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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102883/exploring-prognostic-factors-for-her2-positive-metastatic-breast-cancer-a-retrospective-cohort-study-in-a-major-swiss-hospital
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Lilian Bringolf, Bernhard Pestalozzi, Daniel Fink, Konstantin Dedes
BACKGROUND: Trastuzumab (Herceptin®, Roche) has significantly improved the prognosis of patients with HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer. Some patients remain in remission for many years. However, there are no prognostic markers associated with long-term survival. This study aimed to analyse treatment patterns of HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer at a single institution and explore prognostic factors for long-term survival after HER2-targeted treatment. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study of all patients with HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer receiving first-line treatment with HER2-targeted therapy between 2004 and 2014 at the University Hospital of Zurich (n = 81)...
January 19, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100343/-effect-of-stenting-for-the-proximal-atherosclerotic-extracranial-vertebral-artery-stenosis
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W Q Che, X J Jiang, H Dong, M Peng, Y B Zou, L Song, H M Zhang, H L Xiong, H Y Wu
Objective: To evaluate the effect of stenting for proximal atherosclerotic extracranial vertebral artery stenosis. Methods: A total of 204 proximal atherosclerotic extracranial vertebral artery stenosis patients underwent stent implantation at Fuwai Hospital were enrolled consecutively between August 2007 and June 2014 prospectively. Medical records were collected and the clinical results were obtained through outpatient and telephone follow up. Results: (1) The patients were (64.1±7.9) years old, and 179 were male (87...
January 25, 2017: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099781/old-drug-scaffold-new-activity-thalidomide-correlated-compounds-exerting-different-effects-on-breast-cancer-cell-growth-and-progression
#3
Alessia Carocci, Alessia Catalano, Domenico Iacopetta, Maria Stefania Sinicropi
Thalidomide was firstly used as morning sickness relief in pregnant women and then withdrawn from market because of its dramatic effects on fetal normal development. Over the last decades, it has been successfully used for the care of several pathologies, including cancer. Many analogues with improved activity were synthesized and tested. Herein, we report some effects on MCF-7 and MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells growth and progression of a small series of thalidomide correlated compounds, very effective in inducing cancer cells death by triggering TNFα-mediated apoptosis...
January 18, 2017: ChemMedChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098624/long-term-survival-in-adults-treated-with-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-for-respiratory-failure-and-sepsis
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Viktor von Bahr, Jan Hultman, Staffan Eksborg, Björn Frenckner, Håkan Kalzén
OBJECTIVE: The use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in adults with respiratory failure and sepsis is steadily increasing, but the knowledge on long-term survival in this group is scarce. The aim of the present study was to investigate the 5-year survival rates and causes of late death in this group of patients. DESIGN: Single-center retrospective cohort study. SETTING: Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden. PATIENTS: Adult patients treated with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for respiratory failure and sepsis between the service being established for adults in 1995 and December 2013...
February 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098575/obstetric-anesthesia-liability-concerns
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Joanna M Davies, Linda S Stephens
Obstetric practice carries a high risk of medical liability and involves both obstetricians and anesthesiologists. Analysis of data from the Anesthesia Closed Claims Project database shows an increase in the proportion of anesthesia claims for maternal death and brain damage between the 1990s and 2000 and later, primarily due to hemorrhage. The proportion of claims for newborn brain damage remained unchanged while those for maternal nerve injury and minor injuries decreased. Use of massive transfusion protocols and clinical drills have been shown to improve outcomes from hemorrhage...
January 16, 2017: Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097044/study-on-the-single-dose-toxicity-of-shineumhur-pharmacopuncture-injected-into-the-muscles-of-rats
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Hohyun Jeong, Eunhye Cha, Jongcheol Lee, Seongjin Lee, Manyong Park, Dongwoung Kim, Bongkeun Song, Jongdeok Lee, Sungchul Kim
OBJECTIVES: This study was carried out to analyze the single dose toxicity of ShinEumHur (SEH) pharmacopuncture injected into the muscles of Sprague-Dawley rats. METHODS: The SEH pharmacopuncture was made in a clean room at the Korean Pharmacopuncture Institute (K-GMP). After the mixing process with sterile distilled water had been completed, the pH was controlled to between 7.0 and 7.5. All experiments were conducted at Biotoxtech, an institution authorized to perform non-clinical studies under the Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) regulations...
