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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150313/safety-practices-perceptions-and-behaviors-in-radiation-oncology-a-national-survey-of-radiation-therapists
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Kristina Demas Woodhouse, David Hashemi, Kathryn Betcher, Abigail Doucette, Allison Weaver, Brian Monzon, Seth A Rosenthal, Neha Vapiwala
PURPOSE: Radiation therapy is complex and demands high vigilance and precise coordination. Radiation therapists (RTTs) directly deliver radiation and are often the first to discover an error. Yet, few studies have examined the practices of RTTs regarding patient safety. We conducted a national survey to explore the perspectives of RTTs related to quality and safety. METHODS AND MATERIALS: In 2016, an electronic survey was sent to a random sample of 1500 RTTs in the United States...
June 15, 2017: Practical Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149483/factors-influencing-the-quality-of-vital-signs-data-in-electronic-health-records-a-qualitative-study
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Jean E Stevenson, Johan Israelsson, Goran Petersson, Peter A Bath
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to investigate reasons for inadequate documentation of vital signs in an electronic health record. BACKGROUND: Monitoring vital signs is crucial to detecting and responding to patient deterioration. The ways in which vital signs are documented in electronic health records have received limited attention in the research literature. A previous study revealed that vital signs in an electronic health record were incomplete and inconsistent...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149461/long-non-coding-rnas-involve-in-resistance-to-verticillium-dahliae-a-fungal-disease-in-cotton
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Lin Zhang, Maojun Wang, Nannan Li, Honglei Wang, Ping Qiu, Liuling Pei, Zheng Xu, Tianyi Wang, Erlin Gao, Junxia Liu, Shiming Liu, Qin Hu, Yuhuan Miao, Keith Lindsey, Lili Tu, Longfu Zhu, Xianlong Zhang
Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have several known functions in plant development, but their possible roles in responding to plant disease remain largely unresolved. In this study, we described a comprehensive disease-responding lncRNA profiles in defense against a cotton fungal disease Verticillium dahliae. We further revealed the conserved and specific characters of disease responding process between two cotton species. Conservatively for two cotton species, we found the expression dominance of induced lncRNAs in the Dt subgenome, indicating a biased induction pattern in the co-existing subgenomes of allotetraploid cotton...
November 17, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149311/beyond-the-crisis-did-the-ebola-epidemic-improve-resilience-of-liberia-s-health-system
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Emilia J Ling, Elysia Larson, Rose Jallah Macauley, Yvonne Kodl, Brian VanDeBogert, Saye Baawo, Margaret E Kruk
Resilience was widely identified as a critical attribute for strong health systems following the 2014-15 West Africa Ebola epidemic. In Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, struggles to control the disease and suspension of the operation of many health services demonstrated that health systems must plan for resilience long before a crisis. However, the operational elements of resilience and ways that a crisis experience can shape resilience are not well described in the literature. To understand how a health system adapts to crisis and how the priorities of different health system actors influence this response we conducted interviews with global, national, and local respondents in Liberia between July and September 2015 (n = 108), several months after the country was first declared Ebola-free...
November 1, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149194/understanding-linkage-to-care-with-hiv-self-test-approach-in-lusaka-zambia-a-mixed-method-approach
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Jenala Chipungu, Samuel Bosomprah, Arianna Zanolini, Harsha Thimurthy, Roma Chilengi, Anjali Sharma, Charles B Holmes
INTRODUCTION: HIV self-testing (HIVST) is a novel approach designed to assist in achieving the goal of at least 90% of the population that learn their HIV status. A self-test user with a positive test is required to visit a clinic to link into HIV care, yet little is known about patient preferences for linkage strategies. We examined the intention to link to care amongst potential HIVST users and the suitability of three linkage to care strategies in Lusaka Province, Zambia. METHODS: We conducted a representative cross sectional survey of 1,617 individuals aged 16-49 years old in Lusaka Province...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148822/the-effect-of-a-silymarin-phosphatidylserine-and-galega-galactagogue-on-mothers-of-preterm-infants-milk-production
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Francesca Serrao, Mirta Corsello, Costantino Romagnoli, Vito D'Andrea, Enrico Zecca
AIMS: To investigate the efficacy of a galactagogue, containing Sylimarin-phosphatidylserine (SILITIDIL) and galega consumed in the first month after delivery by mothers of preterm infants, in maintaining milk production during the first 3-6 months after delivery. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Mothers of infants born at gestational age (GA) between 27 and 32 weeks, enrolled in our previous prospective, double-blind, randomized trial and randomly allocated to receive either the galactagogue (GG) or a placebo (PG), were asked about their milk production at 3 and 6 months after delivery...
