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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911487/external-inspection-of-compliance-with-standards-for-improved-healthcare-outcomes
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Gerd Flodgren, Daniela C Gonçalves-Bradley, Marie-Pascale Pomey
BACKGROUND: Inspection systems are used in healthcare to promote quality improvements (i.e. to achieve changes in organisational structures or processes, healthcare provider behaviour and patient outcomes). These systems are based on the assumption that externally promoted adherence to evidence-based standards (through inspection/assessment) will result in higher quality of healthcare. However, the benefits of external inspection in terms of organisational-, provider- and patient-level outcomes are not clear...
December 2, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911459/evaluation-of-bone-metastases-by-18f-choline-pet-ct-in-a-patient-with-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer-treated-with-radium-223
#2
Piera Scalzi, Cinzia Baiocco, Sabrina Genovese, Antonella Trevisan, Zuzana Sirotova, Carlo Poti
BACKGROUND: To date, bone metastases remain the main cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). Therefore, the combination of accurate early detection of bony disease and effective treatment of these lesions is crucial in the management of mCRPC patients, but clinical trials specifically designed to test novel approaches are currently lacking. CASE DESCRIPTION: This report describes the case of a 74-year-old male with bone mCRPC and symptomatic and biochemical progression, who underwent radium-223 therapy, following previous treatment failure...
December 2, 2016: Urologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911457/what-is-the-impact-of-extracorporeal-shock-wave-lithotripsy-on-semen-parameters-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Mohammad H Radfar, Nasser Simforoosh, Mehdi Sotoudeh, Mehdi H Ramezani, Mohammad J Mollakoochakian, Maryam Nikravesh, Hamidreza Shemshaki
BACKGROUND: Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) is an important tool for the management of urolithiasis. The effects of shockwaves on tissues are established. The aim of this meta-analysis is to evaluate the microscopic semen characteristics of young men before and after ESWL treatment for lower ureteral calculi. METHODS: Literature searches were performed following the Cochrane guidelines. We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis that included six trials that investigated the effects of ESWL on semen parameters, including sperm concentration, motility, and hematospermia...
December 2, 2016: Urologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911294/deleterious-effect-of-butyrylcholinesterase-k-variant-in-donepezil-treatment-of-mild-cognitive-impairment
#4
Sophie Sokolow, Xiaohui Li, Lucia Chen, Kent D Taylor, Jerome I Rotter, Robert A Rissman, Paul S Aisen, Liana G Apostolova
BACKGROUND: Donepezil is an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor frequently prescribed for the treatment of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) though not approved by the Food and Drug Administration for this indication. In Alzheimer's disease, butyrylcholinesterase (BChE) activity increases with disease progression and may replace acetylcholinesterase function. The most frequent polymorphism of BChE is the K-variant, which is associated with lower acetylcholine-hydrolyzing activity. BChE-K polymorphism has been studied in Alzheimer's disease progression and donepezil therapy, and has led to contradictory results...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911112/treatment-of-alpha-and-beta-herpesvirus-infections-in-solid-organ-transplant-recipients
#5
C L Abad, R R Razonable
Human herpesviruses frequently cause infections in solid organ transplant (SOT) recipients. Areas covered: We provide an overview of the clinical impact of alpha and beta herpesviruses and highlight the mechanisms of action, pharmacokinetics, clinical indications, and adverse effects of antiviral drugs for the management of herpes simplex virus, varicella zoster virus and cytomegalovirus. We comprehensively evaluated key clinical trials that led to drug approval, and served as the foundation for management guidelines...
December 2, 2016: Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911002/what-is-quality-of-life-and-how-do-we-measure-it-relevance-to-parkinson-s-disease-and-movement-disorders
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REVIEW
Pablo Martinez-Martin
Health-related quality of life is a patient-reported outcome that complements clinical evaluation and provides information about disease activity and effects of the treatment. The objective of this review is to present the conceptual framework, the measures, and some of their most relevant applications in the field of Parkinson's disease and movement disorders. Health-related quality of life is a subjective, individual, and multidimensional construct, and its main dimensions are physical, mental, and social, besides global perceptions of health and personal domains...
