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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161721/impact-of-nocturnal-noninvasive-ventilation-on-pulmonary-rehabilitation-in-patients-with-end-stage-lung-disease-awaiting-lung-transplantation
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Nikolaus Kneidinger, Rainer Gloeckl, Ursula Schönheit-Kenn, Katrin Milger, Wolfgang Hitzl, Jürgen Behr, Klaus Kenn
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) in patients awaiting lung transplantation is crucial to ensure a transplant benefit. However, PR in patients with end-stage lung disease treated with noninvasive ventilation (NIV) remains an area of uncertainty. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to assess the potential benefit of PR in patients awaiting lung transplantation treated with NIV. METHODS: Patients awaiting lung transplantation who underwent comprehensive inpatient PR from 1998 to 2015 were retrospectively analyzed...
November 21, 2017: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161204/effect-of-neoadjuvant-chemoradiotherapy-on-health-related-quality-of-life-in-esophageal-or-junctional-cancer-results-from-the-randomized-cross-trial
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Bo Jan Noordman, Mathilde G E Verdam, Sjoerd M Lagarde, Maarten C C M Hulshof, Pieter van Hagen, Mark I van Berge Henegouwen, Bas P L Wijnhoven, Hanneke W M van Laarhoven, Grard A P Nieuwenhuijzen, Geke A P Hospers, Johannes J Bonenkamp, Miguel A Cuesta, Reinoud J B Blaisse, Olivier R Busch, Fiebo J W Ten Kate, Geert-Jan M Creemers, Cornelis J A Punt, John Th M Plukker, Henk M W Verheul, Ernst J Spillenaar Bilgen, Herman van Dekken, Maurice J C van der Sangen, Tom Rozema, Katharina Biermann, Jannet C Beukema, Anna H M Piet, Caroline M van Rij, Janny G Reinders, Hugo W Tilanus, Ewout W Steyerberg, Ate van der Gaast, Mirjam A G Sprangers, J Jan B van Lanschot
Purpose To compare pre-agreed health-related quality of life (HRQOL) domains in patients with esophageal or junctional cancer who received neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy (nCRT) followed by surgery or surgery alone. Secondary aims were to examine the effect of nCRT on HRQOL before surgery and the effect of surgery on HRQOL. Patients and Methods Patients were randomly assigned to nCRT (carboplatin plus paclitaxel with concurrent 41.4-Gy radiotherapy) followed by surgery or surgery alone. HRQOL was measured using the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire-Core 30 (QLQ-C30) and -Oesophageal Cancer Module (QLQ-OES24) questionnaires pretreatment and at 3, 6, 9, and 12 months postoperatively...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158063/frailty-and-the-quality-of-life-in-hemodialysis-patients-the-importance-of-waist-circumference
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Nazanin Noori, Arti Sharma Parpia, Rajiv Lakhani, Sabrina Janes, Marc B Goldstein
OBJECTIVE: Frailty among the end-stage renal disease (ESRD) population is highly prevalent and has been associated with mortality. Little is known about the relation of different aspects of body composition, a modifiable risk factor, with the risk of frailty in ESRD population. DESIGN AND METHODS: One hundred and fifty-one patients including 85 men and 66 women, aged ≥18 years with ESRD who had been receiving conventional maintenance hemodialysis (HD) for at least 3 months were included...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Renal Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157465/dietos-a-dietary-recommender-system-for-chronic-diseases-monitoring-and-management
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Giuseppe Agapito, Mariadelina Simeoni, Barbara Calabrese, Ilaria Caré, Theodora Lamprinoudi, Pietro H Guzzi, Arturo Pujia, Giorgio Fuiano, Mario Cannataro
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Use of mobile and web-based applications for diet and weight management is currently increasing. However, the impact of known apps on clinical outcomes is not well-characterized so far. Moreover, availability of food recommender systems providing high quality nutritional advices to both healthy and diet-related chronic diseases users is very limited. In addition, the potentiality of nutraceutical properties of typical regional foods for improving app utility has not been exerted to this end...
