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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457700/impact-of-home-spirometry-on-medication-adherence-among-adolescents-with-cystic-fibrosis
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Aarti Shakkottai, Niko Kaciroti, Lauren Kasmikha, Samya Z Nasr
OBJECTIVE: Medication adherence among adolescents with cystic fibrosis (CF) is often suboptimal and this has significant impact on their health and quality of life. The purpose of the study was to evaluate the impact of frequent home pulmonary function (PFT) monitoring on medication adherence among adolescents with CF. HYPOTHESIS: We hypothesized that weekly home PFT monitoring will improve adherence while not significantly adding to the treatment burden. METHODS: Individuals aged 12-21 years with CF were provided a spirometer to measure PFTs weekly for 1 year...
February 19, 2018: Pediatric Pulmonology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453393/adherence-to-antiretroviral-therapy-and-factors-affecting-low-medication-adherence-among-incident-hiv-infected-individuals-during-2009-2016-a-nationwide-study
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Jungmee Kim, Eunyoung Lee, Byung-Joo Park, Ji Hwan Bang, Jin Yong Lee
For ideal clinical benefit, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected individuals should receive continuous medication. This is the first nationwide antiretroviral therapy (ART) adherence study in Asia, where medication monitoring at national level is systemically available. We estimated the ART adherence of incident HIV-infected individuals and investigated factors affecting low medication adherence using the national health insurance (NHI) claims data from 2007 to 2016. Medication possession ratio (MPR) was used to measure medication adherence and risk factors were identified by multivariable logistic regression analysis...
February 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451672/predictors-of-persistent-prescription-opioid-analgesic-use-among-people-without-cancer-in-australia
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Samanta Lalic, Natasa Gisev, J Simon Bell, Maarit Jaana Korhonen, Jenni Ilomäki
AIMS: To identify patterns of opioid analgesic use and determine predictors of persistent opioid use among people without cancer. METHODS: A population-based cohort study of Australians initiating prescription opioids from July 2013 to December 2015 was conducted using data from a random 10% sample of people who accessed medicines through Australia's Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. A 12-month look-back period was used to define opioid initiation, exclude people with cancer, and determine comorbidities...
February 16, 2018: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29438535/discrepancies-in-national-time-trends-of-outpatient-antibiotic-utilization-using-different-measures-a-population-based-study-in-france
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Nhung T H Trinh, Pierre Chahwakilian, Tim A Bruckner, Stéphane Sclison, Corinne Levy, Martin Chalumeau, Dejan Milic, Robert Cohen, Jérémie F Cohen
Objectives: To assess time trends of outpatient antibiotic utilization using different measures and explore their discrepancies. Methods: Based on French sales data from the IQVIA SDM database, 2009-16, we assessed time trends in outpatient antibiotic utilization using PrID, DID, PID and SID (defined as the number of prescriptions, DDDs, packages and standard units per 1000 inhabitants per day, respectively). We explored discrepancies between trends in PrID and DID by modelling the number of DDDs per prescription...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29436586/amelioration-of-inflammatory-responses-by-socheongryong-tang-a-traditional-herbal-medicine-in-raw-264-7%C3%A2-cells-and-rats
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Sang Mi Park, Tae Hoon Lee, Rongjie Zhao, Youn Sook Kim, Ji Yun Jung, Chung A Park, Kyung Hwan Jegal, Sae Kwang Ku, Jae Kwang Kim, Chul Won Lee, Young Woo Kim, Il Je Cho, Won G An, Sang Chan Kim
Socheongryong-Tang (SCRT) is a natural medicine prescription that has been mainly used in East Asia for the treatment of inflammatory disorders, including asthma and allergic rhinitis. The present study evaluated the anti-inflammatory effects of SCRT on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated RAW 264.7 cells and in a rat model of carrageenan (CA)-induced paw edema. Levels of tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), interleukin (IL)-1β, IL-6 and prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) in the culture supernatant were quantified and nitric oxide (NO) production was monitored...
