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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528458/cardiac-amyloidosis-diagnosis-and-treatment-strategies
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Mirela Tuzovic, Eric H Yang, Arnold S Baas, Eugene C Depasquale, Mario C Deng, Daniel Cruz, Gabriel Vorobiof
Cardiac amyloidosis in the United States is most often due to myocardial infiltration by immunoglobulin protein, such as in AL amyloidosis, or by the protein transthyretin, such as in hereditary and senile amyloidosis. Cardiac amyloidosis often portends a poor prognosis especially in patients with systemic AL amyloidosis. Despite better understanding of the pathophysiology of amyloid, many patients are still diagnosed late in the disease course. This review investigates the current understanding and new research on the diagnosis and treatment strategies in patients with cardiac amyloidosis...
July 2017: Current Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528455/dyslipidemias-and-cardiovascular-prevention-tailoring-treatment-according-to-lipid-phenotype
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REVIEW
Veronika Sanin, Vanessa Pfetsch, Wolfgang Koenig
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This study aimed to present the current information on the genetic background of dyslipidemias and provide insights into the complex pathophysiological role of several plasma lipids/lipoproteins in the pathogenesis of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Furthermore, we aim to summarize established therapies and describe the scientific rationale for the development of novel therapeutic strategies. RECENT FINDINGS: Evidence from genetic studies suggests that besides lowering low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, pharmacological reduction of triglyceride-rich lipoproteins, or lipoprotein(a) will reduce risk for coronary heart disease...
July 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528449/the-canadian-national-breast-screening-studies-are-compromised-and-their-results-are-unreliable-they-should-not-factor-into-decisions-about-breast-cancer-screening
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Daniel B Kopans
The Canadian National Breast Screening Studies were compromised by an unblinded allocation process and poor quality mammography. Contrary to the requirement that allocation in a randomized controlled trial (RCT) be blinded to avoid any possible intentional or unintentional subversion of a random allocation, all women in the CNBSS trials underwent a clinical breast examination prior to assignment to the study arm or the usual care arm. Women with abnormal clinical breast examinations were identified, and this information was available to the coordinators who then assigned the women on open lists...
May 20, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528373/the-association-between-primary-source-of-healthcare-coverage-and-colorectal-cancer-screening-among-us-veterans
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Folasade P May, Elizabeth M Yano, Dawn Provenzale, W Neil Steers, Donna L Washington
BACKGROUND: Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a deadly but largely preventable disease. Screening improves outcomes, but screening rates vary across healthcare coverage models. In the Veterans Health Administration (VA), screening rates are high; however, it is unknown how CRC screening rates compare for Veterans with other types of healthcare coverage. AIMS: To determine whether Veterans with Veteran-status-related coverage (VA, military, TRICARE) have higher rates of CRC screening than Veterans with alternate sources of healthcare coverage...
May 20, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528371/assessment-of-the-psychometric-properties-of-the-eq-5d-3l-and-eq-5d-5l-instruments-in-psoriasis
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John Yfantopoulos, Athanasios Chantzaras, Stathis Kontodimas
The aim of this study was to assess the psychometric properties of the five-level (EQ-5D-5L) in comparison with the standard three-level (EQ-5D-3L) classification systems of the EQ-5D in a sample of psoriatic patients. Psoriatic subjects (n = 396) recruited from 16 private practicing centers from various areas of Greece self-completed the two EQ-5D versions and the Dermatology Life Quality Index, while information was also collected on socio-demographics, clinical characteristics and comorbidities. The EQ-5D-5L and EQ-5D-3L were evaluated in terms of agreement, feasibility, ceiling effects, redistribution properties, inconsistency, informativity, and convergent and known-groups validity...
