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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430791/the-medically-managed-patient-with-severe-symptomatic-aortic-stenosis-in-the-tavr-era-patient-characteristics-reasons-for-medical-management-and-quality-of-shared-decision-making-at-heart-valve-treatment-centers
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Kumar Dharmarajan, Jill Foster, Megan Coylewright, Philip Green, John P Vavalle, Osman Faheem, Pei-Hsiu Huang, Amar Krishnaswamy, Vinod H Thourani, Lisa A McCoy, Tracy Y Wang
BACKGROUND: Little is known about patients with severe symptomatic aortic stenosis (AS) who receive medical management despite evaluation at a heart valve treatment center. OBJECTIVE: We identified patient characteristics associated with medical management, physician-reported reasons for selecting medical management, and patients' perceptions of their involvement and satisfaction with treatment selection. METHODS AND RESULTS: Of 454 patients evaluated for AS at 9 established heart valve treatment centers from December 12, 2013 to August 19, 2014, we included 407 with severe symptomatic AS...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401622/predicting-mortality-in-the-emergency-department-external-validation-and-derivation-of-a-clinical-prediction-tool
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Rajat N Moman, Caitlin Loprinzi Brauer, Katherine M Kelsey, Rachel D Havyer, Christine M Lohse, M Fernanda Bellolio
BACKGROUND: he Choosing Wisely campaign has called for better engagement of palliative and hospice care services for patients in the emergency department (ED). PREDICT is a clinical prediction tool that was derived in an Australian ED cohort. It assesses a patient's risk of mortality at one year to select those who would benefit from advanced care planning. Such goals of care discussion can improve patients' ability to communicate what they want out of their healthcare and, in cases of end-of-life, potentially reduce the number of futile interventions...
April 12, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376877/rationale-and-design-of-the-placid-study-a-randomised-trial-comparing-the-efficacy-and-safety-of-inhaled-loxapine-versus-im-aripiprazole-in-acutely-agitated-patients-with-schizophrenia-or-bipolar-disorder
#3
L San, G Estrada, N Oudovenko, E Vieta
BACKGROUND: The management of acute agitation manifesting in patients with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder requires swift pharmacological intervention to provide rapid symptomatic relief and prevent escalation to aggression and violence. Antipsychotic medications are widely used in this setting and the availability of an inhaled formulation with deep lung absorption of the antipsychotic loxapine has the potential to deliver a faster onset of therapeutic effect than the available intramuscular formulations of antipsychotics...
April 4, 2017: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28353122/phase-ii-study-of-the-multikinase-inhibitor-of-angiogenesis-linifanib-in-patients-with-metastatic-and-refractory-colorectal-cancer-expressing-mutated-kras
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Emily Chan, Laura W Goff, Dana B Cardin, Kristin Ancell, Stephen James Smith, Jennifer G Whisenant, Fei Ye, Jordan D Berlin
Background Targeting angiogenesis in advanced colorectal cancer (CRC) has been one of the many factors prolonging survival. Bevacizumab was the first agent to demonstrate this, but even after progression on bevacizumab, continued VEGF-inhibition continues to improve survival. Combining epidermal growth factor receptor monoclonal antibodies with standard frontline therapies have also improved clinical outcomes, yet the improved benefit is not observed in patients with mutant KRAS. Thus, an unmet medical need exists to develop additional therapeutic options for patients with KRAS mutant CRC...
March 28, 2017: Investigational New Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343206/-euthanasia-an-attempt-to-organize-issue
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Tomasz Kirmes, Mateusz Wilk, Czesław Chowaniec
This article is an attempt to complete and holistically discuss problem of euthanasia, especially its ethical and legal aspects, comparing to Polish law. The subject of euthanasia arouse interest of the society because it touches one of the most important aspects of life, which is the death. Even bigger emotions are aroused amongst physicians. They are forced to put on the line the life as biggest value on the one side and autonomy of human being on the other. It also touches the empathy for suffering. The euthanasia was divided into three forms: active euthanasia, passive euthanasia and assisted suicide...
