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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645092/examining-effectiveness-of-tailorable-computer-assisted-therapy-programmes-for-substance-misuse-programme-usage-and-clinical-outcomes-data-from-breaking-free-online
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Sarah Elison, Andrew Jones, Jonathan Ward, Glyn Davies, Stephanie Dugdale
RATIONALE: When evaluating complex, tailorable digital behavioural interventions, additional approaches may be required alongside established methodologies such as randomised controlled trials (RCTs). Research evaluating a computer-assisted therapy (CAT) programme for substance misuse, Breaking Free Online (BFO), is informed by Medical Research Council (MRC) guidance recommending examination of 'mechanisms of action' of individual intervention strategies, which is relevant when evaluating digital interventions with content that may evolve over time...
May 23, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642642/access-to-and-payment-for-office-based-buprenorphine-treatment-in-ohio
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Theodore V Parran, Joseph Z Muller, Elina Chernyak, Chris Adelman, Christina M Delos Reyes, Douglas Rowland, Mykola Kolganov
IMPORTANCE: Office-based opiate agonist therapy has dramatically expanded access to medication-assisted treatment over the past decade but has also led to increased buprenorphine diversion. OBJECTIVE: Our study sought to characterize physicians who participate in office-based therapy (OBT) to assess patient access to OBT in Ohio 10 years after its introduction. DESIGN/SETTING/PARTICIPANTS: Cross-sectional telephone survey of Drug Addiction Treatment Act-waivered physicians in Ohio listed by the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT)...
2017: Substance Abuse: Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637561/considering-postoperative-functional-hypoaldosteronism-after-unilateral-adrenalectomy
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Lee F Starker, Ioannis Christakis, Jamii St Julien, Kelly Schwarz, Paul Graham, Elizabeth G Grubbs, Jeffrey E Lee, Nancy D Perrier
Conn's Syndrome is an uncommon condition. Patients who have undergone adrenalectomy in the early postoperative period can demonstrate biochemical hypoaldosteronism. Given the rare nature of this phenomenon we investigated its incidence and whether it translated to clinical findings. A single-institution retrospective review of all patients with biochemically proven hyperaldosteronism from 2005 to 2014 that underwent unilateral adrenalectomy. A total of 29 patients fit the inclusion criteria. Functional hypoaldosteronism had appreciated in 18/29 (62%) patients, whereas 11 patients (38%) had normal postoperative aldosterone...
June 1, 2017: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636669/exploring-factors-associated-with-art-adherence-and-retention-in-care-under-option-b-strategy-in-malawi-a-qualitative-study
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Salem Gugsa, Katy Potter, Hannock Tweya, Sam Phiri, Odala Sande, Pascal Sikwese, Janet Chikonda, Gabrielle O'Malley
Although several studies have documented challenges related to inadequate adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART) and high loss to follow-up (LTFU) among Option B+ women, there is limited understanding of why these challenges occur and how to address them. This qualitative study examines women's experiences with ART adherence and retention in care. Between July and October 2015, in-depth interviews were conducted with 39 pregnant and lactating women who initiated ART at Bwaila Hospital in Lilongwe, Malawi...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634909/categorical-risk-perception-drives-variability-in-antibiotic-prescribing-in-the-emergency-department-a-mixed-methods-observational-study
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Eili Y Klein, Elena M Martinez, Larissa May, Mustapha Saheed, Valerie Reyna, David A Broniatowski
BACKGROUND: Adherence to evidence-based antibiotic therapy guidelines for treatment of upper respiratory tract infections (URIs) varies widely among clinicians. Understanding this variability is key for reducing inappropriate prescribing. OBJECTIVE: To measure how emergency department (ED) clinicians' perceptions of antibiotic prescribing risks affect their decision-making. DESIGN: Clinician survey based on fuzzy-trace theory, a theory of medical decision-making, combined with retrospective data on prescribing outcomes for URI/pneumonia visits in two EDs...
