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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532014/advanced-review-of-graphene-based-nanomaterials-in-drug-delivery-systems-synthesis-modification-toxicity-and-application
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REVIEW
Qi Zhang, Zhuona Wu, Ning Li, Yiqiong Pu, Bing Wang, Tong Zhang, Jiansheng Tao
The discovery of graphene, a notable achievement in the field of novel carbon nanomaterials, has triggered the worldwide exploration of the biomedical applications of this material since 2004 because of its unique properties. The two-dimensional planar structure, large surface area, chemical stability, mechanical stability, and good biocompatibility of graphene are promising for applications in drug delivery systems (DDSs). In this review, we briefly discuss the characteristics, synthesis, and modification of graphene...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531205/cost-analysis-of-human-papillomavirus-related-cervical-diseases-and-genital-warts-in-swaziland
#2
Themba G Ginindza, Benn Sartorius, Xolisile Dlamini, Ellinor Östensson
BACKGROUND: Human papillomavirus (HPV) has proven to be the cause of several severe clinical conditions on the cervix, vulva, vagina, anus, oropharynx and penis. Several studies have assessed the costs of cervical lesions, cervical cancer (CC), and genital warts. However, few have been done in Africa and none in Swaziland. Cost analysis is critical in providing useful information for economic evaluations to guide policymakers concerned with the allocation of resources in order to reduce the disease burden...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530525/cost-effectiveness-of-nivolumab-ipilimumab-combination-therapy-compared-with-monotherapy-for-first-line-treatment-of-metastatic-melanoma-in-the-united-states
#3
Anna Oh, Dang M Tran, Leann C McDowell, Dor Keyvani, Jay Andrew Barcelon, Oscar Merino, Leslie Wilson
BACKGROUND: The approval of new immunotherapies has dramatically changed the treatment landscape of metastatic melanoma. These survival gains come with trade-offs in side effects and costs, as well as important considerations for third-party payer systems, physicians, and patients. OBJECTIVE: To develop a Markov model to determine the cost-effectiveness of nivolumab, ipilimumab, and nivolumab-ipilimumab combination as firstline therapy in metastatic melanoma, while accounting for differential effectiveness in programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) positive and negative patients...
June 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530519/does-a-one-size-fits-all-cost-sharing-approach-incentivize-appropriate-medication-use-a-roundtable-on-the-fairness-and-ethics-associated-with-variable-cost-sharing
#4
Jennifer S Graff, Chuck Shih, Thomas Barker, Gabriela Dieguez, Cheryl Larson, Helen Sherman, Robert W Dubois
BACKGROUND: Tiered formularies, in which patients pay copays or coinsurance out-of-pocket (OOP), are used to manage costs and encourage more efficient health care resource use. Formulary tiers are typically based on the cost of treatment rather than the medical appropriateness for the patient. Cost sharing may have unintended consequences on treatment adherence and health outcomes. Use of higher-cost, higher-tier medications can be due to a variety of factors, including unsuccessful treatment because of lack of efficacy or side effects, patient clinical or genetic characteristics, patient preferences to avoid potential side effects, or patient preferences based on the route of administration...
June 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530501/palliative-care-for-advanced-heart-failure-in-a-department-of-veterans-affairs-regional-hospice-program-patient-selection-a-treatment-protocol-and-clinical-course
#5
George J Taylor, Dorothy M Lee, Catalin F Baicu, Michael R Zile
BACKGROUND: Palliative care for advanced heart failure (HF) is generally recommended. However, few reports have focused on the particulars of treatment, or the clinical course of HF on a specific treatment regimen. OBJECTIVE: Palliation adequate to allow patients to avoid HF admission and die at home. METHODS: Patients from a veterans administration regional practice with multiple, recent hospital admissions were enrolled in community hospice programs...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530079/-kidney-diseases-in-north-israel-according-to-kidney-biopsies-bnai-zion-medical-center-14-years-experience
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Shimon Storch, Nadav Willner, Aurora Toubi, Simona Croitoru, Vladimir Wolfson, Ibrahim Matar, Elinor Grushka, Majed Odeh, Efrat Wolfovits, Elad Schiff, Yitzhak Rosner, Elias Toubi, Aharon Kessel, Ofer Ben Izhak, Boaz Moskovitz, Ofer Nativ
INTRODUCTION: Little is known about the prevalence of kidney diseases according to renal biopsy in Israel. Since updated literature worldwide emphasizes changing etiologies of chronic kidney disease, it is crucial to research and define the epidemiology and pathology of kidney disease in Israel. Hereby, we introduce an original review of the prevalence of kidney diseases in our study population, which we believe reflects the prevalence of kidney diseases in the population of Israel. AIMS: To investigate the prevalence of kidney diseases diagnosed by renal biopsy, according to age, gender, race and clinical symptoms...