February 6, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29436015/medical-prescriptions-falsified-by-the-patients-a-twelve-year-national-monitoring-to-assess-prescription-drug-diversion
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Emilie Jouanjus, Grégory Guernec, Maryse Lapeyre-Mestre
Diversion of prescription drugs is difficult to assess in quality and quantity. This study aimed to characterize diversion of prescription drugs in France through a comparative analysis of falsified prescriptions collected during three periods from 2001 to 2012. The data recorded in a national program which records all falsified prescriptions presented to community pharmacies were studied. Included data regarded: subjects, prescription forms and drugs. Description of the dataset in 3 periods (2001-2004, 2005-2008, and 2009-2012) was completed with clustering analyses to characterize profiles of prescriptions and subjects associated with the most reported drugs...
February 13, 2018: Fundamental & Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29429794/treatment-plan-quality-and-delivery-accuracy-assessments-on-3-imrt-delivery-methods-of-stereotactic-body-radiotherapy-for-spine-tumors
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Long Huang, Toufik Djemil, Tingliang Zhuang, Martin Andrews, Samuel T Chao, John H Suh, Ping Xia
Stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) for spine tumors has demonstrated clinical effectiveness. The treatment planning and delivery techniques have evolved from dynamic conformal arc therapy, to fixed gantry angle intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), and most recently to volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT). A hybrid-arc (HARC) planning and delivery method combining dynamic conformal arc therapy delivery with a number of equally spaced IMRT beams is proposed. In this study we investigated plan quality, delivery accuracy, and efficiency of 3 delivery techniques: IMRT, HARC, and VMAT...
February 8, 2018: Medical Dosimetry: Official Journal of the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29428787/trace-element-repletion-following-severe-burn-injury-a-dose-finding-cohort-study
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Olivier Pantet, Patricia Stoecklin, Mélanie Charrière, Pierre Voirol, Arnaud Vernay, Mette M Berger
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Major burn patients are characterized by large exudative losses of Cu, Se and Zn. Trace element (TE) repletion has been shown to improve clinical outcome. Having increased the TE doses over time, the study aimed at analysing if our repletion protocol corrected TE plasma concentrations and if the necessity for continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) might increase the TE needs. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of prospectively collected data in burn patients requiring intensive care (ICU) between 1999 and 2015...
February 7, 2018: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29427177/trends-in-diabetes-treatment-and-monitoring-among-medicare-beneficiaries
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Bruce E Landon, Alan M Zaslavsky, Jeffrey Souza, John Z Ayanian
BACKGROUND: Diabetes is a costly and common condition, but little is known about recent trends in diabetes management among Medicare beneficiaries. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the use of diabetes medications and testing supplies among Medicare beneficiaries. DESIGN/SETTING: Retrospective cohort analysis of Medicare claims from 2007 to 2014. PARTICIPANTS: Traditional Medicare beneficiaries with a diagnosis of diabetes in the current or any prior year...
February 9, 2018: Journal of General Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29425320/treatment-for-uncomplicated-plasmodium-falciparum-malaria-in-french-soldiers-deployed-in-sub-saharan-africa-gaps-between-policy-and-field-practice
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Anne Perisse, Guillaume Velut, Emilie Javelle, Gwion Loarer, Remy Michel, F Simon
Background: Malaria prevention and treatment are big challenges for the French forces deployed in sub-Saharan Africa. Since December 2013, 1,800 French soldiers have been deployed at any one time in the Central African Republic in the framework of "Operation Sangaris" and European Union Force (EUFOR). Over the 2014-2015 period, about 500 cases of malaria were notified in these troops during the operation or after their return (annual incidence: 13.4 p.100 person-year). The recommendation to use dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine (DHA-PQ) as the first-line treatment for French soldiers suffering from uncomplicated Plasmodium falciparum malaria in endemic areas is not always followed in practice in the field by French military general practitioners (GPs)...
