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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501495/survival-of-hiv-positive-patients-starting-antiretroviral-therapy-between-1996-and-2013-a-collaborative-analysis-of-cohort-studies
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BACKGROUND: Health care for people living with HIV has improved substantially in the past two decades. Robust estimates of how these improvements have affected prognosis and life expectancy are of utmost importance to patients, clinicians, and health-care planners. We examined changes in 3 year survival and life expectancy of patients starting combination antiretroviral therapy (ART) between 1996 and 2013. METHODS: We analysed data from 18 European and North American HIV-1 cohorts...
May 10, 2017: Lancet HIV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484317/chronic-illness-needing-palliative-care-in-kinshasa-hospitals-democratic-republic-of-the-congo-drc
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Jacques Lofandjola Masumbuku, Ernest Sumaili Kiswaya, Philippe Mairiaux, Daniel Gillain, Jean Petermans
BACKGROUND: Chronic illnesses are a major public health problem in low-income countries. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), few data are available, especially in palliative care. In this context, the present study aimed at describing the patterns of diseases in Kinshasa hospitals as well as risk factors associated with patients' evolving status and length of hospital stay. METHODS: A prospective study was conducted in ten hospitals of Kinshasa, over a 1-year period...
2017: Tropical Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384683/characterizing-18-years-of-the-death-with-dignity-act-in-oregon
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Charles Blanke, Michael LeBlanc, Dawn Hershman, Lee Ellis, Frank Meyskens
Importance: Numerous states have pending physician-aided dying (PAD) legislation. Little research has been done regarding use of PAD, or ways to improve the process and/or results. Objectives: To evaluate results of Oregon PAD, the longest running US program; to disseminate results; and to determine promising PAD research areas. Design, Setting, and Participants: A retrospective observational cohort study of 991 Oregon residents who had prescriptions written as part of the state's Death with Dignity Act...
April 6, 2017: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367744/the-role-of-civil-society-in-health-policy-making-in-south-africa-a-review-of-the-strategies-adopted-by-the-treatment-action-campaign
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Stella C Sabi, Mark Rieker
The diagnosis of AIDS in 1982 in South Africa was followed by a rapid rise in the number of people living with the virus and dying from AIDS-related illnesses. The 2016 report by the Statistics South Africa indicated that about 7.03 million South Africans were infected with HIV/AIDS - the highest rate in the world. Despite the emergence of effective drugs in the mid-1990s, medical treatment remained unavailable in South Africa, particularly in public hospitals. This prompted civil society groups to establish platforms to discuss health policy change in South Africa...
March 2017: African Journal of AIDS Research: AJAR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363752/are-prehospital-deaths-from-trauma-and-accidental-injury-preventable-a-direct-historical-comparison-to-assess-what-has-changed-in-two-decades
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G J Oliver, D P Walter, A D Redmond
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES: In 1994, Hussain and Redmond revealed that up to 39% of prehospital deaths from accidental injury might have been preventable had basic first aid care been given. Since then there have been significant advances in trauma systems and care. The exclusion of prehospital deaths from the analysis of trauma registries, giv en the high rate of those, is a major limitation in prehospital research on preventable death. We have repeated the 1994 study to identify any changes over the years and potential developments to improve patient outcomes...
May 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325745/aid-in-dying-laws-and-the-physician-s-duty-to-inform
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Mara Buchbinder
On 19 July 2016, three medical organisations filed a federal lawsuit against representatives from several Vermont agencies over the Patient Choice and Control at End of Life Act. The law is similar to aid-in-dying (AID) laws in four other US states, but the lawsuit hinges on a distinctive aspect of Vermont's law pertaining to patients' rights to information. The lawsuit raises questions about whether, and under what circumstances, there is an ethical obligation to inform terminally ill patients about AID as an end-of-life option...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28246153/medical-aid-in-dying-what-matters-most
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Peter Tanuseputro
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 23, 2017: CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal, Journal de L'Association Medicale Canadienne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168134/ocular-inflammatory-disease-as-a-predictor-for-in-hospital-mortality-in-patients-hospitalized-with-disseminated-tuberculosis
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Salil Mehta
AIM: To ascertain whether the presence of ocular inflammatory disease is a predictor for death in patients hospitalized with disseminated tuberculosis. METHODS: This is an IRB-approved retrospective study of patients admitted with a diagnosis of disseminated tuberculosis within a seven-year period (2002-2009). The following data was collected from each record: age, sex, details of previous surgeries or therapy, the findings of anterior segment examination, the findings of dilated indirect ophthalmoscopy, systemic findings, investigations done, treatment rendered, and final status (died or discharged)...
