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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742794/the-cost-effectiveness-of-screening-for-ovarian-cancer-results-from-the-uk-collaborative-trial-of-ovarian-cancer-screening-ukctocs
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Usha Menon, Alistair J McGuire, Maria Raikou, Andy Ryan, Susan K Davies, Matthew Burnell, Aleksandra Gentry-Maharaj, Jatinderpal K Kalsi, Naveena Singh, Nazar N Amso, Derek Cruickshank, Stephen Dobbs, Keith Godfrey, Jonathan Herod, Simon Leeson, Tim Mould, John Murdoch, David Oram, Ian Scott, Mourad W Seif, Karin Williamson, Robert Woolas, Lesley Fallowfield, Stuart Campbell, Steven J Skates, Mahesh Parmar, Ian J Jacobs
BACKGROUND: To assess the within-trial cost-effectiveness of an NHS ovarian cancer screening (OCS) programme using data from UKCTOCS and extrapolate results based on average life expectancy. METHODS: Within-trial economic evaluation of no screening (C) vs either (1) an annual OCS programme using transvaginal ultrasound (USS) or (2) an annual ovarian cancer multimodal screening programme with serum CA125 interpreted using a risk algorithm (ROCA) and transvaginal ultrasound as a second-line test (MMS), plus comparison of lifetime extrapolation of the no screening arm and the MMS programme using both a predictive and a Markov model...
July 25, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742406/the-efficacy-of-low-dose-tadalafil-in-patients-undergoing-hemodialysis-with-end-stage-renal-disease
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Mustafa Suat Bolat, İsmail Özer, Onder Cinar, Ekrem Akdeniz, Ramazan Aşcı
BACKGROUND: Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a disorder that is frequently observed in people with chronic kidney disease who undergo hemodialysis (HD). In the context of evidence-based medicine, we aimed to investigate the effect of low-dose tadalafil on sexual function in patients undergoing HD. METHODS: The medical records of 30 males (aged 29-65 years) with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) on a HD program, and who had received 5 mg tadalafil twice weekly, were retrospectively evaluated...
November 2017: Renal Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742228/prevalence-and-predictors-of-conflict-in-the-families-of-patients-with-advanced-cancer-a-nationwide-survey-of-bereaved-family-members
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Jun Hamano, Tatsuya Morita, Masanori Mori, Naoko Igarashi, Yasuo Shima, Mitsunori Miyashita
OBJECTIVES: Family conflict has several adverse impacts on caregivers. Thus, there is significant value in determining the prevalence and predictors of family conflict, which can enable the health care provider to intervene if family conflict arises during end-of-life care. Accordingly, we aimed to explore the prevalence and predictors of conflict among the families of patients with advanced cancer who died in palliative care units. METHODS: This study was a nationwide multicenter questionnaire survey of bereaved family members of cancer patients who died in Japanese palliative care units participating in evaluation of the quality of end-of-life care...
July 25, 2017: Psycho-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741873/cost-effectiveness-of-left-ventricular-assist-devices-for-patients-with-end-stage-heart-failure-analysis-of-the-french-hospital-discharge-database
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Abir Tadmouri, Josefin Blomkvist, Cécile Landais, Jerome Seymour, Alexandre Azmoun
AIMS: Although left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) are currently approved for coverage and reimbursement in France, no French cost-effectiveness (CE) data are available to support this decision. This study aimed at estimating the CE of LVAD compared with medical management in the French health system. METHODS AND RESULTS: Individual patient data from the 'French hospital discharge database' (Medicalization of information systems program) were analysed using Kaplan-Meier method...
July 25, 2017: ESC Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741700/financial-aspects-of-organ-procurement-from-deceased-donors-in-the-usa-relevance-to-xenotransplantation
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REVIEW
Ryan J Saari, David K C Cooper
When clinical xenotransplantation is introduced, the costs associated with acquisition of a genetically engineered pig organ are as yet unknown. How will these costs compare with those currently associated with the acquisition of deceased human organs? An understanding of the financial aspects of deceased organ and tissue procurement in the USA is therefore worthwhile. We have therefore attempted to review certain economic aspects of non-profit and for-profit organizations that provide cadaveric organs and/or tissues for purposes of transplantation into patients with end-stage organ failure, cellular deficiencies, or in need of reconstructive procedures...