December 2016: Journal of Pharmacopuncture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096836/coronary-artery-spasm-following-on-pump-coronary-artery-bypass-grafting-with-20-months-follow-up
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Adam R Kowalówka, Marcin Malinowski, Magdalena Onyszczuk, Marek Deja
We report on a 69-year-old woman who demonstrated native coronary artery and grafted vessel spasm following on-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). Despite intraaortic balloon pump (IABP) insertion, electrocardiogram (ECG) abnormalities did not disappear. Emergency coronary angiography (CAG) was performed. The patient was successfully treated with systemic and intracoronary injection of vasodilator agents. ECG changes disappeared, with normalized and stable hemodynamic function. Intraaortic balloon pump was maintained for 48 h...
December 2016: Kardiochirurgia i Torakochirurgia Polska, Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096171/how-well-do-we-currently-care-for-our-dying-patients-in-acute-hospitals-the-views-of-the-bereaved-relatives
#8
Catriona Rachel Mayland, Helen Mulholland, Maureen Gambles, John Ellershaw, Kevin Stewart
BACKGROUND: The National Care of the Dying Audit-Hospitals (NCDAH) is used as a method to evaluate care for dying patients in England. An additional component to the 2013/2014 audit was the Local Survey of Bereaved Relatives Views using the 'Care Of the Dying Evaluation' (CODE) questionnaire. AIM: Within the context of the NCDAH audit, to evaluate quality of care provided to dying patients and their families in acute hospitals from the perspective of bereaved relatives...
January 17, 2017: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096065/patient-specific-predictive-modeling-using-random-forests-an-observational-study-for-the-critically-ill
#9
Joon Lee
BACKGROUND: With a large-scale electronic health record repository, it is feasible to build a customized patient outcome prediction model specifically for a given patient. This approach involves identifying past patients who are similar to the present patient and using their data to train a personalized predictive model. Our previous work investigated a cosine-similarity patient similarity metric (PSM) for such patient-specific predictive modeling. OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study is to investigate the random forest (RF) proximity measure as a PSM in the context of personalized mortality prediction for intensive care unit (ICU) patients...
January 17, 2017: JMIR Medical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095965/vamonos-veterans-affairs-metabolism-obstructed-and-non-obstructed-sleep-study-effects-of-cpap-therapy-on-glucose-metabolism-in-patients-with-obstructive-sleep-apnea
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Octavian C Ioachimescu, Jeremy Anthony, Tina Constantin, Mary-Margaret Ciavatta, Kandace McCarver, Mary Ellen Sweeney
STUDY OBJECTIVES: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) are prevalent disorders that pose increased risk of cardiovascular disease and death. The objective of this study was to clarify if continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy for OSA affects T2DM control and emergence. METHODS: Point-of-care, comparative effectiveness study; cross-sectional and longitudinal analyses. RESULTS: Our cohort included 928 consecutive patients; 13% were women; 36% were Caucasians and 61% African-Americans...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine: JCSM: Official Publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095878/black-blood-thrombus-imaging-bti-a-contrast-free-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-approach-for-the-diagnosis-of-non-acute-deep-vein-thrombosis
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Guoxi Xie, Hanwei Chen, Xueping He, Jianke Liang, Wei Deng, Zhuonan He, Yufeng Ye, Qi Yang, Xiaoming Bi, Xin Liu, Debiao Li, Zhaoyang Fan
BACKGROUND: Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a common but elusive illness that can result in long-term disability or death. Accurate detection of thrombosis and assessment of its size and distribution are critical for treatment decision-making. In the present study, we sought to develop and evaluate a cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) black-blood thrombus imaging (BTI) technique, based on delay alternating with nutation for tailored excitation black-blood preparation and variable flip angle turbo-spin-echo readout, for the diagnosis of non-acute DVT...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095790/comparison-of-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-assay-and-smear-microscopy-with-culture-for-the-diagnostic-accuracy-of-tuberculosis
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Baye Gelaw, Yitayal Shiferaw, Marta Alemayehu, Abate Assefa Bashaw
BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis (TB) caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis is one of the leading causes of death from infectious diseases worldwide. Sputum smear microscopy remains the most widely available pulmonary TB diagnostic tool particularly in resource limited settings. A highly sensitive diagnostic with minimal infrastructure, cost and training is required. Hence, we assessed the diagnostic performance of Loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) assay in detecting M.tuberculosis infection in sputum sample compared to LED fluorescent smear microscopy and culture...
