapy for 8 weeks.After treatment,three patient groups were obtained:H.pylori positive eradicated,H.pylori positive uneradicated,and H.pylori negative.Before and after therapy,reflux symptoms were scored and compared.Healing rates were compared among groups.The x2 test and t-test were used,respectively,for enumeration and measurement data.Results:There were 176 H.pylori positive (with 92 eradication cases) and 180 negative cases.Healing rates in the H.pylori positive eradicated and H.pylori positive uneradicated groups reached 80.4% and 79.8% (P =0.911),with reflux symptom scores of 0.22 and 0.14 (P =0.588).Healing rates of esophagitis in the H.pylori positive uneradicated and H.pylori negative groups were,respectively,79.8% and 82.2% (P =0.848);reflux symptom scores were 0.14 and 0.21 (P =0.546).Conclusions:Based on esomeprazole therapy,H.pylori infection and eradication have no significant effect on reflux esophagitis therapy.

  6. The QUASAR reproducibility study, Part II: Results from a multi-center Arterial Spin Labeling test-retest study

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    Petersen, Esben Thade; Mouridsen, Kim; Golay, Xavier;

    2010-01-01

    metabolism. So far, ASL has been restricted mostly to specialist centers due to a generally low SNR of the method and potential issues with user-dependent analysis needed to obtain quantitative measurement of cerebral blood flow (CBF). Here, we evaluated a particular implementation of ASL (called...... total of 284 healthy volunteers were scanned. Minimal operator dependence was assured by using an automatic planning tool and its accuracy and potential usefulness in multi-center trials was evaluated as well. Accurate repositioning between sessions was achieved with the automatic planning tool showing...

  7. Multi-link Vision and MiniVision stent registry in Asian patients with coronary artery disease: a prospective, multi-center study

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    XU Ya-wei; HOU Yu-qing; Ashok Jain; Parvez Grant; Gudapati Ramesh; Basavappa Ramesh; Chumpol Piamsomboon; Srun Kuanprasert; Hyeon-Cheol Gwon; Yoon Haeng Cho; Haizal Haroon Kamar; WEI Yi-dong; HUANG Cong-xin; TANG Kai; CHEN Yan-qing; LI Wei-ming; YU Xue-jing; QIN Yong-wen; QI Guo-xian; QU Peng

    2007-01-01

    Background Recent studies have showed that the fine mesh stents are associated with a significant reduction in both clinical and angiographic re-stenosis of the coronary arteries. To maintain a very satisfactory radio-opacity using the stents, Guidant of the USA has designed a new type of bare metal stents (BMS)-Multi-link (ML) Vision / ML MiniVision stents. The clinical outcomes of Asian patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) after implanting the Multi-link Vision or MiniVision stent were investigated in this study.Methods An observational, prospective, multi-center, non-randomized post marketing registry was conducted to demonstrate the efficacy of the BMS- ML Vision / ML MiniVision stents. The primary end point of the registry was clinical target lesion revascularization (TLR) at a 6-month follow-up. The major secondary end points included the rate of major adverse cardiac events (MACE) and serious adverse events (SAE) in hospital and at 6 months; and the rate of clinical TLR as a function of the type of angina. A total of 429 Asian people with 449 lesions from 14 centers were selected for this study. The average reference diameter of the lesions was (3.0±0.5) mm, and the mean length was (15.7±5.0) mm.Results The successful rate of the procedure was 99.3%. Twenty-five percent of the lesions were treated by direct stenting without pre-dilation. Eighty-six percent of the lesions were implanted with ML Vision stent. After the 6-month follow-up, the rate of clinical TLR was 1.4%. The MACE, SAE and target vessel revascularization (TVR) were 6.8%, 3.5%and 1.4% respectively.Conclusion The current registry showed the excellent 6-month clinical outcomes of ML Vision/ML MiniVision stents in Asian patients with CAD.

  8. SUrvey of Guideline Adherence for Treatment of Systolic Heart Failure in Real World (SUGAR: a multi-center, retrospective, observational study.

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    Byung-Su Yoo

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Clinical practice guidelines have been slowly and inconsistently applied in clinical practice, and certain evidence-based, guideline-driven therapies for heart failure (HF have been significantly underused. The purpose of this study was to survey guideline compliance and its effect on clinical outcomes in the treatment of systolic HF in Korea. METHOD AND RESULTS: The SUrvey of Guideline Adherence for Treatment of Systolic Heart Failure in Real World (SUGAR trial was a multi-center, retrospective, observational study on subjects with systolic HF (ejection fraction <45% admitted to 23 university hospitals. The guideline adherence indicator (GAI was defined as a performance measure on the basis of 3 pharmacological classes: angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (ACEI or angiotensin receptor II blocker (ARB, beta-blocker (BB, and aldosterone antagonist (AA. Based on the overall adherence percentage, subjects were divided into 2 groups: those with good guideline adherence (GAI ≥50% and poor guideline adherence (GAI <50%. We included 1319 regional participants as representatives of the standard population from the Korean national census in 2008. Adherence to drugs at discharge was as follows: ACEI or ARB, 89.7%; BB, 69.2%; and AA, 65.9%. Overall, 82.7% of the patients had good guideline adherence. Overall mortality and re-hospitalization rates at 1 year were 6.2% and 37.4%, respectively. Survival analysis by log-rank test showed a significant difference in event-free survival rate of mortality (94.7% vs. 89.8%, p = 0.003 and re-hospitalization (62.3% vs. 56.4%, p = 0.041 between the good and poor guideline-adherence groups. CONCLUSIONS: Among patients with systolic HF in Korea, adherence to pharmacologic treatment guidelines as determined by performance measures, including prescription of ACEI/ARB and BB at discharge, was associated with improved clinical outcomes.

  9. Apparent diffusion coefficient histogram analysis stratifies progression-free and overall survival in patients with recurrent GBM treated with bevacizumab: A multi-center study

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    Pope, WB; Qiao, XJ; Kim, HJ; Lai, A.; Nghiemphu, P; Xue, X.; Ellingson, BM; Schiff, D.; Aregawi, D; Cha, S; Puduvalli, VK; Wu, J.; Yung, WKA; Young, GS; Vredenburgh, J

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    We have tested the predictive value of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) histogram analysis in stratifying progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) in bevacizumab-treated patients with recurrent glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) from the multi-center BRAIN study. Available MRI's from patients enrolled in the BRAIN study (n = 97) were examined by generating ADC histograms from areas of enhancing tumor on T1 weighted post-contrast images fitted to a two normal distribution mixtu...

  10. 阿达木单抗联合甲氨蝶呤治疗类风湿关节炎的多中心、随机、双盲、安慰剂对照临床研究%Adalimumab plus methotrexate for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis: a multi-center randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study

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    黄烽; 赵东宝; 吴东海; 张奉春; 鲍春德; 陶怡; 古洁若; 徐建华; 朱平; 徐沪济; 张志毅

    2009-01-01

    现结核病.在双盲期,有3例(1.2%)受试者出现了严重不良事件,但研究者判定与药物无关或可能无关.在开放期,有8例(2.7%)受试者出现了严重不良事件,其中3例判定与药物无关或可能无关.结论 阿达木单抗联合MTX治疗RA的疗效优于单用MTX,可显著提高治疗有效率并持续改善症状、体征、实验室炎性活动指标,减少功能障碍并提高整体生活质量,同时具有良好的安全性与耐受性.%Obiective To investigate the efficacy and safety of adalimumab plus methotrexate (MTX)for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis(RA).Methods This is a multi-center,randomized,doable-blind, parallel-group, and placebo-controlled clinical study, included a total of 302 cases of active rheumatoid arthritis, randomized into three groups of observation: 40 mg adalimumab (121 cases), 80 mg adalimumab ( 121 cases), or placebo (60 cases). Upon enrollment, all subjects had been previously treated with MTX for at least 3 months, and their doses of drug had remained stable for at least 28 days. The double-blind phase lasted for 12 weeks, during which the subjects were administered with adalimumab or placebo subcutaneously every other week. Then the subjects entered into another 12 weeks of open-label study, which included subcutaneous injection of 40 mg adalimumab every other week. In both the double-blind and the open-label periods, all subjects were maintained concomitantly with MTX that had already been used before this study. The primary efficacy variables were evaluated on basis of American College of Rheumatology (ACR)20 response rate at week 12. The secondary efficacy variables included: ACR20 response rate at week 24; ACR50 and ACR70 response rates at weeks 12 and 24 ; and changes at weeks 12 and 24 compared with baseline observations for tender and swollen joint counts, as well as the assessment of pain with visual analog scale (VAS), the physician's and the patient's global assessment of disease activity (VAS), and the

  11. Hepatitis B Virus Vaccination Coverage in Medical, Nursing, and Paramedical Students: A Cross-Sectional, Multi-Centered Study in Greece.

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    Papagiannis, Dimitrios; Tsimtsiou, Zoi; Chatzichristodoulou, Ioanna; Adamopoulou, Maria; Kallistratos, Ilias; Pournaras, Spyros; Arvanitidou, Malamatenia; Rachiotis, George

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    Students of health professions are at high risk of hepatitis B Virus (HBV) infection during their clinical training. The aim of this cross-sectional, multi-centered study was to investigate the HBV vaccination coverage in Greek medical, nursing, and paramedical students, to look into their attitudes towards the importance of vaccines and to reveal reasons associated with not being vaccinated. A self-completed, anonymous questionnaire was distributed to 2119 students of health professions in Greece, during the academic year 2013-2014. The HBV vaccination coverage of students was high (83%), being higher among medical students (88.1%, vs. 81.4% among nursing and 80.1% among paramedical students; p vaccinated during childhood. In addition, 30% of the unvaccinated students declared fear over HBV safety. Our results indicate that the healthcare students achieved higher reported immunization rates compared to the currently serving healthcare workers, but also to the students of the last decade. The fact that nursing and paramedical students have lower coverage figures underlines the importance of targeted interventions for the different subgroups of healthcare students in terms of educational programs and screening for HBV markers in order to increase HBV vaccination uptake. PMID:26999171

  12. Fundamental study of inter-scanner difference for a multi-center study in brain positron emission tomography

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    We showed scanner dependence of brain 18F-FDG and 11C-PiB images by using phantom examination with nine kinds of positron emission tomography (PET) scanners. We used two types of phantoms, cylindrical phantom with 15 cm inside diameter and three-dimensional (3D) brain phantom, and we set the body phantom on the bed to examine the effect of scatter and random coefficients from outside of the axial field of view (AFOV). Radioactivity and distance of the two phantoms were determined by a pilot study to obtain a condition similar to the clinical study. Axial uniformity was evaluated by circular region of interest (ROI) of 12 cm diameter, set in the center of the reconstruction image of the cylindrical phantom. As a result, the standardized uptake value (SUV) was lower than the true value in some scanners, and there was a scanner in which the axial uniformity was deteriorated by high radioactivity outside the AFOV. In the cylindrical phantom, the axial uniformity of the scanner was improved using the new dead-time correction method; however, it was not improved in the 3D brain phantom. Quality-controlled PET scanners are important to maintain constant levels for multicenter studies. (author)

  13. Cross-Sectional Multi-Center Study of Patients with Urea Cycle Disorders in the United States

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    Tuchman, Mendel; Lee, Brendan; Lichter-Konecki, Uta; Summar, Marshall L.; Yudkoff, Marc; Cederbaum, Stephen D.; Kerr, Douglas S.; Diaz, George A.; Seashore, Margaretta R.; Lee, Hye-Seung; McCarter, Robert J.; Krischer, Jeffrey P.; Batshaw, Mark L.

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    Inherited urea cycle disorders comprise eight disorders (UCD), each caused by a deficiency of one of the protein that is essential for ureagenesis. We report on a cross sectional investigation to determine clinical and laboratory characteristics of patients with UCD in the United States. The data used for the analysis was collected at the time of enrollment of individuals with inherited UCD into a longitudinal observation study. The study has been conducted by the Urea Cycle Disorders Consort...

  14. Cumulative occupational lumbar load and lumbar disc disease – results of a German multi-center case-control study (EPILIFT

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    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The to date evidence for a dose-response relationship between physical workload and the development of lumbar disc diseases is limited. We therefore investigated the possible etiologic relevance of cumulative occupational lumbar load to lumbar disc diseases in a multi-center case-control study. Methods In four study regions in Germany (Frankfurt/Main, Freiburg, Halle/Saale, Regensburg, patients seeking medical care for pain associated with clinically and radiologically verified lumbar disc herniation (286 males, 278 females or symptomatic lumbar disc narrowing (145 males, 206 females were prospectively recruited. Population control subjects (453 males and 448 females were drawn from the regional population registers. Cases and control subjects were between 25 and 70 years of age. In a structured personal interview, a complete occupational history was elicited to identify subjects with certain minimum workloads. On the basis of job task-specific supplementary surveys performed by technical experts, the situational lumbar load represented by the compressive force at the lumbosacral disc was determined via biomechanical model calculations for any working situation with object handling and load-intensive postures during the total working life. For this analysis, all manual handling of objects of about 5 kilograms or more and postures with trunk inclination of 20 degrees or more are included in the calculation of cumulative lumbar load. Confounder selection was based on biologic plausibility and on the change-in-estimate criterion. Odds ratios (OR and 95% confidence intervals (CI were calculated separately for men and women using unconditional logistic regression analysis, adjusted for age, region, and unemployment as major life event (in males or psychosocial strain at work (in females, respectively. To further elucidate the contribution of past physical workload to the development of lumbar disc diseases, we performed lag

  15. Gabapentin in traumatic nerve injury pain: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over, multi-center study

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    Gordh, Torsten E; Stubhaug, Audun; Jensen, Troels S;

    2008-01-01

    A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled cross-over multi-center study was conducted to evaluate the efficacy and safety of gabapentin in the treatment of neuropathic pain caused by traumatic or postsurgical peripheral nerve injury, using doses up to 2400mg/day. The study comprised a run......-in period of two weeks, two treatment periods of five weeks separated by a three weeks' washout period. The primary efficacy variable was the change in the mean pain intensity score from baseline to the last week of treatment. Other variables included pain relief, health related quality of life (SF-36......), interference of sleep by pain, Clinician and Patient Global Impression of Change, and adverse effects. Nine centers randomized a total of 120 patients, 22 of whom withdrew. There was no statistically significant difference between the treatments for the primary outcome efficacy variable. However, gabapentin...

  16. The QUASAR reproducibility study, Part II: Results from a multi-center Arterial Spin Labeling test-retest study

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    Petersen, Esben Thade; Mouridsen, Kim; Golay, Xavier;

    2010-01-01

    metabolism. So far, ASL has been restricted mostly to specialist centers due to a generally low SNR of the method and potential issues with user-dependent analysis needed to obtain quantitative measurement of cerebral blood flow (CBF). Here, we evaluated a particular implementation of ASL (called......Arterial Spin Labeling (ASL) is a method to measure perfusion using magnetically labeled blood water as an endogenous tracer. Being fully non-invasive, this technique is attractive for longitudinal studies of cerebral blood flow in healthy and diseased individuals, or as a surrogate marker of...... Quantitative STAR labeling of Arterial Regions or QUASAR), a method providing user independent quantification of CBF in a large test-retest study across sites from around the world, dubbed "The QUASAR reproducibility study". Altogether, 28 sites located in Asia, Europe and North America participated and a...

  17. The QUASAR reproducibility study, Part II: Results from a multi center Arterial Spin Labeling test-retest Study

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    Petersen, Esben Thade; Mouridsen, Kim; Golay, Xavier

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    Arterial Spin Labeling (ASL) is a method to measure perfusion using magnetically labeled blood water as an endogenous tracer. Being fully non-invasive, this technique is attractive for longitudinal studies of cerebral blood flow in healthy and diseased individuals, or as a surrogate marker of metabolism. So far, ASL has been restricted mostly to specialist centers due to a generally low SNR of the method and potential issues with user-dependent analysis needed to obtain quantitative measureme...

  18. Clinicopathologic characteristics and prognostic factors of ovarian fibrosarcoma: the results of a multi-center retrospective study

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Ovarian fibrosarcomas are very rare tumors, and therefore, few case studies have evaluated the prognostic factors of this disease. To our knowledge, this study represents the largest study to evaluate the clinical and pathologic factors associated with ovarian fibrosarcoma patients. Methods Thirty-one cases of ovarian fibrosarcoma were retrospectively reviewed, which included medical records for eight patients, and 23 published case reports from 1995 through 2009. Patient treatment regimens included total hysterectomy with bilateral adnexectomy and an omentectomy (BAO (n = 9, oophorectomy (OR (n = 8, chemotherapy (CT (n = 1, BAO followed by chemotherapy (BAO+CT (n = 11, BAO followed by radiotherapy (BAO+RT (n = 1, and oophorectomy followed by radiotherapy (OR + RT (n = 1. Results The patients of this cohort were staged according to the guidelines of the Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO, with 15, 6, 9, and 1 stage I-IV cases identified, respectively. Mitotic count values were also evaluated from 10 high-power fields (HPFs, and 3 cases had an average mitotic count P = 0.007 and treatment (P = 0.008 were predictive of poor prognosis. Furthermore, patients with stage I tumors that received BAO+CT were associated with a better prognosis. Conclusions Mitotic activity, and cells positive for Ki-67 were identified as important factors in the diagnosis of ovarian fibrosarcoma. Furthermore, FIGO stage and treatment modalities have the potential to be prognostic factors of survival, with BAO followed by adjuvant chemotherapy associated with an improved treatment outcome.

  19. YMDD motif mutations in chronic hepatitis B antiviral treatment naïve patients: a multi-center study

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to determine the natural prevalence of variants of tyrosine-methionine-aspartic acid-aspartic acid (YMDD motif in patients with chronic hepatitis B (CHB, and to explore its relation with demographic and clinical features, hepatitis B virus (HBV genotypes, and HBV DNA levels. METHODS: A total of 1,042 antiviral treatment naïve CHB patients (including with lamivudine [LAM] in the past year were recruited from outpatient and inpatient departments of six centers from December 2008 to June 2010. YMDD variants were analyzed using the HBV drug resistance line probe assay (Inno-Lipa HBV-DR. HBV genotypes were detected with polymerase chain reaction (PCR microcosmic nucleic acid cross-ELISA, and HBV deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA was quantitated with real-time PCR. All serum samples underwent tests for HBV, HCV, and HDV with ELISA. RESULTS: YMDD variants were detected in 23.3% (243/1042 of CHB patients. YMDD mutation was accompanied by L180M mutation in 154 (76.9% patients. Both wild-type HBV and YMDD variant HBV were present in 231 of 243 patients. Interestingly, 12 patients had only YIDD and/or YVDD variants without wild YMDD motif. In addition, 27.2% (98/359 of HbeAg-positive patients had YMDD mutations, which was higher than that in HbeAg-negative patients (21.2%, 145/683. The incidence of YMDD varied among patients with different HBV genotypes, but the difference was not significant. Moreover, the incidence of YMDD in patients with high HBV DNA level was significantly higher than that in those with low HBV DNA level. CONCLUSION: Mutation of YMDD motif was detectable at a high rate in CHB patients in this study. The incidence of YMDD may be correlated with HBeAg and HBV DNA level.

  20. Epidemiology of respiratory distress and the illness severity in late preterm or term infants: a prospective multi-center study

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    MA Xiao-lu; YI Bin; SHI Jing-yun; DU Li-zhong; XU Xue-feng; CHEN Chao; YAN Chao-ying; LIU Ya-ming; LIU Ling; XIONG Hong; SUN Hui-qing; LAI Jian-pu

    2010-01-01

    Background The severity of respiratory distress was associated with neonatal prognosis. This study aimed to explore the clinical characteristics, therapeutic interventions and short-term outcomes of late preterm or term infants who required respiratory support, and compare the usage of different illness severity assessment tools.Methods Seven neonatal intensive care units in tertiary hospitals were recruited. From November 2008 to October 2009, neonates born at ≥34 weeks' gestational age, admitted at <72 hours of age, requiring continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) or mechanical ventilation for respiratory support were enrolled. Clinical data including demographic variables, underlying disease, complications, therapeutic interventions and short-term outcomes were collected. All infants were divided into three groups by Acute care of at-risk newborns (ACoRN) Respiratory Score <5, 5-8, and >8.Results During the study period, 503 newborn late preterm or term infants required respiratory support. The mean gestational age was (36.8±2.2) weeks, mean birth weight was (2734.5±603.5) g. The majority of the neonates were male (69.4%), late preterm (63.3%), delivered by cesarean section (74.8%), admitted in the first day of life (89.3%) and outborn (born at other hospitals, 76.9%). Of the cesarean section, 51.1% were performed electively. Infants in the severe group were more mature, had the highest rate of elective cesarean section, Apgar score <7 at 5 minutes and resuscitated with intubation, the in-hospital mortality increased significantly. In total, 58.1% of the patients were supported with mechanical ventilation and 17.3% received high frequency oscillation. Adjunctive therapies were commonly needed.Higher rate of infants in severe group needed mechanical ventilation or high frequency oscillation, volume expansion,bicarbonate infusion or vasopressors therapy (P <0.05). The incidence of complications was also increased significantly in severe group (P

  1. Characteristics of MPO-ANCA-positive granulomatosis with polyangiitis: a retrospective multi-center study in Japan.

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    Ono, Nobuyuki; Niiro, Hiroaki; Ueda, Akira; Sawabe, Takuya; Nishizaka, Hiroaki; Furugo, Isao; Yoshizawa, Seiji; Yoshizawa, Shigeru; Tsukamoto, Hiroshi; Kiyohara, Chikako; Tada, Yoshifumi; Horiuchi, Takahiko

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    We studied the clinico-pathological differences among PR3-ANCA-positive granulomatosis with polyangiitis (PR3-GPA), MPO-ANCA-positive GPA (MPO-GPA) and microscopic polyangiitis (MPA). ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV) was classified using the European Medicines Agency classification. We retrospectively analyzed 38 patients with GPA and 41 with MPA treated in eight hospitals in Japan. Of the patients with GPA, 17 were positive for MPO-ANCA, and 15 for PR3-ANCA. All patients with MPA were MPO-ANCA positive. The mean ages of those with MPO-GPA were 69.6 years old, 10 years older than those with PR3-GPA. The majority (82 %) of patients with MPO-GPA were woman, a significantly greater proportion than for PR3-GPA. We also found that ear, nose and throat (ENT), nervous system involvement were significantly more common in MPO-GPA, but renal function was less impaired than those with MPA. Both PR3-GPA and MPO-GPA relapsed more frequently than MPA, but overall survival was significantly better (P UIP pattern (P < 0.005) Cr ≥ 1.7 mg/dl (P < 0.01) and absence of ENT involvement (P < 0.05), which were characteristics of MPA. In our cohort, MPO-GPA was most likely to affect older women and was associated with otitis media, nervous system involvement, mild renal impairment and more favorable outcome. It is clinically useful to differentiate MPO-GPA from MPA and PR3-GPA in patients with AAV. PMID:25129031

  2. Mortality and Morbidity of Extremely Low Birth Weight Infants in the Mainland of China: A Multi-center Study

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    Hui-Jia Lin

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: With the progress of perinatal medicine and neonatal technology, more and more extremely low birth weight (ELBW survived all over the world. This study was designed to investigate the short-term outcomes of ELBW infants during their Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU stay in the mainland of China. Methods: All infants admitted to 26 NICUs with a birth weight (BW < l000 g were included between January l, 2011 and December 31, 2011. All the data were collected retrospectively from clinical records by a prospectively designed questionnaire. The data collected from each NICU transmitted to the main institution where the results were aggregated and analyzed. Categorical variables were performed with Pearson Chi-square test. Binary Logistic regression analysis was used to detect risk factors. Results: A total of 258 ELBW infants were admitted to 26 NICUs, of whom the mean gestational age (GA was 28.1 ± 2.2 weeks, and the mean BW was 868 ± 97 g. The overall survival rate at discharge was 50.0%. Despite aggressive treatment 60 infants (23.3% died and another 69 infants (26.7% died after medical care withdrawal. Furthermore, the survival rate was significantly higher in coastal areas than inland areas (53.6% vs. 35.3%, P = 0.019. BW < 750 g and GA < 28 weeks were the largest risk factors, and being small for gestational age was a protective factor related to mortality. Respiratory distress syndrome was the most common complication. The incidence of patent ductus arteriosus, intraventricular hemorrhage, periventricular leukomalacia, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, retinopathy of prematurity was 26.2%, 33.7%, 6.7%, 48.1%, and 41.4%, respectively. Ventilator associated pneumonia was the most common hospital acquired infection during hospitalization. Conclusions: Our study was the first survey that revealed the present status of ELBW infants in the mainland of China. The mortality and morbidity of ELBW infants remained high as compared to other

  3. Prevalence of mental disorders, psychosocial distress and need for psychosocial support in cancer patients – study protocol of an epidemiological multi-center study

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    Mehnert Anja

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Empirical studies investigating the prevalence of mental disorders and psychological distress in cancer patients have gained increasing importance during recent years, particularly with the objective to develop and implement psychosocial interventions within the cancer care system. Primary purpose of this epidemiological cross-sectional multi-center study is to detect the 4-week-, 12-month-, and lifetime prevalence rates of comorbid mental disorders and to further assess psychological distress and psychosocial support needs in cancer patients across all major tumor entities within the in- and outpatient oncological health care and rehabilitation settings in Germany. Methods/Design In this multicenter, epidemiological cross-sectional study, cancer patients across all major tumor entities will be enrolled from acute care hospitals, outpatient cancer care facilities, and rehabilitation centers in five major study centers in Germany: Freiburg, Hamburg, Heidelberg, Leipzig and Würzburg. A proportional stratified random sample based on the nationwide incidence of all cancer diagnoses in Germany is used. Patients are consecutively recruited in all centers. On the basis of a depression screener (PHQ-9 50% of the participants that score below the cutoff point of 9 and all patients scoring above are assessed using the Composite International Diagnostic Interview for Oncology (CIDI-O. In addition, all patients complete validated questionnaires measuring emotional distress, information and psychosocial support needs as well as quality of life. Discussion Epidemiological data on the prevalence of mental disorders and distress provide detailed and valid information for the estimation of the demands for the type and extent of psychosocial support interventions. The data will provide information about specific demographic, functional, cancer- and treatment-related risk factors for mental comorbidity and psychosocial distress, specific

  4. Comparison of iopromide versus iohexol in aortobifemoral arteriography; A Swedish multi-center study of 446 patients

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    Ohlsen, H.; Albrechtsson, U.; Billstroem, Aa.; Calissendorff, B.; Gustavsson, S.; Jensen, R.; Johnsson, K.; Nyberg, P.; Strindberg, L. (Karolinska Sjukhuset, Stockholm (Sweden). Dept. of Diagnostic Radiology Lund Univ. Hospital (Sweden) Umeaa Univ. Hospital (Sweden) Huddinge Univ. Hospital (Sweden) Oestra Sjukhuset, Goeteborg (Sweden) Lasarettet Helsingborg (Sweden) Regionsjukhuset, Oerebro (Sweden) Regionsjukhuset, Linkoeping (Sweden) Lasarettet Gaevle (Sweden))

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    A double-blind randomized, clinical trial was conducted in 9 hospitals comparing the use of non-ionic contrast media (CM) iopromide 300 (Ultravist) and iohexol 300 (Omnipaque) during peripheral arteriography in a total of 446 patients. After premedication with morphine-scopolamine each patient was given two consecutive injections of 50 ml CM at a rate of 12 ml/s above the aortic bifurcation. Both CM were well tolerated. There were no differences between the two substances as far as general tolerance, pulse rate, blood pressure, sensation of heat or pain after CM injection were concerned. (orig.).

  5. Gene expression signatures predict outcome in non-muscle invasive bladder carcinoma - a multi-center validation study

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    Andersen, Lars Dyrskjøt; Zieger, Karsten; Real, Francisco X.;

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    and carcinoma in situ (CIS) and for predicting disease recurrence and progression. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: We analyzed tumors from 404 patients diagnosed with bladder cancer in hospitals in Denmark, Sweden, England, Spain, and France using custom microarrays. Molecular classifications were compared with pathologic...... diagnosis and clinical outcome. RESULTS: Classification of disease stage using a 52-gene classifier was found to be highly significantly correlated with pathologic stage (P information regarding disease progression of T(a) or T(1) tumors (P ... progression after adjustment for age, sex, stage, grade, and treatment (hazard ratio, 2.3; P = 0.007). The diagnosis of CIS using a 68-gene classifier showed a highly significant correlation with histopathologic CIS diagnosis (odds ratio, 5.8; P

  6. Effects of raloxifene hydrochloride on bone mineral density, bone metabolism and serum lipids in Chinese postmenopausal women with osteoporosis:a multi-center, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial

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    LIU Jian-li刘建立; LIU Hui刘慧; CHEN Xiao-ping陈小平; LIU Yu-juan刘玉娟; Abie Ekangaki; ZHENG Yi-man郑以漫; Adolfo Diez-Perez; Kristine Harper; ZHU Han-min朱汉民; HUANG Qi-ren黄琪仁; ZHANG Zhong-lan张忠兰; LI Hui-lin李慧林; QIN Yue-juan秦跃娟; ZHANG Ying张颖; WEI Dao-lin魏道林; LU Jing-hui陆敬辉

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    Background Raloxifene has been approved for prevention and treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis in Caucasian women. It also has some positive effects on serum lipids in Caucasians. The objective of this study was to determine the effect of raloxifene hydrochloride on lumbar spine and total hip bone mineral density (BMD), bone metabolism, and serum lipids in Chinese postmenopausal women with osteoporosis.Methods This was a multi-center, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial in which 204 postmenopausal Chinese women with osteoporosis were assigned to receive raloxifene (60 mg) or placebo treatment daily for 12 months. BMD, serum bone metabolism markers, and serum lipids were measured before and after drug administration. BMD was measured by Dual-Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) and bone metabolism markers were analyzed by one-step enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Serum lipids were measured by enzymatic analysis.Results At the end of the 12-month study, lumbar spine BMD increased in both groups with a mean increase of (3.3±4.8) % in the raloxifene group and (1.0±4.9) % in the placebo group (P0.05). In the raloxifene group, the median decreases in the biochemical markers of bone metabolism serum osteocalcin and C-telopeptide were 41.7% and 61.5%, respectively. These changes were statistically significant compared with those in the placebo group (10.6% and 35.6%, P<0.001, respectively). Both total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol decreased significantly in the raloxifene group compared with those in the placebo group (P<0.001, respectively) and there was no significant effect of raloxifene on high-density lipoprotein cholesterol and triglycerides compared with placebo. Conclusions Raloxifene 60 mg/d for 12 months significantly increases lumbar spine and total hip BMD, significantly decreases bone turnover, and has favourable effects on serum lipids in Chinese postmenopausal women with osteoporosis.

  7. Lifestyle factors and lumbar disc disease : results of a German multi-center case-control study (EPILIFT).

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    Schumann, Barbara; Bolm-Audorff, Ulrich; Bergmann, Annekatrin; Ellegast, Rolf; Elsner, Gine; Grifka, Joachim; Haerting, Johannes; Jäger, Matthias; Michaelis, Martina; Seidler, Andreas

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    INTRODUCTION: In the large-scale case-control study EPILIFT, we investigated the dose-response relationship between lifestyle factors (weight, smoking amount, cumulative duration of different sports activities) and lumbar disc disease. METHODS: In four German study regions (Frankfurt am Main, Freiburg, Halle/Saale, Regensburg), 564 male and female patients with lumbar disc herniation and 351 patients with lumbar disc narrowing (chondrosis) aged 25 to 70 years were prospectively recruited. Fro...

  8. Predicting sickness impact profile at six months after stroke: further results from the European multi-center CERISE study

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    Stummer, C.A.; Verheyden, G.; Putman, K.; Jenni, W.; Schupp, W.; Wit, L. De

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    PURPOSE: To develop prognostic models and equations for predicting participation at six months after stroke. METHODS: This European prospective cohort study recruited 532 consecutive patients from four rehabilitation centers. Participation was assessed at six months after stroke with the Sickness Im

  9. Factors effecting influenza vaccination uptake among health care workers: a multi-center cross-sectional study

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    Asma, Süheyl; Akan, Hülya; Uysal, Yücel; Poçan, A. Gürhan; Sucaklı, Mustafa Haki; Yengil, Erhan; Gereklioğlu, Çiğdem; Korur, Aslı; Başhan, İbrahim; Erdogan, A. Ferit; Özşahin, A. Kürşat; Kut, Altuğ

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    Background The present study aimed to identify factors affecting vaccination against influenza among health professionals. Methods We used a multi-centre cross-sectional design to conduct an online self-administered questionnaire with physicians and nurses at state and foundation university hospitals in the south-east of Turkey, between 1 January 2015 and 1 February 2015. The five participating hospitals provided staff email address lists filtered for physicians and nurses. The questionnaire ...

  10. Mortality and Morbidity of Extremely Low Birth Weight Infants in the Mainland of China: A Multi-center Study

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    Hui-Jia Lin; Li-Zhong Du; Xiao-Lu Ma; Li-Ping Shi; Jia-Hua Pan; Xiao-Mei Tong; Qiu-Ping Li; Jian-Guo Zhou; Bing Yi; Ling Liu; Yun-Bing Chen; Qiu-Fen Wei; Hui-Qing Wu; Mei Li; Cui-Qing Liu

    2015-01-01

    Background: With the progress of perinatal medicine and neonatal technology, more and more extremely low birth weight (ELBW) survived all over the world. This study was designed to investigate the short-term outcomes of ELBW infants during their Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) stay in the mainland of China. Methods: All infants admitted to 26 NICUs with a birth weight (BW) < l000 g were included between January l, 2011 and December 31, 2011. All the data were collected retrospectively...

  11. Nomogram to Predict Insignificant Prostate Cancer at Radical Prostatectomy in Korean Men: A Multi-Center Study

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    Chung, Jae Seung; Choi, Han Yong; Song, Hae-Ryoung; Byun, Seok-Soo; Seo, Seong Il; Song, Cheryn; Cho, Jin Seon; Lee, Sang Eun; Ahn, Hanjong; Lee, Eun Sik; Hwang, Tae-Kon; Kim, Wun-Jae; Chung, Moon Kee; Jung, Tae Young; Yu, Ho Song

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    Purpose Due to the availability of serum prostate specific antigen (PSA) testing, the detection rate of insignificant prostate cancer (IPC) is increasing. To ensure better treatment decisions, we developed a nomogram to predict the probability of IPC. Materials and Methods The study population consisted of 1,471 patients who were treated at multiple institutions by radical prostatectomy without neoadjuvant therapy from 1995 to 2008. We obtained nonrandom samples of n = 1,031 for nomogram deve...

  12. The Relationship Between Distance to Water Source and Moderate-to-Severe Diarrhea in the Global Enterics Multi-Center Study in Kenya, 2008-2011.

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    Nygren, Benjamin L; O'Reilly, Ciara E; Rajasingham, Anangu; Omore, Richard; Ombok, Maurice; Awuor, Alex O; Jaron, Peter; Moke, Fenny; Vulule, John; Laserson, Kayla; Farag, Tamer H; Nasrin, Dilruba; Nataro, James P; Kotloff, Karen L; Levine, Myron M; Derado, Gordana; Ayers, Tracy L; Lash, R Ryan; Breiman, Robert F; Mintz, Eric D

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    In the developing world, fetching water for drinking and other household uses is a substantial burden that affects water quantity and quality in the household. We used logistic regression to examine whether reported household water fetching times were a risk factor for moderate-to-severe diarrhea (MSD) using case-control data of 3,359 households from the Global Enterics Multi-Center Study in Kenya in 2009-2011. We collected additional global positioning system (GPS) data for a subset of 254 randomly selected households and compared GPS-based straight line and actual travel path distances to fetching times reported by respondents. GPS-based data were highly correlated with respondent-provided times (Spearman correlation coefficient = 0.81, P controls (Wilcoxon rank sums/Mann-Whitney P = 0.21). A round-trip fetching time of > 30 minutes was reported by 25% of cases versus 15% of controls and was significantly associated with MSD where rainwater was not used in the last 2 weeks (odds ratio = 1.97, 95% confidence interval = 1.56-2.49). These data support the United Nations definition of access to an improved water source being within 30 minutes total round-trip travel time. PMID:26928833

  13. Anticoagulation therapy in Chinese patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation: a prospective, multi-center, randomized,controlled study

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    CHEN Ke-ping; HUANG Cong-xin; HUANG De-jia; CAO Ke-jiang; MA Chang-sheng; WANG Fang-zheng; ZHANG Shu

    2012-01-01

    Background Non-valvular atrial fibrillation is associated with an increased risk of ischemic stroke; however,the appropriate intensity of anticoagulation therapy for Chinese patients has not been determined.The purpose of this study was to compare the safety and the efficacy of standard-intensity warfarin therapy,low-intensity warfarin therapy,and aspirin therapy for the prevention of ischemic events in Chinese patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF).Methods A total of 786 patients from 75 Chinese hospitals were enrolled in this study and randomized into three therapy groups:standard-intensity warfarin (international normalized ratio (INR) 2.1 to 2.5) group,low-intensity warfarin (INR 1.6 to 2.0) group and aspirin (200 mg per day) group.All patients were evaluated by physicians at 1,3,6,9,12,15,18,21 and 24 months after randomization to obtain a patient questionnaire,physical examination and related laboratory tests.Results The annual event rates of ischemic stroke,transient ischemic attack (TIA) or systemic thromboembolism were 2.6%,3.1% and 6.9% in the standard-intensity warfarin,low-intensity warfarin and aspirin groups,respectively (P=0.027).Thromboembolic event rates in both warfarin groups were significantly lower than that in the aspirin group (P=0.018,P=0.044),and there was no significant difference between the two warfarin groups.Severe hemorrhagic events occurred in 15 patients,7 (2.6%) in the standard-intensity warfarin group,7 (2.4%) in the low-intensity warfarin group and 1 (0.4%)in the aspirin group.The severe hemorrhagic event rates in the warfarin groups were higher than that in the aspirin group,but the difference did not reach statistical significance (P=0.101).The mild hemorrhagic and total hemorrhagic event rates in the warfarin groups (whether in the standard-intensity warfarin group or low-intensity warfarin group) were much higher than that in the aspirin group with the annual event rates of total hemorrhages of 10

  14. Retrospective benzene exposure assessment for a multi-center case-cohort study of benzene-exposed workers in China.

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    Portengen, Lützen; Linet, Martha S; Li, Gui-Lan; Lan, Qing; Dores, Graça M; Ji, Bu-Tian; Hayes, Richard B; Yin, Song-Nian; Rothman, Nathaniel; Vermeulen, Roel

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    Quality of exposure assessment has been shown to be related to the ability to detect risk of lymphohematopoietic disorders in epidemiological investigations of benzene, especially at low levels of exposure. We set out to build a statistical model for reconstructing exposure levels for 2898 subjects from 501 factories that were part of a nested case-cohort study within the NCI-CAPM cohort of more than 110,000 workers. We used a hierarchical model to allow for clustering of measurements by factory, workshop, job, and date. To calibrate the model we used historical routine monitoring data. Measurements below the limit of detection were accommodated by constructing a censored data likelihood. Potential non-linear and industry-specific time-trends and predictor effects were incorporated using regression splines and random effects. A partial validation of predicted exposures in 2004/2005 was performed through comparison with full-shift measurements from an exposure survey in facilities that were still open. Median cumulative exposure to benzene at age 50 for subjects that ever held an exposed job (n=1175) was 509 mg/m(3) years. Direct comparison of model estimates with measured full-shift personal exposure in the 2004/2005 survey showed moderate correlation and a potential downward bias at low (<1 mg/m(3)) exposure estimates. The modeling framework enabled us to deal with the data complexities generally found in studies using historical exposure data in a comprehensive way and we therefore expect to be able to investigate effects at relatively low exposure levels. PMID:26264985

  15. A Multi-centered Cross-sectional Study of Disease Burden of Pain of Inpatients in Southwest China

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    Li-Hua Peng; Ju-Yin Jing; Pei-Pei Qin; Min Su

    2016-01-01

    Background:Pain is a common burden of disease globally;yet,it is not systematically investigated in China,especially in hospitalized patients.This study was aimed at clarifying the epidemiological characteristics of pain and related factors in hospitalized patients in Southwest China.Methods:A cross-sectional study was conducted to investigate the prevalence,severity,and influencing factors of pain and modes of postoperative analgesia in hospitalized patients from 17 hospitals in Southwest China.A prevalidated questionnaire was employed to calibrate all of these items within 3 days from March 18,2015 to March 20,2015.Results:A total of 2293 patients were surveyed,the incidence of pain was 57.4% in all hospitalized patients at rest,of which 62.1% were with acute pain and 37.9% had persistent to chronic pain.Among surgical patients,90.8% of them complained of acute postoperative pain at rest and 97.1% in motion.The incidence of acute postoperative moderate-to-severe pain was 28.8% at rest and 45.1% in motion.Surgical patients reported higher incidences of pain,especially acute and persistent pain compared with nonsurgical patients (P < 0.05).Postoperative pain occurred predominately at surgical sites (95.2%) as compared with nonsurgical sites (4.8%).Agedness,lower education level,surgery,and history of smoking were factors associated with increased duration and severity of postoperative pain and nonsurgical pain (P < 0.05).Conclusions:Pain is a common burden of disease in China,of which surgical pain constituted an important component.Surgical patients complained more severe pain than those who did not undergo surgery.Postoperative analgesia still needs to be improved to control pain after surgery.Patients' perception might influence the efficacy of pain management,which should be implemented with a multidisciplinary approach.

  16. Therapeutic cranial nerve irradiation: results from a multi-center dose response study of radiosurgery for trigeminal neuralgia

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    Purpose/Objective: We performed a multi-institution study to evaluate the technique, dose-selection parameters, and results of gamma knife stereotactic radiosurgery in the management of trigeminal neuralgia. We hypothesized that MRI-stereotactic targeting of the trigeminal nerve and irradiation with a single 4 mm isocenter, 2-4 mm anterior to the brainstem, could be a safe and effective treatment for this disorder. Materials and Methods: Fifty patients at five centers had radiosurgery using a single 4 mm isocenter targeted at the root entry zone. All patients had typical trigeminal neuralgia. The mean patient age was 70 years, (range, 40-87). Thirty-two patients had undergone prior surgery, and the mean number of procedures performed was 2.8 (range, 1-7). Eighteen patients (36%) had not had prior surgery before radiosurgery. Maximum radiosurgery doses included 60 Gy (n=8), 65 Gy (n=3), 70 Gy (n=27), 75 Gy (n=2), 80 Gy (n=6) and 90 Gy (n=4). All patients were discharged within 24 hours and were studied in regard to the degree of pain relief, latency interval to pain relief, sensory loss, and the need for further therapy. Mean follow-up after radiosurgery was 9.2 months (range, 2-26 months). Results: At last follow-up, 25 patients (50%) had excellent control (pain-free), 17 (34%) had good control (50-90% relief), and 8 (16%) had failed (see Figure). The median time to pain relief was one month. We identified an actuarial response rate of 53% for complete pain relief at seven months, and 93% for pain reduction (50-100% relief). At 18 months, these results declined to 48% and 77% respectively. A significantly greater proportion of patients receiving a radiosurgery maximum dose of ≥ 70 Gy achieved complete pain relief (63% vs. 18%) and >50% pain reduction (96% vs. 80%) than those with doses <70 Gy. Patients without prior surgery had significantly better outcomes in univariate testing. Three patients (6%) developed increased facial paresthesiae after radiosurgery

  17. A multi-center, cross-sectional study on quality of life in cutaneous lupus erythematosus patients

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    Vasquez, R.; Wang, D.; Tran, Q.P.; Adams-Huet, B.; Chren, M.-M.; Costner, M.I.; Cohen, J.B.; Werth, V.P.; Chong, B.F.

    2012-01-01

    Background A study at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) Medical Center demonstrated that quality of life in cutaneous lupus erythematosus (CLE) patients is negatively impacted. Whether CLE patients in other geographic locations have similar quality of life is unknown. Objective We sought to compare quality of life indicators between CLE patients at the University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW) Medical Center at Dallas and UPenn. Methods 248 CLE patients at UTSW (N=91) and UPenn (N=157) completed the Skindex-29+3 and Short Form-36 (SF-36) surveys related to quality of life. Additional information including demographics, presence of SLE, and disease severity were collected from UTSW CLE patients. Results Most Skindex-29+3 and SF-36 sub-domain scores between UTSW and UPenn CLE patients were similar. However, UTSW CLE patients were significantly more affected in the functioning and lupus-specific Skindex-29+3 domains, and physical functioning, role-physical, and general health SF-36 subscales than UPenn CLE patients (pSkindex-29+3 and SF-36 sub-domains. Capturing data from CLE populations in different locations provides a more thorough picture of the quality of life that CLE patients experience on a daily basis with special attention to quality of life issues in select CLE patients. PMID:22708924

  18. A comparison of concurrent chemoradiotherapy and radiotherapy in Chinese patients with locally advanced cervical carcinoma: a multi-center study

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    We investigated the efficacy of concurrent chemoradiotherapy (CCRT) over radiotherapy (RT) in Chinese patients with locally advanced cervical carcinoma. Between January 2005 and January 2008, 192 patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the cervix were included in the study: 96 in arm A (CCRT with 20 mg/m2 cisplatin for 5 days) and 96 in arm B (RT). The overall response rate was the primary endpoint. The secondary endpoints included overall survival, progression-free survival, and toxicity. The 5-year overall response rate was 67% and 53% for the CCRT and RT arms, respectively, and the difference was statistically significant, while the median overall survival was 68 months (range 3-85 months) and 61 months (range 4-83 months), respectively (P = 0.009). In addition, the median progression-free survival for CCRT was 62 months (range 3-83 months), whereas it was 51 months (range 4-81 months) for the RT arm (P = 0.025). The toxicity profile, both acute and late, was comparable in both arms. In summary, we demonstrate that CCRT was effective and better tolerated than RT alone in Chinese patients with locally advanced cervical carcinoma.

  19. The PRAISE study: A prospective, multi-center, randomized, double blinded, placebo-controlled study for the evaluation of iloprost in the early postoperative period after liver transplantation (ISRCTN12622749

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Liver graft dysfunction can deteriorate to complete organ failure and increases perioperative morbidity and mortality after liver transplantation. Therapeutic strategies reducing the rate of graft dysfunction are of current clinical relevance. One approach is the systemic application of prostaglandins, which were demonstrated to be beneficial in reducing ischemia-reperfusion injury. Preliminary data indicate a positive effect of prostacyclin analogue iloprost on allograft viability after liver transplantation. The objective of the study is to evaluate the impact of iloprost in a multi-center trial. Methods/Design A prospective, double-blinded, randomized, placebo-controlled multicenter study in a total of 365 liver transplant recipients was designed to assess the effect of intravenous iloprost after liver transplantation. Primary endpoint will be the primary graft dysfunction characterized as presentation of one or more of the following criteria: ALAT or ASAT level > 2000 IU/ml within the first 7 postoperative days, bilirubine ≥ 10 mg/dl on postoperative day 7; INR ≥ 1.6 on postoperative day 7 or initial non-function. Secondary endpoints are parameters of post-transplant morbidity, like rates of infections, biliary complications, need of clotting factors or renal replacement therapy and the graft and patient survival. Discussion A well-established treatment concept to avoid graft dysfunction after liver transplantation does not exist at the moment. If the data of this research project confirm prior findings, iloprost would improve the general outcome after liver transplantation. Trial Registration German Clinical Trials Register: DRKS00003514. Current Controlled Trials Register: ISRCTN12622749.

  20. Variability in the prevalence of adult ADHD in treatment seeking substance use disorder patients: Results from an international multi-center study exploring DSM-IV and DSM-5 criteria☆☆

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    van de Glind, Geurt; Konstenius, Maija; Koeter, Maarten W. J.; van Emmerik-van Oortmerssen, Katelijne; Carpentier, Pieter-Jan; Kaye, Sharlene; Degenhardt, Louisa; Skutle, Arvid; Franck, Johan; Bu, Eli-Torild; Moggi, Franz; Dom, Geert; Verspreet, Sofie; Demetrovics, Zsolt; Kapitány-Fövény, Máté

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    Background Available studies vary in their estimated prevalence of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in substance use disorder (SUD) patients, ranging from 2 to 83%. A better understanding of the possible reasons for this variability and the effect of the change from DSM-IV to DSM-5 is needed. Methods A two stage international multi-center, cross-sectional study in 10 countries, among patients form inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment centers for alcohol and/or drug use ...

  1. High grade anal intraepithelial neoplasia among HIV-1-infected men screening for a multi-center clinical trial of a human papillomavirus vaccine

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    Wilkin, Timothy; Lee, Jeannette Y.; Lensing, Shelly Y.; Stier, Elizabeth A.; Goldstone, Stephen E.; Berry, J. Michael; Jay, Naomi; Aboulafia, David M.; Einstein, Mark H.; Saah, Alfred; Mitsuyasu, Ronald T.; Palefsky, Joel M.

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    Purpose High-grade anal intraepithelial neoplasia (HGAIN) is the precursor lesion to invasive anal cancer. HPV vaccination holds great promise for preventing anal cancer. Methods We examined 235 HIV-1-infected men screening for participation in a multi-site clinical trial of a quadrivalent HPV vaccine. All participants had anal swabs obtained for HPV testing and cytology, and high resolution anoscopy with biopsies of visible lesions to assess for HGAIN. Results HPV 16 and 18 were detected in 23% and 10%, respectively; abnormal anal cytology was found in 56% and HGAIN in 30%. HGAIN prevalence was significantly higher in those with HPV 16 detection compared to those without (38% vs. 17%, P=.01). Use of antiretroviral therapy, nadir and current CD4+ cell count were not associated with abnormal anal cytology or HGAIN. Conclusion HGAIN is highly prevalent in HIV-infected men. Further studies are needed on treatment and prevention of HGAIN. PMID:23611828

  2. Evaluations of treatment efficacy of depression from perspective of both patients' symptoms and general sense of mental health and wellbeing: A large scale, multi-centered, longitudinal study in China.

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    Zeng, Qingzhi; Wang, Wei Chun; Fang, Yiru; Mellor, David; Mccabe, Marita; Byrne, Linda; Zuo, Sai; Xu, Yifeng

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    Relying on the absence, presence of level of symptomatology may not provide an adequate indication of the effects of treatment for depression, nor sufficient information for the development of treatment plans that meet patients' needs. Using a prospective, multi-centered, and observational design, the present study surveyed a large sample of outpatients with depression in China (n=9855). The 17-item Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (HRSD-17) and the Remission Evaluation and Mood Inventory Tool (REMIT) were administered at baseline, two weeks later and 4 weeks, to assess patients' self-reported symptoms and general sense of mental health and wellbeing. Of 9855 outpatients, 91.3% were diagnosed as experiencing moderate to severe depression. The patients reported significant improvement over time on both depressive symptoms and general sense after 4-week treatment. The effect sizes of change in general sense were lower than those in symptoms at both two week and four week follow-up. Treatment effects on both general sense and depressive symptomatology were associated with demographic and clinical factors. The findings indicate that a focus on both general sense of mental health and wellbeing in addition to depressive symptomatology will provide clinicians, researchers and patients themselves with a broader perspective of the status of patients. PMID:27156024

  3. Deferiprone versus deferoxamine in sickle cell disease: results from a 5-year long-term Italian multi-center randomized clinical trial.

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    Calvaruso, Giusi; Vitrano, Angela; Di Maggio, Rosario; Ballas, Samir; Steinberg, Martin H; Rigano, Paolo; Sacco, Massimiliano; Telfer, Paul; Renda, Disma; Barone, Rita; Maggio, Aurelio

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    Blood transfusion and iron chelation currently represent a supportive therapy to manage anemia, vasculopathy and vaso-occlusion crises in Sickle-Cell-Disease. Here we describe the first 5-year long-term randomized clinical trial comparing Deferiprone versus Deferoxamine in patients with Sickle-Cell-Disease. The results of this study show that Deferiprone has the same effectiveness as Deferoxamine in decreasing body iron burden, measured as repeated measurements of serum ferritin concentrations on the same patient over 5-years and analyzed according to the linear mixed-effects model (LMM) (p=0.822). Both chelators are able to decrease, significantly, serum ferritin concentrations, during 5-years, without any effect on safety (p=0.005). Moreover, although the basal serum ferritin levels were higher in transfused compared with non-transfused group (p=0.031), the changes over time in serum ferritin levels were not statistically significantly different between transfused and non-transfused cohort of patients (p=0.389). Kaplan-Meier curve, during 5-years of study, suggests that Deferiprone does not alter survival in comparison with Deferoxamine (p=0.38). In conclusion, long-term iron chelation therapy with Deferiprone was associated with efficacy and safety similar to that of Deferoxamine. Therefore, in patients with Sickle-Cell-Disease, Deferiprone may represent an effective long-term treatment option. PMID:24814618

  4. Clinical usefulness and cost-effectiveness of FDG-PET in the staging and follow up of patients with gynecological malignancies. An analysis based on multi-center survey

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    Multi-center survey has been conducted about the diagnostic ability of FDG-PET for patients with gynecological malignancies. A total of 304 cases (122 cases for staging, 182 cases for the diagnosis of recurrence) were collected from 5 institutions. FDG-PET showed high diagnostic ability in both preoperative staging and the detection of recurrence, and occasionally afforded better information than conventional morphological imaging modalities such as CT and MRI did. Furthermore, with the use of FDG-PET, unsuspected lesions were detected in 10.7% of the cases for preoperative staging and in 33.9% of the cases for diagnosing recurrence, and the therapeutic strategy was changed in 8.9% of the staging cases and 35.1% of the recurrent cases. Especially in cases where image finding was not diagnostic and also in cases where recurrence was clinically suspected but not evident by morphological imaging modalities, FDG-PET was proven to afford important information for the management of the patients and can yield cost-effectiveness by obviating unnecessary surgery and invasive procedures. (author)

  5. PRevalence of Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence Surgical Evaluation (P.R.A.I.S.E.: rationale and design of a multi-center cross-sectional study.

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Intimate partner violence (IPV is described by the American Medical Association as "a pattern of coercive behaviors that may include repeated battering and injury, psychological abuse, sexual assault, progressive social isolation, deprivation, and intimidation." The long-term consequences of IPV include health risks, posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, and staggering economic costs for health care of victims. Intimate partner violence is often underreported among women who seek medical attention. The current study seeks to address the issue of possible underreporting of IPV in orthopaedic fracture clinics by establishing prevalence rates of IPV among women seeking treatment for musculoskeletal injuries. Methods/Design We propose a cross-sectional multicenter study wherein 3,600 women will complete a self-reported written questionnaire across clinical sites in North America, Europe, and Australia. Recruitment of participants will take place at orthopaedic fracture clinics at each clinical site. The questionnaire will contain a validated set of questions used to screen for IPV, as well as questions that pertain to the participant's demographic, injury characteristics, and experiences with health care utilization. Female patients presenting to the orthopaedic fracture clinics will complete two validated self-reported written questionnaires (Woman Abuse Screening Tool (WAST and the Partner Violence Screen (PVS to determine the prevalence of IPV in the past 12 months and in their lifetime. The two questionnaires were designed for rapid assessment of IPV status in emergency departments, family practice, and women's health clinics that we believe are similar to our intended setting of an orthopaedic clinic. Discussion If the prevalence of IPV among women attending orthopaedic clinics is greater than the current perceptions of orthopaedic surgeons, this study will serve to advocate for the continued education of medical

  6. 第23次"营养风险、不良、支持、结局与成本效益比"及"鱼油干预对结局与成本效益比的影响"工作坊纪要%The 23rd "Nutritional risk, malnutrition, nutritional support, outcome and cost/effective cohort study"and "Impact of fish oil for postoperative patients on outcome and cost/effectiveness: multi-center randomized clinical trial" workshop report

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    于康; 蒋朱明; 许静涌; 李海龙

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    中华医学会肠外肠内营养学分会的"营养风险、不良、支持、结局与费用"协作组第23次工作坊于2010年8月6日至8日在北京举行.本次工作坊由来自北京、天津、重庆、成都、昆明、贵阳、广州、松原、潍坊、桂林、乌鲁木齐、青岛、岳阳和秦皇岛14个中心的共30名代表参加.工作坊的内容主要分为两大部分.第一部分:学习与本协作组研究内容有关的已发表的3篇SCI论文,以及"如何评价论文质量"和"临床医学研究设计"专题报告;第二部分:研讨本协作组目前正进行的两个研究计划,并分别领取工作任务,其中"营养风险、不良、支持、结局与成本效益比"研究计划继续目前的炎症性肠病方面的研究,"鱼油干预对结局与成本效益比"研究计划从随机对照临床试验开始进行.工作坊是高度互动和交流的平台,收效显著.第24次工作坊定于2010年12月17至19日在北京举行.%From August 6 to 8, 2010, the 23 rd "Nutritional risk, malnutrition, nutritional support, outcome, and cost-effective" workshop was held in Beijing. There were 30 participants from Beijing, Tianjin,Chongqing, Chengdu, Kunming, Guiyang, Guangzhou, Songyuan, Weifang, Guilin, Urumqi, Qingdao, Yueyang, and Qinhuangdao. The workshop has 2 sections. Section 1: Learn the published papers from ( 1 ) Jie B,Jiang ZM, Nolan MT, et al. Impact of nutritional support on clinical outcome in patients at nutritional risk: a multicenter, prospective cohort study in Baltimore and Beijing teaching hospitals. Nutrition, 2010, (9); (2)Braga M, Gianotti L. Preoperative immunonutrition: cost-benefit analysis. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr,2005, 29 ( 1 Suppl): S57-S61; and ( 3 ) Jiang ZM, Wilmore DW, Wang XR, et al. Randomized clinical trial of intravenous soybean oil alone versus soybean oil plus fish oil emulsion after gastrointestinal cancer surgery. Br J Surg, 2010, 97 (6): 804-809. Section 2: Discuss two protocols for

  7. Rationale and design of the ETN-STEP (Early administration of Tirofiban in mid to high risk patients with non-ST elevation acute coronary syndrome referred for percutaneous coronary intervention) project: A multi-center, randomized, controlled clinic trial in Chinese patients

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    Li, Jian-ping; Liu, Qun; Huo, Yong

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    As a member of Glycoprotein IIb/IIIa (GP IIb/IIIa) inhibitors, Tirofiban had been shown to improve myocardial reperfusion and clinical outcomes in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), but the optimal timing of administration of Tirofiban remains unclear. In order to compare the effects of upstream versus downstream administration of Tirofiban in Chinese patients with mid to high risk, non-ST elevation acute coronary syndrome (ACS) referred for PCI, a multi-center, ran...

  8. Open reduction and internal fixation versus casting for highly comminuted and intra-articular fractures of the distal radius (ORCHID: protocol for a randomized clinical multi-center trial

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    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Fractures of the distal radius represent the most common fracture in elderly patients, and often indicate the onset of symptomatic osteoporosis. A variety of treatment options is available, including closed reduction and plaster casting, K-wire-stabilization, external fixation and open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF with volar locked plating. The latter is widely promoted by clinicians and hardware manufacturers. Closed reduction and cast stabilization for six weeks is a simple, convenient, and ubiquitously available intervention. In contrast, ORIF requires hospitalization, but allows for functional rehabilitation. Given the lack of randomized controlled trials, it remains unclear whether ORIF leads to better functional outcomes one year after injury than closed reduction and casting. Methods/Design ORCHID (Open reduction and internal fixation versus casting for highly comminuted intra-articular fractures of the distal radius is a pragmatic, randomized, multi-center, clinical trial with two parallel treatment arms. It is planned to include 504 patients in 15 participating centers throughout Germany over a three-year period. Patients are allocated by a central web-based randomization tool. The primary objective is to determine differences in the Short Form 36 (SF-36 Physical Component Score (PCS between volar locked plating and closed reduction and casting of intraarticular, comminuted distal radius fractures in patients > 65 years of age one year after the fracture. Secondary outcomes include differences in other SF-36 dimensions, the EuroQol-5D questionnaire, the Disability of the Arm, Shoulder, and Hand (DASH instrument. Also, the range of motion in the affected wrist, activities of daily living, complications (including secondary ORIF and revision surgery, as well as serious adverse events will be assessed. Data obtained during the trial will be used for later health-economic evaluations. The trial architecture

  9. MiDas: automatic extraction of a common domain of discourse in sleep medicine for multi-center data integration.

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    Sahoo, Satya S; Ogbuji, Chimezie; Luo, Lingyun; Dong, Xiao; Cui, Licong; Redline, Susan S; Zhang, Guo-Qiang

    2011-01-01

    Clinical studies often use data dictionaries with controlled sets of terms to facilitate data collection, limited interoperability and sharing at a local site. Multi-center retrospective clinical studies require that these data dictionaries, originating from individual participating centers, be harmonized in preparation for the integration of the corresponding clinical research data. Domain ontologies are often used to facilitate multi-center data integration by modeling terms from data dictionaries in a logic-based language, but interoperability among domain ontologies (using automated techniques) is an unresolved issue. Although many upper-level reference ontologies have been proposed to address this challenge, our experience in integrating multi-center sleep medicine data highlights the need for an upper level ontology that models a common set of terms at multiple-levels of abstraction, which is not covered by the existing upper-level ontologies. We introduce a methodology underpinned by a Minimal Domain of Discourse (MiDas) algorithm to automatically extract a minimal common domain of discourse (upper-domain ontology) from an existing domain ontology. Using the Multi-Modality, Multi-Resource Environment for Physiological and Clinical Research (Physio-MIMI) multi-center project in sleep medicine as a use case, we demonstrate the use of MiDas in extracting a minimal domain of discourse for sleep medicine, from Physio-MIMI's Sleep Domain Ontology (SDO). We then extend the resulting domain of discourse with terms from the data dictionary of the Sleep Heart and Health Study (SHHS) to validate MiDas. To illustrate the wider applicability of MiDas, we automatically extract the respective domains of discourse from 6 sample domain ontologies from the National Center for Biomedical Ontologies (NCBO) and the OBO Foundry. PMID:22195180

  10. Chronic gastritis in China: a national multi-center survey

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    Du, Yiqi; Bai, Yu; Xie, Pei; Fang, Jingyuan; Wang, Xiaozhong; Hou, Xiaohua; TIAN, DEAN; Wang, Chengdang; Liu, Yandi; Sha, Weihong; Wang, Bangmao; Li, Yanqing; Zhang, Guoliang; Li, Yan; Shi, Ruihua

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    Background Chronic gastritis is one of the most common findings at upper endoscopy in the general population, and chronic atrophic gastritis is epidemiologically associated with the occurrence of gastric cancer. However, the current status of diagnosis and treatment of chronic gastritis in China is unclear. Methods A multi-center national study was performed; all patients who underwent diagnostic upper endoscopy for evaluation of gastrointestinal symptoms from 33 centers were enrolled. Data i...

