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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454115/impact-of-marital-status-during-diagnosis-on-cancer-caused-specific-survival-in-acute-myeloid-leukemia-patients-a-case-control-and-population-based-study
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Zhuojun Zheng, Yuandong Zhu, Xiaodong Li, Wenwei Hu, Jingting Jiang
OBJECTIVE: This study investigated the impact of marital status on cancer-caused specific mortality among acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients in the United States. METHODS: We used the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results program to identify 50,825 patients who had their clinical and follow-up information available and were diagnosed for AML between the years 1988 and 2015. The univariate and multivariable Cox regression models were used to analyze the patient data, and to minimize the group differences due to covariates between groups, a 1:1 propensity score matching was used in subsequent subgroup analysis...
April 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453758/training-programs-on-endoscopic-scoring-systems-for-inflammatory-bowel-disease-lead-to-a-significant-increase-in-interobserver-agreement-among-community-gastroenterologists
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Marco Daperno, Michele Comberlato, Fabrizio Bossa, Alessandro Armuzzi, Livia Biancone, Andrea G Bonanomi, Rocco Cosintino, Giovanni Lombardi, Roberto Mangiarotti, Alfredo Papa, Roberta Pica, Luca Grassano, Guido Pagana, Renata D'Incà, Ambrogio Orlando, Fernando Rizzello
Background and Aims: Endoscopic outcomes are increasingly used in clinical trials and in routine practice for inflammatory bowel disease [IBD] in order to reach more objective patient evaluations than possible using only clinical features. However, reproducibility of endoscopic scoring systems used to categorize endoscopic activity has been reported to be suboptimal. The aim of this study was to analyse the inter-rated agreement of non-dedicated gastroenterologists on IBD endoscopic scoring systems, and to explore the effects of a dedicated training programme on agreement...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Crohn's & Colitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453751/the-neurologic-assessment-in-neuro-oncology-nano-scale-a-tool-to-assess-neurologic-function-for-integration-into-the-response-assessment-in-neuro-oncology-rano-criteria
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Lakshmi Nayak, Lisa M DeAngelis, Alba A Brandes, David M Peereboom, Evanthia Galanis, Nancy U Lin, Riccardo Soffietti, David R Macdonald, Marc Chamberlain, James Perry, Kurt Jaeckle, Minesh Mehta, Roger Stupp, Alona Muzikansky, Elena Pentsova, Timothy Cloughesy, Fabio M Iwamoto, Joerg-Christian Tonn, Michael A Vogelbaum, Patrick Y Wen, Martin J van den Bent, David A Reardon
Background.: The Macdonald criteria and the Response Assessment in Neuro-Oncology (RANO) criteria define radiologic parameters to classify therapeutic outcome among patients with malignant glioma and specify that clinical status must be incorporated and prioritized for overall assessment. But neither provides specific parameters to do so. We hypothesized that a standardized metric to measure neurologic function will permit more effective overall response assessment in neuro-oncology. Methods...
May 1, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453605/outlier-practice-patterns-in-mohs-micrographic-surgery-defining-the-problem-and-a-proposed-solution
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Aravind Krishnan, Tim Xu, Susan Hutfless, Angela Park, Thomas Stasko, Allison T Vidimos, Barry Leshin, Brett M Coldiron, Richard G Bennett, Victor J Marks, Rebecca Brandt, Martin A Makary, John G Albertini
Importance: Outlier physician practices in health care can represent a significant burden to patients and the health system. Objective: To study outlier physician practices in Mohs micrographic surgery (MMS) and the associated factors. Design, Setting, and Participants: This retrospective analysis of publicly available Medicare Part B claims data from January 2012 to December 2014 includes all physicians who received Medicare payments for MMS from any practice performing MMS on the head and neck, genitalia, hands, and feet region of Medicare Part B patients...
April 28, 2017: JAMA Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449551/a-survey-of-korean-physicians-prescription-patterns-for-allergic-rhinitis
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Min Young Seo, Dong-Kyu Kim, Hye Mi Jee, Young Min Ahn, Yong Min Kim, Sang Duk Hong
Objectives: The aim of this study was to compare the prescription patterns according to characteristics of physicians using a survey distributed amongst physicians in Korea. Methods: We surveyed the prescription patterns for allergic rhinitis (AR) of the members of the Korean Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Clinical Immunology (KAAACI) and the Korean Association of Otorhinolaryngologists (KAO). Questionnaire contained 4 categories with 28 queries. 448 physicians including 98 internal medicine (IM), 113 pediatrics (PED), and 237 otorhinolaryngology (ENT) were responded...
