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Murthy J.,Care Hospital
Neurology India | Year: 2017

Focal epilepsy, non-syndromic, is by far the most prevalent epilepsy in adults. Antiepileptic drug (AED) prescription in patients with new-onset focal epilepsy is often challenging. The factors that determine AED of choice depends both on the patient-specific and AED-specific variables. Monotherapy should the initial strategy. Failure to monotherapy can be due to lack of efficacy, severe adverse events, or a hypersensitivity reaction. In such patients, the next strategy should be alternate monotherapy trials. In patients who fail up to three monotherapy trials, duotherapy with drugs having different primary mechanisms of action should be the next step. Multiple duotherapy should be tried before considering adding polytherapy. In spite of such pragmatic strategies, about 25% of patients may never become seizure free for any complete year throughout follow-up. Patients in this group should be evaluated for non-pharmacological treatment options, particularly epilepsy surgery. © 2017 Neurology India, Neurological Society of India.

Barst R.J.,Columbia University | Ivy D.D.,Aurora University | Gaitan G.,UNICAR | Szatmari A.,Gottsegen Gyorgy Hungarian Institute of Cardiology | And 7 more authors.
Circulation | Year: 2012

Background - Safe, effective therapy is needed for pediatric pulmonary arterial hypertension. Methods and Results - Children (n=235; weight ≥8 kg) were randomized to low-, medium-, or high-dose sildenafil or placebo orally 3 times daily for 16 weeks in the Sildenafil in Treatment-Naive Children, Aged 1-17 Years, With Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (STARTS-1) study. The primary comparison was percent change from baseline in peak oxygen consumption (PVO 2) for the 3 sildenafil doses combined versus placebo. Exercise testing was performed in 115 children able to exercise reliably; the study was powered for this population. Secondary end points (assessed in all patients) included hemodynamics and functional class. The estimated mean±SE percent change in PVO 2 for the 3 doses combined versus placebo was 7.7±4.0% (95% confidence interval, -0.2% to 15.6%; P=0.056). PVO 2, functional class, and hemodynamics improved with medium and high doses versus placebo; low-dose sildenafil was ineffective. Most adverse events were mild to moderate in severity. STARTS-1 completers could enter the STARTS-2 extension study; patients who received sildenafil in STARTS-1 continued the same dose, whereas placebo-treated patients were randomized to low-, medium-, or high-dose sildenafil. In STARTS-2 (ongoing), increased mortality was observed with higher doses. Conclusions - Sixteen-week sildenafil monotherapy is well tolerated in pediatric pulmonary arterial hypertension. Percent change in PVO 2 for the 3 sildenafil doses combined was only marginally significant; however, PVO 2, functional class, and hemodynamic improvements with medium and high doses suggest efficacy with these doses. Combined with STARTS-2 data, the overall profile favors the medium dose. Further investigation is warranted to determine optimal dosing based on age and weight. © 2011 American Heart Association, Inc.

