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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088601/mid-term-outcomes-in-patients-with-congenitally-corrected-transposition-of-the-great-arteries-a-single-center-experience
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Luis E De León, Carlos M Mery, Raymond A Verm, Daniel Trujillo-Díaz, Ankita Patro, Francisco A Guzmán-Pruneda, Iki Adachi, Jeffrey S Heinle, Lauren C Kane, E Dean McKenzie, Charles D Fraser
INTRO: The optimal management of patients with congenitally-corrected transposition of the great arteries (ccTGA) is unclear. The goal of this study was to compare the outcomes in patients with ccTGA undergoing different management strategies. METHODS: Patients with ccTGA believed suitable for biventricular circulation treated in 1995-2016 were included. The cohort was divided into four groups: systemic right ventricle (RV) (patients without surgical intervention or with a classic repair), anatomic repair, Fontan palliation, and patients only receiving a pulmonary artery band (PAB) or a shunt...
January 11, 2017: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088002/radiochemical-studies-pre-clinical-investigation-and-preliminary-clinical-evaluation-of-170-tm-edtmp-prepared-using-in-house-freeze-dried-edtmp-kit
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Tapas Das, Ajit Shinto, Koramadai K Kamaleshwaran, Haladhar D Sarma, Sahiralam Khan Mohammed, Arpit Mitra, Sangita Lad, M G R Rajan, Sharmila Banerjee
The objective of the present work is to formulate (170)Tm-EDTMP using an in-house freeze-dried EDTMP kit and evaluate its potential as a bone pain palliation agent. Patient dose of (170)Tm-EDTMP was prepared with high radiochemical purity using the lyophilized kit at room temperature within 15min. Pre-clinical evaluation in normal Wistar rats revealed selective skeletal accumulation with extended retention. Preliminary clinical investigation in 8 patients with disseminated skeletal metastases exhibited selective uptake in the bone and retention therein for a long duration...
January 5, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086959/e-learning-programs-in-oncology-a-nationwide-experience-from-2005-to-2014
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Jan Degerfält, Staffan Sjöstedt, Per Fransson, Elisabeth Kjellén, Mads U Werner
BACKGROUND: E-learning is an established concept in oncological education and training. However, there seems to be a scarcity of long-term assessments of E-learning programs in oncology vis-á-vis their structural management and didactic value. This study presents descriptive, nationwide data from 2005 to 2014. E-learning oncology programs in chemotherapy, general oncology, pain management, palliative care, psycho-social-oncology, and radiotherapy, were reviewed from our databases. Questionnaires of self-perceived didactic value of the programs were examined 2008-2014...
January 13, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086792/irish-general-practitioner-attitudes-toward-decriminalisation-and-medical-use-of-cannabis-results-from-a-national-survey
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Des Crowley, Claire Collins, Ide Delargy, Eamon Laird, Marie Claire Van Hout
BACKGROUND: Governmental debate in Ireland on the de facto decriminalisation of cannabis and legalisation for medical use is ongoing. A cannabis-based medicinal product (Sativex®) has recently been granted market authorisation in Ireland. This unique study aimed to investigate Irish general practitioner (GP) attitudes toward decriminalisation of cannabis and assess levels of support for use of cannabis for therapeutic purposes (CTP). METHODS: General practitioners in the Irish College of General Practitioner (ICGP) database were invited to complete an online survey...
January 13, 2017: Harm Reduction Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080183/palliative-care-scorecard
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Sheri Kittelson, Read Pierce, Jeanie Youngwerth
BACKGROUND: In response to poor healthcare quality outcomes and rising costs, healthcare reform triple aim has increased requirements for providers to demonstrate value to payers, partners, and the public. OBJECTIVE: Electronically automating measurement of the meaningful impact of palliative care (PC) programs on clinical, operational, and financial systems over time is imperative to the success of the field and the goal of development of this automated PC scorecard...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079553/end-of-life-decisions-in-heart-failure-to-turn-off-the-intracardiac-device-or-not
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Bilal Ayach, Amrit Malik, Colette Seifer, Shelley Zieroth
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Heart failure is a significant public health concern around the world. Implantable cardioverter defibrillators with or without cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT-D) have proven survival benefit. As patients progress to end-stage disease, management shifts to palliative care, and cardiologists are often confronted with how to best manage these devices. RECENT FINDINGS: Studies suggest that up to one-third of patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator receive painful shocks in the last 24 h of life...
January 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079003/colorectal-cancer-chemotherapy-the-evolution-of-treatment-and-new-approaches
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Rachel M McQuade, Vanesa Stojanovska, Joel C Bornstein, Kulmira Nurgali
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one the greatest contributors to cancer related mortality. Although 5 year survival rate for patients at the early stage of CRC (stages I and II) is above 60%, more than 50% of patients are diagnosed at or beyond stage III when distant metastasis has already occurred, in which case 5 year survival rate drops to 10%. Chemotherapeutic intervention coupled with surgery is the backbone of metastatic CRC treatment and the only means of enhanced survival. For decades following its discovery, an antimetabolite 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) was the only chemotherapeutic agent available to successfully improve 12 month survival in CRC patients...
