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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528421/end-of-life-care-for-glioblastoma-patients-at-a-large-academic-cancer-center
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Kamini E Kuchinad, Roy Strowd, Anne Evans, W Anthony Riley, Thomas J Smith
Glioblastoma (GBM) is a universally fatal disease, complicated by significant cognitive and physical disabilities, inherent to the disease course. The purpose of this study was to retrospectively analyze end-of-life care for GBM patients at an academic center and compare utilization of these services to national quality of care guidelines, with the goal of identifying opportunities to improve end-of-life care. Single center retrospective cohort study of GBM patients at Johns Hopkins Hospital (JHH) between 2009 and 2014, using electronic medical records and hospice records...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528350/prevalence-and-impact-of-severe-fatigue-in-adolescent-and-young-adult-cancer-patients-in-comparison-with-population-based-controls
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Hanneke Poort, Suzanne E J Kaal, Hans Knoop, Rosemarie Jansen, Judith B Prins, Eveliene Manten-Horst, Petra Servaes, Olga Husson, Winette T A van der Graaf
PURPOSE: The current study determined the prevalence of severe fatigue in adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer patients (aged 18-35 years at diagnosis) consulting a multidisciplinary AYA team in comparison with gender- and age-matched population-based controls. In addition, impact of severe fatigue on quality of life and correlates of fatigue severity were examined. METHODS: AYAs with cancer (n = 83) completed questionnaires including the Checklist Individual Strength (CIS-fatigue), Quality of Life (QoL)-Cancer Survivor, Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (reflecting psychological distress), and the Cancer Worry Scale (reflecting fear of cancer recurrence or progression)...
May 20, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526862/significant-clinical-factors-associated-with-long-term-mortality-in-critical-cancer-patients-requiring-prolonged-mechanical-ventilation
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Li-Ta Keng, Kuei-Pin Chung, Shu-Yung Lin, Sheng-Kai Liang, Jui-Chen Cheng, I-Chun Chen, Yen-Fu Chen, Hou-Tai Chang, Chia-Lin Hsu, Jih-Shuin Jerng, Hao-Chien Wang, Ping-Hung Kuo, Huey-Dong Wu, Jin-Yuan Shih, Chong-Jen Yu
Studies about prognostic assessment in cancer patients requiring prolonged mechanical ventilation (PMV) for post-intensive care are scarce. We retrospectively enrolled 112 cancer patients requiring PMV support who were admitted to the respiratory care center (RCC), a specialized post-intensive care weaning facility, from November 2009 through September 2013. The weaning success rate was 44.6%, and mortality rates at hospital discharge and after 1 year were 43.8% and 76.9%, respectively. Multivariate logistic regression showed that weaning failure, in addition to underlying cancer status, was significantly associated with an increased 1-year mortality (odds ratio, 6...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526565/efficacy-of-indefinite-chronic-oral-antimicrobial-suppression-for-prosthetic-joint-infection-in-the-elderly-a-comparative-study
#4
V Prendki, P Sergent, A Barrelet, E Oziol, E Beretti, M Berlioz-Thibal, F Bouchand, F Dauchy, E Forestier, G Gavazzi, C Ronde-Oustau, J Stirnemann, A Dinh
OBJECTIVES: During prosthetic joint infection (PJI), surgical management is sometimes impossible, indefinite chronic oral antimicrobial suppression (ICOAS) may sometimes be the only option. We evaluated the outcome of elderly patients who benefited from ICOAS for a strictly palliative goal METHODS: We performed a national retrospective cohort study in France of patients aged >75years old with PJI, and managed with ICOAS planned for life long from 2009 to 2014, and compared the population with an event versus the population free of event...
May 16, 2017: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526502/hemodynamic-parameters-predict-adverse-outcomes-following-biventricular-conversion-with-single-ventricle-palliation-takedown
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Melissa A Herrin, David Zurakowski, Christopher W Baird, Puja Banka, Jesse J Esch, Pedro J Del Nido, Sitaram M Emani
OBJECTIVE: Patients with a borderline left ventricular hypoplasia in the hypoplastic left heart syndrome variant or an unbalanced atrioventricular canal who undergo initial single-ventricle palliation may be candidates for biventricular (BiV) conversion following left ventricle (LV) recruitment procedures. We investigated associations among preoperative parameters and postoperative outcomes in patients undergoing BiV conversion. METHODS: We performed a retrospective review of patients who underwent BiV conversion to determine variables associated with clinical outcomes...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526070/the-golden-retriever-model-of-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy
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REVIEW
Joe N Kornegay
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is an X-linked disease caused by mutations in the DMD gene and loss of the protein dystrophin. The absence of dystrophin leads to myofiber membrane fragility and necrosis, with eventual muscle atrophy and contractures. Affected boys typically die in their second or third decade due to either respiratory failure or cardiomyopathy. Despite extensive attempts to develop definitive therapies for DMD, the standard of care remains prednisone, which has only palliative benefits. Animal models, mainly the mdx mouse and golden retriever muscular dystrophy (GRMD) dog, have played a key role in studies of DMD pathogenesis and treatment development...
