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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514458/effect-of-expedited-microneedle-assisted-photodynamic-therapy-for-field-treatment-of-actinic-keratoses-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Tatyana A Petukhova, Lauren A Hassoun, Negar Foolad, Mayanka Barath, Raja K Sivamani
Importance: Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is an effective and cosmetically favorable treatment modality for actinic keratoses (AKs). However, prolonged incubation times and pain associated with treatment are burdensome to the patient and a hindrance to widespread use of PDT as standard field therapy for AK. Objective: To evaluate efficacy and pain associated with microneedle expedited PDT. Design, Setting, and Participants: The Microneedle Photodynamic Therapy II (MNPDT-II) study was a randomized, single-blinded, split-face controlled, 2-arm clinical trial...
May 17, 2017: JAMA Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505988/intensive-seated-robotic-training-of-the-ankle-in-patients-with-chronic-stroke-differentially-improves-gait
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Johanna L Chang, Regina Y Lin, Maira Saul, Philip J Koch, Hermano Igo Krebs, Bruce T Volpe
BACKGROUND: Robotic driven treatment plans targeting isolated joints of the upper limb have improved the sensorimotor condition of patients with stroke. Similar intensive efforts to allay lower limb gait impairment have not been so successful. In patients with stroke, targeted robot assisted training of the ankle joint, in a seated position, has demonstrated significant alterations in ankle stiffness and foot-ankle orientation at foot strike which may provide a new treatment option for gait impairment...
May 10, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503100/age-and-gender-considerations-for-technology-assisted-delivery-of-therapy-for-substance-use-disorder-treatment-a-patient-survey-of-access-to-electronic-devices
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Denis Antoine, Sean Heffernan, Amina Chaudhry, Van King, Eric C Strain
BACKGROUND: Technology-assisted treatment (TAT) can be an effective supplement to established face-to-face therapy modalities with a growing literature in substance use disorder (SUD) treatment. TAT access, interest, and familiarity are potential limitations to the use and efficacy of these approaches to treatment. METHODS: 174 participants in outpatient SUD treatment were administered a survey regarding technology device and Internet access, and interest in engaging in TAT SUD counseling (SUDC)...
December 2016: Addictive Disorders & Their Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494750/direct-and-indirect-risk-associated-with-the-use-of-dietary-supplements-among-persons-with-dementia-in-a-norwegian-memory-clinic
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Hilde Risvoll, Trude Giverhaug, Kjell H Halvorsen, Marit Waaseth, Frauke Musial
BACKGROUND: The use of dietary supplements (DS) is common among persons with dementia. Direct risks associated with DS use include adverse events and DS-drug interactions. A direct risk is a risk caused by the treatment itself. Indirect risks are related to the treatment setting, such as the conditions of use, and not to the treatment itself. Because dementia symptoms may reduce a person's ability to cope with the administration of DS, the use of DS may pose a threat to safety as an indirect risk...
May 12, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492461/overcoming-barriers-to-initiating-medication-assisted-treatment-for-heroin-use-disorder-in-a-general-medical-hospital-a-case-report-and-narrative-literature-review
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Sameer Hassamal, Matthew Goldenberg, Waguih Ishak, Margaret Haglund, Karen Miotto, Itai Danovitch
Deaths due to heroin overdoses are increasing and are the leading cause of death among intravenous heroin users. Although medication-assisted treatment (MAT) improves morbidity and mortality in patients with opioid use disorders, it is underutilized. Most efforts to expand access to MAT have focused on outpatient settings. Although the inpatient medical setting presents a critical opportunity to initiate treatment, general hospitals are often unfamiliar with MAT, creating a number of barriers to its use. In this report, we describe the case of a woman with heroin use disorder who was initiated on buprenorphine maintenance treatment while hospitalized for cardiac disease related to her intravenous heroin use...
