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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813929/soft-brain-machine-interfaces-for-assistive-robotics-a-novel-control-approach
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Lucia Schiatti, Jacopo Tessadori, Giacinto Barresi, Leonardo S Mattos, Arash Ajoudani
Robotic systems offer the possibility of improving the life quality of people with severe motor disabilities, enhancing the individual's degree of independence and interaction with the external environment. In this direction, the operator's residual functions must be exploited for the control of the robot movements and the underlying dynamic interaction through intuitive and effective human-robot interfaces. Towards this end, this work aims at exploring the potential of a novel Soft Brain-Machine Interface (BMI), suitable for dynamic execution of remote manipulation tasks for a wide range of patients...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809610/phase-iii-study-comparing-a-reduced-dose-of-cabazitaxel-20-mg-m-2-and-the-currently-approved-dose-25-mg-m-2-in-postdocetaxel-patients-with-metastatic-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer-proselica
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Mario Eisenberger, Anne-Claire Hardy-Bessard, Choung Soo Kim, Lajos Géczi, Daniel Ford, Loïc Mourey, Joan Carles, Phillip Parente, Albert Font, Gabriel Kacso, Mustapha Chadjaa, Wenping Zhang, John Bernard, Johann de Bono
Purpose Cabazitaxel 25 mg/m(2) (C25) significantly improved overall survival (OS) versus mitoxantrone ( P < .001) in postdocetaxel patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) in the phase III TROPIC study. The phase III PROSELICA study ( ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01308580) assessed the noninferiority of cabazitaxel 20 mg/m(2) (C20) versus C25 in postdocetaxel patients with mCRPC. Methods Patients were stratified by Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group performance status, measurability of disease per Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST), and region, and randomly assigned to receive C20 or C25...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809591/reducing-inappropriate-non-steroidal-anti-inflammatory-prescription-in-primary-care-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease
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David M Keohane, Thomas Dennehy, Kenneth P Keohane, Eamonn Shanahan
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to reduce inappropriate non-steroidal anti-inflammatory prescribing in primary care patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Once diagnosed, CKD management involves delaying progression to end stage renal failure and preventing complications. It is well established that non-steroidal anti-inflammatories have a negative effect on kidney function and consequently, all nephrology consensus groups suggest avoiding this drug class in CKD. Design/methodology/approach The sampling criteria included all practice patients with a known CKD risk factor...
August 14, 2017: International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809459/intensity-of-integrated-cancer-palliative-care-plans-and-end-of-life-acute-medical-hospitalisation-among-cancer-patient%C3%A2-in-northern-italy
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Michele Pellizzari, Maria Rolfini, Eliana Ferroni, Valentina Savioli, Nicola Gennaro, Elena Schievano, Francesco Avossa, Elisabetta Pinato, Maria Cristina Ghiotto, Franco Figoli, Domenico Mantoan, Antonio Brambilla, Ugo Fedeli, Mario Saugo
A high hospital utilisation at the end of life (EOL) is an indicator of suboptimal quality of health care. We evaluated the impact of the intensity of different Integrated Cancer Palliative Care (ICPC) plans on EOL acute medical hospitalisation among cancer decedents. Decedents of cancer aged 18-84 years, who were residents in two Italian regions, were investigated through integrated administrative data. Outcomes considered were prolonged hospital stay for medical reasons, 2+ hospitalisations during the last month of life and hospital death...
August 15, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809377/health-related-quality-of-life-of-patients-with-zygomatic-fracture
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L Kaukola, J Snäll, R Roine, H Sintonen, H Thorén
BACKGROUND: The objective was to evaluate health-related quality of life (HRQoL) before and after surgical treatment of zygomatic complex fracture and assess patients' perceptions of the aesthetic and functional outcomes of surgery. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A prospective study of 79 adult patients before and after surgery for zygomatic complex fracture was conducted. HRQoL was measured using the generic 15-dimensional (15D) instrument, and patient satisfaction was assessed by an additional questionnaire...
