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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238915/a-simply-prepared-small-diameter-artificial-blood-vessel-that-promotes-in-situ-endothelialization
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Hong-Feng Guo, Wei-Wei Dai, De-Hui Qian, Zhe-Xue Qin, Yan Lei, Xiao-Yu Hou, Can Wen
Synthetic grafts are of limited use in small-diameter vessels (Φ < 6 mm) due to the poor patency rate. The inability of such grafts to achieve early endothelialization together with the compliance mismatch between the grafts and the native vessels promote thrombosis, which eventually leads to graft occlusion. In the current study, stromal cell-derived factor (SDF)-1α/vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-loaded polyurethane (PU) conduits were simply prepared via electrospinning. The mechanical property, drug release behavior and cytocompatibility of the conduits were investigated...
February 23, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236956/financial-incentives-for-improving-adherence-to-maintenance-treatment-in-patients-with-psychotic-disorders-money-for-medication-a-multicentre-open-label-randomised-controlled-trial
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Ernst L Noordraven, André I Wierdsma, Peter Blanken, Anthony F T Bloemendaal, Anton B P Staring, Cornelis L Mulder
BACKGROUND: Provision of financial incentives is a promising intervention for improving adherence in patients taking antipsychotic medication. We aimed to assess the effectiveness of this intervention for improving adherence to antipsychotic depot medication in patients with psychotic disorders, irrespective of their previous compliance. METHODS: We did this multicentre, open-label, randomised controlled trial at three mental health-care institutions in secondary psychiatric care services in the Netherlands...
March 2017: Lancet Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235722/current-trend-in-drug-delivery-considerations-for-subcutaneous-insulin-depots-to-treat-diabetes
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REVIEW
Jayakrishnapillai P V, Shantikumar V Nair, Kaladhar Kamalasanan
Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a metabolic disorder due to irregularities in glucose metabolism, as a result of insulin disregulation. Chronic DM (Type 1) is treated by daily insulin injections by subcutaneous route. Daily injections cause serious patient non-compliance and medication non-adherence. Insulin Depots (ID) are parenteral formulations designed to release the insulin over a specified period of time, to control the plasma blood glucose level for intended duration. Physiologically, pancreas produces and secretes insulin in basal and pulsatile mode into the blood...
February 17, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228244/setting-the-right-foundations-improving-the-approach-used-to-teach-concepts-of-hand-hygiene-to-medical-students
#4
R Kaur, H Razee, H Seale
A pre- and postintervention study was conducted to evaluate the impact of a new hand hygiene (HH) teaching module on the knowledge and attitudes amongst medical students towards HH. The teaching module significantly improved knowledge about HH indications and duration (T1=7.9, T2=9.2, T3=9.1; P=0.001), the use of HH materials (T1=1.3, T2=3.8, T3=4.3; P=0.004), and the 'Five Moments for HH' (T1=3.1, T2=6.7, T3=5.9; P=0.012). It also improved the students' attitudes towards HH (T1=48.5, T2=56.2, T3=54.1; P=0...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226337/immunoassay-based-drug-tests-are-inadequately-sensitive-for-medication-compliance-monitoring-in-patients-treated-for-chronic-pain
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Marion L Snyder, Corrine R Fantz, Stacy Melanson
BACKGROUND: Enzyme immunoassays (EIA) have notable limitations for monitoring therapeutic compliance in pain management. Chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry provides definitive results and superior sensitivity and specificity over traditional EIA testing. OBJECTIVE: To analyze and compare the sensitivity of EIA results together with known prescriptions to liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) for monitoring drug use (and abuse) in patients treated for chronic pain...
February 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226335/repeated-quantitative-urine-toxicology-analysis-may-improve-chronic-pain-patient-compliance-with-opioid-therapy
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Nebojsa Nick Knezevic, Omar M Khan, Afsaneh Beiranvand, Kenneth D Candido
BACKGROUND: Even though serious efforts have been undertaken by different medical societies to reduce opioid use for treating chronic benign pain, many Americans continue to seek pain relief through opioid consumption. Assuring compliance of these patients may be a difficult aspect of proper management even with regular behavioral monitoring. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to accurately assess the compliance of chronic opioid-consuming patients in an outpatient setting and evaluate if utilizing repeated urine drug testing (UDT) could improve compliance...
