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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454107/timing-of-chemotherapy-induced-neutropenia-the-prognostic-factor-in-advanced-pancreatic-cancer-patients-treated-with-gemcitabine-gemcitabine-based-chemotherapy
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Yang Chen, Yan Shi, Huan Yan, Yan Rong Wang, Guang Hai Dai
Chemotherapy-induced neutropenia (CIN) was reported to be a predictor of better survival in several cancers. The objective of our study is to evaluate the relationship between the timing (onset) of CIN and prognosis. Between June 2008 and June 2015, 134 patients with confirmed advanced pancreatic cancer received at least one cycle of gemcitabine / gemcitabine-based chemotherapy as first-line chemotherapy were eligible for assessment. Timing of CIN was categorized into early onset and non-early onset CIN group...
April 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453966/psychotherapy-for-depression-among-advanced-incurable-cancer-patients-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Toru Okuyama, Tatsuo Akechi, Lisa Mackenzie, Toshi A Furukawa
BACKGROUND: There is a high prevalence of depressive disorder and depressive symptoms among advanced, incurable cancer patients. Patients commonly report a preference for non-pharmacological treatments such as psychotherapy over pharmacological treatments for depression. The objective of this review was to investigate the effectiveness of psychotherapy for the treatment of depression in people with advanced, incurable cancer via a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs). METHODS: We searched research databases and clinical trial registries for studies published prior to June 2015...
April 11, 2017: Cancer Treatment Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453859/temporal-and-spatial-characteristics-of-highly-pathogenic-avian-influenza-outbreaks-in-china-during-2004-to-2015
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Mingyue Liu, Qian Lu, Shuxia Zhang, Xiaolong Feng, Md Shakhawat Hossain
Identifying the temporal and spatial characteristics of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) outbreaks is very important for developing effective and appropriate countermeasures against HPAI and promoting sustainable development in the poultry industry. This study aimed to analyze four aspects of the temporal and spatial characteristics of HPAI outbreaks in China, including the frequency of HPAI outbreaks, numbers of dead animals (died or culled), types of HPAI viruses, and species of infected animals. Temporal characteristics showed that the frequency of HPAI outbreaks decreased and then increased, with some years deviating from the main trend in 2004 to 2010 and 2011 to 2015, while the largest number of dead animals due to HPAI outbreaks was in 2005...
April 26, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453713/does-charging-different-user-fees-for-primary-and-secondary-care-affect-first-contacts-with-primary-healthcare-a-systematic-review
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Thomas Hone, John Tayu Lee, Azeem Majeed, Lesong Conteh, Christopher Millett
Policy-makers are increasingly considering charging users different fees between primary and secondary care (differential user charges) to encourage utilisation of primary health care in health systems with limited gate keeping. A systematic review was conducted to evaluate the impact of introducing differential user charges on service utilisation. We reviewed studies published in MEDLINE, EMBASE, the Cochrane library, EconLIT, HMIC, and WHO library databases from January 1990 until June 2015. We extracted data from the studies meeting defined eligibility criteria and assessed study quality using an established checklist...
June 1, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453565/risk-factors-and-outcome-of-shigella-encephalopathy-in-bangladeshi-children
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Farzana Afroze, Tahmeed Ahmed, Monira Sarmin, Abu Smsb Shahid, K M Shahunja, Lubaba Shahrin, Mohammod Jobayer Chisti
BACKGROUND: Although, Shigella encephalopathy, a serious extra-intestinal complication of shigellosis, significantly increases the risks of death, data are very limited on predicting factors particularly related to electrolyte profiles in children below five years of age with Shigella encephalopathy. Our objective was to determine the clinical as well as laboratory predicting factors and outcome of children with Shigella encephalopathy. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: In this unmatched case-control design, children aged 2-59 months having a positive stool culture for Shigella and who had their serum electrolytes been done from July 2012 to June 2015 were studied...
