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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453708/towards-a-global-cancer-knowledge-network-dissecting-the-current-international-cancer-genomic-sequencing-landscape
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D J Vis, J Lewin, R G Liao, M Mao, F Andre, R L Ward, F Calvo, B T Teh, A A Camargo, B M Knoppers, C L Sawyers, L F A Wessels, M Lawler, L L Siu, E Voest
Background: While next generation sequencing has enhanced our understanding of the biological basis of malignancy, current knowledge on global practices for sequencing cancer samples is limited. To address this deficiency, we developed a survey to provide a snapshot of current sequencing activities globally, identify barriers to data sharing and use this information to develop sustainable solutions for the cancer research community. Methods: A multi-item survey was conducted assessing demographics, clinical data collection, genomic platforms, privacy/ethics concerns, funding sources and data sharing barriers for sequencing initiatives globally...
May 1, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453704/genomic-characterization-of-her2-positive-breast-cancer-and-response-to-neoadjuvant-trastuzumab-and-chemotherapy-results-from-the-acosog-z1041-alliance-trial
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R Lesurf, O L Griffith, M Griffith, J Hundal, L Trani, M A Watson, R Aft, M J Ellis, D Ota, V J Suman, F Meric-Bernstam, A M Leitch, J C Boughey, G Unzeitig, A U Buzdar, K K Hunt, E R Mardis
Background: HER2 (ERBB2) gene amplification and its corresponding overexpression are present in 15-30% of invasive breast cancers. While HER2-targeted agents are effective treatments, resistance remains a major cause of death. The American College of Surgeons Oncology Group Z1041 trial (NCT00513292) was designed to compare the pathologic complete response (pCR) rate of distinct regimens of neoadjuvant chemotherapy and trastuzumab, but ultimately identified no difference. Patients and methods: In supplement to tissues from 37 Z1041 cases, 11 similarly treated cases were obtained from a single institution study (NCT00353483)...
May 1, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448777/effect-of-an-advanced-pharmacy-practice-experience-on-medication-therapy-management-services-in-a-centralized-retail-pharmacy-program
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Joseph P Vande Griend, Melissa Rodgers, Wesley Nuffer
BACKGROUND: Medication therapy management (MTM) delivery is increasingly important in managed care. Successful delivery positively affects patient health and improves Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services star ratings, a measure of health plan quality. As MTM services continue to grow, there is an increased need for efficient and effective care models. The primary objectives of this project were to describe the delivery of MTM services by fourth-year Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) students in a centralized retail pharmacy system and to evaluate and quantify the clinical and financial contributions of the students...
May 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447237/effects-of-metformin-versus-placebo-on-vitamin-b12-metabolism-in-non-diabetic-breast-cancer-patients-in-cctg-ma-32
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Ana Elisa Lohmann, Mira F Liebman, William Brien, Wendy R Parulekar, Karen A Gelmon, Lois E Shepherd, Jennifer A Ligibel, Dawn L Hershman, Priya Rastogi, Ingrid A Mayer, Timothy J Hobday, Julie Lemieux, Alastair Mark Thompson, Kathleen I Pritchard, Timothy Joseph Whelan, Som D Mukherjee, Haji I Chalchal, Vanessa Bernstein, Vuk Stambolic, Bingshu E Chen, Pamela Jean Goodwin
BACKGROUND: Metformin is associated with low levels of vitamin B12 (VitB12) in patients with diabetes. The CCTG/MA.32 trial investigates the effects of metformin vs placebo on breast cancer (BC) outcomes in non-diabetic high-risk BC patients. We analyzed VitB12 at baseline and after 6 months of metformin (versus placebo) in the first 492 patients with paired blood samples. METHODS: VitB12 was analyzed centrally in baseline and 6-month fasting plasma. Levels <181 pmol/L were considered deficient, 181-221 pmol/L borderline, and ≥222 pmol/L sufficient...
