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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551861/determinants-of-clinic-absenteeism-a-novel-method-of-examining-distance-from-clinic-and-transportation
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Ryan W Dobbs, Neha R Malhotra, Brandon M Caldwell, Raymond Rojas, Daniel M Moreira, Michael R Abern
Delayed treatment and non-adherence are associated with inferior prostate cancer (CaP) outcomes. Missed clinic appointments (MA) are one form of non-adherence that may be preventable. We conducted a retrospective cohort study of 1341 scheduled clinic encounters for men referred to an academic urology clinic for evaluation of known or suspected CaP. Driving distance and public transit times were calculated using a Google Distance Matrix API algorithm. Zip code level data regarding socioeconomic status was obtained from the 2013 American Community Survey...
May 27, 2017: Journal of Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551676/hodgkin-lymphoma-transformation-of-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia-under-ibrutinib-therapy-chance-association-or-therapy-related
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Sotirios Sachanas, Gerassimos A Pangalis, Maria Moschogiannis, Xanthi Yiakoumis, Efstathios Koulieris, Pantelis Tsirkinidis, Christina Kalpadakis, Dimitra Rontogianni
The established treatment algorithms for chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)/small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL) are currently challenged by novel classes of drugs, with ibrutinib being one of the most effective. Published data suggest that patients with early progression under ibrutinib often emerge as having Richter's transformation (RT) with a rapidly fatal prognosis, mostly developing diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). In this respect, it is known that RT to large DLBCL occurs in about 5% of patients with CLL during the disease course and less frequently to Hodgkin lymphoma (HL)...
June 2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550958/interprofessional-collaboration-to-improve-sepsis-care-and-survival-within-a-tertiary-care-emergency-department
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Elizabeth R Tedesco, Kimberly Whiteman, Melanie Heuston, Brenda Swanson-Biearman, Kimberly Stephens
PROBLEM: Sepsis is a leading cause of death in the United States; however, health care providers struggle with timely recognition, diagnosis, and treatment of patients. Both the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the National Quality Forum have identified this diagnosis as a priority. Presently, many patients with sepsis are identified late, resulting in significant morbidity and death. METHODS: In this project, a collaborative, interprofessional approach was created for screening and early identification of ED patients with possible sepsis...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Emergency Nursing: JEN: Official Publication of the Emergency Department Nurses Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550464/anti-tumoral-effects-of-somatostatin-analogs-a-lesson-from-the-clarinet-study
#4
M Albertelli, E Nazzari, S Sciallero, F Grillo, S Morbelli, F De Cian, G Cittadini, E Ambrosetti, A Ciarmiello, D Ferone
Octreotide and lanreotide, the first-generation somatostatin analogs, successfully control hormone hyperproduction, and related syndromes, in patients with acromegaly and neuroendocrine tumors. However, their anti-tumor effect, rather evident in large number of pituitary adenomas in acromegalic patients, has been hypothesized for a long time in patients with neuroendocrine tumors as well, although a significant tumor shrinkage has rarely been observed. However, the recent publication of the CLARINET study has strengthened the evidence, already emerged with the PROMID trial, that the long-term treatment with the first-generation long-acting somatostatin analogs may exert an anti-tumor activity on G1 and G2 enteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors, as well...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550457/treatment-of-juvenile-dermatomyositis-an-update
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REVIEW
Charalampia Papadopoulou, Lucy R Wedderburn
The idiopathic inflammatory myopathies of childhood consist of a heterogeneous group of autoimmune diseases characterised by proximal muscle weakness and pathognomonic skin rashes. The overall prognosis of juvenile myositis has improved significantly over recent years, but the long-term outcome differs substantially from patient to patient, suggestive of distinct clinical phenotypes with variable responses to treatment. High doses of corticosteroids remain the cornerstone of therapy along with other immunosuppressant therapies depending on disease severity and response...
May 26, 2017: Paediatric Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550341/development-of-a-risk-algorithm-to-better-target-sti-testing-and-treatment-among-australian-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-people
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Handan Wand, Joanne Bryant, Marian Pitts, Dea Delaney-Thiele, John M Kaldor, Heather Worth, James Ward
Identifying and targeting those at greatest risk will likely play a significant role in developing the most efficient and cost-effective sexually transmissible infections (STI) prevention programs. We aimed to develop a risk prediction algorithm to identify those who are at increased risk of STI. A cohort (N = 2320) of young sexually active Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (hereafter referred to as Aboriginal people) were included in this study. The primary outcomes were self-reported high-risk sexual behaviors and past STI diagnosis...
