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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913244/higher-risk-of-hospitalization-and-serious-infection-among-patients-with-ulcerative-colitis-treated-with-adalimumab-compared-with-infliximab-in-a-nationwide-study
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Siddharth Singh, Nynne Nyboe Andersen, Mikael Andersson, Edward V Loftus, Tine Jess
BACKGROUND & AIMS: We compared the effectiveness and safety of infliximab and adalimumab in biologic-naïve patients with ulcerative colitis (UC), in a nationwide register-based propensity score-matched study of patients in Denmark. METHODS: We collected data from 1719 adults with UC, 15-75 years old, in Denmark who were treated with either infliximab or adalimumab as their first biologic agent. We compared rates of all-cause hospitalization, UC-related hospitalization, major abdominal surgery, and serious infections after a variable 2:1 propensity score matching, accounting for baseline clinical characteristics, disease severity, healthcare use, and use of UC-related medications...
November 29, 2016: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909594/knowledge-of-the-research-assistants-regarding-local-anaesthetics-and-toxicity
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Derya Karasu, Canan Yılmaz, Şeyda Efsun Özgünay, Mürüvvet Dayıoğlu, Çağdaş Baytar, Gülsen Korfalı
OBJECTIVE: Cardiovascular system depression, respiratory arrest, coma, convulsions, loss of consciousness, muscle twitching, blurred vision, vertigo, dizziness and numbness of the tongue can be seen in local anaesthetic toxicity. Treatment includes 20% lipid solutions, airway control, symptomatic treatment for arrhythmia and convulsions. The aim of this study is to present the knowledge of research assistants, who used local anaesthetics in daily practice, regarding these medications and toxicity treatment and to raise awareness...
August 2016: Turkish Journal of Anaesthesiology and Reanimation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906696/medical-therapy-refractory-chronic-rhinosinusitis-and-productivity-costs
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Kristine A Smith, Luke Rudmik
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to address the most recent advances in the medical therapy for chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS), define recalcitrant and refractory CRS, and discuss the productivity costs associated with CRS. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent studies evaluating anti-IL-4 receptor α antibodies and calcium channel blockers have demonstrated promising early results during management of CRS. Recent appropriateness criteria have been developed to assist clinicians with defining which patients have 'refractory' CRS and may be considered candidates for endoscopic sinus surgery...
November 30, 2016: Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906525/the-clinical-utility-of-qsm-disease-diagnosis-medical-management-and-surgical-planning
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REVIEW
Sarah Eskreis-Winkler, Yan Zhang, Jingwei Zhang, Zhe Liu, Alexey Dimov, Ajay Gupta, Yi Wang
Quantitative susceptibility mapping (QSM) is an MR technique that depicts and quantifies magnetic susceptibility sources. Mapping iron, the dominant susceptibility source in the brain, has many important clinical applications. Herein, we review QSM applications in the diagnosis, medical management, and surgical treatment of disease. To assist in early disease diagnosis, QSM can identify elevated iron levels in the motor cortex of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis patients, in the substantia nigra of Parkinson's disease (PD) patients, in the globus pallidus, putamen, and caudate of Huntington's disease patients, and in the basal ganglia of Wilson's disease patients...
December 1, 2016: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905492/high-fidelity-computational-simulation-of-thrombus-formation-in-thoratec-heartmate-ii-continuous-flow-ventricular-assist-device
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Wei-Tao Wu, Fang Yang, Jingchun Wu, Nadine Aubry, Mehrdad Massoudi, James F Antaki
Continuous flow ventricular assist devices (cfVADs) provide a life-saving therapy for severe heart failure. However, in recent years, the incidence of device-related thrombosis (resulting in stroke, device-exchange surgery or premature death) has been increasing dramatically, which has alarmed both the medical community and the FDA. The objective of this study was to gain improved understanding of the initiation and progression of thrombosis in one of the most commonly used cfVADs, the Thoratec HeartMate II...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903664/practical-considerations-for-therapies-targeting-the-prostacyclin-pathway
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Harrison W Farber, Wendy Gin-Sing
Therapies that target the prostacyclin pathway play a key role in the treatment of both early- and late-stage pulmonary arterial hypertension, and provide significant clinical benefits for patients. A number of agents have been approved, which are administered via intravenous, subcutaneous, inhaled or oral routes. The use of these therapies is associated with practical challenges, relating to the need for up-titration and their routes of administration. We discuss here a number of measures that can be taken to support patients and healthcare professionals in order to address the complexities of using these therapies and to encourage compliance...
