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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645332/effects-of-air-pollution-and-seasons-on-health-related-quality-of-life-of-mongolian-adults-living-in-ulaanbaatar-cross-sectional-studies
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Motoyuki Nakao, Keiko Yamauchi, Yoko Ishihara, Hisamitsu Omori, Dashtseren Ichinnorov, Bandi Solongo
BACKGROUND: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, is known as severely air-polluted city in the world due to increased coal consumption in the cold season. The health effects of air pollution in Mongolia such as mortality, morbidity and symptoms have been previously reported. However, the concept of health-related quality of life (HR-QoL), which refers to the individual's perception of well-being, should also be included as an adverse health outcome of air pollution. METHODS: Surveys on the Mongolian people living in Ulaanbaatar were performed in the warm and cold seasons...
June 23, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644301/palliative-oxygen-for-chronic-breathlessness-what-new-evidence
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Zainab Ahmadi, David C Currow, Magnus Ekström
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Supplemental oxygen improves survival in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and severe hypoxaemia, but the effect of oxygen therapy in mild or moderate hypoxaemia to reduce symptomatic chronic breathlessness remains unclear. This review provides an overview of recent evidence about the role of oxygen therapy for the relief of chronic breathlessness in advanced illness. RECENT FINDINGS: In COPD, a recent Cochrane review strengthens earlier findings regarding the positive effect of supplemental oxygen compared with air during exercise test in the training setting...
July 20, 2017: Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643733/a-prospective-randomized-controlled-study-of-cisplatin-versus-carboplatin-based-regimen-in-advanced-squamous-nonsmall-cell-lung-cancer
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Amr Shafik Saad, Ramy R Ghali, May Ahmed Shawki
BACKGROUND: The use of cisplatin (Cis) versus carboplatin (Carb) in the treatment of advanced nonsmall cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is controversial. The aim of the study was to compare the safety and efficacy of Cis versus Carb in squamous NSCLC. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A prospective, randomized, controlled, open-label study was conducted on advanced squamous NSCLC patients who were randomly assigned to receive Cis (40 mg/m 2 [day 1 and day 8]) or Carb (area under the curve = 5 [day 1]) combined with gemcitabine [Gem] (1000 mg/m 2 [day 1 and day 8]) of a 3-week schedule for six cycles...
April 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643068/effects-of-barbed-suture-during-robot-assisted-radical-prostatectomy-on-postoperative-tissue-damage-and-longitudinal-changes-in-lower-urinary-tract-outcome
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Nobuhiro Haga, Noriaki Kurita, Tomohiko Yanagida, Soichiro Ogawa, Michihiro Yabe, Hidenori Akaihata, Junya Hata, Yuichi Sato, Kei Ishibashi, Osamu Hasegawa, Yoshiyuki Kojima
OBJECTIVE: To compare the postoperative tissue damage and longitudinal changes in functional and patient-reported outcomes after vesicourethral anastomosis with barbed suture and nonbarbed suture in robot-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (RARP). MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a prospective cohort study involving 88 consecutive patients who underwent RARP. These patients were categorized into the barbed suture group (n = 50) and the nonbarbed suture group (n = 38)...
June 22, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641289/impact-of-comorbid-irritable-bowel-syndrome-on-treatment-outcome-in-non-erosive-reflux-disease-on-long-term-proton-pump-inhibitor-in-japan
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Yasushi Funaki, Hiroshi Kaneko, Yurika Kawamura, Takashi Yoshimine, Yasuhiro Tamura, Shinya Izawa, Masahide Ebi, Naotaka Ogasawara, Makoto Sasaki, Kunio Kasugai
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) frequently coexists with non-erosive reflux disease (NERD). Efficacy of long-term proton pump inhibitor (PPI) treatment on NERD with or without IBS is controversial. The impact of comorbid IBS in NERD on quality of life (QOL) remains uncertain. We verified the hypothesis that NERD patients with IBS symptoms demonstrated poor responses to long-term PPI treatments, deteriorated QOL, and high frequency of psychological deviations in Japan. METHODS: In all, 141 NERD patients who had been taking PPIs for more than 6 months were enrolled and analyzed...
