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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647918/designing-future-clinical-trials-in-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction-lessons-from-topcat
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REVIEW
Ravi B Patel, Sanjiv J Shah, Gregg C Fonarow, Javed Butler, Muthiah Vaduganathan
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Spironolactone did not demonstrate benefit with respect to the primary composite endpoint in the global TOPCAT (Treatment of Preserved Cardiac Function Heart Failure with an Aldosterone Antagonist) trial in patients with chronic heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). We identify key lessons from the TOPCAT experience that can be applied to future HFpEF trials. RECENT FINDINGS: Subsequent analyses of TOPCAT have revealed marked regional heterogeneity in patient profiles, event rates, drug adherence, and treatment effects...
June 24, 2017: Current Heart Failure Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647844/digital-health-technologies-to-promote-lifestyle-change-and-adherence
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REVIEW
Numan Khan, Francoise A Marvel, Jane Wang, Seth S Martin
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide with an estimated 17.5 million deaths annually, or 31% of all global deaths, according to the World Health Organization. The majority of these deaths are preventable by addressing lifestyle modification (i.e., smoking cessation, diet, obesity, and physical inactivity) and promoting medication adherence. At present, initiatives to develop cost-effective modalities to support self-management, lifestyle modification, and medication adherence are a leading priority...
August 2017: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647688/antihypertensive-medication-adherence-and-risk-of-cardiovascular-disease-among-older-adults-a-population-based-cohort-study
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Quanhe Yang, Anping Chang, Matthew D Ritchey, Fleetwood Loustalot
BACKGROUND: Antihypertension medication (antihypertensive) adherence lowers risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD); few studies have examined this association among older adults. METHODS AND RESULTS: We assessed this association among Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries aged 66 to 79 years who were newly diagnosed with hypertension and initiated on antihypertensives in 2008-2009 (n=155 597). We calculated proportion of days covered (PDC) during follow-up, using proportional subdistribution hazard models, to examine association between antihypertensive adherence and a composite CVD outcomes, including first incident of fatal/nonfatal acute myocardial infarction, ischemic heart disease, stroke/transient ischemic attack, and heart failure...
June 24, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647645/adding-dimension-to-cellular-mechanotransduction-advances-in-biomedical-engineering-of-multiaxial-cell-stretch-systems-and-their-application-to-cardiovascular-biomechanics-and-mechano-signaling
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REVIEW
O Friedrich, D Schneidereit, Y A Nikolaev, V Nikolova-Krstevski, S Schürmann, A Wirth-Hücking, A L Merten, D Fatkin, B Martinac
Hollow organs (e.g. heart) experience pressure-induced mechanical wall stress sensed by molecular mechano-biosensors, including mechanosensitive ion channels, to translate into intracellular signaling. For direct mechanistic studies, stretch devices to apply defined extensions to cells adhered to elastomeric membranes have stimulated mechanotransduction research. However, most engineered systems only exploit unilateral cellular stretch. In addition, it is often taken for granted that stretch applied by hardware translates 1:1 to the cell membrane...
June 21, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647435/dietary-habits-in-parkinson-s-disease-adherence-to-mediterranean-diet
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Erica Cassani, Michela Barichella, Valentina Ferri, Giovanna Pinelli, Laura Iorio, Carlotta Bolliri, Serena Caronni, Samanta A Faierman, Antonia Mottolese, Chiara Pusani, Fatemeh Monajemi, Marianna Pasqua, Alessandro Lubisco, Emanuele Cereda, Gianni Pezzoli
INTRODUCTION: Our objective is to describe the dietary habits, food preferences and adherence to Mediterranean diet (MeDi) of a large sample of Italian Parkinson's Disease (PD) patients compared to a group of controls. METHODS: Dietary habits of 600 PD patients from throughout Italy and 600 controls matched by gender, age, education, physical activity level and geographical residence, were collected using the ON-GP Food Frequency Questionnaire. Then, we compared patients by disease duration and the presence of swallowing disturbances...
June 15, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647046/assessment-of-emergency-general-surgery-care-based-on-formally-developed-quality-indicators
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Angela Ingraham, Avery Nathens, Andrew Peitzman, Allison Bode, Gina Dorlac, Warren Dorlac, Preston Miller, Mahsa Sadeghi, Deena D Wasserman, Karl Bilimoria
BACKGROUND: Emergency general surgery outcomes vary widely across the United States. The utilization of quality indicators can reduce variation and assist providers in administering care aligned with established recommendations. Previous quality indicators have not focused on emergency general surgery patients. We identified indicators of high-quality emergency general surgery care and assessed patient- and hospital-level compliance with these indicators. METHODS: We utilized a modified Delphi technique (RAND Appropriateness Methodology) to develop quality indicators...
