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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346805/brachytherapy-for-patients-with-prostate-cancer-american-society-of-clinical-oncology-cancer-care-ontario-joint-guideline-update
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Joseph Chin, R Bryan Rumble, Marisa Kollmeier, Elisabeth Heath, Jason Efstathiou, Tanya Dorff, Barry Berman, Andrew Feifer, Arthur Jacques, D Andrew Loblaw
Purpose To jointly update the Cancer Care Ontario guideline on brachytherapy for patients with prostate cancer to account for new evidence. Methods An Update Panel conducted a targeted systematic literature review and identified more recent randomized controlled trials comparing dose-escalated external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) with brachytherapy in men with prostate cancer. Results Five randomized controlled trials provided the evidence for this update. Recommendations For patients with low-risk prostate cancer who require or choose active treatment, low-dose rate brachytherapy (LDR) alone, EBRT alone, and/or radical prostatectomy (RP) should be offered to eligible patients...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346589/comparison-of-antibiotic-therapy-and-appendectomy-for-acute-uncomplicated-appendicitis-in-children-a-meta-analysis
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Libin Huang, Yuan Yin, Lie Yang, Cun Wang, Yuan Li, Zongguang Zhou
Importance: Antibiotic therapy for acute uncomplicated appendicitis is effective in adult patients, but its application in pediatric patients remains controversial. Objective: To compare the safety and efficacy of antibiotic treatment vs appendectomy as the primary therapy for acute uncomplicated appendicitis in pediatric patients. Data Sources: The PubMed, MEDLINE, EMBASE, and Cochrane Library databases and the Cochrane Controlled Trials Register for randomized clinical trials were searched through April 17, 2016...
March 27, 2017: JAMA Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346512/bacterial-and-viral-pathogen-spectra-of-acute-respiratory-infections-in-under-5-children-in-hospital-settings-in-dhaka-city
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Golam Sarower Bhuyan, Mohammad Amir Hossain, Suprovath Kumar Sarker, Asifuzzaman Rahat, Md Tarikul Islam, Tanjina Noor Haque, Noorjahan Begum, Syeda Kashfi Qadri, A K M Muraduzzaman, Nafisa Nawal Islam, Mohammad Sazzadul Islam, Nusrat Sultana, Manjur Hossain Khan Jony, Farhana Khanam, Golam Mowla, Abdul Matin, Firoza Begum, Tahmina Shirin, Dilruba Ahmed, Narayan Saha, Firdausi Qadri, Kaiissar Mannoor
The study aimed to examine for the first time the spectra of viral and bacterial pathogens along with the antibiotic susceptibility of the isolated bacteria in under-5 children with acute respiratory infections (ARIs) in hospital settings of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Nasal swabs were collected from 200 under-five children hospitalized with clinical signs of ARIs. Nasal swabs from 30 asymptomatic children were also collected. Screening of viral pathogens targeted ten respiratory viruses using RT-qPCR. Bacterial pathogens were identified by bacteriological culture methods and antimicrobial susceptibility of the isolates was determined following CLSI guidelines...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346284/an-electronic-cardiac-rehabilitation-referral-system-increases-cardiac-rehabilitation-referrals
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James P Pirruccello, Kathleen C Traynor, Pradeep Natarajan, Carol Brown, Michael K Hidrue, Kenneth A Rosenfield, Sekar Kathiresan, Jason H Wasfy
AIM: Although cardiac rehabilitation attendance is associated with improved clinical outcomes for patients after acute myocardial infarction (AMI), it remains underutilized nationally. We sought to determine whether replacing traditional, paper-based referrals for cardiac rehabilitation for patients with AMI with an electronic referral system would increase utilization. METHODS AND RESULTS: We implemented the change from traditional, paper-based referrals to electronic referrals at the Massachusetts General Hospital on 10 December 2013...
March 24, 2017: Coronary Artery Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346238/management-of-hypertension-in-2017-targets-and-therapies
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Monica Ahluwalia, Sripal Bangalore
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Approximately one-fourth of the adult population is diagnosed with hypertension, which has been associated with increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality including cardiovascular death, myocardial infarction, heart failure and stroke. Early detection and treatment is a key and can lead to a significant reduction in cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. RECENT FINDINGS: In this review, we discuss the management and treatment strategies in patients with hypertension in the current era...