April 28, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448781/assessment-of-clinical-pharmacy-interventions-to-reduce-outpatient-use-of-high-risk-medications-in-the-elderly
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Sarah C Weddle, A Shaun Rowe, Julie W Jeter, Rachel C Renwick, Shaunta' M Chamberlin, Andrea S Franks
BACKGROUND: Use of high-risk medications in the elderly (HRME) and drug-disease (Rx-DIS) interactions in the elderly, as defined by the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) Measures, are significantly associated with mortality, hospital admission, and need for emergency care. No published studies to date evaluate interventions to reduce the use of HEDIS-defined HRME, although many studies have postulated a beneficial effect of such interventions. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of pharmacist interventions on use of HRME and Rx-DIS interactions in the outpatient elderly population...
May 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447545/effects-of-a-family-based-diabetes-intervention-on-behavioral-and-biological-outcomes-for-mexican-american-adults
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Marylyn Morris McEwen, Alice Pasvogel, Carolyn Murdaugh, Joseph Hepworth
Purpose The purpose of the study was to investigate the effects of a family-based self-management support intervention for adults with type 2 diabetes (T2DM). Methods Using a 2-group, experimental repeated measures design, 157 dyads (participant with T2DM and family member) were randomly assigned to an intervention (education, social support, home visits, and telephone calls) or a wait list control group. Data were collected at baseline, postintervention (3 months), and 6 months postintervention. A series of 2 × 3 repeated measures ANOVAs were used to test the hypotheses with interaction contrasts to assess immediate and sustained intervention effects...
April 1, 2017: Diabetes Educator
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447254/the-effect-of-an-online-referral-system-on-referrals-to-bariatric-surgery
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Aristithes G Doumouras, Sama Anvari, Ruth Breau, Mehran Anvari, Dennis Hong, Scott Gmora
BACKGROUND: The Ontario Bariatric Network implemented an online referral system to completely replace a fax-based system in 2015. Strategies such as electronic information transfer have been suggested to improve the bariatric referral process but few studies exist demonstrating their efficacy. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to determine the impact on referral rates to bariatric surgery after converting to an online referral system from a fax-based system. METHODS: All referrals from 2011 to 2015 were included in the study...
April 26, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446804/the-effects-of-increasing-calcium-channel-blocker-dose-vs-adding-a-diuretic-to-treatment-regimens-for-patients-with-uncontrolled-hypertension
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Shigemasa Tani, Kei Asayama, Koji Oiwa, Shinsuke Harasawa, Katsuaki Okubo, Atsuhiko Takahashi, Ayumi Tanabe, Takayoshi Ohkubo, Atsushi Hirayama, Toshio Kushiro
In patients with insufficient blood pressure (BP) control, despite using a combination regimen containing an angiotensin receptor blocker and a calcium channel blocker (CCB), whether a greater dose of CCB or adding a diuretic is more effective at lowering BP remains unclear. We conducted a multicenter randomized clinical trial to compare the efficacy of switching from the daily administration of a single-pill fixed-dose combination of irbesartan (100 mg) and amlodipine (5 mg) to irbesartan (100 mg) with an increased dose of amlodipine (10 mg) (HD group, n=62) or irbesartan (100 mg) and amlodipine (5 mg) with 1 mg of indapamide (D group, n=63) in patients with poorly controlled hypertension...
April 27, 2017: Hypertension Research: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446524/experiences-attitudes-and-possibilities-for-improvement-concerning-the-cooperation-between-occupational-physicians-rehabilitation-physicians-and-general-practitioners-in-germany-from-the-perspectives-of-the-medical-groups-and-rehabilitation-patients-a-protocol
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Susanne Voelter-Mahlknecht, Jan M Stratil, Rainer Kaluscha, Gert Krischak, Monika A Rieger
INTRODUCTION: Rehabilitation measures for patients in the working age primarily aim at maintaining employability, restoring fitness for work or timely return to work (RTW). To facilitate RTW after long sick leave in Germany, both rehabilitation physicians' knowledge about the patients' workplace and communication between the rehabilitation physician and the occupational physician need to be improved. This research will record the experiences and attitudes of occupational physicians, rehabilitation physicians and general practitioners, as well as of rehabilitation patients, to indicate barriers and possibilities for improvement concerning the intersection between workplace and rehabilitation institution...
