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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103749/clinical-practice-with-anti-dementia-drugs-a-revised-third-consensus-statement-from-the-british-association-for-psychopharmacology
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John T O'Brien, Clive Holmes, Matthew Jones, Roy Jones, Gill Livingston, Ian McKeith, Peter Mittler, Peter Passmore, Craig Ritchie, Louise Robinson, Elizabeth L Sampson, John-Paul Taylor, Alan Thomas, Alistair Burns
The British Association for Psychopharmacology coordinated a meeting of experts to review and revise its previous 2011 guidelines for clinical practice with anti-dementia drugs. As before, levels of evidence were rated using accepted standards which were then translated into grades of recommendation A-D, with A having the strongest evidence base (from randomised controlled trials) and D the weakest (case studies or expert opinion). Current clinical diagnostic criteria for dementia have sufficient accuracy to be applied in clinical practice (B) and both structural (computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging) and functional (positron emission tomography and single photon emission computerised tomography) brain imaging can improve diagnostic accuracy in particular situations (B)...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103740/novel-functionalization-strategies-to-improve-drug-delivery-from-polymers
#2
Emanuele Mauri, Simonetta Papa, Maurizio Masi, Pietro Veglianese, Filippo Rossi
The utility of controlled and sustained release of drugs from polymeric systems, both bulk (hydrogels) and colloids (nanoparticles), is a key point that should be addressed. Unfortunately, classic delivery systems are essentially driven by diffusion, which is very quick due to the high concentration gradient present in the body. Area covered: This review provides an overview of functionalization strategies which have been used to reduce release rates by taking advantage of post-polymerization functionalization of polymers...
January 20, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103447/pharmacotherapy-for-treating-metastatic-clear-cell-renal-cell-carcinoma
#3
Camillo Porta, Silvia Chiellino, Alessandra Ferrari, Sara Mariucci, Wanda Liguigli
Over the past decade metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) treatment landscape has dramatically evolved from the era of cytokines-based immunotherapy (which benefited very few patients, at the expenses of high toxicities) to the present era of targeted agents and novel immunotherapeutics, greatly improving the prognosis of our patients. Areas covered: Here we have reviewed the present status of the medical treatment of metastatic RCC. To do this, we interrogated the Medline database, as well as the proceedings of the main Oncological and Urological conferences for the relevant trials coducted so far...
January 19, 2017: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101640/labia-minora-hypertrophy-causes-impact-on-women-s-health-and-treatment-options
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Caterina Gulia, Andrea Zangari, Vito Briganti, Zhoobin H Bateni, Alessandro Porrello, Roberto Piergentili
INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: We provide a review of the literature about the onset and development of hypertrophy of the labia minora, together with some expert opinions on the appropriateness of labiaplasty. METHODS: We searched PubMed and used popular search engines, with a greater emphasis on the physiology and hormone-mediated metabolism of these structures, and less emphasis on their surgical treatment. RESULTS: We describe major embryological, cytological, and biochemical features of this anatomical part and summarize the clinical aspects of its hypertrophy, evaluating types of discomfort reported by women and the medical treatments available...
January 18, 2017: International Urogynecology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096705/situational-judgment-tests-reliably-measure-professional-attributes-important-for-clinical-practice
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EDITORIAL
Katie Petty-Saphon, Kim A Walker, Fiona Patterson, Vicki Ashworth, Helena Edwards
Over the course of more than 40 years, international research has consistently shown situational judgment tests (SJTs) to be a reliable and valid selection method for assessing a range of professional attributes. However, SJTs still represent a relatively new selection method within the medical profession, and as such it is to be expected that applicant reactions will vary. In this Expert Opinion piece, we respond to Najim et al's article "The situational judgement test: a student's worst nightmare" by highlighting three key clarifications...
2017: Advances in Medical Education and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095258/the-safety-of-treatment-options-available-for-gout
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Naomi Schlesinger
Gout is the most common inflammatory arthritis in humans. Gout treatment includes rapid initiation of anti-inflammatory medications for acute attacks and chronically treating with urate lowering drugs as well as chronic anti-inflammatory prophylaxis. Areas covered: This review aims to provide an overview and discussion of the safety concerns of current treatment options available for gout. Expert opinion: Gout is a curable disease with appropriate treatment. The advent of new therapies provides encouraging opportunities to improve gout management...
