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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231475/the-use-and-yield-of-continuous-eeg-in-critically-ill-patients-a-comparative-study-of-three-centers
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Vincent Alvarez, Andres A Rodriguez Ruiz, Suzette LaRoche, Lawrence J Hirsch, Christopher Parres, Paula E Voinescu, Andres Fernandez, Ognen A Petroff, Nishi Rampal, Hiba Arif Haider, Jong Woo Lee
OBJECTIVE: Continuous EEG (cEEG) monitoring of critically ill patients has gained widespread use, but there is substantial reported variability in its use. We analyzed cEEG and antiseizure drug (ASD) usage at three high volume centers. METHODS: We utilized a multicenter cEEG database used daily as a clinical reporting tool in three tertiary care sites (Emory Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Yale - New Haven Hospital). We compared the cEEG usage patterns, seizure frequency, detection of rhythmic/periodic patterns (RPP), and ASD use between the sites...
January 17, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230591/comparison-of-complications-in-parotid-surgery-with-harmonic-scalpel-versus-cold-instruments
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Xiaoyong Yang, Yang Yu, Dapeng Li, Li Dong
Complications following parotid surgery with harmonic scalpel versus cold instruments were seldom discussed. The authors retrospectively analyzed the medical record of 94 patients who received parotid surgery at Tianjin National Clinical Research Center for Cancer between January 2012 and October 2015, and compared the complications in patients operated with either Harmonic FCS9 (HF) or traditional cold instruments (CI). The mean operative time was 65.1 minutes in HF group versus 88.9 minutes for CI group...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230576/validating-fall-prevention-icons-to-support-patient-centered-education
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Wai Yin Leung, Jason Adelman, David W Bates, Alexandra Businger, John S Dykes, Awatef Ergai, Ann Hurley, Zachary Katsulis, Sarah Khorasani, Maureen Scanlan, Laura Schenkel, Amisha Rai, Patricia C Dykes
INTRODUCTION: Falls with injury are the most prevalent hospital adverse event. The objective of this project was to refine fall risk and prevention icons for a patient-centric bedside toolkit to promote patient and nurse engagement in accurately assessing fall risks and developing a tailored fall prevention plan. METHODS: Eighty-eight patients and 60 nurses from 2 academic medical centers participated in 4 iterations of testing to refine 6 fall risk and 10 fall prevention icons...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230455/outcomes-of-pharmacy-led-hepatitis-c-direct-acting-antiviral-utilization-management-at-a-veterans-affairs-medical-center
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Sendra Yang, Rachel B Britt, Mohamed G Hashem, Jamie N Brown
BACKGROUND: The Veterans Affairs Health (VA) Administration has reported hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection rates among veterans to be twice that of the general U.S population. New HCV direct-acting antiviral (DAA) treatment options offer superior sustained virologic response (SVR) rates, improved side-effect profiles, and shortened treatment courses; yet, these new HCV DAAs are expensive, and utilization management strategies are needed to optimize use and improve clinical outcomes. A VA medical center uses pharmacist-led HCV DAA utilization management strategies that includes clinical guidance, optimizing operational flow, budget tracking and forecasting, and patient outcomes tracking...
March 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230450/characteristics-and-medication-use-of-psoriasis-patients-who-may-or-may-not-qualify-for-randomized-controlled-trials
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William Malatestinic, Beth Nordstrom, Jashin J Wu, Orin Goldblum, Kathleen Solotkin, Chen-Yen Lin, Kristin Kistler, Kathy Fraeman, Joseph Johnston, Lcdr Lesley Hawley, Nicholas Sicignano, Andre Araujo
BACKGROUND: Clinical trials impose exclusion criteria that may limit the generalizability of results. OBJECTIVES: To (a) determine the percentage of real-world patients who would qualify for psoriasis randomized controlled trials; (b) ascertain differences between moderate-to-severe psoriasis patients who would be eligible, ineligible, or potentially eligible for clinical trials; and (c) compare their biologic treatment patterns. METHODS: Moderate-to-severe psoriasis patients were identified from the U...