May 26, 2017: Archives of Sexual Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549767/treatment-of-del17p-and-or-aberrant-tp53-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia-in-the-era-of-novel-therapies
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REVIEW
Hind Rafei, Mohamed A Kharfan-Dabaja
More effective therapies are emerging, with better toxicity profiles, and are being incorporated into modern treatment algorithms of chronic lymphocytic leukemia at various stages of the disease, including for patients harboring Del17p and/or aberrant TP53. Ibrutinib, an inhibitor of Bruton's tyrosine kinase, has demonstrated impressive response rates in the relapsed/refractory setting, including in the setting of Del17p and/or TP53 mutations. Venetoclax, an inhibitor of BCL-2 known to play an important role in regulating cell death, has been approved recently for treatment of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia with Del17p who have received at least one prior therapy...
May 19, 2017: Hematology/oncology and Stem Cell Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549556/evaluation-of-a-commercial-automatic-treatment-planning-system-for-prostate-cancers
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Kanabu Nawa, Akihiro Haga, Akihiro Nomoto, Raniel A Sarmiento, Kenshiro Shiraishi, Hideomi Yamashita, Keiichi Nakagawa
Recent developments in Radiation Oncology treatment planning have led to the development of software packages that facilitate automated intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and volumetric-modulated arc therapy (VMAT) planning. Such solutions include site-specific modules, plan library methods, and algorithm-based methods. In this study, the plan quality for prostate cancer generated by the Auto-Planning module of the Pinnacle(3) radiation therapy treatment planning system (v9.10, Fitchburg, WI) is retrospectively evaluated...
May 23, 2017: Medical Dosimetry: Official Journal of the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548676/the-diagnosis-and-management-of-chronic-migraine-in-primary-care
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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/28548650/aflibercept-in-age-related-macular-degeneration-evaluating-its-role-as-a-primary-therapeutic-option
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REVIEW
M Ashraf, A A R Souka
The recent VIEW studies have demonstrated the non-inferiority of monthly and bi-monthly aflibercept in the management of wet age related macular degeneration (AMD) compared with ranibizumab. However, the current data are limited mainly to fixed dosing regimens with few studies looking at flexible dosing regimens of aflibercept in wet AMD. In addition, recent data from the VIEW 96 week extension has shown that patients being shifted from fixed dosing regimens to PRN have shown a drop in visual acuity and increase in central macular thickness...
May 26, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548536/inductive-supervised-quantum-learning
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Alex Monràs, Gael Sentís, Peter Wittek
In supervised learning, an inductive learning algorithm extracts general rules from observed training instances, then the rules are applied to test instances. We show that this splitting of training and application arises naturally, in the classical setting, from a simple independence requirement with a physical interpretation of being nonsignaling. Thus, two seemingly different definitions of inductive learning happen to coincide. This follows from the properties of classical information that break down in the quantum setup...
May 12, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547809/treatment-of-lumbar-spinal-stenosis-by-microscopic-unilateral-laminectomy-for-bilateral-decompression-a-technical-note
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Kevin Phan, Ian Teng, Konrad Schultz, Ralph J Mobbs
Lumbar spinal stenosis is typically a degenerative condition that leads to compression of the spinal canal and lateral recess, resulting in leg pain and walking disability. Surgical management is indicated after failure of non-surgical management or rapidly worsening neurological impairment. The traditional approach is a laminectomy with foraminotomy and partial facetectomy but a newer minimally invasive option, unilateral laminectomy for bilateral decompression (ULBD), seems to demonstrate the better postoperative outcomes due to its unilateral exposure...
May 26, 2017: Orthopaedic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546141/clinical-insight-into-latent-variables-of-psychiatric-questionnaires-for-mood-symptom-self-assessment
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Athanasios Tsanas, Kate Saunders, Amy Bilderbeck, Niclas Palmius, Guy Goodwin, Maarten De Vos
BACKGROUND: We recently described a new questionnaire to monitor mood called mood zoom (MZ). MZ comprises 6 items assessing mood symptoms on a 7-point Likert scale; we had previously used standard principal component analysis (PCA) to tentatively understand its properties, but the presence of multiple nonzero loadings obstructed the interpretation of its latent variables. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to rigorously investigate the internal properties and latent variables of MZ using an algorithmic approach which may lead to more interpretable results than PCA...
May 25, 2017: JMIR Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545264/reduction-of-dose-to-the-contralateral-breast-by-superflab-use-in-radiation-therapy-for-mammary-carcinomas
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Akanksha Solanki, Athiyaman M, Hemalatha A, H S Kumar
Background: Radiation therapy is an integral part of multimodality treatment for locally advanced carcinoma of breast. Radiation doses to nearby critical normal structures like heart, lungs, and contralateral breast (CLB increases risk of second malignancies. In this study, we measured doses to the CLB and studied effects of a 1 cm thickness superflap. Materials and Methods: Fifty post-mastectomy carcinoma breast patients were included in the study.Radiation therapy of 50 Gy was planned in 25 fractions, 5 days a week, using the Eclipse Treatment Planning System version 8...