July 25, 2017: Xenotransplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741581/regret-about-the-decision-to-start-dialysis-a-cross-sectional-dutch-national-survey
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N Berkhout-Byrne, A Gaasbeek, M J K Mallat, T J Rabelink, S P Mooijaart, F W Dekker, M van Buren
BACKGROUND: More older patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) are starting dialysis. Elderly patients often prefer treatments that focus on quality of life rather than primarily extending life and a substantial group of elderly dialysis patients might regret their decision to start dialysis. Healthcare provider and patient-related factors may be involved. Our objective was to measure the percentage of patients in the Netherlands who regretted their decision to start dialysis. METHODS: Cross-sectional Dutch national survey of dialysis patients...
July 2017: Netherlands Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740839/primary-pelvic-hydatid-cyst-in-a-postmenopausal-female-a-surgical-challenge
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Sayanti Paul, Saumen Mandal, Mansi Upadhyaya, Sumit Ranjan Pramanik, Subhas Chandra Biswas, Ranu Roy Biswas
Primary pelvic hydatid cysts are a rare entity and are often overlooked as a differential diagnosis of a pelvic-space-occupying lesion particularly in non-endemic regions. Unpreparedness and a hasty decision on the surgical approach may end in life-threatening complications and systemic dissemination of the disease. We report the case of a 55-year-old postmenopausal woman with a history of two previous unsuccessful surgeries to remove pelvic cystic lesions due to dense adhesions between the surrounding gut wall, bladder, and the cyst wall...
April 2017: Autopsy & case reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739513/intrauterine-inflammation-induces-sex-specific-effects-on-neuroinflammation-white-matter-and-behavior
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Ryan Makinson, Kelsey Lloyd, Aditya Rayasam, Sarah McKee, Amy Brown, Guillermo Barila, Nicola Grissom, Robert George, Matt Marini, Zsuzsanna Fabry, Michal Elovitz, Teresa M Reyes
Exposure to inflammation during pregnancy has been linked to adverse neurodevelopmental consequences for the offspring. One common route through which a developing fetus is exposed to inflammation is with intrauterine inflammation. To that end, we utilized an animal model of intrauterine inflammation (IUI; intrauterine lipopolysaccharide (LPS) administration, 50 µg, E15) to assess placental and fetal brain inflammatory responses, white matter integrity, anxiety-related behaviors (elevated zero maze, light dark box, open field), microglial counts, and the CNS cytokine response to an acute injection of LPS in both males and females...
July 21, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739172/emergence-and-maintenance-of-menopause-in-humans-a-game-theory-model
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Valentin Thouzeau, Michel Raymond
Menopause, the permanent cessation of ovulation, occurs in women well before the end of their expected life span. Several adaptive hypotheses have been proposed to solve this evolutionary puzzle, each based on a possible fitness benefit derived from an early reproductive senescence, but no consensus has emerged. The construction of a game theory model allowed us to jointly study the main adaptive hypotheses in emergence and maintenance of menopause. Four classical hypotheses on the benefits of menopause were considered (decreased maternal mortality, increased grandmothering, decreased conflict over reproductive resources between older and younger females, and changes in their relatedness) plus a fifth one derived from a possible pleiotropic trade-off...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738759/views-of-individuals-with-spinal-cord-injury-on-the-use-of-wearable-cameras-to-monitor-upper-limb-function-in-the-home-and-community
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Jirapat Likitlersuang, Elizabeth R Sumitro, Pirashanth Theventhiran, Sukhvinder Kalsi-Ryan, José Zariffa
OBJECTIVE: Hand function impairment after cervical spinal cord injury (SCI) can significantly reduce independence. Unlike current hand function assessments, wearable camera systems could potentially measure functional hand usage at home, and thus benefit the development of neurorehabilitation strategies. The objective of this study was to understand the views of individuals with SCI on the use of wearable cameras to track neurorehabilitation progress and outcomes in the community. DESIGN: Questionnaires...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738394/the-contribution-of-adult-hippocampal-neurogenesis-to-the-progression-of-psychiatric-disorders
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Rachel A Kohman, Justin S Rhodes
New neurons are continuously formed in the adult hippocampus of the human, nonhuman primate, and rodent throughout life though rates of neurogenesis precipitously decline with age to near zero levels at the end of the natural life span. Since its discovery in the 1960s, a large number of studies have documented numerous environmental and genetic factors which regulate adult neurogenesis. Chief among the positive regulators of neurogenesis are exercise and antidepressant drugs. Chief among the negative regulators of neurogenesis besides age are stress and inflammation...
