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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453604/evaluating-the-impact-of-spirituality-on-the-quality-of-life-anxiety-and-depression-among-patients-with-cancer-an-observational-transversal-study
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Emile Abou Chaar, Souheil Hallit, Aline Hajj, Racha Aaraj, Joseph Kattan, Hicham Jabbour, Lydia Rabbaa Khabbaz
OBJECTIVE: Spiritual well-being was found to have some protective effect against end-of life despair in cancer patients. We aimed at assessing the impact of spirituality on the quality of life, depression, and anxiety of Lebanese cancer patients. METHODS: Our observational transversal monocentric study was conducted between January and April 2016 among a convenient sample of 115 Lebanese cancer patients admitted to Hôtel-Dieu de France Hospital (HDF), Beirut-Lebanon...
February 16, 2018: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452600/patterns-of-paediatric-end-of-life-care-a-chart-review-across-different-care-settings-in-switzerland
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Karin Zimmermann, Eva Cignacco, Sandra Engberg, Anne-Sylvie Ramelet, Nicolas von der Weid, Katri Eskola, Eva Bergstraesser, Marc Ansari, Christoph Aebi, Reta Baer, Maja Beck Popovic, Vera Bernet, Pierluigi Brazzola, Hans Ulrich Bucher, Regula Buder, Sandra Cagnazzo, Barbara Dinten, Anouk Dorsaz, Franz Elmer, Raquel Enriquez, Patricia Fahrni-Nater, Gabi Finkbeiner, Bernhard Frey, Urs Frey, Jeannette Greiner, Ralph-Ingo Hassink, Simone Keller, Oliver Kretschmar, Judith Kroell, Bernard Laubscher, Kurt Leibundgut, Reta Malaer, Andreas Meyer, Christoph Stuessi, Mathias Nelle, Thomas Neuhaus, Felix Niggli, Geneviève Perrenoud, Jean-Pierre Pfammatter, Barbara Plecko, Debora Rupf, Felix Sennhauser, Caroline Stade, Maja Steinlin, Lilian Stoffel, Karin Thomas, Christian Vonarburg, Rodo von Vigier, Bendicht Wagner, Judith Wieland, Birgit Wernz
BACKGROUND: Paediatric end-of-life care is challenging and requires a high level of professional expertise. It is important that healthcare teams have a thorough understanding of paediatric subspecialties and related knowledge of disease-specific aspects of paediatric end-of-life care. The aim of this study was to comprehensively describe, explore and compare current practices in paediatric end-of-life care in four distinct diagnostic groups across healthcare settings including all relevant levels of healthcare providers in Switzerland...
February 16, 2018: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452266/healthy-brain-aging-interplay-between-reactive-species-inflammation-and-energy-supply
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REVIEW
O Garaschuk, H M Semchyshyn, V I Lushchak
Brains' high energy expenditure with preferable utilization of glucose and ketone bodies, defines the specific features of its energy homeostasis. The extensive oxidative metabolism is accompanied by a concomitant generation of high amounts of reactive oxygen, nitrogen, and carbonyl species, which will be here collectively referred to as RONCS. Such metabolism in combination with high content of polyunsaturated fatty acids creates specific problems in maintaining brains' redox homeostasis. While the levels of products of interaction between RONCS and cellular components increase slowly during the first two trimesters of individuals' life, their increase is substantially accelerated towards the end of life...
February 13, 2018: Ageing Research Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451637/facing-death-in-the-clinical-practice-a-view-from-nurses-in-mexico
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Ma Luisa Marván, Luis F Oñate-Ocaña, Patricio Santillán-Doherty, Asunción Álvarez-Del Río
OBJECTIVE: To explore the views of nurses on death in their practice, and their perception about physicians' actions dealing with terminally ill patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Two hundred ninety-five nurses with experience caring for terminally ill patients responded to a questionnaire developed for this study. RESULTS: The majority of participants considered that terminally ill patients should know about their prognosis. Although nearly all nurses said that when a patient brings up the subject and they talk with the patient about death, several of the nurses find it difficult to establish a relationship with these patients...
