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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342113/crizotinib-for-untreated-anaplastic-lymphoma-kinase-positive-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-an-evidence-review-group-perspective-of-a-nice-single-technology-appraisal
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Philip Morgan, Nerys Woolacott, Mousumi Biswas, Teumzghi Mebrahtu, Melissa Harden, Robert Hodgson
As part of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) single technology appraisal process, the manufacturer of crizotinib submitted evidence on the clinical and cost effectiveness of crizotinib in untreated anaplastic lymphoma kinase-positive (ALK-positive) non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Crizotinib has previously been assessed by NICE for patients with previously treated ALK-positive NSCLC (TA 296). It was not approved in this previous appraisal, but had been made available through the cancer drugs fund...
March 24, 2017: PharmacoEconomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336220/ureteroscopy-and-laser-stone-fragmentation-ursl-for-large-%C3%A2-1%C3%A2-cm-paediatric-stones-outcomes-from-a-university-teaching-hospital
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N C Featherstone, B K Somani, S J Griffin
INTRODUCTION: The treatment of large renal stones (≥1 cm) in paediatric patients is challenging. The usual treatment options include percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) or shockwave lithotripsy (SWL). There is a rise in the use of ureteroscopy and laser stone fragmentation (URSL) for paediatric stones; however, outcomes of treatment for large renal stones in this age group are still largely unknown. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the outcome of URSL for large paediatric renal stones ≥1 cm treated at the present institution over the last 5 years...
August 24, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328635/a-systematic-review-of-the-use-of-telemedicine-in-plastic-and-reconstructive-surgery-and-dermatology
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Krishna S Vyas, H Rhodes Hambrick, Afaaf Shakir, Shane D Morrison, Duy C Tran, Keon Pearson, Henry C Vasconez, Samir Mardini, Amanda A Gosman, Marek Dobke, Mark S Granick
BACKGROUND: Telemedicine, the use of information technology and telecommunication to provide healthcare at a distance, is a burgeoning field with applications throughout medicine. Given the visual nature of plastic surgery and dermatology, telemedicine has a myriad of potential applications within the field. METHODS: A comprehensive literature review of articles published on telemedicine since January 2010 was performed. Articles were selected for their relevance to plastic and reconstructive surgery and dermatology, and then reviewed for their discussion of the applications, benefits, and limitations of telemedicine in practice...
March 21, 2017: Annals of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326800/safety-feasibility-and-efficacy-of-bilateral-synchronous-percutaneous-nephrolithotomy-for-bilateral-stone-disease-evidence-from-a-systematic-review
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Patrick Jones, Blessing Dhliwayo, Bhavan Prasad Rai, Moeketsi Mokete, Ramachandran Amitharaj, Omar M Aboumarzouk, Bhaskar K Somani
INTRODUCTION: With the evolution of endourologic technology, bilateral synchronous percutaneous nephrolithotomy (BS-PCNL) has emerged as a potentially practical intervention for patients with bilateral lithiasis. Although tradition has favored a staged approach, an increasing number of original studies have reported their experiences with the synchronous approach. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A Cochrane style search was performed after development of a sensitive and predefined search strategy...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Endourology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320794/innovative-public-private-partnership-to-target-subsidised-antimalarials-a-study-protocol-for-a-cluster-randomised-controlled-trial-to-evaluate-a-community-intervention-in-western-kenya
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Jeremiah Laktabai, Adriane Lesser, Alyssa Platt, Elisa Maffioli, Manoj Mohanan, Diana Menya, Wendy Prudhomme O'Meara, Elizabeth L Turner
INTRODUCTION: There are concerns of inappropriate use of subsidised antimalarials due to the large number of fevers treated in the informal sector with minimal access to diagnostic testing. Targeting antimalarial subsidies to confirmed malaria cases can lead to appropriate, effective therapy. There is evidence that community health volunteers (CHVs) can be trained to safely and correctly use rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs). This study seeks to evaluate the public health impact of targeted antimalarial subsidies delivered through a partnership between CHVs and the private retail sector...
March 20, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286164/changing-children-s-eating-behaviour-a-review-of-experimental-research
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REVIEW
Patricia DeCosta, Per Møller, Michael Bom Frøst, Annemarie Olsen
The interest in children's eating behaviours and how to change them has been growing in recent years. This review examines the following questions: What strategies have been used to change children's eating behaviours? Have their effects been experimentally demonstrated? And, are the effects transient or enduring? Medline and Cab abstract (Ovid) and Web of Science (Thomson Reuters) were used to identify the experimental studies. A total of 120 experimental studies were identified and they are presented grouped within these 11 topics; parental control, reward, social facilitation, cooking programs, school gardens, sensory education, availability and accessibility, choice architecture and nudging, branding and food packaging, preparation and serving style, and offering a choice...
