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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531898/plasma-et-1-concentrations-are-elevated-in-patients-with-hypertension-meta-analysis-of-clinical-studies
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Mei Xu, Yong-Ping Lu, Ahmed Abdallah Hasan, Berthold Hocher
BACKGROUND/AIMS: A recent study revealed that global overexpression of ET-1 causes a slight reduction in systemic blood pressure. Moreover, heterozygous ET-1 knockout mice are hypertensive. The role of ET-1 in human hypertension was so far not addressed by a strict meta-analysis of published human clinical studies. METHODS: We included studies published between January 1, 1990 and February 28, 2017. We included case control studies analyzing untreated essential hypertension or hypertensive patients where antihypertensive medication was discontinued for at least two weeks...
May 26, 2017: Kidney & Blood Pressure Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531777/primer-for-nutritionists-managing-the-side-effects-of-antidepressants
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Emily K Tarleton, Amanda G Kennedy, Christopher Daley
Depression is a chronic disease affecting a significant portion of the U.S. POPULATION: Due to the popularity of ADs most nutrition professionals working in the outpatient setting will encounter patients taking one of these medications. Nutritionist can assist patients in managing the short and long term side effects of ADs and, taking into account other nutritional issues, improve overall wellbeing of the patient. The objective of this paper is to identify what side effects nutritionists can help manage, provide the information necessary to help nutritionists feel comfortable assisting with that management, and, as a result, play a valuable role in the team that is vested in the health and wellbeing of the patient...
October 2016: Clinical Nutrition ESPEN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531306/association-of-long-term-opioid-therapy-with-functional-status-adverse-outcomes-and-mortality-among-patients-with-polyneuropathy
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E Matthew Hoffman, James C Watson, Jennifer St Sauver, Nathan P Staff, Christopher J Klein
Importance: Polyneuropathy is one of the most common painful conditions managed within general and specialty clinics. Neuropathic pain frequently leads to decisions about using long-term opioid therapy. Understanding the association of long-term opioid use with functional status, adverse outcomes, and mortality among patients with polyneuropathy could influence disease-specific decisions about opioid treatment. Objectives: To quantify the prevalence of long-term opioid use among patients with polyneuropathy and to assess the association of long-term opioid use with functional status, adverse outcomes, and mortality...
May 22, 2017: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531289/management-of-bacteriuria-in-veterans-affairs-hospitals
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Emily S Spivak, Muriel Burk, Rongping Zhang, Makoto M Jones, Melinda M Neuhauser, Matthew Bidwell Goetz, Francesca E Cunningham
Background: Bacteriuria contributes to antibiotic overuse through treatment of asymptomatic bacteriuria (ASB) and long durations of therapy for symptomatic urinary tract infections (UTIs), yet large-scale evaluations of bacteriuria management among inpatients are lacking. Methods: Inpatients with bacteriuria were classified as asymptomatic or symptomatic based on established criteria applied to data collected by manual chart review. We examined frequency of treatment of ASB, factors associated with treatment of ASB, durations of therapy, and frequency of complications including Clostridium difficile infection, readmission and all-cause mortality within 28 days of discharge...
May 20, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531205/cost-analysis-of-human-papillomavirus-related-cervical-diseases-and-genital-warts-in-swaziland
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Themba G Ginindza, Benn Sartorius, Xolisile Dlamini, Ellinor Östensson
BACKGROUND: Human papillomavirus (HPV) has proven to be the cause of several severe clinical conditions on the cervix, vulva, vagina, anus, oropharynx and penis. Several studies have assessed the costs of cervical lesions, cervical cancer (CC), and genital warts. However, few have been done in Africa and none in Swaziland. Cost analysis is critical in providing useful information for economic evaluations to guide policymakers concerned with the allocation of resources in order to reduce the disease burden...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530876/research-continuous-surveillance-of-sleep-apnea-patients-in-a-medical-surgical-unit
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Dana Supe, Leah Baron, Tom Decker, Kyle Parker, Jeanne Venella, Sarah Williams, Kari Beaton, John Zaleski
This report consists of two separate studies on the use of continuous capnography monitoring conducted in an effort to improve patient safety at Virtua Health System. The desire for improved patient safety is motivating continuous monitoring and improved surveillance in clinical areas not traditionally equipped for such monitoring. We explored the use of remote monitoring of capnography, using enterprise middleware, in patients recovering from surgery in a medical-surgical unit. Continuous monitoring traditionally has been used in higher-acuity settings, such as intensive care units...