March 24, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346223/early-rectal-cancer-a-choice-between-local-excision-and-transabdominal-resection-a-review-of-the-literature-and-current-guidelines
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Giuseppe Pappalardo, Massimo Chiaretti
INTRODUCTION: Indication for Local Excision (LE) or Trans Abdominal Resections with Total Mesorectal Excision (TAR) in Early Rectal Cancer (ERC) are still controversial. MATERIAL OF STUDY: We reviewed meta-analyses, scientific societies guidelines, randomized and controlled clinical trials from 1999 to 2016 for a total of 146,231 patients. We included in our analysis the accuracy of different tools of investigation, the reliability of the endoscopic biopsies and compared the results of the various LE and TAR...
March 27, 2017: Annali Italiani di Chirurgia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346156/association-of-sleep-characteristics-with-cardiovascular-and-metabolic-risk-factors-in-a-population-sample-the-chicago-area-sleep-study
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Samantha E Montag, Kristen L Knutson, Phyllis C Zee, Jeffrey J Goldberger, Jason Ng, Kwang-Youn A Kim, Mercedes R Carnethon
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the association of sleep characteristics with prevalent hypertension, diabetes, and obesity in a multiethnic cohort. DESIGN: This study used a population-based cross-sectional study design. SETTING: Participants were recruited between 2009 and 2011 from Chicago, Illinois, and the surrounding suburbs. PARTICIPANTS: Participants were 492 adults aged 35 to 64years who self-reported as white, black, Hispanic, or Asian and who had a low likelihood of sleep apnea based on the apnea screening questionnaires and 1 night of apnea screening using an in-home device (apnea hypopnea index <15 or oxygen desaturation index <10)...
April 2017: Sleep Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346109/assessing-process-of-paediatric-care-in-a-resource-limited-setting-a-cross-sectional-audit-of-district-hospitals-in-rwanda
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Celestin Hategeka, Jeannie Shoveller, Lisine Tuyisenge, Larry D Lynd
BACKGROUND: Routine assessment of quality of care helps identify deficiencies which need to be improved. While gaps in the emergency care of children have been documented across sub-Saharan Africa, data from Rwanda are lacking. OBJECTIVE: To assess the care of sick infants and children admitted to Rwandan district hospitals and the extent to which it follows currently recommended clinical practice guidelines in Rwanda. METHODS: Data were gathered during a retrospective cross-sectional audit of eight district hospitals across Rwanda in 2012/2013...
March 27, 2017: Paediatrics and International Child Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345977/spinal-cord-injuries-overcoming-barriers-to-seamless-care-for-patients
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Lorraine Donovan, Lee Francis, Paula Muter, Sheila Nevin, Rebecca Warren
Patients with spinal cord injuries (SCIs) often have complex needs that require multidisciplinary support in specialist centres. Optimal management depends on seamless transitions between service providers. Delays at any point potentially compromise clinical outcomes and efficient resource utilisation. The Spinal Advisory Working Group aims to develop and implement practical initiatives to improve SCI care, initially focusing on admission and discharge. A literature review identified few relevant papers. In addition, the generalisability of the findings of these papers to SCI centres in the UK is unclear...
March 23, 2017: British Journal of Nursing: BJN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345742/a-qualitative-exploration-of-chronic-pain-and-opioid-treatment-among-hiv-patients-with-drug-use-disorders
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Sarina R Isenberg, Allysha C Maragh-Bass, Kathleen Ridgeway, Mary C Beach, Amy R Knowlton
OBJECTIVE: The study explored high-risk participants' experiences with pain management regarding clinical access to and use of prescription opioids. DESIGN: Qualitative semistructured interviews and focus groups. SETTING: Data were collected August 2014 to May 2015 at an urban community-based research facility in Baltimore City, MD. PARTICIPANTS: HIV participants with chronic pain and a history of illicit drug use. METHODS: Qualitative coding and analysis used an iterative, inductive, and thematic approach and coders achieved inter-coder consistency...