January 2018: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156918/challenges-and-ethical-issues-in-the-course-of-palliative-care-management-for-people-living-with-advanced-neurologic-diseases
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Varun Sreenivasan, Christa O'Hana S Nobleza
In the recent years, there has been an increase in awareness with regards to the role of palliative care (PC) in management of neurologic diseases. In 1996, the need to incorporate PC in the care for patients with neurologic conditions was recognized by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Ethics and Humanities Subcommittee. The gaps in research, education and the ability to deliver adequate PC were then acknowledged by the National Academy of Sciences with their publication of "Approaching death: improving care at the end of life" and most recently, continued goals in improving PC was highlighted by another recent publication "Dying in America: improving quality and honoring individual preferences near the end of life"...
October 19, 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156917/advance-care-planning-for-patients-with-advanced-neurology-diseases
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Ka-Chi Cheung, Vikki Wai-Kee Lau, Ka-Chun Un, Man-Sheung Wong, Kwok-Ying Chan
BACKGROUND: Advanced neurology diseases including motor neuron disease (MND) are usually progressive life-limiting illness and could be devastating for patients, families and caregivers. Although medical technologies, such as enteral feeding and non-invasive ventilation, may prolong life expectancy of the patients, their utilization prompts important ethical questions in regard to their quality of life (QoL). Little attention had been paid on how ACP practice would practically help with patients suffering from different neurology diseases...
October 13, 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156901/patient-centered-family-meetings-in-palliative-care-a-quality-improvement-project-to-explore-a-new-model-of-family-meetings-with-patients-and-families-at-the-end-of-life
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Christine R Sanderson, Philippa J Cahill, Jane L Phillips, Anne Johnson, Elizabeth A Lobb
BACKGROUND: Family meetings in palliative care can enhance communication with family members and identify unmet needs. However, the patient's voice may not be heard. METHODS: This pre and post-test quality improvement project was conducted from 2013-2014 and investigated a patient-centered family meeting, which is a different approach to palliative care family meetings, to determine its feasibility and acceptability for patients, family and the palliative care team...
September 29, 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156298/european-research-on-electrochemotherapy-in-head-and-neck-cancer-eureca-project-results-from-the-treatment-of-mucosal-cancers
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Christina Caroline Plaschke, Giulia Bertino, James A McCaul, Juan J Grau, Remco de Bree, Gregor Sersa, Antonio Occhini, Ales Groselj, Cristobal Langdon, Derrek A Heuveling, Maja Cemazar, Primoz Strojan, C Rene Leemans, Marco Benazzo, Francesca De Terlizzi, Irene Wessel, Julie Gehl
AIM: Electrochemotherapy is an effective local treatment for cutaneous tumours and metastases. In this prospective trial, six European institutions investigated electrochemotherapy in recurrent, mucosal head and neck tumours. PATIENT AND METHODS: Forty-three patients with recurrent mucosal head and neck tumours and no further curative or reasonably effective palliative treatment options were enrolled and treated with electrochemotherapy. Patients were treated in general anaesthesia using intravenous or local injection of bleomycin followed by delivery of electric pulses to the tumour area...
November 16, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156152/limited-effect-of-omega-3-fatty-acids-on-the-quality-of-life-in-survivors-of-traumatic-injury-a-randomized-placebo-controlled-trial
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Hiroko Noguchi, Daisuke Nishi, Kenta Matsumura, Kei Hamazaki, Tomohito Hamazaki, Yutaka J Matsuoka
Empirical evidence is divided on whether n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid levels are associated with quality of life (QOL). This study investigated the effects of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) supplementation on QOL in survivors of traumatic injury. In this secondary analysis of a double-blind, randomized controlled trial, we recruited 110 trauma patients (82% men; mean age, 39.6 years) in an intensive care unit. Fifty-three received DHA-rich supplements and 57 received placebo for 12 weeks. We used the Medical Outcomes Study 36-Item Short Form Health Survey (SF-36) to assess QOL at the end of intervention...
