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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086753/better-care-provided-to-patients-with-tuberculosis-at-county-designated-tb-hospitals-ctd-compared-to-non-ctds-in-rural-china
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Li Yuan, Hui Zhang, Changming Zhou, Weili Jiang, Qi Zhao, Xu Biao
BACKGROUND: The primary unit of tuberculosis (TB) medical care in China is the county TB dispensary or county designated hospital (CTD), where patients can receive free diagnosis and treatment. However, a substantial number of patients seek their anti-TB treatment from general health facilities (Non-CTDs). This study aimed to investigate the first anti-TB treatment experience and choice of health facilities of retreated TB patients and their determinants. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted in Jiangsu, Shandong and Sichuan provinces...
January 13, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079728/surveying-resident-and-faculty-physician-knowledge-attitudes-and-experiences-in-response-to-public-lead-contamination
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D Kay Taylor, Brenda Lovegrove Lepisto, Nicolas Lecea, Ranine Ghamrawi, Ghassan Bachuwa, Jenny LaChance, Mona Hanna-Attisha
Environmental health crises can appear anywhere and without warning. After research revealed a significant incidence of elevated pediatric blood lead levels following a water source change, Genesee County declared a public health emergency in Flint, Michigan. Hospital patients and family members began approaching Hurley Medical Center's physicians with questions regarding the health implications of the lead contamination. Many of the physicians voiced concerns about responding appropriately to patient needs and increasing demands for information...
January 10, 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068172/access-to-accredited-cancer-hospitals-within-federal-exchange-plans-under-the-affordable-care-act
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Kenneth L Kehl, Kai-Ping Liao, Trudy M Krause, Sharon H Giordano
Purpose The Affordable Care Act expanded access to health insurance in the United States, but concerns have arisen about access to specialized cancer care within narrow provider networks. To characterize the scope and potential impact of this problem, we assessed rates of inclusion of Commission on Cancer (CoC) -accredited hospitals and National Cancer Institute (NCI) -designated cancer centers within federal exchange networks. Methods We downloaded publicly available machine-readable network data and public use files for individual federal exchange plans from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for the 2016 enrollment year...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065734/laparoscopic-roux-en-y-gastric-bypass-in-adolescents-with-severe-obesity-amos-a-prospective-5-year-swedish-nationwide-study
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Torsten Olbers, Andrew J Beamish, Eva Gronowitz, Carl-Erik Flodmark, Jovanna Dahlgren, Gustaf Bruze, Kerstin Ekbom, Peter Friberg, Gunnar Göthberg, Kajsa Järvholm, Jan Karlsson, Staffan Mårild, Martin Neovius, Markku Peltonen, Claude Marcus
BACKGROUND: Severe obesity in adolescence is associated with reduced life expectancy and impaired quality of life. Long-term benefits of conservative treatments in adolescents are known to be modest, whereas short-term outcomes of adolescent bariatric surgery are promising. We aimed to compare 5-year outcomes of adolescent surgical patients after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass with those of conservatively treated adolescents and of adults undergoing Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, in the Adolescent Morbid Obesity Surgery (AMOS) study...
January 5, 2017: Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061371/low-level-arsenic-exposure-via-drinking-water-consumption-and-female-fecundity-a-preliminary-investigation
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Michele L Susko, Michael S Bloom, Iulia A Neamtiu, Allison A Appleton, Simona Surdu, Cristian Pop, Edward F Fitzgerald, Doru Anastasiu, Eugen S Gurzau
High level arsenic exposure is associated with reproductive toxicity in experimental and observational studies; however, few data exist to assess risks at low levels. Even less data are available to evaluate the impact of low level arsenic exposure on human fecundity. Our aim in this pilot study was a preliminary evaluation of associations between low level drinking water arsenic contamination and female fecundity. This retrospective study was conducted among women previously recruited to a hospital-based case-control study of spontaneous pregnancy loss in Timiṣ County, Romania...
January 3, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058268/early-results-of-a-novel-mitral-valve-repair-procedure-the-interpapillary-polytetrafluoroethylene-bridge-formation
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Nasri Alotti, Károly Gombocz, Kiddy L Ume, Amer Sayour, Daniel Alejandro Lerman, Aref Rashed
BACKGROUND: Surgical repair of ischemic mitral regurgitation (IMR) associated with chordal rupture in patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy is challenging as it aims to correct several structural pathologies at once. There are ongoing studies evaluating multiple approaches, however long term results are still scarce. METHODS AND RESULTS: 19 patients with IMR underwent mitral valve repair with interpapillary polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) bridge and neochordae formation at the Zala County Teaching Hospital...
