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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811716/development-and-validation-of-a-simple-and-multifaceted-instrument-gerd-test-for-the-clinical-evaluation-of-gastroesophageal-reflux-and-dyspeptic-symptoms
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Koji Nakada, Nobuyuki Matsuhashi, Katsuhiko Iwakiri, Atsushi Oshio, Takashi Joh, Kazuhide Higuchi, Ken Haruma
AIM: To evaluate the psychometric properties of a newly developed questionnaire, known as the gastroesophageal reflux and dyspepsia therapeutic efficacy and satisfaction test (GERD-TEST), in patients with GERD. METHODS: Japanese patients with predominant GERD symptoms recruited according to the Montreal definition were treated for 4 wk using a standard dose of proton pump inhibitor (PPI). The GERD-TEST and the Medical Outcome Study Short Form-8 Health Survey (SF-8) were administered at baseline and after 4 wk of treatment...
July 28, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811074/management-of-multidrug-resistant-gram-negative-bacilli-infections-in-solid-organ-transplant-recipients-set-gesitra-seimc-reipi-recommendations
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REVIEW
J M Aguado, J T Silva, M Fernández-Ruiz, E Cordero, J Fortún, C Gudiol, L Martínez-Martínez, E Vidal, L Almenar, B Almirante, R Cantón, J Carratalá, J J Caston, E Cercenado, C Cervera, J M Cisneros, M G Crespo-Leiro, V Cuervas-Mons, J Elizalde-Fernández, M C Fariñas, J Gavaldà, M J Goyanes, B Gutiérrez-Gutiérrez, D Hernández, O Len, R López-Andujar, F López-Medrano, P Martín-Dávila, M Montejo, A Moreno, A Oliver, A Pascual, E Pérez-Nadales, A Román-Broto, R San-Juan, D Serón, A Solé-Jover, M Valerio, P Muñoz, J Torre-Cisneros
Solid organ transplant (SOT) recipients are especially at risk of developing infections by multidrug resistant (MDR) Gram-negative bacilli (GNB), as they are frequently exposed to antibiotics and the healthcare setting, and are regulary subject to invasive procedures. Nevertheless, no recommendations concerning prevention and treatment are available. A panel of experts revised the available evidence; this document summarizes their recommendations: (1) it is important to characterize the isolate's phenotypic and genotypic resistance profile; (2) overall, donor colonization should not constitute a contraindication to transplantation, although active infected kidney and lung grafts should be avoided; (3) recipient colonization is associated with an increased risk of infection, but is not a contraindication to transplantation; (4) different surgical prophylaxis regimens are not recommended for patients colonized with carbapenem-resistant GNB; (5) timely detection of carriers, contact isolation precautions, hand hygiene compliance and antibiotic control policies are important preventive measures; (6) there is not sufficient data to recommend intestinal decolonization; (7) colonized lung transplant recipients could benefit from prophylactic inhaled antibiotics, specially for Pseudomonas aeruginosa; (8) colonized SOT recipients should receive an empirical treatment which includes active antibiotics, and directed therapy should be adjusted according to susceptibility study results and the severity of the infection...
July 26, 2017: Transplantation Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809861/high-frequency-measurement-of-depressive-severity-in-a-patient-treated-for-severe-treatment-resistant-depression-with-deep-brain-stimulation
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S Sani, J Busnello, R Kochanski, Y Cohen, R D Gibbons
Although there have been previous studies of deep-brain stimulation (DBS), we present, to our knowledge, the first example of high-frequency depressive severity measurement-based DBS treatment in particular and psychiatric treatment in general. Daily post-surgical e-mail prompts for a period of 6 months resulted in 93 administrations of a computerized adaptive test (CAT) of depression severity (CAT-Depression Inventory or CAT-DI) via the internet. There was an average of 3.37 weekly measurements with an average separation of 2...
August 15, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807605/adjuvant-hpv-vaccination-for-anal-cancer-prevention-in-hiv-positive-men-who-have-sex-with-men-the-time-is-now
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Ashish A Deshmukh, Scott B Cantor, Elisabeth Fenwick, Elizabeth Y Chiao, Alan G Nyitray, Elizabeth A Stier, Stephen E Goldstone, Timothy Wilkin, Jagpreet Chhatwal
IMPORTANCE: Outcomes of treating high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesions (HSIL), a precursor to anal cancer, remain uncertain. Emerging evidence shows that post HSIL treatment adjuvant quadrivalent human papillomavirus (qHPV) vaccination improves the effectiveness of treatment. However, no recommendations exist regarding the use of qHPV vaccine as an adjuvant form of therapy. Our objective was to determine whether post-treatment adjuvant vaccination should be adopted in HIV-infected MSM (individuals at highest risk for anal cancer) on the basis of cost-effectiveness determined using existing evidence or whether future research is needed...
