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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738075/predicting-preeclampsia-from-a-history-of-preterm-birth
#1
Svein Rasmussen, Cathrine Ebbing, Lorentz M Irgens
OBJECTIVE: To assess whether women with a history of preterm birth, independent on the presence of prelabour rupture of the membranes (PROM) and growth deviation of the newborn, are more likely to develop preeclampsia with preterm or preterm birth in a subsequent pregnancy. METHODS: We conducted a population-based cohort study, based on Medical Birth Registry of Norway between 1967 and 2012, including 742,980 women with singleton pregnancies who were followed up from their 1st to 2nd pregnancy...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737993/the-effect-of-formulary-restrictions-on-patient-and-payer-outcomes-a-systematic-literature-review
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Yujin Park, Syed Raza, Aneesh George, Rumjhum Agrawal, John Ko
BACKGROUND: Formulary restrictions are implemented to reduce pharmacy costs and ensure appropriate use of pharmaceutical products. As adoption of formulary restrictions increases with rising pharmacy costs, there is a need to better understand the potential effect of formulary restrictions on patient and payer outcomes. OBJECTIVE: To conduct a systematic literature review that assesses the effect of formulary restrictions on the following outcomes: medication adherence, clinical outcomes, treatment satisfaction, drug utilization, health care resource utilization, and economic outcomes...
August 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736442/family-history-of-type-2-diabetes-abdominal-adipocyte-size-and-markers-of-the-metabolic-syndrome
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P Anthanont, P Ramos, M D Jensen, K C Hames
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: A major risk factor of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is a positive family history of diabetes. First degree relatives (FDR) of patients with T2DM are more insulin resistant and are reported to have larger abdominal subcutaneous adipocytes than adults without a family history. Our objectives were to assess whether a family history of T2DM is associated with larger abdominal adipocytes independent of age, sex, and abdominal subcutaneous fat and to assess whether FDR of T2DM is also independently related to femoral adipocyte size, as well as visceral fat and fasting plasma triglyceride (TG) concentrations...
July 24, 2017: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736016/predictors-of-non-adherence-to-immunosuppressive-therapy-in-asian-liver-transplant-recipients
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J L Hartono, T Koh, G H Lee, P S Tan, M Muthiah, M M Aw, K Madhavan, A Kow, K B L Lim
BACKGROUND: Adherence to immunosuppressive medications has been shown to affect post-transplant outcomes. We aimed to determine the level of adherence to immunosuppressive therapy in liver transplant (LT) recipients and to elucidate factors associated with it, as well as patient preferences on the dosing schedule. METHODS: LT recipients were recruited during transplant clinic follow-up. A validated Morisky 8-item questionnaire was completed by patients to assess their adherence to immunosuppressive therapy...
July 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735982/a-standardized-donor-designation-ratio-to-assess-the-performance-of-driver-s-license-agencies
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N K R Sehgal, C Sullivan, M Figueroa, J A Pencak, D Einstadter, J D Thornton
Evaluating Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) locations based on the percent of patrons who register as donors does not account for individual characteristics that may influence willingness to donate. We reviewed the driver's licenses of 2997 randomly selected patients at an urban medical system to obtain donor designation, age, gender, and DMV location and linked patient addresses with census tract data on race, ethnicity, income, and education. We then developed a Standardized Donor Designation Ratio (SDDR) (ie, the observed number of donors at each DMV divided by the expected number of donors based on patient demographic characteristics)...
July 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735039/frequency-and-correlates-of-sleep-disturbance-in-methadone-and-buprenorphine-maintained-patients
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Kelly E Dunn, Patrick H Finan, D Andrew Tompkins, Eric C Strain
BACKGROUND: Opioid use disorder (OUD) is a significant public health problem, and opioid maintenance treatment (OMT) on methadone or buprenorphine is a common approach. This study characterized sleep impairment in patients maintained on methadone or buprenorphine, and evaluated its association with psychiatric and medical comorbidities. METHODS: Participants (N=185) maintained on methadone (N=125) or buprenorphine (N=60) for OUD completed the Medical Outcomes Study Sleep Scale (MOS) to provide a point-prevalence assessment of sleep impairment...
