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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346805/brachytherapy-for-patients-with-prostate-cancer-american-society-of-clinical-oncology-cancer-care-ontario-joint-guideline-update
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Joseph Chin, R Bryan Rumble, Marisa Kollmeier, Elisabeth Heath, Jason Efstathiou, Tanya Dorff, Barry Berman, Andrew Feifer, Arthur Jacques, D Andrew Loblaw
Purpose To jointly update the Cancer Care Ontario guideline on brachytherapy for patients with prostate cancer to account for new evidence. Methods An Update Panel conducted a targeted systematic literature review and identified more recent randomized controlled trials comparing dose-escalated external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) with brachytherapy in men with prostate cancer. Results Five randomized controlled trials provided the evidence for this update. Recommendations For patients with low-risk prostate cancer who require or choose active treatment, low-dose rate brachytherapy (LDR) alone, EBRT alone, and/or radical prostatectomy (RP) should be offered to eligible patients...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346766/maternal-thyroid-parameters-in-pregnant-women-with-different-ethnic-backgrounds-do-ethnicity-specific-reference-ranges-improve-the-diagnosis-of-subclinical-hypothyroidism
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Flora Veltri, Julie Belhomme, Pierre Kleynen, Lidia Grabczan, Serge Rozenberg, Thierry Pepersack, Kris Poppe
OBJECTIVE: Guidelines on the management of thyroid dysfunction during pregnancy have recently been updated and, for the diagnosis of subclinical hypothyroidism (SCH), a TSH upper reference limit (cutoff) of 4.0 mIU/L has been proposed when no institutional values are available. It is also suggested that serum TSH and thyroid autoimmunity (TAI) may be different according to the ethnic background of the women. We therefore determined the prevalence of TAI and SCH in pregnant women with different ethnic backgrounds and, to define SCH, we used different first trimester TSH upper reference cutoffs (institutional, ethnicity-specific, 2...
March 27, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346664/a-cross-sectional-comparison-of-three-guidelines-for-intrapartum-cardiotocography
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Meena Bhatia, Kamal R Mahtani, David Nunan, Aparna Reddy
OBJECTIVE: To compare the cardiotocography classification systems outlined by the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) in 2015 and the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in 2007 and 2014. METHODS: A cross-sectional observational study of cardiotocography practices at a UK hospital was conducted among labor ward staff (n=21) from November 1 to November 31, 2015. All observers classified ten cardiotocography traces according to the three guidelines using a bespoke form...
March 27, 2017: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346647/validation-of-olfactory-threshold-testing-methods
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Alan Hirsch, Alexander Roussos, Sally Freels
In patients with chemosensory complaints, a head-to-head comparison of unilateral olfaction threshold testing with the Phenyl Ethyl Alcohol Smell Threshold Test (PEA) and the OLFACT-RL Odor Threshold Test (OLFACT-RL) was undertaken. The charts of 23 consecutive patients presenting with chemosensory complaints seen at the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation were reviewed and information extracted per Institutional Review Board guidelines. All patients had undergone olfactory testing with the PEA test and the OLFACT-RL test in accordance with their published administration manuals...
March 2017: Ear, Nose, & Throat Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346589/comparison-of-antibiotic-therapy-and-appendectomy-for-acute-uncomplicated-appendicitis-in-children-a-meta-analysis
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Libin Huang, Yuan Yin, Lie Yang, Cun Wang, Yuan Li, Zongguang Zhou
Importance: Antibiotic therapy for acute uncomplicated appendicitis is effective in adult patients, but its application in pediatric patients remains controversial. Objective: To compare the safety and efficacy of antibiotic treatment vs appendectomy as the primary therapy for acute uncomplicated appendicitis in pediatric patients. Data Sources: The PubMed, MEDLINE, EMBASE, and Cochrane Library databases and the Cochrane Controlled Trials Register for randomized clinical trials were searched through April 17, 2016...
March 27, 2017: JAMA Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346512/bacterial-and-viral-pathogen-spectra-of-acute-respiratory-infections-in-under-5-children-in-hospital-settings-in-dhaka-city
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Golam Sarower Bhuyan, Mohammad Amir Hossain, Suprovath Kumar Sarker, Asifuzzaman Rahat, Md Tarikul Islam, Tanjina Noor Haque, Noorjahan Begum, Syeda Kashfi Qadri, A K M Muraduzzaman, Nafisa Nawal Islam, Mohammad Sazzadul Islam, Nusrat Sultana, Manjur Hossain Khan Jony, Farhana Khanam, Golam Mowla, Abdul Matin, Firoza Begum, Tahmina Shirin, Dilruba Ahmed, Narayan Saha, Firdausi Qadri, Kaiissar Mannoor
The study aimed to examine for the first time the spectra of viral and bacterial pathogens along with the antibiotic susceptibility of the isolated bacteria in under-5 children with acute respiratory infections (ARIs) in hospital settings of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Nasal swabs were collected from 200 under-five children hospitalized with clinical signs of ARIs. Nasal swabs from 30 asymptomatic children were also collected. Screening of viral pathogens targeted ten respiratory viruses using RT-qPCR. Bacterial pathogens were identified by bacteriological culture methods and antimicrobial susceptibility of the isolates was determined following CLSI guidelines...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346296/antipsychotic-drug-use-in-nursing-home-residents-with-and-without-dementia-keep-an-eye-on-the-pro-re-nata-medication
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Katharina Allers, Michael Dörks, Guido Schmiemann, Falk Hoffmann
Behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia often lead to the prescription of antipsychotics, especially in nursing homes, but their use remains controversial. This study aimed to assess antipsychotic drug use in residents with dementia compared with those without dementia. Data were obtained through the cross-sectional 'inappropriate medication in patients with renal insufficiency in nursing homes' (IMREN) study including data from 21 nursing homes. Descriptive statistics were used and factors associated with the prescription of antipsychotics were identified by logistic regression...
