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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905492/high-fidelity-computational-simulation-of-thrombus-formation-in-thoratec-heartmate-ii-continuous-flow-ventricular-assist-device
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Wei-Tao Wu, Fang Yang, Jingchun Wu, Nadine Aubry, Mehrdad Massoudi, James F Antaki
Continuous flow ventricular assist devices (cfVADs) provide a life-saving therapy for severe heart failure. However, in recent years, the incidence of device-related thrombosis (resulting in stroke, device-exchange surgery or premature death) has been increasing dramatically, which has alarmed both the medical community and the FDA. The objective of this study was to gain improved understanding of the initiation and progression of thrombosis in one of the most commonly used cfVADs, the Thoratec HeartMate II...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898287/international-association-for-hospice-and-palliative-care-position-statement-euthanasia-and-physician-assisted-suicide
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Liliana De Lima, Roger Woodruff, Katherine Pettus, Julia Downing, Rosa Buitrago, Esther Munyoro, Chitra Venkateswaran, Sushma Bhatnagar, Lukas Radbruch
BACKGROUND: Reports about regulations and laws on Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide (PAS) are becoming increasingly common in the media. Many groups have expressed opposition to euthanasia and PAS while those in favor argue that severely chronically ill and debilitated patients have a right to control the timing and manner of their death. Others argue that both PAS and euthanasia are ethically legitimate in rare and exceptional cases. Given that these discussions as well as the new and proposed laws and regulations may have a powerful impact on patients, caregivers, and health care providers, the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC) has prepared this statement...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896390/-assisted-suicide-in-the-movies-what-is-not-shown
#3
Kurt W Schmidt
Whereas changes to the existing legal situation regarding assisted suicide have been a topic of controversial debate in Germany for the last few years, this issue has long been of interest for international film-makers. Since the mid-1980s, the theme of assisted suicide has repeatedly been taken up by cinema, predominantly as central to a relationship drama. A sick person asks somebody close to them for help. Often this somebody is a physician or a nurse, ultimately an obvious way of solving the practical problem of how the assistant is to gain access to a lethal substance...
November 28, 2016: Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893135/screening-for-colorectal-cancer-and-evolving-issues-for-physicians-and-patients-a-review
#4
REVIEW
David Lieberman, Uri Ladabaum, Marcia Cruz-Correa, Carla Ginsburg, John M Inadomi, Lawrence S Kim, Francis M Giardiello, Richard C Wender
Importance: Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second-leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Screening can reduce CRC mortality and incidence, and numerous screening options, although available, complicate informed decision making. This review provides evidence-based tools for primary care physicians to identify patients with higher-than-average-risk and engage patients in informed decision making about CRC screening options. Observations: Recently, the US Preventive Services Task Force recommended any of 8 CRC screening approaches for average-risk individuals, beginning at age 50 years...
November 22, 2016: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872871/microscopic-medical-image-classification-framework-via-deep-learning-and-shearlet-transform
#5
Hadi Rezaeilouyeh, Ali Mollahosseini, Mohammad H Mahoor
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in US after cardiovascular disease. Image-based computer-aided diagnosis can assist physicians to efficiently diagnose cancers in early stages. Existing computer-aided algorithms use hand-crafted features such as wavelet coefficients, co-occurrence matrix features, and recently, histogram of shearlet coefficients for classification of cancerous tissues and cells in images. These hand-crafted features often lack generalizability since every cancerous tissue and cell has a specific texture, structure, and shape...
October 2016: Journal of Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864218/second-primary-malignancies-in-multiple-myeloma-an-overview-and-imwg-consensus
#6
REVIEW
P Musto, K C Anderson, M Attal, P G Richardson, A Badros, J Hou, R Comenzo, J Du, B G M Durie, J San Miguel, H Einsele, W M Chen, L Garderet, G Pietrantuono, J Hillengass, R A Kyle, P Moreau, J J Lahuerta, O Landgren, H Ludwig, A Larocca, A Mahindra, M Cavo, A Mazumder, P L McCarthy, A Nouel, S V Rajkumar, A Reiman, E R Serra, O Sezer, E Terpos, I Turesson, S Usmani, B M Weiss, A Palumbo
BACKGROUND: Therapeutic advancements following the introduction of autologous stem cell transplantation and 'novel' agents have significantly improved clinical outcomes for patients with multiple myeloma (MM). Increased life expectancy, however, has led to renewed concerns about the long-term risk of second primary malignancies (SPMs). This review outlines the most up-to-date knowledge of possible host-, disease-, and treatment-related risk factors for the development of SPMs in patients with MM, and provides practical recommendations to assist physicians...