2017: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338546/a-double-blind-placebo-controlled-pilot-study-of-riluzole-monotherapy-for-acute-bipolar-depression
#6
Lawrence T Park, Marc S Lener, Matthew Hopkins, Nicolas Iadorola, Rodrigo Machado-Vieira, Elizabeth Ballard, Allison Nugent, Carlos A Zarate
BACKGROUND: Glutamatergic system abnormalities are implicated in the pathophysiology and treatment of both major depressive disorder and bipolar depression (BDep). Subsequent to studies demonstrating the rapid and robust antidepressant effects of ketamine, an N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor antagonist, other glutamatergic modulators are now being studied in clinical trials of mood disorders. A previous open-label study found that riluzole, administered in combination with the mood stabilizer lithium, had antidepressant effects...
June 2017: Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326805/a-retrospective-analysis-of-care-in-patients-with-dementia-hospitalized-at-a-tertiary-medical-center
#7
Riddhi Patira, Huaqing Zhao, Ausim Azizi
BACKGROUND: Hospitalization is an opportunity to address various aspects related to management of dementia, including the goals of care to avoid futile care. We studied the prevalence of these factors when patients with dementia are hospitalized. DESIGN: One hundred and thirty-one charts of patients with dementia admitted to a single university-based hospital were retrospectively reviewed. Data were collected and analyzed for age, gender, the severity of dementia, co-morbidities, co-existing vascular dementia, reversible causes of dementia, mental status scores, medications, consultations, procedures, complications, availability of advance directives, decision-maker, code status, and goals of care discussion...
March 22, 2017: Aging & Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319243/association-of-antioxidant-supplement-use-and-dementia-in-the-prevention-of-alzheimer-s-disease-by-vitamin-e-and-selenium-trial-preadvise
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Richard J Kryscio, Erin L Abner, Allison Caban-Holt, Mark Lovell, Phyllis Goodman, Amy K Darke, Monica Yee, John Crowley, Frederick A Schmitt
Importance: Oxidative stress is an established dementia pathway, but it is unknown if the use of antioxidant supplements can prevent dementia. Objective: To determine if antioxidant supplements (vitamin E or selenium) used alone or in combination can prevent dementia in asymptomatic older men. Design, Setting, and Participants: The Prevention of Alzheimer's Disease by Vitamin E and Selenium (PREADViSE) trial began as a double-blind randomized clinical trial in May 2002, which transformed into a cohort study from September 2009 to May 2015...
March 20, 2017: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315947/impact-of-18-f-fdg-pet-ct-on-surgical-management-in-patients-with-advanced-melanoma-an-outcome-based-analysis
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Andrea Forschner, Susann-Cathrin Olthof, Brigitte Gückel, Peter Martus, Werner Vach, Christian la Fougère, Konstantin Nikolaou, Ulrike Keim, Thomas Kurt Eigentler, Claus Garbe, Christina Pfannenberg
PURPOSE: To evaluate the influence of (18)F-FDG-PET/CT on clinical decision making and outcome in advanced melanoma patients planned for radical metastasectomy. METHODS AND MATERIALS: A cohort of 333 patients with mainly stage III/IV melanoma having a PET/CT for clinical reasons was prospectively enrolled in our oncologic PET/CT registry between 2013 and 2015. Referring physicians completed questionnaires regarding their intended management for each patient before and after PET/CT...
March 18, 2017: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302424/external-validation-of-the-universal-termination-of-resuscitation-rule-for-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-in-british-columbia
#10
Brian Grunau, John Taylor, Frank X Scheuermeyer, Robert Stenstrom, William Dick, Takahisa Kawano, David Barbic, Ian Drennan, Jim Christenson
STUDY OBJECTIVE: The Universal Termination of Resuscitation Rule (TOR Rule) was developed to identify out-of-hospital cardiac arrests eligible for field termination of resuscitation, avoiding futile transportation to the hospital. The validity of the rule in emergency medical services (EMS) systems that do not routinely transport out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients to the hospital is unknown. We seek to validate the TOR Rule in British Columbia. METHODS: This study included consecutive, nontraumatic, adult, out-of-hospital cardiac arrests treated by EMS in British Columbia from April 2011 to September 2015...
