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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161720/development-of-ostqol-a-measure-of-quality-of-life-for-patients-in-opioid-substitution-treatment
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Lisa Strada, Gabriele Helga Franke, Bernd Schulte, Jens Reimer, Uwe Verthein
BACKGROUND: Quality of life (QOL) of patients in opioid substitution treatment (OST) is increasingly being addressed in research. However, no disease- or treatment-specific instrument is available to assess the QOL of this target population. The purpose of this project was to develop the first QOL instrument for OST patients. METHODS: Focus groups with 60 OST patients were analyzed using thematic analysis to elicit key QOL themes as perceived by patients. Identified themes were developed into items and refined through pilot testing and cognitive debriefing...
November 21, 2017: European Addiction Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161204/effect-of-neoadjuvant-chemoradiotherapy-on-health-related-quality-of-life-in-esophageal-or-junctional-cancer-results-from-the-randomized-cross-trial
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Bo Jan Noordman, Mathilde G E Verdam, Sjoerd M Lagarde, Maarten C C M Hulshof, Pieter van Hagen, Mark I van Berge Henegouwen, Bas P L Wijnhoven, Hanneke W M van Laarhoven, Grard A P Nieuwenhuijzen, Geke A P Hospers, Johannes J Bonenkamp, Miguel A Cuesta, Reinoud J B Blaisse, Olivier R Busch, Fiebo J W Ten Kate, Geert-Jan M Creemers, Cornelis J A Punt, John Th M Plukker, Henk M W Verheul, Ernst J Spillenaar Bilgen, Herman van Dekken, Maurice J C van der Sangen, Tom Rozema, Katharina Biermann, Jannet C Beukema, Anna H M Piet, Caroline M van Rij, Janny G Reinders, Hugo W Tilanus, Ewout W Steyerberg, Ate van der Gaast, Mirjam A G Sprangers, J Jan B van Lanschot
Purpose To compare pre-agreed health-related quality of life (HRQOL) domains in patients with esophageal or junctional cancer who received neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy (nCRT) followed by surgery or surgery alone. Secondary aims were to examine the effect of nCRT on HRQOL before surgery and the effect of surgery on HRQOL. Patients and Methods Patients were randomly assigned to nCRT (carboplatin plus paclitaxel with concurrent 41.4-Gy radiotherapy) followed by surgery or surgery alone. HRQOL was measured using the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire-Core 30 (QLQ-C30) and -Oesophageal Cancer Module (QLQ-OES24) questionnaires pretreatment and at 3, 6, 9, and 12 months postoperatively...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160139/high-and-rising-burden-of-hip-and-knee-osteoarthritis-in-the-nordic-region-1990-2015
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Aliasghar A Kiadaliri, L Stefan Lohmander, Maziar Moradi-Lakeh, Ingemar F Petersson, Martin Englund
Background and purpose - Osteoarthritis (OA) imposes a substantial burden on individuals and societies. We report on the burden of knee and hip OA in the Nordic region. Patients and methods - We used the findings from the 2015 Global Burden of Diseases Study to explore prevalence, years lived with disability (YLDs), and disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs) of OA in the 6 Nordic countries during 1990-2015 (population of about 27 million in 2015). Results - During 1990-2015, the number of prevalent OA cases increased by 43% to 1,507,587 (95% uncertainty interval [UI] 1,454,338-1,564,778) in the region...
November 21, 2017: Acta Orthopaedica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159795/impact-of-chemotherapy-induced-neurotoxicities-on-adult-cancer-survivors-symptom-burden-and-quality-of-life
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Christine Miaskowski, Judy Mastick, Steven M Paul, Gary Abrams, Steven Cheung, Jennifer Henderson Sabes, Kord M Kober, Mark Schumacher, Yvette P Conley, Kimberly Topp, Betty Smoot, Grace Mausisa, Melissa Mazor, Margaret Wallhagen, Jon D Levine
PURPOSE: Limited information is available on the impact of chemotherapy (CTX)-induced neurotoxicity on adult survivors' symptom experience and quality of life (QOL). Purposes were to describe occurrence of hearing loss and tinnitus and evaluate for differences in phenotypic characteristics and measures of sensation, balance, perceived stress, symptom burden, and QOL between survivors who received neurotoxic CTX and did (i.e., neurotoxicity group) and did not (i.e., no neurotoxicity group) develop neurotoxicity...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159308/transgender-and-gender-nonconforming-youths-public-facilities-use-and-psychological-well-being-a-mixed-method-study
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Lance S Weinhardt, Patricia Stevens, Hui Xie, Linda M Wesp, Steven A John, Immaculate Apchemengich, David Kioko, Shannon Chavez-Korell, Katherine M Cochran, Jennifer M Watjen, Nickolas H Lambrou
Purpose: In this study, we explored experiences and feelings of safety in public facilities in relation to psychological well-being among transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) youth in the Midwest in the summer of 2016, in the context of ongoing legislative proposals and regulations regarding school and public bathroom use in the United States. Methods: We used a mixed-method approach, with (1) a self-administered, paper-and-pencil survey of 120 TGNC youth, focusing on differences of self-esteem, resilience, quality of life (QoL), perceived stigma, feelings of safety, and experiences of public facility use and (2) two focus group interviews (n=9) in which TGNC youth discussed individual perceptions, attitudes, and experiences of bathroom use outside participants' homes...
