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Lindsay A Thompson, Rebeccah Mercado, Thomas Martinko, Ratna Acharya
BACKGROUND: While adolescents can receive confidential health care without parental or guardian notification, they are rarely asked about their experiences and opinions regarding their care because participation in research often requires parental consent. Anonymous research with adolescents via confidential patient portals may ameliorate this research gap. OBJECTIVE: Because use of a confidential online adolescent patient portal is high at our academic institution, we hypothesized that adolescents would also respond to survey-based research via the portal, especially if asked anonymously and without parental consent...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Medical Internet Research
Nandin-Erdene Enkhbaatar, Shigeaki Inoue, Hiroshi Yamamuro, Shuichi Kawada, Masashi Miyaoka, Naoya Nakamura, Sotaro Sadahiro, Yutaka Imai
Purpose To determine response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy and radiation therapy in patients with locally advanced rectal cancer (LARC) by using magnetic resonance (MR) apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) histogram analysis. Materials and Methods Ninety-two patients with LARC underwent MR imaging with rectal barium before and after chemotherapy and radiation therapy (CRT). Rectal expansion with barium expanded the lumen, provided similar imaging geometry before and after CRT, and eliminated fecal matter, air, and residual fluid...
March 20, 2018: Radiology
Yankai Meng, Chongda Zhang, Shuangmei Zou, Xinming Zhao, Kai Xu, Hongmei Zhang, Chunwu Zhou
To evaluate the importance of MRI texture analysis in prediction and early assessment of treatment response before and early neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy (nCRT) in patients with locally advanced rectal cancer (LARC). This retrospective study comprised of 59 patients. The tumoral texture parameters were compared between pre- and early nCRT. Area Under receiver operating characteristic (ROC) Curves [AUCs] were used to compare the diagnostic performance of statistically significant difference parameters and logistic regression analysis predicted probabilities for discriminating responders and nonresponders...
February 23, 2018: Oncotarget
Aeris Jane D Nacion, Youn Young Park, Nam Kyu Kim
Advancements in rectal cancer treatment have resulted in improvement only in locoregional control and have failed to address distant relapse, which is the predominant mode of treatment failure in rectal cancer. As the efficacy of conventional chemoradiotherapy (CRT) followed by total mesorectal excision (TME) reaches a plateau, the need for alternative strategies in locally advanced rectal cancer (LARC) has grown in relevance. Several novel strategies have been conceptualized to address this issue, including: 1) neoadjuvant induction and consolidation chemotherapy before CRT; 2) neoadjuvant chemotherapy alone to avoid the sequelae of radiation; and 3) nonoperative management for patients who achieved pathological or clinical complete response after CRT...
February 2018: Chinese Journal of Cancer Research, Chung-kuo Yen Cheng Yen Chiu
Ashley H Snyder, Carol S Weisman, Guodong Liu, Douglas Leslie, Cynthia H Chuang
OBJECTIVES: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive coverage mandate issued in August 2012 requires most private health insurance plans to cover all U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptive methods without cost sharing. We evaluate the impact of this policy on out-of-pocket costs and use of long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) and other prescription methods through 2014. METHODS: Data from Truven Health MarketScan were used to examine out-of-pocket costs and contraceptive use patterns for all reversible prescription contraceptives before and after the implementation of the contraceptive mandate for privately insured women ages 13 to 45...
March 2, 2018: Women's Health Issues: Official Publication of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health
Riina Korjamo, Oskari Heikinheimo, Maarit Mentula
OBJECTIVE: To analyse the post-abortion effect of long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) plans and initiation on the risk of subsequent unwanted pregnancy and abortion. MATERIALS AND METHODS: retrospective cohort study of 666 women who underwent medical abortion between January-May 2013 at Helsinki University Hospital, Finland. Altogether 159 (23.8%) women planning post-abortion use of levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system (LNG-IUS) participated in a randomized study and had an opportunity to receive the LNG-IUS free-of-charge from the hospital...
March 14, 2018: European Journal of Contraception & Reproductive Health Care
Ekwutosi M Okoroh, Debra J Kane, Rebekah E Gee, Lyn Kieltyka, Brittni N Frederiksen, Katharyn M Baca, Kristin M Rankin, David A Goodman, Charlan D Kroelinger, Wanda D Barfield
Rates of short interval pregnancies resulting in unintended pregnancies remain high in the United States and contribute to adverse reproductive health outcomes. Long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) methods have annual failure rates of less than 1% compared with 9% for oral contraceptive pills, and are an effective strategy to reduce unintended pregnancies. To increase access to LARCs in the immediate postpartum period, several State Medicaid programs, including those in Iowa (IA) and Louisiana (LA), recently established reimbursement policies to remove the barriers to reimbursement of immediate postpartum LARC insertion...
