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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537804/evaluation-of-testing-of-acute-leukemia-samples-survey-result-from-the-college-of-american-pathologists
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Tracy I George, Joseph A Tworek, Nicole E Thomas, Lisa A Fatheree, Rhona J Souers, Raouf E Nakhleh, Daniel A Arber
CONTEXT: - The classification and prognosis determination in acute leukemia (AL) are complex and it is unclear what testing is being performed in practice. OBJECTIVE: - To survey physicians describing their current practice of test ordering in the diagnosis of AL. DESIGN: - In anticipation of a guideline by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and the American Society for Hematology on laboratory testing needed for the initial workup of AL, a baseline survey was designed by an expert panel from CAP...
May 24, 2017: Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526310/working-with-influenza-like-illness-presenteeism-among-us-health-care-personnel-during-the-2014-2015-influenza-season
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Sophia Chiu, Carla L Black, Xin Yue, Stacie M Greby, A Scott Laney, Angela P Campbell, Marie A de Perio
BACKGROUND: Health care personnel (HCP) working while experiencing influenza-like illness (ILI) contribute to influenza transmission in health care settings. Studies focused on certain HCP occupations or work settings have demonstrated that some HCP often continue to work while ill. METHODS: Using a national nonprobability Internet panel survey of 1,914 HCP during the 2014-2015 influenza season, we calculated the frequency of working with self-reported ILI (ie, fever and cough or sore throat) and examined reasons for working with ILI by occupation and work setting...
May 16, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524363/donor-transmitted-mutation-of-the-abcb11-gene-and-ensuing-intra-hepatic-cholestasis-of-pregnancy-in-a-liver-transplant-recipient
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Tiong Yeng Lim, Iona Coltart, Pierre Foskett, Richard Thompson, Sandra Strautnieks, Leonie Penna, Catherine Williamson, Rosa Miquel, Michael A Heneghan
In liver transplant (LT) recipients, the cause of graft dysfunction in pregnancy is often difficult to ascertain. Moreover, a liver biopsy in late pregnancy is often avoided as a consequence of patient and physician factors. Management of graft dysfunction can be difficult in this setting. We report a 30-year-old female LT recipient who developed acutely deranged liver biochemistry during the third trimester of her first pregnancy. At 29 weeks gestation, her liver function test (LFT) became abnormal; AST peaked at 978 IU/L (normal range 10-50), GGT 25 IU/L (normal range 1-55), bilirubin 1...
May 19, 2017: Liver Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523477/the-impact-of-e-visits-on-patient-access-to-primary-care
#4
Xiang Zhong, Peter Hoonakker, Philip A Bain, Albert J Musa, Jingshan Li
To improve patient access to primary care, many healthcare organizations have introduced electronic visits (e-visits) to provide patient-physician communication through secure messages. However, it remains unclear how e-visit affects physicians' operations on a daily basis and whether it would increase physicians' panel size. In this study, we consider a primary care physician who has a steady patient panel and manages patients' office and e-visits, as well as other indirect care tasks. We use queueing-based performance outcomes to evaluate the performance of care delivery...
May 18, 2017: Health Care Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521870/the-use-of-statins-alone-or-in-combination-with-pioglitazone-and-other-drugs-for-the-treatment-of-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-non-alcoholic-steatohepatitis-and-related-cardiovascular-risk-an-expert-panel-statement
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REVIEW
Vasilios G Athyros, Theodore K Alexandrides, Helen Bilianou, Evangelos Cholongitas, Michael Doumas, Emmanuel S Ganotakis, John Goudevenos, Moses S Elisaf, Georgios Germanidis, Olga Giouleme, Asterios Karagiannis, Charalambos Karvounis, Niki Katsiki, Vasilios Kotsis, Jannis Kountouras, Evangelos Liberopoulos, Christos Pitsavos, Stergios Polyzos, Loukianos S Rallidis, Dimitrios Richter, Apostolos G Tsapas, Alexandros D Tselepis, Konstantinos Tsioufis, Konstantinos Tziomalos, Themistoklis Tzotzas, Themistoklis G Vasiliadis, Charalambos Vlachopoulos, Dimitri P Mikhailidis, Christos Mantzoros
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), the most common liver disease, is characterized by accumulation of fat (>5% of the liver tissue), in the absence of alcohol abuse or other chronic liver diseases. It is closely related to the epidemic of obesity, metabolic syndrome or type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). NAFLD can cause liver inflammation and progress to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), fibrosis, cirrhosis or hepatocellular cancer (HCC). Nevertheless, cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the most common cause of death in NAFLD/NASH patients...
