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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432854/quality-of-death-rumination-and-posttraumatic-growth-among-bereaved-family-members-of-cancer-patients-in-home-palliative-care
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Kayo Hirooka, Hiroki Fukahori, Kanako Taku, Taisuke Togari, Asao Ogawa
OBJECTIVE: The current study was designed to test the hypothesis that quality of death (QOD) and intrusive and deliberate rumination are associated with posttraumatic growth (PTG) among bereaved family members of cancer patients in home palliative care. METHODS: Data were collected from 805 bereaved family members of cancer patients who died at home in Japan. We used a cross-sectional design and participants completed Good Death Inventory, Event-Related Rumination Inventory and PTG Inventory...
April 22, 2017: Psycho-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432731/association-between-progressive-hepatic-morphology-changes-on-serial-mr-imaging-and-clinical-outcome-in-primary-sclerosing-cholangitis
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Yu Xuan Kitzing, Siobhan A Whitley, Sara S Upponi, Brijesh Srivastava, Graeme Jm Alexander, David J Lomas
INTRODUCTION: Hepatic morphology changes are well described in Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis and characterised by a combination of atrophy and hypertrophy changes. This study investigates the relationship between progression of these changes over time and clinical outcome in patients with PSC. METHODS: Fifty-three patients with PSC (mean age 44, 28 males and 25 females) who underwent serial MRI liver studies at least one year apart were identified. The first and the last MRI studies were selected for the retrospective analysis...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432520/unexpected-death-after-occipital-condylar-fracture
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Vincent J Bulthuis, E M J Cornips, J Dings, H van Santbrink, A A Postma
We present a rare fatal complication of an occipital condylar fracture. The patient was initially neurologically intact, but showed secondary clinical deterioration. Imaging revealed extensive extra-axial hemorrhage at the craniocervical junction and an acute obstructive hydrocephalus. MR imaging demonstrated a T2 hyperintens signal in both the lower brainstem and upper cervical spinal cord, likely caused by the extra-axial hemorrhage. As prognosis was estimated infaust, supportive treatment was discontinued and the patient died soon thereafter...
April 21, 2017: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432434/ventricular-androgenic-anabolic-steroid-related-remodeling-an-immunohistochemical-study
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Rossana Cecchi, Barbara Muciaccia, Costantino Ciallella, Natale Mario Di Luca, Akihiko Kimura, Cristina Sestili, Mizuho Nosaka, Toshikazu Kondo
BACKGROUND: Several fatal cases of bodybuilders, following a myocardial infarction after long exposure to androgenic-anabolic steroids (AAS), are reported. In recent years, evidence has emerged of cases of heart failure related to AAS consumption, with no signs of coronary or aorta atherosclerosis. This study aims to further investigate the pathogenesis of the ventricular AAS-related remodeling performing immunohistochemistry (IHC). METHOD: In order to examine innate immunity activity and myocytes and endothelial cell apoptosis, IHC analyses were performed on heart tissue of two cases of bodybuilders who died after years of supratherapeutic use of metelonone and nandrolone and where no atherosclerosis or thrombosis were found, using the following antibodies: anti-CD68, anti-iNOS, anti-CD163, anti-CD 15, anti-CD8, anti-CD4, anti-HIF1 α, and in situ TUNEL staining...
April 21, 2017: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432089/preparing-future-doctors-for-palliative-care-views-of-course-organisers
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Steven Walker, Jane Gibbins, Paul Paes, Stephen Barclay, Astrid Adams, Madawa Chandratilake, Faye Gishen, Philip Lodge, Bee Wee
BACKGROUND: Effective training at medical school is essential to prepare new doctors to safely manage patients with palliative care (PC) and end of life care (EOLC) needs. The contribution of undergraduate PC course organisers is central but their collective views regarding role are unknown. OBJECTIVE: To survey attitudes of PC course organisers regarding their course, organisation, the adequacy of training provided and level of personal satisfaction. METHODS: An anonymised, multifactorial, web-based questionnaire was devised, tested, modified and then sent to lead PC course organisers at all UK medical schools...