January 11, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078441/-palliative-care-in-nursing-homes-results-of-a%C3%A2-survey-about-knowledge-and-self-efficacy-of-nursing-staff
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O Kada, H Janig, G Pinter, K Cernic, R Likar
BACKGROUND: Nursing homes are confronted more and more with palliative care patients, which present a challenge for nursing and medical personnel. Deficits in the palliative care of geriatric patients have been repeatedly demonstrated and many nursing home residents, especially those suffering from dementia, are undersupplied regarding pain management. OBJECTIVES: The present study was carried out to measure the knowledge and self-efficacy of nursing staff in the province of Carinthia (Austria) regarding palliative care of nursing home residents...
January 11, 2017: Der Schmerz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078434/a-retrospective-open-label-uncontrolled-study-of-epoetin-zeta-on-the-treatment-of-chemotherapy-induced-anemia-in-solid-tumors
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Constantinos E Alifieris, Kyriakos Orfanakos, Aristina Papanota, George P Stathopoulos, Nikolaos Sitaras, Dimitrios T Trafalis
PURPOSE: This is a single-center uncontrolled retrospective study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of the biosimilar epoetin zeta after approval in chemotherapy-induced anemia (CIA). METHODS: Patients screened were >18 years old suffering from solid malignancies and CIA with Hg ≤10 or <11 g/dl if symptomatic anemia. Patients had measurable disease by TNM and Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG). Patients were treated for at least 12 weeks and the primary endpoint was to determine the incidence of blood transfusions, and secondarily, the overall safety and efficacy defined as ≥1 g/dl rise in Hb concentration or ≥40,000 cells/μl rise in reticulocyte count...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078429/aims-and-tasks-in-parental-caregiving-for-children-receiving-palliative-care-at-home-a-qualitative-study
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Lisa M Verberne, Marijke C Kars, Antoinette Y N Schouten-van Meeteren, Diederik K Bosman, Derk A Colenbrander, Martha A Grootenhuis, Johannes J M van Delden
: In paediatric palliative care (PPC), parents are confronted with increasing caregiving demands. More children are cared for at home, and the need for PPC of children is lengthened due to technical and medical improvements. Therefore, a clear understanding of the content of parental caregiving in PPC becomes increasingly important. The objective is to gain insight into parental caregiving based on the lived experience of parents with a child with a life-limiting disease. An interpretative qualitative study using thematic analysis was performed...
January 11, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078098/transfer-of-nursing-home-residents-to-emergency-departments-organizational-differences-between-nursing-homes-with-high-vs-low-transfer-rates
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Marie Kirsebom, Mariann Hedström, Ulrika Pöder, Barbro Wadensten
AIM: To explore possible factors in the organization of nursing homes that could be related to differences in the rate of transfer of residents from nursing homes to emergency department. DESIGN: Explorative. METHOD: In a single municipality, qualitative and quantitative data were collected from documents and through semi-structured interviews with 11 RNs from five nursing homes identified as having the highest vs. six identified as having the lowest transfer rates to emergency department...
January 2017: Nursing Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078078/radiotherapy-in-the-management-of-gist-state-of-the-art-and-new-potential-scenarios
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L Gatto, M Nannini, M Saponara, V Di Scioscio, G Beltramo, G P Frezza, G Ercolani, A D Pinna, A Astolfi, M Urbini, G Brandi, G Biasco, M A Pantaleo
BACKGROUND: Gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) is the most common mesenchymal neoplasm of the gastrointestinal tract. The main treatment for localized gastrointestinal stromal tumors is surgical resection. Unresectable or advanced GIST are poorly responsive to conventional cytotoxic chemotherapy but the introduction of tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) marked a revolutionary step in the treatment of these patients, radically improving prognosis and clinical benefit. Historically GIST has been considered radiation-resistant, and the role of radiotherapy in the management of patients with GIST is currently restricted to symptomatic palliation in current treatment guidelines...
2017: Clinical Sarcoma Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077181/at-what-age-should-tetralogy-of-fallot-be-corrected
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Julien I E Hoffman
Tetralogy of Fallot can be corrected with very low mortality at any age, even in neonates, but this does not necessarily mean that it should be corrected in the neonatal period. Although there are many advantages to early correction, a high proportion of these neonates have residual stenosis or pulmonary regurgitation that impairs ventricular function and may require further surgery or implantation of a pulmonary valve. Before we had the ability to correct this anomaly with low mortality in small children, a variety of palliative procedures had to be performed...
