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The Maintain Your Brain trial (MYB) is one of the largest internet-delivered multidomain RCT designed to target modifiable risk factors for dementia. It comprises four intervention modules: physical activity, nutrition, mental health, and cognitive training. This paper explains the MYB Nutrition Module, which is a fully online intervention promoting the adoption of the ‘traditional’ Mediterranean Diet (MedDiet) pattern for those participants reporting dietary intake that does not indicate adherence to a Mediterranean-type cuisine or those who have chronic diseases/risk factors for dementia known to benefit from this type of diet. Participants who were eligible for the Nutrition Module were assigned to one of the three diet streams: Main, Malnutrition, and Alcohol group, according to their medical history and adherence to the MedDiet at baseline. A short dietary questionnaire was administered weekly during the first 10 weeks and then monthly during the 3-year follow-up to monitor whether participants adopted or maintained the MedDiet pattern during the intervention. As the Nutrition Module is a fully online intervention, resources that promoted self-efficacy, self-management, and process of change were important elements to be included in the module development. The Nutrition Module is unique in that it is able to individualize the dietary advice according to both the medical and dietary history of each participant; the results from this unique intervention will contribute substantively to the evidence that links the Mediterranean-type diet with cognitive function and the prevention of dementia and will increase our understanding of the benefits of a MedDiet in a Western country.
Global health disasters are on the rise and can occur at any time with little advance warning, necessitating preparation. The authors created a comprehensive evidence-based Emergency Preparedness Training Program focused on long-term retention and sustained learner engagement.
A prospective observational study was conducted of a simulation-based mass casualty event training program designed using an outcomes-based logic model. A total of 25 frontline healthcare workers from multiple hospital sites in the New York metropolitan area participated in an 8-hour immersive workshop. Data was collected from assessments, and surveys provided to participants 3 weeks prior to the workshop, immediately following the workshop, and 3 months after completion of the workshop.
The mean percentage of total knowledge scores improved across pre-workshop, post-workshop and retention (3 months post-workshop) assessments (53.2% vs. 64.8% vs. 67.6%, P < 0.05). Average comfort scores in the core MCI competencies increased across pre-workshop, post-workshop and retention self-assessments (P < 0.01). Of the participants assessed at 3 months retention (n = 14, 56%), 50.0% (n = 7) assisted in updating their hospital’s emergency operations plan and 50.0% (n = 7) pursued further self-directed learning in disaster preparedness medicine.
The use of the logic model provided a transparent framework for the design, implementation, and evaluation of a competency-based EPT program at a single academic center.
Recently, infection transmission risk associated with contaminated, patient-ready flexible endoscopes has attracted attention. Outbreaks of multidrug-resistant organisms resulting in infection and/or colonization have been particularly concerning. Recent CDC and FDA recommendations focus on reducing “exogenous” infection transmission and specifically recommend that endoscopy sites have quality systems in place for endoscope reprocessing. Another key recommendation is the culture of patient-ready endoscopes to detect contamination with organisms of concern. Remaining gaps in the guidelines include ensuring that optimal endoscope-channel sample methods are used and ensuring effective root-cause analysis and remediation when contamination is detected. In this review, we summarize the critical aspects of endoscope sample collection and present a practical approach to root-cause analysis and remedial action plans.
Induction chemotherapy (iC) followed by concurrent chemoradiation has been shown to improve overall survival (OS) for locally advanced pancreatic cancer (LAPC). However, the survival benefit of stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) versus conventionally fractionated radiation therapy (CFRT) following iC remains unclear.
Materials and methods:
The National Cancer Database (NCDB) was queried for primary stage III, cT4N0-1M0 LAPC (2004–15). Kaplan–Meier analysis, Cox proportional hazards method and propensity score matching were used.