April 21, 2017: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431914/pain-trajectories-of-nursing-home-residents-nearing-death
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Genevieve N Thompson, Malcolm Doupe, R Colin Reid, Jennifer Baumbusch, Carole A Estabrooks
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Although examining point in time prevalence of pain among nursing home (NH) residents has value, there is a lack of evidence describing the actual changes (ie, trajectories) in pain that take place during their last 6 months of life. The main objective of this study is to describe the major pain trajectories experienced by NH residents during their last 6 months of life. DESIGN: Secondary analysis of Resident Assessment Instrument-Minimum Data Set (MDS) 2...
April 18, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431913/use-of-medications-of-questionable-benefit-during-the-last-year-of-life-of-older-adults-with-dementia
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Lucas Morin, Davide L Vetrano, Giulia Grande, Laura Fratiglioni, Johan Fastbom, Kristina Johnell
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the prevalence and factors associated with the use of medications of questionable benefit throughout the final year of life of older adults who died with dementia. DESIGN: Register-based, longitudinal cohort study. SETTING: Entire Sweden. PARTICIPANTS: All older adults (≥75 years) who died with dementia between 2007 and 2013 (n = 120,067). MEASUREMENTS: Exposure to medications of questionable benefit was calculated for each of the last 12 months before death, based on longitudinal data from the Swedish Prescribed Drug Register...
April 18, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431613/an-analysis-of-prognostic-factors-after-percutaneous-endoscopic-gastrostomy-placement-in-japanese-patients-with-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Kazuaki Nagashima, Natsumi Furuta, Kouki Makioka, Yukio Fujita, Masaki Ikeda, Yoshio Ikeda
A percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) is an useful intervention for feeding of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients who have lost oral intake function. The aim of this study was to investigate the risk factors for early death and the survival after PEG placement. A total of 102 ALS patients who underwent PEG placement were enrolled in this study. Patients were divided into two groups; the poor prognosis group included patients who died or needed permanent mechanical ventilation within 30days after PEG placement, and the good prognosis group included patients who did not meet the criteria of the poor prognosis group...
May 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431502/inequalities-in-health-care-utilization-for-common-childhood-illnesses-in-ethiopia-evidence-from-the-2011-ethiopian-demographic-and-health-survey
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Asmamaw Atnafu Ayalneh, Dagnachew Muluye Fetene, Tae Jin Lee
BACKGROUND: Globally, 5.9 million children under the age of five died in 2015. More than half and almost one-third of those deaths occurred in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, respectively. Diarrhea and Pneumonia, which were the major causes of the problem, accounted for more than two million deaths of the world's youngest children every year. Like other developing countries, child health services utilization is low in Ethiopia. The aim of this study was to identify the determinant factors for the inequalities in medical treatment seeking behavior for common childhood illnesses in Ethiopia...
April 21, 2017: International Journal for Equity in Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431133/prediction-of-sudden-and-non-sudden-cardiac-death-in-post-infarction-patients-with-reduced-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction-by-periodic-repolarization-dynamics-madit-ii-substudy
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Konstantinos D Rizas, Scott McNitt, Wolfgang Hamm, Steffen Massberg, Stefan Kääb, Wojciech Zareba, Jean-Philippe Couderc, Axel Bauer
Aims: To test the value of Periodic Repolarization Dynamics (PRD), a recently validated electrocardiographic marker of sympathetic activity, as a novel approach to predict sudden cardiac death (SCD) and non-sudden cardiac death (N-SCD) and to improve identification of patients that profit from ICD-implantation. Methods and results: We included 856 post-infarction patients with left-ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) ≤30% of the MADIT-II trial in sinus rhythm...
