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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353357/heath-risk-among-pesticide-sellers-in-bamenda-cameroon-and-peripheral-areas
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Jean Sonchieu, Edouard Nantia Akono, Cheche Tanwi Ngwamitang, Benoït Martin Ngassoum
In Bamenda and peripheral zones, studies have been focused on the effects of pesticides on farmers (pesticide users) while nothing has been done to assess the exposure of sellers to pesticides. This study aimed at evaluating the exposure of pesticide sellers in the same area. Thirty-two questionnaires were administered to 32 pesticide sellers systematically selected, and chi-square was used for statistical analysis. From each shop, a respondent was chosen among the workers according to its daily time spent in the workplace...
January 20, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352825/safety-of-electro-medical-equipment-in-floods-in-austere-environment
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Zubair Ahmed Khan, Ahsin M Bhatti, Faisal Akhtar
Pakistan is prone to floods. In 2010, floods in North-Western Pakistan caused devastation in wide areas. Electro-medical equipment is very expensive and without proper equipment adequate surgery is not possible. We retrospectively analyzed how expensive electro-medical equipment got damaged during floods of 2010 at a district-level hospital in North-Western Pakistan and how we could have saved this equipment or reduced the damage to the minimum. The article provides the lessons learned and recommendations aimed to prevent or minimize damage to the valuable and expensive equipment in the areas prone to floods...
January 21, 2018: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352696/safety-and-efficacy-of-prostatic-artery-chemoembolization-for-prostate-cancer-initial-experience
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João Pisco, Tiago Bilhim, Nuno V Costa, Manuel Pinto Ribeiro, Lucia Fernandes, António G Oliveira
PURPOSE: To evaluate outcome of prostatic artery chemoembolization for patients with prostate cancer (PCa). MATERIALS AND METHODS: This single-center prospective cohort study was conducted between August 2013 and July 2016 in 20 patients with PCa who underwent chemoembolization. Mean patient age was 67.5 years ± 6.4. Gleason score was 6-10, and staging was T2N0M0. Fifteen patients refused prostatectomy and 5 wanted to stop hormonal therapy because of side effects...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology: JVIR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352364/-accidental-central-venous-administation-of-0-1%C3%A2-chlorhexidine-mouthwash
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M Ploner, L M Löffel, G Schüpfer, I Besmer, C J Konrad
Medication errors are frequent and a serious safety concern. Chlorhexidine (CHX) is used daily in healthcare as a disinfectant. Its accidental intravascular injection is scarcely described. Serious complications, such as acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) could be a consequence. We describe a case of central venous administration of 0.1% CHX mouthwash, its potential complications and possibilities of treatment. In contrast to another case report our patient had no detectable adverse side effects...
January 19, 2018: Der Anaesthesist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351893/a-clinical-decision-support-engine-based-on-a-national-medication-repository-for-the-detection-of-potential-duplicate-medications-design-and-evaluation
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Cheng-Yi Yang, Yu-Sheng Lo, Ray-Jade Chen, Chien-Tsai Liu
BACKGROUND: A computerized physician order entry (CPOE) system combined with a clinical decision support system can reduce duplication of medications and thus adverse drug reactions. However, without infrastructure that supports patients' integrated medication history across health care facilities nationwide, duplication of medication can still occur. In Taiwan, the National Health Insurance Administration has implemented a national medication repository and Web-based query system known as the PharmaCloud, which allows physicians to access their patients' medication records prescribed by different health care facilities across Taiwan...
January 19, 2018: JMIR Medical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351865/interventions-to-support-effective-communication-between-maternity-care-staff-and-women-in-labour-a-mixed-methods-systematic-review
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Yan-Shing Chang, Kirstie Coxon, Anayda Gerarda Portela, Marie Furuta, Debra Bick
OBJECTIVES: the objectives of this review were (1) to assess whether interventions to support effective communication between maternity care staff and healthy women in labour with a term pregnancy could improve birth outcomes and experiences of care; and (2) to synthesize information related to the feasibility of implementation and resources required. DESIGN: a mixed-methods systematic review. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: studies which reported on interventions aimed at improving communication between maternity care staff and healthy women during normal labour and birth, with no apparent medical or obstetric complications, and their family members were included...
