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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108885/modified-criteria-for-radiographic-response-assessment-in-glioblastoma-clinical-trials
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REVIEW
Benjamin M Ellingson, Patrick Y Wen, Timothy F Cloughesy
Radiographic endpoints including response and progression are important for the evaluation of new glioblastoma therapies. The current RANO criteria was developed to overcome many of the challenges identified with previous guidelines for response assessment, however, significant challenges and limitations remain. The current recommendations build on the strengths of the current RANO criteria, while addressing many of these limitations. Modifications to the current RANO criteria include suggestions for volumetric response evaluation, use contrast enhanced T1 subtraction maps to increase lesion conspicuity, removal of qualitative non-enhancing tumor assessment requirements, use of the post-radiation time point as the baseline for newly diagnosed glioblastoma response assessment, and "treatment-agnostic" response assessment rubrics for identifying pseudoprogression, pseudoresponse, and a confirmed durable response in newly diagnosed and recurrent glioblastoma trials...
January 20, 2017: Neurotherapeutics: the Journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108875/against-the-odds-syringe-exchange-policy-implementation-in-indiana
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Beth E Meyerson, Carrie A Lawrence, Laura Miller, Anthony Gillespie, Daniel Raymond, Kristen Kelley, D J Shannon
Indiana recently passed legislation allowing local governments to establish syringe exchanges. While the effectiveness of syringe exchange programming is established, there is a dearth of studies about associated policy adoption and implementation. This study documents the experiences of 24 Indiana counties engaged in the process of establishing syringe exchange programming under new state law. A mixed method, qualitative, exploratory case study was conducted from May 2015 to April 2016. We observed rapid and widespread policy adoption interest, and yet counties reported significant policy ambiguity, epidemiologic and resource capacity issues...
January 20, 2017: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108747/national-guidelines-for-smoking-cessation-in-primary-care-a-literature-review-and-evidence-analysis
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Marjolein Verbiest, Evelyn Brakema, Rianne van der Kleij, Kate Sheals, Georgia Allistone, Siân Williams, Andy McEwen, Niels Chavannes
: National guidelines for smoking cessation in primary care can be effective in improving clinical practice. This study assessed which parties are involved in the development of such guidelines worldwide, which national guidelines address primary care, what recommendations are made for primary care settings, and how these recommendations correlate with each other and with current evidence. We identified national guidelines using an online resource. Only the most recent version of a guideline was included...
December 2017: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108686/use-of-mechanical-insufflation-exsufflation-devices-for-airway-clearance-in-subjects-with-neuromuscular-disease
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REVIEW
Catherine Auger, Vanessa Hernando, Hubert Galmiche
The aim of this systematic review is to examine the benefit/risk ratio of the use of mechanical insufflation-exsufflation (MI-E) devices for airway clearance in patients with neuromuscular diseases. A search was conducted for relevant studies in MEDLINE, the Cochrane Library, and the Health Technology Assessment Database using the main key words: cough, airway clearance, in-exsufflation. The search limits were studies published in English and French between 1970 and 2014 (literature watch until December 2015)...
February 2017: Respiratory Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108483/measuring-hip-muscle-strength-in-patients-with-femoroacetabular-impingement-and-other-hip-pathologies-a-systematic-review
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E Mayne, A Memarzadeh, P Raut, A Arora, V Khanduja
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to systematically review the literature on measurement of muscle strength in patients with femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) and other pathologies and to suggest guidelines to standardise protocols for future research in the field. METHODS: The Cochrane and PubMed libraries were searched for any publications using the terms 'hip', 'muscle', 'strength', and 'measurement' in the 'Title, Abstract, Keywords' field. A further search was performed using the terms 'femoroacetabular' or 'impingement'...