March 9, 2017: Appetite
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271355/to-dust-or-not-to-dust-a-systematic-review-of-ureteroscopic-laser-lithotripsy-techniques
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REVIEW
Javier E Santiago, Adam B Hollander, Samit D Soni, Richard E Link, Wesley A Mayer
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review discusses factors affecting outcomes during ureteroscopy (URS) with laser lithotripsy (LL), explores specific clinical challenges to the efficacy of URS LL, and reviews the available literature comparing the dusting and basketing approaches to URS LL. RECENT FINDINGS: Data show high stone-free rates with URS LL in all locations of the urinary tract and with all stone types and sizes. Recent data comparing LL with dusting versus basketing suggest higher rates of residual fragments with dusting but less utilization of ureteral access sheaths and potentially shorter operative times...
April 2017: Current Urology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265249/heart-rate-variability-and-cardiac-vagal-tone-in-psychophysiological-research-recommendations-for-experiment-planning-data-analysis-and-data-reporting
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Sylvain Laborde, Emma Mosley, Julian F Thayer
Psychophysiological research integrating heart rate variability (HRV) has increased during the last two decades, particularly given the fact that HRV is able to index cardiac vagal tone. Cardiac vagal tone, which represents the contribution of the parasympathetic nervous system to cardiac regulation, is acknowledged to be linked with many phenomena relevant for psychophysiological research, including self-regulation at the cognitive, emotional, social, and health levels. The ease of HRV collection and measurement coupled with the fact it is relatively affordable, non-invasive and pain free makes it widely accessible to many researchers...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261957/concentration-dependent-effects-of-acute-and-chronic-neonicotinoid-exposure-on-the-behaviour-and-development-of-the-nematode-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Monika M Kudelska, Lindy Holden-Dye, Vincent O'Connor, Declan A Doyle
BACKGROUND: Neonicotinoid insecticides are under review due to emerging toxicity to non-target species. Interest has focused on biological pollinators whilst their effects on other organisms that are key contributors to the ecosystem remain largely unknown. To advance this we have tested the effects of representatives of three major classes of neonicotinoids, thiacloprid, clothianidin and nitenpyram on the free-living nematode Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans), as a representative of the Nematoda, an ecologically important phylum contributing to biomass...
March 6, 2017: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257543/free-lung-cancer-screening-trends-toward-a-twofold-increase-in-lung-cancer-prevalence-in-the-underserved-southeastern-united-states
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Erika L Simmerman, Norman B Thomson, Thomas A Dillard, Zhonglin Hao, Ramses F Sadek, Samir N Khleif, Carsten Schroeder
OBJECTIVES: The National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) reported that the prevalence of lung cancer in individuals at high risk for the disease is 1%, and that screening these individuals using low-dose helical computed tomography of the chest saves lives. To increase screening accessibility in the underserved southeastern United States, we developed a free lung screening program, modeled after the Lahey Hospital & Medical Center Free Lung Screening Program, for individuals meeting National Comprehensive Cancer Network high-risk criteria...
March 2017: Southern Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28256913/family-planning-and-zika-virus-need-for-renewed-and-cohesive-efforts-to-ensure-availability-of-intrauterine-contraception-in-latin-america-and-the-caribbean
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Moazzam Ali, Kelsey Miller, Rodolfo Federico Gómez Ponce de Leon
OBJECTIVES: The advantages of intrauterine contraception (IUC) are well established (highly effective, low discontinuation rate, easy to use, low cost, and suitable for immediate postpartum use), but low levels of use in many countries and declining use in others are causes for concern. Due to the ongoing Zika virus outbreak, public health officials are calling for the continued practice of safe sex and the delay of pregnancy. Our study was conducted to assess the current situation of IUC availability and provision in Latin America and to determine the role of national policies in meeting the contraceptive needs of the populations in these countries...
April 2017: European Journal of Contraception & Reproductive Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28247328/prone-versus-supine-percutaneous-nephrolithotomy-what-is-your-position
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REVIEW
Roshan M Patel, Zhamshid Okhunov, Ralph V Clayman, Jaime Landman
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) is the gold standard surgical procedure for treating large, complex renal stones. Due to its challenging nature, PCNL has undergone many modifications in surgical technique, instruments, and also in patient positioning. Since the first inception of PCNL, prone position has been traditionally used. However, alternative positions have been proposed and assessed over the years. This is a comprehensive review on the latest developments related to positioning in the practice of PCNL...
April 2017: Current Urology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28241826/the-cost-of-free-health-care-for-all-kenyans-assessing-the-financial-sustainability-of-contributory-and-non-contributory-financing-mechanisms
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Vincent Okungu, Jane Chuma, Di McIntyre
BACKGROUND: The need to provide quality and equitable health services and protect populations from impoverishing health care costs has pushed universal health coverage (UHC) to the top of global health policy agenda. In many developing countries where the majority of the population works in the informal sector, there are critical debates over the best financing mechanisms to progress towards UHC. In Kenya, government health policy has prioritized contributory financing strategy (social health insurance) as the main financing mechanism for UHC...
February 27, 2017: International Journal for Equity in Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240568/-re-moving-the-needle-prospects-for-all-oral-treatment-for-multidrug-resistant-tuberculosis
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M Milstein, A Brzezinski, F Varaine, C D Mitnick
BACKGROUND: Currently recommended regimens for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) contain painful daily injections and are unsuccessful in approximately half of patients. Removal of the injectable agent to fashion all-oral regimens could transform MDR-TB treatment and access to care. OBJECTIVE: To explore evidence for all-oral treatment regimens. DESIGN: We review evidence on drugs that could be included in injection-free MDR-TB regimens...
