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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910091/a-dyadic-perspective-on-engagement-in-advance-care-planning
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Terri Fried, Maria Zenoni, Lynne Iannone
OBJECTIVES: To understand the perspectives of both patients and the person who would make medical decisions for them if they were unable (surrogates) on their participation in advance care planning (ACP). DESIGN: Qualitative cross-sectional study. SETTING: Community. PARTICIPANTS: Thirty-one veterans age 55 years and older and their surrogates. MEASUREMENTS: In interviews conducted with both the veteran and surrogate, they were asked to discuss their participation in four ACP activities: communication about life-sustaining treatment, communication about views on quality of life, completion of a living will, and appointment of a healthcare proxy...
December 2, 2016: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909164/rapid-and-sustained-symptom-reduction-following-psilocybin-treatment-for-anxiety-and-depression-in-patients-with-life-threatening-cancer-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Stephen Ross, Anthony Bossis, Jeffrey Guss, Gabrielle Agin-Liebes, Tara Malone, Barry Cohen, Sarah E Mennenga, Alexander Belser, Krystallia Kalliontzi, James Babb, Zhe Su, Patricia Corby, Brian L Schmidt
BACKGROUND: Clinically significant anxiety and depression are common in patients with cancer, and are associated with poor psychiatric and medical outcomes. Historical and recent research suggests a role for psilocybin to treat cancer-related anxiety and depression. METHODS: In this double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover trial, 29 patients with cancer-related anxiety and depression were randomly assigned and received treatment with single-dose psilocybin (0...
December 2016: Journal of Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909139/safety-and-efficacy-of-sbi-087-a-subcutaneous-agent-for-b-cell-depletion-in-patients-with-active-rheumatoid-arthritis-results-from-a-phase-ii-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-study
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Nemanja Damjanov, Malgorzata Tlustochowicz, Jacob Aelion, Maria Greenwald, Annette Diehl, Indranil Bhattacharya, Elena Peeva, Sandeep Menon, Ian Gourley
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate subcutaneous SBI-087 to treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: A total of 210 adult patients with active RA were randomized to receive either 200 mg SBI-087 or placebo (Pbo), according to one of these patterns: SBI/Pbo/Pbo (SBI on Day 1), SBI/SBI/Pbo (SBI days 1 and 15), SBI/Pbo/SBI (SBI days 1 and 84), SBI/SBI/SBI (SBI days 1, 15, and 84), or Pbo/Pbo/Pbo (Pbo all 3 days). All patients were seropositive and taking background methotrexate...
December 2016: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908503/cobalt-60-machines-and-medical-linear-accelerators-competing-technologies-for-external-beam-radiotherapy
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B J Healy, D van der Merwe, K E Christaki, A Meghzifene
Medical linear accelerators (linacs) and cobalt-60 machines are both mature technologies for external beam radiotherapy. A comparison is made between these two technologies in terms of infrastructure and maintenance, dosimetry, shielding requirements, staffing, costs, security, patient throughput and clinical use. Infrastructure and maintenance are more demanding for linacs due to the complex electric componentry. In dosimetry, a higher beam energy, modulated dose rate and smaller focal spot size mean that it is easier to create an optimised treatment with a linac for conformal dose coverage of the tumour while sparing healthy organs at risk...
November 28, 2016: Clinical Oncology: a Journal of the Royal College of Radiologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906748/evolving-therapies-for-hepatitis-c-virus-in-chronic-kidney-disease-the-beginning-of-a-new-era
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Craig E Gordon, Claudia Nader
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The current review highlights recent advances in treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus infection using new classes of agents, direct-acting antivirals (DAAs), with a focus on the evidence for their use in the setting of chronic kidney disease (CKD) stages 4-5, hemodialysis, and kidney transplantation. RECENT FINDINGS: DAA agents target-specific proteins involved in the hepatitis C virus life cycle and interrupt viral replication. Sustained virologic response, a marker of viral eradication, occurs in more than 90% of patients treated with DAA agents in the general population...