December 27, 2017: Midwifery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351363/carers-experiences-of-home-enteral-feeding-a-survey-exploring-medicines-administration-challenges-and-strategies
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D Alsaeed, D Furniss, A Blandford, F Smith, M Orlu
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVES: The use of enteral tube feeding at home is becoming more widespread, with patients ranging in age and diseases. Dysphagia and swallowing difficulties can compromise nutritional intake and the administration of oral medications, affecting therapeutic outcomes negatively. Carers' experiences of medicines administration and medicines optimization have not been explored fully. The objectives of this study were to identify issues carers experience in medicines administration; the strategies they have developed to cope; and suggestions to improve the medicines administration process...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351313/effectiveness-and-safety-of-early-medication-abortion-provided-in-pharmacies-by-auxiliary-nurse-midwives-a-non-inferiority-study-in-nepal
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Corinne H Rocca, Mahesh Puri, Prabhakar Shrestha, Maya Blum, Dev Maharjan, Daniel Grossman, Kiran Regmi, Philip D Darney, Cynthia C Harper
BACKGROUND: Expanding access to medication abortion through pharmacies is a promising avenue to reach women with safe and convenient care, yet no pharmacy provision interventions have been evaluated. This observational non-inferiority study investigated the effectiveness and safety of mifepristone-misoprostol medication abortion provided at pharmacies, compared to government-certified public health facilities, by trained auxiliary nurse-midwives in Nepal. METHODS: Auxiliary nurse-midwives were trained to provide medication abortion through twelve pharmacies and public facilities as part of a demonstration project in two districts...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351151/hepatitis-c-in-pregnancy-in-the-era-of-direct-acting-antiviral-treatment-potential-benefits-of-universal-screening-and-antepartum-therapy
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Helene B Bernstein, Jeffrey C Dunkelberg, Kimberly K Leslie
Hepatitis C in pregnancy is on the rise, and new direct-acting antiviral agents are available that cure the disease. Published recommendations need to be reviewed and clinically evaluated for the care of pregnant women who are at risk for or have chronic hepatitis C. Available evidence and some of the medical and ethical reasons to consider universal screening and antepartum therapy for hepatitis C during pregnancy are presented. Universal screening and proactive treatment during pregnancy is on the horizon, and these measures should be quickly evaluated for safety and implemented if appropriate...
March 2018: Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351114/sexual-and-reproductive-issues-and-inflammatory-bowel-disease-a-neglected-topic-in-men
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Mariangela Allocca, Daniela Gilardi, Gionata Fiorino, Federica Furfaro, Laurent Peyrin-Biroulet, Silvio Danese
There has been considerable literature on sexual issues in women with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), but relatively little attention has been paid to these aspects in men. To review the available literature and to provide the best management of sexual and reproductive issues in male patients with IBD. The scientific literature on sexual and reproductive issues in men with IBD was reviewed. Several factors, including surgical and medication treatments, disease activity, lifestyle, and psychological factors, may play a role in the development of infertility and sexual dysfunction and may negatively impact pregnancy outcomes...
January 18, 2018: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351050/hidden-medical-devices-in-the-school-setting-what-the-school-nurse-needs-to-know-about-the-safe-use-of-baclofen-pumps
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Barbara Obst, Megan Roesler
One of the "hidden" medical devices in the school setting is the baclofen pump, which is used for the treatment of spasticity. The goals of spasticity treatment are to decrease muscle tone, deformity, and pain in order to maximize function and ease of care for both child and caregiver. The use of an intrathecal baclofen pump, often for children with cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, brain injury, or stroke, has been effective in spasticity treatment. It is important for school nurses to be aware of the safety implications associated with this type of device...
January 1, 2018: NASN School Nurse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350758/obesity-and-pediatric-drug-development
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Janelle D Vaughns, Laurie S Conklin, Ying Long, Panli Zheng, Fahim Faruque, Dionna J Green, John N van den Anker, Gilbert J Burckart
There is a lack of dosing guidelines for use in obese children. Moreover, the impact of obesity on drug safety and clinical outcomes is poorly defined. The paucity of information needed for the safe and effective use of drugs in obese patients remains a problem, even after drug approval. To assess the current incorporation of obesity as a covariate in pediatric drug development, the pediatric medical and clinical pharmacology reviews under the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Amendments Act of 2007 and the FDA Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) of 2012 were reviewed for obesity studies...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350697/antithrombotic-therapy-evaluation-of-the-safety-of-performing-core-needle-biopsy-of-the-breast-without-suspending-medication%C3%A2
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Patrice Cameron, Jana Lesko, Marla R London
BACKGROUND: Patients are increasingly presenting for outpatient breast biopsy while taking medically necessary antithrombotic therapy. Cessation of this medication prior to biopsy increases patients' risk of vascular complications. 
. OBJECTIVES: This article evaluates the safety of performing core needle biopsies of the breast in patients without suspending prescription antithrombotic therapy. 
. METHODS: In this retrospective chart review study, patients continued prescription antithrombotic therapy prior to and including the day of biopsy...