January 17, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092469/investigational-drugs-in-recent-clinical-trials-for-treatment-resistant-depression
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Ricardo P Garay, Carlos A Zarate, Thomas Charpeaud, Leslie Citrome, Christoph U Correll, Ahcène Hameg, Pierre-Michel Llorca
The authors describe the medications for treatment-resistant depression (TRD) in phase II/III of clinical development in the EU and US and provide an opinion on how current treatment can be improved in the near future. Areas covered: Sixty-two trials were identified in US and EU clinical trial registries that included six investigational compounds in recent phase III development and 12 others in recent phase II clinical trials. Glutamatergic agents have been the focus of many studies. A single intravenous dose of the glutamatergic modulator ketamine produces a robust and rapid antidepressant effect in persons with TRD; this effect continues to remain significant for 1 week...
January 16, 2017: Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087402/accuracy-is-in-the-eyes-of-the-pathologist-the-visual-interpretive-process-and-diagnostic-accuracy-with-digital-whole-slide-images
#8
Tad T Brunyé, Ezgi Mercan, Donald L Weaver, Joann G Elmore
Digital whole slide imaging is an increasingly common medium in pathology, with application to education, telemedicine, and rendering second opinions. It has also made it possible to use eye tracking devices to explore the dynamic visual inspection and interpretation of histopathological features of tissue while pathologists review cases. Using whole slide images, the present study examined how a pathologist's diagnosis is influenced by fixed case-level factors, their prior clinical experience, and their patterns of visual inspection...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087156/french-national-consensus-clinical-guidelines-for-the-management-of-crohn-s-disease
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Laurent Peyrin-Biroulet, Yoram Bouhnik, Xavier Roblin, Guillaume Bonnaud, Hervé Hagège, Xavier Hébuterne
BACKGROUND: Crohn's disease (CD) is a chronic and disabling condition. There is no curative medical treatment but current treatments provide increasingly sustainable control of the disease and allow patients a better quality of life. There is limited evidence supporting CD management in specific clinical situations, thus precluding an evidence-based approach. AIMS: To help clinicians in making informed treatment decisions, a group of 59 French gastroenterologists with experience in the management of CD met to develop straightforward and practical algorithms based on the European Crohn's and Colitis Organisation (ECCO) recommendations...
December 22, 2016: Digestive and Liver Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076979/strategies-for-identifying-pulmonary-sarcoidosis-patients-at-risk-for-severe-or-chronic-disease
#10
Marc A Judson
Most of the morbidity and mortality resulting from pulmonary sarcoidosis relates to complications of fibrotic disease. Because pulmonary sarcoidosis is often of minimal clinical importance, pharmacotherapy is not mandated. However, a small fraction of pulmonary sarcoidosis patients develop significant lung fibrosis, and they could potentially benefit from anti-sarcoidosis therapy. A reliable algorithm to determine the likelihood of a pulmonary sarcoidosis patient developing fibrosis would minimize the toxicity of therapy and potentially prevent serious complications of the disease...
January 11, 2017: Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075650/pharmacokinetic-evaluation-of-pregabalin-for-the-treatment-of-generalized-anxiety-disorder
#11
Massimiliano Buoli, Alice Caldiroli, Marta Serati
Pregabalin is an alternative compound to SSRIs and SNRIs for the first-line treatment of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Areas covered: We describe the pharmacokinetic properties of pregabalin and their implications for the treatment of GAD. A search in the main database sources (Medline, ISI, Web of Knowledge and Medscape) was performed in order to obtain a comprehensive and balanced evaluation about the clinical implications of the pharmacokinetic properties of pregabalin in the treatment of GAD. The word "pregabalin" was associated with "pharmacokinetics", "interactions"', "GAD", "anxiety" and "tolerability"...
