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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791741/diffusing-and-scaling-evidence-based-interventions-eight-lessons-for-early-child-development-from-the-implementation-of-perinatal-home-visiting-in-south-africa
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Mark Tomlinson, Xanthe Hunt, Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus
Most low- and middle-income countries lack resources with which to implement public health programs. As such, there is a necessity to facilitate programing that judiciously makes use of what resources there are. However, despite evidence for the efficacy of many interventions, translating these into real-world effectiveness, and then into scalability, is complex and has often been neglected. We draw on a case study of Philani+ (a maternal and child health intervention implemented in South Africa) to distil eight features of health programing that aid intervention effectiveness...
May 2018: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791732/care-for-child-development-in-rural-malawi-a-model-feasibility-and-pilot-study
#2
Melissa Gladstone, John Phuka, Richard Thindwa, Fatima Chitimbe, Kate Chidzalo, Jaya Chandna, Selena Gleadow Ware, Kenneth Maleta
Evidence demonstrates that encouraging stimulation, early communication, and nutrition improves child development. Detailed feasibility studies in real-world situations in Africa are limited. We piloted Care for Child Development through six health surveillance assistants (HSAs) in group and individual sessions with 60 caregivers and children <2 years and assessed recruitment, frequency, timings, and quality of intervention. We collected baseline/endline anthropometric, child development (MDAT), maternal stress (SRQ), and family care indicators (FCIs) data and determined acceptability through 20 interviews with caregivers and HSAs...
May 2018: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788097/hypertension-treatment-for-older-people-navigating-between-scylla-and-charybdis
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Simon Paul Conroy, Rudi Gerardus Johannes Westendorp, Miles D Witham
Hypertension is a common condition in older people, but is often one of many conditions, particularly in frail older people, and so is rarely managed in isolation in the real world-which belies the bulk of the evidence upon which is treatment decisions are often based. In this article, we discuss the issues of ageing, including frailty and dementia, and their impact upon blood pressure management. We examine the evidence base for managing hypertension in older people, and explore some therapeutic ideas that might influence treatment decisions and strategies, including shared decision making...
May 21, 2018: Age and Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787892/the-role-of-bisphosphonates-or-denosumab-in-light-of-the-availability-of-new-therapies-for-prostate-cancer
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REVIEW
Fred Saad, Cora N Sternberg, Peter F A Mulders, Daniela Niepel, Bertrand F Tombal
Most men with advanced prostate cancer will develop bone metastases, which have a substantial impact on quality of life. Bone metastases can lead to skeletal-related events (SREs), which place a burden on patients and healthcare systems. For men with castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) and bone metastases, the treatment landscape has evolved rapidly over the past few years. The relatively recent approvals of the hormonal agents abiraterone acetate and enzalutamide, second-line chemotherapy cabazitaxel, and the radiopharmaceutical radium-223 dichloride (radium-223), have provided clinicians with a greater choice of treatments...
May 3, 2018: Cancer Treatment Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784631/safety-and-efficacy-of-polymer-free-biolimus-eluting-stents-in-all-comer-patients-the-rudi-free-study
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Gennaro Sardella, Giulio G Stefanini, Carlo Briguori, Corrado Tamburino, Franco Fabbiocchi, Francesco Rotolo, Fabrizio Tomai, Anita Paggi, Mario Lombardi, Gaetano Gioffrè, Rocco Sclafani, Andrea Rolandi, Alessandro Sciahbasi, Francesco Scardaci, Nicola Signore, Simone Calcagno, Massimo Mancone, Mauro Chiarito, Arturo Giordano
AIMS: Polymer-free biolimus-eluting stents (PF-BES) have been shown superior to bare metal stents in high bleeding risk (HBR) patients treated with 1-month dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT). However, limited evidence is available on PF-BES in non-HBR patients. We aim to evaluate the safety and efficacy of PF-BES in all-comer patients undergoing percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI). METHODS AND RESULTS: Patients with stable coronary artery disease or acute coronary syndromes (ACS) undergoing PCI with PF-BES in routine clinical practice were included in a multicenter, prospective registry...
