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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/27905888/medicare-program-end-stage-renal-disease-prospective-payment-system-coverage-and-payment-for-renal-dialysis-services-furnished-to-individuals-with-acute-kidney-injury-end-stage-renal-disease-quality-incentive-program-durable-medical-equipment-prosthetics-orthotics
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This rule updates and makes revisions to the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System (PPS) for calendar year 2017. It also finalizes policies for coverage and payment for renal dialysis services furnished by an ESRD facility to individuals with acute kidney injury. This rule also sets forth requirements for the ESRD Quality Incentive Program, including the inclusion of new quality measures beginning with payment year (PY) 2020 and provides updates to programmatic policies for the PY 2018 and PY 2019 ESRD QIP...
November 4, 2016: Federal Register
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893014/durability-of-the-rituximab-response-in-acetylcholine-receptor-autoantibody-positive-myasthenia-gravis
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Kimberly R Robeson, Aditya Kumar, Benison Keung, Daniel B DiCapua, Emily Grodinsky, Huned S Patwa, Panos A Stathopoulos, Jonathan M Goldstein, Kevin C O'Connor, Richard J Nowak
Importance: Myasthenia gravis (MG), an autoimmune disorder of neuromuscular transmission, is treated by an array of immunotherapeutics, many of which are nonspecific. Even with current therapies, a subset of patients has medically refractory MG. The benefits of B-cell-targeted therapy with rituximab have been observed in MG; however, the duration of these benefits after treatment is unclear. Objective: To evaluate the durability of response to rituximab in the treatment of acetylcholine receptor autoantibody-positive (AChR+) generalized MG...
November 21, 2016: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886569/effects-of-a-right-unilateral-ultrabrief-pulse-electroconvulsive-therapy-course-on-health-related-quality-of-life-in-elderly-depressed-patients
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W Vaughn McCall, Sarah H Lisanby, Peter B Rosenquist, Mary Dooley, Mustafa M Husain, Rebecca G Knapp, Georgios Petrides, Matthew V Rudorfer, Robert C Young, Shawn M McClintock, Martina Mueller, Joan Prudic, Robert M Greenberg, Richard D Weiner, Samuel H Bailine, Mary Anne Riley, Laryssa McCloud, Charles H Kellner
INTRODUCTION: Patients with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) referred for electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) have poorer Health Related Quality of Life (HRQOL), compared with other patients with MDD, but ECT is associated with significant and durable improvement in HRQOL. However, no prior research has focused exclusively on elderly patients with MDD receiving ECT. METHODS: HRQOL data from 240 depressed patients over the age of 60 was measured with the Medical Outcomes Study Short Form 36 (SF-36)...
November 11, 2016: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870667/the-role-of-dedicated-musculoskeletal-urgent-care-centers-in-reducing-cost-and-improving-access-to-orthopaedic-care
#5
Travis J Anderson, Peter L Althausen
OBJECTIVES: Over the past few years, the United States has seen the rapid growth of dedicated musculoskeletal urgent care centers owned and operated by individual orthopaedic practices. In June of 2014, our practice opened the first dedicated orthopaedic urgent care in the region staffed by physician assistants and supervised by orthopaedic surgeons. Our hypothesis is that such centers can safely improve orthopaedic care for ambulatory orthopaedic injuries, decrease volume for overburdened emergency departments (EDs), reduce wait times and significantly decrease the cost of care while improving access to orthopaedic specialists...
December 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27868328/long-term-outcome-of-the-adjustable-transobturator-male-system-atoms-results-of-a-european-multicentre-study
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Alexander Friedl, Sandra Mühlstädt, Roman Zachoval, Alessandro Giammò, Danijel Kivaranovic, Maximilian Rom, Paolo Fornara, Clemens Brössner
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the long-term effectiveness and safety of the adjustable transobturator male system (ATOMS(®) , Agency for Medical Innovations A.M.I., Feldkirch, Austria) in a European-wide multicentre setting. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In all, 287 men with stress urinary incontinence (SUI) were treated with the ATOMS device between June 2009 and March 2016. Continence parameters (daily pad test/pad use), urodynamics (maximum urinary flow rate, voiding volume, residual urine), and pain/quality of life (QoL) ratings (visual analogue scale/Leeds Assessment of Neuropathic Symptoms and Signs, International Consultation on Incontinence Questionnaire-Short Form [ICIQ-SF]/Patient Global Impression of Improvement [PGI-I]) were compared preoperatively and after intermediate (12 months) as well as after individual maximum follow-up...