Among 872 patients, 738 patients underwent CFRT and 134 patients received SBRT. Median follow-up was 24·3 and 22·9 months for the CFRT and SBRT cohorts, respectively. The use of SBRT showed improved survival in both the multivariate analysis (hazards ratio 0·78, p = 0·025) and 120 propensity-matched pairs (median OS 18·1 versus 15·9 months, p = 0·004) compared to the CFRT.
This NCDB analysis suggests survival benefit with the use of SBRT versus CFRT following iC for the LAPC.
This National Cancer Database (NCDB) analysis was performed to evaluate the outcomes of adjuvant chemotherapy (AC) versus observation for resected pancreatic adenocarcinoma treated with neoadjuvant therapy (NT).
Materials and methods:
The NCDB was queried for primary stages I–II cT1-3N0-1M0 resected pancreatic adenocarcinoma treated with NT (2004–2015). Baseline patient, tumour and treatment characteristics were extracted. The primary end point was overall survival (OS). With a 6-month conditional landmark, Kaplan–Meier analysis, multivariable Cox proportional hazards method and 1:1 propensity score matching was used to analyse the data.
A total of 1,737 eligible patients were identified, of which 1,247 underwent post-operative observation compared to 490 with AC. The overall median follow-up was 34·7 months. The addition of AC showed improved survival on the multivariate analysis (HR 0·78, p < 0·001). AC remained statistically significant for improved OS, with a median OS of 26·3 months versus 22·3 months and 2-year OS of 63·9% versus 52·9% for the observation cohort (p < 0·001). Treatment interaction analysis showed OS benefit of AC for patients with smaller tumours.
Our findings suggest a survival benefit for AC compared to observation following NT and surgery for resectable pancreatic adenocarcinoma, especially in patients with smaller tumours.
Salivary duct carcinoma (SDC) is an extremely rare and aggressive subtype of salivary gland cancer with high morbidity and mortality and poor response to treatment. The current options of treatment include radical surgery followed by radiotherapy (RT) with or without chemotherapy. The aim of this study was to analyse the patterns of recurrences, possible predictors of outcome and role of RT in a cohort of patients with non-metastatic SDC.
A retrospective review of patients treated between 2010 and 2019 with histologically proven non-metastatic SDC was conducted.
Sixteen patients were included in the series. Median follow-up was 25 months. Progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) at 12 months were 61% and 80%, respectively. Seven out of the 16 patients had disease progression, distant metastases being most frequent. Four patients died due to disease progression. PFS was significantly worse for patients with pathological neck node positivity (p = 0·036) and peri-parotid nodes (p = 0·007). Local control was significantly associated with RT (p = 0·011). Addition of any chemotherapy, regardless of either concurrent or adjuvant, had no impact on the PFS or OS. Pathological neck node positivity with nodal stage of N2 or higher correlated significantly with worse OS (p = 0·031).
Salivary ductal carcinoma is an aggressive malignancy with high metastatic potential. Inferior prognosis was observed among patients who had metastatic deposits in either cervical nodes or peri-parotid nodes on histopathology. As systemic failures are more predominant among these patients, larger prospective trials are needed to formulate an optimum strategy for choice and sequencing of first-line systemic therapy.
Aileron to Rudder Interconnect (ARI) gain is implemented on most fighter aircraft, primarily to reduce the side slip produced due to adverse yaw from pilot lateral control stick input and to improve the turn rate response. A systematic and non-iterative design procedure for ARI gain is proposed herein based on the evaluation of a transfer function magnitude at the aircraft roll mode frequency. The simplicity of the proposed method makes it useful for real-time flight control law reconfiguration in situations where the aileron control authority is diminished due to damage. This is demonstrated by a simulation example considering an aileron surface damage scenario.