April 28, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453431/safety-and-efficacy-of-irreversible-electroporation-for-the-treatment-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-not-amenable-to-thermal-ablation-techniques-a-retrospective-single-center-case-series
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Olivier Sutter, Joyce Calvo, Gisèle N'Kontchou, Jean-Charles Nault, Raffik Ourabia, Pierre Nahon, Nathalie Ganne-Carrié, Valérie Bourcier, Nora Zentar, Fatna Bouhafs, Nicolas Sellier, Abou Diallo, Olivier Seror
Purpose To assess the safety and efficacy of irreversible electroporation (IRE) in the treatment of patients with inoperable hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) who are ineligible for thermal ablative techniques. Materials and Methods This retrospective study was approved by an ethics review board, and the requirement to obtain informed written consent was waived. From March 2012 to June 2015, 58 patients (median age, 65.4 years; range 41.6-90 years) with cirrhosis received IRE for the treatment of 75 HCC tumors...
April 28, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448858/the-development-and-piloting-of-an-ehealth-breastfeeding-resource-targeting-fathers-and-partners-as-co-parents
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Jennifer Abbass-Dick, Fangli Xie, Jaymie Koroluk, Shelley Alcock Brillinger, Joanne Huizinga, Amber Newport, William M Goodman, Cindy-Lee Dennis
OBJECTIVE: Traditionally breastfeeding education programs target mothers solely. The objective of this study was to design and pilot test an interactive eHealth breastfeeding co-parenting resource developed to target both mothers and fathers. eHealth resources provide an accessible and engaging format on which to educate parents and assist them in meeting their breastfeeding goals. Best practices to design such resources are not currently known. DESIGN: A three phase pilot study was conducted...
April 18, 2017: Midwifery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448778/economic-impact-of-above-label-dosing-with-etanercept-adalimumab-or-ustekinumab-in-patients-with-psoriasis
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Steven R Feldman, Yang Zhao, Huanxue Zhou, Vivian Herrera, Haijun Tian, Yunfeng Li
BACKGROUND: Patients with moderate-to-severe psoriasis may be treated with above-label doses of biologics in an attempt to optimize outcomes. Dose escalation will have an effect on the cost of treatment. OBJECTIVE: To examine costs related to above-label use of etanercept, adalimumab, and ustekinumab among patients with moderate-to-severe psoriasis. METHODS: A retrospective study was performed using a large U.S. claims database. Patients were included in the study if they were aged ≥ 18 years with a diagnosis of psoriasis (excluding psoriatic arthritis) and had at least 1 medication fill for etanercept, adalimumab, or ustekinumab between January 1, 2011, and June 30, 2012...
May 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448417/electrocardiography-gated-computed-tomography-of-the-bronchial-arteries-with-iterative-image-reconstruction-clinical-evaluation-and-image-quality
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Qiangqiang Gang, Jun Xu, Junling Wang, Peng Hao, Yikai Xu
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to apply electrocardiography (ECG)-gated prospective-triggered multidetector row computed tomography angiography with iterative model reconstruction (IMR) to optimize imaging of the bronchial arteries in patients with the chief complaint of hemoptysis. METHODS: This was a prospective observational study. Between August 2015 and June 2016, we enrolled 31 consecutive patients with the chief complaint of hemoptysis who were scheduled to undergo computed tomography of the bronchial artery...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448414/computed-tomography-features-of-benign-and-malignant-calcified-thyroid-nodules-a-single-center-study
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Donghyun Kim, Dong Wook Kim, Young Jin Heo, Jin Wook Baek, Yoo Jin Lee, Young Mi Park, Hye Jin Baek, Soo Jin Jung
OBJECTIVE: No previous studies have investigated thyroid calcification on computed tomography (CT) quantitatively by using Hounsfield unit (HU) values. This study aimed to analyze quantitative HU values of thyroid calcification on preoperative neck CT and to assess the characteristics of benign and malignant calcified thyroid nodules (CTNs). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Two hundred twenty patients who underwent neck CT before thyroid surgery from January 2015 to June 2016 were included...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448252/hypothyroidism-in-carcinoma-of-the-tongue-with-adjuvant-treatment
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Sabita Kumari, Jonathan Gondi, Hemantkumar Nemade, L M Chandra Sekhara Rao, Deleep Gudipudi, T Subramanyeshwar Rao
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to evaluate the incidence of hypothyroidism with adjuvant treatment in oral tongue carcinoma patients treated primarily with surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective review was carried out to analyze hypothyroidism incidence and its relation to adjuvant treatment (radiation/radio-chemotherapy) in oral tongue carcinoma after the primary surgical ablation and neck dissection. Hypothyroidism was analyzed in relation with dose of radiation, gender, and adjuvant treatment modality...
