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  • Rantanen, Pekka; Parkkari, Timo; Leikola, Saija; Airaksinen, Marja; Lyles, Alan (2017)
    Purpose: We examined the safety profile and usability of an integrated advanced robotic device and telecare system to promote medication adherence for elderly home-care patients. Methods: There were two phases. Phase I aimed to verify under controlled conditions in a single nursing home (n = 17 patients) that no robotic malfunctions would hinder the device's safe use. Phase II involved home-care patients from 3 sites (n = 27) who were on long-term medication. On-time dispensing and missed doses were recorded by the robotic system. Patients' and nurses' experiences were assessed with structured interviews. Findings: The 17 nursing home patients had 457 total days using the device (Phase I; mean, 26.9 per patient). On-time sachet retrieval occurred with 97.7% of the alerts, and no medication doses were missed. At baseline, Phase II home-dwelling patients reported difficulty remembering to take their medicines (23%), and 18% missed at least 2 doses per week. Most Phase II patients (78%) lived alone. The device delivered and patients retrieved medicine sachets for 99% of the alerts. All patients and 96% of nurses reported the device was easy to use. (C) 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier HS Journals, Inc.
  • Celikkayalar, Ercan; Airaksinen, Marja; Kivelä, Sirkka-Liisa; Nieminen, Jenni; Kleme, Jenni; Puustinen, Juha (2021)
    Purpose: The use of benzodiazepines and related drugs (BZD) is common among older adults although there is growing evidence of their harmful effects. This study investigated how well older people are aware of the potential risks related to the BZD they are taking and whether the risk awareness has changed in the years between 2004 and 2015. Patients and Methods: The data were collected by interviewing BZD using home-dwelling patients aged >= 65 years with normal cognitive function (MMSE >= 20) who were admitted to the hospital within a 1 month study period in the years 2004 and 2015. Patients were asked whether they were aware of the ten main potential risks related to BZD use. A risk awareness score (range 0-10) was assessed for each patient, each known potential risk yielding one point. Results: The study included 37 patients in 2004 and 31 patients in 2015. In 2004,6/37 patients (16%), while 16/31 patients (52%) in 2015 had risk awareness scores between 6 and 10. Awareness of dependence (p=0.047), interaction with alcohol (p=0.001), dizziness (p=0.002) and developing tolerance (p=0.002) had improved, while awareness of the other potential risks remained unchanged, muscle weakness being the least known (3/37 in 2004 and 4/31 in 2015 were aware of it as a potential risk). Regular BZD use had declined (p=0.043) but pro re nata (PRN; when required) BZD use had increased (p=0.003) between the years 2004 and 2015. Conclusion: Older BZD users' awareness of some potential risks related to BZD use (dependence, interaction with alcohol, dizziness and developing tolerance) had improved between 2004 and 2015, while awareness of other potential risks remained unchanged.
  • Kallio, Sonja E.; Kiiski, Annika; Airaksinen, Marja S. A.; Mäntylä, Antti T.; Kumpusalo-Vauhkonen, Anne E. J.; Järvensivu, Timo P.; Pohjanoksa-Mantyla, Marika K. (2018)
    ObjectivesTo identify medication review interventions for older adults that involve community pharmacists and evidence of outcomes of these interventions. DesignSystematic review. MeasurementsCinahl, MEDLINE (Ovid), Scopus, International Pharmaceutical Abstracts, and Cochrane Library were searched for articles published between January 2000 and February 2016. Articles involving community pharmacists in medication reviews for outpatients aged 65 and older were included. Evidence of economic, clinical, and humanistic outcomes of interventions was summarized. ResultsSixteen articles were found that described 12 medication review interventions, of which 6 were compliance and concordance reviews, 4 were clinical medication reviews, and 2 were prescription reviews according to a previously developed typology. Community pharmacists' contributions to reviewing medications varied from sending the dispensing history to other healthcare providers to comprehensive involvement in medication management. The most commonly assessed outcomes of the interventions were medication changes leading to reduction in actual or potential drug-related problems (n=12) and improved adherence (n=5). ConclusionRegardless of community pharmacists' contributions to interventions, medication review interventions seem to reduce drug-related problems and increase medication adherence. More well-designed, rigorous studies with more sensitive and specific outcomes measures need to be conducted to assess the effect of community pharmacists' contributions to reviewing medications and improving the health of older adults.
