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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29298303/-every-day-they-keep-adding-new-tools-but-they-don-t-take-any-away-producing-indicators-for-intermittent-preventive-treatment-for-malaria-in-pregnancy-iptp-from-routine-data-in-kenya
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George Okello, Rene Gerrets, Scholastica Zakayo, Sassy Molyneux, Caroline Jones
BACKGROUND: Intermittent preventive treatment for malaria in pregnancy (IPTp) is part of a multi-pronged strategy aimed at preventing malaria in pregnancy in areas of moderate to high transmission in sub-Saharan Africa. Despite being formally adopted as a malaria prevention policy over a decade ago, IPTp coverage has remained low. Recent demands for action have incorporated calls to strengthen IPTp monitoring and evaluation systems, including the use of routine data, to measure coverage, track implementation and identify roadblocks to improving uptake...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29297386/illness-recognition-decision-making-and-care-seeking-for-maternal-and-newborn-complications-a-qualitative-study-in-sarlahi-district-nepal
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Tsering P Lama, Subarna K Khatry, Joanne Katz, Steven C LeClerq, Luke C Mullany
BACKGROUND: Identification of maternal and newborn illness and the decision-making and subsequent care-seeking patterns are poorly understood in Nepal. We aimed to characterize the process and factors influencing recognition of complications, the decision-making process, and care-seeking behavior among families and communities who experienced a maternal complication, death, neonatal illness, or death in a rural setting of Nepal. METHODS: Thirty-two event narratives (six maternal/newborn deaths each and 10 maternal/newborn illnesses each) were collected using in-depth interviews and small group interviews...
December 21, 2017: Journal of Health, Population, and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29281619/shortages-of-benzathine-penicillin-for-prevention-of-mother-to-child-transmission-of-syphilis-an-evaluation-from-multi-country-surveys-and-stakeholder-interviews
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Stephen Nurse-Findlay, Melanie M Taylor, Margaret Savage, Maeve B Mello, Sanni Saliyou, Manuel Lavayen, Frederic Seghers, Michael L Campbell, Françoise Birgirimana, Leopold Ouedraogo, Morkor Newman Owiredu, Nancy Kidula, Lee Pyne-Mercier
BACKGROUND: Benzathine penicillin G (BPG) is the only recommended treatment to prevent mother-to-child transmission of syphilis. Due to recent reports of country-level shortages of BPG, an evaluation was undertaken to quantify countries that have experienced shortages in the past 2 years and to describe factors contributing to these shortages. METHODS AND FINDINGS: Country-level data about BPG shortages were collected using 3 survey approaches. First, a survey designed by the WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research was distributed to 41 countries and territories in the Americas and 41 more in Africa...
December 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29274550/a-decade-of-progress-in-liver-regenerative-medicine
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REVIEW
Jingwei Zhang, Xin Zhao, Liguo Liang, Jun Li, Utkan Demirci, ShuQi Wang
Liver diseases can be caused by viral infection, metabolic disorder, alcohol consumption, carcinoma or injury, chronically progressing to end-stage liver disease or rapidly resulting in acute liver failure. In either situation, liver transplantation is most often sought for life saving, which is, however, significantly limited by severe shortage of organ donors. Until now, tremendous multi-disciplinary efforts have been dedicated to liver regenerative medicine, aiming at providing transplantable cells, microtissues, or bioengineered whole liver via tissue engineering, or maintaining partial liver functions via extracorporeal support...
March 2018: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29273566/nutritional-shortage-augments-cisplatin-effects-on-murine-melanoma-cells
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F Antunes, G J Pereira, M G Jasiuliones, C Bincoletto, S S Smaili
Melanoma incidence increases every year worldwide and is responsible for 80% of skin cancer deaths. Due to its metastatic potential and resistance to almost any treatments such as chemo, radio, immune and target-therapy, the patients still have a poor prognosis, especially at metastatic stage. Considering that, it is crucial to find new therapeutic approaches to overcome melanoma resistance. Here we investigated the effect of cisplatin (CDDP), one of the chemotherapeutic agents used for melanoma treatment, in association with nutritional deprivation in murine melanoma cell lines...