March 24, 2017: International Clinical Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346284/an-electronic-cardiac-rehabilitation-referral-system-increases-cardiac-rehabilitation-referrals
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James P Pirruccello, Kathleen C Traynor, Pradeep Natarajan, Carol Brown, Michael K Hidrue, Kenneth A Rosenfield, Sekar Kathiresan, Jason H Wasfy
AIM: Although cardiac rehabilitation attendance is associated with improved clinical outcomes for patients after acute myocardial infarction (AMI), it remains underutilized nationally. We sought to determine whether replacing traditional, paper-based referrals for cardiac rehabilitation for patients with AMI with an electronic referral system would increase utilization. METHODS AND RESULTS: We implemented the change from traditional, paper-based referrals to electronic referrals at the Massachusetts General Hospital on 10 December 2013...
March 24, 2017: Coronary Artery Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346255/splash-safety-during-dermatologic-procedures-among-us-dermatology-residents
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Dorota Z Korta, Lance W Chapman, Patrick K Lee, Kenneth G Linden
BACKGROUND: Dermatologists are at potential risk of acquiring infections from contamination of the mucous membranes by blood and body fluids. However, there are little data on splash safety during procedural dermatology. OBJECTIVE: To determine dermatology resident perceptions about splash risk during dermatologic procedures and to quantify the rate of protective equipment use. METHODS: An anonymous on-line survey was sent to 108 United States ACGME-approved dermatology residency programs assessing frequency of facial protection during dermatologic procedures, personal history of splash injury, and, if applicable, reasons for not always wearing facial protection...
March 23, 2017: Dermatologic Surgery: Official Publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346238/management-of-hypertension-in-2017-targets-and-therapies
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Monica Ahluwalia, Sripal Bangalore
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Approximately one-fourth of the adult population is diagnosed with hypertension, which has been associated with increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality including cardiovascular death, myocardial infarction, heart failure and stroke. Early detection and treatment is a key and can lead to a significant reduction in cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. RECENT FINDINGS: In this review, we discuss the management and treatment strategies in patients with hypertension in the current era...
March 24, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346223/early-rectal-cancer-a-choice-between-local-excision-and-transabdominal-resection-a-review-of-the-literature-and-current-guidelines
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Giuseppe Pappalardo, Massimo Chiaretti
INTRODUCTION: Indication for Local Excision (LE) or Trans Abdominal Resections with Total Mesorectal Excision (TAR) in Early Rectal Cancer (ERC) are still controversial. MATERIAL OF STUDY: We reviewed meta-analyses, scientific societies guidelines, randomized and controlled clinical trials from 1999 to 2016 for a total of 146,231 patients. We included in our analysis the accuracy of different tools of investigation, the reliability of the endoscopic biopsies and compared the results of the various LE and TAR...
March 27, 2017: Annali Italiani di Chirurgia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346209/accuracy-considerations-in-sterile-compounding
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Michael J Akers
Published information about the accuracy of filling and closing operations of sterile products is limited and guidelines on the topic are very general. This article highlights the basic principles in sterile-product filling of syringes and vials. Also covered in this article are descriptions of some of the available devices for filling containers, a brief discussion of the advances in vial and syringe filling, a discussion on the advantages and disadvantages of sterile product filling methods, and a discussion on possible problems encountered during filling operations...
March 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346193/when-to-compound-medications-for-veterinary-patients
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Lauren Eichstadt Forsythe
This article serves as a brief discussion about some of the restrictions applicable to compounding medications for veterinary patients based on U. S. Food and Drug Administration compliance policy guidelines and provides a brief summary of when it is appropriate to compound medications for veterinary patients.
