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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457984/cardio-oncology-the-role-of-advanced-echocardiography-in-cancer-patients
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Lucia Venneri, Giacomo Zoppellaro, Rajdeep S Khattar
Cardio-oncology is a rapidly growing field aimed at improving the quality of care of cancer patients by preventing and monitoring cardiovascular complications resulting from cancer treatment. Cardiac imaging, and in particular, transthoracic echocardiography, plays an essential role in the baseline assessment and serial follow-up of cardio-oncology patients. Areas covered: This review article discusses the role of cardiac imaging with a focus on advanced echocardiography for the detection and management of cancer therapy related cardiovascular complications, in particular, left ventricular dysfunction and heart failure...
February 19, 2018: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457921/ribociclib-for-the-treatment-of-hormone-receptor-positive-human-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-2-negative-advanced-breast-cancer
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Howard A Burris
The emergence of cyclin-dependent kinases 4 and 6 (CDK4/6) inhibitors marked a significant advancement in the treatment of advanced breast cancer. Ribociclib is an orally bioavailable, highly selective inhibitor of CDK4/6. In combination with various endocrine therapies, ribociclib has demonstrated clinical activity as a first-line therapy for patients with HR+, HER2- advanced breast cancer, without compromising the favorable toxicity profile associated with endocrine therapy. Thus, ribociclib is now considered a new standard of care for HR+, HER2- advanced breast cancer...
March 2018: Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456125/development-and-validation-of-a-tool-to-measure-dietitians-self-efficacy-with-using-mobile-health-apps-in-dietetic-practice
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Juliana Chen, Margaret Allman-Farinelli
OBJECTIVE: To develop and validate a tool for assessing dietitians' self-efficacy with using mobile health (mHealth) apps in dietetic practice. DESIGN AND PARTICIPANTS: A tool for measuring mHealth app self-efficacy among dietitians was constructed based on a literature review, consultation with experts, and Bandura's self-efficacy scales development guide. Senior dietetic students and new graduate dietitians in Australia (n = 100) tested the tool. OUTCOME MEASURES AND ANALYSIS: Validation of the tool was conducted using factor analysis...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455924/gec-estro-acrop-recommendations-in-skin-brachytherapy
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Jose L Guinot, Agata Rembielak, Jose Perez-Calatayud, Silvia Rodríguez-Villalba, Janusz Skowronek, Luca Tagliaferri, Benjamin Guix, Victor Gonzalez-Perez, Vincenzo Valentini, György Kovacs
PURPOSE: The aim of this publication is to compile available literature data and expert experience regarding skin brachytherapy (BT) in order to produce general recommendations on behalf of the GEC-ESTRO Group. METHODS: We have done an exhaustive review of published articles to look for general recommendations. RESULTS: Randomized controlled trials, systemic reviews and meta-analysis are lacking in literature and there is wide variety of prescription techniques successfully used across the radiotherapy centers...
February 15, 2018: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455910/a-public-health-needs-assessment-for-domestic-indoor-overheating
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N Bundle, E O'Connell, N O'Connor, A Bone
OBJECTIVES: Indoor overheating is a potentially fatal health hazard that was identified as an issue requiring urgent action in the 2017 UK Climate Change Risk Assessment. We aimed to make research on this issue more accessible to local public health teams to encourage its inclusion in local strategic needs assessments. STUDY DESIGN: Epidemiological health needs assessment. METHODS: We adapted established health needs assessment methods, focussing on the epidemiological component, drawing evidence from a non-systematic literature review that was complemented by discussion with experts...
February 15, 2018: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455558/investigational-immunosuppressants-in-early-stage-clinical-trials-for-the-treatment-of-multiple-sclerosis
#6
Alberto Gajofatto, Marco Turatti
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic demyelinating disease of the central nervous system with an immune mediated pathogenesis. Several therapies that suppress or modulate diverse immune system functions have been used for decades with the aim of modifying the disease course. However, these treatments have either limited efficacy or potentially serious adverse events that prevent first-line use on large scale. Areas covered. The aim of the present article is to review ongoing or recently completed clinical trials investigating immunosuppressive drugs for MS...
February 19, 2018: Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455165/community-deliverable-exercise-and-anxiety-in-adults-with-arthritis-and-other-rheumatic-diseases-a-systematic-review-with-meta-analysis-of-randomised-controlled-trials
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George A Kelley, Kristi S Kelley, Leigh F Callahan
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Given conflicting findings, the purpose of this study was to use the meta-analytic approach to examine the effects of exercise (aerobic, strength training or both) on anxiety in adults with arthritis and other rheumatic diseases (AORD). METHODS: Randomised controlled exercise intervention trials ≥4weeks in adults ≥18 years of age with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or fibromyalgia were included. Studies were located by searching eight electronic databases, cross-referencing and expert review...