June 20, 2017: Journal of General Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632997/epidemiology-of-obesity-and-pharmacologic-treatment-options
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Vignesh Shettar, Sarang Patel, Srividya Kidambi
Prevalence of obesity and its related morbidity have increased to alarming levels in adults and children in the United States and globally. Weight loss results in improvement of much of the obesity-related morbidity. Lifestyle changes such as dietary modifications, increased physical activity, and behavioral therapy form the crux of weight management. However, many individuals need additional assistance (pharmacologic or surgical) to initiate or sustain weight loss. Pharmacologic therapy consists of a number of agents that work by decreasing appetite, gastric emptying, or nutrient absorption or by increasing satiety...
June 1, 2017: Nutrition in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628732/understanding-neurophobia-reasons-behind-impaired-understanding-and-learning-of-neuroanatomy-in-cross-disciplinary-healthcare-students
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Muhammad Asim Javaid, Shelly Chakraborty, John F Cryan, Harriët Schellekens, André Toulouse
Recent studies have highlighted a fear or difficulty with the study and understanding of neuroanatomy among medical and healthcare students. This has been linked with a diminished confidence of clinical practitioners and students to manage patients with neurological conditions. The underlying reasons for this difficulty have been queried among a broad cohort of medical, dental, occupational therapy, and speech and language sciences students. Direct evidence of the students' perception regarding specific difficulties associated with learning neuroanatomy has been provided and some of the measures required to address these issues have been identified...
June 19, 2017: Anatomical Sciences Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621834/from-intricate-to-integrated-biofabrication-of-articulating-joints
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Wilhelmina Margaretha Groen, Paweena Diloksumpan, Paul René van Weeren, Riccardo Levato, Jos Malda
Articulating joints owe their function to the specialized architecture and the complex interplay between multiple tissues including cartilage, bone and synovium. Especially the cartilage component has limited self-healing capacity and damage often leads to the onset of osteoarthritis, eventually resulting in failure of the joint as an organ. Although in its infancy, biofabrication has emerged as a promising technology to reproduce the intricate organization of the joint, thus enabling the introduction of novel surgical treatments, regenerative therapies, and new sets of tools to enhance our understanding of joint physiology and pathology...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621461/the-use-of-eptifibatide-alone-or-in-combination-with-heparin-or-argatroban-for-suspected-thrombosis-in-patients-with-left-ventricular-assist-devices
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Abbas Bitar, Rajakrishnan Vijayakrishnan, Andrew Lenneman, Emma Birks, Todd Massey, Mark Slaughter, Dmitry Abramov
Pump thrombosis and hemolysis in patients with left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) are associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Intensification of anticoagulation has been suggested as potential therapy, with mixed results. The aim of this study is to assess the safety and efficacy of adding eptifibatide with or without an anticoagulation agent in managing patients with LVAD presenting with hemolysis and suspected pump thrombosis. This retrospective single center study included all patients who presented with their first episode of suspected pump thrombosis and were treated with eptifibatide with or without an anticoagulant between March 1, 2011 and July 30, 2015...
June 16, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616232/treatment-of-sudden-hearing-loss-using-electro-acupuncture
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Ya-Ching Chang, Kwok-Ying Chan
OBJECTIVES: Sudden neurosensory deafness is the second debilitating disease in China. In fact, the current treatment is limited to hearing aids, assistive devices and cochlear implants. However, some patients might not be suitable for surgery or even hearing aids. METHODS: Hereby, we report a pediatric case of sudden sensorineural hearing loss accompanied by otalgia and blocked ear sensation. RESULTS: He firstly failed with conventional treatment but later his hearing symptoms were improved with our electro-acupuncture therapy according to pure tone audiometry findings and clinical responses...