June 2017: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520927/preoperative-stratification-of-transsphenoidal-pituitary-surgery-patients-based-on-surgical-urgency
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Hasan A Zaidi, Amy J Wang, David J Cote, Timothy R Smith, Daniel Prevedello, Domenico Solari, Paolo Cappabianca, Monica Quiroga, Edward R Laws
BACKGROUND: Currently, there is no prioritization scale available to distinguish those patients with pituitary tumors who require urgent surgical intervention from those who are candidates for elective treatment. OBJECTIVE: To develop a classification system that can help primary care physicians, endocrinologists, neurosurgeons, ancillary support staff, and hospital administrators identify high-priority surgical candidates. METHODS: An expert international panel of clinicians consisting of endocrinologists and neurosurgeons who are involved in the diagnosis and management of sellar disease was convened...
May 18, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508741/caep-2016-academic-symposium-on-education-scholarship-training-our-future-clinician-educators-in-emergency-medicine
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Robert A Woods, Jennifer D Artz, Benoit Carrière, Simon Field, James Huffman, Sandy L Dong, Farhan Bhanji, Stella Yiu, Sheila Smith, Rose Mengual, Chris Hicks, Jason Frank
OBJECTIVE: To develop consensus recommendations for training future clinician educators (CEs) in emergency medicine (EM). METHODS: A panel of EM education leaders was assembled from across Canada and met regularly by teleconference over the course of 1 year. Recommendations for CE training were drafted based on the panel's experience, a literature review, and a survey of current and past EM education leaders in Canada. Feedback was sought from attendees at the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP) annual academic symposium...
May 2017: CJEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504992/trends-in-perioperative-practice-and-resource-utilization-in-patients-with-obstructive-sleep-apnea-undergoing-joint-arthroplasty
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Crispiana Cozowicz, Jashvant Poeran, Ashley Olson, Madhu Mazumdar, Eva E Mörwald, Stavros G Memtsoudis
BACKGROUND: Emerging evidence associating obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) with adverse perioperative outcomes has recently heightened the level of awareness among perioperative physicians. In particular, estimates projecting the high prevalence of this condition in the surgical population highlight the necessity of the development and adherence to "best clinical practices." In this context, a number of expert panels have generated recommendations in an effort to provide guidance for perioperative decision-making...
May 11, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495073/expert-statement-on-the-single-agent-use-of-inhaled-bronchodilator-in-the-treatment-of-stable-mild-moderate-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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Juan Antonio Riesco Miranda, Bernardino Alcázar, Inmaculada Alfageme, Ciro Casanova, Bartolomé Celli, Juan P de-Torres, Carlos A Jiménez Ruiz
OBJECTIVE: To describe the evidence- and experience-based expert consensus on the use of single-agent bronchodilators in patients with stable mild-moderate chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). METHODS: Using Delphi methodology, a panel of 7 respiratory medicine experts was established, who, in the first nominal group meeting defined the scope, users, and document sections. The panel drew up 14 questions on the use of single-agent bronchodilators in patients with mild-moderate stable COPD to be answered with a systematic review of the literature...
May 8, 2017: Archivos de Bronconeumología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491135/highlights-from-the-15th-st-gallen-international-breast-cancer-conference-15-18-march-2017-vienna-tailored-treatments-for-patients-with-early-breast-cancer
#10
Consuelo Morigi
The 15th St Gallen International Breast Cancer Conference was held in Vienna for the second time, from 15th-18th March 2017. 4000 people from 105 countries all over the world were invited to take part in the event. The real highlight of the conference was the last day with the International Consensus Session which was chaired by around 50 experts on breast cancer worldwide. With reference to data from scientific research, the consensus panel tried to offer guidelines for the management of breast cancer with the aim of providing patients with optimal treatment...
2017: Ecancermedicalscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491100/increased-sensitization-to-mold-allergens-measured-by-intradermal-skin-testing-following-hurricanes
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Diego Saporta, David Hurst
Objective. To report on changes in sensitivity to mold allergens determined by changes in intradermal skin testing reactivity, after exposure to two severe hurricanes. Methods. A random, retrospective allergy charts review divided into 2 groups of 100 patients each: Group A, patients tested between 2003 and 2010 prior to hurricanes, and Group B, patients tested in 2014 and 2015 following hurricanes. Reactivity to eighteen molds was determined by intradermal skin testing. Test results, age, and respiratory symptoms were recorded...