February 7, 2018: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29424196/exercise-based-cardiac-rehabilitation-in-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-recipients-a-primer-for-practicing-clinicians
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Marco Ambrosetti, Simona Sarzi Braga, Franco Giada, Roberto F E Pedretti
Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is a therapeutic option of increasing importance for chronic heart failure (CHF) and criteria for implantation now concern a large amount of patient populations. As a consequence, subjects with ongoing CRT (or immediately after CRT implantation) are more often referred to Cardiac Rehabilitation (CR) programmes, and it has been recently estimated that about one third of CHF patients attending CR in Italy currently have this kind of device. The presence of CRT represents a modulating factor for exercise prescription and monitoring, since CRT patients may be considered per se as a target group for CR...
November 30, 2017: Monaldi Archives for Chest Disease, Archivio Monaldi Per le Malattie del Torace
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29423781/older-patients-compliance-with-drug-storage-recommendations
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Nicolaas D Vlieland, Bart J F van den Bemt, Charlotte L Bekker, Marcel L Bouvy, Toine C G Egberts, Helga Gardarsdottir
BACKGROUND: Whereas storage conditions are regulated and closely monitored in every stage of the drug supply chain before drug dispensing, it is unknown if patients store drugs at home according to storage recommendations. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to investigate how older patients store their prescription drugs at home and to what extent they comply with drug storage recommendations. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional study between October 2015 and March 2016...
February 8, 2018: Drugs & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29422205/the-intergrowth-21st-fetal-growth-standards-toward-the-global-integration-of-pregnancy-and-pediatric-care
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Aris T Papageorghiou, Stephen H Kennedy, Laurent J Salomon, Douglas G Altman, Eric O Ohuma, William Stones, Michael G Gravett, Fernando C Barros, Cesar Victora, Manorama Purwar, Yasmin Jaffer, Julia A Noble, Enrico Bertino, Ruyan Pang, Leila Cheikh Ismail, Ann Lambert, Zulfiqar A Bhutta, José Villar
The purpose of the INTERGROWTH-21st project was to develop international, prescriptive standards for fetal growth assessed by ultrasound and fundal height, preterm postnatal growth, newborn size and body composition, maternal weight gain, and infant development at the age of 2 years. Hence, we have produced, based on World Health Organization recommendations, the first comprehensive set of international standards of optimal fetal and newborn growth that perfectly match the existing World Health Organization child growth standards...
February 2018: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29420333/prevalence-of-therapeutic-drug-monitoring-for-lithium-and-the-impact-of-regulatory-warnings-analysis-using-japanese-claims-database
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Nobuhiro Ooba, Daisuke Tsutsumi, Naoko Kobayashi, Shinji Hidaka, Hiroyuki Hayashi, Taku Obara, Michihiro Satoh, Kiyoshi Kubota, Noriyasu Fukuoka
BACKGROUND: Therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) for lithium is recommended in guidelines; however, the prevalence of TDM for lithium is seldom reported. We have therefore investigated the prevalence of TDM for lithium and evaluated the impact of the regulatory warnings requiring routine TDM for lithium. METHODS: Monthly claims data covering around 1.7 million persons aged 20 to 74 years old during the period January 1, 2005 and March 31, 2015 were evaluated. All patients who had at least one prescription for lithium were selected and included to calculate the annual prevalence of TDM for lithium...
February 5, 2018: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29417728/comparison-of-four-techniques-for-spine-stereotactic-body-radiotherapy-dosimetric-and-efficiency-analysis
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Saif Aljabab, Balamurugan Vellayappan, Eric Vandervoort, Jamie Bahm, Robert Zohr, John Sinclair, Jean-Michel Caudrelier, Janos Szanto, Shawn Malone
PURPOSE: The aim of this study is to compare the dosimetric differences between four techniques for spine stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT): CyberKnife (CK), volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT), and helical tomotherapy (HT) with dynamic jaws (HT-D) and fixed jaws (HT-F). MATERIALS/METHODS: Data from 10 patients were utilized. All patients were planned for 24 Gy in two fractions, with the primary objectives being: (a) restricting the maximum dose to the cord to ≤ 17 Gy and/or cauda equina to ≤ 20 Gy, and (b) to maximize the clinical target volume (CTV) to receive the prescribed dose...