November 2017: Salud Pública de México
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449889/how-primary-care-can-contribute-to-good-mental-health-in-adults
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REVIEW
Sunjai Gupta, Rachel Jenkins, John Spicer, Marina Marks, Nigel Mathers, Lise Hertel, Laura Calamos Nasir, Fiona Wright, Baljeet Ruprah-Shah, Brian Fisher, David Morris, Kurt C Stange, Robert White, Gina Giotaki, Tony Burch, Catherine Millington-Sanders, Steve Thomas, Ricky Banarsee, Paul Thomas
The need for support for good mental health is enormous. General support for good mental health is needed for 100% of the population, and at all stages of life, from early childhood to end of life. Focused support is needed for the 17.6% of adults who have a mental disorder at any time, including those who also have a mental health problem amongst the 30% who report having a long-term condition of some kind. All sectors of society and all parts of the NHS need to play their part. Primary care cannot do this on its own...
January 2018: London Journal of Primary Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449241/simplified-guideline-for-prescribing-medical-cannabinoids-in-primary-care
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G Michael Allan, Jamil Ramji, Danielle Perry, Joey Ton, Nathan P Beahm, Nicole Crisp, Beverly Dockrill, Ruth E Dubin, Ted Findlay, Jessica Kirkwood, Michael Fleming, Ken Makus, Xiaofu Zhu, Christina Korownyk, Michael R Kolber, James McCormack, Sharon Nickel, Guillermina Noël, Adrienne J Lindblad
OBJECTIVE: To develop a clinical practice guideline for a simplified approach to medical cannabinoid use in primary care; the focus was on primary care application, with a strong emphasis on best available evidence and a promotion of shared, informed decision making. METHODS: The Evidence Review Group performed a detailed systematic review of 4 clinical areas with the best evidence around cannabinoids: pain, nausea and vomiting, spasticity, and adverse events. Nine health professionals (2 generalist family physicians, 2 pain management-focused family physicians, 1 inner-city family physician, 1 neurologist, 1 oncologist, 1 nurse practitioner, and 1 pharmacist) and a patient representative comprised the Prescribing Guideline Committee (PGC), along with 2 nonvoting members (pharmacist project managers)...
February 2018: Canadian Family Physician Médecin de Famille Canadien
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449113/characterization-of-the-non-metal-fraction-of-the-processed-waste-printed-circuit-boards
#7
Amit Kumar, Maria E Holuszko, Travis Janke
Electronic waste is one the fastest growing waste streams in the world and waste printed circuit boards (PCB) are the most valuable part of this stream due to the presence of gold, silver, copper, and palladium. The metal present in PCBs is mostly recovered for the market value whereas the nonmetal fractions are often ignored. This research explored the characteristics of the non-metal fraction (NMF) obtained after the processing of milled waste PCBs with a focus on responsible end-of-life solutions, in the form of non-hazardous landfilling or incineration...
February 12, 2018: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29448148/large-inter-rater-variability-on-eeg-reactivity-is-improved-by-a-novel-quantitative-method
#8
Christophe Henri Valdemar Duez, Mads Qvist Ebbesen, Krisztina Benedek, Martin Fabricius, Mary Doreen Atkins, Sandor Beniczky, Troels W Kjaer, Hans Kirkegaard, Birger Johnsen
OBJECTIVE: To assess inter-rater agreement on EEG-reactivity (EEG-R) in comatose patients and compare it with a quantitative method (QEEG-R). METHODS: Six 30-s stimulation epochs (noxious, visual and auditory) were performed during EEG on 19 neurosurgical and 11 cardiac arrest patients. Six experts analysed EEGs for reactivity using their habitual methods. QEEG-R was defined as present if ≥2/6 epochs were reactive (stimulation/rest power ratio exceeding noise level)...
