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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820681/efficacy-safety-and-cost-effectiveness-of-thermotherapy-in-the-treatment-of-leishmania-donovani-induced-cutaneous-leishmaniasis-a-randomized-controlled-clinical-trial
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Wardha F Refai, Nayani P Madarasingha, Buthsiri Sumanasena, Sudath Weerasingha, Amala De Silva, Rohini Fernandopulle, Abhay R Satoskar, Nadira D Karunaweera
Leishmania donovani causes cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) in Sri Lanka. Standard treatment is multiple, painful doses of intralesional sodium stibogluconate (IL-SSG). Treatment failures are increasingly reported, hence the need to investigate alternatives. Efficacy, safety, and cost-effectiveness of thermotherapy were assessed for the first time for L. donovani CL. A single blinded noninferiority randomized controlled trial was conducted on new laboratory-confirmed CL patients with single lesions (N = 213). Selected patients were randomly assigned to 1) test group (N = 98; single session of radiofrequency-induced heat therapy (RFHT) given at 50°C for 30 seconds) and 2) control group (N = 115; 1-3 mL IL-SSG given weekly, until cure/10 doses)...
August 14, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820648/natural-bioactive-food-components-for-improving-enteral-tube-feeding-tolerance-in-adult-patient-populations
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Adam J Kuchnia, Beth Conlon, Norman Greenberg
Tube feeding (TF) is the most common form of nutrition support. In recent years, TF administration has increased among patient populations within and outside hospital settings, in part due to greater insurance coverage, reduced use of parenteral nutrition, and improved formularies suitable for sole source nutrition. With increasing life expectancy and improved access to TFs, the number of adults dependent on enteral nutrition is expected to grow. However, enteral TF intolerance (ETFI) is the most common complication of TFs, typically presenting with at least 1 adverse gastrointestinal event, including nausea, diarrhea, and constipation...
August 1, 2017: Nutrition in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819907/weight-and-eating-concerns-in-women-s-reproductive-health
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Courtney McCuen-Wurst, Elizabeth Culnan, Nicole L Stewart, Kelly C Allison
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Women's weight status affects their reproductive functioning, and, likewise, women's lifetime weight trajectories are influenced by reproductive events. We examine the relationship between polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), pregnancy, the postpartum period, and gynecological cancers with weight, body image, and other psychiatric issues. RECENT FINDINGS: Women with overweight or obesity are at higher risk for PCOS, and the mood and anxiety symptoms often comorbid with PCOS are linked to weight as well as the core symptoms of the disorder...
August 18, 2017: Current Psychiatry Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819649/prosocial-apathy-for-helping-others-when-effort-is-required
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Patricia L Lockwood, Mathilde Hamonet, Samuel H Zhang, Anya Ratnavel, Florentine U Salmony, Masud Husain, Matthew A J Apps
Prosocial acts - those that are costly to ourselves but benefit others - are a central component of human co-existence1-3. While the financial and moral costs of prosocial behaviours are well understood4-6, everyday prosocial acts do not typically come at such costs. Instead, they require effort. Here, using computational modelling of an effort-based task we show that people are prosocially apathetic. They are less willing to choose to initiate highly effortful acts that benefit others compared to benefitting themselves...
