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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098513/attrition-and-retention-in-upper-limb-prosthetics-research-experience-of-the-va-home-study-of-the-deka-arm
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Linda Resnik, Shana Klinger
PURPOSE: (1) Describe study attrition; (2) identify reasons for attrition, and (3) discuss implications for prosthetic prescription and design of future device studies. Design and methodological procedures used: Completion phase (during in-laboratory training, after training, or home use) was identified for 42 participants. Qualitative data were analyzed to identify attrition reasons. Reasons were classified as related to the DEKA arm, or not. RESULTS: Study attrition was 57%, with 43% completing the full study...
January 18, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097305/enhanced-recovery-after-surgery-a-review
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Olle Ljungqvist, Michael Scott, Kenneth C Fearon
Importance: Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) is a paradigm shift in perioperative care, resulting in substantial improvements in clinical outcomes and cost savings. Observations: Enhanced Recovery After Surgery is a multimodal, multidisciplinary approach to the care of the surgical patient. Enhanced Recovery After Surgery process implementation involves a team consisting of surgeons, anesthetists, an ERAS coordinator (often a nurse or a physician assistant), and staff from units that care for the surgical patient...
January 11, 2017: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097266/the-effect-of-posture-and-repetition-on-urodynamic-parameters-a-prospective-randomized-study
#3
Ho Joon Jeon, Min Soo Choo, Seung-June Oh
PURPOSE: To evaluate the effect of posture and repetition of filling cystometry on urodynamic parameters. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Seventy-one men with benign prostatic hyperplasia participated in a urodynamic study between September 2015 and August 2016 and were randomly assigned to a supine to supine (group SS, n=16), erect to erect (group EE, n=16), supine to erect (group SE, n=19) or erect to supine (group ES, n=20) group. The patients underwent filling cystometry twice...
January 2017: Investigative and Clinical Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096935/practical-first-line-management-of-renal-cell-carcinoma-in-a-community-practice
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REVIEW
Henry Conter
Sunitinib is an oral receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) that targets signalling by vascular endothelial growth factor receptors (VEGFRs). The standard sunitinib dosing schedule for metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC) is 50 mg for four weeks (28 days) of treatment, followed by a two-week (14-day) break from treatment (four/two schedule). However, this schedule is associated with toxicities that can limit the patient's health-related quality of life (HRQOL) and impede treatment compliance. Given the generally incurable nature of mRCC and the toxicity associated with therapy, treatment strategies should focus on achieving long-term response, preserving HRQOL, and minimizing treatment-related toxicity...
November 2016: Canadian Urological Association Journal, Journal de L'Association des Urologues du Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096738/clinical-management-expectations-and-satisfaction-of-patients-with-moderate-to-severe-allergic-rhinoconjunctivitis-treated-with-sq-standardized-grass-allergen-tablet-under-routine-clinical-practice-conditions-in-spain
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Tomás Chivato, Pedro Álvarez-Calderón, Carmen Panizo, Ricardo Abengozar, César Alías, Ali Al-Baech, José Arias-Irigoyen, M José Caballero, Lluis Conill, Silvia de Miguel, Rafael Laguna, Joan Martínez-Benazet, Francisco Matoses, Jose Camilo Martínez-Alonso, Lourdes Mendizábal, Celsa Pérez-Carral, Carlos Puerto, Joan Serra-Batllés, Adolfo Vélez, Jonathan Vicente, Fernando de la Torre
BACKGROUND: Sublingual immunotherapy has been proven as a well-tolerated and effective treatment for allergic rhinitis. Within this type of treatment, GRAZAX(®) is the most documented product in terms of safety and efficacy. The objective of this study was to identify the patients' expectations and level of treatment satisfaction, as well as the clinical management of patients with moderate/severe allergic rhinoconjunctivitis treated with GRAZAX(®). METHODS: This was a non-interventional, observational, multi-centre, open-label study involving a total of 131 adult patients aged 18-66 years with confirmed diagnosis of grass-allergy and initiated treatment with GRAZAX(®) between June 2010 and April 2011...