February 2, 2018: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447291/associations-between-physician-home-visits-for-the-dying-and-place-of-death-a-population-based-retrospective-cohort-study
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Peter Tanuseputro, Sarah Beach, Mathieu Chalifoux, Walter P Wodchis, Amy T Hsu, Hsien Seow, Douglas G Manuel
BACKGROUND: While most individuals wish to die at home, the reality is that most will die in hospital. AIM: To determine whether receiving a physician home visit near the end-of-life is associated with lower odds of death in a hospital. DESIGN: Observational retrospective cohort study, examining location of death and health care in the last year of life. SETTING/PARTICIPANTS: Population-level study of Ontarians, a Canadian province with over 13 million residents...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29446066/resource-use-during-the-last-6-months-of-life-of-individuals-dying-with-and-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Kristof Faes, Joachim Cohen, Lieven Annemans
OBJECTIVES: To compare resource use during the last 6 months of life of individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease (AD) but for whom AD was not formally identified as the underlying cause of death (dying with AD) with that of those who had AD as underlying cause of death (dying of AD). DESIGN: Full-population retrospective analysis. SETTING: Belgium. PARTICIPANTS: All Belgian decedents in 2012. MEASUREMENTS: We linked participants' healthcare, population, and death certificate data...
February 15, 2018: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29444994/life-cycle-assessment-of-cleanroom-coveralls-reusable-and-disposable
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Eric Vozzola, Michael Overcash, Evan Griffing
Cleanroom garments serve a critical role in such industries as pharmaceuticals, life sciences, and semiconductor manufacturing. These textiles are available in reusable and disposable alternatives. In this report, the environmental sustainability of cleanroom coveralls is examined using life cycle assessment technology. The complete supply chain, manufacture, use, and end-of-life phases for reusable and disposable cleanroom coveralls are compared on a cradle-to-end-of-life cycle basis. Three industry representative coveralls are examined: a reusable woven polyethylene terephthalate (PET) coverall, a disposable flash spunbonded high density polyethylene (HDPE) coverall, and a disposable spunbond-meltblown-spunbond polypropylene (SMS PP) coverall...
February 14, 2018: PDA Journal of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29444850/neurovascular-dysfunction-in-dementia-human-cellular-models-and-molecular-mechanisms
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REVIEW
Isobel Parkes, Satyan Chintawar, M Zameel Cader
From the earliest stages of development, when cerebral angiogenesis and neurogenesis are entwined, to the end of life, the interplay between vascular and neural systems of the brain is critical in health and disease. Cerebral microvascular endothelial cells constitute the blood-brain barrier and in concert with pericytes or smooth muscle cells, glia and neurons, integrate into a functional neurovascular unit (NVU). This multicellular NVU maintains homoeostasis of the brain's microenvironment by restricting the entry of systemic pathogens and neurotoxins as well as meeting the metabolic demands of neural activity...
February 14, 2018: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29444775/persistent-inequalities-in-hospice-at-home-provision
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Jackie Buck, Liz Webb, Lorraine Moth, Lynn Morgan, Stephen Barclay
OBJECTIVE: To describe the nature and scope of a new Hospice at Home (H@H) service and to identify its equality of provision. METHODS: Case note review of patients supported by a H@H service for 1 year from September 2012 to August 2013 (n=321). Descriptive analysis to report frequencies and proportions of quantitative data extracted from service logs, referral forms and care records; thematic analysis of qualitative data from care record free text. RESULTS: Demand outstripped supply...
February 14, 2018: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29443647/system-level-health-care-integration-and-the-costs-of-cancer-care-across-the-disease-continuum
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Deborah R Kaye, Hye Sung Min, Edward C Norton, Zaojun Ye, Jonathan Li, James M Dupree, Chad Ellimoottil, David C Miller, Lindsey A Herrel
PURPOSE: Policy reforms in the Affordable Care Act encourage health care integration to improve quality and lower costs. We examined the association between system-level integration and longitudinal costs of cancer care. METHODS: We used linked SEER-Medicare data to identify patients age 66 to 99 years diagnosed with prostate, bladder, esophageal, pancreatic, lung, liver, kidney, colorectal, breast, or ovarian cancer from 2007 to 2012. We attributed each patient to one or more phases of care (ie, initial, continuing, and end of life) according to time from diagnosis until death or end of study interval...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29440801/a-retrospective-study-of-end-of-life-care-decisions-in-the-critically-ill-in-a-surgical-intensive-care-unit
#15
Yi Lin Lee, Yee Yian Ong, Sze Ying Thong, Shin Yi Ng
Aim: Progress in medical care and technology has led to patients with more advanced illnesses being admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The practice of approaching end-of-life (EOL) care decisions and limiting care is well documented in Western literature but unknown in Singapore. We performed a retrospective cohort study to describe the practice of EOL care in patients dying in a Singapore surgical ICU (SICU). The surgical critical care population was chosen as it is unique because surgeons are frequently involved in the EOL process...