August 15, 2017: Medicina Oral, Patología Oral y Cirugía Bucal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807845/1-hz-rtms-in-the-treatment-of-tinnitus-a-sham-controlled-randomized-multicenter-trial
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Michael Landgrebe, Göran Hajak, Stefan Wolf, Frank Padberg, Philipp Klupp, Andreas J Fallgatter, Thomas Polak, Jacqueline Höppner, Rene Haker, Joachim Cordes, Thomas Klenzner, Carlos Schönfeldt-Lecuona, Thomas Kammer, Erika Graf, Michael Koller, Tobias Kleinjung, Astrid Lehner, Martin Schecklmann, Timm B Pöppl, Peter Kreuzer, Elmar Frank, Berthold Langguth
BACKGROUND: Chronic tinnitus is a frequent, difficult to treat disease with high morbidity. OBJECTIVE: This multicenter randomized, sham-controlled trial investigated the efficacy and safety of 1-Hz repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) applied to the left temporal cortex in patients with chronic tinnitus. METHODS: Tinnitus patients were randomized to receive 10 sessions of either real or sham 1-Hz-rTMS (2000 stimuli, 110% motor threshold) to the left temporal cortex...
August 5, 2017: Brain Stimulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806111/-effectiveness-of-mindfulness-based-cancer-recovery-mbcr-program-among-hungarian-cancer-patients
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Magda Rohánszky, Károly Berényi, Dóra Fridrik, Henriette Pusztafalvi
INTRODUCTION AND AIM: Employment of mindfulness-based programs and techniques in the treatment of cancer patients have spread exponentially in the past decade. A large number of studies have proved the effectiveness of the program in the reduction of stress symptoms, depression and anxiety, and the improvement of sleep and mood patterns. The present study was done at Firebird Foundation and examines the effectiveness of the complex, MBCR (mindfulness-based cancer recovery)-based psycho-social intervention in the treatment of cancer patients...
August 2017: Orvosi Hetilap
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805170/perspectives-of-patients-close-relatives-nurses-and-physicians-on-end-of-life-medication-management
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Marianne K Dees, Eric C T Geijteman, Wim J M Dekkers, Bregje A A Huisman, Roberto S G M Perez, Lia van Zuylen, Agnes van der Heide, Evert van Leeuwen
OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to gain insight into the perspectives of patients, close relatives, nurses, and physicians on medication management for patients with a life expectancy of less than 3 months. METHOD: We conducted an empirical multicenter study with a qualitative approach, including in-depth interviews with patients, relatives, nurses, specialists, and general practitioners (GPs). We used the constant comparative method and ATLAS.ti (v. 7.1) software for our analysis...
August 14, 2017: Palliative & Supportive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805147/a-comparison-of-transdermal-over-the-counter-lidocaine-3-6-menthol-1-25-rx-lidocaine-5-and-placebo-for-back-pain-and-arthritis
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Eric Castro, David Dent
AIM: Transdermal lidocaine therapy has become a gold standard as part of a treatment regimen for patients who suffer from localized pain. We compared transdermal patches: over-the-counter (OTC) lidocaine 3.6% combined with menthol 1.25%, prescription lidocaine 5% (Rx) and placebo. METHODS: In a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, 87 patients were randomized to: OTC, Rx or placebo. RESULTS: OTC met primary end points of noninferiority compared with Rx for efficacy, side effects and quality of life...
August 14, 2017: Pain Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804974/rome-iii-vs-rome-iv-criteria-for-irritable-bowel-syndrome-a-comparison-of-clinical-characteristics-in-a-large-cohort-study
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L Vork, Z Z R M Weerts, Z Mujagic, J W Kruimel, M A M Hesselink, J W M Muris, D Keszthelyi, D M A E Jonkers, A A M Masclee
BACKGROUND: The Rome criteria for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) have been revised and are expected to apply only to the subset of Rome III IBS subjects with abdominal pain as predominant symptom, occurring at least once a week. The aim of this study was to determine the percentage of Rome III IBS subjects that fulfills Rome IV criteria and to evaluate differences between Rome IV-positive and Rome IV-negative subjects. METHODS: Four hundred and four Rome III IBS subjects completed a 14-day end-of-day symptom diary, the Gastrointestinal Symptom Rating Scale (GSRS), Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, and RAND 36-item Short-Form Health Survey (SF-36)...
