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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809079/changes-in-the-use-of-erythropoiesis-stimulating-agents-esas-and-red-blood-cell-transfusion-in-patients-with-cancer-amidst-regulatory-and-reimbursement-changes
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Prasad L Gawade, Jesse A Berlin, David H Henry, Dianne Tomita, Barry D Brooks, Janet Franklin, Brian D Bradbury, Cathy W Critchlow
PURPOSE: Evaluate changes in use of erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) and red blood cell transfusion in cancer patients receiving myelosuppressive chemotherapy following regulatory and reimbursement actions. METHODS: Calendar year patient cohorts (2005-2013) with breast, colorectal, lung, multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, ovarian, or prostate cancer and receiving myelosuppressive chemotherapy were identified within the Marketscan database. Incidence of ESA treatment and transfusion were estimated in each year, as was median number of ESA administrations...
August 14, 2017: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804487/the-response-of-phagocytes-to-indoor-air-toxicity
#2
Liisa K Vilén, Janne Atosuo, Esa-Matti Lilius
This perspective presents a viewpoint on potential methods assessing toxicity of indoor air. Until recently, the major techniques to document moldy environment have been microbial isolation using conventional culture techniques for fungi and bacteria as well as in some instances polymerase chain reaction to detect microbial genetic components. However, it has become increasingly evident that bacterial and fungal toxins, their metabolic products, and volatile organic substances emitted from corrupted constructions are the major health risks...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803112/in-vivo-documentation-of-shape-and-position-changes-of-mri-visible-mesh-placed-in-rectovaginal-septum
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Urbankova Iva, Sindhwani Nikhil, Callewaert Geertje, Turri Alice, Rinkijevic Rita, Hympanova Lucie, Feola Andrew, Deprest Jan
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Large deformations in synthetic meshes used in pelvic organ prolapse surgery may lead to suboptimal support for the underlying tissue, graft-related complications as well as recurrence. Our aim was to quantify in vivo longitudinal changes in mesh shape and geometry in a large animal model. We compare two commonly used mesh shapes, armed and flat, that are differently affixed. The secondary outcomes were active and passive biomechanical properties. METHODS: A total of 18 animals were used...
August 5, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803091/depression-a-major-contributor-to-poor-quality-of-life-in-patients-with-advanced-cancer
#4
K S Grotmol, H C Lie, M J Hjermstad, N Aass, D Currow, S Kaasa, T Å Moum, A Pigni, J H Loge
CONTEXT: Quality of life (QoL) and depression are important patient-reported outcomes in cancer care. However, the relative importance of depression severity in predicting QoL remains unclear due to few methodologically sound studies. OBJECTIVES: To examine whether depression contributes to impairment of QoL irrespective of prognostic factors and symptom burden. METHODS: 563 patients were included from the European Palliative Care Research Collaborative Study (EPCRC-CSA), an international, multi-centre, cross-sectional study...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799104/accuracy-of-837-pedicle-screw-positions-in-degenerative-lumbar-spine-with-conventional-open-surgery-evaluated-by-computed-tomography
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Ilkka Saarenpää, Timo Laine, Jussi Hirvonen, Saija Hurme, Esa Kotilainen, Jaakko Rinne, Katariina Korhonen, Janek Frantzén
BACKGROUND: The spatial and directional accuracy of the positioning of pedicle screws in the lumbosacral spine with conventional open surgery assessed by computed tomography (CT) has been published in several studies, systematic reviews and meta-analyses with a short-term follow-up. Inaccurate pedicle screw insertion may cause neurologic symptoms and weakens the construct. METHODS: The data of 147 patients operated on with transpedicular screw fixation based on anatomical landmarks, supported by fluoroscopy, by a senior neurosurgeon in our clinic between 2000 and 2010 were analyzed retrospectively...