February 7, 2018: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29414988/laboratory-and-community-based-health-outcomes-in-people-with-transtibial-amputation-using-crossover-and-energy-storing-prosthetic-feet-a-randomized-crossover-trial
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Sara J Morgan, Cody L McDonald, Elizabeth G Halsne, Sarah M Cheever, Rana Salem, Patricia A Kramer, Brian J Hafner
Contemporary prosthetic feet are generally optimized for either daily or high-level activities. Prosthesis users, therefore, often require multiple prostheses to participate in activities that span a range of mobility. Crossover feet (XF) are designed to increase the range of activities that can be performed with a single prosthesis. However, little evidence exists to guide clinical prescription of XF relative to traditional energy storing feet (ESF). The objective of this study was to assess the effects of XF and ESF on health outcomes in people with transtibial amputation...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29412538/avoiding-errors-when-administering-injectable-phenytoin-to-a-child-in-status-epilepticus
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Callum Douglass
Errors often occur in the prescribing, preparing, administering and monitoring of intravenous phenytoin ( NHS Improvement 2016 ). Following two fatal incidents involving injectable phenytoin, with contributing factors such as wrong weight estimation, a disregard for existing phenytoin prescriptions and confusion about the final concentration, an alert was issued by NHS Improvement in 2016. This article explores research into the use of injectable phenytoin and why adverse events occur when it is used. The article will inform nurses and doctors who work with children in acute settings about the risks associated with using injectable phenytoin and implications for practice on how to negate these risks...
February 7, 2018: Nursing Children and Young People
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29408563/exercise-prescription-using-a-group-normalized-rating-of-perceived-exertion-in-adolescents-and-adults-with-spina-bifida
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Theresa M Crytzer, Mariam Keramati, Steve Anthony, Yu-Ting Cheng, Robert J Robertson, Brad E Dicianno
BACKGROUND: People with spina bifida (SB) face personal and environmental barriers to exercise that contribute to physical inactivity, obesity, risk of cardiovascular disease and poor aerobic fitness. The WHEEL rating of perceived exertion (RPE) scale was validated in people with SB to monitor exercise intensity. However, the psycho-physiological link between RPE and ventilatory breakpoint (Vpt), the Group Normalized Perceptual Response, has not been determined and would provide a starting point for aerobic exercise in this cohort...
February 3, 2018: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29405178/assessment-of-occupational-radiation-dose-in-interventional-settings
#19
Fabiola Cretti
INTRODUCTION: In light of both current Italian radioprotection law and the new European Directive, radiation dose monitoring was carried out on the interventional staff, of the new Papa Giovanni XXIII Hospital in Bergamo, Italy, potentially exposed to high radiation levels. METHODS: Interventional activities were mapped and personal dose data were collected for three years using thermo-luminescent dosimeters. Effective dose (ED) to whole body and equivalent dose (HT) to hands and eye lenses were estimated from Hp(10) and Hp(0...
February 1, 2018: La Medicina del Lavoro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29403573/comparing-the-medicaid-retrospective-drug-utilization-review-program-cost-savings-methods-used-by-state-agencies
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REVIEW
Sergio I Prada
Background: The Medicaid Drug Utilization Review (DUR) program is a 2-phase process conducted by Medicaid state agencies. The first phase is a prospective DUR and involves electronically monitoring prescription drug claims to identify prescription-related problems, such as therapeutic duplication, contraindications, incorrect dosage, or duration of treatment. The second phase is a retrospective DUR and involves ongoing and periodic examinations of claims data to identify patterns of fraud, abuse, underutilization, drug-drug interaction, or medically unnecessary care, implementing corrective actions when needed...
December 2017: American Health & Drug Benefits
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