December 2, 2016: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910783/recent-advances-and-challenges-in-studies-of-control-of-cancer-stem-cells-and-the-gut-microbiome-by-the-trametes-derived-polysaccharopeptide-psp-review
#7
Joseph M Wu, Barbara B Doonan, Tze-Chen Hsieh, Qingyao Yang, Xiao-Tong Yang, Ming-Tat Ling
The medicinal mushroom Trametes versicolor has been well recognized for its activity in maintaining the general health of the population and in managing and treating human diseases in various cultures. Its use has been recently gaining acceptance and popularity in Western countries. The reported health benefits of T. versicolor led to a search for the identity of its bioactive ingredients. These efforts have resulted in the isolation of the polysaccharopeptide PSP from cultured mycelia of strain Cov-1, which expresses large amounts of PSP...
2016: International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910751/recent-advances-in-pharmacotherapeutic-paradigm-of-mild-to-recalcitrant-atopic-dermatitis
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Zahid Hussain, Shariza Sahudin, Hnin Ei Thu, Ahmad Nazrun Shuid, Syed Nasir Abbas Bukhari, Endang Kumolosasi
Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a common, chronic skin inflammatory disorder characterized by perivascular infiltration of immunoglobulin E (IgE), T lymphocytes, and mast cells. The key factors responsible for the pathophysiology of this disease are immunological disorders and defects in epidermal barrier properties. Pruritus, intense itching, psychological stress, deprived physical and mental performance, and sleep disturbance are the hallmark features of this dermatological disorder. Preventive interventions such as educational programs, avoidance of allergens, and exclusive care toward the skin could play a partial role in suppressing the symptoms...
2016: Critical Reviews in Therapeutic Drug Carrier Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910704/the-safety-of-nivolumab-for-the-treatment-of-advanced-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Giulio Metro, Biagio Ricciuti, Marta Brambilla, Sara Baglivo, Irene Soli, Elisa Minenza, Giulia Costanza Leonardi, Alessandro D'Arpino, Daniela Colabrese, Marco Tazza, Daniela Zicari, Vincenzo Minotti, Rita Chiari
Immune checkpoint blockaders (ICBs) act by unbalancing the immune system, thus favoring the development of an immune-mediated antitumor effect. ICBs targeting the programmed cell death receptor-1 (PD-1) have recently been investigated in a number of advanced tumors, including non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Nivolumab, a fully human IgG4 kappa directed against PD-1, has been the first ICB to be approved for second-line treatment of advanced NSCLC. Areas covered: In this review we focus on the clinical development of nivolumab for the treatment of advanced NSCLC, with an emphasis on its safety profile...
December 2, 2016: Expert Opinion on Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910210/microbiological-evaluation-of-the-extension-wire-and-percutaneous-epidural-lead-anchor-site-following-a-2-stage-cut-down-spinal-cord-stimulator-procedure
#10
Abdul Ghaaliq Lalkhen, Mahindra Chincholkar, Jiten Patel
OBJECTIVES: There are concerns regarding bacterial colonization of the temporary extension leads and subsequent infection risk using the 2-stage cut-down approach in spinal cord stimulation (SCS). We sought to quantify the extent of bacterial colonization of the temporary extension wire and percutaneous epidural lead anchor site. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional observational study recruiting a pragmatic sample of 25 consecutive patients listed for a cut-down trial of SCS...
