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Wileman V.,University of Hertfordshire | Farrington K.,Renal Unit Lister Hospital | Wellsted D.,University of Hertfordshire | Almond M.,Southend University Hospital | And 2 more authors.
British Journal of Health Psychology | Year: 2015

Objectives Patients with end-stage kidney disease receiving haemodialysis (HD) are at risk of cardiovascular disease and bone disorders related to high levels of serum phosphate. We studied the association between medication beliefs and depressive symptoms, with non-adherence to phosphate binding medication in a group of HD patients at risk of complications due to hyperphosphatemia. Design Cross-sectional design. Methods Baseline data from 112 patients participating in a randomized controlled trial, evaluating an adherence intervention, are presented. All patients had serum phosphate levels >1.6 mmol/l at baseline. Adherence was measured by (1) serum phosphate and (2) Medication Adherence Report Scales (MARS). Beliefs about Medicines (BMQ) and depressive symptoms (PHQ-9) were also evaluated. Results Beliefs about Medicines Questionnaire necessity, but not concerns, beliefs were found to correlate with serum phosphate (r = -.23, p <.05) and self-reported adherence (r =.35, p <.01). In regression models, controlling for demographic, clinical and psychological variables, necessity beliefs explained the variance of serum phosphate (β = -.22, p =.01) and self-reported adherence (β =.30, p ≤.01). Both BMQ concerns and depressive symptoms were not related to non-adherence. Conclusion Patients' beliefs about the necessity of their prescribed phosphate binding medications explain variation in non-adherence levels, measured both subjective and objectively. Dialysis patient's medication beliefs are potentially modifiable targets for future interventions. © 2014 The British Psychological Society.


PubMed | The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, University of Bristol, William Harvey Hospital, Arden NHS and 9 more.
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology | Year: 2017

5 Background: In estrogen-receptor-positive (ER+) early breast cancer, 5 years of tamoxifen reduces breast cancer death rates by about a third throughout years 0-14. It has been uncertain how 10 years of tamoxifen compares with this.During 1991-2005, 6,953 women with ER+ (n=2755), or ER untested (4198, estimated 80% ER+ if status known) invasive breast cancer from 176 UK centres were, after 5 years of tamoxifen, randomized to stop tamoxifen or continue to year 10. Annual follow-up recorded compliance, recurrence, mortality, and hospital admissions.Allocation to continue tamoxifen reduced breast cancer recurrence (580/3468 vs 672/3485, p=0.003). This reduction was time dependent: rate ratio 0.99 during years 5-6 [95%CI 0.86-1.15], 0.84 [0.73-0.95] during years 7-9, and 0.75 [0.66-0.86] later. Longer treatment also reduced breast cancer mortality (392 vs 443 deaths after recurrence, p=0.05), rate ratio 1.03 [0.84-1.27] during years 5-9 and 0.77 [0.64-0.92] later; and overall mortality (849 vs 910 deaths, p=0.1), rate ratio 1.05 [0.90-1.22] during years 5-9 and 0.86 [0.75-0.97] later. Non-breast-cancer mortality was little affected (457 vs 467 deaths, rate ratio 0.94 [0.82-1.07]). There were 102 vs 45 endometrial cancers RR=2.20 (1.31-2.34, p<0.0001) with 37 (1.1%) vs 20 (0.6%) deaths (absolute hazard 0.5%, p=0.02). Combining the similar results of aTTom and its international counterpart ATLAS (Lancet 2013) enhances statistical significance of recurrence (p<0.0001), breast cancer mortality (p=0.002) and overall survival (p=0.005) benefits.aTTom confirms that, in ER+ disease, continuing tamoxifen to year 10 rather than just to year 5 produces further reductions in recurrence, from year 7 onward, and breast cancer mortality after year 10. Taken together with the reduction in breast cancer deaths seen in trials of 5 years of tamoxifen vs none, these results indicate that 10 years of adjuvant tamoxifen, compared to no tamoxifen, reduces breast cancer mortality by about one third in the first 10 years following diagnosis and by a half subsequently.ISRCTN17222211.