December 19, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29250442/conceptualising-the-factors-affecting-retention-in-care-of-patients-on-antiretroviral-treatment-in-kabwe-district-zambia-using-the-ecological-framework
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Ferdinand C Mukumbang, Joyce Chali Mwale, Brian van Wyk
Background: HIV remains a major public health challenge in Zambia. The roll-out of antiretroviral treatment (ART) has engendered new challenges in retention in care. Objective: To conceptualise the factors affecting retention in care of ART patients at three primary healthcare facilities using the ecological framework. Method: Qualitative data were collected through in-depth interviews with 45 ART patients and three focus group discussions with 20 healthcare providers from three primary healthcare facilities in Kabwe district, Zambia, and subjected to thematic content analysis...
2017: AIDS Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241014/an-observational-study-of-the-efficacy-of-cisatracurium-compared-to-vecuronium-in-patients-with-or-at-risk-for-ards
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Peter D Sottile, Tyree H Kiser, Ellen L Burnham, P Michael Ho, Richard R Allen, R William Vandivier, Marc Moss
RATIONALE: The neuromuscular blocking agent cisatracurium may improve mortality for patients with moderate-severe ARDS. Other neuromuscular blocking agents, such as vecuronium, are commonly used and have different mechanisms of action, side effects, cost, and availability in the setting of drug shortages. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether cisatracurium is associated with improved outcomes when compared vecuronium in patients at risk for and with ARDS. METHODS: Using a nationally representative database, patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) with a diagnosis of ARDS or an ARDS risk factor, received mechanical ventilation, and were treated with a continuous infusion of neuromuscular blocking agent for at least two days within two days of hospital admission were included...
December 14, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237206/-piperacillin-tazobactam-shortage-central-restriction-and-alternative-recommendations-as-effective-antibiotic-stewardship-intervention-at-a-maximal-care-hospital
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Johanna Kessel, Barbara Dolff, Thomas Wichelhaus, Nils Keiner, Michael Hogardt, Claudia Reinheimer, Imke Wieters, Sebastian Harder, Volkhard A J Kempf, Christoph Stephan
Background Drug supply bottleneck is a worldwide challenge, e. g. the antibiotics Piperacillin/Tazobactam shortage in 2016/2017. The efficacy of an appropriate replacement management was evaluated at the University Hospital Frankfurt (UHF). Methods The Antibiotic-Stewardship (ABS)-Team at UHF decreed a restriction of PIP/TAZ and provided alternative antibiotic therapy recommendations during the shortage period. Consequences of this intervention on antibiotic consumption and overall costs were investigated...
December 13, 2017: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222352/lack-of-information-threatens-ability-to-plan-for-drug-shortages
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Kate Traynor
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December 15, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219082/task-shifting-in-the-management-of-hypertension-in-kinshasa-democratic-republic-of-congo-a-cross-sectional-study
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Aimée M Lulebo, Didine K Kaba, Silvestre E-H Atake, Mala A Mapatano, Eric M Mafuta, Julien M Mampunza, Yves Coppieters
BACKGROUND: The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is characterized by a high prevalence of hypertension (HTN) and a high proportion of uncontrolled HTN, which is indicative of poor HTN management. Effective management of HTN in the African region is challenging due to limited resources, particularly human resources for health. To address the shortage of health workers, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends task shifting for better disease management and treatment. Although task shifting from doctors to nurses is being implemented in the DRC, there are no studies, to the best of our knowledge, that document the association between task shifting and HTN control...