March 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228646/readability-credibility-and-quality-of-patient-information-for-hypogonadism-and-testosterone-replacement-therapy-on-the-internet
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J A McBride, C C Carson, R M Coward
The incidence of hypogonadism and use of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) are rising, while data evaluating the complexity and quality of health-care information available to patients on the Internet for hypogonadism or TRT are lacking. This study focuses on characterizing the readability, credibility and quality of patient-centered information for hypogonadism on the Internet. A Google search was performed to identify top-ranked websites offering patient-centered information on hypogonadism and TRT. Readability was quantified by reading grade level using several validated instruments...
February 23, 2017: International Journal of Impotence Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228246/engaging-patients-with-heart-failure-into-the-design-of-health-system-interventions-impact-on-research-methods
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Robin P Newhouse, Meg Johantgen, Sue A Thomas, Nina M Trocky, Cheryl Dennison-Himmelfarb, Jooyoung Cheon, Wanda Miller, Tracy Gray, Robin Pruitt
The purpose of this study was to engage patients with heart failure (HF) to assess if changes are needed in a research study design, methods and outcomes when transferring interventions used in urban/community hospitals to rural hospital settings. A qualitative structured interview was conducted with eight patients with a diagnosis of HF admitted to two rural hospitals. Patients validated the study design, measures and outcomes, but identified one area that should be added to the study protocol, symptom experience...
February 19, 2017: Geriatric Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227143/csdc-a-nationwide-screening-platform-for-stroke-control-and-prevention-in-china
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Jinghui Yu, Huajian Mao, Mei Li, Dan Ye, Dongsheng Zhao, Jinghui Yu, Huajian Mao, Mei Li, Dan Ye, Dongsheng Zhao, Dan Ye, Huajian Mao, Mei Li, Dongsheng Zhao, Jinghui Yu
As a leading cause of severe disability and death, stroke places an enormous burden on Chinese society. A nationwide stroke screening platform called CSDC (China Stoke Data Center) has been built to support the national stroke prevention program and stroke clinical research since 2011. This platform is composed of a data integration system and a big data analysis system. The data integration system is used to collect information on risk factors, diagnosis history, treatment, and sociodemographic characteristics and stroke patients' EMR...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226430/postural-flexibility-during-quiet-standing-in-healthy-elderly-and-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease
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Kazuyuki Matsuda, Yasuyuki Suzuki, Naoya Yoshikawa, Tomohisa Yamamoto, Ken Kiyono, Takao Tanahashi, Takuyuki Endo, Kei Fukada, Kunihiko Nomura, Saburo Sakoda, Taishin Nomura, Kazuyuki Matsuda, Yasuyuki Suzuki, Naoya Yoshikawa, Tomohisa Yamamoto, Ken Kiyono, Takao Tanahashi, Takuyuki Endo, Kei Fukada, Kunihiko Nomura, Saburo Sakoda, Taishin Nomura, Kei Fukada, Naoya Yoshikawa, Tomohisa Yamamoto, Takuyuki Endo, Kunihiko Nomura, Taishin Nomura, Kazuyuki Matsuda, Ken Kiyono, Takao Tanahashi, Saburo Sakoda, Yasuyuki Suzuki
Postural instability is one of the predominant symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD). Despite its significant impact on the deterioration in quality of life in PD patients, mechanistic causes of the instability have not been clarified. Joint inflexibility at ankle and hip joints might be such a major cause, leading to small variability in the center of pressure (CoP) during quiet stance. However, this conjecture is still controversial. Thus, quantitative characterization of CoP patterns during quiet stance in PD patients remains a matter of research...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226363/coagulation-profile-in-patients-with-different-etiologies-for-cushing-syndrome-a-prospective-observational-study
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Amit Tirosh, Maya Lodish, Charalampos Lyssikatos, Elena Belyavskaya, Richard A Feelders, Constantine A Stratakis
Previous studies reported a higher prevalence of venous-thromboembolic events among patients with Cushing disease (CD) compared to those with ACTH-independent Cushing syndrome (CS) from adrenal sources. The objective of the current study was to evaluate the coagulation profile of patients with CS from different etiologies. A prospective observational study was conducted at a clinical research center. The study included adult patients admitted for evaluation of suspected CS (n=85), that were divided into 3 groups: CD (n=22), ACTH-independent CS from an adrenal tumor/hyperplasia (adrenal CS, n=21), and a control group consisting of subjects with negative screening for CS (rule-out CS, n=42)...
