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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441077/comparison-of-conbercept-with-ranibizumab-for-the-treatment-of-macular-edema-secondary-to-branch-retinal-vein-occlusion
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Fengjiao Li, Ming Sun, Jianlian Guo, Aihua Ma, Bojun Zhao
PURPOSE: To confirm the therapeutic efficacy of conbercept for the treatment of macular edema (ME) secondary to branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO). METHODS: In this prospective, randomized, and comparative study, patients were randomized and divided into conbercept (n = 18) and ranibizumab (n = 17) groups. After an initial intravitreal injection of either conbercept or ranibizumab, a pro re nata (PRN) strategy was adopted based on loss of visual acuity (VA) or increase in central macular thickness (CMT)...
April 25, 2017: Current Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441071/efficacy-and-safety-of-23-gauge-pars-plana-vitrectomy-silicone-oil-tamponade-combination-for-treatment-of-pediatric-post-traumatic-endophthalmitis
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Wei Jin, Yaopeng Xu, Wenjun Wang, Yiqiao Xing, Anhuai Yang
PURPOSE: To determine (i) the etiology, epidemiology, mechanism of injury, and risk factors associated with open globe injuries (OGIs) in children and (ii) visual outcomes of pediatric patients with post-traumatic endophthalmitis following 23-gauge pars plana vitrectomy (PPV) combined with silicone oil tamponade (SOT). METHODS: A total of 107 consecutive patients, <15 years of age, who had been diagnosed with post-traumatic endophthalmitis between September 2009 and October 2015, were included in this 6-year retrospective study...
April 25, 2017: Current Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440258/neuroretinitis-as-presenting-and-the-only-presentation-of-lyme-disease-diagnosis-and-management
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Brahm Prakash Guliani, Sandeep Kumar, Neha Chawla, Anuj Mehta
We present a case of neuroretinitis as presenting and the only presentation of Lyme disease in a 25-year-old female who visited hilly areas in the Himalayas of North India. She presented with right eye sudden and painless blurring of vision. Her vision at presentation was 20/60. She had fundus examination; fundus fluorescein angiography (FFA) and optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging showed classical features of neuroretinitis. No other organ was involved. Oral steroids were prescribed and relevant investigations sent for noninfective and infective causes...
March 2017: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439132/idelalisib-and-rituximab-regimen
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A Kacee Barnett, J Aubrey Waddell, Dominic A Solimando
The complexity of cancer chemotherapy requires pharmacists be familiar with the complicated regimens and highly toxic agents used. This column reviews various issues related to preparation, dispensing, and administration of antineoplastic therapy, and the agents, both commercially available and investigational, used to treat malignant diseases. Questions or suggestions for topics should be addressed to Dominic A. Solimando, Jr, President, Oncology Pharmacy Services, Inc., 4201 Wilson Blvd #110-545, Arlington, VA 22203, e-mail: OncRxSvc@comcast...
March 2017: Hospital Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437620/american-association-of-clinical-endocrinologists-and-american-college-of-endocrinology-guidelines-for-management-of-dyslipidemia-and-prevention-of-cardiovascular-disease
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Paul S Jellinger, Yehuda Handelsman, Paul D Rosenblit, Zachary T Bloomgarden, Vivian A Fonseca, Alan J Garber, George Grunberger, Chris K Guerin, David S H Bell, Jeffrey I Mechanick, Rachel Pessah-Pollack, Kathleen Wyne, Donald Smith, Eliot A Brinton, Sergio Fazio, Michael Davidson
OBJECTIVE: The development of these guidelines is mandated by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) Board of Directors and American College of Endocrinology (ACE) Board of Trustees and adheres with published AACE protocols for the standardized production of clinical practice guidelines (CPGs). METHODS: Recommendations are based on diligent reviews of the clinical evidence with transparent incorporation of subjective factors, according to established AACE/ACE guidelines for guidelines protocols...
April 2017: Endocrine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434962/outcome-of-the-biomedical-glue-sling-technique-in-microvascular-decompression-for-hemifacial-spasm-involving-the-vertebral-artery
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Xin Zhang, Hua Zhao, Jin Zhu, Yinda Tang, Tingting Ying, Yan Yuan, Shiting Li
BACKGROUND: Microvascular decompression (MVD) is the most useful treatment for hemifacial spasm (HFS). In cases of vertebral artery (VA) compression of the facial nerve, MVD is often difficult. In this study, we compared the outcome of the biomedical glue sling technique with the traditional technique in MVD for HFS involving the VA. METHODS: This was a retrospective study of patients with HFS treated by MVD, and was conducted between January 2013 and December 2015...
April 18, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434918/forming-and-activating-an-internal-facilitation-group-for-successful-implementation-a-qualitative-study
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Megan B McCullough, Chris Gillespie, Beth Ann Petrakis, Ellen A Jones, Angela M Park, Carol VanDeusen Lukas, Adam J Rose
BACKGROUND: This study focuses on an implementation facilitation strategy to improve the delivery of anticoagulation care within pharmacy-run clinics across 8 Veterans Health Administration (VA) medical centers. Other studies have explored various models of implementation facilitation, including external facilitation (EF), internal facilitation (IF), and blended facilitation (BF) combining both approaches. This study focuses on the use of an internal facilitation team of anticoagulation coordinators representing 8 VA anticoagulation clinics to enhance the implementation process...