2017: SAGE open medical case reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614971/pilot-study-of-therapy-dog-visits-for-inpatient-youth-with-cancer
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Jessica Chubak, Rene Hawkes, Christi Dudzik, Jessica M Foose-Foster, Lauren Eaton, Rebecca H Johnson, Catherine Fiona Macpherson
This study assessed the feasibility of studying animal-assisted activities (AAA) in inpatient pediatric oncology and collected preliminary data on potential benefits of AAA for this population. Patients at a large pediatric hospital were identified using electronic medical records and approached with physician approval. Patients completed surveys before and after a therapy dog visit in their private hospital room. Data on infections were ascertained by electronic medical record review. Provider surveys were placed in provider common areas and distributed through a link in an e-mail...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing: Official Journal of the Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612497/pharmacotherapy-follow-up-role-in-active-malaria-surveillance-in-a-travel-medicine-centre-outside-the-transmission-area-in-brazil
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R S Pedro, P Brasil, A Pina-Costa, C R Machado, L S Damasceno, C T Daniel-Ribeiro, L Guaraldo
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: Malaria is a potentially severe disease, widespread in tropical and subtropical areas. Apart from parasite drug resistance, which receives the largest share of attention, several factors directly influence the response to antimalarial treatment such as incorrect doses, adverse drug events, lack of adherence to treatment, drug quality and drug-drug interactions. Pharmacotherapy follow-up can be used to monitor and improve the effectiveness of treatment, prevent drug-related problems and ensure patient safety...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611126/patient-reported-health-related-quality-of-life-is-a-predictor-of-outcomes-in-ambulatory-heart-failure-patients-treated-with-left-ventricular-assist-device-compared-with-medical-management-results-from-the-roadmap-study-risk-assessment-and-comparative-effectiveness
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Josef Stehlik, Jerry D Estep, Craig H Selzman, Joseph G Rogers, John A Spertus, Keyur B Shah, Joyce Chuang, David J Farrar, Randall C Starling
BACKGROUND: The prospective observational ROADMAP study (Risk Assessment and Comparative Effectiveness of Left Ventricular Assist Device and Medical Management) demonstrated that ambulatory advanced heart failure patients selected for left ventricular assist device (LVAD) were more likely to be alive at 1 year on original therapy with ≥75-m improvement in 6-minute walk distance compared with patients assigned to optimal medical management. Whether baseline health-related quality of life (hrQoL) resulted in a heterogeneity of this treatment benefit is unknown...
June 2017: Circulation. Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610939/outcome-of-challenging-hiv-case-consultations-provided-via-teleconference-by-the-clinician-consultation-center-to-the-federal-bureau-of-prisons
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Betty J Dong, Michelle R Williams, J Tyler Bingham, Jason Tokumoto, Jeffery D Allen
OBJECTIVES: To describe the collaboration and prospective outcome of challenging human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cases presented by Board of Prisons (BOP) pharmacists in consultation with Clinician Consultation Center (CCC) clinical pharmacists and physicians to improve correctional patient care. SETTING: Federal correctional facilities. PRACTICE DESCRIPTION: Pharmacists improve care of incarcerated persons infected with HIV. PRACTICE INNOVATION: Pharmacists evaluate, implement, and provide successful oversight of HIV/hepatitis C virus (HCV) care...
June 10, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610746/a-universal-genetic-testing-initiative-for-patients-with-high-grade-non-mucinous-epithelial-ovarian-cancer-and-the-implications-for-cancer-treatment
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Erica M Bednar, Holly D Oakley, Charlotte C Sun, Catherine C Burke, Mark F Munsell, Shannon N Westin, Karen H Lu
OBJECTIVE: Genetic counseling (GC) and germline genetic testing (GT) for BRCA1 and BRCA2 are considered standard of care for patients with high-grade, non-mucinous epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, and primary peritoneal cancers (HGOC). We describe a universal genetic testing initiative to increase the rates of recommendation and acceptance of GC and GT to >80% for patients with HGOC at our institution. METHODS: Data from a consecutive cohort of patients seen in our gynecologic oncology clinics between 9/1/2012 and 8/31/2015 for evaluation of HGOC were retrospectively analyzed...
