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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550783/occurrence-distribution-and-bioaccumulation-behaviour-of-hydrophobic-organic-contaminants-in-a-large-scale-constructed-wetland-in-singapore
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Qian Wang, Barry C Kelly
This study involved a field-based investigation to assess the occurrence, distribution and bioaccumulation behaviour of hydrophobic organic contaminants in a large-scale constructed wetland. Samples of raw leachate, water and wetland plants, Typha angustifolia, were collected for chemical analysis. Target contaminants included polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), organochlorine pesticides (OCP), as well as several halogenated flame retardants (HFRs) and personal care products (triclosan and synthetic musks). In addition to PCBs and OCPs, synthetic musks, triclosan (TCS) and dechlorane plus stereoisomers (syn- and anti-DPs) were frequently detected...
May 20, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550759/venous-thromboembolism-in-the-elderly-a-narrative-review
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REVIEW
T Tritschler, D Aujesky
Persons aged ≥65years not only account for over 60% of venous thromboembolism (VTE) events, they have also a higher mortality and VTE-related morbidity than younger patients, including anticoagulation-related bleeding and the postthrombotic syndrome. However, only few studies have focused specifically on VTE in older persons and practice guidelines commonly extrapolate study results from younger healthier patients to the multimorbid elderly. Evidence suggests that the clinical presentation is more subtle in the elderly with VTE and that commonly used diagnostic modalities, including clinical prediction rules, D-dimer tests, and planar ventilation-perfusion scans are less specific and efficient in older persons...
May 17, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550505/neuro-oncology-family-caregivers-view-on-keeping-track-of-care-issues-using-ehealth-systems-it-s-a-question-of-time
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Florien W Boele, Cornelia F van Uden-Kraan, Karen Hilverda, Jason Weimer, Heidi S Donovan, Jan Drappatz, Frank S Lieberman, Irma Verdonck-de Leeuw, Paula R Sherwood
Primary brain tumors (PBTs) are rare but have a great impact on both patient and family caregiver wellbeing. Supporting caregivers can help them to continue their caregiving activities to maintain the patients' best possible level of quality of life. Efforts to improve PBT caregiver wellbeing should take into account country- or culture-specific differences in care issues and supportive care needs to serve larger caregiver groups. We aimed to explore PBT caregivers' satisfaction with the current supportive care provision, as well as their thoughts on monitoring their care issues with both paper-based and digital instruments...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550486/socioeconomic-inequality-of-diabetes-patients-health-care-utilization-in-denmark
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Camilla Sortsø, Jørgen Lauridsen, Martha Emneus, Anders Green, Peter Bjødstrup Jensen
Understanding socioeconomic inequalities in health care is critical for achieving health equity. The aim of this paper is threefold: 1) to quantify inequality in diabetes health care service utilization; 2) to understand determinants of these inequalities in relation to socio-demographic and clinical morbidity factors; and 3) to compare the empirical outcome of using income level and educational level as proxies for Socio Economic Status (SES).Data on the entire Danish population of diabetes patients in 2011 (N = 318,729) were applied...
December 2017: Health Economics Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550065/exceptional-durable-response-to-everolimus-in-a-patient-with-biphenotypic-breast-cancer-harboring-an-stk11-variant
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Christine A Parachoniak, Andrew Rankin, Bernadette Gaffney, Ryan Hartmaier, Dan Spritz, Rachel L Erlich, Vincent A Miller, Deborah Morosini, Phil Stephens, Jeffrey S Ross, John Keech, Juliann Chmielecki
Metastatic triple negative breast cancer comprises 12-17% of breast cancers and carries a poor prognosis relative to other breast cancer subtypes. Treatment options in this disease are largely limited to systemic chemotherapy. A majority of clinical studies assessing efficacy of targeted therapeutics (e.g. the mTOR inhibitor everolimus) in advanced breast cancer patients have not utilized predictive genomic biomarker-based selection and have reported only modest improvement in clinical outcome relative to standard of care...
May 26, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Molecular Case Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550027/exceptional-response-to-nivolumab-and-stereotactic-body-radiation-therapy-sbrt-in-neuroendocrine-cervical-carcinoma-with-high-tumor-mutational-burden-management-considerations-from-the-center-for-personalized-cancer-therapy-at-uc-san-diego-moores-cancer-center
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Andrew Sharabi, Sangwoo Shawn Kim, Shumei Kato, Philip D Sanders, Sandip Pravin Patel, Parag Sanghvi, Elizabeth Weihe, Razelle Kurzrock
Neuroendocrine carcinoma of the cervix is an ultra-rare malignancy with a poor prognosis and limited treatment options. Checkpoint blockade immunotherapy has rapidly developed into an emerging standard of care for several common disease types. Interestingly, in preclinical and retrospective clinical data, radiation therapy has been demonstrated to synergize with checkpoint inhibitors. Here we report a patient with metastatic, chemotherapy-refractory neuroendocrine carcinoma who presented with partial bowel obstruction due to a large tumor burden...