January 2017: Journal of Opioid Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345538/current-trends-for-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction-during-the-past-5-years-in-rural-areas-of-china-s-liaoning-province-a-multicenter-study
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Guang-Xiao Li, Bo Zhou, Guo-Xian Qi, Bo Zhang, Da-Ming Jiang, Gui-Mei Wu, Bing Ma, Peng Zhang, Qiong-Rui Zhao, Juan Li, Ying Li, Jing-Pu Shi
BACKGROUND: Since 2010, two versions of National Guidelines aimed at promoting the management of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) have been formulated by the Chinese Society of Cardiology. However, little is known about the changes in clinical characteristics, management, and in-hospital outcomes in rural areas. METHODS: In the present multicenter, cross-sectional study, participants were enrolled from rural hospitals located in Liaoning province in Northeast China, during two different periods (from June 2009 to June 2010 and from January 2015 to December 2015)...
April 5, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345495/people-with-dementia-as-peer-workers-challenges-and-benefits-a-thematic-analysis-and-nominal-groups-study
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Joshua Stott, Joanne Marie Sweeney, Luke Koschalka, Luke O'Connor, Amanda Mwale
BACKGROUND: There are national initiatives to involve service users in service delivery. However, programs employing people with dementia as peer support workers (PSWs) in memory services are in their infancy. This study is the first to explore the challenges and benefits to staff and peers involved in such a program. METHODS: Focus groups, structured based on nominal groups (NG) methodology were run with PSWs and clinical staff from two memory services. In total, there were 12 participants, with three focus groups: PSWs alone (n = 3); staff members alone (n = 6); and PSWs and staff members combined (n = 6)...
March 27, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345307/quality-indicators-for-early-stage-hodgkin-s-lymphoma
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Daniel E Roos, Hui C Tee
INTRODUCTION: The purpose of this project was to devise simple, practicable quality indicators (QIs) for the treatment of early stage (I-II) Hodgkin's lymphoma (ESHL), and to test their applicability retrospectively at a single large teaching hospital. METHODS: Of the available treatment guidelines, we chose the two eviQ (evidence and Quality, Cancer Institute New South Wales) documents first published in early 2012 (updated in 2015) for ESHL favourable and ESHL unfavourable (based upon German Hodgkin Study Group practice) as being most relevant to the Australian setting, and selected nine QIs from them viz...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345212/cardiac-iodine-123-metaiodobenzylguanidine-scintigraphy-may-be-useful-to-identify-pathologic-from-physiologic-sinus-bradycardia
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Akihiro Sunaga, Masaharu Masuda, Masashi Fujita, Osamu Iida, Takashi Kanda, Yasuhiro Matsuda, Takakazu Morozumi, Toshiaki Mano, Masaaki Uematsu
BACKGROUND: Sinus bradycardia includes pathologic sick sinus syndrome (SSS) and physiologic bradycardia such as athletes' heart. Pacemaker implantation is indicated for patients with symptomatic SSS; however, the indication remains difficult to determine in those with mild and/or unspecific symptoms. The sympathetic tone is increased in response to reduced cardiac output in SSS, whereas excessive vagal tone has been seen in physiological bradycardia. We sought to determine if cardiac iodine-123-metaiodobenzylguanidine scintigraphy ((123) I-MIBG) was useful in differentiating pathologic from physiologic sinus bradycardia...
March 27, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345207/autoinflammatory-syndromes-associated-with-hidradenitis-suppurativa-and-or-acne
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REVIEW
Caroline Vinkel, Simon F Thomsen
Autoinflammatory syndromes associated with hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) and/or acne are rare but potentially debilitating disorders if not diagnosed and treated correctly. They share a common pathogenesis involving a dysregulated innate immune system with abnormal interleukin (IL)-1 signaling leading to sterile neutrophilic inflammation. The clinical features are recurrent episodes of fever, painful arthritis, and skin lesions consistent with HS, acne, and pyoderma gangrenosum (PG) accompanied by elevated systemic inflammatory markers in blood...