  11. A multi-center study on low-frequency rTMS combined with intensive occupational therapy for upper limb hemiparesis in post-stroke patients

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Both low-frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS and intensive occupational therapy (OT have been recently reported to be clinically beneficial for post-stroke patients with upper limb hemiparesis. Based on these reports, we developed an inpatient combination protocol of these two modalities for the treatment of such patients. The aims of this pilot study were to confirm the safety and feasibility of the protocol in a large number of patients from different institutions, and identify predictors of the clinical response to the treatment. Methods The study subjects were 204 post-stroke patients with upper limb hemiparesis (mean age at admission 58.5 ± 13.4 years, mean time after stroke 5.0 ± 4.5 years, ± SD from five institutions in Japan. During 15-day hospitalization, each patient received 22 treatment sessions of 20-min low-frequency rTMS and 120-min intensive OT daily. Low-frequency rTMS of 1 Hz was applied to the contralesional hemisphere over the primary motor area. The intensive OT, consisting of 60-min one-to-one training and 60-min self-exercise, was provided after the application of low-frequency rTMS. Fugl-Meyer Assessment (FMA and Wolf Motor Function Test (WMFT were performed serially. The physiatrists and occupational therapists involved in this study received training prior to the study to standardize the therapeutic protocol. Results All patients completed the protocol without any adverse effects. The FMA score increased and WMFT log performance time decreased significantly at discharge, relative to the respective values at admission (change in FMA score: median at admission, 47 points; median at discharge, 51 points; p Conclusions The 15-day inpatient rTMS plus OT protocol is a safe, feasible, and clinically useful neurorehabilitative intervention for post-stroke patients with upper limb hemiparesis. The response to the treatment was not influenced by age or time after stroke onset. The

  12. Calibration control of PET cameras participating at the multi centers study F.N.C.L.C.C.-F.L.T. (P.H.R.C.01/0505)

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    The principal objective of the P.H.R.C. F.L.T. 01/0505 is to evaluate the response to the neo-adjuvant therapy of breast cancers by PET with 18F-fluoro thymidine (F.L.T.) imaging. The PET cameras of the participating centers were from different models, so the study includes an inter-sites protocol of calibration control whom we give here the first results. The conclusions are that no important deviation appeared on the PET cameras calibrations. these first very encouraging results confirm that the multi centers protocols allow to get data as reliable as if they were got on a single PET system. (N.C.)

  13. The effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy on the quality of life of patients with inflammatory bowel disease: multi-center design and study protocol (KL!C- study

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD patients report poorer quality of life (QoL and more anxiety and depressive symptoms than controls from the general population. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT is effective for anxiety and depression, but questionable in case of co-morbidity with IBD. Therefore, an adapted new CBT specifically designed for IBD patients was developed. The objective of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of adapted CBT on QoL. Methods/design IBD patients with a poor level of mental QoL (score less than or equal to 23 on the mental health scale of SF-36 will be randomly assigned to the experimental (n = 40 or waiting-list control condition (n = 40. The experimental condition will then immediately start CBT. The waiting-list control condition will wait 3,5 months before CBT begins with pre- and post assessments. Both conditions will complete a baseline and follow-up assessment following CBT and a mid-treatment assessment. The primary outcome is IBD-specific QoL (IBDQ. Secondary outcomes are generic QoL (SF-36 and anxiety and depression complaints (HADS, CES-D. Additionally, we will examine the working mechanism of the psychological intervention by investigating the impact of the intervention on illness-related cognitions, attitudes, coping styles and their associations with outcome. Data will be analysed on an intention to treat (ITT as well as treatment completer basis (greater than or equal to five sessions followed. Discussion If found effective, this IBD-specific CBT is a first step to enhance poor QoL in IBD patients and possibly, other gastroenterological diseases. By enhancing IBD patients’ QoL, we may also improve their mental and physical health, and lower unnecessary health care consumption. Trial registration number NTR (TC = 1869

  14. Association of Relapse with Renal Outcomes under the Current Therapy Regimen for IgA Nephropathy: A Multi-Center Study.

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    Yanhong Yuan

    Full Text Available Renal relapse is a very common manifestation of IgA nephropathy (IgAN. The clinical characteristics and long-term outcomes of this condition have not yet been carefully explored.Patients with biopsy-proven IgAN between January 2005 and December 2010 from three medical centers in China was a primary cohort of patients. From January 2010 to April 2012, data of an independent cohort of IgAN patients from Ren Ji Hospital, Shanghai, China was collected using the same inclusion and exclusion criteria. These patients formed the validation cohort of this study.Of the patients with biopsy-proven IgAN from three medical centers, 489 patients achieved remission within 6 months following the therapy. Additionally, 76 (15.5% of these patients experienced a relapse after achieving remission. During the median follow-up period of 66 months, 6 patients (1.4% in the non-relapse group experienced renal deterioration, compared with 22 patients (29.6% in the relapse group. Our study indicated that each 1-mmHg increase in the baseline diastolic blood pressure (DBP was associated with a 4.5% increase in the risk of renal relapse; additionally, the male patients had a 3.324-fold greater risk of relapse compared with the female patients according to the adjusted multivariate Cox analysis. The nomogram was based on 489 patients achieved remission. The predictive accuracy and discriminative ability of the nomogram were determined by concordance index (C-index and calibration curve. The results were validated using bootstrap resampling on the validation cohort.This study demonstrated that renal relapse is a potential predictor of prognostic outcomes in patients under the current therapeutic regimens for IgAN. And male patients with higher diastolic blood pressure had a greater risk of experiencing relapse.

  15. Deep, respiratory tract and ear infections caused by Pseudallescheria (Scedosporium) and Microascus (Scopulariopsis) in Finland. A 10-year retrospective multi-center study.

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    Issakainen, J; Salonen, J H; Anttila, V-J; Koukila-Kähkölä, P; Castrén, M; Liimatainen, O; Vuento, R; Ojanen, T; Koivula, I; Koskela, M; Meurman, O

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    Deep, respiratory tract and ear infections due to Microascaceae (Pseudallescheria, Scedosporium, Microascus or Scopulariopsis) were studied nationwide in Finland during 1993-2002. The data were based on 52,000 fungal cultures that represented about 50% of all such specimens in Finland and included all Finnish cases of profound immunosuppression. There were 39 cases that were re-evaluated as clinically significant, i.e., three pneumonias, two deep pedal infections and five wound infections, 11 sinusitis and 18 ear infections. The pedal infections and most pneumonias occurred in immunocompromised patients. Most cases, except the ear infections, were due to Pseudallescheria boydii. Two patients had lethal P. boydii pneumonia and a deep P. boydii infection of the foot contributed to a third lethal case. Two of the patients with lethal outcomes had received an allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (AHSCT). Two patients with haematological malignancies were cured of deep site infections by a prolonged course of itraconazole. Wound, sinus and ear infections were cured or improved by local surgery or topical therapy. There were 0.8-1.7 cases of any type of infection per million inhabitants per year (MY) and 3.4 cases/1000 AHSCT. Mortality associated with Microascaceae in any type of patient was 0.06-0.12 MY. PMID:19672782

  16. Usefulness of [18F]FDG-PET in diagnosis of gastric cancer, duodenal ampullary cancer and gastrointestinal storomal tumor (GIST). Study with multi-center survey by questionnaire

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    [18F]fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) diagnosis of the three cancers in the title (gastric cancer (GC), duodenal ampullary cancer (DAC) and gastrointestinal storomal tumor (GIST), respectively) is not approved in the health insurance despite their high morbidity in Japan. Clinical usefulness and economical effectiveness in PET diagnosis of these cancers were studied by questionnaire to facilities, where PET had been conducted for the cancers in the period July, 2005-February, 2006. Major questions concerned the purpose and finding of PET, findings by other imaging and by tumor markers, and judgment of PET effectiveness compared with other imaging (more useful, equally or less, and its reason). Patients with GC were 173 cases (120 males, 53 females; mean age 65.3 y), with DAC, 10 (8, 2; 67.6 y), and with GIST, 15 (10, 5; 59.9 y). Obtained were the judgments in GC diagnosis of more useful in 47.4%, equally in 45.1% and less in 7.5%; in DAC, 20, 70 and 10%; and in GIST, 40, 46.7 and 13.3%, respectively. More useful was found in the primary lesion and useful, in the metastatic and recurrent lesions. FDG-PET could detect the latter lesions which had not been found by other imaging techniques, and such findings were thought to be also meaningful from the aspect of medical economics because of possible avoidance of inappropriate surgery and time reduction of hospitalization. (R.T.)

  17. A Multi-Center, Randomized, Controlled, Pivotal Study to Assess the Safety and Efficacy of a Selective Cytopheretic Device in Patients with Acute Kidney Injury.

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    Full Text Available Acute kidney injury (AKI is a highly morbid condition in critically ill patients that is associated with high mortality. Previous clinical studies have demonstrated the safety and efficacy of the Selective Cytopheretic Device (SCD in the treatment of AKI requiring continuous renal replacement therapy in the intensive care unit (ICU.A randomized, controlled trial of 134 ICU patients with AKI, 69 received continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT alone and 65 received SCD therapy.No significant difference in 60-day mortality was observed between the treated (27/69; 39% and control patients (21/59; 36%, with six patients lost to follow up in the intention to treat (ITT analysis. Of the 19 SCD subjects (CRRT+SCD and 31 control subjects (CRRT alone who maintained a post-filter ionized calcium (iCa level in the protocol's recommended range (≤ 0.4 mmol/L for greater or equal to 90% of the therapy time, 60-day mortality was 16% (3/19 in the SCD group compared to 41% (11/27 in the CRRT alone group (p = 0.11. Dialysis dependency showed a borderline statistically significant difference between the SCD treated versus control CRRT alone patients maintained for ≥ 90% of the treatment in the protocol's recommended (r iCa target range of ≤ 0.4 mmol/L with values of, 0% (0/16 and 25% (4/16, respectively (P = 0.10. When the riCa treated and control subgroups were compared for a composite index of 60 day mortality and dialysis dependency, the percentage of SCD treated subjects was 16% versus 58% in the control subjects (p<0.01. The incidence of serious adverse events did not differ between the treated (45/69; 65% and control groups (40/65; 63%; p = 0·86.SCD therapy may improve mortality and reduce dialysis dependency in a tightly controlled regional hypocalcaemic environment in the perfusion circuit.ClinicalTrials.gov NCT01400893 http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01400893.

  18. A multi-center study for comparison of planar versus tomographic pulmonary ventilation/perfusion imaging for the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism

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    Objective: To compare between one-day planar and tomographic pulmonary V/Q imaging for the diagnosis of PE using ROC analysis. Methods: From September 2010 to October 2011, 272 patients suspected or confirmed of acute/sub-acute PE with Wells scores ≥ 2 or blood D-Dimer values >500 μg/L were recruited into this study. Patients' data were collected from six hospitals in Beijing. All patients were followed clinically for at least six months after V/Q imaging. Based on the criteria of prospective investigation of pulmonary embolism diagnosis (PIOPED) study Ⅱ, the diagnosis by planar pulmonary V/Q scans was categorized as high-probability (definite PE), moderate or low probability (suspected PE), and very low probability or normal lung perfusion (no PE). The diagnosis by SPECT V/Q scans was also classified as definite PE, suspected PE and no PE. The final diagnosis was decided by doctors in consensus based on the results of multiple imaging modalities, laboratory tests,clinical data and a six-month follow-up. Kappa test was used to analyze the concordance between planar and tomographic V/Q scans. The difference between the two methods was tested using χ2 test. ROC analysis was used to determine the AUCs. Z test was used to calculate the statistical significance of the difference between the AUCs. Results: The uncertain diagnosis rate was 1.8% (5/272) for V/Q SPECT and 9.2% (25/272) for planar imaging. The diagnostic values for SPECT and planar V/Q scans were respectively: Se 83.6% (117/140) and 78.3% (101/129) (χ2=1.217, P>0.05); Sp 89.8%(114/127) and 94.9% (112/118) (χ2=2.269, P>0.05); PPV 90.0% (117/130) and 94.4% (101/107); NPV 83.2% (114/137) and 80.0% (112/140); Ac 86.5% (231/267) and 86.2% (213/247). There were no significant differences in Se and Sp between the two methods. The concordance between the two methods was 84.9% (231/272, Kappa=0.727, P<0.05). The AUC (95% CI) was 0.891 (0.848-0.933) and 0.865 (0.819-0.911) for SPECT and planar V

  19. Different dose combinations of bortezomib and dexamethasone in the treatment of relapsed or refractory myeloma: an open-label,observational, multi-center study in China

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    YUAN Zhen-gang; JIN Jie; HUANG Xiao-jun; LI Yan; CHEN Wen-ming; LIU Zhuo-gang; CHEN Xie-qun; SHEN Zhi-xiang; HOU Jian

    2011-01-01

    Background Although previous clinical study revealed that bortezomib combined with dexamethasone had improved the outcomes of relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma (RRMM), the optimal dose combinations of bortezomib and dexamethasone remain unknown. This trial aimed to observe the efficacy and safety of different dose combinations of bortezomib and dexamethasone in the treatment of RRMM patients in China.Methods A total of 168 patients with relapsed multiple myeloma (MM) who were refractory to at lest two prior treatments were enrolled in this multicenter, open-label, non-randomized, prospective clinical trial. Twenty patients received 1.3 mg/m2 of bortezomib twice weekly for 2 weeks of a 3-week cycle for up to 8 cycles and oral or intravenous dexamethasone 20 mg on the day of and after each bortezomib dose (group 1); 66 patients received less than 1.3 mg/m2(0.7-1.0 mg/m2) of bortezomib and dexamethasone 20 mg on the same schedule (group 2); 37 patients received 1.3 mg/m2 of bortezomib and dexamethasone 40 mg (group 3) and 45 patients received less than 1.3 mg/m2 (0.7-1.0 mg/m2)of bortezomib and dexamethasone 40 mg (group 4). The response was evaluated according to the criteria of the European Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation and confirmed by an independent review committee. Adverse events were graded according to the National Cancer Institute Common Toxicity Criteria, version 3.0. Results The median age of groups 1 to 4 was 61,62, 56, and 60 years, respectively. Most patients were in stages Ⅱ/Ⅲ of MM and the most common subtype was IgG The rate of overall response to bortezomib and dexamethasone of group 1 to 4 was 72.2% (13/18), 73.8% (48/65), 78.8% (26/33) and 78.0% (32/41) (P=0.91), including a complete response rate of 22.2% (4/18), 20.0% (13/65), 33.3% (11/33) and 29.3% (12/41) (P=0.67), respectively. There was no statistical significance in time to progression and overall survival among these 4 groups (P >0.05). The most

  20. Multi-Centered Invariants, Plethysm and Grassmannians

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    Motivated by multi-centered black hole solutions of Maxwell-Einstein theories of (super)gravity in D=4 space-time dimensions, we develop some general methods, that can be used to determine all homogeneous invariant polynomials on the irreducible (SL_h(p,R) x G4)-representation (p,R), where p denotes the number of centers, and SL_h(p,R) is the "horizontal" symmetry of the system, acting upon the indices labelling the centers. The black hole electric and magnetic charges sit in the symplectic r...

  1. Design of the PROCON trial : a prospective, randomized multi-center study comparing cervical anterior discectomy without fusion, with fusion or with arthroplasty

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    Bartels, R.H.M.A.; Donk, R.; Wilt, G.J. van der; Grotenhuis, J.A.; Venderink, D.

    2006-01-01

    BACKGROUND: PROCON was designed to assess the clinical outcome, development of adjacent disc disease and costs of cervical anterior discectomy without fusion, with fusion using a stand alone cage and implantation of a Bryan's disc prosthesis. Description of rationale and design of PROCON trial and d

  2. [Investigation of antibiotic resistance patterns and reduced vancomycin susceptibilities of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus isolates: a multi-center study].

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    Çıkman, Aytekin; Aydın, Merve; Gülhan, Barış; Parlak, Mehmet; Gültepe, Bilge; Kalaycı, Yıldız; Bayındır Bilmen, Fulya; Solmaz, Sinem; Özekinci, Tuncer

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    The aims of this study were to determine the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) values of vancomycin, teicoplanin, daptomycin, quinupristin/dalfopristin, linezolid, tigecycline, chloramphenicol, rifampicin, ofloxacin and tetracycline and to investigate the reduced vancomycin susceptibility among methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) strains isolated in hospitals located in different geographical regions of Turkey. A total of 100 MRSA strains isolated from patients (of which 50% were from intensive care units) hospitalized in seven centers in Turkey [Istanbul (n= 15), Ankara (n= 15), Izmir (n= 15), Adana (n= 15), Diyarbakir (n=15), Erzincan (n= 15), Van (n= 10)], between August 2013 - August 2014, were included in the study. Fourty-three strains were isolated from blood, whereas 21 were from lower respiratory tract, 17 from wounds, eight from catheters, six from urine, four from nasal swab and one from cerebrospinal fluid samples. Methicillin resistance of the isolates was determined by using cefoxitin (30 µg) disk with standard disk diffusion method, while the MIC values of other antibiotics were determined with E-test in accordance with the recommendations of Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI). MIC results obtained for quinupristin-dalfopristin (Q/D) were evaluated according to the CLSI criteria used for methicillin-susceptible S.aureus and for tigecycline according to the criteria recommended by the Food and Drug Administration for MRSA. Primarily, agar screening method (ASM) was used for determination of vancomycin-intermediate S.aureus (VISA) and heterogeneous VISA (hVISA) strains. Brain heart infusion agar containing 6 µg/ml vancomycin was used in ASM, and the strains with suspicion of VISA/hVISA were screened by standard E-test and macro E-test methods. All MRSA strains were susceptible to vancomycin, teicoplanin, daptomycin, Q/D and linezolid by E-test method; and their rates of susceptibility for tigecycline

  3. Protocol for the BAG-RECALL clinical trial: a prospective, multi-center, randomized, controlled trial to determine whether a bispectral index-guided protocol is superior to an anesthesia gas-guided protocol in reducing intraoperative awareness with explicit recall in high risk surgical patients

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    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Awareness with explicit recall of intra-operative events is a rare and distressing complication that may lead to severe psychological symptoms. Candidate depth of anesthesia monitors have been developed, partly with the aim of preventing this complication. Despite conflicting results from clinical trials and the lack of incisive validation, such monitors have enjoyed widespread clinical adoption, in particular the bispectral index. The American Society of Anesthesiologists has called for adequately powered and rigorously designed clinical trials to determine whether the use of such monitors decreases the incidence of awareness in various settings. The aim of this study is to determine with increased precision whether incorporating the bispectral index into a structured general anesthesia protocol decreases the incidence of awareness with explicit recall among a subset of surgical patients at increased risk for awareness and scheduled to receive an inhalation gas-based general anesthetic. Methods/Design BAG-RECALL is a multi-center, randomized, controlled clinical trial, in which 6,000 patients are being assigned to bispectral index-guided anesthesia (target range, 40 to 60 or end-tidal anesthetic gas-guided anesthesia (target range, 0.7 to 1.3 age-adjusted minimum alveolar concentration. Postoperatively, patients are being assessed for explicit recall at two intervals (0 to 72 hours, and 30 days after extubation. The primary outcome of the trial is awareness with explicit recall. Secondary outcomes include postoperative mortality, psychological symptoms, intensive care and hospital length of stay, average anesthetic gas administration, postoperative pain and nausea and vomiting, duration of stay in the recovery area, intra-operative dreaming, and postoperative delirium. Discussion This trial has been designed to complement two other clinical trials: B-Unaware and MACS (ClinicalTrials.gov numbers, NCT00281489 and NCT00689091

  4. Multi-center feasibility study evaluating recruitment, variability in risk factors and biomarkers for a diet and cancer cohort in India

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    McAdams Mary J; Reddy K; Kapur Kavita; Graubard Barry I; Ramakrishnan Lakshmy; Morrissey Kerry; George Preethi S; Ferrucci Leah M; Shetty Hemali; Yurgalevitch Susan; Devasenapathy Niveditha; Daniel Carrie R; Sinha Rashmi; Rastogi Tanuja; Chatterjee Nilanjan

    2011-01-01

    Abstract Background India's population exhibits diverse dietary habits and chronic disease patterns. Nutritional epidemiologic studies in India are primarily of cross-sectional or case-control design and subject to biases, including differential recall of past diet. The aim of this feasibility study was to evaluate whether a diet-focused cohort study of cancer could be established in India, providing insight into potentially unique diet and lifestyle exposures. Methods Field staff contacted 7...

  5. The effect of water fluoride concentration on dental caries and fluorosis in five Iran provinces: A multi-center two-phase study

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    Gholamhossein Ramezani

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    Conclusion: Extremely low fluoride levels in Iran cities are an alarming finding and need attention. Higher fluoride is likely to reduce dental caries while increasing fluorosis. This finding was not confirmed in all the areas studied.

  6. Multi-center feasibility study evaluating recruitment, variability in risk factors and biomarkers for a diet and cancer cohort in India

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background India's population exhibits diverse dietary habits and chronic disease patterns. Nutritional epidemiologic studies in India are primarily of cross-sectional or case-control design and subject to biases, including differential recall of past diet. The aim of this feasibility study was to evaluate whether a diet-focused cohort study of cancer could be established in India, providing insight into potentially unique diet and lifestyle exposures. Methods Field staff contacted 7,064 households within three regions of India (New Delhi, Mumbai, and Trivandrum and found 4,671 eligible adults aged 35-69 years. Participants completed interviewer-administered questionnaires (demographic, diet history, physical activity, medical/reproductive history, tobacco/alcohol use, and occupational history, and staff collected biological samples (blood, urine, and toenail clippings, anthropometric measurements (weight, standing and sitting height; waist, hip, and thigh circumference; triceps, sub-scapula and supra-patella skin fold, and blood pressure measurements. Results Eighty-eight percent of eligible subjects completed all questionnaires and 67% provided biological samples. Unique protein sources by region were fish in Trivandrum, dairy in New Delhi, and pulses (legumes in Mumbai. Consumption of meat, alcohol, fast food, and soft drinks was scarce in all three regions. A large percentage of the participants were centrally obese and had elevated blood glucose levels. New Delhi participants were also the least physically active and had elevated lipids levels, suggesting a high prevalence of metabolic syndrome. Conclusions A high percentage of participants complied with study procedures including biological sample collection. Epidemiologic expertise and sufficient infrastructure exists at these three sites in India to successfully carry out a modest sized population-based study; however, we identified some potential problems in conducting a cohort

  7. The prognostic value of pimonidazole and tumour pO2 in human cervix carcinomas after radiation therapy: a prospective international multi-center study

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    Nordsmark, Marianne; Loncaster, Julie; Aquino-Parsons, Christina;

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    BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Hypoxia adversely affects treatment outcome in human uterine cervical cancer. Here, we present the results of a prospective international multi-centre study evaluating the prognostic value of pre-treatment tumour oxygen partial pressure (pO(2)) and the hypoxia marker...

  8. Amelia : A Multi-Center Descriptive Epidemiologic Study in a Large Dataset from the International Clearinghouse for Birth Defects Surveillance and Research, and Overview of the Literature

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    Bermejo-Sanchez, Eva; Cuevas, Lourdes; Amar, Emmanuelle; Bakker, Marian K.; Bianca, Sebastiano; Bianchi, Fabrizio; Canfield, Mark A.; Castilla, Eduardo E.; Clementi, Maurizio; Cocchi, Guido; Feldkamp, Marcia L.; Landau, Danielle; Leoncini, Emanuele; Li, Zhu; Lowry, R. Brian; Mastroiacovo, Pierpaolo; Mutchinick, Osvaldo M.; Rissmann, Anke; Ritvanen, Annukka; Scarano, Gioacchino; Siffel, Csaba; Szabova, Elena; Martinez-Frias, Maria-Luisa

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    This study describes the epidemiology of congenital amelia (absence of limb/s), using the largest series of cases known to date. Data were gathered by 20 surveillance programs on congenital anomalies, all International Clearinghouse for Birth Defects Surveillance and Research members, from all conti

  9. Erectile Dysfunction in Chronic Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome: Outcomes from a Multi-Center Study and Risk Factor Analysis in a Single Center

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    Chen, Xin; Wang, Zhu; Chen, Shengfu; Yang, Qiyun; Wan, Zi; Han, Dayu; Xiao, Haipeng; Sun, Xiangzhou; Deng, Chunhua

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of erectile dysfunction (ED) in patients with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) and explore the influence of UPOINT domains, National Institutes of Health-CP symptom index (NIH-CPSI) and other factors on ED prevalence. This was a prospective study of consecutive patients with CP/CPPS seen at 11 tertiary hospitals during January–July 2014. ED was diagnosed as a score ofclinical examination, asocio-demographic questionnaire, the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ), the Pain Catastrophizing Scale (PCS), NIH-CPSI and IIEF-5.1406 patients from 11 centers (mean age, 32.18 years; range 18–60 years) were enrolled. ED was found in 638/1406 patients (45.4%), and was categorized as mild in 291(45.6%), moderate in 297(46.6%) and severe in50(7.7%). 192 patients from one center(mean age,31.3 years; range 18–57 years) were further studied.IIEF-5 score correlated negatively with NIH-CPSI(r = 0.251), PHQ (r = 0.355) and PCS (r = 0.322)scores (P<0.001).PHQ score correlated positively with NIH-CPSI (r = 0.586) and PCS(r = 0.662) scores (P<0.001).NIH-CPSI, PHQ, PCS and IIEF-5 scores did not differ significantly between class IIIA and IIIB CP/CPPS. Multivariate logistic regression showed that UPOINT psychological (P) domain and NIH-CPSI symptom severity were independent risk factors for ED in CP/CPPS. It is concluded that psychological factors and symptom severity are independent risk factors for ED in CP/CPPS. PMID:27120096

  10. Switching from Methylphenidate-Immediate Release (MPH-IR) to Methylphenidate-OROS (OROS-MPH): A Multi-center, Open-label Study in Korea

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    Kim, Bung-Nyun; Kim, Ye-Ni; Cheong, Un-Sun; Kim, Jae-Won; Hwang, Jun-Won; Shin, Min-Sup; Cho, Soo-Churl; ,

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    Objective The objective of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of methylphenidate HCL OROS extended-release (OROS-MPH) among children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who had been previously treated with methylphenidate HCL immediate-release (MPH-IR). Methods The sample included 102 children aged 6-12 (9.4±2.6) years who had been diagnosed with ADHD according the criteria of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-Fourth Edition (DSM-IV; Am...

  11. Intense pulsed light, near infrared pulsed light, and fractional laser combination therapy for skin rejuvenation in Asian subjects: a prospective multi-center study in China.

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    Tao, Li; Wu, Jiaqiang; Qian, Hui; Lu, Zhong; Li, Yuanhong; Wang, Weizhen; Zhao, Xiaozhong; Tu, Ping; Yin, Rui; Xiang, Leihong

    2015-09-01

    Ablative skin rejuvenation therapies have limitations for Asian people, including post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and long down time. Non-ablative lasers are safer but have limited efficacy. This study is to investigate the safety and efficacy of a combination therapy consisting of intense pulsed light (IPL), near infrared (NIR) light, and fractional erbium YAG (Er:YAG) laser for skin rejuvenation in Asian people. This study recruited 113 subjects from six sites in China. Subjects were randomly assigned to a full-face group, who received combination therapy, and split-face groups, in which one half of the face received combination therapy and the other half received IPL monotherapy. Each subject received five treatment sessions during a period of 90 days. Subjects were followed up at 1 and 3 months post last treatment. Three months after last treatment, the full-face group (n = 57) had a global improvement rate of 29 % and 29 % for wrinkles, 32 % for skin texture, 33 % for pigment spots, 28 % for pore size, respectively. For patients in the split-face groups (n = 54), monotherapy side had a global improvement rate of 23 % and 20 % for wrinkles, 27 % for skin texture, 25 % for pigment spots, 25 % for pore size, respectively. Both combination therapy and monotherapy resulted in significant improvements at the follow-up visits compared to baseline (P IPL monotherapy for skin rejuvenation in Asian people. PMID:26266401

  12. Application of an interstitial and biodegradable balloon system for prostate-rectum separation during prostate cancer radiotherapy: a prospective multi-center study

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    Rectal toxicity presents a significant limiting factor in prostate radiotherapy regimens. This study evaluated the safety and efficacy of an implantable and biodegradable balloon specifically designed to protect rectal tissue during radiotherapy by increasing the prostate–rectum interspace. Balloons were transperineally implanted, under transrectal ultrasound guidance, into the prostate–rectum interspace in 27 patients with localized prostate cancer scheduled to undergo radiotherapy. Patients underwent two simulations for radiotherapy planning--the first simulation before implant, and the second simulation seven days post implant. The balloon position, the dimensions of the prostate, and the distance between the prostate and rectum were evaluated by CT/US examinations 1 week after the implant, weekly during the radiotherapy period, and at 3 and 6 months post implant. Dose-volume histograms of pre and post implantation were compared. Adverse events were recorded throughout the study period. Four of 27 patients were excluded from the evaluation. One was excluded due to a technical failure during implant, and three patients were excluded because the balloon prematurely deflated. The balloon status was evaluated for the duration of the radiotherapy period in 23 patients. With the balloon implant, the distance between the prostate and rectum increased 10-fold, from a mean 0.22 ± 0.2 cm to 2.47 ± 0.47 cm. During the radiotherapy period the balloon length changed from 4.25 ± 0.49 cm to 3.81 ± 0.84 cm and the balloon height from 1.86 ± 0.24 cm to 1.67 ± 0.22 cm. But the prostate-rectum interspace distance remained constant from beginning to end of radiotherapy: 2.47 ± 0.47 cm and 2.41 ± 0.43 cm, respectively. A significant mean reduction in calculated rectal radiation exposure was achieved. The implant procedure was well tolerated. The adverse events included mild pain at the perineal skin and in the anus. Three patients experienced acute urinary retention

  13. Usefulness of [18F]FDG-PET in diagnosis of bone and soft tissue tumors. Study with multi-center survey by questionnaire

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    In the aspect of future additional approval of [18F]fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) diagnosis of the title tumors in the health insurance, its usefulness was studied by questionnaire to 18 facilities, where PET had been conducted for those tumors in the period July, 2005-February, 2006. Major questions concerned the purpose and finding of PET, findings by other imaging and by tumor markers, and judgment of PET effectiveness compared with other imaging (more useful, equally or less, and its reason). Subjects were 75 cases (42 males, 33 females; 3-82 years old) in 20 diseases, which involved 21 cases of osteosarcoma, 7 of leiomyosarcoma, 8 of Ewing sarcoma, 6 of liposarcoma, 5 of hemangiosarcoma, 4 of synovial sarcoma, each 3 of rhabdomyosarcoma, giant cell tumor, Schwannoma, malignant fibrous histiocytoma, each 2 of chondrosarcoma, alveolar soft part sarcoma, each one of epithelioid sarcoma, endometrial storomal sarcoma, hibernoma, fibrosarcoma, multiple osteochondroma, sacral chondroma, Langerhans cell histiocytosis and neurofibromatosis. Obtained were the judgments of highly useful in 5 diseases, fairly useful in 4, useful in 3, and useful/inconclusive due to the only one case in 8. FDG-PET was thus found useful in all diseases examined. (R.T.)

  14. Effects of heat and moisture exchangers on tracheal mucociliary clearance in laryngectomized patients: a multi-center case-control study.

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    van den Boer, C; Muller, S H; van der Noort, V; Olmos, R A Valdés; Minni, A; Parrilla, C; Hilgers, F J M; van den Brekel, M W M; van der Baan, S

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    After total laryngectomy, inspired air is no longer optimally conditioned by the upper airways. Impaired mucociliary clearance and histological changes of respiratory epithelium, such as loss of ciliated cells, have been described in laryngectomized patients. Heat and moisture exchangers (HMEs) are passive humidifiers that re-condition the inspired air. Aim of this study was to assess the effect of HMEs on tracheal epithelium and tracheal mucus transport velocity (TMV). Tracheal brush biopsies were collected in three groups of TLE patients: 21 long-term HME users, 10 non-HME users, and 16 non-HME users before and after 4-9 months HME use. Tracheal epithelium biopsies were assessed using a digital high-speed camera mounted onto a light microscope. TMV was determined by scintigraphy in the first two patient groups. Significantly more ciliated cells were found in HME users compared to non-HME users (p = 0.05). TMV was higher in HME users (median 2 mm/min; 0-7.9) compared to non-HME users (median 0.8 mm/min; 0-12.3), but this difference was not significant (p = 0.37). One-hour breathing without HME in long-term HME users did not measurably decrease TMV (p = 0.13). The long-term use of an HME restores/prevents the loss of tracheal ciliated cells. A significant improvement in TMV was not found. Short-term (one hour) detachment of an HME has no measurable effect on TMV. PMID:25338182

  15. Multi-Centered Invariants, Plethysm and Grassmannians

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    Motivated by multi-centered black hole solutions of Maxwell-Einstein theories of (super)gravity in D=4 space-time dimensions, we develop some general methods, that can be used to determine all homogeneous invariant polynomials on the irreducible (SL_h(p,R) x G4)-representation (p,R), where p denotes the number of centers, and SL_h(p,R) is the "horizontal" symmetry of the system, acting upon the indices labelling the centers. The black hole electric and magnetic charges sit in the symplectic representation R of the generalized electric-magnetic (U-)duality group G4. We start with an algebraic approach based on classical invariant theory, using Schur polynomials and the Cauchy formula. Then, we perform a geometric analysis, involving Grassmannians, Pluecker coordinates, and exploiting Bott's Theorem. We focus on non-degenerate groups G4 "of type E7" relevant for (super)gravities whose (vector multiplets') scalar manifold is a symmetric space. In the triality-symmetric stu model of N=2 supergravity, we explicitl...

  16. Efficacy and Safety of Vitamin E Capsules in the Treatment of Chloasma: A Multi-Center, Randomized and Open Clinical Trial%天然维生素E胶丸治疗黄褐斑有效性与安全性的多中心随机开放临床观察

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    余土根; 郑敏; 方红; 郑益志; 刘伦飞; 丁颖果

    2012-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the efficacy and safety of vitamin E for the treatment of chloasma. Methods A multi-center,randomized and open clinical study was conducted. Seventy-nine patients with chloasma were treated with oral vitamin E 100mg,3 times daily for 12 weeks. In the treatment of 4 weeks,8 weeks and 12 weeks respectively, the subside and efficacy of skin lesions in patients were evaluated by MASI (melasma area and severity index) evaluation standard. Results Before and after treatment for 4 weeks,8 weeks and 12 weeks, the difference of MASI score were significant (P< 0.001). The total effective rate was 81.01%, about 1/5 of patients improved in the fourth weeks of treatment, and more than half of the patients obtained apparent effect in the treatment of eighth week. No serious adverse effect was foud during the observation. Conclusion The treatment for melasma with vitamin E is safe and effective.%目的 探讨天然维生素E胶丸治疗黄褐斑的有效性,并观察其安全性.方法 采用多中心、随机、开放临床研究的方法,对79例黄褐斑患者应用天然维生素E胶丸100mg,3次/d,口服治疗,疗程12周,并在治疗第4周,8周和12周随访,按照MASI评判标准评价皮损消退情况.结果 治疗前、治疗后4周、8周与12周MASI评分比较差异均有统计学意义(P均<0.001),有效率为81.01%,约1/5的患者在治疗第4周皮损出现改善,且半数以上的患者在治疗第8周取得明显治疗效果,临床观察期间未发现任何明显的不良反应.结论 使用天然维生素E胶丸治疗黄褐斑是安全有效的方法.

  17. Clinical Effect of Antioxidant Glasses Containing Extracts of Medicinal Plants in Patients with Dry Eye Disease: A Multi-Center, Prospective, Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial.

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    Full Text Available To investigate the clinical efficacy and safety of wearable antioxidant glasses containing extracts of medicinal plants in patients with mild dry eye disease (DED.Fifty patients with mild DED were randomly assigned to wear either extracts of antioxidant medicinal plants containing (N = 25 or placebo glasses (N = 25. Patients wore the glasses for 15 min three times daily. The ocular surface disease index (OSDI score, tear film break up time (BUT, and Schirmer's test were evaluated and compared within the group and between the groups at baseline, 4 weeks, and 8 weeks after treatment.OSDI score and tear film BUT were significantly improved in the treatment group at 4 and 8 weeks after wearing glasses (all P < 0.001. Compared to the placebo group, the OSDI scores were significantly lower in the treatment group at 8 weeks (P = 0.007. The results of the Schirmer's test showed significant improvement in the treatment group at 4 weeks (P = 0.035, however there were no significant differences between the other groups or within the groups. No adverse events were reported during the study.Antioxidant glasses containing extracts of medicinal plants were effective in improving in DED both subjectively and objectively. Wearing antioxidants glasses might be a safe and adjunctive therapeutic option for DED.ISRCTN registry 71217488.

  18. Regional Gray Matter Atrophy in Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis: Baseline Analysis of Multi-Center Data

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    Regional gray matter (GM) atrophy in multiple sclerosis (MS) at disease onset and its temporal variation can provide objective information regarding disease evolution. An automated pipeline for estimating atrophy of various GM structures was developed using tensor based morphometry (TBM) and implemented on a multi-center sub-cohort of 1008 relapsing remitting MS (RRMS) patients enrolled in a Phase 3 clinical trial. Four hundred age and gender matched healthy controls were used for comparison....

  19. The Multi-Center Airborne Coherent Atmospheric Wind Sensor, MACAWS

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    Rothermel, Jeffry; Cutten, Dean R.; Hardesty, R. Michael; Menzies, Robert T.; Howell, James; Johnson, Steven C.; Tratt, David M.; Olivier, Lisa D.; Banta, Robert M.

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    In 1992 the atmospheric lidar remote sensing groups of the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, NOAA Environmental Technology Laboratory, and Jet Propulsion Laboratory began a joint collaboration to develop an airborne high-energy Doppler laser radar (lidar) system for atmospheric research and satellite validation and simulation studies. The result is the Multi-center Airborne Coherent Atmospheric Wind Sensor, MACAWS, which has the capability to remotely sense the distribution of wind and absolute aerosol backscatter in the troposphere and lower stratosphere. A factor critical to the programmatic feasibility and technical success of this collaboration has been the utilization of existing components and expertise which were developed for previous atmospheric research by the respective institutions. The motivation for the MACAWS program Is three-fold: to obtain fundamental measurements of sub-synoptic scale processes and features which may be used as a basis to improve sub-grid scale parameterizations in large-scale models; to obtain similar datasets in order to improve the understanding and predictive capabilities on the mesoscale; and to validate (simulate) the performance of existing (planned) satellite-borne sensors. Examples of the latter include participation in the validation of the NASA Scatterometer and the assessment of prospective satellite Doppler lidar for global tropospheric wind measurement. Initial flight tests were made in September 1995; subsequent flights were made in June 1996 following improvements. This paper describes the MACAWS instrument, principles of operation, examples of measurements over the eastern Pacific Ocean and western United States, and future applications.

  20. Multi-center airborne coherent atmospheric wind sensor (MACAWS)

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    Rothermel, J. [NASA Global Hydrology and Climate Center, Huntsville, AL (United States); Menzies, R.T.; Tratt, D.M. [California Inst. of Technology, Pasadena, CA (United States)

    1996-11-01

    The Multi-center Airborne Coherent Atmospheric Wind Sensor (MACAWS) is an airborne scanning coherent Doppler lidar designed to acquire remote multi-dimensional measurements of winds and absolute aerosol backscatter in the troposphere and lower stratosphere. These measurements enable study of atmospheric dynamic processes and features at scales of motion that may be undersampled by, or may be beyond the capability of, existing or planned sensors. MACAWS capabilities enable more realistic assessments of concepts in global tropospheric wind measurement with satellite Doppler lidar, as well as a unique capability to validate the NASA Scatterometer currently scheduled for launch in late 1996. MACAWS consists of a Joule-class CO{sub 2} coherent Doppler lidar on a ruggedized optical table, a programmable scanner to direct the lidar beam in the desired direction, and a dedicated inertial navigation system to account for variable aircraft attitude and speed. MACAWS was flown for the first time in September 1995, over the eastern Pacific Ocean and western US. 33 refs., 2 figs.

  1. Prospective multi-center trial utilizing electronic brachytherapy for the treatment of endometrial cancer

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    A modified form of high dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy has been developed called Axxent Electronic Brachytherapy (EBT). EBT uses a kilovolt X-ray source and does not require treatment in a shielded vault or a HDR afterloader unit. A multi-center clinical study was carried out to evaluate the success of treatment delivery, safety and toxicity of EBT in patients with endometrial cancer. A total of 15 patients with stage I or II endometrial cancer were enrolled at 5 sites. Patients were treated with vaginal EBT alone or in combination with external beam radiation. The prescribed doses of EBT were successfully delivered in all 15 patients. From the first fraction through 3 months follow-up, there were 4 CTC Grade 1 adverse events and 2 CTC Grade II adverse events reported that were EBT related. The mild events reported were dysuria, vaginal dryness, mucosal atrophy, and rectal bleeding. The moderate treatment related adverse events included dysuria, and vaginal pain. No Grade III or IV adverse events were reported. The EBT system performed well and was associated with limited acute toxicities. EBT shows acute results similar to HDR brachytherapy. Additional research is needed to further assess the clinical efficacy and safety of EBT in the treatment of endometrial cancer

  2. Prospective multi-center trial utilizing electronic brachytherapy for the treatment of endometrial cancer

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background A modified form of high dose rate (HDR brachytherapy has been developed called Axxent Electronic Brachytherapy (EBT. EBT uses a kilovolt X-ray source and does not require treatment in a shielded vault or a HDR afterloader unit. A multi-center clinical study was carried out to evaluate the success of treatment delivery, safety and toxicity of EBT in patients with endometrial cancer. Methods A total of 15 patients with stage I or II endometrial cancer were enrolled at 5 sites. Patients were treated with vaginal EBT alone or in combination with external beam radiation. Results The prescribed doses of EBT were successfully delivered in all 15 patients. From the first fraction through 3 months follow-up, there were 4 CTC Grade 1 adverse events and 2 CTC Grade II adverse events reported that were EBT related. The mild events reported were dysuria, vaginal dryness, mucosal atrophy, and rectal bleeding. The moderate treatment related adverse events included dysuria, and vaginal pain. No Grade III or IV adverse events were reported. The EBT system performed well and was associated with limited acute toxicities. Conclusions EBT shows acute results similar to HDR brachytherapy. Additional research is needed to further assess the clinical efficacy and safety of EBT in the treatment of endometrial cancer.

  3. Traditional invasive vs. minimally invasive esophagectomy: a multi-center, randomized trial (TIME-trial

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background There is a rise in incidence of esophageal carcinoma due to increasing incidence of adenocarcinoma. Probably the only curative option to date is the use of neoadjuvant therapy followed by surgical resection. Traditional open esophageal resection is associated with a high morbidity and mortality rate. Furthermore, this approach involves long intensive care unit stay, in-hospital stay and long recovery period. Minimally invasive esophagectomy could reduce the morbidity and accelerate the post-operative recovery. Methods/Design Comparison between traditional open and minimally invasive esophagectomy in a multi-center, randomized trial. Patients with a resectable intrathoracic esophageal carcinoma, including the gastro-esophageal junction tumors (Siewert I are eligible for inclusion. Prior thoracic surgery and cervical esophageal carcinoma are indications for exclusion. The surgical technique involves a right thoracotomy with lung blockade and laparotomy either with a cervical or thoracic anastomosis for the traditional group. The minimally invasive procedure involves a right thoracoscopy in prone position with a single lumen tube and laparoscopy either with a cervical or thoracic anastomosis. All patients in both groups will undergo identical pre-operative and post-operative protocol. Primary endpoint of this study are post-operative respiratory complications within the first two post-operative weeks confirmed by clinical, radiological and sputum culture data. Secondary endpoints are the operative data, the post-operative data and oncological data such as quality of the specimen and survival. Operative data include duration of the operation, blood loss and conversion to open procedure. Post-operative data include morbidity (major and minor, quality of life tests and hospital stay. Based on current literature and the experience of all participating centers, an incidence of pulmonary complications for 57% in the traditional arm

  4. The Multi-center Airborne Coherent Atmospheric Wind Sensor.

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    Rothermel, Jeffry; Cutten, Dean R.; Hardesty, R. Michael; Menzies, Robert T.; Howell, James N.; Johnson, Steven C.; Tratt, David M.; Olivier, Lisa D.; Banta, Robert M.

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    In 1992 the atmospheric lidar remote sensing groups of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Marshall Space Flight Center, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Environmental Technology Laboratory (NOAA/ETL), and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory began a joint collaboration to develop an airborne high-energy Doppler laser radar (lidar) system for atmospheric research and satellite validation and simulation studies. The result is the Multi-center Airborne Coherent Atmospheric Wind Sensor (MACAWS), which has the capability to remotely sense the distribution of wind and absolute aerosol backscatter in three-dimensional volumes in the troposphere and lower stratosphere.A factor critical to the programmatic feasibility and technical success of this collaboration has been the utilization of existing components and expertise that were developed for previous atmospheric research by the respective institutions. For example, the laser transmitter is that of the mobile ground-based Doppler lidar system developed and used in atmospheric research for more than a decade at NOAA/ETL.The motivation for MACAWS is threefold: 1) to obtain fundamental measurements of subsynoptic-scale processes and features to improve subgrid-scale parameterizations in large-scale models, 2) to obtain datasets in order to improve the understanding of and predictive capabilities for meteorological systems on subsynoptic scales, and 3) to validate (simulate) the performance of existing (planned) satellite-borne sensors.Initial flight tests were made in September 1995; subsequent flights were made in June 1996 following system improvements. This paper describes the MACAWS instrument, principles of operation, examples of measurements over the eastern Pacific Ocean and western United States, and future applications.

  5. Multi-Center MRI Carotid Plaque Component Segmentation Using Feature Normalization and Transfer Learning.

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    van Engelen, Arna; van Dijk, Anouk C; Truijman, Martine T B; Van't Klooster, Ronald; van Opbroek, Annegreet; van der Lugt, Aad; Niessen, Wiro J; Kooi, M Eline; de Bruijne, Marleen

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    Automated segmentation of plaque components in carotid artery magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is important to enable large studies on plaque vulnerability, and for incorporating plaque composition as an imaging biomarker in clinical practice. Especially supervised classification techniques, which learn from labeled examples, have shown good performance. However, a disadvantage of supervised methods is their reduced performance on data different from the training data, for example on images acquired with different scanners. Reducing the amount of manual annotations required for each new dataset will facilitate widespread implementation of supervised methods. In this paper we segment carotid plaque components of clinical interest (fibrous tissue, lipid tissue, calcification and intraplaque hemorrhage) in a multi-center MRI study. We perform voxelwise tissue classification by traditional same-center training, and compare results with two approaches that use little or no annotated same-center data. These approaches additionally use an annotated set of different-center data. We evaluate 1) a nonlinear feature normalization approach, and 2) two transfer-learning algorithms that use same and different-center data with different weights. Results showed that the best results were obtained for a combination of feature normalization and transfer learning. While for the other approaches significant differences in voxelwise or mean volume errors were found compared with the reference same-center training, the proposed approach did not yield significant differences from that reference. We conclude that both extensive feature normalization and transfer learning can be valuable for the development of supervised methods that perform well on different types of datasets. PMID:25532205

  6. Effects of galantamine on attention and memory in Alzheimer's disease measured by computerized neuropsychological tests: results of the Brazilian Multi-Center Galantamine Study (GAL-BRA-01) Efeitos da galantamina sobre a memória e a atenção na doença de Alzheimer medidos por testes neuropsicológicos computadorizados: resultados do Estudo Multicêntrico com Galantamina (GAL-BRA-01)

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    Paulo Caramelli; Márcia L. F. Chaves; Eliasz Engelhardt; João Carlos B. Machado; Rodrigo R. Schultz; Francisco A.C. Vale; Helenice Charchat-Fichman

    2004-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of galantamine on the performance of patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease (AD) in a computerized neuropsychological test battery (CNTB). METHOD: Thirty-three patients with probable AD were treated with galantamine for three months and evaluated in a prospective, open-label, multi-center study. The CNTB and the ADAS-Cog were administered at baseline and after 12 weeks. The CNTB includes reaction time tests to evaluate attention, implicit and ...

  7. Efficacy and safety of ecabet sodium on functional dyspepsia :A prospective, double-blinded, randomized, multi-center controlled trial

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    Jun Haeng Lee; Soo Teik Lee; Eun Hyun Lee; Jong Chul Rhee; Jae J Kim; Ki-Baik Hahm; Dong Ho Lee; Nayoung Kim; Sung Kook Kim; Jong Jae Park; Seok Reyol Choi; Jong Hun Lee

    2006-01-01

    AIM: To compare ecabet sodium and cimetidine in relieving symptoms of functional dyspepsia.METHODS: We performed a multi-center, prospective,randomized, double-blinded controlled trial to compare the clinical efficacy of ecabet sodium and cimetidine in patients with functional dyspepsia. Two-hundred and seventy-two patients with dyspeptic symptoms fulfilling the Rome-Ⅱ criteria were enrolled from 7 centers. In the study group (115 patients), 1.5 g ecabet sodium was given twice a day. In the control group (121 patients),400 mg cimetidine was given twice a day. Symptoms and parameters of quality of life were analyzed at baseline, 3,14, and 28 d after initiating the treatment.RESULTS: Two-hundred and thirty-six patients completed the clinical trial. After 4 wk of treatment,the rates of improvement in patients with dyspeptic symptoms were not different between two groups (77.4% in the ecabet group and 79.3% in the cimetidine group, respectively, P > 0.05). Likewise, the rates of symptomatic improvement were not different at 3 d and 14 d. The parameters of quality of life did not change significantly during the study period in both groups.There was no clinically significant adverse event in both groups.CONCLUSION: In patients with functional dyspepsia,ecabet sodium has similar clinical efficacy with cimetidine.

  8. The efficacy and safety of bupropion sustained-release formulation for the treatment of major depressive disorder: a multi-center, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study in Asian patients

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    Full Text Available Yoshifumi Koshino,1 Won-Myong Bahk,2 Hideaki Sakai,3 Takayuki Kobayashi4 1Iris Medical Clinic, Kanazawa University, Ishikawa, Japan; 2Yeouido St Mary’s Hospital, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, South Korea; 3Meguro Station East Mental Clinic, Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan; 4Medicines Development (Neurosciences, Development and Medical Affairs, GlaxoSmithKline, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan Abstract: This study was conducted to compare the efficacy and safety of bupropion sustained-release (SR formulation orally administered at daily doses of 150 mg/day (once daily and 300 mg/day (150 mg twice daily for 8 weeks versus placebo in Asian patients with major depressive disorder. The mean change from baseline in Montgomery–Åsberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS total score at week 8 was compared between each of the bupropion SR dose groups and the placebo group using an analysis of covariance with the multiplicity adjustment by Dunnett’s step-down procedure. A total of 569 subjects met all of the inclusion criteria and proceeded to the treatment phase. The subjects proceeding to the treatment phase included 454 Japanese patients and 115 Korean patients. There was no statistically significant difference between each of the bupropion SR dose groups and the placebo group in the primary efficacy endpoint of change from baseline in MADRS total score at week 8. Similar results were generally obtained for all of the secondary efficacy endpoints. The secondary analysis and the other subgroup analysis did not show a statistically significant difference in efficacy. There was no substantial difference in the type, severity, and incidence of adverse events (AEs between the bupropion SR dose groups and the placebo group, which indicates a favorable safety profile for bupropion SR. There were no significant findings in subjects treated with bupropion SR in regard to sexual dysfunction, weight change, and withdrawal syndrome, which are frequently recognized as

  9. ICA-based artifact removal diminishes scan site differences in multi-center resting-state fMRI

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    R.A. Feis (Rogier A.); S.M. Smith (Stephen); N. Filippini (Nicola); G. Douaud (Gwenaëlle); E.G.P. Dopper (Elise); V. Heise (Verena); A.J. Trachtenberg (Aaron J.); J.C. van Swieten (John); M.A. van Buchem (Mark); S.A.R.B. Rombouts (Serge); C.E. Mackay (Clare E.)

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    textabstractResting-state fMRI (R-fMRI) has shown considerable promise in providing potential biomarkers for diagnosis, prognosis and drug response across a range of diseases. Incorporating R-fMRI into multi-center studies is becoming increasingly popular, imposing technical challenges on data acqui

  10. A multi-center, double-blind, randomized, parallel group study to evaluate the effects of two different doses of losartan on morbidity and mortality in Chinese patients with symptomatic heart failure intolerant of angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor t%A multi-center, double-blind, randomized, parallel group study to evaluate the effects of two different doses of losartan on morbidity and mortality in Chinese patients with symptomatic heart failure intolerant of angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor treatment

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    HU Da-yi; HUANG Jun; CAI Nai-sheng; ZHU Wen-ling; LI Yi-shi; Rachid Massaad; Mary E.Hanson; Kenneth Dickstein

    2012-01-01

    Background There have been no mortality/morbidity endpoint studies with losartan in Chinese heart failure patients.The objective was to evaluate the effects of high-dose vs.low-dose losartan on clinical outcomes in Chinese subjects with heart failure.Methods This study was a post hoc analysis of the Heart failure Endpoint evaluation of Angiotensin Ⅱ Antagonist losartan (HEAAL)trial (n=545).Chinese adults with symptomatic heart failure (New York Heart Association (NYHA) Ⅱ-Ⅳ)intolerant of treatment with angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors were randomized to losartan 150 mg or 50 mg daily.The primary endpoint was the composite event rate of all-cause death or hospitalization for heart failure.Safety and tolerability were assessed.Results Median follow-up was 4.8 years.Baseline characteristics were generally similar to the overall HEAAL cohort.Overall,120 (44.1%) subjects in the losartan 150 mg group and 137 (50.2%) subjects in the losartan 50 mg group died (any cause) or were hospitalized for heart failure (hazard ratio (OR) 0.807,95% CI0.631-1.031).There were no notable differences between treatment groups in the proportion of subjects with adverse experiences.Conclusion The results of this post hoc analysis in Chinese subjects,although not powered to show significance,were generally consistent with the main study results,which demonstrated a significantly reduced risk of all cause death or hospitalization for heart failure with daily losartan 150 mg vs.losartan 50 mg in subjects with symptomatic heart failure and intolerance to ACE inhibitors,supporting the use of the higher dose for optimum clinical benefit.

  11. Should I stay or should I go? Understanding families’ decisions regarding initiating, continuing, and terminating health services for managing pediatric obesity: the protocol for a multi-center, qualitative study

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    2012-12-01

    initiation, continuation, and termination of care. Demographic and anthropometric/clinical data will also be collected. Discussion A better understanding of family involvement in pediatric weight management care will help to improve existing health services in this area. Study data will be used in future research to develop a validated survey that clinicians working in pediatric obesity management can use to understand and enhance their own health services delivery.

  12. Peripheral artery disease assessed by ankle-brachial index in patients with established cardiovascular disease or at least one risk factor for atherothrombosis - CAREFUL Study: A national, multi-center, cross-sectional observational study

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background To investigate the presence of peripheral artery disease (PAD via the ankle brachial index (ABI in patients with known cardiovascular and/or cerebrovascular diseases or with at least one risk factor for atherothrombosis. Methods Patients with a history of atherothrombotic events, or aged 50-69 years with at least one cardiovascular risk factor, or > = 70 years of age were included in this multicenter, cross-sectional, non-interventional study (DIREGL04074. Demographics, medical history, physical examination findings, and physician awareness of PAD were analyzed. The number of patients with low ABI ( Results A total of 530 patients (mean age, 63.4 ± 8.7 years; 50.2% female were enrolled. Hypertension and dyslipidemia were present in 88.7% and 65.5% of patients, respectively. PAD-related symptoms were evident in about one-third of the patients, and at least one of the pedal pulses was negative in 6.5% of patients. The frequency of low ABI was 20.0% in the whole study population and 30% for patients older than 70 years. Older age, greater number of total risk factors, and presence of PAD-related physical findings were associated with increased likelihood of low ABI (p Conclusion Our results indicate that advanced age, greater number of total risk factors and presence of PAD-related physical findings were associated with increased likelihood of low ABI. These findings are similar to those reported in similar studies of different populations, and document a fairly high prevalence of PAD in a Mediterranean country.

  13. Children and Clinical Studies: Why Clinical Studies Are Important

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  15. Additional weekly Cetuximab to concurrent chemoradiotherapy in locally advanced non-small cell lung carcinoma: Efficacy and safety outcomes of a randomized, multi-center phase II study investigating

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    Background: Modest benefits from concurrent chemoradiotherapy in patients with locally advanced NSCLC warrant further clinical investigations to identify more effective treatment regimens. Cetuximab, a monoclonal antibody against the epidermal growth factor receptor has shown activity in NSCLC. We report on the safety and efficacy of the combination of daily dose Cisplatin and concurrent radiotherapy with or without weekly Cetuximab. Patients and methods: Patients received high dose accelerated radiotherapy (66 Gy in 24 fractions) and concurrent daily Cisplatin (6 mg/m2) without (Arm A) or with (Arm B) weekly Cetuximab (400 mg/m2 loading dose one week prior to radiotherapy followed by weekly 250 mg/m2). The primary endpoint of the trial was objective local control rate (OLCR) determined at 6–8 weeks after treatment. Toxicity was reported as well. Results: Between February 2009 and May 2011, 102 patients were randomized. Median follow up was 29 months. The OLCR was 84% in Arm A and 92% in Arm B (p = 0.36). The one-year local progression free interval (LPFI) and overall survival (OS) were 69% and 82% for Arm A and 73% and 71% for Arm B, respectively (LPFI p = 0.39; OS p = 0.99). Toxicity compared equally between both groups. Conclusion: The addition of Cetuximab to radiotherapy and concurrent Cisplatin did not improve disease control in patients with locally advanced NSCLC but increased treatment related toxicity

  16. Albumin versus Crystalloid Therapy in the Management of Hepatorenal Syndrome: A Model for using Meta Analysis in Cost Effectiveness Studies and the Design of Clinical Trials

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    Phillips, Kirk T.; Ohsfeldt, Robert; Voigt, Michael

    2003-01-01

    We applied traditional methods of gathering, integrating and summarizing findings of current literature, with new approaches for assessing the cost effectiveness of two treatments for hepatorenal syndrome (HRS). Findings of this cost effectiveness study are used to form a proposal for a multi-center prospective clinical trial, to assess the economic and clinical benefits of albumen versus crystalloid therapy in the care of these patients. Our initial findings suggest that albumin therapy is s...

  17. Efficacy and safety of Changfu peritoneal dialysis solution:a multi-center prospective randomized controlled trial

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    ZHOU Jian-hui; NI Zhao-hui; MEI Chang-lin; YU Xue-qing; LIU Fu-you; MIAO Li-ning; LIU Zhi-hong

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    Background A multi-center large scale study is needed to confirm the efficacy and safety of domestic peritoneal dialysis (PD) solutions.Some researchers believe that 6 L/d is enough for adequate dialysis,but there is no multi-center prospective study on Chinese population to confirm this.In this study,we evaluated the efficacy and safety of domestic PD solution (Changfu) and its difference between 6 L and 8 L dosage.Methods Adult PD patients who had taken PD therapy for at least one month were selected and divided into four groups according to two dialysis solution brands and two dialysis dosages,i.e.,6 L dose with Changfu dialysis solution,6 L dose with Baxter dialysis solution,8 L dose with Changfu dialysis solution,and 8 L dose with Baxter dialysis solution.After 48 weeks,the changes of primary and secondary efficacy indices were compared between different types and different dosages.We also analyzed the changes of safety indices.Results Changes of KW from baseline to 48 weeks between Changfu and Baxter showed no statistical differences; so did those of creatinine clearance rate (Ccr).Normalized protein catabolic rate (nPCR) from baseline to 48 weeks between Changfu and Baxter showed no statistical differences; so did those of net ultrafiltration volume (nUF) and estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR).Changes of nPCR from baseline to 48 weeks between 6 L and 8 L showed no statistical differences; so did those of nUF and eGFR.The decline of KW from baseline to 48 weeks in 6 L group was more than that in 8 L group.Change of Ccr was similar.During the 48-week period,the mean Kt/V was above 1.7/w,and mean Ccr was above 50 L·1.73 m-2·w-1.More adverse events were found in Changfu group before Changfu Corporation commenced technology optimization,and the statistical differences disappeared after that.Conclusions The domestic PD solution (Changfu) was proven to be as effective as Baxter dialysis solution.During 48-week period,a dosage of 6 L/d was enough for

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  19. Inter-institution preference-based variability of ejection fraction and volumes using quantitative gated SPECT with Tc-99m tetrofosmin : A multi-center study involving 106 hospitals

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    Nakajima, Kenichi; Nishimura, Tsunehiko

    2006-01-01

    Purpose Inter-institution reproducibility of gated SPECT quantification based on institutional preferences was evaluated. This sort of variability is crucial for a multicentre study when many hospitals are involved. Methods A total of 106 institutes participated in this study and were grouped according to their use of five workstation types. Fifteen sets of 99mTc-tetrofosmin gated projection images with normal ejection fraction (EF) (70%, group A, n=5), borderline low EF (50%, group B, ...