May 21, 2018: EuroIntervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784054/systematic-literature-review-and-assessment-of-patient-reported-outcome-instruments-in-sickle-cell-disease
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Grammati Sarri, Menaka Bhor, Seye Abogunrin, Caroline Farmer, Savita Nandal, Rashid Halloway, Dennis A Revicki
BACKGROUND: Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a chronic condition associated with high mortality and morbidity. It is characterized by acute clinical symptoms such as painful vaso-occlusive crises, which can impair health-related quality of life (HRQL). This study was conducted to identify validated patient-reported outcome (PRO) instruments for use in future trials of potential treatments for SCD. METHODS: A systematic literature review (SLR) was performed using MEDLINE and EMBASE to identify United States (US)-based studies published in English between 1997 and 2017 that reported on validated PRO instruments used in randomized controlled trials and real-world settings...
May 21, 2018: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780978/i-ll-be-back-on-the-multiple-lives-of-users-of-a-mobile-activity-tracking-application
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Zhiyuan Lin, Tim Althoff, Jure Leskovec
Mobile health applications that track activities, such as exercise, sleep, and diet, are becoming widely used. While these activity tracking applications have the potential to improve our health, user engagement and retention are critical factors for their success. However, long-term user engagement patterns in real-world activity tracking applications are not yet well understood. Here we study user engagement patterns within a mobile physical activity tracking application consisting of 115 million logged activities taken by over a million users over 31 months...
April 2018: Proceedings of the International World-Wide Web Conference
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779065/digital-technologies-in-the-treatment-of-anxiety-recent-innovations-and-future-directions
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REVIEW
Joseph Firth, John Torous, Rebekah Carney, Jill Newby, Theodore D Cosco, Helen Christensen, Jerome Sarris
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the efficacy, limitations, and future of e-health treatments for anxiety. Within this, we provide detail on "first-generation" e-health approaches, such as computerized therapies. Additionally, we assess the emergence and early efficacy of newer methods of treatment delivery, including smartphone apps and virtual reality interventions, discussing the potential and pitfalls for each. RECENT FINDINGS: There is now substantial clinical research demonstrating the efficacy of internet-delivered cognitive behavioral therapy in the treatment of anxiety...
May 19, 2018: Current Psychiatry Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778650/obesity-surgery-makes-patients-healthier-and-more-functional-real-world-results-from-the-united-kingdom-national-bariatric-surgery-registry
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Alexander Dimitri Miras, Kamocka Anna, Patel Darshan, Dexter Simon, Finlay Ian, Hopkins C James, Khan Omar, Reddy Marcus, Sedman Peter, Small Peter, Somers Shaw, Suzie Cro, Walton Peter, le Roux Carel W, Welbourn Richard
BACKGROUND: The National Bariatric Surgery Registry (NBSR) is the largest bespoke database in the field in the United Kingdom. OBJECTIVES: Our aim was to analyze the NBSR to determine whether the effects of obesity surgery on associated co-morbidities observed in small, randomized controlled clinical trials could be replicated in a "real life" setting within U.K. healthcare. SETTING: United Kingdom. METHODS: All NBSR entries for operations between 2000 and 2015 with associated demographic and co-morbidity data were analyzed retrospectively...
February 15, 2018: Surgery for Obesity and related Diseases: Official Journal of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777865/a-prospective-non-interventional-registry-study-of-patients-initiating-a-course-of-drug-therapy-for-overactive-bladder-perspective-rationale-design-and-methodology
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Eric S Rovner, Kevin V Carlson, Anna S Deal, Kavita V Nair, Eva E Oakkar, Julie Park, Eric Gemmen, Rita M Kristy, Katherine L Gooch, Carol R Schermer
INTRODUCTION: Pharmacotherapy of overactive bladder (OAB) typically involves treatment with an antimuscarinic or mirabegron, a β3-adrenoceptor agonist, but real-world evidence on their use, including treatment access, persistence, and switching, is limited. Here, we describe the design of a prospective, multicenter, non-interventional registry of patients beginning a new course of OAB pharmacological therapy in routine clinical practice. METHODS: Adults with an OAB diagnosis for at least 3 months who either initiated a new course of mirabegron or antimuscarinic, or who switched therapy were enrolled into PERSPECTIVE (A Prospective, Non-intErventional Registry Study of Patients Initiating a Course of Drug Therapy for OveractIVE Bladder)...
