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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239348/genetic-determinants-of-parkinson-s-disease-can-they-help-to-stratify-the-patients-based-on-the-underlying-molecular-defect
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REVIEW
Sara Redenšek, Maja Trošt, Vita Dolžan
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a sporadic progressive neurodegenerative brain disorder with a relatively strong genetic background. We have reviewed the current literature about the genetic factors that could be indicative of pathophysiological pathways of PD and their applications in everyday clinical practice. Information on novel risk genes is coming from several genome-wide association studies (GWASs) and their meta-analyses. GWASs that have been performed so far enabled the identification of 24 loci as PD risk factors...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237773/review-of-post-ischemic-stroke-imaging-and-its-clinical-relevance
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Leonard L L Yeo, Benjamin Y Q Tan, Tommy Andersson
In this day and age, multiple imaging modalities are available to the stroke physician in the post-treatment phase.The practical challenge for physicians who treat stroke is to evaluate the pros and cons of each technique and select the best choice for the situation. The choice of imaging modality remains contentious at best and varies among different institutions and centres. This is no simple task an there are many factors to consider, including the differential diagnosis which need to be evaluated, the availability and reliability of the imaging technique and time and expertise required to perform and interpret the scanning...
February 14, 2017: European Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237001/radioiodine-therapy
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REVIEW
Markus Luster, Andreas Pfestroff, Heribert Hänscheid, Frederik A Verburg
Radioiodine therapy for benign and malignant thyroid disease rose at the birth of nuclear medicine. Since then, this procedure has been performed countless of times in adult and in pediatric patients alike, and has contributed to a normalization of life expectancy in all but I-131 refractory differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC) cases. As (131)I therapy in children is almost exclusively given for DTC, this review of radioiodine therapy in children focuses on patients with malignant thyroid disease. The aim of the present review is to provide an overview of the indications, practical execution, and controversies surrounding (131)I therapy for malignant tumors in pediatric patients...
March 2017: Seminars in Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231067/the-association-of-peripubertal-serum-concentrations-of-organochlorine-chemicals-and-blood-lead-with-growth-and-pubertal-development-in-a-longitudinal-cohort-of-boys-a-review-of-published-results-from-the-russian-children-s-study
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Oleg Sergeyev, Jane S Burns, Paige L Williams, Susan A Korrick, Mary M Lee, Boris Revich, Russ Hauser
Organochlorine chemicals and lead are environmental exposures that have endocrine disrupting properties (EDCs) which interfere with many aspects of hormone action. Childhood and adolescence are windows of susceptibility for adverse health effects of EDCs. Our ongoing study, the Russian Children's Study (RCS), is one of the few longitudinal studies investigating the impact of EDCs on growth and puberty in boys. It is conducted in the historically contaminated city of Chapaevsk, in the Samara region. The study focuses on evaluating the associations of persistent organochlorine chemicals and lead with growth and pubertal timing...
February 23, 2017: Reviews on Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230446/economic-impact-of-treatment-duration-and-persistence-with-basal-insulin-in-previously-insulin-naive-users
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Samaneh Kalirai, Ran Duan, Dongju Liu, Beverly L Reed
BACKGROUND: Although insulin is a well-established therapy that is associated with improved clinical outcomes, adherence and persistence with insulin regimens are poor in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Diabetes-related health care costs and the impact of insulin persistence patterns on these health care costs have been previously studied; however, these aspects of insulin therapy have limited data beyond the first year of use and have not been characterized among patients previously naive to basal insulin...
March 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228646/readability-credibility-and-quality-of-patient-information-for-hypogonadism-and-testosterone-replacement-therapy-on-the-internet
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J A McBride, C C Carson, R M Coward
The incidence of hypogonadism and use of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) are rising, while data evaluating the complexity and quality of health-care information available to patients on the Internet for hypogonadism or TRT are lacking. This study focuses on characterizing the readability, credibility and quality of patient-centered information for hypogonadism on the Internet. A Google search was performed to identify top-ranked websites offering patient-centered information on hypogonadism and TRT. Readability was quantified by reading grade level using several validated instruments...
February 23, 2017: International Journal of Impotence Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226301/the-influence-of-welfare-systems-on-pay-for-performance-programs-for-general-practitioners-a-critical-review
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REVIEW
Mehdi Ammi, Grant Fortier
While pay-for-performance (P4P) programs are increasingly common tools used to foster quality and efficiency in primary care, the evidence concerning their effectiveness is at best mixed. In this article, we explore the influence of welfare systems on four P4P-related dimensions: the level of healthcare funders' commitment to P4Ps (by funding and length of program operation), program design (specifically target-based vs. participation-based program), physicians' acceptance of the program and program effects...