January 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346156/association-of-sleep-characteristics-with-cardiovascular-and-metabolic-risk-factors-in-a-population-sample-the-chicago-area-sleep-study
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Samantha E Montag, Kristen L Knutson, Phyllis C Zee, Jeffrey J Goldberger, Jason Ng, Kwang-Youn A Kim, Mercedes R Carnethon
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the association of sleep characteristics with prevalent hypertension, diabetes, and obesity in a multiethnic cohort. DESIGN: This study used a population-based cross-sectional study design. SETTING: Participants were recruited between 2009 and 2011 from Chicago, Illinois, and the surrounding suburbs. PARTICIPANTS: Participants were 492 adults aged 35 to 64years who self-reported as white, black, Hispanic, or Asian and who had a low likelihood of sleep apnea based on the apnea screening questionnaires and 1 night of apnea screening using an in-home device (apnea hypopnea index <15 or oxygen desaturation index <10)...
April 2017: Sleep Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346109/assessing-process-of-paediatric-care-in-a-resource-limited-setting-a-cross-sectional-audit-of-district-hospitals-in-rwanda
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Celestin Hategeka, Jeannie Shoveller, Lisine Tuyisenge, Larry D Lynd
BACKGROUND: Routine assessment of quality of care helps identify deficiencies which need to be improved. While gaps in the emergency care of children have been documented across sub-Saharan Africa, data from Rwanda are lacking. OBJECTIVE: To assess the care of sick infants and children admitted to Rwandan district hospitals and the extent to which it follows currently recommended clinical practice guidelines in Rwanda. METHODS: Data were gathered during a retrospective cross-sectional audit of eight district hospitals across Rwanda in 2012/2013...
March 27, 2017: Paediatrics and International Child Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345977/spinal-cord-injuries-overcoming-barriers-to-seamless-care-for-patients
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Lorraine Donovan, Lee Francis, Paula Muter, Sheila Nevin, Rebecca Warren
Patients with spinal cord injuries (SCIs) often have complex needs that require multidisciplinary support in specialist centres. Optimal management depends on seamless transitions between service providers. Delays at any point potentially compromise clinical outcomes and efficient resource utilisation. The Spinal Advisory Working Group aims to develop and implement practical initiatives to improve SCI care, initially focusing on admission and discharge. A literature review identified few relevant papers. In addition, the generalisability of the findings of these papers to SCI centres in the UK is unclear...
March 23, 2017: British Journal of Nursing: BJN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345747/survey-of-opioid-tapering-practices-of-pediatric-healthcare-providers-a-national-perspective
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Fisher Deborah, Suzanne W Ameringer
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to describe the current opioid tapering practice. DESIGN: Cross-sectional, online, survey research. PARTICIPANTS: Pediatric healthcare providers from a national sample of practicing nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and physicians who participate in five different pediatric pain and/or palliative care list serves. RESULTS: One hundred four participants responded to the survey...
January 2017: Journal of Opioid Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345746/an-analysis-of-errors-discrepancies-and-variation-in-opioid-prescriptions-for-adult-outpatients-at-a-teaching-hospital
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Mark C Bicket, Deepa Kattail, Myron Yaster, Christopher L Wu, Peter Pronovost
OBJECTIVE: To determine opioid-prescribing patterns and rate of three types of errors, discrepancies, and variation from ideal practice. DESIGN: Retrospective review of opioid prescriptions processed at an outpatient pharmacy. SETTING: Tertiary institutional medical center. PATIENTS: We examined 510 consecutive opioid medication prescriptions for adult patients processed at an institutional outpatient pharmacy in June 2016 for patient, provider, and prescription characteristics...
January 2017: Journal of Opioid Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345742/a-qualitative-exploration-of-chronic-pain-and-opioid-treatment-among-hiv-patients-with-drug-use-disorders
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Sarina R Isenberg, Allysha C Maragh-Bass, Kathleen Ridgeway, Mary C Beach, Amy R Knowlton
OBJECTIVE: The study explored high-risk participants' experiences with pain management regarding clinical access to and use of prescription opioids. DESIGN: Qualitative semistructured interviews and focus groups. SETTING: Data were collected August 2014 to May 2015 at an urban community-based research facility in Baltimore City, MD. PARTICIPANTS: HIV participants with chronic pain and a history of illicit drug use. METHODS: Qualitative coding and analysis used an iterative, inductive, and thematic approach and coders achieved inter-coder consistency...
January 2017: Journal of Opioid Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345727/intrinsic-defects-and-their-effects-on-the-optical-properties-in-the-nonlinear-optical-crystal-cdsip2-a-first-principles-study
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Ci Wang, Jie Sun, Huiyang Gou, Shanpeng Wang, Jian Zhang, Xutang Tao
In view of their high nonlinear optical coefficients and good phase-matching properties, CdSiP2 (CSP) crystals are considered as one of the most promising materials in the field of nonlinear optical applications. However, the slight absorption losses around 1.34 μm and 1.78 μm under e-polarized light have been affecting its performance. In this study, first-principles calculations were performed to identify the effects of various charge defects on the absorption properties. Different intrinsic defects in the CSP crystal were calculated using the HSE method and compared according to the specific chemical environments in the experiments...
March 27, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
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