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Wendy L St Peter, Haifeng Guo, Shaum Kabadi, David T Gilbertson, Yi Peng, Trudy Pendergraft, Suying Li
BACKGROUND: Anemia is common in non-dialysis-dependent chronic kidney disease (NDD-CKD) patients, but detailed information on prevalence and treatment is lacking. METHODS: We evaluated anemia prevalence and treatment using two datasets: the Medicare 20% random sample (ages 66-85 years), and the Truven Health MarketScan database (ages 18-63 years). We selected stage 3-5 NDD-CKD patients with and without anemia from both databases during 2011-2013. We evaluated anemia prevalence and treatment (erythropoietin stimulating agents [ESAs], intravenous [IV] iron, red blood cell [RBC] transfusions) following anemia diagnosis during a 1-year baseline period, and healthcare utilization during a 1-year follow-up period...
March 15, 2018: BMC Nephrology
Carole Therasse, Isabelle Fusier, Anne-Laure Cordonnier, Florence Bérard, Olivier Parent de Curzon, François Bocquet, Pascal Paubel
AIM: Erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) are particularly used to treat dialysis patients suffering from anemia due to renal failure. Since March 2014, ESAs have no longer been funded on top-of-diagnosis-related groups (DRGs) in French hospitals and are funded via DRGs. There are two ways to fund dialysis in French hospitals: the 'DRG for dialysis in session' and the 'off-dialysis DRG', which is not a DRG and consists in a supplement tariff specific to dialysis for patients hospitalized for another main reason than dialysis...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research
Carsten Nieder, Thomas A Kämpe
Introduction Our department's standard work-flow includes assessment of all the patients with the Edmonton Symptom Assessment System (ESAS), a one-sheet questionnaire addressing 11 major symptoms and wellbeing on a numeric scale of zero-10, before the palliative radiotherapy (PRT). Based on previous research, we hypothesized that the patients with minimal or moderate total symptom burden might have better overall survival after the PRT than those with at least one higher symptom score. Methods We performed a retrospective analysis of 94 patients and calculated actuarial survival from the first day of the PRT (Kaplan-Meier method)...
January 6, 2018: Curēus
Juha Knaapila, Heini Kallio, Antti J Hakanen, Kari Syvänen, Otto Ettala, Esa Kähkönen, Tarja Lamminen, Marjo Seppänen, Ivan Jambor, Antti Rannikko, Jarno Riikonen, Eveliina Munukka, Erkki Eerola, Marianne Gunell, Peter J Boström
OBJECTIVES: To determine, in a prospective, multicenter setting, the prevalence of fluoroquinolone (FQ) resistant and extended spectrum beta lactamase (ESBL) producing E. coli strains in men undergoing transrectal ultrasound guided prostate biopsy (TRUS-Bx) in Finland and to survey the associated risk factors for having the previously mentioned strains. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a substudy of the trial investigating the role of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in prostate cancer diagnosis (multi-IMPROD, NCT02241122)...
March 13, 2018: BJU International
Thijs Thomas Jansz, Akin Özyilmaz, Muriel P C Grooteman, Tiny Hoekstra, Marieke Romijn, Peter J Blankestijn, Michael L Bots, Brigit C van Jaarsveld
OBJECTIVES: Nocturnal haemodialysis (NHD), characterised by 8-hour sessions ≥3 times a week, is known to improve clinical parameters in the short term compared with conventional-schedule haemodialysis (HD), generally 3×3.5-4 hours a week. We studied long-term effects of NHD and used patients on conventional HD/haemodiafiltration (HDF) as controls. DESIGN: Four-year prospective follow-up of patients who switched to NHD; we compared patients with patients on HD/HDF using propensity score matching...
March 8, 2018: BMJ Open
Ulrika A Hänninen, Riku Katainen, Tomas Tanskanen, Roosa-Maria Plaketti, Riku Laine, Jiri Hamberg, Ari Ristimäki, Eero Pukkala, Minna Taipale, Jukka-Pekka Mecklin, Linda M Forsström, Esa Pitkänen, Kimmo Palin, Niko Välimäki, Netta Mäkinen, Lauri A Aaltonen
Small bowel adenocarcinoma (SBA) is an aggressive disease with limited treatment options. Despite previous studies, its molecular genetic background has remained somewhat elusive. To comprehensively characterize the mutational landscape of this tumor type, and to identify possible targets of treatment, we conducted the first large exome sequencing study on a population-based set of SBA samples from all three small bowel segments. Archival tissue from 106 primary tumors with appropriate clinical information were available for exome sequencing from a patient series consisting of a majority of confirmed SBA cases diagnosed in Finland between the years 2003-2011...