2017: Journal of Environmental and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490924/improving-molecular-testing-and-personalized-medicine-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-in-ontario
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C Lim, H S Sekhon, J C Cutz, D M Hwang, S Kamel-Reid, R F Carter, G da Cunha Santos, T Waddell, M Binnie, M Patel, N Paul, T Chung, A Brade, R El-Maraghi, C Sit, M S Tsao, N B Leighl
BACKGROUND: Although molecular testing has become standard in managing advanced nonsquamous non-small-cell lung cancer (nsclc), most patients undergo minimally invasive procedures, and the diagnostic tumour specimens available for testing are usually limited. A knowledge translation initiative to educate diagnostic specialists about sampling techniques and laboratory processes was undertaken to improve the uptake and application of molecular testing in advanced lung cancer. METHODS: A multidisciplinary panel of physician experts including pathologists, respirologists, interventional thoracic radiologists, thoracic surgeons, medical oncologists, and radiation oncologists developed a specialty-specific education program, adapting international clinical guidelines to the local Ontario context...
April 2017: Current Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490902/patient-and-physician-preferences-for-anticancer-drugs-for-the-treatment-of-metastatic-colorectal-cancer-a-discrete-choice-experiment
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Juan Marcos González, Sarika Ogale, Robert Morlock, Joshua Posner, Brett Hauber, Nicolas Sommer, Axel Grothey
OBJECTIVE: Many publications describe preferences for colorectal cancer (CRC) screening; however, few studies elicited preferences for anticancer-drug treatment for metastatic CRC (mCRC). This study was designed to elicit preferences and risk tolerance among patients and oncologists in the USA for anticancer drugs to treat mCRC. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients aged 18 years or older with a self-reported diagnosis of mCRC and board-certified (or equivalent) oncologists who had treated patients with mCRC were recruited by two survey research companies from existing online patient panels in the USA...
2017: Cancer Management and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485203/expert-panel-recommendations-for-the-identification-and-management-of-hyperkalemia-and-role-of-patiromer-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-and-heart-failure
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Zubaid Rafique, Matthew R Weir, Macaulay Onuigbo, Bertram Pitt, Richard Lafayette, Javed Butler, Maria Lopes, Carolyn Farnum, W Frank Peacock
Virtual panel meetings were conducted among 7 physicians, all of whom are independent experts, including 3 nephrologists, 2 cardiologists, and 2 emergency medicine physicians (the panel). The panel met with the purpose of discussing the current treatment landscape, treatment challenges, economic impact, and gaps in care for patients with hyperkalemia that is associated with heart failure and chronic kidney disease. The stated goal of the panel discussion was to develop practical solutions in the identification and management of hyperkalemia in this patient population...
April 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474962/effects-of-anti-versus-pro-vaccine-narratives-on-responses-by-recipients-varying-in-numeracy-a-cross-sectional-survey-based-experiment
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Wändi Bruine de Bruin, Annika Wallin, Andrew M Parker, JoNell Strough, Janel Hanmer
BACKGROUND: To inform their health decisions, patients may seek narratives describing other patients' evaluations of their treatment experiences. Narratives can provide anti-treatment or pro-treatment evaluative meaning that low-numerate patients may especially struggle to derive from statistical information. Here, we examined whether anti-vaccine (v. pro-vaccine) narratives had relatively stronger effects on the perceived informativeness and judged vaccination probabilities reported among recipients with lower (v...
April 1, 2017: Medical Decision Making: An International Journal of the Society for Medical Decision Making
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473098/acr-appropriateness-criteria-%C3%A2-chronic-hip-pain
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Douglas N Mintz, Catherine C Roberts, Jenny T Bencardino, Steven J Baccei, Michelle S Caird, R Carter Cassidy, Eric Y Chang, Michael G Fox, Soterios Gyftopoulos, Mark J Kransdorf, Darlene F Metter, William B Morrison, Zehava S Rosenberg, Nehal A Shah, Kirstin M Small, Naveen Subhas, Siddharth Tambar, Jeffrey D Towers, Joseph S Yu, Barbara N Weissman
Chronic hip pain is a common clinical problem whose cause is often elucidated by imaging. The ACR Appropriateness Criteria for chronic hip pain define best practices of image ordering. Clinical scenarios are followed by the imaging choices and their appropriateness. The information is in ordered tables with an accompanying narrative explanation to guide physicians to order the right test. The American College of Radiology Appropriateness Criteria are evidence-based guidelines for specific clinical conditions that are reviewed annually by a multidisciplinary expert panel...
