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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102909/the-effects-of-hospital-characteristics-on-delays-in-breast-cancer-diagnosis-in-appalachian-communities-a-population-based-study
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Christopher J Louis, Jonathan R Clark, Marianne M Hillemeier, Fabian Camacho, Nengliang Yao, Roger T Anderson
PURPOSE: Despite being generally accepted that delays in diagnosing breast cancer are of prognostic and psychological concern, the influence of hospital characteristics on such delays remains poorly understood, especially in rural and underserved areas. However, hospital characteristics have been tied to greater efficiency and warrant further investigation as they may have implications for breast cancer care in these areas. METHODS: Study data were derived from the Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania state central cancer registries (2006-2008)...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Rural Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102899/b-type-natriuretic-peptide-guided-treatment-for-heart-failure
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REVIEW
Julie McLellan, Carl J Heneghan, Rafael Perera, Alison M Clements, Paul P Glasziou, Karen E Kearley, Nicola Pidduck, Nia W Roberts, Sally Tyndel, F Lucy Wright, Clare Bankhead
BACKGROUND: Heart failure is a condition in which the heart does not pump enough blood to meet all the needs of the body. Symptoms of heart failure include breathlessness, fatigue and fluid retention. Outcomes for patients with heart failure are highly variable; however on average, these patients have a poor prognosis. Prognosis can be improved with early diagnosis and appropriate use of medical treatment, use of devices and transplantation. Patients with heart failure are high users of healthcare resources, not only due to drug and device treatments, but due to high costs of hospitalisation care...
December 22, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102657/the-optimal-strategy-of-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-for-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction-patients-with-multivessel-disease-an-updated-meta-analysis-of-9-randomized-controlled-trials
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Zhong G Fan, Xiao F Gao, Xiao B Li, Wen X Mao, Li W Chen, Nai L Tian
INTRODUCTION: The optimal strategy of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and multivessel disease (MVD) still remains controversial. This study sought to explore the optimal PCI strategy for those patients. EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: Medline, EMBASE and the Cochrane Controlled Trials Registry were searched for relevant studies. We analyzed the comparison of major adverse cardiac events (MACEs) as the primary end point between the preventive PCI strategy and the culprit only PCI strategy (CV-PCI)...
April 2017: Minerva Cardioangiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102486/atypical-teratoid-rhabdoid-tumor-in-the-first-year-of-life-the-canadian-atrt-registry-experience-and-review-of-the-literature
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Mary Fossey, Haocheng Li, Samina Afzal, Anne-Sophie Carret, David D Eisenstat, Adam Fleming, Juliette Hukin, Cynthia Hawkins, Nada Jabado, Donna Johnston, Tania Brown, Valerie Larouche, Katrin Scheinemann, Douglas Strother, Beverly Wilson, Shayna Zelcer, Annie Huang, Eric Bouffet, Lucie Lafay-Cousin
While 2/3 of patients with ATRT are less than 3 years at diagnosis, the literature suggests younger children present with more aggressive disease and poorer outcome. However, little data exist on characteristics and outcome of patients diagnosed with ATRT in the first year of life. In particular, it is unclear whether they access similar treatments as do older children. We compared the cohort of patients ≤12 months from the Canadian ATRT registry to all cases extracted from the literature reported between 1996 and 2014 to describe their clinical and treatment characteristics, and potential prognostic factors...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102092/survival-of-ileal-pouch-anal-anastomosis-constructed-after-colectomy-or-secondary-to-a-previous-ileorectal-anastomosis-in-ulcerative-colitis-patients-a-population-based-cohort-study
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Kalle Landerholm, Maie Abdalla, Pär Myrelid, Roland E Andersson
OBJECTIVES: Ileorectal anastomosis (IRA) affects bowel function, sexual function and reproduction less negatively than ileal pouch anal anastomosis (IPAA), the standard reconstruction after colectomy for ulcerative colitis (UC). In younger UC patients, IRA may have a role postponing pelvic surgery and IPAA. The aim of the present study was to investigate the survival of IPAA secondary to IRA compared to IPAA as primary reconstruction, as this has not previously been studied in UC. PATIENTS AND METHODS: All patients with UC diagnosis between 1960 and 2010 in Sweden were identified from the National Patient Registry...