March 29, 2017: Rambam Maimonides Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447235/prevalence-of-musculoskeletal-diseases-in-a-semi-urban-nigerian-community-results-of-a-cross-sectional-survey-using-copcord-methodology
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Uhunmwangho U Courage, Dungwom P Stephen, Imoh C Lucius, Charles Ani, Agbaji O Oche, Agaba I Emmanuel, Adelowo O Olufemi
The International League of Associations for Rheumatology (ILAR) in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) initiated the Community Oriented Program for the Control of Rheumatic diseases (COPCORD) to promote the growth of rheumatology in developing countries. This is the first COPCORD-type survey carried out in a West African community. The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence of musculoskeletal diseases in a semi-urban Nigerian community, using the COPCORD methodology. This is a cross-sectional total population survey, carried out in Katon Rikkos, Jos, Nigeria, from June 2015 to November 2016...
April 26, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446378/ceftriaxone-susceptibility-and-molecular-characteristics-of-neisseria-gonorrhoeae-isolates-in-changsha-china
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Ting Peng, Hui Lin, Qinglin Liu, Wei Cao, Hui Ding, Jianlin Chen, Lingli Tang
A total of 128 Neisseria gonorrhoeae isolates were consecutively obtained in Changsha, China, between April 2015 and June 2016. The minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) of ceftriaxone were measured by agar dilution method for each isolate. Ceftriaxone resistance determinants involving penA, mtrR, porB and ponA were amplified by PCR, and the PCR products were sequenced. N. gonorrhoeae multi-antigen sequence typing (NG-MAST) was conducted for genotyping. The results exhibited 11% (14/128) of isolates were reduced susceptibility or resistant to ceftriaxone...
April 23, 2017: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446246/the-role-of-rk39-serologic-test-in-the-diagnosis-of-visceral-leishmaniasis-in-a-tertiary-hospital-northern-ethiopia
#14
Yazezew Kebede Kiros, Bethlhem Feleke Regassa
BACKGROUND: The study is done in Ayder Referral Hospital in Northern Ethiopia. Ethiopia is one of the countries where visceral leishmaniasis (VL) is endemic. Diagnosis of VL in Ethiopia is primarily based on rK39 immunochromatographic (rk39-ICT) strip. This test has been shown to have variable sensitivity and specificity in different countries. Hence the objective of the study is to determine the sensitivity and specificity of rk39-ICT in the diagnosis of VL in our set up. The study participants were VL suspected patients admitted to the hospital...
April 26, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446219/the-burden-epidemiology-costs-and-treatment-for-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-an-evidence-review
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REVIEW
S Ryder, R M Leadley, N Armstrong, M Westwood, S de Kock, T Butt, M Jain, J Kleijnen
BACKGROUND: Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) is a rapidly progressive, lethal neuromuscular disorder, present from birth, which occurs almost exclusively in males. We have reviewed contemporary evidence of burden, epidemiology, illness costs and treatment patterns of DMD. This systematic review adhered to published methods with information also sought from the web and contacting registries. Searches were carried out from 2005 to June 2015. The population of interest was individuals with clearly defined DMD or their carers...
