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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346805/brachytherapy-for-patients-with-prostate-cancer-american-society-of-clinical-oncology-cancer-care-ontario-joint-guideline-update
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Joseph Chin, R Bryan Rumble, Marisa Kollmeier, Elisabeth Heath, Jason Efstathiou, Tanya Dorff, Barry Berman, Andrew Feifer, Arthur Jacques, D Andrew Loblaw
Purpose To jointly update the Cancer Care Ontario guideline on brachytherapy for patients with prostate cancer to account for new evidence. Methods An Update Panel conducted a targeted systematic literature review and identified more recent randomized controlled trials comparing dose-escalated external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) with brachytherapy in men with prostate cancer. Results Five randomized controlled trials provided the evidence for this update. Recommendations For patients with low-risk prostate cancer who require or choose active treatment, low-dose rate brachytherapy (LDR) alone, EBRT alone, and/or radical prostatectomy (RP) should be offered to eligible patients...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345742/a-qualitative-exploration-of-chronic-pain-and-opioid-treatment-among-hiv-patients-with-drug-use-disorders
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Sarina R Isenberg, Allysha C Maragh-Bass, Kathleen Ridgeway, Mary C Beach, Amy R Knowlton
OBJECTIVE: The study explored high-risk participants' experiences with pain management regarding clinical access to and use of prescription opioids. DESIGN: Qualitative semistructured interviews and focus groups. SETTING: Data were collected August 2014 to May 2015 at an urban community-based research facility in Baltimore City, MD. PARTICIPANTS: HIV participants with chronic pain and a history of illicit drug use. METHODS: Qualitative coding and analysis used an iterative, inductive, and thematic approach and coders achieved inter-coder consistency...
January 2017: Journal of Opioid Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345307/quality-indicators-for-early-stage-hodgkin-s-lymphoma
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Daniel E Roos, Hui C Tee
INTRODUCTION: The purpose of this project was to devise simple, practicable quality indicators (QIs) for the treatment of early stage (I-II) Hodgkin's lymphoma (ESHL), and to test their applicability retrospectively at a single large teaching hospital. METHODS: Of the available treatment guidelines, we chose the two eviQ (evidence and Quality, Cancer Institute New South Wales) documents first published in early 2012 (updated in 2015) for ESHL favourable and ESHL unfavourable (based upon German Hodgkin Study Group practice) as being most relevant to the Australian setting, and selected nine QIs from them viz...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345190/new-medicinal-products-for-chronic-heart-failure-advances-in-clinical-trial-design-and-efficacy-assessment
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REVIEW
Martin R Cowie, Gerasimos S Filippatos, Maria de Los Angeles Alonso Garcia, Stefan D Anker, Anna Baczynska, Daniel M Bloomfield, Maria Borentain, Karsten Bruins Slot, Maureen Cronin, Pieter A Doevendans, Amany El-Gazayerly, Claudio Gimpelewicz, Narimon Honarpour, Salim Janmohamed, Heidi Janssen, Albert M Kim, Dominik Lautsch, Ian Laws, Martin Lefkowitz, Jose Lopez-Sendon, Alexander R Lyon, Fady I Malik, John J V McMurray, Marco Metra, Santiago Figueroa Perez, Marc A Pfeffer, Stuart J Pocock, Piotr Ponikowski, Krishna Prasad, Isabelle Richard-Lordereau, Lothar Roessig, Giuseppe M C Rosano, Warren Sherman, Wendy Gattis Stough, Karl Swedberg, Benoit Tyl, Faiez Zannad, Caroline Boulton, Pieter De Graeff
Despite the availability of a number of different classes of therapeutic agents with proven efficacy in heart failure, the clinical course of heart failure patients is characterized by a reduction in life expectancy, a progressive decline in health-related quality of life and functional status, as well as a high risk of hospitalization. New approaches are needed to address the unmet medical needs of this patient population. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is undertaking a revision of its Guideline on Clinical Investigation of Medicinal Products for the Treatment of Chronic Heart Failure...
