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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913873/impact-of-intensity-and-timing-of-integrated-home-palliative-cancer-care-on-end-of-life-hospitalization-in-northern-italy
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M Pellizzari, D Hui, E Pinato, M Lisiero, S Serpentini, L Gubian, F Figoli, M Cancian, C De Chirico, E Ferroni, F Avossa, M Saugo
PURPOSE: The Veneto Region implemented a novel integrated home-based palliative cancer care (HPCC) program embedded in primary care. We examined the impact of timing and intensity of this program on the quality of end-of-life (EOL) care. METHODS: We selected adult cancer patients died in the Veneto Region between March and December 2013, excluding those died from haematological malignancies as well as the very elderly (85+ years). We retrieved the claim-based data on hospitalization and homecare visits, and defined two observation windows: 90 to 16 days before death to examine intensity of HPCC exposure, and the last 15 days of life to examine EOL outcomes, including hospital death, any hospital stay for medical reasons and hospital stay ≥7 days for medical reasons...
December 2, 2016: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913766/myocardial-cytochrome-oxidase-activity-increases-with-age-and-hypoxemia-in-patients-with-congenital-heart-disease
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Michael Onwugbufor, Richard J Levy, David Zurakowski, Richard A Jonas, Pranava Sinha
BACKGROUND: Myocardial tolerance to ischemia is influenced by age and preoperative cyanosis through unknown mechanisms and significantly affects postoperative outcomes. Cytochrome c oxidase (CcOx), the terminal enzyme of the mitochondrial electron transport chain, may play a role in the susceptibility to ischemic-reperfusion (IR) injury. Our study aimed at investigating changes in human myocardial CcOx activity based on age and preoperative oxygen saturation to understand its role in transition from neonatal to mature myocardium and hypoxic conditions...
December 1, 2016: Perfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913499/novel-agents-and-strategies-in-transplant-eligible-patients-with-relapsed-and-refractory-hodgkin-lymphoma
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Craig Moskowitz
The majority of patients with Hodgkin lymphoma are cured with frontline therapy; however, 10% to 15% with early-stage disease and 20% to 30% with advanced stage require second-line therapy that includes a potentially curative transplant, of which an additional 50% to 55% are cured. Those with multiply relapsed disease traditionally would receive novel agents on a clinical trial or combination chemotherapy as a potential bridge to an allogeneic stem cell transplant. This treatment paradigm has changed with the availability of brentuximab vedotin, an antibody drug conjugate used pre- and post-ASCT, as well as for palliation...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912999/palliative-care-and-physiatry-in-the-oncology-care-spectrum-an-opportunity-for-distinct-and-collaborative-approaches
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Vishwa S Raj, Julie K Silver, Terrence M Pugh, Jack B Fu
As cancer evolves from a terminal illness to a chronic medical condition, so too does the view of clinical services. Palliative care and physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) will increase in acceptance because they provide a valuable resource. The overarching theme is improving cancer-related symptoms or treatment-related side effects, improving patient health-related quality of life, lessening caregiver burden, and valuing patient-centered care and shared decision making. Managing symptom burden may improve therapy participation/performance...
February 2017: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912748/challenges-to-access-and-provision-of-palliative-care-for-people-who-are-homeless-a-systematic-review-of-qualitative-research
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Briony F Hudson, Kate Flemming, Caroline Shulman, Bridget Candy
BACKGROUND: People who are homeless or vulnerably housed are a marginalized group who often experience high rates of morbidity and die young as a result of complex problems. Access to health care and support can be challenging, with access to palliative care even more so. This review presents a synthesis of published qualitative research exploring from the perspective of homeless people and those working to support them, current challenges to palliative care access and provision, in addition to suggestions for what may improve palliative care for this population...
December 3, 2016: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912043/palliative-care-interventions-for-patients-with-heart-failure-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Michelle S Diop, James L Rudolph, Kristin M Zimmerman, Mary A Richter, L Michal Skarf
OBJECTIVE: To systematically characterize interventions and effectiveness of palliative care for advanced heart failure (HF) patients. BACKGROUND: Patients with advanced heart failure experience a high burden of distressing symptoms and diminished quality of life. Palliative care expertise with symptom management and healthcare decision-making benefits HF patients. METHODS: A systematic PubMed search was conducted from inception to June 2016 for studies of palliative care interventions for HF patients...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911876/neutrophil-to-lymphocyte-ratio-platelet-to-lymphocyte-ratio-and-their-dynamic-changes-during-chemotherapy-is-useful-to-predict-a-more-accurate-prognosis-of-advanced-biliary-tract-cancer
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Kyoung-Min Cho, Hyunkyung Park, Do-Youn Oh, Tae-Yong Kim, Kyung-Hun Lee, Sae-Won Han, Seock-Ah Im, Tae-You Kim, Yung-Jue Bang
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Systemic inflammation is known to promote carcinogenesis in biliary tract cancer (BTC). Neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) and platelet-to-lymphocyte ratio (PLR) are indicative of systemic inflammation. We evaluated the clinical significance of systemic inflammation measured by NLR and PLR in patients with advanced BTC. Additionally, we also co-analyzed the dynamics of NLR and PLR during chemotherapy. METHODS: We reviewed 450 patients with unresectable BTC receiving palliative chemotherapy...