July 2017: Nature Human Behaviour
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819631/effect-of-tranexamic-acid-on-hematologic-values-and-blood-loss-in-reverse-total-shoulder-arthroplasty
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Sae Hoon Kim, Whan Ik Jung, Young Jun Kim, Do Hyeon Hwang, Young Eun Choi
PURPOSE: Use of tranexamic acid (TXA) in the setting of arthroplasty of the lower extremity has been previously described. The aim of this study was to evaluate the benefit of a single dose of TXA (500 mg vial) administered intravenously just prior to RTSA in an Asian population. METHODS: The records of 48 patients (no TXA, n = 24, versus TXA, n = 24) that underwent RTSA for cuff tear arthropathy were retrospectively reviewed. All patients had a Hemovac drain positioned for 2 days after surgery...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818990/clinical-use-and-utility-of-amyloid-imaging
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Henryk Barthel, Osama Sabri
Currently, three amyloid PET tracers are approved and commercially available for clinical use. They allow for the accurate in vivo detection of amyloid plaques, one hallmark of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Here, we review the current knowledge on the clinical use and utility of amyloid imaging. Appropriate use criteria for the clinical application of amyloid imaging are established, and most currently available data point to their validity. Visual amyloid image analysis is highly standardized. Disclosure of amyloid imaging results is desired by many cognitively impaired subjects, and seems to be safe once appropriate education is delivered to the disclosing clinicians...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818820/opportunities-of-mhealth-in-preconception-care-preferences-and-experiences-of-patients-and-health-care-providers-and-other-involved-professionals
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Matthijs R Van Dijk, Maria Ph Koster, Ageeth N Rosman, Regine Pm Steegers-Theunissen
BACKGROUND: The importance of the preconception period and preconception care (PCC) are broadly acknowledged and the potential benefits regarding health promotion have been studied extensively. PCC provides the opportunity to identify, prevent, and treat modifiable and nonmodifiable risk factors to optimize the health of couples trying to become pregnant. The prevalence of modifiable and nonmodifiable risk factors in these couples is high, but the uptake of PCC remains low. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to identify the preferences and experiences of women and men (patients) trying to become pregnant and of health care providers and other involved professionals regarding mobile health (mHealth), in particular the coaching platform Smarter Pregnancy, and its potential role in PCC...
August 17, 2017: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818622/benefits-of-immune-protection-versus-immunopathology-costs-a-synthesis-from-cytokine-ko-models
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Gabriele Sorci, Cédric Lippens, Clothilde Léchenault, Bruno Faivre
The inflammatory response can produce damage to host tissues and in several infectious diseases the most severe symptoms are due to immunopathology rather than a direct effect of pathogen multiplication. One hypothesis for the persistence of inflammatory damage posits that the benefits of protection towards infection outweigh the costs. We used data on knocked-out (KO) cytokine models [and the corresponding wild-type (WT) controls] to test this hypothesis. We computed differences in pathogen load and host survival between WT and KO and divided them by the WT values...
August 14, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818607/potential-impact-of-including-time-to-first-cigarette-into-risk-models-for-selecting-ever-smokers-for-lung-cancer-screening
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Fangyi Gu, Li C Cheung, Neal D Freedman, Hormuzd A Katki, Neil E Caporaso
BACKGROUND: Selecting individuals based on model-predicted risks has been reported to improve lung cancer screening efficiency. Time-to-first-cigarette (TTFC), a nicotine dependency measurement, has been a strong independent lung-cancer risk predictor, based on case-control studies. AIMS: To verify the TTFC-lung cancer association in the prospective National Lung Screening Trial (NLST), and evaluate whether adding TTFC can improve lung-cancer risk-prediction models...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Thoracic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818434/adjusting-for-covariates-in-evaluating-markers-for-selecting-treatment-with-application-to-guiding-chemotherapy-for-treating-estrogen-receptor-positive-node-positive-breast-cancer
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Holly Janes, Marshall D Brown, Michael R Crager, Dave P Miller, William E Barlow
In many clinical contexts, biomarkers that predict treatment efficacy are highly sought after. Such treatment selection or predictive biomarkers have the potential to identify subgroups most likely to benefit from the treatment, and may therefore be used to improve clinical outcomes and reduce medical costs. A methodological challenge in evaluating these biomarkers is determining how to take into account other variables that predict clinical outcomes, or that influence the biomarker distribution, generically termed covariates...
August 14, 2017: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818319/-a-comparative-cost-analysis-of-single-use-versus-reusable-fiberoptic-bronchoscopes-is-single-use-fiberscope%C3%A2-worth-it
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M Videau, K Rghioui, B Mottet, A Sainfort, I Lefort
OBJECTIVE: To present a minimization-cost analysis to compare reusable and single-use fiberscopes in a French health institution. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The amortization cost assessment has been achieved over a period of five years, and took into account the acquisition and maintenance costs, as well as the costs related to disinfection of reusable fiberscopes. The cost of single-use fiberscopes was calculated according to its acquisition and elimination costs. Finally, we compared the costs of single-use vs...
