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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348023/impaired-recovery-of-left-ventricular-function-in-patients-with-cardiomyopathy-and-left%C3%A2-bundle-branch-block
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Edward Sze, Zainab Samad, Allison Dunning, Kristen Bova Campbell, Zak Loring, Brett D Atwater, Karen Chiswell, Joseph A Kisslo, Eric J Velazquez, James P Daubert
BACKGROUND: Patients with left bundle branch block (LBBB) often respond to cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) with left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) improvement. Guideline-directed medical therapy (GDMT), not CRT, is first-line therapy for patients with reduced LVEF with LBBB. However, there are little data on how patients with reduced LVEF and LBBB respond to GDMT. OBJECTIVES: This study examined patients with cardiomyopathy and sought to assess rates of LVEF improvement for patients with LBBB compared to other QRS morphologies...
January 23, 2018: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344340/assessment-and-management-of-sexual-dysfunction-in-the-context-of-depression
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REVIEW
Pratap R Chokka, Jeffrey R Hankey
Sexual dysfunction (SD) is pervasive and underreported, and its effects on quality of life are underestimated. Due in part to its bidirectional relationship with depression, SD can be difficult to diagnose; it is also a common side effect of many antidepressants, leading to treatment noncompliance. While physicians often count on patients to spontaneously report SD, treatment is optimized when the clinician instead performs a thorough assessment of sexual functioning before and during drug therapy using a standardized questionnaire such as the Arizona Sexual Experiences Scale (ASEX)...
January 2018: Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343412/implementing-genome-driven-personalized-cardiology-in-clinical-practice
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REVIEW
Ares Pasipoularides
Genomics designates the coordinated investigation of a large number of genes in the context of a biological process or disease. It may be long before we attain comprehensive understanding of the genomics of common complex cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) such as inherited cardiomyopathies, valvular diseases, primary arrhythmogenic conditions, congenital heart syndromes, hypercholesterolemia and atherosclerotic heart disease, hypertensive syndromes, and heart failure with preserved/reduced ejection fraction. Nonetheless, as genomics is evolving rapidly, it is constructive to survey now pertinent concepts and breakthroughs...
January 14, 2018: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342367/cystic-fibrosis-pulmonary-guidelines-use-of-cftr-modulator-therapy-in-patients-with-cystic-fibrosis
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Clement L Ren, Rebecca L Morgan, Christopher Oermann, Helaine E Resnick, Cynthia Brady, Annette Campbell, Richard DeNagel, Margaret Guill, Jeffrey Hoag, Andrew Lipton, Thomas Newton, Stacy Peters, Donna Beth Willey-Courand, Edward T Naureckas
BACKGROUND: CFTR modulators are a new class of medications that target the underlying defect in in cystic fibrosis (CF). Ivacaftor (IVA) and IVA combined with lumacaftor (IVA/LUM) have been approved by the FDA for use in CF patients. However, the FDA label for these medications encompasses patient groups that were not studied as part of the drug approval process. CF clinicians, patients, and their families have recognized a need for recommendations to guide the use of these medications...
January 17, 2018: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342172/driving-factors-of-retention-in-care-among-hiv-positive-msm-and-transwomen-in-indonesia-a-cross-sectional-study
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Adi Nugroho, Vicki Erasmus, Robert W S Coulter, Sushil Koirala, Oranuch Nampaisan, Wirastra Pamungkas, Jan Hendrik Richardus
Little is known about the prevalence of and factors that influence retention in HIV-related care among Indonesian men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women (transwomen, or waria in Indonesian term). Therefore, we explored the driving factors of retention in care among HIV-positive MSM and waria in Indonesia. This cross-sectional study involved 298 self-reported HIV-positive MSM (n = 165) and waria (n = 133). Participants were recruited using targeted sampling and interviewed using a structured questionnaire...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341962/withdrawal-of-life-sustaining-therapy
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Barbara G Jericho
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The aim of this review is to examine literature relating to the withdrawal of life-sustaining therapy (WLST). RECENT FINDINGS: Discussions regarding end-of-life issues in adults and children are not occurring comprehensively. Discussions relating to the WLST in the pediatric population varies by institution and may vary by race, age, health insurance, diagnosis, and severity of illness. Completing advance directives prior to placement of life-sustaining treatments is not consistent practice...
January 15, 2018: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340825/laparoscopic-surgery-in-colon-cancer-patients-treated-with-chronic-anti-thrombotic-therapy
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Hiroaki Nozawa, Takahide Shinagawa, Kazushige Kawai, Keisuke Hata, Toshiaki Tanaka, Takeshi Nishikawa, Kensuke Otani, Kazuhito Sasaki, Manabu Kaneko, Shigenobu Emoto, Koji Murono
BACKGROUND: Anti-thrombotic medications are commonly used for the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular diseases. Laparoscopic resection of colon cancer has generally been accepted with favorable outcomes being reported in randomized control trials. However, the safety and efficacy of laparoscopic surgery for colon cancer patients receiving chronic anti-thrombotic therapy (AT) remain unclear. METHODS: We identified 951 patients who underwent elective resection for colon cancer between 2009 and 2016 from our database...
