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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549161/cigarette-smoking-cessation-intervention-for-buprenorphine-treatment-patients
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Sharon M Hall, Gary Humfleet, James Gasper, Kevin L Delucchi, David Hersh, Joseph Guydish
Introduction: Patients receiving Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT) for opioid use disorder have high cigarette smoking rates. Cigarette smoking interventions have had limited success. We evaluated an intervention to increase cigarette abstinence rates in patients receiving buprenorphine-assisted therapy. Methods: Cigarette smokers (N=175; 78% male; 69% Caucasian; 20% Hispanic), recruited from a buprenorphine clinic were randomly assigned to either an extended innovative system intervention (E-ISI) or to Standard Treatment Control (STC)...
May 26, 2017: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548676/the-diagnosis-and-management-of-chronic-migraine-in-primary-care
#2
Werner J Becker
BACKGROUND: Chronic migraine is common, affecting approximately 1% of the general population, and causes significant disability. OBJECTIVE: To summarize optimal involvement of primary care physicians in chronic migraine care, and to provide algorithms to assist them in the diagnosis and management of patients with chronic migraine. METHODS: An analysis of diagnostic and treatment needs in chronic migraine, based on a synthesis of the medical literature and clinical experience...
May 26, 2017: Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548315/aapm-medical-physics-practice-guideline-8-a-linear-accelerator-performance-tests
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Koren Smith, Peter Balter, John Duhon, Gerald A White, David L Vassy, Robin A Miller, Christopher F Serago, Lynne A Fairobent
PURPOSE: The purpose of this guideline is to provide a list of critical performance tests in order to assist the Qualified Medical Physicist (QMP) in establishing and maintaining a safe and effective quality assurance (QA) program. The performance tests on a linear accelerator (linac) should be selected to fit the clinical patterns of use of the accelerator and care should be given to perform tests which are relevant to detecting errors related to the specific use of the accelerator. METHODS: A risk assessment was performed on tests from current task group reports on linac QA to highlight those tests that are most effective at maintaining safety and quality for the patient...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546740/new-developments-in-managing-opioid-addiction-impact-of-a-subdermal-buprenorphine-implant
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MariaLisa Itzoe, Michael Guarnieri
Opioid addiction to prescription and illicit drugs is a serious and growing problem. In the US alone, >2.4 million people suffer from opioid use disorder. Government and pharmaceutical agencies have begun to address this crisis with recently released and revised task forces and medication-assisted therapies (MAT). For decades, oral or intravenous (IV) MATs have helped patients in their recovery by administration of opioid agonists (methadone, buprenorphine, oxycodone), antagonists (naltrexone, naloxone), and combinations of the two (buprenorphine/naloxone)...
2017: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543813/inhaled-pulmonary-vasodilator-therapy-for-management-of-right-ventricular-dysfunction-after-left-ventricular-assist-device-placement-and-cardiac-transplantation
#5
Leah A Sabato, David M Salerno, Jeremy D Moretz, Douglas L Jennings
Right ventricular failure (RVF) after cardiac transplant (CTX) or implantation of a continuous-flow left ventricular assist device (CF-LVAD) is associated with significant post-operative morbidity and mortality. A variety of modalities have been used to treat post-operative RVF, including management of volume status, intravenous inotropes and vasodilators, and right-sided mechanical support. Inhaled vasodilator agents are a unique treatment option aimed at minimizing systemic absorption by delivering therapy directly to the pulmonary vasculature...
May 24, 2017: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541100/patient-education-and-mind-diversion-in-supportive-care
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Salima Sadruddin, Rafat Jan, Adnan A Jabbar, Kashmira Nanji, Ambreen Tharani Name
Cancer is a growing health problem worldwide. Common treatments include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Systemic anti-cancer medications often result in an array of physical and psychological side effects. Supportive care assists patients with cancer in managing multidimensional symptoms that result from treatment or the illness itself. This review discusses supportive care and examines patient counselling and mind-diversion activities, which are safe and cost-effective strategies. Improving cancer patients' health and wellbeing should be encouraged in oncology nursing practice and by teaching students the knowledge and skills needed to provide supportive care...
May 25, 2017: British Journal of Nursing: BJN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532883/a-critical-overview-of-the-current-myofascial-pain-literature-march-2017
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REVIEW
Jan Dommerholt, Rob Grieve, Todd Hooks, Michelle Finnegan
After two years of having contributed to this overview series of articles, we sadly say goodbye to Dr. Rob Grieve. We would like to thank Dr. Grieve for his insightful contributions and analyses of the myofascial pain literature. Dr. Grieve would have preferred to continue, but his many university and research responsibilities had to take priority. We are looking forward to reviewing his future research endeavors in this article. We are pleased that Dr. Li-Wei Chou, MD, PhD has agreed to replace Dr. Grieve and join our team...