June 23, 2017: Digestion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640938/obstructive-sleep-apnoea-and-polycystic-ovary-syndrome-a-comprehensive-review-of-clinical-interactions-and-underlying-pathophysiology
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REVIEW
Hassan Kahal, Ioannis Kyrou, Abd A Tahrani, Harpal S Randeva
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most prevalent endocrine disorder in women of reproductive age. PCOS is associated with multiple co-morbidities including, obesity, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes, as well as mood disorders and impaired quality of life (QoL). Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is also a common medical condition that is often undiagnosed, particularly in women. OSA is associated with a similar spectrum of comorbidities to that observed in PCOS, including manifestations of the metabolic syndrome and impaired QoL, whilst obesity frequently constitutes a common denominator in the pathophysiology of both OSA and PCOS...
June 22, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640529/effect-of-everolimus-versus-calcineurin-inhibitors-on-quality-of-life-in-heart-transplant-recipients-during-a-3-year-follow-up-results-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial-schedule
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A Relbo Authen, I Grov, K Karason, F Gustafsson, H Eiskjaer, G Rådegran, E Gude, K Jansson, G Dellgren, D Solbu, S Arora, A K Andreassen, L Gullestad
The SCHEDULE trial was a 12-month, randomized, open-label, parallel-group trial that compared everolimus (EVR; n=56) to conventional CsA (n=59) immunosuppression. Previously, we reported that EVR outperformed CsA in improving renal function and coronary artery vasculopathy, despite a higher rejection rate with EVR. The present study aimed to compare the effects of these treatments on quality of life (QoL). Within 5 postoperative days, patients (mean age 50±13 years, 27% women) were randomized to EVR or a standard CsA dosage (CsA group)...
June 22, 2017: Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639700/systematic-review-health-related-quality-of-life-in-children-and-adults-with-eosinophilic-oesophagitis-instruments-for-measurement-and-determinant-factors
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REVIEW
A J Lucendo, L Arias-González, J Molina-Infante, Á Arias
BACKGROUND: Several measures have been used to assess the health-related quality of life (HRQoL) of patients with eosinophilic oesophagitis (EoE). AIMS: To systematically review these HRQoL measures, to appraise measurement properties of specific instruments and to evaluate determinant factors influencing HRQoL in paediatric and adult EoE patients. METHODS: We searched the PubMed, Embase, Scopus, Web of Science (WOS) and PsycINFO databases for documents providing original information on the development of measurement tools and/or evaluation of HRQoL outcomes in EoE patients of all ages...
June 22, 2017: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639143/quality-of-life-after-carotid-endarterectomy-a-review-of-the-literature
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REVIEW
Mariusz Chabowski, Anna Grzebien, Agnieszka Ziomek, Karolina Dorobisz, Michał Leśniak, Dariusz Janczak
Strokes are one of the leading causes of death, morbidity, and disability worldwide, mainly among elderly people. It is also the third most common cause of years of life being lost, indicating a high risk of premature mortality. Revascularisation with endarterectomy (CEA) is effective in reducing the risk of death and strokes in patients with carotid artery stenosis, but the effect of invasive treatment on quality of life (QoL) still needs attention. To shed more light on the patients' perspective on this health condition, we carried out a review of the literature which aimed to analyze the level of health-related QoL among stroke survivors, with special attention to patients who had been treated with CEA...
June 21, 2017: Acta Neurologica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639041/long-term-outcomes-and-quality-of-life-after-surgical-or-conservative-treatment-of-benign-simple-liver-cysts
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Philip de Reuver, Izak van der Walt, Maria Albania, Jaswinder S Samra, Thomas J Hugh
BACKGROUND: Benign liver cysts are common and are often detected incidentally. Most patients do not require intervention. Occasionally, large dominant or multifocal small cysts cause symptoms as a result of rapid growth, secondary infection, intra-cystic bleeding or compression of adjacent organs. AIM: To compare presenting symptoms and outcomes of a consecutive series of patients with benign liver cysts treated either conservatively or by surgical intervention...
