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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346834/twelve-week-ravidasvir-plus-ritonavir-boosted-danoprevir-and-ribavirin-for-non-cirrhotic-hcv-genotype-1-patients-a-phase-2-study
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Jia-Horng Kao, Min-Lung Yu, Chi-Yi Chen, Cheng-Yuan Peng, Ming-Yao Chen, Huoling Tang, Qiaoqiao Chen, Jinzi J Wu
BACKGROUND AND AIM: The need for all-oral HCV treatments with higher response rates, improved tolerability and lower pill burden compared to interferon-inclusive regimen has led to the development of new direct-acting antiviral agents (DAAs). Ravidasvir (RDV) is a second-generation, pan-genotypic NS5A inhibitor with high barrier to resistance. The aim of this phase 2 study (EVERST study) was to assess the efficacy and safety of interferon-free, 12-week RDV plus ritonavir-boosted danoprevir (DNVr) and ribavirin (RBV) regimen for treatment-naïve Asian HCV genotype 1 (GT1) patients without cirrhosis...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346703/pursuing-personal-passion-learner-centered-research-mentoring
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William R Phillips
New researchers often face difficulty finding and focusing research questions. I describe a new tool for research mentoring, the Pursuing Personal Passion (P3) interview, and a systematic approach to help learners organize their curiosity and develop researchable questions aligned with their personal and professional priorities. The learner-centered P3 research interview parallels the patient-centered clinical interview. This paper reviews experience with 27 research mentees over the years 2009 to 2016, using the P3 approach to identify their initial research topics, classify their underlying passions and track the evolution into their final research questions...
January 2018: Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346690/using-standardized-patient-assessments-to-evaluate-a-health-literacy-curriculum
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Gail S Marion, Jade M Hairston, Stephen W Davis, Julienne K Kirk
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Patients' health literacy is a growing concern as patients are expected to perform more self-care. While many US schools implement health literacy in their curricula, time spent on the topic ranges from 0 to 8 hours and is largely didactic. Evaluation of health literacy skills is not well defined. The effectiveness of a health literacy curriculum for third-year medical students was evaluated by two standardized patients assessments (SPAs). METHODS: All third-year medical students complete a required 4-week clerkship in family medicine...
January 2018: Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346630/vitamin-d-toxicity-a-16-year-retrospective-study-at-an-academic-medical-center
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John P Lee, Michael Tansey, Jennifer G Jetton, Matthew D Krasowski
Background: Interest in vitamin D has increased during the past 2 decades, with a corresponding increase in laboratory testing of 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D]. The vast majority of specimens tested display normal or deficient levels of 25(OH)D; concentrations rarely fall in the potentially toxic range. Methods: We performed a retrospective investigation of elevated 25(OH)D levels during a 16-year period at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC), a 734-bed tertiary-/quaternary-care academic medical center in the midwestern United States...
January 13, 2018: Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346599/magnetic-resonance-imaging-guided-laser-interstitial-thermal-therapy-for-the-treatment-of-hypothalamic-hamartomas-a-retrospective-review
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David S Xu, Tsinsue Chen, Randall J Hlubek, Ruth E Bristol, Kris A Smith, Francisco A Ponce, John F Kerrigan, Peter Nakaji
BACKGROUND: Hypothalamic hamartomas (HH) are rare lesions associated with treatment-resistant epilepsy. Open surgery results in modest seizure control (about 50%) but has a significant associated morbidity. Radiosurgery is limited to a subset of patients due to latent therapeutic effects. Magnetic resonance imaging-guided laser interstitial thermal therapy (LITT) offers a novel minimally invasive option. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate a single center's outcomes for the LITT treatment of HH...