April 2017: Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532872/comparing-aquastretch-with-supervised-land-based-stretching-for-chronic-lower-back-pain
#8
Lynda G Keane
OBJECTIVE: Chronic Lower Back Pain (CLBP) is a major health problem affecting 70-85% of the population in the UK. AquaStretch, a new form of assisted stretching in water, is compared with supervised land based stretching (LBS) for subjects with CLBP looking at pain reduction, kinesiophobia and disability. METHOD: 29 subjects were randomly allocated into three groups, LBS (N = 10), AquaStretch (N = 10) and Control (N = 9). Modified Oswestry Low Back Pain Questionnaire (MOLBPQ) and Tampa Scale of Kinesiophobia (TSK) questionnaires were completed in weeks 1, 6, and 12...
April 2017: Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532195/vertical-mother-to-child-hiv-transmission-in-babies-born-in-a-tertiary-hospital-in-southern-brazil
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Manoela Muller Barbieri, Renate von Linsingen, Renato Luiz Sbalqueiro, Edson Gomes Tristão
PURPOSE: Programs for the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) are essentially focused on prevention actions that occur during prenatal care. This study aimed to evaluate the mother-to-child vertical transmission (MCVT) rate, and identify its possible causes, in a sample of pregnant women with HIV. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a retrospective and descriptive study. The sample was composed of HIV-positive pregnant women who delivered a live infant in the maternity ward at the hospital of the Federal University of Parana in Brazil, between January 2007 and December 2012...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530526/warfarin-management-and-outcomes-in-patients-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-within-an-integrated-health-care-system
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JaeJin An, Fang Niu, Chengyi Zheng, Nazia Rashid, Robert A Mendes, Diana Dills, Lien Vo, Prianka Singh, Amanda Bruno, Daniel T Lang, Paul T Le, Kristin P Jazdzewski, Gustavus Aranda
BACKGROUND: Warfarin is a common treatment option to manage patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) in clinical practice. Understanding current pharmacist-led anticoagulation clinic management patterns and associated outcomes is important for quality improvement; however, currently little evidence associating outcomes with management patterns exists. OBJECTIVES: To (a) describe warfarin management patterns and (b) evaluate associations between warfarin treatment and clinical outcomes for patients with NVAF in an integrated health care system...
June 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530523/cost-effectiveness-of-peginterferon-beta-1a-and-alemtuzumab-in-relapsing-remitting-multiple-sclerosis
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Ankur A Dashputre, Khalid M Kamal, Gauri Pawar
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the central nervous system, affecting 2.5 million people globally and 400,000 people in the United States. While no cure exists for MS, the goal is to manage the disease using disease-modifying therapies (DMTs), which have been shown to slow disease progression and prevent relapses. Relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS) is the most common form of MS at the time of diagnosis. Peginterferon beta-1a (PEG) and alemtuzumab (ALT) were recently approved and have demonstrated good clinical outcomes, including reduced relapse rates in clinical trials...
June 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530519/does-a-one-size-fits-all-cost-sharing-approach-incentivize-appropriate-medication-use-a-roundtable-on-the-fairness-and-ethics-associated-with-variable-cost-sharing
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Jennifer S Graff, Chuck Shih, Thomas Barker, Gabriela Dieguez, Cheryl Larson, Helen Sherman, Robert W Dubois
BACKGROUND: Tiered formularies, in which patients pay copays or coinsurance out-of-pocket (OOP), are used to manage costs and encourage more efficient health care resource use. Formulary tiers are typically based on the cost of treatment rather than the medical appropriateness for the patient. Cost sharing may have unintended consequences on treatment adherence and health outcomes. Use of higher-cost, higher-tier medications can be due to a variety of factors, including unsuccessful treatment because of lack of efficacy or side effects, patient clinical or genetic characteristics, patient preferences to avoid potential side effects, or patient preferences based on the route of administration...
June 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530128/in-vivo-endocrine-secretion-of-prostacyclin-following-expression-of-a-cox-1-pgis-fusion-protein-in-the-salivary-glands-of-rats-via-non-viral-gene-therapy
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Zhimin Wang, Raymond L Benza, Lee Zourelias, Angela Sanguino, Ramaz Geguchadze, Kelly J Shields, Changgong Wu, Kristin B Highland, Michael J Passineau
Pulmonary arterial hypertension is a progressive disease that culminates in right heart failure and death. Prostacyclin(PGI2) and its derivatives are effective treatments for PAH when administered as continuous parenteral infusions. This treatment paradigm requires medical sophistication, and patients are at risk for complications from an indewelling catheter; drug interruptions may result in rebound pulmonary hypertension and death. We hypothesized that the salivary gland can be repurposed into an endogenous production site for circulating PGI2 through the expression of a fusion protein embodying cyclooxygenase-1(Cox1) and prostacyclin synthase(PGIS) domains...
May 20, 2017: Human Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522745/randomised-controlled-trial-of-stand-alone-tailored-emails-for-smoking-cessation
#14
J Lee Westmaas, Jeuneviette Bontemps-Jones, Peter S Hendricks, Jihye Kim, Lorien C Abroms
INTRODUCTION: Digital technology has created opportunities for delivering smoking cessation assistance at the population level. However, the efficacy of sending multiple, automated, tailored emails providing motivation, support and information for quitting is unknown. METHODS: Smokers planning to quit (n=1070) were randomly assigned to (1) 27 tailored cessation emails (deluxe email group (DEG)), (2) 3 to 4 tailored emails with links to downloadable booklets (basic email group (BEG)) or (3) a single non-tailored email (single email group (SEG))...