February 16, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225634/journal-club-ultrasound-guided-breast-interventions-low-incidence-of-infectious-complications-with-use-of-an-uncovered-probe
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Chris Reisenauer, Robert T Fazzio, Gina Hesley
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine the incidence of infectious complications after ultrasound-guided breast interventions performed with an intermediate-level disinfection protocol without an ultrasound probe cover. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Two independent institutional databases were searched to identify breast infections in patients who underwent ultrasound-guided interventions between January 2005 and July 2013. The departments of radiology and infectious diseases independently maintained these databases...
February 22, 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225303/initial-diagnostic-workup-of-acute-leukemia-guideline-from-the-college-of-american-pathologists-and-the-american-society-of-hematology
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Daniel A Arber, Michael J Borowitz, Melissa Cessna, Joan Etzell, Kathryn Foucar, Robert P Hasserjian, J Douglas Rizzo, Karl Theil, Sa A Wang, Anthony T Smith, R Bryan Rumble, Nicole E Thomas, James W Vardiman
CONTEXT: -A complete diagnosis of acute leukemia requires knowledge of clinical information combined with morphologic evaluation, immunophenotyping and karyotype analysis, and often, molecular genetic testing. Although many aspects of the workup for acute leukemia are well accepted, few guidelines have addressed the different aspects of the diagnostic evaluation of samples from patients suspected to have acute leukemia. OBJECTIVE: -To develop a guideline for treating physicians and pathologists involved in the diagnostic and prognostic evaluation of new acute leukemia samples, including acute lymphoblastic leukemia, acute myeloid leukemia, and acute leukemias of ambiguous lineage...
February 22, 2017: Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220379/pulmonary-mucormycosis-clinical-features-and-outcomes
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Erica Lin, Teng Moua, Andrew H Limper
PURPOSE: Mucormycosis encompasses a group of opportunistic fungal infections caused by Zygomycetes, order Mucorales. Mucormycosis can manifest as rhino-orbito-cerebral, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, cutaneous, and disseminated infections. Pulmonary mucormycosis is the second most common presentation. This manuscript characterizes the demographics, clinical presentation, diagnostic procedures, radiologic findings, therapeutic interventions, and outcome in pulmonary mucormycosis. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed clinical data of 35 patients with pulmonary mucormycosis from 2000 to 2015...
February 20, 2017: Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212836/point-of-care-ultrasonography-for-evaluation-of-acute-dyspnea-in-the-emergency-department
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Maurizio Zanobetti, Margherita Scorpiniti, Chiara Gigli, Peiman Nazerian, Simone Vanni, Francesca Innocenti, Valerio T Stefanone, Caterina Savinelli, Alessandro Coppa, Sofia Bigiarini, Francesca Caldi, Irene Tassinari, Alberto Conti, Stefano Grifoni, Riccardo Pini
BACKGROUND: Acute dyspnea is a common symptom in the emergency department (ED). Standard approach to dyspnea often relies on radiologic and laboratoristic results, causing excessive delay before adequate therapy is started; an integrated point-of-care ultrasonography (PoCUS) approach can shorten the time needed to formulate a diagnosis maintaining an acceptable safety profile. METHODS: Consecutive adult patients presenting with dyspnea and admitted after ED evaluation were prospectively enrolled...
February 14, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212648/formulation-of-evidence-based-messages-to-promote-the-use-of-physical-activity-to-prevent-and-manage-alzheimer-s-disease
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Kathleen A Martin Ginis, Jennifer Heisz, John C Spence, Ilana B Clark, Jordan Antflick, Chris I Ardern, Christa Costas-Bradstreet, Mary Duggan, Audrey L Hicks, Amy E Latimer-Cheung, Laura Middleton, Kirk Nylen, Donald H Paterson, Chelsea Pelletier, Michael A Rotondi
BACKGROUND: The impending public health impact of Alzheimer's disease is tremendous. Physical activity is a promising intervention for preventing and managing Alzheimer's disease. However, there is a lack of evidence-based public health messaging to support this position. This paper describes the application of the Appraisal of Guidelines Research and Evaluation II (AGREE-II) principles to formulate an evidence-based message to promote physical activity for the purposes of preventing and managing Alzheimer's disease...
February 17, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210082/multitarget-stool-dna-tests-increases-colorectal-cancer-screening-among-previously-noncompliant-medicare-patients
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Mark Prince, Lynn Lester, Rupal Chiniwala, Barry Berger
AIM: To determine the uptake of noninvasive multitarget stool DNA (mt-sDNA) in a cohort of colorectal cancer (CRC) screening non-compliant average-risk Medicare patients. METHODS: This cross sectional primary care office-based study examined mt-sDNA uptake in routine clinical practice among 393 colorectal cancer screening non-compliant Medicare patients ages 50-85 ordered by 77 physicians in a multispecialty group practice (USMD Physician Services, Dallas, TX) from October, 2014-September, 2015...
