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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911328/the-clinical-use-of-cerebrospinal-fluid-biomarkers-for-alzheimer-s-disease-diagnosis-the-italian-selfie
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Giulia M Sancesario, Sofia Toniolo, Davide Chiasserini, Simona G Di Santo, Josh Zegeer, Gaetano Bernardi, Massimo Musicco, Carlo Caltagirone, Lucilla Parnetti, Sergio Bernardini
Although the use of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) amyloid β1-42 (Aβ42), tau (T-tau), and phosphorylated tau (p-tau181) gives added diagnostic and prognostic values, the diffusion is still limited in clinical practice and only a restricted number of patients receive an integrated clinico-biological diagnosis. By a survey, we aimed to do a "selfie" of the use and diffusion of CSF biomarkers of dementia in Italy, the standardization of pre-analytical procedures, the harmonization of ranges, and the participation to Quality Control programs...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911184/clinical-practice-in-portuguese-sexology
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Violeta Alarcão, Sofia Ribeiro, Joana Almeida, Alain Giami
Few studies explore the clinicians' knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding sexuality, despite their role in the sexual health socialization process. This study focuses on Portuguese sexologists engaged into clinical practice. It aims to characterize sexologists' sex education and training and their clinical practices, including diagnostic and therapeutic approaches. This research followed the methodology of a survey undertaken in France as a part of the Euro-Sexo study. From the 91 obtained questionnaires, 51 (56%) were active in clinical practice...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911129/socioeconomic-position-and-mortality-among-patients-with-prostate-cancer-influence-of-mediating-factors
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Signe Benzon Larsen, Klaus Brasso, Jane Christensen, Christoffer Johansen, Anne Tjønneland, Søren Friis, Peter Iversen, Susanne Oksbjerg Dalton
INTRODUCTION: Men with low socioeconomic position experience higher mortality after a prostate cancer diagnosis compared to men with a higher socioeconomic position, however, the specific mediators of this association are unclear. We therefore evaluated the influence of potential mediators on the association between socioeconomic position, and prostate cancer-specific and all-cause death in prostate cancer patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a cohort study of prostate cancer patients in the Danish Diet, Cancer and Health study...
December 2, 2016: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911002/what-is-quality-of-life-and-how-do-we-measure-it-relevance-to-parkinson-s-disease-and-movement-disorders
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REVIEW
Pablo Martinez-Martin
Health-related quality of life is a patient-reported outcome that complements clinical evaluation and provides information about disease activity and effects of the treatment. The objective of this review is to present the conceptual framework, the measures, and some of their most relevant applications in the field of Parkinson's disease and movement disorders. Health-related quality of life is a subjective, individual, and multidimensional construct, and its main dimensions are physical, mental, and social, besides global perceptions of health and personal domains...
December 2, 2016: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910799/validation-of-the-danish-version-of-the-quick-disabilities-of-arm-shoulder-and-hand-questionnaire
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Jesper Ougaard Schønnemann, Jens Eggers
INTRODUCTION: The Quick-Disabilities of Arm, Shoulder and Hand (QuickDASH) questionnaire is an 11-item region-specific questionnaire used to measure the effect of clinical treatment of disorders and injuries to the upper extremity. During its original development, it was shown that the QuickDASH is a valid and reliable outcome measure. The purpose of this study was to validate the Danish version of the QuickDASH in patients with wrist fractures, using the Nottingham Health Profile (NHP) as an evaluation tool...
December 2016: Danish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909834/effects-of-maternal-health-anxiety-on-children-s-health-complaints-emotional-symptoms-and-quality-of-life
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Mette Viller Thorgaard, Lisbeth Frostholm, Lynn S Walker, Kristian Stengaard-Pedersen, Mads Münster Karlsson, Jens Søndergaard Jensen, Per Fink, Charlotte Ulrikka Rask
Little is known about family risk factors and intergenerational transmission of psychological disturbance in the development of health anxiety (HA). This study investigated HA and related concepts in 8- to 17-year-old children who had been exposed to different maternal health status. Using a family case-control design, three family groups were included: (1) 50 case children of mothers with severe (HA); (2) 49 control children of mothers with rheumatoid arthritis (RA); and (3) 51 control children of healthy mothers...