August 10, 2017: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797780/clinical-practice-recommendations-on-indication-and-timing-of-hematopoietic-cell-transplantation-in-mature-t-cell-and-nk-t-cell-lymphomas-an-international-collaborative-effort-on-behalf-of-the-guidelines-committee-of-the-american-society-for-blood-and-marrow
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Mohamed A Kharfan-Dabaja, Ambuj Kumar, Ernesto Ayala, Mehdi Hamadani, Peter Reimer, Christian Gisselbrecht, Francesco d'Amore, Esa Jantunen, Takashi Ishida, Ali Bazarbachi, Francine Foss, Ranjana Advani, Timothy S Fenske, Hillard M Lazarus, Jonathan W Friedberg, Mahmoud Aljurf, Lubomir Sokol, Kensei Tobinai, Eric Tse, Linda J Burns, Julio C Chavez, Nishitha M Reddy, Ritsuro Suzuki, Sairah Ahmed, Auayporn Nademanee, Mohamad Mohty, Ajay K Gopal, Michelle A Fanale, Barbara Pro, Alison J Moskowitz, Anna Sureda, Miguel Angel Perales, Paul A Carpenter, Bipin N Savani
Recognizing the significant biologic and clinical heterogeneity of mature T-cell and NK/T-cell lymphomas, the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation invited experts to develop clinical practice recommendations related to the role of auto-HCT and allo-HCT for specific histologic subtypes. We used the GRADE methodology to assist in moving from evidence to decision-making and ultimately generating final recommendations. Auto-HCT in front-line consolidation is recommended in PTCL-NOS, AITL, ALCL-ALK negative, NK/T-cell (disseminated), EATL and hepatosplenic lymphomas...
August 7, 2017: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794836/comparing-epidural-surgical-anesthesia-and-spinal-anesthesia-following-epidural-labor-analgesia-for-intrapartum-cesarean-section-a-prospective-randomized-controlled-trial
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Hea-Jo Yoon, Sang-Hwan Do, Yeo Jin Yun
BACKGROUND: The conversion of epidural labor analgesia (ELA) to epidural surgical anesthesia (ESA) for intrapartum cesarean section (CS) often fails, resulting in intraoperative pain. Spinal anesthesia (SA) can provide a denser sensory block than ESA. The purpose of this prospective, non-blinded, parallel-arm, randomized trial was to compare the rate of pain-free surgery between ESA and SA following ELA for intrapartum CS. METHODS: Both groups received continuous epidural infusions for labor pain at a rate of 10 ml/h...
August 2017: Korean Journal of Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782299/continuous-erythropoiesis-receptor-activator-cera-for-the-anaemia-of-chronic-kidney-disease
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Valeria M Saglimbene, Suetonia C Palmer, Marinella Ruospo, Patrizia Natale, Jonathan C Craig, Giovanni Fm Strippoli
BACKGROUND: Continuous erythropoiesis receptor activator (CERA) is a newer, longer acting ESA which might be preferred to other ESAs (epoetin or darbepoetin) based on its lower frequency of administration. Different dosing requirements and molecular characteristics of CERA compared with other ESAs may lead to different health outcomes (mortality, cardiovascular events, quality of life) in people with anaemia and chronic kidney disease (CKD). OBJECTIVES: To assess benefits and harms of CERA compared with other epoetins (darbepoetin alfa and epoetin alfa or beta) or placebo/no treatment or CERA with differing strategy of administration for anaemia in individuals with CKD...
August 7, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28779902/-erythropoiesis-stimulating-agents-literature-review-of-uses-and-indications-in-advanced-oncological-and-non-oncological-disease-in-the-elderly
#9
Nieves Fernandez Letamendi, Teresa Fernandez Letamendi, M Angeles Montañes Gracia, Valle Recasens Flores
The aim of this article is to review possible indications and controversies about the most frequent uses of ESAs in the treatment of anaemia in elderly patients with oncological and non-oncological diseases. Using PubMed a systematic review was carried out on articles published from 1985 to September 2016, as well as a review of the main Spanish, European, and American consensus guidelines on each of the following diseases in which could pose the treatment of anaemia associated with ESA. A review was also carried out on the main Spanish, European and American consensus guidelines regarding the management of anaemia related to the diseases outlined in this article...
August 2, 2017: Revista Española de Geriatría y Gerontología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28778071/suppression-of-pancreatic-adenocarcinoma-upregulated-factor-pauf-increases-the-sensitivity-of-pancreatic-cancer-to-gemcitabine-and-5fu-and-inhibits-the-formation-of-pancreatic-cancer-stem-like-cells
#10
Jae Hee Cho, Sun A Kim, Soo Been Park, Hee Man Kim, Si Young Song
Pancreatic cancer stem cells (CSCs) play a crucial role in tumorigenesis and chemoresistance of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. Pancreatic adenocarcinoma up-regulated factor (PAUF), a novel secretory protein, has been shown to contribute to cancer progression and metastasis. Because the clinical relationship between PAUF and pancreatic CSCs is largely unknown, we investigated the associations between the functional role of PAUF and pancreatic CSCs. Pancreatic cancer sphere cultured from the CFPAC-1 cells showed elevated expression of PAUF and pluripotent stemness genes (Oct4, Nanog, Stat3, and Sox2), and the mRNA of PAUF were increased in CD44+CD24+ESA+ pancreatic CSCs...