  20. Comparative Evaluation of Friction Resistance of Titanium, Stainless Steel, Ceramic and Ceramic with Metal Insert Brackets with Varying Dimensions of Stainless Steel Wire: An In vitro Multi-center Study

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    Kumar, B Sunil; Miryala, Suresh; Kumar, K Kiran; Shameem, K; Regalla, Ravindra Reddy

    2014-01-01

    Background: The orthodontist seeks an archwire–bracket combination that has both good biocompatibility and low friction. Hence, the aim of this multicenter in vitro study was to evaluate and compare the frictional resistance generated between titanium (Ti), stainless steel (SS), ceramic and ceramic with metal insert (CMI) brackets with SS wires of varying dimensions in a specially designed apparatus. Materials and Methods: The material used in this study were Ti, SS, Ceramic and CMI with 0.018″ slot manufactured with zero degree tip and −7° torque premolar brackets (3M, Unitek) and SS wires of varying dimensions (0.016″ round, 0.016 × 0.016″ square, 0.016 × 0.022″ rectangular and 0.017 × 0.025″ rectangular) used. The frictional resistance was measured using Instron Universal testing machine (Model no. 4301). The specimen population in each center composed each of 160 brackets and wires. Differences among the all bracket/wire combinations were tested using (one-way) ANOVA, followed by the student Newman Keuls multiple comparisons of means ranking (at P < 0.05) for the determination of differences among the groups. Results: Ti bracket in combination with 0.017 × 0.025″ SS rectangular wire produced significant force levels for an optimum orthodontic movement with least frictional resistance. Conclusion: Ti brackets have least resistance and rectangular wires produced significant force. These can be used to avoid hazards of Nickel. SS brackets revealed higher static frictional force values as the wire dimension increased and showed lower static friction than Ti brackets for all wires except the thicker wire. Our study recommends the preclusion of brackets with rough surface texture (Ti brackets) with SS ligature wire for ligating bracket and archwire are better to reduce friction. PMID:25395796

  1. Equal sensitivity of early and late scans after injection of FDG for the detection of Alzheimer pattern. An analysis of 3D PET data from J-ADNI, a multi-center study

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    The objective of this study was to determine the optimal accumulation time for three-dimensional positron emission tomography (3D-PET) with 18F-2-fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose (18F-FDG) to detect the brain uptake pattern typical of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Patients with mild AD or amnestic mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and normal control subjects were recruited in the Japanese Alzheimer's disease neuroimaging initiative and examined with a PET scan during the 30-60 min after FDG injection. Three independent blinded experts interpreted the 30- to 60-min sum images, and images of patients with AD and MCI presenting AD patterns and normal subjects presenting normal patterns were used in the analysis. Early-scan (ES) and late-scan (LS) images were obtained from the data acquired at 30-35 min and 55-60 min after the injection, respectively. Separate target regions of interest (ROI) for ES and LS were defined as areas of significant reductions in the posterior cingulate and parietotemporal lobe in both hemispheres from the results of an initial cohort with 21 patients (AD 16, MCI 5) and 19 controls. A subsequent sample of 36 (AD 9, MCI 27) patients and 38 controls were used to compare the diagnostic capability of ES and LS using Z scores within the target ROI in individual statistical parametric mapping analysis. Compared to LS, ES showed lower activity in the frontal lobes and higher activity in the venous sinus than LS; however, the diagnostic capability of ES and LS did not significantly differ (sensitivity 0.97 and 0.97, specificity 0.82 and 0.84, area under the receiver-operating characteristic curve 0.96 and 0.97, respectively). For a qualitative diagnosis of the AD pattern in 3D FDG-PET, results of ES were equivalent to those of LS. ES may be an option to shorten the entire PET procedure time, particularly in diagnosing early stages of AD. (author)

  2. ICA-based artifact removal diminishes scan site differences in multi-center resting-state fMRI.

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    Rogier Alexander Feis; Smith, Stephen M.; Nicola eFilippini; Gwenaëlle eDouaud; Dopper, Elise G. P.; Verena eHeise; Trachtenberg, Aaron J.; van Swieten, John C.; van Buchem, Mark A; Rombouts, Serge A.R.B.; Mackay, Clare E.

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    Resting-state fMRI (R-fMRI) has shown considerable promise in providing potential biomarkers for diagnosis, prognosis and drug response across a range of diseases. Incorporating R-fMRI into multi-center studies is becoming increasingly popular, imposing technical challenges on data acquisition and analysis, as fMRI data is particularly sensitive to structured noise resulting from hardware, software and environmental differences. Here, we investigated whether a novel clean up tool for structur...

  3. ICA-based artifact removal diminishes scan site differences in multi-center resting-state fMRI

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    Feis, Rogier A.; Smith, Stephen M.; Filippini, Nicola; Douaud, Gwenaëlle; Dopper, Elise G. P.; Heise, Verena; Trachtenberg, Aaron J.; van Swieten, John C.; van Buchem, Mark A; Rombouts, Serge A.R.B.; Mackay, Clare E.

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    Resting-state fMRI (R-fMRI) has shown considerable promise in providing potential biomarkers for diagnosis, prognosis and drug response across a range of diseases. Incorporating R-fMRI into multi-center studies is becoming increasingly popular, imposing technical challenges on data acquisition and analysis, as fMRI data is particularly sensitive to structured noise resulting from hardware, software, and environmental differences. Here, we investigated whether a novel clean up tool for structu...

  4. 注射用牛肺表面活性物质防治新生儿呼吸窘迫综合征多中心调查%Multi-center study on effect of calf pulmonary surfactant in prevention and treatment for neonatal respiratory distress syndrome

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    李文斌; 夏世文; 王琳; 刘汉楚; 程红斌; 谢集建; 刘坚; 常立文

    2013-01-01

    Objective To investigate the efficacy and safety of calf pulmonary surfactant (made in China) in prevention and treatment for neonatal respiratory distress syndrome (NRDS).Methods A prospective,multi-center controlled clinical study was conducted.A total of 256 patients who came from 7 NICUs were enrolled in this study,with 176 cases who were treated with calf pulmonary surfactant as the observation group and 80 cases refused calf pulmonary surfactant as the control group.The clinical data were observed and compared in the 2 groups,including respiration rate,heart rate,blood pressure,transcutaneous oxygen saturation,arterial blood gas analysis,bedside X-ray of the chest at 0 h and 6 h,the use of oxygen,ventilation and nasal continuous positive airway pressure,the incidence of NRDS and complications,and the length of stay hospital and the costs.Results 1.Compared with the control group,in the observation group receiving the calf pulmonary surfactant treatment,the respiratory rate decreased at different time course (all P < 0.01) ;Pa (02) improved significantly at 1 h and 4 h(P < 0.01) ;the incidence of NRDS(26/176 cases vs 32/80 cases),receiving the ventilation (17/176 cases vs 18/80 cases) and oxygen therapy lasting [(15.6 ± 6.7) d vs (12.5 ±4.6) d] decreased significantly(all P < 0.01).2.The differences in the incidence of secondary infection,bronchopulmonary dysplasia,pneumothorax,patent ductus arteriosus closure,retinopathy of premature and brain damage (intracranial hemorrhage,hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy,and periventricular leukomalacia) were not statistically significant between the both groups (all P > 0.05).3.Compared with the control group,in the observation group,the cases of death or the with-drawals declined significantly (20/176 cases vs 25/80 cases),P < 0.01 ; the duration of hospital stay[(35.8 ± 17.4) d vs(42.6 ± 15.7) d] and the costs[(46 568 ± 16 533) yuan vs(56 858 ± 16 334) yuan] were reduced significantly(P <0

  5. Spherical and aspherical photorefractive keratectomy and laser in-situ keratomileusis for moderate to high myopia: two prospective, randomized clinical trials. Summit technology PRK-LASIK study group.

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    Steinert, R F; Hersh, P S

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    OBJECTIVE: Determine the outcomes of single-zone photorefractive keratectomy (SZPRK), aspherical photorefractive keratectomy (ASPRK), and laser in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK) for the correction of myopia between -6 and -12 diopters. DESIGN: Two simultaneous prospective, randomized, multi-center clinical trials. PARTICIPANTS: 286 first-treated eyes of 286 patients enrolled in one of two studies. In Study I, 134 eyes were randomized to SZPRK (58 eyes) or ASPRK (76 eyes). In Study II, 152 eyes w...

  6. Multi-center Airborne Coherent Atmospheric Wind Sensor (MACAWS)

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    Rhothermel, Jeffry; Jones, W. D.; Dunkin, J. A.; McCaul, E. W., Jr.

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    This effort involves development of a calibrated, pulsed coherent CO2 Doppler lidar, followed by a carefully-planned and -executed program of multi-dimensional wind velocity and aerosol backscatter measurements from the NASA DC-8 research aircraft. The lidar, designated as the Multi-center Airborne Coherent Atmospheric Wind Sensor (MACAWS), will be applicable to two research areas. First, MACAWS will enable specialized measurements of atmospheric dynamical processes in the planetary boundary layer and free troposphere in geographic locations and over scales of motion not routinely or easily accessible to conventional sensors. The proposed observations will contribute fundamentally to a greater understanding of the role of the mesoscale, helping to improve predictive capabilities for mesoscale phenomena and to provide insights into improving model parameterizations of sub-grid scale processes within large-scale circulation models. As such, it has the potential to contribute uniquely to major, multi-institutional field programs planned for the mid 1990's. Second, MACAWS measurements can be used to reduce the degree of uncertainty in performance assessments and algorithm development for NASA's prospective Laser Atmospheric Wind Sounder (LAWS), which has no space-based instrument heritage. Ground-based lidar measurements alone are insufficient to address all of the key issues. To minimize costs, MACAWS is being developed cooperatively by the lidar remote sensing groups of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NOAA Wave Propagation Laboratory, and MSFC using existing lidar hardware and manpower resources. Several lidar components have already been exercised in previous airborne lidar programs (for example, MSFC Airborne Doppler Lidar System (ADLS) used in 1981,4 Severe Storms Wind Measurement Program; JPL Airborne Backscatter Lidar Experiment (ABLE) used in 1989,90 Global Backscatter Experiment Survey Missions). MSFC has been given responsibility for directing the overall

  7. Prolactinomas : clinical studies

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    2008-01-01

    Prolactinoma are treated with dopamine agonists, which are effective in reducing prolactin and tumor size. Studies reporting clinical and radiological outcome are scarce. The study described in chapter 2, assesses long-term outcome in patients treated with dopamine agonists for macroprolactinoma. An

  8. Good clinical practice in clinical interventional studies

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    Pieterse, Herman; Diamant, Zuzana

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    Good clinical practice (GCP) guidelines should always be implemented and obeyed in clinical interventional studies. In this mini-review, we will address several burning questions relating to GCP in a concise ‘frequently asked questions’ format.While compliance to current rules and regulations is our mission, we also wish to play devil’s advocate attempting to translate the rules into sizeable chunks using a high dose of common sense.Keywords: clinical interventional studies; quality; safety; ...

  9. Prolactinomas: clinical studies

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    Kars, Marleen

    2008-01-01

    Prolactinoma are treated with dopamine agonists, which are effective in reducing prolactin and tumor size. Studies reporting clinical and radiological outcome are scarce. The study described in chapter 2, assesses long-term outcome in patients treated with dopamine agonists for macroprolactinoma. An increased risk of cardiac valve disease has been reported in patients treated with cabergoline for Parkinson’s disease. Stimulation of serotonin receptors on cardiac valves by dopamine agonists re...

  10. Multi-Center Electronic Structure Calculations for Plasma Equation of State

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    Wilson, B G; Johnson, D D; Alam, A

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    We report on an approach for computing electronic structure utilizing solid-state multi-center scattering techniques, but generalized to finite temperatures to model plasmas. This approach has the advantage of handling mixtures at a fundamental level without the imposition of ad hoc continuum lowering models, and incorporates bonding and charge exchange, as well as multi-center effects in the calculation of the continuum density of states.

  11. Randomized,parallel-control and multi-centered research on venlafaxine sustained release tablet and pinaverium bromide in treating patients with diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome

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    Objective To observe the efficacy,adverse effects and the influence on the depression and anxiety scoringof combined venlafaxine sustained release tablet with pinaverium for treating patients with dominant-diarrhea irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-D) .Methods With randomized,parallel control,multi-center and opening study

  12. Efficacy of natural vitamin E on oligospermia and athenospermia: A prospective multi-centered randomized controlled study of 106 cases%天然维生素E辅助治疗特发性少弱精子症多中心前瞻性随机对照研究(附106例报告)

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    陈向锋; 李铮; 平萍; 戴继灿; 张峰彬; 商学军

    2012-01-01

    够改善精子浓度和前向运动精子比例,有助于提高女方自然受孕.%Objective: To explore the therapeutic effect of natural vitamin E (VitE) on oligospermia and athenospermia in in-fertile men. Methods; We conducted a prospective multi-centered randomized controlled study on 64 infertile men with oligospermia (31 as controls treated with Tamoxifen 10 mg bid and 33 as experimental cases treated with Tamoxifen 10 mg bid + VitE 100 mg tid) and 42 cases of athenospermia (20 as controls treated with Levocarnitine oral solution 1 bottle bid and 22 as experimental cases treated with Levocarnitine oral solution I bottle bid + VitE 100 mg tid). We compared the control and experimental groups in sperm concentration and percentage of progressively motile sperm before and 3 months after medication, as well as the rate of clinical pregnancy and adverse events. Results : Among the oligospermia patients, the average sperm concentrations in the control and experimental groups were 8.00 X lO'/ml and 10.66 X lOVml before medication (P> 0.05). After medication, the numbers of cases evaluated as with no, slight, moderate and marked improvement in sperm concentration were 10 and 9 (P>0.05) , 16 and 14 (P>0.05) , 5 and 4 (P > 0.05 ) and 0 and 0 ( P > 0.05 ) ; and the numbers of natural pregnancies were 0 and 6 in the control and experimental groups ( P 0.05 ). After medication, the numbers of cases evaluated as with no, slight, moderate and marked improvement in the percentage of progressively motile sperm were 7 and 2 (P 0. 05 ) and 1 and 1 ( P > 0.05 ) , and the numbers of natural pregnancies were 5 and 9 in the two groups ( P < 0.01) , but no adverse events were observed. Conclusion: As a safe and effective adjuvant agent for the treatment of oligospermia and athenospermia, vitamin E can improve sperm concentration, the percentage of progressively motile sperm, and finally the rate of natural pregnancy.

  13. Protective Effect of Dual-Strain Probiotics in Preterm Infants: A Multi-Center Time Series Analysis

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    Schwab, Frank; Garten, Lars; Geffers, Christine; Gastmeier, Petra; Piening, Brar

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    Objective To determine the effect of dual-strain probiotics on the development of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), mortality and nosocomial bloodstream infections (BSI) in preterm infants in German neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). Design A multi-center interrupted time series analysis. Setting 44 German NICUs with routine use of dual-strain probiotics on neonatal ward level. Patients Preterm infants documented by NEO-KISS, the German surveillance system for nosocomial infections in preterm infants with birth weights below 1,500 g, between 2004 and 2014. Intervention Routine use of dual-strain probiotics containing Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium spp. (Infloran) on the neonatal ward level. Main outcome measures Incidences of NEC, overall mortality, mortality following NEC and nosocomial BSI. Results Data from 10,890 preterm infants in 44 neonatal wards was included in this study. Incidences of NEC and BSI were 2.5% (n = 274) and 15.0%, (n = 1631), respectively. Mortality rate was 6.1% (n = 665). The use of dual-strain probiotics significantly reduced the risk of NEC (HR = 0.48; 95% CI = 0.38–0.62), overall mortality (HR = 0.60, 95% CI = 0.44–0.83), mortality after NEC (HR = 0.51, 95% CI = 0.26–0.999) and nosocomial BSI (HR = 0.89, 95% CI = 0.81–0.98). These effects were even more pronounced in the subgroup analysis of preterm infants with birth weights below 1,000 g. Conclusion In order to reduce NEC and mortality in preterm infants, it is advisable to add routine prophylaxis with dual-strain probiotics to clinical practice in neonatal wards. PMID:27332554

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  15. Multi-centric clinical study of 99Tcm-ethylenedicysteine

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    Objective: 99Tcm-ethylenedicysteine (EC) is a new radiopharmaceutical for renal dynamic imaging produced by Jiangsu Institute of Nuclear Medicine, China. The aim of' this phase IV clinical trial was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of 99Tcm-EC in a large number' of patients with various renal dis- orders. Methods: Fourteen Chinese hospitals had participated in this multi-center clinical trial. The 99Tcm- EC kits from eleven production batches were used. Three hundred and twenty-eight patients were entered into the study. Patients were intravenously injected with 99Tcm-EC and a series of dynamic renal imaging was acquired in each patient. The quality of kits and images was analyzed. Possible adverse events were observed and recorded. Results: All quality control parameters of the radiopharmaceutical kits were up to the standard requirement. The radiochemical purity of 99Tcm-EC in all production batches exceeded 90%. All functioning kidneys were clearly visualized and high-quality renograms were obtained in all 328 patients. No adverse events were recorded during or alter the examination process. Conclusion: 99Tcm-EC is a potentially useful radiopharmaceutical in dynamic renal functional studies. (authors)

  16. The C-seal trial: colorectal anastomosis protected by a biodegradable drain fixed to the anastomosis by a circular stapler, a multi-center randomized controlled trial

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    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Anastomotic leakage is a major complication in colorectal surgery and with an incidence of 11% the most common cause of morbidity and mortality. In order to reduce the incidence of anastomotic leakage the C-seal is developed. This intraluminal biodegradable drain is stapled to the anastomosis with a circular stapler and prevents extravasation of intracolonic content in case of an anastomotic dehiscence. The aim of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of the C-seal in reducing anastomotic leakage in stapled colorectal anastomoses, as assessed by anastomotic leakage leading to invasive treatment within 30 days postoperative. Methods The C-seal trial is a prospective multi-center randomized controlled trial with primary endpoint, anastomotic leakage leading to re-intervention within 30 days after operation. In this trial 616 patients will be randomized to the C-seal or control group (1:1, stratified by center, anastomotic height (proximal or distal of peritoneal reflection and the intention to create a temporary deviating ostomy. Interim analyses are planned after 50% and 75% of patient inclusion. Eligible patients are at least 18 years of age, have any colorectal disease requiring a colorectal anastomosis to be made with a circular stapler in an elective setting, with an ASA-classification Discussion This Randomized Clinical trial is designed to evaluate the effectiveness of the C-seal in preventing clinical anastomotic leakage. Trial registration NTR3080

  17. Clinical Studies with Epothilones

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    Altmann, Karl-Heinz

    As indicated in previous chapters, epothilone research so far has delivered seven new chemical entities that have been advanced to clinical trials in humans (Fig. 1). However, the amount of clinical data publicly available at this time strongly varies between individual compounds, depending on their development stage, but also on the general publication policy of the developing company. The compound that has been most comprehensively characterized in the clinical literature is ixabepilone (BMS-247550), for which trial results have been described in a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals and which has been granted FDA approval for two clinical indications on Oct. 16, 2007. For all other compounds, most of the information on clinical trials is available only in abstract form. In all these cases it remains uncertain, whether the content of these abstracts fully reflects the content of the subsequent (poster or oral) presentations at the corresponding meeting; in fact, it seems likely that additional data will have been included in the actual meeting presentations that may not have been available at the time of abstract submission. As this is unknown to the author, such additional information cannot be considered in this chapter, which is solely based on information documented in accessible abstracts or journal publications. It should also be kept in mind that the interpretation of data from ongoing clinical trials or forward looking statements based on data from completed trials are always preliminary in character.

  18. Quantitative multi-parameter mapping of R1, PD*, MT and R2* at 3T: a multi-center validation

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    Full Text Available Multi-center studies using magnetic resonance imaging facilitate studying small effect sizes, global population variance and rare diseases. The reliability and sensitivity of these multi-center studies crucially depend on the comparability of the data generated at different sites and time points. The level of inter-site comparability is still controversial for conventional anatomical T1-weighted MRI data. Quantitative multi-parameter mapping (MPM was designed to provide MR parameter measures that are comparable across sites and time points, i.e., 1mm high-resolution maps of the longitudinal relaxation rate (R1=1/T1, effective proton density (PD*, magnetization transfer saturation (MT and effective transverse relaxation rate (R2*=1/T2*. MPM was validated at 3T for use in multi-center studies by scanning five volunteers at three different sites. We determined the inter-site bias, inter-site and intra-site coefficient of variation (CoV for typical morphometric measures (i.e., gray matter probability maps used in voxel-based morphometry and the four quantitative parameters. The inter-site bias and CoV were smaller than 3.1% and 8%, respectively, except for the inter-site CoV of R2* (< 20%. The gray matter probability maps based on the MT parameter maps had a 14% higher inter-site reproducibility than maps based on conventional T1-weighted images. The low inter-site bias and variance in the parameters and derived gray matter probability maps confirm the high comparability of the quantitative maps across sites and time points. The reliability, short acquisition time, high resolution and the detailed insights into the brain microstructure provided by MPM makes it an efficient tool for multi-center imaging studies.

  19. The Multi-Center Airborne Coherent Atmospheric Wind Sensor: Recent Measurements and Future Applications

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    Rothermel, Jeffry; Cutten, Dean R.; Hardesty, R. Michael; Howell, James N.; Darby, Lisa S.; Tratt, David M.; Menzies, Robert T.

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    The coherent Doppler lidar, when operated from an airborne platform, offers a unique measurement capability for study of atmospheric dynamical and physical properties. This is especially true for scientific objectives requiring measurements in optically-clear air, where other remote sensing technologies such as Doppler radar are at a disadvantage in terms of spatial resolution and coverage. Recent experience suggests airborne coherent Doppler lidar can yield unique wind measurements of--and during operation within--extreme weather phenomena. This paper presents the first airborne coherent Doppler lidar measurements of hurricane wind fields. The lidar atmospheric remote sensing groups of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Marshall Space Flight Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Environmental Technology Laboratory, and Jet Propulsion Laboratory jointly developed an airborne lidar system, the Multi-center Airborne Coherent Atmospheric Wind Sensor (MACAWS). The centerpiece of MACAWS is the lidar transmitter from the highly successful NOAA Windvan. Other field-tested lidar components have also been used, when feasible, to reduce costs and development time. The methodology for remotely sensing atmospheric wind fields with scanning coherent Doppler lidar was demonstrated in 1981; enhancements were made and the system was reflown in 1984. MACAWS has potentially greater scientific utility, compared to the original airborne scanning lidar system, owing to a factor of approx. 60 greater energy-per-pulse from the NOAA transmitter. MACAWS development was completed and the system was first flown in 1995. Following enhancements to improve performance, the system was re-flown in 1996 and 1998. The scientific motivation for MACAWS is three-fold: obtain fundamental measurements of subgrid scale (i.e., approx. 2-200 km) processes and features which may be used to improve parameterizations in hydrological, climate, and general

  20. Rationale and design of the RIACT–study: a multi-center placebo controlled double blind study to test the efficacy of RItuximab in Acute Cellular tubulointerstitial rejection with B-cell infiltrates in renal Transplant patients: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

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    2012-01-01

    Background Acute kidney allograft rejection is a major cause for declining graft function and has a negative impact on the long-term graft survival. The majority (90%) of acute rejections are T-cell mediated and, therefore, the anti-rejection therapy targets T-cell-mediated mechanisms of the rejection process. However, there is increasing evidence that intragraft B-cells are also important in the T-cell-mediated rejections. First, a significant proportion of patients with acute T-cell-mediated rejection have B-cells present in the infiltrates. Second, the outcome of these patients is inferior, which has been related to an inferior response to the conventional anti-rejection therapy. Third, treatment of these patients with an anti-CD20 antibody (rituximab) improves the allograft outcome as reported in single case observations and in one small study. Despite the promise of these observations, solid evidence is required before incorporating this treatment option into a general treatment recommendation. Methods/Design The RIACT study is designed as a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel group multicenter Phase III study. The study examines whether rituximab, in addition to the standard treatment with steroid-boli, leads to an improved one-year kidney allograft function, compared to the standard treatment alone in patients with acute T-cell mediated tubulointerstitial rejection and significant B-cell infiltrates in their biopsies. A total of 180 patients will be recruited. Discussion It is important to clarify the relevance of anti-B cell targeting in T-cell mediated rejection and answer the question whether this novel concept should be incorporated in the conventional anti-rejection therapy. Trial registration Clinical trials gov. number: NCT01117662 PMID:23101480

  1. Rationale and design of the RIACT–study: a multi-center placebo controlled double blind study to test the efficacy of RItuximab in Acute Cellular tubulointerstitial rejection with B-cell infiltrates in renal Transplant patients: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

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    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Acute kidney allograft rejection is a major cause for declining graft function and has a negative impact on the long-term graft survival. The majority (90% of acute rejections are T-cell mediated and, therefore, the anti-rejection therapy targets T-cell-mediated mechanisms of the rejection process. However, there is increasing evidence that intragraft B-cells are also important in the T-cell-mediated rejections. First, a significant proportion of patients with acute T-cell-mediated rejection have B-cells present in the infiltrates. Second, the outcome of these patients is inferior, which has been related to an inferior response to the conventional anti-rejection therapy. Third, treatment of these patients with an anti-CD20 antibody (rituximab improves the allograft outcome as reported in single case observations and in one small study. Despite the promise of these observations, solid evidence is required before incorporating this treatment option into a general treatment recommendation. Methods/Design The RIACT study is designed as a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel group multicenter Phase III study. The study examines whether rituximab, in addition to the standard treatment with steroid-boli, leads to an improved one-year kidney allograft function, compared to the standard treatment alone in patients with acute T-cell mediated tubulointerstitial rejection and significant B-cell infiltrates in their biopsies. A total of 180 patients will be recruited. Discussion It is important to clarify the relevance of anti-B cell targeting in T-cell mediated rejection and answer the question whether this novel concept should be incorporated in the conventional anti-rejection therapy. Trial registration Clinical trials gov. number: NCT01117662

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  3. A perspective,open-label,and multi-center phase Ⅱ study of FOLFOX 4 regimen as systemic therapy for patients with unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma%FOLFOX4方案治疗晚期肝细胞癌的多中心Ⅱ期临床研究

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    龚新雷; 秦叔逵; 王雅杰; 邢宝才; 吴晴; 曹梦苒; 华海清; 刘秀峰

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    目的:在初步观察的基础上,探讨以奥沙利铂(OXA)和亚叶酸钙/5-氟尿嘧啶(LV/5-FU)组成的FOLFOX 4方案进行系统化疗,治疗无法手术切除的国人晚期肝细胞癌(HCC)患者的有效性和安全性.方法:前瞻性、单臂、开放性、多中心的Ⅱ期临床研究,采取Simon二阶段法.经病理组织学和/或细胞学检查确诊的局部晚期、无法手术或已有远处转移的HCC患者,给予FOLFOX 4方案进行全身化疗,即 OXA 85 Mg*m(-2),静滴,d1;LV200mg·m(-2),静滴2h,d1,d2;5-FU400mg·m(-2),静推,继以600 mg·m(-2),持续静脉滴注22 h,d1,d2;每2周重复;直至疾病进展或最多不超过6个周期.每2个周期(6周时间)按照RECIST标准(1.0版)评价客观疗效,观察至疾病进展时间(TTP)和生存期(OS),并动态监测血清甲胎蛋白(AFP)的变化.一般毒性,按照NCI-CTC 2.0版标准观察和判定;神经系统毒性,参照OXA专用神经病变分级标准评判.结果:4家肿瘤中心参加,共入组25例患者,其中22例可以评估疗效,结果获得完全缓解(CR)1例,部分缓解(PR)3例,稳定(SD)7例,进展11例,客观缓解率(CR + PR)为18.2%,疾病控制率(DCR = CR +PR + SD)为50.0%;中位,TTP为2.0个月(95%可信区间:1.3~4.0个月),中位OS为12.4个月.AFP反应率为28%.常见的毒性反应为粒细胞减少和轻度的周围神经毒性.结论:以奥沙利铂为主的FOLFOX 4方案进行系统化疗,对于国人晚期肝细胞癌具有良好的客观疗效和一定的生存获益,不良反应较轻,患者易于耐受,值得进一步开展大规模、随机对照的Ⅲ期临床研究.%Objective: To observe the efficacy and safety of oxaliplatin (OXA) combined with LV/5-FU ( FOLFOX 4 regimen ) in Chinese patients with unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma ( HCC ). Methods: It was a perspective, open-label, single arm, and multi-center phase II study, conducted in 4 cancer centers in China. The patients had pathologically confirmed as inoperable HCC with or without

  4. Expanding the Use of Time-Based Metering: Multi-Center Traffic Management Advisor

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    Landry, Steven J.; Farley, Todd; Hoang, Ty

    2005-01-01

    Time-based metering is an efficient air traffic management alternative to the more common practice of distance-based metering (or "miles-in-trail spacing"). Despite having demonstrated significant operational benefit to airspace users and service providers, time-based metering is used in the United States for arrivals to just nine airports and is not used at all for non-arrival traffic flows. The Multi-Center Traffic Management Advisor promises to bring time-based metering into the mainstream of air traffic management techniques. Not constrained to operate solely on arrival traffic, Multi-Center Traffic Management Advisor is flexible enough to work in highly congested or heavily partitioned airspace for any and all traffic flows in a region. This broader and more general application of time-based metering is expected to bring the operational benefits of time-based metering to a much wider pool of beneficiaries than is possible with existing technology. It also promises to facilitate more collaborative traffic management on a regional basis. This paper focuses on the operational concept of the Multi-Center Traffic Management Advisor, touching also on its system architecture, field test results, and prospects for near-term deployment to the United States National Airspace System.

  5. OBSTRUCTIVE JAUNDICE: A CLINICAL STUDY

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    BACKGROUND Jaundice is a frequent manifestation of biliary tract disorders and evaluation of obstructive jaundice is a common problem faced by general surgeons. Obstructive jaundice of varied aetiology is one of the main cause of hospital admissions. Hence, comprehensive study of aetiology, clinical presentation, management of obstructive jaundice is important in management of these patients. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES  Study the clinical history and presentation of obstructiv...

  6. ICA-based artifact removal diminishes scan site differences in multi-center resting-state fMRI.

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    Full Text Available Resting-state fMRI (R-fMRI has shown considerable promise in providing potential biomarkers for diagnosis, prognosis and drug response across a range of diseases. Incorporating R-fMRI into multi-center studies is becoming increasingly popular, imposing technical challenges on data acquisition and analysis, as fMRI data is particularly sensitive to structured noise resulting from hardware, software and environmental differences. Here, we investigated whether a novel clean up tool for structured noise was capable of reducing center-related R-fMRI differences between healthy subjects.We analyzed 3 Tesla R-fMRI data from 72 subjects, half of whom were scanned with eyes closed in a Philips Achieva system in The Netherlands, and half of whom were scanned with eyes open in a Siemens Trio system in the UK. After pre-statistical processing and individual Independent Component Analysis (ICA, FMRIB’s ICA-based X-noiseifier (FIX was used to remove noise components from the data. GICA and dual regression were run and non-parametric statistics were used to compare spatial maps between groups before and after applying FIX.Large significant differences were found in all resting-state networks between study sites before using FIX, most of which were reduced to non-significant after applying FIX. The between-center difference in the medial/primary visual network, presumably reflecting a between-center difference in protocol, remained statistically different.FIX helps facilitate multi-center R-fMRI research by diminishing structured noise from R-fMRI data. In doing so, it improves combination of existing data from different centers in new settings and comparison of rare diseases and risk genes for which adequate sample size remains a challenge.

  7. ICA-based artifact removal diminishes scan site differences in multi-center resting-state fMRI

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    Feis, Rogier A.; Smith, Stephen M.; Filippini, Nicola; Douaud, Gwenaëlle; Dopper, Elise G. P.; Heise, Verena; Trachtenberg, Aaron J.; van Swieten, John C.; van Buchem, Mark A.; Rombouts, Serge A. R. B.; Mackay, Clare E.

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    Resting-state fMRI (R-fMRI) has shown considerable promise in providing potential biomarkers for diagnosis, prognosis and drug response across a range of diseases. Incorporating R-fMRI into multi-center studies is becoming increasingly popular, imposing technical challenges on data acquisition and analysis, as fMRI data is particularly sensitive to structured noise resulting from hardware, software, and environmental differences. Here, we investigated whether a novel clean up tool for structured noise was capable of reducing center-related R-fMRI differences between healthy subjects. We analyzed three Tesla R-fMRI data from 72 subjects, half of whom were scanned with eyes closed in a Philips Achieva system in The Netherlands, and half of whom were scanned with eyes open in a Siemens Trio system in the UK. After pre-statistical processing and individual Independent Component Analysis (ICA), FMRIB's ICA-based X-noiseifier (FIX) was used to remove noise components from the data. GICA and dual regression were run and non-parametric statistics were used to compare spatial maps between groups before and after applying FIX. Large significant differences were found in all resting-state networks between study sites before using FIX, most of which were reduced to non-significant after applying FIX. The between-center difference in the medial/primary visual network, presumably reflecting a between-center difference in protocol, remained statistically significant. FIX helps facilitate multi-center R-fMRI research by diminishing structured noise from R-fMRI data. In doing so, it improves combination of existing data from different centers in new settings and comparison of rare diseases and risk genes for which adequate sample size remains a challenge. PMID:26578859

  8. Second trimester maternal serum screening for Down's syndrome in mainland China :a multi-center prospective study%对孕中期妇女行血清学二联指标筛查胎儿唐氏综合征的多中心前瞻性研究

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    边旭明; 朱宝生; 王和; 许争锋; 潘小英; 廖灿; 蔡艳; 王华; 王泽; 朱军; 胡娅莉; 刘俊涛; 戚庆炜; 蒋宇林; 李岩; 刘善英; 郝娜; 周京; 吕时铭

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    Objective To evaluate the performance characteristics of the second trimester double-marker test for the detection of fetal Down's syndrome in mainland China. Methods This prospective national multi-centered study used alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) and free β-subunit of human chorionic gonadotrophin( free β-hCG)as the serum markers. From May 2004 to September 2006, 11 centers participated in the collection and analysis of maternal serum AFP and free β-hCG between 14 and 20+6 weeks of pregnancy. The screening results were calculated using the standard algorithm based on the standard database provided with the analytic software. Patients with an increased risk of Down's syndrome pregnancy (≥1/270) were offered genetic anmiocentesis. Outcomes of all pregnancies were obtained.Results A total of 66 132 singleton pregnancies were included in the study. The median maternal age was 27 years. At a cut-eft of 1 in 270, the detection rate (DR) based on a Caucasian database was 72% corresponding to a false positive rate (FPR) of 5%, and the DR based on the Chinese database was raised to 76% corresponding to an FPR of 5%. Conclusion The double-marker test using AFP and free β-hCG is an effective screen strategy for second-trimester detection of fetal Down's syndrome in mainland China. Ethnic variance exists between the Caucasian and Chinese populations. The accuracy of screening is increased by the use of race-specific medians.%目的 建立中国孕妇孕中期血清学二联指标筛查胎儿唐氏综合征的数据库,探讨适合中国大陆孕妇筛查胎儿唐氏综合征的策略.方法 应用有区域代表性的多中心前瞻性研究方法,收集2004年5月至2006年9月期间在北京协和医院等11家医疗单位就诊的、孕周为14~20周+6并同意接受产前筛查的66 132例妊娠单活胎孕妇(平均年龄27岁)行血清甲胎蛋白(AFP)和游离人绒毛膜促性腺激素B亚单位(freeβ-Hcg)二联指标检测,将二联指标测定值输入以高加

  9. Comparative assessment of clinical efficacy of percutaneous transhepatic metal versus plastic biliary stent implantation for malignant biliary obstruction: a multi-centered investigation%金属支架、内涵管治疗恶性胆道梗阻的临床疗效比较(多中心研究)

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    郭元星; 李彦豪; 陈勇; 俞志坚; 陈平雁; 罗鹏飞; 李勇; 单鸿; 姜在波

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    Objective To compare the clinical efficacy of metal versus plastic biliary stent implantation for treatment of malignant biliary obstruction. Methods Percutaneous transhepatic implantations of self-expandable metal stent (MS, n=61) or 10F plastic stent (PS, n=34) were performed in 95 patients with malignant biliary obstruction selected from 3 hospitals of Guangdong Province. All patients were followed up until death or at least one year after the procedure. Kaplan-Meier analysis was used to compare the patients' survival and stent patency rates. Results The 30-day mortality rate was lower in MS group (6/61, 9.8%) than in PS group (9/34, 26.5%, P<0.05). The 30-day reobstruction rate and incidence of complications were 15.0%, 16.4% in MS group and 32.4%, 29.4% in PS group, respectively (P<0.01). The median patency period of the stents and median survival period of the patients were 230 d, 224 d in MS group and 90 d, 94 d in PS group, respectively (P<0.01).Conclusion Metal stent implantation is superior to plastic stent for treatment of malignant biliary obstruction.%目的比较金属支架与塑料支架(内涵管)置入术治疗恶性胆道梗阻的临床疗效.方法调查广东省3家医院95例实施经皮穿肝胆总管支架置入术的恶性胆道梗阻患者,其中61例置入自膨式金属支架(支架组),34例置入10F塑料内涵管(内涵管组).所有患者均回访至死亡或至少术后1年.用Kaplan-Meier方法分析比较两组患者的生存及支架开通率.结果支架组的30 d死亡率(6/61,9.8%)低于内涵管组(9/34,26.5%,P<0.05).支架组30d再阻塞率(15.0%)和并发症发生率(16.4%)均明显低于内涵管组(分别为32.4%和29.4%,P<0.01).支架组中位开通期(230 d)和中位生存期(224d)明显长于内涵管组(分别为90和94d,P<0.01).结论金属支架置入术治疗恶性胆道梗阻临床疗效优于内涵管.

  10. CLINICAL STUDY OF ANORECTAL MALFORMATIONS

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    BACKGROUND: A norectal malformations are relatively encountered anomalies. Presentations may vary from mild to severe and bowel control is t he main concern. AIM: To study the modes of presentation , types of anomalies , associated anomalies , reliability of clinical signs and radiological investigations in the diagnosis and the prognosis and continence in the post - operative in relation to type of anomaly and associated anomaly (s)...

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  12. Establishment and validation of a standard protocol for the detection of minimal residual disease in B lineage childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia by flow cytometry in a multi-center setting;

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    Minimal residual disease detection, used for clinical management of children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, can be performed by molecular analysis of antigen-receptor gene rearrangements or by flow cytometric analysis of aberrant immunophenotypes. For flow minimal residual disease to be incorporated into larger national and international trials, a quality assured, standardized method is needed which can be performed in a multi-center setting. We report a four color, flow cytometric protoc...

  13. CLINICAL STUDY ON ACUTE PANCREATITIS

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    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION : Early diagnosis and severity evaluation on patients with acute pancreatitis are very important due to its potential morbidity and mortality. Given the wide spectrum of disease seen, the care of patients with pancreatitis must be highly individualized. Sev eral clinical, laboratory and radiologic factors and many scoring systems have been proposed for outcome prediction. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To study the symptomatology, clinical presentation and management in pancreatitis . To study the severity of acute panc reatitis according to Glasgow Scale . METHODS: Present study includes consecutive 38 patients hospitalized in CSI Holdsworth Memorial Hospital over the period of 2 years. All patients were thoroughly investigated and were stratified according to the Glasgow criteria. Data was collected on complications, investigations and interventions undertaken, outcome, duration of stay in hospital and ICU. STATISTICAL ANALYSIS USED: Descriptive, Chi square tests, Crosstabs (Contingency coefficient analysis . RESULTS : Mean age of presentation in our study was 43.1 years. There was a male predominance accounting for 68.4% compared to 31.6% females. Alcohol was the main etiological factor in about 50% of the patients. Sensitivity to S. amylase was about 100%. Accuracy of USG abdomen in diagnosing pancreatitis was about 88.5%. Ascitis was the commonest complication seen in 13.2%. Mean duration of hospital stay was 6.2 days. The patient were stratified according to Glasgow scoring system into mild (0 - 3 and severe (>3 panc reatitis. In our study 32 people were graded with mild pancreatitis, all improved and in 6 people who were graded with severe pancreatitis, 83.3 % improved and 2.6% expired because of complications. Test statistics showed Contingency coefficient 0.355 and P 0.019 (NS. CONCLUSION : Glasgow scoring system remains a valid predicting system for the outcome in patients with acute pancreatitis. It is simple easy to apply with

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    Hemorrhagic infarction (HI) is termed as the infarction in which a large part of the necrotic tissue is stippled with small hemorrhage. The pathogenetic mechanism of this disease still remains controversial. Cerebral infarction has long been divided into two subtypes-thrombosis and embolism-according to the pathogenetic mechanisms. Clinical studies were carried out in 31 cases of HI with cerebral thrombosis. CT findings of these cases were classified into five groups according to both size of low density area which indicates regions of infarction and distribution of arterial supply. The low density area of Type I-Type III were observed in the area of the middle cerebral artery. That of Type IV was observed in the area of the internal capsule and basal ganglia. That of Type V was observed in the area of the posterior cerebral artery. CT reveals two patterns of HI -pattern A and pattern B-. The CT finding of pattern A is appearance of high density area in the low density area. The CT finding of pattern B is appearance of iso density area in the low density area. rCBF was measured by 133Xe inhalation technique in 21 patients with CT type I, II and III. Thereafter, with regard to the various findings in CT, the clinical findings and CBF findings, a comparative study was carried out on these ten groups. From the results of present studies, it is concluded that sequential changes of CBF in cases with pattern A are different from those with pattern B, and that CBF measurement does not permit an estimation of a patient's chance for functionary recovery after a stroke in acute and subacute stage but permits estimation of functional outcome in chronic stage. (J.P.N.)

  16. CLINICAL STUDY OF ANORECTAL MALFORMATIONS

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: A norectal malformations are relatively encountered anomalies. Presentations may vary from mild to severe and bowel control is t he main concern. AIM: To study the modes of presentation , types of anomalies , associated anomalies , reliability of clinical signs and radiological investigations in the diagnosis and the prognosis and continence in the post - operative in relation to type of anomaly and associated anomaly (s. MATERIAL AND METHODS: 50 cases of anorectal malformations admit ted to Department of Paediatric Surgery , in Medical Coll ege and Research Institute , were included in the study. Data related to the objectives of the study were collected. RESULTS: Commonest mode of presentation was failure to pass meconium 50%. 59% of mal es had high anomalies , while 53% females had intermediate anomalies. The diagnosis of low anomaly was made clinically , while high and intermediate anomalies needed further investigations. Associated anomalies were noted in 46.6% of the cases. 71.42% of the se patients had either a high or intermediate ARM. All patients with high anomalies underwent a 3 stage procedure , while low anomalies underwent a single stage procedure followed by anal dilatations. Rectal mucosal prolapse (2 cases , wound infection (4 ca ses , stenosis (3 cases , retraction of neo anus (1 case was seen. All the patients with low anomalies had a good functional result post operatively , while 57% and 28% of patients with intermediate and high anomalies had good results. CONCLUSION : Anorectal malformations are common congenital anomalies. Males are more commonly affected (1.3:1. Low anomalies are the commonest lesions noted in both the sexes (36.67%. High anomalies are more frequent in males. Invertogram offer an accurate diagnosis for planning management in patients with anorectal malformations. Low anomalies have a better outcome following surgery. For intermediate and high anomalies a staged repair offers better results

  17. Estimation of cardiac event risk by gated myocardial perfusion imaging and quantitative scoring methods based on a multi-center J-ACCESS database

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    Myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) has been used to estimate cardiac event risk. The aim of the present study is to achieve stable risk estimation based on perfusion scoring and a multi-center prognostic database. Multivariate logistic regression analysis was performed to estimate cardiac event risk based on a Japanese Assessment of Cardiac Event and Survival (J-ACCESS) study. A stress-MPI was performed in 45 patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) and in 25 non-CAD patients. Perfusion defect scoring of summed stress score (SSS) was performed by 5 methods: visual scoring; automatic scoring of 3 short-axis and 1 vertical long-axis slices; visual modification of Method 2; automatic polar map scoring based on a Japanese multi-center database; and visual modification of Method 4. Agreement of SSS between 2 observers was good (r=0.87-0.97). Agreement of estimated cardiac event risk between observers and among 5 methods was very good (r=0.99-1.00). Regarding diagnostic accuracy for CAD, Method 5 showed optimal diagnostic yields (sensitivity 84%, accuracy 77%). Estimation of cardiac event risk in conjunction with polar map segmentation and common normal databases resulted in stable risk values, and might be used for risk stratification in patients suspected of having CAD. (author)

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    A clinical study was made on 263 patients of hypothyroidism among the 5,970 patients of Various thyroid diseases diagnosed and treated at the Radioisotope Clinic and Laboratory, Seoul National University Hospital from May, 1960 to Aug, 1975. The results obtained with this study are as follows: 1) The etiological classification of hypothyroidism revealed 244 cases (93%) of primary hypothyroidism and 19 cases (7%) of secondary hypothyroidism. 2) The most frequent cause of the thyroprivic primary hypothyroidism was post radioiodine therapy with 109 cases (41.4%). 3) There were 37 cases (14%) of male and 226 cases (86%) of female, showing a ratio of 1 : 6. 4) The majority of patients were between the ages of 30 and 60 with the peak incidence (87 cases, 33%) in their fourth decades of lives. 5) The major symptoms and signs were weakness (97%), edema of face and extremities (92%); Decreased Achilles tendon reflex (87%), cold intolerance (82%), gain in weight (76%), constipation (58%) and cold skin (51%). 6) The cumulative incidence of hypothyroidism in patient treated with 131I (3-8 mci) was 7.2% at first year, 33.3% at tenth year and the 50% at fourteenth year and the annual increment was 2.9%. 7) The incidence of hypothyroidism related to the numbers of 131I therapy was not linear. 8) The diagnostic compatibilities of the various tests to hypothyroidism were TSH (100%), T4 (93.8%), 24-hour-RNIU (91.5%), ATR (86.7%), T3RU (66.1%) and BMR (64.9%).

  20. Factors influencing medical student attrition and their implications in a large multi-center randomized education trial.

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    Kalet, A; Ellaway, R H; Song, H S; Nick, M; Sarpel, U; Hopkins, M A; Hill, J; Plass, J L; Pusic, M V

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    Participant attrition may be a significant threat to the generalizability of the results of educational research studies if participants who do not persist in a study differ from those who do in ways that can affect the experimental outcomes. A multi-center trial of the efficacy of different computer-based instructional strategies gave us the opportunity to observe institutional and student factors linked to attrition from a study and the ways in which they altered the participation profile. The data is from a randomized controlled trial conducted at seven US medical schools investigating the educational impact of different instructional designs for computer-based learning modules for surgical clerks. All students undertaking their surgical clerkships at the participating schools were invited participate and those that consented were asked to complete five study measures during their surgery clerkship. Variations in study attrition rates were explored by institution and by participants' self-regulation, self-efficacy, perception of task value, and mastery goal orientation measured on entry to the study. Of the 1,363 invited participants 995 (73 %) consented to participate and provided baseline data. There was a significant drop in the rate of participation at each of the five study milestones with 902 (94 %) completing at least one of two module post-test, 799 (61 %) both module post-tests, 539 (36 %) the mid-rotation evaluation and 252 (25 %) the final evaluation. Attrition varied between institutions on survival analysis (p self-regulated, self-efficacious and higher achievers than their peers who drop out and as such do not represent the class as a whole. PMID:22869047

  1. Clinical studies in spinal surgery

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    There is a growing interest in applying evidence-based approaches also in orthopedic surgery. Despite many challenges to the validity of clinical trials in orthopedic surgery, it is possible to conduct well-designed trials in this field and to produce clinically important findings and reasonably valid conclusions about effectiveness, prognosis and diagnosis in orthopedic surgery. We describe the main principles for conducting clinical trials in this field as well as some of the most common er...

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  7. Effects of galantamine on attention and memory in Alzheimer's disease measured by computerized neuropsychological tests: results of the Brazilian Multi-Center Galantamine Study (GAL-BRA-01 Efeitos da galantamina sobre a memória e a atenção na doença de Alzheimer medidos por testes neuropsicológicos computadorizados: resultados do Estudo Multicêntrico com Galantamina (GAL-BRA-01

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of galantamine on the performance of patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease (AD in a computerized neuropsychological test battery (CNTB. METHOD: Thirty-three patients with probable AD were treated with galantamine for three months and evaluated in a prospective, open-label, multi-center study. The CNTB and the ADAS-Cog were administered at baseline and after 12 weeks. The CNTB includes reaction time tests to evaluate attention, implicit and episodic memory for faces and words. Statistical comparisons were performed between the results in week 12 versus baseline. Patients who did not reach the therapeutic doses were excluded from the efficacy analysis. RESULTS: Four patients (12.1% were excluded from the analysis either because of treatment discontinuation (n=3 or because a therapeutic dose was not reached (n=1. The remaining 29 patients were treated with doses of 24 mg/day (n=22 and 16 mg/day (n=7. After 12 weeks, significant reductions in reaction time were seen in the test of episodic memory for faces (p=0.023 and in the test of two-choice reaction time (p=0.039 of the CNTB. CONCLUSION: Treatment with galantamine produced improvement in computerized tests of attention and episodic memory after 12 weeks, leading to statistically significant reduction in the reaction times.OBJETIVO: Investigar os efeitos da galantamina no desempenho de pacientes portadores de doença de Alzheimer (DA leve a moderada em uma bateria de testes neuropsicológicos computadorizados (BTNC. MÉTODO: Trinta e três pacientes com DA provável receberam tratamento com galantamina por três meses em ensaio clínico multicêntrico aberto e prospectivo. A escala BTNC e a ADAS-Cog foram administradas no início e ao final de 12 semanas. A BTNC incluiu testes de tempo de reação avaliando atenção, memória implícita e memória episódica para palavras e faces. Comparações estatísticas foram realizadas entre os resultados

  8. Effectiveness of fentanyl transdermal patch (fentanyl-TTS, durogegic) for radiotherapy induced pain and cancer pain: multi-center trial

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    To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of fentanyl-TTS in the management of radiotherapy induced acute pain and cancer pain treated with radiotherapy. Our study was open labelled prospective phase IV multi-center study, the study population included patients with more 4 numeric rating scale (NRS) score pain although managed with other analgesics or more than 6 NRS score pain without analgesics. Patients divided into two groups: patients with radiotherapy induced pain (Group A) and patients with cancer pain treated with radiotherapy (Group B). All patients received 25 ug/hr of fentanyl transdermal patch. Primary end point was pain relief: second end points were change in patient quality of life, a degree of satisfaction for patients and clinician, side effects. Between March 2005 and June 2005, 312 patients from 26 participating institutes were registered, but 249 patients completed this study. Total number of patients in each group was 185 in Group A, 64 in Group B. Mean age was 60 years and male to female ratio was 76:24. Severe pain NRS score at 2 weeks after the application of fentanyl was decreased from 7.03 to 4.01, ρ = 0.003. There was a significant improvement in insomnia, social functioning, and quality of life. A degree of satisfaction for patients and clinician was very high. The most common reasons of patients' satisfactions was good pain control. Ninety six patients reported side effect. Nausea was the most common side effect. There was no serious side effect. Fentanyl-TTS was effective in both relieving pain with good tolerability and improving the quality of life for patients with radiotherapy induced acute pain and cancer pain treated with radiotherapy. The satisfaction of the patients and doctors was good. There wa no major side effect

  9. Effectiveness of fentanyl transdermal patch (fentanyl-TTS, durogegic) for radiotherapy induced pain and cancer pain: multi-center trial

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    Shin, Seong Soo; Choi, Eun Kyung [University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Huh, Seung Jae [Sungkyunkwan University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)] (and others)

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    To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of fentanyl-TTS in the management of radiotherapy induced acute pain and cancer pain treated with radiotherapy. Our study was open labelled prospective phase IV multi-center study, the study population included patients with more 4 numeric rating scale (NRS) score pain although managed with other analgesics or more than 6 NRS score pain without analgesics. Patients divided into two groups: patients with radiotherapy induced pain (Group A) and patients with cancer pain treated with radiotherapy (Group B). All patients received 25 ug/hr of fentanyl transdermal patch. Primary end point was pain relief: second end points were change in patient quality of life, a degree of satisfaction for patients and clinician, side effects. Between March 2005 and June 2005, 312 patients from 26 participating institutes were registered, but 249 patients completed this study. Total number of patients in each group was 185 in Group A, 64 in Group B. Mean age was 60 years and male to female ratio was 76:24. Severe pain NRS score at 2 weeks after the application of fentanyl was decreased from 7.03 to 4.01, {rho} = 0.003. There was a significant improvement in insomnia, social functioning, and quality of life. A degree of satisfaction for patients and clinician was very high. The most common reasons of patients' satisfactions was good pain control. Ninety six patients reported side effect. Nausea was the most common side effect. There was no serious side effect. Fentanyl-TTS was effective in both relieving pain with good tolerability and improving the quality of life for patients with radiotherapy induced acute pain and cancer pain treated with radiotherapy. The satisfaction of the patients and doctors was good. There wa no major side effect.

  10. A clinical study of retinoblastoma

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    Full Text Available Aim: The aim was to analyze general incidence, age incidence, laterality, common mode of presentation, staging of the tumor, radiological evidence, histopathological confirmation, management and follow-up of cases, which were diagnosed as retinoblastoma. Design: Interventional case series study from April 1997 to March 2000. Materials and Methods: Detailed history regarding the symptoms such as white reflex, watering, pain, redness, protrusion of eyeball, squint, hyphema, and defective vision were obtained. Family history regarding consanguinity between parents, health of the siblings and other relatives were recorded. Ocular examination included vision, pupillary reaction, detailed fundus examination, ocular tension, and corneal diameter. Investigations included X-ray orbit and skull, computed tomography scan orbit and brain, B-scan orbit, serum and aqueous lactate dehydrogenase; enucleated eyes were subjected to holoprosencephaly (HPE. Enucleation, radiotherapy, cryotherapy and chemotherapy were modalities of treatment. The empty socket and the other apparently normal eye were examined carefully at each visit. Results: The incidence of retinoblastoma is less when compared to other diseases of the eye. There was no sex predilection. Most of the cases diagnosed were sporadic and unilateral. Age of onset is earlier for bilateral cases than unilateral cases. Consanguinity bears close relationship with bilateral involvement. Predominant clinical sign is white reflex in the pupillary area. Majority of cases presented in the second stage of the disease. Enucleation plays a greater role in the management of retinoblastoma. HPE should include several sections of the optic nerve to find out skip lesions.

  11. Comparison of 1470 nm Laser and Radial 2ring Fiber with 980 nm Laser and Bare-Tip Fiber in Endovenous Laser Ablation of Saphenous Varicose Veins: A Multicenter, Prospective, Randomized, Non-Blind Study

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    Objective: The aim of this study is to compare the clinical efficacy and safety of two laser wavelengths and fiber types in endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) of saphenous varicose veins of the lower limb. Design: Multi-center prospective randomized non-blind clinical trial.

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  13. The Procalcitonin And Survival Study (PASS – A Randomised multi-center investigator-initiated trial to investigate whether daily measurements biomarker Procalcitonin and pro-active diagnostic and therapeutic responses to abnormal Procalcitonin levels, can improve survival in intensive care unit patients. Calculated sample size (target population: 1000 patients

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Sepsis and complications to sepsis are major causes of mortality in critically ill patients. Rapid treatment of sepsis is of crucial importance for survival of patients. The infectious status of the critically ill patient is often difficult to assess because symptoms cannot be expressed and signs may present atypically. The established biological markers of inflammation (leucocytes, C-reactive protein may often be influenced by other parameters than infection, and may be unacceptably slowly released after progression of an infection. At the same time, lack of a relevant antimicrobial therapy in an early course of infection may be fatal for the patient. Specific and rapid markers of bacterial infection have been sought for use in these patients. Methods Multi-centre randomized controlled interventional trial. Powered for superiority and non-inferiority on all measured end points. Complies with, "Good Clinical Practice" (ICH-GCP Guideline (CPMP/ICH/135/95, Directive 2001/20/EC. Inclusion: 1 Age ≥ 18 years of age, 2 Admitted to the participating intensive care units, 3 Signed written informed consent. Exclusion: 1 Known hyper-bilirubinaemia. or hypertriglyceridaemia, 2 Likely that safety is compromised by blood sampling, 3 Pregnant or breast feeding. Computerized Randomisation: Two arms (1:1, n = 500 per arm: Arm 1: standard of care. Arm 2: standard of care and Procalcitonin guided diagnostics and treatment of infection. Primary Trial Objective: To address whether daily Procalcitonin measurements and immediate diagnostic and therapeutic response on day-to-day changes in procalcitonin can reduce the mortality of critically ill patients. Discussion For the first time ever, a mortality-endpoint, large scale randomized controlled trial with a biomarker-guided strategy compared to the best standard of care, is conducted in an Intensive care setting. Results will, with a high statistical power answer the question: Can the survival

  14. Assessment of radiofrequency ablation for lung cancer on the basis of clinical study

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    Percutaneous radiofrequency ablation (RFA) for malignant lung tumors become increasingly widespread. We therefore conducted a multi-center phase I/II clinical study to evaluate its safety and efficacy. Eligibility criteria included a lesion of longer axis 1-2.5 cm with abnormal accumulation on fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) and of which was also considered to be difficult to curatively resect. Lesion of the diameters of which was difficult to measure, and close to the mediastinum, pleura or major blood vessels or bronchi larger than 5 mm is excluded. Percutaneous puncture was performed under image guidance using local anesthesia. Output power is gradually elevated from a low power. Overlapping ablation is carried out if necessary to cover the entire lesion. Safety was evaluated before and after the procedure by patient observation, CT, MRI, blood biochemical tests, respiratory function test and so on. The efficacy was evaluated by visual analysis of abnormal accumulation of FDG-PET before the procedure, 3 months later and 6 months later. Of the 30 cases (primary 6, metastasis 24) reported until now, the mean diameter was 1.53 cm. Pneumothorax was observed in 46.7% and a chest tube needed to be inserted in one case of them. There were no severe complications. The rate of efficacy evaluated by FDG-PET was 91.7%. Data should be analyzed in more detail in the future. (author)

  15. Silibinin Improves the Effects of Methotrexate in Patients with Active Rheumatoid Arthritis: Pilot Clinical Study

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    Hussain, Saad Abdulrahman; Mortada, Ahmed Hashem; Jasim, Nazar Abdulateef; Gorial, Faiq Isho

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    Objectives Our study sought to evaluate the effects of silibinin in patients with active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) treated with methotrexate (MTX). Methods We conducted a randomized multi-center, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial over a 16-week treatment period at the Al-Sader and Baghdad Teaching Hospitals in Najaf and Baghdad, respectively. A total of 60 patients (30 of each sex) with active RA, already maintained on 12 mg MTX weekly for at least three consecutive months, were included in the study. Patients were randomly allocated to receive either 120 mg silibinin twice daily or a placebo, combined with their regular MTX regimen. The patients were evaluated by measuring disease activity score using the 28-joint Disease Activity Score, Simple Disease Activity Index, and Health Assessment Questionnaire–Disability Index scores at the start and end of the study. Blood samples were evaluated for the erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), hemoglobin (Hb), high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), creatine kinase (CK), anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (CCP), and the serum cytokine levels of tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α, interleukin (IL)-6, IL-8, IL-10, and IL-2. Results Silibinin significantly decreases the already elevated clinical scores compared to placebo treatment. ESR, IL-8, IL-6, TNF-α, anti-CCP, hs-CRP levels were significantly reduced. Additionally, the use of silibinin significantly increases Hb, IL-10, and IL-2 levels. Conclusion Silibinin may improve the effects of MTX on certain biochemical and clinical markers of patients with active RA. PMID:27403238

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    The radiopharmaceuticals should be approved for consumption by evaluating their quality, safety and efficacy. Clinical studies are designed to verify the pharmacodynamics, pharmacological and clinical effects in humans and are required for assuring safety and efficacy. The Bayesian analysis has been used for clinical studies effectiveness evaluation. This work aims to identify uncertainties associated with the process of production of the radionuclide and radiopharmaceutical labelling as well as the radiopharmaceutical administration and scintigraphy images acquisition and processing. For the development of clinical studies in the country, the metrological chain shall assure the traceability of the surveys performed in all phases. (author)

  17. Universal protocol for alopecia areata clinical studies.

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    Mesinkovska, Natasha A; Bergfeld, Wilma F

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    Within the area of alopecia areata research, there is an obvious need for well-designed clinical trials of therapeutic agents. The National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF) has created an initiative for the development of a unified protocol with guidelines for clinical studies. The NAAF universal protocol represents a joint effort of clinicians and investigators with experience in treating alopecia areata. This protocol will serve as a tremendous resource to facilitate future clinical studies. PMID:24326554

  18. Personality traits affect teaching performance of attending physicians : Results of a multi-center observational study

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    Background: Worldwide, attending physicians train residents to become competent providers of patient care. To assess adequate training, attending physicians are increasingly evaluated on their teaching performance. Research suggests that personality traits affect teaching performance, consistent wit

  19. Methods for identifying Neisseria meningitidis carriers: a multi-center study in the African meningitis belt.

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    Full Text Available Detection of meningococcal carriers is key to understanding the epidemiology of Neisseria meningitidis, yet no gold standard has been established. Here, we directly compare two methods for collecting pharyngeal swabs to identify meningococcal carriers.We conducted cross-sectional surveys of schoolchildren at multiple sites in Africa to compare swabbing the posterior pharynx behind the uvula (U to swabbing the posterior pharynx behind the uvula plus one tonsil (T. Swabs were cultured immediately and analyzed using molecular methods.One thousand and six paired swab samples collected from schoolchildren in four countries were analyzed. Prevalence of meningococcal carriage was 6.9% (95% CI: 5.4-8.6% based on the results from both swabs, but the observed prevalence was lower based on one swab type alone. Prevalence based on the T swab or the U swab alone was similar (5.2% (95% CI: 3.8-6.7% versus 4.9% (95% CI: 3.6-6.4% respectively (p=0.6. The concordance between the two methods was 96.3% and the kappa was 0.61 (95% CI: 0.50-0.73, indicating good agreement.These two commonly used methods for collecting pharyngeal swabs provide consistent estimates of the prevalence of carriage, but both methods misclassified carriers to some degree, leading to underestimates of the prevalence.

  20. Paediatric Early Warning Score - A multi-center randomized controlled intervention study

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    Jensen, Claus Sixtus; Aagaard, Hanne; Olesen, Hanne Vebert; Kirkegaard, Hans

    group interview. Development and implementation of PEWS is expected to contribute to reduce the number of children developing acute critical illness, number of admissions to intensive care. PEWS is also expected to contribute to increase professional skills and competences in health professionals. It is...

  1. Heart rate awareness in patients with chronic stable heart failure. A multi-center observational study.

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    Moran, D

    2014-08-23

    We assessed adherence to European Society of Cardiology heart rate guidelines (i.e. heart rates less than 70bpm) in patients with chronic stable heart failure. We also investigated the percent of patients on target doses of rate controlling drugs.