May 16, 2018: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777373/safety-and-feasibility-of-pulmonary-artery-pressure-guided-heart-failure-therapy-rationale-and-design-of-the-prospective-cardiomems-monitoring-study-for-heart-failure-mems-hf
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Christiane E Angermann, Birgit Assmus, Stefan D Anker, Johannes Brachmann, Georg Ertl, Friedrich Köhler, Stephan Rosenkranz, Carsten Tschöpe, Philip B Adamson, Michael Böhm
BACKGROUND: Wireless monitoring of pulmonary artery (PA) pressures with the CardioMEMS HF™ system is indicated in patients with New York Heart Association (NYHA) class III heart failure (HF). Randomized and observational trials have shown a reduction in HF-related hospitalizations and improved quality of life in patients using this device in the United States. OBJECTIVE: MEMS-HF is a prospective, non-randomized, open-label, multicenter study to characterize safety and feasibility of using remote PA pressure monitoring in a real-world setting in Germany, The Netherlands and Ireland...
May 19, 2018: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776734/taking-into-consideration-explanations-of-perception-action-interactions-that-may-be-less-dramatic-but-more-reflective-of-what-happens-in-the-real-world
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Robert W Proctor, Aiping Xiong
Bruce Bridgeman and colleagues reported the first experiments providing evidence of two functionally distinct visual-processing systems. We summarize that work and subsequent research that resulted in modifications of this view. Then, we describe studies of stimulus-response correspondence effects that provide evidence for distinct representations of responses. More recently, Bridgeman and colleagues examined whether "action affects perception", concluding that the phenomena can be more accurately construed as "information affects memory"...
May 15, 2018: Consciousness and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776646/international-consortium-of-vascular-registries-consensus-recommendations-for-peripheral-revascularisation-registry-data-collection
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Christian-Alexander Behrendt, Daniel Bertges, Nikolaj Eldrup, Adam W Beck, Kevin Mani, Maarit Venermo, Zoltán Szeberin, Gabor Menyhei, Ian Thomson, Georg Heller, Pius Wigger, Gudmundur Danielsson, Giuseppe Galzerano, Cristina Lopez, Martin Altreuther, Birgitta Sigvant, Henrik C Rieß, Art Sedrakyan, Barry Beiles, Martin Björck, Jonathan R Boyle, E Sebastian Debus, Jack Cronenwett
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: To achieve consensus on the minimum core data set for evaluation of peripheral arterial revascularisation outcomes and enable collaboration among international registries. METHODS: A modified Delphi approach was used to achieve consensus among international vascular surgeons and registry members of the International Consortium of Vascular Registries (ICVR). Variables, including definitions, from registries covering open and endovascular surgery, representing 14 countries in ICVR, were collected and analysed to define a minimum core data set and to develop an optimum data set for registries...
May 15, 2018: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770964/below-ground-biotic-interactions-moderated-the-postglacial-range-dynamics-of-trees
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Jason Pither, Brian J Pickles, Suzanne W Simard, Alejandro Ordonez, John W Williams
Tree range shifts during geohistorical global change events provide a useful real-world model for how future changes in forest biomes may proceed. In North America, during the last deglaciation, the distributions of tree taxa varied significantly as regards the rate and direction of their responses for reasons that remain unclear. Local-scale processes such as establishment, growth, and resilience to environmental stress ultimately influence range dynamics. Despite the fact that interactions between trees and soil biota are known to influence local-scale processes profoundly, evidence linking below-ground interactions to distribution dynamics remains scarce...
May 17, 2018: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770517/validity-and-generalizability-of-findings-of-randomized-controlled-trials-on-arthroscopic-partial-meniscectomy-of-the-knee
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REVIEW
Antti Malmivaara
BACKGROUND: The validity and generalizability of evidence from trials on arthroscopic partial meniscectomy (APM) for a ruptured meniscus of the knee has been debated in scientific journals. OBJECTIVE: To assess the validity and generalizability of evidence for trials on effectiveness of APM by a novel Benchmarking method; and to compare this assessment with established assessment methods; and to make an overall assessment of the current evidence on validity and generalizability of findings...