  • Paavola, Mika; Malmivaara, Antti; Taimela, Simo; Kanto, Kari; Järvinen, Teppo L. N. (2017)
    Introduction: Arthroscopic subacromial decompression (ASD) is the most commonly performed surgical intervention for shoulder pain, yet evidence on its efficacy is limited. The rationale for the surgery rests on the tenet that symptom relief is achieved through decompression of the rotator cuff tendon passage. The primary objective of this superiority trial is to compare the efficacy of ASD versus diagnostic arthroscopy (DA) in patients with shoulder impingement syndrome (SIS), where DA differs only by the lack of subacromial decompression. A third group of supervised progressive exercise therapy (ET) will allow for pragmatic assessment of the relative benefits of surgical versus non-operative treatment strategies. Methods and Analysis: Finnish Subacromial Impingement Arthroscopy Controlled Trial is an ongoing multicentre, three-group randomised controlled study. We performed two-fold concealed allocation, first by randomising patients to surgical (ASD or DA) or conservative (ET) treatment in 2:1 ratio and then those allocated to surgery further to ASD or DA in 1:1 ratio. Our two primary outcomes are pain at rest and at arm activity, assessed using visual analogue scale (VAS). We will quantify the treatment effect as the difference between the groups in the change in the VAS scales with the associated 95% CI at 24 months. Our secondary outcomes are functional assessment (Constant score and Simple shoulder test), quality of life (15D and SF-36), patient satisfaction, proportions of responders and non-responders, reoperations/treatment conversions, all at 2 years post-randomisation, as well as adverse effects and complications. We recruited a total of 210 patients from three tertiary referral centres. We will conduct the primary analysis on the intention-to-treat basis. Ethics and Dissemination: The study was approved by the Institutional Review Board of the Pirkanmaa Hospital District and duly registered at The findings of this study will be disseminated widely through peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations. © 2017 Article author(s).
  • Global Burden of Disease Self-Harm Collaboration; Orpana, H.M.; Doku, D.T.; Meretoja, T.J.; Shiri, R.; Vasankari, T. (2019)
    Objectives To use the estimates from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016 to describe patterns of suicide mortality globally, regionally, and for 195 countries and territories by age, sex, and Socio-demographic index, and to describe temporal trends between 1990 and 2016. Design Systematic analysis. Main outcome measures Crude and age standardised rates from suicide mortality and years of life lost were compared across regions and countries, and by age, sex, and Socio-demographic index (a composite measure of fertility, income, and education). Results The total number of deaths from suicide increased by 6.7% (95% uncertainty interval 0.4% to 15.6%) globally over the 27 year study period to 817 000 (762 000 to 884 000) deaths in 2016. However, the age standardised mortality rate for suicide decreased by 32.7% (27.2% to 36.6%) worldwide between 1990 and 2016, similar to the decline in the global age standardised mortality rate of 30.6%. Suicide was the leading cause of age standardised years of life lost in the Global Burden of Disease region of high income Asia Pacific and was among the top 10 leading causes in eastern Europe, central Europe, western Europe, central Asia, Australasia, southern Latin America, and high income North America. Rates for men were higher than for women across regions, countries, and age groups, except for the 15 to 19 age group. There was variation in the female to male ratio, with higher ratios at lower levels of Socio-demographic index. Women experienced greater decreases in mortality rates (49.0%, 95% uncertainty interval 42.6% to 54.6%) than men (23.8%, 15.6% to 32.7%). Conclusions Age standardised mortality rates for suicide have greatly reduced since 1990, but suicide remains an important contributor to mortality worldwide. Suicide mortality was variable across locations, between sexes, and between age groups. Suicide prevention strategies can be targeted towards vulnerable populations if they are informed by variations in mortality rates. © Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited.