February 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225664/historic-leadership
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Ellen F Johnsen, Katherine J Pohlman
School nursing practice establishes itself in the midst of both education and nursing philosophies, ethics, standards, laws, and regulations. Treading these two worlds is difficult at times and requires that a school nurse possess a strong foundational knowledge base, seek professional collaboration, and navigate conflicting professional demands in order to promote student and public safety. This article is Part 2 of a four-part series that recounts the inspiring story of a school nurse, Ellen Johnsen, who did just that back in the 1980s in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma...
March 2017: NASN School Nurse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225648/safety-of-autologous-human-schwann-cell-transplantation-in-subacute-thoracic-spinal-cord-injury
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Kimberly D Anderson, James Guest, W Dalton Dietrich, Mary B Bunge, Rosie Curiel, Marine Dididze, Barth A Green, Aisha Khan, Damien D Pearse, Efrat Saraf-Lavi, Eva Widerstrom-Noga, Pat Wood, Allan D Levi
The rationale for implantation of autologous human Schwann cells (SCs) in people with subacute spinal cord injury (SCI) is based on evidence that transplanted SCs are neuroprotective, support local axonal plasticity, and are capable of myelinating axons. A Phase I clinical trial was conducted to evaluate the safety of autologous human SC transplantation into the injury epicenter of six subjects with subacute SCI. The trial was an open-label, unblinded, non-randomized, non-placebo controlled study with a dose escalation design and standard medical rehabilitation...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224119/vesicular-stomatitis-virus-vectored-multi-antigen-tuberculosis-vaccine-limits-bacterial-proliferation-in-mice-following-a-single-intranasal-dose
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Ming Zhang, Chunsheng Dong, Sidong Xiong
Tuberculosis (TB) remains a serious health problem worldwide, and an urgent need exists to improve or replace the available vaccine, Mycobacterium bovis bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG). Most vaccination protocols adapt two or three doses to induce long-term lasting immunity. Our previous study showed that the naked DNA encoding the triple-antigen fusion TFP846 (Rv3615c-Mtb10.4-Rv2660c) induced robust T cellular immune responses accompanying four inoculations against mycobacteria infection. However, a number of compliance issues exist in some areas lacking the appropriate medical infrastructure with multiple administrations...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223864/clinical-pharmacist-interventions-in-refill-clinic-at-tertiary-care-eye-specialist-hospital
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Sitah N Alzuman, Abdullah S Al-Humaidan
Objective: To describe the role of Clinical Pharmacists in the Medication Refill Clinic area as a part of a multidisciplinary team in which he/she can provide education to patients and caregivers on the safe and appropriate use of medications, counsel on medication compliance, monitor and manage medication side effects, as well as screen for dangerous drug interactions. Methods: The data of this prospective, single-centered, chart review based study have been collected since the clinic launched in June 2011 till December 2013 in King Khalid Eye Specialist Hospital which is a Tertiary Hospital in KSA...
January 2017: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223265/use-of-a-novel-artificial-intelligence-platform-on-mobile-devices-to-assess-dosing-compliance-in-a-phase-2-clinical-trial-in-subjects-with-schizophrenia
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Earle E Bain, Laura Shafner, David P Walling, Ahmed A Othman, Christy Chuang-Stein, John Hinkle, Adam Hanina
BACKGROUND: Accurately monitoring and collecting drug adherence data can allow for better understanding and interpretation of the outcomes of clinical trials. Most clinical trials use a combination of pill counts and self-reported data to measure drug adherence, despite the drawbacks of relying on these types of indirect measures. It is assumed that doses are taken, but the exact timing of these events is often incomplete and imprecise. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this pilot study was to evaluate the use of a novel artificial intelligence (AI) platform (AiCure) on mobile devices for measuring medication adherence, compared with modified directly observed therapy (mDOT) in a substudy of a Phase 2 trial of the α7 nicotinic receptor agonist (ABT-126) in subjects with schizophrenia...