January 13, 2018: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346519/final-results-of-a-multi-institutional-phase-ii-trial-of-re-irradiation-with-concurrent-weekly-cisplatin-and-cetuximab-for-recurrent-or-second-primary-squamous-cell-carcinoma-of-the-head-and-neck
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M J Awan, L Nedzi, D Wang, V Tumati, B Sumer, X-J Xie, I Smith, J Truelson, R Hughes, L L Myers, P Lavertu, S Wong, M Yao
Background: The optimal regimen of chemotherapy and re-irradiation (re-XRT) for recurrent head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) is controversial. We report the final outcomes of a multi-center Phase II trial evaluating cetuximab and cisplatin-based chemotherapy concurrent with re-XRT for patients with recurrent HNSCC. Methods and Materials: Patients with unresectable recurrent disease or positive margins after salvage surgery arising within a previously irradiated field with KPS≥70 were eligible for this trial...
January 15, 2018: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346503/p53%C3%AE-a-new-prognostic-marker-for-patients-with-clear-cell-renal-cell-carcinoma-from-5-3-years-of-median-followup
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Haiyang Zhang, Yong Zhao, Peng Sun, Miaoqing Zhao, Zhenhui Su, Xunbo Jin, Wei Song
We previously reported six different p53 isoforms in renal cell carcinoma (RCC). In the present study, influences of p53β on recurrence-free survival (RFS) and overall survival (OS) were evaluated. Patients diagnosed with RCC in our center were into this study. mRNA expressions of p53 isoforms (p53α, p53β, p53γ) in tumors were determined by RT-PCR and real-time PCR. Functional yeast-based assay was performed to analyze p53 mutational status. p53β transfected 786-O and CAKi-1 cells were cultured to examine expressions of B-cell lymphoma 2-associated X protein (bax) and caspase-3, and ratios of apoptosis...
January 15, 2018: Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346486/treatment-outcomes-and-adverse-events-following-in-office-angiolytic-laser-with-or-without-concurrent-polypectomy-for-vocal-fold-polyps
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Yu-Hsuan Lin, Chi-Te Wang, Feng-Chuan Lin, Li-Jen Liao, Wu-Chia Lo, Po-Wen Cheng
Importance: In-office angiolytic laser procedures have been used successfully as an alternative treatment for vocal fold polyps; little is known in detail about the treatment outcomes and adverse events. Objective: To examine the outcomes and incidence rates of adverse events associated with in-office angiolytic laser procedures with or without concurrent polypectomy as an alternative treatment for vocal fold polyps. Design, Setting, and Participants: Retrospective cohort study at a tertiary medical center...
January 18, 2018: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346473/treatment-for-alcohol-dependence-in-primary-care-compared-to-outpatient-specialist-treatment-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Sara Wallhed Finn, Anders Hammarberg, Sven Andreasson
Aim: To investigate if treatment for alcohol dependence in primary care is as effective as specialist addiction care. Method: Randomized controlled non-inferiority trial, between groups parallel design, not blinded. The non-inferiority limit was set to 50 grams of alcohol per week. About 288 adults fulfilling ICD-10 criteria for alcohol dependence were randomized to treatment in primary care (men n = 82, women n = 62) or specialist care (men n = 77, women n = 67)...
January 16, 2018: Alcohol and Alcoholism: International Journal of the Medical Council on Alcoholism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346443/exposure-to-previous-cart-is-associated-with-significant-liver-fibrosis-and-cirrhosis-in-human-immunodeficiency-virus-infected-patients
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Evrim Anadol, Kristina Lust, Christoph Boesecke, Carolynne Schwarze-Zander, Raphael Mohr, Jan-Christian Wasmuth, Jürgen Kurt Rockstroh, Jonel Trebicka
INTRODUCTION: Combined antiretroviral therapy (cART) has improved survival in HIV-patients. While the first antiretrovirals, which became available in particular D-drugs (especially didanosine and stavudine) and unboosted protease inhibitors, may impair liver function, the modern cART seems to decrease liver fibrosis. This study assessed the influence of exposure to previous antiretrovirals on liver fibrosis in HIV-infected patients. METHODS: This observational cross-sectional single-center study recruited 333 HIV patients and assessed liver fibrosis using transient elastography (TE)...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346286/a-more-efficient-transportable-and-scalable-system-for-real-time-activities-and-exercises-recognition
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Kévin Chapron, Valère Plantevin, Florentin Thullier, Kévin Bouchard, Elise Duchesne, Sébastien Gaboury
Many people in the world are affected by muscle wasting, especially the population hits by myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1). Those people are usually given a program of multiple physical exercises to do. While DM1 and many other people have difficulties attending commercial centers to realize their program, a solution is to develop such a program completable at home. To this end, we developed a portable system that patients could bring home. This prototype is an improved version of the previous one using Wi-Fi, as this new prototype runs on BLE technology...