  • Makkonen, Katriina (Helsingin yliopisto, 2021)
    Tutkielman tarkoituksena on tutustua kirjallisuuteen koskien ikääntymiseen ja sen vaikutuksesta parodontiumiin ja suun terveyteen. Ikääntyneillä on useasti tekijöitä, jotka voivat lisätä riskiä parodontiitille. Lisäksi tutkielmassa käsitellään parodontiumin ja suun fysiologisia muutoksia ikääntyessä ja pohditaan niiden yhteyttä parodontiittiin. Ikääntymiseen liittyy monia erilaisia fysiologisia ja yleisterveydellisiä muutoksia. Näiden erilaisten tekijöiden tuntemisen ja tutkimisen tärkeys on kasvanut merkittävästi viime vuosikymmenien aikana väestön keski-iän noustessa. Yhä useampi ikääntynyt säilyttää hampaansa, kun vanhusväestön suun terveys on parantunut. Lisäksi hammasimplanttien omaavien määrä on kasvamassa. Nämä tekijät ovat johtaneet parodontaalisairauksien määrän kasvuun ikääntyneillä ja sen seurauksena tarve korkealaatuiseen suunterveydenhoitoon on lisääntynyt. Omien hampaiden säilyminen sekä implantit ikääntyneillä lisäävät elämänlaatua mutta hoitamattomina ne myös lisäävät riskiä erilaisille sairauksille. Parodontaali-infektiot ja hampaiden menetys lyhentävät elinikää ja heikentävät elämänlaatua. Suun sairauksilla on vaikutusta myös systeemisesti, kun bakteereita pääsee elimistöön verenkierron, aspiraation tai ruuansulatusjärjestelmän kautta.
  • Kauhaniemi, Mari (Helsingfors universitet, 2017)
    Tämän päivän Suomessa ikääntyneiden suunterveydessä ja terveystottumuksissa on parannettavaa, ja hammashoidon tarve ikäihmisillä on korkea. Monet ikäihmiset kuuluvat suu- ja hammassairauksien riskiryhmään ja suusairaudet yleistyvät ikääntyneen väestön keskuudessa. Jatkossa ikääntyneille tulee järjestää entistä enemmän ja monipuolisempia suunterveydenhuollon palveluja ja painottaa entistä enemmän suusairauksien ennaltaehkäisyä ja varhaishoitoa. Tämän tutkielman tavoitteena oli tuottaa opas ikääntyneiden suunhoidosta. Tutkielmaan sisällytettiin myös kirjallisuuskatsaus ikääntyneiden suunterveydestä, jonka tarkoituksena oli luoda teoreettista pohjaa tuotettavaa opasta varten. Kirjallisuuskatsaus vastaa pääosin tavoiteltuihin kysymyksiin. Sisällöllisesti myös tuotettu opas vastaa asetettuihin tavoitteisiin. Opas tarjoaa tietoa ikääntymisen tuomista muutoksista suunterveyteen ja antaa käytännön ohjeita ikäihmisen suun omahoitoon. Opas on tarkoitettu sekä ikäihmisen itsensä että hänen hoitoonsa osallistuvien kotihoidon- tai muun hoitohenkilökunnan käyttöön. Tutkielman valmistumishetkellä oppaan julkaisufoorumi jää vielä avoimeksi, ja näin ollen on mahdollista, ettei opas tavoita kohderyhmäänsä.
  • Kleme, Jenni (Helsingfors universitet, 2012)
    The medicines information and counseling given by health care professionals are essential in supporting patients' medication therapy. Given that medication therapies are often associated with medicine-related problems among the elderly, proper knowledge on medicines and their use is especially important for this particular patient group. Benzodiazepines and related drugs are of special concern in the elderly. Despite the current care guidelines, they are commonly used by the elderly, often also regularly and long-term basis. Benzodiazepines and related drugs are associated with multiple potential adverse drug reactions that their elderly users should be aware of. This study aimed at assessing the knowledge on medications, and needs and sources of medicines information on benzodiazepines and related drugs in the elderly. Especially, medicines information related to benefits and adverse drug reactions was studied. Additionally, data on use and subjective experiences of benzodiazepines or related drugs in the elderly were explored. Structured interviews were conducted among patients aged 65 years and using benzodiazepines or related drugs (n = 38) in acute wards (n = 2) of Pori City Hospital in 2004. Elderly patients reported that the package leaflet was the main source of medicines information on benefits and adverse drug reactions relating to medicines they used. The physician was reported as a second source after the package leaflet. More than 50 percent of the elderly (n = 20) had not received information about the benefits or adverse drug reactions of benzodiazepines from their health care providers or relatives. The information received had merely focused on benefits of drug than adverse drug reactions. Most commonly the elderly (61 %, n = 23) knew, that the use of benzodiazepines can cause drug dependence. Least commonly, they were aware that benzodiazepines can cause muscular weakness, depression and falling over. Eight elderly were not aware of any asked adverse drug reactions and nearly two thirds of the patients (63 %, n = 24) knew less than four adverse drug reactions out of eleven. The results indicate that elderly patients are not well aware of the effects of benzodiazepines and related drugs they use. Additionally, they may more often receive information from the package leaflet than health care professionals. Physicians and other health care professionals should pay more attention to counseling elderly patients especially about the benefits and adverse drug reactions of benzodiazepines and related drugs.