Rugo H.S.,University of California at San Francisco | Linton K.M.,University of Manchester | Cervi P.,Southend University Hospital | Rosenberg J.A.,Pfizer | Jacobs I.,Pfizer
Cancer Treatment Reviews | Year: 2016

Biological agents or "biologics" are widely used in oncology practice for cancer treatment and for the supportive management of treatment-related side effects. Unlike small-molecule generic drugs, exact copies of biologics are impossible to produce because these are large and highly complex molecules produced in living cells. The term "biosimilar" refers to a biological product that is highly similar to a licensed biological product (reference or originator product) with no clinically meaningful differences in terms of safety, purity, or potency. Biosimilars have the potential to provide savings to healthcare systems and to make important biological therapies widely accessible to a global population. As biosimilars for rituximab, trastuzumab, and bevacizumab are expected to reach the market in the near future, clinicians will soon be faced with decisions to consider biosimilars as alternatives to existing reference products. The aim of this article is to inform oncology practitioners about the biosimilar development and evaluation process, and to offer guidance on how to evaluate biosimilar data in order to make informed decisions when integrating these drugs into oncology practice. We will also review several biosimilars that are currently in development for cancer treatment. © 2016 Elsevier Ltd.


Spiliopoulos D.,Watford General Hospital | Awala A.O.,Watford General Hospital | Peitsidis P.,Southend University Hospital | Foutouloglou A.,Agios Savvas General Hospital
Giornale di Chirurgia | Year: 2013

We report a case of a 24-year-old woman who was delivered via cesarean section at 39 weeks and presented in the puerperium with symp toms of worsening abdominal pain and septicaemia. Preoperative ultrasonography suggested the presence of a pelvic collection. Explorative laparotomy revealed the simultaneous presence of Meckel's diverticulitis and appendicitis without bowel perforation. The patient made an uneventful recovery following small bowel resection with end to end reanastomosis and appendicectomy. © 2013, CIC Edizioni Internazionali, Roma.


O'Driscoll B.R.,University of Manchester | Howard L.S.,Hammersmith Hospital | Bucknall C.,Stobhill Hospital | Welham S.A.,British Thoracic Society | Davison A.G.,Southend University Hospital
Thorax | Year: 2011

The British Thoracic Society (BTS) guideline for emergency oxygen use in adult patients was commissioned by the BTS and developed in conjunction with 21 other colleges and societies prior to publication in 2008. One of the specific aims of the Guideline Development Group was to audit the use of oxygen in UK hospitals before the guideline was published and at intervals afterwards. Copyright Article author (or their employer) 2011.


Buttgereit F.,Charité - Medical University of Berlin | Dejaco C.,Medical University of Graz | Matteson E.L.,Rochester College | Dasgupta B.,Southend University Hospital
JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association | Year: 2016

Importance Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) and giant cell arteritis (GCA) are related inflammatory disorders occurring in persons aged 50 years and older. Diagnostic and therapeutic approaches are heterogeneous in clinical practice. OBJECTIVE To summarize current evidence regarding optimal methods for diagnosing and treating PMR and GCA. EVIDENCE REVIEW MEDLINE, EMBASE, and Cochrane databases were searched from their inception dates to March 30, 2016. Screening by 2 authors resulted in 6626 abstracts, of which 50 articlesmet the inclusion criteria. Study quality was assessed using the Quality Assessment of Diagnostic Accuracy Studies (QUADAS-2) tool or American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Heart Association methodology. FINDINGS Twenty randomized clinical trials for therapy (n = 1016 participants) and 30 imaging studies for diagnosis and/or assessing response to therapy (n = 2080 participants) were included. The diagnosis of PMR is based on clinical features such as new-onset bilateral shoulder pain, including subdeltoid bursitis, muscle or joint stiffness, and functional impairment. Headache and visual disturbances including loss of vision are characteristic of GCA. Constitutional symptoms and elevated inflammatory markers (>90%) are common in both diseases. Ultrasound imaging enables detection of bilateral subdeltoid bursitis in 69%of PMR patients. In GCA, temporal artery biopsy remains the standard for definitive diagnosis. Ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of large vessels revealing inflammation-induced wall thickening support the diagnosis of GCA (specificity 78%-100% for ultrasound and 73%-97%for MRI). Glucocorticoids remain the primary treatment, but the optimal initial dose and tapering treatment regimens are unknown. According to consensus-based recommendations, initial therapy for PMR is prednisone, 12.5 to 25mg/day or equivalent, and 40 to 60mg/day for GCA, followed by individualized tapering regimens in both diseases. Adjunctivemethotrexate may reduce cumulative glucocorticoid dosage by 20%to 44%and relapses by 36%to 54%in both PMR and GCA. Use of tocilizumab as additional treatment with prednisone showed a 2-to 4-fold increase in remission rates of GCA in a randomized clinical trial (N = 30). CONCLUSIONS AND RELEVANCE Diagnosis of PMR/GCA is made by clinical features and elevated inflammatory markers. In PMR, ultrasound imagingmay improve diagnostic accuracy. In GCA, temporal artery biopsymay not be required in patients with typical disease features accompanied by characteristic ultrasound or MRI findings. Consensus-based recommendations suggest glucocorticoids as the most effective therapy for PMR/GCA. Methotrexate may be added to glucocorticoids in patients at risk for relapse and in those with glucocorticoid-related adverse effects or need for prolonged glucocorticoid therapy. © 2016 American Medical Association. All rights reserved.


