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H Harvala, E Alm, T Åkerlund, K Rizzardi
An aggregation of moxifloxacin-resistant Clostridium difficile ribotype 231 (RT231) isolates was first identified in the county of Stockholm in 2008, and by the end of 2015 isolates of RT231 had spread to 13 of 21 Swedish counties. We investigated the epidemiology of C. difficile RT231 in Sweden between 2006 and 2015 using whole genome sequencing (WGS) and evaluated whether its emergence could be associated with extended moxifloxacin use. We performed WGS and phylogenetic analysis of 51 C. difficile RT231 strains isolated in Sweden over a 10-year period...
November 2016: New Microbes and New Infections
Ruchi Kaushik, Isabelle M Krisch, Darrell R Schroeder, Randall Flick, Michael E Nemergut
BACKGROUND: Head injuries are the leading cause of death among cyclists, 85 % of which can be prevented by wearing a bicycle helmet. This study aims to estimate the incidence of pediatric bicycle-related injuries in Olmsted County and assess differences in injuries between those wearing helmets vs. not. METHODS: Olmsted County, Minnesota residents 5 to 18 years of age with a diagnostic code consistent with an injury associated with the use of a bicycle between January 1, 2002, and December 31, 2011, were identified...
December 2015: Injury Epidemiology
Craig D Newgard, Rongwei Fu, Eileen Bulger, Jerris R Hedges, N Clay Mann, Dagan A Wright, David P Lehrfeld, Carol Shields, Gregory Hoskins, Craig Warden, Lynn Wittwer, Jennifer N B Cook, Michael Verkest, William Conway, Stephanie Somerville, Matthew Hansen
Importance: Despite a large rural US population, there are potential differences between rural and urban regions in the processes and outcomes following trauma. Objectives: To describe and evaluate rural vs urban processes of care, injury severity, and mortality among injured patients served by 9-1-1 emergency medical services (EMS). Design, Setting, and Participants: This was a preplanned secondary analysis of a prospective cohort enrolled from January 1 through December 31, 2011, and followed up through hospitalization...
October 12, 2016: JAMA Surgery
A Claesson, D Fredman, L Svensson, M Ringh, J Hollenberg, P Nordberg, M Rosenqvist, T Djarv, S Österberg, J Lennartsson, Y Ban
BACKGROUND: The use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) prior to EMS arrival can increase 30-day survival in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) significantly. Drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) can fly with high velocity and potentially transport devices such as AEDs to the site of OHCAs. The aim of this explorative study was to investigate the feasibility of a drone system in decreasing response time and delivering an AED. METHODS: Data of Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates from historical OHCA in Stockholm County was used in a model using a Geographic Information System (GIS) to find suitable placements and visualize response times for the use of an AED equipped drone...
October 12, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
E H Modalsli, B O Åsvold, P R Romundstad, A Langhammer, M Hoff, S Forsmo, L Naldi, M Saunes
BACKGROUND: An association between psoriasis and osteoporosis has been reported. OBJECTIVE: In a large prospective population-based Norwegian study, we investigated whether psoriasis was associated with increased risk of forearm or hip fracture. We also investigated the cross-sectional association between psoriasis and bone mineral density (BMD) T-score in a sub-population. METHODS: Hospital-derived fracture data from Nord-Trøndelag County 1995-2013 was linked to psoriasis-information, BMD measurements and lifestyle factors from the third survey of the Nord-Trøndelag Health Study 2006-08 (HUNT3), socioeconomic data from the National Education Database and use of medication from the Norwegian Prescription Database...
October 8, 2016: British Journal of Dermatology
Xu-Can Zeng, Xiao-Dong Sun, Jian-Xiong Li, Meng-Ni Chen, Dao-Wei Deng, Cang-Lin Zhang, Zu-Rui Lin, Zi-You Zhou, Yao-Wu Zhou, Ya-Ming Yang, Sheng Zhou
BACKGROUND: This paper seeks to assess the function of malaria control consultation and service posts (MCCSPs) that are located on the border areas of Yunnan province, P.R. China, as a strategy for eliminating malaria among the mobile and migrant population in these areas. METHODS: A retrospective descriptive analytical study was conducted. Blood smear examinations conducted at all MCCSPs in Yunnan from 2008 to 2014 were analysed. A cross-sectional survey was conducted in 2014 to understand how the MCCSPs function and to elucidate the quality of the blood smear examinations that they conduct...