  2. Understanding clinical nursing education: An exploratory study.

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    Dahlke, Sherry; O'Connor, Maureen; Hannesson, Teresa; Cheetham, Karleen

    2016-03-01

    Clinical experiences are recognized as a critical aspect of nursing education, highlighting the importance of the perspectives of those providing clinical instruction. The aim of this mixed methods descriptive study was to discover the knowledge and guidance needs of preceptors and clinical faculty who provide clinical instruction to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students. Fifteen clinical faculty and 17 preceptors were surveyed using a questionnaire developed and piloted by the researchers. Although preceptors and clinical faculty reported a high level of knowledge and confidence in their ability to guide student nurses, they also identified the need for additional support for their teaching roles. Analysis of the qualitative data provided insights into what helped and what hindered clinical instruction, as well as what could enhance clinical instruction. The development, implementation, and evaluation of formal education and mentorship processes for preceptors and clinical faculty are recommended in order to meet these knowledge and guidance gaps. Further research is also needed to explore how to clinical instruction could be tailored to the capacity of those engaged in the experiences and to clinical environments. PMID:26775165

  3. Current State of Clinical Studies on Diagnosis and Treatment of Sudden Deafness in China

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    YU Yaping; YANG Shiming; GUO Wei; YANG Weiyan; GU Rui

    2006-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the current status of clinical studies on diagnosis and treatment of sudden deafness (SD) in China by retrospective reviewing articles on SD published in Chinese journals in the past 5 years.Special attention is given to whether the diagnosis and treatment standards established in 1996 by the otolaryngology branch of Chinese Medical Association (the"1996 standard") were followed. Methods The terms of "Sudden deafness" and "treatment" were used as the keywords in searching articles published between 2000 and 2004 in the Chinese biomedicine literature database and Chinese journal network. Principles of evidence-based medicine were applied in reviewing the articles. Results Two hundreds and thirty- four articles were identified, including 176 between 2000 and 2002 and 58 between 2003 and 2004. Among the 176 articles published between 2000 and 2002,effects of medications were studies in 126 articles, of which only 26 (20.6%) followed the"1996 standards".Eighty-nine (70.6%) were reported based on controlled clinical trials (CCT) and 36 (28.5%) met the criteria of randomized controlled trails (RCT). Of the 58 articles published between 2003 and 2004, drug effects were evaluated in 25 articles, which were all based on the "1996 standards". However, there lacked placebo control, follow-up data or statistical analysis in these papers. Only 6 articles reported side-effects from pharmacological treatment. Conclusions While a significant number of articles on SD were published in the past 5 years, the "1996 standards" were followed only in a small number of them. The standards may not be appropriate in guiding research and need to be modified for improved guidance to SD management. Multi-center, RCTs should be a crucial part in studies on SD.

  4. Clinical studies of biomarkers in suicide prediction

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    Jokinen, Jussi

    2007-01-01

    Suicide is a major clinical problem in psychiatry and suicidal behaviours can be seen as a nosological entity per se. Predicting suicide is difficult due to its low base-rate and the limited specificity of clinical predictors. Prospective biological studies suggest that dysfunctions in the hypothalamo pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis and the serotonergic system have predictive power for suicide in mood disorders. Suicide attempt is the most robust clinical predictor making suici...

  5. HERPESE ZOSTER: A CLINICAL STUDY

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    Omprakash; Geeta; Dinesh Chandra; Kavitha; Arora; Sudheer

    2014-01-01

    The study was conducted between August 2012 and July 2013 at the dermatology department of OPD,116 cases studied with personal, present, past, family history, examined thoroughly, done all necessary investigations, taken opinion of other faculties where ever necessary . All the patients were reviewed weekly for 1 month and monthly for two more months. Patients 76 were males and 40 were females. Out of of 116 cases, 75 (64.6%) had definite history of chicken pox. In this study interesting diff...

  6. HERPESE ZOSTER: A CLINICAL STUDY

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    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The study was conducted between August 2012 and July 2013 at the dermatology department of OPD,116 cases studied with personal, present, past, family history, examined thoroughly, done all necessary investigations, taken opinion of other faculties where ever necessary . All the patients were reviewed weekly for 1 month and monthly for two more months. Patients 76 were males and 40 were females. Out of of 116 cases, 75 (64.6% had definite history of chicken pox. In this study interesting different to previous studies some features found . Prodromal sign neuralgic pain more in below 20 years. Males more infected. Cranial nerve more involved. Thorasic PHN more. Remaining all detailed study has explained below with routine features.

  7. CLINICAL PHARMACOKINETIC STUDIES OF MIFEPRISTONE

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    XUNing; WUXi-Rui

    1989-01-01

    In ordcr to cxaminc thc pharmacokinetic charactcristics of mifcpristonc, manufactured by the Roussel-Uclaf Company, in Chincsee healthy volunteers and early pregnant womcn, the following two studies wcre carried out.

  8. New developments in the conduct and management of multi-center trials

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    Gluud, C; Sørensen, T I

    1995-01-01

    There is an urgent need for the performance of more, better designed, and better managed randomized clinical trials. After visits to 43 leading organizations and units involved in clinical trials in Europe and North America during 1993, the way of conducting randomized clinical trials was analyze...

  9. CLINICAL STUDY OF DUODENAL PERFORATION

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    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND The duodenal injury can pose a formidable challenge to the surgeon and failure to manage it properly may have devastating results. Over the centuries, there was little to offer the patient of acute abdomen beyond cupping, purgation and enemas, all of which did more harm than good. It was not until 1884 that Mikulicz made an attempt to repair a perforation. Recent statistics indicate roughly 10% of population develop gastric or duodenal ulcer in life time. Roughly 1-3% of population above the age of 20 years have some degree of peptic ulcer activity during any annual period. A detailed history with regards to the signs and symptoms of the patient, a meticulous examination, radiological and biochemical investigations help to arrive at a correct preoperative diagnosis. In this study, a sincere effort has been put to understand the demographic patterns, to understand the underlying aetiology and to understand the effectiveness of the standard methods of investigation and treatment in use today. METHODS This is a 24 months prospective study i.e., from September 2011 to September 2013 carried out at Dr. Pinnamaneni Siddhartha Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Foundation. The study included the patients presenting to Dr. Pinnamaneni Siddhartha Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Foundation to emergency ward with signs and symptoms of hollow viscus perforation. The sample size included 30 cases of duodenal perforation. RESULTS Duodenal ulcer perforation commonly occurs in the age group of 30-60 years, but it can occur in any age group. Majority of the patients were male. Smoking and alcohol consumption were risk factors in most cases (53.3% for the causation of duodenal ulcer perforation. Sudden onset of abdominal pain, situated at epigastrium and right hypochondrium was a constant symptom (100%. Vomiting, constipation and fever were not so common. CONCLUSION The emergency surgical management for perforated duodenal ulcer is by

  10. Multi-center MRI carotid plaque component segmentation using feature normalization and transfer learning

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    van Engelen, Arna; van Dijk, Anouk C; Truijman, Martine T.B.;

    2015-01-01

    Automated segmentation of plaque components in carotid artery MRI is important to enable large studies on plaque vulnerability, and for incorporating plaque composition as an imaging biomarker in clinical practice. Especially supervised classification techniques, which learn from labeled examples......, have shown good performance. However, a disadvantage of supervised methods is their reduced performance on data different from the training data, for example on images acquired with different scanners. Reducing the amount of manual annotations required for each new dataset will facilitate widespread...... with two approaches that use little or no annotated same-center data. These approaches additionally use an annotated set of differentcenter data. We evaluate 1) a non-linear feature normalization approach, and 2) two transfer-learning algorithms that use same and different-center data with different...

  11. Reversal of dental fluorosis: A clinical study

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    Dhaval N Mehta; Shah, Jigna

    2013-01-01

    Aim: This study was conducted to evaluate the clinical reversal of dental fluorosis with various combinations of calcium, vitamin D3, and ascorbic acid, along with changes in levels of certain biochemical parameters concerned with dental fluorosis. The role of fluoride level of drinking water in the etiology of dental fluorosis and the prevalence of dental fluorosis in both dentitions and teeth were also assessed. Materials and Methods: A total number of 50 patients with clinical features of ...

  12. Characteristics and Outcomes of Second Malignant Neoplasms after Childhood Cancer Treatment: Multi-Center Retrospective Survey.

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    Koh, Kyung-Nam; Yoo, Keon Hee; Im, Ho Joon; Sung, Ki Woong; Koo, Hong Hoe; Kim, Hyo Sun; Han, Jung Woo; Yoon, Jong Hyung; Park, Hyeon Jin; Park, Byung-Kiu; Baek, Hee Jo; Kook, Hoon; Lee, Jun Ah; Lee, Jae Min; Lee, Kwang Chul; Kim, Soon Ki; Park, Meerim; Lee, Young-Ho; Lyu, Chuhl Joo; Seo, Jong Jin

    2016-08-01

    This retrospective study investigated the clinical characteristics and outcomes of second malignant neoplasms (SMNs) in survivors of childhood cancer from multiple institutions in Korea. A total of 102 patients from 11 institutions who developed SMN after childhood cancer treatment between 1998 and 2011 were retrospectively enrolled. The most common primary malignant neoplasms (PMNs) were central nervous system (CNS) tumors (n = 17), followed by acute lymphoblastic leukemia (n = 16), non-Hodgkin lymphoma (n = 13), and osteosarcoma (n = 12). The most common SMNs were therapy-related myeloid neoplasms (t-MNs; acute myeloid leukemia [AML], 29 cases; myelodysplastic syndrome [MDS], 12 cases), followed by thyroid carcinomas (n = 15) and CNS tumors (n = 10). The median latency period was 4.9 years (range, 0.5-18.5 years). Among 45 patients with solid tumors defined as an SMN, 15 (33%) developed the lesion in a field previously subjected to radiation. The 5-year overall survival (OS) rate of patients with an SMN was 45% with a median follow-up time of 8.6 years. Patients with AML, MDS, and CNS tumors exhibited the poorest outcomes with 5-year OS rates of 18%, 33%, and 32%, respectively, whereas those with second osteosarcoma showed comparable outcomes (64%) to patients with primary counterpart and those with second thyroid carcinoma had a 100% OS rate. Further therapeutic efforts are recommended to improve the survival outcomes in patients with SMNs, especially in cases with t-MNs and CNS tumors. PMID:27478336

  13. Embedding clinical interventions into observational studies.

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    Newman, Anne B; Avilés-Santa, M Larissa; Anderson, Garnet; Heiss, Gerardo; Howard, Wm James; Krucoff, Mitchell; Kuller, Lewis H; Lewis, Cora E; Robinson, Jennifer G; Taylor, Herman; Treviño, Roberto P; Weintraub, William

    2016-01-01

    Novel approaches to observational studies and clinical trials could improve the cost-effectiveness and speed of translation of research. Hybrid designs that combine elements of clinical trials with observational registries or cohort studies should be considered as part of a long-term strategy to transform clinical trials and epidemiology, adapting to the opportunities of big data and the challenges of constrained budgets. Important considerations include study aims, timing, breadth and depth of the existing infrastructure that can be leveraged, participant burden, likely participation rate and available sample size in the cohort, required sample size for the trial, and investigator expertise. Community engagement and stakeholder (including study participants) support are essential for these efforts to succeed. PMID:26611435

  14. PPB | What is a Clinical Study

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    The Pleuropulmonary blastoma (PPB) DICER1 Syndrome Study ‹an observational clinical research study‹is enrolling children with PPB and their families. In an observational study, investigators assess health outcomes in groups of participants according to a protocol or research plan.

  15. Advances in clinical study of curcumin.

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    Yang, Chunfen; Su, Xun; Liu, Anchang; Zhang, Lin; Yu, Aihua; Xi, Yanwei; Zhai, Guangxi

    2013-01-01

    Curcumin has been estimated as a potential agent for many diseases and attracted great attention owing to its various pharmacological activities, including anti-cancer, and anti-inflammatory. Now curcumin is being applied to a number of patients with breast cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer's disease, colorectal cancer, psoriatic, etc. Several clinical trials have stated that curcumin is safe enough and effective. The objective of this article was to summarize the clinical studies of curcumin, and give a reference for future studies. PMID:23116307

  16. Marketing and clinical trials: a case study

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    2007-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Publicly funded clinical trials require a substantial commitment of time and money. To ensure that sufficient numbers of patients are recruited it is essential that they address important questions in a rigorous manner and are managed well, adopting effective marketing strategies. Methods Using methods of analysis drawn from management studies, this paper presents a structured assessment framework or reference model, derived from a case analysis of the MRC's CRASH trial, of 12 factors that may affect the success of the marketing and sales activities associated with clinical trials. Results The case study demonstrates that trials need various categories of people to buy in – hence, to be successful, trialists must embrace marketing strategies to some extent. Conclusion The performance of future clinical trials could be enhanced if trialists routinely considered these factors.

  17. Case Studies: Windows onto Clinical Supervision.

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    1993-01-01

    By examining the structures and activities common to six case studies of clinical teacher supervision, this article identifies five conditions that facilitate changes in teacher thinking and behavior: development of a supportive, collegial relationship; teacher control over supervision products; continuity over time; focused, descriptive records…

  18. Sex Differences in Clinical Features of Early, Treated Parkinson’s Disease

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    Augustine, Erika F.; Adriana Pérez; Rohit Dhall; Chizoba C Umeh; Aleksandar Videnovic; Franca Cambi; Anne-Marie A Wills; Elm, Jordan J; Zweig, Richard M.; Shulman, Lisa M.; Nance, Martha A.; Jacquelyn Bainbridge; Oksana Suchowersky

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    Introduction: To improve our understanding of sex differences in the clinical characteristics of Parkinson’s Disease, we sought to examine differences in the clinical features and disease severity of men and women with early treated Parkinson’s Disease (PD) enrolled in a large-scale clinical trial. Methods: Analysis was performed of baseline data from the National Institutes of Health Exploratory Trials in Parkinson’s Disease (NET-PD) Long-term Study-1, a randomized, multi-center, double-blin...

  19. Left ventricular noncompaction: Clinical-echocardiographic study

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    Nikolić Aleksandra

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Background/Aim. Left ventricular noncompaction (LVNC is a disorder in endomyocardial morphogenesis, seen either isolated (in the absence of other cardiac anomalies or in association with congenital heart disease and some neuromuscular diseases. Intrauterine arrest of the compaction of myocardial fibers is postulated to be the reason of LVNC. Recognition of this condition is extremely important due to its high mortality and morbidity that lead to progressive heart failure, ventricular arrhythmias and thromboembolic events. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence and clinical presentation of LVNC among consecutive outpatients according to clinical and echocardiographyic findings. Methode. A total of 3,854 consecutive patients examined at the Institute for Cardiovascular Diseases within a period January 2006 - January 2007 were included in the study. All the patients underwent echocardiographic examination using the same equipment (Vivid 7, GE Medical System. Echocardiographic parameters and clinical presentation in patients with echocardiographic criteria for LVNC were analyzed. Results. Analyzing 3,854 consecutive outpatients, using two-dimensional Color Doppler echocardiography from January 2006 to January 2007, 12 patients met the criteria for LVNC. Seven of them were male. The mean age at diagnosis was 45 ± 15 years. Analyzing clinical manifestation of LVNC it was found that seven patients had signs of heart failure, six had arrhythmias with no embolic events. Conclusion. Our results suggest that the real prevalence of LVNC may be higher than expected. New studies have to be done to solve this problem.

  20. A CLINICAL STUDY OF CHRONIC DEPRESSION

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    Singhal, S; Kumar, S.; Agarwal, A K

    1991-01-01

    SUMMARY Neurological status of chronic depressive states have not been resolved as yet. Recent classificatory systems ICD-X and DSM-III-R have included chronic depression under affective disorders and have done away with the category of neurotic depression. The present study was undertaken with the aims of (a) to study clinical variables associated with major subtypes of chronic depression (chronic major depression and dysthymia) and (b) to investigate personality characteristics and life eve...

  1. Nail disorders in children, a clinical study

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    Ayşe Akbaş

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Aims of the study to investigate the frequency and the nature ofnail disorders in children significant clinical data is available. Nail disorders although common in children in some parts of our country. This study was carried out to document the clinical and demographic pattern of nail disorders in a dermatology outpatient clinic of a pediatric hospital in Ankara, Turkey. Material and Methods: All consecutive patients a total of 3000 children from age 0-16 were admitted to dermatology outpatient clinic of Ankara Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Education and Research Hospital during January 2011 to December 2011 were studied and retrospectively evaluated for age, gender, drug use, diseases, systemic or genetic disorders and demographic features. Diagnostic evaluation results were noted and patients were categorized for demographic features and diagnosis. Results: These 133 patients (M: F 58:75, %44 vs 56, respectively were under 16 years of age and have 17 different dermatological disorders related with nail symptoms. Fifty three of (39,8% these patient were under 2 years of age, 31 (23.3% were between 3-5 years, 30 (22.5% were between 6-11 years old, 19 of 133 (14%, 2 were between 11-16 years of age. Through all of ages and independent of gender the most etiologies of nail disorders were, onychomadesis, paronychia, onycholysis, onychomycosis and systemic nail presentation of systemic dermatosis. Conclusion: Nail disorders are different in children than in adults. In our study, the first 5 years of age was found in 53% of nail disorders. Nail disorders are uncommon but may be seen as a part of a systemic disease and may be associated with cosmetic and psychologic problem.

  2. Hepatic encephalopathy: clinical and experimental studies

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    Rijt, Carin

    1991-01-01

    textabstractThe pathogenesis of hepatic encephalopathy is still unsolved. Therapy, therefore, is often insufficient. For the development of effective, new therapies insight into the disease-inducing substrates and the mechanisms of its toxic actions in the central nervous system ·are required. For both studies on pathogenesis and therapy of hepatic encephalopathy, methods for the quantitation of its severity are needed. For the measurement of hepatic encephalopathy clinical grading, conventio...

  3. Marketing and clinical trials: a case study

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    Entwistle Vikki A; Snowdon Claire; Garcia Jo; Knight Rosemary C; Shakur Haleema; Elbourne Diana R; Roberts Ian; Francis David; McDonald Alison M; Grant Adrian M; Campbell Marion K

    2007-01-01

    Abstract Background Publicly funded clinical trials require a substantial commitment of time and money. To ensure that sufficient numbers of patients are recruited it is essential that they address important questions in a rigorous manner and are managed well, adopting effective marketing strategies. Methods Using methods of analysis drawn from management studies, this paper presents a structured assessment framework or reference model, derived from a case analysis of the MRC's CRASH trial, o...

  4. Gastric leptomeningeal carcinomatosis: Multi-center retrospective analysis of 54 cases

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    Sung Yong Oh; Su-Jin Lee; Jeeyun Lee; Suee Lee; Sung-Hyun Kim; Hyuk-Chan Kwon; Gyeong-Won Lee; Jung Hun Kang; In Gyu Hwang; Joung-Soon Jang; Ho Yeong Lim; Young Suk Park; Won Ki Kang; Hyo-Jin Kim

    2009-01-01

    AIM: To identify the clinical features and outcomes of infrequently reported leptomeningeal carcinomatosis (LMC) of gastric cancer.METHODS: We analyzed 54 cases of cytologically con- firmed gastric LMC at four institutions from 1994 to 2007.RESULTS: The male-to-female ratio was 32:22, and the patients ranged in age from 28 to 78 years (median,48.5 years). The majority of patients had advanced disease at initial diagnosis of gastric cancer. The clinical or pathologic tumor, node and metastasis stage of the primary gastric cancer was Ⅳ in 38 patients (70%).The median interval from diagnosis of the primary malignancy to the diagnosis of LMC was 6.3 mo, ranging between 0 and 73.1 mo. Of the initial endoscopic findings for the 45 available patients, 23 (51%) of the patients were Bormann type Ⅲ and 15 (33%) patients were Bormann type Ⅳ. Pathologically, 94% of cases proved to be poorly differentiated adenocarcinomas.Signet ring cell component was also observed in 40% of patients. Headache (85%) and nausea/vomiting (58%) were the most common presenting symptoms of LMC. A gadolinium-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging was conducted in 51 patients. Leptomeningeal enhancement was noted in 45 cases (82%). Intrathecal (IT) chemotherapy was administered to 36 patientsprimarily methotrexate alone (61%), but also in combination with hydrocortisone/± Ara-C (39%). The median number of IT treatments was 7 (range, 1-18). Concomitant radiotherapy was administered to 18 patients,and concomitant chemotherapy to seven patients. Seventeen patients (46%) achieved cytological negative conversion. Median overall survival duration from the diagnosis of LMC was 6.7 wk (95% CI: 4.3-9.1 wk). In the univariate analysis of survival duration, hemoglobin,IT chemotherapy, and cytological negative conversion showed superior survival duration ( P = 0.038, P = 0.010, and P = 0.002, respectively). However, in our multivariate analysis, only cytological negative conversion was predictive of

  5. Clinical and Statistical Study on Canine Impaction

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    Adina-Simona Coșarcă

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Aim: The aim of this study was to perform a clinical and statistical research on permanent impacted canine patients among those with dental impaction referred to and treated at the Oral and Maxillo-Facial Surgery Clinic of Tîrgu Mureș, over a four years period (2009-2012. Materials and methods: The study included 858 patients having dental impaction, and upon clinical records, different parameters, like frequency, gender, age, quadrant involvement, patient residence, associated complications, referring specialist and type of treatment, related to canine impaction, were assessed. Results: The study revealed: about 10% frequency of canine impaction among dental impactions; more frequent in women, in the first quadrant (tooth 13; most cases diagnosed between the age of 10-19 years; patients under 20 were referred by an orthodontist, those over 20 by a dentist; surgical exposure was more often performed than odontectomy. Conclusions: Canine impaction is the second-most frequent dental impaction in dental arch after third molars; it occurs especially in women. Due to its important role, canine recovery within dental arch is a goal to be achieved, whenever possible. Therefore, diagnose and treatment of canine impaction requires an interdisciplinary approach (surgical and orthodontic

  6. Clinical study on osteoradionecrosis of the jaws

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    Okano, Atsuo; Kato, Joji

    1988-07-01

    In the present study osteoradionecrosis which had developed after radiotherapy for malignant tumor was studied clinically and therapeutically and the following results were obtained. 1. The subjects were 28 patients with squamous cell carcinoma and 2 patients with adenoid cystic carcinoma aged 38 to 72. The ratio of male: female was 3.3 : 1. The time of manifestation was 1 month-14 years after irradiation. The main symptoms were pain and exposed bone mainly in the region of mandibular molar tooth. 2. Osteoradionecrosis was observed in 10 cases supposed to be induced by tooth extraction but also in 5 edentulous cases. 3. When the osteoradionecrosis cases were classified into limited area type and wide range type on the basis of clinical findings. X-ray of the jaws showed the presence of bone resorption and induration together in many wide range type cases. 4. Scintigram of bone showed widespread accumulation of radiation even in clinically limited area type, and the picture of some loss of bone and the intensity of the accumulation were considered to be extremely useful as an index in making therapeutical plans and decisions on the prognosis of tumor of the jaws. 5. As the method of treatment, sequestrectomy was performed in 14 of 19 cases of the limited area type and 4 of 11 cases of the wide range type and excision of the jaws in 4 cases. 6. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy was carried out in 3 cases and had good effect. (J.P.N.).

  7. Clinical study on osteoradionecrosis of the jaws

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    In the present study osteoradionecrosis which had developed after radiotherapy for malignant tumor was studied clinically and therapeutically and the following results were obtained. 1. The subjects were 28 patients with squamous cell carcinoma and 2 patients with adenoid cystic carcinoma aged 38 to 72. The ratio of male: female was 3.3 : 1. The time of manifestation was 1 month-14 years after irradiation. The main symptoms were pain and exposed bone mainly in the region of mandibular molar tooth. 2. Osteoradionecrosis was observed in 10 cases supposed to be induced by tooth extraction but also in 5 edentulous cases. 3. When the osteoradionecrosis cases were classified into limited area type and wide range type on the basis of clinical findings. X-ray of the jaws showed the presence of bone resorption and induration together in many wide range type cases. 4. Scintigram of bone showed widespread accumulation of radiation even in clinically limited area type, and the picture of some loss of bone and the intensity of the accumulation were considered to be extremely useful as an index in making therapeutical plans and decisions on the prognosis of tumor of the jaws. 5. As the method of treatment, sequestrectomy was performed in 14 of 19 cases of the limited area type and 4 of 11 cases of the wide range type and excision of the jaws in 4 cases. 6. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy was carried out in 3 cases and had good effect. (J.P.N.)

  8. Robust diffusion imaging framework for clinical studies

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    Maximov, Ivan I; Neuner, Irene; Shah, N Jon

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    Clinical diffusion imaging requires short acquisition times and good image quality to permit its use in various medical applications. In turn, these demands require the development of a robust and efficient post-processing framework in order to guarantee useful and reliable results. However, multiple artefacts abound in in vivo measurements; from either subject such as cardiac pulsation, bulk head motion, respiratory motion and involuntary tics and tremor, or imaging hardware related problems, such as table vibrations, etc. These artefacts can severely degrade the resulting images and render diffusion analysis difficult or impossible. In order to overcome these problems, we developed a robust and efficient framework enabling the use of initially corrupted images from a clinical study. At the heart of this framework is an improved least trimmed squares diffusion tensor estimation algorithm that works well with severely degraded datasets with low signal-to-noise ratio. This approach has been compared with other...

  9. Clinical Study on Ocular Trauma in Children

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    Zicai Huang; Hongni Li; Yixia Huang; Zhongxia Zhou

    2002-01-01

    Purpose: To investigate the clinical characteristics of ocular trauma in children and put forward the major treatment and prevention of ocular trauma in children.Methods: To analyze the clinical data by 77 eyes in 77 cases of ocular trauma in children from April 1999 to February 2002. Results: The male and female were in the ratio of 2.21: 1. Right eye ocular traumas were more than left ones. Ocular penetrating trauma was 83.12% and blunt trauma 12.99%. 41 cases (53.25%) were injured by themselves while 33 cases by others. 90.91% patients came from the countryside.Conclusion: The rate of blindness of children with ocular trauma could be reduced by prompt treatment. The study indicated that ocular trauma preventive publicity should be faced in the countryside in order to improve the understanding of the severity of ocular trauma and treat it as a social problem.

  10. A clinical study of papular urticaria

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    To determine the clinical features and demographic profile of the patients having papular urticaria. Individuals of all age groups and either gender either suspected of or having definite history of insect bite were included in the study. A specially-designed proforma was filled for each patient separately. The proforma included demographic features, information regarding clothing and sleeping habits, personal or family history of atopy and clinical patterns of the lesions. Computer programme SPSS 10 was used to manage and analyze the data. Out of 280 patients, 201 (71.8%) were children upto 12 years of age, 178 (63.6%) were males, 91 (32.5%) had atopy, 194 (69.3%) were non-locals, 212 (75.7%) came from urban/peri-urban areas and 173 (61.8%) presented during May-August. Lesions were present over exposed parts of the body in 36 (12.9%), arranged in groups in 152 (54.3%) and were papular urticaria in 185 (66.1%) patients. Children, adult males, non-locals and those belonging to urban/peri-urban areas are more vulnerable to papular urticaria in a particular region. Papular and urticarial lesions arranged in groups over both exposed as well as covered body parts of a single patient is the most common clinical pattern. (author)

  11. Clinical laboratory studies in Barth Syndrome.

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    Vernon, Hilary J; Sandlers, Yana; McClellan, Rebecca; Kelley, Richard I

    2014-06-01

    Barth Syndrome is a rare X-linked disorder characterized principally by dilated cardiomyopathy, skeletal myopathy and neutropenia and caused by defects in tafazzin, an enzyme responsible for modifying the acyl chain moieties of cardiolipin. While several comprehensive clinical studies of Barth Syndrome have been published detailing cardiac and hematologic features, descriptions of its biochemical characteristics are limited. To gain a better understanding of the clinical biochemistry of this rare disease, we measured hematologic and biochemical values in a cohort of Barth Syndrome patients. We characterized multiple biochemical parameters, including plasma amino acids, plasma 3-methylglutaconic acid, cholesterol, cholesterol synthetic intermediates, and red blood cell membrane fatty acid profiles in 28 individuals with Barth Syndrome from ages 10 months to 30 years. We describe a unique biochemical profile for these patients, including decreased plasma arginine levels. We further studied the plasma amino acid profiles, cholesterol, cholesterol synthetic intermediates, and plasma 3-methylglutaconic acid levels in 8 female carriers and showed that they do not share any of the distinct, Barth Syndrome-specific biochemical laboratory abnormalities. Our studies augment and expand the biochemical profiles of individuals with Barth Syndrome, describe a unique biochemical profile for these patients, and provide insight into the possible underlying biochemical pathology in this disorder. PMID:24751896

  12. Plantago ovata: Clinical study of overuse.

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    Agha, Rukh-e-Nasreen; Saeed, Aftab; Nazar, Halima

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    The objective of the study was to undertake evidence-base study to evaluate clinical manifestation of the over-estimated use of herbal drug Plantago ovata and to compare it with placebo for the efficacy and adverse effects. The patients of both genders were included. Blood urea, creatinine, ALT, Serum B12, CP, ESR and liver function tests were performed. The data was statistically analyzed in both groups for differential symptomatology. In anorexia test verses control results showed that Plantago ovata husk and placebo showed the affected ratio as 81 percent and 50 percent, correspondingly. Whereas in clinical performance of heart burning, pain in epigastrium, low libido, body pain, dyspepsia, fever, burning sensation in palm and sole in test drug showed affected response as adverse effect 90%, 88% and as control drug, 36%, 29%, 22%, 25%, 38%, 30%, 33%, 57%, respectively. The results were highly marked in test drug i.e. in comparison with placebo. This is clearly evident from data analysis that effect observed in test arm is far more superior hence null hypothesis was rejected clearly. Similarly serological and biochemical reports study i.e. (ALT, Vit. B1 and Vit A) revealed that there is no hepatotoxic and neurotoxic effect found in both the drugs. PMID:27087080

  13. Clinic-Radiological Study of facial paralysis

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    We have gathered 159 cases of facial paralysis from recent records in our hospital, including paralyses of central as well as peripheral origin, and presenting as the only symptom or as one of several major symptoms of the discomfort of each patient. Sixty-four percent of them were studied by CT scan and/or MR, confirming the existence of alterations in the pathway of nerve pair VII in 50% of the patients who underwent radiological study. Idiopathic facial paralysis was the most common type (42% of the total); while tumors and post-traumatic findings were the most constant radiological findings. From the analysis of the data, the importance of the clinical criteria for selection of the patients in the study and the protocol for radiological diagnosis employed can be deduced. (author)

  14. Management of Adult Chronic Immune Thrombocytopenia in Japan: Patient and Hematologist Perspectives from a Multi-center Cross-sectional Questionnaire Survey.

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    Tsukune, Yutaka; Komatsu, Norio

    2016-01-01

    Objective The objective of this study was to explore the perspective of hematologists and their patients regarding the management of adult chronic immune thrombocytopenia (ITP). Methods This was a multi-center, questionnaire-based, cross-sectional study conducted between 2012 and 2013 throughout Japan. Patients Hematologists, members of the Japanese Society of Hematology in 171 institutions, and their patients were invited to participate in this study. The hematologists were mainly asked about their treatment strategies, while patients were asked about their opinion of the applied treatments, treatment effect, impact on their quality of life (QOL), and treatment satisfaction. Results Questionnaires from 204 hematologists and 213 patients were collected. One hundred sixty hematologists (78.4%) started treatment based on the patient's platelet count. Corticosteroids were considered to be the most effective treatment (44.1%). Forty-six percent of hematologists responded that treatment would be started after the platelet count fell below 20×10(9)/L with bleeding symptoms, compared to 62.9% for patients with no bleeding symptoms. A platelet count of 50×10(9)/L or lower was acceptable for 94.0% of hematologists and 66.8% of patients. Fatigue was most frequently experienced by patients (44.6%). Patients also experienced psychological symptoms (feeling of anxiety or depressive mood: 29.1%, labyrinthitis: 23.5%). While 70.6% of hematologists assumed that the patient QOL was impaired to a moderate to substantial degree, the QOL was impaired in 34.3% of patients. Conclusion A substantial gap which exists between hematologists and their patients highlights a need for better understanding of potential conflicts for establishing effective strategies for ITP management. PMID:27580537

  15. Clinical studies of neuroinflammatory mechanisms in schizophrenia.

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    Watkins, Crystal C; Andrews, Sarah Ramsay

    2016-09-01

    Schizophrenia is a pervasive neurodevelopmental disorder that appears to result from genetic and environmental factors. Although the dopamine hypothesis is the driving theory behind the majority of translation research in schizophrenia, emerging evidence suggests that aberrant immune mechanisms in the peripheral and central nervous system influence the etiology of schizophrenia and the pathophysiology of psychotic symptoms that define the illness. The initial interest in inflammatory processes comes from epidemiological data and historical observations, dating back several decades. A growing body of research on developmental exposure to infection, stress-induced inflammatory response, glial cell signaling, structural and functional brain changes and therapeutic trials demonstrates the impact that inflammation has on the onset and progression of schizophrenia. Research in animal models of psychosis has helped to advance clinical and basic science investigations of the immune mechanisms disrupted in schizophrenia. However, they are limited by the inability to recapitulate the human experience of hallucinations, delusions and thought disorder that define psychosis. To date, translational studies of inflammatory mechanisms in human subjects have not been reviewed in great detail. Here, we critically review clinical studies that focus on inflammatory mechanisms in schizophrenia. Understanding the neuroinflammatory mechanisms involved in schizophrenia may be essential in identifying potential therapeutic targets to minimize the morbidity and mortality of schizophrenia by interrupting disease development. PMID:26235751

  16. Clinical and neuroradiological studies on internuclear ophthalmoplegia

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    In this study 14 cases of internuclear ophthalmoplegia (INO) were analysed. The correlation of clinical symptoms with localization of the responsible lesions was studied in these patients. The subjects included 9 patients with CVD, 2 with MS, 1 with Fisher's syndrome, 1 with cranial polyneuritis and one with unknown etiology. Nine patients with unilateral INO are all associated with brainstem infarction. The other 5 patients including 2 MS had bilateral INO. CT showed abnormal findings in brain stem in 7 out of 14 patients. As for MRI an abnormality was found in 5 out of the 8 patients examined. Two of the 7 patients without any abnormality on CT had abnormal signals on MRI. We divided INO into 3 groups based on the clinical symptoms: 1) anterior type in which convergence was involved concomitantly with adduction paralysis, 2) typical type in which dissociated nystagmus was more marked in the abducting eye, and convergence was preserved, 3) posterior type in which abduction is impaired without adduction disturbance. There were 5 cases of anterior type, 9 of typical type, and none of posterior type. On MRI two patients of anterior type had abnormalities in the dorsal midbrain, and one patient had an abnormality in the pons, and two patients of typical type had abnormalities in the upper or middle dorsal pons to the dorsal midbrain. CT failed to demontrate any responsible lesions in 2 patients in whom the responsible legions were clearly identified on MRI. (J.P.N.)

  17. Controlled Blood Pressure in Iranian Patients: A Multi-Center Report.

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    Sadeghi, Ezzatollah; Behnood-Rod, Azin; Aerab-Sheibani, Hossein; Shobeiri, Elham; Pourzargar, Pirouz; Ormoz, Ehsan; Sadigh, Nader; Moharamzad, Yashar

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    We decided to determine the percentage of hypertensive patients whose blood pressure (BP) measurements were within recommended controlled range and to identify predictive factors for controlled BP. In this study carried out in 2014, 280 patients were included consecutively through sampling from both university and private medical centers/pharmacies in four Iranian cities. Demographic data as well as information about duration of HTN and prescribed medications, admission to emergency department (ED) because of HTN crisis, comorbidities, and control of HTN during the last 6 months by a healthcare provider were gathered. Adherence to anti-hypertensives was also determined using the validated Persian version of the 8-item Morisky Medication Adherence Scale (MMAS-8). Controlled BP was defined as systolic BPpersonnel (adjusted OR= 1.03, P= 0.04), and not having history of ED admission during the last 6 months because of HTN crisis (adjusted OR= 2.11, P= 0.01). Considerable number of the studied patients had uncontrolled BP. Regarding the dramatic consequences of uncontrolled high BP in long term, it is advisable that careful attention by health care providers to the aforementioned factors could raise the likelihood of achieving controlled BP. PMID:26573037

  18. Multi-centered D1-D5 solutions at finite B-moduli

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    We study the fate of two-centered D1-D5 systems on T4 away from the singular supergravity point in the moduli space. We do this by considering a background D1-D5 black hole with a self-dual B-field moduli turned on and treating the second center in the probe limit in this background. We find that in general marginal bound states at zero moduli become metastable at finite B-moduli, demonstrating a breaking of supersymmetry. However, we also find evidence that when the charges of both centers are comparable, the effects of supersymmetry breaking become negligible. We show that this effect is independent of string coupling and thus it should be possible to reproduce this in the CFT at weak coupling. We comment on the implications for the fuzzball proposal

  19. Korean Clinic Based Outcome Measure Studies

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    Full Text Available Background: Evidence based medicine has become main tools for medical practice. However, conducting a highly ranked in the evidence hierarchy pyramid is not easy or feasible at all times and places. There remains a room for descriptive clinical outcome measure studies with admitting the limit of the intepretation. Aims: Presents three Korean clinic based outcome measure studies with a view to encouraging Korean clinicians to conduct similar studies. Methods: Three studies are presented briefly here including 1 Quality of Life of liver cancer patients after 8 Constitutional acupuncture; 2 Developing a Korean version of Measuring yourself Medical Outcome profile (MYMOP; and 3 Survey on 5 Shu points: a pilot In the first study, we have included 4 primary or secondary liver cancer patients collecting their diagnostic X-ray film and clinical data f개m their hospital, and asked them to fill in the European Organization Research and Treatment of Cancer, Quality of Life Questionnaire before the commencement of the treatment. The acupuncture treatment is set up format but not disclosed yet. The translation and developing a Korean version of outcome measures that is Korean clinician friendly has been sought for MYMOP is one of the most appropriate one. The permission was granted, the translation into Korean was done, then back translated into English only based on the Korean translation by the researcher who is bilingual in both languages. The back translation was compared by the original developer of MYMOP and confirmed usable. In order to test the existence of acupoints and meridians through popular forms of Korean acupuncture regimes, we aim at collecting opinions from 101 Korean clinicians that have used those forms. The questions asked include most effective symptoms, 5 Shu points, points those are least likely to use due to either adverse events or the lack of effectiveness, theoretical reasons for the above proposals, proposing outcome measures

  20. Clinical studies on mercury poisoning in cattle

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    Sonoda, M.; Nakamura, R.; Too, K.; Matsuhashi, A.; Ishimoto, H.; Sasaki, R.; Ishida, K.; Takahashi, M.

    1956-01-01

    A sporadic outbreak of an unknown disease occurred among dairy cattle, from early February to late May 1955, in Japan. The characteristic symptoms of this disease were dyspnea and depilation; out of 29 cases, 8 died while 2 were slaughtered. Clinical studies have disclosed that the symptoms were similar to those found in cases of mercury poisoning as described by others. So the animals' feed was suspected of being the cause of the sickness. It was confirmed that the incident was due to poisoning resulting from ingestion of linseed meal treated with a mercurial fungicide. From the results of the testing anamnesis, it was found that 171 cattle were fed with the meal and 29 cases were affected. In veiw of the wide use of mercurial preparations for treating seed grains against fungi infection, a further experimental study was made on the effects of the feed and fungicide upon calves.

  1. Erythema infectiosumin children: A clinical study

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    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Erythema infectiositm is a childhood illness characterized by mild constitutional symptoms and a blotchy or maculo-papular lacy rash on the cheeks (slapped - cheek spreading primarily to the extremities and trunk. The disease- is-caused by human parvovirus B19. Erythema infectiosum epidemics occur in a cyclic fashion, mostly during winter and spring months. The diagnosis of erythema infectiosum is usually based on the appearance and pattern of the rash. The aim of our study was to establish the frequency and clinical characteristics of erythema infectiosum in children, in the period between 2000 and 2004 at the Institute of Child and Youth Health Care, Department of Dermatology, Novi Sad. There were 0.23% of children with a clinical picture of infectious erythema. There was an outbreak of erythema infectiosum from December 2001 to September 2002. The highest number of cases was detected in April and May of 2002. from 2003 to 2004, no cases with infekctious erythema were diagnosed. The average age of infected children was 7.38. Female children were affected slightly more often than male (56.41%:43.58%. Pruritus was detected in 10.26% of children. The most constant clinical sign was reticular exanthema on the limbs, present in 100% of cases, followed by 89.74% of cheek exanthema, while limb and trunk exanthema was present in 7.68% of children. Adenopathies and mild constitutional symptoms were present in 5.12% of children. No complications were recorded in any of the cases. .

  2. Coping Strategies and Locus of Control in Childhood Leukemia: A Multi-Center Research

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    Polizzi, Concetta; Fontana, Valentina; Perricone, Giovanna; D’Angelo, Paolo; Jankovic, Momcilo; Taormina, Calogero; Nichelli, Francesca; Burgio, Sofia

    2015-01-01

    Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is a very distressing experience for children and requires a special effort of adjustment. Therefore, it seems to be crucial to explore coping resources for the experienced risk condition. In this sense, the study focuses on coping strategies and locus of control in children with ALL during the treatment phase, and on their possible relation. The correlation between children and maternal coping strategies is also investigated. The participants involved were an experimental group of 40 children with ALL and their mothers, and 30 healthy children as the control group. The tools used were: the Child Behavioral Style Scale and the Monitor-Blunter Style Scale to assess the coping strategies of children and mothers; the locus of Control Scale for Children to analyze the children’s perception of controlling the events. Both children with ALL and their mothers resorted to monitoring coping strategies with a statistically significant rate of occurrence (children: M=17.8, SD=3.8; mothers: M=10.48, SD=3.4). The data concerning the locus of control show this tendency towards internal causes (M=53.1, SD=4.7). There were statistically significant correlations between monitoring coping strategies and external locus of control (r=0.400, P<0.05). The results gained from the control group are almost equivalent. The outcomes show several interesting resources of the psychological functioning of children as well as of their mothers. PMID:26266029

  3. Coping Strategies and Locus of Control in Childhood Leukemia: A Multi-Center Research.

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    Polizzi, Concetta; Fontana, Valentina; Perricone, Giovanna; D'Angelo, Paolo; Jankovic, Momcilo; Taormina, Calogero; Nichelli, Francesca; Burgio, Sofia

    2015-05-25

    Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is a very distressing experience for children and requires a special effort of adjustment. Therefore, it seems to be crucial to explore coping resources for the experienced risk condition. In this sense, the study focuses on coping strategies and locus of control in children with ALL during the treatment phase, and on their possible relation. The correlation between children and maternal coping strategies is also investigated. The participants involved were an experimental group of 40 children with ALL and their mothers, and 30 healthy children as the control group. The tools used were: the Child Behavioral Style Scale and the Monitor-Blunter Style Scale to assess the coping strategies of children and mothers; the locus of Control Scale for Children to analyze the children's perception of controlling the events. Both children with ALL and their mothers resorted to monitoring coping strategies with a statistically significant rate of occurrence (children: M=17.8, SD=3.8; mothers: M=10.48, SD=3.4). The data concerning the locus of control show this tendency towards internal causes (M=53.1, SD=4.7). There were statistically significant correlations between monitoring coping strategies and external locus of control (r=0.400, P<0.05). The results gained from the control group are almost equivalent. The outcomes show several interesting resources of the psychological functioning of children as well as of their mothers. PMID:26266029

  4. Coping strategies and locus of control in childhood leukemia: a multi-center research

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    Concetta Polizzi

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL is a very distressing experience for children and requires a special effort of adjustment. Therefore, it seems to be crucial to explore coping resources for the experienced risk condition. In this sense, the study focuses on coping strategies and locus of control in children with ALL during the treatment phase, and on their possible relation. The correlation between children and maternal coping strategies is also investigated. The participants involved were an experimental group of 40 children with ALL and their mothers, and 30 healthy children as the control group. The tools used were: the Child Behavioral Style Scale and the Monitor-Blunter Style Scale to assess the coping strategies of children and mothers; the locus of Control Scale for Children to analyze the children’s perception of controlling the events. Both children with ALL and their mothers resorted to monitoring coping strategies with a statistically significant rate of occurrence (children: M=17.8, SD=3.8; mothers: M=10.48, SD=3.4. The data concerning the locus of control show this tendency towards internal causes (M=53.1, SD=4.7. There were statistically significant correlations between monitoring coping strategies and external locus of control (r=0.400, P<0.05. The results gained from the control group are almost equivalent. The outcomes show several interesting resources of the psychological functioning of children as well as of their mothers.

  5. A Multi-Center Assessment of Nutrient Levels and Foods Provided by Hospital Patient Menus.

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    Trang, Susan; Fraser, Jackie; Wilkinson, Lori; Steckham, Katherine; Oliphant, Heather; Fletcher, Heather; Tzianetas, Roula; Arcand, JoAnne

    2015-11-01

    Diets of high nutritional quality can aid in the prevention and management of malnutrition in hospitalized patients. This study evaluated the nutritional quality of hospital patient menus. At three large acute care hospitals in Ontario, Canada, 84 standard menus were evaluated, which included regular and carbohydrate-controlled diets and 3000 mg and 2000 mg sodium diets. Mean levels of calories, macronutrients and vitamins and minerals provided were calculated. Comparisons were made with the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI) and Canada's Food Guide (CFG) recommendations. Calorie levels ranged from 1281 to 3007 kcal, with 45% of menus below 1600 kcal. Protein ranged from 49 to 159 g (0.9-1.1 g/kg/day). Energy and protein levels were highest in carbohydrate-controlled menus. All regular and carbohydrate-controlled menus provided macronutrients within the Acceptable Macronutrient Distribution Ranges. The proportion of regular diet menus meeting the DRIs: 0% for fiber; 7% for calcium; 57% for vitamin C; and 100% for iron. Compared to CFG recommended servings, 35% met vegetables and fruit and milk and alternatives, 11% met grain products and 8% met meat and alternatives. These data support the need for frequent monitoring and evaluation of menus, food procurement and menu planning policies and for sufficient resources to ensure menu quality. PMID:26569294

  6. A Multi-Center Assessment of Nutrient Levels and Foods Provided by Hospital Patient Menus

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    Full Text Available Diets of high nutritional quality can aid in the prevention and management of malnutrition in hospitalized patients. This study evaluated the nutritional quality of hospital patient menus. At three large acute care hospitals in Ontario, Canada, 84 standard menus were evaluated, which included regular and carbohydrate-controlled diets and 3000 mg and 2000 mg sodium diets. Mean levels of calories, macronutrients and vitamins and minerals provided were calculated. Comparisons were made with the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI and Canada’s Food Guide (CFG recommendations. Calorie levels ranged from 1281 to 3007 kcal, with 45% of menus below 1600 kcal. Protein ranged from 49 to 159 g (0.9–1.1 g/kg/day. Energy and protein levels were highest in carbohydrate-controlled menus. All regular and carbohydrate-controlled menus provided macronutrients within the Acceptable Macronutrient Distribution Ranges. The proportion of regular diet menus meeting the DRIs: 0% for fiber; 7% for calcium; 57% for vitamin C; and 100% for iron. Compared to CFG recommended servings, 35% met vegetables and fruit and milk and alternatives, 11% met grain products and 8% met meat and alternatives. These data support the need for frequent monitoring and evaluation of menus, food procurement and menu planning policies and for sufficient resources to ensure menu quality.

  7. [Cardiac myxoma in the elderly. Clinical study].

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    Pentimone, F; Del Corso, L; Siuti, E; Verunelli, F; Bortolotti, U; Salvatore, L

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    Cardiac mixoma in the elderly. A clinical study. The clinical features of 13 cardiac myxomas surgically resected are presented. The mean age at presentation was 68 years. Ten were in the left atrium, 5 near the fossa ovalis, 3 at the base of the atrial septum, 1 at the inferior wall and 1 on the anterior leaflet of mitral valve, 3 were in the right atrium, 1 of these was accompanied with a myxoma at the apex of left ventricle. The ECG and the chest X-ray were normal in 9 and in 8 patients, respectively. In 3 patients, the diagnosis was occasionally made by routine 2-dimensional echocardiography. 5 patients presented with fever of unknown origin, arthralgias, weakness, weight loss. None had intracardiac or extracardiac recurrence in the 73 months follow-up. The presentation with constitutional symptoms only like fever of UO, may mimic collagen and neoplastic diseases, vasculitis, lymphomas: the 2-dimensional echocardiography is mandatory to esclude a cardiac myxoma in the elderly. PMID:9213810

  8. Controlled outcome studies of child clinical hypnosis.

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    Adinolfi, Barbara; Gava, Nicoletta

    2013-08-01

    Background Hypnosis is defined as "as an interaction in which the hypnotist uses suggested scenarios ("suggestions") to encourage a person's focus of attention to shift towards inner experiences". Aim of the work The focus of this review is to summarize the findings of controlled outcome studies investigating the potential of clinical hypnosis in pediatric populations. We will examine the following themes: anesthesia, acute and chronic pain, chemotherapy-related distress, along with other specific medical issues. Results Hypnosis is an effective method to reduce pain and anxiety before, during and after the administration of anesthetics, during local dental treatments, invasive medical procedures and in burn children. Hypnosis can be successfully used to manage recurrent headaches, abdominal pain, irritable bowel syndrome and chemotherapy-related distress. Hypnosis has an important role in managing symptoms and improving the quality of life of children suffering from asthma and cystic fibrosis and in facilitating the treatment of insomnia in school-age children. Finally, hypnosis can be effectively used for the treatment of some habitual disorders such as nocturnal enuresis and dermatologic conditions, including atopic dermatitis and chronic eczema Conclusions Clinical hypnosis seems to be a useful, cheap and side-effects free tool to manage fear, pain and several kinds of stressful experiences in pediatric populations. Children who receive self-hypnosis trainings achieve significantly greater improvements in their physical health, quality of life, and self-esteem. PMID:24165457

  9. Experimental and clinical studies on CT lymphography

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    Indirect lymphography using computed tomographic apparatus (CT Lymphography) was attempted in 15 dogs with newly devised contrast medium for the opacification of hilar and mediastinal lymphnodes. Clinical application was performed in 2 cases of lung cancer. Newly devised contrast material is an emulsion, which consists of oily contrast medium, non-ionic surfactant and glucose solution. The contrast medium was injected percutaneously into subdiaphragmatic space, or into bronchial walls by bronchofiberscopic technique. CT was able to demonstrate the opacified hilar and mediastinal nodes much more in number than demonstrated in conventional radiograms. It was true in 6 to 11 cases when injected into subdiaphragmatic spaces, and in 2 of 4 cases with an injection into bronchial walls. In clinical studies, CT revealed opacification of mediastinal nodes in one case of lung cancer. Although the procedure is still inferior to the demonstrability of routine indirect lymphography for the evaluation of the fine structure of each node, it showed no remarkable side effects. As the satisfactory method of opacifying hilar and mediastinal nodes has not yet been established, our method is thought to be of value in applying for detection of the metastatic lymphnodes. (author)

  10. Design of the Nephrotic Syndrome Study Network (NEPTUNE) to evaluate primary glomerular nephropathy by a multi-disciplinary approach

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    Gadegbeku, Crystal A.; Gipson, Debbie S.; Holzman, Larry; Ojo, Akinlolu O.; Song, Peter; Barisoni, Laura; Sampson, Matthew G.; Kopp, Jeffrey; Lemley, Kevin V.; Nelson, Peter; Lienczewski, Chrysta; Adler, Sharon; Appel, Gerald; Cattran, Daniel; Choi, Michael

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    The Nephrotic Syndrome Study Network (NEPTUNE) is a North American multi-center collaborative consortium established to develop a translational research infrastructure for Nephrotic Syndrome. This includes a longitudinal observational cohort study, a pilot and ancillary studies program, a training program, and a patient contact registry. NEPTUNE will enroll 450 adults and children with minimal change disease, focal segmental glomerulosclerosis and membranous nephropathy for detailed clinical,...

  11. Anxiety and depression among outpatients with type 2 diabetes: A multi-centre study of prevalence and associated factors

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    Abstract Background Anxiety and depression contribute to poor disease outcomes among individuals with diabetes. This study aimed to assess the prevalence of anxiety and depression and to identify their associated factors including metabolic components among people with type 2 diabetes. Methods We conducted a cross-sectional, multi-center study in four out-patient clinics in Karachi, Pakistan. In all, 889 adults with type-2 diabetes were included in this study. Anxiety and depression were meas...

  12. Seizures after stroke : a prospective clinical study.

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    Full Text Available Stroke is one of the most common causes of epilepsy in elderly. However, there have been very few prospective studies to define the incidence, pattern and outcome of seizures in stroke. Most studies are based on retrospective analysis of hospital records. Hence, we planned this prospective study to see the clinical, radiological and electroencephalographic characteristics of seizures in stroke and their outcome, from a north Indian tertiary care centre. Over a span of approximately 6 years, 269 consecutive patients with stroke were studied and followed up. Thirty-five (13% of these developed seizures, primarily related to stroke, during mean follow up period of 15.9 months. Twenty of these had infarctions while 15 had haemorrhages. Involvement of the cortical region was seen in most of the patients with seizures. In these patients, 86% of the lesions involved cortical areas exclusively or in addition to subcortical areas on CT scan of the brain. Twenty-seven (77% developed early seizures, two third of them had immediate post-stroke seizures. None of the patients with early onset seizures developed recurrent seizures or epilepsy, while 50% of late onset seizures developed epilepsy. No specific EEG pattern was found in those who later developed epilepsy. In the present study, early onset seizures after stroke were rather common and did not affect outcome and did not recur even when not treated with anti-epileptics. Late onset seizures were less common but were associated with recurrent seizures.

  13. A CLINICAL STUDY ON SCROTAL SWELLINGS

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    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: The scrotum is a cutaneous bag containing the right and left testis, the epididymis and the lower parts of the spermatic cords. 1 Scrotal swellings are the commonest swellings affecting both children and adults. Though these swellings are frequently encountered, many times correct dia gnosis is not made and testis has been sacrificed . It also affects the physical wellbeing of the patient, is rather a mental agony for him. Most of the times, patients hesitate to come early and may come with late complications. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY: 1. To determine and confirm various etiological aspects of different swellings of scrotum. 2. To study various modes of presentations, relative incidence and diagnostic procedures for swellings of scrotum. 3. To study the various techniques and proc edures done . MATERIALS AND METHODS: STUDY DESIGN: Prospective Clinical Study . STUDY AREA: Sri Venkateswara Medical College , Tirupathi . SOURCE OF DATA: The material for the present study is collected from the patients who present to the Out Patient Department of Surgery, Sri Venkateswara Medical College with swelling in the scrotal region fulfilling the inclusion criteria. SAMPLE SIZE: 100 patients fulfil ling the inclusion criteria . METHOD OF COLLECTION OF DATA: Detailed history taking , Complete clinical examination , Appropriate Investigations Blood & Urine Examination, USG , Performing surgery for the indicated cases & Operative findings were recorded. INC LUSION CRITERIA: Patients aged between 13 to 60yrs. Cystic swellings from the testes & its coverings, epididymis, spermatic cord & from scrotal skin. EXCLUSION CRITERIA : Cystic inguino - scrotal swellings. Patients aged above 60. RESULTS & CONCLUSIONS: Major ity of the patients with swelling of the scrotum belonged to the 31 - 40 years of age group (50% followed by 41 - 50 years (18% and 21 - 30 years (12%. Scrotal swelling was the common mode of presentation (60%. Right side was

  14. Multi-center evaluation of the novel fully-automated PCR-based Idylla™ BRAF Mutation Test on formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue of malignant melanoma.

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    Melchior, Linea; Grauslund, Morten; Bellosillo, Beatriz; Montagut, Clara; Torres, Erica; Moragón, Ester; Micalessi, Isabel; Frans, Johan; Noten, Veerle; Bourgain, Claire; Vriesema, Renske; van der Geize, Robert; Cokelaere, Kristof; Vercooren, Nancy; Crul, Katrien; Rüdiger, Thomas; Buchmüller, Diana; Reijans, Martin; Jans, Caroline

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    The advent of BRAF-targeted therapies led to increased survival in patients with metastatic melanomas harboring a BRAF V600 mutation (implicated in 46-48% of malignant melanomas). The Idylla(™) System (Idylla(™)), i.e., the real-time-PCR-based Idylla(™) BRAF Mutation Test performed on the fully-automated Idylla(™) platform, enables detection of the most frequent BRAF V600 mutations (V600E/E2/D, V600K/R/M) in tumor material within approximately 90 min and with 1% detection limit. Idylla(™) performance was determined in a multi-center study by analyzing BRAF mutational status of 148 archival formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tumor samples from malignant melanoma patients, and comparing Idylla(™) results with assessments made by commercial or in-house routine diagnostic methods. Of the 148 samples analyzed, Idylla(™) initially recorded 7 insufficient DNA input calls and 15 results discordant with routine method results. Further analysis learned that the quality of 8 samples was insufficient for Idylla(™) testing, 1 sample had an invalid routine test result, and Idylla(™) results were confirmed in 10 samples. Hence, Idylla(™) identified all mutations present, including 7 not identified by routine methods. Idylla(™) enables fully automated BRAF V600 testing directly on FFPE tumor tissue with increased sensitivity, ease-of-use, and much shorter turnaround time compared to existing diagnostic tests, making it a tool for rapid, simple and highly reliable analysis of therapeutically relevant BRAF mutations, in particular for diagnostic units without molecular expertise and infrastructure. PMID:26407762

  15. Multi-center Superstrata

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    Tian, Wukongjiaozi

    2016-01-01

    We construct a new class of superstrata, the regular supergravity solutions describing the microstates of D1-D5-P black holes. Our solutions are obtained by adding momentum charge to the D1-D5 geometries based on multiple concentric Kaluza-Klein monopoles.

  16. Experimental and clinical studies with intraoperative radiotherapy

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    Studies of normal tissue tolerance to intraoperative radiotherapy were done upon 65 dogs subjected to laparotomy and 11 million electron volt electron irradiation in doses ranging from zero to 5,000 rads. Results of studies indicated that intact aorta and vena cava tolerate up to 5,000 rads without loss of structural integrity. Ureteral fibrosis and stenosis develop at doses of 3,000 rads or more. Arterial anastomoses heal after doses of 4,500 rads, but fibrosis can lead to occlusion. Intestinal suture lines heal after doses of 4,500 rads. Bile duct fibrosis and stenosis develop at doses of 2,000 rads or more. Biliary-enteric anastomoses fail to heal at any dose level. A clinical trial of intraoperative radiotherapy combined with radical surgery was performed upon 20 patients with advanced malignant tumors which were considered unlikely to be cured by conventional therapies and which included carcinomas of the stomach, carcinomas of the pancreas, carcinomas involving the hilus of the liver, retroperitoneal sarcomas and osteosarcomas of the pelvis. All patients underwent resection of gross tumor, followed by intraoperative irradiation of the tumor bed and regional nodal basins. Some patients received additional postoperative external beam radiotherapy. Treatment mortality for combined operation and radiotherapy occurred in four of 20 patients. Postoperative complications occurred in four of the 16 surviving patients. Local tumor control was achieved in 11 of the 16 surviving patients, with an over-all median follow-up period of 18 months. The clinical trial suggested that intraoperative radiotherapy is a feasible adjunct to resection in locally advanced tumors, that the resulting mortality and morbidity is similar to that expected from operation alone and that local tumor control may be improved

  17. Uremic pruritus. Clinical and experimental studies.

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    Ståhle-Bäckdahl, M

    1989-01-01

    The aim of the study was to investigate clinical aspects of pruritus in maintenance hemodialysis patients and to evaluate factors of putative pathogenic importance. 60-65% of the patients in a maintenance hemodialysis program during a two-year period suffered from itching. Patients with pruritus tended to have been on dialysis treatment longer than those without pruritus (p = 0.05), otherwise there was no difference in clinical data or routine laboratory tests. Measurement of itch intensity continuously over one week in 28 patients using a computerized method showed that itching peaked at night after two days without dialysis, was relatively high during treatment and lowest during the day following dialysis. Our results suggest that the accumulation of pruritogens between dialysis sessions influences the intensity of itching. Most patients had "dry" skin. Recording of the stratum corneum water content by measurement of electrical capacitance, in 31 patients (19 with pruritus) and 12 controls, disclosed no significant difference between dialysis patients and controls, but a tendency that pruritic patients had a lower water content than the other subjects. In different body areas, there was a positive correlation in all groups between the clinical estimation of xerosis and hydration. Serum concentrations of parathyroid hormone (PTH) were significantly higher in dialysis patients with pruritus than in those without, but there was no correlation between the degree of symptoms and the PTH level. Indirect immunohistochemistry revealed no immunoreactivity for different parts of the PTH molecule in skin biopsies from uremic patients. Intradermal injections of PTH fragments did not evoke itching or other cutaneous reactions in patients or controls. Our results do not support PTH as a peripheral mediator of uremic itching. Flare reactions induced by intradermal histamine injections were significantly smaller in 26 dialysis patients (18 with pruritus) than in 9 healthy

  18. Clinical application of cerebral dynamic perfusion studies

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    Radionuclide cerebral perfusion studies are assuming a far greater importance in the detection and differential diagnosis of cerebral lesions. Perfusion studies not only contribute to the differential diagnosis of lesions but in certain cases are the preferred methods by which more accurate clinical interpretations can be made. The characteristic blood flow of arterio-venous malformations readily differentiates this lesion from neoplasms. The decreased perfusion or absent perfusion observed in cerebral infarctions is diagnostic without concurrent evidence from static images. Changes in rates and direction of blood flow contribute fundamental information to the status of stenosis and vascular occlusion and, in addition, offer valuable information on the competency and routes of collateral circulation. The degree of cerebral perfusion after cerebral vascular accidents appears to be directly related to patient recovery, particularly muscular function. Cerebral perfusion adds a new parameter in the diagnosis of subdural haematomas and concussion and in the differentiation of obscuring radioactivity from superficial trauma. Although pictorial displays of perfusion blood flow will offer information in most cerebral vascular problems, the addition of computer analysis better defines temporal relationships of regional blood flow, quantitative changes in flow and the detection of the more subtle increases or decreases in cerebral blood flow. The status of radionuclide cerebral perfusion studies has taken on an importance making it the primary modality for the diagnosis of cerebral lesions. (author)

  19. A CLINICAL STUDY ON ILEAL PERFORATION

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    Kishore Babu

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION Ileal perforation is a common problem seen in tropical countries, the commonest cause being typhoid fever. In western countries the causes are malignancy, trauma and mechanical aetiology, in the order of frequency.1,2,3 Over the years a definite changing trend has been observed in ileal perforations both in terms of causes, treatment and prognosis. Better antibiotics, aggressive surgery and the elimination of conservative treatment, better preoperative and postoperative care have all significantly contributed to the improvement in patient outcome.4,5 But still cases of ileal perforation cause a significant morbidity and mortality that persists despite the significant changes in health care over the years. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES To study the aetiology, presentation, management outcome and the factors influencing prognosis and outcome in ileal perforations. MATERIAL & METHODS Study Setting S. V. Medical College, Department of General Surgery, Tirupati. Study Period Patients attending S. V. Medical College, Department of General Surgery with perforation during the period from November 2012 to October 2015. Inclusion Criteria Patients between age group of more than 14 years presenting with pain abdomen and who are diagnosed to have ileal perforation in the intra operative period are selected. Exclusion Criteria Patients with peritonitis due to other causes like gastric, duodenum or large bowel perforation are excluded. Study Method The present study is a prospective study done on 28 patients of ileal perforation due to typhoid complication, nonspecific and traumatic perforations. History, clinical examination, investigations, operative findings, post-operative complications were recorded. In patients with non-traumatic perforations Widal test was done. CONCLUSION Typhoid fever and traumatic aetiology are the most common cause of Ileal perforation, followed by TB. Patients are more of male gender and are in reproductive age group. Widal

  20. Compliance with mandatory reporting of clinical trial results on ClinicalTrials.gov: cross sectional study

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    Prayle, A.P.; Hurley, M.N.; Smyth, Alan R

    2012-01-01

    Objective To examine compliance with mandatory reporting of summary clinical trial results (within one year of completion of trial) on ClinicalTrials.gov for studies that fall under the recent Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act (FDAAA) legislation. Design Registry based study of clinical trial summaries. Data sources ClinicalTrials.gov, searched on 19 January 2011, with cross referencing with Drugs@FDA to determine for which trials mandatory reporting was required within one...

