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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222917/diagnostic-modalities-for-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-nafld-non-alcoholic-steatohepatitis-nash-and-associated-fibrosis
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Zobair M Younossi, Rohit Loomba, Quentin M Anstee, Mary E Rinella, Elisabetta Bugianesi, Giulio Marchesini, Brent A Neuschwander-Tetri, Lawrence Serfaty, Francesco Negro, Stephen H Caldwell, Vlad Ratziu, Kathleen E Corey, Scott L Friedman, Manal F Abdelmalek, Stephen A Harrison, Arun J Sanyal, Joel E Lavine, Philippe Mathurin, Michael R Charlton, Zachary D Goodman, Naga P Chalasani, Kris V Kowdley, Jacob George, Keith Lindor
NAFLD is a spectrum comprised of isolated steatosis, NASH, advanced fibrosis, and cirrhosis. The majority of NAFLD subjects do not have NASH and don't carry a significant risk for adverse outcomes (cirrhosis and mortality). Globally, the prevalence of NAFLD is approximately 25%. In Asia, a gradient of high prevalence rates to low rates are noted from urban to rural areas. Given the prevalence of NAFLD, the clinical and economic burden of NAFLD and NASH can be substantial. With increasing recognition as an important liver disease, the diagnosis of NASH still requires a liver biopsy which is suboptimal...
December 9, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222285/five-lessons-learned-about-long-term-pain-management-in-adults-with-sickle-cell-disease
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REVIEW
Joshua J Field
Chronic pain affects one-half of adults with sickle cell disease (SCD). Despite the prevalence of chronic pain, few studies have been performed to determine the best practices for this patient population. Although the pathophysiology of chronic pain in SCD may be different from other chronic pain syndromes, many of the guidelines outlined in the pain literature and elsewhere are applicable; some were consensus-adopted in the 2014 National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute SCD Guidelines. Recommended practices, such as controlled substance agreements and monitoring of urine, may seem unnecessary or counterproductive to hematologists...
December 8, 2017: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222277/how-should-we-sequence-and-combine-novel-therapies-in-cll
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REVIEW
Matthew S Davids
With the recent approval of several effective and well-tolerated novel agents (NAs), including ibrutinib, idelalisib, venetoclax, and obinutuzumab, patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) have more therapeutic options than ever before. The availability of these agents is both an important advance for patients but also a challenge for practicing hematologist/oncologists to learn how best to sequence NAs, both with respect to chemoimmunotherapy (CIT) and to other NAs. The sequencing of NAs in clinical practice should be guided both by an individual patient's prognostic markers, such as FISH and immunoglobulin heavy chain variable region (IGHV)-mutation status, as well as the patient's medical comorbidities and goals of care...
December 8, 2017: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221970/practical-application-of-biogenic-amine-profiles-for-the-diagnosis-of-patients-with-ischemic-stroke
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Natalia Miękus, Ilona Olędzka, Piotr Kowalski, Paweł Miękus, Tomasz Baczek
BACKGROUND: Ischemic stroke (IS) is still one of the major issues in medicine. Still, early diagnosis and misdiagnosis remain the main barriers for proper patient treatment and follow-up. Exploring new potential diagnostic biomarkers for IS is relevant to decrease patient morbidity and the occurrence of poststroke diseases. Biomedical analysis could bring new light to the background of IS and-in such a way-propose new bioanalytical tools for the early diagnosis, prognostication, and monitoring of IS...
December 5, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221446/a-systematic-review-of-test-accuracy-studies-evaluating-molecular-micro-satellite-instability-testing-for-the-detection-of-individuals-with-lynch-syndrome
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Helen Coelho, Tracey Jones-Hughes, Tristan Snowsill, Simon Briscoe, Nicola Huxley, Ian M Frayling, Chris Hyde
BACKGROUND: A systematic review was conducted to assess the diagnostic test accuracy of polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based microsatellite instability (MSI) testing for identifying Lynch syndrome in patients with colorectal cancer (CRC). Unlike previous reviews, this was based on assessing MSI testing against best practice for the reference standard, and included CRC populations that were unselected, age-limited or high-risk for Lynch syndrome. METHODS: Single- and two-gate diagnostic test accuracy studies, or similar, were identified, assessed for inclusion, data extracted and quality appraised by two reviewers according to a pre-specified protocol...