May 20, 2017: Archives of Dermatological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528365/the-value-of-evidence-in-the-decision-making-process-for-reimbursement-of-pharmacogenetic-dosing-of-warfarin
#6
Andrej Janzic, Igor Locatelli, Mitja Kos
BACKGROUND: After early clinical trials that evaluated pharmacogenetic (PG) algorithms, many healthcare payers were reluctant to cover this technology and, consequently, PG dosing of warfarin could not be translated into clinical practice. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to estimate the value of upgrading evidence relating to PG dosing of warfarin from the healthcare payer perspective. METHODS: Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that evaluated PG dosing of warfarin were identified through a systematic literature search, and their findings were combined by a cumulative meta-analysis...
May 20, 2017: American Journal of Cardiovascular Drugs: Drugs, Devices, and Other Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528317/levels-of-blood-lead-in-griffon-vultures-from-a-wildlife-rehabilitation-center-in-spain
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Fernando González, Irene López, Laura Suarez, Virginia Moraleda, Casilda Rodríguez
Lead is considered a highly toxic contaminant with important impacts to bird wildlife. Griffon vultures (Gyps fulvus) are a sensitive indicator of the level of environmental contamination due to their position at the top of the food chain and their dependence on human activities. The aim of this study was to assess susceptibility to lead intoxication in Griffon vultures admitted to Wildlife Rehabilitation Centers (WRC), measuring blood lead levels and determining if blood lead concentrations are related to clinical signs, hematological, biochemical or radiographic findings...
May 18, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528284/biomarkers-in-epilepsy-a-modelling-perspective
#8
Sven C van Dijkman, Rob A Voskuyl, Elizabeth C de Lange
Biomarkers can be categorised from type 0 (genotype or phenotype), through 6 (clinical scales), each level representing a part of the processes involved in the biological system and drug treatment. This classification facilitates the identification and connection of information required to fully (mathematically) model a disease and its treatment using integrated information from biomarkers. Two recent reviews thoroughly discussed the current status and development of biomarkers for epilepsy, but a path towards the integration of such biomarkers for the personalisation of anti-epileptic drug treatment is lacking...
May 17, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528114/postoperative-outcomes-of-two-and-three-dimensional-planning-in-orthognathic-surgery-a-comparative-study
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Ting-Yu Wu, Hsiu-Hsia Lin, Lun-Jou Lo, Cheng-Ting Ho
OBJECTIVE: Compared with conventional two-dimensional (2D) planning, three-dimensional (3D) planning in orthognathic surgery yields more accurate anatomical information and enables the precise positioning of maxillary and mandibular segments, particularly for patients with facial asymmetry. Accordingly, surgical outcomes achieved using 3D planning should be superior. This study determined the differences between the 2D and 3D planning techniques by comparing their surgical outcomes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this retrospective study, patients who underwent surgery following the traditional 2D planning technique were classified into the 2D planning group...
April 23, 2017: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery: JPRAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527985/long-term-follow-up-and-impact-of-comorbidity-prior-to-allogeneic-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-in-patients-with-relapsed-or-refractory-aml-lessons-learned-from-the-prospective-bridge-trial-clofarabine-salvage-therapy-prior-to-allogeneic-transplantation
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Jan Moritz Middeke, Regina Herbst, Stefani Parmentier, Gesine Bug, Mathias Hänel, Gernot Stuhler, Kerstin Schäfer-Eckart, Wolf Rösler, Stefan Klein, Wolfgang Bethge, Ulrich Bitz, Bozena Büttner, Holger Knoth, Nael Alakel, Markus Schaich, Anke Morgner, Michael Kramer, Katja Sockel, Malte von Bonin, Friedrich Stölzel, Uwe Platzbecker, Christoph Röllig, Christian Thiede, Gerhard Ehninger, Martin Bornhäuser, Johannes Schetelig
In patients with relapsed or refractory (r/r) AML, allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HSCT) is considered to be the only treatment providing long-term disease control. The BRIDGE trial studied the safety and efficacy of a clofarabine-based salvage therapy prior to HSCT in patients with r/r AML. Here, we report the long-term follow up of this Phase II, multi-center trial and exploratory analyses on the impact of comorbidity on outcome. Eighty-four patients with a median age of 61 years (range 40 - 75) were enrolled...