April 26, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447029/cornell-alliance-for-science-evaluation-of-consensus-on-genetically-modified-food-safety-weaknesses-in-study-design
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Michael N Antoniou, Claire J Robinson
Cornell Alliance for Science has launched an initiative in which "citizen scientists" are called upon to evaluate studies on health risks of genetically modified (GM) crops and foods. The purpose is to establish whether the consensus on GM food safety claimed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is supported by a review of the scientific literature. The Alliance's citizen scientists are examining more than 12,000 publication abstracts to quantify how far the scientific literature supports the AAAS's statement...
2017: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444879/prioritising-treatment-outcomes-how-people-with-acne-vulgaris-decide-if-their-treatment-is-working
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Alison M Layton, Heather Whitehouse, E Anne Eady, Fiona Cowdell, Katherine L Warburton, Mark Fenton
AIM: To collect information about how people with acne make day-to-day decisions concerning the effectiveness of their treatment. METHODS: Between May and August 2013, an optional question was embedded in the James Lind Alliance Acne Priority Setting Partnership's online survey to collect treatment uncertainties. The question asked people with acne to 'Tell us in your own words how you decide if your treatment has been effective'. RESULTS: A total of 742 respondents specified at least one outcome or means of assessing change (outcome measure)...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Evidence-based Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443274/the-guatemala-penn-partners-an-innovative-inter-institutional-model-for-scientific-capacity-building-healthcare-education-and-public-health
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Maria Alejandra Paniagua-Avila, Elizabeth Messenger, Caroline A Nelson, Erwin Calgua, Frances K Barg, Kent W Bream, Charlene Compher, Anthony J Dean, Sergio Martinez-Siekavizza, Victor Puac-Polanco, Therese S Richmond, Rudolf R Roth, Charles C Branas
Population health outcomes are directly related to robust public health programs, access to basic health services, and a well-trained health-care workforce. Effective health services need to systematically identify solutions, scientifically test these solutions, and share generated knowledge. The World Health Organization (WHO)'s Global Healthcare Workforce Alliance states that the capacity to perform research is an essential factor for well-functioning public health systems. Low- and middle-income countries have greater health-care worker shortages and lower research capacity than higher-income countries...
2017: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440016/outcomes-and-feasibility-of-the-short-transitional-intervention-in-psychiatry-in-improving-the-transition-from-inpatient-treatment-to-the-community-a-pilot-study
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Anna Hegedüs, Bernd Kozel, Niklaus Fankhauser, Ian Needham, Johann Behrens
Discharge from psychiatric inpatient care is frequently described as chaotic, stressful, and emotionally charged. Following discharge, service users are vulnerable to becoming overwhelmed by the challenges involved in readapting to their home environments, which could result in serious problems and lead to readmission. The short transitional intervention in psychiatry (STeP) is a bridging intervention that includes pre- and post-discharge sections. It aims to prepare patients for specific situations in the period immediately following discharge from a psychiatric hospital...
April 25, 2017: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438050/exploring-proxy-measures-of-mutuality-for-strategic-partnership-development-a-case-study
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Tilicia L Mayo-Gamble, Priscilla A Barnes, Catherine M Sherwood-Laughlin, Michael Reece, Sandy DeWeese, Carol Weiss Kennedy, Mary Ann Valenta
Partnerships between academic and clinical-based health organizations are becoming increasingly important in improving health outcomes. Mutuality is recognized as a vital component of these partnerships. If partnerships are to achieve mutuality, there is a need to define what it means to partnering organizations. Few studies have described the elements contributing to mutuality, particularly in new relationships between academic and clinical partners. This study seeks to identify how mutuality is expressed and to explore potential proxy measures of mutuality for an alliance consisting of a hospital system and a School of Public Health...