November 30, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911489/palliative-care-interventions-in-advanced-dementia
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REVIEW
Edel Murphy, Katherine Froggatt, Sheelah Connolly, Eamon O'Shea, Elizabeth L Sampson, Dympna Casey, Declan Devane
BACKGROUND: Dementia is a chronic, progressive and ultimately fatal neurodegenerative disease. Advanced dementia is characterised by profound cognitive impairment, inability to communicate verbally and complete functional dependence. Usual care of people with advanced dementia is not underpinned universally by a palliative approach. Palliative care has focused traditionally on care of people with cancer but for more than a decade, there have been increased calls worldwide to extend palliative care services to include all people with life-limiting illnesses in need of specialist care, including people with dementia...
December 2, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911381/a-novel-approach-for-the-administration-of-medications-and-fluids-in-emergency-scenarios-and-settings
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Akilesh Honasoge, Neal Lyons, Kathleen Hesse, Braden Parker, Robert Mokszycki, Kelly Wesselhoff, Rolla Sweis, Erik B Kulstad
The available routes of administration commonly used for medications and fluids in the acute care setting are generally limited to oral, intravenous, or intraosseous routes, but in many patients, particularly in the emergency or critical care settings, these routes are often unavailable or time-consuming to access. A novel device is now available that offers an easy route for administration of medications or fluids via rectal mucosal absorption (also referred to as proctoclysis in the case of fluid administration and subsequent absorption)...
November 9, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910190/the-transplant-palliative-care-clinic-an-early-palliative-care-model-for-patients-in-a-transplant-program
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Kirsten Wentlandt, Angela Dall'Osto, Nicole Freeman, Lisa W Le, Ebru Kaya, Heather Ross, Lianne G Singer, Susan Abbey, Hance Clarke, Camilla Zimmermann
Although patients within a transplant program are awaiting or have received disease modifying or curative treatment, they are also facing advanced illness and the possibility of death. The involvement of specialized palliative care services for these patients may improve symptom management and facilitate advance care planning. However, patients in organ transplantation programs have difficulty accessing palliative care resources and often do so only sporadically in the inpatient setting. Currently, there is little access to ambulatory palliative care for these patients and there have been no descriptions of programs delivering such care in the medical literature...
December 2016: Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909972/can-we-estimate-short-and-intermediate-term-survival-in-patients-undergoing-surgery-for-metastatic-bone-disease
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Jonathan A Forsberg, Rikard Wedin, Patrick J Boland, John H Healey
BACKGROUND: Objective means of estimating survival can be used to guide surgical decision-making and to risk-stratify patients for clinical trials. Although a free, online tool ( www.pathfx.org ) can estimate 3- and 12-month survival, recent work, including a survey of the Musculoskeletal Tumor Society, indicated that estimates at 1 and 6 months after surgery also would be helpful. Longer estimates help justify the need for more durable and expensive reconstructive options, and very short estimates could help identify those who will not survive 1 month and should not undergo surgery...
December 1, 2016: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909727/anti%C3%A2-proliferative-activity-of-epigallocatechin%C3%A2-3%C3%A2-gallate-and-silibinin-on-soft-tissue-sarcoma-cells
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Kamran Harati, Björn Behr, Christoph Wallner, Adrien Daigeler, Tobias Hirsch, Frank Jacobsen, Marcus Renner, Ali Harati, Marcus Lehnhardt, Mustafa Becerikli
Disseminated soft tissue sarcomas (STS) present a therapeutic dilemma. The first-line cytostatic doxorubicin demonstrates a response rate of 30% and is not suitable for elderly patients with underlying cardiac disease, due to its cardiotoxicity. Well‑tolerated alternative treatment options, particularly in palliative situations, are rare. Therefore, the present study assessed the anti‑proliferative effects of the natural compounds epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), silibinin and noscapine on STS cells. A total of eight different human STS cell lines were used in the study: Fibrosarcoma (HT1080), liposarcoma (SW872, T778 and MLS‑402), synovial sarcoma (SW982, SYO1 and 1273) and pleomorphic sarcoma (U2197)...
