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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823072/prevalence-and-predictors-of-digoxin-utilization-among-heart-failure-patients-with-reduced-ejection-fraction-in-qatar
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Alaa Abdullah Rahhal, Ahmed Awaisu, Kawthar M Tawengi, Safae AbuYousef, Lylia Mekideche
Background Digoxin is a cardiac glycoside that is recommended by clinical practice guidelines to be used in patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) who still have persistent symptoms despite optimal medical therapy. However, this recommendation is based on limited and old trial data. Moreover, pharmacoepidemiologic studies are important in determining the prevalence of digoxin use and factors influencing this. Objective This study aimed to determine the prevalence and the predictors of digoxin utilization among patients with HFrEF with or without atrial fibrillation (AF) in Qatar...
August 19, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823070/-what-is-not-written-does-not-exist-the-importance-of-proper-documentation-of-medication-use-history
#2
Carina Carvalho Silvestre, Lincoln Marques Cavalcante Santos, Alfredo Dias de Oliveira-Filho, Divaldo Pereira de Lyra
Medications are perceived as health risk factors, because they might cause damage if used improperly. In this context, an adequate assessment of medication use history should be encouraged, especially in transitions of care to avoid unintended medication discrepancies (UMDs). In a case-controlled study, we investigated potential risk factors for UMDs at hospital admission and found that 150 (42%) of the 358 patients evaluated had one or more UMDs. We were surprised to find that there was no record of a patient and/or relative interview on previous use of medication in 117 medical charts of adult patients (44...
August 19, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823029/experience-of-lung-transplantation-in-patients-with-lymphangioleiomyomatosis-at-a-brazilian-reference-centre
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Bruno Guedes Baldi, Marcos Naoyuki Samano, Silvia Vidal Campos, Martina Rodrigues de Oliveira, José Eduardo Afonso Junior, Rafael Medeiros Carraro, Ricardo Henrique Oliveira Braga Teixeira, Isabela Pasqualini Minguini, Roni Burlina, Eduardo Zinoni Silva Pato, Carlos Roberto Ribeiro Carvalho, André Nathan Costa
INTRODUCTION: Lung transplantation (LT) is the standard of care for patients with advanced lung diseases, including lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM). LAM accounts for only 1% of all LTs performed in the international registry. As a result, the global experience, including the use of mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) inhibitors before and after LT in LAM, is still limited. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective review of all LAM patients who underwent LT at our centre between 2003 and 2016...
August 19, 2017: Lung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823027/a-prospective-study-of-palonosetron-for-prevention-of-chemotherapy-induced-nausea-and-vomiting-in-malignant-lymphoma-patients-following-highly-emetogenic-chemotherapy
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Tsutomu Takahashi, Takahiro Okada, Fumiyoshi Ikejiri, Shunsuke Ito, Yusuke Okada, Fumimasa Takahashi, Satoshi Kumanomido, Yumi Jo, Koji Adachi, Chie Onishi, Koshi Kawakami, Takaaki Miyake, Masaya Inoue, Ritsuro Suzuki, Junji Suzumiya
BACKGROUND: Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) is a troublesome issue in chemotherapy for cancer patients. A second-generation 5HT3 receptor antagonist (5HT3RA), palonosetron, is effective and safe for the prevention of CINV in breast cancer patients treated with cyclophosphamide and anthracycline, but there is little data for malignant lymphoma. We conducted a prospective phase 2 study at a single institution to clarify the efficacy and safety of palonosetron in lymphoma patients...
August 19, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823018/prevalence-and-nature-of-potential-drug-drug-interactions-among-kidney-transplant-patients-in-a-german-intensive-care-unit
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Julia Amkreutz, Alexander Koch, Lukas Buendgens, Anja Muehlfeld, Christian Trautwein, Albrecht Eisert
Background Complex polypharmacotherapy makes kidney transplant patients vulnerable to drug-drug interactions (DDIs). Objective To study prevalence and nature of potential DDIs (pDDIs) in kidney transplant patients. Setting Internal medicine ICU, University Hospital RWTH Aachen. Method In this retrospective observational study, pDDIs were identified in the first week after transplant from 1999 to 2010. Patients aged at least 18 years with prescription of at least two drugs were included. Patients with incomplete data were excluded...
August 19, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822993/seropositivity-and-titers-of-anti-smooth-muscle-actin-antibody-are-associated-with-relapse-of-type-1-autoimmune-hepatitis
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Taro Shibuki, Taiga Otsuka, Hiroshi Isoda, Norimasa Araki, Yoshihito Kubotsu, Yasunori Kawaguchi, Shunya Nakashita, Wataru Yoshioka, Seiji Kawazoe, Hiroaki Kawasoe, Yasushi Ide, Toshihiko Mizuta, Saga Study Group Of Liver Diseases Sasld
BACKGROUND It is important to avoid relapse in autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) because repeated multiple relapses have been associated with a worse prognosis. However, risk factors for relapse before initiation of treatment are not fully understood. The aim of this study was to find predictive markers for relapse of type 1 AIH. MATERIAL AND METHODS We reviewed the records of 53 patients diagnosed with type 1 AIH based on the revised scoring system proposed by the International Autoimmune Hepatitis Group (IAIHG) between 2009 and 2014 at 4 hospitals belonging to the Saga Study Group of Liver Diseases (SASLD)...