December 2016: European Respiratory Review: An Official Journal of the European Respiratory Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903204/service-delivery-model-of-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-in-an-australian-regional-hospital
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Joe McCaffrey, Neil R Orford, Nicholas Simpson, Jill Lamb Jenkins, Christopher Morley, Vin Pellegrino
BACKGROUND: The role of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) for adults in regional centres with low numbers of patients receiving ECMO is unclear. A robust service delivery model may assist in the quality provision of ECMO. OBJECTIVE: To describe a novel ECMO service delivery model in a regional Australian hospital, reporting on patient characteristics and outcomes before and after its implementation. METHODS: An observational cohort study of all patients receiving ECMO at the University Hospital Geelong intensive care unit before and after implementation of a new ECMO clinical service model...
December 2016: Critical Care and Resuscitation: Journal of the Australasian Academy of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902560/assessing-different-partner-notification-methods-for-assuring-partner-treatment-for-gonorrhea-looking-for-the-best-mix-of-options
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Eleanor Fleming, Matthew Hogben
CONTEXT: Partner notification for gonorrhea is intended to interrupt transmission and to bring people exposed to infection to care. Partner notification may be initiated through public health professionals (disease intervention specialist: DIS referral) or patients (patient referral). In some cases, patients may carry medications or prescriptions for partners (patient-delivered partner therapy: PDPT). OBJECTIVE: To examine how patterns of notifying and treating partners of persons with gonorrhea differ by partner notification approach...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: JPHMP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898497/medications-for-addiction-treatment-changing-language-to-improve-care
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Sarah E Wakeman
The term medication-assisted treatment has been widely adopted in reference to the use of opioid agonist therapy. Although it is arguably better than the older terms of replacement or substitution therapy, medication-assisted treatment implies that medications are a corollary to whatever the main part of treatment is. No other medication for other health conditions is referred to this way. It has finally been recognized that to improve care and reduce stigma, we must use medically accurate and person-first language, describing those with the disease of addiction as people with substance use disorder...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Addiction Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897734/how-to-insert-a-peripheral-cannula
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Sally Jane Shaw
Rationale and key points This article aims to assist practitioners to undertake the safe and effective insertion of a peripheral cannula. It provides information on best practice related to peripheral cannulation with an open-ported safety cannula. The same principles for practice apply to non-ported open safety cannulae. » Peripheral cannulation enables venous access, the administration of intravenous medication, infusion therapy and total parenteral nutrition. It also enables blood samples to be obtained...
November 16, 2016: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891432/perceived-hiv-related-stigma-among-patients-attending-art-center-of-a-tertiary-care-center-in-rural-west-bengal-india
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Saikat Datta, Sharmistha Bhattacherjee, Pasang Lahmu Sherpa, Smarajit Banik
INTRODUCTION: Despite the advent of modern technologies, India is still grappling with the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Stigma is one of the key aspects which can interfere with HIV test-seeking behaviour, care-seeking behaviour upon diagnosis, quality of care given to HIV-positive patients and perception and treatment of People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLHA) by communities, families, and partners. AIM: To determine the perceived stigma associated with HIV/AIDS and its correlates among PLHAs attending the Anti Retroviral Therapy (ART) centre of North Bengal Medical College, Darjeeling, West Bengal, India...