  • Yu, Hongyao; Frank, Christopher; Hemminki, A.; Sundquist, Kristiina; Hemminki, K. (2017)
    Familial risks of lung cancer are well-established, but whether lung cancer clusters with other discordant cancers is less certain, particularly beyond smoking-related sites, which may provide evidence on genetic contributions to lung cancer aetiology. We used a novel approach to search for familial associations in the Swedish Family-Cancer Database. This involved assessment of familial relative risk for cancer X in families with increasing numbers of lung cancer patients and, conversely, relative risks for lung cancer in families with increasing numbers of patients with cancers X. However, we lacked information on smoking. The total number of lung cancers in the database was 125 563. We applied stringent statistical criteria and found that seven discordant cancers were associated with lung cancer among family members, and six of these were known to be connected with smoking: oesophageal, upper aerodigestive tract, liver, cervical, kidney and urinary bladder cancers. A further novel finding was that cancer of unknown primary also associated with lung cancer. We also factored in histological evidence and found that anal and connective tissue cancers could be associated with lung cancer for reasons other than smoking. For endometrial and prostate cancers, suggestive negative associations with lung cancer were found. Although we lacked information on smoking it is prudent to conclude that practically all observed discordant associations of lung cancer were with cancers for which smoking is a risk factor. © ERS 2017.
  • Hänninen-Khoda, L.; Koljonen, V.; Ylä-Kotola, T. (2018)
    Late cancellations of scheduled operations cause direct and indirect costs for a hospital and economic and emotional stress for the patient. Previously, late cancellation rates for scheduled operations in plastic surgery have been shown to be attributable to patient-related causes in the majority of cases. In this retrospective study, we sought to examine specifically the patient-related reasons for the late cancellations in a plastic surgery operating theatre at Helsinki University Hospital in Finland from 2013 to 2014. We calculated latency between the date of decision for surgery and the scheduled operation day. In cases where the surgery was rescheduled and performed before 31 December 2015, the rescheduled waiting time latency was calculated. We aimed to improve our knowledge of the causes of late cancellations to further optimise the operating theatre efficiency and propose a strategic algorithm to avoid late cancellations During the study period, 327 (5.5%) of all the scheduled operations were recorded as late cancellations. Of these, 45.3% were because of patient-related issues. Acute infection, change in medical condition not noticed before and operation no longer necessary were by far the most common causes of cancellation, comprising 63.5%. Sixty-six per cent of patient-related cancelled operations were performed later, especially when the specific reason was patient's acute illness. Root-cause analysis shows that most of the underlying reasons for the cancellations can be attributed to a failure in communication. The majority of these cancellations were considered to be preventable, thus emphasising the importance of communication and skilful multi-professional planning of the operating theatre list. © 2018 The Author(s)
  • Saukkonen, K.; Hagström, J.; Mustonen, H.; Lehtinen, Laura; Carpen, O.; Andersson, L.C.; Seppänen, H.; Haglund, C. (2018)
    Expression of regenerating islet-derived protein 4 (REG4), a secretory protein involved in cell differentiation and proliferation, is upregulated in inflammatory bowel diseases and in many gastrointestinal malignancies. The prognostic significance of its expression in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma is unknown. Our aim was to investigate tumor tissue and serum REG4 expression in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma patients. We also evaluated as a control the diagnostic value of serum REG4 level in patients with chronic pancreatitis. Immunohistochemical expression of REG4 was evaluated in 154 surgical specimens and serum REG4 level in 130 samples from pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma patients treated at Helsinki University Hospital, Finland, in 2000–2011. REG4 tissue and serum expression was assessed in relation to clinicopathological parameters and patient survival. A chronic pancreatitis control group comprised 34 patients who underwent pancreatic resection because of suspicion of malignancy. Significant survival differences were detectable in subgroups: in tumor stages IA–IIA, high serum REG4 level predicted worse survival (p=0.046). In patients with grade I tumor, positive tissue REG4 expression predicted better survival (p=0.006). In multivariate analysis, neither tissue nor serum REG4 expression was independent prognostic factors. Serum REG4 levels were higher in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma than in chronic pancreatitis (p=0.002), with diagnostic sensitivity of 45% and specificity of 91%. In logistic regression analysis, a multivariate model with REG4, CA19-9, and age provided sensitivity of 82% and specificity of 79%. REG4 tissue expression is a prognostic marker in subgroups of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma patients. Serum REG4 level might be useful in differential diagnosis between pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma and chronic pancreatitis. © 2018, © The Author(s) 2018.