April 26, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446446/the-cardiovascular-health-in-ambulatory-care-research-team-performance-indicators-for-the-primary-prevention-of-cardiovascular-disease-a-modified-delphi-panel-study
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Jack V Tu, Laura C Maclagan, Dennis T Ko, Clare L Atzema, Gillian L Booth, Sharon Johnston, Karen Tu, Douglas S Lee, Arlene Bierman, Ruth Hall, R Sacha Bhatia, Andrea S Gershon, Sheldon W Tobe, Claudia Sanmartin, Peter Liu, Anna Chu
BACKGROUND: High-quality ambulatory care can reduce cardiovascular disease risk, but important gaps exist in the provision of cardiovascular preventive care. We sought to develop a set of key performance indicators that can be used to measure and improve cardiovascular care in the primary care setting. METHODS: As part of the Cardiovascular Health in Ambulatory Care Research Team initiative, we established a 14-member multidisciplinary expert panel to develop a set of indicators for measuring primary prevention performance in ambulatory cardiovascular care...
April 25, 2017: CMAJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445596/effectiveness-safety-and-acceptability-of-non-physician-provision-of-first-trimester-medical-termination-of-pregnancy-a-systematic-review
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S Sjöström, M Dragoman, S M Fønhus, B Ganatra, K Gemzell-Danielsson
BACKGROUND: Previous systematic reviews have concluded that medical termination of pregnancy (TOP) provided by non-physician providers may be as effective and safe as when provided by physicians. Medical treatment of incomplete miscarriage by non-physicians, and treated women's acceptability with non-physician providers of TOP has not previously been reviewed. OBJECTIVE: To review the effectiveness, safety and acceptability of non-physician provision of first trimester medical TOP including medical treatment for incomplete miscarriage...
April 26, 2017: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445561/allegations-of-failure-to-obtain-informed-consent-in-spinal-surgery-medical-malpractice-claims
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Jennifer Grauberger, Panagiotis Kerezoudis, Asad J Choudhry, Mohammed Ali Alvi, Ahmad Nassr, Bradford Currier, Mohamad Bydon
Importance: Predictive factors associated with increased risk of medical malpractice litigation have been identified, including severity of injury, physician sex, and error in diagnosis. However, there is a paucity of literature investigating informed consent in spinal surgery malpractice. Objective: To investigate the failure to obtain informed consent as an allegation in medical malpractice claims for patients undergoing a spinal procedure. Design, Setting, and Participants: In this retrospective cohort study, a national medicolegal database was searched for malpractice claim cases related to spinal surgery for all years available (ie, January 1, 1980, through December 31, 2015)...
April 26, 2017: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445523/preventive-child-health-care-at-elementary-school-age-the-costs-of-routine-assessments-with-a-triage-approach
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Janine Bezem, Catharina van der Ploeg, Mattijs Numans, Simone Buitendijk, Paul Kocken, Elske van den Akker
BACKGROUND: Triage in Preventive Child Health Care (PCH) assessments could further the efficient use of human resources and budgets and therefore make extra care possible for children with specific needs. We assessed the costs of routine PCH assessments with and without triage for children aged 5/6 years and 10/11 years. In a triage approach, PCH assistants conduct pre-assessments to identify children requiring follow-up assessments by a physician or nurse. In the usual approach, all children are assessed by a physician and an assistant (children aged 5/6 years) or a nurse (children aged 10/11 years)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444977/efficacy-of-postoperative-prophylactic-antibiotics-in-reducing-permanent-pacemaker-infections
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Wen-Huang Lee, Ting-Chun Huang, Li-Jen Lin, Po-Tseng Lee, Chih-Chan Lin, Cheng-Han Lee, Ting-Hsing Chao, Yi-Heng Li, Ju-Yi Chen
BACKGROUND: Despite limited evidence, postoperative prophylactic antibiotics are often used in the setting of permanent pacemaker implantation or replacement. The aim of this study is to investigate the efficacy of postoperative antibiotics. HYPOTHESIS: Postoperative prophylactic antibiotics may be not clinically useful. METHODS: We recruited 367 consecutive patients undergoing permanent pacemaker implantation or generator replacement at a tertiary referral center...