August 11, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807359/physical-therapy-for-fecal-incontinence-in-children-with-pelvic-floor-dyssynergia
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Swathi Muddasani, Amanda Moe, Caitlin Semmelrock, Caroyl Luan Gilbert, Valentine Enemuo, Eric Howard Chiou, Bruno Pedro Chumpitazi
OBJECTIVES: To determine the efficacy of physical therapy (PT) for fecal incontinence in children with pelvic floor dyssynergia (PFD). STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective chart review of children with PFD completing >1 PT session for fecal incontinence at a quaternary children's hospital. The frequency of fecal incontinence (primary outcome), constipation-related medication use, number of bowel movements (in those with <3 per week at baseline) and pelvic floor muscle (PFM) function were captured at baseline and at the final PT visit...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807214/early-geriatric-consultation-increases-adherence-to-tqip-geriatric-trauma-management-guidelines
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Lauren T Southerland, Tanya R Gure, Daniel I Ruter, Michael M Li, David C Evans
BACKGROUND: The American College of Surgeons' Trauma Quality Improvement Program (TQIP) Geriatric Trauma Management Guidelines recommend geriatric consultation for injured older adults. However it is not known how or whether geriatric consultation improves compliance to these quality measures. METHODS: This study is a retrospective chart review of our institutional trauma databank. Adherence to quality measures was compared before and after implementation of specific triggers for geriatric consultation...
August 2017: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807035/artemisinin-combination-therapy-mass-drug-administration-in-a-setting-of-low-malaria-endemicity-programmatic-coverage-and-adherence-during-an-observational-study-in-zanzibar
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Abdullah S Ali, Narjis G Thawer, Bakar Khatib, Haji H Amier, Joseph Shija, Mwinyi Msellem, Abdul-Wahid Al-Mafazy, Issa A Garimo, Humphrey Mkali, Mahdi M Ramsan, Jessica M Kafuko, Lynn A Paxton, Richard Reithinger, Jeremiah M Ngondi
BACKGROUND: Mass drug administration (MDA) appears to be effective in reducing the risk of malaria parasitaemia. This study reports on programmatic coverage and compliance of MDA using artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) in four shehias (smallest administration unit) that had been identified as hotspots through Zanzibar's malaria case notification surveillance system. METHODS: Mass drug administration was done in four shehias selected on the basis of: being an established malaria hot spot; having had mass screening and treatment (MSaT) 2-6 weeks previously; and exceeding the epidemic alert threshold of 5 cases within a week even after MSaT...
August 14, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806858/the-haemtrack-home-therapy-reporting-system-design-implementation-strengths-and-weaknesses-a-report-from-uk-haemophilia-centre-doctors-organisation
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C R M Hay, H Xiang, M Scott, P W Collins, R Liesner, G Dolan, R Hollingsworth
INTRODUCTION: Haemtrack is an electronic home treatment diary for patients with inherited bleeding disorders, introduced in 2008. It aimed to improve the timeliness and completeness of patient-reported treatment records, to facilitate analysis of treatment and outcome trends. The system is easy to use, responsive and accessible. METHODS: The software uses Microsoft technologies with a SQL Server database and an ASP.net website front-end, running on personal computers, android and I-phones...
August 14, 2017: Haemophilia: the Official Journal of the World Federation of Hemophilia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803655/usefulness-of-pa32540-in-protecting-the-gastric-layer-while-providing-secondary-prevention-for-coronary-artery-disease
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REVIEW
Deepthi Kagolanu, Najia Sayedy, Syed Haseeb, Shivani Shah, Paul Lam, Swapna Munnangi, Prakash Viswanathan, Kent Stephenson
Aspirin has been the mainstay for secondary prevention of coronary artery disease to decrease early recurrence and severity of recurrent cardiovascular events. However, an increase in gastrointestinal bleeding due to aspirin is preventing many patients from adhering to this daily regimen. PA32540, a combination pill with aspirin and omeprazole, is a newly emerging intervention that has the potential to reinforce patient compliance with the aspirin regimen due to fewer gastrointestinal adverse effects. This systematic review assessed three recent phase 3 clinical trials investigating the safety and efficacy of PA32540...