  • Salminen, Jonna (Helsingfors universitet, 2016)
    Protonipumpun estäjät (PPI-lääkkeet) ovat olleet markkinoilla yli 20 vuotta, ja niiden käyttö on lisääntynyt nopeasti. Ne ovat tehokkaita mahan haponeritykseen liittyvien sairauksien hoidossa, ja niitä on pidetty hyvin siedettyinä ja turvallisina. Viime aikoina useissa tutkimuksissa on kuitenkin havaittu PPI-lääkkeiden pitkäaikaiseen käyttöön liittyvän monia haittoja etenkin iäkkäillä. Niiden käyttö on assosioitunut muun muassa imeytymishäiriöihin, keuhkokuumeeseen, suolistoinfektioihin, luunmurtumiin ja iäkkäiden kuolleisuuteen. Tämän tutkimuksen perusjoukkona olivat Helsingin ympärivuorokautisessa hoidossa asuvat vanhukset. Heistä selvitettiin kyselylomakkeen avulla demografiset tiedot, toimintakyky, sairaudet ja diagnoosit ja suun ja ruuansulatuskanavan oireet. Lääkelistoista luokiteltiin PPI-lääkkeet, H2-reseptorin salpaajat, tulehduskipulääkkeet, antitromboottiset lääkkeet, kortisoni ja SSRI-lääkkeet ja rekistereistä kerättiin kuolleisuustiedot. Tuloksissa PPI-lääkkeet eivät assosioituneet kuolleisuuteen eivätkä ripuliin, kuten muutamissa aiemmissa tutkimuksissa. Sen sijaan PPI-lääkkeet assosioituivat aiempaan lonkkamurtumaan ja pitkäaikaisiin tulehdussairauksiin. Tutkimuksen tulokset vahvistavat aiempaa käsitystä siitä, että PPI-lääkkeitä käytetään runsaasti etenkin pitkäaikaisessa hoidossa olevilla potilailla. Lisätutkimuksia pitkäaikaishaitoista tarvitaan, mutta oikeaan indikaatioon oikealla annoksella määrättyä PPI-hoitoa ei ole syytä keskeyttää.
  • Kraus, W.E.; Yates, T.; Tuomilehto, J.; Sun, J.-L.; Thomas, L.; Mcmurray, J.J.V.; Bethel, M.A.; Holman, R.R. (2018)
    Objective: Physical activity is related to clinical outcomes, even after adjusting for body mass, but is rarely assessed in randomized clinical trials. Research design and methods: We conducted an observational analysis of data from the Nateglinide and Valsartan in Impaired Glucose Tolerance Outcomes Research trial, in which a total of 9306 people from 40 countries with impaired glucose tolerance and either cardiovascular disease or cardiovascular risk factors were randomized to receive nateglinide or placebo, in a 2-by-2 factorial design with valsartan or placebo. All were asked to also participate in a detailed lifestyle modification programme and followed-up for a median of 6.4 years with progression to diabetes as a co-primary end point. Seven-day ambulatory activity was assessed at baseline using research-grade pedometers. We assessed whether the baseline amount of physical activity was related to subsequent development of diabetes in individuals with impaired glucose tolerance. Results: Pedometer data were obtained on 7118 participants and 35.0% developed diabetes. In an unadjusted analysis each 2000-step increment in the average number of daily steps, up to 10 000, was associated with a 5.5% lower risk of progression to diabetes (HR 0.95, 95%CI 0.92 to 0.97), with >6% relative risk reduction after adjustment. Conclusions: Physical activity should be measured objectively in pharmacologic trials as it is a significant but underappreciated contributor to diabetes outcomes. It should be a regular part of clinical practice as well. © 2018 Author(s) (or their employer(s).
