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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432528/conventional-acupuncture-for-cardiac-arrhythmia-a-systematic-review-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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Jing Liu, Si-Nai Li, Lu Liu, Kun Zhou, Yan Li, Xiao-Yun Cui, Jie Wan, Jin-Jin Lu, Yan-Chao Huang, Xu-Sheng Wang, Qian Lin
OBJECTIVE: To exam the effect and safety of conventional acupuncture (CA) on cardiac arrhythmia. METHODS: Nine medical databases were searched until February 2016 for randomized controlled trials. Heterogeneity was measured by Cochran Q test. Meta-analysis was conducted if I(2) was less than 85% and the characteristics of included trials were similar. RESULTS: Nine qualified studies involving 638 patients were included. Only 1 study had definitely low risk of bias, while 7 trials were rated as unclear and 1 as high...
April 22, 2017: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431885/safety-of-adding-oats-to-a-gluten-free-diet-for-patients-with-celiac-disease-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-clinical-and-observational-studies
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María Inés Pinto-Sánchez, Natalia Causada-Calo, Premysl Bercik, Alexander C Ford, Joseph A Murray, David Armstrong, Carol Semrad, Sonia S Kupfer, Armin Alaedini, Paul Moayyedi, Daniel A Leffler, Elena F Verdú, Peter Green
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Patients with celiac disease should maintain a gluten-free diet (GFD), excluding wheat, rye, and barley. Oats might increase the nutritional value of a GFD, but their including is controversial. We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis to evaluate the safety of oats as part of a GFD in patients with celiac disease. METHODS: We searched the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, MEDLINE, and EMBASE databases for clinical trials and observational studies of the effects of including oats in GFD of patients with celiac disease...
April 18, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431844/health-care-associated-infections-studies-project-an-american-journal-of-infection-control-and-national-healthcare-safety-network-data-quality-collaboration
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Henrietta Smith, Janet E Brooks, Denise Leaptrot, Katherine Allen-Bridson, Angela Anttila, Cindy Gross, Joan N Hebden, Georganne Ryan, Eileen Scalise, Marc-Oliver Wright
This case study is part of a series centered on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Healthcare Safety Network's (NHSN) health care-associated infection (HAI) surveillance definitions. The intent of the case study series is to foster standardized application of the NHSN's HAI surveillance definitions among infection preventionists and accurate determination of HAI events. This specific case study focuses on the definitions found within the surgical site infection (SSI) protocol. It aims to reflect the real life and complex patient scenario surrounding a bloodstream infection that is secondary to an SSI and the application of the Present at the Time of Surgery event detail...
April 18, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431383/protocolized-hyperventilation-enhances-electroconvulsive-therapy
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Aida de Arriba-Arnau, Antonia Dalmau, Virginia Soria, Neus Salvat-Pujol, Carmina Ribes, Ana Sánchez-Allueva, José Manuel Menchón, Mikel Urretavizcaya
BACKGROUND: Hyperventilation is recommended in electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) to enhance seizures and to increase patients' safety. However, more evidence is needed regarding its effects and the optimum method of application. METHODS: This prospective study involving 21 subjects compared two procedures, protocolized hyperventilation (PHV) and hyperventilation as usual (HVau), applied to the same patient in two consecutive sessions. Transcutaneous partial pressure of carbon dioxide (TcPCO2) was measured throughout all sessions...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430978/culture-matters-indigenizing-patient-safety-in-bhutan
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Rinchen Pelzang, Megan-Jane Johnstone, Alison M Hutchinson
Studies show that if quality of healthcare in a country is to be achieved, due consideration must be given to the importance of the core cultural values as a critical factor in improving patient safety outcomes. The influence of Bhutan's traditional (core) cultural values on the attitudes and behaviours of healthcare professionals regarding patient care are not known. This study aimed to explore the possible influence of Bhutan's traditional cultural values on staff attitudes towards patient safety and quality care...
April 17, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430109/acquisition-of-electrocardiogram-signals-during-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Julien Oster, Gari Clifford
The recording of the electrocardiogram (ECG) during Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) acquisition is of great interest and importance. Firstly, MRI acquisition is a relatively slow process, which therefore complicates the imaging of moving organs. Cardiac MRI requires the development of strategies for acquiring high quality images, which is mainly achieved by synchronising the image acquisition with a specific time during the cardiac cycle. The ECG is used to monitor the heart's activity, and the detection of the largest and steepest peak in the cardiac cycle (the QRS complex) triggers the acquisition of slices of the k-space...
April 21, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430065/ethical-issues-in-fecal-microbiota-transplantation-in-practice
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Yonghui Ma, Jiayu Liu, Catherine Rhodes, Yongzhan Nie, Faming Zhang
Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) has demonstrated efficacy and is increasingly being used in the treatment of patients with recurrent Clostridium difficile infection. Despite a lack of high-quality trials to provide more information on the long-term effects of FMT, there has been great enthusiasm about the potential for expanding its applications. However, FMT presents many serious ethical and social challenges that must be addressed as part of a successful regulatory policy response. In this article, we draw on a sample of the scientific and bioethics literatures to examine clusters of ethical and social issues arising in five main areas: (1) informed consent and the vulnerability of patients; (2) determining what a "suitable healthy donor" is; (3) safety and risk; (4) commercialization and potential exploitation of vulnerable patients; and (5) public health implications...