November 17, 2016: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858590/turning-the-tide-or-riptide-the-changing-opioid-epidemic
#7
Stefan G Kertesz
The US opioid epidemic has changed profoundly in the last 3 years, in ways that require substantial recalibration of the US policy response. This report summarizes the changing nature of overdose deaths in Jefferson County (home to Birmingham, Alabama) using data updated through June 30, 2016. Heroin and fentanyl have come to dominate an escalating epidemic of lethal opioid overdose, while opioids commonly obtained by prescription play a minor role, accounting for no more than 15% of reported deaths in 2015...
November 18, 2016: Substance Abuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27855151/advances-in-the-care-of-children-with-lupus-nephritis
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Scott E Wenderfer, Natasha M Ruth, Hermine I Brunner
The care of children with lupus nephritis (LN) has changed dramatically over the past 50 years. The majority of patients with childhood-onset systemic lupus erythematosus (cSLE) develop LN. In the 1960's, prognosis in children was worse than in adults; therapies were limited and toxic. Nearly half of cases resulted in death within 2-years. Since this time, several diagnostic recommendations and disease-specific indices have been developed to assist physicians caring for patients with LN. Pediatric researchers are validating and adapting these indices and guidelines for the treatment of LN in cSLE...
November 17, 2016: Pediatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27833177/dignity-reevaluated-a-theological-examination-of-human-dignity-and-the-role-of-the-church-in-bioethics-and-end-of-life-care
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Quentin I T Genuis
Predominant among the terminological ambiguities that plague contemporary bioethics is confusion attending the meaning of the term "human dignity," particularly as it applies to so-called end-of-life discussions. This study surveys current trends in treatment of the concept of dignity, examining relevant thinkers who see dignity as redundant or as capability-dependent. These inadequate views are contrasted with an attitude, based theologically in Mark 5, that understands human dignity to represent an absolute characteristic that is donated graciously to all bearers of imago Dei...
February 2016: Linacre Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27821302/suffering-and-medicalization-at-the-end-of-life-the-case-of-physician-assisted-dying
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Hadi Karsoho, Jennifer R Fishman, David Kenneth Wright, Mary Ellen Macdonald
'Suffering' is a central discursive trope for the right-to-die movement. In this article, we ask how proponents of physician-assisted dying (PAD) articulate suffering with the role of medicine at the end of life within the context of a decriminalization and legalization debate. We draw upon empirical data from our study of Carter v. Canada, the landmark court case that decriminalized PAD in Canada in 2015. We conducted in-depth interviews with 42 key participants of the case and collected over 4000 pages of legal documents generated by the case...
December 2016: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27776894/end-of-life-euthanasia-and-assisted-suicide-an-update-on-the-situation-in-france
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REVIEW
R Aubry
On February 2, 2016, the French parliament adopted legislation creating new rights for the terminally ill. The text modifies and reinforces the rights of patients to end-of-life care and strengthens the status of surrogate decision makers. Under the new regulations, advance directives become legally binding though not unenforceable. Two types of advance directives are distinguished depending on whether the person is suffering or not from a serious illness when drafting them. The attending physician must abide by the patient's advance directives except in three situations: there is a life-threatening emergency; the directives are manifestly inappropriate; the directives are not compatible with the patient's medical condition...
December 2016: Revue Neurologique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27763399/vsed-death-with-dignity-or-without
#12
Mark Corbett
Conceivably, in an ideal world, all patients with a life-limiting illness would receive optimal hospice and palliative care so that no one would ever wish to hasten their own death. The reality, however, is that despite provision of optimal hospice and palliative care, individuals with terminal illness experience suffering, loss of meaning, or deterioration in quality of life to the extent where they express the desire to expedite the dying process. While there has been extensive discussion surrounding physician-assisted death (PAD), there has been less attention paid to the practice of voluntary stopping eating and drinking (VSED) near the end of life...
2016: Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27754969/underlying-causes-of-neonatal-deaths-in-term-singleton-pregnancies-home-births-versus-hospital-births-in-the-united-states
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Amos Grünebaum, Laurence B McCullough, Birgit Arabin, Joachim Dudenhausen, Brooke Orosz, Frank A Chervenak
INTRODUCTION: The objective of this study was to evaluate the underlying causes of neonatal mortality (NNM) in midwife-attended home births and compare them to hospital births attended by a midwife or a physician in the United States (US). METHODS: A retrospective cohort study of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) linked birth/infant death data set (linked files) for 2008 through 2012 of singleton, term (≥37 weeks) births and normal newborn weights (≥2500 grams)...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27670416/-it-s-not-all-just-about-the-dying-kaum%C3%A4-tua-m%C3%A4-ori-attitudes-towards-physician-aid-in-dying-a-narrative-enquiry
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Phillipa J Malpas, Anneka Anderson, Pio Jacobs, Takawai Jacobs, Danielle Luinstra, Dolly Paul, Jim Rauwhero, Julie Wade, David Wharemate
AIM: To explore kaumātua attitudes towards physician aid-in dying, to gain a clear understanding of how such attitudes may influence and shape their expectations of medical care at the end of life and to assist health professionals in Aotearoa/New Zealand to address the healthcare needs of older Māori near the end of life. DESIGN: A kaupapa Māori consistent approach was undertaken. A systematic narrative technique was employed for the qualitative data analysis...