April 26, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444532/the-utrecht-cohort-for-multiple-breast-cancer-intervention-studies-and-long-term-evaluation-umbrella-objectives-design-and-baseline-results
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D A Young-Afat, C H van Gils, H J G D van den Bongard, H M Verkooijen
PURPOSE: In oncology, RCTs are often beset by slow recruitment, limited generalizability, and strong preferences for interventions by patients and physicians. The cohort multiple randomized controlled trial (cmRCT) is an innovative design with the potential to overcome those challenges. In cmRCT, a prospective cohort serves as an infrastructure for multiple RCTs. We implemented cmRCT in a clinical breast cancer setting by creating UMBRELLA-a large prospective cohort of breast cancer and DCIS patients/survivors...
April 25, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444168/mechanical-versus-bioprosthetic-aortic-valve-replacement
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Stuart J Head, Mevlüt Çelik, A Pieter Kappetein
Mechanical valves used for aortic valve replacement (AVR) continue to be associated with bleeding risks because of anticoagulation therapy, while bioprosthetic valves are at risk of structural valve deterioration requiring reoperation. This risk/benefit ratio of mechanical and bioprosthetic valves has led American and European guidelines on valvular heart disease to be consistent in recommending the use of mechanical prostheses in patients younger than 60 years of age. Despite these recommendations, the use of bioprosthetic valves has significantly increased over the last decades in all age groups...
April 20, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444082/ii-brazilian-consensus-on-the-use-of-human-immunoglobulin-in-patients-with-primary-immunodeficiencies
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Ekaterini Simões Goudouris, Almerinda Maria do Rego Silva, Aluce Loureiro Ouricuri, Anete Sevciovic Grumach, Antonio Condino-Neto, Beatriz Tavares Costa-Carvalho, Carolina Cardoso de Mello Prando, Cristina Maria Kokron, Dewton de Moraes Vasconcelos, Fabíola Scancetti Tavares, Gesmar Rodrigues Silva Segundo, Irma Cecília Douglas Paes Barreto, Mayra de Barros Dorna, Myrthes Anna Maragna Toledo Barros, Wilma Carvalho Neves Forte
In the last few years, new primary immunodeficiencies and genetic defects have been described. Recently, immunoglobulin products with improved compositions and for subcutaneous use have become available in Brazil. In order to guide physicians on the use of human immunoglobulin to treat primary immunodeficiencies, based on a narrative literature review and their professional experience, the members of the Primary Immunodeficiency Group of the Brazilian Society of Allergy and Immunology prepared an updated document of the 1st Brazilian Consensus, published in 2010...
2017: Einstein
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443356/sham-or-no-sham-control-that-is-the-question-in-trials-of-renal-denervation-for-resistant-hypertension-a-systematic-meta-analysis
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Fadl Elmula M Fadl Elmula, Ying-Mei Feng, Lotte Jacobs, Anne C Larstorp, Sverre E Kjeldsen, Alexandre Persu, Jan A Staessen
BACKGROUND: Studies of renal denervation (RDN) in patients with apparent treatment resistant hypertension have been hampered by a number of patient and physician related confounders on blood pressure (BP) including poor drug adherence. It remains uncertain whether RDN lowers BP. We aimed to investigate whether the use of sham control is essential in RDN studies or whether systematic use of 24-hour ambulatory BP provides enough information thereby making an invasive sham control redundant...
April 26, 2017: Blood Pressure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443283/vascular-access-site-for-renal-replacement-therapy-in-acute-kidney-injury-a-post-hoc-analysis-of-the-atn-study
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Yue-Harn Ng, Kavitha Ganta, Herbert Davis, V Shane Pankratz, Mark Unruh
BACKGROUND: Acute kidney injury requiring renal replacement therapy (RRT) in the intensive care unit portends a poor prognosis. The decisions regarding dialysis catheter placement is based mainly on physician discretion with little evidence to support the choice of dialysis catheter location. METHODS: The Veterans Affairs/National Institutes of Health Acute Renal Failure Trial Network Study was a multicenter, prospective, randomized trial of intensive vs. less intensive RRT in critically ill patients with AKI...
2017: Frontiers in Medicine
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