May 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485202/clinical-and-economic-impact-of-hyperkalemia-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-and-heart-failure
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Michael Polson, Todd C Lord, Anne Kangethe, Lindsay Speicher, Carolyn Farnum, Melanie Brenner, Nina Oestreicher, Paula Alvarez
BACKGROUND: Hyperkalemia (HK) is a concern for patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and heart failure (HF), and for those receiving treatments that inhibit the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAASi). An analysis of 1.7 million medical records of patients in the United States revealed that among individuals with more than 2 potassium values during 2007 to 2012, HK was detected in 34.6% of patients with CKD and 30.0% of patients with HF. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the association of HK and use of RAASi therapies at optimal and suboptimal doses in patients with CKD and/or HF with health care resource utilization and overall cost of care in a diverse cohort of commercially insured patients...
April 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482273/neighborhood-disorder-and-glycemic-control-in-late-adolescents-with-type-1-diabetes
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Tara L Queen, Katherine J W Baucom, Ashley C Baker, Daniel Mello, Cynthia A Berg, Deborah J Wiebe
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the contribution of neighborhood characteristics to treatment adherence and glycemic control in late adolescents with Type 1 diabetes. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: As part of a larger study, 220 late adolescents with Type 1 diabetes (aged 17.8 ± 0.4 years, 59.6% female, diabetes duration 7.3 ± 3.9 years) were recruited from outpatient pediatric clinics during their senior year of high school. Adolescents completed self-report measures of adherence behaviors and subjective social status, and their HbA1c values were collected during a lab assessment...
June 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473233/relapse-to-opioid-use-disorder-after-inpatient-treatment-protective-effect-of-injection-naltrexone
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Edward V Nunes, Michael Gordon, Peter D Friedmann, Marc J Fishman, Joshua D Lee, Donna T Chen, Mei Chen Hu, Tamara Y Boney, Donna Wilson, Charles P O'Brien
BACKGROUND: Opioid use disorder is often treated with short term hospitalization and medically supervised withdrawal from opioids followed by counseling alone without medication assisted treatment (MAT). More evidence is needed to confirm the expectation that the rate of relapse would be high after short term inpatient treatment and withdrawal from opioids without follow-up MAT. OBJECTIVE/METHODS: To examine relapse to opioid use disorder in a randomized, multi-site effectiveness trial of extended-release injection naltrexone (XR-NTX) vs community-based treatment as usual (TAU) without medication, as a function of the type of clinical service where treatment was initiated-short-term inpatient (N=59), long-term inpatient (N=48), or outpatient (N=201)...
April 23, 2017: Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460284/improved-facial-affect-recognition-in-schizophrenia-following-an-emotion-intervention-but-not-training-attention-to-facial-features-or-treatment-as-usual
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Stella Tsotsi, Mary H Kosmidis, Vasilis P Bozikas
In schizophrenia, impaired facial affect recognition (FAR) has been associated with patients' overall social functioning. Interventions targeting attention or FAR per se have invariably yielded improved FAR performance in these patients. Here, we compared the effects of two interventions, one targeting FAR and one targeting attention-to-facial-features, with treatment-as-usual on patients' FAR performance. Thirty-nine outpatients with schizophrenia were randomly assigned to one of three groups: FAR intervention (training to recognize emotional information, conveyed by changes in facial features), attention-to-facial-features intervention (training to detect changes in facial features), and treatment-as-usual...
April 23, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458604/effectiveness-of-ambulatory-tru-close-thoracic-vent-for-the-outpatient-management-of-pneumothorax-a-prospective-pilot-study
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Yong Pyo Kim, Seok Jin Haam, Sungsoo Lee, Geun Dong Lee, Seung-Moon Joo, Tae Jun Yum, Kwang-Hun Lee
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to assess the technical feasibility, procedural safety, and long-term therapeutic efficacy of a small-sized ambulatory thoracic vent (TV) device for the treatment of pneumothorax. MATERIALS AND METHODS: From November 2012 to July 2013, 18 consecutive patients (3 females, 15 males) aged 16-64 years (mean: 34.7 ± 14.9 years, median: 29 years) were enrolled prospectively. Of these, 15 patients had spontaneous pneumothorax and 3 had iatrogenic pneumothorax...
