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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651159/health-related-quality-of-life-results-from-the-phase-iii-checkmate-067-study
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Dirk Schadendorf, James Larkin, Jedd Wolchok, F Stephen Hodi, Vanna Chiarion-Sileni, Rene Gonzalez, Piotr Rutkowski, Jean-Jacques Grob, C Lance Cowey, Christopher Lao, John Wagstaff, Margaret K Callahan, Michael A Postow, Michael Smylie, Pier Francesco Ferrucci, Reinhard Dummer, Andrew Hill, Fiona Taylor, Javier Sabater, Dana Walker, Srividya Kotapati, Amy Abernethy, Georgina V Long
BACKGROUND: Nivolumab, a monoclonal antibody of immune checkpoint programmed death 1 on T cells (PD-1), combined with ipilimumab, an immune checkpoint cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated antigen 4 (CTLA-4) inhibitor, as combination therapy on the one hand and nivolumab as monotherapy on the other, have both demonstrated improved efficacy compared with ipilimumab alone in the CheckMate 067 study. However, the combination resulted in a higher frequency of grade 3/4 adverse events (AEs), which could result in diminished health-related quality of life (HRQoL)...
June 22, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648353/healthcare-contact-and-treatment-uptake-following-hepatitis-c-virus-screening-and-counseling-among-rural-appalachian-people-who-use-drugs
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Dustin B Stephens, April M Young, Jennifer R Havens
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) remains a major contributor to morbidity and mortality worldwide. Since 2009, Kentucky has led the United States in cases of acute HCV, driven largely by injection drug use in rural areas. Improved treatment regimens hold promise of mitigating the impact and transmission of HCV, but numerous barriers obstruct people who inject drugs (PWID) from receiving care, particularly in medically underserved settings. METHODS: 503 rural people who use drugs were recruited using respondent-driven sampling and received HCV screening and post-test counseling...
June 22, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646858/reasons-for-encounter-by-different-levels-of-urgency-in-out-of-hours-emergency-primary-health-care-in-norway-a-cross-sectional-study
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Guttorm Raknes, Steinar Hunskaar
BACKGROUND: Frequencies of reasons for encounter (RFEs) in emergency primary care out-of-hours (OOH) services are relevant for planning of capacities as well as to target the training of staff at casualty clinics. We aimed to present frequencies of RFEs in the different organ systems, and to identify the most frequent RFEs at different urgency levels. METHODS: We analyzed data on RFEs in Norwegian OOH services. International Classification of Primary Care (ICPC-2) RFE codes were recorded in all contacts to eight representative OOH casualty clinics in 2014 and 2015 covering 20 municipalities with a total population of 260 196...
June 24, 2017: BMC Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643629/faecal-immunochemical-tests-to-triage-patients-with-lower-abdominal-symptoms-for-suspected-colorectal-cancer-referrals-in-primary-care-a-systematic-review-and-cost-effectiveness-analysis
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Marie Westwood, Isaac Corro Ramos, Shona Lang, Marianne Luyendijk, Remziye Zaim, Lisa Stirk, Maiwenn Al, Nigel Armstrong, Jos Kleijnen
BACKGROUND: Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most common cancer in the UK. Presenting symptoms that can be associated with CRC usually have another explanation. Faecal immunochemical tests (FITs) detect blood that is not visible to the naked eye and may help to select patients who are likely to benefit from further investigation. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effectiveness of FITs [OC-Sensor (Eiken Chemical Co./MAST Diagnostics, Tokyo, Japan), HM-JACKarc (Kyowa Medex/Alpha Laboratories Ltd, Tokyo, Japan), FOB Gold (Sentinel/Sysmex, Sentinel Diagnostics, Milan, Italy), RIDASCREEN Hb or RIDASCREEN Hb/Hp complex (R-Biopharm, Darmstadt, Germany)] for primary care triage of people with low-risk symptoms...