August 20, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822837/delayed-pain-decrease-following-m1-tdcs-in-spinal-cord-injury-a-randomized-controlled-clinical-trial
#7
Aurore Thibaut, Sandra Carvalho, Leslie Morse, Ross Zafonte, Felipe Fregni
Despite some encouraging findings for the treatment of neuropathic pain in patients with spinal cord injury (SCI), transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) directed to the primary motor cortex (M1) has faced some mixed results. Prior to translating this technology to clinical care, consistent results and durable effects need to be found. We, therefore, aimed to assess the direct and long-term effects of tDCS on pain following SCI. We performed a two-phase randomized sham-controlled clinical trial where patients received 5days of tDCS followed by at 3-month follow-up period (Phase I); then, Phase II consisted of 10days of tDCS with an 8-week follow-up period...
August 16, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822830/chronic-kidney-disease-in-long-term-survivors-after-allogeneic-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-retrospective-analysis-at-a-single-institute
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Tomoyasu Jo, Yasuyuki Arai, Tadakazu Kondo, Toshiyuki Kitano, Masakatsu Hishizawa, Kouhei Yamashita, Akifumi Takaori-Kondo
The number of patients eligible for allogeneic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT) has increased because of improvements in transplantation procedures. Among long-term survivors of allo-HSCT, chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a major cause of morbidity. We retrospectively analyzed the clinical data of 106 consecutive patients with a median age of 43 (17-73) years who had undergone allo-HSCT at our institution between January 2001 and September 2009. Patients who died within 5 years after transplantation or had CKD at the time of transplantation were excluded in this study...
August 16, 2017: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822828/targeted-lowering-of-central-blood-pressure-in-patients-with-hypertension-baseline-recruitment-rationale-and-design-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial-the-low-cbp-study
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James E Sharman, Tony Stanton, Christopher M Reid, Anthony Keech, Philip Roberts-Thomson, Simon Stewart, Robert Greenough, Michael Stowasser, Walter P Abhayaratna
BACKGROUND: High blood pressure (BP) is the most common modifiable cause of death from cardiovascular disease. Lowering BP with medication improves patient outcomes, but even in populations with normal upper arm (brachial) BP there remains considerable residual risk for cardiovascular disease and this may be due to persistently elevated central BP. There has never been a trial to determine the value of targeted central BP lowering among patients with hypertension, and this was the aim of this study...
August 16, 2017: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822798/meaning-in-life-as-a-mediator-between-physical-impairment-and-the-wish-to-hasten-death-in-patients-with-advanced-cancer
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Mariona Guerrero-Torrelles, Cristina Monforte-Royo, Joaquín Tomás-Sábado, Frederic Marimon, Josep Porta-Sales, Albert Balaguer
CONTEXT: Meaning in life (MiL) is a key factor for ensuring spiritual wellbeing and quality of life among patients with life-threatening illnesses. However, the role of MiL in relation to the wish to hasten death (WTHD) and its interaction with other physical and psychological factors in patients with advanced cancer has not yet been studied. OBJECTIVE: To analyse the relationship between the WTHD and MiL, and to propose a theoretical model of functional relationships between WTHD, performance status, depression and MiL...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822755/does-the-transformation-of-dietitians-from-counseling-to-therapy-also-apply-to-the-physical-and-therapeutic-environment-a-case-study-of-israeli-practice
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Anat Gesser-Edelsburg, Yael Birman
BACKGROUND: Lifestyle change can be influenced through effective interaction between care receiver and care provider. The physical environment where the interaction occurs can affect the dynamics of long-term therapeutic treatment. There have been no studies on the perception of the physical environment in nutritional treatment. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to ascertain the impact of the physical environment on the dynamics and communication between dietitian and patient based on perceptions of dietitians...
August 17, 2017: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822743/medical-management-of-patients-with-a%C3%A2-left-ventricular-assist-device-for-the%C3%A2-non-left-ventricular-assist-device%C3%A2-specialist
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REVIEW
Adam D DeVore, Priyesh A Patel, Chetan B Patel
More than 2,400 continuous-flow left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) are implanted each year in the United States alone. Both the number of patients living with LVADs and the life expectancy of these patients are increasing. As a result, patients with LVADs are increasingly encountered by non-LVAD specialists who do not have training in managing advanced heart failure for general medical care, cardiovascular procedures, and other subspecialty care. An understanding of the initial evaluation and management of patients with LVADs is now an essential skill for many health care providers...
August 3, 2017: JACC. Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822692/complex-clinical-intersection-palliative-care-in-patients-with-dementia
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REVIEW
Ellen E Lee, Beverly Chang, Steven Huege, Jeremy Hirst
Because of the rapidly growing older population and increases in longevity, rates of dementia have been rising. Clinical challenges of treating dementia include limited resources and lack of curative therapies. Palliative care approaches improve quality of life and alleviate suffering for dementia patients at the end of life, although implementation may be limited by societal acceptance and feasibility. This review examines the published literature on pain assessments, pain and behavior interventions, tools for advanced care planning, and clinical concerns in dementia patients...