October 4, 2016: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
Catharina Rydberg, Katarina Tunón
INTRODUCTION: This study assessed the sensitivity of routine ultrasound examination for the detection of abnormal chromosomes and structural malformations in fetuses in the second trimester in a non-selected population. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Prenatal diagnoses of fetal abnormalities in 10 414 fetuses and newborns were reviewed and compared with all postnatal diagnoses of congenital abnormalities between 2006 and 2013. RESULTS: Overall, 243 fetuses and newborns had confirmed congenital abnormalities, with a prevalence of 2...
October 7, 2016: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
Ye-Ting Zhou, Shao-Dan Wang, Guang-Sheng Wang, Xiao-Dong Chen, Dao-Ming Tong
BACKGROUND: Coma's are a major cause of clinical deterioration or death. Identification of risks that predispose to coma are important in managing patients; however, the risk factors for nosocomial nontraumatic coma (NNC) are not well known. Our aim was to investigate the risk factors in patients with NNC. METHODS: A retrospective case-control design was used to compare patients with NNC and a control group of patients without coma in a population-based cohort of 263 participants from the neurological intensive care unit in Shuyang County People's Hospital of Northern China...
2016: Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare
Kerry A Padgett, Denise Bonilla, Marina E Eremeeva, Carol Glaser, Robert S Lane, Charsey Cole Porse, Martin B Castro, Sharon Messenger, Alex Espinosa, Jill Hacker, Anne Kjemtrup, Bonnie Ryan, Jamesina J Scott, Renjie Hu, Melissa Hardstone Yoshimizu, Gregory A Dasch, Vicki Kramer
Rickettsia philipii (type strain "Rickettsia 364D"), the etiologic agent of Pacific Coast tick fever (PCTF), is transmitted to people by the Pacific Coast tick, Dermacentor occidentalis. Following the first confirmed human case of PCTF in 2008, 13 additional human cases have been reported in California, more than half of which were pediatric cases. The most common features of PCTF are the presence of at least one necrotic lesion known as an eschar (100%), fever (85%), and headache (79%); four case-patients required hospitalization and four had multiple eschars...
October 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Hong-Feng Gou, Yang Liu, Tian-Xia Yang, Cheng Zhou, Xin-Zu Chen
OBJECTIVES: To compare the proportion of stage I lung cancer and population mortality in China to those in U.S. and Europe where lung cancer screening by low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) has been already well practiced. METHODS: The proportions of stage I lung cancer in LDCT screening population in U.S. and Europe were retrieved from NLST and NELSON trials. The general proportion of stage I lung cancer in China was retrieved from a rapid meta-analysis, based on a literature search in the China National Knowledge Infrastructure database...
October 1, 2016: Oncotarget
Daniel Sevilla-Sanchez, Núria Molist-Brunet, Jordi Amblàs-Novellas, Pere Roura-Poch, Joan Espaulella-Panicot, Carles Codina-Jané
PURPOSE: Adverse drug events (ADEs) lead to adverse clinical outcomes such as hospitalization. There is little information about the characteristics of ADEs in patients with advanced chronic conditions and have a prognosis of limited life expectancy. This study aimed to evaluate (i) the prevalence of ADEs at the time of admission to hospital, (ii) the causality, severity, and preventability of the ADEs, and (iii) the clinical and pharmacological characteristics associated with the ADEs...
October 4, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
Rachel J Le, Michael W Cullen, Brian D Lahr, R Scott Wright, Stephen L Kopecky
BACKGROUND: Patients hospitalized for first acute coronary syndrome (ACS) are frequently discharged on multiple new medications. The short-term tolerability of these medications is unknown. METHODS: This single-center cohort study assessed 30-day health-care utilization and how it may be impacted by medication prescribing trends. We included Olmsted County patients presenting with ACS and previously undiagnosed coronary artery disease in 2008 to 2009. All health-care contacts were reviewed 30 days after index hospital discharge for potential adverse medication effects including documented hypotension or bradycardia, or symptoms likely attributed to the medications...
October 2, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Valentina Shaw, Alain C Vandal, Christin Coomarasamy, Alec J Ekeroma
INTRODUCTION: To evaluate the effectiveness of the levonorgestrel intrauterine system (LNG-IUS) in obese women with heavy menstrual bleeding in Counties Manukau Auckland area, New Zealand. METHODS: Prospective observational study in a tertiary teaching hospital. Twenty women with heavy menstrual bleeding (HMB) who agreed to treatment with the LNG-IUS and had a body mass index (BMI) of >30 kg/m(2) were recruited between May and December 2014. The women completed two validated tools (Menstrual Impact Questionnaire and the Pictorial Bleeding Assessment Chart) at recruitment, 6 and 12 months follow-up...