Company Raises Fiscal Year 2016 Guidance for Fully Diluted Earnings per Share to a Range of $2.05 to $2.08 and Net Service Revenue to a Range of $910 million to $920 million LAFAYETTE, La., Nov. 02, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- LHC Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:LHCG) today announced its financial results for the three months and nine months ended September 30, 2016. Financial Results for the Third Quarter of 2016 Compared with the Third Quarter of 2015 Commenting on the announcement, Keith G. Myers, LHC Group’s chairman and CEO, said, “LHC Group produced another solid quarter, highlighted by strong growth in total admissions and organic home health admissions. In addition to higher admission volume, our home health admissions continued to increase in acuity, driving a 4.8% increase in average Medicare reimbursement and contributing to 5.4% organic growth in home health net service revenue. “We are also very pleased to have announced today, by separate news release, our new joint venture with LifePoint Health, one of the country’s leading providers of healthcare to non-urban communities. Combining the LifePoint Health transaction with all other transactions closed in the year-to-date, we have now eclipsed our $100 million acquisition annual revenue target, with approximately $106 million in acquired revenue. “We expect the current upward trend in same store organic growth to continue as a result of increasing market awareness of our differentiating capabilities and quality scores, market consolidation, and the continued shift to value-based care. We also expect growth in hospital and health system joint ventures and freestanding acquisitions in certain markets to continue and look for 2017 to be another strong growth year overall for our company. “In addition, with the October release of the CMS Star ratings, LHC Group continues to lead the home health industry in quality and patient satisfaction. With these quality ratings and LHC Group’s being the only national home health provider that is 100% accredited by the Joint Commission, we are clearly the leading partner of choice for hospitals and health systems that recognize the value in improving their patients’ non-acute care. LHC Group began partnering with hospitals in 1998, and with the inclusion of LifePoint, we are the trusted partner of 68 hospitals and health systems which includes 172 hospitals. “LHC Group also remains well positioned to fund both new joint ventures and additional acquisitions from our robust pipeline of potential transactions. We had $16.5 million in cash at the end of the third quarter, $66.2 million of trailing 12 month’s cash flow from operations and $123.2 million of availability under our credit agreement.” Mr. Myers concluded, “LHC Group’s record of success and significant prospects for continued profitable growth are a clear tribute to the compassionate and skilled healthcare professionals –and those who support them – who provide our patients quality care all day, every day. As has CMS through its Star ratings, we recognize and applaud their outstanding work and the commitment, skill and passion through which it is sustained.” FY 2016 Guidance LHC Group today raised its fiscal year 2016 guidance for fully diluted earnings per share to be in an expected range of $2.05 to $2.08, from the previous range of $1.90 to $2.00, and raised its fiscal year 2016 guidance for net service revenue to be in an expected range of $910 million to $920 million, from the previous range of range of $885 million to $900 million. This guidance includes: (1) the negative impact from the Medicare Home Health Prospective Payment System for 2016, which is expected to reduce 2016 Medicare Home Health revenue by approximately 1.5% to 2.0%, or $7.1 million to $9.5 million, and fully diluted earnings per share by $0.24 to $0.32; (2) the negative impact from the Medicare Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System (PPS), which is expected to reduce 2016 Medicare LTCH revenue by 4.9%, or $3.6 million, and fully diluted earnings per share by a net $0.06 after implementation strategies; (3) the negative impact from the reduction of 18 beds in one of the Company’s LTACs beginning June 1, 2016, which is expected to reduce 2016 LTCH revenue by $3.1 million and fully diluted earnings per share by a net $0.03 after implementation strategies; (4) the negative impact on the fourth quarter of 2016 from the final Medicare Home Health Prospective Payment System for 2017, which is expected to reduce fourth quarter fully diluted earnings per share by approximately $0.03; and (5) the positive impact from the 2017 Medicare Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate final rule, effective October 1, 2016, which is expected to increase our Medicare Hospice revenue for the fourth quarter of 2016 by 2.1%, or $650,000, and fully diluted earnings per share by $0.02. The Company’s financial guidance does not take into account the impact of other future reimbursement changes, if any, future acquisitions, if made, de novo locations, if opened, or future legal expenses, if necessary. Conference Call LHC Group will host a conference call on Thursday, November 3, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern time to discuss its third quarter 2016 results. The toll-free number to call for this interactive teleconference is (866) 393‑1608 (international callers should call (973) 890-8327). A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available through midnight on Thursday, November 10, 2016, by dialing (855) 859‑2056 (international callers should call (404) 537-3406) and entering confirmation number 87126847. A live broadcast of LHC Group’s conference call will be available under the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website, www.LHCgroup.com. A one-year online replay will be available approximately an hour following the conclusion of the live broadcast. About LHC Group, Inc. LHC Group, Inc. is a national provider of non-acute healthcare services, providing quality, cost-effective healthcare to patients primarily within the comfort and privacy of their home or place of residence. LHC Group provides a comprehensive array of healthcare services through home health, hospice, community‑based services agencies and long-term acute care hospitals (LTACHs). At September 30, 2016, LHC Group operated 289 home health services locations, 64 hospice locations, 11 community-based service locations and six LTACHs with eight locations. Certain matters discussed in this press release constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, such as statements about the Company’s future financial performance and the strength of the Company’s operations. Such forward-looking statements may be identified by words such as “continue,” “expect,” and similar expressions. Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including changes in reimbursement, changes in government regulations, changes in LHC Group’s relationships with referral sources, increased competition for LHC Group’s services, increased competition for joint venture and acquisition candidates, changes in the interpretation of government regulations and other risks set forth in Item 1A. Risk Factors in LHC Group’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. LHC Group undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Burdmann E.A.,University of Sao Paulo | Chakravarthi R.,CARE Hospital
Seminars in Dialysis | Year: 2011

Peritoneal dialysis (PD) is a simple, safe, gentle, and efficient renal replacement therapy (RRT) method. It is able to correct acute kidney injury (AKI)-induced metabolic, electrolytic, and acid-base disorders and volume overload both in and out the intensive care unit setting. Some PD modalities, such as high-volume PD and continuous flow PD, can provide RRT doses and efficiency comparable to extracorporeal blood purification methods. PD is particularly suitable for children, patients with refractory heart failure or hemodynamically instable, conditions where systemic anticoagulation should be avoided, patients with difficulty for vascular access and hypo- and hyperthermia conditions. In the following manuscript, PD technical aspects and the possible advantages and limitations of this RRT method will be discussed, and the more recent literature on clinical experience with PD for treatment of AKI will be reviewed. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc..