June 21, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639039/a-novel-endoscopic-surgery-for-dysphagia-after-stroke
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Jian Wang, Wuyi Li, Yongjin Li, Xiaofeng Jin, Yanyan Niu, Xu Tian, Hong Huo
BACKGROUND: Dysphagia is a common complication in stroke patients, which severely affects quality of life. This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of temperature-controlled plasma radiofrequency (coblation)-assisted endoscopic cricopharyngeal myotomy (CAECPM) for the treatment sustained (>6 months) dysphagia in stroke patients. METHODS: This retrospective case-control study included a total of 24 stroke patients with sustained dysphagia, who were either treated with transcervical cricopharyngeal myotomy (CPM) (n = 16) or CAECPM (n = 12)...
June 21, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638723/low-dose-methotrexate-in-sickle-cell-disease-a-pilot-study-with-rationale-borrowed-from-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Silvia R Brandalise, Rosemary Assis, Angelo B A Laranjeira, José Andrés Yunes, Pedro O de Campos-Lima
BACKGROUND: Inflammation is a major feature of sickle cell disease (SCD). Low-dose methotrexate (MTX) has long been used in chronic inflammatory diseases. This pilot study examined the MTX effect on acute vaso-occlusive pain crises (VOC) in SCD patients. METHODS: Fourteen adults on hydroxyurea with severe and refractory VOC received one intramuscular injection of 10 mg of MTX per week for 12 weeks. A single weekly dose of 5 mg of leucovorin was administered orally 48 h after each MTX injection...
2017: Experimental Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638612/assessment-of-physical-performance-and-quality-of-life-in-kidney-transplanted-patients-a-cross-sectional-study
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Pasquale Esposito, Francesco Furini, Teresa Rampino, Marilena Gregorini, Lucia Petrucci, Catherine Klersy, Antonio Dal Canton, Elena Dalla Toffola
BACKGROUND: Information on physical and mental wellness in renal transplantation is limited. Therefore, we performed a cross-sectional study to evaluate and describe the different components of physical performance and quality of life (QoL) in a cohort of kidney-transplanted patients. METHODS: Physical performance and QoL were determined through the administration of validated tests and questionnaires [muscle strength, dynamometer handgrip, tactile sensitivity, visual analogue scale (VAS) for pain, Timed Up and Go (TUG) test, Fatigue Severity Scale (FSS) and the 36-item Short Form Health Survey]...
February 2017: Clinical Kidney Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637635/stereotactic-bilateral-transfrontal-minimal-radiofrequency-thermocoagulation-of-the-amygdalohippocampal-complex-for-bilateral-medial-temporal-lobe-epilepsy-a-retrospective-study-of-12-patients
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Quanjun Zhao, Tiejun Shi, Shaojie Cui, Zhaohui Wu, Wei Wang, Yunfeng Jia, Zengmin Tian, Fuli Wang, Feng Yin, Hulin Zhao, Xia Xiao, Haiying Wang, Changlan Cai, Huimin Luo
Some patients with temporal lobe epilepsy have bilateral discharges and a few have bilateral medial temporal sclerosis. Stereotactic bilateral radiofrequency thermocoagulation (RFTC) of the amygdalohippocampal complex can terminate seizures or reduce seizure severity in patients with bilateral medial temporal lobe epilepsy (BMTLE). To explore the safety and efficacy of bilateral transfrontal minimal RFTC of the amygdalohippocampal complex for the treatment of BMTLE. A total of 12 BMTLE patients were treated with bilateral transfrontal minimal RFTC of the amygdalohippocampal complex under limited coagulations...