March 9, 2018: PLoS Genetics
Niels Martin, Jose L Pascual, Dennis Crowe, Christine Toevs, Maurizio F Cereda, Mark Mikkelsen, Lewis J Kaplan
The US has witnessed a vast increase in animals in therapeutic roles. These roles include Service as defined by the American Disabilities Act (ADA) as well as other animal types that are not covered under the ADA provisions. Such animal roles are designated as Therapy animals and Emotional Support animals (ESA). Understanding the legal and regulatory requirements that govern how each animal type accesses healthcare facilities is essential in planning for their presence. Since only Service animals are required to be given access to facilities, individual institutions must plan for how to accommodate their presence throughout different phases of care...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
M Barczuk-Falęcka, Ł A Małek, D Roik, K Werys, B Werner, M Brzewski
AIM: To assess the accuracy of simple cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) parameters for first-line analysis of right ventricle (RV) dysfunction in children to identify those who require in-depth analysis and those in whom simple assessment is sufficient. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Sixty paediatric CMR studies were analysed. The following CMR parameters were measured: RV end-diastolic and end-systolic area (4CH EDA and 4CH ESA), fractional area change (FAC), RV diameter in end-diastole (RVD1), tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion (TAPSE), and RV outflow tract diameter in end-diastole (RVOT prox)...
March 6, 2018: Clinical Radiology
Xiaolin Meng, Dinh Tung Nguyen, Yilin Xie, John S Owen, Panagiotis Psimoulis, Sean Ince, Qusen Chen, Jun Ye, Paul Bhatia
Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) is a relatively new branch of civil engineering that focuses on assessing the health status of infrastructure, such as long-span bridges. Using a broad range of in-situ monitoring instruments, the purpose of the SHM is to help engineers understand the behaviour of structures, ensuring their structural integrity and the safety of the public. Under the Integrated Applications Promotion (IAP) scheme of the European Space Agency (ESA), a feasibility study (FS) project that used the Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and Earth Observation (EO) for Structural Health Monitoring of Long-span Bridges (GeoSHM) was initiated in 2013...
March 4, 2018: Sensors
Hitesh H Shah, Steven Fishbane
Anemia is a common complication of advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD). Treatment with erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) remains a common approach in managing anemia of CKD. The 2012 Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes Clinical Practice Guideline for Anemia in CKD suggests avoiding ESA therapy use to maintain Hb level above 11.5 g/dL. However, optimal Hb target range in adult patients undergoing chronic dialysis remains unknown. Clinical studies suggest risks associated with normalization of Hb levels in adult patients with CKD...
March 6, 2018: Seminars in Dialysis
Fiona J Rowe, Kerry Hanna, Jennifer R Evans, Carmel P Noonan, Marta Garcia-Finana, Caroline S Dodridge, Claire Howard, Kathryn A Jarvis, Sonia L MacDiarmid, Tallat Maan, Lorraine North, Helen Rodgers
BACKGROUND: Acquired brain injury can cause eye movement disorders which may include: strabismus, gaze deficits and nystagmus, causing visual symptoms of double, blurred or 'juddery' vision and reading difficulties. A wide range of interventions exist that have potential to alleviate or ameliorate these symptoms. There is a need to evaluate the effectiveness of these interventions and the timing of their implementation. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to assess the effectiveness of any intervention and determine the effect of timing of intervention in the treatment of strabismus, gaze deficits and nystagmus due to acquired brain injury...
March 5, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
James Beattie, Hasanain Al-Khafaji, Pernille R Noer, Hanaa Esa Alkharobi, Aishah Alhodhodi, Josephine Meade, Reem El-Gendy, Claus Oxvig
The insulin-like growth factor (IGF) axis is required for the differentiation, development, and maintenance of bone tissue. Accordingly, dysregulation of this axis is associated with various skeletal pathologies including growth abnormalities and compromised bone structure. It is becoming increasingly apparent that the action of the IGF axis must be viewed holistically taking into account not just the actions of the growth factors and receptors, but also the influence of soluble high affinity IGF binding proteins (IGFBPs)...
