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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454255/effects-of-adjunctive-eslicarbazepine-acetate-on-neurocognitive-functioning-in-children-with-refractory-focal-onset-seizures
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Sergiusz Jóźwiak, P Veggiotti, J Moreira, H Gama, F Rocha, P Soares-da-Silva
PURPOSE: This was a phase-II, randomized, double-blind (DB), placebo-controlled study aimed to evaluate neurocognitive effects of eslicarbazepine acetate (ESL) as adjunctive therapy in pediatric patients with refractory focal-onset seizures (FOS). METHODS: Children (6-16years old) with FOS were randomized (2:1) to ESL or placebo. Treatment started at 10mg/kg/day, was up-titrated up to 30mg/kg/day (target dose), and maintained for 8weeks, followed by one-year open-label follow-up...
February 13, 2018: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453694/percutaneous-left-atrial-appendage-occlusion-in-the-prevention-of-stroke-in-atrial-fibrillation-a-systematic-review
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Jayson R Baman, Moussa Mansour, E Kevin Heist, David T Huang, Yitschak Biton
Atrial fibrillation is commonly coexistent with heart failure, and the management of the heart failure patient would be incomplete without an appreciation for atrial fibrillation management. There are many complications associated with oral anticoagulation in the prevention of stroke related to atrial fibrillation. In recent years, the advent of several percutaneous left atrial appendage (LAA) occlusion/closure strategies has sought to provide an alternative treatment modality. Here, we systematically review the published literature to investigate the efficacy and safety of percutaneous LAA occlusion/closure devices...
February 17, 2018: Heart Failure Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453197/paediatric-hospital-admission-processes-and-outcomes-a-qualitative-study-of-parents-experiences-and-priorities
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JoAnna K Leyenaar, Paul A Rizzo, Emily R O'Brien, Peter K Lindenauer
BACKGROUND: Hospital admission, like hospital discharge, represents a transition of care associated with changes in setting, healthcare providers and clinical management. While considerable efforts have focused on improving the quality and safety of hospital-to-home transitions, there has been little focus on transitions into hospital. OBJECTIVES: Among children hospitalised with ambulatory care sensitive conditions, we aimed to characterise families' experiences as they transitioned from outpatient to inpatient care, identify hospital admission processes and outcomes most important to families and determine how parental perspectives differed between children admitted directly and through emergency departments (ED)...
February 16, 2018: BMJ Quality & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452668/should-rituximab-replace-splenectomy-in-the-management-of-splenic-marginal-zone-lymphoma
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REVIEW
Christina Kalpadakis, Gerassimos A Pangalis, Maria K Angelopoulou, Sotirios Sachanas, Theodoros P Vassilakopoulos
SMZL is a relatively rare low grade B-cell lymphoma, characterized usually by an indolent clinical behavior. Since there is no prospective randomized trials to establish the best treatment approach, decision on therapeutic management should be based on the available retrospective series. Based on these data, rituximab and splenectomy appear to be the most effective. Splenectomy represented the standard treatment modality until early 2000s. More than 90% of the patients present quick amelioration of splenomegaly related symptoms along with improvement of cytopenias related to hypersplenism...
March 2018: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452346/beyond-second-line-therapy-in-patients-with-metastatic-colorectal-cancer-a-systematic-review
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D Arnold, G W Prager, A Quintela, A Stein, S Moreno, N Mounedji, J Taieb
Background: The optimal chemotherapeutic regimen for use beyond the second-line for patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) remains unclear. Materials and methods: We systematically searched the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, EMBASE and Medline for records published between January 2002 and May 2017, and cancer congress databases for records published between January 2014 and June 2017. Eligible studies evaluated the efficacy, safety and patient-reported outcomes of monotherapies or combination therapies at any dose and number of treatment cycles for use beyond the second line in patients with mCRC...
