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Adewole S Adamson, Elizabeth A Suarez, April R Gorman
Importance: Prescription underuse is associated with poorer clinical outcomes. A significant proportion of underuse is owing to primary nonadherence, defined as the rate at which patients fail to fill and pick up new prescriptions. Although electronic prescribing increases coordination of care and decreases errors, its effect on primary nonadherence is less certain. Objectives: To analyze factors associated with primary nonadherence to dermatologic medications and study whether electronic prescribing affects rates of primary nonadherence...
October 26, 2016: JAMA Dermatology
Kwangwoo Park, Sungjin Park, Mi-Jin Jeon, Jinhyun Choi, Jun Won Kim, Yoon Jin Cho, Won-Seok Jang, Yo Sup Keum, Ik Jae Lee
The 3D-printed boluses were used during the radiation therapy of the chest wall in six patients with breast cancer after modified radical mastectomy (MRM). We measured the in-vivo skin doses while both conventional and 3D-printed boluses were placed on the chest wall and compared the mean doses delivered to the ipsilateral lung and the heart. The homogeneity and conformity of the dose distribution in the chest wall for both types of boluses were also evaluated. The uniformity index on the chest skin was improved when the 3D-printed boluses were used, with the overall average skin dose being closer to the prescribed one in the former case (-0...
October 23, 2016: Oncotarget
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Background Long-term treatment with supplemental oxygen has unknown efficacy in patients with stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and resting or exercise-induced moderate desaturation. Methods We originally designed the trial to test whether long-term treatment with supplemental oxygen would result in a longer time to death than no use of supplemental oxygen among patients who had stable COPD with moderate resting desaturation (oxyhemoglobin saturation as measured by pulse oximetry [Spo2], 89 to 93%)...
October 27, 2016: New England Journal of Medicine
Tina Bernadette Angerer, Ylva Magnusson, Goran Landberg, John Stephen Fletcher
Breast cancer is an umbrella term used to describe a collection of different diseases with broad inter- and intra-tumor heterogeneity. Understanding this variation is critical in order to develop, and precisely prescribe, new treatments. Changes in the lipid metabolism of cancerous cells can provide important indications as to the metabolic state of the cells but are difficult to investigate with conventional histological methods. Due to the introduction of new higher energy (40 kV) gas cluster ion beams (GCIBs) time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) imaging is now capable of providing information on the distribution of hundreds of molecular species simultaneously on a cellular to sub-cellular scale...
October 26, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Lauren B Cooper, Xiaojuan Mi, Robert J Mentz, Jennifer B Green, Kevin J Anstrom, Adrian F Hernandez, Lesley H Curtis
BACKGROUND: Several diabetes mellitus (DM) therapies are associated with worse heart failure (HF) outcomes, yet limited data exist characterizing routine DM management based on HF status. HYPOTHESIS: DM medications prescribed for patients with HF will differ in meaningful ways from patients without HF, and co-morbidities will impact the choice of medications prescribed. METHODS: Using Medicare fee-for-service claims data, we identified patients with newly treated DM between 2008 and 2011 and used multivariable logistic regression to assess associations between baseline HF status and DM medication use...
October 26, 2016: Clinical Cardiology
W Abel Wright, Jack M Gorman, Melissa Odorzynski, Mark J Peterson, Carol Clayton
BACKGROUND: Patients receiving psychiatric services at community mental health centers (CMHCs) are often prescribed medication that is critical to the treatment of behavioral health conditions, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and depression. Previous studies have shown correlation between rates of medication adherence and risk of hospitalization, but potential differences in medication adherence and other outcomes for patients of CMHCs by pharmacy type have not been widely studied...
November 2016: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
Joanna P MacEwan, Felicia M Forma, Jason Shafrin, Ainslie Hatch, Darius N Lakdawalla, Jean-Pierre Lindenmayer
BACKGROUND: Poor medication adherence contributes to negative treatment response, symptom relapse, and hospitalizations in schizophrenia. Many health plans use claims-based measures like medication possession ratios or proportion of days covered (PDC) to measure patient adherence to antipsychotics. Classifying patients solely on the basis of a single average PDC measure, however, may mask clinically meaningful variations over time in how patients arrive at an average PDC level. OBJECTIVE: To model patterns of medication adherence evolving over time for patients with schizophrenia who initiated treatment with an oral atypical antipsychotic and, based on these patterns, to identify groups of patients with different adherence behaviors...