2018: Frontiers in Endocrinology
Arto A Palmu, Jukka Jokinen, Heta Nieminen, Hanna Rinta-Kokko, Esa Ruokokoski, Taneli Puumalainen, Marta Moreira, Lode Schuerman, Dorota Borys, Terhi M Kilpi
Estimation of the full disease burden caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae is challenging due to the difficulties in assigning the aetiology especially in lower and upper respiratory infections. We estimated the pneumococcal disease burden by using the vaccine-preventable disease incidence (VPDI) of PHiD-CV10 vaccine (GSK) in our clinical trial setting. Finnish Invasive Pneumococcal disease (FinIP) trial was a cluster-randomized, double-blind trial in children <19 months who received PHiD-CV10 in 52 clusters or hepatitis B/A vaccine as control in 26 clusters according to 3+1 or 2+1 schedules (infants < 7 months) or catch-up schedules (children 7-18 months)...
March 27, 2018: Vaccine
Carsten Nieder, Thomas A Kämpe
BACKGROUND/AIM: Typically, prognostic scores predicting survival in patients with metastatic cancer are based on disease- and patient-related factors, such as extent of metastases, age and performance status. Patient-reported symptoms have been included less often. Our group has assessed all patients with the Edmonton Symptom Assessment System (ESAS, a one-sheet questionnaire addressing 11 major symptoms and wellbeing on a numeric scale of 0-10) before palliative radiotherapy (PRT) since 2012...
March 2018: Anticancer Research
Tom J Armstrong, Alex Burdorf, Alexis Descatha, Andrea Farioli, Maggie Graf, Seichi Horie, William S Marras, Jim R Potvin, David Rempel, Giovanna Spatari, Esa-Pekka Takala, Jos Verbeek, Francesco S Violante
Among other purposes, companies and regulatory agencies from around the world often adopt International Standard Organization (ISO) standards to determine acceptable practices, equipment and criteria for preventing occupational injuries and illnesses. ISO standards are based on a consensus among individuals who participate in the process. This discussion paper examines the scientific process for the development of several ISO standards on biomechanical factors, comparing it with processes used by other professional organizations, including scientific committees working on the development of clinical guidelines...
February 27, 2018: Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health
Carsten Nieder, Thomas A Kämpe
BACKGROUND/AIM: To evaluate whether or not single patients report increased levels of anxiety and depression, compared to married or partnered patients scheduled to receive palliative radiotherapy. In principle, different levels of social support might cause such disparities. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Retrospective comparison of two groups of patients (28% single, overall 100 patients), who scored their symptoms before palliative radiotherapy with the Edmonton symptom assessment system (ESAS)...
March 2018: In Vivo
Marin Golčić, Renata Dobrila-Dintinjana, Goran Golčić, Ira Pavlović-Ružić, Aleksandra Stevanović, Lidija Gović-Golčić
PURPOSE: Quality of life is the cornerstone of palliative care, and assessing it requires validated and standardized questionnaires. However, the majority of questionnaires are not tested in a hospice setting. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the quality of life in a hospice using the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire Core 15 for Palliative Care (PAL) (EORTC QLQ-C15-PAL) questionnaire and validating it in Croatian language...
January 1, 2018: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
Ala Ali, Riyadh M Salih
Anemia is common in patients on hemodialysis (HD). Adequate iron stores are essential for achieving the best hemoglobin level through maximum benefit from erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESA). Decreased iron stores or decreased availability of iron are the most common reasons for resistance to the effect of these agents. Our objective was to categorize a group of Iraqi HD patients according to absolute or functional iron deficiency anemia (IDA); this study was conducted in the HD unit of the Baghdad Teaching Hospital from October 2012 to January 2013...
January 2018: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
Nikhil Sindhwani, Geertje Callewaert, Thomas Deprest, Susanne Housmans, Dirk Van Beckevoort, Jan Deprest
BACKGROUND: Sacrocolpopexy (SC) involves suspension of the vaginal vault or cervix to the sacrum using a mesh. Following insertion, the meshes have been observed to have undergone dimensional changes. OBJECTIVE: To quantify dimensional changes of meshes following implantation and characterize their morphology in-vivo. DESIGN SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: 24 patients underwent SC using PolyVinyliDeneFluoride mesh loaded with Fe3 O4 particles. Tailored anterior and posterior mesh flaps were sutured to the respective vaginal walls, uniting at the apex...
February 11, 2018: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
Pawel Kiper, Andrzej Szczudlik, Michela Agostini, Jozef Opara, Roman Nowobilski, Laura Ventura, Paolo Tonin, Andrea Turolla
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effectiveness of reinforced feedback in virtual environment (RFVE) treatment combined with conventional rehabilitation (CR) in comparison with CR alone, and to study whether changes are related to stroke aetiology (i.e. ischemic or hemorrhagic). DESIGN: Randomized controlled trial. SETTING: Inpatients in a hospital facility for intensive rehabilitation. PARTICIPANTS: 136 patients within one year from onset of a single stroke...
February 14, 2018: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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