April 9, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433887/effects-of-clay-art-therapy-on-adults-outpatients-with-major-depressive-disorder-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Joshua K M Nan, Rainbow T H Ho
BACKGROUND: Depression has become a critical global health problem, affecting millions of people. Cost-effective nonpharmacological treatment in community settings has been proposed to complement medical treatment. Short-term clay art therapy (CAT) is an alternative treatment that promotes the enhancement of various aspects of mental health for depressed individuals. METHODS: One-hundred and six adults with depression were randomized into a CAT group or visual art (VA) control group for six 2...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432564/unintended-pregnancy-and-contraceptive-use-among-women-veterans-the-ecuun-study
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Sonya Borrero, Lisa S Callegari, Xinhua Zhao, Maria K Mor, Florentina E Sileanu, Galen Switzer, Susan Zickmund, Donna L Washington, Laurie C Zephyrin, E Bimla Schwarz
BACKGROUND: Little is known about contraceptive care for the growing population of women veterans who receive care in the Veterans Administration (VA) healthcare system. OBJECTIVE: To determine rates of contraceptive use, unmet need for prescription contraception, and unintended pregnancy among reproductive-aged women veterans. DESIGN AND PARTICIPANTS: We conducted a cross-sectional, telephone-based survey with a national sample of 2302 women veterans aged 18-44 years who had received primary care in the VA within the prior 12 months...
April 21, 2017: Journal of General Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431853/transmission-of-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-to-health-care-worker-gowns-and-gloves-during-care-of-residents-in-veterans-affairs-nursing-homes
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Lisa Pineles, Daniel J Morgan, Alison Lydecker, J Kristie Johnson, John D Sorkin, Patricia Langenberg, Natalia Blanco, Alan Lesse, John Sellick, Kalpana Gupta, Luci Leykum, Jose Cadena, Nickie Lepcha, Mary-Claire Roghmann
BACKGROUND: This was an observational study designed to estimate the frequency of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) transmission to gowns and gloves worn by health care workers (HCWs) interacting with Veterans Affairs Community Living Center (VA nursing home) residents to inform MRSA prevention policies. METHODS: Participants included residents and HCWs from 7 VA nursing homes in 4 states and Washington, DC. Residents were cultured for MRSA at the anterior nares, perianal skin, and wound (if present)...
April 18, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431637/transcranial-color-coded-sonography-of-vertebral-artery-for-diagnosis-of-right-to-left-shunts
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Teppei Komatsu, Yuka Terasawa, Ayumi Arai, Kenichi Sakuta, Hidetaka Mitsumura, Yasuyuki Iguchi
BACKGROUND: It is unknown whether contrast transcranial color-coded sonography of vertebral artery monitoring via the foramen magnum window (cTCCS-VA) is useful to detect right-to-left shunt (RLS). We investigated whether cTCCS-VA can be proposed as an alternative to middle cerebral artery monitoring via the temporal bone window (cTCCS-MCA) for RLS detection, as compared with contrast transesophageal echocardiography (cTEE). METHODS: We evaluated 112 patients with ischemic stroke or transient ischemic attack...
May 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430700/prescriber-compliance-with-liver-monitoring-guidelines-for-pazopanib-in-the-postapproval-setting-results-from-a-distributed-research-network
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Sumitra Shantakumar, Beth L Nordstrom, Susan A Hall, Luc Djousse, Myrthe P P van Herk-Sukel, Kathy H Fraeman, David R Gagnon, Karen Chagin, Jeanenne J Nelson
OBJECTIVES: Pazopanib received US Food and Drug Administration approval in 2009 for advanced renal cell carcinoma. During clinical development, liver chemistry abnormalities and adverse hepatic events were observed, leading to a boxed warning for hepatotoxicity and detailed label prescriber guidelines for liver monitoring. As part of postapproval regulatory commitments, a cohort study was conducted to assess prescriber compliance with liver monitoring guidelines. METHODS: Over a 4-year period, a distributed network approach was used across 3 databases: US Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, a US outpatient oncology community practice database, and the Dutch PHARMO Database Network...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430330/long-term-visual-outcomes-in-children-with-primary-congenital-glaucoma
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Sanaa A Yassin
PURPOSE: To determine the long-term visual outcomes and risk factors for visual loss in children with primary congenital glaucoma (PCG) who underwent angle surgery over a 21-year period. METHODS: This was a retrospective study of patients who underwent trabeculotomy, trabeculectomy, or combined trabeculotomy-trabeculectomy for PCG. Visual acuity (VA), surgeries, and underlying cause of visual impairment were recorded and compared. Main outcome measures were final best-corrected good VA (20/20 to 20/50), moderate VA (<20/50 to 20/200), or poor VA (<20/200); age at surgery, sex, laterality, type of initial glaucoma surgery, and number of surgeries were recorded...