January 19, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102042/identification-of-a-10-10-matched-donor-for-patients-with-an-uncommon-haplotype-is-unlikely
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J A Olson, Y Gibbens, K Tram, J Kempenich, J Novakovich, K Buck, J Dehn
BACKGROUND: Despite over 6 million subjects contributing to the National Marrow Donor Program human leukocyte antigen (HLA) haplotype frequency reference data (HFD), haplotypes cannot be predicted from the HLA assignments of some patients searching for an unrelated donor (URD) in the Be The Match Registry®. We aimed to determine the incidence of these patient searches and whether haplotypes lacking from the HFD can be found among the low-resolution typed URD pool. MATERIALS AND METHODS: New NMDP searches with uncommon patient haplotypes (UPH), defined as a lack of haplotype pairs in any single ethnic group in the HFD based upon HLA-A˜C˜B˜DRB1˜DQB1, were identified...
February 2017: HLA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101972/an-evaluation-of-the-quality-of-evidence-available-to-inform-current-bone-conduction-hearing-device-national-policy
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Rishi Mandavia, Alex Carter, Nadine Haram, Elias Mossialos, Anne Gm Schilder
OBJECTIVES: In 2016 NHS England published the commissioning policy on Bone Conducting Hearing Devices (BCHDs). This policy was informed by updated evidence on the clinical and cost effectiveness of BCHDs as well as by the 2013 Bone Anchored Hearing Aid (BAHA) policy. Commissioning policies set the criteria for service delivery and therefore have a major impact on the care received by patients. It is important that stakeholders have a good appreciation of the available evidence informing policy, since this will promote engagement both with the policy as well as with future research leading on from the policy...
January 18, 2017: Clinical Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101821/prevalence-and-characteristics-of-patients-with-suspected-inherited-renal-cell-cancer-application-of-the-acmg-nsgc-genetic-referral-guidelines-to-patient-cohorts
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Hong Truong, Sarah E Hegarty, Leonard G Gomella, William K Kelly, Edouard J Trabulsi, Costas D Lallas, Veda N Giri
Patients with suspected hereditary renal cell cancer (RCC) are under-referred for genetic evaluation. Characterizing the prevalence and characteristics of suspected inherited RCC is a crucial step toward advancing personalized, genetically-based cancer risk management for patients and their families. To evaluate the prevalence and characteristics of suspected inherited RCC syndromes based on consensus criteria, we performed a cross-sectional analysis of patients with a diagnosis of RCC in SEER (2001-2011, n = 105,754) and in our institutional cancer registry (2004-2013, n = 998)...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Genetic Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101676/patterns-of-statin-initiation-and-continuation-in-patients-with-breast-or-colorectal-cancer-towards-end-of-life
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Amelia Smith, Laura Murphy, Kathleen Bennett, Thomas I Barron
PURPOSE: Cross-sectional studies show that statins, used in cardiovascular disease prevention, are often discontinued approaching death. Studies investigating associations between statin exposure and cancer outcomes, not accounting for these exposure changes, are prone to reverse causation bias. The aim of this study was to describe longitudinally the changes in statin initiation and continuation prior to death in patients with breast or colorectal cancer, thus establishing an appropriate exposure lag time...
January 18, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101656/off-label-use-of-antimicrobials-in-neonates-in-a-tertiary-children-s-hospital
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Niina Laine, Ann Marie Kaukonen, Kalle Hoppu, Marja Airaksinen, Harri Saxen
PURPOSE: Off-label (OL) use of drugs for hospitalized children is very common. OL use occurs especially in the youngest patients, neonates. This study focused on the OL use of antimicrobials in neonates. To our knowledge, only few studies have focused on the prevalence of OL use of antimicrobials in neonates. METHODS: We investigated the OL use of antimicrobials in neonates in a tertiary children's hospital. First, we investigated what were the most consumed OL antimicrobials in defined daily doses according to hospital's registry data from neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) during 2009-2014...
January 18, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101558/do-pain-characteristics-guide-selection-for-multimodal-pain-rehabilitation
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Paul Enthoven, Peter Molander, Birgitta Öberg, Britt-Marie Stålnacke, Gunilla Stenberg, Björn Gerdle
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether self-reported pain measures are associated with selection for multimodal or multidisciplinary rehabilitation (MMR) and whether this selection is influenced by sex. DESIGN: Cross-sectional cohort study. SUBJECTS: A total of 1,226 women and 464 men with chronic pain conditions from 2 university hospitals. METHODS: Drawing from the Swedish Quality Registry for Pain Rehabilitation (SQRP), data on pain, psychological symptoms, function, health, and activity/participation were collected...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100525/transoesophageal-echocardiographic-evaluation-of-central-venous-catheter-positioning-using-peres-formula-or-a-radiological-landmark-based-approach-a-prospective-randomized-single-centre-study
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J H Ahn, I S Kim, J H Yang, I G Lee, D H Seo, S P Kim
BACKGROUND: The lower superior vena cava (SVC), near its junction with the right atrium (RA), is considered the ideal location for the central venous catheter tip to ensure proper function and prevent injuries. We determined catheter insertion depth with a new formula using the sternoclavicular joint and the carina as radiological landmarks, with a 1.5 cm safety margin. The accuracy of tip positioning with the radiological landmark-based technique (R) and Peres' formula (P) was compared using transoesophageal echocardiography...
