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Indian J Pharm Sci. 2014 Jan;76(1):2-9

Authors: Damodar G, Gopinath S, Vijayakumar S, Rao AY

Abstract
Over the last decade, quality of life investigations of cancer patients’ have became a critical evaluation parameter in the clinical cancer research and treatment evaluation programs. This study was carried out in a 1200 bed tertiary care teaching hospital, MGM Hospital, located at Warangal, India. Present study assessed the overall quality of life, symptoms of patients affected by breast, head and neck, cervical and stomach cancers by using guidelines and modules of The European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer. The assessment was carried out in two phases, as review I at ≤2 cycles and review II at ≥5 cycles of treatment. Data were analyzed for 104 individuals with the mean age of 46.1±11.2 years. The evaluation was characterised as functional scale and symptom scale. In the functional scale physical, and role functions were significant (P<0.05) in all the 4 types of cancers studied. Additional, future perspective, social and emotional functions were observed to be significant in breast cancer, head and neck cancer and cervical cancer, respectively. Where as in symptom scale pain was observed to be significant for all cancers studied. Individually, breast cancer patient also showed significant parameters like fatigue, arm symptoms, and upset by hair loss. Head and neck cancer patients had insomnia and diarrhoea as additional significant symptom scale parameters. In cervical cancer patients, fatigue, insomnia, menopausal symptoms, and in stomach cancer patients, nausea and vomiting, dysphagia, reflex symptoms and eating restrictions were significantly affected. Most of the findings are similar to past studies in the respective type of cancer patients which shows that, quality of life was mostly influenced by the above mentioned factors and have some interesting implications for management and treatment of cancer.

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Authors: Muheremu A, Niu X, Wu Z, Muhanmode Y, Tian W

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BACKGROUND: Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) has been used as a gold standard for the treatment of cervical spondylosis, but it may cause complications such as pseudarthrosis and junctional degeneration. Cervical disk arthroplasty (CDA) may help overcome such problems, but there are inconsistencies among the published literature on its effectiveness comparing with ACDF.
METHODOLOGY: We searched “PubMed” (2000.1-2013.10), “Medline” (2000.1-2013.10), “Elsevier” (2000.1-2013.10), Cochrane library (2008.1-2013.10) databases with the key words of “cervical disk arthroplasy”, “CDA”, “anterior cervical disk fusion”, “ACDF”, “cervical”, “randomized controlled study”, “RCT” and searched for randomized controlled trials comparing the efficacy of ACDF and CDA for the treatment of cervical spondylosis. Neck disability index (NDI), VAS arm pain score, VAS neck pain score, ROM of the adjacent level, SF36-PCS score, SF36-MCS score and patient satisfaction were calculated by Revman5.2 software.
RESULTS: From 1,400 papers found, we chose 18 randomized controlled trials and cohorts evaluating the efficacy of CDA and ACDF on symptomatic cerebral spondylosis. The total number of patients is 3,056, in which 1,576 were in the CDA group and 1,480 were in the ACDF group. The CDA group demonstrated better results than the ACDF group concerning VAS arm pain score 1, 2, 4 years after the surgery, VAS neck pain score 1, 2, 4 years after the surgery, ROM of the adjacent level 1 and 2 years after the surgery, patient satisfaction 1, 2, 4 years after the surgery, NDI scores 1, 2, 4 years after the surgery, SF36-PCS score 1 and 2 years after the surgery and SF36-MCS score at 1 and 4 years after the surgery. There are no significant differences between the groups concerning SF36-PCS score 4 years after the surgery and SF36-MCS score at 2 years after the surgery.
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Effects of Cervical Spine Manual Therapy on Range of Motion, Head Repositioning and Balance in Participants with Cervicogenic Dizziness: A Randomized Controlled Trial.

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Authors: Reid SA, Callister R, Katekar MG, Rivett DA

Abstract
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate and compare the effects of two manual therapy interventions on cervical spine range of motion (ROM), head repositioning accuracy and balance, in patients with chronic cervicogenic dizziness.
DESIGN: Randomized controlled trial with 12-week follow-up using blinded outcome assessment.
SETTING: University in New South Wales, Australia.
PARTICIPANTS: Participants (N=86; mean ± SD age 62.0 ± 12.7 years; 50% women) with chronic cervicogenic dizziness.
INTERVENTIONS: Participants were randomly assigned to one of three groups: sustained natural apophyseal glides (SNAGs) with self-SNAG exercises, passive joint mobilization (PJM) with ROM exercises, or a placebo. Participants each received 2-6 treatments over six weeks.
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BACKGROUND: Fine-needle biopsy of the thyroid gland is the most common interventional procedure used to diagnose thyroid diseases. Serious complications are rare in this procedure. They comprise an infection with abscess formation and hemorrhage. To date, only a few case reports have described an ultrasound diagnosis of active bleeding into the thyroid gland. We established such a diagnosis using computed tomography (CT).
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