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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890862/where-is-the-difference-between-an-epidemic-and-a-high-endemic-level-with-respect-to-nosocomial-infection-control-measures-an-analysis-based-on-the-example-of-vancomycin-resistant-enterococcus-faecium-in-hematology-and-oncology-departments
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REVIEW
Nikos Ulrich, Petra Gastmeier
Some infection control recommendations distinguish epidemic and endemic levels for infection control. However, it is often difficult to separate long lasting outbreaks from high endemic levels and it remains open, if this distinction is really useful. Aim: To compare infection control measures in endemic and epidemic outbreaks. Methods: The example of vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium outbreaks in haematology or oncology departments was used to analyse differences in infection control measures between outbreaks and high endemic levels...
2017: GMS Hygiene and Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28873231/medical-innovation-in-a-children-s-hospital-diseases-desperate-grown-by-desperate-appliance-are-relieved-or-not-at-all
#2
Vic Larcher, Helen Turnham, Joe Brierley
A balance needs to be struck between facilitating compassionate access to innovative treatments for those in desperate need, and the duty to protect such vulnerable individuals from the harms of untested/unlicensed treatments. We introduced a principle-based framework (2009) to evaluate such requests and describe its application in the context of recently evolved UK, US and European regulatory processes. 24 referrals (20 individual; four group) were received by our quaternary children's hospital Clinical Ethics Committee (CEC) over the 5-year period (2011-16)...
September 5, 2017: Bioethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28845131/results-of-neuroblastoma-treatment-in-lithuania-a-single-centre-experience
#3
Austėja Juškaitė, Indrė Tamulienė, Jelena Rascon
BACKGROUND: Neuroblastoma (NB) is the most common extracranial solid tumour in children. This is a very rare disease with heterogeneous biology varying from complete spontaneous regression to a highly aggressive tumour responsible for 15% of malignancy-related death in early childhood. Analyses of survival rates in Europe have shown a considerable difference between Northern/Western and Eastern European countries. Treatment results of NB in Lithuania have never been analyzed. AIM: To assess the survival rate of children with NB according to initial spread of the disease, age at diagnosis, the MYCN amplification, risk group, and treatment period...
2017: Acta medica Lituanica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28843335/the-identification-of-meyerozyma-guilliermondii-from-blood-cultures-and-surveillance-samples-in-a-university-hospital-in-northeast-turkey-a-ten-year-survey
#4
N Cebeci Güler, I Tosun, F Aydin
Meyerozyma (Pichia) guilliermondii exists in human skin and mucosal surface microflora. It can cause severe fungal infections like candidemia, which is an opportunistic pathogen. One hundred and forty-one M. guilliermondii isolates, consisting of 122 blood culture isolates, belonging to 126 patients; 13 total parenteral nutrition solution isolates; and two rectal swab isolates were identified according to carbohydrate assimilation reactions in a university hospital in Turkey between January 2006 and December 2015...
August 23, 2017: Journal de Mycologie Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818069/path-modeling-of-knowledge-attitude-and-practice-toward-palliative-care-consultation-service-among-taiwanese-nursing-staff-a-cross-sectional-study
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Hsueh-Hsing Pan, Hsiu-Ling Shih, Li-Fen Wu, Yu-Chun Hung, Chi-Ming Chu, Kwua-Yun Wang
BACKGROUND: The Taiwanese government has promoted palliative care consultation services (PCCS) to support terminally ill patients in acute ward settings to receive palliative care since 2005. Such an intervention can enhance the quality of life and dignity of terminally ill patients. However, research focusing on the relationship between the knowledge, attitude and practice of a PCCS using path modelling in nursing staff is limited. Therefore, the aim of this study was to elucidate the effect of path modeling on the knowledge, attitude and practice toward PCCS in Taiwanese nursing staff...