January 16, 2018: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336611/interventions-to-improve-benzodiazepine-tapering-success-in-the-elderly-a-systematic-review
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Carol Dou, Johannes Rebane, Stan Bardal
BACKGROUND: Long-term benzodiazepine use in the elderly population is a significant public health problem that leads to impaired cognitive functioning, medication dependence and increased risks for adverse drug reactions. The aim of this review was to examine randomized controlled trials (RCTs) on the efficacy of different methods for tapering and discontinuing benzodiazepines. METHOD: We used four databases (Ovid, PubMed, Academic Search Complete, Web of Science) to retrieve randomized controlled trials published in peer-reviewed journals that explored different methods for tapering benzodiazepine use in a primarily geriatric population...
January 16, 2018: Aging & Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334123/cancer-associated-fibroblasts-tailored-tumor-microenvironment-of-therapy-resistance-in-gastrointestinal-cancers
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REVIEW
Yeqi Sun, Ruifen Wang, Meng Qiao, Yanchun Xu, Wenbin Guan, Lifeng Wang
Gastrointestinal cancers (GI) are a group of highly aggressive malignancies with heavy cancer-related mortalities. Even if continued development of therapy methods, therapy resistance has been a great obstruction for cancer treatment and thereby inevitably leads to depressed final mortality. Peritumoral cancer associated fibroblasts (CAFs), a versatile population assisting cancer cells to build a facilitated tumor microenvironment (TME), has been demonstrated exerting a promotion influence on cancer proliferation, migration, invasion, metastasis and also therapy resistance...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322965/endovascular-strategies-for-management-of-intradural-vertebral-artery-dissecting-aneurysms
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Swati D Chinchure, Vijay Jaykrishnan, B P Krishna Prasad
OBJECTIVE: Endovascular treatment of vertebral intradural dissecting aneurysms is complex and requires different strategies for each case. The current study aims to classify these aneurysms for an easy selection of optimal strategies for endovascular therapy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study is a retrospective evaluation of 10 patients harbouring a vertebral intradural dissecting aneurysm (including 6 female and 4 male patients). The clinical, procedural, and angiographic data were evaluated...
January 2018: Neurology India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322719/life-threatening-medical-complications-due-to-ovarian-hyperstimulation-syndrome-a-hidden-etiology
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Prerana N Bhavsar, Namita J Padwal, Madhura Bhide, Santosh P Ghagare, Anagha R Joshi, Niteen D Karnik
Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome is usually an iatrogenic complication in women taking ovulation induction medications during assisted reproduction. We hereby report the case of a 25 years old female who presented with hypertension, polyserositis with tense ascites and large cystic ovaries. She developed sigmoid and transverse sinus thrombosis. She had undergone a clandestine ovulation induction therapy as a commercial ovum donor. She fitted in severe category of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome.
November 2017: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320915/healthcare-utilization-and-costs-associated-with-treatment-for-opioid-dependence
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Ankit Shah, Margaret Duncan, Nipun Atreja, Kei Sing Tai, Mugdha Gore
OBJECTIVE: Opioid use disorder (OUD) can be managed with medication assisted therapy (MAT) (methadone [MET], buprenorphine [BUP], or extended-release naltrexone [XR-NTX]) or counseling alone (non-pharmacological therapy [NPT]). The objective of this study was to evaluate healthcare resource utilization and costs associated with XR-NTX compared with alternative treatments for opioid dependence. METHODS: Adults with a diagnosis of opioid dependence who initiated treatment with XR-NTX, BUP, MET, or NPT between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2014 were identified in the Truven Health MarketScan Commercial administrative claims database...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29302989/treatment-persistence-among-insured-patients-newly-starting-buprenorphine-naloxone-for-opioid-use-disorder
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Natalia Shcherbakova, Gary Tereso, Jacqueline Spain, Robert J Roose
BACKGROUND: Persistence with medication-assisted therapy among patients with opioid use disorder has been associated with reduced likelihood of illicit opioid use. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to describe treatment persistence and identify factors associated with 1-year persistence among insured patients newly initiating buprenorphine-containing pharmacotherapy. METHODS: The retrospective observational cohort included employer-sponsored and managed Medicaid patients newly started on buprenorphine-containing therapy between June 30, 2010, and January 1, 2015...
January 1, 2018: Annals of Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29302224/tobacco-use-disorder-and-treatment-new-challenges-and-opportunities
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Douglas Ziedonis, Smita Das, Celine Larkin
Tobacco use remains a global problem, and options for consumers have increased with the development and marketing of e-cigarettes and other new nicotine and tobacco products, such as "heat-not-burn" tobacco and dissolvable tobacco. The increased access to these new products is juxtaposed with expanding public health and clinical intervention options, including mobile technologies and social media. The persistent high rate of tobacco-use disorders among those with psychiatric disorders has gathered increased global attention, including successful approaches to individual treatment and organizational-level interventions...