  1. Statistical Issues in TBI Clinical Studies

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    Paul eRapp

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available The identification and longitudinal assessment of traumatic brain injury presents several challenges. Because these injuries can have subtle effects, efforts to find quantitative physiological measures that can be used to characterize traumatic brain injury are receiving increased attention. The results of this research must be considered with care. Six reasons for cautious assessment are outlined in this paper. None of the issues raised here are new. They are standard elements in the technical literature that describes the mathematical analysis of clinical data. The purpose of this paper is to draw attention to these issues because they need to be considered when clinicians evaluate the usefulness of this research. In some instances these points are demonstrated by simulation studies of diagnostic processes. We take as an additional objective the explicit presentation of the mathematical methods used to reach these conclusions. This material is in the appendices. The following points are made:1. A statistically significant separation of a clinical population from a control population does not ensure a successful diagnostic procedure.2. Adding more variables to a diagnostic discrimination can, in some instances, actually reduce classification accuracy.3. A high sensitivity and specificity in a TBI versus control population classification does not ensure diagnostic successes when the method is applied in a more general neuropsychiatric population. 4. Evaluation of treatment effectiveness must recognize that high variability is a pronounced characteristic of an injured central nervous system and that results can be confounded by either disease progression or spontaneous recovery. A large pre-treatment versus post-treatment effect size does not, of itself, establish a successful treatment.5. A procedure for discriminating between treatment responders and nonresponders requires, minimally, a two phase investigation. This procedure must include a

  2. The Clinical Efficacy of Mometasone Furoate in Multi-Lamellar Emulsion for Eczema: A Double-blinded Crossover Study

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    Kim, Duk Han; Lee, Hyun Jong; Park, Chun Wook; Kim, Kyu Han; Lee, Kwang Hoon; Ro, Byung In

    2013-01-01

    Background Topical application of corticosteroids also has an influence on skin barrier impairment. Physiological lipid mixtures, such as multi-lamellar emulsion (MLE) containing a natural lipid component leads to effective recovery of the barrier function. Objective The purpose of this study was to conduct an evaluation of the therapeutic efficacy and skin barrier protection of topical mometasone furoate in MLE. Methods A multi-center randomized, double-blind, controlled study was performed to assess the efficacy and safety of mometasone furoate cream in MLE for Korean patients with eczema. The study group included 175 patients with eczema, who applied either mometasone furoate in MLE cream or methylprednisolone aceponate cream for 2 weeks. Treatment efficacy was evaluated using the physician's global assessment of clinical response (PGA), trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL), and visual analogue scale (VAS) for pruritus. Patients were evaluated using these indices at days 4, 8, and 15. Results Comparison of PGA score, TEWL, and VAS score at baseline with those at days 4, 8, and 15 of treatment showed a significant improvement in both groups. Patients who applied mometasone furoate in MLE (74.8%) showed better results (p<0.05) than those who applied methylprednisolone aceponate (47.8%). The TEWL improvement ratio was higher in the mometasone furoate in MLE group than that in the methylprednisolone aceponate group, and VAS improvement was also better in the mometasone furoate in MLE group. Conclusion Mometasone furoate in MLE has a better therapeutic efficacy as well as less skin barrier impairment than methylprednisolone aceponate. PMID:23467551

  3. CLINICAL AND HISTOPATHOLOGICAL STUDY OF CUTANEOUS TUBERCULOSIS

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    Ashok S

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Extrapulmonary tuberculosis constitutes about 10% of all cases of tuberculosis, and cutaneous tuberculosis makes up only a small proportion of these cases. Despite prevention programs, tuberculosis is still progressing endemically in developing countries. Commonest clinical variant of cutaneous tuberculosis in our study was tuberculous verrucosa cutis (TBVC seen in 46.66% patients followed by Lupus vulgaris seen in 33.33% patients followed by scrofuloderma (13.33%, papulonecrotic tuberculide (6.66%. The commonest site of involvement was upper limbs seen in 46.66% patients followed by lower limb seen in 20% patients, face, neck, inguinal region, axilla, chest in 6.66% and generalized pappilary eruptions in 6.66% patients. Maximum percentage of patients (53.3% had duration of cutaneous tuberculosis between 1-3 years followed by 33.33% between 1-6 months, 6.66% had duration of cutaneous tuberculosis between 7-12 months, and rest 6.66% had duration between 4-6 years. The commonest histopathological feature in our study was tuberculoid granuloma with epithelioid and Langhans giant cells seen in 70% patients, hyperkeratosis was seen in 13.33% patients and AFB bacilli were seen in 6.66% patients.

  4. Bioplastique at 6 years: clinical outcome studies.

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    Ersek, R A; Gregory, S R; Salisbury, A V

    1997-11-01

    Bioplastique is a biphasic polymer for the permanent augmentation of some soft tissues. It was developed in 1987, and clinical studies at this institution were begun in 1990. The combination of low molecular weight polyvinylpyrrolidone and solid polymer particles allows the implantation of permanent polymer spheres through a small needle under local anesthesia. In this study 127 cases are reviewed of consecutive patients who have received Bioplastique for scar revision, wrinkles, and augmentation for soft-tissue defects at 6 years after application. All patients who had not been in for follow-up recently were contacted by mail and questioned on the permanence of augmentation and migration of particles. About 30 percent of the patients were unreachable and had their charts reviewed for permanence and migration of particles. In eight of these cases, Bioplastique was removed because of overcorrection, two of them may have had infection. Bioplastique has gained wide use throughout the world and although some complications have been reported, in general, it functions quite well when used in selected cases. PMID:9385974

  5. Clinical study of the stunned myocardium

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    Clinical features of 37 cases of stunned myocardium were studied. Mean duration of asynergy was 22.6±15.7 days. In all 11 cases of unstable angina without any significant serum creatine kinase leakage, the duration of asynergy was within 14 days. Related coronary lesions were reperfused (spontaneously or by interventional therapy) to TIMI grade II or higher. Transient Q waves were observed in 39% of all cases. Negative T waves tended to be prolonged, and persisted after disappearance of asynergy in 74% of all cases. 201Tl uptake in the stunned area varied widely between individual cases (ranging from 'absent' to 'normal'), although it became normal in all cases in the chronic stage. Maldistribution of 99mTc-pyrophosphate (PYP) to the endocardial side of the stunned area was observed in 33%. In 186 cases of acute coronary syndrome, we studied whether or not reversibility of ischemia-disturbed myocardium could be predicted by simultaneous dual isotope SPECT, and found that 201Tl-uptake in the chronic stage significantly improved in the region showing absence of 99mTc-PYP accumulation or maldistribution of 99mTc-PYP to the endocardial side, while reversibility of the region showing transmural 99mTc-PYP accumulation and a dought pattern was poor. Ischemia-associated myocardial damage recovered to various degrees, and dual isotope SPECT was useful in evaluating the reversibility of such damage already at the acute stage. (author)

  6. Leveraging a clinical research information system to assist biospecimen data and workflow management: a hybrid approach

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    2011-01-01

    Background Large multi-center clinical studies often involve the collection and analysis of biological samples. It is necessary to ensure timely, complete and accurate recording of analytical results and associated phenotypic and clinical information. The TRIBE-AKI Consortium http://www.yale.edu/tribeaki supports a network of multiple related studies and sample biorepository, thus allowing researchers to take advantage of a larger specimen collection than they might have at an individual institution. Description We describe a biospecimen data management system (BDMS) that supports TRIBE-AKI and is intended for multi-center collaborative clinical studies that involve shipment of biospecimens between sites. This system works in conjunction with a clinical research information system (CRIS) that stores the clinical data associated with the biospecimens, along with other patient-related parameters. Inter-operation between the two systems is mediated by an interactively invoked suite of Web Services, as well as by batch code. We discuss various challenges involved in integration. Conclusions Our experience indicates that an approach that emphasizes inter-operability is reasonably optimal in allowing each system to be utilized for the tasks for which it is best suited. PMID:21884570

  7. FETAL ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY: A STUDY OF CLINICAL OUTCOME

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    Rajanish

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND : S tructural abnormalities of the heart and great vessels are fairly common congenital lab normalities with the incidenceof8 in 1000 live births. With the advent of real time scanners fetal cardia can atomy can be analyze d echocardiographically. The earlier diagnosis will make an impact on clinical management of fetus with congenital heart disease. It helps intimely triage and optimal management of specific congenital heart disease either structural , functional orarrhythmia . OBJECTIVES : This study was conducted to note the spectrum of congenital heart diseases detected on fetal echo in pregnant mothers referred with high risk for CHD sand to assess the outcome of prenatally detected congenital heart diseases. MATERIAL S AND METHODS : T he study is aprospective descriptive study conducted in a tertiary care pediatric hospital in Mumbai over period of one year . P regnant mothers were referred for fetal echo , where pregnancy was considered as high risk for CHDs due to maternal , fetalfactorsorabnormallevel 1 scan.Fetal echowas performed by a trained pediatric cardiologistat 18 to 20 week of gestation using HP sonos 2000 echocardiographicmachinewith3/3.5 Hz transducer. Cardiac lesionsandoutcome of pregnancy was noted by postnatal follow - up of patients. RESULTS : A total of 170 patients underwent fetal echo , 13 patients have not delivered and 48 were lost to follow - up. Fetal echo was normal in 130(76.4% and abnormalities were detected in 40(23.5%.Structural anomalies were seen in 24(14.1% , arrhythmia in 5(2.9% and functional abnormalities in 11(6.4%.On outcome analysis84 (77.1% arealive , IUD /terminationof pregnancyoccurred in 18(16.5% , neonatal death in 6 (5.5% , infant death in 1 (0.9%. CONCLUSIONS : All ranges of CHDs can be diagnosed by fetal echocardiography . O utcome of prenatally detected complex congenital heart disease is poor ; nonetheless earlier detection provides a n opportunity for early interventions and

  8. Using Clinical Gait Case Studies to Enhance Learning in Biomechanics

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    Chester, Victoria

    2011-01-01

    Clinical case studies facilitate the development of clinical reasoning strategies through knowledge and integration of the basic sciences. Case studies have been shown to be more effective in developing problem-solving abilities than the traditional lecture format. To enhance the learning experiences of students in biomechanics, clinical case…

  9. CLINICAL STUDY OF FISTULA IN ANO

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    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Fistula in Ano is a benign treatable lesion of the rectum and the anal canal. Cryptoglandular infection accounts for about 90% of these cases. Majority of the infections are Acute and a minority contributed by chronic low grade infection hence pointing to varying etiologies. The pathogenesis has been attributed to the bursting open of an acute or inadequately treated Anorectal abscess into the peri anal skin. Diagnosis of the condition can be made easily with a good source of light, a proctoscope and a meticulous digital examination. Establishing a cure in this condition is difficult owing to two reasons. Firstly, the site of the infection makes the patient reluctant to subject themselves to examination. Secondly, a significant percent of these diseases persist or recur when appropriate surgery is not done or when the post op care is inadequate. Mostly it affects the young and the middle age group thus affecting productive man hours and quality of life. MATERIALS AND METHODS: All cases of clinically diagnosed Fistulae-in-ano above the age of 12 years, admitted in various surgical units in K.R. Hospital (attached to Government Medical College, Mysore during the study period December 1, 2008 to May 31, 2010. REUSLTS: Age Incidence, Sex Incidence, Socio Economic Status, Modes of Presentation, No. of External Openings, Situation of External Openings, Level of Fistulae, Type of surgical treatment, Associated with Fissure in Ano, Postoperative complication and Results were studied. CONCLUSION: Commonest age of presentation in our series is 30-40 years – 40%. Males are more commonly affected. Ratio Male: Female::3:1, Disease is more commonly seen in people with lower socio economic status group. 80% High socio economic class 20%. Discharging sinus is the commonest mode of presentation 72% and pain 72% and 84% pass history of perianal abscess was the presenting symptoms.

  10. A Study of Abbreviations in Clinical Notes

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    Xu, Hua; Stetson, Peter D.; Friedman, Carol

    2007-01-01

    Various natural language processing (NLP) systems have been developed to unlock patient information from narrative clinical notes in order to support knowledge based applications such as error detection, surveillance and decision support. In many clinical notes, abbreviations are widely used without mention of their definitions, which is very different from the use of abbreviations in the biomedical literature. Thus, it is critical, but more challenging, for NLP systems to correctly interpret...

  11. Ceftriaxone: in vitro studies and clinical evaluation.

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    Gnann, J. W.; Goetter, W E; Elliott, A M; Cobbs, C G

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    The in vitro activity of ceftriaxone against 437 clinical isolates of gram-negative bacilli was determined. Ceftriaxone was found to have high in vitro activity against Enterobacteriaceae, with the exception of Enterobacter cloacae. Ceftriaxone was only minimally active against Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Acinetobacter calcoaceticus. We evaluated the clinical efficacy and toxicity of ceftriaxone in 55 adult patients. Bacterial infection was confirmed by the isolation of etiological bacteria in...

  12. A Controlled Study on Clinic Results of Active Intrauterine Device Preserving in Later - puerperium and Post - men- opause Samples in Multi-centers%晚产褥期与经后放置活性宫内节育器多中心临床比较性研究

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    任灿晴; 郑淑云

    2003-01-01

    目的:总结分析浙江省晚产褥期与经后放置活性宫内节育器(IUD)多中心临床效果比较性研究3年的结果.方法:接受晚产褥组放置对象818例,其中活性γ型IUD 204例,TCu 220C IUD 210例,宫Cu IUD 193例,药铜165 IUD211例;经后组763例,其中活性γ型IUD 195例,TCu 220C IUD 194例,宫Cu及药铜165 IUD各为187例.观察3年使用效果,3年中失访7例,随访率99%以上.结果:晚产褥组3年继续存放率活性γ型IUD92.07/100妇女,TCu220C IUD 86.73/100妇女,官CuIUD 84.05/100妇女,药铜165 IUD 81.62/100妇女;经后组3年继续存放率活性γ型IUD 87.18/100妇女,TCu 220C IUD 83.38/100妇女,宫Cu IUD 89.77/100妇女,药铜165 IUD 79.13%,两组的带器妊娠率、脱落率、因症取出率均无统计学差异(P>0.05).而四种IUD相比较,3年继续存放率活性γ型IUD最高,药铜最低,两种IUD之间有极显著性的差异(P<0.01),因症取出率以TCu 220C IUD最高,其余依次为宫Cu IUD,活性γ型IUD和药铜165IUD.结论:四种活性IUD均适合于晚产褥期与经后妇女放置.经对晚产褥组观察,放置活性IUD不增加产科并发症,不增加副反应的发生率.对于今后及时落实避孕措施,减少哺乳期妇女妊娠,保障妇女身心健康,将有极为重要的意义.

  13. A CLINICAL STUDY OF STROKE IN YOUNG

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    Kumbha Thulasi Ram

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available NTRIDUCTION : Stroke is one of the important causes of morbidity and mortality all over the world. Incidence of stroke steadily increases with age. Experts are concerned of the emerging stroke epidemic in India. Stroke affecting the young has potentially devastating consequence son the individual and his family. Certain risk factors are unique to the young. I t needs more studies for identification and modification of risk factors. The study aims to evaluate clinical features, risk factors, etiology and mortality of stroke in young patients. METHODS : 74 young patients satisfying the inclusion criteria were included in this study. A detailed history was taken from young stroke patients, systemic examination and required investigations were done. Data was collected in standardized proforma and analysed. RESULTS: Stroke in young accounts for 7.95% of stroke cases of all age groups. The mean age of the patients was 34.66 ± 7.48 years. Among 74 patients, 47(63.51% were male and 27(36.49% were female. Seizures, decreased consciousness, speech involvement and motor deficit were observed in 33.78%, 44.59%, 22.97% and 100% of cases respectively. 82.43% patients had ischemic and 17.57% patients had hemorrhagic stroke. Among ischemic stroke, large artery atherosclerosis was 16.21%, tuberculous meningoencephalitis with vasculitis was 16.21%, lacunar stroke was 10.81%, CVT was 10.81% and cardio embolic stroke was 6.76%. Smoking (59.45%, alcoholism (58.10%, hypertension (43.24%, coronary artery disease (8.10%, diabetes mellitus (10.81%, elevated total cholesterol (25.67%, elevated low density lipo proteins (22.97%, elevated triglycerides (27.02% and low HDL (22.97% were important risk factors. Carotid doppler was abnormal in 9.45% of patients. 6.76% patients had mitral stenosis in echocardiogram. Low protein C and protein S were found in 1.35% of patients. Eight (10.81% patients died during the hospital stay. INTERPRETATION AND CONCLUSIONS: The major risk

  14. Outcome of Acute Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding in Patients with Coronary Artery Disease: A Matched Case–control Study

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    Kessarin Thanapirom; Wiriyaporn Ridtitid; Rungsun Rerknimitr; Rattikorn Thungsuk; Phadet Noophun; Chatchawan Wongjitrat; Somchai Luangjaru; Padet Vedkijkul; Comson Lertkupinit; Swangphong Poonsab; Thawee Ratanachu-ek; Piyathida Hansomburana; Bubpha Pornthisarn; Thirada Thongbai; Varocha Mahachai

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    Background/Aim: The risk of upper gastrointestinal bleeding (UGIB) increases in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) due to the frequent use of antiplatelets. There is some data reporting on treatment outcomes in CAD patients presenting with UGIB. We aim to determine the clinical characteristics and outcomes of UGIB in patients with CAD, compared with non-CAD patients. Patients and Methods: We conducted a prospective multi-center cohort study (THAI UGIB-2010) that enrolled 981 consecut...

  15. [Clinical studies of pediatric malabsorption syndromes].

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    Hosoyamada, Takashi

    2006-11-01

    Multiple cases with various types of pediatric malabsorption syndromes were evaluated. The clinical manifestations, laboratory findings, pathophysiology, and histopathological descriptions of each patient were analyzed in an effort to clear the pathogenesis of the malabsorption syndromes and the treatments were undertaken. The cases studied, included one patient with cystic fibrosis, two with lactose intolerance with lactosuria (Durand type), one with primary intestinal lymphangiectasia, two with familial hypobetalipoproteinemia, one with Hartnup disease, one with congenital chroride diarrhea, one with acrodermatitis enteropathica, one with intestinal nodular lymphoid hyperplasia (NLH), five with intractable diarrhea of early infancy and four with glycogenosis type Ia. Each case description and outcome is described below: 1. A 15-year-old Japanese boy with cystic fibrosis presented with severe symptoms, including pancreatic insufficiency, bronchiectasis, pneumothorax and hemoptysis. His prognosis was poor. Analysis of the CFTR genes of this patient revealed a homozygous large deletion from intron 16 to 17b. 2. In the sibling case of Durand type lactose intolerance, the subjects'disaccaridase activity of the small bowel, including lactase, were within normal limits. The results of per oral and per intraduodenal lactose tolerance tests confirmed lactosuria in both. These observations suggested, not only an abnormal gastric condition, but also duodenal and intestinal mucosal abnormal permeability of lactose. 3. In the case of primary intestinal lymphangiectasia, the subject had a lymphedematous right arm and hand, a grossly coarsened mucosal pattern of the upper gastrointestinal tract (identified via radiologic examination) and the presence of lymphangiectasia (confirmed via duodenal mucosal biopsy). The major laboratory findings were hypoalbuminemia, decreased immunoglobulin levels and lymphopenia resulting from loss of lymph fluid and protein into the gastro

  16. A multi-center, randomized controlled trial of a group psychological intervention for psychosis with comorbid cannabis dependence over the early course of illness.

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    Madigan, Kevin

    2013-01-01

    Patients who experience the onset of psychotic illness with a comorbid diagnosis of cannabis dependence experience poor clinical outcomes. Few studies have identified interventions that reduce cannabis use and improve clinical outcome in this population.

  17. Psychometric qualities of the Dutch version of the Pediatric Inventory for Parents (PIP) : a multi-center study

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    Vrijmoet-Wiersma, C. M. Jantien; Hoekstra-Weebers, Josette E. H. M.; de Peinder, W. M. G. Margreet; Koopman, Hendrik M.; Tissing, Wim J. E.; Treffers, Philip D. A.; Bierings, Marc B.; Jansen, Nathalie C. A.; Grootenhuis, Martha A.; Egeler, R. Maarten

    2010-01-01

    Objectives: Diagnosis and treatment of childhood cancer are continuous stressors in the lives of the entire family involved. Disease-related tools for the assessment of parental stress and adaptation are scarce. For that reason, the Pediatric Inventory for Parents (PIP), a disease-related measure, w

  18. Measurements of the relative backscatter contribution to the monitor chamber for modern medical linear accelerators; A multi-center study

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    Sibolt, Patrik; Cronholm, Rickard O.; Beierholm, Anders Ravnsborg;

    2015-01-01

    obtained BSF measurements were compared with MC simulations performed using the BEAMnrc user code. For flattened beams on the Varian linacs, the measured BSF exhibited a clear linear correlation with square jaw settings (correlation coefficient r > 0.9 with p <0.001 in all cases). For the ES, however, no...... correlation between BSF and jaw settings was found (r = 0.04, p = 0.92). The change in BSF with jaw settings was also found to be negligible for FFF beams on the TB linacs, indicating that the flattening filter has a substantial influence on the BSF. Furthermore, the backscatter effect was found to be more...

  19. REFLEX, a social-cognitive group treatment to improve insight in schizophrenia : Study protocol of a multi-center RCT

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    Pijnenborg, G H M; Van der Gaag, Mark; Bockting, Claudi L H; Van der Meer, Lisette; Aleman, André

    2011-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Insight is impaired in a majority of people with schizophrenia. Impaired insight is associated with poorer outcomes of the disorder. Based on existing literature, we developed a model that explains which processes may possibly play a role in impaired insight. This model was the starting

  20. Content and timing of feedback and reflection: a multi-center qualitative study of experienced bedside teachers

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    Gonzalo, Jed D.; Heist, Brian S; Duffy, Briar L; Dyrbye, Liselotte; Fagan, Mark J; Ferenchick, Gary; Harrell, Heather; Hemmer, Paul A.; Kernan, Walter N.; Kogan, Jennifer R.; Rafferty, Colleen; Wong, Raymond; Elnicki, Michael D

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    Background Competency-based medical education increasingly recognizes the importance of observation, feedback, and reflection for trainee development. Although bedside rounds provide opportunities for authentic workplace-based implementation of feedback and team-based reflection strategies, this relationship has not been well described. The authors sought to understand the content and timing of feedback and team-based reflection provided by bedside teachers in the context of patient-centered ...

  1. Abnormal neuronal migration: radiologic-clinic study

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    We present our experience in 18 pediatric patients with abnormal neuronal migration. Seven cases of heterotopia of the gray matter, 7 agyria-pachygyria complexes, 1 case of polymicrogyria, 2 cases of schizencephaly and 1 case of hemimegalencephaly were diagnosed by means of ultrasonography, computed tomography and magnetic resonance. The clinical picture was reviewed in each case, with special attention to the occurrence of convulsions, psycho motor development and visual changes. In general, the greater the morphological change, the greater the neurological involvement in these patients. However, the two cases of schizencephaly presented mild clinical expression. Magnetic resonance increases the diagnostic yield in neuronal migration disorders. Nevertheless, either ultrasonography or, especially, computed tomography is useful as a first diagnostic approach in these malformative disorders. (Author)

  2. Kostmann syndrome : A clinical and pathophysiological study

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    Carlsson, Göran

    2004-01-01

    Kostmann syndrome or severe congenital neutropenia (SCN) is a rare disease, usually diagnosed during the first months of life, characterized by extremely low levels of neutrophils in the peripheral blood, a maturational arrest of the myelopoiesis in the bone marrow and severe bacterial infections. The purpose of this project was to improve the understanding of the clinical course and the pathophysiology of autosomal recessive SCN. Rolf Kostmann presented six patients with...

  3. A clinical study of Noonan syndrome.

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    Sharland, M; Burch, M; McKenna, W M; Paton, M A

    1992-01-01

    Clinical details are presented on 151 individuals with Noonan syndrome (83 males and 68 females, mean age 12.6 years). Polyhydramnios complicated 33% of affected pregnancies. The commonest cardiac lesions were pulmonary stenosis (62%), and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (20%), with a normal echocardiogram present in only 12.5% of all cases. Significant feeding difficulties during infancy were present in 76% of the group. Although the children were short (50% with a height less than 3rd centile),...

  4. Therapist adherence in the strong without anorexia nervosa (SWAN) study: A randomized controlled trial of three treatments for adults with anorexia nervosa

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    Andony, Louise Julia; Tay, Elaine; Allen, Karina L; Wade, Tracey D.; Hay, Phillipa; Touyz, Stephen; McIntosh, Virginia V W; Treasure, Janet; Schmidt, Ulrike H.; Fairburn, Christopher G.; Erceg-Hurn, David M; Fursland, Anthea; Crosby, Ross D; Byrne, Susan M.

    2015-01-01

    Objective To develop a psychotherapy rating scale to measure therapist adherence in the Strong Without Anorexia Nervosa (SWAN) study, a multi-center randomized controlled trial comparing three different psychological treatments for adults with anorexia nervosa. The three treatments under investigation were Enhanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT-E), the Maudsley Anorexia Nervosa Treatment for Adults (MANTRA), and Specialist Supportive Clinical Management (SSCM). Method The SWAN Psychother...

  5. Acoustic noise analysis of echo planar imaging. Multi-center trial and comparison with other pulse sequences

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    The purpose of this study was to evaluate acoustic noise in echo planar imaging (EPI) at various magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) centers, and to compare EPI acoustic noise with that in other principal pulse sequences. We measured the maximum clinical acoustic noise (A-weighted root-mean-square sound pressure levels (Leq) and peak impulse sound pressure levels (Lpeak)) for EPI under the same conditions in five clinical superconducting MRI systems (0.5-1.5 T). We also compared the sound pressure levels for EPI and nine different pulse sequences, and analyzed the acoustic noise spectra. There was no significant difference between acoustic noise levels in EPI and other pulse sequences, and these values were within Occupational Safety and Health Administration guidelines at all centers. However, of all the pulse sequences, EPI had the greatest proportion of high-frequency acoustic noise (>1,000 Hz). Single-shot EPI was subject to higher-pitched noise than multi-shot EPI. Even among centers using the same magnet and gradient coil systems, there was considerable difference in acoustic noise levels (maximum differences in Leq and Lpeak were 7.0 dBA and 7.7 dB, respectively). (author)

  6. Clinical Presentation, Management and Outcome of Acute Coronary Syndrome in Yemen: Data from GULF RACE - 2 Registry

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    Al-Motarreb Ahmed; Al-Matry Abdulwahab; Al-Fakih Hesham; Wather Nawar

    2013-01-01

    Background: Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) is increasing in Yemen in recent years and there are no data available on its short and long-term outcome. We evaluated the clinical pictures, management, in-hospital, and long-term outcomes of the ACS patients in Yemen. Design and Setting: A 9-month prospective, multi-center study conducted in 26 hospitals from 9 governorates. The study included 30-day and 1-year mortality follow-up. Patients and Methods: One thousand seven hundred and sixty ...

  7. Congenital myopathies: clinical and immunohistochemical study.

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    Thaha, Fazil; Gayathri, N; Nalini, A

    2011-01-01

    Congenital myopathies (CMs), a group of relatively non-progressive disorders presents with weakness and hypotonia of varying severity, morphologically recognized by specific structural abnormalities within the myofiber. This report presents the clinical and Histopathological features of 40 patients with CMs. Centronuclear myopathy was the commonest (40%) followed by congenital fiber type disproportion (37.5%). Other less common CMs included: myotubular myopathy (5%), nemaline myopathy (5%), central core disease (5%), multicore disease (2.5%) and congenital myopathy with tubular aggregate (5%). Immunolabeling to desmin corresponded to morphological changes within the myofibers while vimentin was negative in all the patients. There is no combined role of these proteins in the disease process. PMID:22234203

  8. Frontotemporal dementia; clinical-radiological study

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    Frontotemporal dementia is the third most common degenerative condition (after Alzheimer Disease and Lewy Body Disease) of the brain. It occurs predominantly after the age of 40 and usually before the age of 65, with equal incidence in men and women. Unspecific behavioral symptoms often lead to misdiagnosis and FTD remains undetected. As in other degenerative dementias, there is no specific tissue marker; therefore, the diagnosis is established in vivo on the basis of clinical and radiological examinations. Structural and functional neuroimaging modalities are most useful in detection and differentiation of FTD as the findings are specific enough to be considered as criteria, based on which the diagnosis of this disorder can be established. (author)

  9. A CLINICAL STUDY OF BENIGN LESIONS OF PINNA

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    Srirangaprasad; Praveen; Shivanagouda; Ritesh; Nagaraj; George K.; Moby

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES To study the clinical aspects of benign lesions of pinna and to evaluate aetiopathological factors, prevalence and management options. METHODS The study included 115 patients during the period from January 2013 to December 2013. The selection criteria included patients presenting with swellings of pinna which included keloids, seromas, sebaceous cyst, preauricular sinus, haemangioma, dermoid and neurofibroma. A detailed clinical history regar...

  10. The clinical & neurophysiological study of leprosy

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    Cabalar, Murat; Yayla, Vildan; Ulutas, Samiye; Senadim, Songul; Oktar, Ayla Culha

    2014-01-01

    Objectives: The aim of this study was to evaluate neurological and neurophysiological features of leprosy. Methods: Seventy seven hospitalized leprosy patients (52 male, 25 female) were examined neurological and neurophysiologically between 2010 and 2012. Standard procedures were performed for evaluating sensory and motor conduction studies to all patients. Motor studies were carried out on median, ulnar, tibial and common peroneal nerves. Sensory studies were carried out on median, ulnar and...

  11. Clinical Study on Treatment of Infantile Rotaviral

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    魏连波; 李智军; 陈宝田; 栾图; 高云飞; 李吉来; 孙升云

    2001-01-01

    Objective: To observe the clinical effect of guava leaf (GL) in treating infantile rotaviral enteritis.Methods: Sixty-two patients of rotaviral enteritis were randomly divided into the treated group treated with GL and the control group treated with Gegen Qinlian Decoction. The time for ceasing diarrhea, content of Na+ in blood, content of Na+ and glucose in stool, and the rate of negative conversion of human rotavirus antigen (HRVA) were observed.Results: The 3-day recovery rate in the treated group (87.1%) was significantly higher than that in the control group (58.1%, P<0.05). The time of ceasing diarrhea in the treated group (25.1±9.5 hrs) was significantly shorter than that in the control group (38.7±15.2 hrs, P<0.01). Moreover, content of Na+ and glucose in stool were reduced obviously in the treated group but not in the control group; and negative conversion rate of HRVA in the former group also got better than that in the latter group (87.1% vs 58.1%, P<0.05). Consequently, the effect of GL was superior to that of the control significantly.Conclusion: GL has good curative effect on infantile rotaviral enteritis.

  12. A study of clinical opinion and practice regarding circumcision

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    Farshi, Z; Atkinson, K; Squire, R

    2000-01-01

    AIM—To establish clinical opinion regarding appropriate indications for circumcision and to examine actual clinical practice.
METHODS—A questionnaire was sent to all NHS hospital consultants in the Yorkshire region of the UK identified as having a role to play in the management of boys (under 16 years of age) requiring circumcision. Retrospective data on actual clinical practice during a three month study period were also collected via a simple proforma.
RESULTS—Of 153 quest...

  13. A clinical evaluation of the ProNOVA XR polymer-free sirolimus eluting coronary stent system in the treatment of patients with de novo coronary artery lesions (EURONOVA XR I study)☆

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    Legutko, Jacek; Zasada, Wojciech; Kałuża, Grzegorz L.; Heba, Grzegorz; Rzeszutko, Lukasz; Jakala, Jacek; Dragan, Jacek; Klecha, Artur; Giszterowicz, Dawid; Dobrowolski, Wojciech; Partyka, Łukasz; Jayaraman, Swaminathan; Dudek, Dariusz

    2013-01-01

    Aims Evaluation of safety and efficacy of ProNOVA XR, a new generation of polymer-free sirolimus eluting stents (SES), utilizing a pharmaceutical excipient for timed release of sirolimus from the XR platform. Methods and results Safety and efficacy of ProNOVA XR coronary stent system was examined in EURONOVA prospective, single arm, multi-center registry of 50 patients with de novo native coronary lesions up to 28 mm in length in arteries between 2.25 and 4 mm. At 6-month, in-stent late lumen loss by QCA was 0.45 ± 0.41 mm and in-stent neointimal volume obstruction in the IVUS sub-study was 14 ± 11%. One-year clinical follow-up revealed a favorable safety profile, with 2% of in-hospital MACE and 6.4% of MACE from hospital discharge up to 12 months (including 1 cardiac death >30 days after stent implantation and 2 TLRs). According to the ARC definition, there was no definite or probable stent thrombosis and 1 possible stent thrombosis (2%) up to 12 months of clinical follow-up. Conclusions In this preliminary evaluation, ProNOVA XR polymer-free sirolimus eluting stent system appeared safe with an early promise of adequate effectiveness in the treatment of de novo coronary lesions in up to 12 months of clinical, angiographic and IVUS follow-up. PMID:23992999

  14. The administration of music therapy training clinics: a descriptive study.

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    Abbott, Elaine A

    2006-01-01

    A two-part study was conducted to describe issues and administrative practices related to university and college affiliated music therapy training clinics. First, all 72 AMTA academic directors were surveyed in order to discover (a) which programs had a clinic, and (b) the reasons why other directors did not operate a clinic. Second, 12 survey respondents, who reported that they were involved with a training clinic, participated in in-depth interviews discussing: (a) their motivations for establishing a clinic, (b) the possible effects of a clinic on the community, (c) the individuals and groups involved in clinic operations, d) clinic space and equipment, (e) policy and procedure topics, (f) specific administrative practices related to clients and students, (g) finances, (h) research (i) quality assurance, (j) dual roles, and (k) liability issues. The administrative practices described by the interviewees varied greatly across clinics and provided a wealth of information that could be considered both useful and thought provoking for those interested in operating a music therapy clinic. PMID:16671838

  15. A nation-wide multicenter retrospective study of the epidemiological, pathological and clinical characteristics of breast cancer in situ in Chinese women in 1999 - 2008.

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    Yanan Kong

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Compared with invasive breast cancer, breast cancer in situ (BCIS is seldom life threatening. However, an increasing incidence has been observed in recent years over the world. The purpose of our study is to investigate the epidemiological, clinical and pathological profiles of BCIS in Chinese women from 1999-2008. METHODS: Four thousand and two hundred-eleven female breast cancer (BC patients were enrolled in this hospital-based nation-wide and multi-center retrospective study. Patients were randomly selected from seven hospitals in seven representative geographical regions of China between 1999 and 2008. The epidemiological, clinical and pathological data were collected based on the designed case report form (CRF. RESULTS: There were one hundred and forty-three BCIS cases in four thousand and two hundred-eleven BC patients (3.4%. The mean age at diagnosis was 48.3 years and BCIS peaked in age group 40-49 yrs (39.9%. The most common subtype was ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS (88.0%. 53.8% were positive for estrogen receptor (ER. Human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2 positive status was observed in 23.8% of patients. All patients underwent surgeries and 14.7% of them had breast conservation therapies (BCT (21/143, but 41.9% accepted chemotherapy (64/143. Much less patients underwent radiotherapy (16.0%, 23/143 and among patients who had BCT, 67% accepted radiotherapy (14/21. Endocrine therapy was taken in 44.1% patients (63/143. CONCLUSIONS: The younger age of BCIS among Chinese women than Western countries and increasing number of cases pose a great challenge. BCT and endocrine therapy are under great needs.

  16. Case Study: Learner Physiotherapists' Perceptions of Clinical Education.

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    Harris, Duncan; Naylor, Sandra

    1992-01-01

    Describes a study conducted in the United Kingdom to discover what processes learner physiotherapists experience in clinical education and whether their experience is comparable to that of other students in medical professions. The need for feedback is addressed, and the role of the clinical educator is discussed. A form for student assessment is…

  17. CLINICAL STUDY OF ACUTE POISONING: A RETROSPECTIVE STUDY

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    Praveen

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available : OBJECTIVES: To determine the common agents, clinical features and outcomes of acute poisoning. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective study of patients of acute poisoning of more than 14 years age admitted through emergency with a history of intentional, self-inflicted and suicidal poisoning in SRMS-IMS from Jan 2010 to Dec 2012. RESULTS: A total of 58 cases were included with a common age of affection 16 to 25 years and male to female ratio 1.63: 1. Poisoning cases occur throughout the year with maximum prevalence in May and minimum in June. Organophosphorus was the most common poison followed by aluminium phosphide. Vomiting was the most common symptoms followed by altered sensorium. 70.68% patients were discharged, 20.68% expired and 8.62% left against medical advice. Aluminium phosphide was the most common toxin consumed by dead patients. CONCLUSION: Acute poisoning is commonly affecting young population and is caused by variety of toxin. High mortality is associated with aluminum phosphide.

  18. [Process of perversion. Methodological and clinical study].

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    Marchais, P

    1975-07-01

    Studies in classical psychiatry and psychoanalysis have reduced perversions to pathological phenomena, by lessening the moral criterion progressively. The applying of a comprehensive method of study of acquired perversions incites to consider various levels of observation. Henceforth properties common to each of these levels appears permitting thus to isolate a general process of perversion. This process, which keeps undeniable links with mental pathology, must however be differentiated, for it is not necessarily to be assimilated or reduced to the latter. Besides, it entails notable consequences on the social and cultural level. PMID:1233902

  19. Cloudwave: distributed processing of "big data" from electrophysiological recordings for epilepsy clinical research using Hadoop.

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    Jayapandian, Catherine P; Chen, Chien-Hung; Bozorgi, Alireza; Lhatoo, Samden D; Zhang, Guo-Qiang; Sahoo, Satya S

    2013-01-01

    Epilepsy is the most common serious neurological disorder affecting 50-60 million persons worldwide. Multi-modal electrophysiological data, such as electroencephalography (EEG) and electrocardiography (EKG), are central to effective patient care and clinical research in epilepsy. Electrophysiological data is an example of clinical "big data" consisting of more than 100 multi-channel signals with recordings from each patient generating 5-10GB of data. Current approaches to store and analyze signal data using standalone tools, such as Nihon Kohden neurology software, are inadequate to meet the growing volume of data and the need for supporting multi-center collaborative studies with real time and interactive access. We introduce the Cloudwave platform in this paper that features a Web-based intuitive signal analysis interface integrated with a Hadoop-based data processing module implemented on clinical data stored in a "private cloud". Cloudwave has been developed as part of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes (NINDS) funded multi-center Prevention and Risk Identification of SUDEP Mortality (PRISM) project. The Cloudwave visualization interface provides real-time rendering of multi-modal signals with "montages" for EEG feature characterization over 2TB of patient data generated at the Case University Hospital Epilepsy Monitoring Unit. Results from performance evaluation of the Cloudwave Hadoop data processing module demonstrate one order of magnitude improvement in performance over 77GB of patient data. (Cloudwave project: http://prism.case.edu/prism/index.php/Cloudwave). PMID:24551370

  20. Melanocytic nevi in children: A clinical study

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    Senthilkumar M

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Melanocytic nevi show different presentations in children which have not much studied in India. PURPOSES: To document the incidence and pattern of melanocytic nevi in children. METHODS: A total of 4,256 paediatric cases attending the dermatology OPD, JIPMER during the study period from August 2002 to August 2004 were screened for melanocytic nevi. FINDINGS: Out of these, 41 (0.96% cases were found to have melanocytic nevi. The mean age of these cases was 1.4 years (range of 3 days to 14 years. Fourteen (34.1% of them were males and 27 (65.9% were females with male to female ratio of 1:1.9. Majority of these cases (32 cases, 78% were in the age group of 0-1 year. Thirty-seven (90.2% cases had single lesion and 4 (9.8% cases had multiple lesions. The size of the nevi varied from 1.5 cm to 20 cm in 40 (97.6% cases and more than 20 cm in 1 (2.4% case. The most common site of involvement was the back (32 cases, 78% followed by head and neck (6 cases, 14.6%. Out of the total of 41 cases, 30 (73.2% were Mongolian spots, 8 (19.5% were congenital melanocytic nevi, one case (2.4% each had giant congenital melanocytic nevus, nevus spilus and nevus of Ota. Four cases had other associated cutaneous disorders. These included ashleaf macules in 2 cases, epidermolysis bullosa simplex in 1 case and a solitary case had both cafι-au-lait macule and mixed hemangioma. The systemic associations included seizures (suspected neurocutaneous melanosis in a solitary case of congenital melanocytic nevi. CONCLUSIONS: The spectrum of melanocytic nevi seen in children in this study partially differs from this of abroad studies. LIMITATION: Unicentre hospital-based study which cannot be generalized.

  1. THE CLINICAL STUDY OF GESTATIONAL DIABETES MELLITUS

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    Maxima; Meenakshi; Manan

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is defined as glucose intolerance of variable degree with onset or first recognition during pregnancy. It accounts for 90% of the cases of diabetes mellitus in pregnancy. Family history of diabetes and high body mass in dex are risk factors for developing gestational diabetes mellitus. In high risk populations, the recurrence risk with future pregnancies is also high. AIM AND OBJECTIVE: 1) to study the proportion of GDM a...

  2. Obesity and periodontitis: A clinical study

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    Mathur, Lalit Kumar; Manohar, Balaji; Shankarapillai, Rajesh; Pandya, Dhara

    2011-01-01

    Background: The aim of the study was to evaluate the relationship between obesity and periodontitis. Materials and Methods: A total of 300 subjects aged 20 years and above suffering from generalized periodontitis were recruited from Department of Periodontics, Pacific Dental College and Hospital, Udaipur. Periodontal status of the subjects was recorded. Body mass index and waist circumference were used as measure to assess obesity. Other variables like age, gender, oral hygiene index were als...

  3. CLINICAL STUDY OF LABOUR IN TWIN PREGNANCY

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    Amudha

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVES: The objective of the present study is to analyse the incidence of preterm labour, intrapartum complications, incidence of operative delivery both vaginal and cesarean and indications for such interventions. METHODOLOGY: A total of 150 cases of twin pregnancy were analyzed between the period of September 2012 to February 2014. These cases were stud ied with respect to period of gestation at the onset of labour, fetal presentations at the onset of labour, route and mode of delivery, indications in cases of cesarean delivery, intrapartum complications and delivery interval between twins. OBSERVATIONS A ND RESULTS: In the present study there was increased incidence of preterm labour (52.6%, fetal malpresentations (43.3%, operative vaginal delivery (29.5%, cesarean delivery (17.3%. CONCLUSION: In this study it is observed that above mentioned labour ev ents and complications double up in the event of a twin pregnancy. Regular antenatal visits, planned delivery and anticipation and identification of complications will help for better pregnancy outcome.

  4. CLINICAL STUDY OF CARCINOMA OF OESOPHAGUS

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    Rajshekhar

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available There is no cancer that is common anywhere that is not are somewhere else . This applied to oesophageal carcinoma particularly to its dramatic feature in varying incidence in different parts of the world. T he aetiology of this disease is still an enigma, so many factors being responsible for causation of the disease. The epidemiological study in high incidence are like iran, north west china, Afghanistan showed the different factor were responsible for the prevalence of the disease.in our country also, the frequency with it occurs varies in diffent parts. The average life expectancy of untreated patients with carcinoma oesophagus is only a few months to a maximum of 1 year. By the time the patient presents with dysphagia, usually the disease has extended beyond the curable limits. This is particularly due to the close relationship to other vital mediastinal structures. Nevertheless due to the advent of new techniques in radiology early detection of the disease is now possible. There has been a change in treatment modalities also in the form newer surgical techniques, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. There has been an increase in prognostic index in recent years. As this disease is common in this part of the country, an attempt has been made to analyse the various aetiological factors, clinicopathological correlation and various treatment modalities. All these cases were studied carefully, thoroughly investigated and treated appropriately. R elevant literature was reviewed and an attempt of comparative study also has been done. .

  5. Oxymatrine therapy for chronic hepatitis B: A randomized double-blind and placebo- controlled multi- center trial

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    Lun-Gen Lu; Wei-Min She; Xiong Cai; Jun Ye; Xia-Qiu Zhou; Hui Wang; Sham-Ming Wu; Mei-Fang Tang; Jin-Shui Zhu; Wei-Xiong Chen; Hui-Quan Zhang; Min-De Zeng; Yi-Min Mao; Ji-Qiang Li; Mo-Bin Wan; Cheng-Zhong Li; Cheng-Wei Chen; Qing-Chun Fu; Ji-Yao Wang

    2003-01-01

    AIM: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of capsule oxymatrine in the treatment of chronic hepatitis B.METHODS: A randomised double-blind and placebocontrolled multicenter trial was conducted. Injection of oxymatrine was used as positive-control drug. A total of 216 patients with chronic hepatitis B entered the study for 24 weeks, of them 108 received capsule oxymatrine, 36 received injection of oxymatrine, and 72 received placebo.After and before the treatment, clinical symptoms, liver function, serum hepatitis B virus markers, and adverse drug reaction were observed.RESULTS: Among the 216 patients, six were dropped off,and 11 inconsistent with the standard were excluded.Therefore, the efficacy and safety of oxymatrine in patients were analysed. In the capsule treated patients, 76.47 % became normal in ALT level, 38.61% and 31.91% became negative both in HBV DNA and in HBeAg. In the injection treated patients, 83.33 % became normal in ALT level,43.33 % and 39.29 % became negative both in HBV DNA and in HBeAg. In the placebo treated patients, 40.00 % became normal in ALT level, 7.46 % and 6.45 % became negative both in HBV DNA and in HBeAg. The rates of complete response and partial response were 24.51% and 57.84 % in the capsule treated patients, and 33.33 % and 50.00 % in the injection treated patients, and 2.99 % and 41.79 % in the placebo treated patients, respectively.There was no significance between the two groups of patients, but both were significantly higher than the placebo. The adverse drug reaction rates of the capsule,injection and placebo were 7.77 %, 6.67 % and 8.82 %,respectively. There was no statistically significant difference among them.CONCLUSION: Oxymatrine is an effective and safe agent for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B.

  6. Ambiguous genitalia: a clinical and chromosomal study

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    V. Anantha Kumari

    2015-12-01

    Methods: The study is undertaken with forty cases with ages ranging from new borne to 20 yrs. Out of these 40 cases eight cases are below one year. In these cases physical examination is correlated with ultrasonography and chromosomal analysis. Results: In chromosomal analysis three persons out of forty cases were mosaics with 45, XO/46, twenty one cases who showed the chromosomal pattern as 46, XY mostly showed with no mullarian reminents. On examination palpable gonads were found in labio-scrotal sacs in seventeen cases. One of these cases was reared as girl found cytogenetically as 46, XY with the ultrasonographic impression as small uterus with no ovaries. Nineteen cases who with ambiguous genitalia showed the chromosomal pattern as 46, XX one out of these cases showed enlargement of the breast, and on examination of external genitalia found enlarged clitoris with labiamajora and minora. The child was brought up as male. Genitogram showed the absence of uterus. Conclusions: Chromosomal studies with ultrasonography can help in rearing a child male or female in young generation by surgical and Hormonal therapy. This prevents many problems in later life. This fact should be advertised openly in the public so that illiterate people should be alert. [Int J Res Med Sci 2015; 3(12.000: 3743-3748

  7. Leigh syndrome: Clinical and paraclinical study

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    "Ashrafi MR

    2002-08-01

    Full Text Available During two years study about mitochondrial disease (Sep 1999-Agu 2001, 15 cases of Leigh syndrome (LS were diagnosed, that consisted of 11 boys and 4 girls aged between 6 to 156 (mean: 40.5 months. Most of the patients (46.7% became symptomatic between 1-5 years of age. Triggering factors were reported in 66.6% of the patients and 40% of them became symptomatic after infections. The most frequent presenting symptoms of the patients were somnolence and lethargy (40%, developmental regression (20% and seizure (13.3%. The most common neurologic findings were developmental regression or arrest (93.3%, seizure (93.3% abnormal tone (86.7% and abnormal movements (53.3%. Blood lactate increased in 93.3% and blood ammonia elevated in 26.7% of the cases. Symmetric striatal necrosis (100% and caudate nucleus involvement (73.3% were the most frequent neuroimaging findings of the patients.

  8. [Aminoglutethimide-induced dyslipemia. Clinical study].

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    Bonneterre, J; Nguyen, M; Hecquet, B; Fournier, C; Demaille, A

    1985-01-01

    Plasma levels of cholesterol, HDL cholesterol (HDL chol), LDL cholesterol (LDL chol), triglycerides, Al apoprotein and B apoprotein were studied in 73 patients receiving 500 mg aminoglutethimide (AG)/day and 40 mg hydrocortisone/day for advanced breast cancer. These dosages were done before treatment and then repeated during AG therapy. When all patients were considered together, a significant increase of cholesterol, HDL chol, LDL chol and Al apoprotein was noted. If one considers two groups of patients: group A (where cholesterol and triglycerides plasma levels were normal before treatment) and group B (where cholesterol and/or triglycerides plasma levels were high before treatment), it appears that variations differ in both groups. In group A patients we found an increase in cholesterol, chol LDL, B apoprotein and to a lesser extent Al apoprotein plasma levels. In group B patients there was an increase in cholesterol, HDL chol and Al apoprotein plasma levels. PMID:3924146

  9. A Clinical Study of aluminium Phosphide Poisoning

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    S.K. Gupta,Annil Mahajan,Ajay Gupta

    2002-04-01

    Full Text Available Thc present prospectiYe study 01'56 cases ofAlwniniwn Phosphide (ALP poisoning in Gov!. MedicalCollcge Hospital Jammu. found out the prevalence of Deliberate self-poisoning self (DSP andaccidental ingestion in young population in age group of 16-30 years. Male-female ratio ",as 1.03: 1.00;ha' ing marital discord and family quarrels as prominent predisposing factors. The majority of patientshad gastrointestinal (GIT symptoms (73.2%, cardiac arrthymias (62.5% and shock (53.3%. Thccommoncst clectrocardiographic (ECG abnormalities were tachycardia (96%, atrial fibrillation(58% and venticular-ectopic (VE beats (59%. The management was supportive in the fonn ofstomach wash, intra"enous (IN fluids. dopamine, hydrocortisone, sodabicarbonate and assisted"entilation in intensiYe care unit (lCU setting

  10. TRACHEOSTOMY IN CHILDREN: A CLINICAL STUDY

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    Shankar

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available : A trachestomy is a small, surgical opening from the skin to the anterior wall of the trachea, pediatric patients for whom tracheostomy is more hazardous than adults, consideration have different anatomy, medical conditions, and prognoses than adults, even the tracheostomy tubes are different in size, the indications for tracheostomy in children include, bypassing airway obstruction (Laryngo- tracheobronchitis, epiglottitis, providing access for prolong ventilation, and facilitating tracheo-bronchial toilet, to day prime indication for pediatrics tracheostomy is subglottic stenosis. We have reviewed experience with 84 tracheostomies under 13 years of age in our hospital. We are here discussing the common indications and complications, difficulty in decannulation in pediatric patients, in our study the common indication is the foreign body bronchus followed by other conditions.

  11. Clinical study of 18 vesicointestinal fistulas

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    We studied 18 cases of vesicointestinal fistula surgically treated between January 2001 and July 2005. The underlying cause was an inflammatory disease in 12 cases, a carcinoma in 5 and injury (post-radiation therapy) in 1 case. The fistula was visualized by cystography in 2 cases and enterography in 4. Surgical procedures were cystectomy with enterectomy in 2 cases, partial cystectomy with enterectomy in 3, bladder wall overlay-suture with enterectomy in 6 and enterectomy alone in 4. In 3 cases, colostomy without enterectomy was performed for palliative surgery. In all cases the postoperative course was good and surgical treatment was effective. Surgical procedures varied in each case depending on the etiology and the patient's condition. (author)

  12. A Nation-Wide multicenter 10-year (1999-2008) retrospective clinical epidemiological study of female breast cancer in china

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    According to the very limited cancer registry, incidence and mortality rates for female breast cancer in China are regarded to be increasing especially in the metropolitan areas. Representative data on the breast cancer profile of Chinese women and its time trend over years are relatively rare. The aims of the current study are to illustrate the breast cancer profile of Chinese women in time span and to explore the current treatment approaches to female breast cancer. This was a hospital-based nation-wide and multi-center retrospective study of female primary breast cancer cases. China was divided into 7 regions according to the geographic distribution; from each region, one tertiary hospital was selected. With the exception of January and February, one month was randomly selected to represent each year from year 1999 to 2008 at every hospital. All inpatient cases within the selected month were reviewed and related information was collected based on the designed case report form (CRF). The Cancer Hospital/Institute, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences (CICAMS) was the leading hospital in this study. Four-thousand two-hundred and eleven cases were randomly selected from the total pool of 45,200 patients and were included in the analysis. The mean age at diagnosis was 48.7 years (s.d. = 10.5 yrs) and breast cancer peaked in age group 40-49 yrs (38.6%). The most common subtype was infiltrating ductal carcinoma (86.5%). Clinical stage I & II accounted for 60.6% of 4,211 patients. Three-thousand five-hundred and thirty-four cases had estrogen receptor (ER) and progestin receptor (PR) tests, among them, 47.9% were positive for both. Two-thousand eight-hundred and forty-nine cases had human epidermal growth factor receptor 2(HER-2) tests, 25.8% of them were HER-2 positive. Among all treatment options, surgery (96.9% (4,078/4,211)) was predominant, followed by chemotherapy (81.4% (3,428/4,211). Much less patients underwent radiotherapy (22.6% (952/4,211)) and endocrine

  13. Case Study: Caregiver Perception of Pediatric Multidisciplinary Feeding Outpatient Clinic

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    Full Text Available This study explores the perception of satisfaction of caregivers who attended a feeding clinic at a large pediatric hospital in the midwest. The clinic is designed for a multidisciplinary team to meet with the child and the caregiver. Thirty-five participants were involved in the study. Results indicated that most participants were satisfied with the clinic experience. However, there were areas of care not covered by the members of the feeding team, which indicates a need. It is suggested that this need could be filled by occupational therapists.

  14. Female Breast Cancer: Epidemiological And Clinical Study Of Some Risk Factors Among Egyptian Females- Multi Clinics Study

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    E. A. El-Moselhy; M. A. S. Ahmed*; A. M. Abdel-Fattah

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    This study was conducted on 390 female breast cancer patients and an equal number of females as controls. The patients were attending some University and Teaching Hospitals in Cairo and Assuit. Ninety of them were newly operated. A retrospective, case-control, clinic based study was chosen to carry out this research. The aim of the study was to describe the sociodemographic, characteristics and clinical features of female breast cancer and to determine its risk factors among Egyptian women. A...

  15. Genome-wide association study of clinical dimensions of schizophrenia

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    Fanous, Ayman H; Zhou, Baiyu; Aggen, Steven H;

    2012-01-01

    Multiple sources of evidence suggest that genetic factors influence variation in clinical features of schizophrenia. The authors present the first genome-wide association study (GWAS) of dimensional symptom scores among individuals with schizophrenia.......Multiple sources of evidence suggest that genetic factors influence variation in clinical features of schizophrenia. The authors present the first genome-wide association study (GWAS) of dimensional symptom scores among individuals with schizophrenia....

  16. Comparative study of clinical pulmonary surfactants using atomic force microscopy

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    Zhang, Hong; Fan, Qihui; Wang, Yi E.; Neal, Charles R.; Zuo, Yi Y.

    2011-01-01

    Clinical pulmonary surfactant is routinely used to treat premature newborns with respiratory distress syndrome, and has shown great potential in alleviating a number of neonatal and adult respiratory diseases. Despite extensive study of chemical composition, surface activity, and clinical performance of various surfactant preparations, a direct comparison of surfactant films is still lacking. In this study, we use atomic force microscopy to characterize and compare four animal-derived clinica...

  17. Clinical waste incinerators in Cameroon--a case study

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    Mochungong, Peter Ikome Kuwoh; Gulis, Gabriel; Sodemann, Morten

    2012-01-01

    Incinerators are widely used to treat clinical waste in Cameroon's Northwest Region. These incinerators cause public apprehension owing to purported risks to operators, communities and the environment. This article aims to summarize findings from an April 2008 case study.......Incinerators are widely used to treat clinical waste in Cameroon's Northwest Region. These incinerators cause public apprehension owing to purported risks to operators, communities and the environment. This article aims to summarize findings from an April 2008 case study....

  18. Turning guidelines into clinical practice : Findings from an implementation study

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    Aim: The general aim of this thesis is to describe factors of importance when implementing clinical guidelines in psychiatry, and more specifically contribute to a better understanding of the implementation process. The specific aims are: Study I, to investigate a tailored implementation programme for implementing clinical guidelines for depression and suicidal patients, and to evaluate the compliance to guidelines after 6 months. In Study II, to further investigate complian...

  19. Clinical study of cardiogenic cerebral embolism

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    In order to investigate the distribution of lesion size and to determine the background factors responsible for large infarcts, we examined CT findings in 88 consecutive patients with acute cardiogenic cerebral embolism of the internal carotid arterial system. Lesion size was determined by brain CT, and expressed as the 'infarct index'. The typical CT finding was a sharply marginated lesion in the cortex corresponding to the occluded arterial territory, accompanied by mass effect. Over half of the cases showed an infarct index of 20% or less. Most cases had small lesions, with substantially fewer cases having large infarcts. The lack of large infarcts was attributable to early recanalization of the occluded artery. Several background factors were implicated in the large infarcts, including elevated hematocrit, fibrinogen, arterial blood pressure, cardiothoracic ratio (as seen in chest X-rays), and a shortening of activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT). Factors implicated in the formation of a large embolus included increased blood viscosity and coagulability (caused by dehydration), and a hypertension-induced shift of the lower limit of autoregulation to a higher level. Further study is needed to determine whether such changes arise as the cause or the effect of a cerebral embolism. (author)

  20. Roentgenological and clinical studies on radiation colitis

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    Fifty-six patients with radiation induced colitis in two institutes, 20 irradiated externally and 36 irradiated both externally and intracavitarily, were studied. The severity of radiation injuries was classified into 4 grades according to roentgenological and romanoscopical findings. Based on the charts of TAO system, radiation doses were calculated at the anterior rectal wall where maximum absorption dose of the colon was expected. The most frequent complaint was bloody stool which started about one year after irradiation. Onset of subjective symptoms was significantly delayed in milder cases (Grade II) than in more severe groups (Grades III, IV). Only minor injuries (Grade I) were noted in most of the externally irradiated, whereas more severe findings of radiation colitis were frequent in cervical cancer patients irradiated both intracavitarily and externally. The most common site involved in cervical cancer patients was the anterior colonic wall at the recto-sigmoid junction just behind the uterine cervix. In terms of relationship between time dose fractionation (TDF) and severity of radiation colitis, it was found that remarkable radiation injuries (Grades III, IV) occurred in the group of TDF value of 117 or more (more than 7500 rad). Therefore the author recommend the TDF value of 110 or less in cervical cancer cases with radiation therapy to keep radiation injury under Grade II. (author)

  1. Enhancing Patient Safety Using Clinical Nursing Data: A Pilot Study.

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    Choi, Jeeyae; Choi, Jeungok E

    2016-01-01

    To enhance patient safety from falls, many hospital information systems have been implemented to collect clinical data from the bedside and have used the information to improve fall prevention care. However, most of them use administrative data not clinical nursing data. This necessitated the development of a web-based Nursing Practice and Research Information Management System (NPRIMS) that processes clinical nursing data to measure nurses' delivery of fall prevention care and its impact on patient outcomes. This pilot study developed computer algorithms based on a falls prevention protocol and programmed the prototype NPRIMS. It successfully measured the performance of nursing care delivered and its impact on patient outcomes using clinical nursing data from the study site. Results of the study revealed that NPRIMS has the potential to pinpoint components of nursing processes that are in need of improvement for preventing patient from falls. PMID:27332171

  2. A systematic review of studies comparing diagnostic clinical prediction rules with clinical judgment.

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    Sharon Sanders

    Full Text Available Diagnostic clinical prediction rules (CPRs are developed to improve diagnosis or decrease diagnostic testing. Whether, and in what situations diagnostic CPRs improve upon clinical judgment is unclear.We searched MEDLINE, Embase and CINAHL, with supplementary citation and reference checking for studies comparing CPRs and clinical judgment against a current objective reference standard. We report 1 the proportion of study participants classified as not having disease who hence may avoid further testing and or treatment and 2 the proportion, among those classified as not having disease, who do (missed diagnoses by both approaches. 31 studies of 13 medical conditions were included, with 46 comparisons between CPRs and clinical judgment. In 2 comparisons (4%, CPRs reduced the proportion of missed diagnoses, but this was offset by classifying a larger proportion of study participants as having disease (more false positives. In 36 comparisons (78% the proportion of diagnoses missed by CPRs and clinical judgment was similar, and in 9 of these, the CPRs classified a larger proportion of participants as not having disease (fewer false positives. In 8 comparisons (17% the proportion of diagnoses missed by the CPRs was greater. This was offset by classifying a smaller proportion of participants as having the disease (fewer false positives in 2 comparisons. There were no comparisons where the CPR missed a smaller proportion of diagnoses than clinical judgment and classified more participants as not having the disease. The design of the included studies allows evaluation of CPRs when their results are applied independently of clinical judgment. The performance of CPRs, when implemented by clinicians as a support to their judgment may be different.In the limited studies to date, CPRs are rarely superior to clinical judgment and there is generally a trade-off between the proportion classified as not having disease and the proportion of missed diagnoses

  3. Overview of the first Multi-center Airborne Coherent Atmospheric Wind Sensor (MACAWS) experiment: Conversion of a ground-based lidar for airborne applications

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    Howell, J.N.; Hardesty, R.M. [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Boulder, CO (United States). Environmental Technology Lab.; Rothermel, J. [Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL (United States); Menzies, R.T. [Jet Propulsion Lab., Pasadena, CA (United States)

    1996-12-31

    The first Multi-center Airborne Coherent Atmospheric Wind Sensor (MACAWS) field experiment demonstrated an airborne high energy TEA CO{sub 2} Doppler lidar system for measurement of atmospheric wind fields and aerosol structure. The system was deployed on the NASA DC-8 during September 1995 in a series of checkout flights to observe several important atmospheric phenomena, including upper level winds in a Pacific hurricane, marine boundary layer winds, cirrus cloud properties, and land-sea breeze structure. The instrument, with its capability to measure three-dimensional winds and backscatter fields, promises to be a valuable tool for climate and global change, severe weather, and air quality research. In this paper, the authors describe the airborne instrument, assess its performance, discuss future improvements, and show some preliminary results from September experiments.