February 2017: British Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100430/three-decades-later-the-fate-of-the-population-of-patients-who-underwent-the-atriopulmonary-fontan-procedure
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Chin Leng Poh, Diana Zannino, Robert G Weintraub, David S Winlaw, Leeanne E Grigg, Rachael Cordina, Tim Hornung, Andrew Bullock, Robert N Justo, Thomas L Gentles, Charlotte Verrall, Karin du Plessis, David S Celermajer, Yves d'Udekem
OBJECTIVE: To review our experience of patients with an atrio-pulmonary Fontan circulation to determine their long-term outcomes. METHODS AND RESULTS: A retrospective analysis of long-term follow-up data using the Australia and New Zealand Fontan Registry was performed. There were 215 patients surviving hospital discharge after an atrio-pulmonary Fontan completion. A total of 163 patients were alive at latest follow-up, with 52 deaths. Twelve patients had required heart transplantation and 95 had Fontan failure (death, transplantation, Fontan takedown, Fontan conversion, severe systemic ventricular dysfunction or NYHA≥3)...
January 7, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100282/optimal-regimens-of-sulfamethoxazole-trimethoprim-for-chemoprophylaxis-of-pneumocystis-pneumonia-in-patients-with-systemic-rheumatic-diseases-results-from-a-non-blinded-randomized-controlled-trial
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Masako Utsunomiya, Hiroaki Dobashi, Toshio Odani, Kazuyoshi Saito, Naoto Yokogawa, Kenji Nagasaka, Kenchi Takenaka, Makoto Soejima, Takahiko Sugihara, Hiroyuki Hagiyama, Shinya Hirata, Kazuo Matsui, Yoshinori Nonomura, Masahiro Kondo, Fumihito Suzuki, Makoto Tomita, Mari Kihara, Waka Yokoyama, Fumio Hirano, Hayato Yamazaki, Ryoko Sakai, Toshihiro Nanki, Ryuji Koike, Hitoshi Kohsaka, Nobuyuki Miyasaka, Masayoshi Harigai
BACKGROUND: Sulfamethoxazole-trimethoprim (SMX/TMP) is a standard drug for the prophylaxis of Pneumocystis pneumonia (PJP) in immunosuppressed patients with systemic rheumatic diseases, but is sometimes discontinued due to adverse events (AEs). The objective of this non-blinded, randomized, 52-week non-inferiority trial was to quest an effective chemoprophylaxis regimen for PJP with a low drug discontinuation rate. Results at week 24 were reported. METHODS: Adult patients with systemic rheumatic diseases who started prednisolone ≥0...
January 18, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100265/allogeneic-stem-cell-transplantation-in-adult-patients-with-acute-myeloid-leukaemia-and-17p-abnormalities-in-first-complete-remission-a-study-from-the-acute-leukemia-working-party-alwp-of-the-european-society-for-blood-and-marrow-transplantation-ebmt
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Xavier Poiré, Myriam Labopin, Johan Maertens, Ibrahim Yakoub-Agha, Didier Blaise, Norbert Ifrah, Gérard Socié, Tobias Gedde-Dhal, Nicolaas Schaap, Jan J Cornelissen, Stéphane Vigouroux, Jaime Sanz, Lucienne Michaux, Jordi Esteve, Mohamad Mohty, Arnon Nagler
BACKGROUND: Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) with 17p abnormalities (abn(17p)) carries a very poor prognosis due to high refractoriness to conventional chemotherapy, and allogeneic stem cell transplantation (allo-SCT) appears as the only potential curative option. METHODS: To address outcomes after allo-SCT in patients with abn(17p), we retrospectively analysed de novo or secondary AML undergoing SCT between 2000 and 2013 from the EBMT registry. RESULTS: One hundred thirty-nine patients with confirmed abn(17p) have been selected...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100204/acceptance-and-attitudes-of-healthcare-staff-towards-the-introduction-of-clinical-pharmacy-service-a-descriptive-cross-sectional-study-from-a-tertiary-care-hospital-in-sri-lanka
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Lelwala Guruge Thushani Shanika, Chandrani Nirmala Wijekoon, Shaluka Jayamanne, Judith Coombes, Ian Coombes, Nilani Mamunuwa, Andrew Hamilton Dawson, Hithanadura Asita De Silva
BACKGROUND: Multidisciplinary patient management including a clinical pharmacist shows an improvement in patient quality use of medicine. Implementation of a clinical pharmacy service represents a significant novel change in practice in Sri Lanka. Although attitudes of doctors and nurses are an important determinant of successful implementation, there is no Sri Lankan data about staff attitudes to such changes in clinical practice. This study determines the level of acceptance and attitudes of doctors and nurses towards the introduction of a ward-based clinical pharmacy service in Sri Lanka...