  • Shore, Neal D.; Tammela, Teuvo L.; Massard, Christophe; Bono, P.; Aspegren, John; Mustonen, Mika; Fizazi, Karim (2018)
    Background: ODM-201, a new androgen receptor antagonist for treatment of metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC), demonstrated antitumour activity and acceptable tolerability in phase 1/2 trials. Objective: To determine the antitumour activity and safety profile of extended treatment with ODM-201 in men with mCRPC. Design, setting, and participants: ARADES and ARAFOR trials with ODM-201 enrolled chemotherapy-naïve and CYP17 inhibitor (CYP17i)-naïve mCRPC patients. Both trials had extended follow-up. Here we report results for chemotherapy-naïve and CYP17i-naïve patients from both trials (data cutoff October 2014 for ARADES and April 2015 for ARAFOR) after extended follow-up. Intervention: A total of 41 chemotherapy-naïve and CYP17i-naïve patients received oral ODM-201 twice daily (total daily dose of 1200, 1400 or 1800 mg). Outcome measurements and statistical analysis: Antitumour activity was assessed in terms of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) declines and PSA/radiographic progression. Safety was assessed until disease progression and/or drug discontinuation due to any intolerable adverse event (AE). Results and limitations: ODM-201 safety data after a median treatment time of 13.5 mo (95% confidence interval [CI] 9.7–15.6, interquartile range [IQR] 7.5–22.0) were similar to those reported in the main ARADES and ARAFOR trials. The overall AE incidence was 80.5% (n = 33/41), with 58.5% (n = 24/41) of patients experiencing only grade 1–2 AEs. The most common AEs were fatigue, back pain, diarrhoea, nausea, and pain in extremity. The median times to PSA and radiological progression were 12.4 mo (95% CI 6.3–18.2, IQR 5.5–22.0) and 15.3 mo (95% CI 9.5–not reached [NR], IQR 6.3–NR), respectively. Conclusions: Extended treatment with ODM-201 (1200–1800 mg/d) was well tolerated, with no new safety concerns, and provided evidence of sustained antitumour activity in chemotherapy-naïve and CYP17i-naïve patients with mCRPC. Patient summary: Prolonged treatment with high doses of ODM-201 was well tolerated and provided long-lasting disease control in patients with mCRPC. ODM-201 represents a therapeutic treatment option for mCRPC. The ARAFOR trial (including the follow-up stage) and the follow-up component of the ARADES trial are registered with as trial numbers NCT01784757 and NCT01429064. Extended treatment with ODM-201 was well tolerated and provided long-lasting disease control in chemotherapy- naïve and CYP17 inhibitor-naïve patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). ODM-201 may represent an additional effective treatment option for mCRPC. © 2017 European Association of Urology
  • Fizazi, Karim; Massard, Christophe; Bono, P.; Kataja, Vesa; James, Nicholas; Tammela, T.L.; Joensuu, H.; Aspegren, John; Mustonen, M. (2017)
    Background: Patients with castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) had extended responses to the androgen receptor antagonist ODM-201, in phase 1/2 studies. Objective: To evaluate the safety and antitumour activity of prolonged ODM-201 treatment in patients with CRPC. Design, setting, and participants: The ARADES trial was a multicentre phase 1 (dose escalation) and phase 2 (dose expansion) trial; 134 patients with CRPC were stratified by previous chemotherapy to receive ODM-201. This paper reports extended follow-up in CYP17 inhibitor (CYP17i)-naïve patients. Intervention: Patients (n = 77) received oral ODM-201 twice daily at daily doses of 200–1800 mg. Outcome measurements and statistical analysis: Safety, measured as the occurrence of adverse events (AEs), prostate-specific antigen (PSA), and radiographic progression. Results and limitations: The safety profile of extended ODM-201 treatment (median treatment duration 8.2 mo, 95% confidence interval [CI] 5.6–11.0) was consistent with that reported at the time of the original data cutoff in the main ARADES trial, with no unexpected safety concerns over time. The majority of AEs (61.1%) were mild (grade 1); the most common AE was fatigue/asthenia (35.1% of patients), with no clear relationship to ODM-201. Median time to PSA progression was 25.2 mo (95% CI 11.3–25.2) for chemotherapy-naïve men and not reached (NR; 95% CI 5.5–NR) for chemotherapy-pretreated patients; a trend for improved antitumour response was observed for chemotherapy-naïve patients. The median time to radiographic progression was longer for chemotherapy-naïve (14.0 mo, 95% CI 8.1–33.3) than for chemotherapy-pretreated (7.2 mo, 95% CI 2.7–11.0) patients. Conclusions: Prolonged exposure to ODM-201 was well tolerated, with no additional safety concerns; disease suppression was sustained, especially in chemotherapy-naïve patients. These data support further development of ODM-201 in men with CYP17i-naïve CRPC. Patient summary: Extended ODM-201 therapy was well tolerated, with beneficial antitumour activity in men with advanced prostate cancer, indicating that ODM-201 may represent a new active treatment for men with CRPC. This extension trial is registered at ( under identification number NCT01429064. Extended ODM-201 therapy showed encouraging antitumour activity in both chemotherapy-naïve and chemotherapy-treated men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). Continued treatment with ODM-201 was well tolerated, with no unexpected safety concerns, and may represent a new, effective treatment option for men with CRPC. © 2017 European Association of Urology