August 14, 2017: Annales Pharmaceutiques Françaises
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818053/the-impact-of-self-interviews-on-response-patterns-for-sensitive-topics-a-randomized-trial-of-electronic-delivery-methods-for-a-sexual-behaviour-questionnaire-in-rural-south-africa
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Guy Harling, Dumile Gumede, Tinofa Mutevedzi, Nuala McGrath, Janet Seeley, Deenan Pillay, Till W Bärnighausen, Abraham J Herbst
BACKGROUND: Self-interviews, where the respondent rather than the interviewer enters answers to questions, have been proposed as a way to reduce social desirability bias associated with interviewer-led interviews. Computer-assisted self-interviews (CASI) are commonly proposed since the computer programme can guide respondents; however they require both language and computer literacy. We evaluated the feasibility and acceptability of using electronic methods to administer quantitative sexual behaviour questionnaires in the Somkhele demographic surveillance area (DSA) in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa...
August 17, 2017: BMC Medical Research Methodology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817995/intrapartum-test-for-detection-of-group-b-streptococcus-colonization-during-labor
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Elena Picchiassi, Giuliana Coata, Giulia Babucci, Irene Giardina, Valentina Summa, Federica Tarquini, Michela Centra, Vittorio Bini, Benito Cappuccini, Gian Carlo Di Renzo
PURPOSE: To evaluate the potential improvement of introducing an intrapartum test for the detection of Group B Streptococcus (GBS) during labor and to estimate its cost-effectiveness versus antepartum GBS screening culture. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Three hundred thirteen women at beginning of labor, with unknown GBS status or with antepartum GBS screening culture were enrolled. A vaginal-rectal specimen was collected from each woman for GBS detection by real time PCR...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817861/population-health-management-and-cancer-screening
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Bradley Kamstra, Mark K Huntington
Population health management (PHM) is a new health care model being implemented. It has been defined as "the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group." This includes health outcomes and patterns of health determinants, and policies and interventions that link these two. Moving from a fee-for-service payment system to a quality- or value-based system, this model places on the clinician more responsibility for the costs of health care and its reimbursements...
2017: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817296/patients-views-on-price-shopping-and-price-transparency
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Hannah L Semigran, Rebecca Gourevitch, Anna D Sinaiko, David Cowling, Ateev Mehrotra
OBJECTIVES: Driven by the growth of high deductibles and price transparency initiatives, patients are being encouraged to search for prices before seeking care, yet few do so. To understand why this is the case, we interviewed individuals who were offered access to a widely used price transparency website through their employer. STUDY DESIGN: Qualitative interviews. METHODS: We interviewed individuals enrolled in a preferred provider organization product through their health plan about their experience using the price transparency tool (if they had done so), their past medical experiences, and their opinions on shopping for care...
June 1, 2017: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816502/cost-of-malingering-mild-traumatic-brain-injury-related-cognitive-deficits-during-compensation-and-pension-evaluations-in-the-veterans-benefits-administration
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John H Denning, Robert D Shura
Given the high rates of exaggeration in those claiming long-term cognitive deficits as a result of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), the aim of this study was to evaluate the rates of malingering in those seeking disability through the Veterans Benefits Administration and estimate the financial burden of disability payments for those receiving compensation despite exaggerated mTBI-related cognitive deficits. Retrospective review included 74 veterans seen for Compensation and Pension evaluations for mTBI. Rates of malingering were based on failure of the Medical Symptom Validity Test (MSVT) and/or the Test of Memory Malingering (TOMM) trial 1 ≤ 40...