January 12, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077099/a-prospective-study-on-the-characteristics-and-subjects-of-pediatric-palliative-care-case-management-provided-by-a-hospital-based-palliative-care-team
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Charissa T Jagt-van Kampen, Marijke C Kars, Derk A Colenbrander, Diederik K Bosman, Martha A Grootenhuis, Huib N Caron, Antoinette Y N Schouten-van Meeteren
BACKGROUND: Case management is a subject of interest within pediatric palliative care. Detailed descriptions of the content of this type of case management are lacking. We aim to describe the contents of care provided, utilization of different disciplines, and times of usage of a pediatric palliative care case management program compared for patients with malignant disease (MD) and non-malignant disease (NMD). METHODS: A three-month prospective study, with questionnaires filled in by members of a pediatric palliative care team (PPCT) for each contact with parents...
January 12, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077018/patient-factors-and-quality-of-life-outcomes-differ-among-four-subgroups-of-oncology-patients-based-on-symptom-occurrence
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Guro Lindviksmoen Astrup, Kristin Hofsø, Kristin Bjordal, Marianne Grønlie Guren, Ingvild Vistad, Bruce Cooper, Christine Miaskowski, Tone Rustøen
CONTEXT: Reviews of the literature on symptoms in oncology patients undergoing curative treatment, as well as patients receiving palliative care, suggest that they experience multiple, co-occurring symptoms and side effects. OBJECTIVES: The purposes of this study were to determine if subgroups of oncology patients could be identified based on symptom occurrence rates and if these subgroups differed on a number of demographic and clinical characteristics, as well as on quality of life (QoL) outcomes...
January 12, 2017: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076258/perspectives-of-primary-care-providers-toward-palliative-care-for-their-patients
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David Nowels, Jacqueline Jones, Carolyn T Nowels, Daniel Matlock
PURPOSE: The need for all providers to deliver basic palliative care has emerged as patients' needs outstrip the capacity of specialty palliative care. Many patients with complex illnesses have unmet needs and are seen in primary care more than other settings. We explore primary care providers' willingness and perceived capacity to provide basic palliative care, and their concerns and perceived barriers. METHODS: We performed semistructured telephone interviews with 20 primary care providers about their perceptions of palliative care, including needs, practices, experiences, access, and what would be helpful for their practices to systematically provide basic palliative care...
November 2016: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075655/experiences-and-preferences-for-end-of-life-care-for-young-adults-with-cancer-and-their-informal-carers-a-narrative-synthesis
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Nothando Ngwenya, Charlotte Kenten, Louise Jones, Faith Gibson, Susie Pearce, Mary Flatley, Rachael Hough, L Caroline Stirling, Rachel M Taylor, Geoff Wong, Jeremy Whelan
To review the qualitative literature on experiences of and preferences for end-of-life care of people with cancer aged 16-40 years (young adults) and their informal carers. A systematic review using narrative synthesis of qualitative studies using the 2006 UK Economic and Social Research Council research methods program guidance. Seven electronic bibliographic databases, two clinical trials databases, and three relevant theses databases were searched from January 2004 to October 2015. Eighteen articles were included from twelve countries...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075307/chronic-heart-failure-part-2-treatment-and-management
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Rebecca Brake, Ian David Jones
Chronic heart failure is a common and complex clinical syndrome that results from impaired cardiac relaxation or contraction. There have been considerable advances in the management of chronic heart failure; however, the mortality rate remains high. Patients with chronic heart failure may experience multiple debilitating symptoms, such as fatigue, pain, and peripheral oedema. However, breathlessness may be considered the most debilitating symptom. The management of chronic heart failure aims to improve the patient's quality of life by reducing symptoms and supporting the patient to manage their condition...
January 11, 2017: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075104/esophageal-cancer
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Matthew W Short, Kristina G Burgers, Vincent T Fry
Esophageal cancer has a poor prognosis and high mortality rate, with an estimated 16,910 new cases and 15,910 deaths projected in 2016 in the United States. Squamous cell carcinoma and adenocarcinoma account for more than 95% of esophageal cancers. Squamous cell carcinoma is more common in nonindustrialized countries, and important risk factors include smoking, alcohol use, and achalasia. Adenocarcinoma is the predominant esophageal cancer in developed nations, and important risk factors include chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease, obesity, and smoking...
January 1, 2017: American Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074820/airway-management-of-the-cardiac-surgical-patients-current-perspective
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Arindam Choudhury, Nishkarsh Gupta, Rohan Magoon, Poonam Malhotra Kapoor
The difficult airway (DA) is a common problem encountered in patients undergoing cardiac surgery. However, the challenge is not only just establishment of airway but also maintaining a definitive airway for the safe conduct of cardiopulmonary bypass from initiation to weaning after surgical correction or palliation, de-airing of cardiac chambers. This review describes the management of the DA in a cardiac theater environment. The primary aims are recognition of DA both anatomical and physiological, necessary preparations for (and management of) difficult intubation and extubation...
January 2017: Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia
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