May 26, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550005/perceptions-of-patient-engagement-applications-during-pregnancy-a-qualitative-assessment-of-the-patient-s-perspective
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Maren Goetz, Mitho Müller, Lina Maria Matthies, Jenny Hansen, Anne Doster, Akos Szabo, Jan Pauluschke-Fröhlich, Harald Abele, Christof Sohn, Markus Wallwiener, Stephanie Wallwiener
BACKGROUND: With growing demand for medical information and health applications in pregnancy, the potential of electronic health (eHealth) and mobile health (mHealth) solutions in clinical care is increasingly unfolding. However, we still do not know how pregnant women engage with mobile apps, how such apps impact routine medical care, and whether benefit expectations are met. Whereas recent research has raised the subject of user distribution and analyzed the content of pregnancy applications, there is still a significant knowledge gap regarding what pregnant women like and dislike about pregnancy tools, along with how such interventions could be improved...
May 26, 2017: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549765/improving-patient-centered-transitional-care-after-complex-abdominal-surgery
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Alexandra W Acher, Stephanie A Campbell-Flohr, Maria Brenny-Fitzpatrick, Kristine M Leahy-Gross, Sara Fernandes-Taylor, Alexander V Fisher, Suresh Agarwal, Amy J Kind, Caprice C Greenberg, Pascale Carayon, Sharon M Weber
BACKGROUND: Poor-quality transitions of care from hospital to home contribute to high rates of readmission after complex abdominal surgery. The Coordinated Transitional Care (C-TraC) program improved readmission rates in medical patients, but evidence-based surgical transitional care protocols are lacking. This pilot study evaluated the feasibility and preliminary effectiveness of an adapted surgical C-TraC protocol. STUDY DESIGN: The intervention includes in-person enrollment of patients...
May 18, 2017: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549703/integrated-care-enhancing-the-role-of-the-primary-health-care-professional-in-preventing-functional-decline-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
John E Morley, Hidenori Arai, Li Cao, Birong Dong, Reshma A Merchant, Bruno Vellas, Renuka Visvanathan, Jean Woo
BACKGROUND: Although the older population is increasing worldwide, there is a marked deficit in the number of persons trained in geriatrics. It is now recognized that early detection and treatment of geriatric syndromes (frailty, sarcopenia, anorexia of aging, and cognitive decline) will delay or avert the development of disability. OBJECTIVES: To identify simple screening programs available for primary health professionals to identify geriatric syndromes. DATA SOURCES: PubMed for the last 5 years and study authors...
June 1, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549668/patient-perspectives-on-diabetes-care-across-the-institute-of-medicine-s-six-domains-of-quality
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I J Halperin, G Mukerji, M Maione, P Segal, M Wolfs, J Goguen, L Jeffs
OBJECTIVES: To gather patient perspectives on quality of care provided in diabetes clinics within the framework of the Institute of Medicine's 6 domains of quality. METHODS: A qualitative study including semi-structured interviews was conducted at 5 academic hospital sites. Transcripts were analyzed using a direct content approach for themes and subthemes with saturation of themes achieved. Purposive sampling was conducted at 5 diabetes clinics (n=47 interviews)...
May 23, 2017: Canadian Journal of Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549530/the-incidence-of-atypical-femoral-fractures-in-breast-cancer-patients-with-bone-metastases-who-received-bisphosphonate-treatment
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Eiji Nakata, Shinsuke Sugihara, Natsumi Yamashita, Shozo Osumi
BACKGROUND: Atypical femoral fractures (AFFs) have been reported to occur in patients with bone metastases who received long-term bisphosphonate treatment. However, the incidence of AFFs in breast cancer patients with bone metastases who received intravenous bisphosphonate is unclear. The purpose of this study is to examine the incidence of AFFs in breast cancer patients with bone metastases who received intravenous bisphosphonate. In addition, we estimated the number of dose and duration of intravenous bisphosphonate at the time of occurrence of AFFs...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Science: Official Journal of the Japanese Orthopaedic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549522/pathobiology-of-human-papillomaviruses-in-human-immunodeficiency-virus-infected-persons
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REVIEW
Uma Krishnamurti, Elizabeth R Unger
There is a complex interrelationship between human papillomaviruses (HPV) and human immunodeficiency viruses (HIV) that has been recognized from the start of the HIV epidemic. Cervical cancer was used as a surveillance indicator for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) before definitive identification of the viral etiology of either condition were known. Careful epidemiologic studies combined with clinical and laboratory measures of HPV, HPV-associated disease, and HIV have helped us understand many aspects of the relationship between these two virus groups; however, questions remain...
April 6, 2017: Seminars in Diagnostic Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549459/-a-steep-learning-curve-junior-doctor-perspectives-on-the-transition-from-medical-student-to-the-health-care-workplace
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Nancy Sturman, Zachary Tan, Jane Turner
BACKGROUND: The transition from medical student to hospital-based first year junior doctor (termed "intern" in Australia) is known to be challenging, and recent changes in clinical learning environments may reduce graduate preparedness for the intern workplace. Although manageable challenges and transitions are a stimulus to learning, levels of burnout in junior medical colleagues are concerning. In order to prepare and support medical graduates, educators need to understand contemporary junior doctor perspectives on this transition...