December 2017: Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes, and Essential Fatty Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155291/measuring-the-psychosocial-dimensions-of-quality-of-life-in-advanced-cancer-patients-psychometrics-of-the-german-quality-of-life-at-the-end-of-life-cancer-psychosocial-qual-ec-p-questionnaire
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Britta Grünke, Rebecca Philipp, Sigrun Vehling, Katharina Scheffold, Martin Härter, Karin Oechsle, Frank Schulz-Kindermann, Anja Mehnert, Christopher Lo
CONTEXT: Quality of life is a central focus of care in advanced cancer. Specialized instruments, such as the QUAL-EC, may be useful to assess psychosocial issues associated with quality of life unique to this population. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the measurement of the psychosocial dimensions of quality of life using the German translation of the QUAL-EC-Cancer-Psychosocial Questionnaire (QUAL-EC-P), including factor structure and psychometrics. METHODS: 183 patients with advanced cancer from the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf and University Medical Center Leipzig completed the QUAL-EC-P...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153752/hospice-care-for-patients-with-dementia-in-the-united-states-a-longitudinal-cohort-study
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Aline De Vleminck, R Sean Morrison, Diane E Meier, Melissa D Aldridge
BACKGROUND: Patients with dementia form an increasing proportion of those entering hospice care. Little is known about the types of hospices serving patients with dementia and the patterns of hospice use, including timing of hospice disenrollment between patients with and without dementia. OBJECTIVES: To characterize the hospices that serve patients with dementia, to compare patterns of hospice disenrollment for patients with dementia and without dementia, and to evaluate patient-level and hospice-level characteristics associated with hospice disenrollment...
November 16, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153637/quality-of-life-and-functional-capacity-outcomes-in-the-momentum-3-trial-at-6-months-a-call-for-new-metrics-for-left-ventricular-assist-device-patients
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Jennifer A Cowger, Yoshifumi Naka, Keith D Aaronson, Douglas Horstmanshof, Sanjeev Gulati, Debbie Rinde-Hoffman, Sean Pinney, Sirtaz Adatya, David J Farrar, Ulrich P Jorde
BACKGROUND: The Multicenter Study of MAGLEV Technology in Patients Undergoing Mechanical Circulatory Support Therapy with HeartMate 3 (MOMENTUM 3) clinical trial demonstrated improved 6-month event-free survival, but a detailed analysis of health-related quality of life (HR-QOL) and functional capacity (FC) was not presented. Further, the effect of early serious adverse events (SAEs) on these metrics and on the general ability to live well while supported with a left ventricular assist system (LVAS) warrants evaluation...
October 24, 2017: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153555/a-prospective-follow-up-of-quality-of-life-depression-and-anxiety-in-children-with-lymphoma-and-solid-tumors
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Nihal Sargın Yıldırım, Metin Demirkaya, Betül Berrin Sevinir, Salih Güler, Ayşe Pınar Vural, Candan Demiröz, Arzu Çırpan Kantarcıoğlu
Background/aim: The aim of this study was the determination and prospective follow-up of quality of life, depression, and anxiety in pediatric patients with cancer under chemotherapy, as well as the evaluation of related factors. Materials and methods: Fifty newly diagnosed pediatric cancer patients and their parents were prospectively monitored before, during, and after therapy, and tests were used. Results: Significantly lower quality of life scores were recorded during treatment, in the group with CNS tumors, in the group receiving chemotherapy plus radiotherapy plus surgery, in the inpatient-only treatment group, in the group receiving treatment for longer than 6 months, and in the group of patients whose diagnosis was delayed for more than 3 months...
August 23, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153214/-psychological-support-for-patients-with-a-ventricular-assist-device
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Laurence Le Helias
In the case of end-stage heart failure, the medical-surgical team can suggest the use of an external circulatory assist device as a definitive therapy. Living with this assistance requires a certain amount of adaptation on the part of the patients and their family, but can significantly improve quality of life. Support groups give them the opportunity to talk about their new life and receive psychological support.
November 2017: Soins; la Revue de Référence Infirmière
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153005/screening-for-delirium-development-and-validation-of-the-buffalo-delirium-scale-for-use-in-a-home-based-hospice-setting
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Jennifer M Breier, Scott T Meier, Christopher W Kerr, Scott T Wright, Pei C Grant, Rachel M Depner
BACKGROUND: Delirium is a challenging occurrence among people at end of life. It can be difficult to detect and treat because of its episodic nature. The Buffalo Delirium Scale (BDS) was designed to identify risk factors for hospice patients in the prodromal stage of delirium. OBJECTIVE: This study evaluated the psychometric properties of items assessing delirium risk factors related to cognitive problems, psychological distress, and sleep problems. METHODS: Hospice nursing staff assessed patients with the 11-item BDS over a 6-month period as part of standard weekly visits to monitor for emerging signs of delirium, for example, sleep patterns, cognition, and behavior...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151496/cost-effectiveness-analysis-of-cardiovascular-disease-treatment-in-japan
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Satoshi Kodera, Arihiro Kiyosue, Jiro Ando, Hiroshi Akazawa, Hiroyuki Morita, Masafumi Watanabe, Issei Komuro
The quality-adjusted life year (QALY) and incremental cost-effectiveness ratio (ICER) are important concepts in cost-effectiveness analysis, which is becoming increasingly important in Japan. QALY is used to estimate quality of life (QOL) and life years, and can be used to compare the efficacies of cancer and cardiovascular treatments. ICER is defined as the difference in cost between treatments divided by the difference in their effects, with a smaller ICER indicating better cost-effectiveness. Here, we present a review of cost-effectiveness analyses in Japan as well other countries...
