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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911489/palliative-care-interventions-in-advanced-dementia
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Edel Murphy, Katherine Froggatt, Sheelah Connolly, Eamon O'Shea, Elizabeth L Sampson, Dympna Casey, Declan Devane
BACKGROUND: Dementia is a chronic, progressive and ultimately fatal neurodegenerative disease. Advanced dementia is characterised by profound cognitive impairment, inability to communicate verbally and complete functional dependence. Usual care of people with advanced dementia is not underpinned universally by a palliative approach. Palliative care has focused traditionally on care of people with cancer but for more than a decade, there have been increased calls worldwide to extend palliative care services to include all people with life-limiting illnesses in need of specialist care, including people with dementia...
December 2, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903057/spatial-analysis-and-prediction-of-the-flow-of-patients-to-public-health-centres-in-a-middle-sized-spanish-city
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Isabel Ramos, Juan J Cubillas, Francisco R Feito, Tomas Ureña
Human and medical resources in the Spanish primary health care centres are usually planned and managed on the basis of the average number of patients in previous years. However, sudden increases in patient demand leading to delays and slip-ups can occur at any time without warning. This paper describes a predictive model capable of calculating patient demand in advance using geospatial data, whose values depend directly on weather variables and location of the health centre people are assigned to. The results obtained here show that outcomes differ from one centre to another depending on variations in the variables measured...
November 21, 2016: Geospatial Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876082/evaluating-data-abstraction-assistant-a-novel-software-application-for-data-abstraction-during-systematic-reviews-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Ian J Saldanha, Christopher H Schmid, Joseph Lau, Kay Dickersin, Jesse A Berlin, Jens Jap, Bryant T Smith, Simona Carini, Wiley Chan, Berry De Bruijn, Byron C Wallace, Susan M Hutfless, Ida Sim, M Hassan Murad, Sandra A Walsh, Elizabeth J Whamond, Tianjing Li
BACKGROUND: Data abstraction, a critical systematic review step, is time-consuming and prone to errors. Current standards for approaches to data abstraction rest on a weak evidence base. We developed the Data Abstraction Assistant (DAA), a novel software application designed to facilitate the abstraction process by allowing users to (1) view study article PDFs juxtaposed to electronic data abstraction forms linked to a data abstraction system, (2) highlight (or "pin") the location of the text in the PDF, and (3) copy relevant text from the PDF into the form...
November 22, 2016: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873478/methods-and-processes-of-developing-the-strengthening-the-reporting-of-observational-studies-in-epidemiology-veterinary-strobe-vet-statement
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J M Sargeant, A M O'Connor, I R Dohoo, H N Erb, M Cevallos, M Egger, A K Ersbøll, S W Martin, L R Nielsen, D L Pearl, D U Pfeiffer, J Sanchez, M E Torrence, H Vigre, C Waldner, M P Ward
The reporting of observational studies in veterinary research presents many challenges that often are not adequately addressed in published reporting guidelines. A consensus meeting of experts was organized to develop an extension of the STROBE statement to address observational studies in veterinary medicine with respect to animal health, animal production, animal welfare and food safety outcomes. The consensus meeting was held 11-13 May 2014 in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Seventeen experts from North America, Europe and Australia attended the meeting...
November 22, 2016: Zoonoses and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864742/a-review-of-the-application-feasibility-and-the-psychometric-properties-of-the-individualized-measures-in-cancer
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Ala' S Aburub, Nancy E Mayo
PURPOSE: To identify from the published literature the feasibility and the application of the individualized measures [Patient Generated Index (PGI), Schedule for the Evaluation of Individual Quality of Life (SEIQOL), and the short form of it (the direct weighting SEIQOL-DW)] in the context of cancer and to summarize the evidence on the psychometric properties of these measures. METHODS: Ovid Medline, PubMed, Embase, and CINAHL were searched up to April 2016. All studies were included if they reported information about the psychometric properties of the individualized measures and included patients diagnosed with any type of cancer at any age...
November 18, 2016: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862464/randomized-assessment-of-imatinib-in-patients-with-acute-ischaemic-stroke-treated-with-intravenous-thrombolysis
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N Wahlgren, M Thorén, B Höjeberg, T-B Käll, A-C Laska, C Sjöstrand, J Höijer, H Almqvist, S Holmin, A Lilja, L Fredriksson, D Lawrence, U Eriksson, N Ahmed
BACKGROUND: Imatinib, a tyrosine kinase inhibitor, has been shown to restore blood-brain barrier integrity and reduce infarct size, haemorrhagic transformation and cerebral oedema in stroke models treated with tissue plasminogen activator. We evaluated the safety of imatinib, based on clinical and neuroradiological data, and its potential influence on neurological and functional outcomes. METHODS: A phase II randomized trial was performed in patients with acute ischaemic stroke treated with intravenous thrombolysis...