November 2016: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
Janice L Pringle, Arnie Aldridge, Shannon M Kearney, Kim Grasso, John Radack, Susan Hogue, Chronis Manolis
BACKGROUND: Medication nonadherence is problematic throughout health care practice. Patient nonadherence is a result of several factors, such as financial issues, confusion about the medication, or concerns about possible side effects. Efforts to improve adherence have been implemented, but new strategies are needed to ensure that patients fill their medication prescriptions and adhere to their prescribed use. OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether providing patients with a free 30-day supply of medication at the point of care via a dispensing kiosk-a secure, computerized cabinet placed in the prescriber's office-that provides sample medication and educational materials had a measurable impact on adherence and health care cost...
November 2016: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
Alessandro Lamorte, Enrico Boero, Paola Crida, Abdul R Conteh, Marco Foletti, Paolo Narcisi
BACKGROUND: Diagnostic tools available in low-income countries are often really basic even if patients can be as sick as those of the richer countries. Point-of-care ultrasound could be a solution for this problem. We studied the impact of ultrasound at the Holy Spirit Hospital, Makeni, Sierra Leone. METHODS: This is a prospective, observational study on outpatients presenting at the HSH. We enrolled continually for 1 month 105 patients asked for ultrasound examination by the caring physician that had to indicate the differential diagnosis hypothesized, the confidence degree about these on a 5-point Likert scale, and the therapy before and after the US...
December 2016: Critical Ultrasound Journal
Takao Saito, Masayuki Iwano, Koichi Matsumoto, Tetsuya Mitarai, Hitoshi Yokoyama, Noriaki Yorioka, Shinichi Nishi, Ashio Yoshimura, Hiroshi Sato, Satoru Ogahara, Yoshie Sasatomi, Yasufumi Kataoka, Shiro Ueda, Akio Koyama, Shoichi Maruyama, Masaomi Nangaku, Enyu Imai, Seiichi Matsuo, Yasuhiko Tomino
BACKGROUND: We designed a prospective and randomized trial of mizoribine (MZR) therapy combined with prednisolone (PSL) for idiopathic membranous nephropathy (IMN) with steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome (SRNS). METHODS: Patients with IMN were divided into 2 groups, and MZR combined with PSL was administered for 2 years. PSL was initially prescribed at 40 mg/day and tapered. MZR was given once-a-day at 150 mg and 3-times-a-day at 50 mg each to groups 1 and 2...
October 25, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Nephrology
Mario Cazzola, Maria Gabriella Matera
In asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), an important step in simplifying management and improving adherence with prescribed therapy is to reduce the dose frequency to the minimum necessary to maintain disease control. Fixed-dose combination (FDC) therapy might enhance compliance by decreasing the number of medications and/or the number of daily doses. Furthermore, they have the potential for enhancing, sensitizing, and prolonging the effects of monocomponents. Combination therapy with an inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) and a long-acting β-agonist (LABA) is considered an important approach for treating patients with asthma and patients with severe COPD who have frequent exacerbations...
October 26, 2016: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
Mélisande Albert, Yann Bouret, Magalie Fromont, Patricia Reynaud-Bouret
We investigate several distribution-free dependence detection procedures, all based on a shuffling of the trials, from a statistical point of view. The mathematical justification of such procedures lies in the bootstrap principle and its approximation properties. In particular, we show that such a shuffling has mainly to be done on centered quantities-that is, quantities with zero mean under independence-to construct correct p-values, meaning that the corresponding tests control their false positive (FP) rate...
November 2016: Neural Computation
Jawad H Butt, Søren Dalsgaard, Christian Torp-Pedersen, Lars Køber, Gunnar H Gislason, Christina Kruuse, Emil L Fosbøl
OBJECTIVES: Beta-blockers relieve the autonomic symptoms of exam-related anxiety and may be beneficial in exam-related and performance anxiety, but knowledge on related psychiatric outcomes is unknown. We hypothesized that beta-blocker therapy for exam-related anxiety identifies young students at risk of later psychiatric events. METHODS: Using Danish nationwide administrative registries, we studied healthy students aged 14-30 years (1996-2012) with a first-time claimed prescription for a beta-blocker during the exam period (May-June); students who were prescribed a beta-blocker for medical reasons were excluded...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology
Beatrice Setnik, Carl L Roland, Glenn C Pixton, Kenneth W Sommerville
OBJECTIVES: To compare the results of two open-label primary care-based studies that examined investigator assessment of patient risk for prescription opioid misuse, abuse, and diversion relative to patient self-reports and urine drug tests (UDTs). METHODS: Risk assessment data from two open-label, multicenter, primary care-based US studies in patients with chronic pain were compared. RESULTS: In one study (n = 1487), 54.4% of patients were at moderate, 24...