December 1, 2016: European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909807/german-validation-of-the-bidq-s-questionnaire-on-body-image-disturbance-in-idiopathic-scoliosis
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Mark Wetterkamp, Meinald T Thielsch, Georg Gosheger, Patrick Boertz, Jan Henrik Terheyden, Tobias L Schulte
PURPOSE: The Body Image Disturbance Questionnaire-Scoliosis (BIDQ-S) is a seven-item questionnaire inquiring into patients' worries about back shape and associated problems at school, at work, with friends or family, and whether the patients are avoiding certain activities. The aim of this study was to translate the BIDQ-S into German (G-BIDQ-S), test its reliability, and establish its convergent, divergent, concurrent, and discriminant validity. METHODS: In a prospective cohort study, 259 patients with idiopathic scoliosis (mean age 30...
December 1, 2016: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909139/safety-and-efficacy-of-sbi-087-a-subcutaneous-agent-for-b-cell-depletion-in-patients-with-active-rheumatoid-arthritis-results-from-a-phase-ii-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-study
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Nemanja Damjanov, Malgorzata Tlustochowicz, Jacob Aelion, Maria Greenwald, Annette Diehl, Indranil Bhattacharya, Elena Peeva, Sandeep Menon, Ian Gourley
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate subcutaneous SBI-087 to treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: A total of 210 adult patients with active RA were randomized to receive either 200 mg SBI-087 or placebo (Pbo), according to one of these patterns: SBI/Pbo/Pbo (SBI on Day 1), SBI/SBI/Pbo (SBI days 1 and 15), SBI/Pbo/SBI (SBI days 1 and 84), SBI/SBI/SBI (SBI days 1, 15, and 84), or Pbo/Pbo/Pbo (Pbo all 3 days). All patients were seropositive and taking background methotrexate...
December 2016: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909083/continual-maintenance-of-remission-defined-by-the-acr-eular-criteria-in-daily-practice-leads-to-better-functional-outcomes-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Kumi Shidara, Ayako Nakajima, Eisuke Inoue, Daisuke Hoshi, Naoki Sugimoto, Yohei Seto, Eiichi Tanaka, Shigeki Momohara, Atsuo Taniguchi, Hisashi Yamanaka
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate longterm functional outcomes in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) based on the number of times that the American College of Rheumatology (ACR)/European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) or the 28-joint Disease Activity Score (DAS28) remission criteria were fulfilled. METHODS: Patients with RA who participated in all 6 data collections in an observational cohort from 2008 to 2010 and who fulfilled the DAS28 remission criteria at baseline were studied...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908955/measuring-family-satisfaction-with-care-delivered-in-the-intensive-care-unit
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Kathleen Clark, Kerry A Milner, Marlene Beck, Virginia Mason
BACKGROUND: In our competitive health care environment, measuring the experience of family members of patients in the intensive care unit to ensure that health care providers are meeting families' needs is critical. Surveys from Press Ganey and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are unable to capture families' satisfaction with care in this setting. OBJECTIVE: To implement a sustainable measure for family satisfaction in a 12-bed medical and surgical intensive care unit...