August 17, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799187/safety-evaluation-of-combination-carboplatin-and-toceranib-phosphate-palladia-in-tumour-bearing-dogs-a-phase-i-dose-finding-study
#6
R M Wouda, S E Hocker, M L Higginbotham
Combining conventional cytotoxic maximum tolerated dose (MTD) chemotherapy with low-dose metronomic and/or anti-angiogenic agents is a exciting area of oncologic research. The objective of this study was to establish the MTD, safety and adverse event (AE) profile of 1 such drug combination. This prospective phase I dose-finding clinical trial assumed an open-label 3 + 3 cohort design. Client-owned dogs with 1 or more cytologically and/or histologically confirmed and macroscopically measurable, naive or recurrent, malignant tumours, were enrolled...
August 10, 2017: Veterinary and Comparative Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777706/mental-and-physical-wellbeing-in-oncology-haematology-unit-personnel
#7
Nicola Magnavita, Cristina Sestili, Alice Mannocci, Elisa Ercoli, Antonia Boccia, Gloria Bonaga, Simona Sica, Massimo Maurici, Rosaria Alvaro, Alessandro Sili, Claudio Cartoni, Giuseppe La Torre
BACKGROUND: HCWs in UHUs face high job demand that can have adverse health effects. OBJECTIVE: Investigate relationship between some job stressors and health-related quality of life among HCWs of three UHUs in Rome. METHODS: Cross-sectional study. Work-related stress was measured with Demand-Control Questionnaire; health-related functioning with MCS and PCS of SF-12 Survey; positivity with Positivity Scale. RESULTS: Data of 201 respondents were analyzed...
August 4, 2017: Archives of Environmental & Occupational Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771784/a-qualitative-study-of-decision-making-on-phase-iii-randomized-clinical-trial-participation-in-pediatric-oncology-adolescents-and-parents-perspectives-and-preferences
#8
Marianne Vie Ingersgaard, Morten Tulstrup, Kjeld Schmiegelow, Hanne Baekgaard Larsen
AIM: To explore parents' and adolescents' motives for accepting/declining participation in the ALL2008 trials and adolescents' involvement in the decision-making process. BACKGROUND: Children and adolescents with acute lymphoblastic leukemia treated on the Nordic Society of Paediatric Haematology and Oncology ALL2008 protocol were eligible for two randomizations testing 6-mercaptopurine treatment intensifications to improve efficacy and Asparaginase de-escalation to reduce toxicity...
August 3, 2017: Journal of Advanced Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764197/peripheral-smear-review-and-bone-marrow-biopsy-correlation
#9
Adrian R Bersabe, James K Aden, Nathan M Shumway, Michael B Osswald
INTRODUCTION: Peripheral Blood Smear (PBS) interpretation is a useful skill for Haematology/Oncology Clinicians (HOC). AIM: To explore practice patterns of PBS utilization for all benign haematology diagnosis in a non-simulated environment and to evaluate how it may guide the HOC in determining further work up and whether or not to perform a Bone Marrow Biopsy (BMB). MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective review was conducted on 451 outpatient referrals for benign haematology diagnosis...
June 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760818/research-protocol-on-early-palliative-care-in-patients-with-acute-leukaemia-after-one-relapse
#10
Cécile Barbaret, Julien Berthiller, Anne-Marie Schott Pethelaz, Mauricette Michallet, Gilles Salles, Stéphane Sanchez, Marilène Filbet
OBJECTIVES: According to the American Society of Clinical Oncology palliative care referrals are made within the last 3 weeks of patients' lives and most frequently when oncological treatments have ceased especially for patients with haematological malignancies. Recent publications indicate that patients with acute leukaemia are prone to symptoms, an indication for which a close collaboration between the patient's haematologist and a palliative care team might result in improved symptom management...
July 31, 2017: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756627/pathogen-reduced-platelets-for-the-prevention-of-bleeding
#11
REVIEW
Lise J Estcourt, Reem Malouf, Sally Hopewell, Marialena Trivella, Carolyn Doree, Simon J Stanworth, Michael F Murphy
BACKGROUND: Platelet transfusions are used to prevent and treat bleeding in people who are thrombocytopenic. Despite improvements in donor screening and laboratory testing, a small risk of viral, bacterial, or protozoal contamination of platelets remains. There is also an ongoing risk from newly emerging blood transfusion-transmitted infections for which laboratory tests may not be available at the time of initial outbreak.One solution to reduce the risk of blood transfusion-transmitted infections from platelet transfusion is photochemical pathogen reduction, in which pathogens are either inactivated or significantly depleted in number, thereby reducing the chance of transmission...