January 5, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28135117/an-11-year-study-of-home-hospice-service-trends-in-singapore-from-2000-to-2010
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Benedict John Ho, Ramaswamy Akhileswaran, Grace Su Yin Pang, Gerald Choon Huat Koh
BACKGROUND: Hospice care is most appropriate when a patient no longer benefits from curative treatment and has limited life expectancy. These patients may suffer from any type of life-limiting illness, including end-stage cancer, end-stage heart disease, end-stage renal failure, AIDS, and Alzheimer's disease, among other illnesses. Patients are managed on their pain and symptoms and home hospice care manages these patients in the comfort of their own home, enabling patients to spend their last days with dignity and have a good quality of life...
May 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28132999/trends-and-characteristics-of-all-cause-mortality-among-hiv-infected-inpatients-during-the-haart-era-2006-2015-in-shanghai-china
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Yongjia Ji, Zhenyan Wang, Jiayin Shen, Jun Chen, Junyang Yang, Tangkai Qi, Wei Song, Yang Tang, Li Liu, Yinzhong Shen, Renfang Zhang, Hongzhou Lu
Globally, the overall mortality rate among HIV-infected patients has significantly declined during the HAART era. Deaths among HIV-infected inpatients need to be characterized in order to formulate intervention strategies to further improve medical care for this population and their prognosis. In the current study, deaths among HIV-infected inpatients from 2006 to 2015 at a medical center for HIV infection and AIDS patient care in Shanghai, China were retrospectively analyzed. Trends in mortality rates and the proportion of deaths caused by AIDS or non-AIDS-related illnesses were evaluated...
March 22, 2017: Bioscience Trends
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115428/medical-aid-in-dying
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Roger Ladouceur
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2017: Canadian Family Physician Médecin de Famille Canadien
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107226/evaluation-of-a-predictive-staging-model-for-hiv-associated-kaposi-sarcoma-in-uganda
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Fred Okuku, Elizabeth M Krantz, James Kafeero, Moses R Kamya, Jackson Orem, Corey Casper, Warren Phipps
BACKGROUND: HIV-associated Kaposi sarcoma (KS) is commonly staged using the AIDS Clinical Trials Group criteria, which classify 3 variables- tumor extent (T), immune status (I), and systemic symptoms (S)-into good risk (0) and poor risk (1). Although validated in the United States and Europe, these criteria have not been systematically evaluated in sub-Saharan Africa, where the burden of KS is greatest. METHODS: We reviewed medical charts of adult patients with HIV-associated KS seen at the Uganda Cancer Institute from 1992 to 2007...
April 15, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079643/validation-of-retention-in-hiv-care-status-using-the-new-york-city-hiv-surveillance-registry-and-clinical-care-data-from-a-large-hiv-care-center
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Rituparna Pati, Rebekkah S Robbins, Sarah L Braunstein
CONTEXT: Improving retention in care is a key element of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). However, definitions for measuring retention in care are not standardized. OBJECTIVE: To compare measures of retention based on both clinic visit data and HIV laboratory surveillance data. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: New York City (NYC), New York. PARTICIPANTS: We matched adult patients with HIV infection seen at the Spencer Cox Center for Health (SCC) in 2010 or 2011 with the NYC HIV Surveillance Registry...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: JPHMP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017223/parent-vessel-occlusion-for-treatment-of-cerebral-aneurysms-is-there-still-an-indication-a-series-of-17-patients
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Nishant Ganesh Kumar, Travis R Ladner, Imad S Kahn, Scott L Zuckerman, Christopher B Baker, Marybess Skaletsky, Deborah Cushing, Matthew R Sanborn, J Mocco, Robert D Ecker
INTRODUCTION/PURPOSE: Flow diversion has allowed cerebrovascular neurosurgeons and neurointerventionalists to treat complex, large aneurysms, previously treated with trapping, bypass, and/or parent vessel sacrifice. However, a minority of aneurysms remain that cannot be treated endovascularly, and microsurgical treatment is too dangerous. However, balloon test occlusion (macro and micro), micro WADA testing, ICG, intra-angiography and intra-operative monitoring are all available to clinically test the hypothesis that vessel sacrifice is safe...