  4. Listening in on difficult conversations: an observational, multi-center investigation of real-time conversations in medical oncology

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    Kimball, Brittany C; James, Katherine M; Yost, Kathleen J.; Fernandez, Cara A; Kumbamu, Ashok; Leppin, Aaron L; Robinson, Marguerite E; Geller, Gail; Roter, Debra L.; Larson, Susan M; Lenz, Heinz-Josef; Garcia, Agustin A.; Braddock, Clarence H.; Jatoi, Aminah; de Nuncio, María Luisa Zúñiga

    2013-01-01

    Background The quality of communication in medical care has been shown to influence health outcomes. Cancer patients, a highly diverse population, communicate with their clinical care team in diverse ways over the course of their care trajectory. Whether that communication happens and how effective it is may relate to a variety of factors including the type of cancer and the patient’s position on the cancer care continuum. Yet, many of the routine needs of cancer patients after initial cancer...

  5. Listening in on difficult conversations: an observational, multi-center investigation of real-time conversations in medical oncology

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    Kimball, Brittany C; James, Katherine M; Yost, Kathleen J.; Fernandez, Cara A; Kumbamu, Ashok; Leppin, Aaron L; Robinson, Marguerite E; Geller, Gail; Roter, Debra L.; Larson, Susan M; Lenz, Heinz-Josef; Garcia, Agustin A.; Braddock, Clarence H.; Jatoi, Aminah; de Nuncio, María Luisa Zúñiga

    2013-01-01

    Abstract Background The quality of communication in medical care has been shown to influence health outcomes. Cancer patients, a highly diverse population, communicate with their clinical care team in diverse ways over the course of their care trajectory. Whether that communication happens and how effective it is may relate to a variety of factors including the type of cancer and the patient’s position on the cancer care continuum. Yet, many of ...

  6. Data Management and Site-Visit Monitoring of the Multi-Center Registry in the Korean Neonatal Network

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    Choi, Chang Won; Park, Moon Sung

    2015-01-01

    The Korean Neonatal Network (KNN), a nationwide prospective registry of very-low-birth-weight (VLBW, < 1,500 g at birth) infants, was launched in April 2013. Data management (DM) and site-visit monitoring (SVM) were crucial in ensuring the quality of the data collected from 55 participating hospitals across the country on 116 clinical variables. We describe the processes and results of DM and SVM performed during the establishment stage of the registry. The DM procedure included automated pro...

  7. Clinical And Mycological Study Of Superficial Mycoses In Amritsar

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    Aggarwal Aruna; Arora Usha; Khanna Saroj

    2002-01-01

    A clinical and mycological study of 500 cases of superficial mycoses was conducted. Two hundred fifty two samples from various sites, viz., skin, nail and hair were positive on culture. The most prevalent clinical type was tinea corporis (36.2%) and the most prevalent aetiological agent was Trichophyton rubrum (62.3%). Nondermatophytic filamentous fungi and candida species were also isolated in 17 (6.74%) cases. It was concluded that along with dermatophytes, nondermatoph...

  8. Preclinical and clinical safety studies on DNA vaccines.

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    Schalk, Johanna A C; Mooi, Frits R.; Berbers, Guy A M; Aerts, Leon A G J M van; Ovelgönne, Hans; Kimman, Tjeerd G.

    2007-01-01

    DNA vaccines are based on the transfer of genetic material, encoding an antigen, to the cells of the vaccine recipient. Despite high expectations of DNA vaccines as a result of promising preclinical data their clinical utility remains unproven. However, much data is gathered in preclinical and clinical studies about the safety of DNA vaccines. Here we review current knowledge about the safety of DNA vaccines. Safety concerns of DNA vaccines relate to genetic, immunologic, toxic, and environme...

  9. Primary gout in Shantou: a clinical and epidemiological study

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    曾庆馀; 王庆文; 陈韧; 肖征宇; 黄少弼; 许敬才

    2003-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the prevalence of primary gout in the Shantou area, China, and to understand its clinical features. Methods Samples from three surveys of the Chenghai across ten years were studied. Clinical, laboratory and radiology data of 419 cases of primary gout were collected and analyzed. Conclusions The prevalence of primary gout in Shantou area has been increasing in the last ten years. Changes in diet and lifestyle may be responsible for this rapid increase.

  10. Acute radiation proctitis. A clinical, histopathological and histochemical study

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    The aim of the study is: 1) A sequential description of the clinical course of acute radiation proctitis during pelvic RT. 2) A sequential description of the rectal mucosal histopathology during pelvic RT as a possible substrate for clinical toxicity. 3) To assess the mucosal protease activity during RT as a possible explanation of the observed tissue changes. 4) To assess the efficacy of prophylactic sucralfate in acute radiation proctitis a randomised study was initiated and carried out together with a meta-analysis of previously available data. 5) Most studies on clinical acute toxicity in pelvic RT use either the RTOG/EORTC score system or focus on diarrhoea/stool frequency. A more differentiated and sensitive recording was developed and tested to pick up symptoms escaping the commonly used scores. 6) Study the relation between histopathological findings and the clinical picture. 4 papers presenting various studies are included. The titles are: 1) Acute radiation proctitis: a sequential clinicopathologic study during pelvic radiotherapy. 2) Clinical significance of increased gelatinolytic activity in the rectal mucosa during external beam radiation therapy of prostate cancer. 3) Profiles and time course of acute radiation toxicity symptoms during conformal radiotherapy for cancer of the prostate. 4) Sucralfate does not ameliorate acute radiation proctitis. Some future prospects are discussed

  11. Acute radiation proctitis. A clinical, histopathological and histochemical study

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    Hovdenak, Nils

    2004-07-01

    The aim of the study is: 1) A sequential description of the clinical course of acute radiation proctitis during pelvic RT. 2) A sequential description of the rectal mucosal histopathology during pelvic RT as a possible substrate for clinical toxicity. 3) To assess the mucosal protease activity during RT as a possible explanation of the observed tissue changes. 4) To assess the efficacy of prophylactic sucralfate in acute radiation proctitis a randomised study was initiated and carried out together with a meta-analysis of previously available data. 5) Most studies on clinical acute toxicity in pelvic RT use either the RTOG/EORTC score system or focus on diarrhoea/stool frequency. A more differentiated and sensitive recording was developed and tested to pick up symptoms escaping the commonly used scores. 6) Study the relation between histopathological findings and the clinical picture. 4 papers presenting various studies are included. The titles are: 1) Acute radiation proctitis: a sequential clinicopathologic study during pelvic radiotherapy. 2) Clinical significance of increased gelatinolytic activity in the rectal mucosa during external beam radiation therapy of prostate cancer. 3) Profiles and time course of acute radiation toxicity symptoms during conformal radiotherapy for cancer of the prostate. 4) Sucralfate does not ameliorate acute radiation proctitis. Some future prospects are discussed.

  12. A hybrid framework of first principles molecular orbital calculations and a three-dimensional integral equation theory for molecular liquids: Multi-center molecular Ornstein–Zernike self-consistent field approach

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    Kido, Kentaro, E-mail: kido.kentaro@jaea.go.jp [Nuclear Safety Research Center, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, 2-4 Shirane, Shirakata, Tokai-mura, Naka-gun, Ibaraki 319-1195 (Japan); Kasahara, Kento [Department of Molecular Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 615-8510 (Japan); Yokogawa, Daisuke [Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Nagoya University, Chikusa, Nagoya 464-8602 (Japan); Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (WPI-ITbM), Nagoya University, Chikusa, Nagoya 464-8062 (Japan); Sato, Hirofumi [Department of Molecular Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 615-8510 (Japan); Elements Strategy Institute for Catalysts and Batteries (ESICB), Kyoto University, Katsura, Kyoto 615-8520 (Japan)

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    In this study, we reported the development of a new quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM)-type framework to describe chemical processes in solution by combining standard molecular-orbital calculations with a three-dimensional formalism of integral equation theory for molecular liquids (multi-center molecular Ornstein–Zernike (MC-MOZ) method). The theoretical procedure is very similar to the 3D-reference interaction site model self-consistent field (RISM-SCF) approach. Since the MC-MOZ method is highly parallelized for computation, the present approach has the potential to be one of the most efficient procedures to treat chemical processes in solution. Benchmark tests to check the validity of this approach were performed for two solute (solute water and formaldehyde) systems and a simple S{sub N}2 reaction (Cl{sup −} + CH{sub 3}Cl → ClCH{sub 3} + Cl{sup −}) in aqueous solution. The results for solute molecular properties and solvation structures obtained by the present approach were in reasonable agreement with those obtained by other hybrid frameworks and experiments. In particular, the results of the proposed approach are in excellent agreements with those of 3D-RISM-SCF.

  13. A hybrid framework of first principles molecular orbital calculations and a three-dimensional integral equation theory for molecular liquids: Multi-center molecular Ornstein–Zernike self-consistent field approach

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    In this study, we reported the development of a new quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM)-type framework to describe chemical processes in solution by combining standard molecular-orbital calculations with a three-dimensional formalism of integral equation theory for molecular liquids (multi-center molecular Ornstein–Zernike (MC-MOZ) method). The theoretical procedure is very similar to the 3D-reference interaction site model self-consistent field (RISM-SCF) approach. Since the MC-MOZ method is highly parallelized for computation, the present approach has the potential to be one of the most efficient procedures to treat chemical processes in solution. Benchmark tests to check the validity of this approach were performed for two solute (solute water and formaldehyde) systems and a simple SN2 reaction (Cl− + CH3Cl → ClCH3 + Cl−) in aqueous solution. The results for solute molecular properties and solvation structures obtained by the present approach were in reasonable agreement with those obtained by other hybrid frameworks and experiments. In particular, the results of the proposed approach are in excellent agreements with those of 3D-RISM-SCF

  14. The Role and Interpretation of Pilot Studies in Clinical Research

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    Leon, Andrew C.; Davis, Lori L.; Kraemer, Helena C.

    2010-01-01

    Pilot studies represent a fundamental phase of the research process. The purpose of conducting a pilot study is to examine the feasibility of an approach that is intended to be used in a larger scale study. The roles and limitations of pilot studies are described here using a clinical trial as an example. A pilot study can be used to evaluate the feasibility of recruitment, randomization, retention, assessment procedures, new methods, and implementation of the novel intervention.

  15. Preclinical studies of sex differences: a clinical perspective

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    Voskuhl, Rhonda

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    The new policy from the National Institutes of Health to encourage grant applicants to consider studying both females and males in preclinical biological experiments has been met with support and opposition. Here, we will discuss implications of preclinical studies of sex differences on clinical research.

  16. Clinical skills development in student-run free clinic volunteers: a multi-trait, multi-measure study

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    Nakamura, Mio; Altshuler, David; Binienda, Juliann

    2014-01-01

    Background At Wayne State University School of Medicine (WSU SOM), the Robert R. Frank Student Run Free Clinic (SRFC) is one place preclinical students can gain clinical experience. There have been no published studies to date measuring the impact of student-run free clinic (SRFC) volunteerism on clinical skills development in preclinical medical students. Methods Surveys were given to first year medical students at WSU SOM at the beginning and end of Year 1 to assess perception of clinical s...

  17. Can estrogen keep you smart? Evidence from clinical studies.

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    Sherwin, B B

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    OBJECTIVE: To review and critically analyze the biological plausibility of and the clinical empirical evidence concerning a link between estrogen levels and memory in women. DATA SOURCES: MEDLINE search of the literature published from 1980 to 1998. Studies published between 1952 and 1980 that were known to the author were also included. STUDY SELECTION: Sixteen prospective, placebo-controlled studies in humans. DATA SYNTHESIS: Most of the studies that used neuropsychological tests with known...

  18. Performance of the classification criteria for early rheumatoid arthritis in a multi-center cohort%早期类风湿关节炎分类标准的全国多中心临床验证

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    叶华; 苏茵; 李茹; 赵金霞; 刘湘源; 梅轶芳; 张志毅; 郭嘉隆; 毕黎琦

    2014-01-01

    目的 多中心验证并比较早期RA (ERA)分类标准与1987年ACR和2010年ACR/EULAR分类标准在病程≤1年的ERA诊断中的敏感性和特异性.方法 按照国际通用的标准验证方法,入选病程≤1年,年龄>18岁,至少有1个以上部位关节炎的患者,详细记录发病情况,包括关节肿胀部位、持续时间、对称性、晨僵时间、皮下结节以及伴随症状等,检测其血清中抗CCP抗体、RF、ESR以及CRP等指标,并记录关节影像学改变的特点,经2名风湿科专科医师进行临床诊断,未确诊的患者每3个,月随访1次,共随访1年.比较ERA标准和1987年ACR以及2010年ACR/EULAR标准在ERA分类诊断中的敏感性和特异性.组间比较采用X2检验,敏感性和特异性比较采用Mc Nemar检验,阳性预测值比较采用Score检验.结果 ①共入组患者271例,1年随访结束时确诊病例256例,其中RA 120例,非RA136例;未确诊病例15例.②ERA标准的敏感性(76.7%)略高于2010年标准(70.0%),差异无统计学意义(P=0.115);但2010年标准(70.0%)和ERA标准(76.7%)的敏感性均明显高于1987年标准(51.7%),差异有统计学意义(x2=11.524,P<0.01;x2=26.471,P<0.01).ERA标准、2010年标准和1987年标准的特异性相似,分别为83.8%、83.8%和86.8%.结论 ERA分类标准在ERA诊断中的敏感性稍高于2010年ACR/EULAR分类标准,明显高于1987年ACR分类标准;3个标准在ERA诊断中的特异性相当,但ERA标准更为简单实用,可用于ERA的临床诊断.%Objective To evaluate the classification criteria for early rheumatoid arthritis (ERA) in a multi-center cohort,and compare the specificity and sensitivity among ERA criteria,1987 ACR criteria and 2010 ACR/EULAR criteria.Methods Patients who had arthritic complaints with disease duration no more than 1 year,and age more than 18 years were enrolled.The clinical and laboratory parameters were recorded.The patients were diagnosed by 2 experienced rheumatologists based

  19. 多中心临床数据的快速检索系统%Efficient Multi-Center Clinical Data Retrieval System

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    王晔; 王崇; 王晓玲; 周傲英

    2010-01-01

    临床数据共享平台是我国医疗信息化发展的重要方向,在当今医疗数据呈几何级增长的环境下,多中心海量的临床数据如何管理、共享、并有效地查询和检索是一项重要的课题.该系统使用HL7 CDA XML作为描述电子病历的标准,采用关系型-XML混合数据库提供索引和XQuery查询工具.同时为了提高查询效率和并发性能,使用了BerkeleyDB作为Key-Value存储的数据层,并架设了Memcached作为查询数据的缓存层,增强了整体系统的可用性,最终形成了一个标准、通用、高效的临床数据共享平台.

  20. Nutritional Risk, Micronutrient Status and Clinical Outcomes: A Prospective Observational Study in an Infectious Disease Clinic

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    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Malnutrition has been associated with increased morbidity and mortality. The objective of this study was to determine the nutritional status and micronutrient levels of hospitalized patients in an infectious disease clinic and investigate their association with adverse clinical outcomes. The nutritional status of the study participants was assessed using the Nutritional Risk Screening 2002 (NRS 2002 and micronutrient levels and routine biochemical parameters were tested within the first 24 h of the patient’s admission. The incidence of zinc, selenium, thiamine, vitamin B6, vitamin B12 deficiency were 66.7% (n = 40, 46.6% (n = 29, 39.7% (n = 27, 35.3% (n = 24, 14.1% (n = 9, respectively. Selenium levels were significantly higher in patients with urinary tract infections, but lower in soft tissue infections. Copper levels were significantly higher in patients with soft tissue infections. In the Cox regression models, lower albumin, higher serum lactate dehydrogenase levels and higher NRS-2002 scores were associated with increased death. Thiamine, selenium, zinc and vitamin B6 deficiencies but not chromium deficiencies are common in infectious disease clinics. New associations were found between micronutrient levels and infection type and their adverse clinical outcomes. Hypoalbuminemia and a high NRS-2002 score had the greatest accuracy in predicting death, systemic inflammatory response syndrome and sepsis on admission.

  1. Nutritional Risk, Micronutrient Status and Clinical Outcomes: A Prospective Observational Study in an Infectious Disease Clinic.

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    Dizdar, Oguzhan Sıtkı; Baspınar, Osman; Kocer, Derya; Dursun, Zehra Bestepe; Avcı, Deniz; Karakükcü, Cigdem; Çelik, İlhami; Gundogan, Kursat

    2016-03-01

    Malnutrition has been associated with increased morbidity and mortality. The objective of this study was to determine the nutritional status and micronutrient levels of hospitalized patients in an infectious disease clinic and investigate their association with adverse clinical outcomes. The nutritional status of the study participants was assessed using the Nutritional Risk Screening 2002 (NRS 2002) and micronutrient levels and routine biochemical parameters were tested within the first 24 h of the patient's admission. The incidence of zinc, selenium, thiamine, vitamin B6, vitamin B12 deficiency were 66.7% (n = 40), 46.6% (n = 29), 39.7% (n = 27), 35.3% (n = 24), 14.1% (n = 9), respectively. Selenium levels were significantly higher in patients with urinary tract infections, but lower in soft tissue infections. Copper levels were significantly higher in patients with soft tissue infections. In the Cox regression models, lower albumin, higher serum lactate dehydrogenase levels and higher NRS-2002 scores were associated with increased death. Thiamine, selenium, zinc and vitamin B6 deficiencies but not chromium deficiencies are common in infectious disease clinics. New associations were found between micronutrient levels and infection type and their adverse clinical outcomes. Hypoalbuminemia and a high NRS-2002 score had the greatest accuracy in predicting death, systemic inflammatory response syndrome and sepsis on admission. PMID:26938553

  2. The Emerging Microbe Project: Developing Clinical Care Plans Based on Pathogen Identification and Clinical Case Studies

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    Lauren A. O'Donnell

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available For many students in the health sciences, including doctor of pharmacy (PharmD students, basic and clinical sciences often appear detached from each other. In the infectious disease field, PharmD students additionally struggle with mastering the diversity of microorganisms and the corresponding therapies. The objective of this study was to design an interdisciplinary project that integrates fundamental microbiology with clinical research and decision-making skills. The Emerging Microbe Project guided students through the identification of a microorganism via genetic sequence analysis. The unknown microbe provided the basis for a patient case that asked the student to design a therapeutic treatment strategy for an infected patient. Outside of lecture, students had two weeks to identify the pathogen using nucleotide sequences, compose a microbiology report on the pathogen, and recommend an appropriate therapeutic treatment plan for the corresponding clinical case. We hypothesized that the students would develop a better understanding of the interplay between basic microbiology and infectious disease clinical practice, and that they would gain confidence and skill in independently selecting appropriate antimicrobial therapies for a new disease state. The exercise was conducted with PharmD students in their second professional year of pharmacy school in a required infectious disease course. Here, we demonstrate that the Emerging Microbe Project significantly improved student learning through two assessment strategies (assignment grades and exam questions, and increased student confidence in clinical infectious disease practice. This exercise could be modified for other health sciences students or undergraduates depending upon the level of clinical focus required of the course.

  3. The Emerging Microbe Project: Developing Clinical Care Plans Based on Pathogen Identification and Clinical Case Studies.

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    O'Donnell, Lauren A; Perry, Michael W; Doup, Dane't R

    2015-12-01

    For many students in the health sciences, including doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) students, basic and clinical sciences often appear detached from each other. In the infectious disease field, PharmD students additionally struggle with mastering the diversity of microorganisms and the corresponding therapies. The objective of this study was to design an interdisciplinary project that integrates fundamental microbiology with clinical research and decision-making skills. The Emerging Microbe Project guided students through the identification of a microorganism via genetic sequence analysis. The unknown microbe provided the basis for a patient case that asked the student to design a therapeutic treatment strategy for an infected patient. Outside of lecture, students had two weeks to identify the pathogen using nucleotide sequences, compose a microbiology report on the pathogen, and recommend an appropriate therapeutic treatment plan for the corresponding clinical case. We hypothesized that the students would develop a better understanding of the interplay between basic microbiology and infectious disease clinical practice, and that they would gain confidence and skill in independently selecting appropriate antimicrobial therapies for a new disease state. The exercise was conducted with PharmD students in their second professional year of pharmacy school in a required infectious disease course. Here, we demonstrate that the Emerging Microbe Project significantly improved student learning through two assessment strategies (assignment grades and exam questions), and increased student confidence in clinical infectious disease practice. This exercise could be modified for other health sciences students or undergraduates depending upon the level of clinical focus required of the course. PMID:26753029

  4. A Multi-Center, Qualitative Assessment of Pediatrician and Maternal Perspectives on Rotavirus Vaccines and the Detection of Porcine circovirus

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    Locke David

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background In 2010, researchers using novel laboratory techniques found that US-licensed rotavirus vaccines contain DNA or DNA fragments from Porcine circovirus (PCV, a virus common among pigs but not believed to cause illness in humans. We sought to understand pediatricians' and mothers' perspectives on this finding. Methods We conducted three iterations of focus groups for pediatricians and non-vaccine hesitant mothers in Seattle, WA, Cincinnati, OH, and Rochester, NY. Focus groups explored perceptions of rotavirus disease, rotavirus vaccination, and attitudes about the detection of PCV material in rotavirus vaccines. Results Pediatricians understood firsthand the success of rotavirus vaccines in preventing severe acute gastroenteritis among infants and young children. They measured this benefit against the theoretical risk of DNA material from PCV in rotavirus vaccines, determining overall that the PCV finding was of no clinical significance. Particularly influential was the realization that the large, randomized clinical trials that found both vaccines to be highly effective and safe were conducted with DNA material from PCV already in the vaccines. Most mothers supported the ideal of full disclosure regarding vaccination risks and benefits. However, with a scientific topic of this complexity, simplified information regarding PCV material in rotavirus vaccines seemed frightening and suspicious, and detailed information was frequently overwhelming. Mothers often remarked that if they did not understand a medical or technical topic regarding their child's health, they relied on their pediatrician's guidance. Many mothers and pediatricians were also concerned that persons who abstain from pork consumption for religious or personal reasons may have unsubstantiated fears of the PCV finding. Conclusions Pediatricians considered the detection of DNA material from PCV in rotavirus vaccines a "non-issue" and reported little hesitation in

  5. Study designs in dermatology: A review for the clinical dermatologist.

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    Silverberg, Jonathan I

    2015-11-01

    A working knowledge of common research study designs and their advantages and disadvantages is necessary for critical reading of the literature by clinicians. However, understanding study designs and related statistical methodologies may be perceived as being complex and difficult to execute. This review aims to provide a practical foundation for basic study designs and to help physicians identify pitfalls that commonly occur in clinical studies and their level of evidence. Topics covered include the pros and cons of observational versus prospectively controlled studies, case-control, cohort, randomized controlled studies, adaptive controlled trials and metaanalyses, and the role of matching in studies. PMID:26475532

  6. Treatment of helicobacter pylori infection : Experimental and clinical studies

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    Treatment of Helicobacter Pylori Infection Experimental and Clinical Studies Mikael Sörberg, Division of Infectious Diseases, Karolinska Institutet Danderyd Hospital, S-182 88 Danderyd, Sweden The general aims of the present study were to investigate the reason for failed H. pylori eradication, and to improve the recommendations for treating H. pylori infection. Our in vitro studies are based on microscopy, viable count and bioluminescence assay of bacterial adenos...

  7. CLINICAL COMPARATIVE STUDY OF SUMATRIPTAN VERSUS ERGOTAMINE THERAPY IN MIGRAINE

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    BACKGROUND Migraine is a common neurological problem accounting for large morbidity and disability. Ergotamine and triptans are mainly used to terminate the attack of severe migraine. To study the clinical comparison between sumatriptan and ergotamine in migraine patients. AIM This study compared the safety efficacy and pharmacoeconomics of triptans verses ergotamine therapy. MATERIALS AND METHODS Study sample included 100 patients of either gender aged 1...

  8. Design and Anticipated Outcomes of the eMERGE-PGx Project: A Multi-Center Pilot for Pre-Emptive Pharmacogenomics in Electronic Health Record Systems

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    Rasmussen-Torvik, Laura J.; Stallings, Sarah C.; Gordon, Adam S.; Almoguera, Berta; Basford, Melissa A.; Bielinski, Suzette J.; Brautbar, Ariel; Brilliant, Murray; Carrell, David S.; Connolly, John; Crosslin, David R.; Doheny, Kimberly F.; Gallego, Carlos J.; Gottesman, Omri; Kim, Daniel Seung; Leppig, Kathleen A.; Li, Rongling; Lin, Simon; Manzi, Shannon; Mejia, Ana R.; Pacheco, Jennifer A.; Pan, Vivian; Pathak, Jyotishman; Perry, Cassandra L.; Peterson, Josh F.; Prows, Cynthia A.; Ralston, James; Rasmussen, Luke V.; Ritchie, Marylyn D.; Sadhasivam, Senthilkumar; Scott, Stuart A.; Smith, Maureen; Vega, Aida; Vinks, Alexander A.; Volpi, Simona; Wolf, Wendy A.; Bottinger, Erwin; Chisholm, Rex L.; Chute, Christopher G.; Haines, Jonathan L.; Harley, John B.; Keating, Brendan; Holm, Ingrid A.; Kullo, Iftikhar J.; Jarvik, Gail P.; Larson, Eric B.; Manolio, Teri; McCarty, Catherine A.; Nickerson, Deborah A.; Scherer, Steven E.; Williams, Marc S.; Roden, Dan M.; Denny, Joshua C.

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    We describe here the design and initial implementation of the eMERGE-PGx project. eMERGE-PGx, a partnership of the eMERGE and PGRN consortia, has three objectives : 1) Deploy PGRNseq, a next-generation sequencing platform assessing sequence variation in 84 proposed pharmacogenes, in nearly 9,000 patients likely to be prescribed drugs of interest in a 1–3 year timeframe across several clinical sites; 2) Integrate well-established clinically-validated pharmacogenetic genotypes into the electronic health record with associated clinical decision support and assess process and clinical outcomes of implementation; and 3) Develop a repository of pharmacogenetic variants of unknown significance linked to a repository of EHR-based clinical phenotype data for ongoing pharmacogenomics discovery. We describe site-specific project implementation and anticipated products, including genetic variant and phenotype data repositories, novel variant association studies, clinical decision support modules, clinical and process outcomes, approaches to manage incidental findings, and patient and clinician education methods. PMID:24960519

  9. Clinical outcome of gliosarcoma compared with glioblastoma multiforme: a clinical study in Chinese patients.

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    Zhang, Guobin; Huang, Shengyue; Zhang, Junting; Wu, Zhen; Lin, Song; Wang, Yonggang

    2016-04-01

    Gliosarcoma (GSM) is a rare biphasic neoplasms of the central nervous system composed of a glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) admixed with a sarcomatous component. In clinical practice GSM is generally managed similarly to GBM. However, there are conflicting reports regarding their clinical aggressiveness, cell line of origin and possible prognosis compared with those of GBM. The objective of this study was to compare clinic-pathological features in GSM patients with the GBM patients during the same study period. 518 patients with GBM were treated at our hospital between 2008 and 2013, among them 51 were GSM. In this series the GSMs represented 9.8 % of all GBMs and included 58.8 % male with a median age of 44.7 years. The locations, all supratentorial, included temporal in 41.2 %, frontal in 25.5 %, parietal in 19.6 %, and occipital in 13.7 %. All patients underwent tumor resection followed by post-operative radiation and adjuvant chemotherapy. The O6-methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase promoter methylation studies were significantly more frequent in the GBMs than GSMs (80.1 % vs. 44.7 %, P GSM were 8.0 and 13.0 months, respectively, as compared with 9.0 and 14.0 months in the GBM group (log rank test P = 0.001 and 0.004, respectively). The Cox proportional hazards regression model indicated that the extent of tumor resection (HR = 1.518, P = 0.009) and pathological types (HR = 0.608, P = 0.002) were the significant prognostic factors in our own series. With regard to clinical features and outcomes, GSM and GBM cannot be distinguished clinically. GSM in China may be managed similarly to GBM, with maximal safe surgical resection followed by chemo-radiotherapy. Our study adds further evidence to support GSM as a unique clinical entity with a likely worse prognosis than GBM. PMID:26725096

  10. The UK clinical aptitude test and clinical course performance at Nottingham: a prospective cohort study

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    2013-01-01

    Background The UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) was introduced in 2006 as an additional tool for the selection of medical students. It tests mental ability in four distinct domains (Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning, and Decision Analysis), and the results are available to students and admission panels in advance of the selection process. Our first study showed little evidence of any predictive validity for performance in the first two years of the Nottingham un...

  11. SPLENOMEGALY IN MALARIA : A CLINICAL AND ULTRASONOGRAPHIC STUDY

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    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Malaria is a protozoan disease, transmitted by the bite of the infected Anopheles mosquito. There are four species of plasmodia causing the disease, but the two causing the morbidity and mortality are the plasmodium falciparum and the vivax. The disease invariably causes splenomegaly, which can be evaluated and assessed for the better prognosis of the patient. The study shows the evaluation of splenomegaly, both clinically and USG examination. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: The main aim of this study is to show the prevalence of splenomegaly in malaria and compare with USG examination. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The patients included in the study were suffering from malaria (smear positive belonging to the age group of 15 to 70 years, at Chhattisgarh Institute of Medical Sciences, Bilaspur (CG. The time span of the study was 1 year. Measurement of splenic enlargement was done, both clinical and with ultrasound. The observations were tabulated and assessed. The patients excluded were those having fever and splenomegaly resulting from tropical disease. RESULTS: The USG examination to detect splenomegaly in cases of malaria, is more sensitive and specific as compared to the clinical examination. CONCLUSION: I t is recommended that splenomegaly in malaria should be detected by USG examination as compared to clinical examination.

  12. Considerations for clinical pharmacology studies for biologics in emerging markets.

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    Damle, Bharat; White, Robert; Wang, Huifen Faye

    2015-03-01

    Registration of innovative biologics in Emerging Markets (EMs) poses many opportunities and challenges. The BRIC-MT countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, Mexico, and Turkey) that are the fastest growing markets and regulators in these countries have imposed certain requirements, including the need for local clinical studies, for registration of biologics. The regulatory landscape in these countries is rapidly evolving, which necessitates an up-to-date understanding of such requirements. There is growing evidence which suggests that race, after accounting for body weight differences, may not influence the pharmacokinetics of biologics to the same extent that it does for small molecules. Thus, the requirements for clinical pharmacology trials in EMs are driven mainly by regulatory needs set forth by local Ministry of Health. In addition to the clinical Phase I to III studies done in the global program that supports registration in large geographies, countries such as China require local single and multiple dose Phase I studies. Participating in global studies with clinical sites within their country may be sufficient for some markets, while other regulators may be satisfied with a Certificate of Pharmaceutical Product. This paper discusses the current requirements for registration of innovative biologics in key EMs. PMID:25707959

  13. Clinical study on IgG4-related autoimmune pancreatitis

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    吴庆军

    2013-01-01

    Objective To investigate the clinical features of IgG4-related autoimmune pancreatitis(IgG4-related AIP). Methods A prospective cohort study on IgG4 related disease(IgG4-RD) was carried out in Peking Union Medical College Hospital during December 2010 to June

  14. CLINICAL EFFICACY OF THE DRUG STRUCTUM IN OSTEOARTHRITIS THERAPY (results of multicenlral clinical study in Russia

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    Full Text Available Objective. Study of the efficacy and tolerability of Structum in pts with gonarthritis and coxarthritis during 6 months therapy. Material. Open multicentral study included off -patients of both sexes with osteoarthritis (ОЛ of knee and hip joints with obvious pain syndrome - pain in walking 30 mm and more on visual analog scale, functional Lesquene index more or equal to 4 and less or equal toll, regular NSAIDs taking for 30 days for the last 3 months, radiological I-II-III OA stage according Kellgren-Lawrence and consent of the patient for the study. Total number of pts included was 555 and 192 out of them were experimental group and 363 - controls. Pts from experimental group had Structum - three capsules in the morning and 3 capsules in the evening during meals (one capsule - 250 mg for 3 weeks, then 2 capsules in the morning and 2 in the evening for 21 weeks. Clinical examination of pts was done after the third and sixth month of the treatment. Results. During Structum therapy reliable lessening of pain syndrome in knee and hip joints, improvement of articular function, decrease of NSAIDs dosage or their full cancellation were demonstrated. It was noticed that the assessment of clinical Structum efficacy and tolerability bu physician and patient coincided. Conclusion. Structum (chondroitin sulfate is a new effective drug for treatment of osteoarthritis of knee and hip joints with high clinical efficacy and good tolerability

  15. 无缝气瓶多心凹底底型的设计%Design of Multi-center Concave Bottom for Seamless Cylinder

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    由宏新; 李灿; 招聪; 戴行涛; 韩冰; 胡军

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    针对管制无缝气瓶凹底的设计,传统的三心凹底底型在过渡段外表面轮廓线是直线,球壳部分是等厚的球壳。将过渡段原来的直线过渡改为内外两个圆弧过渡,球壳部分设计为厚度变化的球壳,设计出多心凹底底型;运用正交设计方法,定义与设计了多心凹底底型的设计参数;用有限元分析确定各个参数对多圆心凹底底型应力的影响。结果表明,多心凹底气瓶的应力集中程度可以大幅度降低,最低应力集中系数接近于1.1,这对多心凹底气瓶底型设计和加工具有一定的参考价值。%The concave bottom of seamless cylinders has been designed for gas cylinder made from seam-less steel pipe.The contour line of outer surface is a straight line,and the thickness of spherical shell is uniform in traditional three-center geometry design for bottom end-plates of gas cylinders.In this research, a new multi-center concave bottom of gas cylinder was designed by changing the internal and external pro-file of transition section into two arcs with different centers, and using unequal thickness of spherical shell.The design parameters and relationship of the parameters about new bottom were determined by the orthogonal design method.The effects of various parameters on the multi-center concave bottom were ana-lyzed by the finite element method.The results, which are based on finite element analysis of different structure,show that the stress concentration of new bottom can be greatly reduced,and the minimum stress concentration factor is even closed to 1 .1 .It is valuable for designing and manufacturing the new type of concave bottom.

  16. The clinical and biochemical study of pesticide sprayers.

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    Srivastava, A K; Gupta, B N; Mathur, A K; Mathur, N; Mahendra, P N; Bharti, R S

    1991-07-01

    Clinical, haematological and biochemical studies of 34 subjects, occupationally exposed to different types of pesticides, were conducted. The findings have been compared with those observed in 14 control subjects. Inhibition of cholinesterase activity was observed in the exposed group. Serum alkaline phosphatase was also found to be raised. Radiological examination revealed pneumonitic patches in the chest skiagrams of three exposed subjects. Paraesthesia with hyporeflexia was also found in 8.8% of exposed subjects. The findings suggest that exposure to multiple pesticides over many years affects the normal functioning of different organ systems and may produce characteristic clinical effects. PMID:1679651

  17. Clinical And Mycological Study Of Superficial Mycoses In Amritsar

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    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available A clinical and mycological study of 500 cases of superficial mycoses was conducted. Two hundred fifty two samples from various sites, viz., skin, nail and hair were positive on culture. The most prevalent clinical type was tinea corporis (36.2% and the most prevalent aetiological agent was Trichophyton rubrum (62.3%. Nondermatophytic filamentous fungi and candida species were also isolated in 17 (6.74% cases. It was concluded that along with dermatophytes, nondermatophytic fungi are also emerging as important causes of superficial mycoses.

  18. A pilot study on clinical audit in radiotherapy

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    A pilot study to test the feasibility of clinical audit as a tool in the quality assurance process of the treatment of skeletal metastasis in cancer patients with external beam radiation was carried out in 2003. Forty consecutive patients treated from October -02 were reviewed at two different cancer centers in Norway. Method and results are discussed. The authors conclude that clinical audit, although being resource consuming, is a feasible method to increase the safety in radiation therapy, however, there is need for good guidelines. They further conclude that this type of quality assurance is possible to carry out on a regular basis at radiotherapy centers in this country. (Author)

  19. The prevalence of prescribing antibiotics by primary health care physicians in Turkey: A multi-centered survey

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    Objective: Antibiotics are widely used in the treatment of infections and for empirical treatment purposes. Despite this common consumption of antibiotics, it is difficult to state that antibiotics are chosen and used consciously. This study was planned to determine the prevalence of prescribing antibiotics in Turkey. Methodology: This cross-sectional study was conducted in November 2003. The study was carried out in a total of 46 primary care health centers of the following cities; Central Anatolian, Western Anatolian, Eastern Anatolian regions. Results: Two hundred sixty seven physicians participated in the study, 38.9% (104) of which were women and 61.1% (163) were men. The proportion of antibiotic prescription was by 22,6%, and the most frequently chosen antibiotics were 15.6% (3301) Amoxycilline + Clavulanic acid (Amox/Clav), 15.1% (3184) Ampicilline + Sulbactam 12.84% (2711), respectively. When prescriptions with antibiotics were evaluated according to diagnosis, the most frequent diagnoses were found to be as follows: 53.3% (11430) Acute Upper Respiratory Infections, 16.4% (3516) Urinary Tract Infections. Conclusions: The findings of the study suggest that primary health care physicians most often prescribe for acute respiratory tract infections, and prescribe Amoxycilline + Clavunic the most. It may be argued that more extensive studies are needed in this field. (author)

  20. Actual issues of clinical radiobiology and their experimental study

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    Information being collector for some tens years in frame of clinical study of radiation effects in man in broad range of dose and exposure variant has been summarised and systematized. It has been formulated the questions which could be answered under only clinical observation with many difficulties: diagnostical and prognostical criteria for evaluation of therapy efficiency in non-bonemarrow syndrome of acute radiation disease choice and confirmaty of methods of bonemarrow syndrome therapy in overlethal range of dose; improving of preclinical examination of means and methods of acute radiation syndrome prophylaxis and treatment; comparative analysis of the role of various radiation factory in development of oncological and severe somatic disease and possibility of these effects modification. Some limitations in extrapolation of experimental data onto clinical practice has been discussed and optimal forms of cooperation are shown

  1. Musculoskeletal demands on flamenco dancers: a clinical and biomechanical study.

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    Bejjani, F J; Halpern, N; Pio, A; Dominguez, R; Voloshin, A; Frankel, V H

    1988-04-01

    The flamenco dancer acts on the floor like a drummer. The percussive footwork and vibration patterns created during dancing impose unusual demands on the musculoskeletal system. This study investigated the clinical and biomechanical aspects of this task. Using the electrodynogram and skin-mounted accelerometers, foot pressures as well as hip and knee vibrations were recorded in 10 female dancers after a thorough clinical evaluation. A health questionnaire was also distributed to 29 dancers. Foot pressures and acceleration data reveal the percussive nature of the dance. Some clinical findings, like calluses, are related to pressure distribution. Urogenital disorders, as well as back and neck pain, may be related to the vibrations generated by the flamenco dance form. The hip joint seems to absorb most of the impacts. "Vibration-pressure" diagrams are suggested as a useful tool for evaluating a dancer's biomechanical behavior, as well as the effect of floors and footwear on this behavior. PMID:3366430

  2. [Clinical studies on pivmecillinam in urinary tract infections (author's transl)].

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    Amano, M; Kiuchi, H; Suzuki, M; Morinaga, O; Tanaka, H

    1979-09-01

    Pivmecillinam (PMPC), semisynthetic penicillin for oral use, was studied clinically and following results were obtained. 1) Twenty-eight patients with acute simple cystitis treated with the drug 200 mg/day for 4 days, clinical results were excellent in 23 cases and moderate in 5 cases. Six patients with chronic simple cystitis treated with the drug 400 mg/day for 7 days, clinical results were excellent in 4 cases, moderate in 1 case and poor in 1 case. Eight patients with complicated urinary tract infections treated with the drug 400 mg/day for 7 days, clinical results were excellent in 2 cases, moderate in 2 cases and poor in 4 cases. Overall effectiveness amounted to 88.1%. 2) Pivmecillinam was clinically effective in patients infected by Gram-negative bacteria except Pseudomonas aeruginosa. 3) No side effects were observed in all cases. The effectiveness of PMPC for acute simple cystitis was compared with that of talampicillin (TAPC), ampicillin (ABPC), amoxicillin (AMPC) and pivampicillin (PVPC) reported previously and PMPC was assessed as the most useful agent in these. Then, pivmecillinam should be chosen firstly as a chemotherapeutic agent for acute simple cystitis. PMID:228097

  3. PHARMACEUTICAL AND CLINICAL STUDIES ON COMPOUND AYURVEDIC FORMULATION, SARASWATA CHURNA

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    Tiwari Radheyshyam; Reddy K.R.C; Gupta Sanjay; Tripathi J.S.

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    Saraswata Churna is a unique combination of Ayurvedic herbal drugs, containing mainly Medhya Rasayana drugs, like Vacha, Shankhpushpi, Aswagandha, Bramhi, etc. For the first time Saraswata churna is mentioned in Bhavaprakash Unmadadhikar and formula given in the same, selected for present study. The drug is prepared in the Ayurvedic Pharmacy, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University and was selected for the management of Geriatric Depression. In the clinical study a series of 5...

  4. Clinical profile of forefoot eczema: A study of 42 cases

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    Brar Kamal; Shenoi S; Balachandran C; Mehta Vandana

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    BACKGROUND : Forefoot eczema (FE) is characterized by dry fissured dermatitis of the plantar surface of the feet. AIM : To study the clinical profile of FE and the possible etiological factors. METHODS : Forty-two patients with FE were included in the study. A detailed history was recorded and examination done. Fungal scrapings and patch test with Indian Standard Series (ISS) were performed in all patients. RESULTS : The most common site affected was the plantar surface of the great toe in...

  5. Exploring Factors Affecting Undergraduate Medical Students' Study Strategies in the Clinical Years: A Qualitative Study

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    Al Kadri, Hanan M. F.; Al-Moamary, Mohamed S.; Elzubair, Margaret; Magzoub, Mohi Eldien; AlMutairi, Abdulrahman; Roberts, Christopher; van der Vleuten, Cees

    2011-01-01

    The aim of this study is to explore the effects of clinical supervision, and assessment characteristics on the study strategies used by undergraduate medical students during their clinical rotations. We conducted a qualitative phenomenological study at King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, College of Medicine, Riyadh, Saudi…

  6. Exploring factors affecting undergraduate medical students' study strategies in the clinical years: a qualitative study.

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    Al Kadri, H.M.; Al-Moamary, M.S.; Elzubair, M.; Magzoub, M.E.; AlMutairi, A.; Roberts, C.; Vleuten, C.P.M. van der

    2011-01-01

    The aim of this study is to explore the effects of clinical supervision, and assessment characteristics on the study strategies used by undergraduate medical students during their clinical rotations. We conducted a qualitative phenomenological study at King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health S

  7. The wish to hasten death: a review of clinical studies.

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    Monforte-Royo, Cristina; Villavicencio-Chávez, Christian; Tomás-Sábado, Joaquín; Balaguer, Albert

    2011-08-01

    It is common for patients who are faced with physical or psychological suffering, particularly those in the advanced stages of a disease, to have some kind of wish to hasten death (WTHD). This paper reviews and summarises the current state of knowledge about the WTHD among people with end-stage disease, doing so from a clinical perspective and on the basis of published clinical research. Studies were identified through a search strategy applied to the main scientific databases. Clinical studies show that the WTHD has a multi-factor aetiology. The literature review suggests-perhaps in line with better management of physical pain-that psychological and spiritual aspects, including social factors, are the most important cause of such a wish. One of the difficulties facing clinical research is the lack of terminological and conceptual precision in defining the construct. Indeed, studies frequently blur the distinction between a generic wish to die, a WTDH (whether sporadic or persistent over time), the explicit expression of a wish to die, and a request for euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide. A notable contribution to knowledge in this field has been made by scales designed to evaluate the WTHD, although the problems of conceptual definition may once again limit the conclusions, which can be drawn from the results. Studies using qualitative methodology have also provided new information that can help in understanding such wishes. Further clinical research is needed to provide a complete understanding of this phenomenon and to foster the development of suitable care plans. PMID:20821377

  8. A Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled, Multi-center, Extension Trial Evaluating the Efficacy of a New Oral Supplement in Women with Self-perceived Thinning Hair

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    Dayan, Steven

    2015-01-01

    Objective: The purpose of this six-month, randomized, double-blind, multi-center, placebo-controlled study was to determine if the administration of a new oral supplement will promote terminal hair growth. Design: A randomized, double-blind study. Setting: Two private practices (dermatology and facial plastics). Participants: Women 21 to 75 years of age with self-perceived thinning hair. Measurements: The primary efficacy endpoint was the change in terminal and vellus hairs in a 4cm2 target area of the scalp after 90 and 180 days of treatment. Secondary endpoints were change in hair diameter and responses to Quality of Life and Self-Assessment questionnaires. Results: Subjects treated with the new oral supplement achieved a significant increase in the number of baseline terminal hairs at 90 and 180 days (for each, p<0.0001, respectively) and were significantly greater then placebo (p<0.0001). Treatment with the new oral supplement was also associated with a significant increase in baseline terminal hair diameter after 90 (p=0.006) and 180 days of treatment (p=0.001) which was significantly greater than placebo at the end of the study (p=0.003). Improvements in hair growth and hair diameter were associated with significant improvement in most responses to Self-Assessment and Quality of Life Questionnaire responses. There were no adverse events. Conclusion: The daily administration of a new oral supplement was associated with significant increases in the number of terminal and vellus hairs and hair diameter. Most study participants believed the use of the oral supplement resulted in significant improvement in skin and hair quality and quality of life. PMID:26705444

  9. Detecting data fabrication in clinical trials from cluster analysis perspective.

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    Wu, Xiaoru; Carlsson, Martin

    2011-01-01

    Detecting data fabrication is of great importance in clinical trials. As the role of statisticians in detecting abnormal data patterns has grown, a large number of statistical procedures have been developed, most of which are based on descriptive statistics. Based upon the fact that substantial data fabrication cases have certain clustering structures, this paper discusses the potential for the use of statistical clustering method in fraud detection. Three clustering patterns, angular, neighborhood and repeated measurements clustering, are identified and explored. Correspondingly, simple and efficient test statistics are proposed and randomization tests are carried out. The proposed methods are applied to a 12-week multi-center study for illustration. Extensive simulations are conducted to validate the effectiveness of the procedures. PMID:20936626

  10. Human transcriptome array for high-throughput clinical studies

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    Xu, Weihong; Seok, Junhee; Mindrinos, Michael N.; Schweitzer, Anthony C.; Jiang, Hui; Wilhelmy, Julie; Clark, Tyson A.; Kapur, Karen; Xing, Yi; Faham, Malek; Storey, John D.; Moldawer, Lyle L.; Maier, Ronald V.; Tompkins, Ronald G.; Wong, Wing Hung; Davis, Ronald W.; Xiao, Wenzhong; Toner, Mehmet; Warren, H. Shaw; Schoenfeld, David A.; Rahme, Laurence; McDonald-Smith, Grace P.; Hayden, Douglas; Mason, Philip; Fagan, Shawn; Yu, Yong-Ming; Cobb, J. Perren; Remick, Daniel G.; Mannick, John A.; Lederer, James A.; Gamelli, Richard L.; Silver, Geoffrey M.; West, Michael A.; Shapiro, Michael B.; Smith, Richard; Camp, David G.; Qian, Weijun; Tibshirani, Rob; Lowry, Stephen; Calvano, Steven; Chaudry, Irshad; Cohen, Mitchell; Moore, Ernest E.; Johnson, Jeffrey; Baker, Henry V.; Efron, Philip A.; Balis, Ulysses G. J.; Billiar, Timothy R.; Ochoa, Juan B.; Sperry, Jason L.; Miller-Graziano, Carol L.; De, Asit K.; Bankey, Paul E.; Herndon, David N.; Finnerty, Celeste C.; Jeschke, Marc G.; Minei, Joseph P.; Arnoldo, Brett D.; Hunt, John L.; Horton, Jureta; Cobb, J. Perren; Brownstein, Bernard; Freeman, Bradley; Nathens, Avery B.; Cuschieri, Joseph; Gibran, Nicole; Klein, Matthew; O'Keefe, Grant

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    A 6.9 million-feature oligonucleotide array of the human transcriptome [Glue Grant human transcriptome (GG-H array)] has been developed for high-throughput and cost-effective analyses in clinical studies. This array allows comprehensive examination of gene expression and genome-wide identification of alternative splicing as well as detection of coding SNPs and noncoding transcripts. The performance of the array was examined and compared with mRNA sequencing (RNA-Seq) results over multiple independent replicates of liver and muscle samples. Compared with RNA-Seq of 46 million uniquely mappable reads per replicate, the GG-H array is highly reproducible in estimating gene and exon abundance. Although both platforms detect similar expression changes at the gene level, the GG-H array is more sensitive at the exon level. Deeper sequencing is required to adequately cover low-abundance transcripts. The array has been implemented in a multicenter clinical program and has generated high-quality, reproducible data. Considering the clinical trial requirements of cost, sample availability, and throughput, the GG-H array has a wide range of applications. An emerging approach for large-scale clinical genomic studies is to first use RNA-Seq to the sufficient depth for the discovery of transcriptome elements relevant to the disease process followed by high-throughput and reliable screening of these elements on thousands of patient samples using custom-designed arrays. PMID:21317363

  11. A clinical and mycological study of dermatophytic infections

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    KAK Surendran

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Dermatophytoses refer to superficial fungal infection of keratinized tissues caused by keratinophilic dermatophytes. According to observations worldwide, dermatophytoses are the most common of the superficial fungal infections. It is common in tropics and may present in epidemic proportions in areas with high rates of humidity. Although common, the precise size of the problem defies measurement. Aims: The present study was undertaken to assess the clinical profile of dermatophytic infection and to identify the species of fungi that are prevalent in this region. Materials and Methods: A total of 100 patients clinically suspected for dermatophytoses were selected for the study. Direct microscopy in 10% potassium hydroxide (KOH and culture was done in each case. Results: Out of 100 patients, the maximum were seen in the age groups of 16-30 years. Tinea corporis was the most common clinical type (44.3% followed by tinea cruris (38.2%. Overall positivity by culture was 39% and by direct microscopy 96%. Conclusion: Trichophyton rubrum was the predominant species isolated (67.5% in all clinical types followed by Trichophyton mentagrophytes. Culturing the fungus may identify the species, but it is not essential for the diagnosis as it is not a sensitive test.

  12. Gender effect on clinical features of achalasia: a prospective study

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    Mahdavinia Mahboobeh

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Achalasia is a well-characterized esophageal motor disorder but the rarity of the disease limits performing large studies on its demographic and clinical features. Methods Prospectively, 213 achalasia patients (110 men and 103 women were enrolled in the study. The diagnosis established by clinical, radiographic, and endoscopic as well as manometry criteria. All patients underwent a pre-designed clinical evaluation before and within 6 months after the treatment. Results Solid dysphagia was the most common clinical symptom in men and women. Chest pain was the only symptom which was significantly different between two groups and was more complained by women than men (70.9% vs. 54.5% P value= 0.03. Although the occurrence of chest pain significantly reduced after treatment in both groups (P Conclusion It seems that chest pain is the distinct symptom of achalasia which is affected by sex as well as age and does not relate to the duration of illness, LESP and the type of treatment achalasia patients receive.

  13. Carbon ion radiotherapy. Clinical study and future prospect

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    At present, most of the patients receiving carbon ion radiotherapy at National Institute of Radiological Sciences (NIRS) visit the clinic seeking this specific modality, and it is difficult to obtain consent for a randomized controlled study from these patients and it may be unnecessary to conduct a phase III trial. However, in selected tumors where the high-linear energy transfer (LET) benefit could be appreciated, we can participate in randomized studies. Finally, studies aimed at clarifying the usefulness of carbon ion radiotherapy and elucidating any advantages from hypo-fractionation should be considered. A multi-institutional prospective non-randomized concurrent phase II clinical trial is one such new approach, and it will be proposed not only to the Japanese, but also to the international community of particle therapy and radiation oncology. (author)

  14. The Development of the Multi-Center Traffic Management Advisor (MCTMA): Traffic Flow Management Research in a Multi-Facility Environment

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    Lee, Katharine K.; Davis, Thomas J.; Levin, Kerry M.; Rowe, Dennis W.

    2001-01-01

    The Traffic Management Advisor (TMA) is a decision-support tool for traffic managers and air traffic controllers that provides traffic flow visualization and other flow management tools. TMA creates an efficiently sequenced and safely spaced schedule for arrival traffic that meets but does not exceed specified airspace system constraints. TMA is being deployed at selected facilities throughout the National Airspace System in the US as part of the FAA's Free Flight Phase 1 program. TMA development and testing, and its current deployment, focuses on managing the arrival capacity for single major airports within single terminal areas and single en route centers. The next phase of development for this technology is the expansion of the TMA capability to complex facilities in which a terminal area or airport is fed by multiple en route centers, thus creating a multicenter TMA functionality. The focus of the multi-center TMA (McTMA) development is on the busy facilities in the Northeast comdor of the US. This paper describes the planning and development of McTMA and the challenges associated with adapting a successful traffic flow management tool for a very complex airspace.

  15. A prospective, randomized, multi-center trial to investigate Actovegin in prevention and treatment of acute oral mucositis caused by chemoradiotherapy for nasopharyngeal carcinoma

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    Purpose: A multi-center prospective randomized trial was conducted to evaluate the efficacy and safety of Actovegin in the prevention and treatment of chemoradiotherapy-induced acute oral mucositis. Methods and materials: Between February 2006 and May 2007, 156 evaluable patients with nasopharyngeal carcinoma were randomized to Group 1 (n = 53) for prevention, Group 2 (n = 51) for treatment, and Group 3 (n = 52) for control. All patients received concomitant chemoradiotherapy ± induction chemotherapy. Radiation technique and dose were similar among 3 groups. Intravenous Actovegin of 30 ml daily (5 days/week) was administrated from day 1 of the radiotherapy for Group 1 and from the onset of grade 2 mucositis for Group 2, until the end of the radiotherapy. Results: The incidence of grade 3 mucositis was lower in Group 1 compared with Group 3 (26.4% vs. 55.8%, P = 0.002). Group 2 had a lower progression rate of mucositis from grade 2 to 3 compared with Group 3 (39.2% vs. 60.4%, P = 0.035). There was no difference in the onset time of grade 3 mucositis among 3 groups. Actovegin was well tolerated and no treatment-related adverse events were observed. Conclusions: Actovegin is effective in the prevention and treatment of chemoradiotherapy-induced oral mucositis.

  16. Multinational observational study on clinical practices and therapeutic management of mineral and bone disorders in patients with chronic kidney disease stages 4, 5, and 5D: The OCEANOS study

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    Faissal A. M. Shaheen

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Our aim is to assess the current clinical practices in monitoring and treatment patterns of chronic kidney disease (CKD-mineral bone disorder and the degree to which these practices met the kidney disease improving global outcome (KDIGO guidelines. This was an international, multi-center, cross-sectional, observational study in adult patients diagnosed with CKD Stages 4, 5, and 5D. Patients were enrolled from Middle East, South Asia, Eurasia, and Africa; patients with estimated glomerular filtration rate ≥30 mL/min/1.73 m 2 or with any medical/surgical conditions precluding their participation were excluded. Frequency of measurements, levels of serum calcium (Ca, phosphorus and parathormone (parathyroid hormone [PTH], and presence vascular/valvular calcification were recorded. Of the 2250 patients enrolled, data on 2247 patients were evaluated. Overall, only a small percentage of patients met all three target KDIGO ranges of serum Ca, phosphorus, and PTH (13.7% [95% confidence interval: 12.0; 15.4], with a higher proportion among CKD Stage 5D patients (14.8% than CKD Stage 4 and 5 (5.6% patients. Majority (84.3% of the patients received treatment with phosphorous binders, of whom 85.5% received Ca-based phosphate binders. Overall, 57.0% of patients received Vitamin D treatment with a similar frequency among patients with CKD Stages 4, 5, and 5D. Over half (65.7% of the patients were screened for vascular/valvular calcification; of these, 58.8% had ≥1 calcification. Diabetes status, P, PTH, and low density lipoprotein-cholesterol had significant impact on the prescription pattern of phosphorous binders. The current practices for the management of bone and mineral metabolism in CKD patients in the study region fall far short of meeting the KDIGO target range.

  17. Clinical, radiological and imunogenectical study in patients with Reiter's Syndrome

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    This study puspose was to investigate the clinical, radiological and immunogenetical parameters from a brazilian Reiter's Syndrome population. Twenty Reiter's Syndrome patients from ''Hospital das Clinicas da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Sao Paulo'' were prospectivelly studied in their demographical (sex, race, age at study, age at disease onset and disease duration), epidemiological (family history), clinical (general, articular, mucocutaneous, genitourinary, ocular and intestinal manifestations besides functional capacity at study), radiological (sacro-iliitis, spondylitis and calcaneal spur) and immunogenetical (HLA loci A, B and DR typing). The technique employed in the 61 aloantigens from loci HLA A (17), B (34) and DR (10) typing was Terasaki microlymphocitotoxicity modified by Danilovs, had being performed in the ''Laboratorio de Imunogenetica da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Sao Paulo''. We concluded that the clinical, radiological and immunogenetical Reiter's Syndrome expression in the brazilian population is similar to the others north american or european already studied populations and that the probability of one brazilian HLA B27 positie individual to develop Reiter's Syndrome is 19 fold larger when compared to one brazilian HLA B27 negative individual. (author)

  18. Clinical Utility of Combinatorial Pharmacogenomics-Guided Antidepressant Therapy: Evidence from Three Clinical Studies.

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    Altar, C Anthony; Carhart, Joseph; Allen, Josiah D; Hall-Flavin, Daniel; Winner, Joel; Dechairo, Bryan

    2015-10-01

    DNA of 258 patients with treatment-resistant depression was collected in three 8-10 week, two-arm, prospective clinical trials. Forty-four allelic variations were measured in genes for the cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes CYP2D6, CYPC19, and CYP1A2, the serotonin transporter (SLC6A4), and the 5-HT2A receptor (HTR2A). The combinatorial pharmacogenomic (CPGx™) GeneSight test results were provided to clinicians to support medication changes from baseline (guided arm), or they were provided at the end of each study to clinicians of unguided patients who were treated as usual (TAU). TAU subjects who at baseline were prescribed medications genetically discordant for them showed only a 12% symptom improvement, far less than the 32.5% or 28.5% improvements of the TAU subjects on yellow-category ('use with caution'; p = 0.002) or green-category medications ('use as recommended'; p = 0.02), respectively. The odds of a clinical response were increased 2.3-fold among all GeneSight-guided compared to all TAU subjects (p = 0.004), and overall, the guided group had a 53% greater improvement in depressive symptoms (p = 0.0002), a 1.7-fold relative improvement in response (p = 0.01), and a number needed to treat for one clinical response above that seen in the TAU group of 6.07. PMID:27606312

  19. A prospective, multi centre, randomized clinical study to compare the efficacy and safety of Ertapenem 3 days versus Ampicillin - Sulbactam 3 days in the treatment of localized community acquired intra-abdominal infection. (T.E.A. Study: Three days Ertapenem vs three days Ampicillin-sulbactam

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background The recommendations outlined in the latest guidelines published by the Surgical Infection Society (SIS and the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA regarding the proper duration of antibiotic therapy in patients with intra-abdominal infections are limited and non-specific. This ambiguity is due mainly to the lack of clinical trials on the topic of optimal duration of therapy. It is well known that the overuse of antibiotics has several important consequences such as increased treatment costs, reduced clinical efficacy, and above all, the increased emergence of antibiotic-resistant pathogens. Ampicillin-Sulbactam is a commonly used "first line" antibiotic for intra-abdominal infections. Ertapenem and Ampicillin-sulbactam are recommended as primary treatment agents for localized peritonitis by both the SIS and IDSA guidelines. Methods/Design This study is a prospective multi-center randomized investigation. The study will be performed in the Departments of General, Emergency, and Transplant Surgery of Sant'Orsola-Malpighi University Hospital in Bologna, Italy, in the General Surgery Department of the Ospedali Riuniti of Bergamo, Italy, and in the Trauma and Emergency Surgery Department of Maggiore Hospital in Bologna, Italy, and will be conducted by all surgeons willing to participate in the study. The inclusion period of the study will take approximately two years before the planned number of 142 enrolled patients is reached. Discussion Ertapenem and Ampicillin-sulbactam are recommended both as primary treatment agents for localized peritonitis by both the SIS and IDSA guidelines. As one of the discussed topic is the optimal duration of the antibiotic therapy and this ambiguity is due mainly to the lack of clinical trials on the topic, the present study aims for obtain precise data. Trial Registration ClinicalTrials.gov: NCT00630513

  20. A CLINICAL STUDY OF VAULT PROLAPSE IN TERTIARY CARE HOSPITAL

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    Full Text Available Objective of the study was to assess clinical parameters of patients with vault prolapse and its results of surgery. A prospective study of 11 patients with vault prolapse seen from October 2009 to July 2011 with 2 years of follow-up. Clinical parameter like age, parity, symptoms, POP-Q staging, type of previous hysterectomy and interval of onset of symptoms for prolapsed. All are presented with complaints of mass per vagina, next with difficulty in voiding urine. Majority of them are followed by vaginal hysterectomy then abdominal hysterectomy. 9 out of 11 were undergone sacrospinous ligament fixation and 2 are abdominal sacrocolpopexy done. The post-operative complications were fever in one patient and urinary tract infection in other patient. No recurrence of prolapsed noted up to 2 years of follow-up. Sacrospinous colpopexy is simple and efficacious procedure, which is indicated in vault prolapsed

  1. Chronic actinic dermatitis - A study of clinical features

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    Somani Vijay

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Chronic actinic dermatitis (CAD, one of the immune mediated photo-dermatoses, comprises a spectrum of conditions including persistent light reactivity, photosensitive eczema and actinic reticuloid. Diagnostic criteria were laid down about 20 years back, but clinical features are the mainstay in diagnosis. In addition to extreme sensitivity to UVB, UVA and/or visible light, about three quarters of patients exhibit contact sensitivity to several allergens, which may contribute to the etiopathogenesis of CAD. This study was undertaken to examine the clinical features of CAD in India and to evaluate the relevance of patch testing and photo-aggravation testing in the diagnosis of CAD. Methods: The clinical data of nine patients with CAD were analyzed. Histopathology, patch testing and photo-aggravation testing were also performed. Results: All the patients were males. The average age of onset was 57 years. The first episode was usually noticed in the beginning of summer. Later the disease gradually tended to be perennial, without any seasonal variations. The areas affected were mainly the photo-exposed areas in all patients, and the back in three patients. Erythroderma was the presenting feature in two patients. The palms and soles were involved in five patients. Patch testing was positive in seven of nine patients. Conclusions: The diagnosis of CAD mainly depended upon the history and clinical features. The incidence of erythroderma and palmoplantar eczema was high in our series. Occupation seems to play a role in the etiopathogenesis of CAD.