November 30, 2016: Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906720/decisions-regarding-forgoing-life-sustaining-treatments
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Gail A Van Norman
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Decisions to forego life-sustaining treatments are complex, and disagreements between physicians and patients occur. This review discusses recent findings regarding what factors influence physicians and patients or their surrogates in these decisions and considers whether futility arguments regarding life-sustaining treatments should be abandoned. RECENT FINDINGS: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is one paradigm in the literature for studying end-of-life decision-making...
November 30, 2016: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906024/rate-of-initial-highly-active-anti-retroviral-therapy-regimen-change-and-its-predictors-among-adult-hiv-patients-at-university-of-gondar-referral-hospital-northwest-ethiopia-a-retrospective-follow-up-study
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Degefaye Zelalem Anlay, Zinahbizu Abay Alemayehu, Berihun Assefa Dachew
BACKGROUND: Regimen change is a major challenge for the sustainability of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) treatment program. In a resource limited setting where treatment options are limited, designing strategies to increase the durability of original regimen are essential. However, information's on rate of initial regimen change and its predictors is scarce in Ethiopia. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to assess the rate of initial highly active anti retroviral therapy (HAART) regimen change and its predictors among adult HIV patients at the University of Gondar Referral Hospital, Northwest Ethiopia...
February 17, 2016: AIDS Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903810/subthalamic-nucleus-deep-brain-stimulation-in-isolated-dystonia-a-3-year-follow-up-study
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Jill L Ostrem, Marta San Luciano, Kristen A Dodenhoff, Nathan Ziman, Leslie C Markun, Caroline A Racine, Coralie de Hemptinne, Monica M Volz, Susan L Heath, Philip A Starr
OBJECTIVE: To report long-term safety and efficacy outcomes of a large cohort of patients with medically refractory isolated dystonia treated with subthalamic nucleus (STN) deep brain stimulation (DBS). METHODS: Twenty patients (12 male, 8 female; mean age 49 ± 16.3 years) with medically refractory isolated dystonia were studied (14 were followed for 36 months). The primary endpoints were change in Burke-Fahn-Marsden Dystonia Rating Scale (BFMDRS) motor score and Toronto Western Spasmodic Torticollis Rating Scale (TWSTRS) total score at 36 months compared to preoperative baseline...
November 30, 2016: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900315/effectiveness-and-efficiency-of-improving-hiv-service-provision-for-key-populations-in-nicaragua
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Edward Ivor Broughton, Oscar Nunez, Rafael Arana, Alexey Oviedo
OBJECTIVE: HIV in Nicaragua is concentrated among key populations (KPs) - men who have sex with men, female sex workers, and female transgender - in whom prevalence is 600-4,000 times higher than the general population. The United States Agency for International Development PrevenSida project is aimed at increasing healthy behavior among KPs and people with HIV and improving testing, counseling, and continuity of prevention and treatment by building capacity and improving performance of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) providing services to KPs...
2016: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899816/bariatric-surgery-for-obesity-and-metabolic-disorders-state-of-the-art
#10
REVIEW
Ninh T Nguyen, J Esteban Varela
Obesity is one of the most important public health conditions worldwide. Bariatric surgery for severe obesity is an effective treatment that results in the improvement and remission of many obesity-related comorbidities, as well as providing sustained weight loss and improvement in quality of life. Contemporary bariatric operations include Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, adjustable gastric band and the duodenal switch. The vast majority of these procedures are now performed using laparoscopic technique, the main advantages of which include rapid recovery, the reduction of postoperative pain and the reduction of wound-related complications, compared with open surgery...
November 30, 2016: Nature Reviews. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894764/thoracoscopic-bilateral-t3-sympathectomy-for-primary-focal-hyperhidrosis-in-children
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Pablo Laje, Kali Rhodes, Leanne Magee, Mary Kate Klarich
AIM OF THE STUDY: Present our experience in the surgical treatment of primary focal hyperhidrosis of the hands by thoracoscopic bilateral T3 sympathectomy in pediatric patients. METHODS: Retrospective chart review of all patients operated between 2013 and 2015. RESULTS: We operated and included in the study 28 patients, 22 females and 6 males. Mean age was 14 (6-21) years. All patients had previously tried at least one form of medical therapy with no success...