December 1, 2016: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240501/role-of-focused-assessment-with-sonography-for-trauma-as-a-screening-tool-for-blunt-abdominal-trauma-in-young-children-after-high-energy-trauma
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W Tummers, J van Schuppen, H Langeveld, J Wilde, E Banderker, A van As
BACKGROUND: The objective of the study was to review the utility of focused assessement with sonography for trauma (FAST) as a screening tool for blunt abdominal trauma (BAT) in children involved in high energy trauma (HET), and to determine whether a FAST could replace computed tomography (CT) in clinical decision-making regarding paediatric BAT. METHOD: Children presented at the Trauma Unit of the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital, Cape Town, after HET, and underwent both a physical examination and a FAST...
June 2016: South African Journal of Surgery. Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238554/developing-a-set-of-core-outcomes-for-trials-in-hemodialysis-an-international-delphi-survey
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Nicole Evangelidis, Allison Tong, Braden Manns, Brenda Hemmelgarn, David C Wheeler, Peter Tugwell, Sally Crowe, Tess Harris, Wim Van Biesen, Wolfgang C Winkelmayer, Benedicte Sautenet, Donal O'Donoghue, Helen Tam-Tham, Sajeda Youssouf, Sreedhar Mandayam, Angela Ju, Carmel Hawley, Carol Pollock, David C Harris, David W Johnson, Dena E Rifkin, Francesca Tentori, John Agar, Kevan R Polkinghorne, Martin Gallagher, Peter G Kerr, Stephen P McDonald, Kirsten Howard, Martin Howell, Jonathan C Craig
BACKGROUND: Survival and quality of life for patients on hemodialysis therapy remain poor despite substantial research efforts. Existing trials often report surrogate outcomes that may not be relevant to patients and clinicians. The aim of this project was to generate a consensus-based prioritized list of core outcomes for trials in hemodialysis. STUDY DESIGN: In a Delphi survey, participants rated the importance of outcomes using a 9-point Likert scale in round 1 and then re-rated outcomes in rounds 2 and 3 after reviewing other respondents' scores...
February 23, 2017: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228178/the-state-of-emergency-medical-services-ems-systems-in-africa
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Nee-Kofi Mould-Millman, Julia M Dixon, Nana Sefa, Arthur Yancey, Bonaventure G Hollong, Mohamed Hagahmed, Adit A Ginde, Lee A Wallis
Introduction Little is known about the existence, distribution, and characteristics of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) systems in Africa, or the corresponding epidemiology of prehospital illness and injury. METHODS: A survey was conducted between 2013 and 2014 by distributing a detailed EMS system questionnaire to experts in paper and electronic versions. The questionnaire ascertained EMS systems' jurisdiction, operations, finance, clinical care, resources, and regulatory environment...
February 23, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225287/-predatory-journals-how-their-publishers-operate-and-how-to-avoid-them
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Jiří Kratochvíl, Lukáš Plch
Authors who publish in scientific or scholarly journals today face the risk of publishing in so-called predatory journals. These journals exploit the noble idea of the Open Access movement, whose goal is to make the latest scientific findings available for free. Predatory journals, unlike the reputable ones working on an Open Access basis, neglect the review process and publish low-quality submissions. The basic attributes of predatory journals are a very quick review process or even none at all, failure to be transparent about author fees for publishing an article, misleading potential authors by imitating the names of well-established journals, and false information on indexing in renowned databases or assigned impact factor...
2017: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221150/-current-results-of-rirs-and-comparison-with-pcnl
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José Luis Palmero Martí, Amparo Ganau Ituren, Lorena Valls González
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this article is to show the current situation regarding two surgical techniques for the treatment of renal lithiasis, RIRS (Retrograde intrarenal surgery) and PCNL (Percutaneous nephrolithotomy), specially concerning the larger size stones. We perform a literature review on the topic and add the experience with both techniques at our center. Besides, we also analyze the role of RIRS in comparison with the percutaneous techniques in smaller size lithiasis. METHODS: We review the results obtained in the literature and our experience...
January 2017: Archivos Españoles de Urología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216861/poverty-reduction-in-india-through-palliative-care-a-pilot-project
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Cathy Ratcliff, Ann Thyle, Savita Duomai, Manju Manak
INTRODUCTION: EMMS International and Emmanuel Hospital Association (EHA) implemented a pilot project, poverty reduction in India through palliative care (PRIPCare). A total of 129 interviews with patients and family enrolled in palliative care at three EHA hospitals (in Fatehpur, Lalitpur and Utraula) and staff discussions established that 66% of palliative care patients had lost livelihoods due to illness, 26% of patients' families had members who had lost livelihoods due to the illness, 98% of enrolled households had debts, 59% had loans for which they had sold assets, 69% of households took out debt after their family member fell ill, many patients do not know about government benefits and lack necessary documents, many village headmen require bribes to give people access to benefits, and many bereaved women and children lose everything...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Palliative Care
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