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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725274/news-in-al-amyloidosis-ash-2016-a%C3%A2-rapidly-evolving-field-of-investigation
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REVIEW
Hermine Agis
Amyloidosis is a rare but life-threatening protein misfolding disease. The early diagnosis and enrollment of patients into multicentre trials is of great importance, as is the need for intensive collaboration between multiple medical departments and experienced specialists. In the following review, the most interesting abstracts from the annual American Society of Hematology (ASH) meeting in 2016 are presented. The topics include the limitations of established biomarkers in risk assessment and response evaluation, the introduction of a new biomarker, the comparison of different treatment sequences and the efficacy of a multiple drug regimen in light-chain (AL) amyloidosis...
2017: Memo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717767/breaking-bad-news-in-ethnic-settings-perspectives-of-patients-and-families-in-northern-sri-lanka
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Chrishanthi Rajasooriyar, Jenny Kelly, Thanikai Sivakumar, Gowcikan Navanesan, Shahini Nadarasa, Madona Hashanthy Sriskandarajah, Sabe Sabesan
PURPOSE: The discussion of a cancer diagnosis and prognosis often is difficult. This study explored the expectations of Tamil-speaking patients with cancer and their families with respect to receiving their cancer diagnosis in northern Sri Lanka. METHODS: This exploratory, descriptive, qualitative study used semistructured interviews. RESULTS: Thematic analysis identified two major themes: communication and information seeking. The findings illustrate a discrepancy between patient preference for direct disclosure of the diagnosis and that of families...
June 2017: Journal of Global Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708355/-undergraduate-training-in-physician-patient-communication
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Alexandre Berney, Pascale Pécoud, Céline Bourquin, Friedrich Stiefel
In addition to providing psychiatric care to patients with somatic diseases, liaison psychiatry plays an important role in the teaching of the relational aspects of the clinical encounter between patients and clinicians. This series of three articles proposes a critical reflection on this topic, and presents examples of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programs developed by the psychiatric liaison service at Lausanne University Hospital. This article describes the general context of undergraduate teaching, and focuses on our training with simulated patient of a breaking bad news situation, taking place during the fourth year of medical studies...
February 8, 2017: Revue Médicale Suisse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703897/media-representations-of-breech-birth-a-prospective-analysis-of-web-based-news-reports
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Karolina Petrovska, Athena Sheehan, Caroline S E Homer
INTRODUCTION: Recent research has demonstrated that the media presentation of childbirth is highly medicalized, often portraying birth as risky and dramatic. Media representation of breech presentation and birth is unexplored in this context. This study aimed to explore the content and tone of news media reports relating to breech presentation and breech birth. METHODS: Google alerts were created using the terms breech and breech birth in online English-language news sites over a 3-year period from January 1, 2013, to December 31, 2015...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700509/does-physician-leadership-affect-hospital-quality-operational-efficiency-and-financial-performance
#5
Michael C Tasi, Aakash Keswani, Kevin J Bozic
BACKGROUND: With payers and policymakers' focus on improving the value (health outcomes achieved per health care dollar spent) of health care delivery, physicians are increasingly taking on senior leadership/management positions in health care organizations (Carsen & Xia, 2006). Little research has been done to understand the impact of physician leadership on the delivery of care. PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to examine whether hospital systems led by physicians were associated with better U...
July 11, 2017: Health Care Management Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693758/the-u-s-online-news-coverage-of-mammography-based-on-a-google-news-search
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REVIEW
Leng Leng Young Lin, Andrew B Rosenkrantz
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: To characterize online news coverage relating to mammography, including articles' stance toward screening mammography. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Google News was used to search U.S. news sites over a 9-year period (2006-2015) based on the search terms "mammography" and "mammogram." The top 100 search results were recorded. Identified articles were manually reviewed. RESULTS: The top 100 news articles were from the following sources: local news outlet (50%), national news outlet (24%), nonimaging medical source (13%), entertainment or culture news outlet (6%), business news outlet (4%), peer-reviewed journal (1%), and radiology news outlet (1%)...
July 7, 2017: Academic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677514/-cardiologists-should-take-this-to-heart-doctors-often-do-not-recognise-stress-as-a-risk-factor-for-cardiovascular-disease
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P M J C Kuijpers
The strong association between distress and heart disease is frequently in the news, for example when a celebrity dies after terrible news such as death of a child. Researchers in the Netherlands found that high scores on the Cardiac Anxiety Questionnaire after a myocardial infarction lead to an increased risk of new cardiac events, regardless of underlying cardiac disease severity. Although the brain-heart axis is well known in literature, it is hardly a common subject in daily clinical cardiac practice. Signs and symptoms frequently lead to an 'oculostenotic reflex' instead of proper mental diagnosis...