February 17, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455163/theory-of-change-for-the-delivery-of-talking-therapies-by-lay-workers-to-survivors-of-humanitarian-crises-in-low-income-and-middle-income-countries-protocol-of-a-systematic-review
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Grace Kathryn Ryan, Andreas Bauer, Judith K Bass, Julian Eaton
INTRODUCTION: There is a severe shortage of specialist mental healthcare providers in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs) affected by humanitarian crises. In these settings, talking therapies may be delivered by non-specialists, including lay workers with no tertiary education or formal certification in mental health. This systematic review will synthesise the literature on the implementation and effectiveness of talking therapies delivered by lay workers in LMICs affected by humanitarian crises, in order to develop a Theory of Change (ToC)...
February 17, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454876/the-development-and-psychometric-validation-of-an-instrument-to-evaluate-nurses-attitudes-towards-communication-with-the-patient-aco
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María Del Carmen Giménez-Espert, Vicente Javier Prado-Gascó
BACKGROUND: Patient communication is a key skill for nurses involved in clinical care. Its measurement is a complex phenomenon that can be addressed through attitude evaluation. OBJECTIVES: To develop and psychometrically test a measure of nurses' attitudes towards communication with patients (ACO), to study the relationship between these dimensions, and to analyse nursing attitudes. DESIGN: To develop and psychometrically test the ACO questionnaire...
February 7, 2018: Nurse Education Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454343/systematic-development-and-adjustment-of-the-german-version-of-the-supportive-and-palliative-care-indicators-tool-spict-de
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Kambiz Afshar, Angelika Feichtner, Kirsty Boyd, Scott Murray, Saskia Jünger, Birgitt Wiese, Nils Schneider, Gabriele Müller-Mundt
BACKGROUND: The Supportive and Palliative Care Indicators tool (SPICT) supports the identification of patients with potential palliative care (PC) needs. An Austrian-German expert group translated SPICT into German (SPICT-DE) in 2014. The aim of this study was the systematic development, refinement, and testing of SPICT-DE for its application in primary care (general practice). METHODS: SPICT-DE was developed by a multiprofessional research team according to the TRAPD model: translation, review, adjudication, pretesting and documentation...
February 17, 2018: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453902/perioperative-outcome-and-complications-following-laparoscopic-versus-robotic-assisted-dismembered-pyeloplasty-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Alexander Light, Sandeep Karthikeyan, Sachan Maruthan, Oussama ElHage, Hansjörg Danuser, Prokar Dasgupta
OBJECTIVE: To analyse the current difference between dismembered robotic-assisted pyeloplasty (RP) and laparoscopic pyeloplasty (LP) in the treatment of pelvi-ureteric junction obstruction (PUJO) patients as of June 26 2017, focusing on operative time, length of hospital stay, complication rate, and success rate. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We searched PubMed, Medline, and Embase databases, consulted experts, reviewed reference lists, used the related articles PubMed feature, and reviewed scientific meeting abstracts for eligible articles from 1993 to June 26 2017...
February 17, 2018: BJU International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453022/exploring-factors-that-influence-students-attitudes-toward-midwifery-in-jordan-measuring-psychometric-properties-of-a-newly-developed-tool
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Lourance A Al Hadid, Omaymah Al-Rajabi, Marwa AlBarmawi, Najah Sayyah Yousef Sayyah, Lwiza Moh'd Toqan
Students' professional choice to proceed in midwifery is influenced by many factors. This study validated an instrument developed to assess students' attitudes toward midwifery in Jordan. It also addressed the motivating and de-motivating factors influencing students' decision concerning joining and continuing in midwifery. A descriptive, cross-section study was conducted on a convenience sample of 374 midwifery students representing private, governmental, and military midwifery colleges. The researchers developed the study questionnaire through conducting a comprehensive literature review, organizing common themes and consulting experts...
February 8, 2018: Nurse Education in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453008/forensic-image-analysis-cctv-distortion-and-artefacts
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REVIEW
Dilan Seckiner, Xanthé Mallett, Claude Roux, Didier Meuwly, Philip Maynard
As a result of the worldwide deployment of surveillance cameras, authorities have gained a powerful tool that captures footage of activities of people in public areas. Surveillance cameras allow continuous monitoring of the area and allow footage to be obtained for later use, if a criminal or other act of interest occurs. Following this, a forensic practitioner, or expert witness can be required to analyse the footage of the Person of Interest. The examination ultimately aims at evaluating the strength of evidence at source and activity levels...
February 6, 2018: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452988/expert-consensus-recommendations-on-the-cardiogenetic-care-for-patients-with-thoracic-aortic-disease-and-their-first-degree-relatives
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Judith M A Verhagen, Marlies Kempers, Luc Cozijnsen, Berto J Bouma, Anthonie L Duijnhouwer, Jan G Post, Yvonne Hilhorst-Hofstee, Sebastiaan C A M Bekkers, Wilhelmina S Kerstjens-Frederikse, Thomas J van Brakel, Eric Lambermon, Marja W Wessels, Bart L Loeys, Jolien W Roos-Hesselink, Ingrid M B H van de Laar
BACKGROUND: Thoracic aortic aneurysm (TAA) is a potentially life-threatening disorder with a strong genetic component. The number of genes implicated in TAA has increased exponentially over the last decade. Approximately 20% of patients with TAA have a positive family history. As most TAA remain asymptomatic for a long time, screening of at risk relatives is warranted to prevent complications. Existing international guidelines lack detailed instructions regarding genetic evaluation and family screening of TAA patients...