May 2017: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641998/construction-of-a-hepatitis-b-virus-neutralizing-chimeric-monoclonal-antibody-recognizing-escape-mutants-of-the-viral-surface-antigen-hbsag
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Forough Golsaz-Shirazi, Mohammad Mehdi Amiri, Samira Farid, Motahareh Bahadori, Felix Bohne, Sebastian Altstetter, Lisa Wolff, Tohid Kazemi, Jalal Khoshnoodi, Mohammad Hojjat-Farsangi, Michael Chudy, Mahmood Jeddi-Tehrani, Ulrike Protzer, Fazel Shokri
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is a global burden on the health-care system and is considered as the tenth leading cause of death in the world. Over 248 million patients are currently suffering from chronic HBV infection worldwide and annual mortality rate of this infection is 686000. The "a" determinant is a hydrophilic region present in all antigenic subtypes of hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg), and antibodies against this region can neutralize the virus and are protective against all subtypes. We have recently generated a murine anti-HBs monoclonal antibody (4G4), which can neutralize HBV infection in HepaRG cells and recognize most of the escape mutant forms of HBsAg...
June 19, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641703/a-randomised-controlled-trial-to-assess-the-cost-effectiveness-of-intensive-versus-no-scheduled-follow-up-in-patients-who-have-undergone-resection-for-colorectal-cancer-with-curative-intent
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David Mant, Alastair Gray, Siân Pugh, Helen Campbell, Stephen George, Alice Fuller, Bethany Shinkins, Andrea Corkhill, Jane Mellor, Elizabeth Dixon, Louisa Little, Rafael Perera-Salazar, John Primrose
BACKGROUND: Intensive follow-up after surgery for colorectal cancer is common practice but lacks a firm evidence base. OBJECTIVE: To assess whether or not augmenting symptomatic follow-up in primary care with two intensive methods of follow-up [monitoring of blood carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) levels and scheduled imaging] is effective and cost-effective in detecting the recurrence of colorectal cancer treatable surgically with curative intent. DESIGN: Randomised controlled open-label trial...
May 2017: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641305/incidence-of-autoimmune-myasthenia-gravis-in-a-health-maintenance-organization-in-buenos-aires-argentina
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Mariela Bettini, Marcelo Chaves, Edgardo Cristiano, Vanina Pagotto, Lucia Perez, Diego Giunta, Marcelo Rugiero
BACKGROUND: Different epidemiological studies, especially in Europe, have estimated the incidence density of myasthenia gravis (MG) to range between 1.7 and 21.3/1,000,000/person-year; however, data from regions such as Latin America are scarce. This study is aimed at estimating the incidence and prevalence of acquired MG in Buenos Aires, Argentina. METHODS: The study population comprised of affiliates of the Italian Hospital Medical Care Program, a prepaid health maintenance organization located in Buenos Aires...
June 23, 2017: Neuroepidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640845/is-self-assessment-of-medical-abortion-using-a-low-sensitivity-pregnancy-test-combined-with-a-checklist-and-phone-text-messages-feasible-in-south-african-primary-healthcare-settings-a-randomized-trial
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Deborah Constant, Jane Harries, Kristen Daskilewicz, Landon Myer, Kristina Gemzell-Danielsson
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate feasibility of self-assessment of medical abortion outcome using a low-sensitivity urine pregnancy test, checklist and text messages. The study assessed whether accurate self-assessment required a demonstration of the low-sensitivity urine pregnancy test or if verbal instructions suffice. METHODS: This non-inferiority trial enrolled 525 adult women from six public sector abortion clinics. Eligible women were undergoing medical abortion at gestations within 63 days...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639598/haematological-profile-of-patients-with-mixed-phenotype-acute-leukaemia-from-a-tertiary-care-centre-of-north-india
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Manupriya Sharma, Man Updesh Singh Sachdeva, Parveen Bose, Neelam Varma, Subhash Varma, R K Marwaha, Pankaj Malhotra
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES: Mixed-phenotype acute leukaemia (MPAL) is a rare neoplasm with no definite treatment protocols and a distinctly poor outcome. Advancement in polychromatic flow cytometry has made its identification easier. This prospective study was designed to identify cases of MPAL and study their clinical presentation and haematological profile in a tertiary care hospital in north India. METHODS: Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA)-anticoagulated bone marrow aspirate samples of patients diagnosed as acute leukaemia (AL) on the basis of morphology were utilized for immunophenotyping...