February 14, 2018: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451701/phase-1b-study-of-pasireotide-everolimus-and-selective-internal-radioembolization-therapy-for-unresectable-neuroendocrine-tumors-with-hepatic-metastases
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Hyun S Kim, Walid L Shaib, Chao Zhang, Ganji Purnachandra Nagaraju, Christina Wu, Olatunji B Alese, Zhengjia Chen, Edith Brutcher, Meredith Renfroe, Bassel F El-Rayes
BACKGROUND: Neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) metastasize to the liver. Everolimus and selective internal radioembolization (SIRT) are approved treatments. Pasireotide is a somatostatin analogue with an affinity for somatostatin receptors 1, 2, 3, and 5. Everolimus and pasireotide may potentiate SIRT radiosensitization and inhibit rebound angiogenesis. This study evaluated the safety of pasireotide, everolimus, and SIRT. METHODS: This 3 + 3 phase 1 trial evaluated 3 dose levels of everolimus (2...
February 16, 2018: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451446/improving-patient-safety-during-introduction-of-novel-medical-devices-through-cumulative-summation-analysis
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Vejay N Vakharia, Roman Rodionov, Andrew W McEvoy, Anna Miserocchi, Rachel Sparks, Aidan G O'Keeffe, Sebastien Ourselin, John S Duncan
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to implement cumulative summation (CUSUM) analysis as an early-warning detection and quality assurance system for preclinical testing of the iSYS1 novel robotic trajectory guidance system. METHODS Anatomically accurate 3D-printed skull phantoms were created for 3 patients who underwent implantation of 21 stereoelectroencephalography electrodes by surgeons using the current standard of care (frameless technique). Implantation schema were recreated using the iSYS1 system, and paired accuracy measures were compared with the previous frameless implantations...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451077/intravitreal-aflibercept-versus-ranibizumab-for-wet-age-related-macular-degeneration-a-cost-effectiveness-analysis
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Luis Hernandez, Tereza Lanitis, Clifford Cele, Hector Toro-Diaz, Andrea Gibson, Andreas Kuznik
BACKGROUND: Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss in the United States. The most severe vision loss occurs in patients with neovascular AMD, known as wet AMD (wAMD). The most commonly used antivascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) therapies approved by the FDA to treat patients with wAMD are ranibizumab, 0.5 mg administered by intravitreal injection once a month (approximately every 28 days), and intravitreal aflibercept injection (IAI), 2 mg every 4 weeks (monthly) for the first 12 weeks (3 months), followed by IAI 2 mg once every 8 weeks (2 months)...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449297/delivering-safe-and-effective-test-result-communication-management-and-follow-up-a-mixed-methods-study-protocol
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Maria R Dahm, Andrew Georgiou, Johanna I Westbrook, David Greenfield, Andrea R Horvath, Denis Wakefield, Ling Li, Ken Hillman, Patrick Bolton, Anthony Brown, Graham Jones, Robert Herkes, Robert Lindeman, Michael Legg, Meredith Makeham, Daniel Moses, Dauda Badmus, Craig Campbell, Rae-Anne Hardie, Julie Li, Euan McCaughey, Gorkem Sezgin, Judith Thomas, Nasir Wabe
INTRODUCTION: The failure to follow-up pathology and medical imaging test results poses patient-safety risks which threaten the effectiveness, quality and safety of patient care. The objective of this project is to: (1) improve the effectiveness and safety of test-result management through the establishment of clear governance processes of communication, responsibility and accountability; (2) harness health information technology (IT) to inform and monitor test-result management; (3) enhance the contribution of consumers to the establishment of safe and effective test-result management systems...
February 15, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449138/driving-with-drug-resistant-and-controlled-seizures-from-a-patient-s-perspective-assessment-of-attitudes-and-practices
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Lakshman Arcot Jayagopal, Kaeli K Samson, Olga Taraschenko
BACKGROUND: Driving restrictions in epilepsy are intended to safeguard public and personal safety; however, these limitations inhibit socialization, restrict employment, and reduce self-esteem in patients with seizures. A large proportion of patients with seizures continue to drive, and factors leading to noncompliance with driving regulations are poorly understood. Thus, the patients' perspective on driving safety is not incorporated into the existing counseling tools on driving safety in epilepsy...