February 1, 2018: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350565/safety-and-efficacy-of-denosumab-in-osteoporotic-patients-previously-treated-with-other-medications-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Andreas Fontalis, Kenanidis Eustathios, Efthymia Prousali, Potoupnis Michael, Tsiridis Eleftherios
Denosumab is a monoclonal antibody that received approval by the FDA for the treatment of osteoporosis in 2010. Available higher level research evidence concerns the treatment of patients that have not received any anti-osteoporotic medication in the past. Further investigation is warranted, since clinicians often face the challenge of administering the most efficacious drug in patients, pretreated with other medications. Areas Covered: We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to evaluate the efficacy and safety of denosumab compared to other active anti-osteoporotic agents in patients formerly receiving other treatments...
January 19, 2018: Expert Opinion on Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350371/fundus-first-technique-and-partial-cholecystectomy-for-difficult-laparoscopic-cholecystectomies
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İsmail Cem Sormaz, Yiğit Soytaş, Ali Fuat Kaan Gök, İlker Özgür, Levent Avtan
BACKGROUND: This study aims to evaluate the impact of conversion from retrograde dissection to fundus-first technique (FF) or laparoscopic partial cholecystectomy (LPC) on complication rates, operation time, and duration of hospitalization. METHODS: The medical records of 210 consecutive patients who underwent laparoscopic cholecystectomy between January 2010 and December 2014 were retrospectively evaluated. All laparoscopic cholecystectomies were initiated with retrograde dissection (RD)...
January 2018: Ulusal Travma Ve Acil Cerrahi Dergisi, Turkish Journal of Trauma & Emergency Surgery: TJTES
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350351/convection-enhanced-delivery-of-cetuximab-conjugated-iron-oxide-nanoparticles-for-treatment-of-spontaneous-canine-intracranial-gliomas
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A Courtenay Freeman, Simon R Platt, Shannon Holmes, M Kent, Kelsey Robinson, Elizabeth Howerth, Joe Eagleson, Alexandros Bouras, Milota Kaluzova, Constantinos G Hadjipanayis
Cetuximab conjugated iron-oxide nanoparticles (cetuximab-IONPs) have shown both in-vitro and in-vivo anti-tumor efficacy against gliomas. The purpose of this pilot study was to evaluate the safety and potential efficacy of cetuximab-IONPs for treatment of spontaneously occurring intracranial gliomas in canines after convection-enhanced delivery (CED). The use of CED allowed for direct infusion of the cetuximab-IONPs both intratumorally and peritumorally avoiding the blood brain barrier (BBB) and limiting systemic effects...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350179/risks-in-clinical-applications-of-scopolamine-butylbromide-injection
#17
Lei Zheng, Jing Yang, Chao Song
OBJECTIVE: To investigate and analyze the clinical application of scopolamine butylbromide injection and promote the rational use of the drug. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We classified and analyzed 3,695 cases of scopolamine butylbromide injection (effective cases only) collected over the period of January 2016 to July 2017, including details on gender, age, course of treatment, high-risk patients with other medications, adverse drug reactions, and drug combinations...
January 19, 2018: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350128/between-a-rock-a-bye-and-a-hard-place-mood-disorders-during-the-peripartum-period
#18
Michael Thomson, Verinder Sharma
Mood disorders including major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder are common during and after pregnancy. Timely identification and appropriate management of mood episodes is essential to maximize maternal well-being and minimize adverse outcomes. Failure to do so results in maternal suffering and impaired child bonding, and has the potential for devastating outcomes including suicide and infanticide. Women are routinely screened for unipolar depression during or after pregnancy but not for bipolar disorder, in spite of the fact that childbirth is associated with a major risk for onset or exacerbation of bipolar disorder...
December 2017: CNS Spectrums
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350125/current-management-migraine-headache
#19
Stephen D Silberstein
Migraine varies in its frequency, severity, and impact; treatment should consider these variations and the patient's needs and goals. Migraine pharmacologic treatment may be acute (abortive) or preventive (prophylactic), and patients often require both. New medication devices are available or in development, including an intracutaneous, microneedle system of zolmitriptan and sumatriptan, and breath-powered powder sumatriptan intranasal treatment. Lasmiditan, a 5-HT1F receptor agonist, is in development for acute treatment, as are small molecule calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) receptor antagonists (Gepants) for acute and preventive treatment...
December 2017: CNS Spectrums
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349833/a-systematic-assessment-of-key-design-and-performance-characteristics-of-drug-exposure-registries-requested-by-the-u-s-food-and-drug-administration
#20
Yanling Zhao, Ellen Pinnow, Jacqueline M Major
PURPOSE: The purpose of the study is to evaluate contributions to postmarket safety assessments and identify potential factors for enhancing implementation and utilization of registries in regulatory decision-making. METHODS: Registry documents (e.g., protocols, reports) submitted to the FDA were identified up to January 2016 through an extensive, systematic review of internal records and resources. We characterized nonpregnancy drug exposure registries based on prespecified design elements, performance, and regulatory impact...
January 19, 2018: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
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