  2. Examining an ethical dilemma: a case study in clinical practice.

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    Narrigan, Deborah

    2004-01-01

    When clients and health care providers differ in their understanding of what is right or wrong, an ethical dilemma may arise. Such dilemmas occur in everyday clinical practice. Health care providers have the professional responsibility to analyze these dilemmas. A clinical case study of an ethical dilemma that occurred in a cross-cultural context is examined. The language of the client and provider differed, and no interpreter service was available. Given these conditions, the provider's ethical dilemma was whether, and if so how, to give safe, satisfying care that respected the needs of a client with limited English proficiency. Measuring the morality of the provider's decisions and actions using Rawls' ethical theory of social justice finds deficits. A 10-step Bioethical Decision-Making Model by Thompson is used to demonstrate one method for analyzing the moral dimension of a clinical scenario focusing on the decisions and actions taken by a midwife. Scrutinizing ethically challenging clinical encounters will result in better understanding of the moral dimensions of practice. PMID:15134678

  3. Tinea Capitis In Assuit Governorate (A Clinical and Mycological Study

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    Amer Abu El ­ Enin *, Mohamed Khedr** and Alaa Abu El-Ata

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available Tinea capitis is a common condition seen by clinician in all setting through out the world. Several investigations of the various superficial mycosewere carried out in Egypt, but they were mainly confined to urban areas. In the present work, the predominant species causing dermatophtosis in Assuit Governorate were investigated, this is represented in rural and partially suburban communities. A clinical and mycological study was done for hundred patients attending the Dermatology Out-patient Clinic in Al- Azhar University Hospital in Assuit City. The ages of patient ranged from 3 to 20 years . 60% of cases were between 6-10 years of ages. Males were affected more than females in a ratio of 3: 1 60% of cases were from rural areas. Positive history of contact with animals was present in 40%. The most common clinical variety was scaly type 55% followed by black dot 22%, kerion 20%, and lastly favus 3%. Direct microscopic examination was + ve in 80% of cases. Positive culture results were obtained in 90% of cases. The results indicated that Zoophilic dermatophytes was the predominant causative species in these regions. Five dermatophytes were identified namely: M.canis was the most frequently isolated organism from the clinical varieties of dermatophytosis (55% . followed by T. violaceum (20%. T. rubrum 12.8% , M. gypseum (10% and lastly T.soudanense (2.2%.

  4. Digital breast tomosynthesis versus digital mammography: a clinical performance study

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    Gennaro, Gisella; Baldan, Enrica; Bezzon, Elisabetta; Polico, Ilaria; Proietti, Alessandro; Toffoli, Aida [Venetian Oncological Institute (IOV), IRCCS, Department of Radiology, Padua (Italy); Toledano, Alicia [Statistics Collaborative Inc., Washington, DC (United States); Di Maggio, Cosimo [Padua University, Department of Oncological and Surgical Sciences, Padua (Italy); La Grassa, Manuela [Aviano Oncological Reference Center (CRO), IRCCS, Department of Radiology, Aviano (Pordenone) (Italy); Pescarini, Luigi [Venetian Oncological Institute (IOV), IRCCS, Department of Radiology, Padua (Italy); Padua University, Department of Oncological and Surgical Sciences, Padua (Italy); Muzzio, Pier Carlo [Venetian Oncological Institute (IOV), IRCCS, Department of Radiology, Padua (Italy); Padua University, Department of Medical Diagnostic Sciences, Padua (Italy)

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    To compare the clinical performance of digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) with that of full-field digital mammography (FFDM) in a diagnostic population. The study enrolled 200 consenting women who had at least one breast lesion discovered by mammography and/or ultrasound classified as doubtful or suspicious or probably malignant. They underwent tomosynthesis in one view [mediolateral oblique (MLO)] of both breasts at a dose comparable to that of standard screen-film mammography in two views [craniocaudal (CC) and MLO]. Images were rated by six breast radiologists using the BIRADS score. Ratings were compared with the truth established according to the standard of care and a multiple-reader multiple-case (MRMC) receiver-operating characteristic (ROC) analysis was performed. Clinical performance of DBT compared with that of FFDM was evaluated in terms of the difference between areas under ROC curves (AUCs) for BIRADS scores. Overall clinical performance with DBT and FFDM for malignant versus all other cases was not significantly different (AUCs 0.851 vs 0.836, p = 0.645). The lower limit of the 95% CI or the difference between DBT and FFDM AUCs was -4.9%. Clinical performance of tomosynthesis in one view at the same total dose as standard screen-film mammography is not inferior to digital mammography in two views. (orig.)

  5. Objective structured clinical examination and its impact on clinical and interpersonal skills: Follow-up study

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    Manoj Kumar Sharma; Chandra, Prabha S.; Chaturvedi, S.K.

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    Background: Objective structured clinical examination is being used for assessing the clinical skills as well as their knowledge for various skills. Aim: The present work assess the role of exposure to objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) based skills in enhancement of clinical and interpersonal skills at 1 year interval among mental health trainees. Materials and Methods: Fifty five mental health trainees got exposure to weekly OSCE training on various aspects of clinical work. T...

  6. A STUDY OF OVARIAN TUMOURS : CLINICAL AND PATHOLOGICAL CORRELATION

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To study incidence age distribution of benign and malignant ovarian tu mours in general population. METHODS AND MATERIAL : To study 120 patients with ovarian tumours in Govt . general hospital during June 2003 and June 2005. RESULTS: Clinical and pathological evaluation of all ovarian tumours was done and incidence, age distrib ution of various benign and malignant ovarian neoplasms were tabulated and compared with other studies. CONCLUSIONS: Most common ovarian tumours are benign tumours and serous cystadenoma is the commonest benign tumour and S erous cystadeno carcinoma is the most common malignant tumour.

  7. Human transcriptome array for high-throughput clinical studies

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    Xu, Weihong; Seok, Junhee; Mindrinos, Michael N.; Schweitzer, Anthony C.; Jiang, Hui; WILHELMY, JULIE; Clark, Tyson A.; Kapur, Karen; Xing, Yi; Faham, Malek; Storey, John D.; Moldawer, Lyle L; Ronald V Maier; Tompkins, Ronald G.; Wong, Wing Hung

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    A 6.9 million-feature oligonucleotide array of the human transcriptome [Glue Grant human transcriptome (GG-H array)] has been developed for high-throughput and cost-effective analyses in clinical studies. This array allows comprehensive examination of gene expression and genome-wide identification of alternative splicing as well as detection of coding SNPs and noncoding transcripts. The performance of the array was examined and compared with mRNA sequencing (RNA-Seq) results over multiple ind...

  8. Evidence of clinical competence by simulation, a hermeneutical observational study.

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    Lejonqvist, Gun-Britt; Eriksson, Katie; Meretoja, Riitta

    2016-03-01

    Making the transition from theory to practise easier in nursing education through simulation is widely implemented all over the world, and there is research evidence of the positive effects of simulation. The pre-understanding for this study is based on a definition of clinical competence as encountering, knowing, performing, maturing and developing, and the hypothesis is that these categories should appear in simulated situations. The aim of the study was to explore the forms and expressions of clinical competence in simulated situations and furthermore to explore if and how clinical competence could be developed by simulation. An observational hermeneutic study with a hypothetic-deductive approach was used in 18 simulated situations with 39 bachelor degree nursing students. In the situations, the scenarios, the actors and the plots were described. The story told was "the way from suffering to health" in which three main plots emerged. The first was, doing as performing and knowing, which took the shape of knowing what to do, acting responsibly, using evidence and equipment, appearing confident and feeling comfortable, and sharing work and information with others. The second was, being as encountering the patient, which took the shape of being there for him/her and confirming by listening and answering. The third plot was becoming as maturing and developing which took the shape of learning in co-operation with other students. All the deductive categories, shapes and expressions appeared as dialectic patterns having their negative counterparts. The study showed that clinical competence can be made evident and developed by simulation and that the challenge is in encountering the patient and his/her suffering. PMID:26763209

  9. Neurophysiology versus clinical genetics in Rett syndrome: A multicenter study.

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    Halbach, Nicky; Smeets, Eric E; Julu, Peter; Witt-Engerström, Ingegerd; Pini, Giorgio; Bigoni, Stefania; Hansen, Stig; Apartopoulos, Flora; Delamont, Robert; van Roozendaal, Kees; Scusa, Maria F; Borelli, Paolo; Candel, Math; Curfs, Leopold

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    Many studies have attempted to establish the genotype-phenotype correlation in Rett syndrome (RTT). Cardiorespiratory measurements provide robust objective data, to correlate with each of the different clinical phenotypes. It has important implications for the management and treatment of this syndrome. The aim of this study was to correlate the genotype with the quantitative cardiorespiratory data obtained by neurophysiological measurement combined with a clinical severity score. This international multicenter study was conducted in four European countries from 1999 to 2012. The study cohort consisted of a group of 132 well-defined RTT females aged between 2 and 43 years with extended clinical, molecular, and neurophysiological assessments. Diagnosis of RTT was based on the consensus criteria for RTT and molecular confirmation. Genotype-phenotype analyses of clinical features and cardiorespiratory data were performed after grouping mutations by the same type and localization or having the same putative biological effect on the MeCP2 protein, and subsequently on eight single recurrent mutations. A less severe phenotype was seen in females with CTS, p.R133C, and p.R294X mutations. Autonomic disturbances were present in all females, and not restricted to nor influenced by one specific group or any single recurrent mutation. The objective information from non-invasive neurophysiological evaluation of the disturbed central autonomic control is of great importance in helping to organize the lifelong care for females with RTT. Further research is needed to provide insights into the pathogenesis of autonomic dysfunction, and to develop evidence-based management in RTT. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:27354166

  10. Biotinidase deficiency: clinical and genetic studies of 38 Brazilian patients

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    Borsatto, Taciane; Sperb-Ludwig, Fernanda; Pinto, Louise LC; De Luca, Gisele R; Carvalho, Francisca L; De Souza, Carolina FM; De Medeiros, Paula FV; Charles M. Lourenço; Filho, Reinaldo LO; Neto, Eurico C.; Bernardi, Pricila; Leistner-Segal, Sandra; Schwartz, Ida VD

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    Background Biotinidase deficiency (BD) is an inborn error of metabolism in which some genetic variants correlate with the level of enzyme activity. Biotinidase activity, however, may be artifactually low due to enzyme lability, premature birth, and jaundice; this hinders both phenotypic classification and the decision to implement therapy. This study sought to characterize the clinical and genetic profile of a sample of Brazilian patients exhibiting reduced biotinidase activity. Methods This ...

  11. Exploring autistic traits in anorexia: a clinical study

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    Tchanturia, Kate; Smith, Emma; Weineck, Felicitas; Fidanboylu, Eliz; Kern, Nikola; Treasure, Janet; Baron Cohen, Simon

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    Background The objectives of this study were to explore associations between autistic traits and self-reported clinical symptoms in a population with anorexia nervosa (AN). Experimental and self-report evidence reveals similarities between AN and autism spectrum condition (ASC) populations in socio-emotional and cognitive domains; this includes difficulties with empathy, set-shifting and global processing. Focusing on these similarities may lead to better tailored interventions for both condi...

  12. Erythropoietin in Myocardial Infarction: Experimental Evidence and Clinical Studies

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    Andreas Stein; Ilka Ott

    2011-01-01

    Erythropoietin produced mainly in the kidney is the main regulator of erythropoiesis. Experimental studies identified additional, non-haematopoietic, protective effects during myocardial ischemia and reperfusion due to inhibition of apoptosis, stimulation of vasculogenesis and progenitor cell mobilisation. Based on these findings, five prospective, randomised, clinical trials have been performed. A short term regimen of erythropoietin was applied during PCI in patients with STEMI up to a cumu...

  13. OSSIFIED CARTILAGO THYREOIDEA AND ITS CLINICAL INSIGHT: A CADAVERIC STUDY

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    Kosuri Kalyan Chakravarthi*, Nelluri Venumadhav and Huban Thomas

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    The three major cartilages of the larynx - thyroid, cricoid, and arytenoids are all hyaline cartilage. They may undergo calcification or endochondral ossification (or both), such calcified or ossified cartilage may compress the neuro vascular structures around it. Accordingly the present study was undertaken to observe the incidence of the ossified thyroid cartilages (Cartilago Thyreoidea) in the human cadavers, discuss its clinical implications and to review the literature regarding these an...

  14. Study on the environmental perception in clinical laboratories

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    Sérgio Marques Júnior; Walter Romero Ramos e Silva Júnior; Geraldo Barroso Cavalcanti Júnior; Dany Geraldo Kramer Cavalcanti e Silva; Anésio Mendes de Sousa; Aurean de Paula Carvalho

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    This study objectified to investigate the environmental perception of the technician of clinical analyses laboratories, in the city of the Natal, state of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil, focusing the environmental aspects and impacts, the strategical importance of the environment management for the activity, as well as the knowledge of norms and applied ambient resolutions to the sector. A research was carried through type survey, exploratory and descriptive using a questionnaire, applied in 82 ...

  15. Best herbs for managing diabetes: a review of clinical studies

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    Ahmad Ghorbani

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Diabetes mellitus is a public health problem which leads to serious complications over time. Experimentally, many herbs have been recommended for treating diabetes. In most cases, however, the recommendations are based on animal studies and limited pieces of evidence exist about their clinical usefulness. This review focused on the herbs, the hypoglycemic actions of which have been supported by three or more clinical studies. The search was done in Google Scholar, Medline and Science Direct databases using the key terms diabetes, plants, herbs, glucose and patients. According to the clinical studies, Aegle marmelos, Allium cepa, Gymnema sylvestre, Momordica charantia, Ocimum sanctum, Nigella sativa, Ocimum sanctum, Panax quinquefolius, Salacia reticulate, Silybum marianum and Trigonella foenum-graecum have shown hypoglycemic and, in some cases, hypolipidemic activities in diabetic patients. Among them, Gymnema sylvestre, Momordica charantia, Silybum marianum and Trigonella foenum-graecum have acquired enough reputation for managing diabetes. Thus, it seems that physicians can rely on these herbs and advise for the patients to improve management of diabetes.

  16. Physiologic endpoints for clinical studies for cystic fibrosis.

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    Stanojevic, Sanja; Ratjen, Felix

    2016-07-01

    The cystic fibrosis (CF) drug development pipeline promises many exciting new treatments for patients with CF, all which will require clinical studies to prove their benefits on CF lung disease. Historically many pivotal CF studies have used the Forced Expiratory Volume in 1s (FEV1) as the primary outcome measure, and after demonstrating significant improvements in the treatment group relative to placebo have led to regulatory approval of therapies for routine clinical care. Widespread implementation of these therapies has subsequently led to significant improvements in outcomes for patients with CF. While preserving lung function has obvious benefits to CF patients, as more patients maintain FEV1 in the normal range, it has become increasingly difficult to conduct clinical trials using FEV1 as the primary outcome measure. With multiple concurrent trials competing to enroll from the same pool of patients, there is a need for novel approaches to study end points as well as new physiological outcomes for CF therapeutic trials. In this review we will discuss some of the limitations of FEV1 in the current era of CF care, describe alternative physiological endpoints and outline areas for further research. PMID:27316663

  17. A Study on the Clinical Diagnosis of Hyperthyroidism

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    To attain a simple and reliable method of evaluating the thyroid function the reliability of the clinical manifestation and the conventional thyroid function tests in diagnosing the hyperthyroidism was studied. The subjects included 184 patients with hyperthyroidism and 66 cases with euthyroidism, who were treated at the Thyroid Clinic, Seoul National University Hospital, from July 1971 through August 1972. The observed results were as follows: l. In the cases of hyperthyroidism, 19% of the patients were male and 81% female; in the cases of euthyroidism, 7. 6% of the patients were male and 92. 4% female. The majority of the patients were in 2nd to 4th decades of their lives. 2. There were objective signs clearly manifested in hyperthyroidism which were rare or absent in the euthyroid state. These clinical signs included wide pulse pressure, tachycardia, systolic murmur, exophthalmos, tremor, and warm skin. In the hyperthyroid state 91. 3% of the cases manifested two or more of the above signs, whereas in the euthyroid state no patients manifested any two of the above signs. 3. The most frequent complaints of the patients with thyroid disease were palpitation, weight low, increased appetite, heat intolerance, perspiration, hunger feeling; nervousness, exertional dyapnea, etc. There was no clear difference in the incidence of the symptoms between hyperthyroidism and euthyroidism. 4. In the diagnosis of hyperthyroidism, the reliability of thyroid function tests was as follows: T7 was 92. 4% reliable, 125IT3 resin uptake rate 91. 6% reliable, 131I thyroid uptake rate in 24 hrs. 89. 4% reliable, serum T4 level 85. 9% reliable and BMR 75. 5% reliable. Therefore the careful observation of the clinical manifestation of the disease is a simple and reliable way of making a correct diagnosis of either hyperthyroidism or euthymidism. 5. In hyperthyroidism there shows no correlationship between the results of the thyroid function test and clinical signs but a high BMR was

  18. Epidemiology, etiology and study of clinical findings of headache

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    Full Text Available In a cross-sectional epidemiological study of headache disorders in neurology clinic of Fatemieh hospital of Semnan (August 22-November 20.1996, information on types of headaches, quality, severity, location, duration, frequency, precipitating factors, age of onset, influence of menstruation and pregnancy, positive familial history, use of oral contraceptive pills and other epidemiological factors including socioeconomic and age/sex composition was collected. The presence of any types of headaches was ascertained by a clinical interview and examination using the operational diagnostic criteria of the International Headaches Society. The prevalence of migraine and tension type headache was also analysed in relation to variables of life style (physical activity and sleep pattern and associated signs and symptoms (nausea, vomiting, photophobia and phonophobia. In this study migraine and tension headache were also compared in variable aspects with each other. 1 Headache was more prevalent in women than men (F/M=3/1. 2 The most common types of headache included: tension type headache (41.4%, migraine (31.2% and unclassified headaches (17.2%. 3 Migraine and T.T.H were more prevalent in early adult life and middle ages. 4 In both migraine and tension type headache the time profiles (duration, frequency, age of onset, quality and location were like that noted in textbook and previous studies. 5 In both migraine and tension type headache the most conspicuous precipitating factor was stress and mental tension and frequent headaches were accompanied with psychiatric problems (e.g depression and or anxiety. 6 Nausea, vomiting, phonophobia and photophobia were the most common associated symptoms in both of them. 7 Positive familial history and aggravation of headache in perimenstual period were more commonly seen in patients with migraine than tension type headache. In conclusion using the operational diagnostic criteria of International Headache Society in

  19. Eurythmy Therapy in clinical studies: a systematic literature review

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    Majorek Magdalena

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background We aimed to overview the current literature on eurythmy therapy (EYT which is an integral part of Anthroposophic Medicine. EYT can be described as a movement therapy in which speech movements are transposed into exercises which address the patient's capability to soul expression and strengthen his salutogenetic resources. Methods We searched several databases such as Cochrane, EMBASE, NCCAM, NLM, DIMDI, CAMbase, and Medline for case-control studies, cohort studies and randomised controlled trials on the treatment effects of EYT in a clinical setting. In a second search we included journal databases from Karger, Kluwer, Springer, Thieme, and Merkurstab archive. Results We found 8 citations which met the inclusion criterion: 4 publications referring to a prospective cohort study without control group (the AMOS study, and 4 articles referring to 2 explorative pre-post studies without control group, 1 prospective, non-randomized comparative study, and 1 descriptive study with a control group. The methodological quality of studies ranged in from poor to good, and in sample size from 5 to 898 patients. In most studies, EYT was used as an add-on, not as a mono-therapy. The studies described positive treatment effects with clinically relevant effect sizes in most cases. Conclusion Indications, study designs and the usage of additional treatments within the identified studies were quite heterogeneous. Despite of this, EYT can be regarded as a potentially relevant add-on in a therapeutic concept, although its specific relevance remains to be clarified. Well performed controlled studies on this unique treatment are highly recommended.

  20. Cancer therapy with phytochemicals: evidence from clinical studies

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    Ahmad Ghorbani

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Cancer is still one of the major causes of mortality in both developing and developed countries. At this time, in spite of intensive interventions, a large number of patients have poor prognosis. Therefore, the effort for finding new anticancer agents with better efficacy and lesser side effects has continued. According to the traditional recommendations and experimental studies, numerous medicinal plants have been reported to have anticancer effect. Also antiproliferative, proapoptotic, antimetastatic and antiangiogenic effects of several phytochemicals have been shown with in vitro experiments or animal studies. However, only a small number of them were tested in cancerous patients and limited evidence exists on their clinical effectiveness. Also, regarding some phytochemicals, only beneficial effects on cancer-related symptoms or on quality of life have been reported and no positive results exist on their antitumor actions. In this review we focus on phytochemicals that their beneficial effects on various types of cancer are supported by clinical trials. Based our literature search, curcumin, green tea, resveratrol and Viscum album had satisfactory instances of clinical evidence for supporting their anticancer effects. The main findings on these phytochemicals are summarized and discussed.

  1. Multiplex component-based allergen microarray in recent clinical studies.

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    Patelis, A; Borres, M P; Kober, A; Berthold, M

    2016-08-01

    During the last decades component-resolved diagnostics either as singleplex or multiplex measurements has been introduced into the field of clinical allergology, providing important information that cannot be obtained from extract-based tests. Here we review recent studies that demonstrate clinical applications of the multiplex microarray technique in the diagnosis and risk assessment of allergic patients, and its usefulness in studies of allergic diseases. The usefulness of ImmunoCAP ISAC has been validated in a wide spectrum of allergic diseases like asthma, allergic rhinoconjunctivitis, atopic dermatitis, eosinophilic esophagitis, food allergy and anaphylaxis. ISAC provides a broad picture of a patient's sensitization profile from a single test, and provides information on specific and cross-reactive sensitizations that facilitate diagnosis, risk assessment, and disease management. Furthermore, it can reveal unexpected sensitizations which may explain anaphylaxis previously categorized as idiopathic and also display for the moment clinically non-relevant sensitizations. ISAC can facilitate a better selection of relevant allergens for immunotherapy compared with extract testing. Microarray technique can visualize the allergic march and molecular spreading in the preclinical stages of allergic diseases, and may indicate that the likelihood of developing symptomatic allergy is associated with specific profiles of sensitization to allergen components. ISAC is shown to be a useful tool in routine allergy diagnostics due to its ability to improve risk assessment, to better select relevant allergens for immunotherapy as well as detecting unknown sensitization. Multiplex component testing is especially suitable for patients with complex symptomatology. PMID:27196983

  2. Clinical and neurological study of women with precatamenial epilepsy

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    To describe clinical features and seizure dispersion in precatamenial/pericatamenial epilepsy patients. Present study included 33 untreated pericatamenial (n: 23, age: 12-40 years, menstrual cycles: 147) and precatamenial (n: 10, age: 13-32 years, menstrual cycles: 70) epileptics with tonic-clonic seizures. Clinical features and seizure dispersion were evaluated during premenstruation, menstruation, and postmenstruation phases. Women with precatamenial epilepsy had highly significant mean phase day seizures during premenstruation versus other phases, whereas women with pericatamenial epilepsy did not show any significant variations. Premenstrual seizures were found significantly more and others as significantly less in % number in precatamenials compared to those in pericatamenials. Furthermore, precatamenial epileptics with primary generalized seizures were significantly higher in % number and secondary generalized seizures as significantly lower against those in pericatamenial epileptics. All precatamenial epileptics under study had incontinence compared to 65% pericatamenial epileptics that had incontinence. Majority of the patients in both groups showed post-ictal headache. The present report describes the extent of exacerbation of premenstrual tonic-clonic seizures with clinical features. These investigations may help in understanding partly the complexity of catamenial/precatamenial/ pericatamenial/noncatamenial seizures, and similarities and dissimilarities between pericatamenial and precise precatamenial seizures. (author)

  3. Updates on clinical studies of selenium supplementation in radiotherapy

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    To establish guidelines for the selenium supplementation in radiotherapy we assessed the benefits and risks of selenium supplementation in radiotherapy. Clinical studies on the use of selenium in radiotherapy were searched in the PubMed electronic database in January 2013. Sixteen clinical studies were identified among the 167 articles selected in the initial search. Ten articles were observational studies, and the other 6 articles reported studies on the effects of selenium supplementation in patients with cancer who underwent radiotherapy. The studies were conducted worldwide including European, American and Asian countries between 1987 and 2012. Plasma, serum or whole blood selenium levels were common parameters used to assess the effects of radiotherapy and the selenium supplementation status. Selenium supplementation improved the general conditions of the patients, improved their quality of life and reduced the side effects of radiotherapy. At the dose of selenium used in these studies (200–500 μg/day), selenium supplementation did not reduce the effectiveness of radiotherapy, and no toxicities were reported. Selenium supplementation may offer specific benefits for several types of cancer patients who undergo radiotherapy. Because high-dose selenium and long-term supplementation may be unsafe due to selenium toxicity, more evidence-based information and additional research are needed to ensure the therapeutic benefits of selenium supplementation

  4. Fibrin related antigens: assay development, clinical and kinetic studies

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    This thesis describes an assay which is able to measure and to determine the proportions of fibrin- and fibrinogen-related antigens (FRA) present in clinical samples. No assay exists at present which is capable of distinguishing between fibrin and fibrinogen degradation products concurrently and in a clinical setting. The assay may be used as a tool with which to gain further insight to pathophysiology of disorders characterized by activation of the coagulation and fibrinolytic pathways. This study provides and analysis of the FRA profiles in patients with disorders characterised by possible enhanced fibrinolytic activity. Studies have been undertaken on patients with acute and chronic liver diseases, on patients with the various syndromes of coronary artery disease and on patients with insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus with and without evidence of microvascular disease. Certain observations made it evident that further studies were required in order to explain previously undocumented fibrinolytic abnormalities in certain patient groups. Data obtained from patients with liver disease provided information compatible with the activation of their fibrinolytic pathways. The initial scope of this study was then extended to further investigate the deranged haemostatic mechanisms in patients with severe liver diseases. Kinetic studies were performed which required the development of specific technology to be able to measure certain previously undertermined parameters. Mathematical models describing the rates of fibrin formation and lysis were developed for human studies. Fibrin-derived D-dimer was radiolabelled and its validity as and intravenous tracer and maker of fibrin degradation established

  5. [Clinical manifestations, complications and treatment of brucellosis: 45-patient study].

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    Zribi, M; Ammari, L; Masmoudi, A; Tiouiri, H; Fendri, C

    2009-07-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical, laboratory findings and therapeutic features of patients with brucellosis. The diagnosis was made by clinical findings, automated blood culture, serology (Rose Bengal plate agglutination test, standard tube agglutination (Wright) and immunofluorerescence). The susceptibility of 13 strains was tested in vitro. The base sequence was determined for four strains. Forty-five cases were collected (31 acute and 14 sub-acute). Contamination was digestive in 62%. Symptoms of patients were fever (93%), sweating (82%), arthralgia (78%) and splenomegaly (51%). Elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rate was determined in 80%, leukopenia in 49% and anaemia in 37% of cases. Blood cultures were positives in 39% of cases. The four sequenced strains were identified as Brucella melitensis biovar abortus. Six strains were resistant to sufomethoxazol-trimetoprim (54%). In 93% of cases, the treatment was associated rifampicin and doxycyclin. One patient died. No relapse was reported. PMID:18387752

  6. Clinical and imaging characteristics of the vascular dementia. Preliminary studies

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    A descriptive prospective study was carried out in 41 patients presenting with vascular dementia from Habana Vieja municipality, Havana City, in order to know some of the clinical and imaging characteristics of this disease. The main risk factors observed were the history of cerebrovascular disease and arterial hypertension. Depression, sleeping disorders and focal and pseudo bulbar neurologic signs were the most frequent clinical findings. Folstein neuropsychological test evidenced an important disorder of attention, calculation, the evocation memory and orientation. According to this test, 29 % of the patients had a severe dementia and nearly 50 % showed a severe handicap. The most frequent imaging findings observed in the computerized axial tomography of the cranium were cerebral atrophy, and single or multiple infarctions. Multiple cerebral infarctions, the lacunar status, subcortical encephalopathy of Binswanger, and single infarction located in cerebral areas related to cognition were considered as possible psychopathological mechanisms associated with the disease

  7. Clinical and microbiological study of otitis externa in sheep

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    M. I. Al-Farwachi

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    Full Text Available In this study one hundred Awassi sheep were examined clinically and bacteriologically for isolation and identification of the bacterial agents of otitis externa in sheep. The main clinical signs appeared included weakness, pale mucus membrane, auricular discharge, cough, anorexia, emaciation, and nasal discharge. Results revealed isolation of bacteria from (45% examined swabs. The most being from right ear. Younger animals were more frequently infected than older animals. Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus, Mannheimia haemolytica, Staph. epidermidis, Pasteurella multocida, Streptococcus spp., Acintobacter spp., Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumonia were isolated. The results revealed that the most bacterial isolates were resistance to the bactericidal effect of the normal serum included Streptococcus pneumonia, Staphylococcus aureus, Mannheimia haemolytica. While the most bacterial isolates were produced hydroxymate siderophore included Staphylococcus aureus, Mannheimia haemolytica, Streptococcus pneumonia. The obtained results indicated to the importance of determination of serum resistance as a bacterial virulence factor in otitis externa in sheep.

  8. Study Of Clinical Profile of Allergic Contact Dermatitis In Pune

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    Sayal S K

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available One hundred and twenty five cases of clinically diagnosed allergic contact dermatitis were studied. All patients were subjected to patch test with standard test allergens and also with suspected test allergens based on history and clinical profile. Allergic contact dermatitis due to Parthenium hysterophorus was commonest and found in 64% cases, followed by wearing apparel and jewellery in 16.8%, topical medicaments in 8% and cosmetics and occupational contactants in 5.6% cases each. The common individual allergens other than parthenium, were nickel in 8.8%, leather, hair dye and cement in 3.2% each, nitrofurazone and petrol, oil, lubricant (POL in 2.4% each. Patch test with suspected allergens was positive in 72% of cases.

  9. Laboratory and clinical profile of dengue: A study from Mumbai

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    D Turbadkar; A Ramchandran; Mathur, M; Gaikwad, S.

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    Background: Dengue an endemic disease in most subtropical and tropical regions of the world is causing severe epidemics in India. An alarming rise of dengue has also been seen in Mumbai, during the recent years. Aim and Objective: The study was conducted to know the prevalence of dengue infection, based on laboratory rapid screening tests for IgM and IgG antibodies and the confirmatory IgM ELISA test and to study the seasonal variation and the clinical profile in these cases. Material and Met...

  10. CLINICAL STUDY OF HASHIMOTO’S THYROIDITIS & ITS MANAGEMENT

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    Purnaiah

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    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is a well-known clinical condition affecting the thyroid gland predominantly in women during 4 th decade & is often under diagnosed due its wide spectrum of clinical features. It could present as a multinodular goitre, diffuse goitre, or as a solitary nodule with features of Hypothyroidism, Hyperthyroidism or Euthyroid state. AIMS 1. To detect HT by FNAC, Antibody titers finally by Histopathology of excised Thyroid gland. 2. To know its various clinical features. 3. To study Sex ratio & Age it affects. 4. Management i.e. by conservative or surgical. 5. Complications & malignant transformation including Lymphomas. MATERIALS & METHODS 60 patients were taken for 2 years’ period from March 2014 to Feb 2016 attending Government General Hospital-Nizamabad; Telangana State. OBSERVATIONS  56 case are females, 4 cases are males; common age is 30-39 yrs., >50 yrs.-2 cases.  All cases presented with swelling in front of neck, only 5 had toxicity, 2 had obstructive symptoms. None had voice change.  36 Cases- 60% had MNG, 18 Cases- 30% diffuse goitre and 6 cases- 10%- solitary nodule.  The Hypothyroid, Euthyroid & Hyperthyroid state here are 48%, 44% & 8% comparative to Fenn et al -44%, 47% and 7%,  FNAC- was positive 90% here where as Lakshman Rao et al study has 77%.  We had 80% Anti Thyroid Antibodies positivity, others shown 63% and 84%. MANAGEMENT All are put on Hormone-Thyroxine replacement or suppression therapy and all patients found to be clinically Euthyroid during follow up. All patients showed decrease in size of gland except those with MNG. 8 patients underwent surgery- Subtotal Thyroidectomy. Of these 6 were Colloid goiters, later on diagnosed as HT by final HPE. One case was operated for cosmetic reason and the other for obstructive symptoms which was noticed to be lymphoma after HPE.

  11. Clinical committee report: Recommendation for further clinical trials-patient studies

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    The Cf-252 (Cf) neutron brachytherapy (NT) trials should continue to explore the feasibility of Cf-NT treatment of a variety of bulky human cancers. Results hitherto from the USA (Lexington), Japan, USSR, and England justify trials on a research basis. The term ''bulky'' is imprecise and in future studies should be specified by measurement. U.S. Department of Energy and other suppliers need to be advised to fabricate Cf-252 sources in more appropriate sizes, strengths and configurations for clinical therapy. Study of facility design and development should continue with special attention to: 1) treatment centers, 2) afterloading devices, 3) automated/robotics and other specialized equipment for handling Cf-252, 4) shields and shielding material, 5) controlled duration treatments, 6) necessary specialized equipment for conducting Cf-NT trials and 7) safety for personnel. In addition to the aforementioned, the report makes recommendations in several other areas such as doses and schedules, randomized trials, and records

  12. Clinical studies in orthodontics--an overview of NIDR-sponsored clinical orthodontic studies in the US.

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    Baumrind, S

    1998-11-01

    A number of clinical trials sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) use rigorous methods of data acquisition and analysis previously developed in fundamental biology and the physical sciences. The naive expectation that these trials would lead relatively rapidly to definitive answers concerning the therapeutic strategies and techniques under study is dispelled. This presentation focuses on delineating differences between the study of central tendencies and individual variation, more specifically on the strategy to study this variation: measure additional sources of variance within each patient at more timepoints and perhaps with greater precision. As rigorous orthodontic research is still in its infancy, the problem of defining the proper mix between prospective and retrospective trials is discussed. In view of the high costs of prospective clinical trials, many of the questions germane to orthodontics can be answered by well-conducted retrospective trials, assuming that properly randomized sampling procedures are employed. Definitive clinical trials are likely to require better theoretical constructs, better instrumentation, and better measures than now available. Reasons for concern are the restricted resources available and the fact that current mensurational approaches may not detect many of the individual differences. The task of constructing sharable databases and record bases stored in digital form and available either remotely from servers, or locally from CD-ROMs or optical disks, is crucial to the optimization of future investigations. PMID:10321134

  13. Efficiency of Calatonia on clinical parameters in the immediate post-surgery period: a clinical study

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: to assess the efficiency of the Calatonia technique about clinical parameters and pain in the immediate post-surgical phase. METHOD: a randomised study was carried out with 116 patients subjected to a cholecystectomy, by laparoscopy, divided into an experimental group (58 patients and a placebo group (58 patients. The experimental group received the Calatonia technique, while the placebo was only subjected to non-intentional touches. RESULTS: The placebo group and the experimental group were considered homogeneous in terms of the variables: sex, age, physical status classification, duration of surgical procedures and also the time spent recovering in the Post-Anaesthetic Recovery Room. The only variable to show a statistically significant difference was the axillary temperature of the body. In relation to pain, the experimental group showed significant results, and hence it is possible to deduce that the relaxation caused by the Calatonia technique brought some relief of the general situation of pain. CONCLUSION: The application of Calatonia can take up the function of a resource complementary to assistance in the period immediately after surgery. Brazilian Register of Clinical Trials, UTN U1111-1129-9629.

  14. 3D ultrasound computer tomography: update from a clinical study

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    Hopp, T.; Zapf, M.; Kretzek, E.; Henrich, J.; Tukalo, A.; Gemmeke, H.; Kaiser, C.; Knaudt, J.; Ruiter, N. V.

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    Ultrasound Computer Tomography (USCT) is a promising new imaging method for breast cancer diagnosis. We developed a 3D USCT system and tested it in a pilot study with encouraging results: 3D USCT was able to depict two carcinomas, which were present in contrast enhanced MRI volumes serving as ground truth. To overcome severe differences in the breast shape, an image registration was applied. We analyzed the correlation between average sound speed in the breast and the breast density estimated from segmented MRIs and found a positive correlation with R=0.70. Based on the results of the pilot study we now carry out a successive clinical study with 200 patients. For this we integrated our reconstruction methods and image post-processing into a comprehensive workflow. It includes a dedicated DICOM viewer for interactive assessment of fused USCT images. A new preview mode now allows intuitive and faster patient positioning. We updated the USCT system to decrease the data acquisition time by approximately factor two and to increase the penetration depth of the breast into the USCT aperture by 1 cm. Furthermore the compute-intensive reflectivity reconstruction was considerably accelerated, now allowing a sub-millimeter volume reconstruction in approximately 16 minutes. The updates made it possible to successfully image first patients in our ongoing clinical study.

  15. Human reporter genes: potential use in clinical studies

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    Serganova, Inna [Department of Neurology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY 10021 (United States); Ponomarev, Vladimir [Department of Radiology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY 10021 (United States); Blasberg, Ronald [Department of Neurology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY 10021 (United States); Department of Radiology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY 10021 (United States)], E-mail: blasberg@neuro1.mskcc.org

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    The clinical application of positron-emission-tomography-based reporter gene imaging will expand over the next several years. The translation of reporter gene imaging technology into clinical applications is the focus of this review, with emphasis on the development and use of human reporter genes. Human reporter genes will play an increasingly more important role in this development, and it is likely that one or more reporter systems (human gene and complimentary radiopharmaceutical) will take leading roles. Three classes of human reporter genes are discussed and compared: receptors, transporters and enzymes. Examples of highly expressed cell membrane receptors include specific membrane somatostatin receptors (hSSTrs). The transporter group includes the sodium iodide symporter (hNIS) and the norepinephrine transporter (hNET). The endogenous enzyme classification includes human mitochondrial thymidine kinase 2 (hTK2). In addition, we also discuss the nonhuman dopamine 2 receptor and two viral reporter genes, the wild-type herpes simplex virus 1 thymidine kinase (HSV1-tk) gene and the HSV1-tk mutant (HSV1-sr39tk). Initial applications of reporter gene imaging in patients will be developed within two different clinical disciplines: (a) gene therapy and (b) adoptive cell-based therapies. These studies will benefit from the availability of efficient human reporter systems that can provide critical monitoring information for adenoviral-based, retroviral-based and lenteviral-based gene therapies, oncolytic bacterial and viral therapies, and adoptive cell-based therapies. Translational applications of noninvasive in vivo reporter gene imaging are likely to include: (a) quantitative monitoring of gene therapy vectors for targeting and transduction efficacy in clinical protocols by imaging the location, extent and duration of transgene expression; (b) monitoring of cell trafficking, targeting, replication and activation in adoptive T-cell and stem/progenitor cell therapies

  16. Human reporter genes: potential use in clinical studies

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    The clinical application of positron-emission-tomography-based reporter gene imaging will expand over the next several years. The translation of reporter gene imaging technology into clinical applications is the focus of this review, with emphasis on the development and use of human reporter genes. Human reporter genes will play an increasingly more important role in this development, and it is likely that one or more reporter systems (human gene and complimentary radiopharmaceutical) will take leading roles. Three classes of human reporter genes are discussed and compared: receptors, transporters and enzymes. Examples of highly expressed cell membrane receptors include specific membrane somatostatin receptors (hSSTrs). The transporter group includes the sodium iodide symporter (hNIS) and the norepinephrine transporter (hNET). The endogenous enzyme classification includes human mitochondrial thymidine kinase 2 (hTK2). In addition, we also discuss the nonhuman dopamine 2 receptor and two viral reporter genes, the wild-type herpes simplex virus 1 thymidine kinase (HSV1-tk) gene and the HSV1-tk mutant (HSV1-sr39tk). Initial applications of reporter gene imaging in patients will be developed within two different clinical disciplines: (a) gene therapy and (b) adoptive cell-based therapies. These studies will benefit from the availability of efficient human reporter systems that can provide critical monitoring information for adenoviral-based, retroviral-based and lenteviral-based gene therapies, oncolytic bacterial and viral therapies, and adoptive cell-based therapies. Translational applications of noninvasive in vivo reporter gene imaging are likely to include: (a) quantitative monitoring of gene therapy vectors for targeting and transduction efficacy in clinical protocols by imaging the location, extent and duration of transgene expression; (b) monitoring of cell trafficking, targeting, replication and activation in adoptive T-cell and stem/progenitor cell therapies

  17. CLINICAL COMPARATIVE STUDY OF SUMATRIPTAN VERSUS ERGOTAMINE THERAPY IN MIGRAINE

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND Migraine is a common neurological problem accounting for large morbidity and disability. Ergotamine and triptans are mainly used to terminate the attack of severe migraine. To study the clinical comparison between sumatriptan and ergotamine in migraine patients. AIM This study compared the safety efficacy and pharmacoeconomics of triptans verses ergotamine therapy. MATERIALS AND METHODS Study sample included 100 patients of either gender aged 18 to 65 yrs reporting in Neurology OPD in Sapthagiri Institute of Medical Sciences, Bangalore. The study was conducted from January 2014 to December 2014. RESULTS Triptans was found to be more efficacious than ergotamine in curing an attack of migraine and its associated symptoms, but looking into the contraindications, side effects and cost of the triptans, there has been limitations in its prescriptions as well as use. CONCLUSION Ergotamine is more effective in sustained pain relief with less recurrence rate, less adverse effects and more economical compared to sumatriptan.

  18. Nasal polyps. A clinical radiological histopathological and mycological study

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    Forty patients with nasal polyposis were studied. This study included clinical, haematological and mycological aspects. There were 24 females (60% of patients) and 16 males (40%). We found that all patients presented with nasal obstruction and nasal tone and the majority of them had allergic nasal symptoms such as sneezing and watery discharge. Thirty five percent of the patients were recurrent cases, being operated before for nasal polyps. Radiological investigations showed high of sinusitis and that 10% of the patients had complicated disease with orbital or intracranial extensions. Mycological studies revealed the presence of fungal infection in 4 patient (10%) and it was caused by Aspergillus flavus. Histological studies identified the allergic nature of the polyps in all patients. Surgical treatment was carried out in all patients and operations varied from simple intranasal polypectomy, intranasal ethmiodectomy, external ethmoidectomy to Caldwell-Luc operation for patients with antrochanal polyps.(Author)

  19. Clinical Study of 224 Patients with Hypertriglyceridemia Pancreatitis

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    Xiao-Li Zhang; Fei Li; Ya-Min Zhen; Ang Li; Yu Fang

    2015-01-01

    Background:Hypertriglyceridenia (HTG) is the most common etiology of acute pancreatitis (AP) after alcohol and gallstone-induced disease.Elevation of serum triglyceride (TG) levels to ≥ 1000 mg/dl in a patient with AP strongly indicates HTG as the cause.The absolute risk of pancreatitis based on serum TG ≤1000 mg/dl has not been clearly defined.The aims of this study were to address the role of elevated TG levels between 500 and 1000 mg/dl in the clinical course of HTG pancreatitis (HTGP);and assess the relationship between the level of serum TG and disease severity.Methods:A total of 224 HTGP patients between 2007 and 2011 were divided into two subgroups.Totally,122 patients in Group A had serum TG >1000 mg/dl;102 patients in Group B had maximal TG levels between 500 and 1000 mg/dl accompanied by lactescent serum;100 patients with biliary AP and 99 patients with alcoholic AP hospitalized during the study period were enrolled as controls.The clinical and biochemical data were analyzed.Results:The clinical presentation ofHTG-induced pancreatitis was similar to other causes.Severe form of AP in Group A was higher than Group B (x2 =4.002,P =0.045).The severity with HTGP was significantly higher as compared to biliaryAP (x2 =33.533,P =0.000) and alcoholic AP (x2 =7.179,P =0.007).Systemic complications with HTGP were significantly higher than biliary AP (x2 =58.763,P =0.000).Conclusions:The study demonstrated that TG level ≥500 mg/dl should raise a high degree of suspicion,especially if no other etiology of AP is apparent.The severity of HTGP seems to correlate directly with TG level.HTGP seems be more severe than other causes of AP.

  20. Redundant nerve roots of cauda equina in clinically neurologically asymptomatic patients. A clinical and radiographic study

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    A radiographic study was conducted to determine the incidence of redundant nerve roots of the cauda equina (RNR) in neurologically asymptomatic patients, and to clarify whether RNR has an impact on the clinical symptom. 50 patients who had spine disease such as spondylosis and compression fracture were examined by MRI. They didn't have neurological symptom such as sciatica, leg numbness, and motor weakness of lower extremities. There were 18 men and 32 women, and their mean age was 72.4 years (range: 32-87 years). RNR was found in 18 of the 50 patients (36.0%) and in a higher percentage of the patients who had lumber spinal canal stenosis. We concluded that RNR was only a morphological change of the cauda equine and had little effect on the neurological symptom. (author)

  1. Onchomycosis – a clinical and mycological study of 75 cases

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    Neerja Puri

    2012-01-01

    Onychomycosis or fungal infection of the nails is a common disease, especially in older persons. A mycological study of onchomycosis was undertaken in 75 patients. The nails were judged to be infected by their clinical appearance. There were a total of 75 suspected cases of onychomycosis. Of these 75 cases 22.6% were positive by direct microscopy and 33.3% were culture positive. Of these 75 cases, 18 were males (24%) and 57 (76 %) were females, male to female ratio being. The commonest age gr...

  2. Study on the Clinical Effectiveness of Thymectomy for Myasthenia Gravis

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    PANTiecheng; YANHua; ZHANGNi; PANYouming; TANGYingxiong; WENXiang; SONGDingwei; HUMing; LIULigang; LIUZixiong; YANGMingshan; XUJinzhi; PUBitao; GAOBoting

    2002-01-01

    Objectiv:To investigate the theoretical basis and clinical significance of thymectomy in the treatment of myasthenia gravis (MG). Methods:Analyze the changes in the contents of serum AchRab and sIL-2R, lymphocyte subtypes in Peripheral blood lymphocytes before and after thymectomy in 69 patients. Results:In the study group significant changes were found in serum contents of AchRab and sIL-2R before and after operation and there was also remarkable change in the number and constitution of peripheral blood lymphocyte subtypes. Conclusion:Thymectomy is an effective therapy for MG.

  3. MRI Diagnosis of Intracranial Hemorrhage : Experimental and Clinical Studies

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    The purpose of this work was to improve the diagnosis of intracranial hemorrhage with MRI, and add knowledge about the newer sequences increasing in use to depict intra parenchymal bleeds, especially T2*-w GE sequences. We also compared the effect of magnetic field strengths. The sequences and field strengths were tested in animals. Then, the most effective technique was applied to patients with hematomas of different ages and with hematoma residuals. Occurrence of residuals of earlier, clinically silent, haemorrhages in patients with acute spontaneous hematoma or with suspected ischemic stroke were compared. Experimental studies: The MR detectability of small experimental haematomas in the brain and of blood in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) spaces of 30 rabbits was evaluated. MRI examinations were performed at determined intervals using different pulse sequences at two field strengths. The last MR images were compared to the formalin fixed brain sections and, in 16 rabbits, also to the histological findings. T2*-weighted GE sequences revealed all the intra parenchymal haematomas at 1.5 T: they were strongly hypointense. Their sizes became smaller but the signal patterns remained unchanged during the follow-up. The haematoma sizes and shapes corresponded well to gross pathology at acute and subacute stages. At chronic stage, the signal changes were larger than iron deposits. Blood in the CSF spaces was best detected at 1.5T with T2*-weighted GE sequences during the first 2 days. The FLAIR sequence often revealed blood in CSF spaces but not in the brain. SE sequences were rather insensitive. Imaging at 0.5 T was less effective than at 1.5 T. Clinical studies: All MR examinations on patients were performed at 1.5T, including T1- and T2-w SE, FLAIR, T2*-w GE sequences, and, occasionally, diffusion-w sequences. Sixty-six intra parenchymal hematomas were examined in the first clinical study. The hematomas were of different sizes and the ages varied from 8 hours to 3

  4. MRI Diagnosis of Intracranial Hemorrhage : Experimental and Clinical Studies

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    The purpose of this work was to improve the diagnosis of intracranial hemorrhage with MRI, and add knowledge about the newer sequences increasing in use to depict intra parenchymal bleeds, especially T2*-w GE sequences. We also compared the effect of magnetic field strengths. The sequences and field strengths were tested in animals. Then, the most effective technique was applied to patients with hematomas of different ages and with hematoma residuals. Occurrence of residuals of earlier, clinically silent, haemorrhages in patients with acute spontaneous hematoma or with suspected ischemic stroke were compared. Experimental studies: The MR detectability of small experimental haematomas in the brain and of blood in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) spaces of 30 rabbits was evaluated. MRI examinations were performed at determined intervals using different pulse sequences at two field strengths. The last MR images were compared to the formalin fixed brain sections and, in 16 rabbits, also to the histological findings. T2*-weighted GE sequences revealed all the intra parenchymal haematomas at 1.5 T: they were strongly hypointense. Their sizes became smaller but the signal patterns remained unchanged during the follow-up. The haematoma sizes and shapes corresponded well to gross pathology at acute and subacute stages. At chronic stage, the signal changes were larger than iron deposits. Blood in the CSF spaces was best detected at 1.5T with T2*-weighted GE sequences during the first 2 days. The FLAIR sequence often revealed blood in CSF spaces but not in the brain. SE sequences were rather insensitive. Imaging at 0.5 T was less effective than at 1.5 T. Clinical studies: All MR examinations on patients were performed at 1.5T, including T1- and T2-w SE, FLAIR, T2*-w GE sequences, and, occasionally, diffusion-w sequences. Sixty-six intra parenchymal hematomas were examined in the first clinical study. The hematomas were of different sizes and the ages varied from 8 hours to 3

  5. Development of the clinical learning evaluation questionnaire for undergraduate clinical education: Factor structure, validity, and reliability study

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    AlHaqwi, Ali I; Kuntze, Jeroen; van der Molen, Henk

    2014-01-01

    textabstractBackground: Teaching and learning of clinical skills for undergraduate medical students usually takes place during the clinical clerkship. Therefore, it is of vital importance to ensure the effectiveness of the rotations within this clerkship. The aims of this study were to develop an instrument that measures the effectiveness of the clinical learning environment, to determine its factor structure, and to find first evidence for the reliability and validity of the total scale and ...

  6. A study on the perception of students in the radiologic technology study on the clinical practices

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    The clinical practices provide the students with a good opportunity to study the practical experiences in their field through the clinical training education in hospital. Now, in this study, comparing the perceptions of the clinic teachers with those of students at the clinical site. The study was conducted to the students attending universities located in Seoul and who finished the clinical practices in 2013. The questionnaires were distributed to the student and collected from them. The study were conducted to 275 questionnaires with frequency analysis, crosstabs, chi-square test and McNemar test. The major motivation was of the select radiography course was high employment rate(44.0%) and the satisfaction of radiography course was general(53.1%). 51.3% of the study answered 8 weeks current duration of clinical practices is proper. The 3-year course students answered that the period of clinical practices would be proper if it is performed in the winter vacation in their second year in college(47.3%). The 4-year course students answered that the first semester in their third years is proper for clinical practices(27.7%). The students answered that they felt the lack in their knowledge on the professional field(32.4%) during the clinical practices and some of the practical training is different from the education performed at school(68.4%). Most of answered that they were satisfied with the clinical practices and among them they recognized the importance of the clinical practices (3.94 ± 0.89). After the clinical practices, their desire for getting job as a radiography has changed from 84.1% to 82.9%. The reason why they want the job related to the radiation is because the job is stable (changed from 49.0% to 46.0% after the clinical practice) while the reason why they do not want be a radigrapher because that job is not proper for them (changed from 37.0% to 40.7% after the clinical practice) The effort should be made to enhance the position of radiation

  7. Self-reported dietary intake of youth with recent onset of type 2 diabetes: Results from the TODAY study

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    Delahanty, Linda; Kriska, Andrea; Edelstein, Sharon; Amodei, Nancy; Chadwick, Jennifer; Copeland, Kenneth; Galvin, Bryan; El ghormli, Laure; Haymond, Morey; Kelsey, Megan; Lassiter, Chad; Milaszewski, Kerry; Syme, Amy; Mayer-Davis, Elizabeth

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    Despite the widely recognized importance of diet in managing diabetes, few studies have documented usual dietary intake in youth with type 2 diabetes (T2D). The objectives of this study were to assess dietary intake among a large, ethnically diverse cohort of youth with T2D and compare intake to current recommendations. Treatment Options for type 2 Diabetes in Adolescents and Youth (TODAY) is a multi-center randomized clinical trial of 699 youth aged 10-17. At baseline, following a run-in per...

  8. [Pantethine, diabetes mellitus and atherosclerosis. Clinical study of 1045 patients].

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    Donati, C; Bertieri, R S; Barbi, G

    1989-03-31

    After a review of the clinical studies on the treatment of diabetic patients with pantethine, the authors discuss the results obtained in a postmarketing surveillance (PMS) study on 1045 hyperlipidemic patients receiving pantethine (900 mg/day on average). Of these patients, 57 were insulin-dependent (Type I) and 241 were non insulin-dependent (Type II) diabetics. Beyond the epidemiological considerations made possible by a PMS study, the authors show that pantethine brought about a statistically significant and comparable improvement of lipid metabolism in the three groups of patients, with very good tolerability. Pantethine should therefore be considered for the treatment of lipid abnormalities also in patients at risk such as those with diabetes mellitus. PMID:2524328

  9. Clinical study of CT discography for the lumbar disc herniation

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    Sakamoto, Tadashi (Yamaguchi Univ., Ube (Japan). School of Medicine)

    1990-08-01

    The purpose of this clinical study was to introduce technique for correct positioning of the needle into the center of the disc for discography by means of CT analysis and also to clarify usefulness of CT discography for diagnosis of the lumbar disc herniation. We have taken CT analysis in order to determine correct place and the angle of inserting the needle. This measurement provides easy needle insertion. Unless the needle tip places center of disc, discogram false positive or negative will occur as a result. The materials of this study are 222 discs of 105 cases with the lumbar disc herniation. Comparative study of the findings among myelography, discography and CT discography was investigated. The results indicated that CT discography demonstrates the most clear findings and is useful in the diagnosis of lumbar disc herniation, especially in obtaining detailed observation of herniated discs. (author).

  10. Insights into restrictive cardiomyopathy from clinical and animal studies

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    Pierre-Yves Jean-Charles; Yue-Jin Li; Chang-Long Nan; Xu-Pei Huang

    2011-01-01

    Catdiomyopathies are diseases that primarily affect the myocardium,leading to serious cardiac dysfimction and heart failure.Out of the three major categories of candiomyopathies(hypertrophic,dilated and restrictive),restrictive cardiomyopathy(RCM)is less common and also the least studied However,the prognosis for RCM is poor as some patients dying in their childhood The molecular mechanisms behind the disease development and progression are not very clear and the treatment of RCM is very difficult and often ineffective.In this article,we reviewed the recent progress in RCM research from the clinical studies and the translational studies done on diseased transgenic animal models.This will help for a better understanding of tare mechanisms underlying the etiology and development of RCM and for the design of better treatments for the disease.

  11. A clinical and microbiological study on the enantiomers of delmopinol.

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    Sjödin, Torgny; Nilner, Krister; Sparre, Birgitta; Bernet, Catarina; Åström, Mikael

    2016-07-01

    Objective The clinical part of this study aimed to investigate whether the racemate of delmopinol [(±)-delmopinol] is equivalent to its two enantiomers [(+)-delmopinol and (-)-delmopinol] with respect to efficiency and to determine and compare their pharmacokinetic properties. The purpose of the pre-clinical part was to elucidate possible differences in antimicrobial efficiency. Materials and methods The compounds were tested clinically in a double-blind, randomized, cross-over study comprising three treatment periods of 4 days each. The antimicrobial efficacy of the enantiomers was compared in vitro with respect to planktonic and biofilm bacteria of different species. Results No statistically significant differences in prevention of plaque formation were observed. Except for a somewhat higher systemic exposure in terms of AUC and Cmax indicated for (-)-delmopinol compared to (+)-delmopinol, the pharmacokinetic properties were similar. The most common adverse event was a transient anaesthetic feeling in the mouth. This event was reported with the same frequency for all three test solutions. The enantiomers showed similar antimicrobial effects on planktonic bacteria and their biofilms. Conclusions The enantiomers were found to be equally effective with respect to inhibition of plaque development and only minor differences were observed with respect to their pharmacokinetic properties. No differences could be observed in the adverse events reports. There is, therefore, no reason to use one of the enantiomers of delmopinol instead of the racemate. This was further supported by the antimicrobial tests. It is suggested that the combined action of cationic and neutral delmopinol is important for its effect on biofilms. PMID:26940371

  12. A CLINICAL STUDY OF LOCALLY ADVANCED CARCINOMA OF BREAST

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    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND : In India it is observed that most of the patients of breast cancer clinically present in late stage due to their ignorance of disease despite so much advancement in its detection and management. Locally advanced breast cancer (LABC accounts for 30 - 35% of all cases of breast cancers in India. This study aims to evaluate C linical features, Investigations, various Treatment modalities and the Clinico - pathological correlation & outcome of various treatment modalities of LABC, with special emphasis on Neo - adjuvant chemotherapy (NACT in Indian setting. MATERIAL AND METHOD : This was a non - randomised prospective observational study. We analyzed 57 patients of LABC Stage IIIB & IIIC presenting at Government Medical College, Nagpur, Maharashtra, a tertiary care C entre from September 2012 to November 2014. RESULTS : Stage IIIB comprised 84.21% patients while remaining 15.79% were having Stage IIIC disease. Skin involvement was observed in 91.23% patients. 15.79% showed supraclavicular lymph node involvement. 32 patients received NACT (2 to 6 cycles. Out of these 32, complete clinical response (cCR was 12.5%, partial response (cPR was 68.75% and pathological CR (pCR was 6.25% with Total Objective response (cCR+cPR 81.25%. Feasibility of Breast Conserving Surgery (BCS was observed in 12.5% patients. 25 patients underwent primary surgery followed by adjuvant chemotherapy. Modified Radical Mastectomy was performed in 89.48% patients. CONCLUSIONS : With overall clinical response of 81.25%, n eoadjuvant chemotherapy is the best treatment option for patients with Locally Advanced Breast Cancer with added advantage of in vivo testing the sensitivity of chemotherapeutic agents, early management of micrometastasis and down staging the primary tumour with feasibility of BCS. Patients presenting LABC constitute a diverse group for whic h a variety of treatment modalities should be instituted with co o rdinated treatment planning among surgeons

  13. Biomarkers in differentiating clinical dengue cases: A prospective cohort study

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    Gary Kim Kuan Low

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To evaluate five biomarkers (neopterin, vascular endothelial growth factor-A, thrombomodulin, soluble vascular cell adhesion molecule 1 and pentraxin 3 in differentiating clinical dengue cases. Methods: A prospective cohort study was conducted whereby the blood samples were obtained at day of presentation and the final diagnosis were obtained at the end of patients’ follow-up. All patients included in the study were 15 years old or older, not pregnant, not infected by dengue previously and did not have cancer, autoimmune or haematological disorder. Median test was performed to compare the biomarker levels. A subgroup Mann-Whitney U test was analysed between severe dengue and non-severe dengue cases. Monte Carlo method was used to estimate the 2-tailed probability (P value for independent variables with unequal number of patients. Results: All biomarkers except thrombomodulin has P value < 0.001 in differentiating among the healthy subjects, non-dengue fever, dengue without warning signs and dengue with warning signs/severe dengue. Subgroup analysis for all the biomarkers between severe dengue and non-severe dengue cases was not statistically significant except vascular endothelial growth factor-A (P < 0.05. Conclusions: Certain biomarkers were able to differentiate the clinical dengue cases. This could be potentially useful in classifying and determining the severity of dengue infected patients in the hospital.

  14. Retroperitoneal and pelvic hemangiopericytomas: A clinical, radiologic, pathologic correlative study

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    The hemangiopericytoma (HP) is an aggressive neoplasm consisting of proliferation of endothelial-lined capillaries with intact reticulum sheaths surrounded by the pericyte. Approximately a fifth of these lesions occur in the retroperitoneum. This is the first large clinical, radiologic, pathologic study of retroperitoneal HP (17 cases). Significant clinical findings included a palpable mass (64%) and hypoglycemia in one. Approximately 40% were located in the true anatomic pelvis or near the cecum along the pelvic psoas muscle. Radiographically, a mass may be seen on plain film, IVP, or barium studies which might displace, compress, or rarely invade an adjacent organ. Most significant was the angiographic findings of an extremely vascular tumor with extensive collateralization, hypertrophy of vessels, and venous engorgement. On CT, HP appeared as a large, bulky well-defined enhancing tumor occasionally with areas of low density in a swirled or marbled pattern. Although by no means diagnostic, HP can be considered when a hypervascular retroperitoneal tumor is encountered on angiography or a large, enhancing mass with several low-density areas is recognized on CT

  15. Herpes zoster: A clinical study in 205 patients

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    Full Text Available Background: Even though herpes zoster is a common condition its incidence and pattern of occurrence in the era of HIV disease is significant. Aim: To analyze the incidence, pattern of occurrence and evolution of herpes zoster with special attention to provocative factors if any. Materials and Method s: This was an analytical study conducted for 2 years based on a preformed proforma containing preliminary information, a detailed clinical evaluation regarding the segment of involvement, morphology, pattern of lesions, complications, disseminations etc. and investigations to establish provocative factors if any. Results: Incidence of herpes zoster was mainly in the fourth and third decades of life. A definite history of chicken pox was present in only 63.4% cases. In the majority (70% herpes zoster occurred spontaneously. In 30% cases, immunosuppression due to chemotherapy, malignancy, HIV infection, diabetes mellitus were observed. The commonest segment affected was thoracic (42.4% followed by cranial (28.2% and cervical (12.1%. Majority resolved in 7-14 days except immunosuppressed. 34.6% of the patients had complications such as secondary bacterial infection, post herpetic neuralgia, and motor weakness. Ten patients had HIV infection as a provocative factor. Conclusion: The results of incidence and clinical pattern of herpes zoster is almost parallel to the previous studies. Any factors of immunosuppression should be checked, especially HIV, particularly in disseminated and long-lasting cases.