February 12, 2018: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447416/managing-opioid-use-disorder-and-co-occurring-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-among-veterans
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Rhonda Snow, Stephanie T Wynn
Support and safety measures are essential for Veterans admitted to acute psychiatric units with co-occurring posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and opioid use disorder (OUD) to avoid unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. A human patient simulator was used to train clinicians to recognize opioid withdrawal symptoms. Clinicians were educated to assess for opioid withdrawal symptoms using the Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale. Knowledge was evaluated via pre/posttest. All participants' (N = 12) posttest scores improved...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447329/randomised-phase-iii-trial-of-vinflunine-plus-capecitabine-versus-capecitabine-alone-in-patients-with-advanced-breast-cancer-previously-treated-with-an-anthracycline-and-resistant-to-taxane
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M Martin, M Campone, I Bondarenko, D Sakaeva, S Krishnamurthy, L Roman, L Lebedeva, J-C Vedovato, M Aapro
Background: Capecitabine is an approved standard therapy for anthracycline- and taxane-pretreated locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer (BC). Vinflunine has demonstrated single-agent activity in phase II studies in this setting, and activity and tolerability when combined with capecitabine. We compared the combination of vinflunine plus capecitabine (VC) with single-agent capecitabine. Patients and methods: Patients with locally recurrent/metastatic BC previously treated or resistant to an anthracycline and resistant to taxane therapy were randomly assigned to either vinflunine (280 mg/m2, day 1) plus oral capecitabine (825 mg/m2 twice daily [bid], days 1-14) every 3 weeks (q3w) or single-agent oral capecitabine (1250 mg/m2 bid, days 1-14) q3w...
February 10, 2018: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29446865/european-guidance-on-paediatric-use-of-probiotics-states-that-benefits-are-limited-to-several-conditions-and-urges-caution-with-specific-vulnerable-groups
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Iva Hojsak, Valentina Fabiano, Tudor Lucian Pop, Olivier Goulet, Gian Vincenzo Zuccotti, Fugen Cullu Çokuğraş, Massimo Pettoello-Mantovani, Sanja Kolaček
AIM: The use of probiotics has been covered by many guidelines, position papers and evidence-based recommendations, but few have referred to specific patient groups or clinical indications. This European study summarises recommendations and scientifically credited guidelines on the use of probiotics for children and provides practice points. METHODS: An expert panel was convened by the European Paediatric Association in June 2017 to define the relevant clinical questions for using probiotics in paediatric healthcare and review and summarise the guidelines, recommendations, position papers and high-quality evidence...
February 15, 2018: Acta Paediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29446500/building-the-foundation-to-generate-a-fundamental-care-standardized-data-set
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Lianne Jeffs, Åsa Muntlin Athlin, Jack Needleman, Debra Jackson, Alison Kitson
Considerable transformation is occurring in healthcare globally with organizations focusing on achieving the quadruple aim of improving the experience of care, the health of populations, and the experience of providing care while reducing per capita costs of health care. In response, health care organizations are employing performance measurement and quality improvement methods to achieve the quadruple aim. Despite the plethora of measures available to health managers, there is no standardized data set and virtually no indicators reflecting how patients actually experience the delivery of fundamental care, such as nutrition, hydration, mobility, respect, education, and psychosocial support...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445846/prostatic-artery-embolization-for-benign-prostatic-obstruction-assessment-of-safety-and-efficacy
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REVIEW
Daniel Christidis, E Clarebrough, V Ly, M Perera, H Woo, N Lawrentschuk, D Bolton
PURPOSE: Prostatic artery embolization (PAE) has seen a recent increase in interest as a treatment for men with benign prostatic obstruction (BPO). The appeal of this intervention lies in reported reduction in morbidity and its minimally invasive nature. The purpose of this review is to assess the safety and efficacy of PAE as a new treatment in BPO and explore risks surrounding its performance. METHODS: A review of the literature was performed. Medical databases searched included PubMed, EMBASE, and Cochrane databases, limited to English, peer-reviewed articles...