January 17, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094907/better-nurse-autonomy-decreases-the-odds-of-30-day-mortality-and-failure-to-rescue
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Aditi D Rao, Aparna Kumar, Matthew McHugh
RESEARCH PURPOSE: Autonomy is essential to professional nursing practice and is a core component of good nurse work environments. The primary objective of this study was to examine the relationship between nurse autonomy and 30-day mortality and failure to rescue (FTR) in a hospitalized surgical population. STUDY DESIGN: This study was a secondary analysis of cross-sectional data. It included data from three sources: patient discharge data from state administrative databases, a survey of nurses from four states, and the American Hospital Association annual survey from 2006-2007...
January 2017: Journal of Nursing Scholarship
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094198/late-side-effects-and-cosmetic-results-of-accelerated-partial-breast-irradiation-with-interstitial-brachytherapy-versus-whole-breast-irradiation-after-breast-conserving-surgery-for-low-risk-invasive-and-in-situ-carcinoma-of-the-female-breast-5-year-results
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Csaba Polgár, Oliver J Ott, Guido Hildebrandt, Daniela Kauer-Dorner, Hellen Knauerhase, Tibor Major, Jaroslaw Lyczek, José Luis Guinot, Jürgen Dunst, Cristina Gutierrez Miguelez, Pavel Slampa, Michael Allgäuer, Kristina Lössl, Bülent Polat, György Kovács, Arnt-René Fischedick, Rainer Fietkau, Alexandra Resch, Anna Kulik, Leo Arribas, Peter Niehoff, Ferran Guedea, Annika Schlamann, Richard Pötter, Christine Gall, Wolfgang Uter, Vratislav Strnad
BACKGROUND: We previously confirmed the non-inferiority of accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI) with interstitial brachytherapy in terms of local control and overall survival compared with whole-breast irradiation for patients with early-stage breast cancer who underwent breast-conserving surgery in a phase 3 randomised trial. Here, we present the 5-year late side-effects and cosmetic results of the trial. METHODS: We did this randomised, controlled, phase 3 trial at 16 centres in seven European countries...
January 13, 2017: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093387/dying-at-home-of-cancer-whose-needs-are-being-met-the-experience-of-family-carers-and-healthcare-professionals-a-multiperspective-qualitative-study
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Jackie Pottle, Julia Hiscock, Richard D Neal, Marlise Poolman
OBJECTIVES: Supporting patients to die in the place of their choosing is an important aspect of end of life care. Our study set out to answer the question: 'How does the home environment influence perceptions of quality of death, and the experience of caring for the dying at home, for family carers and healthcare professionals (HCPs)? METHODS: A qualitative approach, using multiperspective interviews with bereaved family carers (n=15) and a nominated HCP (n=13) ensured depth of insight gained into supporting a home death...