November 14, 2016: Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27846347/upper-limb-exercise-training-for-copd
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REVIEW
Zoe J McKeough, Marcelo Velloso, Vanessa P Lima, Jennifer A Alison
BACKGROUND: People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) often experience difficulty with performing upper limb exercise due to dyspnoea and arm fatigue. Consequently, upper limb exercise training is typically incorporated in pulmonary rehabilitation programmes to improve upper limb exercise capacity; however, the effects of this training on dyspnoea and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) remain unclear. OBJECTIVES: To determine the effects of upper limb training (endurance or resistance training, or both) on symptoms of dyspnoea and HRQoL in people with COPD...
November 15, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836042/methods-and-processes-of-developing-the-strengthening-the-reporting-of-observational-studies-in-epidemiology-veterinary-strobe-vet-statement
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J M Sargeant, A M O'Connor, I R Dohoo, H N Erb, M Cevallos, M Egger, A K Ersbøll, S W Martin, L R Nielsen, D L Pearl, D U Pfeiffer, J Sanchez, M E Torrence, H Vigre, C Waldner, M P Ward
BACKGROUND: The reporting of observational studies in veterinary research presents many challenges that often are not adequately addressed in published reporting guidelines. OBJECTIVE: To develop an extension of the STROBE (Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology) statement that addresses unique reporting requirements for observational studies in veterinary medicine related to health, production, welfare, and food safety. DESIGN: A consensus meeting of experts was organized to develop an extension of the STROBE statement to address observational studies in veterinary medicine with respect to animal health, animal production, animal welfare, and food safety outcomes...
November 1, 2016: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27835043/risk-factors-for-medial-tibial-stress-syndrome-in-active-individuals-an-evidence-based-review
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Zachary K Winkelmann, Dustin Anderson, Kenneth E Games, Lindsey E Eberman
: Reference/Citation: Hamstra-Wright KL, Bliven KC, Bay C. Risk factors for medial tibial stress syndrome in physically active individuals such as runners and military personnel: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Br J Sports Med. 2015;49(6)362-369. CLINICAL QUESTION:  What factors put physically active individuals at risk to develop medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS)? DATA SOURCES:  The authors performed a literature search of CINAHL, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, EMBASE, and MEDLINE from each database's inception to July 2013...
November 1, 2016: Journal of Athletic Training
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27829014/systematic-review-of-screening-and-surveillance-programs-to-protect-workers-from-nanomaterials
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Mary Gulumian, Jos Verbeek, Charlene Andraos, Natasha Sanabria, Pieter de Jager
BACKGROUND: Screening and surveillance approaches for workers exposed to nanomaterials could aid in early detection of health effects, provide data for epidemiological studies and inform action to decrease exposure. The aim of this review is to identify such screening and surveillance approaches, in order to extract available data regarding (i) the studies that have successfully been implemented in present day, (ii) identification of the most common and/or toxic nano-related health hazards for workers and (iii) possible exposure surveillance markers...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27820878/integrated-versus-non-integrated-orbital-implants-for-treating-anophthalmic-sockets
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REVIEW
Silvana Schellini, Regina El Dib, Leandro Re Silva, Joyce G Farat, Yuqing Zhang, Eliane C Jorge
BACKGROUND: Anophthalmia is the absence of one or both eyes, and it can be congenital (i.e. a birth defect) or acquired later in life. There are two main types of orbital implant: integrated, whereby the implant receives a blood supply from the body that allows for the integration of the prosthesis within the tissue; and non-integrated, where the implant remains separate. Despite the remarkable progress in anophthalmic socket reconstruction and in the development of various types of implants, there are still uncertainties about the real roles of integrated (hydroxyapatite (HA), porous polyethylene (PP), composites) and non-integrated (polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA)/acrylic and silicone) orbital implants in anophthalmic socket treatment...
November 7, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27816842/parasite-to-patient-a-quantitative-risk-model-for-trichinella-spp-in-pork-and-wild-boar-meat
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Frits Franssen, Arno Swart, Joke van der Giessen, Arie Havelaar, Katsuhisa Takumi
Consumption of raw or inadequately cooked pork meat may result in trichinellosis, a human disease due to nematodes of the genus Trichinella. In many countries worldwide, individual control of pig carcasses at meat inspection is mandatory but incurs high costs in relation to absence of positive carcasses from pigs reared under controlled housing. EU regulation 2015/1375 implements an alternative risk-based approach, in view of absence of positive findings in pigs under controlled housing conditions. Moreover, Codex Alimentarius guidelines for the control of Trichinella spp...
October 26, 2016: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27801744/long-term-effects-of-habitual-barefoot-running-and-walking-a-systematic-review
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Karsten Hollander, Christoph Heidt, Babette van der Zwaard, Klaus-Michael Braumann, Astrid Zech
INTRODUCTION: Barefoot locomotion is widely believed to be beneficial for motor development and biomechanics but are implied to be responsible for foot pathologies and running-related injuries. While most of available studies focused on acute effects of barefoot running and walking little is known regarding the effects of long-term barefoot vs. shod locomotion. The purpose of this study was to systematically review the literature to evaluate current evidence of habitual barefoot (HB) vs...