The onset of magnetic reconnection in space, astrophysical and laboratory plasmas is reviewed discussing results from theory, numerical simulations and observations. After a brief introduction on magnetic reconnection and approach to the question of onset, we first discuss recent theoretical models and numerical simulations, followed by observations of reconnection and its effects in space and astrophysical plasmas from satellites and ground-based detectors, as well as measurements of reconnection in laboratory plasma experiments. Mechanisms allowing reconnection spanning from collisional resistivity to kinetic effects as well as partial ionization are described, providing a description valid over a wide range of plasma parameters, and therefore applicable in principle to many different astrophysical and laboratory environments. Finally, we summarize the implications of reconnection onset physics for plasma dynamics throughout the Universe and illustrate how capturing the dynamics correctly is important to understanding particle acceleration. The goal of this review is to give a view on the present status of this topic and future interesting investigations, offering a unified approach.
This study sought to assess the impact of simulation training in influencing trainees’ initial surgical participation as perceived by experienced surgeon trainers.
Twenty ENT surgeons assessed how much of a given procedure they would expect to allow a trainee to perform for their first time. Responses were provided for trainees who had undergone a relevant simulation course and those who had not, and scored according to the eLogbook levels of involvement in surgery. This was completed for simulated procedures with validated models, across four grades of junior doctors.
A total of 1120 judgements on the trainees’ intended level of involvement were made. The median involvement score was higher in the simulation group versus the non-simulation group (Mann–Whitney U, p = 0.0001), corresponding to a translation in surgical opportunity from a primarily assisting role to an active role.
Trainer perception of a relevant ENT simulation course appears to positively impact on the initial surgical opportunities afforded to the trainee.
A new optimized quasi-helically symmetric configuration is described that has the desirable properties of improved energetic particle confinement, reduced turbulent transport by three-dimensional shaping and non-resonant divertor capabilities. The configuration presented in this paper is explicitly optimized for quasi-helical symmetry, energetic particle confinement, neoclassical confinement and stability near the axis. Post optimization, the configuration was evaluated for its performance with regard to energetic particle transport, ideal magnetohydrodynamic stability at various values of plasma pressure and ion temperature gradient instability induced turbulent transport. The effects of discrete coils on various confinement figures of merit, including energetic particle confinement, are determined by generating single-filament coils for the configuration. Preliminary divertor analysis shows that coils can be created that do not interfere with expansion of the vessel volume near the regions of outgoing heat flux, thus demonstrating the possibility of operating a non-resonant divertor.
To determine the radiological prevalence of frontal cells according to the International Frontal Sinus Anatomy Classification in patients undergoing computed tomography of the paranasal sinuses for clinical symptoms of chronic rhinosinusitis, and to examine the association between cell classification and frontal sinusitis development.
A total of 180 (left and right) sides of 90 patients were analysed. The prevalence of each International Frontal Sinus Anatomy Classification cell was assessed. Logistic regression analysis was used to compare the distribution of various cells in patients with and without frontal sinusitis.
The agger nasi cell was the most commonly occurring cell, seen in 95.5 per cent of patients. The prevalence rates for supra agger cells, supra agger frontal cells, supra bullar frontal cells, supra bullar cells, supra-orbital ethmoid cells and frontal septal cells were 33.3 per cent, 22.2 per cent, 21.1 per cent, 36.1 per cent, 39.4 per cent and 21.1 per cent, respectively. There was no significant difference in the occurrence of any of the cell types in patients with frontal sinusitis compared to those without (p > 0.05).
The presence of any of the International Frontal Sinus Anatomy Classification cells was not significantly associated with frontal sinusitis.
The pandemic due to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has emerged as a serious global public health issue. Since the start of the outbreak, the importance of hand-hygiene and respiratory protection to prevent the spread of the virus has been the prime focus for infection control. Health regulatory organisations have produced guidelines for the formulation of hand sanitisers to the manufacturing industries. This review summarises the studies on alcohol-based hand sanitisers and their disinfectant activity against SARS-CoV-2 and related viruses. The literature shows that the type and concentration of alcohol, formulation and nature of product, presence of excipients, applied volume, contact time and viral contamination load are critical factors that determine the effectiveness of hand sanitisers.
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is recommended in treatment guidelines as an efficacious therapy for treatment-resistant depression. However, it has been associated with loss of autobiographical memory and short-term reduction in new learning.