July 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776964/a-modified-edmonton-symptom-assessment-scale-for-symptom-clusters-in-radiation-oncology-patients
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Peter A S Johnstone, Jae Lee, Jun-Min Zhou, Zhenjun Ma, Diane Portman, Heather Jim, Hsiang-Hsuan Michael Yu
Patient-reported outcomes regarding symptom burden may provide valuable information in addition to physician assessment. Systematic collection of patient-reported outcomes may be an important metric to identify unmet needs and improve quality of patient care. To understand common symptoms of patients seen in radiation oncology clinic, we examined the prospectively collected modified Edmonton Symptom Assessment Scale (ESAS-r) data to explore symptom clusters. Our clinic established use of a modified Edmonton Symptom Assessment Scale in August 2015...
August 4, 2017: Cancer Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776202/neurotrophin-gene-therapy-in-deafened-ears-with-cochlear-implants-long-term-effects-on-nerve-survival-and-functional-measures
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Bryan E Pfingst, Deborah J Colesa, Donald L Swiderski, Aaron P Hughes, Stefan B Strahl, Moaz Sinan, Yehoash Raphael
Because cochlear implants function by stimulating the auditory nerve, it is assumed that the condition of the nerve plays an important role in the efficacy of the prosthesis. Thus, considerable research has been devoted to methods of preserving the nerve following deafness. Neurotrophins have been identified as a potential contributor to neural health, but most of the research to date has been done in young animals and for short periods (less than 3 to 6 months) after the onset of treatment. The first objective of the current experiment was to examine the effects of a neurotrophin gene therapy delivery method on spiral ganglion neuron (SGN) preservation and function in the long term (5 to 14 months) in mature guinea pigs with cochlear implants...
August 3, 2017: Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology: JARO
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770245/molecular-characterization-and-phylogenetic-analyses-of-virulent-infectious-bronchitis-viruses-isolated-from-chickens-in-eastern-saudi-arabia
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Maged Gomaa Hemida, Mohammed A Al-Hammadi, Abdul Hafeed S Daleb, Cecilio R Gonsalves
Infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) is one of the major respiratory viral threats for chickens. Despite the intensive application of IBV vaccines, several outbreaks have been reported worldwide. Here, we report several IBV outbreaks in thirteen poultry farms in Eastern Saudi Arabia (ESA) from 2013 to 2014. The main goals of the current study were as follows: (1) isolation and molecular characterization of the currently circulating strains in ESA (Al-Hasa, Dammam, and Buqayq) and (2) evaluation of the immune status of these birds to IBV...
June 2017: Virusdisease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768116/on-reproductive-work-in-spain-transnational-adoption-egg-donation-surrogacy
#14
Diana Marre, Beatriz San Román, Diana Guerra
Spain's plummeting fertility since the late twentieth century may seem to reflect a waning desire for children. Nevertheless, reproductive disappointments resulting from gender inequalities cause many Spanish women to postpone motherhood and experience age-related fertility problems. For them, creating a family often becomes possible only through the reproductive labor of other women. Our analysis of transnational adoption, egg donation, and surrogacy in Spain shows how anonymity and altruism play out in these three strategies, with implications for the valuation of women's reproductive work and relationships among reproductive providers, intermediaries, recipients, and the resulting children...
August 2, 2017: Medical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766493/evaluation-of-the-safety-and-immunogenicity-of-subcutaneous-hx575-epoetin-alfa-in-the-treatment-of-anemia-associated-with-chronic-kidney-disease-in-predialysis-and-dialysis-patients%C3%A2
#15
Nicole Casadevall, Vladimir Dobronravov, Kai-Uwe Eckardt, Sehsuvar Ertürk, Liliya Martynyuk, Susanne Schmitt, Gregor Schaffar, Anita Rudy, Andriy Krendyukov, Marité Ode
AIM: To assess the safety and immunogenicity of subcutaneous (SC) HX575 (epoetin-α) in dialysis- and nondialysis-dependent adult patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). METHODS: Open-label, single-arm, multicenter study in patients (n = 416) from Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania, Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine. RESULTS: Mean (standard deviation (SD)) age was 52.3 (15.8) years, all patients were Caucasian, and similar proportions were male/female...