January 21, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207655/internally-randomized-control-trial-of-radiation-exposure-using-ultra-low-radiation-imaging-versus-traditional-c-arm-fluoroscopy-for-patients-undergoing-single-level-minimally-invasive-transforaminal-lumbar-interbody-fusion
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Timothy Y Wang, S Harrison Farber, Scott S Perkins, Adam G Back, Sarah A Byrd, Debbie Chi, David Vincent, Isaac O Karikari
STUDY DESIGN: Randomized controlled trial. OBJECTIVE: To compare radiation exposure between ultra-low radiation imaging (ULRI) with image enhancement and standard-dose fluoroscopy for patients undergoing minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MIS TLIF). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Although the benefits of MIS are lauded by many, there is a significant amount of radiation exposure to surgeon and operating room personnel...
February 15, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203590/surgeon-directed-cost-variation-in-isolated-rotator-cuff-repair
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E Bailey Terhune, Peter C Cannamela, Jared S Johnson, Charles D Saad, John Barnes, Janette Silbernagel, Thomas Faciszewski, Kevin G Shea
BACKGROUND: As value becomes a larger component of heath care decision making, cost data can be evaluated for regional and physician variation. Value is determined by outcome divided by cost, and reducing cost increases value for patients. "Third-party spend" items are individual selections by surgeons used to perform procedures. Cost data for third-party spend items provide surgeons and hospitals with important information regarding care value, potential cost-saving opportunities, and the total cost of ownership of specific clinical decisions...
December 2016: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203055/resident-surgeon-efficiency-in-femtosecond-laser-assisted-cataract-surgery
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Andrew C Pittner, Brian R Sullivan
PURPOSE: Comparison of resident surgeon performance efficiencies in femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (FLACS) versus conventional phacoemulsification. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was conducted on consecutive patients undergoing phacoemulsification cataract surgery performed by senior ophthalmology residents under the supervision of 1 attending physician during a 9-month period in a large Veterans Affairs medical center. Medical records were reviewed for demographic information, preoperative nucleus grade, femtosecond laser pretreatment, operative procedure times, total operating room times, and surgical complications...
2017: Clinical Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202206/retrospective-chart-analysis-of-concussion-discharge-instructions-in-the-emergency-department
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Allison D Lane, Matthew R Berkman, David Verbunker, Taylor Shekell, Michael Bouska, Lauren Barnett, Allie Keogh, Tomas Nuno, Uwe Stolz, Anna L Waterbrook
BACKGROUND: Recognition and diagnosis of concussion is increasing, but current research shows these patients are discharged from the emergency department (ED) with a wide variability of recommendations and instructions. OBJECTIVE: To assess the adequacy of documentation of discharge instructions given to patients discharged from the ED with concussions. METHODS: This was a quality-improvement study conducted at a University-based Level I trauma center...
February 12, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199131/how-satisfied-are-patients-with-their-radiologists-assessment-using-a-national-patient-ratings-website
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Luke A Ginocchio, Richard Duszak, Andrew B Rosenkrantz
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study is to assess features of patient satisfaction scores for U.S. radiologists using a popular physician rating website. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patient reviews were retrieved from the website RateMDs for all listed radiologists in all 297 U.S. cities with population 100,000 or greater. Reviews included rating scores of 1-5 (5 = highest) in four categories (staff, punctuality, knowledge, and helpfulness). Additional physician information was obtained from Medicare files...
February 15, 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199007/accuracy-of-claims-based-algorithms-for-epilepsy-research-revealing-the-unseen-performance-of-claims-based-studies
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Lidia M V R Moura, Maggie Price, Andrew J Cole, Daniel B Hoch, John Hsu
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate published algorithms for the identification of epilepsy cases in medical claims data using a unique linked dataset with both clinical and claims data. METHODS: Using data from a large, regional health delivery system, we identified all patients contributing biologic samples to the health system's Biobank (n = 36K). We identified all subjects with at least one diagnosis potentially consistent with epilepsy, for example, epilepsy, convulsions, syncope, or collapse, between 2014 and 2015, or who were seen at the epilepsy clinic (n = 1,217), plus a random sample of subjects with neither claims nor clinic visits (n = 435); we then performed a medical chart review in a random subsample of 1,377 to assess the epilepsy diagnosis status...
February 15, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196544/diagnostic-error-in-the-emergency-department-follow-up-of-patients-with-minor-trauma-in-the-outpatient-clinic
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Pieter-Jan Moonen, Luc Mercelina, Willem Boer, Tom Fret
BACKGROUND: The Emergency Department (ED) is prone to diagnostic error. Most frequent diagnostic errors involved "minor" trauma. Our goal was to determine how frequently a missed diagnosis was detected during follow up and to determine the frequency and causes of primary missed diagnosis and diagnostic error. METHODS: A retrospective single centre study review, during 6 months including all patients presenting to the outpatient clinic after ED admission with a minor trauma...
February 14, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
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