May 2017: American Journal of Bioethics: AJOB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429681/microwave-diathermy-in-physiotherapy-units-a-survey-on-spatial-and-time-heterogeneity-of-electromagnetic-field
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Andreas Andrikopoulos, Adam Adamopoulos, Ioannis Seimenis, Constantinos Miltiadis Koutsojannis
Microwave diathermy (MWD) is a therapeutic system that is in use for some decades now in all physiotherapy settings, according to national facility establishment regulations. Diathermy devices probably lack validity, as working time passes, introducing the need of control/reset of the device by qualified personnel, in order to maintain its effectiveness in sessions and accurately deliver the energy output the physiotherapist asks for. However, while in the field of physical therapy MWD has been a vital part for practicing the profession of physiotherapist, there is not a clear evidence of health burden due to incorrect usability...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Radiological Protection: Official Journal of the Society for Radiological Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429140/a-phase-i-ii-study-on-stereotactic-body-radiotherapy-with-real-time-tumor-tracking-using-cyberknife-based-on-the-monte-carlo-algorithm-for-lung-tumors
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Hiromitsu Iwata, Satoshi Ishikura, Taro Murai, Michio Iwabuchi, Mitsuhiro Inoue, Koshi Tatewaki, Seiji Ohta, Naoki Yokota, Yuta Shibamoto
BACKGROUND: In this phase I/II study, we assessed the safety and initial efficacy of stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) for lung tumors with real-time tumor tracking using CyberKnife based on the Monte Carlo algorithm. METHODS: Study subjects had histologically confirmed primary non-small-cell lung cancer staged as T1a-T2aN0M0 and pulmonary oligometastasis. The primary endpoint was the incidence of Grade ≥3 radiation pneumonitis (RP) within 180 days of the start of SBRT...
April 20, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428885/the-why-what-and-how-of-the-new-fact-standards-for-immune-effector-cells
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EDITORIAL
Marcela V Maus, Sarah Nikiforow
Novel cellular therapies outside of traditional hematopoietic stem cell transplantation or hematopoietic progenitor cell (HPC) therapy are currently under evaluation in clinical trials across the United States and around the world. Several cellular products, e.g., CD19-directed Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T cells, are poised for FDA approval and thus increased use at a wider range of academic centers within the next year, with the likelihood of dissemination to standard oncology practice once safety is confirmed...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428184/clinical-and-cost-effectiveness-safety-and-acceptability-of-community-intravenous-antibiotic-service-models-civas-systematic-review
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E D Mitchell, C Czoski Murray, D Meads, J Minton, J Wright, M Twiddy
OBJECTIVE: Evaluate evidence of the efficacy, safety, acceptability and cost-effectiveness of outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT) models. DESIGN: A systematic review. DATA SOURCES: MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, Cochrane Library, National Health Service (NHS) Economic Evaluation Database (EED), Research Papers in Economics (RePEc), Tufts Cost-Effectiveness Analysis (CEA) Registry, Health Business Elite, Health Information Management Consortium (HMIC), Web of Science Proceedings, International Pharmaceutical Abstracts, British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy website...
April 20, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427841/localized-shape-abnormalities-in-the-thalamus-and-pallidum-are-associated-with-secondarily-generalized-seizures-in-mesial-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
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Linglin Yang, Hong Li, Lujia Zhu, Xinfeng Yu, Bo Jin, Cong Chen, Shan Wang, Meiping Ding, Minming Zhang, Zhong Chen, Shuang Wang
Mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (mTLE) is a common type of drug-resistant epilepsy and secondarily generalized tonic-clonic seizures (sGTCS) have devastating consequences for patients' safety and quality of life. To probe the mechanism underlying the genesis of sGTCS, we investigated the structural differences between patients with and without sGTCS in a cohort of mTLE with radiologically defined unilateral hippocampal sclerosis. We performed voxel-based morphometric analysis of cortex and vertex-wise shape analysis of subcortical structures (the basal ganglia and thalamus) on MRI of 39 patients (21 with and 18 without sGTCS)...
April 17, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427509/efficacy-and-safety-of-bortezomib-thalidomide-and-lenalidomide-in-multiple-myeloma-an-overview-of-systematic-reviews-with-meta-analyses
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REVIEW
Patricia Melo Aguiar, Tácio de Mendonça Lima, Gisele Wally Braga Colleoni, Sílvia Storpirtis
This overview summarizes evidence for the efficacy and safety of bortezomib, thalidomide, and lenalidomide in patients with multiple myeloma. We searched the Medline, Scopus, and LILACS databases through August 2016, including systematic reviews with meta-analyses of randomized controlled trials assessing the efficacy and/or safety of bortezomib, thalidomide, or lenalidomide in patients with multiple myeloma. Two authors performed study selection, data extraction, and quality assessment using AMSTAR and GRADE instruments...