December 2016: Critical Care Nurse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908846/the-effectiveness-of-web-based-asthma-self-management-system-my-asthma-portal-map-a-pilot-randomized-controlled-trial
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Sara Ahmed, Pierre Ernst, Susan J Bartlett, Marie-France Valois, Tasneem Zaihra, Guy Paré, Roland Grad, Owis Eilayyan, Robert Perreault, Robyn Tamblyn
BACKGROUND: Whether Web-based technologies can improve disease self-management is uncertain. My Asthma Portal (MAP) is a Web-based self-management support system that couples evidence-based behavioral change components (self-monitoring of symptoms, physical activity, and medication adherence) with real-time monitoring, feedback, and support from a nurse case manager. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to compare the impact of access to a Web-based asthma self-management patient portal linked to a case-management system (MAP) over 6 months compared with usual care on asthma control and quality of life...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908251/effects-of-an-outpatient-service-rehabilitation-programme-in-patients-affected-by-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-an-observational-study
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Maurizio Bussotti, Paola Gremigni, Roberto Fe Pedretti, Patrycja Kransinska, Silvia Di Marco, Paola Corbo, Giovanni Marchese, Paolo Totaro, Marinella Sommaruga
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a rare disease characterised by a severe impairment of functional status and quality of life (QoL). Use of rehabilitative programmes may help to improve outcomes. The aim of this pre/post test case series was to evaluate the impact of a training program, including sessions of aerobic and resistance exercise, inspiratory muscle reinforcement, slow breathing, relaxation, and psychological support, on functional outcomes. METHODS: Fifteen patients affected by PAH, in World Health Organization (WHO) Functional Class (FC) II or III and in stable clinical condition, were included in a 4-week cardiorespiratory training programme conducted in outpatient service...
November 30, 2016: Cardiovascular & Hematological Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907933/evaluation-of-pregnant-and-postpartum-women-s-knowledge-about-toxoplasmosis-in-rio-grande-rs-brazil
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Lis Maurente Lehmann, Paula Costa Santos, Carlos James Scaini
Introduction Toxoplasmosis a parasitic zoonosis of global distribution, responsible for disorders during gestation can cause fetal death or congenital anomalies. Objective To evaluate the knowledge of toxoplasmosis among pregnant and postpartum women treated at the University Hospital of the city of Rio Grande, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Methods This was a cross-sectional study of 100 pregnant and postpartum women at the University Hospital. Participants answered a self-administered questionnaire and gave consent for data relating to serological examinations to be abstracted from their medical records...
December 1, 2016: Revista Brasileira de Ginecologia e Obstetrícia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907897/cost-effectiveness-of-embryo-transfer-strategies-a-decision-analytic-model-using-long-term-costs-and-consequences-of-singletons-and-multiples-born-as-a-consequence-of-ivf
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M M J van Heesch, A D I van Asselt, J L H Evers, M A H B M van der Hoeven, J C M Dumoulin, C E M van Beijsterveldt, G J Bonsel, R H M Dykgraaf, J B van Goudoever, C Koopman-Esseboom, W L D M Nelen, K Steiner, P Tamminga, N Tonch, H L Torrance, C D Dirksen
STUDY QUESTION: What is the cost-effectiveness of elective single embryo transfer (eSET) versus double embryo transfer (DET) strategies from a societal perspective, when applying a time horizon of 1, 5 and 18 years? SUMMARY ANSWER: From a short-term perspective (1 year) it is cost-effective to replace DET with single embryo transfer; however when intermediate- (5 years) and long-term (18 years) costs and consequences are incorporated, DET becomes the most cost-effective strategy, given a ceiling ratio of €20 000 per quality-adjusted life years (QALY) gained...