March 27, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345188/treatment-of-gonorrhoea-in-auckland-new-zealand-marked-variation-in-prescriber-adherence-to-treatment-guidelines
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Rose Forster, Ms Diana Ng, Arlo Upton, Rick Franklin, Mark Thomas
BACKGROUND: The relentless emergence and spread of strains of Neisseria gonorrhoeae that are resistant to many antimicrobial agents has led to frequent changes in treatment guidelines, with a consequent risk that prescribers may not be aware of current guidelines. METHODS: We audited the treatment given to adult patients with laboratory proven gonorrhoea in Auckland, New Zealand, during the first six months of 2015. RESULTS: Treatment compliant with the current New Zealand Sexual Health Society (NZSHS) guidelines was administered in only 65% (458/706) episodes overall...
March 27, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344783/retrospective-report-of-antimicrobial-susceptibility-observed-in-bacterial-pathogens-isolated-from-ocular-samples-at-mount-sinai-hospital-2010-to-2015
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Marko Oydanich, Tanis C Dingle, Camille L Hamula, Claudia Ghisa, Penny Asbell
BACKGROUND: Antimicrobial resistance has emerged as a major threat to global public health. Thus, the surveillance of changes in antimicrobial resistance in local and global settings is a paramount necessity. While many studies have tracked antimicrobial resistance, only a small percentage surveyed ocular isolates. The purpose of this study was to report the in vitro susceptibility of bacterial pathogens isolated from ocular samples in New York, NY from 2010 to 2015. METHODS: A retrospective review of ocular isolates was conducted...
2017: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343435/royal-australian-and-new-zealand-college-of-psychiatrists-expert-consensus-statement-for-the-treatment-management-and-monitoring-of-the-physical-health-of-people-with-an-enduring-psychotic-illness
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Timothy Jr Lambert, Nicola J Reavley, Anthony F Jorm, Mark A Oakley Browne
OBJECTIVE: To use expert consensus to inform the development of policy and guidelines for the treatment, management and monitoring of the physical health of people with an enduring psychotic illness. METHOD: The Delphi method was used. A systematic search of websites, books and journal articles was conducted to develop a 416-item survey containing strategies that health professionals should use to treat, manage and monitor the physical health of people with an enduring psychotic illness...
April 2017: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339443/clinical-outcome-of-augmentation-enterocystoplasty-for-patients-with-ketamine-induced-cystitis
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Yu Khun Lee, Jia-Fong Jhang, Hann-Chorng Kuo
BACKGROUND: Ketamine abuse has become a global phenomenon in recent years. Ketamine-induced cystitis (KC) is a new clinical syndrome which can result in severely inflamed bladder and intractable bladder pain. Currently there is no guideline for managing patients with KC. OBJECTIVES: To analyze the clinical outcome of patients with KC managed with augmentation enterocystoplasty (AE). STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective interventional study. SETTING: A tertiary teaching hospital, Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital...
March 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336789/percutaneous-therapy-for-tricuspid-regurgitation-a-new-frontier-for-interventional-cardiology
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Samir R Kapadia, Amar Krishnaswamy, E Murat Tuzcu
Functional tricuspid regurgitation (FTR) is common, whether in association with mitral or aortic valve disease or presenting as an isolated valvular disease. Several studies have shown that TR is associated with poor patient outcomes, though a cause-and-effect relationship of TR to mortality has not been proven. Similarly the impact of surgical treatment of TR on outcomes needs well-controlled randomized trials that are under planning. The current professional society guidelines for treatment of TR are based on expert opinions with a level of evidence C for all indications...
March 23, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332461/global-public-goods-for-health-weaknesses-and-opportunities-in-the-global-health-system
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Suerie Moon, John-Arne Røttingen, Julio Frenk
Since at least the 1990s, there has been growing recognition that societies need global public goods (GPGs) in order to protect and promote public health. While the term GPG is sometimes used loosely to denote that which is 'good' for the global public, we restrict our use of the term to its technical definition (goods that are non-excludable and non-rival in consumption) for its useful analytical clarity. Examples of important GPGs for health include standards and guidelines, research on the causes and treatment of disease, and comparative evidence and analysis...