February 14, 2018: World Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445716/a-study-on-performance-and-safety-tests-of-defibrillator-equipment
#16
A Tavakoli Golpaygani, M M Movahedi, M Reza
Introduction: Nowadays, more than 10,000 different types of medical devices can be found in hospitals. This way, medical electrical equipment is being employed in a wide variety of fields in medical sciences with different physiological effects and measurements. Hospitals and medical centers must ensure that their critical medical devices are safe, accurate, reliable and operational at the required level of performance. Defibrillators are critical resuscitation devices. The use of reliable defibirillators has led to more effective treatments and improved patient safety through better control and management of complications during Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)...
December 2017: Journal of Biomedical Physics & Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445306/repository-corticotropin-injection-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-resistant-to-biologic-therapies
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Peter A Fischer, Ronald J Rapoport
Introduction: Although synthetic and biologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs are available, many patients with rheumatoid arthritis have a difficult-to-control disease and need other treatment options. Repository corticotropin injection (RCI) may alleviate symptoms and exacerbations in patients with refractory disease. Methods: Nine patients with refractory rheumatoid arthritis were included in this study. Patients were maintained on their baseline therapies with a minimum of 7...
2018: Open Access Rheumatology: Research and Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445284/efficacy-acceptability-and-safety-of-adjunctive-aripiprazole-in-treatment-resistant-depression-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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Shuxin Luan, Hongquan Wan, Lei Zhang, Hua Zhao
Background: Treatment-resistant depression (TRD) is common and potentially life-threatening in adults, and the benefits and risks of adjunctive aripiprazole in these patients remain controversial. Therefore, we conducted a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to assess the efficacy, acceptability, safety, and quality of life of adjunctive aripiprazole in patients with TRD. Methods: RCTs published in PubMed, Web of Science, and Embase were systematically reviewed to evaluate the efficacy and safety profiles of TRD patients who were treated with adjunctive aripiprazole...
2018: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445178/the-effect-of-clostridium-butyricum-on-symptoms-and-fecal-microbiota-in-diarrhea-dominant-irritable-bowel-syndrome-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-trial
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Yi-Yuan Sun, Ming Li, Yue-Yue Li, Li-Xiang Li, Wen-Zhe Zhai, Peng Wang, Xiao-Xiao Yang, Xiang Gu, Li-Jin Song, Zhen Li, Xiu-Li Zuo, Yan-Qing Li
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder in gastrointestinal system and impairs the quality of life of the patients. Clostridium butyricum (CB) is a probiotics that has been used in several gastrointestinal diseases. The efficacy of CB in treating IBS is still unknown. This prospective, multi-centre, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial aimed to assess the efficacy and safety of CB in treating diarrhea-predominant IBS (IBS-D) and analyze the fecal microbiota after treatment. Two hundred patients with IBS-D were recruited and were given CB or placebo for 4 weeks...
February 14, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445116/evaluation-of-3d-heads-up-vitrectomy-outcomes-of-psychometric-skills-testing-and-surgeon-satisfaction
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Mario R Romano, Gilda Cennamo, Chiara Comune, Michela Cennamo, Mariantonia Ferrara, Luca Rombetto, Giovanni Cennamo
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the use of a three-dimensional heads-up microscope (3DM) during 25-gauge pars plana vitrectomy (PPV) compared with a traditional ophthalmic microscope (TM) in terms of efficacy, safety, and teaching and learning satisfaction. METHODS: Prospective comparative interventional study. Fifty eyes affected by one of the following diseases: rhegmatogenous or tractional retinal detachment, epiretinal membrane, full-thickness macular hole, vitreous hemorrhage, or dropped lens...
February 15, 2018: Eye
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