June 19, 2017: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637567/the-impact-of-early-recurrence-on-quality-of-life-after-cytoreduction-with-hipec
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Nathan M Hinkle, Vandana Botta, John P Sharpe, Paxton Dickson, Jeremiah Deneve, Gitonga Munene
Improved oncological outcomes after cytoreductive surgery (CRS) with hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) in highly selected patients have been well documented. The extensive nature of the procedure adversely affects quality of life (QoL). The aim of this study is to longitudinally evaluate QoL following CRS/HIPEC. This is a retrospective review of a prospectively maintained database of patients with peritoneal malignancies undergoing CRS/HIPEC. Clinicopathological data, oncologic outcomes, and QoL were analyzed preoperatively and postoperatively at 2 weeks, and 1, 3, 6, and 12 months...
June 1, 2017: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636173/patient-reported-outcome-measures-in-amblyopia-and-strabismus-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Sheela E Kumaran, Jyoti Khadka, Rod Baker, Konrad Pesudovs
BACKGROUND: Many patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) have been developed and/or used to measure the impact of amblyopia and strabismus on quality of life (QoL). Identifying the one with superior quality is important for evaluating the effectiveness of novel therapy for amblyopia and for directing improved clinical decision-making in adults considering strabismic surgery. Therefore, the aim of this review is to identify all PROMs previously developed/used to study the impact of amblyopia and/or strabismus on QoL and to appraise the quality and comprehensiveness of content of the disease-specific instruments...
June 21, 2017: Clinical & Experimental Optometry: Journal of the Australian Optometrical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636059/clinical-outcome-and-complications-of-thoracic-and-pelvic-limb-stump-and-socket-prostheses
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Andrew Phillips, Elvin Kulendra, Edith Bishop, Michelle Monk, Kevin Parsons, Arthur House
OBJECTIVES: To describe the use, quality of life, compliance, complications, and outcome of animals fitted with stump socket prostheses. METHODS: Medical records of dogs fitted with a stump socket prosthesis were reviewed. Functional outcome, quality of life and complications were retrospectively assessed from an owner questionnaire. RESULTS: Thirteen stump socket prostheses (12 dogs) were fitted for a variety of reasons including trauma, congenital abnormalities, and neoplasia...
June 21, 2017: Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology: V.C.O.T
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635974/conceptual-issues-surrounding-quality-of-life-in-oncology-nursing
#18
Marie Flannery
Quality of life (QOL) is a critical, prevalent, and enduring concept in oncology nursing research and practice. QOL is a paramount issue in the consideration of treatment, goal planning, and decision making for individuals with cancer, their families, and their care providers. Journals, well-developed valid and reliable instruments, and multiple conceptual models and frameworks are devoted to QOL. This column will review two broad conceptual aspects to consider in relation to QOL. First, conceptual considerations will be discussed for the definition and measurement of QOL...
May 1, 2017: Oncology Nursing Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635532/assessing-physical-symptoms-during-the-postpartum-period-reliability-and-validity-of-the-primary-health-questionnaire-somatic-symptom-subscale-phq-15
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Stephanie Wilkie, Ros Crawley, Susan Button, Alexandra Thornton, Susan Ayers
INTRODUCTION: This study aimed at establishing the reliability and validity of the primary health questionnaire (PHQ-15) somatic symptom severity subscale for postpartum women. METHODS: Women (N = 495) completed the PHQ-15 approximately 6 weeks postpartum during the baseline phase of a randomized controlled trial evaluating a writing intervention for postnatal health in England. Reliability was assessed using internal consistency statistics and convergent validity by comparing differences in self-reported physical health, health-related quality of life (QoL) and primary care usage by PHQ-15 symptom severity category...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635529/major-obstetric-hemorrhage-a-follow-up-survey-on-quality-of-life-of-women-and-their-partners
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Giel van Stralen, Laurine L M Ruijten, Ad A Kaptein, Ron Wolterbeek, Jos van Roosmalen
INTRODUCTION: A description is given of the quality of life (QOL) of women who were treated with peripartum embolization or hysterectomy for major obstetric hemorrhage (MOH). METHODS: Questionnaires assessing QOL, combined with questionnaires and drawings assessing illness perceptions, were used to compare women with MOH to reference groups provided by the questionnaires. RESULTS: Women who experienced MOH have similar scores on QOL questionnaires compared to reference groups...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology
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