November 21, 2016: BJU International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867245/diamond-coated-artificial-cardiovascular-devices
#7
Hongjun Zeng, Robert Jarvik, Grace Catausan, Nicolaie Moldovan, John Carlisle
Ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD), an extremely smooth, low cost diamond coating was successfully developed herein for antithrombogenic application which requires high biocompatibility, low wear, low friction, and chemical inertness. The substrate materials utilized in the Jarvik 2000 ventricular assist device (VAD), silicon carbide and titanium alloy, provide an excellent substrate match for UNCD integration. The paper addresses the development of medical-quality UNCD films to significantly improve the knowledge base regarding the defect mechanisms of UNCD films, to reduce or eliminate known wear-inducing imperfections in the film, and to thoroughly characterize and test the films as well as assembled UNCD-coated VADs...
September 25, 2016: Surface & Coatings Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865316/soft-tissue-reconstruction-pyramid-for-the-diabetic-charcot-foot
#8
REVIEW
Claire M Capobianco, Thomas Zgonis
Foot and ankle ulcerations in patients with diabetic Charcot neuroarthropathy (DCN) occur frequently and can be challenging to address surgically when conservative care fails. Patients with acute or chronic diabetic foot ulcers (DFU) are at continued risk for development of osteomyelitis, septic arthritis, gas gangrene, and potential lower extremity amputation. Concurrent vasculopathy and peripheral neuropathy as well as uncontrolled medical comorbidities complicate the treatment approach. In addition, pathomechanical forces left untreated may contribute to DFU recurrence in this patient population...
January 2017: Clinics in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861125/4-aminopyridine-promotes-functional-recovery-and-remyelination-in-acute-peripheral-nerve-injury
#9
Kuang-Ching Tseng, Haiyan Li, Andrew Clark, Leigh Sundem, Michael Zuscik, Mark Noble, John Elfar
Traumatic peripheral nerve damage is a major medical problem without effective treatment options. In repurposing studies on 4-aminopyridine (4-AP), a potassium channel blocker that provides symptomatic relief in some chronic neurological afflictions, we discovered this agent offers significant promise as a small molecule regenerative agent for acute traumatic nerve injury. We found, in a mouse model of sciatic crush injury, that sustained early 4-AP administration increased the speed and extent of behavioral recovery too rapidly to be explained by axonal regeneration...
December 1, 2016: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856021/interdisciplinary-development-of-an-improved-emergency-department-procedural-work-surface-through-iterative-design-and-use-testing-in-simulated-and-clinical-environments
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Xiao C Zhang, Ana M Bermudez, Pranav M Reddy, Ravi R Sarpatwari, Darin B Chheng, Taylor J Mezoian, Victoria R Schwartz, Quinneil J Simmons, Gregory D Jay, Leo Kobayashi
STUDY OBJECTIVE: A stable and readily accessible work surface for bedside medical procedures represents a valuable tool for acute care providers. In emergency department (ED) settings, the design and implementation of traditional Mayo stands and related surface devices often limit their availability, portability, and usability, which can lead to suboptimal clinical practice conditions that may affect the safe and effective performance of medical procedures and delivery of patient care...
November 14, 2016: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852484/mitraclip-therapy-for-mitral-regurgitation-secondary-mitral-regurgitation
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REVIEW
Ted Feldman, Arjun Mehta, Mayra Guerrero, Justin P Levisay, Michael H Salinger
Therapy for mitral regurgitation (MR) has been synonymous with mitral valve surgery. Operative approaches for degenerative MR repair have been associated with excellent results, with durable long term outcomes. Surgery for functional MR has been less successful. MitraClip has shown promise for functional MR, especiall in patinets who are high risk for surgery. The aggregate of nonrandomized global experience with MitraClip in functional MR has been consistent in showing improvements in symptoms and left ventricular remodeling...
