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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649702/dose-considerations-for-anti-cancer-drugs-in-metastatic-prostate-cancer
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REVIEW
Megan Crumbaker, Howard Gurney
Despite a growing number of treatment options, metastatic castrate resistant prostate cancer remains almost universally fatal. Dose individualization ensures patients receive the maximal benefit from each line of treatment potentially leading to improved outcomes, a reduction in quality of life impairment and minimization of premature cessation for avoidable toxicity. Herein, we review drug-specific issues that may be associated with unexpected or unrecognized variations in drug systemic exposure despite the use of protocol doses...
June 26, 2017: Prostate
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649311/screening-tools-for-evaluation-of-depression-in-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-copd-a-systematic-review
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K Bock, E Bendstrup, O Hilberg, A Løkke
Background: Anxiety and depression are common comorbid disorders in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), though estimates of their prevalence vary considerably. Depressive symptoms/depression are important comorbidities in COPD and an increasing interest is shown to these disorders. Depression may lead to reduced quality of life and increased morbidity and mortality. These statements underline the importance of implementing the use of screening instruments for depressive symptoms in a clinical setting...
2017: European Clinical Respiratory Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648429/ddd-pacemaker-for-severe-heart-failure-alternate-to-crt
#3
N C Krishnamani
Patients with severe systolic Heart Failure continue to have poor quality of life and increased mortality in spite of optimal medical management. Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy [CRT] is promising modality in patients with systolic heart failure and electrocardiographic [ECG] evidence of left bundle branch block [LBBB]. Cost issues continue to elude many deserving cases of this therapy in our society. Relatively cost effective Dual chamber pacing [DDD] with right atrial and isolated left ventricular pacing [RA-LV] can be a good alternative...
May 2017: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648407/health-related-quality-of-life-fear-of-recurrence-and-emotional-distress-in-patients-treated-for-thyroid-cancer
#4
S N Rogers, V Mepani, S Jackson, D Lowe
Diagnosis of differentiated thyroid carcinoma (papillary or follicular) and its treatment may be associated with a poor health-related quality of life (HRQoL), and with fear of recurrence (FoR), and distress. To our knowledge, this is the first time a single FoR screening question (written to complement a HRQoL questionnaire), has been reported with HRQoL and levels of distress in patients treated for the disease. In April 2014 we did a cross-sectional survey of patients who had presented to the Merseyside and Cheshire thyroid cancer network between April 2009 and November 2013...
June 22, 2017: British Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647679/factors-impacting-on-psychological-wellbeing-of-international-students-in-the-health-professions-a-scoping-review
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REVIEW
Lisa McKenna, Eddie Robinson, Joy Penman, Danny Hills
BACKGROUND: There are increasing numbers of international students undertaking health professional courses, particularly in Western countries. These courses not only expose students to the usual stresses and strains of academic learning, but also require students to undertake clinical placements and practice-based learning. While much is known about general issues facing international students, less is known about factors that impact on those studying in the health professions. OBJECTIVES: To explore what is known about factors that influence the psychological wellbeing of international students in the health professions...
June 17, 2017: International Journal of Nursing Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645945/how-can-we-ensure-that-the-coroner-s-autopsy-is-not-an-invasion-of-human-rights
#6
Stephen Leadbeatter, Ryk James
BACKGROUND: Despite public inquiries, and some changes to legislation following high-profile multiple homicides that were not detected by autopsy, coroners continue to rely largely on the autopsy. Regardless of the extent of quality failings and excess deaths at some hospitals, not detected through the coroner system, the autopsy is scarcely used by hospitals to monitor standards and educate. OBJECTIVE: To explore when a compulsory medicolegal autopsy should, and should not, be used...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645737/alfapump-system-vs-large-volume-paracentesis-for-refractory-ascites-a-multicenter-randomized-controlled-study
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Christophe Bureau, Danielle Adebayo, Mael Chalret de Rieu, Laure Elkrief, Dominique Valla, Markus Peck-Radosavljevic, Anne McCune, Victor Vargas, Macarena Simon-Talero, Juan Cordoba, Paolo Angeli, Silvia Rosi, Stewart MacDonald, Massimo Malago, Maria Stepanova, Zobair M Younossi, Claudia Trepte, Randall Watson, Oleg Borisenko, Sun Sun, Neil Inhaber, Rajiv Jalan
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Patients with refractory ascites (RA) require repeated large volume paracenteses (LVP), which involves frequent hospital visits and is associated with poor quality-of-life. This study assessed safety and efficacy of an automated, low-flow pump (alfapump [AP]) compared with LVP [SoC]. METHODS: Randomized, controlled trial, in 7 centers, with 6M patient observation. Primary outcome was time to first LVP. Secondary outcomes included paracentesis requirement, safety, health-related quality-of-life (HRQoL), and survival...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644359/commercial-probiotic-products-a-call-for-improved-quality-control-a-position-paper-by-the-espghan-working-group-for-probiotics-and-prebiotics
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Sanja Kolaček, Iva Hojsak, Roberto Berni Canani, Alfredo Guarino, Flavia Indrio, Rok Orel, Bruno Pot, Raanan Shamir, Hania Szajewska, Yvan Vandenplas, Johannes van Goudoever, Zvi Weizman
Probiotics have been proposed for a number of indications ranging from the hypothetical long-term immunomodulatory effects to proven benefits in the management of different clinical conditions.An increasing number of commercial products containing probiotics are available. In those products, irrespective if it is food, food supplement, medical food, or drug, the probiotic microorganisms have to be present in a sufficient number by the end of the shelf-life, to pass through the gastrointestinal tract resisting acid and bile, to colonize the gut, and to retain functional properties required to obtain the suggested beneficial effect...