May 18, 2017: Tobacco Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518009/aeromedical-evacuation-using-extra-corporeal-life-support-after-resuscitated-cardiac-arrest
#15
David Gerard, Hervé Raffin, Guillaume Lebreton
BACKGROUND: Extra corporeal life support (ECLS) is presently first line therapy for refractory cardiogenic shock. Mobile circulatory support teams implant ECLS or extra corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) in patients in the hospital without circulatory support. These patients are then transported to specialized centers. Here we report a case of sending a mobile circulatory support team abroad, followed by air ambulance evacuation, which, to our knowledge, has never been used as part of medical assistance abroad...
April 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516801/representations-of-mental-health-and-arts-participation-in-the-national-and-local-british-press-2007-2015
#16
Dimitrinka Atanasova, Nelya Koteyko, Brian Brown, Paul Crawford
We analysed news articles published in national and local British newspapers between 2007 and 2015 to understand (1) how mental health and arts participation were framed and (2) how the relationships between participants in arts initiatives were conceptualised. Using corpus-assisted qualitative frame analysis, we identified frames of recovery, stigma and economy. The recovery frame, which emphasised that mental illness can be treated similarly to physical illness, positioned arts participation as a form of therapy that can complement or substitute medication...
May 1, 2017: Health (London)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515945/exposure-to-occupational-hazards-for-pregnancy-and-sick-leave-in-pregnant-workers-a-cross-sectional-study
#17
Jean-Bernard Henrotin, Monique Vaissière, Maryline Etaix, Mathieu Dziurla, Stéphane Malard, Dominique Lafon
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to investigate the association between exposure to occupational hazards for pregnancy and sick leave (SL) in pregnant workers. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was performed in French occupational health services in 2014. Occupational hazards for pregnancy were assessed by occupational health physicians (OHPs). After delivery and at the time of returning to work, 1,495 eligible workers were interviewed by OHPs. Information on SL was self-reported...
2017: Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514235/ondansetron-does-not-reduce-withdrawal-in-patients-with-physical-dependence-on-chronic-opioid-therapy
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Larry F Chu, John Sun, Anna Clemenson, Matthew J Erlendson, Tom Rico, Erika Cornell, Hannah Obasi, Zahra N Sayyid, Ellen M Encisco, Jeff Yu, Jamison G Gamble, Ian Carroll, J David Clark
OBJECTIVES: Individuals taking opioids for an extended period of time may become physically dependent, and will therefore experience opioid withdrawal should they stop taking the medication. Previous work in animal and human models has shown that the serotonin (5-HT3) receptor may be implicated in opioid withdrawal. In this study, we investigated if ondansetron, a 5-HT3-receptor antagonist, could reduce the symptoms of opioid withdrawal after chronic opioid exposure in humans. METHODS: In this double-blinded, randomized, crossover study, 33 chronic back pain patients (N = 33) were titrated onto sustained-release oral morphine for 30 days...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Addiction Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512920/an-audit-of-adherence-to-heart-failure-guidelines-in-an-australian-hospital-a-pharmacist-perspective
#19
Viviane Khalil, Melanie Danninger, Wei Wang, Hanan Khalil
RATIONALE, AIMS, AND OBJECTIVES: The Australian National Heart Foundation Guidelines have been developed to guide clinicians on how to best manage chronic heart failure (CHF) patients according to the current best available evidence. The primary aim of this study is to evaluate the proportion of patients prescribed evidence-based therapy (EBT) for CHF on discharge at this Australian metropolitan hospital and factors affecting its prescribing. The secondary aims are to examine the proportion of patients prescribed EBT on discharge on cardiac wards compared to medical wards and to explore the role of the pharmacist in the management of these patients...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511143/dna-assisted-upconversion-nanoplatform-for-imaging-guided-synergistic-therapy-and-laser-switchable-drug-detoxification
#20
Luoyuan Li, Panlong Hao, Peng Wei, Limin Fu, Xicheng Ai, Jianping Zhang, Jing Zhou
The side effects of chemotherapy bring significant physical and psychological suffering to patients. To solve this urgent medical problem, Yb(3+) and Er(3+) co-doped NaLuF4 upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) were constructed for upconversion luminescence (UCL)-labeled diagnosis under 980 nm laser irradiation. The UCNPs were then modified layer by layer with polypyrrole and a special programming DNA segment as photothermal conversion agents and controllable drug carriers, respectively. The nanoplatform was successfully used for imaging-guided synergistic therapy (photothermal therapy and chemotherapy) at a safe power density (300 mW cm(-2)), and DNA-assisted detoxification at lower temperature in cancer cells when the laser off...
May 5, 2017: Biomaterials
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