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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550712/combined-immune-checkpoint-blockade-anti-pd-1-anti-ctla-4-evaluation-and-management-of-adverse-drug-reactions
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Jessica C Hassel, Lucie Heinzerling, Jens Aberle, Oliver Bähr, Thomas K Eigentler, Marc-Oliver Grimm, Victor Grünwald, Jan Leipe, Niels Reinmuth, Julia K Tietze, Jörg Trojan, Lisa Zimmer, Ralf Gutzmer
Combined immune checkpoint blockade (ICB) provides unprecedented efficacy gains in numerous cancer indications, with PD-1 inhibitor nivolumab plus CTLA-4 inhibitor ipilimumab in advanced melanoma as first-ever approved therapies for combined ICB. However, gains in efficacy must be balanced against a higher frequency and severity of adverse drug reactions (ADR). Because delays in diagnosis and management might result in symptom worsening and further complications, clinicians shall be well trained to identify ADR promptly and monitor patients adequately...
May 18, 2017: Cancer Treatment Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550457/treatment-of-juvenile-dermatomyositis-an-update
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REVIEW
Charalampia Papadopoulou, Lucy R Wedderburn
The idiopathic inflammatory myopathies of childhood consist of a heterogeneous group of autoimmune diseases characterised by proximal muscle weakness and pathognomonic skin rashes. The overall prognosis of juvenile myositis has improved significantly over recent years, but the long-term outcome differs substantially from patient to patient, suggestive of distinct clinical phenotypes with variable responses to treatment. High doses of corticosteroids remain the cornerstone of therapy along with other immunosuppressant therapies depending on disease severity and response...
May 26, 2017: Paediatric Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549931/methodological-systematic-review-identifies-major-limitations-in-prioritisation-processes-for-updating
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L Martínez García, H Pardo-Hernandez, C Superchi, E Niño de Guzman, M Ballesteros, N Ibargoyen Roteta, E McFarlane, M Posso, M Roqué I Figuls, R Rotaeche Del Campo, A J Sanabria, A Selva, I Solà, R W M Vernooij, P Alonso-Coello
OBJECTIVE: To identify and describe strategies to prioritise the updating of systematic reviews (SRs), health technology assessments (HTAs), or clinical guidelines (CGs). STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING: We conducted a SR of studies describing one or more methods to prioritise SRs, HTAs, or CGs for updating. We searched MEDLINE (PubMed, from 1966 to August 2016) and The Cochrane Methodology Register (The Cochrane Library, Issue 8 2016). We handsearched abstract books, reviewed reference lists, and contacted experts...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549899/utility-of-published-dna-reactivity-alerts
#4
Alun Myden, Sebastien Guesne, Alex Cayley, Richard V Williams
The identification of impurities with mutagenic potential is required for any potential pharmaceutical. The ICH M7 guidelines state that two complementary in silico toxicity prediction tools may be used to predict the mutagenic potential of pharmaceutical impurities. An expert review of the resulting in silico predictions is required, and numerous publications have been released to guide the expert review process. One such publication suggests that literature-based structural alerts (LBSAs) may provide a suitable aid in the expert review process...
May 23, 2017: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549712/assessment-of-competence-in-evar-procedures-a-novel-rating-scale-developed-by-the-delphi-technique
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M Strøm, L Lönn, B Bech, T V Schroeder, L Konge
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: To develop a procedure specific global rating scale for assessment of operator competence in endovascular aortic repair (EVAR). METHODS: A Delphi approach was used to achieve expert consensus. A panel of 32 international experts (median 300 EVAR procedures, range 200-3000) from vascular surgery (n = 21) and radiology (n = 11) was established. The first Delphi round was based on a review of endovascular skills assessment papers, stent graft instructions for use, and structured interviews...
May 23, 2017: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549165/impact-of-antimicrobial-stewardship-for-pediatric-outpatient-parenteral-antibiotic-therapy
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Adam L Hersh, Jared Olson, Chris Stockmann, Emily A Thorell, Elizabeth D Knackstedt, Lawanda Esquibel, Susan Sanderson, Andrew T Pavia
We developed an outpatient parenteral antibiotic therapy (OPAT) stewardship program in a freestanding children's hospital to improve the appropriateness of OPAT prescribing. Introduction of the program enabled expert review of nearly 90% of the patients being prepared for discharge with OPAT and was associated with a 24% reduction in OPAT use.
May 26, 2017: Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548894/switching-from-an-oral-dopamine-receptor-agonist-to-rotigotine-transdermal-patch-a-review-of-clinical-data-with-a-focus-on-patient-perspective
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Sun Ju Chung, Mahnaz Asgharnejad, Lars Bauer, Arturo Benitez, Babak Boroojerdi, Tanja Heidbrede, Allison Little, Han Joon Kim
Dopamine receptor agonists (DAs) are commonly used to treat Parkinson's disease (PD) and restless legs syndrome (RLS). In certain situations, switching from oral DAs to rotigotine transdermal patch may be beneficial for the patient (e.g., optimal symptom control/side effects/perioperative management, preference for once-daily/non-oral administration, RLS augmentation treatment). Areas covered: This narrative review summarizes available data on DA dose equivalency, dose conversions, switching schedules, safety, tolerability, efficacy and patient treatment preferences of switching from oral DAs to rotigotine (and vice versa) in patients with PD/RLS...