January 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28001466/the-intensive-palliative-care-unit-changing-outcomes-for-hospitalized-cancer-patients-in-an-academic-medical-center
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Haipeng Zhang, Constance Barysauskas, Elizabeth Rickerson, Paul Catalano, Joseph Jacobson, Carol Dalby, Charlotta Lindvall, Kathy Selvaggi
BACKGROUND: Patients with advanced cancer often require complex symptom management. At Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center, the intensive palliative care unit (IPCU) admits symptomatic oncology patients with uncontrolled symptoms throughout the trajectory of illness. Patients are uniquely managed by an interdisciplinary team of clinicians who focus on symptom management and advance care planning. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of our analysis was to investigate goals-of-care outcomes and healthcare utilization after admission to the IPCU...
March 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906025/nutritional-status-and-its-effect-on-treatment-outcome-among-hiv-infected-clients-receiving-haart-in-ethiopia-a-cohort-study
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Sadikalmahdi Hussen, Tefera Belachew, Nezif Hussien
PURPOSES: The aim of this study was to determine the effects of nutritional status at the start of highly active anti-retroviral therapy on treatment outcomes among HIV/AIDS patients taking HAART at Jimma University Specialized Hospital. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort study involving 340 adults who started highly active anti-retroviral therapy. The patients have been clinically followed for 2 years. Data were extracted from paper based medical charts by trained data collectors from January 30 to February 28, 2014 using data collection format...
September 22, 2016: AIDS Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884585/the-successful-treatment-of-5-fluorouracil-5-fu-overdose-in-a-patient-with-malignancy-and-hiv-aids-with-uridine-triacetate
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Cynthia Santos, Brent W Morgan, Robert J Geller
According to the NIH, about 275000 patients receive treatment with 5-Fluorouracil (5-FU) and more than 1300 die from 5-FU toxicity every year from life-threatening myelosuppression, gastrointestinal complications, and neurotoxicity. Immunocompromised persons are at higher risk of developing toxicity. Recently uridine triacetate (Vistagard®) has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as the only specific antidote available for 5-FU poisoning. In a clinical trial (n=135), 96% of patients with 5-FU toxicity recovered after treatment, where as in a historical control group only 10% survived...
November 15, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843825/drug-adherence-rate-and-loss-to-follow-up-among-people-living-with-hiv-aids-attending-an-art-centre-in-a-tertiary-government-hospital-in-western-india
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Kedar G Mehta, Rajendra Baxi, Sangita Patel, Mahendra Parmar
INTRODUCTION: National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) has expanded the reach of anti retroviral therapy (ART) to combat the epidemic of HIV/AIDS in India which has one of the largest populations of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in the world. One of the major challenges related to ART is a lifelong commitment by patients to adhere diligently to daily medication dosing schedules and scheduled visits to the ART center. Hence, the current study is carried out to assess the drug adherence rate and loss to follow-up (LFU) among PLWHA attending ART centre of a tertiary care hospital in Western India...
April 2016: Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27819873/hydrophilic-polymer-associated-ischemic-enterocolitis
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Jesus A Chavez, Wei Chen, Wendy L Frankel, Christina A Arnold
Hydrophilic polymer coating of medical devices serves to lubricate the device and prevent device-related complications. The coating can be mechanically disrupted and result in downstream injury via presumed thromboembolism. This process has been reported in the brain, heart, lung, and skin, and has been replicated through animal studies and in vitro histologic processing of the polymer coating. We report the first description of hydrophilic polymer-associated ischemic enterocolitis in a series of 7 specimens (small bowel=2, colon=4, aortic thrombus=1) from 3 patients...
February 2017: American Journal of Surgical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27783207/cns-impact-of-perinatal-hiv-infection-and-early-treatment-the-need-for-behavioral-rehabilitative-interventions-along-with-medical-treatment-and-care
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REVIEW
Michael J Boivin, Horacio Ruiseñor-Escudero, Itziar Familiar-Lopez
There is growing concern that although the more severe forms of HIV-associated neurologic deficits are reduced following highly active anti-retroviral therapy (HAART), mild to moderate cognitive disorders may persist for years after HAART initiation and this may occur despite complete plasma viral suppression. According to the UNAIDS 2014 report, there were 3.2 million children living with HIV around the world at the end of 2013 and 91 % of these resided in sub-Saharan Africa. In the same year, only 24 % of children who needed antiretroviral treatment (ART) received it and 190,000 children died of AIDS-related illnesses...
December 2016: Current HIV/AIDS Reports
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