September 2017: Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29297990/video-assisted-thoracoscopic-surgery-can-help-enable-the-complete-resection-of-a-mediastinal-tumor-caused-by-immunoglobulin-g4-related-disease-and-avoid-the-need-for-postoperative-medication-a-case-report
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Tsuyoshi Uchida, Hirochika Matsubara, Satoshi Nagasaka, Satsuki Kina, Tomofumi Ichihara, Hiroyasu Matsuoka, Hiroyuki Nakajima
Immunoglobulin (Ig) G4-related disease has various clinical signs and symptoms, and steroidal therapy with corticosteroids has been found to be effective for treatment. Few cases of IgG4-related disease associated with paravertebral tumor have been reported, and there have been no reports on complete resection of such a tumor. Here, we report a case of IgG4-related disease associated with a paravertebral tumor that was successfully resected without the need for postoperative medication. An 84-year-old woman was admitted to our hospital with a paravertebral tumor...
January 3, 2018: Asian Journal of Endoscopic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29284475/existential-decision-making-in-a-fatal-progressive-disease-how-much-do-legal-and-medical-frameworks-matter
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Christian Weber, Barbara Fijalkowska, Katarzyna Ciecwierska, Anna Lindblad, Gisela Badura-Lotter, Peter M Andersen, Magdalena Kuźma-Kozakiewicz, Albert C Ludolph, Dorothée Lulé, Tomasz Pasierski, Niels Lynöe
BACKGROUND: Healthcare legislation in European countries is similar in many respects. Most importantly, the framework of informed consent determines that physicians have the duty to provide detailed information about available therapeutic options and that patients have the right to refuse measures that contradict their personal values. However, when it comes to end-of-life decision-making a number of differences exist in the more specific regulations of individual countries. These differences and how they might nevertheless impact patient's choices will be addressed in the current debate...
December 28, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29282819/platelet-activation-is-a-preoperative-risk-factor-for-the-development-of-thromboembolic-complications-in-patients-with-continuous-flow-left-ventricular-assist-device
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Filippo Consolo, Giulia Sferrazza, Giulia Motolone, Rachele Contri, Lorenzo Valerio, Rosalba Lembo, Loris Pozzi, Patrizia Della Valle, Michele De Bonis, Alberto Zangrillo, Gianfranco B Fiore, Alberto Redaelli, Marvin J Slepian, Federico Pappalardo
AIMS: To correlate the dynamics of platelet activation with the development of thromboembolic events in patients with continuous-flow left ventricular assist device (cf-LVAD). METHODS AND RESULTS: The platelet activity state (PAS) assay was utilized to evaluate platelet activation in 68 cf-LVAD patients implanted with the HeartMate II (n = 15, 22%), HeartMate 3 (n = 15, 22%), or HeartWare HVAD (n = 38, 56%). PAS was measured preoperatively, early post-implant, and at long-term follow-up (1, 3, 6, 12, 18, and 24 months post-implant)...
December 28, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29279045/ticagrelor-for-neuroendovascular-procedures-a-case-series
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Kyle Davis, Christopher Morrison
BACKGROUND: The development of thromboembolism is one of the most common complications of neuroendovascular procedures. Although several small studies have deemed clopidogrel safe and effective in the prevention of intracranial stent thrombosis, ticagrelor has yet to be assessed in this setting. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to retrospectively evaluate the safety and efficacy of ticagrelor in patients undergoing neuroendovascular procedures. METHODS: A retrospective review of patients receiving ticagrelor following neuroendovascular aneurysm repair...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29278237/hysterectomy-a-comprehensive-surgical-approach
#19
İbrahim Alkatout, Liselotte Mettler
This book presents a step-by-step surgical description of vaginal hysterectomy, abdominal hysterectomy, conventional laparoscopic hysterectomy, and robotic-assisted hysterectomy. It brings into balance theoretical background, clinical experience, and scientific findings in a readily comprehensible form with numerous illustrations and tables. The book contains a large proportion of interdisciplinary aspects that make a substantial contribution to meeting the growing requirements of interdisciplinary medical treatment...
December 15, 2017: Journal of the Turkish German Gynecological Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29276594/prolonged-circulatory-support-with-an-impella-assist-device-in-the-management-of-cardiogenic-shock-associated-with-takotsubo-syndrome-severe-sepsis-and-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome
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Edward D Foley, Ricardo Diaz, Manuel R Castresana
Severe sepsis has been known to trigger for takotsubo syndrome which is associated with profound physical or emotional stress. Severe sepsis is also associated with sepsis-induced cardiomyopathy, a reversible myocardial depression. We report a case in which a patient with takotsubo syndrome, cardiogenic shock, severe sepsis, and adult respiratory distress syndrome was managed with an Impella Cardiac Power circulatory support device for 108 h (4.5 days) because of sustained hemodynamic compromise. To the best of our knowledge, this represents the longest reported use of the Impella Cardiac Power device for the management of cardiogenic shock in a patient with takotsubo syndrome and severe sepsis...
2017: SAGE open medical case reports
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