July 14, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801859/cross-cultural-adaption-and-psychometric-properties-of-the-chinese-version-of-the-diabetes-behavior-rating-scale-a-pilot-study
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Jing Zhu, Jingjing Xu, Yang Chen, Yong Gu, Li Ji, Yufeng Zhou, Min Zhu, Hsiang-Ting Hsu, Xiaoping Huang, Cuiping Yuan, Yun Shi, Dan Yan, Lili Xie, Shuang Chen, Tao Yang, Wei He
Self-care behavior plays a major role in diabetic management. However, in China, a satisfactory instrument has not yet been developed to evaluate the compliance of self-care behavior for young patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM). The Diabetes Behavior Rating Scale (DBRS) has a potential to be the first mature instrument. The purpose of this study is to cross-culturally adapt the DBRS, and preliminarily evaluate its psychometric properties. The instrument translation included translation, back translation and culture adaptation...
August 10, 2017: Science China. Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801470/litigation-provides-clues-to-ongoing-challenges-in-implementing-insurance-parity
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Kelsey N Berry, Haiden A Huskamp, Howard H Goldman, Lainie Rutkow, Colleen L Barry
Over the past twenty-five years, thirty-seven states and the US Congress have passed mental health and substance use disorder (MH/SUD) parity laws to secure nondiscriminatory insurance coverage for MH/SUD services in the private health insurance market and through certain public insurance programs. However, in the intervening years, litigation has been brought by numerous parties alleging violations of insurance parity. We examine the critical issues underlying these legal challenges as a framework for understanding the areas in which parity enforcement is lacking, as well as ongoing areas of ambiguity in the interpretation of these laws...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800838/noncompliance-with-surgical-antimicrobial-prophylaxis-guidelines-a-jordanian-experience-in-cesarean-deliveries
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Mariam Hantash Abdel Jalil, Khawla Abu Hammour, Mervat Alsous, Rand Hadadden, Wedad Awad, Faris Bakri, Kamil Fram
BACKGROUND: Surgical site infections are common, especially in developing countries. Nevertheless, up to 60% of surgical site infections can be prevented with appropriate perioperative care, which includes among other measures using suitable surgical antimicrobial prophylaxis (SAP). METHODS: After a short interview with patients and retrospective review of medical charts, compliance with 6 SAP parameters was assessed for appropriateness; those parameters are indication, choice, dose, time of administration, intraoperative redosing interval, and duration of prophylaxis in 1,173 operations...
August 8, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796053/berberine-containing-quadruple-therapy-for-initial-helicobacter-pylori-eradication-an-open-label-randomized-phase-iv-trial
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Di Zhang, Li Ke, Zhen Ni, Yu Chen, Lin-Hui Zhang, Shao-Hua Zhu, Chan-Juan Li, Lei Shang, Jie Liang, Yong-Quan Shi
BACKGROUND: Due to increasing antimicrobial resistance, a bismuth-based quadruple regimen has been recommended as an alternative first-line therapy for Helicobacter pylori (H pylori) eradication. However, different results are varied greatly and the availability of bismuth was limited in some countries. We assessed the efficacy and safety of 14-day berberine-containing quadruple therapy as an alternative regimen for H pylori eradication. METHODS: In a randomized, open-label, non-inferiority, phase IV trial between November 25, 2014, and October 15, 2015, 612 treatment-naive patients were randomly assigned to 14-day berberine-containing (n = 308) or 14-day bismuth-containing (n = 304) quadruple therapy...
August 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793876/patient-satisfaction-with-extavipro%C3%A2-30g-a-new-auto-injector-for-administering-interferon-%C3%AE-1b-in-multiple-sclerosis-results-from-a-real-world-observational-exchange-study
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Frank A Hoffmann, Anastasiya Trenova, Miguel A Llaneza, Johannes Fischer, Giacomo Lus, Dorothea von Bredow, Núria Lara, Elaine Lam, Marlies Van Hoef, Rajesh Bakshi
BACKGROUND: Patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) receiving long-term, subcutaneous interferon β-1b (IFN β-1b; Extavia®) often experience injection-site reactions and injection-site pain, which together with other side-effects (such as flu-like symptoms) result in suboptimal treatment compliance/adherence. The EXCHANGE study evaluated patient satisfaction with IFN β-1b treatment, administered using ExtaviPro™ 30G, a new auto-injector, in a real-world setting. METHODS: This 26-week, open-label, prospective, non-interventional, observational, multi-country multi-centre study enrolled patients with MS who had been treated with IFN β-1b or other disease-modifying therapies with a self-administered auto-injector for ≥3 months and who were planned to switch to IFN β-1b treatment administered using ExtaviPro™ 30G as part of routine clinical care...