May 26, 2017: Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548892/immune-related-neurological-toxicities-among-solid-tumor-patients-treated-with-immune-checkpoint-inhibitors-a-systematic-review
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Mostafa Eltobgy, Hani Oweira, Ulf Petrausch, Daniel Helbling, Jan Schmidt, Arianeb Mehrabi, Othmar Schöb, Anwar Giryes, Michael Decker, Omar Abdel-Rahman
Immune-related neurologic toxicities are uncommon but serious adverse events that may be associated with the use of immune checkpoint inhibitors. The objective of this review is to assess the incidence and risk of neurologic toxicities which are potentially immune-related and occur with immune checkpoint treatment of solid tumors. Areas covered: PubMed database has been searched till January 2017. Clinical trials, case series and case reports reporting the occurrence of immune-related neurologic toxicities in solid tumor patients treated with immune checkpoint inhibitors were included...
May 26, 2017: Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548558/the-role-of-genetic-testing-in-epilepsy-diagnosis-and-management
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Yvonne G Weber, Saskia Biskup, Katherine L Helbig, Sarah von Spiczak, Holger Lerche
Epilepsy is a common neurological disorder characterized by recurrent unprovoked seizures. More than 500 epilepsy-associated genes have been described in the literature. Most of these genes play an important role in neuronal excitability, cortical development or synaptic transmission. A growing number of genetic variations have implications on diagnosis and prognostic or therapeutic advice in terms of a personalized medicine. Area covered: The review presents the different forms of genetic epilepsies with respect to their underlying genetic and functional pathophysiology and aims to give advice for recommended genetic testing...
May 26, 2017: Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548545/mild-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-why-spirometry-is-not-sufficient
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Amany F Elbehairy, Grace Parraga, Katherine A Webb, J Alberto Neder, Denis E O'Donnell
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) - an inflammatory disease of the airways, alveoli and lung microvasculature - is a leading cause of death worldwide. Smokers with milder airway obstruction constitute the majority of patients with this disease. Many studies have shown increased morbidity, activity-related dyspnea, exercise intolerance and mortality in such patients, compared with age-matched healthy populations. Clinical evaluation of symptomatic smokers with ostensibly mild airway obstruction poses a challenge in clinical practice as spirometry can obscure extensive heterogeneous pathophysiological impairment...
May 26, 2017: Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548025/reprogramming-the-oncogenic-response-set-protein-as-a-potential-therapeutic-target-in-cancer
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Man-Hsin Hung, Kuen-Feng Chen
SET is a multitask oncoprotein that promotes the initiation and progression of cancer. Overexpression of SET has been characterized as being tumor-specific and is associated with adverse clinical outcomes in many different human malignant diseases. Notably, SET has been shown to promote the development of therapeutic resistance in cancer cells. Area covered: In this review, we summarized the currently available evidence relating to the oncogenic roles, biological functions and clinical relevance of SET protein in cancer...
May 26, 2017: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546858/quality-indicators-for-the-acute-and-long-term-management-of-anaphylaxis-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Sangeeta Dhami, Aadam Sheikh, Antonella Muraro, Graham Roberts, Susanne Halken, Monserat Fernandez Rivas, Margitta Worm, Aziz Sheikh
BACKGROUND: The quality of acute and long-term anaphylaxis management is variable and this contributes to the poor outcomes experienced by many patients. Clinical practice guidelines have the potential to improve outcomes, but implementing guideline recommendations in routine practice is challenging. Quality indicators have the potential to support guideline implementation efforts. OBJECTIVE: To identify quality indicators to support the acute and long-term management of anaphylaxis...
2017: Clinical and Translational Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546793/current-management-of-low-grade-dysplasia-in-barrett-esophagus
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Gary W Falk
Low-grade dysplasia in Barrett esophagus remains an ongoing challenge in clinical management. Recent studies suggest an increased risk in progression of low-grade dysplasia to high-grade dysplasia and/or adenocarcinoma. This is especially seen when 1 or more expert gastrointestinal pathologist confirms the diagnosis and in the setting of low-grade dysplasia that persists on more than 1 endoscopy. In the setting of confirmed and persistent low-grade dysplasia, level 1 evidence supports endoscopic ablation as a treatment option for these patients, although continued surveillance remains a viable option...
April 2017: Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546608/patient-safety-in-dentistry-development-of-a-candidate-never-event-list-for-primary-care
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I Black, P Bowie
Introduction The 'never event' concept is often used in secondary care and refers to an agreed list of patient safety incidents that 'should not happen if the necessary preventative measures are in place'. Such an intervention may raise awareness of patient safety issues and inform team learning and system improvements in primary care dentistry.Objective To identify and develop a candidate never event list for primary care dentistry.Methods A literature review, eight workshops with dental practitioners and a modified Delphi with 'expert' groups were used to identify and agree candidate never events...