February 21, 2017: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223086/long-term-10-year-outcomes-after-laparoscopic-roux-en-y-gastric-bypass
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Shanu N Kothari, Andrew J Borgert, Kara J Kallies, Matthew T Baker, Brandon T Grover
BACKGROUND: Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (LRYGB) has been the "gold standard" for weight loss surgery. Long-term data are limited, and reporting methods for LRYGB outcomes vary in the literature. In addition, follow-up compliance within bariatric centers is poor due to insurance and access to care issues, making long-term follow-up evaluation difficult. OBJECTIVE: Evaluate long-term LRYGB outcomes using standard outcome reporting definitions. SETTING: Integrated multispecialty health system...
December 22, 2016: Surgery for Obesity and related Diseases: Official Journal of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220959/evaluating-clinical-dietary-and-psychological-risk-factors-for-relapse-of-ulcerative-colitis-in-clinical-endoscopic-and-histological-remission
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Rajan Dhingra, Saurabh Kedia, Pratap Mouli Venigalla, Sushil Kumar, Namrata Singh, Sawan Bopanna, Vikas Singla, Bikash Narayan Choudhury, Prashant Verma, Veena Tiwari, Siddhartha Datta Gupta, Govind Makharia, Vineet Ahuja
BACKGROUND: The literature on possible factors that could trigger a relapse in patients with ulcerative colitis (UC) in clinical, endoscopic and histological remission on long term follow up is scarce. AIM: To determine the relapse rate in patients with UC in clinical, endoscopic and histological remission and identify factors that may influence the risk of relapse. METHODS: Patients with UC in clinical, endoscopic and histological remission were enrolled between January-July 2010 and followed up for 1 year to determine the effect of clinical, dietary and psychological factors on relapse...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220499/three-year-follow-up-of-implementation-of-evidence-based-transfusion-practice-in-a-tertiary-hospital
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A Norgaard, J Stensballe, T H de Lichtenberg, J O White, A Perner, M Wanscher, J Hillingsø, M L Holm, M Mau-Sørensen, H Sillesen, L Kjeldsen, C Bäck, J Nielsen, J Seeberg, M B Hansen, P I Johansson
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Traditionally, Denmark has had a high rate of allogeneic red blood cell transfusion caused by a liberal transfusion practice despite the existence of restrictive guidelines. We established a Patient Blood Management programme in a tertiary hospital and report the results of the implementation of evidence-based transfusion practice. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Red blood cell transfusion quality indicators were compared with the evidence-based guideline at hospital and department level...
February 20, 2017: Vox Sanguinis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218986/risk-factors-hindering-asthma-symptoms-control-in-saudi-children-and-adolescents
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Rabih Halwani, Alejandro Vazquez-Tello, Nour Horanieh, Said Dulgom, Zohair Al-Aseri, Nouf Al-Khamis, Zubaida Al-Sum, Hamdan Al-Jahdali, Saleh Al-Muhsen
BACKGROUND: Maintaining well control of asthma symptoms can help preventing exacerbations and its associated complications. The Asthma Control Test (ACT) can rapidly assess the effectiveness of asthma management plan and therapy. OBJECTIVE: To identify risk factors associated with uncontrolled asthma symptoms in young Saudi asthmatics (3-17 years-old). METHODS: In this cross-sectional hospital-based survey, the ACT was administered to 297 asthmatic children/adolescents, recruited at the emergency department (ED) of two major hospitals...