November 17, 2017: Breastfeeding Medicine: the Official Journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147847/r-hyper-cvad-versus-r-chop-cytarabine-with-high-dose-therapy-and-autologous-haematopoietic-stem-cell-support-in-fit-patients-with-mantle-cell-lymphoma-20%C3%A2-years-of-single-center-experience
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Fabienne Widmer, Stefan Balabanov, Davide Soldini, Panagiotis Samaras, Bernhard Gerber, Markus G Manz, Jeroen S Goede
Standard of care for untreated mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) is still debated. At the University Hospital Zurich, advanced MCL in physically fit patients is treated either with rituximab plus cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine and prednisone induction followed by consolidating high-dose chemotherapy and autologous stem cell support (R-CHOP/HD-ASCT), or with rituximab plus fractionated cyclophosphamide, vincristine, doxorubicin and dexamethasone alternating with high-dose methotrexate-cytarabine (R-hyper-CVAD/MTX-AraC) without consolidating HD-ASCT upon physicians' and patients' choice...
November 16, 2017: Annals of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147589/%C3%AE-%C3%AE-t-cell-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-lymphoma-discussion-of-two-pediatric-cases-and-its-distinction-from-other-mature-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-t-cell-malignancies
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Eric X Wei, Vasiliki Leventaki, John K Choi, Susana C Raimondi, Elizabeth M Azzato, Sheila A Shurtleff, Menchu G Ong, Diana M Veillon, James D Cotelingam, Rodney E Shackelford
Gamma delta (γδ) T-cell antigen receptor (TCR) expression and its related T-cell differentiation are not commonly reported in T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia/lymphoma (T-ALL). Here we report two pediatric T-ALL cases and present their clinical features, histology, immunophenotypes, cytogenetics, and molecular diagnostic findings. The first patient is a two-year-old girl with leukocytosis, circulating lymphoblasts, and a cryptic insertion of a short-arm segment at 10p12 into the long-arm segment of 11q23 resulting in an MLL and AF10 fusion transcript, which may be the first reported in γδ T-ALL...
2017: Case Reports in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147571/a-surprising-treatment-response-in-a-patient-with-rare-isolated-growth-hormone-deficiency-type-ib
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Jordan Yardain Amar, Kimberly Borden, Elizabeth Watson, Talin Arslanian
Isolated Growth Hormone Deficiency (IGHD) is a rare cause of short stature, treated with the standard regimen of subcutaneous synthetic growth hormone (GH). Patients typically achieve a maximum height velocity in the first year of treatment, which then tapers shortly after treatment is stopped. We report a case of a 9-year-old male who presented with short stature (<3rd percentile for age and race). Basal hormone levels showed undetectable serum IGF1. Skeletal wrist age was consistent with chronologic age...
2017: Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147442/metastatic-malignant-paraganglioma-a-case-report-and-review-of-literature
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Carlo Angelo Prades, Bassel Atassi, Hamid Nazeer
Metastasis is a rare presentation of non-secretory paraganglioma. Consequently, there is no standard of care for the treatment of metastatic malignant paraganglioma. The most widely used chemotherapy regimen for non-resectable cases includes cyclophosphamide, vincristine, and dacarbazine (CVD). CVD has been previously studied with variable therapeutic response. However, yttrium-90 (Y90) radioembolization has not been previously studied in the treatment of hepatic metastasis in patients diagnosed with malignant paraganglioma...