August 14, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804867/sources-of-distress-for-physicians-and-nurses-working-in-swiss-neonatal-intensive-care-units
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Sabine D Klein, Hans Ulrich Bucher, Manya J Hendriks, Ruth Baumann-Hölzle, Jürg C Streuli, Thomas M Berger, Jean-Claude Fauchère, On Behalf Of The Swiss Neonatal End-Of-Life Study Group
BACKGROUND: Medical personnel working in intensive care often face difficult ethical dilemmas. These may represent important sources of distress and may lead to a diminished self-perceived quality of care and eventually to burnout. AIMS OF THE STUDY: The aim of this study was to identify work-related sources of distress and to assess symptoms of burnout among physicians and nurses working in Swiss neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). METHODS: In summer 2015, we conducted an anonymous online survey comprising 140 questions about difficult ethical decisions concerning extremely preterm infants...
August 14, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804862/oncological-patients-in-the-intensive-care-unit-prognosis-decision-making-therapies-and-end-of-life-care
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Ewelina Biskup, Fengfeng Cai, Marcus Vetter, Stephan Marsch
The effectiveness of intensive care unit (ICU) care for cancer patients remains controversial. Advances in antitumour and supportive care led to major improvements in outcomes of oncological patients in the ICU. Improved cancer therapies and supportive management of organ dysfunctions have contributed to improved survival rates. As a consequence, the number of cancer patients requiring ICU admission is rising. Frequently, cancer patients have a poor performance status and are vulnerable. It is a heterogeneous population, where the nature and curability of the neoplasm and the severity of critical illness cause a plethora of issues about ICU admissions...
August 14, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803265/measuring-the-end-of-life-premium-in-cancer-using-individual-ex-ante-willingness-to-pay
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S Olofsson, U-G Gerdtham, L Hultkrantz, U Persson
For the assessment of value of new therapies in healthcare, Health Technology Assessment (HTA) agencies often review the cost per quality-adjusted life-year (QALY) gained. Some HTA agencies accept a higher cost per QALY gained when treatment is aimed at prolonging survival for patients with a short expected remaining lifetime, a so-called end-of-life (EoL) premium. The objective of this study is to elicit the existence and size of an EoL premium in cancer. Data was collected from 509 individuals in the Swedish general population 20-80 years old using a web-based questionnaire...
August 12, 2017: European Journal of Health Economics: HEPAC: Health Economics in Prevention and Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803082/addressing-patient-emotional-and-existential-needs-during-serious-illness-results-of-the-outlook-randomized-controlled-trial
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Karen E Steinhauser, Stewart Alexander, Maren K Olsen, Karen M Stechuchak, Jennifer Zervakis, Natalie Ammarell, Ira Byock, James A Tulsky
CONTEXT: Few interventions exist to address patients' existential needs. OBJECTIVE: Determine whether an intervention to address seriously-ill patients' existential concerns improves preparation, completion (elements of quality-of-life at end-of-life) and reduces anxiety and depression. METHODS: A randomized control trial comparing: 1)Outlook intervention, 2)Relaxation meditation (RM); and 3)Usual care (UC). Measures included: primary - quality-of-life (QUAL-E) and secondary - FACT-G, anxiety (POMS), depression (CES-D), and spiritual well-being (FACIT-sp)...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803081/building-an-outpatient-kidney-palliative-care-clinical-program
#15
Jennifer S Scherer, Rebecca Wright, Caroline S Blaum, Stephen P Wall
CONTEXT: A diagnosis of advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD), or end stage renal disease (ESRD) represents a significant life change for patients and families. Individuals often experience high symptom burden, decreased quality of life, increased health care utilization, and end-of-life care discordant with their preferences. Early integration of palliative care with standard nephrology practice in the outpatient setting has the potential to improve quality of life through provision of expert symptom management, emotional support, and facilitation of advance care planning that honors the individual's values and goals...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803033/the-risk-of-tumour-recurrence-in-patients-undergoing-renal-transplantation-for-end-stage-renal-disease-after-previous-treatment-for-a-urological-cancer-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Romain Boissier, Vital Hevia, Harman Max Bruins, Klemens Budde, Arnaldo Figueiredo, Enrique Lledó-García, Jonathon Olsburgh, Heinz Regele, Claire Fraser Taylor, Rhana Hassan Zakri, Cathy Yuhong Yuan, Alberto Breda
CONTEXT: Renal transplantation is the gold standard renal replacement therapy in end-stage renal disease owing to its superior survival and quality of life compared with dialysis. When the potential recipient has a history of cancer, the waiting period before radiotherapy is usually based on the Cincinnati Registry. OBJECTIVE: To systematically review all available evidence on the risk of cancer recurrence in end-stage renal disease patients with a history of urological cancer...
