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Sho Kurihara, Masato Fujioka, Tomohiko Yoshida, Makoto Koizumi, Kaoru Ogawa, Hiromi Kojima, Hirotaka James Okano
Hearing research has long been facilitated by rodent models, although in some diseases, human symptoms cannot be recapitulated. The common marmoset (Callithrix jacchus) is a small, easy-to-handle New World monkey which has a similar anatomy of the temporal bone, including the middle ear ossicular chains and inner ear to humans, than in comparison with that of rodents. Here, we report a reproducible, safe, and rational surgical approach to the cochlear round window niche for the drug delivery to the inner ear of the common marmoset...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Anita H Clayton, Irwin Goldstein, Noel N Kim, Stanley E Althof, Stephanie S Faubion, Brooke M Faught, Sharon J Parish, James A Simon, Linda Vignozzi, Kristin Christiansen, Susan R Davis, Murray A Freedman, Sheryl A Kingsberg, Paraskevi-Sofia Kirana, Lisa Larkin, Marita McCabe, Richard Sadovsky
The International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health process of care (POC) for management of hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) algorithm was developed to provide evidence-based guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of HSDD in women by health care professionals. Affecting 10% of adult females, HSDD is associated with negative emotional and psychological states and medical conditions including depression. The algorithm was developed using a modified Delphi method to reach consensus among the 17 international panelists representing multiple disciplines...
March 9, 2018: Mayo Clinic Proceedings
Maria Lucia Specchia, Giuseppe La Torre, Giovanna Elisa Calabrò, Paolo Villari, Roberto Grilli, Antonio Federici, Walter Ricciardi, Chiara de Waure
Background: The current economic context calls for rationalizing health resources that can be pursued through disinvestment from low value health technologies to invest in the best performing ones, ensuring high healthcare quality. Oncology is a field where, because of high costs of health technologies and rapid innovation, disinvestment is crucial. Methods: On this basis, the research team investigated through a survey, based on a questionnaire, opinions and views of representatives of European countries about disinvestment, in terms of fields of application, potential advocates and barriers, specifically focusing on cancer care...
March 12, 2018: European Journal of Public Health
Jasper Littmann, Alena Buyx
Antibiotics resistance presents one of the major challenges for health care in the twenty-first century. This paper examines the ethical problems that arise as a result of antibiotic resistance. Two main categories of ethical problems in infectious disease control are distinguished: those that are exacerbated by antibiotics resistance, and those that are a direct result of antibiotics resistance. The second category, which is considered in greater detail in this paper, includes, among others, issues of fair distribution of effective antibiotics, if they are considered a scarce resource...
March 13, 2018: Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz
Richard Njouom, Isabelle Siffert, Gaëtan Texier, Guillaume Lachenal, Mathurin Cyrille Tejiokem, Jacques Pépin, Arnaud Fontanet
Cameroon is thought to have one of the highest prevalences of Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in the world (4·9% among adults). A marked cohort effect exists in several communities where ≈50% of the elderly are infected. Better assessment of HCV distribution is needed for planning treatment programs. We tested for HCV antibodies 14150 capillary blood samples collected during the 2011 Demographic and Health Survey, whose participants were representative of the Cameroonian population aged 15-49 (both genders) and 50-59 years (men only)...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
Andrea O Rossetti, Kaspar Schindler, Vincent Alvarez, Raoul Sutter, Jan Novy, Mauro Oddo, Loane Warpelin-Decrausaz, Stephan Rüegg
Continuous video-EEG is recommended for patients with altered consciousness; as compared to routine EEG (lasting <30 minutes), it improves seizure detection, but is time- and resource-consuming. Although North American centers increasingly implement continuous video-EEG, most other (including European) hospitals have insufficient resources. Only one study suggested that continuous video-EEG could improve outcome in adults, and a recent assessments challenge this view. This article reviews current evidence on the added value for continuous video-EEG in clinical terms and describes a design for a prospective study...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Publication of the American Electroencephalographic Society
C Ricardo Ramirez, M L Álvarez Gómez, C A Agudelo Vélez, S Zuluaga Penagos, R A Consuegra Peña, K Uribe Hernández, I C Mejía Gil, E M Cano Londoño, M Elorza Parra, J G Franco Vásquez
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the clinical characteristics, prevalence and factors associated with delirium in critical patients from 5 to 14 years of age. DESIGN: An analytical, cross-sectional observational study was made. Delirium was assessed with the Pediatric-Confusion Assessment Method for the Intensive Care Unit (pCAM-ICU) and motor classification was established with the Delirium Rating Scale Revised-98. SETTING: A pediatric Intensive Care Unit...