March 14, 2017: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267007/twenty-years-of-a-veterans-spinal-cord-injury-colorectal-clinic-flexible-sigmoidoscopy-and-multiple-hemorrhoid-ligation
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Bard C Cosman, Luis C Cajas-Monson, Sonia L Ramamoorthy
BACKGROUND: Colorectal and anal problems arise in chronic spinal cord injury care. We review 20 years of experience in a colorectal clinic at a veterans medical center treating mostly male veterans who have spinal cord injury. OBJECTIVE: We aim to show the results of colorectal interventions in a population with chronic spinal cord injury. DESIGN: This study is a retrospective records review. SETTINGS: This study was conducted at a Department of Veterans Affairs regional spinal cord injury center...
April 2017: Diseases of the Colon and Rectum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258238/resistance-to-antifungal-therapies
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Rajendra Prasad, Atanu Banerjee, Abdul Haseeb Shah
The evolution of antifungal resistance among fungal pathogens has rendered the limited arsenal of antifungal drugs futile. Considering the recent rise in the number of nosocomial fungal infections in immunocompromised patients, the emerging clinical multidrug resistance (MDR) has become a matter of grave concern for medical professionals. Despite advances in therapeutic interventions, it has not yet been possible to devise convincing strategies to combat antifungal resistance. Comprehensive understanding of the molecular mechanisms of antifungal resistance is essential for identification of novel targets that do not promote or delay emergence of drug resistance...
February 28, 2017: Essays in Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249382/when-surgery-is-not-an-option-is-there-a-clinical-need-for-transcatheter-tricuspid-valve-therapies
#13
Alec Vahanian, Jean M Juliard, Eric Brochet
Severe functional tricuspid regurgitation (FTR) is frequent and carries a poor prognosis when left untreated. The strategy in symptomatic patients should be decided by a Heart Team which will choose between valve surgery, transcatheter intervention, heart transplantation or palliative medical therapy. The field of application of transcatheter tricuspid valve therapy will certainly focus on inoperable or high-risk patients first, especially those with FTR occurring late after left-sided valve surgery. If surgery is contraindicated because of multiple comorbidities interventions which are likely to be "futile" should be avoided...
March 1, 2017: Minerva Cardioangiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230644/expanding-the-donor-pool-through-intensive-care-to-facilitate-organ-donation-results-of-a-spanish-multicenter-study
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Beatriz Domínguez-Gil, Elisabeth Coll, José Elizalde, Jaime E Herrero, Teresa Pont, Brígida Quindós, Bella Marcelo, María A Bodí, Adolfo Martínez, Agustín Nebra, Francisco Guerrero, José M Manciño, Juan Galán, Miguel Lebrón, Eduardo Miñambres, Rafael Matesanz
BACKGROUND: Intensive Care to facilitate Organ Donation (ICOD) may help to increase the donor pool. We describe the Spanish experience with ICOD. METHODS: ACCORD-Spain consisted of an audit of the donation pathway from patients dead as a result of a devastating brain injury (possible donors) in 68 hospitals during 11/1/2014-4/30/2015. We focused on possible donors whose family was interviewed to discuss organ donation once intensive care with a therapeutic purpose was deemed futile and brain death (BD) was a likely outcome...
February 23, 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225696/what-to-do-when-there-aren-t-enough-beds-in-the-picu
#15
Michael A Rubin, Robert D Truog
The concepts of medical futility and rationing are often misunderstood and lead to significant consternation when resources are stretched and pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) beds are unavailable. While the two concepts overlap, each has its own distinct application and moral justification. Most importantly, we should avoid using one to justify the other. Bioethics professionals should assist critical care clinicians in clarifying when each rubric should be applied as well as how to develop policies to standardize the approach...