July 30, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750273/prognostic-value-of-the-g8-and-modified-g8-screening-tools-for-multidimensional-health-problems-in-older-patients-with-cancer
#12
Claudia Martinez-Tapia, Elena Paillaud, Evelyne Liuu, Christophe Tournigand, Rima Ibrahim, Virginie Fossey-Diaz, Stéphane Culine, Florence Canoui-Poitrine, Etienne Audureau
BACKGROUND: The G8 screening tool has been developed to identify older cancer patients requiring a geriatric assessment for tailoring therapy. Little is known about its prognostic value, particularly by tumour site. An optimised version has been recently developed, but no prognostic information is available. We compared the prognostic value of both instruments overall and by tumour site. METHODS: Data were from a prospective cohort of cancer patients ≥70 years old referred to 1 of 6 French geriatric oncology clinics between 2007 and 2014 (n = 1333)...
September 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689671/detection-of-toxigenic-clostridium-difficile-in-paediatric-patients
#13
Iker Falces-Romero, Paloma Troyano-Hernáez, Silvia García-Bujalance, Fernando Baquero-Artigao, María José Mellado-Peña, Julio García-Rodríguez
INTRODUCTION: Our main objective was a revision of clinical, microbiological and epidemiological results of Clostridium difficile-associated infection in paediatric patients (2010-2015). We compared the diagnoses performed by detection of toxins in feces and those performed by real-time PCR. METHODS: This retrospective study included 82 paediatric patients. Detection of toxigenic C. difficile was performed sequentially, in diarrheal feces and under clinical request...
July 6, 2017: Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiología Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685821/pd-1-pd-l1-inhibitors-in-haematological-malignancies-update-2017
#14
REVIEW
Tomas Jelinek, Jana Mihalyova, Michal Kascak, Juraj Duras, Roman Hajek
The introduction of PD-1/PD-L1 pathway inhibitors is an important landmark in solid oncology with unprecedented practice-changing activity in various types of solid tumours. Among haematological malignancies, PD-1/PD-L1 inhibitors have been successful, so far, only in the treatment of classical Hodgkin lymphoma, which typically exhibits an over-expression of PD-1 ligands (PD-L1, PD-L2) due to alterations in chromosome 9p24.1. Such positive outcomes led to the US Food and Drug Administration approval of nivolumab use in relapsed Hodgkin lymphoma in 2016 as the first haematological indication...
July 6, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671297/standardisation-of-minimal-residual-disease-in-multiple-myeloma
#15
V Innao, A Allegra, S Russo, D Gerace, D Vaddinelli, A Alonci, A G Allegra, C Musolino
The assessment of the effectiveness of chemotherapy in oncology cannot disregard the concept of minimal residual disease (MRD). In fact, the efforts of numerous scientific groups all over the world are currently focusing on this issue, with the sole purpose of defining sensitive, effective assessment criteria that are, above all, able to give acceptable, easily repeatable results worldwide. Regarding this issue, especially with the advent of new drugs, multiple myeloma is one of the haematologic malignancies for which a consensus has not yet been reached...
July 3, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28661187/burnout-and-occupational-stress-in-the-medical-residents-of-oncology-haematology-and-radiotherapy-a-prevalence-and-predictors-study-in-portugal
#16
Ana Joaquim, Sandra Custódio, Joana Savva-Bordalo, Sérgio Chacim, Inês Carvalhais, Liliana Lombo, Heitor Lopes, António Araújo, Rui Gomes
Burnout is a professional syndrome associated with stress caused by overwork. Our aim was to calculate the prevalence of burnout and stress on medical residents of Oncology, Haematology and Radiotherapy in Portugal, as well as to determine predictors of burnout and stress. An anonymous questionnaire was applied (n = 118). Statistical analysis consisted of a descriptive and inferential analysis. The prevalence of burnout and stress was calculated to be 45.2 and 50%, respectively. The dimensions that generated higher levels of stress were 'dealing with patients' and 'overwork'...