September 2016: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529825/innovative-approaches-to-glaucoma-management-of-boston-keratoprosthesis-type-1
#7
Thasarat S Vajaranant, Jessica Liu, Jacob Wilensky, M Soledad Cortina, Ahmad A Aref
Glaucoma remains a prevalent disorder and visual limiting factor after Boston keratoprosthesis type 1 implantation. Patients with glaucoma have worse initial and late visual acuity outcomes after otherwise successful keratoprosthesis implantation. Management of glaucoma in the setting of a keratoprosthesis is challenging because of relatively rapid progression and an inability to accurately measure intraocular pressure (IOP). In addition, there are no standard guidelines for glaucoma surveillance and monitoring after keratoprosthesis surgery...
September 2016: Current Ophthalmology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529812/diabetic-muscle-infarction-masquerading-as-necrotizing-fasciitis
#8
Kalyana C Janga, Ankur Sinha, Perry Wengrofsky, Phone Oo, Sheldon Greenberg, Regina Tarkovsky, Kavita Sharma
A 43-year-old male patient with past medical history of diabetes mellitus (DM), end stage renal disease (ESRD) on hemodialysis (HD), congestive heart failure (CHF), obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and chronic anemia presented with complaints of left thigh pain. A computerized tomogram (CT) of the thigh revealed evidence of edema with no evidence of a focal collection or gas formation noted. The patient's clinical symptoms persisted and he underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of his thigh which was reported to show small areas of muscle necrosis with fluid collection...
2017: Case Reports in Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529730/effect-of-low-versus-high-frequency-stimulation-on-freezing-of-gait-and-other-axial-symptoms-in-parkinson-patients-with-bilateral-stn-dbs-a-mini-review
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REVIEW
Tao Xie, Mahesh Padmanaban, Lisa Bloom, Ellen MacCracken, Breanna Bertacchi, Abraham Dachman, Peter Warnke
Some studies have shown that low frequency stimulation (LFS, most commonly 60 Hz), compared to high frequency stimulation (HFS, most commonly 130 Hz), has beneficial effects, short-term or even long-term, on improving freezing of gait (FOG) and other axial symptoms, including speech and swallowing function, in Parkinson disease (PD) patients with bilateral subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation (STN DBS). However, other studies failed to confirm this. It seems not clear what determines the difference in response to LFS...
2017: Translational Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529196/the-usage-of-mock-oral-examinations-for-program-improvement
#10
Shari L Meyerson, Stuart Lipnick, Edward Hollinger
OBJECTIVE: Mock oral examinations are often used to prepare residents for the American Board of Surgery certifying examination. Another potential use of these examinations is to identify programmatic weaknesses. Results from a multi-institutional mock oral examination were evaluated to determine if specific areas of weakness within each of the participating programs could be identified to facilitate program development. DESIGN: A mock oral examination was administered annually consisting of 3 examination rooms per resident with 3 cases in each room...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Surgical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528388/fertility-sparing-for-young-patients-with-gynecologic-cancer-how-mri-can-guide-patient-selection-prior-to-conservative-management
#11
REVIEW
Sinead H McEvoy, Stephanie Nougaret, Nadeem R Abu-Rustum, Hebert Alberto Vargas, Elizabeth A Sadowski, Christine O Menias, Fuki Shitano, Shinya Fujii, Ramon E Sosa, Joanna G Escalon, Evis Sala, Yulia Lakhman
Historically, cancer treatment has emphasized measures for the "cure" regardless of the long-term consequences. Advances in cancer detection and treatment have resulted in improved outcomes bringing to the fore various quality of life considerations including future fertility. For many young cancer patients, fertility preservation is now an integral component of clinical decision-making and treatment design. Optimal fertility-sparing options for young patients with gynecologic cancer are influenced by patient age, primary cancer, treatment regimens, and patient preferences...
May 20, 2017: Abdominal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527879/ventricular-diastolic-pressure-ratio-as-a-marker-of-treatment-response-in-pulmonary-hypertension
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Arun Jose, Christopher S King, Oksana A Shlobin, Joseph M Kiernan, Nicolas A Cossa, A Whitney Brown, Steven D Nathan
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is diagnosed and classified through right heart catheterization (RHC), with a number of hemodynamic markers used to help guide treatment decisions. These markers may not reflect the complex remodeling of the right ventricle or the interplay between ventricles, and struggle to predict treatment response. This study investigates the use of a novel marker; the ratio of left to right ventricular end-diastolic pressures (LVEDP/RVEDP), in predicting treatment outcomes in a cohort of PH patients...
May 17, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527821/impact-of-sodium-bicarbonate-buffered-lidocaine-on-patient-pain-during-image-guided-breast-biopsy
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Alison Vasan, Jay A Baker, Rebecca A Shelby, Mary Scott C Soo
PURPOSE: This randomized, double-blind controlled study evaluated the effectiveness of sodium bicarbonate-buffered lidocaine on reducing pain during imaging-guided breast biopsies. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This prospective, HIPAA-compliant study randomly assigned 85 women undergoing ultrasound- or stereotactic-guided core-needle breast biopsies to receive intradermally and intraparenchymally either 1% lidocaine buffered with sodium bicarbonate (9:1 ratio) (bicarbonate study group) or 1% lidocaine alone (control group)...