January 16, 2017: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092744/quercetin-induces-apoptosis-and-autophagy-in-primary-effusion-lymphoma-cells-by-inhibiting-pi3k-akt-mtor-and-stat3-signaling-pathways
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Marisa Granato, Celeste Rizzello, Maria Saveria Gilardini Montani, Laura Cuomo, Marina Vitillo, Roberta Santarelli, Roberta Gonnella, Gabriella D'Orazi, Alberto Faggioni, Mara Cirone
Quercetin, a bioflavonoid contained in several vegetables daily consumed, has been studied for long time for its antiinflammatory and anticancer properties. Quercetin interacts with multiple cancer-related pathways such as PI3K/AKT, Wnt/β-catenin and STAT3. These pathways are hyperactivated in primary effusion lymphoma (PEL), an aggressive B cell lymphoma whose pathogenesis is strictly linked to the oncogenic virus Kaposis' Sarcoma-associated Herpesvirus (KSHV). In this study, we found that quercetin inhibited PI3K/AKT/mTOR and STAT3 pathways in PEL cells, and as a consequence, it down-regulated the expression of the prosurvival cellular proteins such as c-FLIP, cyclin D1 and cMyc...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092428/reproducibility-of-clinical-events-adjudications-in-a-trial-of-venous-thromboembolism-prevention
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P Girard, A Penaloza, F Parent, B Gable, O Sanchez, P Durieux, P Hausfater, S Dambrine, G Meyer, P-M Roy
BACKGROUND: When clinical trials use clinical endpoints, establishing independent Clinical Events Committees (CEC) is recommended to homogenize the interpretation of investigators data. However, the reproducibility of CEC adjudications is almost unexplored. OBJECTIVES: To assess the reproducibility of CEC adjudications in a trial of venous thromboembolism (VTE) prevention. METHODS: The PREVENU study, a multicenter trial of VTE prevention, included 15,351 hospitalized medical patients...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090280/in-vitro-activity-of-linezolid-in-combination-with-photodynamic-inactivation-against-staphylococcus-aureus-biofilms
#18
Nasim Kashef, Mahboobeh Akbarizare, Mohammad Reza Razzaghi
BACKGROUND: Biofilm infections are a major challenge in medical practice. Bacteria that live in a biofilm phenotype are more resistant to both antimicrobial therapy and host immune responses compared to their planktonic counterparts. So, there is need for new therapeutic strategies to combat these infections. A promising approach [known as Photodynamic Inactivation (PDI)] to kill bacteria growing as biofilms uses light in combination with a photosensitizer to induce a phototoxic reaction which produces reactive oxygen species that can destroy lipids and proteins causing cell death...
January 2017: Avicenna Journal of Medical Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090176/updates-on-knowledge-attitude-and-preventive-practices-on-tuberculosis-among-healthcare-workers
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Farhanah Abd Wahab, Sarimah Abdullah, Jafri Malin Abdullah, Hasnan Jaafar, Siti Suraiya Md Noor, Wan Mohd Zahiruddin Wan Mohammad, Abdul Aziz Mohamed Yusoff, John Tharakan, Shalini Bhaskar, Muthuraju Sangu, Mohd Shah Mahmood, Fauziah Kassim, Md Hanip Rafia, Mohammed Safari Mohammed Haspani, Azmi Alias, Rogelio Hernández Pando
Ranking as the most communicable disease killer worldwide, tuberculosis, has accounted with a total of 9.6 million new tuberculosis cases with 1.5 million tuberculosis-related deaths reported globally in 2014. Tuberculosis has remain as an occupational hazard for healthcare workers since 1920s and due to several tuberculosis outbreaks in healthcare settings in the early 1990s, the concern about the transmission to both patients and healthcare workers has been raised. Healthcare workers have two to three folds greater the risk of active tuberculosis than the general population...
November 2016: Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences: MJMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088657/early-adulthood-body-mass-index-cumulative-smoking-and-esophageal-adenocarcinoma-survival
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Anna Spreafico, Linda Coate, Rihong Zhai, Wei Xu, Zheng-Fei Chen, Zhuo Chen, Devalben Patel, Brandon Tse, M Catherine Brown, Rebecca S Heist, Lorin Dodbiba, Jennifer Teichman, Matthew Kulke, Li Su, Lawson Eng, Jennifer Knox, Rebecca Wong, Gail E Darling, David C Christiani, Geoffrey Liu
BACKGROUND: Smoking and obesity are esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC) risk factors. However, the same risk factors may also affect biological aggressiveness and cancer outcomes. Our study evaluated the combined effects of early-adulthood obesity and cumulative smoking on the EAC survival. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In two EAC cohorts, Toronto (TO; N=235) and Boston (BO; N=329), associations between early adulthood body mass index (EA-BMI), BMI at 1year prior to diagnosis (BMI-1), and smoking with overall survival (OS) were assessed using Cox proportional hazard models, adjusted for relevant covariates...
January 12, 2017: Cancer Epidemiology
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