January 2017: Bone & Joint Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108402/using-pharmacokinetic-modelling-to-improve-prescribing-practices-of-intravenous-aminophylline-in-childhood-asthma-exacerbations
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Lewis Cooney, Antonia McBride, Andrew Lilley, Ian Sinha, Trevor N Johnson, Daniel B Hawcutt
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate physiologically based pharmacokinetic modelling (PBPK) software in paediatric asthma patients using intravenous aminophylline. METHODS: Prospective clinical audit of children receiving iv aminophylline (July 2014 to June 2016), and in-silico modelling using Simcyp software. RESULTS: Thirty-eight admissions (25 children) were included. Children with aminophylline levels ≥10 mg/l had equivalent clinical outcomes compared to those <10 mg/L, and adverse effects occurred in 57%...
January 17, 2017: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108265/palliative-care-and-parkinson-s-disease-meeting-summary-and-recommendations-for-clinical-research
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Benzi M Kluger, Siobhán Fox, Suzanne Timmons, Maya Katz, Nicholas B Galifianakis, Indu Subramanian, Julie H Carter, Miriam J Johnson, Edward W Richfield, David Bekelman, Jean S Kutner, Janis Miyasaki
INTRODUCTION: Palliative care is an approach to caring for patients and families affected by serious illnesses that focuses on the relief of suffering through the management of medical symptoms, psychosocial issues, advance care planning and spiritual wellbeing. Over the past decade there has been an emerging clinical and research interest in the application of palliative care approaches to Parkinson's disease (PD) and outpatient palliative care services are now offered by several movement disorders centers...
January 11, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108191/use-of-electronic-cigarettes-among-u-s-adults-with-medical-comorbidities
#8
Gina R Kruse, Sara Kalkhoran, Nancy A Rigotti
INTRODUCTION: Electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) use is rising in the U.S. Smokers with comorbidities may increasingly use e-cigarettes if they believe e-cigarettes reduce smoking-related harm. This study examined e-cigarette use among adults with medical comorbidities. METHODS: In 2016, this study analyzed 68,136 U.S. adults in the 2014 and 2015 National Health Interview Survey. Prevalent e-cigarette use by medical comorbidities and adjusted odds of e-cigarette use were calculated...
January 17, 2017: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108179/symptomatic-treatment-of-cough-among-adult-patients-with-lung-cancer-chest-guidelines-and-expert-panel-report
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Alex Molassiotis, Jaclyn A Smith, Peter Mazzone, Fiona Blackhall, Richard S Irwin
BACKGROUND: Cough among patients with lung cancer is a common but often undertreated symptom. We have used a recent Cochrane systematic review, among other sources of evidence, to update the recommendations and suggestions of the CHEST 2006 guideline on this topic. METHODS: The American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) methodologic guidelines and the Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development, and Evaluation framework were used. The Expert Cough Panel based their recommendations on data from the Cochrane systematic review on the topic, uncontrolled studies, case studies, and the clinical context...
January 17, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108156/smfm-consult-series-42-the-role-of-ultrasound-in-women-who-undergo-cell-free-dna-screening
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Mary E Norton, Joseph R Biggio, Jeffrey A Kuller, Sean C Blackwell
The introduction of cell-free DNA (cfDNA) screening for aneuploidy into obstetric practice in 2011 revolutionized the strategies utilized for prenatal testing. The purpose of this document is to review the current data on the role of ultrasound in women who have undergone or are considering cfDNA screening. The following are SMFM recommendations: 1) in women who have already received a negative cfDNA screen, ultrasound at 11-14 weeks of gestation solely for the purpose of NT measurement (CPT code 76813) is not recommended (GRADE 1B); 2) we recommend that diagnostic testing should not be recommended to patients solely for the indication of an isolated soft marker in the setting of a negative cfDNA screen (GRADE 2B); 3) in women with an isolated soft marker without other clinical implications (ie, choroid plexus cyst or echogenic intracardiac focus) and a negative cfDNA screen, we recommend describing the finding as "not clinically significant" or as a "normal variant" (GRADE 2B); 4) in women with an isolated soft marker that has no other clinical implication (ie, choroid plexus cyst or echogenic intracardiac focus) and a negative first or second trimester screening result, we recommend describing the finding as "not clinically significant" or as a "normal variant" (GRADE 2B); 5) we recommend that all women in whom a structural abnormality is identified by ultrasound should be offered diagnostic testing with chromosomal microarray (GRADE 1A); 6) we recommend against routine screening for microdeletions with cfDNA (GRADE 1B)...