March 9, 2018: Medicina Intensiva
Thomas P Sartwelle, James C Johnston
A half century after continuous electronic fetal monitoring (EFM) became the omnipresent standard of care for the vast majority of labors in the developed countries, and the cornerstone for cerebral palsy litigation, EFM advocates still do not have any scientific evidence justifying EFM use in most labors or courtrooms. Yet, these EFM proponents continue rationalizing the procedure with a rhetorical fog of meaningless words, misleading statistics, archaic concepts, and a complete disregard for medical ethics...
January 2018: Surgery Journal
Adina Kleinerüschkamp, Patrick Meybohm, Niels Straub, Kai Zacharowski, Suma Choorapoikayil
BACKGROUND: Patient blood management (PBM) is a multidisciplinary concept focused on the management of anaemia, minimisation of iatrogenic blood loss and rational use of allogeneic blood products. The aims of this study were: (i) to analyse post-operative outcome in patients with liberal vs restrictive exposure to allogeneic blood products and (ii) to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of PBM in patients undergoing surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A systematic literature review and meta-analysis were performed to compare post-operative complications in predominantly non-transfused patients (restrictive transfusion group) and patients who received one to three units of red blood cells (liberal transfusion group)...
February 16, 2018: Blood Transfusion, Trasfusione del Sangue
Peter Griffiths, Alejandra Recio-Saucedo, Chiara Dall'Ora, Jim Briggs, Antonello Maruotti, Paul Meredith, Gary B Smith, Jane Ball
AIMS: To identify nursing care most frequently missed in acute adult inpatient wards and determine evidence for the association of missed care with nurse staffing. BACKGROUND: Research has established associations between nurse staffing levels and adverse patient outcomes including in-hospital mortality. However, the causal nature of this relationship is uncertain and omissions of nursing care (referred as missed care, care left undone or rationed care) have been proposed as a factor which may provide a more direct indicator of nurse staffing adequacy...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Advanced Nursing
Martin D Moore
In classic accounts of the development of modern medicine in Europe and North America, the sick person is often portrayed as having a history of disappearance with the rise of the objectified body of the modern patient. To this account, sociologists and historians of medicine have added another for the period after 1950, in which the patient as subjective person "reappears" in medical discourse. However, despite histories of practice and identity revising narratives of disappearance, the patient's reappearance has largely escaped further assessment...
March 5, 2018: Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
M Štefan, J Vojtěch
OBJECTIVE: This article reviews up-to-date data on antibiotic therapy in pregnancy. DESIGN: Review article. SETTING: Department of Infectious Diseases, Military University Hospital Prague; Institute for the Care of Mother and Child, Prague. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Relevant literary sources have been considered, including articles in English indexed in Pubmed, monographies in English and articles in Czech. CONCLUSIONS: Antibiotic therapy in pregnancy must be rational...
2018: Ceská Gynekologie
Leonard M Fleck
Meeting healthcare needs is a matter of social justice. Healthcare needs are virtually limitless; however, resources, such as money, for meeting those needs, are limited. How then should we (just and caring citizens and policymakers in such a society) decide which needs must be met as a matter of justice with those limited resources? One reasonable response would be that we should use cost effectiveness as our primary criterion for making those choices. This article argues instead that cost-effectiveness considerations must be constrained by considerations of healthcare justice...