May 2017: Critical Reviews in Oncology/hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427070/practical-lessons-from-protocol-t-for-the-management-of-diabetic-macular-edema
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Lekha Mukkamala, Neelakshi Bhagat, Marco Zarbin
PURPOSE: To review the results of Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network Protocol T, as applied to clinical practice. METHODS: Review of major publications reporting the results of Protocol T, a randomized single-masked (in year-1 only), multicenter clinical trial comparing aflibercept, bevacizumab, and ranibizumab as treatment option for center-involving diabetic macular edema (DME). The main outcome measures were change in visual acuity (VA), central subfield thickness (CST) on optical coherence tomography, cost effectiveness, burden of care, and safety...
2017: Developments in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426831/representation-and-reporting-of-kidney-disease-in-cerebrovascular-disease-a-systematic-review-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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Ioannis Konstantinidis, Shanti Patel, Marianne Camargo, Achint Patel, Priti Poojary, Steven G Coca, Girish N Nadkarni
Patients with kidney disease (KD) are at increased risk for cerebrovascular disease (CVD) and CVD patients with KD have worse outcomes. We aimed to determine the representation of KD patients in major randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of CVD interventions. We searched MEDLINE for reports of major CVD trials published through February 9, 2017. We excluded trials that did not report mortality outcomes, enrolled fewer than 100 participants, or were subgroup, follow-up, or post-hoc analyses. Two independent reviewers performed study selection and data extraction...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426125/cerclage-use-a-review-of-3-national-guidelines
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Jeffrey D Sperling, Joshua D Dahlke, Juan M Gonzalez
Importance: Preterm birth is a major contributor to perinatal morbidity and mortality. The most common intervention performed to improve perinatal outcomes for a woman experiencing cervical dilation in the second trimester without signs or symptoms of preterm labor is the cerclage. Objective: We sought to review and compare available national guidelines on cerclage use. Evidence Acquisition: We performed a descriptive review of 3 national guidelines on cerclage: The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Practice Bulletin on "Cerclage for the Management of Cervical Insufficiency," Green-top Guideline from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists entitled "Cervical Cerclage," and the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada Clinical Practice Bulletin entitled "Cervical Insufficiency and Cervical Cerclage...
April 2017: Obstetrical & Gynecological Survey
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425303/a-retrospective-study-assessing-safety-and-efficacy-of-bipolar-radiofrequency-ablation-for-knee-chondral-lesions
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Monther Gharaibeh, Andras Szomor, Darren B Chen, Samuel J MacDessi
OBJECTIVE: Bipolar radiofrequency (bRF) ablation is gaining popularity as a treatment modality for unstable knee chondral lesions of the knee. Limited reports of osteonecrosis and chondrolysis have been published; however, there is little data examining the safety of this treatment in larger series. This study aims to evaluate the safety and efficacy of bRF in the treatment of chondral lesions encountered during knee arthroscopy. DESIGN: A retrospective evaluation of adverse outcomes in patients that underwent treatment of chondral lesions using bRF was undertaken...
April 1, 2017: Cartilage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424821/noacs-for-treatment-of-venous-thromboembolism-in-clinical-practice
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Sam Schulman, Daniel Singer, Walter Ageno, Ivan B Casella, Marc Desch, Samuel Z Goldhaber
Randomised controlled trials have provided important information on the efficacy and safety of the non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) for treatment of venous thromboembolism (VTE), leading to registration and increasing use in clinical practice. Many questions remain to be answered, and observational studies are often more suitable for answering "real-world" questions than randomised controlled trials. Patient satisfaction, quality of life, and adherence and persistence in clinical practice with the drug regimen can only be assessed with an open-label design...
April 20, 2017: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424055/how-participation-in-surgical-mortality-audit-impacts-surgical-practice
#19
Chi-Wai Lui, Frances M Boyle, Arkadiusz Peter Wysocki, Peter Baker, Alisha D'Souza, Sonya Faint, Therese Rey-Conde, John B North
BACKGROUND: Surgical mortality audit is an important tool for quality assurance and professional development but little is known about the impact of such activity on professional practice at the individual surgeon level. This paper reports the findings of a survey conducted with a self-selected cohort of surgeons in Queensland, Australia, on their experience of participating in the audit and its impact on their professional practice, as well as implications for hospital systems. METHODS: The study used a descriptive cross-sectional survey design...
April 19, 2017: BMC Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423856/improving-handovers-between-hospitals-and-primary-care-implementation-of-e-messages-and-the-importance-of-training
#20
Grete Netteland
The transfer of information and responsibility for care of a patient from one healthcare provider to another is referred to as a handover. While some handovers are effective and achieve high quality communication, others represent a barrier to continuity of care. To increase the patient safety, Norway decided to replace handovers with an electronic e-message system (EMS). This paper refers to a quantitative study of this implementation and examines the opinions of first-line leaders and nurses (N = 108) on how organisational factors were taken into account and how the implementation might be improved...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
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