Murthy J.M.K.,CARE Hospital
Neurology India | Year: 2010

Dengue infection is endemic in more than 100 countries, mostly in the developing world. Recent observations indicate that the clinical profile of dengue is changing, and that neurological manifestations are being reported more frequently. The exact incidence of various neurological complications is uncertain. The pathogenesis of neurological manifestations is multiple and includes: neurotrophic effect of the dengue virus, related to the systemic effects of dengue infection, and immune mediated. In countries endemic to dengue, it will be prudent to investigate for dengue infection in patients with fever and acute neurological manifestations. There is need for understanding of the pathogenesis of various neurological manifestations.

Murthy J.M.K.,CARE Hospital
Neurology India | Year: 2010

Tuberculous meningitis (TBM) is a serious meningitic infection commonly found to occur in the developing countries endemic to tuberculosis. Based on the clinical features alone, the diagnosis of TBM can neither be made nor excluded with certainty. Unfortunately there is still no single diagnostic method that is both sufficiently rapid and sensitive. Most factors found to correlate with poor outcome can be directly traced to the stage of the disease at the time of diagnosis. The only way to reduce the mortality and morbidity is by early diagnosis and timely recognition of complications and institution of the appropriate treatment strategies.

Reddy B.R.,Care Hospital
Nestle Nutrition Institute Workshop Series | Year: 2015

Oral and enteral nutrition affects both the anatomical and physiological integrity of the gastrointestinal tract. It downregulates systemic immune response, reduces overall oxidative stress and limits systemic inflammatory responses. It reduces bacterial translocation, limits pathogenic bacteria in the intestines and enables the production of short-chain fatty acids in the colon. Therefore, it is the most physiologic way of providing nutritional support in all patients. The enteral formulas are available as polymeric, semi-elemental and elemental diets. The beneficial effects on the gastrointestinal tract and systemic organs of 'early' enteral nutrition depend on the timing, dose, location and different modalities of enteral delivery. Being familiar with the basic tenets of providing enteral nutrition - the 'Who, Why, When, Where and What' - will result in safe nutritional interventions and achieve a positive clinical outcome. © 2015 Nestec Ltd., Vevey/S. Karger AG, Basel.

Kafle D.R.,Care Hospital
Nepal Medical College journal : NMCJ | Year: 2010

Patients with diabetes mellitus have 2 to 4 times increased risk for cardiovascular disease than non-diabetic patients. However this excess risk is not fully explained by the traditional cardiovascular risk factors (Hypertension, Hypercholesterolaemia, Smoking and Obesity) which are also associated with diabetes. Fibrinogen has been identified as an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease and it is associated with traditional cardiovascular risk factors. This is a descriptive analytical cross-sectional study carried out in Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH) medical outpatient department and Medical ward from June 2005 to June 2006. A total of 120 consecutive patients were enrolled; 30 patients having Diabetes. Next 30 patients having both diabetes and coronary artery disease. Thirty patients having only coronary artery disease but no diabetes. And 30 patients (control) not having both diabetes and coronary artery disease. Fibrinogen was found to be significantly higher in patients with diabetes than control. Fibrinogen was significantly higher in diabetic patients with coronary artery disease than those patients who had only diabetes or coronary artery disease (p value<0.01).

Srinivasa Roa M.,Care Hospital
Journal of Association of Physicians of India | Year: 2010

The Renin-Angiotensin system (RAS) or the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) is a major endocrine/paracrine system that regulates blood pressure (BP) via angiotensin release and fluid and electrolyte homoeostasis via aldosterone release. RAAS should be constantly suppressed and any degree of activity may lead to hypertension (HTN) and associated target organ damage. Activation of the RAAS in the pathogenesis of HTN, CVD and renal disease is well documented. Also benefits of inhibition of RAAS, as an effective way to intervene in pathogenesis HTN, CVD and CRF, has been well recognized. RAAS may be blocked by drugs at various points and is important target site for five distinctive classes of hypertensive drugs; beta blockers, renin inhibitors, angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBS) and Aldosterone inhibitors. Inhibition of renin activity and the blocked of RAAS cascade at its primary steps, has long been proposed as the optimal means of RAAS Inhibition. renin inhibitor provides more effective means of RAAS Inhibition. Aliskiren is the first in a new class of orally active, non-peptide, low molecular weight direct renin inhibitor (DRI) available for clinical use and potential new approach to the blockade of the RAAS. An average plasma half-life of 23.7 hours (range 20-45 hours), makes drug suitable for once daily administration. BP-Lowering affect of Aliskiren is associated with a decreased, not increased, generation of Ang I, as it blocks generation of Ang I from angiotensinogen, by inhibiting the active enzymatic site of renin. Aliskiren has generally been well tolerated with adverse events and discontinuation rates similar to placebo in most clinical trials. Aliskiren has the potential to be useful in this wide spectrum of conditions and may provide organ protection independent of bP reductions. © JAPI.

Boston-based PatientPing Furthers Interoperability Efforts, Allowing Skilled Nursing Facility, Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility, Long-Term Care Hospital and Home Health Agency Providers to Receive Notifications When Their Patients Receive Care.

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