February 2017: Indian Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637537/occult-hiv-infection-in-a-large-sample-of-health-care-users-in-lombardy-italy-in-2014-2015-implications-for-control-strategies
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L Scudeller, F Genco, F Baldanti, G Comolli, G Albonico, M Prestia, V Meroni
We estimated the number of people unaware of their human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in our province, Pavia (population 540 000) in Lombardy, Italy, by means of anonymous unlinked testing of 10 044 serum/plasma samples residual from clinical analyses at the outpatient clinic of Policlinico San Matteo in 2014 and 2015. Ethical and legal approval was obtained prior to study start. Samples were irreversibly anonymised, only retaining gender and 5-year age class. Five sample pools were tested for HIV using LIAISON® XL MUREX HIV Ab/Ag (DiaSorin, Saluggia, Italy)...
June 22, 2017: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636784/audio-computer-assisted-survey-interview-and-patient-navigation-to-increase-chronic-viral-hepatitis-diagnosis-and-linkage-to-care-in-urban-health-clinics
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A N de la Torre, I Castaneda, M Ahmad, N Ekholy, N Tham, I B Herrera, P Beaty, R J Malapero, Farhan Ayoub, J Slim, M B Johnson
Intravenous drug use and sexual practices account for 60% of hepatitis C (HCV) and B (HBV) infection. Disclosing these activities can be embarrassing, reduce risk reporting, blood testing and diagnosis. In diagnosed patients, linkage to care remains a challenge. Audio-computer assisted survey interview (Audio-CASI) was used to guide HCV and HBV infection testing in urban clinics. Risk reporting, blood-testing, and serology results were compared to historical controls. A Patient Navigator (PN) followed up blood test results and provided patients with positive serology linkage to care...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632479/use-and-acceptability-of-salivary-hepatitis-c-virus-testing-in-an-english-young-offender-institution
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Sophie Candfield, Mannampallil I Samuel, David Ritchie, Candice McDonald, Michael Brady, Chris Taylor
People held in prison are at a high risk of having hepatitis C virus (HCV) and there is a public health drive in the UK to increase HCV testing in prisons and Young Offender Institutions (YOIs), with opt-out testing. There is an oral antibody test for HCV; this project aims to determine its acceptability in an English YOI setting. This project offered HCV oral point-of-care testing (POCT) using the OraQuick® test to 107 male young offenders attending a sexual health service at an English YOI, monitoring HCV positivity and evaluating acceptability...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of STD & AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630553/australia-abortion-and-human-rights
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Ronli Sifris, Suzanne Belton
This article adopts a human rights lens to consider Australian law and practice regarding elective abortion. As such, it considers Australian laws within the context of the right to equality, right to privacy, right to health, and right to life. After setting out the human rights framework and noting the connected nature of many of the rights (and their corresponding violations), the article shifts its focus to analyzing Australian law and practice within the framework of these rights. It considers the importance of decriminalizing abortion and regulating it as a standard medical procedure...
June 2017: Health and Human Rights
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630552/decriminalization-and-women-s-access-to-abortion-in-australia
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Barbara Baird
This article considers the relationship between the decriminalization of abortion and women's access to abortion services. It focuses on the four Australian jurisdictions which are, with Canada, the only jurisdictions in the world where abortion has been removed from the criminal law. This paper draws on documentary evidence and an oral history project to give a "before and after" account of each jurisdiction. The paper assumes that the meaning and impact of decriminalization must be assessed in each local context...