  16. Clinical study on 44 cases of femoral hernia

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    Femoral hernia is a surgical disease that is frequently associated with incarceration and necessitates emergency surgery. However, there are only a few studies referred which have compared emergency and elective surgery for femoral hernias. We retrospectively reviewed the clinical characteristics of patients diagnosed as having femoral hernia between 2005 and 2009 in our institution. The clinical features of emergency repairs were compared with those of elective ones, and diagnostic values of preoperative diagnostic modalities were studied. The mean age of the patients was 73±12 years. Females comprised 68% of the cases, and right femoral hernias comprised 70% of the cases. Incarceration was associated with 66% of the cases (29 patients), and emergency surgery was performed in 52% of the patients (23 patients). Bowel resection was performed in 32% of the cases (14 patients). The mean age, body temperature, white blood cell (WBC) count, and LDH value were higher in the emergency repairs than in the elective one, and most of the hernias were repaired with McVay's procedure. CT scans had a high diagnostic value in detecting femoral hernias (44%) and incarceration (88%). It was confirmed that femoral hernias were frequently associated with incarceration and CT scan has a high diagnostic value in femoral hernias. (author)

  17. A clinical study of temporomandibular joint disorders by using arthrography

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    The purpose of this study was to prove the relationship between arthrographic and clinical features in temporomandibular joint disorders. In order to carry out this study, ninety-eight arthrographic examinations of temporomandibular joints were performed in eighty-two patients who had the temporomandibular joint disorders. As the arthrographic examination, the cases were classified in three groups, disk displacement with reduction, disk displacement without reduction, within normal limit. After this, the cases were clinically examined, and the results were compared and analyzed in each other group. The obtained results were as follows ; 1. As the classification by arthrographic examination, three groups (disc displacement with reduction, disc displacement without reduction, within normal limit) were 41%, 54%, 5% of total cases in this study, respectively. 2. The third decade (65%) was most frequent in this study. The average age of each group (disc displacement with reduction, disc displacement without reduction, within normal limit) was 24, 28, 21, and disc displacement without reduction group was higher than any other group. 3. In the chief complaint, pain was the most frequent in all three groups. Joint sound was also frequent in disc displacement with reduction group, but in disc displacement without reduction group, limitation of mouth opening was more frequent. 4. Of the various pain, the movement pain was most frequent (61%) in this study. In joint sound, click (63%) was the most frequent in disc displacement with reduction group, but sound history (42%) and no sound (31%) were more frequent in disc displacement without reduction group. 5. The average maximum opening of each group (disc displacement with reduction, disc displacement without reduction, within normal limit) was 44 mm, 32.9 mm, 44 mm, and disc displacement without reduction group was less than any other group. 6. The masticatory disturbance of each group (disc displacement with reduction, disc

  18. A clinical study of temporomandibular joint disorders by using arthrography

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    Lee, Seung Hyun; Hwang, Eui Hwan; Lee, Sang Rae [Dept. of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, College of Dentistry, Kyunghee University, (Korea, Republic of)

    1998-02-15

    The purpose of this study was to prove the relationship between arthrographic and clinical features in temporomandibular joint disorders. In order to carry out this study, ninety-eight arthrographic examinations of temporomandibular joints were performed in eighty-two patients who had the temporomandibular joint disorders. As the arthrographic examination, the cases were classified in three groups, disk displacement with reduction, disk displacement without reduction, within normal limit. After this, the cases were clinically examined, and the results were compared and analyzed in each other group. The obtained results were as follows: 1. As the classification by arthrographic examination, three groups (disc displacement with reduction, disc displacement without reduction, within normal limit) were 41%, 54%, 5% of total cases in this study, respectively. 2. The third decade (65%) was most frequent in this study. The average age of each group (disc displacement with reduction, disc displacement without reduction, within normal limit) was 24, 28, 21, and disc displacement without reduction group was higher than any other group. 3. In the chief complaint, pain was the most frequent in all three groups. Joint sound was also frequent in disc displacement with reduction group, but in disc displacement without reduction group, limitation of mouth opening was more frequent. 4. Of the various pain, the movement pain was most frequent (61%) in this study. In joint sound, click (63%) was the most frequent in disc displacement with reduction group, but sound history (42%) and no sound (31%) were more frequent in disc displacement without reduction group. 5. The average maximum opening of each group (disc displacement with reduction, disc displacement without reduction, within normal limit) was 44 mm, 32.9 mm, 44 mm, and disc displacement without reduction group was less than any other group. 6. The masticatory disturbance of each group (disc displacement with reduction, disc

  19. Posterior shoulder pain and anterior instability: a preliminary clinical study.

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    Castagna, Alessandro; Conti, Marco; Borroni, Mario; Massazza, Giuseppe; Vinci, Enzo; Franceschi, Giorgio; Garofalo, Raffaele

    2008-02-01

    Different clinical tests have been suggested in the literature as significant indicators of anterior shoulder instability. Sometimes patients with recurrent anterior shoulder instability may show some muscular guarding thus making the evaluation of specific clinical tests very difficult. These patients may also report a medical history with posterior shoulder pain that can be also elicited during some clinical manoeuvres. From September 2005 to September 2006 we prospectively studied patients who underwent an arthroscopic anterior capsuloplasty. Shoulder clinical examination was performed including anterior shoulder instability tests (drawer, apprehension and relocation tests). Furthermore the exam was focused on the presence of scapular dyskinesia and posterior shoulder pain. The patients were also evaluated with ASES, Rowe, SST (Simple Shoulder Test), Constant and UCLA (University of California at Los Angeles) scoring system preoperatively and at the latest follow-up time. In the period of this study we observed 16 patients treated for anterior gleno-humeral arthroscopic stabilisation, who preoperatively complained also of a posterior scapular pain. The pain was referred at the level of lower trapezium and upper rhomboids tendon insertion on the medial border of the scapula. It was also reproducible upon local palpation by the examiner. Four of these patients also referred pain in the region of the insertion of the infraspinatus and teres minor. After arthroscopic stabilisation the shoulder was immobilised in a sling with the arm in the neutral rotation for a period of 4 weeks. A single physician supervised shoulder rehabilitation. After a mean time of 6.8 months of follow-up, all the shoulder scores were significantly improved and, moreover, at the same time the patients referred the disappearance of the posterior pain. Posterior scapular shoulder pain seems to be another complaint and sign that can be found in patients affected by anterior shoulder instability

  20. Peer influence in clinical workplace learning : A study of medical students’ use of social comparison in clinical practice

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    Raat, Adriana

    2015-01-01

    Undergraduate students in clinical workplace frequently compare their own experiences with those of peers. The research reported in this thesis shows that these so called social comparisons are vital to the process of learning in clinical practice. The first study confirms students’ tendency to comp

  1. A STUDY ON THORACIC VERTEBRAL SYNOSTOSIS & ITS CLINICAL IMPORTANCE

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    Md. Khaleel

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    Full Text Available Vertebral anomalies are of interest not only to anatomist, but also to orthopedician, neurologist & neurosurgeons. Various vertebral anomalies of anatomic interest have been reported namely; occipitalisation, sacralisation, lumbarisation, absence of posterior elements of vertebral arch & vertebral s ynostosis. The fusion of vertebral column is rare anomalies usually congenital in origin. The fusion of thoracic vertebrae can present many clinical sign including congenital scoliosis. A study on 594 dry adult human vertebrae of unknown age & sex collected from the department of anatomy and phase I students of KBNIMS, Kalaburagi, Karnataka. The study was done over a period of 6 months (July to December 2014 during routine osteology classes for 1 year MBBS, we found the fusion of typical thoracic vertebrae between T 3 & T 4 . The cause could be failure of re - segmentation of somitomeres or acquired.

  2. Effect of hyaluronan on periodontitis: A clinical and histological study

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    Gauri Gontiya

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Conventional, non-surgical periodontal therapy consists of supra- and subgingival tooth debridement. However, it is a technically demanding procedure and is not always efficient at eradicating all periodontal pathogens and in reducing inflammation. Therefore, local subgingival application of other chemotherapeutic agents may be used as an adjunct to non-surgical therapy. The aim of this study was to investigate the clinical and histological outcomes of local subgingival application of 0.2% hyaluronic acid gel (GENGIGEL® as an adjunct to scaling and root planing (SRP in chronic periodontitis patients. Materials and Methods: One hundred and twenty sites were chosen from 26 patients with chronic periodontitis (criteria being periodontal pockets ≥5mm. Experimental sites additionally received HA gel subgingivally at baseline, 1 st , 2 nd , and 3 rd week. Clinical parameters were re-assessed at 4 th , 6 th , and 12 th week. At 4 th week recall, a gingival biopsy was obtained from test and control site for histologic examination. Results: Intra-group analysis of all the clinical parameters at all sites from baseline to 4 th , 6 th , and 12 th week showed statistically significant changes. Experimental sites showed statistically significant improvement in Gingival index and Bleeding index at 6 th and 12 th week when compared with control sites. However, no statistically significant differences were observed in the PPD and RAL between control and experimental sites at 4 th , 6 th , and 12 th week time interval. No statistically significant association was found between the histological grading of the sites that received HA treatment. Conclusion: Subgingival placement of 0.2% HA gel along with SRP provided a significant improvement in gingival parameters. However, no additional benefit was found in periodontal parameters. Histologically, experimental sites showed reduced inflammatory infiltrate, but it was not statistically significant.

  3. Nd:YAG laser in caries prevention: a clinical study

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    The caries prevention by using laser irradiation has been investigated during the last 30 years. The Nd: YAG laser associated with acidulated phosphate fluoride has been shown as a very promising technique for enamel caries prevention. The aim of this work was to clinically evaluate the efficiency of Nd: YAG laser associated with acidulated phosphate fluoride in pit and fissure caries prevention of children and adolescents. In this work it was determined the dye that enhance the effect of Nd: YAG laser in enamel. It was selected 242 pre-molar and molar teeth from 33 children and adolescents, aged from 7 to 15 years old. The selected teeth were free from caries or decalcification marks (active white marks) to the clinical and radiographic exams. The teeth were divided into two groups: the first group was laser irradiated and their homologous remained as a control. The right side teeth were dye-assisted Nd:YAG laser irradiated. The dye solution was a moisture of dust coal and equal parts of water and alcohol. The irradiation conditions were 60 mJ/10 Hz, optical fiber in contact mode, with diameter of 300 μm, resulting in an energy density of 84,9 J/cm2. The oclusal surface of the teeth was completely irradiated, specially on the slopes and in the deepest part of the pits and fissures. This procedure was repeated three times. In the sequence it was applied the acidulated phosphate fluoride for 4 minutes. On the left side teeth - control group- only acidulated phosphate fluoride was applied for the same time. The final examination considered the presence of caries and active white marks after a period of one year. There were statistical significant differences (p < 0.01) between the lased + fluoride group and the non irradiated group. The present study concluded that the technique used in this work can be an alternative clinical method for caries prevention. (author)

  4. Urticarial vasculitis in northern Spain: clinical study of 21 cases.

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    Loricera, Javier; Calvo-Río, Vanesa; Mata, Cristina; Ortiz-Sanjuán, Francisco; González-López, Marcos A; Alvarez, Lino; González-Vela, M Carmen; Armesto, Susana; Fernández-Llaca, Héctor; Rueda-Gotor, Javier; González-Gay, Miguel A; Blanco, Ricardo

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    Urticarial vasculitis (UV) is a subset of cutaneous vasculitis (CV), characterized clinically by urticarial skin lesions of more than 24 hours' duration and histologically by leukocytoclastic vasculitis. We assessed the frequency, clinical features, treatment, and outcome of a series of patients with UV. We conducted a retrospective study of patients with UV included in a large series of unselected patients with CV from a university hospital. Of 766 patients with CV, UV was diagnosed in 21 (2.7%; 9 male and 12 female patients; median age, 35 yr; range, 1-78 yr; interquartile range, 5-54 yr). Eight of the 21 cases were aged younger than 20 years old. Potential precipitating factors were upper respiratory tract infections and drugs (penicillin) (n = 4; in all cases in patients aged urticarial lesions, other features such as palpable purpura (n = 7), arthralgia and/or arthritis (n = 13), abdominal pain (n = 2), nephropathy (n = 2), and peripheral neuropathy (n = 1) were observed. Hypocomplementemia (low C4) with low C1q was disclosed in 2 patients. Other abnormal laboratory findings were leukocytosis (n = 7), increased erythrocyte sedimentation rate (n = 6), anemia (n = 4), and antinuclear antibody positivity (n = 2). Treatment included corticosteroids (n = 12), antihistaminic drugs (n = 6), chloroquine (n = 4), nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (n = 3), colchicine (n = 2), and azathioprine (n = 1). After a median follow-up of 10 months (interquartile range, 2-38 mo) recurrences were observed in 4 patients. Apart from 1 patient who died because of an underlying malignancy, the outcome was good with full recovery in the remaining patients. In conclusion, our results indicate that UV is rare but not exceptional. In children UV is often preceded by an upper respiratory tract infection. Urticarial lesions and joint manifestations are the most frequent clinical manifestation. Low complement serum levels are observed in a minority of cases. The prognosis is generally good

  5. Friedreich's ataxia: clinical and molecular study of 25 Brazilian cases

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    Albano Lilian M. J.

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Friedreich's ataxia is a neurodegenerative disorder whose clinical diagnostic criteria for typical cases basically include: a early age of onset (< 20 or 25 years, b autosomal recessive inheritance, c progressive ataxia of limbs and gait, and d absence of lower limb tendon reflexes. METHODS: We studied the frequency and the size of expanded GAA and their influence on neurologic findings, age at onset, and disease progression in 25 Brazilian patients with clinical diagnosis of Friedreich's ataxia - 19 typical and 6 atypical - using a long-range PCR test. RESULTS: Abnormalities in cerebellar signs, in electrocardiography, and pes cavus occurred more frequently in typical cases; however, plantar response and speech were more frequently normal in this group when the both typical and atypical cases were compared. Homozygous GAA expansion repeats were detected in 17 cases (68% - all typical cases. In 8 patients (32% (6 atypical and 2 typical, no expansion was observed, ruling out the diagnosis of Friedreich's ataxia. In cases with GAA expansions, foot deformity, cardiac abnormalities, and some neurologic findings occurred more frequently; however, abnormalities in cranial nerves and in tomographic findings were detected less frequently than in patients without GAA expansions. DISCUSSION: Molecular analysis was imperative for the diagnosis of Friedreich's ataxia, not only for typical cases but also for atypical ones. There was no genotype-phenotype correlation. Diagnosis based only on clinical findings is limited; however, it aids in better screening for suspected cases that should be tested. Evaluation for vitamin E deficiency is recommended, especially in cases without GAA expansion.

  6. Clinical Study of Ursodeoxycholic Acid in Barrett's Esophagus Patients.

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    Banerjee, Bhaskar; Shaheen, Nicholas J; Martinez, Jessica A; Hsu, Chiu-Hsieh; Trowers, Eugene; Gibson, Blake A; Della'Zanna, Gary; Richmond, Ellen; Chow, H-H Sherry

    2016-07-01

    Prior research strongly implicates gastric acid and bile acids, two major components of the gastroesophageal refluxate, in the development of Barrett's esophagus and its pathogenesis. Ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA), a hydrophilic bile acid, has been shown to protect esophageal cells against oxidative stress induced by cytotoxic bile acids. We conducted a pilot clinical study to evaluate the clinical activity of UDCA in patients with Barrett's esophagus. Twenty-nine patients with Barrett's esophagus received UDCA treatment at a daily dose of 13 to 15 mg/kg/day for 6 months. The clinical activity of UDCA was assessed by evaluating changes in gastric bile acid composition and markers of oxidative DNA damage (8-hydroxydeoxyguanosine), cell proliferation (Ki67), and apoptosis (cleaved caspase-3) in Barrett's esophagus epithelium. The bile acid concentrations in gastric fluid were measured by liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry. At baseline, UDCA (sum of unchanged and glycine/taurine conjugates) accounted for 18.2% of total gastric bile acids. After UDCA intervention, UDCA increased significantly to account for 93.4% of total gastric bile acids (P < 0.0001). The expression of markers of oxidative DNA damage, cell proliferation, and apoptosis was assessed in the Barrett's esophagus biopsies by IHC. The selected tissue biomarkers were unchanged after 6 months of UDCA intervention. We conclude that high-dose UDCA supplementation for 6 months resulted in favorable changes in gastric bile acid composition but did not modulate selected markers of oxidative DNA damage, cell proliferation, and apoptosis in the Barrett's esophagus epithelium. Cancer Prev Res; 9(7); 528-33. ©2016 AACRSee related article by Brian J. Reid, p. 512. PMID:26908564

  7. Non-compacted cardiomyopathy: clinical-echocardiographic study

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    Castellanos Luis Muñóz

    2006-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The aim of the present study was to describe the clinical and echocardiographic findings of ventricular noncompaction in adult patients. Fifty-three patients underwent complete clinical history, electrocardiogram, Holter and transthoracic echocardiogram. Forty patients (75% were in class I/II of the New York Heart Association, and 13 (25% in class III/IV. Ventricular and supraventricular escape beats were found in 40% and 26.4%, respectively. Holter showed premature ventricular contractions in 32% and sustained ventricular tachycardia in 7.5%. Ventricular noncompaction was an isolated finding in 74% of cases and was associated with other congenital heart disease in 26%. Noncompacted ventricular myocardium involved only left ventricle in 62% of the patients and both ventricles in 38%. The mean ratio of noncompacted to compacted myocardial layers at the site of maximal wall thickness was 3.4 ± 0.87 mm (range 2.2–7.5. The presence of ventricular noncompaction in more than three segments was associated with a functional class greater than II and ventricular arrhythmia with demonstrable statistical significance by χ2(p Conclusion a Noncompacted cardiomyopathy is a congenital pathological entity that can occur in isolated form or associated with other heart disease and often involves both ventricles. b A ratio of noncompacted to compacted myocardium greater than 3 and involvement of three or more segments are indicators of poor prognosis. c Since the clinical manifestations are not sufficient to establish diagnosis, echocardiography is the diagnostic tool that makes it possible to document ventricular noncompaction and establish prognostic factors.

  8. Laboratory and clinical profile of dengue: A study from Mumbai

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    D Turbadkar

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Dengue an endemic disease in most subtropical and tropical regions of the world is causing severe epidemics in India. An alarming rise of dengue has also been seen in Mumbai, during the recent years. Aim and Objective: The study was conducted to know the prevalence of dengue infection, based on laboratory rapid screening tests for IgM and IgG antibodies and the confirmatory IgM ELISA test and to study the seasonal variation and the clinical profile in these cases. Material and Method: A retrospective study of laboratory test results and clinical profile of suspected dengue cases was carried out in a tertiary care hospital over a period between January 2004 and November 2007. Result: Of the 3 677 samples processed by rapid test for antibodies against dengue (Denguchek, 503 (13.67% gave positive results. Fifty-six samples (26.41% were positive by IgM Enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA test, of 212 rapid positive samples processed by ELISA test. Our study comprised of 315 adult and 188 pediatric cases. The common symptom of dengue was fever, icterus, myalgia, and headache. Thrombocytopenia (platelet counts <75 000/cmm was seen in 386 (76.74% cases. Seventy-seven cases (15.30% positive by rapid screening tests for dengue antibodies were also positive for IgM/IgG antibodies against Leptospira by Dridot test (Rapid test. Of these, 49 (63.64% were confirmed to be positive for dengue antibodies by the ELISA test. Conclusion: As dengue causes increased morbidity and mortality and requires prompt diagnosis and treatment for the proper management of these cases, the rapid screening test for IgM/IgG antibodies helps clinicians toward achieving this goal.

  9. Statistical Use in Clinical Studies: Is There Evidence of a Methodological Shift?

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    Yi, Dali; Ma, Dihui; Li, Gaoming; Zhou, Liang; Xiao, Qin; Zhang, Yanqi; Liu, Xiaoyu; Chen, Hongru; Pettigrew, Julia Christine; Yi, Dong; Liu, Ling; Wu, Yazhou

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    Background Several studies indicate that the statistical education model and level in medical training fails to meet the demands of clinicians, especially when they want to understand published clinical research. We investigated how study designs and statistical methods in clinical studies have changed in the last twenty years, and we identified the current trends in study designs and statistical methods in clinical studies. Methods We reviewed 838 eligible clinical study articles that were p...

  10. [Clinical study of BRON-L syrup (cough suppressant) abuse].

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    Miyatake, Ryosuke; Doi, Tomoko; Date, Kenji; Naitoh, Tomomichi; Suwaki, Hiroshi

    2002-02-01

    In 1980s, abuse and dependence of BRON-W syrup (cough suppressant), which contains methylephedrine, dihydrocodeine, chlorpheniramine and caffeine, were prevalent in Japan. Pharmacological and clinical studies suggest that methylephedrine and dihydrocodeine cause dependence. Although BRON-L syrup, newly modified cough suppressant contains only chlorpheniramine and caffeine, there still are abuse and dependence of this drug. In this report, three cases of BRON-L syrup abuse are demonstrated. All cases started using BRON-L syrup in the late teens in their peer groups, and dropped out from school. Case 1 misused only BRON-L syrup, but case 2 and 3 were multi-drug abusers (case 2: amphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana, case 3: solvent, alcohol, bromovalerylurea), and had kept in tough with the peer groups. Case 2 and 3 hospitalized more than 2 times. Withdrawal symptoms, such as headache, insomnia, and irritability were mild and improved in a few weeks after drug use was stopped. These findings suggest that 1) psychosocial backgrounds of these cases are in common with those of BRON-W syrup abusers, but 2) the clinical course and prognosis of multi-drug abusers are different from the BRON single abuser, 3) chlorpheniramine and caffeine possibly cause dependence, 4) abusers are likely to choose BRON brand although two main dependence-producing constituents are removed from it now. Therefore, prevention and care of BRON-L abusers requires both psychosocial and pharmacological aspects. PMID:11915306

  11. Onchomycosis – a clinical and mycological study of 75 cases

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    Neerja Puri

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Onychomycosis or fungal infection of the nails is a common disease, especially in older persons. A mycological study of onchomycosis was undertaken in 75 patients. The nails were judged to be infected by their clinical appearance. There were a total of 75 suspected cases of onychomycosis. Of these 75 cases 22.6% were positive by direct microscopy and 33.3% were culture positive. Of these 75 cases, 18 were males (24% and 57 (76 % were females, male to female ratio being. The commonest age group was 31-40 years followed by 21-30 years. The finger nails were more frequently involved. i.e. 45 (60 %, followed by toe nails 30 (40 % and both in 18 (24% cases. Ratio of finger nail to toe nail infection was 1.5:1. Distal and lateral subungual onychomycosis (DLSO was the commonest clinical pattern (76% followed by total dystrophic onychomycosis (18.66% and then superficial white onychomycosis (4% and proximal subungual onychomycosis (1.33%. The most common fungal isolates were dermatophytes of which 44% were Trytophyton rubrum, 4% were Trytophyton mentagrophytes. Non dermatophyte moulds constituted 16% of the fungus isolates. Onychomycosis was found to be the commonest in housewives (52%, followed by serviceman / businessman (32% followed by farmers (8% and labourer and student 4% each.

  12. Antioxidant vitamins in atherosclerosis--animal experiments and clinical studies.

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    Ozkanlar, Seckin; Akcay, Fatih

    2012-01-01

    Atherosclerotic heart diseases are universal problems in modern society. Oxidative damage to lipids is a primary cause of atherosclerosis. There are many choices for treatment, but no definite recommendations to prevent the occurrence of the disease. There is a relationship between atherosclerotic risk factors and increased vascular production of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Oxidized low-density lipoproteins (LDL) and ROS may directly cause endothelial dysfunction by reducing endothelial nitric oxide (NO) bioavailability. Vitamin E can to some degree prevent the consequences of oxidized LDL, and vitamin C provides NO synthase activity. Although prolonged use of vitamin A, C, and E supplementation in pharmaceutical forms has been proven to be effective in preventing atherosclerosis in animal experiments, this has not yet been demonstrated in clinical trials with human beings. It should be taken into account that the evidence has been gathered from young/adult experimental animals with early stages of arthrosclerosis and from in-vitro studies, while most of the clinical trials have involved older patients with late stages of the disease. Prolonged use of vitamins in the diet has not yet been recommended in human beings. There is some indication that a diet rich in antioxidant fruit and vegetables may be beneficial in the prevention of cardiovascular events. PMID:23214308

  13. Study on waste from hospital and clinics in Phitsanulok

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    Suwannee Adsavakulchai

    2002-10-01

    Full Text Available Waste generation depends on numerous factors such as established waste management methods, type of hospital establishment, hospital specialization, proportion of reusable items employed in hospital, and proportion of patients treated on a day-care basis. This study surveyed the waste from hospital and clinics in Phitsanulok and found the average daily waste generated as general, medical and hazardous waste from all hospitals in Phitsanulok Province at 1.751, 0.284 and 0.013 kg/bed respectively and at 0.323, 0.041 and 0.002 kg/bed respectively from all clinics in Phitsanulok Province. Medical waste from all hospitals consisted of needles, gloves, drain tubes, cottons and gauze, napkins, plastic syringes, swap and body parts with total daily generation at 0.452, 0.480, 0.390, 0.404, 0.018, 0.355, 0.004 and 0.382 kg/bed respectively. Information about proper waste management process is needed to improve hospital waste management. Hospital waste management is an important and necessary component of environmental health protection.

  14. Clinical TVA-based studies: a general review

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    Thomas eHabekost

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    Full Text Available In combination with whole report and partial report tasks, the Theory of Visual Attention (TVA can be used to estimate individual differences in five basic attentional parameters: The visual processing speed, the storage capacity of visual short-term memory, the perceptual threshold, the efficiency of top-down selectivity, and the spatial bias of attentional weighting. TVA-based assessment has been used in about 30 studies to investigate attentional deficits in a range of neurological and psychiatric conditions: (a neglect and simultanagnosia, (b reading disturbances, (c aging and neurodegenerative diseases, and most recently (d neurodevelopmental disorders. The article introduces TVA based assessment, discusses its methodology and psychometric properties, and reviews the progress made in each of the four research fields. The empirical results demonstrate the general usefulness of TVA-based assessment for many types of clinical neuropsychological research. The method’s most important qualities are cognitive specificity and theoretical grounding, but it is also characterized by good reliability and sensitivity to minor deficits. The review concludes by pointing to promising new areas for clinical TVA-based research.

  15. Clinical study of cerebral infarction in hemodialysis patients

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    Stroke is one of the leading causes of death in patients undergoing chronic dialysis. However, few clinical studies have so far examined stroke, especially brain infarction, under such conditions. We retrospectively evaluated the clinical features and risk factors for brain infarction in 33 patients undergoing hemodialysis (hemodialysis, 29 patients; continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis, 4 patients; male:female ratio, 25:8) between May 2003 and August 2006. The mean age was 68.5±10.9 (mean±standard deviation (SD)) years. The basal renal diseases were chronic glomerulonephritis (n=16), diabetes mellitus (n=10) and other diseases (n=7). The mean duration of maintenance dialysis before the onset of stroke was 5.6±5.2 years. All 33 patients developed brain infarction, including the atherothrombotic (n=13), lacunar (n=9) and cardioembolic (n=11) types. The complications included a high frequency of hypertension (79%) in all groups, diabetes mellitus (36%) and atrial fibrillation (21%). Four of the patients, 2 with lacunar and 2 with atherothrombotic infarction, developed brain infarction within 3 hours after hemodialysis. Hemodynamic changes might have caused the infarction in these patients. The proportion of patients with a modified Rankin Scale grade of 4-6 at discharge was 42%, and the mortality rate was high (15%). The prognosis of brain infarction was poorer in patients with hemodialysis than in those without. (author)

  16. Clinical and electrophysiological study of chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy

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    秦绍森; 玛依努尔; 王湘

    2001-01-01

    Objective To investigate the clinical and electrophysiological features of chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP) . Methods The clinical symptoms and signs of 11 patients with CIDP were studied, motor conduction velocity( MCV), sensory con-duction velocity (SCV) and Electromyography (EMG) were also respectively carried out on 54 motor nerves, 28 sensory nerves and 21 musclesof these 11 cases. The amplitudes of compound muscle action potential(CAMP) obtained from distal and proximal ends were compared to as-certain the presence of conduction block (CB) by stimulating the segments starting from the distal ends. Results More than 3 nerves werefound involved in 10 out of 11 cases, slow MCV were found in 52%, prolongation of the distal latency in 64%, reduction of the amplitudes ofCAMP in 68%, CB in 26%, slow SCV in 85. 7%. EMG revealed neurogenic damage in 81%. Conclusion CIDP is a peripheral de- myelinating neuropathy involving not only the prox imal and distal segments but also the sensory and motor nerves. If there were no conditionsto perform nerve biopsy, testing of protein in CSF and electrophysiology mightbe of important diagnostic value for CIDP.

  17. STUDY OF RISK FACTORS AND CLINICAL PROFILE OF ACUTE STROKE

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    Full Text Available `INTRODUCTION: Stroke is the third leading cause of death in developed countries after cardiovascular disease and cancer. In India Community Surveys have shown a crude prevalence rate for hemiplegia 200 per 1, 00, 000 population. It accounts for nearly 1.5% of all urban admissions, 4.5 % of all medical and about 20% of neurological cases. AIMS AND OBJECTIVE: Identification of risk factors and evaluation of clinical profile of acute stroke. MATERIAL AND METHOD: INCLUSION CRITERIA: Cases of acute stoke admitted in SGMH hospital were selected for the study. EXCLUSION CRITERIA: Brain injury cases, infective, neoplastic cases producing stroke were excluded. RESULTS: Stroke was more common in male, 58 % patients were male and 42% patients were female. It was more common in 5th and 6th decade. Most common etiology was infarction. Most common risk factor was hypertension followed by smoking. In addition to limb weakness, headache and vomiting were most common presenting symptoms followed by convulsion. These symptoms were more common in hemorrhagic stroke. Right sided hemiplegia was more common than left sided. Middle cerebral artery was involved in majority of cases in atherothrombotic stroke whereas basal ganglion was most common site of bleed in hemorrhagic stroke. Coma and mortality were more in hemorrhagic stroke. CONCLUSION: The risk factors and clinical profile of acute stroke in India are similar to that of Western countries. Common risk factors are hypertension, smoking, diabetes mellitus and hyperlipidemia

  18. Bedside Teaching in Australian Clinical Schools: A National Study

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    Praveen L. Indraratna

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    Full Text Available Purpose. Bedside teaching (BST of medical students has become less common in recent years; however, there have been strong recommendations made in the literature to continue this teaching modality for the valued benefits it provides. The purpose of the present study is to explore the perceptions and opinions of bedside teaching among senior Australian medical students. Methods. Medical students at Australian universities were surveyed by means of an electronic questionnaire. The results were collected and analysed. Results. A total of 517 responses were received from students at 15 universities and 94 different clinical sites. The percentage of students who identified BST as very important ranged from 62.5% in psychiatry to 90.4% in internal medicine. The optimal class size was nominated as 3-4 students, and students favoured a style where one individual performs a complete examination, with the remainder allowed to elicit the key sign afterwards. Students felt 3-4 hours of BST per week to be ideal. Advantages identified to BST included provision of feedback and elicitation of clinical signs. Disadvantages included time constraints and excessive class sizes. Conclusions. The unique benefits of BST result in its high demand by students, regardless of the discipline being taught.

  19. Clinical, chromosomal and endocrine studies for congenital adrenal hyperplasia

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    Severe forms of congenital adrenal hyperplasia are potentially fatal if unrecognized and untreated. The aim of this study was to clarify the clinical presentation together with the chromosomal and laboratory associations in this syndrome. Twenty four patients diagnosed as congenital adrenal hyperplasia were referred from Children's Hospital, Cairo University, Egypt, for hormonal and chromosomal workup. The age ranged from eight months to 19 years with mean age of 3.18 years. Twenty two patients were diagnosed as classic congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) syndrome. Severe salt wasting form was present in ten patients whereas simple virilisation was the presenting manifestation in twelve patients. Two patients presented as late onset congenital adrenal hyperplasia (LOCAH). The sex of rearing was female in 18 cases and male in six cases. Genitography and sonography confirmed the presence of female internal organs in all cases. Advanced bone age was evident by radiographic studies. Although the karyotyping was 46,XX in all cases, the diagnosed correct sex was delayed in six cases. Serum concentrations of 17-hydroxyprogesterone (17.OH.P), dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS), delta, 4-androstenedione (D4A), testosterone (T) and 11-deoxycortisol were all elevated as compared to controls. It was found that the adrenal androgens DHEAS, D4A and T were more elevated in salt losers when compared to simple virilising patients. However, this difference was statistically non-significant. The present study demonstrates that the clinical examination and laboratory investigations are necessary for the early detection and treatment of these cases to avoid major medical and psychological problems for the patients and their parents

  20. Clinical, Chromosomal and Endocrine Studies for Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia

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    Several forms of congenital adrenal hyperplasia are potentially fatal if unrecognized and untreated. The aim of this study is to throw light on the clinical presentation together with chromosomal and laboratory associations in this syndrome. Twenty four patients diagnosed as congenital adrenal hyperplasia were referred from the Diabetic Endocrine Metabolic Pediatric Unit [DEMPU], Children's Hospital, Cairo University for hormonal and chromosomal workup. Twenty two patients were diagnosed as classic congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) syndrome. Sever salt wasting form was present in ten patients whereas simple virilization was the presenting manifestation in twelve patients. Two patients presented as late onset congenital adrenal hyperplasia (LOCAH). The mean age was 3.18 years, ranging from eight months to 19 years. The sex of rearing was Female in 18 cases and male in six cases. Genitography and sonography confirmed the presence of female internal organs in all cases. Advanced bone age was evident by radiographic studies. Although the karyotyping was (46,XX) in all cases, the correct sex diagnosis was delayed in 6 cases. Serum concentrations of 17-hydroxyprogesterone (17.OH.P); Dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS); Delta,4-androstenedione (D 4 A); Testosterone and 11-deoxycortisol were all elevated in relation to controls. We found that the adrenal androgens DHEAS, delta 4A, and T were more elevated in salt losers when compared to simple virilizing patients. However, this difference was not of statistical significance. The present study demonstrates that clinical examination and laboratory investigations are necessary for early detection and treatment of hese cases to avoid major medical and psychological problems for the patients and their parents.

  1. A CLINICAL STUDY OF BENIGN LESIONS OF PINNA

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES To study the clinical aspects of benign lesions of pinna and to evaluate aetiopathological factors, prevalence and management options. METHODS The study included 115 patients during the period from January 2013 to December 2013. The selection criteria included patients presenting with swellings of pinna which included keloids, seromas, sebaceous cyst, preauricular sinus, haemangioma, dermoid and neurofibroma. A detailed clinical history regarding onset, predisposing factors and associated conditions was documented and analysed. RESULTS Of total 115 cases in our study, 66 cases (57% presented with keloid followed by 33 cases (29% of pseudocyst of auricle, sebaceous cyst were seen in 10 cases, i.e. 9% and only 1 case of Neurofibroma, Haemangioma and Dermoid was diagnosed (<1%; 94 percent of patients presenting with Keloid were females; 88% of them had unilateral and just 12% had bilateral disease. Trauma was the factor in causation of pseudocyst of auricle in 11 cases (34%, diabetes also was seen in 3 cases (9%. Of all 33 cases of pseudocyst of auricle, 27 cases (82% were managed by window procedure and 6 cases (18% were managed with aspiration. CONCLUSION Trauma is the most important factor in causation of number of benign lesions of pinna. Other factors being high ear piercing through the cartilage. Diabetes mellitus plays a significant role and should be controlled simultaneously. Wide bore needle aspiration can be done for some of the cases of seroma patients who have recurrence and other cases can be managed by window procedure. Other lesions like keloid, sebaceous cyst, haemangioma and dermoid can be managed by complete surgical excision. A firm pressure bandage should be applied in most of the cases after surgery. Neurofibroma can be managed conservatively.

  2. Clinical analysis of hypertension in children: An urban Indian study

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    Sunil K Kota

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    Full Text Available Hypertension in children, although an uncommon entity, is associated with end-organ damage. We tried to study the clinical profile of hypertension in children presented to our hospital. The medical records from January 1990 to December 2010 of all children aged 18 years and younger with hypertension were studied. The patients were divided into four age groups (infants, pre-school age, school age and adolescents Presenting symptoms and other clinical parameters were thoroughly evaluated. The results were compared with previous studies on hypertension in children. A total of 135 patients were selected (male:female 103:32, with mean age of 0.4 ± 2.1 years (range: six months to 17 years. The most common age group affected was the adolescents group (42.9%. The most common clinical feature at presentation was dizziness (30.3%, followed by headache and chest discomfort (22.9%. Transient hypertension was detected in 34 patients (25.2%, and was most common in the adolescent age group, whereas sustained hypertension was noticed in 101 patients (74.8% and was the most common in the school age group (36/45, 80%. Forty-two patients (31.1% presented with hypertensive crisis. Nine patients were considered to have essential hypertension. The chief causes included chronic glomerulonephritis in 56 (41.5%, endocrine disorders in 21 (15.5%, obstructive uropathy in 16 (11.8%, reflux nephropathy in 12 (8.8% and renovascular disease in 5 (3.7%. Takayasu′s disease was the most common cause of renovascular hypertension. Coarctation of aorta was the most common cause of hypertension in infancy, being present in 40% of the cases. Hypertension in children may be easily underestimated but is a potentially life-threatening problem. Most of them are asymptomatic and a large chunk has an underlying etiology. Primary care clinicians should promptly identify patients with hypertension and treat them immediately and appropriately to prevent damage to the cardiovascular organs.

  3. CLINICAL STUDY OF RETINAL VEIN OCCLUSIONS AND MANAGEMENT

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    Satyavathi

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Retinal vein occlusion is the most common retinal occlusive disorder encountered by Ophthalmologists and is usually associated with a variable amount of visual loss. This is the second most common retinal vascular disease next to diabetic retinopathy. Liebreich initially described dramatic obstruction of veins as retinal apoplexy. Leber ( 1 (1877 reported the first case of BRVO and called it Hem orrhagic retinitis. RVO most commonly affects the venous blood supply of the entire retina (CRVO or a quadrant drained by one of the branches (BRVO or less commonly the superior or inferior half of the retina alone is affected (HCRVO. For discussion and management purpose RVO is broadly classified into six clinical entities includes (1 Non - ischemic CRVO (2 Ischemic CRVO (3 Non ischemic HCRVO (4Ischemic HCRVO (5 Major BRVO (6Macular BRVO. So much of confusion still exists regarding its natural histo ry, degree of severity, management and its progression. The clinical study of RVO is taken up mainly with a view to study the importance of systemic risk factors in etiopathogenisis of RVO, to study the clinical features and effectiveness of treatment in m odification of the natural course and complications of RVO. Depending on type of venous occlusion patient may present with loss of central vision frequently noticed on waking up in the morning, or field contraction, erythropsia, floates, black spots. Episo des of amaurosis fugax lasts for minutes to hours may be present. There may be metamor - phopsia. Signs of decreased visual acuty, RAPD, visual field defects are observed. Fundus picture shows Retinal hemorrhages distributed based on type of venous occlusion . In ischemic CRVO the picture shows “berries on a twig”. Various sequel & complications include macular edema, anterior segment and retinal neovascularisation, vitreous hemorrhage, retinal detachment may be encountered. Various risk factors include Hypert ension, Diabetes, Hyper lipidemia, IHD

  4. Performance of clinical mammography: a nationwide study from Denmark

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    Jensen, Allan; Vejborg, Ilse; Severinsen, Niels;

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    sensitivity, specificity and accuracy, the latter using a receiver-operating characteristics (ROC) analysis. In 96,534 clinical mammography examinations, sensitivity was 75% and specificity 99%. The presence of at least one high volume-reading radiologist in the clinic increased accuracy (AUC = 0.91 for <1...... that clinical mammography worked best in patient populations of purely symptomatic women. Our data indicate that to increase the accuracy of clinical mammography at the community level, the presence of an experienced radiologist should be prioritized ahead of raising the clinic size....

  5. Subcutaneous immunoglobulin in CIDP and MMN: a short-term nationwide study.

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    Cocito, Dario; Merola, Aristide; Peci, Erdita; Mazzeo, Anna; Fazio, Raffaella; Francia, Ada; Valentino, Paola; Liguori, Rocco; Filosto, Massimiliano; Siciliano, Gabriele; Clerici, Angelo Maurizio; Lelli, Stefania; Marfia, Girolama Alessandra; Antonini, Giovanni; Cecconi, Ilaria; Nobile-Orazio, Eduardo; Lopiano, Leonardo

    2014-11-01

    This multi-center Italian prospective observational study reports the 4 months follow-up data of 87 patients affected by chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy (CIDP) and multifocal motor neuropathy (MMN) shifted from intravenous to subcutaneous immunoglobulin treatment. A therapeutic shift from intravenous to subcutaneous immunoglobulin was performed in 87 patients (66 CIDP; 21 MMN) affected by immune-mediated peripheral neuropathies with evidence of a sustained clinical response to intravenous immunoglobulin. Patients were evaluated by means of the Overall Neuropathy Limitation Scale, Medical Research Council Scale and Life Quality Index questionnaire, both at the time of therapeutic shift and after 4 months of subcutaneous immunoglobulin treatment. A sustained clinical efficacy was observed after the switch to subcutaneous immunoglobulin: the Overall Neuropathy Limitation Scale score improved in the group of 66 CIDP patients (P = 0.018), with only one subject reporting a worsening of 1 point, and remained stable in the group of 21 MMN patients (P = 0.841), with one subject reporting a worsening of two points. An improvement in the patient's perception of therapeutic setting was reported in both groups. This large multi-center study confirms the short-term clinical equivalence of subcutaneous versus intravenous immunoglobulin and a possible improvement in the patient's perception of therapeutic setting with the subcutaneous administration. However, further studies are required to extend the results to a longer observational period. PMID:25149866

  6. Studies in the radiobiology of osteoradionecrosis and their clinical significance

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    Marx, R.E.; Johnson, R.P.

    1987-10-01

    The radiobiology of osteoradionecrosis is a complex of cellular death and cellular functional impairments from radiation energy transfers. Four studies of irradiated patients and a data base from 536 patients with osteoradionecrosis revealed separate pathophysiologic conditions for osteoradionecrosis induced by early trauma, osteoradionecrosis induced by late trauma, and spontaneous osteoradionecrosis. A large body of data suggested useful clinical guidelines for the management of irradiated patients. The guidelines, in part, include a recommendation for deferring radiation treatment for 21 days after tissue wounding, if possible; a relative contraindication to wounding tissue during a radiation course; a recommendation for the use of hyperbaric oxygen before wounding; and a strong recommendation to provide comprehensive dental care to the irradiated patient.

  7. CLINICAL AND MICROBIOLOGICAL STUDY OF OTOMYCOSIS : OUR EXPERIENCE

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    Venugopal

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Otomycosis is fungal infection of external auditory canal, which is common throughout the world. Otomycosis may be refractory to treatment prescribed and hence challenges the clinician. AIM: To identify the organism causing otomycosis and to explore speci fic predisposing factors and treatment. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a descriptive study of cases of otomycosis attending ENT outpatient department of Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram which were evaluated clinically and microbiologically for one year. RESULT AND CONCLUSION: The commonest predisposing factor for otomycosis is trauma due to self - cleaning and water entering the ear. Common in females. Common presentation is itching of ear and ear ache. Commonest organism isolated is Aspergillus Nige r. Usually respond to treatment with topical antifungal agent especially clotrimazole. Most of the cases responded satisfactorily with topical clotrimazole.

  8. The Clinical Study of Telomerase Activity in Gastric Tumor

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    XI Weihong; NI Xiaoqian; SHEN Yuqin; HUANG Qinmei

    2002-01-01

    Telomerase activity was detected with both telomeric repeat amplification protocol (TRAP) - silver stain and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) - enzyme linked immuno - sorbent assay (ELISA). We have studied the telomerase activity in the 68 gastric tumors and their neighboring tissues,25 gastric ulcer, and 3 tumor cell colonies. The positive rate of telomerase activity in gastric tumors was 86.8% (59/68) and which was obviously higher than 7.3% (5/68) in the normal tissues adjacent to the tumors and 4% (1/25) in gastric ulcer. The telomerase activity was 100% (3/3) in the tumor colonies. It allowed to be seen that higher telomerase activity was associated with the origin and development of the gastric tumor. We believe that telomerase activity may be a useful clinical diagnostic marker for the gastric tumor.

  9. A clinical study of oral mucous membrane pemphigoid.

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    Alkan, A; Günhan, O; Alkan, A; Otan, F

    2003-01-01

    We present 13 cases of oral mucous membrane pemphigoid (MMP) and review the literature. The cases were retrieved from the archives of Ondokuz Mayis University and Gülhane Military Medical Academy, Turkey, between 1997 and 2002. Inclusion criteria were clinical findings of oral MMP verified by histological and immunofluorescent examination. Thirteen patients (two males and 11 females), aged 16-72 years, were identified. Involvement was confined to the mouth in all cases except one, in which the conjunctiva was also affected. Two individuals in the study were < 20 years old, an age group rarely affected. The oral mucosa is often the initial site of MMP lesions, so it is important that dentists as well as physicians are aware of the symptoms and signs. A swift diagnosis, made in consultation with other specialists such as ophthalmologists and dermatologists, is needed in order to prevent a delay in treatment. PMID:12964512

  10. Clinical studies of lung cancer of atomic bomb survivors, 4

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    A comparative study was made on complications of lung cancer in 188 A-bomb survivors (group 1) and 327 non-exposed patients (group 2) treated from 1972 through 1982. The incidence of complications was higher in group 1 (32 %) than in group 2 (20 %). Complications occurred most frequently in the respiratory system, followed by those in the circulatory system and diabetes mellitus in both groups. Patients with complications in the respiratory, circulatory, or nervous system tended to be inoperable. For patients with clinical stage I or II developing complications, the prognosis was worse as compared with those without complications. Long-term survival can be achieved in two patients with early stage lung cancer in whom surgical treatment was impossible because of the association of severe complications. (Namekawa, K.)

  11. Experimental and clinical studies on the intrahepatic I-131-Lipiodol

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    I-131-Lipiodol, a new therapeutic agent, has been used in the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) since Lipiodol retains within the vascular HCC following intrahepatic arterial injection. Radioiodination of Lipiodol was achieved by using a simple exchange method and the agent was used for the treatment of HCC following the biodistribution studies in dogs and human subjects. Desired radiation doses and easily be delivered up to 12,000 rad while keeping the radiation doses to normal liver, lung and whole body safe and tolerable. Clinical studies in 50 patients with hepatoma were performed by this method in order to estimate the therapeutic effect, safety, indication and limitations. The results as follows: 1. Biodistribution studies The effective half life of I-131-Lipiodol in the tumor was 6 days and retained in the tumor as long as 3 months. About 10% of radioactivity was demonstrated in the lungs with effective half life decay. The I-131-Lipiodol in the normal liver tissue seems to be metabolized in the hepatocytes and excreted into the bile and urine. No demonstrable radioactivity was noted in the thyroid, bowels, spleen and bone marrow. 2. Histologic studies Histologic studies following the untrahepatic I-131-Lipiodol of the canine liver revealed the Lipiodol particles in the bile duct cells and cytoplasm of hepatocytes. In human resected hepatomas after I-131-Lipiodol infusion, Lipiodol droplets were demonstrated in the tumor vessels, sinusoids as well as in the tumor cell cytoplasm. Extensive hemorrhagic necrosis of tumor was demonstrated after treatment with I-131-Lipiodol. 3. Clinical studies Response rate was most prominent in those cases of single massive types which measures less than 5cm in diameter. Multinodular type was also responsive rather than single massive type, however, infiltrative type of tumor or the tumors measuring more than 8cm was less effective on this therapy. 4. Adverse reactions Adverse reactions from the procedure include

  12. Neurofeedback and biofeedback with 37 migraineurs: a clinical outcome study

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    Lappin Martha S

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Traditional peripheral biofeedback has grade A evidence for effectively treating migraines. Two newer forms of neurobiofeedback, EEG biofeedback and hemoencephalography biofeedback were combined with thermal handwarming biofeedback to treat 37 migraineurs in a clinical outpatient setting. Methods 37 migraine patients underwent an average of 40 neurofeedback sessions combined with thermal biofeedback in an outpatient biofeedback clinic. All patients were on at least one type of medication for migraine; preventive, abortive or rescue. Patients kept daily headache diaries a minimum of two weeks prior to treatment and throughout treatment showing symptom frequency, severity, duration and medications used. Treatments were conducted an average of three times weekly over an average span of 6 months. Headache diaries were examined after treatment and a formal interview was conducted. After an average of 14.5 months following treatment, a formal interview was conducted in order to ascertain duration of treatment effects. Results Of the 37 migraine patients treated, 26 patients or 70% experienced at least a 50% reduction in the frequency of their headaches which was sustained on average 14.5 months after treatments were discontinued. Conclusions All combined neuro and biofeedback interventions were effective in reducing the frequency of migraines with clients using medication resulting in a more favorable outcome (70% experiencing at least a 50% reduction in headaches than just medications alone (50% experience a 50% reduction and that the effect size of our study involving three different types of biofeedback for migraine (1.09 was more robust than effect size of combined studies on thermal biofeedback alone for migraine (.5. These non-invasive interventions may show promise for treating treatment-refractory migraine and for preventing the progression from episodic to chronic migraine.

  13. Prioritization strategies in clinical practice guidelines development: a pilot study

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    Torres Marcela

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Objective Few methodological studies address the prioritization of clinical topics for the development of Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs. The aim of this study was to validate a methodology for Priority Determination of Topics (PDT of CPGs. Methods and results Firstly, we developed an instrument for PDT with 41 criteria that were grouped under 10 domains, based on a comprehensive systematic search. Secondly, we performed a survey of stakeholders involved in CPGs development, and end users of guidelines, using the instrument. Thirdly, a pilot testing of the PDT procedure was performed in order to choose 10 guideline topics among 34 proposed projects; using a multi-criteria analysis approach, we validated a mechanism that followed five stages: determination of the composition of groups, item/domain scoring, weights determination, quality of the information used to support judgments, and finally, topic selection. Participants first scored the importance of each domain, after which four different weighting procedures were calculated (including the survey results. The process of weighting was determined by correlating the data between them. We also reported the quality of evidence used for PDT. Finally, we provided a qualitative analysis of the process. The main domains used to support judgement, having higher quality scores and weightings, were feasibility, disease burden, implementation and information needs. Other important domains such as user preferences, adverse events, potential for health promotion, social effects, and economic impact had lower relevance for clinicians. Criteria for prioritization were mainly judged through professional experience, while good quality information was only used in 15% of cases. Conclusion The main advantages of the proposed methodology are supported by the use of a systematic approach to identify, score and weight guideline topics selection, limiting or exposing the influence of personal biases

  14. Clinicians’ experiences of becoming a clinical manager: a qualitative study

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    Spehar Ivan

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background There has been an increased interest in recruiting health professionals with a clinical background to management positions in health care. We know little about the factors that influence individuals’ decisions to engage in management. The aim of this study is to explore clinicians’ journeys towards management positions in hospitals, in order to identify potential drivers and barriers to management recruitment and development. Methods We did a qualitative study which included in-depth interviews with 30 clinicians in middle and first-line management positions in Norwegian hospitals. In addition, participant observation was conducted with 20 of the participants. The informants were recruited from medical and surgical departments, and most had professional backgrounds as medical doctors or nurses. Interviews were analyzed by systemic text condensation. Results We found that there were three phases in clinicians’ journey into management; the development of leadership awareness, taking on the manager role and the experience of entering management. Participants’ experiences suggest that there are different journeys into management, in which both external and internal pressure emerged as a recurrent theme. They had not anticipated a career in clinical management, and experienced that they had been persuaded to take the position. Being thrown into the position, without being sufficiently prepared for the task, was a common experience among participants. Being left to themselves, they had to learn management “on the fly”. Some were frustrated in their role due to increasing administrative workloads, without being able to delegate work effectively. Conclusions Path dependency and social pressure seems to influence clinicians’ decisions to enter into management positions. Hospital organizations should formalize pathways into management, in order to identify, attract, and retain the most qualified talents. Top managers

  15. Alflutop clinical efficacy in vertebral osteochondrosis (12-mohth study

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    V N Hodyrev

    2005-04-01

    Full Text Available Objective. To study clinical efficacy of aiflutop (A in lumbar osteochondrosis (LO with chronic back pain syndrome. Material and Methods. 32 pts with LO were included. 14 from them (group 1 during a year received 2 courses of A intramuscular injections (I ml/day, 30 ml total and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs if necessary. 18 pts (group 2 received NSAIDs only. Clinical examination of pts was performed at the stert of the study, before and after each A course and in 3 months after the last course. Results. Pain in the spine at rest and forward bending significantly decreased in group 1 pts (p<0,05 after each A course. Full pain disappearance after the first A course was achieved in 7,1% and after the second course - in 35,7% of group I pts and was not shown in control group. Significant stepped decrease of Thomayer's test value (p<0,00l was also shown in group 1: 3,6 times decrease in comparison with baseline was achieved in 3 months after completion of treatment with A. During treatment period these pts showed 2-2,5 times increase of static and dynamic spine load (according to Vxdel chronic inability index. 42,9% of group I pts stopped NSAIDs after A treatment completion. Only 5,6% of control group pts stopped NSAIDs during follow up. A tolerability was good. It can be combined with any other medications the pts received due to comorbid diseases.

  16. Clinical Study on 136 Children with Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss

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    Li, Feng-Jiao; Wang, Da-Yong; Wang, Hong-Yang; Wang, Li; Yang, Feng-Bo; Lan, Lan; Guan, Jing; Yin, Zi-Fang; Rosenhall, Ulf; Yu, Lan; Hellstrom, Sten; Xue, Xi-Jun; Duan, Mao-Li; Wang, Qiu-Ju

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    Background: The prevalence of sudden sensorineural hearing loss in children (CSSNHL) is consistently increasing. However, the pathology and prognosis of CSSNHL are still poorly understood. This retrospective study evaluated clinical characteristics and possible associated factors of CSSNHL. Methods: One hundred and thirty-six CSSNHL patients treated in Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Institute of Otolaryngology at Chinese PLA General Hospital between July 2008 and August 2015 were included in this study. These patients were analyzed for clinical characteristics, audiological characteristics, laboratory examinations, and prognostic factors. Results: Among the 136 patients (151 ears), 121 patients (121 ears, 80.1%) were diagnosed with unilaterally CSSNHL, and 15 patients (30 ears, 19.9%) with bilateral CSSNHL. The complete recovery rate of CSSNHL was 9.3%, and the overall recovery rate was 37.7%. We found that initial degree of hearing loss, onset of treatment, tinnitus, the ascending type audiogram, gender, side of hearing loss, the recorded auditory brainstem response (ABR), and distortion product otoacoustic emissions (DPOAEs) had prognostic significance. Age, ear fullness, and vertigo had no significant correlation with recovery. Furthermore, the relevant blood tests showed 30.8% of the children had abnormal white blood cell (WBC) counts, 22.1% had elevated homocysteine levels, 65.8% had high alkaline phosphatase (ALP), 33.8% had high IgE antibody levels, and 86.1% had positive cytomegalovirus (CMV) IgG antibodies. Conclusions: CSSNHL commonly occurs unilaterally and results in severe hearing loss. Initial severe hearing loss and bilateral hearing loss are negative prognostic factors for hearing recovery, while positive prognostic factors include tinnitus, gender, the ascending type audiogram, early treatment, identifiable ABR waves, and DPOAEs. Age, vertigo, and ear fullness are not correlated with the recovery. Some serologic indicators

  17. A clinical study of intestinal stomas: its indications and complications

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    Zeeshanuddin Ahmad

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Background: Intestinal stoma is an opening for fecal diversion. The purpose of the present study was to identify indications for commonly performed intestinal stomas and to study complications related to it. Methods: This is a prospective study was carried out in a surgical unit of Hamidia Hospital, Gandhi Medical College, Bhopal from January, 2012 to December,2012. Data was collected by meticulous history taking including age, gender, indication, type of stoma, type of surgery, careful clinical examination, appropriate operative findings and follow up of the cases. The results were collected, analyzed and compared with other studies. Results: A total of 100 patients were evaluated age ranged between 12- 85 years (50.5 ± 29.01 years Male to female ratio was 7:3. Of the 100 patients 97 were admitted in emergency while 3 in out-patient department. The most common type of stoma made was loop ileostomy (64% followed by sigmoid colostomy (11% and transverse loop colostomy (9%. Main indication for a stoma formation was enteric perforation (38% followed by Koch’s abdomen (18%. Of the various complications encountered with intestinal stoma, peristomal skin irritation (36% was the most consistent complication followed by laparotomy wound infection (13%. Conclusions: Inspite of vast exposure of general surgeons towards stoma formation the complications are inevitable. Early detection of complication and its timely management is the keystone. [Int J Res Med Sci 2013; 1(4.000: 536-540

  18. CLINICAL STUDY OF ABDOMINAL HOLLOW VISCERAL PERFORATION-NON TRAUMATIC

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    Vinod Kumar

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available : INTRODUCTION: Perforation of any part of gastrointestinal track usually gives rise to a life threatening emergency. A high index of suspicion is essential to diagnose visceral perforation early as significant morbidity and mortality results from diagnostic delay. This study was undertaken to analyse regarding sex incidence, seasonal factors, etiological factors, clinical features, investigations, treatment, complications of hollow perforation and results were compared with results of previous similar studies. METHODS: The total number 31 cases of hollow visceral perforation in abdomen have been studied prospectively in detail during the period from October 2009 to September 2011. RESULTS: Among the 31cases of gastrointestinal perforation, perforation of duodenal ulcer 9 cases (29.3% was the commonest, there was male predominance constituting 21(67.7%, peptic ulcer perforation maximum is seen between June and September. The most common complication recorded was wound infection 5 cases (16.1%, death 4 cases (12.9%.Median length of the stay was 13days (2-44days. CONCLUSION: From our study of 31 cases of hollow viscous perforation the following can be concluded most common age group affected is 40-60 years, more commonly seen in males. Duodenum is the most common site perforation. In general peptic ulcer perforation maximum is seen between June and September, in rainy season. Most presented with hollow viscous perforation after 24 hours to the hospital. Wound infection, septicemia was, most common cause of morbidity and mortality respectively.

  19. [Economic assessment, a field between clinical research and observational studies].

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    Launois, Robert

    2003-01-01

    Health technology assessments propose to study the differential impact of health interventions in a complex care system which is characterised by the multitude of individual behaviours and the diverse nature of the institutions involved. Current systems for data collection lend themselves poorly to this rigorous analysis of efficacy of treatments in the actual situations where they are used. Randomised trials endeavour to neutralise any parasitic interference which could compromise testing for a causal relationship between the treatment administered and the result obtained. Their methodology which establishes the term ceteris paribus in the principle of good practice lends itself poorly to an analysis of individual behaviour. Observational studies are start from actual treatment situations to describe them as reliably as possible. By definition, however, these assume that the natural course of events is not deviated by any intervention. The absence of an experimental plan increases the likelihood of bias and makes it more difficult to test for causal relationships. They lend themselves poorly to testing for incremental efficacy. The two instruments to be preferred are decisional analysis and quasi-experimental studies. Decisional analysis help to avoid the problems of external validity associated with randomised clinical trials by associating parameters which are extracted from data obtained from everyday practice. Quasi-experimental studies or pragmatic trials are based on the reality of behaviour of the prescriber and his/her patients; their impact on efficacy, quality of life social costs of the disease and of treatments may be identified under normal conditions of use. PMID:12609811

  20. Clinical and Para clinical Manifestations of Tuberous Sclerosis: A Cross Sectional Study on 81 Pediatric Patients

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    Seyyed Hassan TONEKABONI

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available How to Cite this Article: Tonekaboni SH, Tousi P, Ebrahimi A, Ahmadabadi F, keyhanidoust Z, Zamani Gh, Rezvani M, Amirsalari S, Tavassoli A, Rounagh A, Rezayi A. Clinical and Para clinical Manifestations of Tuberous Sclerosis: A Cross Sectional Study on 81 Pediatric Patients. Iran J Child Neurol 2012; 6(3: 25-31.ObjectiveMigraine is a disabling illness that causes absence from school andaffects the quality of life. It has been stated that headache may representan epileptic event. EEG abnormality is a prominent finding in childrenwith migraine. The aim of this study was to evaluate EEG abnormalitiesin children with migraine.Materials & MethodsTwo-hundred twenty-eight children were enrolled into the study.Evaluation and following of cases was performed by one physician,paraclinical tests were used to increase the accuracy. The study wasconducted under the supervision of pediatric neurology masters and theselected cases were from different parts of the country.ResultsComparing EEG abnormalities in different types of migraine revealedthat there is an association between them. There was also a significantdifference between EEG abnormalities in different types of aura. Migrainetype was associated with the patient’s age. Sleep disorders were morecommon in patients with a positive family history of seizure.ConclusionOur study dosclosed migraine as a common problem in children withabnormalities present in approximately 20% of the patients. Migraineand abnormal EEG findings are significantly associated.RefrencesBundey S, Evans K. Tuberous sclerosis: a genetic study. J Neurol Neurosurg. Psychiatry 1969 Dec;32(6:591-603.Staley BA, Vail EA, Thiele EA. Tuberous sclerosis complex: diagnostic challenges, presenting symptoms,and commonly missed signs. Pediatrics 2011 Jan;127(1:e117-25.Thiele EA, Korf BR. Phakomatoses and allied conditions.In: Swaiman KF, Ashwal S, Ferriero DM. Swaimans pediatric neurology. 5th ed. China: Elsevier Saunders;2012. p. 504