January 18, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100175/do-experiences-with-pregnancy-birth-and-postnatal-care-in-norway-vary-by-the-women-s-geographic-origin-a-comparison-of-cross-sectional-survey-results
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Ingeborg S Sjetne, Hilde H Iversen
BACKGROUND: A national survey was conducted to measure and benchmark women's experiences with pregnancy, birth and postnatal care in Norway. The purpose of this secondary analysis is to explore potential variation in these experiences with regard to the survey respondents' geographic origin. METHODS: Data were collected in a national observational cross-sectional study, by a self-administered questionnaire and from registries. The questionnaire collects patient reported experience measures (PREMS) of mainly nontechnical aspects of the health-care services...
January 18, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100126/everolimus-eluting-stent-for-patients-with-critical-limb-ischemia-and-infrapopliteal-arterial-occlusive-disease
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Alessia Giaquinta, Ardita Vincenzo, Ester De Marco, Massimiliano Veroux, Pierfrancesco Veroux
BACKGROUND: Critical limb ischemia (CLI), despite revascularization, may result in minor or major amputations with devastating psychological effects and a negative impact on patient survival. Randomized clinical trials demonstrated that drug-eluting stents improve 1-year primary patency and decrease target lesion revascularization, compared to standard angioplasty and bare-metal stents, in patients with short occlusive below-the-knee lesions. OBJECTIVES: This prospective clinical study was designed to evaluate if one straight-line flow revascularization to the foot, using Xience-Prime Everolimus-Eluting Stent (EES), is an effective treatment of patients in Rutherford-Becker category 4 to 5 with distal popliteal and proximal tibial arteries long occlusive lesions up to 10 cm...
January 1, 2017: Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099689/effectiveness-and-safety-of-procalcitonin-evaluation-for-reducing-mortality-in-adults-with-sepsis-severe-sepsis-or-septic-shock
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REVIEW
Brenda Ng Andriolo, Regis B Andriolo, Reinaldo Salomão, Álvaro N Atallah
BACKGROUND: Serum procalcitonin (PCT) evaluation has been proposed for early diagnosis and accurate staging and to guide decisions regarding patients with sepsis, severe sepsis and septic shock, with possible reduction in mortality. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effectiveness and safety of serum PCT evaluation for reducing mortality and duration of antimicrobial therapy in adults with sepsis, severe sepsis or septic shock. SEARCH METHODS: We searched the Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL; 2015, Issue 7); MEDLINE (1950 to July 2015); Embase (Ovid SP, 1980 to July 2015); Latin American Caribbean Health Sciences Literature (LILACS via BIREME, 1982 to July 2015); and the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL; EBSCO host, 1982 to July 2015), and trial registers (ISRCTN registry, ClinicalTrials...
January 18, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099688/discerning-the-survival-advantage-among-patients-with-prostate-cancer-who-undergo-radical-prostatectomy-or-radiotherapy-the-limitations-of-cancer-registry-data
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Stephen B Williams, Jinhai Huo, Karim Chamie, Marc C Smaldone, Christopher D Kosarek, Justin E Fang, Leslie M Ynalvez, Simon P Kim, Karen E Hoffman, Sharon H Giordano, Brian F Chapin
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study was to compare the overall survival of patients who undergo radical prostatectomy or radiotherapy versus noncancer controls to discern whether there is a survival advantage according to prostate cancer treatment and the impact of selection bias on these results. METHODS: A matched cohort study was performed using the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER)-Medicare-linked database. In total, 34,473 patients ages 66 to 75 years were identified who were without significant comorbidity, were diagnosed with localized prostate cancer, and received treatment treated with surgery or radiotherapy between 2004 and 2011...
January 18, 2017: Cancer
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