July 14, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735037/injection-drug-use-and-overdose-among-young-adults-who-use-prescription-opioids-non-medically
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Elliott J Liebling, Traci C Green, Scott E Hadland, Brandon D L Marshall
INTRODUCTION: Non-medical prescription opioid (NMPO) use is a critical public health problem in the United States, with 2.1 million new initiates annually. Young adult NMPO users are at high risk for initiating injection drug use. We assessed correlates of injection drug use among young adult NMPO users in Rhode Island, a state heavily impacted by opioid overdose. METHODS: We used data from the Rhode Island Young Adult Prescription Drug Study (RAPiDS), which recruited 199 residents aged 18-29 who reported past-30-day NMPO use (65...
July 18, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734928/lv-mass-independently-predicts-mortality-and-need-for-future-revascularization-in%C3%A2-patients-undergoing-diagnostic-coronary-angiography
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Ahmed Abdi-Ali, Robert J H Miller, Danielle Southern, Mei Zhang, Yoko Mikami, Merril Knudtson, Bobak Heydari, Andrew G Howarth, Carmen P Lydell, Mathew T James, Stephen B Wilton, James A White
OBJECTIVES: The goal of this study was to assess associations between left ventricular (LV) mass, all-cause mortality, and need for revascularization in patients undergoing coronary angiography. BACKGROUND: LV hypertrophy is associated with adverse cardiovascular outcomes in healthy subjects. However, its influence in those with known or suspected coronary artery disease is poorly understood. METHODS: A total of 3,754 patients (mean age 59...
July 13, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734497/functional-not-chronologic-age-frailty-index-predicts-outcomes-in-advanced-ovarian-cancer
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Amanika Kumar, Carrie L Langstraat, Stephanie R DeJong, Michaela E McGree, Jamie N Bakkum-Gamez, Amy L Weaver, Nathan K LeBrasseur, William A Cliby
OBJECTIVES: To assess the impact of frailty as measured by a frailty deficit index (FI) on outcomes in advanced epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) after primary debulking surgery (PDS). METHODS: Women with Stage IIIC/IV EOC who underwent PDS between 1/1/2003-12/31/2011 were included. Medical records were reviewed for patient characteristics and outcomes. The FI includes 30 items scored at 0, 0.5 or 1 and is calculated by summing across all the item scores and dividing by the total...
July 19, 2017: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734051/a-user-s-guide-for-%C3%AE-synuclein-biomarker-studies-in-biological-fluids-perianalytical-considerations
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REVIEW
Brit Mollenhauer, Richard Batrla, Omar El-Agnaf, Douglas R Galasko, Hilal A Lashuel, Kalpana M Merchant, Lesley M Shaw, Dennis J Selkoe, Robert Umek, Hugo Vanderstichele, Henrik Zetterberg, Jing Zhang, Chelsea Caspell-Garcia, Chris Coffey, Samantha J Hutten, Mark Frasier, Peggy Taylor
Parkinson's disease biomarkers are needed to increase diagnostic accuracy, to objectively monitor disease progression and to assess therapeutic efficacy as well as target engagement when evaluating novel drug and therapeutic strategies. This article summarizes perianalytical considerations for biomarker studies (based on immunoassays) in Parkinson's disease, with emphasis on quantifying total α-synuclein protein in biological fluids. Current knowledge and pitfalls are discussed, and selected perianalytical variables are presented systematically, including different temperature of sample collection and types of collection tubes, gradient sampling, the addition of detergent, aliquot volume, the freezing time, and the different thawing methods...
July 22, 2017: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733944/the-gastric-and-intestinal-microbiome-role-of-proton-pump-inhibitors
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REVIEW
Artem Minalyan, Lilit Gabrielyan, David Scott, Jonathan Jacobs, Joseph R Pisegna
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The discovery of Helicobacter pylori and other organisms colonizing the stomach and the intestines has shed some light on the importance of microbiome in maintaining overall health and developing pathological conditions when alterations in biodiversity are present. The gastric acidity plays a crucial role in filtering out bacteria and preventing development of enteric infections. In this article, we discuss the physiology of gastric acid secretion and bacterial contribution to the composition of gastric and intestinal barriers and review the current literature on the role of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) in the microbial biodiversity of the gastrointestinal tract...