November 14, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894202/rolapitant-for-the-prevention-of-delayed-nausea-and-vomiting-over-initial-and-repeat-courses-of-emetogenic-chemotherapy
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Bernardo Rapoport, Ronwyn van Eeden, Teresa Smit
Introduction Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) is a debilitating side effect of many cytotoxic chemotherapy regimens. Although sustained antiemetic control across repeated chemotherapy cycles is important for cancer treatment continuation, few studies have investigated the efficacy of antiemetic prophylaxis over multiple chemotherapy cycles. Areas Covered Here we discuss the use of antiemetic hydroxytryptamine type 3 (5-HT3) receptor and neurokinin (NK)-1 receptor antagonists for prevention of CINV, limiting our review to clinical trials in the context of multiple-cycle chemotherapy, with a focus on the NK-1 receptor antagonist rolapitant...
November 29, 2016: Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890720/the-lawa-model-a-sustainable-integrated-opisthorchiasis-control-program-using-the-ecohealth-approach-in-the-lawa-lake-region-of-thailand
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Banchob Sripa, Sirikachorn Tangkawattana, Thinnakorn Sangnikul
Opisthorchiasis caused by the carcinogenic liver fluke Opisthorchis viverrini is a major foodborne parasitic zoonotic disease in Thailand and neighboring Mekong countries. The infection is associated with several hepatobiliary diseases including cholangiocarcinoma (CCA). The rates of CCA in regions where the parasite is endemic are unprecedented. Extensive research on various aspects of opisthorchiasis has been conducted in recent decades. However, the current status of O. viverrini infection in the country is approaching 85% prevalence in certain endemic areas even after more than 30years of control programs in Thailand...
November 24, 2016: Parasitology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890526/femoropopliteal-in-stent-restenosis-repair-midterm-outcomes-after-paclitaxel-eluting-balloon-use-plaisir-trial
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N Bague, P Julia, A Sauguet, J M Pernès, P Chatelard, J F Garbé, S Penillon, J M Cardon, P Commeau, O Planché, B Guyomarch, Y Gouëffic
OBJECTIVE: The aim was to assess 18 month outcomes of the paclitaxel eluting balloon (PEB) in patients with femoropopliteal (FP) in-stent restenosis (ISR). METHODS: In a national prospective and multicentre cohort study, symptomatic patients with femoropopliteal in-stent restenosis were included from January 2012 to June 2013. Patients were treated by paclitaxel eluting balloon angioplasty (In Pact Admiral, Medtronic, Santa Rosa, CA, USA). Clinical and duplex scan follow-up evaluations were performed at 1, 3, 6, 9, 12, and 18 months...
November 24, 2016: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890386/2016-guidelines-of-the-taiwan-heart-rhythm-society-and-the-taiwan-society-of-cardiology-for-the-management-of-atrial-fibrillation
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Chern-En Chiang, Tsu-Juey Wu, Kwo-Chang Ueng, Tze-Fan Chao, Kuan-Cheng Chang, Chun-Chieh Wang, Yenn-Jiang Lin, Wei-Hsian Yin, Jen-Yuan Kuo, Wei-Shiang Lin, Chia-Ti Tsai, Yen-Bin Liu, Kun-Tai Lee, Li-Jen Lin, Lian-Yu Lin, Kang-Ling Wang, Yi-Jen Chen, Mien-Cheng Chen, Chen-Chuan Cheng, Ming-Shien Wen, Wen-Jone Chen, Jyh-Hong Chen, Wen-Ter Lai, Chuen-Wang Chiou, Jiunn-Lee Lin, San-Jou Yeh, Shih-Ann Chen
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained arrhythmia. Both the incidence and prevalence of AF are increasing, and the burden of AF is becoming huge. Many innovative advances have emerged in the past decade for the diagnosis and management of AF, including a new scoring system for the prediction of stroke and bleeding events, the introduction of non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants and their special benefits in Asians, new rhythm- and rate-control concepts, optimal endpoints of rate control, upstream therapy, life-style modification to prevent AF recurrence, and new ablation techniques...