August 17, 2017: Applied Neuropsychology. Adult
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816476/benefits-of-flexible-prioritization-in-working-memory-can-arise-without-costs
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Nicholas E Myers, Sammi R Chekroud, Mark G Stokes, Anna C Nobre
Most recent models conceptualize working memory (WM) as a continuous resource, divided up according to task demands. When an increasing number of items need to be remembered, each item receives a smaller chunk of the memory resource. These models predict that the allocation of attention to high-priority WM items during the retention interval should be a zero-sum game: improvements in remembering cued items come at the expense of uncued items because resources are dynamically transferred from uncued to cued representations...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Experimental Psychology. Human Perception and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815602/efficacy-and-safety-of-amphotericin-b-formulations-a-network-meta-analysis-and-a-multicriteria-decision-analysis
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Fernanda S Tonin, Laiza M Steimbach, Helena H Borba, Andreia C Sanches, Astrid Wiens, Roberto Pontarolo, Fernando Fernandez-Llimos
OBJECTIVES: Despite its broad spectrum, conventional amphotericin B (AB) is associated with serious adverse events. Lipid-based formulations may offer safer options. We aimed to synthesize the evidence of efficacy and safety of AB formulations. METHODS: We performed a systematic review and network meta-analysis (NMA) to compare all available formulations: conventional AB; lipid complex or ABLC; colloidal dispersion or ABCD; liposomal or LAB; AB in Intralipid. Randomized controlled trials were searched in four databases...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815200/the-case-for-laboratory-developed-procedures-quality-and-positive-impact-on-patient-care
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Karen L Kaul, Linda M Sabatini, Gregory J Tsongalis, Angela M Caliendo, Randall J Olsen, Edward R Ashwood, Sherri Bale, Robert Benirschke, Dean Carlow, Birgit H Funke, Wayne W Grody, Randall T Hayden, Madhuri Hegde, Elaine Lyon, Kazunori Murata, Melissa Pessin, Richard D Press, Richard B Thomson
An explosion of knowledge and technology is revolutionizing medicine and patient care. Novel testing must be brought to the clinic with safety and accuracy, but also in a timely and cost-effective manner, so that patients can benefit and laboratories can offer testing consistent with current guidelines. Under the oversight provided by the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments, laboratories have been able to develop and optimize laboratory procedures for use in-house. Quality improvement programs, interlaboratory comparisons, and the ability of laboratories to adjust assays as needed to improve results, utilize new sample types, or incorporate new mutations, information, or technologies are positive aspects of Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments oversight of laboratory-developed procedures...
January 2017: Acad Pathol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814381/impact-of-a-tutored-theoretical-practical-training-to-develop-undergraduate-students-skills-for-the-detection-of-caries-lesions-study-protocol-for-a-multicenter-controlled-randomized-study
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Mariana Minatel Braga, Tathiane Larissa Lenzi, Fernanda Rosche Ferreira, Fausto Medeiros Mendes, Daniela Prócida Raggio, José Carlos Imparato, Marcelo Bonecker, Ana Carolina Magalhães, Linda Wang, Daniela Rios, Juliano Pelim Pessan, Cristiane Duque, Maria Augusta Bessa Rebelo, Ary Oliveira Alves Filho, Marina De Deus Moura Lima, Marcoeli Silva Moura, Alessandro Diogo De Carli, Mariane Emi Sanabe, Maximiliano Sergio Cenci, Elenara Ferreira Oliveira, Marcos Britto Correa, Rachel Oliveira Rocha, Julio Eduardo Zenkner, Pedroza Uribe Murisí, Stefania Martignon, Juan Sebastian Lara, Fatima Gabriela Aquino, Alfredo Carrillo, Chun Hung Chu, Chris Deery, David Ricketts, Paulo Melo, José Leopoldo Ferreira Antunes, Kim Rud Ekstrand
BACKGROUND: Tutored laboratorial activities could be a manner of improving the competency development of students. However, its impact over conventional theoretical classes has not yet been tested. Additionally, different university contexts could influence this issue and should be explored. OBJECTIVE: To assess the impact of a tutored theoretical-practical training for teaching undergraduate students to detect caries lesions as compared with theoretical teaching activities...
August 16, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
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