January 18, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346264/sonography-of-the-cecum-gateway-to-the-right-lower-quadrant
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R Brooke Jeffrey, Andrew L Wentland, Eric W Olcott
Sonography of the cecum has come of age largely as a consequence of the successful evolution of appendiceal sonography as a useful tool in the evaluation of patients with right lower-quadrant pain. At some medical centers, graded-compression sonography (GCS) has become the initial imaging study of choice in the assessment of these individuals. The cecum serves as a helpful anatomic landmark for localization of the appendix in these examinations-providing a sonographic starting point in the search for the appendix...
January 17, 2018: Ultrasound Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346260/race-risk-and-willingness-of-end-stage-renal-disease-patients-without-hepatitis-c-hcv-to-accept-an-hcv-infected-kidney-transplant
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Maureen McCauley, Adam Mussell, David Goldberg, Deirdre Sawinski, Rodolfo N Molina, Ricarda Tomlin, Sahil D Doshi, Peter Abt, Roy Bloom, Emily Blumberg, Sanjay Kulkarni, Gabriela Esnaola, Justine Shults, Carrie Thiessen, Peter P Reese
BACKGROUND: Despite effective antiviral treatment, hundreds of kidneys from deceased donors with hepatitis C virus (HCV) are discarded annually. Little is known about the determinants of willingness to accept HCV-infected kidneys among HCV-negative patients. METHODS: At 2 centers, 189 patients undergoing initial or reevaluation for transplant made 12 hypothetical decisions about accepting HCV-infected kidneys in which we systematically varied expected HCV cure rate, allograft quality and wait-time for an uninfected kidney...
January 18, 2018: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346256/causes-preventability-and-cost-of-unplanned-rehospitalizations-within-30-days-of-discharge-following-lung-transplantation
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Andrew M Courtwright, Derek Zaleski, Lisa Gardo, Vivek N Ahya, Jason D Christie, Maria Crespo, Denis Hadjiliadis, James Lee, Maria Molina, Namrata Patel, Mary Porteous, Edward E Cantu, Christian Bermudez, Joshua M Diamond
BACKGROUND: Unplanned rehospitalizations (UR) within 30 days of discharge are common following lung transplantation. It is unknown whether UR represent preventable gaps in care or necessary interventions for complex patients. The objective of this study was to assess the incidence, causes, risk factors, and preventability of UR following initial discharge after lung transplantation. METHODS: This was a single-center prospective cohort study. Subjects completed a modified Short Physical Performance Battery (SPPB) to assess frailty at listing and at initial hospital discharge after transplantation and the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) at discharge...
January 18, 2018: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346237/pediatric-pelvic-fractures-and-differences-compared-with-the-adult-population
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Carolina de la Calva, Nadia Jover, Jaime Alonso, Marta Salom
INTRODUCTION: Although pelvic fractures in children are rare, because of anatomical differences between an adult's skeleton and a child's skeleton, these lesions in the pediatric population have specific characteristics that need to be borne in mind when dealing with them. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective chart review was performed on the pelvic fractures in skeletally immature patients treated in our hospital in the last 20 years. RESULTS: Eighty-one pelvic fractures in children were treated between 1993 and 2013...