August 2017: Current Gastroenterology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733353/use-of-proteomics-to-investigate-kidney-function-decline-over-5-years
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Axel C Carlsson, Erik Ingelsson, Johan Sundström, Juan Jesus Carrero, Stefan Gustafsson, Tobias Feldreich, Markus Stenemo, Anders Larsson, Lars Lind, Johan Ärnlöv
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Using a discovery/replication approach, we investigated associations between a multiplex panel of 80 circulating proteins associated with cardiovascular pathology or inflammation, and eGFR decline per year and CKD incidence. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, & MEASUREMENTS: We used two cohorts, the Prospective Investigation of the Vasculature in Uppsala Seniors Study (PIVUS; n=687, mean age of 70 years, 51% women) and the Uppsala Longitudinal Study of Adult Men (ULSAM; n=360 men, mean age of 78 years), with 5-year follow-up data on eGFR...
July 21, 2017: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733295/the-impact-of-healthcare-professionals-personality-and-religious-beliefs-on-the-decisions-to-forego-life-sustaining-treatments-an-observational-multicentre-cross-sectional-study-in-greek-intensive-care-units
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Asimenia Ntantana, Dimitrios Matamis, Savvoula Savvidou, Kyriaki Marmanidou, Maria Giannakou, Μary Gouva, George Nakos, Vasilios Koulouras
OBJECTIVES: To assess the opinion of intensive care unit (ICU) personnel and the impact of their personality and religious beliefs on decisions to forego life-sustaining treatments (DFLSTs). SETTING: Cross-sectional, observational, national study in 18 multidisciplinary Greek ICUs, with >6 beds, between June and December 2015. PARTICIPANTS: 149 doctors and 320 nurses who voluntarily and anonymously answered the End-of-Life (EoL) attitudes, Personality (EPQ) and Religion (SpREUK) questionnaires...
July 21, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732511/primary-liver-transplantation-and-liver-retransplantation-comparison-of-health-related-quality-of-life-and-mental-status-a-cross-sectional-study
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Johannes Broschewitz, Georg Wiltberger, Nicco Krezdorn, Felix Krenzien, Julia Förster, Georgi Atanasov, Hans-Michael Hau, Moritz Schmelzle, Andreas Hinz, Michael Bartels, Christian Benzing
BACKGROUND: Liver Retransplantation (Re-LT) procedures are associated with an increased risk of morbidity and mortality. Up to date, there is no knowledge on the health-related quality of life and the mental status of these patients. METHODS: Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQoL) was assessed by using the Short Form 36 (SF-36) Health Survey and Mental Status was assessed by using the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS). The patients were examined in different assessments: During regular check-up examinations in the LT outpatient department in 2011 (Survey 1) and in a postal survey in 2013 (Survey 2)...
July 21, 2017: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732500/linking-clinical-quality-indicators-to-research-evidence-a-case-study-in-asthma-management-for-children
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Miew Keen Choong, Guy Tsafnat, Peter Hibbert, William B Runciman, Enrico Coiera
BACKGROUND: Clinical quality indicators are used to monitor the performance of healthcare services and should wherever possible be based on research evidence. Little is known however about the extent to which indicators in common use are based on research. The objective of this study is to measure the extent to which clinical quality indicators used in asthma management in children with outcome measurements can be linked to results in randomised controlled clinical trial (RCT) reports...
July 21, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731958/pain-catastrophizing-and-pain-health-related-quality-of-life-in-endometriosis
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Allison E McPeak, Catherine Allaire, Christina Williams, Arianne Albert, Sarka Lisonkova, Paul J Yong
OBJECTIVES: To determine if pain catastrophizing is independently associated with pain health-related quality-of-life in women with endometriosis, independent of potential confounders. METHODS: Analysis of cross-sectional baseline data from a prospective database at a tertiary referral center for endometriosis/pelvic pain. Referrals to the center were recruited between December 2013 to April 2015, with data collected from online patient questionnaires, physical examination, and review of medical records...
