Music to your ears? How to prevent heart failure
A Cochrane Collaboration review suggests that music might benefit heart patients. To entrepreneurial scientists this sounds like an unrivalled opportunityJust before Christmas I told you about the discovery that the brain shrinks during sleep, allowing it to get rid of all those nasty toxins it accumulates during the day, including beta amyloid. I described a potential medical application of this knowledge, the so-called BraneDrane™, under development by the labs of Black Knight Industries®.I can now talk about our experiences with the 'BraneDrane' prototype. After the device was fitted all subjects underwent enforced sleep deprivation to test its effectiveness. Results, it must be admitted, were somewhat mixed.The microfluidic pump driving the 'Brainscrub' solution failed in two patients, resulting in hydrocephalus. Fortunately a tap on the head fixed that. There seemed to be no effect on five subjects, while a further three managed to survive ten days before falling to the floor sobbing uncontrollably. Three patients became long-distance lorry drivers; two set up a childcare business together; and one painted himself blue, calls himself Boadicea and is going around muttering something about "bloody Romans". We're keeping him away from knives and other sharp implements. Another three claim to have discovered the Grand Unifying Theory, but refuse to speak to anyone about it until they're guaranteed safe passage, a helicopter, and "first dibs on the Ma...
In conclusion, the authors underline that ECD was diagnosed at a second diagnostic attempt both clinically and by specific staining pathology specimens. PMID: 30006650 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
We present bone scan findings in a case of erythromelalgia in an 18 years old student, in whom the symptoms developed suddenly. No underlying disease could be demonstrated and the patient fully recovered. The scan findings were strikingly similar to those of reflex sympathetic dystrophy. PMID: 30006649 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Conclusions: Soldiers returning from deployment were more likely to receive an opioid prescription than the overall active duty population, and 1.1% initiated a long-term opioid episode. We report a declining rate of opioid receipt and long-term opioid utilization among Army members from fiscal years 2008-2014. This study demonstrates that the most important predictors of opioid receipt were not demographic factors, but generally clinical indicators of acute pain or physical trauma. PMID: 30007291 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
This study aimed to investigate the efficacy and safety of drug eluting beads transarterial chemoembolization (DEB-TACE) treatment in Barcelona Clinic Liver Cancer (BCLC) stage C liver cancer patients. In 39 patients with BCLC stage C liver cancer, after the first cycle of DEB-TACE, 2 (5.1%) and 24 (61.5%) patients achieved complete response (CR) and partial response (PR) to give an overall objective response rate (ORR) of 66.7%. With respect to the second cycle of therapy, the ORR was higher in patients receiving DEB-TACE compared with cTACE (57.1% vs 11.1%). Post first cycle of DEB-TACE treatment, the percentages of abno...
CONCLUSION: Perception of the role of physical and rehabilitation medicine specialists in healthcare was found to be inadequate among physiotherapy students. Changes in health professional education are warranted to maintain an effective patient-centred collaborative practice. Further research is needed at national and international levels to address the mutual perception of competencies and roles among students of health professions. PMID: 30003266 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
HOW to sleep can be a question many of us ask. This can be caused by hot weather, drinking coffee before bed or stress among other factors. Try these five expert-recommended ways of sleeping to get a better night ’s shut-eye and avoid insomnia.
Authors: Hoffart A Abstract We tested a theory-derived network of within-person causal relations between experiential states in schema therapy of Cluster C personality problems. The sample consisted of 35 patients with panic disorder and/or agoraphobia and DSM-IV Cluster C personality traits or disorders who participated in an inpatient programme. In a 6-week schema therapy phase, the patients had nine or 10 individual sessions and completed measures of experiential states (anger, sadness, depression, anxiety, optimism, and schema belief) before and after each session. The impact of these six states on each other a...
This article reviews evidence on the burden of mental illness in the Western Cape Province of SA, as well as current provincial interventions to decrease the burden of mental illness. Available evidence supports the need for improved integration of mental health services in primary healthcare and strengthening of community services. Challenges include a lack of capacity due to staff shortages and inadequate availability and allocation of resources. Evidence from large epidemiological studies to quantify the burden of disease as well as cost-effectiveness studies of interventions are required to successfully plan and implem...
Authors: Capri C, Watermeyer B, Mckenzie J, Coetzee O PMID: 30004353 [PubMed - in process]
Authors: Stein DJ, Sorsdahl K, Lund C PMID: 30004350 [PubMed - in process]
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