April 18, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431064/is-mortality-a-useful-parameter-for-public-reporting-in-pacemaker-implantation-results-of-an-obligatory-external-quality-control-programme
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Bernd Nowak, Björn Misselwitz, Oliver Przibille, Rajendra H Mehta
Aims: To evaluate if public reporting of pacemaker implantation-associated mortality is meaningful in a large contemporary patient cohort. Methods and Results: The database of the obligatory external quality control programme in the Federal State of Hessen, Germany, of patients undergoing permanent pacemaker (PPM) implantation was evaluated retrospectively. We compared the baseline features of patients who died compared with those who did not during hospitalization after PPM...
April 1, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430906/past-and-current-cause-specific-mortality-in-eisenmenger-syndrome
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Cristel M Sørensen Hjortshøj, Aleksander Kempny, Annette Schophuus Jensen, Keld Sørensen, Edit Nagy, Mikael Dellborg, Bengt Johansson, Virginija Rudiene, Gu Hong, Alexander R Opotowsky, Werner Budts, Barbara J Mulder, Lidia Tomkiewicz-Pajak, Michele D'Alto, Katja Prokšelj, Gerhard-Paul Diller, Konstantinos Dimopoulos, Mette-Elise Estensen, Henrik Holmstrøm, Maila Turanlahti, Ulf Thilén, Michael A Gatzoulis, Lars Søndergaard
Aims: Eisenmenger syndrome (ES) is associated with considerable morbidity and mortality. Therapeutic strategies have changed during the 2000s in conjunction with an emphasis on specialist follow-up. The aim of this study was to determine the cause-specific mortality in ES and evaluate any relevant changes between 1977 and 2015. Methods and results: This is a retrospective, descriptive multicentre study. A total of 1546 patients (mean age 38.7 ± 15.4 years; 36% male) from 13 countries were included...
April 18, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430844/effects-of-antiretroviral-therapy-and-depressive-symptoms-on-all-cause-mortality-among-hiv-infected-women
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Jonathan V Todd, Stephen R Cole, Brian W Pence, Catherine R Lesko, Peter Bacchetti, Mardge H Cohen, Daniel J Feaster, Stephen Gange, Michael E Griswold, Wendy Mack, Anna Rubtsova, Cuiwei Wang, Jeremy Weedon, Kathryn Anastos, Adaora A Adimora
Depression affects up to 30% of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected individuals. We estimated joint effects of antiretroviral therapy (ART) initiation and depressive symptoms on time to death using a joint marginal structural model and data from a cohort of HIV-infected women from the Women's Interagency HIV Study (conducted in the United States) from 1998-2011. Among 848 women contributing 6,721 years of follow-up, 194 participants died during follow-up, resulting in a crude mortality rate of 2.9 per 100 women-years...
April 18, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430838/elevated-pulse-pressure-levels-are-associated-with-increased-in-hospital-mortality-in-acute-spontaneous-intracerebral-hemorrhage
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Jason J Chang, Yasser Khorchid, Kira Dillard, Ali Kerro, Lucia Goodwin Burgess, Georgy Cherkassky, Nitin Goyal, Kristina Chapple, Anne W Alexandrov, David Buechner, Andrei V Alexandrov, Georgios Tsivgoulis
OBJECTIVES: Clinical outcome after intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) remains poor. Definitive phase-3 trials in ICH have failed to demonstrate improved outcomes with intensive systolic blood pressure (SBP) lowering. We sought to determine whether other BP parameters-diastolic BP (DBP), pulse pressure (PP), and mean arterial pressure (MAP)-showed an association with clinical outcome in ICH. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed a prospective cohort of 672 patients with spontaneous ICH and documented demographic characteristics, stroke severity, and neuroimaging parameters...