2017: Clinical and Molecular Allergy: CMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096227/atypical-presentation-of-bezold-s-and-citelli-s-abscesses-with-recollection-following-an-incomplete-postoperative-course-of-antibiotics
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Sadik Quoraishi, Jayan George, Amir Farboud, Conor Marnane
Bezold's and Citelli's abscesses are rare complications of otitis media. We present a case of a 44-year-old Eastern European man, with a history of recurrent otitis media, who was admitted to hospital with mastoiditis and initially treated with antibiotics. Despite clinical improvement, a CT scan showed mastoiditis with Bezold's and Citelli's abscesses. The patient underwent a myringotomy and grommet insertion, in addition to a cortical mastoidectomy and curettage of the neck abscesses. After a good recovery, he was discharged home...
January 17, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095965/vamonos-veterans-affairs-metabolism-obstructed-and-non-obstructed-sleep-study-effects-of-cpap-therapy-on-glucose-metabolism-in-patients-with-obstructive-sleep-apnea
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Octavian C Ioachimescu, Jeremy Anthony, Tina Constantin, Mary-Margaret Ciavatta, Kandace McCarver, Mary Ellen Sweeney
STUDY OBJECTIVES: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) are prevalent disorders that pose increased risk of cardiovascular disease and death. The objective of this study was to clarify if continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy for OSA affects T2DM control and emergence. METHODS: Point-of-care, comparative effectiveness study; cross-sectional and longitudinal analyses. RESULTS: Our cohort included 928 consecutive patients; 13% were women; 36% were Caucasians and 61% African-Americans...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine: JCSM: Official Publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095843/the-tidal-waves-of-connected-health-devices-with-healthcare-applications-consequences-on-privacy-and-care-management-in-european-healthcare-systems
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Francois-André Allaert, Noël-Jean Mazen, Louis Legrand, Catherine Quantin
BACKGROUND: The market for Connected Health Devices (CHD) with healthcare applications is growing fast and should be worth several billion euros in turnover in the coming years. Their development will completely transform the organisation of our healthcare system, profoundly change the way patients are managed and revolutionizes disease prevention. MAIN BODY: The CHD with healthcare applications is a tidal wave that has societal impact calling into question the privacy of patients' personal and healthcare information and its protection in secure systems...
January 17, 2017: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095806/predictors-of-mental-health-review-tribunal-mhrt-outcome-in-a-forensic-inpatient-population-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Amelia Jewell, Kimberlie Dean, Tom Fahy, Alexis E Cullen
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have investigated factors associated with outcome at Mental Health Review Tribunals (MHRTs) in forensic psychiatric patients; however, dynamic variables such as treatment compliance and substance misuse have scarcely been examined, particularly in UK samples. We aimed to determine whether dynamic factors related to behaviour, cooperation with treatment, and activities on the ward were prospectively associated with outcome at MHRT. METHODS: At baseline, demographic, clinical, behavioural, and treatment-related factors were ascertained via electronic medical records and census forms completed by the patient's clinical team...
January 17, 2017: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094601/recruiting-newly-referred-lung-cancer-patients-to-a-patient-navigator-intervention-paco-lessons-learnt-from-a-pilot-study
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Trille Kristina Kjær, Anders Mellemgaard, Marianne Stensøe Oksen, Bo Andreassen Rix, Randi Karlsen, Christoffer Johansen, Susanne Oksbjerg Dalton
OBJECTIVES: The incidence of and survival from lung cancer are associated with socioeconomic position, and disparities have been observed in both curative and palliative treatment for lung cancer. 'Patient navigation' is valuable in addressing health disparity, with timely treatment and transition to care. We conducted a pilot study to test the feasibility of a patient navigator program (PAtient COach) for newly diagnosed lung cancer. We present the trial, the findings from the pilot study and discuss factors that might have affected recruitment rates...