January 2016: Interv Cardiol Clin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849336/durability-of-single-dose-intra-arterial-bevacizumab-after-blood-brain-barrier-disruption-for-recurrent-glioblastoma
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Shamik Chakraborty, Christopher G Filippi, Jan-Karl Burkhardt, Sherese Fralin, Ashley Ray, Tamika Wong, Rafael Ortiz, David J Langer, John A Boockvar
BACKGROUND: Bevacizumab (BV) has been used to treat recurrent glioblastoma with a progression free survival of approximately 3-3.5 months. Typically, it is administered intravenously every 2-3 weeks at dosages ranging from 5-15 mg/kg. Serious side effects include GI tract perforations, hematologic disorders, intracranial hemorrhage, and malignant hypertension. We hypothesized that selective intracranial intra-arterial infusion (SIACI) of BV following blood/brain barrier disruption (BBBD) with mannitol may allow for reduced dosage, lower toxicity, and equivalent or superior progression free survival (PFS)...
November 2016: Journal of Experimental Therapeutics & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27823611/bariatric-surgery-pathophysiology-and-outcomes
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REVIEW
Sidra Azim, Sangeeta R Kashyap
Diabetes mellitus and obesity are closely interrelated and pose a major burden on health care in terms of morbidity and mortality. Weight loss has favorable metabolic benefits for glycemic control and improvement of metabolic syndrome. Bariatric surgery (BS) is the most effective treatment for weight loss with durable results as compared to lifestyle modification. BS procedures have been associated with significant reduction in abdominal obesity, metabolic syndrome components, and glycemic control requiring fewer medications...
December 2016: Endocrinology and Metabolism Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806902/very-thin-strut-biodegradable-polymer-everolimus-eluting-and-sirolimus-eluting-stents-versus-durable-polymer-zotarolimus-eluting-stents-in-allcomers-with-coronary-artery-disease-bio-resort-a-three-arm-randomised-non-inferiority-trial
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Clemens von Birgelen, Marlies M Kok, Liefke C van der Heijden, Peter W Danse, Carl E Schotborgh, Martijn Scholte, R Melvyn Tjon Joe Gin, Samer Somi, K G van Houwelingen, M G Stoel, Frits H A F de Man, J Hans W Louwerenburg, Marc Hartmann, Paolo Zocca, Gerard C M Linssen, Job van der Palen, Carine J M Doggen, Marije M Löwik
BACKGROUND: In patients with coronary artery disease, treated with durable polymer-coated drug-eluting stents, the life-long presence of the polymer might delay arterial healing. Novel very thin strut biodegradable polymer stents, which leave only a bare metal stent after polymer resorption, might improve long-term outcome. We investigated in allcomers the safety and efficacy of three stents eluting either everolimus, sirolimus, or zotarolimus, often clinically used but never compared, of which the biodegradable polymer everolimus-eluting stent was never before assessed in allcomers...
November 26, 2016: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806168/safety-and-efficacy-of-a-volumizing-hyaluronic-acid-filler-for-treatment-of-hiv-associated-facial-lipoatrophy
#15
Derek Ho, Jared Jagdeo
Importance: Facial lipoatrophy (FLA) is associated with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease and the use of highly active antiretroviral therapy. The condition is primarily characterized by facial volume loss that affects the contours of the cheeks, temples, and orbits and may negatively affect patients' adherence to highly active antiretroviral therapy, psychological health, and quality of life. A single treatment of hyaluronic acid (HA) filler, 20 mg/mL, may provide an immediate, natural-appearing facial enhancement outcome...