October 26, 2016: Postgraduate Medicine
Frank Jenz, Mikhail A Osipov, Stefan Jagiella, Frank Giesselmann
Simple smectic A liquid crystal phases with different types of prescribed orientational distribution functions have been simulated and compared in order to study the possibility to distinguish between the Maier-Saupe type and cone-like orientational distributions using the popular method of Davidson et al. [J. Phys. II 5, 113 (1995)]. This method has been used to extract the orientational distribution functions from simulated diffraction patterns, and the results have been compared with actual distribution functions which have been prescribed during simulations...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
Kristelle Desfossés-Baron, Ian Hammond-Martel, Antoine Simoneau, Adnane Sellam, Stephen Roberts, Hugo Wurtele
The mechanism of action of valproate (VPA), a widely prescribed short chain fatty acid with anticonvulsant and anticancer properties, remains poorly understood. Here, the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae was used as model to investigate the biological consequences of VPA exposure. We found that low pH strongly potentiates VPA-induced growth inhibition. Transcriptional profiling revealed that under these conditions, VPA modulates the expression of genes involved in diverse cellular processes including protein folding, cell wall organisation, sexual reproduction, and cell cycle progression...
October 26, 2016: Scientific Reports
Ross D Feldman, Lisheng Liu, Zhaosu Wu, Yuqing Zhang, Xueqing Yu, Xin-Hua Zhang
The Hypertension Attitude PersPEctives and Needs (HAPPEN) survey was a real-world survey of cardiologists, nephrologists, and patients with treated hypertension at level 3 hospitals in China. It aimed to characterize the attitudes and behavior of physicians and patients and to identify possible causes of poor blood pressure (BP) control. Randomly selected participants (100 cardiologists, 30 nephrologists, 400 patients) completed face-to-face interviews investigating BP control rates, consulting behavior, prescribing patterns, and attitudes toward hypertension management...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Clinical Hypertension
Davids Denver, Gibson Diana, Johnson Quinton
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: The aim of this study was to identify and document medicinal plants used to manage High Blood Pressure and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Bitterfontein, Western Cape Province, South Africa. METHODS: One hundred and twelve (112) respondents were interviewed between August 2014 and September 2015 through semi-structured surveys to gather data on the percentage of people who had been diagnosed with High Blood Pressure and/or Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and to determine the frequency of medicinal plant and allopathic medicine use...
October 22, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Francisco Maduell, Rosa Ramos, Javier Varas, Alejandro Martin-Malo, Manuel Molina, Rafael Pérez-Garcia, Daniele Marcelli, Francesc Moreso, Pedro Aljama, Jose Ignacio Merello
Achieving an adequate dialysis dose is one of the key goals for dialysis treatments. Here we assessed whether patients receiving the current cleared plasma volume (Kt), individualized for body surface area per recommendations, had improved survival and reduced hospitalizations at 2 years of follow-up. Additionally, we assessed whether patients receiving a greater dose gained more benefit. This prospective, observational, multicenter study included 6129 patients in 65 Fresenius Medical Care Spanish facilities...
October 22, 2016: Kidney International
Samanta Lalic, Janet K Sluggett, Jenni Ilomäki, Barbara C Wimmer, Edwin C K Tan, Leonie Robson, Tina Emery, J Simon Bell
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the association between polypharmacy and medication regimen complexity with time to first hospitalization, number of hospitalizations, and number of hospital days over a 12-month period. DESIGN: A 12-month prospective cohort study. PARTICIPANTS AND SETTING: A total of 383 residents of 6 Australian long-term care facilities (LTCFs). MEASUREMENTS: The primary exposures were polypharmacy (≥9 regular medications) and the 65-item Medication Regimen Complexity Index (MRCI)...
November 1, 2016: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
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