May 17, 2017: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527880/intensive-monitoring-of-urine-output-is-associated-with-increased-detection-of-acute-kidney-injury-and-improved-outcomes
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Kui Jin, Raghavan Murugan, Florentina E Sileanu, Emily Foldes, Priyanka Priyanka, Gilles Clermont, John A Kellum
BACKGROUND: Urine output (UO) is a vital sign for critical ill patients but standards for monitoring and reporting vary widely between ICUs. Careful monitoring of UO could lead to earlier recognition of acute kidney injury (AKI) and better fluid management. We sought to determine if intensity of UO monitoring is associated with outcomes in patients with and without AKI. METHODS: Retrospective cohort study including 15,724 adults admitted to ICUs from 2000-2008. Intensive UO monitoring was defined as hourly recordings and no gaps >3 hours for the first 48 hours after ICU admission...
May 17, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527866/informal-caregiving-as-a-risk-factor-for-type-2-diabetes-in-individuals-with-favourable-and-unfavourable-psychosocial-work-environments-a-longitudinal-multi-cohort-study
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J Mortensen, A J Clark, T Lange, G S Andersen, M Goldberg, C H Ramlau-Hansen, J Head, M Kivimäki, I E H Madsen, C Leineweber, R Lund, R Rugulies, M Zins, H Westerlund, N H Rod
AIM: To examine whether informal caregiving is associated with increased risk of type 2 diabetes (T2D), and whether job strain and social support at work modify the association. METHODS: Individual participant's data were pooled from three cohort studies-the French GAZEL study, the Swedish Longitudinal Occupational Survey of Health (SLOSH) and the British Whitehall II study-a total of 21,243 study subjects. Informal caregiving was defined as unpaid care for a closely related person...
May 17, 2017: Diabetes & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527824/clinical-significance-in-nursing-research-a-discussion-and-descriptive-analysis
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Denise F Polit
BACKGROUND: It is widely understood that statistical significance should not be equated with clinical significance, but the topic of clinical significance has not received much attention in the nursing literature. By contrast, interest in conceptualizing and operationalizing clinical significance has been a "hot topic" in other health care fields for several decades. OBJECTIVES: The major purpose of this paper is to briefly describe recent advances in defining and quantifying clinical significance...
May 10, 2017: International Journal of Nursing Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527792/3d-cmro2-mapping-in-human-brain-with-direct-17-o-mri-comparison-of-conventional-and-proton-constrained-reconstructions
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Dmitry Kurzhunov, Robert Borowiak, Marco Reisert, Axel Joachim Krafft, Ali Caglar Özen, Michael Bock
Oxygen metabolism is altered in brain tumor regions and is quantified by the cerebral metabolic rate of oxygen consumption (CMRO2). Direct dynamic (17)O MRI with inhalation of isotopically enriched (17)O2 gas can be used to quantify CMRO2; however, pixel-wise CMRO2 quantification in human brain is challenging due to low natural abundance of (17)O isotope and, thus, the low signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of (17)O MR images. To test the feasibility CMRO2 mapping at a clinical 3 T MRI system, a new iterative reconstruction was proposed, which uses the edge information contained in a co-registered (1)H gradient image to construct a non-homogeneous anisotropic diffusion (AD) filter...
May 17, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527731/the-effect-of-activities-of-daily-living-on-the-self-care-agency-of-patients-in-a-cardiovascular-surgery-clinic
#15
Papatya Karakurt, Necla Kasimoğlu, Aybike Bahçeli, Sebahat Atalikoğlu Başkan, Burcu Ağdemir
Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death globally, and nurses have a crucial role in informing cardiovascular disease patients about their diseases. The aim of the present study was to identify the effect of activities of daily living on the self-care agency of patients in a cardiovascular surgery clinic. This descriptive study was conducted between June 2014 and January 2015 with 180 patients hospitalized in the cardiovascular surgery clinic of a university hospital in the province of Erzincan in the Eastern region of Turkey...