September 26, 2016: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27660369/amssm-position-statement-on-cardiovascular-preparticipation-screening-in-athletes-current-evidence-knowledge-gaps-recommendations-and-future-directions
#15
Jonathan A Drezner, Francis G O'Connor, Kimberly G Harmon, Karl B Fields, Chad A Asplund, Irfan M Asif, David E Price, Robert J Dimeff, David T Bernhardt, William O Roberts
Cardiovascular screening in young athletes is widely recommended and routinely performed prior to participation in competitive sports. While there is general agreement that early detection of cardiac conditions at risk for sudden cardiac arrest and death (SCA/D) is an important objective, the optimal strategy for cardiovascular screening in athletes remains an issue of considerable debate. At the centre of the controversy is the addition of a resting ECG to the standard preparticipation evaluation using history and physical examination...
September 22, 2016: British Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27626235/improving-prediction-of-suicide-and-accidental-death-after-discharge-from-general-hospitals-with-natural-language-processing
#16
Thomas H McCoy, Victor M Castro, Ashlee M Roberson, Leslie A Snapper, Roy H Perlis
Importance: Suicide represents the 10th leading cause of death across age groups in the United States (12.6 cases per 100 000) and remains challenging to predict. While many individuals who die by suicide are seen by physicians before their attempt, they may not seek psychiatric care. Objective: To determine the extent to which incorporating natural language processing of narrative discharge notes improves stratification of risk for death by suicide after medical or surgical hospital discharge...
October 1, 2016: JAMA Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27618246/amssm-position-statement-on-cardiovascular-preparticipation-screening-in-athletes-current-evidence-knowledge-gaps-recommendations-and-future-directions
#17
Jonathan A Drezner, Francis G O'Connor, Kimberly G Harmon, Karl B Fields, Chad A Asplund, Irfan M Asif, David E Price, Robert J Dimeff, David T Bernhardt, William O Roberts
Cardiovascular screening in young athletes is widely recommended and routinely performed prior to participation in competitive sports. While there is general agreement that early detection of cardiac conditions at risk for sudden cardiac arrest and death (SCA/D) is an important objective, the optimal strategy for cardiovascular screening in athletes remains an issue of considerable debate. At the center of the controversy is the addition of a resting electrocardiogram (ECG) to the standard preparticipation evaluation using history and physical examination...
September 2016: Current Sports Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27598018/amssm-position-statement-on-cardiovascular-preparticipation-screening-in-athletes-current-evidence-knowledge-gaps-recommendations-and-future-directions
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Jonathan A Drezner, Francis G OʼConnor, Kimberly G Harmon, Karl B Fields, Chad A Asplund, Irfan M Asif, David E Price, Robert J Dimeff, David T Bernhardt, William O Roberts
Cardiovascular (CV) screening in young athletes is widely recommended and routinely performed before participation in competitive sports. While there is general agreement that early detection of cardiac conditions at risk for sudden cardiac arrest and death (SCA/D) is an important objective, the optimal strategy for CV screening in athletes remains an issue of considerable debate. At the center of the controversy is the addition of a resting electrocardiogram (ECG) to the standard preparticipation evaluation using history and physical examination...
September 2016: Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine: Official Journal of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27595368/analysis-of-gastric-lavage-reported-to-a-statewide-poison-control-system
#19
Jimmy Donkor, Patil Armenian, Isaac N Hartman, Rais Vohra
BACKGROUND: As decontamination trends have evolved, gastric lavage (GL) has become a rare procedure. The current information regarding use, outcomes, and complications of GL could help refine indications for this invasive procedure. OBJECTIVES: We sought to determine case type, location, and complications of GL cases reported to a statewide poison control system. METHODS: This is a retrospective review of the California Poison Control System (CPCS) records from 2009 to 2012...
October 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27590345/capacity-evaluations-of-psychiatric-patients-requesting-assisted-death-in-the-netherlands
#20
Samuel N Doernberg, John R Peteet, Scott Y H Kim
BACKGROUND: Euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide (EAS) of psychiatric patients is legal in some countries but remains controversial. OBJECTIVE: This study examined a frequently raised concern about the practice: how physicians address the issue of decision-making capacity of persons requesting psychiatric EAS. METHODS: A review of psychiatric EAS case summaries published by the Dutch Regional Euthanasia Review Committees. Directed content analysis using a capacity-specific 4 abilities model (understanding of facts, applying those facts to self, weighing/reasoning, and evidencing choice) was used to code texts discussing capacity...
November 2016: Psychosomatics
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