November 2, 2016: JAMA Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27804887/interaction-between-ionizing-radiation-and-phthalates-an-unrecognized-risk-for-human-health
#16
Giuseppe Latini, Lucia Dipaola, Maria Grazia Andreassi, Silvia Rocchiccioli, Marika Massaro, Eugenio Picano
Ionizing radiation has been shown to impact and possibly alter the normal structure and function of living cells and is dangerous for human health, especially when exposure occurs early in life. Additionally, radiation can interact with other dangerous substances in the same environment, such as phthalates. Phthalates are a group of multifunctional molecules used in a wide range of consumer products, as plasticizers to impart flexibility, durability and strength to otherwise rigid polyvinyl chloride. They are not chemically bound to polyvinyl chloride, and thus migrate into the environment with time and use, becoming ubiquitous environmental contaminants...
October 31, 2016: Mini Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27799506/personalized-treatment-for-a-patient-with-a-braf-v600e-mutation-using-dabrafenib-and-a-tumor-treatment-fields-device-in-a-high-grade-glioma-arising-from-ganglioglioma
#17
Silviya K Meletath, Dean Pavlick, Tim Brennan, Roy Hamilton, Juliann Chmielecki, Julia A Elvin, Norma Palma, Jeffrey S Ross, Vincent A Miller, Philip J Stephens, George Snipes, Veena Rajaram, Siraj M Ali, Isaac Melguizo-Gavilanes
BACKGROUND: Gangliogliomas are slow-growing, low-grade central nervous system tumors affecting children and young adults. However, some patients will experience tumor recurrence and/or malignant progression. This article reports on the clinical history, molecular findings, and treatment response in a patient with BRAF V600-mutated high-grade glioma arising from ganglioglioma. METHODS: Hematoxylin-eosin staining and comprehensive genomic profiling via Foundation One were performed on the tumor sample from a male patient undergoing treatment at the Department of Neuro-Oncology at Baylor University Medical Center...
November 2016: Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network: JNCCN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27788940/performance-of-synergraft-decellularized-pulmonary-allografts-compared-with-standard-cryopreserved-allografts-results-from-multiinstitutional-data
#18
Steve Bibevski, Mark Ruzmetov, Randall S Fortuna, Mark W Turrentine, John W Brown, Richard G Ohye
BACKGROUND: Structural deterioration of allografts over time is believed to be at least partly related to an immune response mounted against human leukocyte antigen specific to the transplanted tissue. SynerGraft (SG) processing (CryoLife, Kennesaw, GA) is a technology that decellularizes an allograft leaving only connective tissue, therefore, reducing immunogenicity and potentially increasing durability of the implant. METHODS: We performed a retrospective review of 163 SG patients and 124 standard allograft controls from 3 medical centers...
October 24, 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27783681/impact-and-cost-of-scaling-up-voluntary-medical-male-circumcision-for-hiv-prevention-in-the-context-of-the-new-90-90-90-hiv-treatment-targets
#19
Katharine Kripke, Jason Reed, Catherine Hankins, Gregory Smiley, Catey Laube, Emmanuel Njeuhmeli
BACKGROUND: The report of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) for World AIDS Day 2014 highlighted a Fast-Track Strategy that sets ambitious treatment and prevention targets to reduce global HIV incidence to manageable levels by 2020 and end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. The 90-90-90 treatment targets for 2020 call for 90% of people living with HIV to know their HIV status, 90% of people who know their status to receive treatment, and 90% of people on HIV treatment to be virally suppressed...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27777776/high-dose-interleukin2-a-10-year-single-site-experience-in-the-treatment-of-metastatic-renal-cell-carcinoma-careful-selection-of-patients-gives-an-excellent-outcome
#20
S Chow, V Galvis, M Pillai, R Leach, E Keene, A Spencer-Shaw, A Shablak, J Shanks, T Liptrot, F Thistlethwaite, R E Hawkins
BACKGROUND: VEGF-targeted therapy has become the mainstay of treatment for majority of mRCC patients. For most patients, benefit is short-lived and therefore treatment remains palliative in intent. HD IL2 is an effective immunotherapy treatment capable of durable remission in some patients but its unselected use has been difficult due to its modest response rate and considerable adverse effects. Using set pathology criteria as a selection tool in clinical practice, we have been able to show improved outcomes in our previous report...
2016: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
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