June 10, 2017: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595702/left-ventricular-assist-devices-for-lifelong%C3%A2-support
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REVIEW
Sean P Pinney, Anelechi C Anyanwu, Anuradha Lala, Jeffrey J Teuteberg, Nir Uriel, Mandeep R Mehra
Continuous-flow left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) have revolutionized advanced heart failure care. These compact, fully implantable heart pumps are capable of providing meaningful increases in survival, functional capacity, and quality of life. Implantation volumes continue to grow, but several challenges remain to be overcome before LVADs will be considered as the therapy of choice for all patients with advanced heart failure. They must be able to consistently extend survival for the long term (7 to 10 years), rather than the midterm (3 to 5 years) more typical of contemporary devices; they must incorporate design elements that reduce shear stress and avoid stasis to reduce the frequent adverse events of bleeding, stroke, and pump thrombosis; and they must become more cost-effective...
June 13, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593466/high-content-drug-screening-for-rare-diseases
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REVIEW
F Bellomo, D L Medina, E De Leo, A Panarella, F Emma
Per definition, rare diseases affect only a small number of subjects within a given population. Taken together however, they represent a considerable medical burden, which remains poorly addressed in terms of treatment. Compared to other diseases, obstacles to the development of therapies for rare diseases include less extensive physiopathology knowledge, limited number of patients to test treatments, and poor commercial interest from the industry. Recently, advances in high-throughput and high-content screening (HTS and HCS) have been fostered by the development of specific routines that use robot- and computer-assisted technologies to automatize tasks, allowing screening of a large number of compounds in a short period of time, using experimental model of diseases...
June 7, 2017: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590391/misuse-of-novel-synthetic-opioids-a-deadly-new-trend
#18
Matthew P Prekupec, Peter A Mansky, Michael H Baumann
: Novel synthetic opioids (NSOs) include various analogs of fentanyl and newly emerging non-fentanyl compounds. Together with illicitly manufactured fentanyl (IMF), these drugs have caused a recent spike in overdose deaths, whereas deaths from prescription opioids have stabilized. NSOs are used as stand-alone products, as adulterants in heroin, or as constituents of counterfeit prescription medications. During 2015 alone, there were 9580 deaths from synthetic opioids other than methadone. Most of these fatalities were associated with IMF rather than diverted pharmaceutical fentanyl...
June 5, 2017: Journal of Addiction Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28581253/severe-hypoglycemia-among-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-requiring-emergency-hospital-admission-the-hipos-er-study
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João Conceição, Jorge Dores, Francisco Araújo, Pedro Laires, Richard D Carr, Kimberly Brodovicz, Larry Radican, Ana Maria Nogueira
AIMS: In this study we analysed the prevalence of severe hypoglycaemia in patients with type 2 diabetes treated with antihyperglycemic agents (AHA) and requiring emergency room (ER) assistance. This analysis was also done by AHA therapy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The HIPOS-ER study was a cross-sectional, observational, multicenter, nationwide, study with specific hypoglycemia source data collection. RESULTS: Within the study period, a total of 425,706 admissions were recorded at the ER of participating hospitals...
June 5, 2017: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578754/internet-images-of-the-speech-pathology-profession
#20
Nicole Byrne
Objective The Internet provides the general public with information about speech pathology services, including client groups and service delivery models, as well as the professionals providing the services. Although this information assists the general public and other professionals to both access and understand speech pathology services, it also potentially provides information about speech pathology as a prospective career, including the types of people who are speech pathologists (i.e. demographics). The aim of the present study was to collect baseline data on how the speech pathology profession was presented via images on the Internet...
June 5, 2017: Australian Health Review: a Publication of the Australian Hospital Association
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