June 2017: World Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146567/self-guided-web-based-interventions-scoping-review-on-user-needs-and-the-potential-of-embodied-conversational-agents-to-address-them
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Mark R Scholten, Saskia M Kelders, Julia Ewc Van Gemert-Pijnen
BACKGROUND: Web-based mental health interventions have evolved from innovative prototypes to evidence-based and clinically applied solutions for mental diseases such as depression and anxiety. Open-access, self-guided types of these solutions hold the promise of reaching and treating a large population at a reasonable cost. However, a considerable factor that currently hinders the effectiveness of these self-guided Web-based interventions is the high level of nonadherence. The absence of a human caregiver apparently has a negative effect on user adherence...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146223/delivering-person-centered-care-important-preferences-for-recipients-of-long-term-services-and-supports
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Katherine M Abbott, Rachel Klumpp, Kendall A Leser, Jane K Straker, Gerald C Gannod, Kimberly Van Haitsma
OBJECTIVES: Although assessing individual consumer preferences are an important first step in providing person-centered care, the purpose of this study was to identify the top 10 shared preferences that are important to a majority of consumers receiving long-term services and supports. DESIGN: A cross-sectional survey design was used. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: Preference assessment interviews were conducted with 255 nursing home (NH) residents and 528 older adults receiving home and community-based services (HCBS)...
November 14, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145902/-the-20-year-longitudinal-trajectories-of-social-functioning-in-individuals-with-psychotic-disorders
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M Oorschot, A K J Fett, E Velthorst
OBJECTIVE: Social impairment is a long-recognized core feature of schizophrenia and is common in other psychotic disorders. Still, to date the long-term trajectories of social impairment in psychotic disorders have rarely been studied systematically. METHODS: Data came from the Suffolk County Mental Health Project, a 20-year prospective study of first-admission patients with psychotic disorders. A never-psychotic comparison group was also assessed. Latent class growth analysis was applied to longitudinal data on social functioning from 485 respondents with schizophrenia spectrum disorders and psychotic mood disorders, and associations of the empirically derived trajectories with premorbid social adjustment, diagnosis, and 20-year outcomes were examined...
2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145728/understanding-how-emergency-medicine-physicians-survive-and-thrive-in-rural-practice-a-theoretical-model
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Ashra Kolhatkar, Andrea Keesey, Bob Bluman, Brenna Lynn, Tandi Wilkinson
INTRODUCTION: The challenges facing emergency medicine (EM) services in Canada reflect the limitations of the entire healthcare system. The emergency department (ED) is uniquely situated in the healthcare system such that shortcomings in hospital- and community-based services are often first revealed there. This is especially true in rural settings, where there are additional site-specific barriers to the provision of EM care. Existing studies look at the factors that influence rural EM physicians in isolation...
November 2017: Rural and Remote Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145599/a-role-for-thiopurine-metabolites-in-the-synergism-between-thiopurines-and-infliximab-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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Ditte V Mogensen, Jørn Brynskov, Mark A Ainsworth, Jacob Nersting, Kjeld Schmiegelow, Casper Steenholdt
Background: Interactions between principal cytotoxic thiopurine metabolites, 6-thioguanine nucleotides (6-TGN), and infliximab (IFX) and anti-IFX antibodies (Abs) may contribute to higher effectiveness of IFX-thiopurine-combination therapy than monotherapies in inflammatory bowel disease. Methods: To examine if thiopurine metabolites influenced trough IFX and anti-IFX Abs, 89 patients previously assessed for anti-IFX Abs were included. To assess if IFX influenced thiopurine metabolites, 8 patients having responded to 12 weeks of intensified IFX at a constant thiopurine dosing were included...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Crohn's & Colitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145581/prospective-epidemiological-research-studies-in-iran-the-persian-cohort-rationale-objectives-and-design
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Hossein Poustchi, Sareh Eghtesad, Farin Kamangar, Arash Etemadi, Abbas-Ali Keshtkar, Azita Hekmatdoost, Zahra Mohammadi, Zahra Mahmoudi, Amaneh Shayanrad, Farzin Roozafzai, Mahdi Sheikh, Alireza Jalaeikhoo, Mohammad Hossein Somi, Fariborz Mansour-Ghanaei, Farid Najafi, Ehsan Bahramali, Amirhoushang Mehrparvar, Alireza Ansari-Moghaddam, Ahmad Ali Enayati, Ali Esmaeili Nadimi, Abbas Rezaianzadeh, Nader Saki, Fatemeh Alipour, Roya Kelishadi, Afarin Rahimi-Movaghar, Nayyereh Aminisani, Paolo Boffetta, Reza Malekzadeh
Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) account for 76% of deaths in Iran and this number is on the rise, parallel to global rates. Many risk factors associated with NCDs are preventable; however it is first necessary to conduct observational studies to identify relevant risk factors, and the most appropriate approach to control them. Iran is a multi-ethnic country, therefore the Ministry of Health and Medical Education sought to launch a nationwide cohort study-the Prospective Epidemiological Research Studies in IrAN (PERSIAN)-in order to identify the most prevalent NCDs among Iranian ethnicities, and to investigate effective methods of prevention...