April 26, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446167/evaluation-of-biometry-and-corneal-astigmatism-in-cataract-surgery-patients-from-central-china
#16
Ji-Guo Yu, Jie Zhong, Zhong-Ming Mei, Fang Zhao, Na Tao, Yi Xiang
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the distribution of biometric parameters and corneal astigmatism using the IOLMaster device before phacoemulsification in cataract patients in Central China. METHODS: Consecutive cataract patients were recruited at the Central Hospital of Wuhan between January 2015 and June 2016. Ocular axial length (AL), keratometry values, anterior chamber depth (ACD) and horizontal corneal diameter (white to white [WTW]) of each cataract-affected eye were measured with the IOLMaster device...
April 26, 2017: BMC Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446129/novel-predictors-of-neurosyphilis-among-hiv-negative-syphilis-patients-with-neurological-symptoms-an-observational-study
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Yao Xiao, Man-Li Tong, Li-Li Liu, Li-Rong Lin, Mei-Jun Chen, Hui-Lin Zhang, Wei-Hong Zheng, Shu-Lian Li, Hui-Ling Lin, Zhi-Feng Lin, Hui-Qin Xing, Jian-Jun Niu, Tian-Ci Yang
BACKGROUND: Known predictors of neurosyphilis were mainly drawn from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected syphilis patients, which may not be applicable to HIV-negative populations as they have different characteristics, particularly those with neurological symptoms. This study aimed to identify novel predictors of HIV-negative symptomatic neurosyphilis (S-NS). METHODS: From June 2005 to June 2015, 370 HIV-negative syphilis patients with neurological symptoms were recruited, consisting of 191 S-NS patients (including 123 confirmed neurosyphilis and 68 probable neurosyphilis patients) and 179 syphilis/non-neurosyphilis (N-NS) patients...
April 26, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446011/development-of-decision-support-formulas-for-the-prediction-of-bladder-outlet-obstruction-and-prostatic-surgery-in-patients-with-lower-urinary-tract-symptom-benign-prostatic-hyperplasia-part-ii-external-validation-and-usability-testing-of-a-smartphone-app
#18
Min Soo Choo, Seong Jin Jeong, Sung Yong Cho, Changwon Yoo, Chang Wook Jeong, Ja Hyeon Ku, Seung-June Oh
PURPOSE: We aimed to externally validate the prediction model we developed for having bladder outlet obstruction (BOO) and requiring prostatic surgery using 2 independent data sets from tertiary referral centers, and also aimed to validate a mobile app for using this model through usability testing. METHODS: Formulas and nomograms predicting whether a subject has BOO and needs prostatic surgery were validated with an external validation cohort from Seoul National University Bundang Hospital and Seoul Metropolitan Government-Seoul National University Boramae Medical Center between January 2004 and April 2015...
April 2017: International Neurourology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446010/development-of-decision-support-formulas-for-the-prediction-of-bladder-outlet-obstruction-and-prostatic-surgery-in-patients-with-lower-urinary-tract-symptom-benign-prostatic-hyperplasia-part-i-development-of-the-formula-and-its-internal-validation
#19
Min Soo Choo, Changwon Yoo, Sung Yong Cho, Seong Jin Jeong, Chang Wook Jeong, Ja Hyeon Ku, Seung-June Oh
PURPOSE: As the elderly population increases, a growing number of patients have lower urinary tract symptom (LUTS)/benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The aim of this study was to develop decision support formulas and nomograms for the prediction of bladder outlet obstruction (BOO) and for BOO-related surgical decision-making, and to validate them in patients with LUTS/BPH. METHODS: Patient with LUTS/BPH between October 2004 and May 2014 were enrolled as a development cohort...
April 2017: International Neurourology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445791/quality-and-relevance-of-master-degree-education-for-the-professional-development-of-nurses-and-midwives
#20
Azzurra Massimi, Carolina Marzuillo, Marco Di Muzio, Maria Rosaria Vacchio, Elvira D'Andrea, Paolo Villari, Corrado De Vito
BACKGROUND: Advanced education in nursing is essential to provide safe, high quality and efficient health services in line with population needs. However, there is an almost complete lack of studies on how nurses view the usefulness of post-graduate education for their current employment and for professional advancement. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate how nurse graduates view the quality, relevance and applicability of the knowledge and skills acquired during the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree...
April 14, 2017: Nurse Education Today
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