May 2017: Korean Journal of Radiology: Official Journal of the Korean Radiological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451797/-repetitive-peripheral-muscle-stimulation-vs-pelvic-floor-muscle-training-comparison-of-two-approaches-to-incontinence-treatment
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Sabine Schrank, Laura Adlbrecht, Hanna Mayer
BACKGROUND: Although there are various measures for the prevention, treatment, and management of urinary incontinence (UI), absorbing aids (and only scant continence-promoting measures) are primarily used in nursing homes in Austria. Repetitive peripheral muscle stimulation (RPMS) is already used as a common method for the treatment and prevention of incontinence in the outpatient setting and is an effective alternative compared to the usual incontinence treatments. However, there are no empirical data as yet on the effect of RPMS in nursing home residents...
April 27, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Gerontologie und Geriatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448779/effect-of-a-pharmacist-led-program-on-improving-outcomes-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-from-northern-cyprus-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Eylem Ilktac Korcegez, Mesut Sancar, Kutay Demirkan
BACKGROUND: The management of type 2 diabetes mellitus is complex, requiring continuous medical care by health care professionals and considerable self-care efforts by patients. Pharmacist-led care programs have been shown to help patients with diabetes succeed in achieving treatment goals and improving outcomes. Pharmacist-led care is a new health care concept in Northern Cyprus. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of a pharmacist-led care program on glycemic control, determined by hemoglobin A1c (A1c), and secondarily on blood pressure, lipid profile, body mass index (BMI), waist circumference, medication adherence, and self-care activities, for patients with type 2 diabetes over a 12-month period...
May 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436256/clinical-and-economic-impact-of-hyperkalemia-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-and-heart-failure
#13
Michael Polson, Todd C Lord, Anne Kangethe, Lindsay Speicher, Carolyn Farnum, Melanie Brenner, Nina Oestreicher, Paula Alvarez
BACKGROUND: Hyperkalemia (HK) is a concern for patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and heart failure (HF), and for those receiving treatments that inhibit the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAASi). An analysis of 1.7 million medical records of patients in the United States revealed that among individuals with more than 2 potassium values during 2007 to 2012, HK was detected in 34.6% of patients with CKD and 30.0% of patients with HF. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the association of HK and use of RAASi therapies at optimal and suboptimal doses in patients with CKD and/or HF with health care resource utilization and overall cost of care in a diverse cohort of commercially insured patients...
April 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423145/brief-behavioral-therapy-for-pediatric-anxiety-and-depression-in-primary-care-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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V Robin Weersing, David A Brent, Michelle S Rozenman, Araceli Gonzalez, Megan Jeffreys, John F Dickerson, Frances L Lynch, Giovanna Porta, Satish Iyengar
Importance: Anxiety and depression affect 30% of youth but are markedly undertreated compared with other mental disorders, especially in Hispanic populations. Objective: To examine whether a pediatrics-based behavioral intervention targeting anxiety and depression improves clinical outcome compared with referral to outpatient community mental health care. Design, Setting, and Participants: This 2-center randomized clinical trial with masked outcome assessment conducted between brief behavioral therapy (BBT) and assisted referral to care (ARC) studied 185 youths (aged 8...
April 19, 2017: JAMA Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421871/exploring-predictors-of-work-competence-in-schizophrenia-the-role-of-theory-of-mind
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Margherita Bechi, Marco Spangaro, Alessandro Pigoni, Elena Ripamonti, Mariachiara Buonocore, Federica Cocchi, Laura Bianchi, Carmelo Guglielmino, Antonella Rita Mastromatteo, Roberto Cavallaro, Marta Bosia
In schizophrenia employment rate is dramatically low, also among patients receiving job support interventions. Recent studies showed a direct relationship between neurocognitive deficits and work functioning, as well as proving the benefits of combined neurocognitive and work interventions. Current evidence also supports a role of Theory of Mind (ToM), on work functioning. However, the effect of integrated rehabilitation programmes including a social cognitive training on job outcome is still less explored...