2017: Transgender Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159030/successful-treatment-of-postoperative-massive-pulmonary-embolism-with-paradoxal-arterial-embolism-through-extracorporeal-life-support-and-thrombolysis
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Konstantinos Grapatsas, Vasileios Leivaditis, Paul Zarogoulidis, Zoi Tsilogianni, Sotirios Kotoulas, Christophoros Kotoulas, Efstratios Koletsis, Ilias Stylianos Iliadis, Konstantinos Spiliotopoulos, Georgia Trakada, Lemonia Veletza, Anastasios Kallianos, Theodora Tsiouda, Christoforos Kosmidis, Wolfgang Hohenforst-Schmidt, Haidong Huang, Rainer Haussmann, Erich Haussmann, Manfred Dahm
Pulmonary embolism is a common clinical entity related to high mortality. About 200,000 to 300,000 patients die every year due to pulmonary embolism. The purpose of this article is to describe a case of a patient who on the second postoperative day after undergoing thromboembolectomy of the left femoral artery, manifested a massive pulmonary embolism. Due to cardiorespiratory collapse a combined treatment via extracorporeal life support (ECLS) and parallel catheter thrombolysis was decided and performed. By cardiorespiratory improvement and final stabilization the patient was successfully weaned from ECLS and the system was successfully removed...
2018: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158912/a-phase-2-quasi-experimental-trial-evaluating-the-feasibility-acceptability-and-potential-effectiveness-of-complex-nursing-intervention-focused-on-qol-assessment-on-advanced-cancer-patients-with-palliative-care-needs-study-protocol
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Gianluca Catania, Annamaria Bagnasco, Alessio Signori, Paola Pilastri, Marta Bottino, Claudia Cervetti, Milko Zanini, Giuseppe Aleo, Loredana Sasso
Background: Palliative care (PC) is an approach that improves the quality of life (QoL) of patients and their families facing the problem associated with incurable terminal disease. A number of QoL assessment tools have been validated in PC and their use described for research purposes, to support clinical practice, and as part of the quality improvement programs. There is a paucity of evidence on the implementation of a nursing intervention focused on QoL assessment in PC practice.The aim of this study is to model and determine the feasibility of a nursing complex intervention focused on QoL assessment in PC practice...
2017: Pilot and Feasibility Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158876/challenges-in-the-setup-of-large-scale-next-generation-sequencing-analysis-workflows
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Pranav Kulkarni, Peter Frommolt
While Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) can now be considered an established analysis technology for research applications across the life sciences, the analysis workflows still require substantial bioinformatics expertise. Typical challenges include the appropriate selection of analytical software tools, the speedup of the overall procedure using HPC parallelization and acceleration technology, the development of automation strategies, data storage solutions and finally the development of methods for full exploitation of the analysis results across multiple experimental conditions...
2017: Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158720/propafenone-hcl-fast-dissolving-tablets-containing-subliming-agent-prepared-by-direct-compression-method
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Saleh Abd El Rasoul, Gamal A Shazly
Propafenone HCl (PPH), an antiarrhythmic drug, has a bitter taste, short half-life, delayed drug dissolution and side effects. Thus, the purpose of this work is to develop orally fast dissolving tablets (OFDTs) containing PPH to provide a rapid drug dissolution and subsequently give rapid onset of action of PPH as an antiarrhythmic drug. Moreover, OFDTs of PPH reduce its side effects and improve its bioavailability. Propafenone HCl (PPH), an antiarrhythmic drug, has a bitter taste, short half-life, delayed drug dissolution and side effects...