May 26, 2017: BMC Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549427/developing-an-australian-first-recovery-model-for-parents-in-victorian-mental-health-and-family-services-a-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Darryl Maybery, Melinda Goodyear, Andrea Reupert, Jade Sheen, Warren Cann, Kim Dalziel, Phillip Tchernagovski, Brendan O'Hanlon, Henry von Doussa
BACKGROUND: A considerable number of people with a mental illness are parents caring for dependent children. For those with a mental illness, parenting can provide a sense of competence, belonging, identity and hope and hence is well aligned to the concept of personal recovery. However, little research has focused on the recovery journey of those who are parents and have a mental illness. This randomised controlled trial aims to (i) evaluate the effectiveness of an intervention model of recovery for parents (Let's Talk about Children) in three different mental health service sectors and (ii) examine the economic value of a larger roll out (longer term) of the parent recovery model...
May 26, 2017: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549077/clinical-criteria-for-subtyping-parkinson-s-disease-biomarkers-and-longitudinal-progression
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Seyed-Mohammad Fereshtehnejad, Yashar Zeighami, Alain Dagher, Ronald B Postuma
Parkinson's disease varies widely in clinical manifestations, course of progression and biomarker profiles from person to person. Identification of distinct Parkinson's disease subtypes is of great priority to illuminate underlying pathophysiology, predict progression and develop more efficient personalized care approaches. There is currently no clear way to define and divide subtypes in Parkinson's disease. Using data from the Parkinson's Progression Markers Initiative, we aimed to identify distinct subgroups via cluster analysis of a comprehensive dataset at baseline (i...
May 25, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549049/institution-of-a-preoperative-stoma-education-group-class-decreases-rate-of-peristomal-complications-in-new-stoma-patients
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Audrey L Stokes, Shelly Tice, Suzi Follett, Diane Paskey, Lini Abraham, Cheryl Bealer, Holly Keister, Walter Koltun, Frances J Puleo
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to compare selected postoperative complications (including stomal and peristomal complications), hospital length of stay, and readmission rates in a group of patients who attended a preoperative educational intervention to a retrospective group of patients who did not receive the intervention. DESIGN: Retrospective, comparison cohort study. SUBJECTS AND SETTING: The intervention group comprised 124 patients who attended an educational session for persons with fecal ostomies at a single tertiary care center in the Northeastern United States...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549047/health-related-quality-of-life-and-sleep-disorders-in-patients-with-a-urostomy-is-there-a-relationship
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Chie Furukawa, Ikuharu Morioka
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the relationship between health-related quality of life (HRQOL) and sleep disorders in persons living with a urostomy. DESIGN: A cross-sectional descriptive study. SUBJECTS AND SETTINGS: Eighty-six adults with a urostomy who were cared for in a stoma outpatient clinic of a hospital in Osaka, Japan, for at least 1 month before data collection, and who were attending support group meetings comprised the sample...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548204/endovascular-treatment-for-ruptured-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm
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REVIEW
Stephen Badger, Rachel Forster, Paul H Blair, Peter Ellis, Frank Kee, Denis W Harkin
BACKGROUND: An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) (pathological enlargement of the aorta) is a condition that can occur as a person ages. It is most commonly seen in men older than 65 years of age. Progressive aneurysm enlargement can lead to rupture and massive internal bleeding, which is fatal unless timely repair can be achieved. Despite improvements in perioperative care, mortality remains high (approximately 50%) after conventional open surgical repair. Endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR), a minimally invasive technique, has been shown to reduce early morbidity and mortality as compared to conventional open surgery for planned AAA repair...
May 26, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547751/education-and-process-change-to-improve-skin-health-in%C3%A2-a%C3%A2-residential-aged-care-facility
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Kay Price, Kate J Kennedy, Tabatha L Rando, Anthony R Dyer, Jo Boylan
We report on an intervention and evaluation in relation to changes in staff knowledge, time spent on healing and wound prevention and proportion of wounds in the facilities before and after. A rapid review of recent peer-reviewed literature (2006-2016) found 14 education-based intervention articles and provided the background and context for this intervention. A cohort of 164 nurses and personal care workers and 261 residents at two aged care-approved facilities contributed to this intervention on the effect of education, mentoring and practice change on staff knowledge and wound prevalence between 2015 and 2016...
May 26, 2017: International Wound Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547746/the-support-needs-of-parents-having-a-child-with-a-chronic-kidney-disease-a-focus-group-study
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W W Geense, B G I van Gaal, J L Knoll, E A M Cornelissen, T van Achterberg
BACKGROUND: Parents of children with a chronic kidney disease (CKD) have a crucial role in the management of their child's disease. The burden on parents is high: they are often exhausted, depressed and experience high levels of stress and a low quality of life, which could have a negative impact on their child's health outcomes. Support aiming at preventing and reducing parental stress is essential. Therefore, it is necessary to have insight in the problems and support needs among these parents...
May 25, 2017: Child: Care, Health and Development
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