December 8, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220480/-working-away-in-that-grey-area%C3%A2-a-qualitative-exploration-of-the-challenges-general-practitioners-experience-when-managing-behavioural-and-psychological-symptoms-of-dementia
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Aisling A Jennings, Tony Foley, Sheena McHugh, John P Browne, Colin P Bradley
Background: general practitioners (GPs) have identified the management of behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) as a particularly challenging aspect of dementia care. However, there is a paucity of research on why GPs find BPSD challenging and how this influences the care they offer to their patients with dementia. Objectives: to establish the challenges GPs experience when managing BPSD; to explore how these challenges influence GPs' management decisions; and to identify strategies for overcoming these challenges...
December 6, 2017: Age and Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219961/measurement-of-full-thickness-macular-hole-size-using-en-face-optical-coherence-tomography
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E Philippakis, M Legrand, M El Sanharawi, A Erginay, A Couturier, R Tadayoni
PurposeTo assess the feasibility and interest of measuring macular hole (MH) size using en face optical coherence tomography (OCT) compared with manual diameter measurements on B-scans.MethodsAmong our previously published series of 100 patients operated for primary MH, patients whose images were acquired with Cirrus 5000 HD-OCT (Carl Zeiss Meditec) with a quality signal strength >5/10 were included. Three segmentations (internal limiting membrane, horizontal, and retinal pigment epithelium (RPE)) were compared for obtaining the most appropriate en face image...
December 8, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219878/community-based-management-of-multiple-drug-resistant-tuberculosis-in-a-tertiary-hospital-in-tanzania-a-best-practice-implementation-project
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Isaya Jelly, Micah D J Peters
BACKGROUND: The World Health Organization (WHO) has prioritized collaboration with communities in its 2016 "End TB" implementation strategy. Acknowledging the difficulties that some communities face in gaining access to health facilities due to barriers such as stigma, discrimination, healthcare expenditure, transport and income loss, partnering with communities in the roll-out of community-based TB management activities is vital. AIM: The aim of this project was to make a contribution to promoting evidence-based practice with regards to the community-based management of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) at Kibong'oto National Infectious Disease Hospital, Tanzania, and thereby supporting improvements in patient outcomes and resource utilization...
December 2017: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219858/the-precision-of-ecap-thresholds-derived-from-amplitude-growth-functions
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Jan Dirk Biesheuvel, Jeroen J Briaire, Johan H M Frijns
OBJECTIVE: An amplitude growth function (AGF) shows the amplitude of an electrically evoked compound action potential (eCAP) as a function of the stimulation current. AGFs can be used to derive the eCAP threshold, which represents the minimum amount of current needed to elicit a measurable eCAP. eCAP thresholds have been widely used clinically to, for example, assist with sound processor programming. However, no eCAP precision has been included to date. The aim of this study was to investigate the precision of eCAP thresholds and determine whether they are precise enough for clinical use...
December 6, 2017: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218898/building-trans-omics-evidence-using-imaging-and-omics-to-characterize-cancer-profiles
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Arunima Srivastava, Chaitanya Kulkarni, Parag Mallick, Kun Huang, Raghu Machiraju
Utilization of single modality data to build predictive models in cancer results in a rather narrow view of most patient profiles. Some clinical facet s relate strongly to histology image features, e.g. tumor stages, whereas others are associated with genomic and proteomic variations (e.g. cancer subtypes and disease aggression biomarkers). We hypothesize that there are coherent "trans-omics" features that characterize varied clinical cohorts across multiple sources of data leading to more descriptive and robust disease characterization...