To provide clinically useful guidelines to aid clinicians in informing patients regarding the cognitive side-effects of ECT and in monitoring these during a course of ECT, using complex data.
A Committee of clinical and academic experts from Australia and New Zealand met to the discuss the key issues pertaining to ECT and cognitive side-effects. Evidence regarding cognitive side-effects was reviewed, as was the limited evidence regarding how to monitor them. Both issues were supplemented by the clinical experience of the authors.
Meta-analyses suggest that new learning is impaired immediately following ECT but that group mean scores return at least to baseline by 14 days after ECT. Other cognitive functions are generally unaffected. However, the finding of a mean score that is not reduced from baseline cannot be taken to indicate that impairment, particularly of new learning, cannot occur in individuals, particularly those who are at greater risk. Therefore, monitoring is still important. Evidence suggests that ECT does cause deficits in autobiographical memory. The evidence for schedules of testing to monitor cognitive side-effects is currently limited. We therefore make practical recommendations based on clinical experience.
Despite modern ECT techniques, cognitive side-effects remain an important issue, although their nature and degree remains to be clarified fully. In these circumstances it is useful for clinicians to have guidance regarding what to tell patients and how to monitor these side-effects clinically.
Depression and mortality have been studied separately in patients with coronary heart disease (CHD) and in populations healthy at study inception. This does not allow comparisons across risk-factor groups based on the cross-classification of depression and CHD status. We prospectively examined the effects of depressive symptoms, assessed in 2002-2004, on all-cause and cardiovascular -mortality in a large sample of 5936 middle-aged participants, with and without established CHD, followed over 5.6 years
We created 4-risk-factor groups based on the cross classification of depressive symptoms and CHD status. The age-and-sex-adjusted hazard ratios for all causes death were 1.67-fold (p< 0.05) higher for participants with only CHD, 2.10-fold (p< 0.001) higher for those with only depressive symptoms and 4.99-fold (p< 0.001) higher for those with both CHD and depressive symptoms when compared to participants without either condition. The two latter risk-factor groups remained at increased risk after adjustments for relevant confounders. Further comparisons indicated that the risks of all-cause death were also higher, but to a lesser extent, for participants with both depressive-symptoms and CHD when compared to those with only one of these conditions. These associations were also observed for cardiovascular mortality
This study provides evidence that depressive symptoms are associated with an increased risk of all-cause and CVD death and that this risk is particularly marked in depressive participants with co-morbid CHD. Several clinical guidelines have recommended screening, referral, and treatment of depression in primary and cardiovascular care units. These findings suggest that these recommendations need further consideration.
To compare the current standards of clinical practice with the recommendations of NICE guidelines (CG 45).
NICE guidelines (CG 45) on Antenatal and Postnatal Mental health suggest that Healthcare professionals should discuss contraception and the risks of pregnancy including relapse, risk to the foetus and risks associated with the stopping or changing medication with all women of child-bearing potential who have an existing mental disorder and or who are taking Psychotropic medication.
A standardised questionnaire was answered by 50 female patients out of 60, attending New bridge unit in Birmingham for the Outpatient appointment in the month of November -2007. The age group was between 18 and 50. The questionnaire was handed out at the reception and Doctors encouraged patients to fill out the questionnaire. Confidentiality was not compromised.
12 (24%) patients were aware of contraception. 17 (34%) knew about the risks of relapse during pregnancy. 15 (30%) women recognised the risks of stopping or changing the medication and 13 (26%) agreed that the risks to foetus were informed to them. This indicated there was room for improvement.
To improve the standards of practice
· The Audit report that highlighted standards, was disseminated to all the clinicians through formal power point Audit presentation and through emails.
· The importance of passing on the relevant information to the patients was incorporated in Doctors Handbook for Junior Doctors.
Prospective data on depressive symptoms and blood pressure (BP) are scarce, and the impact of age on this association is poorly understood.
