1.Evaluation of radiation safety in 177Lu-PSMA therapy and development of outpatient treatment protocol.
Demir M1, Abuqbeitah M, Uslu-Beşli L, Yıldırım Ö, Yeyin N, Çavdar İ, Vatankulu B, Gündüz H, Kabasakal L. J Radiol Prot. 2016 Apr 18;36(2):269-278. [Epub ahead of print]
The aim of this study is to investigate the outpatient treatment protocol and radiation safety of a new-emerging lutetium-177 (177Lu) prostate specific membrane antigen (PSMA) therapy. This work analyzed the dose rate of 23 patients treated with 7400 MBq 177Lu-PSMA at different distances (0, 0.25, 0.50, 1.0 and 2.0 m) and variable time marks (0, 1, 2, 4, 18, 24, 48 and 120 h) after the termination of infusion. Blood samples were withdrawn from 17 patients within the same group at 3, 10, 20, 40, 60 and 90 min and 2, 3, 24 h after termination of infusion. Seven different patients were asked to collect urine for 24 h and a gamma well counter was used for counting samples. Family members were invited to wear an optically stimulated luminescence dosimeter whenever they were in the proximity of the patients up to 4-5 d. The total dose of the medical team including the radiopharmacist, physicist, physician, nurse, and nuclear medicine technologist was estimated by an electronic personnel dosimeter.
2.What is the Profile of Individuals Joining the KNEEguru Online Health Community? A Cross-Sectional Mixed-Methods Study.
Bright P1, Hambly K, Tamakloe S. J Med Internet Res. 2016 Apr 18;18(4):e84. doi: 10.2196/jmir.5374.
BACKGROUND: The use of the Internet for seekers of health-related information provides convenience and accessibility to diverse sources (of variable quality) for many medical conditions. There is a suggestion that patients may find empowerment by engaging with Internet health care strategies and communities. The profile of consumers of online health information on knee pain has not been explored.
3.Integrative Medicine System Based on Music.
Balasubramanian SV, Balasubramanian G, Ramanathan G. Altern Ther Health Med. 2016 Apr;22 Suppl 1:14-23.
Today, the world's ever-changing lifestyles demand a reliable, comprehensive system of integrative medicine with minimal side effects. One of the most prominent candidates for such a system is music, an enjoyable health care approach, and in response to the need for that system, the present article formulates one that is music based. Specifically, the authors have explored the physician-patient interaction, developing a model of that interaction within the context of music therapy. That model is based on ancient Ayurvedic principles and on research from modern physics and biology, such as that on quantum consciousness, chaos theory, the statistical theory of communication, information theory, and neurodynamics. The authors formulated 6 dimensions for that model: (1) physiological-Tridoshas, (2) emotional-Trigunas, (3) sociological-temperament, (4) psychological-brain waves, (5) spiritual-Chakras, and (6) informational-landscape. The connections between music and those dimensions are explored in the current article.
4.Treatment of Ankylosing Spondylitis With a Bushen-Qiangdu-Zhilv Decoction: A Case Report With a 3-year Follow-up.
Zhou YY, Lin JH, Huang RY, He YT. Altern Ther Health Med. 2016 Apr;22 Suppl 1:36-40.
Context • Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a refractory rheumatic disease, characterized by sacroiliitis and structural damage, and over decades, it can lead to joint fusion, frequently followed by significant spinal deformity and disability. However, to date, no method has been found to be effective in relieving or blocking structural damage to joints. Objective • The study intended to show that a decoction of Bushen-Qiangdu-Zhilv (BQZ), a therapy used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), can provide an alternative treatment for AS patients. Design • The research team performed a case study. Setting • The study was conducted at Guangdong Provincial Hospital of TCM in Guangzhou, China. Participant • The case study involved a 33-y-old male patient with active AS who visited the research team's clinic. Intervention • The patient took the BQZ orally 2 ×/d at 30 min after breakfast and 30 min after dinner. The patient returned to the clinic for consultation monthly.