Mills F.,Derriford Hospital | Jeffery J.,Derriford Hospital | Mackenzie P.,Southend University Hospital | Cranfield A.,Southend University Hospital | Ayling R.M.,Derriford Hospital
Annals of Clinical Biochemistry | Year: 2013

Background: Macrocomplexes can be the cause of elevated serum hormone concentrations and may cause diagnostic confusion. This is well recognized for prolactin and commonly screened for using polyethylene glycol (PEG) precipitation. The phenomenon and a suitable screening method is less familiar with respect to thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). Method: Samples sent to the laboratory for routine analysis of thyroid function and found to have a TSH >10 mU/L were evaluated to determine the prevalence of macro-TSH in the Roche Elecsys assay, using PEG precipitation with confirmation by gel filtration chromatography. Results: Of 495 samples tested, 3 (0.6%) were found to have macro-TSH. From the distribution of recoveries, a cut-off <25% was determined for identifying samples requiring further investigation for the presence of macro-TSH. Conclusion: The prevalence of elevated TSH due to macro-TSH was found to be 0.6%. Laboratories should be aware of this cause of assay interference. © The Author(s) 2013.


The authors present a case in which intravenous thrombolysis with recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rt-PA) potentially saved a young man from locked-in syndrome or life threatening consequences. The patient presented with acute stroke secondary to vertebral artery dissection and was treated with intravenous rt-PA. There were no post thrombolysis complications and the patient left hospital with mild neurological symptoms. Our report suggests that in cases of acute posterior circulation stroke due to arterial dissection, treatment with intravenous thrombolysis is safe, practicable and effective.


Traer E.J.,Southend University Hospital
BMJ case reports | Year: 2010

The authors present a case of a young woman who presented with transient episodes of left-sided weakness after she fell off a horse. She attended Emergency Department twice before being referred to the Stroke clinic, where she was diagnosed with carotid artery dissection.


Ai-Sardar H.,Southend University Hospital
BMJ Case Reports | Year: 2014

Periorbital ecchymosis is due to extravasations of blood into the periorbital skin and the subcutaneous tissues around the eyes. 'raccoon eyes' or 'panda sign' is a distinctive type of periorbital ecchymosis where the bruising is characterised by tarsal sparing. This sparing is due to an anatomical structure called the orbital septum, which limits the spread of the discolouration beyond the tarsal plate. Hence 'raccoon eyes' description should be limited to orbital ecchymosis due to basal skull fractures only. While the bilateral bruising due to direct trauma to the eyes, or non-traumatic medical conditions, can spread beyond the tarsal plate as in our case. The differential diagnosis varies from trivial benign conditions to serious life-threatening illnesses. We describe a case of recurrent bilateral periorbital ecchymosis and facial bruising due to vomiting. Copyright 2014 BMJ Publishing Group. All rights reserved.

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