November 28, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909644/primary-squamous-cell-carcinoma-of-the-pancreas-as-a-cause-of-biliary-obstruction
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Kyle Rowe, Jeet Mehta, Fredy Nehme, William Salyers
Primary squamous cell carcinoma of the pancreas (SCCP) is a rare neoplasm, given a lack of naturally occurring squamous cells within the pancreas, accounting for only 0.2% of all pancreatic cancers. The etiology is unknown. Symptomatology is non-specific and similar to other pancreatic neoplasms. No non-invasive testing can adequately rule in SCCP, and workup should proceed similarly to any pancreatic mass. Tissue sampling is required for diagnosis and guidance of further management, most commonly by endoscopic ultrasound with fine needle aspirate...
October 31, 2016: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909173/the-role-of-psychedelics-in-palliative-care-reconsidered-a-case-for-psilocybin
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Benjamin Kelmendi, Philip Corlett, Mohini Ranganathan, Cyril D'Souza, John H Krystal
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2016: Journal of Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909170/psilocybin-and-palliative-end-of-life-care
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Richard C Shelton, Peter S Hendricks
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2016: Journal of Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908945/norwood-procedure-for-palliation-of-hypoplastic-left-heart-syndrome-right-ventricle-to-pulmonary-artery-conduit-vs-modified-blalock-taussig-shunt
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Dorothy M Beke
Patients with hypoplastic left heart syndrome undergo a series of operations to separate the pulmonary and systemic circulations. The first of at least 3 operations occurs in the newborn period, with a stage I palliation. The goal of stage I palliation is to provide pulmonary blood flow and create an unobstructed systemic outflow tract. Advances in surgical techniques and intraoperative and postoperative care have helped decrease morbidity and mortality for patients with hypoplastic left heart syndrome who have the stage I Norwood operation, but the patients continue to be at increased risk for hemodynamic collapse and adverse outcomes...
December 2016: Critical Care Nurse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908943/planning-for-deactivation-of-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillators-at-the-end-of-life-in-patients-with-heart-failure
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Destiny R Brady
Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) may be burdensome in end-stage heart failure. At the end of life, as many as one-fifth to one-third of patients experience an ICD shock. Critical care nurses should be aware of the potential burden of these shocks at the end of life as well as the ethics and organizational policies surrounding ICD deactivation. This literature review examines the issues surrounding ICD therapy at the end of life. Based on this author's findings, recommendations for discussing and implementing ICD deactivation are offered...
December 2016: Critical Care Nurse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908501/prospective-evaluation-of-surgical-palliative-care-immersion-training-for-general-surgery-residents
#18
Mustafa Raoof, Lisa O'Neill, Leigh Neumayer, Mindy Fain, Robert Krouse
BACKGROUND: Palliative care competencies in surgical training are recognized to improve the care of surgical patients with advanced or life-threatening illnesses. Formal programs to teach these competencies are lacking. The study aims to assess the feasibility and utility of a unique surgical palliative care immersion training program. STUDY DESIGN: A half-day Surgical Palliative Care Immersion Training (SPCIT) was developed using the American College of Surgeon's manual titled "Surgical Palliative Care: A Resident's Guide" as a framework...
November 27, 2016: American Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907968/palliative-care-practice-in-neurocritical-care
#19
Andrea K Knies, David Y Hwang
Many neurocritically ill patients and their families have high amounts of palliative care needs. Multiple professional societies relevant to neurocritical care have released consensus statements on meeting palliative care needs in neuroscience intensive care units. In this review, the authors discuss the ongoing debate regarding what model of palliative care delivery is optimal, focus on the process of shared decision making during goals-of-care discussions, and briefly comment on transitions from intensive care to comfort care...
December 2016: Seminars in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907936/early-treatment-for-neonatal-abstinence-syndrome-a-palliative-approach
#20
Jennifer Hudson, Rachel Mayo, Lori Dickes, Liwei Chen, Windsor Westbrook Sherrill, Julie Summey, Bradley Dalton, Kindal Dankovich
Objective To describe medical, safety, and health care utilization outcomes associated with an early treatment model for neonatal opioid withdrawal. Study Design This is a retrospective review of 117 opioid-exposed infants born in a large regional hospital and treated in the level I nursery with methadone initiated within 48 hours of birth. Results For this cohort, mean length of stay was 8.3 days. Hospital safety events were infrequent; there were no medication errors or deaths. Within 30 days of discharge, 14% of infants visited the emergency department; 7% were readmitted...
December 1, 2016: American Journal of Perinatology
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