November 2017: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157978/stem-cell-based-gene-delivery-mediated-by-cationic-niosomes-for-bone-regeneration
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Noha Attia, Mohamed Mashal, Santiago Grijalvo, Ramon Eritja, Jon Zárate, Gustavo Puras, José Luis Pedraz
Bone morphogenetic protein-7(BMP-7) plays a pivotal role in the transformation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) into bone. However, its impact is hampered due to its short half-life. Therefore, gene therapy may be an interesting approach to deliver BMP-7 gene to D1-MSCs. In this manuscript we prepared and characterized niosomes based on cationic lipid 2,3-di(tetradecyloxy)propan-1-amine, combined with polysorbate 80 for gene delivery purposes. Niosomes were characterized and combined initially with pCMS-EGFP reporter plasmid, and later with pUNO1-hBMP-7 plasmid to evaluate osteogenesis differentiation...
November 17, 2017: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157626/risk-association-of-congenital-anomalies-in-patients-with-ambiguous-genitalia-a-22-year-single-center-experience
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Jennifer M Heeley, Abby S Hollander, Paul F Austin, Diane F Merritt, Victoria G Wesevich, Ina E Amarillo
BACKGROUND: Ambiguous genitalia refers to a form of differences of sex development (DSD) wherein the appearance of the external genitalia is atypical. This rare condition presents challenges in decision-making and clinical management. Review of historical data may reveal areas for clinical research to improve care for patients with ambiguous genitalia. OBJECTIVE: This chart review was performed to identify patients with ambiguous genitalia, and to classify them as having 46,XX DSD, 46,XY DSD, or sex chromosome DSD...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157571/using-nurse-managers-perceptions-to-guide-new-graduates-toward-positive-nurse-relationships
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Linda Weaver Moore, Cynthia Sublett, Cathy Leahy, Jennifer M Bradley
One of the greatest challenges new graduates confront when transitioning to practice is establishing positive relationships with experienced nurses. Nursing faculty must prepare graduates for this challenge. However, nursing faculty are often removed from everyday practice and must rely on the perceptions of those entrenched in practice in order to ground teaching endeavors in authenticity. Nurse managers are well positioned to provide knowledgeable insights to nursing faculty regarding nurse relationships...
November 2017: Journal of Professional Nursing: Official Journal of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157465/dietos-a-dietary-recommender-system-for-chronic-diseases-monitoring-and-management
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Giuseppe Agapito, Mariadelina Simeoni, Barbara Calabrese, Ilaria Caré, Theodora Lamprinoudi, Pietro H Guzzi, Arturo Pujia, Giorgio Fuiano, Mario Cannataro
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Use of mobile and web-based applications for diet and weight management is currently increasing. However, the impact of known apps on clinical outcomes is not well-characterized so far. Moreover, availability of food recommender systems providing high quality nutritional advices to both healthy and diet-related chronic diseases users is very limited. In addition, the potentiality of nutraceutical properties of typical regional foods for improving app utility has not been exerted to this end...
January 2018: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157033/alteration-in-methylation-level-at-differential-methylated-regions-of-mest-and-dlk1-in-fetus-of-preeclampsia
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Xiaoqing Wang, Liuxia Wan, Xiaoling Weng, Jiamin Xie, Aiping Zhang, Yun Liu, Minyue Dong
OBJECTIVES: Offspring born to preeclamptic women are at high risk for metabolic diseases in later life, but the mechanisms are not known. The purposes of the current investigation were to clarify the changes in DNA methylation at MEST and DLK1 DMRs in fetus of preeclampsia and to explore the possible mechanisms behind the high risk of adult diseases in the offspring of preeclampsia. METHODS: Fetal lymphocytes were isolated from umbilical cord blood of 78 women with preeclampsia and 95 women with normal pregnancy...
November 20, 2017: Hypertension in Pregnancy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156913/symptom-clusters-using-the-brief-pain-inventory-in-patients-with-breast-cancer
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Vithusha Ganesh, Leah Drost, Nicholas Chiu, Liying Zhang, Leonard Chiu, Ronald Chow, Nicholas Lao, Bo Angela Wan, Justin Lee, Edward Chow, Carlo DeAngelis
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to assess symptom clusters in functional interference using the brief pain inventory (BPI) in patients with non-metastatic breast cancer (BC) during and after chemotherapy. METHODS: A principal component analysis with varimax rotation was conducted on data from 228 patients to identify two clusters at baseline and two intervals following treatment. RESULTS: Physical (general activity, normal work, walking ability) and psychosocial (mood, relationships, sleep, enjoyment of life) interference clusters were present at baseline...