April 19, 2017: Neuropsychological Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412900/reducing-behavioral-health-inpatient-readmissions-for-people-with-substance-use-disorders-do-follow-up-services-matter
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Sharon Reif, Andrea Acevedo, Deborah W Garnick, Catherine A Fullerton
OBJECTIVE: Individuals with substance use disorders are at high risk of hospital readmission. This study examined whether follow-up services received within 14 days of discharge from an inpatient hospital stay or residential detoxification reduced 90-day readmissions among Medicaid enrollees whose index admission included a substance use disorder diagnosis. METHODS: Claims data were analyzed for Medicaid enrollees ages 18-64 with a substance use disorder diagnosis coded in any position for an inpatient hospital stay or residential detoxification in 2008 (N=30,439)...
April 17, 2017: Psychiatric Services: a Journal of the American Psychiatric Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408145/cost-effectiveness-of-silver-dressings-for-paediatric-partial-thickness-burns-an-economic-evaluation-from-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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E Gee Kee, K Stockton, R M Kimble, L Cuttle, S M McPhail
BACKGROUND: Partial thickness burns of up to 10% total body surface area (TBSA) in children are common injuries primarily treated in the outpatient setting using expensive silver-containing dressings. However, economic evaluations in the paediatric burns population are lacking to assist healthcare providers when choosing which dressing to use. The aim of this study was to conduct a cost-effectiveness analysis of three silver dressings for partial thickness burns ≤10% TBSA in children aged 0-15 years using days to full wound re-epithelialization as the health outcome...
April 10, 2017: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403462/medicaid-coverage-of-smoking-cessation-counseling-and-medication-is-underutilized-for-pregnant-women
#18
Taneisha S Scheuermann, Kimber P Richter, Lisette T Jacobson, Theresa I Shireman
Introduction: Policies to promote smoking cessation among Medicaid-insured pregnant women have the potential to assist a significant proportion of pregnant smokers. In 2010, Kansas Medicaid began covering smoking cessation counseling for pregnant smokers. Our aim was to evaluate the use of smoking cessation benefits provided to pregnant women as a result of the Kansas Medicaid policy change that provided reimbursement for physician-provided smoking cessation counseling. Methods: We examined Kansas Medicaid claims data to estimate rates of delivery of smoking cessation treatment to Medicaid-insured pregnant women in Kansas from fiscal year 2010 through 2013...
May 1, 2017: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402864/meta-analysis-on-anticoagulation-and-prevention-of-thrombosis-and-mortality-among-patients-with-lung-cancer
#19
H E Fuentes, D M Oramas, L H Paz, A I Casanegra, A S Mansfield, A J Tafur
BACKGROUND: Venous thromboembolism (Wickham et al., 2012 [1]) is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality among patients with cancer; however, primary thromboprophylaxis is not routinely recommended. We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized control trials (RCTs) to measure the impact of primary VTE prevention and its effect on mortality among patients with lung cancer. METHODS: With assistance from a master librarian, we searched Ovid, Scopus, DARE, CINAHL, MEDLINE, EMBASE, EBM reviews-Cochrane database of systematic reviews, EBM reviews-ACP journal, and EBM Reviews-Databases for relevant studies following the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guidelines...
April 1, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390774/surgeon-leadership-in-the-coding-billing-and-contractual-negotiations-for-fenestrated-endovascular-aortic-aneurysm-repair-increases-medical-center-contribution-margin-and-physician-reimbursement
#20
Francesco Aiello, Jonathan Durgin, Vijaya Daniel, Louis Messina, Danielle Doucet, Jessica Simons, James Jenkins, Andres Schanzer
BACKGROUND: Fenestrated endovascular aneurysm repair (FEVAR) allows endovascular treatment of thoracoabdominal and juxtarenal aneurysms previously outside the indications of use for standard devices. However, because of considerable device costs and increased procedure time, FEVAR is thought to result in financial losses for medical centers and physicians. We hypothesized that surgeon leadership in the coding, billing, and contractual negotiations for FEVAR procedures will increase medical center contribution margin (CM) and physician reimbursement...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
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