January 17, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108117/a-single-intervention-for-cockroach-control-reduces-cockroach-exposure-and-asthma-morbidity-in-children
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Felicia A Rabito, John C Carlson, Hua He, Derek Werthmann, Coby Schal
BACKGROUND: Exposure to cockroaches is an important asthma trigger, particularly for children with asthma living in inner cities. Integrated pest management is the recommended approach to cockroach abatement; however, it is costly and difficult to implement. The impact of reducing cockroach exposure on asthma outcomes is not known. OBJECTIVE: We sought to test the use of a single intervention, insecticidal bait, to reduce cockroach exposure in the home of children with asthma in New Orleans and to examine the impact of cockroach reduction on asthma outcomes...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108072/treatment-of-metastatic-breast-cancer-in-eu-analysis-of-market-research-data-from-4q2013-till-3q2014
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Mario Cepparulo, Nina Schmidt
OBJECTIVE: Despite the scientific evidence undoubtedly influencing current guidelines on the management of metastatic Breast cancer (mBC), marketing research data suggests this may not be reflected in EU prescribing behavior. Specifically we would like to understand the use of combination chemotherapy vs monotherapy in mBC patients. METHODOLOGY: This study is based on IMS Oncology Analyzer™, a web-based physician panel survey set-up by IMS Health, a global company which specializes in health care information including market research data...
January 17, 2017: Breast: Official Journal of the European Society of Mastology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108012/-cancer-screening-in-france-10%C3%A2-years-of-analysis-of-behaviours-by-the-edifice-surveys
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François Eisinger, Xavier Pivot, Laurent Greillier, Sébastien Couraud, Alexis B Cortot, Chantal Touboul, Christine Lhomel, Jean-Yves Blay, Jean-François Morère, Jérôme Viguier
Accessibility to cancer screening in France has been facilitated by the implementation of organised programs (breast cancer and colorectal cancer) and by national recommendations (cervical cancer). Personal motivation may also trigger participation in prostate cancer screening. This paper proposes an overview of attitudes toward cancer screening among the general population over a period of more than 10 years and the perception of this behaviour by general practitioners. It is noteworthy that although certain cancer screening programmes, such as for breast cancer, are widely established throughout the population, uptake of others, such as for colorectal or prostate cancer, is contingent on sociological factors and vulnerability...
January 17, 2017: Bulletin du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107824/implementation-of-methadone-therapy-for-opioid-use-disorder-in-russia-a-modeled-cost-effectiveness-analysis
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Bulat Idrisov, Sean M Murphy, Tyler Morrill, Mayada Saadoun, Karsten Lunze, Donald Shepard
BACKGROUND: Opioid agonist therapy using methadone, an effective treatment of opioid use disorders (OUD) for people who inject drugs (PWID), is recommended by the World Health Organization as essential to curtail the growing HIV epidemic. Yet, despite increasing prevalence of OUD and HIV, methadone therapy has not yet been implemented in Russia. The aim of this modeling study was to estimate the cost-effectiveness of methadone therapy for Russian adults with a diagnosed OUD. METHODS/DESIGN: We modeled the projected program implementation costs and estimated disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) averted over a 10-year period, associated with the provision of methadone therapy for a hypothetical, unreplenished cohort of Russian adults with an OUD (n = 249,000), in comparison to the current therapies at existing addiction treatment facilities...
January 20, 2017: Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107576/non-invasive-anaesthetic-methods-for-dermatological-laser-procedures-a-systematic-review
#15
REVIEW
K Greveling, E P Prens, L Liu, M B A van Doorn
Pain is a common side-effect of dermatological laser procedures. Non-invasive anaesthetic drugs and anaesthetic procedures can be used to provide pain relief and increase patient satisfaction and treatment efficacy. However, it remains unclear which method provides the best pain relief. The objective of this systematic review was therefore to assess the efficacy and safety of non-invasive anaesthetic methods during dermatological laser procedures. A systematic literature search was conducted. Randomized and non-randomized controlled clinical trials (RCTs and CCTs) were included...