November 17, 2017: International Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151267/impaired-permeability-and-antimicrobial-barriers-in-type-2-diabetes-skin-are-linked-to-increased-serum-levels-of-advanced-glycation-end-product
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Jae-Hong Kim, Na Young Yoon, Dong Hye Kim, Minyoung Jung, Myungsoo Jun, Hwa-Young Park, Choon Hee Chung, Kyohoon Lee, Sunki Kim, Chang Seo Park, Kwang-Hyeon Liu, Eung Ho Choi
BACKGROUND: The incidence of type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) has been increasing rapidly, and the disease has become a serious sociomedical problem. Many skin problems, such as xerosis, pruritus, skin infections, and delayed wound healing, that might be related to chronic impairment of skin barrier function decrease the quality of life in DM patients. However, the status of the permeability and antimicrobial barrier of the skin in DM remains unknown. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to elucidate skin barrier impairment in type 2 DM patients and its patho-mechanisms using classic animal models of type 2 DM...
November 19, 2017: Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150163/the-management-of-diagnosed-heart-failure-in-older-people-in-primary-care
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REVIEW
Nicholas R Jones, F D Richard Hobbs, Clare J Taylor
Heart failure (HF) is a common condition affecting predominantly older people. Symptoms include breathlessness and fatigue, and can significantly reduce quality of life. HF rarely occurs in isolation, with most patients having several co-existing diseases requiring multiple medications. There is a large evidence base for treatment of HF with reduced ejection fraction, or HFrEF; however, many of the trials did not include older people with multimorbidity so their findings should be applied to this group with some caution...
December 2017: Maturitas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149474/interventions-for-old-world-cutaneous-leishmaniasis
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REVIEW
Julio Heras-Mosteiro, Begoña Monge-Maillo, Mariona Pinart, Patricia Lopez Pereira, Emely Garcia-Carrasco, Pedro Campuzano Cuadrado, Ana Royuela, Irene Mendez Roman, Rogelio López-Vélez
BACKGROUND: Cutaneous leishmaniasis, caused by a parasitic infection, is considered one of the most serious skin diseases in many low- and middle-income countries. Old World cutaneous leishmaniasis (OWCL) is caused by species found in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, the Mediterranean, and India. The most commonly prescribed treatments are antimonials, but other drugs have been used with varying success. As OWCL tends to heal spontaneously, it is necessary to justify the use of systemic and topical treatments...
November 17, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149280/whole-genome-re-sequencing-of-two-italian-tomato-landraces-reveals-sequence-variations-in-genes-associated-with-stress-tolerance-fruit-quality-and-long-shelf-life-traits
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Valentina Tranchida-Lombardo, Riccardo Aiese Cigliano, Irantzu Anzar, Simone Landi, Samuela Palombieri, Chiara Colantuono, Hamed Bostan, Pasquale Termolino, Riccardo Aversano, Giorgia Batelli, Maria Cammareri, Domenico Carputo, Maria Luisa Chiusano, Clara Conicella, Federica Consiglio, Nunzio D'Agostino, Monica De Palma, Antonio Di Matteo, Silvana Grandillo, Walter Sanseverino, Marina Tucci, Stefania Grillo
Tomato is a high value crop and the primary model for fleshy fruit development and ripening. Breeding priorities include increased fruit quality, shelf life and tolerance to stresses. To contribute towards this goal, we re-sequenced the genomes of Corbarino (COR) and Lucariello (LUC) landraces, which both possess the traits of plant adaptation to water deficit, prolonged fruit shelf-life and good fruit quality. Through the newly developed pipeline Reconstructor, we generated the genome sequences of COR and LUC using datasets of 65...
November 14, 2017: DNA Research: An International Journal for Rapid Publication of Reports on Genes and Genomes
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