  • Pihlajamäki, Minna; Uitti, J.; Arola, H.; Ollikainen, J.; Korhonen, M.; Nummi, T.; Taimela, S. (2019)
    Objectives To study whether self-reported health problems predict sickness absence (SA) from work in employees from different industries. Methods The results of a health risk appraisal (HRA) were combined with archival data of SA of 21 608 employees (59% female, 56% clerical). Exposure variables were self-reported health problems, labelled as ' work disability (WD) risk factors' in the HRA, presence of problems with occupational well-being and obesity. Age, socioeconomic grading and the number of SA days 12 months before the survey were treated as confounders. The outcome measure was accumulated SA days during 12-month follow-up. Data were analysed separately for males and females. A Hurdle model with negative binomial response was used to analyse zero-inflated count data of SA. Results The HRA results predicted the number of accumulated SA days during the 12-month follow-up, regardless of occupational group and gender. The ratio of means of SA days varied between 2.7 and 4.0 among those with ' WD risk factors' and the reference category with no findings, depending on gender and occupational group. The lower limit of the 95% CI was at the lowest 2.0. In the Hurdle model, ' WD risk factors', SA days prior to the HRA and obesity were additive predictors for SA and/or the accumulated SA days in all occupational groups. Conclusion Self-reported health problems and obesity predict a higher total count of SA days in an additive fashion. These findings have implications for both management and the healthcare system in the prevention of WD. © Author(s) (or their employer(s)) 2019. Re-use permitted under CC BY-NC. No commercial re-use. See rights and permissions. Published by BMJ.
  • De Marinis, Yang; Sunnerhagen, Torgny; Bompada, Pradeep; Bläckberg, Anna; Yang, Runtao; Svensson, Joel; Ekström, Ola; Eriksson, Karl-Fredrik; Hansson, Ola; Groop, Leif; Gonçalves, Isabel; Rasmussen, Magnus (2020)
    The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has created a global health- and economic crisis. Detection of antibodies to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) which causes COVID-19 by serological methods is important to diagnose a current or resolved infection. In this study, we applied a rapid COVID-19 IgM/IgG antibody test and performed serology assessment of antibody response to SARS-CoV-2. In PCR-confirmed COVID-19 patients (n = 45), the total antibody detection rate is 92% in hospitalized patients and 79% in non-hospitalized patients. The total IgM and IgG detection is 63% in patients with 2 weeks disease duration; and 91% in hospitalized patients with >2 weeks disease duration. We also compared different blood sample types and suggest a higher sensitivity by serum/plasma over whole blood. Test specificity was determined to be 97% on 69 sera/plasma samples collected between 2016-2018. Our study provides a comprehensive validation of the rapid COVID-19 IgM/IgG serology test, and mapped antibody detection patterns in association with disease progress and hospitalization. Our results support that the rapid COVID-19 IgM/IgG test may be applied to assess the COVID-19 status both at the individual and at a population level. © 2020 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
  • Laitinen, A.; Hagström, J.; Mustonen, H.; Kokkola, A.; Tervahartiala, T.; Sorsa, T.; Böckelman, C.; Haglund, C. (2018)
    Despite gastric cancer being rare nowadays in Western countries, it remains one of the leading causes of cancer death worldwide. The course of the disease varies, so the individual gastric cancer patient’s prognosis is difficult to determine. The need for new biomarkers is crucial. The aim of this study was to evaluate the prognostic value of serum matrix metalloproteinase-8, serum tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-1, and tissue matrix metalloproteinase-8 in patients with gastric cancer. Preoperative serum samples from 233 patients with gastric cancer were retrospectively analyzed. Serum levels of matrix metalloproteinase-8 were analyzed with immunofluorometric assay, and tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-1 levels were determined by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. We also determined the tissue expression of matrix metalloproteinase-8 in 276 gastric cancer samples by immunohistochemistry. Survival data and death causes came from patient records, the Population Register Center of Finland, and Statistics Finland. Patients with a low (131 ng/mL) serum matrix metalloproteinase-8 level had a considerably unfavorable prognosis (p = 0.002). Those patients with a high (≥170 ng/mL) serum tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-1 level also had a poor prognosis (p <0.001), and the latter remained significant in multivariable analysis (hazard ratio = 1.85; 95% confidence interval: 1.26–2.72; p = 0.002). The molar ratio of serum matrix metalloproteinase-8 and tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-1 levels with low (0.30) molar ratios predicted a worse prognosis (p = 0.020). Tissue matrix metalloproteinase-8 did not influence prognosis. These results suggest that serum matrix metalloproteinase-8, tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-1, and the ratio of matrix metalloproteinase-8/ tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-1 may prove useful biomarkers for prediction of prognosis in patients with gastric cancer. © The Author(s) 2018.