April 2017: Health Economics, Policy, and Law
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331487/a-clinical-trial-protocol-to-treat-massive-africanized-honeybee-apis-mellifera-attack-with-a-new-apilic-antivenom
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Alexandre Naime Barbosa, Leslie Boyer, Jean-Philippe Chippaux, Natalia Bronzatto Medolago, Carlos Antonio Caramori, Ariane Gomes Paixão, João Paulo Vasconcelos Poli, Mônica Bannwart Mendes, Lucilene Delazari Dos Santos, Rui Seabra Ferreira, Benedito Barraviera
BACKGROUND: Envenomation caused by multiple stings from Africanized honeybees Apis mellifera constitutes a public health problem in the Americas. In 2015, the Brazilian Ministry of Health reported 13,597 accidents (incidence of seven cases per 100,000 inhabitants) with 39 deaths (lethality of 0.25%). The toxins present in the venom, which include melittin and phospholipase A2, cause lesions in diverse organs and systems that may be fatal. As there has been no specific treatment to date, management has been symptomatic and supportive only...
2017: Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins Including Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331043/world-health-organization-treatment-guidelines-for-drug-resistant-tuberculosis-2016-update
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Dennis Falzon, Holger J Schünemann, Elizabeth Harausz, Licé González-Angulo, Christian Lienhardt, Ernesto Jaramillo, Karin Weyer
Antimicrobial resistance is a major global concern. Tuberculosis (TB) strains resistant to rifampicin and other TB medicines challenge patient survival and public health. The World Health Organization (WHO) has published treatment guidelines for drug-resistant TB since 1997 and last updated them in 2016 based on reviews of aggregated and individual patient data from published and unpublished studies. An international expert panel formulated recommendations following the GRADE approach. The new WHO guidelines recommend a standardised 9-12 months shorter treatment regimen as first choice in patients with multidrug- or rifampicin-resistant TB (MDR/RR-TB) strains not resistant to fluoroquinolones or second-line injectable agents; resistance to these two classes of core second-line medicines is rapidly detectable with molecular diagnostics also approved by WHO in 2016...
March 2017: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329360/early-surgery-versus-conventional-treatment-for-asymptomatic-severe-aortic-regurgitation-with-normal-ejection-fraction-and-left-ventricular-dilatation
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Yin Wang, Weiwei Jiang, Junwei Liu, Geng Li, Yi Liu, Xingjian Hu, Nianguo Dong
OBJECTIVES: The management of patients with asymptomatic severe aortic regurgitation (AR) remains controversial. The aim of the present study was to assess and compare the clinical results between early surgery and conventional treatment for asymptomatic severe AR in patients with normal left ventricular (LV) systolic function and LV dilatation. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study included 230 consecutive patients with severe AR with left ventricular ejection function (LVEF ≥50%) and left ventricular end-diastolic dimension (LVEDD >70 mm) from 2003 to 2014...
February 17, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329235/improving-public-health-by-improving-clinical-trial-guidelines-and-their-application
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Martin J Landray, Jeroen J Bax, Laurence Alliot, Marc Buyse, Adam Cohen, Rory Collins, Gerhard Hindricks, Stefan K James, Sile Lane, Aldo P Maggioni, Ann Meeker-O'Connell, Gunnar Olsson, Stuart J Pocock, Michael Rawlins, Jonathan Sellors, Kaori Shinagawa, Karin R Sipido, Liam Smeeth, Richard Stephens, Murray W Stewart, Wendy Gattis Stough, Fergus Sweeney, Frans Van de Werf, Kerrie Woods, Barbara Casadei
Evidence generated from randomized controlled trials forms the foundation of cardiovascular therapeutics and has led to the adoption of numerous drugs and devices that prolong survival and reduce morbidity, as well as the avoidance of interventions that have been shown to be ineffective or even unsafe. Many aspects of cardiovascular research have evolved considerably since the first randomized trials in cardiology were conducted. In order to be large enough to provide reliable evidence about effects on major outcomes, cardiovascular trials may now involve thousands of patients recruited from hundreds of clinical sites in many different countries...
March 8, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329131/effectiveness-of-long-term-doxycycline-treatment-and-cognitive-behavioral-therapy-on-fatigue-severity-in-patients-with-q-fever-fatigue-syndrome-qure-study-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Stephan P Keijmel, Corine E Delsing, Gijs Bleijenberg, Jos W M van der Meer, Rogier T Donders, Monique Leclercq, Linda M Kampschreur, Michel van den Berg, Tom Sprong, Marrigje H Nabuurs-Franssen, Hans Knoop, Chantal P Bleeker-Rovers
Background.: Approximately 20% of patients with acute Q fever will develop chronic fatigue, referred to as Q fever fatigue syndrome (QFS). The objective of this randomized controlled clinical trial was to assess the efficacy of either long-term treatment with doxycycline or cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) in reducing fatigue severity in patients with QFS. Methods.: Adult patients were included who met the QFS criteria according to the Dutch guideline: a new onset of severe fatigue lasting ≥6 months with significant disabilities, related to an acute Q fever infection, without other somatic or psychiatric comorbidity explaining the fatigue...