July 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643931/clinical-effectiveness-of-late-maxillary-protraction-in-cleft-lip-and-palate-a-methods-paper
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M K Lee, C Lane, F Azeredo, M Landsberger, H Kapadia, B Sheller, S L Yen
OBJECTIVES: A prospective parallel cohort trial was conducted to compare outcomes of patients treated with maxillary protraction vs LeFort 1 maxillary advancement surgery. SETTING AND SAMPLE POPULATION: The primary site for the clinical trial is Children's Hospital Los Angeles; the satellite test site is Seattle Children's Hospital. All patients have isolated cleft lip and palate and a skeletal Class III malocclusion. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A total of 50 patients, ages 11-14, will be recruited for the maxillary protraction cohort...
June 2017: Orthodontics & Craniofacial Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642049/post-prostatectomy-incontinence-how-common-and-bothersome-is%C3%A2-it%C3%A2-really
#10
REVIEW
Vera Trofimenko, Jeremy B Myers, William O Brant
INTRODUCTION: The implications of post-prostatectomy urinary incontinence (PPI) on quality of life pose a matter of great concern for urologists and patients alike. Efforts to mitigate this devastating complication have met with varying degrees of success and the literature has shown a discrepancy between patient- and surgeon-reported outcomes. AIM: To describe the multifactorial physiology of PPI, its evaluation, and its effect on health-related quality of life and sexual function and to review preoperative predictive factors for PPI and explore the disparity between patient- and surgeon-reported outcomes...
June 19, 2017: Sexual Medicine Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641599/association-between-level-of-exposure-to-death-and-dying-and-professional-quality-of-life-among-palliative-care-workers
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Tali Samson, Pesach Shvartzman
BACKGROUND: Exposure to the death and dying of others is an anxiety-provoking condition that can contribute to psychological stress. However, the results of empirical studies that evaluated work-related outcomes among physicians and nurses with repeated exposure to dying patients are not consistent. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to evaluate whether a high level of exposure to death and dying (LED) can increase the risk for poor professional quality of life (ProQoL) in most healthcare workers, but it can also improve ProQoL in a subset of healthcare workers with specific characteristics...
June 23, 2017: Palliative & Supportive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641572/a-child-with-hypertension-and-ambiguous-genitalia-an-uncommon-variant-of-congenital-adrenal-hyperplasia-a-case-report
#12
Vivek Pant, Suman Baral, Bishal Shrestha, Arjun Tumbapo
BACKGROUND: Deficiency in 11β-hydroxylase as a cause of congenital adrenal hyperplasia is uncommon. It should be considered in the differential diagnosis of hypertension with virilization in any prepubescent child. CASE PRESENTATION: A 12-year-old Asian boy from eastern Nepal presented with pain in his abdomen and hypertension. He was raised as a male but had absent testicles since birth and had precocious puberty. Plasma testosterone, follicle-stimulating hormone, and luteinizing hormone were below baseline level...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641213/measurement-properties-of-screening-and-diagnostic-tools-for-autism-spectrum-adults-of-mean-normal-intelligence-a-systematic-review
#13
A Baghdadli, F Russet, L Mottron
BACKGROUND: The autism spectrum (AS) is a multifaceted neurodevelopmental variant associated with lifelong challenges. Despite the relevant importance of identifying AS in adults for epidemiological, public health, and quality of life issues, the measurement properties of the tools currently used to screen and diagnose adults without intellectual disabilities (ID) have not been assessed. OBJECTIVES: This systematic review addresses the accuracy, reliability, and validity of the reported AS screening and diagnostic tools used in adults without ID...
May 17, 2017: European Psychiatry: the Journal of the Association of European Psychiatrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641097/long-term-complications-after-hematopoietic-cell-transplantation
#14
REVIEW
Navneet S Majhail
The prevalence of autologous and allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) survivors continues to increase. Among patients whose disease remains in remission for the first 2-5years after transplantation, it is estimated that approximately 80-90% will be alive over the subsequent 10years. However, the relative mortality rates of such patients continue to remain higher than those of their general population peers, with late complications contributing to significant long-term morbidity and mortality...