June 21, 2017: Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646754/free-energy-analysis-of-cell-spreading
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Eóin McEvoy, Vikram S Deshpande, Patrick McGarry
In this study we present a steady-state adaptation of the thermodynamically motivated stress fiber (SF) model of Vigliotti et al. (2015). We implement this steady-state formulation in a non-local finite element setting where we also consider global conservation of the total number of cytoskeletal proteins within the cell, global conservation of the number of binding integrins on the cell membrane, and adhesion limiting ligand density on the substrate surface. We present a number of simulations of cell spreading in which we consider a limited subset of the possible deformed spread-states assumed by the cell in order to examine the hypothesis that free energy minimization drives the process of cell spreading...
June 7, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646255/protocol-to-perform-pressurized-blister-tests-on-thin-elastic-films
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François Boulogne, Sepideh Khodaparast, Christophe Poulard, Howard A Stone
This work aims to identify common challenges in the preparation of the blister test devices designed for the measurement of the energy release rate for brittle thin films and to propose easy-to-implement solutions accordingly. To this end, we provide a step-by-step guide for fabricating a blister test device comprised of thin polystyrene films adhered to glass substrates. Thin films are first transferred from donor substrates to an air-water interface, which is then used as a platform to locate them on a receiver substrate...
June 2017: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646169/improving-dialysis-adherence-for-high-risk-patients-using-automated-messaging-proof-of-concept
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A Som, J Groenendyk, T An, K Patel, R Peters, G Polites, W R Ross
Comorbidities and socioeconomic barriers often limit patient adherence and self-management with hemodialysis. Missed sessions, often associated with communication barriers, can result in emergency dialysis and avoidable hospitalizations. This proof of concept study explored using a novel digital-messaging platform, EpxDialysis, to improve patient-to-dialysis center communication via widely available text messaging and telephone technology. A randomized controlled trial was conducted through Washington University-affiliated hemodialysis centers involving ESRD patients with poor attendance, defined as missing 2-6 sessions over the preceding 12 weeks...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645958/factors-predicting-self-reported-medication-low-adherence-in-a-large-sample-of-adults-in-the-us-general-population-a-cross-sectional-study
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Michael Feehan, Margaux A Morrison, Casey Tak, Donald E Morisky, Margaret M DeAngelis, Mark A Munger
OBJECTIVES: The study objective was to determine the level and correlates of self-reported medication low adherence in the US general population. SETTING: A 30 min cross-sectional online survey was conducted with a national sample of adults. PARTICIPANTS: 9202 adults (aged 18+) who had filled at least three or more prescriptions at a community pharmacy in the past 12 months. PRIMARY AND SECONDARY OUTCOME MEASURES: Self-reported medication adherence was measured with the 8-item Morisky Medication Adherence Scale...
June 23, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645764/electrochemical-behavior-of-pb-ii-on-a-heparin-modified-chitosan-graphene-nanocomposite-film-coated-glassy-carbon-electrode-and-its-sensitive-detection
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Priya T, Dhanalakshmi N, Thinakaran N
In this study, we developed a novel composite material containing biological macromolecules like heparin and chitosan coated on reduced graphene oxide (rGO) for the modification of glassy carbon electrode (hep/CS-rGO/GC). It can be applied for the sensitive electrochemical detection of Pb(2+) by square wave anodic stripping voltammetry (SWASV). The physicochemical analysis such as XRD, FTIR, FESEM and Raman spectroscopy techniques revealed that an effective functionalization occurred at the rGO surface. The consequence of deposition and stripping of metal ions by various electrochemical parameters such as supporting electrolytes, pH value, deposition potential, and deposition time were carefully studied and optimized...
June 20, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645553/a-mixed-methods-evaluation-of-an-integrated-medication-management-program-and-implications-for-implementation
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Shira H Fischer, Courtney K Armstrong, Erin L Duffy, Peter S Hussey
BACKGROUND: Improving medication adherence is a common and challenging issue. Taking medications as prescribed becomes particularly difficult for individuals with multiple chronic conditions. Poor adherence can lead to exacerbated health issues and prolonged disease severity. Medication Therapy Management is increasingly being used to help clinics improve medication adherence and reduce adverse events, but factors that enable implementation of such programs are not well identified. OBJECTIVE: To describe the factors associated with implementation of an innovative pharmacy program and to measure the impact of the intervention...
June 10, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645366/optimization-of-native-and-formaldehyde-ipond-techniques-for-use-in-suspension-cells
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Nathaniel E Wiest, Alan E Tomkinson
The isolation of proteins on nascent DNA (iPOND) technique developed by the Cortez laboratory allows a previously unparalleled ability to examine proteins associated with replicating and newly synthesized DNA in mammalian cells. Both the original, formaldehyde-based iPOND technique and a more recent derivative, accelerated native iPOND (aniPOND), have mostly been performed in adherent cell lines. Here, we describe modifications to both protocols for use with suspension cell lines. These include cell culture, pulse, and chase conditions that optimize sample recovery in both protocols using suspension cells and several key improvements to the published aniPOND technique that reduce sample loss, increase signal to noise, and maximize sample recovery...