May 26, 2017: British Dental Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545615/measuring-attributes-of-health-literate-health-care-organizations-from-the-patients-perspective-development-and-validation-of-a-questionnaire-to-assess-health-literacy-sensitive-communication-hl-com
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Nicole Ernstmann, Sarah Halbach, Christoph Kowalski, Holger Pfaff, Lena Ansmann
BACKGROUND: Studies addressing the organizational contexts of care that may help increase the patients' ability to cope with a disease and to navigate through the health care system are still rare. Especially instruments allowing the assessment of such organizational efforts from the patients' perspective are missing. The aim of our study was to develop a survey instrument assessing organizational health literacy (HL) from the patients' perspective, i. e., health care organizations' responsiveness to patients' individual needs...
April 2017: Zeitschrift Für Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualität Im Gesundheitswesen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545598/indonesian-dengue-burden-estimates-review-of-evidence-by-an-expert-panel
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T Y M Wahyono, J Nealon, S Beucher, A Prayitno, A Moureau, S Nawawi, H Thabrany, M Nadjib
Routine, passive surveillance systems tend to underestimate the burden of communicable diseases such as dengue. When empirical methods are unavailable, complimentary opinion-based or extrapolative methods have been employed. Here, an expert Delphi panel estimated the proportion of dengue captured by the Indonesian surveillance system, and associated health system parameters. Following presentation of medical and epidemiological data and subsequent discussions, the panel made iterative estimates from which expansion factors (EF), the ratio of total:reported cases, were calculated...
May 26, 2017: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545569/identifying-high-quality-medical-education-websites-in-otolaryngology-a-guide-for-medical-students-and-residents
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Nathan Yang, Sarah Hosseini, Marco A Mascarella, Meredith Young, Nancy Posel, Kevin Fung, Lily H P Nguyen
BACKGROUND: Learners often utilize online resources to supplement formalized curricula, and to appropriately support learning, these resources should be of high quality. Thus, the objectives of this study are to develop and provide validity evidence supporting an assessment tool designed to assess the quality of educational websites in Otolaryngology- Head & Neck Surgery (ORL-HNS), and identify those that could support effective web-based learning. METHODS: After a literature review, the Modified Education in Otolaryngology Website (MEOW) assessment tool was designed by a panel of experts based on a previously validated website assessment tool...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545430/sustainability-in-health-care-by-allocating-resources-effectively-share-6-investigating-methods-to-identify-prioritise-implement-and-evaluate-disinvestment-projects-in-a-local-healthcare-setting
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Claire Harris, Kelly Allen, Vanessa Brooke, Tim Dyer, Cara Waller, Richard King, Wayne Ramsey, Duncan Mortimer
BACKGROUND: This is the sixth in a series of papers reporting Sustainability in Health care by Allocating Resources Effectively (SHARE) in a local healthcare setting. The SHARE program was established to investigate a systematic, integrated, evidence-based approach to disinvestment within a large Australian health service. This paper describes the methods employed in undertaking pilot disinvestment projects. It draws a number of lessons regarding the strengths and weaknesses of these methods; particularly regarding the crucial first step of identifying targets for disinvestment...
May 25, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545201/treatment-experiences-of-women-with-reproductive-cancers-in-odisha-india-a-qualitative-exploration-of-enablers-and-barriers
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Sanghamitra Pati, Abhimanyu Singh Chauhan, Sandeep Mahapatra, Sabita Nayak, Sukdev Nayak, David Weller
Introduction: Cancer continues to be a major menace to our Indian society notwithstanding significant progress in diagnosis and treatment. In India cancer mortality rates in women are high compared to other countries, despite efforts to improve survival through the development of effective detection techniques and increased numbers of viable treatment options. Indian women’s advanced stage of disease at diagnosis is largely attributable to delay in seeking treatment. The present qualitative inquiry was conducted with the aim of capturing the treatment experiences of patients with gynecology cancer at a tertiary care hospital and understanding the barriers, enablers, stress and apprehension they experience during the treatment phases...
April 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544980/what-we-authors-reviewers-and-editors-of-scientific-work-can-learn-from-the-analytical-history-of-biological-3-nitrotyrosine
#20
REVIEW
Dimitrios Tsikas
Tyrosine and tyrosine residues in proteins are attacked by the reactive oxygen and nitrogen species peroxynitrite (O=N-OO(-)) to generate 3-nitrotyrosine (3-NT) and 3-nitrotyrosine-proteins (3-NTProt), respectively. 3-NT and 3-NTProt are widely accepted as biomarkers of nitr(os)ative stress. Over the years many different analytical methods have been reported for 3-NT and 3-NTProt. Reported concentrations often differ by more than three orders of magnitude, indicative of serious analytical problems. Strategies to overcome pre-analytical and analytical shortcomings and pitfalls have been proposed...
May 13, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
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