January 17, 2017: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093815/nigella-sativa-supplementation-improves-asthma-control-and-biomarkers-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-trial
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Abdulrahman Koshak, Li Wei, Emad Koshak, Siraj Wali, Omer Alamoudi, Abdulrahman Demerdash, Majdy Qutub, Peter Natesan Pushparaj, Michael Heinrich
Poor compliance with conventional asthma medications remains a major problem in achieving asthma control. Nigella sativa oil (NSO) is used traditionally for many inflammatory conditions such as asthma. We aimed to investigate the benefits of NSO supplementation on clinical and inflammatory parameters of asthma. NSO capsules 500 mg twice daily for 4 weeks were used as a supplementary treatment in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial in asthmatics (clinicaltrials.gov: NCT02407262). The primary outcome was Asthma Control Test score...
January 17, 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093634/international-osteoporosis-foundation-and-european-calcified-tissue-society-working-group-recommendations-for-the-screening-of-adherence-to-oral-bisphosphonates
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A Diez-Perez, K E Naylor, B Abrahamsen, D Agnusdei, M L Brandi, C Cooper, E Dennison, E F Eriksen, D T Gold, N Guañabens, P Hadji, M Hiligsmann, R Horne, R Josse, J A Kanis, B Obermayer-Pietsch, D Prieto-Alhambra, J-Y Reginster, R Rizzoli, S Silverman, M C Zillikens, R Eastell
: Adherence to oral bisphosphonates is low. A screening strategy is proposed based on the response of biochemical markers of bone turnover after 3 months of therapy. If no change is observed, the clinician should reassess the adherence to the treatment and also other potential issues with the drug. INTRODUCTION: Low adherence to oral bisphosphonates is a common problem that jeopardizes the efficacy of treatment of osteoporosis. No clear screening strategy for the assessment of compliance is widely accepted in these patients...
January 16, 2017: Osteoporosis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093429/paediatric-ed-bipap-continuous-quality-improvement-programme-with-patient-analysis-2005-2013
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Thomas Abramo, Abby Williams, Samaiya Mushtaq, Mark Meredith, Rawle Sepaule, Kristen Crossman, Cheryl Burney Jones, Suzanne Godbold, Zhuopei Hu, Todd Nick
OBJECTIVE: In paediatric moderate-to-severe asthmatics, there is significant bronchospasm, airway obstruction, air trapping causing severe hyperinflation with more positive intraplural pressure preventing passive air movement. These effects cause an increased respiratory rate (RR), less airflow and shortened inspiratory breath time. In certain asthmatics, aerosols are ineffective due to their inadequate ventilation. Bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP) in acute paediatric asthmatics can be an effective treatment...
January 16, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091879/new-medical-therapies-on-the-horizon-oral-octreotide
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REVIEW
Nienke R Biermasz
Somatostatin analog treatment is first line medical treatment in patients with acromegaly. This drug is currently mainly administered by monthly depot preparations of octreotide and lanreotide. With the innovative transient permeability enhancer, a technology enabling the absorption of drug molecules via transient opening of the tight junctions of the gut epithelium, it is possible to achieve therapeutic octreotide levels after oral ingestion. The present review summarized the preclinical work and the recently reported phase I and III study on oral octreotide capsules in patients with acromegaly...
January 16, 2017: Pituitary
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090301/pulmonary-pulse-wave-transit-time-is-associated-with-right-ventricular-pulmonary-artery-coupling-in-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Kurt W Prins, E Kenneth Weir, Stephen L Archer, Jeremy Markowitz, Lauren Rose, Marc Pritzker, Richard Madlon-Kay, Thenappan Thenappan
Pulmonary pulse wave transit time (pPTT), defined as the time for the systolic pressure pulse wave to travel from the pulmonary valve to the pulmonary veins, has been reported to be reduced in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH); however, the underlying mechanism of reduced pPTT is unknown. Here, we investigate the hypothesis that abbreviated pPTT in PAH results from impaired right ventricular-pulmonary artery (RV-PA) coupling. We quantified pPTT using pulsed-wave Doppler ultrasound from 10 healthy age- and sex-matched controls and 36 patients with PAH...