August 2, 2017: Clinical Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760710/the-impact-of-preoperative-bacteriuria-on-the-risk-of-periprosthetic-joint-infection-after-primary-knee-or-hip-replacement-a-retrospective-study-with-a-one-year-follow-up
#16
Meeri Honkanen, Esa Jämsen, Matti Karppelin, Reetta Huttunen, Heini Huhtala, Antti Eskelinen, Jaana Syrjänen
OBJECTIVES: Patients who undergo elective joint replacement are traditionally screened and treated for preoperative bacteriuria in order to prevent periprosthetic joint infection (PJI). More recently, this practice has been questioned. The purpose of this study was to determine whether preoperative bacteriuria is associated with an increased risk of PJI. METHODS: Patients who had undergone a primary hip or knee replacement in a tertiary care hospital between September 2002 and December 2013 were identified from the hospital database (23 171 joint replacements, 10 200 hips, and 12 971 knees)...
July 28, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755537/gender-has-to-be-taken-into-account-in-diagnosing-adult-growth-hormone-deficiency-by-the-ghrh-plus-arginine-test
#17
Helene M Markkanen, Tuula Pekkarinen, Esa Hämäläinen, Matti J Välimäki, Henrik Alfthan, Ulf-Håkan Stenman
OBJECTIVE: Data on the effect of gender on the interpretation of the GHRH plus arginine stimulation test (GHRH+ARG test) is controversial. We validated the GHRH+ARG stimulation test in control subjects and patients with organic or idiopathic pituitary disease and a suspicion of adult growth hormone deficiency (AGHD) using the Immulite 2000 XPi GH assay. DESIGN: We studied 126 apparently healthy adults (median age 38.8years) and 34 patients with a suspicion of AGHD (median age 42...
July 18, 2017: Growth Hormone & IGF Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28753139/electronic-cigarette-use-among-counseled-tobacco-users-hospitalized-in-2015
#18
Natacha M De Genna, Thomas Ylioja, Anna E Schulze, Christine Manta, Antoine B Douaihy, Esa M Davis
OBJECTIVES: Few studies have examined the prevalence of electronic cigarette use among the inpatient population regardless of the patients' cessation goals. The objectives of this study were to examine the prevalence of electronic cigarette use among counseled tobacco users admitted to 2 academic hospitals. METHODS: Cross-sectional data of hospitalized adult tobacco users who were admitted between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015 and who received bedside tobacco cessation counseling from a tobacco treatment service counselor were examined...
July 27, 2017: Journal of Addiction Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751758/prognostic-biomarkers-for-oral-tongue-squamous-cell-carcinoma-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#19
Alhadi Almangush, Ilkka Heikkinen, Antti A Mäkitie, Ricardo D Coletta, Esa Läärä, Ilmo Leivo, Tuula Salo
BACKGROUND: Identifying informative prognostic biomarkers for oral tongue squamous cell carcinoma (OTSCC) is of great importance in order to better predict tumour behaviour and to guide treatment planning. Here, we summarise existing evidence regarding immunohistochemical prognostic biomarkers for OTSCC. METHODS: A systematic search of the literature was performed using the databases of Scopus, Ovid Medline, Web of Science and Cochrane Library. All studies which had investigated the prognostic significance of immunohistochemical biomarkers in OTSCC during the period from 1985 to 2015 were retrieved...
July 27, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751077/validation-of-the-french-version-of-the-edmonton-symptom-assessment-system-f-esas
#20
Sophie Pautex, Petra Vayne-Bossert, Mathieu Bernard, Michel Beauverd, Boris Cantin, Claudia Mazzocato, Catherine Thollet, Catherine Bollondi-Pauly, Dominique Ducloux, François Herrmann, Monica Escher
CONTEXT: The Edmonton Symptom Assessment System is a brief, widely adopted, multidimensional questionnaire to evaluate patient-reported symptoms. OBJECTIVES: To define a standard French version of the ESAS (F-ESAS), to determine the psychometric properties in French speaking patients Methods: In a first pilot study health professionals (n: 20) and patients (n: 33) defined the most adapted terms in French (F-ESAS). In a prospective multicentric study, palliative care patients completed the three forms of F-ESAS (F-ESAS-VI; VE; NU), the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS)...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
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