October 18, 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156456/impact-of-truncated-area-on-point-estimate-and-intra-subject-variability-in-bioequivalence-of-dutasteride-with-long-half-life
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Budi Prasaja, Yahdiana Harahap, Windy Lusthom, Lia Yumi, Anna Sofiana, Monica Sandra, Falah Safira, Uci Chilmi
Purpose To investigate the effect of using truncated area under the curve (AUC0-72) on bioequivalence of dutasteride with long half-life in point estimate and intra-subject variability. Methods Fifteen subjects were enrolled in this single-dose, open-label, randomized two-way crossover design following an overnight fasting with five-week washout period. Plasma samples were collected to 72 h and 144 h following drug administration and dutasteride were determined by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) methods...
November 20, 2017: Drug Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156248/the-symbolic-violence-of-outbreak-a-mixed-methods-quasi-experimental-impact-evaluation-of-social-protection-on-ebola-survivor-wellbeing
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Eugene T Richardson, J Daniel Kelly, Osman Sesay, Michael D Drasher, Ishaan K Desai, Raphael Frankfurter, Paul E Farmer, Mohamed Bailor Barrie
Despite over 28,000 reported cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the 2013-16 outbreak in West Africa, we are only beginning to trace the complex biosocial processes that have promoted its spread. Important questions remain, including the effects on survivors of clinical sequelae, loss of family and livelihood, and other psychological and social trauma. Another poorly understood question is what effect social protection and job creation programs have had on survivors' wellbeing. Several clinical and social protection programs have been developed to respond to the needs of EVD survivors; however, little in the way of impact evaluation has taken place...
November 11, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156148/cm-101-type-i-collagen-targeted-mr-imaging-probe-for-detection-of-liver-fibrosis
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Christian T Farrar, Eric M Gale, Richard Kennan, Ian Ramsay, Ricard Masia, Gunisha Arora, Kailyn Looby, Lan Wei, Jayashree Kalpathy-Cramer, Michelle M Bunzel, Chunlian Zhang, Yonghua Zhu, Taro E Akiyama, Michael Klimas, Shirly Pinto, Himashinie Diyabalanage, Kenneth K Tanabe, Valerie Humblet, Bryan C Fuchs, Peter Caravan
Purpose To evaluate the biodistribution, metabolism, and pharmacokinetics of a new type I collagen-targeted magnetic resonance (MR) probe, CM-101, and to assess its ability to help quantify liver fibrosis in animal models. Materials and Methods Biodistribution, pharmacokinetics, and stability of CM-101 in rats were measured with mass spectrometry. Bile duct-ligated (BDL) and sham-treated rats were imaged 19 days after the procedure by using a 1.5-T clinical MR imaging unit. Mice were treated with carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) or with vehicle two times a week for 10 weeks and were imaged with a 7...
November 20, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156054/hospice-care-cancer-directed-therapy-and-medicare-expenditures-among-older-patients-dying-with-malignant-brain-tumors
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Laura L Dover, Caleb R Dulaney, Courtney P Williams, John B Fiveash, Bradford E Jackson, Paula P Warren, Elizabeth A Kvale, D Hunter Boggs, Gabrielle B Rocque
Background: End-of-life care for older adults with malignant brain tumors is poorly understood. The purpose of this study is to quantify end-of-life utilization of hospice care, cancer-directed therapy, and associated Medicare expenditures among older adults with malignant brain tumors. Methods: This retrospective cohort study included deceased Medicare beneficiaries age ≥65 with primary (PMBT) or secondary (SMBT) malignant brain tumor receiving care within a Southeastern cancer community network including academic and community hospitals from 2012-2015...
November 15, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155822/heavy-atom-effect-on-optically-excited-triplet-state-kinetics
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Christian Hintze, Tobias O Morgen, Malte Drescher
In several fields of research, like e.g. photosensitization, photovoltaics, organic electroluminescent devices, dynamic nuclear polarization, or pulsed dipolar electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy, triplet state kinetics play an important role. It is therefore desirable to tailor the kinetics of photoexcited triplet states, e.g. by exploiting the intramolecular heavy-atom effect, and to determine the respective kinetic parameters. In this work, we set out to systematically investigate the photoexcited triplet state kinetics of a series of haloanthracenes by time-resolved electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy in combination with synchronized laser excitation...
2017: PloS One
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