October 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890522/design-and-challenges-of-a-randomized-clinical-trial-of-medical-expulsive-therapy-tamsulosin-for-urolithiasis-in-the-emergency-department
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K Burrows Pamela, E Hollander Judd, B Wolfson Allan, C Kurz Michael, Richards Lorna, DiFiore Sara, Watts Phillip, Patkar Nivedita, Brown Jeremy, Jackman Stephen, Kirkali Ziya, W Kusek John, Michel Chloe, C Meltzer Andrew
Urolithiasis or urinary stone disease has been estimated to affect about 1 in 11 Americans. Patients with urinary stone disease commonly present to the emergency department for management of their acute pain. In addition to providing analgesia, administration of drug (medical expulsive therapy) is often prescribed to assist passage of the urinary stone. In this methodology paper, we describe the design of a prospective, multi-center, randomized, double-blind placebo controlled clinical trial of the alpha-adrenergic blocker, tamsulosin, to evaluate its effectiveness as medical expulsive therapy...
November 23, 2016: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886650/the-relationship-between-gestational-age-and-the-severity-of-neonatal-abstinence-syndrome
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Kelly S Gibson, Ms Sydney Stark, Deepak Kumar, Jennifer L Bailit
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The relationship between gestational age at delivery and the severity of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) is poorly understood. Our objective was to compare the length of pharmacotherapy and hospital stay among opioid exposed infants born during the late preterm, early term, full term, and late term periods. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study of infants affected by NAS SETTING: MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, USA: an urban tertiary care hospital serving as the referral center for opioid dependency in pregnancy with a level III neonatal intensive care unit PARTICIPANTS: All deliveries complicated by maternal opioid exposure from January 2000 to October 2014; 403 were eligible to be included (n = 102 Late Preterm, 34-36weeks (LP), n = 158 Early Term, 37-38weeks (ET), n = 122 Full Term, 39-40weeks (FT), n = 21 Late Term, ≥41 weeks (LT))...
November 25, 2016: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882838/a-pragmatic-randomized-trial-comparing-telephone-based-enhanced-pharmacy-care-and-usual-care-to-support-smoking-cessation
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Jason Gong, Christine L Baker, Kelly H Zou, Marianna Bruno, Zhanna Jumadilova, David Lawrence, Beth Wilson, Cynthia Ewel
BACKGROUND: Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death, and tobacco control professionals continue to make progress in cessation efforts. Pharmacists can assist smokers seeking to quit by offering counseling on smoking cessation pharmacotherapies. Pragmatic randomized trials are useful for investigating practical questions about an intervention's risks, benefits, and costs in routine clinical practice. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate an enhanced pharmacy care (EPC) program involving personalized pharmacist-provided telephone counseling for supporting prescription smoking cessation medications compared with usual care (UC)...
December 2016: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881152/fitness-and-mobility-training-in-patients-with-intensive-care-unit-acquired-muscle-weakness-fitonicu-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Jan Mehrholz, Simone Thomas, Jane H Burridge, André Schmidt, Bettina Scheffler, Ralph Schellin, Stefan Rückriem, Daniel Meißner, Katja Mehrholz, Wolfgang Sauter, Ulf Bodechtel, Bernhard Elsner
BACKGROUND: Critical illness myopathy (CIM) and polyneuropathy (CIP) are a common complication of critical illness. Both cause intensive-care-unit-acquired (ICU-acquired) muscle weakness (ICUAW) which increases morbidity and delays rehabilitation and recovery of activities of daily living such as walking ability. Focused physical rehabilitation of people with ICUAW is, therefore, of great importance at both an individual and a societal level. A recent systematic Cochrane review found no randomised controlled trials (RCT), and thus no supporting evidence, for physical rehabilitation interventions for people with defined CIP and CIM to improve activities of daily living...