June 13, 2017: Hematology/oncology and Stem Cell Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640766/impact-of-recurrence-of-ovarian-cancer-on-quality-of-life-and-outlook-for-the-future
#15
Nicoletta Colombo, Domenica Lorusso, Paolo Scollo
OBJECTIVE: Ovarian cancer recurs in most patients, with a 5-year survival rate less than 30%. Quality of life is an increasingly important issue in patients with cancer, but there are limited data in women with recurrent ovarian cancer in this regard. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We used an ad hoc questionnaire to compare changes in health perceptions, burden of disease, and expectations for the future quality of life in women with and without recurrence of ovarian cancer...
July 2017: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639159/a-systematic-review-of-patient-perspectives-on-surveillance-after-colorectal-cancer-treatment
#16
REVIEW
Julia R Berian, Amanda Cuddy, Amanda B Francescatti, Linda O'Dwyer, Y Nancy You, Robert J Volk, George J Chang
PURPOSE: Surveillance after colorectal cancer (CRC) treatment is routine, but intensive follow-up may offer little-to-no overall survival benefit. Given the growing population of CRC survivors, we aimed to systematically evaluate the literature for the patient perspective on two questions: (1) How do CRC patients perceive routine surveillance following curative treatment and what do they expect to gain from their surveillance testing or visits? (2) Which providers (specialists, nursing, primary care) are preferred by CRC survivors to guide post-treatment surveillance? METHODS: Systematic searches of PubMed MEDLINE, Embase, the CENTRAL Register of Controlled Trials, CINAHL, and PsycINFO were conducted...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638969/introduction-childhood-and-disability
#17
EDITORIAL
Erica K Salter
From growth attenuation therapy for severely developmentally disabled children to the post-natal management of infants with trisomy 13 and 18, pediatric treatment decisions regularly involve assessments of the probability and severity of a child's disability. Because these decisions are almost always made by surrogate decision-makers (parents and caregivers) and because these decision-makers must often make decisions based on both prognostic guesses and potentially biased quality of life judgments, they are among the most ethically complex in pediatric care...
June 21, 2017: HEC Forum: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Hospitals' Ethical and Legal Issues
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638811/cost-effectiveness-of-eplerenone-in-treatment-of-cardiovascular-diseases-a-systematic-review
#18
Hossein Mobaraki, Saber Azami-Aghdash, Ali Sarabi Asiabar, Aziz Rezapour, Mohammad Hossein Kafaei Mehr, Saeed Emamgolizadeh
Background: No clear evidence is available on the cost-effectiveness of eplerenone in treatment of cardiovascular diseases. Thus, the present study aimed at systematically reviewing studies that have investigated this issue. Methods: This systematic review study was conducted in 2016. The required information were collected using key Mesh words from the following databases: Google scholar, PubMed, Science Direct, MagIran, SID, Scopus, and handsearching journals and the references of the selected articles. The quality of the selected articles was assessed by the Drummond's checklist...
2017: Medical Journal of the Islamic Republic of Iran
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637285/a-qualitative-study-of-the-impact-of-endometriosis-on-male-partners
#19
L Culley, C Law, N Hudson, H Mitchell, E Denny, N Raine-Fenning
STUDY QUESTION: What is the impact of endometrioses on male partners of women with the condition? SUMMARY ANSWER: Endometriosis significantly impacts men across several life domains and can negatively impact emotional well-being. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Endometriosis has been shown to negatively impact women's quality of life and may strain intimate relationships. Little is known about the impact on male partners. STUDY DESIGN, SIZE, DURATION: The ENDOPART study was a cross-sectional, qualitative study of 22 women with endometriosis and their male partners (n = 44) in the UK (2012-2013)...
June 15, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636204/aerobic-exercise-training-for-adults-with-fibromyalgia
#20
REVIEW
Julia Bidonde, Angela J Busch, Candice L Schachter, Tom J Overend, Soo Y Kim, Suelen M Góes, Catherine Boden, Heather Ja Foulds
BACKGROUND: Exercise training is commonly recommended for individuals with fibromyalgia. This review is one of a series of reviews about exercise training for people with fibromyalgia that will replace the "Exercise for treating fibromyalgia syndrome" review first published in 2002. OBJECTIVES: • To evaluate the benefits and harms of aerobic exercise training for adults with fibromyalgia• To assess the following specific comparisons ० Aerobic versus control conditions (eg, treatment as usual, wait list control, physical activity as usual) ० Aerobic versus aerobic interventions (eg, running vs brisk walking) ० Aerobic versus non-exercise interventions (eg, medications, education) We did not assess specific comparisons involving aerobic exercise versus other exercise interventions (eg, resistance exercise, aquatic exercise, flexibility exercise, mixed exercise)...
June 21, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
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