December 4, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218701/a-longitudinal-cohort-study-on-the-impact-of-the-clobazam-shortage-on-patients-with-epilepsy
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Sara Lukmanji, Khara M Sauro, Colin B Josephson, K Chelsea Altura, Samuel Wiebe, Nathalie Jetté
OBJECTIVE: Drug shortages are occurring at an increasing rate. From May to October 2016, there was a shortage of a level I critical antiepileptic drug, clobazam. We aimed to study the impact of this shortage on patients with epilepsy. METHODS: Adult patients from Calgary's Comprehensive Epilepsy Program who were taking clobazam were approached to participate in the study. Baseline data from the clinic prospective registry included clinical variables and presurvey patient-reported outcomes (PROs) such as the Global Assessment of Severity of Epilepsy, the Global Assessment of Disability Associated with Seizures, and the Quality of Life in Epilepsy questionnaire...
December 7, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216008/adherence-to-growth-hormone-therapy-in-children-and-its-potential-barriers
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Shahrzad Mohseni, Zahra Heydari, Mostafa Qorbani, Mania Radfar
BACKGROUND: One of the main concerns in chronic diseases such as growth hormone (GH) deficiency is adherence to the treatment, which significantly affects treatment outcomes. METHODS: This cross-sectional study was conducted among 169 GH recipient children (2-12 years) and teens (13-19 years) referred to a GH distributing teaching pharmacy. The eight-item Morisky Medication Adherence Scale (MMAS) and auto-compliance method were used for the assessment of patients' adherence to GH...
December 7, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism: JPEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29207938/characterization-of-collaborative-practice-agreements-held-by-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplant-pharmacists
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Amy Bryk, Susannah Koontz, JoAl Mayor, Jeffrey Betcher, Rebecca Tombleson, Ryan Bookout, Ila M Saunders
Background Current workforce shortages within the hematopoietic stem cell transplant field necessitate capitalizing on the role of oncology-trained pharmacists. Working within an agreed-upon protocol, pharmacists are able to expand patient care delivery through optimal medication therapy management. Methods An electronic survey was developed by the Advocacy & Policy Working Committee of the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation Pharmacy Special Interest Group and distributed to pharmacists involved in the care of hematopoietic stem cell transplant patients...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29190967/differential-prioritization-of-therapies-to-subtypes-of-triple-negative-breast-cancer-using-a-systems-medicine-method
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Henri Wathieu, Naiem T Issa, Aileen I Fernandez, Manisha Mohandoss, Deanna M Tiek, Jennifer L Franke, Stephen W Byers, Rebecca B Riggins, Sivanesan Dakshanamurthy
Triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) is a group of cancers whose heterogeneity and shortage of effective drug therapies has prompted efforts to divide these cancers into molecular subtypes. Our computational platform, entitled GenEx-TNBC, applies concepts in systems biology and polypharmacology to prioritize thousands of approved and experimental drugs for therapeutic potential against each molecular subtype of TNBC. Using patient-based and cell line-based gene expression data, we constructed networks to describe the biological perturbation associated with each TNBC subtype at multiple levels of biological action...
November 3, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29183354/motives-for-change-of-first-line-antiretroviral-therapy-regimens-in-an-unselected-cohort-of-hiv-aids-patients-at-a-major-referral-centre-in-south-west-cameroon
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Christian Akem Dimala, Ndemazie Nkafu Bechem, Desmond Aroke, Benjamin Momo Kadia
OBJECTIVE: The rapid scale-up of antiretroviral therapy (ART) coverage in sub-Saharan Africa has encountered the challenge of maintaining international clinical standards of ART utilization and change of ART regimens. In Cameroon, scarce reports have documented the motives for change of ART. This study had as objective to investigate the reasons for switch in ART through a secondary analysis and descriptive synthesis of data from a cross-sectional study at the Limbe Regional Hospital...