October 3, 2016: Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Maria Baudin, Ammar M Jumaa, Huda J E Jomma, Mubarak S Karsany, Göran Bucht, Jonas Näslund, Clas Ahlm, Magnus Evander, Nahla Mohamed
BACKGROUND: Rift Valley fever virus is an emerging mosquito-borne virus that causes infections in animals and human beings in Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. Outbreaks of Rift Valley fever lead to mass abortions in livestock, but such abortions have not been identified in human bezings. Our aim was to investigate the cause of miscarriages in febrile pregnant women in an area endemic for Rift Valley fever. METHODS: Pregnant women with fever of unknown origin who attended the governmental hospital of Port Sudan, Sudan, between June 30, 2011, and Nov 17, 2012, were sampled at admission and included in this cross-sectional study...
September 27, 2016: Lancet Global Health
K J Karimi, R Ayah, T Olewe
INTRODUCTION: Despite extensive knowledge about effective tobacco control interventions, the prevalence of tobacco use in many middle- and low-income countries continues to rise. In these countries, public appreciation of levels of protection provided by laws and regulations on tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke is limited. After ratification of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, Kenya enacted the Tobacco Control Act, 2007, banning smoking in public places except in designated smoking areas...
2016: BMJ Open
L Michele Issel, Christine Fitzpatrick Lurie, Betty Bekemeier
The labor market perspective focuses on supply and demand for registered nurses (RNs) as employees. This perspective contrasts with beliefs in the public health sector that RNs working in local health departments (LHD) as public health nurses (PHNs) accept lower wages because of factors other than market demand. This study sought to describe the extent to which hourly wages of RNs working in LHDs are competitive with hospital RN wages within the same county market. A repeated measures survey design was used in collecting 2010 and 2014 data...
November 2016: Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: JPHMP
Chad Ellimoottil, Andrew M Ryan, Hechuan Hou, James M Dupree, Brian Hallstrom, David C Miller
Importance: Under the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) model, hospitals are held accountable for nearly all Medicare payments that occur during the initial hospitalization until 90 days after hospital discharge (ie, the episode of care). It is not known whether unrelated expenditures resulting from this "broad" definition of an episode of care will affect participating hospitals' average episode-of-care payments. Objective: To compare the CJR program's broad definition of an episode of care with a clinically narrow definition of an episode of care...
September 28, 2016: JAMA Surgery
Stephen Furmanek, Carlee Lehna, Carol Hanchette
There is a gap in the use of predictive risk models to identify areas at risk for home fires and burn injury. The purpose of this study was to describe the creation, validation, and application of such a model using a sample from an intervention study with parents of newborns in Jefferson County, KY, as an example. Performed was a literature search to identify risk factors for home fires and burn injury in the target population. Obtained from the American Community Survey at the census tract level and synthesized to create a predictive cartographic risk model was risk factor data...
September 21, 2016: Journal of Burn Care & Research: Official Publication of the American Burn Association
Edwine W Barasa, Susan Cleary, Sassy Molyneux, Mike English
This paper describes and evaluates the budgeting and planning processes in public hospitals in Kenya. We used a qualitative case study approach to examine these processes in two hospitals in Kenya. We collected data by in-depth interviews of national level policy makers, hospital managers, and frontline practitioners in the case study hospitals (n = 72), a review of documents, and non-participant observations within the hospitals over a 7 month period. We applied an evaluative framework that considers both consequentialist and proceduralist conditions as important to the quality of priority-setting processes...
September 26, 2016: Health Policy and Planning
Peggy Vadillo Orenstein, Lu Shi
We use microsimulation to forecast changes in coronary heart disease (CHD) among adults 45 or above over a 20-year time horizon in Los Angeles County (N = 3.4 million), a county with 12 635 CHD deaths in 2010. We simulate individuals' life course and calibrate CHD trends to observed trends in the past. Using the Health Forecasting Community Health Simulation Model, we simulate CHD prevalence and CHD mortality in 2 CHD prevention scenarios: (1) "comprehensive hypertension intervention" and (2) "gradual reduction of the average adult body mass index back to the year 2000 level...
2016: Inquiry: a Journal of Medical Care Organization, Provision and Financing
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