August 9, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791593/key-pharmacokinetic-essentials-of-fixed-dosed-combination-products-case-studies-and-perspectives
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Ranjeet Prasad Dash, Rana Rais, Nuggehally R Srinivas
Fixed-dose combinations are gaining popularity because they provide convenience while enhancing patient compliance. Literature examples suggest that many fixed-dose combinations are being rationalized and investigated for their potential utility in therapy. This article provides an introspection into the pharmacokinetic essentials that need to be considered prior to implementing a fixed-dose combination strategy. While the drug-drug interaction potential is an important question for the two drugs in a fixed-dose combination, the occurrence of a drug-drug interaction in itself is not a negative outcome for the proposed fixed-dose combination...
August 8, 2017: Clinical Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791494/adherence-with-perindopril-therapy-a-pilot-study-using-therapeutic-drug-monitoring-of-perindoprilat-and-an-evaluation-of-the-clearance-estimation
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Martin Šíma, Martin Vodička, Věra Marešová, Tomáš Šálek, Radomír Čabala, Ondřej Slanař
Background Although measurement of drug serum levels is an objective direct method for testing compliance, it can be distorted by "white-coat compliance" or by variations in drug elimination. Objective The aim of this prospective study was to evaluate the prevalence of noncompliance with perindopril therapy in adult out-patients using pharmacokinetic simulations. The additional aim was to compare the predictive performance of two glomerular filtration rate markers-creatinine and cystatin C. Setting Department of Cardiology, Tomas Bata Regional Hospital in Zlín, Czech Republic...
August 8, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791044/adding-bismuth-to-rabeprazole-based-first-line-triple-therapy-does-not-improve-the-eradication-of-helicobacter-pylori
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Meng-Chieh Wu, Yao-Kuang Wang, Chung-Jung Liu, Fang-Jung Yu, Fu-Chen Kuo, Min-Li Liu, Chao-Hung Kuo, Deng-Chyang Wu, Yao-Kang Huang, I-Chen Wu
This randomized controlled study aimed to evaluate whether adding bismuth to the standard first-line triple therapy could improve the eradication rate of Helicobacter pylori. A total of 162 patients with Helicobacter pylori infection were randomly assigned to either the 7-day triple therapy group (RAK regimen: rabeprazole 20 mg, amoxicillin 1 g, and clarithromycin 500 mg bid; n = 81) or the bismuth plus triple therapy group (n = 81). In the RBAK group, bismuth subcitrate 360 mg twice daily was added to the RAK regimen...
2017: Gastroenterology Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790788/artemisinin-naphthoquine-combination-a-directly-observed-treatment-option-in-malaria
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M S Mustafa, V Rastogi
Resistance to standard antimalarials has led to the need for newer options. Artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs), which require a tedious three-day treatment schedule, have been introduced for the treatment of drug-resistant malaria. Of late, the new generation artemisinin-naphthoquine (ANQ) combination has been developed, which requires a single dose treatment. Artemisinin initiates the action through the cleavage of the endoperoxide bridge while naphtoquine maintains the process by getting concentrated in the digestive vacuole of the parasite...
July 2017: Medical Journal, Armed Forces India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782783/poly-%C3%AE%C2%B5-caprolactone-nanocapsule-carriers-with-sustained-drug-release-single-dose-for-long-term-glaucoma-treatment
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Chih-Hung Lee, Yu-Jia Li, Chih-Ching Huang, Jui-Yang Lai
Glaucoma is an eye-related disease accompanied by highly elevated intraocular pressure (IOP), which causes damage to the optic nerve and results in vision loss and even blindness. Although the treatment of glaucoma with eye drops may reduce the IOP, eye drops have some limitations, such as poor patient compliance and short duration. To develop drug carriers that facilitate the sustained and long-term release of drugs for glaucoma therapy, we synthesized poly(ε-caprolactone) nanoparticles (PCL NPs) capable of loading pilocarpine, a widely used drug for the treatment of dry eye and glaucoma...
August 7, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782147/adolescent-nephrology-an-emerging-frontier-for-kidney-care-in-sub-saharan-africa
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REVIEW
Bianca Davidson, Ikechi Okpechi, Mignon McCulloch, Nicola Wearne
Adolescents make up a quarter of the world's population and are important users of health services. In South Africa little is known about the extent of renal disease or outcomes in this group. Adolescents are a vulnerable age group, due to their neurocognitive development, engagement in high-risk social activities, prevalence of mental illness and increasing rates of HIV infection. In Africa access to renal replacement therapy is rationed, therefore the focus of renal disease must be one of prevention rather than dealing with the management of end stage renal disease...
August 6, 2017: Nephrology
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