January 11, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Metabolism & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067060/update-on-pharmacotherapy-of-myoclonic-seizures
#12
Pasquale Striano, Vincenzo Belcastro
Myoclonic seizures are brief, involuntary muscular jerks arising from the central nervous system that can occur in different epilepsy syndromes, including idiopathic generalized epilepsies or the most severe group of epileptic encephalopathies. Valproate is commonly the first choice alone or in combination with some benzodiazepines or levetiracetam. However, more treatment options exist today as there is emerging evidence to support the efficacy of some newer antiepileptic drugs. In addition, of major importance remains avoidance of medications (e...
January 8, 2017: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059930/acr-appropriateness-criteria-locally-advanced-high-risk-prostate-cancer
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Patrick W McLaughlin, Adam L Liss, Paul L Nguyen, Dean G Assimos, Anthony V D'Amico, Alexander R Gottschalk, Gary S Gustafson, Sameer R Keole, Stanley L Liauw, Shane Lloyd, Benjamin Movsas, Bradley R Prestidge, Timothy N Showalter, Al V Taira, Neha Vapiwala, Brian J Davis
PURPOSE: To present the most updated American College of Radiology consensus guidelines formed from an expert panel on treatment of locally advanced, high-risk prostate cancer METHODS:: The American College of Radiology Appropriateness Criteria are evidence-based guidelines for specific clinical conditions that are reviewed annually by a multidisciplinary expert panel. The guideline development and revision include an extensive analysis of current medical literature from peer-reviewed journals and the application of well-established methodologies (RAND/UCLA Appropriateness Method and Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation or GRADE) to rate the appropriateness of imaging and treatment procedures for specific clinical scenarios...
January 4, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042904/the-polyanalgesic-consensus-conference-pacc-recommendations-on-intrathecal-drug-infusion-systems-best-practices-and-guidelines
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REVIEW
Timothy R Deer, Jason E Pope, Salim Hayek, Anjum Bux, Eric Buchser, Sam Eldabe, Jose A De Andrés, Michael Erdek, Dennis Patin, Jay S Grider, Daniel M Doleys, Marilyn S Jacobs, Tony L Yaksh, Lawrence Poree, Mark S Wallace, Joshua Prager, Richard Rauck, Oscar DeLeon, Sudhir Diwan, Steven M Falowski, Helena M Gazelka, Philip Kim, Michael Leong, Robert M Levy, Gladstone McDowell Ii, Porter McRoberts, Ramana Naidu, Samir Narouze, Christophe Perruchoud, Steven M Rosen, William S Rosenberg, Michael Saulino, Peter Staats, Lisa J Stearns, Dean Willis, Elliot Krames, Marc Huntoon, Nagy Mekhail
INTRODUCTION: Pain treatment is best performed when a patient-centric, safety-based philosophy is used to determine an algorithmic process to guide care. Since 2007, the International Neuromodulation Society has organized a group of experts to evaluate evidence and create a Polyanalgesic Consensus Conference (PACC) to guide practice. METHODS: The current PACC update was designed to address the deficiencies and innovations emerging since the previous PACC publication of 2012...
January 2, 2017: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040884/experts-perspectives-on-the-role-of-medical-marijuana-in-oncology-a-semi-structured-interview-study
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I M Braun, F L Meyer, J Gagne, L Nabati, D P Yuppa, M Carmona, H J Burstein, J Suzuki, M Nayak, Y Martins
BACKGROUND: Expansion of medical marijuana (MM) laws in the United States may offer oncology new therapeutic options. However, the scientific evidence for MM remains in infancy. This study qualitatively explored professional opinion around the role of MM in cancer care. METHODS: Semi-structured interviews were administered to a sample of individuals with expertise at the interface of MM and oncology nationally. Key informant criteria included an oncologic clinical or research background and any of the following: publications, research, or lectures on cannabinoids or cancer symptoms; involvement in the development of MM dispensaries or legislation; early adoption of state MM certification procedures...