August 9, 2017: European Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802638/spiritual-perspectives-of-emergency-medicine-doctors-and-nurses-in-caring-for-end-of-life-patients-a-mixed-method-study
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Yingting Zhang, Rakhee Yash Pal, Wai San Wilson Tam, Alice Lee, Mabel Ong, Lay Hwa Tiew
BACKGROUND: End-of-life care is becoming more prevalent in the Emergency Department. Quality end-of-life care includes spiritual support. As spirituality is a relatively vague concept, understanding healthcare professionals' spiritual perspectives is important. AIMS: To explore the perspectives of Emergency Department doctors and nurses in (i) spirituality, (ii) spiritual care domain in end-of-life care and (iii) factors influencing spiritual care provision in the Emergency Department...
August 9, 2017: International Emergency Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801396/the-sims-trial-adjustable-anchored-single-incision-mini-slings-versus-standard-tension-free-midurethral-slings-in-the-surgical-management-of-female-stress-urinary-incontinence-a-study-protocol-for-a-pragmatic-multicentre-non-inferiority-randomised-controlled
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Mohamed Abdel-Fattah, Graeme MacLennan, Mary Kilonzo, R Phil Assassa, Kirsty McCormick, Tracey Davidson, Alison McDonald, James N'Dow, Judith Wardle, John Norrie
INTRODUCTION: Single-incision mini-slings (SIMS) represent the third generation of midurethral slings. They have been developed with the aim of offering a true ambulatory procedure for treatment of female stress urinary incontinence (SUI) with reduced morbidity and earlier recovery while maintaining similar efficacy to standard midurethral slings (SMUS). The aim of this study is to determine the clinical and cost-effectiveness of adjustable anchored SIMS compared with tension-free SMUS in the surgical management of female SUI, with 3-year follow-up...
August 11, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801389/the-role-of-rehabilitation-measures-in-reintegration-of-children-with-brain-tumours-or-leukaemia-and-their-families-after-completion-of-cancer-treatment-a-study-protocol
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Mona Leandra Peikert, Laura Inhestern, Corinna Bergelt
INTRODUCTION: For ill children as well as for their parents and siblings, childhood cancer poses a major challenge. Little is known about the reintegration into daily life of childhood cancer survivors and their families. The aim of this prospective observational study is to further the understanding of the role of rehabilitation measures in the reintegration process of childhood leukaemia or brain tumour survivors and their family members after the end of cancer treatment. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: This prospective observational study consists of three study arms: a quantitative study in cooperation with three German paediatric oncological study registries (study arm 1), a quantitative study in cooperation with a rehabilitation clinic that offers a family-oriented paediatric oncological rehabilitation programme (study arm 2) and a qualitative study at 12-month follow-up including families from the study arms 1 and 2 (study arm 3)...
August 11, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801387/microbubbles-and-ultrasound-accelerated-thrombolysis-must-for-peripheral-arterial-occlusions-protocol-for-a-phase-ii-single-arm-trial
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Harm P Ebben, Johanna H Nederhoed, Rutger J Lely, Willem Wisselink, Kakkhee Yeung
INTRODUCTION: Acute peripheral arterial occlusions can be treated with intra-arterial catheter-directed thrombolysis as an alternative to surgical thromboembolectomy. Although less invasive, this treatment is time-consuming and carries a significant risk of haemorrhagic complications. Contrast-enhanced ultrasound using microbubbles could accelerate dissolution of thrombi by thrombolytic medications due to mechanical effects caused by oscillation; this could allow for lower dosages of thrombolytics and faster thrombolysis, thereby reducing the risk of haemorrhagic complications...
August 11, 2017: BMJ Open
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