July 20, 2017: Clinical Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731408/defining-the-biological-basis-of-radiomic-phenotypes-in-lung-cancer
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Patrick Grossmann, Olya Stringfield, Nehme El-Hachem, Marilyn M Bui, Emmanuel Rios Velazquez, Chintan Parmar, Ralph Th Leijenaar, Benjamin Haibe-Kains, Philippe Lambin, Robert Gillies, Hugo Jwl Aerts
Medical imaging can visualize characteristics of human cancer noninvasively. Radiomics is an emerging field that translates these medical images into quantitative data to enable phenotypic profiling of tumors. While radiomics has been associated with several clinical endpoints, the complex relationships of radiomics, clinical factors, and tumor biology are largely unknown. To this end, we analyzed two independent cohorts of respectively 262 North American and 89 European patients with lung cancer, and consistently identified previously undescribed associations between radiomic imaging features, molecular pathways, and clinical factors...
July 21, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729151/standard-dose-pembrolizumab-in-combination-with-reduced-dose-ipilimumab-for-patients-with-advanced-melanoma-keynote-029-an-open-label-phase-1b-trial
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Georgina V Long, Victoria Atkinson, Jonathan S Cebon, Michael B Jameson, Bernie M Fitzharris, Catriona M McNeil, Andrew G Hill, Antoni Ribas, Michael B Atkins, John A Thompson, Wen-Jen Hwu, F Stephen Hodi, Alexander M Menzies, Alexander D Guminski, Richard Kefford, Benjamin Y Kong, Babak Tamjid, Archana Srivastava, Anna J Lomax, Mohammed Islam, Xinxin Shu, Scot Ebbinghaus, Nageatte Ibrahim, Matteo S Carlino
BACKGROUND: Reduced-dose nivolumab in combination with standard-dose ipilimumab improves objective response and progression-free survival compared with standard-dose ipilimumab alone, but increases toxicity. We assessed the safety and anti-tumour activity of standard-dose pembrolizumab in combination with reduced-dose ipilimumab. METHODS: In this open-label, phase 1b trial, we recruited patients from 12 medical centres in Australia, New Zealand, and the USA. Eligible patients were aged at least 18 years, had advanced melanoma, had an Eastern Coooperative Oncology Group performance status of 0 or 1, had measurable disease according to the Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST) version 1...
July 17, 2017: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728515/the-prevalence-of-constipation-at-admission-and-after-one-week-of-palliative-care-a-multicenter-study
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Sebastiano Mercadante, Francesco Masedu, Marco Maltoni, Daniela De Giovanni, Luigi Montanari, Cristina Pittureri, Raffaella Bertè, Laura Ursini, Franco Marinangeli, Federica Aielli
AIM: To assess the prevalence and intensity of constipation in advanced-cancer patients referred to palliative care, and to assess changes after one week of specialist palliative care. METHODS: Prospective multicenter study in advanced patients for a period of one year. At admission (T0), age, gender, primary tumor, concomitant diseases, Karnofsky status, Palliative prognostic score (PaP) Edmonton Symptom Assessment scale (ESAS), MDAS (Memorial Delirium Assessment Scale), and bowel function index (BFI) were collected...
July 20, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728486/relationship-between-neck-circumference-insulin-resistance-and-arterial-stiffness-in-overweight-and-obese-subjects
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Francesco Fantin, Gabriele Comellato, Andrea P Rossi, Elisa Grison, Elena Zoico, Gloria Mazzali, Mauro Zamboni
Background Only a few studies have investigated the relationship between neck circumference and cardiometabolic risk. The aim of this study was to assess the relationships between neck circumference, waist circumference, metabolic variables and arterial stiffness in a group of overweight and obese subjects evaluating a possible independent role of neck circumference in determining arterial stiffness. Methods and results We studied 95 subjects (53 women) with an age range of 20-77 years and body mass index range from 25...
January 1, 2017: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
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