April 1, 2017: Health Promotion Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437595/natural-history-and-predictors-of-progression-to-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome-among-participants-of-the-sicca-registry
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Caroline H Shiboski, Alan N Baer, Stephen C Shiboski, Mi Lam, Stephen Challacombe, Hector E Lanfranchi, Morten Schiødt, Penelope Shirlaw, Muthiah Srinivasan, Hisanori Umehara, Frederick B Vivino, Esen Akpek, Vatinee Bunya, Cristina F Vollenweider, John S Greenspan, Troy E Daniels, Lindsey A Criswell
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: To explore changes in the phenotypic features of Sjoögren's syndrome (SS), and in SS status among participants in the Sjoögren's International Collaborative Clinical Alliance (SICCA) registry over a 2 to 3-year interval. METHODS: All participants in the SICCA registry who were found to have any objective measures of salivary hypofunction, dry eye, focal lymphocytic sialadenitis in minor salivary gland biopsy, or anti-SSA/B antibodies, were recalled over a window of 2 to 3 years after their baseline examinations to repeat all clinical examinations and specimen collections to determine whether there was any change in phenotypic features and in SS status...
April 24, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437029/the-men-s-eating-and-living-meal-study-calgb-70807-alliance-recruitment-feasibility-and-baseline-demographics-of-a-randomized-trial-of-diet-in-men-on-active-surveillance-for-prostate-cancer
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J Kellogg Parsons, John P Pierce, James Mohler, Electra Paskett, Sin-Ho Jung, Michael J Morris, Eric Small, Olwen Hahn, Peter Humphrey, John Taylor, James Marshall
OBJECTIVE: To assess the feasibility of performing national, randomized trials of dietary interventions for localized prostate cancer. METHODS: The Men's Eating and Living (MEAL) Study (CALGB 70807 [Alliance]) is a phase 3 clinical trial testing the efficacy of a high-vegetable diet to prevent progression in prostate cancer patients on active surveillance. Participants were randomized to a validated diet counseling intervention or a control condition. Chi-Square and Kruskal Wallis analyses were used to assess between-group differences at baseline...
April 24, 2017: BJU International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435486/prevalence-of-homelessness-in-the-emergency-department-setting
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Brett J Feldman, Cristina G Calogero, Kareem S Elsayed, Osman Z Abbasi, Joshua Enyart, Timothy J Friel, Yasir H Abunamous, Stephen W Dusza, Marna Rayl Greenberg
INTRODUCTION: According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, the national rate of homelessness has been cited as 17.7 homeless people/10,000 people in the general population, and 24.8 homeless veterans/10,000 veterans in the general population. However, it is unknown what the prevalence of homelessness is in the emergency department (ED) setting. We set out to determine the prevalence of homelessness or at risk for homelessness in the ED setting. METHODS: Using a five-question screening tool derived from the U...
April 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435324/symptomatic-central-nervous-system-involvement-in-adult-patients-with-acute-myeloid-leukemia
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Nael Alakel, Friedrich Stölzel, Brigitte Mohr, Michael Kramer, Uta Oelschlägel, Christoph Röllig, Martin Bornhäuser, Gerhard Ehninger, Markus Schaich
INTRODUCTION: Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) rarely involves the central nervous system (CNS). Little is known about the clinical course in adult AML patients since most studies examined pediatric patients. Therefore, this study analyzed the data of patients treated in three prospective trials of the "Study Alliance Leukemia" (SAL) study group for CNS involvement. METHODS: In all, 3,261 AML patients included in the prospective AML96, AML2003, and AML60+ trials of the SAL study group were analyzed...
2017: Cancer Management and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434909/facilitating-orphan-drug-development-proceedings-of-the-treat-nmd-international-conference-december-2015-washington-dc-usa
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E P Hoffman
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March 4, 2017: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427366/network-analysis-of-global-tobacco-control-collaboration-data-from-the-world-conference-on-tobacco-or-health-wctoh
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Scott J Leischow, Janet Okamoto, Scott McIntosh, Deborah J Ossip, Harry A Lando
BACKGROUND: The World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) is held every three years to foster communication and collaboration on global tobacco control. Very little is known about the nature of interactions between WCTOH attendees and their linkages to tobacco control organizations, so knowing this information could help improve tobacco control efforts. METHODS: At the 2015 WCTOH, we implemented an online survey to assess barriers to global tobacco control activities, which information sources they use for tobacco control information, and with whom they interact regarding tobacco control...