December 2, 2016: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910115/an-expert-consensus-definition-of-failure-of-a-treatment-to-provide-adequate-relief-f-par-for-chronic-constipation-an-international-delphi-survey
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J Tack, H Boardman, P Layer, I Schiefke, D Jayne, C Scarpignato, M Fox, T Frieling, P Ducrotte, S Hamdy, K Gill, C Ciriza de Los Rios, R Felt-Bersma, D De Looze, V Stanghellini, A Mohr Drewes, M Simrén, C Pehl, T Hoheisel, A Leodolter, E Rey, J Dalrymple, A Emmanuel
BACKGROUND: As treatments for constipation become increasingly available, it is important to know when to progress along the treatment algorithm if the patient is not better. AIM: To establish the definition of failure of a treatment to provide adequate relief (F-PAR) to support this management and referral process in patients with chronic constipation. METHODS: We conducted an international Delphi Survey among gastroenterologists and general practitioners with a special interest in chronic constipation...
December 1, 2016: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910092/management-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-elderly-adults
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Yaanik Desai, Mikhael F El-Chami, Angel R Leon, Faisal M Merchant
Driven in large part by the aging of the population and the increasing prevalence of cardiovascular comorbidities associated with atrial fibrillation (AF), there is a burgeoning epidemic of AF in elderly adults. Although there is a large body of literature to guide management of people with AF, elderly adults with AF are frequently underrepresented in clinical trials. This review provides a contemporary update on management of elderly adults with AF with a particular focus on the two main clinical challenges that AF poses: stroke risk reduction and control of symptoms...
December 2, 2016: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909994/cabozantinib-a-review-in-advanced-renal-cell-carcinoma
#13
Zaina T Al-Salama, Gillian M Keating
The multiple tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) cabozantinib (Cabometyx™) is approved in the USA for the treatment of patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC) who have received prior antiangiogenic therapy. In the EU, cabozantinib is indicated for the treatment of advanced RCC in adults following prior vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-targeted therapy. In adults with advanced or metastatic clear-cell RCC who had previously received VEGF receptor (VEGFR) TKIs, progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) were significantly prolonged in patients who received oral cabozantinib versus oral everolimus in the pivotal METEOR trial...
December 1, 2016: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909645/personality-targeted-interventions-for-substance-use-and-misuse
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REVIEW
Patricia J Conrod
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Personality factors have been implicated in risk for substance use disorders through longitudinal and neurobiologic studies for over four decades. Only recently, however, have targeted interventions been developed to assist individuals with personality risk factors for substance use disorders manage their risk. This article reviews current practices in personality-targeted interventions and the eight randomised trials examining the efficacy of such approaches with respect to reducing and preventing substance use and misuse...
2016: Current Addiction Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909221/factors-related-to-diffuse-large-b-cell-lymphoma-relative-survival-in-a-population-based-study-in-france-is-there-a-role-of-socio-economic-status
#15
Sandra Le Guyader-Peyrou, Sebastien Orazio, Olivier Dejardin, Marc Maynadie, Xavier Troussard, Alain Monnereau
Due to addition of anti-CD20 to anthracycline-based chemotherapy, survival of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma increased during the last decade. Although these trends are encouraging, there are still persistent differences in survival within and between US and European countries suggesting the role of non-biological factors. Our aim was to investigate the influence of such factors on relative survival of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma patients. We conducted a retrospective multicenter registry-based study in France, between 2002 and 2008, on 1165 incident cases of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma Relative survival analyses were performed and data missing were controlled with multiple imputation method...
December 1, 2016: Haematologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909127/costs-quality-of-life-and-cost-effectiveness-of-arthroscopic-and-open-repair-for-rotator-cuff-tears-an-economic-evaluation-alongside-the-ukuff-trial
#16
J Murphy, A Gray, C Cooper, D Cooper, C Ramsay, A Carr
AIMS: A trial-based comparison of the use of resources, costs and quality of life outcomes of arthroscopic and open surgical management for rotator cuff tears in the United Kingdom NHS was performed using data from the United Kingdom Rotator Cuff Study (UKUFF) randomised controlled trial. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Using data from 273 patients, healthcare-related use of resources, costs and quality-adjusted life years (QALYs) were estimated at 12 months and 24 months after surgery on an intention-to-treat basis with adjustment for covariates...