November 14, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145345/the-role-of-sativex-in-robotic-rehabilitation-in-individuals-with-multiple-sclerosis-rationale-study-design-and-methodology
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Margherita Russo, Vincenzo Dattola, Anna Lisa Logiudice, Rosella Ciurleo, Edoardo Sessa, Rosaria De Luca, Placido Bramanti, Alessia Bramanti, Antonino Naro, Rocco Salvatore Calabrò
INTRODUCTION: Currently, none of the available multiple sclerosis (MS) disease-modifying medications has been shown to stop or reverse gait disability. Recently, the nabiximols has been tested for the treatment of spasticity and walking impairment in MS. Nabiximols (trade name Sativex) is an oromucosal spray formulation containing 1:1 fixed ratio of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol derived from cloned Cannabis sativa L. plant. METHOD AND ANALYSIS: A single-center, prospective, parallel design, single-blind trial will be conducted at the IRCCS Neurolesi "Bonino-Pulejo" (Italy) involving MS patients affected by spasticity and undergoing a Robotic Rehabilitation training...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145282/autosomal-dominant-polycystic-kidney-disease-combined-with-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-a-case-report
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Yingjing Shen, Chenggang Xu
INTRODUCTION: This report describes the novel sampling of autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) combined with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). SYMPTOMS AND CLINICAL FINDINGS: A 48-year-old Chinese man presented with anasarca, hypourocrinia, gross hematuria, and weight gain by 10 kg subsequently developed acute kidney injury after struck by acute respiratory distress syndrome, really a threat to his heart. DIAGNOSES: Abdominal ultrasound revealed multiple small cysts in both kidneys, with the right kidney measuring 11...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145211/patient-reported-outcome-results-from-the-open-label-randomized-phase-iii-select-bc-trial-evaluating-first-line-s-1-therapy-for-metastatic-breast-cancer
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Takuya Kawahara, Kojiro Shimozuma, Takeru Shiroiwa, Yasuhiro Hagiwara, Yukari Uemura, Takanori Watanabe, Naruto Taira, Takashi Fukuda, Yasuo Ohashi, Hirofumi Mukai
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effects of S-1, an orally administered 5-FU agent, versus taxane on patient-reported outcomes (PROs) in the SELECT BC trial. METHODS: Patients with HER2-negative and endocrine treatment-resistant breast cancer with metastasis or recurrence after surgery were randomly assigned to receive first-line taxane or S-1. PROs (secondary endpoint) were assessed using the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire Core 30 (EORTC QLQ-C30) and Patient Neurotoxicity Questionnaire (PNQ) at baseline and at 3, 6, and 12 months...
November 17, 2017: Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144248/recognition-of-infantile-spasms-is-often-delayed-the-assist-study
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Shaun A Hussain, Johnson Lay, Emily Cheng, Julius Weng, Raman Sankar, Christine B Baca
OBJECTIVES: To characterize and quantify diagnostic and treatment delay among children with infantile spasms, and to estimate the developmental impact of this delay. STUDY DESIGN: In this cohort study, we surveyed the parents of 100 patients with infantile spasms about their experiences with diagnosis and treatment, and ascertained medical and sociodemographic factors potentially related to care of these infants. We specifically determined the latency to first visit an "effective provider," defined as a provider who identified infantile spasms, and prescribed an appropriate first-line treatment, namely adrenocorticotropic hormone, corticosteroids, or vigabatrin...
November 2017: Journal of Pediatrics
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