April 19, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430697/abusive-head-trauma-and-mortality-an-analysis-from-an-international-comparative-effectiveness-study-of-children-with-severe-traumatic-brain-injury
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Nikki Miller Ferguson, Ajit Sarnaik, Darryl Miles, Nadeem Shafi, Mark J Peters, Edward Truemper, Monica S Vavilala, Michael J Bell, Stephen R Wisniewski, James F Luther, Adam L Hartman, Patrick M Kochanek
OBJECTIVES: Small series have suggested that outcomes after abusive head trauma are less favorable than after other injury mechanisms. We sought to determine the impact of abusive head trauma on mortality and identify factors that differentiate children with abusive head trauma from those with traumatic brain injury from other mechanisms. DESIGN: First 200 subjects from the Approaches and Decisions in Acute Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury Trial-a comparative effectiveness study using an observational, cohort study design...
April 20, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430639/should-surgery-be-conducted-for-small-nonfunctioning-pancreatic-neuroendocrine-tumors-a-systemic-review
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Jingfei Guo, Jianjun Zhao, Xinyu Bi, Zhiyu Li, Zhen Huang, Yefan Zhang, Jianqiang Cai, Hong Zhao
BACKGROUND: The incidence of nonfunctioning pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors smaller than 2cm has increased remarkably in the last two decades. Controversies exist regarding whether surgery should be conducted for this group of tumors. METHODS: MEDLINE, EMBASE and CENTRAL were search until 2017/01/17. Studies with comparative results between operation and observation group were included. Primary outcomes were overall survival and disease specific survival. Secondary outcomes were disease progression and surgical death and complications...
February 25, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430068/caring-for-patients-or-organs-new-therapies-raise-new-dilemmas-in-the-emergency-department
#17
Arjun Prabhu, Lisa S Parker, Michael A DeVita
Two potentially lifesaving protocols, emergency preservation and resuscitation (EPR) and uncontrolled donation after circulatory determination of death (uDCDD), currently implemented in some U.S. emergency departments (EDs), have similar eligibility criteria and initial technical procedures, but critically different goals. Both follow unsuccessful cardiopulmonary resuscitation and induce hypothermia to "buy time": one in trauma patients suffering cardiac arrest, to enable surgical repair, and the other in patients who unexpectedly die in the ED, to enable organ donation...
May 2017: American Journal of Bioethics: AJOB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429981/dying-in-hospital-socioeconomic-inequality-trends-in-england
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Helen Barratt, Miqdad Asaria, Jessica Sheringham, Patrick Stone, Rosalind Raine, Richard Cookson
Objective To describe trends in socioeconomic inequality in the proportion of deaths occurring in hospital, during a period of sustained effort by the NHS in England to improve end of life care. Methods Whole-population, small area longitudinal study involving 5,260,871 patients of all ages who died in England from 2001/2002 to 2011/2012. Our primary measure of inequality was the slope index of inequality. This represents the estimated gap between the most and least deprived neighbourhood in England, allowing for the gradient in between...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Health Services Research & Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429789/cell-death-escrting-dying-cells-back-to-life
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Paulina Strzyz
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April 21, 2017: Nature Reviews. Molecular Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429542/study-of-the-wearable-cardioverter-defibrillator-in-advanced-heart-failure-patients-swift
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Alon Barsheshet, Valentina Kutyifa, Theodora Vamvouris, Arthur J Moss, Yitschak Biton, Leway Chen, Eugene Storozynsky, Chingping Wan, Steven J Szymkiewicz, Ilan Goldenberg
INTRODUCTION: The wearable cardioverter defibrillator (WCD) may allow stabilization until reassessment for an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) among high-risk HF patients. However, there are limited data on the WCD benefit in the acute decompensated HF setting. METHODS AND RESULTS: The Study of the Wearable Cardioverter Defibrillator in Advanced Heart-Failure Patients (SWIFT) was a prospective clinical trial carried out at two medical centers. Patients hospitalized with advanced HF symptoms and reduced left ventricular ejection function (LVEF) were enrolled and prescribed a WCD prior to discharge for a total of 3 months...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
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