February 27, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328094/asthma-management-a-new-phenotype-based-approach-using-presence-of-eosinophilia-and-allergy
#16
REVIEW
Milan Terl, Vratislav Sedlák, Petr Cap, Renata Dvořáková, Viktor Kašák, Tomáš Kočí, Bronislava Novotna, Ester Seberova, Petr Panzner, Vladimir Zindr
Asthma is a heterogeneous disease. The Czech Pneumology and Allergology Societies commissioned 10 experts to review the literature and create joint national guidelines for managing asthma, reflecting this heterogeneity. The aim was to develop an easy-to-use diagnostic strategy as a rational approach to the widening opportunities for the use of phenotype-targeted therapy. The guidelines were presented on websites for public comments by members of both the societies. The reviewers' comments contributed to creating the final version of the guidelines...
March 22, 2017: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327170/critical-attitudes-and-beliefs-towards-guidelines-amongst-palliative-care-professionals-results-from-a-national-survey
#17
Helen Kalies, Rieke Schöttmer, Steffen T Simon, Raymond Voltz, Alexander Crispin, Claudia Bausewein
BACKGROUND: Little is known about palliative care professionals' attitudes towards guidelines. In 2015, the German Association for Palliative Medicine (DGP) published an evidence based guideline for palliative care in adults with incurable cancer. Before publication we conducted a national survey among members of the DGP to detect possible barriers and facilitators for its implementation. The aim of the present publication was to evaluate critical attitudes and beliefs which could hinder the effective implementation of the new guideline and to evaluate differences within professional groups and medical specialisations...
March 21, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327053/predictive-parameters-for-imatinib-failure-in-patients-with-chronic-myeloid-leukemia
#18
Danijela Lekovic, Mirjana Gotic, Natasa Milic, Biljana Zivojinovic, Jelica Jovanovic, Natasa Colovic, Violeta Milosevic, Andrija Bogdanovic
OBJECTIVE: Until recently, imatinib was the standard first-line treatment in chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). The inclusion of nilotinib and dasatinib as first-line options in CML raised a debate on treatment selection. The aim of our study was to analyze predictive parameters for imatinib response as the first-line treatment of CML patients. METHODS: The study included 168 consecutive patients with chronic phase Philadelphia-positive CML who were diagnosed and treated with Imatinib 400 mg once daily at a single university hospital...
March 22, 2017: Hematology (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325236/improving-quality-and-access-to-radiation-therapy-an-iaea-perspective
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REVIEW
May Abdel-Wahab, Eduardo Zubizarreta, Alfredo Polo, Ahmed Meghzifene
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has been involved in radiation therapy since soon after its creation in 1957. In response to the demands of Member States, the IAEA׳s activities relating to radiation therapy have focused on supporting low- and middle-income countries to set up radiation therapy facilities, expand the scope of treatments, or gradually transition to new technologies. In addition, the IAEA has been very active in providing internationally harmonized guidelines on clinical, dosimetry, medical physics, and safety aspects of radiation therapy...
April 2017: Seminars in Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325120/hydrosalpinx-tubal-surgery-or-in-vitro-fertilisation-an-everlasting-dilemma-nowadays-a-narrative-review
#20
A Daniilidis, D Balaouras, D Chitzios, T Theodoridis, E Assimakopoulos
The decision on how to treat tubal diseases, specifically hydrosalpinx, is a difficult one. Ιt involves surgical, medical, social, emotional and economic factors. This narrative review aims to increase awareness of tubal disease diagnosis and treatment, to compare between tubal surgery and in vitro fertilisation (IVF) for tubal factor infertility, and to investigate the effect of the combination of both. This way, we can be more effective, safe and provide our patients with better treatment results. The review analysed randomised studies, trials and meta-analysis, which give new aspects on the treatment methods for tubal pathology before IVF...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
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