February 22, 2017: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226338/opioids-inhibit-angiogenesis-in-a-chorioallantoic-membrane-model
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Haktan Karaman, Adnan Tufek, Evren Karaman, Orhan Tokgoz
BACKGROUND: Angiogenesis is an important characteristic of cancer. Switching from the avascular phase to the vascular phase is a necessary process for tumor growth. Therefore, research in cancer treatment has focused on angiogenesis as a drug target. Despite the widespread use of opioids to treat pain in patients with cancer, little is known about the effect of these drugs on vascular endothelium and angiogenesis. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to investigate the efficacies of morphine, codeine, and tramadol in 3 different concentrations on angiogenesis in hens' eggs...
February 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225538/may-you-live-in-interesting-times
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Whether or not the so-called curse, "May you live in interesting times" is apocryphal, we have to acknowledge that we do indeed live in interesting times. It has been only three months since the October 2016 issue of MEDICC Review, but the changes since-in many directions-have been head-spinning. For starters, scientists at Roswell Park Cancer Institute have launched a clinical trial of CIMAvax, the therapeutic lung cancer vaccine developed at Cuba's Molecular Immunology Center, surely a win-win for the citizens of both countries...
January 2017: MEDICC Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224950/effects-of-injection-site-splinting-on-the-incidence-of-phlebitis-in-patients-taking-peripherally-infused-amiodarone-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Farah Ayat-Isfahani, Mina Pashang, Bita Davoudi, Saeed Sadeghian, Arash Jalali
Intravenous amiodarone is considered an effective treatment option for cardiac ventricular and atrial arrhythmias. Peripheral infusion of amiodarone may cause blood vessels irritation and phlebitis that is the most common complication of this drug by this route even when it is administered within recommended dosing limits. The effect of injection-site splinting on the occurrence of phlebitis among a group of cardiac arrhythmia patients receiving peripherally infused amiodarone. This research is a clinical trial on patients of Tehran Heart Center who were hospitalized due to cardiac arrhythmias...
March 2017: Journal of Vascular Nursing: Official Publication of the Society for Peripheral Vascular Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224928/impact-of-right-ventricular-function-on-outcome-of-severe-aortic-stenosis-patients-undergoing-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement
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Edward Koifman, Romain Didier, Nirav Patel, Zack Jerusalem, Sarkis Kiramijyan, Itsik Ben-Dor, Smita I Negi, Zuyue Wang, Steven A Goldstein, Michael J Lipinski, Rebecca Torguson, Jiaxiang Gai, Augusto D Pichard, Lowell F Satler, Ron Waksman, Federico M Asch
BACKGROUND: Right ventricular (RV) dysfunction was shown to be associated with adverse outcomes in a variety of cardiac patients and is considered a risk factor for adverse outcome according to the updated Valve Academic Research Consortium criteria. OBJECTIVE: Our goal was to assess the impact of RV function at baseline on 1-year mortality among patients with severe aortic stenosis (AS) undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). METHODS: All patients with severe AS treated with TAVR from May 2007 to March 2015 at our center were included in the present study, and baseline and procedural characteristics were recorded for each patient...