January 20, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107357/vasopressor-use-for-severe-hypotension-a-multicentre-prospective-observational-study
#16
Francois Lamontagne, Deborah J Cook, Maureen O Meade, Andrew Seely, Andrew G Day, Emmanuel Charbonney, Karim Serri, Yoanna Skrobik, Paul Hebert, Charles St-Arnaud, Hector Quiroz-Martinez, Michaël Mayette, Daren K Heyland
BACKGROUND: The optimal approach to titrate vasopressor therapy is unclear. Recent sepsis guidelines recommend a mean arterial pressure (MAP) target of 65 mmHg and higher for chronic hypertensive patients. As data emerge from clinical trials comparing blood pressure targets for vasopressor therapy, an accurate description of usual care is required to interpret study results. Our aim was to measure MAP values during vasopressor therapy in Canadian intensive care units (ICUs) and to compare these with stated practices and guidelines...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107337/e-cigarettes-and-smoking-cessation-a-primer-for-oncology-clinicians
#17
Yanina Zborovskaya
BACKGROUND: Electronic cigarettes 
(e-cigarettes) are a psychosocial phenomenon of the 21st century with serious implications to public and individual health. The significant increase of their popularity and use has raised concerns in the healthcare community regarding their potential benefits and harm, particularly their use as a smoking cessation methodology. 
. OBJECTIVES: Current knowledge is presented about e-cigarettes, including the clinical implications of their use, and associated controversies are analyzed...
February 1, 2017: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107122/evaluating-the-impact-of-pharmacists-on-reducing-use-of-sedative-hypnotics-for-treatment-of-insomnia-in-long-term-care-facility-residents
#18
Maria Grazia Gemelli, Katherine Yockel, Kenneth C Hohmeier
OBJECTIVE: To determine if pharmacist intervention can decrease the use of inappropriate sedative/hypnotics in the elderly population in the long-term care facility setting. DESIGN: A multicenter, prospective chart review of sedative/hypnotic use for insomnia among long-term care facility residents. SETTING: Eleven regional long-term care facilities in Northeastern Tennessee. PARTICIPANTS: Long-term care facility residents older than 65 years of age, with confirmed insomnia diagnoses and no history of seizure or recent psychotropic gradual-dose reduction attempts...
November 1, 2016: Consultant Pharmacist: the Journal of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107106/news-reports-and-their-role-in-child-agricultural-injury-prevention
#19
Barbara Marlenga, Richard L Berg, Susan S Gallagher
OBJECTIVES: The news media can be important sources of health information. We examined news reports of child agricultural injuries to assess what was reported and to evaluate potential implications for health communication and surveillance efforts. METHODS: A content analysis was conducted of a convenience sample of 113 US news reports from 2012 to 2014 involving agricultural injuries to children less than 18 years-of-age. The data collection instrument included basic elements of injury surveillance, as well as variables related to injury causation and prevention...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Agromedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106762/contribution-of-trans-fatty-acid-intake-to-coronary-heart-disease-burden-in-australia-a-modelling-study
#20
Jason H Y Wu, Miaobing Zheng, Elise Catterall, Shauna Downs, Beth Thomas, Lennert Veerman, Jan J Barendregt
Trans-fatty acids (TFAs) intake has been consistently associated with a higher risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) mortality. We provided an updated assessment of TFA intake in Australian adults in 2010 and conducted modeling to estimate CHD mortality attributable to TFA intake. Data of the 2011-2012 National Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey was used to assess TFA intake. The CHD burden attributable to TFA was calculated by comparing the current level of TFA intake to a counterfactual setting where consumption was lowered to a theoretical minimum distribution of 0...
January 18, 2017: Nutrients
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