October 31, 2016: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27801499/six-month-therapy-for-abdominal-tuberculosis
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REVIEW
Sophie Jullien, Siddharth Jain, Hannah Ryan, Vineet Ahuja
BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis (TB) of the gastrointestinal tract and any other organ within the abdominal cavity is abdominal TB, and most guidelines recommend the same six-month regimen used for pulmonary TB for people with this diagnosis. However, some physicians are concerned whether a six-month treatment regimen is long enough to prevent relapse of the disease, particularly in people with gastrointestinal TB, which may sometimes cause antituberculous drugs to be poorly absorbed. On the other hand, longer regimens are associated with poor adherence, which could increase relapse, contribute to drug resistance developing, and increase costs to patients and health providers...
November 1, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27798020/optimum-a-protocol-for-a-multicentre-randomised-controlled-trial-comparing-out-patient-talc-slurry-via-indwelling-pleural-catheter-for-malignant-pleural-effusion-vs-usual-inpatient-management
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P Sivakumar, A Douiri, A West, D Rao, G Warwick, T Chen, L Ahmed
INTRODUCTION: The development of malignant pleural effusion (MPE) results in disabling breathlessness, pain and reduced physical capability with treatment a palliative strategy. Ambulatory management of MPE has the potential to improve quality of life (QoL). The OPTIMUM trial is designed to determine whether full outpatient management of MPE with an indwelling pleural catheter (IPC) and pleurodesis improves QoL compared with traditional inpatient care with a chest drain and talc pleurodesis...
October 18, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27797116/methods-to-decrease-blood-loss-during-liver-resection-a-network-meta-analysis
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Elisabetta Moggia, Benjamin Rouse, Constantinos Simillis, Tianjing Li, Jessica Vaughan, Brian R Davidson, Kurinchi Selvan Gurusamy
BACKGROUND: Liver resection is a major surgery with significant mortality and morbidity. Specialists have tested various methods in attempts to limit blood loss, transfusion requirements, and morbidity during elective liver resection. These methods include different approaches (anterior versus conventional approach), use of autologous blood donation, cardiopulmonary interventions such as hypoventilation, low central venous pressure, different methods of parenchymal transection, different methods of management of the raw surface of the liver, different methods of vascular occlusion, and different pharmacological interventions...
October 31, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27796650/the-value-of-short-term-pain-relief-in-predicting-the-1-month-outcome-of-indirect-cervical-epidural-steroid-injections
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Holger Joswig, Armin Neff, Christina Ruppert, Gerhard Hildebrandt, Martin Nikolaus Stienen
BACKGROUND: Clinical management after epidural steroid injections (ESI) of patients with radiculopathy secondary to a cervical disc herniation (CDH) is uncertain. This study aims to determine whether short-term arm pain alleviation following computed tomography-guided 'indirect' cervical ESI can predict the 1-month outcome. METHODS: We conducted a prospective observation of 45 consecutive patients at a tertiary radiological department. Study components were visual analog scale arm and neck pain at baseline, 15, 30, and 45 min, 1, 2, and 4 h, on days 1-14, 1 month, and at 1 year...
October 28, 2016: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27789049/-the-plain-packaging-of-tobacco-products-a-new-strategy-for-tobacco-control
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Juan Miguel Rey-Pino, Isabel Nerín, Ma Blanca Lacave-García
There is evidence that global tobacco smoking control policies contribute to decrease the prevalence of smoking among populations, so there is a need to effectively implement different measures in a coordinated way. The plain packaging and labelling of tobacco products is one of the measures proposed by the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. At the moment, leading countries are implementing this tobacco control measure, which involves a plain packaging for all tobacco products, i...
October 24, 2016: Gaceta Sanitaria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27764649/uptake-and-trends-in-ordering-of-funded-hepatitis-b-immunisation-for-priority-populations-in-victoria-australia-2013-2014
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Jennifer H MacLachlan, Benjamin C Cowie
Background: The Department of Health and Human Services in Victoria provides funded hepatitis B vaccine to many priority groups at risk of acquiring infection. We aimed to determine the uptake of vaccine ordering for at-risk groups over time, to assess any trends and identify any gaps in prevention of hepatitis B for those at risk. Methods: Routinely collected administrative data regarding the indication for vaccine ordered by practitioners were analysed for the period June 2013 to December 2014. Number of doses and courses distributed was determined and compared with the estimated size of the priority populations...
October 21, 2016: Sexual Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27763850/public-health-systems-under-attack-in-canada-evidence-on-public-health-system-performance-challenges-arbitrary-reform
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Ak'ingabe Guyon, Robert Perreault
Public health is currently being weakened in several Canadian jurisdictions. Unprecedented and arbitrary cuts to the public health budget in Quebec in 2015 were a striking example of this. In order to support public health leaders and citizens in their capacity to advocate for evidence-informed public health reforms, we propose a knowledge synthesis of elements of public health systems that are significantly associated with improved performance. Research consistently and significantly associates four elements of public health systems with improved productivity: 1) increased financial resources, 2) increased staffing per capita, 3) population size between 50,000 and 500,000, and 4) specific evidence-based organizational and administrative features...
October 20, 2016: Canadian Journal of Public Health. Revue Canadienne de Santé Publique
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