May 17, 2017: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527641/identifying-social-behavioral-health-needs-of-adults-with-sickle-cell-disease-in-the-emergency-department
#14
Sophia K Smith, Julia Johnston, Carlton Rutherford, Rachel Hollowell, Paula Tanabe
INTRODUCTION: Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a complex illness with many social-behavioral co-morbidities. The aim of this project was to describe unmet social-behavioral health needs for adults with SCD who presented to the emergency department for treatment of vaso-occlusive episodes (VOEs). METHODS: A descriptive study using 1:1 interviews during an ED visit for a VOE was conducted; a brief social behavioral health screening interview guide was used. A convenience sample of adults with SCD treated in the emergency department for a VOE were eligible for inclusion...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Emergency Nursing: JEN: Official Publication of the Emergency Department Nurses Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527263/-racemose-neurocysticercosis-neuroimaging-guides-the-diagnosis
#15
Carlos Hugo Zapata, Sergio Alberto Vargas, Carlos Santiago Uribe
Neurocysticercosis is the leading cause of parasitosis of the central nervous system and acquired epilepsy in developing countries. The clinical manifestations of neurocysticercosis, especially its racemose variant, are pleomorphic and unspecific, characteristics that hinder the diagnosis and make it a challenge for the clinician.The objective of this report was to describe two cases of racemose neurocysticercosis in which neuroimaging led to the definitive diagnosis. The first case involved a patient with persistent headache and focal neurological signs...
April 1, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526212/3d-deeply-supervised-network-for-automated-segmentation-of-volumetric-medical-images
#16
Qi Dou, Lequan Yu, Hao Chen, Yueming Jin, Xin Yang, Jing Qin, Pheng-Ann Heng
While deep convolutional neural networks (CNNs) have achieved remarkable success in 2D medical image segmentation, it is still a difficult task for CNNs to segment important organs or structures from 3D medical images owing to several mutually affected challenges, including the complicated anatomical environments in volumetric images, optimization difficulties of 3D networks and inadequacy of training samples. In this paper, we present a novel and efficient 3D fully convolutional network equipped with a 3D deep supervision mechanism to comprehensively address these challenges; we call it 3D DSN...
May 8, 2017: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526182/pharmacologic-management-of-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-available-therapies
#17
James Thrasher
Choices for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) have multiplied as our understanding of the underlying pathophysiologic defects has evolved. Treatment should target multiple defects in T2DM and follow a patient-centered approach that considers factors beyond glycemic control, including cardiovascular risk reduction. The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists/American College of Endocrinology and the American Diabetes Association recommend an initial approach consisting of lifestyle changes and monotherapy, preferably with metformin...
May 12, 2017: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525778/inferior-vena-cava-collapsibility-detects-fluid-responsiveness-among-spontaneously-breathing-critically-ill-patients
#18
Keith A Corl, Naomi R George, Justin Romanoff, Andrew T Levinson, Darin B Chheng, Roland C Merchant, Mitchell M Levy, Anthony M Napoli
PURPOSE: Measurement of inferior vena cava collapsibility (cIVC) by point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) has been proposed as a viable, non-invasive means of assessing fluid responsiveness. We aimed to determine the ability of cIVC to identify patients who will respond to additional intravenous fluid (IVF) administration among spontaneously breathing critically-ill patients. METHODS: Prospective observational trial of spontaneously breathing critically-ill patients...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525429/anogenital-and-physical-injuries-in-adolescent-sexual-assault-patients-the-role-of-victim-offender-relationship-alcohol-use-and-memory-impairment
#19
Hannah Feeney, Danielle Chiaramonte, Rebecca Campbell, Megan R Greeson, Giannina Fehler-Cabral
Prior research has documented high rates of anogenital and physical injuries among adolescent sexual assault patients. Although a number of factors related to rates of injury detection in adolescents have been identified, there may be additional features of the assault that are disclosed in the patient history that could be important indicators of injury risk. The purpose of the current study was to expand this literature by examining whether factors that are salient in sexual assaults committed against adolescents-victim-offender relationship, substance use, and memory impairment-are associated with documented anogenital and physical injury rates...
April 2017: Journal of Forensic Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524787/cerebral-hemorrhage-in-monozygotic-twins-with-hereditary-hemorrhagic-telangiectasia-case-report-and-hemorrhagic-risk-evaluation
#20
Abbas Rattani, Michael C Dewan, Vickie Hannig, Robert P Naftel, John C Wellons, Lori C Jordan
The authors present a case of monozygotic twins with hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT) who experienced cerebral arteriovenous malformation (AVM) hemorrhage at a very young age. The clinical variables influencing HHT-related AVM rupture are discussed, and questions surrounding the timing of screening and intervention are explored. This is only the second known case of monozygotic HHT twins published in the medical literature, and the youngest pair of first-degree relatives to experience AVM-related cerebral hemorrhage...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
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