November 2016: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906550/delayed-diagnosis-and-a-lack-of-information-associated-with-dissatisfaction-in-women-with-polycystic-ovary-syndrome
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Melanie Gibson-Helm, Helena Teede, Andrea Dunaif, Anuja Dokras
CONTEXT: Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a complex, chronic and under-recognized disorder. Diagnosis experience may have lasting effects on wellbeing and self-management. OBJECTIVE: To investigate PCOS diagnosis experiences, information provided and concerns about PCOS. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study using an online questionnaire. SETTING: Recruitment via support group websites in 2015-2016. PARTICIPANTS: 1385 women with a reported diagnosis of PCOS, living in North America (53...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906479/knowledge-and-practice-in-cardiovascular-disease-prevention-among-hospital-registered-nurses-a-cross-sectional-study
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Shu Ding, Ying Deng, Sai Lu, Karen V Lamb, Ying Zhang, Ying Wu
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To investigate the knowledge and clinical practices of cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention among registered nurses (RNs) who worked on three major clinical units in Beijing hospitals. BACKGROUND: Health education on CVD prevention is an important component of nursing practice, however, Chinese RNs' knowledge and practice patterns have been poorly explored in previous studies. DESIGN: A cross-sectional study. METHODS: A stratified random sample of three hundred RNs was recruited from two tertiary hospitals in Beijing, China...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906048/comparative-effectiveness-of-abatacept-versus-tocilizumab-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-with-prior-tnfi-exposure-in-the-us-corrona-registry
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Leslie R Harrold, George W Reed, Daniel H Solomon, Jeffrey R Curtis, Mei Liu, Jeffrey D Greenberg, Joel M Kremer
BACKGROUND: We compared the effectiveness of abatacept (ABA) vs tocilizumab (TCA) in tumor necrosis factor inhibitor (TNFi) experienced patients. METHODS: We identified rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients from a large observational US cohort (1 January 2010-31 May 2014) who had discontinued at least one TNFi and initiated ABA or TCZ in moderate or high disease activity based on the Clinical Disease Activity Index (CDAI) and had no prior exposure to the comparator drug...
December 1, 2016: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905903/immediate-effect-of-cpap-titration-on-perceived-health-related-quality-of-life-a-prospective-observational-study
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Serena Iacono Isidoro, Adriana Salvaggio, Anna Lo Bue, Salvatore Romano, Oreste Marrone, Giuseppe Insalaco
BACKGROUND: Perceived Health Related Quality of Life (HRQoL) is impaired in obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This study examines changes in HRQoL aspects occurring immediately after CPAP titration. Furthermore, we analyzed variations in each gender and in patients undergoing home or laboratory-based CPAP titration pathways. METHODS: Twohundredfive outpatients (151 M) (56.7 ± 10.3 years) were evaluated, before first visit and nocturnal diagnostic examination (T0), and the morning after CPAP titration (T1)...
December 1, 2016: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905896/the-impact-of-medical-tourism-on-colorectal-screening-among-korean-americans-a-community-based-cross-sectional-study
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Linda K Ko, Victoria M Taylor, Jihye Yoon, Wade K Copeland, Joo Ha Hwang, Eun Jeong Lee, John Inadomi
BACKGROUND: Colorectal cancer (CRC) remains the most commonly diagnosed cancer among Korean Americans (KAs) in part due to low screening rates. Recent studies suggest that some KA patients engage in medical tourism and receive medical care in their home country. The impact of medical tourism on CRC screening is unknown. The purpose of this paper was to 1) investigate the frequency of medical tourism, 2) examine the association between medical tourism and CRC screening, and 3) characterize KA patients who engage in medical tourism...
December 1, 2016: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904731/clinical-usefulness-of-long-term-application-of-fentanyl-matrix-in-chronic-non-cancer-pain-improvement-of-pain-and-physical-and-emotional-functions
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Jaewon Lee, Joon Shik Yoon, Jae Hyup Lee, So-Hak Chung, Kyu-Yeol Lee, Young Yul Kim, Jong Moon Kim, Min Ho Kong, Ung Gu Kang, Ye-Soo Park
BACKGROUND: Opioids are recently recommended for those who do not gain adequate pain relief from the use of acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Medical opioids are administered in various routes, and transdermal opioid products that can make up for the weaknesses of the oral or intravenous products have been developed. This study is to evaluate the clinical usefulness of fentanyl matrix in terms of the long-term improvement in pain and physical and mental functions...
December 2016: Clinics in Orthopedic Surgery
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