April 2018: Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics: CQ: the International Journal of Healthcare Ethics Committees
Floortje B Moes, Eddy S Houwaart, Diana M J Delnoij, Klasien Horstman
RATIONALE, AIMS, AND OBJECTIVES: This paper examines a remarkable dispute between Dutch insurers, hospitals, doctors, and patients about a set of quality indicators. In 2013, private insurers planned to drastically reform Dutch emergency care using quality indicators they had formulated drawing from clinical guidelines, RCTs, and systematic reviews. Insurers' plans caused much debate in the field of emergency care. As quality indicators have come to play a more central role in health care governance, the questions what constitutes good evidence for them, how they ought to be used, and who controls them have become politically and morally charged...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
Elvis Dzelamonyuy Chem, Damian Nota Anong, Jane-Francis K T Akoachere
BACKGROUND: Inappropriate use of antibiotics is a global public health challenge and has been associated with antibiotic resistance. WHO reports show that efforts to promote rational antibiotic use in developing countries are poor. With the growing number of infections with antibiotic resistant bacteria, rational drug use becomes imperative and studies that promote rational drug use are highly necessary. Considering this, we investigated prescribing patterns and predictors of antibiotic prescription in primary health care facilities in Kumbo East (KE) and Kumbo West (KW) health districts in North West Cameroon, to contribute data which could influence policy on antibiotic use...
2018: PloS One
Sharon Elad, Kevin Zinchuk, Shuli Li, Corey Cutler, Jane Liesveld, Nathaniel Treister
BACKGROUND: Chronic graft-versus-host disease (cGVHD) frequently affects the oral mucosa and is generally responsive to topical immunomodulatory therapies. Clinicians may benefit from guidance in choosing the most appropriate therapy with respect to practicality and cost. OBJECTIVE: To assess the economic considerations related to topical immunomodulatory treatments for management of oral mucosal cGVHD and their practical implications. METHOD: Topical treatments used for management of oral cGVHD were obtained from the NIH Consensus document for ancillary and supportive care...
March 1, 2018: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Rasmus K Jensen, Rasmus Pihl, Trine A F Gadeberg, Jan K Jensen, Kasper R Andersen, Steffen Thiel, Nick S Laursen, Gregers Rom Andersen
The complement system is a complex, carefully regulated proteolytic cascade for which suppression of aberrant activation is of increasing clinical relevance and inhibition of the complement alternative pathway is a subject of intense research. Here, we describe the nanobody hC3Nb1 that binds to multiple functional states of C3 with sub-nanomolar affinity. The nanobody causes a complete shutdown of alternative pathway activity in human and murine serum when present in concentrations comparable to C3, and hC3Nb1 is shown to prevent both proconvertase assembly as well as binding of the C3 substrate to C3 convertases...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Jacob M Elkon, Ralph L Millett, Kristin F Millado, Jianqing Lin
Androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) has been the standard of care for the treatment of newly diagnosed metastatic prostate cancer for the past 70 years. Furthermore, adding docetaxel chemotherapy to ADT significantly improved patient survival, and thus became the new standard for patients with high volume disease. However, recent evidence has called this treatment strategy into question since a published study has shown that the drug abiraterone has a similar benefit to docetaxel in a similar patient population group but with less toxicity...
March 1, 2018: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
Silvia Forni, Giulio Toccafondi, Bruno Viaggi, Maddalena Grazzini, Sara D'Arienzo, Fabrizio Gemmi, Andrea Vannucci, Giorgio Tulli
Antimicrobial resistance is a global threat caused by the rapid spread of multiresistant microorganisms. Antimicrobial stewardship (AS) is a coordinated intervention designed to improve the appropriate use of antimicrobials by promoting the selection of the optimal drug regimen, dose, duration of therapy and route of administration. AS programs have proved effective in reducing antimicrobial resistance, inappropriate antimicrobial use and in improving patient outcomes. Recently developed rapid diagnostic technologies in microbiology (RDTM) allows a faster and etiological diagnosis of infection and a reduction in the use of unnecessary empirical therapies...
February 2018: Recenti Progressi in Medicina
Danton S Char, Sandra Soo-Jin Lee, David Magnus, Mildred Cho
PurposeTo investigate the potential impacts of whole-genome sequencing (WGS) in the pediatric critical-care context, we examined how clinicians caring for critically ill children with congenital heart disease (CHD) anticipate and perceive the impact of WGS on their decision-making process and treatment recommendations.MethodsWe conducted semistructured in-person and telephone interviews of clinicians involved in the care of critically ill children with CHD at a high-volume pediatric heart center. We qualitatively analyzed the transcribed interviews...
March 1, 2018: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
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