June 29, 2017: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822673/the-financial-impact-of-a-hospital-based-care-coordination-program-for-children-with-special-health-care-needs
#14
Janine M Petitgout
Care coordination programs are important in caring for medically complex pediatric patients, particularly for children with special health care needs. This study is a retrospective financial analysis of a hospital-based care coordination program involving one procedural subgroup of children with special health care needs: those receiving pediatric tracheostomy. Hospital records were reviewed for patients who received a tracheostomy at a large Midwestern U.S. hospital from 1999 through 2015. The population was divided into two subgroups: patients who received a tracheostomy before the development of a care coordination program and patients who received a tracheostomy after enrollment in the care coordination program...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822671/surgical-ultrasound-guided-carpal-tunnel-release
#15
T Apard, G Candelier
Ultrasound-guided surgery is a new trend stemming from the introduction of high-frequency linear probes and better quality screens. Surgical treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome is increasingly being performed under ultrasound guidance. Knowledge of musculoskeletal ultrasonography is obviously mandatory. Several types of cutting instruments (miniature knife, Gigli saw or hook) and surgical approaches (wrist or palm) have been described. Ultrasonography allows the wide-awake and local anesthesia with no tourniquet (WALANT) technique to be used in the context of ambulatory patient care...
August 16, 2017: Hand Surgery and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822665/the-associations-of-hemodialysis-access-type-and-access-satisfaction-with-health-related-quality-of-life
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Natalie Domenick Sridharan, Larry Fish, Lan Yu, Steven Weisbord, Manisha Jhamb, Michel S Makaroun, Theodore H Yuo
OBJECTIVE: In addition to age and comorbidities, health-related quality of life (HRQOL) is known to predict mortality in hemodialysis (HD) patients. Understanding the association of vascular access type with HRQOL can help surgeons to provide patient-centered dialysis access recommendations. We sought to understand the impact of HD access type on HRQOL. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional prospective study of community-dwelling prevalent HD patients in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822657/a-systematic-review-of-muscle-morphology-and-function-in-intermittent-claudication
#17
REVIEW
Amy E Harwood, Stephanie King, Joshua Totty, George E Smith, Natalie Vanicek, Ian C Chetter
OBJECTIVE: Intermittent claudication (IC) is frequently associated with deterioration in walking capacity and physical function, and it can often result in an impairment in balance. Whereas supervised exercise is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence as the first-line treatment, the mechanism behind walking improvement is poorly understood. The existing literature suggests that there may be some physiologic change to the skeletal muscle contributing to the functional impairment, but these data are conflicting...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822649/a-complex-heart-team-s-approach-to-a-patient-with-giant-cell-myocarditis
#18
Michal Pazdernik, Ivan Netuka, Jiri Maly, Jiri Kettner, Ludek Voska, Hynek Riha, Jan Pirk, Vojtech Melenovsky, Josef Kautzner
Giant cell myocarditis is known as a rare and frequently fatal type of myocarditis that is usually characterized by progressive congestive heart failure and frequent ventricular arrhythmias. We report a rare case of giant cell myocarditis in a 64-year-old previously healthy woman. The case was complicated by the rapid development of progressive acute heart failure, which required the comprehensive care of our heart team. Using a broad spectrum of therapeutic approaches, the patient successfully underwent heart transplantation...
June 10, 2017: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822644/extracting-general-practice-data-for-timely-vaccine-coverage-estimates-the-england-experience
#19
Michael Edelstein, Tim Crocker-Buque, Camille Tsang, Odette Eugenio, Tim Hopson, Richard Pebody, Mary Ramsay, Joanne M White
In England, primary care providers use standardised coding systems to record health events such as vaccination as well as patient characteristics. This information can be automatically extracted to estimate coverage for vaccine programmes delivered through primary care, in the general population as well as in specific geographical, ethnic, age or clinical groups. This system provides timely vaccine coverage estimates as well as the flexibility to extract tailored data in order to directly inform a continuously evolving national vaccine programme...
August 16, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822629/acute-intrapartum-rupture-of-the-pubic-symphysis-requiring-resuscitation-and-surgical-intervention-a-case-report
#20
Marie Buitendyk, Barbara Brennan, Parag Vora, Patricia Smith, Stephanie Winsor
BACKGROUND: Pubic symphysis rupture significant enough to cause serious complications or require surgical intervention is exceedingly rare. Here we review the literature and examine the details of a unique presentation. CASE: A 27-year-old woman presented in labour at 34+6 weeks gestation after an uncomplicated monochorionic-diamniotic twin pregnancy. After vaginal delivery, she developed a substantial labial hematoma. Hours later, she became hemodynamically unstable...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada: JOGC, Journal D'obstétrique et Gynécologie du Canada: JOGC
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