June 29, 2017: Psychology, Health & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660740/prolonged-first-line-peg-asparaginase-treatment-in-pediatric-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-in-the-nopho-all2008-protocol-pharmacokinetics-and-antibody-formation
#17
Louise Tram Henriksen, Sofie Gottschalk Højfeldt, Kjeld Schmiegelow, Thomas Leth Frandsen, Peder Skov Wehner, Henrik Schrøder, Birgitte Klug Albertsen
BACKGROUND: As pegylated asparaginase is becoming the preferred first-line asparaginase preparation in the chemotherapy regimens of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), there is a need to evaluate this treatment. METHODS: The aim of this study was to evaluate the pharmacokinetics of prolonged upfront biweekly PEG-asparaginase (where PEG is polyethylene glycol) treatment by measuring serum l-asparaginase activity and formation of anti-PEG-asparaginase antibodies...
June 29, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651927/doxorubicin-plus-evofosfamide-versus-doxorubicin-alone-in-locally-advanced-unresectable-or-metastatic-soft-tissue-sarcoma-th-cr-406-sarc021-an-international-multicentre-open-label-randomised-phase-3-trial
#18
RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
William D Tap, Zsuzsanna Papai, Brian A Van Tine, Steven Attia, Kristen N Ganjoo, Robin L Jones, Scott Schuetze, Damon Reed, Sant P Chawla, Richard F Riedel, Anders Krarup-Hansen, Maud Toulmonde, Isabelle Ray-Coquard, Peter Hohenberger, Giovanni Grignani, Lee D Cranmer, Scott Okuno, Mark Agulnik, William Read, Christopher W Ryan, Thierry Alcindor, Xavier F Garcia Del Muro, G Thomas Budd, Hussein Tawbi, Tillman Pearce, Stew Kroll, Denise K Reinke, Patrick Schöffski
BACKGROUND: Evofosfamide is a hypoxia-activated prodrug of bromo-isophosphoramide mustard. We aimed to assess the benefit of adding evofosfamide to doxorubicin as first-line therapy for advanced soft-tissue sarcomas. METHODS: We did this international, open-label, randomised, phase 3, multicentre trial (TH CR-406/SARC021) at 81 academic or community investigational sites in 13 countries. Eligible patients were aged 15 years or older with a diagnosis of an advanced unresectable or metastatic soft-tissue sarcoma, of intermediate or high grade, for which no standard curative therapy was available, an Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group performance status of 0-1, and measurable disease by Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors version 1...
August 2017: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639693/thromboelastography-may-predict-risk-of-grade-2-bleeding-in-thrombocytopenic-patients
#19
E N Opheim, T O Apelseth, S J Stanworth, G E Eide, T Hervig
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Platelet count is used as a prophylactic platelet transfusion trigger, although evidence suggests that it is a poor predictor of bleeding. Thus, alternative tests are required. The primary objective of this study was to compare thromboelastography (TEG) parameters on days with and without bleeding symptoms. The secondary objectives were to investigate the relationship between TEG parameters and haematological variables, fever, C-reactive protein (CRP) and platelet transfusion...
June 22, 2017: Vox Sanguinis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622889/turning-the-tide-clinical-utility-of-pd-l1-expression-in-squamous-cell-carcinoma-of-the-head-and-neck
#20
REVIEW
Astrid De Meulenaere, Tijl Vermassen, Sandrine Aspeslagh, Wouter Huvenne, Jo Van Dorpe, Liesbeth Ferdinande, Sylvie Rottey
The use of cytotoxic and/or targeted agents is the gold standard in first- and second-line treatment of metastatic head and neck cancer. Currently the focus of oncologic research is shifting to the implementation of immune checkpoint inhibitor regimens. Many trials are being performed evaluating the survival benefit of various PD-1/PD-L1 blocking antibodies in both solid and haematological malignancies. Also, evaluation of the predictive value of PD-L1 expression on tumour cells and immune cells is being explored...
July 2017: Oral Oncology
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