May 2017: Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530862/administration-of-medical-electronics-a-review-of-some-criteria-basic-to-effective-and-economical-management-of-medical-electronic-equipment
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John E Abele
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 2017: Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530775/a-surgical-approach-to-iatrogenic-vascular-injuries-in-pediatric-cases
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Yüksel Beşir, Orhan Gökalp, Börteçin Eygi, Banu Bahriye Lafcı, Gamze Gökalp, Levent Yılık, Hasan İner, Ali Gürbüz
BACKGROUND: Surgical intervention is mandatory in many children who present with vascular trauma or in complicated cases after medical interventions. In this study, surgical interventions applied after vascular injuries in children were analyzed. METHODS: Between January 2002 and December 2012, 17 patients (aged under 18) who were admitted to the emergency room with vascular injuries were retrospectively analyzed. The data was collected through hospital records...
May 2017: Ulusal Travma Ve Acil Cerrahi Dergisi, Turkish Journal of Trauma & Emergency Surgery: TJTES
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530768/perioperative-management-of-rheumatoid-medications-in-orthopedic-surgery
#9
Kunal Sindhu, Brian Cohen, Joseph A Gil
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic, systemic autoimmune disorder known to cause progressive joint destruction. Over time, untreated RA can lead to pain and increasing disability, making orthopedic intervention necessary. The treatment of RA revolves around a variety of medications that blunt the overall immune response. However, this may increase the risk of infection and impair wound healing. Given the nature of this disease, orthopedists frequently encounter patients with RA in the operative setting. To optimize surgical outcomes, orthopedists must carefully manage and pay special attention to the adverse side effects of the complicated medication regimens of these patients perioperatively...
May 20, 2017: Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530526/warfarin-management-and-outcomes-in-patients-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-within-an-integrated-health-care-system
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JaeJin An, Fang Niu, Chengyi Zheng, Nazia Rashid, Robert A Mendes, Diana Dills, Lien Vo, Prianka Singh, Amanda Bruno, Daniel T Lang, Paul T Le, Kristin P Jazdzewski, Gustavus Aranda
BACKGROUND: Warfarin is a common treatment option to manage patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) in clinical practice. Understanding current pharmacist-led anticoagulation clinic management patterns and associated outcomes is important for quality improvement; however, currently little evidence associating outcomes with management patterns exists. OBJECTIVES: To (a) describe warfarin management patterns and (b) evaluate associations between warfarin treatment and clinical outcomes for patients with NVAF in an integrated health care system...
June 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530525/cost-effectiveness-of-nivolumab-ipilimumab-combination-therapy-compared-with-monotherapy-for-first-line-treatment-of-metastatic-melanoma-in-the-united-states
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Anna Oh, Dang M Tran, Leann C McDowell, Dor Keyvani, Jay Andrew Barcelon, Oscar Merino, Leslie Wilson
BACKGROUND: The approval of new immunotherapies has dramatically changed the treatment landscape of metastatic melanoma. These survival gains come with trade-offs in side effects and costs, as well as important considerations for third-party payer systems, physicians, and patients. OBJECTIVE: To develop a Markov model to determine the cost-effectiveness of nivolumab, ipilimumab, and nivolumab-ipilimumab combination as firstline therapy in metastatic melanoma, while accounting for differential effectiveness in programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) positive and negative patients...
June 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530523/cost-effectiveness-of-peginterferon-beta-1a-and-alemtuzumab-in-relapsing-remitting-multiple-sclerosis
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Ankur A Dashputre, Khalid M Kamal, Gauri Pawar
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the central nervous system, affecting 2.5 million people globally and 400,000 people in the United States. While no cure exists for MS, the goal is to manage the disease using disease-modifying therapies (DMTs), which have been shown to slow disease progression and prevent relapses. Relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS) is the most common form of MS at the time of diagnosis. Peginterferon beta-1a (PEG) and alemtuzumab (ALT) were recently approved and have demonstrated good clinical outcomes, including reduced relapse rates in clinical trials...
June 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530521/the-direct-cost-of-managing-a-rare-disease-assessing-medical-and-pharmacy-costs-associated-with-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-in-the-united-states
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Sarah Thayer, Christopher Bell, Craig M McDonald
BACKGROUND: A Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) cohort was identified using a claims-based algorithm to estimate health care utilization and costs for commercially insured DMD patients in the United States. Previous analyses have used broad diagnosis codes that include a range of muscular dystrophy types as a proxy to estimate the burden of DMD. OBJECTIVE: To estimate DMD-associated resource utilization and costs in a sample of patients identified via a claims-based algorithm using diagnosis codes, pharmacy prescriptions, and procedure codes unique to DMD management based on DMD clinical milestones...
June 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530520/cardiovascular-disease-and-gout-real-world-experience-evaluating-patient-characteristics-treatment-patterns-and-health-care-utilization
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Michael H Pillinger, Sripal Bangalore, Alyssa B Klein, Scott Baumgartner, Robert Morlock
BACKGROUND: Gout, hyperuricemia, and cardiovascular disease (CVD) are prevalent conditions in the United States, and while they share common risk factors such as obesity, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, and type 2 diabetes mellitus, relatively little is known about what patient and disease characteristics may link CVD with hyperuricemia and gout and how the presence of both diseases affects management decisions differently than for patients with gout alone. OBJECTIVE: To identify differences in patient characteristics, patterns of urate-lowering therapy (ULT) use, and gout control in gout patients with and without cardiovascular comorbidity...