February 2017: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224618/the-feasibility-of-nbi-in-patients-with-suspected-upper-airway-lesions-a-multicenter-study
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Leif J J Bäck, Jami Rekola, Lassi Raittinen, Elina Halme, Petra Pietarinen, Harri Keski-Säntti, Leena-Maija Aaltonen, Antti A Mäkitie, Antti Raappana, Jukka Tikanto, Aleksi Schrey, Reidar Grenman, Jussi Laranne, Petri Koivunen, Heikki Irjala
OBJECTIVE: Narrow band imaging (NBI) improves diagnosis of laryngopharyngeal cancer, but most reported NBI studies are from experienced centers. Feasibility reports on use at everyday outpatient departments are needed. STUDY DESIGN: Researcher-initiated, prospective, multicenter. METHODS: Participating physicians were instructed in NBI technique during a 4-hour meeting. Patients underwent an examination that included endoscopy with white light (WL) high-definition (HD) TV and NBI filter in the selected time period...
February 22, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223896/essential-oil-education-for-health-care-providers
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Rebecca Boesl, Heidi Saarinen
CONTEXT: Patients' use of complementary and integrative health practices has been increasing in the United States for a variety of reasons. The use of essential oils is one complementary and integrative health modality that continues to increase in popularity. Many providers are not knowledgeable about and are not comfortable discussing the topic with their patients. OBJECTIVE: The research team intended to evaluate the effectiveness of the dissemination of current information on essential oils to health care practitioners through a continuing education module...
December 2016: Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222898/strategies-for-the-optimal-timing-to-start-renal-replacement-therapy-in-critically-ill-patients-with-acute-kidney-injury
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REVIEW
Sean M Bagshaw, Ron Wald
Renal replacement therapy (RRT) is increasingly utilized to support critically ill patients with severe acute kidney injury (AKI). The question of whether and when to start RRT for a critically ill patient with AKI has long troubled clinicians. When severe complications of AKI develop, the need to commence RRT is unambiguous. In the absence of such complications but in the presence of severe AKI, the optimal time and thresholds for starting RRT are uncertain. The majority of existing data have largely been derived from observational studies...
February 17, 2017: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222691/how-to-improve-patient-education-on-deep-brain-stimulation-in-parkinson-s-disease-the-care-monitor-study
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Lars Dinkelbach, Bettina Möller, Karsten Witt, Alfons Schnitzler, Martin Südmeyer
BACKGROUND: The introduction of deep brain stimulation (DBS) about 25 years ago provided one of the major breakthroughs in the treatment of Parkinson's disease (PD). However, a high percentage of patients are reluctant to undergo DBS. Previous research revealed that the critical step on the patient's path to DBS is the decision whether to undergo further diagnostic assessment for surgery at a specialized DBS-center. The aims of the current study were to evaluate how effective the combination of an outpatient DBS screening tool, STIMULUS, with specially developed educational material was to enhance patient education on DBS and to identify motivational aspects which influenced the patients' willingness to undergo further assessment...
February 21, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222240/a-computerized-family-planning-counseling-aid-a%C3%A2-pilot%C3%A2-study-evaluation-of-smart-choices
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Helen P Koo, Ellen K Wilson, Alexandra M Minnis
CONTEXT: Resource constraints may make it challenging for family planning clinics to provide comprehensive contraceptive counseling; technological tools that help providers follow recommended practices without straining resources merit evaluation. METHODS: A pilot study using a two-group, posttest-only experimental design evaluated Smart Choices, a computer-based tool designed to help providers offer more patient-centered counseling and enable patients to participate proactively in the counseling session...
February 21, 2017: Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222086/equivalence-study-of-two-temperature-measurement-methods-in-febrile-adult-patients-with-cancer
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Tina M Mason, Abdelbaki Boubekri, Jennifer Lalau, Amy Patterson, Susan R Hartranft, Steven K Sutton
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To assess equivalence of temperatures taken via temporal artery and oral methods in febrile inpatients with cancer.
. DESIGN: Repeated measures equivalence design.
. SETTING: 24-bed hematology-oncology unit and 36-bed blood and marrow transplantation unit at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in Tampa, Florida.
. SAMPLE: Convenience sample of 58 febrile inpatients using 60 temperature measurements...
March 1, 2017: Oncology Nursing Forum
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