May 2017: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473073/acr-appropriateness-criteria-%C3%A2-known-or-suspected-congenital-heart-disease-in-the-adult
#17
Pamela K Woodard, Vincent B Ho, Scott R Akers, Garth Beache, Richard K J Brown, Kristopher W Cummings, S Bruce Greenberg, James K Min, Arthur E Stillman, Jadranka Stojanovska, Jill E Jacobs
The incidence of congenital heart disease (CHD) has been increasing in the adult patient population in part as a result of better patient survival. Patients with more severe CHD are living longer. Nearly all adults with known CHD require periodic imaging as a means of monitoring their disease process. Furthermore, adult patients with suspected CHD require imaging as a means of definitive diagnosis. As a result, it is important for both the referring clinician and the imager to be aware of the most appropriate imaging modality needed to obtain the data most needed to direct the next steps in patient care...
May 2017: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471695/current-use-and-potential-role-of-procalcitonin-in-the-diagnostic-work-up-and-follow-up-of-febrile-neutropenia-in-hematological-patients
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Benedetto Bruno, Alessandro Busca, Stefano Vallero, Stefania Raviolo, Nicola Mordini, Luca Nassi, Alessandro Cignetti, Ernesta Audisio, Moreno Festuccia, Alessandra Corsetti, Lorella Depaoli, Maura Faraci, Concetta Micalizzi, Silvia Corcione, Massimo Berger, Francesco Saglio, Paola Caropreso, Giulio Mengozzi, Vincenzo Squadrone, Francesco Giuseppe De Rosa, Luisa Giaccone
Febrile neutropenia (FN) represents a life-threatening complication in hematological malignancies. Its etiology is most often due to infections even though FN of other origins, such as tumor-related fever and non-infectious inflammation, should rapidly be ruled out. Initially, C-reactive protein and, more recently, procalcitonin (PCT) have been proposed as useful biomarkers for differential diagnosis. PCT was shown to be a good biomarker of bacterial infections and their clinical outcomes. Definition of standard cut-offs and design of PCT-guided treatment protocols remain however to be defined...
May 24, 2017: Expert Review of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471124/multiplex-genomic-test-of-mutation-and-fusion-genes-in-small-biopsy-specimen-of-lung-cancer
#19
Fumihiro Oshita, Rika Kasajima, Yohei Miyagi
We evaluated multiple oncogenic mutations and fusion genes in small specimen obtained by bronchoscopy. Eight patients with lung cancer were recruited, 3 small cell lung cancer, 3 non-small cell lung cancer, 1 adenocarcinoma and 1 squamous cell carcinoma. A median value of extracted RNA and DNA amounts from specimen was 1573 ng (range 367.5 to 8900) and 6700 ng (range 550 to 68000 ng), respectively. We applied amplicon sequencing panels that cover exon regions of 41 genes related to lung tumorigenesis as well as total 61 major variants of ALK, ROS, RET or NTRK1 fusion transcripts...
July 2016: Journal of Experimental Therapeutics & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470674/acquired-hemophilia-a-updated-review-of-evidence-and-treatment-guidance
#20
REVIEW
Rebecca Kruse-Jarres, Christine L Kempton, Francesco Baudo, Peter W Collins, Paul Knoebl, Cindy A Leissinger, Andreas Tiede, Craig M Kessler
Acquired hemophilia A (AHA) is a rare disease resulting from autoantibodies (inhibitors) against endogenous factor VIII (FVIII) that leads to bleeding, which is often spontaneous and severe. AHA tends to occur in elderly patients with comorbidities and is associated with high mortality risk from underlying comorbidities, bleeding, or treatment complications. Treatment, which consists of hemostatic management and eradication of the inhibitors, can be challenging to manage. Few data are available to guide the management of AHA-related bleeding and eradication of the disease-causing antibodies...
May 3, 2017: American Journal of Hematology
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