2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675268/-news-about-pericardial-diseases-in-2016
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Baris Karpuz, Valèrie Duchatelle, Maxime Tapponnier, Raluca Alexe, Christophe Sierro, Grègoire Girod
The European Society of Cardiology published in 2015 the new Guidelines on the management of pericardial diseases. Based on experts' opinions and recent clinical studies of respectable size, the new guidelines thoroughly revisit the criteria for hospitalization and precisely define severe cases. Another highlight regards medication. From now, first-line medical therapy should include the association of colchicine to the traditional non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or aspirin. The bi-therapy is recommended as soon as the first episode of pericarditis, for duration of 3 months...
September 7, 2016: Revue Médicale Suisse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671788/-therapeutic-news-in-infective-endocarditis
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Stella Marchetta, Alessandra Iovino, Patrizio Lancellotti, Luc Piérard
The European recommendations for the management of infective endocarditis have been updated in 2015. The therapeutic modalities depend on both a better prevention in high-risk population, a faster diagnosis through new approaches in medical imaging, and interdisciplinary collaboration by an « endocarditis team. » Treatment involves antimicrobial therapy which can be complex, initially empirical and then targeted, depending on local infectious epidemiology, and whether the infringement affects a native or a prosthetic valve...
August 24, 2016: Revue Médicale Suisse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666771/physicians-psychophysiological-stress-reaction-in-medical-communication-of-bad-news-a-critical-literature-review
#10
REVIEW
Regina Katharina Studer, Brigitta Danuser, Patrick Gomez
INTRODUCTION: Stress is a common phenomenon in medical professions. Breaking bad news (BBN) is reported to be a particularly distressing activity for physicians. Traditionally, the stress experienced by physicians when BBN was assessed exclusively using self-reporting. Only recently, the field of difficult physician-patient communication has used physiological assessments to better understand physicians' stress reactions. METHOD: This paper's goals are to (a) review current knowledge about the physicians' psychophysiological stress reactions in BBN situations, (b) discuss methodological aspects of these studies and (c) suggest directions for future research...
June 27, 2017: International Journal of Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666350/memories-of-ken-mason
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Margaret Brazier, Alexander McCall Smith, Graeme Laurie, Shelia McLean, Emily Jackson, Mary Neal, Hazel Biggs, Suzanne Ost
John Kenyon Mason (19 December 1919-26 January 2017), CBE, MD, LLD, FRCPath, DMJ, FRCPE, FRSE, and known as Ken Mason to us all, was Regius Professor of Forensic Medicine at the University of Edinburgh from 1973-1985 and thereafter Emeritus Professor of Forensic Medicine and Honorary Fellow in the School of Law at the University of Edinburgh. A formal obituary to Professor Mason is published in the Scotsman (http://www.scotsman.com/news/obituaries/obituary-professor-ken-mason-medical-jurisprudence-pioneer-1-4357181)...
June 28, 2017: Medical Law Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644205/the-unrecognized-epidemic-of-electronic-cigarette-burns
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Jesus I Ramirez, Catherine A Ridgway, Jeanne G Lee, Bruce M Potenza, Soman Sen, Tina L Palmieri, David G Greenhalgh, Pirko Maguina
Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are novel battery-operated devices that deliver nicotine as an inhaled aerosol. They originated from China in 2007 and their use has rapidly increased worldwide in the past decade, yet they remain largely unregulated. Reports of injuries associated with their use have appeared as unusual events in the news media and as case reports in the medical literature. This study was undertaken to explore e-cigarettes as a mechanism of burn injury. Referral records to three burn centers from January 2007 to July 2016 were searched to identify patients with injuries caused by e-cigarettes...
July 2017: Journal of Burn Care & Research: Official Publication of the American Burn Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641712/wireless-the-life-and-death-of-guglielmo-marconi
#13
EDITORIAL
Harold Smulyan, Robert S Pinals, Lisa Pinals, Daniel Villarreal
With little training in physics, Guglielmo Marconi developed the invention that stunned the world by wirelessly connecting ships and continents. Ten years before his death, he sustained a myocardial infarction followed by unmistakable angina pectoris. His personality and unhappy family life limited his ability to cope with his disease and to deal with Italy's most respected physicians. But their descriptions of his diagnosis and management are surprisingly few. Poor record keeping, intentional news suppression of his failing health or limited medical opportunities could be the reason for this lack of information...