February 7, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452628/an-integrative-review-of-peer-support-for-patients-undergoing-major-limb-amputation
#15
James P Reichmann, Kimberly R Bartman
Medical literature is replete with evidence regarding physical rehabilitation of the amputee; however, scant attention has been paid to psychological rehabilitation. The objective was to perform an integrative review of the published medical evidence regarding amputee peer support in the civilian population and provide an evidence-based clinical practice recommendation. This study was based on an exhaustive examination of the civilian amputee peer support medical evidence, bibliographic search, and on the experience of the authors when performing this integrative review...
March 2018: Journal of Vascular Nursing: Official Publication of the Society for Peripheral Vascular Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452454/macular-edema-in-childhood-uveitis
#16
Justus G Garweg
BACKGROUND: Pediatric uveitis is associated with a high incidence of severe and frequently permanent visual loss. This article summarizes the current understanding of the disease and the therapeutic options that are available to improve treatment outcomes. METHODS: A Medline search spanning the last 10 years was undertaken using the key terms "pediatric uveitis" or "childhood uveitis" and "macular edema". Articles which appertained to case reports or small case series were excluded from consideration, whereas those in which the opinions of experts were expressed, as well as reviews, were not...
February 16, 2018: Klinische Monatsblätter Für Augenheilkunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452361/iui-review-and-systematic-assessment-of-the-evidence-that-supports-global-recommendations
#17
Ben Cohlen, Aartjan Bijkerk, Sheryl Van der Poel, Willem Ombelet
BACKGROUND: IUI with or without ovarian stimulation (OS) has become a first-line treatment option for many infertile couples, worldwide. The appropriate treatment modality for couples and their clinical management through IUI or IUI/OS cycles must consider maternal and perinatal outcomes, most notably the clinical complication of higher-order multiple pregnancies associated with IUI-OS. With a current global emphasis to continue to decrease maternal and perinatal mortality and morbidity, the World Health Organization (WHO) had established a multi-year project to review the evidence for the establishment of normative guidance for the implementation of IUI as a treatment to address fertility problems, and to consider its cost-effectiveness for lower resource settings...
February 14, 2018: Human Reproduction Update
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452221/a-scoping-review-and-survey-provides-the-rationale-perceptions-and-preferences-for-the-integration-of-randomized-and-non-randomized-studies-in-evidence-syntheses-and-grade-assessments
#18
Carlos A Cuello, Rebecca L Morgan, Jan Brozek, Nancy Santesso, Jos Verbeek, Kris Thayer, Gordon Guyatt, Holger J Schünemann
OBJECTIVES: To review the literature and obtain preferences and perceptions from experts regarding the role of randomized studies (RS) and non-randomized studies (NRS) in systematic reviews of intervention effects. STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING: Scoping review and survey of experts. Using levels of certainty developed by the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) working group, experts expressed their preferences about the use of RS and NRS in health syntheses...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451410/inclisiran-for-the-treatment-of-dyslipidemia
#19
Toshiyuki Nishikido, Kausik K Ray
Dyslipidemia is one of the most important risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Insufficient reduction in LDL-C from existing therapies in patients at high risk of atherogenic cardiovascular disease is an unmet clinical need. Circulating PCSK9 causes hypercholesterolemia by reducing LDL receptors in hepatocytes. Areas covered: PCSK9 inhibition has emerged as a promising new therapeutic strategy to reduce LDL-C. Inclisiran, a novel, synthetic, siRNA molecule, inhibits PCSK9 synthesis in hepatocytes. Inclisiran targets intracellular PCSK9 synthesis specifically, resulting in a dose-dependent, long-term, significant reduction in LDL-C...
February 16, 2018: Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451407/advancements-in-drug-development-for-diarrhea-predominant-irritable-bowel-syndrome
#20
Giovanni Dothel, Maria Raffaell Barbaro, Emanuel Raschi, Giovanni Barbara, Fabrizio De Ponti
Introduction Diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-D) is a common disorder characterized by a complex pathophysiology hampering optimal targeted drug development. Recent advances in our understanding of key underlying mechanisms prompted novel therapeutics including novel pharmacological approaches. Areas covered This review summarizes the latest advancements in the pipeline of IBS-D drugs focusing on new pharmacological targets, efficacy and safety of medicinal products considering the recent harmonization of regulatory requirements by the FDA and the EMA...
February 16, 2018: Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs
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