March 27, 2017: International Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345190/new-medicinal-products-for-chronic-heart-failure-advances-in-clinical-trial-design-and-efficacy-assessment
#16
REVIEW
Martin R Cowie, Gerasimos S Filippatos, Maria de Los Angeles Alonso Garcia, Stefan D Anker, Anna Baczynska, Daniel M Bloomfield, Maria Borentain, Karsten Bruins Slot, Maureen Cronin, Pieter A Doevendans, Amany El-Gazayerly, Claudio Gimpelewicz, Narimon Honarpour, Salim Janmohamed, Heidi Janssen, Albert M Kim, Dominik Lautsch, Ian Laws, Martin Lefkowitz, Jose Lopez-Sendon, Alexander R Lyon, Fady I Malik, John J V McMurray, Marco Metra, Santiago Figueroa Perez, Marc A Pfeffer, Stuart J Pocock, Piotr Ponikowski, Krishna Prasad, Isabelle Richard-Lordereau, Lothar Roessig, Giuseppe M C Rosano, Warren Sherman, Wendy Gattis Stough, Karl Swedberg, Benoit Tyl, Faiez Zannad, Caroline Boulton, Pieter De Graeff
Despite the availability of a number of different classes of therapeutic agents with proven efficacy in heart failure, the clinical course of heart failure patients is characterized by a reduction in life expectancy, a progressive decline in health-related quality of life and functional status, as well as a high risk of hospitalization. New approaches are needed to address the unmet medical needs of this patient population. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is undertaking a revision of its Guideline on Clinical Investigation of Medicinal Products for the Treatment of Chronic Heart Failure...
March 27, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345188/treatment-of-gonorrhoea-in-auckland-new-zealand-marked-variation-in-prescriber-adherence-to-treatment-guidelines
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Rose Forster, Ms Diana Ng, Arlo Upton, Rick Franklin, Mark Thomas
BACKGROUND: The relentless emergence and spread of strains of Neisseria gonorrhoeae that are resistant to many antimicrobial agents has led to frequent changes in treatment guidelines, with a consequent risk that prescribers may not be aware of current guidelines. METHODS: We audited the treatment given to adult patients with laboratory proven gonorrhoea in Auckland, New Zealand, during the first six months of 2015. RESULTS: Treatment compliant with the current New Zealand Sexual Health Society (NZSHS) guidelines was administered in only 65% (458/706) episodes overall...
March 27, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344925/chest-drain-size-the-debate-continues
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REVIEW
Robert J Hallifax, Ioannis Psallidas, Najib M Rahman
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Small-bore chest tubes are widely used in the management of common pleural disease. Guidelines suggest that patients with malignant pleural effusions, pneumothorax and pleural infection may be successfully managed with small-bore drains. However, good quality data is often lacking. This article reviews the evidence for the treatment efficacy and potential adverse effects of different chest tube sizes. RECENT FINDINGS: In a large randomised study, the small difference in pain scores between large and small drains was not clinically significant...
2017: Current Pulmonology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344921/german-guideline-for-the-management-of-adverse-reactions-to-ingested-histamine-guideline-of-the-german-society-for-allergology-and-clinical-immunology-dgaki-the-german-society-for-pediatric-allergology-and-environmental-medicine-gpa-the-german-association-of
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Imke Reese, Barbara Ballmer-Weber, Kirsten Beyer, Thomas Fuchs, Jörg Kleine-Tebbe, Ludger Klimek, Ute Lepp, Bodo Niggemann, Joachim Saloga, Christiane Schäfer, Thomas Werfel, Torsten Zuberbier, Margitta Worm
Adverse food reactions are far more often perceived than objectively verified. In our scientific knowledge on non-allergic adverse reactions including the so called histamine intolerance, there are large deficits. Due to the fact that this disorder is increasingly discussed in the media and the internet, more and more people suspect it to be the trigger of their symptoms. The scientific evidence to support the postulated link between ingestion of histamine and adverse reactions is limited, and a reliable laboratory test for objective diagnosis is lacking...
2017: Allergo Journal International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344835/a-review-of-mercury-exposure-and-health-of-dental-personnel
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REVIEW
Natasha Nagpal, Silvana S Bettiol, Amy Isham, Ha Hoang, Leonard A Crocombe
Considerable effort has been made to address the issue of occupational health and environmental exposure to mercury. This review reports on the current literature of mercury exposure and health impacts on dental personnel. Citations were searched using four comprehensive electronic databases for articles published between 2002 and 2015. All original articles that evaluated an association between the use of dental amalgam and occupational mercury exposure in dental personnel were included. Fifteen publications from nine different countries met the selection criteria...
March 2017: Safety and Health At Work
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