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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220450/the-potential-role-of-symptom-questionnaires-in-palliative-and-supportive-cancer-care-delivery
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Angela M Stover, Ethan M Basch
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) palliative care recommendations have been updated into a full guideline. Symptom questionnaires-completed and reviewed with patients during care delivery-are poised to play a large role in this guideline because they provide a more comprehensive understanding of symptoms. This article provides an overview of the guideline and describes how symptom questionnaires can be used to satisfy the guideline. RECENT FINDINGS: Standardized symptom questionnaires can be used for three purposes in care delivery: symptom management, referral to specialty palliative and supportive care, and to assess high-quality care...
February 2017: Current Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219462/the-use-of-a-computerized-provider-order-entry-alert-to-decrease-rates-of-clostridium-difficile-testing-in-young-pediatric-patients
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Maribeth R Nicholson, Peter N Freswick, M Cecilia Di Pentima, Li Wang, Kathryn M Edwards, Gregory J Wilson, Thomas R Talbot
BACKGROUND Infants and young children are frequently colonized with C. difficile but rarely have symptomatic disease. However, C. difficile testing remains prevalent in this age group. OBJECTIVE To design a computerized provider order entry (CPOE) alert to decrease testing for C. difficile in young children and infants. DESIGN An interventional age-targeted before-after trial with comparison group SETTING Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee. PATIENTS All children seen in the inpatient or emergency room settings from July 2012 through July 2013 (pre-CPOE alert) and September 2013 through September 2014 (post-CPOE alert) INTERVENTION In August of 2013, we implemented a CPOE alert advising against testing in infants and young children based on the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations with an optional override...
February 21, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219430/digital-health-system-for-personalised-copd-long-term-management
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Carmelo Velardo, Syed Ahmar Shah, Oliver Gibson, Gari Clifford, Carl Heneghan, Heather Rutter, Andrew Farmer, Lionel Tarassenko
BACKGROUND: Recent telehealth studies have demonstrated minor impact on patients affected by long-term conditions. The use of technology does not guarantee the compliance required for sustained collection of high-quality symptom and physiological data. Remote monitoring alone is not sufficient for successful disease management. A patient-centred design approach is needed in order to allow the personalisation of interventions and encourage the completion of daily self-management tasks...
February 20, 2017: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217868/an-anti-nicotinic-cognitive-challenge-model-using-mecamylamine-in-comparison-with-the-anti-muscarinic-cognitive-challenge-using-scopolamine
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A C Baakman, R Alvarez-Jimenez, R Rissmann, E S Klaassen, J Stevens, S C Goulooze, J Burger, E L Swart, J M A van Gerven, G J Groeneveld
INTRODUCTION: The muscarinic acetylcholine receptor antagonist scopolamine is often used for proof-of-pharmacology studies with pro-cognitive compounds. From a pharmacological point of view, it would seem more rational to use a nicotinic rather than a muscarinic anticholinergic challenge to prove pharmacology of a nicotinic acetylcholine receptor agonist. This study aims to characterize a nicotinic anticholinergic challenge model using mecamylamine and to compare it to the scopolamine model...
February 20, 2017: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216425/repeated-day-1-fob-testing-in-ich-s7a-safety-assessment-protocols-the-influence-of-within-and-between-session-learning
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REVIEW
David V Gauvin, Zachary J Zimmermann, Jill A Dalton, Theodore J Baird
A large number of CNS safety assessment studies using the standard Functional Observational Battery (FOB) are conducted each year at Contract Research Organizations throughout the globe. Study design characteristics are as varied as the Sponsors for whom they are contracted. Gender inclusion, sample sizes, and timing of the FOBs are generally negotiated during protocol development. The ICH S7A guidelines describe a dose-effect study design for CNS safety assessment to be conducted prior to the first dose administration in man...
February 12, 2017: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216256/kleine-levin-syndrome
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Olufunke Afolabi-Brown, Thornton B A Mason
Kleine-Levin syndrome (KLS) is a rare disorder characterized by discrete episodes of hypersomnia associated with cognitive and behavioural abnormalities, as well as normal alertness and function between episodes. The prevalence of KLS may be underestimated as it is often misdiagnosed and managed as another sleep disorder, neurological disorder or psychiatric condition. KLS is more typically seen in adolescence than at other ages, and is more common in males than in females. There are currently neither standard biomarkers nor specific imaging study findings, making the diagnosis of KLS a challenge...