June 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530519/does-a-one-size-fits-all-cost-sharing-approach-incentivize-appropriate-medication-use-a-roundtable-on-the-fairness-and-ethics-associated-with-variable-cost-sharing
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Jennifer S Graff, Chuck Shih, Thomas Barker, Gabriela Dieguez, Cheryl Larson, Helen Sherman, Robert W Dubois
BACKGROUND: Tiered formularies, in which patients pay copays or coinsurance out-of-pocket (OOP), are used to manage costs and encourage more efficient health care resource use. Formulary tiers are typically based on the cost of treatment rather than the medical appropriateness for the patient. Cost sharing may have unintended consequences on treatment adherence and health outcomes. Use of higher-cost, higher-tier medications can be due to a variety of factors, including unsuccessful treatment because of lack of efficacy or side effects, patient clinical or genetic characteristics, patient preferences to avoid potential side effects, or patient preferences based on the route of administration...
June 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530512/deaflympians-satisfaction-with-athletic-training-services-at-the-2013-deaflympic-summer-games
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Matthew Paul Brancaleone, René Revis Shingles, Nailya DeLellis
CONTEXT:   Athletic trainers have the opportunity to treat unique populations. Determining athletes' satisfaction with the athletic training services supplied can offer insights into how to improve the health care provided to athletes. OBJECTIVE:   To explore Deaflympians' satisfaction with athletic training services at the 2013 Deaflympic Summer Games. DESIGN:   Cross-sectional survey. SETTING:   The 2013 Deaflympic Summer Games in Sofia, Bulgaria...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Athletic Training
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530490/role-of-continuous-glucose-monitoring-in-clinical-trials-recommendations-on-reporting
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Oliver Schnell, Katharine Barnard, Richard Bergenstal, Emanuele Bosi, Satish Garg, Bruno Guerci, Thomas Haak, Irl B Hirsch, Linong Ji, Shashank R Joshi, Maarten Kamp, Lori Laffel, Mathieu Chantal, William H Polonsky, Frank Snoek, Philip Home
Thanks to significant improvements in the precision, accuracy, and usability of continuous glucose monitoring (CGM), its relevance in both ambulatory diabetes care and clinical research is increasing. In this study, we address the latter perspective and derive provisional reporting recommendations. CGM systems have been available since around the year 2000 and used primarily in people with type 1 diabetes. In contrast to self-measured glucose, CGM can provide continuous real-time measurement of glucose levels, alerts for hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia, and a detailed assessment of glycemic variability...
May 22, 2017: Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530383/diabetes-update-prevention-and-management-of-diabetes-complications
#18
Beth Choby
Macrovascular complications of diabetes include cardiovascular events, whereas common microvascular complications include neuropathy, retinopathy, and diabetic kidney disease. Control of hypertension and dyslipidemia is an important step in minimizing the risk of complications. Blood pressure (BP) levels should be maintained at less than 140 mm Hg systolic and less than 90 mm Hg diastolic. In older adults, medical therapy to reduce BP to less than 130/70 mm Hg is not recommended. In these patients, a systolic BP level less than 130 mm Hg has not been shown to improve atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) outcomes, and a diastolic BP less than 70 mm Hg is associated with a higher mortality risk...
May 2017: FP Essentials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530330/-the-sherlock-system-clinical-and-logistic-pharmaceutical-services
#19
Roni Leibowitz, Shahar Aflalo, Ornit Cohen, Ahuva Lustig
BACKGROUND: The drug inventory in the hospital consumes a large part of the hospital's budget. Classic drug management is based on weekly visits of the pharmacist in the departments, writing an order and dispensing it. This method is wasteful in terms of sending a bulk of drugs that will not necessarily be utilized, and it is also inefficient in terms of human resources. The unit-dose method, which is more advanced, is based on filling out individual prescriptions for each of the inpatients in the department...
August 2016: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530311/-adjustments-in-the-oral-drug-treatment-of-bariatric-patients
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Ilanit Mahler, Danny Roder
Bariatric surgery continues to be a durable therapeutic option for a growing number of obese patients. The patients that are admitted to our hospital for elective bariatric procedures often suffer from multiple co-morbidities and are therefore treated with a significant number of chronic medications. These operations lead to drastic modifications of the anatomy and physiology of the gastro-intestinal tract that may change the pharmacokinetics of drugs. In addition, the natural post-operative course of a bariatric procedure may lead to amelioration or even resolution of some of the obesity-related chronic diseases, consequently eliminating the need for drug therapy...
January 2017: Harefuah
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