2017: Modern Trends in Pharmacopsychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738257/a-systematic-review-of-the-quality-of-statistical-methods-employed-for-analysing-quality-of-life-data-in-cancer-randomised-controlled-trials
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REVIEW
Jean-Francois Hamel, Patrick Saulnier, Madeline Pe, Efstathios Zikos, Jammbe Musoro, Corneel Coens, Andrew Bottomley
AIMS: Over the last decades, Health-related Quality of Life (HRQoL) end-points have become an important outcome of the randomised controlled trials (RCTs). HRQoL methodology in RCTs has improved following international consensus recommendations. However, no international recommendations exist concerning the statistical analysis of such data. The aim of our study was to identify and characterise the quality of the statistical methods commonly used for analysing HRQoL data in cancer RCTs...
July 21, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738214/plasmodium-falciparum-in%C3%A2-vitro-continuous-culture-conditions-a-comparison-of-parasite-susceptibility-and-tolerance-to-anti-malarial-drugs-throughout-the-asexual-intra-erythrocytic-life-cycle
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Sandra Duffy, Vicky M Avery
The continuous culture of Plasmodium falciparum is often seen as a means to an end, that end being to probe the biology of the parasite in question, and ultimately for many in the malaria drug discovery arena, to identify means of killing the parasite in order to treat malaria. In vitro continuous culture of Plasmodium falciparum is a fundamental requirement when undertaking malaria research where the primary objectives utilise viable parasites of a desired lifecycle stage. This investigation, and resulting data, compared the impact culturing Plasmodium falciparum long term (4 months) in different environmental conditions had on experimental outcomes and thus conclusions...
July 15, 2017: International Journal for Parasitology, Drugs and Drug Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738198/stability-of-cognitive-development-during-the-first-five-years-of-life-in-relation-to-heavy-metal-concentrations-in-umbilical-cord-blood-mothers-and-children-s-environmental-health-moceh-birth-cohort-study
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Hyungmin Lee, Hyewon Park, Eunhee Ha, Yun-Chul Hong, Mina Ha, Hyesook Park, Bung-Nyun Kim, Soo-Jeong Lee, Kyung Yeon Lee, Ja Hyeong Kim, Kyoung Sook Jeong, Yangho Kim
The objective of this study was to investigate stability of cognitive development during the first five years of life in relation to heavy metal concentrations in umbilical cord blood in Korean children. This research is part of the Mothers' and Children's Environmental Health (MOCEH) study, a multi-center prospective birth cohort study of pregnant women in Korea who were recruited from 2006 to 2010. We analyzed the complete follow-up data of children who were 5years-old in 2016. We measured lead, mercury, and cadmium levels in the umbilical cord blood of 251 children, and analyzed them, for whom neurodevelopmental data were available...
July 20, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737990/cost-effectiveness-of-novel-agents-in-medicare-patients-with-multiple-myeloma-findings-from-a-u-s-payer-s-perspective
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Ying Chen, David R Lairson, Wenyaw Chan, Jinhai Huo, Xianglin L Du
BACKGROUND: Since multiple myeloma (MM) incurs a substantial economic burden in care management, more and more discussion has been generated in recent years about the costs of novel antimyeloma drugs and their associated value. Because of these costs, economic assessment that quantifies value of care over the long-term is essential. OBJECTIVE: To determine the cost-effectiveness (measured as cost per life-year saved) of front-line novel agent-based therapy use among a cohort of elderly patients with MM in a real-world setting...