January 1, 2017: Psycho-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039240/medication-safety-in-the-operating-room-literature-and-expert-based-recommendations
#16
J A Wahr, J H Abernathy, E H Lazarra, J R Keebler, M H Wall, I Lynch, R Wolfe, R L Cooper
Human error poses significant risk for hospitalized patients causing an estimated 100,000 to 400,000 deaths in the USA annually. Medication errors contribute, with error occurring in 5.3% of medication administrations during surgery. In this study 70.3% of medication errors were deemed preventable. Given the paucity of randomized controlled studies, we undertook a rigorous review of the literature to identify recommendations supported by expert opinions. An extensive literature search pertaining to medication error, medication safety, operating room, and anaesthesia was performed...
January 2017: British Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035215/the-role-and-choice-criteria-of-antihistamines-in-allergy-management-expert-opinion
#17
Piotr Kuna, Dariusz Jurkiewicz, Magdalena M Czarnecka-Operacz, Rafał Pawliczak, Jarosław Woroń, Marcin Moniuszko, Andrzej Emeryk
Allergic diseases are the most common chronic conditions lasting throughout the patient's life. They not only cause significant deterioration in the quality of life of patients but also lead to significant absenteeism and reduced productivity, resulting in very high costs for society. Effective and safe treatment of allergic diseases is therefore one of the main challenges for public health and should be carried out by all the specialists in family medicine, internists and paediatricians in collaboration with allergists, otorhinolaryngologists and dermatologists...
December 2016: Postȩpy Dermatologii i Alergologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032679/acr-appropriateness-criteria-%C3%A2-nasal-cavity-and-paranasal-sinus-cancers
#18
Farzan Siddiqui, Richard V Smith, Sue S Yom, Jonathan J Beitler, Paul M Busse, Jay S Cooper, Ehab Y Hanna, Christopher U Jones, Shlomo A Koyfman, Harry Quon, John A Ridge, Nabil F Saba, Francis Worden, Min Yao, Joseph K Salama
The American College of Radiology (ACR) Appropriateness Criteria are evidence-based guidelines for specific clinical conditions that are reviewed annually by a multidisciplinary expert panel. The guideline development and revision include an extensive analysis of current medical literature from peer-reviewed journals and the application of well-established methodologies (RAND/UCLA Appropriateness Method and Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation or GRADE) to rate the appropriateness of imaging and treatment procedures for specific clinical scenarios...
December 29, 2016: Head & Neck
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28029583/acr-appropriateness-criteria-assessment-of-fetal-well-being
#19
Lynn Simpson, Nadia J Khati, Sandeep P Deshmukh, Kika M Dudiak, Mukesh G Harisinghani, Tara L Henrichsen, Benjamin J Meyer, David A Nyberg, Liina Poder, Thomas D Shipp, Carolyn M Zelop, Phyllis Glanc
Although there is limited evidence that antepartum testing decreases the risk for fetal death in low-risk pregnancies, women with high-risk factors for stillbirth should undergo antenatal fetal surveillance. The strongest evidence supporting antepartum testing pertains to pregnancies complicated by intrauterine fetal growth restriction secondary to uteroplacental insufficiency. The main ultrasound-based modalities to determine fetal health are the biophysical profile, modified biophysical profile, and duplex Doppler velocimetry...
October 28, 2016: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28029011/clinical-pharmacogenetic-testing-and-application-laboratory-medicine-clinical-practice-guidelines
#20
Sollip Kim, Yeo Min Yun, Hyo Jin Chae, Hyun Jung Cho, Misuk Ji, In Suk Kim, Kyung A Wee, Woochang Lee, Sang Hoon Song, Hye In Woo, Soo Youn Lee, Sail Chun
Pharmacogenetic testing for clinical applications is steadily increasing. Correct and adequate use of pharmacogenetic tests is important to reduce unnecessary medical costs and adverse patient outcomes. This document contains recommended pharmacogenetic testing guidelines for clinical application, interpretation, and result reporting through a literature review and evidence-based expert opinions for the clinical pharmacogenetic testing covered by public medical insurance in Korea. This document aims to improve the utility of pharmacogenetic testing in routine clinical settings...
March 2017: Annals of Laboratory Medicine
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