June 2017: Health and Human Rights
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630544/pregnancies-and-fetal-anomalies-incompatible-with-life-in-chile-arguments-and-experiences-in-advocating-for-legal-reform
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Lidia Casas, Lieta Vivaldi
Chile allows abortion under no circumstances. Whether it's fetal anomaly incompatible with life or congenital malformation resulting in little or no life expectancy, all Chilean women are expected to carry their pregnancies to term. In this context, in January 2015 the Chilean Congress began debating a bill to legalize abortion on three grounds, including fatal congenital malformation. The medical community, including midwives, has presented its views for and against, especially on how the law may affect clinical practices; in addition, women, many of whom have experienced a fatal congenital malformation diagnosis, have weighed in...
June 2017: Health and Human Rights
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630541/regulation-of-conscientious-objection-to-abortion-an-international-comparative-multiple-case-study
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Wendy Chavkin, Laurel Swerdlow, Jocelyn Fifield
Since abortion laws were liberalized in Western Europe, conscientious objection (CO) to abortion has become increasingly contentious. We investigated the efficacy and acceptability of laws and policies that permit CO and ensure access to legal abortion services. This is a comparative multiple-case study, which triangulates multiple data sources, including interviews with key stakeholders from all sides of the debate in England, Italy, Norway, and Portugal. While the laws in all four countries have similarities, we found that implementation varied...
June 2017: Health and Human Rights
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630540/the-dublin-declaration-on-maternal-health-care-and-anti-abortion-activism-examples-from-latin-america
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Lynn M Morgan
The Dublin Declaration on Maternal Healthcare-issued by self-declared pro-life activists in Ireland in 2012-states unequivocally that abortion is never medically necessary, even to save the life of a pregnant woman. This article examines the influence of the Dublin Declaration on abortion politics in Latin America, especially El Salvador and Chile, where it has recently been used in pro-life organizing to cast doubt on the notion that legalizing abortion will reduce maternal mortality. Its framers argue that legalizing abortion will not improve maternal mortality rates, but reproductive rights advocates respond that the Dublin Declaration is junk science designed to preserve the world's most restrictive abortion laws...
June 2017: Health and Human Rights
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628566/immediate-impact-of-centralization-on-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-repair-outcomes-for-a-vascular-network-in-the-south-west-of-england-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Philippa Leighton, Matthew Doe, Samir Pathak, Abdullah AlDuwaisan, Marcus Brooks
OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to assess the short-term impact of centralization on the outcomes of patients undergoing abdominal aortic aneurysm repair in a vascular network in the South West of England. BACKGROUND: The centralization of vascular services has been implemented nationally across the National Health Service to improve patient outcomes. The full impact of these major changes has not yet been fully analyzed. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study examining outcomes of patients undergoing abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, based on prospectively entered National Vascular Registry data, pre and post centralization in the South West of England...
June 16, 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626371/carcinoma-of-the-papilla-of-vater-after-diversion-operation-for-pancreaticobiliary-maljunction
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Takahiro Yamanaka, Kenichiro Araki, Norihiro Ishii, Mariko Tsukagoshi, Takamichi Igarashi, Akira Watanabe, Norio Kubo, Hiroyuki Kuwano, Ken Shirabe
Pancreaticobiliary maljunction (PBM) is a congenital malformation that is associated with biliary cancer development. When patients are diagnosed with PBM, a diversion operation is recommended. Although a risk remains for developing residual bile duct carcinoma following diversion, the development of a carcinoma of the ampulla of Vater after a diversion operation for PBM is rare. We present a treated case of carcinoma of the ampulla of Vater after a diversion operation for PBM. A 65-year-old woman presented with abdominal pain...
May 2017: Case Reports in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625021/antibiotic-prophylaxis-for-elective-hysterectomy
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Reuben Olugbenga Ayeleke, Selma Mourad, Jane Marjoribanks, Karim A Calis, Vanessa Jordan
BACKGROUND: Elective hysterectomy is commonly performed for benign gynaecological conditions. Hysterectomy can be performed abdominally, laparoscopically, or vaginally, with or without laparoscopic assistance. Antibiotic prophylaxis consists of administration of antibiotics to reduce the rate of postoperative infection, which otherwise affects 40%-50% of women after vaginal hysterectomy, and more than 20% after abdominal hysterectomy. No Cochrane review has systematically assessed evidence on this topic...
June 18, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
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