2018: Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218889/best-practices-and-lessons-learned-from-reuse-of-4-patient-derived-metabolomics-datasets-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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Jessica D Tenenbaum, Colette Blach
The importance of open data has been increasingly recognized in recent years. Although the sharing and reuse of clinical data for translational research lags behind best practices in biological science, a number of patient-derived datasets exist and have been published enabling translational research spanning multiple scales from molecular to organ level, and from patients to populations. In seeking to replicate metabolomic biomarker results in Alzheimer's disease our team identified three independent cohorts in which to compare findings...
2018: Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218885/democratizing-health-data-for-translational-research
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Philip R O Payne, Nigam H Shah, Jessica D Tenenbaum, Lara Mangravite
There is an expanding and intensive focus on the accessibility, reproducibility, and rigor of basic, clinical, and translational research. This focus complements the need to identify sustainable ways to generate actionable research results that improve human health. The principles and practices of open science offer a promising path to address both issues by facilitating: 1) increased transparency of data and methods which promotes research reproducibility and rigor; and 2) cumulative efficiencies wherein research tools and the output of research are combined to accelerate the delivery of new knowledge...
2018: Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217970/recurrent-pericarditis-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Justina Katinaitė, Birutė Petrauskienė
Background: Recurrence affects about 30% (20% to 50%) of patients within 18 months after the initial episode of acute pericarditis resulting in subsequent rehospitalizations. Bearing in mind high treatment costs of patients admitted to hospital with acute and recurrent pericarditis, there is a need to optimize the treatment of both of these conditions. Materials and methods: We present a case of recurrent pericarditis. The first episode of pericarditis was diagnosed in 2006...
2017: Acta Medica Lituanica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216188/monitoring-wound-healing-in-a-3d-wound-model-by-hyperspectral-imaging-and-efficient-clustering
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Mirwaes Wahabzada, Manuela Besser, Milad Khosravani, Matheus Thomas Kuska, Kristian Kersting, Anne-Katrin Mahlein, Ewa Stürmer
Wound healing is a complex and dynamic process with different distinct and overlapping phases from homeostasis, inflammation and proliferation to remodelling. Monitoring the healing response of injured tissue is of high importance for basic research and clinical practice. In traditional application, biological markers characterize normal and abnormal wound healing. Understanding functional relationships of these biological processes is essential for developing new treatment strategies. However, most of the present techniques (in vitro or in vivo) include invasive microscopic or analytical tissue sampling...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29215904/practice-procedures-in-models-of-primary-care-collaboration-for-children-with-adhd
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Jessica A Moore, Kathryn Karch, Valeriia Sherina, Aubree Guiffre, Sandra Jee, Lynn C Garfunkel
INTRODUCTION: With nationwide movement toward an integrated medical home, evidence to support, compare, and specify effective models for collaboration between primary care and behavioral health professionals is essential. This study compared 2 models of primary care with behavioral health integration on American Academy of Pediatrics guideline adherence for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) assessment and treatment. METHOD: We conducted a retrospective chart review of a random sample of children aged 6-13 years, seen for ADHD services in 2 primary care offices, 1 fully integrated model and 1 co-located service only model, comparing ADHD assessment and treatment practices...
December 7, 2017: Families, Systems & Health: the Journal of Collaborative Family Healthcare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29215386/improving-the-clinical-pharmacologic-assessment-of-abuse-potential-part-1-regulatory-context-and-risk-management
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Edward M Sellers
PURPOSE: This article brings to the attention of drug developers the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) recent final Guidance to Industry on Assessment of Abuse Potential and provides practical suggestions about compliance with the Guidance. PROCEDURES: The Guidance areas are reviewed, analyzed, and placed in the context of current scientific knowledge and best practices to mitigate regulatory risk. FINDINGS: The Guidance provides substantial new detail on what needs to be done at all stages of drug development for central nervous system-active drugs...