May 19, 2017: Skeletal Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525548/computational-fluid-dynamics-characterization-of-pulsatile-flow-in-central-and-sano-shunts-connected-to-the-pulmonary-arteries-importance-of-graft-angulation-on-shear-stress-induced-platelet-mediated-thrombosis
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Robert Ascuitto, Nancy Ross-Ascuitto, Martin Guillot, Carey Celestin
OBJECTIVES: Central (aorta) and Sano (right ventricle)-to-pulmonary artery (PA) shunts, palliative operations for infants with complex heart defects, can develop life-threatening thrombosis. We employed computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to study pulsatile flow in these shunts, with the goal to identify haemodynamic characteristics conducive to thrombus formation. METHODS: CFD, using the finite volume method with cardiac catheterization data, and computer simulations, based on angiography, were employed to determine flow-velocity field, wall shear stress (WSS) profile and oscillatory shear index (OSI)...
May 19, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525294/the-cambia-sojourns-scholars-leadership-program-conversations-with-emerging-leaders-in-palliative-care
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Dulce M Cruz-Oliver, Rachelle Bernacki, Zara Cooper, Corita Grudzen, Seiko Izumi, Deborah Lafond, Daniel Lam, Thomas W LeBlanc, Jennifer Tjia, Jennifer Walter
BACKGROUND: There is a pressing workforce shortage and leadership scarcity in palliative care to adequately meet the demands of individuals with serious illness and their families. To address this gap, the Cambia Health Foundation launched its Sojourns Scholars Leadership Program in 2014, an initiative designed to identify, cultivate, and advance the next generation of palliative care leaders. This report intends to summarize the second cohort of Sojourns Scholars' projects and their reflection on their leadership needs...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524892/palliative-radiation-therapy-knowledge-and-referrals-among-primary-care-providers
#9
Sydney Schone
Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide. Many individuals have significant symptoms related to this disease. Palliative radiation therapy (PRT) can relieve symptoms at the end of life for those with metastatic cancer. PRT is underused in treating patients with symptomatic cancer at the end of life, particularly in rural and remote settings, despite the evidence that supports it. The purpose of this evidence-based practice study is to (a) assess the knowledge of rural primary care providers about PRT, (b) disseminate evidence on the indications for PRT, and...
June 1, 2017: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524887/integrative-palliative-care-complementary-medicine-in-oncology%C3%A2
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Eran Ben-Arye, Yifat Katz, Daphna Wolf, Noah Samuels
This article presents the collaborative effort of two complementary and integrative medicine (CIM) professionals caring for three patients with cancer. The challenges facing the integration of CIM in an oncology setting are addressed, and the collaboration between the two CIM practitioners is discussed. The effect of the combined approach was synergistic, empowering the patients and the CIM practitioners, reducing symptom burdens, and improving quality of life and function. 
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June 1, 2017: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524711/the-will-to-live-breast-cancer-patients-perceptions-of-palliative-chemotherapy
#11
Jenny Bergqvist, Peter Strang
BACKGROUND: For women with metastatic breast cancer, late lines of chemotherapy might be beneficial but also harmful. Ongoing chemotherapy late in life increase the risk of late or absent discussions of palliative care and access to symptom relief by other options than chemotherapy. Our aim was, therefore, to investigate breast cancer patients' motives, perceptions, and experiences of late lines of palliative oncologic treatment. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A qualitative study with semi-guided face-to-face interviews with 20 women on at least their second line of palliative chemotherapy (second-eighth line)...
May 19, 2017: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524384/patient-reported-dietetic-care-post-hospital-for-free-living-patients-a-canadian-malnutrition-task-force-study
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H Keller, H Payette, M Laporte, P Bernier, J Allard, D Duerksen, L Gramlich, K Jeejeebhoy
BACKGROUND: Transitions out of hospital can influence recovery. Ideally, malnourished patients should be followed by someone with nutrition expertise, specifically a dietitian, post discharge from hospital. Predictors of dietetic care post discharge are currently unknown. The present study aimed to determine the patient factors independently associated with 30-days post hospital discharge dietetic care for free-living patients who transitioned to the community. METHODOLOGY: Nine hundred and twenty-two medical or surgical adult patients were recruited in 16 acute care hospitals in eight Canadian provinces on admission...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics: the Official Journal of the British Dietetic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522681/endothelial-nox1-oxidase-assembly-in-human-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-driver-of-gremlin1-mediated-proliferation
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Imad Al Ghouleh, Sanghamitra Sahoo, Daniel N Meijles, Jefferson H Amaral, Daniel S de Jesus, John Sembrat, Mauricio Rojas, Dmitry A Goncharov, Elena A Goncharova, Patrick J Pagano
Background: Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a rapidly degenerating and devastating disease of increased pulmonary vessel resistance leading to right heart failure. Palliative modalities remain limited despite recent endeavors to investigate the mechanisms underlying increased pulmonary vascular resistance, i.e. aberrant vascular remodeling and occlusion. However, little is known of the molecular mechanisms responsible for endothelial proliferation, a root cause of PAH-associated vascular remodeling...