April 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544780/spinal-metastatic-disease-a-review-of-the-role-of-the-multidisciplinary-team
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REVIEW
Mark Curtin, Robert P Piggott, Evelyn P Murphy, Sudarshan Munigangaiah, Joseph F Baker, John P McCabe, Aiden Devitt
Historically, a simple approach centered on palliation was applicable to the majority of patients with metastatic spinal disease. With advances in diagnosis and treatment, a more complicated algorithm has devolved requiring a multidisciplinary approach with institutional commitment and support. We performed a database review including pertinent articles exploring the multidisciplinary management of spinal metastatic disease. The wide variation in clinical presentation and tumor response to treatment necessitates a multidisciplinary approach that integrates the diagnosis and treatment of the cancer, symptom management, and rehabilitation for optimal care of patients with spinal metastases...
May 24, 2017: Orthopaedic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543716/an-atopic-dermatitis-management-algorithm-for-primary-care-providers-and-assessment-of-its-usefulness-as-a-clinical-tool
#16
Maria E Miyar, Megan Brown, Karina L Vivar, Kimberly Jablon, Christy Boscardin, Moise L Levy, Joyce M Teng, Erin F Mathes
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: There is a lack of primary care provider (PCP) understanding of atopic dermatitis (AD) treatments and topical steroid use. We designed an AD management algorithm for pediatric PCPs. We hypothesized that the algorithm would improve pediatric PCPs' knowledge of AD diagnosis and management. METHODS: Pediatric primary care resident and attending physicians at three residency programs were invited to participate in an electronic AD algorithm survey that contained demographic and 19 knowledge-based questions...
May 25, 2017: Pediatric Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542336/does-ngal-reduce-costs-a-cost-analysis-of-urine-ngal-ungal-serum-creatinine-scr-for-acute-kidney-injury-aki-diagnosis
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Amay Parikh, John A Rizzo, Pietro Canetta, Catherine Forster, Meghan Sise, Omar Maarouf, Eugenia Singer, Antje Elger, Saban Elitok, Kai Schmidt-Ott, Jonathon Barasch, Thomas L Nickolas
INTRODUCTION: Urine neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (uNGAL) is a sensitive and specific diagnostic test for acute kidney injury (AKI) in the Emergency Department (ED), but its economic impact has not been investigated. We hypothesized that uNGAL used in combination with serum creatinine (sCr) would reduce costs in the management of AKI in patients presenting to the ED in comparison to using sCr alone. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cost simulation model was developed for clinical algorithms to diagnose AKI based on sCr alone vs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542080/manuscript-title-multidisciplinary-point-of-care-testing-in-south-african-primary-healthcare-clinics-accelerates-hiv-art-initiation-but-does-not-alter-retention-in-care
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Wendy S Stevens, Natasha M Gous, William B MacLeod, Lawrence C Long, Ebrahim Variava, Neil A Martinson, Ian Sanne, Regina Osih, Lesley E Scott
BACKGROUND: Lack of accessible laboratory infrastructure limits HIV antiretroviral (ART) treatment initiation, monitoring and retention in many resource-limited settings. Point-of-care testing (POCT) is advocated as a mechanism to overcome these limitations. We executed a pragmatic, prospective, randomized, controlled trial comparing the impact of POCT versus standard-of-care (SOC) on treatment initiation and retention in care. METHOD: Selected POC technologies were embedded at 3 primary health clinics in South Africa...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541108/using-qr-codes-to-enable-quick-access-to-information-in-acute-cancer-care
#19
Joanne Upton, Anna Olsson-Brown, Ernie Marshall, Joseph Sacco
Quick access to toxicity management information ensures timely access to steroids/immunosuppressive treatment for cancer patients experiencing immune-related adverse events, thus reducing length of hospital stays or avoiding hospital admission entirely. This article discusses a project to add a QR (quick response) code to a patient-held immunotherapy alert card. As QR code generation is free and the immunotherapy clinical management algorithms were already publicly available through the trust's clinical network website, the costs of integrating a QR code into the alert card, after printing, were low, while the potential benefits are numerous...
May 25, 2017: British Journal of Nursing: BJN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540816/numerical-evaluation-of-the-effect-of-electronically-steering-a-phased-array-transducer-axially-post-focal-shifting
#20
Mingjun Wang, Yufeng Zhou
PURPOSE: HIFU has been emerging as an effective and safe modality for the treatment of solid tumours and cancers. The focus shifting range of phased array HIFU transducer is an important safety concern because of the presence of grating lobe in the pre-focal region. However, previous studies were only based on linear acoustic wave model. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The nonlinear wave propagation from a 256-element phased array through multiple layered media was simulated using the angular spectrum approach (ASA) in marching fractional steps with the consideration of diffraction, attenuation and non-linearity effects by a second-order operator splitting scheme...
May 15, 2017: International Journal of Hyperthermia
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