February 12, 2016: International Journal of Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057506/patient-perspectives-on-peripheral-neuropathic-pain-experience-within-the-community
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Devada Singh-Franco, Robin J Jacobs
Purpose of this cross-sectional study was to explore the relationship between neuropathic physical complaints (NPC) and quality-of-life (QoL) in community-dwelling patients with diabetes in Broward County, Florida. Adult patients were invited to complete a 10-minute paper questionnaire at a community hospital between October 2014-April 2016. Analysis of data from 124 participants (60 with distal symmetric polyneuropathy (DSPN) diagnosis versus 64 without DSPN diagnosis) with NPC, showed those with DSPN had a longer duration of diabetes, suffered a higher number of NPC, and had a lower QoL (all p≤0...
December 22, 2016: Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057111/-health-economic-evaluation-of-a-23-value-pneumococcal-polysaccharide-vaccination-pilot-programme-among-elderly-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-patients-in-china
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Y P Qiu, K Zhao, X Li, L W Shi, W D Guo, X R Qi, B Y Sui, R M Zhou
Objective: From the perspective of health economics, to evaluate 23 pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccination programme among chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patient. Methods: In the pilot counties of the project of integrated care pathway for COPD patient (Hanbin district of Hanzhong city in Shanxi Province, Qianjian district of Qingqing city, Huandao district of Qindao city in Shangdong Province, Wen county of Jiaozuo city in Henan Province), information of insurance participants of New Rural Cooperative Medical System (NRCS) was collected by local NRCM information system, which included general information as well as records of medical care and medical fee...
December 6, 2016: Zhonghua Yu Fang Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Preventive Medicine]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056270/-the-occurrence-and-determinants-of-anxiety-and-depression-symptoms-in-women-of-six-counties-districts-in-china-during-pregnancy
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H Q Hu, J Zhang, W Zhao, T Tian, A Q Huang, L L Wang
Objective: To estimate the prevalence of anxiety and depression symptoms during pregnancy among women from six districts of China and to explore the determinants of anxiety and depression during pregnancy. Methods: A cross-sectional study of maternal health status was conducted using the probability proportionate to size sampling method among pregnant women from six counties/districts in six provinces of China (Hebei, Liaoning, Fujian, Hunan, Sichuan and Yunnan). A questionnaire was completed by each of the women included in the study from August to December 2014...
January 6, 2017: Zhonghua Yu Fang Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Preventive Medicine]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056014/prevalence-of-chagas-disease-in-a-u-s-population-of-latin-american-immigrants-with-conduction-abnormalities-on-electrocardiogram
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Mahmoud I Traina, Salvador Hernandez, Daniel R Sanchez, Jalal Dufani, Mohsin Salih, Adieb M Abuhamidah, Wilman Olmedo, Jason S Bradfield, Colin J Forsyth, Sheba K Meymandi
Chagas disease (CD) affects over six million people and is a leading cause of cardiomyopathy in Latin America. Given recent migration trends, there is a large population at risk in the United States (US). Early stage cardiac involvement from CD usually presents with conduction abnormalities on electrocardiogram (ECG) including right bundle branch block (RBBB), left anterior or posterior fascicular block (LAFB or LPFB, respectively), and rarely, left bundle branch block (LBBB). Identification of disease at this stage may lead to early treatment and potentially delay the progression to impaired systolic function...
January 5, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051761/mobile-phone-intervention-for-heart-failure-in-a-minority-urban-county-hospital-population-usability-and-patient-perspectives
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Stuti Dang, Chandana Karanam, Carlos Gómez-Orozco, Orlando Gómez-Marín
BACKGROUND: Chronic heart failure (HF) is a complex and costly disease. Daily weight and symptom monitoring is the cornerstone of HF management. Little information exists about feasibility of a mobile monitoring intervention among minority patients with HF. METHODS: We developed and tested usability of a mobile-monitoring system in minority patients with HF in a 2:1 randomized controlled trial. We tracked usage and obtained feedback on usability and the system overall at 1, 2, and 3 months...
January 4, 2017: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051357/outcomes-of-a-mobile-phone-intervention-for-heart-failure-in-a-minority-county-hospital-population
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Stuti Dang, Chandana Karanam, Orlando Gómez-Marín
BACKGROUND: Chronic Heart Failure (HF) causes significant morbidity, mortality, and cost. Managing HF requires considerable self-management skills and self-efficacy. Little information exists about feasibility and potential impact of a mobile monitoring intervention to improve self-efficacy and quality of life (QoL) among minority patients with HF. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We developed a mobile phone-assisted case management program and tested its impact on outcomes in minority patients with HF in a 2:1 randomized controlled trial...
January 4, 2017: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051284/analysis-of-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-in-croatia-survival-bystander-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-and-impact-of-physician-s-experience-on-cardiac-arrest-management-a-single-center-observational-study
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Anita Lukić, Ileana Lulić, Dinka Lulić, Zoran Ognjanović, Davorin Cerovečki, Siniša Telebar, Ivica Mašić
AIM: To analyze the initial rhythm, bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) rate, and survival after out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCA) in Varaľdin County (Croatia), and to investigate whether physician's inexperience in emergency medical services (EMS) has an impact on resuscitation management. METHODS: We reviewed clinical records and Revised Utstein cardiac arrest forms of all out-of-hospital resuscitations performed by EMS Varaľdin (EMSVz), Croatia, from 2007-2013...