December 6, 2017: Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29215370/opioid-use-after-discharge-in-postoperative-patients-a-systematic-review
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Adina E Feinberg, Tyler R Chesney, Sanjho Srikandarajah, Sergio A Acuna, Robin S McLeod
BACKGROUND: Over the past 2 decades, there has been an increase in opioid use and subsequently, opioid deaths. The amount of opioid prescribed to surgical patients has also increased. The aim of this systematic review was to determine postdischarge opioid consumption in surgical patients compared with the amount of opioid prescribed. Secondary outcomes included adequacy of pain control and disposal methods for unused opioids. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to characterize postdischarge opioid consumption and prescription patterns in surgical patients...
December 5, 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214566/improved-diagnosis-and-care-for-rare-diseases-through-implementation-of-precision-public-health-framework
#18
Gareth Baynam, Faye Bowman, Karla Lister, Caroline E Walker, Nicholas Pachter, Jack Goldblatt, Kym M Boycott, William A Gahl, Kenjiro Kosaki, Takeya Adachi, Ken Ishii, Trinity Mahede, Fiona McKenzie, Sharron Townshend, Jennie Slee, Cathy Kiraly-Borri, Anand Vasudevan, Anne Hawkins, Stephanie Broley, Lyn Schofield, Hedwig Verhoef, Tudor Groza, Andreas Zankl, Peter N Robinson, Melissa Haendel, Michael Brudno, John S Mattick, Marcel E Dinger, Tony Roscioli, Mark J Cowley, Annie Olry, Marc Hanauer, Fowzan S Alkuraya, Domenica Taruscio, Manuel Posada de la Paz, Hanns Lochmüller, Kate Bushby, Rachel Thompson, Victoria Hedley, Paul Lasko, Kym Mina, John Beilby, Cynthia Tifft, Mark Davis, Nigel G Laing, Daria Julkowska, Yann Le Cam, Sharon F Terry, Petra Kaufmann, Iiro Eerola, Irene Norstedt, Ana Rath, Makoto Suematsu, Stephen C Groft, Christopher P Austin, Ruxandra Draghia-Akli, Tarun S Weeramanthri, Caron Molster, Hugh J S Dawkins
Public health relies on technologies to produce and analyse data, as well as effectively develop and implement policies and practices. An example is the public health practice of epidemiology, which relies on computational technology to monitor the health status of populations, identify disadvantaged or at risk population groups and thereby inform health policy and priority setting. Critical to achieving health improvements for the underserved population of people living with rare diseases is early diagnosis and best care...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214134/a-response-to-papatola-and-lustig-s-paper-on-navigating-a-managed-care-peer-review-guidance-for-clinicians-using-applied-behavior-analysis-in-the-treatment-of-children-on-the-autism-spectrum
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Julie Kornack, Brandon Herscovitch, Ashley L Williams
In their 2016 article, "Navigating a Managed Care Peer Review: Guidance for Clinicians Using Applied Behavior Analysis [ABA] in the Treatment of Children on the Autism Spectrum," Papatola and Lustig provide an overview of the managed care process, discuss the medical necessity of ABA, and offer guidance to clinicians on how to navigate the managed care peer review process. Given that the authors are employed by a large international health insurance carrier and conduct peer reviews on behalf of that organization, this response seeks to provide guidance from both the clinical and public policy perspectives that reflect best practices in the field of autism treatment...
December 2017: Behavior Analysis in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29212735/decision-making-capacity-for-chemotherapy-and-associated-factors-in-newly-diagnosed-patients-with-lung-cancer
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Asao Ogawa, Kyoko Kondo, Hiroyuki Takei, Daisuke Fujisawa, Yuichiro Ohe, Tatsuo Akechi
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study was to assess decision-making capacity in patients newly diagnosed with lung cancer, clinical factors associated with impaired capacity, and physicians' perceptions of patients' decision-making capacity. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We recruited 122 patients newly diagnosed with lung cancer. One hundred fourteen completed the assessment. All patients were receiving a combination of treatments (e.g., chemotherapy, chemo-radiotherapy, or targeted therapy)...
December 6, 2017: Oncologist
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