April 20, 2017: European Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429984/partnering-to-improve-care-the-case-of-the-veterans-health-administration-s-quality-enhancement-research-initiative
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Alicia A Bergman, Deborah M Delevan, Isomi M Miake-Lye, Lisa V Rubenstein, David A Ganz
Background Within many large health care organizations, researchers and operations partners (i.e., policymakers, managers, clinical leaders) join to conduct studies to improve the quality of patient care. Yet optimal approaches to conducting partnership research and evaluation are only beginning to be clearly defined. The Veterans' Health Administration (VA) Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI), funded by operations leaders and administered by the VA's research service, now has nearly two decades of experience in fostering research-operations partnerships for improving quality of VA care...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Health Services Research & Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429904/effect-of-lutein-supplementation-on-visual-function-in-nonproliferative-diabetic-retinopathy
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Ping-Chuan Zhang, Chang-Rui Wu, Zhi-Lun Wang, Li-Yuan Wang, Yue Han, Shu-Liu Sun, Qing-Shan Li, Le Ma
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to determine whether supplementation with lutein improved visual function in patients with nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy (NPDR). METHODS AND STUDY DESIGN: In this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, 31 patients with NPDR were assigned randomly to 10 mg/d of lutein or identical placebo for 36 weeks. Visual performance indices, including visual acuity (VA), contrast sensitivity (CS) and glare sensitivity (GS) at four different spatial frequencies, were measured at baseline, week 18 and 36...
May 2017: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429744/a-forest-of-sub-1-5-nm-wide-single-walled-carbon-nanotubes-over-an-engineered-alumina-support
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Ning Yang, Meng Li, Jörg Patscheider, Seul Ki Youn, Hyung Gyu Park
A precise control of the dimension of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in their vertical array could enable many promising applications in various fields. Here, we demonstrate the growth of vertically aligned, single-walled CNTs (VA-SWCNTs) with diameters in the sub-1.5-nm range (0.98 ± 0.24 nm), by engineering a catalyst support layer of alumina via thermal annealing followed by ion beam treatment. We find out that the ion beam bombardment on the alumina allows the growth of ultra-narrow nanotubes, whereas the thermal annealing promotes the vertical alignment at the expense of enlarged diameters; in an optimal combination, these two effects can cooperate to produce the ultra-narrow VA-SWCNTs...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428893/characteristics-and-racial-variations-of-polypoidal-choroidal-vasculopathy-in-tertiary-centers-in-the-united-states-and-united-kingdom
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Tarek Alasil, Nelida Munoz, Pearse A Keane, Adnan Tufail, Patrick A Coady, Eduardo Novais, Talisa E de Carlo, Caroline R Baumal, Nadia K Waheed, Jay S Duker, Ron A Adelman
PURPOSE: To evaluate the characteristics and racial variations amongst patients with polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV) in the United States and the United Kingdom. METHODS: Fundus photos and indocyanine green angiography images were evaluated in a multicenter retrospective study to establish the diagnosis of PCV. Visual acuity (VA) was recorded in ETDRS letter count. RESULTS: Eighty eyes of 71 PCV patients (average age of 69.4 ± 10...
2017: International Journal of Retina and Vitreous
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427284/delivering-tertiary-centre-specialty-care-to-als-patients-via-telemedicine-a-retrospective-cohort-analysis
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Stephen M Selkirk, Monique O Washington, Frances McClellan, Broderick Flynn, Jacinta M Seton, Richard Strozewski
OBJECTIVE: This study was undertaken to determine if ALS patients evaluated via telemedicine received the same quality of care as patients evaluated by traditional face-to-face encounters. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study design was used. Participants were patients diagnosed with ALS that received multidisciplinary care at the tertiary Cleveland VA ALS Centre between 1 March 2008- and 31 anuary 2015. Participants were not randomised, but chose telemedicine based on preference, disability level or distance from the clinic...
April 21, 2017: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427070/practical-lessons-from-protocol-t-for-the-management-of-diabetic-macular-edema
#19
Lekha Mukkamala, Neelakshi Bhagat, Marco Zarbin
PURPOSE: To review the results of Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network Protocol T, as applied to clinical practice. METHODS: Review of major publications reporting the results of Protocol T, a randomized single-masked (in year-1 only), multicenter clinical trial comparing aflibercept, bevacizumab, and ranibizumab as treatment option for center-involving diabetic macular edema (DME). The main outcome measures were change in visual acuity (VA), central subfield thickness (CST) on optical coherence tomography, cost effectiveness, burden of care, and safety...
2017: Developments in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427067/intravitreal-aflibercept-in-diabetic-macular-edema-long-term-outcomes
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Ugo Introini, Giuseppe Casalino
For decades, macular laser photocoagulation has been the standard of care in the treatment of diabetic macular edema (DME). With the relatively recent advent of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) agents, DME treatment has entered a new era. VEGF is a well-known pro-angiogenic and pro-permeability factor involved in the pathogenesis of DME. VEGF blockade has proven remarkably effective at reducing DME and improving visual acuity (VA) in eyes with center involved DME causing VA loss in several randomized controlled trials (RCTs)...
2017: Developments in Ophthalmology
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