August 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736789/spiritual-distress-and-spiritual-care-in-advanced-heart-failure
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REVIEW
Ronald Gillilan, Sameena Qawi, Audrey J Weymiller, Christina Puchalski
As patients face serious and chronic illness, they are confronted with the realities of dying. Spiritual and existential issues are particularly prominent near the end of life and can result in significant distress. It is critical that healthcare professionals know how to address patients' and families' spiritual concerns, diagnose spiritual distress and attend to the deep suffering of patients in a way that can result in a better quality of life for patients and families. Tools such as the FICA spiritual history tool help clinicians invite patients and families to share their spiritual or existential concerns as well as sources of hope and meaning which can help them cope better with their illness...
July 24, 2017: Heart Failure Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736018/extracorporeal-life-support-as-a-bridge-to-lung-transplantation-in-patients-with-acute-respiratory-failure
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H J Yeo, S Lee, S H Yoon, S E Lee, W H Cho, D Jeon, Y S Kim, D Kim
BACKGROUND: Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is being used more often as a bridge to transplantation (BTT) in patients with acutely decompensated end-stage lung disease in Korea. ECMO as a BTT may be the only rescue strategy for severe acute respiratory failure, but many centers still consider it to be a relative contraindication to lung transplantation because of its poor outcome. Because there are not enough lung donors, it is important to determine their optimal use. We reviewed and analyzed our experiences with the use of ECMO as a BTT in patients with acute respiratory failure...
July 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735920/risk-of-obstructive-sleep-apnea-among-patients-with-cushing-s-syndrome-a-nationwide-longitudinal-study
#18
Ling-Uei Wang, Tsung-Yang Wang, Ya-Mei Bai, Ju-Wei Hsu, Kai-Lin Huang, Tung-Ping Su, Cheng-Ta Li, Wei-Chen Lin, Tzeng-Ji Chen, Mu-Hong Chen
OBJECTIVE: Previous studies have demonstrated the association between Cushing's syndrome (CS), obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and the risk factors for OSA, but rarely provided the evidence within a large population. Using the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database, we attempted to investigate the association between CS and OSA, and to provide persuading evidences. METHODS: In our study, 1612 patients with CS and 1612 age-, sex-, and comorbidities-matched controls were included, and followed up to the end of 2011...
August 2017: Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735270/subcutaneous-levetiracetam-for-the-management-of-seizures-at-the-end-of-life
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REVIEW
Anna Elizabeth Sutherland, John Curtin, Victoria Bradley, Olivia Bush, Maggie Presswood, Victoria Hedges, Katrien Naessens
OBJECTIVES: To report the results of a combined case series analysis of subcutaneous levetiracetam (Keppra) for the management of seizures in palliative care patients. METHODS: A comprehensive literature review on the use of subcutaneous levetiracetam was performed, and these data were combined with a prospective observational audit of its use in terminal care undertaken in a regional palliative care network. RESULTS: 7 papers were identified from the literature review-four case reports and three observational case series-reporting on a total of 53 cases where subcutaneous levetiracetam was administered...
July 22, 2017: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735269/patient-family-agreement-on-values-and-preferences-for-life-sustaining-treatment-results-of-a-multicentre-observational-study
#20
Amane Abdul-Razzak, Daren K Heyland, Jessica Simon, Sunita Ghosh, Andrew G Day, John J You
OBJECTIVES: To quantify agreement between patients and their family members on their own values and preferences for use or non-use of life-sustaining treatments for the patient. METHODS: Hospitalised patients aged 55 years or older with advanced pulmonary, cardiac, liver disease or metastatic cancer or aged 80 years or older from medical wards at 16 Canadian hospitals and their family members completed a questionnaire including eight items about values related to life-sustaining treatment and a question about preferences for life-sustaining treatments...
July 22, 2017: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
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