April 20, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424542/why-do-psychiatric-patients-stop-antipsychotic-medication-a-systematic-review-of-reasons-for-nonadherence-to-medication-in-patients-with-serious-mental-illness
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Dawn I Velligan, Martha Sajatovic, Ainslie Hatch, Pavel Kramata, John P Docherty
BACKGROUND: Antipsychotic medication reduces the severity of serious mental illness (SMI) and improves patient outcomes only when medicines were taken as prescribed. Nonadherence to the treatment of SMI increases the risk of relapse and hospitalization and reduces the quality of life. It is necessary to understand the factors influencing nonadherence to medication in order to identify appropriate interventions. This systematic review assessed the published evidence on modifiable reasons for nonadherence to antipsychotic medication in patients with SMI...
2017: Patient Preference and Adherence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422280/integrating-frailty-research-into-the-medical-specialties-report-from-a-u13-conference
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Jeremy Walston, Thomas N Robinson, Susan Zieman, Frances McFarland, Christopher R Carpenter, Keri N Althoff, Melissa K Andrew, Caroline S Blaum, Patrick J Brown, Brian Buta, E Wesley Ely, Luigi Ferrucci, Kevin P High, Stephen B Kritchevsky, Kenneth Rockwood, Kenneth E Schmader, Felipe Sierra, Kaycee M Sink, Ravi Varadhan, Arti Hurria
Although the field of frailty research has expanded rapidly, it is still a nascent concept within the clinical specialties. Frailty, conceptualized as greater vulnerability to stressors because of significant depletion of physiological reserves, predicts poorer outcomes in several medical specialties, including cardiology, human immunodeficiency virus care, and nephrology, and in the behavioral and social sciences. Lack of a consensus definition, proliferation of measurement tools, inadequate understanding of the biology of frailty, and lack of validated clinical algorithms for frail individuals hinders incorporation of frailty assessment and frailty research into the specialties...
April 19, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421937/rules-of-attraction
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James Buchan
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust is the latest in a small, select band of UK hospitals working to achieve Magnet hospital accreditation. Along with Oxford University Hospitals and the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust in Birmingham, Nottingham is a key member of the new UK Magnet Alliance, which brings together UK healthcare organisations interested in pursuing Magnet recognition.
April 19, 2017: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421880/interactive-dynamics-among-therapist-interventions-therapeutic-alliance-and-metacognition-in-the-early-stages-of-the-psychotherapeutic-process
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Francesca Locati, Germano Rossi, Laura Parolin
OBJECTIVE: Several authors have identified a bidirectional link between patient metacognitive functioning and the therapeutic alliance. Specifically, metacognition might be enhanced by a positive alliance with the clinician, whereas metacognitive deficits might impede the alliance. Interestingly, the therapist's technical interventions might influence both therapeutic alliance and metacognitive functioning. However, little is known about the interactions between these dimensions. The aim of the present study is to explore these interactions more fully in the earliest phase of the therapeutic process...
April 19, 2017: Psychotherapy Research: Journal of the Society for Psychotherapy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418507/use-of-bayesian-decision-analysis-to-minimize-harm-in-patient-centered-randomized-clinical-trials-in-oncology
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Vahid Montazerhodjat, Shomesh E Chaudhuri, Daniel J Sargent, Andrew W Lo
Importance: Randomized clinical trials (RCTs) currently apply the same statistical threshold of alpha = 2.5% for controlling for false-positive results or type 1 error, regardless of the burden of disease or patient preferences. Is there an objective and systematic framework for designing RCTs that incorporates these considerations on a case-by-case basis? Objective: To apply Bayesian decision analysis (BDA) to cancer therapeutics to choose an alpha and sample size that minimize the potential harm to current and future patients under both null and alternative hypotheses...
April 13, 2017: JAMA Oncology
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