2017: Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645319/architectural-frameworks-defining-the-structures-for-implementing-learning-health-systems
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Lysanne Lessard, Wojtek Michalowski, Michael Fung-Kee-Fung, Lori Jones, Agnes Grudniewicz
BACKGROUND: The vision of transforming health systems into learning health systems (LHSs) that rapidly and continuously transform knowledge into improved health outcomes at lower cost is generating increased interest in government agencies, health organizations, and health research communities. While existing initiatives demonstrate that different approaches can succeed in making the LHS vision a reality, they are too varied in their goals, focus, and scale to be reproduced without undue effort...
June 23, 2017: Implementation Science: IS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645284/healthcare-expenditure-on-indigenous-and-non-indigenous-australians-at-high-risk-of-cardiovascular-disease
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Blake Angell, Tracey-Lea Laba, Tom Lung, Alex Brown, Sandra Eades, Tim Usherwood, David Peiris, Laurent Billot, Graham Hillis, Ruth Webster, Andrew Tonkin, Christopher Reid, Barbara Molanus, Natasha Rafter, Alan Cass, Anushka Patel, Stephen Jan
BACKGROUND: In spite of bearing a heavier burden of death, disease and disability, there is mixed evidence as to whether Indigenous Australians utilise more or less healthcare services than other Australians given their elevated risk level. This study analyses the Medicare expenditure and its predictors in a cohort of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians at high risk of cardiovascular disease. METHODS: The healthcare expenditure of participants of the Kanyini Guidelines Adherence with the Polypill (GAP) pragmatic randomised controlled trial was modelled using linear regression methods...
June 23, 2017: International Journal for Equity in Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645279/diabetes-care-in-a-complex-humanitarian-emergency-setting-a-qualitative-evaluation
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Adrianna Murphy, Michel Biringanine, Bayard Roberts, Beverley Stringer, Pablo Perel, Kiran Jobanputra
BACKGROUND: Evidence is urgently needed from complex emergency settings to support efforts to respond to the increasing burden of diabetes mellitus (DM). We conducted a qualitative study of a new model of DM health care (Integrated Diabetic Clinic within an Outpatient Department [IDC-OPD]) implemented by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Mweso Hospital in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). We aimed to explore patient and provider perspectives on the model in order to identify factors that may support or impede it...
June 23, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645225/medication-regimen-complexity-and-low-adherence-in-older-community-dwelling-adults-with-substantiated-self-neglect
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Sharon Abada, Leslie E Clark, Arup K Sinha, Rui Xia, Kathleen Pace-Murphy, Renee J Flores, Jason Burnett
OBJECTIVE: Determine whether medication regimen complexity predicts medication adherence levels in a sample of community-dwelling adults 65 years and older with Adult Protective Services-substantiated self-neglect. METHODS: A cross-sectional analysis of baseline data ( N = 31 participants) from a pilot intervention to increase medication adherence among the target group was performed. The Medication Regimen Complexity Index (MRCI) and the 8-item Morisky Medication Adherence Scale (MMAS-8)™ were the primary independent and dependent measures, respectively...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Applied Gerontology: the Official Journal of the Southern Gerontological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645176/efficacy-of-histatin5-in-a-murine-model-of-vulvovaginal-candidiasis-caused-by-candida-albicans
#18
Hong Liao, Shanling Liu, He Wang, Hang Su, Zhenjun Liu
Histatin5 (Hst-5) is a member of the histatin family of antimicrobial peptides secreted by human parotid and submandibular glands. With the natural antibacterial activity, it plays an important role in the first-line barrier of oral cave against pathogens, especially for the fungal intrusion. In this study, we explored the utility of Hst-5 in the treatment of vulvovaginal candidiasis, a common condition of women of the childbearing age. we used a synthesized Hst-5 over five consecutive days as the topical treatment in a murine model of vulvovaginal candidiasis...
June 22, 2017: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645145/systematic-procedures-to-promote-u-s-hiv-medication-adherence-via-photovoice
#19
Michelle Teti, Victoria Shaffer, Wilson Majee, Rose Farnan, Mary Gerkovich
Medication adherence is essential to promote the health of people living with HIV (PL-HIV) and prevent HIV transmission in the U.S. Novel medication health promotion interventions are needed that address patient-centeredness, understandability, and communication with providers. The aims of this article are to define the systematic stages we used to develop an effective health promotion intervention via the products (e.g. images and stories) of Photovoice. We designed an intervention to improve HIV adherence knowledge, attitudes, and communication with providers through Photovoice...
June 21, 2017: Health Promotion International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644739/treatment-of-hepatitis-c-with-new-fixed-dose-combinations
#20
Vicente Soriano
The advent of oral direct-acting antivirals (DAA) has revolutionized the hepatitis C virus (HCV) therapeutic landscape providing cure rates over 90%. However, a subset of patients remains at higher risk for treatment failure, including those infected with: i) genotype 3 and cirrhosis; ii) resistance-associated substitutions (RAS) occurring either as natural polymorphisms or selected after prior DAA failure; and iii) poor drug adherence associated with social disabilities (homeless, psychiatric illnesses, injection drug use, alcoholism, etc...
June 23, 2017: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
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