  • Koski, M.; Naukkarinen, H. (2017)
    Background: Obesity has a multifaceted etiology that involves genetic, biological and behavioral factors, body growth, eating habits, energy expenditure and the function of adipose tissue. The present study aimed to expand upon knowledge about the relationships among obesity, emotions and eating habits in severely obese individuals using a case-control method. Methods: The subject group consisted of 112 individuals (81 females and 31 males) receiving a permanent disability pension primarily for obesity. The control subjects were randomly selected from the same area and were receiving a disability pension for a different primary illness. The controls were matched with the subjects by the place of residence, sex, age, the time since the pension was granted and occupation. Psychiatric interviews were conducted on all participants. The results were analyzed using the chi-squared test (X2-test) and the percent distribution. The subject and control groups were compared using the t-test for paired variables. Conditional logistic regression analysis was also conducted. Results: The emotional state of eating was significantly associated with quarrels and feelings of loneliness. The subjects suffered from night eating syndrome, which was associated with an increased risk of early retirement. Binge eating syndrome was observed more frequently in the study group. The subjects reported feeling increased hunger compared with the controls. A significant percentage of the subjects had a body mass index of≥40. No differences in eating habits were observed between the groups. Conclusion: This study provides information on the relationship between emotions and eating habits in obesity, which is a rarely studied topic. We believe that our study provides a novel and necessary overview of the associations among severe obesity, emotions and eating habits. © The Author(s).
  • Barim, Estela Maria; McLellan, Kátia Cristina Portero; Ribeiro, Rogerio Silicani; de Carvalho, José Antonio Maluf; Lindström, Jaana; Tuomilehto, Jaakko; Corrente, José Eduardo; Murta-Nascimento, Cristiane (2020)
    Introduction: The Finnish Diabetes Risk Score (FINDRISC) is a tool that was initially developed to predict the risk of developing type 2 diabetes mellitus in adults. This tool is simple, quick to apply, non-invasive, and low-cost. The aims of this study were to perform a translation and cultural adaptation of the original version of FINDRISC into Brazilian Portuguese and to assess test-retest reliability. Methodology: This work was done following the ISPOR Principles of Good Practice for the Translation and Cultural Adaptation Process for Patient-Reported Outcomes Measures. Once the final Brazilian Portuguese version (FINDRISC-Br) was developed, the reliability assessment was performed using a non-random sample of 83 individuals attending a primary care health center. Each participant was interviewed by trained registered dieticians on two occasions with a mean interval of 14 days. The reliability assessment was performed by analyzing the level of agreement between the test-retest responses of FINDRISC-Br using Cohen’s kappa coefficient and the intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC). Results: The steps of ISPOR guidelines were consecutively followed without major problems. Regarding the reliability assessment, the questionnaire as a whole presented adequate reliability (Cohen’s kappa = 0.82, 95%CI 0.72 – 0.92 and ICC = 0.94, 95%CI 0.91 – 0.96). Conclusion: FINDRISC was translated into Brazilian Portuguese and culturally adapted following standard procedures. FINDRISC-Br has thus become available for use and has potential as a screening tool in different Brazilian settings and applications. © 2020 Associação Brasileira de Saúde Coletiva.