The present study examines longitudinal trajectories of depressive episodes and the probability of hypertension associated with these trajectories over time.
Participants were 6,889 men and 3,413 women London based civil servants followed for 24 years between 1985 and 2009. The age of participants over the follow-up ranged from 35 to 80 years. Depressive episode (defined as scoring 4 or more on the General Health Questionnaire-Depression subscale or using prescribed antidepressant medication) and hypertension (systolic/diastolic blood pressure ≥ 140/90 mm Hg or use of antihypertensive medication) were assessed concurrently at five medical examinations.
In longitudinal logistic regression analyses based on Generalized-Estimating-Equation using age as the time scale, participants with depression trajectory characterised by increasing depressive episodes overtime had a greater increase in the likelihood for hypertension with advancing age; an adjusted-excess increase of 7% (95% CI 3-12, p < 0.001) for each five-year increase in age compared to those with a low/stable depression trajectory. In a model adjusted for relevant confounders, a higher risk of hypertension in the first group of participants did not become evident before age 55. A similar pattern of association was observed in men and women although the association was stronger in men.
This study suggests that the risk of hypertension increases with repeated experience of depressive episodes over time and materializes in later adulthood.
As evidenced by ongoing research and partial effectiveness of the antipsychotics on cognitive and negative symptoms, the search is on for drugs that may improve these domains of functioning for someone suffering from schizophrenia.
To do a sytematic review to find out if acetylcholinesterase inhibitors could be used for schizophrenia condisering there use in dementia for cognitive symptoms.
The aim of review was to determine the clinical effects, safety and cost effectiveness of acetylcholinesterase inhibitors for treating patients with schizophrenia.
We searched the Cochrane Schizophrenia Group’s Register and references of all identified studies were inspected. We included all clinical randomised trials comparing acetylcholinesterase inhibitors with antipsychotics or placebo either alone or in combination for schizophrenia and schizophrenia-like psychoses. For dichotomous data we calculated relative risks (RR) and their 95% confidence intervals (CI) on an intention-to-treat basis based on a random-effects model. For continuous data, we calculated weighted mean differences (WMD) again using random-effects model.
The acetylcholiesterase inhibitor plus antipsychotic showed benefit over antipsychotic and placebo in the mental state, cognitive domain and tolerability. No difference was noted between the two arms in other outcomes. The overall rate of participants leaving studies early was low and showed no clear difference between the two groups.
The results seem to favour the use of acetylcholiesterase inhibitors in combination with antipsychotics in different oucomes, but because of the various limitations, this review highlights the need for large, independent, well designed, conducted and reported pragmatic randomised studies.
Clozapine is the drug of choice for patients with treatment-resistant schizophrenia. However a minority of them have been unable to continue with Clozapine due to side-effects, for example rash. This report looks at the use of graded desensitization in a patient who developed cutaneous reactions to Clozapine.
This report describes the management of a patient with treatment resistant-schizophrenia, mild learning disabilities and epilepsy, following a cutaneous reaction to Clozapine. Having been maintained on Clopixol depot until 4 years ago, he required a change in antipsychotics following a relapse of psychotic symptoms. He was then treated unsuccessfully with various anti-psychotics, before starting Clozapine, to which he showed a good response. Unfortunately he developed an eczematous rash on two separate occasions when the drug was introduced. Again he was tried on other anti-psychotics, to which he also developed a rash. He was then put on a graded desensitization regimen of liquid Clozapine.
Graded desensitization, using incremental increases in drug dose, allowed maintenance treatment with therapeutic doses of Clozapine to be achieved in the absence of cutaneous hypersensitivity reactions. the patient's previously treatment-resistant psychotic symptoms were improved by this method.
We should be aware of possibilities for the management of both the common and uncommon side-effects associated with Clozapine, as the result might vastly improve the patients’ quality of life. Desensitisation regimens can be an effective means of overcoming drug hypersensitivity but should be used with great caution, especially when patients exhibit delayed-type hypersensitivity reactions.