January 2018: Indian Journal of Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29440799/is-every-life-worth-saving-does-religion-and-religious-beliefs-influence-paramedic-s-end-of-life-decision-making-a-prospective-questionnaire-based-investigation
#16
Alexander Leibold, Christoph L Lassen, Nicole Lindenberg, Bernhard M Graf, Christoph Hr Wiese
Background: Paramedics, arriving on emergency cases first, have to make end-of-life decisions almost on a daily basis. Faith shapes attitudes toward the meaning and worth of life itself and therefore influences decision-making. Objective: The objective of this study was to detect whether or not religious and spiritual beliefs influence paramedics in their workday life concerning end-of-life decisions, and whether it is legally possible for them to act according to their conscience...
January 2018: Indian Journal of Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29440385/a-moment-for-compassion-emerging-rhetorics-in-end-of-life-care
#17
Shahaduz Zaman, Alexander Whitelaw, Naomi Richards, Hamilton Inbadas, David Clark
Compassion is an emotional response to the suffering of others. Once felt, it entails subsequent action to ameliorate their suffering. Recently, 'compassion' has become the flagship concept to be fostered in the delivery of end-of-life care, and a rallying call for social action and public health intervention. In this paper, we examine the emerging rhetorics of compassion as they relate to end-of-life care and offer a critique of the expanding discourse around it. We argue that, even where individuals 'possess' compassion or are 'trained' in it, there are difficulties for compassion to flow freely, particularly within Western society...
February 10, 2018: Medical Humanities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29440148/interventions-in-hospitalised-patients-with-cancer-the-importance-of-impending-death-awareness
#18
Eric Cornelis Theodorus Geijteman, Marcella van der Graaf, Frederika E Witkamp, Sanne van Norden, Bruno H Stricker, Carin C D van der Rijt, Agnes van der Heide, Lia van Zuylen
OBJECTIVES: Burdensome and futile interventions with the aim of prolonging life should be avoided in dying patients. However, current clinical practice has hardly been investigated.We examined the number and type of diagnostic and therapeutic medical interventions in hospitalised patients with cancer in their last days of life. In addition, we investigated if physician awareness of impending death affected the use of these interventions. METHODS: Questionnaire study and medical record study...
February 9, 2018: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29440050/carer-experience-of-end-of-life-service-provision-a-social-network-analysis
#19
Rosemary Leonard, Debbie Horsfall, John Rosenberg, Kerrie Noonan
OBJECTIVE: To identify the position of formal service providers in the networks of those providing end-of-life care in the home from the perspective of the informal network. METHODS: Using third-generation social network analysis, this study examined the nature and strength of relationships of informal caring networks with formal service providers through individual carer interviews, focus groups of caring networks and outer network interviews. RESULTS: Service providers were usually highly valued for providing services, equipment, pain management and personalised care for the dying person plus support and advice to the principal carer about both caring tasks and negotiating the health system...
February 10, 2018: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29439584/palliative-care-educational-interventions-for-prelicensure-health-care-students-an-integrative-review
#20
Megan Lippe, Bailey Johnson, Stephanie Barger Mohr, Kyle Rhoads Kraemer
To provide adequate care, students from all health-care professions require education regarding palliative and end-of-life (EOL) care prior to entering professional practice. In particular, students need proper training to be equal members of interprofessional teams providing palliative and EOL care. However, limited information is currently available about the effectiveness of educational interventions relating to palliative and EOL care. Thus, an assessment of educational interventions to utilize in providing this education is warranted...
January 1, 2018: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
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