December 23, 2016: Paediatric Respiratory Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216028/cause-and-predictability-for-the-severe-haze-pollutions-in-downtown-beijing-during-november-december-2015
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Ziyin Zhang, Daoyi Gong, Seong-Joong Kim, Rui Mao, Jing Xu, Xiujuan Zhao, Zhiqiang Ma
When severe haze pollutions hit downtown Beijing during period of November-December 2015, Beijing issued the red alert for the heavy pollution for the first time in history. Based on the hourly PM2.5 concentration and meteorological variable records and the ERA-Interim reanalysis data, a series of diagnostic analyses were conducted to explore the possible meteorological causes for the severe haze pollutions. Using the online-coupled WRF-Chem model and GFS data, the predictability of hourly and daily PM2.5 concentration was evaluated...
February 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215652/polypathology-polypharmacy-medication-regimen-complexity-and-drug-therapy-appropriateness
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N Gómez Aguirre, A Caudevilla Martínez, L Bellostas Muñoz, M Crespo Avellana, J Velilla Marco, J Díez-Manglano
Polypathological patients are usually elderly and take numerous drugs. Polypharmacy affects 85% of these individuals and is not associated with greater survival. On the contrary, polypharmacy exposes these individuals to more adverse effects, such as weight loss, falls, functional and cognitive impairment and hospitalisations. The complexity of a drug regimen covers more aspects than the simple number of drugs consumed. The galenic form, the dosage and the method for preparing the drug can impede the understanding of and compliance with prescriptions...
February 16, 2017: Revista Clínica Española
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215480/factors-affecting-sustainable-iodine-deficiency-elimination-in-pakistan-a-global-perspective
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REVIEW
Rehman Mehmood Khattak, Muhammad Nasir Khan Khattak, Till Ittermann, Henry Völzke
Iodine deficiency remains a considerable challenge worldwide, even after decades of efforts to address the problem. The aim of this review is to present the current situation in historically iodine-deficient Pakistan regarding iodine nutritional status and place it in a global perspective. We collected relevant articles from online bibliographic databases and websites of concerned organizations that addressed prevalence of goiter/iodine deficiency and barriers to sustainable control. We divided the studies into pre- and post-1994, a landmark year when Pakistan formally adopted the universal salt iodization (USI) programme...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215278/nucleic-acid-immunity
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G Hartmann
Organisms throughout biology need to maintain the integrity of their genome. From bacteria to vertebrates, life has established sophisticated mechanisms to detect and eliminate foreign genetic material or to restrict its function and replication. Tremendous progress has been made in the understanding of these mechanisms which keep foreign or unwanted nucleic acids from viruses or phages in check. Mechanisms reach from restriction-modification systems and CRISPR/Cas in bacteria and archaea to RNA interference and immune sensing of nucleic acids, altogether integral parts of a system which is now appreciated as nucleic acid immunity...
2017: Advances in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215244/driving-home-from-the-night-shift-a-bright-light-intervention-study
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Denise M Weisgerber, Maria Nikol, Ralph E Mistlberger
: Sleep deprivation (SD) impairs vigilance and increases the risk of driving accidents during the commute home after night work. Bright light (BL) can enhance alertness and cognitive performance. We examined the effects of BL (5600 lux) versus dim light (DL, 35 lux) at the end of a night awake on driving performance. METHODS: Subjects (N = 19, 22.8 ± 4 ya) completed three conditions, counterbalanced for order at >1 week intervals. The two overnight SD conditions began in the lab at usual bedtime...
February 2017: Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214217/malignant-tumors-associated-with-ovarian-mature-teratoma-a-single-institution-experience
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Levent Trabzonlu, Guray Durmaz, Cigdem Vural, Bahar Muezzinoglu, Aydin Corakci
OBJECTIVE: The aims of this study are to present demographical features of cases diagnosed with malignant tumor associated with ovarian mature teratoma and to analyze histopathological features and clinical follow up of these tumors. STUDY DESIGN: Single-institution retrospective charts were reviewed to identify all cases of ovarian mature teratoma diagnosed from 1998 to 2015. Clinicopathological parameters that were analyzed include age, tumor size, tumor stage, histological type, laterality, IOC diagnosis and whether or not patient has received adjuvant chemotherapy...
January 22, 2017: Pathology, Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213958/significance-of-a-negative-sinus-p-wave-in-lead-v2-of-the-clinical-electrocardiogram
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Rex N MacAlpin
BACKGROUND: A negative sinus P wave in lead V2 (NPV2 ) of the electrocardiogram (ECG) is rare when leads are positioned correctly. This study was undertaken to clarify the significance of an unusually high incidence of this anomaly found in ECGs at my institution. METHODS: One thousand four hundred thirty-five ECGs were randomly selected to determine the incidence and gender frequency in tracings showing positive (PPV2 ), and biphasic (BPV2 ) P waves in V2 , as well as NPV2 ...