March 9, 2018: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Carmine Pinto, Maurizio Di Bisceglie, Francesca Di Fabio, Annamaria Bochicchio, Tiziana Latiano, Stefano Cordio, Gerardo Rosati, Carlo Aschele, Antonella Marino, Francesca Bergamo, Sara Bustreo, Luca Frassineti, Fortunato Ciardiello, Angela Damato, Stefania Giaquinta, Daniela Baldari, Luca Boni
BACKGROUND: Treatment with fluoropyrimidines and concomitant long-course external radiotherapy (RTE) is the standard of care in locally advanced rectal cancer (LARC) preoperative chemoradiation. A randomized phase II study (RaP/STAR-03) was conducted that aimed to evaluate the activity and safety of the monoclonal antibody anti-epidermal growth factor receptor panitumumab as a single agent in combination with radiotherapy in low-risk LARC preoperative treatment. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients had adenocarcinoma of the mid-low rectum, cT3N- or cT2-T3N+, KRAS wild-type status, and negative circumferential radial margin...
March 9, 2018: Oncologist
Milan Spasojevic, Anthony B Mariathasan, Mariusz Goscinski, Ebbe B Thorgersen, Arne M Solbakken, Hans-Petter Gullestad, Truls Ryder, Kjersti Flatmark, Stein G Larsen
BACKGROUND: Radiotherapy (RT) and subsequent abdominoperineal resection (APR) for locally advanced rectal cancer (LARC) is associated with significant perineal wound morbidity. The aim of the present study was to investigate if vertical rectus abdominis musculocutaneous (VRAM) flap repair after APR in LARC patients improves perineal wound healing compared with direct perineal wound closure (non-VRAM). METHODS: LARC patients (n = 329) operated with APR between January 2006 and December 2015 after neoadjuvant RT of ≥ 25 Gy were identified, including 260 and 69 patients in the non-VRAM and VRAM groups, respectively...
March 1, 2018: Annals of Surgical Oncology
Jose Mario Paiva, German Fox-Rabinovich, Edinei Locks Junior, Pietro Stolf, Yassmin Seid Ahmed, Marcelo Matos Martins, Carlos Bork, Stephen Veldhuis
In the aluminum die casting process, erosion, corrosion, soldering, and die sticking have a significant influence on tool life and product quality. A number of coatings such as TiN, CrN, and (Cr,Al)N deposited by physical vapor deposition (PVD) have been employed to act as protective coatings due to their high hardness and chemical stability. In this study, the wear performance of two nanocomposite AlTiN and AlCrN coatings with different structures were evaluated. These coatings were deposited on aluminum die casting mold tool substrates (AISI H13 hot work steel) by PVD using pulsed cathodic arc evaporation, equipped with three lateral arc-rotating cathodes (LARC) and one central rotating cathode (CERC)...
February 28, 2018: Materials
Taihei Oshiro, Keisuke Uehara, Toshisada Aiba, Toshiki Mukai, Tomoki Ebata, Masato Nagino
PURPOSE: Our sincere hope is to establish the predictive factors of neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) response and provide patients with greater certainty regarding treatment outcomes. The aim of this study was to assess the response to NAC and survival in patients with locally advanced rectal cancer (LARC) according to their RAS/BRAF mutation status. METHODS: Data on 57 patients with LARC who received NAC between 2009 and 2016 were analyzed retrospectively. The patients were classified into two groups based on their mutation status: wild-type in both RAS and BRAF (WT) or mutant-type in either RAS or BRAF (MT)...
February 24, 2018: International Journal of Clinical Oncology
Jialin Luo, Luying Liu, Ning Zhou, Jinwen Shen, Quanquan Sun, Yuan Zhu, Ming Chen
Recent evidences demonstrate that preoperative chemoradiotherapy (pCRT) followed by mesorectal excision is an effective therapy for patients with locally advanced rectal cancer (LARC). Nevertheless, the predictive molecular biomarkers for the response of patients to CRT remain largely unknown. Here we showed that the expression of miR-519b-3p was correlated with the responsiveness to pCRT in patients with LARC. We found that miR-519b-3p was highly expressed in responsive LARC samples. And we showed that miR-519b-3p may serve as a novel predictive marker by ROC analysis...
February 22, 2018: Gene
David Hubacher, Hannah Spector, Charles Monteith, Pai-Lien Chen
OBJECTIVES: To measure the 24-month impact on continuation, unintended pregnancy, and satisfaction of trying long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) in a population seeking short-acting reversible contraception (SARC). STUDY DESIGN: We enrolled 916 women aged 18-29 who were seeking pills or injectables in a partially randomized patient preference trial. Women with strong preferences for pills or injectables, started on those products, while others opted for randomization to LARC or SARC and received their methods gratis...