January 16, 2018: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346231/the-complex-association-of-race-ethnicity-with-pain-treatment-quality-in-an-urban-medical-center-with-2-pediatric-emergency-departments
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Erika M Kipping, James M Chamberlain
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to explore racial differences in analgesia quality. METHODS: A retrospective cross-sectional study of 24,733 visits by individuals 21 years or younger with pain scores of 4 to 10 was performed using electronic medical records. We compared 2 process metrics, treatment with any analgesics within 60 minutes and treatment with opioids within 60 minutes, and one outcome metric, a reduction in pain score by 2 or more points within 90 minutes...
January 16, 2018: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346222/-to-err-is-human-but-disclosure-must-be-taught-a-simulation-based-assessment-study
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Ashley C Crimmins, Ambrose H Wong, James W Bonz, Alina Tsyrulnik, Karen Jubanyik, James D Dziura, Kelly L Dodge, Leigh V Evans
INTRODUCTION: Although error disclosure is critical in promoting safety and patient-centered care, physicians are inconsistently trained in its practice, and few objective methods to assess competence exist. We used an immersive simulation scenario to determine whether providers with varying levels of clinical experience adhere to the disclosure safe practice guidelines when exposed to a serious adverse event simulation scenario. METHODS: This was a prospective cohort study with medical students, junior emergency medicine (EM) residents (PGY 1-2), senior EM residents (PGY 3-4), and attending EM physicians participating in a simulated case in which a scripted medication overdose resulted in an adverse event...
January 17, 2018: Simulation in Healthcare: Journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346156/developing-a-mobile-app-for-prevention-and-treatment-of-pressure-injuries
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Geraldo Magela Salomé, Lydia Masako Ferreira
OBJECTIVE: This descriptive study describes the planning and development of a mobile application (app) for prevention and treatment of pressure injuries for use by providers in a university research center. The app delineates risk factors for pressure injury development, provides an evaluation of the wound, recommends wound cleansing procedures, performs pressure injury staging, and recommends treatment interventions. METHODS: A mobile app was developed using a contextualized instructional design, which involves a constructivist proposal and planning, developing, and applying specific didactic situations, thus incorporating mechanisms that favor contextualization...
February 2018: Advances in Skin & Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346149/testing-elevated-protease-activity-prospective-analysis-of-160-wounds
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Anike Lockmann, Tillmann Schill, Franziska Hartmann, Lisa-Lena Grönemeyer, Ricarda Holzkamp, Michael P Schön, Kai-Martin Thoms
OBJECTIVE: Given that local elevated protease activity (EPA) has been implicated in impaired wound healing, a prospective single-center study was conducted to assess protease activity in various wound types. METHODS: Protease activity was determined using an easy-to-use test system (Woundchek Protease Status Test Kit; Systagenix, Gatwick, United Kingdom) in 160 wounds in 143 patients. The assay detects the combined activity of inflammatory proteases, mainly matrix metalloproteinases 8 and 9 and human neutrophil elastase...
February 2018: Advances in Skin & Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346136/interdisciplinary-team-evaluation-an-effective-method-for-the-diagnostic-assessment-of-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Jennifer Gerdts, James Mancini, Emily Fox, Candace Rhoads, Tracey Ward, Erin Easley, Raphael A Bernier
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this research is to assess the feasibility of an interdisciplinary team diagnostic assessment model for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). METHOD: Medical records from 366 patients evaluated for ASD at the Seattle Children's Autism Center (SCAC) were reviewed. ASD diagnostic outcomes, provider satisfaction, engagement in follow-up care, billed time, and reimbursement amounts were compared in patients evaluated through an interdisciplinary team approach (n = 91) with those seen in multidisciplinary evaluations led by either a psychologist (n = 165) or a physician (n = 110)...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics: JDBP
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