May 16, 2018: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770113/aggression-in-women-behavior-brain-and-hormones
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REVIEW
Thomas F Denson, Siobhan M O'Dean, Khandis R Blake, Joanne R Beames
We review the literature on aggression in women with an emphasis on laboratory experimentation and hormonal and brain mechanisms. Women tend to engage in more indirect forms of aggression (e.g., spreading rumors) than other types of aggression. In laboratory studies, women are less aggressive than men, but provocation attenuates this difference. In the real world, women are just as likely to aggress against their romantic partner as men are, but men cause more serious physical and psychological harm. A very small minority of women are also sexually violent...
2018: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768712/innovation-at-the-intersection-of-clinical-trials-and-real-world-data-science-to-advance-patient-care
#17
REVIEW
Brandon Swift, Lokesh Jain, Craig White, Vasu Chandrasekaran, Aman Bhandari, Dyfrig A Hughes, Pravin R Jadhav
While efficacy and safety data collected from randomized clinical trials are the evidentiary standard for determining market authorization, this alone may no longer be sufficient to address the needs of key stakeholders (regulators, providers, and payers) and guarantee long-term success of pharmaceutical products. There is a heightened interest from stakeholders on understanding the use of real-world evidence (RWE) to substantiate benefit-risk assessment and support the value of a new drug. This review provides an overview of real-world data (RWD) and related advances in the regulatory framework, and discusses their impact on clinical research and development...
May 16, 2018: Clinical and Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767472/the-impact-of-real-world-cardiovascular-related-pharmacogenetic-testing-in-an-insured-population
#18
Jennifer Billings, Patrick N Racsa, Kristine Bordenave, Charron L Long, Jeffrey J Ellis
BACKGROUND: Pharmacogenomics is intended to help clinicians provide the right drug to the right patient at an appropriate dose. However, limited evidence of clinical utility has slowed uptake of pharmacogenomic testing (PGT). OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact of real-world cardiovascular (CV)-related PGT on clinical outcomes, healthcare resource utilisation (HCRU) and cost in a large, heterogeneous population. METHODS: Individuals with Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug, Medicaid, or commercial coverage between 1/1/2011 and 9/30/2015 and ≥1 atherosclerotic CV-related diagnosis were identified...
May 16, 2018: International Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766745/incidence-of-acute-kidney-injury-in-patients-co-infected-with-hiv-and-hepatitis-c-virus-receiving-tenofovir-disoproxil-fumarate-and-ledipasvir-sofosbuvir-in-a-real-world-urban-ryan-white-clinic
#19
Jessica L Michal, Saira Rab, Manish Patel, Alison Kyle, Lesley Miller, Kirk A Easley, Aley Kalapila
Background Ledipasvir/sofosbuvir (LDV/SOF), an antiviral treatment for hepatitis C virus (HCV), and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF), an antiretroviral for treating human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), may be co-administered in patients co-infected with these viruses. A drug interaction between LDV and TDF could increase TDF-associated nephrotoxicity rates; however, there is minimal clinical evidence describing acute kidney injury (AKI) rates in this population. Setting This study was conducted at a Ryan White-funded facility in Atlanta, Georgia, that cares for over 5,000 patients with AIDS...
May 16, 2018: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764686/comparison-of-transcatheter-versus-surgical-aortic-valve-implantation-in-high-risk-patients-a-nationwide-study-in-france
#20
Xavier Armoiry, Jean-François Obadia, Léa Pascal, Stéphanie Polazzi, Antoine Duclos
OBJECTIVE: To compare the clinical outcomes and direct costs at 5 years between transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) and surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) using real-world evidence. METHODS: We performed a nationwide longitudinal study using data from the French Hospital Information System from 2009 to 2015. We matched, inside hospitals, 2 cohorts of adults who underwent TAVI or SAVR during 2010 on propensity score based on patient characteristics...
April 7, 2018: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
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