December 2016: Bone & Joint Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909084/sustained-benefits-of-exercise-based-motivational-interviewing-but-only-among-nonusers-of-opioids-in-patients-with-fibromyalgia
#17
Sunghye Kim, James E Slaven, Dennis C Ang
OBJECTIVE: Given the known side effects of opioids and their potential effects on cognition, we sought to evaluate the benefits of motivational interviewing (MI) to promote physical activity on 2 subsets of participants with fibromyalgia (FM): nonusers and users of opioids. METHODS: This was a secondary data analysis of a 36-week randomized controlled trial to assess the efficacy of MI to promote physical activity among participants with FM. Participants were randomized to 1 of 2 treatment arms: 6 phone-based MI sessions (n = 107) or 6 sessions of FM self-management instructions [attention control (AC), n = 109]...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909047/exercise-in-patients-on-dialysis-a-multicenter-randomized-clinical-trial
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Fabio Manfredini, Francesca Mallamaci, Graziella D'Arrigo, Rossella Baggetta, Davide Bolignano, Claudia Torino, Nicola Lamberti, Silvio Bertoli, Daniele Ciurlino, Lisa Rocca-Rey, Antonio Barillà, Yuri Battaglia, Renato Mario Rapanà, Alessandro Zuccalà, Graziella Bonanno, Pasquale Fatuzzo, Francesco Rapisarda, Stefania Rastelli, Fabrizio Fabrizi, Piergiorgio Messa, Luciano De Paola, Luigi Lombardi, Adamasco Cupisti, Giorgio Fuiano, Gaetano Lucisano, Chiara Summaria, Michele Felisatti, Enrico Pozzato, Anna Maria Malagoni, Pietro Castellino, Filippo Aucella, Samar Abd ElHafeez, Pasquale Fabio Provenzano, Giovanni Tripepi, Luigi Catizone, Carmine Zoccali
Previous studies have suggested the benefits of physical exercise for patients on dialysis. We conducted the Exercise Introduction to Enhance Performance in Dialysis trial, a 6-month randomized, multicenter trial to test whether a simple, personalized walking exercise program at home, managed by dialysis staff, improves functional status in adult patients on dialysis. The main study outcomes included change in physical performance at 6 months, assessed by the 6-minute walking test and the five times sit-to-stand test, and in quality of life, assessed by the Kidney Disease Quality of Life Short Form (KDQOL-SF) questionnaire...
December 1, 2016: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908918/alpha-blockers-for-treatment-of-ureteric-stones-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#19
John M Hollingsworth, Benjamin K Canales, Mary A M Rogers, Shyam Sukumar, Phyllis Yan, Gretchen M Kuntz, Philipp Dahm
OBJECTIVE:  To investigate the efficacy and safety of alpha blockers in the treatment of patients with ureteric stones. DESIGN:  Systematic review and meta-analysis. DATA SOURCES:  Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, Web of Science, Embase, LILACS, and Medline databases and scientific meeting abstracts to July 2016. REVIEW METHODS:  Randomized controlled trials of alpha blockers compared with placebo or control for treatment of ureteric stones were eligible...
December 1, 2016: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908896/depression-screening-with-patient-targeted-feedback-in-cardiology-depscreen-info-randomised-clinical-trial
#20
Bernd Löwe, Stefan Blankenberg, Karl Wegscheider, Hans-Helmut König, Dirk Walter, Alexandra M Murray, Benjamin Gierk, Sebastian Kohlmann
BACKGROUND: International guidelines advocate depression screening in patients with coronary heart disease (CHD) and other chronic illnesses, but evidence is lacking. AIMS: To test the differential efficacy of written patient-targeted feedback v. no written patient feedback after depression screening. METHOD: Patients with CHD or hypertension from three cardiology settings were randomised and screened for depression (ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01879111)...
December 1, 2016: British Journal of Psychiatry: the Journal of Mental Science
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