December 31, 2016: Croatian Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045915/alkalosis-in-critically-ill-patients-with-severe-sepsis-and-septic-shock
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Simon Kreü, Allan Jazrawi, Jan Miller, Amir Baigi, Michelle Chew
INTRODUCTION: Although metabolic alkalosis is a common occurrence in intensive care units (ICUs), no study has evaluated its prevalence or outcomes in patients with severe sepsis or septic shock. METHODS: This is a retrospective cohort study of critically ill patients suffering from severe sepsis and septic shock admitted to the ICUs of Halmstad and Varberg County hospitals. From 910 patient records, 627 patients met the inclusion criteria. We investigated the relationship between metabolic alkalosis and mortality...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045884/a-study-of-interpersonal-conflict-among-operating-room-nurses
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Tsui-Fen Chang, Chung-Kuang Chen, Ming-Jia Chen
BACKGROUND: Team collaboration is an important factor that affects the performance of the operating room (OR). Therefore, the ability of OR nurses to adapt to and manage interpersonal conflict incidents properly is very important. PURPOSE: The aims of this study were to investigate the interpersonal conflict management capabilities of OR nursing staffs and to find the relationships among the demographics of OR nurses and the following: work-related variables, interpersonal conflict management style, and target of interpersonal conflict...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Nursing Research: JNR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040550/life-satisfaction-and-degree-of-suicide-intent-a-test-of-the-strain-theory-of-suicide
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Jie Zhang, Yanzheng Liu, Long Sun
BACKGROUND: Various factors contribute to suicide. Psychological strains are hypothesized to precede suicidal thought and attempt. Life satisfaction can be a measure of relative deprivation strain and aspiration-reality strain. AIMS: This study was to compare the suicide attempters with various levels of life satisfaction and find out how life satisfaction affects the degree of suicide intent among medically serious suicide attempters. METHODS: Subjects for study were recruited in some rural counties in China...
December 21, 2016: Comprehensive Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031704/is-the-acute-care-of-frail-elderly-patients-in-a-comprehensive-geriatric-assessment-unit-superior-to-conventional-acute-medical-care
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Niklas Ekerstad, Björn W Karlson, Synneve Dahlin Ivanoff, Sten Landahl, David Andersson, Emelie Heintz, Magnus Husberg, Jenny Alwin
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate whether the acute care of frail elderly patients in a comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) unit is superior to the care in a conventional acute medical care unit. DESIGN: This is a clinical, prospective, randomized, controlled, one-center intervention study. SETTING: This study was conducted in a large county hospital in western Sweden. PARTICIPANTS: The study included 408 frail elderly patients, aged ≥75 years, in need of acute in-hospital treatment...
2017: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009623/electroconvulsive-therapy-ect-and-race-a-report-of-ect-use-and-sociodemographic-trends-in-texas
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Julie Williams, Lawrence Chiu, Robin Livingston
OBJECTIVES: Minimal research on race and other sociodemographic disparities in patients receiving electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) exists. One previously noted national trend reveals whites receiving ECT disproportionately more than other races. The aim of this study is to determine whether a county ECT program demonstrates similar disparities observed at the state and national levels. METHODS: This study examined 21 years of ECT data, between 1993 and 2014, provided by the Texas Department of State Health Services, focusing on race, sex, age, and payer source and 2...
December 21, 2016: Journal of ECT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28008683/non-traumatic-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-in-rural-taiwan-a-retrospective-study
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Shih-Chang Hung, Ching-Yi Mou, Hung-Chang Hung, Shih-Wei Lai, Chun-Chih Chen, Jui-Wen Lin, Ssu-Hung Wang, Chung-Kuang Chen, Kai-Chun Cheng
OBJECTIVE: Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) studies are usually conducted at metropolitan medical centres. Because rural studies are rare, our study aimed to assess non-traumatic OHCA prevalence and resuscitation outcomes in rural Taiwan. DESIGN: A retrospective observational study. SETTING: All seven designated community hospital emergency departments (ED) in Nantou County, Taiwan. PARTICIPANTS: All OHCA patients from May 2011 to March 2013...
December 23, 2016: Australian Journal of Rural Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28008348/do-doctors-agree-on-doses-of-antipsychotic-medications
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Johan Schill, Hans Olsson
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study was to investigate the concordance in attitudes of psychiatrists towards the doses of antipsychotics given to stable outpatients with schizophrenia and to examine the psychiatrists' estimates of equally potent doses of haloperidol and olanzapine. METHODS: We asked all 22 doctors serving at the psychiatry department of Jönköping County Hospital if they considered the combined dose of antipsychotics for 20 individual patients to be 'low', 'medium' or 'high'...
December 2016: Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology
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