May 18, 2017: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521799/what-are-the-differences-among-occupational-groups-related-to-their-palliative-care-specific-educational-needs-and-intensity-of-interprofessional-collaboration-in-long-term-care-homes
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S Kaasalainen, T Sussman, M Bui, N Akhtar-Danesh, R D Laporte, L McCleary, A Wickson Griffiths, K Brazil, D Parker, V Dal Bello-Haas, A Papaioannou, J O'Leary
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to compare the differences across occupational groups related to their end-of-life care-specific educational needs and reported intensity of interprofessional collaboration in long-term care (LTC) homes. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey, based on two questionnaires, was administered at four LTC homes in Ontario, Canada using a modified Dilman's approach. The first questionnaire, End of Life Professional Caregiver Survey, included three domains: patients and family-centered communication, cultural and ethical values, effective care delivery...
May 18, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521551/systematic-reviews-published-in-the-cochrane-library-january-march-2017
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Phillip J Wiffen
The Cochrane Library of Systematic Reviews is now only published monthly online ( http://www.thecochranelibrary.com ). The methods for searching have changed and are in flux. This report attempted to identify all relevant reviews published in the last 3 months to March 30, 2017. The current version contains 7243 complete reviews and 2544 protocols for reviews in production. In addition, there are citations of 1,036,153 randomized controlled trials (first time passing the million mark) and 15,700 cited papers in the Cochrane Methodology Register...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521070/drug-therapy-for-symptoms-associated-with-anxiety-in-adult-palliative-care-patients
#16
REVIEW
Susan Salt, Caroline A Mulvaney, Nancy J Preston
BACKGROUND: This is an update of a Cochrane Review first published in 2004 (Issue 1) and previously updated in 2012 (Issue 10). Anxiety is common in palliative care patients. It can be a natural response to the complex uncertainty of having a life-limiting illness or impending death, but it may represent a clinically significant issue in its own right. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effectiveness of drug therapy for treating symptoms of anxiety in adults with a progressive life-limiting illness who are thought to be in their last year of life...
May 18, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521020/mid-term-outcomes-in-unbalanced-complete-atrioventricular-septal-defect-role-of-biventricular-conversion-from-single-ventricle-palliation%C3%A2
#17
Meena Nathan, Sitaram Emani, Rinske IJsselhof, Hua Liu, Kimberlee Gauvreau, Pedro Del Nido
OBJECTIVES: Management strategy for unbalanced complete atrioventricular septal defects (CASVSDs) includes single-ventricle (SV) palliation and primary or staged biventricular (BiV) repair. More recently, BiV conversion (BiVC) from SV palliation and staged BiV recruitment (BiVR) have also been advocated. This study assesses mid-term outcomes in patients with unbalanced CASVSDs according to management strategy. METHODS: Consecutive patients with unbalanced CASVSDs who underwent surgery at a tertiary care centre from January 2000 to February 2016 with institutional review board approval...
May 18, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520825/toward-palliative-care-for-all-patients-with-advanced-cancer
#18
Yael Schenker, Robert Arnold
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May 18, 2017: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520542/hybrid-palliation-for-interrupted-aortic-arch-with-small-aortic-valve
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Yoshimasa Uno, Ayumu Masuoka, Kentarou Hotoda, Toshiyuki Katogi, Takaaki Suzuki
OBJECTIVES: Open heart surgery for interrupted aortic arch in the neonatal period is still a high-risk procedure related in part to patient factors such as low birth weight, other morphologic anomalies, and, especially, small aortic valve size. Recently, we performed hybrid palliation with bilateral pulmonary artery banding and ductal stenting as the first-stage palliation for such cases. In this study, the outcomes of this procedure were examined. METHODS: Six cases of interrupted aortic arch with a small aortic valve underwent the hybrid procedure in the neonatal period in our institute from 2010 to 2015 (mean age: 6...
May 2017: World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520498/palliative-care-and-parkinson-s-disease-caregiver-perspectives
#20
Isabel Boersma, Jacqueline Jones, Christina Coughlan, Julie Carter, David Bekelman, Janis Miyasaki, Jean Kutner, Benzi Kluger
BACKGROUND: Palliative care for Parkinson's disease (PD) is an emerging area of interest for clinicians, patients and families. Identifying the palliative care needs of caregivers is central to developing and implementing palliative services for families affected by PD. The objective of this paper was to elicit PD caregiver needs, salient concerns, and preferences for care using a palliative care framework. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 11 PD caregivers and one non-overlapping focus group (n = 4) recruited from an academic medical center and community support groups participated in qualitative semi-structured interviews...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
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