June 2017: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637727/a-protocol-for-prospective-studies-of-25-hydroxyvitamin-d-leptin-and-body-mass-index-in-relation-to-cutaneous-melanoma-incidence-and-survival
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Jo Steinson Stenehjem, Tom K Grimsrud, Judith R Rees, Linda Vos, Ronnie Babigumira, Marit B Veierød, Trude Eid Robsahm
INTRODUCTION: The incidence and mortality rates of cutaneous melanoma (CM) are increasing among fair-skinned populations worldwide. Ultraviolet radiation (UVR) is the principal risk factor for CM, but is also the main source of 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D), which has been associated with reduced risk and better prognosis of some cancer types. However, both low and high 25(OH)D levels have been associated with increased risk of CM. Obesity as measured by body mass index (BMI) is associated with risk of several cancers and has also been suggested as a risk factor for CM, and may also be related to insufficient 25(OH)D and/or high leptin levels...
June 21, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631091/the-role-of-microbiota-and-probiotics-and-prebiotics-in-skin-health
#15
Mia Maguire, Greg Maguire
During the past decade, scientists have made great strides in understanding the microbiome's role in human health. Today, the microbiome has become key in scientific research, therapeutic development, medical treatment, and as a news feature in the media. Most studies have focused on the microbiome of our gut, but recently researchers have turned their attention to other microbiomes, including that of the skin. These studies of gut and skin microbiomes are yielding very informative results, new treatment strategies, and the development of new prebiotic and probiotic products for the treatment of many skin conditions...
August 2017: Archives of Dermatological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622011/breaking-bad-news-in-veterinary-medicine
#16
Bonnie McCracken Nickels, Thomas Hugh Feeley
The patient-provider relationship in the context of veterinary medicine represents a unique opportunity for studying how bad news is communicated to pet owners by conducting structured interviews with veterinarians. A sample of 44 veterinarians' responses was recorded and content-analyzed in an effort to identify themes among providers in their clinical experience of breaking bad news (BBN). Two coders revealed several themes in the data that were organized by three overarching areas: (1) breaking bad news in general, (2) euthanasia, and (3) social support...
June 16, 2017: Health Communication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621753/media-coverage-of-alcohol-issues-a-critical-political-economy-framework-a-case-study-from-ireland
#17
Julien Mercille
There is a growing literature on news media representations of alcohol-related issues. However, current scholarship has neglected critical political economic frameworks to interpret media coverage of alcohol. This paper presents such a framework that conceives of news organisations as corporations that share the values and interests of political and economic elites. The media are thus expected to present viewpoints that are more aligned with the alcohol industry than the scientific consensus on public health policy would warrant...
June 16, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615385/fake-medical-news-is-it-better-to-be-treated-by-a-male-physician-or-a-female-physician
#18
EDITORIAL
Roger Ladouceur
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 2017: Canadian Family Physician Médecin de Famille Canadien
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609264/supporting-muslim-patients-during-advanced-illness
#19
REVIEW
Nathan A Boucher, Ejaz A Siddiqui, Harold G Koenig
Religion is an important part of many patients' cultural perspectives and value systems that influence them during advanced illness and toward the end of life when they directly face mortality. Worldwide violence perpetrated by people identifying as Muslim has been a growing fear for people living in the US and elsewhere. This fear has further increased by the tense rhetoric heard from the recent US presidential campaign and the new presidential administration. For many, this includes fear of all Muslims, the second-largest religious group in the world with 1...
2017: Permanente Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602567/medical-students-reflections-on-emotions-concerning-breaking-bad-news
#20
Asta Kristiina Toivonen, Sari Lindblom-Ylänne, Pekka Louhiala, Eeva Pyörälä
OBJECTIVES: To gain a deeper understanding of fourth year medical students' reflections on emotions in the context of breaking bad news (BBN). METHODS: During the years 2010-2012, students reflected on their emotions concerning BBN in a learning assignment at the end of the communications skills course. The students were asked to write a description of how they felt about a BBN case. The reflections were analysed using qualitative content analysis. RESULTS: 351 students agreed to participate in the study...
June 3, 2017: Patient Education and Counseling
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