November 24, 2016: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876601/bioapplications-of-graphene-constructed-functional-nanomaterials
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Arif Gulzar, Piaoping Yang, Fei He, Jiating Xu, Dan Yang, Liangge Xu, Mohammad Omar Jan
Graphene has distinctive mechanical, electronic, and optical properties, which researchers have applied to develop innovative electronic materials including transparent conductors and ultrafast transistors. Lately, the understanding of various chemical properties of graphene has expedited its application in high-performance devices that generate and store energy. Graphene is now increasing its terrain outside electronic and chemical applications toward biomedical areas such as precise bio sensing through graphene-quenched fluorescence, graphene-enhanced cell differentiation and growth, and graphene-assisted laser desorption/ionization for mass spectrometry...
November 19, 2016: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876563/preoperative-optimization-of-the-heart-failure-patient-undergoing-cardiac-surgery
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REVIEW
Maxime Pichette, Mark Liszkowski, Anique Ducharme
Heart failure patients who undergo cardiac surgery are exposed to significant perioperative complications and high mortality. We herein review the literature concerning preoperative optimization of these patients. Salient findings are that end-organ dysfunction and medication should be optimized before surgery. Specifically: (1) reversible causes of anemia should be treated and a preoperative hemoglobin level of 100 g/L obtained; (2) renal function and volume status should be optimized; (3) liver function must be carefully evaluated; (4) nutritional status should be assessed and cachexia treated to achieve a preoperative albumin level of at least 30 g/L and a body mass index > 20; and (5) medication adjustments performed, such as withholding inhibitors of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system before surgery and continuing, but not starting, β-blockers...
August 6, 2016: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875738/heart-rate-response-to-exercise-in-heart-failure-patients-the-prognostic-role-of-metabolic-chronotropic-relation-and-heart-rate-recovery
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Pavel Hajdusek, Martin Kotrc, Josef Kautzner, Vojtech Melenovsky, Eva Benesova, Petr Jarolim, Jan Benes
BACKGROUND: The dynamics of the sinus node response to exercise is linked to functional capacity and outcome in heart failure (HF). The goal of the work was to analyze determinants and impacts of cardio-acceleration, described by the concept of metabolic-chronotropic relation (MCR) and of cardio-deceleration, described by heart rate recovery (HRR). METHODS: A cohort of 25 healthy controls and 78 patients with advanced systolic HF and optimized medical and/or device therapy (97% receiving beta-blockers, 54% ICD) underwent maximal cardiopulmonary exercise test and were prospectively followed...
November 9, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867823/the-burden-of-metastatic-disease-of-the-femur-on-the-medicare-system
#19
Kirollos Gendi, David Hennessy, John Heiner
BACKGROUND: In the United States, over 1,650,000 new cases of cancer are being diagnosed yearly with almost 50 % of them being the top five bone-seeking cancers. Since cancer risk increases with age, this suggests that orthopedic oncology services may be a strain on the Medicare system. The femur is the most common site of long bone metastases. Prophylactic fixation techniques prevent pathologic fractures, reduce morbidities, and enhance the quality of life of patients with femoral metastases...
2016: SpringerPlus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865732/prevention-of-heartmate-ii-pump-thrombosis-through-clinical-management-the-prevent-multi-center-study
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Simon Maltais, Ahmet Kilic, Sriram Nathan, Mary Keebler, Sitaramesh Emani, John Ransom, Jason N Katz, Brett Sheridan, Andreas Brieke, Gregory Egnaczyk, John W Entwistle, Robert Adamson, John Stulak, Nir Uriel, John B O'Connell, David J Farrar, Kartik S Sundareswaran, Igor Gregoric
BACKGROUND: Recommended structured clinical practices including implant technique, anti-coagulation strategy, and pump speed management (PREVENT [PREVENtion of HeartMate II Pump Thrombosis Through Clinical Management] recommendations) were developed to address risk of early (<3 months) pump thrombosis (PT) risk with HeartMate II (HMII; St. Jude Medical, Inc. [Thoratec Corporation], Pleasanton, CA). We prospectively assessed the HMII PT rate in the current era when participating centers adhered to the PREVENT recommendations...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
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