February 19, 2018: Contraception
Frida Gyllenberg, Mikael Juselius, Mika Gissler, Oskari Heikinheimo
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate whether a public program providing long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) methods free of charge increases the LARC initiation rate and reduces the unintended pregnancy rate in the general population. METHODS: Since 2013, all women in Vantaa, Finland, have been entitled to 1 LARC method free of charge. With time-series analysis between 2000 and 2015, we assessed whether this public program was associated with changes in steady-state mean rates of LARC initiation and abortions...
February 22, 2018: American Journal of Public Health
Xi Zhong, Zhonghua Wu, Peng Gao, Jinxin Shi, Jingxu Sun, Zhexu Guo, Zhenning Wang, Yongxi Song
Patients with locally advanced rectal cancer (LARC) are at tremendous risk of metastatic diseases. To improve the prognoses of LARC patients, the efficacy of adding targeted agents to neoadjuvant therapy has been investigated by many researchers but remains controversial. A literature search of relevant databases was conducted through December 2016, 804 studies were identified and 32 investigations were ultimately included. A total of 1196 patients from 31 cohorts of 29 studies were eligible for quantitative synthesis in this single-arm setting meta-analysis...
February 21, 2018: Cancer Medicine
Elizabeth E Krans, Joo Yeon Kim, Alton Everette James, David K Kelley, Marian Jarlenski
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to describe postpartum contraceptive utilization patterns among women with OUD and evaluate the relationship between postpartum contraceptive method choice and interpregnancy interval. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was conducted with women in Pennsylvania Medicaid with a diagnosis of OUD between 2008 and 2013. Postpartum contraceptive use within 90 days after delivery was identified through claims data and categorized by effectiveness (highly-effective, effective, and no method observed)...
February 14, 2018: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
A Palmisano, A Esposito, A Di Chiara, A Ambrosi, P Passoni, N Slim, C Fiorino, L Albarello, N Di Muzio, R Calandrino, R Rosati, A Del Maschio, F De Cobelli
AIM: To investigate the potential role of an additional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examination performed during neoadjuvant chemoradiation therapy (CRT) in the prediction of pathological response in locally advanced rectal cancer (LARC). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Forty-eight consecutive patients with LARC underwent neoadjuvant CRT. MRI studies at 1.5 T, including high-resolution T2-weighted sequences that were acquired parallel and perpendicular to the main axis of the tumour were performed before (preMRI), during (midMRI), and 6-8 weeks after the end of CRT (postMRI)...
February 17, 2018: Clinical Radiology
Yankai Meng, Yuchen Zhang, Di Dong, Chunming Li, Xiao Liang, Chongda Zhang, Lijuan Wan, Xinming Zhao, Kai Xu, Chunwu Zhou, Jie Tian, Hongmei Zhang
BACKGROUND: Locally advanced rectal cancer (LARC) patient stratification by clinicoradiologic factors may yield variable results. Therefore, more efficient prognostic biomarkers are needed for improved risk stratification of LARC patients, personalized treatment, and prognostication. PURPOSE/HYPOTHESIS: To compare the ability of a radiomic signature to predict disease-free survival (DFS) with that of a clinicoradiologic risk model in individual patients with LARC...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
Salvatore Caruso, Stefano Cianci, Salvatore Giovanni Vitale, Valentina Fava, Silvia Cutello, Antonio Cianci
PURPOSE: The aim of the study was to investigate the impact of the long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system (LNG-IUS 13.5 mg) on sexual function and quality of life (QoL) in women after having undergone abortion for unintended pregnancy. METHODS: In a prospective controlled study, 128 women aged 16-35 years received counseling to adopt LNG-IUS contraception after termination of pregnancy. The Visual Analog Scale (VAS), the Short Form-36 questionnaire (SF-36), the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) and the Female Sexual Distress Scale (FSDS) were used to investigate, respectively, pelvic pain levels, QoL, sexual function and sexual distress of these women at baseline (T0) and at 6 (T1) and 12 (T2) months after LNG-IUS placement...
February 13, 2018: European Journal of Contraception & Reproductive Health Care
Nerys Benfield, Felicia Hawkins, Laurie Ray, Andrea McGowan, Ketty Floyd, Dawn Africa, Myrta Barreto, Erika Levi
OBJECTIVES: Nurses play an integral role in intrapartum and postpartum patient education. This exploratory study aims to assess the attitudes, knowledge, and practices of labor and delivery and postpartum nurses regarding contraception, and evaluate for changes in these measures one year after an institutional initiative allowing routine availability of immediate postpartum long-acting reversible contraception (LARC). STUDY DESIGN: In 2014 Montefiore Medical Center began to routinely offer comprehensive immediate postpartum contraception...
February 8, 2018: Contraception
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