June 2017: Journal of Vascular Nursing: Official Publication of the Society for Peripheral Vascular Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527544/a-prospective-study-of-nausea-and-vomiting-after-breast-cancer-surgery
#16
Susan W Wesmiller, Catherine M Bender, Yvette P Conley, Dana H Bovbjerg, Gretchen Ahrendt, Marguerite Bonaventura, Susan M Sereika
PURPOSE: Postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) and post-discharge nausea and vomiting (PDNV) continue to be common and disturbing complications experienced after surgery, particularly in women and especially in women undergoing breast cancer surgery. The purpose of this study was to assess the incidence and risk factors associated with PONV and PDNV from preoperative to 48 hours postoperatively in 97 women scheduled for breast cancer surgery. DESIGN: Prospective, comparative design...
June 2017: Journal of Perianesthesia Nursing: Official Journal of the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527522/precision-medicine-genomic-profiles-to-individualize-therapy
#17
REVIEW
Oscar E Streeter, Phillip J Beron, Prashant Natarajan Iyer
Precision medicine is the application of genotypic and Omics biomarkers to determine the most appropriate, outcome-driven therapy for individual patients. To determine the best choice of therapy, institutions use significant information technology-enabled data from imaging, electronic medical records, sensors in the clinic/hospitals, and wearable sensors to determine treatment response. With genomic profiling, targets to affect a disease course are continuing to be developed. As clonal mutational prevalence continues to be understood, information can be communicated to patients to inform them that resistance is common, requiring collection of more genetic mutations from patients with further biopsies or blood collection...
May 17, 2017: Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527516/a-feasible-economical-and-accurate-analytical-method-for-simultaneous-determination-of-six-alkaloid-markers-in-aconiti-lateralis-radix-praeparata-from-different-manufacturing-sources-and-processing-ways
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Yi-Bei Zhang, Juan DA, Jing-Xian Zhang, Shang-Rong Li, Xin Chen, Hua-Li Long, Qiu-Rong Wang, Lu-Ying Cai, Shuai Yao, Jin-Jun Hou, Wan-Ying Wu, De-An Guo
Aconiti Lateralis Radix Praeparata (Fuzi) is a commonly used traditional Chinese medicine in clinic for its potency in restoring yang and rescuing from collapse. Aconiti alkaloids, mainly including monoester-diterpenoidaconitines (MDAs) and diester-diterpenoidaconitines (DDAs), are considered to act as both bioactive and toxic constituents. In the present study, a feasible, economical, and accurate HPLC method for simultaneous determination of six alkaloid markers using the Single Standard for Determination of Multi-Components (SSDMC) method was developed and fully validated...
April 2017: Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527507/it-takes-two-to-tango-engaging-patients-and-providers-with-portals
#19
REVIEW
Sachin D Shah, David Liebovitz
Patient portals are designed to be tools to more fully engage patients in their health care and help enable them to better manage their own health information. As the U.S. health care system rapidly adopted electronic health records (EHRs) over the past decade, many with linked patient portals, enthusiasm and expectations for this new technology as a means to engage and empower patients grew. Most patient portals have a set of core features designed to facilitate health care transactions, information tracking, and communication with care team members...
May 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527505/data-sharing-and-data-registries-in-physical-medicine-and-rehabilitation
#20
REVIEW
Carmen E Capó-Lugo, Abel N Kho, Linda C O'Dwyer, Marc B Rosenman
The field of physical medicine & rehabilitation (PM&R), along with all the disciplines it encompasses, has evolved rapidly in the past 50 years. The number of controlled trials, systematic reviews, and meta-analyses in PM&R increased 5-fold from 1998 to 2013. In recent years, professional, private, and governmental institutions have identified the need to track function and functional status across providers and settings of care and on a larger scale. Because function and functional status are key aspects of PM&R, access to and sharing of reliable data will have an important impact on clinical practice...
May 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
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