November 28, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29169082/the-safety-and-efficacy-of-propofol-as-a-replacement-for-amobarbital-in-intracarotid-wada-testing-of-presurgical-patients-with-epilepsy
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Kaci McCleary, Joseph Barrash, Mark Granner, Kenneth Manzel, Audrey Greider, Robert Jones
OBJECTIVE: The intracarotid sodium amytal procedure (the "Wada test") has for many years been the gold standard for language and memory lateralization and remains an important part of presurgical analysis for patients with medically intractable seizures. Due to shortages in the key sedative (amobarbital), neuropsychologists have turned to alternatives such as propofol. Our aim was to investigate the safety and efficacy of propofol relative to amobarbital in the Wada test. METHODS: We performed a retrospective review of the 97 Wada procedures performed at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics from 2007 through mid-2015...
November 20, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29168019/the-operations-of-the-free-maternal-care-policy-and-out-of-pocket-payments-during-childbirth-in-rural-northern-ghana
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Philip Ayizem Dalinjong, Alex Y Wang, Caroline S E Homer
BACKGROUND: To promote skilled attendance at births and reduce maternal deaths, the government of Ghana introduced the free maternal care policy under the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in 2008. The objective is to eliminate financial barriers associated with the use of services. But studies elsewhere showed that out of pocket (OOP) payments still exist in the midst of fee exemptions. The aim of this study was to estimate OOP payments and the financial impact on women during childbirth in one rural and poor area of Northern Ghana; the Kassena-Nankana municipality...
November 22, 2017: Health Economics Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149877/key-bottlenecks-to-the-provision-of-safe-obstetric-anaesthesia-in-low-income-countries-a-cross-sectional-survey-of-64-hospitals-in-uganda
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Isabella Epiu, Agnes Wabule, Andrew Kambugu, Harriet Mayanja-Kizza, Jossy Verel Bahe Tindimwebwa, Gerald Dubowitz
BACKGROUND: Despite recent advances in surgery and anaesthesia which significantly improve safety, many health facilities in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs) remain chronically under-resourced with inability to cope effectively with serious obstetric complications (Knight et al., PLoS One 8:e63846, 2013). As a result many of these countries still have unacceptably high maternal and neonatal mortality rates. Recent data at the national referral hospitals in East Africa reported that none of the national referral hospitals met the World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiologists (WFSA) international standards required to provide safe obstetric anaesthesia (Epiu I: Challenges of Anesthesia in Low-and Middle-Income Countries...
November 17, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148566/factors-that-influence-the-provision-of-intrapartum-and-postnatal-care-by-skilled-birth-attendants-in-low-and-middle-income-countries-a-qualitative-evidence-synthesis
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REVIEW
Susan Munabi-Babigumira, Claire Glenton, Simon Lewin, Atle Fretheim, Harriet Nabudere
BACKGROUND: In many low- and middle-income countries women are encouraged to give birth in clinics and hospitals so that they can receive care from skilled birth attendants. A skilled birth attendant (SBA) is a health worker such as a midwife, doctor, or nurse who is trained to manage normal pregnancy and childbirth. (S)he is also trained to identify, manage, and refer any health problems that arise for mother and baby. The skills, attitudes and behaviour of SBAs, and the extent to which they work in an enabling working environment, impact on the quality of care provided...
November 17, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142086/shortage-of-generic-neurologic-therapeutics-an-escalating-threat-to-patient-care
#20
Jacklyn O Omorodion, Rami M Algahtani, Mark S Zocchi, Erin R Fox, Jesse M Pines, Henry J Kaminski
OBJECTIVE: To assess longitudinal trends in shortages of generic drugs used for neurologic conditions over a 15-year period in the United States. METHODS: Drug shortage data from the University of Utah Drug Information Service (UUDIS) from 2001 to 2015 were analyzed. Medications were included that were likely to be prescribed by a neurologist to treat a primary neurologic condition or critical for care of a patient with a neurologic condition. Trends in shortage length were assessed using standard descriptive statistics...
November 15, 2017: Neurology
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