February 18, 2017: Annals of Noninvasive Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213339/classifying-empirically-valid-and-clinically-meaningful-change-in-eating-disorders-using-the-eating-disorders-inventory-version-2-edi-2
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David Clinton, Andreas Birgegård
The study examined the ability of the EDI-2 to classify empirically valid and clinically meaningful change using clinical significance and the Reliable Change Index (CS/RCI), and compared CS/RCI to classification based on diagnostic change. Eating disorder (ED) patients (N=363) were assessed at intake and after 36months on measures of ED and psychiatric symptoms, self-image, interpersonal relationships, treatment satisfaction and general outcome. Patients were categorized using a four-way classification scheme as "Deteriorated", "Unchanged", "Improved" or "No ED"; and using a two-way classification scheme as either in remission or not in remission...
February 9, 2017: Eating Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212927/patients-with-chronic-dizziness-following-traumatic-head-injury-typically-have-multiple-diagnoses-involving-combined-peripheral-and-central-vestibular-dysfunction
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Q Arshad, R E Roberts, H Ahmad, R Lobo, M Patel, T Ham, D J Sharp, B M Seemungal
OBJECTIVE: We hypothesised that chronic vestibular symptoms (CVS) of imbalance and dizziness post-traumatic head injury (THI) may relate to: (i) the occurrence of multiple simultaneous vestibular diagnoses including both peripheral and central vestibular dysfunction in individual patients increasing the chance of missed diagnoses and suboptimal treatment; (ii) an impaired response to vestibular rehabilitation since the central mechanisms that mediate rehabilitation related brain plasticity may themselves be disrupted...
February 7, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212076/selecting-power-efficient-signal-features-for-a-low-power-fall-detector
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Changhong Wang, Stephen Redmond, Wei Lu, Michael Stevens, Stephen Lord, Nigel Lovell
Falls are a serious threat to the health of older people. A wearable fall detector can automatically detect the occurrence of a fall and alert a caregiver or an emergency response service so they may deliver immediate assistance, improving the chances of recovering from fall-related injuries. One constraint of such a wearable technology is its limited battery life. Thus, minimization of power consumption is an important design concern, all the while maintaining satisfactory accuracy of the fall detection algorithms implemented on the wearable device...
February 15, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210228/discriminating-between-anxious-and-non-anxious-subjects-using-the-toronto-hospital-alertness-test
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Colin Shapiro, Lucie Truffaut, Sophie Matharan, Valérie Olivier
BACKGROUND: Alertness designates the internal feeling of wakefulness or arousal and is often described to be linked to the level of anxiety. An adequate level of anxiety favoring the alertness needed to deal with a faced specific situation efficiently; too much anxiety can result in failure to process information and respond appropriately. Thus, it would be of interest to verify if different alertness profiles can be observed depending on anxiety level. The Toronto Hospital Alertness Test (THAT) is a test designed to measure alertness...
2017: Frontiers in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209975/the-attention-network-changes-in-breast-cancer-patients-receiving-neoadjuvant-chemotherapy-evidence-from-an-arterial-spin-labeling-perfusion-study
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Xingui Chen, Xiaoxuan He, Longxiang Tao, Huaidong Cheng, Jingjing Li, Jingjie Zhang, Bensheng Qiu, Yongqiang Yu, Kai Wang
To investigate the neural mechanisms underlying attention deficits that are related to neoadjuvant chemotherapy in combination with cerebral perfusion. Thirty one patients with breast cancer who were scheduled to receive neoadjuvant chemotherapy and 34 healthy control subjects were included. The patients completed two assessments of the attention network tasks (ANT), neuropsychological background tests, and the arterial spin labeling scan, which were performed before neoadjuvant chemotherapy and after completing chemotherapy...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208745/astrocytic-pathological-calcium-homeostasis-and-impaired-vesicle-trafficking-in-neurodegeneration
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REVIEW
Nina Vardjan, Alexej Verkhratsky, Robert Zorec
Although the central nervous system (CNS) consists of highly heterogeneous populations of neurones and glial cells, clustered into diverse anatomical regions with specific functions, there are some conditions, including alertness, awareness and attention that require simultaneous, coordinated and spatially homogeneous activity within a large area of the brain. During such events, the brain, representing only about two percent of body mass, but consuming one fifth of body glucose at rest, needs additional energy to be produced...
February 8, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207996/the-use-of-a-contextual-modal-and-psychological-classification-of-medication-errors-in-the-emergency-department-a-retrospective-descriptive-study
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C J Cabilan, J A Hughes, C Shannon
BACKGROUND: The causes of medication errors are unique in every clinical setting; hence error minimisation strategies are not always effective. For this reason, it is fundamental to understand the causes specific to the emergency department so that targeted strategies can be implemented. OBJECTIVES: To describe the contextual, modal, and psychological classification of medication errors in the emergency department to know the factors associated with the reported medication errors...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
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