November 24, 2016: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889587/pharmaceutical-technology-can-turn-a-traditional-drug-dexamethasone-into-a-first-line-ocular-medicine-a-global-perspective-and-future-trends
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Javier Rodríguez Villanueva, Laura Rodríguez Villanueva, Manuel Guzmán Navarro
Dexamethasone is one of the most prescribed glucocorticoids. It is effective and safe in the treatment of a wide variety of ocular conditions, including anterior and posterior segment inflammation. However, its half-life in the vitreous humor is very short, which means that it typically requires frequent administrations, thus reducing patient adherence and causing therapeutic failure. Innovative dexamethasone delivery systems have been designed in an attempt to achieve sustained release and targeting. The FDA has approved dexamethasone implants for the treatment of macular edema secondary to retinal vein occlusion and posterior segment noninfectious uveitis...
November 23, 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888775/cost-energy-global-warming-eutrophication-and-local-human-health-impacts-of-community-water-and-sanitation-service-options
#17
Mary E Schoen, Xiaobo Xue, Alison Wood, Troy R Hawkins, Jay Garland, Nicholas J Ashbolt
We compared water and sanitation system options for a coastal community across selected sustainability metrics, including environmental impact (i.e., life cycle eutrophication potential, energy consumption, and global warming potential), equivalent annual cost, and local human health impact. We computed normalized metric scores, which we used to discuss the options' strengths and weaknesses, and conducted sensitivity analysis of the scores to changes in variable and uncertain input parameters. The alternative systems, which combined centralized drinking water with sanitation services based on the concepts of energy and nutrient recovery as well as on-site water reuse, had reduced environmental and local human health impacts and costs than the conventional, centralized option...
November 16, 2016: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888262/search-for-an-animal-model-to-investigate-selective-pulmonary-vasodilation
#18
Bodil Petersen, Thilo Busch, Katharina Noreikat, Lorenz Homeister, Ralf Regenthal, Udo X Kaisers
Pulmonary arterial hypertension is a life-threatening disease with a poor prognosis. Oral treatment with vasodilators is often limited by systemic hypotension. Inhalation of vasodilators offers the opportunity for selective pulmonary vasodilation. Testing selective pulmonary vasodilation by inhaled nitric oxide or alternative substances in animal models requires an increased pulmonary vascular tone. The aim of this study was to identify animal models that are suitable for investigating selective pulmonary vasodilation...
November 25, 2016: Laboratory Animals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886704/position-of-the-academy-of-nutrition-and-dietetics-vegetarian-diets
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Vesanto Melina, Winston Craig, Susan Levin
It is the position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that appropriately planned vegetarian, including vegan, diets are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits for the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. These diets are appropriate for all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, adolescence, older adulthood, and for athletes. Plant-based diets are more environmentally sustainable than diets rich in animal products because they use fewer natural resources and are associated with much less environmental damage...
December 2016: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885061/alemtuzumab-improves-quality-of-life-outcomes-compared-with-subcutaneous-interferon-beta-1a-in-patients-with-active-relapsing-remitting-multiple-sclerosis
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Rafael Arroyo González, Mariko Kita, Heidi Crayton, Eva Havrdova, David H Margolin, Stephen L Lake, Gavin Giovannoni
BACKGROUND: Alemtuzumab was superior on clinical and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) outcomes versus subcutaneous interferon beta-1a in phase 3 trials in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. OBJECTIVE: To examine quality-of-life (QoL) outcomes in the alemtuzumab phase 3 trials. METHODS: Patients who were treatment naive (Comparison of Alemtuzumab and Rebif(®) Efficacy in Multiple Sclerosis I [CARE-MS I]) or had an inadequate response to prior therapy (CARE-MS II) received annual courses of alemtuzumab 12 mg/day at baseline (5 days) and Month 12 (3 days) or subcutaneous interferon beta-1a 44 µg three times/week...
November 24, 2016: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
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