February 1, 2017: AMA Journal of Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220732/should-doctors-provide-futile-medical-treatment-if-patients-or-their-proxies-are-prepared-to-pay-for-it
#16
D J McQuoid-Mason
Ethically and legally doctors are not obliged to provide futile treatment to patients, even if the patient or their proxies are prepared to pay for it. However, it may be justified where such treatment is harmless and has a placebo effect. In deciding about a request for futile treatment, doctors should be guided by the ethical principles of patient autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence and justice. Guidelines are provided to assist doctors in making such decisions. Where futile treatment is withdrawn or refused, palliative care must always be offered...
January 30, 2017: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216281/clinicians-perspectives-on-advance-care-planning-for-patients-with-ckd-in-australia-an-interview-study
#17
Marcus Sellars, Allison Tong, Tim Luckett, Rachael L Morton, Carol A Pollock, Lucy Spencer, William Silvester, Josephine M Clayton
BACKGROUND: Advance care planning (ACP) empowers patients to consider and communicate their current and future treatment goals. However, ACP is not widely implemented in chronic kidney disease (CKD) care settings. This study aims to describe clinicians' beliefs, challenges, and perspectives of ACP in patients with CKD. STUDY DESIGN: Qualitative study. SETTING & PARTICIPANTS: Nephrologists (n=20), nurses (n=7), and social workers (n=4) with a range of experience in facilitating ACP for patients with CKD across Australia...
February 16, 2017: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212133/potential-uselessness-and-futility-of-left-atrial-appendage-occlusion-and-patent-foramen-ovale-closure-in-cardioembolic-stroke
#18
Gian Luigi Nicolosi
: International guidelines indicate that interventional closure of left atrial appendage and patent foramen ovale may be considered in selected patients for stroke prevention. These procedures appear, however, from the published literature, at high risk of uselessness and futility in the single case, if not even capable to induce harm and adverse events. In fact, all reported systematic reviews and meta-analyses have not shown in a convincing manner the superiority of these procedures in stroke prevention, taking into account the occurrence of possible complications also, as compared with alternative medical treatment...
June 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202420/out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-ohca-attended-by-mobile-emergency-teams-with-a-physician-on-board-results-of-the-spanish-ohca-registry-oshcar
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Fernando Rosell-Ortiz, Xavier Escalada-Roig, Patricia Fernández Del Valle, Luis Sánchez-Santos, José M Navalpotro-Pascual, Alfredo Echarri-Sucunza, José M Adsuar-Quesada, Isabel Ceniceros-Rozalén, José I Ruiz-Azpiazu, Karlos Ibarguren-Olalde, Nuria López-Cabeza, María V Mier-Ruiz, Enrique Martín-Sánchez, Marta Martínez Del Valle, Guadalupe Inza-Muñoz, Juan A Cordero Torres, María J García-Ochoa, José A Cortés-Ramas, Raúl Canabal-Berlanga, Rafael Zoyo López-Navarro, Juan B López-Messa, Javier García Del Águila, Daniel Alonso-Moreno, Carmen Pozo-Pérez, José Bravo-Castello, Natividad Ramos-García, Ignacio Gómez-Larrosa, Francisco J Mellado-Vergel
Most survival outcomes in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) are provided by emergency medical services (EMS) without a doctor on board. Our objective was to determine such outcomes in a whole country with public physician-led EMS. METHODS: We analyzed data from a nationwide prospective registry of OHCA cases attended by 19 public EMS in Spain, covering the period from 1-October 2013 to 30-October 2014. RESULTS: Advanced life support (ALS) was initiated in 9347 cases (incidence 18...
April 2017: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182822/early-termination-of-randomized-clinical-trials-in-orthopaedics
#20
Nicolas Piuzzi, Morad Chughtai, Anton Khlopas, Chukwuweike U Gwam, George Muschler, Kurt P Spindler, Michael A Mont
Randomized controlled clinical trials (RCTs) in orthopaedics, similar to all medical fields, provide the highest level of clinical data and constitute the cornerstone for evidence-based therapeutic advances. Orthopaedic clinical trials face the same challenges as in other medical fields, such as insufficient recruitment, unforeseen adverse events, and futility. In this article, we highlight the reasons for early termination of clinical trials and provide examples of each type.
February 7, 2017: Surgical Technology International
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