December 2016: Pulmonary Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089998/first-clinical-experience-with-targeted-renal-nerve-demodulation-trend-1-using-a-neurotropic-agent-for-the-treatment-of-sympathetic-hypertension
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Nicholas Kipshidze, Horst Sievert, Michael H Wholey, Konstantin Kipiani, Vakhtang Kipiani, Tea Mukhuradze, Mark Wholey, Emily Stein, K T Venkateswara Rao
AIMS: To evaluate the feasibility and safety of a novel targeted neuromodulatory treatment for sympathetic hypertension involving a one-time local injection of neurotropic agents near renal nerves. METHODS AND RESULTS: Seven patients suffering from uncontrolled hypertension per ESH-ESC guidelines were treated using a single dose of NW2013, a neurotropic Na+/K+ ATPase antagonist. A microneedle catheter was used to administer 1.2 mL of NW2013 (0.6 mL per artery) to the perivascular space surrounding renal arteries using percutaneous endovascular procedures under fluoroscopic guidance...
January 15, 2017: Journal of Invasive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089762/long-terms-results-of-a-trial-of-concurrent-chemotherapy-and-escalating-doses-of-radiation-for-unresectable-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-ncctg-n0028-alliance
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Steven E Schild, Shauna L Hillman, Angelina D Tan, Helen J Ross, William L McGinnis, Yolanda A Garces, David L Graham, Alex A Adjei, James R Jett
INTRODUCTION OR HYPOTHESIS: This phase I/II trial was originally designed to determine the maximally tolerated dose(MTD) of thoracic radiotherapy(TRT) as part of a combined modality approach. This report includes the long-term outcome of patients treated on this study. The phase II portion was never completed as RTOG-0617 opened before it was concluded. METHODS: The MTD was defined as 74Gy in 37 fractions in this study. Twenty-five patients with unresectable non-small cell lung cancer(NSCLC) were treated with 2Gy daily fractions and concurrent weekly carboplatin and paclitaxel...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Thoracic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089217/the-impact-of-inadequate-health-literacy-on-patient-satisfaction-healthcare-utilization-and-expenditures-among-older-adults
#18
Stephanie MacLeod, Shirley Musich, Stephen Gulyas, Yan Cheng, Rifky Tkatch, Diane Cempellin, Gandhi R Bhattarai, Kevin Hawkins, Charlotte S Yeh
Inadequate health literacy (HL) is associated with impaired healthcare choices leading to poor quality-of-care. Our primary purpose was to estimate the prevalence of inadequate HL among two populations of AARP(®) Medicare Supplement insureds: sicker and healthier populations; to identify characteristics of inadequate HL; and to describe the impact on patient satisfaction, preventive services, healthcare utilization, and expenditures. Surveys were mailed to insureds in 10 states. Multivariate regression models were used to identify characteristics and adjust outcomes...
January 11, 2017: Geriatric Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089200/limitations-of-the-current-standards-of-care-for-treating-gout-and-crystal-deposition-in-the-primary-care-setting-a-review
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Robert T Keenan
PURPOSE: This article outlines several important issues regarding the management of patients with gout. The topics discussed include best practices for gout based on the most current guidelines, opportunities for improving gout management, and current and emerging therapies for gout. METHODS: [PubMed and Google Scholar databases] were search for all articles and trials published before 2016, using the key terms [hyperuricemia, gout, tophi, joint erosion, joint damage, treatment guidelines, American College of Rheumatology (ACR), European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR), flare, comorbidity, epidemiology, adherence, serum uric acid (sUA), monosodium urate (MSU), <6 mg/dL, MSU crystal formation, as well as individual drug names and classes of treatments of interest (allopurinol, febuxostat, colchicine, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs)]...
January 11, 2017: Clinical Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089167/diabetic-self-care-practices-in-rural-mysuru-southern-karnataka-india-a-need-for-diabetes-self-management-educational-dsme-program
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K M Srinath, Madhu Basavegowda, Nandarula Sai Tharuni
CONTEXT: Diabetes and its complications are the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the world. Self care has emerged as a crucial element in the management of diabetes and a key factor associated with the quality of diabetic care. AIMS: The purpose of the study was to assess the self care activities of patients with Type II diabetes mellitus in a rural area of Mysuru district. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: A community based cross sectional descriptive study was carried out among 400 diabetic patients in rural Mysore...
December 15, 2016: Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome
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