February 20, 2017: Pediatrics International: Official Journal of the Japan Pediatric Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217657/patient-compliance-with-new-oral-anticoagulants-after-major-orthopaedic-surgery-rivaroxaban-and-dabigatran-compared-with-subcutaneous-injection-of-fondaparinux
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Paolo DI Benedetto, Luigi Vetrugno, Dania DE Franceschi, Renato Gisonni, Araldo Causero, Giorgio Della Rocca
PURPOSE: the main purpose of our study was to compare patient compliance with the orally administered new oral anticoagulants (NOCs) dabigatran and rivaroxaban compared with subcutaneously injected fondaparinux after major orthopaedic surgery, and to assess patient preference for the oral vs subcutaneous administration route. METHODS: prophylactic antithrombotic drug therapy with dabigatran (group D; GD, n=32 patients), rivaroxaban (group R; GR, n=38 patients) or fondaparinux (group F; GF, n=30 patients), to prevent deep vein thrombosis, was started immediately after surgery in 100 patients submitted to total hip arthroplasty...
October 2016: Joints
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215652/polypathology-polypharmacy-medication-regimen-complexity-and-drug-therapy-appropriateness
#17
N Gómez Aguirre, A Caudevilla Martínez, L Bellostas Muñoz, M Crespo Avellana, J Velilla Marco, J Díez-Manglano
Polypathological patients are usually elderly and take numerous drugs. Polypharmacy affects 85% of these individuals and is not associated with greater survival. On the contrary, polypharmacy exposes these individuals to more adverse effects, such as weight loss, falls, functional and cognitive impairment and hospitalisations. The complexity of a drug regimen covers more aspects than the simple number of drugs consumed. The galenic form, the dosage and the method for preparing the drug can impede the understanding of and compliance with prescriptions...
February 16, 2017: Revista Clínica Española
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213572/impact-of-expanding-the-prehospital-stroke-bypass-time-window-in-a-large-geographic-region
#18
Ian G Stiell, Catherine M Clement, Kristy Campbell, Mukul Sharma, Doug Socha, Marco L A Sivilotti, Albert Jin, Jeffrey J Perry, Jim Lumsden, Cally Martin, Mark Froats, Richard Dionne, John Trickett
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The Ontario Acute Stroke Medical Redirect Paramedic Protocol (ASMRPP) was revised to allow paramedics to bypass to designated stroke centers if total transport time would be <2 hours and total time from symptom onset <3.5 hours. We sought to evaluate the impact and safety of implementing the Revised ASMRPP. METHODS: We conducted a 12-month implementation study involving prehospital patients presenting with possible stroke symptoms. A total of 1317 basic and advanced life support paramedics, of 9 land services in 10 rural counties and 5 cities, used the Revised ASMRPP to take appropriate patients directly to 6 designated stroke centers...
February 17, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212787/application-of-a-pattern-of-incremental-haemodialysis-based-on-residual-renal-function-when-starting-renal-replacement-therapy
#19
José L Merino, Patricia Domínguez, Blanca Bueno, Yésika Amézquita, Beatriz Espejo, Vicente Paraíso
INTRODUCTION: The interest in the preservation of residual kidney function on starting renal replacement therapy (RRT) is very common in techniques such as peritoneal dialysis but less so in haemodialysis (HD). In our centre the pattern of incremental dialysis (2 HD/week) has been an option for a group of patients. Here we share our experience with this regimen from March 2008. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We included incident patients with residual diuresis >1,000ml/24h, clinical stability, absence of oedema, absence of hyperkalaemia >6...
January 2017: Nefrología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española Nefrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211633/painful-nipple-hyperkeratosis-secondary-to-vemurafenib
#20
Emily S Carr, Shannon C Brown, Katherine H Fiala
Vemurafenib is a selected BRAF kinase inhibitor approved for treating metastatic or unresectable melanoma, which has numerous cutaneous side effects unfortunately, including three previously reported cases of asymptomatic areola and/or nipple hyperkeratosis. We present the first case of painful bilateral nipple hyperkeratosis secondary to vemurafenib in an 84-year-old woman. She was successfully treated with tretinoin 0.05% cream that allowed her to comfortably continue treatment. With increased awareness of this condition, we found a second case of asymptomatic nipple hyperkeratosis secondary to vemurafenib in our clinic...
February 17, 2017: Dermatologic Therapy
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